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Subtitle

Chianto

  • Born: April 27, 1996  
  • Gender: Gelding    
  • Colour: Grey     
  • Height: 16.2hh    
  • Breed: Danish Warmblood 
  • Pedigree
    Our History with Chianto

    If you believe in fate, just consider this: April 2003 - My Dad and I are supposed to be going to a Bruce Springsteen concert in Ottawa, but instead we find ourselves in Culpepper, VA trying out Chianto - whose barn name at the time was Springsteen!

    It was apparent from the start that Chianto was a talented jumper. With an abundance of scope, he was light across the ground and quick through the air. Definitely more of a "blood" horse, he required an accurate and sensitive ride but there was just something about him that I loved... so we bought him that April as a 7 year old from Ole Strigel (DK-USA Sporthorse).

    I spent 2003 getting to know Chianto and develop a partnership with him - even so, that year we experienced success in the competition ring from the 1.10m Junior/Amateur division at Spruce Meadows through to the 1.30m Junior/Amateur division at Tournament of Champions (Palgrave, Ont).

    In 2004, I competed in the 1.30m and 1.40m divisions. As this was an Olympic year, Ian Millar was attending Valkenswaard as the last outdoor European competition prior to the Games. He secured invitations for the Special Invitaional division for three students (Lauren Hunkin, Karen Sparks and myself). During those three weeks of competition, Chianto and I found ourselves in the victory parade a total of 6 times in 8 classes (1.35m). However, three times we heard the Canadian National Anthem in honour of our victory!!

     

    Aside from Valkenswaard, another major highlight from that season would have to include being named the Overall Next Generation Champion at the Tournament of Champions (Palgrave, Ont). Again in three competitions, we placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd to take the victory!

    The years 2005 and 2006, saw Chianto and I entering into the Open Division and competing in our first Grand Prix's together. We were even featured in one of the episodes during the inaugral season of "Along for the Ride"... We had many placings, but seemed to make a habit of placing either 3rd or 6th in the majority of our classes.

    Jonathon Millar, son of the famous Ian Millar, competed with Chianto throughout 2007 as I had to rehabilitate from an injury sustained in preparation for the Pan-American Games Trials. Jonathon had numerous placings in various competitions throughout the year. Highlights were a 3rd place in the Blainville World Cup Qualifier and winning the $25,000 Speed Derby at the Tournament of Champions.

    For 2008, Chianto was placed with Canadian rider John Pearce. This new pairing had numerous successes during the HITS Thermal circuit. With the sale of John's top mount at the time, Archie Bunker, the decision was made to leave Chianto in John's care to be his #1 Grand Prix mount. 

    That first year in the Grand Prix's saw John and Chianto just verging on greatness... all lot of four fault performances let us know good things were to come... Consistancy has always been one of Chianto's strengths and soon those clear rounds started showing themselves! Highlights from the season were three consecutive $25,000 Grand Prix victories at Estes Park, Colorado along with numerous 2nd place finish throughout California.

     Colorado

    With an extremely strong 2009 season, the winning ways of this duo carried through to the 2010 show season. We couldn't be happier about the partnership that has developped between John Pearce and Chianto!! 

