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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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Monday Video from Tredstep Ireland: Lainey Ashker Dances at Devon

Guess who finished 12th at our very first 3* CDI completion which happened to be none other than Dressage at Devon (and we weren’t near last placed either!) #fuegsisexhausted #ontoBLMs #LÆD

Posted by Lainey Ashker on Sunday, September 30, 2018

While many eventers made their way to Stable View in South Carolina for their inaugural CIC3*, Laine Ashker was competing in a different kind of three-star at the famous Dressage at Devon in Pennsylvania. Over the weekend, Lainey competed in the small tour CDI*** aboard Santiago Del Escarvido (Davido MC—Scarlet, Despierto), a 16-year-old Wisconsin-bred Andalusian X Appaloosa gelding owned by Ann Wilson. Ann was one of Lainey’s very first clients and owners and they found each other 10 years ago though a Craigslist ad that Lainey had posted advertising lessons.

In an effort to improve her performances in eventing’s first phase, Lainey has worked with dressage trainer Radu Marcoci for nearly two decades and grown to love the discipline, though she never intended to compete in pure dressage. “Diego” isn’t Lainey’s only dressage horse — she also has the ride on Atlas, owned by Danielle Casalett, who competes at Fourth Level, and her own Showtime, who is currently competing at third level. Her long-time event partner Anthony Patch a.k.a “Al” has also made the occasional appearance in the sandbox as well.

Lainey and Diego’s score in the I-1 test on Saturday qualified them to perform in I-1 freestyle on Sunday and they ultimately finished 12th place in the CDI***. Way to represent! Check out their freestyle performance here:

Posted by Lainey Ashker on Sunday, September 30, 2018

Saturday Links from Tipperary

Diego, Laine Ashker, and Ann Wilson. Photo via Laine Ashker.

Meanwhile in DQ land … While eventers’ eyes are generally on Stable View this weekend, Lainey Ashker is making her first trip to Dressage at Devon with Ann Wilson’s Santiago Del Escarvido (Davido MC—Scarlet, Despierto), a 16-year-old Andalusian X Appaloosa gelding. Laine and “Diego” are competing in the the small tour CDI*** and will be riding in the Dixon Oval today. Good luck, Lainey! Also, LOVE that dress!

National Holiday: National Coffee Day (Click here for a roundup of everywhere you can get free or discounted coffee today)

Major Events This Weekend:

Stable View CIC & HT: WebsiteEntry StatusRide TimesLive ScoresScheduleEQTV Live StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Action:

University of New Hampshire H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Larkin Hill H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

ESDCTA New Jersey H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Jump Start H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Saturday Links:

Ringside Chat: Eventer Laine Ashker Is Dancing At Dressage At Devon

Did the FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon live up to expectations?

Andreas Dibowski’s Principles of Cross-Country Riding

Pippa Funnell to mentor young event riders in memory of top horse’s owner

Fall Feeding Tips for Horses

Saturday Video: Eventers are multi-talented!

@claytonfreddo and his band Snatch providing the entertainment tonight @stableviewaiken #eventinglife #fredericksequestrianinternational

Posted by Fredericks Equestrian International on Friday, September 28, 2018

Thursday Video from Nupafeed: WEG Withdrawal

Anyone else still having WEG withdrawals? I’m sure I must not be the only one. Thankfully, even if you’ve let your FEI TV pass run out you can still enjoy a lot of the action through the eyes of spectators and their smartphones, many of which captured some exciting cross country moments!

YouTuber Stephanie Prince put together this compilation of her Saturday day at WEG, from the parking lot to the cross country course to a look around the vendor village and the main arena. Get a look at the what the day was like from a spectator’s point of view and relive a good eight minutes of some of the best riding in the world.

Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: Thoroughbred Makeover by the Numbers

2018 Thoroughbred Makeover By The Numbers

The 2018 Thoroughbred Makeover, presented by Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA), is almost here! Dive deeper into the #TBMakeover demographics: https://tbmakeover.org/component/content/article/230-2018-thoroughbred-makeover/1504-the-thoroughbred-makeover-class-of-2018?Itemid=696

Posted by Retired Racehorse Project on Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The 2018 Retired Racehorse Project (RRP) Thoroughbred Makeover is just a week away. Over 500 OTTBs will converge on the Kentucky Horse Park from Oct. 4-7 to compete and show off their training in second careers. These former racehorses are coming from a host of different states (or countries!), found various levels of success on the track, and range in age from three to 13 years old. Take a look at the video above for a breakdown of the 2018 RRP Thoroughbred Makeover stats.

And don’t forget — the Thoroughbred Makeover isn’t just a competition; it’s also a celebration and exhibition of the breed’s versatility, plus it’s a sale too! Many of the horses entered in the Makeover will also be available to be seen and tried at the event. You can check out the horses that will be up for sale in the ASPCA Makeover Marketplace Catalog. To get you started, here are three sales horses who’ll be competing in the eventing portion of the Makeover:

Musical Flair. Photo via Retired Racehorse Project.

