Parker, Colorado – July 21, 2021 – In Saturday’s $50,000 Grand Prix of Colorado, 35 horse and rider pairs navigated a technical first round track designed by Mauricio Garcia of Puerto Rico in the LEG International Ring as a full crowd of spectators looked on with excitement. It was young professional rider Hunter Holloway (USA) who posted the victory aboard Hays Investment Corporation’s 12-year-old KWPN gelding, Eastern Jam.
Six riders returned for the jump-off, all jumping clear within the 49 seconds time allowed. Hunter (USA) and Eastern Jam stopped the clock in 38.079 seconds, securing the win. Over one second behind Hunter, Hannah Loly (USA) and her 15-year-old Holsteiner mare Quitana 11 jumped to a second place finish with a time of 39.663 seconds. Hunter (USA) rounded out the top three aboard Hays Investment Corporation’s 10-year-old Westphalian mare, Pepita Con Spita with a jump-off time of 40.396 seconds.
“It was a great class with super competition,” Hunter said. “The course was technical but appropriate for the riders in the class. Luckily, I had a few horses in the class, so I got a few tries at it.”
“You work hard at it, and eventually you get results,” she added. “I have a super special bond with Eastern Jam. I’ve had him since he was eight. That horse will literally do anything for me, and he’s got a heart of gold.”
With this victory under her belt, Hunter is now in contention for a LEGIS Rider Bonus. If Hunter (USA) and Eastern Jam win another grand prix during the 2021 LEG Colorado Shows, they will earn a LEGIS Jumper Rider Bonus.
The LEGIS Rider Bonus Program, sponsored by LEGISequine.com, rewards riders who win multiple grand prix or hunter derby classes on the same horse. Visit the “programs” tab on langershows.com to view the standings and learn more about the LEGIS Rider Bonus Program.
Final Results – $50,000 LEG Grand Prix
1) Hunter Holloway (USA) & Eastern Jam – 0 / 0 – 38.079
2) Hannah Loly (USA) & Quitana 11 – 0 / 0 – 39.663
3) Hunter Holloway (USA) & Pepita Con Spita – 0 / 0 – 40.396
4) Laura Hite (USA) & Calypso VD Zuuthoeve – 0 / 0 – 41.726
5) Zume Gallaher (USA) & Edita – 0 / 0 – 42.122
6) Denise Pedraza (MEX) & Valentin – 0 / 0 – 43.871
7) Caroline Van Der Merwe (GBR) & Always Me – 4 / 84.282
8) Stephanie Gershon (USA) & C’Est Roberto – 4 / 84.458
9) Hunter Holloway (USA) & Darkninght De Maluga – 4 / 84.735
10) Lauren Flather (USA) & Fenna – 4 / 85.410
11) Susan Griffis (USA) & Indoktro K Van’ T Kattenheye – 4 / 85.759
12) JJ Atkinson (USA) & Blistix Twix SB – 4 / 86.355
Source: Press Release from LEG Shows & Events
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