For Immediate Release
Parker, CO – June 28, 2019 – Week III of the Summer In The Rockies Series (SIR) concluded at The Colorado Horse Park (CHP) on Sunday, June 23, after another successful week of top hunter, jumper, and equitation competition. The seven-week series is the largest of its kind in the region and draws competitors traveling from states spanning the nation. The $35,000 Holiday Inn Grand Prix, presented by Trapper’s Chop House, on Saturday, June 22 saw twenty-two entries compete in the International Arena while the Berm Pavilion and lawn seating easily accommodated a large spectator crowd.
Kasey Ament aboard Dexter R in the $35,000 Holiday Inn Grand Prix presented by Trapper’s Chop House award ceremony, with Holiday Inn/Trapper’s Chop House Owner, Billy Lim, and Assistant General Manager of Sales, Darlene Squires, with son, Deegan Squires . Also pictured: Kristin Hardin, Tyler Hardin, Cuba Scott and Javier Mendoza.
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Kasey Ament of Scottsdale, AZ, and Lornnah Investments, LLC’s entry, Dexter R, kicked off their competition stretch at CHP with a victorious run in the $35,000 Holiday Inn Grand Prix presented by Trapper’s Chop House. The track was set by Canadian course designer, Peter Grant. “[The course] seemed very straightforward when we walked it, but I had to work hard. The courses have been difficult all week, in all of the classes. I really had to work hard, it was technical and was a real test. I enjoyed them, all of my horses jumped well this week.”
Ament and Dexter R were one of five entries asked to return for the jump-off and they took the win after stopping the jump-off timers at 45.418 seconds. Second place was captured by the quick, Daniel Pedraza, of Mexico and his entry, Future Z, with a jump-off time of 47.532 seconds. Bryn Sadler of Santa Fe, NM, rode Cinven CR, owned by Showcase 81 LLC, to third place with a jump-off time of 52.114 seconds.
Ament spoke of her plan going into the jump-off, “I have such a big-strided horse, and such a long gallop, I can make up so much time just by going forward. Jumps one to two, I wanted to jump one on an angle, and I think I cut off two or three strides just on landing. I saw [the distance] so far away and forward that I opened him up and just kept going. I think I did maybe three or four less strides than anyone else.”
“I have to say Kristin [Hardin] really taught Dexter turbo-mode. Before her help, he was a little bit big and slow. He has really become a quick, careful horse, even though he is big and scopey. She has really changed Dexter for the better. I am really thankful for that.”
The $20,000 U25 Classic was run in tandem with the $35,000 Holiday Inn Grand Prix, presented by Trapper’s Chop House. Qualifying riders were under the age of 25 and the class saw Bryn Sadler, aboard Cinven CR, ride to the top of the division after stopping the jump-off timers in 52.114 seconds. Second place was awarded to Elizabeth Lang of Lake Forest, IL, aboard Alex Jayne’s Show Show, after a quick four fault jump-off time of 43.598 seconds. Kelli Cruciotti, of Elizabeth, CO, slid in to the third-place position with a four-fault score and a first-round time of 79.16 seconds aboard Serenity Farm’s Zidante.
Bryn Sadler being awarded the top prize in the $20,000 U25 Classic by Holiday Inn/Trapper’s Chop House Owner, Billy Lim, and Assistant General Manager of Sales, Darlene Squires, with son, Deegan Squires.
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Mattias Ekeroth of San Francisco, CA, and Mattias Ekeroth LLC’s DaCarlos earned top honors in the $20,000 OsphosⓇ Welcome Grand Prix on June 20, with a speedy jump-off time of 43.778 seconds. Second place was awarded to Katharine Gualtiere of Parker, CO, and Sandwillow Farm’s entry Castalano, after a jump-off time of 45.698 seconds. Karen Cudmore of Omaha, NE, galloped through the timers in 46.746 seconds for third place aboard Blaire Cudmore’s, Coneja.
