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Originally from San Diego, Jenni discovered eventing thanks to the Bedford Hunt Pony Club in Virginia. After working in both newspapers and magazines, she joined the EN team in 2012. She travels extensively covering the U.S. Eventing Team and has reported at the Olympic Games, World Equestrian Games, Pan American Games, and every CCI4* in the Northern Hemisphere. As to her favorite event, it’s a toss-up between Aachen and Boekelo. She lives with her husband and three cats in Pennsylvania.

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Michael Jung Will Not Compete at Kentucky Three-Day Event in 2019

Michael Jung and fischerRocana FST at Kentucky 2017. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

If you were hoping to see three-time winner Michael Jung at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event this year, we can sadly confirm that he will not be competing. Michael shared the news on Instagram this morning.

Michael and wonder mare fischerRocana FST won Kentucky for three consecutive years in 2015, 2016 and 2017, before finishing second last year to Oliver Townend and Cooley Master Class to end the streak. Rocana joins Winsome Adante and Avebury as the only other horse to win three times at the same five-star venue.

Will Oliver Townend return to Kentucky this year to defend his title? Will an American win the event for the first time since 2008? We are just 64 days away from the first horse inspection. Keep it locked on EN for everything you need to know in the lead-up to Kentucky.

If you haven’t purchased your tickets yet, what are you even doing with your life? Buy tickets here.

Go Eventing.

Monday News & Notes from Fleeceworks

If you’re anything like me, you struggle to do one clean flying change at any given time, much less five on a diagonal in a dressage test. On that note, we’re sending three cheers to Liz Halliday-Sharp for tackling her first Prix St. Georges with Fernhill By Night on Saturday at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida. The test requires four-tempis and three-tempis — 10 flying changes in all. Consider this your #MondayMotivation — get out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself.

National Holiday: National Drink Wine Day (Editor’s Note: I was born ready for this.)

U.S. Weekend Results:

Rocking Horse Winter II H.T. [Final Scores]

Paradise Farm H.T. [Final Scores]

Fresno County Horse Park CCI & H.T. [Final Scores]

Your Monday News & Notes:

The 2019 USEA Educational Symposium kicks off today at Grand Oaks Resort in Weirsdale, Florida. Maxime Livio, WEG team bronze medalist for France and five-star winner, is teaching the USEA Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) portion of the symposium with dressage lessons today, followed by show jumping and cross country lessons tomorrow. Follow the link for the full two-day schedule, and stay tuned for EN’s coverage. [ICP Schedule with Maxime Livio]

Sir Mark Todd is returning to racehorse training for Eminent’s campaign in Australia, including his race against unbeaten super mare Winx. Eminent’s owner, New Zealand Bloodstock principal Sir Peter Vela, has also owned event horses for Mark. The horse is now in quarantine at Newmarket in preparation to fly to Australia on Feb. 28. [Eventing’s Mark Todd to take on Winx in new racing venture]

As horse owners, we agonize over the best care to provide for our hard-working equine athletes. Luckily, Dr. Lydia Gray, SmartPak’s staff veterinarian and medical director, is available to answer any veterinary questions you might have each month in the #AsktheVetVideo series. Follow the link to submit a question for April’s video. [Ask your horse health questions for the April 2019 Ask the Vet video!]

Best of Humans of Eventing

“Will I get penalized for throwing up on the jump?”

Overheard during a course walk

Monday Video:

ICYMI — Hannah Sue Burnett is now campaigning Leo Distinction, Blyth Tait’s former four-star ride. Check out their dressage test from Rocking Horse Winter II H.T. courtesy of our friendly neighborhood videographer David Frechette. Click here to view more videos of the weekend action.

Sam Griffiths vs. Paul Tapner: Who’s the Aussiest?

Australian event riders Sam Griffiths and Paul Tapner faced off in a quiz last week at the BETA International trade show to determine who is the “Aussiest.” The loser had to dance around BETA wearing a Gatehouse helmet and air jacket — and yes, it’s as hilarious as it sounds.

These are the questions Sam and Paul had to answer:

  1. What is the capitol of Australia?
  2. What day is Australia Day?
  3. How long can koalas sleep for?
  4. How many species of kangaroo are there in Australia?
  5. What is the highest mountain in Australia?
  6. What is the meaning of these Australia slang words? A. Barbie B. Arvo C. Thongs

Watch the video to find out who won and who had to dance around BETA (just try to watch without laughing!).

For anyone playing along with the quiz, scroll down for the answers.

 

 

  1. Canberra
  2. Jan. 26
  3. Up to 20 hours
  4. Four
  5. Mount Kosciuszko
  6. A. Barbecue B. Afternoon C. Flip flops

Go Aussies. Go Eventing.

FEI Confirms 2019 Eventing Nations Cup Calendar

Katherine Coleman and Back to Business II competing on the U.S. Nations Cup team at Boekelo in 2017. Photo by Jenni Autry.

The FEI has confirmed the 2019 Eventing Nations Cup calendar with seven events, the lowest number of competitions on the schedule since 2013.

After three years of hosting a Nations Cup in the U.S., a leg will not return to Great Meadow in The Plains, Virginia, as organizers cited the burden of transporting international horses to the States.

The following events have been confirmed for 2019:

May 26-23, 2019 – Houghton Hall CCIO4*-NC-S (GBR)

June 5-9, 2019 – Pratoni Del Vivaro CCIO4*-NC-S (ITL)

June 26-30, 2019 – Strzegom CCIO4*-NC-S (POL)

July 24-28, 2019 – Cappoquin (Camphire) CCIO4*-NC-S (IRL)

Aug. 7-11, 2019 – Haras du Pin CCIO4*-NC-S (FRA)

Sept. 19-22, 2019 – Waregem CCIO4*-NC-S (BEL)

Oct. 10-13, 2019 – Boekelo CCIO4*-NC-L (NED)

Germany and Great Britain are the only two nations to ever win the FEI Eventing Nations Cup Series since it launched in 2012. Great Britain took the series title last year.

Erik Duvander, USEF Performance Director for Eventing, confirmed that the U.S. will send a team to the Nations Cup finale at Boekelo, as well as Aachen on July 18-20, 2019. While Aachen has not been designated as a Nations Cup leg for a second consecutive year, the event will still host a CCIO4*-S team competition.

[FEI Eventing Nations Cup Calendar 2019]

Monday News & Notes from Fleeceworks

One of the defining hallmarks of the eventing community has to be the way everyone rallies together when one of our own needs a helping hand. Zach Brandt has been recovering from a badly broken leg since December, and a slew of his fellow event riders have stepped in to help him keep his business going. The EN team continues to send speedy healing wishes to Zach!

