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Two-Time Olympian Jaime Guerra Victorious in $40,000 AGA Rocky Mountain Grand Prix
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Two-time Olympian Jaime Guerra clearly mastered the $40,000 AGA Rocky Mountain Grand Prix Presented by Murdoch’s when he finished first and third. The second leg of the Colorado Horse Park Triple Crown had many challenging elements, including difficult turns and technical distances. While course designer Jack C. Robson had hoped to have six horses advance to the jump-off, he had to be content with five athletes vying for the top prize money.
“It was not easy,” Guerra of the track. “You have to keep coming in the turns.” Guerra rode Santa Teresita Quibus Z, a horse he has only been riding for six months, to the victory. “He’s super brave,” Guerra said of the 11 year old Belgian-bred. The pair also won the Oaks Classic Grand Prix in California on June 12.
Guerra, a seasoned international competitor who recently returned from five years of showing and training in Holland, found the Colorado Horse Park shows and grand prix to offer good competition. “I was impressed the first day,” he said. “It’s always difficult to win and I always like the competition.” Guerra finished third on Santa Teresita Powerpoint.
Picking up second place was Peter Pletcher, of Magnolia, Texas, on Alex Dillard’s Charmed. Sandwiched between Guerra’s two horses in the jump-off, Pletcher carved nearly a second off of Guerra’s time on Powerpoint. “She pinned her ears and went like a racehorse,” Pletcher said of the Dutch bred mare. Pletcher, the reigning World Champion Hunter Rider, “thought the course was going to be intense. It ended up flowing better than it walked.”
Finishing in fourth was Allison Kroff. “It was very, very technical,” said Kroff of the course. “It was built perfect for the arena,” which is a derby field complete with hills. Kroff rode Omar Sharriff, a nine-year-old Dutch gelding by Indoctro that she purchased as a two year old. “He has such a personality and I love it,” she said. The pair has had a winning season, including three grand prix wins in Arizona, as well as victories in Del Mar, California and Castle Rock, Colorado.
Last week’s winner John McConnell and La Picolina finished ninth. Although once again the Colorado Horse Park Triple Crown goes unclaimed, if either Guerra and Quibus Z or McConnell and La Picolina can win the $60,000 AGA Grand Prix of Denver Presented by Dillards and Ariat, on July 23, they will receive a $25,000 bonus.
Spectators are welcome next weekend for the grand finale. A parade of champions and horses from around the world will kick off the festivities at 4:15 on July 23. Food and equestrian-themed shopping are available on the grounds. Tickets are $10; children under 12 are $5. Free parking. For more information visit 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.