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Not my very first AHSA card, but still quite an old one! Not my very first AHSA card, but still quite an old one!

Oh the things you find while cleaning house! I spent part of last week cleaning house and got distracted by double-checking which of my memberships were still active for the 2017 season. Sometimes I am gobsmacked as to how many different horse groups I pay membership dues to and for how long I’ve been footing that yearly bill.

USEF has undergone one of its semi regular name-changes and some rebranding, but this weekend marks the 100th anniversary. I joined as a junior when it was the American Horse Shows Association, was baffled in 2001 when it became USA Equestrian, then melded with USET two years later to become USEF and now US Equestrian. The history of the association is pretty interesting, if you’re curious about such things.

US Weekend Action:

Poplar Place Farm January H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scoring]

Saturday Links:

The TAKE2 Second Career Thoroughbred Program’s 2017 season is well under way, with nine horse shows in six states offering our Hunter and Jumper divisions this weekend. Don’t forget to renew your membership — or enroll a new horse — in the TAKE2 Thoroughbred League!

League members earn points in affiliated USEF Thoroughbred Hunter and Jumper Divisions at horse shows nationwide. Year-end awards total $30,000, paid out to 10th place in each division. The annual membership fee is $50 per registered Thoroughbred. To join or renew your membership for 2017, go to www.take2tbreds.com/become-a-member/ or click here to download the registration form. The deadline for enrollment is one week following the final day of the competition at which points are earned.

The science of eventing: What happens when a horse hits a jump?

Steel horseshoes might increase mechanical loading on foot, evidence suggests

From HorseNation: Retired Racehorse Project Showcase – Meet the Riders, Part I

FEI Announces Decision in Anti-Doping Case Involving Vet

Fallbrook Pony Club rider to represent Southern California

Saturday Video:

Saturday Links from Tipperary

Dashing through the snow... From Katie Peery's Facebook page Dashing through the snow... From Katie Peery's Facebook page

So how are those New Year’s Resolutions going? We’ve hit that halfway point in the first month of the year, which is traditionally when the resolve for most of those New Year’s Resolutions start to fade. My resolution to ride more and worry less has struggled to get off the ground due to the torrential downpours that rocked Northern California for the last week or so. If you’re struggling to stick to your resolution to “ride without stirrups twice a week” or to “clean ALL of my tack after each ride instead of just rinsing off the bit”, don’t despair. You can still pick it back up and get at it. I think I might need to body-clip my wooly beast first.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

Three Lakes January H.T. [Website] [Entry Status][Live Scores]

Saturday Links:

Rate of sexual development in colts affected by broodmare diet, study finds

1 unicorn hunter and 9 other bits of brilliant horsey social media this week

Eventing High Performance lists named for 2017

Coral Keen’s Eventing Blog: We’re at full tilt

Dunn deal as Danni and ‘Zo’ prepare for Badminton challenge

A year of planning for Fair Hill’s track

Saturday Video:

Saturday Links from Tipperary

And the big storm hasn't even hit yet ... And the big storm hasn't even hit yet ...

After an extended drought in California, a normal winter is here. Yesterday, I was almost eaten by “quick slop” while attempting to retrieve my mare out of the pasture. I’d forgotten how terrifying it can be to find yourself shin-deep and rapidly sinking while you grapple with the decision to abandon your boots or not.

(Pro-tips for getting yourself unstuck in pasture muck: More liquid is your friend! Rock your stuck boot with small movements. Once you have one foot free, use it to dig the other out. Hold on to the blanket of a nearby pony for some leverage and something to balance against. When all else fails, use your cellphone and beg someone to bring you another set of boots.)

While I have sincere doubts that one normal winter will rectify our extreme lack of water, I am still very grateful. Allegedly we’ll be getting blasted hard up and down the state through the weekend. It should make for some very interesting times at Fresno County Horse Park where they are hosting Jock Paget and many other West Coast favorites for a Fundraiser Weekend.

U.S. Weekend Scores:

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

Saturday Links:

Police called after shots fired near hunt

Terrance Millar resigns from Equestrian Canada board

University of Florida introduces Gator Eventing in the Sunshine State

2017 Final Exam for USEF Licensed Eventing Officials to be held at Richland Park Horse Trials

Salt for horses: Researchers dive in to this important balancing act

From HorseNation: 14 Things That You’ll Find In Any Equestrian’s Car

Saturday Video:

New Year’s Eve Links from Tipperary

I think it's a resolution we can all get behind! I think it's a resolution we can all get behind!

