Summer In The Rockies Series to Highlight Competition at The Colorado Horse Park in 2017

Jan 31, 2017 - 1:49 PM
For Immediate Release

Parker, CO – January 31, 2017 – The Colorado Horse Park (CHP) is pleased to announce the official dates for the 2017 Summer In The Rockies Series, which will feature seven weeks of hunter, jumper, and equitation competition. The SIR Series will begin on Wednesday, June 7, and continue through Sunday, July 23. The facility, which had one of the most successful years to date in 2016, will look to continue welcoming equestrians from across the country for exciting competition opportunities throughout the summer months. The prize list for the 2017 SIR Series will be available at the beginning of February at www.coloradohorsepark.com.

To learn more about the 2017 Summer In The Rockies Series please visit www.coloradohorsepark.com
“We’re looking forward to welcoming back exhibitors to The Colorado Horse Park for an exciting and competitive season in 2017,” said Meg Krueger, COO of The Colorado Horse Park. “In an effort to provide a wider base of competition opportunities for hunter and jumper riders during the Summer In The Rockies Series, we have increased prize money for both disciplines and are bringing international competition back to the venue with the first ever FEI CSI 2* under our new ownership.”

The series will offer a $20,000 Welcome Stake, as well as $10,000 High Junior/Amateur Owner Show Jumping Hall of Fame Classic during each week of competition, creating an action packed atmosphere at the venue for seven consecutive weeks. A $10,000 Professional Rider Bonus and a $5,000 Junior/Amateur Rider Bonus will be offered at the conclusion of the series.

SIR I (June 7-11) will host a $30,000 Grand Prix on Saturday, June 10, in conjunction with the $20,000 Welcome Stake to kick off the series with an exciting start. SIR II (June 14-18) will increase grand prix prize money, offering a $40,000 Grand Prix, alongside the first major hunter week, which will feature a $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby and $1,000 Pony Hunter Derby. The week will also host a Colorado Hunter Jumper Association (CHJA) sanctioned competition.

The series will continue with SIR III (June 21-25) and host the first $10,000 Under 25 Grand Prix of the season. A $50,000 Grand Prix on Saturday, June 24, will raise the stakes as the series approaches its halfway point. SIR IV (June 28 – July 2) will bring back top hunter classes, showcasing a second $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby and $1,000 Pony Hunter Derby, alongside a $60,000 Grand Prix.

SIR V (July 5-9) marks the continuation of the series and increase in prize money purse, offering a $70,000 Ariat® Grand Prix and secondary $10,000 Under 25 Grand Prix. SIR VI (July 12-16) is the final week of major national show jumping competition ahead of the highly anticipated FEI CSI 2* at the venue, which will conclude the 2017 edition of the series. SIR VI will host the final $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby and $1,000 Pony Hunter Derby, before welcoming an $80,000 Grand Prix.

The Colorado Horse Park will host the first FEI CSI 2* (July 19-July 23) in the history of the Summer In The Rockies Series under Krueger’s leadership, and conclude the series for the 2017 calendar year. The week will serve as a celebrated culmination featuring a $35,000 Welcome Stake CSI 2*, and $100,000 Adequan® Grand Prix CSI 2* for international show jumpers. The week will also highlight the hunter discipline, welcoming the only World Champion Hunter Rider (WCHR) Week of the series and feature a $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, complimenting what is sure to be an exciting week of equestrian competition at CHP.

The 2017 calendar year will be the first year that CHP hosts three major FEI-sanctioned competitions spanning three disciplines including dressage, show jumping, and eventing. FEI CDI and FEI CCI/CIC competition is set to take place from June 1-4, before the start of the SIR Series.

A new addition to this year’s hospitality packages at CHP will include Concierge Services, arranged through the CHP management staff that will allow exhibitors and their family members to explore the beautiful landscape of Colorado and experience all that the Denver and Rocky Mountain region has to offer. Lunch & Learn events, as well as an array of social activities on grounds, will be scheduled throughout the duration of the summer.

The VIP Pavilion at CHP will once again offer table reservations throughout the seven-week series. Please contact hospitality@coloradohorsepark.com to secure your tables reservations today!

For more information on The Colorado Horse Park, please visit www.coloradohorsepark.com.

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