Saugerties, New York, USA – August The two-week Hits Saugerties Fall Series began last week with Hits-on-the-Hudson VII, the prelude to the Hits Championship, the Richest Weekend in Show Jumping. Hits VII featured the final Devoucoux and Platinum Performance Hunter Prix qualifiers of the season, as well as Marshall & Sterling League classes and classics and two Grands Prix. With fall in the air, riders put the their best foot forward in preparation for next week’s Championship classes which include the $500,000 AIG Grand Prix, $250,000 Diamond Mills and $100,000 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix Finals, $15,000 Green Hunter Prix, and $25,000 Black Barn Jr/A-O/Am Jumper Prix.
Amanda Derbyshire (GBR) and Oasis Spirit led the way, claiming top honors in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix last Friday.
The Brit and the 10-year-old bay Irish Sport Horse mare (Cobra x Lux Z) had the disadvantage of being the first duo to return for the jump-off, but their time of 40.815 was unbeatable as they claimed the victory in Friday’s Grand Prix.
Laura Chapot (USA) and Thornhill Kate (Courage II x Clover Hill) were the closest ones, earning silver honors due to their final time of 41.422 seconds.
Mimi Gochman (USA) and Celina BH (Canstakko x Carthago Z) also registered a clean scorecard, rounding out the top three with a jump-off time of 43.062 seconds.
With the Hits Saugerties Fall Series underway, we thank exhibitors for continuing to comply with the health and safety measures being implemented, including social distancing, wearing of masks, and hand washing. If you have not done so already, please be sure you review all protocols outlined in the Hits Horse Show Protocol.
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Source: Press release (edited) from Hits Horse Shows
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