Congratulations to the Champions of HITS Chicago

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Until Next Year, HITS Chicago!
Congratulations to all the Champions of HITS Chicago

In 2019, the HITS Chicago Series offered nine weeks of unparalleled hunter and jumper competition. From the beautiful facility to the range of class offerings, the horse shows at HITS Balmoral Park are of those that you don't want to miss out on. Take a look at some of the blue ribbon winners in the featured classes and Finals held during the final week.

Lisa Goldman-Smolen began her week with a one-two finish in the $5,000 Johnson Horse Transportation Open Welcome in the Grand Prix Stadium on Wednesday. Her first victory of the week came aboard HINDSIGHT, capturing the blue ribbon in a time of 36.800.

2nd Place: Goldman-Smolen & RARITY (4-Faults, 40.098)
3rd Place: Adeline Rohrbach & VALLADAM (4-Faults, 42.838)

Goldman-Smolen continued her success claiming the top three spots in the $5,000 SmartPak Jumper Prix on Thursday. The blue ribbon was awarded for her ride aboard SOVEREIGN in a time of 38.649.

2nd Place: Goldman-Smolen & NIKE (40.172)
3rd Place: Goldman-Smolen & BENGTSSON VDL (40.272)
Shannon Sullivan and DOWNTOWN'S MAIN EVENT joined the Winner's Circle on Friday to take home first place in the $5,000 Marshall & Sterling Jumper Classic. Besting the field by almost two seconds in a time of 29.651 secured top honors for Sullivan.

2nd Place: Jacqueline Steffens & BLAZE OF GLORY II (31.212)
3rd Place: Rohrbach & VALLADAM (31.965)
Another victory went in the books for Goldman-Smolen on Saturday as she and SOVEREIGN bested the field in the $25,000 HITS Grand Prix. As the first to return in the jump-off, this team laid down a fast time of 43.834, which held strong through the rest of the challengers.

2nd Place: Amanda Flint & VDL WITTINGER (46.174)
3rd Place: Goldman-Smolen & NIKE (48.005)
Taking home the blue ribbon in the $2,500 NAL Jr/A-O/Am 1.25m Jumper Classic was Caelinn Leahy & HAPPINESS, while Rohrbach & VALLADAM topped the field in the $5,000 Chicago Equine Medical Jr/A-O/Am 1.35m Jumper Classic.
Following the $25,000 HITS Grand Prix was the NCEA Junior Hunter Seat Medal Finals - Midwest. Riders compete over a first round course, and the top ten are called back for the flat phase. The top four riders after the flat phase then return to go head-to-head in the bracket phase of competition where they switch horses and compete in a semi-final bracket and a final bracket, much like NCAA equestrian competition. Taking home top honors, along with a custom wool dress sheet, was Molly Canfield.

2nd Place: Delaney Hoffman
3rd Place: Leah Jasky
Sarah Robertson was awarded victory in the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby for her ride aboard KALISTO. Robertson scored an 86 in the first round and an 88 in the second for a total of 174. The success didn't end there for Roberston as she also took home second place honors.

2nd Place: Robertson & RIO D'ORO (173)
3rd Place: Savannah Talcott & CHICAGO STYLE (165)
Marshall & Sterling Midwest Finals
M&S Junior Medal Final: Alexis Ortiz
M&S Junior/Amateur Horsemanship Final: Emma Gutstein
Back on Track Children's Medal Final: Natalie Bertoglio
M&S Children's Pony Medal Final: Mia Muscarello
Dover Saddlery Adult Medal Final: Rita Krejci
M&S Children's 2'6" Medal Final: Charlotte Bertoglio

M&S Children's Hunter Horse Final: Jorie Cattaneo & TALLEDAGA
M&S Children's Hunter Pony Final: Mia Muscarello & SHOULD'VE BEEN A COWBOY
SmartPak Adult Hunter Final: Claire Stockard & BOBDES BAUMEISTER
M&S Novice Children's/Adult Hunter Final: Meghan Taylor & LES CHENEAUX

M&S Child/Adult Jumper Final: Skyler Lisitza & VELVET NZPH
M&S Modified Child/Adult Jumper Final: Kendall George & S&L DOWNTOWN
M&S Low Child/Adult Jumper Final: Ella Braun & HIGH RENT
IHJA Medal Finals
IHJA Pony Medal Final: Jackie Stary
IHJA Children's Medal Final: Amanda Rusch
IHJA Adult Medal Final: Jessica Bertoglio
IHJA Junior Medal Final: Alexis Ortiz
IHJA Children's Mini Medal Final: Charlotte Bertoglio
IHJA Adult Mini Medal Final: Kelly O'Bryan
Join us back at HITS Balmoral Park in 2020 for even more hunter, jumper, and equitation competition. Stay up to date with all the HITS Happenings on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and at!