SAUGERTIES, New York (August 3, 2015): McLain Ward – hot off his gold medal win at the 2015 Pan American Games – and HH Carlos Z, owned by Double H Farm, took first place out of 29 entries in Sunday’s $100,000 ULCERGARD Grand Prix at HITS-on-the-Hudson VI.
Ward and HH Carlos Z went last in a six-horse jump-off. The first three riders in the jump-off each had four faults from single rails. Laura Chapot, on Mary Chapot’s ISHD Dual Star, went fourth and earned the first clear round in 42.524 seconds. Mary Manfredi went fifth on Magnus Orfeo, owned by Great Span LLC, and had a clear round in a careful 47.812 seconds.
Ward’s ride was faster than Chapot’s. Entering the ring, he and HH Carlos Z finished the shortened course in 40.095, shaving 2.5 seconds off the leading time to claim first.
“The course was very good, I thought,” said Ward. “Difficult, but really appropriate. I was lucky to have had three horses in [the Grand Prix]. My first two jumped very well but were a bit unlucky [with rails in Round 1], but Carlos is kind of an old glove for me. I know him very well, and if he jumps clear, he normally has a very good chance to win. He’s very fast, and very careful and very experience and he performed beautifully.”
Anderson Lima, of Sao Paulo, Brazil, designed the course. HITS-on-the-Hudson continues August 26-30 with Week VII, and September 2-6 for HITS Championship, the Richest Weekend in Show Jumping, culminating in the Saugerties $1 Million Grand Prix CSI-5*, presented by Wells Fargo.
(c) ESI Photography McLain Ward and HH Carlos Z, owned by Double H Farm, go clear over a Merial LEGEND jump in the $100,000 ULCERGARD Grand Prix on Sunday at HITS-on-the-Hudson VI.
(c) ESI Photography McLain Ward and HH Carlos Z, owned by Double H Farm win first place in the $100,000 ULCERGARD Grand Prix on Sunday at HITS-on-the-Hudson VI.
Karen Polle and Bottom Line Win $10,000 Brook Ledge Open Welcome Week VI
Going ninth in an 11-horse jump-off, with six clean jump-off trips before her, Karen Polle knew she and Bottom Line had to focus on speed if they wanted to win the $10,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper 1.45m Classic, presented by Vetera® XP Vaccines on Sunday at HITS-on-the-Hudson VI.
“She’s probably the fastest horse in the class, so I basically just have to stay out of her way and let her do it. And it worked out,” said Polle, after her win, in which she bested the second place competitor by more than two seconds out of a total field of 28 competitors. “I love competing here, so it was nice to win.”
The lead changed hands several times throughout the jump-off. Rounds three through five were each clear and faster than the previous competitor. Third-place finisher Adrienne Marciano and her Laspari went seventh and finished in 39.736, the fastest time yet. Lucy Deslauriers on Hamlet, owned by Lisa Deslauriers, who ultimately finished second, went next and finished in 38.864 to set the new Great American Time to Beat.
Polle and Bottom Line went after Deslauriers and Hamlet, and completed the course in a blazing 36.494, 2.37 seconds faster than the previous ride. The penultimate entry retired and the last entry went clear but in a slower time, earning Polle and Bottom Line bragging rights and the blue ribbon.
The Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic is held each week at HITS-on-the-Hudson in Saugerties, New York, and is a qualifier for the Vetera® XP Vaccines $250,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Prix at the HITS Championship September 2-6.
(c) ESI Photography Karen Polle and her Bottom Line jump clear in the $10,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper 1.45m Classic, presented by Vetera® XP Vaccines, on Sunday at HITS-on-the-Hudson VI.
(c) ESI Photography Karen Polle and her Bottom Line win first in the $10,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper 1.45m Classic, presented by Vetera® XP Vaccines, on Sunday at HITS-on-the-Hudson VI.