    Results: 2009

    HORSE SHOW 2009RESULT
    Desert Circuit I - January 20-25, 2009
    415 - $25,000 Grand Prix - 36 entries2
    Desert Circuit III - February 3-8, 2009
    420 - $50,000 Purina Mills Grand Prix CSI-W - 29 entries12
    Desert Circuit IV - February 17-22, 2009
    258 - $500 Level 7 Jumper - 1.40m - 23 entries8
    415 - $25,000 Grand Prix - 27 entries2
    420 - $50,000 Grand Prix CSI-W - 21 entries11
    Desert Circuit V - February 24-March 1, 2009
    415 - $25,000 Grand Prix - 49 entries5
    420 - $75,000 Grand Prix - 27 entries5
    Desert Circuit VI - March 3-8, 2009
    415 - $25,000 Grand Prix - 31 entries6
    Desert Circuit VIII - March 17-22, 2009
    415 - $25,000 Grand Prix - 49 entries12
    Blenheim Spring Tournament - March 25-29, 2009
    309 - 1.45M Jumpers - 7 entries3
    352 - $25,000 EquiFit Jumper Classic - 16 entries7
    351 - $50,000 Orange County Register CSI-W Grand Prix - 15 entries2
    Del Mar National Horse Show - April 28-May 3, 2009
    224 - $25,000 Surfside Grand Prix - 60 entries7
    225 - $100,000 Grand Prix of Del Mar - 31 entries8
    Showpark Ranch & Coast - May 5-10, 2009
     351 - $50,000 Grand Prix of California - 45 entries12
    Blenheim June Classic I - June 3-7, 2009
    305 - 1.40M Jumpers - 7 entries1
    351 - $30,000 Oaks Classic Grand Prix - 23 entries10
    Colorado Circuit Opener - July 1-5, 2009
    243 - Open Jumpers (Sec. 2) - 1.50M - 27 entries1
    Rocky Mountain Classic - July 8-12, 2009
     425 - $40,000 Rocky Mountain GrandPrix - 36 entries3
    Estes Park H/J Festival I 5258 - July 22-26, 2009
     406 - $25,000 Grand Prix - 17 entries1
    Estes Park H/J Festival II 561 - July 29-August 2, 2009
    201 - $5000 Welcome Stake 1.45m 2b - 19 entries1
    406 - $25,000 Grand Prix -National Std - 17 entries1
    Estes Park H/J Festival III 311869 - August 4-8, 2009
    201 - $5000 Welcome Stake 1.45m -2b - 19 entries1
    406 - $25,000 Grand Prix -National Std - 18 entries1
    Blenheim Fall Tournament - September 9-13, 2009
    352 - $25,000 Blenheim Jumper Classic - 36 entries1
    L.A. International Jumping Festival - September 16-20, 2009
    275 - $25,000 L.A. International Open Stake - 1.50M - 28 entries2
    276 - $50,000 L.A. International Grandprix - 24 entries12
    Del Mar International I - October 14-18, 2009
     211 - FEI $25,000 Welcome Stake - 44 entries12
     212 - FEI $50,000 Grand Prix World Cup - 32 entries2
    Sacramento International Horse Show - November 3-8, 2009
    35 - $25,000 Welcome Grand Prix 1.45m - 49 entries
    39 - $75,000 Grand Prix of Sacramento 1.6m - 33 entries2

    2010
    July 14, 2010 — Jump Canada has announced the Long List of candidates in consideration for the Canadian Show Jumping Team at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games taking place September 25 to October 10 in Lexington, KY. Among those riders is John Pearce and Chianto!!!
     
    September 12, 2010: Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix John and Chianto had just one time fault in the class (106.507 in a time allowed of 106) to place THIRD and receive $120,000US in Prize Money!! WOO HOO!!!
     
      
     
     
    September 15, 2010: John Pearce and Chianto have been named to the Canadian WEG Team!! 
     
     

    October 10, 2010: With the World Equestrian Games now over and dreams for the London Olympics just beginning, Chianto is going to be able to enjoy some down time from competition. Look for him back in the ring during HITS Thermal 2011.

    November 10, 2010: Thanks to the wonderful partnership of John Pearce and Chianto I was blessed with being named the Jump Canada Owner of the Year!!

