Thousands Brave Weather for a Fantastic Halloween with Horses

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Snow from the previous evening didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the thousands that enjoyed the seventh annual Halloween with Horses Presented by Murdoch’s on October 21. The Stable of Terror, Trick or Treat Barn, the famous Horse Costume Contest and all of the other activities went off without a hitch.

Competitors in the horse costume class once again displayed enormous amounts of creativity in designing interesting and complex costumes. Among the entries were geishas, characters from the Willy Wonka movie, Bo Beep and her sheep, a banana split, Spiderman, and many more!

Winning the ages 13-21 division, as well as the $1,000 grand prize, was the Pony Power Riding Club from Kiowa, Colorado. This group featured five horses, three Wraith Riders, two hobbits and an assortment of other Lord of the Rings characters. “It was really a lot of fun,” said Scott Wehrli, the lone father in the group. The Pony Power Riding Club is a perennial entry in the contest. Previous year’s entries have included mermaids, firemen and Harlequins. “We love to do this, “ said Nicky Jones Taylor who rode Star in a Wraith Rider outfit.

Another previous entrant was Wendy Cole, of Elizabeth, Colorado. For Cole the costume contest is opportunity to be creative, and design and engineer a unique, functional costume that is also instantly recognizable to the audience. This year Cole decorated her 24-year-old Peruvian Paso “Lucky” as a schooner from Pirates of the Caribbean. Cole not only had a winning entry in the 22 and older division, but a real crowd pleaser. “It’s all about fun,” she said. “If you interact with [the crowd,] they’ll interact back.”

Young Bryce Howard involved his entire family in his Darth Vader costume, which took home the blue ribbon in the 13 and under category. The family worked together to build a sand speeder, complete with R2D2, for their Quarter Horse Kip to pull, as well as Princess Leia, Boba Fett and Darth Vader costumes. “It was a great experience—building the costume with my boy,” explained Todd Howard.

The Howard’s experience is really the goal of the event. “Halloween with Horses began as a way to get the community to participate in a fun art project,” said the event’s founder Shep Root. “I think we have exceeded all of our expectations and I’m already looking forward to next year’s event.”

About the Colorado Horse Park:

The Colorado Horse Park is a 501 (c) 3 not for profit organization. The purpose of the Colorado Horse Park is to showcase the history and heritage of the West using the horse as the primary teaching tool through hands-on educational programming, museum exhibitions, competitions, boarding and training, recreation, entertainment and therapy for all ages.

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