Area Residents are Encouraged to Come and Enjoy Free Equestrian Competitions
When The Colorado Horse Park’s season kicks into high gear this spring and summer, there will be a whole new attitude.
Parker area residents have always been welcome to attend the park’s equestrian events, but this year they will be courted and encouraged to enjoy all that The Colorado Horse Park has to offer.
The Colorado Horse Park will be visible at community events to let residents know they don’t have to be equestrians to visit the facility at 7522 S. Pinery Drive. They are welcome to attend for free all sorts of competitions – from hunter and jumping, to eventing, dressage and the highly-anticipated North American Junior Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC) in late July.
CHP will have a float in this year’s Parker Days parade and is bringing back Halloween with Horses, a favorite from years past where children and horses dress in costumes to celebrate the holiday, says Meg Krueger, who was named the park’s chief operations officer in March.
Guests also will be taken into consideration with the upgrades and improvements that will be made this year. Layout modifications to better direct the flow of both competitor and spectator traffic will be a primary focus of construction, Krueger says.
The changes are happening under the second year of new ownership for The Colorado Horse Park, the largest horse park west of the Mississippi, which has operated since the early 1990s. Colorado Equestrian Partners purchased the 148-acre park, as well as 47 additional acres, in January 2015.
“It is an honor to be a part of the expansion process of this facility, and I am looking forward to bringing my knowledge and expertise to The Colorado Horse Park during this transition process,” says Krueger, who previously served as the vice president of sales and sponsorship with Equestrian Sport Productions LLC (ESP).
“We are motivated to enhance this iconic facility to its full potential, and I’m eager to begin working with our team to create a successful and enjoyable atmosphere for our exhibitors and spectators.”
At ESP, Krueger structured the sponsorship and sales department, and managed major sponsorship portfolios for Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, as well as the Winter Equestrian Festival and the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival, two of the largest equestrian competitions in the world.
“We feel that there is incredible opportunity for this facility as we begin the expansion and restructuring process at The Colorado Horse Park,” says Mark Bellissimo, managing partner of Colorado Equestrian Partners. “Meg’s leadership skills and vast experience in both horse show management and business relations make her a perfect fit to oversee our plans for this facility.”
Bellissimo and his partners in Equestrian Sport Productions also own the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Florida and Tyron International Equestrian Center in North Carolina.
Development of those properties will serve as a guide to developing the Parker facility, Krueger says. Changes made at those centers, such as involving school children and holding nighttime events, may be incorporated here.
“This year is the beginning of the rebirthing of this property,” Krueger says, noting that it has been an “undiscovered gem” for many years in the Parker area.
“We want to change the way people think about The Colorado Horse Park.”
Competition at CHP began in mid-March. But the seven-week “Summer in the Rockies” competition series, a highlight at the venue each summer, will begin on June 8 and continue through July 24. The NAJYRC, presented by Gotham North, will be hosted from July 27 through July 31.
The NAJYRC, which is like the Junior Olympics, is a big celebration for all participants, who worked hard to qualify, Krueger says, adding that there will be a welcome party, golf cart decorating and more.
For more information on The Colorado Horse Park and its upcoming schedule of events, visit ColoradoHorsePark.com.