The weather proved perfect for competition at HITS-on-the-Hudson IV this weekend and was highlighted by Sunday’s $50,000 HITS Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health. As 22 entries made their attempt to capture Sunday’s big stake, Laura Chapot and Quointreau Un Prince, owned by Laura Chapot & McLain Ward emerged as the winners. International course designer Olaf Petersen, Sr. of Paehl, Germany set the course and had nine horse and rider combinations advance to the jump-off.
Chapot, of Neshanic Station, New Jersey, had two mounts in the jump-off and also earned the fourth-place ribbon aboard Mary Chapot’s Umberto. Earlier in the week, Chapot and Quointreau Un Prince had scored a third-place finish earlier in the week in the $10,000 Brook Ledge Open Welcome and a seventh-place finish in Friday’s $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health, which helped prime them for a strong finish on Sunday.
Lady veterans rounded out the top ribbons as first to show in the jump-off was Heritage Farm’s Patricia Griffith of Katonah, New York aboard her own Wieminka B.They set the Great American Time to Beat at 44.45 seconds to finish in third and were one of only three double-clear efforts. Chapot and Quointreau Un Prince were next to show and easily took the lead in a blazing fast time of 39.47 seconds, which would secure the victory.
Two trips later, Patty Stovel and her own Carigor Z produced the third double-clear round in a time of 43.30 seconds. It has been a strong couple of weeks for Stovel, of Chester Springs, Pennsylvania as she earned second place on Sunday and fourth place in last week’s $40,000 Purina Mills Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health, at HITS Culpeper. Rounding out the top five was Kevin Babington of Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania and his own Mark Q, who posted a four-fault jump-off round in 41.01 seconds.
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