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Grand Prix Summer Begins at the Colorado Horse Park

Parker, CO- July twelfth marks the first Grand Prix show jumping event of the summer at The Colorado Horse Park. This exciting international competition pits horses and riders against a course of obstacles five feet tall and six feet wide. The Grand Prix is part of four weeks of family fun during The Colorado Horse Park Summer Circuit. This entertaining event features hunter, jumper and equitation horse show classes that begin July 2 and conclude July 27.

"We are expecting top international riders like Bjorn Ikast, Antonio Maurer and John Pearce," said Rob Janson, General Manager of the park. "Spectators always love to see these amazing riders and they won't be disappointed this year."

One of the attractions is the $100,000 bonus up for grabs for any rider who can win all three Grand Prix on the same horse. So far The Colorado Horse Park Triple Crown has gone unclaimed. There's also a $25,000 bonus for winning two out of three Grand Prix, which was earned last year by perennial winner Bjorn Ikast. The Denmark native calls Mexico City home, but loves his time in Colorado-no doubt due to his time leading the victory gallop at the horse park.

The first leg of The Colorado Horse Park Triple Crown is the $25,000 High Prairie Grand Prix on Saturday on July 12. The second test is the $40,000 AGA Rocky Mountain Grand Prix, which will take place on Saturday, July 19. The first horse on course for each Grand Prix is at 5:30 p.m.

The final leg of the Triple Crown is the $60,000 AGA Grand Prix of Denver presented by Dillard's and Ariat on July 26. Pre-show fun begins at 4:30 p.m. and the first horse on course will be at 5:30 p.m. The first two Grand Prix feature free admission and the July 26 competition is just $10 for general admission, with VIP tickets at $85-$125. Janson continues, "In this tight economy families are looking for entertainment at a reasonable cost. The Colorado Horse Park is proud to provide international excitement that a family can afford."

In addition to the excitement of the Grand Prix competitions, there are many hunter classes offered during the circuit. These classes range from Short Stirrup, with young children jumping small cross-rails, to the Regular Working Hunters who show over a course of fences that reach four feet in height. Hunters are judged on their finesse and style, as opposed to the quantitative judging criteria of the jumpers.

The Colorado Summer Circuit offers free admission and parking for all spectators. There are concession options at the horse park as well as many equestrian-themed shopping opportunities. For more information on The Colorado Horse Park please visit http://www.coloradohorsepark.org or call 303-841-5550.

The Colorado Horse Park is a 501 (c) 3 not for profit organization. The purpose of the Colorado Horse Park is to showcase the history and heritage of the West using the horse as the primary teaching tool through hands-on educational programming, museum exhibitions, competitions, boarding and training, recreation, entertainment and therapy for all ages.


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