Blenheim EquiSports is the Place to Be For... Prestigious Medal Finals
As summer winds down, Medal Finals season kicks into gear. Throughout the remainder of the California season and at the Las Vegas National, Blenheim EquiSports proudly hosts finals for regional and national associations including the CPHA, ASPCA, USEF and WCE.
"From Junior Hunter Finals to Medal Finals, supporting prestigious opportunities for West Coast competitors is an important part of our show season," explained Show Manager Stephanie Wheeler. "We offer qualifying opportunities beginning in the spring, but also a quality show environment for learning, competing and achieving goals."
It Starts with the CPHA in August
The season begins at the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park at San Juan Capistrano with the CPHA Medal Finals for juniors and amateurs next week in the Indoor Arena at the Blenheim Summer Classic, August 12th - 16th. Consisting of two-rounds over two days, first a hunter format and then a jumper format, the top ten return for a third round. Three judges, sitting in separate positions, score each round. Beyond serving as preparation for upcoming medal finals, the CPHA Medal Finals also present challenging courses in an indoor setting where establishing a good track is important.
Heading south to Del Mar the following week, Blenheim hosts the CPHA Foundation Equitation Championships for three divisions at the Showpark Summer Classic, August 19th - 23rd. Competing at 3'3" over two rounds, the championships are divided into 14 & under, 21 & under and 22 & over. A key competition for those preparing for the challenges of 3'6" and beyond, this final presents three perpetual trophies, the Hap Hansen Perpetual Trophy for the youngest division, the Barbara Worth Oakford Perpetual Trophy for the under 21 division and the Victor Hugo-Vidal Perpetual Trophy for the amateur division.
In September, it's ASPCA and USEF
Returning to San Juan Capistrano for the Blenheim Fall Tournament, September 9th - 13th, the next important equitation event is the ASPCA Maclay Regionals, also held in the Indoor Arena. Conducted in two parts, junior riders' skills are tested at 3'6" and on the flat, each section accounting for 50% of the total score. The results from these Regionals determine who qualifies for the ASPCA Maclay Finals, where over 100 junior riders gather to compete at the CP National Horse Show in Lexington, KY, in early November.
On September 16th - 20th, for the second year, Blenheim EquiSports presents the International Jumping Festival. This final week of Blenheim's season in San Juan Capistrano includes two important equitation-oriented events - the Zone 8, 9 & 10 Medal and Adult Equitation Finals as well as the Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals West Coast. With two jumping rounds and a work-off of the top 25% in the class, the Zone Finals offer an end-of-the-year opportunity for juniors and amateurs competing at 3'6".
Under new rules this year, the Talent Search seeks to be a solid stepping stone for the transition of preparing and actively competing on a jumper. Although many of the competitors are already showing in the jumper divisions, this final challenges their knowledge through flatwork, gymnastics and jumping phases. The top four, similar to the Final Four at the World Equestrian Games, each ride the final course on their own as well as the other three mounts - always a competitive and exciting event.
Sydney Hutchins, winner of the 2014 Platinum Performance/USEF
CPHA's WCE in Vegas in November
Talent Search Finals West. Photo by McCool.
Blenheim EquiSports will also host the esteemed CPHA Foundation's WCE Medal Final year-end event at the 2015 Las Vegas National Horse Show, November 10th - 15th. Also a jumper-oriented medal final, WCE competitors will ride alongside international show jumpers vying for FEI world-ranking points.
The CPHA Foundation-sponsored class provides an opportunity for amateurs and juniors with both show jumping as well as equitation skills to compete over a 1.10m (3'7") jumper course, with a special judging aspect. While two judges score the riders under the USEF equitation standards and rules, with some unique WCE scoring details, a third judge awards 1-5 proficiency points for the rider's effectiveness as a show jumper. An exciting dimension, these additional points add a valuable perspective that can effectively change the end result.
At the Las Vegas National, competitors, trainers and their families can experience the only horse show in the nation where your hotel room is above the arena and stables, room service can be delivered to the barn, you can choose to eat at one of nine restaurants, go bowling, see a movie, even gamble - all under one roof.
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