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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: 

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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:

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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

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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

Saturday Links from Tipperary

240 Forever. Andrey Mitin after his tough XC trip at the Olympics. 240 Forever. Andrey Mitin after his tough XC trip at the Olympics.

Yes, the eventing portion of the Olympics is over and we know how it shook out in the end. There is still plenty of dressage and show jumping to watch in the coming days, but I don’t think I will see anything that makes me smirk as much as Russian rider Andrey Mitin did. There’s some small comfort in knowing that we have to deal with many of the same #eventerproblems, like left over number-residue in our pinneys, around the world and at every level.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

GMHA Festival of Eventing August H.T. [Website] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Fair Hill August H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

WindRidge Farm Summer H.T. [Website]

Erie Hunt and Saddle Club H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

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

The Summer Event at Woodside H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

Stanton Farms H.T. [Website] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Area VII Young Rider Benefit H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

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

Saturday Links: 

Trailer stolen from TIEC discovered in Asheville, NC

In the fight for horse health, the battleground can be a mare’s body

Using Draft horses in the 21st Century

America’s War Horse

Woman accused of taking saddles valued at over $6000 

Evidence of horse protein residues found on stone age tools 

Saturday Video: The Pink Panther has some troubles with his mount.

Saturday Links from Tipperary

Who is this mystery man? Who is this mystery man?

How about a little Saturday morning fun for you guys with today’s lead photo? Just who is this dapper chap, looking rather at home in his western attire? All will be revealed in due time. For now, leave your guesses in the comments below! Eternal glory and praise from Chinch for those that are correct!

U.S. Weekend Preview:

#NAJYRC2016: WebsiteScheduleDressage Order of GoIndividual ScoresTeam ScoresEN’s Coverage

USPC National Championship H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Times]

Horse Park of New Jersey II H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Hunt Club Farms H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Saturday Links: 

Just so we’re clear, you’re not doing anything next weekend, right? The only conceivable thing you can be doing is tuning in to the Olympics, EVEN if you’re competing. For goodness sake, get your schedule set! Jenni knows all the things about Rio, and how to watch it from home. She’ll be covering the event and risking the Zika for you. [How To Watch Olympic Eventing]

Watch a horse in a pink Hello Kitty Mask save Japan

‘Cupcake’ the horse saved from muddy waters in two hour rescue ordeal

It’s so hot that horse manure spontaneously burst in to flames in upstate New York

Can’t nobody hold them down: Laura Graves and Diddy head to Rio

Karen Donley wins Tevis Cup

Saratoga Springs officer makes a coffee run on his horse

Saturday Video: Lets get burritos.

Saturday Links from Tipperary

Courtesy of Rebecca Farms Facebook page. Courtesy of Rebecca Farms Facebook page.

I have been tied to my phone for the better part of three days. If I’m not refreshing scores from Rebecca Farm, I’m in the middle of a flurry of texts back and forth about how all of my West Coast friends are doing in Big Sky Country. I’m certainly sad that I missed it this year, but there’s always the next one around. As they said on The Sort of OK Show About Horses with Buck and Kyle recently, Rebecca Farm just keeps getting bigger and better each year. One of these years I’ll don a maroon pinney myself and gallop through the canola fields.

North American Weekend Action:

Rebecca Farm: WebsiteScheduleRide Times & Live ScoresRide On Video Live StreamEN’s CoverageTwitterEN’s Instagram

Fitch’s Corner H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

Full Moon Farm H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

Silverwood Farm Summer H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

Grandview Summer H.T.  [Website] [Live Scores]

Saturday Links:

Horse owners sue ADM Feeds, alleging feed was contaminated

Horse trainer Thomas McCarthy dies at age 82

The hoof and foot race that pits humans against horses

An abandoned, saddled horse was found in a British forest

Return of horse racing to Brockton Fairgrounds is dealt a blow by gaming commission

Eden horse farm headed to auction

Saturday Video:

Saturday Links from Tipperary

Bid on Lauren Kieffer's hand-painted boot to support Brooke USA! Photo courtesy of Lisa Curry Mair. Bid on Lauren Kieffer's hand-painted boot to support Brooke USA! Photo courtesy of Lisa Curry Mair.

