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Abby Powell is a native of Northeastern Massachusetts who splits her time between commuting into Boston for work and caring for and riding her rescue Mustang x Arab mare, Maggie.

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Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: Hey Now, Jon Holling is an MMSC All-Star

Jon Holling riding Ragtime Rebel for the first time. Photo via Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center.

Last month the Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center (MMSC) announced the creation of the MMSC All-Star Program, an initiative conceived by eventing legend Dorothy Crowell. The All-Star Program aims to “re-establish the Thoroughbred horse as the premier international level competitor in equestrian sport” and plans to do so pairing promising ex-racehorses with some of the top equestrians in the country.

Dorothy reached out to Jonathan Holling, who was intrigued by her idea and ventured to MMSC in Kentucky to try a few horses. Jon picked out Ragtime Rebel, a 2014 16.2-hand Kentucky-bred gelding, adopted him and has set up the Rebel Restart Syndicate. We’re looking forward to following Rebel’s journey and seeing what these two achieve together.

Interested in creating an All-Star Team? Direct inquiries to [email protected]. While the All-Program is geared towards noted industry professionals, you don’t have to be a big-name rider to adopt a horse from MMSC to be your very own all-star. Here are three great prospects available now:

Tiger’s Tip. Photo via Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center.

Tiger’s Tip (CONGRATS – BERBATIM, BY BERNSTEIN): 2015 15.3-hand Kentucky-bred gelding

Don’t let the western tack fool you — Tiger’s Tip definitely has the making of a sport horse prospect and MMSC has videos of him lunging over jumps and schooling in English gear to prove it! Tiger has a very short and unsuccessful race career, earning a measly $43 in a grand total of three races, but he sure seems be taking to being a riding horse rather nicely. His nice uphill build and the boldness he shows in lunging over logs and coops appear to lend him nicely for an event horse career.

View Tiger’s Tip on Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center.

War of Ideas. Photo via Maker’s Mark Secretariat

War of Ideas (WAR FRONT – HIGHTAP, BY TAPIT): 2013 16.0-hand Kentucky-bred gelding

War of Ideas goes by the name “Warrior” around the barn and it’s a fitting name after all this handsome gelding has been through. He was retired after four starts and almost $57,000 in earnings after a knee injury and a guttural pouch infection. His owners didn’t want to incur the expense of treating him, but Dr. Liz Barrett of Hagyard Equine Medical Institute saw something in him and offered to pay for his veterinary expenses if MMSC would take him on. Since then the infection has cleared, his knee has stabilized, and he has begun retraining. We’ve featured Warrior in a previous edition of OTTB Wishlist and since then he’s been started over fences and looks to be having a grand time!

Located in Lexington, Kentucky.

View War of Ideas on Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center.

Kid From New York. Photo via Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center.

Kid From New York (DIALED IN – LOOK WHO’S RITZY, BY FIRST SAMURAI): 2014 16.2-hand Kentucky-bred gelding

Kid From New York is a serious head-turner and he’s perpetually dressed to impress with that shiny black coat. Kid is turning into an elegant athlete and has a great attitude to go along with his good work ethic. He’s the kind of horse who’s up for a challenge and tackles everything with a sense of humor. Kid’s flatwork is coming along nicely and he’s keen to the jumps as well.

View Kid From New York on Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center.

Monday Video from Total Saddle Fit: Gemma Tattersall’s Rideability Exercise for All Levels

Winter is a wonderful time to work on the basics — with seasoned campaigners and green horses alike. You might think that training exercises for a green-bean versus a five-star runner-up might differ greatly, but that’s not necessarily the case — at least in British Olympian Gemma Tattersall‘s yard.

Gemma posted the above video of herself and Pau 2018 runner-up Pamero 4 skipping over a fun gymnastic exercise and working on improving Pamero’s rideability. The video was a hit, garnering over 14,000 views on Gemma’s Instagram, so she followed it up with a video of her working student Hannah Lavender riding a very green horse over the same exercise to show that anyone can do this exercise, regardless of the horse’s level. Hannah’s instruction from Gemma was to have the horse trot to every fence to teach the horse to wait and think about her footwork:

Gemma also shared a third video to show that the exercise can be ridden in the opposite direction as well. This is Gemma on one of her showjumpers who is very keen to the jumps and needs to work on staying relaxed and waiting:

Saturday Links Presented by Nupafeed USA

Photo by Abby Powell.

This picture was taken at 5:17 PM yesterday. You know what that means? It wasn’t pitch black by the time I got to the barn after work yesterday! Winter is about small victories – and this is one of them.

National Holiday: National Seed Swap Day

U.S. Weekend Action:

Rocking Horse Winter I H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Full Gallop Farm January H.T [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Fresno County Horse Park Combined Test [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Your Saturday Links:

An Unexpected Gift After The Woolsey Fire

Going Their Separate Ways? FEI Opens Bid Process for Individual 2022 FEI World Championships

PODCAST: Updates from the Volunteer Committee + Planning Your Season

14 pearls of wisdom from the top to help you introduce a horse to a narrow cross-country fence

Follow Your Role Models, Follow Your Dreams

Integrate Emotional Agility Into Your Riding

Catastrophic Injuries in Racehorses: Impact of Lameness, Medication, and Surgery

Saturday Video:

Photo courtesy of Sherry Stewart.

