Will Simpson and The Dude Finish Summer In The Rockies Flying to Victory in $20,000 Equiline Open Welcome Stake
Parker, CO – July 27, 2016 – Christian Heineking of Hudson Oaks, TX, and Calango concluded the 2016 Summer In The Rockies Series at The Colorado Horse Park (CHP), capturing the final grand prix win of the season as the pair took home the $100,000 Adequan® Grand Prix in front of a packed house. The duo crossed through the timers in 42.755 seconds to secure the win, while Matt Cyphert of Northlake, TX, and Lochinvar, rode to second place honors with a time of 45.478 seconds. Paul Rohrbach of Parker, CO, and Camerino placed in third, completing the jump-off track in 45.478 seconds.
Heineking and Calango, a 2008 Belgian Warmblood gelding (Calvados Z x Kobyrette) rode a beautiful first trip, qualifying them for the jump-off round, which saw 10 of 38 entries move forward to the short course. Only four pairs completed the evening with a double clear effort around both tracks, but Heineking and Calango’s time couldn’t be caught.
|Christian Heineking and Calango|
“I thought it was a really nice course and it was challenging. It was long enough with a lot of oxers, which I think caused some of the problems with faults. It was a great course for a class like this,” commented Heineking.
“Calango was just very tight all the way around the course. He was quick on his feet, and has a big step so he moved right along. It was a great win for him,” he added.
|Matt Cyphert and Lochinvar|
While Heineking’s experienced mount, AJE Cluny, also progressed to the jump-off round, Calango handled the pressure of the jump-off with ease, attesting to the future talent the gelding will showcase in the top levels of the sport.
“Calango is really nice. He’s just coming up as an eight-year-old. We got him a little bit over a year ago. My owner NKH bought him for me and so far he’s really stepped up to the plate and done everything we’ve asked,” he detailed. “Today was his biggest win so far and I’m positive that there will be more in his future.”
|Paul Rohrbach and Camerino|
Heineking is familiar with winning major classes at CHP, as he stole the show aboard AJE Cluny in last year’s $100,000 Grand Prix. Heineking has built a solid string of talented competitors and feels that his horses always compete well at CHP, as he piloted three of his four mounts into the jump-off round. AJE Cluny finished in fourth place, while NKH Quanto collected ninth place.
“I won the big class here last year on AJE Cluny. He was second in the grand prix last week and third the week before. I was really trying to ride a double clean on him and he’s just a great horse,” explained Heineking.
|Christian Heineking and Calango in their presentation ceremony with Meg Krueger, COO of The Colorado Horse Park; Allyn Mann of Adequan®; Monica Davis of Audi Denver; Michael Stone, President of The Colorado Horse Park; alongside Neil Knox.|
“The first horse I jumped off, NKH Quanto, is also a talented horse. We got a little bit unlucky at the Adequan® jump, but if you don’t risk it, you’ll never have a shot at winning,” he continued.
Hunter Holloway of Topeka, KS, was presented with the Equiline Leading Lady Grand Prix Rider Award, as she placed strongly aboard her two grand prix mounts, Cassevel and VDL Bravo S, both owned by Hays Investment Corp. in the $20,000 Open Welcome Stake presented by Equiline and the $100,000 Adequan® Grand Prix.
Will Simpson and The Dude Finish Summer In The Rockies Flying to Victory in $20,000 Equiline Open Welcome Stake
Will Simpson and the infamous, The Dude, emerge undefeated in the $20,000 Equiline Open Welcome Stake on Thursday, July 21, at CHP. The Westlake, CA, native and 2006 Oldenburg Springpferd gelding (Carry Gold x Honey Moon) owned by Nicole Walker, wasted no time and flashed by the crowd in 37.79 seconds during their effort around the short course. Hunter Holloway, hailing from Topeka, KS, nipped at the heels of first place piloting Cassevel to second place finishing in 38.90 seconds. Candida Anthony of Redmond, WA, slid into third place aboard Ayma De La Demi Lune, completing with a double clear effort and stopping the timers in 39.40 seconds in the jump off round.
|Will Simpson and The Dude|
After a brief rest, The Dude and Simpson were back in action, besting thirteen other contending pairs in the jump-off. The combo handled a tough course with precision and excellence, which catapulted them to the win. Simpson noted, “The course was challenging. There were a lot of angles that were funny here or there that I think tricked some people. The Dude, after a week off, is operating like a machine, just right there all the way. I just pointed him at the jump and he was right on his game today.”
It’s no surprise that Will Simpson is in the saddle six days a week but he explained that The Dude favors less conventional training methods, as it keeps him mentally and physically sharp.
|Will Simpson and The Dude in their presentation ceremony with Kelly Molinari of Equiline.|
“He goes one day without a saddle on and the other six days he goes out for a ride, but really just a trail ride. It’s not a whole lot of strenuous work for him. He doesn’t like to practice and he’s kind of like a showman. You are able to get him physically conditioned without the laborious day in day out type of work. He more likes to carry his own pace and do fun little things. We play at flat work and try to make it fun.”
