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Porter Flies on Con Capilot

in First Class of the $25,000 Markel Insurance Grand Prix Series  

San Juan Capistrano, CA – April 10, 2014 - How did world-renowned course designer Leopoldo Palacios decide what to set for a field of sixty-eight horses and riders in the $25,000 Markel Insurance 1.40m Grand Prix this afternoon? “If there were less entries I would build the same course, but a little bit more friendly. For example, with over sixty horses I won’t use a pole over the water, I will make it an open water. The distances will be a little bit tougher, the time a little tighter.”

mandy-porterPhoto courtesy of McCool 

The veteran designer aptly predicted 15 to go clean, when in fact 12 were fault-free and three had just time faults.

 Congratulations to Mandy Porter on a tremendous win aboard the handsome Westfalian stallion, Con Capilot (Plum Creek Hollow Farm, owner). They proved their prowess edging out class leaders Susan Hutchison and Fortuna di San Marino (Ali Nilforushan, owner).

Having the benefit of going late in the order in the first round and second to last in the jump-off, Porter knew what she had to do to steal the lead from speedy Hutchison, whose time was 35.62. Completing the jump-off with one less stride through the first turn and a solid gallop across the field, she stopped the clock in 35.41, taking over the top position by .21 seconds.

Nine other teams jumped-off, one chose not to return, with tremendous efforts that changed the top position numerous times. Less than four seconds separated the double clean rounds, with a time of 39.04 and clean earning eighth place. See full results below.

“Pilot is a super, super athlete – I can’t say enough good things about him,” Porter explained. “I think this is a fantastic class, thank you to Markel Insurance for sponsoring and Blenheim for putting the series together. It’s a nice class to have your horses ready for the weekend and for some horses to be able to step up. It’s very exciting that they have added this series.”

Blenheim EquiSports, an equestrian event management company based in San Juan Capistrano, CA, produces over thirty events per year in three locations: San Juan Capistrano, Del Mar and Las Vegas, NV. The events include 18 USEF “A” or “AA” rated hunter-jumper shows featuring several World Cup Qualifying Grand Prix events, USHJA International Hunter Derbies, Pony Finals, Medal Finals and more.


Ashley Bond Clarke, from Hidden Hills, California, put her personal stamp on the 2014 HITS Thermal circuit, starting with a win in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix in week one, following up that win with a blue ribbon in the $33,500 HITS Desert Classic Grand Prix in week two, and putting the proverbial cherry on top to close out the circuit with a victory in the AIG $1 Million Grand Prix. Ashlee Bond Clarke admits that she had to keep her nerves and her emotions in check when entering the ring for the jump-off of Sunday’s AIG $1 Million Grand Prix, presented by Lamborghini Newport Beach, at HITS Thermal. She was, however, a picture of poise and control to the crowd of 4,000 spectators that looked on as she topped a star-studded field to win the historic event with Little Valley Farms’ Chela LS.

Sunday’s order was a “who’s who” of international show jumping with horse and rider accolades littering the list. The original order consisted of 39 riders who showed over a course designed by Marina Azevedo of São Paulo, Brazil. Fourteen obstacles and 17 jumping efforts made up the track, which boasted tall verticals, wide oxers and a formidable triple combination. “It still hasn’t sunk in,” she said. “This was the biggest track I have ridden on this mare, but she comes out every day wanting to win. It’s been all about finding that partnership for us and I think we have found it.”

million-dollar-baby“The course was really well-built,” said Bond Clarke. “It was big, technical and scopey, but not unfair. There were faults everywhere and that’s the mark of a great course.” A crowd favorite and East Coast challenger, Beezie Madden of Cazenovia, New York, clipped the ribbon on clear rounds and jumped Coral Reef Via Volo perfectly for owner Coral Reef Ranch.  One trip later, fellow East Coast contender Todd Minikus piloted Quality Group’s Quality Girl to secure a jump-off. Six more followed their lead and set the stage for an eight-horse jump-off.

Madden and Minikus both had a rail atthe second-to-last fence of the shortened course—a tall vertical. East Coast hopes were not forsaken, however, as Kirsten Coe of Royal Palm Beach, Florida, clocked a clear round in 46.86 seconds with Baronez, owned by Ilan Ferder, Lovsta Stuteri and Tal Milstein. “This course really suited my horse, and my plan from the very beginning was to get a double clear and not try to ride faster than the speedsters behind me,” said Coe. “I just wanted to put some pressure on and I did that—my horse performed great.” The next clear round didn’t come until the last two trips of the jump-off when Nayel Nassar of Santa Clara, California and Bond Clarke gave the crowd a jump-off to remember. 2013 Zoetis Million victor and West Coast favorite, Nassar jumped his own Lordan to a clear round in 45.38 seconds with just Bond Clarke to follow. She put the speed of her big-strided mare to the test and crossed the timers in 41.16 seconds—more than three seconds faster than Nassar.

