For Immediate Release
Parker, CO – June 18, 2019 – The second week of the Summer in the Rockies (SIR) show series at the Colorado Horse Park (CHP) concluded on Sunday, June 16, after a week of top-notch hunter, jumper, and equitation competition. The $35,000 Colorado Horse Park Grand Prix was held on Saturday, June 15.
In front of a sizeable crowd, Bryn Sadler of Santa Fe, NM, and Showcase 81 LLC’s entry, Cinven CR, cleared the jump-off to clinch the win in 43.926 seconds during the $35,000 CHP Grand Prix. The class saw five of its original 14 entries return for the jump-off that ultimately named Sadler and Cinven CR class champions.
Sadler imported Cinven CR in December of 2018. “We bought him without even trying him. He has had barely any rails since I got him. He is one of the smartest horses that I have ever owned,” Sadler said of her mount.
Sadler has taken up summer residence at CHP with plans to stay for the entirety of the Summer in the Rockies series. “We love [CHP]. We haven’t been here in about four years and it’s great to be back. It is really pleasant here, yesterday we went out trail riding to get ready for the Prix. It’s just a very enjoyable show.”
Securing second place in the Saturday night class was Susan Griffis of Larkspur, CO, and Palmer Divide Ranch’s Deuville Van Overis Z, who stopped the jump-off timers in 46.838 seconds. Mattias Ekeroth of San Francisco, CA, and Mattias Ekeroth LLC’s DaCarlos cleared the jump-off track in 41.917 seconds to claim third place.
Course designer, Oscar Soberon of Dallas, TX, set the track for the week’s spotlight classes. “He did a fantastic job of measuring what we could do, and really testing us without being ‘over the top’,” Sadler said of the Grand Prix course.
Sadler also spoke of her plan for the jump-off, “I wanted to be smooth and fast. I saw Mattias [Ekeroth] do seven [strides] down the last line, and his horse is small. I decided that if he could do it, I could do it too!”
Earlier in the week, Ekeroth saw his own victory after a speedy ride to top the $25,000 Marshall & Sterling Welcome Grand Prix on Thursday, June 13. “It was a very straightforward course. The time wasn’t too tight,” Ekeroth said of the field, “or we all went fast!” It was a foot race for the win, as the top three finishers stopped the jump-off timers within 0.141 seconds of each other.
Mattias Ekeroth and DaCarlos galloped through the timers in a speedy 38.083 seconds for the blue. Ekeroth has owned the eleven-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding for four years and went on to speak about their partnership and their time at CHP: “He has just been awesome, he’s a great horse. We really like CHP because you can ride on the cross country course or on the trails. You can just go out and ride, and you don’t feel like you’re on the showgrounds all the time.”
Galloping through the timers for a close, second-place finish was Shannon Hicks of Lake St. Louis, MO, aboard Sara Dee’s Clearwater 5 with a jump-off time of 38.222 seconds. Taking home the yellow ribbon was Julia Nagler of Peidmont, CA, atop her Killossery Kuidam, with a jump-off time of 38.224 seconds.
The Low Children’s Jumper Division, sponsored by Holiday Inn Parker, recognized Natalie Smith of Denver, CO, and her entry, Triomphe, as champion. Piper Bostley of Highlands Ranch, CO, rode to reserve aboard her entry, Dad’s Trip To Tahiti.
The Low Adult Jumpers Division, sponsored by Holiday Inn Parker, saw Ashley Rheingold of Boulder, CO, and her De Koningin ride to top honors. Reserve champion was awarded to Walk the Line and owner/rider Melissa Brant of Littleton, CO.
The Children’s Jumper Division, sponsored by OsphosⓇ, gave champion honors to Elizabeth Woods of Lincoln, NE, and her entry, Trillick’s Black Magic. Stephany McConnell of Littleton, CO, rode James McConnell’s Quidam for the reserve title.
Sedalia, Colorado’s Ashley Buchanan rode Kristin Buchanan’s entry, Chianti Classico, to champion in the Vita Flex Low Junior/Amateur Jumper Division. Reserve honors were awarded to Shala McConnell, of Elizabeth, CO, and her entry, Southern Eyes.
Isabella Bleu Baxter of Wright City, MO, and her entry, Jahil, claimed the champion spot in the Griffis Residential Medium/High Junior Jumper Division. Jacqueline Toomey of Englewood, CO, and her Camerino rode to the honor of reserve.
The Voltaire Design Modified Junior/Amateur Jumper Division, saw Charlie Kemper of Kansas City, MO, take home the champion award aboard Italia for Chief Investment LLC. Bailey Zulinick and Mimi Brown’s Mozambique LS claimed reserve.