Wednesday News & Notes from Attwood Equestrian Surfaces

My self is a bit eclectic. Photo by Abby Powell.

Today happens to be Library Shelfie Day, a day in which to honor your book collections by posting a “shelfie” – a picture of your bookshelf – on social media. If you’re reading this, I’d be pretty willing to bet that like me and probably like most equestrians, you have at least a portion of a bookshelf (if not several shelves or even entire bookcases) dedicated to horses.

My small collection is pretty eclectic, mirroring my riding background. I have a number of books about hooves because I’m a total nerd, a nine-year-old copy of the Journal of Equine Veterinary Science which houses my undergraduate thesis (again, nerd – but very proud of it!), some equestrian nonfiction, and a number of tomes attempting to demystify the elusive fine art of dressage. Also, I have a book of photography by Viggo Mortensen (you know, of Hidalgo and Lord of the Rings fame) that I literally forgot all about until just now.

What does your collection say about you? Let us know in the comments!

National Holiday: Library Shelfie Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Rocking Horse Winter I H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Full Gallop Farm January H.T [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Fresno County Horse Park Combined Test [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Your Wednesday News & Notes:

The Charles Owen Technical Merit Award is back for 2019 and the tentative calendar of events at which it will be presented has been released. The award aims to reward juniors and adult amateurs that demonstrate safe and appropriate cross-country riding technique and educate riders and trainers as to what constitutes safe cross-country riding. [Charles Owen Technical Merit Will Reward Safe Cross-Country Riding in 2019]

You know Wembly as the big gorgeous grey that brought Tamie Smith back to the four-star level after a nine year hiatus, but did you know that he has a special bucket or what it takes keep his coat gleaming white? [Behind The Stall Door With: Wembley]

Much has changed in the diagnosis and treatment of back pain in horses over the past decade. A recent publication compared a 2016 survey of French veterinarians to a 2006 survey from the same veterinarians and the findings suggest an increase in interest and awareness in equine back pain. [Back Pain in Horses: Then and Now]

Attwood Wisdom of the Week: 

#footingfriday

Did you know? The surface you ride on daily truly impacts the health and well being of your horse. Does your footing pass the test? Here we have top competitors training with Silvio Mazzoni in Upperville, VA on an Attwood surface. Happy weekend! #attwoodequestriansurfaces #nohoofnohorse #horses #instahorse #horsesofinstagram #safety #performance #innovation #asanteequestrian #equestrian #horse #equine #equestrianlife #dressage #horseriding #pony #love #pferd #instahorse #horselove #horselover #photography #showjumping #horsephotography

Posted by Attwood Equestrian Surfaces on Friday, January 11, 2019

Want to know more about the most advanced footing solutions on the market today? Please call Attwood Equestrian Surfaces at 888-461-7788.

Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: Full Circle for Erika Wager

Eventually everything comes full circle. Horse racing is an addiction, once it’s in your system it’s a part of you that…

Posted by Erika Wager Paradressage on Thursday, January 10, 2019

On Friday, August 4th 2017 Erika Wager was breezing a racehorse when she suffered a tragic accident that left her paralyzed from the waist down. Prior to her accident, Erika had been working as an exercise rider and assistant trainer at Belmont Park, galloping up to 16 horses daily. Even though Erika lost the use of her core and legs, she didn’t lose her passion for horses or racing. She’s back in the barn doing everything she used to do around horses and has begun riding Para-Dressage. More recently, she has embarked on a journey to the 2019 Retired Racehorse Thoroughbred Makeover with the most perfect partner: 10-year-old Green Diamond Cat, one of the first horses she galloped and one of the first horses who earned her a win.

You can follow along with Erika and Green Diamond Cat’s journey to RRP 2019 on Erika’s Facebook page. If you find their story of second chances inspiring, take a look at these three Thoroughbreds looking for a second chance of their own:

Musical Spin. Photo via CANTER PA.

Musical Spin (MEDALLIST – HEAVENLY BALLAD, BY TWO PUNCH): 2012 15.3-hand Pennsylvania-bred mare

I know there are a lot of Two Punch fans out there, so here’s one for you! This little mare in a plain brown wrapper doesn’t look like much now, but she’s been a fierce competitor in the past and maybe a change of career will ignite her competitive edge again. Musical Spin was given a nice vacation on the farm last summer and just hasn’t had the same interest in racing since being brought back to the track. Her trainer says she’s a solid citizen around the barn and would love to find her nice home where she can hopefully demonstrate the jumping ability that her grand-sire is known to pass on.

Located in Grantville, Pennsylvania.

View Musical Spin on CANTER PA

Acharnement. Photo via CANTER CA.

