Canada’s Elizabeth Gingras 7th with Daylight VDL

Laura Hite (Coto de Caza, CA) aboard her own Calypso VD Zuuthoeve (Tangelo Van De Zuuthoeve x Thunder Van De Zuuthoeve) led the victory gallop in the $100,000 Ariat Grand Prix at the Desert International Horse Park after finishing with a time of 42.283 seconds in the jump-off. Nicole Haunert (Encintas, CA) and Calgary IV (Casall x Calato), owned by Cherokee Show Horses Inc, finished in a close second with a time of 43.442 seconds. Nicholas Dello Joio (Wellington, FL) and Jose Salgado Negrete’s Blueberry (Conrad x Creve Coeur) ended with a time of 43.543 seconds and an unfortunate rail in the short-course.

Twenty-six pairs challenged the Grand Prix course, with only the top three returning for the jump-off. “The course was good, it was challenging and technical, which I like to help keep me focused,” Hite commented. “The time was really tight in the Grand Prix course, so I was really worried about the time but it forced me to really go forward into the corners,” Hite continued. “I was pretty proud just to succeed on the Grand Prix courseI”

Hite and the twelve-year-old gelding have been paired together for three years and have also competed in Europe, Canada, and throughout the United States. “He is absolutely amazing and has given me so much confidence,” Hite shared of her trusted partner. “I have not jumped this big with any other horse, he is incredible and I owe it all to him. He is unbelievable, truly a horse of a lifetime.”

“It has been an amazing ride, he is just so special, this is actually my fourth Grand Prix win ever, so it’s very exciting,” Hite commented. “We are so thankful for all of the sponsors here, this is such a great venue here and the new owners have done just such an amazing job, it’s just such a pleasure to compete here.” Hite concluded.

Complete results here.

Week III Jumper Champion Spotlight

.70m Non Pro Jumper Division
Sophia Topping & Prada’s Night

$1,000 Child Jumper Classic High, sponsored by Tucci
Amber Ayyad & Beauwaniki

1.10m Open Jumper Division, sponsored by EQ AM Magazine
Stephen Pellett & Annestasia

$2,000 Junior Jumper Classic 1.20m, sponsored by KASK
Elisa Broz & Colorado

$2,000 A-O/Am Jumper Classic 1.20m, sponsored by Pyranha
Elliana Araujo & Lolita

Child Jumper Low Division
Fenja McClean & Normandie

Week III Hunter Champion Spotlight

$1,000 A-O Hunter Classic 3’3″, sponsored by Antares
Natalie Rae Medlock & Luciano

$500 NAL Child Hunter Classic, sponsored by Harcour
Gabriella Goshtigian & Wilten’s Eclips

$1,000 Junior Hunter Classic 3’3″, sponsored by Noelle Wolf Stables
Shiloh Roseboom & Likely Story

Green Hunter 3’6″ Division, sponsored by San Marcos Stables
Leslie Steele & Twinkle Toes

Small Hunter 3′ Division
Tammy Chipko & Delilah

Walk Trot Hunters
Claire Neil & Sweet Bo Tea