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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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Saturday Links from Tipperary

El oso de Pau

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Good morning, EN! Rise and shine and get your live stream and cup of coffee set up for one of the last major events of the year. Caution: watch out for rouge bears and icebergs on course…?


Pau Links: WebsiteScheduleEntriesScoringLive StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Action:

Virginia CCI, CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

Holly Hill Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

Saturday Links:

PODCAST: Get to Know the New USEF Eventing Performance Director + Fair Hill International CCI3* Winner

Izzy Taylor’s Winning Strategy For Developing a Young Horse’s Stamina

Pau horse trials: riders react to ‘intense’ cross-country course

The Annual Goresbridge Go For Gold Sale Highlights Potential Eventing Stars

Here’s How “Good Horses…as Simple as That” Have Made Cooley Farm the Toast of Eventing Sport

Six Steps to Keeping Aging Performance Horses Healthy

Saturday Video:

Horses have invaded downtown D.C. this week at the Washington International Horse Show. This show has it all: hunters, jumpers, puissance, costume classes, and PONIES. Race 1 of the Shetland Pony Steeplechase took place on Thursday and race 2 is later tonight!

Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: Friends of Ferdinand Edition

This week we’d like to introduce you to Friends of Ferdinand Inc. (FFI), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Indiana that specializes in retraining and rehoming former race horses.

The organization’s namesake is the 1986 Kentucky Derby and 1987 Breeder’s Cup winner Ferdinand who, after a lackluster career at stud met his end likely at a slaughterhouse in Japan, as reported by The Blood Horse. A champion and a gentle horse with a sweet disposition, Ferdinand didn’t deserve the fate that he came to. His story spurred the founders of FFI to help other thoroughbreds find new homes and avoid the slaughterhouse pipeline

Friends of Ferdinand’s motto is “the right home, the first time” and they have a 95% success rate in matching the right horse with the right rider initially. The horses taken in by FFI each have a veterinary exam upon arrival, have at least 30 days of retraining, are available for test rides, and have a 30 day trial period.

Here are three nice prospects currently available through Friends of Ferdinand. Is your’s the right home for one of them?

Indy Tower (Ocean IndyIrish Tempest, by Irish Tower): 2011 16.1-hand Indiana bred gelding

The FFI staff says there’s a lot to like about this big-bodied bay. After only 13 starts, he’s a blank canvas with good movement and has been accommodating of whatever he’s asked to do. Indy’s training thus far has been focused on flatwork, but the staff plans to start him over fences soon.

View Indy Tower on Friends of Ferdinand.

Upon A Prayer (SongandaprayerAudacity, by Chief’s Crown): 2007 16.3-hand Kentucky bred gelding

This leggy guy is looking for a rider with a work ethic to match his. For his short racing career of only nine starts, he actually did quite well – winning three and placing in one.  “Bill” is the type of horse that wants a job and would thrive in a steady program. He’s well-suited to event and has loved his cross country schooling sessions!

View Upon A Prayer on Friends of Ferdinand.

Step Rightly ( Spanish Steps – Hope for a Change, by Strong Hope): 2012 16.3-hand Indiana bred mare

According to the staff, this unraced lady is “easily one of the most versatile, athletic and talented horses” that has come through the Friends of Ferdinand facility in a while. “Sweet Pea” has great gaits and has been started over fences, showing lots of potential for an ambitious young rider or adult.

View Step Rightly on Friends of Ferdinand.

Monday Video from Tredstep Ireland: Ride Around Mondial du Lion

Giant spiders, owls, and a chess board … It might sound like we’re talking about Harry Potter, but it’s actually the ever-whimsical cross country course at Mondial du Lion where the Six- and Seven-Year-Old World Championships took place over the weekend.

Le Lion is known for having an immaculately groomed and imaginative cross cross country course. The track designed by Pierre Michelet is so stunning decorated that walking the course must feel like walking straight into a fantasy novel.

If you weren’t able to catch the live stream this weekend — don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a look back at the seven-year-old CCI2** top four after cross country, respectively: James Avery and Vitali, Mary King and King Robert, Chris Burton and Lawtown Boy, and eventual winner, Astier Nicolas and Alertamalib’or. Be sure to admire the horses, the riding, and the course as you watch these pairs!

Saturday Links from Tipperary

It me. Photo by Tilly Berendt

I dunno about you all, but that felt like a long week. I’ve been really looking forward to the weekend – sleeping in, nursing a mug of coffee, eating something for breakfast other than a protein bar…you know, weekend stuff. Too bad I’m an equestrian which means I’m a glutton for punishment and signed myself up for morning chores today. Protein bar and travel mug again it is! You know, I really wouldn’t have it any other way though.

National Holiday: National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day

Major Events this Weekend:

Le Lion: Website & Live StreamEntries & ResultsEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Action:

Waredaca Classic N/T3DE & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Tryon Riding & Hunt Club H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

Windermere Run H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Pine Hill Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

Hagyard Midsouth Classic 3DE, CCI, & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Saturday Links:

Hutchins-Kristen Maintains Lead after Cross-Country in the USEF CCI1* Eventing National Championship; Pierce Remains on Top in USEF CCI1*-JR/YR Eventing National Championship

2-on-1 with Boyd Martin

Marilyn Little and Clearwater Gallop Away With Win in $130,000 Suncast Commercial Welcome Stake CSI 5*

Trophy Tales: A History of U.S. Eventing Awards – Young Rider of the Year

Want to Get Tougher? Here Are 10 Things Mentally Strong Riders Don’t Do

Piecing Together the Performance Horse 

Saturday Video:

I’m a total sucker for a dapple grey, so I simply can’t get over the stunningly gorgeous Cooley Quicksilver. The gelding is contesting the Six Year Old World Championships with Liz Halliday-Sharp and the pair is sitting in 36th position going into cross country today. Don’t forget you can watch via live stream here!

Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: Tall, Dark and Handsome

Short, tall, blonde, brunette, redhead … chrome or no chrome … everyone has a type! If tall, dark and handsome is your thing then here are three CANTER USA horses who might just be exactly what you’re looking for in your next equine partner.

Lincecum (OnebadsharkP R’s Princess, by Surachai): 2008 16.0-hand California bred gelding

Hello, gorgeous! This fella has no white markings whatsoever and looks like he galloped straight out of Black Beauty. With 54 career starts, this ‘War Horse’ earned over $77,000 on the track and is now looking to retire to a new career. The CANTER volunteer who visited him said he’s got clean-looking legs and was a personable and all-around happy guy.

View Lincecum on CANTER USA.

