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Part of the homepage of Phillip Dutton's new website. Part of the homepage of Phillip Dutton's new website.

Good morning EN! Check out the above screenshot, which comes from the homepage of Phillip Dutton’s brand new website. Designed by EN friend Athletux, the site looks pretty snazzy and has lots of great information about Phillip’s services, facilities, equine partners, and past accolades. Click to check out the full site in all its glory. [Phillip Dutton Eventing]

Weekend Preview:

Holly Hill Spring H.T. [Website]

Fair Hill International H.T. [Website] [Ride Times]

River Glen Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Sporting Days Farm H.T. [Website]

Longleaf Pine H.T. [Website]

FEI President Princess Haya’s husband, Sheikh Mohammed, will be barred from funding an international task force that aims to “clean up” problematic practices that have arisen in Endurance. In addition, two of his senior employees have been dropped from the newly-announced task force. The announcement of Sheikh Mohammed’s diminished role comes after both the Dutch and Swiss equestrian federations criticized “what they called ‘collaboration’ between the Sheikh and the [FEI],” according to the Telegraph. Sheikh Mohammed was suspended for doping for six months in 2009, and more than 24 horses from his stables have tested positive for drugs in the past. [The Telegraph]

The FEI is allowing athletes to vote for the direct election FEI Technical Committee athlete representatives for the first time. Each sport governed by the FEI has a respective FEI Technical Committee, and athlete representative candidates submitted applications for the election earlier this year. Karen O’Connor has put her hat in the ring to run for a position on the Eventing committee, and she is the only US candidate on the Eventing ballot. Only FEI registered athletes 18 years and older who are included on their sport’s respective Ranking List as of December 2013 are eligible to vote. Voting opened yesterday and will run through June 1. [FEI Athlete Elections 2014]

This week on the Eventing Radio Show: A Rolex preview. Hosts Nate Chambers and Joe Meyer are joined by guest co-host Max Corcoran to preview Rolex. Competitors Sharon White, Michael Pollard, and Kevin Keane join in to talk about their preparation for the event. [Eventing Radio Show]

Don’t forget to vote for your favorite creative interpretation of the EN logo! There are three finalists, and the winner will receive two four-day passes to Rolex next week. Voting closes at 10PM tonight, so get those ballots in! [EN Logo Rolex Pass Contest]

This week on SmartPak’s Ask the Vet: Can you combine supplements? A reader writes to Dr. Lydia Gray to ask about combining her horse’s supplements together in several days in advance of feeding in order to better organize her feed room. After consulting several specialists, Dr. Gray advises that combining supplements is not a good idea, as different compounds could interact with each other over time and render the individual supplements less effective. Click to read her full explanation. [SmartPak Blog]

Today’s video comes from Horse Nation, and features a new occupation for OTTBs that I bet you’ve never heard before: Rhino conservation.


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It's not from the CIC event, but it's my favorite Twin Rivers photo and it's worth reposting: Taylor McFall celebrates her second place finish in March 2013 on Mighty Maybelline in the  Intro division at Twin Rivers. Photo by Jenny McFall.
It's not from the CIC event, but it's my favorite Twin Rivers photo and it's worth reposting: Taylor McFall celebrates her second place finish in March 2013 on Mighty Maybelline in the Intro division at Twin Rivers. Photo by Jenny McFall.

Good morning EN! Twin Rivers Horse Park is preparing for it’s CIC and Advanced event this weekend out in Paso Robles, California. In addition to all the usual levels, the event will also feature Young Event Horse and Future Event Horse divisions, which begin tomorrow. Several big names have up-and-coming horses in the Young Event Horse class, including James Alliston, Jolie Wentworth, Hawley Bennett-Awad, and Tamra Smith. Click to check out a full list of entries.  [Twin Rivers Website] [Entry Status/Times]

Weekend Preview:

Ocala Horse Properties International 3-Day Event [Website] [Entry Status]

FENCE H.T. [Website]

St. Johns H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Times]

Pine Hill Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Times]

Zara Phillips will compete for the first time over Easter weekend since giving birth to her first child, a daughter born on January 17. Zara has seven horses entered in the Symm International Horse Trials, ranging across the levels. She will be campaigning her Olympic partner High Kingdom in the Open Intermediate, along with another horse named Black Tuxedo. [Horsetalk]

Philippa Humphreys has acquired Sir Donovan from Peter Barry.  Sir Donovan competed through the four star level with Katie Frei before being sold to Peter last year, and Boyd Martin had been campaigning him this spring until he broke his leg at Carolina International. We broke the news on the sale in this post last week, and the Chronicle also has a story on it this week. [COTH]

This week on the Eventing Radio Show: Mentors and their Students. Samantha and Jess talk to Kyle Carter and Karen O’Connor and their respective students, Libby Head and Lisa Barry. Sinead Halpin also stops by to give a news update, and this week’s training tip comes from Allison Springer. [Eventing Radio Show] 

Check out Lauren Kieffer on the cover of the April/May issue of The Arabian Sport HorseThe magazine featured Lauren, who has competed several Anglo-Arabs, in an article this month. You can see the photo and read the whole article for free by clicking the link. [The Arabia Sport Horse]

This week on the SmartPak Blog: Horse Insurance 101. While no one likes discussing worst-case scenarios, SmartPak has put together this helpful post about the basics of horse insurance. It covers mortality and major medical insurance policies, as well as several important points to think about when shopping around for the ideal plans. [SmartPak Blog]

Help Young Rider Sarah Braun with the cost of her Young Rider mount’s colic surgery. Sarah’s mount Candy, who carried her to a team gold medal at the NAJYRC, underwent colic surgery on March 1. Sarah’s insurance is only covering a portion of the costs, and she is seeking donations to help her cover some of Candy’s remaining expenses. Best wishes to Candy and Sarah as they go through the recovery and rehab process together. [Candy's Surgery Fundraiser]

Best of Blogs: Ellen Doughty blogs about how she is using her USEA-awarded training grant

Today’s video comes from RNS Video, and it is a supercut of the CIC3* water at the Fork last weekend. You can see a lot of upcoming Rolex combinations practicing their corner skills!


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The new Caesar Guerini that will be on the Prelim course at the Fork this weekend. Photo via the Fork Stable's Facebook page. The new Caesar Guerini that will be on the Prelim course at the Fork this weekend. Photo via the Fork Stable's Facebook page.

Good morning EN! Today competitors are settling into stalls at the Fork Stables where festivities are set to begin tomorrow. Nearly 60 combinations are entered in the CIC3* and you will find many top pairs among the entries. While dressage begins tomorrow, unofficial competition kicks off today with the “Shoot for the Stars” contest: teams of four people will compete in a clay shooting contest, and their final scores will be added to the riding scores of two CIC3* riders preselected for each team. On Sunday a winning team will be announced, and the winners will receive awards after the CIC3* awards ceremony. Keep checking back for more updates from North Carolina, as it will definitely be a busy and exciting weekend. [The Fork Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Facebook Page]

Weekend Preview:

Chattahoochee Hills H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Spring Bay H.T. [Website] [Ride Times]

CDCTA Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

A New Zealand paper reports on Jock Paget’s “limbo” as he waits to defend himself at an FEI hearing later this spring. According to the article, Jock has yet to receive a hearing date yet, and is incredibly frustrated by the entire situation as he sits on the sideline. Equestrian Sports New Zealand boss Jim Ellis said that the time off has been very damaging to Jock in terms of missed financial opportunities, and also that “ there is a strong case to explain why ”he’s done nothing wrong, or he’s morally innocent.’” [Southland Times]

This week on the Eventing Radio Show: Mother-daughter teams in honor of Mother’s Day in the UK. Hosts Jess and Samantha are joined by Mary and Emily King and Laine and Valerie Ashker to talk about their family partnerships. Simon Tucker then stops by to introduce everyone to his product, Mojo Wristbands, and Liz Halliday gives a training tip. [Eventing Radio Show]

A record 72 countries are entered to compete at this year’s WEG in Normandy, France. The competitions will the greatest number of entered countries are show jumping (57 total) and endurance (50 total). Nine countries have entered horses in all of the FEI divisions, and 12 countries will make their WEG debut. Click to see a full list of countries entered and the sports they have declared intent to send athletes for. [Horsetalk]

After Wellington’s withdrawal from consideration, Kentucky and Canada are the sole remaining candidates to host the 2018 WEG. If held in Kentucky, there would be a large positive economic impact on the surrounding area. According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, the state has submitted a signed  signed host agreement with an undisclosed financial guarantee in order to secure its position as a finalist. Official bids will be presented by both Canada and Kentucky, and the decision will be announced afterwards. [Lexington Herald-Leader]

Best of blogs: Meet Sophie Jenman, a British rider who will be contesting Badminton for the first time this May aboard her mount Animo.


Wednesday News and Notes from MDBarnmaster

Springtime in Maryland. Springtime in Maryland.

