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‘Canada One’ Star Power

June 29, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

(SPRUCE MEADOWS, Calgary, AB): The pros were at it again for the first day of the 2012 Spruce Meadows ‘Canada One’ Tournament, with half a million dollars in prize money on the line though Sunday.

Kent Farrington & Venus, champions of the Cargill Cup, first FEI competition of the Canada One tournament. (Photo by Spruce Meadows Media Services)

The day started off well for Kent Farrington (USA). After going up against 46 horse/rider combinations in the 1.50 meter Cargill Cup, designed by Anthony D’Ambrosio Farrington emerged victorious. Nobody could catch the time set by Farrington and his 10 year old Dutch Warmblood mare, Venus. This is Farrington’s 5th FEI Victory at Spruce Meadows this season.

Farrington tried for two today, but two-time Olympian Beezie Madden (USA) couldn’t be beat in the $60,000 Akita Drilling Cup. The 550 meter course designed by Anthony D’Ambrosio (USA) saw 25 horse/rider combinations narrowed down to 5 riders, all of whome are heading to London, save for Farrington. In the end, Farrington ended up with silver, while Madden took home top prize on her 10 year old Belgian Warmblood gelding, Cortes C. Madden was thrilled with the result, saying Cortes C showed he’s got what it takes to compete against the big boys. “I’m really pleased, I think he is really starting to understand” Madden commented. “When I ask him the questions, he answers me. The speed, the scope, the power- he has it all to go up against the guys who were in this competition.”

Today marked Ian Millar’s 2012 debut at Spruce Meadows, with a double clear performance in the Akita Drilling Cup, on his 12 year old Olympic mount, Star Power. This year marks an important year for Millar, who will attend his 10th Olympic games in London, and is contention for carrying the flag for Canada.

The international action continues tomorrow at Spruce Meadows, with the West Jet Cup and the Duncan Ross Cup in the evening. The ‘Canada-One” Tournament culminates on Sunday, with the $100,000 Esso World Cup Qualifier.

Cargill Cup Top Ten

1-      Kent Farrington                USA                        Venus
2-     Beezie Madden                USA                        Vanilla
3-     Rodrigo Lambre                BRA                        Chepepe la Escondida
4-     Helen McNaught              GBR                        Laricello
5-     Sean Crooks                       USA                        Armegedon
6-     Yann Candele                    CAN                       Corlotta Singular la Magnifica
7-     Helen McNaught              GBR                        Caballo
8-     Tiffany Foster                    CAN                       Victor
9-     Caitlin Ziegler                   USA                        Touch Down
10-Lucy Davis                           USA                        Nemo 119

Frank Biggeman, Contracts Representative, Akita Drilling, and winners of today’s competition: Beezie Madden & Cortes C. (Photo by Spruce Meadows Media Services)

AKITA Drilling Cup Top Ten

1-      Beezie Madden                USA                        Cortes C
2-     Kent Farrington                USA                        Uceko
3-     McLain Ward                      USA                        Rothchild
4-     Ian Millar                             CAN                       Star Power
5-     Mario Deslauriers            USA                        Urico
6-     Robert Whitaker              GBR                        USA Today
7-     Ashlee Bond                      USA                        Cadett 7
8-     Robert Whitaker              GBR                        Catwalk IV
9-     Kent Farrington                USA                        Voyeur
10-Jonathan McCrea             USA                        Colorado

Venezuela’s Emanuel Andrade Heats up Atlanta

June 29, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

Conyers,Georgia– 15-year-old show jumping sensation Emanuel Andrade of Venezuela added another championship title to his ever-growing resume, picking up the Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Championship at the Atlanta Summer Classic II held June 20-24 in Conyers, Georgia.

