Speaking of growing up, Nicki’s daughter Sophie Simpson also earned numerous accolades galloping on the grass in San Juan Capistrano. She led the victory gallop in the 2018 Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals – West on The Oaks International Grand Prix Field. Soon to be married, her fiancé, Robert Sean Leckie, also rose up through the ranks with Blenheim as a part of his pathway. Together they own Blue Ridge Farms, based here in San Juan Capistrano.
We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the joy in watching some of the current top professional and junior riders who have garnered miles of experience on our fields winning here, there, and everywhere, including John French, Nick Haness, Jenny Karazissis, Katie and Jamie Taylor, as well as young stars Emma Catherine Reichow, Augusta ‘Gussie’ Iwasaki, Stella Buckingham, Skylar Wireman, and Stella Wasserman… success stories abound!
Most recently in the hunter ring at WEF, Katie, Gussie, Jenny, and John galloped away with second, fourth, fifth, and ninth in the WCHR Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular. Nick led the pack in the Desert Circuit’s USHJA National Hunter Derby aboard Reese’s, a horse he brought along in the Blenheim Young Hunter Program.
As we think about the past, present, and future of our sport, it makes all the work, time, and effort worthwhile when we can see the smiles and applaud the success of horses and riders on our fields. And to be part of their dreams coming true.
These anecdotes are just a small sample of the pathways to success. Over the last few years, we’ve been collecting Show Stories
, which you can read on our web site. We thank the media for their coverage, and this season, be sure to keep an eye out for more. We welcome all competitors to reach out to us with your stories.
We look forward to seeing you soon. Cheers to a season of Success!
#BES2020 #FieldsOfDreams for your #PathwayToSuccess