Aaron Vale and Major Capture $50,000 HITS Grand Prix at HITS Ocala II

Ocala, Fla. – Jan. 28, 2019 – Another week of show jumping competition has wrapped up at HITS Post Time Farm with more blue ribbons handed out in the featured classes.

Kristen Vanderveen and Bull Run's Almighty Photo: ESI Photography
Kristen Vanderveen and Bull Run’s Almighty
Photo: ESI Photography

Wednesday kicked off with Kristen Vanderveen finishing first in the $5,000 Johnson Horse Transportation Welcome, aboard Bull Run’s Almighty. Vanderveen crossed the timers in 30.685. Aaron Vale followed aboard Major for second place while Rowan Willis and Blue Movie rounded out the top three.

Hayley Waters took top honors in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix. This week her winning mount was Galous, finishing with a time of 37.150 seconds. Second place was awarded to Tracy Fenney and MTM Reve Du Paradis with a two-round time of 37.602 seconds. David Beisel and Call Me Hannes captured third place with 38.297 seconds.

Taking home first in the $10,000 KindredBio Open Prix was Manuel Torres, with the winning time of 35.260 aboard Christofolini H. VanderVeen rode to second and third place with Bull Run’s Prince Of Peace and Bull Run’s Divine Fortune in times of 35.946 and 36.549 seconds, respectively.

The winning round in the $10,000 1.35m Classic was accomplished by Vanderveen aboard Bull Run’s Divine Fortune. With a time of 30.685 to seal the win, this made her fourth top-three finish of the week. Waters captured second place aboard The Irishman with a time of 31.132 seconds while Beisel rounded out the top three aboard Five Star with a time of 31.974 seconds.

Sima Morgello and Zopala won the $2,500 Pyranah Jr/A-O/Am 1.25m Jumper Classic.

Morgello also won the $5,000 Summit Joint Performance Jr/A-O/Am 1.35m Jumper Classic, this time piloting Azur Van Overis Z to the finish.

Aaron Vale and Major Photo: ESI Photography
Aaron Vale and Major
Photo: ESI Photography

Vale and Major would take home the blue ribbon in the $50,000 HITS Grand Prix, riding through the timers in 39.238 seconds. Vale captured a one-two finish with a second place award aboard Finou 4 in a time of 40.399 seconds. Third place was awarded to Tracy Fenney & MTM Como No with a time of 40.467 seconds.

Elizabeth Solomon and Cat Daddy Photo: ESI Photography
Elizabeth Solomon and Cat Daddy
Photo: ESI Photography

Scores were close in the Hunter Prix this week, with riders bringing their ‘A-game’ to the rings. Winning the $1,500 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix, by a narrow 2 point margin, was Elizabeth Solomon (pictured below on the left). Solomon led Cat Daddy to a first round score of 82 and a 79 in round two, for 161 overall. Jess Heart captured second place aboard Luminary with a 159-total score. Third place was awarded to Samantha Kramig and Disclosure with a two-round total of 154.

Taylor Adams and Big Hoss Photo: ESI Photography
Taylor Adams and Big Hoss
Photo: ESI Photography

The $5,000 Devocoux Hunter Prix was nothing short of an amazing display of hunter competition as Taylor Adams took the win on Big Hoss. Adams score of an 85 in the first round and 87 in the second round totaled to a score of 172. Second place was awarded to Morgan Ward and Cypress with a total score of 169.5 while Dorothy Douglas & MTM Commodore rounded out the top three with a score of 167.

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