The team to reign supreme was Gavin Moylan of Middleburg, Virginia, aboard Pernod, owned by Alpha Omega Farm. The battle for the blue came down to a race against the clock, with the top three separated by only tenths-of a second. This victory marked Moylan and Pernod’s second Grand Prix win of the season at HITS Culpeper, in addition to impressively claiming a number of ribbons in other Culpeper Grand Prix classes.
Five advanced to the jump-off set by course designer, Florencio Hernandez of Mexico City. The first to contend the shortened course was Tracy Fenney of Flower Mound, Texas, and MTM Reve Du Paradis.
Fenney and Reve Du Paradis, owned by MTM Farm, won the $25,000 Brook Ledge Grand Prix on Friday, and they had their eyes on another prize. They put down a quick, clear round in 36.129 to set the tone for the remaining field. They would take home the second place prize when the class was finished.
The victors, Moylan and Pernod, immediately followed Fenney, knowing their round would need to be solid to edge her out and also stay strong with three more trips left. They crossed the timers in a lightning-fast 36.098, overcoming Fenney by just fractions of a second.
“The course was definitely challenging and it was a very fast class,” said Moylan. “Tracy, Dorothy and I were all separated by just a tenth of a second give or take, so to be able to compete against those guys, who are so competitive, and come out on top was great.”
Gavin Moylan, pictured with his family and HITS Representative Asia Manning, winning the $30,000 HITS Grand Prix. (C) ESI Photography
A bonus picture with Gavin and wife Alden’s new darling daughter, Evelyn (SQUEE!):
Dorothy Douglas, also of Flower Mound, Texas, was next to challenge the shortened course, piloting S&L Elite, owned by MTM Farm. They powered through the course, stopping the clock at 36.202, to ultimately take home third place.
Only two remained in the jump-off. Fenney returned with her second ride for another shot at topping the leaderboard. She rode MTM Como No, owned by MTM Farm, through the course, but a rail at a mid-course fence before the combination thwarted their chance of the win— ultimately settling them in fourth place with a 39.470-second round.
Last to contend the jump-off round was Matthias Hollberg, riding out of Middleberg, Virginia, aboard Czechmate, owned by Courtney Ramsay. They would turn in eight faults as they crossed the finish in 37.711, rounding out the top five in fifth.
$15,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper High Classic – 1.45m
The winner of the High Jr/A-O Classic at HITS Culpeper was Myrto Iliadis of Waterford, Virginia, riding Voila He, owned by Daphne Iliadis. The equestrian and her mount bested a field of their peers as the only clear round of the three-horse jump-off.
Second place went to Tamara Morse and Ravenna, co-owned with Stuart Morse. Third went home with Felicia Russell and her own Habsurg 2.
Myrto Iliadis and Voila He on their way to a $15,000 High Jr/AO Classic win.
Nikki Prokopchak of Barnesville, Maryland, took home the blue in the Low Jr/A-O Classic on Sunday. Prokopchak piloted Agropoint Cassius to the victory in a two horse jump-off.
Califon, New Jersey equestrian Darby Toben was second place aboard D’Artagnan, owned by Doreen Toben. They earned one time fault in the jump-off with Prokopchak for the placing.
Third in the ribbons was Jocelyn Albaugh of McLean, Virginia, and Axei Springs, owned by Lyle Albaugh. The pair claimed their spot in the top three with the fastest four-fault trip in the first round.
Nikki Prokopchak and Agropoint Cassius on their way to a $10,000 Pyranha Jr/AO Low Classic win.
|Place||Horse||Owner||Rider||Prize||Rd. 1 Faults||JO Faults||JO Time|
|1||Pernod||Alpha Omega Farm||Gavin Moylan||$9,000||0||0||36.098|
|2||MTM Reve Du Paradis||MTM Farm||Tracy Fenney||$6,600||0||0||36.129|
|3||S&L Elite||MTM Farm||Dorothy Douglas||$3,900||0||0||36.202|
|4||MTM Como No||MTM Farm||Tracy Fenney||$2,400||0||4||39.470|
|5||Czechmate||Courtney Ramsay||Matthias Hollberg||$1,800||0||8||37.711|
|6||Bling Bling||Rolling Acres||Mary Lisa Leffler||$1,500||4||–||–|
|7||Cordovo||Gaston Family Investments, LLC||Ian Silitch||$1,200||4||–||–|
|8||MTM Flutterby||Major Wager, LLC||Brian Moggre||$900||4||–||–|
|9||Intenz Van HD||Mr & Mrs John Bartko||Tracy Magness||$900||8||–||–|