Musical Flair (SONGANDAPRAYER – HIGHWAYTOHAPPINESS, BY CATIENUS): 2009 16.0-hand Kentucky-bred gelding

Sale information from the Makeover Marketplace Catalog:

“You won’t be able to get a horse with as much heart as Jay. With an incredible 97 starts and no injuries, you know he is built to last long. He has three beautiful gaits, correct form over jumps, and a big personality. He absolutely loves his new job and his favorite thing is jumping – the more challenging the jump the better he is. He has been to multiple eventing and jumper shows over the summer along with many off property lessons and clinics. He is the type of horse that is better off property than he is at home! He has a solid foundation of dressage and jumping and is ready to compete and win. Jay is very brave on cross country and careful in show jumping. I could see him being very competitive in jumpers as he is quick on his feet and can jump a big jump. Suitable for young rider, pony clubber, or an amateur. Slightly negotiable on price to perfect home.”

Mutaka. Photo via Retired Racehorse Project.

Mutaka (MUTAKDDIM – KRISKA KREME, BY CHARISMATIC): 2010 16.3-hand Kentucky-bred gelding

Sale information from the Makeover Marketplace Catalog:

“This warhorse Mutaka, known as Mu in the barn, is a 16.3 hand 9 year old bay off the track thoroughbred gelding. He came off the track after winning his last race in October 2016. He raced 53 times and was given let down time after the track. Mu is sound and currently in training to be an event horse, but could go in any direction! Right now he is a kick ride and would be suitable for an amateur or junior, but he has enough scope, talent, and athleticism to also be fit for a professional.

He began his training for a new career at the very end of June 2018 and is already schooling beginner novice in all three phases with a snaffle. I have taken him cross country schooling once and he didn’t look at anything (not even the ditch)! I took him to his first combined test not long ago and he went into and around a dressage ring and a real show jump course for the first time with no problems. He didn’t look at the judges box or the flowers/decorations underneath the jumps. He did not have a problem with horses cantering around in the warm up. I do not have an arena, so all of his training has been in a wide open field with occasional trips to an indoor.

He lunges, ties, is good for the farrier/vet, trailers, clips, has lead changes, is able to be worked alone, etc.. Mu is the same horse away from the farm as he is at home. He is very kind and gets along with any horse. Mu doesn’t buck, rear, spook, or bolt. I hack him bareback around our 40 acre field alone all the time. He is still a little unbalanced (he is a big boy!), but improves with every ride. He is currently located in Kansas City, Missouri, but will be in Kentucky the entire month of October.”

Coconut Roll. Photo via Retired Racehorse Project.

Coconut Roll (VICTOR’S CRY – HOLY DEEDS, BY HOLY BULL): 2013 16.3-hand Ontario-bred gelding

Sale information from the Makeover Marketplace Catalog:

“Rollo is a big, powerful horse with potential to become a solid upper-level eventer, jumper or dressage horse. In the long run he could be a hunter star but his conformation and uphill way of going currently better suit him to the jumper ring. He works at all gaits on a supple contact, knows the basics of lateral work and has solid flying changes. He has schooled fences up to 3’6” with plenty of room to move up, and is currently focusing on technique and rideability through gymnastics and smaller fences. He jumps liverpools, ditches, logs, trakehners and coops. He has schooled off property in the hunter, jumper and cross country rings and while he can be more up in a new environment, he is still very rideable and focused on his work.

Rollo is best suited for an advanced rider to develop, or confident intermediate rider working with a coach. In the future he is expected to be an amateur-safe ride, but he is still a year or two’s worth of training away from being that steady. Rollo has participated in jump clinics under the tutelage of international event riders such as Buck Davidson, Stuart Black and Momo Lafrombroise. All have had extremely positive feedback about his gaits, jumping style, rideability and athletic talent. The future is extremely bright for this stellar young horse!

Rollo is well-behaved for all aspects of handling including trailering, bathing, shoeing and veterinary work. He is a favourite with barn staff and boarders for his easy-going nature and goofy personality. Rollo is a cribber, which is currently controlled with a collar. He has front shoes with corks, is barefoot behind.”

Monday Video from Tredstep Ireland: Feathers and Flying with Danielle Goldstein

Jumping Rider Cam | FEI World Equestrian Games, Tryon 2018

Up, Up & Away….Most of us can only dream of riding a mare like Lizziemary around a World Championship track so Danielle Goldstein/Starwyn Farms LLC is taking us along with us as she jumps into the final!

Posted by Fédération Equestre Internationale on Sunday, September 23, 2018

We’ve already ridden around the WEG cross country with Brazil’s Marcio Carvalho Jorge thanks to Equine Productions Ltd‘s JockeyCam technology; now let’s switch gears and take a spin around the massive WEG show jumping course with Israel’s Danielle Goldstein. Here at EN we’re all a little more used to staring down massive cross-country obstacles via helmet cam, but cantering up to 1.60-meter fences (compared to 1.30-meter for a four-star) and being under pressure inside the gargantuan U.S. Trust Arena, this impressive in its own right (and this video is also a fabulous reminder to look your turns on course.)

The name Danielle Goldstein might not sound familiar to you, but the sight may be; Dani’s show ring look has gained some attention during her performances at the WEG as she’s outfitted her hair with a dazzling assortment of feathers that fly streaming behind her helmet as she rides. Speaking of things that would make George Morris roll over in his grave, her hair isn’t the only style statement that Dani makes — she also frequently rides in yoga pants, snakeskin-outlined boots, and a crop top under her show jacket.