    Results: 2010

     HITS Thernal 2010

    HORSE SHOW 2010RESULT
    Desert Circuit II - February 2-7, 2010
    415 - $30,000 HITS Grand Prix - 42 entries2
    420 - $50,000 Strongid C 2X Grand Prix CSI-W - 29 entries10
    Desert Circuit III - February 9-14, 2010
    415 - $30,000 HITS Grand Prix - 31 entries2
    420 - $50,000 Grand Prix CSI-W - 24 entries11
    Desert Circuit IV - February 23-28, 2010
    420 - $50,000 Purina Mills Grand Prix CSI-W - 22 entries1
    Desert Circuit V - March 2-7, 2010
    420 - $50,000 Grand Prix CSI-W - 22 entries6
    Desert Circuit VI - March 9-14, 2010
    415 - $25,000 HITS Grand Prix - 50 entries6
    420 - $300,000 Grand Prix of the Desert - 41 entries12
    Blenheim Spring Tournament - March 30-April 3, 2010
     351 - $50,000 Orange County Register CSI-W Grand Prix - 18 entries1
     363 - $30,000 Royal Champion Jumper Classic - 23 entries2
    Del Mar National Horse Show - May 4-9, 2010
    224 - $25,000 Surfside Grand Prix - 65 entries12
    225 - $100,000 Grand Prix of Del Mar - 30 entries10
    Showpark Ranch & Coast - May 11-16, 2010
    351 - $50,000 Grand Prix of California - 51 entries1
    Spruce Meadows National - June 09-13, 2010
    447 - $200,000 CN Reliability Grand Prix - 1.60m - 37 3
    445 - $25,000 ATB FINANCIAL Cup - 1.60m - 17 entries1
    Colorado Circuit Opener - July 7-11, 2010
     424 - $25,000 High Prairie Grand Prix - 23 entries1
    Rocky Mountain Classic - July 14-18, 2010
    243 - $7,500 Open Jumper Classic - 31 entries6
    425 - $40,000 Rocky Mountain Grand Prix - 27 entries2
    Estes Park H/J Festival I 5258 - July 28-August 1, 2010
    201 - $5000 Welcome Stake 1.45m 2b - 17 entries2
    406 - $25,000 Grand Prix - 17 entries1
    Estes Park H/J Festival II 561 - August 4-8, 2010
     406 - $25,000 Grand Prix - 23 entries3
    Estes Park H/J Festival III 311869 - August 10-14, 2010
    201 - $5000 Welcome Stake 1.45m 2b - 24 entries2
    406 - $25,000 Grand Prix - 16 entries1
    HITS-on-the-Hudson VII - September 1-5, 2010
    420 - $50,000 Grand Prix - 23 entries1
    HITS-on-the-Hudson VIII - September 8-11, 2010
    620 - Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix - 43 enteries3
    World Equestrian Games - October 4-9, 2010
    WEG Day 110
    WEG Day 28
    WEG Day 313
    (Team 5th and overall 8th individual)

    Chianto: Successful at World Equestrian Games!!

    Team 5th and Individual 8th place at the 2010 World Equestian Games, Kentucky!

     Photo Taken by Cpt. Abelardo Banini

    Results: 2011

    HORSE SHOW 2011RESULT
    Desert Circuit I - January 25-30, 2011
    415 - $25,000 HITS Grand Prix - 35 entries1
    Desert Circuit II - February 1-6, 2011
    420 - $50,000 Strongid C 2X Grand Prix CSI-W - 27 entries12
    Desert Circuit III - February 8-13, 2011
    415 - $31,000 HITS Grand Prix - 38 entries8
    420 - $50,000 Strongid C 2X Grand Prix CSI-W - 30 entries13
    Desert Circuit IV - February 22-27, 2011
    415 - $31,000 HITS Welcome Classic - 38 entries7

    **February 27, 2011: While competing on his horse Lionel, John fell off and broke his collarbone. He will be taking the next few weeks to recover, so it is doubtful that Chianto will show again at Thermal this season. We wish John a speedy recovery and look forward to the rest of the show season.

