In order to fund her trip to Badminton, and her Olympic dreams, she has decided to offer for sale four shares in her horse Port Authority.
Steph has decided to sell 4 member shares in her horse Port Authority. Importantly, Port Authority is not for sale; this is an ownership opportunity through a lease agreement. Four purchasers can buy the opportunity to be part of Steph's dreams and the added benefit of being owners with exclusive ownership access and tickets to Badminton including front row seats and cocktail party at the Badminton house and tickets to the members tent every day.
According to the press release on Steph's site, the lease can be flexible to the specific needs of the partner, but to sum it up $5,000 will buy you a lease for the remainder of the year with an option to extend the lease next year, or perhaps buy into a syndicate aiming for the London 2012 Olympics. For full imformation, check out the press release and personal statement on Steph's blog, and click the link for the purchase agreement below.
Photo from Holly's blog
One of Eventing Nation's favorite horses, Holly Hudspeth's Last Monarch aka "Stewie" will be withdrawn from The Fork and Rolex. Holly has just posted on her blog that Stewie will have some time off because vets have found two small chips in his knee following his tumble at Southern Pines this past weekend. From Holly's blog:
"...Since [Stewie] horse was in PA, Boyd's vet Dr. Kevin Keane took over keeping an eye on Stewie. While he looked good trotting up, a minimal amount of swelling had developed around his left knee. So today we decided to xray that too, just to be safe. Unfortunately we saw 2 small chips at the top of his cannon bone. Kevin is sending the radiographs to Dr. Dean Richardson, the same vet who worked on Barbaro. What we are now waiting on is to see if we should have them taken out or let them heal on their own. Either way Stewie will make a full recovery. I feel very confident between Dr. Daniels, Dr. Keane, and Dr. Richardson, he will be receiving the best care possible.
While I am sad Stewie's spring has ended soon, I am grateful he and Boyd will see another day. Like I said in my last blog, a horse show is just a horse show. They happen every weekend all over the world. Boyd is an amazing rider, and Stewie is an amazing horse. He can now come home and plump up along with his mother! Good luck to everyone the rest of the spring."
Read the full post at [Holly's blog]
From the names in Holly's blog--Dr. Keane, Dr. Daniels, and Dr. Richardson, Stewie has the absolute best in the business caring for him. The young little fire ball has wowed eventing fans at big events around the US with his huge athleticism, enthusiasm, and bravery. He was one of Eventing Nation's earliest "watch this horse, he's going to be awesome" picks and he has proved us 100% right. I had a horse with a similar injury a few years ago and the surgery to remove the chips is arthroscopic and prognosis is usually excellent. I can't wait to see Stewie back in action soon. Go Stewie.
Getting to know Missy Ransehousen was a real perk of the job as co-host of the 2010 Radio show for the two years leading up to last year's World Equestrian Games. We became friends because she fulfills a busy schedule as coach and chef d'equipe of the US Para-Equestrian Team, a position she's held since the 2000 Sydney Olympics. However, she's also an extremely successful three day eventer in her own right - finishing 3rd at Rolex in 2008, and a fast clear cross country there in 2009 leaving her in the top 20 and one of the highest placed Americans going into the stadium. However, an allergic reaction to shampoo meant he didn't show jump on Sunday. A Burghley completion around a tough course in 2009, before a freak stifle injury in the spring of 2010 laid her horse Critical Decision off for the rest of last year. Missy knows as well as anyone the highs and lows that come along with a career in horses, and she deals with both with grace, class and always, a sense of humour.
How wonderful now to hear that Critical Decision, or BG (Big Guy) is back - 8th in the advanced at Poplar Place last weekend, (and that was before they took out the water jump!) with two steady clear rounds jumping and a nice dressage, and they're headed to the Fork, and then back to Rolex. What a perfect excuse to catch up with Missy and find out what's going on in her life:
[Photo via USEA and Missy's website]
How wonderful now to hear that Critical Decision, or BG (Big Guy) is back now - 8th in the advanced at Poplar Place last weekend, (and that was before they took out the water jump!) with two steady clear rounds jumping and a nice dressage, and they're headed to the Fork, and then back to Rolex. What a perfect excuse to catch up with Missy and find out what's going on in her life:
This article was also published on SamanthaLClark.com
The Aiken training sessions with show jumping legend Katie Prudent wrapped up yesterday, and California training listed rider Tiana Coudray arrived out east just in time to take advantage of them. Tiana has once again generously written a training session report for Eventing Nation. In 2010, Tiana Coudray won the Jersey Fresh 3* and placed 6th at the Boekelo 3* with Ringwood Magister. This year, Tiana is a High Performance B-List rider. Visit Tiana's website to learn more about her program. Thanks for writing this Tiana and thank you for reading.
