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

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Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: Just Like Justify

Everyone seems to be wild about Justify, our 13th Triple Crown winner, and rightly so! The athletic colt who only just started racing this February exudes class and confidence and we’re excited to see what he does next. We may be a little spoiled now though, having had two Triple Crown winners within the span of just a few years, so don’t be fooled into thinking they’re a dime a dozen! We may be hard-pressed to find another one just like Justify, but we can at least find a few with similar qualities, simplistic as they are.

In honor of Justify, this week we’ve picked out three chestnut geldings with chrome. They may not be Triple Crown winners, or even Stakes winners for that matter, but they could still be the next eventing champion you’re looking for:

Neutronstar. Photo via Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds Inc.

Neutronstar (GALILEO (IRE) – BROWN EYES (GB), BY DANEHILL): 2012 17.0-hand Irish-bred gelding

This is one impressive-looking and uniquely-marked horse with the bloodlines to match his regal presence. Neutronstar was imported to the U.S. and has made 35 starts since 2015 with moderate success, but he’s not earning enough for his owner/trainer to keep him racing. His owner thinks this solidly built guy would be a good fit for eventing and we can certainly envision him in a start box one day! Though he’s a very friendly horse who was well-mannered for his FLF photoshoot, he’ll need an experienced owner to teach him the ropes of a second career due to his size.

View Neutronstar on Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds Inc.

Art Vandaley. Photo via CANTER Illinois.

Art Vandaley (DISTORTED HUMOR – FUNNY MOON, BY MALIBU MOON): 2014 15.3-hand Kentucky-bred gelding

Here’s a stately youngster with a lovely structure who’s looking for his next job. “Art” has a great racing pedigree and sold at Keeneland for $200,000 as a yearling, but hasn’t been able to live up to that price on the track. In 15 career starts, he made a respectable $25,000, but that’s not enough to keep him in training. Since he’s been out of training, you can see in his jog videos that he has a little pent-up energy and sass, however, he was sweet and happy in his stall. We can see this gelding loving cross country and Seinfeld fans will love hearing his name over the loudspeaker!

View Art Vandaley on CANTER Illinois.

Brasstown Sheriff. Photo via Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds Inc.

Brasstown Sheriff (POSSE – GLANCE AGAIN, BY REGAL CLASSIC): 2008 16.0-hand Kentucky-bred gelding

This 10-year-old is a true war horse, having amassed 89 starts and winning upwards of $75,000 over his seven-year career. Still placing in the money during last season, he’s a true competitor and has proven to be durable and sound. At the track, Brasstown Sheriff was a late-bloomer and was actually nicknamed “Peppy” as in “Pepe Le Pew” because his attitude towards racing was so sour at first. Peppy certainly warmed up to it though and got more competitive as he matured, but at this point, his connections would rather see him retire soundly and have a good chance at succeeding in a second career. If you’re looking for a solid been-there-done-that horse, then this on could be for you!

View Brasstown Sheriff on Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds Inc. 

Monday Video from Tredstep Ireland: Secondhand Spectating the Belmont

I wonder who just won the Belmont Stakes?

Posted by Timothy Harfield on Saturday, June 9, 2018

What do you do when you’re on the road and can’t watch Justify’s bid for the Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes? Calling your equally horse-crazy father, who’s watching it live, is one option and that’s exactly what Elisa Wallace did as she was driving home from a schooling show on Saturday. While I’m not sure that Rick Wallace has a future as a race announcer, he certainly has plenty of enthusiasm.

And what a race it was! Congratulations the thirteenth Triple Crown Winner, Justify, and all his connections. If you also missed watching it yourself, here’s your race reply:

Justify makes history!

HISTORY HAS BEEN MADE! JUSTIFY WINS THE TRIPLE CROWN!

Posted by Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 9, 2018

Saturday Links from Tipperary

CCI2*

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Bromont CCI is definitely on my bucket list of events to visit and being from the New England it’s actually several hours closer to me than many Area II events, yet I still haven’t gone! Doesn’t a summer weekend over the border filled with horses, poutine, and crêpes just sound wonderful?

National Holiday: National Rosé Day

Major Events:

Bromont CCI: WebsiteEntriesRide TimesLive ScoresEN’s Coverage

Bramham CCI: WebsiteRide Times & Results, Live StreamEN’s Coverage

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

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

River Glen June H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

Feather Creek Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

Camelot Equestrian Horse Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

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

Saturday Links:

One To Watch: Congo Brazzaville C Brought Mara DePuy Back To The Top

Is your horse in pain? New videos explain the key signs

Great Meadow Supports USEA Online Auction To Benefit Eventing Safety and Education

Talking Mindset With…Charlotte Dujardin CBE

Ros Canter leads Bramham CIC3* despite major bridle malfunction

Eat Your Way ‘Round Europe’s Major Horse Trials

Saturday Video:

Credit: Raena Leung

Posted by Horse Republic on Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Thursday Video from Nupafeed: Ride Along at The Spring Event at Archer!

