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Holloway's Equi Venture Farm Lands Grand Prix Win in Ocala

Hunter Holloway and VDL Bravo S on their way to a $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix win. (C) ESI Photography $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix

Ocala, FL - March 20, 2016 - The 2016 Ocala Winter Circuit is building steam to its grand finale with the Great American $1 Million Grand Prix on Sunday, March 27. A class full of this circuit’s $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix winners competed for another title, but it was Hunter Holloway from Topeka, Kansas, and VDL Bravo S, owned by Hays Investment Corporation, who claimed the blue after knocking on the door all season.
Holloway finished Thursday’s $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix with a win with VDL Bravo S to head into the weekend’s $100,000 Sullivan GMC Truck Grand Prix on a high note. Winner of Last week’s $50,000 Purina Animal Nutrition Grand Prix, Tracy Fenney, of Flower Mound, Texas, had a strong second-place performance with MTM Reve Du Paradis.

Holloway is no stranger to the winner’s circle, earning numerous championships on horses she and her mother buy, show and sell. Her resume is impressive and includes earning the Ronnie Mutch Equitation Championship at Devon, Leading Junior Rider at The International Omaha, Show Jumping Hall of Fame Rider of the Month July 2015, Grand Champion Small Junior Hunter at Devon, Reserve Champion in the Pessoa/Medal 2015 and she has won the ASPCA Maclay Regional three times. 

She is also currently leading the HITS Ocala Circuit Junior Hunter Standings with Elliot and Entourage.
Course designer Marina Azevedo from Sao Paulo, Brazil, set a challenging track of 16 efforts that “tested the ride-ability and the scope of the horses,” according to Holloway.
Thirty-six starters took on the challenge with six jumping clear within the time allowed to move on to the jump-off.
First to go in the jump-off was Matt Hollberg of Middleburg, Virginia, and Viriato, owned by the Southern Cross Equestrian Center. They sailed around the course, setting the Great American Time to Beat as they crossed the timers in a fault-free 34.131.
Next to contest the shortened course was Mathew Williams of Wellington, Florida, aboard Valinski S, owned by Michael Dorman and Wyndmont Farm. They finished just a tick slower in 34.403.
Amanda Flint from Long Valley, New Jersey, jumped next on her VDL Wittinger, a winner in this class just three weeks ago. An unfortunate rail at the mid-course oxer would eventually earn them sixth-place as they crossed the markers in 37.420 with four faults.
Fenney and MTM Reve du Paradis followed Flint, opting to leave out a stride in the bending line to the mid-course oxer, they clocked in at 32.778 to claim the lead from Hollberg.
Devin Ryan, also from Long Valley, New Jersey, jumped a clean trip on his mount Liratus and also opted to leave out a stride in the bending line to the oxer, his time of 33.884 was not enough to steal the lead from Fenney.
The final rider to contest the jump off was Holloway on Hayes Investment Corporation’s VDL Bravo S.
Holloway also followed Fenney’s lead, opting to leave out a stride to the oxer. They squeaked past Fenney to top the leaderboard with a time of 32.471, dropping Fenney to second and Ryan to third.
“Today in the jump-off, almost everyone was double clear so my mom [and trainer Brandie Holloway] told me to just get out there and go for it,” said Holloway. “[VDL Bravo S] was with me every step of the way and really showed up for the party.”

Equi-Venture Farm is located in Topeka, KS and Ocala, FL, and offers quality young and experienced horses for sale and high-end training in equitation, hunters and jumpers.

The farm is hosting a Sale Horse Showcase and BBQ on Saturday, March 26th at their Ocala Barn #20, along with MTM Farm and Endless Journey Farm. Dinner is at 5:00pm and horses will be shown from 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm. Rain or shine.

For more information, visit their website at or email them at
Physical Address                                                      
8722 SW 29th Street                                               
Topeka, Kansas 66614                                  
Tel: 785-633-6416
  Fax: 785-246-6231
Barn 20 at HITS Ocala

Mailing Address
536 SW Westchester Rd
Topeka, KS 66606

Place      Horse  Owner Rider Prize R.1 Faults J.O. Faults J.O. time
1 VDL Bravo S Hays Investment Corp Hunter Holloway $7,500   0 0 32.471
2 MTM Reve Du Paradis MTM Farm Tracy Fenney $5,500 0 0 32.778
3 Liratus Devin Ryan Devin Ryan $3,250 0 0 33.884
4 Viriato Southern Cross Equestrian, LLC Matthias Hollberg $2,000 0 0 34.403
5 Valinski S Michael Dorman / Wyndmont Inc Matthew Williams $1,500 0 0 34.420
6 VDL Wittinger Amanda Flint Amanda Flint $1,250 0 4 37.420
7 Cassevel Hays Investment Corp Hunter Holloway $1,000 1 - -
8 Unex Timo IV Thinkslikeahorse Lincoln Russell $750 2 - -
9 Bull Run's Holy Smokes Bull Run Jumpers, Inc Kristen VanderVeen $750 4 - -
10 Cescha M Isabelle LaPierre Isabelle LaPierre $500 4 - -
11 Tickson du Lavoir Kyle Timm Kyle Timm $500 4 - -
12 Wall Street Redfield Farm Cassandra Kahle $500 4 - -
 The original release by HITS and has been edited