15-year-old Emanuel Andrade of Venezuela claimed the Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Championship title riding Black Pearl at the Atlanta Summer Classic II in Conyers, Georgia. (Photo by Flashpoint Photography)

Hot off his fourth place finish in the recent FEI World Jumping Challenge held inCaracas,Venezuela, Andrade returned to theUnited Statesfor the second week of competition at the Atlanta Summer Classic.  With a win earlier in the week and a second place finish in the $5,000 NAL 1.25m Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, Andrade took home the championship title with Black Pearl.  The black Argentinean Warmblood mare also won a Six-Year-Old Young Jumper qualifying class during the Atlanta Summer Classic.

In the High Junior/Amateur-Owner division, Andrade took the Reserve Championship title riding Costa, and also enjoyed a second place finish in the $10,000 NAL High Junior/Amateur-Owner Classic with Tiny Tim.

Stepping up to the top level of the sport despite his young age, Andrade was the lead-off rider in Saturday night’s $35,000 Outback Steakhouse Grand Prix.  Riding La Fe Forli, a 10-year-old bay gelding bred inArgentina, Andrade turned in a fast four fault effort to place fifth overall.

“Emanuel was the first rider on course and had a beautiful round; he rode really well,” said Andrade’s trainer Angel Karolyi, who operates Hollow Creek Farm in Aiken, South Carolina, with business partner Andrea King.  “Being first in the order, he didn’t have the advantage of knowing how the course was going to ride, but I thought he managed it beautifully.  He was unlucky to have the plank down which came down a lot; the horses didn’t see it well and it was easy to knock down.”

Coach Karolyi, who also hails fromVenezuela, enjoyed a top 10 finish of his own in the $35,000 Outback Steakhouse Grand Prix, incurring eight faults over the course with Boccaccio, owned by Hollow Creek Farm.  Karolyi and Boccaccio only began competing together in December of 2011, with their first major victory coming on New Year’s Eve in the $25,000 New Year Grand Prix held inWellington,Florida.  In March, the pair were members of the Venezuelan team for the $75,000 G&C Nations’ Cup, also held inWellington.

“I had two unlucky verticals down with Boccaccio, but I am very pleased with him; he is really growing into himself,” said Karolyi of the 11-year-old grey Belgian Warmblood gelding sired by Kent Farrington’s well-known grand prix mount, Up Chiqui.  “He is now jumping the combinations well, which he was still having a little bit of trouble with inFlorida.  He’s come a long way in the past six months and now has some good rounds under his belt.  He’s gaining mileage and experience, and I am getting to know him better.  He’s jumping really well, and I’m looking forward to the next six months of the year with him.”

Karolyi also enjoyed a fun victory in the $3,500 Ride and Run charity event held Saturday night prior to the start of the $35,000 Outback Steakhouse Grand Prix.  Riding Willy Wonka, Karolyi was responsible for clearing nine jumps in the fastest time possible before Lorcan Gallagher, a 21-year-old Irishman currently training with Hollow Creek Farm, had the arduous task of running with a wheel barrow.  The pair proved to be a winning combination, clocking in with the fastest combined time.

The next stop on the summer tour for Hollow Creek Farm and its riders will be the Kentucky Summer Classic Horse Shows held in July and August at theKentuckyHorseParkinLexington,KY.

For more information on Hollow Creek Farm, a large training business focusing on both horses and riders, please visit

It’s Fireworks and a National Championship Win for Caroline Roffman at the 2012 Dressage Festival of Champions

June 28, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

Gladstone, NJ (June 27, 2012) – It was a weekend of fireworks for Wellington-based dressage rider Caroline Roffman and her horse Pie, as the duo dominated the Intermediaire I Division at the 2012 Festival of Champions to ride away with the National Championship. While fireworks on a nearby golf course had Pie a little unsettled one night during the competition, Roffman and Pie set off their own fireworks in the ring to win the championship with a 74.535% total for their three classes.

