Two Weeks in Tucson

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Michelle and Alex spent two weeks in Tucson with a string of high quality jumpers. They arrived just in time to compete in the SW Fair Commission’s Variable Grand Prix at the Tucson Fall Preview show and galloped away with 1st place aboard Tula Pinella’s Reina and a 4th for Michelle’s own horse Clever. Two more weeks of showing followed: the Tucson Fall Festival and the Tucson Fall Classic. At the Festival more blue ribbons for Lassila de Moyon (1.2m jumpers) ridden by Alex Alvarado, Solomon’s Pride (1.3m jumpers and the EMO Mike Moran Five Bar), and Xel-ha (7-8 year old jumpers), and Reina placed 2nd in Friday’s $5,000 Welcome Stake.

Last show of the year was the Tucson Fall Classic where Michelle ended the season with a one-two punch in Sunday’s Grand Prix, scoring 1st place on Clever and a close 2nd with Xel-ha. With six horses in the jump off, Bjorn Ikast laid down two clean trips on his mounts before Michelle aboard Xel-ha beat his time. Xel-ha’s time held until the very last round when Michelle squeaked in an even faster round aboard Clever to take home the blue. In addition Cross Creek Farms’ Tocayo was the winner of Friday’s $7,500Welcome Stake, and Lassila de Moyon with Alex earned the championship in the 1.2m jumpers. Michelle’s only hunter ride of the circuit was Angie Firestone’s youngster Accordingly who brought home several blue ribbons in the Restricted Hunter division, as well as prizes in his debut in the jumper ring.

The horses are home for some downtime before the 2011 circuit starts up. Thanks to the entire Cross Creek West team for their professionalism and hard work that contributed so much to a successful season.