“We have a lot of young jumpers moving up today so it will be a unique class,” course designer Jack Robson noted as competitors began to warm up for the $25,000 Blenheim Summer Classic Grand Prix, presented by Royal Champion. Twenty-five horse and rider combinations attempted Robson’s track, but only three were able to leave all of the sixteen efforts untouched. “I built a course for the class,” Robson adds, “There are many young horses so it is still a technical track, but with many options to take.” The course set up nicely for the majority of the class, however faults began to add up when competitors approached Robson’s double combinations. A triple bar to plank vertical, a vertical-vertical, and an oxer-vertical combination on the final line whittled down the competition where nearly half the class accrued numerous faults.
The battle between Maurer (MEX) and Menezes (BRA) was underway after a quick course change. Maurer galloped in and took off after the jump-off course like a bullet knowing he had to again create a challenge for Menezes to chase. After clipping the second obstacle, Maurer continued to gallop between fences and cut his corners hoping to set an unbeatable four fault time of 34.313 seconds. Coming into the jump-off, Menezes knew he simply had to be clean to seal the win. “I knew going in, we just had to be careful, but that’s what she is, she’s careful” Menezes commented regarding his mount (Caruschka).” Menezes calmly entered the ring eyeballing each obstacle to confirm his clear round plan of action. Riding each line with precision, Menezes guided Caruschka to an effortless fault free round, earning the victory.
Menezes and Caruschka were also the runner-up in Friday’s $10,000 1.35M Jumper Classic. “This young mare is great and she has quite a future ahead of her,” Menezes praised the eight-year-old. “I only started working with her after the spring series in Spruce Meadows so that was only her second Grand Prix with me. She is just so careful and makes everything easy. I will continue to show her next week here at Blenheim, but I am also really looking forward to next weekend’s Grand Prix with my other Grand Prix horses as well.”