Ian Millar 2nd in $41,200 Thursday Prix at HITS

first_img We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. The FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping CSIO4* week kicked off on Thursday with two featured FEI classes, the $41,200 Thursday Prix and the $5,000 Johnson Horse Transport Welcome Stake. Riders and horses from around the globe all converged at HITS Post Time Farm in Ocala, Florida, to celebrate and compete in this very special week. It is all leading up to the main event, the $100,000 FEI Nations Cup™ on Friday, February 17 at 2pm.$41,200 Thursday PrixFifty-five horses and riders contested the course, designed by Marina Azevedo of Brazil. Hunter Holloway stole away with the win in Thursday’s class in an exhilarating eight-horse jump-off, where speed, power, agility and precision, all came into play.“Thank you to my sponsors, and to the owners of VDL Bravo S, Virginia T. Bartholomay and Hays Investment Corp, for letting me ride this amazing horse,” said Holloway. “[VDL Bravo S] is an incredible horse, he always tries and has a big heart for what he does.”First to return to test the abbreviated course was Mexico’s Eugenio Garza Perez piloting Bariano, owned by David and Monica Garza. They started the course out strong, but one unfortunate rail would ultimately put them in the fourth-place spot with a round in 37.61.Following Perez was Canadian Isabelle Lapierre riding Cesha M. Lapierre and her powerful mare won the $50,000 HITS Grand Prix just last Sunday at HITS Ocala, and they returned to the Grand Prix Ring to once again claim a spot among the top contenders. They put in the first clear round of the jump-off in 40.75, which would eventually give them the third-place prize.The victors, Hunter Holloway and Cassevel, owned by Hays Investment Corp, were next to enter the ring. Cassevel, a mighty ten-year-old grey gelding, was agile and quick under Holloway’s lead. The crowd cheered as they galloped to the finish, stopping the clock in 39.46, where the lead would remain.Lisa Goldman, a veteran to the Grand Prix ribbons at HITS Ocala came in with Centurion B, and they would ultimately pick up four faults for sixth.Two-time World Cup winner and Olympic silver-medalist, Ian Millar, entered next riding Dixson, owned by Susan and Ariel Grange. They laid down a brilliantly smooth round, nearly catching Holloway with their time of 39.78. They would settle for the red ribbon in second place when the class was finished.Devin Ryan was the second-to-last to challenge the jump-off course riding Cooper. They laid down a lightning-fast round in 38.64, but a heart-breaking rail at the final fence would give them the final spot in the top five for fifth-place.$41,200 Thursday PrixPlace/Horse/Owner/Rider/Prize/R.1 Faults/J.O Faults/J.O Time1 VDL Bravo S/Hays Investment Corp/Hunter Holloway/$13,596/0/0/39.462 Dixson/Susan and Ariel Grange/Ian Millar/$8,240/0/0/39.783 Cesha M/Isabelle Lapierre/Isabelle Lapierre/$6,180/0/0/40.754 Bariano/David & Monica Garza/Eugenio Garza Perez/$4,120/0/4 37.615 Cooper/Devin Ryan/Devin Ryan/$2,472/0/4/38.646 Bonjovi/Emanuel Andrade/Emanuel Andrade/$1,854/0/4/39.187 Centurion B/Mary Goldman/Lisa Goldman/$1,236/0/4/40.178 Coup de Chance B/Gringas Equestrian Ltd/Elizabeth Gringas/$1,030/-/-/WD9 The Kingdom/EIS Ltd & Andrea O’Brien/Christiana Kelley/$824/1/-/-10 Ace/Bertram & Diana Firestone/Alison Robitaille/$824/1/-/-11 Finou/Thinkslikeahorse & Donald Stewart/Aaron Vale/$412/1/-/-12 Concho/Chansonette Farm, LLC/Cian O’Connor/$412/1/-/- Tags: Ian Millar, Dixson, Email* More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. Horse Sport Enews SIGN UP Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition!last_img

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