WINDSOR — A 12-year-old Thoroughbred may not be a member of the AFC West champion Broncos, but he bears the same name as the Mile High City. Denver is the new ride for Quebec, Canada-based Frederick Lagimoniere. The eventer had two rides at the Apple Tree Farm two-phase show on Sunday.
Lagimoniere and the gelding have been working together the past few months, and he’s shown progress on the flat.
“Denver is really brave cross country, usually the dressage is his weakness,” said Lagimoniere, who’s hoping to take Denver to the CIC* at Pine Top. “He’s a pretty good show jumper too. I’m hoping to bring him up the levels. He’s been intermediate already. It’s just a question of time. I’m looking to improve on his previous performances by making steady progress.”
Esmerelda is a 14-year-old Thoroughbred mare that’s off the racetrack, and she did the preliminary combined test on Sunday.
“I’m trying to qualify her for the CIC** at Pine Top,” said Lagimoniere. “She is really brave, really good during the stadium jumping phase, but she’s fussy and bad-tempered on the flat. She has placed in the top 10 at the 1* level. I’m hoping for the same thing at the 2* level. We’ll see if it’s going to work out.”
The horseman will be spending the next two months in Aiken, and enjoyed competing at Apple Tree Farm.
“I like the way the place is configured,” said Lagimoniere. “The parking area is very accommodating.”