Could the sky have been any more blue in Cheyenne, Wyoming, for The Spring Event at Archer this past weekend?

Last weekend marked the second ever horse trials held at the newly established Archer Equestrian Complex and, short of being there in person, we can’t think of a better way to get to know a new venue than by having a virtual gallop around. Enjoy the view from the saddle courtesy of Katie Frickel and her 17-year-old OTTB Epaulet. The pair finished on their dressage score to take home second place in the Training-A division. Well done, Katie, and thanks for taking us along for the ride!

Want to ride Archer yourself? Don’t miss their summer event which runs August 24th – 26th. It’s a great prep run for the AECs in Colorado the following weekend and the course will be open for schooling the week leading up to the Championships!

[The Road to AECs Runs Through the Event at Archer]

The Spring Event at Archer H.T. [Website] [Results]

Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: Triple Crown Ready

We went 37 years without a Triple Crown Winner before American Pharoah stormed onto the scene in 2015. Could we possibly have another winner now, just three years later, in another Bob Baffert-trained colt? Our contender, the handsome chestnut Justify, will make his bid this Saturday at Belmont Park.

Not that we really need another reason to root for him, but as icing on the cake, Justify’s connections have pledged to donate a portion of their winnings to the New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program.

Want to support thoroughbred aftercare yourself? Consider an OTTB when you’re in the market for your next eventing partner. Here are three currently available horses via New Vocations:

Longtime Friend. Photo via New Vocations Racehorse Adoption.

Longtime Friend (ARTIE SCHILLER – LONGWOOD LADY, BY IS IT TRUE): 2012 16.2-hand Indiana-bred mare

Longtime Friend could be just that for you! “Friend” is a sweet mare and the folks at New Vocations say she has a heart of gold. She’s extremely well-mannered on the ground and stands well for everything including vacuuming! Under saddle she can be a bit unsure and tense, but tried very hard to please. She last raced in June 2016 and had a bit of a rough time before coming to New Vocations, where she is now thriving. This mare is ready for someone with a kind, soft hand to be her best friend and bring her along.

Located in Medina, Ohio.

View Longtime Friend on New Vocations Racehorse Adoption.

Homewood Field. Photo via New Vocations Racehorse Adoption.

Homewood Field (CANDY RIDE (ARG) – OVERLY TEMPTING, BY IN EXCESS (IRE)): 2013 16.0-hand Kentucky-bred gelding

Despite some high-achieving bloodlines, Homewood Field isn’t as interested in racing as his relatives. He is, however, very happy being a riding horse and has taken to his new lifestyle very quickly. “Homewood” is very attentive and loves having one-on-one time with a person. He is coming along nicely with each and every ride and has shown to be responsive to aids and brave in new situations.

Located in Ballston Spa, New York.

View Homewood Field on New Vocations Racehorse Adoption.

Big Wave Dave. Photo via New Vocations Racehorse Adoption.

Bigwavedave (FASTNET ROCK (AUS) – CASH RUN, BY SEEKING THE GOLD): 2012 16.2-hand Irish bred mare

Poor Dave, she’s got a bit of a misleading name given that she’s actually a lady! Dave is an Irish-born lass who was imported to the United States before making any starts. She never showed the gumption to be a racehorse in her short career, but during training her exercise riders report that she was a forward-thinking, hard-worker. She has the makings of a brave and athletic mare who could really excel in a new career!

Located in Lexington, Kentucky.

View Big Wave Dave on New Vocations Racehorse Adoption.

Monday Video from Tredstep Ireland: Sweet Dreams of Cross Country

Sterling might be the oldest horse in the barn BUT that doesn’t mean that this former Eventing pony doesn’t still dream of winning Rolex. 😍🐴😴👑 #DreamHorse #Piaffe #Gallop #Eventing #Pony #NapTime #FreshShavings #WeatherBeeta @weatherbeetana blanket

Posted by Stanford Equestrian Team on Friday, March 2, 2018

If you need a healthy dose of adorable at the end of your Monday, we’ve got you covered this week.

Meet Sterling, one of the Stanford Equestrian Team‘s trusty steeds. Stanford University’s historic Red Barn Equestrian Center is home to over thirty horses owned or leased by the school and used for hunt seat equitation, dressage, and western horsemanship IEA competitions. Sterling is the oldest horse in the barn, and prior to coming to Stanford she was an event pony in Ohio. Looks like she still dreams of galloping across the country!

