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Kristen Vanderveen Collects First Career FEI Win at $127,000 Kingsland Grand Prix CSI 3*

Kristen Vanderveen and Bull Run’s Faustino De Tili. Photos ©Sportfot.

Mill Spring, NC – May 30, 2015 – Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) hosted the first FEI Grand Prix of the season, showcasing the $127,000 Kingsland Grand Prix CSI 3* in the George H. Morris Stadium in front of the largest crowd to date. The class of 38 entries was led by Kristen Vanderveen (USA) aboard Bull Run Jumpers Five LLC’s Bull Run’s Faustino De Tili, who bested the jump-off with a time of 43.926 seconds, just a tenth of a second faster than Sharn Wordley (NZL) and Sky Group’s Casper who finished in second. Wordley also took home third place honors aboard his own Corino. Tryon Spring 7 concludes tomorrow with the $25,000 Grand Prix beginning at 2:15pm. The Tryon Spring Series will conclude next Sunday, June 7.

With her first ever FEI win, Vanderveen was all smiles leaving the ring after it was announced that she had barely edged Wordley in the jump-off as the last ride of the night. Vanderveen was aware of the time she needed to beat and decided to ride a bold jump-off round to go for the win.

“I had a really good feeling this morning when I woke up. You know you sometimes just wake up with that feeling and it was specifically for this horse too,” she smiled. “When I walked the course I thought it was a good course and I liked it because it was bigger than anything else we’ve seen this week. It was really friendly for the first FEI week, which I think is really appropriate and worked out great for me. I know he can turn extremely fast to the left and I went for it when we turned to the Kingsland combination in the jump-off and I think that’s how we got the win.”

The duo has only been partnered for a few months, as “Frosty” is a relatively new ride for Vanderveen, purchased from Europe during the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL, only a short time ago. Bull Run’s Faustino De Tili came with an already impressive record, which Vanderveen felt pressure to uphold after she took over the ride.

“We’re relatively new together and he’s taken me a little bit of time to figure out because he’s really sensitive. The idea of coming to TIEC was to get all of my horses in a place where we could stay for the entire season so that I can work on my riding,” explained Vanderveen. “I have some new horses here and I wanted to make sure that we were in a place where we weren’t over stimulating them with travel and a ton of venues. I wanted a base where we could just get to know each other better.”

Bull Run’s Faustino De Tili is a powerful and stunning stallion with a very soft side according to Vanderveen, who says he’s a total ham in the barn. Not typically drawn to riding stallions, “Frosty” has been a pleasant surprise for her and she hopes that their partnership will continue to build in the coming weeks at TIEC with additional FEI classes on the horizon.

“He’s great and very experienced. We bought him knowing that he already had an accomplished record and I’ve just been waiting for us to click and start to understand each other and that definitely happened tonight,” she said. “In the warm-up on Thursday was when I really felt us starting to understand what the other was asking for. I felt a little bit different about how he wanted me to ride him and ever since that he’s been fantastic.”

The duo has started to string together very consistent performances and their potential continues to grow. Collecting their first major win together has been a highlight of Vanderveen’s time at TIEC and she is looking forward to continuing to strengthen their partnership in the coming months.

“He’s still relatively young; he just turned ten this year and there is definitely an adjustment period when you switch riders, which I think he’s still getting used to,” she commented. “Our partnership is starting to build and we’re beginning to trust each other more. I was transitioning him to a much lighter ride, which I don’t think he was used to and now he’s starting to trust that and we’re compromising so that I can get to where he’s comfortable too.”

Vanderveen also had another ride in the class, Bull Run’s Testify, her more seasoned partner, who finished in 13th with just a single time fault. The pair has consistently performed well this year and Vanderveen was thrilled with the results on both of her horses tonight.

“Testify is very natural for me. I absolutely love him. I’ve been having some issues with time faults, which is completely on me and he’s just been a superstar. His way of going is a little bit slower, so I have to figure out how to get to the next round,” she laughed. “Clean rounds are clean rounds. I couldn’t be asking for anything more from my horses. I’m so proud of the way they’ve been going.”

Sharn Wordley and Casper
Sharn Wordley and Casper

Vanderveen and Bull Run Jumpers will continue to base themselves at TIEC for the remainder of the summer season, with plans to contest the rest of the FEI classes being offered at the venue throughout the Summer Series to start in July. Finding a venue that allowed her business to stay in a central location for a significant period of time is what drew her to choosing TIEC as their summer destination hub.

“We’ll be here throughout the remainder of the summer, which has worked great in terms of us being able to give all of our horses, no matter the level, consistent and solid experience,” said Vanderveen. “This place is going to be amazing and everything has been spectacular. The footing has been great and we’re really excited for some of the amenities to come like the on-site trails and the derby field. It’s a really exciting place to be.”

Tryon Spring 7 concludes tomorrow with the highlight $25,000 Grand Prix in the George H. Morris Stadium, as well as several hunter classes crowning divisional champions throughout the day. For more information on TIEC and a full list of results, please visit www.tryon.com. Please “Like” the TIEC Facebook page at www.facebook.com/tryonresort to be eligible for various contests and promotions.

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The Tryon International Equestrian Center is destined to become one of the premier centers in the equestrian world. This new facility opened in June 2014 with sanctioned horse shows and initial supporting amenities including 10 riding arenas, 850 permanent stalls, a covered riding facility and fitness center. Future expansion includes a sports complex, two hotels, sporting clay course, and an 18-hole golf course plus a full calendar of equestrian competitions and activities. It is a spring, summer and fall haven for eastern and northeastern American equestrian competitors and enthusiasts. For more information, call 828-863-1000 or visit www.tryon.com.

Kristen VanderVeen and Bull Run’s Faustino de Tili Win $50,000 Ring Power Grand Prix

(c) ESI Photography. Kristen VanderVeen and Bull Run’s Faustino de Tili.

OCALA, Florida (March 1, 2015): The bleachers were full and the grass berms surrounding the Ocala Horse Properties Stadium were lined with spectators for Sunday’s $50,000 Ring Power Grand Prix, and fans were treated to an exciting class with a race to the finish. Kristen VanderVeen from St. Charles, Illinois came out on the top with an all-out gallop to the finish on Bull Run’s Faustino de Tili.

“I haven’t had him that long,” VanderVeen said of the winning horse, owned by Bull Run Jumpers Five, LLC. “This is maybe my sixth or seventh class with him. I got him in Belgium and he’s the first made-up horse I’ve ever had. He was already showing and doing quite well so when he got here he was ready to go. Today the distances just showed up.”

Forty-two top quality horses competed over the 470 meter course, which was the longest course of the day. Brazilian Course Designer Anderson Lima set the course to National Standards and while the distances were friendly, many fences were set at maximum heights. The verticals were set as high as 1.53 meters and the Sore No-More vertical at fence eight was responsible for faults 16 times. The Brook Ledge oxer at fence 10 was also the source of many faults. It was the biggest fence on the course, set at both maximum height and width. Only seven horses had clear first rounds and moved on to the jump-off.

The jump-off consisted of nine efforts with three fences that had not been included in the first round. The third element in a triple combination in the first round was removed and the opening line was a bending seven or eight strides. Two double combinations were included back-to-back, and long gallops to the final two fences offered the opportunity to shave corners for faster times.

First to jump-off was S & L Elite, owned by S & L Farms, with Dorothy Douglas from Flower Mound, Texas. They left out a stride in the first line and were on track for a great trip when they tripped the back rail of the oxer at 7a for four faults in 52.141, which earned them sixth place.

Wayfarer, owned by Lionshare Farm and ridden by Peter Leone of Greenwich, Connecticut, was up next and downed an early rail after taking eight strides on the first line. He picked up the pace after that and finished fourth as the fastest with four faults in 50.976.

“Million Dollar Man” Andre Thieme, from Germany, went next on his own Conthendrix and he easily cleared the course in 47.202 setting the Great American Time to Beat. Shaking his head as he came out of the ring, he appeared to sense that he had left the door open for a faster time by perhaps being overly cautious over the last two fences.

His clear round remained in the lead through the next two combinations as Titus 2:11 and Jared Petersen of Archer, Florida had four faults, finishing fifth in 50.946, and Amanda Flint of Long Valley, New Jersey retired on the Coverboy Group’s Balotan to finish seventh.

Sixth in the jump-off order was VanderVeen on Faustino de Tili. Spectators gasped as they reached the first combination in stride and never looked back. Their time of 46.093 shaved a full second off Thieme’s mark to take a commanding lead.

The final horse was Arrayan, ridden by Eduardo Salas of Wellington, Florida and owned by Fabian Ordones Tello. The classic bay jumped clear in a time of 49.422 for third place.