Caroline Roffman and Pie have been named the 2012 United States Intermediaire I National Champions. (Photo courtesy of

Early in the week Roffman took a commanding lead of the Intermediaire I division, winning both the Prix St. Georges and Intermediaire I classes. Dancing their freestyle to a combination of music from Britney Spears and Katy Perry, Roffman and Pie, on the heels of the fireworks experience, came in third – but their strong lead still helped them take home the victory over David Blake, in second, and Heather Mason in third.

“I bought Pie as a four-year-old, and he was challenging,” said Roffman.  “Some didn’t think he’d ever settle down enough to be a successful dressage horse, but I’m so pleased with his progress this year.”

The freestyle was only Pie’s second, and although Roffman said she was the one lacking during the test, the 10-year old Hanoverian gelding kept his cool to show that he could win a national title. “My working student, Amy Schierbeek, did the music for our freestyle,” Roffman said. “I wasn’t at my best, but thank goodness Pie pulled it together.”

Roffman is no stranger to being in the winner’s circle at Gladstone, as during 2011 she won the Young Adult Brentina Cup Championship aboard Beemer. “It was wonderful to return to Gladstone and win again,” she said. “I really love Pie and we have a great bond. He has been with me for many years and continues to develop and succeed. Last year he also won a Reserve Championship at the USEF National Young Horse Dressage Championships. And now to win the National Championship is almost beyond words.”

Roffman has been on the fast track to dressage success for many years. Two years ago she was named the FEI Rising Star by the International Equestrian Federation – a title she has lived up to in the highly competitive dressage field.

Roffman has partnered with fellow dressage rider Endel Ots to open Lionshare Dressage in Wellington, where they are quickly building a reputable training and sales farm. “I am certainly in my element whether competing, riding or training,” Roffman said. “I am thrilled that Pie is the 2012 US I-1 Champion! From the first second I saw him I was in love and he has been my best friend for years and I am so proud he could show off how special he is. I am so thankful to everyone who helped me throughout the weekend at Gladstone – it was a great weekend!”

Pie’s success at Gladstone came on the heels of a great winter circuit. At the Global Dressage Festival Nations Cup, Roffman and Pie helped Team USA clinch the gold, and Pie and Roffman also swept the Prix St Georges classes at the Nations Cup.

For more information on Caroline Roffman and Lionshare Dressage, please visit


Australian Rider Harley Brown and Cassiato Are Back and in The Winner’s Circle

June 26, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

Brown Snags Both First and Third in the $30,000 June Classic III Grand Prix,
presented by EquiFit, inc.

San Juan Capistrano, CA – June 24th, 2012 – Seven nations represented the field of twenty horse and rider combinations this afternoon in the $30,000 June Classic III Grand Prix. Nearing the end of the qualifying round, Harley Brown (AUS) was the one to catch with both jump-off qualifiers, Angelli and Cassiato. With two riders to go, Nicole Shahinian-Simpson was able to break through and qualify her mount, Picturized, for the jump-off. Course designer Jack Robson set a track that challenged both young and seasoned horses and asked riders surprising questions that resulted in several refusals, numerous unlucky rails, and an unfortunate spill where both horse and rider walked away unscathed. 

“Some unfortunate rails and time faults out there today,” Robson shared of the twenty horse and rider combinations attempting to master his course. Of the sixteen efforts, many of the victims accrued faults at the oxer-oxer combination, the large triple bar to vertical combination and coming home to the vertical-oxer combination. “It was a national standard and a rebuilding type course for those who’ve been here all three weeks,” Robson continued, “some different lines to approach and options to take that made it a unique class.”

18-year-old Alexandria Smith kept all the rails in the cups but finished with two time faults settling for fourth respectively

Rusty Stewart, coming off his $30,000 June Classic Grand Prix win just seven days earlier aboard his trusted mount Bristol, had an unlucky back rail at the first obstacle, but was able to ride the rest of the course flawlessly and settle for fifth with four faults. The only other round of the day without a dropped rail went to eighteen-year-old Canadian rider, Alexandria Smith and her eleven-year-old Hanoverian gelding, Albatros. Smith however couldn’t beat the time allowed of 84 seconds, accruing two time faults and going home fourth respectively.

