New Faces Snag the Blues in the Hunter Ring to Start Summer in the Rockies III

Tommi Clark and Exemplar
Tommi Clark and Exemplar

Parker, CO- June 18, 2014 - Summer in the Rockies III, a World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) Event, got underway with the High Performance Hunter division. Exhibitors in the Colorado Horse Park's Olson Family Main Hunter Ring vied for ribbons over fences, in the handy, and in the hack. Tommi Clark and Exemplar, owned by Stephen Borders, showed great promise in all three classes, earning first in the handy and hack as well as second over fences.

This Californian pair just arrived at the Colorado Horse Park yesterday, and they do not seem to be fazed by their new surroundings. Exemplar, 2013's Zone 10 high point horse in the High Performance Hunters, is living up to expectations. According to Clark, Exemplar, a former dressage horse, has an incredibly laid back personality that helps him succeed in the show ring.

"He will walk off the trailer and go around anywhere," said Clark. "He's probably one of the easiest going horses I've ever ridden in my life. He's got a lot of natural talent. I'm working on un-training some of the dressage buttons, because sometimes he doesn't realize he is doing something you don't want him to. He is just the easiest horse I've ever ridden in my life."

Clark is originally from Colorado and couldn't be more thrilled to be back and showing here. She brought Exemplar especially to compete in this week's hunter derby, and will be staying to compete in week V's hunter derby as well. Clark would like to get mileage on the Westphalian gelding so that she can have him ready for the USHJA Hunter Derby Finals next year.

Also successful in the division were Megan Jordan and City Boy. This pair won over fences and took third in both the handy and hack. Jordan shows the Dutch gelding for Janey Belozer.

Performance Hunters
Also running today were the Performance 3'3" and 3'6" Hunters. Much like earlier in the day, finesse and fine-tuned control were showcased. The divisions also ran an over fences class, a handy and a hack. Some of the highlights of the handy round were cantering straight in and up the diagonal to an oxer, an outside vertical to a trot jump at the end of the arena, a rollback, and an in-and-out.

Megan Jordan and City Boy
Megan Jordan and City Boy

Megan Felts and Arthur swept both over fences and the hack in the Performance 3'6" Hunters. Their rhythm and consistency were apparent as they completed each course. Arthur is owned by Brooke Weiss, who shows him in the Junior Hunters. Felts is preparing Arthur for that division, which runs this Friday and Saturday. Weiss is moving up to the 3'6" for her last junior year, and Arthur is the mount that will help her do so.

"Arthur is a junior hunter who has done everything," said Felts. "He's done the derbies, some jumper stuff - he has really been around. He is very sweet and a 'Steady Eddy' type, always the same kind of horse. He also really loves Brooke (Weiss), so that's fun to see them show together."

Arthur has competed in every ring and has a temperament that sets him up to be a great teacher and show partner. His evenness in his rhythm is a great quality to help his rider in the show ring.

"He is very adjustable," said Felts. "He also has a monster step, so you can go nice and slow. He just is easy in the show ring and a really good boy."

Weiss hopes to show at The Capital Challenge Horse Show at the end of the season, and hopefully her mileage in the 3'6" here at Summer in the Rockies along with the help from Felts will put her towards that path.

Courtney Calcagnini and Hyde Park
Courtney Calcagnini and Hyde Park

Courtney Calcagnini and Hyde Park had a great run in the Performance 3'3" Hunters. These two won all three classes: the over fences, handy and hack. The Dutch gelding's expression along with his cadence in the show ring were a pleasure to watch.
 
"He has an awesome canter," said Calcagnini. "He stays on the same rhythm all the way around the ring. I showed him last week too and he was very good. He felt even better this week, he is just even a little more settled in."

Hyde Park is owned by Darla Fuller who shows him in the Children's Hunters. Calcagnini is preparing him to show with Fuller later this week. Last week they won the $500 Marshall and Sterling Children's Hunter Classic, and they are hoping for similar results for Summer in the Rockies III. Fuller's goal is to eventually move up to the Junior Hunters with Hyde Park.

WCHR Week at Summer in the Rockies continues with the High Performance Working Hunters and Performance 3'6" and 3'3" Hunters as they wrap up tomorrow with two over fences classes. Click here to view full results from Summer in the Rockies III. Visit the Colorado Horse Park's website and follow them on Facebook and Twitter for updates throughout Summer in the Rockies.
 
