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Originally from San Diego, Jenni discovered eventing in high school thanks to the Bedford Hunt Pony Club in central Virginia. She took a break from competing to pursue college and a career in journalism. After working in both newspapers and magazines, she joined the EN team in 2012 and became managing editor in 2014. She travels extensively covering the U.S. Eventing Team and has reported at the Pan American Games, World Equestrian Games and Olympic Games. She’s an off-track Thoroughbred fan and competes her war horse mare Miss She Gone at the lower levels. She lives with her husband and three cats in Pennsylvania.

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Great Meadow Entry List Goes Live, Canadian Team Announced

Lisa Marie Fergusson and Honor Me. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Twenty-one U.S., eight Canadian and five British combinations will contest North America’s only FEI Nations Cup leg, Great Meadow, which will once again host an exciting weekend of competition July 7-9 in The Plains, Virginia. View the entry list here.

NAME Horse Name Nationality
Lisa Marie Fergusson Honor Me CAN
Holly Jacks-Smither More Inspiration CAN
Rachel McDonough Irish Rythm CAN
Selena O’Hanlon Foxwood High CAN
Jessica Phoenix A Little Romance CAN
Jessica Phoenix Pavarotti CAN
Jessica Phoenix Abbey GS CAN
Waylon Roberts Kelecyn Cognac CAN
Justine Dutton Jak My Style GBR
Matthew Heath One of a Kind GBR
Ben Hobday Mulrys Error GBR
Nicky Roncoroni Watts Burn GBR
James Sommervillie Talent GBR
Woods Baughman Montesquieu USA
Emily Beshear Silver Night Lady USA
Jennifer Brannigan Cambalda USA
Jan Byyny Inmidair USA
Jenny Caras Fernhill Fortitude USA
Holly Caravella Never Outfoxed USA
William Coleman Tight Lines USA
Hallie Coon Celien USA
Bruce Davidson Copper Beach USA
Mara DePuy Congo Brazzaville C USA
Phillip Dutton I’m Sew Ready USA
Savannah Fulton Captain Jack USA
Lillian Heard LCC Barnaby USA
Alexandra Knowles Sound Prospect USA
Chelsea Kolman Dauntless Courage USA
Boyd Martin Steady Eddie USA
Kurt Martin Anna Bella USA
Hillary Moses Zanadoo USA
Doug Payne Vandiver USA
Lynn Symansky Donner USA
Michael Walton Woodstock Wallaby USA

Great Britain announced last week which horses and riders will cross the pond to compete, and Canada followed suit in naming its team today.

  • Lisa Marie Fergusson (Vancouver, BC) and Honor Me, owned by the rider
  • Selena O’Hanlon (Kingston, ON) and Foxwood High, owned by John and Judy Rumble
  • Jessica Phoenix (Cannington, ON) and Pavarotti, owned by Don J. Good, or A Little Romance, owned by Donald Leschied
  • Waylon Roberts (Port Perry, ON) and Kelecyn Cognac, owned by Anthony Connolly and L. Skye Levely

Reserve:

  • Holly Jacks-Smither (Orangeville, ON) and More Inspiration, owned by the rider and Bruce Smither

We expect the U.S. to announce its team soon as well — we’ll update this post with that info as soon as we get it!

After three legs of the 2017 Nations Cup series, Britain currently holds first place in the overall standings with 270 points thanks to finishing second in each leg so far. Germany sits second on 200 points, with France in third on 100 points.

Team USA is tied for fourth place on 80 points with Ireland and Sweden after the team of Hannah Sue Burnett, Caroline Martin and Katherine Coleman finished third at Houghton Hall. Click here to view the series leaderboard.

The Nations Cup series next heads to Wiener Neustadt in Austria for the fourth leg June 30-July 2. The Nations Cup schedule for the rest of the season is:

CICO 3* Wiener Neustadt (AUT) 30 June – 2 July 2017
CICO 3* The Plains (USA) 8 – 9 July 2017
CICO 3* Aachen (GER) 19 – 23 July 2017
CICO 3* Le Haras du Pin (FRA) 10-13 August 2017
CICO 3* Waregem (BEL) 22 – 24 September 2017
CCIO 3* Boekelo (NED) 5 – 8 October 2017

The competition at Great Meadow begins Friday, July 7 with the first horse inspection at 10 a.m. EST and dressage starting at 5 p.m. EST. Dressage will resume Saturday, July 8 at 8 a.m. EST, with show jumping at 5 p.m. EST. Cross country starts at 9:30 a.m. EST Sunday, July 9.

Tickets for Great Meadow are available for sale at this link.

Great Meadow: Website, Schedule, Tickets

Monday Video from Tredstep Ireland: Get Excited for Millbrook

The countdown is on to one of my favorite events of the summer: Millbrook Horse Trials at beautiful Coole Park Farm in Millbrook, New York. Scheduled for Aug. 3-6 this year, the event hosts divisions from Beginner Novice all the way to Advanced, making it one of the largest horse trials on the East Coast.

The Advanced division is also one of the most competitive national divisions of the entire U.S. season, with many key combinations using Millbrook as a prep run before going on to major fall competitions. There is simply no better event to see so many key contenders — not to mention up-and-coming young horses — in one place.

If I haven’t sold you yet, take a look at this preview video from Marion de Vogel, who always captivates us with her stunning videography work. Click here to check out the omnibus listing for Millbrook. Entries close July 18. Go Eventing.

Star-Studded Lineup Announced for Event Rider Masters at Barbury

Can Andrew Nicholson, the king of Barbury Castle, win again? Photo by Adam Dale.

Event Rider Masters announced the lineup last night for leg 3 of the series at St James’s Place Barbury International Horse Trials July 8-9 in Wiltshire, England. In addition to three North American riders — the highest number at an ERM leg thus far — Badminton winners Andrew Nicholson and Nereo will also compete.

Lauren Kieffer will ride D.A. Duras, Debbie Adams and Jacqueline Mars’ 9-year-old KWPN gelding. Hannah Sue Burnett is competing with Cooley Dream, a 9-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding owned by Cooley Dream LLC. Rebecca Howard is also competing Blithe Hill Farm’s Riddle Master in the 16-year-old Canadian Sport Horse gelding’s first major appearance since finishing 10th at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

And there are even more names to get excited about: Rio individual silver medalists Astier Nicholas and Piaf de b’Neville, Tattersalls CCI3* winners Victoria Panizzon and Chequers Play The Game, Thomas Carlile and Blenheim 8/9-year-old winner Upsilon, Mark Todd and his Olympic partner Leonidas II, and Kentucky third-place finishers Zara Tindall and High Kingdom.

Click here to view the full entry list of 40 combinations that will compete in the Event Rider Masters CIC3* section at Barbury. All of the action will stream live on the Event Rider Masters website, starting with dressage on July 8 and concluding with show jumping and cross country on July 9.

Diarm Byrne of EquiRatings and the fabulous Nicole Brown will once again serve as your hosts, and we’ll surely hear from statistics wizard Sam Watson in the commentary box, as he is also competing aboard Ardagh Highlight following a strong fourth-place finish in the horse’s CIC3* debut in the Nations Cup at Tattersalls.

Following the first two Event Rider Masters legs at Chatsworth and Wiesbaden, Sarah “Cutty” Cohen holds a commanding lead on the series leaderboard with 51 points. Marcio Carvalho Jorge sits second with 37 points and will have the opportunity to gain ground at Barbury, where he will compete Lissy Mac Wayer. Gemma Tattersall, who sits third on the leaderboard with 30 points, can also gain valuable ground with Pamero 4.

Who will top the podium and take the largest chunk of the £50,000 in prize money at Barbury? Mark your calendars for July 8 and 9 and be sure to watch live on eventridermasters.tv. Go Eventing.

Barbury ERM Links: Website, Entries, Live Stream, Rankings

In Loving Memory of John Alliston

John Alliston in his happy place at Kentucky.

