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February 28, 2016

It Was Farmer’s Night in $100,000 Derby

Ocala, Fla.—Feb. 27

Larry Glefke has inspired a new generation of whoopers.

His legendary whoops reverberated throughout the Ocala Horse Properties Stadium at HITS Post Time Farm, so often that a small group of young horse fans who’d congregated on the berms surrounding the arena began anticipating it as soon as Kelley Farmer landed off the final oxer. And they whooped and hollered alongside in grand fashion.

February 21, 2016

Fedor Finds His Rhythm In $100,000 City of Ocala Grand Prix

Ocala, Fla.—Feb. 21  

Until 6 months ago, if you saw Fedor’s name on the start list you might brush him off. The gelding has been a contender in FEI grand prixes, but he was always waiting on the outskirts. But after today, it will be hard to forget his name.

February 20, 2016

Lost Stirrup Proves No Problem For Daniel Bluman In Ocala

Ocala, Fla.—Feb. 20

On paper it seemed as though Daniel Bluman was really gunning for the win in the $34,000 HITS Jumper Classic. He finished 4 seconds faster than second-placed Scott Keach. But if you ask him, he wasn’t thrilled by that large margin.

“Looking up at 4 seconds is actually not something that makes really happy because I should have judged better and done the eight [strides in the last line] which was safer coming home, but the result was good.”

February 19, 2016

United States Powers Through In Ocala Nations Cup

Ocala, Fla.—Feb. 19   

Looking at the first-round scores, you would think the United States was going to walk away handily with the win in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup in Ocala. They were the only team sitting on perfect score, and they a two-rail lead over Colombia.

February 8, 2016

Chris Pratt Ups His Game And Takes $350,000 HITS Thermal Grand Prix

Thermal, Calif.—Feb. 7  

There’s no doubt that Week 3 of the HITS Thermal Desert Circuit belonged to Chris Pratt. He and Edesa’s Basantos, put in lightning fast clear rounds to take the blue in the $350,000 HITS Thermal Grand Prix.

“He’s a special horse and he’s very sensitive,” said Pratt of the 9-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding. “He’s got a lot of blood; he’s very careful. He’s a horse I really have to remind myself to sit still with and not move around too much. He’ll really react to the rider.”

Watch Pratt and Edesa's Basantos' jump-off round...

February 5, 2016

Even Rain And Thunder Can't Keep Morocco From Winning At HITS Ocala

When Lisa Goldman had a splash through a river to get from the schooling area to the ring for the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix at HITS Ocala (Fla.) on Feb. 4, she knew this wasn’t going to be like any other jump-off she’d ridden in. The rain was pelting down, and there was thunder and lightning in the distance.

There were eight other horses in the jump-of. “And they didn’t hold back!” Goldman said. “Sometimes, if it’s raining, it’s like ‘Let’s see if we can all just creep around clean and get out of here,’ but everyone really went for it!”

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