HITS Chicago Lamplight Summertime II is a Wrap!

The second week of the HITS Chicago Summertime Series has concluded at Lamplight Equestrian Center. Exhibitors enjoyed the beautiful weather throughout the week as the summer show season continued in Chicago. Lamplight Summertime II was host to USEF-Rated National Hunter/Jumper 4* competition that featured a $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby, $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, and a $50,000 John Deere Grand Prix. Read on to catch up on all of this week's winners!

Kicking off the week on Wednesday with win in the $2,500 HITS Open Welcome was Kyle Perkovich and his horse HIT ME VAN'T ZORGVLIET. Finishing as one of three zero-fault rounds in the jump-off, this team bested the field in 39.574 to take home the blue ribbon.

2nd Place: Adeline Rohrbach & VALLADAM [40.273]
3rd Place: Stephanie Shaw & CONTESSA  [43.89]

Leading the way in Thursday's $5,000 1.35M Jumper Classic was Grace Thames and DIAMARIA. Crossing the timers in a quick 35.144 with no faults, Thames claimed top honors by less than half a second!

2nd Place: Ali Wolff & CASALL [35.484]
3rd Place: Laurel Walker & ZIEZO [37.171]

On Friday, the Grand Prix Stadium hosted the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix where Wolff and QUIRIE 2 shined in the spotlight. Returning to the jump-off, this duo was quick and clear to finish with a time of 39.108, proving unbeatable against zero-fault second and third finishes.

2nd Place: Trapp O'Neal & DOLLAR CASH [39.894]
3rd Place: Perkovich & HIT ME VAN'T ZORGVLIET [40.148]

Moving into the weekend, Thames emerged victorious again in a featured Jumper class in Saturday's $10,000 HITS Open Jumper Prix aboard DIAMARIA. Riding against a stacked field in the jump-off, Thames completed one of three clear rounds in a speedy time of 36.232 to claim the blue ribbon. 

2nd Place  Savannah Hemby & CLAIR DU LUNE [37.114]
3rd Place: Walker & ZIEZO [37.35]

Sunday was host to the exciting $50,000 John Deere Grand Prix where O'Neal and DOLLAR CASH secured the first place spot as the only team to jump clear. Crossing the timers in 91.855, O'Neal took home the top prize to cap off a successful week in featured Jumper classes.

2nd Place: Michael Burnett & CHAGRAND [4-Faults, 77.56]
3rd Place: Lisa Goldman-Smolen & SOVEREIGN [4-Faults, 80.234]


$750 Puddle Jumper Classic: Yvette Heintzelman & HIGH COTTON

$1,000 M&S Modified Child/Adult Jumper Classic: Malanya Bownes & BELLISSIMA DE BONCE

$1,000 Dever M&S Child/Adult Low Jumper Classic: Sara March & ROLE MODEL

$2,500 NAL Jr/A-O/Am Low Jumper Classic: Walker & BIAGGI 

$5,000 Pyranha Jr/A-O/Am Medium/High Jumper Classic: Thames & DIAMARIA

$5,000 M&S Child/Adult High Jumper Classic: Winifred Branscum & REWRITE THE STARS
Continuing his winning streak from last week in the Hunter Ring was Ryan Sassmannhausen who placed first in Friday's $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby aboard ROSALITA. Earning an impressive 86 in the first round and an 87 in the handy round, Sassmannhausen took home the winner's trophy once again in this featured Hunter class with a total score of 173.

2nd Place: Katherine Addington & CORDOBA Z [170.75]
3rd Place: Katie McDonnell & CRIMSON TIDE [170]
$1,000 Amateur/Owner Hunter Classic: Anneliese Kolaska & CAESAR AUGUSTUS

$1,000 CWD Junior Hunter Classic: Daniela Casline & STELLAR

$500 M&S Adult Hunter Classic: Jessica Killenbeck & S&L PAWLING 

$500 M&S/NAL Child Hunter Classic: Katherine Addington & CORDOBA Z

$1,000 Perfect Products Pony Hunter Classic: Lucca Rossano & OOMPA LOOMPA
USEF-Rated National/4* competition continues this week at HITS Chicago Lamplight Summertime III, July 21-25, featuring a $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, $50,000 HITS Grand Prix, $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, and the exciting USHJA Hunter Team Challenge. Don't miss out - HITS Chicago features competition for every level rider at the charming Lamplight Equestrian Center. If we can be of assistance in making your plans, please contact us at 224.238.7460 or email us