For Immediate Release
Parker, CO – May 18, 2018 – The highly anticipated Spring in the Rockies, returned to the Colorado Horse Park (CHP) for the three-week series. Eager competitors were welcomed back into the competition rings on Wednesday, May 8. Inclement weather necessitated a cancellation of Thursday’s competition and several classes were rescheduled for later in the week.
Susan Griffis of Larkspur, CO, came out on top in the $25,000 Grand Prix, held on Sunday, May 12. Griffis rode Palmer Divide Ranch’s Deuville Van Overis on a quick track with double-clear rounds for the win. The jump-off saw three entries return, including Paul Rohrbach of Parker, CO, who galloped through the timers for a second-place finish atop Jacqueline Toomey’s Camerino. Coming in third with four faults added to their score in the jump-off, was Armando Hassey of Parker, Colorado, riding Hassey Sport Horse’s entry, Lomax.
Griffis collecting her awards with husband, Ian, and daughters, Haley and Georgia, after her Mother’s Day victory.
Griffis rode two entries in the Mother’s Day class, also earning sixth place on Palmer Divide Ranch’s Indoktro K Van ‘T Kattenheye. “The course was great, I like the course designer a lot,” Griffis said of the track set by Ecuadorian course designer, Jamie Morillo. “It was a lovely course to help Indoktro K Van’t ‘take a breath’.” Griffis continued, “The weather cooperated and it was Mother’s Day. [The win] is a great Mother’s Day gift.”
Deauville Van Overis is a new partner for Griffis. The 10-year-old gelding was imported from Denmark and has been with Griffis since the fall of 2018. “I had been looking for a second horse for a little while and he was just a surprise. They just kept putting the jumps up with no drama!” Griffis said of her winning mount. “He is very feisty and is like a little sports car. He has a huge stride for a little guy.”
The $10,000 Welcome Stake was held on Friday, May, 10 with only two entries continuing on to the jump-off. Armando Hassey and Hassey Sport Horses’ Lomax, jumped to victory with a jump-off time of 47.385 seconds. Susan Griffis and Palmer Divide Ranch’s entry, Indoktro K Van ‘T Kattenheye, earned second place with a jump-off time of 47.439 seconds. Coming in third was Nicki Wilcox from Parker, CO, aboard her entry Danique Du Lys, with a first-round time of 73.036 seconds and a total of four faults.
The $750 Holiday Inn Parker Low Child/Adult Classic saw Cynthia Moore-West of Sedalia, CO, take home the blue with the fastest jump-off time of 36.42 seconds atop her horse Gelika. Second place was awarded to Fletcher Williams of Longmont, CO, and Firefly R owned by Jenna Moran, after they galloped through the timers in 38.033 seconds. Paige McWhinney of Loveland, CO, and her mount Cascada, came in third with a jump-off time of 51.87 seconds.
Natalie Smith of Denver, CO, and her entry Triomphe, clinched the win in the $500 Front Range Kubota Modified Child/Adult Jumper Classic. Janine Springer from Pine, CO, piloted her own Coocachoo for second place. Finishing in the third-place position was Patryce Wiseman of Morrison, CO, who rode her own Izolde.
Parker, Colorado’s Lauren Schaffer took home top honors on her mount Don Vegas, in the $1,500 Osphos® Child/Adult Jumper Classic. Coming in second was Natalie Fontenot of Longmont, CO, riding her own entry Cool Blue. Third place was awarded to Chiara Sassano of Fruita, CO, aboard her own Winchester.
Dominique Hoffman of Parker, CO, rode her own entry, Excelsior, for top honors in the $1,500 Low/Medium Junior/Amateur Jumper Classic. Anna Reising of Fort Mill, South Carolina, navigated the course on her own Vinney Boy, for the red ribbon. Express SB, owned and ridden by Dominique Hoffman of Parker, CO jumped the fast-track for third place.
The $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby held on Friday, May 10 saw twelve entries. Champion honors were awarded to Abigail Grace Kelley of Lone Tree, CO, and her own entry Cayman A.L.. Reserve champion went to Mark Mead of Lyons, CO, atop Cacola, owned by Deborah Ornet.
Jordan Gibbs of Colorado Springs, CO, rode Erin Gibbs’s Perseus YC, to champion honors in the $500 Marshall & Sterling Children’s Hunter Classic. Reserve was awarded to Jori Goldburg of Denver, CO, who rode her own As You Wish.
Top honors in the $500 Marshall & Sterling Adult Amateur Classic went to Grace McCabe of Denver, CO, and her own Brazil. Karen Tanner-Smith of Parker, CO, earned reserve aboard her entry, Powder River.
In the $500 3’3”/3’6” Junior/Amateur Owner Hunter Classic, Aedan Mooney of Golden, CO, was named champion aboard Brannon Loomis Mooney’s Jaleo 4. Reserve champion honors were earned by Jennifer Wallen of Parker, CO, atop Three Rivers owned by Woodhaven Stables, Inc.
Competition returns to the Colorado Horse Park on May 15 and continues through May 19 for the second week of the Spring in the Rockies series. Warmer weather is forecasted to settle into the front range and correspondingly, exhibitor numbers have increased, resulting in a sold-out week. The temperature won’t be the only thing heating up as we welcome another week of top-notch competition and big classes with the $10,000 Welcome on May 16, the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby on May 18, and the $25,000 Grand Prix on May 18.
For more information on The Colorado Horse Park (CHP) please visit www.coloradohorsepark.com.
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