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Warm Weather and Hot Competition Take Over the Blenheim Summer Classic

August 13, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

Eduardo Menezes (BRA) guides the eight-year-old Caruschka to the only double clear effort of the day . Photos © CapturedMomentPhoto.com

“We have a lot of young jumpers moving up today so it will be a unique class,” course designer Jack Robson noted as competitors began to warm up for the $25,000 Blenheim Summer Classic Grand Prix, presented by Royal Champion. Twenty-five horse and rider combinations attempted Robson’s track, but only three were able to leave all of the sixteen efforts untouched. “I built a course for the class,” Robson adds, “There are many young horses so it is still a technical track, but with many options to take.” The course set up nicely for the majority of the class, however faults began to add up when competitors approached Robson’s double combinations. A triple bar to plank vertical, a vertical-vertical, and an oxer-vertical combination on the final line whittled down the competition where nearly half the class accrued numerous faults.

Antonio Maurer (MEX) and Callao have an unfortunate rail in the jump-off, settling for second respectively

 

San Juan Capistrano, CA – August 11, 2012 – It was a day designed for the next generation of top show jumpers as Eduardo Menezes (BRA) guided his up and coming eight-year-old star, Caruschka, to the only double clear round of the day in the $25,000 Blenheim Summer Classic Grand Prix. The Southern California weather was all the rave but it truly was the competition that brought the heat as many riders look to Blenheim to prep for their World Cup Qualifying season and aim to wrap their year with a bang.
Eduardo Menezes (BRA) guides the eight-year-old Caruschka to the only double clear effort of the day

“We have a lot of young jumpers moving up today so it will be a unique class,” course designer Jack Robson noted as competitors began to warm up for the $25,000 Blenheim Summer Classic Grand Prix, presented by Royal Champion. Twenty-five horse and rider combinations attempted Robson’s track, but only three were able to leave all of the sixteen efforts untouched. “I built a course for the class,” Robson adds, “There are many young horses so it is still a technical track, but with many options to take.” The course set up nicely for the majority of the class, however faults began to add up when competitors approached Robson’s double combinations. A triple bar to plank vertical, a vertical-vertical, and an oxer-vertical combination on the final line whittled down the competition where nearly half the class accrued numerous faults.

Antonio Maurer (MEX) and Callao have an unfortunate rail in the jump-off, settling for second respectively

Antonio Maurer (MEX) and Callao were the first pair to turn in a fault free round one half of a second under the 86 seconds time allowed. Brazilian rider Eduardo Menezes (BRA) took on the challenge and guided his new mount Caruschka to an even quicker clear round, making it a jump-off. Following Menezes was Nicole Shahinian-Simpson aboard Picturized. Shahinian-Simpson rode a beautiful course, leaving all the rails in the cups however stopped the clock with one unlucky time fault, securing her a third place finish.

 

Nicole Shahinian-Simpson and Picturized rode a picture perfect round, but with one time fault did not advance to the jump off, finishing third respectively

The battle between Maurer (MEX) and Menezes (BRA) was underway after a quick course change. Maurer galloped in and took off after the jump-off course like a bullet knowing he had to again create a challenge for Menezes to chase. After clipping the second obstacle, Maurer continued to gallop between fences and cut his corners hoping to set an unbeatable four fault time of 34.313 seconds. Coming into the jump-off, Menezes knew he simply had to be clean to seal the win. “I knew going in, we just had to be careful, but that’s what she is, she’s careful” Menezes commented regarding his mount (Caruschka).” Menezes calmly entered the ring eyeballing each obstacle to confirm his clear round plan of action. Riding each line with precision, Menezes guided Caruschka to an effortless fault free round, earning the victory.

Menezes and Caruschka were also the runner-up in Friday’s $10,000 1.35M Jumper Classic. “This young mare is great and she has quite a future ahead of her,” Menezes praised the eight-year-old. “I only started working with her after the spring series in Spruce Meadows so that was only her second Grand Prix with me. She is just so careful and makes everything easy. I will continue to show her next week here at Blenheim, but I am also really looking forward to next weekend’s Grand Prix with my other Grand Prix horses as well.”