Dark and Beau (Polish MinerMemo Lady, by Memo (CHI)): 2014 16.0-hand California bred gelding

With a name like “Dark and Beau” how could we not include this guy in this listing? This three-year-old was trained to race and showed boldness and good work ethic but just wasn’t fast enough to ever actually earn a start, according to his trainers. He does have an old popped splint on the inside left, but it sound and has great-looking feet and a lovely athletic build.

View Dark and Beau on CANTER USA.

Hanky Doodle (Cherokee’s BoySlow and Steady, by Malibu Moon): 2010 Maryland bred gelding

Not only is this guy a serious cutie, he really did well for himself on the track! Don’t let his goofy personality fool you — “Doodle” is a serious competitor and earned over $200,000 in 69 starts. His gentle and sweet personality made him a barn favorite, particularly of the trainer’s kids. Doodle has no known vices or issues and though he’s well-loved by his connections, this sporty gelding is ready for his next career!

View Hanky Doodle on CANTER USA.

Monday Video from Tredstep Ireland: Selena O’Hanlon & Foxwood High Jump to Victory

Selena O’Hanlon and John and Judy Rumble’s Foxwood High turned in a tidy round yesterday as the penultimate pair to show jump in the Dutta Corp Fair Hill International CCI3*.

Selena said afterwards that the main goal with “Woody” was to jump clear of penalties in the final phase, even if it were at the cost of time on the clock. The pair did just that and added only 3.0 time penalties to ultimately clinch the win on a final score of 44.0.

“I’ve started to work on inside turns and taking the tightest lines possible,” Selena said. “I was determined to get a clear round at the cost of the time today, and I will keep working on that at home and working toward getting the strides, getting the time and jumping clear.”

Lucky for us, David Frechette, aka “The Horse Pesterer” was on hand to capture the much of the action at Fair Hill this weekend and you can check out the plethora of videos on his YouTube page. For now, here’s Selena’s winning moment!

Saturday Links from Tipperary

Volunteers ROCK! Photo by Suzanne Adams.

Lemme give a real quick shoutout to all you volunteers out there today and throughout the season. You, yes, you. Sitting in your camp chair with your clipboard and radio; getting sunburned or soaked or maybe, if the stars are aligned, you’re enjoying a rare mid-seventies with a gentle breeze perfect day. You’ve givin up your time and energy all so that the riders galloping past can enjoy this crazy sport. EN salutes you, volunteers. You ROCK!

National Holiday: National Dessert Day

Major Events This Week:

Fair Hill: WebsiteScheduleXC Ride TimesCCI Live ScoresYEH Final ScoresEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Action:

Hitching Post Farm H.T.  [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Paradise Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

Exmoor Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

Fleur de Leap H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

Las Cruces H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Saturday Links:

Evacuated Horses Escape Northern California Wildfires

Owner’s devastation as wrong horse put down

Equine Stereotypies: Vice or Coping Mechanism?

PODCAST: Meet the Winners of the First Qualifiers in the 2018 Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series

Our understanding of colic has improved, but the cases keep coming

“Grooms Minds”: Spotlight on mental health in the equestrian industry

Saturday Video:

As wildfires continue to spread and devastate regions of Northern California, barns and equestrian facilities. In this interview from WeatherNation, Lauren Mitchell, Head Trainer at Le Cheval Sport Horses near Anaheim, discusses what it was like evacuating a large number of horses in a short amount of time.

In Memory of Aimee Witherspoon: Friend and Adventurer

Photo courtesy of Maggie Rickard.

Area VII and the eventing community at large tragically lost a beloved member last week. Dr. Aimee Witherspoon, 64, fell from her horse last Thursday and sustained an irrecoverable brain injury despite wearing a helmet. She passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 8th with her four children by her side.

Aimee grew up riding and had been a lifelong lover of animals. She graduated from Washington State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1979, and later became certified in both acupuncture and chiropractic therapy. A career change from Veterinarian to Veterinary Acupuncturist allowed Aimee to further pursue riding and to take up eventing.

A diligent student of the sport, Aimee competed in her first Intermediate at the age of 59. After waiting years for the right horse to come along, Aimee and Worth the Wait progressed together from Novice up through Intermediate in a matter of four years. “Marshmallow” was retired from upper-level competition sound at the age of 15 and Aimee had previously shared his story.

Good friend and fellow Adult Amateur, Lou Leslie, describes Aimee as “the ultimate plan maker” who was “fiercely independent, fiercely smart and fiercely adventuresome.” The two enjoyed countless hours planning, riding, and competing together — most recently at the Fall Spokane Sport Horse Farm H.T. the last weekend of September.

Photo courtesy of Maggie Rickard.

“The sudden shock of Aimee leaving comes with the notion that accidents happen when things don’t happen as planned,” writes Lou. “Aimee had an accident riding the plans.”

“It was no accident that Aimee was a great friend. Our first shared timed together was planning an adventure to Californian horse trial. We spent more than 50 hours sharing the ride, overanalyzing all aspects of eventing, family and life. Some of our many conclusions: How incredibility fortunate to have amazing people as our children. How fortunate we are to have the ability to enjoy eventing. How fortunate we are to live this adventure. Our biggest conclusion being, that’s all well and good, but let’s get back to planning the next adventure, creating the opportunities to learn more and to get better.”

“It was no accident that Aimee’s last event of the season was successfully planned. Our fiercely independent, intelligent and adventuresome Aimee achieved the eventing goal with her horse, as to plan. And once again, we shared hours of talking family, friends and eventing.”

Area VII Adult Rider Coordinator, Maggie Rickard, shared: “Aimee was my friend, my hero and my inspiration. Horse shows and camp will never be the same. I will try to honor her spirit and continue to strive to be a better rider and horsewoman as she always did.”

Aimee was a familiar face to many, having organized the Area VII Adult Camp for several years, and she was a treasured friend that will be sorely missed.

Photo courtesy of Maggie Rickard.

Madison Langerak, an Area VII Young Rider who knew Aimee well has kindly allowed us to share her tribute:


Not only were you taken too soon, but there were far too many things I didn’t have the time to tell you. Here are a few things I loved about knowing you:

I loved that, with you in my life, I had a 64-year-old best friend. How many 19-year-olds are so lucky?

I loved how you would stop everything to help someone in need, no matter how much time it took.

I loved how, when you came into town, it never failed that our animals would get a new diet plan, and I would be taken on new adventures.

I loved that you would go to watch clinics with the best of our sport, then come back to me and tell me everything you learned.

