The Desert Circuit wrapped up the eighth and final week of competition at the Desert International Horse Park (DIHP) in Thermal, CA. Jumper action in the grand prix ring concluded with highlight classes such as the $15,000 North American Youth Championship (NAYC) Trials 1.45m Classic, the $10,000 U25 Classic, and the grand finale, the prestigious $250,000 FEI Grand Prix CSI4* 1.55m, the perfect way to end the circuit.
Kyara Semrau, 18, and Carola Z hands down won the $10,000 AIG U25 Classic presented by Equifit, as the one and only clean round in the field. Semrau is from Calgary, AB, Canada and rides with Trademark Stables.
“It was a big enough track for sure, so we were a little nervous going into it. My mare and I have been working really hard. We’ve been here the whole circuit, so it was a really good reward to us both. This is the first U25, I think we’ve only done one other one when it was part of the Grand Prix, which was super exciting. My mare is 13, I believe I’ve had her for just over a year now. I can ask her to do anything and she tries her heart out so we have a really good bond.”
Semrau has been coming to the Desert Circuit for a while and has tried other locations but keeps returning to the DIHP. “It’s such a nice environment here and you can do some great classes with really good money in them and it’s just a fun environment to be around. They are really trying to make it great, meeting everyone’s needs and doing an awesome job. So yeah, I’m so excited for this. We just really like it here,” added Semrau.
Sara Tindale (King City, Ontario) and Candar Mail put in a clean round but racked up two time faults for second place.
The DIHP has a list of improvements it will be making prior to the Sunshine Series in November. Stay tuned for updates and we’ll #seeyouinthedesert! For more information visit Deserthorsepark.com.