In a time of unimaginable loss for the eventing community, it is with a very heavy heart I must tell you that John Alliston, father of California-based British eventer James Alliston, died unexpectedly on Thursday, June 9, in Gloucestershire, England.

He is survived by his incredible wife Petey, wonderful sons James and Mike, and a slew of family, friends, colleagues and students who are left reeling with the news that one of the most treasured people in their lives is with us no more.

John was well known as a distinguished agricultural academic in the UK, serving as an Emeritus Professor at the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester, England, at the time of his death. Last year he was awarded the Farmers Weekly Lifetime Achievement Award for dedicating more than 50 years of his life to agriculture and education and, above all, to other people.

John received the Farmers Weekly Lifetime Achievement Award on Oct. 7, 2016.

He served as a much-loved Dean of Agriculture during the more than 20 years he spent with the university, and his legacy in academia will be most defined by the way he mentored and counseled the next generation. 

Possessing an uncanny ability to see potential in others and gently but firmly coax it out, John played a critical role in establishing the Institute of Agricultural Management Leadership in 2002. With a passion to improve the leadership qualities of his students and develop a vision for the future of agriculture in the UK, John helped shape the scope of one of the world’s most important industries.

But John would never be one to boast or brag about these achievements. Persistently and even stubbornly humble, he was much more interested in other people, and that fact is perhaps best emulated by the way John and Petey welcomed others into their home.

If a door can be a window to the soul, the door to John Alliston’s kitchen says everything you need to know about him. John and Petey ushered countless members of the eventing community into their kitchen over the years, beckoning them to leave a permanent mark on their hearts and home.

One small section of the Allistons’ signed kitchen door.

No sooner would you step foot into the kitchen when John or Petey would hand you a pen and ask you to mark your height and sign your name on the door. Oh the stories that kitchen door could tell. There are names of Olympians signed there. Names of riders who appear on magazine covers. It is a prized collection, an Eventing Who’s Who.

But to John and Petey, the names on the door all fell under one simple label: family. Because when you entered their home, whether as a practical stranger or a longtime friend, you were family.

From a logistical standpoint, this made all the sense in the world to John and Petey. When James moved to America to pursue his eventing dream, members of his new American eventing community would inevitably need a place to stay in Gloucestershire. If John and Petey discovered you were in the area for any reason at all, the decision was made for you as to where you would stay.

Nothing made John more proud than to cheer for James at events.

I experienced my first taste of this hospitality within minutes of meeting John and Petey five years ago. As devoted supporters of James’ eventing career, John and Petey always traveled from England to support him at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event and various other horse trials throughout the year, and I had the pleasure of meeting them at a party in Kentucky.

When I told Petey I was excited to be traveling to Badminton Horse Trials for the first time, she asked where I was staying. I had found a tiny hotel in Bristol, about 20 miles from the event, with the right price for EN’s travel budget. Petey promptly informed me that I would be canceling my hotel reservation and staying at their home.

Fairly stunned by such an overt display of kindness and generosity from someone I had just met, I was politely attempting to decline Petey’s offer when John stepped in to both meet me and confirm within the same sentence that I would be staying at their home, and they would not take no for an answer.

Everyone who met John and Petey instantly became family.

I didn’t realize it then, but John and Petey would ultimately become another family to me. For anyone who has met them and been taken under their wing, you will know this feeling all too well. In my first overseas assignment for EN — and my first time driving a car on the other side of the road — there are no words to truly capture what their kindness meant to me.

When I think of John and Petey, I often think of a quote from Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire: “I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.” So many members of our eventing community have depended on the kindness of John and Petey, who never remained strangers for very long to anyone lucky enough to come across their path.

John possessed an innate ability to make you feel welcome, respected and valued. He also had a wonderful laugh and a wickedly sharp sense of humor. I will forever treasure the memories from the hours spent in the Allistons’ kitchen, John topping off my wine glass and Petey trying to convince me to eat just a bit more.

In that way John and Petey created a sacred space. There is a sense of safety within those kitchen walls that leaves anyone sitting at one of the weathered benches feeling grateful to have captured that moment in time, one full of laughter and gratitude and appreciation for this collective experience that binds us all together — the intoxicating love of horses.

That is how I will always remember John Alliston.

Marilyn Little and Clearwater Finish 3rd in $216,000 Upperville CSI4*

Marilyn Little and Clearwater. Photo by Rebecca Walton/Phelps Sports.

Marilyn Little is one of five American riders competing at Luhmühlen CCI4* in Germany, which starts tomorrow with the first inspection, and she’s had a busy lead-up to the competition at the Upperville Colt & Horse Show in Virginia.

On Sunday she piloted Karen O’Connor’s Clearwater to a third-place finish in the $216,000 Upperville Jumper Classic CSI4*, delivering a time of 47.19 seconds in the 12-horse jump off. Tracy Fenney and Reve Du Paradis won on a time of 46.33 seconds, with Paul O’Shea and Skara Glen’s Presence in second on 46.42 seconds.

RF Scandalous, who will make her CCI4* debut at Luhmühlen, landed safely in Germany last week, and you can learn more about Marilyn’s preparation leading up to the event in this video she posted today on her Facebook page.

In addition to Marilyn and RF Scandalous, we also have four other American combinations competing in the Luhmühlen CCI4*: Hannah Sue Burnett and Harbour Pilot, Will Coleman and OBOS O’Reilly, Sharon White and Cooley On Show, and Katherine Coleman and Longwood. Go Team USA!

Leslie Wylie will be your boots on the ground at Luhmühlen, so keep it locked on EN for everything you need to know. The competition will stream live on FEI TV starting with dressage on Thursday. Go Eventing.

Luhmühlen Links: Website, Entries, Schedule, Live Scores, FEI TV

Dempsey Euthanized Following Postoperative Complications

Tamie Smith and Dempsey at Boekelo. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

We are heartbroken to report that the West Coast Dempsey Syndicate’s Dempsey was euthanized yesterday following postoperative complications while in recovery at the University of Montreal Veterinary Hospital.

The 9-year-old Dutch Warmblood underwent surgery Monday morning to repair a fractured ulna, which he sustained in a fall with Tamie Smith at fence 13B, a brush wedge on the CCI3* cross country course at the Bromont Three-Day Event in Quebec, Canada.

While the surgery was successful with a strong prognosis for a full recovery, Dempsey suffered complications in recovery that would not have allowed him to have a proper quality of life.

“I am absolutely devastated. Dempsey lived life to the fullest every day and I feel incredibly lucky to have ridden him. He was one of the most talented horses I have ever come across and from the first moment I jumped him I knew I had to have him, a reality made possible thanks to the incredible members of the West Coast Dempsey Syndicate LLC,” Tamie said.

“Our barn will certainly never be the same without his sense of humor and zest for life, and we will miss him more than I can comprehend.”

Tamie and Dempsey finished second at the Rebecca Farm CIC3* last year before heading overseas to complete the Blenheim CIC3* and Boekelo CCI3O*. This season they also had top-10 finishes at the Galway Downs CIC3* and most recently the Jersey Fresh CIC3*.

The EN team extends our deepest condolences to Tamie, super groom Shannon McCormick, the members of the West Coast Dempsey Syndicate, and all who knew and loved this promising horse — a bright star gone out too soon. Rest in peace, Dempsey.

[Dempsey Euthanized Following Postoperative Complications]

Great Britain Announces Team for Nations Cup at Great Meadow

Ben Hobday and Mulrys Error. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

North America’s only FEI Nations Cup leg is fast approaching at Great Meadow, which will once again host an exciting weekend of competition July 7-9 in The Plains, Virginia. Great Britain announced this morning which horses and riders will cross the pond to compete.

Matthew Heath, 34, from Oxfordshire, riding his own and Hazel Livesey’s One of a Kind II

Ben Hobday, 29, from Northumberland, with Sallie Ryle’s Mulrys Error

Nicky Roncoroni, 38, from Gloucestershire, and Lorna McWilliam and Janey Roncoroni’s Watts Burn

James Sommerville, 29, from North Yorkshire, on his own and Jennifer Sommerville’s Talent

American-based Brit Justine Dutton will fill the reserve team slot with Kathleen Cuca’s Jak My Style.

