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Josephina Nor Lantzman Impresses at HITS Thermal, Wins $30,000 SmartPak Grand Prix

RELEASE: February 3, 2014

Josephina Nor Lantzman and Chello Z were the only pair to ride clear over Olaf Petersen Jr.’s first-round track to secure an early victory in the $30,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis, at HITS Thermal (Flying Horse Photography)
Josephina Nor Lantzman and Chello Z were the only pair to ride clear over Olaf Petersen Jr.’s first-round track to secure an early victory in the $30,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis, at HITS Thermal (Flying Horse Photography)
Thermal, Calif.
- As the dust settled from World Cup week at HITS Desert Horse Park, Josephina Nor Lantzman piloted her own Chello Z to the top of a 29-horse field in the $30,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis. The highlight for Nor Lantzman was that it only took one round to get her the blue. With eleven four-fault rounds and only one clear, she was the lone rider to crack the code on Olaf Petersen, Jr.’s course.

Petersen set 13 obstacles with a triple and double combination. Faults were consistently scattered, but according to Nor Lantzman, the course rode fair. “When I walked it, I thought it was going to be easier that it actually rode, but he [Petersen] always builds great and he did a super job this time – it was a good size and equally technical.”

Nor Lantzman was also quick to thank SmartPak, a patented supplement feeding system and great supporter of show jumping, for sponsoring the class.

Spectators from the berms of the Strongid© C 2X™ Grand prix Stadium looked on as nearly half the field rode to faults before Nor Lantzman and Chello Z were flawless to land the first clear.

“When the first ten or so had gone and no one was clear, I knew that there would only be two or maybe three in a jump-off,” admitted Nor Lantzman. “I warmed up for a jump-off anyway, but ended up being able to save my horse for another day.”

Chello Z has been the ride for Nor Lantzman since his five-year-old year and is now coming 14 with plenty to brag about. “We managed him really well and he has won ten grand prix,” said Nor Lantzman of her Zangersheide gelding. “He has been so good to me – he tries really hard every time, so I was actually happy that I didn’t have to ask him to go back in the ring today.”

When asked about her plans for the remainder of the HITS Thermal circuit, Nor Lantzman was excited to mention the AIG $1 Million Grand Prix. “We are of course pointing to the Million, but our day-to-day plan is to work really hard at getting back here to win again as many times as possible throughout the next few weeks,” she said.

Just fractions of a second from guaranteeing a jump-off, Jenni McAllister of Sun Valley, California rode LEGISequine.com’s Legis Venice to leave all the jumps up, but picked up one time fault to land in second. Third was awarded to the fastest four-faulter, Michelle Parker of San Marcos, California, in the irons of Cross Creek Farms, Inc.’s Socrates De Midos. Owner/rider Nayel Nassar was fourth aboard Dunsoghly Junior, while Peter Petschenig capped the top five with his own Saint Quentin.