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Moments from HITS Thermal Week 4, 2015. Ottavia and I rode really well and placed in the Mods. Thermal is always one of my favorite shows. 2500 horses a week, riders and trainers from the Western half of North America, World Cup Qualifiers, the AIG $1M Grand Prix and the beautiful landscape of the desert. What’s not to like? Plus had a few assignments to write and shoot for Horse & Style Magazine.

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More moments from LA Masters. Yes that’s right it’s carpeting in the stabling area. The horses were stabled 3 floors down in the temperature controlled parking garages. An under iron cam was rigged up for the guys at RePlayXD, pretty cool. Not sure how many of you know that my trainer is also a professional race car driver? Walking the course is always fun because he sees angles I can’t. I really like the photo with my trainer and Kent Farrington who was there to train his client Hillary McNerney. A good reminder that even trainers get anxious too. Both are working out the jump off and watching how the course goes.  Irony is we came in 1, 2. Hillary won the class. 

Photo credit Bret St. Clair

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Moments from my Del Mar International World Cup Week. This show held the $25K PCHA Children’s Jumper Championship. A class that I have never made into the Jump Off, this year was no different. Everyday we dropped a rail and made mistakes. I did make it through to the qualifying class and into the Final though, an improvement.  This show was an exercise in staying positive and recognizing you win some and you lose some. Really great competitors in this class too.

Fellow tumblerite Sarah Sharou finished 5th both days of competition and went on to win Reserve Champion of the Final. Congrats again Sarah!

Awesome to see amazing international riders like Harrie Smolders, Jos Verlooy, Eduardo Menezes, Darragh Kenney, Eric Navet and Nayel Nassar.

On to the Las Vegas National.

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Moments from Gold Coast May and Memorial Day Classic, Burbank, CA. Champions in the Modifieds for GC and a 2nd in the Mods and a 4th in the Mod Jumper Classic at MDC. Great two weeks with my new horse Ottavia Des Hayettes. She is such a champ. Thank you Caroline Sterckx. Had my 15th birthday, conquered some fears, won a bit of cash, went bowling with my teammates and met a Tumblr follower in person (Hey Juliette1213)! Life is good. 

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Moments from Huntington Beach Surf Classic 2014 - had a great show with Ottavia and tried out the new jacket to see how it wears. Not shabby. Also, first show juggling as exhibitor and intern for West Palms Events. Let’s see…. I wrote 3 rider bios, a walk with the course designer and 2 press releases. AAH! Was so much fun!

photo credits - Bret St.Clair

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Moments from Las Vegas National 2014

Fun show this year in Vegas! I took home second place in a giant class of Modified Jumpers and for the first time ever made it into the jump off of the NAL Children’s Jumper West Coast Final and finished second. Fellow #sterckxgirl Julia Otter also finished in the ribbons in the Final. Yay team!  Finished the 2014 season on a high note. Super huge thanks to David Sterckx and Caroline Sterckx for their guidance and shepherding. Ottavia is my perfect match. Who’s ready to show in 2015?

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Grand Prix Moments from HITS Thermal Week 4. Lucy Davis won the WCQ Saturday night. Will Simpson won the $50K GP Sunday afternoon. New horse and rider partnerships with veteran riders and developing partnerships with the fast rising young riders like Hannah Heidegger. Photo credits Bret St.Clair except where noted. Those are mine. 

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Moments from Huntington Beach Summer Classic. Was a great week for me and Ottavia. 2 blues, a red, Champs of the Modified Junior Jumpers and Champs of the Modified Jr/AO Classic. Busy too in my intern duties for West Palms Events. Great fun with all the Sterckx Stables team mates. Enjoying the moment while I have it!