For Immediate Release
Parker, CO – July 23, 2019 – The 2019 Summer in the Rockies (SIR) series came to an end on Sunday, July 21, after seven weeks of the region’s most prestigious and competitive hunter/jumper competition. The series finale hosted equestrian athletes from across the nation for the final week of summer competition, held at the Colorado Horse Park (CHP).
In the final Grand Prix of the series, Daniel Pedraza of Lomas, Mexico, took home the first-place prize in the $35,000 Horseware® Ireland Grand Prix aboard his Future Z. The pair galloped through the jump-off timers in a speedy 43.774 seconds; over two seconds faster than the class’ five other jump-off challengers.
Course designer, Jasen Shelley, set the course for the week’s spotlight class. Pedraza spoke of the track, “The course was a nice course, a little bit hard to ride in some lines but a really fun course. There were only five in the jump off, so [my plan] was to go fast all the time. ”
Pedraza continued, “I just got [Future Z] six months ago, this is our first Grand Prix win together. We love it here at CHP. We have been here for five weeks and are definitely going to return next year. The footing is great, the people, everything is really amazing.”
Five entries returned for the jump-off and Bryn Sadler of Santa Fe, NM, claimed the remaining podium openings, with two double-clear rides for second and third. Sadler earned the red ribbon aboard Bull Run Jumpers Six LLC’s Bull Run’s Living, with a jump-off time of 45.588 seconds, and the yellow ribbon aboard Showcase 81 LLC’s Cinven CR with a jump-off time of 45.652 seconds.
The $25,000 Horseware® Ireland Welcome Grand Prix was held on Thursday, July 18. Colorado rider, Susan Griffis of Larkspur, CO, clinched the win aboard Palmer Divide Ranch’s INDOKTRO Van ’T Kattenheye. The pair raced through the timers in 42.803 seconds.
Griffis spoke of the track set by the Wellington, FL course designer, “Jasen Shelley really set a nice track for everybody. It was actually quite fun, he made it slightly technical in the jump-off which was fun.”
She continued, “My team is awesome, INDOKTRO is so cool. I have had him since he was a seven year old, he is eleven now, he has done some of the young jumpers. He is a Belgian Warmblood, and has just been awesome. He is such a good horse.”
Joining Griffis on the podium was Kasey Ament of Scottsdale, AZ. Ament rode for second and third aboard her two Lornnah Investments entries. Ament and Dexter R finished their jump-off in 43.327 seconds for second, and Ament crossed the timers in 43.362 seconds aboard Qasama Du Buisson Z for third.
The Children’s Jumper Division, sponsored by Osphos®, awarded top honors to Zoe Ibrahim of Greenwood Village, CO, who piloted her Flying Dutchman for champion. Reserve champion was awarded to Elizabeth Simpson of Parker, CO, and her own Fernando for their efforts.
Andrea Russell of Parker, CO, clinched the champion spot aboard her own Banjer in the Adult Amateur Jumper Division, sponsored by Osphos®. Sheccis Sanchez piloted her own entry, Cubano 3, to reserve.
Stephany McConnell of Littleton, CO, graced the top of the leaderboard in the Low Child/Adult Jumper Division, sponsored by Holiday Inn Parker, atop Carmen Vecchini’s Chicuelo LS. Aysa Yadlowsky of Austin, TX, rode for the reserve aboard her own Camilo De Nyze Z.
The Low/Medium/High Junior/Amateur Jumper Classic awarded top honors to Kiley McCullough of San Tan Valley, AZ, and her entry Collin. Caroline Donnally of Wellington, FL, and her Bomar tied for the reserve spot with Georgia Griffis of Larkspur, CO, and Sweet Oak Farm’s Belize D’ive Z.
Charleigh Gibson of Castle Rock, CO, claimed champion in the Modified Child/Adult Jumper Division, sponsored by Front Range Kubota, aboard her Avion. Hannah Edelheit of Greenwood Village, CO, clinched reserve atop her entry Carpe Diem.
Aura Ayler of Castle Rock, CO, was awarded champion honors in the Adult Amateur Hunter Division, sponsored by Marshall & Sterling, with her entry Askelon. Reserve champion was awarded to Dana Vollbracht of Denver, CO, for her ride aboard her own Up in Smoke.
The Children’s Hunter Division, sponsored by Marshall & Sterling, congratulated owner/rider Carina Cumming of Parker City, UT, for her champion ride aboard Capriccio. Maggie Lawrence of Denver, CO, rode to reserve aboard her own Keepsake.
The Amateur Owner/Junior Hunter 3’3”/3’6” Division, sponsored by Trapper’s Chop House, saw Lauren Sciullo of Golden, CO, atop her Concrego take the champion spot. Aleyna Garcia of Castle Rock, CO, rode her entry Audition to reserve.
Camilla Barrett of Park City, UT, piloted Mason Johnson’s Night Games for champion honors in the Pony Hunter Division. Karen Cranham’s Indian Dancer RF carried rider Avery Dennehy of Highlands Ranch, CO, to the honor of reserve.
Anna Lawrence of Englewood, CO, rode Gianna Lanteri’s entry, Roosevelt, for top honors in the Modified Adult Hunter Division. Kathleen Osgood of Lakewood, CO, collected the reserve title with her Firefox.
The Modified Children’s Hunter Division awarded champion honors to Taylor Horace’s entry, Vivienne, and rider Elizabeth Holmes of St. Louis, MO. Amelia Banchero’s Grand Love Affair was guided by Lucille Peterson of Chesterfield, MO, for reserve champion.
The Pony Hunter Division, sponsored by American National, saw the winning effort by Jocelyn Wille of Lafayette, CO, and Molly Rinedollar’s, Helicon Special Notice. Lauren Brekkas of Denver, CO, rode Molly Rinedollar’s Starlight to reserve.
Sirius Black and owner/rider, Anna Lawrence of Englewood, CO, earned the champion ribbon in the Pre-Child/Pre-Adult Hunter Division, sponsored by NickerDoodles. Elizabeth Holmes of St. Louis, MO, earned the reserve spot on Taylor Horace’s Vivienne.
The Stirrup Hunter Division saw the winning effort by champion Kendra Alcock of Parker, CO, and her Geppetto. Maggie Hardwick of Elizabeth, CO, rode Rory Breglio’s Cooper to the honor of reserve.
The SIR show series came to an end after seven successful weeks of competition on Sunday, July 21. CHP would like to thank its competitors, spectators, sponsors and vendors for a wonderful summer series. “A” rated hunter/jumper competition will return to CHP in September as the venue is set host the two-week competitive series, Autumn in the Rockies.