SIR V Congratulates Richard Spooner and Quirado RC at the $80,000 Front Range Kubota Grand Prix

Jul 11, 2019 - 12:44 PM

For Immediate Release

Parker, CO – July 11, 2019 – The Colorado Horse Park (CHP), Colorado’s premier competitive equestrian venue, hosted the fifth week of the annual Summer in the Rockies (SIR) series from July 3 through July 7. CHP welcomed exhibitors from across the nation and boasted a roster that included some of the sport’s most decorated and well-known athletes.


Richard Spooner and Quirado RC flying high in the $80,000 Front Range Kubota Grand Prix.
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Exhibitor numbers rose for the spotlight Saturday night Grand Prix that took place on July 6. The $80,000 Front Range Kubota Grand Prix welcomed 35 horse-and-rider pairs. The “Master of Faster”, Richard Spooner of Agua Dulce, CA, lived up to his well-known moniker, after his dash through the jump-off timers in 48.184 seconds aboard mount, Quirado RC, owned by Show Jumping Syndications Int’l. The jump-off saw three entries return and Scottsdale, Arizona’s Kasey Ament’s double-clear ride aboard Lornnah Investments LLC’s Dexter R in 49.622 seconds earned her the second-place finish. Mandy Porter of Encinitas, CA, rode for Wild Turkey Farm LLC and collected third place aboard WT Ca-Pow!, with a four fault jump-off of 47.551 seconds.


Richard Spooner and Quirado RC being presented top honors in the $80,000 Front Range Kubota Grand Prix by the Franken family.
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Course designer, Marina Azevedo, set the track for this highlight jumper class. “The course was fantastic,” said Spooner. “I think she did an excellent job. She had that liverpool towards the end of the course, the skinny, and the triple that was boxed up into the corner. She had some really good tests.”


Kasey Ament and Dexter R soared to second place in the $80,000 Front Range Kubota Grand Prix.
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“My plan was to leave a little meat on the table and then eat it all, as I ran across to get up to the double. I just took a shot at it. He has a limitless scope, and so at the last jump I could just close my eyes and take a run at it.”

 Spooner spoke of the Show Jumping Syndications Int’l owned entry, “I got Quirado RC] from HIPPICO with Guy McElvain. He has been brought along slowly. He qualified himself for the World Cup in Gothenburg, but I just chose not to take him because he was just coming 10 and I thought it was too much. This year he feels incredible. He really is a nice horse.”


Mandy Porter and WT Ca-Pow! secured third place in the $80,000 Front Range Kubota Grand Prix.
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The $20,000 Voltaire Design U-25 Classic was determined by results in the $80,000 Front Range Kubota Grand Prix. A total of seven horse-and-rider teams were considered and impressively, Annabella Sanchez of Glencoe, IL, and her Incitatus were awarded the blue ribbon for their three-fault first round in 85.416 seconds. Owner/rider Hannah Loly of Rancho Santa Fe, NM, and Ayma De La Demi Lune turned in a four-fault first-round time of 80.186 seconds for second place. Karime Perez Nunez of Naucalpan, Mexico, and Comtessa 102, owned by Mauricio Guerra, completed the first round with a time of 86.159 seconds and four-faults for a third place finish.


Annabella Sanchez and Incitatus championed the $20,000 Voltaire Design U-25 Classic.
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The SIR hunter/jumper series will continue with SIR VI on July 10. AdequanⓇ will host both Grand Prix classes this week starting with the $25,000 AdequanⓇ Welcome Grand Prix on Thursday, July 11 and the $100,000 AdequanⓇ Grand Prix on Saturday, July 13. 

Jumper Highlights


The $25,000 Carolina Arena Equipment Welcome Grand Prix held on Friday, July 5, saw Carly Anthony of Wellington, FL, lead the victory gallop aboard Neil Jones Equestrian’s Chacco.


Carly Anthony and Chacco jumped to the top of the leader board in the $25,000 Carolina Arena Equipment Welcome Grand Prix.
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“I have been riding [Chacco] for about a year and a half. He has been my main Grand Prix horse. I have done the World Cup qualifiers with him, I have kind of done everything with him. I have a lot of confidence in him so I can go in and really push myself and push through the course. I have a lot of confidence in him and he gives me a really good feeling to be able to go in there and do what I need to win.”


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Carly Anthony and Chacco collecting their awards in the $25,000 Carolina Arena Equipment Welcome Grand Prix.
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Anthony and Chacco were one of the class’ 11 double-clear rides, and they clinched the win with a jump-off time of 37.326 seconds. “Marina is an incredible course designer. When I found out she was designing this week, I was thrilled. All of the horses jump super with her courses, they are always flowing. She never overfaces the horse or rider. I was quite pleased with the course she built.”