Brown and Angelli set the pace in the jump off with a faultless 42.046. Good enough for third.

Brown (AUS) and Shahinian-Simpson returned for the jump-off knowing it would take speed and precision to get through Robson’s design without fault. Returning to the track first was Brown and Paige Harryman’s thirteen-year-old Westphalian gelding, Angelli. Brown continued his fault free streak with a smart but quick ride under the time allowed in 42.046. As Brown prepped his second jump-off mount, Shahinian-Simpson and her nine-year-old Hanoverian mare, Picturized, were able to cut corners and angle fences to better the leading time and go double-clear in 38.964. The crowed eagerly waited for Brown to return with his infamous mount, Cassiato, to see if he could also go double-clear and walk away champions. Brown galloped in and guided the mighty grey Holsteiner to a precise but swift round, floating over the fences with ease and stopping the clock to reclaim the lead in 37.097 seconds.

Harley Brown guided Cassiato to a double clear round, securing first place in 37.097

“He was great,” Brown gloated about winning mount Cassiato, “He just got back from Europe last Thursday and I was happy how he went today. Jack’s (Robson) course was excellent. I thought it was a really well built and constructed course.” Brown and Castillo will return home to San Louis Obispo for some well-deserved rest and look forward to the upcoming summer series in Del Mar, CA.

Shahinian-Simpson tested Brown by putting up a double clear round in 38.964, but settled for second.

With three weeks of spectacular competition and beautiful weather in the books, we can only look forward to the final week of the series and highlighted class, the $30,000 Red, White and Blue Grand Prix, presented by Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel. The following weekend, Blenheim EquiSports will also feature the Blenheim Jumper Classic, July 6th-8th, hosting an assortment a Jumper classes: $15,000 1.45M Jumper Classic, $10,000 1.30M Jumper Classic, $5,000 1.25M Jumper Classic in the Blenheim Farms Derby Arena. Please visit the Blenheim EquiSports website for all upcoming event details.

Harley Brown (AUS) and Cassiato win the $30,000 June Classic III Grand Prix, presented by EquiFit, inc.

 $30,000 June Classic III Grand Prix, presented by EquiFit, inc.

1st Cassiato – Harley Brown – Harley Brown 0/0/37.097
2nd Picturized – Nicole Shahinian-Simpson – Pacifica Riding Club 0/0/38.964
3rd Angelli – Harley Brown – Paige Harryman 0/0/42.048
4th Albatros – Alexandria Smith – Alexandria Smith 2 time faults
5th Bristol – Rusty Stewart – Grey Fox Farm 4/76.830
6th Montejo – Francisco Pasqual – Francisco Pasqual 4/79.544
7th Electric 2 – Everardo Hegewisch – Everardo Hegewisch 8/77.392
8th Welcome – Hillary Ridland – Hillary Ridland 8/82.499
9th Flexing – Damian Gardiner – Dutch K Ranch 8/82.617
10th Ramazzotti – Adrianne Dixon – Adrianne Dixon 8/83.638

Laura Kraut and Cedric Finish Second in €200,000 Longines Grand Prix Port of Rotterdam

June 26, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

Rotterdam, The Netherlands – June 25, 2012 – The stakes were high on Sunday, June 24, as the Longines GrandPrix Port of Rotterdam got under way. For many of the competitors it was the final opportunity to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics. The USA’s Laura Kraut and Cedric stole the spotlight as their success continued from their victory earlier in the week in the € 23,000 1.55m Syndicaat van de Rotterdamse Havenbedrijven Prix.Kraut guided Cedric, owned by Cherry Knoll Farm, to the second place finish in the €200.000 1.60m Longines Grand Prix Port of Rotterdam, only .04 seconds behind the Netherland’s Marc Houtzager and Sterrehof’s Tamino.

