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Susie Hutchison & St. Bride's Farm's Ziedneto Win the $5,000 1.45 Brook Ledge Open Welcome Class at the HITS Desert Circuit V Horse Show, Thermal, CA
Susan Hutchison comes out on top in the $5,000 Brook Ledge Open Welcome during Desert Circuit V
Thermal, CA (February 25, 2016): After a week-long hiatus, the HITS Desert Circuit came back with a bang. Action-packed show jumping competition resumed during Desert Circuit V with the $5,000 Brook Ledge Open Welcome; horses and riders returned from the off-week to contend for the first big victory of the second-half of the circuit.
$5,000 Brook Ledge Open Welcome
Desert Circuit V’s $5,000 Brook Ledge Welcome commenced on Wednesday afternoon as riders and horses returned to HITS Desert Horse Park to contend for the blue in the second half of the Desert Circuit. Brazilian course designer, Anderson de Moura Lima, set an inviting, 1.45m course of 13 jumping efforts. That afternoon, it all came down to speed in HITS Grand Prix Stadium—most of the winning rounds stayed in the first half of the order, as the top five put down speedy, clear rounds divided by only fractions of a second.
Eight went clear in the first round to advance to the immediately following jump-off. With many valiant efforts in the books, only six were able to conquer the shortened course and go double-clear under the time allowed of 47 seconds.
First into the HITS Grand Prix Stadium was Brittany Albrecq of Valencia, California, riding Enzo, owned by October Hill Hunters and Jumpers. Albrecq and Enzo had their sights set on a blue-ribbon victory as they put down a clear jump-off round, galloping through the timers in 35.030, setting the tone for the rest of the competitors.
Following Albrecq, was Michelle Parker aboard Cupilor, owned by Cross Creek Farms, Inc. The equestrian from San Marcos, California, and her speedy partner Cupilor are no strangers to this arena. They flew passed the markers, in a rapid 32.445 seconds. Parker and Cupilor took three seconds off Albrecq’s time, garnering the lead.
Next to test the course was Susie Hutchison, of Temecula, California, aboard Ziedento, a speedy bay gelding proudly owned by St.Bride’s Farm of Upperville, Virginia. Winners of the Week I $5,000 Brook Ledge Welcome, another victory in Week V was on the horizon for Hutchison and Ziedento. They raced through the finishing markers in a blazing fast time of 32.309 seconds, taking over the short-lived lead from Parker.
Elicia Edgar riding Hitchcock Van Overis, owned by Valleyfield Farm, followed Hutchison. Edgar navigated the jump-off round with precision, crossing the markers in a clear 32.750, just short of Hutchison’s time.
Alberta, Canada, equestrian Jaclyn Duff riding her own Stakkarus, was next in the ring. With four clear, quick rounds in the books, Duff knew she needed to move quickly through the course and leave to rails up if she was to top the leaderboard. Duff and Stakkarus moved confidently through the shortened course, clocking in with a fault-free 32.715-second round, not quite fast enough for the lead, edging out Edgar on the leaderboard.
The last clear round to go into the HITS Grand Prix Stadium was the rider from Northern California, Macella O’Neill aboard Boccaccio, owned by Colleen May of Napa, California. O’Neill and Boccaccio finished the jump-off in 34.246, earning them fifth-place and sealing the victory for Hutchison. Parker and Cupilor earned second-place, Duff earned third and Edgar finished in fourth.
Congratulations to Susie Hutchison & St. Bride's Farm's Ziedneto who won the $5,000 1.45 Brook Ledge Open Welcome Class at the HITS Desert Circuit I Horse Show, Thermal, CA
Susan Hutchison and Ziedento on their way to a $5,000 Brook Ledge Open Welcome win.
Riders and horses were put to the test during the first $5,000 Brook Ledge Open Welcome in Week I of the HITS Desert Circuit in Thermal, California. Amidst the mountains that line the horizon of Grand Prix Stadium, competitors navigated a challenging 14-fence course designed by Olaf Petersen, Jr. of Muenchen, Germany, but only three would conquer the first round to advance to the jump-off to claim the victory.
As the first week of the HITS Desert Circuit got underway, all of the riders in the $5,000 Brook Ledge Open Welcome were gunning for a win, but the day belonged to Grand Prix veteran Susan Hutchison. The equestrian from Temecula, California, claimed both the first- and second-place victory in two double clear rounds.
First to return to the ring for the jump-off was Hutchison and Ziedento, owned by St. Bride’s Farm. Hutchison and the powerful bay set the tone with flawless execution as they zipped through the 8-fence shortened course, crossing the timers in 39.471 seconds.
Following Hutchison was Enrique Gonzalez of San Diego, California, and his own Feline VIII. The jump-off seemed to be solid for Gonzalez until trouble at the third vertical, which ultimately cost them a rail. After an additional rail at the second to last fence, they finished the second round in 41.790 seconds with eight faults.
Already leading the class, Hutchison entered the jump-off for a second go, this time with Brisbane, owned by Barbara Phillips. She once again conquered the course, fence by fence with finesse and precision, producing her second double clear round, crossing the timers in 41.750.
Fourth-place went to Quiz Z, owned and ridden by Calgary native, Tamie Phillips. Phillips and Quiz Z clocked in at 78.901 in round one after an inconvenient fault in the first double combination, resulting in four faults. The top five concluded with Macella O’Neill and Boccaccio, owned by Colleen May; they finished the first round with four faults in 79.076.
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