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  1. #1
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    Default How is Ocala Hits Going??

    How is it doing?? Are there any changes?? What about the turnout???



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    Ohhh, I want to know too! Especially the BigEq and first year greens. Have entrys changed significantly?



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    Heard from a friend the place is a ghost town and Tom S is giving exhibitors grief...go figure



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    im going next week for the junior hunters and big eq!! im soooo excited



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    my trainers there, i doubt it will be that big.. i know ive had to cut down on shows and hits was one of the first to go



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    I'm here and it's so cold we scratched for today. We came out at 6:30 to hack in the main hunter ring and couldn't because the footing was frozen. It's almost 9 now and the crew is still working on it. But I can hear them announcing the jumper rings so they must have started on time. Were going shopping and hoping next week is warmer!



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    you can always count on a cold snap in ocala........



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    Just because it is Florida, we all come here with capris and flip flops - shocker!!!!



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    yeah, everytime someone asks about going to Ocala for the first time you hear "Well, it's probably going to be cold and/or wet, so just bring everything you own!"
    This is the first time in my horses life probably that he has worn a slinky - not to keep his mane down, but to try to provide some warmth



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    Number look TINY from what I saw yesterday. Only 20 First Years and 7 Second Years. When we went two years ago, they had two sections of 25 First Years and probably 20 Second Years.



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    Quote Originally Posted by hideyourheart03 View Post
    Number look TINY from what I saw yesterday. Only 20 First Years and 7 Second Years. When we went two years ago, they had two sections of 25 First Years and probably 20 Second Years.
    And only FOUR in the high junior jumpers!



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    I dont know about the show's numbers, but I tried going to publix last night, and grocery trip that should have taken an hour, took two because of all the people....
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    Cold YIKES I need warmth!!!!
    Has there been anty changes to the grounds?? How about Vendors???? Is there more or less??



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    How late do the classes usually run on Thursdays?



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    Any update? I had heard is was really cold....Just wondering if there is an end in sight to the cold? The Midwest horses and riders are used to some cold, but we also have heated and insulated indoors/barns....not ideal to be out hacking horses in 30 degrees-even us!

    Hope it is warming up!



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    Although, I am not up there I've talked to a lot of people who are. They have told me that the #'s are down but some people in the jumpers are holding off showing there big horses so they can wait to speak when the big classes go like the 100k class and the 75k gp. Michelle Spadoone(sp) is down in welly world this week b/c she is 3rd on the reserve list for the 150k class they have down therte tommorrow night!!!!
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    Visiting a friend in Ocala we stopped at HITS over last weekend.
    It was very very slow...We left after two hours.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Lola Ranger View Post
    Visiting a friend in Ocala we stopped at HITS over last weekend.
    It was very very slow...We left after two hours.
    Well, yeah I bet it was slow--it didn't officially start until Wednesday. The last couple of weeks were unrated pre-circuit shows. I only was involved in the main hunter ring for two days this week, and even though the numbers are down, the quality is there. Some very lovely horses to watch.



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    I haven't been to Ocala for a few years so maybe she has not been to Ocala for a while either I don't know, but Pam Baker used to bring a bunch to Ocala and I see that she is in Gulfport this year.



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    Pam Baker of Hillcrest Farm in VA?? Good for her she always has a lot of nice horses. My mom rode with her when it was hillcrest dude ranch and you could ride english or western hahaha
    Author of COTH article "The Other Side of Aaron Vale"



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