Desert International Horse Park Hosts Grand Finale $250,000 Grand Prix

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Email* 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 Galligan (IRL) and Javas Miss Jordan, who’s luck of the Irish, galloped them into the final victory of the circuit.Thirty-two horse and rider combinations took a swing at the Marina Azevedo (BRA) designed track for a chance at a big payday. Richard Spooner aboard Quirado RC, was the first to go clean going eleventh in the order. Galligan went right after Spooner, laying down another clear round. The remainder of the class tried their best, leaving Spooner and Galligan with the only two clear rounds to head to the jump off.Spooner returned first setting the pace with a tight track and clear round with a time of 45.70.“With a top rider and a quick horse like that behind you, you just try to go out and stay in the yellow, don’t get into the red, and put a little pressure on him and hope that maybe he’ll make a mistake,” said Spooner about going first in the jump off.Galligan put the pedal to the metal, stopping the clock at 41.15 with a fault free round for the win. For his victory, Galligan received a six month lease on an Stephex Van. For Canada, Beth Underhill and Count Me In finished 4th, Ben Asselin and Luikan Q were 5th, Darrin Dlin and Buddy Bounce placed 8th and 9th spot went to Lisa Carlsen aboard Livestream 2.“I was thinking, have fun today, [it’s a] two horse jump off,” explained Galligan. “I have a friend that always says to me, I want to be proud of you and I want to see you win trying to win rather than to lose trying to win. So when you have that chance, you just go for it. Richard [Spooner] had an amazing track in front of me, his line was so tight on his track, but mine is quick across the ground, so once I could keep the rhythm and keep going, I trusted her to be quick enough.”Nine four-faulters tried to be the fastest of the group with Olympian Will Simpson and Chacco P showing how it’s done, claiming third place as the fastest four faulter.“I’m so glad I wasn’t in the jump off,” laughed Simpson. “I was third anyway! It was an honor to be here with this caliber of riders, the quality of the course was incredible, the feel, the footing, the whole atmosphere of the place has been phenomenal the whole eight weeks. My horse has just gotten better and better every week and that’s a testimony to the place and the management and I’d like to congratulate them on doing a great job.”“This overall has been my first season to come to the West Coast and my first taste of showing out here. I have to say, fellow competitors, horse park staff, everybody from the ground up, it’s been absolutely a pleasure to be here. I’ve made some incredible friends, the human connection is incredible, but I have to say the management is second to none for trying to put the horses first and always improve themselves, the rings, the footings, the innovations like the hacking track around the whole facility so the horses don’t get ring sour, things like that really mean a lot to me and I’m really grateful that they are putting that thought into it,” said Galligan.“I think that management has just done a fantastic job of stepping up the game out here and to have all these FEI competitions means a lot to us, starting out the year with difficult competition like that again, as Nicky [Galligan] stated, the footing is phenomenal and it’s the little things. We’re lucky to have footing of that caliber and space of that caliber so my hat’s off to management, thank you for everything,” added Spooner.“There’s been so many fun things to do here at the horse park, and through all of this pandemic we’re going through, they’ve done an amazing job of keeping it under control while having a little bit of entertainment. I can hardly wait until next year when everything is up and going and people are really going to be able to come out here, enjoy themselves, and see some world class showjumping,” explained Simpson.Steve Hankin, President and CEO of the Desert International Horse Park explained, “When the owners came together a couple years ago to buy the place, our goal was simply to build the sport and I think from our standpoint, we couldn’t be more excited about the progress we’ve made the past two years. The high performance jumping program was a real goal of ours, to help rebuild it on the West Coast. It’s really exciting to have two veterans here who have given us some confidence and been incredibly patient with us as we figure this out. I think for newcomers to be running a park of this size and for these guys to all have confidence in us has been really tremendous and it inspires us as owners. We go to work tonight to start on some big changes and we’re excited to have everyone back in the fall.”The Desert International Horse Park is excited to begin new improvements during the off season with an exciting lineup of Major League Showjumping and CSI2*-CSI5* events next season. We’ll #seeyouinthedesert this fall for more exciting competition.Complete results here. Tags: Beth Underhill, Ben Asselin, Lisa Carlsen, show jumping, Count Me In, Desert International Horse Park, Livestream 2, Luikan Q, Darrin Dlin, Buddy Bounce, $250000 FEI Grand Prix CSI4* 1.55m, SIGN UP We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. 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CCUSA, ND partner to combat poverty