Matthew, Ben and James will all make their senior team debut for Team GB alongside Nicky, who rode on the team that finished second in the Nations Cup earlier this month at Tattersalls in Ireland.

After three legs of the 2017 Nations Cup series, Britain currently holds first place in the overall standings with 270 points thanks to finishing second in each leg so far. Germany sits second on 200 points, with France in third on 100 points.

Team USA is tied for fourth place on 80 points with Ireland and Sweden after the team of Hannah Sue Burnett, Caroline Martin and Katherine Coleman finished third at Houghton Hall. Click here to view the series leaderboard.

The Nations Cup series next heads to Wiener Neustadt in Austria for the fourth leg June 30-July 2. The Nations Cup schedule for the rest of the season is:

CICO 3* Wiener Neustadt (AUT) 30 June – 2 July 2017
CICO 3* The Plains (USA) 8 – 9 July 2017
CICO 3* Aachen (GER) 19 – 23 July 2017
CICO 3* Le Haras du Pin (FRA) 10-13 August 2017
CICO 3* Waregem (BEL) 22 – 24 September 2017
CCIO 3* Boekelo (NED) 5 – 8 October 2017

The competition at Great Meadow begins Friday, July 7 with the first horse inspection at 10 a.m. EST and dressage starting at 5 p.m. EST. Dressage will resume Saturday, July 8 at 8 a.m. EST, with show jumping at 5 p.m. EST. Cross country starts at 9:30 a.m. EST Sunday, July 9.

Tickets for Great Meadow are available for sale at this link.

Great Meadow: Website, Schedule, Tickets

All Aboard Collapses, Dies at River Glen Horse Trials [Updated]

AJ Dyer and All Aboard. Photo by Terry Dyer.

We are heartbroken to report that All Aboard, a 9-year-old Thoroughbred gelding known as “Ranger” owned and ridden by AJ Dyer, collapsed and died this morning on the Intermediate cross country course at River Glen Horse Trials in New Market, Tennessee. AJ was uninjured.

AJ shared the following statement:

“Ranger felt super today as we started the Intermediate cross country at River Glen. He was jumping well up through fence 18, when he suddenly felt uncoordinated on approach to #19. I circled, trying desperately to pull him up and I yelled for help. I dismounted as quickly as I could, and then he collapsed. His death appears to be acute cardiac or pulmonary failure. The University of Tennessee will be performing a necropsy.

“Thank you to the organizers at River Glen, to Tracy, and Wayne Quarles for helping me. Thanks to everyone back in the barns for your support and hugs, down to helping strip my horse’s empty stall. Thanks to all my friends for the texts, phone calls, and messages.

“Heaven was sent an amazing horse today, who still had so much left to accomplish. I’m so grateful for the blessed time I had with Ranger. Please hug your horse today, you never know when it could be the last. I will never again feel upset at finishing cross country with a runout, or falling off, or missing a top placing. Never again will I take for granted walking home beside my horse, able to pat his neck or kiss his nose. Ranger, I’ll miss you more than you’ll ever know.”

Bred in Kentucky, All Aboard (Silver TrainMelina’s Fuse, by Lite the Fuse) raced seven times as a 3-year-old under the Jockey Club name San Silvestro before AJ bought him as an eventing prospect. He began his eventing career as a 4-year-old with AJ, who produced him from Novice level.

AJ and All Aboard stepped up to the two-star level in 2016, with top-10 placings at Chattahoochee Hills, Loch Moy and Richland, where they won the CCI2*. They also completed the inaugural Ocala Jockey Club CCI2* last fall.

The USEA confirmed that All Aboard will undergo a necropsy, and samples will be analyzed as part of the ongoing USEA Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Research Study.

It has been a somber weekend for eventing in North America, as we also said goodbye to Kelly Morgan’s Jaeda yesterday at Bromont. The EN team extends our deepest condolences to AJ and all who knew and loved Ranger, and our thoughts continue to be with Jaeda’s connections during this very sad time.

This article has been updated with a statement from AJ.

Jaeda Dies on CCI3* Course at Bromont International [Updated]

Booli Selmayr and Jaeda. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

 We are devastated to report that Jaeda, a 13-year-old Thoroughbred mare owned by Kelly Morgan, collapsed and died on the CCI3* cross country course at the Pedigree Bromont CCI Three-Day Event in Quebec, Canada. Her rider, Booli Selmayr, was uninjured.

A post-mortem exam performed at the Faculté de Médecine Vétérinaire St-Hyacinthe revealed that Jaeda suffered an acute diaphragmatic hernia. FEI Veterinary Delegate Ann Basket said, “An injury of this type could not have been foreseen and is very uncommon in equestrian sport.”

Booli shared the following statement:

“Jaeda was the horse of a lifetime. I remember the first time I took her Prelim and felt what it meant to gallop cross country. I remember her first Intermediate, and how it felt like nothing for her to skip over the tables and how much she loved lining up the combinations cross country. I remember her first Advanced and how genuinely thrilled she was sailing over the spreads and how she pinged over the wedges and skinnies.

“She absolutely loved her job. Not many of us get the opportunity to be paired with such a remarkable horse and I am so grateful that Jaeda found her way in to my life. Jaeda was the equestrian’s dream: a wild Thoroughbred mare with an incredible team of people who believed in her and she gave back every inch of herself. She was happiest at a competition.

“Thank you all for your wonderful texts, calls, message and emails. Let Jaeda remind everyone to never give up on the slightly hot-headed or unconventional. You might just have a Dragon Princess of your own.”

Bred by Heidi Bradford and John Gilchrist in British Columbia, Jaeda (Persian StarSweet Jennifer, by Kentucky Cookin) raced five times under the name My Strawberry Angel at Hastings Racecourse in Vancouver. Samantha St. Jacques produced Jaeda through the Intermediate level before Kelly Morgan bought her to gain mileage at the lower levels.

Kelly competed Jaeda at Training level, and when she broke her wrist in a non-riding related incident in 2014, Booli stepped in to help compete the mare. Booli instantly saw a talent in Jaeda that indicated she could go the very highest level of the sport. With Booli’s upper-level horse Kennedy ready to enjoy a slower pace of life, Kelly and Booli swapped horses.

Booli stepped Jaeda back up to the Intermediate level in 2015, finishing 18th on their dressage score in the mare’s CCI2* debut at the Dutta Corp Fair Hill International that fall. Jaeda moved up to the Advanced level with Booli in 2016 and skipped around the Fair Hill CCI3* cross country with one of the fastest rounds last year.

Booli and Jaeda completed CIC3* competitions at Plantation Field, Morven Park and Pine Top, where they finished in seventh place this spring. They also completed four additional National level Advanced horse trials in the U.S. during their partnership together.

Affectionately known as the “Dragon Princess,” Jaeda had a fire about her that inspired all those she graced with her presence. As for the edge that defines a great upper-level event horse, she had it in spades, oozing bravery and a palpable zest for life.

The EN team extends our deepest condolences to Booli, Kelly, super groom Sarah Wohrman and all who knew and loved the Dragon Princess. We are so very sorry for your loss.

This article has been updated with a statement from Booli and the results of the post-mortem examination.

Who Jumped It Best? GMHA Beginner Novice Edition

It’s time to play Who Jumped It Best? GMHA Beginner Novice Edition! Take a look at these photos from the Beginner Novice Rider division at last weekend’s GMHA June Horse Trials and vote for which horse and rider you think present the best overall picture.

Many thanks to Joan Davis of Flatlandsfoto for providing these beautiful images. Click here to view final scores from GMHA. Go Eventing!

Lucy Boynton Lie and Firefly. Photo by Joan Davis/Flatlandsfoto.

Maddie Delande and Magyar’s Lexi. Photo by Joan Davis/Flatlandsfoto.

Mary Huribal and Game Changer. Photo by Joan Davis/Flatlandsfoto.

Martha Flynn and The Last Straw. Photo by Joan Davis/Flatlandsfoto.

