Kristin Hardin Wins Big in the $35,000 Lactanase Grand Prix at Start of Summer in the Rockies

Jun 13, 2019 - 2:18 PM

For Immediate Release

Parker, CO – June 13, 2019 – The seven-week signature series, Summer in the Rockies (SIR), kicked off at the Colorado Horse Park (CHP) on Wednesday, June 5, welcoming competitors from across the nation. June 8 and 9 played host to the $35,000 Lactanase Grand Prix, which saw victory by Kristin Hardin of New Cuyama, CA, aboard her entry, Bert. Inclement weather necessitated the postponement of the highlight Saturday evening class, requiring the remaining four first rounds and all jump-off rounds to be resumed on Sunday morning.


FT19E 056Kristin Hardin and Bert claiming their prizes at the $35,000 Lactanase Grand Prix.


Hardin was one of ten riders that completed their first round on Saturday night and one of eight to return for the jump-off on Sunday morning. Hardin spoke of her split-ride, “The plan didn’t change, I was relieved to not be out in the weather. Bert was actually a little spooky from the storm.” Hardin and Bert have been together for 10 years. “He is very unique, and he thinks he’s smarter than me. He definitely knows the course, and he knows when it’s show day. He doesn’t really like to do anything else,” Hardin said of Bert.


FT19E 023Hardin and Bert soaring to victory in the $35,000 Lactanase Grand Prix.


Hardin and Bert, galloped through the jump-off timers in 43.387 seconds, to earn the class victory. Mattias Ekeroth of San Francisco, CA, piloted Mattias Ekeroth LLC’S entry, Hautesse Van ’T Zorgvliet, to a second place finish, completing their jump-off in 44.234 seconds. Third place was captured by Katharin Gualtieri of Parker, CO, and Sandwillow Farms’ entry, Castalano, who crossed the timers in 44.415 seconds.


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Mattias Ekeroth and Hautesse Van ‘T Zorgvliet soaring to second in the $35,000 Lactanase Grand Prix.


Brazilian course designer, Anderson Lima, set the track this week for both the $35,000 Lactanase Grand Prix, as well as the $25,000 Triple Crown Nutrition Welcome Grand Prix. Samantha Waslewski of Scottsdale, AZ, spoke of the course, “[The course] was super fun, very inviting, and it had such a nice flow to it.”


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Katharin Gualtieri and Castalano clinched third in the $35,000 Lactanase Grand Prix.


Samantha Waslewski and Paige Waslewski’s entry, Castello, were the only pair to navigate the $25,000 Triple Crown Nutrition Welcome Grand Prix without fault, stopping the first-round timers at 78.545 seconds, for first place. Kristin Hardin and Bert picked up second place for navigating the course in 72.597 seconds, with a four-fault score. Third place was given to the pair with a four-fault score and a first-round time of 73.128 seconds, Bryn Sadler of Santa Fe, NM, and Showcase 81 LLC’s entry, Cezarro.


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Samantha Waslewski and Castello wearing the blue after their win in the $25,000 Triple Crown Nutrition Welcome Grand Prix.


Jumper Highlights

In the $2,000 Front Range Kubota Modified Child/Adult Jumper Classic top honors were awarded to Simi Gibson of Denver, CO, aboard Erin Bownds’s Knotabalou. The second-place ride was turned in by Katherine Harkwell, of Saint Louis, MO, riding Julie Dodd’s entry, Conlaro. Jayden Scott of Parker, CO, rode Peyton Wyatt’s Cadmus to clinch third.

The $2,000 Vita Flex Low Children’s Jumper Classic, awarded Makena Bloebaum of Scottsdale, AZ, and her entry, White Walker, the blue ribbon after jumping-off in 30.461 seconds. Sydney Goodin and Ashley Thomas’s Quapello traveled from Chesterfield, MO, to jump-off in 31.533 seconds, for the second-place award. Third place went to owner and rider, Natalie Smith, of Denver, CO, and Triomphe who crossed the timers in 32.533 seconds.

Abigail Grace Kelley of Lone Tree, CO, piloted her own, All Inclusive, through the timers for the win in the $2,000 Vita Flex Low Adult Amateur Jumper Classic. Kathy Kramer of Littleton, CO, rode her entry, Bykarlos, to secure second place. Merlin’s Tango was piloted by owner/rider, Syona Morrison of Longmont, CO, to the third place prize.

In the $4,000 NAL/WIHS Osphos® Children’s Jumper Classic Elizabeth Woods of Lincoln, NE, rode her entry, Trillick’s Black Magic, to victory with a 36.366 second jump-off time. Stephany McConnell of Littleton, CO, piloted James McConnell’s Quidam through the jump-off to finish in second place, crossing the timers 36.761 seconds. Elizabeth Simpson of Parker, CO, finished the jump-off in 41.363 seconds, aboard her entry, Fernando J, for the third-place prize.

