Riders from 15 States Compete
Parker, CO — It was a horse lover’s paradise at The Colorado Horse Park (CHP) this weekend, with riders competing in three different shows in three different disciplines. The spotlight was on the international riders in the CHP CCI Three-Day Event and Horse Trials, which brought riders from 15 states, including Minnesota, Louisiana, Idaho and Texas. Adding to the excitement was the presence of cross-country course designer, Olympic gold medalist David O’Connor.
Heather Dubois, Black Forest, CO, led the victory gallop in the two-star division on Every Wish. “He’s the love of my life,” she said of her 13-year-old Thoroughbred gelding.
The pair started off with a successful trip up centerline. “I was really happy with his dressage test,” she commented about her 62.50. Heather considered the cross-country course to be “substantial”, but the questions were easily answered by this pair who were clean jumping and added only 8.4 time penalties, putting them into second place. “He was just solid,” she explained of her horse’s cross-country round. “He recovered well and was still rideable and forward,” she said. A clean show jumping round put them in the winning slot.