Lisa Carlsen (Okotoks, AB) and Livestream 2 (Lordanos x Landadel) led the victory gallop in the $200,000 Valencia Sport Saddlery Grand Prix at the Desert International Horse Park, finishing with a jump-off time of 37.308 seconds. Keri Potter (Del Mar, CA) aboard Hannah Loly’s Ariell la Sirene (Arioso du Theillet x Silvio I) finished in second with a time of 37.647 seconds in the short course. Neil Jones Equestrian, Inc’s Cirus du Ruisseau Z (Chellano Z x Carthago Z), ridden by Cassio Rivetti (Wellington, FL), were awarded third for their jump-off time of 38.973 seconds.
Carlsen and the 10-year-old Oldenburg gelding, owned by Attache Stables, have only been paired together since December. “Ben Asselin was down here [at DIHP] showing and he had Livestream and another horse in the Grand Prix,” Carlsen commented. “Livestream had a lot of blood and the grooms were telling me about the horse and I really wanted to ride him.”
Thirty-five pairs challenged the Grand Prix course with 14 riders returning for the jump-off. Livestream 2 was the final horse to challenge the short course, “I’m just getting to know this horse, if there had been one clean round, then maybe I would’ve chosen to be a little slower,” Calrsen explained, “but if you are slow and you have a rail then you’re at the bottom of the barrel.”
Carlsen plans to remain at the Desert International Horse Park through the Desert Circuit. The pair also will participate in the FEI Diamond Tour during Week V and Week VI,”He [Livestream 2] will do the two weeks of FEI and we plan to participate in the Week VIII $250,000 Invitational Grand Prix.” Carlsen concluded.
KASK Mid-Circuit Rider
We’re excited to announce the KASK Mid-Circuit Rider of Desert Circuit. Congratulations to Jamie Taylor, winner of the $30,000 Equstech Grand Prix during Week III and the $50,000 USHJA International Derby, sponsored by BUTET, during Week IV.
DIHP Week IV Hunter Champion Spotlight
$500 Pony Hunter Classic, sponsored by Barnstyle – Remy Becker & Anderin’s Momento
Young Hunter 3’6″, sponsored by G2 Insurance – Savannah Jenkins & Casalito
Equitation 14-15 Division, sponsored by Dover Saddlery – Carlee McCutcheon & Halo
Cross Rails Equitation – Taylor Morrow & Candy Crush
Baby Green Hunter 2’6″ – Ilana Halpern & All The Stars
Green Hunter 3’3″, sponsored by Equithrive – John Bragg & Macarthur
DIHP Week IV Jumper Champion Spotlight
$15,000 AIG Open Classic 1.40m – Nicholas Dello Joio & E-Lady
$5,000 JR/A-O/AM Jumper Classic 1.35m, sponsored by VitaFlex – Haley Schwab & Dome Van Overis Z
AO/AM Jumper 1.30 Division, sponsored by Equ Lifestyle Boutique – Ellicia Edgard & Hitchcock van Overis
Child Jumper High Division – Taylor Coker & Canaletto
.80 Non Pro Jumper – Kristine Tate & Viking
1.10m Jumper, sponsored by Equestrian Connect – Russel Morgan & Indy Blue