Description: 14.2h.h. Bay. 10 yr old Registered Appendix Quarter Horse Gelding. Very good-looking - gets attention! Has taken current rider through C-1 in pony club, doing eventing and dressage rallies and was part of the 5th placed team at P.C. championships (BN event-see video) this year. He has completed/placed at several BN events (GVRDC, Great Vista, Fitch's Corner) both 2010 and 2011. This special pony has lots of potential to compete in many different disciplines and needs a loving knowledgeable home as he has been sadly outgrown. Mito is quiet to shoe, trailer, vet, etc. He is a sweetheart in the barn (no vices) and is a very easy keeper.
Contact: Jinnie Garrett, 315-737-7885 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike, Boyd, Sinead, Will, and Jules
There are several great ways to follow Burghley this year, so let's take a look at some of the best. Many of these links have been added to the top of your sidebar for your clicking convenience.
Burghley.tv is offering free on-demand video of every rider in every phase at Burghley. By on-demand, I mean that you can select and watch a recording of each ride separately. That's the good news. The bad news is that it remains to be seen how long it will take for the videos to go online, but at this point it doesn't seem like it will be a live video feed. [Burghley.tv]
Our good friends at the Horse and Hound are going to be doing a live blog from all three phases. We are going to be sharing the live blog with them again this year so it will also be on Eventing Nation. You may have to scroll down a bit as it gets later each day because we will put posts over the live blog. You can pre-register for an email reminder at the [Horse and Hound]
Burghley will be posting audio interviews with riders throughout the weekend. These are usually updated throughout the day and are often times worth a listen. [Audio Interviews]
Samantha and ESJ will be tweeting throughout the weekend to all our Twitter tweeps. Follow Samantha [@SamanthaLClark] and ESJ [@JohnVacy] and EN [@EventingNation]. You don't have to have a Twitter account to watch their feeds, just click on the links. We also have the option of putting an aggregate live scrolling Twitter feed on Eventing Nation as we sometimes do during big three-days. If you love or hate that idea, please let us know in the comment section to this post.
Lastly, Burghley has a free iPhone app this year. [Burghley app]
That's all for now. We will of course bring to the best Burghley links including live scores throughout the weekend so keep it locked to Eventing Nation.
Michael Pollard repping the Cavalor sponsored rider jacket at BurghleyGo Cavalor.
If you like winning free stuff from awesome companies then stay tuned to Eventing Nation this week and next for a variety of awesome contests from our sponsors during Burghley and the American Eventing Championships.
Today we have a straight up pick 'em from Cavalor, provider of top quality equine feed and supplements. The winner of the challenge will receive a $200 gift certificate for Cavalor products of your choice. We know the final Burghley entry list after today's jog so let's get right to it.
Entering involves two steps:
1) You pick from the Burghley Entry List:
(a) The horse that will win Burghley
(b) The winning Burghley score (used for breaking ties)
Type your pick and score into the SUBJECT line of an email and send it to ENCavalor@gmail.com. The only way to enter the contest is by sending the entry in an email. Do not submit your entry in the comment section of this post--a mass comment entry contest on EN this spring nearly crashed the EN server. Multiple entries are not allowed. The deadline for submitting entries is the start of dressage at 4:30am ET Thursday.
2) Like Cavalor on Facebook [click here]
Cavalor products are all about solutions for your horse. Cavalor's feed and supplements are definitely expensive, but the stuff works like nothing else on the market. Gun to my head, if I had to recommend one Cavalor product I would recommend their grain called Pianissimo if you have a hot horse. Pianissimo is specifically designed to calm and relax a hot horse--especially that red headed ex-racehorse. It is also a complete feed for the sport horse. I can't think of one thing around the barn that I have gotten a better response by recommending that my friends try it.
The good news is that all the horses passed this afternoon, which means that 82 combinations go forward to the dressage phase, starting tomorrow at 9:30am. Local rider Sarah Cohen will be the official guinea -pig, and do the test-ride at 9:10am on Treason. One of my favourite horses (perhaps I mentioned that already?!) Happy Times will be first to go with Aussie Sam Griffiths, who also got the trot-up under way this afternoon,
The good news is that all the horses passed this afternoon, which means that 82 combinations go forward to the dressage phase, starting tomorrow at 9:30am local time. Local rider Sarah Cohen will be the official guinea -pig, and do the test-ride at 9:10am on Treason. One of my favourite horses (perhaps I mentioned that already?!) Happy Times will be first to go with Aussie Sam Griffiths, who also got the trot-up under way this afternoon,
Working student, vet tech, and EN guest blogger Jenny McCoy is on her way to Burghley for a fun weekend of spectating. Jenny was kind enough to send us a quick update from her travels looking ahead to a weekend of watching Burghley.
Alexis on Nightfall, Andrea on Laissez Faire, Jenny on Expedition, Holly on Stylish Dreamer, and Holly on Journey's End
Hello Eventing Nation! Just as I was beginning to settle into my new life working for both Megan and Dr. Newton, I left Lexington and I am on a little vacation for two weeks to visit family in Boston and in England. Fortunately Megan and Chris are very understanding and have let me take time off for some family matters, so I will be working my butt off when I get back to thank them!! My new job with Dr. Newton is absolutely amazing. I have never met a person like Chris. Smart just does not describe him--excluding his driving (in)ability--he is a pure genius! I have learned so much in the first three weeks working with him, and it has been great to be able to meet all of his clients and horses. My responsibilities are numerous and multiply everyday, but it's never overwhelming because I am doing what I love with people who truly love their horses. So far I have jogged about 68942107 horses (my new running sneakers already look years old!), pulled blood on multiple horses that are worth more than most of our houses, taken hundreds of x-rays (Keeneland Yearling Sales are coming up!), helped shockwave a few horses, and the list goes on and on. I have watched Dr. Newton work his magic to fix a horse's knee that was the size of a melon, sew up a horse's eye that was completely destroyed by a screw puncture, and so much more. No day is the same, and if you know Chris, it certainly never gets boring around him!
