Spooner and Robinson Capture $75,000 Bayer/USET Benefit
Gladstone, NJFebruary 11, 2003Richard Spooner of Glendale,
CA, piloted Robinson, owned by Half Moon Bay Investment Group,
to a win in the $75,000 Bayer/USET Benefit Grand Prix at the HITS
Desert Horse Park in Indio, CA, on February 9.
Seoul Olympic course designer Olaf Petersen set an even course
that allowed the majority of riders to get around without major
difficulty. There were seven clear out of a starting field of
35 horse-and-rider combinations, thus ensuring a great competition.
Nicole Shahinian-Simpson of West Lake Village, CA, was the first
in the ring for the jump-off round aboard El Campeons Cirka
Z. Simpson was one of five riders who completed the jump-off course
with all the rails still in place. Following Simpsons performance,
riders raced to better her time of 48.64 seconds.
was the third rider in the ring, Richard Spooner, aboard Robinson,
who laid down a clear round and a time of 42.61 seconds that no
one could catch. Gerardo Tazzer of Mexico produced a clear round
in a time of 44.81 seconds aboard his Chanel to take second place.
Third place honors were awarded Sarah Baldwin of Los Angeles,
CA on Kijoy Forever, owned by Brookwood Stables, Inc. This pair
turned in a clear round in a time of 46.53 seconds. Jeff Campfs
clear round in a time of 46.59 seconds aboard Lady D, owned by
Oz Investments and Sequoia Farm, earned him the fourth place award.
USET sponsored grand prix will be aired on the Outdoor Life Network
on Sunday, April 20, from 3:00-4:00 p.m. EDT. The program will
be re-aired on Friday, April 25, from 12:00-1:00 p.m. EDT.
The United States Equestrian Team is a non-profit organization
that selects, trains, equips and finances equestrians of the highest
possible standard to represent our country in major international
competition, including the Olympic Games and the World Championships.
To accomplish this, the USET seeks out and nurtures the development
of talented athletes - riders, drivers and horses - and provides
the support and guidance they need to help them attain their fullest
potential. For more information on the USET, please call (908)
234-1251, or visit USET ONLINE at www.uset.org