Good morning EN! As bland as it is to talk about the weather, I am going to.  Yet another winter (spring??) snow storm moved up the east coast yesterday, blanketing the DC area with about 3 inches of the white stuff that has been all too commonplace this year. The storm has continued to move north and will eventually end up in Canada, but luckily it appears that most of the accumulation will be less than six inches. I think I can speak for a lot of Area II riders in saying that I am very jealous of those California eventers who are entered in the event at Galway Downs this weekend. Their forecast looks much more uplifting than my front yard does right now.

Weekend Preview:

Galway Downs International H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Times]

Texas Rose Horse Park H.T. [Website]

Full Gallop Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Morven Park Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Rocking Horse Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Ariel Grald events her CIC2* winner LBF O’Leagh’s Image in honor of her late mother. The Chronicle posted a new interview with Ariel about her win at Carolina International and how she came to ride “Leah,” her winning mount. Ariel’s mother, Carol Rittenhouse, picked Leah out of a field of several other horses in 2005 before tragically passing away in a car accident last year. Ariel continues to compete the mare with her mother listed as the owner to honor her memory. [The Chronicle]

France currently leads the FEI Nations Cup Eventing Series after bringing home the team win at Fontainebleau last weekend. The event served as the first leg of this year’s Nations Cup Series, and five countries competed with teams in the CIC3*. France was the only team to have four clean cross country rides, and Nicolas Touzaint finished in fourth place overall. The teams from The Netherlands and Great Britain followed in second and third places, respectively. [Around the Rings]

Paul Tapner had a stellar start to his season at Gatcombe last weekend. He won an Advanced Intermediate division with Indian Mill and came in fourth in the same class with Kilronan, who will head to Badminton later this spring. In addition, Tapner won an Intermediate division with Up In The Air, and placed with another Intermediate mount, Yogi Bear VIII. [Stroud News & Journal]

Land Rover will remain the title sponsor of Burghley Horse Trials through 2017. The car company has been affiliated with Burghley since the early 1990s, and has been the title sponsor since 2005.  The managing director of Jaguar Land Rover, UK, Jeremy Hicks told the Odisha Diary, “Our commitment to equestrian sport is well established and will certainly continue into the future as Land Rover enhances its range of family-suited vehicles bringing versatility and capability to customers and competitors alike.” [Odisha Diary]

The week on the Eventing Radio Show:  All things Carolina International. Hosts Samantha and Jess interview CIC3* winner Marilyn Little about her weekend, as well as Carolina International executive committee member Marc Donovan. Tiana Coudray gives this week’s trainer tip, which focuses on jumping. [Eventing Radio Show

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Is anyone near Poplar Place Horse Trials missing a sweet little kitty? This young black female cat with white paws and chin was found at Poplar last weekend by Dorothy Crowell’s daughter Julia. She is very tame and house broken. She is a pet to someone because she is well taken care of. If you know anything about who might own her, please call Autumn Schweiss at 1-320-894-4924 or message her on Facebook.

The video below was filmed and edited by EN favorite Thehorsepesterer, and it depicts Carolina International CIC2* winners Ariel Grald and LBF O’Leagh’s Image jumping one of the large tables on the course in slow-motion. Check out that form!


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Marc Donovan and Hugh Lochore hard at work improving the cross country course. Photo via the Carolina International Facebook page. Marc Donovan and Hugh Lochore hard at work improving the cross country course. Photo via the Carolina International Facebook page.

Good morning EN! The festivities are officially kicking off for the inaugural Carolina International CIC and Horse Trials in Southern Pines, North Carolina. Jenni and Sally are going to be on hand all weekend bringing you coverage from the event, which everyone is expecting to be a tough one. The brand new cross country course was designed by Red Hills designer Hugh Lochore, and I have it on good authority (because I jumped it myself) that a lot of Aikenites have been practicing tough brush corners this week in preparation for what is rumored to be a very challenging Advanced and CIC3* track. Make sure to keep checking back for on-the-ground updates as the weekend progresses. Good luck to all competitors! [CHC International Website] [Rider Information]

Weekend Preview:

Poplar Place Farm March H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

The Land Rover Gatcombe Park Horse Trials has drawn a big international crowd of competitors this year. Riders from fifteen nations will compete there this weekend in both Novice (Prelim) and Intermediate divisions, including North American favorites Rebecca Howard and Clark Montgomery. The entry list reads like a who’s-who of international eventing, with names like Blyth Tait, Paul Tapner, Laura Collett, William Fox-Pitt, Andrew Nicholson, and Lucinda Green. Countries represented include Brazil, Japan, Italy, Switzerland, Sweden, and of course all the usual suspects like France, Germany, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. [Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard] [Gatcombe Entries]

Doug Payne argues that eventing needs “new bones and a facelift.” In a blog for COTH, Doug articulates his concern over the rising cost of competing in horse trials and the impact that will have on eventing as a whole (I mean seriously, have you seen what they charge for stabling these days?!). He explains an idea for a tiered system of pricing for events that would allow for some events to be cheaper than others. What do you think, EN? Should we move to a system where some events cost less? Would that incentivize you to compete more? [The Chronicle]

A company in Europe is working to develop a GPS alarm system to improve rider safety. The company, called Equisafe, is funded by the EU’s 7th Framework Programme and aims to help prevent riding injuries. Equestrian activities accounted for 15% of all sports-related deaths in the EU in 2009, and the hope is this system will help riders identify “abnormal and undesirable behavior” that could lead to a riding accident. In addition, the system encompasses rider monitoring and is capable of sounding the alarm to a instructor or barn if a rider falls or exhibits distress. [Horsetalk]

Know a superstar eventing Thoroughbred? Tell us your story! EN is looking for more thoroughbreds to feature in our “Thoroughbred Legends” series. If you know of a rock star Thoroughbred who has had a successful eventing career, email

This week on SmartPak’s ‘Ask the Vet:’ determining optimal Cosequin doses. A reader asked Dr. Lydia Gray to help her decide what dosage of Cosequin is best for her elderly, arthritic horse. Dr. Gray explains that there is no benefit to divvying up Cosequin throughout the day, and giving a large dose all at once will be fine. [Ask the Vet]

Get into the Carolina spirit with this video of the Advanced water complex from last year, shot by RNS Video.


Wednesday News and Notes from MDBarnmaster

A photo of the construction  of Copper Meadow's new water complex. Photo via the Copper Meadows Facebook page. A photo of the construction of Copper Meadow's new water complex. Photo via the Copper Meadows Facebook page.

Good morning EN! This week out in California Copper Meadows will host its first Advanced event of the year, featuring a brand new water complex. In addition to regular prizes, there will also be several other contests going on at the event- including one that may be my new favorite promotional event: a make your own glittery quarter marks booth. Four Star Eventing Gear and Jacks Manufacturing are supplying everything you need to make your artistic creation- all you have to do is show up. The horse and rider pair who sports the best quarter marks will win $100, not to mention look snazzy while galloping around the course. Consider this a challenge, EN readers, and send us lots of photos! [Copper Meadows Facebook]

Weekend Preview:

Feather Creek Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Times]

Copper Meadows H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Times]

Pine Top Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Times]

Several top eventers will once again try their hands at reining as part of the Kentucky Reining Cup over the Rolex weekend. The reining competition is held at the Kentucky Horse Park at the same time as Rolex, and the event riders will take to the ring on Saturday evening. Defending champ David O’Connor will be back, and he will be joined by Bruce Davidson, Will Faudree, and Lynn Symansky. Better get your tickets for Saturday night before they sell out! It will definitely be a stiff competition. [KY Forward]

Famous baby watch! Several foals out of very famous parents have been born this month, including three very elegant babies out of Belmont Stakes winner Union Rags. Click for a full list of celeb babies, and to check out lots of photos. [Horse Nation]

This week on the Eventing Radio Show: Event recaps. John Holling and Allie Knowles join hosts Jess and Samantha to talk about their recent top finishes, and Liz Halliday chats about her recent win in Portugal. Finally Laine Ashker gives this week’s trainer tip, which focuses on correctly riding skinnies. [Eventing Radio Show]

Dubai is adding riding into the classic triathlon. Instead of requiring the usual running, swimming, and cycling legs, organizers of the Dubai Desert Triathlon are replacing swimming with a 25km endurance ride through the Dubai International Endurance City. Prizes will be awarded to to the fastest team, individual, rider, runner, and cyclist in each division. [Horsetalk]

This week on SmartPak’s Ask The Vet: Should you feed a fat supplement with grain? Dr. Lydia Gray answers a reader’s question about fat supplements and when they are appropriate. Bottom line: while there are several types of horses that would benefit from fat supplements, like those who are “hard keepers” and horses who have tied up before, others will be fine without them. [SmartPak Blog]

Best of Blogs: British Eventer Lauren Shannon is never bored with a  barn full of mares

Remember those great Rolex commercials that featured different horse sports? Horse Nation found two newly released horse-related commercials made by Longines, an FEI Top Partner and the new title sponsor of many equestrian competitions. One of the commercials centers on racing, and the other on show jumping. Check out the racing video below, and click to watch the show jumping one here. 



Wednesday News and Notes from MDBarnmaster

Kathy Rivera and Royal Lufttanzer waiting out the traffic in Louisiana. Thanks to Amanda Merritt for the photo. Kathy Rivera and Royal Lufttanzer waiting out the traffic in Louisiana. Thanks to Amanda Merritt for the photo.

