Diving into the 2021 Desert Circuit

Photo © Sara Shier Photography

Thermal, California. – The 2021 Desert Circuit at the Desert International Horse Park kicked off with some new faces, storied winners, and great new added shows, classes and…shrubbery!

Social media was abuzz with excitement, as exhibitors didn’t waste time documenting life on the west coast’s largest winter show circuit. Read on for scenes from the Desert Circuit’s opening days, through Instagram’s lens:

Mavis Spencer won the $5,000 SmartPak Welcome Speed to kick off the 2021 Desert Circuit:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Fresh face to the West Coast, Rob Jacobs was spotted with Brookway hunters in the professional divisions: 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Balmoral Farm, Inc. was off to early blues in the Conformation Hunters. Balmoral assistant Holly Higgins took top honors—just ahead of her boss, Carleton Brooks.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Langer Shows co-produced last week’s Desert Circuit Preview with Desert International Horse Park. Read all about it here.

Zoom is a necessity for everyone these days: Avery and Hope Glynn made time for studying and marketing in between rounds.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Long days in the desert are getting a little more bearable. New espresso machines graced the revamped VIP area that now overlooks both the Grand Prix Ring and Hunter 1.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Spencer also topped the $25,000 FarmVet Grand Prix with Belladonna 42. Spencer only recently returned to the saddle following an injury to her leg last year, and Bellandonna is an exciting new partner for her. Kyle King finished just behind her with an exciting mount of his own, Etalon.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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What’s to eat?

Need some mealtime inspiration? We’ve got a local’s guide below:

Not just for Taco Tuesday: Adobe Grill at La Quinta Resort is open for to-go orders.

Take your horse show preparedness to the next level: Trader Joe’s in La Quinta has many prepared meals to hang out at home with. Make sure you have enough time, as there is a wait time to get into the store – it is very socially distanced and monitored.

When you just can’t wait: For those coming back to California, there is an In and Out Burger in La Quinta with an extended drive-thru to accommodate pandemic traffic.

When you need options: Ralph’s offers delivery and in-store pick-up.