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Peter Breakwell & Lucas claim victory in the $40,000 Blenheim Spring Classic I Grand Prix

Sunday, 31 March 2013

Peter Breakwell and Lucas en route to victory. Photo by McCool Photography.The $40,000 Blenheim Spring Classic I Grand Prix, presented by the Orange County Register, welcomed twenty-two horse and rider participants onto the International Field at the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park this weeekend.  The Peters were in stride today - Peter Cottontail handled Easter brunch for exhibitors, Canadian Peter Holmes set an inviting course and New Zealander Peter Breakwell took home the top prize. Seven riders piloted their mounts without fault to secure a spot in the jump-off. And of that group only two were double clean, Breakwell and second place finishers Michelle Spadone aboard Tembla (Morgan Hill Partners, owners). Both of these top riders now call California home.

"My plan was to go fast, I didn't know if I would be fast enough. But everything just kind of worked out," explained Breakwell.Fast enough indeed; the pair stopped the clock in a speedy 41.300, almost five seconds faster than Spadone.  The victory was even sweeter as Breakwell's grand prix partner Lucas (No Drama, owner) was making a comeback after an injury. "To be honest, I didn't really expect this today because this horse hasn't been jumping a lot, he got hurt before Thermal so I wasn't able to show him. I did two classes earlier this week and he jumped really well. So I thought I would give it a shot today.  I walked the course and it was a little bigger than I had hoped.  But in the middle of the first round he felt great, and just jumped incredible."

As the seventeenth pair to negotiate the first round course, Breakwell and Lucas joined the company of Canadian Jennifer Serek on Eleonora (Shin Shin Group, owner), American Karianne Boyce-Lockhart on her own Hopscotch and Austrian Peter Petcshenig on his own Saint Quentin, who went fifth, sixth and seventh in the order.  Each of these three early clean rides had a rail in the jump-off, ultimately finishing fourth, fifth and sixth.  Also qualifying for the jump-off was Spadone on Tembla, Canadian Tamie Phillips riding her Lerche 37 and Californian Michelle Parker on her trusty Socrates De Midos (Cross Creek Farms, Inc., owners).  Phillips dropped two rails in the second round to finish seventh and Parker had a great time of 42.41 but also lowered the height of one jump for third.

With fifteen of twenty-two riders completing the course at four faults or less, course designer Peter Holmes did an excellent job setting for the field. "I thought it was a very challenging course, I thought everybody in it was quite good. I noticed almost every rider was clear or had four faults. So everybody thought they could jump it clear.  Two horses spooked to the combination and I think that might've been the shadows.  But that's horses, it happens. The standard was very high and they just had to be very precise for a clear," commented Holmes. Riders placing eighth through twelfth each dislodged one fence in the first round. With eight pairs knocking a rail in round one, the fastest five earned a piece of the prize.

RESULTS

Place

Horse

Rider

Owner

Time/Faults

1st

Lucas

Peter Breakwell

No Drama

0/0/41.300

2nd

Tembla

Michelle Spadone

Morgan Hill Partners

0/0/46.037

3rd

Socrates de Midos

Michelle Parker

Cross Creek Farms Inc

/0/4/42.418

4th

Eleonora

Jennifer Serek

Shin Shin Group

0/4/43.198

5th

Saint Quentin

Peter Petschenig

Iris & Peter Petschenig

0/4/46.110

6th

Hopscotch

Karianne Boyce-Lockhart

Karianne Boyce-Lockhart

0/4/48.450

7th

Lerche 37

Tamie Phillips

Tamie Phillips

0/8/42.657

8th

Onyx

Kyle King

Brader Hill Farms

4/74.072

9th

Bristol

Rusty Stewart

Grey Fox Farm

4/74.138

10th

Crown Princess

Lise Gregory

Lise Gregory

4/77.801

11th

John Perez

Utopia

John Perez

4/77.811

12th

Casseur de Prix

Lane Clarke

Granville Equine

4/78.380

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RESULTS

Place

Horse

Rider

Owner

Time/Faults

1st

Lucas

Peter Breakwell

No Drama

0/0/41.300

2nd

Tembla

Michelle Spadone

Morgan Hill Partners

0/0/46.037

3rd

Socrates de Midos

Michelle Parker

Cross Creek Farms Inc

/0/4/42.418

4th

Eleonora

Jennifer Serek

Shin Shin Group

0/4/43.198

5th

Saint Quentin

Peter Petschenig

Iris & Peter Petschenig

0/4/46.110

6th

Hopscotch

Karianne Boyce-Lockhart

Karianne Boyce-Lockhart

0/4/48.450

7th

Lerche 37

Tamie Phillips

Tamie Phillips

0/8/42.657

8th

Onyx

Kyle King

Brader Hill Farms

4/74.072

9th

Bristol

Rusty Stewart

Grey Fox Farm

4/74.138

10th

Crown Princess

Lise Gregory

Lise Gregory

4/77.801

11th

John Perez

Utopia

John Perez

4/77.811

12th

Casseur de Prix

Lane Clarke

Granville Equine

4/78.380

 

 

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