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Beezie Madden Wins $25,000 St. Regis Resort International Class at 2003 Oaks Blenheim International

San Juan Capistrano, CA—July 18, 2003—Beezie Madden of Cazenovia, NY, rode Innocence to the win in the $25,000 St. Regis Resort International Class to highlight the second day of equestrian competition at the Oaks Blenheim International CSI****, part of the Capistrano Summer Festival in San Juan Capistrano, CA. The event runs through Sunday, July 20.

Madden, who topped a field of 33 horses and riders, has been named alternate to the squad representing the United States at the 2003 Pan American Games in the Dominican Republic. Finishing second was Karen Cudmore aboard Conejo, and in third was Leslie Howard, who rode Paloma.
“I would like to thank the St. Regis for a great day and a terrific competition,” said Madden. “I love it out here. All the horses competed well.”

John Anderson of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, took top honors aboard Allied Seismie’s Punisher in Friday’s other featured event, the $10,000 Jump-Off Class. Nicole Shahinian Simpson took second place with El Campeons Cirka Z and Lauren Hough finished third riding Cord’ Alou. Exciting equestrian action at the Oaks Blenheim International continues throughout the weekend. Thursday’s events saw Chris Kappler of Pittstown, NJ, emerge victorious in the $10,000 Hermès Speed Class and Will Simpson claim top honors in the $10,000 Robert Mondavi Jump-Off Class.

On 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 each horse and rider gallop over an obstacle course with jumps ranging as high as 5’!
Sunday’s spectacular finale begins at 11am. The thrilling Cargill Grand Prix of the United States, presented by HBO, features a $175,000 purse. Kappler is the defending champion

The Oaks Blenheim International is the United States’ first outdoor CSI, an international individual show jumping competition. It was first held in 2001 when Todd Minikus of Loxahatchee, FL, emerged as champion of the Cargill Grand Prix of the United States. In 2002, Kappler’s win came in dramatic fashion over three-time World Cup Champion Rodrigo Pessoa of Brazil.

Proceeds from the Capistrano Summer Festival benefit The Latino Coalition Foundation. The Latino Coalition Foundation is a non-profit, non-partisan 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization based in Washington, DC. 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

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