Finian's win at Jersey 2010
Wednesday morning of the Katie Prudent training session got off to a bit of a chaotic start because of some location and scheduling changes. A very inconvenient thunder storm forced us out of Three Run's Plantation and down the road to Peter Barry's warmer, dryer, covered ring. With how wet we were getting just riding from the trailers to the indoor, it would have been absolutely miserable for us, not to mention for Katie, to try to be doing lessons outside at Three Run's Plantation. With the change of location also came complete abandonment of the schedule as we had to double up and get finished as early as possible. It was come one, come all until we all got through. Unfortunately that meant that there were often 4, sometimes 6 riders in each lesson and I was not able to watch the other groups as I had on Tuesday.
Katie is an interesting clinician to audit because she teaches to the crowd as well as the riders. Many times while someone is on course, she is giving commentary or sharing a bit of theory. I learned as much from watching as I did riding on Tuesday, so I was obviously disappointed to miss the other groups. In my first lesson I rode Master Hill and the lesson started with cantering a two stride of poles and then a very sharp 5 stride turn to a bounce of poles. Katie built on this by turning the bounce into a small vertical and asking us to gallop around the ring before collecting for the 2 strides, and then riding the 5 stride turn. Once we got that, we went straight ahead after the vertical which was a long 3 strides to an oxer and then a long 4 strides to another vertical. Clearly the lesson was on shortening and lengthening the stride. The other trick of it was planning your 5 stride turn such that you were coming forward to the first vertical rather than still trying to stuff your horse around the turn. By meeting the first vertical more forward, it made the long distances much easier, and for Master Hill, I even got him down the line too easily. Katie asked me not to get him to the oxer so much, and said the lesson for him was about having to reach a little bit for the oxer, so to hold him off of it a little. When we were all proficient at that exercise, we had to jump down the line, turn around at the bottom and come back up the line. This way it was still long, but the hardest part was getting the horses collected and turned to make the two stride of poles at the end. If you allowed your horse to cut in on their turns, or you were not able to adjust their stride, you were not going to be able to get the job done. Katie was very precise about what she wanted to see, and corrected every time a horse rubbed a jump or touched one of the poles on the ground.
My second lesson was with Ringwood Magister (Finian) and we had quite a variety of very schooled horses and very green horses all in the same group so we started off with a lot of flatwork. Katie approaches flatwork with the same precision as jumping, and while the exercises were very simple for Finian, it was still a good warm up to be completely measured in how we were leg yielding and doing flying changes. When we moved on to jumping, we did a very simple gymnastic, but one of the best exercises I've done in a while. It was a pole, 9 ft to a small vertical, 18 feet to a slightly bigger vertical, 21 feet to a slightly bigger oxer, but then you had to circle around and do the line in reverse. To start off, the oxer was only about 3'. When the horses jumped through nicely, we had to start coming back down from the oxer first to the bounce pole. Because the jumps we descending and the distance got tighter, it was very difficult to get the balance and the footwork and many of the horses wanting to bounce the one stride or straddle the bounce pole on landing. I think the real challenge of it, was that the jumps got smaller, which for me at least, drew the horse, and my position, downward rather than stretching up for the next jump. Like my previous lesson on Master Hill, it also asked the horses to lengthen their stride going through the line one way, and then shorten their stride coming right back through the line. I am excited to try this exercise with other horses and see how they do.
