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Julie Wolfert Wraps Up Double Wins at Colorado Horse Park CCI*

RELEASE: June 3, 2013
AUTHOR/ADMINISTRATOR: Mary Adelaide Brakenridge and Sue Weakley for Phelps Media Group, Inc. Inte

Buenos Dias, Julie Wolfert, and Buenos Aires
Buenos Dias, Julie Wolfert, and Buenos Aires
Parker, CO
- Julie Wolfert, the leader after the first two phases in the CCI* and Open Intermediate divisions at the Colorado Horse Park CCI*, Training 3-Day and Horse Trials, stayed consistent in Sunday's show jumping and claimed victory in both divisions. Solid rounds with Buenos Dias in the CCI* and Buenos Aires in Open Intermediate secured her the double wins.

Wolfert had a single knockdown with each horse, but excellent dressage scores on Friday and strong efforts on Saturday in the cross-country ensured her the first-place ranking in the event's featured divisions.

She started the day off on the right note with a double-clear round on Vindicated in the Novice Horse division, which helped her move up from fourth to second place. Her next ride was on Buenos Dias in the CCI*, and she described the Brian Curry-designed course as a true challenge.

"It was really tough," Wolfert said. "It was really tight and turny - you had to keep turning and thinking."

She blamed herself for the rail with Buenos Dias. "It was a vertical and I should have rocked back and gotten nice and light," she said. "I should have just kept on going. It's actually my fault. I don't do well off of long approaches, but that's okay. I'm thrilled!"

After the testing ride on Buenos Dias, Wolfert was happy to try out the course again with Buenos Aires. "This was a lot more fun than the last one because he is such a hard jumper," she said. "He just kind of flies over the jump. I always have a lot of fun when I ride him. I rode a little more forward around the turns and found my distance better."

CCI*
Sydney Conley Elliott, second behind Wolfert on SaffariO, and Grayson Wall, third on Stryker, were the only two CCI* riders to jump double-clear in both the cross-country and show jumping. Elliott, who finished on her dressage score of 48.6, ended up just .6 penalties behind Wolfert after Wolfert dropped a rail.

"He was wonderful," Elliott said of SaffariO. "He jumped well. Very rideable which he has been really struggling with. He finished on his dressage score. I can't beat that."

Wall, who is 15 years old and going into her sophomore year at Highland Park High School in Dallas, TX, moved up from her fifth-place position after cross-country to take third. She was happy with her horse's performance over the challenging course. "He was very good," she said. "The course was good. The turns were difficult. Overall, it went very well."

Wall's mother, Helena, said Grayson has worked hard to make her way up through the levels. "We got Stryker and he's the most awesome horse," she said. "They've come up from Novice, Training, Prelim and now the one-star CCI. We've traveled a lot of miles and she's earned it. She actually took her finals early and then left on Thursday right after school. I think the horseback riding has made her very dedicated, determined, hard-working and very focused."

Caroline Smith and Lucas had one rail down to stay in the fourth-place spot, while Wendy Webb and T.H. Royal Flush put in a double clear show jumping round to take fifth. Julianne Van Halst on Tristan and Nicole Hatley on ACE each had two rails down to close out the field in sixth and seventh.

Training Three-Day
Summer Peterson and Jake the Fish
Summer Peterson and Jake the Fish
Summer Peterson and Arden Stephens were closely matched throughout the first two phases of the Training Three-Day, but Peterson, riding Jake the Fish, pulled away in the show jumping to claim a clear win over Stephens and All That Matters. Stephens trailed Peterson by just 1.6 penalties in the dressage phase, and both pairs had a refusal cross-country to maintain the same difference in scores.

Stephens was first to go in show jumping and had four rails down, giving Peterson plenty of leeway going into her round. But even a double clear round couldn't have earned Stephens the win, as Peterson and Jake the Fish put together a clear and fast round to pick up no further penalties.

