Luzardo and Stan Earn Major Victory in $60,000 Summer In The Rockies Grand Prix at SIR V

Will Simpson Shines Taking First and Second Place in $20,000 Carolina Arena Equipment Open Welcome Stake
Parker, CO – July 12, 2016 – Juan Manuel Luzardo of Guadalajara, Mexico, and Stan rose to the occasion in the $60,000 Summer In The Rockies Grand Prix at The Colorado Horse Park (CHP) on Saturday, July 9, taking their first win at the venue with a time of 38.716 seconds. Will Simpson and The Dude earned second place, completing the jump-off in 38.879 seconds, narrowly missing another win. Christian Heineking and AJE Cluny secured a third place finish, stopping the clock in 40.671 seconds. Competition at CHP continues with the start of SIR VI, which begins tomorrow, Wednesday, July 13, and concludes Sunday, July 17.
Juan Manuel Luzardo and Stan
Luzardo, in just his first appearance in a grand prix at CHP, stole the win from Simpson as he and Stan entered the ring last in the jump-off line up. Their heart-pounding performance provided an exciting atmosphere for the spectating crowd and Luzardo was ecstatic with the win.
“This is my first time here in Colorado and I think that it’s just amazing. The footing is great and the fences in the ring are very nice. I really like the organization and I think this is in a great town,” said Luzardo.
Will Simpson and The Dude
The class saw a record high number of entries in the grand prix for the season, featuring 34 combinations and a well-designed track set by Jasen Shelley (USA). A number of talented combinations qualified and returned for the jump-off, which saw five pairs complete the course clear and within the time.
“I always try to be very neat and clean with this horse because he’s very fast, which always makes us competitive. I didn’t try to run him too much in the jump-off because he felt a bit nervous and I wanted to keep him calm,” he explained.
Christian Heineking and AJE Cluny
The 2006 Hanoverian gelding (Stakkato x Silvara) owned by Mauricio Guerra, was imported from Europe three years ago where had started his career as a successful as a young horse in Germany. Luzardo has exercised patience in bringing the gelding up through the ranks and feels that the pair is at a monumental point in their career where their talent and confidence are now on par.
Juan Manuel Luzardo and Stan in their presentation ceremony with Sponsorship Manager Whitney Stahl, SIR Show Manager Marion Maybank, and Meg Krueger COO of CHP. 
“He was very successful in Europe and after I bought him he was injured so we let him rest of a year. After he turned eight we entered him in his first grand prix and he won. It was an amazing feeling and he’s a special horse,” detailed Luzardo.
Hunter Holloway of Topeka, KS, took home the Equiline Leading Lady Grand Prix Rider Award for her performances in both the $20,000 Carolina Arena Equipment Open Welcome Stake and the $60,000 Summer In The Rockies Grand Prix.
Will Simpson Shines Taking First and Second Place in $20,000 Carolina Arena Equipment Open Welcome Stake 
 
Will Simpson and his mount, The Dude, proved their mastery once again in the $20,000 Carolina Arena Equipment Open Welcome Stake this past Thursday, July 7, at The Colorado Horse Park (CHP) as they flew through the jump-off course with a clear effort and an impressive time of 33.03 seconds. Simpson, who hails from Westlake, CA, captured second place too, guiding E-Unanime De La Haie to a quick 34.27 seconds around the short course. Lina Rojas of Denver, CO, finished just behind Simpson, collecting third place aboard Cafino Z, crossing over the final jump with a time of 35.43 seconds.
Will Simpson and The Dude
The class was no match for Will Simpson and The Dude, a 2006 Oldenburg Springpferd gelding (Carry Gold x Honey Moon) owned by Nicole Walker, as they conquered once again, this time against 37 other entries. Simpson commented on the course, saying, “We had twice as many entries as we had here before and today was pretty technical with a lot of combinations out of the turns. It was a nice test for us both.”
“He takes the inside track. The horse operates a lot like a Segway. You just think forward, he goes. You think back and he pulls back and makes a tight turn. He did the five up the front line and made a brilliant turn back to the planks, which is a little risky but he likes that kind of stuff,” he added.
Will Simpson and The Dude in their presentation ceremony with David Detweiler, owner of Carolina Arena Equipment and DragNfly Groomers.
Simpson and The Dude have accumulated an array of top finishes in the major classes hosted at CHP so far this season and the pair seem in top form heading into the remaining portion of the Summer In The Rockies circuit.
“I really love him. I have a lot of confidence when I go in the ring on him. It feels like he can jump anything on the course,” said Simpson. “Now he feels like he’s really seasoned and steady. He comes out everyday and is very programmable. It feels like he’s about three months from being able to jump any track anywhere. He’s good on grass. He’s good on sand. He’s good over the water, the triples. Everything is good now. He just feels really solid.”
Jumper Highlights
 
