Parker, CO - Competition at The Colorado Horse Park (CHP) continued last week with the inaugural Eventing Derby and September Horse Trials, running parallel with the Rocky Mountain Dressage Society's (RMDS) Regional Championships and a Langer Hunter Jumper Competition.
The Eventing Derby brought a buzz of excitement to CHP, boasting a significant number of entries for the first-time-event. With a quick course that embodied the spirit of both jumper and cross-country disciplines, riders were tested on their ability to execute rides effectively.
For 14-year-old Kayanna Larson, the Event Derby proved to be an exciting challenge. "I thought that the event derby was really cool!" exclaimed Larson. "I enjoyed the fact that it was a mixture of stadium and cross-country, and I liked how interesting the course was will all of the turns and the dips. I also really enjoyed the water!"
Larson was the winner of the Jin Stirrups Intro division, aboard her own Flashback, an Appendix Quarter Horse gelding, that was rescued from a kill auction two years ago. The pair is still getting to know one another, but Larson hopes to continue to grow with her "social" mount.
"I'm hoping to get up to Novice level next year," Larson commented. "That's about as high as he will be able to go, but my goals are to just get a really good connection. Our goal this year was to get to The Colorado Horse Park and we completed that, so that's a good end to the season. CHP is one of our favorite places to compete."
Angelica Beutel of Longmont, CO, earned two victories in the derby, the first in the Triple Crown Feed Beginner Novice division with Harrison, a 6-year-old Canadian Warmblood owned by Julie Pawka. This is the gelding's first year eventing and Angelica was happy with his cooperation.
"He's young and can still be quite naughty at times, but he was good in the derby," she continued, "I thought the Eventing Derby was wonderful. It was harder than we all thought it was going to be because of the tight turns and some of the more technical aspects, but I think they should do more of them!"
Beutel piloted Just Alfie, a 6-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, owned by Sally Dalton, to the first place finish in the Osphos Training level division. Beutel has had the horse in her program since he was just three years old, and would like to eventually compete him at a CCI 1* level.
"He's a good boy," she said. "Slightly lazy, but he's just a sweet guy. He was in Florida with me last winter, and I'd love to be able to bring him back there again. I would like to move him up to the Preliminary level with him next spring when we get back."
The Catalyst Repository Systems Novice division was won by Jane Worrall and her 10-year-old home-bred Clydesdale-cross mare, Mystique Knights. Worrall commented, "I didn't start Mystique until she was five and I started competing her at Intro Level. We moved up from there to Beginner Novice and from there we struggled a little bit with ditches! This was really the first Novice that I did and decided to do the Eventing Derby so it wouldn't be such a big deal. It was so fun! It is a really nice idea, and I hope they continue to do more of those," concluded Worrall.
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