Peterson was very pleased with Jake the Fish's effort. "Stadium is definitely his hardest and he was the most rideable he's ever been, even if it didn't really look like it," she said. "He was good and I was really proud of him."

The Training Three-Day format gives horses and riders the opportunity to ride the classic long format at the Training level. Roads and Tracks and Steeplechase phases are added to cross-country day, providing an additional test of horses' endurance.

Peterson said she chose the format because it helps her horse relax and settle down. "He's so spooky and just so full of it," she said. "It really helps to get those miles on him.  I think it helps him settle and it's really good training for him. So I'm planning to do three or four this year. He's a Thoroughbred and he's fit enough so it's not hard for him."

Stephens saw it as an opportunity to try something fun. "I was really excited about the cross country and the roads and tracks, and I thought it would be a really fun thing to do, she said. "I loved it."

Wolfert and Buenos Aires had a 10.4-point advantage going into the show jumping phase of the Open Intermediate, and their four-fault round was enough to secure the win by an impressive 18.4 penalties over their nearest competitor. Hailey Rich and Kingfisher II, their closest challengers, had three rails down in show jumping. Erin Hofmann and Macchiato were third, while Martha McDowell and Nabouco de Lessay took fourth.

"This is our hardest part and he was all tight, so I just worked with what I had," Rich said. "The course was definitely complicated. I think it's good, but it's harder. This is a great show."

Hoffman, who had a single rail, enjoyed the course. "It rode really well," she said. "It was tight but it was good because it sets you up for the fences. The rail was just my fault. He jumped well today."

McDowell and Nabouco de Lessay were clean and fast over the show jumping course after picking up both jumping and time faults on Saturday's cross-country. "It was super," she said after her round. "This horse is such a good show jumper. He was listening really well."

Open Preliminary
Rochelle Costanza and Lionhart had a comfortable lead in Open Preliminary after cross-country, but two rails and a time fault in show jumping nearly cost them the win. They finished on a score of 39, while Amy Gilbertson and One Honest Man closed the gap to finish on 41.5. Summer Peterson finished just a tenth of a point behind Gilbertson in third.

"It was a little sticky, but we still pulled it off," Costanza said. "The course today was challenging. The distances were varied so you really had to adjust your horse accordingly and I liked it."

"Yesterday was fabulous," she continued. "My horse is really bold. It was the first time he ever made the time and his first prelim was one year ago. We were ready.  It was my turn.  He's a warmblood, so he's not exactly the fastest horse, but he is strong and he likes it. We had a fun time."

Other Colorado Horse Park winners included Nicole Musmanno and Cobblehill JHN Imogen in Open Training, Christina Henriksen and Princess Pavan in Training Horse, and Dan Michaels in Training Rider. Novice division winners were Martha Deeds and CF Rock Star in Novice Horse, Heather Haubrich and Jasmine in Novice Rider - A, Grace Simpson and Rapport in Novice Rider B, and Angelika Beutel and Sidney Rose Belle in Open Novice. Vicki Dudash and Gracefully Dun took first place in Beginner Novice Rider, Lauren Jost and Wink at the Judge earned the blue in Jr. Beginner Novice Rider, and Lee Anne Thomas and Orion's Dunaire were the victors in Open Beginner Novice.

For full results, visit http://www.evententries.com/livescoring/15284.html.

