Thermal, Calif. – Oct. 29, 2022 – Desert International Horse Park (DIHP) is pleased to announce the official addition of a National Circuit Award for the second season Desert Dressage. The top-performing horse-and-rider combination from all five national shows during the 2022-2023 season, spanning from October 2022 through February 2023, will receive a bonus of $10,000.

The remaining show weeks of the 2022/2023 season are as follows:

Desert Dressage II – November 18-20, 2022
Desert Dressage III – December 16-18, 2022
Desert Dressage IV – January 6-8, 2023
Desert Dressage V – February 24-26, 2023

Young Horse and Freestyle classes are excluded from the classes that will qualify pairs for the award, as well as CDI classes at Desert Dressage II, III, and IV.

The same horse/rider combination must be entered and compete in a minimum of three of the above mentioned national shows.

Taylor Lindsten Tops FEI Prix St. Georges to Conclude Desert Dressage I

Desert Dressage I, presented by Four Winds Farm, concluded Sunday, October 30, at Desert International Horse Park (DIHP). Taking the win in Sunday’s Beverly J. Gepfer & Kirk R. Martens Foundation FEI Prix St Georges was Taylor Lindsten with Cheri Bacon’s San Laurino H.

Taylor Lindsten and San Laurino H.

Lindsten, of Cave Creek, AZ, and the 7-year-old Oldenburg gelding by Samarino H rode to a score of 67.647% and secured the win.

David Palumbo was second with Marlene Lewow’s Keimpe Van De Amelander Haan with a score of 63.823%. Adele Pierce and Suenos Grande were the Adult Amateur winners with a score of 65.735%, while Ariana Huang and Quinto took top call in the Young Rider/Junior section with a score of 62.852%.


David Palumbo and Keimpe Van De Amelander Haan. Photo by Terri Miller


Alexa Huang and Quinto. Photo by Terri Miller

Taking the win in the Adequan® FEI Intermediate I was Elizabeth Jenkins and Whitney with a score of 63.823%.

Special Awards from Desert Dressage I

Six High Point Awards were given throughout the weekend. All High Point Winners were awarded a full set of DSB Sports Boots from Custom Saddlery, graciously given by sponsor Elizabeth Ball Dressage, along with her sponsorship and support of the Desert Dressage Series.

Training-Fourth Level High Point Winners:

  • Junior/Young Rider: Alexa Brown / Kazoo / Third Level Test 3 / 72.250%
  • Adult Amateur: Karrin Taylor / Last Chapter / Training Level Test 3 / 72.586%
  • Open / David Blake / Lion Heart / Third Level Test 3 / 75.875%

FEI Level High Point Winners:

  • Junior/Young Rider: Ariana Huang / Quinto / PSG / 64.853%
  • Adult Amateur: Anne Buchanan / Rosette B / PSG / 68.529%
  • Open / David Blake / Delilah / PSG / 75.753%

The overall High Score of Desert Dressage I Spooktacular was David Blake with Lion Heart.

Triana Pangrcic and Sunsprite’s Saltamontes. Photo by Terri Miller

The Immubiome Costume Freestyle exhibition class was won by Triana Pangrcic on Sunsprite’s Saltamontes, awarding the pair $250, followed in second place by Beckie Samuels on Zimba, receiving $175. Desert Dressage extends gratitude to Chris and Alaska Culmone of Immubiome for sponsoring the Costume Freestyle.

Pangrcic was also awarded Best Halloween Costume, winning a basket of natural ingredient products courtesy of Simply Eden.

The Sara Eigner Memorial Trophy was awarded to Jocelyn Dragges as the highest scoring Adult Amateur rider in Second Level.

Jocelyn Dragges and Bellisambrosso RTH. Photo by Terri Miller

Finally, the Best-Decorated Halloween Tent Award went to Blue Ribbon Stables, run by Annette Spinetti Dressage. DIHP extends congratulations to all competitors.

The Desert Dressage circuit, presented by the Brad & Kathy Coors Family, resumes in November for the first CDI World Cup Qualifier, slated for November 17-20, 2022.

Desert Dressage staff posed with costume award winners. Photo by Terri Miller