Rocky W and Kaitlin Campbell Victorious in HITS Ocala $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix

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 Kaitlin Campbell and her Rocky W win the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix at HITS Ocala Thursday, January 29, 2015. (c) ESI Photography
Kaitlin Campbell and her Rocky W win the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix at HITS Ocala Thursday, January 29, 2015. (c) ESI Photography

Ocala, Florida (January 29, 2015): Kaitlin Campbell and her Rocky W jumped to victory in 38.220 seconds in a nine horse jump-off in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix in the Ocala Horse Properties Stadium on Thursday.

Campbell, of Georgetown, Kentucky, went second-to-last in the jump-off. Only two riders had jumped clear to that point. Campbell and her Holsteiner/Dutch Warmblood cross, fondly known as Rocky, finished clean to collect the winning check for $7,500.

“I’ve had Rocky nine years now. We actually bought him in Ocala in 2006 and this is our first time back. He obviously likes it here,” said Campbell, 23, who works as a trainer at Marigot Bay Farm in Lexington, Kentucky, and aims to jump Rocky in the Great American $1 Million at HITS Post Time Farm on March 23. “He’s 17-years-old now – I really want to jump in a big class with him.”

Kaitlin Campbell and her Rocky W get the blue ribbon in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix at HITS Ocala. (c) ESI Photography
Kaitlin Campbell and her Rocky W get the blue ribbon in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix at HITS Ocala. (c) ESI Photography

Wannick WH, owned by Candy Tribble and Windsor Show Stable, and ridden by Christine McCrea of East Windsor, Connecticut, posted the first clear round of the jump-off. Their time of 40.598 held the lead until Campbell rode, putting them in second place to earn $5,500.

Third place went to the only other clear jump-off round, posted by Dorothy Douglas of Flower Mound, Texas, on S&L Farms’ S&L Elite with a time of 40.635, over the course designed by Danny Foster of Ontario, Canada.

Mary Goldman’s Centurion B, ridden by Lisa Goldman of Hawthorn Woods, Illinois, had the fastest time of 36.542 in the jump-off but failed to clear a rail at Fence 11, dropping them to fourth place. HH Dauphin, owned by Woodrun and ridden by Laura Linback of Mundelein, Illinois, finished with four faults and a time of 40.660 to take fifth place.

$25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix
Place     Horse     Owner     Rider     Prize     Round 1 Faults     JO Faults JO Time
1 Rocky W  Kaitlin Campbell  Kaitlin Campbell     $7,500     0 0 38.220
2 Wannick WH  Candy Tribble & Windsor Show  Christine McCrea  $5,500 0 0 40.598
3 S & L Elite  S & L Farms  Dorothy Doughlas $3,250 0 0 40.635
4 Centurion B  Mary Goldman  Lisa Goldman  $2,000  0 4     36.542
5 HH Dauphin  Woodrun  Laura Linback  $1,500 0     4  40.660
6 Troya Retiro    Juan Pablo Betancourt  Juan Pablo Betancourt  $1,250 0     4  41.071
7 Titus 2:11  Derek Petersen  Jared Petersen  $1,000 0     4 41.258
8 Le Bon Classic Cloverlea Farm Inc. Tricia O'Connor  $750  0  4  44.539
9 MTM Centano  MTM Farm  Tracy Fenney  $750 0  12 47.026
10 Cassevel Maddie Skimming and Derek Petersen     Derek Petersen     $500 4     * *
11 Pluto  Santa Catalina Farm  Manuel Torres  $500 4 *     *
12 Udiana  Trade Winds Farm  Agatha D'Ambra  $500 4 * *




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