For Immediate Release
Parker, CO – May 28, 2018 – The third week of the hunter/jumper series, Spring in the Rockies, was held at the Colorado Horse Park (CHP) from Thursday, May 23, through Sunday, May 26. The $25,000 CHP Grand Prix was hosted on Saturday, May 25 and in an uncommon occurrence, the class winner was determined in the first round after Brooke Cudmore, of Omaha, NE, and Igor produced the evening’s only clear round.
Cudmore and Igor, owned by Blair Cudmore, bested the class with a clean ride that stopped the timers in 82.21 seconds. Second place was awarded to Karen Cudmore of Omaha, NE, and Coneja, owned by Blair Cudmore, who also jumped clean, yet acquired two time faults after a first round time of 85.59 seconds. Scottsdale, Arizona’s Janet Hischer grasped the third-place spot with Livia Z, owned by Sharon Granberg, after a first round time of 78.145 seconds, and four faults.
Brooke Cudmore aboard Igor and Chelsea Fletcher in the Grand Prix award ceremony on Saturday, May 25.
Course designer, Ivan Tagle, set the track for the class. “It was a tight time allowed. My mom [Karen Cudmore], went first. She had four time faults and did not look slow,” recounted Brooke Cudmore. “I felt like I was riding a jump-off during the first round. We had a set plan for the first round and I tried to stick to it. We were successful and he cantered around smoothly.” Cudmore continued, “This week Igor felt great! He felt prepared and I think that the bigger course separated him from the rest because he has already been jumping bigger classes.”
Karen Cudmore and Coneja soar to second place in the regional Grand Prix.
Cudmore plans to travel back to Nebraska for some well-deserved time off and then return for CHP’s signature series, Summer in the Rockies (SIR). “I am happy that the spring classes were a little bit bigger than usual because they are going to set me up for the summer shows.”
Competition returns to CHP on Wednesday, June 5, with the launch of Summer in the Rockies. Highlight jumper classes include the $25,000 Triple Crown Nutrition Open Welcome Stake on Thursday, June 6 and the $35,000 Lactanase Grand Prix on Saturday, June 8.
The $10,000 Welcome Stake was held on Thursday, May 23 and saw Jami Jensen of Larkspur, CO, top the podium on Crooked Willow Farm’s entry, Aksai Chin VDL. Jensen and the 14-year-old stallion have been together for five years. “He is a fun, good-old, standby,” Jensen said of her mount. “It is his first time back doing a Grand Prix since last year.”
Susan Griffis of Larkspur, CO, rode Palmer Divide Ranch’s entry, Deauville Van Overis Z for a second place finish in the Thursday afternoon class. Karen Cudmore of Omaha, NE, piloted Southern Pride, owned by Blaire Cudmore, to third.
Natalie Smith of Denver, CO, triumphed in the $750 Holiday Inn Parker Low Children/Adult Jumper Classic aboard her aptly named entry, Triomphe. Nicole Jackson of Colorado Springs, CO, galloped to second place aboard her own, Adagio. Third place was awarded to Zoe Ibrahim of Greenwood Village, CO, and her entry, Flying Dutchman.
Ivy Hinds of Aurora, CO, won the $500 Front Range Kubota Modified Child/Adult Classic aboard her own, Gambo II. Second place was claimed by Terri Sassano of Erie, CO, and her entry, Gypsy Rose. Owner and rider, Hannah Edelheit of Greenwood Village, CO, took third place atop Carpe Diem.
The $1,000 Voltaire Modified Junior/Amateur Jumper Classic awarded first place to Sabrina Ohlrogge of Littleton, CO, and her own, Vonnoh. Ame Pate of Longmont, CO, rode her entry Southpaw for the red ribbon. Third place was captured by Samantha Waslewski of Scottsdale, AZ, and Clou, owned by Paige Waslewski.
The $1,500 Osphos® Child/Adult Jumper Classic was won by Kristina Mathews of Denver, CO, and her own, Neolisto Van Het Mierenhof. Second place went to Chiara Sassano of Fruita, CO, aboard her entry, Winchester. Rounding out the top three was Elizabeth Simpson of Parker, CO, and her own, Fernando J.
The $1,500 Vita Flex Low Junior/Amateur Jumper Classic was won by Georgia Griffis of Larkspur, CO, aboard Darling De La Marchette Z, owned by Palmer Divide Ranch. Second place saw Jami Jensen of Larkspur, CO, riding Bob, owned by Crooked Willow Farm. Third place went to Jessica Koerner of Denver, CO, for her ride aboard her entry, Carraway.
The $1,750 Medium Junior/Amateur Jumper Classic was won by Haley Griffis of Larkspur, CO, aboard Centana, owned by Palmer Divide Ranch. Second place was awarded to Josephine Decker of Scottsdale, AZ, and her entry, Ehayla. Ashley Buchanan of Sedalia, CO, placed third aboard Polar Light, owned by Kristin Buchanan.
The $2,500 USHJA Hunter Derby awarded champion honors to Jaden Olson of Parker, CO, riding her entry, Conradical. Reserve champion was captured by Susan Winston of Colorado Springs, CO, piloting her own, Quite Nice.
The $250 Stirrup Classic saw Alsa Halquist of Boulder, CO, pilot Golden Girl, owned by Olivia Stordah, to champion. Attie Rivero of Scottsdale, AZ, guided Incognito, owned by Laurie Jueneman, to the honor of reserve.
Sora Sohn of Denver, CO, championed the $500 Marshall & Sterling Children’s Hunter Classic riding her entry, Camexico. Reserve honors were presented to owner and rider, Katie Hill of Denver, CO, riding Rhetorical.
Bronwen Cheney of Denver, CO, topped the $500 Marshall & Sterling Adult Amateur Hunter Classic aboard Vienna, owned by Laurie Jueneman. Adrian Greenholz of Denver, CO, and Leslie Wilkonson’s entry, Lolita, clinched reserve.
The $500 Mile High Golf Cars Junior/Amateur Hunter Classic saw the victorious ride by Gentry Beresford of Cherry Hills Village, CO, and her own, Camero. Carol Tucker of Elizabeth, CO, piloted her entry, Cha Cha Cha, to reserve.
The highly-anticipated series, Summer in the Rockies (SIR), is set to commence Wednesday, June 5. The seven-week signature summer series is known to attract some of the nation’s top equestrian athletes, as it is the region’s largest A-rated hunter/jumper series.