    Del Mar National Horse Show - May 3-8, 2010

    224 - $25,000 Surfside Grand Prix - 52 entries

    11

    225 - $100,000 Grand Prix of Del Mar - 32 entries

    6

    Showpark Ranch & Coast - May 10-15, 2011

    310 - 1.45m Jumpers Open Sec. 1 - 25 entries

    8

    Colorado Summer Horse Show - July 5-10, 2011

    589. $10,000 Open Welcome Stake

    1

    558. $30,000 Colorado Circuit Opener Grand Prix

    2

    Rocky Mountain Classic - July 13-17, 2011

    589. $10,000 Open Welcome Stake

    7

    558. $40,000 Griffis Apartment Funds Grand Prix

    1

    Colorado Summer Classic - July 20-24, 2011

    589. $10,000 Open Welcome Stake - 29 entries

    3

    558. $50,000 Parker Adventist Grand Prix - 22 entries

    6

    Del Mar National - September 28-October 2, 2011

    416 - $31,000 ShowBiz Magazine Welcome Stake - 35 entries

    4

    417 - $50,000 Grand Prix of Del Mar - 30 entries

    2

    Las Vegas National - November 2-6, 2011

    351 - $50,000 Las Vegas CSI-W Grand Prix - 24 entries

    7

     

     

    Results: 2012

    March 11, 2012: Posted a double clear in the $200,000 Grand Prix to place second and finish off the HITS Thermal winter circuit.

     

    Desert Circuit I - January 24-29, 2012

    415 - $25,000 Smartpak Grand Prix - 24 entries

    6

    420 - $50,000 EMO Grand Prix - 24 entries

    3

    Desert Circuit VI - March 6-11, 2012

    420 - $200,000 Lamborghini Grand Prix - 43 entries

    2

    Blenheim Spring Classic II - April 3-7, 2012

    351 - $40,000 Blenheim Spring Classic II Grand Prix - 31 entries

    2

    Blenheim Spring Classic III - April 11-15, 2012

    351 - $50,000 Orange County Register Grand Prix - 24 entries

    6

    Showpark Ranch & Coast - May 8-13, 2012

    351 - $60,000 Grand Prix of California - 29 entries

    7

    Summer in the Rockies I - June 06-10, 2012

    589 - $10,000 Open Welcome Stake - 21 entries

    6

    558 - $25,000 Summer In The Rockies Grand Prix - 18 enties

    6

    Summer in the Rockies II - June 13-17, 2012

    589 - $10,000 Open Welcome Stake - 26 entries

    1

    558 - $25,000 Littleton Equine Medical Center Grand Prix - 22 entries

    2

    Summer in the Rockies III - June 20-24, 2012

    558 - $25,000 Littleton Equine Medical Center Grand Prix - 18 entries

    1

    Summer in the Rockies IV - July 03-08, 2012

    589 - $15,000 Open Welcome Stake - 25 entries

    1

    558 - $30,000 Griffis Apt Funds& Brownstein Hyatt Farber - 23 entries

    8

    Summer in the Rockies V - July 11-15, 2012

    589. $15,000 Open Welcome Stake - 30 entries

    3

    558. $40,000 Weathertech.com Grand Prix - 30 entries

    1

    Summer in the Rockies VI - July 17-22, 2012

    558. $50,000 Parker Adventist Grand Prix - 24 entries

    4

    Estes Park H/J Festival I - 5258 - July 25-29, 2012

    201 - $5000 Estes Park Welcome Stake 1.45m 2b - 17 entries

    1

    406 - $25,000 Grand Prix - 16 entries

    4

    Estes Park H/J Festival II - 561 - August 1-5, 2012

    406 - $25,000 Grand Prix - 18 entries

    1

    Estes Park H/J Festival III - 311869 - August 7-11, 2012

    201 - $5000 Estes Park Welcome Stake 1.45m 2b - 16 entries

    1

    406 - $25,000 Grand Prix - 14 entries

    2

    National Preview Horse Show - October 31-November 4, 2012

    368 - $30,000 Preview Grand Prix - 29 entries

    5

    369 - $50,000 Anniversary Grand Prix  - 30 entries

    3

    Los Angeles National Horse Show - November 7-11, 2012

    $32,000 Los Angeles National Welcome Stake Grand Prix 1.50M - 36

    1

    Leading Canadian-Owned Horses of 2012 by Money Won
    as of December 12, 2012
    1.George (1)$280,184
    2.Star Power (2)$174,580
    3.Chianto (3)$131,968
    4.Game Ready (4)$110,040
    5.Carlotta Singular La Magnifica (5)$78,955
    6.Unanimous (6)$66,775
    7.Shea (7)$53,635
    8.Lansdowne (8)$53,282
    9.Underground de Haut Droits (9)$52,900
    10.Amor vd Rostal (10)$50,965
     

    Results: 2013

    JP and Chianto place second in the inaugural AIG HITS Thermal $1 Million Grand Prix!!

