Hunter Holloway and VDL Bravo S Steal Show in $20,000 Open Welcome Stake
Parker, CO – July 20, 2016 – Juan Manuel Luzardo of Guadalajara, MEX, and Stan rose to the occasion once again in the highlight class of the week at The Colorado Horse Park (CHP), this time earning victory in the $75,000 Nutrena® Grand Prix for the Mayor’s Cup at Summer In The Rockies VI (SIR). The pair sped to victory, completing the jump-off and stopping the clock in 38.548 seconds. Christian Heineking of Hudson Oaks, TX, and AJE Cluny nearly caught the pair, but finished in second place with a time of 39.386 seconds. Candida Anthony of Redmond, WA, and Ayma de la Demi Lune secured third place with double clear effort and a time of 40.215 seconds. Competition at CHP continues this week with the final installment of the Summer In The Rockies Series, beginning Wednesday, July 20, and concluding Sunday, July 24.
|Juan Manuel Luzardo and Stan|
Luzardo and Stan, who also captured top honors in last week’s $60,000 Summer In The Rockies Grand Prix, kept the same poise and efficiency they demonstrated in the week prior, leading them to another major victory at CHP this season. The pair made easy work of the first round set by Marina Azevedo and would go on to complete one of six double clear efforts.
“He’s an amazing horse, just awesome. He always surprises me because he’s better than I could have ever imagined. He always tries to do his best and go as fast as he can,” said Luzardo.
|Christian Heineking and AJE Cluny|
“I tried to be clean and do some of the tighter options on courses. I was able to do one stride less to the last fence, which I think is where we made the difference,” he added.
While the pair produced two faultless rounds, Luzardo felt the course was set with difficulty and tested each combination on their ability to ride quickly, but also keep the rails firmly seated in the cups. He commented, “I think the double combination oxer to vertical and the five stride line were very complicated. The double was tough for the horses because they really had to pick themselves up to get over the second fence.”
|PHOTO CORRECTION: Candida Anthony and Ayma de la Demi Lune|
“The course was tough. He has a huge stride so there were two or three options on course where you could choose to do one less or one more stride in the line. I was holding him to add one more stride to get him in control and to produce a clear round,” he continued, explaining his thoughts on the track.
The inaugural ribbon cutting ceremony at The Colorado Horse Park with Kate Richards, Membership Director of the Parker Area Chamber of Commerce; Dennis Houston, President and CEO of Parker Area Chamber of Commerce; Mark Bellissimo, managing partner of the Colorado Equestrian Partners; Mike Waid, Mayor of Parker; and Meg Krueger, COO of The Colorado Horse Park.
Luzardo has established a strong and working relationship with Stan, a 2006 Hanoverian gelding (Stakkato x Silvara) owned by Mauricio Guerra, and the duo will look to continue that success for two more competitions in the U.S. before heading back to Mexico with their sights set contesting their National Championship to be hosted later this season.
|Juan Manuel Luzardo and Stan in their presentation ceremony with Meg Krueger, COO of The Colorado Horse Park; Tina Murray of Cargill; Kristen Allen, Nutritional Consultant of Cargill Equine Enterprise Team; Mike Waid, Mayor of Parker; and Mark Bellissimo, managing partner of Colorado Equestrian Partners.|
“I have very high expectations for him for our next competitions. We will do a lot of grand prix classes in Mexico over the next few months and try to compete in the National Championship,” he explained. “He’s done very well at this venue.”
Candida Anthony of Redmond, WA, received the Equiline Leading Lady Grand Prix Rider Award in recognition of her rides aboard Ayma de la Demi Lune in both the $20,000 Open Welcome Stake and the $75,000 Nutrena® Grand Prix.