Acharnement (INTO MISCHIEF – EMPRESSIVE LADY, BY EMPIRE MAKER): 2015 15.3-hand Kentucky-bred mare

She’s only 15.3hh, but you sure wouldn’t know it just by looking at that beautiful uphill build and proud neck. Acharnement hasn’t been making a name for herself as a racehorse, but this Empire Maker granddaughter and A.P. Indy great-granddaughter looks ready for another shot at a new sport. This filly is reported to be sound and CANTER volunteers observed nice clean legs and a very polite personality.

Located in Berkeley, California.

View Acharnement on CANTER CA. 

Redhot Cheerleader. Photo via CANTER PA.

Redhot Cheerleader (HAYNESFIELD – CHEER CHEER, BY LORD CARSON): 2014 16.0-hand Kentucky-bred mare

“Red” may very well have the talent to succeed as an eventer. Her jog video shows a nice reaching trot and her connections told the CANTER volunteers who did her photoshoot that she’s demonstrated some scope in the past as well by jumping out of her pasture with a five-foot fence … twice. Not only is she talented, but she’s clearly driven too so potential owners take note!

Located in Grantville, Pennsylvania.

View Redhot Cheerleader on CANTER PA

Monday Video from Total Saddle Fit: 12 DIY Equestrian Life Hacks

We’ve seen a lot of #EventerProblems and #EventerSolutions here on EN, but there’s always room for a few more tips and tricks! Let’s meet Han, and Australian eventer and YouTube vlogger. She and her 9-year-old OTTB Fletch compete at the Equestrian Australia Preliminary level. Han has come up with 12 little tips and tricks to make your life around the barn a little easier.

Here’s what Han has to show us and where you can find them in the video:

  1. Get rubber bit guards over bit cheeks (1:13)
  2. Keep tall boots from sagging without boot trees (2:43)
  3. Quickly set specific jump heights (4:14)
  4. An alternative style of quick release knot (6:04)
  5. Neatly fold blankets so that they lay flat (8:31)
  6. Use a dressage whip as a sweat scraper (9:52)
  7. Add padding to a saddle rack to keep it from indenting your saddle (10:18)
  8. Open a bale of hay when you don’t have a pair of scissors (11:48)
  9. Tie your horse (or a hay bag) to anything safely (12:43)
  10. Easily thread a needle for sewing braids (14:09)
  11. Keep a hoof wrap on a horse in turnout(15:20)
  12. Equitation fixes for keeping your shoulders back, elbows in, and sitting without bouncing (16:49)

Saturday Links Presented by Nupafeed USA

Photo via Nupafeed USA on Facebook.

Those lucky enough to be out competing at Grand Oaks H.T. in Weirsdale, Florida have some really super swag to look forward to as prizes! I’m extra jealous this weekend because my region is bracing for what looks to be our first big pounding of snow this season. How is it that Massachusetts has had less snow than Virginia at this point in the season?

National Holiday: National Popcorn Day

U.S. Weekend Action:

Grand Oaks H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Your Saturday Links:

USDA Temporarily Closes Miami Animal Import Center To New Horse Arrivals

Groom Spotlight: Anne-Marie Duarte Is Living Her Pony Club Dream

Featured Clinician: Kim Severson

Laminitis Prevention: British Veterinarians Issue Alert to Prevent Spring Laminitis in Obese Horses

Want to Learn About Course Design? Attend the B & C Jumping/Course Design Training Program!

A Better You Starts Here: 5 Tips From The Equestrian Businesswomen Summit

‘I Want To Save The World’: Love Her Or Hate Her, Papp Is Determined To Change Horse Racing For The Better

Punishment Or Encouragement? The Discussion We Must Have About Why We’re Whipping Our Horses

Saturday Video: Well, well – look who it is! EN’s own Jenni Autry was out and about at Grand Oaks this weekend. Please join the rest of the EN family in cheering Jenni on this season! #OneStarOrBust (ahem…CCI2*-L now, actually)

Nupafeed® is proud to be a small part of the success of Frankie Thieriot Stutes’ mount Chatwin, who was voted the 2018 EN Horse of the Year by the readers of Eventing Nation. Chatwin and Frankie won their last four events in a row ending with the USEF National Championships at the Fair Hill International CCI3* finishing on a score of 27.3, the lowest 3* score in North America in 2018. Frankie has been a long time customer of Nupafeed and we couldn’t be more excited for the success she has had with Chatwin!

Photo courtesy of Sherry Stewart.

Weekly OTTB Wishlist From Cosequin: Age Is Just a Number

Kevin Wynne an internet sensation

Kevin Wynne is what racing is all about. A 75yo Clerk of the Course, working his heart out to keep everyone out of harm's way…

Show some love for Kev and Woody. 🌟 http://bit.ly/2s1j3P4

Posted by Racing.com on Tuesday, January 8, 2019

A few weeks ago we shared a video of a runaway filly at Cranbourne Turf Club in Victoria, Australia that quickly went viral amongst the horse-savvy internet population. Not only was the horsemanship of outrider Kevin Wynne and the effort of his mount seriously impressive, but learning that Kevin is a spry 75 years old made the feat all the more astounding.