Good morning EN! Well at least I hope it is a good morning for you…or a better one than a lot of eventers that are attempting to make the trek to Red Hills from areas west of the Mississippi River are having. That huge snow and ice storm that hit Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana a couple days ago has made a total mess of the interstate highways and there are a lot of horse trailers that have been stranded in hours and hours of backups. 1* competitors Kathy Rivera and Royal Lufttanzer, pictured above taking a break at a gas station, spent four hours on the 18 mile bridge outside of Baton Rouge, and managed to travel only 30 miles in 7.5 hours (!!). In the photo they are waiting for I-10 to reopen. Good luck to Kathy and we all hope the rest of her journey passes quickly!

Weekend Preview:

Red Hills International [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Full Gallop March HT [Website] [Entry Status]

Southern Pines HT [Website] [Entry Status]

The British eventing season is already off to a disappointingly wet start. Somerley Park International, originally scheduled for March 25-26, has officially been canceled due to rain. Organizer Suzannah Cotterill told British Eventing, “The water levels at Somerley Park have reached such a point that we cannot access the ground to finish event preparations which unfortunately leaves us with no option other than to cancel.” The event was supposed to feature a CIC2*, and the organizers hope that by canceling early competitors will be able to reroute to other events. [British Eventing]

Individual tickets for WEG events are now on sale. They come at a range of prices depending on the event, from €5 to €90. If you are still planning on buying, you better do it fast- over 210,000 tickets have already been sold.  [WEG Ticket Sales]

Area IV is hosting an online silent auction in conjunction with its annual meeting. The auction will features entries to area events, clinics, course walks, lessons, and specialty equine items. If you are interested in attending the meeting itself, it will be held on March 15 in Bloomington, MN, and will feature Meghan O’Donoghue & Lindsey Taylor as speakers. [Area IV Silent Auction] [Area IV Annual Meeting]

Do you like window shopping? Check out these preview videos of young German-bred horses that will be offered for sale this Saturday as part of the 2014 Top Eventers Sales Day. A total of 18 horses have made it through the sale’s selection process, which appears to be fairly stringent. If you would rather see photos, you can find a PDF file of all horses that will be up for purchase on the sale’s website. Happy drooling! [Top Eventers Sale Videos]

Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event has named Partners for Youth as its first official charity. Partners for Youth is a nonprofit organization based in Lexington that aims “to promote positive youth development and to prevent juvenile delinquency through collaboration and capacity building.” [KY Forward]

This week on SmartPak’s Ask the Vet: How cold is too cold to ride? It’s been a frustrating winter for many of us, and this week Dr. Lydia Gray tackles a the question many are thinking. The good news is that there is no temperature too cold for horses to be ridden in as long as they are adapted to it. Click to check out the rest of her cold weather riding advice. [SmartPak's Ask the Vet]

Best of Blogs: Meredith Thomas is spending this week in Southern Pines, NC training with Bobby Costello before competing at Southern Pines HT. Check out her  blog about her experiences.


Wednesday News and Notes from MDBarnmaster

Liz Halliday and her new motorcycle, photo via the USEF Eventing High Performance page and Equine Events & PR. Liz Halliday and her new motorcycle, photo via the USEF Eventing High Performance page and Equine Events & PR.

Good morning EN! British-based US event rider Liz Halliday won the CIC2* at Vale Sabroso in Portugal aboard her mount Fernhill By Night last weekend, taking home the impressive prize you see pictured in the photo above. While I can’t say I know very much about Harley Davidsons, I can say that particular motorcycle looks really impressive. Big congrats to Liz and her team for the win, and stay safe on that bike!

Weekend Preview:

Full Gallop Farm February H.T. (runs today) [Website] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Twin Rivers Winter H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Times]

Rocking Horse Winter III H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Sporting Days Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

The USEA’s Young/Future Event Horse Seminar began yesterday in Florida. EN’s own Visionaire was on hand to watch the proceedings, and you can check out her report after the jump. The seminar will continue today. [EN Day 1 Coverage] [USEA Day 1 Coverage]

Are equestrian sports securely in the Olympics? A new opinion article published by Horsetalk argues that they are not. The IOC is considering enacting “radical reforms” this year that would impact the summer Olympics beginning in 2020. The debate mainly surrounds the increasing costs of bidding to host the Olympics, and then actually building the venues needed to host them. Increasing expenses mean that fewer cities will be able to compete to host the games, and the IOC aims to reduce the overall costs of hosting. The article argues that the FEI should be using its lobbying power to ensure the IOC council understands the value that equestrian sports add to the Olympics as these issues are debated. [Horsetalk]

Team Wallace is prepping for Red Hills in Florida. WCTV filmed a short segment about Team Wallace’s preparations for the event, which will take place in March. Click to watch the video. [WCTV]

Eventing organizer startup EquiVentures has announced that Richard Trayford will be the new Managing Director of the company. Founded by Peter Gray and Jon Holling, the company has been growing since its inception five years ago and oversees a series of four shows at the Florida Horse Park. According Peter Gray in a new press release, Richard “has the perfect balance of business and equine experience to take EquiVentures to the next level with the excellence the community has come to expect.” [US Eventing]

Is bran mash good for horses? SmartPak’s resident vet Dr. Lydia Gray tackles the question on the SmartPak blog as part of her weekly “Ask the Vet” column. She reminds readers that while bran mashes are common feed to give during a long cold spell, you can overdo it by feeding mashes too often. Click to check out her full explanation. [SmartPak Blog]

This week on the Eventing Radio Show: Fosse Park horses, finding the right career path for your equine, and the story of Jessica Phoenix’s longtime mount Exponential. Hosts Samantha Clark and Jess Montgomery are joined first by Mark  Johnson, a man who has worked to improve the living conditions of horses bred for meat and living at Fosse Park in England. Marcia Kulak then comes on the show to talk about how she picks a career path for horses in her training program, followed by Jessica Phoenix who adds her voice to talk about Exponential’s career. Finally, Valerie Vizcarrondo gives this week’s training tip. [Eventing Radio Show]

Today’s video comes from EN friend Thehorsepesterer, and features Will Coleman and his new mount Conair at Pine Top last weekend where they competed in the Open Intermediate.


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Shawna White and Chunder  looking Sochi-ready. Shawna White and Chunder looking Sochi-ready.

Are you surviving the snow EN? One of our loyal readers is not just surviving, but even getting creative. Shawna White sent us the above photo of herself and her horse Chunder jumping an ingenious obstacle made, you guessed it, totally out of snow. The pair lives in Kentucky, but Shawna grew up in upstate New York and so she has had plenty of practice riding in the snow. I think this photo serves as proof that riding should clearly be added to the winter Olympics and that Chunder would make the shortlist.

Weekend Preview:

Pine Top Spring Advanced HT [Website] [Entry Status/Times]

The new US Eventing show jumping coach Silvio Mazzoni will teach High Performance riders in Aiken tomorrow. From the USEF Eventing High Performance Facebook page, it appears as though Silvio will teach a joint lesson to the riders with David. If you are in the area and would like to attend, you can check out a full schedule of ride times on the Facebook page as well. [USEF Eventing High Performance]

British Eventing is taking a stand on concussions. BE rules now state that any rider suffering a concussion at a competition will be suspended for 21 days following the fall or accident that caused the concussion. In addition, any rider that bumps their head but does not present with a concussion will have to revisit the event doctor two hours after their fall to be examined for signs of a delayed concussion, and a failure to return will result in a 21-day suspension until a clarification of a diagnosis can be made. [Horsetalk]

Have you voted in our Smooch Your Horse contest? We asked you to send us the best Valentines inspired photos of you smooching your horse in order to be eligible to win a $50 Hamilton BioVet gift card, and we got a lot of very adorable entries. Click to see our top pics and vote for your favorite! Voting ends today at 10 PM EST. [Smooch Your Horse Contest]

This week’s SmartPak Horse Health Challenge topic is nutrition. Do you know if your horse is getting a balanced meal? This guide will help you decide. According to SmartPak’s own survey, 7 out of 10 horses aren’t getting a full serving of fortified grain or complete feed for their weight and workload- so it might be worth a click to make sure you are on the right track. [SmartPak Blog]

This week on the Eventing Radio Show: The Event Riders Association, Aiken ice, crowdfunding, and Devoucoux saddles. Hosts Nate Chambers and Joe Meyer are joined by ERA leader Bruce Haskill, Aiken survivor Doug Payne, Devoucoux technical advisor James Daniel Conner, and professional rider Rebecca Brown. Rebecca currently aims to crowdfund her next horse and stops by to discuss her strategy. Finally Joe and Nate discuss teaching a horse how to jump ditches as this week’s Trainer Tip. [Eventing Radio Show]

The “high health, high performance horse”concept is getting attention at a forum this week in Hong Kong organized by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). The concept is part of a campaign by several organizations to educate others about the level of care high performance horses receive in order to argue for less regulation of high performance international travel. Supporters of the HHP concept believe that the burdensome and inconsistent regulations for travel and quarantine are limiting the growth of high performance equestrian sports and hope to ease regulations surrounding the movement of elite equine athletes. [Horsetalk]

Check out this compilation video of the Advanced water complex at Rocking Horse last weekend, courtesy of RNS Video.


