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Be a Part of September’s Season Finales at Blenheim EquiSports

by | Aug 19, 2022 | Featured, Press Releases

The International Jumping Festival – Blenheim will feature a $20,000 Markel Insurance Jumper Classic as well as the awarding of the Leading Lady and Leading Gentleman Rider Bonuses. Photo by McCool Photography

San Juan Capistrano, CA – September marks several series’ finales at Blenheim EquiSports, and with more than $175,000 in prize money available, they are finales riders won’t want to miss!

For jumper competitors, featured events of the Blenheim Fall Tournament, to be held September 14-18, and the International Jumping Festival – Blenheim, to be held September 21-25, include:

  • the $25,000 JB Horse Standards 1.40-1.45m Grand Prix – to be held during the Blenheim Fall Tournament
  • the $50,000 Blenheim Fall Series 1.50m Grand Prix – to be held during the International Jumping Festival
  • the $10,000 Markel Insurance Fall Tournament 1.35m Jumper Classic
  • the $20,000 Markel Insurance International Jumping Festival 1.35m Jumper Classic
  • the $10,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Junior/Amateur Conference Finals, West – to be held during the International Jumping Festival
  • and the $15,000 NAL Children’s, Adult Amateur and Low Junior/Amateur Jumper Finals, West – to be held during the International Jumping Festival

The $20,000 Markel Insurance 1.35m Jumper Classic held during the International Jumping Festival will also feature the awarding of the Leading Lady and Leading Gentleman Rider Bonus cash prizes. To learn more about the Markel Insurance Jumper Series, and to view the current series standings, click here.

 

Jose Maria Quintana was presented as the winner of the $25,000 Blenheim Summer Classic Grand Prix, presented by Talacho’s Sales. Photo by McCool Photography

As the first to return, Quintana again showed how it was done, stopping the clock in a clear 39.193 seconds. With each of the three additional returners falling victim to one rail apiece, the win was secured for Quintana. Second place with four faults in a time of 35.904 seconds went to Cassio Rivetti and Chattanooga, and third place was awarded to Elisa Broz who finished with four faults in 38.436 seconds aboard Kardenta van’t Meerhof. 

Quintana and his family purchased Catoki Boy, a 12-year-old Holsteiner, when the stallion was 7, and, following two and a half years away from the show ring, Catoki Boy is now making his return to competition.

“At the beginning [when we first got him], we struggled a little bit,” explained Quintana, who rides for Mexico and who is currently attending college in San Diego. “With some work and everything, we started to get along pretty well… We are back this year, and I couldn’t be happier with his return.”

For their victory, Quintana was presented with a Blenheim EquiSports coolerette, a $50 Top Line Design Ribbon Wreaths gift certificate, a Mr. Shady face covering, and an $80 Riderzon gift certificate.

Emily Williams and Beach Boy. Photo by McCool Photography

For hunters, the Blenheim EquiSports season at the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park will come to an exciting conclusion with headline classes including:

  • the $25,000 California Professional Horsemen’s Association (CPHA) Green Hunter 3’/3’3” AND 3’6”/3’9” Incentive Championships – to be held during the Blenheim Fall Tournament
  • the $10,000 Blenheim West Coast Young Hunter Championships – to be held during International Jumping Festival
  • the $10,000 NAL Children’s & Adult Hunter Championships, West – to be held during the International Jumping Festival

The Blenheim Young Hunter Series offers free entry fees to all Young Hunter age groups throughout the Blenheim EquiSports series. In addition to the series culminating $10,000 Blenheim West Coast Young Hunter Championships, the horse with the most classic points accumulated during the 2022 season will be presented with a $2,500 HorseFlight gift certificate.

The Blenheim Fall Tournament and the International Jumping Festival – Blenheim will each also be chock-full of top equitation competition, with the Blenheim Fall Tournament most notably featuring the Foxfield Medal Finals and the ASPCA Maclay Region 8 Championship.

Equitation highlights during the International Jumping Festival include:

  • the Platinum Performance USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Medal Finals – West
  • the EMO Insurance/USHJA 3’3” Jumping Seat Junior Medal Finals – West
  • the USHJA 3’3” Hunter Seat Junior Medal Finals – West
  • the NEW USHJA 3’3” Jumping Seat Amateur Medal Finals – West

For all prospective USHJA equitation competitors, the qualifying requirements for the 2022 finals have been updated as follows:

  • The USHJA 3’3” Hunter Seat Junior Medal Finals – West qualifying point requirement has been reduced from 10 points to 5 points.
  • The EMO Insurance/USHJA 3’3” Jumping Seat Junior Medal Finals – West qualifying point requirement has been reduced from 15 points to 10 points.
  • The USHJA 3’3” Adult Jumping Seat Medal Finals – West qualifying requirement has been updated to:
    • A rider is qualified to compete in the USHJA 3’3” Adult Jumping Seat Medal Finals when they have competed in any USHJA 3’3” Adult Jumping Seat Medal classes held from August 2 of the previous competition year through August 1 of the current competition year.

To view all of Blenheim EquiSports’ September show offerings, click here or visit ThePlaceToJump.com. To learn more about the featured hunter and jumper series, click here.