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About the Park
Situated on a hill overlooking the surrounding countryside and the famous Rocky Mountains, The Colorado Horse Park is the largest horse park West of the Mississippi. CHP offers the opportunity to participate in, enjoy and support world-class equestrian sports. Amateurs, juniors and Olympians in all disciplines compete at CHP each year, making it one of the most influential equestrian centers in North America
Did you know The Colorado Horse Park...
- has been actively preserving open space in Douglas County?
- is an international equestrian complex with more than 40 events a year?
- has 11 arenas, 300 permanent show stalls and enough portable stalls for 1000 competing horses?
The Colorado Horse Park's purpose is to promote amateur athletics and to lessen the burden on government for the community, the region and the country in a number of ways including:
SPONSORING AMATEUR ATHLETICS
- Hosted North American Junior and Young Riders Championships. This annual championship features young riders competing for their countries and is often the first step to the Olympics.
- Initiated, as a member of the Colorado Sports Council, equestrian sport as part of the Colorado State Games. Also hosted the competitions for two years.
- Established the first ever equestrian team for the University of Denver.
- Hosted Accord Riders With Disabilities competition in conjunction with NAJYRC in 1998 and 2000.
- Hosts Pony Club clinics and shows every year at a minimal charge to the organizations and competitors.
- Hosts clinics and educational events annually for all ages, including Olympians as clinicians.
- Established qualifying events never before held in Colorado for junior riders who wished to compete in National Championships. Previously riders had to travel to the East Coast to qualify.
PRESERVATION OF OPEN SPACE (worked with the following organizations or projects)
- Bayou Gulch Open Space Corridor
- Trust for Public Lands
- National Equestrian Lands Preservation project
- Wildlife Park
- Colorado State Trails
- Parker State Park
FUNDRAISING FOR CHARITABLE PURPOSES
- Children’s Hospital, 1994
- Morris Animal Foundation, 1995
- North American Riding for the Handicapped, 1998
- AMC Cancer Research Center, Denver, 2000
- Make-a-Wish, 1999, 2000, 2001
- Emily Griffith, 2002, 2003
- Ariana Zamaris Foundation, 2006
- SECOR 2007
- Morgan Adams Foundation 2007
SUPPORT FOR OTHER NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS
- Parker and Elizabeth Trail Riders
- 4-H Clubs
- Parker Arts Counsel
- Various HOA’s
- Douglas County Schools
- Elbert Country Schools
- Leadership Program of the Rockies
- Central Colorado Quarter Horse Association
The Colorado Horse Park has served as a role model for other horse parks. Planners and staff from proposed parks in California, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Texas and Canada have visited and studied CHP.
The Colorado Horse Park depends on private, tax-deductible donations to the Foundation.