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SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO SPRING 2012

EXPLORE THE

OLDEST NEIGHBORHOOD IN CALIFORNIA

HOW THE WEST WAS FUN


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OLD TOWN CHARM AND LOS RIOS Known as the oldest neighborhood in California, see why the Los Rios district charms both locals and tourists alike.

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HOW THE WEST WAS MADE

The ‘wild west’ served as the theme for the 54th Annual Swallow’s Day Parade and Festival, which takes place in late April.

HISTORIC REDEVELOPMENT

Get a first-hand look at the city-ordained redvelopment for historic downtown, and the pros and cons.

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EQUESTRIAN LIFESTYLE Find out the ins and outs of a worldwide sport and its significance to the community,.

CALENDAR Events, specials, and things to see and do in the month of May.

LOCAL PICKS See San Juan through the eyes of the locals with our top-rated picks.

RESTAURANT GUIDE Check out the best places to eat in the area, for any budget and any type of food.

A NIGHT ON THE TOWN Even a quiet city like San Juan has a lively nightlife: discover our suggestions.


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Welcome!

This is you taking the first steps to exploring the beautiful city of San Juan Capistrano, located in the heart of south Orange County, California. I’m thrilled to share with you stories from recent events, places to see, and an overall guide to what you can explore and discover in SJC. You’ll find everything you need to plan a trip, from local picks to a personalized restaurant guide. While San Juan is famous for its historical “Jewel of the Missions” slogan, there’s much more to do in town! Catch dinner and show, watch a horse race, explore the fabled Los Rios district, and even visit our lovely California beaches. You’ll find exceptional cuisine, events, and attractions to keep you, your friends, and your family entertained.

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I’m looking forward to making your visit fun, memorable, and one-ofakind. So use the information in this issue to start planning your perfect escape to a little slice of historical paradise! Warm regards,

Vivian Ly Vivian Ly Chief Editor San Juan Capistrano Visitors Guide


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Errol Morris Double Feature

TV’s COSMOS Now at the Regency in SJC

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Preparing families with dogs for life with baby

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The Coach House James McCartney Nick Sherwin, Marcus Lane

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Family Film Feature Happy Feet 2 2nd Sat. Art Fair

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Farmer’s Market

Plein-Air Paintings from the Collection of Mrs. Joan Irvine Smith

The Coach House DANNY SERAPHINE’S CALIFORNIA TRANSIT AUTHORITY

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First Friday Film

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Just like visitng any other city, there are well-known attractions and places of interest that every visitor passes through. But what about the rest of the city? San Juan Capistrano is known for its historical landmarks and famous mission; there’s more to this city then just that, though.


Architectural Walking Tour

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rchitecture buffs may want to sign up for a walk through 200 years of architecture in the city. The Friends of the Library, a nonprofit San Juan Capistrano library group that benefits and encourages library use and preservation of this award winning library, sponsors weekly guided walking tours that are given every Saturday at 10 AM. The walk, which includes adobes, Spanishera dwellings and streamlined modern buildings covers about a mile on level ground and lasts 90 minutes. A donation of $5 per person is requested. All proceeds support the Friends of the Library. Prospective walkers should call 949-4890736, and meet at the train depot on Verdugo Street in San Juan Capistrano at 10 AM on Saturday. In addition to these regularly scheduled walks, special arrangements may be made for groups of five or more to have tours on other days. For additional information, or to schedule a tour please phone 949489-0736. Featured landmark in the tour include the famous Mission San Juan Capistrano, O’Neill Museum, a variety of preserved adobes in the Los Rios district, the Ferris Kelly buildings, the SJC Regional Library, and Old Union High School.

The Farmers’ Market is held year round, every Wednesday, rain or shine, in historic downtown. From November through March: 3 pm - 6 pm, and April through October: 3 pm - 7 pm. Call (858) 272-7054 for more information.

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f you’re in the area, San Juan Capistrano is having its second Saturday of the month art fair from 10 am to 5 pm. Held in the historic downtown San Juan Capistrano area, the fair showcases artists, craftspeople and musicians from the area and beyond. Get to know the artists who sell wares that range from jewelry to candles to pottery and photographs. The fair features over 70 local artists in the area, and booths are spread all over historic downtown and the Los Rios district. It makes for a perfect outing for anyone. Held every 2nd Saturday of the month except January and February: 10AM - 5PM during summer months, 4PM rest of the year. Visit www.sjcartfair.org for more information.


