Ocala, FL- The Ocala Holiday Classic kicked off as the second week of the HITS Holiday Series. Equestrians returned to HITS Post Time Farm for another week of competition after a brief hiatus to dine, play and explore the city of Ocala, Florida.
Derek Petersen of Archer, Florida, walked away with the blue ribbon in the first featured class of the week, the $2,500 Johnson Horse Transportation Open Welcome—the win came aboard Redeemed, a seven-year-old Warmblood gelding.
Four would jump clear to advance to the immediate jump-off, where three would go double clear in contingency for the victory.
Petersen was the first to show and the first to produce a double-clear round to set the tone for the class. He and Redeemed clocked in at 40.983, a round that would remain unsurpassed.
Next to conquer the shortened course was Lexington, Kentucky equestrian Lauren Hester and Clueless P, owned by Hester Equestrian, LLC. They stopped the clock just one second behind Petersen in 41.501 for the eventual second-place prize.
The final pair to go clear in the jump-off was Debbie McCarthy Connor of Patterson, New York, and Zim, owned by Connor & Ebetino Jumpers, LLC— the pair won this class in the first week of the Holiday Series. They crossed the finish in 47.140 to secure third place.
Fourth place went to Hayden Morresey riding Cequila, owned by Margaret Bopp, LLC. The final spot in the top five belonged to Ocala rider Allen T. Nabors piloting Cool N’Cavalier, owned by Cassie Bakus.
For more information and a complete schedule of classes and events, visit www.HitsShows.com