Harrie Smolders & Monaco Claim $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix

Ocala, Florida, USA – March 26, 2021 – 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.

Securing first place in Friday’s $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix was Harrie Smolders (NED) and Monaco (Cassini II x Contender) for Evergate Stables. 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.

Sam Walker (CAN) and Evita (Canturano x Farmer) were the closest ones, finishing one second and half slower than the eventual winners, yet still earning silver honors.

Andre Thieme (GER) and Crazy Girl (Corlensky G x Ars Vivendi) rounded out the top three, backed by a double clear and a final time of 38.05 seconds.

Harrie Smolders (NED) & Monaco during the awards ceremony

Final Results – $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix

1) Harrie Smolders (NED) & Monaco – 0 / 0 – 36.44

2) Sam Walker (CAN) & Evita – 0 / 0 – 37.94

3) Andre Thieme (GER) & Crazy Girl – 0 / 0 – 38.05

Source: Press Release (edited) from Hits Horse Show

Photos: © ESI Photography