Meanwhile, back at the farm Molson has been recovering well. I began walk hacking him a couple weeks ago, and did some trots this week. He is still extremely weak--something I wasn't completely prepared for. When I brought him back from his foot injury in the spring, he bounced back pretty quickly. But, since he lost about 20% of his blood when he tore his spleen, his whole body shut down and so he has been rebuilding up his strength ever since. I have to admit my first ride on him was awful because he felt like a thirty year old pony that didn't want to go forward and was as stiff as an iron rod. However, a couple days later he attempted to buck me off, which made me elated because it meant he was feeling better! This past weekend we held our second MT of the summer at the farm, and it was twice as big as our last! Since Molson isn't jumping yet, Megan let me ride my personal favorite of all of her horses, Ex, in the training CT. I keep telling her she has to stop letting me ride him or I might steal him one of these days--he is a superstar!
This morning was quite a stressful one, as an hour before I was going to leave for the airport, Molson decided to act a little colicy--what is it with horses and AWFUL timing!? When I took his temp it was 98, and while it wasn't as low as when he ruptured his spleen, I was still concerned as last night was the first night he spent the whole night outside and I didn't know what horrible things could have happened. I called Dr. Newton in a panic, disrupting his busy schedule I'm sure to have him rush over and work his magic on Moo in time for me to still make it to the airport. Fortunately his temp was higher when he arrived, and his spleen was fine. After some TLC from Dr Newton, Molson was looking better just 15 minutes later. Normally I wouldn't bother a vet about a 'depressed looking' horse, but with me leaving for two weeks, and his recent spleen rupture, I can't help but be extremely careful with my baby!
With the craziest streak of luck, it just so happens that I am going to be in London during Burghley, so of course I begged and pleaded my non-horsey family to let us go for xc! I have been to Burghley before but never while the event was happening, so I am beyond excited to be able to be there this weekend! I will check in afterwards with a report of my view of the xc from the sidelines, and the highly anticipated shopping that is going to occur (I made sure to bring an extra carry on just for all of the black and pink things I am going to buy!)
A Land Rover Discovery on 2 wheels, at the Land Rover Experience
Not many words from me at this time. Sam is doing all the reporting of facts and figures. Here are some of my pics from the day.
Zara and friends walk the Lake
I think I know this bloke from somewhere
It all looks so well presented
Every now and then you catch a glimpse of Burghley House
The oversize forklift is so the driver can get out
The Nico Morgan
Dressage in the morning. Catch you later.
Yours in Eventing,
All the horses passed the first horse inspection at Burghley. Jules Stiller of the US won the best dressed. Samantha will be along shortly with much more from the jog, but until then here is a look at the official Burghley start list and ride times. Video for all of the rides will be available free online from Burghley.tv and I will have much more on that later today.
Here's a quick post from Hamish, written on his way to Burghley. So we can only hope that this was written at least a few hours ago as the Burghley first horse inspection is just concluding! Stay tuned for much more on that shortly. Thanks for writing this Hamish and thank you for reading.
This quite literally comes to you on the road to Burghley. I'm in the passenger seat of Chris Burton's truck, politely dodging conversation with the driver so I can better engage with my computer. It's a race against time now given that we're only 40 miles or so from the gates of Burghley House. Fortunately, since Burto is behind the wheel of his new rig he's quietly entertaining himself. And besides, he understands the importance of guest blogging for Eventing Nation - this isn't the time for crude innuendo about mediaeval jousting festivals, even if it's hard to ignore the signs we pass every mile along the A1.
I'd like to say we're a pair of nervous wrecks but surprisingly we're not. Perhaps we should be, given that we're about to enter a world where the jumps are taller, wider, skinnier and more 'retro' than ever before. In this new world - which is so retro it's lit by disco balls and sounds like the Bee Gees - the ditches eat cars, people base-jump off the drop fences and the adventurous receive telegrams from the Queen for sailing solo around the water jumps. Such is the hype surrounding this course that if you haven't practiced by swimming back and forth across the River Thames it's unlikely you'll be able to make the distance. Only the fearless will survive, and those who do will go on to conquer Everest, trek alone across the deserts of Africa and run naked around the South Pole in the depths of winter. It's going to be that tough.
40 miles ago I was playing it cool. I can't speak for Burto because I'm not speaking to Burto, but I'll admit that there's always a pang of nerves when you roll into any big event. Fortunately, this doesn't last long. It might be Burghley but once you're inside the camping and stabling area it really does feel like any other event. It's just a big grassy paddock on a bit of a hill filled with temporary stables, massive 'lorries' and a fair percentage of the world's best horses and riders. It's so relaxed that the vet doesn't even break out the microchip scanner to ID the horses - God knows who might have substituted their real horse for a freak that jumps entire buildings, sprints around eleven and a half minute courses without puffing and then hops spritely out of bed the next day keen to do it all again.
With the horses in the stables, the truck parked and a party atmosphere breaking out behind us at Team New Zealand, it's probably time to put the computer down, climb out of my cone of silence and get into the serious business of eventing.
See you somewhere out there.