Zoe Brown and Laviata Leap to First Grand Prix Win in $25,000 FarmVet Grand Prix
Thermal, Calif. – January 29, 2022 – Saturday’s highlight class began as the sun was setting in the desert and the crowd gathered to watch athletes compete in the $25,000 FarmVet Grand Prix. A total of 41 entries came forward to test the track set by Mexico’s Manuel Esparza. Out of the eight horse-and-athlete combinations to jump a clear first round and advance to the jump-off, it was the United States’ 17-year-old Zoe Brown who secured her first grand prix win with the quickest double-clear effort riding Cate Tomlinson’s Laviata.
Jenny Karazissis and Big Shot Top $15,000 Butet USHJA International Hunter Derby
Thermal, Calif. – Jan. 28, 2022 – Hunter action began Friday morning with the $15,000 Butet USHJA International Hunter Derby Hunt & Go, welcoming 22 entries to take on the Ken Krome designed track. Athletes piloted their mounts through a classic hunter round, laid out for fences one through eight, including two high options and a two-stride line, then advanced straight into the handy portion over fences nine through 15, which included two high option oxers, a trot jump, a bounce, a solid wall and several opportunities to turn tightly and open up the horses’ strides for long gallops. Ultimately showing true mastery of the course and taking the win at the conclusion of the class was Jenny Karazissis and Big Shot.
Lindsay Archer and Jarpur Jet To Win $36,600 TALUS Speed 1.50m CSI3*
Thermal, Calif. – Jan. 28, 2022 – International athletes took over the Grand Prix Arena again Friday afternoon at the Desert International Horse Park (DIHP) for the $36,600 TALUS Speed 1.50m CSI3*, set over a course designed by Mexico’s Manuel Esparza. Forty-one entries tested the speed track one by one, testing their gears and attempting to overtake the lead as the quickest fault-free round. In the end it was Lindsay Archer (USA) aboard Jarpur who stole the spotlight with a blazing fast clear round that couldn’t be caught.the United States’ Lindsay Archer and Rhys Farms, LLC’s Jarpur to come out on top.
Irene Neuwirth and Didi Mackenzie Claim Casa Luigi Amateur-Owner 3’6’’ Hunter Championships
Thermal, Calif. – Jan. 29, 2022 –Though temperatures dropped Saturday at the Desert International Horse Park (DIHP), hunter competitors were still eager for an exciting day of competition during the penultimate day of Desert Circuit II. Amateur-owner athletes and their horses took to the second and final portion of their respective divisions in Hunter 2 to battle it out over the Ken Krome-designed tracks for the champion and reserve champion honors. In Section A of the Casa Luigi Amateur-Owner 3’6’’ Hunter division, Didi Mackenzie piloted MTM Do Right to the championship, while Irene Neuwirth and Guess emerged victorious as the champion duo in Section B.
Julia Rossow and Crowd Pleaser Claim $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby – Open, Sponsored by Perfect Products
Thermal, Calif. – Jan. 28, 2022 – Friday afternoon welcomed athletes back into Hunter 1 to try their hand over a beautifully set course for the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby – Open and Jr.Am, sponsored by Perfect Products. The Hunt & Go format derby featured 33 horse-and-rider combinations for the Open section and 20 pairs for the Jr/Am section. Impressing the judges and winning the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby – Open section was Julia Rossow and the West Coast Equine Partners, LLC, entry Crowd Pleaser with a score of 178. Topping the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby – Jr/Am was Ashley Weiman and Summer Romance with a score of 173.