New Grand Prix Arena Announced For Blenheim EquiSports
San Juan Capistrano, CA – Today, Blenheim EquiSports announced the construction of a brand new Grand Prix Arena coming to The Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park at San Juan Capistrano.
The Grand Looke Arena will be constructed on the east side of The Oaks International Grand Prix and Ortega grass fields. This new arena will feature an advanced sand and fiber mix. “This is the same type of footing used at The Las Vegas National Horse Show,” said Hillary Ridland, CEO of Blenheim EquiSports. “We received very positive feedback from riders and trainers in Las Vegas, regarding this world-class footing.”
The 40-acre Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park includes the largest expanse of grass fields for show jumping in the United States. “Jumper riders have expressed a desire to have more options when it comes to footing and we have been listening,” Ridland continued. “The addition of the Grand Looke Arena gives Blenheim more flexibility to hold featured competitions on the grass or the sand, beginning in 2022.”
Additional amenities for spectators will also be added to ensure the Grand Looke Arena becomes a centerpiece for exciting competitions for years to come.
Construction will begin in January with a completion date prior to the first show of the season;
Blenheim Spring Classic I, March 30 – April 3.
This initiative follows the announcement that The Ridland Group has been chosen to enter into negotiations with the City Of San Juan Capistrano to manage The Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park over the next 20-30 years. It is one of many new infrastructure investments planned for the Riding Park, including a multi-million dollar water treatment system.
From March through September 2022, Blenheim EquiSports will host 15 weeks of top-level hunter/jumper competition, including the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ USA, to be held May 10-15. The event marks the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™’s first appearance on the West Coast and will attract some of the world’s highest caliber show jumpers.
For the full Blenheim EquiSports 2022 competition calendar, click here.