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Blenheim EquiSports
Mandy Porter Wins $25,000 St. Regis Resort International Class At 2002 Oaks Blenheim International CSI-A

San Juan Capistrano, CA—July 26, 2002—Mandy Porter of Solana Beach, CA rode Lavita to victory in the $25,000 St. Regis Resort International Class Friday at the 2002 Oaks Blenheim International CSI-A.

Porter topped a field of 41 entries in the jump-off class at the second annual international show jumping competition which is also 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.

Porter was one of 12 entries to qualify for the tiebreaking jump-off by riding fault-free over the 15-jump, first-round course designed by Sydney Olympic course designer Leopoldo Palacios of Venezuela. The last of the 12 to try the eight-jump tiebreaker course, she clinched the win when she rode Lavita, owned by Barbara Ellison, to the only fault-free jump-off ride, finishing in 48.62 seconds.

The fastest time in the jump-off was actually turned in by Francie Steinwedell-Carvin of LaCanada, CA. She finished in 43.15 seconds on Laddidor, owned by Prentis Partners, but a rail down at the second-to-last fence gave her four faults and a second-place finish. McLain Ward of Brewster, NY also beat Porter’s time, finishing in 43.88 seconds, but his mount Rio downed a rail at the last fence for four faults and a third-place finish.

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.

In addition to the selection trials, other exciting classes at the CSI-A include the $10,000 Hermes International Speed Class, won Thursday morning by Laura Kraut on Liberty; the $10,000 Robert Mondavi Winery International Welcome Class won Thursday afternoon by Eric Hasbrouck on Sitah; and the $35,000 Budweiser International Speed Derby set for Saturday afternoon.

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 Saturday and Sunday is $15 per day. 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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