Parker, CO — A thrilling summer at The Colorado Horse Park continued last week during the 2011 Parker Adventist Hospital Dressage in the Rockies Presented by Horseware Ireland. More than 40 scores above 70% were awarded by judges Sandy Osborn, Olympic bronze medalist Hilda Gurney and Beverly Rogers. As one of the largest dressage shows in the region, Dressage in the Rockies attracted competitors not only from Colorado, but the surrounding states. The three-day event was actually three separate shows (Friday, Saturday, Sunday), allowing riders to earn qualifying scores for various championships and awards in a single weekend.
“I want to congratulate all these riders on their success; these scores came from very legitimate judges,” said show manager Glenda McElroy of Cornerstone Dressage. “All of the judges have been very complimentary about the quality of horses and riders.” McElroy’s Cornerstone Dressage, based out of Los Angeles, has managed some of the top CDI (international) shows in the country, as well as the Rolex FEI World Cup Dressage Finals in 2005, 2007 and 2009.
Among the big winners during the 2011 Parker Adventist Hospital Dressage in the Rockies Presented by Horseware Ireland was rider Shannon Dahmer. She collected six High Point and Reserve High Point awards over the course of the three shows with three different horses.
Riding Mary Allyn’s Rock On, Dahmer won the Intermediaire I classes and FEI High Point during shows I and III. On Saturday, Dahmer and “Rocky” performed an Intermediaire I Freestyle to a compilation of music from the “Rocky” soundtracks, including “Eye of the Tiger”. “He thinks he’s very cool,” Dahmer said of the 13-year-old Oldenburg gelding, “so the music really suits him. Plus, everyone knows it so you can get the crowd involved.” The pair received a 70% for their efforts.