In the beginning…

Fifty-eight pairs contested Saturday’s $250,000 STX Vans Grand Prix at Desert International Horse Park in CA.

Nine found a clear path around the Manuel Esparza (MEX)-designed track to advance for the shortened course. But only one combination would post a double clear under the 40 second mark: Brazil’s Cassio Rivetti and Genesis stopped the clock in 39.707 seconds for a decisive victory.

“When I walked the course, it was really technical,” noted Rivetti. “I think it was a Grand Prix that was good for California because it put us on the same level as the rest of America and Europe.”

Owned by Neil Jones Equestrian, Genesis is a nine-year old KWPN gelding that was previously campaigned by Carly Anthony (USA).

“I started riding him at the beginning of this year in Florida. He’s a super horse, he has so much talent,” shared Rivetti. “He’s improving so much, the last shows have been so consistent. I’m really happy with him.”

And thus their winning ride was brought into creation:

Canadian Olympian Tiffany Foster and Brighton took second with a time of 41.118 seconds, while 1990 world champion Eric Navet (FRA) finished third with Cadillac Jack in 46.893 seconds.