The Horse Show

Pro Show Jumper Kelli Cruciotti and Amateur Eventer Caitlin Henderson

Kelli Cruciotti_ Hadja van Orshof
Kelli Cruciotti riding Hadja van Orshof

Young Professional Kelli Cruciotti won her first major Grand Prix this past weekend while Adult Amateur Eventer and Nurse Practitioner Caitlin Henderson completed her first CCI4-L event

The Horse Show is hosted by Chris Stafford

Podcast length 40′ 20″

This week’s show focuses on two riders in different sports; one a young professional show jumper and the other an Adult Amateur Eventer. Kelli Cruciotti won her first major show jumping Grand Prix this past weekend when she partnered her Belgian Warmblood mare Hadja van Orshof to victory in the $204,000 Coca Cola Grand Prix at the Tryon International Equestrian Center.  The conditions were less than idea but the 22 year old from Colorado pulled out all the stops to beat a competitive field and clinch her second win of the week. Chris Stafford spoke to Kelli after she arrived back home to hear what this means to her and how she is establishing her career as a young professional. We also hear from an adult amateur Eventer, Caitlin Henderson, who is a full time nurse practitioner in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Caitlin competes with just one horse, her off the track Thoroughbred Creative Design and recently made her four-star debut at the Bromont CCI4-L event in Canada. We hear how Caitlin has transferred some of her skills from being a soccer player to riding and what she learned when she was being coached in a team sport not least of all her attention to detail in training for an event.   

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Photo: Kelli Cruciotti riding Hadja van Orshof [Sportfoto]
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