I loved your independent, maybe slightly stubborn nature, because all of us need a bit more of that in ourselves.

I loved when you offered me advice, ranging from where to go to school all the way to what I should do with my life. It was all heard and appreciated.

I loved how you always said you wished to live life like your dog Tucker, able to find joy in the smallest of things, but boy, oh boy, Aimee — didn’t you?

But most importantly, I loved the way you called me your ‘grasshopper’ because there is nothing more I could want from life than to grow up and be half the woman you were.

–Madison Langerak

A memorial service for Aimee will be held on October 21st. Further details will be posted on the Area VII Adult Riders Facebook page.

Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: ‘Fall Foliage’ Edition

Ah, October, the magical time of the year where the burning colors of changing leaves grace the horizon. Many people make a pilgrimage up north throughout this month for some ‘leaf peeping’, but we think it’s also a great time of year to seek out your next OTTB event prospect.

In fact, why not kill two birds with one stone? Here are three nice horses located at the Finger Lakes Race Track in Farmington, New York. You can make a trip Upstate to check them out and catch a glimpse of the fall foliage at the same time!

Photo via Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbred.

Sky Guy (NoonmarkSky Streaker, by Sky Mesa):2013 16.3-hand New York bred gelding

This big, solid guy is reported by his trainer to have a nice strong gallop that would take well to a cross country course. His gigantic sloping shoulder suggests he should have a nice jump as well. In addition to his solid build, he seems to be a solid citizen as well, standing and posing nicely and jogging politely for his photo session. Despite having an abscess drained on his left front the week before and missing a shoe on his left hind that day, he totted up soundly.

View Sky Guy on Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds.

Photo via Finger Likes Finest Thoroughbreds.

Copy Writer (Read the FootnotesGood Listener, by Honor Grades): 2010, 16.1-hand New York bred gelding

Aptly named to be featured on a blog, Copy Writer ended his racing career after 61 starts and earned over $111,000. His trainer described him as having “a great, goofy personality without a mean bone in his body” and as a horse who shone in the longer distance races. His sire, Read the Footnotes, has been praised for producing good sport horse prospects.

View Copy Writer on Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds.

Photo via Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds.

Zeppole (BelieveinmenowSouffle, by Distinctive Pro): 2013 16.2-hand New York bred filly

This filly has sentimental value to her connections, having been bred and raised by her trainer’s brother. Her trainer would love to get regular updates from her new owner! With great manners, clean legs, no stable vices, and the potential to excel in any disciple, what more could you want in a fabulous filly?

View Zeppole on Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds.

Who Jumped it Best? Course Brook Farm Preliminary Debut

Course Brook Farm in Sherborn, Massachusetts has been holding USEA Recognized events since 2010. Previously holding Beginner Novice up through Preliminary/Training levels only, this year saw the debut of a bonafide Prelim division.

The plan for the Prelim track has been long in the making and was initially laid out in 2013 by designer John Williams. Since then, the rideable area on Matt Mayo’s 60-acre property has been carefully and diligently excavated and expanded to lay host to a beautiful course winding through both forest and field.

Photo by Abby Powell.

Thirteen competitors contested the inaugural Preliminary division and eight completed. Hallie Coon and Captain Chacco added 9.60 time faults to their dressage score to win on a 44.80.

This edition of “Who Jumped it Best?” comes at the A element of the brand new coffin complex. You know the routine, EN: Use the poll at the bottom of this post to vote for who you think presents the best overall picture.

Course Brook Farm H.T.  [Website] [Results]

Betsy Bodner and Regal Cadence. Photo by Abby Powell.

Anthony Han and Benny. Photo by Abby Powell.

Troy Wing and Mystician. Photo by Abby Powell.

Erin Risso and Bluegrass Talisman. Photo by Abby Powell.


Monday Video from Tredstep Ireland: Here Comes Chalupa

Citizens of EN, get ready for an off-the-charts level of cuteness.

Meet Chalupa Batman (yes, Chalupa Batman, a la The League) and his rider Abbey Clark, who contested the Junior Starter Novice division at the Heritage Park Horse Trials in Olathe, Kansas over the weekend. Chalupa is a 7-year-old Shetland Pony owned by Kris Wallace, head trainer and owner of Columbia Equestrian Center in Missouri.

Just look at how those tiny knees snap to his tiny nose over the fences, look at those little bitty lead changes, and check out how he takes those fences right out of stride. What a great team!

BONUS: Tiny dressage! I give them a 10 for cuteness.

Exceeding the cuteness factor today #tiny #eventingnation #heritagepark #kansas @goeventing

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Fly, Chalupa, fly — and may you impart a love of eventing upon all the children that you teach.

Saturday Links from Tipperary

It’s a bittersweet weekend for me as I head to my last event of the season today. I’m hoping to end on a high note and if I can just remember to kick my horse and go forward, then I believe we can do just that! I’ll be sad that our season will be over, but it will be nice to relax and enjoy the fall before we resume the grind in the indoor over the winter.

National Holiday: National LED Light Day

Major Events This Week: 

Boekelo: WebsiteRide Times & Live ScoringXC Order of GoLive StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Action:

Course Brook Farm H.T.  [Website] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Kent School Fall H.T. [Website] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

WindRidge Farm Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Maryland at Loch Moy H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

Middle Tennessee Pony Club H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Heritage Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Willow Draw Charity H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Woodside International CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

The Event at Skyline H.T.  [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Saturday Links:

From the Racetrack to the RRP Thoroughbred Makeover, Jockey Rosie Napravnik Stands By Her Horse

2017 Woodside International Horse Trials Adequan USEA Gold Cup CIC3* and Advanced Course Preview

A Look Around The 2017 Retired Racehorse Project Thoroughbred Makeover

Allison Thomas: USEA’s Volunteer of the Month Presented by Athletux

Q&A with a 3-Day Winner: Carol Kozlowski – Part 1

Warm up this winter with British Eventing

Conditioning Through the Seasons: Fall and Winter

Saturday Video:

Elisa Wallace is at the Kentucky Horse Park this weekend with two horses. This lovely grey, Sir Teddy, owned by Mike, Maddie and Michele Chisholm finished the eventing competition in 12th out of 97 competitors and is tied for first in the freestyle competition. They’ll be returning for today’s finale and you can watch on the livestream  beginning at 9 a.m. EST and vote for your favorite around 5 p.m. EST! Here are some highlights from their routine yesterday:

Your Quick and Easy Guide to the Thoroughbred Makeover

Photo via Retired Racehorse Project on Facebook.

