Our Desert Home
With nearly 1.6 million square feet of competition and riding space, the Desert International Horse Park is one of the largest equestrian facilities in North America. Offering 15 weeks of world-class competition from October through March, the facility is a destination location for thousands of equestrians, their horses, family and friends for several months annually. Competitors from all over the world travel to Thermal, CA to not only compete but to enjoy everything the desert has to offer.
Surrounded by the beauty of picturesque mountains, the Desert International Horse Park is close to Palm Springs, Desert Hot Springs, La Quinta, Coachella and more unique places to discover. The area is known for its resort lifestyle with a selection of fine dining, art & film festivals, golf & tennis, outdoor adventures, and wonderful warm, dry weather in the winter months. As the Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau claims, come #findyouroasis in the desert.
Finding a fantastic team that puts horses first, while having a keen focus on the rider, trainer, owner, and sponsor experience, is a key aspect of our vision. Welcoming a mix of fresh and familiar faces, our goal is to bring in individuals who specialize in creating an excellent show experience.
Having just begun to make our vision a reality in August of 2019, we now have a core group of experts to kick our plans into gear. The Desert Horse Park International team continues to grow as we seek to achieve our goals for an excellent customer experience. This section will continue to grow as our desert team comes together.
President & CEO
A horseman and a rider himself, Steve Hankin starts with a “horses first” philosophy when it comes to the horse park. He and his wife have been avid participants of the sport on both the East and West Coasts, and he is eager to transform the equestrian community on the West Coast for the better.
Pat has been putting on fantastic horse shows across the country for over 30 years. He has been a staple in the Chicago show world, running small and large shows at his home base, Ledges. More recently, he took the reins of Pennsylvania National and the USHJA National Championships in Las Vegas. Pat shares a passion for creating beautiful rings with Steve – simply wanting to create rings that people can’t wait to compete in!
Stabling Manager and Technical Coordinator
Skyler comes to DIHP as our Stabling and Scheduling Manager, bringing 15 years of equestrian experience with him. He has worked in various roles within the equestrian industry, including operations and management. Brittner approaches his work with horses first and is always aiming to create a fantastic show experience for our exhibitors.
From boutique events on the West Coast, including Franktown Meadows and The Menlo Charity Horse Show, to decorated events on the East Coast, such as The American Royal and the popular series of CFHJA shows in Tampa, Phil DeVita brings a host of accolades and experience to the DIHP. He has also worn many other ‘hats’ in the sport, including as a competitor, course designer and judge.
Kyle is simply the best in the business. He splits his time between Traverse City, Michigan, assisting Matt Morrissey, and the desert, here at DIHP. Here at Thermal, Kyle oversees 1.6 million square feet of competition, schooling, and lunging space. Kyle’s design of the new Grand Prix arena has been instrumental in turning DIHP into a destination for high-performance competitors from around the world.
Show Office Manager
Ashley has been in the horse industry for over 30 years as a trainer, rider, and as horse show staff. She has shown all over the country and earned USEF AO Hunter of the Year in 2006. Keeler’s experience in and out of the horse show arena help her understand all the details that go into a horse show and to better serve our exhibitors.
Joe and his family have been in the construction business for as long as they can remember, including over 20 years building horse show facilities. Joe joined a year and a half ago for a few projects, and we never let him leave California. More recently, Joe took over managing the entire 239 acres, overseeing construction, maintenance, and landscaping. Everything you see about DIHP that has changed, Joe has had a hand in shaping. Joe has been a key player in helping transform DIHP to what it is today.
Ok, I think we finally got it right! For those of you who enjoyed the VIP experience at the grass field, you know how super Nathaniel and the gang at Contemporary Catering are! We are thrilled that they will be taking care of our guests at VIP this year. We've...
We are excited to get underway with Desert Circuit! We wanted to provide a few, but important updates are you make your way to the desert. Just add some more stalls – We know some of you didn’t get stalls or the stalls you wanted or enough stalls. And the common...
We can’t wait to welcome everyone back to the desert for the winter circuit. We have enjoyed a great season thus far, but the Desert Circuit will always be the premier circuit we put on. Improvements We have been busy at the horse park making further improvements,...
Karl Cook and Kalinka Van’t Zorgvliet Claim FEI $72,900 HorseFlight Grand Prix CSI2* To Close Out Desert Holiday II
Thermal, Calif. – Dec. 12, 2021 – Show jumping action came to a close on Sunday at Desert International Horse Park on the final day of Desert Holiday. FEI CSI2* athletes vied for the top prize in the FEI $72,900 HorseFlight Grand Prix CSI2* while national show jumpers...
Sunset Boulevard Carries Lindsay Maxwell to Champion in the Combined Aleron Amateur Owner 3’6” Hunter 18 & Over Division to Conclude Desert Holiday II
Thermal, Calif. - Dec. 12, 2021 - Amateur Owner riders took to the Main Hunter Ring Sunday morning at the Desert International Horse Park to vie for the champion title in their respected height and age group divisions to help conclude hunter competition at Desert...
Jordan Coyle and Ariso Jump to Victory in the $230,000 Adequan® Major League Show Jumping Grand Prix CSI5*, Presented by Essence Art Gallery
Thermal, Calif. – Dec. 11, 2021 – CSI5* show jumping came to a thrilling culmination on Saturday night with the $230,000 Adequan® Major League Show Jumping Grand Prix CSI5*, presented by Essence Art Gallery. Riders set out under the lights of the Grand Prix Arena at...
Thermal, Calif. - Dec. 11, 2021 - Equitation riders took to the Grand Eq/Jumper 3 Arena on Saturday morning to vie for top honors in the coveted ASPCA Maclay Medal. Some of the country's top equitation riders took their turn over the nine-obstacle course set by Nick...
Team Eye Candy Captures the Gold in $200,000 Major League Show Jumping Team Final, Sponsored by Desert Flight
Thermal, Calif. – Dec. 10, 2021 – Major League Show Jumping (MLSJ) team competition came to a thrilling close on Friday night of Desert Holiday II, as Team Eye Candy was awarded the gold medal and crowned season champion in the inaugural year of the tour. After three...
Tasha Visokay and Bruce Wayne Shine in the $10,000 Valencia Saddlery DIHP 3’3” Pro Equitation Challenge at Desert Holiday II
Thermal, Calif. - Dec. 10, 2021 - Professional athletes took center stage in Hunter 1 Friday afternoon to vie for top honors in the $10,000 Valencia Saddlery DIHP 3’3” Pro Equitation Challenge. Several top athletes took their turn over an initial 10-obstacle course...
Thermal, Calif. – Dec. 9, 2021 – FEI competition got underway for the final week of 2021 competition at the Desert International Horse Park on Thursday of Desert Holiday II as both CSI5* and CSI2* athletes tried to capture significant prize money in the week’s first...