Horse Showing Under The Oaks: Scenes From HITS Ocala

Mar 25, 2019 - 8:39 AM

Ocala, Fla.—March 25

After 10 weeks of non-stop action, the winter season at HITS Ocala has come to a close. Nayel Nassar took home the coveted win in the Great American $1 Million Grand Prix, becoming the second rider to win all three of the HITS $1 million classes.

As you pack up your bags to head back home, revisit the final week with us.

You’d be hard pressed to find a horse that jumps nicer than Martin Fuchs’ Clooney 51. Kimberly Loushin Photos
Lillie Keenan gave Skyhorse a quick pat prior to jumping in the Great American $1 Million Grand Prix.
Diadora and Kristen Bumpus wowed in the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby.
Pathways to the rings are lined with towering oak trees.
Who says knees to nose is only for hunters? Nenuphar’Jac jumped great for Anissa Jessee.
After 10 weeks the ribbons start to accumulate.
Bryn Sadler’s Bull Run’s Living was feeling fresh as they headed to the first fence in the Great American $1 Million Grand Prix.
Isabelle Song and Eminem were picture perfect in the low junior jumpers.
White bands helped Caddie R’s braids pop.
Gotta get that perfect shot.
Cassius jumped in beautiful form for Caitlyn Shiels in the derby.
A golf cart in the sun is the best place for a morning snooze.
Turn and burn! Haley Gassel and Quite Dark 2 head to the first jump in the Great American $1 Million Grand Prix.
Getting Lucifer V ready for the cameras.
Part-time jumper, part-time hunter, all class. Devin Ryan’s 7-year-old jumper Sparcette Blue looked like she fit right in in the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby.
The Dubliner looked eager as he cantered around the amateur-owner hunter ring.
Sutton Place was off to the right start with Laurel Bennett in the junior hunters.
Gomez Van De Withoeve looked eager to tackle the course.
Lindsey Ward piloted the beautiful Cashmero in the amateur-owner hunters.
Maria Roberts gives Fandango a pat for a job well done.

We’re on site at HITS Ocala all week covering the feature classes during the final week of competition. Don’t forget to check back for more beautiful photos and article on the big winners. Be sure you’re following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @chronofhorse. Plus pick up the April 8 issue of The Chronicle of the Horse magazine. What are you missing if you don’t subscribe?

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