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Women Dominate The Field On Super Bowl Sunday In The $50,000 EMO Grand Prix

Indio, CA (January 27, 2003)--As Tampa Bay and the Raiders were battling it out in a rough-and-tumble Super Bowl, four women rose above a field of twenty-one entries to compete in the jump-off for the $50,000 EMO Grand Prix. English rider, Helen McNaught and her mount Lexicon were the final victors in the special Grand Prix class, which was the highlight of Sunday's competition at the HITS Indio Desert Circuit.

Course designer Danny Foster was responsible for building a challenging course that only four riders could master. The first to perform, Misti Cassar on Pasadena, made the going look easy with a faultless round in 88.9 seconds, well within the time allowed of 103. The following eleven riders could not match her opener and it was the twelfth in the order, McNaught, who gave the crowd the second clear round. Laura Linback on her second mount, Grand Soso 2, saw her way clear also, and Susan Hutchinson on Itano De La Bastide delivered the last clear round of the field.

Misti Cassar was the first to return for the jump-off and turned in a faultless round in 55.3 seconds. Helen McNaught and Lexicon rose to the challenge, going clear and shaving almost 5 seconds off Cassar's time. Both Susan Hutchison and Laura Linback knocked a rail, with Linback delivering the fastest time of the four with 50.1 seconds.

Other major award winners at the Indio Desert Circuit Week I included:

Bayer Legend Leading Hunter Rider - Kelley Farmer
Bayer Legend Leading Jumper Rider - Gerardo Tazzer
HBO Junior Medal Winner - Stephanie E Danhakl
Charles Owen Children's Medal Winner - Kristin Riccio
Charles Owen Adult Medal Winner - Holly Scapa

Show jumping will resume at HITS Indio Desert Circuit on Wednesday, January 29th. The $50,000 King Shavings Grand Prix, Presented by Cosequin will be the feature event of the week, taking place on Sunday, February 2 at 1:00pm. $50,000 EMO Grand Prix - Sunday, January 26, 2003

$50,000 EMO Grand Prix - Sunday, January 26, 2003
Indio Desert Circuit I - Indio, CA
Danny Foster, Ontario, Canada: Course Designer

Place Horse Rider Owner Prize Money Rd1 Faults Rd 2 Faults JO Time

1st Lexicon Helen McNaught Beverly Hills Equestrian Partners $15,000 0 0 50.44
2nd Pasadena Misti Cassar Sopranos Farm $11,000 0 0 55.39
3rd Grand Soso 2 Laura Linback Woodrun $6,500 0 4 50.15
4th Itano De La Bastide Susan Hutchison Jenny McLaughlin $4,000 0 4 52.41
5th Chanel Gerardo Tazzer Gerardo Tazzer $3,000 8
6th Laddidor Francie Steinwedell-Carvin Prentiss Partners $2,500 4
7th Remember Me 9 Laura Linback Woodrun $2,000 4
8th Robinson Richard A Spooner Half Moon Bay Investment Group $1,500 4
9th Bradford Richard A Spooner Half Moon Bay Investment Group $1,500 4
10th Farenheit Misti Cassar Sopranos Farm $1,000 4
11th Pop Socks Jenni Martin Temecula Valley Equestrian Center $1,000 4
12th Jolanda Holly Scapa Holly Scapa $1,000 4

$50,000 King Shavings Grand Prix, Presented by Cosequin Sunday, February 2 1:00pm
$75,000 Bayer/USET Grand Prix of Indio Sunday, February 9 1:00pm
$50,000 Rio Vista Grand Prix Sunday, February 23 1:00pm
$50,000 King Shavings Grand Prix, Presented by Adequan Sunday, March 2 1:00pm
$150,000 Ford Grand Prix of the Desert Sunday, March 9 2:00pm
Kids Day, Presented by Fox Kids Club and KDFX Sunday, February 9 11:00am-1:00pm
Seniors Day, Sponsored by LaQuinta Rotary Presented by KESQ TV3 Sunday, March 2 11:00am-1:00pm
Fiesta Day Sunday, March 9 11:00am-1:00pm
Circuit Awards Sundays Prior to 1:00 Grand Prix

Directions to HITS Desert Horse Park: Take I-10 to the Monroe Street exit in Indio. Go south approximately five miles to Avenue 52, and then turn right onto Avenue 52. Horse Show entrance is mile on right. Tel: 760-775-7731; Fax: 760-775-7752. Website:


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