Thermal, California, USA. – Sunday, February 9, 2020 – Lisa Carlsen (CAN) and Livestream 2 led the victory gallop in the $200,000 Valencia Sport Saddlery Grand Prix during the fourth week of the Desert Circuit at the Desert International Horse Park (DIHP), finishing with a jump-off time of 37.308 seconds.
Keri Potter (USA) aboard Hannah Loly’s Ariell la Sirene (Arioso du Theillet x Silvio I) finished in second with a time of 37.647 seconds in the short course. Neil Jones Equestrian, Inc’s Cirus du Ruisseau Z (Chellano Z x Carthago Z), ridden by Cassio Rivetti (BRA), were awarded third for their jump-off time of 38.973 seconds.
Carlsen and the 10-year-old Oldenburg gelding (Lordanos x Landadel), owned by Attache Stables, have only been paired together since December. “Ben Asselin was down here [at DIHP] showing and he had Livestream and another horse in the Grand Prix,” Carlsen commented. “Livestream had a lot of blood and the grooms were telling me about the horse and I really wanted to ride him.”
Lisa Carlsen (CAN) & Livestream 2
Thirty-five pairs challenged the Grand Prix course with 14 riders returning for the jump-off. Livestream 2 was the final horse to challenge the short course, “I’m just getting to know this horse, if there had been one clean round, then maybe I would’ve chosen to be a little slower,” Calrsen explained, “but if you are slow and you have a rail then you’re at the bottom of the barrel.”
Carlsen plans to remain at the Desert International Horse Park throughout the Desert Circuit. The pair also will participate in the FEI Diamond Tour during Week V and Week VI,”He [Livestream 2] will do the two weeks of FEI and we plan to participate in the Week VIII $250,000 Invitational Grand Prix.” Carlsen concluded.
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Source: Press release by Karla Campbell for Desert International Horse Park
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