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$25,000 Markel Insurance 1.40m Grand Prix 

Place – Number – Horse – Rider – Owner – Faults/Time

1. 702 – Con Capilot – Mandy Porter – Plum Creek Hollow Farm – 0/0/35.418
2. 839 – Fortuna di San Martino – Susan Hutchison – Ali Nilforushan – 0/0/35.628
3. 757 – Centium – Enrique Gonzales – Enrique Gonzales – 0/0/36.461
4. 874 – Semira de Saulieu – Lane Clarke – Charlotte Gadbois -  0/0/37.017
5. 618 – Conejito – Carol Wright – Carol Wright – 0/0/37.883
6. 867 – Lasse – Jamie Barge – Jamie Barge – 0/0/38.036
7. 458 – Acer – Hap Hansen – Geraldine Bidwell – 0/0/38.602
8. 822 – Centuria 2 – Gabriella Salick – Gabriella Salick – 0/0/39.043
9. 754 – Quilebo du Tillard – Enrique Gonzales – Enrique Gonzales – 0/4/36.073
10. 346 – SLF Bizet – Lindsay Archer – Shady Lane Farm, LLC – 0/4/37.342
11. 868 – Luebbo – Jamie Barge – Jamie Barge – 0/4/39.164
12. 886 – Chello Z – Josephina Nor Lantzman – Josephina Nor Stables, LLC – 0/NS

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Susan Hutchison and Ziedento Repeat the Feat
This Week to Win the $50,000 Blenheim Spring III Grand Prix  

Hutchison Also Outshines the Competition in the
$10,000 CardFlex 1.35m Jumper Classic on SIG Excel

susan-hutchinson-SIGSan Juan Capistrano, CA – April 12, 2014 - It truly was a super Saturday of show jumping in southern California.  Blenheim EquiSports hosted two high performance events, the $50,000 Blenheim Spring III Grand Prix, presented by EquiFit, inc., and the $10,000 CardFlex 1.35m Jumper Classic, both on the International Grand Prix Field.  Talent, speed, style and miles all played a role in the double win for veteran Susan Hutchison.

Leopoldo Palacios admittedly built a tough track for the grand prix. “My courses, always, are little bit difficult everywhere. Even jump number one is a fence that they haven’t seen yet this week.” The creative course builder went on to explain the nuances of his design, from distance challenges, to skinny jumps, planks on flat cups, three double combinations, a wide oxer early on and a tall solid vertical as the last jump. “I don’t know how many will be clean, maybe six or seven.”

Of the thirty-six who attempted Palacios’ track, actually only five rode without fault.  Second to go, Karl Cook and Signe Ostby’s ASB Conquistador were first clean.  The next few struggled, until sixth in the order, 2013 Spring Classic III Grand Prix winners and well-known duo, John Pearce and Chianto (Forest View Farms, owner), assured a jump-off with their clean round.  Then Cook returned on Jonkheer Z (Signe Ostby, owner), his second of four mounts in the class, and made it a jump-off of three.

Fourteen more endeavored but accumulated a variety of faults including rails, often in the combinations, refusals, and time faults. But then the recently reunited team of Susan Hutchison and the handsome bay Ziedento (St. Bride’s Farm, owner), who led the grand prix victory gallop last week, went clean.  Of the next eleven riders, only one more went without dropping a rail, Josephina Nor Lantzman and her partner Chello Z, to make it a jump-off of five.

With this group of two young, talented and ambitious riders, Cook and Nor Lantzman, as well as two seasoned and speedy equestrians, Pearce and Hutchison, a thrilling five attempts at the top prize was guaranteed.

susan-hutchinson-ziedento-2Cook had an early rail on ASB Conquistador, leaving the door open.  Pearce could taste victory when he sped around the shortened course clean and fast, with a time to beat of 41.94.  Cook did go double clear on Jonkheer Z, but not fast enough to catch Pearce.   Hutchison held nothing back, and with a clean ride, she stole the chance of a two-in-a-row victory from Pearce, stopping the clock .8 seconds faster in 41.14. Nor Lantzman made a gallant attempt and would have captured second place, but had a rail for a fourth place finish.

With this win, Hutchison created her own double victory on a horse she rode as a seven and eight-year-old, who then went to the East Coast for two years. “I think Ziedento likes being back in California,” Hutchison admitted. “He’s won the grand prix two weeks in row!”