The Colorado Horse Park's CCI*, Training Three-Day and Horse Trials
Final Standings: Total Score
(Dressage Score, Cross-Country Jump Penalties/Time Penalties, Show Jumping Jump Penalties/Time Penalties)

CCI*
1. Julie Wolfert (USA) - Buenos Dias - 48 (44, 0/0, 4/0)
2. Sydney Conley Elliott (USA) - SaffariO - 48.6 (48.6, 0/0, 0/0)
3. Grayson Wall (USA) - Stryker - 55.1 (55.1, 0/0, 0/0)
4. Caroline Smith (CAN) - Lucas - 56.5 (52.5, 0/0, 4/0)
5. Wendy Webb (USA) - T.H. Royal Flush - 56.9 (54.5, 0/2.4, 0/0)
6. Julianne Van Halst (CAN) - Tristan - 58.5 (50.5, 0/0, 8/0)
7. Nicole Hatley (USA) - ACE - 68.3 (60.3, 0/0, 8/0)
RF. Anna Gilbertson (USA) - Model Image - Rider fall on cross-country

Training Three-Day
1. Summer Peterson - Jake the Fish - 56.1 (36.1, 20/0, 0/0)
2. Arden Stephens - All That Matters - 73.7 (37.7, 20/0, 16/0)

Open Intermediate
1. Julie Wolfert - Buenos Aires - 42.2 (35.4, 0/2.8, 4/0)
2. Hailey Rich - Kingfisher II - 60.6 (44.2, 0/4.4, 12/0)
3. Erin Hofmann - Macchiato - 66.4 (44.8, 0/17.6, 4/0)
4. Martha McDowell - Nabouco de Lessay - 75.4 (37, 20/18.4, 0/0)
W. Julie Wolfert - Vote Yes - Withdrew after dressage
RF. Julie Norman - Consensus - Rider fall on cross-country

Open Preliminary
1.Rochelle Costanza - Lionhart - 39 (30, 0/0, 8/1)
2.Amy Gilbertson - One Honest Man - 41.5 (35.9, 0/1.6, 0/4)
3.Summer Peterson - Tim - 41.6 (36.4, 0/1.2, 4/0)
4.Darlene McInnes - Warlord - 47.4 (33.2, 0/5.2, 8/1)
5.Christian Eagles - Bugatti - 54.5 (40.5, 0/0, 8/6)
6.Angelika Beutel - Classic Touch - 64.6 (38.2, 0/16.4, 0/10)
7. Katie Cummings - Forstino - 67.2 (29.6, 20/11.6, 4/2)

Open Training
1. Nicole Musmanno - Cobblehill JHN Imogen - 22.7 (22.7, 0/0, 0/0)
2. Martina Elworthy - King George II - 36.4 (36.4, 0, 0/0)
3. Kari Crawford-Clay - Super Noah - 38.6 (34.6, 0/0, 4/0)
4. Nancy Carr - Wedgewood - 42.6 (25, 0/9.6, 8/0)
5. Jennifer Lantz - Kingsman - 50.9 (40.9, 0/2, 0/8)
6. Lorraine Barrows - Space Cowboy - 64.1 (39.1, 20/0, 4/1)
E. Gail Simon - Stella Artois - Eliminated on cross-country
E. John Thurman - Timmy - Eliminated on cross-country

Training Horse
1. Christina Henriksen - Princess Pavan - 26.8 (26.8, 0/0, 0/0)
2. Dani Sussman - Folsum - 35.4 (31.4, 0/0, 4/0)
3, Madeline Backus - P.S. King of Hearts - 37.1 (29.1, 0/0, 8/0)
4. Wanda Webb - Gemini Ivy - 38.6 (38.6, 0/0, 0/0)
5. Jamie Gilbert - Magic Hat - 44 (40, 0/0, 4/0)
6. Martha Deeds - Fly Bye - Withdrawn after cross-country
R. Alison Spurlin - Abstract - Retired on cross-country
RF. Tammy Yost-Wildin - Carioco - Rider fall on cross-country
RF. Claire Gordon - Rigaudon - Rider fall on cross-country