National Holiday: National Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day

U.S. Weekend Action:

Full Gallop February H.T. [Final Scores]

Ocala Winter I H.T. [Final Scores]

Pine Top I H.T. [Final Scores]

Your Monday News & Notes:

Sara Kozumplik Murphy shares a gymnastic exercise “that really allows the rider to focus on finessing their aides, while the horse is set up for success with very clear distances between the fences.” [Grid Pro Quo with Sara Kozumplik Murphy]

SmartPak’s SmartCookies Flavor Contest is back! Fill out the form to cast your vote for which flavor you think should join the SmartCookies lineup, which currently includes Guilt-Free Peppermint Pattie, Guilt-Free Carrot Cake and Guilt-Free Banana Bread. [SmartPak’s 2019 SmartCookies Flavor Contest]

If You Read Only One Thing Today: Michael Jung — Is He the Greatest Ever?
Jan Tönjes, editor of Germany’s premier equestrian publication, St Georg, shares fascinating insights into what he believes makes Michael Jung one of the greatest — if not the greatest — event rider of all time.

Humans of Eventing is back for 2019, y’all. Be sure to follow along with the insanity on Facebook. Here’s a sampling:

“I see you and him doing this in forward four strides.”

“I kinda just see him leaving me here and going back to the barns.”

Overheard during a course walk

[Humans of Eventing]

Monday Video: How awesome is it to see 23-year-old Relentless Pursuit looking so fabulous? Kudos to Amanda Gardiner for giving him a super ride at Ocala Winter I Horse Trials over the weekend. Watch more videos from Ocala on Thehorsepesterer YouTube channel.

Product Review: Bucas Atlantic Turnout Rug & Combi Neck

The Atlantic Turnout is the newest rug in the Bucas family. Photo courtesy of Bucas.

After biblical amounts of rain and polar vortexes have plagued the greater eventing nation this winter, it’s likely your blanketing system is limping along right about now. If you’re looking to replace your horse’s turnout rug, take a closer look at the new Bucas Atlantic Turnout, which EN tested this winter in both Pennsylvania and Florida.

The Atlantic range is the newest addition to the Bucas family of turnout rugs, which have introduced numerous technological advancements to the blanketing market since the company launched in Ireland in 1981. Designed to withstand the most severe inclement weather while offering superior fit and durability, Bucas has continued the tradition of of designing “intelligent” horse rugs.

With that in mind, there’s a lot to like about the new Bucas Atlantic Turnout, which is made with tough-as-nails 1000D ballistic nylon. I’m incredibly picky about how rugs fit, and the shoulder darts in Bucas rugs virtually guarantee a fantastic fit that prevents shoulder rubbing and allows for better freedom of movement.

The new Dermo-Care lining keeps your horse’s coat sleek and shiny. Photo courtesy of Bucas.

The most exciting feature has to be the the new Dermo-Care lining, which is similar to Stay-Dry lining in other Bucas rugs in that it also wicks moisture away from the horse and can be used in place of a cooler. Whereas the Stay-Dry lining is fleece, the Dermo-Care lining is smooth, which keeps your horse’s coat sleek and shiny and helps combat the dreaded winter scurf. Derry’s coat looks immaculate every time he wears the Bucas Atlantic Turnout, even before he was clipped and was rocking what I affectionally call his “yak” look.

I’m also a big fan of the Click ‘n Go closure on Bucas rugs, which features an easy magnetic snap-lock closure (though it can be tricky to navigate if you are wearing bulky winter gloves). The Bucas Atlantic also features cross surcingles, leg straps and a fillet string to keep it securely on your horse. Derry has rolled around in the Pennsylvania snow and his sandy Florida paddock, and the rug stays put.

You can also attach liners and coolers to the Bucas Atlantic, as well as the Combi Neck. If I’m picky about turnout fit, then I’m even more picky about how neck attachments fit. Derry wears an 81 in the turnout, and the medium neck hits him perfectly with plenty of room so it isn’t strangling him when he puts his neck down, and it perfectly stretches up to sit just behind his ears.

Pro tip: Every Bucas Atlantic Turnout comes with a guarantee that the rug will remain waterproof for two years, but you can register your turnout on the Bucas website to extend the waterproof guarantee to three years. Click here for more details.

The Bucas Atlantic is available in a beautiful Atlantic Green color with green/silver trim in sizes 60” to 84” and in three different weights: 50g light for $283.95 retail, 200g medium for $305.95 retail and 400g heavyweight for $319.95 retail. Click here to learn more about the Bucas Atlantic Turnout range or to purchase your own rug. Click here to find a distributor in your area via Toklat, the official USA distributor for Bucas.

Have you tried a Bucas turnout rug? Share your experience in the comments below.

Teams Set for $20,000 Ocala Horse Properties Eventing Prix Invitational

Jacob Fletcher is one of many riders returning to the Eventing Prix Invitational. Photo by Jenni Autry.

The eight team captains have chosen their riders for the $20,000 Ocala Horse Properties Eventing Prix Invitational, which will take place March 4-5 at Southern Cross Equestrian in Reddick, Florida. That’s right — the prize money has been boosted to $20,000 for the first time in the history of the competition!

The show kicks off on Monday, March 4 with a $1,000 1.15-meter speed class sponsored by Doug Hannum Equine Therapy. The 1.30-meter class will take place Tuesday, March 5 in a team format. The first round will determine the team results, and the top 10 combinations — or all pairs that jump clear in the first round — will return for the second round jump-off.

Here are the teams you’ll be cheering on over Chris Barnard’s course:

Canada
Selena O’Hanlon
Shelby Brost
Jessica Phoenix
Dana Cooke

Buck Off Cancer
Jennie Brannigan
Lynn Symansky
Hannah Sue Burnett
Katherine Coleman

USA
Lauren Kieffer
Will Coleman
Matt Brown
Buck Davidson

West Coast
Tamie Smith
Kristen Bond
Allie Knowles
Natalia Neneman

Wild Card
Shanon Baker
John Michael Durr
Colleen Rutledge
Autumn Schweiss

Team Unstable
Sara Kozumplik Murphy
Joe Meyer
Bobby Meyerhoff
Sharon White

Team GB
Justine Dutton
Leslie Law
Liz Halliday-Sharp
Daisy Trayford

Under 25
Hallie Coon
Jacob Fletcher
Caroline Martin
4th rider TBD

The 1.30-meter main class will once again be streamed live here on EN and on EQTV Network with commentary.

For those who are going, general admission is free to the public on both days. Brewster Walker Horse Transport is providing free beer, as well as sponsoring a $500 Grooms Award for the best turned-out horse. Food will be available for purchase from Humble Wood Fire Pizza.

VIP tables with six seats are available for $600 in the ringside tent and include an open bar and food from Celebrations Catering, as well as access to the popular after party. Contact Denise Goyea at 617-225-6325 or [email protected] to reserve a VIP table.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Contact Lisa Thomas at [email protected] for more information about sponsorship. Reach out to Max Corcoran at [email protected] with any questions about the competition.

Follow the Eventing Prix Invitational on Facebook for updates.

First Look at Entry List for Grand-Prix Eventing at Bruce’s Field

William Fox-Pitt is cross the pond to compete in Grand-Prix Eventing at Bruce’s Field. Photo by Jenni Autry.

EN reported that top international riders were looking for catch rides for the inaugural $50,000 LiftMaster Grand-Prix Eventing, which will take place March 1-2 at Bruce’s Field in Aiken, South Carolina. We are delighted to confirm that William Fox-Pitt will compete Hannah Salazar’s Sandro’s Star, the USEA Stallion of the Year for the last two consecutive years thanks to strong results with Chris Talley.