Hunter Holloway and VDL Bravo S Display Expertise in Second $20,000 Welcome Stake Win of the Season at SIR
Hunter Holloway of Topeka, KS, galloped VDL Bravo S to first place on Thursday, July 14, in the $20,000 Open Welcome Stake at The Colorado Horse Park (CHP). Holloway and the 2008 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Ephepe For Ever x Urbine S) owned by Hays Investment Corp., navigated their way through the jump-off course to finish atop the class with a time of 37.38 seconds. Juan Manuel Luzardo of Guadalajara, MEX, and Stan came in just behind the winning pair, securing second place after completing the short course track in 38.37 seconds. Kiwi Iron Mark, owned by June Berrington and guided by Jeffrey Fields from Redwood City, CA, ranked in third, as they stopped the timers in 39.94 seconds.
|Hunter Holloway and VDL Bravo S|
Holloway has frequented the winner’s circle at CHP, having already claimed the $20,000 Open Welcome Stake on VDL Bravo S and the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby aboard The Governor just two weeks ago at Summer In The Rockies IV. Holloway earned her first grand prix win very early in her career, and now, at eighteen, Holloway is continuing to pave a successful path for herself in the sport.
When discussing her strategy and plan for the class, her plan was simple. She explained, “I wanted to jump clean and go fast. Bravo is a really good speed horse, so I’m able to go for it on him. He felt great and I’m very proud of the way he went in during the class.”
Andres Berganza of Tulancingo, MEX, and Gangnam Style, owned by Jorge Berganza and Christian Glanemann, earned the blue rosette in the $5,000 Under 25 Classic on Thursday, July 14, besting a class of 23 entries to take the win. Berganza and the 2005 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Indorado x U Two) cruised through the jump-off round without incurring any faults and securing a time of 35.10 seconds. Alexandra Ozmy of Coppell, TX, and her mount Curtis 57 earned second place, adding four faults to their score and collecting a time of 34.12 seconds. Coloredo 2, guided by Yago Alvarez Del Castillo of Guadalajara, MEX, sailed through the timers in 34.92 seconds, adding four faults to their score, which ultimately placed them in third.
|Andres Berganza and Gangnam Style rode to victory in the $5,000 Under 25 Classic.|
The $10,000 SJHOF High Junior/Amateur Owner Classic presented by Griffis Residential was championed by Brian Moggre of Flower Mound, TX, and MTM Flutterby, owned by Major Wager LLC, as the duo stopped the timers in 35.431 seconds to finish the jump-off round and collect the win. Mackanezie Drazan of Woodside, CA, piloted her own Waliba VDL to second place, finishing with a time of 37.517 seconds, while Alfonso Gutierez Casillas of Mexico City, MEX, and his own Whin Whin, earned third place, collecting four faults and crossing through the finish in 44.46 seconds around the short course.
Antonio Abascal of Veracruz, MEX, guided Cream and Crunch, owned by himself and Carla Abascal to a first place finish in the $5,000 Medium Junior/Amateur Owner Classic, completing the fastest jump-off round with a time of 34.205 seconds. Carolina Villanueva of Flower Mound, TX, and her own Think Big Van TL raced to second place, completing the short course in 35.461 seconds. Karime Perez Nunez of Naucalpan, MEX, and Comtessa 102, owned by Mauricio Guerra, finished just behind Villanueva in 35.604 seconds for third.
|Brian Moggre and MTM Flutterby on their way to capturing the $10,000 SJHOF High Junior/Amateur Owner Classic presented by Griffis Residential.|
Hannal Holik of Jackson, WY, and Casall, owned by Czech Mate, LLC, earned a win in the $5,000 NAL Low Junior/Amateur Owner Classic presented by Nutrena®, narrowly edging Martina Franco Stephan of Mexico, and Zenith M, owned by Edith Franco Stephan. Holik and Casall finished the short course in 31.845 seconds, while Stephan captured second place with a time of 31.918 seconds. Constanza Guerra of Guadalajara, MEX, and his own Chacentus took third place, finishing in 32.247 seconds.
The $4,000 Modified Junior/Amateur Owner Classic was won by Isabel Ikast of Parker, CO, and Royal Flush, owned by Bjorn Ikast, as the duo dashed through the short track to finish in 31.691 seconds. Jane Dunbar of Castle Pines, CO, and her own Everwolf captured second place with a time of 33.88 seconds, while Shala McConnell of Elizabeth, CO, and her own Southern Eyes took third place, crossing through the timers in 37.642 seconds.
