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Horse show benefits Advocate Safehouse

Kay Vasilakis
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

For the eighth year, the Advocate Safehouse Project will receive proceeds from a horse show sanctioned by the Colorado West Hunter Jumper Association (CWHJA). Riders compete over jumps and on the flat.

The Advocate Safehouse Project Benefit Horse Show will be held June 13-14 at Sopris Boarding Facility at Aspen Equestrian.

Tracye Ferguson of Arvada will be the judge and CWHJA board of director members will be stewards.

Entries: $12 per class; $5 nonmember fee/day EMT: $10 fee per rider per day.

United States Equestrian Foundation (USEF) rules apply in all instances except where specifically covered by CWHJA.

USEF-approved hard hat and boots with heels are required for all riders when jumping. Junior riders must wear American Society for Testing and Materials/Safety Equipment Institute (ASTM/SEI)-approved helmets with harness fastened whenever mounted anywhere on the show grounds.

Stabling for horses is available through Sopris Boarding facility. Call Pat at (970) 948-1002 or 704-9069.

Schooling will be held from 1-6 p.m. Friday, June 12, through Sopris Boarding. Participants must sign a waiver and provide a $20 fee.

Dogs are not allowed at the show for any reason. Coffee and pastries will be available for breakfast, and Aspen Cornucopia will offer goodies for lunch.

Starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 13, Dress Down Day begins with a full day of equestrian events and courses. Just a sampling of the events includes warm up hunter, baby green hunter, pony hunter, pony equitation over fences, long stirrup rider, rusty stirrup rider, low hunter under saddle, children’s/AA hunter under saddle and open high/low hunter.

A Crazy Shirt Contest will add to the fun, and prizes will be awarded both days.

The action continues at 8 a.m. Sunday, June 14, with another Dress Down Day. Some of the events and courses on Sunday include walk-trot equitation on the flat, flower power flower boxes,warm up hunter, pre-beginner equitation, beginner rider hunter, beginner rider equitation over fences.

A special exhibition by Sopris Therapy Services with a course change starts after noon.

“We’re very excited for this year’s Horse Show,” said Advocate Safehouse Project Executive Director Julie Olson. “It’s always a lot of fun to watch the riders, especially the younger riders, who definitely have control of such large horses. Come out and watch the skills and grace of all the equestrians.”

To get to the Aspen Equestrian Center, from Highway 82, turn south onto County Road 100 at Catherine Store. Aspen Equestrian is on the right.

For more information, contact Susie Wallace at (970) 309-8628 or Martha McCoy at (970) 963-2729.

Kay Vasilakis’ “Nonprofit Spotlight” column runs every other Wednesday in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. Kay is a member of the Garfield County Human Services Commission. For local nonprofit news, events or inspirations, call 404-0759 or e-mail

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