Bull Run’s Faustino De Tili and Kristen Vanderveen Take Final $25,000 Alliant Private Client Cup Win

The final $25,000 Alliant Private Client Cup kicked off a high-intensity week of jumper action at HITS Post Time Farm as athletes geared up to finish out the 2024 HITS Ocala Winter Circuit. The last week of the 10-week long series features a variety of elite competition from the jumper ring to the hunter arena and the equitation discipline. Sealing the deal for one more win in the Grand Prix ring at the venue, Kristen Vanderveen piloted longtime partner Bull Run’s Faustino De Tili through another quick round for the top honors. 

Olaf Petersen Jr. (GER) set another spectacular track for the day’s main event as 25 of the sport’s top riders warmed up their mounts for the challenge ahead. As rails fell across the course, the number of pairings successfully advancing to the short course dwindled to six contenders. Vanderveen’s turn came up halfway through the jump off and her tried-and-true partner, the Bull Run Jumpers Five LLC’s 19-year-old Belgian Warmblood stallion, delivered another brilliant performance to overtake the lead. 

Kristen Vanderveen and Bull Run’s Faustino De Tili. Photo by ESI Photography

“Frosty loves it here,” admitted Vanderveen. “Even though it’s week ten, he feels fresh as ever and I was quite excited to show today. Frosty has been in a great mood so he felt like he was going to play ball today.

“Olaf [Petersen Jr.] has a very specific style and it worked out well for us today,” she continued. “I am so happy with him that we might just let him end on a high and let this be his finale.” 

Last week’s grand prix winner Sharn Wordley landed just milliseconds off of Vanderveen’s pace of 46.38 seconds with a time of 46.66 seconds on Della Wordley’s 10-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding (Bamako De Muze) ,Brin D’or De Haute Melen Z, for the runner up ribbon. No strangers to the winner’s circle, Declan Egan and his 12-year-old Warmblood gelding (Cheers Cassini), Renkum A’toast, produced the only other clear round to finish their day in third.  

Speed queens Marylisa Leffler and Rolling Acres’ 14-year-old Warmblood mare (Zandor Z), ZaZa Z, kicked off the finale week with a win in the $2,500 Great American Welcome Stake on Wednesday. Competition will resume Friday, March 22, 2024 with the exciting finish of the $15,000 STX Open Speed Series where a class winner and a series winner will be named. For a full list of results, please visit www.showmanagementsystem.com