For Immediate Release
Parker, CO – September 20, 2019 – The Colorado Horse Park (CHP) announces the completion of the annual hunter/jumper show series, Autumn in the Rockies I (September 4-8) and Autumn in the Rockies II (September 11-15) and congratulates its winners. The 2019 Autumn in the Rockies (AIR) series welcomed local and out-of-state competitors to the Parker, CO, venue and saw incredible equestrian athletes vie for the leaderboards’ top positions and coveted prizes.
Autumn in the Rockies I
Mother and daughter, Karen Cudmore and Brooke Cudmore, of Omaha, NE, took home the blue and red ribbons in the $10,000 Autumn in the Rockies I Welcome Stake on Thursday, September 5. Karen Cudmore piloted Blaire Cudmore’s Coneja for a 42.601 second jump-off ride and the class’ top prize. Brooke Cudmore was aboard Blaire Cudmore’s Igor as they galloped through the jump-off timers, turning in the class’ only other fault-free jump-off, in 44.818 seconds. Third place was captured by Molly Tala of Bozeman, MT, and her own Complete Luck for their four-fault round in 43.871 seconds.
The $25,000 Griffis Residential Grand Prix was held on Saturday, September 7 and welcomed 15 entries to the International Arena. Five entries returned for the jump-off and Brooke Cudmore jumped to the top of the leaderboard aboard the 11-year-old stallion, Igor. “Igor has been with Heartland Farms since he was imported as a 2-year-old. My mom rode him a little more in the beginning and I kind of took him over when he was six,” Brooke continued, “He’s the best stallion to be around. He loves all of the girls, and the boys. He’s not too picky.”
Cudmore and Igor crossed the jump-off timers in 43.363 seconds for the big win. Cudmore spoke of the track, set by Jasen Shelley, “The course started off really nice and got a little bit more ‘real’ as it went. It was pretty inviting for the first week and Jasen did a great job setting the course for the group of people and horses that we have here.”
Parker, Colorado’s Katharin Gualtieri earned second place aboard Sandwillow Farm’s entry, Castalano, for a 45.428 second jump-off. Susan Griffis of Larkspur, CO, rounded out the top three aboard INDOKTRO Van ‘T Kattenheye, owned by Palmer Divide Ranch, with a jump-off time of 45.733 seconds.
AIR I Jumper Highlights
Ashley Rheingold of Boulder, CO, championed the Osphos® Adult Jumper division aboard her own De Koningin. Denver, Colorado’s Kristina Matthews earned reserve champion aboard her Neolisto Van Het Mirenhof.
The Osphos® Children’s Jumper division saw a tie for champion as Hailey Johnson of Greenwood Village, CO, rode Usambara, owned by Kristin Buchanan, and Ava Nunn of Monument, CO, rode her own No Doubt, for top honors. Reserve champion was awarded to Molly Madden of Centennial, CO, and her own Q’Lano.
Isabella Steiner of Niwot, CO, championed the Front Range Kubota Modified Child/Adult Jumper division aboard Jill Pelzel’s Amore Mio. Izolde was piloted by owner/rider Patryce Wiseman of Morrison, CO, for reserve honors.
Fletcher Williams of Longmont, CO, piloted Jenna Moran’s Firefly R for champion honors in the Holiday Inn Parker Low Child/Adult Jumper division. Lexie McConnell of Elizabeth, CO, rode to reserve aboard Shala McConnell’s Atlanta.
The Vita Flex Low Junior/Amateur Jumpers awarded champion to Kevin McCarthy of Omaha, NE, for his efforts aboard his own entry, Sig Beaujolais. Zoe R. Ibrahim of Greenwood Village, CO, and her Flying Dutchman shared reserve champion honors with Castle Rock, Colorado’s Beth Bowlen and her For Filou Du Colliard.
Katie Glass of Boulder, CO, rode to the top of the Voltaire Design Modified Junior/Amateur Jumper division aboard her Elliot Z. Flying Dutchman was piloted by owner, Zoe R. Ibrahim to the honor of reserve.
AIR I Hunter Highlights
Genevieve Genaud of Denver, CO, rode Nicola Genaud’s Mr. Weasley to champion honors in the Saturday Walk/Trot/Canter division. Karen Long of Parker, CO, rode Guy McElvain’s Contento RC to reserve. During Sunday’s Walk/Trot/Canter division the roles reversed as Long earned champion honors and Genaud earned reserve.
Astrid Rivero of Parker, CO, piloted Laurie Jueneman’s Incognito for champion honors in the Stirrup Equitation division. Grace Hamilton of Parker, CO, and her own entry, Neigh, secured the reserve title.