Remember this gorgeous bit of artwork? It can be yours! Featuring Lauren Kieffer and painted by Lisa Curry Mair, it is being auctioned to benefit Brooke USA and their “Give a Donkey a Drink” campaign. This wonderful organization is the world’s largest international equine welfare charity that aids millions of working horses, donkeys and mules around the world.

Brooke USA’s project, “Buy a Donkey a Drink,” is raising support to construct five permanent water troughs in the Shala Woreda district of Ethiopia to ease the suffering of the 11,500 working horses, donkeys and mules in the region. This project will reduce the mortality rate of working equines in this area by an estimated 45 percent. This is just one example of Brooke USA’s extremely important work to help equines around the world. Now you can support the organization by bidding on Lauren Kieffer’s beautiful hand-painted Tucci boot. The painting, entitled “Patrick and Lauren at Rolex” depicts Lauren and Landmark’s Monte Carlo on their way to winning the Land Rover Ride of the Day at Rolex this year.  All proceeds from the auction will benefit Brooke USA. The auction ends August 6th and you can bid online. Get yourself some art and do a good deed in the process. [Auction Information]

#GMI2016: WebsiteScheduleLive ScoresLive StreamEN’s CoverageTwitterEN’s Instagram@samanthalclark

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Huntington Farm H.T. [Website]

Old Chatham H.T. [Website]

The Maryland at Loch Moy H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Great Meadow FEI Nations Cup CIC [Website] [Entry Status] [Schedule]

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

Roebke’s Run H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

40th Annual Whidbey Island H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Round Top H.T. [Website]

Coconino Summer I H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Saturday Links: 

Charges filed in 40 horse seizure case in Virginia

Crews respond to fire at horse riding facility in Medway, Massachusetts

North Carolina owner seeks justice for horse killed by gunfire

Utah horse owners encouraged to take precautions against WNV

The wildly beautiful Icelandic Horse is also a wildly successful act of branding

Horse survives after falling out of trailer on I-91

Saturday Video: I’ll just leave this here.

Saturday Links from Tipperary

She may be 14, but she still acts like she's 5. She may be 14, but she still acts like she's 5.
Happy 14th Birthday to my funny little mare. There’s nothing quite like getting older with a horse that has seen you through the good times and the bad. While most of Team DF is off at Twin Rivers for a Combined Test and some last cross country schools before Rebecca Farm, I’ll be spending the morning sitting in the grass at the barn. Jing and I will have our usual mostly silent discussions about the number of cookies that remain in my pockets and then likely go for a trail ride before the sun becomes unbearable. Life has it’s ups and downs, but it’s nice to stop and celebrate once in a while – even if it’s quietly.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Horse Park of New Jersey I H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

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

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

Saturday Links: 

Man busted for riding horse on Outerbridge Crossing to face judge

Los Angeles Police Department Commander alleges retaliation after leak of agency’s purchase of horse owned by chief’s daughter

FFA/4H members enjoying county fair

Breeder’s Cup winning trainer accused of abusing horses

Girl flown to safety after being thrown from her horse in Mount Diablo park

Suffolk, VA horse tests positive for EEE

Saturday Video: Helmet Cam+Jamz = A good way to kick off the weekend.

Saturday Links from Tipperary

Rebecca Farm in the Flathead Valley. Photo by Chesna Klimek. Rebecca Farm in the Flathead Valley. Photo by Chesna Klimek.

Hard to believe it but we’re already halfway through June. That means The Event at Rebecca Farm is creeping closer and closer, day by day. With time ticking down, we’re left with just a couple of weeks to make all of those pre-Rebecca purchases. There’s nothing quite like buying yourself something new before a big show, whether it’s a sparkling white Dressage pad, some new cross-country boots or even a new cross country vest in custom colors!

Luhmühlen Links: WebsiteOrders of GoCCI4* Live ScoresCIC3* Live ScoresCourse PreviewFacebookTwitter

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Great Vista H.T. [Website]

Seneca Valley H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

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

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

Silverwood Farm Spring H.T. [Website]

Golden Spike H.T. [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Saturday Links:

New children’s horse festival coming to New Jersey this weekend

Tepid tops list of Horse of the Year candidates

Rockport horse rescue set to close

Painted horse defaced outside restaurant

Montclair’s iconic horse Rocky passes away

Horse Sport Ireland rejects rumor that Greg Broderick’s horse is ineligible to compete for Ireland at Olympics

Saturday Video: It’s time to start ramping up for The Event at Rebecca Farm! Here’s last year’s course walk.