OTTB lovers everywhere, rejoice! It’s time for the Retired Race Horse Project’s Thoroughbred Makeover! Samantha Clark already brought us a preview of the event featuring several of the competitors that will be there this weekend. Now, the big weekend is upon us at the Kentucky Horse Park and EN’s got the lowdown on what’s happening each day of this spectacular event.  You can keep up with the results all weekend by following the live scoring.

Don’t forget, roughly half of the horses competing in the Makeover are also for sale, so if you’re in the market for your next competition partner then this is the place to be. You can view a list of the horses for sale here, and RRP has put together this guide about buying a Makeover horse.

Thoroughbred Makeover Links: [Website] [Schedule] [Ride Times] [Live Scoring] [Live Stream]

Thursday & Friday, October 5-6

The preliminary competition takes place all day on Thursday and Friday so make sure to check the schedule to see what’s taking place where. The RRP has created a very handy guide to the ride times where you can view lists of times based on rider name, horse name, competitor number, or by discipline (Psst … eventing ride times are here!) 

A variety of really cool seminars will also be taking place these days, so there’s plenty to keep you busy in addition to watching the competition. Here are a few that may be of special interest:

  • Rosie Napravnik (who is also competing in the Makeover), winningest female jockey in history, will be discussing her background in Pony Club, eventing, and racing. Come with questions or come to listen to her stories! [Thursday, October 5, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Club Lounge]
  • The USEA is sponsoring a Young Event Horse Trainer Certification. If you’re interested in getting certified as a Young Event Horse Professional Trainer then this is the place you’ll want to be. [Thursday, October 5, 12 – 1 p.m. Club Lounge]
  • A variety of trainers, including eventers Elisa Wallace and Ian Roberts (both also competing!), will be participating in a Q&A forum moderated by Tik Maynard. [Thursday, October 5, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Club Lounge]

Saturday, October 7

The competition’s final showdown will take place at Saturday’s finale and will feature the top five scoring horse and trainer pairs from each discipline, one of which will be crowned the fan-favorite title of America’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred and awarded $10,000. It’s sure to be a fun and exciting showcase that you won’t want to miss!

If you’re in the area then you can buy your tickets to the Saturday finale here. If you can’t be at the Kentucky Horse Park in person, don’t worry! The grand finale on Saturday will live streamed at this link. Live streaming will begin at 9 a.m. EST and will continue into the evening. At 5 p.m. a number will be made available for you to cast your vote for the winner.

Sunday, October 8

Though the competition will have concluded at this point, the fun don’t stop there. Sunday will see a variety of clinics which competitors can participate in and spectators are welcome to audit free of charge and to not need to register to attend.

Two of the Sunday clinics may be of particular interest to EN readers:

  • Nick Larkin, Adelaide CCI3* winner and Rolex Kentucky CCI4* winner, will be hosting two sessions of cross country schooling in the KHP Steeplechase Infield; 10:30 am -12:00 pm and 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm.
  • Tik Maynard, Advanced level eventer and all-around excellent horseman, will be hosting two sessions of Freestyle 101 in the Annex Ring from 9:00 am -10:30 am and 12:00 pm -1:30 pm.

Go OTTBs! Go Eventing!


Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: Thoroughbred Makeover Edition

OTTBs are in the spotlight this week as the Retired Racehorse Project’s Thoroughbred Makeover takes over the Kentucky Horse Park. If you’ve checked out EN’s Quick and Easy Guide to the Thoroughbred Makeover, then you already know that not only is this event a competition, educational opportunity, and all-around showcase of these incredible athletes — it’s also a sale! 120 of the horses competing in the Makeover are available for purchase through their trainers.

With that in mind, this week we’re spotlighting three good lookin’ OTTBs participating in the eventing competition of the Makeover. Many more can be found in this listing. Interested buyers can make contact with the sellers at meet the horses this weekend. We hope you brought your trailer!

Photo via Retired Racehorse Project.

Logan’s Money (Stored –Moneyaswespeak by His Majesty): 2013 16.1-hand West Virginia bred gelding

This handsome four-year-old may not have really taken to racing, earning $2,157 in 8 starts after which he retired sound with no injuries, but his trainer Sarah Davis says he certainly has an affinity for jumping. This gelding is “as laid back as a baby can get” and has done some jumper shows and schooling horse trials. During cross country schooling he’s shown to be a natural jumper and quite brave.

View Logan’s Money on Retired Racehorse Project.

Photo via Retired Racehorse Project.

U. S. Hardened (United StatesHard and Fast, by Fortunate Prospect): 2014 17.0-hand Pennsylvania bred gelding

This gentle giant is described by his trainer as “an extremely kind and quiet gentleman” and he’ll be competing in both the eventing and show jumping competitions at the Makeover under a junior rider. The gelding has been easily schooling up to 2’9″ and is showing promise in the sandbox as well, having earned a mark of 31 in his last Beginner Novice test.

After his short racing career of only 6 starts and $2,397 in earning, U.S. Hardened returned to the farm that he was foaled at to begin his Makeover training. His connections are now looking to find him the perfect home for his second career!

View U.S. Hardened on Retired Racehorse Project.

Photo via Retired Racehorse Project.

Country Ranger (U S Ranger – Wild Country, by Unbridled): 2013 16.1-hand Kentucky bred gelding

This horse shares a barn name with one of the greats – that’s got to be promising, right? “Reggie” was deemed to be too slow in race training and came off the track with no starts. He has no know issues and doing well barefoot. His trainer says he’s one of her favorite rides of the day and even hacks out quietly bareback and in a halter. Reggie has already competed in a few mini-trials and his trainer attributes his quick progress to his good work ethic, quick learning, and sensibleness.

View Country Ranger on Retried Racehorse Project.


A Behind-the-Scenes Look at How William Fox-Pitt’s Central Park Catch Ride Came to Be

Photo courtesy of Anna Loschiavo.

It was Wednesday afternoon when Anna Loschiavo of Bradford, Vermont picked up the phone for a call that would lead to a whirlwind weekend. Buck Davidson was on the other end of the line and he had a very interesting and unusual proposition.

Anna recalls: “He basically said, ‘Hey, so I was just going through the list of horses who were at Plantation and looking through the ones who are CCI2* qualified, and we’ve got this arena eventing thing this weekend at the Central Park Horse Show and William Fox-Pitt still needs a horse … I was wondering if you’d be willing to loan out your two-star horse?’”

Is he thinking of the right horse? was Anna’s initial reaction.

