Ocala, FL – The showdown in the hunter ring continues and the stakes were raised in the $10,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix at the Ocala Winter Festival. Rider/trainer Adrienne Iverson, of Califon, New Jersey and Huehuetenango, owned by Lavanta Coffee Roasters of Flanders, New Jersey, out-rode a large field of 62 hopefuls to win. It was Iverson’s first time showing in the new Ocala Horse Properties Stadium where she was challenged with a course designed by Doug Russell of Ocala, Florida. The winning scores of 85 and 87 landed Iverson and Huehuetenango a total score of 172 for the win.
“Everyone had good things to say about the course and we got a lot of compliments on it,” said Russell. “All the riders loved riding in the new stadium.”
For the second week in a row, second place went to rider/trainer Amanda Steege, of Bedminster, New Jersey and Zidane for owner Susan Darragh with scores of 88 and 83.5 for a total score of 171.5.Third place went to rider/trainer Martien Van der Hoeven of Spring, Texas and Black Label for owner Augusta Pines Farm with scores of 87 and 84 for a total score of 171. Fourth place went to Ashton Alexander of Ocala, Florida and Fieona for owner Jack Towell of with scores of 86.5 and 84.25 for a total of 170.75, while fifth place was awarded to MTM Hands Down with Tracy Fenney riding for MTM Farm of Flower Mound, Texas scoring 84.5 and 86, for a total of 170.5.
“It was a thrill to win today, and lots of fun to ride in the new stadium,” commented Iverson. “This seven-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare was recently imported from Holland by her owners, and we have been doing the pre-green hunters. She is still a little green, but proved today she was ready for the move up. I am so happy with her performance today - she just went along with everything.”
Devoucoux Hunter Prix competition continues throughout the duration of the HITS Ocala Circuit as the race to qualify for the Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix Final is in full swing.
5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix
Place Horse Owner Rider Prize $ Rnd. 1/2 Total
1 Huehuetenango Lavanta Coffee Roasters Adrienne Iverson $2,800 85/87 172
2 Zidane Susan Darragh Amanda Steege $1,800 88/83.5 171.5
3 Black Label Augusta Pines Farm Martien Van der Hoeven $1,250 87/84 171
4 Fieona Jack Towell Ashton Alexander $900 86.5/84.25 171.25
5 MTM Hands Down MTM Farm Tracy Fenney $800 84.5/86 170.5
6 Kenya Michelle Durpetti Caitlyn Shiels $700 85.5/83 168.5
7 Cydelle Marcia Franklin Caitlyn Shiels $600 84/80 164
8 Clear Sailing Redfield Farm Jennifer Jones $450 86/77 163
9 Lyons Creek Bellini Hays Investment, Corp. Hunter Holloway $350 92/70 162
10 S&L Braydon S&L Farms Dorothy Douglas $350 89/72 161
11 Allawishus Kathryn Mittauer Megan Wexler - 84.25/74 159.25
12 Till Tomorrow Sara O'Connell David Wilbur - 84.75/45 129.75
Devoucoux makers of fine French saddles, is proud to be the title sponsor of each and every qualifying Hunter Prix leading up to the phenomenal Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix Final. Devoucoux offers a wide range of saddles in many colors and sizes and matching accessories. Devoucoux craftsmen are devoted to creating beautiful products.
$5,000 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix
It was a great belated Valentine’s gift for owner Jamie Stryker, of Morriston, Florida, as his personable and seemingly ageless 17-year-old Warmblood gelding, Modigliani and Alexa Bayko, of Haverhill, Massachusetts, jumped to back-to-back wins in the Platinum Performance Hunter Prix at HITS Ocala. The pair defeated a formidable field of 32, riding the course set by course Russell with scores of 88 and 87 for a total score of 175. It was the first time under the lights for the pair in the new Ocala Horse Properties Stadium.
“It was wonderful jumping in the new stadium, and such a nice experience to have so much room.” said Alexa. “‘Mo’ enjoyed the gallops and so did I. It is a nice change from the smaller hunter rings. The footing was really good too.”
In second place was Haleigh Landrigan of Marshfield, Massachusetts riding Acovibu for owner Nancy Vinal of Chestnut Hill with scores of 86 and 84 for a total of 170. Third place went to Kimberly Maloomian of Tavares, Florida riding Urlala for Terry S. Maloomian with scores of 83 and 86 for a total score of 169. Taking fourth was Corinne Milbury of Boston, Massachusetts on Sienna with scores of 78 and 79 with a total score of 157. Fifth place went to Kirsten Ostling of New Canaan, Connecticut with scores of 72 and 83 for a total score of 155.
Platinum Performance Hunter Prix qualifiers will be offered weekly coast to coast this winter and throughout the HITS Saugerties and HITS Culpeper summer circuits before the Platinum Performance $250,000 Hunter Prix Final returns to the HITS Championship this fall and offers junior and amateur hunter riders the opportunity to show for exciting prize money over thrilling courses.
$1,500 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix
Place Horse Owner Rider Prize $ Rnd. 1/2 Total
1 Modigliani Jamie Stryker Alexa Bayko $1,500 88/87 175
2 Acovibu Nancy Vinal Haleigh Landrigan $1,000 86/84 170
3 Urlala Terry S. Maloomian Kimberly Maloomian $700 83/86 169
4 Sienna Corinne Milbury Corinne Milbury $500 78/79 157
5 Freedom's Storm Kristen Ostling Kristen Ostling $400 72/83 155
6 Bellefield Emily Miller Emily Miller $350 84/69 153
7 Play More Jennifer Basile Jennifer Basile $300 79/68 147
8 Not Fade Away Kristen Ostling Kristen Ostling $250 785/66 141
9 Aate Erica Lipke Erica Lipke - 70/70 140
10 KEC Kool Kate Tyler Bui Tyler Bui - 768/60 128
11 Carmina Cambridge Meadow Patti Hooker - 69/45 114
12 Call Me Leslie Kogos Lena Reeb - 73/- -