It’s the last day of 2016 and almost time to start putting together that show calendar for the upcoming season. Admittedly it’s hard to get motivated to ride when it’s frosty cold outside, but that just means it’s a great time to take care of all of the “house-keeping” items that could possibly put a damper on your first outing of the year. Now is the time to make sure those show clothes still fit, that your memberships are up to date and that your medical armband or bracelet’s information is current. It’s also a great time to double check the manufacture date on your helmet and pick up a new one with all of those gift-cards your thoughtful friends sent your way for the holidays. Mostly, I’m encouraging you to shop because there’s no better way to spend the last day of the year than collecting the things you will take forward in to the next. Best wishes for the coming year, EN!

Saturday Links:

Knighthood and honors for Rio equestrian stars in New Year’s list

Infectious Diarrhea in Horses

From HorseNation: 2016 Best of HN – 12 Ways to Get Kicked Out of the Boarding Barn

From the Blogs: Reflecting on 2016

“I can’t wait to come out of the start-box” Rider in life threatening fall to return to eventing

“It’s all about finding the right niche”, Video honors versatility of ex-racers

Saturday Video: An oldie, but it still applies!

Christmas Eve Links from Tipperary

It's that time of year when significant others learn that horse stuff is always appropriate for any gift giving occasion!

It’s that time of year when significant others learn that horse stuff is always appropriate for any gift-giving occasion!

This is it. It’s the zero hour. If you are the significant other of a horse person that managed to stumble across EN by checking out your horse person’s web history while they were out at the barn in an effort to figure out what to get them for the holidays, that’s a little creepy but totally understandable and you are in luck.

The New Year is right around the corner and with that a fresh competition season. Unless the horse-person you are shopping for is one of those ultra-prepared people with life memberships to every horse-related organization they’re a part of, you can undoubtedly get them something they will not only appreciate but use all year — a membership renewal!

Which membership you choose is up to you; USEA, USEF, your local associations or even a membership to school cross country at a local venue are all great options. Stop by the grocery store, grab a bag of carrots and a bottle of wine or vodka (AKA a horse show readiness kit) and a card. Print out membership forms for the organization, write a check to cover the yearly cost and pop that in the card. I promise it will earn you kisses under the mistletoe for sure.

Saturday Links: 

From Horse Nation: WARHorses: Up on the Rooftop, Click Click Click …

FEI Announces Candidate Cities for FEI World Equestrian Games 2022

Lexington Bids to Repeat as WEG Host City in 2022

Researchers Leap at Chance to Delve in to Performance of Jumping Horses

‘Don’t Let Another Horse Die On Our Roads’: Riders Take Action

Equestrian Canada Recognizes 2016 Eventing NOBoundaries Athletes

Saturday Video: If you want to take your last minute gift to the next level, substitute homemade horse cookies for the carrots. Do not skip the adult beverage though.

Saturday Links from Tipperary

Doing better this year, but still way behind. Doing better this year, but still way behind.

And so it’s come to this. Just eight days left before the gifting extravaganza that is Christmas and I have done absolutely ZERO holiday shopping. This is only slightly better than last year or any year prior, but I’m still very much behind schedule. I keep telling myself that one of these days I’ll manage to be one of those super organized individuals who gets the overwhelming majority of their holiday shopping done in the first week of December.

Fortunately, the individuals I have on my list this year are all relatively easy to please and I have a good idea of what might bring some smiles to their faces.  For now though, it’s time to hoof it to my local tack store today for Independent Tack Store Day!

Saturday Links:

Badminton Drew the 7th Largest Sporting Event Crowd in UK for 2016

From HN: My Horse Prince App is Basically as Weird as it Sounds

Eventers Gallop to Greatness at Gettysburg College

Road to the Olympics: Changing the Olympic Equestrian Equation

New Vocations Receives $100,000 from Foundation Donors

Heavy Toll of Emotional Stress on Horses Described by Researchers

Saturday Video: More holiday cuteness!

Saturday Links from Tipperary

My aunt, Merry Farrington, with Dixie and Sonny, sometime in the late 80's or early 90's. My aunt, Merry Farrington, with Dixie and Sonny, sometime in the late 80's or early 90's.

