Riders ranging from children to teenagers to professional Olympians traveled from around the globe to perform at the HITS Post Time Farm in Ocala during the 10-week competition of HITS, Horse Shows In The Sun, which started on Jan. 15.
HITS Inc. is a company providing world-class hunter-jumper circuits across the nation, giving participants of many ages and skill levels the opportunity to participate in a competitive atmosphere.
The gallery above features competitions of the fifth, sixth and ninth week of HITS Ocala, including the Medium Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic and $50,000 HITS Grand Prix on Feb. 16, the Junior Hunter 16-17 on Feb. 23 and the Children’s Hunter Horse 14 & Under and $100,000 Sullivan GMC Truck Grand Prix on March 16.
The grand prix competitions are typically held on Sunday afternoons, wrapping up each week’s competition, in which participants are judged by faults, or penalties, and speed. If a participant has a clean, faultless round, he or she moves on to compete in the jump-off, which is a shorter course that determines the winner.
The final week of HITS began last Tuesday, and the Great American $1 Million Grand Prix today will conclude the 2014 HITS Ocala Winter Circuit as the top qualifying equestrians battle for the championship in show jumping.
All photos taken by WUFT photographer Natanya Spies.