Results: Summer in the Rockies III-Wednesday, June 18
(Number/Horse/Owner/Rider)

High Perf Working Hunter O/F
1. 331/City Boy/Janey Belozer/Megan Jordan
2. 578/Exemplar/Stephen Borders/Tommi Clark
3. 410/Simone/Catherine Schoelzel/Jennifer Rhodes
4. 344/C. Quito/Margot Snowdon/Jessie Lang
5. 564/Better Days/Kristin Nixon/Kristin Nixon
6. 562/LPF Woodford/LPF LLC/Kelley Buringa
7. 165/CR Explosive/Katie Crone/Katie Crone
8. 107/Pacifico/Deprix LLC./Colleen Acosta

High Perf Working Hunter Handy
1. 578/Exemplar/Stephen Borders/Tommi Clark
2. 344/C. Quito/Margot Snowdon/Jessie Lang
3. 331/City Boy/Janey Belozer/Megan Jordan
4. 564/Better Days/Kristin Nixon/Kristin Nixon
5. 562/LPF Woodford/LPF LLC/Kelley Buringa
6. 165/CR Explosive/Katie Crone/Katie Crone

High Perf Working Hunter U/S
1. 578/Exemplar/Stephen Borders/Tommi Clark
2. 564/Better Days/Kristin Nixon/Kristin Nixon
3. 331/City Boy/Janey Belozer/Megan Jordan
4. 562/LPF Woodford/LPF LLC/Kelley Buringa
5. 344/C. Quito/Margot Snowdon/Jessie Lang
6. 410/Simone/Catherine Schoelzel/Jennifer Rhodes
7. 165/CR Explosive/Katie Crone/Katie Crone

Performance 3'6 Hunter O/F
1. 195/Arthur/Brooke Weiss/Meghan Felts
2. 105/INXS/Grace Albritton/Colleen Acosta
3. 423/Harlu/Laurie Brants/Mickie Sage
4. 376/Cristal/Rancho Corazon, LLC/Chenoa Mc Elvain
5. 428/Lago W/Steve Lockton/Mickie Sage
6. 419/Viceroy/Bethany Bolen/Bethany Bolen
7. 513/Adagio/Jenny Alsberg/Jenny Alsberg
8. 544/Ega Van De Breemeersen/Erin Kober/Tomas Torres

Performance 3'6 Hunter Handy
1. 419/Viceroy/Bethany Bolen/Bethany Bolen
2. 105/INXS/Grace Albritton/Colleen Acosta
3. 423/Harlu/Laurie Brants/Mickie Sage
4. 195/Arthur/Brooke Weiss/Meghan Felts
5. 428/Lago W/Steve Lockton/Mickie Sage
6. 376/Cristal/Rancho Corazon, LLC/Chenoa Mc Elvain
7. 544/Ega Van De Breemeersen/Erin Kober/Tomas Torres
8. 513/Adagio/Jenny Alsberg/Jenny Alsberg

Performance 3'6 Hunter U/S
1. 195/Arthur/Brooke Weiss/Meghan Felts
2. 105/INXS/Grace Albritton/Colleen Acosta
3. 423/Harlu/Laurie Brants/Mickie Sage
4. 513/Adagio/Jenny Alsberg/Jenny Alsberg

Performance 3'3" Hunter O/F
1. 140/Hyde Park/Dara Fuller/Courtney Calcagnini
2. 420/Storyline/Lindsey Roberts/Will Roberts
3. 201/Hip Hop/Erik Johnson/Brianna Davis
4. 351/Wagner/Annabelle Regan/Kelly Lorek
5. 102/Chaika/Juliet LaPietra/Colleen Acosta
6. 411/Duet/Lisa Philpott/Jennifer Rhodes
7. 580/Quite Nice/Susan Winston/Susan Winston
8. 207/A Fine Idea/Liz Benton/Philip Dreissigacker

Performance 3'3" Hunter Handy
1. 140/Hyde Park/Dara Fuller/Courtney Calcagnini
2. 351/Wagner/Annabelle Regan/Kelly Lorek
3. 201/Hip Hop/Erik Johnson/Brianna Davis
4. 102/Chaika/Juliet LaPietra/Colleen Acosta
5. 230/Arcadian/Marilyn Steane/Harriet Bunker
6. 223/Prince/Allison Belcher/Allison Belcher
7. 411/Duet/Lisa Philpott/Jennifer Rhodes
8. 228/Stanwick/Tarah Wolf/Tarah Wolf

Performance 3'3" Hunter U/S
1. 140/Hyde Park/Dara Fuller/Courtney Calcagnini
2. 228/Stanwick/Tarah Wolf/Tarah Wolf
3. 1162/Charismatique/MG Equine Associates/Harriet Bunker
4. 230/Arcadian/Marilyn Steane/Harriet Bunker
5. 351/Wagner/Annabelle Regan/Kelly Lorek
6. 201/Hip Hop/Erik Johnson/Brianna Davis
7. 102/Chaika/Juliet LaPietra/Colleen Acosta
8. 292/Irish Storm/Candace Cavanaugh/Meredith Houx Remiger




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