The holiday season is in full swing. It’s time for those year-end awards banquets, the USEA Convention and barn parties. It’s also time for making hyper-specific wish-lists for your non-horsey friends and family. For the longest time, most everyone in my family had this strange notion that a gift card to my favorite tack shop was too impersonal. Fortunately I have a fabulous horsewoman in the family, my Auntie Merry. When I was a kid, she not only acted as our personal shopper in finding safe, sane, sound and appropriate horses, but she also was undoubtedly a resource for making sure holiday gifts were the right size for my pony and my cousin’s pony. These days I am able to source my own horses, but she’s still the first and most valued opinion I seek when I’m shopping. If I had one holiday wish for all my horsey friends, it’s that they would all have their own Auntie Merry.

Saturday Links:

British Eventing calls time on top hats and beaglers

O’Connor Talks Strategy with USEF High Performance Riders

David O’Connor to Serve as US Eventing Technical Advisor

Canberra business man Terry Snow donates $250,000 to improve safety in equestrian sport

Vaccination to control Equine Influenza during an outbreak

Penn Vet to establish professorship in Equine Medicine

Saturday Video: ‘Tis the season for videos like this!

 

Saturday Links from Tipperary

Team Dragonfire on a hack in December. Photo by Clair Thunes Team Dragonfire on a hack in December. Photo by Clair Thunes

December is here! With the calendar flipping to its last page the holidays and the new year are right around the corner. I’m sure most of us are crazy busy with family gatherings and attempting to squeeze in a few minutes of riding time before the dark of night takes over, but now is the perfect time to take a weekend to go through all of your gear and find out what needs replacing. I’m sure it sounds time consuming and potentially expensive today, but you will thank yourself in the spring-time when the show season picks back up. If you only do a safety check one item though, make it your helmet. If you’ve taken a spill or it’s getting on in age, do yourself and your loved ones a favor and make it a plan to replace your helmet. A new helmet makes an excellent holiday gift and any friends or family who buy you one will have the satisfaction of helping to keep you safe AND buying you something horsey. A win-win all around.

U.S. Weekend Action:

Sporting Days Horse Trials [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Saturday Links:

Bill Watson: USEA Volunteer of the month, presented by Athletux

Study: Some horses can learn by watching humans

Eventing competition draws Olympic equestrians

Fair Hill announces facility upgrade and CCI 4* bid

Marilyn Little and Clearwatter set winning pace in 1.50m Qualifier CSI 4* Wellington

Eventing: Long haul is worth it for big points

Saturday Video: An eventing video game? Wait, what?

Saturday Links from Tipperary

Jon Holling looking sharp at Ocala! Photo by Lynn Benzing, from Jon's Facebook Page Jon Holling looking sharp at Ocala! Photo by Lynn Benzing, from Jon's Facebook Page

I’ll admit it, I was not ready for the onslaught of The Holidays that blindsided me approximately five minutes after I finished off some last bites of mashed potatoes on Thursday evening. It always surprises me how fast it goes from Show Season to Holiday Season. It’s almost enough to make me want to head to Florida this year! I’ve already heard more than enough Christmas music and counted five Christmas trees tied to SUVs cruising down the road. It’s the time of year where you want those you care about close at hand to share in some of the seasonal cheer. Of course, when that seasonal cheer and closeness gets to be too much, escaping to the barn is the obvious answer. Preferably in the before dawn hours and only returning after dark.

U.S. Weekend Action:

#OJCInternational: WebsiteEntriesRide TimesLive ScoresFacebookTwitterInstagramLive StreamEN’s Coverage

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

Saturday Links: 

From HorseNation: #NoStirrupNovember Week 4: We’re Almost There! 

USEF votes yes to landmark Olympic format changes

Looking at the Greats

Evidence of liver virus found in 6.3% of horses tested in France 

Rio show jumper sold for record breaking price

Father is the trainer for this Indian equestrian champion

Saturday Video: Matt Brown’s time back East has been serving him well!

Saturday Links from Tipperary

Some of the new jumps that went in at Fresno County Horse Park this year. FCHP's final event of the season runs this weekend. Photo from FCHP's Facebook Page Some of the new jumps that went in at Fresno County Horse Park this year. FCHP's final event of the season runs this weekend. Photo from FCHP's Facebook Page

This particular weekend always makes me a bit nostalgic as it signifies the final West Coast event of the season. It calls up an old familiar feeling, similar to the way going on winter-break felt during high school. Everyone is of good cheer and is either looking forward to what the New Year will bring or wondering where the past year has gone.

