Thermal, California, USA – February 03, 2023 –The night fell and the stage was set for the inaugural $15,000 Whittier Trust 6-Bar. Beginning at 1.35m, nine horses jumped and attempted to keep all the rails up, as the fences got higher and higher. In round one, all but one pair jumped the six 1.35m fences clear. The fences were raised to 1.50m and the field got slightly thinner, but it was still apparent there was more jumping to come. At the 1.60m height, four horses jumped clear: Kyle King (USA) with Chess, Kaitlin Campbell (USA) with Emir, Michelle Berry (USA) with Ilyas van de Mispelaere, and Skylar Wireman (USA) with Karen!.
The bar was set to 1.70m, which is higher than any fence height in classes held at DIHP. The first three riders, King, Campbell, and Berry, all pulled the final rail, though each came very close to keeping it intact. Ultimately, it was Skylar Wireman and Karen! who were the only pair to clear the final fence. The duo successfully cleared 1.70m in height, and, as the last to go, were named the winners. This win adds to Wireman’s incredible resume thus far at Desert Circuit and proves further she’s a top competitor to contend with no matter the discipline or format.
Source: Press Release by Tori Bilas for Desert International Horse Park (DIHP)
Photos: © DIHP / HD – High Desert Photo / TB – Tori Bilas Photography / MG / ON
Categories: Desert Horse Park, Results, USEF Rated