Confirmed Horse & Rider List for AIG $1 Million Grand Prix at HITS Coachella

McLain Ward & Rothchild won the 2016 AIG $1 Million Grand Prix. Ph. ©Bret St. Clair

The annual AIG $1 Million Grand Prix at the HITS Desert Circuit in Thermal, California, USA has a new twist this year. Slated for Sunday, March 19, 2017, the formerly 1.60m grand prix will be held at the 1.50m height. Find out what exactly why the height change was made in this exclusive interview with HITS President and CEO, Tom Struzzieri.

“Entry for the 2017 AIG $1 Million Grand Prix was the most popular to date,” Struzzieri said this week. “We are at capacity for Sunday’s class and have a waiting list of riders eager to compete at the new 1.50 meter height. We quickly received entries from the 45 riders that we allow, who have been quite competitive and showing in Coachella all winter.”

Also new this year, the Top 20 Qualified Riders who enter the class may ride two horses in the AIG Million. All other riders may ride one horse in the AIG Million. This has resulted in several riders taking up the chance to enter two horses, as seen below in the riders list. 

“By virtue of making the jumps 1.50 meters, the resulting course will be extremely more technical and difficult to ride than previous HITS Million Dollar 1.60 meter classes,” commented course designer Alan Wade.

The AIG $1 Million Grand Prix will be livestreamed online. For more information go to this link.

Horse & Rider List for AIG $1 Million Grand Prix as of 3/15/2017:

Uma O’Neill
Clockwise of Greenhill Z

Laura Hite
Solos Consept

Arsia Ardalan
Chin Chin

Ashlee Bond
Chela LS

Harley Brown

Jeff Campf
Wordsworth II

Saree Gordon-Solanki

Zazou Hoffman
W Zermie 13
Samson II

Shelley Fellers

Nicolette Hirt
Anaconda D

Kristin Hardin
Firestone S

Katie Harris
Lafino 4

Nicole Haunert
NJK No Regret

Ali Ramsay
Hermelien VD Hoogoeve

Jenni McAllister
LEGIS Touch the Sun

Chenor McElvain
Wallstreet RC

Karl Cook
Caillou 24

Eric Navet

Will Simpson
The Dude
La Mirage 16

Guy Thomas
Jonkheer Z

Brenda Riddell
Dutch Amouretta

Mandy Porter
Coral Reef Follow Me II

Jamie Barge

Lindsay Archer

Tamie Phillips
Cat Balou

Shota Ogomori
SIG Silver Surfer

Peter Peschenig
Colour Your Life
Saint Quentin

Richard Spooner

Simon Nizri
E Muze Yek

Russell Morgan

Cian O’Connor
Good Luck

Lillie Keenan
Super Sox

Derek Braun

Kevin Babington

Charlie Jayne
Tou La Moon

Paul Rohrbach

Lane Clarke
Balu U

Andre Thieme

Laura Jane Tidball
Concetto Son

Kaitlin Campbell
Rocky W

McLain Ward
HH Callas

Kyle King
McLord’s Othelo

Daniel Pedraza
Arc De Triomphe

Michelle Parker

John Anderson
Granit S

Jill Prieto
Carlton Cafe

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