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    A memorable first GP win for Khosla

    Special to the Horsetrader - April 21st, 2016 - Show & Event News

    SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO — The Spring Series at Blenheim EquiSports concluded four weeks of grand prix events April 16 with the $50,000 Blenheim Spring Classic IV Grand Prix, presented by Davidson Communities.Vani Khosla, who earned her first and grand prix win aboard her Billy Mexico.The class was preceded by several special presentations. The Shea Therapeutic Riding Center, one of the Chip In For Charity recipients, gave an exhibition led by Executive Director Dana Butler-Moburg to demonstrate the equine therapy work the center does to effectively work with a variety of disabilities in children and adults. Also a part of the Chip In For Charity program, Uryadi’s Village, an organization that works to help support orphans in remote areas, had a silent auction and a “Jump for the Village” fundraiser., where participants pledged a fixed amount of money every time a rider in the Grand Prix cleared the Uryadi’s fence on course.

    Following the touching presentation, RJ Brandes, Robert Ridland and Melissa Brandes of Blenheim EquiSports, formally announced the naming of the Grand Prix field. In honor of Joan Irvine-Smith and all of the work she did for the sport over the years, the field was christened as “The Oaks International Grand Prix Field”. Morton and Marianne Smith, along with their daughters Charlotte and Virginia, James Swinden and his son Jase, and Nathalie Cooper, were on hand to represent the family and accept a ceremonial plaque.
    Khosla and Billy Mexico added another accolade last week, as they took home the win in Thursday’s Interactive Mortgage U25 “This win means everything to me!,” Khosla said after her memorable first grand prix win aboard the 11-year-old chestnut gelding.  “I just started doing the Grand Prix classes this year and to have a big moment like that with the great riders in the jump-off with me was amazing. I can’t even put it in words.”

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