HITS Ocala Starts February 2019 In Full Gear

Tuesday, February 12, 2019
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The Ocala Winter Classic featured new classes during HITS Ocala week IV, February 4-10, with riders from across the country aiming to test themselves against the very best competition. Based on the results, competitors and spectators alike were treated to some of the very best riding.

Pony Power at the USHJA International Pony Hunter Derby

The Ocala Winter Classic was host to the $1,500 USHJA International Pony Hunter Derby. The junior rider to boast top honors was Lauren Studstill. Studstill guided ROLLINGWOODS LEMONY STICKET to score an 80 in the first round and an 85 in the second round, winning the class with a combined total of 165.

2nd Place: Izzy Beisel & BOUTONNIERE (160)
3rd Place: Brooks Hull & JEREMIAH WAS A BULLFROG (157)

Manuel Torres and Chistofolini H Start the Week in Style

It all started Wednesday in the Ocala Horse Properties Stadium with the $5,000 Johnson Horse Transportation Welcome. Manuel Torres captured the blue ribbon on CHISTOFOLINI H. The pair finished with the winning time of 38.260.

2nd Place: Kris Killiam & GANGSTER CHS (38.455)
3rd Place: Lisa Goldman-Smolen & NIKE (38.986)

Lots of Grand Jumping

A dominating performance highlighted the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix. Kirk Webby and BRANDO DU ROUET posted an amazing two-plus second win in a jaw-dropping time of 39.229.

2nd Place: Tracey Fenney & MTM COMO NO (41.519)
3rd Place: Fenney & MTM REVE DU PARADIS (41.690)

Brian Moggre, the only junior in the field, was the winner of the $10,000 KindredBio Open Prix. Moggre and MTM FLUTTERBY crossed the timers in 28.530.

2nd Place: Goldman-Smolen & HINDSIGHT (30.327)
3rd Place: Fenney & MTM APPLE (30.804)

Holly Shepherd Gets a One Two Punch

Saturday introduced a new class in the Ocala Horse Properties Stadium, the $10,000 1.35m Gambler's Choice. The winning rider for this special class was Holly Shepherd aboard MANCHESTER. The pair accumulated a total score of 1630 to seal the win.

2nd Place: Moggre & MTM FLUTTERBY (1620)
3rd Place: Sima Morgello & AZUR VAN OVERIS Z (1550)

The first of two $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derbies took place in the Ocala Horse Properties Stadium this week and provided a great display of top notch hunter performances. Holly Shepherd took home top honors aboard HIGH SOCIETY with a score of 178 in round one, and a follow up score of 199 in round two. This gave the pair a combined score of 377 to take home the win.

2nd Place: Kristen Bumpus & DIADORA (365)
3rd Place: Cassandra Kahle & GARSINO (350)

Grace Debney and DARK KISS Z captured the win in the $2,500 Pyranha Junior 1.25m Jumper Classic on Sunday.

Taking top honors in this week's $2,500 Pyranha A-O/Am 1.25m Jumper Classic was Laura Linback aboard BIG SMILE.

The winning round for the $5,000 Summit Joint Performance Jr/A-O/Am 1.35m Jumper Classic went to Erin Haas riding UDO DV.

In a close jump off, Bryn Sadler took the win in the $7,500 U-Dump Jr/A-O/Am 1.45m Jumper Classic, aboard CINVEN CR.

Aaron Vale Wins the Big One Three Weeks in A Row

Aaron Vale with Major wins his third HITS Grand Prix
Aaron Vale with Major wins his third HITS Grand Prix

Boehringer Ingelheim week at the Ocala Winter Classic wrapped up with the $50,000 Boehringer Ingelheim Grand Prix in the Ocala Horse Properties Staduim.

The dynamic duo had the fastest time, 38.549, nearly three seconds faster than second place, and took home the top spot for an amazing third week in a row.

2nd Place: Haley Gassel & QUITE DARK 2 (41.051)
3rd Place: Jenni McAllister & ESCADA VS (41.585)

Jillian Piesco and CASSINO ROYALE took home the blue ribbon this week in the $1,500 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix. Piesco had a first round score of 82, followed by a second round score of 85, giving the pair a total of 167 to capture the win.

2nd Place: Lena Rae Reeb & CALL ME (163)
3rd Place: Lila Ouellette & KING OF HEARTS (151)

Valentine's Week V at HITS Coming Right Up

Don’t miss out on Week V when stakes increase in our two weekly Grand Prix – Catch the $50,000 SmartPak Grand Prix on Friday and the $100,000 Ocala Electric Utility Grand Prix on Sunday! We will also present the Kastel Denmark Mid-Circuit Grand Champion awards in the Ocala Horse Properties Stadium on Sunday prior to the Grand Prix.