Marc Griffith and Austin. Photo by Joan Davis/Flatlandsfoto.

Stephanie Jackson and Tough Love. Photo by Joan Davis/Flatlandsfoto.

Margaret Sanford and Irish Gates Ace in the Hole. Joan Davis/Flatlandsfoto.

Friday Videos from World Equestrian Brands: Top CCI3* Tests from Bromont

The hardworking Horse Pesterer resumed his video duties today at the Pedigree Bromont International Three-Day Event, capturing footage of the top five tests in the CCI3*. Click here to view all of his videos. Three cheers for David Frechette!

Bromont Links: Website, Entries, Ride Times, Live Scores, Course PreviewEN’s Coverage, EN’s Twitter, EN’s Instagram

Jordan Linstedt and RevitaVet Capato – 1st on 43.2

Ryan Wood and Powell – 2nd on 43.8

Sara Kozumplik Murphy and Rubens D’Ysieux – 3rd on 44.9

Jennie Brannigan and Stella Artois – 4th on 49.5

Will Coleman and Boris O’Hara – 5th on 50.1

Lauren Kieffer & Caroline Martin in Top 15 After Dressage at Bramham

Lauren Kieffer and D.A. Duras. Photo by Adam Fanthorpe.

Gemma Tattersall and Quicklook V lead the Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials CCI3* on 36.7 at the conclusion of dressage in West Yorkshire, England.

Gemma and “Pebbles” didn’t quite catch their personal best of 33.7 from the first leg of Event Rider Masters at Chatsworth last month, but it’s still the second best score at three-star level for the 12-year-old Anglo European mare (Urkel X Unabresse M X Quick Star) owned by Vicky Gosling and Vicky Hart.

We saw two scores in the 30s in the CCI3*, with yesterday’s leaders Jesse Campbell and Cleveland, his own 10-year-old KWPN gelding (Watermill Swatch X Rielone, by Lennard), settling for second place on 39.5. Pippa Funnell and Sandman 7, an 11-year-old Rheinlander (Sandro Boy Junior X Prisma, by Paradiso) owned by Jenny Nolan and Ruth McMullen, round out the top three on 40.6.

Lauren Kieffer and D.A. Duras, a 9-year-old KWPN gelding (Numero Uno X Medoc, by Quattro) owned by Debbie Adams and Ms. Jacqueline Mars, scored in the 40s for the first time at three-star level to sit tied for 12th on 45.0 after dressage.

“The exciting thing is there were a few points left on the table — his changes weren’t perfect — but he was super ridable and totally focused,” Lauren said. “In the beginning when I first started riding him it was about getting him relaxed in the ring and focused. He has all the tricks and now it’s about getting him stronger so he can hold his presence throughout the test. The exciting thing for me is he went in the ring with all that atmosphere and held his focus.”

Lauren said Ian Stark’s cross country course will be one of the toughest three-star tracks she’s ever tackled. Click here to take a virtual tour of the course thanks to CrossCountry App. “We brought ‘D’ here to get mileage around tougher courses and it’s certainly going to be that,” she said.

Caroline Martin and Pebbly Maximus. Photo by Adam Fanthorpe.

Looking to the Bishop Burton Under 25 CCI3*, Thibault Fournier and Siniani de Lathus, an 11-year-old Sell Francais gelding by Volchebnik, held onto their lead from yesterday on a score of 40.0 for France.

Caroline Martin piloted Pebbly Maximus, a 14-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Nazar X Kelshamore Lady) owned by Sherrie Martin, to a score of 47.7, the second time they have scored in the 40s together at three-star level, to sit in seventh place.

“He was a little bit feisty, and he did a really good medium and good shoulder-in. He’s come so far,” Caroline said. “(USEF Developing Coach Leslie Law) has helped me a lot with him, and it has to do with how he trains the horses. He doesn’t force them to do the shoulder-in or haunches-in. He makes them want to be able to work for you. He plays to their mental side and they become happier horses.”

Caroline Martin and Sherrie Martin’s The Apprentice, a 13-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Casado X Funny Girl, by Fernblick), did their test yesterday and now sit just outside the top 10 in 11th on a score of 49.0. Click here to read Caroline’s comments on her test with “Dirk.”

Looking to the CIC3*, Paul Tapner and Prince Mayo, a 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse (Bonnie Prince X Crosshue Lass) owned by Fred and Penny Barker, held onto their lead from yesterday on 42.1.

We had a third American pair join the competition today in Tiana Coudray and Under The Clocks in the CIC3*. “Ninja,” a 15-year-old Thoroughbred (Woodborough X Regal Kate) owned by Murray Lamperd and Jade Wishart, scored 48.6 for equal 23rd in the CIC3*.

Tiana, who recently moved yards to Swindon, has had “Ninja” in her program for about three years now, keeping him fit and in work for Murray, who would then travel to England from Australia to compete the horse. She competed him in a CIC2* at Barbury last year, and this is her first chance to take him around a three-star track.

“He is an absolute legend. You just have to take your hat off to him. You look at his record and see everything that he’s done — four four-stars around the world. It’s such a privilege to ride him. He’s lived with us for nearly three years now, and I would do a Prelim and Intermediate on him and then Murray would fly in a week before and take him to Burghley or a big event like that,” Tiana said.

“Murray has a family and a business in Australia, so it’s not always feasible for him to go back and forth to compete the horse. This year is the first time I’ve gotten to take him to a three-star. I’m really glad to be sitting on him, bearing in mind I’ve only done a couple Intermediates on him and it’s a big course! I’m hoping I can stay out of his way and let him do his job.”

CIC3* how jumping will take place tomorrow morning, with Tiana and Ninja scheduled to jump at 10:30 a.m./5:30 a.m. EST, followed by cross country in the afternoon.

BETV will stream cross country live all day from Bramham tomorrow starting with the CCI3* at 9:30 a.m. local time/4:30 a.m. EST. Click here for the full event schedule.

Cross country ride times for our North American contingent are:

Lauren Kieffer and D.A. Duras: 11:03 a.m./6:03 a.m. EST

Caroline Martin and The Apprentice: 12:38 p.m./7:37 a.m. EST

Caroline Martin and Pebbly Maximus: 1:56 p.m./8:56 a.m. EST

Tiana Coudray and Under the Clocks: 4:35 p.m./11:35 a.m. EST

Best of luck to Lauren, Caroline and Tiana as they take on Ian Stark’s track! Go USA Eventing.

Bramham Links: Website, Entries & Live Scores, XC Live StreamEN’s Coverage

Five Bromont Fast Facts from EquiRatings

It’s three-star dressage day at the Pedigree Bromont International Three-Day Event, and we’re kicking it off with five fast facts from EquiRatings! The sport’s top data company has started publishing really cool infrographics on their blog, so be sure to click over and check out the Bromont infographic here.

Hawley Bennett-Awad and Gin & Juice. Photo by Jenni Autry.

1. The only Canadian rider to finish on their dressage score since the Bromont CCI3* began in 2008 is Hawley Bennett-Award with Gin & Juice. They finished on 51.9 to win in 2009.

Jessica Phoenix and A Little Romance. Photo by Jenni Autry.

2. Two Canadians have won the CCI3* in the history of event: Hawley Bennett-Awad and Gin & Juice in 2009 and Jessica Phoenix and A Little Romance in 2014.

Boyd Martin and Kyra. Photo by Shelby Allen.

3. Boyd Martin has had 30 international top-five placings since June 1, 2016. That’s the second highest in the world in that timeframe, only behind Oliver Townend with 36. Boyd is competing six horses in total at Bromont.

Jennie Brannigan and Cambalda. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

4. Jennie Brannigan is on a clear cross country hot streak of 26 straight international runs. She is competing both Stella Artois and Cool As Ice in their CCI3* debuts at Bromont.

Boyd Martin and Steady Eddie. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

5. In the last five years, Boyd Martin and Steady Eddie are the only pair to make the time on cross country in the CIC3* at Bromont.

