Sloane Coles and Autumn Rhythm Claim First Devoucoux Win at HITS Culpeper

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Sloane Coles and Autumn Rhythm, owned Nilani Trent, in the $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix at the Commonwealth National April 18, 2015 at HITS Commonwealth Park in Culpeper, Virginia.(c) ESI Photography
Sloane Coles and Autumn Rhythm, owned Nilani Trent, in the $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix at the Commonwealth National April 18, 2015 at HITS Commonwealth Park in Culpeper, Virginia.(c) ESI Photography

Culpeper, Virginia – Sloane Coles and Autumn Rhythm claimed the first $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix at HITS Culpeper this weekend with scores of 85 and 84 to total 169. "It was a nice class," said Coles. "Autumn Rhythm, my second-year horse, performed beautifully. He did everything he was asked." In the first round, going third-to-last, Coles and the dark gray 9-year-old gelding, owned by Nilani Trent, handily earned the top score.

Coles and Autumn Rhthym returned last in the second round, earning a score of 84, which was not the top score of the round — that went to third-place finisher Winn Alden and Spirit, owned by E.S. Equine Broker LLC, who earned an 85 — but Coles and Autumn Rhythm's combined total was enough to place them first.  Alden and Spirit had a score of 80 in the first round, for a two-round total of 165.

Second place finisher Jeffrey Ayers and Romantik, owned by Nina Leopold, received scores of 83 and 82.5 to total 165.5.

Coles continued, "There were some nice bending lines. A normal, nice hunter course with some extra fences. It was well presented."

The Devoucoux Hunter Prix is a qualifier for the Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix Final at the HITS Championship September 2-6 at HITS-on-the-Hudson in Saugerties, New York.

Coles' goal is to qualify Autumn Rhythm for the Final. She said, "I'm working on my schedule so I can get qualified."

Sloane Coles and Autumn Rhythm, owned Nilani Trent, in the $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix at the Commonwealth National April 18, 2015 at HITS Commonwealth Park in Culpeper, Virginia. (c) ESI Photography

$5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix
Place     Horse     Owner     Rider     Prize     Round 1 & 2  Total
1 Autumn Rhythm  Nilani Trent  Sloane Coles  $1,500  85/84  169
2 Romantik  Nina Leopold  Jeffrey Ayers  $1,000  83/82.5  165.5
3 Spirit  E.S. Equine Broker LLC  Winn Alden  $7,00  80/85  165
4 Escalade  Jeffrey Ayers  Jeffrey Ayers  $500     79/84  163
5 Love Struck  Kelly Stensland     Matthew Jenkins  $400  80.5/82  162.5
6 Salinger  Barbara Armitage  Amy Zettler  $350  81/81     162
7 Fila     Taylor Lampert     Debbie McCarthy  $300  82/75  157
8 Conquistador     Tara Daugherty     Tara Daugherty     $250     76/80     156

Lena Rae Reeb and Private Ryan, owned by Jamie Ringel, jump victoriously in the ,500 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix at the Commonwealth National April 18, 2015 at HITS Commonwealth Park in Culpeper, Virginia. (c) ESI Photography
Lena Rae Reeb and Private Ryan, owned by Jamie Ringel, jump victoriously in the ,500 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix at the Commonwealth National April 18, 2015 at HITS Commonwealth Park in Culpeper, Virginia. (c) ESI Photography

Lena Rae Reeb and Private Ryan Win $1,500 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix
High school student Lena Rae Reeb took first place in the $1,500 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix this past Saturday on Private Ryan, owned by Jamie Ringel.

Reeb earned the highest score in the first round, an 84, and topped the second place winner Brooke Cole on her Poetic Justis by six points with a total score of 167 to Cole's 161. Rounding out third place with a score of 160 was Cristyn Edwards on Wilhelm, owned by Kendall Casaccio.

"I was thrilled win the Platinum Performance Hunter Prix on Private Ryan — it was such a great experience, being my first time showing at HITS Culpeper," said Reeb, of Weston, Connecticut. "I look forward to showing in the HITS Championship. It is always an amazing opportunity, with elegantly crafted courses and beautiful jumps at a great venue."

Reeb was also champion in the low children's jumpers and had a class win on her 3'3 junior hunter as well.

The $1,500 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix is a qualifier for the Platinum Performance $250,000 Hunter Prix Final at HITS Championship September 2-6 at HITS-on-the-Hudson in Saugerties, New York.

$1,500 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix
Place     Horse     Owner     Rider     Prize     Round 1 & 2  Total
1 Private Ryan     Jamie Ringel  Lena Rae Reeb  450  84/83  167
2 Poetic Justis  Brooke Cole  Brooke Cole  300     80/81     161
3 Wilhelm  Kendall Casaccio  Cristyn Edwards  200  77/83  160
4 Daddy's Bentley  Lauren Boldt  Lauren Boldt  150  73/77  150
5 Kohl     Megan Turner  Megan Turner  125  82/66     148
6 Earl Grey  Madeline Hardman     Madeline Hardman  100  79/67 146
7 Montefino  Darcy J. Bowie  Lindsay Evans-Thomas  100  71/69  140
8 Wizard of Oz     Madelyn Wojdak     Madelyn Wojdak  75  66/70  136

About Devoucoux
Devoucoux, maker of fine French saddles, is proud to be the title sponsor of each and every qualifying Hunter Prix leading up to the phenomenal Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix Final. Devoucoux offers a wide range of saddles in many colors and sizes and matching accessories. Devoucoux craftsmen are devoted to creating beautiful products that reflect their obsession with quality and lovingly finished work. For more information on Devoucoux, visit devoucoux.com.

About Platinum Performance®
Platinum Performance® provides more than 10 supplements essential to your horse’s health and conditioning in just one scoop. Platinum Performance® Equine addresses a horse's total body health from joint and hoof care to athletic performance and coat health, and is the 2015 sponsor of the $250,000 Hunter Prix Final and all qualifiers. For more information on Platinum Performance, visit platinumperformance.com.




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