Craig resident wins big in horse riding competition |

Craig resident wins big in horse riding competition

Carol Beumer

Craig resident Carol Beumer said there’s a simple secret to winning a riding competition.

“You have to have a good horse, for one thing,” she said.

Beumer rode Misty Sunrise, a 14-year-old Palomino mare, to two significant honors this year.

In September, Beumer, 76, won reserve champion in Western Pleasure Riding at the 2010 National Missouri Fox Trotter Fall Show and Celebration in Ava, Mo.

But, that wasn’t all.

Last week, Beumer was informed of a bigger accomplishment.

“I was first in the nation in Amateur Western Trail (riding),” she said. “I was pretty happy.”

Her national win was the result of 2010 cumulative scores in six different shows. The shows were held in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming, she said.

“I got all firsts except one, which was second (place),” she said.

Beumer said she received prize money for her wins, but she wouldn’t disclose how much.

“Oh, it was a little,” she said of the prizes. “The prize money wasn’t a factor. I didn’t even know they gave prize money, but they do.”

Beumer grew up in New Jersey, but has lived in Craig since 1968. A former publisher of the Craig Daily Press, Beumer has been retired since 1997.

She said her age didn’t matter in the riding competitions, but it does make her unique.

“I guess I’m one of the oldest,” she said of her fellow competitors.

The same goes for Misty Sunrise.

“A lot of people show younger horses,” she said.

Beumer said she’s been riding horses for a long time.

“Oh my heavens, most of my adult life,” she said.

“In the nice weather, I probably ride five times a week, and in the winter I ride in the indoor arena.”

Beumer said she didn’t have any plans to celebrate other than taking a trip to a warmer climate with her husband and two of her four horses.

“We’re going to take a couple of horses down to Arizona,” she said. “And, I think I’m going to show my husband’s horse next year, so I’m going to work on her.”

Beumer said her newest prospect is a horse with no name.

“I just call her Lady,” she said.

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