Aaron Janicki & Heron, in First International Event for Horse & Rider, Win Thermal CDI3* Grand Prix Special

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Aaron Janicki and Heron.

THERMAL, California, Nov. 20, 2021–Aaron Janicki and the nine-year-old Heron, the first ever international event for both horse and rider, won the Desert Dressage CDI3* Grand Prix Special Saturday.

Aaron, of Mount Vernon, Washington and the KWPN gelding (Johnson x Bazuin) scored 67.511% for the win at the Desert International Horse Park. The pair were third in the Grand Prix Friday.

Missy Gilliland of Scottsdale, Arizona and Toledano XXXI, a 14-year-old P.R.E. gelding, scored 65.979% for second place with Jan Ebeling of Moorpark, California on Status Royal OLD with 65.106% in third. Only four of eight combinations in the Grand Prix moved up the Special.

Aaron, 28, competed at national levels beginning in 2017 before going to Florida for the 2021 winter circuit to train with former Danish Olympian Lars Petersen.

Results:

CDI3* Grand Prix Special

Judges: Elke Ebert Jane Weatherwax Christof Umbach Cesar Torrente Peter Storr
Place Score Nation Athlete Horse E H C M B
1. 67.511 USA Aaron Janicki Heron 67.447 68.617 65.745 66.277 69.468
2. 65.979 USA Missy Gilliland Toledano XXXI 65.532 67.34 66.383 65.426 65.213
3. 65.106 USA Jan Ebeling Status Royal OLD 62.872 65 65.532 65.106 67.021
4. 64.340 USA Mette Rosencrantz Dzeko 64.574 62.872 63.191 63.191 67.872