Keep it locked on EN for all of our coverage from Bromont. Go EquiRatings. Go Eventing.

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Thursday Videos from Standlee Hay: Must-Watch Tests from Bromont

How lucky are we to have David Frechette in eventing? An ambassador for North American equestrianism, The Horse Pesterer made the trek to Canada for the Pedigree Bromont Three-Day Event. Enjoy his day one coverage and click here to view all of his videos.

Allison Springer & Lord Willing – 1st in CCI2* on 37.8

Bobby Meyerhoff & Rascal Rap – 3rd in CCI2* on 43.9

Boyd Martin & Ray Price – 5th in CCI2* on 46.5

Holly Payne Caravella and CharmKing – 3rd in the CCI* on 41.4

Valerie Vizcarrondo and Favian – 5th in the CCI* on 44.3

Meg Kep & Anakin – Heroes in the CCI*

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Caroline Martin & The Apprentice 5th at Bramham After Dressage Day 1

Caroline Martin and The Apprentice. Photo by Adam Fanthorpe.

France leads the way in the Under 25 CCI3* at Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials after the first day of dressage in West Yorkshire, England, with Thibault Fournier and Siniani de Lathus, an 11-year-old Sell Francais gelding by Volchebnik, in first place on 40.0.

Caroline Martin and Sherrie Martin’s The Apprentice, a 13-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Casado X Funny Girl, by Fernblick), sit fifth on a score of 49.0, which she said left her a bit disappointed but also wisely pointed out that they didn’t come to Bramham to win the dressage.

“I went out and attacked the test at Houghton Hall, and he broke into the canter in the trot work. I was being tentative today about not letting him do that, but I didn’t go for it as much as I should have,” Caroline said. “He can tense his back a bit in the trot work, and I didn’t push for it and could have squeezed out more points. The canter was quite good, but we did miss one change.”

With heavy rain predicted for Saturday, Bramham is not going to be a dressage show, and pairs with strength in the cross country phase will undoubtedly rise up the leaderboard. The Apprentice, or “Dirk,” made the time for the first time at a CIC3* in his first start at the level with Caroline at Carolina International, which they won on their dressage score of 44.3. In three CIC3* runs together, Caroline and Dirk have added just 1.6 time penalties to their record.

“The course is even more beefed up this year, and it caused quite a bit of trouble last year. My plan is to go for it a best as I can, and I know (USEF Developing Coach Leslie Law) supports that,” Caroline said. “I wanted to come here and try to show everyone that this is a good horse. I am under 25 but I want to be considered for senior teams later.”

Caroline is spending a month competing in England on the Karen Stives Developing Tour, which seeks to give up-and-coming U.S. riders valuable experience at overseas competitions. She placed 17th in the Nations Cup at Houghton Hall CICO3* last month with Dirk with a clear round inside the time on cross country.

“The Karen Stives tour has honestly been life-changing for me. To be able to spend a month in England and be a part of a High Performance group has really changed my view on every aspect of my program. I try to be as competitive as I can in the States, but being here makes me want to be better in all three phases. It gives me that bit more of an edge and gets me out of my comfort zone.”

Caroline also has a second ride in the Under 25 CCI3* in Pebbly Maximus, a 14-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Nazar X Kelshamore Lady) owned by Sherrie Martin. These two are coming off a strong performance at Houghton Hall, where they scored 43.1 in the dressage to smash their personal best and ultimately finish 15th in the  CICO3*. They are slated to go tomorrow at 5:04 p.m. local time/12:04 p.m. EST.

Looking to the other divisions at Bramham, Jesse Campbell and Cleveland, his own 10-year-old KWPN gelding (Watermill Swatch X Rielone, by Lennard), lead the CCI3* on 39.5, the only score in the 30s so far at the halfway point of the division. Paul Tapner and Prince Mayo, a 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse (Bonnie Prince X Crosshue Lass) owned by Fred and Penny Barker, lead the CIC3* on 42.1. Click here to view live scoring.

We have a second American competing at Bramham in Lauren Kieffer, who is riding D.A. Duras, a 9-year-old KWPN gelding (Numero Uno X Medoc, by Quattro) owned by Debbie Adams and Ms. Jacqueline Mars, in the CCI3*. They go tomorrow at Friday 9:08 a.m. local time/4:08 a.m. EST.

There is no live stream from Bramham for dressage, but BETV will live stream cross country on Saturday starting with the CCI3* at 9:30 a.m. local time/4:30 a.m. EST. Click here for the full event schedule.

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Share Your Eventing Fail Photos to Win a C4 Oh Crap! Strap

Photo by Emily Cochran

Eventing is a humbling sport. Whether you’ve hit the dirt on a simple hack or taken a spill on cross country, all eventers will experience Newton’s Third Law Of Motion at some point — what goes up must come down!

We’re big fans of neck straps here at EN — if they’re good enough for William Fox-Pitt, they’re good enough for us! — and they can make all the difference when it comes to staying in the saddle or parting ways with your horse. That’s why we’re excited to team up with C4 to give away one of their new Oh Crap! Strap Skinny Belts.

How to win: In honor of EN’s new #EventerFailFriday series launching, we want to see photos of your eventing fails. Enter to win by posting a photo or video of one of your most humbling eventing moments on Instagram using the hashtag #EventerFailFriday. Entries close Thursday, June 15 at midnight EST. We will randomly draw a winner and announce in next week’s inaugural #EventerFailFriday post.

Click here to buy your own C4 Oh Crap! Strap for $34.99, and here to browse C4’s full line of equestrian belts. Go Eventing.

Panizzon Wins Tattersalls CCI3* on Record Score, Dutton Best American

Vittoria Panizzon and Chequers Play The Game. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Vittoria Panizzon and Chequers Play The Game clinched a record-breaking win this afternoon at Tattersalls International Horse Trials & Country Fair in Ireland, adding just 1 show jumping time penalty to their dressage score to finish on a final score of 35.5.

That gives Vittoria and “Elvis,” a 14-year-old KWPN gelding (Stravinsky X Mirakel, by Lancer II) owned by Amy and Patricia Lambert, a new record for the lowest finishing score in the history of the CCI3* at Tattersalls.

No combinations had ever finished on a final score in the 30s in past runnings of the CCI3*, and this year we ultimately saw two pairs complete on a sub-40 score, including Piggy French and Quarrycrest Echo in the horse’s first CCI3*.

Piggy and “Red,” a 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Clover Echo X Royal China, by Cavalier Royale) owned by Mickey and Jayne McGivern, were one of five combinations in the field to finish on their dressage score, taking second place on 39.3. As EquiRatings pointed out, in any other year that score would have been enough to win the CCI3*.

Willa Newton and Caja 20 finished on their dressage score of 43.6 in the mare’s CCI3* debut to take third place. The 9-year-old Rheinlander mare (Carenzo X Ravenna, by Ragtime) owned by Joey Newton and Sarah McCorquodale won the 2016 Blenheim 8/9-year-old class, which has empirically proven to be a consistent indicator of form at CCI3* and ultimately CCI4* level. Keep your eyes on these two!

Phillip Dutton and Z. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Phillip Dutton finished both of his horses in the top 10, with Z, a 9-year-old Zangersheide gelding (Asca X Bellabouche, by Babouche VH Gehucht Z) owned by Tom Tierney, Simon Roosevelt, Suzanne Lacy, Annie Jones and Caroline Moran, leading the way for the North American contingent in fifth place thanks to a clear round and 1 time penalty to complete on 46.0.

The weather spanned the gamut today in Ratoath, ranging from beautiful sunshine to pouring rain, and Phillip had the good fortune of being the first in the ring to jump during a strong deluge. Z was spectacular,” Phillip said. “He had the one time penalty, and since I was the first to go I wasn’t quite sure how quick it was going to be, but he jumped well.”

Fernhill Revelation, an 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (YOU X Hallo Noble Girl, by Hallo) owned by Tom Tierney, Simon Roosevelt, Suzanne Lacy, Annie Jones and Caroline Moran, sat in third place after cross country and ultimately finished seventh on 48.6 after knocking two poles in the show jumping. 