Laura Kraut and Cedric earned the second place award in the €200.000 1.60m Longines Grand Prix Port of Rotterdam. (Photo by Erin Cowgill)

The morning saw 50 horse and rider combinations gather at the Concours Hippique International Officiel (CHIO), as they vied for the top finish in the €200.000 Longines Grand Prix. The course, designed by The Netherland’s Louis Konickx, saw 20 clear first-round efforts, but his short track proved the most challenging, seeing only six double-clear efforts.

Kraut and Cedric navigated the course with flashes of brilliance as they put down an excellent round. The duo succeeded with short turns and a strong pace, stopping the clock in 30.55 seconds. It seems as though the pair is unstoppable as they go neck and neck with the best, and consistently come out on the top.

“He was outstanding this week, I couldn’t be more pleased with him, he didn’t put a foot wrong,” Kraut described. “In the jump-off he was great! It was a good jump-off track for us because there were a lot of short turns. He was really good, jumped fantastic, and did everything I asked of him.”

Houtzager tripped the beam only .04 seconds quicker than Kraut. The pair went midway through the jump-off, and followed their plan perfectly. “I went quick, I could have a been a little bit quicker around the first turn, but it was a very difficult turn. I just took a little extra time there and that’s all it was,” Kraut explained. “Cedric was also jumping so high, that sometimes he loses a little bit of time that way as well, which I am not going to complain about.”

Kraut continued, “To be fair, I didn’t watch anyone else go. I knew what I was going to do. I had my plan. It was a difficult jump-off, not many were even clear. I was really pleased, he was great!”

The next stop for Kraut and Cedric will be the World Equestrian Festival CHIO Aachen in Germany, one of the word’s most prestigious equestrian events.


Peter Pletcher and NLF Shakespeare’s Rhythm Win $30,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at Country Heir Horse Show

June 21, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

Lexington, KY – June 20, 2012 – Professional rider Peter Pletcher once again captured the winning honors with NLF Shakespeare’s Rhythm in a derby event. The pair earned the top call during the $30,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at the Country Heir Horse Show for Nordic Lights Farm and the Bruheim Family. A flawless handy round helped them receive high scores and eventually head the event’s victory gallop.

Peter Pletcher and NLF Shakespeare's Rhythm won the $30,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at the Country Heir Horse Show. (Photo by Anne Gittins)

Pletcher and NLF Shakespeare’s Rhythm’s smooth trip during the first round landed them in the second place position going into the handy round during the $30,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby. Using an inside track to slice one of the oxers and jump brilliantly through the challenging two-stride, the duo quickly jumped to the top of the leaderboard with their high scores and added bonus points. Pletcher and NLF Shakespeare’s Rhythm’s earned the winning title and led the evening’s lap of victory in the Walnut Ring of the Kentucky Horse Park.

“NLF Shakespeare’s Rhythm was really good and super smooth,” commented Pletcher. “He was amazing during the handy round, really the best he has been all year. He has worked his way up and did the High Performance division. After Devon I decided that he’s good to just be a derby horse now and focus on that instead of the High Performance. He’s come along beautifully. He’s so brave and honest, he’s right on track. We’re hoping he stays like this through the Finals.”

The talented combination was on track for a victory at Country Heir after warming up in the Performance 3’6″ Hunters. Their winning ways shone through as they earned the blue ribbon in the handy round as well as a second place ribbon.

Pletcher and Nordic Lights Farm will show again later this summer at Horse Shows by the Bay in Traverse City, MI, before returning to Kentucky for the $100,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals during the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show.

Nordic Lights Farm is a 70-acre establishment located in Tomball, TX, that was founded in 2007 by the Bruheim family to help further the equestrian goals of 19-year-old Eirin Bruheim and 17-year-old Lene Bruheim. Both girls have worked their way up through the ranks and are currently competing at the top levels in the hunter and jumper divisions aboard their incredible string of horses.