Saturday Links from Tipperary

Horse Expo 2014 - Erin Critz, Stephanie Nicora and Hayley Sullivan - Demo riders for Gina Miles. Horse Expo 2014 - Erin Critz, Stephanie Nicora and Hayley Sullivan - Demo riders for Gina Miles.

I love tack swaps. Shopping for that special find is always fun and they are a sporadic resource for my beloved rust breeches. I’m up to six pairs at last count, thank you very much. This weekend isn’t a tack swap, it is something much grander. It is Horse Expo weekend here in Northern California. Two years ago, fellow EN writer Stephanie Nicora, Hayley Sullivan and I had the good fortune to be demo riders for Gina Miles. It was a very unique experience — not quite a clinic and not entirely a performance either. This year’s clinicians really aren’t my style, but the shopping always is. Off to go in search of free samples galore, and probably some horse cookies as well. If you’re there and you see me in my EN polo shirt, say hi!

Weekend Action:

Bromont CCI: WebsiteEntriesScheduleDressage Ride TimesLive Scores,  EN’s CoverageTwitterInstagram

Bramham: WebsiteLive ScoresRide TimesEvent Rider MastersERM Live Stream

Valinor Farm H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

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

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

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

River Glen June H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

Roebke’s Run CCI, CIC & H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

Queeny Park H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

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

Copper Meadows H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

Aspen Farms H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

Derbyshire Farms H.T. [Website]

Saturday Links:

It’s a new tourist-friendly era at Kentucky’s famed horse farms

Missing horse reunited with owner

Pennsylvania horse catches a ride in a mini-van

Horses taken from Peaceable Farm seized again from horse rescue

Horse ‘plays dead’ in funny video

North Carolina 9th grader earns her varsity letter from USEF

Saturday Video:

Belmont Weekend means it’s time to watch this and get a little choked up.

Saturday Links from Tipperary

Refreshments at Camelot! Refreshments at Camelot!

Hot. Brain melting. Words too hard. 105+ degrees. Send ice. Shade. Functional air-conditioning. Anything. In all seriousness, my air-conditioner died on the first truly scorching day of summer and it has been miserable. Fortunately, someone is on the way this afternoon to fix it. Better yet, the bar is open at Camelot Equestrian Park and they have Strawberry Daiquiris this year. I’m not above driving two hours to see friends rock around the cross-country course while I sip on a frosty adult beverage.  Actually, I sense a party in the making. Now, where’s my sunscreen?

U.S. Weekend Action:

Tattersalls Links: WebsiteEntriesRide TimesLive ScoresScheduleLive Stream@Tatts2016

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

Genesee Valley Riding & Driving Club Spring H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

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

Poplar Place Farm June H.T. [Website] [Entry Status][Live Scores]

Camelot Equestrian Horse Park H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

IEA H.T. & N/T3D [Website] [Live Scores]

Colorado Horse Park CCI/CIC & H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

Saturday Links: 
Big happenings at The Colorado Horse Park! CHP is set to host the first event of their season this week, welcoming the FEI CCI 2*/ 1* presented by Adequan®, FEI CIC 2* and Horse Trials! This also marks the first annual Cross Country Family Festival at the facility, beginning today. It is free to the general public, running from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., offering family entertainment and activities throughout the day.  CHP also has a High Point Series for riders competing in BN, N, T and P at the venue during the season. Come check out the revamped cross country course that CHP and James Atkinson put so much work in to over the off-season. For more information please visit www.coloradohorsepark.com.
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Just another day at the office for Alliston Equestrian!

When it’s 92 degrees in the Sacramento Valley, what do eventers do? Head for The Spring Event at Woodside and the Preliminary Challenge! This year is shaping up to be a banner year for the event. Your overnight leaders in the Challenge Divisions are Ruth Bley aboard her own Rodrigue Du Granit in the Rider division with a 30.4 and Kimberly Steinbuch and En Vogue in the Horse division with a 28.6.

