Brown Snags Both First and Third in the $30,000 June Classic III Grand Prix, presented by EquiFit, inc.
[San Juan Capistrano, CA] Seven nations represented the field of twenty horse and rider combinations on Sunday afternoon in the $30,000 June Classic III Grand Prix. Nearing the end of the qualifying round, Harley Brown (AUS) was the one to catch with both jump-off qualifiers, Angelli and Cassiato.
With two riders to go, Nicole Shahinian-Simpson was able to break through and qualify her mount, Picturized, for the jump-off. Course designer Jack Robson set a track that challenged both young and seasoned horses and asked riders surprising questions that resulted in several refusals, numerous unlucky rails, and an unfortunate spill where both horse and rider walked away unscathed.
Harley Brown guided Cassiato to a double clear round, securing first place in 37.097
"Some unfortunate rails and time faults out there today," Robson shared of the twenty horse and rider combinations attempting to master his course. Of the sixteen efforts, many of the victims accrued faults at the oxer-oxer combination, the large triple bar to vertical combination and coming home to the vertical-oxer combination. "It was a national standard and a rebuilding type course for those who've been here all three weeks," Robson continued, "some different lines to approach and options to take that made it a unique class."
Smith kept all the rails in the cups but finished with two time faults.
18-year-old Alexandria Smith kept all the rails in the cups but finished with two time faults settling for fourth respectively
Rusty Stewart, coming off his $30,000 June Classic Grand Prix win just seven days earlier aboard his trusted mount Bristol, had an unlucky back rail at the first obstacle, but was able to ride the rest of the course flawlessly and settle for fifth with four faults. The only other round of the day without a dropped rail went to eighteen-year-old Canadian rider, Alexandria Smith and her eleven-year-old Hanoverian gelding, Albatros. Smith however couldn't beat the time allowed of 84 seconds, accruing two time faults and going home fourth respectively.
Shahinian-Simpson tested Brown by putting up a double clear round in 38.964
Brown and Angelli set the pace in the jump off with a faultless round.
Brown (AUS) and Shahinian-Simpson returned for the jump-off knowing it would take speed and precision to get through Robson's design without fault. Returning to the track first was Brown and Paige Harryman's thirteen-year-old Westphalian gelding, Angelli. Brown continued his fault free streak with a smart but quick ride under the time allowed in 42.046. As Brown prepped his second jump-off mount, Shahinian-Simpson and her nine-year-old Hanoverian mare, Picturized, were able to cut corners and angle fences to better the leading time and go double-clear in 38.964. The crowed eagerly waited for Brown to return with his infamous mount, Cassiato, to see if he could also go double-clear and walk away champions. Brown galloped in and guided the mighty grey Holsteiner to a precise but swift round, floating over the fences with ease and stopping the clock to reclaim the lead in 37.097 seconds.
"He was great," Brown gloated about winning mount Cassiato, "He just got back from Europe last Thursday and I was happy how he went today. Jack's (Robson) course was excellent. I thought it was a really well built and constructed course." Brown and Castillo will return home to San Louis Obispo for some well-deserved rest and look forward to the upcoming summer series in Del Mar, CA.
With three weeks of spectacular competition and beautiful weather in the books, we can only look forward to the final week of the series and highlighted class, the $30,000 Red, White and Blue Grand Prix, presented by Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel. The following weekend, Blenheim EquiSports will also feature the Blenheim Jumper Classic, July 6th-8th, hosting an assortment a Jumper classes: $15,000 1.45M Jumper Classic, $10,000 1.30M Jumper Classic, $5,000 1.25M Jumper Classic in the Blenheim Farms Derby Arena. Please visit the Blenheim EquiSports website for all upcoming event details.
Photos © Flying Horse Photography.
$30,000 June Classic III Grand Prix, presented by EquiFit, inc.
Rider | Horse | Owner | Round 1 faults | Round 2 faults | Round 2 time
- Harley Brown | Cassiato | Harley Brown 0 | 0 | 37.097
- Nicole Shahinian-Simpson | Picturized | Pacifica Riding Club 0 | 0 | 38.964
- Harley Brown | Angelli | Paige Harryman 0 | 0 | 42.048
- Alexandria Smith | Albatros | Alexandria Smith | 2
- Rusty Stewart | Bristol | Grey Fox Farm | 4 | 76.830
- Francisco Pasqual | Montejo | Francisco Pasqual 4 | 79.544
- Everardo Hegewisch| 7th Electric 2 | Everardo Hegewisch 8 |77.392
- Hillary Ridland | Welcome | Hillary Ridland | 8 | 82.499
- Damian Gardiner | Flexing | Dutch K Ranch | 8 | 82.617
- Adrianne Dixon | Ramazzotti | Adrianne Dixon | 8 | 83.638