Wednesday News and Notes from MDBarnmaster

Good morning EN, today is yet another day of snowpocalypse across America- or at least the Northwest and East Coast. I’m currently in Aiken stocked up on a blankets and batteries, crossing my fingers that the predicted ice storm doesn’t knock out my power. Due to the promise of bad weather, the second planned High Performance Aiken training sessions have been postponed for a day. It appears that the plan is to hold the sessions on Thursday, however judging from the forecast even that seems like it will be iffy. For those interested in attending, be sure to check the USEF Eventing High Performance Facebook page for updates. Speaking of the High Performance page, yesterday it was posted that Silvio Mazzoni will be Team USA’s new show jumping coach. Mazzoni is an Argentinian eventer and successful Grand Prix show jumper. Best of luck to the new coach!

Weekend Preview:

Rocking Horse Winter II [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Paradise Farm [Website] [Entry Status]

Fresno County Horse Park HT [Website] [Entry Status/Times]

PSA for all organizers and Advanced competitors: Unlike other levels, the Advanced dressage test A is the more technical of the two dressage tests for the Advanced level. The USEA posted this reminder in order to allow organizers and competitors to plan their competition calendars more thoughtfully. [USEA]

Remember when the Connecticut Supreme Court took up the question of whether or not horses are “inherently dangerous” animals? The CT governor has taken the matter into his own hands. If horses are considered “inherently dangerous,” then there could be potentially devastating consequences for horse owners who would suddenly find their horses and riding operations pretty much uninsurable. In order to save the state’s horse industry, the governor has introduced legislation clarifying that domesticated horses are not wild animals, and as such not “inherently dangerous.” The bill is currently being considered by the state’s General Assembly. [Horsetalk]

This week on the Eventing Radio Show: Winter training. A star-packed guest list features Francis Whittington, Eric Smiley, Liam Moggan, David O’Connor, Clark Montgomery, Liz Halliday, Tiana Coudray and Tim Randle, all of whom stop by to discuss topics such as the International Eventing Forum,  Event Riders Association meeting, and the recent High Performance Training Sessions. Finally Tik Maynard gives this week’s training tip about introducing your horse to the water. [Eventing Radio Show]

A British woman had admitted to “riding furiously.” The charge, based on a law 167 years old,came after the woman was reported to have ridden by other riders on trails at excess speeds, spooking their horses while she shouted at her own. And of course like many news stories these days, this one has a social media aspect: apparently the charges were brought after a Facebook campaign against the woman in question escalated to the point that her safety was threatened. She will pay a small fine. [Horsetalk]

Help support Elyse Leduc, a Canadian rider who was injured in a serious car accident earlier this week. EquineLUX is donating 20% of its sales to Elyse’s recovery fund, which will go towards caring for her horses while she remains in the hospital. In addition, there will be an online auction that you can donate items to up until February 26 and purchase items from beginning on March 1. [EquineLUX] [Auction for Elyse Leduc]

This week on SmartPak’s “Ask the Vet:” Hind Luxation. Dr. Lydia Gray takes on a question from a reader about what supplements will help with hind lunation. The bottom line: no supplement is a good as conditioning and a work schedule.  [SmartPak Blog]

Best of blogs: Jeanie Clarke Eventing working student Allison Kohlberg aims to compete at NAJYRC

Today’s video comes courtesy of RNS Video, who was filming out at the Ocala Horse Properties HT last weekend. Check out this footage of the Intermediate water complex from the Intermediate division that ran as a one day last Friday.


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David teaching Ellen Doughty and Sir Oberon on Monday at the Ocala Training Sessions. Photo from the USEF Eventing High Performance Facebook page. David teaching Ellen Doughty and Sir Oberon on Monday at the Ocala Training Sessions. Photo from the USEF Eventing High Performance Facebook page.

Good morning EN! The Ocala High Performance Training Sessions are underway this week down in Florida, where the weather can’t make up its mind on what season it is. As you can see from the photo above, Monday was sunny and beautiful, while photos from yesterday’s jumping session show a background consisting of rainy fog.  Today is the third and final day of training, consisting of private dressage lessons again. Check out the links below for more coverage of the training sessions and takeaways from David’s lessons.

[COTH Coverage: Dressage Day 1] [COTH Coverage: Jumping Day] [Visionaire's Jumping Day Write up] [Videos]

Weekend Preview:

Full Gallop Farm Feb. HT (runs today, Feb. 5) [Website] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Pine Top [Website] [Entry Status/Times]

Ocala Horse Properties Winter II HT [Website] [Ride Times]

We reported yesterday on the announcement of  Miners Frolic’s retirement due to a heart problem, and his fans across the pond are speaking out. “Henry” is the only British horse to have ever won three Olympic medals and he has many ardent supporters who are wishing him all the best. Horse & Hound has a nice round up of tweets that were sent out about the subject yesterday. [Horse & Hound]

Kitty King is one of 18 riders selected for Great Britain’s Nations Cup Squad. The squad is a list of riders capable of representing Great Britain at the six FEI Nations Cup competitions, though who lack the experience to make the Senior Squad. A team of four and an alternate will be chosen for each Nations Cup competition, a strategy that worked well for Britain last year as they won the series. Click to see the entire list, and to be amazed by how many young British three star riders exist. [Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard]

 The International Eventing Officials Club has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the FEI. The FEI removed the designation of Associate Member status in 2012, and the IEOC is one of several former Associate Member bodies to sign a memorandum in order to cover “universal issues” like FEI rules, recognition, and welfare status. The IEOC consists of more than 1,000 members and is an important link between the FEI and the sport of eventing, which continues to grow. Did you know that the number of events worldwide has increased by 77% since 2004? [Horsetalk]

This week on SmartPak’s horse health challenge: put your best foot forward. The experts over on the SmartPak blog explain the three steps to healthy hooves: expert care, management, and proper nutrition. Also, remember to be patient: healthy hooves grow one day at a time. [SmartPak Blog]

The USEA has posted the 2014 Young and Future Event Horse competition schedule. Future Event Horses are yearlings, two-year-olds, and three-year-olds, while Young Event Horses classes are open to four- and five-year-olds that are under saddle. Click for a full list of this year’s classes, the first of which takes place at MeadowCreek Park HT, Feb. 28-Mar 2. [US Eventing]


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Clearly the secret weapon behind Buck's inhuman show schedule is snuggle time with his pup. Thanks to Helene Gallagher for the lovely photo. Clearly the secret weapon behind Buck's inhuman show schedule is snuggle time with his pup. Thanks to Helene Gallagher for the lovely photo.

Yesterday Sally wrote a great article — complete with diagrams from Lindsey — about how Buck manages to ride 10+ horses at an event and still stand at the end of the day. Besides having an amazing team behind him, he is clearly the epitome of a professional athlete.  Those of you that dream of the day that you can be just like Buck should check out a new and super exciting contest that Horseware Ireland just announced. The company is looking for a Horseware Grassroots Rider to join its Riders Team for 2014. Open to anyone 16 or older, the winner will land a €10,000 sponsorship deal for a year with Horseware. Click to read more about the contest and find information about entering. [Horseware Ireland]

Weekend Preview:

Poplar Place February HT [Website] [Entry Status]

Sporting Days February HT [Website] [Entry Status]

Galway Downs Winter HT [Website] [Entry Status/Times]

The FEI has announced the officials for this summer’s WEG in France. Each discipline has a different team of officials, and Europeans are heavily favored on the Eventing jury. The President of the Ground Jury, Australia’s Gillian Rolton, will lead  Ground Jury Members Alain James (FRA) and Ernst Topp (GER). The TD will be Great Britain’s Alec Lochore, and the Assistant TD will be Ataide Pereira from Brazil. Click for a full list of the officials that will be presiding over each discipline. [Horsetalk]

Meet Bailey Moran, a rising professional eventer from Texas. 18-year-old Bailey just graduated from high school, scored her first sponsor, and won both a Prelim and Intermediate division at Rocking Horse Winter I last weekend. Keep in mind, this was only Bailey’s second Intermediate run with her mount Loughnatousa Caislean, who she calls the “light of her life.” Click to read more about Bailey and how she managed to solicit her sponsor (Majyk Equipe) totally on her own. [COTH]

Will O’ Wind Farm will be the cross country venue for the 2015 Pan American Games. The games will take place in Toronto, and the farm is located nearby in Mono, Ontario. The course itself is equivalent to a CCI2* and will be designed by Wayne Copping. Dressage and jumping events will take place roughly 30km away at the Caledon Pan Am Equestrian Centre. [Horse Canada]

Calling all graphic designers: SmartPak is hiring! I’m mainly posting this because I wish I was qualified for this job, as working at SmartPak seems like it would be such a great deal. Click to read more about the job and its requirements, as well as to find information about the application process. [SmartPak Blog]

Eventing Nation has been nominated for two Equestrian Social Media Awards! Go vote for us in categories #14 and #15, Best Blog and Best Social Network. [ESMA Voting]

Iron Spring Farm has been named the USA’s top dressage breeder by USEF.  Breeders are ranked by totaling the points their horses earn in licensed USEF breeding competitions, and Iron Spring Farm had multiple horses that accrued points for the title last year. One of the farm’s star earners is Darling ISF, who was named Mare Champion and the GAIG/USDF Breeders Mare Champion at the 2013 NEDA Fall Festival. [Horsetalk]

Today’s video comes from Practical Horseman and features Phillip Dutton discussing the walk with clinic participants at Paradise Farm in Aiken.


