The third week of the Summer in the Rockies Series (SIR) of competition at the Colorado Horse Park (CHP) concluded on Sunday, June 24, after a week of top hunter, jumper and equitation competition at the venue. The seven-week series is the largest of its kind in the region and draws competitors traveling from states spanning the nation.
The $35,000 FarmVet Grand Prix on Saturday, June 23 saw twenty-two entries compete in the International Arena while the Berm Pavilion and lawn seating easily accommodated a spectator crowd nearing 1,600 people. In an unusual occurrence, the Grand Prix winner was determined in the first round with the only clear ride of the evening secured by Gianni Gabrielli and Cashmir Z.
A first-round time of 78.379 seconds secured Gabrielli and Cashmir Z’s place at the top of the podium, proving age is just a number for Cashmir Z. Argentina native, Gabrielli, resides in Wellington, FL, and is the owner of the 2002 Belgian Warmblood. “He is a really good, competitive horse,” Gabrielli said of Cashimir Z. “He always tries to do the right thing and get to the jump the right way. He’s older but he’s a great horse.”
Course Designer Catsy Cruz of Mexico built a difficult track for the $35,000 FarmVet Grand Prix and challenged the field with a technical and fast course. “It’s not normal to end like that,” Gabrielli said recounting the unusual outcome. “The course required a lot of speed. I believe that is why I was the only clear round.”
“It’s really nice here. The summer weather is really good and everything is really nice,” SIR newcomer Gabrielli said of his tenure at CHP. “I believe I will come back next year.” Gabrielli’s plans for the rest of the summer have yet to be determined as his show schedule hinges on the competitive success and plans of his 6-year-old son, currently showing elsewhere.
Second-place finisher Isabella Bleu Baxter, of Wright City, MO, completed the fastest four-fault ride aboard her Caroqudos T in 78.152 seconds. Third place was awarded to Trapp O’Neal of Magnolia, TX, and TKO Partnership’s Dollar Cash for a four-fault ride in 78.18 seconds. The next Grand Prix during SIR is the $35,000 Horseware® Ireland Grand Prix during SIR IV, which will be hosted on Saturday, June 30 at 5:00 p.m. MST.