HITS Ocala Holiday Shows Return with the Ocala Holiday Premiere

Kaitlyn Williams leads the way in the Grand Prix
Under blue skies and plenty of sunshine, the 2021 HITS Ocala Holiday Series kicked off this past week with the Ocala Holiday Premiere. Smiles could be found on the faces of exhibitors, spectators, and staff, as everyone was happy to be back at HITS Post Time Farm for another incredible year!
Determined to start the season off successfully, Hadden Frost was the first rider to claim a featured Jumper class, taking the win in Wednesday's $2,500 Open Welcome. Frost and FINOU 4 used the first jump to knock off the rust associated with the beginning of a new season and went clean the rest of the way with a quick time of 67.967.

2nd Place: Callan Solem & NIPPON VAN DE DONKHOEVE [4-faults, 71.257]
3rd Place: Solem & ESSENAR CRIXUS [8-faults, 67.200]

Riders stepped up their game in Friday's $10,000 SmartPak Open Prix, with eight remaining in the ring for the jump-off round and four going double clear. Aboard MTM DOLCE VITA, Tracy Fenney topped the field with her clean run in 33.303.

2nd Place: Hayley Waters & JUST LUCK [35.449]
3rd Place: Carlos Ramirez & EXTRA DES SEQUOIAS [36.387]

Callan Solem jumped her way to the blue ribbon and a 1-3 finish in the $10,000 Open Prix on Saturday. She piloted NIPPON VAN DE DONKHOEVE to the only clear round in the jump-off, posting a time of 32.074.

2nd Place: Debbie McCarthy Connor & SASHI W [4-faults, 35.945]
3rd Place: Solem & ESSENAR CRIXUS [4-faults, 73.349]

On a picture perfect Sunday afternoon, competitors entered the Stadium with hopes of winning the $25,000 HITS Grand Prix. Three riders jumped a clean first round and returned with their eyes on the prize. With a clean, fast round, it was Kaitlyn Williams & CASSIO MELLONI who earned their third Grand Prix win together. The pair posted a fault-free time of 43.116.

2nd Place:  Amanda Flint & VDL WITTINGER [3-faults, 47.122]
3rd Place: Hayley Waters & JUST LUCK [8-faults, 43.650]

Jumper Classic Winners

$2,000 M&S/NAL/WIHS Child/Adult Jumper Classic: Gabby Adams & GARINCO VAN DE LIJNSAERD

$2,500 NAL Junior/Amateur 1.25m Jumper Classic: Laurel Blakemore & ANGEL'S ENVY

$5,000 Junior/Amateur 1.35m Jumper Classic: Lawson Whitaker & FINCH FARM CLIFFORD

Saturday played host to the featured Hunter class of the week, the $1,500 HITS Holiday Hunter Prix. McKenzie Clayton piloted CARTIER DU ROUET to a first round score of 82 and a second round score of 65 for a winning total of 147.

2nd Place: Riley Hogan & UBER [125]
3rd Place: Madeline Jordan & SWIPE RIGHT [115]

Hunter Classic Winners

$500 Perfect Products Pony Hunter Classic: Jole Kosloske & CHIC IN TIME

$500 SmartPak/M&S/NAL/WIHS Child/Adult Hunter Classic: Schuyler Dayner & FREQUENT FLIER

$1,000 CWD Junior/A-O Hunter Classic: Luke Sassi & COCORRADO BB

Click here for the full listing of results from the HITS Ocala Holiday Series
Be sure to join us for the second week of the HITS Ocala Holiday Series, December 15-19, for even more incredible action! Featured classes include the $2,500 Diamond Mills Hunter Prix, the $1,500 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix, the $20,000 SmartPak Open Prix, and the $25,000 HITS Grand Prix.