John Pearce aboard Chianto rode the only clear round of the night to earn the blue ribbon and a chunk of $50,000 during the Orange County Register CSI-W Grand Prix at the Oaks Blenheim in San Juan Capistrano, CA. Second place went to Karen Cudmore on Ceonto, and third went to Chris Pratt aboard VDL Groep Union.

Friday night’s course was tight and tricky, with most riders having at least one rail or a time fault. It was a fitting end to a year of challenging World Cup Qualifiers, and those who proved themselves must now look forward to April’s FEI World Cup Finals in Geneva. Best of luck to our West Coast riders!