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tionably. They’ve supported our HITS Horse Shows and we’re looking forward to hav- ing Longines back for another World Cup Qualifi er next year.” Brazilian course designer, Marina Azevedo, set a course that created excitement for spectators in the stands and challenged the skill of each horse and rider. The course of 16 jumping eff orts would ultimate- ly separate four riders from the talented fi eld for the jump-off . “It’s challenging to build a


course for a World Cup qualify- ing class,” said Azevedo. “I try to be fair in my courses, but I like when the riders walk away having learned a lit le bit aſt er they’ve jump my course.” Bond put in a very impressive ride in the competition, going fi rst in the fi rst-round as well as fi rst to return to contest the jump-off course. The jump-off consisted of eight fences, and was winding and technical, including a bending line to an oxer that caught up a few of the challengers. But Bond and Chela LS remained resilient. “I don’t feel as though I’m


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really there yet aſt er my break to have a child yet—to really lay it down in a jump-off ,” said Bond. “My plan was really just to put it a clear ride and go decently fast. Everything has been a building road, so I’m get ing my feet wet again. I defi nitely feel lucky to walk home with this win.” Following Bond was Clarke riding Balu U. Aſt er a sec- ond-place fi nish in the $36,500 Desert Welcome Stake to begin


the event on Thursday, Clarke returned to the Grand Prix ring to once again capture a presti- gious top fi ve fi nish, this time in third place. He and Balu U, owned by


Georgy Maskrey-Segesman, powered through the course, ultimately picking up eight faults in 40.10. “I am really glad to have a


place to show in California that


“It’s been a long road with my horse ‘Chela’— we almost lost her and we’re so thankful to have her, let alone have her sound again and competing.” –Ashlee Bond


is not fl ooded out right now,” he said. “The weather is great, and it’s why we show herethis time of year.” “As far as my horse, Balu U,


he’s a great horse,” he added. “I wanted to work on his jump-off pace coming back in. I’ve only recently started going quick with him, and only shown in a few 1.60 classes. I try to focus him.”


$100,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Qualifi er Feb. 11, 2017 • HITS Desert Show Park, Thermal, Calif.


Pl Horse 1 Chela LS


2 Alex Copernicus 3 Balu U 4 Tembla


5 Arc de Triomphe


8 NKH Calango 9 Luebbo


10 Camerino 11 Catypso


12 Ayma de la Demi Lune Owner


Lit le Valley Farms Stables, LLC


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6 Hermelien vd Hooghoeve Ali Ramsay 7 Paret e


Lisa Carlsen NKH LLC Kylie Co


Wells Bridge Farm Signe Ostby


PotcreekPartners LLC Rider Ashlee Bond Audrey Coulter


Georgy Maskrey-Segesman Lane Clarke Signe Ostby


Karl Cook


Daniel Pedraza Ali Ramsay Lisa Carlsen


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Christian Heineking $2,500 Jamie Barge Paul Rohrbach Eric Navet


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