2nd Saturday Art Fair

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f you’re in the area, San Juan Capistrano is having its second Saturday of the month art fair from 10 am to 5 pm. Held in the historic downtown San Juan Capistrano area, the fair showcases artists, craftspeople and musicians from the area and beyond. Get to know the artists who sell wares that range from jewelry to candles to pottery and photographs. The fair features over 70 local artists in the area, and booths are spread all over historic downtown and the Los Rios district. It makes for a perfect outing for anyone.

Downtown Farmers’ Market

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very Wednesday, the small strip of land adjacent to Veteran’s Park in downtown San Juan Capistrano comes alive with farm vendors selling fresh flowers, produce and specialty foods. Since this area is prized for its farming and cattle-raising, most of the items are locally grown. This is a California state-certified market, which means, by law, only California-grown items are allowed to be sold here. Items from neighboring states or below the border are not permitted and it is strictly monitored by the market manager. There are more than 30 vendors on a typical Wednesday. It has a few vendors selling prepared foods which are great to take to the nearby parks for a picnic. More and more people these days—not just chefs, but everyday home cooks and travelers, too—are developing an appreciation for farmers’ markets. In fact, some of these local spots for buying fruits, vegetables, dairy, seafood, and meat directly from the growers are even becoming tourist attractions. Experiencing local products—learning their provenance, tasting them, developing an appreciation for them— makes cooking and eating more enjoyable, says Steve Corry. It also makes a delicious meal feel something like a communal project. Consider making a trip to the SJC farmers’ market - you won’t regret it. The Farmers’ Market is held year round, every Wednesday, rain or shine, in historic downtown. From November through March: 3 pm - 6 pm, and April through October: 3 pm - 7 pm. Call (858) 272-7054 for more information.

Held every 2nd Saturday of the month except January and February: 10AM - 5PM during summer months, 4PM rest of the year. Visit www.sjcartfair.org for more information.


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CALIFORNIA’S HISTORICAL ROOTS

Explore the the quaint and charming grounds of the historical Los Rios district, known as the oldest established neighboorhood in California. BY CHRISTINA DUANE

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he Los Rios District lies directly across the railroad tracks from the Capistrano Depot and is the oldest neighborhood in California. The forty homes that remain here include three original adobe structures. The Montanez, the Rios, and the Silvas are all that remain of the adobes that housed the builders of the mission and the mission ranch workers in the late 1700’s and early 1800’s. During these early years, as the Great Stone Church was being built, the mission was prospering as the

center of the economy for the Spanish and the Acjachemen Indians who were beginning to merge their cultures. Many of the other homes here were built by European immigrants in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Today, although most of the homes are private residences, there are many businesses open to the public during business hours. This provides a relaxing and enchanting experience for locals and tourists alike. To walk the streets of the Los Rios District is to recapture

the tranquillity of the slower pace of life that existed before the turn of the century and before. It was not long ago that the streets were still dirt. Willow trees grow among eucalyptus and palm. Cactus and wildflowers grow beneath sprays of bouganvia. You can hear the hum of insects that a writer in the 1800’s wrote about and feel the haunting presence of those who lived in that time.As trains come in and out of the station, visitors cross the tracks to visit Zoomars Petting Zoo where children can ride the ponies

and feed and pet rabbits, goats and other animals. Many come to Hummingbird Cottage to treat themselves to gifts, unusual collectibles or a soda. Other attractions include Apple Rose Cottage, Ramos House Cafe, The Tea House on Los Rios, Lemon Drop Grove (gifts shop), Ito Nursery and The O’Neill Museum where visitors can learn more about early California history as it all began here years ago.


