MEET & GREET: Kit Ferguson
Winner, Colorado Horse Park CCI-one star in eventing
Name: Kit Ferguson
Known for: Winning the Colorado Horse Park CCI-one star in eventing in June. Eventing, which encompasses dressage, cross-country and show jumping, is the triathlon of the equestrian world and is one of three Olympic equestrian disciplines. Ferguson won by over 40 points as a junior equestrian rider against adult professionals. The Holland Hall junior received $2,200 and qualified for a place on the North American Junior and Young Rider Competition Team — the equivalent of the Junior Olympics in equestrian sports.
On her horse: Yoshi is a 19-year-old Holsteiner Thoroughbred cross. She had been cast off because of her age and was headed to a kids’ camp to be a trail horse. (Competition horses are in their prime between 9 and 12 years old.) Although I was going to buy another horse who had just won a national championship, once I rode her, I fell in love with her.
On getting back in the saddle after surgery in May 2016: I had a herniated disc in my lower back. I had to take off riding for an entire year because the pain was so bad. At 14, I had surgery and my pain was gone. I got back on Yoshi in September 2016. We started showing in January 2017.
On her favorite competitions: I love speed, and in eventing you combine speed with jumping, which I also love. In dressage you really have to be in sync with your horse. You work as one to get through the routine. You have to work really hard at dressage, and when it comes together, it’s a great feeling.