Hawley Bennett-Awad and her amazing mare, Gin ‘N Juice, took the blue ribbon in the CIC3*

Hawley and “Ginny” at Galway Downs this past weekend.
Photo credit: Bill Olson. Eventing Nation.

Division at the Galway Downs International Event held in Temecula, CA over Easter weekend.

John Strassburger and Heather Bailey have already posted a press release at Galway Downs website detailing the excitement of the weekend.

Awad Races To Top Of Galway Downs International Horse Trials

Temecula, Calif., March 30, 2013 — Hawley Bennett-Awad is no stranger to victory at Galway Downs, and this spring she and Linda Paine’s superstar mare Gin ‘N Juice have gone perfectly, winning their first two outings of the year. They made it three-for-three by flying to victory (50.1 penalties) in the CIC3* at the Galway Downs International Horse Trials.

Tivoli and James Alliston (55.3) moved in to second behind Bennett-Awad when overnight leader  Kristi Nunnink and R-Star added 8.8 time penalties to fall to third (56.1). Alliston also finished fourth on Jumbo’s Jake (56.2).

“This spring has been unbelievable with her,” said a beaming Bennett-Awad, who rides for her native Canada but lives in Temecula. “She was a machine — foot-perfect everywhere.” Bennett-Awad added only .8 time penalties to grab the top prizes.

Gin ‘N Juice’s speed propelled her to victory, because the optimum time of 6:51 proved to be tough to achieve — only Tivoli and Jumbo’s Jake finished faster than the optimum time.   

“They must have wheeled the course really tight,” said Bennett-Awad of the time penalties. “[At the CCI3* last fall] I could have been 20 seconds fast, and today I was really riding. I don’t think I could have gone any faster. But [course designer Ian Stark] wanted it to affect the placings, for sure.”

All results here.

Sara and Harry galloping to victory.

In other divisions, Sara Mittleider – aboard her fabulous gelding, Harry Houdini – won the Open Preliminary, finishing on their dressage score of 22.7.

Also taking the win on their dressage score were Jessa Hills and her gorgeous mare, Da Luna, in the Senior Training Rider division. Jessa and her girl put in a lovely test for a score of 26.4.


Watch the videos of all the excitement at  Galway Downs or at US Eventing TV. The videos are brought to you by Frankie Thieriot for US Eventing TV. Great job, Frankie!

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