Andrew Hoy is also reuniting with his London Olympic partner Rutherglen, whom he last competed at Millstreet in 2017. Since then, Rutherglen has been showing Isabel Finemore the ropes at Preliminary level, and they won the USEF CCI* Junior/Young Rider Championship at Virginia Horse Trials last fall.

Scroll down to view the full provisional entry list. Note that this does not reflect the final entry list, as USEF will verify all entries for proper qualifications.

  • Arielle Aharoni and Dutch Times (USA)
  • Jennie Brannigan and Cambalda (USA)
  • Jennie Brannigan and FE Lifestyle (USA)
  • Kate Chadderton and VS McCuan Civil Liberty (AUS)
  • Will Coleman and OBOS O’Reilly (USA)
  • Will Coleman and Tight Lines (USA)
  • Will Coleman and Off the Record (USA)
  • Hallie Coon and Celien (USA)
  • Buck Davidson and Carlevo (USA)
  • Buck Davidson and Erroll Gobey (USA)
  • Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Singapore (USA)
  • Phillip Dutton and I’m Sew Ready (USA)
  • Will Faudree and Pfun (USA)
  • Lisa Marie Fergusson and Honor Me (CAN)
  • William Fox-Pitt and Sandro’s Star (GBR)
  • Clayton Fredericks and Luksor (AUS)
  • Sara Gumbiner and Polaris (USA)
  • Liz Halliday-Sharp and Cooley Quicksilver (USA)
  • Liz Halliday-Sharp and Deniro Z (USA)
  • Liz Halliday-Sharp and Fernhill By Night (USA)
  • Emily Hamel and Corvett (USA)
  • Andrew Hoy and Rutherglen (AUS)
  • Holly Jacks-Smither and More Inspiration (CAN)
  • Lauren Kieffer and Paramount Importance (USA)
  • Lauren Kieffer and Vermiculus (USA)
  • Colleen Loach and Qorry Blue D’Argouges (USA)
  • Kylie Lyman and Da Vinci Code (USA)
  • Boyd Martin and Contestor (USA)
  • Boyd Martin and Kyra (USA)
  • Caroline Martin and Quantum Solace (USA)
  • Selena O’Hanlon and Bendigo (CAN)
  • Alex O’Neal and Fury H (USA)
  • Ellie O’Neal and Zeta (USA)
  • Doug Payne and Vandiver (USA)
  • Doug Payne and Getaway (USA)
  • Waylon Roberts and Lancaster (CAN)
  • Colleen Rutledge and Confidence Game (USA)
  • Dom Schramm and Bolytair B (AUS)
  • Nilson Moreira da Silva and Muggle (BRA)
  • Allison Springer and Business Ben (USA)
  • Felix Vogg and Colero (SUI)
  • Ryan Wood and Fernhill Classic (AUS)
  • Ronald Zabala and Wundermaske (ECU)

The showcase is a USEF recognized competition held at Advanced level. Dressage will take place on the morning of Friday, March 1, using USEF 2018 Advanced Test B. Show jumping will follow on Friday afternoon with a course set at Advanced height and designed by Michel Vaillancourt.

Cross country will be held Saturday afternoon on March 2. Capt. Mark Phillips’s course will run across approximately 2,000 meters with 20 total jumping efforts, including a water complex and banks. Click here for a sneak peek of the jumps, all of which have an Aiken theme.

The full competition will stream live with commentary here on EN and on EQTV Network.

General admission tickets cost $12 per day, or you can purchase a weekend pass for $20. Click here to purchase general admission tickets.

VIP tickets cost $375 and include a champagne breakfast on Friday morning during dressage, drinks and heavy hors d’oeuvres on Friday afternoon and evening during show jumping, and lunch with an open bar on Saturday afternoon during cross country. Click here to purchase VIP tickets.

Sponsorship packages that include VIP access start at $500. Click here to view sponsorship information.

Are you planning to attend Aiken’s inaugural eventing showcase? Let us know in the comments below!

USEF/USET Foundation Launch North American Futures Team Challenge

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

The USEF Eventing High Performance Program is now accepting applications for the 2019 USEF/USET Foundation North American Futures Team Challenge, a new initiative established to simulate competing in a team environment.

Established with the USET Foundation and administered by USEF, the North American Futures Team Challenge is designed to complement the Eventing High Performance Program, which recently rolled out the new U.S. Eventing Pathway Program.

Two teams of four combinations will contest an unofficial simulated team competition at both Carolina International in the CCI3*-S or CCI4*-S and at Bromont in the CCI3*-L. The teams will undergo training prior to each competition.

“I’m super excited about this project because it gives riders who haven’t had the experience to learn what it means to be in a team and operate in a team environment,” Erik Duvander, U.S. Performance Director for Eventing, told EN.

“This is an area where the European riders have the opportunity to compete in Nations Cups, and now that we have it as well that’s another box we’re ticking. The program is in its infancy, and we will continuously review it to see how we can develop and grow it to meet our needs and get the most out of it.”

Selection to the team under this challenge does not represent selection to a recognized U.S. team. Rather, the program is designed to replicate the experience of competing on a team and within a team environment by offering a training opportunity embedded within an existing competition.

Riders can apply for one or both competitions and do not need to be listed on the Emerging or Development Program to apply. Selection will follow the criteria used for Nations Cups as a guideline and will be based on results, potential to contribute to successful results on future teams, willingness to learn, and commitment to developing into a future team athlete — the ultimate aim of the Emerging and Developing Programs.

A two-day educational training program will take place for the teams prior to the start of the competition at Carolina International and Bromont, with a focus on the expectations of being a team rider, preparation for a team event, and how to operate at a team event. The training will also include dressage test ride reviews and show jumping practice. Erik Duvander and Leslie Law will coach and serve as Chefs d’Equipe for the two teams.

Depending on the number of applicants, teams may be run at either the CCI3*-S or CCI4*-S level at Carolina International. Bromont will use the CCI3*-L for this program. Riders can apply for one or both competitions. Applications are due on Feb. 19 and can be accessed at https://athletes.usef.org.

EN will bring you coverage of the North American Futures Team Challenge at both Carolina International and Bromont as the USEF Eventing High Performance Program seeks to “create a culture of competitiveness.”

Keep it locked on EN for all the U.S. High Performance news you need to know. Go Eventing.

Path to Peru: What You Need to Know About U.S. Team Selection for the Pan Ams

Can the U.S. team repeat their gold medal performance in Peru? Photo by Jenni Autry.

After qualification for the 2020 Olympic Games eluded the U.S. at the World Equestrian Games in Tryon, the team must now qualify for Tokyo at the 2019 Pan American Games. Eventing will take place on Aug. 1-4 in Lima, Peru.

All countries from FEI Olympic Group D (North America) and E (Central & South America) will also be vying for Tokyo qualification at the Pan Ams, which will award Olympic qualification to the top two teams in Lima. No countries from Groups D and E qualified at Tryon, so every country that fields a team for Lima will be battling it out for Tokyo qualification.