VanderVeen has won multiple Grand Prix over courses designed by Lima and this even confirmed his status as her favorite designer. “I couldn’t believe the way we met that combination. I figured there is no taking back now,” she said. “I did the eight down the first line because I don’t know his stride that well.”

Second-place winner Thieme expressed frustration for not speeding over the last two fences. He knew as soon as he stepped out of the ring that there was a good possibility that his time wouldn’t hold up. After VanderVeen took the lead, he said, “I told you, the last two fences!” but was ultimately very happy with his horse.

Third place winner Salas said, “I thought the course designer did a great job. It was technical and difficult everywhere. I have just been here a few weeks and I think the horse show is very enjoyable.”

Fourth place winner Leone was riding a horse that he bred himself and was foaled on his farm. The 9-year-old showed potential as Leone takes aim at the Saugerties $1 Million Grand Prix later this year. He said, “My horse was excited on the first line and lost his canter and didn’t sight in on fence two. I thought the course was great, the right number of clears and the right horses won.”

Less than three weeks of Grand Prix qualifying opportunities remain for the Great American $1 Million Grand Prix at HITS Ocala on Monday, March 23, at 6 p.m. Stay tuned to see who will earn a chance to compete in the second jewel in the HITS Triple Crown of Show Jumping.

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Four in a Row for Victoria Colvin in $100,000 USHJA/WCHR Peter Wetherill Hunter Spectacular

Victoria Colvin and Ovation. Photos © Sportfot.

Bull Run’s Eternal and Kristen Vanderveen Top $34,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.45m Speed

Wellington, FL – February 14, 2015 – World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) competition welcomed hunter riders to center stage Saturday evening under the lights of the International Arena at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF). The country’s top professional, amateur, and junior hunter riders jumped for top honors in the $100,000 USHJA/WCHR Peter Wetherill Hunter Spectacular, where Victoria Colvin went one-two and notched her fourth consecutive win in the event. She piloted Ovation for Dr. Betsee Parker to his third straight WCHR win and took second with Parker’s Small Affair.

The hunters highlighted this week’s competition, which concludes on Sunday, February 16. All of Sunday’s jumper competition at The Stadium at PBIEC will be available live online. The $25,000 Artisan Farms Under 25 Grand Prix speed class, presented by EnTrust Capital, will begin at 8 am followed by the $34,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic. Watch both classes at: http://bit.ly/1z64TGV. Sunday’s $50,000 Equestrian Sotheby’s Jumper Derby will begin at 2 pm at: http://bit.ly/1zu8q0x.

The historic hunter event returned to two rounds this year and welcomed 31 qualified entries with the top 12 returning over a handy test in round two. Scores were tallied from three panels, including judges Scott Fitton and Chance Arakelian on panel one, Mary Lisa Leffler and Scott Williamson on panel two, and Karen Healey and Jim Clapperton on panel three. First round scores were combined with handy scores for a two-round total and final score.

Colvin and Ovation first approached the course from the 26th position and jumped to the top of the leader board, returning in round two on a high score of 89.33. “I wasn’t sure he was going to be able to come back and win for a third time, but he went in and went right around and was perfect,” said Colvin who has been partnered with the 15-year-old Warmblood gelding throughout her near-end junior career. “The course wasn’t spooky, and I was confident that it was going to go well. He [Ovation] is more of an open and flowing horse and there weren’t any exact lines in the course, so it suited him.”

Sitting in the eighth position after round one, Brady Mitchell and Emily Perez’s Cassanto returned to post a 90 early in the handy round and take the lead. “I knew I had a lot to make up for, and I did what I could,” said Mitchell, referencing an all-or-nothing approach to the final hand-gallop fence of the second round. “Andre [Dignelli] gave me some great advice to let his nose out a little, and it changed his jump in the second round. I wanted to get a good prize and he’s a trustworthy horse, so I went for it.”

Representing Heritage Farm, Mitchell made a splash in his first year as a WCHR Hunter Spectacular competitor at WEF and his lead held until Colvin returned with Small Affair. Their 88.83 combined with an 87.33 from the first round gave them the advantage by less than a single point.

When Ovation returned in the final spot, Colvin had the class won, but still had the opportunity to keep not just one, but two streaks alive. “I knew Small Affair was on top, but I went tighter and handier on Ovation – I was a little faster to the hand gallop jump and when I landed I was confident that he was going to be on top,” she said.

Colvin’s confidence proved correct when judges scored their round a 90.08, which coupled with their 89.333 from round one handed them the win and bumped Small Affair to second.

Brady and Cassanto settled for third, but he was elated with the event as a whole. “I have been riding hunters for a long time and this is the class that every hunter rider wants to ride in and do well in. It feels special to be here under the lights where hunters have the opportunity to take over Saturday night,” he said. “I’m ecstatic to be third. Tori rode beautifully, and I’m happy to be third behind her. We kept it in the family tonight – Heritage Farm had a good night tonight being one-two-three.”

Purchased after a pre-green career with Shawn Casady, Cassanto also competes in the Junior Hunters with owner Perez.

Tara Metzner and Come Monday, owned by Davlyn Farms, Inc., capped the top four with scores of 85.66 and 89.16. In her third year participating in the WCHR Hunter Spectacular, Metzner made a significant improvement over last year’s 11th-place finish.

“She’s a brave, awesome horse so I knew there was nothing she was going to look at – she’s great in these conditions where things are more impressive, and I knew if I found the jumps she would give me all she’s got,” said Metzner of Come Monday.

“I keep moving up, so Tori better watch out next year,” she laughed.

Less than a point behind Metzner, Scott Stewart and Stephanie Danhakl’s First Light rounded out the top five.

For Colvin, her third consecutive win with Ovation was bittersweet knowing it would be their last together. Parker announced at the close of the Hunter Spectacular that the cherished gelding will retire at the Washington International Horse Show this fall. “It was a historic night for him [Ovation] – this will be the last time we ever see him in this ring,” she said. “He is the most decorated junior hunter in history, and it’s moving to see this magnificent horse go out winning.”

Colvin admits that saying goodbye to Ovation is difficult, but couldn’t imagine a junior career with a better horse. “I knew this year that it would be our last season together, and it’s very emotional because he’s such an amazing horse,” said Colvin. “To have been with him throughout my entire junior career is special.”

Junior Hunters Crowned in the International Arena, Amateur-Owner Champions Named

To start off Saturday morning competition in the International Arena, Daisy Farish rode Triton Ventures Farm’s Demarco to championship honors in the Charleigh’s Cookies Large Junior Hunter 15 and Under. The pair won the handy round yesterday and finished second in the stake class today.

Hidden Creek Farm’s Graffito was guided to reserve championship honors in the Large Junior Hunter 15 and Under by Emma Kurtz. Kurtz finished third and fifth over fences paired with a win in the under saddle.

This week was Farish’s first show with Demarco, but despite little practice time, Farish was ready to step into the show ring. “I was very confident walking in the arena because I knew he [Demarco] would be great. As long as I did my part, I knew that he would do his,” Farish commented.

Hunter competition continued with the Equestrian Sotheby’s International Realty Small Junior Hunter 15 and Under. Championship honors were awarded to Lilli Hymowitz ridding Rose Hill Farm’s Enjoy. The combination earned two seconds over fences paired with a win in the under saddle. Hymowitz explained, “He [Enjoy] has a really good personality and is always happy. He jumps great and acts the same at home as he does in the ring.”

Kurtz returned to the winner’s circle in the Small Junior Hunters 15 and Under after being named reserve champion with Southpointe Farm’s Entourage. The duo won two of the three over fences classes.

After the two younger Junior Hunter divisions crowned champions, the older Junior Hunters took up the spotlight. Tori Colvin and Small Affair, owned by Dr. Betsee Parker, took home championship honors in the Antares Sellier France Large Junior Hunter 16-17. Small Affair topped two of the three over fences classes. The reserve championship was awarded to Stellar, ridden by Sophie Michaels and owned by Further Land Farm. Stellar was second and third over fences and topped the under saddle.

No stranger to the winner’s circle, Colvin was happy with how Small Affair went today. “He [Small Affair] loves this ring!” Colvin stated, “He is very alert. When it is a little spookier, he jumps much better and he felt great today.”

Colvin continued her winning streak in the EnTrust Capital Small Junior Hunter 16-17. Ovation, owned by Parker, topped two of the three over fences classes, along with the under saddle, with Colvin in the irons. All smiles, Colvin remarked on the different feel of having the hunters in the main ring. “I love having the hunters in the International arena. I ride my jumpers in the ring, and I always think that they should put hunters in here. Most hunters love the ring, and Ovation felt great today,” Colvin explained.

