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April 1, 2014

2014 Summer in the Rockies Designated a World Champion Hunter Rider Event

Parker, CO - March 28, 2014 - Colorado Horse Park's six-week premiere AA-rated Summer in the Rockies show circuit is the place to be for outstanding show jumping sport in the most picturesque of settings that offers something for everyone in the family. Plus, Colorado Horse Park has increased the Summer in the Rockies cash and prizes to over $1 million for 2014.

The series, named by exhibitors as a United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) Member's Choice award-winning competition has been chosen as a distinguished World Champion Hunter Rider (WCHR) host event during Summer in the Rockies Weeks III and V.

Only a handful of horse shows are chosen each year by USHJA for the distinction of being named a WCHR event host. Events are selected on an annual basis based on the evaluation of a submitted application, votes from WCHR members and selection criteria including exhibitor hospitality, event scheduling, awards presentations and the quality of the footing, courses, stabling, staff and more. 

The USHJA World Championship Hunter Rider Program was founded in 1995 to recognize and celebrate the hunter rider. Since the inaugural WCHR Professional Finals in 1995, the WCHR program has expanded to include coveted year-end awards for professionals, developing professionals, amateur-owners, adult amateurs, juniors, and children and pony riders. WCHR program members qualify for national and regional awards by earning points at member events held across the country throughout the qualifying year.

In addition, during Summer in the Rockies the Colorado Horse Park will offer a $5,000 National Hunter Derby and the $15,000 International Hunter Derby, sponsored by Winsome Farm during Week III and a $10,000 National Hunter Derby and the $40,000 International Hunter Derby, sponsored by Serenity Farms during Week V.

"We are proud to be honored with the designation of a WCHR event," said Helen Krieble, CEO/President of the Colorado Horse Park.  "We are very pleased that USHJA selected Colorado Horse Park's Summer in the Rockies as a venue for this fantastic program!"

For more information about the WCHR program click here. 

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:  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. Entries close 30 days before each show.

Contact Information:  Pat Boyle, Show Manager                             (847) 274-6834
Brian Curry, Show Manager                           (303) 918-2908
Colorado Horse Park Main Office                   (303) 841-5550
Colorado Horse Park Main Office Fax            (303) 841-7879
Show Office                                                     (303) 841-7461
Show Office Fax (during show only)               (303) 841-1419

Show Grounds 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 21th 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 35,000 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.

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

To access the schedule: http://coloradohorsepark.com/events