first_imgUniversity President Fr. John Jenkins and Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) President Fr. Larry Snyder met yesterday to sign a memo of understanding between the two institutions, pledging to work together to reduce poverty wat a national level. Snyder said CCUSA, the national office of more than 160 Catholic charities nationwide, has a long-standing partnership with the Mendoza College of Business through the annual Commission for Service program. At the signing, Snyder said CCUSA wants to engage with the University on another level, strengthening cooperation with each other. “When you look at the mission statement of the University and the mission statement of Catholic Charities, it’s amazing how similar they are in what we are trying to do as Catholic organizations,” Snyder said. “We both want to have an extreme impact on building community and building lives in this country.” CCUSA’s social service work and the University’s academic focus are an ideal combination, Snyder said. “What’s exciting about this [partnership] is that we’re some of the first groups to come together and use our resources, our talents, and our creativity to have a greater impact in lowering the amount of people living in poverty in this country,” he said. Snyder said the help provided by the University’s academic skills and economic guidance is an essential tool in helping Catholic Charities to effectively use its resources. “We’re social workers. [Catholic Charities] needs economists who are going to look at what we do and say ‘this is really having an impact,’ so that we can take that and run, or ‘this is not having an impact’ so that we can take that and shut it down, putting our resources where they are needed,” he said. Jenkins said the partnership between CCUSA and the University is a great opportunity for the Notre Dame community because helping those in need is at the core of a Catholic institution. “You can’t claim to be a genuine Catholic university if you don’t serve those in need,” he said. “It’s one thing to have good intentions, and it’s another thing to make something actually happen. I believe, that with this partnership, we can find innovative ways to actually help people in need rise out of poverty.” Jenkins concluded by emphasizing the uniqueness of this partnership, calling it “extremely exciting.” “As we continue to build this partnership between these two institutions, I think we will have a powerful effect in helping people rise out of poverty,” Jenkins said. “This is a great opportunity for us to be more of what we say we are, a Catholic university being of service to people in need.”last_img read more

The Latest: World Sailing event in Japan canceled

first_imgThe Latest: World Sailing event in Japan canceled Brescia is the third-worst hit province in Italy with more than 8,500 coronavirus cases and more than 1,300 deaths.In an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport, Cellino says “this season doesn’t make sense anymore.”He says “returning to activity is pure craziness. If they force us to I am ready to not put out the team and lose the matches 3-0 by default out of respect for the citizens of Brescia and their loved ones who aren’t here anymore.”Brescia is in last place in the league standings. The president of Lazio recently accused Cellino of trying to avoid relegation.Cellino says “I don’t care at all about relegation. So far we have deserved it and I have my blame in that, too.” Associated Press The regatta was to give valuable competition for the Olympic classes just over a month before the start of the Tokyo Games.The Olympics have been postponed to 2021.World Sailing and Japanese officials were in talks to return to Enoshima in 2021 before the rescheduled Olympics.___Brescia president Massimo Cellino says he will forfeit his team’s remaining Serie A matches if the Italian soccer league resumes. April 2, 2020center_img The AFC is planning for a 2027 tournament but a FIFA task force drafting a future calendar of matches and tournaments will likely be asked to align continental championships. The European Championship and South America’s Copa America are on track to kick off in June 2028.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the new coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___World Sailing has canceled the World Cup Series Final in Enoshima, Japan, in June because of the coronavirus outbreak. ___Potential hosts of soccer’s 2027 Asian Cup have been given more time to enter the contest by the Asian Football Confederation.The AFC says the March deadline to show interest was extended by three months to June because many of its member federations have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.The Saudi Arabian soccer body said in February it wanted to host the 24-team tournament.China will host the 2023 edition. A return to western Asia is possible after the United Arab Emirates staged the 2019 tournament.last_img read more