Adalynn Bergman of Aurora, CO, rode Laurie Jueneman’s Yours Truly for the blue ribbon in the Stirrup Hunter division. Reserve champion was secured by Grace Hamilton and Neigh.
The Pony Equitation division was championed by owner/rider Eve Westfall of Boulder, CO, and GF Oriental Express. Laurie Grayson’s Just Say So was piloted by Hannah Wright of Broomfield, CO, for reserve.
Kirbi Spanbauer of Castle Rock, CO, earned top honors in the Modified Child/Adult Hunter division aboard Stephanie Pahlavan’s Nachtprinz. Dreu Charles of Arvada, CO, piloted Abigail Horn’s Little Fire to the honor of reserve.
Sara Simpson of Parker, CO, championed the American National Small/Medium Pony Hunter division with Laurie Jeuneman’s Royal Symphony. Reserve champion was procured by Reese Cudney of Monument, CO, and Grace McReynolds’ Rollingwoods Twist of Fate.
The American National Large Pony Hunter division saw the winning effort by Eve Westfall and GF Oriental Express. Hannah Wright and Just Say So earned reserve champion.
The Marshall & Sterling Children’s Hunter 14 and Under awarded champion honors to Anisa Hajibrahim of Monument, CO, and her own Clarkston. Kate O’Grady’s Grandello was piloted by Rylee Cudney of Monument, CO, for reserve champion.
The Marshall & Sterling Children’s Hunter 15-17 division saw the winning effort by Jori Goldberg of Denver, CO, and her own As You Wish. Madison Mitchell of Falcon, CO, rode her own Lunar Cat for reserve honors.
The Marshall & Sterling Adult Amateur Hunter 18-35 division was championed by Sophie Chavanon of Colorado Springs, CO, and her own Enzo. Atlanta, owned by Susan Varady and ridden by Lauren Romig of Colorado Springs, CO, earned the reserve title.
The Marshall & Sterling Adult Amateur Hunter 36 and Over division saw the winning effort by Denver, Colorado’s Bronwen Cheney and Laurie Jeuneman’s Vienna. Lisa Johnson of Greenwood Village, CO, piloted Hailey Johnson’s Sky’s The Limit for reserve honors.
The $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby was held on September 7 and saw 18 entries. Deborah Orent’s entry, Cacola, rode to the top of the class with Mark Mead of Lyons, CO. Laurie Jeuneman of Parker, CO, expertly guided Kelsey Connaghan’s Sanskrit for the second-place prize. Jennifer Rhodes of Sedalia, CO, rounded out the top three with Margaret Hui’s Abacus.
Autumn in the Rockies II
Susan Griffis saw the winner’s circle again during Autumn in the Rockies II when she bested the field in the $10,000 Welcome Stake on Thursday, September 12. Griffis and INDOKTRO Van ‘T Kattenheye raced through the timers in 44.514 seconds to secure the top spot. Mexico City’s Andrea Hassey rode her entry, Allegria Du Val Henry, on the fast track for second place with a 48.56 second jump-off. Caroline Donnally of Wellington, FL, stopped the timers in 42.202 seconds, with four faults, aboard her own Always Me for third.
The $25,000 Griffis Residential Grand Prix was held on Saturday, September 14. The class marked the last Grand Prix competition to be held at CHP during 2019 and 16 entries attempted to claim a piece of the last large prize of the year. Armando Hassey of Parker, CO, was victorious aboard Hassey Sport Horses’ Lomax, who galloped through the jump-off timers in 49.237 seconds for the win. “Going into the jump-off I was not in the back, but not in the front. I tried to have my plan. The first two riders each had a rail, so I knew my horse would be faster if I just rode the way he goes, and luckily we went clean.”
Armando Hassey, Lomax, and the Hassey Sport Horses team collect their winning prizes after the AIR II $25,000 Griffis Residential Grand Prix.
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“Lomax is pretty straight forward, but he has a lot of personality,” Hassey said of his mount. “He always likes to have his tongue out. It’s his trademark. I used to try to get it back in his mouth, but then I came to understand that when his tongue is out is when he is most focused and happy. When his tongue is out, he’s ready to go.”
Danielle Urban of Elkhorn, NE, earned second place aboard Flying Change Equine Ventures’ VDL Byacinthe with a jump-off time of 51.753 seconds and four faults. Third place was captured by Karen Cudmore and Southern Pride, owned by Blair Cudmore, who finished the jump-off in 52.137 seconds and four faults.
