For Immediate Release
Parker, CO – May 22, 2019 – The second week of the competitive hunter/jumper series, Spring in the Rockies, concluded on Sunday, May 19 after the Colorado Horse Park (CHP) hosted a large number of entries. Katharin Gualtieri of Parker, CO, led the victory gallop in the $25,000 Grand Prix after a quick jump-off aboard Castalano, owned by Sandwillow Farm, on Saturday, May 18.
Argentinian course designer, Ivan Tagle, set the track for the popular evening class. “It was bigger than I thought it would be,” Gualtieri said of the course, “It was good for my horse because he is very careful.” Gualtieri and Castalano took home top honors with a jump-off time of 47.004 seconds. Gualtieri spoke of her strategy heading into the jump-off, “Just try to be smooth and clean, to [ultimately] prepare for the summer.” Gualtieri plans to return for CHP’s signature series, Summer in the Rockies, in June and summarized that her simple goal for the season is to “just keep making the jump-offs.”
Brooke Cudmore of Omaha, NE, atop Igor, owned by Blair Cudmore, finished with a jump-off time of 48.14 seconds and four faults to earn second place. Rounding out the top three was Janet Hischer of Scottsdale, AZ, who crossed through the timers on Livia Z, owned by Sharon Granberg, with a first round time of 89.092 seconds and two time faults.
For the second week in a row, Amando Hassey of Parker, CO, and his own Lomax, claimed the win in the $10,000 Welcome Stake. Victory came after a clear round and a quick jump-off time of 36.545 seconds. Hassey spoke of his partner, Lomax, who is now nine-years-old, “He performed really well, so I am happy.” Hassey continued about the course, “I thought it was a really good design. It was technical, not super big, but it was big enough. It was a great class for everybody to get in and start the week.”
Armando Hassey and Lomax collecting their awards in the $10,000 Welcome Stake.
The $10,000 Welcome Stake also saw award-winning rides by Karen Cudmore of Omaha, NE, atop Blair Cudmore’s entry Coneja, with a jump-off time of 39.323 seconds. Katharin Gualtieri rode Sandwillow Farm’s Castalano, to a third-place finish after a jump-off time of 42.282 seconds.
The $750 Holiday Inn Parker Low Child/Adult Classic was championed by Cynthia Moore-West of Sedalia, CO, riding her own Gelika. Earning second was owner/rider Kathryn Worrell of Berthond, SD, and her entry Chakira. Zoe Ibrahim of Greenwood Village, CO, rounded out the top three aboard her own Flying Dutchman.
The $500 Front Range Kubota Modified Child/Adult Classic named Syona Morrison of Longmont, CO, and her own Merlin’s Tango the class winners. Ryder Richardson of Parker, CO, rode his own RR Cool Play to a red ribbon finish. Owner/rider Drew Weber of Parker, CO, piloted WT Lakota for the third place award.
Alyson Ranucci of Centennial, CO, piloted her own Amos We, through the timers to win the $1,500 OsphosⓇ Child/Adult Jumper Classic. Molly Faunce of Littleton, CO, rode her own entry, WT Chevelle, to second place finish. In third was Andrea Russell of Parker, CO, aboard her own entry Banjer.
The $1,000 Voltaire Modified Junior/Amateur Jumper Classic saw Sabrina Ohlrogge of Littleton, CO, ride her own, Vonnoh, on the fast track for the win. The second place seat went to Grace Mcreynold of Colorado Springs, CO, aboard Kathrina Gebauer’s entry Springfield Hill. Paige McWhinney of Loveland, CO, rode her own Cascada for third.
Highest honors were awarded to Ashley Buchanan of Sedalia, CO, riding Krisin Buchanan’s entry, Polar Light, in the $1,500 Vita Flex Low Junior/Amateur Jumper Classic. Taking home the red ribbon was Dominique Hoffmann of Parker, CO, aboard her entry Excelsior. Meghan Faillaci’s Cecarelli was piloted by Sophie Onody of Aurora, CO, for the yellow ribbon.
The $1,750 Medium Junior/Amateur Jumper Classic awarded Josephine Decker of Scottsdale, AZ, and her entry Ehayla top honors after a jump off time of 47.188 seconds. Vinny Boy, owned and shown by Anna Reising of Fort Mill, SC, galloped through the timers with a jump-off time of 44.265 seconds and 8 faults added to their score. Owner and rider, Jacqueline Toomey of Englewood, CO, completed a first round time of 92.905 seconds with two time faults, claiming a third place finish aboard her own Camerino.
The $2,500 USHJA Hunter Derby saw Jaden Olson of Parker, CO, take champion honors with a score of 181 aboard her own Conradical. Susan Winston of Colorado Springs, CO, piloted her entry, Quite Nice to a total score of 179 for reserve champion.
Olivia Ulbricht, atop Full Circle owned by Deborah Ettenger, clinched champion honors in the $250 Stirrup Classic. Reserve champion was awarded to Chloe Recknor of Evergreen, CO, and her own Lexington.
The $500 Marshall & Sterling Children’s Hunter Classic crowned Jordan Gibbs of Colorado Springs, CO, champion aboard Erin Gibbs’s Perseus YC. Reserve champion was awarded to Maggie Lawrence of Denver, CO, aboard her own Keepsake.
Elizabeth Hund of Evergreen, CO, rode her entry, Mr. Lincoln for top honors in the $500 Marshall & Sterling Adult Amateur Hunter Classic. Lindsay Ryan of Greenwood Village, CO, piloted her own Keystone to reserve.
The $500 Mile High Cars Junior/Amateur Hunter Classic awarded champion to Kirbi Spanbauer of Castle Rock, CO, and her Oh Man. Jennifer Wallen of Parker, CO, and Three Rivers, owned by Woodhaven Stables, Inc., collected reserve honors.
One week remains in CHP’s competitive Spring in the Rockies. Exhibitor numbers are expected to remain at an all-time high for the final week of competition, which is set to return on Wednesday, May 22 and continue through Sunday, May 26. Saturday, May 25 will feature the USHJA $2,500 Hunter Derby. Jumper highlights for the week include the $10,000 Welcome Stake as well as the $25,000 Grand Prix.
The highly anticipated Summer in the Rockies (SIR), will kick off at CHP on Wednesday, June 5. The seven-week summer series attracts equestrian elite from across the nation as CHP hosts the region’s largest and most competitive A-rated hunter/jumper series.