     

    Desert Circuit I - January 23-27, 2013
    415 - $25,000 Smartpak Grand Prix - 38 entries8
    420 - $50,000 EMO Grand Prix - 32 entries9
    Desert Circuit III - February 5-10, 2013
    425 - $30,000 SmartPak Grand Prix - 52 entries5
    Desert Circuit IV - February 20-24, 2013
    425 - $30,000 SmartPak Grand Prix - 62 entries1
    Desert Circuit VI - March 05-10, 2013
    415 - $25,000 Smartpak Grand Prix - 49 entries1
    Desert Circuit VII - March 13-17, 2013
    420 - AIG Thermal $1 Million Grand Prix - 40 entries2
    Blenheim Spring Classic III - April 10-14, 2013
    351 - $50,000 Orange County Register Grand Prix - 39 entries1
    Del Mar National Horse Show - April 30-May 5, 2013
    224 - $25,000 Surfside Grand Prix - 42 entries1
    225 - $100,000 Grand Prix of Del Mar - 31 entries6
    Summer in the Rockies Week I - June 05-09, 2013
    589 - $15,000 Open Welcome Stake - 16 entries2
    558 - $30,000 Kathy and Brad Coors Family Grand Prix - 15 entries1
    Summer in the Rockies Week II - June 12-16, 2013
    589 - $15,000 Open Welcome Stake - 22 entries4
    558 - $30,000 Summer in the Rockies Grand Prix - 20 entries5
    Summer in the Rockies Week III - June 19-23, 2013
    558 - $30,000 Summer in the Rockies Grand Prix - 19 entries1
    Summer in the Rockies Week IV - July 03-07, 2013
    558 - $30,000 Griffis Residential Grand Prix - 34 entries9
    Summer in the Rockies Week V - July , 2013
    558. $40,000 HOLIDAY INN of Parker Grand Prix - 33 entries11
    Summer in the Rockies Week VI - July , 2013
    589. $15,000 McElvain Energy Welcome Stake - 29 entries2
    558. $50,000 Parker Adventist Grand Prix - 28 entries6
    Estes Park H/J Festival I - July 24-28, 2013
    201 - $5000 Estes Park Welcome Stake 1.45m 2b - 10 entries3
    406 - $25,000 Prix of Estes Park - 12 entires2
    Estes Park H/J Festival II - July 31-August 4, 2013
    201 - $5000 Estes Park Welcome Stake 1.45m 2b - 6 entries3
    406 - $25,000 Prix of Estes Park - 14 entires6

     

     



    Leading Canadian-Owned Horses of 2013 by Money Won

    as of September 15, 2013
    1.Chianto (1)$282,630
    2.Lansdowne (2)$268,587
    3.Distant Star 3E (*)$118,250
    4.Dixson (3)$90,263
    5.George (*)$76,500
    6.Game Ready (4)$73,382
    7.Makavoy (*)$71,670
    8.Martha Louise (8)$70,170
    9.Shea (*)$62,214
    10.Showgirl (*)$62,142
    Leading Canadian-Owned Horses of 2013 by Money Won
    as of October 22, 2013
    1.Lansdowne (2)$286,087
    2.Chianto (1)$282,630
    3.Game Ready (6)$119,720
    4.Distant Star 3E (3)$118,250
    5.Dixson (4)$90,263
    6.George (5)$76,500
    7.Star Power (*)$74,412
    8.Makavoy (7)$71,670
    9.Martha Louise (8)$70,170
    10.Shea (9)$62,214
     

    UPDATE: Chianto is getting a well earned rest a little earlier this season than originally planned... I am pleased to announce that John and his wife Gretchen were gifted with a beautiful baby boy on November 5th! Congratulations to the very proud parents!!