Saturday Links from Tipperary

Left: The little punk stepped through that. Right: She looks rather pleased with herself about it. Photos by Betty Woolf.

Does your horse have a BFF? Mine does. Earlier this week she discovered that the electric fence was off and proceeded to unhook the middle line from the post and then limbo between the lines and into her buddy’s paddock. A friend and fellow boarder found them in one stall together grooming each other. Apparently they had a lovely afternoon together!

National Holiday: National Black Bear Day

Major Events:

Tattersalls: WebsiteScheduleStart Times & ResultsLive Streaming

Renswoude: WebsiteStart Times & Results

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

Genesee Valley Riding & Driving Club Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

NJ Region’s H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times] [Live Scores]

IEA H.T. & 3DE [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

The Spring Event at Archer H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Saturday Links:

“Jobs for OTTBs” highlighted with Tatts eventing prize

How Teaching Horseback Riding Differs From Coaching Other Sports

What A Sales Ad Says Vs. What The Seller REALLY Means

PODCAST: Tips on Developing a Partnership from Tik Maynard

Oliver Townend in bidding duel for €49,000 top lot at Tattersalls event horse sale

What Does a Lame Horse Feel Like?

Saturday Video: It me.

Very lazy horse????????credit: inst: @livviequine

Posted by Horse Lovers on Sunday, May 27, 2018

The Road to AECs Runs Through the Event at Archer

Photo courtesy fo Allison Murphy.

Having run its very first event last August, the Event at Archer in Cheyenne, Wyoming, is a relatively new name within the USEA omnibus. But despite debuting a short time ago it’s already cemented its place on the Area IX calendar and proven its importance to the local eventing community.

Last year’s inaugural Event at Archer was a smashing success with over 160 competitors in Starter through Training divisions, outdrawing every other national event in the area.

Allison Murphy has been the driving force behind the creation of the Event at Archer after recognizing the need for a sanctioned event and cross country facilities to school in Southeastern Wyoming and Northern Colorado. Allison is backed by a fabulous committee which includes renowned course designer and builder James Atkinson of Revisionist Equestrian, who has brought his talents to the Archer course; Melinda Hofmeister, member at large; Tory Poulton, treasurer; and Allison’s husband Jon Murphy who brings his extensive business acumen as an advisor.

Archer’s banner event runs August 24th – 26th. Taking place just one week before the AECs are held at the Colorado Horse Park, it’s the perfect opportunity for a last-minute prep run before heading down to the Championships. In addition to the Starter level and the USEA recognized Beginner Novice through Preliminary horse trials, the summer event will also be offering combined tests for Training through Advanced levels.

New prelim jumps awaited staining over the winter before their debut this weekend. Photo courtesy of Allison Murphy.

The Archer Equestrian Complex is centrally located to many different events in the area and is just two hours away from the Colorado Horse Park. Not only does the summer event offer a final competitive experience before the AECs, but the cross country course will remain open throughout the following week and the Event at Archer Committee welcomes anyone who wishes to stay and school the course or take advantage of a variety of clinicians in preparation for the Championships. On-site camping spots and RV hookups at the Archer Equestrian Complex are readily available and extremely affordable, making it easy to utilize the schooling opportunities at their beautiful course which offers modern construction and questions for all levels.

Archer has added a second event for the 2018 calendar — the Spring Event at Archer — which runs this week, May 31st – June 3rd, and has a little over 180 competitors entered. With the cancellation of several events for the calendar year at the Colorado Horse Park, venues in Area IX have rallied to fill the calendar spots and provide needed outings for competitors in the area looking to qualify for the AECs.

Photo courtesy of Allison Murphy.

“The goal of the spring event is to offer another qualifying show for the region as well as to continue to support and grow the sport we all love in Area IX,”  said Allison Murphy.

The spring event marks the inaugural Preliminary level competition for the venue. Additional fundraising and sponsorship is ongoing and will facilitate building future levels. The Event at Archer Committee has also applied for a 501(c)3 status which will allow for tax-deductible support from sponsors and donors.

The Event at Archer Committee and some of their key sponsors have delighted in offering competitor gifts and swag, a boatload of prizes, adult amateur awards, young rider awards, and seriously gorgeous ribbons. Anyone who ends up not completing the competition receives a coupon for free cross country schooling.

Plaques for sponsors, supporters, and memorial jumps ready to go. Photo courtesy of Allison Murphy.

