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Dual in the Debut


Kenneth Vinther and Collichio kick off Blenheim season with split-second grand prix win


special to the horsetrader S


AN JUAN CAPISTRANO—With an exu- berant crowd gathered on the grassy knoll at the Rancho Mission Viejo


Riding Park, the Blenheim Spring Classic I kicked off the 2017 season with the first $25,000 Markel Insurance Grand Prix of the year.


Hannah Loly, a rising star at age 14 who


also won the 1.35m Jumper Classic on Friday, took home second place aboard Asombro with a time of 47.28, while Vinther and Colicchio clinched fi rst in 47.09. Both the fi rst round and the jump-off


allowed riders to fl ow forward, which Vinther took advantage of. “It was the kind of course where you try to


hit a good pace and then stick to it,” Vinther said. “My plan was to try to pick up a good rhythm and just maintain it all the way through, which he did.” This Grand Prix win is a fi rst for both


Vinther and Colicchio. With 15 qualifi ers remaining in Markel Insurance 1.40m Grand Prix Series, the keen competition will con- tinue in the months ahead. More online: http://bit.ly/704_BLEN


$25,000 Markel Insurance 1.40M Grand Prix Date? • Venue?


Pl. Horse


1 Colicchio 2 Asombro 3 Vespucci 4 Skyfall


5 Chestina Z 6 Caylee PCH


7 Darius de la Ferme Rose 8 Colin


9 Cambria M Z 10 Lorenzo T


Rider


Kenneth Vinther Hannah Loly Karly Lowe


Owner


Kenneth Vinther Hannah Loly Karly Lowe


Alexandra Biederman Kandis McGee Bjorn Ikast Nicki Wilcox


Bjorn Ikast Kristin Buchanan


Michelle Rodal Michelle Kerivan Hillary Ridland Carly Ramsey


11 Rallie Des Etoiles San Gabriel Mauricio Ortega 12 Will Do


Cassie Frost


Faults/Time 0/0/47.091 0/0/47.286 0/0/49.541 0/0/52.199 0/4/46.326 0/4/48.526


Morgan Hill Partners 2/81.959 Michelle Kerivan Carole Looke Carly Ramsey


Mauricio Ortega


4/75.511 4/75.879 8/76.966 10/81.276


Pacifi ca Riding Club 20/74.815


Kenneth Vinther and Colicchio edged to victory at the Blenheim Spring Classic I $25,000 Markel Insurance Grand Prix March 26.


Amy McCool photo


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