Tie At Top In $25,000 USET World Equestrian Games Trial #4
Presented by Budweiser At 2002 Oaks Blenheim International
Juan Capistrano, CAJuly 26, 2002Four of the 28 entries
that competed in the $25,000 USET World Equestrian Games Trial #4
Presented by Budweiser tied for first place by riding without penalty
in Fridays featured competition at the 2002 Oaks Blenheim
The Oaks Blenheim International is hosting the final three rounds
of United States Equestrian Team (USET) selection trials being used
to pick this countrys squad for the 2002 Show Jumping World
Championships to be held as part of the World Equestrian Games in
Jerez, Spain in September. The final two rounds of trials will be
held Sunday as part of the $175,000 Cargill Grand Prix of the United
States, Presented by HBO.
Jumping clean in Fridays trial were Lauren Hough of Wellington,
FL on Windy City, owned by Peppercorn Ltd.; Nicole Shahinian-Simpson
of Westlake Village, CA on El Campeons Petri, owned by El
Campeon Farm; Molly Ashe of Wellington, FL on Kroon Garvin, owned
by Sandra ODonnell, and Ray Texel of Beverly Hills, CA on
Fleur, owned by Beverly Hills Equestrian Park LLC.
was some serious jumping out there today, said Ashe, and
my mare jumped beautifully. I am so happy with her.
Ashe and Kroon Garvin are among the four horse-and-rider combinations
that are now tied for the lead with 12 faults through four of six
rounds of trials. Tied with them are Texel and Fleur, Simpson and
her other mount, El Campeons Cirka Z and Beezie Madden of
Cazenovia, NY on Judgement. Complete results of all trials to date
with full standings are available on the U.S. Equestrian Team website
was the biggest course weve had in the trials so far,
said Simpson, and I really have to compliment (course designer)
Leopoldo (Palacios) on his courses. The courses have been scopey
and careful, but none have been killers. No one is hurting their
horses by jumping in these trials.
Hough is tied for sixth place with 16 faults on Windy City. She
compared him to her better-known mount, Clasiko, whom she rode in
the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. Both these horses are great
and Id be equally confident if I were to make the team on
either horse, she said. Windy City has a huge heart
and he showed today what a good jumper he is.
year marks the second annual Oaks Blenheim International CSI-A,
which was the countrys 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 USETs Sydney Olympic squad were held
at the San Juan Capistrano venue in 2000. Sundays $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.
exciting classes at the CSI-A are 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; the $35,000 Budweiser International
Speed Derby set for Saturday afternoon; and the $25,000 St. Regis
Resort International class on Friday afternoon.
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
day admission 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.
can be purchased online at www.capistranofestival.com 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 countrys
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.
general information, please visit www.capistranofestival.com
or call (949) 443-1844.