Vivian Yowan rode Saddle Ridge LLC’s horse, Ransom, to reserve championship honors in the EnTrust Capital Small Junior Hunter 16-17. Yowan and Ransom earned two seconds and third over fences.

Stephanie Danhakl dominated the Bainbridge Companies Amateur-Owner Hunter 18-35 division claiming both champion and reserve champion. Aboard her own Golden Rule, she was first and second over fences to take champion, while second under saddle and in the handy with her mare Starina B for reserve.

“I have had Golden Rule for just under a year and I’m the most confident on him out of all my horses – he finds the right distance every time,” said Danhakl. “I only got Starina B last week, so this is my second ride on her and she’s the opposite of Golden Rule. She’s much hotter, but I think we started to click this weekend.”

Danhakl admits that her expectations for WCHR week were blown away. “This is my third week back after three months off with a broken collarbone, and it was exciting to come in and have such a great horse show,” she concluded.

In the Hunt Ltd. Amateur-Owner Hunter 36 & Over division, John Ingram and his own Airport 48 held the top spot after winning both the handy and stake before placing third under saddle.

Airport came to Ingram’s barn destined to be an equitation mount after leaving a career in the jumper ring behind, but has found a starring role in the hunter ring. “He’s a pleasant surprise,” said Ingram. “He’s done the jumpers, derbies, now the amateurs, and he just gets better and better. We got him a year ago, and this was the perfect weekend for it all to come together.”

The reserve championship was awarded to Becky Gochman and David Gochman’s Last Call with a blue under saddle and second in the stake.

Kristen Vanderveen and Bull Run’s Eternal Top $34,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.45m Speed

While hunter competition took main stage across the street, jumper action continued in the International Ring at The Stadium at PBIEC on Saturday afternoon with a $34,000 1.45m speed class, sponsored by Spy Coast Farm. Richard Jeffery (GBR) set the track for 33 entries and saw 12 clear rounds. Early in the order, Kristen Vanderveen (USA) and Bull Run’s Eternal set the winning pace at 60.98 seconds and held on for the win. Peter Leone (USA) and My Pleasure finished second in 63.16 seconds. Harrie Smolders (NED) and Exquis Walnut de Muze were third in 63.39 seconds.

Bull Run’s Eternal is a 12-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding (Toulon x Mellinor) that Vanderveen has ridden for almost two years. Vanderveen has had a lot of great results with Eternal and spoke about how she used her experience with the horse to her advantage in Saturday’s round.

“Everything we have is for sale and most of them get sold right away. They do well in one class and then they’re gone, but we have been able to keep him for a couple of years, so I really know him. I can pull him out and we’re on it,” Vanderveen stated. “He is really a gamer. In the ring, he knows his job and he is super-fast. For being such a big horse, he is shockingly fast. He has a really big step, so I kind of went with that advantage today because there were not a lot of inside turns that you could do. In the ring, I am really able to use his stride to his advantage.”

“At home, he is like a pony,” Vanderveen laughed. “He is quiet. He can go on the long rein, and he is really easy. You would never guess he is any high athlete at home; he is just like one of the school horses.”

Going early in the order, Vanderveen was a bit unsure of her plan with the big gelding, but relied on her horse’s big stride to get a fast round.

“I was actually a little bit nervous,” she admitted. “I normally don’t ask the other riders their plans, but the lines were a little questionable, whether you could leave out an extra step or not. I had asked a couple of people who said it was absolutely not a smart move. I ended up just going with my gut because I do know him pretty well. I’m glad I didn’t watch the ones before me because nobody else really did the numbers I was thinking. I think at the end that really is what was able to keep our forward rhythm the whole way around.”

Also competing on Saturday, Richard Neal (22) of Pasadena, CA rode Quadam to the win in the $10,000 Artisan Farms Under 25 Grand Prix Series Welcome, presented by EnTrust Capital. The class was a speed format, and Neal and Quadam were the fastest of 18 clear rounds in a time of 64.205 seconds for victory. Sarah Bagworth and Goldfinger VD Hengstenpoel were second in 64.53 seconds, while Jessica Springsteen rode Zero to third in 64.627 seconds. There were 60 entries in the Welcome, the fourth class of the popular Series.

While Neal has shown at WEF for four years, this is his first time competing in the Series. “I love it. As far as I’m concerned, it’s just perfect for what I’d like to do for myself and for my horse. It’s a fantastic series,” he stated.

Neal has ridden the nine-year-old Hanoverian stallion by Quite Easy I x Stakkato for a year. “We bought him in Europe off a video tape that Leslie (Howard) sent me,” he smiled. “He’s an up-and-coming 1.50m horse. We jumped our first 1.45m last year. Getting him out in this division early in the season, he’s showing us quite some promise. I think I’m going to have a long and successful relationship with him.”

Week six of the Winter Equestrian Festival, sponsored by Salamander Hotels & Resorts, concludes on Sunday at The Stadium at PBIEC with the $25,000 Artisan Farms Under 25 Grand Prix speed class, presented by EnTrust Capital, at 8 am, followed by the $34,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic, and then the $50,000 Equestrian Sotheby’s Jumper Derby, which starts at 2 pm.

WCHR week concludes tomorrow with the Peggy Cone Memorial WCHR Adult Classic and WCHR Amateur Owner Junior 3’3″ Hunter Classic in the International Arena.

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Kristen VanderVeen and Bull Run’s Faithful Win at the Wellington Turf Tour

Bull Run’s Faithful and Kristen VanderVeen Win $2400 1.3-1.35m Jumpers.

Wellington, FL – January 15, 2015 – Vast green polo fields created the perfect backdrop for the start of the second week of The Ridge at Wellington’s Turf Tour.

Competition in both rings remained strong throughout the day on Wednesday, January 14. While the weather remained overcast for most of the morning, the sun peeked out during the afternoon to highlight a beautiful set of courses that rode well for the competitors. The Grand Prix field saw riders from 8 a.m. until the sun began to fade around 5 p.m. The second ring stayed quite busy until the medium jumpers finished up in the mid-afternoon. The show saw almost 130 trips, significantly growing from week one of the Turf Tour.

Kristen VanderVeen rode Bull Run’s Faithful, owned by Bull Run Jumpers, Inc., to the top of the standings in the first $2,400 1.3-1.35m jumpers. VanderVeen was very pleased with her new ride on the mare.

“She’s brand new, so it’s only the second time we’ve shown. Last week we did her at the first stop of the Turf Tour, so I’m really happy,” VanderVeen said. “She’s a little spicy so I’m getting used to her, but she’s a gamer in the ring. It’s really nice here; the ground is so solid I don’t feel like we’re going to have any trouble.”

Jeffery Welles finished second on Triton Ventures Farms Inc.’s Calais, finishing less than a tenth of a second behind Faithful. He was also fourth on Herbert Sambol’s Broken Heart.

Andrew Welles rode his own Quickly 3 to a third place finish. Andrew spoke very highly of the Turf Tour.

“It’s a fantastic facility and a great opportunity to do something different with our horses. I think it’s fantastic that we get to come and jump on grass, not just grass but a facility like IPC is just phenomenal for the horses,” Andrew said. “I’m planning to come back on Friday. The horse I did had a nice little break after doing well in the grand prixs in December so this was his first week back.”

Tennyson, ridden by Darrin Dliin for Susan Grange, came in fifth. Peter Leone rode Lionshare Farm’s My Pleasure to finish sixth. Leone was enthusiastic about why he chose to come to The Ridge at Wellington’s Turf Tour. “Quality venue, quality jumps, quality course designing and nice money.”

Ansgar Holtgers, riding his own Cassidy, won the second $2,400 1.3-1.35m jumper class. Cartoon City, owned and ridden by Marcus Hagglund, finished second. Third went to Gabrielle Pelchat, riding her own Just Stella. Hot Topic, owned by Finca Horses Inc. and ridden by Nina Fagerstrom, finished fourth. Beth Underhill rode her own Viggo to claim a fifth place. Nimbus, owned by Blue Gate Farm LLC, was ridden by Denise Wilson to finish sixth.

The second ring saw plenty of action throughout the morning and early afternoon. The first class of the day was the low jumpers, won by Sarah Wayda on Rene Johnson’s Josephine, out of a very competitive field of 29.

Second went to Click for Quality, ridden by Marshall Field for Hidden Brook Farm. Jennifer Knobel rode her own Stash to finish third. Fourth went to Chambery 25, owned and ridden by Adolpho Franco. Alpen Star Enterprises’ Ae La Gracia finished fifth, ridden by Tatiana Gabrush. Debbi White rounded out the top six on her own Basil Hayden.