Greta Matienzo of Mexico City, Mexico, and Quintador, owned by Joaquin Matienzo, made a strong push up the leaderboard to take victory in the $10,000 SJHOF High Junior/Amateur Owner Classic presented by Griffis Residential, with a quick jump-off time of 29.081 seconds. Second place was captured by Brooke Cudmore of Omaha, NE, aboard Lalique, owned by Blair Cudmore, with a time of 30.981 seconds, while the yellow rosette was awarded to Ver Ron ridden by Erin Davis-Heineking of Aldedo, TX, and owned by October Hill Sales Limited, with a time of 32.223 seconds.
The $4,000 NAL/WIHS Adult Classic was won by Grace Hoover aboard Wille D’Lothian, owned by Hoover Farms. Second place was awarded to Cabriolet owned and showed by Devon Eret of Aurora, CO, while the third place position was claimed by Marley Bajoras of Denver, CO, and her own entry Charly 1498.
The $4,000 NAL/WIHS Child Classic was topped by V.P.N. ridden by Chase Fine of California under the ownership of Michael Kirby. Second place was earned by Stephany McConnell of Littleton, CO, and A Twist of China, owned by James McConnell. A third place finish was awarded to Misty Redd of Toneka, KS, and Evander, owned by Holyfield Investments, LLC.
Greta Matienzo and Quintador on their way to winning the $10,000 SJHOF High Junior/Amateur Owner Classic presented by Griffis Residential. 
The $5,000 NAL Low Junior/Amateur Owner Classic presented by Nutrena® was dominated by Jose Maria Quintana and Jimador, owned by Mauricio Guerra, with a jump off time of 32.213 seconds to take the win. A close second place position was earned by Nicole Meyer of Mexico City, Mexico, and Gandalf Van De Pluimert, owned by Cristobal Diaz, after completing the course in 32.408 seconds. Silva For Ever, piloted by Karime Peres Nunez of Naucalpan, Mexico, under the ownership of Juan Manuel Luzardo, secured third place, stopping the clock in 33.011 seconds.
The $5,000 NAL Medium Junior/Amateur Owner Classic was championed by Tanimara Macari of Cancun, Mexico, and Brianne TN, who is owned by Jorge Macari, as they completed the course in 34.662 seconds. Cream and Crunch, owned by Carlo Abascal and piloted by Antonio Abascal of Veracruz, Mexico, took home second place honors with a jump off time of 35.385 seconds. Third place was awarded to Tanimara Macari of Cancun, Mexico, and Linguini, owned by Jorge Macari, who tallied four faults in the jump-off and completed the course in 33.872 seconds.
Hunter Highlights
 