Both Ruth and Kimberly will have to bring their A-game tomorrow. Ruth is currently less than a point in front of Lauren Henry and CTR Stoney Creek and Delaney Vaden and RedRox Jazzman, who are tied for second on a dressage score of 31.3. In the Horse division, Kimberly will have to be especially accurate on the cross country course as she cannot afford a single penalty point. She maintains her lead over James Alliston by a mere tenth of a point. Yow! A very exciting weekend indeed.

U.S. Weekend Action:

Mystic Valley Hunt Club H.T. [Website]

Virginia CCI, CIC, & H.T. [Website] [Ride Times] [FEI Divisions Live Scores] [HT Live Scores]

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

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

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

The Spring Event at Woodside H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

Equestrians Institute H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

May-Daze at the Park H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

Coconino Spring H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

Saturday Links:

Jon Stewart, wife adopt abused horse found spattered with paint

Helmet saves girl when horse lands on top of her

Kentucky Horse Park gets new executive director

Balmoral Park to reopen as show jumping venue

Man injured, horses killed in Minnesota fire

Photos capture moment horse wanders in to a bar

Saturday Video: Winner of last year’s Preliminary Challenge in the Rider division, Tristen Hooks

Saturday Links from Tipperary

Foal face off! Photo by William Micklem. Foal face off! Photo by William Micklem.

William Micklem sent in these lovely photos of foals born in the past month at Hartwell Stud in Co. Kildare, Ireland, where Jackaroo and Cruising Encore, a clone of the legendary Cruising, both stand. “The black colt on the left is just three weeks old and the bay filly on the right just one week,” William said. “Little do these two exceptional traditional Irish foals realize that they belong to two of the best event horse families in the world.”

The colt is by Cruising Encore. Cruising needs no introduction, having sired top four-star horses like Mr. Medicott, Mr. Cruise Control and Harbour Pilot, as well as the Grand Prix jumping superstar Flexible. The filly is by Jackaroo, a full brother of Mandiba and High Kingdom. Even better, her dam is a three-fourths sister to Mr. Cruise Control. We’re excited to follow along with these two youngsters!

U.S. Weekend Action:

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

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

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

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

Spokane Sport Horse Farm Spring H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

CCC Spring Gulch H.T. [Website] [Ride Times]

Saturday Links:

Mia Tindall, age 2, has already started riding

Preakness notes on each horse entered

Lily looks like a different horse than the one people saw with a paintball spattered coat

Neglected by last home, horse reunites with original owners

Sargent helps corral run away horse on Chisago County highway

Meet 14 Billionaires in the world of horse racing

Saturday Video: More foal cuteness

Saturday Links from Tipperary

This should be the first fence for every course. Photo from Mid-Atlantic Equitation Festival on Facebook This should be the first fence for every course. Photo from Mid-Atlantic Equitation Festival on Facebook
Today is going to be a long, hot day. It will be fun though – or at least that is what I’m planning on telling myself at 4:30am when my alarm goes off so that I can braid my BFF’s horse while she hooks up the trailer to head on over to Woodland Stallion Station. Today will also be a bit of a novelty. You see, we don’t have a whole lot of one days on the West Coast. Even though I originally hail from Hunter/Jumper land, where multiple rides in a day for multiple days in a row is de rigueur, I find that I’ve gotten rather used to the notion of “Ride Dressage on Friday, then drink heavily prepare for Cross Country”. Better pack an extra Red Bull or five.
Events This Weekend:

Hitching Post Farm H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

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

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

Mill Creek Pony Club H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

Galway Downs Spring H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

Woodland Stallion Station H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

Winona H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

Saturday Links:

Kentucky Equine Research and EN are teaming up to host the Great KER Fitness Challenge this spring! Download the free KER ClockIt Sport app for your phone and record your rides for a chance to win a $100 gift card to shop.kerx.com, an EcoGold Secure XC Saddle Pad, a lesson with your choice of Bruce Davidson, Liz Halliday-Sharp, or Dom or Jimmie Schramm; and a feature story about you and your horse on EN. Entries close May 31! [Contest Details]

Spoiler Alert: Tina Belcher of Bob’s Burgers FINALLY gets to ride a horse in this week’s episode and it’s magical

Wisconsin horse tests positive for EHV-1

Queen Elizabeth II gets a Tesco gift card when her horse wins at the Royal Windsor Horse Show

BLM Boss: Wild horse program facing future 1billion dollar budget crisis

Oklahoma horse industry leaders pushing back against governor’s sales tax plan

Saturday Video:

Saturday Links from Tipperary

A champion needs his rest. Photo from Michael Jung's Facebook page A champion needs his rest. Photo from Michael Jung's Facebook page

This year’s Badminton is shaping up to be one for the history books. Yes, we are all waiting to see if Michael Jung makes history and takes the Grand Slam, but more history may be made as well. Alice Dundston and Fernhill Present are on track to be the only horse and rider pair to complete all of the 4* events in the world together. Pair Badminton with the Kentucky Derby today and it’s going to be a fantastic weekend for horse-related activities!

