Description: 2008 Devoucoux Mendia dressage saddle. Excellent condition, meticulously cared for and lightly used. Medium tree. Price includes domestic shippings and original saddle cover.
With hard work, diligence, and a good deal of luck, the 2011 Pan American Games were a success in Guadalajara. Between issues with medication import restrictions, potential disease quarantine problems leading up to the games, horses kicking in the packed jog area before the first horse inspection, the occasional ridiculously dangerous cross-country ride, and the always present protection by guards armed with assault rifles, the Guadalajara Games always felt slightly on the verge of chaos. It's time to live and learn and look forward to what I would imagine are going to be a much calmer 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada.
Along those lines, Eventing Nation has acquired a group of documents related to the discussions that will take place regarding potential changes to the qualification criteria and field of play rules at future Pan American Games. The first is a letter to the EC High Performance Committee from Equine Canada CEO Akaash Maharaj, who I respect as a defender of the democratic process in a sometimes less than democratic FEI governance system. The second is a list of proposals to the Pan American qualifying and competition rules. The eventing suggestions include keeping the 2* level, reducing the teams to 4 per nation, making only one qualifying space for the Olympics (down from 2), and increasing the minimum eligibility results. By far the most changes are proposed to jumping.
Of course, there's no telling whether all, some, or any of these changes will be actually instituted, but the documents are an interesting look into the rule change process and the Pan American Games moving forward. It's not quite the same as a video break, but...happy reading:
Some days just dont go the way we want them to, and it's enough to give any optimistic person a case of the Mondays.
But Good News! I've been reliably informed that the cure for all bad mood ailments is watching cute, cuddly animals do cute, cuddly things with other cute, cuddly animals. So to assist in your daily pick me up, I give you Video of a Baby Goat Riding a Horse! Don't worry, not only is this video safe for work monitors, it's also rated "Awwww-dorable!"
Seumas Marwood and Wild Oats
Today we have the announcement of the longest, long list I have ever seen. There are many names here I expected to see including combinations on the way to the top like Christine Bates and her two mounts Adelaide Hill and Delago. I am also pleased to Sammi McLeod back in the spotlight following many years away from the bright lights of the high performance squads.
I am very surprised to see Brook Staples and Ever So Clever on the list, I honestly thought that after their disastrous show jumping round at Blenheim earlier this year they would have been banished to Siberia. Apparently not.
Here is the full press release.
Equestrian Australia announces Eventing Futures Squad
Equestrian Australia (EA) is proud to announce the first Eventing National Futures Squad.
Hundreds of horse and rider combinations were assessed at Talent Identification Days conducted in each state and in the United Kingdom in 2011 to select the 2012 National Futures Squad.
The National Performance Director and National Selectors selected the squad based on criteria expected to predict future success at elite levels of international competition.
The High Performance Program introduced the National Futures Squads for Dressage, Jumping and Eventing as a vital element of the Talent Identification Program. The National Futures Squad is designed to provide access to the High Performance Program before horses and riders are at a level of training and competition which would make them eligible for selection on National A or Elite Squads.
The squads provide an unparalleled opportunity to introduce promising horse/rider combinations to the High Performance Program, the National Selectors and National Performance Director.
Futures Squad members will receive access to clinics designed to assist in tracking performance, plus veterinary, sports science and sports medicine support.
High Performance Manager, Brett Mace said, "The National Futures Squads represent a significant expansion of the High Performance Program. It is central to the National Pathways, and allows talented horses and riders to access the development opportunities within the High Performance Program".
Congratulations to the 2012 Futures Squad (Eventing) - listed below.