Alessandra Volpi of Woodside, CA, and Felippa N, owned by Sandhaven Farm LLC, rode to first place in the $4,000 NAL/WIHS Child Classic, taking the class with a time of 36.341 seconds, while Stephany McConnell of Littleton, CO, and A Twist of China, owned by James McConnell, following in second, completing their jump-off trip in 36.617 seconds. Cecily Coors of Parker, CO, and Manito Calissanne Z, owned by KC Sport LLC, took third place honors, finishing in 40.085 seconds.
Grace Hoover and Willie D’Lothian, owned by Hoover Farms, championed the $4,000 NAL/WIHS Adult Classic, finishing nearly four seconds faster than Kara Kahn of Bucyrus, KS, and Sportsfield Eterina, owned by Maarten Huygens, who completed the jump-off track in 36.309 seconds. Alexandra Afzal of Menlo Park, CA, and Umanes, owned by Sandhaven Farm LLC, rode to third place with a time of 39.622 seconds.
Sharon Classen of Elkhorn, NE, and Mystique, owned by Serenity Ridge Farm, took first place honors in the $1,000 Junior Hunter 3’3″/3’6″ Classic, while Hannah Dodd of Kearney, MO, and Walk This Way, owned by Julie Dodd, collected second place. Hunter Holloway of Topeka, KS, and The Governor, owned by Hays Investment Corp., rounded out the top three taking third place.
Amanda Walsh of Westminster, CO, and her own GF Gala, rode to first place in the $1,000 Children’s Pony Hunter Classic at SIR VI, while Elizabeth Simpson and Royal Symphony, owned by Laurie Jueneman, earned a well-deserved second place finish.
|Riley Christianson and Eddie Rascal took top honors in the $1,500 NA/WIHS Children’s Hunter Classic.|
Riley Christianson of Edina, MN, and her own Eddie Rascal rode to the top of the class in the $1,500 NAL/WIHS Children’s Hunter Classic, securing the victory with two smooth and accurate rounds. Anna Lawrence of Englewood, CO, and her own Sirius Black, finished in second place to earn the red rosette, while Lauren Sciullo of Golden, CO, and her own Priam rounded out the top three finishers.
The $1,500 Amateur Owner Hunter 3’6″ Classic saw Nicole Lyvere of Denver, CO, and her own Wink champion the class, while Caroline Molther of Parker, CO, and her own Christophe received second place. Rebecca Renier of Minneapolis, MN, rode her own Double Take to a third place finish.
Whitney Miller of San Antonio, TX, and her own Petrossian captured the $1,000 Amateur Owner Hunter 3’3″ Classic, edging Mary Dunahay of Littleton, CO, and her own Bailando, who finished in second place. Shyenne Bryant of Shakopee, MN, piloted Langundo, who she owns and rides, to collect the yellow rosette for third.
Ella Geisbert of Aspen, CO, guided her own Paddock Cake to victory in the $1,000 Pony Hunter Classic at SIR VI. Maggie Nealon of Redmond, WA, and her own Edelweiss captured second place for their efforts around the course, while Morgan Maucher of Monument, CO, and Helicon Special Notice, owned by Molly Rinedoll, took third place honors in the class.
The $500 NAL/WIHS Adult Hunter Classic saw Stephanie Harris of Boulder, CO, and her own Fifth Avenue rise to the top of the leaderboard to ultimately earn the win. Megan Richardson and Francesca, owned by Madeline Thatcher, took second place in the competitive class ahead of Carol Tucker of Elizabeth, CO, and Totem Pole, who went on to place third.
Competition at The Colorado Horse Park will resume, Wednesday, July 20, with the final week of the 2016 Summer In The Rockies Series, which will feature the $100,000 Adequan® Grand Prix on Saturday, July 23. For more information on The Colorado Horse Park and to see full list of results, please visit www.coloradohorsepark.com.