Mattias Ekeroth and DaCarlos being presented the top award in the $25,000 Osphos® Welcome Grand Prix by Osphos/Dechra representative, Emilee Bransroth.
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The $2,000 Holiday Inn Parker Low Child/Adult Jumper Classic was won by Alison Sinclair of Winnetka, IL, and Alex Jayne’s Beja, completing the jump-off in 27.719 seconds. Natalie Smith of Denver, CO, slid into second place after the jump-off of 28.394 seconds, aboard her entry, Triomphe. Third place was awarded to Nathan Rolfe of Wellington, FL, and Alex Jayne’s entry, Jolita, after a jump-off time of 28.84 seconds
The $2,000 Front Range Kubota Modified Child/Adult Jumper Classic awarded first place to Natalie Watson of Omaha, NE, and her own Ella, who completed the jump-off in a quick 26.724 seconds. Anna Pemble of Overland Park, KS, rode Ava Hernandez’s Stetson to second place after stopping the timers in 31.513 seconds. Third place was captured by Crystal Taylor of Sheridan, WY, and her own Tim’s Casey, finishing the jump-off in 32.584 seconds.
The $4,000 Voltaire Designs Modified Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Classic saw victory by Brooke Cudmore of Omaha, NE, riding Karen Cudmore’s entry, Rosa, with a jump-off time of 46.399 seconds. Second place saw Nicole Davis of Erie, CO, and her entry, First Romance, complete the jump-off in 61.871 seconds. Third place went to Ame Pate of Longmont, CO, aboard her own Southpaw, after a first-round ride that stopped the timers in 74.078 seconds and four faults.
The $4,000 Osphos® NAL/WIHS Adult Jumper Classic awarded the blue ribbon to Misty Redd of Toneka, KS, riding Texas Christian University Equestrian Team’s Victoria, with a jump-off time of 44.957 seconds. Second place was awarded to Cecilia Pedraza of Mexico, and Daniel Pedraza’s Ambar with a jump-off time of 47.411 seconds. Hannah Gilhooley of Darien, CT, placed third on her entry, Cedric 42, with a four fault jump-off and a time of 46.198 seconds.
The $4,000 Osphos® NAL/WIHS Child Jumper Classic saw the winning round by Elizabeth Woods of Lincoln, NE, guiding her own Trillick’s Black Magic through the jump-off timers in 46.13 seconds. Second place was awarded to Molly Madden of Centennial, CO, and her Q’Lano, with a jump-off time of 52.931 seconds. Ava Hernandez of Leawood, KS, placed third with a four-fault jump-off and a time of 47.027 seconds aboard her entry, Colina B.
Caroline Donnally of Wellington, FL, was victorious in the $5,000 Vita Flex NAL Low Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Classic atop her entry, Always Me, with a jump-off time of 42.587 seconds. Second place went to Kelsey Cruciotti of Bluffdale, UT, aboard Pony Lane Farm’s Everything, after finishing the jump-off in 43.735 seconds. Rounding out the top three was Caroline Donnally of Wellington, FL, and her Balu, who completed the short course in 46.04 seconds.
The $5,000 Griffis Residential High/Medium Junior/Amateur Jumper Classic saw Kelsey Cruciotti put in the winning ride in 45.191 seconds with four faults aboard Disney, owned by Pony Lane Farm. Isabella Bleu Baxter of Wright City, MO, and her Jahil captured second place with a four-fault jump-off and a time of 46.53 seconds. Andrea Hassey of Mexico, and her Allegria Du Val Henry finished third, completing the jump-off in 51.911 seconds with four faults.
Deborah Jean Ettenger of Centennial, CO, topped the $100 Stirrup Hunter Classic, riding her Full Circle to the top of the class. Second place was presented to Payton Hoover of Edora, KS, on Hoover Farm’s entry, Foxlairs Gremling. Third place went to Maggie Giar of Overbrook, KS, and ABA Hunter Ponies entry, Windsor.