“I blame myself a little bit because I was pushing him for the time and I think it cost us at least one of the rails if not both,” Phillip said. “I think I would have been better off with a time fault or two but you’re in there and trying to win and that’s the risk you take.”

Buck Davidson and Carlevo. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Buck Davidson and Carlevo, a 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Caresino X Ramatuelle, by Levernois) owned by Carlevo LLC, jumped one of the six clear show jumping rounds inside the time to finish sixth on 48.2. 

Minus the mishap at the last water yesterday, he was right there,” Buck said. “I think he will come on a lot from this and I’ve got some things to work on, but I’ve got a really exciting young horse that can do all three phases.”

Kathryn Robinson and Let It Bee. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Kathryn Robinson and Gayle Robinson’s Let It Bee, a 16-year-old Westphalian gelding (Lamerto H X Baroness, by Brentano II), finished 11th for Canada, adding one rail to complete on 55.3. They now have 41 international runs together as a combination, making them the most experienced partnership in the field. 

“I was really happy with how Bee jumped, though disappointed with the rail as it was totally my fault. I rode him to that fence as if he hadn’t just done a 10-minute cross country. I should have helped him a bit and waited. But bar that mistake by me, I was happy that we made the time as it was very tight. I’m also happy with how he has come out of it, and I can sit down and make a plan for the rest of the season,” Kathryn said.

“I’m thinking I’ll probably do some CICs next, maybe some of the Event Rider Masters legs,” Kathryn said. “I was thinking of potentially going to Pau at the end of the season, so we’ll see how he feels after this. At the moment he’s full of himself!”

Katherine Coleman and Back to Business, a 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse (Harlequin Du Carel X Moxella, by Quick Star), jumped clear with 2 time penalties to finish 12th on 59.7 in the mare’s first CCI3* appearance.

“I was so pleased with the little mate,” Kathryn said. “It’s her first season at three-star and her first CCI, and she absolutely took it all on and jumped her socks off. I’m excited about her for the future.”

It’s been a wonderful week in Ireland following along with our North Americans, and it’s exciting to see more members of Team USA competing at this event. Phillip Dutton said it best: “Ireland is a very horse-friendly country, and Tattersalls has a good educational cross country course and atmosphere for dressage and show jumping. The footing was very good. It’s also a fun show, and the Guinness is very nice!”

So if you’re wondering which event to place on your bucket list next, make it Tattersalls. Until then, sláinte! Click here to catch up on all of EN’s coverage from #Tatts2017. Go Eventing.

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Sunday Links Presented by One K Helmets

Photo courtesy of Katherine Coleman

All North American combinations passed the final horse inspection this morning at Tattersalls. Just one pair in the CCI3*, Benjamin Leahy and Yasmina V, will not go forward to show jumping, giving us 23 total combinations to jump starting at 4:30 p.m./11:30 a.m. EST. You can watch live here.

Katherine Coleman sent us this photo of Back to Business looking very proud of herself at her first CCI3*! “Bizzy” skipped around the cross country yesterday to make the time. Best of luck to Team USA in today’s show jumping!

Tattersalls Links: WebsiteEntries & Live Scores, SJ Order of GoLive StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Action:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Your Sunday Links:

Sarah Cohen tops Event Rider Masters at Wiesbaden

Tight at the top of Tattersalls

Hobby horsing hits the USA, with new series at WEG venue

Shock as 40-1 outsider wins the Epsom Derby

The 7 stages of a horse lover’s life

The week that was: seven days in the horse world

Panizzon Holds Tattersalls CCI3* Lead, 4 North Americans In Top 10

Vittoria Panizzon and Chequers Play The Game. Photo by Lorraine O’Sullivan for Tattersalls.

Vittoria Panizzon and Amy and Patricia Lambert’s Chequers Play The Game gave us a cross country lesson in the CCI3* at Tattersalls International Horse Trials & Country Fair today to deservedly hold the lead.

Vittoria made Italy very proud on Thursday when she piloted “Elvis,” a 14-year-old KWPN gelding (Stravinsky X Mirakel, by Lancer II), to a career best dressage score of 34.5, which also set a new record for the lowest CCI3* dressage score ever seen at Tattersalls.

Now Vittoria and Elvis have the chance to make history once again in tomorrow’s show jumping, where they will look to finish on that score to set a new record CCI3* finishing score, currently held by Izzy Taylor and Allercombe Ellie, who finished on 41.0 in 2014. Vittoria and Elvis can afford one rail and two time penalties tomorrow and still set a new record!

The next two pairs on the CCI3* leaderboard also have the chance to set a new record finishing score thanks to jumping one of the 10 clear rounds inside the time on cross country.

Piggy French and Mickey and Jayne McGivern’s Quarrycrest Echo, a 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Clover Echo X Royal China, by Cavalier Royale), scrapped around the horse’s first CCI3* course to remain on their dressage score of 39.3, which moved them two spots up the leaderboard to second place.

Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Revelation. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Phillip Dutton has both of his horses sitting inside the top six thanks to fast and clear rounds inside the time. Fernhill Revelation, an 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (YOU X Hallo Noble Girl, by Hallo), moved up to third on 40.6. Z, a 9-year-old Zangersheide gelding (Asca X Bellabouche, by Babouche VH Gehucht Z) owned by Tom Tierney, Simon Roosevelt, Suzanne Lacy, Annie Jones and Caroline Moran, moved up to sixth on 45.0.

“It’s the biggest test that Fernhill Revelation has had. I got him at the end of last year, so I don’t know him that well, but he’s brave, and he gutted it out at the end. He was a bit tired but he kept going. I’m excited about his future,” Phillip said.

“Z gets so wound up on cross country. I probably went a little bit quick on him at the beginning, so I had to hold him together at the end. He’s a freak of a jumper, so I’ve got to really look out for him because he’s got a big future.”

As for Phillip’s thoughts on Ian Stark’s course, which ran in a reverse direction for the first time in the history of the event: “Ian’s done a great job because there is not a lot of terrain. All of the hills and mounds are man-made. It wasn’t overly hard but right up to the second last jump you had to have enough horse to finish. For my two it was a great experience for them.”

We have two other North Americans sitting inside the top 10, with Buck Davidson and Carlevo, a 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Caresino X Ramatuelle, by Levernois) owned by Carlevo LLC, adding 9.2 time penalties to slip from third to eighth on 48.2.

“He tried really hard. It was just one too many mistakes really. At the last water he was on the time and really dropped his stifles going into the water. I went to turn and thought we were fine, and then all of a sudden he stumbled. To stay upright I had to keep going straight, then stop, get organized, go back around and jump the skinny,” Buck said.

“From there he tried but he was tired. He kept jumping. Hopefully he’ll come out better from this, hopefully I’ll ride better from this. He was really good up until then. You find out a lot about your horse when they are tired, and he kept fighting for it.”

Kathryn Robinson and Let It Bee. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Kathryn Robinson and Gayle Robinson’s Let It Bee, a 16-year-old Westphalian gelding (Lamerto H X Baroness, by Brentano II), jumped clear with 10 time penalties to round out the top 10 on 54.1 as the sole combination representing Canada in the CCI3* field.

“I had to do a slight detour because he launched himself off the mound jump, so I had to quickly go a bit long and that wasted a bit of time,” Kathryn said. “He was really good and full of beans. Hopefully tomorrow he’ll be good as well.”

Katherine Coleman and Back to Business. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Katherine Coleman and her own Back to Business, a 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse (Harlequin Du Carel X Moxella, by Quick Star), went clear and inside the time in the mare’s CCI3* debut to move from 20th up to 13th on 57.7.

“She was really good. She’s quite ditchy and she took a good look at every single ditch out there. I knew she was quite ditchy coming into this and thought it would be a good course to help her education. Hopefully she will learn a lot from that,” Katherine said.

Dedicated EN readers will know that Katherine is a very fast cross country rider, so as a little bonus we asked her to share her tips for making the time on course.

