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March 14, 2015

Ask Five: What Are You Thinking?

How professional hunter riders can execute perfect trip after perfect trip—with beautiful jumping efforts and never a missed distance—is a mystery to me. And as is how they can remember 12 different courses in a day. We checked in with a few West Coast riders here at the HITS Desert Circuit in Thermal, Calif., to see what's going through their minds in the seconds before a round, and then what they're thinking during those rounds as well. 


March 14, 2015

Vogel's Victorious In R.W. Mutch Equitation Championship

Thermal, Calif.March 13

The R.W. “Ronnie” Mutch Equitation Championship isn’t an easy class to win.

March 2, 2015

There's A New Star In Thermal

Thermal, Calif.—Mar. 1  

Glancing down the results for the $50,000 Horseware Ireland Grand Prix at the HITS Thermal Desert Circuit all the usual West Coast suspects appear—Richard Spooner, Rich Fellers, Will Simpson. But one name stands out as new, that of Greg Broderick.

Broderick is an Irish rider, and showing in the United States for the first season. He showed MHS Going Global to the blue just fractions of a second faster than Spooner on Chivas Z.

February 23, 2015

Will Simpson And The Dude Are On Fire In The Desert

A month ago, the Chronicle talked to Will Simpson after he’d won four grand prix classes in a row as the HITS Desert Circuit in Thermal, Calif., got underway. That seemed like a pretty remarkable accomplishment.

February 15, 2015

Cedric Redeems Himself In The $150,000 Ocala Grand Prix

Ocala, Fla.—Feb. 15  

Redemption was pretty sweet for Laura Kraut. Still sporting a black eye from her mishaps in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup with Cedric, where they came to grief in the triple combination in both rounds two days before, she proudly declared him back to his old self.

And he looked it in the $150,000 Ocala Grand Prix, blazing to the top of a jump-off that took fast, faster and fastest to a new level.

February 14, 2015

Waters Outruns The World At HITS Ocala

Ocala, Fla.—Feb. 14  

Glancing down the start order for the $34,000 Jumper Classic 1.45-meter speed class at HITS Ocala today, Hayley Waters’ name didn’t really stand out. There were a lot of big international guns in town this weekend for yesterday’s Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup, and Waters is just 18.

February 13, 2015

Irish Team Educates Its Horses With Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Win In Ocala

Ocala, Fla.–Feb. 13  

The Irish team for the Furuisyya FEI Nations Cup came to Ocala looking for a quiet, educational day for their four horses—all of whom were competing in a Nations Cup for the first time.

What they left with was the win in a class that saw lots of twists and turns as it played out, with a few shock results for the home team. The U.S. team of veterans held on for second place, buoyed by double-clean performances from both Beezie Madden and Georgina Bloomberg.

February 8, 2015

Lucy Davis Comes Home To California To Win At HITS Thermal

Thermal, Calif.—Feb. 7  

She grew up riding on the HITS Desert Circuit as a California girl, but Lucy Davis hasn’t shown in Thermal, Calif., since 2011.

Instead, Davis based herself in Europe with trainers Meredith and Markus Beerbaum and showed in Florida on the Winter Equestrian Festival series. Last year was a break-out year for her, as she and Barron represented the United States in the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, helping the team take bronze.  

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