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

But Dani, who operates Starwyn Farms in Wellington, isn’t just here to make a fashion statement; she means business, too, and she and her super mare Lizzymary are formidable competitors. The pair made it to yesterday’s individual round of the show jumping competition, ultimately finishing 20th out of 124 total competitors, and Dani donned the JockeyCam (seen on her helmet in the photos below) during her final round.

Feathers? Yep! You see that right. We caught up with show jumper Danielle Goldstein before she heads into today's…

Posted by Tryon International Equestrian Center on Sunday, September 23, 2018

Saturday Links from Tipperary

I know this is Eventing Nation, (Jumper Nation is over here) but holy smokes, who else caught the WEG team jumping finale yesterday? Spoiler alert: Team USA clinched gold in a jump-off and it was hella exciting!

Don’t worry though: our portion of the WEG may be over, but eventers still have an exciting weekend ahead with Planation Field CIC3* live streaming and our very own Jenni Autry behind the mic. (Not to mention the SEVEN sanctioned horse trials plus East Coast FEH Championships happening this weekend!)

Plus, if you want to get into something a little different but kind of similar, combined driving is happening at the WEG right now with the marathon phase (the driving equivalent of cross country) happening today from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. EST. It’s pretty cool!

National Holiday: American Business Women’s Day

Major Events This Weekend:

Plantation Field: WebsiteScheduleXC Start TimesSJ Start TimesLive ScoresLive StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Action:

Twin Rivers Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Aspen Farms H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Marlborough H.T [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]
Flora Lea Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]
MeadowCreek Park H.T – The Fall Social Event [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]
FEH Qualifier at Loch Moy Farm [Website] [Results]
FEH Championships at Loch Moy Farm [Website] [Entry Status] [Times]
Saturday Links:
Saturday Video:

Winning Moment – Jumping | FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018

Well…we’ll be watching this EPIC finale again and again for a long time. It all came down to the most electrifying Jump-Off we have ever seen at the FEI World Equestrian Games. But when put to the sword, it was Team USA who came through a nail-biting finish and overcame a very strong Swedish team. Huge congratulations to Team USA – that was incredible!🥇 US Equestrian / 🇺🇸🥈 Svenska Ridsportförbundet – Officiell sida 🇸🇪🥉 Deutsche Reiterliche Vereinigung e.V. (FN) 🇩🇪

Posted by FEI Jumping on Friday, September 21, 2018

Thursday Video from Nupafeed: A Homecoming Fit for History-Makers

Irish Eventing Team Homecoming at Dublin Airport

Fantastic scenes at Dublin Airport this morning as Horse Sport Ireland Press Officer Brian Hennessy caught up with the World Equestrian Games Silver Medal winning Irish Eventing team of Cathal Daniels, Sam Watson, Sarah Ennis, Patricia Ryan, Padraig McCarthy and Team Manager Sally Corscadden

Posted by Team Ireland Equestrian on Wednesday, September 19, 2018

A 7 a.m. arrival time didn’t stop a host of well-wishers and media from coming to the Dublin Airport to greet the silver medal-winning Irish eventing team as they set foot back on their home turf following the World Equestrian Games. The country’s first individual medal since 1978 and team medal at a World Championships in 1966, is certainly worth such a celebratory reception!

Horse Sport Ireland’s Press Officer caught up with team members Cathal Daniels, Sam Watson, Sarah Ennis, Patricia Ryan and Padraig McCarthy and Team Manager Sally Corscadden to get their reflections on the WEG weekend that was and their plans for Tokyo 2020 now that they’ve clinched a qualification.

Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: Turkey Transformation Edition

Photos courtesy fo Kate Samuels.

The 2018 Retired Racehorse Project Thoroughbred Makeover is fast approaching and the Nation Media team is extra excited this year because a few of our own will be competing with their project ponies. Horse Nation and Jumper Nation’s Meagan DeLisle will be competing with Flashback Justice in field hunters and competitive trail, while EN’s own Kate Samuels will be competing with Turkomani (Jockey Club name) AKA Felix Felicis (USEA name) AKA Turkey (barn name) in eventing and show jumping.

Kate obtained Turkey from Big Lick Racing Retirement one year ago this month and has been dutifully and carefully bringing him along since. Not only has his physique changed, but he’s also learned the ropes of his new job and gone from this:

Turkey is back and feelin' fresh after his holiday vacation! He got some chiropractic work from the incredible Dr Rob Goldsmith for his neck and lower back, and he's really limber now. He's still working out how this whole "jumping" thing goes….but he doesn't like to make mistakes! Sometimes training young horses is just funny 🤣

Posted by Kate Samuels Equestrian on Thursday, January 11, 2018

To this:

Photo courtesy of Kate Samuels.

No scope, no hope, right?