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Walk The Line, Buenos Aires and Ringfort Tinkaturk at the Ocala Eventing 25 training camp. Photo via the USEF Eventing High Performance Facebook page. Walk The Line, Buenos Aires and Ringfort Tinkaturk at the Ocala Eventing 25 training camp. Photo via the USEF Eventing High Performance Facebook page.

Good morning EN! The Ocala Eventing 25 training camp is underway at the beautiful Meredyth South farm this week, and as usual the social media gurus who run the USEF Eventing High Performance Facebook account are bringing you lots of updates and photos of the proceedings. To check out more photos of yesterday’s jumping session and Monday’s dressage work, check out the Facebook page. [USEF  Eventing High Performance]

Weekend Preview:

Rocking Horse Winter I HT [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Website]

Full Gallop January HT [Entry Status] [Website]

WEG course designer Pierre Michelet has promised challenges for event riders in France. According to Horsetalk, Michelet has said there will be three water jumps, rugged and hilly terrain, and many narrow fences in Normandy (as one could expect from any four star course). “Many combinations will ask for precision and good balance, especially with the (steep) slopes,” Michelet told Horsetalk. [Horsetalk]

The Melbourne international three day event is being rebranded and relaunched as the Melbourne International Horse Trials (MIHT). The event, which features a CCI1*, CCI2*, and CCI3*, has taken on its new identity after Equestrian Victoria and  the private events company Nodding Horse Pty Ltd. announced a new agreement. MIHT will take place from June 6-9 this year and aims to be a celebration of both Victoria equestrians and the Queen’s Birthday weekend. The cross country courses will be revamped by designer Ewan Kellet. [Horsetalk]

Which horse and rider do you think had the best season last year? Don’t forget to vote for 2013 EN Horse and Rider of the Year. The polls will stay open until 10 p.m. EST Thursday night, and we’ll announce the winners Friday. [Vote]

This week on the Eventing Radio Show: Brazilian Olympian Ruy Fonseca and CA eventer Tamie Smith. Hosts Joe Meyer and Nate Chambers talk to Ruy Fonseca about his arrival in the US and his ride at the  Ocala X Extreme Jumping/Cross Country over the weekend. Later in the show Tamie Smith joins in to discuss West Coast Eventing and the recent Instructors’ Certification Program. [Eventing Radio Show]

Practical Horseman and EQUUS are awarding a 10-day trip for two to this year’s WEGs to one lucky winner.  And the best part is all you have to do to enter the contest is sign up for a free trial subscription to Practical Horseman. Click the link for more information about contest specifics and the details of the grand prize. [Practical Horseman]

Face the facts on joint supplements with SmartPak. SmarkPak has launched a new series on its blog called the “Horse Health Challenge” that will focus on educating readers about the facts of common equine illnesses and injuries.  This week the series addresses the issue of joint problems and the use of joint supplements. The first thing to know: joint care must start before there is a problem. [SmartPak Horse Health Challenge]

It’s time to vote for the Equestrian Social Media Awards! Not to toot our own horn, but Eventing Nation is a finalist for Best Blog and Best Social Network. Voting closes on Feb. 7. Go vote, Go Eventing! [ESMA]

Best of Blogs: Shamwari 4 made it to Aiken a couple weeks ago, and Boyd has wasted no time in getting to know him. He posted two videos of Shamwari schooling on his blog yesterday, including the clip below of Silva performing a beautiful extended trot. Click to see another short video of a jump school. [Boyd and Silva Martin]


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Eventing 25 participants enjoying an Equine Anatomy lecture from Dr. Kuesis today in Temecula, CA. Photo courtesy of Joanie Morris.  Eventing 25 participants enjoying an Equine Anatomy lecture from Dr. Kuesis today in Temecula, CA. Photo courtesy of Joanie Morris.

Good morning EN! The Eventing 25/Developing Riders California sessions are underway this week at Tucalota Creek Ranch in Temecula. On Monday participants worked on dressage with David, and yesterday all had a jumping session. Make sure to check out the USEF Eventing High Performance Facebook page  to see photos of the riding sessions as well as more photos like the one above, which features Matt Brown’s Super Sox BCF as the equine assistant.

Weekend Preview:

Poplar Place Farm [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Got some extra cash this month? You can get yourself down to Wellington to attend the USET’s ”Soirée du Cheval” party and auction that will take place next Friday, January 24. Items that will be on the block include a VIP package to WEG, passes to the Final Sunday at the Masters, a lesson on world dressage champion Ravel, and a 4-night cruise on a private yacht in the Caribbean.  All proceeds will benefit the USET in order to benefit athletes as they prepare to compete in Normandy later this year. [USET Press Release]

This week on the Eventing Radio Show: The OTTB training series. Laine Ashker and Alison Stackpole join hosts Jess and Samantha to catch up, and Alison gives them an update on Molly, her OTTB. Jon Holling also opens the show to tell everyone about his recent visit to Red Hills. [Eventing Radio Show]

New research could revolutionize equine drug testing.  According to Horsetalk, there is a group of researchers in Northern Ireland that plans to develop a new way to test for drugs in horses and cattle by monitoring the biological effects of the banned substance instead of  looking for the substance itself. Researchers also hope the test will allow for larger numbers of animals to be tested more quickly, further improving testing protocols in the future. According to the project coordinator Mark Sherry “the new test will allow testers to identify the presence of performance or presentation enhancing drugs as soon as their desired effect becomes apparent.” [Horsetalk]

The 2014 Fiscal Bill could defund USDA horsemeat inspections, meaning horse slaughter in the US could be off the table for now. Though two horse slaughter plants are pending approval in New Mexico and Missouri, this new development could once again mean horse slaughter will be essentially outlawed in the US. Blair Dunn, the lawyer who represents Vally Meat Co, the owner of the potential plants, says that the fiscal bill fails to answer the question of unwanted horses. “Still the bill does not contain the funding needed for the rescues for these horses, or to feed them, or to put them on the welfare they need,” she said. [The Horse]

Interested in becoming an eventing “r” dressage judge? Attend the first Dressage Session One Training Program in Ocala next month. The program will last for four days, from February 3-6, and all auditors and those who wish to participate are welcome to attend. Click to find out more information about registration, schedule, and accommodations. [USEA]


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The all-new EN logo. The all-new EN logo.

Good morning EN! I feel so honored to be writing the first post many of you will see on our brand new site that has been months and months in the making. All of the EN chinchillas have been acting as design guinea pigs to help decide on the nuances of the final look, while John, Jenni, and Visionaire have been working really hard to make the new launch happen. All of us are beyond excited and we hope you are too! Make sure to check out this post to read about all our new features and the layout. Happy clicking!

Rebecca Farm will not be hosting a CCI3* at their flagship event this summer. This means that there will be only three total CCI3* events in the entire country in 2014: Jersey Fresh, Fair Hill, and Galway Downs. While three may sound paltry, in fact that is the same number of CCI3* events that will run in Britain this year. And in addition many American pairs usually make the trek up to Quebec to compete in the CCI class at Bromont, so riders will still have the opportunity to choose among four chances to contest a CCI3*. It will be interesting to see if Rebecca adds their CCI3* division back during years in which international events like the WEG won’t be stealing away entries, but only time will tell. The event will still offer a CIC3* and both a CIC and CCI at the one star and two star levels, meaning it will still be an ultimate destination event with a huge variety of competitors. [USEA]

Master Imp has been named the top sire of British event horses. The stallions are ranked by British Eventing by the number of points their progeny accumulated over the course of the yearlong competition season, and Master Imp’s offspring accumulated 1,737 BE foundation points in 2013. Irish studs ran away with the show this year, as seven of the top ten stallions are Irish-based. Many of the stallions on the BE list are also featured in the WBFSH top 10 eventing sire rankings for 2013, though Master Imp was pushed down to second place on that list by the thoroughbred sire Heraldik. [Irish Independent]

Heidi Siegmund has been awarded the 2014 young adult Worth the Trust Scholarship. Heidi wrote an application essay about a serious injury she sustained last year that derailed much of her 2o13 competition season with her mare, Sierra. Even so, Heidi managed to make comeback and accomplish her goal of competing at the Prelim level before the year ended. She plans to use the scholarship to ride with clinicians and continue to pursue her immediate goal of completing a CCI1*. Click to read her whole essay on the USEA website. [USEA]