Marshall Field, who rode Hidden Brook Farm’s London and Carpathia K to finish first and second, dominated the second class of the low jumpers. Morgan Bailey rode her own Baby Ruth to finish third. Fourth went to Ansgar Holtgers on his own Delinda. Christine McCrea rode Candy Tribble’s Centrefold to a fifth place finish. Ae La Gracia finished sixth, ridden by Tatiana Gabrush and owned by Alpen Star Enterprises.

The second division was the medium jumpers at 1.2-1.25m. Paul Yanke continued to build on his successes from last week, claiming first aboard Equinvest’s Lady Sparkle and second on his own Carle. Sarah Wayda had three horses in the ribbons, riding Rene Johnson’s horses Maximus and Artemis to finish third and fifth respectively. She also rode Rian Miller’s Contentus to sixth. Fourth went to Unik De Vergne, owned by Nicolas Paillot and owned by Anne Caroline Valtin.

Ansgar Holtgers on his own El Casper won the second class of the medium jumpers, followed by Eric Flameng riding Floriac LLC’s Balous Boy.

Friday’s events promise to be exciting, with the $15,000 1.4m Grand Prix running from 8 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. Beginning at 8 a.m., there will be both child/adult and masters jumper classes, along with a classic round for both divisions, running concurrently with open cards until noon.

In addition, there will be a low schooling jumper division with two classes running concurrently offered at this height. The $2,000 Child and Adult Classic is pointed from Marshall & Sterling, NAL & WIHS. The $2,000 Master’s Jumper Classic, open to riders 50 and over, is also pointed from Marshall & Sterling, NAL & WIHS.

The Jr/AOs will start at 12:30 p.m. and run until 4:30 p.m., with both the regular class and classic card open concurrently. The $3,000 Junior and A-O Jumper Classic is NAL pointed. High schooling jumpers will also be offered with cards running concurrently.

Week two of the Ridge at Wellington’s Turf Tour is taking place at The International Polo Club, located at 3667 120th Avenue South in Wellington, FL 33414. The show entrance is off 120th Street between Lake Worth Road and Pierson Road.

Meadowbrook Horse Transport will provide transportation to and from the horse show and other locations throughout Wellington for both the Wednesday and Friday events. The transportation is a nominal fee of $50 per horse, and will be calculated into the final show fees. To make a reservation for one of the three pickup times, 8 a.m., 11 a.m., and 2 p.m., please call Peter Tufano of Meadowbrook Horse Transport at (954) 415-7217, or call Nona Garson at (908) 500-0996.

The Ridge at Wellington Horse Show Series Fast Facts

Events:
The Ridge at Wellington Turf Tour offers their popular 1.40m Invitational Grand Prix for its third year, with an open in gate format taking place once a week at beautiful venues throughout Wellington. The Ridge at Wellington Grand Prix Finale will take place March 27, 2015.

The Turf Tour also will host 1.30m-1.35m Jumpers every Wednesday beginning January 7, 2015 and running until March 18, 2015.

Young Jumper Classes and both Children’s/Senior Jumper Classics will find their home intermittently throughout the Wellington Turf Tour, running concurrently with the 1.30-1.35m and 1.40m Jumpers.

The Ridge at Wellington offers Equitation Shows every Tuesday of the month from January 6 – March 23, 2015. There will also be a series of schooling shows at the Ridge at Wellington for all experience levels.

Two USHJA International Hunter Derbies will take place February 6, 2015 and March 20, 2015.

What:
The Ridge at Wellington series includes several weeks of competition throughout the Winter Season with USEF Rated Equitation Shows. This winter will also feature five two-day schooling shows. The Ridge at Wellington Turf Tour will offer 1.30m-1.35m Jumpers, 1.40m Invitational Grand Prix, Young Jumpers, Children’s/Adult Classics, Masters Jumpers, Junior/Amateur Classics, two hunter derbies and the Pre-Green Incentive Stake.

Information:
Before Show – (561) 791-1471, Email: RidgeShows@aol.com
During Show – Telephone: (561) 791-1471, Fax: (561) 791-1543
Text: (908) 500-0996

Website: http://www.theridgefarm.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/359668144211383/

Management:
Nona Garson
14415 Palm Beach Point Blvd. East
Wellington, FL, 33414
(561) 791-1471 (show office)
(908) 839-3859 (show cell)
(561) 791-1543 (show fax)
Email: RidgeShows@aol.com
Website: http://www.theridgefarm.com

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It’s a Threepeat for VanderVeen in the Summer in the Rockies Parker Adventist Hospital Grand Prix

Kristen VanderVeen and Bull Run’s Eternal. Photo by Mary Adelaide Brakenridge.

Parker, CO – July 20, 2013 – The crown jewel of the Summer in the Rockies six-week series, the $50,000 Parker Adventist Hospital Grand Prix, was held on Saturday afternoon. It was Military Day at the Colorado Horse Park, honoring and welcoming military and first responders to enjoy family activities and great show jumping.

Title sponsor Parker Adventist Hospital was on hand for helmet fittings and distribution of free riding helmets to children as part of their Equestrian Safety Program. The evening began with lead line featuring cute ponies and children all walking away with blue ribbons, followed by fast and feisty Jack Russell terriers who raced against each other to the delight of the crowd of spectators.

The first horse appeared promptly at 4 p.m. to tackle international course designer Danny Foster’s course, a big and winding course that tested the maintenance of pace around turns, lengthening in forward lines and shortening in tight combinations.

“When you have the series-ending class and there’s extra money, there are all these reasons why you can go to the next level of competition,” said Foster. “I think people love it because it makes the first round so much more exciting.”

It wasn’t until six rounds in that Kristen VanderVeen from St Charles, IL, produced the first clear round aboard Bull Run’s Eternal. Five rounds later, John Pearce and Forest View Farm’s Chianto were fault-free, followed by Madeline Thatcher aboard Pony Lane Farm’s Splendor, then, Caitlin Hope and Total Touch, owned by Kathleen Hope. Armando Hassey put in what appeared to be a beautiful faultless round, but ¼ second over the time allowed cost them one fault.

Several rounds later, Alex Granato and Gangsta put in a clear effort, followed by Karen Cudmore and Southern Pride, and finally John Pearce and Son of a Gun. Altogether, seven horse and rider combinations met Foster’s challenge and progressed to the jump-off round.

“I like when more important classes begin with a championship,” said Foster. “They’re not just flat out decided in the jump-off.  If you get to the jump-off, right away you should be assured of a nice position. It was an accomplishment to go clean in that quality of first round.”

VanderVeen was the first to return for the short course with Bull Run’s Eternal. She delivered a flawless, clean round and tripped the timer at 40.035. Next, Pearce and Chianto had two down but a very fast time of 36.85. Thatcher lost a stirrup when Splendor knocked down a rail in their jump-off round and performed the majority of the round without her stirrup. Hope and Total Touch had a rail then some trouble at an oxer near the in-gate, which landed them in seventh place.

Alex Granato and Gangsta. Photo by Carrie Wirth
Alex Granato and Gangsta. Photo by Carrie Wirth

Granato and Gangsta managed the double clear in a time of 41.170 putting him in second place. Then Cudmore and Southern Pride were clean within 41.318 placing them in third.

Last to go in the jump-off round, Pearce and Son of a Gun attempted to come in clean and best VanderVeen’s time, but the pair had a rail and with a time of 42.069 ended up in fourth place.

VanderVeen had the win, her third grand prix win of the circuit. She had captured the top honors in the Summer in the Rockies II Grand Prix, presented by Littleton Equine Medical Center and Platinum Performance, and the $40,000 Holiday Inn of Parker Grand Prix during Summer in the Rockies V. In addition, VanderVeen had won the 2012 $50,000 Summer in the Rockies Grand Prix and the 2011 $50,000 Summer in the Rockies Grand Prix.

“I felt good going in – he felt great in the warm-up ring,” said VanderVeen. “We felt on our A-game, but I never like to over think it too much.”

“In the first round all the lines were little bit slow, except one random line, so the whole rhythm of the course was a bit slow,” she continued. “My horse has a big stride, so I was trying to change gears in my mind. I was thinking, ‘Rein it back in stay in control; don’t get over-excited.’ The triple walked really tight and tough to jump, especially because it came after the only forward line in the course. It walked a big five then, turn right in the corner and real tight to that triple. I wanted to hit that five-stride and slow down into the triple. The vertical coming in was considerably smaller than B, which for some horses is hard to judge.”

“It is the end of three weeks so Gangsta is a little tired, but he shows it more as getting more tense to ride,” said Granato. “My plan for the first round was to hold it together and ride the best plan for him today – not how I walked. So I talked with John McConnell and Teri Knowlton who were helping me on the ground. We made a good plan for the first round.”

