Parker, CO- July 11, 2013 - A large audience filled the VIP area and the grass bleachers with the spectacular view of the Kathy and Brad Coors Family Grand Prix Arena at the Colorado Horse Park on Saturday, July 6, to watch the highlight of Summer in the Rockies IV, the $30,000 Griffis Residential Grand Prix.
Karina Aziz and Top Gun wont their first Grand Prix at Summer in the Rockies IV
In the first round of the completion, 34 horse and rider combinations battled it out over FEI course designer Marina Azevedo's track, attempting to progress to the jump-off round. Eight would succeed for a try at the win.
Alex Grenato and Page Tredennick's Mullaghdrin Rado were the first of the eight to go clear in the jump-off with a time of 39.778.
"I went late in the order and there was only one double clear," said Karina Aziz, who rode Top Gun to edge out Grenato's lead, breaking the beam at 39.685. "I thought about doing a safe double clear round and Blair and Karen (Cudmore) told me I better not do that. I went for it and it worked out."
"Top Gun was amazing in the class," said Aziz of the horse she has had since he was 5. "He tried so hard. I did a few slices and really galloped to the last jump. I can really count on him. We've had a lot of top professionals ride him. He's a really seasoned horse. I am really lucky to have him."
"The courses were really good all week," she added. "The horses have been jumping very well off the footing. It's nice- you go out there with confidence. This is my first time at Colorado Horse Park. It is so great to come here and have my first Grand Prix win."
Aziz hails from Toronto and has been doing the jumpers since she was 18. "It is so exciting that we've had this success so soon," she said. "I just started working with Karen (Cudmore) in May. She's very supportive as a coach. I am just really grateful."
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