Desert International Horse Park (DIHP) and West Palms Event Management (WPEM) have combined forces to create an exciting fall for jumper riders on the West Coast with over $500,000 in prize money.
Earlier today WPEM announced an innovative new jumper event, Riders Cup, to be held Nov. 18-22 at the Del Mar Horse Park in Del Mar, Calif. which includes a $100,000 Riders Cup Grand Prix.
DIHP’s existing schedule already includes a $250,000 STX Grand Prix during its National Sunshine Series Week II and a $40,000 Voltaire Grand Prix during the second week of its inaugural Desert Holiday circuit. DIHP will add additional prize money to the Grand Prix held during the second week of Desert Holiday to now create a $100,000 Voltaire Grand Prix.
On top of the $450,000 in prize money from these three Grand Prixs – DIHP’s $250,000 STX Grand Prix (Nov. 7), WPEM’s $100,000 Riders Cup Grand Prix (Nov. 22), and DIHP’s $100,000 Voltaire Grand Prix (Dec. 13) – DIHP and WPEM will award an additional $50,000 Rider Bonus to the top rider from all three events combined.
“Working with West Palms demonstrates what show managers can do when we work together to give riders something new, something big, and something they really want,” shared Steve Hankin, President and CEO of DIHP. “The three Grand Prix events are spaced out perfectly. Riders will have a month off before our Desert Circuit begins, which includes five weeks of FEI competition, culminating in an FEI 4* $250,000 Grand Prix.”
“We are looking forward to working together with Desert International Horse Park to elevate the jumper scene on the West Coast,” noted Dale Harvey, CEO of WPEM. “The event, now paired with two of DIHP’s Grand Prixs, gives jumper riders an opportunity to end the year on a high note.”
About the Desert International Horse Park
With nearly 1.3 million square feet of competition and riding space, the Desert International Horse Park is one of the largest equestrian facilities in North America. Offering 17 weeks of world-class competition from October through March, the facility is a destination location for thousands of equestrians, their horses, family and friends for several months annually.
About West Palms Event Management
West Palms Event Management hosts an exclusive equestrian show circuit that attracts top riders from throughout the United States and around the world. The circuit includes fifteen full weeks of premier hunter-jumper competition held to top USEF and FEI certifications. Their mission is to provide world-class equestrian competition by ensuring exceptional facilities and management to benefit our human and equine athletes, as well as their coaches, trainers, grooms, and families.