Fargis Wins $175,000 Cargill Grand Prix of the United States
to Close the 2003 Oaks Blenheim International
Juan Capistrano, CAJuly 19, 2003Three-time Olympic medalist
Joe Fargis of Southampton, NY, rode Edgar to the win in the $175,000
Cargill Grand Prix of the United States, presented by HBO, to conclude
four action-packed days of equestrian competition at the Oaks Blenheim
International CSI****, part of the Capistrano Summer Festival in
San Juan Capistrano, CA.
topped an international field of 26 horses and riders in Sundays
spectacular finale. Four entries, all U.S. Equestrian Team (USET)
veteran riders, qualified for a tiebreaking jump-off by turning
in penalty-free rides in each of the first two rounds. Finishing
second was Gabriella Salick of Thousand Oaks, CA, aboard Sandstone
Laurin and ending the day in third was the defending champion, Chris
Kappler of Pittstown, NJ, who was on the mount on which he won last
years title, Royal Kaliber.
was the first to return for the jump-off. She had one rail down
in the tiebreaker, finishing the course with four faults in 44.71
seconds. Next up was Fargis, winner of individual and team Gold
Medals at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games at Santa Anita and
a team Silver Medal at the 1988 Games in Seoul, Korea. He rode Edgar
to his third fault-free ride of the day, finishing the jump-off
clean in 48.29 seconds.
Pan American Games team Bronze Medalist Debbie Stephens of Glenmoore,
PA, followed Fargis on Cosequin CEO, but she had two rails down
for eight faults in a time of 50.09 seconds for an ultimate fourth-place
finish. The days final entry was Kappler, seeking his second
consecutive title. He and Royal Kaliber, whom he will ride for the
U.S. in next months Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican
Republic, gave it a good shot, but they had one rail down for four
faults with a time of 45.81 seconds to give Fargis the win.
came to me already developed as a grand prix horse, Fargis
said of Edgar, his longtime partner with whom he has had much success.
I was already an old man when I got him, now he is an old
man, too. Today was a great day for both of us.
equestrian action delighted spectators throughout the four days
of competition at the Oaks Blenheim International. Thursdays events
saw Kappler win the $10,000 Hermès Speed Class and Will Simpson
claim top honors in the $10,000 Robert Mondavi Jump-Off Class.
Friday, Beezie Madden came away with the win in the $25,000 St.
Regis Resort International Class, and Kappler took first place in
the $10,000 Jump-Off Class Madden took center stage again on Saturday
with her win in the $50,000 Budweiser International Speed Derby,
while Josephina Nor won the $10,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper
Classic, Saturdays other featured event.
Oaks Blenheim International is the United States first outdoor
CSI, an international individual show jumping competition. It was
first held in 2001 when Todd Minikus of Loxahatchee, FL, emerged
champion of the Cargill Grand Prix of the United States. In 2002,
Kapplers win came in dramatic fashion over three-time World
Cup Champion Rodrigo Pessoa of Brazil.
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501(c)3 tax-exempt organization based in Washington, DC.
TLCF was established in 1995 to address policy issues that directly
affect the well-being of Hispanics in the U.S. Their agenda is to
develop and promote policies that will enhance overall business,
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