Thinking about an OTTB of your own? Here are our three weekly picks:

Sidney’s Uncle (SIDNEY’S CANDY – HIGHTSHIFT, BY ST. JOVITE): 2016 16.0-hand Kentucky-bred gelding

If you’re looking for a real young one to bring along and make you’re own, then Uncle Sidney could be for you! This two-year-old is unraced and showing no promise in training and thus he’s on the market to non-racing buyers. His handlers say he’s currently just a super goofy, overgrown toddler who, like most young horses, doesn’t quite know where all his limbs are at any given time yet. If you give him some time to grow and mature before restarting him, Uncle Sidney could handsomely reward you by growing into the horse of your dreams.

View Uncle Sidney on CANTER Illinois.

Artitude. Photo via CANTER MN.

Artitude (ARTIE SCHILLER – POWDER ROCK, BY ROCK HARD TEN): 2015 15.3-hand Kentucky-bred filly

This three-year-old filly just hasn’t been able to break her maiden in nice starts, but with some maturing and a career change she’s got some great potential. This lovely lady not only has a nice uphill build, but she has completely clean legs and feet and is said to have always been sound. Artitude is nicely bred with El Prado and Rock Hard Ten as grandsires.

View Artitude on CANTER Minnesota.

Under and Over. Photo via CANTER Delaware.

Under and Over (TRAPPE SHOT – UNDERSTATED, BY FIRST SAMURAI): 2015 15.3-hand Kentucky-bred gelding

This sweet guy looks like a total tank — check out that shoulder in particular! He’s one of his exercise rider’s absolute favorites to ride, and he has nothing but good things to say about this horse. Classy, sensible, and easy are just a few words used to describe this solid citizen, but you’ve really got to head to his CANTER page and read his rider’s full glowing testimonial. Oh, and not to mention he was a pretty decent racehorse earning over $90,000 in 32 starts!

View Over and Under on CANTER CA.

Wednesday News & Notes from Attwood Equestrian Surfaces

Andreas Dibowski and FRH Corrida (GER). Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Horse show hangover is REAL, you guys. I am in complete strugglesville this week and I wasn’t even at WEG in person! Thank goodness we have Plantation Field to get us through this next weekend. Phew.

National Holiday: International Talk Like a Pirate Day

Major Events This Week:

Plantation Field International CIC [Website] [Schedule] [Entries] [Dressage Ride Times] [Live Scores] [EN’s Coverage]

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Twin Rivers Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Aspen Farms H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Marlborough H.T [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]
Flora Lea Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]
MeadowCreek Park H.T – The Fall Social Event [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]
FEH Qualifier at Loch Moy Farm [Website] [Entry Status] [Times]
FEH Championships at Loch Moy Farm [Website] [Entry Status] [Times]

Wednesday News and Notes:

Applications for the 2019 Worth the Trust Educational and Sports Psychology Scholarships are due in two weeks on Monday, October 1. Scholarships are earmarked for young adults and adult amateurs to provide financial assistance for the purpose of pursuing continued education in eventing. [Two Weeks Left to Submit Your Worth the Trust Scholarship Applications]

It’s a British invasion! And what was it like being a Brit on the grounds at Tryon to witness their eventing gold? Horse & Hound’s eventing editors tell us.[Pippa Roome’s WEG blog: Ros Canter, world champion? I still can’t quite believe it]

What does Allison Springer look for in a young event horse prospect? She tells us as she takes a look and tells us what she likes about at a four-year-old OTTB. [OTTB Critique Presented by Athletux: Uno]

Attwood Wisdom of the Week – The Importance of Drainage

No doubt about it this has been a rainy spring for most of the East Coast. But no matter where you live, we have all seen the negative effects of too much rain on a poorly constructed arena.

An arena’s drainage system is your first line of defense when the skies open up. Every outdoor should have the minimum of at least one designed French drain INSIDE the arena. Why inside? So that the water does not have to go under or over kickboards to drain away, washing away your footing creating gullies and puddles.

Designing your drainage system is as important as the choice of footing you put in your arena. Ideally your drainage system should let the water leave in a steady consistent manner.

The drainage system should reflect the use of the arena. If the arena cannot have any downtime, more drainage should be incorporated which translates into more maintenance of the footing. More watering and more dragging ensures the footing stays in tip-top shape.

There are always trade offs in creating a perfect riding surface. That’s why riders like Phillip Dutton and Boyd Martin turn to Attwood for their expertise and scientifically proven formulas. Have any footing questions or photos you want to share? Attwood Equestrian Surfaces will be happy to post them on their Facebook and Instagram account. Just email them to [email protected].

#Tryon2018 Monday Social Media Roundup

Monday social media roundup … that sounds a little funny, eh? Ah well, we did it! We made it! Unlike some other sports (RIP dressage freestyle) WEG eventing is complete! Let’s take a one more peek around social media on this final day of competition as we celebrate the teams that found themselves victorious.