The Australian website Racing.com which first uploaded the viral video has recently released a follow-up so that we can get to know Kevin and his pony, Woody, a little better. Kevin is proof that just because you get older, it does’t mean you have to slow down. In his own words: “I don’t know how you’re supposed to feel at 75, but I feel fit, happy and I’m still doing everything I’ve ever done quite easy.”

With that in mind, let’s use this week’s OTTB Wishlist presented by Cosequin to take a look at three slightly older OTTBs ready for a second career. Age is just a number, so sky’s the limit for these guys!

American Lion. Photo via New Vocations Racehorse Adoption.

American Lion (TIZNOW – STORM TIDE, BY STORM CAT): 2007 16.3-hand Kentucky-bred gelding

Well, it’s not every week that we can say that we’re featuring a horse that ran in the Kentucky Derby. In fact, this is an OTTB Wishlist first! American Lion ran in the 2010 Kentucky Derby, which was won by Super Saver, and finished mid-pack. He went on to run two more races the following year before being retired to stand at stud at Darby Dan Farm in Kentucky and later at River Oaks Farm in Oklahoma. He was offered for auction at the Keeneland sale last November and some of his former connections came together to buy him and ensure a soft landing for him. He was recently gelded before coming to New Vocations and can still act a bit studdish around mares. For that reason, he would be suitable for a confident and experienced person. Under saddle “Lion” truly feels like high caliber horse. His future is bright and his potential is unlimited. Plus, how neat would it be to see a former Derby contender at your local horse trials?

Located in Lexington, Kentucky.

View American Lion on New Vocations Racehorse Adoption.

Forest Pike. Photo via CANTER PA.

Forest Pike (OLD FORESTER – GOLDEN PIKE, BY PIKEPASS): 2012 16.2-hand Ontario-bred mare

This 7-year-old is being offered at an absolute steal of $500! She has retired with no known issues or vices and has been racing consistently since 2015, with her most recent start being this past November so she is an eligible candidate for the 2019 Thoroughbred Makeover. Forest Pike has a nice strong athletic build including a strong shoulder and powerful hindquarters. Her race record can attest to her athleticism too, with over $123,000 earning in 45 career starts.  We’d absolutely love to see this good-looking girl who clearly has much more to offer in a start box someday!

Located in Grantville, Pennsylvania.

View Forest Pike on CANTER PA.

Reggie D. Photo via CANTER PA.

Reggie D (STONESIDER – HEY BABA REBOB, BY MESOPOTAMIA): 2009 16.0-hand New York-bred gelding

They call him “Redhead Reggie”! With 83 starts, Reggie D has certainly earned war horse status. He’s been a good earner for his connections too, topping out at just over $200,000. Reggie’s trainer attests that he has a workmanlike attitude and is also a pleasure to ride and to have in the barn. With so many different experiences under his girth and and been-there-done-that confidence, it sounds like Reggie could be a really fun Thoroughbred Makeover prospect to bring along.

Located in Grantville, Pennsylvania.

View Reggie D on CANTER PA.

Monday Video Presented by Total Saddle Fit: Back at It in Ocala

Dang, it feels good to be listing the weekend action in our daily News & Notes and to be looking up recent footage from the weekend’s horse trials again! Many areas still have several months of winter to endure, but the 2019 USEA competition season is indeed officially underway. May as well live vicariously through those down south, eh?

David Frechette, otherwise known as TheHorsePesterer, was out in full force over the weekend doing his good works at Majestic Oaks Horse Trials in Ocala, Florida. In addition to a multitude of stadium rounds and XC clips, he also caught Cierra Daratony and Rio de Janeiro‘s entire cross country round.  Cierra and Rio de Janeiro, a 10-year-old Holsteiner X Thoroughbred, delivered the only double clear cross country round amongst their competitors to clinch the win in the Preliminary Rider division. Watch them fly over the Florida sawgrass!

Saturday Links Presented by Nupafeed USA

Top: Stark Direwolf, Lower Left: Lannister Lion, Lower Right: Targaryen Dragon. Photos by Mika Polniaszek.

“I clip and I know things” should perhaps be Mika Polniaszek’s new motto! Mika, a Game of Thrones fan and third year veterinary student at Western University of Health Sciences’ College of Veterinary Medicine, kindly shared these photos of her impressive handiwork with us. Mika and her Thoroughbred Brego competed across Area VI from 2010 to 2015 through Training level until the gelding’s retirement from eventing. Brego remains an important part of Mika’s life as she pursues her studies and she has clearly been having some fun with his annual winter clip job! Anyone else participating in the #GameOfClipping? Let us know!

National Holiday: Kiss a Ginger Day (Chestnuts included!)

U.S. Weekend Action:

Majestic Oaks H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Stable View H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Saturday Links:

We Are All Individuals

PODCAST: Safety First + Better Management for Better Results

Olympian Laura Graves’ valuable dressage lessons for jumper riders

4 Lessons From the Equestrian Businesswomen Summit

Dressage Schooling Notebook: An Exercise of Circles

‘Disagreement Among Doctors’ Has Comebacking Victor Espinoza In Holding Pattern

Poor Trailering Behavior in Horses: Risk Factors and Solutions

Saturday Video: Relive the excitement of Grand Oaks Inaugural Horse Trials in 2018 and get pumped for their next iteration next weekend!

