Local wins horse jumping contest
Paul Rohrbach is based just 15 minutes from the Colorado Horse Park and has claimed grand prix titles around the United States, but he hadn't taken a grand prix victory lap in his hometown until June 8.
He and his horse, Camerino, turned in the only double clear performance to win the $25,000 Holiday Inn of Parker Grand Prix at Summer in the Rockies I. Helen Krieble, founder and president of the Colorado Horse Park, welcomed back competitors and spectators for the beginning of the summer show circuit.
Spectators were treated to an exciting class, and Rohrbach's win didn't come easy: course designer Mauricio Garcia crafted a challenging course in the Kathy and Brad Coors Family Grand Prix Arena that posed a variety of challenges. Of 17 horse and rider combinations, just three advanced to the jump-off.
Following the $15,000 Open Welcome Stake, in which Garcia set a tight time allowed in the first round, riders knew they had set a good pace to avoid time faults. They navigated a course that included a challenging triple combination and a line of two verticals set on the short side of the arena.