May 11-13, 2006
Donna and Jazz made the 6 hour trip to Hanford, California for their third WEG qualifier. The temperature neared 100 degrees every day, so warming up without risking heat exhaustion was really tricky. Donna’s groom Ernesto Magana was stationed just outside the practice ring and helped cool Jazz with frequent ice water/alcohal sponging. Jazz was a little flat in the Grand Prix. He received a 66.5%, his best score to date, but once again finished third, this time to Jeremy Steinburg on Parocco and Nicole Perry on Rubino. While the other horses worked on Friday, Jazz just went for little strolls, once in the morning, once when in late afternoon when the sun was low. The result: a much fresher horse and a convincing victory in the Grand Prix Special with 67.8%. Donna and Jazz are now standing 15th in the national Grand Prix rankings with one more selection trial to go.