Tracy Fenney & Kristen Bumpus Top Featured Classes

Tracy Fenney and Kristen Bumpus Make Their Way at HITS Ocala
Congratulations to the Champions of Week IV!
We're nearing the half-way point of the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit and competition is high as riders compete for top honors in featured Hunter and Jumper classes. Week IV hosted a range of special classes including a $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, $1,500 USHJA Pony Derby, the $150,000 Trilogy Grand Prix, and more. Riders showed up at the 'Top of their Game', all in hope for a blue ribbon and Champion title.

With prize money that has been doubled and even tripled in the Grand Prix and Hunter Prix each week, HITS Ocala has seen strong numbers and new faces at this year’s circuit, including nearly a dozen Olympic veterans hailing from seven different countries. As riders gear up for the Seventh Annual Great American $1 Million Grand Prix, and earn points toward the ACE Belts Mid-Circuit Champion Awards that will be present week V, HITS Ocala hits the mid-point on a high note.

Kicking off a big week in the Stadium was the $5,000 Open Welcome where Dorothy Douglas took the blue aboard MTM CORNADA B, besting the field by over two full seconds in a time of 33.103.

2nd Place: Jill Henselwood & CANNTINUE [35.682]
3rd Place: Harold Chopping & GERDERIEKA II VL [35.702]

Francois Lamontagne & CHANEL DU CALVAIRE were the last to make it to the jump-off in the $10,000 HITS Open Prix on Thursday, claiming top honors in a time of 36.687.

2nd Place: Kylie Jo Perkins & FOR SECRET PLEASURE [38.260]
3rd Place: Jordan Petersen & DIAMANT'S LEGACY [38.410]
Lisa Goldman-Smolen was welcomed to the Winner's Circle to accept the top prize in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix Friday afternoon aboard SOVEREIGN in an unbeatable time of 42.866.

2nd Place: Beth Underhill & COUNT ME IN [42.994]
3rd Place: Underhill & UMBRELLA TERWILGEN Z [43.334]
Rowan Willis claimed another first place finish at the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit to add to his success at Post Time Farm this season. This time he accepted the blue ribbon in the $15,000 1.40m Jumper Classic as he crossed the timers in 38.546 aboard EVERYTIME ANYWHERE B. 

2nd Place: Thiago Silva & SALAMANDRA BALOUBINA [38.613]
3rd Place: Perkins & FOR SECRET PLEASURE [4-Faults, 36.114]
Jumper Classic Winners
$1,000 M&S Child/Adult Jumper Classic - Low: Adrienne Clark & WESTERN STAR
$1,500 M&S Child/Adult Jumper Classic - Medium: Rebeca Gutstein & EMPTY SPACES
$2,000 M&S ChildJumper Classic - High: Madison O'Meara & LAPAGINA
$2,000 M&S Adult Jumper Classic - High: Hannah Showell & JUDGE NOT

$2,500 Pyranha Jr 1.25m Jumper Classic: Samantha Meyer & SILVER CREEK'S CHARMED
$2,500 Pyranha A-O/AM 1.25m Jumper Classic:
Taylor Lampert & CHEERS VAN OVERIS Z

$5,000 Summit Joint Performance Jr/A-O/Am 1.35m Jumper Classic:
Madelyn Cardellli & BAAL BERITH

$7,500 U-Dump Jr/A-O/AM 1.45m Jumper Classic: Bryn Sadler & CEZARRO
It was a new partnership that took home the blue ribbon and lion's share of prize money in the $150,000 Trilogy Grand Prix. After a fourth place finish in last Sunday's Grand Prix, Tracy Fenney and MTM APPLE climbed the ranks to claim a well deserved win Week IV. Fenney went early in the jump-off and laid down a fast, clear round in 40.059. She held onto that as she sat on the young Danish Warmblood watching Grand Prix veterans and top horses try to catch her time.

2nd Place: Underhill & COUNT ME IN [40.634]
3rd Place: Willis & DIABLO VII [42.431]
It was a special week for Hunters at the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit, featuring top riders from across the country. From the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby and the Platinum Performance Hunter Prix to the $1,500 USHJA Pony Hunter Derby riders gave it their all. HITS Ocala features weekly qualifiers for the HITS Championship that takes place annually in Saugerties, New York, featuring two of the richest Hunter Classes in the country.

An afternoon of Hunters in the Stadium started with those competing in the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby. HITS is proud to host some of the richest USHJA International Hunter Derbies in the country. Climbing to the top of the standings in the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby with an impressive score of 366 was Kristen Bumpus for her ride aboard DIADORA.
Bumpus received scores of 88 and 89 in the first round plus four high option frmom each panel for a total of 185. Bumpus had the final ride in the second round, scoring a 78 from Panel A and 8 handy points added to the 79 from Panel B and 8 more handy points. On top of that, she challenged all the high options to score a 181.

2nd Place: Augusta Iwasaki & SMALL KINGDOM [356] 
3rd Place: Carly Campbell-Cooper & CAPRIATI [352.5]
Junior and Amateur riders were next to be welcomed to the Stadium as they competed for the top prize in the $1,500 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix. Scores of 80 and 84 for a 164 overall secured the top placing for Schuyler Dayner and LONDON T.

2nd Place: Grace McReynolds & CASCAVEL [162]
3rd Place: Sophia Deel & THOMAS O'MALLEY [161.5]

Week IV also featured the $1,500 USHJA Pony Hunter Derby where Lauren Gee took top honors aboard EDITOR'S NOTE. It was scores of 81 and 85 for a cumulative score of 166 that pushed this team to the top of the standings.

2nd Place: Lauren Reid & VALENTINO [165]
3rd Place: Veronica Feeley & FAIRYWOOD TOMBOY [155]
Hunter Classic Winners

$1,000 USHJA Green Hunter Incentive: Hillary Johnson & ELLIOT

$1,000 A-O 3'6" Hunter Classic: Darby Toben & GIOVANNIE
$1,000 ALL-IN Removal A-O 3'3" Hunter Classic: Grace McReynolds & CARUSO
$1,000 Antares Jr 3'6" Hunter Classic: Sophee Steckbeck & CALAGRAND
$1,000 Jr 3'3" Hunter Classic: Maddie Tosh & LUCADOR

$500 M&S SmartPak Adult Hunter Classic: Alexandra Hendelman & SPOTIFY
$500 M&S Child Hunter Classic - Horse: Grayson Shelton & CHER Z
$500 M&S Child Hunter Classic - Pony: Adele Dewar & BIEBER
M&S Bit O'Straw Hunter Classic: Starr Humphries & VIENNA

$1,000 Perfect Products Pony Hunter Classic: Lauren Reid & POWERBALL
Click here for the full listing of results from the HITS Ocala Winter Classic.
Social Scene
Taco-bout a party! Exhibitors enjoyed Sayulita Taqueria, "Say Taco", and all their favorite Mexican Treats at the Eat & Boutique Exhibitor Part Friday night. Didn't make it to the Exhibitor Party? You can enjoy Say Taco any day of the week at the on-site pop-up located near Hunter 2! 
Coming up in Week V of the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit, the Mid-Circuit Champions sponsored by ACE Equestrian will be awarded prior to the Grand Prix. Don't miss out on the $200,000 Ocala Electric Utility Grand Prix, right here at HITS Post Time Farm next Sunday, February 16!
HITS is excited to be back in Ocala for its 39th consecutive year of horse shows - be sure to check out the Official Prize List for details on the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit and all we have to offer! 
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 352.620.2275 or info@hitsshows.comEnter today! We look forward to seeing you at this year’s circuit!
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