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Phillips. “I put down the best round that I could, and almost hung in there, but Mandy just got it in the end. It was a really fun class, I loved it.” Third-place went to Cian O’Connor who has shown


tremendous success at HITS Ocala this year in the FEI Nations Cup™ and the $100,000 City of Ocala Grand Prix. The Irish Olympian traveled west to try his luck in the desert for the fi rst time, and his double-clear perfor- mance aboard Good Luck, owned by Adena Springs, did not disappoint. “I’m delighted to be here—it’s my fi rst time to be


here, and I have to compliment the show organizers for set ing the height at a 1.50m this year to really give people a chance to jump in a class like the Million,” said O’Connor. A large spectator crowd fi lled the grandstand, com-


plete with a sold-out VIP club and thousands viewing a livestream on HITS TV. The electric crowd looked on as the top six began their return to the Grand Prix Ring to challenge the jump-off course set by Alan Wade, of Tippery, Ireland. Going fi rst, O’Connor and Good Luck laid down a solid, clear trip right out of the gate, stopping the clock with all of the rails up in 43.986, a time that would hold up through the rest of the jump-off . Phillips, of Calgary, Alberta, has been a force to be


reckoned with all season at HITS Coachella, and this class was no exception. Her fault-free trip in 41.954 put her in a temporary lead. Two riders later, Porter entered the arena with


Milano, knowing what what had to be done in order to move into the top spot in the running for a $350,000 payout. They put the pedal to the metal and took every chance


they could to shave time off of the clock, which showed 41.600 at the end of the go. Milano and Porter also showed success during the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Thermal CSI3* week with a win in the $36,400 Desert Classic win and a $25,000 FEI SmartPak Grand Prix win. “This horse is just amazing,” Porter said of Milano. “I


have a feeling this is just the beginning for him. He defi - nitely hasn’t reached his peak and we are excited to see what the rest of his jumping career holds.” More online: http://bit.ly/704_HITS


AIG $1 Million Grand Prix March 19, 2017 • HITS Desert Horse Park, Thermal


Pl Horse


1 Milano 2 Cristar


3 Good Luck 4 Conthendrix 5 Catypso


8 Saint Quentin Owner


Abigail Weese Merle Garnder Adena Springs Andre Thieme Signe Ostbe


6 Clockwise of Greenhill Z Uma O’Neill 7 Lafi ino 4


Katie Harris Peter Petschenig


9 Coral Reef Follow Me II Coral Reef Ranch 10 Shorapur 11 The Dude 12 Super Sox


Shorapur, LLC Nicole Walker


Rider Prize


Mandy Porter $350,000 Tamie Phillips $200,000 Cian O’Connor $120,000 Andre Thieme $100,000 Eric Navet Uma O’Neill


$75,000 $40,000


Katie Harris $30.00 P. Petschenig $20,000 Mandy Porter $15,000 Kevin Babington $10,000 Will Simpson $7,500


Chansonet e Farm, LLC Lillie Keenan $4,500


Mandy Porter and Milano pose for a very lucrative win photo after winning the March 19 AIG $1 Million Grand Prix in Thermal on March 19.


Tamie Phillips and Cristar,


owned by Merle Gardner, took a temproary lead in the jump-off .


ESI photo


ESI photo


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