Top-Notch International Eventing Competition This Weekend

One of the three water complexes of the Colorado Horse Park cross-country course. Photo by Cristy Cumberworth
One of the three water complexes of the Colorado Horse Park cross-country course. Photo by Cristy Cumberworth

Parker, CO - August 20, 2014 - The Colorado Horse Park will hold the eventing highlight of the year,  CCI 2*/1*, Training and Novice 3-Day, National Horse  Trials and Area IX Championships. The Concours Complet International or CCI events are designated international competitions of the equestrian sport of eventing, governed and assigned ratings by the Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI).  

The three-phase competition kicks off on Friday, August 22 and runs through Sunday, August 24, with dressage on Friday, cross-country on Saturday and show jumping on Sunday.

The Colorado Horse Park's spectacular cross-country course spans over many acres and was originally designed by David O'Connor, Olympic Gold Medalist and current Chef d'Equipe of the U.S. Eventing Team. The course is now designed by highly-regarded, international eventing competitor and trainer James Atkinson. Atkinson has represented Canada in international competition on many occasions. The course includes many unique obstacles, including impressive and solid natural jumps, ditches, banks, open spaces and three water complexes.

Members of the media and spectators are welcome at all events. Shop at equestrian-themed boutiques and enjoy great food and fresh brewed coffee drinks throughout the event. General admission and parking are free. The competition starts at approximately 8:00 a.m. each day.

Sydney Conley Elliott and SaffariO. Photo by Cristy Cumberworth
Sydney Conley Elliott and SaffariO. Photo by Cristy Cumberworth

Celebrating its 21th 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 35,000 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 is committed to supporting equestrian education and amateur athletics, preserving open space, fundraising for local charities and supporting the community.

Visit CHP at: http://coloradohorsepark.com/




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