The HITS Chicago Series at Lamplight Equestrian Center continued last week with Spring Spectacular II. Riders rose to the occasion with great competition in both the Hunter and Jumper rings, and enjoyed a week of great weather for the second week of HITS Chicago this spring.

HITS thanks exhibitors for continuing to comply with the health and safety measures being implemented. As the summer continues, HITS asks that all trainers, exhibitors and staff comply with social distancing, wearing of masks, and other protocols outlined in the HITS Horse Show Protocol. If you are on your way to HITS Chicago, please be sure that you review the HITS Horse Show Protocol prior to your arrival.

To kick-off Spring Spectacular II, congratulations were in order for Madelyn Cardelli who took top honors aboard BALL BERITH in the $2,500 Open Welcome on Wednesday. While no competitors jumped clean, Cardelli clocked the quickest time with just one rail in 66.934 to secure the lead.

2nd Place: Adeline Rohrbach & VALLADAM [4-Faults, 68.816]
3rd Place: Stephen Foran & CASSIUS 74 [4-Faults, 69.002]

Featured competition continued on Thursday in the Grand Prix Ring with the $5,000 Jumper Classic. Taking home the blue ribbon was Steve Schaefer and ZARKAVA in a jump-off time of 32.201.

2nd Place: Maggie Jayne & ARIZONA ODF [32.225]
3rd Place: Caelinn Leahy & DYMENDY [32.491]

A familiar face from HITS Ocala joined the Winner’s Circle on Friday, as Hunter Holloway and LUCKY STRIKE captured the top placing in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix in a time of 29.924.

2nd Place: Sharn Wordley & GATSBY [32.608]
3rd Place: Taylor Flury & CARRASCA Z [32.778]

Andrew Welles took the top placing aboard BRINDIS BOGIBO on Saturday afternoon in the $10,000 HITS Open Jumper Prix. Welles cleared the jump-off in a time of 33.321.

2nd Place: Ryan Sassmannshausen & BABAR [34.854]
3rd Place: Welles & PRIMO TROY [36.269]

Jumper competition at Spring Spectacular II came to close with the $50,000 HITS Grand Prix on Sunday afternoon. With a tight time allowed, the course challenged riders to be quick and careful as they navigated the 16 jumping efforts. Fence 7 at the mid-point and fence 13, the final obstacle, proved a challenge for many. Three riders completed the course with no jumping faults, with only Charlie Jayne and AMICE Z doing so within the time allowed. Jayne’s confident approach to the course yielded the winning round in a time of 76.146.

2nd Place: Holloway & PEPITA CON SPITA [1 Time Fault, 81.095]
3rd Place: Wordley & CASPER [1 Time Fault, 81.657]

$1,000 M&S/WIHS Adult Jumper Classic: Rachel Boggus & SHALAMAR
$1,000 M&S/WIHS Children’s Jumper Classic: Leigh Nanda & EL CASPER
$1,000 NAL Adult Jumper Classic: Rachel Boggus & SHALAMAR
$1,000 NAL Children’s Jumper Classic: Alexis Ortiz & BUENOS AIRES
$1,000 M&S Modified Children’s & Adult Jumper Classic: Tessa Harper & NABUCO
$1,000 Dever M&S Children’s & Adult Jumper Classic: Alexis Bauman & MIRACLES HAPPEN
$2,500 Chicago Equine A-O/Am 1.25m Jumper Classic: Nicole Bellissimo & GELZARINA
$2,500 Chicago Equine Junior 1.25m Jumper Classic: Caroline Cardoza & VERDICT
$5,000 Pyranha Jr/A-O/Am 1.35m Jumper Classic: Ashley Shaw & ADICO
$7,500 Jr/A-O/Am 1.40m Jumper Classic: Keira Foster & THRILLER P

Taking home the top prize in the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby was Megan Murray-Tenuta for her ride aboard LAST WORD. This pair scored a 90 in the first round and followed that up with an 86 for a two round total of 179.

2nd Place: Nicole Clara Lyvere & VAILLERO [175.5]
3rd Place: Ashleen Lee & HONOR [174]

$1,000 Amateur-Owner Hunter Classic: Madeline Thatcher & SUMMER PLACE
$1,000 AIG Junior Hunter Classic: Natalie Jayne & BOCCACCIO
$500 SmartPak M&S Adult Hunter Classic: Lyvere & LUGATTI
$500 M&S Children’s Hunter Classic: Addison Stoughton & DESTINY
$1,000 Perfect Products Pony Hunter Classic: Lilly Herzog & YELLOWSTONE