Covert Rights Rises to the Occasion at Richland

Colleen Rutledge and Covert Rights finished fourth in the horse's first CIC3* this weekend at Richland Park. Photo by Jenni Autry.

This is the part where I confess I have a bit of a soft spot for Colleen Rutledge’s 7-year-old homebred gelding Covert Rights. I “discovered” him last fall in my EN’s Got Talent series — you can view those posts here and here — and I’ve followed along ever since as Colleen continued to campaign him at Intermediate and then moved him up to Advanced this spring at the Horse Park of New Jersey. With just two Advanced runs under his belt, CR made a big statement at Richland Park this weekend, throwing down a lovely dressage test, one of only eight double clear show jumping rounds, and jumping clear around a very big cross-country course to ultimately finish in fourth place in a very competitive field. I caught up with Colleen to chat about what’s next for CR. Spoiler alert: It’s going to be a very exciting fall. Go CR!

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