A glimpse of the past can be seen as one walks along Los Rios Historic District and the oldest residential street in California. This narrow street, without sidewalks, but with large mature trees, speaks of a time long past when individuals lived in small cozy houses, knew their neighbors, and were related to many who lived on the same street. Mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, aunts and uncles, grandparents, nieces and nephews, cousins, all grew up in the area and many still remain. Los Rios Historic District is just that: an historic district. The street is on the National Register of Historic Places and includes those houses facing Los Rios Street. A street that has not changed all that much since it first became a location for the homes of the Acjachemen/Juaneno Indian neophytes who were not confined to the Mission. This in itself was unusual. At most Missions the neophytes lived in reed huts, “kichas”, which were burned when old and rebuilt as needed. Of the original adobes, all were built about 1794, once lined this street, only three left: the Silvas, Rios, and Montanez Adobes. The Rios Adobe has been continuously occupied by descendents of the original owner. As the other adobes vanished due to neglect or demolition, board and batten houses of similar sizes and appearance replaced them. These houses are called “contributing structures” to the Historic District. Los Rios had always been a working class neighborhood which exhibits the changing tastes of over 200 years of building. The street made the National Register of Historic Places

because it has a good collection of single-wall constructed dwellings, such as the Lupe Combs House, Pedro Labat House, Ramos House, and the Olivares House. Other historic houses have been moved into the District for preservation, the O’Neill Museum (Garcia/Pryor House), the Yorba/Love House, George “Buddy” Forster House, and the Arley Leck House. The houses are set back from the street and are usually less than 1,000 square feet in size. The lush landscape and mature trees give a feeling of permanence.

MUST-SEE ATTRACTIONS

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THE TEA HOUSE ON LOS RIOS: Owned by an English woman, the Tea House offers a full-service afternoon tea experience, perfect for a ladies’ get together.

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O’NEILL MUSEUM:

Visit this majestictly preserved historical landmark, right in the heart of Los Rios. Originally built by a saloon owner for his wife in the late 1800s, the museum also is the San house nows servces as both a museum and the San Juan Capistrano Historical Society headquarters. 31831 Los Rios Street San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675; www.sjchistoricalsociety.ccom


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Starbucks Coffee 27211 Ortega Hwy Ste E San Juan Capistrano (949) 661 5801

Bravo Burgers 31722 Rancho Viejo Rd San Juan Capistrano (949) 487 2728


(949) 661 4809 KFC 32032 Camino Capistrano San Juan Capistrano (949) 240 5963

Starbucks Coffee 31760 Camino Capistrano San Juan Capistrano (949) 487 0065

Cafe Mozart 31952 Camino Capistrano Ste A1 San Juan Capistrano (949) 496 0212

El Maguey Mexican Restaurant 31481 Camino Capistrano San Juan Capistrano (949) 493 8681

Golden Spoon Frozen Yogurt 31654 Rancho Viejo Rd Ste J San Juan Capistrano (949) 489 5567 Ball Park Pizza 31654 Rancho Viejo Rd San Juan Capistrano (949) 493 6852 Bad to The Bone BBQ 31738 Rancho Viejo Rd Ste E San Juan Capistrano (949) 218 0227 Subway 31742 Rancho Viejo Rd Ste B San Juan Capistrano (949) 388 7373

Ciao Pasta 31661 Camino Capistrano San Juan Capistrano (949) 496 5002

San Juan Hills Sports Bar & Grill 32120 San Juan Creek Road San Juan capistrano 949-218-4800

McDonald’s 27000 Crown Valley Pkwy San Juan Capistrano (949) 364 1121

Sushi Tai 31654 Rancho Viejo Rd San Juan Capistrano (949) 489 1044

L’hirondale Restaurant 31631 Camino Capistrano San Juan Capistrano (949) 661 0425 Cedar Creek 26860 Ortega Hwy San Juan Capistrano (949) 240 2229

Vito’s Pizza & Italian Rtorante 31781 Camino Capistrano San Juan Capistrano, CA 949.481.8300 Sundried Tomato 31781 Camino Capistrano San Juan Capistrano (949) 218 8999

Las Golondrinas Mexican Food 27124 Paseo Espada # 803 San Juan Capistrano (949) 240 3440

Taqueria Y Tortilleria El Campeon 31921 Camino Capistrano San Juan Capistrano (949) 240 3141

Jack in the Box 26942 Ortega Hwy, (949) 240 0247 San Juan Capistrano

Maria Isabel Restaurant 31401 Camino Capistrano Ste 3 San Juan Capistrano (949) 496 4080

Ramos House Cafe 31752 Los Rios St, (949) 443 1342 San Juan Capistrano

Vintage Steakhouse 26701 Verdugo St San Juan Capistrano (949) 661 3400 Ruby’s Diner 31781 Camino Capistrano Ste 301, San Juan Capistrano (949) 496 7829

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HOW THE

WEST WAS FUN

San Juan Capistrano celebrates the 54th anniversary of its world-famous Swallows’ Day Parade and Festival.

