Ocala, Florida – January 30, 2022 – After an impressive first week of competition, horses and riders found another level for the second week of the Hits Ocala Winter Circuit, the Ocala January Festival. Many of the week’s winners are already preparing for the $500,000 Great American Grand Prix on Sunday, March 27. Read on for a recap of the week’s featured competition, and be sure to submit your on-time Great American $500,000 Grand Prix entry by February 1!
Sunday afternoon’s $50,000 Hits Grand Prix provided spectacular competition. A stacked field of six advanced from Oscar Soberon’s (MEX) first round course to the jump-off. The first to take to the short course, Hunter Holloway (USA) set the Great American Time to Beat at 41.392. Two riders later, Rowan Willis (AUS) was on top with his time of 40.623. The lead would change one more time, when Willis was followed by eventual winner Daniel Geitner (USA), who set a new Great American Time to Beat of 39.539 seconds. Up next, Aaron Vale (USA) just missed out on taking the top spot by mere fractions of a second. Finally, Dorothy Douglas‘s attempt was thwarted with a rail on the fourth jump, securing the win for Geitner and Vesta de Lavardin, whose owners, November Hill, were thrilled to finally be in attendance for a big win!
Final Results – $50,000 Hits Grand Prix
1) Daniel Geitner (USA) & Vesta De Lavardin – 0 / 0 – 39.523
2) Aaron Vale (USA) & Chaccman – 0 / 0 – not informed
3) Rowan Willis (AUS) & Billy Guilder – 0 / 0 – 40.623
Source: Press Release from Hits Horse Shows
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