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Halloween With Horses Costume Contest Won By An Elephant

Equestrian Sports Promotions

Parker, CO – Over 10,000 spectators watched as 22 contestants in three age groups took part in the Colorado Horse Park’s fifth annual Halloween With Horses horse costume contest. Participants and their horses were dressed as dragons, horseflies, and even a Harley Davidson bike, complete with handlebars and a review mirror.

“The creativity that is shown in this contest is amazing,” commented Christine DeHerrera, Media Coordinator for the Colorado Horse Park. “Every year the costumes keep getting bigger, better and more dynamic. The time and effort required is really spectacular. It is a real crowd pleaser.”

Besting the field, the event’s grand champion, as well as winner of the adult age group, went to “Thor’s Circus.” Thor, an 11-year-old black Shire Gelding owned by Mark and Amanda Speaker, was dressed as an elephant complete with trunk and tusks. The Speakers’ two Peruvian Pasos joined the circus as a zebra and a circus pony. Thor pulled a brightly colored cart that included a lion riding shotgun with Mark. “Thor is a gentle giant and puts up with anything,” said Mark after their win. “He is so versatile; we can ride or drive him, jump him, cut cows… we love him to death!”

First place of the 12 and under age group went to Sarah Cochran and her 5 year old miniature horse Boots. Boots was adopted just two months ago. Sarah had fun as Little Bo Peep with Boots as one of her Sheep. “Boots is an entertainer,” said a smiling Sarah. “We play tag in the field when it is time for him to come in. He chases me. He is special.”

Winner of the 13 – 21 group went to Jennifer Shimko and here two horses Shadow and Dahlia as a pair of Dragons and the Black Rider from Lord of the Rings. Shadow, an Arabian/ Quarter Horse gelding, and Dahlia, a miniature horse, wore costumes including large black wings and long black dragon tails with Jennifer dressed from head to toe in black. “I loved the movie so much that I knew I wanted to do this for my costume,” commented Jennifer. Their win was capped off with a victory rear compliments of Shadow.

Most of the children who came to Halloween with Horses were dressed in their own costumes as they enjoyed a safe trick or treat barn, pony rides, a petting zoo, the Stable of Terror and many other attractions.

Visit for more information. The Colorado Horse Park is 501 c 3.