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Greg Crolick continued his winning ways in Traverse City, earning a victory aboard Chappy, owned by Carole Chase, in the $25,000 3’6”/3’9” Green Hunter Final. The pair held the lead throughout the entirety of the class, earning a high score in round one of 89 and following it up with a 92 in round two to seal the deal. His score of 181 earned him the win and the lion’s share of the prize money.
Nick Haness found himself another podium placing, taking second with Iwasaki & Reilly’s Small Love on a 178 total score. Hillary Johnson and Elliot, owned by Copper Fox LLC, claimed third with a 171 score.
“We’ve had Chappy for two years,” Crolick said of the 11-year-old Mecklenburg gelding by Chacco Blue. “He mainly does the International Derbies and 3’9” and 4’ divisions. He’s a real special horse. He’s quiet, and he’s out of the stall to the ring; just really easy to prepare and pretty much anyone can ride him.”
Fresh off a successful run at the USHJA International Derby Championships in August, Crolick returned to Traverse City with his sights set on the Traverse City Hunter & Derby Finals.
“The hunter incentives here are wonderful,” Crolick echoed. “It gives hunters a chance to showcase their abilities. There’s more hunters participating this year which is wonderful. To have a chance to go for this kind of prize money in a weekend is unheard of. It’s a great opportunity.”
Nick Haness started the day off strong, taking three of the top-four placings in the $25,000 3’/3’3” Green Hunter Final, winning aboard Bernadette Mulliken’s Mardi Gras. With the 7-year-old Warmblood gelding by Namelus R, Haness secured the high score of 91 in round one of the two-round final, returning and securing victory with a round-two score of 89 for a combined total of 180.
Second-place honors went to Ilana Mark-Fisher’s Diaro and Kelsey Epperson on a total score of 175, while third place went to Haness and Remember Romance for Romance Sport Horses on a total score of 172.5. Haness also claimed fourth with Marilyn for West Coast Equine Partners LLC, starting the Traverse City Hunter & Derby Finals with a bang.
“This horse, Mardi Gras, we purchased earlier this year so it’s a newer partnership for me,” Haness, based in Temecula, CA, explained. “We’ve been showing together over the last few months on the East Coast. We had high hopes for a good result here today.”
Haness has spent some time in Traverse City gearing up for his second Traverse City Hunter & Derby Finals with a group of highly competitive horses. “We appreciate and love these finals,” he said. “It’s a great way to involve our horses and owners. It’s a great program. The prize money is awesome for this championship week. We’re excited to be a part of it. We brought quite a few horses and I’m excited for the rest of the weekend to unfold. Winning the first final of the weekend feels great.”
Final Results: $25,000 3’6”/3’9” Green Hunter Final
1. Chappy / Greg Crolick / Carole Chase / 89 + 92 = 181
2. Small Love / Nick Haness / Iwasaki & Reilly / 88 + 90 = 178
3. Elliot / Hillary Johnson / Copper Fox LLC / 86 + 85 = 171
4. Catwalk / Greg Crolick / Renaud Farm LLC / 81 + 87 = 168
5. San Pedro 15 / Jacob Pope / Don Stewart / 83 + 84 = 167
6. Disco Superfly / Stella Wasserman / Donald Stewart / 77 + 80 = 157
7. Breathless / Owen Gajoch / Sara Barnes / 75 + 75 = 150
8. Suede / Hillary Johnson / Copper Fox LLC / 45 + 83 = 128
9. Vincent / Jacob Pope / Natalie Groulx / 82 + 45 = 127
Final Results: $25,000 3’/3’3” Green Hunter Final
1. Mardi Gras / Nick Haness / Bernadette Mulliken / 91+ 89 = 180
2. Diaro / Kelsey Epperson / Ilana Mark-Fisher / 89 + 86 =175
3. Remember Romance / Nick Haness / Romance Sport Horses / 84.5 + 88 = 172.5
4. Marilyn / Nick Haness / West Coast Equine Partners LLC / 84 + 87 = 171
5. Serengeti / Tamara Provost / Moyer Farm LLC / 83 + 87.5 = 170.5
6. Red Label / Tamara Provost / Dean Burger / 85 + 84.5 = 169.5
7. Clooney / Greg Crolick / Nicole Jeffries / 82 + 85 = 167
8. True That / Megan Ghere / Donald Stewart / 81 + 83 = 164
9. Chewbacca / Jacob Pope / Elizabeth Devor / 87 + 74 = 161
10. Debonair / Kelsey Epperson / Debra Gross / 86 + 72 = 158
11. Breadwinner / Megan Southam / Kate Kosnoff / 78 + 75 = 153
12. Famous Last Words / Alex Granato / Jennifer Levi / 72 + 80 = 152
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