Mario Deslauriers has been knocking on the door with three top-ten finishes so far this Series at Saugerties, and on Sunday, he and AMSTERDAM 27 were unbeatable. Deslauriers went late in the jumpoff, and with only one rider clear so far, he knew a careful but efficient trip was needed to take the blue. He used the position to his advantage and laid down a beautiful ride trip in a time of 38.708 for the win. He also placed 7th with Uris De La Roque and 12th aboard Cloud 39.
2nd Place: Adrienne Sternlicht & JUST A GAMBLE [39.400]
3rd Place: Todd Minikus & AMEX Z [4-Faults, 35.840]

“We are so pleased and proud to have Great American as a strong sponsor and supporter of HITS Shows,” said Tom Struzzieri, President and CEO, HITS Inc. “To have Great American as the title feature sponsor of the Saugerties Summer Series and of this Grand Prix is a testament to their commitment to owners, riders, trainers and everyone involved in equestrian sport.”

In addition to Great American’s title sponsorship of the Grand Prix this week, Hylofit presents to every Sunday’s Grand Prix winner at HITS Saugerties one their cutting-edge Heart Monitoring Systems.

Week V of the Great American Summer Series also featured a $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, World Champion Hunter Rider Week and HITS Children’s Hunter Pony Finals.

Great American Summer Series V began with the $5,000 HITS Open Welcome on Wednesday where Kyla Makhloghi and HURRY UP claimed the top spot in a time of 46.448.
2nd Place: Laura Chapot & LITTLE FIREBIRD [46.914]
3rd Place: Jonathan McCrea & FANTASY BB [54.727]

Devin Ryan topped the field in the $10,000 HITS 1.40m Jumper Classic on Thursday aboard COOPER, clearing the jump-off in a time of 37.117.
2nd Place: Chapot & OUT OF IRELAND [37.590]
3rd Place: Chapot & GIDEON [39.460]

Securing top honors in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix was McLain Ward for his ride aboard CONTAGIOUS. The pair crossed the timers in a commanding 41.286, beating the field by nearly a whole second and taking home the win in Friday’s Grand Prix.
2nd Place: Peter Leone & LS DONNER [42.091]
3rd Place: Ryan & CASPAR’S LASINO [44.527]

Coco Fath took the top spot in the $10,000 Saugerties Steamboat Co. Jumper Classic aboard GAUCHO in a time of 40.278.
2nd Place: Chapot & CALAFORNIA [40.715]
3rd Place: Mary Manfredi & MAGNUS ORFEO [40.747]

Jumper Classic Winners

$2,500 M&S Children’s High Jumper Classic: Cody Rego & CEN
$2,500 M&S Adult High Jumper Classic: Kimberly Corts & FIDEL CAVARO
$1,000 Harcour M&S Children’s & Adult Jumper Classic – Low: Morganne Young & DA VINCI
$250 M&S Modified Children’s & Adult Jumper Classic: Alyssa Bauer & HJ SOBERANO
$2,500 Jr/A-O/Am 1.25m Jumper Classic: Taylor Lampert & CHEERS VAN OVERIS Z
$5,000 Pyranha Jr/A-O/Am 1.35m Jumper Classic: Jamie Auletto & DYNAMITE
$7,500 Jr/A-O/Am 1.45m Jumper Classic: Amy Shafmaster & UMBRELLA TER ULGEN Z

Friday afternoon featured the $3,000 Pony Hunter Derby sponsored by Summit Farm and Eastern Hay. The blue ribbon was awarded to Sylvie Tadikonda and THISTLE, earning the high score of 86.
2nd Place: Finley Baras & GOLDHILL’S ARRESTING CHARM [85.5]
3rd Place: Eleanor Pieters & RUMPLE MINZE [85]

Taking home top honors in the $1,500 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix was Kathryn Haefner and CREME DE LA CREME with scores of 85 and 88, for a two-round total of 173.
2nd Place: Alexa Bayko & CANOLETTO [171.5]
3rd Place: Mariel Saccucci & TIBRI’S ALIBI [169.25]

The Grand Prix Stadium was transformed into a Derby Field on Saturday afternoon for the Final Round of the HITS Children’s Hunter Pony Finals and the USHJA National and International Hunter Derbies.

Adding to her already successful summer at HITS-on-the-Hudson was Hannah Isop Bold, as she made her way to first and second in the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby. The victory came aboard SINCERELY with scores of 96 and 92 for a cumulative score of 188.
2nd Place: Isop & CUE THE BLUE [186]
3rd Place: Heather Caristo-Williams & UNITED COLORS [185.5]

Next up was the final $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at the Great American Summer Series. With the high score in both the Hunter Classic round and the Handy Hunter round, it was Amanda Steege who took home the blue ribbon in the prestigious class. Steege piloted LAFITTE DE MUZE to scores of 192 and 216 for an overall score of 408.
2nd Place: Isop & RED RYDER [395]
3rd Place: Isop & CLEM BRECOURT [393]

Week V of the Great American Summer Series was host to the HITS Children’s Hunter Pony Finals which is held over two days of competition consisting of a Model (20%), Under Saddle (30%) and an Over Fence Class (50%). A Champion is awarded for each size; small, medium and large, and an overall Grand Champion is awarded to the high score pony of all the sections.

Small Champion: Jenna Bach & Follow the Blue [75.5]
Medium Champion: Rose Kouzoujian & WAIT N SEE [77.4]
Large Champion: Anastasia Klyashtorny & I SPY A RAINBOW [78.9]
Grand Champion: Klyashtorny & I SPY A RAINBOW

Hunter Classic Winners

$1,000 Eastern Hay Amateur-Owner 3’3″ Hunter Classic: Auletto & IDOLIZE
$1,000 Amateur-Owner 3’6″ Hunter Classic: Jean Sheptoff & VERDICT
$1,000 Junior 3’3″ Hunter Classic: Raina Swani & STATELY
$1,000 Junior 3’6″ Hunter Classic: Caroline Cole & GALWAY BLAZER
$1,000 Perfect Products Pony Hunter Classic: Anais Dufresne-Powell & ROLLINGWOODS STICKLER
$500 M&S SmartPak Adult Hunter Classic: Angelina Dileo & DEMARCO
$500 M&S Child Hunter Classic – Horse: Dylan Bentley & FOCTO
$500 M&S Child Hunter Classic – Pony: Isabella Roman & CACIQUE
$250 M&S Bit O’ Straw Hunter Classic: Alexis Asch & CARAIBE
M&S Novice Adult Hunter Classic: Nancy Mullady & TIBRI HIGH HOPES
M&S Novice Child Hunter Classic: Caroline Sordoni & DOC HOLIDAY
Short/Long Stirrup Hunter Classic: Wyatt Rofey & TRADEMARK

Click here for the full listing of results from the Great American Summer Series Week V.