Week one of HITS Thermal got off to a great start. Savannah Dukes aboard Rubix, won the USEF Medal, and placed 1st and 2nd in the Adequan Hunters. Mackenzie Drazan came away with wins in both the CPHA Foundation Medal and the Low Junior Jumper Classic. Rachel Van Allen not only won the M&S Medal (Zoey Pacyna following closely behind in 2nd place), but also won the WIHS Jumper Phase with Georgy Maskrey-Segesman’s fabulous new import, BB Quiberon. Stephanie Fanning won three classes and was Champion Adult Equitation 2’9” and Reserve Champion Equitation 46 & over. Elizabeth Landers claimed 2nd prize in a very large Level 6 Jumper Class. Emily Maclean (co-trained by Devon Gibson) was 2nd in the CPHA Junior Hunt Seat Medal and 3rd place in the ASPCA Maclay.
Week two and the wins kept coming! New client Alexis Graves, to whom we extend a warm and enthusiastic welcome, scored the triple aboard her own Lalonde, with wins in the USEF Show Jumping Talent Search, WCE Jr/Am Medal, and WIHS. Killian McGrath won the Farnam Adult Medal aboard Grey Fox Farm’s Corracio, at his first show no less.
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times . . . Showing-wise it was the best of times during week four of Thermal. Morgan Dickerson was winner of the WIHS Medal overall on Tonaco, and winner of the Junior Hunter Classic with Chapel Hill. Stephanie Fanning rode away with the Champion ribbon in the Adult Equitation 45 & over, with three 1st places and one 2nd place ribbon. Shelby Drazan was 2nd in the $2,500 M&S Child Jumper Classic aboard Conroy. Savannah Dukes was the winner of both the Pessoa/USEF Hunter Seat Medal and the WCE Medal. She also rode away with the red 2nd place ribbon in the USEF Show Jumping Talent Search, and 3rd place in the ASPCA Maclay Medal.
Alexis Graves took 2nd prize in the WIHS Medal and the Pessoa/USEF Hunter Seat Medal. Leina King rode Santorini to win the M&S Junior Medal, while Kristi Siam took the blue ribbon in the Foxfield Medal. Last but not least, out of 46 horse and rider teams, Emily Maclean came away with 2nd place in the CPHA Foundation Medal, and Michaila Forte was close behind with a 7th place finish.
As HITS Desert Circuit 2013 drew to a close our amazing team of horses and riders kept raking in the ribbons. It was a crazy class as always, but Morgan Dickerson came away the winner of the Ronnie Mutch Equitation Championship! Leina King was 3rd, Alexis Graves rode for 4th place, and Shelby Drazan followed in 8th. Lauren Kay and the fabulous Siendifie were 5th in the $25,000 CA Horsetrader Jr./A-O Jumper Classic High, just rolling the last rail in the fastest time. Rachel Van Allen won the USEF Show Jumping Talent Search. The top prize of the ASPCA Maclay went to Savannah Dukes riding Chapel Hill, owned by Morgan Dickerson. Emily Sowski came away with the Reserve Champion ribbon in the Equitation 18-35 division. Killian McGrath rode Lord Corda G to win the Foxfield Medal. And Morgan Dickerson finished off the weekend with a score of 84.5 in his first Junior Hunter Classic round, to land him in 2nd place. To top off an amazing winter circuit, former student Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum won the AIG Thermal $1 Million Grand Prix.
We are fortunate to have an extraordinary group of clients, and a superb crew holding down the fort at home. Our team of grooms: Luis, Alfredo, Rapha, and Alfredo Dos, headed by Hector, did an amazing job. And to have Tracey to take care of the riding and teaching duties is a blessing for us all.
Thanks to everyone for an enjoyable and triumphant 2013 Desert Circuit!