Reina, Tula Pinella’s Holsteiner mare, had a great weekend in Tucson during the 2010 HITS Arizona Desert Circuit. In only the second Grand Prix of her career, she jumped to the win in the $25,000 Strongid C 2X Grand Prix, laying down a double-clean round that stood up to challenges by Brandie Holloway on Alley Oop and Bjorn Ikast on Omar Shariff. Both followed Reina in the jump-off but dropped rails trying to best her time. The Grand Prix wasn’t Reina’s only win – on Friday she topped the $5,000 Open Welcome Class for a double-header, and the previous weekend in her first ever Grand Prix she placed fourth with a another double-clean performance.
Cross Creek West traveled to Tucson to compete during the final three weeks of the six-week long HITS circuit. Disappointingly, a deluge of rain caused the cancellation of the first Grand Prix, although Michelle aboard Socrates de Midos did enjoy winning the Friday $5,000 Welcome class.
However the final two weeks of the circuit were highlighted by a multitude of clean rounds and high placings. During the Arizona Winter Festival Michelle rode Reina, Clever and Socrates de Midos all to clean rounds in the Grand Prix, ultimately placing 3rd, 4th and 5th. During the Arizona Desert Finals she placed 1st and 2nd in the $5,000 Welcome, and again garnered multiple prizes in the Grand Prix. In addition to Reina’s blue, Michelle took home two more ribbons aboard Clever (5th) and Socrates (9th).
Cross Creek West has moved on to Houston for the Pin Oaks Charity Horse Shows. Good luck in the Lone Star State!