The pair has been one of the most competitive combinations at the SIR series this season and Simpson humbly commented on his success and the simple motto he holds himself to everyday.
“Well, my dad told me a long time ago something that has always just stuck with me. He said, ‘Just do the best you can,’ so I live by that and try to embody that everyday.”
Greta Matienzo of Mexico City, MEX, and Quintador, owned by Joaquin Matienzo rode to victory in the $5,000 Under 25 Classic, which saw 22 entries contest the course. Hannah Heidegger of Malibu, CA, and Di Caprio RV, owned by Monarch International, took second place, while Nicole Peterson of Plano, TX, and her own Fast Flo took third place honors.
Lina Rojas of Denver, CO, and Ramdam de Dry, owned by Mauricio Restrepo, took top honors in the $10,000 SJHOF High Junior/Amateur Owner Classic presented by Griffis Residential, completing the jump-off with a time of 47.083 seconds. Hannah Heidegger of Malibu, CA, and Ohlala Z, owned by Monarch International, earned second place as they stopped the timers in 44.942 seconds, adding four faults to their score. Erin Davis-Heineking of Hudson Oaks, TX, and Ver Ron, owned by October Hill Sales Limited, captured third place with a time of 51.301 seconds and four faults.
|Greta Matienzo and Quintador captured the $5,000 Under 25 Classic at SIR VII.|
The $5,000 NAL Low Junior/Amateur Owner Classic presented by Nutrena® saw Marlo Williams of Colleyville, TX, and his own Lux Like Clover win the class of 24 entries, while Misty Redd of Toneka, KS, and Evander, owned by Holyfield Investments, LLC, earned second place. Hannah Loeffelbein of Olathe, KS, and FVF Brulee, owned by Two Point Equestrian, LLC, finished in third place.
Alfonso Gutierez Diaz of Mexico City, MEX, piloted Corbi, owned by Alfonso Gutierez Casillas, to top honors in the $5,000 Medium Junior/Amateur Owner Classic with a jump-off time of 43.948 seconds. Mackenzie Drazan of Woodside, CA, and her own Rusty Girl took second place honors with a time of 44.266 seconds. Blake Gardiner of Hillsborough, CA, piloted his own Lucrecia to third place, securing a time of 47.217 seconds.
|Lina Rojas and Ramdam de Dry on their way to winning the $10,000 SJHOF High Junior/Amateur Owner Classic presented by Griffis Residential.|
Jaden Olson of Parker, CO, and Mullaghdrin Rado, owned by Page Tredennick, rode to victory in the $4,000 Modified Junior/Amateur Owner Classic, while Gianna Worley of Parker, CO, and her own Optimus Prime earned second place, while Andrea Hassey of Parker, CO, and her own Sandra collected the yellow rosette.
In the $4,000 NAL/WIHS Child Classic, Stephany McConnell of Littleton, CO, and A Twist of China, owned by James McConnell, rode to the top of the class, finishing with a blazing jump-off time of 29.168 seconds. Alessandra Volpi of Woodside, CA, and Felippa N, owned by Sandhaven Farm LLC, earned second place, finishing just behind McConnell with a time of 29.457 seconds. Hannah Dodd of Kearney, MO, and her own Angelina completed the track in 30.983 seconds for third.
Tami Sopinski of Sioux Falls, SD, and her own Pegase de Thurgis, rose to the occasion in the $4,000 NAL/WIHS Adult Classic, finishing the track in 30.612 seconds, while Lexi Mulkey of Broken Arrow, OK, and her own Warnike completed the track in 32.505 seconds for second place. Molly Faunce of Littleton, CO, and WT Chevelle rounded out the top three finishers, collecting a time of 33.13 seconds around the short course.
Hunter Holloway of Topeka, KS, and Lelantos, owned by Two Point Equestrian, LLC, took first place honors in the $1,000 Pre-Green Hunter Classic. Candida Anthony of Redmond, WA, piloted two mounts into the top three, as Roosevelt, owned by Elise Myers, took second place, while San Kler, owned by Beata Buckley, captured third place honors.
Jaden Olson of Parker, CO, and her own Conradical rose to the top of the leaderboard in the $1,000 Junior Hunter 3’3″/3’6″ Classic, while Hunter Holloway of Topeka, KS, took another top three finish, this time aboard Mystique, owned by Serenity Ridge Farm, captured second place. Hannah Dodd of Kearny, MO, and Schumacher, owned by Julie Dodd, rounded out the top three.
|Nicole Lyvere and My Everything in the $1,000 Amateur Owner Hunter 3’3″/3’6″ Classic.|
The $1,500 NAL/WIHS Children’s Hunter Classic saw Hannah Rohrbach of Parker, CO, and Kingston Lane, owned by NTM Enterprises, earn top honors. Beata Buckley of Redmond, WA, and San Kler rode to second place, while Julianna Hartwick of Overland Park, KS, and her own Chemin de Prix collected third place.
Nicole Lyvere of Elizabeth, CO, and her own My Everything were victorious in the $1,000 Amateur Owner Hunter 3’3″/3’6″ Classic. Lyvere continued her top performances, piloting her own Wink to second place. Stacey Woods of San Antonio, TX, and Limbo, owned by Frank Owens, rounded out the top three finishers.