Grand Oaks Inaugural Horse Trials

Grand Oaks Resort is pleased to present a video recap of our Inagural Horse Trials that took place January 19th-21st 2018!We look forward to seeing everyone back on property November 23rd-25th for our second Eventing Show, if not sooner.Tom Warriner Shelley Howerton Page Kacy Tipton-Fashik Marilyn Hunt Monica Lea Clayton Fredericks Tyson F Rementer Codie Fravel Phillips Buick GMC Scott Adcox Katie Reynolds 父 Wentz Joel Wiessner

Posted by The Grand Oaks Resort on Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Nupafeed® is excited to be a sponsor of the Grand Oaks Horse Trials Jan. 18th -20th as well as the Landsafe Clinic to follow on the 21st and 22nd.  We look forward to seeing you there as a competitor, a volunteer or a spectator!

Photo courtesy of Nupafeed USA.

Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: Bragging Rights

Everyone’s gotta have something to brag on their horse about … and we totally support that! Frankly, with OTTBs it’s easy to find something. Whether it’s their lineage, their earnings, their number of races — or even their lack of any of those things!

Here are three available OTTBs, each with their own bragging rights, ready and waiting to start their second careers:

Dawning Sky. Photo via CANTER PA.

Dawning Sky (SKY CONQUEROR – MARKET VALLEY, BY UNION PLACE): 2014 15.2-hand Saskatchewan-bred mare

Yes, you read that right: Saskatchewan-bred. You don’t come across that too often, so if you want a horse with a unique birthplace to brag about, you’ve got a prime option right here! Despite being a touch on the smaller size at 15.2hh, Dawning Sky is appropriate for a more experienced rider. She’s a mare full of personality and is a playful like, but also very much enjoys work. She’s recently been enjoying turnout at her owner’s farm since her last race a few weeks ago and her owner reports that’s been been doing quite well barefoot. Her jog video shows the a bit of her playful side, but also the potential for some really nice movement.

Located in Grantville, Pennsylvania.

View Dawning Sky on CANTER PA.

Duke of Viseu. Photo via Friends of Ferdinand.

Duke of Viseu (HENRYTHENAVIGATOR – ST. MICHELE, BY DEVIL’S BAG): 2010 16.3-hand Kentucky-bred gelding

Duke of Viseu started racing as a four-year-old in 2014 and went on to race a total of 35 times until retiring in the fall of 2017. He started his career off with a second place finish in a maiden claiming race and followed it up with a win in his next race. After more than a year away from the track, “Duke” is ready to find a new career and appears to have no limitations. Duke’s bragging right comes from his impressive lineage: his sire, Henrythenavigator, is a winner of multiple Grade I races in Europe and ended his career with a second place finish in the 2008 Breeder’s Cup Classic for a grand total earnings of over $2.7 million.

Located in Indiana.

View Duke of Viseu on Friends of Ferdinand Inc.

Cowtownblue. Photo via CANTER PA.

Cowtownblue (COWTOWN CAT – BLUE RAGE, BY HORSE CHESTNUT (SAF)): 2013 16.0-hand Florida-bred gelding

When you have a horse that has captured the attention of multiple CANTER volunteers — people who see inordinate numbers of Thoroughbreds — like Cowtownblue can say he has, then you’ve got to pay attention. If you couldn’t tell from the picture, Cowtownblue has quite a personality and seems to want to be your instant best friend. His exercise rider can also attest that he’s a blast in the tack and has been his or her favorite ride of the day. Having last raced the day after Christmas, he’s a fabulous prospect for the Thoroughbred Makeover.

Located in Grantville, Pennsylvania.

View Cowtownblue on CANTER PA.

Monday Video from Total Saddle Fit: Mountain Biker vs. Eventer on Cross Country

Believe it or not, if you told a member of the general public that you simply “ride,” horses might not be the first thing they think of. After all, snowboarders and mountain bikers are riders too. So it turns out there is actually more than one way to ride a cross country course.

In a new promotional video for Lindores Farm in Fife, Scotland, YouTube mountain biking star Danny MacAskill and his Santa Cruz 5010 mountain bike go head-to-head against Advanced level rider Louisa Milne Home and her 7-year-old, 17-hand gelding Future Plans who has competed through Intermediate. Danny and Louisa face off over stone walls, roll-tops, banks and a keyhole, and while I bet you think Louisa and her horse are shoe-ins to win the race, you may be surprised by the speed and agility of Danny and his bike!

Saturday Links from Nupafeed USA

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Get ready to Go Eventing in sunny Florida – dates for Red Hills International Horse Trials have recently been announced! The annual event will be held March 7-10, 2019, underneath the picturesque Spanish moss at Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park in Tallahassee, Florida. With three days of competition, tailgating, a shop-’til-you-drop vendor area and other exhibits, Red Hills is the perfect excuse for a warm weather getaway. Spectator tickets go on sale beginning January 14.

