HITS Desert Horse Park is a Desert Gem

Entries for the 2017 Coachella Desert Circuit are coming in and it’s time to get those precious tickets to the best show in Southern California this winter.

(On-time entries must be received by January 4. Click here for the Prize List)

With so much added to the property to improve exhibitor and spectator experience last fall, the winter is sure to do nothing short of amaze. Riders, trainers and owners alike raved on the upgrades to HITS Desert Horse Park at the National Sunshine Series, including long-time veteran of the West Coast show circuit and professional trainer and rider, Eric Navet.

“I think that our horses were happy to jump on a more comfortable footing,” said Navet of the new fiber footing in the Grand Prix Ring. “We could feel the difference.”

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Eric Navet and Catypso winning the $50,000 Sunshine Grand Prix at 2016 National Sunshine Series

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Eric Navet winning the $50,000 Sunshine Grand Prix. Pictured with head of Corporate Sponsorship, Chris Mayone, Awards Coordinator Karen Rice and rider Karl Cook.

Navet also expressed that he and Karl Cook will be returning to the 2017 Coachella Desert Circuit to qualify for the AIG $1 Million Grand Prix, which offers new opportunity for West Coast riders. The Top 20 riders may qualify two horses, and the new fence height will be set at 1.50m as opposed to 1.60m, opening up the door for a new wave of West Coast equestrians and HITS exhibitors to compete for one of the richest prize purses in the world.

“Karl and I both plan to qualify for the AIG $1 million Grand Prix,” said Navet. “Karl probably with two horses and one for myself.”

Navet and Cook are no strangers to the leaderboard in the $1 Million Grand Prix. Last year, Navet took home fourth place with Catypso, owned by Signe Ostby, and Cook garnered sixth place aboard Tembla, also owned by Signe Ostby.

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Karl Cook and Tembla on their way to a $50,000 Card Flex Grand Prix win at Week VII of the 2016 Coachella Desert Circuit.

The Navet team will also include Navet’s family at the 2017 Desert Circuit.

“My wife and daughters are planning to keep showing in the amateur classes,” said Navet. “What we enjoy the most is to compete the four of us in the same show. This is the advantage in having several arenas for different levels that are all maintained and taken care of equally.”

The 2017 Coachella Desert Circuit will also once again feature the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Qualifer, which will take place during Week IV, February 7-12.

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Navet scored third place in the 2016 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Qualifier with Catypso.