Vale Sweeps 1-3-4 In The $25,000 HITS Grand Prix At Ocala Masters
FL (February 27, 2004)Aaron Vale took the Grand Prix ring by
storm during Thursday's $25,000 HITS Grand Prix at Ocala Masters III.
The top Grand Prix rider and holder of the record for the most Grand
Prix wins in a single year, placed four of his five mounts in the
money. Vale took the blue ribbon aboard his top horse, Picasso, owned
by Town Creek Investment. He placed third with Arriscraft Soliel,
owned by Angelstone Farmthe horse that gave him the win in last
week's $25,000 Peterson & Smith Grand Prix. His mount for fourth
place was Quendo, and he also placed eleventh aboard Romulusboth
horses are owned by Town Creek Investment. His total winnings in the
competition came to $13,250.
Smith and On The Sly, owned by Knights Fork Inc., took second place.
Smith also placed tenth with her second mount, Jennieta. Her total
winnings came to $6,000.
designer Michel Vaillancourt of Schomberg, Ontario, built a 13-jump
Round One course that included three doubles at Fences No. 4, No.
6, and No. 10. His last line included water at No. 11, and an oxer
at No. 13. Time Allowed was set at 88 seconds. Twenty-four horse/rider
combinations took to the field and six went clean.
the jump-off, Vaillancourt built a seven-obstacle short course and
set Time Allowed at 50 seconds. Beth Underhill and Magdaline were
the first to attempt the course. The pair caught a rail at the double
for a four-fault performance in a time of 43.67 secondsgood
enough for fifth place. Vale took his first mount Arriscraft Soliel
around the course for a clear trip, crossing the timers in 44.86
seconds, which proved good enough for third place. Eduardo Braun
and Blackforest ASDI, winners of Wednesday's $2,500 Brookledge Open
Welcome, had trouble at the double and another unlucky rail for
eight faults in a time of 44.02 seconds, giving them sixth place.
Vale and Picasso, the prime favorites for the competition, took
to the ring and did not disappoint. Vale went fast and clean in
the winning time of 41.81 seconds. Kristi Smith and On The Sly tried
to catch them, but came almost a second shy with a clear round in
a time of 42.75 seconds. Vale finished out the field with his third
mount Quendo. The pair had a rail at the double, but their quick
time of 42.47 seconds placed them in fourth.
next Grand Prix event at HITS Ocala will take place on Sunday, February
29th. Spectators will enjoy world-class show jumping competition
as riders compete for top honors in the $50,000 HITS Grand Prix.
The Sunday Grand Prix will coincide with Family Day presented by
Cox Communications. Parents and their children will be invited to
visit the show grounds to participate in a day filled with pony
rides, face painting, clowns, and much more. These activities will
take place from 12:00-2:00 pm, prior to the Grand Prix.
more information on the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit, please visit
Aaron Vale and Picasso - Winners of the $25,000 HITS Grand Prix
© 2004 Lili Weik Photography
HITS Grand Prix - Thursday, February 26th, 2004
Ocala Masters III - Ocala, FL
Course Designer: Michel Vaillancourt, Schomberg, Ontario
Horse Rider Owner Prize Money Rd1 Faults JO Faults JO Time
1st Picasso Aaron Vale Town Creek Investment $7,500 0 0 41.81
2nd On The Sly Kristi Smith Knights Fork Inc. $5,500 0 0 42.75
3rd Arriscraft Soliel Aaron Vale Angelstone Farm $3,250 0 0 44.86
4th Quendo Aaron Vale Town Creek Investment $2,000 0 4 42.47
5th Magdaline Beth Underhill Darryl B Williams Assoc. $1,500 0 4
6th Blackforest ASDI Eduardo Braun Karl Giebmanns $1,250 0 8 44.02
7th Elton Polly Howard Polly Howard / Fox Meadow Farm $1,000 4
8th Kartousch Mary Lisa Leffler Rolling Acres / McLain Ward $750
9th Neander Andre Thieme Redfield Farm LLC $750 4
10th Jennieta Kristi Smith Knights Fork Inc. $500 4
11th Romulus Aaron Vale Town Creek Investment $500 4
12th Ting Tin Hyde Moffatt Hawkestone Farm $500 5
WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY, 2004 REMAINING SHOW DATES ARE:
Ocala Masters III - February 25-29
Ocala Tournament IV - March 3-7
Ocala Winter Finals V - March 10-14
$50,000 HITS Grand Prix - Sunday, February 29 at 1:00pm
$25,000 HITS Grand Prix - Thursday, March 4 at 1:00pm
$50,000 HITS Grand Prix - Sunday, March 7 at 1:00pm
$25,000 HITS Grand Prix - Thursday, March 11 at 1:00pm
$25,000 Marshall & Sterling Junior / Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic
- Sunday, March 14 at 10:00am
$25,000 Marshall & Sterling Child / Adult Jumper Classic Sunday,
March 14 at 12:00 noon
$100,000 King Shavings Grand Prix of Ocala presented by Great American
Insurance Group - Sunday, March 14 at 2:00pm
Kids Day presented by Cox Communications - Sunday, February 29
Grand Finale - Sunday, March 14
Champions of the Week Presentations are held on Sundays prior to
the 1:00pm Grand Prix.
TIME FARM: 13710 U.S. Hwy 27; Ocala, Florida 34482; Tel: 352-620-2275.