This year I find myself squarely in both camps. While I’m ready to get on with the evening ritual of snuggly quarter-sheets, podcasts and riding in the dark, the show season will pick up sooner than we expect.

If you were like me and took a season to slack off, it’s sometimes a bit worrying how much it feels like you missed in one season. However one of the things that makes eventing unique among horse sports is the way that the community is always willing to keep your seat warm and is excited to show you what you’ve missed since you were away. Here’s to next season!

U.S. Weekend Action:

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

Fresno County Horse Park H.T. [Live Scores]

Saturday Links:

USEA Introduces Event Companion App, coming soon for both iOS and Android

Top lot breaks record at Goresbridge Go For Gold Sale

From HorseNation: How to Set a Horse-Friendly Budget

11 Year old girl suffers ‘life-changing’ injuries in fall

The World Equestrian Games in Our Backyard: Excited But Slightly Terrified

Horse owners warned of spread of toxic weed in Florida

Saturday Video: This is what winter is for.

Saturday Links from Tipperary

Even though the skies are grey, it's a great day to school cross country. Photo from Liz Hall on Facebook

Even though the skies are grey, it’s a great day to school cross country. Photo from Liz Hall on Facebook

Early sunsets and a handful of Events remaining in the season can mean only one thing – winter is right around the corner. I have a love-hate relationship with winter as a horse person. I love body clipping, quarter sheets and clinics. I am not so much a fan of boot-sucking mud, dependence on flashlights and the never ending quest to find a blanket that won’t rub my mare’s shoulders. I’m admittedly lucky out here in California that I don’t have to cope with all that fluffy white-stuff that causes much of the east coast Eventing community to break south for Aiken or Florida, but I do find myself fantasizing about a quiet snowy trail ride once in a while. Ah well, guess I will have to settle for a few beach trail rides this winter instead. Here’s to the off-season!

U.S. Weekend Action:

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

River Glen Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

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

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

Saturday Links:

Washington State Horse Park gala scheduled for November 12th

Palmerston North eventing horse Double J Sunshine ranked sixth in the world

Walkover victory for Funnell in Calver Wealth Management 2* League

Edwards-Smith retains lead in ESNZ Eventing Super League

The Thrill of the ‘Chase Lives On with USEA Classic Series Divisions at Galway Downs International

Arabian Mare Recovering from West Nile Virus in California

Saturday Video:

It’s almost time to start thinking about New Year’s Resolutions. Mine is to eat better at horse shows.

Saturday Links from Tipperary

Some of the Best in the West! The crew from Ride On Video taking a break at Galway Downs. Photo via Galway Downs on Facebook. Some of the Best in the West! The crew from Ride On Video taking a break at Galway Downs. Photo via Galway Downs on Facebook.

If you are competing this weekend, be sure to double check your ride times and your clocks before you go to sleep tonight or you may find yourself on a bit too early tomorrow! Don’t be surprised if you get a little bit of sass from your four-legged friends tomorrow morning. Try not to be too dismayed by it if they are, after all – you’re late as far as they are concerned! On top of that, who hasn’t had a “hangry” moment? Even though we’re losing the later sunsets, this last sunshine-filled weekend looks to be a great one. Best of luck to those of you competing this weekend!

Adelaide Links: WebsiteEntriesFEI TVScores

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Rocking Horse Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status][Live Scores]

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

Willow Draw Charity  H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

Galway Downs CCI &  H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

Saturday Links:

Will Enzinger leads at after Dressage at Adelaide

Texas A&M takes the top spot at Area V’s First Intercollegiate Challenge

Eventing: Edwards-Smith and Yogi top Super League

From HorseNation #NoStirrupNovember Week 1: ‘Everything Hurts & I’m Dying’

In the ribbons or not, all are winners at the Thoroughbred Makeover

Pig feeds horses and 11 other bits of fantastic horsey social media this week

Saturday Video: You really ought to come West one of these days. See why:

Saturday Links from Tipperary

New jumps lookin' fly for when WFP rolls in to Dragonfire today! New jumps lookin' fly for when WFP rolls in to Dragonfire today!

Big time shenanigans on the West Coast this weekend! William Fox Pitt is at Dragonfire Farm today and tomorrow. Immediately afterward, he heads south to Copper Meadows for two more clinic days there. To say that we’re a bit excited is an understatement. Even though it’s supposed to be a fairly wet weekend in Northern California, it certainly won’t stop the lucky few who have managed to score a spot in the clinic from enjoying this once in a lifetime opportunity. Despite the fact that my mare and I have been in Slacker Mode for a while now (has it been a year already?) I am looking forward to watching and absorbing as much as I can this weekend. Time to go make a thermos of hot chocolate and make sure I have enough space on my iPhone to record everything.