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BY LINDSEY MILLER PHOTOGRAPHS BY HEATHER TAYLOR

an Juan Capistrano will hold its 54th annual Swal-

lows’ Day Parade and street fair Saturday, featuring about 3,200 participants, more than 500 horses, 11 marching bands and dozens of entries that celebrate the city’s Spanish, Western and Juaneno Indian heritage. Although the gregarious birds have hardly been seen at the historic mission in recent years, swallows nest in small numbers elsewhere, in the eaves of schools, shopping malls and underneath freeway overpasses. They can often be seen feeding on insects early in the morning or at dusk. “I know they are around because I have seen them,” said Jeff Schroeder, a member of the event’s executive board. “They will be coming in sporadically over the next 30 to 45 days.” This year’s festival theme is celebrating the Old West. About 35,000 to 40,000 visitors are expected to attend what has become one of the largest non-motorized parades in the nation.


next 30 to 45 days.” The 54th annual Swallows Day Parade marches through San Juan Capistrano every March – this year’s festivities occurred on Saturday, March 24th, 2012. The parade culminates the month-long celebration known as Fiesta de las Golondrinas, or Swallows Festival. The event honors the small migrating birds that traditionally make their spring and summer home in and around San Juan after a 6,000-mile trip from Argentina.

bands and more than 400 horses. The air may be chilly from the weekend’s winter storm, but San Juan Capistrano is gearing up for spring by celebrating the annual return of the swallows. Monday was Swallows’ Day for Mission San Juan Capistrano, where lore has it that cliff swallows return each year just in time for St. Joseph’s Day after wintering 6,000 miles away in Argentina. The 1.5-mile parade is to begin at 11 a.m. on El Camino Real at Ortega Highway and move along Del Obispo Road to Camino Capistrano.

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Then head north back toward the MisOriginally, the festival began as there’s much that sion San Juan Capistrano. The parade is a school carnival, grew into an equestrian parade and through the represents the flavor expected to last more than two hours. The Mercado Street Faire will be held years added several other events, of San Juan from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the historic such as Hoos’gow Day, Fiesta Capistrano more.” Town Center Park off El Camino Real at Grande and the El Presidente Ball. Ortega Highway. The parade is billed as the largest nonmotorized parade in the nation. This year, thousands of watchers who lined Ortega Highway, Del Obispo Street. Organizers say the fair will feature about 100 vendors selling crafts, clothing, games, food, beer and wine. Camino Capistrano viewed 200 entries, includ- San Juan Capistrano will close its streets in the ftival ing 11 marching bands and more than 400 horses. and parade area at 10 a.m. that day, on the perimeter The air may be chilly from the weekend’s winter storm, of the event.Shuttle service will be available at the but San Juan Capistrano is gearing up for spring Endevco and Fluidmaster parking lots off Rancho by celebrating the annual return of the swallows. Viejo Road. Monday was Swallows’ Day for Mission San Juan at the San Juan Capistrano Community Center and Capistrano, where lore has it that cliff swallows re- Sports Park off Camino Del Avion near Del Obispo. turn each year just in time for St. Joseph’s Day af- The shuttles will run from 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. The cost ter wintering 6,000 miles away in Argentina. is $2 for a round trip. Children under 12 are free.

PARADE FACTS WHEN: 11 a.m. Satur-

day. The accompanying Mercado Street Fair runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The bulk of street closures will begin by 10 a.m.

WHERE: Begins on El Camino Real at Ortega Highway and travels along Del Obispo Street to Camino Capistrano, then heads north toward Mission San Juan Capistrano Highway.

PARKING: Shuttle service will be provided from 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. for those who park at lots off Rancho Viejo Road or at the San Juan Capistrano Community Center. Adults ride for $2; children 12 and younger ride free.

