First class of the CSI3* World Cup in HITS Thermal and win by German rider Christian Heineking with mare NKH Selena to overcome the Egyptian Nayel Nassar and Tamie Phillips of Canada. (Photo © ESI Photography)
For the second consecutive week a valid event for the World Cup was played in the United States and is now the stage the HITS Thermal in California. After performing for the first time in Florida the Wellington Masters in the south-east of the country, now west at a distance of 5 hours by plane, it held the first round of CSI3* -W with the victory of German rider Christian Heineking.
It is part again of the North American League for the World Cup, Heineking and the 11-years-old mare NKH Selena (Stakkato Gold x Quattro B) owned by NKH Llc dazzled with a quick jump-off in time of 34.43 seconds to beat advantage more than 1.50 seconds to represent Egypt Nayel Nassar and the horse Lordan (Lordanos x Landor) a 12-years-old stallion owned by the rider that followed in second place with time of 36.17 seconds.
The tiebreaker would have two more double clear in the definition, taking both the third and fourth place two representatives of Canada with Tamie Phillips in the third and 11-years-old mare Cat Balou (Converter x Acord II) close to Nassar recording 36.29 seconds, while the rider Lisa Carisen with Parette (Passoa VDL x Barinello) a 10-years-old mare finished in 38.32 seconds.
The winner Christian Heineking managed to score 50 World Ranking points in the first class had 30 enrolled, 13 classified the jump-off and 4 rounds with double clear.