AARON VALE BLAZES THROUGH TO WIN $25,000 PETERSON & SMITH GRAND PRIX AT HITS OCALA II
OCALA, FL (February 20, 2004)
Aaron Vale and Arriscraft Soliel, owned by Angelstone Farm, were last to go in a ten-horse jump-off, posting the fastest time of three double-clears to win the $25,000 Peterson & Smith Grand Prix. Second place went to Mac Cone and Cybella, owned by Southern Ways. Amy Millar and her own Valentino were the only other double-clear for third place.
Course designer Leopoldo Palacios of Caracas, Venezuela, built a 12-jump Round One course that included a triple at Fence No. 4, a double at Fence No. 9, and a last line that included water at No. 11, and an oxer at No. 12. Time Allowed was set at 86 seconds. Thirty-eight horse/rider combinations took to the field and ten went clean.
For the Jump Off, Palacios built a seven-obstacle short course and set Time Allowed at 56 seconds. Polly Howard and Elton were the first to attempt the course. Their time was fast with 42.60 seconds on the clock, but they paid for it with an unlucky rail. Manuel Torres and Matilde Lina had an eight-fault performance, followed by Aaron Vale and Pop Socks with a four-fault performance. Amy Millar and Valentino were the first pair to post a clear round in a time of 45.19 seconds. The next three ridersDerek Petersen on Promised Land, Aaron Vale on Romulus, and Kim Burnette on Marly Du Beaumontall had faults. Mac Cone and Cybella delivered the next clear round, toppling Amy Millar to take the lead with a time of 43.33 seconds. Callan Solem and Mianta had a rail at the double and finished out their round with four faults. Aaron Vale was last in the order of go and made good use of this prime position to clinch the win. Vale who is always a crowd-pleaser, did not disappointhe urged Arriscraft Soliel to turn up the speed and the horse delivered a perfect performance in a very fast time of 41.05 seconds, over two seconds faster than Cone's time.
Aaron Vale also placed fifth and sixth in the $25,000 Peterson & Smith Grand Prix. He rode Pop Socks, owned by Temecula Valley Equestrian Center to fifth, and Romulus, owned by Town Creek Investment to sixth.
The next Grand Prix event at HITS Ocala will take place on Sunday, February 22nd. Spectators will 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. For further press information: contact Mary Creech 845-246-8833 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
$25,000 Peterson & Smith
Grand Prix - Thursday, February 19, 2004 HITS Ocala II - Ocala, FL
Place - Horse - Rider - Owner
- Prize Money - Rd1 Faults - JO Faults - JO Time
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