“We want everybody to be successful. We want to extend goodwill and let people know that we’ve all been there,” Allison said. “Competitors don’t have to go home empty-handed. They can stay and school after the event or come back for schooling another time. We’re very happy to have them.”

Anyone headed to the AECs would be remiss to overlook the Event at Archer — an event run truly for the competitors — the success of which is a testament to the strong will of a group dedicated to seeing eventing thrive in their area.

Go Area IX and Go Eventing!

Thursday Video from Nupafeed: Charlotte Dujardin Goes Cross Country Schooling

Photo via Charlotte Dujardin on Faceook.

Well, that’s one way to celebrate a successful dressage show!

Over the weekend, Charlotte Dujardin took several up-and-coming horses to the Premier League Dressage show at Somerford Park Farm in Congleton, England. Her own and Sarah Tyler Evans’ River Rise Escala (“Maisie”), a nine-year-old mare (Lord Leatherdale x Ferro), took home wins in Inter 1 and Prix St Georges and to celebrate Charlotte took her “for a little play” around the Somerford cross country course:

And we’re off…????????

Posted by Charlotte Dujardin on Monday, May 28, 2018

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Posted by Charlotte Dujardin on Monday, May 28, 2018

Tuesday Video from SpectraVet: Ring-Side for the Winning Round at Devon Arena Eventing

Sandro’s Star and Chris Talley win the Arena Eventing at Devon tonight! Bird’s eye view! Get into the shakey camera angles and back seat driving! ????

Posted by Quinnten Alston on Sunday, May 27, 2018

It was an exciting finale at the 2018 Devon Horse Show and Country Fair’s $50,000 Devon Arena Eventing, which took place under the lights on Sunday. Defending champion Sarah Kozumplik Murphy and Rubens D’ysieux were the penultimate pair in the jump off and they threw down a fast and clear round to hang onto the lead. Last to enter the ring were Chris Talley and the Oldenburg stallion Sandro’s Star, owned by Hannah Salazaar. Chris masterfully his mount around the Captain Mark Phillips course to shave less than a second off the leading time and steal the win. Click here for EN’s recap of the class.

You can get a clearer view of Chris’ stellar round with the USEF Network footage here, but what the above video lacks in pixels it makes up for in heart. Chris and Hannah’s good friend Quinnten Alston was ring-side and captured the energy of moment they clinched the win. Listen to the cheers as they turn for home and keep the rails up over the final oxer — that’s what this sport is all about!

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Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: Three May Flowers

They say “April showers bring May flowers,” and there was so much rain in April that we better have a full-on Garden of Versailles by now, the end of May. I do love watching flowers grow and finally blossom throughout the spring time and I similarly love watching horses grow and blossom throughout their training.

OTTBs are certainly some of the most rewarding horses to see come into their own after they come of the track and begin a new career. Could one of these three horses blossom into your next eventer?

Ryan Code. Photo via CANTER Illinois.

Ryan Code (OMEGA CODE – ALL DAY, BY OPEN FORUM): 2014 16.0-hand Oklahoma-bred mare

Ryan Code as actually been training very well; however, she’s better suited to running longer distances and there just aren’t many races available suited towards her abilities. Her connections have therefore decided to let her move on and use her athletic abilities elsewhere. This cute mare loves attention, especially scratches, and seems to aim to please. With her strong shoulder, short coupling, and nice movement she looks like she could make a very handy mount!

Located at Fairmount Park Race Track in Collinsville, Illinois.

View Ryan Code on CANTER Illinois.

Sunshineandwhiskey. Photo via CANTER California.

Sunshineandwhiskey (DECARCHY – BELLASTREGA, BY DEPUTY MINISTER): 2014 15.3-hand Oregon-bred mare

No need to change this one’s name — Sunshineandwhiskey is sure to make you smile whenever you hear it over the loudspeaker at an event. This filly needs someone to build her confidence as she leaves the track and takes on a new career. Her trainer says right now she can be a little nervous as she comes out of the barn, but never misbehaves and tries to do right for her exercise rider. The CANTER volunteers who saw her agreed she’ll make a nice horse after getting some groceries.

Located at Golden Gate Fields in Albany, California.

View Sunshineandwhiskey on CANTER California. 

A Simple Challenge. Photo via CANTER Maryland.

A Simple Challenge (ETERNAL STAR – IMMUNITY CHALLENGE, BY GRINDSTONE): 2014 16.1-hand Maryland-bred mare

“Selena,” as she is known around the barn, comes from a farm that uses the basics of dressage and jumping to help bring up their babies. She didn’t start racing until she was four years old and since then has garnered 15 career starts, but simply has no interest in the track. Her connections joked that she’s sound enough to run all day, but just not fast enough!