NOTE: The second half of the William Fox-Pitt clinic was previously set to be held at Sweet Oaks Ranch, but has been moved to Copper Meadows. Per the organizers, tickets and ride times will be honored as previously listed. 

U.S. Weekend Action:

Viriginia CCI/CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

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

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

Saturday Links:

Local Pony Club remembers Roger Haller at Memorial Schooling Show

Virginia Horse Center welcomes over 500 horses at Fall CCI/CIC and Horse Trials

Aus3de: Exploring the highs and lows of equestrian eventing

Florida venue taking shape for highly rated eventing competition

USDF Announces Newly Certified Instructors

From HorseNation: Slaughter bound horses survive trailer wreck and get a second chance

Saturday Video:

On the off chance your horse gives a hairy eyeball to those emojis at Dragonfire, here’s how WFP recommends you deal with a spook!

 

Saturday Links from Tipperary

There's a place in France where the Young Event Horses dance (and then go do cross country the next day)
From Judith McSwain's Facebook Page There's a place in France where the Young Event Horses dance (and then go do cross country the next day) From Judith McSwain's Facebook Page

Ooh la la, it’s cross country day in France! I am truly impressed by some of the gorgeous fences they have at Le Lion d’Angers. The violin jump is easily one of my favorite cross country fences of all time. Not only are the fences impressive, the sheer quality and size of the field this year is outstanding. I have high hopes that as our FEH and YEH programs become stronger across the country, that we will become more and more competitive in these type of events year after year.

Le Lion d’Angers Links: Website6YO Order of Go7YO Order of Go6YO Live Scores7YO Live Scores,EN’s Coverage

U.S. Weekend Action:

Waredaca H.T. & C3D [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

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

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

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

Midsouth CCI & H.T. [Website] [Ride Times]

Saturday Links:

Are you getting ready for your first FEI, N3D or T3D event, or did you just complete one? You can submit a story about your journey and preparation for said event to Athletux to win $500 from CWD or Athletux swag gift bags! Riders of all ages are welcome to enter the contest, and write a short essay about your horse and your experience at the event. Submit your story before November 11th, and you are entered to win. [Athletux Contest]

FEI Eventing Risk Management Steering Group Meets In Lausanne

How Long Does It Take Jumping Horses’ Muscles to Recover?

Simon Grieve’s Eventing Blog: I Shed A Tear On My Way Back To The Lorry

The Race to Le Lion: On To The Fun Stuff!

Celebrities Who Ride

Saturday Video:

Saturday Links from Tipperary

Best wishes for safe, speedy and fun rides for two of EN's West Coast favorites, Hawley and Jen. Photo from Dragonfire Farm's Instagram Best wishes for safe, speedy and fun rides for two of EN's West Coast favorites, Hawley and Jen. Photo from Dragonfire Farm's Instagram

We finally got some rain in Northern California yesterday, which means it is very tempting to stay inside, bundled up in blankets stalking scores on the web all weekend long. In truth, it will be an even better weekend to slosh about in arena puddles, paint jumps in the rain-breaks and body clip fuzzy ponies! With Pau and Fair Hill running this weekend, I am certainly grateful for the unlimited data plan on my phone. Isn’t fall the best? The last bits of evening light are to be savored. We are fast approaching 4:30pm sunsets.

Pau Links: WebsiteRide TimesLive Scores

U.S. Weekend Action:

#DuttaFHI: WebsiteEntriesDraw OrderRide Times, Order of GoLive ScoresYEH ScoresEN’s CoverageTwitterInstagram

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

Ocala Fall Event H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times][Live Scores]

Saturday Links: 

World’s largest combined indoor agricultural fair and equestrian competition set for November 4-13

From HorseNation: Fantasy Farm – If Eventers Ever Make It To Heaven

From the Blogosphere: Diary of a Wimpy Eventer – Cannot Believe What I Am About To Write

Foreign Quality and Bradley Cooper Rule The Day at the 2016 East Coast Young Event Horse Championships

Legislative Watch: New Soring Rules Under Scrutiny

American Farrier Association Funds Equine Stem Cell Research Grant

Saturday Video: 

How about a Fair Hill Helmet Cam?

