OCALA, FLORIDA: Show jumping competition returned to HITS Post Time Farm in Ocala, Florida, this past Wednesday for the inaugural HITS Holiday Series. In preparation for the ten-week HITS Ocala Winter Circuit, which begins January 19, 2016, the Holiday Series offers riders two additional weeks of winter show opportunities in the heart of the Horse Capital of the World.
A plethora of fine-tuned athletes descended upon Ocala for a chance at glory in the $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix on Saturday. Talented teams piloted their way around the 10 fence course and the top 12 of the two-round classic returned to prove which pair was the ultimate in finesse and style.
Fifi Schmidt of Hopkinton, Massachusetts, garnered first-place and the $1,500 prize aboard No Doubt, owned by Elizabeth Phillips of New Canaan, Connecticut. The dynamic duo glided through the classic scoring a consistent 82 in jumping style and zero faults in both rounds.
Second-place and a check for $1,000 went to Donald Sheehan and his mount Kenan, owned by EHM Equestrian LLC. The equestrian of Maryville, Tennessee completed the 3’5” course exhibiting a first round score of 83 and 79.5 in the second round.
Also in the ribbons was Aaron Vale of Williston, Florida, and Cymplify, owned by Hasbrouck Donovan. Vale and Cymplify completed the classic with the third-place title and scores of 65 in the first round, improving to 79 in the second.
Fourth-place in the classic went to Calvary, ridden by Amanda Steege of Bedminster, New Jersey, and owned by Jessica Tindley. The top five finished out with Ocala native Emily Williams and Upcountry Capiche, owned by Jamie Stryker.
For more information and a complete schedule of classes and events, visit www.HitsShows.com.