AIR II Jumper Highlights
The Osphos® Children’s Jumper division awarded champion honors to owner/rider Taylor Caniglia of Elkhorn, NE, and Stephan. Hailey Johnson of Greenwood Village, CO, rode to reserve aboard Kristin Buchanan’s entry, Usambara.
The Osphos® Adult Jumper champion honors were shared by Kristina Matthews of Denver, CO, with her own Neolisto Van Het Mierenhof and Allyson Schult of Longmont, CO, and Blue Star Farms’ Queen. Betsy Christianson of Highlands Ranch, CO, was named reserve champion with her own Cacharel L Z.
Fletcher Williams of Longmont, CO, championed the Holiday Inn Parker Low Child/Adult Jumper division with Jenna Moran’s Firefly R. Reserve was earned by Denver, Colorado’s Natalie Smith and her own Triomphe.
Sadie Millett of Edwards, CO, championed the Front Range Kubota Modified Child/Adult Jumper division aboard Elizabeth Simpson’s Powder Day. Izolde was piloted to reserve by owner/rider Patryce Wiseman.
AIR II Hunter Highlights
Eve Westfall of Boulder, CO, took home top honors in the Marshall & Sterling Children’s Hunter division aboard Bon Amour, owned by Libby Gittelman. Camexico was piloted by owner, Sora Sohn of Denver, CO, to the honor of reserve.
The Children’s Pony Hunter division saw the winning efforts by Amanda Walsh of Thornton, CO, and Chloe Johnson’s entry, Lucky Charm. Isabelle Curtis of Westminster, CO, rode Karen Banister’s Good Night Moon to the honor of reserve.
The Cross Rails Hunter division was championed by Metta Curzon and Czech Mate LLC’s Festival. Karen Catov-Goodell’s Cassius was expertly piloted by Chloe Stanley of Greenwood Village, CO.
The Stirrup Equitation division saw the winning rides by Alsa Halquist of Boulder, CO, and Olivia Stordahl’s Golden Girl. Meghan Moore of Denver, CO, earned reserve aboard Laura Anderson’s Coritano.
Alsa Halquist and Golden Girl saw the winner’s circle again in the Stirrup Hunter division. Reserve champion was earned by Sierra Kalb of Castle Rock, CO and CR Explosive, owned by Katie Crone.
The $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby was held on September, 14 and welcomed 22 trips into the Olson Family Arena. The judges awarded top honors to Grace McReynolds of Colorado Springs, CO, for her effort aboard Elvenstar Farm’s Cascavel. Marisa Metzger of Parker, CO, rode her own Dalmore for second place. Sedalia, Colorado’s Jennifer Rhodes took home the yellow ribbon for her effort atop Lisa Philpott’s Arpeggio.
Equitation’s best junior riders gathered to compete in the ASPCA Maclay Regional Finals on Sunday, September 15. The Region 6 finals qualified six riders to compete in the 2019 ASPCA Maclay Championships, to be held in Kentucky, later this year.
Tom Blankenship, of the National Horse Show, presents awards to Carly Sweeny aboard Anthem, and trainer, Betty Beran, in the award ceremony for the Maclay Region 6 finals.
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Carly Sweeny came all the way from Scottsdale, AZ, to win the top prize in the Maclay Finals aboard her own Anthem. Rylee Shufelt of Albuquerque, NM, earned second place aboard her Rio De Janeiro.
Grace McReynolds of Colorado Springs, CO, took home the yellow ribbon for her effort aboard Elvenstar Farm’s Cascavel. Hannah Rohrbach will represent Parker, Colorado, at the finals for her fourth-place finish atop Alatan, owned by Georgy Maskrey-Segesman.
Fifth place was secured by Portia Muenke of Boulder, CO, for her efforts with Equus Show Horses’ Gerico. Lauren Jorgensen of Albuquerque, NM, also qualified for the finals with her sixth-place finish aboard Willow Catkin, owned by Sydney Luzicka.
The Colorado Horse Park would like to congratulate the qualified riders and wish them the best of luck at the 2019 ASPCA Maclay Championships!
Autumn in the Rockies concluded on Sunday, September 15 and marked the end of the 2019 “In the Rockies” A-rated hunter/jumper series. Thank you to all of the competitors, families, friends, sponsors, vendors, and spectators who joined us for yet another successful year of competition. The winter “Snowflake Series” shows are scheduled to return in December and promises to be our most active (and most fun) winter show series yet. For more information about the Snowflake Series or other events at the Colorado Horse Park please sign up for our newsletter here.