     

    Leading Canadian-Owned Horses of 2013 by Money Won
    as of December 10, 2013
    1.Lansdowne (1)$286,087
    2.Chianto (2)$282,630
    3.Game Ready (3)$140,610
    4.Distant Star 3E (4)$118,250
    5.Showgirl (*)$95,392
    6.Dixson (5)$90,263
    7.Star Power (7)$85,412
    8.George (6)$76,500
    9.Utan (*)$75,000
    10.Makavoy (*)$71,670 
    Leading Canadian Owners of 2013 by Money Won as of
    as of December 10, 2013
    1.Ariel & Susan Grange (1)$446,520
    2.Alison Moore (2)$282,630
    3.Attache Stables (4)$170,378
    4.Susan Grange (5)$169,023
    5.Brian Gingras (3)$144,512
    6.KingRidge Stable (6)$119,750
    7.Blair Cudmore (7)$119,071
    8.Team Works (8)$85,412
    9.Eastwood Group (9)$75,000
    10.Morningside Stud/Torrey Pines (10)$59,684
    2014

    It's hard to believe that Chianto is turning 18 years old this year and is still going strong and loving his job!! He is truly amazing.


    Leading Canadian-Owned Horses of 2014 by Money Won
    as of March 19, 2014
    1.Victor (1)$91,790
    2.Quiz (3)$36,641
    3.Floreen SFN (*)$26,991
    4.Son of a Gun (2)$20,075
    5.Showgirl (4)$18,745
    6.Piccobello du Val de Geer (6)$18,435
    7.Airborne (7)$13,875
    8.Dixson (5)$13,209
    9.Santa Catarina La Silla (*)$11,100
    10.Chianto (*)$10,510
     
    Leading Canadian-Owned Horses of 2014 by Money Won
    as of May 15, 2014
    1.Victor (1)$91,790
    2.Makavoy (2)$63,532
    3.Chianto (*)$52,530
    4.Quiz (3)$37,582
    5.Star Power (6)$30,412
    6.Floreen SFN (4)$26,991
    7.Piccobello du Val de Geer (5)$21,795
    8.Son of a Gun (7)$20,075
    9.Showgirl (8)$19,865
    10.KVF Tacorde (*)$19,399

     

    HORSE SHOW 2014 RESULT
       
    Desert Circuit III - February 05-09, 2014
    415. $25,000 Smartpak Grand Prix 7th
    420. $50,000 Go Rentals Grand Prix 6th
    Desert Circuit V * Feb 25 - Mar 2, 2014
    420. $50,000 Horze Equestrian Grand Prix 6th
    Desert Circuit VII * March 11-16, 2014
    420. AIG $1 Million Grand Prix 16th
    Blenheim Spring Classic III - April 9-13, 2014
    351. $50,000 Blenheim Spring Classic III Grand Prix (36 entries) 2nd
    Flintridge Spring Classic - April 15-19, 2014
    419. $25,000 S & S Bank Card Systems Flintridge Grand Prix (22 entries) 6th
    The 93rd Annual Flintridge Horse Show - April 23-27, 2014
    419. $25,000 Land Rover Pasadena Grand Prix of Flintridge (30 entries) 3rd
    Del Mar National Horse Show - April 29-May 4, 2014
    224. $25,000 Surfside Grand Prix (54 entries) 2nd
    225. $100,000 Grand Prix of Del Mar (30 entries) 7th
    Showpark Ranch & Coast - May 6-11, 2014
    351. $60,000 Grand Prix of California (45 entries) 2nd
    Summer in the Rockies Week I - June 04-08, 2014
    558. $25,000 Holiday Inn of Parker Grand Prix (17 entries) 2nd
    Summer in the Rockies Week II - June11-15, 2014
    558. $25,000 Littleton Equine/Platinum Performance GP (21 entries) 1st
    Summer in the Rockies Week III - June18-22, 2014
    558. $30,000 McElvain Energy Grand Prix (20 entries) 1st
    Summer in the Rockies Week IV - July 02-06, 2014
    $30,000 Front Range Kubota Grand Prix (28 entries) 7th
    Summer in the Rockies Week IV - July 09-13, 2014
    $50,000 Kathy & Brad Coors Family Grand Prix (30 entries) 13th
    Summer in the Rockies Week VI - July 16-20, 2014
    $50,000 Griffis Residential Grand Prix (28 entries) 3rd
    Estes Park Festival I - July 23 - 27, 2014
    501. $5000 Open Welcome (11 entries) 4th
    521. $10,000 Gateway to the Rockies Grand Prix (9 entries) 3rd
    Estes Park Festival II - July 30 - August 03, 2014
    522. $10,000 Grand Prix of Estes Park (14 entries) 2nd
    HITS-on-the-Hudson VII - August 27-31, 2014
    420. $50,000 HITS Grand Prix 1st
    HITS-on-the-Hudson VIII * September 3-7, 2014
    620. Zoetis $1 Million Grand Prix 9th

