Madden Wins $25,000 St. Regis Resort International Class at
2003 Oaks Blenheim International
Juan Capistrano, CAJuly 18, 2003Beezie 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,
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
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 Seismies Punisher in Fridays 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. Thursdays
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!
Sundays 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, Kapplers 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
general information, please visit www.capistranofestival.com