Parker, CO — If you think the illusive ’10’ score is beyond your reach, think again. “We want to give more scores like this,” explained Jeanne McDonald, FEI ‘I’ judge and USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold medalist, who was on the judging panel at June High Prairie Dressage. “This is what we want to see — the horse is on the aids and harmony between horse and rider. This is something that every horse can do because it’s training.” Missy Fladland riding Bijoux was awarded a 10 on her halt and reinback at Third Level by McDonald. The show held at the Colorado Horse Park attracted riders from around the region, including Fladland from Griswold, Iowa.
Fladland and Bijoux earned the Upper Level Open High Point during all three days, which netted them gift baskets from Grand Meadows and Murdoch’s Ranch and Home Supply, plus a saddle pad from Nutrena. Bijoux is a nine-year-old Hanoverian mare by Bugatti Hilltop out of a Wallstreet Kid mare. “She’s headed to the FEI levels,” Fladland said. “She has international potential. Janet Rolfs bought her for me to ride. She’s mine for life and I feel very fortunate to have sponsors like Janet.”
Parker, CO — In order to add one more buffer week to ensure that there is no possibility of EHV-1 infection at The Colorado Horse Park (CHP), the organization has canceled the following events scheduled for June 2-5, 2011: Colorado Horse Park Three Day Event and June High Prairie Dressage. This is merely a precautionary measure; no horse exposed to the virus has been on the property. In fact, no horses with EHV-1 symptoms have been identified in Douglas County. FEI veterinarian and CHP consultant, Terry Swanson D.V.M., stated that he believes there is very little likelihood of EHV-1 being discovered at the Park and he felt that the extra buffer week would lay the issue to rest.
“We wanted riders and owners to be absolutely confident that their horses were safe at The Colorado Horse Park,” explained Helen Krieble, founder and president of The Colorado Horse Park. “Our hearts truly go out to the competitors who were planning on showing next week. We are truly sorry for them. However, we want everyone to feel extremely certain about the remainder of the season.” Of course, riders who have already entered the CHP Three Day Event and June High Prairie Dressage Show will receive full refunds.
The remainder of CHP’s show season will run as scheduled, beginning with the first week of the expanded Colorado Summer Circuit on June 8, 2011. “I am confident that with the additional buffer week, the 2011 horse show season will not only be able to continue, but will be extremely successful,” Krieble stated.