Rider Horse State
Aaron Moyes Tiger Moth NSW
Annabel Armstrong Bubble and Squeak NSW
Annabel Armstrong Jack in a Box NSW
Christine Bates Delago NSW
Christine Bates Adelaide Hill NSW
Craig Barrett Sandhills Brillaire NSW
Emma Mason Poker Face NSW
George Sheridan What an Ace NSW
Hamish Cargill Tahoe NSW
Jade Findlay Bloomers Twinkletoes NSW
Jade Findlay Frontier Psychaiatrist NSW
Rachel Lee Baillieu NSW
Shane Rose Virgil NSW
Stevie-Jade Shakoff Tickety Boo NSW
Emma Dougall Kelecyn Ice Age QLD
Kevin McNab Casperelli QLD
Kevin McNab Kelecyn Cognac QLD
Mattea Davidson Fairbanks Cargo QLD
Fairlie Taylor Edward Bounce SA
Jade Kluske Lakota SA
Rebekah Foster Carisbrooke Legs Eleven SA
Rebecca White Spy Master TAS
Amanda Ross William Wordsworth VIC
Edith Kane Serious Business VIC
Emily Anker Bvlgari VIC
Murray Lamperd Under the Clocks VIC
Seumas Marwood Wild Oats VIC
Tarryn Proctor ESB Irish Quest VIC
Will Enzinger Wenlock Aquifer VIC
Will Enzinger Wyuna Clear Image VIC
Will Enzinger Ruban Son VIC
Belinda Isbister Holy Bruce WA
Jessica Manson Legal Star WA
Sonja Johnson Belfast Mojito WA
Tegan Lush Tempus Fugit WA
Andrew Hoy Rutherglen UK
Andrew Hoy Cheeky Calimbo UK
Bill Levett Shanndondale Titan UK
Bill Levett Silk Stone UK
Bill Levett Baggrave Summertime UK
Bill Levett Improvise UK
Bill Levett Ballymore Rich Cat UK
Brook Staples Ever so Clever UK
Catherine Burrell Urzan UK
Clayton Fredericks Mr Sydney Rocks UK
Clayton Fredericks Macarthur UK
Clayton Fredericks Sorrento III UK
Lucinda Fredericks Latina 43 UK
Matt Ryan Bonza Bilbarin UK
Matt Ryan Bonza Rusty May UK
Paul Tapner Wickstead Didgeridoo UK
Paul Tapner Kilronan UK
Sam Griffiths Mumbo Jumbo IV UK
Sam Griffiths Paulank Brockagh UK
Sam Griffiths Real Dancer UK
Samantha Seaton Earls Grove UK
Sammi McLeod Kintara UK
Sammi McLeod Shannondale Santiago UK
Sammi McLeod LG Wellington UK
Yours in Eventing.
Description: Just in time for the Holidays! This saddle is in excellent condition. Used on one horse, it is a dream to sit the trot in- extremely well balanced, plenty of support, soft, supple leather. From the L'Apogee website: L'ApogÃ©e - Model DL Dressage Built on a beechwood laminated tree, the L'ApogÃ©e DL provides the utmost balance and lift in the horses shoulders. The supple French calf seat is deep and wide with a medium twist while the buffalo mono flap gives the rider the closest possible contact with the horse.
After ticking off Rolex and Burghley, Colleen is actively fundraising for Badminton in the spring, and working on her weak link, the dressage, with Linda Zang.
The smile says it all. In his latest article, William Micklem discusses the three Ss. Keeping it Sunny: "Being sunny is a key requirement for coaches, because coaching is all about human interaction." Keeping it safe "has to be the first priority in any sporting situation, but keeping it sunny should be intertwined around safety. The two form the prerequisites for successful coaching." Keeping it simple "is the holy grail of coaching, and simplicity is the most powerful word in training. It will accelerate progress with all levels of riders and in all activities. Therefore, I am always trying to refine and reduce and simplify, no matter if it is tack, a training exercise or a sentence." [Micklem]
European nations have called for a review of the Olympic qualifications before the 2016 Olympics in Rio. The main concern being that it is easier for some nations to qualify than others. [Olympic qualifications under review]
The team behind Silver Lining Farm shares their secret to success and give advice to future OTTB owners. They share the importance of a veterinarian inspection, spending time with your new horse. There is talk about common foot problems with OTTBs. But most importantly, don't push your new OTTB too fast and always be patient. For more advice, check out their blog HERE.
Description: 'Dominic' is an 11 year old gelding, standing at 16 hands with solid conformation, an excellent hind end, light mouth and Parelli trained. Currently competing at Training Level and is ready to take his next rider to Preliminary. 2nd and 3rd Level Dressage, brave with scope over fences, easy to navigate, level headed. Well suited for an Adult Amateur who wants a competitive horse that is going to score well in the dressage and be athletic over fences. Young Riders would love this horse because of his ability to score well in all 3 phases and ability to go Prelim and higher. Dominic is sound, sane and a gentleman in the tack and on the ground. A pleasure to have in any barn.