Located at Pimlico Racecourse in Baltimore, Maryland.

View A Simple Challenge on CANTER Maryland.

Tuesday News & Notes from Chillax

Photo via Auburn Eventing Team on Facebook. Congratulations, ladies!

I’m not actually sure if Intercollegiate Eventing was around when I was in school, but I am definitely a little envious off all the students out there getting to combine their love of eventing and competition with their education. The camaraderie and teamwork that these students display is second-to-none and from the pictures and videos I’ve seen, it looks like everyone is having The Best Time!

National Holiday: National Paperclip Day

Events Opening This Week: Aspen Ridge H.T. (CO, A-9) Western Underground, Inc Coconino Summer HT & T/N/BN3D Event (AZ, A-10) Genesee Valley Hunt H.T. (NY, A-1) The Maryland H.T. at Loch Moy Farm II (MD, A-2) Roebke’s Run H.T. (MN, A-4) Champagne Run at the Park H.T. (KY, A-8) Riga Meadow H.T. (CT, A-1)

Events Closing This Week: Larkin Hill H.T. (NY, A-1) Seneca Valley Pony Club Spring H.T. (MD, A-2) Golden Spike H.T. (UT, A-9) Great Vista Horse Trials (NY, A-1) Bucks County Horse Park H.T. (PA, A-2) Full Gallop Farm June H.T.(SC, A-3) Silverwood Farm Spring H.T. (WI, A-4)

Tuesday News:

The FEI and USEF released statements yesterday in regards to the one-year suspensions given to Jennie Brannigan, Hannah Sue Burnett and Alyssa Phillips following their positive testing for prohibited substances at the 2017 Ocala Jockey Club Three-Day Event. EN’s original report has been updated here.

Redbud Farm LLC, is offering a scholarship to their Buck Davidson Clinic in memory of Jon Sonkin, who past away in June last year. Jon was a beloved member of the eventing community and grew up riding in Starksville, Mississippi. Through his work with C4 he became known as “The Belt Guy”. The scholarship is open to any junior rider who is a Mississippi resident. [Jon Sonkin Memorial Scholarship]

Last chance to sign up for the ICP young Event Horse Workshop in Ancramdale, New York. Entries are due by June 1st. The USEA has confirmed that they will will host an assessment in Area 1 in October for certification as a Professional Trainer or Young Horse Instructor. Attendance at a workshop is required for certification. This may be the most accessible workshop option for those in the North East! [ICP Young Event Horse Workshop]

Need a little Vermont getaway? Green Mountain Horse Association (GMHA) needs volunteers!  GMHA still has many positions to fill for their June Horse Trials this weekend. Volunteers are handsomely rewarded with complimentary meals and delicious Dark Horse Chocolates, plus fresh Vermont air and scenic views of course. GMHA is also participating the USEA Volunteer Incentive Program this year. [GMHA June Horse Trials on EventingVolunteers.com]

Tuesday Video:

GOTD ???? Had some fun with this exercise with all of my horses which focuses on maintaining straightness and rhythm…

Posted by Lainey Ashker on Monday, May 28, 2018

Which product does Olympic medalist Phillip Dutton trust to keep his horses calm and focused at the biggest events in the world? ChillaxLearn more.

Monday Video from Tredstep Ireland: Weisbaden Klimke-Cam with SAP Analysis

Ingrind Klimke mit Hale Bob im Wiesbadener Schlosspark

Und heute haben wir noch ein besonderes Schmankerl für Euch. Den Siegesritt von Ingrid Klimke im Gelände aus Ihrer Sicht. Aufgenommen mit einer GoPro und mit freundlicher Unterstützung von SAP bearbeitet : @IngridKlimke, @SAPSports, @ERMeventing, @uvexequestrian, #helmhelden #wiesbaden

Posted by Internationales Wiesbadener PfingstTurnier on Thursday, May 24, 2018

One of the many super cool things about the Event Rider Masters (ERM) series is their partnership wth German software company SAP. SAP trackers placed in each rider’s pinney gather live data as competitors gallop across the country and merges it GPS to produce split-times and speed readout. Helmet cam video merged with the course data collected then brings the spectator a whole new ride-along experience!

Today we offer you the chance to ride along with Ingrid Klimke as she handily pilots her own SAP Hale Bob OLD around the Wiesbaden CIC3*. Ingrid hung on the lead over world number one, Oliver Townend, with a clear cross country round just 1.6 seconds over time to clinch her first ERM win.

Saturday Links from Tipperary

Photo via Tipperary Equestrian on Facebook.

