He was the first winner of 2020 with the lowest finishing score, Rock on Cooley is the USEA February Horse of the Month! On January 12, Rock on Cooley finished with a score of 20.5 to win the Open Training division at the Horse Trials at Majestic Oaks with rider Leslie Law.
Rock on Cooley is a 2011 Irish Sport Horse gelding sired by Rock Harbour, owned by Erin Walker, and ridden by both Walker and Law. The 9-year-old gelding started his U.S. eventing career in October 2018 and has already added five wins to his record. Out of the 12 outings he’s done in the U.S., he’s scored in the 20s eight times. He averages a dressage score of 27.72, and his lowest score was the 20.5 he earned at the Horse Trials at Majestic Oaks.
He’s a people pleaser who loves treats – learn more about Rock on Cooley from owner, Erin Walker.
About Rock on Cooley:
“[He] loves to do dressage and is very lovely and good at it. I would say he loves the cross-country as well.”
“He is a total snuggle bug, lover.”
“Snuggling and he loves cookies. He is always looking for cookies. He likes to please you.”
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The USEA is recognizing an event horse each month on the USEA website and social media. The USEA Horse of the Month is determined based on statistics and event results and announced at the beginning of every month. The February Horse of the Month was selected based on the performance at the first horse trials of 2020.
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