Thermal, California – February 05, 2022 – Earlier in the day, athletes brought their young show jumping mounts to the Grand Prix Arena for the $10,000 Interactive Mortgage 1.35m 10 & Under Futurity Series. Out of a field of 26 riders aboard rising talents, it was Kyle King (USA) who reigned supreme, saving the best for last aboard Kerri Volek’s Ittolo. King piloted the 9-year-old KWPN gelding through the 12-obstacle first round track with ease, clearing the fences and immediately advancing to the eight-effort jump off track, which included the same first four elements, sweeping turns through the expansive arena and two new fences introduced on course.
As the last duo in the arena with the final shot at the win, they shaved one second off the leading time to claim first place in 32.771 seconds. France’s Eric Navet (FRA) ultimately nabbed second place honors riding Signe Ostby’s Coronado Blue NF to a jump-off time of 33.747 seconds. King would round out the top three aboard his other mount in the class Gipsy de L’Epinette, owned by Spruce Meadows LTD, with a jump-off time of 34.901 seconds.
Final Results – $10,000 Interactive Mortgage 10 & Under Futurity Series
1) Kyle King (USA) & Ittolo – 0 / 0 – 32.771
2) Eric Navet (FRA) & Coronado Blue NF – 0 / 0 – 33.747
3) Kyle King (USA) & Gipsy de L’Epinette – 0 / 0 – 34.901
Source: Press Release by Allyson Lagiovane / Phelps Media Group for Desert International Horse Park
Photo: © Allyson Lagiovane