HAROLD CHOPPING SCORES 1-2 IN $25,000 HITS GRAND PRIX AT HITS OCALA MASTERS
Ocala, FL (February 28, 2005) --
Harold Chopping dominated the field in the $25,000 HITS Grand Prix during week III of the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit. Chopping was the only rider in a six-horse jump-off to post a double-clear over Michel Vaillancourt's course. Not only was Chopping the only rider to master the jump-off course, but he also did it twice. First aboard Rabaila and then again with his second mount Kathleen, galloping away with the first and second place spots respectively.
Aaron Vale and Artur had four faults in a time of 38.94 seconds for third place. Brazilian rider Sergio Campos with his speedy mare Shakira Do Jacare had the fastest jump-off time of 37.89 seconds, but two rails down put them in fourth place. Kristi Smith and On The Sly were the first to attempt the jump-off course, and set out at a fast pace. Two rails came down and their time of 38.73 seconds left them in fifth place. Aaron Vale and Kilroy were the last to jump, and Vale can usually use this edge to his advantage. Two knockdowns dashed his chances, and a time of 41.01 seconds gave him sixth place.
Harold Chopping finished out the week at HITS Ocala with another successful Grand Prix aboard Rabaila. The pair placed third in Sunday's $50,000 Footings Unlimited Grand Prix.
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
HITS Grand Prix - Thursday, February 24, 2005 : Michel Vaillancourt, Canada
: Michel Vaillancourt, Canada
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POST TIME TRAINING FARM - 13710 U.S. Hwy 27; Ocala, Florida 34482; Tel: 352-620-2275. Website: www.HitsShows.com
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