Another One In the Books

Another Stock Show is in the books and oh what a show it was! From the smell of cows, to the dust that settles in your lungs, we all love the thrill and fun of the annual National Western Stock Show held in Denver, CO.

Kristin Hardin & Karen Banister with Bert

Our local Colorado peeps and fan favorites were in full-force this year with many great prizes won. A few highlights included…

Jaden & Krista Olson with Heather Chenault’s Golden Opportunity

Jaden Olson claiming the Children’s Working Hunter Championship on Heather Chenault’s Golden Opportunity. Jaden was also the Reserve Champion in the Large Junior Hunters on her own Conradical.

French Match & Corcovado looking good

Paul Rohrbach clenched the entire Performance Hunter Division earning the championship on NTM Enterprises French Match and the reserve championship on NTM Enterprises Corcovado.

Sophie Onody with her mare Tiger Lily, JJ Atkinson & Mark Mead

5280 Phoenix and Sophie Onody, who rides with JJ Atkinson and Mark Mead at Sleepy Hollow Farm, dominated the AO Working Hunter Division winning all five of the division classes and clenching the championship honors.

In the Large Junior Hunter Division Kabaltic, owned and shown by Grace McReynolds, were the big champions with Grace’s Finnegan earning the reserve championship in the 3’3” Performance Hunters as well. Deb Orent’s Cacola, with Mark Mead, took home the championship title in the 3’3” Performance Hunters

In the equitation, Jaden Olson was the winner in the ASPCA Horsemanship Medal with Devon Weigers coming in a close second. Jaden was also the blue ribbon winner of the USEF Hunt Seat Medal as well as the overall Hunt Seat Flat Champion.

Matt Cyphert & Hector

The big winners of the $10,000 Monarch Casino Gambler’s Choice were none other than last year’s winners Bert and Kristin Hardin. Kristin, always a fan favorite, also placed second in the Grand Prix on Monday night.

Matt Cypert from Northlake, Texas dominated the $40,000 National Western Grand Prix with two in the JO clenching the win aboard Hannah Donald’s Hector and taking seventh on Carat V.

The Birthday girl Nicki Wilcox

It was a big night on Monday for the birthday girl Nicki Wilcox with two in the JO. She had reason to celebrate with Caylee PCH coming in sixth and J.E.S. Quito coming in eighth.

Susie Griffis & Indoktro K – PC: Casey McBride

John McConnell had three riders in the $40,000 National Western Grand Prix with all three going double clear. Susie Griffis rode her stallion Indoktro K to a third place finish. Katie Gaultieri aboard Castalano was fourth, as well as earning the blue in the $5,000 Top of the Rockies Jumper Stake, and Sydney Luzicka from New Mexico rode her own Willow Katkin to a fifth place finish.

John Mcconnell

Stephany McConnell on Leon D’Or won the High Children’s Jumper Championship. Stephany was also the winner of the High Children’s Jumper Stake.

Cynthia Moore-West and her own Zalig MG had a great weekend taking the High Adult Amateur Championship and placed second in the High Adult Jumper Stake on Monday morning.

Taylor Cowles & Calotta

The High Adult Jumper Stake was won by Dante Z and Taylor Cowles. Taylor was also champion with her horse Ciabbo in the High A/O Jumpers and placed ninth in the $10,000 Gambler’s Choice aboard her mare Calotta.

Calligraphy & Kathy Kramer

Kathy Kramer and Calligraphy had an impressive Stock Show taking the Low Adult Jumper Championship and placing third in the inaugural Low Adult Amateur  Jumper Stake. The pair rides with Alexia Honneger at Millbrook Equestrian.

Abby Rasmussen & Canaris II

It was a great show for Abby Rassmussen who showed Canaris II, owned by Heather Tseng, to the Low Children’s Jumper Championship with a second place finish in the Low Children’s Jumper Stake on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Laurie Grayson & Hannah Wright

Congratulation to all the riders, trainers and owners who participated in the 2018 National Western Stock Show. We look forward to 2019! Until then, stay healthy folks and have a great winter season!






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