Dorothy Douglas Takes the Grand Prix Win at Showplace Spring Spectacular I

Dorothy Douglas and her crew pose for the win photo after the $50,000 Purina Animal Nutrition Grand Prix.

By HITS, inc.

HITS Chicago is back for another three weeks of prestigious horse shows at HITS Balmoral Park. The Showplace Spring Spectacular Series kicked off this past Wednesday with the $5,000 Johnson Horse Transportation Open Welcome.

Bryn Sadler would be the one to come out on top aboard her mount QUINTUS 66 after a fault-free jump-off time of 44.121 set her apart from the rest. Savannah Talcott was second with ESPATAKO’S ELECTRA R as the fastest of the four-faulters in a time of 41.562. Sadler took another top-five placing aboard CEZARRO, taking third in a four-fault time of 43.310. Fourth was Liz Atkins and UNDINE and fifth was Lisa Goldman and NIKE.

Bryn Sadler and QUINTUS 66 take the blue in the $5,000 Johnson Horse Transportation Open Welcome.

On Thursday the $10,000 KindredBio Jumper Prix came and went, with Emanuel Andrade taking first, second, and fifth place aboard RICORE COURCELLE, ANASTASIA DU PARK, and GRAN MAMUT in jump-off times of 35.713, 36.511, and 37.857, respectively, continuing his winning ways after a successful season at the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit. Rachel Schnurr was third aboard PRINCE GARBO in a jump-off time of 37.326 and Dorothy Douglas was fourth with S & L ELITE in a jump-off time of 37.810. After a very close jump-off in the KindredBio Prix, excitement rose in anticipation of who would win the $50,000 Purina Animal Nutrition Grand Prix on Saturday.

As Saturday approached, preparations began for the $50,000 Purina Animal Nutrition Grand Prix and the stands filled with spectators anxiously awaiting riders to show off their skill. After another impressive jump-off, Douglas came out on top, taking the win aboard S & L ELITE in a jump-off time of 38.323 and taking home $15,000 in prize money. Only a second behind, Goldman and HINDSIGHT took second in a jump-off time of 39.432. Andrade and RICORE COURCELLE took another top-five placing, riding to third in a jump-off time of 39.862. Talcott was fourth aboard ESPATAKO’S ELECTRA R in a jump-off time of 41.973 and Tony Font was fifth with NLF FAVORITE in a jump-off time of 45.495.

Andrade and DIPSSY soar to first place in the $10,000 SmartPak Jumper Classic.

Wrapping up Showplace Spring Spectacular I, Andrade took the win on Sunday in the $10,000 SmartPak Jumper Classic aboard DIPSSY in a jump-off time of 33.096. Andrade was also third and fourth with CORTINA 186 and BOY IV in jump-off times of 33.900 and 34.305, respectively. Douglas was second aboard CHACCO LAIT in a jump-off time of 33.112 and Andrew Barone was fifth aboard CARICA 4 in a jump-off time of 34.922.
In the Hunter Rings, Kim Barone took the top three placings in the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby aboard CYRIL, DIALICIOUS, and ROC-A-FELLA with combined scores of 173, 171, and 163, respectively. Fourth place was awarded to Ashley Scofield and MAKER’S MARK with a combined score of 157 and in fifth was Marian Sykes and CLAUDIUS with a combined score of 151.

Kim Barone and CYRIL, winners of the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby.
im Barone and CYRIL, winners of the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby.

HITS Chicago will be back this week with Showplace Spring Spectacular II, featuring the $50,000 HITS Grand Prix and over $100,000 in prize money for the week. Visit hitsshows.com for more information and follow us on social media for day-to-day updates.

Photos Courtesy of Andrew Ryback Photography

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