The Colorado Horse Park Welcomes Top Hunter, Jumper, and Equitation Competition for Seven Week Summer in the Rockies Series Offering More than $1,000,000 in Prize Money

May 17, 2018 - 1:02 PM

For Immediate Release

Parker, CO – May 17, 2018 – The Colorado Horse Park (CHP) has announced the publication of the 2018 Summer in the Rockies Prize List, now available for viewing at or by clicking here.

The highlight competition series of the CHP calendar year, beginning onWednesday, June 6, and continuing through Sunday, July 22, will feature seven weeks of world class hunter, jumper and equitation competition, featuring some of the nation’s most talented horses and riders and offering more than $1,000,000 in prize money throughout the duration of the circuit.

The Summer in the Rockies (SIR) Series will offer a myriad of classes including weekly $20,000 Welcome Stakes and $10,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Junior/Amateur Owner Classic, alongside a $25,000 USHJA International Derby, as well as weekly Saturday evening Grand Prix classes, awarding prize money spanning from $35,000 to $100,000 each week.

SIR I (June 6-10) will host the first weekly $20,000 Marshall & Sterling Welcome Stake along with the first 
weekly Grand Prix, the $35,000 Osphos® Grand Prix. Week one of competition will also be the first of four to host a $5,000 High Junior/Amateur Owner Classic.
SIR II (June 13-17) will feature a $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, the second of five $1,000 Pony Hunter Classics, in addition to several opportunities for $2,500 prizes in the 1.35m and 1.40m jumper classes. The week will also play host to the $20,000 Littleton Equine Medical Center Welcome Stake and $35,000 Holiday Inn Grand Prix, presented by Trapper’s Chop House onSaturday, June 16.
SIR III (June 20-24) will welcome the third FarmVet $20,000 Welcome Stake, alongside $2,000 in prize money for the Holiday Inn Parker Low Children’s, Holiday Inn Parker Low Adult, and the Front Range Kubota Modified Child/Adult Classics. On Saturday, June 23, CHP will host the $35,000 FarmVet Grand Prix
SIR IV (June 27-July 1) marks the halfway point of the summer season and will offer a variety of classes unique to the SIR, alongside the last of the $35,000 Grand Prix purses, hosting the $35,000 Horseware® Ireland Grand Prix. The hunter rings are set to showcase a $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, as well as the Individual and Team USHJA Child/Adult Hunter Championships for Zone 7/8. The jumper rings earn equal regard as they host the USHJA Zone Jumper Championships. 
During SIR V (July 4-8) the SJHOF Classics are set to return during SIR V, while the Grand Prix competition nearly doubles in prize money to feature the $60,000 Griffis Residential Grand Prix.
The sixth week of competition, SIR VI (July 11-15), will host the final $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby. The $80,000 Front Range Kubota Grand Prix is set to serve as the highlight of the week on Saturday, July 14. Around the show, competitors will have two chances to win a portion of the $4,000 purse in the Osphos Child and Adult NAL/WIHS Classics.
The last week of competition at CHP is defined by one of the largest purses in the region, the $100,000 Adequan® Grand Prix, which will be held on the final Saturday of SIR VII (July 18-22), where the Jim Calareso Perpetual Trophy will be presented to the circuit sportsman. Top hunter competitors will compete in the $25,000 USHJA International Derby and the week will give competitors one last chance to compete in the $5000 NAL Low Junior/Amateur Classic.
The Saturday evening grand prix competitions offer free general admission and free parking with competition beginning at 
5:00 p.m. MST
The highlight event will take place on Saturday night each week with the 2018 SIR Grand Prix schedule. Fun for the whole family, featuring food, fun, and the highest level equestrian competition. Gates open at 4:00 p.m. MST and the class begins at 5:00 p.m. MST. General admission and parking are free.

The Berm Pavilion, formerly the VIP Pavilion, will be open to all competitors and spectators during the week and will offer hospitality including shaded viewing of the International and Olson Family arenas, as well as a variety of food and beverage, for purchase. Picnic basket packages are also available for purchase, filled with an assortment of fruits, cheese and crackers, and a beautiful Colorado Horse Park blanket. 


The 2018 SIR series is anticipated to be the venue’s best year of competition. Under the management of Marion Maybank, Director of Operations at CHP, competition organizers have developed a circuit that will be both fun and competitive in staying true to the traditional Colorado horse show experience. The 2018 show season is set to offer top competition in a laid-back and welcoming environment.

“We have listened to our competitors’ comments and have made changes to the 2018 show series that reflect their opinions and valued advice. While the health and safety of our riders and equine competitors remain our paramount concern, you will also notice that much is done to also ensure their happiness. We look forward to hosting new and returning competitors, and we hope they love their experience at CHP,” said Maybank.

The 2018 season at CHP began in the early spring with the Spring in the Rockies hunter/jumper competitions, and will transition to the Summer in the Rockies Series in the summer months. Dressage competition is set to begin in late spring and the venue will welcome the 2018 United States Eventing Association (USEA) American Eventing Championships (AEC) in late August.

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