National Holiday: National Whipped Cream Day

Your Saturday Links:

Calling all Horses and Riders for the 2019 USEA Educational Symposium with Maxime Livio

New British Eventing rules force horses with repeat cross-country eliminations to step down a level

Make It Snappy: Exercises For Maintaining Energy At The Robert Dover Horsemastership Week

Stewart Tip of the Month: GPS for Your New Year’s Resolution

Unusual Tendon Injuries in Sport Horses

Saturday Video: It’s Saturday – go out and play!

If I’m ever a little down this monkey definitely knows how to cheer me up. TJ you legend! Happy Monday 😂 at RTC equestrian

Posted by Rachael T Connor on Monday, December 10, 2018

Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: New Year, New Opportunities

Happy New Year! It’s a clean slate, a fresh start, a blank page, and all those other clichés. This is the time of year that has everybody thinking about new possibilities and new opportunities. For sure, it’s nice to tie a fresh start to a calendar date, but in reality it isn’t really necessary. You can start afresh at any time, and there’s no better example of that than Thoroughbred racehorses looking for second careers.

Here are our three picks of the week who are looking for a fresh start of their own. Oh, and a belated Happy Birthday to them all as well!

Michazl John. Photo via Finger Lakes Finest Inc.

Michazl John (STROLL – BUSHRA, BY DANZIG): 2014 16.2-hand Kentucky-bred gelding

Here is a big-boned, handsome gelding that is surely just what many OTTB shoppers are looking for. Michazl John made just shy of $60,000 in his 26 starts on the racetrack so he’s certainly athletic, but his connections think he is ready to move on to a different career. According to them, he’s a good horse to work around and ride and the Finger Lakes volunteers who met him for his listing thought he was very classy and composed even on a very windy day. Michazl John is clean-legged and said to be sound with no vices.

Located in Farmington, New York.

View Michazl John on Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds Inc.

I’m Old School. Photo via CANTER Chicago.

I’m Old School (KIPLING – W W OLD SCHOOL, BY ROYAL ACADEMY): 2010 16.0-hand Illinois-bred gelding

At 69 career starts and just over $130,000 in winnings, I’m Old School is a lovable warhorse who still has plenty of spring in his step. I’m Old School is sound with no vices or previous injuries and is being retired from his owner’s large stable to make room for some up-and-coming prospects. Like many warhorses, he’s a level-headed gentleman. He also seems very sweet and intelligent and should be a joy to have in the barn.

Located at Hawthorne Race Course.

View I’m Old School on CANTER Chicago.

Critical Thinker. Photo via CANTER PA.

Critical Thinker (ALPHABET SOUP – VEILED REFERENCE, BY LOUIS QUATORZE): 2011 16.0-hand New York-bred mare

This mare has been a good athlete for her connections and her current trainer, who she’s been with for the past three years. Her trainer says she does everything right and is easy and pleasant to be around, in addition to being very athletic. Critical Thinking hasn’t actually raced in the last year, but she does have published workouts as recently as a few weeks ago so she is eligible for the 2019 Thoroughbred Makeover.

Located in Grantville, Pennsylvania.

View Critical Thinker on CANTER PA.

Monday Video from Total Saddle Fit: One More Contender for Save of the Year

Kevin Wynne's Clerk Skills

Kevin Wynne, 75-year-old clerk of the course, might not know what all the fuss is about but we are still seriously impressed at this vision of his pre-race heroics at Cranbourne Turf Club on Friday!

Posted by Racing.com on Saturday, December 29, 2018

In case you missed it, EN’s list of Most Impressive Saves of 2018 was posted yesterday and even though the clock is ticking down on 2018, we found one more great save that certainly deserves a shoutout before the year is over.

On Friday night spectators at the Cranbourne Turf Club in Victoria, Australia were witness to a masterful display of horsemanship just prior to the fourth race as the number 11 horse, Lady Bell, dumped her jockey in the paddock, spooked, and took off at a full gallop around the course. She was chased down by 75-year-old Kevin Wynne, a former jumps jockey and outrider of nearly 20 years, who caught the filly at full speed and brought her safely back to a walk. It may have been a spectacular save, but of course to Mr. Wynne says he was just doing his job. Bravo, sir!

Best of 2018 Video Countdown #1: Could You Manage this Massive Grid?

Each day between now and the New Year we’re counting down the top 10 most popular videos shared on EN in 2018. The #1 spot goes to “Could You Manage this Massive Grid?,” which garnered 14,880 views when it was originally posted on Oct. 29, 2018.

Photo via Lisanne Kriescher on Facebook.

The Guinness Book of Records cites just a couple of records relating to horses jumping. There’s an official record for puissance (8 ft 1.25 in), for highest jump by a Miniature Horse (42.5 in), and for longest jump over a liverpool (27 ft 6 in), but there doesn’t appear to be a record for longest grid or course. Should someone ever strive to set that record, we herby nominate the folks at Harbarnsen Riding Club in Germany who have brought insanity in the middle to their schooling session by setting up a monstrous grid guaranteed to work that equine booty and then some.

