Our Desert Home
With nearly 1.3 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.
Director of Sponsorships
Eleni has a passion for connecting influential brands and corporations with the equestrian community. She has a background in sales and data analytics as well as elite equine event sponsorships and pharmaceutical marketing. She plans to use her unique experience to continue to grow the sponsorship program at DIHP, and provide the highest level of hospitality in the industry to all individuals that choose to compete, sponsor, and attend events in the desert.
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.
For Immediate Release: THERMAL, Calif. – July 21, 2021 – American Regent Animal Health, maker of Adequan® i.m. (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan), has renewed its Platinum-level sponsorship of the Desert International Horse Park (DIHP) and will continue its support of...
For Immediate Release: THERMAL, Calif. – July X, 2021 – The Desert International Horse Park (DIHP) has been selected by the United Sates Equestrian Federation (USEF) to host a CPEDI3* para-dressage event during the 2022 winter season in Thermal, CA. The CPEDI3* will...
For Immediate Release: THERMAL, Calif. – June 25, 2021 – As the debut season of the Major League Show Jumping series quickly approaches, the Desert International Horse Park (DIHP) team – Roadrunners – is excited to announce that U.S. rider Adrienne Sternlicht has been...
Robust FEI Lineup Highlights Expanded Schedule For Immediate Release: THERMAL, Calif. – May 28, 2021 – After a record-breaking 2020/2021 season that presented safe and thrilling competition to riders from hunter/jumper, equitation, and dressage disciplines, Desert...
Multi-Million Dollar Investment Underway at Desert International Horse Park for Grand Prix Arena and New Grass Competition Field
For Immediate Release: THERMAL, Calif. – April 20, 2021 – In a dual effort to improve the Desert International Horse Park (DIHP) and support high-performance sport on the West Coast of the U.S., DIHP President and CEO Steve Hankin announced that work has begun on a...
For Immediate Release: THERMAL, Calif. – March 29, 2021 – At the conclusion of a successful 2021 season at the Desert International Horse Park, overall circuit champions were honored for consistent top results throughout the 2021 Desert Circuit. Hunter, jumper,...
For Immediate Release THERMAL, Calif. – March 21, 2021 – The Desert International Horse Park celebrated the end of the eight week Desert Circuit with a grand finale of the $250,000 FEI Grand Prix CSI4* 1.55m, drawing top grand prix riders for the event. It was Nicky...
For Immediate Release: THERMAL, Calif. – March 21, 2021 – World Championship Hunter Rider week came to fruition on Sunday of the final week of Desert Circuit. After impressive rides in their respective divisions, the highest scoring riders were...
For Immediate Release THERMAL, Calif. – March 21, 2021 – The Desert Circuit wrapped up the eighth and final week of competition at the Desert International Horse Park (DIHP). Jumper action in the grand prix ring concluded with highlight classes such as the $15,000...
The Desert International Horse Park Featured the R.W. Mutch Equitation Championship Under the Lights
For Immediate Release THERMAL, Calif. – March 20, 2021 - The Desert International Horse Park featured the highly coveted R.W. Mutch Equitation Championship under the lights in the beautiful grand prix arena. The class challenged 49 top equitation riders who qualified...