The $1,000 Marshall & Sterling NAL/ WIHS Children’s Hunter Classic awarded first place to Chloe Melco of Franktown, CO, aboard Mackenzie Kline’s All Tuckered Out. Second place was captured by Olivia Contillo of Parker, CO, piloting her entry, The Beat Goes On. Third place went to Annie Veenstra of Santa Fe, NM, riding Anne Wrinkle’s Ms. Blue.
Amy Brubaker of Salt Lake City, UT, captured the victory in the $1,000 Marshall & Sterling Mary Dunahay NAL/WIHS Adult Hunter Classic aboard Pony Lane Farm’s Lancelot 266. Amy Coretz of Tulsa, OK, took the second-place finish with Caran D, owned by Eighteen Acres Farm. Third place went to Alexandra Marchi of Los Alamos, NM, and her own Carahimia.
Gabrielle Young of Spring Hill, KS, won the $1,000 Pony Hunter Classic, riding her Hidden Springs Woodstar. Second place went to Ryleigh Hart of Goodyear, AZ, piloting her own Rollingwoods Q And A. Third place honors were presented to Jordan Gibbs of Colorado Springs, CO, riding her GF Aurelia.
The $100 Nickerdoodle Pre-Children’s Hunter Classic awarded first place to Caroline Krier of Parker, CO, and her Toska. Ryleigh Hart of Goodyear, AZ, took second place, piloting Alyssa Hart’s Woodford. The third place ride was seen by Mckenzie Miller of Peoria, AZ, and her entry, Alliance.
Andrea Sullican of Tucson, AZ, was named champion of the $100 Nickerdoodle Pre-Adult Hunter Classic, aboard her own Dark Rose. Second place went to owner and rider Henrietta Hall of Santa Fe, NM, and her comically named, Lettuce Pray. Third place was also claimed by Henrietta Hal, this time aboard her entry, Paradisio.
The $100 Modified Children’s Hunter Classic presented the blue ribbon to Mackenzie Carreras of Chandler, AZ, and Nicholas Carreras’s Amara. Second place finish was awarded to Viviana Yerkes of Fairview, TX, and her entry, Sultan. Third-place honors went to Aspen Gerstberger of Spring Hill, KS, aboard her Forte.
Melanie Wright of Gaithersburg, MD, was victorious in the $1,000 Arenus Green Hunter 3’ Classic aboard Caroline Uffelmann’s Halcyon. Second place was awarded to Sarah Young of Spring Hill, KS, and JFC Farms LLC’s Skylar. Elizabeth Latsis of Denver, CO, aboard Kathryn Latsis’s Independcence KF, rounded out the top three.
The $1,000 Junior Hunter 3’6″ Classic saw a victory for Elizabeth Woods of Lincoln, NE, riding her own Tinkas Boy. Lauren Jorgensen of Albuquerque, NM, clinched second place, atop her Zaskia. Third place was claimed by Ashley Shaw of Ellisville, MO, aboard Amanda Shaw’s Contemporary.
Tegan Zimmerman of Gilbert, AZ, rode Kobe Zimmerman’s All I’ve Ever Wanted to the first-place finish in the $1,000 Junior Hunter 3’3″ Classic. Jordan Gibbs of Colorado Springs, CO, took second place aboard Erin Gibbs’ Perseus YC. Third place went to Theodora Goffstein of St. Louis, MO, and Shannon Hicks’ No Doubt.
The Summer In The Rockies Series will resume on Wednesday, June 26, with the start of the fourth week of competition. Some of the nation’s top riders are taking up summer residence at CHP as the prize money begins to rise. Week IV of SIR will play host to highlight classes including the $25,000 Littleton Equine Medical Center Welcome Grand Prix, on Thursday, June 27, a $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby on Friday, June 28, the $60,000 Griffis Residential Grand Prix, on Saturday, June 29, and the USHJA Pony Derby on Sunday, June 29.
For more information on The Colorado Horse Park (CHP) please visit www.coloradohorsepark.com.