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Firestone Takes A Gamble And Wins The $50,000 King Shavings Grand Prix Presented By Cosequin®

Indio, CA (February 2, 2003)—East Coast rider, Alison Firestone of Upperville, VA, took the East/West gamble by hopping a plane to California to compete in a World Cup qualifying class—the $50,000 King Shavings Grand Prix, presented by Cosequin. As it turned out, lady luck smiled on Alison as she and her mount Casanova won the class at the HITS Indio Desert Circuit. Of course a rider needs more than luck for the gamble to pay off, and Firestone proved to be the best of a field of thirty-three entries, including twenty-five World Cup hopefuls.

For her win, Firestone has accumulated 20 points in her quest to qualify for the 2003 World Cup Finals in Las Vegas, Nevada. Firestone will fly in again for the next Grand Prix event on February 9th at the HITS Indio Desert Circuit. Vegas is calling, and Alison Firestone is prepared to take the gamble.

The 13-obstacle course designed by David Ballard proved challenging with only three riders turning in clear rounds. Firestone and Casanova, the twelfth in the order, gave the crowd the first clear round. Will Simpson and his mount El Campeons Ado Annie also delivered a faultless first round, with John French and Millenium following up with the last clear round of the field.

Firestone was the first to return for the jump-off, turning in a faultless round in 38.92 seconds. Will Simpson followed up with the fastest time of 35.84 seconds, but knocked an unlucky rail at the double. John French and Millenium kept the crowd in suspense as they clocked in a penalty-free time of 39.44 seconds, finishing just half a second behind Firestone.

Other major award winners at the Indio Desert Circuit II included:

Bayer Legend Leading Hunter Rider - Peter Fletcher, TX
Bayer Legend Leading Jumper Rider - Susan Hutchison, CA
HBO Junior Medal Winner - Tedra Bates, CA
Charles Owen Children's Medal Winner - Mallory Olson, CA
Charles Owen Adult Medal Winner - Marnye Langer, CA

Show jumping will resume at the HITS Indio Desert Horse Park on Wednesday, February 5th. The $75,000 Bayer/USET Grand Prix will be the feature event of the week, taking place on Sunday, February 9 at 1:00pm. Kids Day presented by Fox 11 KDFX will also take place on February 9th from 11 am - 1:00 pm. The day will feature pony rides, face painting, a petting zoo, games, prizes, crafts, and entertainment for children and their parents.

$50,000 King Shavings Grand Prix, Presented by Cosequin®- Sunday, February 2, 2003
Indio Desert Circuit II - Indio, CA
David Ballard , Ontario, Canada: Course Designer

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

1st Casanova Alison Firestone Mr. & Mrs. Bertram R. Firestone $15,000 0 0 38.92
2nd Millenium John French Cathy A Mendez $11,000 0 0 39.44
3rd El Campeons Ado Annie Will Simpson El Campeon Farms $6,500 0 4 35.84
4th Itano De La Bastide Susan Hutchison Jenny McLaughlin $2,416.66 4
4th Robinson Richard A Spooner Half Moon Bay Investment Group $2,416.66 4
4th Eezy Duncan McFarlane Kathie B Cheatham $2,416.66 4
4th El Campeons Cirka Z Nicole Shahinian-Simpson El Campeon Farms $2,416.66 4
4th Lexicon Trevor Coyle Beverly Hills Equestrian Partners $2,416.66 4
4th Edesas Divine Eddy Sepul Edesa Horse Promotion Inc. $2,416.66 4
10th Litente Ronnie Freeman Marlborough Corp $1,000 5
11th Prinzess 315 Cathleen Calvert Cathleen Calvert $1,000 7
12th Grand Soso 2 Laura Linback Woodrun $200 8

12th Chanel Gerardo Tazzer Gerardo Tazzer $200 8

12th Lou Lou Guillermo Obligado Charlotte L Mashburn $200 8

12th Conduct Beth Underhill Beth Underhill Stables $200 8

12th Apprapos Marley Goodman Marley Goodman $200 8


$75,000 Bayer/USET Grand Prix of Indio
Sunday, February 9

$50,000 Rio Vista Grand Prix
Sunday, February 23

$50,000 King Shavings Grand Prix, Presented by Adequan
Sunday, March 2

Kids Day, Presented by Fox Kids Club and KDFX
Sunday, February 9

Seniors Day, Sponsored by LaQuinta Rotary Presented by KESQ TV3
Sunday, March 2

Fiesta Day
Sunday, March 9

Circuit Awards
Prior to 1:00 Grand Prix



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