DEREK PETERSON AND PROMISED LAND WIN $50,000 KING SHAVINGS GRAND PRIX AT HITS OCALA II

OCALA, FL (February 23, 2004)—


Derek Peterson and Promised Land - Winners of $50,000 King Shavings Grand Prix - © 2004 Lili Weik Photography

Derek Peterson and Promised Land delivered the only double-clear of a field of thirty-eight horses to win the $50,000 King Shavings Grand Prix at HITS Ocala II. Tricia O'Connor and Furistos Treasure, owned by Cloverlea Farm Inc., were the only other pair to join Peterson in the jump-off. Their four-fault performance gave them second in the competition. Jonathon Millar and Sweet Dreams, owned by Scotia Farms, took third place. Aaron Vale rode Arriscraft Soliel, winner of Thursday's $25,000 Peterson & Smith Grand Prix, to fourth place.

Course designer Leopoldo Palacios of Caracas, Venezuela, built a 14-jump Round One course that included a triple at Fence No. 8, and a double at Fence No. 10. Time Allowed was set at 87 seconds. "This is the strongest field of Grand Prix riders and horses that I have seen in the past four years here in Ocala," said Palacios. So, I decided to build it not so big but very technical and only 2 clear in the first round proved that it was just that."

Derek Peterson certainly agreed with Palacios, quipping to him right after the jump-off: "Tricky, tricky course, very technical!" The tough course saw rails down at 16 of 17 obstacles during Round One. Tricia O'Connor was the first to earn a clear round aboard Furistos Treasure. The crowd had to wait until Peterson, who was 25th in the order, to be assured of a jump-off.

Palacios built a seven-obstacle jump-off course and set Time Allowed at 56 seconds. Tricia O'Connor and Promised Land were the first to enter the ring. Their time was fast with 45.88 seconds on the clock, but an unlucky rail at the double cost them their clear round. For Derek Peterson and Promised Land, a clear round within the time allowed would win them the competition. Peterson took it steady, guiding Promised Land clear in a time of 48.45 seconds for the win.

Derek Peterson is a deeply religious family man. Born in South Africa he rode there as a Junior and then hung it up to come to the States in 1988. He hired on as a member of the jump crew and used to say to the other guys on the crew, "I'll be out there riding one day, just watch." "They all laughed, but a couple of years later I got my first horse here in the States, said Peterson." Derek, who has lived for the past seven years in Archer, FL, is deacon of his church and his pastor was in the audience cheering (and praying, he admitted) for the jumps to stay up. And stay up they did in the jump-off.

Derek said "I had a revelation that this horse was going to take me to the 'Promised Land' and that's why I named him thathe is a gift of God." Promised Land is a 17.1 hand gelding that was German born from an unknown sire. This is the 4th year Derek has been showing this horse.

The next Grand Prix event at HITS Ocala—the $25,000 HITS Grand Prix will take place on Friday, February 27th. On Sunday, February 29th, spectators will enjoy world-class show jumping competition as riders compete for top honors in the $50,000 HITS Grand Prix. The Grand Prix will coincide with Family Day presented by Cox Communications. Children and their parents will be invited to participate in a day filled with pony rides, face painting, clowns, and much more.

For more information on the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit, please visit www.hitsshows.com.

$50,000 King Shavings Grand Prix - Sunday, February 22, 2004 HITS Ocala II - Ocala, FL
Course Designer: Leopoldo Palacios, Caracas, Venezuela

Place

Horse

Rider

Owner

Prize Money

Rd1 Faults

JO Faults

JO Time

1st

Promised Land

Derek Peterson

Derek / Anita Peterson

$15,000

0

0

48.45

2nd

Furistos Treasure

Tricia O'Connor

Cloverlea Farm Inc.

$11,000

0

4

45.88

3rd

Sweet Dreams

Jonathon Millar

Scotia Farms

$6,500

4

4th

Arriscraft Soliel

Aaron Vale

Angelstone Farm

$4,000

4

5th

Cybella

Mac Cone

Southern Ways

$3,000

4

6th

Quelle Damme Van De Heffinck

Rory Hovell

Rory Hovell

$2,500

4

7th

Quendo

Aaron Vale

Town Creek Investment

$2,000

4

 

 

8th

Valentino

Amy Millar

Amy Millar

$1,500

4

   
9th Cortino Aaron Vale Town Creek Investment $1,500 4    
10th Magdaline Beth Underhill Darryl B. Williams Assoc. $1,000 4    
11th Melinda Mac Cone Southern Ways $1,000 4    
12th Romulus Aaron Vale Town Creek Investment $1,000 4    

WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY, 2004 REMAINING SHOW DATES ARE:
Ocala Masters III - February 25-29
Ocala Tournament IV - March 3-7
Ocala Winter Finals V - March 10-14

FEATURED EVENTS:
$25,000 HITS Grand Prix - Thursday, February 26 at 1:00pm
$50,000 HITS Grand Prix - Sunday, February 29 at 1:00pm
$25,000 HITS Grand Prix - Thursday, March 4 at 1:00pm
$50,000 HITS Grand Prix - Sunday, March 7 at 1:00pm
$25,000 HITS Grand Prix - Thursday, March 11 at 1:00pm
$25,000 Marshall & Sterling Junior / Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic - Sunday, March 14 at 10:00am
$25,000 Marshall & Sterling Child / Adult Jumper Classic Sunday, March 14 at 12:00 noon
$100,000 King Shavings Grand Prix of Ocala presented by Great American Insurance Group - Sunday, March 14 at 2:00pm

SPECIAL EVENTS:
Kids Day presented by Cox Communications - Sunday, February 29
Grand Finale - Sunday, March 14

Champions of the Week Presentations are held on Sundays prior to the 1:00pm Grand Prix.

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