Can you guess who the rider in the picture above is? Here’s a hint: she’s Tipperary’s 2018 Star Ambassador. Need another? She has a book written about her, from which the above picture was reprinted, authored by Julie Fitz-Gerald. For anyone who’s still stumped – it’s Jessica Phoenix! Anyone else have a little equitation envy for their past selves?

National Holiday: National Blueberry Cheesecake Day

Major Events:

Houghton Hall CICO3*:  WebsiteStart TimesResults

Saumur: Website & Live StreamStart Lists and ResultsCCI3* Live Scores

Baborówko: Website & Live StreamStart Lists & Results

U.S. Weekend Action:

Mystic Valley Hunt Club H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

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

Flora Lea Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

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

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

The Spring Event at Woodside H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Equestrians’ Institute H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

May-Daze at the Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

Saturday Links:

Bold Banners, Dressage Divas, and Spirit Squads: Day One at 2018 Intercollegiate Championship

Del Mar Eventing Welcomes New Event Secretaries

Behind the Breeder’s Brand: Phyllis Dawson and Windchase, Part II

British eventer fined after false vaccination records found

Photo Gallery: Royal Wedding – Behind the Scenes at Combermere Barracks

Saturday Video: That’s a lotta air!

Horse's lungs

By Elena Crowley: "Senior quarter horse gelding donated as necropsy horse for undergrad anatomy class. Heart and lungs removed and attached to gas tank. Thought people might appreciate just how much a horse’s lungs can expand."

Posted by I Love Veterinary Medicine on Monday, March 19, 2018

Thursday Video from Nupafeed: Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Six Rules for Success

Arnold Schwarzenegger is many things: actor, filmmaker, former professional bodybuilder, politician, businessman, philanthropist…the list goes on. Equestrian is generally not included on his CV (though there is that great chase scene from True Lies) but when it comes to sports psychology and motivation we can still learn a thing or two from high achievers in other areas and apply them to our own discipline.

Since graduation season is currently upon us and competition season is in full swing, it’s a perfect time to throw it back to this commencement address delivered by the then-Governor for the University of Southern California in 2009. Listen to Mr. Schwarzenegger’s speech in the video above, which was edited over music and equestrian video by YouTuber Roxykavallina, for his six rules for success. You can also read the full transcript of the speech here.

Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: Back to Business at Finger Lakes

Now that spring has finally made an appearance up north, the Finger Lakes Racetrack in Farmington, New York is back to live racing as of late last month. With the return of trainers and their horses for the summer season also comes the return of regular listings for horses looking for new careers via our friends at Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds Inc. (FLF).

FLF recently posted three absolutely lovely thoroughbreds looking to move on to second careers all of which have interesting pedigrees and would make great eventing prospects! Take a look:

Punching Bag. Photo via Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds Inc.

Punching Bag (TEUFLESBERG – FLOMAR, BY TWO PUNCH): 2015 17.0-hand New York-bred gelding

This is a big boy who’s still growing! Punching Bag is a sweetheart with a kind personality, but he is a sizable and energetic young horse who’ll need an experienced handler. After just five career starts and no win, place, or show finishes it’s pretty clear Punching Bag isn’t destined to be a racehorse despite his impressive blood lines. Punching bag is by the sire Teuflesberg who’s part of the same Johannesburg/ Hennessey line as current Triple Crown hopeful, Justify. Plus, he’s out of a mare by the ever-popular Two Punch who’s been noted for producing great sport horses so he’s sure to be an athletic one!

View Punching Bag on Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds Inc.

Harmon’s Giant. Photo via Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds Inc.

Harmon’s Giant (FROST GIANT – ATTACHE, BY SEEKING THE GOLD): 2014 16.1-hand New York bred mare

This four-year-old was simply deemed too slow in her workouts and has thus remained unraced. While that’s too bad for her connections, we’ll consider it a good thing for whoever is lucky enough to bring home this nicely-built filly and turn her into a sporthorse. Despite not quite having the chops to make it on the track, her trainer says she has a good work ethic and really likes to gallop and go. Harmon’s Giant has great sire lines for jumping and eventing, with Giant’s Causeway and Private Account making appearances, so hopefully her desire to work can be put to use in a different discipline!

View Harmon’s Giant on Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbred Inc. 

Courageous Dreamer. Photo via Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds Inc.

Courageous Dreamer (COURAGEOUS CAT – DREAMIN’ OF JEANNE, BY CALLER I. D.): 2015 16.1-hand New York-bred gelding

Courageous Dreamer is another horse without any top finishes in his handful of starts, but should see more success in a different career. While his nice movement and easy-going personality points to a possible future career as a show hunter, his athletic build and good balance could make him a promising eventer instead. Courageous Dreamer is a grandson of Storm Cat (who folks either tend to love or hate as a sporthorse sire) and additionally has Rahy, Blushing Groom, and Phone Trick as other prominent bloodlines in close up in his pedigree.

