Parker, CO- The Coors Family Grand Prix ring at The Colorado Horse Park (CHP) saw eight competitors take on the course set for the $1,000 Six/Seven-Year-Old Young Jumper Championship with four to jump-off. Christian Heineking, piloting Vex Sporthorse LTD's Vex Cassandra, claimed victory with a double-clear round and the fastest jump-off time of 32.411 seconds.
Heineking is originally from Germany, but now resides in Texas. His winning mount, Vex Cassandra (Casall x Cassini II), is a seven-year-old Holsteiner mare currently for sale. She competed at Thermal and was circuit champion in California this season. "I thought [today's course] was a nice course for the seven-year-olds. It was very well laid out [with] an interesting jump-off and a couple of options to stay inside or go around," said Heineking. "I did all the inside turns with her. I didn't have a chance to watch anyone else go, so I just went in [the ring] and rode. Next week we plan to have her stay in the seven-year-olds and maybe [compete] her in a 1.40m class."
Nayel Nassar and his own Dee Jee, were the only other pair to lay down a double clear round, which solidified the team in second place. In third place was Amanda Comly and her own A&A Balthazar, with a fast time of 32.415, but an unfortunate four faults.
$1,000 Six/Seven-Year-Old Young Jumper Championship Results:
1. 993 - VEX CASSANDRA - OWNED BY VEX SPORTHORSE LTD - CHRISTIAN HEINEKING 0/0/32.411
2. 1439 - DEE JEE - OWNED BY NAYEL NASSAR - NAYEL NASSAR 0/0/41.021
3. 1089 - A&A BALTHAZAR - OWNED BY AMANDA COMLY - AMANDA COMLY 0/4/32.415
4. 36 - CHICKA - OWNED BY SERENITY RIDGE FARM - KAREN CUDMORE 0/4/35.294
5. 411 - CAYLEE PCH - OWNED BY KRISTIN BUCHANAN - NATASCHA GATES 0/EL
6. 1054 - OCTOBER HILL'S RAMATOV - OWNED BY ABG ENTERPRISES LTD - CHRISTIAN HEINEKING 4/60.249
7. 1136 - MOJO TSP - OWNED BY CHRISTIAN ROGGE - CHRISTIAN ROGGE 4/65.852
8. 1469 - DUBLIN - OWNED BY HAYS INVESTMENT CORP - BRANDIE HOLLOWAY 4/65.959