The USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Program Encourages Development of Young Horses at Summer in the Rockies

Will Roberts and Chicago.

Parker, CO – June 12, 2014 – The USHJA Pre-Green Incentive program is designed to stimulate Pre-Green competition and development. Never before was there an incentive based system to encourage the growth of these horses. The program was launched towards the end of 2012 and has been a huge success thus far.

The inaugural USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Championship was held in 2013 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, with 110 horses attending and three rounds of competition deciding the champions. An even bigger turnout can be expected in 2014, as excitement for the program has become widespread.

As one of many of the diverse classes offered at Summer in the Rockies, the USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Stake has been a hit so far. Last week Mickey Sage and Adonis won the Stake, and this week the winners were MTM Retro and Kelly Lorek.

Before today, Lorek and MTM Retro had competed in two other Pre-Green Incentive classes. Today was their first win in the program, so there was much to be celebrated. The Holsteiner gelding is owned by MTM farm and also shown by Kaitlyn Arnold in the Junior Hunters.

In regards to the Pre-Green Incentive class, Lorek said, “I think mainly consistency is tested out there: their cadence, what their jump is like, and the flow in between it all.”

Many of the rounds put in today showed great evenness, but MTM Retro and Lorek were most successful at making each jump match.

“He comes out pretty much always the same,” said Lorek. “He’s pretty constant. I think the plan is to finish his year out at The Capital Challenge Horse Show and see where to go from there.”

Peroni, ridden by Courtney Calcagnini and owned by KNW Farms LLC, was champion of the Pre-Green 3’3″ Hunters with two wins and a third over fences and a victory in the hack. Lorek and MTM Retro were reserve in the division with three second place finishes and one win over fences with a fourth place in the hack.

The Pre-Green 3′ Hunter tricolor was awarded to Sochi with Will Roberts, and the reserve went to Adonis and Mickie Sage.

Performance 3’6″ Hunters

Pine Hollow Farm finished the day with even more ribbons to add to their collection. After starting the division strongly yesterday, Sarah Rice and McGraw, owned by Kimberley Quinn, lived up to expectations yet again. Today’s second and third over fences led them to the tricolor. Will Roberts’ double win over fences with Viceroy, owned by Bethany Bolen, brought them to the reserve position.

“I really think the smoothness factor is why these two horses come out on top often,” said Rice of the Pine Hollow duo. “They both have a very smooth look. They have a slow rhythm going around the ring which really shows off their large canter strides. And they tend to stay the same the whole time.”

McGraw and Viceroy are both Pine Hollow Farm favorites who are also shown by junior competitors. Roberts is amazed by Viceroy’s diversity while he switches between the hunter and equitation rings.

“He’s got such a great brain,” said Roberts. “He is as fancy as they come. He can do equitation, he can do the hunter derbies – he’s got a lot going for him. He’s a really, really sweet horse. He’s pretty talented. He’s 7 this year and was one of the youngest horses at all the equitation finals last year, and he does it all well.”

Performance 3’3″ Hunters

Today proved to be a success for Roberts, as he and Chicago were named champions and he and Storyline were named reserve champions of the Performance 3’3″ Hunters. Both horses earned a first and second over fences to finish off the division.

Chicago is Colorado born and raised. Roberts saw him showing in the Baby Green Hunters at Summer in the Rockies years ago and knew he had to have him. After he got a solid foundation with Roberts, Chicago was sold to current owner TeriAnn Miller at Pine Hollow Farm. Chicago seems to like being close to his roots here in Parker, as he performs well in the ring with Roberts.

Storyline, a recently imported gelding, is having great success with both Roberts and his wife, Lindsey Roberts, in the tack.

Click here for full results from Thursday. 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

Event Dates:

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

Hunter Highlights:

$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

Jumper Highlights:

$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

Plus:
$10,000 July Grand Prix Rider Bonus for the Leading Grand Prix Rider sponsored by The Kathy and Brad Coors Family – Weeks IV-VI

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. Entries close 30 days before each show.

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

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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