When you consider that Canada and Brazil will also be seeking Olympic qualification at the Pan Ams, the stage is set for a nail-biting competition in Peru. The Pan Ams will once again run at the CCI3*-L level (formerly CCI2* under the old FEI star system). Teams will be made up of four horses and riders with a drop score.

The U.S. selection procedures for the 2019 Pan American Games were approved by the U.S. Olympic Committee on Jan. 31, 2019, and made public this week. All athletes and horses wishing to compete on the 2019 Pan American Games Eventing Team must achieve one qualifying result between Jan. 1, 2018 and June 25, 2019 at a CCI3*-L, CCI4*-L or CCI5*-L.

The following competitions have been confirmed as selection trials for the U.S. team:

2018 U.S. Pan Am Selection Trials

  • The Event at Rebecca Farm CCI2* and CCI3* – July 18-22
  • Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials CCI4* – Aug. 30- Sept. 2
  • Ssang Yong Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials CCI3* – Sept. 13-16
  • Military Boekelo CCIO3* – Oct. 11-14
  • The Dutta Corp Fair Hill International CCI3* and CCI2* – Oct. 17-21
  • Virginia Horse Trials CCI2* – Nov. 1-4
  • Galway Downs International CCI3* and CCI2* – Nov. 1-4
  • Ocala Jockey Club CCI2* and CCI3* – Nov. 15-18

2019 U.S. Pan Am Selection Trials

  • Twin Rivers CCI3*-L – April 10-14
  • Ocala International now CCI3*-L – April 10-14
  • Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event CCI5*-L – April 24-28
  • Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials now CCI5*-L – May 1-5
  • Jersey Fresh CCI3*-L and CCI4*-L – May 8-12
  • Tattersalls International CCI3*-L and CCI4*-L May 29-June 2
  • Bromont CCI3*-L and CCI4*-L – June 5-9

Additional CCI3*-L and CCI4*L competitions between July 18, 2018 and June 9, 2019 may be considered as selection trials with approval of the U.S. Selectors and the USEF Eventing Sport Committee if a rider makes a request at least 30 days prior to the start of the competition.

Combinations will be chosen for the U.S. team based on the following factors (in no particular order):

  • The overall performance and soundness of the combination in the 2018/2019 competitions designated as selection trials with emphasis on dressage scores, current fitness, cross country, and show jumping performance: jumping without faults and/or incurring time penalties, boldness, rideability, and speed.
  • The previous international experience of the combination (preference may be given to combinations who have demonstrated ability to succeed in multiple international eventing competitions.
  • The rider’s fitness.
  • The combination’s will to win and the suitability of the combination to win an individual medal or contribute to a team medal at the Pan American Games.
  • The willingness of the athlete to work within the confines of the event accreditation
    allocation and restrictions.

The U.S. Pan American Games Team will be announced no later than June 19, 2019. Four combinations will be named to the team, as well as a list of alternates. The selectors can name direct reserve horses for team riders. A direct reserve horse would be an automatic replacement if the original horse has to be substituted.

All of the combinations named to the team will be required to “demonstrate their continued preparation, soundness and ability” by competing at a preparation event or multiple events. Details regarding the preparation event(s) will be released no later than April 15, 2019 all details. It is currently expected that the preparation event(s) will be a CCI3*-S, an Advanced horse trial(s) or Advanced combined test(s) to be held after June 15.

In exceptional circumstances, the selectors may grant a waiver for all or part of the
requirements if it is in the perceived best interests of the results of the team. Waivers may be granted for combinations who have limited competition results during the initial qualifying
period of July 18, 2018 to June 9, 2019, but have earned high scores.

Click here to view the full U.S. selection procedures. Keep it locked on EN for all the latest news on the path to Peru. Go Eventing.

Chipmunk FRH Secured as New Ride for Michael Jung [Updated]

Julia Krajewski and Chipmunk FRH (GER). Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

The German Olympic Committee for Equestrian Sports (DOKR) confirmed today that Chipmunk FRH, Julia Krajewski’s 2018 World Equestrian Games mount, has been secured as a new ride for double Olympic champion Michael Jung.

Following the World Equestrian Games, the contract between Julia and Dr. Hilmer Meyer-Kulenkampff, Chipmunk FRH’s owner, was not renewed “for personal reasons,” DOKR said in a statement. Julia, who produced Chipmunk FRH from a 4-year-old, confirmed that the contract expired and was not renewed.

“After six very successful years together, the contract I had with the owner expired, was not renewed for personal reasons of the owner (which I can understand) and it was decided to sell Chipmunk, so after some very emotional months I now ultimately lost the ride on this very special horse.”

 

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Today is a very sad day as Chipmunk FRH is leaving us to go to his new home 😢After 6 very successful years together the contract I had with the owner expired, was not renewed for personal reasons of the owner (which I can understand) and it was decided to sell Chipmunk, so after some very emotional month I now ultimately lost the ride on this very special horse… Chip came to me as a 4 year old and we did every step together, from the first xc training to winning the 5yo-Bundeschampionat, the CCI3* at Bramham, the CHIO Aachen and going to the World Equestrian Games in Tryon this year. I will remember him as this kind, genuine, brave yet sensitive horse who always gives his all and did so much to do us proud! And despite being very sad to see him go there are so many little and big moments I am thankful for and I wish him a very happy life with his new rider! ❤️❤️❤️ #chipmunkfrh #sadday #goodbye #takecarelittleone Pictures by @lucy_hall75 @goeventing @ingowaechter @fz_fotografie @benjamincclark

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Dr. Hilmer Meyer-Kulenkampff will remain an owner of the 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Contendro I X Havanna, by Heraldik I) alongside the DOKR and Klaus Fischer, Michael Jung’s chief sponsor.

Michael confirmed in a statement that the horse will now be named fischerChipmunk FRH. “When I was informed at the end of last year that Chipmunk could not stay with Julia, but there was the opportunity to keep him for Germany and me, I tried to make this a reality,” he said.

“It is for me something completely new to get a ‘finished’ horse, because as everyone knows I put a lot of emphasis on the horses themselves you shape. I thank Julia for the great years of training, and I am excited to see what Chip and I can expect over the next few years.”

“Chip” had a standout season with Julia in 2018, winning the Bramham CCI4*-L on a record score of 19.4 and defeating the best in the world at CHIO Aachen. He led after dressage at Tryon in his first appearance on a German championship team before picking up a runout on cross country.

“Despite being very sad to see him go, there are so many little and big moments I am thankful for and I wish him a very happy life with his new rider,” Julia said.

[Chipmunk FRH in the future with Michael Jung]

[Chipmunk FRH has arrived well in new home]

This article has been updated to include additional information.

Be Prepared When Injuries Occur: Your Guide to the ERA of NA Insurance Plans

Do you have adequate accident and disability insurance?

Competing in any equestrian sport carries a certain amount of risk. For professionals who depend on their ability to ride and teach to keep their businesses going, suffering an injury that requires downtime to recover can be a financial disaster.

