Thermal, California, USA – March 18, 2021 – Following the FEI, riders tested their skills in the $25,000 Farmvet Grand Prix. Shawn Casady (USA) and Lyranta Van’t Gebroekt, owned by Neil Jones Equestrian, were the fastest double clear out of a total 29 entries to clinch the victory.
Eight horse and rider combinations made it to the jump-off round with each one stepping up the pace. Casady stopped the clock in a blazing 64.965 seconds, yet left all the poles up for no penalties aboard the 10-year-old bay Belgian Warmblood mare (Lord Chin x Quintus D’09).
Kasey Ament (USA) and Gaia (C Ingmar x Ingus) matched the clean performance of the eventual winners, sliding in at 66.31 for second–place honors.
Ben Asselin (CAN) with Veyron (Conterno Grande x Heartbreaker) registered no penalties while crossing the finish line in 67.605 for bronze honors
“She jumps clear and she’s fast,” said Casady of his mount. “I think we have a good relationship, she’s a little bit special on the ground and in the barn, and I think that I respect her and she respects me. We have good thing kind of going. It’s nice to know that what I’m doing, when I’m not in the show ring, is working, I feel like I have the right program going,”
Casady added his circuit has been great fun and he’s been super busy catch riding in both the hunter and jumper rings as well as working with clients. He hopes to do more FEI classes with the talented mare as the summer goes on.
Jumper competition continues Friday at the DIHP with the $7,500 Jr/AM/AO Zone 10 NAYC Junior Trial 1/40m Classic and the second FEI class of the week, the FEI $36,600 1.50m sponsored by STX Vans.
All rings at the Desert International Horse Park are livestreamed. Catch the action at Deserthorsepark.com and click the “Watch Live” tab to view.
Final Results – $25,000 FarmVet Grand Prix
1) Shawn Casady (USA) & Lyranta Van’t Gebroekt – 0 / 64.965
2) Kasey Ament (USA) & Gaia – 0 / 66.310
3) Ben Asselin (CAN) & Veyron – 0 / 67.605
Source: Press release by Brenda Mueller for Desert International Horse Park
Photos: © ESI Photography