Riders Set to Compete In
The Oaks Blenheim International at the Capistrano Summer Festival
Juan Capistrano, CAJune 23, 2003Olympic show jumping
veterans are entered to compete at this years Oaks Blenheim
International CSI**** to be held as part of the Capistrano Summer
Festival, July 17-20. Expected to compete are several of the United
States top riders, as well as riders from Canada, Mexico,
and New Zealand.
the impressive list of riders from the United States are Olympic
veterans Margie Engle and Laura Kraut, as well as Chris Kappler,
winner of last years $175,000 Cargill Grand Prix of the United
States, Presented by HBO, at the 2002 Oaks Blenheim International
CSI-A and Richard Spooner, winner of this years Grand Prix
of Las Vegas held at the Budweiser World Cup Final in Las Vegas.
Canadas John Pearce and Karen Cudmore are also expected to
compete, as well as Mexicos Gerado Tazzer and New Zealands
Since winning last years $175,000 Cargill Grand Prix of the
United States, Kappler of Pittstown, NJ, has made history twice
in 2003 when, on consecutive weekends, he won the $200,000 Budweiser
American Invitational and the AGA Show Jumping Championships. He
was the first ever to sweep these two events back to back. Kappler
was then one of two riders chosen subjectively for the show jumping
team representing the United States at the 2003 Pan American Games
in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic. This marked the first
time since 1990 that any places on a U.S. show jumping team competing
at a continental or world championship or Olympic Games went to
riders chosen subjectively. Kappler and Royal Kaliber confirmed
the strength of the Selectors' recommendation by winning the prestigious
Grand Prix at Devon in Devon, PA, at the end of May.
of Glendale, CA, who won The Oaks Fall Classic in 1996, has had
an impressive start to the 2003 show jumping season. With his horse
Robinson, Spooner started out 2003 with two wins at the Indio Circuit
helping him to top the U.S. West Coast League to ride in the 2003
World Cup Final where he won the Grand Prix of Las Vegas. This marked
the third time in five years that Spooner finished first in his
World Cup league.
veteran of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, Engle, of Wellington,
FL, holds many records: most AGA wins with the same horse in the
same season (five wins on Saluut II in 1991); and two Grand Prix
wins in two days. Engle is the AGAs only seven-time Rider
of the Year 1989, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1999/2000 &
2000/2001. She is the first rider to place six horses in the ribbons
in a single Grand Prix class, and the first rider to ever place
first, second, third, fourth and fifth in a single Grand Prix class.
She has ridden in ten World Cup Finals. Engle won the 2003 Pan American
Games selection trials in Lexington, KY, to earn her berth on the
show jumping team representing the United States in the 2003 Pan
American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Sydney Olympic teammate, Laura Kraut will also be competing in this
years Oaks Blenheim International. Kraut was part of the U.S.
Team that won the first outdoor Nations Cup held in the United
States in 2002. At the 2002 Samsung Nations Cup in Lucerne,
Switzerland, Kraut was named Leading Rider after tying for 1st place
on Liberty in the individual competition. Kraut placed fifth at
the 2003 Budweiser World Cup in Las Vegas, NV, the highest placing
by a U.S. rider. Kraut then earned a place on the U.S. team for
the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo.
Competing from Stouffville, Ontario, Canada is John Pearce. In 1992,
Pearce represented Canada at the World Cup Final in Del Mar, California.
In 1998, John was named to the Canadian Show Jumping Team for the
World Equestrian Games in Rome where he was Canada's top performer,
and two years later, made his Olympic debut at the 2000 Sydney Games
riding Jamcos Vagabond. Last year Pearce won in the $75,000
Bayer Grand Prix in Indio, CA aboard his mount Harry Potter.
competing from Canada, is Karen Cudmore. In 2002, Cudmore won the
$35,000 National Western Grand Prix in Denver, Colorado, and was
a member of the Canadian team for the inaugural Nations Cup
event in Wellington, Florida. She then crossed the border to make
a clean sweep of the open jumper division at the Royal Manitoba
Winter Fair, winning every class offered. Cudmore also competed
at the 2002 World Equestrian Games.
Tazzer has been competing internationally for his native Mexico
for over twenty years. He has ridden in three Olympic Games1980
(Moscow) where he won a team Bronze, 1984 (Los Angeles), and 1988
(Seoul). He was also the reserve rider for Mexico at the 2000 Olympic
Breakwell, an Olympic veteran who lives in Northern California where
he trains and teaches, is also expected at the Oaks this year. Originally
from New Zealand, Breakwell moved to the U.S. more than 20 years
ago. At Indio, CA this year, he rode Adonis All Star to Level Eight
Jumper Champion in week three and Mid-Circuit Level Eight Champion
Jumper. At the Oaks Spring Classic II, he was second in the Grand
Prix, won the Open Section II Jumpers, and was Champion Open Jumper.
Oaks Blenheim International starts on Thursday, July 17, with the
$10,000 Hermes International Speed Class, an exciting equestrian
jumping round based on the horses speed and ability to jump
imposing obstacles. It will be followed by the $10,000 Robert Mondavi
Winery International Welcome Class.
events include a $10,000 jump-off class, as well as the $25,000
St. Regis Resort International Class.
Saturday, the $50,000 Budweiser International Speed Derby begins
at 3pm, following the $10,000 Junior-Amateur Owner Jumper Classic.
The Budweiser International Speed Derby is a thrilling event in
which horse and rider gallop over an obstacle course with jumps
ranging as high as 5!
Sundays finale begins at 11am. The thrilling Cargill Grand
Prix of the United States, presented by HBO, features a $175,000
from the Capistrano Summer Festival will benefit The Latino Coalition
Foundation. The Latino Coalition Foundation is a non-profit, non-partisan
501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization based in Washington, D.C. TLCF
was established in 1995 to address policy issues that directly affect
the well-being of Hispanics in the U.S. Their agenda is to develop
and promote policies that will enhance overall business, economic
and social development of Hispanics. For more information on The
Latino Coalition Foundation, please visit their websites at www.tlcfoundation.com
general information, please visit www.capistranofestival.com