Behold: the “mega row,” posted to Facebook by Lisanne Kriescher, that consists of 8 ground poles, 6 raised cavaletti, 18 crossrail bounces, 4 one stride verticals, finishing with two strides to an oxer. Phew.

Here’s a drive-by view of the whole thing:

Posted by Lisanne Kriescher on Saturday, October 27, 2018

Now let’s see how it’s done!

Posted by Lisanne Kriescher on Saturday, October 27, 2018

Go Eventing!

Best of 2018 Video Countdown #2: It Happens to the Best

Each day between now and the New Year we’re counting down the top 10 most popular videos shared on EN in 2018. The #2 spot goes to “It Happens to the Best,” which garnered 12,036 views when it was originally posted on Nov. 26, 2018. 

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Posted by Will Rawlin Eventing on Saturday, November 24, 2018

Sometimes horses get the a case of the Mondays, too. We’ve all been there on a horse who’s done this or that a thousand times, but seemingly out of the blue one day they decide that they simply cannot even.

British eventer Will Rawlin recently shared this moment that we can all relate to when his horse, V.I.P Vinnie, a 10-year-old German-bred gelding owned by Miranda and Andrew Rawlin, took particular exception to walking over a ground pole during a recent school. And no, V.I.P Vinnie isn’t exactly a green bean event horse — he completed four three-stars this season at Blenheim, Chatsworth and Belton (OK, that part I can’t relate to). The next time your equine partner pulls a fast one on you and forgets ‘how to horse,’ just remember it even happens to the best!

Here he is running the Advanced at Burnham Market International Horse Trials earlier this year. No scary poles here!

Go Eventing.

Saturday Links from Tipperary

Photo via Sara Kozumplik Murphy Equestrian on Facebook.

We are so delighted to see Sara Kozumplik Murphy back aboard her main squeeze Rubens D’Ysieux for the first time since since their fall on August 6th at Millbrook Horse Trials from which she sustained multiple fractures in her spine, as well as disc and ligament damage. Sara has been open and honest about the trials and tribulations of her recovery on her Facebook page and even if you don’t know her personally you just can’t help but root for her. After several surgeries, weeks on bed rest and in a halo, it’s got to feel pretty darn good to get back on the horse, even if it’s just to walk for a while. Keep on keepin’ on Sara, you’ve got this!

National Holiday: National Pepper Pot Day

Saturday Links:

A friendly reminder to replace your helmet after a fall

Classic Moet vs Allstar B: Vote for the 2018 EquiRatings Horse of the Year

Watch 14.2hh intermediate eventer showjump without a bridle

PODCAST: Looking Back and Looking Forward with Carol Kozlowski and Max Corcoran

COTH Best Blogs of 2018

Cold Weather Horse Management Tips

Saturday Video: Technically, it’s still the Christmas season!

We are still feeling Christmasy, are you? 🎄🎅🏼 #lovechristmas

Posted by The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials Official Page on Friday, December 28, 2018

Best of 2018 Video Countdown #4: Why You Should Look Before You Leap

Each day between now and the New Year we’re counting down the top 10 most popular videos shared on EN in 2018. The #4 spot goes to “Why You Should Look Before You Leap,” which garnered 7,182 views when it was originally posted on March 26, 2018. 

Like a siren’s song, eventers are drawn to obstacles we think can be jumped (Exhibit A: #EventerProblems Vol. 135). But a word of caution: check your footing first!

On a recent trip to the beach, British event rider Dan Sibley was enticed by this fun-looking drop into water. He canters toward it at a good clip and his horse, Chief, takes a brave leap off the bank and then … watch and see!

So…life lesson well and truely learnt today: …Things are not always what they seem…Daniel Sibley* Jukin Media Verified *Find this video and others like it by visiting https://www.jukinmedia.com/licensing/view/986726For licensing / permission to use, please email licensing(at)jukinmedia(dot)com.

Posted by Harriet Mcgeorge on Thursday, March 22, 2018

Thankfully, both horse and rider are A-OK, if a bit damp.

Dan’s Facebook page posted: “We were very lucky this time! Will defiantly not be jumping into beach puddles anytime again without checking first!”

Best of 2018 Video Countdown #6: Cutest Helmet Cam Ever

Each day between now and the New Year we’re counting down the top 10 most popular videos shared on EN in 2018. The #6 spot goes to “Cutest Helmet Cam Ever,” which garnered 5,232 views when it was originally posted on August 27, 2018. 

GoPro Barbie

Posted by Kendra Giarrusso Georgacopoulos on Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Mane ribbons and rainbow reins a-flying, ride along with 10-year-old Lucia Isenhart as she expertly pilots “Barbie,” a 10-hand pony owned by Phyllis Meyers, across the country in the Baby Starter division at the Spring Run Mini Horse Trial last weekend. As if this petite team weren’t adorable enough on their own, there’s a serious feel-good story to go along with it.

