April 2018 - HITS Highlights

Simpson, Porter & Glynn are among the stars in Week 7 of the HITS Coachella circuit.

Week 7 closed out Sunday March 11 at the HITS Desert Horse Park in Thermal with blue skies, big smiles, and sunshine. Riders competed for top honors in featured hunter and jumper classes throughout the week, and earned points toward the coveted Horseware Ireland Grand Circuit Champion and Equo Riding Apparel Second-Half Circuit Champion awards.

On Wednesday afternoon, jumper riders competed for $5,000 in the Johnson Horse Transportation Open Welcome. Taking home the blue ribbon was Lindsey Garner and Capilano in 38.274, followed by Kyle King and Andiamo vh Kapelhof Z in a time of 38.609. Third place was awarded to Austin Krawitt aboard High Jack in 39.908. Capturing the fourth place ribbon was Richard Spooner and Ace of Diamonds in a time of 40.339 while Karl Cook rounded out the top five in 40.678 aboard Cyrano VDV.


Richard Spooner, ’The Master of Faster,’ takes home the win in the $15,000 Kindredbio 1.40m Jumper Classic aboard Love and secures the win for the KindredBio Leading Rider Award. Photo: ESI Photography

Will Simpson captures the blue ribbon in the $30,000 SmartPak Open Prix aboard Chacco P. Photo: ESI Photography

Will Simpson and Chacco P would top the field in the $30,000 SmartPak Open Prix on Friday afternoon in a jump-off time of 34.612. Taking home the red ribbon was Spooner aboard Quirado RC in 34.974, followed by Richard Fellers in 35.330 with his equine partner Lux Lady. Eric Navet would take home fourth in 36.548 aboard Basimodo and capturing the fifth place ribbon was Nayel Nassar and Lutz in 37.980.

In the $10,000 Electronic Vet 1.35m Jumper Classic, Mandy Porter and WT Ca-Pow! took home the top honors in an uncatchable time of 36.100. Second and fourth place honors were won by Cook aboard E’Special and Menelik, respectively, in times of 36.821 and 38.292. With a time of 37.132 Chelsea Brittner and Cappo would secure third place in the standings and rounding out the top five was Krawitt aboard High Jack in a time of 38.355.

Spooner and Love won the $15,000 KindredBio 1.40m Jumper Classic in an unbeatable time of 33.749. Second place was Kaitlin Campbell and Rocky W in a time of 34.367, followed by Richard Fellers and Steelbi in third with a fault-free jump-off in 35.709. Coming in fourth place was Tina Yates aboard Cicomein VDL in a time of 36.049 and Jamie Sailor rode to a fifth place finish in a time of 36.714 aboard Flashdance.

Taking home top honors in the $70,000 Ulcergard Grand Prix was Porter aboard Milano in a time of 36.992. “He is a fighter in the ring, but a little obnoxious and full of himself in the barn. He is a competitor through and through. He wants to compete, he loves it,” Porter laughed. “My plan was to try to go fast [in the jump-off] because I knew that there were some pretty fast competitors after me. I didn’t quite get the rollback that I wanted to so I knew that I kind of left the door open there.”

Taking home second in Sunday’s Grand Prix was Cook and Tembla in a time of 38.262. Third place was won by Christian Heineking and NKH Caruso in a time of 38.473, followed by Elizabeth Gingras and Daylight VDL VDL in a time of 40.183. Rounding out the top five was Keri Potter and Bitalica in a four-fault time of 37.235.

Hunter Highlights

Hunter riders competed for qualifying points in the $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix and the $1,500 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix. Points earned in these classes go toward qualifying for the HITS Championship that will take place in Saugerties, New York, September 5-9.

Mandy Porter and Milano jumped to a first place finish in the $70,000 Ulcergard Grand Prix. This dynamic duo is gearing up to defend their title in the 2018 AIG $1 Million Grand Prix! Photo: ESI Photography

Avery Glynn takes home the blue ribbon in the $1,500 USHJA Pony Hunter Derby aboard Chiccobello. Photo: ESI Photography

Peter Lombardo and Romeo earned top honors in the $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix with leading scores of 89 and 90 for a combined total of 179. Scoring a two-round total of 172.5 aboard Cathartic was Lexi Wedemeyer, good for second place. A breakdown of Wedemeyer’s scores included an 85.5 in the first round and an 87 in the second round. Third place went to Jenny Karazissis and Undeniable with a first round score of 86 and a second round score of 85.5 for a combined total of 171.5.

Topping the field in the $1,500 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix was the dynamic duo consisting of Jaime Krupnick and Conux with a combined score of 169. Krupnick scored an 84 in round one and an 85 in round two. Second place was awarded to Alexis Sokolov and Harvard Grad with scores of 86 and 76 in her two rounds for a two-round total of 172. Rounding out the top three in the Platinum Prix was Sherry Kozloff and Ferragomo with a first round score of 78 and a second round score of 81 for a two-round total of 159.

The second $1,500 USHJA Pony Hunter Derby was held last week and taking home the blue ribbon was Avery Glynn riding Chiccobello. Scoring an 85 in each of her rounds for a combined score of 170 secured the blue ribbon. Annika Singh and Won And Dun topped the field in the second round with an 86.5 but her 77 from the first round gave them a 163.5 to secure second place overall. Rounding out the top three in the class was another ride by Glynn with an overall score of 163. Glynn, this time aboard Candy Crush, scored an 83 in round one and an 80 in the second round to take home the yellow ribbon.


Edited from a press release provided by HITS.