Jennifer Alfano and Jersey Boy Take First Place in $15,000 International Hunter Derby at Saratoga Classic

June 21, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

Saratoga Springs, NY – June 20, 2012 – SBS Farms emerged victorious at the Skidmore College Saratoga Classic. Jennifer Alfano dominated the professional divisions, as well as securing the top honors in the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby with both Jersey Boy and Miss Lucy, eventually leading the victory gallop. Katherine Karrer also took excellent ribbons in the Amateur-Owner 18-35 Hunters with Contifax.

Jennifer Alfano and Jersey Boy won the 2012 $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at the Skidmore College Saratoga Classic. (Photo by Shawn McMillen)

The anticipation was high as the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby got underway at the Skidmore College Saratoga Classic. Alfano held the lead from the beginning with Miss Lucy, owned by Helen Lenahan, but took the lead during the second round with Jersey Boy. The duo once again left nothing to chance in the handy round, as Jersey Boy executed tight turns, beautiful distances and a strong hand gallop.

“Jersey Boy had a beautiful handy round, he was so smooth and consistent,” Alfano said. “We didn’t show Jersey Boy or Miss Lucy during the week, so they hadn’t shown since Devon. They were both fresh and happy, I think it really showed.”

Alfano eventually rode Jersey Boy to the top of the leaderboard, with the talented Miss Lucy following closely behind and picking up the second place award. SBS Farms has seen nothing short of success throughout the spring season and into the summer shows. Jersey Boy recently was awarded the title of champion for the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby of Devon for the third consecutive year, and now they can add the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby to their list of accolades.

Alfano started out the week with top scores in the professional hunter divisions. Aboard Maggie May, owned by Billie Steffee, Alfano earned the second and fourth place ribbons over fences in the High Pre-Green Hunters. She also guided Imparco, owned by Felice Drabkin, to the fourth place ribbon over fences in the Low Pre-Green Hunters. The pair was also awarded the fourth place award in the under saddle.

“It was a really good week for all of us, the horses were great, and even though the weather was unfortunate on the second day, the horses all did so well on the first day,” Alfano said. “We decided not to show them on the second day due to the rain, but they were all wonderful.”

The astounding Rapunzel, who was awarded the Devon Leading Mare award and Devon Grand Hunter Championship, continued her winning streak throughout the first week of the Classic. She earned the first, second and fourth place ribbons in the First Year Working Hunter division.

Alfano also continued to exhibit Danny Robertshaw’s Lions Paw in the Regular Conformation Hunters. The pair took the second place award in the model, as well as an additional second and third place ribbon in the over fences and the second in the under saddle.

Katherine Karrer rode Contifax to top ribbons in the Amateur-Owner 18-35 Hunters. The duo earned the first and third place ribbons over fences, as well as the third place award in the under saddle. Luke Olsen earned good ribbons in the 15-17 Equitation, Pessoa/USEF Hunter Seat Medal and the M&S Junior Medal.

Based out of Buffalo, NY, SBS Farms’ Susie Schoellkopf and Jennifer Alfano run one of the foremost show hunter training operations in the country, and travel nationwide to compete in the nation’s most prestigious horse shows. SBS Farms, Inc. continues the proud tradition of the Saddle and Bridle Club as one of the top show stables in the northeast. Schoellkopf is also the Executive Director of the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center, which houses both The Buffalo Equestrian Center as well as SBS Farms. Built in 1922, the 160-stall facility is a historical landmark, with its unique English Tudor and gothic style architecture. For more information on SBS Farms and the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center, please visit

Abigail McArdle Takes Two Blues at Spruce Meadows

June 20, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

Calgary, Alberta – June 18, 2012 – Abigail McArdle and Cosma 20 continued to take the 1.40m Junior/Amateur Jumpers by storm during the second week of the Spruce Meadows Tournament. The pair claimed two victories, winning the $3,500 Trimac Junior/Amateur Jumper event on Friday, and the $5,000 AECOM Junior/Amateur Cup on Sunday. They produced double-clear efforts in each class to lead the victory gallop at the prestigious horse show. McArdle also competed in the Rocky Mountain Show Jumping, winning the Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search for the second week in a row with Apartico.

