Janet Hischer and Cutler.
Parker, CO – June 6, 2014 – Janet Hischer decided to change up her summer plans and come to the Colorado Horse Park this year, and it’s already paying off. She and Cutler blazed through a speedy jump-off round in 39.935 seconds and took home first place in the $2,500 Open Jumper 1.30/1.40m on Friday morning in the Kathy and Brad Coors Family Grand Prix Arena.
The first to make the jump-off was Nicki Wilcox on J.E.S. Quito, sixth in the order, who ticked a rail coming out of the double combination to finish with four faults in a time of 44.029 seconds. Hischer and Cutler were next to go and set a time that proved unbeatable, though several tried.
Katharin Gualtieri and Castalano came closest with their time of 41.785 seconds. Courtney Frederick and Soulshine were also double clear and finished third with a jump-off time of 43.157 seconds, three seconds behind Hischer and Cutler.
Hischer said Cutler’s natural speed and maneuverability make him tough to beat.
“He’s half Thoroughbred, by a Holstein stallion, and I know he’s really fast,” she said. “I just cock up in the half seat. I show mostly in Southern California and see Rich Fellers all the time, so I get in the jump-off and pretend I’m Rich Fellers. Cutler is a little bit hot, and I just try to manage him and go.”
Cutler performed well today over the course set by designer Mauricio Garcia. Hischer said the course was “pretty technical.” She chose to add a stride in a five-stride line following a double combination that Cutler jumped “a little bit up in the air,” taking advantage of his adjustability to make the distance work.
Hischer, who owns and operates Twisted Tree Farm in Scottsdale, AZ, got Cutler three years ago from a friend who asked if she would take him because he wasn’t a good fit for the friend’s daughter.
“He was skinny and ugly, and everybody thought I was crazy,” Hischer laughed. “I brought him back home and played with him. He’s a character – he plays games. I don’t think he’s really a spooky horse, but he likes to make you think he’s spooky.”
She hasn’t competed in Colorado for six years, usually heading to Canada for Spruce Meadows, but she chose to return for all six weeks of Summer in the Rockies this year. She is especially happy to be in the area since her niece, Jackie Smith of Parker, CO, just had a baby, and she’s enjoying the Colorado Horse Park facility so far.
“It’s a lot of fun – a beautiful place,” she commented. “I really like the people here.”
$1,000 Young Jumper 7/8 Year Old Championship
Also competing Friday morning were young horses vying for the $1,000 Young Jumper 7/8 Year Old Championship. All five in the class successfully advanced to the jump-off, and three of the five were double clear.
Bjorn Ikast of Parker, CO piloted his own Spice Boy through the fastest jump-off in a time of 39.891 seconds to claim the win. Spice Boy competes in the 8-year-olds but is quite a bit younger than most of his competition, as he won’t turn 8 until Dec. 15.
“He’s a very late 8-year-old, but he seems to be doing great!” Ikast said. “He’s a really nice horse. I got him in Chile, so I called him Spice Boy. He is very good to turn and can turn very sharply, so it worked out for me today.”
Ikast noted today’s course was “friendly” and required him to ride fast in the jump-off.
“It was a lovely course,” he said. “I really like the course designer, Mauricio Garcia – it’s the first time I’ve ridden his courses. I’m really happy with it and I hope I will say the same after the Grand Prix tomorrow!”
Ikast also rode his 7-year-old Supernatural, who was first to go in the class, to third place with a time of 40.435 in the jump-off. He returned fourth in the order with Spice Boy and chased down Paige Coles’ time of 40.029 seconds with Springfield Hill, who ended up in second place as the top 7-year-old in the class. Coles came out of the ring with a big smile.
“He’s so much fun to ride!” she exclaimed. “I just got him in the fall of last year. He’s my baby. We’re still getting to know each other – we’ve only done four or five shows. He is awesome and has so much power underneath him. He’s willing to do anything.”
She also enjoyed the course and felt it was a perfect fit for Springfield Hill.
“It was really open, which is good for this horse especially,” she explained. “He just gallops up and jumps great off the longer stride coming out of the corner.”
Coles is from Wellington, FL, but is currently a student at the University of Denver. She has been coming out to Colorado to compete every summer since she was 12.
“The people are great in Colorado – they’re so nice,” she said. “The weather is awesome. I’ve seen the horse show grow, which is really cool. It’s a different scene.”
Jumper competition continues Saturday with the featured class of Summer in the Rockies: the $25,000 Holiday Inn of Parker Grand Prix. Click here for full results from Friday. Visit the Colorado Horse Park’s website and follow them on Facebook and Twitter for updates throughout Summer in the Rockies.
The Colorado Horse Park Summer in the Rockies Fast Facts
What: Summer in the Rockies AA-Rated Hunter Jumper Show Series
June 4-8 Summer in the Rockies I
June 11-15 Summer in the Rockies II
June 18-22 Summer in the Rockies III*
July 2-6 Summer in the Rockies IV
July 9-13 Summer in the Rockies V*
July 16-20 Summer in the Rockies VI
*WCHR Member Events
$5,000 National Hunter Derby – Week III
$15,000 International Hunter Derby sponsored by Winsome Farm – Week III
$10,000 National Hunter Derby – Week V
$40,000 International Hunter Derby sponsored by Serenity Farm – Week V
$25,000 Summer in the Rockies Grand Prix sponsored by Holiday Inn of Parker Grand Prix – Week I
$25,000 Summer in the Rockies Grand Prix sponsored by Littleton Equine Medical and Platinum Performance – Week II
$30,000 Summer in the Rockies Grand Prix sponsored by McElvain Energy – Week III
$30,000 Summer in the Rockies Grand Prix sponsored by Griffis Residential – Week IV
$50,000 Kathy and Brad Coors Family Grand Prix – Week V
$50,000 Parker Adventist Hospital Grand Prix – Week VI
$10,000 High Junior/Amateur Owner Classic sponsored by The Kathy and Brad Coors Family
$20,000 High Junior/Amateur Owner Classic sponsored by The Kathy and Brad Coors Family
$10,000 July Grand Prix Rider Bonus for the Leading Grand Prix Rider sponsored by The Kathy and Brad Coors Family – Weeks IV-VI
For a hard copy of the prize list, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, address and phone number and specify which prize list you would like (spring/fall or summer).
Mail to The Colorado Horse Park, 7522 South Pinery Drive, Parker, CO 80134 or fax to (303) 841-7879. Entries close 30 days before each show.
Pat Boyle, Show Manager (847) 274-6834
Brian Curry, Show Manager (303) 918-2908
Show Office (303) 841-7461
Show Office Fax (303) 841-1419
Colorado Horse Park Main Office (303) 841-5550
Colorado Horse Park Main Office Fax (303) 841-7879
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.
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.
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