The six-week Great American Summer Series, presented by Alliant Private Client, is a wrap with even more featured class winners and champions awarded in the final week. HITS is readily preparing for the HITS Saugerties Fall Series which features the annual HITS Championship. The HITS Championship features the $500,000 AIG Grand Prix, $250,000 Diamond Mills and $100,000 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix Finals, $15,000 Green Hunter Prix, and $25,000 Black Barn Jr/A-O/Am Jumper Prix.
HITS thanks exhibitors for continuing to comply with the health and safety measures being implemented, including social distancing, wearing of masks, and hand washing. As HITS prepares for the Fall Series, please be sure you review all protocols outlined in the HITS Horse Show Protocol prior to your arrival.
The final week of the Great American Summer Series kicked-off Wednesday with the $5,000 HITS Open Welcome. Laura Chapot and THORNHILL KATE were the first to make it to the jump-off and their time of 30.959 could not be beat.
2nd Place: Christian Coyle & CENTURION [31.061]
3rd Place: Stella Manship & CHUCKLES [31.992]
Chapot continued her winning streak on Thursday when she secured the win in the $10,000 HITS 1.40m Jumper Classic aboard GIDEON in a time of 41.207, beating the field by over five seconds!
2nd Place: Christine McCrea & DALI DE VY [46.305]
3rd Place: Jonathan McCrea & D CAROLUS [46.460]
J. McCrea moved up in the standings to join the Winner’s Circle for top honors in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix aboard FANTASY BB. Just three riders made it to the jump-off and with a careful time of 56.918, even though it meant 2 time-faults, the team took the blue ribbon.
2nd Place: Amanda Derbyshire & OASIS SPIRIT [4-Faults, 51.771]
3rd Place: Jordan Coyle & PICADOR [14-Faults, 60.980]
The blue ribbon in the $10,000 Saugerties Steamboat Co. Jumper Classic on Saturday was awarded to Todd Minikus for his jump-off ride in a time of 34.224 aboard NAPOLEON OF PICOBELLO.
2nd Place: McLain Ward & FORMIDABLE [34.253]
3rd Place: Rowan Willis & WELLINGTON GRANDORIE [34.804]
Jumper Classic Winners
$2,500 M&S Children’s Jumper Classic – High: Siena Lipson & CHAPEAU BAS
$2,500 M&S Adult Jumper Classic – High: Kimberly Corts & DARTANI
$1,000 Harcour M&S Children’s & Adult Jumper Classic – Low: Jaxon Alvarez & G-STAR
$250 M&S Modified Children’s & Adult Jumper Classic: Cassandra Beckmann & GIESELA
$2,500 Jr/A-O/Am 1.25m Jumper Classic: Ella Bikoff & HUCKLEBERRY
$5,000 Pyranha Jr/A-O/Am 1.35m Jumper Classic: Bikoff & FUEGO
$7,500 Jr/A-O/Am 1.45m Jumper Classic: Coco Fath & HARLEY D
The Great American Summer Series came to a close with the $100,000 Wilmington Trust Grand Prix on Sunday afternoon. Adding another win to his belt for the series was J. Coyle aboard ARISO, crossing the timers in 41.486.Throughout the Great American Summer Series, J. Coyle has won four of the Sunday Grand Prix along with several other top placings in featured jumper competition.
In addition to Wilmington Trust’s sponsorship of the Grand Prix this week, Hylofit presents one of their cutting-edge Heart Monitoring Systems to the Grand Prix winner every Sunday at HITS Saugerties.
2nd Place: Nicky Galligan & JAVAS MISS JORDAN [42.615]
3rd Place: Rowan Willis & BLUE MOVIE [43.114]
Hunters were featured in the Outside Course on Saturday as the day started off with the $1,500 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix. Taking home the blue ribbon and victory was Devon Degen and LUMINARY with scores of 84 and 82, totaling 166.
2nd Place: Meghan Knapic & DALOMA 
3rd Place: Kelly Lively & RIGHT OFF 
Following the Platinum Performance Hunter Prix was the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby where Morgan Budovsky shined aboard TRIBECA. Budovsky scored a 90 in the Hunter Classic round and an 86 in the Handy Hunter round for a two-round total of 176.
2nd Place: David Oliynyk & FOR LOVE 
3rd Place: Heather Caristo-Williams & QUICKBORN 7 [173.5]
Hunter Classic Winners
$1,000 Eastern Hay Amateur-Owner 3’3″/3’6″ Hunter Classic: Shannon Popp & FIDONNA
$1,000 Junior 3’3″/3’6″ Hunter Classic: Cameron Kohls & CORONATION
$500 M&S SmartPak Adult Hunter Classic: Mariel Goodson & COME TRUE
$500 M&S Child Hunter Classic – Horse: Natalie Shin & SANTIAGO
$500 M&S Child Hunter Classic – Pony: Samantha Smith & LOAFERS LODGE JAZZ IT UP
$250 M&S Bit O’ Straw Hunter Classic: Abby Heath & SAINT PATRICK
M&S Novice Child & Adult Hunter Classic: Loewe Kasprenski & NO MAS DINERO
Click here for the full listing of results from the Great American Summer Series Week VI.