Saturday Links from Tipperary

0.1 off the lead! Go Lauren Go! 0.1 off the lead! Go Lauren Go!

It’s cross country day at Boekelo! When it comes to events around the world, Boekelo is certainly one of my favorites, just because it’s SUCH a fun word to say. Best wishes for a clear, safe and fantastic ride to Lauren Kieffer who is heading in to cross country day just a breath off the lead. She is literally just 0.1 off the lead. If anyone can pull it off it’s most certainly Lauren.

Boekelo – #MBE16: WebsiteScheduleEntriesDressage Ride TimesLeaderboardLive Stream,  EN’s Coverage@eventingnationInstagram

Events This Weekend:

The Maryland HT at Loch Moy Farm: [Website] [Entry Status][Live Scores]

Spokane Sport Horse Farm Fall HT: [Website] [Live Scores]

Heritage Park HT: [Website] [Live Scores]

The Event at Skyline: [Website] [Live Scores]

Feather Creek HT: [Website] [Live Scores]

Woodside International HT: [Website] [Live Scores]

Middle Tennessee Pony Club HT: [Website][Live Scores]

Course Brook Farm Fall HT: [Website]

WindRidge Farm Fall HT: [Website][Live Scores]

Radnor Hunt HT: [Website] [Entry Status][Live Scores]

Las Cruces HT: [Website] [Live Scores]

Kent School Fall HT: [Website][Live Scores]

Saturday Links: 

Eventing super league gets underway

Young Brit leads at Boekelo

Arrow wound kills Vermont horse

Top BEF Futurity eventing scorers include twins born by embryo transfer

Willow Draw adds CIC*and CCI* to Area V Calendar for 2017

Woodford Reserve and Swingtown Named 2016 West Coast Young Event Horse Champions

Saturday Video: 

Saturday Links from Tipperary

Nothing like bringing home some war-wounds. Heal quickly, Gina! Photo from Gina Economu's Facebook page. Nothing like bringing home some war-wounds. Heal quickly, Gina! Photo from Gina Economu's Facebook page.

It’s been a wild week for one of our West Coast Favorites, Gina Economou. She headed east a short while ago to compete at Morven Park this weekend. Between a trip to New Bolton and a trip to West Chester Emergency, she has kept us all on our toes via Facebook with her regular updates from the road. I’m keeping my fingers and toes crossed that things settle down and are a bit less eventful for her during the competition!

U.S. Weekend Action:

Stoneleigh-Burnham School Fall H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

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

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

Fleur de Leap H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

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

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

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

Saturday Links:

PHC Event College: Bandaging with Max Corcoran

Skyline Eventing brings extreme equestrian sport to Sanpete

Young riders star at national equestrian championships in Thailand

Retired racehorses get second chance from Thoroughbred Rehab Center

HOYS to crack down on riders of unsuitable weight

From Horse Nation: 9 Small Things That Equestrians Find Oddly Satisfying

Saturday Video:

Here’s Gina Economou at Rebecca Farm earlier this year.

Saturday Links from Tipperary

With winter coming, it's time to stock up on socks for the barn! With winter coming, it's time to stock up on socks for the barn!

Hey, EN. Happy weekend! I hope you have something exciting planned. Sadly, I am chained to my office job and will be missing the festivities at Twin Rivers this weekend. On the upside, it does mean that I might luck in to some quiet time at the barn to get some painting in. With William Fox-Pitt coming to Dragonfire Farm later this year, it is certainly time to refresh some of the jumps. I’m not sure what it is, but painting jumps has the same meditative quality for me that body clipping a horse does. Part art, part labor-of-love, all relaxing. Time to find my painting duds and get to it.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

Larkin Hill H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

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

Surefire H.T. [Website]

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

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

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

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

Saturday Links:

Horses can learn to tell us how they feel (about blankets)

Mid-life crisis? Maybe a horse can help

Barbury Castle Estate to be sold

£200 ‘Pony of a Lifetime’ wipes the floor at National Championships

Whangarei to host New Zealand Pony Club Eventing Championships

British businessman dies in Iceland after failing to admit to horse fall due to insurance fears

Saturday Video:

Colbert is horsing around again.