Prince Renan, a 14-year-old Thoroughbred/Holsteiner gelding, has been a horse with personality ever since Anna first rode him nearly a decade ago. Though never mean or malicious, his quirks and spookiness have not made him the easiest to bring along, but over the years Anna’s diligent work along with the support of his owners Rodney and Gina Oakes have brought him up through the CCI2* level and to the brink of an Advanced level debut next year.

With Anna being the sole rider to ever compete Renan and since the horse could be so quirky, loaning him out would not normally be a prospect that Anna and Oakes would entertain — but this was an exceptional case. There was much to consider, so Anna told Buck she’d call him back and phoned Rodney and Gina to discuss the proposition.

“I had really mixed feelings at first,” says Anna. “I would normally never consider anyone else riding Renan; I’ve even had phenomenal working students that are plenty capable of riding him, but I’m always his sole rider. However, I had to keep telling myself that it’s William Fox-Pitt we’re considering here.

“Also, things like this are really good for Renan; the more he is exposed to then the more on-point he is at events. Getting him out there and having him get that exposure would be huge. Ultimately, his owners and I felt that the exposure and the atmosphere there would really benefit him and we couldn’t ask for a better person to be on his back. So I called Buck back and the answer was, ‘Sure, William Fox-Pitt can ride my horse!’”

Anna Loschiavo and Prince Renan at Groton House Farm HT 2017. Photo by Abby Powell.

Anna, Renan and William were introduced that Friday — the day before the show — at Hamilton Farm, the USET Foundation headquarters in Gladstone, New Jersey, where William got to get to know his catch ride during a jump school.

“I had never met William before and was really excited, but also had just an ounce of apprehension because I was on the edge of my seat hoping the situation would all go well.”

Anna’s apprehension was quickly relieved as William proved to be a thoughtful and intuitive rider, as expected.

“What I really loved about William all weekend was that I wasn’t left to wonder whether he caught on to Renan’s quirks. Part of me knew he obviously would read him right, but it was really reassuring when he’d look at me after Renan spooked at a jump that he went past and said, ‘Oh, that’s a thing for him, isn’t it?’ and I’d say, ‘Yup that’s definitely a thing!’ He doesn’t like walking past or between jumps. He was so good at communicating with me; it was extremely helpful in making me feel good about the situation.”

Under the lights in the Wollman Rink on Saturday, William on Prince Renan and his “Team Chelsea” comrade Oliver Townend on Indian Mill turned in the third fastest time of the first round — good enough to return for the jump-off.

Anna recalls saying to William after the first round, “This isn’t the type of switch ride horse you’d normally get, is it?” To which William replied, “He is quite an eccentric ride, that’s for sure!”

“That’s probably the best one-sentence summation of Renan I’ve heard,” laughs Anna. “We were really pleased with how well William rode the first round because true to character Renan threw in a couple extra strides where you would least suspect they were possible, but kept getting better as he went thanks to William’s help.”

Anna and William set out to walk the course. Photo courtesy of Anna Loschiavo.

After the first round, William and Anna talked through it and came up with a plan for an even smoother second round. “We talked it over and he asked me how I thought they could improve upon the ride for the second round,” says Anna. “I’m certain he would have figured it out and done fine on his own, but it was very flattering and cool for him to ask me!”

Though Renan have may peeked at some of the fences and added a stride in a few places, William was pleased and impressed with the horse’s footwork over the fences and ability to read the questions. The second round was even smoother than the first and Team Chelsea finished on the podium in third place.

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

William stayed around after the awards ceremony and came back to Renan’s stall to chat with Anna again before parting ways. “Which he totally didn’t have to do, but it was very sweet of him!” she says.

“He wanted to know what was next for us and I told him we’d be doing the CCI2* at Fair Hill and he said, ‘OK, now that this horse is known to me you have to keep me posted. I expect an update after Fair Hill and I expect a top five finish!’”

William applauded Renan for his jumping ability and how business-like he was in the jump-off.

“I just love the little devil,” Anna says of her horse, “And it was very special to have someone like William compliment a horse that his owners and I have put so much time and training into over the years.”

Big pats for Renan after round one! Photo by Ashley Neuhof.

Mostly though, Anna was thrilled that Renan’s owners were able to be there and share in the experience as well.

“Rodney and Gina are incredible people and they are incredibly supportive. Without Renan and without them behind him I wouldn’t be where I am now,” she says.

“They care about their animals probably more than any other two people I’ve met and are so hardworking and have such busy schedules that it really means the world to me when they get to see Renan compete at any sort of event — let alone in the middle of New York City with William Fox-Pitt riding him. The fact that they were there too to see it made the whole experience even cooler.”

Saturday Links from Tipperary

Will the people vote for The People’s Horse and Jonty Evans? Photo by Libby Law.

Here are EN, we know y’all love to get out the vote for fellow eventers! Horse & Hound is now hosting their second annual H&H Awards and you can vote online for your favorite nominee in a variety of categories. It seems that Moment of the Year is sure to be a tight race with Jonty Evan’s crowdfunding to secure ownership of Cooley Rorkes Drifts, Andrew Nicholson’s Badminton win, and the British eventing team gold at the European Championships all threatening to split the eventing vote!

National Holiday: National Hot Mulled Cider Day (incase you weren’t into National Coffee Day yesterday, I guess?)

U.S. Weekend Action:

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

Larkin Hill H.T. [Website]

Morven Park CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

ESDCTA H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Stable View Advanced Oktoberfest H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Stream]

Woodland Stallion Station H.T. [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Spokane Sport Horse Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

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

Saturday Links:

To trim or not to trim your horse’s whiskers? The jury’s out…

PODCAST: Kim Severson’s European Summer + USEF Bit Clarification

How Vets Evaluate Horses With Chronic Colic

Amateurs Like Us: Finishing On A Number, Not A Letter!

5 Ways to Protect Horses (and Humans) From Rabies

Saturday Video:

I’m pumped to be heading to the University of New Hampshire Horse Trials today! This will be my first time competing there so I’ve been stalking helmet cam footage to get an idea of what the course might look like. Join me for a spin around the Beginner Novice XC earlier this spring with Jessica Flaherty and Merri:

Saturday Links from Tipperary

Fred wants his own baby! #showkids #AreaVI

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The babies are coming, the babies are coming! Baby event horses are taking over this weekend as Future Event Horse Championships are taking place this week on both the East and West Coast. The West Coast Championships were held Thursday at Twin Rivers Ranch and the East Coast Championships are happening today and tomorrow at Loch Moy Farm.

The USEA’s Young Event Horse Programs are gaining in popularity. Just recently, Windermere Run Horse Trails in Kansas City, Missouri announced that that will be offering YEH and FEH classes at their October event this year. A great opportunity for the young ‘uns in Area IV to get out and about and qualified for next year’s championships!

