San Juan Capistrano, CA - June 23, 2013 - On another gorgeous breezy Southern California afternoon, sixteen horse and rider combinations attempted the track set by internationally renowned course designer Guilherme Jorge in the $30,000 June Classic III Grand Prix, presented by The Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel. The challenges on course resulted in only three fault-free rounds with the victory going to the only double clear of the day, Brazilian Josephina Nor-Lantzman and Chello Z.
"It's a grand prix where a lot of people are moving up as well as having some experienced riders. My idea is to build a course where we can have a good level of competition but still have a jump-off," Jorge commented. With a solid understanding of course design, that is precisely what he achieved.
Nor-Lantzman was fifth to go and first clean. Nine rounds later, fourteenth in the order, Jamie Barge and Lasse, zipped around clean. Then Eduardo Menezes on his talented La Fleur 4 made it three when he wrapped up the first round going fault-free.
It was an exciting three gray horse jump-off with two Brazilians and an American battling it out over a Brazilian course designer's track. The gorgeous gray Chello Z, with Nor-Lantzman in the irons, was flawless in the jump-off in a time of 38.67. After Barge and her gray mount Lasse had eight faults, it was a Brazilian showdown, as fellow countryman Menezes attempted to beat the leading time on his dapple-gray mare. His efforts were good enough for second, with a four fault score in 40.92.
Time proved to be a challenge as six of the sixteen entries went over the time allowed of 86 seconds. One pair, who was otherwise fault-free, Michelle Spadone and Morgan Hill Partners' Tembla, finished fourth with two time faults.
The last vertical after the triple combination was set at an angle at the far end of the field and came down five times. A heartbreaking four faults for two of those five instances, first to go Eduardo Menezes on Sara Hank's Quintol Mercedes Benz, and eleventh to compete, young Eugenio Garza on El Milagro's Bariano, had just that one jump down.
After placing in the top ten the last two weeks, Nor-Lantzman was pleased with her win. "I knew that the time would be an issue and I just went for it. It's my last week of showing; we've been here for three weeks, so you just give it your all at that point. It was great to have the Brazilians in the jump-off and as the course designer; it's more fuel for the fire."
Just one rail on course was the score for the fifth through ninth placed riders. Along with his red ribbon, Menezes was fifth on Quintol Mercedes Benz and also piloted Caruschka to a seventh place finish. Socrates de Midos and Clintord (both owned by Cross Creek Farm) with Michelle Parker aboard were sixth and ninth, while Garza's four fault score earned an eighth place ribbon.
Mara Chemerinsky and Paris Were Close to Perfect
The annual Zone 10 Pony Challenge included a model, under saddle and a jumping class all on the grass. With 11 small, 14 medium, five large ponies in the open divisions and nine green ponies overall, the Grand Champion, Mara Chemerinsky and star medium pony Paris, garnered some excellent scores for the tri-color. Earning an 88, 87 and 90 respectively in the three classes, trained by Marci Mosconi, Chemerinsky has only competed on Paris three times this season.
Mara Chemerinsky and Paris Were Close to Perfect
Chemerinsky praised the precious pony. "Paris is amazing, she is seven years old now. She is a green pony but we were doing the rated division. She would come around the corner and see the jump and jump amazing. She is so perfect."
Reserve to the Champions was Augusta Iwasaki on small pony Jerry Lee. They scored an 87, 83 and 84 in the three classes.
Blenheim EquiSports continues the summer season with the final week of the June Series, including the Red, White & Blue Grand Prix, sponsored by Markel Insurance, with a live band and loads of pre-4th of July fun for all.
$30,000 June Classic III Grand Prix, presented by The Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel
Place - Horse - Rider - Owner - Faults/Time
1 - Chello Z - Josephina Nor-Lantzman - Josephina Nor Stables LLC - 0/0/38.678
2 - La Fleur 4 - Eduardo Menezes - Eduardo Menezes - 0/4/40.925
3 - Lasse - Jaime Barge - Jaime Barge - 0/8/41.591
4 - Tembla - Michelle Spadone - Morgan Hill Partners - 2/87.026
5 - Quintol Mercedes Benz - Eduardo Menezes- Sara Hank - 4/80.138
6 - Socrates De Midos - Michelle Parker - Cross Creek Farm - 4/80.330
7 - Caruschka - Eduardo Menezes - Eduardo Menezes - 4/81.166
8 - Bariano - Eugenio Garza - El Milagro - 4/83.798
9 - Clintord - Michelle Parker - Cross Creek Farm - 4/85.014
10 - Missing Oyster - Craig Starr - Rebecca Lewis - 8/85.400
11 - Sir Teddy - Nicole Haunert - Lynne Bollinger - 8/85.629
12 - Walerlo 5 - Nick Gegen - Nick Gegen - 9/86.397