• Eventing Nation Watch the replay of @DuttonEventing and Mr Candyman's winning performance @PlantationField on @USEFNetwork https://t.co/iWpPfxJTO4 Retweeted by USEFNetwork 9/24/2016 12:54:37 PM
  • USEF Network Watch Olympic Bronze Medalist @DuttonEventing ride Mr. Candyman to win the CIC3* @PlantationField!… https://t.co/xDh1jLOUg1 9/22/2016 5:00:16 PM
  • EquiRatings Great work by @jenniautry on the Live Stream. Really enjoyable afternoon watching @PlantationField https://t.co/sZreowUmjW Retweeted by USEFNetwork 9/18/2016 4:16:35 PM
  • USEF Network .@DuttonEventing and Mr. Candyman win the CIC3* @PlantationField! https://t.co/jBkb2yuw9j 9/18/2016 4:09:22 PM
  • USEF Network Ryan Wood and Powell over the big shelter at 5 and open oxer at 6 @PlantationField https://t.co/0Nmw46iJsF 9/18/2016 3:02:10 PM
  • USEF Network .@DuttonEventing and Z through the keyhole @PlantationField! Watch live https://t.co/i8tJDp1FIR https://t.co/yjve4hPjVY 9/18/2016 2:15:33 PM
  • Eventing Nation Phillip Dutton has his first of three rides in the CIC3* home clear with time on Z #PlantationField Retweeted by USEFNetwork 9/18/2016 2:13:23 PM
  • Cheri G Too rainy to ride, but not too rainy to watch #PlantationField cross-country -- thanks @USEFNetwork 🐴👍🏼 Retweeted by USEFNetwork 9/18/2016 1:27:53 PM
  • U.S. Eventing #PlantationField CIC3* times have been pushed back - XC will now begin at 1pm. Follow scores here: https://t.co/NTekiJqOp4 Retweeted by USEFNetwork 9/18/2016 12:33:58 PM
  • Eventing Nation The @PlantationField CIC3* cross country has been moved to 1:00 p.m. EST. Watch live on @USEFNetwork! https://t.co/WKAyY8BF1Y Retweeted by USEFNetwork 9/18/2016 12:33:17 PM


Menezes Takes the Win (Again) in the $30,000 Red, White & Blue Grand Prix

RELEASE: June 30, 2013

Eduardo Menezes and Caruschka (McCool Photos)
Eduardo Menezes and Caruschka (McCool Photos)
San Juan Capistrano, CA
- On a warm Southern California afternoon where the temperatures reached into the 80s, twenty-one pairs rode a course set by designer Pierre Jolicoeur in the $30,000 Blenheim Red, White & Blue Grand Prix, presented by Markel Insurance. With a mix of rookies and veterans, both horse and rider, the track was inviting to all who entered. Of the ten who were clear in the first round, Brazilian Eduardo Menezes once again led the victory gallop, this time aboard Caruschka.

Jolicouer, who has set courses around the world, intentionally created a challenging yet not overwhelming track. "I wanted it to suit younger horses and riders as well as the experienced ones, giving them a chance for a positive experience. I expected seven or eight but I am happy with ten clear."

Inviting but not easy, fences 3 and 9, both tall verticals, came down twice each and the triple combination, element 11, caused quite a few rails. Four riders finished with time faults.

Galloping in first for the second round, Michelle Parker and Cross Creek Farm's Clintord set the pace in the jump-off, finishing double clean in 41.52, ultimately second place. Bettering the time but not the score, El Milagro's Bariano with sixteen-year-old Eugenio Garza stopped the clock in 39.35 with one rail down, finishing a respectable fifth for his efforts. Australian Olympian Matt Williams qualified two for the jump-off, Sara Nordstrom's Cenzo, who picked up four faults in 41.18 for sixth, and Imothep (Hyperion Stud LLC, owner) who was clean in 44.06 for a third place finish.

Fifth to go in the ten horse contest, Menezes and Caruschka went double clear in a blazing 37.74, topping Parker and holding the lead for the remainder of the class. Michelle Spadone aboard Morgan Hill Partner's Tembla also left all the rails up, but was the slowest of the fault-free rounds, picking up fourth.

The remaining jump-off competitors made gallant efforts finishing with four and eight fault scores, rounding out the top ten. The fastest four faulters of the day earned eleventh and twelfth.

Having a particularly hot season, Menezes has not only brought home the top prize in three Blenheim grand prix events since May, he has done so on three different horses.

Eagerly awaiting his first child, Menezes made a last minute decision to compete. "It was a good class, a good crowd and nice to see a good group in the jump-off. I was really pleased with Caruschka and set a time I hoped couldn't be beat. And lucky enough it worked."

Blenheim EquiSports continues the summer season at the Del Mar Horse Park beginning with the Showpark Jumper Classic weekend July 12-14, followed by a series of three Showpark shows, each with a grand prix and one with a USHJA Hunter Derby.

$30,000 Blenheim Red, White & Blue Grand Prix presented by Markel Insurance
Place - Horse - Rider - Owner - Faults/Time

1 - Caruschka - Eduardo Menezes - Eduardo Menezes -0/0/37.748
2 - Clintord - Michelle Parker - Cross Creek Farm - 0/0/41.524
3 - Imothep - Matt Williams - Hyperion Stud - 0/0/44.061
4 - Tembla - Michelle Spadone - Morgan Hill Partners - 0/0/44.772
5 - Bariano - Eugenio Garza - El Milagro - 0/4/39.350
6 - Cenzo - Matt Williams - Sara Nordstrom - 0/4/41.183
7 - Zarenko - Guillermo Williams - El Milagro - 0/4/42.006
8 - Socrates De Midos - Michelle Parker - Cross Creek Farm - 0/8/40.617
9 - Barla - Hannah Selleck - Descanso Farm - 0/8/42.031
10 - Raska - Tommi Clark - Tommi Clark - 0/8/43.309
11 - Deauville - Francisco Pasquel - Francisco Pasquel - 4/77.863
12 - Lasse - Jamie Barge - Jamie Barge - 4/78.652