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.
Elite hunter/jumper show management team to lead Devon Horse Show for 2023 Thermal, Calif. – June 20, 2022 – Desert International Horse Park (DIHP) extends congratulations to Patrick Boyle and Phil J. DeVita, Jr., for being named the new show managers for the 2023...
Dear Desert Horse Park friends and family, On June 9, 2022, at the Upperville Horse Show in Virginia, Kim’s horse stumbled after a jump and fell to the ground, taking Kim with him. The resulting spinal injuries include compression and misalignment of C3, C4, & C5,...
Thermal, Calif. – Jun. 3, 2022 – Desert International Horse Park (DIHP) is pleased to announce the addition of the Onondarka Medal Final to its expanded 2022 schedule. 2022 marks the 60th year for the Onondarka Medal Final, open to riders aged 12 and under. The event...
Thermal, Calif. – May 23, 2022 – Major League Show Jumping (MLSJ) has confirmed its 2022 season schedule, offering 10 weeks of CSI5* competition in 2022 spanning North America’s most popular venues from Canada to Mexico and many exciting destinations in between. Two...
Thermal, Calif. – May 10, 2021 – Desert International Horse Park (DIHP) is thrilled to welcome back Desert Dressage for an action-packed expanded schedule of five events, including three weeks of FEI competition. The USEF-approved schedule spans from October 2022...
Thermal, Calif. – May 10, 2022 – Desert International Horse Park (DIHP) is excited to announce its 2022-2023 show schedule. The upcoming season* will include 14 weeks of hunter jumper competition, with 11 weeks of FEI competition and 12 Premier-rated hunter...
Dear Desert International Horse Park community, With the announcement last week that the State had completed its oversight of the horse park, I would be remiss if I didn’t take the time to thank the many people who were involved in helping us navigate the EHV-1...
Dear Desert Horse Park community, Over the last few days we have received the final set of tests that we were waiting for on the horses that remain in isolation and quarantine, as well as any horses on the property with reported fevers. The two remaining horses in...
Dear Desert Horse Park community, We received the results back on one test submitted to the CDFA. The result was negative and the horse will be released from isolation, as this was the second consecutive negative test separated by seven days. As a result, we have two...
Dear Desert Horse Park community, We have completed all of the refunds for entry deposits for Desert Circuit Weeks V to VIII. If you have not received yours, please reach out and let us know. We are now focused and ready to issue refunds for circuit stalls and season...