“I have known Danny Foster for years, so I knew exactly what to expect from his course,” said Cudmore.

John Pearce and Chianto. Photo by Carrie Wirth
John Pearce and Chianto. Photo by Carrie Wirth

“It is always hard to go first in the jump-off,” said VanderVeen. “I was going to lay it down and let them chase me. He’s got a really big stride, my plan was to start with that really big canter, be tidy but stay on my rhythm. You know, John Pearce can turn tighter than I can and there are other riders that can sneak in tighter than I can, but our strength is that he can jump off of a big gallop. That was my strategy.”

“My plan for the jump-off was still to hold it together, stick to the plan but be efficient and leave the rails up,” said Granato.  “Today it paid off.”

During the circuit, VanderVeen won the $30,000 Summer in the Rockies II Grand Prix, presented by Littleton Equine Medical Center and Platinum Performance, and the $40,000 Holiday Inn of Parker Grand Prix during Summer in the Rockies V.

“What a great circuit it has been,” said VanderVeen. “We had a great welcome our first class, then Chelsea (VanderVeen’s client, Babcock) really killed it the first three weeks especially, she won almost every junior class, and the classics. Carolyn was champion last week in the low adults. So that was really encouraging, working with the whole team together, things were gelling and once you get that momentum going you can ride on it a little bit.”

“This is the threepeat,” said Keith VanderVeen, Kristen VanderVeen’s proud father. “This is the third year in a row she’s won the $50,000 Grand Prix. What makes me proudest is that every year the horse she won on got sold and she had to come with a new horse. And that’s not easy to do because you don’t have time to build a partnership.  We’ve had this horse for little under a year. She’s getting consistently better as a rider and she can ride a lot of different kinds of horses and get the best out of them. She’s worked very hard.”

“We came here when they were juniors, and now it is not the same show,” said Keith VanderVeen.  “Pat Boyle, in my opinion, has done a fantastic job teaming up with Helen (Krieble) to create a venue that’s  in a whole other league.”

“It is nice to see what Helen and Pat and Showplace Productions are doing,” said Granato. “We had a great circuit and it was a lot of fun. It is nice to be home and it is always good with Pat running a show. He does a good job.”

“The footing has also made a huge difference,” Keith VanderVeen continued. I want to give a shout out to the Coors Family for helping to make that happen. Now good horses can come to Colorado.”

The Colorado Horse Park Summer in the Rockies Fast Facts

What: Summer in the Rockies AA-Rated Hunter Jumper Show Series

Event Dates:

Summer in the Rockies I June 5-9, 2013
Summer in the Rockies II June 12-16, 2013
Summer in the Rockies III June 19-23, 2013
Summer in the Rockies IV July 3-7, 2013
Summer in the Rockies V July 10-14, 2013
Summer in the Rockies VI July 17-21, 2013

Prize List:

Click here for an online version of the prize list. For a hard copy of the prize list, please e-mail prizelist@cohorsepark.com with your name, address and phone number and specify which prize list you would like (spring/fall or summer).

Entries:

Mail to The Colorado Horse Park, 7522 South Pinery Drive, Parker, CO 80134 or fax to (303) 841-7879. Opening date for Stall Reservations: April 1, 2013. Closing date May 20, 2013.

Contact Information:

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

Tentative Schedule:
Wed – Sun: Show starts daily at 8 a.m. unless otherwise noted

Directions:

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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Gamboa Wins 1.30m Open Jumpers for Step by Step Foundation at Summer in the Rockies VI

Mario Gamboa and VDL Vinzell.

Kristen VanderVeen Successfully Moves Bull Run’s Revive Up to Take the $2500 1.40m Open Jumpers

Parker, CO – July 17, 2013 – Show jumping returned to the Kathy and Brad Coors Family Grand Prix Arena at the Colorado Horse Park as Summer in the Rockies VI got underway.

International course designer Danny Foster returned to design the courses for the final week of the series. Foster built a track with turns and bending lines that provided the opportunity for horse and rider combinations to demonstrate their abilities while singling out the top contenders for the jump-off rounds. The day’s courses got things rolling after the two-day break in the Summer in the Rockies circuit.

For the $2,500 1.30m Open Jumpers class, 12 of 23 horse and rider combinations progressed to the short track. Of the 12, 8 were double clear. Mario Gamboa and VDL Vinzell, owned by Stransky’s Mission Farms, were the fastest double clear, crossing the timer at 40.762. Andrew Kocher and Wicoca, owned by Alexandra Biederman, earned second with a time of 40.775 and Delaney Flynn and Jennifer Flynn’s Quite Quick received third place honors with a time of 42.423.

Gamboa works for trainer Hector Florentino and Stransky’s Mission Farms. All proceeds of their winnings go to the Step by Step Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by Liliane Stransky that enhances the lives of underprivileged children. The Foundation creates and supports health, nutrition, water, and education programs that promote the human rights and development of children worldwide.

“You’re riding and doing what you love- what you really enjoy doing – and at the same time you get to help people,” said Gamboa, who is from Bogota, Colombia. “I really like that.”

“She’s a really great mare, she’s fast and goes clean- she’s a winner,” said Gamboa about VDL Vinzell. “It was a really good course today. You had many opportunities to go inside. I really liked it.”

Florentino has a committed group of clients that all ride for the Step by Step Foundation, including Daniela Stransky, who will ride in the Welcome class and the Grand Prix this week, and Jackson Brittan, who won the $10,000 Low Junior Amateur Classic out of 51 entries last week aboard Ugaz. Brittan’s twin brother, Spencer Brittan, another talented junior rider, went double clear in today’s 1.30m Open Jumpers, ending up in seventh place. Look for both Gamboa and Florentino in the Welcome and the Grand Prix later this week.

“I like the footing,” said Florentino about the changes at Colorado Horse Park. “We appreciate the benefits – the horses jump better. We like to go to a place that is beautiful, the people are nice and it has good footing. We are happy about that.”

Kristen VanderVeen and Bull Run's Revive
Kristen VanderVeen and Bull Run’s Revive

In the $2,500 1.40m Open Jumper, Kristen VanderVeen and Bull Run’s Revive edged out the competition, including second place finishers Armando Hassey and Eminem and third place pair Sarah Tredennick and Zenith Dance to clinch the win. VanderVeen was surprised and pleased with the win.

“It was the first time I moved him up,” she said. “My brother showed him once in the high amateurs, but was moving him up this week to see if he’d be ready for the Welcome. That’s encouraging he did so well today.”

Revive is an 8-year-old that VanderVeen imported from Germany last year.

“I’ve taken my time with him because I have high hopes that he will be an up-and-coming grand prix horse for me,” she explained. “I’m just now trying to test the waters to see if he’s ready to start the bigger classes. He thinks he’s the man- a lot of confidence. He always goes in the ring and he always wants to jump and he’s excited to do his job. He has quite the personality.”

“The courses are very different this week,” VanderVeen continued. “There are very twisty lines and a lot of bending lines and rollbacks out of the corners that, with that horse, was a bit of a challenge. So I’m really happy how he went today. He’s always going to jump, but we are still working on his turning and his rideability in the turns. He handled the turns well and still looked for the jumps.”

Summer in the Rockies VI returns on Thursday. The highlight of the day in the Kathy and Brad Coors Family Grand Prix Arena will be the $15,000 McElvain Energy Welcome Stake.

The Colorado Horse Park Summer in the Rockies Fast Facts

What: Summer in the Rockies AA-Rated Hunter Jumper Show Series

Event Dates:

Summer in the Rockies I June 5-9, 2013
Summer in the Rockies II June 12-16, 2013
Summer in the Rockies III June 19-23, 2013
Summer in the Rockies IV July 3-7, 2013
Summer in the Rockies V July 10-14, 2013
Summer in the Rockies VI July 17-21, 2013

Prize List:

Click here for an online version of the prize list. For a hard copy of the prize list, please e-mail prizelist@cohorsepark.com with your name, address and phone number and specify which prize list you would like (spring/fall or summer).

Entries:

Mail to The Colorado Horse Park, 7522 South Pinery Drive, Parker, CO 80134 or fax to (303) 841-7879. Opening date for Stall Reservations: April 1, 2013. Closing date May 20, 2013.

Contact Information:

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

Tentative Schedule:
Wed – Sun: Show starts daily at 8 a.m. unless otherwise noted

Directions:

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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Kristen VanderVeen Wins $40,000 Holiday Inn of Parker Grand Prix at Summer in the Rockies V

Kristen VanderVeen and Bull Run’s Eternal.

Parker, CO – July 13, 2013 – Brazilian course designer Anderson Lima built what appeared to be a straightforward course for the $40,000 Holiday Inn of Parker Grand Prix for Summer in the Rockies V, considered the peak week of the summer series at the Colorado Horse Park. But the course was tougher than appearances let on.