The insurance plans provided through the Event Riders Association of North America (ERA of NA) can be a safety net when injuries occur. All professional memberships, which cost $393 annually, include a base accident and disability insurance plan through Zurich Insurance that provides coverage for medical expenses up to $100,000, plus a $200 weekly disability benefit for up to 52 weeks.

For a cost of $3.18 per day — which is less than you spend at Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts every day, let’s be honest — professionals can upgrade to a far superior accident and disability insurance plan that provides coverage for medical expenses up to $1 million. The buy-up plan also increases the weekly disability benefit professionals can receive from $200 to $600. That’s a difference of receiving $10,400 total in the base plan or $31,200 in the buy-up plan if professionals spend one year recovering from an injury.

It seems like a no-brainer to opt for the buy-up plan considering the extra coverage professionals can receive in the case of an injury, but ERA of NA confirmed to EN that many professional riders do not take advantage of the additional coverage due to the higher cost of $1,162 annually, or $96.83 per month.

Sinead Halpin didn’t upgrade her insurance plan the year she suffered broken ribs, a broken shoulder blade and a collapsed lung in a fall at Chattahoochee Hills, plus injured her leg at Fair Hill. “It was the difference between getting $200 and $600 per week, and that affected me greatly,” she said.

Will Faudree depended on ERA insurance when he suffered a broken neck in a fall at Southern Pines. “I was not allowed to ride for six months. For the first four months, I was in a neck brace and unable to even teach. Without the ERA insurance, I do not know what I would have done. Not only did it help me with added medical expenses, it took the pressure off of trying to do more than I should and enabled me time to heal properly.”

Silva Martin also had ERA insurance when she suffered a traumatic brain injury in a fall and said it greatly eased the financial burden while she recovered. “There is always risk associated with riding and training horses, but good insurance helps you to be prepared for the worst,” she said.

Here’s a closer look at the ERA of NRA insurance plans:

Base insurance plan – $393 – included in all ERA of NA professional memberships

  • Includes accident excess medical expense of a $100,000 maximum benefit with a $5,000 deductible
  • Accident disability: $200 weekly disability benefit after a 30-day wait for up to 52 weeks
  • Accidental death & dismemberment/loss of use: $15,000 maximum amount

Buy up insurance plan – $1,162 or $96.83 per month

  • Accident excess medical expense: $1,000,000 maximum benefit with $5,000 deductible
  • Accident disability: $600 weekly disability benefit after a 30-day wait for up to 52 weeks
  • Accidental death & dismemberment/loss of use: $100,000 maximum amount

Here are a three key things to know about the ERA of NA insurance plans:

  1. ERA of NA insurance isn’t limited to professional riders, which is one of the most common misconceptions. It is available to any equine professional: grooms, vets, farriers, physiotherapists, course builders, etc.
  2. The insurance isn’t limited to professionals in eventing. It can be purchased by all equine professionals regardless of which discipline they are associated with in their career.
  3. There is a split payment option to help make the insurance more affordable. Half of the membership/insurance fee can be paid at the initial time of sign-up, with the remaining half paid on June 1. On the split payment option, the base plan costs $196.50 upon form submission and $196.50 on June 1, 2019. The buy up plan costs $581 upon form submission and $581 on June 1, 2019.

Click here to learn more about the ERA of NA insurance plans and to sign up.

Are you a professional who benefitted from the ERA of NA insurance plans while recovering from an injury? Share your experience in the comments below, and please encourage your fellow professionals to sign up.

[ERA of NA Insurance Plans]

New Zealand Announces 2019 High Performance Squads

Jonelle Price and Faerie Dianimo on their way to winning Luhmühlen 2018. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Equestrian Sports New Zealand has announced the 2019 High Performance Squads for eventing. Sir Mark Todd and Tim Price both have four horses named to the squads. Cekatinka, Tim’s 2018 World Equestrian Games mount, and Wesko, who returned to FEI competition following a lengthy hiatus last year, are both notably absent.

Four riders with nine horses between them were named to the High Performance Squad, which “comprises horse and rider combinations committed to and capable of contributing to a podium team placing at the 2020 Olympic Games.”

2019 ESNZ High Performance Squad:

  • Clarke Johnstone and Balmoral Sensation, owned by the Johnstone Family
  • Jonelle Price with Classic Moet, owned by the rider and Trisha Rickards, and Faerie Dianimo, owned by the rider, Trisha Rickards and Jacky Green and
  • Sir Mark Todd with NZB Campino, owned by the rider and New Zealand Bloodstock; Leonidas II, owned by the rider, Diane Brunsden, Peter Cattell and Sir Mark Todd; Kiltubrid Rhapsody, owned by Dr. Elizabeth Donald and Niki Ryan; and McClaren, owned by David and Katherine Thomson
  • Tim Price and Ringwood Sky Boy, owned by the rider, Robert Taylor, Varenna Allen and selwood.com, and Bango, owned by the Numero Uno Syndicate

Tim Price also has two horses named to the High Performance Futures Squad, which “consists of those combinations that are knocking on the door to high performance,” alongside five other combinations.

2019 ESNZ High Performance Futures Squad:

  • Amanda Pottinger and Just Kidding, owned by the Pottinger Family
  • Blyth Tait and Havanna, owned by Katherine Corich, Jane Lovell-Smith and John Ormiston
  • Dan Jocelyn and Grovine de Reve, owned by the rider and Therese Miller, Jo Preston-Hunt and Philip Hunt
  • Caroline Powell and On The Brash, owned by Sarah Tobey and Sue Smiley
  • Jesse Campbell and Amsterdam 21, owned by Dr. Craig Campbell
  • Tim Price and Xavier Faer, owned by the rider, Trisha Rickards and Nigella Hall, and Ascona M, owned by Suzanne Houchin, Lucy and Ben Sangster and Sir Peter Vela

A further 10 riders were named to the High Performance Potential Squad, which “is aimed as recognizing talented eventing riders that are capable of and committed to producing high performance horses for future Olympic Games and World Equestrian Games.”

2019 ESNZ High Performance Potential Squad:

  • Abby Lawrence
  • Buddy Philpott
  • Donna Edwards-Smith
  • Ginny Thompson
  • Hayley Frielick
  • James Avery
  • Joe Meyer
  • Monica Oakley
  • Nick Brooks
  • Samantha Felton Lissington

[Tokyo Olympic Games Drives Eventing High Performance Squad Changes]

Monday News & Notes from Fleeceworks

Kulak Equestrian showing their Patriots pride on Super Bowl Sunday in Wellington. Photo by Gloria Callen.

The New England Patriots defeated the Los Angeles Rams on a score of 13-3 last night to claim their sixth Super Bowl Championship title. Regardless of your feelings about football, you have to admit that the Patriots jump at Kulak Equestrian is pretty awesome.