This week on the Eventing Radio Show: Riding for charity, a new idea for the AECs, and wintering in Florida. Hosts Samantha and Jess start off the episode talking with Rick Wallace about eventing in Florida, and then interview Emily Roepke about her novel idea for the AECs. Finally  they are joined by Amber Warren from Justworld International, a prominent fundraising charity in the show jumping world, to discuss raising the organization’s profile in the eventing world. [Eventing Radio Show]

Calling all Area IIers: Daniel Stewart is coming back for a clinic. Daniel Stewart is a sports psychologist who has a regular column on the USEA website, and he will be hosting a clinic in Area II next month. The clinic a two-day mounted and unmounted affair titled “Sports Psychology and Rider Fitness Symposium” and will take place in Greenville, VA. Click for information about how to enter. [Area II Eventing]

This week on SmartPak’s “Ask the Vet:” Demystifying daily dewormers. Dr. Lydia Gray takes on a question concerning feeding a wormer every day while also administering a paste wormer every other month. Dr. Gray notes that worming schedules depend on your horse’s circumstances, and that daily dewormers should be part of a larger program instead of acting as a replacement for the paste wormers. [SmartPak Blog]


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Jock Paget and Clifton Promise at Badminton. Photo by Jenni Autry. Jock Paget and Clifton Promise at Badminton. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Today’s headline comes from The Telegraph, which has reported that Jock Paget has been given more time to prepare evidence for his defense over Clifton Promise’s positive drug test. Jock, who will argue his case before an FEI tribunal in March, was supposed to have gathered all evidence by yesterday, but has now been awarded a time extension through mid-January. In order to avoid a minimum two-year ban, Jock must prove he bears “no fault (or no significant fault), no negligence.” According to the Telegraph article, his lawyers are confident they have found answers that will satisfy the FEI.  [The Telegraph]

Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro are once again undefeated and setting records. The pair scored an amazing 93.975%  yesterday evening in the Grand Prix Freestyle class at the London International Horse Show. This shattered the previous Grand Prix Freestyle world record, set by Edward Gal and Totilas at the same show in 2010. Charlotte and Valegro’s record-setting performance followed their win a day before in the Grand Prix class, and you can see a video of that performance below. Unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be a video of the freestyle online yet, but keep your eyes out for it! [Horse & Country]

The USEF has written a year-end round up of the grant money it awarded to eventers in 2013. A whopping $264,500 was awarded by the organization specifically to US eventers, who used most of the money ($208,000) to travel to FEI events at Saumur, Aachen, Blenheim, Boekelo, Fair Hill, Pau, and Galway Downs. The remaining $56,000 of that total was used for training expenses. Eighteen horse and rider combinations benefited from the grants, and their results at the competitions they attended are summarized in the USEF press release. [USEF Press Release]

Still looking for Christmas gift ideas? Check out this handy list of SmartPak staffers’ top picks for the holidays, with a “save” and “splurge” option for every product! The list includes both human and equine apparel with prices ranging from $20 (splint boots) to nearly $600 (the ultra-trendy show jumping helmet of the moment, made by Samshield). Happy shopping! [SmartPak Blog]

Humans aren’t the only ones with a Christmas wishlist. The Chronicle posted this list of gift ideas for your horse written by Liv Gude of Pro Equine Grooms. It includes the usual suspects like peppermints and massages, as well as other more fun ones like monograms and a new cooler. My favorite of her picks is one that is totally free: extra time spent with your favorite four-legged creature. [The Chronicle]

 3D printing has hit the horse world. An Australian team from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) worked with horse podiatrists to create custom 3D printed shoes in order to help heal a laminitic pony named Holly. The team scanned the pony’s feet in order to take a precise measurement of each of her hoofs, then designed the shoes with a computer program. From there all they had to do was print the custom shoes, which were made out of titanium. Farrier and vet Dr. Luke Wells-Smith told Horsetalk that “the new shoes will work to redistribute weight away from the painful areas of the laminitic foot and give Holly, and horses like her, the chance to recover.” Click to see a video of the process and read more. [Horsetalk]

As mentioned above, here is a video of Charlotte Dujardin and her Olympic mount Valegro winning the Grand Prix class at the London International Horse show at Olympia two days ago. They scored an 84.85%, beating second-placed Edward Gal by a whopping four points.

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Kate Chadderton sent us this photo of herself on one of her mounts in MD yesterday just before leaving for a visit to Australia. I think I can speak for all of us in saying that I wish that I could go somewhere summer is just beginning!

Good morning EN! Have you made it through the big freeze? It seems like the Floridians are the only ones who have escaped the cold over the past four days, while snow and ice storms have hit everywhere from Texas to New York. Luckily, judging by national weather maps, things will be warming up for a lot of the country tomorrow with the exception of the northern Great Plains states. Need inspiration to get out to the barn? Check out both Kate and Lila’s posts about surviving cold winter temps without losing all motivation. [Kate's 9 Ways to Survive the Winter] [Lila's Winter Coping]

The USEF has announced the dates and locations for the 2014 USEF Eventing High Performance Training Sessions. The first session, taught by David O’Connor, will be for both the Eventing 25 and High Performance riders and take place in Temecula, CA. After that initial session there will be at least one session per week through March. They will be hosted in a variety of locations, including Aiken, Southern Pines, Ocala, and even two in the UK. Those who wish to audit should email Bryn Wells at [USEF Press Release]

Colleen Rutledge will be teaching a clinic in Lexington, KY on February 1-2. Interested in attending? Email Daina Kaugars at

The USEA has announced the creation of an equine research initiative to support the health care of equine athletes. The initiative, announced at the Annual Meeting last weekend, will be a partnership with the Morris Animal Foundation and will seek to address the significant lack of funding for equine medical research. The USEA has pledged $1 per starter to the initiative, which will equate to roughtly $40,000 per year. The Morris Animal Foundation will help distribute and monitor the funds. [USEA]

Public nominations are now open for the 2014 Equine Online Equestrian Social Media Awards. Interested in nominating your favorite equestrian blog (ahem!) for an award? Fill out the nomination form on ESMA’s website before the deadline of December 20. Click to read a full rundown of how winners are chosen for each category. [Equine Social Media Awards]

This week on the Eventing Radio Show: 2013 in review. David O’Connor, Joanie Morris, and PRO rider Robert Meyerhoff join hosts Samantha and Jess to discuss 2013 and how it turned out for American eventers. In addition, there is discussion of the USEA Annual Meeting and Convention. [Eventing Radio Show]

Thinking of selling an old saddle on eBay? Read this first! Stacey Kimmel-Smith recounts her horrible experience with selling tack on the online vendor, even after ten years of successful eBay sales. She learned that sales histories have no weight in disputes, that photos cannot be used as evidence, and that a “no returns” policy means the buyer will pretty much win every claim. Caveat Venditor, EN. [Horse Nation]

Ever wonder how big events attract big sponsors and vendors? Check out this promotional video intended to inspire future sponsors created by the organizers of The Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials. It features short interviews with actual sponsors as well as the CEO of British Eventing, Mike Etherington-Smith.


Holiday Gift Ideas: Custom Horsehair Tassels

‘Tis the season to have absolutely no idea what to get any of your friends or family, for the umpteenth year in a row. Every once in a while you find the perfect present, but especially for horsey friends, the pressure is on. Obviously you’ll be purchasing something horse-related, but does it have to be pink and have a fat pony on it? We here at Eventing Nation say NAY! That’s why this holiday season each one of our impressive staff writers is picking one unique, amazing, thoughtful and clever horsey gift to help you along during this time of stress. Happy holidays!

Image from Fredericks and Mae's website.

One day while I was being productive at work (read: online browsing) I happened to come across a small art and design business called Fredericks & Mae that fashions tassels out of horsehair and thread. According to the studio’s website, the tassel idea stemmed from the history of horsehair as a good luck talisman: children in Egypt, Mesopotamia, and the Arab world used to wear similar tassels to protect themselves from demons and malevolent spirits.

Fredericks & Mae’s standard tassels are made out of horsehair that comes from Mongolia via a supplier in Ohio. As someone who always loved the idea of memorializing a horse with horsehair jewelry but not so much the look of the jewelry itself, I think these are a great (and not to mention cheaper!) alternative to the usual braided necklaces and bracelets.

After a couple excited emails with the company’s founders, I found out they are more than happy to make custom tassels out of submitted tail or mane clippings. While I do not recommend going out and cutting out a chunk of your friend’s horse’s tail in order to gift a tassel for the holidays, I think these are a unique and meaningful way to memorialize a horse that may have passed on or otherwise moved out of your life.

In order to create a small tassel, Fredericks & Mae will need roughly 12 inches of mane or tail hair- they use mane hair for their standard small tassel orders, but that tail hair will work as well. They offer two other sizes of tassels, medium and large, that require larger amounts of tail hair (27-29 inches for medium, 41-43 inches for large). Ordering takes place by buying a tassel normally on their website, then indicating that you are placing a custom order in the “Comments” section of the order form.