“I decided to do a more technical course than a really big course, which meant they had their work cut out for them,” said Lima. “The time was quite a challenge, too. John Pearce was the first to ride the course on one of his young horses (Son of a Gun) and he rode very forward with a really good rhythm.”

The time allowed was tight. Some of the first few horse and rider combinations fell victim to time faults, like Alex Grenato and Page Tredennick’s Mullaghdrin Rado, who were second in the order. The pair was clean but one second over the time allowed. The riders later in the order learned that it was necessary to be forward.

“We stuck with the time allowed,” said Lima. “It is a tough decision when you have the second horse with the time fault. You need to present some challenge and sometimes time makes the challenge better, not just big jumps, tough distances. I used that in the Welcome on Thursday and I did that today.”

“I was glad they didn’t adjust the time allowed,” said Steve Schaefer, who finished second. “It was great that the judge did that early on. It was definitely the right move. It made the class more challenging and it was the right thing to do.”

Caitlin Hope and Total Touch
Caitlin Hope and Total Touch

“Time allowed was tight, but it is always something I think about, so it ended up being not so much of a factor for us,” said Caitlin Hope, who earned the third place prize with Kathleen Hope’s Total Touch. “Going to the last two jumps, Diane (Carney, Hope’s trainer) said, ‘Time.’ But it ended up being not too bad for me because I was thinking about it from jump one to jump two, rather than waiting until the end of the course to try to make up time.”

“I really enjoyed his courses this week,” said Kristen VanderVeen, who earned the victory gallop aboard Bull Run’s Eternal. “They’re set a little on the forward step, which has been great, because I try not to ride backwards. They come across simple but it’s almost the simple that people complicate, like you take it for granted a little bit. I thought he did a really great job. There were enough clean to make it interesting but never so many that it was a foot race. It is great that they are setting to standards here.”

A total of 34 horse and rider combinations took on Lima’s course with the goal to return for the jump-off round. Karen Cudmore and Blair Cudmore’s Ceonto were the first to have a clear round within the time allowed, immediately followed by Chris Killiam and AEM Enterprise’s Black Diamond.

Eight rounds later, John Pearce and Johnny B Good, owned by Forest View Farms, were fault-free, followed by Schaefer and his own Caribe and then amateur Hope and Total Touch. Bryn Sadler and Bon Giorno, owned by Showcase 81 LLC were next to go clear, and Welcome Stake winners Granato and Page Tredennick’s Zenith Dance were clear as well. The third to last in the order, VanderVeen and Bull Run’s Eternal, and the last to go, Cudmore and Shea, joined the group headed to the short course.

Schaefer and Caribe delivered the first double clear effort with their jump-off round timing in at 37.518 to give them the lead. Next, Hope and Total Touch produced another clear round over the short track in 38.728 to claim second place. Sadler and Bon Giorno also were double clear with a slower time of 41.608. VanderVeen then piloted Bull Run’s Eternal flawlessly through the jump-off, stopping the timer at 36.812 to win the class. Schaefer moved to second place and Hope to third.

“I am really happy with the number we got in the end,” said Lima. “I’m really happy with Kristen (VanderVeen). The first time I was here three years ago, she won the grand prix.”

“I was very proud of my horse,” said Hope.  “We had a really consistent week so I was really glad that I was second and third in the two big classes at the show.”

“I thought she did a super job,” said Hope’s trainer, Diane Carney. “Obviously to jump around the first track clean was excellent, as easily and rub-free as she did. And in the jump-off I thought she was exceptional. The mark of a really good match in a good horse and a really good rider is, when things aren’t going great, it still works out great. I think that speaks to Caitie Hope and this horse, Total Touch. Even when it is not great, they know how to get out of trouble and the two of them figured it out. She did a great job and we love the results.”

Steve Schaefer and Caribe
Steve Schaefer and Caribe

“The course was good, appropriately challenging in a lot of ways,” said Schaefer. “There was a bogey jump but riders started to figure it out near the end of the class, so we ended up with a fantastic jump-off – fast riders all. It was a good class and a great course. It was fun that the crowd was into it – they were cheering for everybody.”

Schaefer imported Caribe from Argentina as a 4-year-old and brought him along.

“Years ago I showed at the Colorado Horse Park, when I was coaching the VanderVeens,” said Schaefer, who is from Maple Park, near Chicago. “We came a couple of years in a row when Kristen was doing the low junior jumpers. We had a great time and always enjoyed it but just haven’t been able to make it back. But I came here with my clients and we’re having a great time. It is fantastic- the footing is fabulous, the management is great. We couldn’t be happier with the whole experience.”

“I started riding with Steve Schaefer when I was 8 years old until I was 15 or 16,” said VanderVeen, who is now 24 and a professional. “He taught us a lot.”

Bull Run’s Eternal has been a consistent winner for VanderVeen.

“He has been such a blessing,” she said. “When I got him in the fall, he was a completely different ride for me. I am used to smaller, hot horses, with not as much scope. He is very conventional, very scopey and very careful. There’s nothing tricky about him. So now that I have it together with him, it is like a different sport. He’s jumped every grand prix clean. He’s been first twice and second and I had two time faults in the other one. The other two Welcomes he also jumped double clean in both of those and was first and third.”

VanderVeen rides with the Christian symbol of the fish embroidered on her show coat sleeves and Romans 8 and Psalms 139 embroidered on the back hem.

“For me faith has been a big part of my life and you just don’t get a lot of it in the horse show world,” she said. “I have always been a little quiet about it. I realized that there are people who share in my beliefs. So I put it on my jacket. It has been what has shaped my life since I grew up, and it is how I live my life and how I do my horse business. I want to keep it honest, do honest deals. As a person, I’d like to live that way. That is how we name the horses – Eternal is a Christian reference.”

“I actually did not have a great week,” VanderVeen shared. “The Welcome went terrible- I didn’t get past jump three. In the Speed Derby I had a blip at jump two and I thought, ‘I don’t know where this is going.’ Before I went in the ring for the Grand Prix, my warm-up was not fantastic. I prayed as I went into the ring, ‘Lord, if this goes well, it is all you today, because we are not on our A-game.’ It was so cute when I came out and I told Chelsea (Babcock, VanderVeen’s student). She laughed and said, ‘When you were walking in the ring, I did the exact same thing.’ It is so great that we can share that together.”

Although VanderVeen had a tough week, it ended on a high note with the victory in the $40,000 Holiday Inn of Parker Grand Prix. In addition, horses she has sold are performing well.

“I had a horse win the Child/Adults that I sold,” she said. “I had one that was second in the Low Child/Adults, one that won the WIHS another one earlier in the week – it has just been great. I feel we have been blessed here. It is fun to see the business growing. We try to represent the horses fairly so they work out.”

The Colorado Horse Park Summer in the Rockies Fast Facts

What: Summer in the Rockies AA-Rated Hunter Jumper Show Series

Event Dates:

Summer in the Rockies I June 5-9, 2013
Summer in the Rockies II June 12-16, 2013
Summer in the Rockies III June 19-23, 2013
Summer in the Rockies IV July 3-7, 2013
Summer in the Rockies V July 10-14, 2013
Summer in the Rockies VI July 17-21, 2013

Prize List:

Click here for an online version of the prize list. For a hard copy of the prize list, please e-mail prizelist@cohorsepark.com with your name, address and phone number and specify which prize list you would like (spring/fall or summer).

Entries:

Mail to The Colorado Horse Park, 7522 South Pinery Drive, Parker, CO 80134 or fax to (303) 841-7879. Opening date for Stall Reservations: April 1, 2013. Closing date May 20, 2013.

Contact Information:

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

Tentative Schedule:
Wed – Sun: Show starts daily at 8 a.m. unless otherwise noted

Directions:

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.

Carrie Wirth for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International

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It’s Victory Again for VanderVeen in the $15,000 Open Welcome Stake at Summer in the Rockies III

Kristen VanderVeen and Bull Run’s Le Conte.

Parker, CO – June 20, 2013 – The $15,000 Open Welcome Stake was the highlight of the day in the Kathy and Brad Coors Family Grand Prix Arena at Colorado Horse Park’s Summer in the Rockies III. Kristen VanderVeen used Bull Run’s Le Conte’s huge stride to her advantage and eventually earned the victory gallop.

Irish course designer Alan Wade built an intuitive, flowing course that tested the more experienced horse and rider, while allowing the less experienced horses and riders to move up with confidence.