“For me it’s not about counting numbers and everything being really technical. It’s all about riding the horse’s balance. Keep them forward and balanced and teach your horse to go between the flags and when in doubt, kick. It’s a matter of staying aggressive and not getting too hung up on numbers and the technicality of it. Sit back, balance your horse and just keep coming.”

Kim Severson and Cooley Cross Border. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Unfortunately things did not go to plan for Kim Severson and Cooley Cross Border, who sat in second place after dressage on 38.5. Kim retired the 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Diamond Roller X Whos Diaz, by Osilvis) owned by the Cooley Cross Border Syndicate after refusals at the sunken road at fence 12.

“He was very suspicious just from the very first fence. Everyone said he looked great but he was very weary and suspicious. Every single jump I was like, come on! I came around to the sunken road and gave him a good enough ride, and he just looked at it really hard and left a leg. I was up on his neck on the landing. He didn’t even go down to the ditch; he jumped off to the side,” Kim said.

“I circled around, got my canter and he just didn’t want to go jump that ditch. He was kind of like that the whole way around even though he didn’t appear to be outwardly like that. I thought after Kentucky he was great because he was so good and it was easy, but I actually think now that he thought that was a lot. In hindsight I probably should have done Jersey Fresh just to check on how he was feeling, even if I only did part of the course.”

Keep checking back to this report for more photos of our North American combinations! You can view a full breakdown of live scoring here. The final horse inspection is at 8:30 a.m./3:30 a.m. EST tomorrow, with CCI3* show jumping at 4:30 p.m./11:30 a.m. EST. You can watch live on the fantastic free Tattersalls live stream. Go Eventing.

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6 Tattersalls Fast Facts from Nations Cup Dressage Day + Team USA Details

Luc Chateau and Propriano de l’Ebat. Photo by Jenni Autry.

It was a quiet day for our North Americans competing in the CCI3* at the Tattersalls International Horse Trials and Country Fair, as they had a break between yesterday’s dressage and tomorrow’s cross country. But we still had plenty of dressage action in the third leg of the FEI Nations Cup.

After dressage in the George Mernagh Memorial CICO3*, Luc Chateau (FRA) and Propriano de l’Ebat, a 14-year-old Selle Francais stallion (Clown du Chesnay X Astuce de Thelle, by Mistrigi) lead the way on 36.5.

Sarah Ennis (IRL) and Horseware Stellor Rebound, a 13-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding by VDL Ricochet, sit second on a huge personal best of 36.5. Tim Price (NZL) and Escona M, a 9-year-old Holsteiner mare (Cassaro X Naomi, by Carpaccio) are third on 39.5.

France and Great Britain each have three team riders in the top 10 to sit in first and second in the Nations Cup standings after dressage on 122.6 and 128.1, respectively, with Ireland in third 132.3.

EquiRatings crunched the numbers after dressage. Here are six fast facts:

• Dressage leaders Luc Chateau and Propriano de l’Ebat are already FEI Nations Cup winners, having won at Houghton Hall CICO3* in 2015. They have scored in the 30s in five of their last seven international dressage tests.

Sarah Ennis and Horseware Stellor Rebound’s score of 36.5 is a new personal best and the first time they have ever scored in the 30s at any level in their international career.

Tim Price’s score of 39.5 with Ascona M is his best at three-star level since 2014, when he scored 39.2 in the CIC3* here at Tattersalls with Wesko before going on to win.

Oliver Townend and MHS King Joules‘ score of 39.7 is their best at CIC3* level, but doesn’t catch their overall personal best of 37.9 from Bramham CCI3* in 2016.

• Five of the past seven CIC3* winners at Tattersalls have been in first or second after dressage. Luc Chateau and Propriano de l’Ebat have never finished on their dressage score at international level, while Sarah Ennis and Horseware Stellor Rebound have five times, including at Tattersalls.

• Only Mark Todd and NZB Campino have finished on a final score in the 30s in the CIC3* at Tattersalls, winning on 36.9 in 2015. Luc Chateau (36.0), Sarah Ennis (36.5), Tim Price (39.5) and Oliver Townend (39.7) all sit on scores in the 30s after dressage, but only Luc and Sarah can set a new record by beating Mark’s score.

Nations Cup action continues tomorrow with show jumping at 2:45 p.m./9:45 a.m. EST. CCI3* cross country starts at 3:30 p.m./10:30 a.m. EST and will stream live here. Ride times for our North American combinations are:

Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Revelation: 3:30 p.m./10:30 a.m. EST
Buck Davidson and Carlevo: 3:39 p.m./10:39 a.m. EST
Kathryn Robinson and Let It Bee: 4:12 p.m./11 a.m. EST
Kim Severson and Cooley Cross Border: 4:24 p.m./11:24 a.m. EST
Katherine Coleman and Back to Business: 4:39 p.m./11:39 a.m. EST
Phillip Dutton and Z: 4:57 p.m. EST/11:57 a.m. EST

Click here to catch up on all of EN’s #Tatts2017 coverage so far. Go Eventing.

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Tattersalls CCI3* Cross Country Course Preview + Ian Stark Commentary

Fence 20 – Irish Horse Gateway Water. Photo courtesy of CrossCountry App.

With three Americans in the top five and one Canadian in the top 10 at Tattersalls International Horse Trials & Country Fair, we have a lot of cheering to do as the CCI3* riders take on Ian Stark’s cross country course tomorrow.

Ian has reversed the direction of the track for the first time in the history of the event, and EN caught up with him yesterday to chat about why he decided to mix things up and what riders can expect when they set out of the start box.

“It’s the 12th year Tattersalls has been running and it’s my seventh year here, and I thought it was time for a change. We decided to give it a go,” Ian said. “I had to think about how much it would cost, but we were able to do it quite easily. I like the flow better. It’s a bit nicer and gives the horses plenty of time to get into the course. Then the questions come.”

One of the many ditches on course. This is fence 7, the Cooley Ditch Brush. Photo courtesy of CrossCountry App.

OH do the questions come. The CCI3* track is classic Stark — big, bold and beckoning for a forward ride. The first five fences get horses and riders settled into a rhythm before the first combination at fence 6, the Dubarry Splash. Riders then go on to tackle questions ranging from a sunken road to a mound complex and four total waters. Did we mention there are a slew of ditches?

“We’re in County Meath hunting country, so it’s full of ditches,” Ian said. “Every now and then people who haven’t been here in awhile will come back and say, ‘There are a lot of ditches!’ Word’s got out.”

Fence 26 – Tattersalls UK Water Cannon. Photo courtesy of CrossCountry App.

While it doesn’t feature a ditch, the penultimate combination at fence 26, the Tattersalls UK Water Cannon, has been causing quite a bit of chatter amongst the riders. Horses will first jump the cannon table at the A element and go on to the B element, an angled brush set two strides away.

“I think there are quite a lot of places you can runout all throughout the course, and I think the second last fence will catch a few. They’re nearly home and then there’s a sharply angled brush as the second element on two strides. I think one or two will glance off there, and I think we could have trouble everywhere,” Ian said.

“It’s a big track. I don’t think it’s in any way trappy. It’s all very obvious for the horses. I think it takes a big jumping, bold horse.”

Buck Davidson pointed out yesterday that while the terrain here at Tattersalls is fairly flat, Ian has used the land very strategically, with nearly every fence set on a mound or bump of some kind. There is little room for error, and the stage is set for an exciting day tomorrow.

CCI3* cross country will stream live tomorrow at 3 p.m./10 a.m. EST. You can watch for free at this link. Scroll down to preview each fence on the CCI3* course courtesy of CrossCountry App and Lucy Latta from the amazing Tattersalls team.View in full screen mode below to scroll through all the fences. Click here to view on CrossCountry App’s website.

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Record Score Rockets Panizzon to Tattersalls CCI3* Lead, 3 Americans in Top 5

Vittoria Panizzon and Chequers Play the Game. Photo by Jenni Autry.

