Jumpers Vie for the Money in $10k Jr/A-O Jumper Classic & $15k UltrOZ Jumper at HITS Desert Circuit I

Show jumping competition continued at HITS Desert Horse Park in Thermal, California, with the $15,000 UltrOZ™ Jumper class on Saturday and $10,000 Jr/A-O Jumper Classic on Sunday at Desert Circuit I.

$15,000 UltrOZ™ Jumper

indexMorgan Garnett and Kenavo de Brekka on their way to a $10,000 Jr/A-O Jumper classic win. (C) ESI Photography 

Riders went head-to-head for the blue ribbon in the Grand Prix Ring during the $15,000 UltrOZ™ Jumper class. Nineteen navigated the course of 14 fences designed by Olaf Petersen, Jr. of Muenchen, Germany. Seven of the group advanced to the shortened jump-off to vie for first-place.

Jill Prieto of Petaluma, California, and Carlton Cafe, owned by Freestyling Farms, LLC, emerged victorious after a clear, cool finish to take home the blue and the $4,500 prize. They crossed the timers fault-free in a speedy 39.114 seconds to secure the win.

Second-place belonged to Susan Hutchison and SIG Firecracker, owned by SIG International, Inc. The clear, 40.145 finish landed the equestrian from Temecula, California, her third top-three finish of the week, after winning first- and second-place in the $5,000 Brook Ledge Open Welcome on Wednesday.

Third in the ribbons was Laura Hite on her own Solos Consept. Hite, of Coto de Caza, California, finished the 1.45 meter course fault-free in 43.409, and for her efforts, received a $2,250 prize.

Fourth-place went to Kristin Hardin of New Cuyama, California, and Bert, owned by Emily Cohodes. Hardin and Bert had a rail down at the first vertical of the mid-course combination; they crossed the timers in 37.621 with four faults.

Lindsay Archer and Camerone, owned by RHYS Farms, LLC, finished fifth. The equestrian from Alamo, California, finished in 38.403 with four jumping faults.

Place  Horse Owner Rider Prize  R.1 Faults JO Faults  JO Time 
1    Carlton Cafe Freestyling Farms LLC Jill Prieto $4,500 39.114
2 SIG Firecracker SIG International, Inc Susan Hutchison $3,300 40.145
3 Solos consept Laura Hite Laura Hite $2,250 43.409
4 Bert Emily Cohodes Kristen Hardin $1,500 4 37.621
5 Camerone RHYS Farms, LLC Lindsay Archer $1,200 4 38.403
6 Edesa’s Basantos Edesa Horse Promotions Chris Pratt $900 4 42.948
7 BB Casablanca Georgy Maskry-Segesman Ken Dickey $750 8 41.272
8 Little Gancho Moonlite Beach LLC Marc Grock $600 2
9 Cupilor Cross Creek Farms, Inc Michelle Parker 4
10 Agro Star Little Valley Farms Ashlee Bond 4
11 Dacarlos Mattias Ekeroth LLC Mattias Ekeroth 4
12 Coolaroo Soehnke Theymann Soehnke Theymann 4
$10,000 Jr/A-O Jumper Classic

Jumpers tested the challenging 15-fence course for a shot at $10,000 in prize money in the Jr/A-O Jumper Classic on Sunday. The 1.45 meter course had a few particularly difficult spots; a big oxer at the fourth fence leading to a triple combination mid-course, resulted in jumping faults for many competitors. The first rider of the first round would be the only one to go clear to claim the blue ribbon and the $3,000 prize.

Setting the tone for the class, and first to enter the ring was winner, Morgan Garnett of Hillborough, California, on Kenavo de Brekka, owned by Garnett farms. They would be the only horse and rider to conquer the course fault-free, with a time of 82.106 seconds.

Saree Kayne secured second- and third-place. Kayne piloted W Zermie 13, owned by Woodacres Stables, LLC, to the second place finish, crossing the timers in 86.870, earning one time fault. The equestrian from Santa Monica, California, rode Rexar Du Houssoit, also owned by Woodacres Stables, to third-place with a time of 86.905 seconds, finishing with four jumping faults and one time fault. For her efforts she received a $2,000 prize and a $1,400 prize, respectfully.

In fourth-place was Vani Khosla of Portola Valley, California, and Dynamo. Khosla and Dynamo passed the timers in 90.332 seconds, resulting in five time faults, to earn $1,000 for the placing.

Nicolette Hirt of Alamo, California, finished in fifth-place with her own Hot Blooded. They clocked in at 82.966 seconds with eight jumping faults.

Place  Horse Owner Rider Prize R.1 Faults R. 1 Time  JO Time 
1 Kenavo De Brekka Garnett Farms Morgan Garnett $3,000 82.106
2 W Zermie 13 Woodacres Stables LLC Saree Kayne $2,000 1 86.870
3 Rexar Du Houssoit Woodacres Stables, LLC Saree Kayne $1,400 5 86.905
4 Dynamo Vani Khosla Vani Khosla $1,000 5 90.332
5 Hot Blooded Nicolette Hirt Nicolette Hirk $800 8 82.966
6 Magno LS Garnett Farms Morgan Garnett $700 8 84.820
7 Candy Girl Zeigeist Equestrian Phoebe Lang $600 10 91.38
8 Zaloubet Samantha Ortman Samantha Ortman $500 12 86.905
9 Colmar IV Sara L Van Fleet Sara L Van Fleet 12 85.951
10 Quanto Fino 2 Nicolas Nierenberg Nicolas Nierenberg 14 87.067
11 Quilto 35 Tylor Nowell Tylor Nowell 20 82.010

About HITS, Inc.

HITS, Inc. produces high-quality, international-level hunter/jumper horse shows. Based in upstate New York in the Village of Saugerties, HITS has been producing shows since 1982 and is now a nationwide company with world-class circuits in California, Florida, Arizona, New York, and Virginia.

While hosting the richest weekend in show jumping at HITS-on-the-Hudson, HITS also formed the Triple Crown of Show Jumping. This includes the AIG $1 Million Grand Prix, presented by MortgageCall, in Thermal, California, the Great American $1 Million Grand Prix in Ocala, Florida and Canadian Pacific $1 Million Grand Prix FEI CSI-5*, presented by Wells Fargo, in Saugerties, New York.

For more information and a complete schedule of classes and events, visit www.HitsShows.com. Stay connected with HITS! Join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Media should contact the HITS Media Team at 845.246.8833 or e-mail media_info@HitsShows.com.