Parker, Colorado, USA – July 24, 2018 – The 2018 Summer in the Rockies (SIR) Series came to an end on Sunday, July 22, after seven weeks of the region’s most prestigious and competitive hunter/jumper competition. The series finale drew the highest level of equestrian athletes to the Colorado Horse Park (CHP) for largest-pursed class of the season. The $100,000 Adequan® Grand Prix saw a roster of 28 entries comprised of some of the sport’s most accomplished equestrians.
Charlie Jayne of Elgin, IL, took home the hefty first-place prize after rides aboard his 2007 gelding, Amice Z. The pair galloped through the jump-off timers in a speedy 41.38 seconds over three seconds faster than the class’ only other double-clear ride by Natasha Traurig.
Splitting his time between CHP and Our Day Farm in Illinois, Jayne traveled back and forth from Illinois and Colorado during the final two weeks of SIR competition. Jayne spoke of his schedule, “I’ve been at home with my dad breaking some babies during the week and flying in for the Grand Prix on the weekend. It was nice to be able to maximize my time in both places.”
Acknowledging the importance of teamwork, Jayne felt his win was hugely in part to the effort from his younger sister, Haylie. “I am so fortunate that she has been able to flat Amice during the week for me. My sisters, Maggie and Haylie, are here, they work the training operation of Our Day Farm. Our stable has about forty horses here so between the two of them they’ve had a busy couple of weeks.”
Course designer, Jaime Morillo (ECU), set the course for the competitive apex. After the class he praised Jayne’s effort, “It was a wonderful ride. The first round was great and the second one couldn’t have been better.”
Jayne spoke of the track, “I just flew in last night so I haven’t really gotten a chance to ride any of his (Morillo’s) other courses yet, but I thought this was a very nice course. It was very fair. It was inviting in the beginning with a nice flow to it. As the course went on I think he did a nice job of cranking the screws, making it a little more technical and a little meaty at the end of the course.”
Jayne continued, “Into the jump off, Christian (Heineking) went first and it proved to be bit of a difficult jump-off, which I thought it would be. There were a couple of turns where you had to go past the fence and then come back to it. That’s always hard for horses because it’s not natural. I thought I’d try to go as fast as I could, but still leave the door open a little bit and if the people behind me wanted to beat me, they’d really have to push it. It worked out in my favor.”
Jayne purchased Amice Z in December of 2017 and the beginning of the 2018 show season saw the first of their Grand Prix entries together. “He’s a super horse. He rides around like a working hunter. He actually did the hunters for two years. He has quite a nice mouth. He kind of lopes around. He’s very adjustable and there’s no line that’s technical enough for him. If it’s a quiet six, I can take two pounds of leg pressure off and it’s just a nice six for him. He’s very rideable in that sense and we’ve just been building up our partnership. He actually has quite a bit of blood for a mellow horse. When he starts to pick up the canter it still looks ‘huntery’, but he starts to build and I think that’s what makes him a great horse. He has a great mind.”
Jayne first competed at CHP in 2007 and he spoke of the evolution of the venue and it’s hometown, “To see Parker, which is a great town, build what it has in the last eleven years, is fantastic. At CHP the footing is great and I appreciate the permanent stabling. The town of Parker has great food, which is important to me because I’m a foodie. Also, you have Denver close by which is great if you want to go to a baseball game. Red Rocks is great for a concert, too. There’s so much to do here. People are so active. I love it.”
A large spectator crowd gathered to watch the $100,000 Adequan® Grand Prix. Five entries returned for the jump-off and saw Natasha Traurig of Carlsbad, CA, finish her double-clear ride aboard Carolina Tardelli’s Collonella Z in 44.63 seconds for the second-place prize. Christian Heineking of Hudson Oaks, TX, piloted NKH LLC’s NKH Carrido through the timers in 42.191 seconds for third place. Heineking also finished in the money aboard NKH LLC’s NKH Caruso, turning in the fastest ride of the four-faulters, for sixth place.
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