“I thought that the Welcome should be just that – a welcome,” said Wade. “There was some real variation in the field. There were some really nice horses and there were some inexperienced horses and riders. They got around. Some had a little difficulty. It was a nice flowing course. This is my first time in Colorado and I didn’t want anything tricky – I just wanted a nice course. I put up most of the fences in the second round. Some of them coped with it and some of them didn’t. Overall, I am quite happy with it.”

Twenty-two horse and rider combinations tried their hand at Wade’s track, and 12 earned the opportunity to compete in the jump-off round.

The first horse and rider team to return for the short track was VanderVeen and Bull Run’s Le Conte. The round was smooth and effortless over the raised obstacles. The pair laid down a time of 34.623, which would stand as the fastest of the field and eventually earn them the win.

Amanda McConnell and Leon D'Or
Amanda McConnell and Leon D’Or

Bjorn Ikast and Royal Flush had the next fault-free round with a time of 41.142. Then Amanda McConnell and Leon D’Or sped around the short course cleanly in 36.113, putting them in second place. Bryn Sadler and Bon Giorno and Matt Cyphert and Lochivar both went double clear with times of 38.376 and 38.670 respectively. Then, Ikast returned on the Summer in the Rockies II $15,000 Open Welcome Stake winner, Colorado, owned by Bovee Limited Liability Partnership. The pair left all the rails in their cups in a time of 38.051, landing them in third place.

“It has been a huge blessing for us,” VanderVeen said. “I thought the course was great. For this horse, it rode really nice. The lines were, for the most part, set up so you could stay on a bend and come a little forward into the combinations. He’s so lofty in the air – that’s great for me and it really helped me in the jump off. I could leave off into a combination, just because he’s so careful and still make it out clean. For him we made up a lot of time.”

“The skinny by the in-gate was a little tricky with the slow six going to an oxer to a one-stride,” she continued. “My other horse, the mare (Bull Run’s Holy Smoke) who was 10th, is very new to me, but she is also incredibly strong. So it was a bit of a workout. She tries her heart out but, man, is she bold. She wants to go, which is great. I prefer that any day over the opposite. So it was a little difficult to add a stride to a skinny and still jump it clean. It worked.”

Earlier in the day, Kelsey Van Ackeren won the $500 High Junior Amateur Owner Jumpers aboard Vernon G, repeating the win form last week. Jennifer Hodgson and Waterloo II were second and Hannah Holik and Cupido de Laubry were third.

“The course was great. It was really inviting, it rode well – a really nice speed course. I really liked the way the lines were set up,” said Ackeren. “The inside turn to the sailboat oxer would set you up for that seven but it ended up being a little short – you had options whether you could leave it out or add it in. It gave you options for what was best for your horse.”

Kelsey Van Ackeren and Vernon G
Kelsey Van Ackeren and Vernon G

“Vernon G is a competitor,” she continued. “He walks in the ring and he has this focus, more focus than I have. He comes around the turn and he measures where he is. When he’s not in the ring, he’s wild all the time. He gets ridden a lot and he never runs out of energy. He’s kind of hard to handle but he is the sweetest horse ever. He loves people.”

Ackeren’s goal for the week is to be consistent in the High Amateur Jumpers. “It’s great that they have the $10,000 classics, because it’s big,” she said.

In the $500 Low Junior Jumpers, Chelsea Babcock and Bull Run’s Guardian, owned by Empire State Equine Sales LLC, proved their consistency and staying power. The pair won the $5,000 North American League Low Junior/Amateur Owner Jumpers during Summer in the Rockies II. Rising stars Isabel Johnson and Thinks Like a Horse’s Quito were second and Hannah Holik and Czech Mate, LLC’s Santiago were third.

“She’s jumping great and we’ve been getting along really well,” said Babcock. “She has a really big step and that takes care of a lot of the speed, but she goes fast too. I just try to turn tight and keep her moving in the turns. Guardian is probably one of the easiest horses I’ve ever ridden because she carries herself so well and she is such a kind soul that I really just have to ride and she will go for anything.”

On Friday, Colorado Horse Park’s Summer in the Rockies III continues with $1,000 Young Jumpers 7/8 Year Olds, 1.30m and 1.40 Open Jumpers, High and Low Junior/Amateur Owner Jumpers and much more in the Kathy and Brad Coors Family Grand Prix Arena.

The Colorado Horse Park Summer in the Rockies Fast Facts

What: Summer in the Rockies AA-Rated Hunter Jumper Show Series

Event Dates:

Summer in the Rockies I June 5-9, 2013
Summer in the Rockies II June 12-16, 2013
Summer in the Rockies III June 19-23, 2013
Summer in the Rockies IV July 3-7, 2013
Summer in the Rockies V July 10-14, 2013
Summer in the Rockies VI July 17-21, 2013

Prize List:

Click here for an online version of the prize list. For a hard copy of the prize list, please e-mail prizelist@cohorsepark.com with your name, address and phone number and specify which prize list you would like (spring/fall or summer).

Entries:

Mail to The Colorado Horse Park, 7522 South Pinery Drive, Parker, CO 80134 or fax to (303) 841-7879. Opening date for Stall Reservations: April 1, 2013. Closing date May 20, 2013.

Contact Information:

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

Tentative Schedule:
Wed – Sun: Show starts daily at 8 a.m. unless otherwise noted

Directions:

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.

Carrie Wirth for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International

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561-753-3389 (phone)
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VanderVeen Delivers Best Father’s Day Gift Winning Summer in the Rockies II $30,000 Grand Prix

Last week’s Grand Prix winners, John Pearce and Chianto. Photo by Carrie Wirth.

Parker, CO – June 15, 2013 – Summer in the Rockies II Grand Prix, presented by Littleton Equine Medical Center and Platinum Performance, was well attended and spectators lined the grass bleachers and VIP area on a mild summer day. Much needed rain could be seen far in the distance but Mother Nature held off the showers with perfect timing, letting go in a brief downpour as the victory gallop ended. Brian Curry, Vice President and General Manager of the Colorado Horse Park announced that the Black Forest area wildfire is now 45 percent contained. He led the audience in a moment of silence for the couple who tragically lost their lives in the blaze.

During the late afternoon event, 20 horse and rider pairs tried their hand at Danny Foster’s grand prix course in the Kathy and Brad Coors Family Grand Prix Arena at the Colorado Horse Park.

“I try to make the course difficult for the riders,” said Foster, a Gold Medalist at the 1991 Pan Am Games for Canada, a former chef d’équipe of the Canadian show Jumping Team and an international course designer.  “These horses jump every week on a circuit like this.  The main thing as a course designer, I feel it is really important to be sensitive to the horses. They could go for six weeks twice a week.”

Foster was pleased with the outcome of the Grand Prix and the course he designed.

“I thought the poles came all over the place – there wasn’t a bogey. You had to make some good answers to some pretty tough questions. The young riders that participated looked like they got pretty positive mileage from it.”

John Pearce had clear first rounds on all three of his entries: Son of a Gun, Johnny B Good and last week’s Summer in the Rockies I Grand Prix winner, and veteran grand prix winner, Chianto, all owned by Forest View Farms. Armando Hassey and Taggert Enterprises LLC’s Eminem also went clear to return. Bjorn Ikast had two fault-free rounds, first with his own Royal Flush and another with Bovee Limited Liability’s Colorado, winner of this week’s Welcome Stake.  Bull Run’s Eternal with Kristen VanderVeen in irons, also progressed to the short track, skillfully executing the course while leaving all the poles in their cups.

Foster’s jump-off course included some really exciting long gallops that kept the crowd of spectators on the edge of their seats.

Bjorn Ikast and Royal Flush. Photo by Carrie Wirth
Bjorn Ikast and Royal Flush. Photo by Carrie Wirth

First back was Ikast aboard Royal Flush. The pair went clear and set the time to beat, 47.920. Next, Pearce and Johnny B Good accomplished another clean round in the time of 43.728. Then, VanderVeen returned on Bull Run’s Eternal and sped through the course deftly and faultlessly beating Pearce’s first round with a time of 42.084.

Then it was Hassey’s turn aboard Eminem. The pair had a rail, and then opted to take it easy finishing the short course in 49.555. Colorado and Ikast followed suit, becoming the second four-faulter with a time of 48.382.

It was up to Pearce to best VanderVeen’s time if he was to take the prize. He still had two rounds to go, one with the very fast Son of a Gun and one with his long-time partner Chianto. With Son of a Gun, Pearce was clean and fast with a time of 42.100, but not fast enough to beat VanderVeen.

It now came down to his round with Chianto but it was not in the cards. Chianto had a rail at the first fence and had a time of 43.601. VanderVeen and Bull Run’s Eternal maintained the lead and earned the win.

