Kris Killam and Black Diamond Win $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix

Kris Killam and Mandy Killam's Black Diamond win Thursday's $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix at HITS Ocala.(c) ESI Photography
Kris Killam and Mandy Killam's Black Diamond win Thursday's $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix at HITS Ocala.(c) ESI Photography

Lexi Reed and Afandina Win $2,500 Brook Ledge Open Welcome
Ocala, Florida (February 26, 2015): Kris Killam, of Naples, Florida, won Thursday night’s $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix riding his wife Mandy Killam’s 13-year-old Selle Français gelding, Black Diamond.

Killam topped a field of 32 with several riders showing on multiple horses. Ten moved on to the jump-off. Andre Thieme, of Germany, was the first to attempt the short course and set the Great American Time to Beat at 32.102 riding Seth Vallhonrat’s Cellisto. Their performance would hold up for second place. Killam went fifth in the jump-off and cleared the course in 31.098 to take a commanding lead, while Dorothy Douglas, from Flower Mound, Texas, riding S & L Farms’ S & L Elite, went sixth with another clear in 32.285 to fit in behind Killam and Thieme for third.

Kris Killam and Mandy Killam's Black Diamond win the blue in Thursday's $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix at HITS Ocala. (c) ESI Photography
Kris Killam and Mandy Killam's Black Diamond win the blue in Thursday's $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix at HITS Ocala. (c) ESI Photography

Kristen VanderVeen of St. Charles, Illinois, took fourth and fifth place. VanderVeen claimed fourth on Bull Run's Faustino de Tili, who went eighth in the jump-off and finished in 32.530, and fifth on Bull Run’s Eternal, who went second in the jump-off, after Thieme, and completed the round in 32.702. Both of VanderVeen’s rides are owned by Bull Run Jumpers, LLC.

Killam said of his ride, “I was happy for my horse tonight. I had the fastest time in Sunday’s Grand Prix but I let my horse down by pulling on the reins [which perhaps led to his four faults in that jump-off]. This time I went forward. The turnback to the green oxer was hard for me but the last line rode well. The course was straight forward for the first time showing under the lights.”
Second-place winner Thieme was happy for Cellisto’s owner Vallhonrat and praised his horse, “He is a championship horse. I am so happy for my friend Seth.”

The lights Thursday night in the Ocala Horse Properties Stadium lit up Brazilian course designer Anderson Lima’s 15-effort Grand Prix. Before the class, Lima described his course, saying, “It’s a long course, but they have plenty of places they can go to cut the time. There are no tricks. I would like to have about ten clean.” He got exactly what he wanted as ten advanced to the jump-off.

“Anderson Lima is my favorite course designer,” VanderVeen said. “He’s built a little in Colorado where I’m from and I’ve always enjoyed his courses.”

$25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix

Place Horse   Owner   Rider Prize Rd. 1 Faults JO Faults JO Time
1 Black Diamond   Mandy Killam   Kris Killam $7,500 0 0 31.098
2 Cellisto   Seth Vallhonrat   Andre Thieme $5,500 0 0 32.102
3 S & L Elite   S & L Farms   Dorothy Douglas $3,250 0 0 32.285
4 Bull Run's Faustino de Tili   Bull Run Jumpers Five LLC   Kristen VanderVeen $2,000 0 0 32.530
5 Bull Run's Eternal   Bull Run Jumpers One LLC   Kristen VanderVeen $1,500 0 0 32.702
6 Viriato   Southern Cross Equestrian LLC   Scott Keach $1,250 0 0 32.973
7 Cooper   Devin Ryan   Devin Ryan $1,000 0 4 31.207
8 My Pleasure   My Pleasure LLC   Peter Leone $750 0 4 31.362
9 Cordovo   Gaston Family Investments LLC   Ian Silitch $750 0 4 36.516
10 Pluto   Santa Catalina Farm   Manuel Torres $500 0 * *
11 Liratus   Devin Ryan   Devin Ryan $500 4 * *
12 Matilda   Thaisa Erwin   Thaisa Erwin $500 4 * *

Time change: Please note, the Great American American $1 Million Grand Prix is now scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. on Monday, March 23, 2015.

Tickets are on sale now! General Admission is $10, or enjoy all the benefits of Day VIP for $100. To order, go to OcalaTix.com (online service fee applies), visit the HITS Post Time Farm Horse Show Office or call the office at 352.867.0508.

Lexy Reed and her Afandina win the $2,500 Brook Ledge Open Welcome Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at HITS Ocala (c) ESI Photography
Lexy Reed and her Afandina win the $2,500 Brook Ledge Open Welcome Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at HITS Ocala (c) ESI Photography

$2,500 Brook Ledge Open Welcome

Lexi Reed and her new mount Afandina took charge in the Ocala Horse Properties Stadium on Wednesday afternoon. Anderson Lima also designed this course of 13 efforts set at 1.40 meters. Seven horses moved on to the jump-off.

Thaisa Erwin from Middleburg, Virginia, riding Wild Card, owned by Hollberg Equestrian of Ocala, was first to contest the jump-off. She completed the eight effort final course without a fault in a trim 41.490 seconds. The lead changed hands with the next rider on course, David Jennings from Franklin, Tennessee, riding Full Circle Farm’s Blue Moon, who shaved almost a full second off of Erwin’s time, finishing in 40.565 seconds. The lead changed for the final time when Afandina and Lexi Reed from Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, flew around the course in 38.185. Four more made the attempt. Only the combination of Via Dolorosa and Derek Petersen from Archer, Florida, managed to beat the time but had a rail down to finish fourth in 37.886 seconds.

Reed said of her ride, “Today was very exciting for me! This is a new horse that is just 8 this year and he has only been in America five weeks. I was double-clear but slow on him all three days last week, so today I decided to kick it up a notch and it paid off. I think we will try the Friday prix this week and try our luck there. So far it has been a great circuit and I am very much looking forward to what the last couple of weeks have in store!”

$2,500 Brook Ledge Open Welcome

Place   Horse   Owner   Rider   Prize   Rd. 1 Faults   JO Faults   JO Time
1 Afandina   Lexy Reed   Lexy Reed   750   0   0   38.185
2 Blue Moon 22   Full Circle Farm   David Jennings   450   0   0   40.565
3 Wild Card   Hollberg Equestrian   Thaisa Erwin   300   0   0   41.490
4 Via Dolorosa   Derek Petersen   Derek Petersen   250   0   4   37.886
5 Liratus   Devin Ryan   Devin Ryan   225   0   4   38.727
6 Pluto   Santa Catalina Farm   Manuel Torres   200   0   4   38.761
7 Alonso   Jill Knowles   Karl Beyer   175   0   4   49.212
8 Anabella   Santa Catalina Farm   Manuel Torres   150   4   *   *
9 FVF Sailor Man   Fox View Farm   Maryann Charles   *   4   *   *
10 Butterfly Rouge   Kimberly Mulligan-Mangione   Kimberly Mulligan-Mangione   *   4   *   *
11 Quipit L.F.   Quipit Group   Ragan Roberts   *   4   *   *
12 Quitaire   Badger Hill Farm LLC   Grace Long   *   4   *   * 




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