Final Results $75,000 Nutrena® Grand Prix for the Mayor’s Cup
1. STAN, 2006 Hanoverian gelding by Sakkato x Silvara
JUAN MANUEL LUZARDO, Mauricio Guerra: 0/0/38.548
2. AJE CLUNY, 2004 Oldenburg gelding by Cash & Carry x Dorina
CHRISTIAN HEINEKING, AJE Equitation: 0/0/39.386
3. AYMA DE LA DEMI LUNE, 2006 Warmblood mare by Cardento x Narcotique du Houssoit
CANDIDA ANTHONY, Potcreek Partners LLC: 0/0/40.215
4. CURTIS 57, 2007 Holsteiner gelding by Contact Me x Taramira
ALEXANDRA OZYMY, Alexandra Ozymy: 0/0/40.767
5. CAMERINO, 2004 Holsteiner gelding by Cash & Carry x Merci III
PAUL ROHRBACH, Wells Bridge Farm Inc: 0/0/40.911
6. FAST FLO, 2005 Belgian Warmblood mare by Diamant de Semilly x M. Havana D’o
NICOLE PETERSON, Nicole Peterson: 0/0/41.563
7. NKH SELENA, 2005 Oldenburg mare by Stakkato Gold x California Dream
CHRISTIAN HEINEKING, NKH LLC: 0/4/38.264
8. BIJOUX, 2006 Dutch Warmblood mare by Cartani x Vitesse
DIEGO VIVERO, Javier Estrada: 0/8/38.099
9. KIWI IRON MARK, 2004 New Zealand Sport Horse gelding by Kiwi Iron Clad x Kiwi Marcash
JEFFREY FIELDS, June Berrington: 4/76.135
10. GANGNAM STYLE, 2005 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Indorado x U Two
ANDRES BERGANZA, Jorge Berganza & Christian Glanemann: 4/76.258
11. VDL BRAVO S, 2006 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Ephepe For Ever x Urbine S
HUNTER HOLLOWAY, Hays Investment Corp.: 4/76.486
12. MULLENTINE IMPERIAL, 2005 Irish Sport Horse mare by Corland x Mullentine Highland Imp
AMANDA COMLY, Jennifer Jones: 4/77.18
Final Results $20,000 Open Welcome
1. VDL BRAVO S, 2006 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Ephepe For Ever x Urbine S
HUNTER HOLLOWAY, Hays Investment Corp: 0/0/37.838
2. STAN, 2006 Hanoverian gelding by Sakkato x Silvara
JUAN MANUEL LUZARDO, Mauricio Guerra: 0/0/38.376
3. KIWI IRON MARK, 2004 New Zealand Sport Horse gelding by Kiwi Iron Clad x Kiwi Marcash
JEFFREY FIELDS, June Berrington: 0/0/39.949
4. ESCARLATA LS, 2006 La Silla mare by Ephebe For Ever x Cincinatti La Silla
FABIEN SEJANES, Patricia Valdez Luna: 0/0/40.424
5. CASSEVEL, 2007 Holsteiner gelding by Cassini II x Tamara IX
HUNTER HOLLOWAY, Hays Investment Corp.: 0/0/40.796
6. CAMERINO, 2004 Holsteiner gelding by Cash & Carry x Merci III
PAUL ROHRBACH, Wells Bridge Farm Inc.: 0/4/38.655
7. MTM TWENTIES GIRL, 2004 Warmblood mare by Unknown
FRANK OWENS, DS Holdings LLC: 0/4/39.863
8. CALANGO, 2008 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Calvados Z x Kobyrette
CHRISTIAN HEINEKING, NKH LLC: 0/8/41.027
9. NKH SELENA, 2005 Oldenburg mare by Stakkato Gold x California Dream
CHRISTIAN HEINEKING, NKH LLC: 0/NA
10. ALAMO, 2002 Holsteiner stallion by Acorado I x Walesca
ERIN DAVIS-HEINEKING, October Hill Hunters and Jumpers: 0/NA
11. DIAMOND, 2003 Warmblood mare by Parco x Vienna vd Middelstede
NICOLE PETERSON, Nicole Peterson: 1/68.163
12. AYMA DE LA DEMI LUNE, 2006 Warmblood mare by Cardento x Narcotique du Houssoit
CANDIDA ANTHONY, Potcreek Partners LLC: 2/69.74
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