View Courageous Dreamer on Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds Inc.

Monday Video from Tredstep Ireland: Your Adrenaline Fix from ERM

Day 2 at Wiesbaden – The Best Bits

What a day at Internationales Wiesbadener PfingstTurnierHere are the Best Bits ????????

Posted by Event Rider Masters on Saturday, May 19, 2018

Ah, well, we can’t have an FEI event here in the States every weekend, you know. Good thing the Event Rider Masters (ERM) is underway, this week at Wiesbaden in Germany for Leg 2, so we can get our eventing adrenaline fix!

If you want the quick run-down of how the competition played out, check out the video of the ‘best bits’ above and/or read up on it in Shelby Allen’s recap. If you’ve got an hour or two to spare though, you can catch up on the full day of cross country from course-preview to nail-biting finish right here:

ERM Cross Country

Posted by Event Rider Masters on Saturday, May 19, 2018

Wiesbaden 2018 – Cross Country

Posted by Event Rider Masters on Saturday, May 19, 2018

Saturday Links from Tipperary

Photo courtesy of Rhonda Sexton.

Shoutout to all the eventing families out there! May you all one day capture a family photo as precious as the one above which Rhonda Sexton shared with us. Rhonda’s daughter Molly Scher competed at the Texas Rose Horse Park Spring Horse Trials on Mother’s Day and it looks like Molly’s horse, Yukon Do It, wanted to show her dad, Scott Scher, a little love too! Can we get a big collective “D’awww” please?

National Holiday: National Learn to Swim Day

Major Events:

Event Rider Masters @ Wiesbaden WebsiteStart TimesResultsLive Stream

U.S. Weekend Action:

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

Kent School Spring H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

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

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

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

CCC Spring Gulch H.T. [Website]

Saturday Links: 

Area VI “Tacos for Our Team” Today is the Last Day to Buy Tickets! 

Blood and whip rule changes in store after high-profile cases

Virginia Horse Trials Receives Record Intercollegiate Team Entries at Spring Event

Let Your Horse Be Your Anchor

PODCAST: 2018 Intercollegiate Eventing Championship Preview

Horse Stress Levels Not Linked to Competition Results, Study Shows

Hot on Horse Nation: 2018 Preakness Stakes Need-to-Know Guide

Best of Jumper Nation: So You Want to Get an OTTB Part 1: Swipe Right or Left

Saturday Video:

Thursday Video from Nupafeed: Jumping in the Rain at Jersey

Domino show jumping at Jersey Fresh CCI***

Posted by Jacob Fletcher on Tuesday, May 15, 2018

What is it with it raining at Jersey Fresh International? At least cross country day was mostly dry unlike last year, but the skies opened up on Sunday.

It was no Kentucky Derby, but competitors (particularly those in the CCI3* division) had to deal with a pretty sloppy track. You can see the puddles on course from this video that Jacob Fletcher posted, but the footing still appears to have held nicely and, in fact, the conditions didn’t throw him and Atlantic Domino off one bit! That pair posted a double clear round — one of six out of 18 total finishers in the division — which moved them up from 9th after cross country to a final placing of 5th. Well done!

Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: It Takes A Village

Earlier this year the Retired Racehorse Project (RRP) introduced a pilot Team Competition at the 2018 Thoroughbred Makeover to be held October 4-7 at the Kentucky Horse Park. RRP has now announced that 15 teams will be contesting the new program and, for anyone who may still be interested, a limited number of team spots are still open. Amongst the 15 accepted teams and two college programs: Georgetown College and State University of New York-Morrisville State College.

Right now the only disciplines in the team competition are show jumper and and show hunter, but with enough interest perhaps we’ll see an eventing option next time! Teams consist of at least four members each and all members take part in the retraining of the horse. Two team members compete the horse at the Makeover further showcasing their versatility. Whether teams are formed by college programs, families, or “barn families,” the team competition is a true testament to the “it takes a village” adage, which we’ve always known to be true for horses!

If you’re looking for your own project horse to raise, look no further than these three OTTBs that we’d love to see at an event one day:

Three Golden Rules. Photo via CANTER Illinois.

Three Golden Rules (ROAD RULER – SHARI’S GOLD SOLE, BY GOLD TRIBUTE): 2013 15.3-hand Illinois-bred gelding

Fans of dapple grays may not be able to pass this stunning gelding up — get out your checkbooks! Not only does he have that gorgeous coat right now, but underneath is a nicely proportioned sport horse prospect. Three Golden Rules is looking for a new career after 26 career starts. He looks like he’ll be a cute mover and is easy to handle and loves treats.

