Christian Heineking and NKH Selena Win $36,400 Welcome Stake CSI3* at HITS Thermal

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Christian Heineking of Germany jumped to the top of the class in Thursday’s $36,400 Welcome Stake CSI3* at HITS Desert Horse Park, the first CSI3* class of a busy week in the desert.

Heineking, who has been juggling competition on dual coasts this winter with horses in Wellington, Florida at the Winter Equestrian Festival and on the West Coast at Thermal, proved that his game was sharp despite a hectic travel schedule. Heineking competed at last week’s Wellington Masters CSI3*-W and North American East Coast League World Cup Qualifier in Florida, with AJE Cluny.

Arriving on the West Coast early this week, Heineking, who rides for Germany but is based in Texas, tacked up NKH Selena for the week’s competition in Thermal.

Of 30 entries, 12 qualified for the jumpoff and from there it was a race to the finish with four double clears. Heineking’s time of 34.43 seconds was best against that of 2nd placed finisher Nayel Nasser and Lordan of Egypt, in 35.17 seconds.

Tamie Phillips and Cat Balou, and Lisa Carlsen with Parette, both of Canada, rounded out the top four. Eric Navet of France made the top five a truly international field with Catypso, and the top-placing American was Kasey Ament with Arthos R.

The Longines FEI North American League will hold its final qualifying class of the season on Saturday afternoon at Thermal. Three West Coast riders will qualify for the World Cup Final, to be held in Goteburg, Sweden March 23rd – 26th.   As of now those riders are Richard Spooner, Will Simpson and Karl Cook. See current North American League, West Coast standings at this link.

Top 12, $36,400 Welcome Stake CSI3*:

1. 537 NKH Selena Christian Heineking GER 0 72.94 sec 0 34.43 sec
bay / 11y. / M / OLDBG / Stakkato Gold / Quattro B / 103SO24 / NKH Llc 12.012,00 USD
2. 726 Lordan Nayel Nassar EGY 0 75.88 sec 0 36.17 sec
bay / 12y. / S / HANN / Lordanos / Landor / 102VE88 / Nassar, Nayel 7.280,00 USD
3. 773 Cat Balou Tamie Phillips CAN 0 77.90 sec 0 36.29 sec
chest / 11y. / M / HANN / Converter / Acord II / 103ZU90 / Tamie Phillips 5.460,00 USD
4. 452 Parette Lisa Carlsen CAN 0 76.78 sec 0 38.32 sec
bay / 10y. / M / BRAND / Passoa VDL / Barinello / 104UE87 / Lisa Carlsen 3.640,00 USD
5. 738 Catyspo Eric Navet FRA 0 76.79 sec 4 36.17 sec
9y. / G / HANN / Catoki / Calypso II / 104KJ97 / Signe Ostby 2.184,00 USD
6. 009 Arthos R Kasey Ament USA 0 76.72 sec 4 36.99 sec
bay / 11y. / S / KWPN / Nemelus R / Mermus R / 103AP23 / Montis Horse Management Llc 1.638,00 USD
7. 059 Agrostar Mandy Porter USA 0 77.11 sec 4 37.24 sec
bay / 12y. / S / OLDBG / Argentinus / Alme Star / 103FP65 / Zuchtoff Klatte & Little Valley Far 1.092,00 USD
8. 544 EH All Or None Jaclyn Duff CAN 0 76.48 sec 4 39.47 sec
bay / 10y. / G / HANN / Abke / Grannus / 104HV43 / Windermere Stables Limited 910,00 USD
9. 536 NKH Quanto Christian Heineking GER 0 74.00 sec 8 35.70 sec
bay / 10y. / G / HOLST / Quidam de Revel / Capitol I / 104BO62 / NKH Llc 728,00 USD
10. 1316 Granit S John Anderson CAN 0 78.24 sec 8 38.48 sec
Bay / 11y. / G / 104AR89 / John Anderson 728,00 USD
11. 1031 The Dude Will Simpson USA 0 77.15 sec 8 39.36 sec
10y. / G / OS / Carry Gold / Argentinus / 104JY96 / Monarch International 364,00 USD
12. 727 Acita Nayel Nassar EGY 0 76.45 sec 8 39.56 sec
bay / 9y. / M / HOLST / Acolord / Calando I / 104LO04 / Nassar, Nayel