The $1,000 3’3″ Pre-Green Hunter Classic was topped by Lelantos, owned by Two Point Equestrian LLC, and piloted by Hunter Holloway of Topeka, KS, who took home top honors. Holloway also received second place, this time aboard Trendsetter, also owned by Two Point Equestrian LLC. The third place position in the class was earned by MTM Bali, owned by Kaitlyn Arnold, and ridden by Kelly Lorek of Manchaca, TX.
The $1,000 3′ Pre-Green Classic saw the blue ribbon awarded to Kyle Muckler of Windsor Heights, IA, and Ciribati , who is competed under the ownership of Mary Wickman. The red rosette was claimed by Kelly Lorek of Manchaca, TX, and MTM Worth It, owned by Peyton Rathbun. Third place was presented to Watermark, owned by Jennifer Singer and guided by Toni Marie Hrudka of Littleton, CO.
Rebecca Renier and Double Take took top honors in the $1,500 Amateur Owner Hunter 3’3″/3’6″ Classic. 
The $1,500 NAL/WIHS Children’s Hunter Classic was dominated by Chemin De Prix owned and showed by Julianna Hartwick of Overland Park, KS. Riley Christianson of Edina, MN, and her own entry Eddie Rascal took home the second place honors. Love Struck owned and ridden by Kelly Stensland of Denver, CO, earned themselves third place
The $1,500 Junior Hunter 3’3″/3’6″ Classic was topped by Even So, who is owned and ridden by Amanda Roche of Austin, TX. Second place position in the class was claimed by Hidden Creek’s Sinnamon, owned by Reagan Hill Farms and piloted by Clare Hines of Owass, OK. Rounding out the top three to take third place was Natalia De Vencenty of Publeo, CO, and her own entry Golden Opportunity.
The $1,500 Amateur Owner Hunter 3’3″/3’6″ Classic was conquered by Double Take, guided by owner and rider Rebecca Renier of Minneapolis, MN, while second place honors were awarded to Lisaro owned and showed by Ashley Hixon of San Antonio, TX. Nicole Lyvere of Denver, CO, and her own entry Promo rounded out the top three finishers.
Competition at CHP continues with the start of SIR VI on Wednesday, July 13, which will feature the $75,000 Nutrena® Grand Prix featuring the presentation of the inaugural Mayor’s Cup on Saturday, July 16. For more information The Colorado Horse Park and to see a full list of results please visitwww.coloradohorsepark.com.
Final Results $60,000 Summer In The Rockies Grand Prix
1. STAN, 2006 Hanoverian gelding by Stakkato x Silvara
JUAN MANUEL LUZARDO, Mauricio Guerra: 0/0/38.716
2. THE DUDE, 2006 Oldenburg Springpferd gelding by Carry Gold x Honey Moon
WILL SIMPSON, Nicole Walker: 0/0/38.879
3. AJE CLUNY, 2004 Oldenburg gelding by Cash & Carry x Doina
CHRISTIAN HEINEKING, AJE Equitation: 0/0/40.671
4. SOUTHERN PRIDE, 1998 Holsteiner stallion by South Pacific x Blanka
KAREN CUDMORE, Blair Cudmore: 0/0/43.43
5. ESCARLATA LS, 2006 La Silla mare by Ephebe For Ever x Cincinatti La Silla
FABIAN SEJANES, Patricia Valdez Luna: 0/0/41.527
6. E-UNANIME DE LA HAIE, 2004 Belgian Warmblood mare by Corland x Midnight
WILL SIMPSON, Monarch International: 0/4/37.857
7. VDL BRAVO S, 2006 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Ephepe For Ever x Urbine S
HUNTER HOLLOWAY, Hays Investment Corp.: 0/4/38.919
8. PLAYBOY, 2006 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Toulon x Lysca
CHARLIE JAYNE, Charlie Jayne: 0/4/39.724
9. INDOKTRO K VAN’T KATTENHEYE, 2008 Belgian Warmblood stallion by Indoctro x Eloubet van de Doorndonkhoeve
SUSAN GRIFFIS, Palmer Divide Ranch: 0/4/44.15
10. DIAMOND, 2003 Warmblood mare by Parco x Vienna vd Middelstede
NICOLE PETERSON, Nicole Peterson: 0/4/47.696
11. ARMANI 224, 2003 Oldenburg gelding by Acorado x Ribana H
ADRIAN BERGANZA, Mr. & Mrs. Jorge Berganza: 0/7/58.449
12. S&L ZEPPELIN, 2004 Dutch Warmblood gelding by No Limit x Sterre H
ARMANDO HASSEY, Caroline Beecherl: 0/8/43.74
Final Results $20,000 Carolina Arena Equipment Open Welcome Stake
 
1. THE DUDE, 2006 Oldenburg Springpferd gelding by Carry Gold x Honey Moon
WILL SIMPSON, Nicole Walker: 0/0/33.03
2. E-UNANIME DE LA HAIE, 2004 Belgian Warmblood mare by Corland x Midnight
WILL SIMPSON, Monarch International: 0/0/34.27
3. CAFINO Z, 2004 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Carthago x Laranka
LINA ROJAS, Mauricio Restrepo: 0/0/35.43
4. CALANGO, 2008 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Calvados Z X Kobyrette
CHRISTIAN HEINEKING, NKH LLC: 0/0/35.6
5. LUCKY STRIKE, 2006 Holsteiner gelding by Lasino x Imandra I
BRANDIE HOLLOWAY, Hays Investment Corp.: 0/4/33.45
6. NKH SELENA, 2005 Oldenburg mare by Stakkato Gold x California Dream
CHRISTIAN HEINEKING, NKH LLC:  0/4/33.76
7. VDL BRAVO S, 2006 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Ephepe For Ever x Urbine S
HUNTER HOLLOWAY, Hays Investment Corp.: 0/0/34.75
8. RAMDAM DE DRY, 2005 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Kannan x Dryade Du Defey
LINA ROJAS, Mauricio Restrepo: 0/4/ 34. 84
9. GANGNAM STYLE, 2005 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Indorado x U Two
ANDRES BERGANZA, Jorge Berganza & Christian Glanemann: 0/4/35.37
10. HANDEL’S CLASSIC, 2006 British Warmblood gelding by Handel II x Sasja
CHARLIE JAYNE, Charlie Jayne: 0/8/37.38
11. INDOKTRO K VAN ‘T KATTENHEYE, 2008 Belgian Warmblood stallion by Indoctro x Eloubet Van De Doorndonkhoeve
SUSAN GRIFFIS, Palmer Divide Ranch: 1/79.59
12. OHLALA Z, 2008 Zangersheide mare by Oklund x Zita Z
HANNAH HEIDEGGER, Monarch International: 4/76.41
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