Located at Fairmount Park Race Track in Collinsville, Illinois.

View Three Golden Rules on CANTER Illinois.

Aim To Tease. Photo via CANTER Illinois.

Aim To Tease (STRAIGHT LINE – LAMPOON, BY DISTORTED HUMOR): 2011 16.1-hand Illinois-bred gelding

Don’t judge a book by it’s cover — Aim To Tease has literally been hanging out in a field since December but was still the sweetest, most polite gentleman for his photoshoot with the CANTER staff. He had a respectable racing career with close to $80k earnings in 25 starts before being sent to his current trainer who didn’t run him. He’s got good bones, clean-looking legs, and no known injuries — you just have to picture how nice he’ll look after packing on a few pounds, getting a hoof trim and a good grooming!

Located at Fairmount Park Race Track in Collinsville, Illinois.

View Aim To Tease on CANTER Illinois.

Addie Sunshine. Photo via Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds Inc.

Addie Sunshine (MR. SEKIGUCHI – LUMINESCING, BY CRUSADER SWORD): 2014 16.1-hand New York-bred mare

With a little TLC Addie Sunshine could certainly bring a little sunshine into your life! She’s a sweet filly who’s lovely to work around, but in two starts showed no promise as a racehorse. She’s had some good letdown time after spending the winter out in a field as part of a herd. Give her some love and she could be the light of your life!

View Addie Sunshine on Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds Inc.

Monday Video from Tredstep Ireland: Lainey Ashker’s Mother’s Day Celebration

Patrick’s winning prelim round at Windridge HT! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I am the luckiest girl to sit on this mega pony’s back! Thanks to my mama for always outfitting me with the best OTTBs money CANT buy! I love you, Patrick and all the OTTBs bringing their riders home clean and fast this lovely Sunday afternoon! #LÆsquad #fivestarhamster #happyMOMday #excusethelanguage #beginningofcourse

Posted by Lainey Ashker on Sunday, May 13, 2018

Yup, two helmet cams two days in a row! The evening season is in full swing for sure.

Lainey Ashker has a very unique way of spending Mother’s Day — by winning the Preliminary division at Windridge Farms Spring Horse Trials on an OTTB that her mother, Valerie Ashker, sourced! Lainey’s mount, Call Him Paddy, a.k.a. Patrick, is a 2010 edition by Alymagic and out of Woodford Princess. Momma Ashker has a real knack for spotting OTTBs with potential and giving them a great start off the track. Wouldn’t we all be so lucky to have a mom like that?

Saturday Links from Tipperary

It’s a wonderful thing to marvel at upper-level horses in competition, yes, but events are also a great way to get to know local businesses and organizations. If you’re attending Jersey Fresh International this weekend be sure to stop by the trade fair pavilion and visit Team Velvet, Inc.

Founded by psychologist Dr. Susan Edwards, Team Velvet is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization which provides equine therapy for children who have experienced trauma. You can learn more about their star equine ambassador, Velvet, for whom the organization was named, here in The American Trakehner magazine. The organization is also currently searching for a permanent farm home out of which to base their program.

National Holiday: National Miniature Golf Day

Major Events:

Jersey Fresh Links: WebsiteXC TimesScheduleLive ScoresEN’s CoverageEN’s InstagramEN’s Twitter

Event Rider Masters @ Chatsworth: WebsiteStart TimesResultsLive Stream

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

Plantation Field May H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

Mill Creek Pony Club at Longview H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Texas Rose Horse Park Summer H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Galway Downs Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

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

Saturday Links:

One To Watch: Erika Nesler Is Making Her Jersey Fresh Debut With A Special Mare

US Equestrian Celebrates Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Headquarters

Fifteen Teams Accepted For Team Competition Pilot Program At 2018 Thoroughbred Makeover

PODCAST: Event Rider Masters – Chatsworth Preview

Sponsors drop Oliver Townend after Badminton – others back the world no.1

Saturday Video: CIC3* leaders after dressage, Allison Springer and Lord Willing

Thursday Video from Nupafeed: Walk On Water

Not only is it freedom that we borrow from our horses, but the feeling of doing the impossible. The second you leave the startbox you can suddenly fly, run faster than the speed of light, and walk on water. It’s the partnerships we form with our equine athletes and that feeling of conquering the impossible together that keeps us coming back for more time and time again.

This goosebumps-inciting music video by YouTuber Maria Tack will remind you of that very feeling. Watch if you need some inspiration ahead of the weekend!