MORE INFO: Call 949-493-1976 or www. swallowsparade.org

Clockwise from top left: a family proudly rides in their Cinderella Carriage advertising their local business; Buy My Bikes. A reenactment solider rides through the parade on horseback; traditional Spanish dancers twirls their way down the 1.5 mile route.ww


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Historic Downtown Master Plan

San Juan approves plan to revamp downtown By Frank Shyong Photography by Heather Taylor

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of planning to reimagine San Juan Capistrano’s historic downtown culminated with the City Council adopting the Historic Town Center Master Plan with some modifications. An ordinance incorporating a new land-use plan into the municipal code will need two more approvals, after which the changes would take place within 30 days. Passage of the master plan last week was greeted with a smattering of applause from the audience. Representatives of Mission San Juan Capistrano and the Chamber of Commerce joined several downtown property owners in speaking in support of the plan.

Veterans Park - Historic downtown San Juan Capistrano

Councilwoman Laura Freese said the opportunity to update the master plan was one of the reasons she originally ran for office. “This is about protecting what we have and love and preventing us from making stupid mistakes in the future,” Freese said. The plan covers 150 acres in the heart of the city, encompassing the mission, the 31-acre downtown core and commercial areas south of Del Obispo Street and north to Trabuco Creek. The goal is an “18-hour mixed-use environment” while improving circulation and maintaining the area’s historic character.


“I don’t see any reason to fear ourselves going ahead,” Kramer said. The city was going to use redevelopment funds to pay for construction costs, but a state law that took effect this year resulted in redevelopment agencies being dissolved statewide, including in San Juan. Other possible funding sources include capital-improvement funds. The city is considering declaring a business improvement district in which all property owners and tenants in a certain geographic area would help pay. The district would have to be ratified by 75 percent of the stakeholders.

Mark Bodenhamer, executive director of the San Juan Capistrano Chamber of Commerce, said the chamber is open to the idea. The next step is to create an implementation plan. Streetscape improvements likely will be the first parts of the plan to take effect. The council will adopt the form-based land-use code at a later meeting.

Top left: Blas Aguilar Adobe Top right: mision bells Bottom: Esslinger Building: 31866 Camino Capistrano, 20th Century

Camino Capistrano - El Adobe Restaurant and the Garcia and Yorba adobes

The project is an update of the 1995 master plan and the city’s General Plan. The city hired Studio One Eleven, a Long Beach-based consulting firm, to write the masterplan revision. Commercially zoned square footage will double, though retail space will be reduced slightly. The plan adds 180,000 square feet of hotel space and 274,850 square feet of residential space. All told, building area could expand by about 61 percent, according to a city staff report. The plan adds 769 shared parking spaces in public lots and structures to accommodate the intensification of uses, while onsite parking requirements for property owners will be reduced. A section of Forster Street will be extended across Historic Town Center Park to connect with Del Obispo Street. A section of Yorba Street will be extended slightly to connect with a planned parking structure along Ortega Highway. El Camino Real will connect with Del Obispo, and Avenida Los Amigos is to extend north to Plaza Del Obispo. The plan calls for Ortega Highway between Del Obispo and Camino Capistrano to be widened by two lanes, one in each direction, with added diagonal parking on the north side of Ortega. Modifications to the original plan include scrapping the expansion of the Franciscan Plaza parking structure. Developers in the 150-acre area will be subject to a

form-based land-use code, which not only governs the uses allowed on a property but also the physical aspects of any structure. Assistant Development Services Director Bill Ramsey said this will allow the city to regulate building mass, facades and spacing on a property. Part of the plan’s goal is to create a more continuous facade along downtown areas. The form-based code functions similarly to current

Modifications to the original plan include scrapping the expansion of the Franciscan Plaza parking structure. land-use regulation. If a developer has a plan that deviates from what’s defined in the master plan they will have to apply for a change. Since the form of a property helps guide its function, Ramsey said this will give the city greater control over future development without eliminating potential uses. Councilman Derek Reeve voted against implementing the form-based land-use code, expressing fears that future councils might abuse eminent domain in a rush to implement the master plan. Mayor Larry Kramer disagreed.


