The Fox Lake Farm team escaped the Alabama cold for some warm sunny days at HITS Ocala. We’ve finished up two great weeks of showing at HITS Ocala weeks IV & V and we’re excited to avoid the rain back home during week VI!
During week IV, Hagen Blackwell had excellent trips and ribbons aboard both Hey Scooby, her large pony mount, and At Last, a brand new partner for her with whom she tackled the 3’3 Large Junior Hunters. Hagen and “Scooby” took 1st, 3rd, 4th, and 6th out of a competitive group of ponies. Hagen and “Shaq” had top ribbons: two 2nds, a 5th, and two 6th place prizes.
Mimi Colette Frei and Hillcrest Songbird also tackled the Large Pony Hunters, coming away with two 7th place finishes.
Ginny Joyner and Claire McNamara’s Citrine Plaisir took 6th in the .80 jumpers and 6th in .90 jumpers together. Ginny also had a successful 1.10 trip aboard Abby Beaty’s Donnaludine, clinching 2nd out of 40+ horses! Abby went on to have great trips aboard her new mount in the High Adult Jumpers, as well as with longtime partner Via Dolorosa.
Clayton Mullis and Tower Lux took 2nd in High Children’s Jumpers and 6th in $2,000 M&S/Nal High Children’s Jumper Classic together.
Campbell Swanner had the opportunity to catch ride Carpriccio in some equitation classes and the pair had good ribbons together, including a 7th in the Mini Medal!
During week V, Hagen continued her successful streak with both horses, taking home great ribbons in the Large Pony Hunters with “Scooby” and Reserve Champion honors aboard “Shaq” in the 3’3 Large Juniors.
Mimi Colette Frei and Hillcrest Songbird had great trips in the Large Pony Hunters as well, with two 3rds, two 7ths, and an 8th place finish.
AJ Salch’s Cambridge made his jumper debut with Ginny Joyner during HITS Ocala and the pair took home 8th in the .80 Jumpers.
Ginny Joyner and Claire McNamara’s Citrine Plaisir built on their week IV successes, claiming 6th in the .90 jumpers; they also put down good, solid trips in the 1.00 jumpers.
Clayton Mullis and Tower Lux had another good week, taking home 7th in the 1.10 Jumpers and 7th in the High Children’s Jumpers. Abby Beaty ribboned in the High Adult Jumpers with a 4th on Via Dolorosa and 7th in the $2,000 M&S/NAL Adult Jumper Classic aboard Donnaludine.
Campbell Swanner also took a blue ribbon in the equitation on Carlo-T— great experience catch riding for Campbell!
Romney Velazquez’s A Timely Affair and daughter Lauren’s horse RF Rutchspun will be joining the crew for week VI, as will Julia King’s Champlain Grey. Good luck to everyone in the coming week!
Allison Black and Ginny Joyner will head to Gulfport, Mississippi for the Gulf Coast Winter Classic during March, while Guerry Force and Carlyle Brown will head to Chattahoochie Hills for the Alabama Hunter Jumper Association Kickoff Horse Show.
Click through the gallery below for more photos from HITS Ocala!