Training Rider
1. Dan Michaels - Landonn II OHF - 30.9 (30.9, 0/0, 0/0)
2. Ella Algermissen - Balius - 33.5 (25.5, 0/0, 8/0)
3. Anne Ladd - Proper Gent - 39 (35, 0/0, 4/0)
4. Julianne Calder - Lismore - 39.1 (39.1, 0/0, 0/0)
5. Maddie McElduff - Gibson on the Rocks - 39.5 (35.5, 0/0, 4/0)
6. Kitren Nickerson - La Paloma II - 39.8 (31.8, 0/0, 8/0)
7. Suzanna Curtis - Amazing Grace - 41.3 (37.3, 0/0, 4/0)
8. Michaela Holcomb - Cloud Nine - 41.3 (37.3, 0/0, 4/0)
9. Britany Crown - Get Tricky - 43.5 (35.5, 0/0, 8/0)
10. Jake Ciafone - Act with Pride - 44.4 (36.4, 0/0, 8/0)

Novice Horse
1. Martha Deeds - CF Rock Star - 32.7 (31.7, 0/0, 0/1)
2. Julie Wolfert - Vindicated - 34.8 (34.8, 0/0, 0/0)
3. Martha Deeds - Maria Maria - 36.6 (32.6, 0/0, 4/0)
4. Brooks Alderson - Houlihan - 36.7 (35.7, 0/0, 0/1)
5. Ronald Stephens - Beretta - 37.9 (33.9, 0/0, 4/0)
6. Rochelle Costanza - Miss Royal Rose - 38.4 (37.4, 0/1)
7. Allison Murphy - Sendero - 38.8 (34.8, 0/0, 4/0)
8. John Staples - Bayamo - 51.6 (24.8, 20/6.8, 0/0)
9. Jessica Prescott - Rocketman - 57.4 (37.4, 20/0, 0/0)
10. Pat Parkhill - Bold Stuff - 57.7 (38.7, 0/0, 8/11)

Novice Rider - A
1. Heather Haubrich - Jasmine - 30.4 (30.4, 0/0, 0/0)
2. Amy Dalrymple - Tritons Echo - 32.7 (28.7, 0/0. 4/0)
3. Janet Gordon - Slick in Spots - 33.5 (33.5, 0/0, 0/0)
4. Jayne Copland - OKAY GO - 35.2 (35.2, 0/0, 0/0)
5. Jane Worrall - West Wind Sevan - 40.5 (36.5, 0/0, 4/0)
6. Dana Sitzman - Desert Wyn - 42.3 (38.3, 0/0, 4/0)
7. Rhiannon Johnson - TNT - 43.6 (39.6, 0/0, 4/0)
8. Lora Heller - Counselor - 45.3 (41.3, 0/0, 4/0)
9. Mikayla Schroeder - Indie Wind - 51.7 (31.7, 20/0, 0/0)
10. Julie Pawlak - Fare Sailing - 53.5 (33.5, 20/0, 0/0)

Novice Rider - B
1. Grace Simpson - Rapport - 22.6 (22.6, 0/0, 0/0)
2. Hannah Yells - A Horse of a Different Color - 29.1 (29.1, 0/0, 0/0)
3. Sophie Slade - KC Mulan - 31.7 (31.7, 0/0, 0/0)
4. Josey Thompson - Pistol Annie - 35.7 (35.7, 0/0, 0/0)
5. Blair McGehee - Red Comet - 39.2 (35.2, 0/0, 4/0)
6. Natalie Ledgerwood - Sugar Magnolia - 44.4 (44.4, 0/0, 0/0)
7. Jillian Blurton - Maximum Aftershock - 44.9 (40.9, 0/0, 4/0)
8. Katie Ryan - K.R.'s American Dream - 51 (47, 0/0, 4/0)
9. Lauren Atchley - Somebody Special - 60.4 (40.4, 20/0, 0/0)
10. Tashi Brundige - Ringo Star - 62.7 (38.7, 20/0, 4/0)