The $500 NAL/WIHS Adult Hunter Classic was championed by Sherri Kahn and her own Walter, who topped the class in fine form. Savannah Chapman of Geneseo, NE, and KIJE’S Fancy, owned by Charlotte Repp, collected second place, while Brooke Brownlow and Gandalf, owned by Madeline Berry, took third place honors.
Competition at The Colorado Horse Park will continue with equestrian competition through the rest of the summer and into the fall season, while Sunday’s conclusion marked the end of the incredibly successful 2016 Summer In The Rockies Series. For more information on CHP and to see a full list of results please visit www.coloradohorsepark.com.
Final Results $100,000 Adequan® Grand Prix
1. CALANGO, 2008 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Calvados Z x Kobyrette
CHRISTIAN HEINEKING, NKH LLC: 0/0/42.75
2. LOCHINVAR, 2004 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Karamiro X L’Espirit
MATT CYPHERT, Matt Cyphert: 0/0/45.27
3. CAMERINO, 2004 Holsteiner gelding by Cashandcarry x Merci III
PAUL ROHRBACH, Wells Bridge Farm INC: 0/0/45.47
4. AJE CUNY, 2004 Oldenburg gelding by Cash & Carry x Dopina
CHRISTIAN HEINKEKING, AJE Equitation: 0/0/47.13
5. LUCKY STRIKE, 2006 Holsteiner gelding by Lasino x Imandra I
BRANDIE HOLLOWAY, Hays Investment Corp.: 0/4/42.48
6. HADJA VAN ORSHOF, 2007 Belgian Warmblood mare by Cabrio Van De Heffinick x Victory Van Orshof
KELLI CRUCIOTTI, Kelli Cruciotti: 0/4/43.18
7. CEONTO, 2001 Holsteiner gelding by Cassini x Unknown
KAREN CUDMORE, Blair Cudmore: 0/4/45.6
8. CASSEVEL, 2007 Holsteiner gelding by Cassini II x Ramara IX
HUNTER HOLLOWAY, Hays Investment Corp.: 0/12/44.57
9. NKH QUANTO, 2006 Holsteiner gelding by Quidam De Revel x I-Carina I
CHRISTIAN HEINEKING, NKH LLC: 0/16/59.42
10. BIJOUX, 2006 Dutch Warmblood mare by Cartani x Vitesse
DIEGO VIVERO, Javier Estrada:0/19/54.05
11. VDL BRAVO S, 2006 Dutch Warmblood by Ephepe For Ever x Urbine S
HUNTER HOLLOWAY, Hays Investment Corp.: 4/84.84
12. AYMA DE LA DEMI LUNE 2006 Dutch Warmblood by Cardento x Narcotique Du Houssouit
CANDIDA ANTHONY, Potcreek Partners LLC: 4/85.94
Final Results $20,000 Equiline Open Welcome Stake
1.THE DUDE, 2006 Oldenburg Springpferd gelding by Carry Gold x Honey Moon
WILL SIMPSON, Nicole Walker: 0/0/37.79
2. CASSEVEL, 2007 Holsteiner gelding by Cassini II x Ramara IX
HUNTER HOLLOWAY, Hays Investment Corp.:0/0/38.9
3. AYMA DE LA DEMI LUNE, 2006 Dutch Warmblood by Cardento x Narcotique Du Houssoit
CANDIDA ANTHONY, Potcreek Partners LLC: 0/0/39.4
4. KIWI IRON MARK, 2004 New Zealand Sporthorse gelding by Kiwi Iron Clad x Kiwi Marcash
JEFFREY FIELDS, June Berrington:0/0/40.7
5. BIJOUX 2006 Dutch Warmblood mare by Cartani x Vitesse
DIEGO VIVERO, Javier Estrada: 0/4/37.57
6. ESCARLATA LS, 2006 La Silla mare by Ephebe For Ever x Cincinatti La Silla
FABIEN SEJANES, Patricia Valdez Luna: 0/4/39.16
7. TAXCO DE LA NUTRIA, 2006 gelding by Carthago Z x Normandie D’Elle
DELANEY FLYNN, Jennifer Flynn: 0/4/39.22
8. RAMDAM DE DRY, 2005 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Kannan x Dryade Du Defey
LINA ROJAS, Mauricio Restrepo: 0/4/40.66
9. ARMANI 224, 2003 Oldenburg gelding by Acorado x Ribana H
ADRIAN BERGANZA, Mr. & Mrs. Jorge Berganza: 0/4/44.69
10. PUMPED UP KICKS, 2003 Warmblood gelding by Levisto x Sanmodus
JENNIFER GATES, Jennifer Gates:0/4/45.99
11. VER RON, 2008 Oldenburg gelding by Verdi x Cornetta
ERIN DAVIS-HEINEKING, October Hill Sales Limited: 0/7/50.69
12. LUCKY STRIKE 2006 Holsteiner gelding by Lasino x Imandra I
BRANDIE HOLLOWAY, Hays Investment Corp.: 0/8/36.59
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