(c) ESI Photography. Harold Chopping and Basje.
CULPEPER, Virginia (July 6, 2015): Harold Chopping and Basje took first place in Sunday’s $40,000 HITS Grand Prix at the HITS Culpeper Showday National at Commonwealth Park.
Chopping, of Southern Pines, North Carolina, who placed second in Saturday’s $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix on a different mount, Caramo, topped the four-horse Grand Prix jump-off on Kendra Bullington’s Basje with no faults and a time of 46.011.
Aaron Vale, of Williston, Florida, took the other three places in the jump-off. Vale placed second on Bonzini S, owned by Thinkslikeahorse, in a clear 46.198. The pair went last in the jump-off and nearly caught Chopping’s first-place time by less than two-tenths of a second. Vale also placed third on Acolina R, owned by Sarah Turner, in a clean 47.871, and fourth on Quidam’s Good Luck, owned by baseball star Troy Glaus, in the quickest time — 45.228 — but with four faults.
Alexa Lowe-Wiseman and Gringo Win $10,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic
Sunday’s $10,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, presented by Vetera® XP Vaccines, saw two double-clear rounds, with Alexa Lowe-Wiseman, of Upperville, Virginia, and Gringo, owned by Windsor Farm Sales, ultimately claiming the blue ribbon.
Both Lowe-Wiseman and second-place finisher Danny Mahon, of Culpeper, on Chopper 5, owned by KW Mahon, Inc. Mahon, had 11 faults in the jump-off. Mahon had a refusal at the second fence and seven time faults, finishing in 58.350. Lowe-Wiseman had rails at the 3rd and 4th fence and three time faults, but finished in a quicker 54.762, for the win.
Rounding out third place was Andrea Torres Guerreiro, of Waterford, Virginia, on Santa Catalina Farm’s Victoria, who had the fastest time of the four-faulters who did not make the jump-off.
The Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic is held each week at HITS Culpeper and is a qualifier for the Vetera® XP Vaccines $250,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Prix at the HITS Championship in September at HITS-on-the-Hudson in Saugerties, New York. At the Culpeper Finals (Week VI), the total prize purse increases to $15,000.
Maryann Charles and FVF Sailor Man Claim $15,000 Brook Ledge Open Jumper Prix
Seven riders made the jump-off in Friday’s $15,000 Brook Ledge Open Jumper Prix at the HITS Culpeper Showday National. In the fiercely competitive second round, winner Maryann Charles, of Southern Pines, North Carolina, and FVF Sailor Man, owned by Fox View Farm, went second but held onto the lead, despite three others who also went double-clear. Their time of 36.050 seconds ultimately earned them the blue ribbon.
The other three double-clears were Ian Silitch, of Ocala, Florida, and Cordovo, owned by Gaston Family Investments LLC, placing second in 36.500; Debbie McCarthy, of Patterson, New York, on Roulette, owned by Spencer Lampert in 43.675; and Melissa Rudershausen, of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, on her Abracadabra in 43.720.