The eventers have landed at Colorado Horse Park in Parker, Colorado! Many made lengthy, even days-long treks to get here, all for their hard-earned chance to contest the 2018 American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena Feeds.
With 18 AEC divisions, 450 starters and boatloads of cash and prizes at stake, it’s sure to be a thrill-a-minute sort of week. For now, though, it’s the calm before the storm: all around horses are being hand-grazed, schooled and settled in after long journeys.
The cross country course opens today at 3 p.m., and we’re sure competitors are itching to get out there and check out Tremaine Cooper’s handiwork! We’ll be back tomorrow with live coverage as the event unfolds. In the meantime, be sure to check out the USEA’s AEC Fast Facts for an overview of the championship event that lies ahead.
A few of your snapshots from #AEC2018!
••• Even though he’s difficult more than half the time, he can always put a smile on my face❤️ • I’m not sure why I haven’t told you guys this yet but Saturday night Beau got injured at the barn we were staying at before we left for the horse park Monday. For those of you that follow me on Snapchat, you’d know this. I told most people he tried to jump a cross country jump out in the field because that’s what I assumed since I didn’t see it. Under further investigation we found out he ran through the fence. The fence at this barn was a wire fencing ( the fencing at home has wood and sort of like chicken wire), Beau didn’t see it and just when straight trough it ( it was dark). We know Beau can’t see the best in the dark but we didn’t think he’d run through the fence. The vet came out and wrapped him up Saturday night. Over the past few days he’s been healing nicely! There’s been no swelling and he hasn’t been lame. Only slightly short in his hind end, he worked out of that though for the most part last night. I walked him for an hour or so, maybe more, this morning and he looks fine! When I ride him in about an hour we will see how he is. As of right now we are still going to compete! Beau doesn’t seem to fazed by the incident and is still ready to work! The silver stuff on his legs are what’s covering all the cuts to help dry them up since they were superficial and didn’t need stitches ( thank God). More details will be in one of my vlogs! I’m just so thankful he didn’t seriously injure himself!