International Helmet Awareness Saturday Links from Tipperary

One of these may be in my future! Check out all the ventilation on the Tipperary T2. Photo by Lorraine Peachey One of these may be in my future! Check out all the ventilation on the Tipperary T2. Photo by Lorraine Peachey

Happy International Helmet Awareness Day!  Today is a great day to replace yours if it’s more than five years old, has taken a spill or doesn’t fit properly. Or perhaps you don’t need a new helmet, but want something light weight for next summer, in a different color, or in a different style. In honor of IHAD, participating retailers all over the world are having excellent sales on helmets. As any Eventer knows, you need three of everything, so if you’ve been meaning to add a helmet for a specific phase, today’s the day!

If you buy a helmet in-store today, consider asking a retail associate to help you check the fit. Most sellers are trained in fitting and sizing, which can not only ensure your comfort but also your safety. A properly fitting helmet should be snug equally all the way around your head (not just side to side or front to back), and when you wiggle the brim, your forehead should move with the helmet. If it slides up and down independent of your skin, it’s too big. Now you know!

#PlantationField: WebsiteEntriesRide TimesCompetitor ScheduleGeneral ScheduleLive ScoringUSEF NetworkEN’s CoverageTwitterInstagram

U.S. Weekend Action:

GMHA September Horse Trials H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

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

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

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

Stone Gate Farm H.T. [Website] [Live Scores] [Live Scores]

Colorado Horse Park 3D & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Saturday Links:

Entries Extended: Surefire Farm is still accepting entries through Sunday night for their upcoming Horse Trials 9/24-25! [Surefire Farm]

Riding an animatronic horse while wearing a VR headset is the best of everything

Laytown Strand: The Magical Horse Race Where Life’s A Beach

EEE Confirmed in Michigan Horse

Ohio confirms first case of WNV in a horse in 2016

New senior community in Tucson to include horse therapy

Saturday Video: If you’re looking for a lightweight helmet, check out the Tipperary Sportage!

Saturday Links from Tipperary

According to Akira Beijing, birdcatcher spots are the hot new fashion trend for the upcoming fall season. According to Akira Beijing, birdcatcher spots are the hot new fashion trend for the upcoming fall season.

Is it fall yet or are we all just so sick of summer that we’re kicking it off early?  I’m not 100 percent sure as I’ve started seeing pumpkin-flavored everything and Halloween decorations here and there, but no Count Chocula cereal yet. On the other hand, a beautiful flurry of emails reminding me about early season blanket sales has already started hitting my inbox, which means it must be getting cold somewhere.

Each email sets off another sleepless night where I wonder if one of the blankets therein will be THE ONE that finally doesn’t rub my pony’s shoulders. My mare has started to get a bit fluffy as the sun starts setting earlier and earlier. She’s also decided to sport some birdcatcher spots this year for some unknown reason.

Body clipping is becoming more and more tempting by the day, though I know it will be more satisfying the longer I wait. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to spend the next seven hours adding and removing blankets to my online shopping cart and being paralyzed with indecision.

Events This Weekend:

Blenheim: WebsiteEntries & ScoringLive StreamEN’s CoverageTwitterInstagram

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

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

Bucks County H.T. [Website] [Ride Times]

Poplar Place Farm September CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Copper Meadows CIC & H.T. [Website] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Aspen Farms H.T. [Website] [Ride Times & Live Scores]

Chardon Valley H.T. [Website] [Ride Times & Live Scores]

Dreamcrest September H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

Saturday Links:

Where Do Riders Have to Finish at Blenheim to Win £30,000 Event Rider Masters Title?

NZ Eventing’s Proving Ground Sets Kiwi Stars on Path to Glory

Claire Lomas to Complete Great North Run Live on BBC

Blind Rescue Horse Makes Unique Bond

Nevada Wild Horse Population in State of Emergency?

Caisson Horses Given New Homes After Arlington Duties

Dwarf Billy Goat Busts Out Clydesdale Best Friend from Paddock

EN reader Teresa Johnson is asking that all fellow fans take a moment to vote for SCARE (South Carolina Awareness and Rescue for Equines Inc.) in the $10,000 Rescue Your Rescue Photo Contest presented by Tractor Supply Company. Voting closes tomorrow and SCARE needs our help to win much needed funds to continue their important equine rescue work in South Carolina. Click here to vote.

Saturday Video: 

Saturday Links from Tipperary

Libby Head and Hannah LoChiatto stand at Cottesmore Leap for scale. Photo by Katherine LoChiatto. Libby Head and Hannah LoChiatto stand at Cottesmore Leap for scale. Photo by Katherine LoChiatto.

