Articles: Press Release
Richard Spooner and Robinson Capture $75,000 Bayer/USET Benefit Grand Prix
Contact: Marty Bauman, (508) 698-6810
Gladstone, NJ-February 11, 2003-Richard Spooner of Glendale,
CA, piloted Robinson, owned by Half Moon Bay Investment Group, to a win
in the $75,000 Bayer/USET Benefit Grand Prix at the HITS Desert Horse
Park in Indio, CA, on February 9.
Seoul Olympic course designer Olaf Petersen set an even
course that allowed the majority of riders to get around without major
difficulty. There were seven clear out of a starting field of 35
horse-and-rider combinations, thus ensuring a great competition.
Nicole Shahinian-Simpson of West Lake Village, CA, was the
first in the ring for the jump-off round aboard El Campeon's Cirka Z.
Simpson was one of five riders who completed the jump-off course with
all the rails still in place. Following Simpson's performance, riders
raced to better her time of 48.64 seconds.
It was the third rider in the ring, Richard Spooner, aboard Robinson,
who laid down a clear round and a time of 42.61 seconds that no one
could catch. Gerardo Tazzer of Mexico produced a clear round in a time
of 44.81 seconds aboard his Chanel to take second place. Third place
honors were awarded Sarah Baldwin of Los Angeles, CA on Kijoy Forever,
owned by Brookwood Stables, Inc. This pair turned in a clear round in a
time of 46.53 seconds. Jeff Campf's clear round in a time of 46.59
seconds aboard Lady D, owned by Oz Investments and Sequoia Farm, earned
him the fourth place award.
The USET sponsored grand prix will be aired on the Outdoor Life Network
on Sunday, April 20, from 3:00-4:00 p.m. EDT. The program will be
re-aired on Friday, April 25, from 12:00-1:00 p.m. EDT.
The United States Equestrian Team is a non-profit organization that selects,
trains, equips and finances equestrians of the highest possible standard to
represent our country in major international competition, including the
Olympic Games and the World Championships. To accomplish this the USET seeks
out and nurtures the development of talented athletes - riders, drivers and
horses - and provides the support and guidance they need to help them attain
their fullest potential. For more information on the USET, please call
(908) 234-1251, or visit USET ONLINE at www.uset.org.