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Blenheim EquiSports
Eric Hasbrouck Wins $10,000 Robert Mondavi Winery International Welcome Class At 2002 Oaks Blenheim International CSI-A

San Juan Capistrano, CA—July 25, 2002—Eric Hasbrouck of Bedford, NY rode Sitah to victory in the $10,000 Robert Mondavi Winery International Welcome Class to close opening day action at the 2002 Oaks Blenheim International CSI-A.

Hasbrouck topped a field of 18 entries in the jump-off class at the second annual international show jumping competition which is hosting the final three rounds of United States Equestrian Team (USET) selection trials being used to pick this country’s squad for the 2002 Show Jumping World Championships to be held as part of the World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain in September.

Hasbrouck, who rode as part of the U.S. team at the last Show Jumping World Championships in Rome in 1998, was the only entry to turn in two fault-free rides. Finishing second was three-time U.S. Olympic veteran Anne Kursinski of Frenchtown, NJ on her mount Great Point, owned by Lila Kommerstad, the only other entry to ride fault-free over the 15-jump, first-round course designed by Sydney Olympic course designer Leopoldo Palacios of Venezuela. Hasbrouck gained the win in the jump-off by riding fault-free on his 7-year-old mare owned by Trelawny Farm. Kursinski and Great Point scored 16 jump-off faults for lowering rails at four fences.

“I’ve only had Sitah for six months and she’s advanced herself very quickly,” Hasbrouck said. “I took her to Spruce Meadows in June and she jumped way above what I expected for such an inexperienced horse. My plan was to keep bringing her along slowly but I have to say that I’m very happy to have her win a class at a big event like this.”

Finishing third with three first-round time faults was Ray Texel of Beverly Hills, CA riding Fleur, owned by Beverly Hills Equestrian Park LLC.

This year marks the second annual Oaks Blenheim International CSI-A, which was the country’s first outdoor CSI-A (international individual show jumping competition). It is also the second time Selection Trials to determine a USET squad are being held at the Oaks Blenheim Exhibitions – Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park. Selection Trials for the USET’s Sydney Olympic squad were held at the San Juan Capistrano venue in 2000. Sunday’s $175,000 Cargill Grand Prix of the United States, presented by HBO, will be the final event that determines the show jumping squad that will represent the United States at the World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain in September.

Other exciting classes at the CSI-A are the $10,000 Hermes International Speed Class, won Thursday morning by Laura Kraut on Liberty; the $35,000 Budweiser International Speed Derby on Saturday afternoon; the $25,000 St. Regis Resort International class on Friday afternoon and Round #4 of the Selection Trials, a $25,000 event presented by Budweiser, on Friday morning.

In addition to thrilling show jumping competition, spectators can enjoy a range of activities and entertainment, including live music and a Kids Day sponsored by Fidelity Investments on Saturday, July 27 with an Extreme Games Promo and a Soccer Shoot Out to be held between classes.

Single day admission for Friday, Saturday and Sunday is $15 per day with three-day passes available for $35. Children under the age of three are admitted free each day. Daily parking is $5 for venue parking and just $.50 per person for general parking which includes a shuttle ride to the show grounds. VIP hospitality tent tables can also be purchased for the duration of the show.

Tickets can be purchased online at or by phone. For VIP Hospitality Tent Reservations, please call: (949) 716-4854. For General Admission Ticket Sales please call: (949) 489-8826.
Blenheim EquiSports, under the direction of Olympic veteran rider Robert Ridland and CEO R.J. Brandes, is one of the country’s largest equestrian management and promotion companies. Events managed by Blenheim EquiSports include the 2000 Budweiser World Cup Finals in Las Vegas, the 2000 U.S. Olympic Team Trials and the inaugural Oaks Blenheim International CSI-A.

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