AARON VALE SPEEDS TO VICTORY IN $25,000 HITS GRAND PRIX AT HITS OCALA TOURNAMENT

Ocala, FL (March 6, 2005) --

Aaron Vale seized his third Grand Prix victory at the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit when he powered past the timers on Sea Cloud in Thursday's $25,000 HITS Grand Prix. With a string of proven and promising mounts, Vale has consistently placed in the top three each week at HITS Ocala. Vale's winning mount, Sea Cloud, is owned by Andrea King. He also placed two other horses in the money--tenth with Kilroy and twelfth with Ratina 79.

Amateur rider Michelle Pia and R Mable K2 finished in second place. Canadian Erynn Ballard and Rio's Rhapsody took third place in the competition.

Twenty-three horse/rider combinations competed over Anthony D'Ambrosio's 13-obstacle first round course. A total of 15 horses went clear to advance to the shortened jump-off course. Aaron Vale and Sea Cloud were second in the order, taking an early lead with a lightening fast time of 38.81 seconds. A time that could not be beat, even by those with rails. Seven trips after Vale, Canadian Erynn Ballard and Rio's Rhapsody produced the second clear round in a time of 43.60 seconds. Michelle Pia followed up with the last clear round of the field aboard R Mable K2. The pair shaved over a second of Ballard's time to finish with 42.55 on the clock.

The next Grand Prix event of the circuit will take place on Thursday, March 10th at 1pm. Spectators will enjoy world-class show jumping competition as riders compete for top honors in the $25,000 HITS Grand Prix. The Grand Finale of the circuit, the $100,000 Grand Prix of Ocala presented by Great American Insurance will finish out the week on Sunday, March 13th at 1pm.


Aaron Vale and Sea Cloud -
Winners of the $25,000 HITS Grand Prix

©Lili Weik Photography

The next Grand Prix event of the circuit will take place on Thursday, March 3rd at 1pm. Spectators will enjoy world-class show jumping competition as riders compete for top honors in the $25,000 HITS Grand Prix. The $50,000 HITS Grand Prix will finish out the week on Sunday, March 6th at 1pm.

$25,000 HITS Grand Prix - Thursday, March 3, 2005 HITS Ocala Tournament - Ocala, FL
Course Designer
: Anthony D'Ambrosio, Red Hook, New York

Placing

Horse

Rider

Owner

Prize Money
Rd 1 Faults
JO Faults
JO Time

1

SEA CLOUD

AARON VALE

ANDREA C KING

$7,500
0
0
38.81

2

R MABLE KZ

MICHELLE PIA

MORGAN HILL PARTNERS, INC.

$5,500
0
0
42.55

3

RIO'S RHAPSODY

ERYNN BALLARD

STERLING HONDA

$3,250
0
0
43.60

4

POLYFAX

ROBERTO TERAN

KING RIDGE STABLES

$2,000
0
4
39.23

5

ALLISON

CALLAN SOLEM

QUIET WINTER FARM / BJ MAGHAN

$1,500
0
4
39.72

6

MAGDALINE

BETH UNDERHILL

DARRYL B WILLIAMS ASSOC

$1,250
0
4
39.73

7

MIANTA

CALLAN SOLEM

QUIET WINTER FARM / REDFIELD FARM

$1,000
0
4
40.05

8

JENNIETA

KRISTI SMITH

KNIGHTS FORK INC

$750
0
4
41.87

9

ENTERPRISE

MARK JUNGHERR

R A FRANCOEUR

$750
0
4
41.92

10

KILROY

AARON VALE

CASPIAN FARM

$500
0
4
42.34

11

CHAMBACUNERO

MANUEL TORRES

ANA MARIA DE CADENA

$500
0
4
42.46

12

RATINA 79

AARON VALE

HOLLOW CREEK INVESTMENTS

$500
0
4
43.22

 

WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY REMAINING 2005 SHOW DATES ARE:
Ocala Tournament IV March 2-6
Ocala Winter Finals V - March 9-13

FEATURED EVENTS:
$10,000 U-Dump Junior / Amateur-Owner Jumper High Classics, Weeks I through IV
$25,000 HITS Grand Prix - Thursday, March 3 at 1:00pm
$50,000 HITS Grand Prix - Sunday, March 6 at 1:00pm
$25,000 Marshall & Sterling Junior / Amateur-Owner Jumper High Classic - Sunday, March 13 at 10:00am
$25,000 Marshall & Sterling Child / Adult Jumper Classic Sunday, March 13 at 12:00 noon
$25,000 HITS Grand Prix - Thursday, March 10 at 1:00pm
$100,000 Grand Prix of Ocala presented by Great American Insurance - Sunday, March 13 at 2:00pm

SPECIAL EVENTS:
Kids Day - Sunday, February 27
Grand Finale - Sunday, March 13
Champions of the Week Presentations are held on Sundays prior to the 1:00pm Grand Prix. Circuit Champions are presented week V.

POST TIME TRAINING FARM - 13710 U.S. Hwy 27; Ocala, Florida 34482; Tel: 352-620-2275. Website: www.HitsShows.com

 

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