National Holiday: National Football Hangover Day

U.S. Weekend Action:

Stable View H.T. [Final Scores]

Sporting Days Farm H.T. [Final Scores]

Three Lakes at Caudle Ranch H.T. [Final Scores]

Galway Downs H.T. [Final Scores]

Your Monday News & Notes:

New Zealand has announced the team’s 2019 High Performance Squads, with Jonelle Price, Tim Price, Mark Todd and Clarke Johnstone all having horses named to to the High Performance squad. Tim also has two horses on the High Performance Futures squad alongside Blyth Tait, Dan Jocelyn, Caroline Powell, Jesse Campbell and Amanda Pottinger. USA-based Joe Meyer was named to the High Performance Potential Squad. [Tokyo Olympic Games Drives Squad Changes]

How are you planning your horse’s fitness schedule as you look ahead to spring competitions? U.S. team rider Lynn Symansky and U.S. team vet Dr. Susan Johns teamed up to speak about how to ensure you are conditioning your horse properly for your target events without risking injury. [The Art of Conditioning an Event Horse]

Don’t miss this super interview with 18-year-old Kanyon Walker, who is well known in the Ocala area as a high school football standout and most recently received a full scholarship to play for Tulane University. He is also an accomplished event rider, having competed to the CCI2*-L level with his Thoroughbred, Kenneth Street, and has big plans for his future as an equine professional after college. [Unbridled: Ocala Magazine]

How do you get “into the zone” when you compete? Sports psychologist Daniel Stewart believes that first you have to create a “flow-state — a sort of subconscious rhythm or harmony that changes your thinking from forced, mechanical, and over-analyzing to calm, confident, and un-rushed.” [Daniel Stewart’s Tip of the Month: Distracting Distractions]

Monday Video: In case you missed it, here’s the Budweiser Clydesdale commercial that aired during last night’s Super Bowl. [Watch 20 Years of Budweiser Clydesdale Super Bowl Commercials]

Have You Taken the #CupOfTeaChallenge?

Have you heard of the #CupOfTeaChallenge? British dressage rider Charlie Hutton started the latest internet phenomenon in an episode of Omega Equine All Star Academy on Horse & Country TV.

The concept is simple: grab a mug of tea (or any liquid) and try not to spill any when you ride. Charlie attempted it without stirrups:

Others have taken the #CupofTeaChallenge while jumping:

We’re waiting for someone to try jumping without stirrups! Horse & Hound posted a roundup of riders attempting the #CupofTeaChallenge. Click here to watch them all.

Now it’s your turn! Take the #CupofTeaChallenge and share your photos and videos on social media using the hashtag. We’ll post a roundup on EN in the next week.

Go Beating the Winter Blues. Go Eventing.

Stable View Announces New FEI Event Starting March 2020

Phillip Dutton and I’m Sew Ready, winners of Stable View’s inaugural CIC4*-S in 2018. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Stable View Farm hosted the inaugural FEI event last year in Aiken, South Carolina, and will add a second FEI date to the Aiken calendar starting next year. The venue will host a CCI*, CIC2*-S, CIC3*-S and CIC4*-S on March 27-28, 2020.

Barry Olliff, owner of Stable View, explained that the venue will no longer run National divisions at the March horse trials starting in 2020, but nearby Full Gallop Farm will instead fill that need on the calendar.

“We have been waiting for four years to get a date where we could run upper levels during what’s come to be known as the Aiken season. Aiken desperately needs a top class event in the spring to enable it to keep top class riders here, and also to provide a choice for riders from down south,” Barry told EN.

“As the Aiken calendar is very congested, we came to an agreement with Full Gallop whereby they would continue with their horse trials on the last Sunday of March, while we would pick up the Friday and Saturday of the same weekend.”

Barry said Stable View’s new spring FEI event will run in a similar manner to the venue’s popular Oktoberfest horse trials.

“We believe that there will be demand between Pine Top and Carolina International for an event of this caliber,” he added.

Changes to Stable View’s March 2019 Event

Stable View will unveil the venue’s new Modified cross country course next month at the one-day spring horse trials on Tuesday, March 19.

Capt. Mark Phillips is course designer for the Intermediate and Preliminary courses, with Mogie Bearden-Muller designing the Modified to Beginner Novice courses. All courses will use a new track that includes part of the former course as well as the courses used for the Stable View Eventing Academy, both of which are drained and irrigated.

The venue’s fourth arena, which features state-of-the-art Attwood Equestrian Surfaces footing, will also be in use, along with the new Stable View Pavilion.

A total of $20,000 in prize money will be awarded across all levels from Intermediate to Beginner Novice. Click here to view the prize money breakdown. Entries are limited to 40 per division with a maximum of 200 horses.

In terms of scheduling, Stable View confirmed early ride times will be accommodated for competitors who are then traveling on to compete at the Carolina International Three-Day Event on March 20-24.

Click here to view the omnibus for Stable View’s Spring Horse Trials. Entries close Feb. 26.

Go Eventing.

Watch 20 Years of Budweiser Clydesdale Super Bowl Commercials

A commercial starring the Budweiser Clydesdales first aired during the Super Bowl in 1986. Since then, the Budweiser Clydesdales have become synonymous with Super Bowl Sunday. As we count down to kickoff tonight, join us in reliving the magic of the best marketing campaign known to equestrians.

1996 – “Football”

1999 – “Separated at Birth”

2002 – “Respect”

2003 – “Replay”

2004 – “Born A Donkey”

2005 – “Snowball Fight”

2006 – “American Dream”

2007 – “Spot Wink”

2007 – “Super Fan” (There were two this year!)

2008 – “Team”

2009 – “Stick” 

2009 – “Circus”

2009 – “Generations” (There were three this year!)

2010 – “Fence”

2011 – “Wild West”

2012 – “End Prohibition”

2013 – “Brotherhood”

2014 – “Puppy Love”

2015 – “Lost Dog”

2016 – “Not Backing Down”

2017 – “Born the Hard Way”

2018 – No commercial this year

2019 – “Wind Never Felt Better”

 

This post originally appeared on Horse Nation and has been updated with additional video links.

25 Years of Excellence: A Fond Farewell to Fitch’s Corner Horse Trials

Fernanda Kellogg and Kirk Henckels — the dynamic duo behind Fitch’s Corner Horse Trials. Photo by Amber Heintzberger.

It is the end of an era as EN can confirm that after 25 years of serving as the premier lower level event in the U.S., Fitch’s Corner Horse Trials will no longer run. Organized by Fernanda Kellogg and her husband, Kirk Henckels, at their private, 150-acre farm in Millbrook, New York, Fitch’s Corner ultimately defined an entire generation in Area I.

“I feel very proud of what we were able to accomplish, but at what point do you say it’s enough?” Fernanda told EN. “My team was getting tired, and I thought after 25 years and on a good year, that’s the time to close off this chapter.”

What began as a “summer project” for Fernanda’s then 16-year-old daughter, also named Fernanda, ultimately evolved into an event that attracted Olympic riders and amateurs alike, as well as served as a highlight of the summer social calendar in Duchess County.

“My motivation was to create the best quality event for the lower levels but with the spirit of a top national or international horse trials,” Fernanda said, noting it was her daughter who coined the event’s catch phrase: “Fitch’s Corner — Ride It If You Can.”