Abigail McArdle and Cosma 20 won the $3,500 Trimac Junior/Amateur Jumpers and the $5,000 AECOM Junior/Amateur Cup at Spruce Meadows. (Photo by Parker/Russel - The Book, LLC)

McArdle and Cosma 20 were in top form this weekend, ready to face the challenging courses created by Brazil’s Guilherme Jorge in the All Canada ring. On Friday, seven horse and rider combinations advanced to the jump-off during the 3,500 Trimac Junior/Amateur Jumper class. As the last to go, McArdle knew she needed quick and tidy round to top the four double-clears, and that is exactly what she did. They crossed the finish line in 44.53 seconds with all the rails in place to take home the winning prize.

“Going last in the jump-off was a big advantage,” explained McArdle. “We revised our initial plan because I didn’t need to go all out, I just needed it to be neat, fast, and clear. Cosma 20 is naturally fast, so she can beat the other times without galloping.”

On Sunday, McArdle and Cosma 20 were once again a part of a seven-horse tie-breaker during the $5,000 AECOM Junior/Amateur Cup. The pair was perfect, executing a flawless round that left the others in their dust. They broke the beam at 36.91 seconds, almost four seconds ahead of the second place finisher. McArdle and Cosma 20 once again led the lap of honor after their flawless performance.

“We stuck to our plan during the jump-off and did an add stride in the first line, but had a really nice last line off the short turn,” commented McArdle. “Everything went as planned. It’s so nice to have a horse that is 100% with you every stride of the jump-off. That’s where I think we managed to make up so much time. When I am riding her I never feel like we’re going crazy. Every step is very controlled and planned. She is amazing.”

Abigail McArdle and Cosma (Photo by Parker/Russel - The Book, LLC)

McArdle added, “Through this whole experience at Spruce I feel like I’ve gotten to know Cosma 20 a lot better. It’s a new experience for both of us and it only seems to be helping us to improve. Every round, she seems more confident and more focused. It’s nice when your horse enjoys her job, and she really studies everything and tries to be her best.”

McArdle concluded the weekend with another victory in the Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search at Rocky Mountain Show Jumping. Once again, McArdle and Apartico received the top call for their excellent performance over fences and on the flat.

“They held the class on their grass field, which was really fun,” expressed McArdle. “Apartico is wonderful and was great on the field. It was a nice course, and it’s good practice for me to get him out on the field for shows like the Hampton Classic. Apartico was great and I couldn’t have asked for more.”

McArdle will continue her stay Alberta, Canada, competing during all five weeks Spruce Meadows, one of the leading international events in the world.

Allison Kroff Wins $10,000 Open Welcome Stake at the Colorado Horse Park

June 19, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

The Colorado Summer Circuit Kicks Off–More Than $1,000,000 in Cash and Prizes

Week One Grand Prix at the Colorado Horse Park

Parker, CO– It has been an exciting first week at the Colorado Horse Park (CHP) with professionals from around the world completing their first rides of the Colorado Summer Circuit. Summer in the Rockies I has been awarding cash prizes to an assortment of hunters and jumpers, but one combination is already standing out. Allison Kroff and her horse Washington jumped to victory on Thursday, placing first in the $10,000 Open Welcome Stake, the first big jumper class of the circuit.

Allison Kroff & Washington

“It’s very exciting, he’s just stepping up to this level,” Kroff said of her 9-year-old stallion from Holland. “I’m very excited that he marched in here for the first time and jumped around and did his job!” Washington, a Dutch Warmblood with Heartbreaker and Indorado bloodlines, was imported from Holland as a 6-year-old.

