For Immediate Release
Parker, CO – June 12, 2018 – The seven-week signature series, Summer in the Rockies (SIR), returned to the Colorado Horse Park (CHP) on Wednesday, June 6, welcoming competitors traveling from coast to coast for a stay at the venue. The week hosted the $35,000 Osphos® Grand Prix, which saw a victory to Kasey Ament of Agoura Hills, CA, in a repeat performance after her win in the $20,000 Marshall & Sterling Welcome Stake, earlier in the week.
|Kasey Ament and Dexter R jumped to the blue in Thursday’s $20,000 Marshall & Sterling Welcome Stake.|
|Kasey Ament and Dexter R in their awards presentation ceremony after riding to first in the $20,000 Marshall & Sterling Welcome Stake.|
The first Grand Prix class of the year was held on Saturday, June 9, welcoming the $35,000 Osphos® Grand Prix, which welcomed 22 entries, as well as a large spectator crowd. Seven clean rounds returned for the jump-off and Ament and Dexter R rode an impressive jump-off time of 39.567 to once again finish in the lead. Second place went to Parker, CO native Armando Hassey and Lomax, owned by Hassey Sport Horses LLC, who crossed the timers in 38.013 seconds. Third place was given to the pair with a jump-off time of 40.81 seconds, Shannon Hicks of Lake St. Louis, MO, and Sue Dee’s Clearwater 5.
| Ament and Dexter R rode to the top of the $35,000 Osphos® Grand Prix
Dexter R, the 2008 Dutch Warmblood stallion, is new to Ament’s program, as she has only been riding him for one year. “I had a relative of his that I loved,” explained Ament, “and that’s kind of why I wanted ‘this horse’ again. We showed in Wellington a little bit during the winter. I took it easy on him, but I have some really high hopes for him. I mean he’s top scope to jump any class and I’m just kind of getting to know him. This is like my first success on him, but I just adore him. He’s really everything for me.”
| Armando Hassey and Lomax jumped to second place in the $35,000 Osphos®
Ament has been riding her second place horse, Soren Z, since he was a 5 year-old. She spoke of him fondly, “That horse has never let me down. I really think this is his year. He’s so good and so brave. I think sometimes I mistake that for maturity from him. He’s 10 this year, so I think it’s all kind of coming together for him, but he really has a very special place in my heart.”
|Shannon Hicks and Clearwater 5|
Ament praised both courses, designed by Anderson Lima, of São Paulo, Brazil. “Anderson does such a good job with the courses. All week I’ve been very impressed,” she said. “They are challenging, but enjoyable, really a pleasure to ride. In Tryon, where I was last summer, I had trouble with this exact triple, that was short out of the turn and I just rode it so much better this time.”
The 2018 season marks Ament’s first time at The Colorado Horse Park and only one week into her stay, she is certain she will return again. “I’m really so glad that I made the trek out here,” she noted. “It is such a wonderful horse show. Everybody is so nice, and the footing is so good. It is a breath of fresh air to be here.”
|Kasey Ament and Dexter R in their $35,000 Osphos® Grand Prix award presentation ceremony, with CHP Sponsorship Manager Laura Bostwick.|
Ament, who has ambitions to qualify for the FEI World Cup™ Finals, considers her time at CHP a stepping stone. “My plan would be to come back for the last three weeks when there’s a $60,000, $80,000 then $100,000 Grand Prix and just kind of step my way up.”
The $2,000 Low Child/Adult Jumper Classic, sponsored by Holiday Inn and Trapper’s Chop House, awarded Jessica Morris of Englewood, CO, and Leon, owned by Hardford Farm LLC, the blue ribbon after jumping-off in 40.702 seconds. Sophie Sorensen and her own Lucky traveled from Paradise Valley, AZ, to jump-off in 43.11 seconds, to pick up the second place award. Third place went to Hannah Mankus of Englewood, CO, and Alando, owned by Victoria Hoft, who jumped-off in 44 seconds.
Samantha Taylor of Sheridan, WY, rode Inez Be M Aspinwall’s Wild Card through the timers in a speedy, 37.362 seconds in the $2,000 Modified Child/Adult Jumper Classic sponsored by Front Range Kubota. The class saw a large field, with 18 trips, but Brianna Silver of Ocala, FL, rode her jump-off in 40.602 seconds, securing second place on Kelly Wooten’s Cassis IV. Pequena was piloted by her owner, Joanne Janson of Denver, CO, and finished their jump-off in 43.11 seconds to ride to third.