So much to do and watch this weekend! From some local activities to the AECs and the action across the pond at Burghley, I’m not quite sure what to do with myself. There is a very good possibility that I won’t be leaving the computer since there is so much I’d like to keep up with. However, I have heard that some of my favorite food trucks will be showing up at Woodland Stallion Station and it’s hard to say no to food truck grub. Yum.

While Burghley cross country is being shown on a delay around the world (starting at 8 a.m. EST in the U.S.), Samantha Clark is live tweeting @eventingnation, and we have the live Twitter feed embedded right on the EN homepage so you can follow along.

#LRBHT: WebsiteEntries, XC Ride TimesLive ScoresBurghley TVEN’s CoverageTwitter@samanthalclarkInstagram

U.S. Weekend Action:

Nutrena USEA American Eventing ChampionshipsWebsiteScheduleRides Times & Live ScoresLive StreamEN’s CoverageTwitterInstagram

Seneca Valley Pony Club H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Silverwood Farm Fall H.T. [Website] [Ride Times]

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

Kentucky Classique H.T. [Website] [Ride Times]

OHTA Championships at Oakhurst Farm [Website] [Ride Times]

Saturday Links:

AEC Cross Country Success Continues on Day Two

Girl Succeeds on Donated Horse After Losing Hers in a Fire

First Champions Crowned at the 2016 AEC

Antipodeans and Age Dominate Dressage at Burghley

Horse Transport Risks Under Scrutiny in Australian Study

Tropical Storms Challenges Florida Horses, Owners

One Horse Eliminated in Burghley Dressage in Controversial Decision

Saturday Video:

Saturday Links from Tipperary

Rise Against (Ecko) is unimpressed by his midnight journey from Holland to England. Photo from Bunnie Sexton's Facebook Page Rise Against (Ecko) is unimpressed by his midnight journey from Holland to England. Photo from Bunnie Sexton's Facebook Page

Sometimes there’s so much going on it makes your head spin. My Facebook feed is filled with all sorts of awesomeness from around Eventerland. The awesomeness runs the gamut from new gear and new ponies to move-up preparations after a solid season. Some of my biggest smiles come from seeing the adventures of all of our West Coast favorites who have taken flight and gone across the pond for some fun. With any luck they’ll show the Europeans how we do it on the Best Coast.

Main Events This Weekend:

Richland Park: WebsiteScheduleRide TimesLive ScoresEN’s CoverageInstagram

Blair Castle Links: WebsiteEntriesResultsERM RankingsLive Stream

Millstreet Links: WebsiteEntriesRide Times & Results, Live XC CommentaryFacebook

U.S. Weekend Action:

Richland Park: [Website] [Schedule] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Town Hill Farm H.T. [Website]

Huntington Farm H.T. [Website]

Loudoun Hunt Pony Club H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

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

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

Shepherd Ranch SYVPC H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Caber Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Windy Wyoming H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Saturday Links: 

Behind the Scenes After Big Star’s Homecoming

AEC Family Affair: Three Generations of Beshears to Compete for National Titles

You Know You Own a Thoroughbred When … 

University of Melbourne Vets Aim to Improve Racehorse Safety

Burghley first-timers: 21-year-old Imogen Gloag — ‘It’s a dream come true’

How to Protect Your Horse from West Nile Virus

Saturday Video:

Saturday Links from Tipperary

Some late summer fun! Photo from Jennie Kreutzkamp Duke's Facebook page Some late summer fun! Photo from Jennie Kreutzkamp Duke's Facebook page

As I sit here listening to my neighbors engage in some weekend construction, I find myself all too aware that summer time is drawing to a close. All of the back to school commercials are in full effect, and I even saw my first Spirit Halloween Store a few days ago. As much as I love the cooler weather that fall brings, I hate the loss of all the freedom that summer time offers. This weekend is the perfect weekend to get out and enjoy it just a little longer. Before you know it we’ll all be bundled up in quarter sheets and long underwear. At least we have body clipping booty art to look forward to.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

Waredaca Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

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

Saturday Links: 

Hungry gang butchers thoroughbred

Horse owner says horrific conditions at transport company killed horse 

Jackson resident befriends wild horse for wild horse makeover

Horse rescue leader embezzled money from program

Ron Paolucci thinks his horse will win the Pacific Classic 

Amish teen charged with driving horse while intoxicated

Saturday Video: Throwback to that time our Olympic bronze medalist catch rode Trading Aces