The First Week of the HITS Saugerties Spring Series is a Wrap

The three-week HITS Saugerties Spring Series began last week, May 26-30, with HITS-on-the-Hudson I. Competition featured USEF-Rated National 5* as well as FEI CSI2* competition with highlights including a $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, $50,000 FEI CSI2* Grand Prix, and $25,000 HITS National Grand Prix. Exhibitors and horses were thrilled to be back showing in the Hudson Valley to kick off the spring season. Read on for a summary of this week's results! 

Featured competition in the Grand Prix Stadium began Wednesday with Laura Chapot winning the $5,000 HITS Open Welcome aboard OUT OF IRELAND. Chapot crossed the timers in 32.372 to take the top honors.

2nd Place: Heather Caristo-Williams & MARCIANO MVF [33.828]
3rd Place: Chapot & DIARADO'S FLYING DUTCHMAN [34.291]

FEI competition began on Thursday where Mark Bluman joined the Winner's Circle aboard NOORTJE VD WINDHEUVEL in a jump-off time of 35.42 to claim the blue ribbon by a full second in the $36,600 CSI2* FEI SmartPak Welcome.

2nd Place: Jonathan Corrigan & SUPER CHILLED [36.45]
3rd Place: Corrigan & FAIR PLAY [37.24]

Chapot dominated again in the $10,000 Saugerties Steamboat 1.35m Jumper Classic on Friday, claiming the first and second placements. Aboard GIDEON, she completed the jump-off in an unbeatable time of 31.632 and zero faults.

2nd Place: Chapot & CALAFORNIA [32.052]
3rd Place: Riley Newsome & LAITHINUS [33.576]

In the featured $50,000 FEI CSI2* Grand Prix on Saturday, Caristo-Williams and MARIE VD MESPEL Z claimed the blue ribbon in a speedy time of 42.07. A true "hometown hero", Caristo-Williams (of Saugerties, New York) bested the field with a clear round in her first ever win in FEI-Rated competition. Continuing a successful week, Corrigan claimed the second and third place spots.

2nd Place: Corrigan & SUPER CHILLED [43.39]
3rd Place: Corrigan & FAIRPLAY [40.58] [4-Faults]

Jumper Classic Winners
 $1,000 M&S Dever Golf Cars Child/Adult Low Jumper Classic: Julia Wiley & YAHTZEE
To wrap up the first week of HITS Saugerties on Sunday, Christian Coyle and DEKATO took home the win in the exciting $25,000 HITS National Grand Prix. With a clear round and quick time of 33.677, Coyle laid claim to the blue ribbon and the winner's trophy.

2nd Place: Chapot & DIARADO'S FLYING DUTCHMAN [34.457]
3rd Place: Seth Vallhonrat & NESSAJA [38.263]
Featured in the Hunter ring this week was the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby where Elizabeth Sanden-Mulvey secured top honors with two impressive rounds. Riding JACKPOT DES LOIRS, Sanden-Mulvey earned scores of 86 in the first round and 83 in the second round to land a total of 169.

2nd Place: Emma Routhier & DEMIE B 
3rd Place: Laura Hostettler & ELITE 

USEF-Rated National 4* and FEI CSI2* competition continues this week with HITS-on-the-Hudson II, June 2-6, featuring a $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, $50,000 FEI Grand Prix, and $25,000 HITS Grand Prix. Stay up to date on information regarding the 2021 HITS Saugerties Series by following HITS Horse Shows on social media and at If we can be of assistance in making your plans, please contact us at 845.246.5515 or email us

Click here for the full listing of results from the HITS-on-the-Hudson I