Week I of the Spring Spectacular Series is a wrap at HITS Chicago, held at Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne, IL — and what a fantastic week it was! Featured classes kicked off in the Grand Prix Ring with the $2,500 Open Welcome where Kyle Perkovich claimed top honors aboard Hit Me Van’t Zorgvliet in a time of 30.211 seconds. In second place were Lisa Goldman-Smolen and Nike (32.059 seconds). Jill Gaffney and FF Hachianda Musterd claimed third place (35.058 seconds).
Jordan Coyle started off a successful week on Thursday, June 4, finishing first in the $5,000 Jumper Classic aboard Ariso. Coyle finished clean in a time of 42.335 seconds to take home the blue ribbon. F. Peter Jordan and Dornella D’Enfer took second place with a time of 48.572 seconds, and third place was claimed by Jordan and P&F Cordillo Z (50.264 seconds).
After a great circuit at HITS Ocala, Sharn Wordley won the first Grand Prix of the season at HITS Chicago on Friday. As last to return for the jump-off, a time of 41.629 seconds aboard Casper secured first place in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix. Johan Kachelhoffer and Carlos 691 finished in second place (42.308 seconds), and right behind them in 42.597 seconds were Goldman-Smolen and Nike who took third.
Sharn Wordley on Casper. Photo by ESI.
On Saturday afternoon, Coyle claimed his second feature class title winning the $10,000 Open Jumper Prix aboard Warnike in 31.424 seconds. In second place were Ashley Miles and Kartouch Van De Brouwershoeve (34.524 seconds), and in third place were Brady Hayes and Des Le Debut (36.245 seconds).
Coyle completed the hat-trick at Spring Spectacular I in spectacular fashion, with a one-two finish in the $50,000 HITS Grand Prix on Sunday. Coyle and Warnike were the first to return for the jump-off and crossed the timers in a blazing 37.947 seconds and never relinquished the lead. Coyle also took the red ribbon with ARiso. Sharn Wordley and Gatsby took third place with a time of 45.457 seconds.
Jordan Coyle on Warnike. Photo by ESI.
In the Hunter Ring, Taylor Holstead and Roc’s All That joined the Winner’s Circle to accept the blue ribbon in the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby. This pair earned scores of 91 and 92, for a cumulative score of 183. In second place were Grace Grove and Vincenzo with a score of 182, and in third place were Linda Radigan and Charismatic with a score of 173.
Taylor Holstead on Roc’s All That. Photo by ESI.
For a complete listing of results from Spring Spectacular I, click here. HITS is excited for another great week of competition at Lamplight Equestrian Center for the Spring Spectacular Series. To ensure HITS Chicago is safe and enjoyable for everyone, be sure to review the HITS Quick Tips and HITS Horse Show Protocol here prior to attending Spring Spectacular Week II.