The NAL/WIHS Osphos® Adult Jumper Classic awarded top honors to Laura Kay of Castle Rock, CO, and her entry, Qaiser, after a jump-off time of 36.307 seconds. Kristina Matthews of Denver, CO, rode her Neolisto Van Het Mierenhof through the fast track in 39.012 seconds for the red ribbon. Third-place honors were accepted by Molly Faunce of Littleton, CO, aboard her own WT Chevelle after a 39.904-second finish.

The $4,000 NAL Voltaire Modified Junior/Amateur Classic saw Zacko Hardin of New Cuyama, CA, ride David Murdoch’s Eminent to the win after a quick jump-off time of 34.985 seconds. The timers clocked Sabrina Ohlrogge of Littleton, CO, and her entry, Vonnoh, at 36.201 seconds, earning the pair second place. Parker, Colorado’s Cicily Coors and KC Sports LLC’s Manito Calissanne Z l took home third place, after jumping-off in 36.36 seconds.

The $5,000 Vita Flex Medium/Low Junior/Amature Jumper Classic saw the winning ride by Hannah Holik of Jackson, WY, and Czech Mate LLC’s Cupido De Laubry, who crossed the timers in 32.045 seconds. High Heels was ridden by owner and rider, Graziella Martins of Centennial, CO, and finished second with a jump-off time of 32.559 seconds. Haley Griffis of Larkspur, CO, joined the podium in third place, for her 34.237-second ride with Palmer Divide Ranch’s entry, Centana.

Hunter Highlights


Gabrielle Young of Springfield, KS, took home the champion honors in the Medium/Large Pony Hunter division aboard her entry, Hidden Springs Woodstar. Reserve champion was awarded to Sedalia, Colorado’s Audrey Clarke and Molly Rinedollar’s Starlight.


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Medium/Large Pony Hunter division champion, Gabrielle Young and Hidden Springs Woodstar.

Estelle Janin of Steamboat Springs, CO, was awarded first place aboard her Faramir in the $100 Stirrup Hunter Classic. Gemma Sutton of Boulder, CO, rode her entry, Essential Iron, for second place.

The $1,000 NAL/WIHS Children’s Hunter Classic, presented by Marshall & Sterling, awarded first-place honors to Abigale Chaplick of Centennial, CO, and her own Avanti. Joining the podium in the second-place position was Paige Lynch of Mission Hills, KS, and Alyssa Gist’s Bonfire.

The $1,000 Mary Dunahay NAL/WIHS Adult Hunter Classic, presented by Marshall & Sterling, saw Madison Bloom of Denver, CO, and Savoy’s entry Bailando take home top honors. Second place was awarded to Adrian Greenholz of Denver, CO, aboard Leslie Wilkonson’s Lolita.

Walter was piloted by owner/rider, Katherine Murdoch of Clayton, MO, and earned the blue ribbon in the $100 Nickerdoodle Pre-Children’s Hunter Classic. Emily Schoelzel of Highlands Ranch, CO, guided her entry, Vermont Pitch Perfect, over the course for second place.

The $100 Nickerdoodle Pre-Adult Hunter Classic awarded blue to Anne Goth of Carbondale, CO, and her Boulahrouz. Chagall was ridden by owner, Amy Coretz, of Tulsa, OK, and took home the red ribbon.

The $100 Modified Adult Hunter Classic saw Kathryn Fleck Peisach of Aspen, CO, ride Amelia Banchero’s Grand Love Affair to top honors. Michael Kirby’s entry KT Belva carried Claire Hertel of Littleton, CO, to second place.

Lake Quivira, Kansas’s Sydney Chmel guided her Ntec Gold Rush for top honors in the $100 Modified Children’s Hunter Classic. Riding to second place was Elizabeth Latsis of Denver, CO, aboard Kathryn Latsis’s Rex Romeo.

Amanda Thomas of Brentwood, MO, rode Indian Rock Farms LLC’s entry, Dubrovnik for the top prize in the $1,000 Arenus Green 3’ Hunter Classic. Second place was awarded to Sarah Young, of Spring Hill, KS, and Carol Meharry’s Emerald City MCF.

The $1,000 Junior Hunter 3’3″/3’6” Classic saw Elizabeth Woods of Lincoln, NE, sweep the podium. Woods’ entries, Tinkas Boy and Contemporary, earned first and second, respectively.

Top honors were awarded to Abigail Grace Kelley of Lone Tree, CO, and her entry Cayman A.L., in the $1,000 Amateur Owner Hunter 3’3″/3’6” Classic. Shae Kimberling of Olath, KS, and her Omar B.Z. secured second place.

Summer in the Rockies is set to resume on Wednesday, June 12, with the series’ second week of competition. SIR II will offer highlight classes including the $25,000 Marshall & Sterling Welcome Grand Prix on Thursday, June 13, the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby on Friday, June 14, and the $35,000 CHP Grand Prix on Saturday, June 15.


Photo Credit ©Horse and Ryder Photography. These photos may only be used in relation to this release once with proper credit.

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