Just a few short years ago, Phyllis attended an estate auction in search of a trailer to buy and ended up coming home with an abandoned pony with terribly overgrown hooves. Take a look:

Photo courtesy of Erin Murphy.

Photo courtesy of Erin Murphy.

The maybe 15ish-year-old little redheaded mare, dubbed Barbie, was given a new lease on life thanks to Phyllis and she’s become a fabulous little event pony under the guidance of Amanda Conti, head trainer at Tuscany Hollow Stables in Goshen, Kentucky. Barbie and Lucia, a student of Amanda’s, have become local favorites and they make a wonderful team who clearly have a blast together. Make sure you keep an ear out for a mid-ride shoutout of ‘Hi Miss Phyllis!”

Be still my heart.

Go Eventing.

Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: Post-Christmas Treat Yo’ Self Edition

Lynn Symansky and Donner. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Didn’t get what you wanted under the tree this year? I suppose it is pretty hard to fit an OTTB down the chimney and under a tree, I’ll give Santa that. Plus, I’m not sure Santa has as good an eye for upper-level event prospects as he does for flying reindeer. Then again, there is a certain flying deer who has done quite well for himself in this sport, so who’s to say? Treat yo’ self to what you really want and snag one of these promising-looking OTTBs:

Lady Bountiful. Photo via Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds.

Lady Bountiful (DESERT PARTY – WELL GAP, BY CORONADO’S QUEST): 2015 16.0-hand New York-bred mare

“This lovely, large filly has absolutely no interest in running, but plenty of interest in peppermints! She is reported sound with no issues. Her exercise rider states that she is good filly that is well behaved, and is a forward ride. She feels she’d make a great eventer! And with her large shoulder and powerful hind end, we agree! She impressed onlookers with her reaching walk and trot with loads of suspension. Her kind eye is indicative of her in your pocket mentality. She is by Desert Party out of a Coronado’s Quest mare. Don’t miss out on this well sized, sound filly!”

View Lady Bountiful on Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds Inc.

Forest Pike. Photo via CANTER PA.

Forest Pike (OLD FORESTER – GOLDEN PIKE, BY PIKEPASS): 2012 16.2-hand Ontario-bred mare

“A real beauty! This big, solid girl has so much to offer in her next career. Retiring with no known issues or vices, this one is a steal. With a powerful hind end and a very square, balanced build, we could see Eventers or Jumpers be particularly excited about this one. Sweet as can be, it’s no surprise she’s garnished the love of the grooms in the barn. Act fast, this one won’t last long!”

View Forest Pike on CANTER PA

Charley Eckman. Photo via CANTER MD.

Charley Eckman (SIDNEY’S CANDY – ABSOLUTE BEARING, BY MIZZEN MAST): 2016 16.1-hand Kentucky-bred gelding

“What an eye-catching prospect – a dream project for some lucky person out there!  Charley Eckman is a 2YO (about to turn 3) striking liver chestnut gelding who is already 16.1H (and still growing) and has a sweet, loving personality (very snuggly and well-mannered, especially for his age!) He is 100% sound and very clean-legged – he’s just not competitive enough on the track to keep him there.  His owners realize that he’s a lovely prospect with unlimited potential as a sport horse and want to see him find his new job while he’s still young and healthy.”

View Charley Eckman on CANTER MD.

Monday Video from Total Saddle Fit: Olympia Horse Show Has It All, Including Santa

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Einfach eine ganz besondere Show. Outstanding!

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Olympia, The London International Horse Show, has it all (well, almost all — eventing needs to weasel its way in somehow): It’s the only UK Show to host all three FEI World Cup qualifiers in dressage, show jumping and driving. There is also a Shetland Pony Grand National and dog agility competitions to enjoy. In addition to the competitions there are some incredible performances to witness including stunt riding from The Devil’s Horseman and a technically incredible demonstration, Reprise des Douze, from the La Garde Républicaine.

And then there’s the Christmas Finale complete with Father Christmas in a sleigh drawn by two snow white carriage horses, Mary and Joseph leading a miniature donkey and a miniature horse, a sing-along Christmas carol, and some questionable choreography. Please enjoy and have a very Merry Christmas, EN.

The First Noel Olympia, The London International Horse Show you know Christmas has really started thank you and Merry Christmas John Whitaker &@michaelwhitaker

Posted by Carlitos' White Waltham Polo Club on Sunday, December 23, 2018

Best of 2018 Video Countdown #8: ‘Hang On Tight!’ Edition

Each day between now and the New Year we’re counting down the top 10 most popular videos shared on EN in 2018. The #8 spot goes to “‘Hang On Tight!’ Edition,” which garnered 5,219 views when it was originally posted on Feb. 26, 2018. 

Laura Szeremi (aka Bad Eventer) was in the right place at the right time to capture this “Hang On Tight!” moment at Pine Top Farm over the weekend. Erin Pullen took her three-star mount, Tag, out for his first spin of the season and the pair threw down a jumping fault-free cross country run in the Intermediate A division. Tag looked raring to go as he took this long spot at large corner on course — well sat, Erin!