A top amateur jumper, business owner and entrepreneur, cancer survivor, and friend to all – is there anything Devon Eret can’t do?

By HH Contributor Kristina McCombie

HH: Who is Devon? Tell us a little about yourself:

DE: I am a 29 year old who grew up in Colorado and am lucky enough to have a very supportive horse-husband. I did 3-day Eventing as a kid and teenager and then switched to jumpers after a hiatus in college. I was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer last year at the age of 27 and went through 4 months of chemo, 6 weeks of radiation and 2 surgeries and am happy to report that I am cancer free! I continued to ride and even compete up to 1.15m during treatment and my horse was a huge reason for me to get out of bed every morning. (Editors Note: Devon also runs a fantastic equestrian apparel business: Rose and Lace Equestrian. Check them out on instagram @rose_and_lace_equestrian)

HH: What horse(s) do you have right now and what are you working on?

DE: I imported and purchased my horse Calgary II (barn name is Gary) the same day that I was diagnosed with cancer. He is a 10 year old Oldenburg gelding that competed through 1.30m in Switzerland and has the quirkiest personality but is such a good boy.

Devon and Gary at The Colorado Horse Park

HH: What were some of your accomplishments this past year and what are your future goals?

DE: Just being able to ride my horse during chemo and radiation was a huge accomplishment for me! Plus I was able to show in the High Adult Jumpers with some pretty decent placings. We won our first blue ribbon at an A show during week 2 SIR this year in the High Adult Jumper speed class! My future goal is to the do the Low and hopefully Medium Junior/AO jumpers with him (if I don’t chicken out).

HH: Who do you idolize in the sport?

DE: There are a lot of top pro’s that I idolize, but I really love my fellow adult amateurs that make so many crazy sacrifices to do this sport. Working full time + riding full time + showing on the circuit + having a family + having any kind of social life is a serious challenge and I salute everyone who makes it happen.

HH: Who have you ridden with and what have you taken from each trainer?

DE: I have ridden with Alexia Honegger at Millbrook Equestrian the last 4 years. I have learned so much under her guidance and definitely wouldn’t be the rider that I am today without her. My biggest takeaway from her is that there is more to horses than just showing. We do a lot of cross training in other disciplines and have a ton of FUN and you can tell the horses love it!

HH: If your horse(s) was/were a person who do you think he/she would be like?

DE: Ryan Reynolds for sure! Super handsome but has a hilariously dark and arrogant personality (think of Deadpool).

Gary is really Ryan Reynolds

HH: What is always in your tack trunk?

DE: My helmet #mindyourmelon, carrots, rubber gloves/soap for tack cleaning and a first aid kit (adulting).

HH: What’s your favorite show and why?

DE: I love showing at Summer in the Rockies! The Colorado horse park does a great job with the show and always has fun activities like the Grand Prix and goat yoga!? I also grew up showing at this venue since I was 7 in pony club.

Gary and Devon Sailing Over the Breast Cancer Jump at The Colorado Horse Park

HH: Do you have any good luck charms or are you superstitious about anything?

DE: I show in the same pair of (washed) socks: unicorns pooping rainbows. So there’s that.

HH: If you weren’t riding and showing what do you think you’d be doing?

DE: Being more involved in the cancer community! I have made some wonderful friends and met some truly inspirational people and I would love to help others on their cancer journey. It’s not a club anyone wants to be apart of, but there are some pretty great people you get to meet.

Picture Credit: White Fence Photography

HH: Who is Kirbi? Tell us a little about yourself …

KS: Recent graduate from CU Denver. I’m studying to get my insurance license to go work for my dad. I’d do anything for my family or barn family no matter what the situation. 

HH: What horse(s) do you have right now and what are you working on?

KS: I have my 8 year old Hanoverian gelding “Oh Man” or Ollie. We’re working on consistency and for us to let everything come to us instead of overthinking. 

HH: What are some of your accomplishments this year and what are your future goals?

KS: Moving up to the 3’3” AO’s is a big step for us. I just want showing to be competitive for us and fun. 

Ollie and Kirbi in Estes Park

HH: Who do you idolize in the sport?

KS: I idolize my trainer, Andrea van Meenen, because she’s patient and fair. She’s not afraid to push me which is what I need to get better each round. 

HH: Who have you ridden with and what have you taken from each trainer?

KS: I’ve only ridden with Andrea in the showing world. Being with the same trainer since I was 15 really benefits myself and my horse because she knows me so well. 

HH: If your horse(s) was/were a person who do you think he/she would be like?

KS: I think he would be me. We both have opinions that we aren’t afraid to express. We love the people we’re close to but are also weary of people we don’t know well. 

HH: What is always in your tack trunk? 

KS: Sunscreen! His delicate nose and legs need all the sun protection he can get! Peppermints too. When we have a good round he deserves a peppermint. 

HH: What’s your favorite show and why? 

Big Love

KS: Estes Park is my favorite show. Being up in the mountains with the lake makes it feel like you’ve gone to BC or Oregon. Nice to feel like we’re out of state when in reality we’re close to home. 

HH: Do you have any good luck charms or are you superstitious about anything?

KS: I just need to be under caffeinated and awake enough to remember a course and not overthink.

Estes Park, CO

HH: If you weren’t riding and showing what do you think you’d be doing?

KS: Watching a horse show online or in person. I have other interest but I love this and can’t imagine not being in it. 

Pictures courtesy of: White Fence Photography and Core Equine Photography.