National Holiday: National Snack Stick Day

U.S. Weekend Action:

Flora Lea Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Results]

Surefire Farm Fall H.T. [Website]

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

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

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

Saturday Links:

Inaugural Real Rider Cup exceeds expectations

Are You Riding Your Horse Into Lameness Or Soundness?

Phillip Dutton Injured in Fall

Johnny Depp’s Kentucky Farm Failed to Sell at Auction

Event horse heaven at Piggy French’s yard — can we move in, please?

Life Lessons With Penny Chenery, First Lady of Racing

Saturday Video:

So…what exactly happens in an FEH in-hand class? Allow Andrea Manley and her two-year-old Revel in Soul to demonstrate:

Saturday Links from Tipperary

The Best. Event. Ever. has the Best. Commentators. Ever! Dom Schramm and EN’s own Jenni Autry are behind the mic this weekend for the Plantation Field CIC3*** live stream. Photo via Plantation Field Horse Trials on Facebook.

There’s a whole lot going on this weekend with Plantation Field here on American soil, Blenheim Palace across the pond, plus eight other USEA events across the country. The Fall season is officially in full swing, y’all!

Let’s also not forget that today begins International Helmet Awareness Day! If you’re in the market for a new helmet (which you should regularly be replacing) now is a fantastic time to buy because many fine equestrians retailers are offering great discounts both in-store and online. #MindYourMelon!

Major Events This Week:

Blenheim: WebsiteEntries & ScoringLive StreamERM Live StreamBE TV Live StreamEN’s CoverageTwitterInstagram

Plantation FieldWebsiteScheduleRide TimesLive ScoresUSEF NetworkEN’s CoverageTwitterInstagram

U.S. Weekend Preview:

GMHA September H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Results]

Marlborough H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Poplar Place Farm CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Results]

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

MeadowCreek Park Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

Stone Gate Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Colorado Horse Park Trials [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Saturday Links

International Helmet Awareness Day Participating Retailers

PODCAST: #AEC17 Round-Up with Current Champions and Event Organizer

KitKat The Donkey Has Become A Teacher For Ryan Hall

Plantation Field International Adequan USEA Gold Cup CIC3* Course Preview

Thoroughbred and eventing worlds meet in Real Rider Cup

How to Keep White Saddle Pads White

Saturday Video:

In honor of International Helmet Awareness Day, let’s flashback to the start of the #MindYourMelon movement with this Evention classic:

Saturday Links from Tipperary

Winner winner! Photo via Glen Oro Farm on Facebook.

Glen Oro Farm hosted the Ontario Horse Trials Association Championships for Training, Preliminary & Intermediate levels over past the weekend. Jessica Phoenix and Abbey GS took top honors in the Open Intermediate Championships.

Other big news for Jessica this week includes being names the Star Tipperary Ambassador for 2018. Congratulations, Jessica!

National Holiday: National Teddy Bear Day

U.S. Weekend Action:

Grindstone Mountain Farm H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

CDCTA Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

Bucks County Horse Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

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

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

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

Chardon Valley H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Saturday Links:

VIDEO: Hurricane Irma – Info for Horse Owners 

10 Severe Weather Preparation Resources on

The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International Increases Prize Money to $50,000

VIDEO: Meet the team who build the famous Burghley cross-country course

Now on Course: Nan Schumaker and La Cosa Nostra

Grooming Your Horse: Deep Down Clean

Best of HN: ‘Where Do You Keep a Gun on that Saddle?’ My First Fox Hunting Experience

Saturday Video:

Here’s Jessica and Abbey GS tackling a big ‘ol ditch and brush on the Intermediate XC:


Schooling Horse Trials Spotlight: Scarlet Apple Horse Trials

Here at EN, we know that a big part of the heart and soul of this sport lies with local amateur eventers. That’s why we’re featuring awesome local eventing organizations and events that are recognizing and celebrating low-level eventers in our Schooling Horse Trials Spotlight series. Know of a great local organization or schooling horse trials that deserves some love? Tip us.

Photo by Don MacIntosh/TurtlesWay.

Seven years ago, Alison Eastman-Lawler of Apple Tree Farm in Hollis, New Hampshire and Meredith Scarlet of Scarlet Hill Farm in Groton, Massachusetts joined forces to create the Scarlet Apple Horse Trials, now one of the best-loved schooling events in Area 1. Born out of a desire to help fellow eventers in need, the event still thrives today.

In 2011, the Green Mountain Horse Association and Huntington Farm which both host USEA events were forced to cancel their fall events after Hurricane Irene passed through. The storm washed out roads across the state of Vermont and both events would need to undergo costly rebuilds.

As eventers generally do, people and organizations across New England poured out support with their money and their time to help these two venues rebuild. Prior to the creation of the horse trials, Alison used to host a two-phase at a student’s farm in New Hampshire while Meredith ran a cross country derby at her farm in Massachusetts. It was at this time that Alison and Meredith thought to combine their two shows to create a three-phase event to serve two purposes: to offer competitors a substitute show to compete at in lieu of the canceled events and also to fundraise to help their efforts to rebuild.

The event was a hit and years later the Scarlet Apple Horse Trials are still going strong, often filling and maintaining a waitlist. The event now funds both Alison and Meredith’s respective businesses, but the elements of camaraderie and joy for the sport remain.

“We said, hey this was popular, it went really well, and we worked well together, so we kept it going,” Alison recounted.

Photo by Don MacIntosh/TurtlesWay.

The event is a great avenue to get young eventers started in the sport and to get already active competitors additional competition experience or practice at a new level. The show offers a ‘Tadpole’ level two-phase while the three-phase offers divisions from Elementary through Preliminary/Training. The Elementary cross country has a unique element on course: a mandatory halt, which acts as a test of control for the riders and horses just getting started in eventing.

Alison thoroughly enjoys organizing the event and performs the secretarial duties: promoting the event, soliciting sponsors and prizes, hiring the judges, as well as designing the show jumping course. Meredith takes care of the all the aspects relating to cross country including setting up the course, mowing, decorating, and even building some of the jumps. Alison calls the event a well-oiled machine; being so well-versed in their own duties, the two are able to run the event like clockwork with minimal communication, 

“I’ve always loved being an organizer,” said Alison. “I’ve always wished I’d be able to have the facilities to run a sanctioned event, but I don’t. This is closest I’ve gotten.”