#Tryon2018: WebsiteEntriesIndividual ScoresTeam ScoresUltimate GuideEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

Monday Video from Tredstep Ireland: Ride WEG Cross Country with Brazil’s Marcio Carvalho Jorge

Marcio Jorge Head Cam – Eventing XC | FEI World Equestrian Games

It's as if you're riding the actual course 😯Eventing athlete Marcio C Jorge strapped on a head camera during his FEI Eventing Cross Country run yesterday at Tryon2018. Here's how he took on the course 👀 👇

Posted by FEI Eventing on Sunday, September 16, 2018

If you were able to catch the live stream of cross country on Saturday, you may have noticed a unique feature that gave viewers a new perspective on the sport. Sam Fleet of Equine Productions Ltd. outfitted a few riders with the JockeyCam Live, a lightweight helmet cam, which, with its accompanying transmitter strapped to the back of the rider’s vest, could transfer high definition live video for broadcast. During the runs of the outfitted riders, which included Brazil’s Marcio Carvalho Jorge and New Zealand’s Jonelle Price, the live stream occasionally cut to the feed from from the helmet cams allowing the viewer to get a real-time first-person perspective of the course.

This isn’t quite the first time a live helmet cam feed has been used for equine sporting events (but it’s certainly not a common occurrence yet). William Fox-Pitt wore it around the 2015 Burghley course and JockeyCam Live made its U.S. debut during last year’s Breeder’s Cup which took place at Del Mar Racetrack in November. Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith wore the camera for all of his races and the live feed was streamed on the Breeders’ Cup website, app and part of NBC’s live TV coverage.

The JockeyCam Live made another appearance during today’s show jumping finale, as I spotted Tim Price wearing it during his round, though the live stream did not cut to his perspective at all. Hopefully we’ll get a look at that footage at some point in addition to the other riders who wore it for cross country! Look out for the JockeyCam Live during the rest of WEG as well — Sam Fleets says some of the show jumpers and combined drivers will be wearing it.

Monday News and Notes from Fleeceworks

Carlos Diaz Fernandez and Junco CP leaving the barns before heading to cross country and a double-clear round for Spain. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

OK everyone, it’s the day we’ve all been waiting for! Show jumping begins at 10 a.m. EST in the U.S. Trust Arena and PSA to spectators traveling to the venue: Spectator parking has been relocated next to the Sandy Plains Volunteer Headquarters. For home viewers, it does not appear that the Olympic Channel or NBCSN have adjusted their broadcast following the rescheduling of the event. For US and Canada viewers, it seems that FEI TV is the only option to watch it live. Bummer, I know.

#Tryon2018: WebsiteEntriesStarting OrderScheduleIndividual ScoresTeam ScoresUltimate GuideCourse PreviewHow to Watch LiveEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

National Holiday: National Apple Dumpling Day

U.S. Weekend Results:

GMHA September H.T. [Website] [Results]

CDCTA H.T. [Website] [Results]

Otter Creek Fall H.T. [Website] [Results]

Equestrians Institute H.T. [Website] [Results]

Flying Cross Farm H.T. [Website] [Results]

Monday News and Notes:

WEG spectator parking has been moved. Spectator parking for the WEG is now located next to the Sandy Plains Volunteer Headquarters for Monday and Tuesday. Follow Department of Transportation signs to the parking lot. Parking at the Steeplechase Lot will reconvene on Wednesday, September 19. [Parking moved]

Laura Kraut and Boyd Martin aren’t concerned with the weather. “Hand walk? I rode this morning!” said Kraut. The area around Tryon is under advisory for heavy flooding and mud slides, but the venue itself seems to only be suffering minor flooding.  [How The WEG And Its Athletes Are Weathering The Storm]

Tsetserleg grew up through the USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) program and is now competing for Team USA at the FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG). The message that both Holekamp and Turner want everyone to know: If they can do it, anyone can do it! [The Event College at #Tryon2018: From YEH to WEG with Tsetserleg]

H&H’s eventing editor reports in from Tryon after what she calls, “one of the oddest days of my life.” On the one hand, it was a championship cross-country day. On the other, it was the day it seemed like she was going to experience the first hurricane. [Pippa Roome’s WEG blog: when Hurricane Florence meets cross-country day…]

Monday Video:

#Tryon2018 Sunday Social Media Roundup: Rain Delay

A “rest day” between cross country and stadium jumping is certainly an … unusual situation, to say the least. We’ve heard some mixed feelings from the riders about the rescheduling of show jumping to Monday, and it will indeed be interesting to see what, if any, effect it may have on the horses and riders. As for today, it gave some competitors some extra time to reflect on their rides yesterday, for better or for worse:

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Hard to put my disappointment into words. We all know that this is a tough game, but yesterday was like a cannonball to the stomach. After a freak stop at the waterfall bank, Phish and I had an uncharacteristic runout at the railroad corner, and ultimately finished with an uncompetitive score that did not benefit the US team. It stings bitterly, and fell far short of my own and my team’s expectations, and that is truly hard to swallow. We still have a job to do today and tomorrow to try and qualify for Tokyo, so that will be our focus now. While this result stinks, I am still beyond grateful for this horse, his owners, my family, my teammates, and the whole village of support here and at home that makes it possible to be at a major championship. I am sorry that it did not go better.

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There was one thing still on the agenda for today, however. The competitors, journalists, and some very intrepid spectators braved the rain and ventured to a very soggy final horse inspection:

But we’ve said it once and we’ll say it a thousand more times: eventers are a hardy bunch. There’s one phase left yet, a job still to do, and the show will go on.