Hutchison and SIG Excel Outshine Forty-five for the Win in the $10,000 CardFlex 1.35m Jumper Classic

It was a stellar day for Hutchison, as she also collected the top prize for SIG International on SIG Excel in the $10,000 CardFlex 1.35m Jumper Classic.  The pair is on a streak. Hutchison offered the details.  “She is one of my favorite horses.  Between HITS Thermal and here she’s been entered in 15 classes, won 14 and was second in the other. There are very few horses that you can get that many clear rounds out of.  She just tries, tries, tries.”

susan-hutchinson-ziedentoThe speedy pair was second to go in the jump-off of six and set a blistering time of 37.70, almost five seconds faster than the leading time.  No other rider could break forty seconds, until the last to go, Nayel Nassar on Baraka.  The talented twenty-three-year-old tried, but couldn’t quite catch the winning time, and finished second in 39.46.

After the conclusion of a fabulous Spring Series, which includes Sunday’s $7,500 CashCall Mortgage Futurity class, Blenheim EquiSports moves the high performance action to Del Mar in May with the Ranch & Coast Classic, featuring another $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, as well as a $7,500 CashCall Mortgage Futurity class, a $25,000 Markel Insurance 1.40m Grand Prix and the $60,000 Grand Prix of California, all on the gorgeous grand prix field.

$50,000 Spring Classic III Grand Prix, presented by EquiFit, inc. 

Place – Number – Horse – Rider – Owner – Faults/Time
1. 257 – Ziedento – Susan Hutchison – St. Bride’s Farm – 0/0/41.148
2. 896 – Chianto – John Pearce – Forest View Farm – 0/0/41.944
3. 315 – Jonkheer Z – Karl Cook – Signe Otsby – 0/0/44.115
4. 886 – Chello Z – Josephina Nor Lantzman – Josephina Nor Stables, LLC – 0/4/41.691
5. 310 – ASB Conquistador – Karl Cook – Signe Ostby – 0/4/45.316
6. 255 – SIG Zuleika – Susan Hutchison – SIG International – 4/83.180
7. 894 – Johnny B Good – John Pearce – Forest View Farm – 4/84.895
8. 679 – Zamiro – Susan Artes – Alix Fargo – 4/85.128
9. 762 – Alfie – Eduardo Sanchez Navarro – Eduardo Sanchez Navarro – 4/85.346
10. 854 – Clint Cristo – Julia Koetting – Westar Farms, LLC – 6/87.666
11. 733 – Mucho Gusto – Melissa Doddridge – Melissa Doddridge – 7/88.418
12. 327 – Socrates de Midos – Michelle Parker – Cross Creek Farm – 8/81.175
$10,000 CardFlex 1.35m Jumper Classic
Place – Number – Horse – Rider – Owner – Faults/Time 
1. 252 – SIG Excel – Susan Hutchison – SIG International – 0/0/37.701
2. 306 – Baraka – Nayel Nassar – Nayel Nassar – 0/0/39.463
3. 349 – Famko S – Lindsay Archer – Gabrielle Cirelli – 0/0/41.023
4. 457 – Lorelei – Trudi Fletcher – Linda Smith – 0/0/41.474
5. 629 – Zanzibar – Tanya Levorchick – Megan Camaisa – 0/0/42.251
6. 826 – Chicago Lyngriis – Mary Claire McDonald – 0/4/42.355
7. 178 – E-Star – Sara Jorgensen – Sara Jorgensen – 1/79.828
8. 378 – Pugilist – Bretton Chad – Stone Ridge Farms, LLC – 1/79.971
9. 172 – Quattro – Kelsey Maloney – Eduardo Menezes – 2/80.327
10. 373 – Pizzazz B – Rebecca Bruce – Rebecca Bruce – 2/80.486
11. 516 – Casco Junior – John French – Danielle Walker – 3/81.064
Photos courtesy of McCool 


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 Geoff Young

I have been passionate about the survival of our wild horses in the American West, publishing articles about the cruel and senseless management practices of the herds since 2006. It has been a sad and depressing campaign following the plight of these icons of our Western heritage. And to be honest, I felt a sense of hopelessness this year when the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) released its long-awaited report on the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) wild horse management program.

The NAS report eviscerated the failed management practices of the BLM stating that, “The Wild Horse and Burro Program has not used scientifically rigorous methods to estimate the population sizes of horses and burros, to model the effects of management actions on the animals, or to assess the availability and use of forage on range lands.” It shouldn’t take the nation’s leading scientists to point out that rounding up tens of thousands of wild horses with helicopters from our public lands and stockpiling them in holding facilities, at an enormous cost to the American taxpayer, and great benefit to the ranching and livestock industry, is a really bad plan.

And what has me feeling hopeless and depressed is that the Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell, has pretty much blown off the report—barely commenting on it or taking action regarding the recommendations laid out. And the real kicker is that Jewell has a science background with a degree in mechanical engineering and yet ignores the science behind the NAS report. Ellie Phipps Price, Producer of AMERICAN MUSTANG, and partner Chris Towt with Dunstan, a mustang who is the namesake of the couple’s winery at the Durell Vineyard in Sonoma, CA.

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