Ocala, Florida, USA – Sunday March 01, 2020 – The seventh week of the Hits Horse Shows Ocala Winter Circuit brought success to many with Jens Baackmann (GER) and MTM Como No took home the blue ribbon in the feature class, the $150,000 Purina Animal Nutrition Grand Prix.
It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon for the $150,000 Purina Animal Nutrition Grand Prix. Olympic Champions and top Grand Prix riders were welcomed to the Stadium to challenge the course designed Marina Azevedo (BRA). Azevedo’s track was built big with forward lines and room to gallop, and for many riders, it seemed like the perfect preparation for the Great American $1 Million Grand Prix in just a few weeks.
Eight horses jumped clear in the first round of competition and were set to return for the jump-off that challenged riders to be careful and accurate. Five that returned jumped clear, each one trying to be faster than the last. Taking home the lion’s share of the prize money was Jens Baackmann for his ride aboard the 11-year-old grey Holsteiner stallion (Cornet Obolensky x Cento), timed in 42.238 seconds during the tiebreaker.
Lillie Keenan (USA) & Agana van het Gerendal Z
Lillie Keenan (USA) and Agana van het Gerendal Z were the runners-up, going through the jump-off timers in 42.676 seconds.
Tracy Fenney (USA) & Igor van de Heibos
Tracy Fenney (USA) and Igor van de Heibos rounded out the top three with a jump-off effort in 43.008 seconds.
Purina Representative Stephanie Mclean awarded Jens Baackmann (GER) with the blue ribbon and big check.
Hits Ocala hosts nearly 400 classes in more than 100 divisions, with more than two dozen special classes and classics, from the Bit O’ Straw Hunter Classic to the featured Sunday Grand Prix. Read on as HITS congratulates all the winners at Week VII, and wishes the best of luck to all in the race for the Tack Shack of Ocala Second-Half Circuit Awards, HITS Ocala Grand Circuit Champion Awards, and those eyeing the prize in the seventh annual Great American $1 Million Grand Prix.
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Source: Press release by Hits Horse Shows
Photos: © ESI Photography