The HITS-on-the-Hudson Fall Series is a wrap! The ‘Richest Week in Show Jumping’ not only featured the HITS Championship, but also the NCEA Junior Hunt Seat Medal Final – East, a $1,500 USHJA Pony Hunter Derby, and Marshall & Sterling Insurance League qualifying classes and classics. HITS-on-the-Hudson VIII also hosted the Parade of Grand Circuit Champions.
The HITS Championship during the final week of HITS Saugerties has become the crown jewel of HITS, featuring the AIG $500,000 Grand Prix and Diamond Mills $250,000 Hunter Prix Final, the two biggest prize money jumper and hunter classes in the world this year. Read more about the 2020 HITS Championship Winners here.
With the eight-week HITS Saugerties Series in the books, HITS thanks exhibitors for complying with the health and safety measures that were implemented throughout the summer.
Laura Chapot secured the blue ribbon aboard THORNHILL KATE in the $5,000 HITS Open Welcome on Wednesday. Chapot was last to compete and claimed victory as she crossed the timers in 42.187.
2nd Place: Christian Coyle & CENTURION [42.248]
3rd Place: Chapot & DIARADO’S FLYING DUTCHMAN [4-Faults, 42.695]
Competition continued on Thursday with the $10,000 HITS Jumper Classic where Kelli Cruciotti VanderVeen claimed the win aboard ZIDANTE in a time of 40.003.
2nd Place: Hunter Holloway & CIAO BELLA S [40.310]
3rd Place: Chapot & DIARADO’S FLYING DUTCHMAN [41.150]
Jordan Coyle, who has been one to watch throughout the entire HITS Saugerties Series, piloted PICADOR to another Grand Prix win at HITS-on-the-Hudson. Coyle was the first to return for the jump-off in the $75,000 SmartPak Grand Prix and his quick time of 40.107 was unbeatable to claim first place.
2nd Place: Thiago Rhavy & SALAMANDRA BALOUBINA [40.445]
3rd Place: Jenni McAllister & ESCADA V S [43.688]
Saturday featured the $10,000 Saugerties Steamboat Co. Jumper Classic where Chapot added another win to her records, this time aboard OUT OF IRELAND. Chapot went early in the jump-off and her time of 39.724 couldn’t be caught.
2nd Place: Holloway & CIAO BELLA S [41.155]
3rd Place: Alex Matz & EVELIEN [41.783]
Top honors in the $7,500 Marshall & Sterling Children’s & Adult Jumper Classic – High were awarded to Abigail Wagner and ANDIAMO. Wagner completed the jump-off in 37.879 to take first place.
2nd Place: Ava Strohmeyer & FEELING [38.633]
3rd Place: Wendy Chapot Nunn & CASHE’ [39.096]
Jumper Classic Winners
$500 Harcour M&S Children’s & Adult Jumper Classic – Low: Bianca Salituri & RED ROUND NUMBER
$250 M&S Modified Children’s & Adult Jumper Classic: Jennifer Perry & CARLTON
$2,500 Jr/A-O/Am 1.20m Jumper Classic: Tori Corts & BLACK PEARL
$5,000 Pyranha Jr/A-O/Am 1.30m Jumper Classic: Emily Dougherty & QUINTREAU UN PRINCE
The Grand Prix Stadium was transformed into a Derby Field for the $1,500 USHJA Pony Hunter Derby on Saturday afternoon. Emi Richard and GAME PLAN posted scores of 85 and 88 for a 173 total and the blue ribbon.
2nd Place: Emma Brody & SILVER WISHES 
3rd Place: Jenna Bach & FOLLOW THE BLUE 
The final class in the Grand Prix Stadium on Saturday was the NCEA Junior Hunt Seat Medal Final – East. This unique final consists of three phases, beginning with an over fence phase, followed by the top 10 riders returning for a flat phase. The top four riders return with a clean slate for a bracket-style phase where they swap horses for the final ride-off.
The top four riders who returned to compete in the bracket phase were Kate Egan, Strohmeyer, Madison Olvert, and Kayla Wilson. Strohmeyer (83) and Egan (81) had the lower of the four scores in the bracket phase to place third and fourth, respectively.
Moving onto the final phase were Olvert and Wilson, who would ride-off on the same horse which neither had ridden yet. In the final round Olvert scored an 82 to win first place. Wilson took home the red ribbon with her score of 64 in the final phase.
Hunter Classic Winners
$1,000 Jr/A-O 3’3″ Hunter Classic: Becky Gochman & MYTHICAL
$1,000 Jr/A-O 3’6″ Hunter Classic: Kelly Tropin & CHABLIS
$500 M&S SmartPak Adult Hunter Classic: Deanna Speranza & SPEECHLESS
$500 M&S Child Hunter Classic – Horse: Grace Daggett & PARIS
$500 M&S Child Hunter Classic – Pony: Hannah Glanzberg & AFTER THE RAIN
$250 M&S Bit O’ Straw Hunter Classic: Kira Sfera & GALILEO
Short Stirrup Hunter Classic: Anna Frear & CLOVERMEADE CALL ME PEACHES
Novice Adult Hunter Classic: Gloria Benoit & ROCKET MAN
Novice Child Hunter Classic: Sophia Michaels & REMASTERED
See all the 2020 HITS Saugerties Circuit Award Winners here.