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Zone Team 1/9 Win Junior Division Team Gold and Zone 3 Dominates Young Rider Division for the Win in the Adequan FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships

July 24, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

Lexington, KY-July 19, 2014-The 2014 Adequan FEI NAJYRC Show Jumping Championship, presented by the United States Hunter Jumper Association, w
elcomed 65 athletes ages 14 to 21 from Canada, the Dominican Republic, Mexico and the United States to the Kentucky Horse Park for four days of team and individual competition.
After an individual warm-up on Thursday, Friday’s competition focused on teams with a Nation’s Cup-style format. A combined team from Zones 1 and 9 took the gold in the Junior division, beating out Zone 5 by one fault. Zone 3 dominated to take gold in the Young Rider division. Zone 5 and Mexico took silver and bronze, respectively, in the Junior division while Zone 4 took silver and Zone 2 took bronze in the Young Rider division.

 

The day’s courses, designed by Olympic course designer Steve Stephens, proved difficult for both divisions, especially the Young Riders. The Junior division saw several clear trips in both the first and second rounds by Adrien Vilcini (Zone 10), Lucas Porter (Zone 7), Sara Nordstrom (Zone 9) and individual leader Lucy Deslauriers (Zone 2).

 

Combined Team Zone 1/9 Captures Gold in Junior Division. Photo Credit: MacMillan Photography

Combined Team Zone 1/9 Captures Gold in Junior Division. Photo Credit: MacMillan Photography

“The course was challenging, but not unfair,” said Sara Nordstrom, one of four to go faultless in both rounds of the Junior division. “I owe it all to my horse, he jumped beautifully. But I didn’t feel good until after the very last jump in both rounds!”

 

The Young Rider division rode a slightly different course that many had trouble navigating, except Michael Hughes (Zone 2). Hughes is the only Young Rider to move on to Sunday’s individual round with the least amount faults from Friday’s team competition. Hughes’ ride helped his team to win the bronze with a team total of 46 faults.

 

Zone 4 earned the silver medal with 35 faults, but it was the ladies of Zone 3 that were unstoppable earning the gold medal by ending on a score of 14 faults.

 

“Our Chef, Sandra [Ruiz] has a lot of energy and is very inspirational, so giving this back to her means a lot,” said Chloe Reid of Zone 3. Reid noted that Ruiz pointed out after their win that it was the first time that Zone 3 has won a team medal at NAJYRC.

 

But not all of the Zone 3 riders thought they would be on the podium today. KC Van Aarem of Maryland said she purchased her horse off of an Internet ad with the intention of competing in the Maclay.
Zone 3 Captures Team Gold in the Young Rider Division. Photo Credit: MacMillan Photography

Zone 3 Captures Team Gold in the Young Rider Division. Photo Credit: MacMillan Photography

 

“It’s been a great experience, but I wasn’t expecting to be here today,” said Van Aarem of her horse Mastermind, a 12-year-old Canadian Sport Horse gelding. “I bought [Mastermind] to be a 3′ hunter!”

 

The individual competition will continue on Sunday, July 20 with Lucy Deslauries leading the Junior division with zero faults and Michael Hughes leading the Young Rider division with .23 faults from their three rounds of competition. USEF Network will be live streaming the events through out the day.

 

USHJA is proud to be the presenting sponsor of Show Jumping for the Adequan FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships, presented by Gotham Northand recognizes the importance this program plays in the development of our sport’s future top athletes.
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Colorado Horse Park’s Summer in the Rockies Named USHJA Member’s Choice

December 10, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Parker, CO – December 9, 2013 – The popular series Summer in the Rockies at the Colorado Horse Park is considered one of the most competitive, fun and hospitable competitions in the country. Competitors and members of the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) made it official by voting for the first week of the series as their favorite USEF Premier “AA”-rated show in Zone 8.

 

The Member’s Choice Awards Program was developed by the Competition Standards Committee to reward technically excellent and exhibitor friendly competitions and encourage communication between exhibitors and competition management. Exhibitors are asked to rate a competition’s facility, personnel, hospitality and overall quality using a scale of poor to excellent.

 

A USHJA Member’s Choice award is presented to the Premier “AA,” National “A,” Regional I “B,” Regional II “C” and Local-rated competition with the highest survey average in each zone. Competitions must receive a minimum of three completed surveys to be considered for the award.

