The first full week of the six-week Great American Summer Series, presented by Alliant Private Client, is a wrap. Following the HITS Saugerties Monday show, July 6th, HITS jumped into a full schedule of USEF-Rated Hunter and Jumper competition with permission from the State of New York to legally operate. Week II of the Great American Summer Series featured the $100,000 HITS Grand Prix, as well as the first of three $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derbies.
HITS thanks exhibitors for complying with the health and safety measures being implemented. As the Great American Summer Series 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 planning to show at HITS Saugerties this season, please be sure to review the HITS Horse Show Protocol prior to your arrival.
Jonathan McCrea kicked-off the week with a one-two finish and the only two double-clear rounds in the $5,000 HITS Open Welcome. McCrea rode JASMIJN to victory as he crossed the timers in 35.318, beating himself by nearly three full seconds.
2nd Place: McCrea & D CAROLUS [37.907]
3rd Place: Laura Chapot & THORNHILL KATE [4-Faults, 34.324]
Chapot moved up in the standings on Thursday’s featured class to take home the blue and red ribbons in the $10,000 HITS 1.40m Jumper Classic with OUT OF IRELAND and CALAFORNIA, respectively. Chapot’s winning time was 35.546.
2nd Place: Chapot & CALAFORNIA [36.482]
3rd Place: Mclain Ward & FRANKA TRICHTA [36.888]
Joining the Winner’s Circle on Friday for victory in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix was Jordan Coyle for his ride aboard PICADOR in a time of 37.563
2nd Place: Ward & HEAVENLY W [40.099]
3rd Place: Rodrigo Pessoa & CARLITO’S WAY [40.454]
Saturday featured the $10,000 Saugerties Steamboat Co. Jumper Classic where Chapot claimed another top placing, this time for her ride aboard SHOOTING STAR in a time of 34.030.
2nd Place: Pessoa & FARRERO [34.468]
3rd Place: Adrienne Sternlicht & QUIDAM MB [34.842]
Jumper Classic Winners
$2,500 M&S Children’s High Jumper Classic: Mica Rose Frank & DESPINA
$2,500 M&S Adult High Jumper Classic: Kimberly Corts & FIDEL CAVARO
$1,000 Harcour M&S Children’s & Adult Jumper Classic – Low: Judah Singer & COUTRAS
$250 M&S Children’s & Adult Modified Jumper Classic: Bentley Bassick & BILLYBOY
$2,500 Jr/A-O/Am 1.25m Jumper Classic: Baylee McKeever & CYLANA
$5,000 Pyranha Jr/A-O/Am 1.35m Jumper Classic: Abigail Stark & WANTED
To wrap up Week II of the Great American Summer Series, Coyle landed a one-two finish in the $100,000 HITS Grand Prix on Sunday afternoon. Eight riders made it to the jump-off and all but one jumped double-clear over the shortened course so time was of the essence. Coyle returned halfway through the jump-off aboard ARISO and had seen some take to the course prior, but also knew there were several top riders that would follow him. A time of 36.987 was quick enough to secure the win this week. Coyle was the final rider to challenge the jump-off and already in the lead as he entered the ring aboard PICADOR. Less than a second would come between his first and second place times as he crossed the timers in 37.540 aboard his second place mount.
2nd Place: Coyle & PICADOR [37.540]
3rd Place: Devin Ryan & CASPAR’S LASINO [39.955]
After winning the USHJA National Hunter Derby on Monday, Michael Desiderio repeated that win in the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby on Friday afternoon. Desiderio rode CROMWELL to a first place finish with scores of 82.5 in the Hunter Classic round and a 90 in the Handy Hunter round for a 172.5 total.
2nd Place: Katarina Mulhauser & ADELE 
3rd Place: Caroline Cole & GALWAY BLAZER 
On Saturday afternoon, the Grand Prix Stadium was transformed into a Hunter Derby Field for the $1,500 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix and the first of three $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derbies.
Junior and Amateur riders were first to show on Saturday afternoon and winning the $1,500 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix was Christian Dominguez and MTM ON POINT. Dominguez scored an 81 in the first round and an 83 in the second round for an overall score of 164.
2nd Place: Jacqueline Lampert & CENTRE STAGE 
3rd Place: Daphne Garrett & LORDANOS 
Next up, were riders competing for the top prize in the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby. It was exceptional riding by Hannah Isop that secured both top spots in the class, claiming victory aboard CREM BRECOURT with a scores of 177 and 194, respectively, for a 371 cumulative score.
2nd Place: Isop & RED RYDER 
3rd Place: David Oliynyk & FOR LOVE 
Hunter Classic Winners
$1,000 Eastern Hay Amateur-Owner Hunter Classic: Kristina Claffee & GURU
$1,000 Junior Hunter Classic: Sofia Moskowitz & HOLLYWOOD
$1,000 Perfect Products Pony Hunter Classic: Eleanor Pieters & RUMPLE MINZE
$500 M&S SmartPak Adult Hunter Classic: Anne Byers & QUANTONIUS
$500 M&S Child Hunter Classic – Horse: Lindsay Juge & SKYFALL
$500 M&S Child Hunter Classic – Pony:
Isabelle Grutkowski & SIMON SAYS SMOOTH MOVE
$250 M&S Bit O’ Straw Hunter Classic: Sarah Gleason & CANTHANO
M&S Novice Child Hunter Classic: Bassick & PLAYING THE STAR
Short Stirrup Hunter Classic: Rylee McGuire & ABOVE THE WAVES
Click here for the full listing of results from the HITS Saugerties Monday competition.