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March 6, 1995 | LESLIE BERKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bounding out of her Range Rover, Joan Irvine Smith stood in the dirt amid the ruts of caterpillar tractors and scanned the untarnished beauty of the green hills surrounding her. At her feet stretched 40 acres of brown earth that the 61-year-old heiress referred to as her "field of dreams." By August she intends to turn it into a grassy park capable of hosting international horse shows and a variety of other public events, ranging from soccer games to concerts.
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March 6, 1995 | LESLIE BERKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bounding out of her Range Rover, Joan Irvine Smith stood in the dirt amid the ruts of caterpillar tractors and scanned the untarnished beauty of the green hills surrounding her. At her feet stretched 40 acres of brown earth that the 61-year-old heiress referred to as her "field of dreams." By August she intends to turn it into a grassy park capable of hosting international horse shows and a variety of other public events, ranging from soccer games to concerts.
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April 21, 1998 | SUSAN DEEMER
To raise money for next year's California Mission Heritage Pageant, a fund-raiser featuring actor Ricardo Montalban will be Saturday at Mission San Juan Capistrano. The pageant, set to open in August 1999, will be an educational spectacle featuring reenactments of mission historical events, period food, crafts and music, according to mission spokesman Jim Graves, one of the key organizers. It will be held about a mile from the mission at Joan Irvine Smith's Oaks/Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park.
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December 6, 2000 | Sharon Nagy, (714) 966-5832
The Orange County Sheriff's Department's annual Toys for Tots drive got underway Tuesday during a ceremony at The Oaks Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park in San Juan Capistrano. "Toys for Tots has received requests from more than 260 Orange County organizations for toys for underprivileged children," said Steve Doan, an investigator with the Sheriff's Department. "We need to collect a lot of toys so that some of these children can have a Christmas."
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July 16, 2001
Oh Star, a 10-year-old Oldenburg stallion ridden by Todd Minikus of Loxahatchee, Fla., performed flawlessly Sunday and won the Cargill Grand Prix show horse jumping competition at the Oaks Blenheim Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park. Oh Star, purchased in Germany by Minikus six years ago, had no faults on 26 jumps over two rounds to win the $175,000 event.
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September 16, 1996
A Swiss neuroscientist working to find a cure for spinal-cord injuries was awarded Sunday with the first Christopher Reeve Research Medal, named after the actor who was paralyzed after a 1995 equestrian accident. The award, which includes a $50,000 prize donated by philanthropist Joan Irvine Smith, recognizes the spinal-cord injury research of Martin E. Schwab, 47, the director of the Brain Research Institute at the University of Zurich, Switzerland.
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August 29, 1998 | LINN GROVES
Dancers from the Anaheim Ballet Company today will offer a preview of "Capistrano Pageant," a large-scale theatrical performance planned over four days next August depicting early California and mission life. "Professional actors and community volunteers will perform the dramatic roles," said Norma Cobbs, executive director of the Mission Pageant Foundation. "We also have direct descendants of historical figures who are going to play their ancestors in the performances."
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April 5, 2000 | Jennifer Kho, (949) 248-2152
The first equestrian show of the season at Oaks/Blenheim Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park is scheduled to begin today. More than 400 riders at various levels will participate in the Spring Classic, a hunter/jumper competition, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day until Sunday. The hunter/jumper competitions use natural obstacles such as bushes and low trees that hunters would encounter. The highlight of the competition will be the $25,000 World Cup Preview Grand Prix at 7 p.m.
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July 22, 1997 | KATHRYN BOLD
The event: Piaget Christopher Reeve Polo Classic, a polo match and elegant ringside luncheon held Saturday at the Oaks Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park, Joan Irvine Smith's sprawling polo field in San Juan Capistrano. The match raised funds for the Reeve-Irvine Research Center at the UCI College of Medicine, which studies and treats spinal-cord injuries.
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May 23, 2004 | From Associated Press
Peter Wylde had a perfect trip on Fein Cera and moved into the lead at the trials for the Olympic show jumping team Saturday. Wylde, on the same horse with which he won the individual bronze medal at the 2002 World Equestrian Games, had one of three faultless performances in the single-round competition -- the fourth of six trial rounds -- at the Oaks Blenheim Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park in San Juan Capistrano.
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September 15, 1996 | KATHRYN BOLD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Actor Christopher Reeve joined a host of his celebrity friends at Mission San Juan Capistrano on Saturday night for a dinner benefiting a new research center for spinal cord injuries at UC Irvine. Reeve, paralyzed in a 1995 equestrian accident, is also expected to make an appearance at the Oaks International horse jumping competition at the Oaks Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park today: It will be the first time he has attended an equestrian event since his accident.
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