Colorado Horse Park Steps Up to Help Equine Victims of the Wildfires
Parker, CO - June 12, 2013 - On the first day of week two of Summer in the Rockies at the Colorado Horse Park, staff, show management and competitors got serious about helping nearby communities ravaged by wildfires. The wildfires span 8,000 acres. A major fire is concentrated in the heavily wooded Black Forest area, northeast of Colorado Springs. Thousands have been evacuated and 80 to 100 homes have been destroyed in the blaze.
|The Colorado Horse Park set up extra paddocks for the arrival of evacuated horses. In the afternoon a northerly wind blew in a smoky haze.|
"Right now we have a few people headed into Black Forest to bring 50 horses to the property and we're also building some steel pens on our western arena to have some extra space for horses," said Brian Curry, Vice President of Colorado Horse Park. "We also have some cows and farm animals coming. We're going to do as much as we can to help out in this situation. We're pretty full as it is. We're going to create some extra space to utilize the upper paddock area. The horses that live here will stay inside so we have some extra paddock areas to use."
Brian confers on a regular basis with his brother-in-law, a Fire Chief for San Jose, CA. The Horse Park, equipped with many water trucks, a dedicated staff and a mission to contribute to the community, is a safe zone in an area that has witnessed wildfires throughout the years.
"This is our second-go-round at a pretty major catastrophe here in Colorado," Curry continued. "Two years ago we had burning tree fires. We had trailers lined up from around the main entrance in and around the barns. We had more trailers than horses. It was kind of neat to see that many people come together to help. We were able to extract 100 plus horses to this facility in 45 minutes."
"We have had people asking all day how they can help," said Marion Maybank, who works with Showplace Productions, the show management company for Summer in the Rockies. "They'd say, 'If you have a truck and trailer, I can go get some horses.' Joel Rifkin called earlier and said, 'I have trucks and trailers but I don't have drivers.' We had some volunteers and sent them over."
With no real fire risk to the Colorado Horse Park, competition went on as planned, and the Open Jumpers warmed up on the first day of week two with Danny Foster's courses.
"I always make the jumping on Wednesday and Thursday very friendly and very inviting," Foster said. "It's a good day for horses to move up a division and try something new. The older proven horses, particularly the grand prix horses, usually don't show on Wednesday. And it gives me a chance to see what I've got here, which riders are here and the caliber of their horses. I am sensitive to the idea that the horses have a long way to go on this tour and I'm trying to not use them up too hard in the process."
|Kristen VanderVeen and Bull Run's Le Conte siezed the 1.30m Open Jumpers|
"Bull Run's Le Conte is a 12-year-old horse that I have been doing in the grand prixes," VanderVeen said. "This is his warm-up. That actually gives me a lot of confidence. I wanted to take it a little slower with and give him an easier class since they changed the footing here. It has turned out quite nicely. The horses seem to be jumping off of it really well and he seems really comfortable. I'm really excited to see how we'll be in the Welcome and the Grand Prix."
Like all the competitors, VanderVeen has been kept abreast of the situation with the wildfires.
"I had heard that they were bringing horses from the surrounding areas into the Park," she said. "I think that is great. The organization seems really great. They are really on top of it, communicating and keeping everyone calm and aware of the situation."
The winners of the 1.40m Open Jumpers, Janine Weatherby and Chris Falewitch's 16-year-old Panache, have had a long relationship.
|Janine Weatherby and her long-time partner Panache easily to win the 1.40m Open Jumpers|
"I got him as a 3-year-old," Weatherby said. "Andy Barone hacked him once for me and said, 'That's never going to happen. No one is ever going to be able to ride him except you.' He has a little hesitation in front of the jump and he's getting so he doesn't even do that anymore. The older he gets the higher he jumps and the better he is."
Panache is a Thoroughbred and Weatherby did the 1m Thoroughbred Jumpers when she was in Scottsdale to support the Thoroughbred division. In addition to Panache, she brought some youngsters to the Colorado Horse Park to show during Summer in the Rockies.
"I've got all babies," Weatherby shared. "All three I've raised by my other Grand Prix stallion who's now retired. I have my 5-year-old stallion who beat the 6-year-olds last week- so we were very happy. He'll hopefully do that again tomorrow. I hope to go to Kentucky and do the 5-year-olds there. He also did the hunters with Kim Barone and she loved him. It was really easy for him. The other two are a Baby Green and a Pre Green horse."
