San Juan Capistrano - April 7th, 2012 - 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. 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 today on the Blenheim EquiSports' Grand Prix grass field. The demanding course, designed by Benjamin Fernandez (MEX), lead 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 (BRA) and her trusted mount Chello Z had thefirst clear roundof the day and followed up with another flawless effort in the jump-off setting the bar in a time of 40.744. John Pearce (CAN) 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 3rd. 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 competition continues in San Juan Capistrano next week with the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby on Friday, April 13th, and the $50,000 Orange County Register Grand Prix on Saturday, April 14th. Free parking and general admission to all events.
RESULTS: $40,000 Blenheim Spring Classic II Grand Prix presented by Summit General Insurance
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 - Josephina 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-fill 0/0/43.733
8th Abigail - Lauren Hester - Hester Equestrian 0/8/39.80
Photos: Michelle Parker and Xel Ha, Owned by Tula Pinnella; Michelle Parker on Xel Ha, Win the $40,000 Blenheim Spring Classic II Grand Prix, presented by Summit General Insurance Agency.