Every one of the lessons was packed with good exercises and targeted at understanding your particular horse's way of going. If they cut in on their turns Katie wants you to know that ahead of time, or if they jump best with a little more gap to the jump, she wants you to know that. She said that her goal was to help us make a plan for Sunday at the event, so you get to every jump in the way that your horse will jump it best. I am very excited about that kind of planning and precision, and I think looking at show jumping from that angle could really improve my rides, or at least one can hope.
Today is the last chance to enter the VIP contest with Phillip Dutton and our friends at SmartPak. The contest closes Thursday at midnight ET. The winner will receive:
One winner will receive:
--1 four-day pass to Rolex
--$2,500 travel voucher to cover air fare, hotel, care rental and food
--Visit the barns at Rolex and meet/take photos with Phillip's horses
--A partial private course walk with Phillip
--Opportunity to watch one of his warm-up rides ringside
--A gift package from SmartPak and Cosequin
Fill out the form at the link below. The winner will be randomly selected and announced on Friday, April 1st on the official SmartPak Equine Facebook page, and here on EN.
One of our biggest goals at Eventing Nation is to give back to our readers, who mean everything to us. We are very fortunate to work with companies like SmartPak who have those same priorities. Go eventing.
We have perhaps the busiest Thursday I can remember shaping up on Eventing Nation with lots of fun from Tiana Coudray, Annie, Samantha, and yours truly on the way. I don't think we will break through 10 posts today, but we could if we wanted to. Here are more photos of your favorite eventers strutting their stuff at the Southern Pines spectator party that doubled as a Britches and Bling fashion show. From what I heard it was a fun night that brought the riders a little closer to their fans than you can get galloping 520 meters per minute. Photos are courtesy of Allie Conrad.
Description: Oliver is a 16.1 hand 2003 bay thoroughbred gelding. He is working in first level dressage and jumping 3' courses and grids, schooling up to 3'3.
The above picture is of a brand new tophat that is also a helmet, or a helmet that is also a tophat, whichever you prefer. They are made by the Dutch company L'Hiver and apparently meet all safety standards. They are so new that there aren't photos of people riding in them yet. Samantha has the story and more photos on her blog. [Samantha's blog]
Now for your quick news and notes...
--Speaking of helmets (nice transition huh?) don't forget to enter our wear-your-helmet photo contest. Entries close Sunday.
--The Galway CIC3* is this weekend in beautiful Temecula, California. The first horse inspection is scheduled for this afternoon and dressage starts on Friday with the CIC show jumping Friday afternoon. Galway is a marquee event on the west coast, and many top horses will be there from novice to CIC3*, including several Rolex entrants such as Jumbo's Jake, The Alchemyst, and My Sedona. The weather is expected to be in the 40's and rainy...oh wait, that's the weather for where I am going to be instead. [Weather, Times/Scores]
--Speaking of Galway, the US and Canadian training sessions are being held at Galway Tuesday and Wednesday. Chelan is on scene and will be sending us reports of all the Galway goings-on this weekend. We'll have more weekend event previews in tomorrow's news and notes.
--As is usually the case with natural disasters, the horses in Japan are suffering along with the people. But, things are starting to look up thanks to support from veterinarians, horse lovers, and the racing industry. According to reports, racing has even resumed in the western part of the country. [TheHorse.com]
--Max Corcoran writes about all things Camp O'Connor in her latest blog entry. Mandiba to Badminton, Quin to Rolex, new horses, and Lauren Kieffer back to riding...it's a busy time around OCET. [Max's blog]
--The genius puppetry behind War Horse [via LA]
--In a study of British farrier trainees, researchers found that the trainees tended to have difficulty giving balance to the hooves and that there was a correlation between the imbalance and whether the farriers were right or left handed:
"Right-handed farriers tended to over-trim the inner (medial) wall of the left forelimb and the outer (lateral) wall of right fore. They were more likely to trim for mediolateral balance on the right forelimb. Left-handed farriers tended to do the opposite."
Hopefully the study will help alert trainees to their tendency for imbalance depending on which hand they are, which should allow them to correct the imbalance sooner. [Horsetalk]
--Best of the Blogs: A Katie Prudent training session report from Katherine Erickson
This is how I feel right now:
That's all for now. Stay tuned throughout the day for your eventing news and ridiculousness. As always, wherever you might be, thanks for making Eventing Nation part of your day.