Collier and Boyer Aim To Top Galway
Temecula, CA, USA
Anna Collier and Julie Ann Boyer have each won international divisions at Galway Downs events in the last year, and on Oct. 30-Nov. 1, they'll be facing off in the CCI2* at the Galway Downs International Three-Day Event.
Boyer, 50, will be riding her Thoroughbred mare Rumor Hazit, with whom she was victorious in the CIC2* at the Galway Downs International Horse Trials last March. Collier, 33, won the CCI2* last October at the Galway Downs International Three-Day Event on Uppercrust D. But Uppercrust D suffered an injury in the spring and won't be competing this time. Instead, Collier will be riding a less experienced horse, named Udealer, as she tries to best the 25-horse field for the second consecutive year.
"Udealer is a relatively green horse, but I have high hopes for him," said Collier. She's been competing the 8-year-old, Dutch Warmblood/Thoroughbred-cross gelding for less than two years.
Boyer has owned Rumor Hazit, a 10-year-old, Thoroughbred mare, since she was 3. This will be their third start in a CCI2*, having finished first and second in those two previous starts. "She's a real girl, and as long as you do things she likes to do-like gallop and jump-you do great," said Boyer. "I've found a horse of a lifetime. We just gel."
Collier and Boyer have backgrounds as different as their horses. Collier is a professional horse trainer from Tigard, Ore., and Boyer is a police officer in Los Angeles, patrolling Hollywood in a squad car at night. Collier has to drive 23 hours to compete at Galway Downs. But for Boyer, Galway Downs is one of her closest competitions, barely three hours south of her home Acton, Calif.
Collier's life revolves around training horses and riders to compete in events like Galway Downs. Boyer, with 28 years of service in the LAPD, said she had to "beg and plead to get Halloween off so I could compete, because the holiday can get kind of silly here in Hollywood."
Still, they're both looking forward to the challenges that will be central to the cross-country course designed for the third consecutive year by British Olympic medalist Ian Stark.
"The cross-country course at Galway Downs is always challenging, but for the most part horses are rewarded for their efforts on Ian's courses," said Collier. "And I know that if I can get Udealer to the fences right, he'll definitely jump them."
Boyer is sure she knows why Rumor Hazit likes the Galway Downs course. "The course allows you to gallop, but she also really likes to figure out the questions there. It's a very open, very galloping course-and she just loves that," said Boyer.
In addition to the CCI2*, the Galway Downs International Three-Day Event features a classic-format CCI1* with a 17-horse field and a short-format CCI1* with a 29-horse field. The training-level three-day event has 49 entries, by far the most of the 11 training-level three-day events held across the country this year.
For all four of these competitions, dressage will begin on Friday morning (Oct. 30) at the Southern California Equestrian Center, just east of Temecula. Saturday (Oct. 31) is the exciting cross-country day, and the decisive show jumping concludes the event on Sunday (Nov. 1).
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