No one could catch Vittoria Panizzon’s record-breaking score of 34.5 in The Irish Field CCI3*, but three pairs in the afternoon group all made a valiant effort to give us four total scores in the 30s at the conclusion of a rainy dressage day.

Vittoria not only piloted Amy and Patricia Lambert’s Chequers Play The Game, a 14-year-old KWPN gelding (Stravinsky X Mirakel, by Lancer II), to the the best score of her entire career across all levels, but they also set the record for the lowest score in the history of the CCI3* at Tattersalls.

Kim Severson and Cooley Cross Border. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Team USA battled through the rain to have five riders sitting inside the top five in the CCI3*. Kim Severson and the Cooley Cross Border Syndicate’s Cooley Cross Border, a 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Diamond Roller X Whos Diaz, by Osilvis), cracked the 30s for the first time at three-star level, scoring 38.5 to sit in second place.

“It was maybe not quite as good as his test at Kentucky, but I have nothing to complain about. It’s so good to be out on the grass, which we don’t do often back home anymore,” Kim said. “I got both my changes, which is huge for him. The mediums could have been a lot better, but I’m very pleased.”

As for her thoughts on cross country, Kim echoed what the riders have been chatting about all day: There is plenty to do on Ian Stark’s course, and the penultimate combination at fence 22 will almost certainly cause issues. A sharply angled brush set on two strides invites a runout at the end of the course.

Buck Davidson and Carlevo. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Buck Davidson and Carlevo, a 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Caresino X Ramatuelle, by Levernois), went in the worst of the rain as the final pair to go in the CCI3*, also scoring a personal best at the level to sit third on 39.0.

“The rain definitely started to bucket down right as I was going in. He coped really well; he’s a trier,” Buck said. “In the conditions I couldn’t be happier with him. He’s a balanced horse and doesn’t want to slip.”

As for Buck’s thoughts on the course: “It’s a little bit old fashioned and open with big jumps. It’s a flat landscape here, but Ian has everything set on a mound or bump. The combination at the end is very difficult. My horse’s buildup has been very good for the event; he’s ready.”

Piggy French and Quarrycrest Echo. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Piggy French and Mickey and Jayne McGivern’s Quarrycrest Echo, a 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Clover Echo X Royal China, by Cavalier Royale), scored in the 30s for the first time in the horse’s career to sit fourth on 39.3. “Red” is making his CCI3* debut at Tattersalls.

Phillip Dutton and the Revelation Group’s Fernhill Revelation, an 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (YOU X Hallo Noble Girl, by Hallo), delivered the best score of their partnership to date as the first pair out this morning to sit in fifth on 40.6. Click here to read comments from Phillip about his test with “Warren” in our lunch report.

Kathryn Robinson and Let It Bee. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Kathryn Robinson and Gayle Robinson’s Let It Bee, the sole combination representing Canada in the CCI3*, scored 44.1 to sit in eighth place. The 16-year-old Westphalian gelding (Lamerto H X Baroness, by Brentano II) is re-routing from Badminton after an unfortunate slip at The Lake unseated Kathryn.

“He struggles with the changes but he was a very good boy. He’s a bit surprised to be back at a competition after Badminton. He came here quite fresh — a bit too fresh! We had a lorry that was coming to Tattersalls already, so the idea in bringing him here is to get more points for next year at Badminton. He’s not getting any younger, and I’m riding him while he still feels good.”

Phillip Dutton and Z. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Phillip Dutton, the only rider in the CCI3* with two horses, scored 45.0 to sit 11th with Z, a 9-year-old Zangersheide gelding (Asca X Bellabouche, by Babouche VH Gehucht Z) owned by Tom Tierney, Simon Roosevelt, Suzanne Lacy, Annie Jones and Caroline Moran.

“There are always parts of the test you can improve,” Phillip said. “He is a work in progress and it looks like it will be a good future for him. There is a good atmosphere here and he can be a nervous horse, but he knew his job today.”

Katherine Coleman and her own Back to Business, a 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse mare (Harlequin Du Carel X Moxella, by Quick Star) scored 57.7 to sit in 20th place at the conclusion of dressage in the 31-horse division. You can read her thoughts on how “Bizzy” handled her first CCI3* dressage test in our lunch report.

Keep checking Instagram for more photos from #Tatts2017, and stay tuned for EN’s full CCI3* cross country course preview and an exclusive interview with Ian Stark. CICO3* dressage kicks off tomorrow at 10:30 a.m./5:30 a.m. EST. You can watch live here for free. Go Eventing.

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Tattersalls Lunch Report: Vittoria Panizzon Cracks 30s to Lead CCI3*, Phillip Dutton 2nd

Vittoria Panizzon and Chequers Play the Game. Photo by Jenni Autry.

As if it hadn’t already been a thrilling morning at Tattersalls with Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Revelation scoring 40.6 as the first pair out in the CCI3*, Vittoria Panizzon then delivered the best score of her entire career aboard Chequers Play the Game, a 14-year-old KWPN (Stravinsky X Mirakel, by Lancer II) to lead at the lunch break on 34.5.

Just two riders, Sam Griffiths and Flora Harris, have ever broken into the 30s in the CCI3* at Tattersalls, according to EquiRatings. Vittoria’s score bests Sam’s score of 36.1 and Flora’s score of 37.4 — both from 2015 — to set a new benchmark in the Irish Field CCI3*.

Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Revelation. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Phillip Dutton and the Revelation Group’s Fernhill Revelation, an 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse (YOU X Hallo Noble Girl, by Hallo), delivered the best score of their partnership to date to sit in second on 40.6.

“The exciting thing is there’s plenty of room for improvement. We lost some marks in the reinback and the last halt,” Phillip said. ” I am proud of him because he’s a pretty spooky horse, but he got to work and knew what he had to do.”

This is the first time Phillip has ever competed in Ireland, and he said his team has thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The venue here at Tattersalls is truly top notch, with permanent stabling, a cozy groom’s cantina — where the journalists can eat too! — and plenty of atmosphere to give the event a truly international feel.

“It’s a great event and it’s definitely been worth the trip so far,” Phillip said. While he’s only had one  quick walk around the cross country course so far, Phillip said the track is definitely stiff.

I also caught up with course designer Ian Stark, who reversed the direction of the track this year and has plenty of challenging questions in store for the riders. Stay tuned for his comments in our full cross country course preview.

Katherine Coleman and Back to Business. Photo by Jenni Autry.

We have five Americans and one Canadian competing in the CCI3* at Tattersalls, and Katherine Coleman has been our only other rider to go so far with her own Back to Business II. The 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse mare (Harlequin Du Carel X Moxella, by Quick Star) scored 57.7 in her CCI3* debut to sit eighth at the lunch break.

“I was really pleased overall but was definitely disappointed in the flying changes. She’s been nailing them in the CICs, so that was a bit gutting,” Katherine said. “I wasn’t sure how she would be making the step up to three-star level this year, but she’s really come out and stepped up to the plate. She’s impressed me so much this season.”

Katherine and “Bizzy” as she is known in the yard — as the mare doesn’t like to stand still! — have jumped clear with an average of 2.5 time penalties in all three of their CIC3* cross country runs this season. She hasn’t yet walked the course, but with plenty of rain expected to fall ahead of Saturday, the ground will almost certainly be soft.

We had beautiful sunny skies for yesterday’s first horse inspection but today’s weather has taken a decidedly Irish turn, with a cold rain falling through the lunch break and expected to continue through the afternoon. Time to break out the rain gear!

Our remaining riders go at the following times:

Kathryn Robinson and Let It Bee: 1:52 p.m./8:52 p.m. EST
Kim Severson and Cooley Cross Border: 2:20 p.m./9:20 a.m. EST
Phillip Dutton and Z: 3:24 p.m./10:24 a.m. EST
Buck Davidson and Carlevo: 3:38 p.m./10:38 a.m. EST

You can watch live for free at this link. Sam Watson of EquiRatings is in the commentary box, so be sure to tune in to hear even more statistics and analysis of the CCI3* field. Check back later today for much more from #Tatts2017. Go Eventing.

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