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.
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.”
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 www.coloradhorsepark.com or visit our Facebook page.
The Colorado Horse Park counts on the generous sponsorships from its strategic partners, including, Parker Adventist Hospital, Parker Hospital Foundation, Littleton Equine Medical Center, Platinum Performance, Griffis Residential, Guaranty Bank, Murdoch’s Ranch and Home Supply, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, Suzy Sweitzer, Gesco Nursery, Bessemer Trust, Friends of Walden Farm, Wells Fargo Advisors, Holiday Inn, Super 8, Hampton Inn, Norstar Industries, Nutrena, Pfizer, Grand Meadows, A Bit of Tack, Horse Connection, Equine Comfort Products, Days Inn, Sidelines, Comfort Suites, Chronicle of the Horse, Jump 4 Joy and Wild Ranch.
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