After an exciting jump-off the $4,000 NAL/WIHS Osphos® Child/Adult Jumper Classic awarded top honors to Cecily Coors of Parker, CO, aboard KC Sports LLC’s Manito Calissanne Z, who crossed the timers in 32.25 seconds, narrowly beating the second place ride that finished in 32.562 seconds, turned in by Hanna Gilhooley, of Darien, CT, riding her own entry, Cedric 42. Ellie Morehouse of Highland Ranch, CO, and her horse Game Power clinched third, jumping-off in 32.655 seconds.
The $5,000 NAL Horseware® Ireland Low Junior/Amateur Classic saw eleven trips, but Galway Girl and rider and owner, Spencer McKee of Phoenix, AZ, won the jump-off, in 35.317 seconds. The timers clocked Brooke Cudmore of Omaha, NE, and Blair Cudmore’s Southern Rose at 35.885 seconds, earning the pair second place. Larkspur, Colorado’s Haley Griffis and Palmer Divide Ranch’s Cici’s Angel took home third place, after jumping-off in 38.093 seconds.
Sisters Brooke and Nicole Peterson of Plano, TX, both rode entries owned by older sister, Nicole Peterson. Fast Flo, lived up to her name, galloping the younger sister, Brooke, to victory, with a 73.764 second timed short course. Nicole piloted Diokaldo around the jump-off to finish second, crossing the timers 81.527 seconds. Christina Athens of Tulsa, OK, finished the course in 88.164 seconds, on her entry, Akira TSP, for the third place prize.
Reese Cudney of Monument, CO, was awarded champion honors aboard Grace McReynolds’ Rollingwoods Twist of Fate in the $100 Stirrup Hunter Classic. Tessa Ohlrogge of Littleton, CO, rode Sabrina Ohlrogge’s Little Miss Sunshine, to the reserve.
The $1,000 NAL/WIHS Children’s Hunter Classic sponsored by Marshall & Sterling, presented champion to Audrey Bruening of Parker, CO, and Three Rivers, owned by Woodhaven Stables, Inc. Joining the podium in the reserve position was Josie Ogle of Tulsa, OK, and Cecilia Winfrey’s Stanford.
The $1,000 NAL/WIHS Adult Hunter Classic saw twenty two trips, yet Kit McClorey of St Louis, MO, and Indian Rock Farm, LLC’s High Tide took home top honors. Reserve champion was awarded to Lindsay Ryan of Greenwood Village, CO, aboard her own Keystone.
Hidden Springs Woodstar was guided by owner, Gabrielle Young of Spring Hill, KS, and earned the blue ribbon in the $1,000 Pony Hunter Classic. St. Louis, Missouri’s Zoe Silkwood piloted Piper Klemm’s Vermont Golden Graham over the course for reserve.
The $100 Pre-Children’s Hunter Classic champion honors were earned by Sophia Mankus of Englewood, CO, and Benevento, owned by Hanna Mankus. Toska was ridden by owner Caroline Krier, of Parker, CO, and took home the red ribbon.
The $100 Pre-Adult Hunter Classic saw Stacy Stephens of Denver, CO, ride her own Limitless to top honors. Sir Rio carried owner Chelsea Magness of Englewood, CO, for the reserve title.
Denver, Colorado’s Amy McCraken expertly guided her gelding, James, to win champion honors in the $100 Modified Adult Hunter Classic sponsored by Platinum Performance. Riding to reserve was Noelle Schaef of Highlands Ranch, CO, aboard her Prince Odysseus.
Lauren Crawford of St. Louis, MO, rode her entry, Caledonia for the champion prize in the $100 Modified Children’s Hunter Classic. Reserve champion was assigned to Lucie Anderson, of Paradise Valley, AZ, and Elle Campbell’s Lacoste.
The $1,000 Junior Hunter 3’3″ Classic sponsored by CWD, saw Chloe Stix of St. Louis, MO, guide her Fabian to champion victory. Peroni and rider/owner Elizabeth Woods of Lincoln, NE, rode to reserve.
Top honors were awarded to Grace Hutson of Wildwood, MO, and her entry Savile Row, in the $1,000 Amateur Owner Hunter 3’3″ Classic, sponsored by Trapper’s Chop House. Susan Athens of Tulsa, OK, and her Corsika TSP secured reserve champion.
The SIR Series will resume on Wednesday, June 13, with the second week of competition. Week 2 will offer highlight classes including a $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, a $20,000 Welcome Stake sponsored by Littleton Equine Medical Center, and the $35,000 Holiday Inn Grand Prix, presented by Trapper’s Chop House.
For more information on The Colorado Horse Park (CHP) please visit www.coloradohorsepark.com.
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