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Cassio Rivetti and Dakota Of The Lowlands captured second place in the $25,000 Carolina Arena Equipment Welcome Grand Prix.
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Finishing second, out of 37 entries, was Cassio Rivetti of Brazil and Jasmine Talley’s entry, Dakota Of The Lowlands, with a jump-off time of 38.694 seconds. Kaitlin Campbell of San Marcos, CA, rode Sweet Oak Farm’s Belize D’ive Z through the jump-off timers with a four-fault score in 36.705 seconds for third.


Kaitlin Campbell and Belize D’Ive Z rounded out the top three in the $25,000 Carolina Arena Equipment Welcome Grand Prix.
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The $2,000 Holiday Inn Parker Low Children’s Jumper Classic awarded top honors to Josie Atherton of Tulsa, OK, and P3 Ventures LLC’s Quovario Buisson Z after a jump-off time of 33.748 seconds. Stephany McConnell of Littleton, CO, rode Chicuelo LS, owned by Carmen Vecchini, to second place with a quick jump-off in 35.685 seconds. Third-place honors were accepted by Piper Bostley of Highlands Ranch, CO, aboard her own Dad’s Trip To Tahiti after stopping the timers in 36.641 seconds.

The $2,000 Holiday Inn Parker Low Adult Jumper Classic saw the winning ride by Lauren Walley of Dallas, TX, and Karen Salomon’s Roxanne, who crossed the timers in 35.408 seconds. Filou 1972 was ridden by owner, Alyson Schult of Longmont, CO, and finished second with a jump-off time of 69.89 seconds. Andrea Matesick of Caledonia, MS, joined the podium in third place, for her 38.083 second jump-off ride with her own, Tiny Tim.

Ivy Hinds of Aurora, CO, and her entry Gambo II rode to victory in 33.444 seconds during the $2,000 Front Range Kubota Modified Child/Adult Jumper Classic. Erik Canady of Long Grove, IL, rode a 36.022 second jump-off aboard his Balou Boy, for second place. Nanna Scheuer-Larsen of Plano, TX, and Brooke Peterson’s entry, Bijou Too, galloped through the timers in 37.271 seconds for third.

The $4,000 Voltaire Design Modified Junior/Amateur Jumper Classic congratulated Hannah Dodd of Kearney, MO, for her 37.179 second jump-off ride on her Cicero’s Girl. Abigail Grace Kelley of Lone Tree, CO, rode her All Inclusive through the timers in 37.986 seconds for second-place. Lomas, Mexico’s Cecilia Pedraza piloted Daniel Pedraza’s Ambar through the jump-off in 38.38 seconds for third.

Alison Sinclair of Winnetka, IL, and Annabella Sanchez’s Zersina were named victors after a four-fault, 32.862 second jump-off in the $4,000 OsphosⓇ NAL/WIHS Children’s Jumper Classic. Stephan was piloted through the timers in 40.746 seconds with four faults in the first round by Elkhorn, Nebraska’s Taylor Caniglia for secondary honors. Hannah Gibbs of Parker, CO, took home third place with a first round time of 78.381 seconds and a four-fault finish aboard Stay Cool, owned by Petschening Showjumping LLC.

Alyson Ranucci of Centennial, CO, topped the leaderboard in the $4,000 OsphosⓇ NAL/WIHS Adult Jumper Classic after piloting her Amos We through the jump-off in 34.395 seconds. Jumping off in 37.527 seconds, Kristina Matthews of Denver, CO, rode her own Neolisto Van Het Mierenhof to second place. Littleton, Colorado’s Molly Faunce joined the podium with a 38.673 second jump-off time aboard her WT Chevelle for third place.

The $5,000 Vita Flex NAL Low Junior/Amateur Classic awarded top honors to Kara Kahn of Bucyrus, KS, and her Sportsfield Eternia who completed the jump-off in 32.242 seconds. Kelsey Cruciotti of Bluffdale, UT, galloped Pony Lane Farm’s Everything through the timers in 32.242 seconds for the red ribbon. Cecilia Pedraza of Lomas, Mexico, rode for yellow, guiding Daniel Pedraza’s Game Boy through the jump-off in 33.708 seconds.