“I thought it went great,” said Foster. “Those guys were trying against each other, back to back. It was good sport today. I thought the best had the opportunity to rise to the top. Kristen was superb to win and rode with a lot of skill. She rides beautifully. The horse is fantastic and she’s a hard worker. The good ones always find a way to win in the end, don’t they?”

“I loved it from the second I walked it,” said VanderVeen about Foster’s course. “For me the Welcome was a little bit difficult. So I was worried about how the Prix would be built today. But it was smooth; everything rode nice; the lines were nice. We were fast in the jump off! It was a quick enough jump off and it was across the whole ring a few times and the footing was great. I didn’t slip once and I was going as fast as I could. I couldn’t be more thrilled.”

Kristen VanderVeen and Bull Run's Eternal. Photo by Mary Adelaide Brakenridge
Kristen VanderVeen and Bull Run’s Eternal. Photo by Mary Adelaide Brakenridge

“He’s been money for me,” she said of Bull Run’s Eternal. “We imported him this winter and right away he was second in a class at WEF in Wellington. He jumped the night classes. I’ve never really gotten to do that before. He’s only 10 years old. I have high hopes for him.

“She had to beat three great horses with John Pearce and he is a super rider,” said Keith VanderVeen who flew in to watch and be with his daughter for Father’s Day. “This is the best Father’s Day present!”

“Kristen was really good,” Pearce said. “Her horse has a huge stride. That was definitely what got me. It was a great day. It was a lot of fun. The horses all finished sound and happy and that is what is important. In any sport you just never know what’s going to happen. That’s why you can never get too big an ego.”

“It was a beautiful day. It is a beautiful horse show,” said Foster. “I think that people should know they have a good thing going here and they’re growing. Of all the years I’ve been involved with the show, it seems to be on the uptick. The level of the sport here is getting better and better all the time. The footing is great and it supports it. They stage very good sport and that is what people want.”

The Colorado Horse Park Summer in the Rockies Fast Facts

What: Summer in the Rockies AA-Rated Hunter Jumper Show Series

Event Dates:

Summer in the Rockies I June 5-9, 2013
Summer in the Rockies II June 12-16, 2013
Summer in the Rockies III June 19-23, 2013
Summer in the Rockies IV July 3-7, 2013
Summer in the Rockies V July 10-14, 2013
Summer in the Rockies VI July 17-21, 2013

Prize List:

Click here for an online version of the prize list. For a hard copy of the prize list, please e-mail prizelist@cohorsepark.com with your name, address and phone number and specify which prize list you would like (spring/fall or summer).

Entries:

Mail to The Colorado Horse Park, 7522 South Pinery Drive, Parker, CO 80134 or fax to (303) 841-7879. Opening date for Stall Reservations: April 1, 2013. Closing date May 20, 2013.

Contact Information:

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

Tentative Schedule:
Wed – Sun: Show starts daily at 8 a.m. unless otherwise noted

Directions:

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.

Carrie Wirth for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International

MEDIA CONTACT:
Phelps Media Group, Inc.
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Suite 214
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561-753-3389 (phone)
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Kristen VanderVeen and Bull Run’s Revive on a Roll in the Young Jumpers

Kristen VanderVeen and Bull Run’s Revive’s winning style.

Parker, CO – June 14, 2013 – The third day of the Summer in the Rockies II was filled with exciting show jumping competition in the Kathy and Brad Coors Family Grand Prix Arena. In the $1,000 7/8 Year Old Young Jumpers, Kristen VanderVeen and Bull Run’s Revive repeated their victory from Week I by nabbing the championship once again. The duo executed Danny Foster’s course in great form, proving the talent of these rising stars.

“I thought the course rode really nice; it was smooth, very nice for the young horses,” VanderVeen said. “There was nothing to surprise them.”

VanderVeen imported Revive as an approved Holsteiner stallion and later gelded him.

“We got him in the winter. He’s been progressing,” she said. “My brother did him in some amateur stuff. I’m excited; I think he’s going to be my up-and-coming grand prix horse. He’s got great technique and he’s very rideable and conventional.”

VanderVeen said that her other two entries in the class are much greener than Revive. VanderVeen and Bull Run’s TMac were second in the class. She named the horse after a Christian band.

“He’s green but has so much talent,” VanderVeen said. “He’s a little hot at the moment so we’re working on bridles and things like that. He’s my Dad’s favorite horse, and the flashiest horse I’ve ever seen, with that kicking out behind. It is only his third time doing the division. It is a nice place to step them up. The footing here-they jump well off it. The course was built nicely. You could just ride the track on it.”

Mercy Me, also imported by VanderVeen when the mare was 5, is another talented mount she has high hopes for a stellar career.

“She’s my baby and my long-time project,” she said. “This is only the second time she’s done a Young Jumper class. I have her on the slow track. I stepped her up to see and I made a small mistake but she handled it well.”

VanderVeen will compete aboard two mounts in the Grand Prix on Saturday afternoon.

Kelsey Ackeren and Vernon G won the High Junior/AOs
Kelsey Ackeren and Vernon G won the High Junior/AOs

Kelsey Van Ackeren from Austin, TX, won the $500 High Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Class aboard the gray gelding, Vernon G. Van Ackeren racked in the ribbons today earning a second place prize in the Modified Junior/Amateur Owner Jumpers with Hey Joe and a third in the Low Junior/Amateur Owner Jumpers with Indian Creek’s Mighty Magic.

“I thought the course rode really well,” she said. “I did the Highs, the Lows and the Modified so I did three times on all my horses. I really enjoyed it. I love the footing. My horse really stomps the ground when he goes. Here it is so soft. You feel like you can turn really well and you don’t slip. I really like it.”

Van Ackeren has had Vernon G for about a year and a half and it took a full year for her to find him. She finally hit the jackpot in Thousand Oaks, CA, where Kirsten Coe had been riding him.

“He’s little – only 16 hands,” she said. “He’s wild and he’s really, really hot but he knows his job and does it really well. He has hidden springs in his back legs because he jumps really big. He’s a ton of fun to ride. He’s put together really well so he doesn’t look small but he wears pony-sized everything. He’s a blast.”

Van Ackeren, who rides with Matt Cyphert at the shows, will return for her sophomore year at University of Texas this fall. She plans to stay for the entire Summer in the Rockies circuit and will celebrate her birthday on July 9 at the Colorado Horse Park.

Earlier in the day, Tony Font from Magnolia, TX piloted Deana Blackburn’s Kissimmee to the 1.30m Open Jumpers in the Kathy and Brad Coors Grand Prix Arena.

“It was a good course,” said Font about Foster’s track. “There weren’t so many clears and I was quite pleased with the way the horse jumped. I got Kissimmee last year. She’s sensitive; I’ve been building her up. I think she’s ready for the next step. I think the footing is wonderful. We love it here. We enjoy the summers here. They’ve done a great job over the years and we’re really happy to be here.”

Bjorn Ikast and Iz's Viva La Vida
Bjorn Ikast and Iz’s Viva La Vida

In the 1.40 Open Jumpers, Bjorn Ikast and his own Iz’s Viva La Vida delivered an electrifying performance earned the pair the win just edging out Font and Calotta, owned by Ashton Galo Paley.

Saturday show jumping action begins Saturday at 8 a.m. The not-to-be-missed highlight of the day is the $30,000 Summer in the Rockies Grand Prix Presented by Littleton Equine Medical Center and Platinum Performance held in the Kathy and Brad Coors Family Grand Prix Arena at 4 p.m.

The Colorado Horse Park Summer in the Rockies Fast Facts

What: Summer in the Rockies AA-Rated Hunter Jumper Show Series

Event Dates:

Summer in the Rockies I June 5-9, 2013
Summer in the Rockies II June 12-16, 2013
Summer in the Rockies III June 19-23, 2013
Summer in the Rockies IV July 3-7, 2013
Summer in the Rockies V July 10-14, 2013
Summer in the Rockies VI July 17-21, 2013

Prize List:

Click here for an online version of the prize list. For a hard copy of the prize list, please e-mail prizelist@cohorsepark.com with your name, address and phone number and specify which prize list you would like (spring/fall or summer).

Entries:

Mail to The Colorado Horse Park, 7522 South Pinery Drive, Parker, CO 80134 or fax to (303) 841-7879. Opening date for Stall Reservations: April 1, 2013. Closing date May 20, 2013.

Contact Information:

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

Tentative Schedule:
Wed – Sun: Show starts daily at 8 a.m. unless otherwise noted

Directions:

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.

Carrie Wirth for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International

MEDIA CONTACT:
Phelps Media Group, Inc.
12230 Forest Hill Blvd.
Suite 214
Wellington, FL 33414
561-753-3389 (phone)
561-753-3386 (fax)
pmginfo@phelpsmediagroup.com
www.phelpsmediagroup.com