POSTED: Sunday, September 29, 2013 - 4:17pm
UPDATED: Sunday, September 29, 2013 - 4:29pm
Tyler Tx, (KETK) — East Texas is making a name for itself in horse eventing.
This is the first year the Texas Rose Horse Park hosted the Nutrena American Eventing Championship.
And they plan on having it here again for the next two years.
"And if we can convince them of our Texas hospitality and keep going the way it is, hopefully it will be a permanent host here," said Texas Rose Horse Park trainer Kimberly Brunson.
Riders from all over the country braved through the rain and competed in a number of events for prizes, money and bragging rights.
A dream come true for Julia Denton and her horse Win Win Situation.
"As soon as I heard the rail drop for the lady in front of me, I started crying," said Denton.
They won first place in the Senior Amateur Novice category.
"The goal was not to win the gold, it was to come to do my best and see where we went. I was hoping for a top ten finish and when it came time to do his job he came to the party," said Denton.
And Denton is even more excited she won the gold in her home state.
"It is really amazing especially to do it at this level and do it on my home turf basically here at area 5 right here supporting me so I couldn't ask for better."
And even for the coaches, watching their students hard work pay off, was worth the training and long hours.
"People get to see a caliber of riding in our area you know coming to compete here so it's great," said trainer from Pilot Point Becky Roper.
Roper said her students had a great run and they are excited to come back next year.
"This is a big thing for our area, and just to bring everybody the caliber of riders that are in the country here to Texas Rose is fantastic."