From Katie Lindsay: The attendees at the meeting represented most every facet of our sport – riders, trainers, coaches, officials, organizers, parents, breeders, facility owners and volunteers along with many Pony Clubbers – and Colleen’s tale touched chords in everyone in different ways. Following is Nora’s recap of the evening from a competitive rider’s point of view followed by a couple of paragraphs from me on why I find Colleen a fascinating human being.
FROM NORA: I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Colleen Rutledge last weekend at the USEA Area IV Annual Meeting and listening to her speak. My fellow website/newsletter editor Katie Lindsay had a few extra seats at her table with Colleen and invited me to join them for dinner. Because of this, not only did I hear her speak to the group at her allotted time. but I also got to see pictures of her horses and family on her iPad, listen-in as she discussed her other up and coming horses, and hear her candidly describe in a really funny and self-deprecating manner the challenges of competing an upper-level horse. continue reading
YEAR of 2011
|Fair Hill International CCI 2*: CONGRATULATIONS to Colleen and Dillon with 2nd place – Results|
|#49, Colleen Rutledge, Dillon, CCI2*: http://www.eventingnation.com-”–Colleen Rutledge has had a wonderful year including that great performance at Burghley with Shiraz. She finished the cross-country today with just 3.6 penalties on Dillon and they are provisionally in 6th.”
http://www.eventingnation.com- “–Collen can head into the off-season after a great autumn of competitions. After doing so well at Burghley aboard Shiraz she finished second at the two-star with Dillion. Colleen has had a couple of tough falls on Dillon this year and re-routed to the two-star from their original plan of doing the three-star at Fair Hill and it worked out great for them. Fair Hill couldn’t have a classier group of podium finishers.”
The Chronicle of the Horse, Colleen talking about Dillon’s performance at CCI**: “He picked up and gave me everything he had this weekend,” she said. “I’m completely proud of him. He jumped fantastically today. The footing yesterday was some of the toughest I’ve had to go in, and the fact that he came in today and exploded everywhere—I was so thrilled with him. We had three really good phases all weekend, and I’m so happy to put all three together in the same weekend.” read full article >
2011 Burghley Horse Trials: Congratulations to Colleen and Shiraz on successful completion of Burghley Horse Trials, CIC2****!!
|59 Colleen Rutledge | SHIRAZ|
|DR: Pen 63.7 | Place 69|
|XC: Time Pen 9.2 | Place 40|
|JS: Pen. 4 | Place 37|
2011: Congratulations to Colleen and Shiraz with a 4th place finish at Stuart Horse Trials, CIC2*!!
2011: Interview with WHAG-TV station
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Colleen was 2nd in the CCI *** with Dillon. She was also 2rd in the Training-B division on Covert Rights.
Colleen long-listed for the 2010 World Equestrian Games.
2010 Winter Eventing Wins (from Equiery)
Aiken, South Carolina on March 12-14 with the Full Gallop March Horse Trials
Colleen placed seventh and eighth in Intermediate B. She rode her two horses Dillon and Shiraz in their first events of the season. Both horses jumped clean and had time cross-country. Dillon earned seventh, while Shiraz took home eighth.
Southern Pines II
Colleen and her horse Shiraz were competing at Advanced. They scored a 42.5 in dressage, also dropped two rails and jumped clean with some time cross-country to finish in 12th place in Advanced B.
Colleen also rode Dillon at the Intermediate level, placing eighth in Open Intermediate B. With Wizard of Win, Colleen finished 20th in Open Training C.
2009 and Later Years