#Tryon2018 #TeamUSA #Tsetserleg #RidingInTheRain

Posted by Boyd Martin on Sunday, September 16, 2018

#Tryon2018: WebsiteEntriesScheduleIndividual ScoresTeam ScoresUltimate GuideCourse PreviewHow to Watch LiveEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

Sunday Links Presented by One K Helmets

Colleen Loach and Qorry Blue d’Argouges. Photo by Leslie Thelkeld.

Well, rest day indeed. For all those in the path of Hurricane Florence, I hope you’ve battened down the hatches after enjoying the incredible day of competition yesterday. I spent the better part of the day transcribing quotes that Jenni gathered in the mixed zone and I can honestly say it that we got some really super reactions from the riders. We’re really excited to bring them to you.

The final horse inspection will take place at 2 p.m. EST today and show jumping is still planned to take place on Monday at a time yet to be determined. As always, keep it locked here for the latest — we’ll be keeping you posted!

National Holiday: National Play-Doh Day

U.S. Weekend Action:

#Tryon2018: WebsiteEntriesScheduleXC Start TimesIndividual ScoresTeam ScoresUltimate GuideCourse PreviewHow to Watch LiveEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

GMHA September H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

Otter Creek Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Equestrians Institute H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Flying Cross Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Sunday Links:

Helgstrand Dressage Freestyle cancelled

Klimke Gallops to the Lead; Symansky and Donner in Top 10 on Cross-Country Day at WEG

British team are ‘class acts’ to rise to gold after WEG cross-country; Ros Canter in silver

Hugs, Tears, Trembling: The Spirit Of Eventing

Sunday Video: Boyd’s second ride of the day

Boyd on his second ride of the day! 😍💕🦄 WEG 2018

Posted by Chloe Smyth on Saturday, September 15, 2018

#Tryon2018 Saturday Social Media: Incredible Cross Country Action

Cross country day at Tryon had it all: the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat – and it all played out over an intense ten minute course made even more dramatic by the storm clouds as a looming backdrop.

Make sure to tune back in … at some point … for the conclusion of the eventing competition and in the meantime, take a look back on all the cross country day action:

Just 15 minutes from the start of cross country at @Tryon2018. #Tsetserleg #TeamUSA #Tryon2018 #GoEventing #BeOne

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#tryon2018 #tryon2018eventing #weg #weg2018

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Round 2 #worldequestriangames #tryon2018

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This face… #legend

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Saturday Links from Tipperary

Bye-bye 23A. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Major schedule change! ICYMI: Sunday’s show jumping phase has been rescheduled for Monday, September 17th due to heavy rain starting on Saturday evening through Sunday. Cross country remains unaffected and will start at 11am today as planned, but the interval between horses will be reduced from four to three minutes. The course length will remain the full length, but with two fences removed (23A and 24B). Here’s wishing absolutely everyone safe and speedy rides today (and here’s wishing all you spectators safe and speedy shuttle rides from parking as well. Godspeed.)

For all you home-viewers, don’t forget that you can watch the cross country action live on NBCSN and The Olympic Channel. If you’ve got cable, do your duty to support equestrianism in the main stream media and tune in to get viewership up. For all the WEG-watching options we can find on TV and online, check out our guide.

National Holiday:  Responsible Dog Ownership Day

U.S. Weekend Action:

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GMHA September H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

Otter Creek Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Equestrians Institute H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Flying Cross Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Saturday Links:

Update on Rescheduling of Tryon 2018 Weekend Timetable

Heat, Humidity, the Hurricane, and the Hill – Riders Talk WEG Cross-Country

This Finnish Eventer Wrote A Children’s Book To Get To WEG

Backstage at the WEG: Volunteers Make the World (Equestrian Games) Go ‘Round

The Come-Back King: Blyth Tait Is Back At WEG, And Ready For Action

Werth Makes Good On A Promise With WEG Grand Prix Special Win

10 Equine Biosecurity Resources on TheHorse.com

Genetic testing casts fascinating light on the maternal origins of the Thoroughbred

Saturday Video: Some highlights from Friday’s tests:

News | FEI World Equestrian Games – Eventing Day 2

The atmosphere has been electric and the crowds ecstatic… Day 2 of the FEI Eventing Dressage has been a day to remember! As we head into the cross country phase tomorrow, here are your current standings! 👇🥇Team Germany/ Deutsche Reiterliche Vereinigung e.V. (FN) 🇩🇪🥈Team GB/ Equestrian Team GBR 🇬🇧🥉Team USA/ US Equestrian 🇺🇸

Posted by FEI Eventing on Friday, September 14, 2018

#Tryon2018 Friday Social Media Roundup: What Have You #OverheardAtWEG?

We here at Eventing Nation would like to cordially invite you to grow the #OverheardAtWEG hashtag. Given the actual insanity in the middle out there on the Tryon grounds, there have got to to be some real gems. Allow us to get you started:

Alright, moving on to today’s action, there were a loads of amazing tests on day two of eventing to reflect on …

Now that dressage is done and dusted, all focus shifts to the task ahead tomorrow. Competitors and spectators alike have been braving the heat and humidity to get a closer look at the incredible track that will be a huge test tomorrow. It’s fabulous to see all your smiling faces in the stands and around the venue despite the weather and I’m loving the celeb sightings, too!