You can also note what thread colors you would like the tassel to have there, or Fredericks & Mae will pick colors for you.  After that all you have to do is mail your hair submission to 333 Marcus Garvey Blvd, Brooklyn, NY, 11221. Pricing will be the same for standard and custom orders, so a small tassel will cost $40, a medium $140, and a large $420. Click to view more photos of the tassels and see more of Fredericks & Mae’s art and design work. Happy shopping! [Fredericks & Mae Small Tassels]

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Good morning EN! Can you believe this year’s show season is officially over? The year-end 2013 USEA Annual Meeting and Convention kicks off today in Cincinnati with a full-day show jumping workshop taught by Richard Jeffery. The main event begins tomorrow with the official convention registration and more workshops and meetings, including USEF Active Athletes Open Forum and a class called “Safe Sport” led by Sonja Keating. Friday is another full day of meetings and classes, including one that sounds particularly interesting called “Eventing MBA.” Everything wraps up Saturday evening after the USEA Awards Dinner and Dance. In addition to meetings and the awards dinner, there will also be a large trade fair sand several parties to keep the festivities going. [Official Webpage] [Schedule]

The 2014 dressage tests have officially been posted on the USEA website. A group of riders, judges, and trainers consisting of Wayne Quarles, Loris Henry, Sally O’Connor, Brian Ross, Gina Miles, Jon Holling, Kerry Milliken and Lilo Fore worked together to create the new tests. According to a statement from Quarles, many of the tests retain their basic elements. “In general, the test patterns have not changed significantly, however we feel they are correct for our sport at this time,” he said in the statement. [USEA]

More trouble for FEI President Princess Haya’s husband Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum: Top French rider Morgane Payen claims that she was offered €150,000 for her mobile phone after she filmed the handlers of a Maktoum stables-trained endurance horse, Eclipse, caring for the horse in the vet box at the Young Riders World Championships at Tarbes. The horse finished second with rider Saaed Ahmad Jaber Al Harbi but was subsequently disqualified for lameness and euthanized two days after the competition.  Payne claims she has no video of illegal activity, but that she witnessed Eclipse’s handlers injecting the horse’s leg underwater while the leg was in a bucket of ice. A second horse ridden by Eclipse’s jockey Al Harbi died one month later in Sardinia. [The Telegraph]

Former U.S. Equestrian Federation executive director of sport programs Jim Wolf has announced the formation of Wolf Sports Group LLC. Wolfe left his position with the USEF on December 1 after more than 20 years on the job and will pursue his new venture, a sports marketing and event management firm. The company will focus mainly on equestrian sports and will be based out of the USET office in Gladstone, New Jersey. The USEF is Wolf Sports Group’s first client. [The Chronicle]

What do Omaha and London have in common? Both are in the running to host the 2017 World Cup Finals for both dressage and jumping. London has proposed hosting the finals in the stadiums that were built for the 2012 Olympic games, while Omaha has volunteered the Century Link Centre, which recently hosted the The International Horse Show. The Centre has also hosted Bon Jovi and Justin Beiber this year, but apparently that will not be swaying the search committee very much. While neither city has submitted a formal bid to host the finals, both have filed an expression of interest. Final bids will not be submitted until next year. [Horsetalk]

This week on SmartPak’s “Ask the Vet:” The facts on feeds. This week’s question probes the question of feeding grain feed even though horses in the wild do not eat feed. Dr. Gray points out that horses dependent on hay instead of high-quality pasture probably will not get enough nutrients without feed. Click to read her breakdown of the feeds that are the most natural and healthy for horses that need the extra addition to their diets. [SmartPak Blog]

Today from HN: Do you remember the moonwalking #danceponydance video that took the internet by storm? The Scottish pony “Socks” is back just in time for Christmas with a dose of holiday cheer, complete with Christmas sweaters. Ever wonder how exactly one dresses a pony in a sweater? Click the link to see a behind-the-scenes video of how they managed it and find out how to enter for your chance to fly to Scotland to meet the adorable dancing pony yourself.

Wednesday News and Notes from MDBarnmaster

Buck and Petit Flower at Richland Park in August, photo by Jenni Buck and Petit Flower at Richland Park in August, photo by Jenni

Good morning EN! It’s finally that time of year: I only have one event to “preview” for you this week. With the USEA Annual Convention right around the corner, the 2013 show season is officially coming to a close. At the convention annual year-end awards will be presented to those riders who managed to make it onto the national leaderboards, and barring any unforeseen changes it appears that Buck Davidson has established himself head and shoulders above his competition this year. According to the official leaderboard on the USEA site he will take home the Rider of the Year title with 1,050 points, followed by Phillip Dutton in second place with 497 points. It’s definitely the year of the mare over on the Horse of the Year Leaderboard, where the top title  appears to be going to Raylyn Farms and Team Demeter’s RF Demeter, followed by R-Star and Gin and Juice who currently reside in the second and third places respectively. And finally if you’re already going through winter competition withdrawals, the provisional 2014 competition calendar is now online.  Check it out and start dreaming of warmer spring weather! [USEA Leaderboards] [Provisional 2014 Competition Calendar]

Weekend Preview:

Pine Top Thanksgiving Horse Trials [Website] [Entry Status]

Looking for holiday gift ideas? Consider a book: Bit of Britain is hosting a virtual book signing event with both Phillip Dutton and Jimmy Wofford. For a short time, if you purchase a copy of Wofford’s Modern Gymnastics or Phillip Dutton’s Modern Eventing, Bit of Britain will send you a video of the author personally signing your book. Each book will only be signed by its author, and there is no extra charge for the signing. Click for more details on purchasing and order deadlines. [Bit of Britain]

This week on the Eventing Radio Show: Jonathon Holling and Jennie Brannigan. Jon and Jennie join hosts Nate Chambers and Joe Meyer for a group discussion of US eventing’s improving international success, the High Performance List, and the 2018 WEG. In addition Bruce Haskell from England joins in to discuss the indoor eventing competition at Stuttgart Masters. [Eventing Radio Show]

Don’t forget to cast your vote for your favorite homemade stirrup! We asked for you to make your own stirrup in order to have a chance to win a brand new pair of snazzy Amerigo irons, generously provided by our sponsor World Equestrian Brands. After receiving many submissions, the top 13 were picked and their pictures were posted yesterday. A reader poll will determine the winner of the prize, and voting is open until 12pm TODAY, November 27th. Vote now! [Make Your Own Stirrup Contest]

A sale to US buyer Daniel O’Hara set a new price record at this year’s Goresbridge Go for Gold sale. O’Hara came home with a seven-year-old grey gelding named Sacramento purchased for €65,000, a record high for Goresbridge.  A successful show jumper in his early career, the horse has also competed successfully through the two star level and looks to be quite a star in the making. As you’ll recall, several other very successful US eventing mounts also went through the Goresbridge sale as young horses: Trading Aces, Ballynoe Castle RM, and Mr. Medicott. Congratulations to Sacramento’s new owner! [Irish Independent]

Is Wellington the dark horse in the race to host WEG 2018? Horsetalk’s Neil Clarkson discusses why his initial thought that Bromont would be the obvious choice for the 2018 WEG may not be so certain after all. Clarkson points out that Wellington’s ability to manage the 5,500 horses that come through town every winter to participate in the WEF competitions will make it very attractive to the selection committee. The city’s application is being handled by Mark Bellissimo’s company Equestrian Sport Production, and Bellissimo has apparently already had Mark Phillips map out a route for a potential cross country course on nearby golf courses to demonstrate there would be adequate space. Click to read Clarkson’s full thoughts on the subject. [Horsetalk]

There have been important changes to both the USEF and FEI drug rules that will go into effect on December 1. The USEF has new rules prohibiting injections within twelve hours of a competition, though luckily hydrating IV fluids that are so popular with eventers at three day events will still be allowed. Antibiotics and Dexamethasone are to be the only other permissible injections. The FEI has added two new controlled substances to its Equine Prohibited Substances List Metformin, an anti-diabetic drug, and Levothyroxine, a thyroid hormone. Click to read a full description of the new rules and substances.  [The Chronicle]

Wednesday News and Notes from MDBarnmaster


A side view of Amerigo's snazzy new stirrups

Did you miss yesterday’s big news? It’s officially a contest week on EN! Amerigo has released a new model of stirrups (pictured above) that retail for an impressive $285. Thanks to our generous sponsor World Equestrian Brands, EN will be giving away a pair to one lucky winner next week. Enter to win by creating your own stirrups and sending us a photo by next Monday, November 25. Our top picks will be posted and a reader’s choice poll will determine the winner. So the more creative the submission, the better your chance of winning! Click to check out more photos of the stirrups in action and further contest submission details. [Make Your Own Stirrups Contest]

Weekend Preview:

MeadowCreek Park H.T – The Fall Social Event [Website]

Pine Top Thanksgiving H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Buck Davidson and Jan Byyny’s Inmidair top the 2013 PRO Series Leaderboards. Buck won the Rider Leaderboard title for the first time, beating out second place finisher Will Coleman after a successful trip to Galway Downs. Inmidair took home the My Boy Bobby PRO Tour Series Horse Leaderboard Award for the first time as well, a feat Jan did not expect after the horse’s struggle with breathing problems. “He’s really overcome a lot this year,” she said. The two riders will accept their awards at the PRO Awards Reception at the USEA Annual Convention on December 6. [PRO]