Though there isn’t enough available space at the farm to accommodate a recognized event, Alison and Meredith still try to simulate the experience as closely as possible while still creating an environment where all competitors can have a positive learning experience at the end of the day.

Photo by Don MacIntosh/TurtlesWay.

The environment is relaxed — coats are always waived and braiding is not required — but the judging and elements on course are what one would expect at a rated event. Though the course length is truncated, a wide variety of fence types and questions are packed into the small space offering challenge and practice. Though competitors may be riding their dressage tests in neat schooling attire, they’re still riding in front of (r) judges who are hand-picked by Alison to foster the positive learning environment she seeks to create.

“It’s important to me to have good judges that are encouraging and give positive feedback,” Alison said. “The ones I pick don’t sugarcoat the test, they are going to give you a realistic score, but are still positive in their remarks.”

Stadium and cross country courses are not timed, and though the courses are run in accordance with USEA rules concerning the number of refusals allowed constituting elimination, Meredith doesn’t kick people off the course if they reach the limit unless it’s a safety concern. If a rider is having particular trouble, she’ll send their coach out on the course to help them work through it.

Alison and Meredith have picked unusual dates for their biannual event — the first Wednesday in July and the Monday of Labor Day in September. Both women are active competitors in Area 1 during the summer and wanted to avoid conflict with any sanctioned events on the weekend.

“We’ve had good success with the days we’ve picked and we realize not everybody is available, but many are,” explained Alison.

Photo by Don MacIntosh/TurtlesWay.

Alison sees schooling horse trials to be a huge benefit to the long term health of eventing as a way to introduce new people to the sport in a positive and encouraging way. In particular, she finds the cost to be a big hurdle in getting kids started in the sport.

“I totally understand why the events have to be so expensive, but it’s hard to send a kid to their first event when it costs so much,” said Alison. “For a kid without their own horse they’re going to pay a fee for that plus trailering, coaching, and the entry. It adds up quickly and can be very off-putting. The lower cost of the schooling shows helps get them into it, then once they get hooked we encourage them to move into the sanctioned world.  

“We want to provide a really good, fun, educational event with the Scarlet Apple Horse Trials so everybody walks away feeling good about what they did, having had a positive experience with the sport of eventing, and wanting to come back,” Alison explained.

Go Eventing.

Special thanks to Don and Marina Macintosh of TurtlesWay, who photographed the horse trials prior to 2014, for the lovely images!

Town Hill Farm Takes Over Area I Championships

Crystal Santos and Eef Sampson won the Beginner Novice Horse Championship. Photo by Brian Wilcox/

It has been a big year for Town Hill Farm in Lakeville, Connecticut. Not only did they host divisions for the USEA Young Horse Programs for just the second time, but they also took over the honor of hosting the Area 1 Championship in conjunction with their regular horse trials. Over the weekend of August 25-27, the farm brought together more than 260 competitors across all divisions. 

“We lucked out with beautiful weather and saw some really great rides in all divisions,” said Town Hill Farm’s Head Trainer Missy Miller, who has been with the farm for two years. “The show this year was much more organized and had so many great prizes from so many generous sponsors.”

Originally from Alabama, Missy said she’s still getting acquainted with Area 1, but being part of Town Hill Farm and the organizing crew of a large event on the area’s calendar has been a great way to meet people.

“It’s a smaller area, but the enthusiasm and support here makes it exciting for the future in my eyes,” Missy said.

Megan Tardiff and Cabana Boy won the Preliminary Championship. Photo by Brian Wilcox/

Missy credits Ward Belcher, the owner of Town Hill Farm, for going above and beyond in preparing the facility for the event by enlarging the show jumping arena and constantly maintaining the footing.  “He also built several new cross country fences for the Championship divisions and has plans to add more each year,” Missy said.

Ward added: “For our first year sponsoring the Area 1 Championships, it went very well. Our entire crew has worked hard to produce the best event in our short history. It was a wonderful day with great results.”

Also among the crew that make the event possible are organizer Ray Denis, “the most positive and involved person, pumping us all up,” Missy said, “and he truly loves the farm and the shows and Area 1”; along with Susan Beddingfield, who as the farm manager is the behind-the-scenes person who gets it all done; volunteer extraordinaire Steve Whitney, whose non-stop hard work kept everything running smoothly; and Meredith Marsh Tiedemann, who coordinated many of the fabulous prizes.

Jocelyn Hawe and Cabury Vt won the Novice Horse Championship. Photo by Brian Wilcox/

If you ever plan on competing at the Town Hill Farm August Horse Trials, you better be prepared to lay down a competitive dressage score. Of the 18 divisions that ran over the weekend, all but four had winning scores in the 20s. The highest winning score of the weekend was 33.6, which came from the Preliminary Championship division.

Clear cross country runs inside the time across Jeff Kibbie’s course were the key to top finishes in the Preliminary Championship. Megan Tardiff and Cabana Boy added a rail to their dressage score of 29.6 to clinch the win with the aforementioned score of 33.6. The only other clear round inside the time came from Mia Colman and Downtown Getdown, who landed just off the lead by two-tenths of a mark.

Ann Grenier and Almost Famous won the Training Championship. Photo by Brian Wilcox/

Nearly all finishers in the Training Championship jumped clear rounds inside the time in both jumping phases, but Ann Grenier and Almost Famous led the division from start to finish to win on their dressage score of 28.4. Emily Glidden and Chevy took top honors in the Novice Championship, the most competitive division of the weekend, while Jocelyn Haw and Cadbury Vt won the Novice Horse Championship.

There were three separate Championship divisions at the Beginner Novice level, and it was a tight race in the Beginner Novice Horse Championship. Crystal Santos and Eef Sampson edged out the competition by 0.5 marks to take the win, but Madison Haney and Revelation ran away with the Beginner Novice JR/YR Championship, winning by 6 marks. Stephanie Roy and Have Faith rounded out the division as the winners of the Beginner Novice Championship.

Congratulations to all the competitors! Special thanks to Brian Wilcox of for generously supplying photos of the Championship winners. Be sure to check out the entire gallery here.

[Town Hill Farm H.T. Final Scores]

Young Horse Programs Take Root at Town Hill Farm

Winners of the NEH division, Kathryn Wakeman riding Boracay Wonder. Photo by Brian Wilcox/

Aug. 25-27 was a busy weekend for pastoral Town Hill Farm in Lakeville, Connecticut. Horse Trials and Area 1 Championships ran on Saturday and Sunday, but the fun actually kicked off on Friday with the area’s only Young Event Horse (YEH), Future Event Horse (FEH), and New Event Horse (NEH) divisions.