After a 35.49 second jump-off, Bluffdale, Utah’s Kelsey Cruciotti and Pony Lane Farm’s Disney led the field in the $5,000 Medium Junior/Amateur Jumper Classic. Brooke Peterson of Plano, TX, earned second place aboard Nicole Peterson’s Fast Flo who raced through the timers in 35.999 seconds. Owner/rider, Tali Dejong of Golden, CO, and Heavenly Star finished their jump-off course in 39.061 seconds for third.

The $10,000 Griffis Residential High Junior/Amateur Jumper Classic, awarded Sabrine Cooper of Carlsbad, CA, and her entry, Juweel Van Maarle, the blue ribbon after a four-fault first round and a time of 73.496 seconds. Bryn Sadler and Showcase 81 LLC’s Cezarro traveled from Santa Fe, NM, to complete the first round in 76.345 seconds and four faults, for the second-place award. Third place went to Elizabeth Lang, of Lake Forest, IL, and Alex Jayne’s Show Show who crossed the first-round timers in 81.237 seconds, with four faults.

Hunter Highlights


The $100 Stirrup Hunter Classic awarded top honors to Chloe Recknor of Evergreen, CO, and her Lexington. Full Circle was piloted by owner, Deborah Jean Ettenger of Centennial, CO, to clinch second. Leslie Wilkonson of Greenwood Village, CO, and her Lolita rode for third.

The $1,000 Marshall & Sterling NAL/WIHS Children’s Hunter Classic saw the winning round by Jennifer Antonacci of Flower Mound, TX, and her entry, Danieli. Julianna Hartwick of Overland Park, KS, earned the red ribbon atop her entry, Chemin De Prix. Coming in third was Sydney Murdoch of Frisco, TX, and her Casewell.

Judges awarded the blue ribbon to Walter and owner/rider Sherri Kahn of Bucyrus, KS, in the $1,000 Mary Dunahay Marshall & Sterling NAL/WIHS Adult Hunter Classic. Second place honors were assigned to Betsy Christianson of Kirkland, WA, and Excel Sport Horses’ entry, XL Action. Bronwen Cheney of Denver, CO, piloted Laurie Jueneman’s Vienna to a third-place finish.

The $100 Nickerdoodles Pre-Children’s Hunter Classic named Clara Tracy of Lafayette, CO, the winner atop her own entry, Oswin. Lafayette, California’s Olivia Breach expertly piloted her Domina D’Revel for the red ribbon. In the third-place spot was Ella Burbach of Phoenix, AZ, atop Bobbie Schaef’s Cherendello.

Reese Cudney of Monument, CO, clinched the win in the $1,000 Children’s Pony Hunter Classic aboard Grace McReynolds’ Rollingwoods Twist Of Fate. Beaverwoods Nutmeg, owned and ridden by Sofia Colin Gilbert, AZ, earned second place. Eleanore Seipel of Southlake, TX, piloted Nowhere Man, owned by Clasa Keath, to the third spot.

The $100 Modified Adult Hunter Classic congratulated Heather Chenault of Parker, CO, for her winning ride aboard her Golden Opportunity. Nina Donnelly of Evanston, IL, earned the red ribbon for her ride atop her Ellis Island. Claire Hertel of Littleton, CO, clinched third atop Michael Kirby’s KT Belva.

Leah Sanford of Haughton, LA, added a blue ribbon to her collection after her ride aboard Donna Kroehnke’s Wait & See in the $100 Modified Children’s Hunter Classic. Paige Douglass of Golden, CO, earned second atop her entry, Chocolua La Ti Da. Sydney Murdoch traveled from Frisco, TX, to earn third place aboard her C’Est Si Bon.

The $1,000 Platinum Performance Junior Hunter 3’3″/3’6″ Classic saw Jaden Porter of Ladue, MO, and Dragonfly Farm’s Dragonfly’s Steel Octopus rise to the top of the class. RVF Carlyle, owned and ridden by Izabella Millmet of Southlake, TX, were awarded second. In third was Molly Canfield of Chicago, IL, atop Mary Beth Canfield’s Class Act.

Jaden Olson of Parker, CO, was the victor in the $1,000 Platinum Performance Amateur Owner Hunter 3’3″/3’6″ Classic atop her entry, Conradical. In the second spot was Jennifer Wallen of Parker, CO, and Woodhaven Stables’ Three Rivers. Boulder, Colorado’s Ahsley Rheingold rounded out the podium in third atop her Calle 87.

Join CHP for the remaining two weeks of competition as the prize money rises and the competition stiffens. Hunter highlights will include the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby and jumper highlights will include the $25,000 AdequanⓇ Welcome Grand Prix on Thursday, July 11, as well as the $100,000 AdequanⓇ Grand Prix on Saturday, July 13. 


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