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Charlie’s giving Phishy a pep talk!

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WEGgin out #tryon2018 #totallynotsunburned 😬

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Speaking of heat and humidity, check out the nice shady area that the venue had set up for the horses to go for their tack check after their dressage test:

And finally, I leave you with a good excuse to binge eat reminder to support the generous sponsors of our sport:

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#Tryon2018 Thursday Social Media Roundup

Thumbs up, y’all — dressage day one at #Tryon2018 (or #WEG2018, idk, people are using both) is in the books! Boyd Martin and Tsetserleg, a.k.a. Thomas, a.k.a. the little Trakehner that could are officially in the house, and of course I’d be remiss to mention the sub-20 dressage score that our leaders, Julia Krajewski and Chipmunk FRH, are sitting on. There are still some heavy hitters coming tomorrow, but I don’t think Chipmunk is going down without a fight.

Let’s take a peek around social media to see what went on both in and out of the arena on Thursday:

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That smile says it all, everyone stay safe and have fun at the World Equestrian Games! Photo by @tryon2018 #equestrian #equestrianstyle #huntleyequestrian #hunter #jumper #equitation #western #dressage #polo #horseracing #horselovers #horseshow #equine #equestrianfashion #modernclassic #classic #polished #horsesofinstagram #huntley #boots #rootd #teamhuntleyeq ・・・ We're kicking off day 2️⃣ of #Tryon2018 by celebrating the horse and celebrating the sport with the first rider from the Aussie posse, Andrew Hoy! He and "Vassily de Lassos" began the morning with a great test in the dressage phase of the Mars, Incorporated Eventing competition. "I'm absolutely thrilled, because he could not have produced a better test than he did today." 🇦🇺 #AussiePosse 📸 Tryon 2018

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Meanwhile on the cross country course, it’s all very serious business …

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Thursday Video from Nupafeed: Typical Training with Ingrid

It’s no secret that Ingrid Klimke has a thing for cavalletti — she and her father, Reiner, literally wrote the book(s) on them after all. So it’s fitting that she’d whip out the practice standards and poles to prep for her test. One of the neat things about the Tryon International Equestrian Center is that spectators can easily watch the competitors schooling in the practice rings. Sounds like a fabulous learning opportunity to me!

Ingrid was spotted working her partner SAP Hale Bob OLD, a 14-year-old Oldenburg gelding (Helikon xx X Goldige, by Noble Champion) owned by herself and Andreas Busacker, on Wednesday with a no-stirrups session over some raised cavalletti. You know, casual stuff. Ingrid and #SAPSuperBobby ride their dressage test at 2:34 p.m. tomorrow — don’t miss it!

Training with cavaletti Tryon2018! :-)#eventing #sapsuperBobby #ohnebuegel #reitezudeinerfreude #ingridklimkecavaletti

Posted by Ingrid Klimke on Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Two International WEG Eventers You Should Be Following on Instagram

Instagram. Land of hashtags, selfies and artsy pictures of food. Scroll through and double-tap with caution — it’s easy to get caught up in this digital land of fake filtered photos and modelesque lifestyles. Nevertheless, I find myself drawn to Instagram and it has quickly taken over as my favorite social media platform. It’s not the perfectly curated photos that some accounts solely post that capture and hold my attention, however, it’s the real-life snapshots that some users choose to share. My favorite part of this platform is that it makes it easy for people to share behind the scenes moments of their lives.

Of course, my feed is chock full of equestrian accounts. My favorite riders to follow on Instagram are tasteful, not spammy, about promoting their sponsors and they don’t just post professional action shots from events, but also scenes from their day-to-day lives. I love seeing how they train, their gorgeous farms, their adorable farm dogs, and the (very) occasional vacation photo thrown in. Speaking as someone who rides at the lower-levels and works a normal 9-to-5 day job, Instagram is a peephole into a different world. The small part of their lives that these upper-level riders share online let us get to know just a little bit more about them, beyond a name and number on the leaderboard.

Over time the list of people I follow on Instagram has grown to include both the familiar and lesser-known names from the international eventing scene. With the WEG on the horizon, I’ve picked out two of my very favorite accounts that I’m especially looking forward to following throughout the Games. These two international riders are killing it at the ‘gram game and are totally worth following throughout the year, from the off-season to the big events like WEG. Let’s get to know Anna Freskgård of Sweden and Heidi Bratlie Larsen of Norway via their Instagrams. Be sure to cheer them on this week!

If the name Anna Freskgård sounds familiar to you, it’s either because you follow the two- and three-star levels in Europe or because you were one of the nearly 50,000 people who read this post about Anna’s daughter Edwina and her trusty pony Tusseman. It’s not always that a five-year-old daughter beats her FEI-level mother into the limelight, but now it’s Anna’s time to shine!

Prior to stepping onto the scene as a professional event rider, Anna worked as a horse trainer for the Swedish Armed Forces Cavalry. Anna and William Nilson Fryer, her partner of 13 years, have been patiently and diligently training up a string of quality horses at their stable, Lövsund, in Sweden. She has been steadily climbing the leaderboard at events with her two top horses, her and Willam’s Fly Away vd N.Ranch and Therese Örup’s Box Qutie.