“It was a really good course,” Kroff reported of the Hector Loyola-designed track. “You had a lot of questions and you had to know your horse very well to be able to answer the questions.”

Kroff began riding at a young age in Mesa, Arizona and quickly established herself as a strong competitor in the Grand Prix ring. Among the many highlights of her career was a win in 2005 in the $60,000 Grand Prix of Denver.

After competing at the CHP for eight years in a row, Allison Kroff took four years off, but is thrilled to be back in beautiful Parker, Colorado. Kroff is excited to compete throughout the entire Summer Circuit at the Colorado Horse Park, stating “I love being back here and enjoying the weather and everything else!”

Allison Kroff Wins the $10,000 Open Welcome Stake

The Summer Circuit will continue through July 22, hosting a multitude of strong competitors and big prize money. Throughout Summer in the Rockies, over a million dollars in cash and prizes will be awarded to the riders. For more information on the events at CHP, visit Also, check out the Flying Horse Photography photo galleries on Facebook, and look for exciting new video footage on the CHP’s Youtube channel.

Week One Grand Prix at the Colorado Horse Park

Results–$10,000 Open Welcome

1. Allison Kroff – Washington

2. John Mc Connell – Katie Riddel

3. John Pearce – Johnny B Good

4. Paul Rohrbach – Simple Kaliber

5. Matt Cyphert – Lochivar

6. John Pearce – Chianto

7. Kelsey Van Ackeren – Vernon G

8. Bjorn Ikast – Colorado

9. Ceinwen Muma – Mont Blanc

10. Taylor Alexander – Vicky

11. Ceinwen Muma – Fly With Me

12. Taylor Alexander – Carmeline M

Week One Grand Prix at the Colorado Horse Park


Week One Grand Prix at the Colorado Horse Park

John Pearce Wins $10,000 Welcome Stake at Summer in the Rockies II

June 19, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

Parker, CO— Summer in the Rockies II kicked off the second week of  the Colorado Summer Circuit with a multitude of impressive horses and competitors from around North America. One of the first big classes of the week was the $10,000 Open Welcome Stake held Thursday afternoon.

John Pearce & Chianto

Danny Foster’s track proved to be a technical one for the riders and horses, but a few particular pairs were able to conquer all of its obstacles. In first place was John Pearce, riding his WEG partner Chianto to the victory.

“Today we saw a very challenging course, and it was a long course. It wasn’t real tall, but it was tricky. It was very technical, but obviously it rode well for me today,” said Pearce. This is not the Canadian Olympian’s first appearance at CHP, and he was seemingly thrilled to be back in Parker stating, “It’s a great spot and I enjoy it thoroughly.”

John Pearce & Chianto

Placing second in the event was last week’s Welcome Stake winner, Allison Kroff. Kroff is no stranger to CHP, and is excited to be competing in the summer circuit this season.

When asked what she thought of CHP this year, Kroff replied,” I love it here. I love all the new additions to the horse park, and the staff has been nothing but perfect!”

For the win this week, Kroff rode her chestnut Hanoverian Mare, Little Miss Sunshine. Kroff was more than pleased with her mare’s performance in the ring today. “[The course] rode really well. It was very technical, and really great, but you had to know your horse. That’s how Foster’s courses always are. It’s always about whose horse listens best.”

The excitement continues on Saturday with the $25,000 Littleton Equine Medical Center and Platinum Performance Grand Prix. For more information, visit us at or visit our Facebook page.

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Results Week 2 $10,000 Open Welcome

1. John Pearce – Chianto

2. Allison Kroff – Little Miss Sunshine

3. John Mc Connell – Katie Riddle

4. Erin David – Alamo

5. Karen Cudmore – Ceonto

6. Christian Heineking – NKH Selena

7. Karen Cudmore-Shea

8. Brooke Cudmore – Ocelot

9. Bjorn Ikast – Amore

10. Nick Gegen – Sancerre

11. John Pearce – Johnny B Good

12. Michael Dennehy – Lucy