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.
Managed more FEI Championship events than any other equestrian management company in the U.S.
Hosted the Las Vegas FEI World Cup Finals – 2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009 & 2015
FEI Children’s Jumper Finals – 2004, 2005 & 2006
1st US Olympic Equestrian Team Trial held on West Coast – 2000
1st FEI outdoor CSI-A International in US – 2001
US Olympic Team Trials in both stadium jumping & dressage – 2004
US Olympic Team Trials in dressage – 2008
Over a decade of successful event management takes a solid team. Meet the Blenheim EquiSports Team below.
Former CEO of a major national real estate finance company, Mr Brandes is currently focusing his efforts on making a difference in the equestrian world of show jumping by presenting over 20 world-class grand prix competitions annually.
Currently the U.S. Show Jumping Coach/Technical Advisor, Ridland is also a two-time member of the U.S. Olympic Team (Munich, 1972; Montreal, 1976), Television Color Commentator for ESPN, CBS (1986 World Championships), & NBC (1992 & 2004 Olympic Games in Barcelona & Athens). He is a member of the FEI Jumping Committee and was FEI Technical Delegate for the World Cup Finals in Gothenburg (1995), Helsinki (1998), Milan (2004) & Kuala Lumpur (2006). FEI Course Designer of international events including the 1992 & 1996 U.S. Olympic Trials, Paris CSI, Hampton Classic, Central American Games (San Juan, Puerto Rico) and twice winner of the AHSA Course Designer of the Year Award. Show Jumping Manager for the 2000, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009 World Cup Finals in Las Vegas
Directs the overall financial plans and accounting practices of Blenheim EquiSports. Oversees all financial administration, business planning, budgeting and team management while being an active participant in the organization’s overall strategy.
Stephanie Lightner, VP of Operations
Develops and implements the annual schedule of events in addition to managing the operations of the horse shows. Served as the Show Manager for the 2000 and 2004 USEF Olympic Trials and helped organize the 2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2015 FEI World Cup Finals in Las Vegas. Serves on the Competition Management Committees for both the USEF and USHJA as well as several additional task forces for both organizations.
Manages sponsorship, hospitality, VIP Medal Club and public relations for both Blenheim EquiSports and the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park.