Thirty seven entries were seen on Friday, June 15, in the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby. Top honors, with a score of 175.5, were awarded to Shae Kimberling of Olathe, KS, and her entry, Omar BZ. Katie Pelzel of Fort Lupton, CO, piloted Jill Pelzel’s Rock Star for a score of 175 and second place.
The Children’s Pony Hunter Division saw Sara Simpson, of Parker, CO, pilot Laurie Jueneman’s Royal Symphony to champion. Aubrey Webb, of Tulsa, OK, and her entry, Cedars Moira Rua, rode to reserve.
Gabrielle Young of Spring Hill, KS, and her own Brego topped the 14 and Under Children’s Hunter Division, sponsored by Marshall & Sterling, to claim the champion spot. Reserve champion was awarded to Zoe Silkwood of St. Louis, MO, and Indian Rock LLC’s Sun Valley.
The 15-17 Children’s Hunter Division, sponsored by Marshall & Sterling, saw Olivia Contillo of Parker, CO, and her entry, The Beat Goes On, take the champion spot. Delaney Hamilton of Castle Pines, CO, expertly piloted her entry, Spirit Des Baumes, for reserve.
The 18-35 Adult Amateur Hunter Division, sponsored by Marshall & Sterling, awarded Madison Bloom, of Denver, CO, and Savoy Stables’ entry, Bailando, champion honors. Reserve champion was assessed to entry XL Action, owned by Excel Sporthorses, and ridden by Betsy Christianson of Kirkland, WA.
Denver, Colorado’s Stacy Stephens topped the 36 and Over Adult Amateur Hunter Division, sponsored by Marshall & Sterling, aboard her entry, Limitless. Bronwen Cheney of Denver, CO, rode to reserve atop Laurie Jueneman’s Vienna.
Meera Paranjape of Denver, CO, and her own Hat Trick were named champion in the Nickerdoodles Pre-Children’s Hunter Division. Reserve honors were given to owner/rider, Caroline Krier of Parker, CO, and mount, Toska.
Amy Coretz of Tulsa, OK, topped the podium in the Nickerdoodles Pre-Adult Amateur Hunter Division, to claim champion honors aboard her own Chagall. Earning reserve honors, with her own Conmigo, was Kathryn Fleck Peisach of Aspen, CO.
The Large Junior Hunter Division named Ashley Shaw of Ellisville, MO, and Amanda Shaw’s entry, Contemporary, champion. Elizabeth Woods of Lincoln, NE, and her own, Tinkas Boy, claimed reserve champion.
The 3’3” 15 & Under Junior Hunter Division congratulated Jordan Gibbs of Colorado Springs, CO, and Erin Gibbs’ entry, Perseus YC, as champion. Reserve honors went to Theodora Goffstein of St. Louis, MO, for her efforts aboard Shanon Hicks’s No Doubt.
The 3’3” 16-17 Junior Hunter Division, sponsored by Voltaire Designs, saw Sydney Goodin of Chesterfield, MO, and her mount, Blue Water, named champion. Reserve honors were awarded to Paige Lynch of Mission Hills, KS, for her achievements atop Alyssa Gist’s entry, Bonfire.
Shae Kimberling of Olathe, KS, championed the 18-35 3’3”/3’6” Amateur-Owner Hunter Division, sponsored by Mile High Golf Cars, aboard her Omar B.Z.. Reserve honors were presented to Kirbi Spanbauer of Castle Rock, CO, and her own Oh Man.
The 36 and Over 3’3” Amateur Owner Hunter Division, sponsored by Trapper’s Chop House, saw Kit McClorey of St. Louis, MO, and Indian Rock Farms LLC’s High Tide named champion. Riding to reserve was Keystone, an entry owned and ridden by Lindsay Ryan of Greenwood Village, CO.
The Modified Children’s Hunter Division, saw Katherine Briner of Larkspur, CO, and her entry, Aretha CWF, claim champion. The reserve rosette went to Zoe Silkwood of St. Louis, MO, and her entry Eclectic.
Competition takes place each Wednesday through Sunday during CHP’s signature, A-rated Hunter/Jumper, SIR series. Exhibitor and spectator attendance are expected to increase, as the prize money offered rises in the remaining five weeks of competition. Thursday afternoons and Saturday nights, throughout the series, play host to spectator-favorite Grand Prix classes.
Competition resumes on Wednesday, June 19, and continues through Sunday, June 23. Highlight classes include the $25,000 OsphosⓇ Welcome Grand Prix, on June 20, and an Under 25 (U25) Grand Prix award that will run in conjunction with the $35,000 Holiday Inn Grand Prix, presented by Trapper’s Chop House, on June 22.