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

King Oak Farm Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

MCTA H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Heart of the Carolinas 3D & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

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

Penny Oaks H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Saturday Links:

Hoping to watch Badminton action this weekend? If you’re in the states, you’ll need the free live stream link (or an FEI TV subscription), iron will and strong coffee to wake up that early, but that will give you total access to the weekend’s events. (All times below are Eastern Standard Time.) [FEI TV] [Free Live Stream]

  • Saturday May 7: 7:20 am – 1:00 pm cross-country
  • Sunday May 8: 7:20 am (morning session) and 10:35 am (top 20 riders) show jumping

McDonald’s customer driving horse and cart films battle to get drive-thru service and blasts ‘racist’ staff

Reddit asks: “What if Hodor is a horse?”

Wanna win The Kentucky Derby? Get your horse born on January 1st

Upon further review, Nyquist is the horse to beat in the Kentucky Derby

Movie review: A ‘Dark Horse’ in the elite world of British horse racing

Kentucky Derby horse or Hipster band?

Saturday Video: On their way to making history – Alice Dundson and Fernhill Present

Sunday Links from One K Helmets

Pride of the PNW, Maya Black and Doesn't Play Fair head in to the final day in 4th place. Photo from Maya Black Eventing on Facebook Pride of the PNW, Maya Black and Doesn't Play Fair head in to the final day in 4th place. Photo from Maya Black Eventing on Facebook

Today should be an exciting day of show jumping! Michael Jung is absolutely DOMINATING the competition — we probably could have just handed him the watch as he finished that dressage test — however, it is worth pointing out that we might have someone with West Coast roots on the podium.

Even though Maya Black took off for the East Coast in January of 2014, she still hails from the Pacific Northwest and has a significant cheering section on this side of the country. One other West Coast ex-pat, Matt Brown, is in striking distance of the top 10 and positioned to finish as the top Rolex Rookie.

#RK3DE: WebsiteScheduleXC Ride TimesLive StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s Rolex GuideEN Tailgate InfoTwitterInstagram

U.S. Weekend Action:

University of New Hampshire Spring H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

Loudoun Hunt Pony Club Spring H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

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

Sunday Links and Info:

Want to win an exclusive clinic with Tamie Smith at your farm? If you’re attending Rolex, there is still time to enter our Inaugural Rolex Scavenger Hunt, presented by Fleeceworks. Please review the rules before entering, and you can enter by emailing your team members and Instagram usernames to [email protected] Sign up soon — you want to have enough time to complete the tasks! [Fleeceworks Scavenger Hunt]

Who has inspired you throughout your riding career? We’re giving you a chance to recognize the important people in your life with this year’s Tredstep Ireland Pay It Forward challenge. Nominate a friend on Instagram for your chance to win a Solo Pro Show Coat for both you and your nominee! We’ve extended our entry deadline to Sunday, so get those nominations in! [Tredstep Pay It Forward Challenge]

Be sure to follow us on Instagram this weekend (and always, really) for chances to win great prizes from our sponsors each day. We’ll be posting a new daily Instagram challenge each morning, so keep an eye out for your chance to enter. [EN on Instagram]

Horse could only sleep while “holding hands” with her 

Pedigree or Luck? What makes a Triple Crown winner? 

Famous horses that never won a Triple Crown race

Woman reunited with her old 4-H horse after rescue

Striking equine art to brighten up Badminton Horse Trials

Sunday Video: It’s really just a contest for second at this point. Here’s Michael Jung and a younger Fischerrocanna FST from 2014.

