Thermal, California – February 04, 2022 – Friday evening of Desert Circuit III welcomed a new class to the Grand Prix Arena. Junior and amateur athletes took part in the Whitethorne Friday Night Lights Equitation Class. Set to occur every Friday evening from Desert Circuit III until the Ronnie Mutch Equitation Classic during Week VIII, this equitation class will allow riders to accumulate points and the overall winner at the conclusion of the class will win a Butet saddle. Emerging on top for the first class of the series was Skylar Wireman with a score of 88.
Riders completed a single round featuring 10 obstacles and multiple tests on course, including a halt after fence six, a counter canter to the oxer at fence seven, and a trot jump at fence nine. Georgy Maskrey-Segesman of Whitethorne intends for the class to be a preparation for the Ronnie Mutch Equitation Classic and provide exposure for juniors and amateurs under the lights and in the expansive Grand Prix Arena. Maskrey-Segesman, a strong believer in short-term goals, is awarding a Butet saddle to the rider who accumulates the highest number of points over the series.
Wireman has her sights set on all the equitation finals in the fall of 2022 since she only has one remaining junior year. While the evening’s course was built friendlier than an equitation championship would be, Wireman rose to the challenge and aced all the tests with Famous, owned by MKT Investments, LLC, the horse with which she won the CPHA Style of Riding Finals in November of 2021 at DIHP. She carried a fluid, forward pace to each of the jumps and pulled off an effortless halt before riding a strong counter canter and completing the course with a trot jump and the final oxer to earn a solid score of 88 to take the win. Second place was awarded to Avery Rose Glynn aboard Donatello, owned by Elle Rose, with a score of 87, while Emma Guevara and her own Cassano rounded out the top three on a score of 80
From The Winner’s Circle
Skylar Wireman – Whitethorne Friday Night Lights Equitation Class winner
On how the class feeds into her Equitation goals:
“It’s my last junior year so my goal is all the big eq finals. I’d like to go and do well. Something big out here for me is going to be the Ronnie Mutch Equitation Classic during Week VIII so I think this class being at night was great practice to get out there. It makes everyone feel more comfortable going into the Ronnie Mutch because they will have ridden under the lights. It was a good practice under the lights; you don’t get many of those here so it was great.”
On the course:
“I didn’t actually even get to walk the course. I think I walked part of it for the High Junior Jumpers earlier but I was at the other ring during the walk. Avery [Glynn] told me the course and I was very thankful for that. It was a nice course; the lines were all flowing and there were some nice bending lines. The tests – the halt, counter canter and trot jump – were great. It was a good course. It was nice and flowing and everything was forward so I just kept riding forward.”
“This horse I have gotten to know a little bit since he’s been with us. He’s a sale horse and I won the CPHA Style of Riding Finals here in November under the lights as well so I knew I could count on him for this class. He’s really become quite the equitation star. He was a 1.30m jumper and now he’s doing quite well as an equitation horse.
Final Results – Whitethorne Friday Night Lights Equitation Classic
1) Skylar Wireman (USA) & Famous – 88
2) Avery Rose Glynn (USA) & Donatello – 87
3) Emma Guevara (USA) & Cassano – 80
Source: Press Release by Tori Bilas / Phelps Media Group for Desert International Horse Park
Photos: © Phelps Sports / Tori Bilas