Saugerties, New York, USA – July 22, 2021 – The first week of the HITS Saugerties Summer Series, presented by Alliant Private Client, has concluded at Hits-on-the-Hudson Valley. Exhibitors were thrilled to return to the show ring for the summer season in the Heart of the Hudson. Hits-on-the-Hudson IV featured USEF-Rated National 5* and FEI CSI 4* competition including a $54,600 SmartPak Welcome and the $213,300 Hits FEI Grand Prix. Read on to catch up on this week’s champions and results.
Thursday kicked off the first FEI CSI4* competition, presented by Alliant Private Client, with the $54,600 SmartPak Welcome where Rowan Willis (AUS) and Ashton Dakota secured the win. The Australian and the 13-year-old British Sport Horse (SHBGB – Lupicor H x Corofino I) ) sped towards victory as one of three zero-fault rounds over the shortened course. The winning duo crossed the timers in a speedy 46.55 to claim the blue ribbon.
Brian Cournane (IRL) and Armik (Armitage x Justinian Xx) were also double clear, earning silver honors in 48.63 seconds.
The competition was fierce among international entries as three different nations were represented on the podium, none of them from the host nation. Amanda Derbyshire (GBR) and Don’t Touch du Bois (Kashmir Van Schuttershof x Indoctro) rounded out the top three, completing their jump-off effort in 49.53 seconds.
Final Results – $54,600 SmartPak Welcome CSI 4*
1) Rowan Willis (AUS) & Ashton Dakota – 0 / 0 – 46.55
2) Brian Cournane (IRL) & Armik – 0 / 0 – 48.63
3) Amanda Derbyshire (GBR) & Don’t Touch du Bois – 0 / 0 – 49.53
Source: Press Release (edited) from Hits Horse Shows
Photos: © Hits Horse Show