San Juan Capistrano
- The Blenheim Spring Classic III showcased California's most spectacular hunters, as graceful movers and top quality jumpers gathered to compete for World Champion Hunter Rider (WCHR) points and prestigious High Score and Grand Champion Awards, all presented by SmartPak — Healthy Horses, Happy Riders.
Skyhawk and Boss
Overall SmartPak Winners Walked Away with Prizes Galore
Laura Wasserman's Skyhawk and Boss, both piloted by John French, tied with perfect scores, each accumulating the maximum possible number of points in their respective divisions. The two spectacular horses therefore tied for the prestigious SmartPak Overall Grand Champion Award. Receving $100 in SmartPak gift certificates, plus the Blue Ribbon Blankets Winning Trainer Award coolerette and the Balmoral Farm Winning Owner Award picture frame and photo gift certificate, the weekend was a booming success for Wasserman, trainer Archie Cox, and their horses. Shiloh Roseboom was also included in this title championship for her sweep of the Small Pony Hunter division with Heavenly Patch of Blue and their resulting perfect score of 50 points. Heavenly Patch of Blue's trainer Jamie Taylor won the Blue Ribbon Blankets Winning Trainer Award and the Rosebooms received the Balmoral Farm Winning Owner Award.
Heavenly Patch of Blue and Shiloh Roseboom
No one could top Augusta Iwasaki and Small Affair this week. With an over fences score of 91 from the 3'6" Junior Hunter 15 & Under division, the pair earned the SmartPak Overall High Score Award. The legendary team also brought home the SmartPak High Score 3'6" Junior Hunter Award.
Small Affair and Augusta Iwasaki
Top Professionals Swept the Green, Performance, and Conformation Hunter Awards
The week began with the Green Hunter and Performance Hunter divisions at several heights, but it was Hope Glynn and Sabrina Hellman's Lake of Stars who took home the SmartPak Grand Green Hunter Champion Award for their success in the Green Hunter 3'9" division and John French with Laura Wasserman's Skyhawk who earned the SmartPak Grand Performance Hunter Champion Award for their efforts in the High Performance Hunter division. French and Skyhawk walked away with a perfect score of 50 points for winning all five classes in their division, earning them the High Performance Hunter Championship for the week as well. Glynn and Lake of Stars were also champions of their Green Hunter 3'9" division. Other champions emerged from the other division sections of varying jump heights, but Glynn and French topped the entire field in points.
Lake of Stars and Hope Glynn Skyhawk and John French
Glynn and Lake of Stars tied for the SmartPak High Score Green Hunter Award with John Bragg and Mayfield, who championed the Green Hunter 3'6" division, with Handy scores of 90. French, too, won a high point award but aboard a different horse: he and Laura Wassserman's As Always scored two 90s in the 3'6" Performance Hunter division to take home the SmartPak High Score Performance Hunter Award.
French also won on Laura Wasserman's Boss. The pair swept their Conformation Hunter division, earning a total of 60 points after combining the 50 for performance and the 10 for the model. They took home the SmartPak Grand Conformation Hunter Champion Award.
Mayfield and John Bragg As Always and John French
Amateur Owners and Adult Amateurs Showed at their Bests
Gina Ross finished the week with numerous awards for her excellent rides on her horses Equity and Appeal. She earned both the SmartPak High Score 3'3" Amateur Owner and the SmartPak High Score 3'6" Amateur Owner Awards on those horses, respectively. She and Equity scored an impressive 87 in the 3'3" Amateur Owner 36+ division.
Appeal and Gina Ross Equity and Gina Ross
It was Alexis Meadows and Antwerp who claimed the SmartPak Grand 3'3" Amateur Owner Championship in the end, though, with two wins and three seconds in the 18-35 division. Mark Miness won the SmartPak Grand 3'6" Amateur Owner Hunter Champion Award with Call Me Maybe.
Antwerp and Alexis Meadows Call Me Maybe and Mark Miness
The Adult Amateur Hunter division was as competitive as could be, with 49 horses taking their turns on the Pacific Field all weekend. Shari Roseboom emerged victorious aboard Voila, earning the SmartPak Grand Adult Hunter Champion Award. This marked a repeat win from last spring for Roseboom. Karen Trione rode Fandango HX to a dazzling score of 90 in the Adult Amateur Hunter division, winning them the SmartPak High Score Adult Amateur Award.
Voila and Shari Roseboom Fandando HX and Karen Trione
Junior and Children's Hunters Jumped in Style and with Success
In addition to overall and division awards with Small Affair, Augusta Iwasaki also walked away with the SmartPak Grand 3'6" Junior Hunter Championship with 42 points for her success with Boris.
Boris and Augusta Iwasaki
The SmartPak Grand 3'3" Junior Hunter Championship went to Stella Wasserman and Fine Design. Remarkably, it was the pair's first time showing in the 3'3" Junior Hunters. Anna Moellenhoff won the SmartPak High Score 3'3" Junior Hunter Award for her 87 with Santos. Moellenhoff championed the Children's Hunter division last season, so her success in the Junior Hunters thus far is no surprise.
Fine Design and Stella Wasserman
Alexis Sokolov and Stanwick earned a score of 83 to secure the SmartPak High Score Children's Hunter Award. The duo also claimed the SmartPak Grand Children's Hunter Championship.
Santos and Anna Moellenhoff Stanwick and Alexis Sokolov
Pony Prizes for Top Efforts
Shiloh Roseboom won the SmartPak Grand Pony Hunter Champion Award for her clean sweep of her division aboard Heavenly Patch of Blue. She and the grey pony also received the SmartPak High Score Pony Hunter Award for their 86 in the Small Pony Hunter Handy. With a score of 83, Rachel Rosenblum and Sam I Am received the SmartPak High Score Children's Pony Hunter Award, topping the fields of small, medium, and large ponies in the Children's Pony Hunter division. It was also Rosenblum and Sam I Am who ended up SmartPak Grand Children's Pony Hunter Champions.
Heavenly Patch of Blue and Shiloh Roseboom Sam I Am and Rachel Rosenblum
The first WCHR week at Blenheim made for a spectacular week of stiff competition and gorgeous rounds. Numerous riders walked away with top honors and special notice from the generous sponsor SmartPak — Healthy Horses, Happy Riders. Congratulations to all the winners!
More to come during the next WCHR Blenheim week in May at the Showpark Ranch & Coast Classic.