Thermal, Calif. – Feb. 4, 2019 – More blue ribbons and champion titles have been awarded at Week III of the HITS Coachella Desert Circuit, and competition heats up as the Back on Track Mid-Circuit Champion Awards are presented next week.
Cassio Rivetti and Carlo jumped into Desert Circuit III with a win in the $5,000 Johnson Horse Transportation Open Welcome in a time of 33.081 seconds. Second place was awarded to Will Simpson aboard Whoop De Doo with a finishing time of 36.410 seconds while Susan Hutchinson and Gameboy rounded out the top three, finishing in 36.456 seconds.
Karl Cook led the field in the $30,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, taking home first place in a time of 39.856 seconds aboard Caillou 24. Natalie Dean and Don’s Diamant followed with a time of 40.221 seconds for second place. Third place was awarded to Keri Potter with Ariell La Sirene in a time of 40.665 seconds. Dean’s second place finish also secured her first place in the $1,000 Charles White Hay Sales U25 Classic.
Simpson would take home the blue ribbon aboard Lady Margaret ZF in the $10,000 Summit Joint Performance Jumper Classic, racing through the timers in 29.592 seconds. Joie Gatlin captured second place aboard High Five with a 30.131 second finishing time and Guy Thomas rode Jolander Vant Kloosterhof to a time of 31.129 seconds for third place.
Taking home top honors in the $15,000 KindredBio Jumper Classic was Richard Spooner aboard Love, in a time of 36.646 seconds. Cook was awarded the second place ribbon with E’Special P.S. for a second round time of 37.170 seconds while Eric Navet and Charita captured the third spot with a time of 41.492 seconds.
Jake Cheikha and Cagoldas finished first in the $3,000 Junior 1.20m Jumper Classic, with Lauren Kee and Black Irish taking home the blue ribbon in the $3,000 A-O/Am 1.20m Jumper Classic. Taking top honors in the $5,000 Jr/A-O/Am 1.35m Jumper Classic was Dean & Mary Poppins. Uma O’Neill and Sanvano took the blue ribbon in the $10,000 Jr/A-O/Am 1.45m Jumper Classic.
O’Neill added to her already successful week with a win in the $70,000 HITS Grand Prix aboard Clockwise Of Greenhill Z. O’Neill was fast and clean in a challenging jump-off, crossing the timers over three seconds ahead of her competitions in 45.047 seconds. Dean and Chacco’s Goldy finished in 48.221 seconds for the second place award while Tiffany Sullivan and Christian Grey rounded out the top three with a time of 48.624 seconds.
Blue ribbons and qualifying points for the HITS Championship were awarded in the Platinum Performance and Devoucoux Hunter Prix that took place on Friday. Qualifying points can be accumulated throughout the year towards the HITS Championship that takes place each September in Saugerties, New York.
Avery Glynn and King Of Hearts took top honors in the $1,500 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix. Glynn’s scores of 86 and 89, in her respective rounds, for a total of 175, secured the blue ribbon in the Prix. Second place was awarded to Irene Neuwirth and Twinkle Toes with a combined score of 174 while Amy Brubaker rounded out the top three with Frascati and a two-round score of 173.
Jenny Karazissis had a one-two finish in the $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix. Karazissis was awarded scores of 86 and 87 aboard Bunistar for a two round total of 173 while she captured second place on Puissance R with a combined total of 167. Michael Dennehy captured third place aboard Georgian Bay with a 166.5-total.
Desert Circuit III also featured the first of two USHJA Pony Hunter Derbies offered this year, with Skylar Wireman taking home top honors aboard Half Moon Bay with a pair of 87’s to total 174 for her efforts in the class. Grace Miller and Sonekindawonderful rode to a combined score of 165 for second place while Zoe Wolf and Chiccobello captured third place with a score of 153.