 

Colorado Horse Park’s President Helen Krieble and the dedicated staff are determined to make events at the Colorado Horse Park competitive, fun and unique. Last year, with help from the Kathy and Brad Coors Family Foundation, the park invested in new GGT footing for many of the park’s competition and schooling arenas.

 

 Helen Krieble, founder and President of CHP with Vice President, Brian Curry and Kathy, Joseph, Cecily and Wlliam Coors at the dedication of the Kathy and Brad Coors Family Arena during Summer in the Rockies I.  Photo by Flying Horse Photography


Helen Krieble, founder and President of CHP with Vice President, Brian Curry and Kathy, Joseph, Cecily and Wlliam Coors at the dedication of the Kathy and Brad Coors Family Arena during Summer in the Rockies I.
Photo by Flying Horse Photography

 

The Summer in the Rockies series hosts weekly competitor parties with great food and music in a beautiful new pavilion. Krieble and show manager Pat Boyle added delightful family activities to the show experience, such as archery lessons with coaching from an Olympic archer, a go-cart track, and access to golf at a nearby private country club. In the spacious new air-conditioned show office, competitors are offered freshly popped popcorn.

 

A new, large, centrally located permanent restroom with showers was opened for use during the summer series. This is a convenience not available at many of the country’s top facilities.

 

 The party pavilion at Colorado Horse Park. Photo by Carrie Wirth


The party pavilion at Colorado Horse Park. Photo by Carrie Wirth

 

The 2013 Summer in the Rockies competitors had much praise for the facility and the efforts to create a superlative show experience. Here’s what a few had to say:

 

“We’ve come to Colorado Horse Park since I was a little kid. We love Colorado. The new footing is awesome – all of the horses have jumped great.” Brooke Cudmore, Heartland Farm, Omaha, NE

 

“Pat Boyle, in my opinion, has done a fantastic job teaming up with Helen to create a venue that’s in a whole other league.” Keith Vanderveen, Bull Run Jumpers, St. Charles, IL

 

“This is my fourth year at the Colorado Horse Park. We love coming here. Our whole barn went white water rafting, and we had a blast. We’re going to keep coming back here, for sure.” Haylie Jayne, Our Day Farm, Elgin, IL

 

“It is nice to see what Helen and Pat and Showplace Productions are doing. We had a great circuit and it was a lot of fun.” Alex Granato, Wind Crest Farm, Elizabeth, CO

 

“At the Colorado Horse Park, the jumps are great and the footing is great. I am happy to be a part of it. They are making this a legitimate mid-summer competition venue. It wouldn’t surprise me if this becomes one of the major venues. Kentucky is one and this should be one.” Danny Foster, International course designer and former chef d’équipe for the Canadian Show Jumping Team,Milton, ON

 

“I have actually been coming here for 20 plus years. We are thrilled about the footing. It has enabled us to come for more weeks than we’ve ever come before. We come from Texas and get out of the heat-we love being here and hope to be here all summer over the next few years.” Matt Cyphert, Woodhill Farm, Northlake, TX

 

 Spectators gather for Saturday afternoon Grand Prix Photo by Carrie Wirth


Spectators gather for Saturday afternoon Grand Prix
Photo by Carrie Wirth

 

“We’re going to start coming here a lot. We like to come here because I like to meet new people and to compete for good prize money. I love it here.” Daniela Stransky, Mission Farm, Wellington, FL

 

“The Horse Park has created such a wonderful venue for us to come and show, with the footing and the staff. It is a great place to come for the summer and we really enjoy having it in our own backyard. We are very lucky.” Cindy Cruciotti, Serenity Farm, Elizabeth, CO

 

“I think the Colorado Horse Park is a special place to horse show. I grew up in Colorado and there wasn’t a place like this in the 70’s. It is really a pleasure to be here. The footing is great, and the maintenance of everything is fantastic.” Diane Carney, Telluride Farm, Hampshire, IL

 

The Colorado Horse Park will be recognized for its commitment to exhibitors at the Stirrup Cup and Affiliates Award Dinner at the 2013 USHJA Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA.

 

  Three grays on their way to the jumper schooling arena. Photo by Carrie Wirth


Three grays on their way to the jumper schooling arena. Photo by Carrie Wirth


 

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 iscommitted to supporting equestrian education and amateur athletics, preserving open space, fundraising for local charities and supporting the community.

 

Visit CHP at: http://coloradohorsepark.com/

 


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