Harrie Smolders & Cassandra Kahle Cap Off the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit with Top Finishes
Over the past ten weeks HITS has awarded $4 Million in Prize Money and celebrated its 40th Anniversary in the Horse Capital of the World®. From Grand Prix Veterans to Lead Line Champions, HITS Ocala has awarded and lauded winners at every level. With the goal of 'Making Million Dollar Dreams Come True,’ judging from all the smiles and excitement, this year’s Circuit was a great success.
As it has every year, the final week of the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit featured outstanding prize money in the Children’s/Adult and Junior/ Amateur Jumper Classics. Hunters were in the spotlight again with a $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby and $5,000 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix, and riders earning the most points in over 100 divisions throughout the circuit were recognized in the Tack Shack of Ocala 2nd-Half Circuit and Adeptus Overall Circuit Parade of Champions. The seventh Great American $1 Million Grand Prix, the richest class in the world so far in 2020 and 2021 closed out the Circuit in the Grand Prix Stadium. Tune in LIVE at ShowHorseTV to see who will be crowned Champion of the 22nd HITS $1 Million Grand Prix.
Thursday welcomed Aaron Vale and CAMIRO BLUE PS, owned by April Miller, into the Winner's Circle to accept the blue ribbon in the $10,000 HITS Open Prix in a time of 32.968.
Securing first place in Friday's $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix was Harrie Smolders and MONACO for Evergate Stables, LLC. Fence 14 in the jump-off proved to be the toughest challenge for riders, but Smolders cleared the course in 36.441 to claim the blue ribbon.
Saturday featured an exciting day of competition in the Grand Prix Stadium at HITS Post Time Farm with tremendous prize money offered for junior and amateur jumper riders. Leading the way in the 23rd Annual $25,000 M&S Children's/Adult Jumper Classic - High was Sophia Ayers aboard her own FOR FASHION. Ayers stuck to her plan in the jump-off, topping the field with a clean round in 27.726, to secure the win in the richest Children’s/Adult Jumper Class in the country.
Jumper Classic Winners
$1,000 M&S Child/Adult Jumper Classic - Low: Katelyn Coveny & HIGH JACK
$1,500 M&S Child/Adult Jumper Classic - Medium: Aiva Gamelin & SANITA PJ
$2,500 Pyranha NAL Jr/A-O/Am 1.25m Jumper Classic: Pippa Spingler & FRYBALIA SMH
Friday evening featured the 25th annual HITS Equitation Championship, where junior riders competed over a first round course consisting of gymnastics, trot fences, and combinations. The top 12 riders then returned for a second round which included technical, jumper-type elements. Riders were responsible for their own course walk, schooling, and preparation. Those who demonstrated proficiency and excellence in their schooling and preparation were awarded one or two bonus points toward their overall score as well.
Taking home the Championship title in this year's competition was Kate Egan with flourishing scores of 91 and 87 for a total of 178.
2nd Place: Madison Ramsey [172.5]
3rd Place: Schuyler Dayner 
In the final week of the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit, hunters competed for the top prize in the second $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby of the season. Taking the top placing and returning to the Winner's Circle was Kahle, who took the reins aboard CANNON CREEK for Redfield Farm. Kahle scored 181.75 in the first round and followed that up with a 198 in the second round for an overall score of 379.75.
2nd Place: Dorothy Douglas & MTM LOLAH LOL 
3rd Place: Chopping & CATCHPHRASE 
Katelyn Coveney capped off her HITS Ocala Winter Circuit by winning the $5,000 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix aboard her own MTM FASHION. Coveney was awarded scores of 86 and 85 for a two round total of 171. This also marked Coveney's fourth Platinum Performance win of the season!
2nd Place: Emma Covarrubias & ENDLESS JOY 
3rd Place: Chloe Stix & ECLECTIC 
Hunter Classic Winners
$1,000 USHJA Green Hunter Incentive: Hunt Tosh & WOODFORD
$1,000 A-O Hunter Classic - 3'6": Anna Wells-Sharp & PLAY THAT SONG
$1,000 Eastern Hay A-O Hunter Classic - 3'3": Meghan Rohrbaugh Bear & CARISTO
$1,000 Antares Large Junior Hunter Classic - 3'6": Haley Barnes & GOLDEN GLOCK WS
$1,000 CWD Small Junior Hunter Classic - 3'6": Grace Debney & LMALDO
$1,000 Junior Hunter Classic - 3'3": Coveney & MTM FASHION
$1,000 Perfect Products Pony Hunter Classic: Campbell Clement & HOWI DO IT
$500 M&S/NAL/WIHS SmartPak Adult Hunter Classic: Sydney Smith & COLLINS
$500 M&S/NAL/WIHS Child Hunter Classic: Casey Alworth & ON THE DARKSIDE
$500 M&S/NAL/WIHS Child Hunter Classic - Pony: Hannah Williams & PLAY IT LOUD
M&S Bit O' Straw Hunter Classic: Pamela Treanor & CONTENDOR