Mandy Porter took home a check for $350,000 by dominating the jump-off round with 6 qualifiers beating Tamie Phillips of Canada and Cian O’Connor of Ireland. Mexican Daniel Pedraza in 23th. (Photo © ESI Photography)
The first compromise of three in which is divides the HITS Series with $1 Million each, had American rider Mandy Porter as the big winner at the Coachella Desert Circuit, taking home a juicy check of $350,000 with 12-year-old gelding Milano (Orlando x Pomme Royal).
Undoubtedly the best result in the career of Mandy Porter, who has made a career in the West Coast of the United States and with 50 years old accumulated only 6 FEI victories, all by Table D in regards to the distribution of World Ranking points, plus a few victories in national events, but no doubt today in Thermal, California, will be a day to remembered by Mandy and her team winning one of the three most important awards that are distributed on American soil.
The fight focused on the top three, all completing with double clear rounds, but unbeatable time of 41.60 seconds by Porter, taking the victory against Canadian Tamie Phillips who finished in 41.95 seconds with 11-year-old stallion Cristar (Christ x Quinar), while third place was taken by Irish Olympic medalist Cian O’Connor in 43.98 seconds with 11-year-old Good Luck (Canturo x Furioso II).
By the Latinos the best located was the Mexican Daniel Pedraza occupying the 23th position, when totalizing 6 faults in 84.56 seconds with 12-year-old mare Arc de Triomphe (For Pleasure x Wellington) and his fellowmen Jacobo Saaib completed the regular round in 10 fouls with Ducato (Carolus II x Poor boy) to be located at 36th.