One of the three water complexes of the Colorado Horse Park cross-country course. Photos by Cristy Cumberworth.
Expect Top-Notch International Eventing Competition
Parker, Colo. – August 20, 2014 – The Colorado Horse Park will hold the eventing highlight of the year, CCI 2*/1*, Training and Novice 3-Day, National Horse Trials and Area IX Championships.
The Concours Complet International or CCI events are designated international competitions of the equestrian sport of eventing, governed and assigned ratings by the Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI).
The three-phase competition kicks off on Friday, August 22 and runs through Sunday, August 24, with dressage on Friday, cross-country on Saturday and show jumping on Sunday.
The Colorado Horse Park’s spectacular cross-country course spans over many acres and was originally designed by David O’Connor, Olympic Gold Medalist and current Chef d’Equipe of the U.S. Eventing Team. The course is now designed by highly-regarded, international eventing competitor and trainer James Atkinson. Atkinson has represented Canada in international competition on many occasions. The course includes many unique obstacles, including impressive and solid natural jumps, ditches, banks, open spaces and three water complexes.
Members of the media and spectators are welcome at all events. Shop at equestrian-themed boutiques and enjoy great food and fresh brewed coffee drinks throughout the event. General admission and parking are free. The competition starts at approximately 8:00 a.m. each day.
About the Colorado Horse Park
Celebrating its 20th Anniversary, the Colorado Horse Park was founded by visionary Helen Krieble who acknowledged the need for a high-volume horse show and horse boarding facility to serve Colorado. The Colorado Horse Park welcomes more than 75,000 visitors per year and hosts over 40 competitions annually. CHP features a derby arena designed by Olympic-designer Linda Allen and a cross-country course designed by Olympic Gold Medalist David O’Connor and eventing super-star James Atkinson. There are 300 permanent stalls with capacity for more than 1,000 stalls.
The picturesque property, located only minutes from the town of Parker, hosts international equestrian events in multiple disciplines. Visitors enjoy the beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountain surroundings and access to miles of trails and open space. The Colorado Horse Park is committed to supporting equestrian education and amateur athletics, preserving open space, fundraising for local charities and supporting the community.
Visit CHP at: http://coloradohorsepark.com/.
Fast Facts Colorado Horse Park CCI **/* Training Three-Day, Novice Three-Day and Horse Trials:
Friday, August 22, 2014 to Sunday, August 24, 2014
Littleton Equine Medical Center
Show Grounds Address:
7375 E Bayou Gulch Rd, Parker, CO 80134
From North: I-25S exit Ridgegate Parkway – go east under the freeway. Ridgegate Parkway to S. Chambers Road, approx 3 miles (Traffic light) – turn right/south onto Chambers Road. At end of Chambers Road turn left/east onto Hess Road. Hess Road to Parker Road/Hwy 83 – turn right/south onto Hwy 83 approx 4 miles to Bayou Gulch Road. (Traffic light). Follow signs to Colorado Horse Park.
From South: I-25N, exit Founder’s Parkway. Founder’s Parkway to Highway 86, approx 4 miles (traffic light). Turn east/left onto Hwy. 86 to Franktown/Hwy 83. At Franktown go north on 83 approx. 7 mi. to Bayou Gulch Rd. (Traffic light), turn right/east onto Bayou Gulch Rd. Follow signs to Colorado Horse Park.
Important Note for Competitors:
VS has not been reported at the Colorado Horse Park, however all horses competing are required to have a health certificate dated 3-5 days before arrival stating that the horse is VS free. All horses will be checked by a veterinarian upon arrival. Please enter the Horse Park by the main entrance on Bayou Gulch Road.
Carrie Wirth for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International