KYLEE JO JOHNSON AND LANDINTENDANT WIN $50,000 TR3 GRAND PRIX
AT HITS OCALA WINTER FESTIVAL

OCALA, FL (February 22, 2005) --

Kylee Jo Johnson riding Landintendant, owned by Anita & Derek Peterson, Legacy Farm, Archer, FL delivered an exciting finish to Sunday's $50,000 TR3 Grand Prix at the HITS Ocala Winter Festival. Johnson was the last to compete in a ten-horse jump-off, snatching the win from Aaron Vale as she galloped past the timers in 33.58 seconds with all the rails up. Vale and Romulus finished in second place, and Roberto Teran riding Polyfax took third place in the competition.

Thirty competitors took to the field to tackle the challenging 13-obstacle Round One course set by Olaf Petersen of Germany. Petersen is most widely recognized as the course designer for the 2004 Athens Olympics. Petersen's course included a few tight turns, with a triple at fence no. 6 and a double at fence no. 12. Time allowed was set at 79 seconds. Fence no. 13, a tall vertical just after the double combination, proved to be trouble for a number of riders. Ten horse/rider combinations went clear to advance to the jump-off.

For the jump-off, Petersen built a seven-obstacle short course and set time allowed at 47 seconds. By removing the A element of the first round triple combination, Petersen left a long gallop to a vertical - vertical in-and-out, which caused most riders to slow down and re-group in the middle of the course. Third in the order, Roberto Teran and Polyfax were the first to post a clear round in a time of 35.45 seconds. The next four riders had knockdowns. Elliot Stone and Freestyle left all the rails up, but clocked in slightly slower than Teran with 36.13 seconds. Aaron Vale and Romulus were next up. A clear round in a time of 34.10 seconds looked unbeatable.

Twenty-seven-year-old Kylee Jo Johnson was last to ride aboard Landintendant, a nine-year-old 16.1 hh Mecklenburg gelding brought over from East Germany last October by her trainer Derek Peterson. "This was just his second Grand Prix," said Peterson. "I bought him for the high-amateur and didn't think that he would make the Grand Prix level. I guess I was underestimating him. We thought the same of Promised Land, and he worked out very well." Derek Peterson won the same class last year with Promised Land, and then went on to win the Grand Finale of the circuit--the $100,000 King Shavings Grand Prix.

Knowing what she had to beat, Kylee Jo Johnson decided to throw caution to the wind. "Derek said to me, 'you have a shot at it, go ahead and take a chance', and that's what I did." Johnson showed the crowd what Landintendant was made of, blazing through the course with no faults in a time of 33.58 seconds for the win--over half a second faster than Vale's round with Romulus.

Other major award winners at HITS Ocala Winter Festival included:

HBO Junior Medal Lauren Horth, Dalton, MA
Charles Owen Children's Medal Winner Courtney Dinan, Lenox, MA (for the second week in a row)
Charles Owen Adult Medal Winner Liz Stitzel, Colchester, VT (for the second week in a row)
Farnam Adult Hunter Division (section A) Pollock ridden by Laura Van Den Berg, Winter Park, FL
Farnam Adult Hunter Division (section B) Mirabella ridden by Karen Newman, Pace, FL
Adequan® Open Hunter Division Inspired ridden by Kristen Bumpus, Medfield, MA

The next Grand Prix event of the circuit will take place on Thursday, February 24th 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 Footings Unlimited Grand Prix will finish out the week on Sunday, February 27th at 1pm.

Kylee Jo Johnson with Anita & Derek Peterson,
owners of "Landintendant"
at the presentation

Kylee Jo Johnson riding "Landintendant" -
Winners of $50,000 TR3 Grand Prix
Photos: © Lili Weik Photography

$50,000 TR3 Grand Prix - Sunday, February 20, 2005 HITS Ocala II Winter Festival - Ocala, FL
Course Designer
: Olaf Petersen, Germany

Placing

Horse

Rider

Owner

Prize Money
Rd 1 Faults
JO Faults
JO Time

1

LANDINTENDANT

KYLEE JO JOHNSON

DEREK / ANITA PETERSON

$15,000

0
0
33.58

2

ROMULUS

AARON VALE

HOLLOW CREEK INVESTMENTS

$11,000
0
0
34.10

3

POLYFAX

ROBERTO TERAN

KING RIDGE STABLES

$6,500
0
0
35.45

4

FREESTYLE

ELLIOTT STONE

MICHAEL STONE

$4,000
0
0
36.13

5

SEA CLOUD

AARON VALE

ANDREA C KING

$3,000
0
4
33.26

6

ON THE SLY

KRISTI SMITH

KNIGHTS FORK INC

$2,500
0
4
33.31

7

ARTUR

AARON VALE

TOWN CREEK INVESTMENT

$2,000
0
4
33.41

8

MAGDALINE

BETH UNDERHILL

DARRYL B WILLIAMS ASSOC

$1,500
0
4
33.57

9

ARRISCRAFT SOLIEL

AARON VALE

ANGELSTONE FARM

$1,500
0
4
34.76

10

ROBIN VAN ROOSENDAEL

ERYNN BALLARD

LOOKING BACK FARM

$1,000
0
4
36.07

11

FURISTOS TREASURE

TRICIA O'CONNOR

CLOVERLEA FARM INC

$1,000
4
   

12

GERONA 92

MARY LISA LEFFLER

ROLLING ACRES FARM INC

$1,000
4
   

 

WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY REMAINING 2005 SHOW DATES ARE:
Ocala Masters III - February 23-27
Ocala Tournament IV March 2-6
Ocala Winter Finals V - March 9-13

FEATURED EVENTS:
$5,000 Platinum Performance Junior / Amateur-Owner Jumper Low Classic, Weeks I - V
$10,000 U-Dump Junior / Amateur-Owner Jumper High Classics, Weeks I through IV
$25,000 HITS Grand Prix - Thursday, February 24 at 1:00pm
$50,000 Footings Unlimited Grand Prix - Sunday, February 27 at 1:00pm
$25,000 HITS Grand Prix - Thursday, March 3at 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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