Cover Girl Again!

Prize lists for the upcoming HITS winter shows are ready for publication, and look who’s on the cover for the 2012 Arizona Winter Circuit prize book!  Here’s Michelle aboard Lassila de Moyon (Santiago) en route to a win in one of last year’s Arizona Grand Prix competitions.

In 2010 Michelle was also on the cover of the Arizona prize book aboard Socrates de Midos.

Photo Credit:  The 2012 HITS Desert Circuit, 2012 HITS Ocala Winter Circuit, and 2012 HITS Arizona Winter Circuit prize lists.  Photo courtesy of client.

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.

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

Grand Prix Win for Socrates!

Congrats are offered to Michelle Parker and Socrates on their first Grand Prix win togetherHandshake for a job well done!

A terrific day at the Arizona Winter Festival in Tucson for Cross Creek! Socrates won first place in an exciting $25,000 Strongid® C 2X Grand Prix class. Thirty-three competitors fought it out for the big prize, with nine making it into the jump-off. Socrates had the enviable position of last in the jump-off; however several top winning horses and riders were in the line-up taking a good shot at the prize money. Justin Resnik was the first to go double-clean on Copius in a time of 38.514 seconds. Several other top riders had rails trying to beat his time. Finally Michelle’s turn aboard Socrates came – she laid down an efficient and very fast round, taking advantage of her big grey’s gigantic stride to cover ground, and slicing the turns to best advantage. Socrates’ time of 37.286 was more than a full second faster than any other in the jump-off and he galloped away with the blue.  This is only his second horse show with Michelle – last week being the first when he was 2nd in the Sahuaro Classic Grand Prix, also going double-clean. A Grand Prix first and second in two shows is a great way to start off a career – good luck to the two of them in future shows!

Video Socrates Grand Prix Win

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Other good prizes for the barn occured Friday in the $5,000 Open Welcome class where Central Park jumped double-clean and fast, ending up 4th, and Clever followed also with a double-clean round only 3/1000ths of a second faster than “Blackie”, scoring 2nd. We don’t know how a 3rd place horse squeezed in between the two of them!

One more week to go in Arizona – temps in the high 80s, lots of sunshine, and hopefully more blue ribbons in store this coming week! Congratulations Michelle and Socrates!

Grand Prix Win

Grand Prix Results – Sahuaro Classic HITS Arizona

Clever.jpgClever claims the red ribbon for Socrates

Cross Creek West’s first week in Tucson has come to a satisifying conclusion.  Michelle had two mounts entered in the Sahuaro Classic’s $25,000 Central Equine Grand Prix and both jumped clean over a stout, tricky course to qualify for the jump off. Out of 28 competing, only six went clean in the first round including Michelle’s pair. CCF’s newest addition, the big grey Westphalian Socrates, went second in the jump off and laid down a fast clean round, showing impressive scope and maneuverability. He was ultimately beat out for the blue by Bjorn Ikast riding the veteran winner Brave Heart by less than 8/100ths of a second!  Socrates was imported from Belgium this past December, clearing quarantine on a miserably rainy Christmas Eve.  This was his first ever show in the U.S.  Thank you, Santa!

Michelle’s second mount Clever was the final competitor in the jump off but unfortunately had the last rail – giving him fourth place as the fastest of the four-faulters in the jump-off. His time was 2/1000ths of a second slower than the winning entry.

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All in all the horses this week performed admirably.  The young ones made a good showing and gained valuable mileage.  Reina, Sir Jones and Tocayo all moved up in levels.  The weather was on the chilly side to start but today was quite warm with more pleasant weather forecast for the next two weeks.   Be sure to click on the Photo Gallery link to see an assortment of pictures from the past week.

wpid258-cbparker-d700-20090222-tucson002.jpgSocrates and Michelle jump double-clean in the Grand Prix

VIDEO Socrates (better quality, downloadable)

PHOTO Gallery AWC Week 4