Cross Country Saturday Links from Tipperary

Boyd out walking the course with fans. Photo from Taren Hoffos' Facebook page Boyd out walking the course with fans. Photo from Taren Hoffos' Facebook page

Today is the day we’ve all been waiting for. CROSS COUNTRY DAY! Today is of my favorite days of the year. While it isn’t as grand as actually being at the Kentucky Horse Park to witness it live and hang out at the EN Tailgate Party, snuggling up in a blanket with some hot cocoa and a cat is a great way to spend a Saturday morning. I’ve already hooked my MacBook to my flat screen TV in anticipation of the morning’s activities.

#RK3DE: WebsiteScheduleXC Ride TimesLive StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s Rolex GuideEN Tailgate InfoTwitterInstagram

U.S. Weekend Action:

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

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

Want to win an exclusive clinic with Tamie Smith at your farm? If you’re attending Rolex, there is still time to enter our Inaugural Rolex Scavenger Hunt, presented by Fleeceworks. Please review the rules before entering, and you can enter by emailing your team members and Instagram usernames to [email protected] Sign up soon — you want to have enough time to complete the tasks! [Fleeceworks Scavenger Hunt]

Who has inspired you throughout your riding career? We’re giving you a chance to recognize the important people in your life with this year’s Tredstep Ireland Pay It Forward challenge. Nominate a friend on Instagram for your chance to win a Solo Pro Show Coat for both you and your nominee! We’ve extended our entry deadline to Sunday, so get those nominations in! [Tredstep Pay It Forward Challenge]

Congrats to Stephanie Buse, winner of this week’s Fab Freebie! Stephanie has scored herself a pair of GripTek Fullseat Breeches, courtesy of Kerrits. [Fab Freebie]

Be sure to follow us on Instagram this weekend (and always, really) for chances to win great prizes from our sponsors each day. We’ll be posting a new daily Instagram challenge each morning, so keep an eye out for your chance to enter. [EN on Instagram]

More Saturday Links:

Man with suspended license rides horse to make court date

Horse shoeing not a game, but a second career for farrier

What can a doctor learn from a horse?

Saturday Video: Will it be a repeat for Zee Terminator and his bionic super mare?

Sunday Links from One K Helmets

Here's a different Who Jumped It Best! We love this photo of Jennie Jarnstrom hopping over a jump with 4-year-old Jadyn Melvin. Photo by Lisa Madren. Here's a different Who Jumped It Best! We love this photo of Jennie Jarnstrom hopping over a jump with 4-year-old Jadyn Melvin. Photo by Lisa Madren.

It’s hard to believe but this time next week, we’ll be waiting with baited breath to see the best riders in the sport step in to the stadium to tackle the final phase of RK3DE 2016. It’s almost here, and that it will be gone in the blink of an eye. It’s always interesting to me to find out which phase is the most challenging mentally for other eventers.

Personally, I’m the most at ease in the show jumping ring. I was a jumper rider before I was an eventer, so show jumping day always feels like going home. As much as I love watching cross country, the tension that comes when horses and riders are tired and the rails threaten to come down at the lightest tap is my favorite. What about you?

U.S. Weekend Action:

Fair Hill International CIC & H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

Longleaf Pine H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

CHC International CIC & H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

Sporting Days Farm H.T. [Website]

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

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

Retired Racehorse Project is throwing a hoedown after Rolex cross country, and you’ll want to be there.  Hagyard is hosting the hoedown for the benefit of the RRP, where a $50 admission (or $35 for RRP members) will get you an open bar and live music from the Steve Norman & Shades of Grass band. Starting at 6 pm just a few short miles from the Horse Park, the Hoedown promises to provide a full-evening’s worth of entertainment alongside the likes of Phillip Dutton, Rosie Napravnik, Chris McCarron and Graham Motion. [Hoedown for Hagyard] [RRP Rolex Activities]

EN is delighted to host an online auction on behalf of Carolina International for a beautiful custom jump, with proceeds benefitting Hearts 4 Heroes United States. H4HUS provides equine-assisted and canine-assisted therapy to U.S. veterans and active duty military suffering from physical and psychological impairments. [Auction]

Relive all the action of the Cloud 11 ~ Gavilan North LLC Carolina International CIC3* cross country exclusively on EQSports.net. Today and Sunday they are re-airing the entire CIC3* cross country which includes a course overview with Ian Stark and an interview with winner Allison Springer. [EQSports.net]

Does your horse have an inspiring story about coming back from a serious injury or illness? OCD Pellets wants to hear all about it! Send in your rehab to [email protected]for a chance to win an OCD prize pack (2-month supply of OCD Pellets, 1-month supply of COS Canine, and an OCD Pellets hat and T-shirt). Entries close Monday, May 2, 2016, and the story that receives the most views on EN will win. [Contest Details]

Sunday Links:

Alice Dunsdon’s Badminton blog: Trot-up outfit or beach holiday?

