Susan Hutchison and Ziedento Zip to the Win in the $40,000 Blenheim Spring Classic II Grand Prix; Rachel Fields and Cyrano Z Earn the CashCall Mortgage Futurity Win
San Juan Capistrano, CA -
On a perfect southern California afternoon, twenty-nine horse and rider pairs jumped in the International Grand Prix Field in the $40,000 Blenheim Spring Classic II Grand Prix, presented by Orange County Register
at the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park at San Juan Capistrano. The speedy pair of Susan Hutchison and Ziedento (St. Bride's Farm, owners) set a precedent that couldn't be beat.
Susan Hutchison and Ziedento
Canadian Peter Holmes designed a track that asked a variety of questions of horse and rider including a double combination (5a-b) and a triple combination (8a-b-c), a three stride line just past the in-gate (9-10), and a long bending line of three jumps away from the gate to finish (11-12-13).
"We have a very strong field of riders today. I set 1.50m verticals, 1.45m oxers, and 1.50m for the oxer at fence 12. There are a couple of long striding lines and a couple of short striding lines, so where one part of the course can suit one horse it may not suit another horse. That way it doesn’t favor only one type of horse."
Elements of the red, white and blue triple combination came down a total of 13 times, fence 9 right past the in-gate came down six times, the skinny at fence 11 was lowered five times, plus the blue and yellow oxer at 5b as well as the final fence at 13 each fell three times.
However, the first to go, veteran Hutchison and Ziedento, had all the correct answers to the questions and were fault free. Seventh to go local favorite Joie Gatlin was clear on Miss CashCall (Gregg DeLong, owner). Fifteen and sixteen rounds later, tall and talented Egyptian rider Nayel Nassar aboard Lordan as well as last week's winners, Brazilian Josephina Nor Lantzman and Chello Z both rode their mounts without fault. Hutchison slipped in another clean round on SIG Zuleika to make a total of five in the jump-off. Canadian Jenna Thompson answered all the questions but a little too slowly, stopping the clock over the time allowed for a heartbreaking one time fault, and ultimately sixth place.
First to return, Hutchison lived up to her winning reputation, going clean and fast in 41.08. Trying to catch the leader, Gatlin took a daring angle on the fourth effort in the jump-off but had a refusal and later a rail, picking up the fifth place ribbon. Nassar had the skinny jump down early on for four faults in 41.45, ending up third. Nor Lantzman was clean in 43.14, earning the second place spot. Hutchison had a late rail on SIG Zuleika for a score of four in 42.69 and fourth place.
Huchison was pleased to be riding her former young horse. "I am really excited to have Ziedento back. I had him as a six, seven and eight-year-old and won the eight-year-old finals on him. I started riding him again during the off week of Thermal so were just getting our partnership back together. This is our first win since, and it feels really good.”
Riders placing seventh through twelfth had four faults each. Rusty Stewart and Grey Fox Farm's Bristol had just 5b down in a fast time of 77.80 taking home seventh. Just .36 of a second separated eighth through twelfth place. Alec Lawler and Agamemnon lowered fence 9 for four in 79.17, Jeffrey Fields and KEW Farms' Already tipped 8a for four in 79.37, Michelle Parker and Cross Creek Farm's Socrates de Midos took down fence 11 in 79.47, Joie Gatlin on High Voltage Farms LLC's Charly had just 8c in 79.48 and Enrique Gonzales lowered 8b in 79.53.
Susan Hutchison and Ziedento pictured with (l-r) Jean Yves Angers, Lauren Davis, Melissa Brandes, Eric Morgan, RJ and Adrienne Brandes, and Robert Ridland
Rachel Fields and Cyrano Z Earn the Win in the $7,500 CashCall Futurity
The first CashCall class of the season hosted a field of twenty-six, and a jump-off of five. Rachel Fields and SHF Group's Cyrano Z were the fastest double clean. Second and third place finishers, the young Canadian Bretton Chad on Pugilist (Stone Ridge Farms LLC, owners) and Sergey Zayika on Boland (Spruce Meadows, owners) were also double clean, but couldn't catch the leading time. Nayel Nassar and Baraka had the time but knocked the last jump down ending up fourth. Karl Cook rode a tidy jump-off aboard Signe Ostby's Tembla but had a rail at the first jump to pick up fifth.
Rachel Fields and SHF Group's Cyrano Z
Blenheim EquiSports begins the third week of the Spring Series on Wednesday, April 9th in San Juan Capistrano and features three days of highlight classes: the inaugural $25,000 Markel Insurance 1.40m Grand Prix on Thursday, April 10th; the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby on Friday, April 11th; and the $50,000 Blenheim Spring Classic III Grand Prix, presented by EquiFit, inc. on Saturday, April 12th.
$40,000 Spring Classic II Grand Prix, presented by Orange County Register
Place - Horse - Rider - Owner - Faults/Time
1. Ziedento - Susan Hutchison - St. Bride's Farm - 0/0/41.089
2. Chello Z - Josephina Nor Lantzman - Josephina Nor Stables, LLC - 0/0/43/140
3. Lordan - Nayel Nassar - Nayel Nassar - 0/4/41.459
4. SIG Zuleika - Susan Hutchison - SIG International, Inc. - 0/4/42.696
5. Miss CashCall - Joie Gatlin - Gregg DeLong - 0/9/53.177
6. Webster - Jenna Thompson - Jenna Thompson - 1/86.777
7. Bristol - Rusty Stewart - Grey Fox Farm - 4/77.804
8. Agamemnon - Alec Lawler - Alec Lawler - 4/79.173
9. Already - Jeffrey Fields - KEW Farms - 4/79.374
10. Socrates de Midos - Michelle Parker - Cross Creek Farm - 4/79.476
11. Charly - Joie Gatlin - High Voltage Farms, LLC - 4/79.486
12. Quilebo du Tillard - Enrique Gonzales - Enrique Gonzales - 4/79.533
$7,500 1.35M-1.40M CashCall Mortgage Jumper Futurity
Place - Horse - Rider - Owner - Faults/Time
1. Cyrano Z - Rachel Fields - SHF Group - 0/0/41.505
2. Pugilist - Bretton Chad - Stone Ridge Farms LLC - 0/0/45.272
3. Boland - Sergey Zayika - Spruce Meadows - 0/0/48.084
4. Baraka - Nayel Nassar - Nayel Nassar - 0/4/40.118
5. Tembla - Karl Cook - Signe Ostby - 0/4/44.189
6. Casco Junior - Kyle King - Danielle Walker - 4/75.009
7. SIG White Chocolate - Kyle King - SIG International, Inc. - 4/78.510
8. Acer - Hap Hansen - Geraldine Bidwell - 4/80.193
Photos courtesy of McCool Photography