Parker, CO - The Colorado Horse Park (CHP) continued its Summer in the Rockies series with highlights in the Coors Family Grand Prix Ring on Friday, including the Adequan® 1.40-1.45m Open Jumper class and the $1,000 Six/Seven-Year-Old Young Jumper Championship. The week's competition continues through Sunday, July 5.
The ring saw an early start time with beautiful 60-degree, sunny weather, making for yet another perfect competition day. Armando Hassey aboard his own Cassino took victory again in the $2,500 Adequan® 1.40-1.45m Open Jumper class. The course was designed by Marina Azevedo, and saw five horse-and-rider combinations compete, with only one clear round from the winning duo. Since the competition was held in an immediate jump-off format, Hassey completed the first round and also continued on to a clear round over the short course, but no tie breaker was necessary.
Cassino is an eight-year-old Holsteiner gelding, which Hassey bought at an auction when he was only six months old. Hassey has been training him ever since. "I am very happy with him. I think the course was very good, and [Marina Azevedo] always does something challenging," said Hassey. "I think Marina is very good at putting a question everywhere. You had questions from the beginning to the end [of the course]." Hassey, originally from Mexico, has a degree in Chemical Engineering but has turned his passion for horses into a career. He spends half his year at his own facility in Colorado, and the other half of the year at his own facility in Wellington, Florida.
$2,500 Adequan®1.40-1.45m Open Jumper Results:
1. 350 - CASSINO - OWNED BY ARMANDO HASSEY - ARMANDO HASSEY 0/0/31.332
2. 996 - NKH BARBOSA - OWNED BY ALEXANDRA OZYMY - CHRISTIAN HEINEKING 4/68.646
3. 1383 - K2 - OWNED BY ZEITGEIST EQUESTRIAN - SANJAY BAGAI 5/76.462
4.1058 - NKH GRENZGANGER - OWNED BY ABG ENTERPRISES LTD - CHRISTIAN HEINEKING 20/79.025
5. 1436 - OLIVER - OWNED BY TIMOTHY GAFFNEY - TIMOTHY GAFFNEY 23/94.032