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Blenheim breakout

Michelle Parker dominates Spring Classic II weekend in San Juan Capistrano

Special to the Horsetrader - April 19th, 2012 - Show & Event News

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO — Coming off a spectacular victory in Friday’s $10,000 1.35M Jumper Classic, presented by CardFlex, Michelle Parker swept up the competition again in Saturday’s $40,000 Blenheim Spring Classic Grand Prix, presented by Summit General Insurance Agency on April 7.

With the stands filled, spring in the air and the sun shining, all eyes were on Parker as she guided her fearless 9-year-old grey mare, Xel Ha to a double-clean effort in a blazing 38.220.

A total of 31 horse-and-rider duos took on the challenge on the Blenheim EquiSports’ Grand Prix grass field at Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park. The demanding course, designed by Benjamin Fernandez of Mexico, led riders over a vertical-oxer double combination, an oxer-verticle-oxer triple combination, an optional water jump, and a finish over a wide liverpool oxer. Six riders were able to master the 1st round and qualify for the jump-off.

Josephina Nor Lantzman and her trusted mount, Chello Z, had the first clear round of the day and followed up with another flawless effort in the jump-off, setting the bar in a time of 40.744. John Pearce and Forest View Farm’s Chianto stood up to the challenge and surpassed Nor’s time in 38.830. Michelle Parker then piloted the 9-year-old Selle Francais mare, Xel Ha, owned by Tula Pinnella, to a quick and concise jump-off, cutting corners and galloping between fences to stop the clock and take the lead in 38.220.

It came down to Parker’s second mount in the jump-off to try and make it a 1-2 finish. Parker guided Cross Creek Farm’s Socrates De Midos to a fault-free jump-off, but stopped the clock in 39.908, good enough for third. Seven of the eight riders were able to go clean in the jump-off, making it a very intense and exciting wrap-up to the second week of the Blenheim Spring Classic Series. 
The Blenheim EquiSports season will move to Showpark in Del Mar the weekend of April 21-22 with its Showpark County 1 event, followed by the Showpark Spring Festival April 26-29.
$40,000 Blenheim Spring Classic II Grand Prix
April 7, 2012 / San Juan Capistrano, Calif.

Place/ Horse/ Rider/ Owner/ Score/Time
1st: XEL HA/ Michelle Parker/ Tula Pinnella 0/0/38.220
2nd: Chianto/ John Pearce/ Forest View Farm 0/0/38.830
3rd: Socrates de Midos/ Michelle Parker/ Cross Creek Farms 0/0/39.908
4th: Chello Z/ Josephina Nor Lantzman/ Nor Stables 0/0/40.744
5th: Lerche 37/ Tamie Phillips/ Tamie Phillips 0/0/41.432
6th: Warinde B/ Lauren Hester/ Hester Equestrian 0/0/41.950
7th: SF Uryadi/ Jennifer Crooks/ Olivia Cox 0/0/43.733
8th: Abigail/ Lauren Hester/ Hester Equestrian 0/8/39.80

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