Rising star Meghan O’Donoghue has been awarded this year’s Amanda Pirie Warrington Grant by the USET Foundation. The grant was endowed in memory of Amanda by her family “with the purpose of helping provide financial assistance to an event rider who has been identified as a rider with great talent and ability to represent the United States in the future.” As the grant recipient, Meghan will receive $5000 to help offset training expenses in 2014. [The Chronicle]

Planning a trip to next year’s WEG? Passes allowing access to several events are now on sale. This is the second batch of tickets (though the first that is available to the public), and it officially went on sale on Monday. 15,000 tickets will be sold in this batch, available until they run out or until March 3, 2014.  After that a third batch, which will be individual event tickets, will go on sale March 4. [British Eventing] [Official WEG Ticketing Website]

British Eventing’s inaugural cross country Course Design Scholarship has been awarded to Lucy Wiegersma and Angus Smales. The scholarship was endowed with the goal of aiding budding course designers who may not have the support, connections, or financial backing to pursue their interest in course design. The two candidates were chosen after a day of interviews and assessments, and will receive mentoring, free access to training sessions, design opportunities, and some financial support thorough 2014. [Horsetalk]

Charlotte Dujardin has been named as the 2013 FEI Reem Acra Best Athlete. Charlotte had another banner year with her star mount Valegro, winning two individual golds and team bronze at the European dressage championships in Herning. They also set a world record at the same show after scoring an unbelievable 91.250 in the freestyle class. As if that isn’t enough, Charlotte also finished on top of the FEI world dressage rankings this year- a position she has held seven times. She was presented with the well-deserved award at the FEI awards ceremony, which took place on November 7 in Switzerland. [Horse & Country]

This week on the Eventing Radio Show: Marcia Kulak and Allison Springer. Marcia joins hosts Samantha and Jess to talk about the Triple Crown Scholarship and this year’s winners of the Bridging the Gap scholarship. Later in the show Allison joins in to discuss her new mount Lionheart and his journey to the U.S. [Eventing Radio Show]

Do you find yourself picking hay off of everything you own? Then you will appreciate this article from, entitled, “The Top 10 Goofy Places I’ve Found Bits of Hay.” [The Horse]

Wednesday News and Notes from MDBarnmaster

The HSBC Water Complex - Australian Three Day Event 2012, photo by EN's friend ESJ Photo

Good morning EN! After a dramatic lead-up, the Australian International Three-Day Event officially begins today with the first horse inspection. The event will feature a CCI2* and CCI4*  division, both of which present today. Tomorrow the CCI2* pairs will do dressage, and the CCI4* division begins competition Friday. The four star division is considerably smaller than what we see at the northern hemisphere four stars, which is understandable given how long it takes to fly to Australia. All of the 26 entered pairs hail from Australia or New Zealand, with the exception of Great Britain’s Charlotte Price who will be riding Kevin McNab’s Kinnordy Gambia.

AI3DE Links: [Website] [Schedule] [CCI4* Entry List] [CCI2* Entry List]

Weekend Preview:

Fresno County Horse Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Times]

Las Cruces H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

River Glen Fall H.T. [Website] [Ride Times]

The Fork H.T.  [Website]

Ocala Horse Properties Fall Event [Website] [Entry Status]

According to Horsetalk, AI3DE course designer Wayne Copping plans to attend the event just a week after undergoing bypass surgery.  Luckily his job appears mostly taken care of, as Mike Etherington-Smith was on grounds in an advisory role and had walked the course with Wayne before his heart attack. As Wayne underwent surgery, Mike and was able to fill in to complete the last minute preparations of the course that Wayne was unable to do. But Event Director Gill Rolton seemed pretty positive that Wayne would make the event, “even if he has to be driven around in a golf cart.” Given what we know of the ex-Aussie eventers in the US, this kind of grit isn’t exactly surprising. [Horsetalk]

The USEF posted a press release update on the 2013 Developing Riders/Eventing 25 Program Riders and declared the redesigned program a success. Many of the selected riders had an extremely successful year, most notably Megan O’Donoghue and Pirate, who finished in 12th place at Rolex and 11th at Fidelity Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials in England. According to the release, the program exceeded coach David O’Conner’s expectations. “Two riders going to Europe, other ones winning two-stars, and others doing well in three-stars. To me it was a very successful program for this year,” he said. Click to read more updates on the other riders and their thoughts on the program. [USEF]

This week on the Eventing Radio Show: Laine Ashker gives a full report on the William Fox-Pitt clinic. Laine rode her homebred Calling All Comets in the WFP clinic held last weekend at Morningside Training Farm in Virgina, and this week she joins hosts Jess and Samantha to discuss what she learned. Amateur eventer Kathleen Sullivan also joins the conversation to discuss what she thinks of clinics, as an amateur rider, and Jess and Samantha break down winter training schedules. [Eventing Radio Show]

Do you find yourself battling blanket rubs all winter? SmartPak’s (and the wider eventing world’s) resident grooming expert Emma Ford can help: check out this blog post dedicated to helping you end the issue of hairless shoulders. Emma recommends using a hair-growth formula like Super Gro to mitigate hair loss and a towel or standing wrap on the chest closures to prevent pressure points. [SmartPak's "Ask the Groom"]

Thinking about breeding your mare? TheHorse came up with a really useful list of all the expenditures you will face if you do so. There are a lot of hidden costs beyond the basic stud fee and vet bills that really add up over time, and the post will  open your eyes to exactly how much it can cost to bring a foal into the world these days. [TheHorse]

Horsetalk asks: Are inflatable helmets the future of riding? Two Swedish designers invented a helium-filled inflatable cycling helmet as part of their master’s thesis at the Industrial Design at the University of Lund. Watch the video below to see the helmets in action. What do you think EN, will riders of the future be wearing these?


Wednesday News and Notes from MDBarnmaster

This is how the EN chinchillas are eating their Halloween candy too. Photo via Buzzfeed.

So apparently the EN chinchillas are not the only computer-savvy members of the species. Buzzfeed (but seriously, what other website would pay someone to do this) managed to find SEVEN chinchillas who have their own Instagram accounts. So much cuteness awaits- click to find links to their accounts and see a lot more photos. [Buzzfeed]

Weekend Preview:

CDCTA Fall H.T. [Website]

Poplar Place Farm November H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Texas Rose Horse Park H.T. [Website]

Check out the USEA’s coverage of day 1 of the William Fox-Pitt Clinic. According to the USEA report there were roughly 200 auditors in attendance to watch the proceedings, and William had a lot of wisdom to impart. Yesterday riders focused on flatwork and poles divided up by level in semi-private groups. From four- and five-year-olds to advanced campaigners, it sounds like all of the horses improved during their lessons. Click to check out specific advice William gave to riders. [USEA]

The Telegraph reports that Princess Haya is under growing pressure to resign as FEI President because of suspicions of drugging and abuse surrounding her husband’s endurance operation. According to The Telegraph, at least one national federation has already asked Princess Haya to resign due to her alleged conflict of interest. The FEI denied this as its three-day general assembly began on Tuesday. Last week in the lead-up to the meeting US endurance rider John Crandell wrote an open letter to the FEI, “alleging FEI corruption and describing a ‘cancer’ of drug abuse in the Middle East.” [The Telegraph]

William Fox-Pitt has been awarded the Tony Collins trophy as highest ranking British rider, though Andrew Nicholson has more British Eventing points. Got that? The Tony Collins trophy is awarded annually to the British rider with the most British Eventing points, and William is the lucky winner for the fourth year in a row. Andrew has actually been #1 in the British Eventing year-end rankings since 2010, but is ineligible for the trophy as he rides for New Zealand. The pair’s rivalry goes back much farther than 2010 though, as they have been the top two riders in Britain since 2000 with only one exception: in 2009, when Oliver Townend was the highest scoring rider overall. [Horse & Country], the official online education partner of the USEA, will be at Equine Affaire in West Springfield, Mass., this weekend. Check it out at booth 506 in the Better Living Center, where you can sign up for your 30-day free trial. Or go use coupon code EAmass13 for 50 percent off the first month of membership. []

The Chronicle featured Irish eventer Tim Bourke, who just recently finished in 8th place at his first CCI3* at Fair Hill with Luckaun Quality. Tim found “Obie” as a three-year-old in Ireland and brought him across the pond when he took a position with Sharon White. The pair ran their first Advanced in August at Millbrook and have been on quite a roll this fall, finishing on their dressage score of 58.6 at Fair Hill. [COTH]

This week on SmartPak’s “Ask the Vet:” keeping ulcers at bay. Dr. Lydia Gray discusses how to deal with switching a horse from grass to hay without causing undue stress on the digestive system, including solutions like feeding alfalfa hay and limiting grain for horses not in heavy work. She also suggests several supplements that help maintain healthy digestive systems. [SmartPak Blog]

Best of Blogs: Doug Payne has arrived in Aiken

Today’s Dose of Adorable: A very rare pair twin foals were born last week at Holstein Park, a Warmblood stud operation in Australia that bred Chris Burton’s London mount Holstein Park Leilani. Check out a video of them and an interview with their breeder, Philippa Creamer.