Andrea Manley has been the driving force behind these divisions in Area 1 for the past few years, “Purely for selfish reasons at first,” she admitted. “I had this very handsome yearling that I really wanted to do FEH with but there were no events remotely close by, so last year I started bugging people in the area asking if someone would host it.”

After being persistant all summer, Andrea was finally able to convince Ray Denis, organizer for the Town Hill Farm Horse Trials, to host the divisions. YEH events had previously and sporadically run at several farms in the area, but none of them had stuck. Ray agreed to run FEH and YEH divisions that year if Andrea could get at least 12 entries. She got 25.

The divisions were tacked on to the event’s schedule just a month before the horse trials were to take place, but Andrea and the Town Hill Farm crew were able to piece together the divisions as a dizzying pace and run them successfully. Andrea called it an “interesting but super positive experience.”

Ronan Maloney and KC’s Dream Girl had the highest score of the day (82.7) and won the FEH-2 Year-Old division. Photo by Brian Wilcox/

Last year’s inaugural running at Town Hill Farm hosted FEH divisions for yearlings, two-year-olds, and three-year olds, and YEH divisions for four and five-year olds. Those divisions were run again this year, plus the NEH division was added to try and grow the reach of the event and participation in the sport. Andrea sees the NEH division as a promising way to grow membership, because it provides the opportunity for people and their horses from other disciplines to dip their toes into eventing in an encouraging and low-key way.

The divisions outdid themselves this year, with the number of competitors nearly doubling to over 40 this go-around. YEH judge Marilyn Payne thought that Town Hill’s turnout may have been that largest she’s seen at an FEH/YEH/NEH event. It was additionally promising and enjoyable to have several repeat competitors who showed in a lower age group division last year return to compete in a higher age group this year.

Andrea finds these divisions exciting and valuable for a number of reasons.

“The most important thing for me was exposure. I wanted to get my young horse out to a show where there are many different things going on and I wanted him to experience stabling overnight so that when I’m riding him one day at an event it’s not a big deal because he’s done it all before,” Andrea explained. “And I love having something in my discipline to take him to — it means a lot more to me than just taking him out to local hunter/jumper shows.”

Randy Ward riding Riddles In The Dark. Photo by Brian Wilcox/

As always, it was also very rewarding to receive positive feedback from the judge. Andrea’s now two-year-old homebred, Revel In Soul (“Indy”), is out of her Anglo-Arab mare with whom she competed to the Preliminary level and out of the Holsteiner stallion, Riverman.

“It was wonderful to hear that I made a good decision in choosing that stallion and that I made a nice horse.”

Andrea and Indy placed second in the FEH-2 Year Old division with a score qualifying them for the East Coast YEH Championships. Not only is she hoping to make the trip down to the East Coast Championships at Loch Moy in Maryland later this fall, but she’s hoping to get a team of other qualified Area 1 competitors and their young horses to join her.

The feedback obtained in these divisions can be equally valuable to professional breeders as well. For instance, both last year’s and this year’s FEH-Yearling divisions were won by Eric Carlson, of Stix and Stones Sporthorses.

“For them it must be very rewarding to have two wins with different horses and know that you must be doing something right,” said Andrea.

Andreay Manley and Revel in Soul. Photo by Brian Wilcox/

Andrea is passionate about these divisions and would like to continue to see them flourish. She’s hoping to jet out the USEA Annual Meeting and Convention this winter to further her education and bring her knowledge back to Area 1. She also welcomes anyone else interesting in helping these programs thrive in Area 1 to get in touch with her

Despite the slow start of the FEH/YEH/NEH divisions in Area 1, they seem to have found their place with Town Hill Farm’s August event. Andrea hopes to increase the awareness of these divisions and continue to grow participation in the program in the coming years. Next year may see the addition of jump-chute for certain divisions and Andrea also hopes that the number of competitors will continue its upward trend.

“I told Ray I wanted to get 60 entries for next year and I think he just about had a heart attack!”

Special thanks to Brian Wilcox of for the gorgeous photos. Be sure to check out the rest of the gallery from the Town Hill Farm FEH/YEH/NEH divisions!

Saturday Links from Tipperary

Photo via Boyd Martin.

Did you know that one of the many jobs of a super groom is to check the spread of fences? Here, Mike Pendleton, super groom for Boyd Martin, helps us put the width of this “dirty great big sloping table” (in the words of Jonty Evans) into perspective. Kick on everyone! Here’s to safe and fast rides for all!

USA cross country ride times:

  • Hannah Sue Burnett and Under Suspection (25th on 48.4) – 1:10 p.m. BST/8:10 a.m. EST
  • Andrea Baxter and Indy 500 (47th on 56.9) – 1:18 p.m. BST/8:18 a.m. EST
  • Mackenna Shea and Landioso (14th on 46.1) – 1:22 p.m. BST/8:22 a.m. EST
  • Woodge Fulton and Captain Jack (60th on 68.9) – 1:26 p.m. BST/8:26 a.m. EST
  • Boyd Martin and Steady Eddie (21st on 48.0) – 1:54 p.m. BST/8:54 a.m. EST
  • Lauren Kieffer and Veronica (2nd on 37.0) – 2:02 p.m. BST/9:02 a.m. EST
  • Lynn Symansky and Donner (11th on 45.5) – 2:18 p.m. BST/9:18 a.m. EST
  • Lillian Heard and LCC Barnaby (49th on 58.0) – 3:18 p.m. BST/10:18 a.m. EST

National Holiday: C’mon it’s Burghley and AEC Saturday, what more could you want?

Major Events This Week:

Burghley: WebsiteEntriesScheduleXC Ride TimesLive Scores, Course PreviewEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

AEC: WebsiteScheduleRide Times & Live ScoringEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Seneca Valley Pony Club H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scoring]

Silverwood Farm H.T. [Website]

Woodland Stallion Station H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Park Equine Kentucky Classique H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Saturday Links:

USEA Advanced Gold Cup Cross-Country Rescheduled to Begin Sunday Due To Inclement Weather

No Stirrup, No Problem For Chris Talley At The AEC

$750 Rolex Horse Leads to Two More Champs in the Making For Leah Lang-Gluscic

Just Vet Wrap It: Jen Garutti Defines ‘Eventer Tough’ With Pony Mare At American Eventing Championships

Jill Treece: From a Stable of Stuffed Animals to Life as An Eventer

Disinfecting 101: Brushes, Buckets, and Stalls

Saturday Video:

What are you hanging around here for? Get on over to the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials Official Page on Facebook to watch the cross country live stream!