The Fédération Equestre International awarded a CSI 5* ranking to the Saugerties $1 Million Grand Prix, presented by Wells Fargo (N.Y.). This is the first year that the show’s annual $1 million grand prix will be run under FEI rules.
Charlie Jayne smoked the competition in the Great American $1 Million Grand Prix with Chill R Z. Check out his flawless first round, then watch all six competitors jump off, with six rounds from Baronez (Kirsten Coe, fifth), Ohlala (Lauren Hough, fourth), Aristotles V (Jonathan McCrea, sixth), Rothchild (McLain Ward, second), Chill R Z and VDL Wizard (Callan Solem).
There's plenty to see around the HITS Ocala showgrounds, and it doesn't all happen in the show ring. Here are a few of our favorite moments from today. Want to see more from HITS Ocala? Check out this gallery from yesterday's action.
How professional hunter riders can execute perfect trip after perfect trip—with beautiful jumping efforts and never a missed distance—is a mystery to me. And as is how they can remember 12 different courses in a day. We checked in with a few West Coast riders here at the HITS Desert Circuit in Thermal, Calif., to see what's going through their minds in the seconds before a round, and then what they're thinking during those rounds as well.
Glancing down the results for the $50,000 Horseware Ireland Grand Prix at the HITS Thermal Desert Circuit all the usual West Coast suspects appear—Richard Spooner, Rich Fellers, Will Simpson. But one name stands out as new, that of Greg Broderick.
Broderick is an Irish rider, and showing in the United States for the first season. He showed MHS Going Global to the blue just fractions of a second faster than Spooner on Chivas Z.