Ocala, Florida: The Florida sun was shining bright above the Ocala Horse Properties Stadium on Sunday morning as nineteen horses competed for $7,500 in prize money over Bernardo Cabral’s course of 15 jumping efforts set at 1.45 meters.
The course proved difficult for many as only three were able to go clean and proceed to the jump off. Three turned to one when Ricardo, on his grey Carvschka, was the only rider to complete the jump off free of faults with a time of 46.475.
“I came along for the ride with the Mexican Team showing in the Nations Cup [next week]. I have never been to HITS Ocala before and I think it’s a very nice horse show,” said Nizri after his win. “I didn’t expect the course to be so big and the class so competitive.”
Melissa Rudershausen from Kennett Square, Pennsylvania earned second place on Charmeur Ask with a four fault score in 37.695 seconds. Rudershausen was very pleased with her horse’s performance.
“I thought my horse was always looking for the next fence so I was happy about that. He was right there where I wanted him to be,” said Rudershausen. “He just got a little quick and caught a rail in the second part of the combination.”
Jared Petersen of Archer, Florida riding his father’s Via Dolorosa was third after an unfortunate stop at the first fence in the jump off.
“I was going for the leave-out to the first jump and I just doubted it. I changed my mind. I should have just kept going,” Petersen reviewed. “I should have just had better pace coming to it and I would have been fine. I’m happy that he was clear in the first round.”
Wellington, Florida native Nicole Bellissimo aboard Harley David was the fastest with four faults in the first round and a time of 73.599 to finish fourth.
$7,500 U-Dump/SJHOF Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper High
Place Horse Owner Rider Prize R.1 Faults JO Faults JO Time
1 Carvschka Ricardo Nizri Ricardo Nizri 0 0 46.475
2 Charmeur Ask Melissa Rudershausen Melissa Rudershausen 0 4 37.695
3 Via Dolorosa Derek Petersen Jared Petersen 0 20 57.592
4 Harley David Bellissimo LLC Nicole Bellissimo 4 - -
5 As Di Chupito North Face Farm Erin Hass 4 - -
6 Orientals Double S Farm Sima Morgello 4 - -
7 Available Aphrodite AvailableJumpers.com My Weber 4 - -
8 Ferno Van De Hermitage Czech Mate Hannah Holik 4 - -
9 Whittaker MVNZ Woodrun Laura Linback 8 - -
10 Valentina 156 Lexander Farm Alex Parrish 8 - -
11 Captain Krutzmann Smithfield Farms Callie Smith 8 - -
12 Caprisio Caroline McLeese Caroline McLeese 8 - -