Open Novice
1. Angelika Beutel - Sidney Rose Bell - 28.7 (28.7, 0/0, 0/0)
2. Shannon Lewis - Best Blend - 31.3 (31.3, 0/0, 0/0)
3. Jennifer Boggs - Leo Davinci - 33.5 (33.5, 0/0, 0/0)
4. Nikoline Burke - Sparkle Miss. Flash - 39.1 (39.1, 0/0, 0/0)
5. Diana Rothman Norris - Destinys Star - 39.1 (39.1, 0/0, 0/0)
6. Kelly Brown - Cambridge Silver Baron - 43.2 (35.2, 0/0. 8/0)
7. Kari Crawford-Clay - Barefoot Jovial - 44.4 (40.4, 0/0, 4/0)
8. Marley Lebrecht - Celtic Cross - 44.8 (44.8, 0/0, 0/0)
9. Ashley Demander - BeBe LaRue - 51.3 (31.3, 20/0, 0/0)
10. Kristen Singleton - Last Chance Bay - 67.6 (39.6, 20/0, 8/0)

Beginner Novice Rider
1. Vicki Dudasch - Gracefully Dun - 39 (39, 0/0, 0/0
2. Jeanne McNamara - Ruby's Joy - 39.5 (39.5, 0/0, 0/0)
3. Jessica Hernandez - So Lucky Me - 40 (36, 0/0, 4/0)
4. Linda Millisor - Feriante Al - 46 (36, 0/0, 4/6)
5. Katie Van Alstyne - HooDoo IC - 55.5 (39.5, 0/16, 0/0)
6. Linda Millisor - Oh!Domino! - 63.5 (39.5, 20/0, 4/0)
7. Jennifer Pifer - Grand Total - 74.9 (40.5, 20/10.4, 4/0)
8. Gayle Udall - Noble Prize - 77.5 (35.5, 20/14, 8/0)
9. Randi Martinsen - Spencer - 119.4 (39, 60/20.4, 0/0)
10. Deborah Wiltse - Lane's Rocket - 126.7 (41.5, 40/45.2, 0/0)

Jr. Beginner Novice Rider
1. Lauren Jost - Wink at the Judge - 30.5 (30.5, 0/0, 0/0)
2. Emma Ciafone - CadyO'Daly Gabriele - 31.6 (26, 0/5.6, 0/0)
3. Kris Bohnenstiehl - Silver Jack - 34 (34, 0/0, 0/0)
4. Lily Seymour - Phoenix Rising - 35.5 (35.5, 0/0, 0/0)
5. Rachel Clemens - Pudge - 36 (36, 0/0, 0/0)
6. Jessica Brown - Strike A Pose - 37 (37, 0/0, 0/0)
7. Darby Murphy - Just Walter - 42.5 (38.5, 0/0, 4/0)
8. Emily Olivier - One Royal Bay - 47 (23, 0/0, 4/0)
9. Presley Batchelor - According to Morgan - 64 (36, 20/0, 8/0)
10. Paige Frankl - Maddox Who - 105.5 (45.5, 60/0, 0/0)

Open Beginner Novice
1. Lee Anne Thomas - Orion's Dunaire - 39.5 (39.5, 0/0, 0/0)
2. Angelika Beutel - Coalminer's Daughter - 39.5 (39.5, 0/0, 0/0)
3. Sophie Mueller - Smooth Action - 42.3 (35.5, 0/6.8, 0/0)
4. Karen Paul - Lyrical - 46 (34, 0/0, 12/0)
5. Wendy Chase - Laughing Brook - 54 (34, 20/0, 0/0)
6. Lorraine Barrows - Plaid Jacket - 56.4 (38, 0/14.4, 4/0)
7. Bonnie Madine - Skyline High - 58.3 (45.5, 0/.8, 12/0)
8. Rhonda Roberts - Dan's Bravado - 92.2 (39, 20/31.2, 0/2)
9. Leslie Harrison - Sponge - 104.5 (29.5, 40/4, 16/15)
10. Cassie Boehm - Tulkas - 104.5 (38.5, 40/26, 0/0)

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