How many times has William Fox-Pitt won Rolex Kentucky? Test your knowledge

Horse racing ends its 150 year run in Stockton, California

11 horse books that will make you long for your own

Straight from the horse’s mouth, how equine dentistry can make people shake their heads

Sunday Video: An old one, but still worth a giggle.

Saturday Links from Tipperary

All roads lead to rolex. Photo by Samantha Clark All roads lead to rolex. Photo by Samantha Clark

And they’re off! Over the past few days Facebook has been starting to fill up with photos of trucks, trailers and even airplanes filled with horses bound for Rolex. Next weekend is sure to be an exciting weekend whether you are live in Lexington or simply joining us online.

I am planning on recreating my Rolex Viewing Station from last year, which means hooking up my MacBook Pro to the TV in my living room and parking myself there from Thursday onward. I just have to make a quick run for some snacks on Wednesday night and I’m all set. How will you be watching Rolex?

U.S. Weekend Action:

Fair Hill International CIC & H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

Longleaf Pine H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

CHC International CIC & H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

Sporting Days Farm H.T. [Website]

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

Holly Hill Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Saturday Links:

Retired Racehorse Project is throwing a hoedown after Rolex cross country, and you’ll want to be there.  Hagyard is hosting the hoedown for the benefit of the RRP, where a $50 admission (or $35 for RRP members) will get you an open bar and live music from the Steve Norman & Shades of Grass band. Starting at 6 p.m. just a few short miles from the horse park, the Hoedown promises to provide a full-evening’s worth of entertainment alongside Phillip Dutton, Rosie Napravnik, Chris McCarron and Graham Motion. [Hoedown for Hagyard] [RRP Rolex Activities]

EN is delighted to host an online auction on behalf of Carolina International for a beautiful custom jump, with proceeds benefitting Hearts 4 Heroes United States. H4HUS provides equine-assisted and canine-assisted therapy to U.S. veterans and active duty military suffering from physical and psychological impairments. [Auction]

Relive all the action of the Cloud 11 ~ Gavilan North LLC Carolina International CIC3* cross country exclusively on EQSports.net. Today and Sunday they are re-airing the entire CIC3* cross country which includes a course overview with Ian Stark and an interview with winner Allison Springer. [EQSports.net]

Does your horse have an inspiring story about coming back from a serious injury or illness? OCD Pellets wants to hear all about it! Send in your rehab to [email protected] for a chance to win an OCD prize pack (2-month supply of OCD Pellets, 1-month supply of COS Canine, and an OCD Pellets hat and T-shirt). Entries close Monday, May 2, 2016, and the story that receives the most views on EN will win. [Contest Details]

Saturday Links:

Google Street View Car spooks horse, moment saved forever

Shine the miniature horse gets a new hoof thanks to CSU

Non-profit therapy horse farm works for disabled children

Firefighters yank fake horse out of the mud

Saturday Video: Don’t miss the latest episode of the Buck and Kyle Show!

Sunday Links from One K Helmets

Winner winner! Gret Bourton winner of the Open Intermediate at Twin Rivers. Photo from Bec Braitling's Facebook page Winner winner! Gret Bourton winner of the Open Intermediate at Twin Rivers. Photo from Bec Braitling's Facebook page

 Lots of fabulous things are happening for Bec Braitling. In addition to her recent acquisition of Dinero, her other ride Great Bourton took home top honors in the Open Intermediate at Twin Rivers. The weather this weekend has been absolutely beautiful and it’s no secret that I’m super jealous of all the fun being had down at Twin Rivers Ranch. If I had any sense, I’d have driven down on Friday and stayed the weekend. Best wishes for good rides for those of you competing today.

