Socrates de Midos

Socrates de Midos

Socrates de Midos

Socrates de Midos was imported by Michelle in 2008 from Europe as a grand prix prospect, and from the get-go he proved himself to be a worthy campaigner. Within just a few months of his arrival he had already earned two Grand Prix blues, including a prestigious Oaks/Blenheim event where he had the only clear round in a field of talented horses.

Year after year he has continued to garner prizes on the grand prix field. This year alone he has laid down at least 13 clean first rounds in California grand prix competition. He has multiple prizes to his credit and still continues on his careful way. Just this month at Sacramento he placed 3rd out of 60+ horses in the $33,000 Grand Prix on Thursday, and returned again Saturday night to jump double-clean to score a 4th place, again in a field of more than sixty horses.

PLAY VIDEO Round 1 Sacramento

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A New Year

Congrats to Michelle and Socrates de Midos for their appearance on the cover of the 2011 Celebration issue of Horse ShowBiz Magazine! Not only did they adorn the cover, there was an accompanying 4 page feature story with lots of pictures starting on page 68 of the magazine. You can access the entire issue below. When it opens up you can type 68 inside the nice little white window at the top and it will take you directly to the article.

Horse ShowBiz Magazine

Now the new year is well underway and Cross Creek West is in the throes of last-minute packing, preparing for the HITS Circuit in Thermal starting this week. A string of talented up and coming horses are going to test their mettle in the desert; Socrates de Midos, Reina, Xel Ha, Clintord, Solomon’s Pride, Tocayo, Sir Jones and Cupilor all taking their turn in the jumper rings.

Also congratulations to the proud new owners of Lassila de Moyon and Cameo, both now settled in to their new home in Florida. Best of luck with these quality horses.

A Red White and BLUE Ribbon Day for Socrates & Michelle

Contrats to Michelle Parker on ANOTHER win aboard her Socrates de Midos, Cross Creek Farms’ handsome gray gelding who just keeps bringing home the Grand Prix prize money to pay for his oats.  This time the venue was the $25,000 Red White and Blue Festival at the Mission Viejo Riding Park in San Juan Capistrano.

Nineteen horses competed, with only Socrates and Chello Z (Josephina Nor-Lantzman) going clean in the first round.  Socrates went first in the jump off, starting out conservatively but really opening up his big stride at the end to win by .28 of a second.  Michelle also brought home an 8th place ribbon aboard her second ride, Clever.

Other recent placings for Socrates include a strong 3rd place finish in the $35,000 Blenheim Spring Classic III Grand Prix and an 8th place finish last weekend in the $30,000 Copa de Amistad Grand Prix also at the Mission Viejo Park.

PRESS RELEASE for Blenheim EquiSports Press Release

Reina Wins a Double Victory in Tucson

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PRESS (HITS Press Release)

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!

Cover Girl!

004153Prize lists for the upcoming HITS winter shows are ready for publication, and look who’s on the cover for the 2010 Arizona Winter Circuit prize book!

Press Release: HITS Winter Show Circuit Prize Lists Now Available Online

Photo Credit:  The 2010 HITS Desert Circuit, 2010 HITS Ocala Winter Circuit, and 2010 HITS Arizona Winter Circuit prize lists.  Photo courtesy of client.

Socrates de Midos

Going forward our handsome gray  jumper Socrates, owned by Cross Creek Farms, will be known by his official FEI passport name Socrates de Midos.

Under either name he continues to add to his winning grand prix record – since his debut in the Grand Prix ring this past March he has garnered two 1sts, two 2nds, two 4ths and several other placings – all at Grand Prix level.  Consistent and level-headed, this scopey horse has proven to be a real contender.

Most recently at the Showpark August Festival he laid down a fast double-clean round in a large 40 horse field with 16 clean to come back in the jump-off.  Fifth in the jump off order, he was the first to go double-clean and then had to wait out eleven more competitors with the opportunity to best his time.  Ali Nilforushan and Green Sleepes Vioco finally managed to squeak past Socrates, but we were quite pleased with the 2nd place prize added to his consistent performances of 2009 which include:

1st – $25,000 Arizona Winter Festival Grand Prix

1st – $35,000 Spring Classic III Grand Prix

2nd – $25,000 Sahuaro Classic Grand Prix

2nd – $25,000 August Festival Grand Prix

4th – $25,000 Arizona Desert Finals Grand Prix

4th – $25,000 Red, White and Blue Grand Prix

7th – $25,000 L.A. International Open Stake

9th – $100,000 Grand Prix of Del Mar

9th – $25,000 Racing Festival Grand Prix

10th – $50,000 Los Angeles National Grand Prix (World Cup Qualifier)

Breaking News!

michelle_parker_socratesSan Juan Capistrano, California

Another Grand Prix win for Socrates and Michelle Parker! Last night in front of a big crowd at the Oaks Blenheim Spring Classic III, 22 horses and riders competed for $35,000 in prize money over what turned out to be a challenging course set by Olaf Petersen Jr of Muenchen, Germany. Michelle and Socrates went early in the order, laying down the first and what turned out to be the only clean round in the class!

The big grey gelding was unfazed by the crowd, lights and noise in the covered arena that seemed to create issues for the rest of the field and jumped around bravely with his usual power and scope. Michelle rode with a splint on her left hand which is just recovering from a broken bone suffered on the last day of the Arizona Winter Circuit. A big Cross Creek West cheering section was on hand to share in the excitement of the victory!

It appears Grand Prix is Socrates’ favorite class of every horse show, as he has accumulated a record in four horse shows of 2 firsts, a second and a fourth in the big money class!

No pictures and video yet – but you can be sure we’ll update as soon as we get access to more material!


Birthday Week in Tucson!

Foal born March 6, 2009Michelle, Armando Salazar and Katie Rotunno celebrated birthdays this weekend, so cake was enjoyed by all in the barn aisle between classes.  In honor of the horses carrot cake was served, and Davey (jack russell) snuck in a few nibbles when no one was looking!  Meanwhile back at Cross Creek’s Tucson branch (also known as Michelle’s mom’s equine retirement home and baby nursery), the first of a crop of four foals was born Friday night.  Another birthday to add to the weekend!  This little guy is a bay colt, all thoroughbred, very handsome and correct and with a great temperament.

This was the final week of the Arizona Winter Circuit – the barn is packing up the trailer for the drive back to California tomorrow morning.  Lots of nice prizes for all the horses this week. Although he didn’t win the blue like last week, Socrates still was double-clean in the Grand Prix for 4th place, even though Michelle injured her hand earlier in the class and rode the jump-off with what we suspect might be a broken bone.   That’s three Grand Prix classes in a row with double-clear rounds for Socrates, earning a 1st, 2nd and a 4th.  Not a bad start for a new horse!

Some other nice prizes during the week, especially for a couple of horses coming out of mothballs.  CCF Starfish competed in Low and Pre Green hunters and was Reserve Champion in both divisions.  Nouska showed in the Level 5 jumpers with double clean rounds earning two blue ribbons and the Champion rosette.  Reina won a Level 6 class, was 2nd in a Level 7 class, and was Reserve Champion.  In the Friday $5,000 Level 8 Welcome, Socrates placed 2nd and Clever placed 7th.

Photo Gallery Week 6

Video Socrates Grand Prix