    Leading Canadian-Owned Horses of 2014 by Money Won
    as of August 19, 2014
    1.Victor (1)$98,382
    2.Showgirl (4)$89,510
    3.Martha Louise (2)$86,925
    4.Chianto (3)$83,245
    5.Dixson (6)$79,864
    6.Makavoy (5)$71,052
    7.Tripple X III (7)$58,100
    8.Star Power (8)$56,812
    9.Terrific (*)$56,215
    10.Airborne (*)$49,400
     
     
     
     
     

    2015

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    2 August 2015
    Santa Fe, New Mexico

    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

    http://www.hipicosantafe.com/media/canadian-john-pearce-wins-250000-twisted-tree-farm-grand-prix/

    Horse Show Results 2015
     Placing
    Desert Circuit I - January 13-18
     
     $50,000 Tuff Rider/Equine Couture Grand Prix 
     18th
     Desert Circuit III - January 27 - February 01
     
     $50,000 Go Rentals Grand Prix
     9th
     Desert Circuit VI - February 24 - March 01
     
     $25,000 Smartpak Grand Prix
     2nd
     $50,000 Horseware Ireland Grand Prix
     9th
     Summer in the Rockies Week II - June 10-14
     
     $40,000 Kingsland Equestrian Grand Prix
     6th
     Colorado Mid-Summer - June 24-28
     
     $20,000 Open Welcome Stake
     11th
     $75,000 Holiday Inn of Parker Grand Prix
     14th
     Summer in the Rockies Week IV - July 01-05
     
     $75,000 Adequan Grand Prix
     9th
     Summer in the Rockies Week V - July 08-12
     
     $100,000 Summer in the Rockies Grand Prix
     3rd
     Summer in the Rockies Week VI - July 15-19
     
     $60,000 Official Lodging & Restaurant Partners Grand Prix
     6th
    Santa Fe Equestrian Fiesta - July 29 - August 02 
     
     $25,000 Twisted Tree Farm, Inc. Grand Prix
     1st
     Grand Prix de Santa Fe - August 05-09
     
     $40,000 Charity Grand Prix de Santa Fe
     1st

    2016

    It has been a long hard decision to make ... but we all feel that the time is right to retire Chianto from the competitive show ring. 


    He is sound and happy getting his turnout and running the barn like the king that he believes he is (although we all know that it is the truth!)! We felt that Chianto deserved to retire while still at the top of his game ... I know that he will enjoy having his turnout and hacking sessions around the farm ... with the mints and carrots to keep him happy too!!


    Cheers Chianto! It has been a most wonderful ride that you have taken us on!! 

    Last Update: January 06 2016