The Colorado Horse Park is hosting 450 competitors next weekend as a horse trials, hunter/jumper show and dressage show take place simultaneously on the grounds, and all the competitors will unite by wearing a blue and purple ribbon in honor of Claire Davis, the 17-year-old equestrian who passed away Dec. 21, 2013, following injuries she received in the Arapahoe High School shooting.
Volunteers from the High Plains Dressage Society made the ribbons, which will be given out in each welcome packet, along with a bookmark and poem written by Claire’s parents:
Train well in all things with love and kindness
Life’s arena is large with many tests
Celebrate both your victories and losses as stepping stones
All competitors at the Colorado Horse Park are encouraged to wear their ribbon throughout the competition in memory of Claire, and a photographer will be snapping photos of the ribbons in action to create a commemorative collage for her family. Claire competed regularly at this venue, and we know all the eventers will honor Claire’s memory by wearing the ribbons this weekend.
Snap photos of you or your horse wearing the ribbon and email them to [email protected], post them on our Facebook page, tweet them to @eventingnation or share them on Instagram @goeventing. We’ll retweet and share the photos in memory of one of our own we lost far too soon.