Rich Fellers and Flexible turned back the clock on Saturday night when they won the $50,000 Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health, at the HITS Desert Horse Park in Thermal, California.
In Saturday's feature class, Fellers and Flexible got the best of the 27 horse-and-rider combinations that challenged International course designer Bernard Cabral's (Lisbon, Portugal) first-round track and the 11 pairs that advanced to the jump-off before an electric crowd.
"I would like to win a few more of these," said Fellers right after the class. "It would be nice to go on a run like we did in 2008. We are going to spend the entire circuit here this year, so we will certainly have our chances." "Flexible seems to be a step ahead of the others indoors," added Fellers.
Cabral's first-round track featured 15 obstacles and a time allowed of 74 seconds. At the conclusion of the round, spectators were guaranteed a tremendous jump-off as Fellers and Flexible were joined on the short course by an eclectic mix of riders that included three-time World Cup Champion and 2010 WEG Team Gold Medalist Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum on Kismet 50 and Richard Spooner and Cristallo. "I couldn't have asked for a more exciting first round," said Cabral. "The horses jumped very well tonight and having 11 horses in the jump-off was a perfect number because of the big crowd. They really got their money's worth."
Just when it looked as if Spooner and Cristallo were on track for a victory, Fellers and Flexible entered the ring, bringing the crowd to its feet. They were fast and clean racing to the finish line in 41.20 seconds to take the lead and eventually win the class. Karl Cook and Uno de Laubry finished in third place.
For more information and a complete schedule of classes and events, visit www.HitsShows.com.
Source: Press release from www.HitsShows.com.
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