U.S. Weekend Action:

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

Ocala 3-Day Festival CCI & H.T. [Website] [Live Scores][Live Scores]

FENCE H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Twin Rivers CCI, CIC, & H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

St. Johns H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

Sunday Links:

Does your horse have an inspiring story about coming back from a serious injury or illness? OCD Pellets wants to hear all about it! Send in your rehab to [email protected] for a chance to win an OCD prize pack (2-month supply of OCD Pellets, 1-month supply of COS Canine, and an OCD Pellets hat and T-shirt). Entries close Monday, May 2, 2016, and the story that receives the most views on EN will win. [Contest Details]

Gift horse returns to Dakota city for an emotional visit

University of Minnesota vet student forms special bond with horse

Horse put down, two jockeys hurt in racing accident

Bergen county horse rescue group gains crucial non-profit status

Red carpet welcomes equine stats of ‘Odysseo’ to Sandy

Sunday Video:

Saturday Links from Tipperary

Gettin' it done! Taylor McFall is cleaning stalls at Twin Rivers to help raise money to fund her show season. Photo from Earl and Jen McFall's Facebook page Gettin' it done! Taylor McFall is cleaning stalls at Twin Rivers to help raise money to fund her show season. Photo from Earl and Jen McFall's Facebook page

One of the things that I love most about our sport and horses in general is that there’s always more to learn and do. Due to the sheer scope of the subject-that-is-horse, you can learn something new every single day and still not know everything at the end of your days. There’s also something very special about the work ethic that horses seem to instill in everyone that would call themselves a horse person. Eventing adds a certain scrappiness and a ‘get-it-done-whatever-the-challenge’ attitude to that work ethic. One of my favorite kids, Taylor McFall, is calling on that work ethic this weekend at Twin Rivers where you can find her cleaning stalls to raise funds for her show season with Kilbarry Prince.

U.S. Weekend Action:

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

Ocala 3-Day Festival CCI & H.T. [Website] [Live Scores][Live Scores]

FENCE H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Twin Rivers CCI, CIC, & H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

St. Johns H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

Saturday Links:

Does your horse have an inspiring story about coming back from a serious injury or illness? OCD Pellets wants to hear all about it! Send in your rehab to [email protected] for a chance to win an OCD prize pack (2-month supply of OCD Pellets, 1-month supply of COS Canine, and an OCD Pellets hat and T-shirt). Entries close Monday, May 2, 2016, and the story that receives the most views on EN will win. [Contest Details]

Meet the Yogi who does yoga on her horse

Meet the wee residents of the Banks Miniature Horse Farm

Racehorse named Horsey McHorseFace

Midwest Horse Fair offers everything

Arizona horse owner charged with animal cruelty

American Horse Council names former Julie Broadway as President

Saturday Video: It’s almost time!

Sunday Links from One K Helmets

What a cutie! TS Jamaimo looking sharp after winter. From Chris Burton's Facebook page What a cutie! TS Jamaimo looking sharp after winter. From Chris Burton's Facebook page

I’m a Facebook addict. I’m waiting anxiously for all of the on-the-road-to-Rolex Facebook posts to start going up. I think that those posts are some of my favorite parts of the whole Rolex season, just after all of the entry-form photos. One of the other kinds of posts I absolutely love are the ones where we get to see superstars at rest, looking happy and well loved. I can’t lie, I’ve always been a fan of TS Jamaimo and to see him looking sharp after a winter makes me grin.

U.S. Weekend Action:

The Fork CIC & H.T. [Website] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

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

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

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

Saturday Links:

Does your horse have an inspiring story about coming back from a serious injury or illness? OCD Pellets wants to hear all about it! Send in your rehab to [email protected]for a chance to win an OCD prize pack (2-month supply of OCD Pellets, 1-month supply of COS Canine, and an OCD Pellets hat and T-shirt). Entries close Monday, May 2, 2016, and the story that receives the most views on EN will win. [Contest Details]

Deputy horse starts new life with Washoe County Sheriff’s mounted unit

Animal cruelty investigation underway in California after horse found dead on Southern California street (Contains censored, but potentially disturbing image)

Horse poo helps unravel the mystery of Hannibal’s route through the Alps

Grand National: Four horses dead in first two days of Aintree event

From JumperNation: Welcome to the 2016 Longines Global Champions Tour

Sunday Video: Can we get some beach-side Eventing action?  Please?