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A Night On the Town As a historical landmark, San Juan Capistrano isn’t exactly known for having a nightlife. Nestled in between some of the safest cities in North America, the locals and residents tend to have early nights. That doesn’t mean that there isn’t a nightlife, though - San Juan is home to a variety of fine dining, cocktail bars, live theatre, and other local entertainment that will keep even the nightowls content.


DINNER AND A MOVIE Standard date-night fare has a large place in San Juan. Catch the latest flicks at the recently renovated Regency movie theatre in historic downtown, which boasts four theatres that play a variety of new releases, from action-packed thrillers to romantic comedys. What about a meal? No worries there: San Juan’s best places to get a bite to eat are minutes away! Located right next to the theatre is Italian eatery Vito’s, serving pizzas and fine pastas, along with Ruby’s Diner, a casual place to grab burgers and fries. On the other side of the theatre, next to the train station, is finer Italian restaurant Sarducci’s, offering a more refined alternative. Next to that is The Vintage steakhouse, boasting an impressive menu, along with a late full-service bar and cocktail lounge.

CATCH A SHOW Live entertainment is no stranger to the area. For traditional plays and musicals, get tickets for a production at the Camino Real Playhouse, which hosts a variety of different types of theatre, from Broadway musicals such as Chicago, to Shakespeare plays such as Romeo and Juliet. Looking for something more music-heavy? The Coach House hosts a variety of local and travelling bands of all types of genres - there’s bound to be something for every music lover. Looking for something more on the casual side? The Swallow’s Inn cocktail bar hosts a variety of local and live entertainment, from stand-up to karaoke. It’s a fun and cheap way to spend a night out.


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able to go clean in the jump-off, making it a very intense and exciting wrap up to the second week of the Blenheim Spring Classic Series.   The competition continues in San Juan Capistrano next week with the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby on Friday, April 13th, and the $50,000 Orange County Register Grand Prix on Saturday, April 14th. Free parking and general admission to all events. Visit the Blenheim EquiSports website for more information

“Michelle Parker Dominates at the Blenheim Spring Classic II”

Top 8 - $40,000 Blenheim Spring Classic II Grand Prix, presented by Summit General Insurance.

Michelle Parker and Xel Ha, owned by Tula Pinnella A total of 31 horse and rider duos took on the challenge on the Blenheim EquiSports’ Grand Prix grass field. The demanding course, designed by Benjamin Fernandez (MEX), lead riders over a vertical-oxer double combination, an oxer-verticle-oxer triple combination, an optional water jump, and a finish over a wide liverpool oxer. Six riders were able to master the 1st round and qualify for the jump-off.  Josephina Nor Lantzman (BRA) and her trusted mount Chello Z had thefirst clear roundof the day and followed up with another flawless effort in the jump-off setting the bar in a time of 40.744. John Pearce (CAN) and Forest View Farm’s Chianto stood up to the challenge and surpassed Nor’s time in 38.830. Michelle Parker then piloted the 9-year-old Selle Francais mare, Xel Ha, owned by Tula Pinnella, to a quick and concise jump off, cutting corners and galloping between fences to stop the clock and take the lead in 38.220. It came down to Parker’s second mount in the jump off to try and make it a 1-2 finish. Parker guided Cross Creek Farm’s Socrates De Midos to a fault free jump-off, but stopped the clock in 39.908, good enough for 3rd. Seven of the eight riders were

Horse | Rider | Owner | First round faults | Jump off faults | Jump off time 1. XEL HA - Michelle Parker - Tula Pinnella 0/0/38.220 2. Chianto - John Pearce - Forest View Farm 0/0/38.830 3. Socrates de Midos - Michelle Parker Cross Creek Farms 0/0/39.908 4. Chello Z - Josephina Nor Lantzman - Josephina Nor Stables 0/0/40.744 5. Lerche 37 - Tamie Phillips - Tamie Phillips 0/0/41.432 6. Warinde B - Lauren Hester - Hester Equestrian 0/0/41.950 7. SF Uryadi - Jennifer Crooks - Olivia Coxfill 0/0/43.733 8. Abigail - Lauren Hester - Hester Equestrian 0/8/39.80


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