Top Honors for Andre Thieme & Cellisto in $75,000 Purina Animal Nutrition Grand Prix at Hits Ocala

Ocala, Florida, USA – March 13, 2022 – The 2022 Hits Ocala Winter Circuit is nearing its end, with eight weeks of competition now complete. The latest week to come to a close, the Ocala Winter Finals, featured FEI CSI2* competition, the $75,000 Purina Animal Nutrition Grand Prix, a $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, World Championship Hunter Rider Week, and fundraising for the Marion Therapeutic Riding Association. Read on for the winners of Week VIII’s featured competition.

Jack Robson designed another course that demanded the very best from riders for Sunday’s $75,000 Purina Animal Nutrition Grand Prix. After the thirteen riders ahead of him found difficulty, German Olympian Andre Thieme (GER) and Celliston navigated the course cleanly in 80.500. Thieme then had to wait through eight more rounds to learn that he had secured yet another HITS Ocala Grand Prix win and trophy to add to his impressive collection. The only other rider able to navigate the course without jumping faults, Kady Abrahamson (USA) finished in the runner-up spot after incurring three time faults. 

Final Results – $75,000 Purina Animal Nutrition Grand Prix

1) Andre Thieme (GER) & Cellisto – 0 / 80.5  

2) Kady Abrahamson (USA) & Vancouver – 3 / 83.12

3) Francois Lamontagne (CAN) & Chanel du Calvaire – 4 / 76.31  

Source: Press Release from Hits Horse Shows

Photo: © ESI Photography