Fitch’s Corner boasted cross country courses built by Capt. Mark Phillips and Derek di Grazia on the rolling hills of Millbrook, New York. Photo courtesy of Fitch’s Corner.

Fernanda and Eric Bull, who was 19 years old at the time and managed the farm, recruited Brian O’Connor to help run the very first event in 1993, which attracted about 50 local competitors. Brian played a critical role in launching the event and ultimately served as the official voice of Fitch’s Corner, as well as cross country controller, for all 25 years.

Fernanda knew that “great cross country courses were key to the success of a horse trials,” and she enlisted Capt. Mark Phillips to design the courses in the early years, with Eric Bull building the first course of his career at Fitch’s Corner. Chris Barnard served as the first show jumping course designer.

Derek di Grazia ultimately took over designing the cross country courses in the later years of the event, with Marc Donovan putting his stamp on the show jumping courses. Fernanda said it was an immense point of pride that Fitch’s Corner was the only exclusively lower level event that Capt. Mark Phillips and Derek di Grazia designed.

Boyd Martin was one of many upper-level riders who always competed at Fitch’s Corner. Photo by Joan Davis/Flatlandsfoto.com.

“Fitch’s Corner was the lower level event that upper level riders loved,” Fernanda said. “The confirmation of some of the upper-level riders coming to us with their lower-level horses meant I knew that we were doing something special.”

As for what stands out to her the most as Fernanda reflects on the last 25 years of running Fitch’s Corner, she said hosting the USEA Area I Championships from 2011 to 2013 will always serve as a memorable highlight.

“The three years that we ran the Area I Championships were very special because it gave us the impetus to take every part of the weekend and make it special for the competitors,” Fernanda said. “We were able to raise the profile of the event even higher thanks to the championships, and it was a real way of giving back to the area.”

Fitch’s Market served as the backdrop for the event, with 50 shops divided into “Fashion & Home” under the big tent and “Horse & Hound” in tents along Fitch’s Boulevard. Photo courtesy of Fitch’s Corner.

The 2013 running of Fitch’s Corner drew a record 333 horses, as well as 665 people in attendance at the popular Blue Jean Ball with New York City’s DJ FLO. For as much as Fitch’s Corner was known as a premier destination lower level competition, the parties also put the event on the map as a key social event of the summer.

“A lot of people came for the atmosphere of the event but were driven by the social activities or the shopping, or just having a wonderful country weekend,” Fernanda said. “Kirk and I would always try to have the last dance at the Blue Jean Ball. It was the idea of having a wonderful summer party that was almost a right of passage for the kids in the area.”

Kirk also orchestrated a popular Collector Car Parade each year at the event, and in 2018 Fitch’s Corner played host to the prestigious Rolls-Royce Concours. The Millbrook Hunt Hounds also paraded the grounds every year during the event.

The Collector Car Parade served as a highlight of the event each year. Photo courtesy of Fitch’s Corner.

In addition to $25,000 in prize money awarded to the top finishers at all levels from Beginner Novice to Preliminary levels, winners at Fitch’s Corner also received trophies from Tiffany & Co., a nod to Fernanda’s 25-year career with the renowned jewelry company.

Fitch’s Corner also served as the host site for the Charles Owen Technical Merit Award in Area I; launched the Novice Masters Challenge; bestowed the Barbara Meyer Pony Club Award for members of the area pony clubs; and gave the Fitch’s Corner Award to honor a local member of the community for their support of equestrian sports.

Two key sponsors, Houlihan Lawrence Real Estate and Fresh Gourmet, with owners Donald and Barbara Tober, provided generous support for Fitch’s Corner and made it possible for the event to be so successful, Fernanda added. In turn, Fitch’s Corner raised more than $300,000 for event beneficiary, Millbrook Rescue Squad, over the years.

Familiar sights each year at Fitch’s Corner — the Millbrook Hunt Hounds and Tiffany & Co. blue boxes. Photo courtesy of Fitch’s Corner.

“We wanted Fitch’s Corner to be the very best event regardless of the level,” Fernanda said. “It was equally important for the Beginner Novice rider to have as good a time as the Preliminary rider, so we were always conscious of treating every rider as the single most important rider of the weekend.”

Videographer Marion Latta de Vogel filmed beautiful footage from Fitch’s Corner during the last few years the event ran. Watch below to relive the 25th anniversary weekend and ultimately the final running of this most treasured event.

To Fernanda, Kirk and the entire team of dedicated individuals who made Fitch’s Corner Horse Trials a reality, thank you for your incredible service to the eventing community.

Fitch’s Corner 25th Anniversary Weekend from Marion Latta de Vogel on Vimeo.

How Zone Training Can Transform Your Horse’s Fitness

Is your horse truly fit enough for cross country? I decided to take the guesswork out of my horse’s fitness plan by using a heart-rate monitor. Photo by Xpress Foto.

Studies show that once a horse’s heart rate reaches 150 beats per minute, his muscles slowly start to produce lactic acid, which ultimately creates fatigue. Once a horse’s heart rate reaches 175 to 180 bpm, or 80% of his maximum heart rate, the lactic acid levels spike sharply. It’s critical for event horses to train under these conditions so they can power through that lactic acid production on cross country.

Eventers have long understood this basic principle, which is why we include galloping in our horse’s fitness schedules. But how can you know if your horse is actually reaching and ultimately staying in the target zone when lactic acid production occurs for the required amount of time to guarantee proper conditioning?

The answer is simple — train with an equine heart-rate monitor, track your horse’s heart rate and adjust his fitness plan accordingly. If you’ve never used a heart-rate monitor before, it might seem like a daunting prospect to incorporate one into your everyday routine, but a new company called Hylofit is making it easier than ever.

Since their launch last year, Hylofit has been on a mission to help all riders — from professionals who compete at the biggest events in the world to amateurs with a goal of running a Beginner Novice Three-Day — to train smarter and “know your ride.”

Setting up Hylofit is super easy and only takes a few minutes. I had never used a heart-rate monitor prior to using Hylofit, but I didn’t have any issues following the step-by-step guide. Once you attach the heart-rate monitor to your horse’s girth, all you need to do is sync it to the Hylofit app on your phone, get on and go.

Hylofit also provides you with a guide to zone training to help you develop your horse’s fitness plan, which is super helpful in taking the guesswork out of the process for newbies like me who have never used a heart-rate monitor.

Zone 1 is up to 60% of the horse’s maximum heart rate. This is a very light intensity effort level — think warming up, cooling down and hacking.

Zone 2 is up to 60-70% of the horse’s maximum heart rate. This is a light intensity effort level used for strengthening and conditioning, like trot sets.

Zone 3 is 70-80% of the horse’s maximum heart rate. This is a moderate intensity effort level where you can hear the horse’s breathing begin to increase. Training in this zone builds stamina.

Zone 4 is 80-90% of the horse’s maximum heart rate. This is the zone in which lactic acid production begins to occur.

Zone 5 is 90-100% of the horse’s maximum heart rate. This is the zone your horse will reach when running cross country at a competition.

Hylofit can also sync to an Apple Watch.

