Week delay needed on 1st N-P Langer event

       Opening the new building last week at the Norris-Penrose Event Center didn't work out, so the Langer Equestrian Group's first-time event was pushed back to a Jan. 31 start, continuing through Feb. 3.
       “We'll definitely start this Thursday [Jan. 31],” said Norris-Penrose General Manager Johnny Walker. “Everyone was disappointed we had to cancel, but we wanted to put our best foot forward for the first one, anyway.”
       The new 3,600-square-foot structure will be used as a warm-up facility/staging area for events in the roughly 30-year-old, 9,000-square-foot Indoor Arena it's attached to. The project was a major part of an agreement that attracted the nationally prominent Langer organization to set up its Colorado headquarters last year at Norris-Penrose, 1045 Lower Gold Camp Road.
       The new building looks like the original - with the same prefab style, color and 120-foot width - so much so that now “you can't really tell they're two different buildings,” Walker said.
       Walker said the new structure was actually ready for use by the originally planned date of Jan. 24, but too many would-be Langer participants saw the construction work still going on a few days beforehand and got skittish about entering.
       As a result, with fewer than 50 competitors signed up for Jan. 24-27, Walker and Langer decided to cancel. The good news was that the schedule already had Langer penciled in for the next two weekends (the last Feb. 7-10), so no rescheduling was necessary.
       The last-minute nature of the construction resulted from soil instability findings late in the engineering stages, the remedial actions for which delayed the foundation-pouring about three weeks.
       Langer specializes in “hunter” and “jumper” equestrian events, each of which involves mounted horses leaping over obstacles. Fifty to 100 riders are expected each of the coming weekends, with competition continuing through the mornings and afternoons.
       Looking ahead, Langer has also scheduled events over three weekends in May, plus a five-day event in June, Walker said.
       Spectators are welcome. No admission is charged.

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