Best of Blenheim: July Festival Series Wrap Up

Blenheim EquiSports wrapped up a spectacularly successful July Festival Series.  Blenheim has provided lots of highlights to wrap up the festival and is looking forward to welcoming competitors back for three weeks of competition starting August 12 during the Blenheim August Festival!

Standout “First Time” Winners:

Right out of the box during Summer Festival, young Zume Gallaher experienced her FIRST Grand Prix win – a sweet victory never to be forgotten by her nor her team. During the second week, Gallagher’s trainer Nicole Haunert went on to win in similar spectacular fashion and also gave everyone a run for the money in the third Grand Prix of the series, making for some seriously exciting sport.

In the Hunter Rings, scores of 90 and above were thrown multiple times each week as some of the best of the west battled it out for Champion, Classic, High Score & Grand Champion honors. During the SmartPak WCHR Summer Festival week the overall Grand Hunter title went to adult amateur rider Ashley Weiman and Timeless Romance after their clean sweep of the younger adult division. For Weiman, this was also a FIRST and repeated the second week as well.

Winner Photo Highlights:

Zume Gallaher on Edita. Photo by McCool Photography.

The Markel Insurance 1.40m – 1.45m Jumper Series kicked off the 2020 season during the Summer Festival at Blenheim. Zume Gallaher, riding Edita, took top honors going last among ten horses in the jump off. This was Zume’s FIRST Grand Prix Win. The impressive victory also also earned her the EquiTex Best U25 Rider.

Nicole Haunert on Calgary IV. Photo by McCool Photography.

TWO for TWO! On Saturday afternoon during Racing Festival at Blenheim, Team Tristar Farms once again claimed victory, this time with Nicole Haunert on Cherokee Show Horses, Inc’s Calgary IV. In exactly the same fashion as the previous week, last proved best in the ten horse jump off out of an original field of 51 entries competing over the Anthony D’Ambrosio designed track. Nicole is also Zume Gallaher’s trainer, making this back-to-back victory even sweeter.

Cassio Rivetti on Cornet. Photo by McCool Photography.

On the first day of the July Festival Series, Cassio Rivetti aboard Cornet, owned by Neil Jones Equestrian, were victorious in the $5,000 1.35m Antarès Sellier Jumper Classic.

Jenny Karazissis on Magic. Photo by McCool Photography.

Congratulations to Jenny Karazissis and Nicole Kane’s Magic, winners of the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, presented by Lisa Seger Insurance. The pair scored an impressive 94 in Round One proving best going into the Handy Round, in which they scored a 91.5 for the win. 42 entries took to the grass Pacific Field competing over a gorgeous course set by Michael Roy Curtis.

Jackie Attwood Dupont on Black Label. Photo by McCool Photography.

Black Label and Jackie Attwood Dupont earned the Plaid Horse High Score Amateur Rider and overall 3rd place.

Bianca Jenkins on Queen’s Darling. Photo by McCool Photography.

Bianca Jenkins and Queen’s Darling won the Callidae Highest Placing Junior Rider and overall 11th place.

Carleton Brooks on Miller’s Cove. Photo by McCool Photography.

During the Summer Festival, the SmartPak WCHR High Score Horse of the Show honors went to Miller’s Cove and Carleton Brooks who scored a 91 in the Green 3’6″ Hunters.

Karl Cook on Fecybelle. Photo by McCool Photography.

During Racing Festival, it was Karl Cook and Signe Ostby’s Fecybelle for the win in the Blenheim EquiSports 1.40m Classic. Out of the 50 entries that competed, 9 advanced to the immediate jump off with Cook ending up on top as the fastest of the four double clears.

Simon Schroeder on Good Luck. Photo by McCool Photography.

Congratulations to Simon Schroeder and Morad Al Masri’s Good Luck, winners of the August Festival Hygain 1.40m Classic.

About Blenheim EquiSports

Blenheim EquiSports, an equestrian event management company based in San Juan Capistrano, CA, produces events in three locations: San Juan Capistrano, Del Mar and Las Vegas, NV. The events include 19 USEF “Premier” rated hunter-jumper shows, featuring five FEI CSI events, including a Longines FEI Jumping World Cup North American League event; the Markel Insurance 1.45m Jumper Series & Final, Developing Jumper Qualifiers & Championships, USHJA International & National Hunter Derbies, Pony Derby Finals, the Whitethorne Equitation Challenge, Medal Finals and more. New for 2020 – an additional four County Horse Shows sanctioned by the Orange County Horse Show Association and the Greater San Diego Hunter-Jumper Association.  To learn more about Blenheim EquiSports, click here.