Anna made her CCI4* debut this spring on Fly Away, with a smashing 10th place finish at Luhmühlen, but it’s Box Qutie, a 12-year-old Swedish Warmblood mare (Quite Easy X Lady Like KLT, by Little Boy 756), who has made the journey to Tryon. The pair finished third in the CCI3* at Saumur in France this May and then helped Team Sweden clinch a third-placed victory at CICO3* Aachen with an individual 16th place.

Anna is very active on Instagram, posting nearly every day and I love to see the behind-the-scenes images from her beautiful farm interspersed among pictures of her and her horses absolutely slaying it over huge jumps. And of course, Edwina and Tusseman make appearances now and again! I’m looking forward to cheering Anna on during her first WEG and getting a peek at her experience.

Heidi Bratlie Larsen may be an unfamiliar name now, but she’s about to make history as the first Norwegian rider to compete in the World Equestrian Games in eventing. Her mount is Euforian, her own 13-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding (Camaro M X Evelina, by Willibald), is a flea-bitten gray with a cute pink nose and a penchant for jumping out of paddocks. Heidi and Euforian, who goes by “Grålle” around the barn, made their three-star debut in 2016 and have appeared in four Nations Cup events since then.

Heidi rides out of her farm Grav Gård located in Røyken, Norway where she lives her partner Jean Andre Håpnes, their three-year-old daughter, Nora, and her horses. Not only does Heidi compete at FEI events across Europe, but she also works professionally as a building engineer.

Heidi’s trip to Tryon will be her first event outside of Europe, but it’s not the first time she’s set foot in the States. As a 17-year-old, she traveled to the U.S. to study and stayed with a host family in Michigan where she had the opportunity to show in English and Western pleasure classes. While in the country she also made a visit to Kentucky in April to spectate at a certain Three-Day Event.

Aside from Grålle, the other equine that frequents Heidi’s Instagram feed is Willie, the tiniest (and spottiest) of Miniature Horses, seen above trying to get the heck out of Dodge to avoid the incoming Grålle. Willie belongs to Heidi’s daughter Nora and if there’s a duo out there that could rival Edwina and Tusseman in cuteness, it might be this pair.

Heidi’s feed features snapshots from competitions all across Europe as well as from around her farm. It’s especially neat to get a peek her training during the winter when the snow is nearly elbow-deep on the horses at times! She is currently onsite at Tryon and Grålle has already passed through quarantine. The pair is enjoying exploring the grounds and Heidi has already taken a look at the cross country course — make sure you check out her stories for a peek!

Go Scandinavia and Go Eventing!

#Tryon2018 Wednesday Instagram Roundup

Greetings from … not Tryon! Over half of the EN team is the on the grounds at the Tryon International Equestrian Center bringing you the latest and greatest from the World Equestrian Games. I, however, am holding down the fort at home repressing a little FOMO, but also secretly (well, not anymore) a little glad to be enjoying the coverage and contributing in some small fashion from the comfort of my own home.

If you’re like me, a crazed eventing fanatic who’s not at Tryon in person, then you’ll be wanting to soak up all the social media you can in between the EN team’s reports so you can pretend like you’re there without actually having to deal with the weather or other craziness. So let’s get a little look at what went down on Wednesday from those with their boots on the ground:

Team USA started the day by sharing a healthy breakfast …

And then riders got their first look at Capt. Mark Phillips’ cross country course and perhaps a small taste of the weather to come this weekend. For the full course, stay tuned for EN’s fence-by-fence course preview coming soon to a computer screen near you.

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Vikings 💪🏼🌨 #TeamSweden 🇸🇪

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Water complex #weg2018 #tryon2018 #goeventing

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The afternoon saw the horses and riders strutting their stuff and breezing through the first horse inspection. Don’t miss Leslie Threlkeld’s gorgeous photo gallery from the end of the jog strip.

Let the games begin!

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WEG 2018 at a Glance: Horse & Rider Stats

Buckle your seatbelts, Eventing Nation, because we’ve got one master WEG At a Glance post for you this games. If you want quick stats, then you’ll want to scroll down for a breakdown of the countries, breeds, ages and more being represented in our great sport of eventing this weekend.

Keep it locked here on EN for the most comprehensive WEG coverage straight from our reporters on site and be sure to also follow Equiratings for more number crunching fun throughout the competition.

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Monday Video from Tredstep Ireland: An Inside Look at Team USA’s WEG Training Camp

This very insightful and enlightening video is brought to us by Boyd Martin because, as he puts it, “I’m bored out of my mind riding one horse a day.”

Team USA spent last week in training camp at Will Faudree’s Gavilan Farm, just outside of Southern Pines in North Carolina, fine tuning their rides under the tutelage of  US Eventing’s High Performance Director Erik Duvander. While there was much to do in terms of preparation, it’s a drastic change for a professional rider to go from riding oodles of horses a day to just one! Boyd was thoughtful enough to take some footage over the course of the training camp, during which the team worked on each phase, and voice it over to guide us through his preparation with his WEG mount, Tsetserleg.

The home team finished their training camps and shipped into Tryon on Saturday and are all settled into the stables ahead of the big week.