Hylofit tracks the time your horse’s heart rate stays in each zone during your rides, so you can monitor fitness gains and losses over time and make smart decisions about how to tailor your horse’s fitness schedule. After your ride, you can review all the data and analytics on your phone or on the Hylofit website.

As a newcomer to training with a heart-rate monitor, I’m excited to be using Hylofit as I aim for my first CCI2*-L (formerly CCI*) this year with my horse, Imperial Striker, better known as Derry. I’ll be sharing our results here on EN as we both get fit together. Yes, Hylofit also tracks heart rate and fitness for riders!

Click here to read more about using a heart-rate monitor to better understand your horse’s fitness. Hylofit also has a number of fantastic educational articles on their website. Stay tuned for my next blog sharing my results.

This Video of Michael Jung Riding in the Snow is Winter Goals

Winter goals, anyone? Leave it to Michael Jung to post a video of himself jumping cross country fences in the snow while many parts of the world are experiencing severe winter weather. If you’re looking for a bit of extra motivation to keep riding in cold and snowy conditions, look no further than the double Olympic champion.

Just 30 days until spring — we can do this!

Go Eventing.

Which Dressage Tests Will You Ride Under the FEI’s New Star System?

Boyd Martin and Long Island T. Photo by Jenni Autry.

EN received a reader question asking which dressage tests will be used under the FEI’s new star system, which added a new one-star level at 1.05 meters and shifted all other levels up by one star beginning on Jan. 1, 2019.

The FEI introduced a new CCI* dressage test last year that will be used for all competitions running at this level. Note that the new CCI* level is unified and will not be split into separate short and long formats.

All of the former one-star tests will now become the two-star tests, with the former two-star tests becoming the three-star tests, former three-star tests becoming the four-star tests, and former four-star tests becoming the five-star tests.

In addition to introducing the new star system in 2019, the FEI has also replaced the collective marks for dressage with one singular mark for “overall impression of athlete and horse,” which is scored on a double coefficient.

There is also a new short test (3 1/2 minutes) that will be used at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Scroll down for links to all of the FEI dressage tests that will be used during the 2019 season.

CCIP – for Pony levels

CCI One-Star (*)

CCI Two-Star (**) – Test A

CCI Two-Star (**) – Test B (applies for Pony Championships / CCIP2*)

CCI Three-Star (***) – Test A

CCI Three-Star (***) – Test B

CCI Four-Star (****) – Test A

CCI Four-Star (****) – Test B

CCI Five-Star (*****) – Test A

CCI Five-Star (*****) – Test B

Olympic Games: new Short Test for Tokyo2020

Mark Your Calendars for the 6th Annual Eventing Prix Invitational

Will Coleman and Gideon, winners of the 2018 Eventing Prix Invitational. Photo by Lisa Thomas/Mid-Atlantic Equestrian Services.

We are quickly approaching the sixth annual Ocala Horse Properties Eventing Prix Invitational on March 4-5  at Southern Cross Equestrian in Reddick, Florida. Top event riders will face-off over a 1.30-meter show jumping course, which this year will be designed by Chris Barnard for the first time.

The Eventing Prix Invitational has grown in popularity each year and now serves as a highlight of the winter season in Florida. Ocala Horse Properties has returned once again as title sponsor, and event organizers Max Corcoran and Scott Keach are hoping to boost the prize money to $20,000 this year.

The show kicks off on Monday, March 4 with a $1,000 1.15-meter speed class sponsored by Doug Hannum Equine Therapy.

The 1.30-meter class will take place Tuesday, March 5 in a team format. The first round in the 1.30-meter class will determine the team results, and the top 10 combinations — or all pairs that jumped clear in the first round — will return for the second round jump-off.

This year’s team captains are Sara Kozumplik Murphy, Tamie Smith, Lauren Kieffer, Jennie Brannigan, Selena O’Hanlon, Hallie Coon, Justine Dutton and Shanon Baker. EN will confirm the full list of teams soon.

To be eligible to compete, riders must have competed at the Intermediate level or higher in the last 12 months, or have won a CCI5-L*. Horses must have competed at the Intermediate level or higher in the last 24 months.

General admission is free to the public on both days. Brewster Walker Horse Transport is providing free beer, as well as sponsoring a $500 Grooms Award for the best turned-out horse. Food will be available for purchase from Humble Wood Fire Pizza.

VIP tables with six seats are available for $600 in the ringside tent and include an open bar and food from Celebrations Catering, as well as access to the popular after party. Contact Denise Goyea at 617-225-6325 or [email protected] to reserve a VIP table.

Many thanks to Ocala Horse Properties for returning as title sponsor; Light Speed Equestrian for signing on as presenting sponsor; Wordley Martin Equestrian, Peak Performance (Furlong & Associates) and Stellos Electric for being prix sponsors; and Equijet, Stubben NA, Guardian Bedding, HorseFirst and Buckeye Horse Feed for being jump sponsors.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Please consider signing on to help the Eventing Prix Invitational reach their goal of giving away $20,000 in prize money this year. Contact Lisa Thomas at [email protected] for more information about sponsorship.

Reach out to Max Corcoran at [email protected] with any questions about the competition.

For those who can’t attend the Eventing Prix Invitational, the main class will once again be streamed on EQTV Network and EN with commentary.

Monday News & Notes from Fleeceworks

Heads up to everyone in Ocala this winter! Tik Maynard and Cathy Wieschhoff are teaming up to host a clinic series on natural horsemanship solutions to eventer training problems, with sessions scheduled for every Tuesday in February at Majestic Oaks. Cathy and Tik will help you and your horse work through performance, behavior and connection issues in a hands-on learning environment designed to create a safer and more reliable partnership. Click here for more details on dates and pricing.

National Holiday: National Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day (especially applicable to eventers!)

U.S. Weekend Action:

Rocking Horse Winter I H.T. [Final Scores]

Full Gallop Farm January H.T [Final Scores]

Fresno County Horse Park C.T. [Final Scores]

Your Monday News & Notes:

As British Parliament continues to negotiate Brexit, leading equine organizations are working together to determine how horse transport to Europe will be managed when the UK leaves the EU on March 29. All horses leaving the UK to enter the EU will need a new type of Export Health Certificate (EHC) requiring blood tests signed by an Official Veterinarian (OV) to confirm it is free from disease. [Brexit: implications for horse owners under the spotlight]

As cross country questions have become more technical over the years, the way we school our horses to prepare for competitions has also evolved. U.S. Olympian Phyllis Dawson discusses grid exercises she uses to teach the horse to hold the line and understand angles, narrows and corners on course. [Grid Pro Quo with Phyllis Dawson]

A new year means new faces on the USEA Board of Governors. Many thanks to the USEA for publishing detailed biographies for all of the BOG members so we can get to know them better. Thank you to ALL members of the BOG and all who serve the U.S. eventing community in a governance capacity. [Meet the 2019 USEA Board of Governors]

Heads up to all those interested in pursuing an equine-related education path in college! Equine Affaire will host a presentation on matching equine interests with college and career options on Saturday, April 13. Follow the link for more information and registration details. [Explore Equine-Related Career Paths and College Opportunities]