AARON VALE and ARRISCRAFT SOLIEL win $2,500 BROOKLEDGE OPEN WELCOME at HITS OCALA II
OCALA, FL (February 19, 2004)
Aaron Vale, holder of the record for the most Grand Prix wins in a single year, rode Arriscraft Soliel owned by Angelstone Farm to victory in the $2,500 Brookledge Open Welcome at HITS Ocala II. Vale also placed fifth aboard Romulus, owned by Town Creek Investment.
The competition attracted a field of thirty-seven horse/rider combinations. Leopoldo Palacios of Caracas, Venezuela, was the course designer for the class, which was held in the Grand Prix field. For Round One, Palacios built an 11-jump course that included two double combinations. Time allowed was set at 78 seconds. There were 12 clear rounds over the course. The six-jump short course had time allowed set at 54 seconds and also included two double combinations.
Vale was the first to post a double-clear aboard Romulus. His lead-time was soon bested by Erynn Ballard aboard Esprit D'Amour when the pair crossed the timers in 36.89 seconds to finish in fourth place. Beth Underhill and Magdaline further whittled down the time to post 36.41 seconds on the clock. The pair placed second in the competition. Vale had a second chance to grab the blue ribbon when he entered the ring aboard Arriscarft Soliel. Using his prior knowledge of the course, he tightened his turns and turned up the speed to gallop past the timers in the winning time of 35.94 seconds. Mary Lisa Leffler was the last rider to come close to catching Vale. She guided Kartousch clear in a time of 36.72 seconds to finish in third place.
Thursday's $25,000 Peterson & Smith Grand Prix is the next Grand Prix event of the Ocala Winter Circuit. On Sunday, February 22nd, spectators will have another chance to enjoy world-class show jumping competition as riders compete for top honors in the $50,000 HITS Grand Prix.
Lots of fun activities are planned for the 2004 HITS Ocala Winter Circuit. On Sunday, February 29 HITS will host Family Day presented by Cox Communications. Kids 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.
$2,500 Brookledge Open
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