Friday, March 22, 2013

Hunter/Jumper show at Thermal attracts local riders

Desert Circuit event near Palm Springs

Macy Mitchell on Kantos with McKenna Norris. Courtesy photo

    Six local equestrians competed at the HITS Desert Circuit Hunter/Jumper show in Thermal, Ca. near Palm Springs during mid-March.
    Based in Saugerties, N.Y., HITS, Inc. is a special events management company primarily focused on producing hunter/jumper horse shows. HITS, Inc. produces two of the richest grand prix in the world including the AIG Thermal $1 Million Grand Prix March 12-17 in Thermal, Ca.
    Results from Thermal for Wood River equestrians follow:
    ( McKenna Norris: The Sun Valley resident and Wood River Middle School student trains with Autumn Hill (Teresa Englehart and Nedra Skidmore) at Sagebrush Arena.
    At Thermal she was Reserve Champion: HITS Child Hunter 2’9” Week 5 on her horse Speechless.
    ( Macy Mitchell: The Hailey resident and Wood River High School freshman trains with Autumn Hills (Teresa Englehart & Nedra Skidmore) at Sagebrush Arena.
    At Thermal she was Champion: Child Jumper 3’7” division Week 6 on Kantos. Also, Macy was Reserve Champion: Child Jumper Low 3’3” division Week 5 on Kantos.
    She captured second place out of 60 riders in $1,000 Child/Adult Jumper-Low Classic week 5 on Kantos. In addition, Macy had several “Blue Ribbon rounds” (Level 2 & Level 3 jumpers) on both of her horses Kantos and Ringmaster Weeks 5 and 6.
    ( Rita Golleher: The local resident;rides and trains in CA with Joie Gaitlin and Morley Abey.
    She was Champion: Adult Hunter 3’ division Week 2 on Current Affair; and winner of the Practical Horseman Adult Hunter Stake Week 6 on Teddy.
    ( Karen MacMillan: The local resident rides and trains at Hailey’s River Grove Farm with Bob McDonald.
    She was Reserve Champion: Adult Jumper Low 3’3” division Week 5 on Wijsneus.
    ( Lindsey Hosler: The local resident; rides and trains at River Grove Farm with Bob McDonald.
    She earned several “high” ribbons in the Amateur-Owner 3’3” 18-35 division Weeks 7.
    ( Caroline Jones: The Ketchum resident and Community School junior trains with Cottonwood Creek (Kim McDonald-Koch) at Hailey’s Sagebrush Arena.
    She won several “high” ribbons in the Modified Child Hunter and Equitation divisions Weeks 5 and 6 on her horse Snow Patrol.

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