"I haven't been here in ten or twelve years but I love this footing," Weatherby continued. "Panache is peculiar about his footing. He doesn't leave the ground very well if he doesn't like it and he actually loves the footing here. I love Danny Foster's courses. He makes them difficult enough without killing anybody. "
Everyone seems to agree on the new footing at Colorado Horse Park.
"I think they did a great job with the footing," VanderVeen said. "They really listened to the exhibitors and they responded really well to that. The ground could get really hard out here before with the sand. To me, this is great. I came this year the whole time because you can jump them now the whole six-week series because of the footing. It is a great change."
"Rudy Leone did the new footing," Foster said. "He did a good job. I had suggested that they consider him, seeing his work in Woodside, CA. He's very good at it. The horses are jumping great."
Exciting jumper action continues on Thursday of week two of Summer in the Rockies with the $15,000 Welcome Stake in the Kathy and Brad Coors Grand Prix Arena at the Colorado Horse Park.. And with a little luck, the winds will subside to allow firefighters to contain the wildfires to the south of the Horse Park.
942. $300 1.20 M Jumper
1 340 Cannon Carli Kirsch Carli Kirsch
2 288 Bonaire Serenity Farm Kelli Clevenger
3 385 Gama Righter Z Ceinwen Muma Ceinwen Muma
4 753 Felix Harriet Bunker Harriet Bunker
5 342 Little Miss Sunshine Allison Kroff Allison Kroff
6 391 Chantico Forest View Farm & Karen Ball John Pearce
7 845 Blue North Caitlin Burns Caitlin Burns
8 754 Can Do Toby Cromwell Harriet Bunker
947. $500 1.25 M Jumper
1 380 Mont Blanc Ceinwen Muma Bjorn Ikast
2 271 Jetsetter 3E Cora Leeuwenburg Armando Hassey
3 221 Emilio Tony Font Tony Font
4 351 Lightning Shale Harper Shale Harper
5 853 MTM Balvino Brandon Howard Brandon Howard
6 243 Quickie Natascha Gates Natascha Gates
7 322 Nele Bjorn Ikast Bjorn Ikast
8 182 Sir Sean Jordan Dean Matt Cyphert
585. Open Jumper 1.3M
1 485 Bull Run's Le Conte Empire State Equine Sales, LLC Kristen Vanderveen
2 234 Sheishof's Gloria Ashton Galo Paley Ashton Galo Paley
3 339 Frog Carli Kirsch Carli Kirsch
4 854 Vernon G Kelsey Van Ackeren Kelsey Van Ackeren
5 169 S & L Zeppelin Caroline Beecherl Caroline Beecherl
6 461 Zenith Dance Page Tredennick Sarah Tredennick
7 227 Kissimmee Deana Blackburn Tony Font
8 355 Clarissa Laura Love Laura Love
587. Open Jumper 1.4M
1 470 Panache Chris Falewitch Janine Weatherby
2 338 Casco Carli Kirsch Carli Kirsch
3 237 Soulshine Equestrian Investments, L.L.C.
4 279 Eminem Taggert Enterprises LLC Armando Hassey
5 233 Calotta Ashton Galo Paley Ashton Galo Paley
560. $500 Low Jr/A/O Jumper
1 341 Quite Quick Jennifer Flynn Delaney Flynn
2 174 Quinta Jacqueline Ward Jacqueline Ward
3 175 Nala Jacqueline Ward Jacqueline Ward
4 181 Ralmea Z Blair Julia Wright Blair Julia Wright
The Colorado Horse Park Summer in the Rockies Fast Facts
What: Summer in the Rockies AA-Rated Hunter Jumper Show Series
Summer in the Rockies I June 5-9, 2013
Summer in the Rockies II June 12-16, 2013
Summer in the Rockies III June 19-23, 2013
Summer in the Rockies IV July 3-7, 2013
Summer in the Rockies V July 10-14, 2013
Summer in the Rockies VI July 17-21, 2013
Mail to The Colorado Horse Park, 7522 South Pinery Drive, Parker, CO 80134 or fax to (303) 841-7879. Opening date for Stall Reservations: April 1, 2013. Closing date May 20, 2013.
Contact Information:Pat Boyle, Show Manager (847) 274-6834
Brian Curry, Show Manager (303) 918-2908
Show Office (303) 841-7461
Show Office Fax (303) 841-1419
Colorado Horse Park Main Office (303) 841-5550
Colorado Horse Park Main Office Fax (303) 841-7879
Wed - Sun: Show starts daily at 8 a.m. unless otherwise noted
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 20th 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 75,000 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 iscommitted to supporting equestrian education and amateur athletics, preserving open space, fundraising for local charities and supporting the community.