Category Archives: Desert Circuit

Wathelet Dominates the Desert

When Belgium's Gregory Wathelet decided to spend the winter season in California instead of Spain, he no doubt did the cost analysis calculations. How much he'd have to spend to...

Wathelet vs Swail: The Heat Is On

Boston Red Sox vs New York Yankees. Real Madrid vs Barcelona. Joe Frazier vs Muhammad Ali. Sports rivalries have long exhilarated fans. The thrill of watching two greats battle for...

Swail Has Speed in Spades

“I’m lucky enough at the minute; I have a string of small, fast horses," said world no. 5 Conor Swail on Friday. “They’re so much fun. They run along very...

An Ikonic Beginning

For Conor Swail, the current world no. 5, winning a class is something that happens on a regular basis. Yet, each class (and horse) is unique, and such things stand...

Slow and Swail Wins the Race

The stage was set for a blazing jump off. Five horse and rider combinations qualified for course designer Colm Quinn’s short track in the $145,100 Whittier Trust Grand Prix at...

Wathelet Is California Dreamin’

Most people come to California for the temperate weather, tropical palm trees and tranquil beaches. Belgium’s Gregory Wathelet simply wanted a change of scenery. “It was just to try something...

Bec Alter Ego Is the Modern Jumper/Pet

“She's the best mare I've ever ridden.” So said trainer Sean Leckie (USA) of his winning mount in the $10,000 Platinum Performance Welcome Speed 1.35m at Desert International Horse Park...

How/What to Watch: Desert Circuit II

Let's do this. International competition kicks off this week at Desert International Horse Park with Week II's CSI3* competition of the 2023 Desert Circuit. Featuring world No. 5 Conor Swail...

Teens Dominate the Desert

"I honestly can't even explain the feeling. It is incredible!" That was 18-year-old Skylar Wireman after winning the first Grand Prix of her pro career, the first week of her...

Wireman Is a Pro, Officially

Skylar Wireman launched her professional career at Desert International Horse Park on Wednesday from precisely where her junior career ended—on top. The 18-year-old California native was named the Junior Equestrian...

How/What to Watch: Desert Circuit I

New year, new season! The 2023 Desert Circuit kicks off this week at Desert International Horse Park in Thermal, CA. Featuring nine weeks of hunter/jumper sport and streaming all day,...

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