Canadian John Pearce wins $25,0000 Twisted Tree Farm Grand Prix

By Hipico Santa Fe


Canadian John Pearce and his amazing horse, Chianto, stood victorious at the $25,000 Twisted Tree Farm Grand Prix this afternoon, on the grass Grand Prix field at the Santa Fe Summer Series. Hundreds of VIP guests enjoyed a champagne brunch while watching the best of showjumping excitement. Beside Mr. Pearce were Janet and Larry Hischer of Twisted Tree Farm and HIPICO leadership Brian and Phyllis Gonzales with Guy and Sharon McElvain and their daughter, Grand Prix equestrian, Chenoa McElvain.

It was a grand affair as 39 riders took to the course to compete for the win before a crowd of thousands.  Course designer, Eric Hasbrouck, said before the race, “It’s so exciting to be on this grass and have so many riders take the field. My goal is to have a nice jump-off and build on yesterday’s fun.”

Courtney Frederick of Colorado took second, riding her mount, Soulshine. Third place rider, Matt Cyphert, was impressed. “We are thrilled to be in Santa Fe and about the future of this new event.  The jump-off was exhilarating, and John Pearce is as good as it gets!  It was a pleasure to watch him ride his go-to horse, Chianto.  We all tried to beat him – but we just couldn’t do it this time!” Christian Heineking took fourth and Madison Breen, whose trainer is Janet Hischer of Twisted Tree Farm, took fifth.

Sporting his newly won orange HIPICO hat and autographing posters, John exclaimed, “I’ve never done this before! It’s been a long time since I have been to a horse show with such a wonderful ambiance. It’s about family, horses, and fun. HIPICO has planted a good seed.”

On her third visit to HIPICO, Santa Fe City Councilor, Signe Lindell stood for a photo moment with the winners.  “It is wonderful to see how these grounds have been transformed.  I see this as being a major, national signature event for the City of Santa Fe and we are absolutely proud to participate.”

This amazing horse show, The Santa Fe Summer Series, features 600 world-class equine athletes during a three-week event, is free to the public, Wednesday through Sunday August 5th – August 9th.  Signature Special Classes and Grand Prix jumping events begin each Saturday at 2:00pm and Sunday at 1:00pm.  In addition to exciting horse sport, the Blue Corn Brewery Beer Garden is open with no admission charge, Fridays through Sundays.  There is so much to see at this exciting horse show.  Come one, come all to this spectacular equestrian event!

Twisted Tree Farm is a complete horse training stable and sale business. Established in 1984, Twisted Tree is dedicated to showing champion hunters, jumpers, and hunt seat equitation at all levels throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. The Twisted Tree Farm equestrian school offers upscale horse boarding and training, riding lessons from beginner to advanced, summer and holiday camps, quality sport horses for sale, internship program and much more. Twisted Tree’s team is enthusiastic horse people who are dedicated to training top quality horses as well as competitive and pleasure riders.

$25,000 Santa Fe Equestrian Fiesta Grand Prix sponsored by Twisted Tree Farm

HIPICO Grand Prix Ring

Maximum jump height: 1.45 meters

Prize    Horse     Owner     Rider     Trainer

1, CHIANTO, Forest View Farm, John Pearce, John Pearce

2, SOULSHINE, Equestrian Investments, L.L.C, Courtney Frederick, Courtney Frederick

3, LOCHINVAR, Matt Cyphert, Matt Cyphert, Matt Cyphert

4, AJE CLUNY, Aje Equitation, Christian Heineking, Christian Heineking

5, LAMBERT LOUIS, Madison Breen, Madison Breen, Janet Hischer

The Santa Fe Summer Series takes place at HIPICO Santa Fe, a 137-acre, full service equestrian facility, providing the very best in competition for the hunter/jumper community. A world-class equestrian venue in the beautiful Land of Enchantment, HIPICO Santa Fe is conveniently located in historic Santa Fe. For more information about the facility or the horse shows, please visit us at: