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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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US Equestrian Announces Nations Cup Team for Millstreet CICO3*

Liz Halliday-Sharp and Deniro Z. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Hot off the presses! US Equestrian has announced the combinations that will compete on the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team for the FEI Eventing Nations Cup at Millstreet International Horse Trials in Co Cork, Ireland on Aug. 22-26.

The Millstreet CICO3* will serve as an Olympic trial event for the new competition format of three counting scores, which will be used at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. The U.S. team will compete under the guidance of U.S. Eventing Chef d’Equipe Erik Duvander.

The following three combinations will make up the U.S. team:

  • Buck Davidson (Ocala, Fla.) with Carlevo, Carlevo LLC’s 11-year-old Holsteiner gelding
  • Hallie Coon (Ocala, Fla.), a 2018 USET Foundation Karen Stives Endowment Fund Grant recipient, with Celien, Hallie and Helen Coon’s 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare
  • Liz Halliday-Sharp (Ocala, Fla.) with Deniro Z, the The Deniro Syndicate’s 10-year-old KWPN gelding or Fernhill By Night, Deborah Halliday’s 15-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding

EN will be posting reports on Millstreet throughout the event. Click here to view entries across all the divisions. Go Eventing.

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Who Jumped It Best? Bromont CIC3* M&M’s Edition

There are a slew of reasons that make Bromont such a special event: the charm of a bustling ski town where everyone speaks French, the breathtaking backdrop of towering mountain peaks, and fabulous hospitality from our Canadian friends.

Case in point: MARS Incorporated serves as the title sponsor of the June CCI at Bromont, and the new August CIC also had plenty of treats for all to enjoy: a surplus of M&M’s for the humans and Pedigree Dentastix for our canine companions.

It was only appropriate that Marc Donovan’s show jumping course included this fabulous M&M’s jump designed by Brody Robertson. Take a look at these photos of horses and riders in the CIC3* and vote in the poll at the bottom of the post for which pair you think present the best picture over the jump.

Click here to catch up on all of EN’s coverage from Bromont. Go Eventing.

Cary Chavis and Game On. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Jenny Caras and Fernhill Fortitude. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Daniel Clasing and MW Gangster’s Game. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Charlotte Collier and Clifford M. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Meghan O’Donoghue and Palm Crescent. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Selena O’Hanlon and Foxwood High. Photo by Jenni Autry.

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

Sharon White and Cooley On Show. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Boyd Martin, Waylon Roberts, Cole Horn Prevail in Bromont CIC2* & CIC* Finales

Boyd Martin and Contestor. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Cross country proved to be the deciding factor in the CIC2* and both CIC* divisions today at the Bromont CIC Three-Day Event, with time penalties shuffling the standings to give us new faces across all three leaderboards.

Boyd Martin had a solid day across the board here in Quebec, finishing all three of his CIC3* rides inside the top 15 and taking the win in the CIC2*. He piloted Denise Lahey and Pierre Colin’s Contestor, an 11-year-old KWPN gelding (Contango X Jer’s Princess, by Killer Jer), to the win on his dressage score of 32.2.

After overnight leaders Jessica Phoenix and Bentley’s Best were eliminated on refusals, Boyd and “Cortez” could afford to be 1 second over the optimum time of 5 minutes, 50 seconds and still take the win. But they didn’t need it, cruising around 2 seconds inside the time to seal the deal.

The win is especially impressive considering things did not go to plan for Cortez at Millbrook two weeks ago, where he was withdrawn following show jumping due to a rocky round. Boyd went back to the drawing board with his coach Richard Picken and very nearly took a victory lap yesterday after Cortez delivered a super clear show jumping round.

“It was a fantastic performance by my old mate Cortez. He’s had the comeback of all comebacks after a disaster at Millbrook,” Boyd said. “To come back and win at Bromont — it goes to show what two weeks of training can do. He’s a wonderful galloper and great jumper. He’s owned by the breeders, Denise and Pierre, and is one of their favorite horses. I’m very lucky to have them on board.”

Only four pairs made the optimum time in the CIC2*. Erin Sylvester and Frank McEntee’s Paddy The Caddy, an 11-year-old Thoroughbred gelding (Azamore X Slamy, by Grand Slam), beat the clock to move up from seventh after show jumping and finish second on 33.8.

Michael Nolan and Andrew Walker’s SBT Good Guy, a 9-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Loughehoe Guy X Watervalley Dawn Diamond, by Glidawn Diamond), added 4.8 time penalties to finish third on a final score of 37.4. Click here to view full scores from the CIC*.

Waylon Roberts and Wil Celtic Charlie. Photo by Cealy Tetley/Bromont.

No pairs caught the time in the CIC*, but Waylon Roberts and Aletta Martin’s Wil Celtic Charlie delivered an impressive clear with 1.6 time penalties in the horse’s FEI debut to take the win on a final score of 28.0.

“Charlie,” a 6-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding by Porsche, just stepped up to Preliminary level this season and struggled a bit in the extreme heat and humidity in his last run at the Horse Park of New Jersey.

“I did a lot of work to get him fitter and able to run a little faster, and he felt a lot better today,” Waylon said. “I walked all three courses, and for the level the fitness on the one-star was the hardest of the three; it had the most uphill pulls. I was 4 seconds over, and I really did go as fast as I could go on him.”

After winning his CIC* debut, Charlie will return to Canada later this month for his first CCI* at Foshay International, the country’s newest FEI event in New Brunswick. Waylon was on the fence about whether he would compete at Foshay due to the possibility of Kelecyn Cognac being selected for the Canadian World Equestrian Games team. Sadly, Waylon has withdrawn “Dan” from consideration for WEG.

“Dan just didn’t feel right in show jumping yesterday,” Waylon said. “It’s time for him to step back from the level. … I love the horse, and he’s done so much for me. It would be folly to keep pushing at this point, so we’re going to back off. He’s ready to go back down to a lower level.”

In typical kick-on eventer form, Waylon is staying optimistic and looking ahead to the future. Considering how well Charlie handled his first CIC* at Bromont, he is thinking of the horse as an option for the Canadian team at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.

Looking to the rest of the CIC* leaderboard, Lindsay Traisnel and Patricia Pearce’s Bacyrouge, a 7-year-old Selle Francais (Mylord Carthago X Lelia, by Clyde de la Combe), jumped clear with 1.2 time penalties to finish second on 29.9.

Colleen Loach and Peter Barry’s Foreign Quality, a 7-year-old KPWN gelding (Warrant X Orsina II, by Calvados), led after show jumping and added 5.2 time penalties to finish third on 31.1. Click here to view final scores in the CIC*.

Cole Horn and Cooley Sligo. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Four pairs beat the clock in the CIC*-Under 25 division, with Cole Horn and Cooley Sligo storming around 10 seconds inside the time to take the win on a final score of 33.5 in the horse’s FEI debut.

Cole has produced “Sligo,” a 6-year-old Irish Sport Horse (Sligo Candy Boy X Town Land Pride, by Townrath Pride), from a 4-year-old and said he was thrilled with how the horse handled Derek di Grazia’s course.

“Everything rode really well. I just stuck to my plan that I had going into it and came home well under the time with that,” Cole said. “There was no hesitation from him. He was in it for the whole run and kept on going.”

Cole has worked for Ryan Wood for nearly three years and said he has been instrumental in helping to produce the horse to this point in his career. “Ryan has taught me everything I know about how to ride cross country and show jumping,” Cole said. “I wouldn’t be anywhere without him.”

Sligo will be listed for sale soon as Cole works to build the funding to ultimately start his own business. He is looking forward to producing his next superstar, 4-year-old MBF Cooley Permission to Land, who is gearing up to compete in his first event this fall.

Olivia Hayes and Tracy Zack’s Astrana de la Galerna, an 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse mare (Mystic Replica X Alisas de la Galerna, by Windstar), added 0.8 time penalties to finish second on 36.0.

Bradley Champagne and his own Wallaroo W, a 10-year-old Thoroughbred cross (Staccatto X Brilliant Invader, added 0.4 time penalties to finish third on 38.6.

That’s a wrap on Bromont! Stay tuned for some special editions of Who Jumped It Best. Click here to catch up on all of EN’s coverage. Thank you to Sue Ockendon and her fantastic team for a super weekend in Canada. Go Eventing.

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Selena O’Hanlon and Foxwood High Fly to Bromont CIC3* Victory

Selena O’Hanlon and Foxwood High. Photo by Jenni Autry.

No one caught the optimum time today on Derek di Grazia’s CIC3* course at the Bromont CIC Three-Day Event, but Selena O’Hanlon and John and Judy Rumble’s Foxwood High delivered one of the fastest rounds of the day to clinch the win on 30.4.

Selena and “Woody,” a 15-year-old Canadian Sport Horse bred by Epstein Equestrian (Rio Bronco W X Evita II), started the day in a three-way tie for fourth place and rose to the top of the leaderboard thanks to crossing the finish with just 2.4 time penalties.

“I found this course very twisty in comparison to normal Bromonts, and there were a couple of places where I lost time. The footing was superb and the fences were built just beautifully. The terrain was going to be a little bit of a test for Woody because I don’t really have hills at home, but he felt really fit at the end,” Selena said.

“He felt fantastic and pulled up really nice — he was wondering where the rest of the course was! This was his first run since Badminton. He was very adjustable and listening and looking at his job and locking on.”

Now Selena and the other Canadian WEG hopefuls will be waiting on pins and needles ahead of the team announcement, which is expected to be released early in the week. Selena and Woody represented Canada at the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy, and she hopes his winning form here at Bromont will seal the deal on a team slot for Tryon.

“I hope that I get picked for the team for Woody’s sake and for his owner’s sake. He works really hard, and his owners are 100% behind him and always have been. I have the attitude of ‘one horse show at a time’ and ‘don’t count your chickens until they’ve hatched’ and I hope for the best, but I think after how he performed on cross country and the way he proved himself this weekend, I would be surprised if he was left off the team.”

Selena echoed the sentiments of all the riders when she praised Sue Ockendon and the team at Bromont for stepping in to run the August CIC, which provided an ideal prep run for horses heading to WEG.

“It was a safe course with safe footing and a good confidence-building round, and a fitness round with the hills,” Selena said. “I’m so grateful we got this event to replace Richland because there aren’t many venues that could replace Richland, and this is one of them.”

Lynn Symansky and Under Suspection. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Lynn Symansky and Mary Ann Ghadban’s Under Suspection were one of the pairs tied for fourth after show jumping, and the 14-year-old Holsteiner mare (Contender X Naomagic I, Exorbitant xx) skipped around with 4.0 time penalties to finish in second place on 32.0.

Boyd Martin and Long Island T, a 12-year-old Oldenburg/Thoroughbred (Ludwig von Bayern x Haupstsbuch Highlight, by Heraldik xx) owned by The Long Island T Syndicate, led after show jumping and added 6.4 time penalties to finish third on 32.0.

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

Meghan O’Donoghue and Palm Crescent, a 12-year-old Thoroughbred (Quiet American X Edey’s Village, by Silver Deputy) owned by Chase and Darcy Shipka, had the fastest round of the day, coming home with 0.8 time penalties to move up from 15th and finish fourth on 33.5.

Kim Severson and Cooley Cross Border, an 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Diamond Roller X Whos Diaz) owned by the Cross Syndicate, added 6.0 time penalties to round out the top five on a final score of 34.0.

Phillip Dutton and his U.S. WEG team mount Z, a 10-year-old Zangersheide (Asca X Bellabouche, by Babouche VH Gehucht Z) owned by The Z Partnership, jumped clear with 7.2 time penalties to finish sixth on 34.3.

Meghan O’Donoghue and Palm Crescent. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Boyd Martin finished a second ride inside the top 10 in his homebred Ray Price. The 10-year-old Thoroughbred/Dutch gelding (Raise A Stanza X Fair Fiona, by Salute) owned by the Ray Price W Syndicate added 2.4 time penalties to finish seventh on 34.5.

Will Coleman and Off The Record, a 9-year-old Irish Sport Horse (VDL Arkansas X Drumagoland Bay, by Ard Ohio) owned by the Off the Record Syndicate, added 2.4 time penalties to finish eighth on a final score of 34.6.

Charlotte Collier successfully completed her first CIC3*, adding 3.2 time penalties to finish ninth on 34.6 with Clifford M, a 12-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Cristo 5 X Naomi IV, by Carpaccio) owned by Parker Collier.

Lynn Symansky and her U.S. WEG team mount Donner, a 15-year-old Thoroughbred (Gorky Park X Smart Jane, by Smarten) owned by The Donner Syndicate, added 7.6 time penalties to place 10th on 35.7. Click here to view full scores from the CIC3*.

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

Derek di Grazia’s CIC3* course rode well across the board, with 22 of 29 starters (76% of the field) delivering clear rounds.

Looking to trouble on course, Cary Chavis and Game On picked up 20 jumping penalties at 5A at the first water. Kaelen Speck and Sweet Rebellion and Kaitlin Clasing and Cartender de Nyze both had runouts at 9B, the second corner at the corner combination. Brandon McMechan and Oscar’s Wild received 11 jumping penalties for breaking the frangible pin at 11A, the hanging rail at the coffin. All went on to complete the course.

Laura Welsh and Galactic were eliminated after three refusals on course at the brush corner at 14C, the first skinny at the water at 16B and the triple brush at 18B. Jessica Phoenix retired Dr. Sheldon Cooper after two refusals at 16B.

Marilyn Little sat in second place after show jumping with RF Scandalous, her U.S. WEG mount owned by Jacqueline Mars and Phoebe and Michael Manders, but things did not go to plan today. The mare was raring to go and looked very feisty going into the start box, and she ran right by fence 9A, the open corner at the double corner combination. She successfully jumped the full corner combination on the direct route after re-presenting and went on to complete with 20 jumping penalties and 28.4 time penalties.

“I probably came around the turn too quickly given her level of enthusiasm for her to properly eye in on it, but she is fitter than she’s ever been and she’s quite exhilarated by it,” Marilyn said.

“I have to take that into account going forward, but that is what this final outing before WEG is about — seeing where your horse is, evaluating what needs to be improved, and fine-tuning those improvements over the next month. It was great to see her come in as strong as she did. I’ve got so much to work with, and still a month to make some adjustments before the big day in September.”

The four other U.S. WEG team members all jumped steady clear rounds with time penalties in preparation for Tryon, with Z and Donner finishing in the top 10. Boyd Martin and Christine Turner’s Tsetserleg added 4.8 time penalties to finish 12th on 37.1. Lauren Kieffer and Jacqueline Mars’s Vermiculus added 10.4 time penalties to finish 15th on 42.8.

Click here to view final scores after cross country. Keep checking back for more photos. You can relieve all the action in EN’s open thread. Stay tuned for much more from Bromont. Go Eventing.

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Bromont CIC3* Live Cross Country Updates

Selena O’Hanlon and Foxwood High. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Good morning from Bromont! It’s a gorgeous day here in Quebec, with the sun shining on what is set to be a thrilling day of cross country. The U.S. World Equestrian Games team horses are running in their final outing before Tryon, with key Canadian horses also gunning for a slot on their squad.

There is no live stream, but I will be running live updates here on EN for CIC3* cross country, which starts at 8 a.m. EST. Keep refreshing this page for all the latest news. Click here for a fence-by-fence preview of Derek di Grazia’s CIC3* course. The optimum time is 6 minutes, 28 seconds. Less than 15 seconds separate the top 10 after show jumping.

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8: Jessica Phoenix and Bogue Sound and Waylon Roberts and Kelecyn Cognac have both withdrawn.

8:11: Two very experienced jockeys as our first to go. Phillip Dutton and Z and Boyd Martin and Tsetserleg are both home clear.

8:15: Times in for our first two: 7.2 time penalties for Z and 4.8 time penalties for Tsetserleg.

8:16: Waylon Roberts and Lancaster are home clear with 15.2 time penalties.

8:20: Lynn Symansky and Under Suspection are home clear with 4 time penalties to take the early lead.

8:27: Will Coleman and Off the Record are home clear with our fastest time so far! Just 2.4 time penalties.

8:30: Jenny Caras and Fernhill Fortitude are home clear with 11.2 time penalties.

8:35: Sharon White and Cooley On Show are home clear with 9.2 time penalties.

8:40: Lauren Kieffer and Vermiculus have completed clear with 10.4 time penalties.

8:43: Kim Severson and Cooley Cross Border complete clear with 6.8 time penalties.

8:46: A refusal at 5A for Cary Chavis and Game On.

8:47: Daniel Clasing and MW Gangster’s Game are home clear with 9.6 time penalties.

8:52: Cary Chavis and Game On complete with 20 jumping and 21.3 jumping penalties.

8:53: A runout at 14C for Laura Welsh and Galactic. She also picked up a runout at 16B at the second water. A third refusal on course at 18B results in elimination.

8:59: Kaelen Speck and Sweet Rebellion complete the course with 20 jumping penalties at 9B.

9: A runout at 9B for Kaitlin Clasing and Cartender de Nyze. She completed with 20 jumping and 21.6 time.

9:08: Clear with 14.4 time penalties for Mara DePuy and Congo Brazzaville C.

9:10: Boyd Martin and Long Island T complete with 6 time penalties, which puts them on the same score as Lynn Symansky and Under Suspection.

9:11: A runout at 9A for Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous.

9:15: RF Scandalous completes with 20 jumping penalties and 28.4 penalties.

9:18: Daniela Mougel and Cecelia are home clear with 8 time penalties.

9:28: Selena O’Hanlon and Foxwood High are clear with 2.4 time penalties to take the lead!

9:30: A frangible penalty at 11A for Brandon McMechan and Oscar’s Wild. They have now completed with 2.8 time penalties.

9:34: Meghan O’Donoghue and Palm Crescent have completed clear and only two seconds over the time — fastest of the day!

9:40: Lindsay Kelley and Cooley Cruise Control complete clear with 5.6 time penalties.

9:42: Caitlin Henderson and Creative Dreamer are home clear with 15.2 time penalties.

9:45: Jessica Phoenix has retired Dr. Sheldon Cooper after two runouts at 16.

9:50: Charlotte Collier and Clifford M are home clear with 3.2 time penalties.

9:58: Will Coleman and Tight Lines are home clear with 6 time penalties.

10:03: Lynn Symansky and Donner are home clear with 7.6 time penalties.

10:04: No one else can pass Selena O’Hanlon and Foxwood High — they are our 3* winners!

10:06: Phillip Dutton and I’m Sew Ready complete clear with 6.0 time penalties.

10:10: Boyd Martin and Ray Price are home clear with 2.4 time penalties. That is our final pair in the 3*.

Final results:

Canada Dominates Bromont CIC2* and Both CIC* Divisions

Jessica Phoenix and Bentley’s Best. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Canada is dominating three of the four FEI divisions here at the Bromont CIC Three-Day Event at the conclusion of today’s show jumping action in Quebec.

Jessica Phoenix led the CIC2* after dressage with Pavarotti, but one rail down in show jumping opened the door for Bentley’s Best to move up to take the lead on 30.9. This pair won the CIC2* at Bromont in June, and the stage is set for them to repeat the victory tomorrow.

“Benny,” an 11-year-old Trakehner gelding (Hirtentanz X Hauptstutbuch Baronesse XIII, by Eichendorff) owned by the Bentley’s Best Group, has extensive experience competing at the three-star level. Jessica decided to step him back to two-star level this year to solidify his form, and she is also thinking of him as a possible mount for the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.

“He’s done so much, but he’s still so playful,” Jessica said. “He’s playful in dressage and he’s playful in show jumping, and I want to keep him at two-star level until he’s more workmanlike. He feels really solid at the two-star level and really competitive at the level.”

As for her thoughts on Derek di Grazia’s track for tomorrow: “All three courses are serious courses. I was thinking that the three-star would be more of an easy run in the lead up to the World Equestrian Games, but there’s a lot to do out there, and it’s big. The two-star has a ton to do, and the one-star feels like if you do that well then you’re ready to move up to Intermediate.”

Boyd Martin and Contestor, an 11-year-old KWPN gelding (Contango X Jer’s Princess, by Killer Jer) owned and bred by Denise Lahey, jumped clear to move up to second place in the CIC2* on 32.2.

Dom Schramm and The Naked Horse Eventing Syndicate’s Bolytair B and Michael Nolan and SBT Good Guy both jumped clear rounds and sit tied for third place on 32.6.

Fourteen of the 24 combinations (58% of the field) jumped clear rounds over Marc Donovan’s show jumping course in the CIC2*, but poles went flying in the CIC* divisions.

Colleen Loach and Foreign Quality. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Colleen Loach and Peter Barry’s Foreign Quality jumped one of the five clear rounds in the CIC* to move up from third place after dressage to lead on 25.9.

“Badger,” a 7-year-old KPWN gelding (Warrant X Orsina II, by Calvados), won the 2016 USEA Young Event Horse East Coast Championships with Tim Bourke as a 5-year-old. Peter Barry purchased him in early 2017, and Colleen started competing him soon after.

He finished fourth here at Bromont in June in his first CCI* and stepped up to Intermediate at the GMHA Festival of Eventing in Vermont last weekend. Colleen said she plans to wait to move him up to the two-star level until next spring.

“He didn’t have a lot of confidence when I first started riding him, so I think it’s important to keep his confidence level up,” Colleen said. “Now he’s starting to really trust me and go forward. He’s not a very forward-thinking horse, and I’m trying to build his trust. He’s one of the most talented horses I’ve ever ridden.”

Waylon Roberts and Aletta Martin’s Wil Celtic Charlie jumped clear to move up to second in the CIC* on 26.4. Matt Brown and Anna Honeycutt’s Fernhill Chico led after dressage on 23.4 and slipped to third place with one rail down.

Katie Lloyd and Cadence. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Katie Lloyd and Cadence are making their one-star debut one to remember, moving up to take the lead in the CIC*-Under 25 on 33.2 with one rail down.

She bought Cadence, a 13-year-old Holsteiner/Canadian Sport Horse (Camiros X N’Thabiseng, by A Fine Romance) as a saddle broke 6-year-old from Kaitlin Breton-Honeyman, who bred the mare just outside Guelph.

“My mare is fabulous. She’s a really good jumper, but she’s a really spooky horse. My sole thought when I went in the ring was ‘don’t let her gallop away’ — just keep her relaxed, calm, between the legs and hopefully make it over all the fences.”

Katie earned her undergraduate degree in animal biology from the University of Guelph and is taking a break from school before going back for her master’s degree. She hopes to study equine probiotic research in sport horses.

Originally from Dundas, Ontario, Katie now lives in Guelph and trains with Lynda Ward and Jo Young. Her ultimate goal for the rest of the season is to move Cadence up to Intermediate and ultimately aim for the Hagyard MidSouth CCI*.

But first, her goal is a clear cross country round tomorrow: “She can be a bit ditchy, so we’re going to need to kick on. She’s a very capable horse. She’s a mare that needs her head in the game.”

Cole Horn and Cooley Sligo. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Cole Horn and his own Cooley Sligo, a 6-year-old Irish Sport Horse (Sligo Candy Boy X Town Land Pride, by Townrath Pride), had one rail down and moved up to second place on 33.5.

Kimberley Bégin and her own Bentley, an 11-year-old Trakehner (Krusader X Bonita) bred in Canada by Robin Cruickshank, also had one rail down to move up to third on 35.0.

Only one pair jumped a clear round in the CIC*-Under 25 division — shoutout to Charlotte Collier and Fidelius 35!

Looking to the Training divisions, Lauren Kieffer and Jacqueline Mars’s Get Gaudi jumped clear to hold the lead in the Open division on 22.1. Amanda Beale Clement and Megan Wilson’s BE Kilgoric Felix also jumped clear to hold the lead in the Training Young Rider division on 26.9.

Click here to view full scores following show jumping. Boyd Martin and Long Island T lead the CIC3*; click here to read the full CIC3* report from this morning. Click here to view show jumping videos courtesy of David Frechette.

Cross country day starts with the CIC3* at 8:30 a.m., followed by the CIC2* at 10:38 a.m., CIC* at 12:20 and Training at 2:44. Click here to view the full schedule. Stay tuned for much more from Bromont. Go Eventing.

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Boyd Martin and Long Island T Leap to Bromont CIC3* Lead

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

Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous could afford one rail and 1 time penalty following their near record-setting dressage score of 19.9 in the Bromont CIC3* Three-Day Event yesterday. A knocked pole at fence 2, a vertical, plus 2 seconds over the time allowed of 82 seconds for Marilyn boosted Boyd Martin and Long Island T up to take the lead on a slim 0.3-penalty margin.

Long Island T, a 12-year-old Oldenburg/Thoroughbred (Ludwig von Bayern x Haupstsbuch Highlight, by Heraldik xx) owned by The Long Island T Syndicate, has had a mixed show jumping record since moving up to Advanced level in February. He jumped clear rounds in his first three starts at the level, but had a rail in two of his three rounds that followed.

“Ludwig” delivered a beautiful, speedy clear over Marc Donovan’s course on a chilly, overcast morning here in Quebec, stopping the clock three seconds inside the time and ultimately securing the overnight lead on his dressage score of 25.6.

“His show jumping is a work in progress still, but every event we go to I feel like we’re a bit more in sync with each other,” Boyd said. “He’s got a really good jump in him. The biggest thing is confidence and relaxation.”

Ludwig made a trip to the Kentucky Horse Park last month to tackle 1.30-meter classes in the big ring at the Kentucky Summer Classic, which Boyd said definitely helped bolster the horse’s confidence. “My jump coach Richard Picken has been relentless in improving him,” Boyd added, “and he’s finding more jump and more scope.”

Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous. Photo by Jenni Autry.

U.S. WEG team combination Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous, a 13-year-old Oldenburg mare (Carry Gold X Richardia, by Lario) owned by Jacqueline Mars and Phoebe and Michael Manders, now sit in second place on 25.9 after adding 6 total penalties.

Phillip Dutton and his U.S. WEG mount Z, a 10-year-old Zangersheide gelding (Asca X Bellabouche, by Babouche VH Gehucht Z) owned by the Z Partnership, has now jumped clear in his last eight show jumping rounds at international level and remains in third place on 27.1.

Our three-way tie for fourth place remains after Kim Severson and The Cross Syndicate’s Cooley Cross Border, Selena O’Hanlon and John and Judy Rumble’s Foxwood High, and Lynn Symansky and Mary Ann Ghadban’s Under Suspection all jumped clear to stay on scores of 28.0.

Phillip Dutton and Z. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Lynn Symansky and her U.S. WEG team mount Donner, a 15-year-old Thoroughbred (Gorky Park X Smart Jane, by Smarten) owned by The Donner Syndicate, also jumped clear to remain in seventh place on their dressage score of 28.1.

Mara DePuy and Congo Brazzaville C, an 11-year-old KWPN (Tangelo Van de Zuuthoeve X Mexico M, by Highline) she owns with David and Mark Clark Regamey, jumped clear to stay in eighth place on 29.6.

Phillip Dutton has a second ride in the top 10 in John and Kristine Norton’s I’m Sew Ready. The 14-year-old KWPN gelding (Lupicor X Jarda, by Elcaro) is Phillip’s reserve horse on the U.S. WEG team, and also received grant funding to compete at Les Etoiles de Pau CCI4* in October.

Charlotte Collier and Clifford M, a 12-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Cristo 5 X Naomi IV, by Carpaccio) owned by Parker Collier, jumped clear to move into the top 10 on 31.4. We wish Charlotte the very best of luck as she looks to complete her first three-star tomorrow.

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

Eighteen of the 31 combinations (58% of the field) in the CIC3* jumped clear show jumping rounds. Four of the five U.S. WEG team combinations jumped clear rounds, with Boyd Martin and Christine Turner’s Tsetserleg and Lauren Kieffer and Jacqueline Mars’s Vermiculus also leaving all the poles in the cups to sit 13th and 14th, respectively.

Looking ahead to tomorrow’s cross country, time will ultimately decide how the final results play out. Boyd Martin and Long Island T cannot afford a single second over the optimum time of 6 minutes and 28 seconds to maintain the lead. As for his plan on Derek di Grazia’s course, Boyd said he won’t be challenging the clock with Ludwig.

“Every time I sit on him on cross country, it’s about riding him within his limit speed-wise,” Boyd said. “If I try to go too quick on him, the lights go out. He’s getting in a place where I can open him up more without him switching off. He’s not really good with these twisty tracks, but I think it will be a good education for him.”

Selena O’Hanlon and Foxwood High. Photo by Jenni Autry.

All the riders agree that Derek’s CIC3* course is a serious track (click here for a fence-by-fence preview). For the U.S. WEG team riders, who are using Bromont as a final outing before Tryon, the course offers a fantastic to opportunity to get the horses firing on all cylinders before heading to North Carolina.

“The course is really bold and big,” Marilyn Little said. “I think that’s great because you don’t want to tiptoe into something like Tryon. You want to feel like they’ve seen enough and they’re peaking at the right moment, and this is a course that can do that for us.”

We have a full day of show jumping ahead, with the CIC2*, CIC* and Training levels still to come. You can watch videos of today’s show jumping rounds on David Frechette’s YouTube channel. Keep it locked on EN for wall-to-wall coverage of Bromont. Go Eventing.

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Bromont CIC: Little’s Leading Score is 2nd Best in North America This Decade

Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous very nearly smashed a North American record today at the Bromont CIC Three-Day Event in Quebec. EquiRatings confirmed to EN that their score of 19.9 (29.9 in former scoring) is the second best three-star dressage score in North America this decade, bested only by Phillip Dutton and Mystery Whisper’s score of 18.6 (27.9 in former scoring) at Red Hills in 2012.

“For scores like that the stars always have to align on the day,” Marilyn said. “Coming into this today I thought there was a possibility she could get into the teens; we eked in there. We’ve been really in sync in the training leading up to Bromont. She comes out with her briefcase every day and is so ready to work. I think we’re seeing a level of relaxation we’ve never achieved before and are able to work on more of the details in the test.”

“Kitty,” a 13-year-old Oldenburg mare (Carry Gold X Richardia, by Lario) owned by Jacqueline Mars and Phoebe and Michael Manders, is one of the five horses named to the U.S. World Equestrian Games team, and is running here at Bromont alongside her teammates for the squad’s final outing before Tryon.

This is the mare’s first FEI outing since the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event in April, where Kitty placed third to become the 2018 USEF National CCI4* Champion. She has one Open Intermediate run under her belt since Kentucky, when she cruised around Maryland Horse Trials last month alongside fellow WEG teammates Donner, Vermiculus and Tsetserleg.

“We chose our own path in terms of the prep so we were peaking right now and not doing too many competitions too early. I came here hoping for a really good week, and I have never felt her feel so good, and this is certainly the right time for that to happen,” Marilyn said.

“She is able to hold the balance and really stay seated and carry herself on her hocks through the entire test. Last year she would get a little fatigued at the end. Now she can carry herself through to the final halt.”

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

Marilyn and Kitty have a 5.7-penalty margin ahead of Boyd Martin and Long Island T, who sit in second place on 25.6. “Ludwig,” a 12-year-old Oldenburg/Thoroughbred (Ludwig von Bayern x Haupstsbuch Highlight, by Heraldik xx) owned by The Long Island T Syndicate, “is a dressage machine,” Boyd said, and continues to solidify his form at this level.

Boyd’s WEG mount Tsetserleg, an 11-year-old Trakehner (Windfall X Thabana, by Buddenbrock) owned by Christine Turner, scored 32.3 to sit 14th at the conclusion of dressage.

“I was really pleased with his paces and his frame and the way he went. I just had heaps of little mistakes, which is frustrating — no excuses. I’ve been concentrating a lot of the four-star test (for WEG) and didn’t work on the three-star test as much, which showed up today. He’s going really well and the quality has gotten a lot better. I have to make sure the fine details — the halts, the strike-offs, the angles, the flying changes — are spot on.”

Phillip Dutton and Z. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Phillip Dutton and his WEG mount Z, a 10-year-old Zangersheide gelding (Asca X Bellabouche, by Babouche VH Gehucht Z) owned by the Z Partnership, were the first pair to go this morning and sit in third place on a personal best score of 27.1.

“I worked on keeping him a little more uphill than what I have before, and he handled it all well,” Phillip said. “It’s been a good preparation. We’ve been here for a few days and could concentrate on the test. It’s just attention to detail at this point. I was pleased with the way he settled, and he did his job very well.”

Selena O’Hanlon and Foxwood High. Photo by Jenni Autry.

We have a three-way tie for fourth place in the CIC3*. Selena O’Hanlon leads the way for Canada with John and Judy Rumble’s Foxwood High on 28.0, with U.S. WEG alternates Kim Severson and The Cooley Cross Border Syndicate’s Cooley Cross Border and Lynn Symansky and Mary Ann Ghadban’s Under Suspection tied on the same score.

Lynn Symansky and her WEG team horse Donner, a 15-year-old Thoroughbred (Gorky Park X Smart Jane, by Smarten) owned by The Donner Syndicate, scored 28.1 to sit in seventh place.

Lynn Symansky and Donner. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Our other U.S. WEG team pair, Lauren Kieffer and Jacqueline Mars’s Vermiculus, scored 32.4 to put the 11-year-old Anglo-Arabian gelding (Serazim X Wake Me Gently) in 15th place.

Looking to the CIC2*, Jessica Phoenix holds the top two spots on the leaderboard with her own Pavarotti and The Bentley’s Best Group’s Bentley’s Best on scores of 30.5 and 30.9, respectively.

Jessica Phoenix and Pavarotti. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Matt Brown and Anna Honeycutt’s Fernhill Chico lead the CIC* on 23.4, with Michael Nolan and Kara Andrew’s Bad Moon Rising topping the CIC*-Under 25 leaderboard on 27.8.

We have to give a special shout out to Helen Christie, Christian Landolt and Rossana Lagunes, all of whom spontaneously formed a ground jury for the Training divisions and gave the riders the incredible privilege of being judged by a panel of three top FEI judges.

Lauren Kieffer and Jacqueline Mars’s Get Gaudi lead the Open Training division on 22.1. Amanda Beale Clement and Megan Wilson’s BE Kilgoric Felix lead the Training Young Rider division on 26.9. Thank you to the volunteers and everyone in the office who processed those extra Training tests!

Looking ahead to tomorrow, the action on Marc Donovan’s show jumping course starts with the CIC3* at 8:30 a.m., followed by the CIC2* at 10:51 a.m., CIC* at 12:48 p.m. and Training at 2:49 p.m. Cross country for all divisions will be held Sunday. Click here for a fence-by-fence preview of Derek di Grazia’s CIC3* track. Go Eventing.

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Video: Watch Marilyn Little & RF Scandalous Score 19.9 at Bromont CIC3*

Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous soared into the CIC3* lead by more than 5 marks on a career personal best score of 19.9 this morning at the Bromont CIC Horse Trials in Quebec.

This is the first FEI outing for RF Scandalous, a 13-year-old Oldenburg mare owned by Jacqueline Mars and Phoebe and Michael Manders, since she placed third at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event to be crowned the 2018 USEF National CCI4* Champion.

As one of five horses named to the U.S. World Equestrian Games squad, RF Scandalous is here at Bromont running in the team’s mandatory outing before heading to Tryon next month. Stay tuned for comments from Marilyn about her test.

We are just starting back after the lunch break. Click here to view live scoring for all divisions. Keep checking David Frechette’s YouTube channel for videos, and keep checking back to EN for much more from Bromont. Go Eventing.

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Japan Announces Team for 2018 World Equestrian Games

Yoshiaki Oiwa and The Duke of Cavan. Photo by Nico Morgan Media.

Japan is the latest team to announce their eventing squad for the 2018 World Equestrian Games, which will be held Sept. 12-16 at Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, North Carolina.

Congratulations to the following horses and riders:

  • Yoshi Oiwa and The Duke of Cavan, a 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Courage II X Dysert Girl, by Ricardo Z) owned by the rider and Taeko Oiwa, with Calle 44 as direct reserve
  • Toshiyuki Tanaka and Talma d’Allou, an 11-year-old Selle Francais gelding (Opium de Talma X Belle de l’Etang, by Prince Ig’or) owned by Riding Club Crane, with Kelecyn Pirate as direct reserve
  • Ryuzo Kitajima and Just Chocolate, a 16-year-old New Zealand Sport Horse gelding owned by Riding Club Crane, with Queen Mary as direct reserve
  • Kazuma Tomoto and Tacoma d’Horset, a 11-year-old Selle Francais mare (Sandro X Palm Beach d’Horset, by Trophee du Rozel) owned by the Japan Racing Association

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Course Preview: Bromont’s CIC3* is Final Run for U.S. WEG Team

Fence 1. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Bonjour from Bromont! We are delighted to be bringing you wall-to-wall coverage from Bromont’s inaugural August CIC, which has attracted substantial entries across the CIC3*, CIC2*, CIC* and Training levels. Most notably, the CIC3* is serving as the final outing for the U.S. World Equestrian Games team ahead of Tryon. Key Canadian horses are also running here on home soil prior to the team’s highly anticipated squad announcement next week. There’s a definite excitement in the air.

We are lucky to have the dream team of course designer Derek di Grazia and course builder Jay Hambly teaming up on this Bromont track. As course designer for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Derek has had a busy summer. Jay is also part of the course building team for Tokyo, as well as the course designer for next month’s inaugural CCI at Foshay International in New Brunswick, about 8 hours east of where we are in Quebec.

The CIC3* start box is set where the course usually ends, with horses and riders jumping the horse shoe that typically serves as the final fence on the CCI course for the June event. The first four fences are meant to invite horses into a flowing rhythm, with fence 4 set on a slight mound — a hint of the use of terrain that is to come later in the track.

Fence 5ABC. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Fence 5 serves as the first water complex and the first question on course. Right off the bat you get the sense that Derek is demanding a bold ride around this track — after jumping up the bank at B it’s a forward one stride to the skinny brush at C. The next combination of two angled tables at fence 6 is also set on a forward one stride. Fence 7 is an inviting open oxer with an ascending back rail pinned with MIM technology. The angled brush at fence 8 is set over a ditch with a good ground line.

Fence 9AB. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Fence 9 has an option that includes a time-consuming loop. The direct route takes horses and riders over a right-pointed open corner at the A element, with a right bending line to a sizable left-pointed corner at the B element. Riders will then turn left to fence 10 before continuing to circle left up the hill to the coffin at fence 11ABC. Once again the distances are set on attacking one strides, and the arrowhead brush at C invites a runout.

Fence 11ABC, with Kim Severson examining the line. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Next riders will jump a ditch and wall in the tree line at fence 12, followed by a skinny house set on the crest of a hill at fence 13. The next combination at fence 14 once again requires a bold ride, with a sharp drop on the landing side of the rolltop at A, followed by a brush at B and a right-hand turn to a brush corner at C. Fence 15 is an airy rolltop set on an uphill approach, which takes horses and riders to the second water complex at fence 16. After dropping in over a hanging log at A, riders will need to find their line to the narrow toothpick brushes at B and C and then — you guessed it — ride boldly forward to make the one-stride distance happen.

Fence 16ABC. Photo by Jenni Autry.

You definitely get the impression when walking the course that Derek invites riders to take angled lines at many of the jumps such as fence 17. Riders will turn sharply right to fence 18, which has a nice direct line on four strides to the triple bush at B if the open oxer at A is approached on a slight angle. Fence 19 is an open oxer with a not-so-ascending back rail.

A beefy table at fence 20 brings horses and riders to the final combination on course. The massive hanging log at fence 21A will demand full attention before riders loop right to jump the double brush at the B element. Then it’s a gallop home to the cabin at fence 22, the final jump on course. The CIC3* course is 3,685 meters in length with an optimum time of 6 minutes, 28 seconds.

Fence 17. Photo by Jenni Autry.

The Bromont area hasn’t seen much rain recently, and the ground feels super considering the lack of precipitation. With 1 inch of rain predicted in tomorrow’s forecast, we should have perfect footing come cross country day on Sunday. The action kicks off tomorrow with dressage starting at 8 a.m. EST. Show jumping will be held Saturday. There is no live stream from Bromont, but I’m delighted to report that David Frechette is on the grounds and will be posting videos to his YouTube channel.

Keep it locked on EN for all things Bromont, plus exclusive behind-the-scenes content featuring our U.S. WEG Team. Click here for dressage start times. Go Eventing.

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Who Jumped It Best? GMHA Training Rider Edition

It’s time to play Who Jumped It Best? GMHA Training Rider Edition! Take a look at these horses and riders jumping in the rain at the GMHA Festival of Eventing in South Woodstock, Vermont. Vote in the poll at the bottom of the post for which horse and rider you think present the best overall picture over the jump.

Thank you to Joan Davis/Flatlandsfoto for providing beautiful images from GMHA. Click here to view final scores from the event. Go Eventing.

Nicole Castagnozzi and Fancy Pants. Photo by Joan Davis/Flatlandsfoto.

Sally Davis and Dare To Dream. Photo by Joan Davis/Flatlandsfoto.

Shannon Fralley and Devil’s Gold. Photo by Joan Davis/Flatlandsfoto.

Shannon Wallman Hatch and Glidawn Master. Photo by Joan Davis/Flatlandsfoto.

Mickey Rathbun and Bramble. Photo by Joan Davis/Flatlandsfoto.

Lakiesha Varney and Kolor Me Gone. Photo by Joan Davis/Flatlandsfoto.

EN’s Got Talent: Andrew McConnon and Bossinova

We hear all the time about horses at the top of the sport, but what about the next generation of equine talent? EN’s Got Talent profiles exciting up-and-coming young horses. Have you spotted a future superstar you think should be highlighted in this column? Tip me at [email protected].

Andrew McConnon and Bossinova. Photo by Liz Crawley Photography.

When Andrew McConnon moved to England to work for William Fox-Pitt in early 2016, he planned to stay for two seasons — plenty of time, he figured, to find an exciting eventing prospect to bring home when he returned to the U.S.

But after trips all throughout England, Ireland and continental Europe in search of the right horse, and with his departure date looming ever closer last November, Andrew still hadn’t found the one.

When he received a tip about a 7-year-old gelding at Helen Bell’s yard in North Yorkshire the day before he was meant to fly home to America, Andrew thought “why not?” He made the five-hour drive to meet Bossinova, a Hanoverian (Bonifatius X Dawina, by Der Lord) bred in Scotland by Stuart Adams and Christine Macmillan of Carriden Stud.

Better known as “Hugo,” the horse had competed in pure dressage as a 5- and 6-year-old and completed two BE90 (U.S. Novice level) events with Helen Bell’s daughter, Zoe Dawson, during the 2017 eventing season in the UK.

“There was something about him that I really liked,” Andrew said. “He was a little lazy in the arena, but really good on grass and on cross country. I’m normally pretty hesitant, but on the drive home I decided that if he passed the vetting then I really wanted to work with him and see where it goes.”

Andrew flew home the next day, and Hugo passed a stringent vetting soon after. The horse landed in the U.S. at the beginning of December and was soon en route to Florida with Andrew, who had decided to base his business in Ocala.

“He had a background in the dressage and I felt like that was quite strong, so I didn’t feel the need to have to school him up in that phase,” Andrew said. “I was more focused on getting to know him and getting him fit and used to the ground in the States. I spent a lot of time hacking and doing trot sets.”

Andrew McConnon and Bossinova. Photo by Liz Crawley Photography.

Hugo made his first start in the U.S. in February at Ocala Winter I Horse Trials, where he won his Training level debut on his dressage score of 26.8. He then won his next two starts at Training level as well, both at Rocking Horse, on dressage scores of 26.1 and 23.4, respectively.

“I didn’t know how he would be off of the property, and it turned out he’s just the same if not a little bit better,” Andrew said. “The atmosphere at a competition plays to his strengths. He’s a relaxed horse, so the show helps him to have more cadence and energy in the dressage. He was fantastic in the show jumping, and I was really impressed with him cross country. I had only schooled him a couple times before his first event.”

At the beginning of the 2018 season, Andrew had planned to run four Training level events before moving Hugo up to Preliminary. Following the horse’s three consecutive wins at Training level, Andrew decided to re-evaluate his plan.

“I’m not one who wants to move them up too quickly, so it was a little unique for me,” Andrew said. “I knew Rocking Horse had a good Preliminary in March that would be ideal for a move-up, and he absolutely felt ready for it. He led the dressage by 5 points. I cut a turn in the show jumping and he barely tapped a pole behind, so unfortunately he had a rail. We took it nice and easy cross country, and he went around just as well as he had at Training level.”

Hugo finished sixth in his Preliminary debut at Rocking Horse Spring Horse Trials, taking it all in stride in his typical calm, cool and collected manner. So, as one does with a horse who oozes natural talent, Andrew decided to throw another challenge at Hugo.

“With him stepping up to Preliminary and handling that so easily, I didn’t feel like he needed to go right back out and run another one,” Andrew said. “I decided to take him to HITS to compete in some jumper rounds, and that opened up the opportunity for him to compete in the equitation arena.”

Lauren Lindner of Redfield Farm took the ride on Hugo during the Ocala Winter Celebration at HITS, piloting him to a win in a USEF Hunter Seat Medal class. Hugo took home multiple ribbons in equitation classes throughout the week.

“His flatwork is so good, and he jumps beautifully and has clean changes,” Andrew said. “He could honestly be a proper equitation horse as well, and it was interesting to see what else he’s good at. It was really fun to play owner, but also stressful!”

Following Hugo’s Preliminary debut and successful stint as an equitation horse at HITS, he enjoyed a well-earned break before returning to the eventing scene two months later. Once again Hugo started a winning streak, topping the leaderboard at the Open Preliminary at Paradise Farm in May on 33.0, followed by a win in the Open Preliminary at Chattahoochee Hills in June on 30.0.

Hugo’s summer campaign concluded on an especially high note, as he finished on his dressage score of 29.4 to be crowned the Area III Preliminary Champion at Chattahoochee Hills in July.

“The Preliminary championships course at Chattahoochee Hills had the Intermediate drop into the water and a couple other Intermediate questions, and just like he had done the whole season he answered it all really well,” Andrew said.

Andrew McConnon and Bossinova over the Intermediate drop into water at Chattahoochee Hills. Photo by Liz Crawley Photography.

After winning six of his seven starts in the U.S. this year, Hugo is gearing up for what Andrew hopes will be an equally successful fall season. Hugo will next return to Chattahoochee Hills, where he has already won two events this year, to contest his first CIC* in September.

Then he will go on to Stable View’s Oktoberfest Horse Trials to contest the inaugural CIC* at the venue before capping his season in the CCI* at Hagyard Midsouth in Kentucky, which serves as the USEF National One-Star Championship.

Looking ahead to the 2019 season, Andrew is aiming to move Hugo up to the Intermediate level early in the year and ultimately aim for the CCI2* at the Ocala International Three-Day Event in April.

“I see it as a long-term journey with this horse, and I really want to produce him the right way and be strategic in how I compete him,” Andrew said. “I would love to get some people on board to come on this journey with me, and perhaps add another young one like him to the string to start creating a pipeline.”

As for what Andrew thinks has made Hugo so successful in his first year of competing in the States: “I think a horse that is trainable is so much more important than flash. With a horse that is consistent each day without pounding or pressing on them too much, you can make so many strides in their training and preserve them in a way that also gets the job done.

“Hugo would be the horse that you walk past in the barn. He’s not an in-your-face type, but that changes when you’re on him. If a horse does the job and checks all the boxes, they can be really special if given the chance.”

You can follow along with Hugo’s fall campaign on Andrew’s Facebook page and on his website at www.mcconnoneventing.com. He is actively looking to syndicate Hugo. Anyone interested in more information can contact Andrew directly at 508-517-3349 or [email protected].

French Team Announced for 2018 World Equestrian Games

Thibaut Vallette and Qing du Briot ENE HN. Photo by Jenni Autry.

The French federation announced their eventing squad this morning for the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games, which will be held Sept. 12-16 at Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, North Carolina.

Congratulations to the following horses and riders:

  • Sidney Dufresne and Trésor Mail, an 11-year-old Selle Francais stallion (Jaguar Mail X Nocturne Mail, by Iowa) owned by Iris Fleurieu and Agnès Trouble
  • Maxime Livio and Opium de Verrieres, a 16-year-old Selle Francais gelding (Ultra de Rouhet X Rosiere II, by Fragile), owned by S.C. Soixante Seize et Compagnie – Les Amis de Maxime Livio
  • Astier Nicolas and Vinci de la Vigne, a 9-year-old Selle Francais gelding (Esterel des Bois X Korrigane de Vigne, by Duc du Hutrel) owned by Marie-José and Philippe Gérard and the rider
  • Donatien Schauly and Pivoine des Touches, a 15-year-old Selle Francais mare (Nykias X Kanelle des Touches, by Elf d’Or) owned by Anne-Sophie Schauly and the rider
  • Thibaut Vallette and Qing du Briot ENE HN, a 14-year-old Selle Francais gelding (Eolien II X Henriette, by Etalon OR) owned by IFCE

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Australia Announces Squad for 2018 World Equestrian Games

Sam Griffiths and Paulank Brockagh. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Australia is the latest team to announce their final squad for the FEI World Equestrian Games at Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, North Carolina. Congratulations to the following horses and riders:

  • Chris Burton and Cooley Lands, a 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Cavalier Land X Clover Light Girl, by Clover Hill) owned by Joe and Kate Walls
  • Sam Griffiths and Paulank Brockagh, a 15-year-old Irish Sport Horse mare (Touchdown X Calendar Girl, by Trigerrero) owned by Steve and Dinah Posford, Jules Carter and Sam Griffiths
  • Andrew Hoy and Vassily de Lassos, a 9-year-old Anglo-Arabian gelding (Jaguar Mail X Illusion Perdue, by Jalienny) owned by Paula and David Evans
  • Bill Levett and Lassban Diamond Lift, a 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Easy Lift xx X Lassban Chow Bella, by Diamond Chin) owned by Elisabeth Murdoch
  • Shane Rose and Virgil, a 13-year-old Australian Warmblood gelding (Vivant X North Pole xx, by North Star xx) owned by Michelle Hasibar

The three unranked reserves are:

  • Emma McNab and Fernhill Tabasco, owned by Kevin McNab, Dom and Poppy Worcester, and Julia and Jamie Dougall
  • Rob Palm and Cassie Lowe’s Koko Story
  • Amanda Ross and Koko Popping Candy, owned by Christine Brown and Fraser Brown

This is the third consecutive time Sam Griffiths and Paulank Brockagh have been selected for an Australian championship team, a feat achieved only twice before by Gillian Rolton and Peppermint Grove and Sonja Johnson and Ringwould Jaguar.

The Aussie WEG squad will participate in a training camp prior to departure for Tryon at Hartpury Equestrian College in Gloucester, UK.

[Australian Eventing Team for the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games]

Great Britain Announces Team for 2018 World Equestrian Games

Piggy French and Quarrycrest Echo. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Hot off the presses! Great Britain has just announced their squad for the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games. Congratulations to the following horses and riders:

  • Ros Canter and Allstar B, a 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Ephebe For Ever X Narenca B, by Ekstein) owned by the rider and Caroline Moore
  • Tina Cook and Billy The Red, an 11-year-old German Sport Horse gelding (Balou du Rouet X FBW Simply Red, by Stan The Man xx) owned by Elisabeth Murdoch and Keith Tyson
  • Piggy French and Quarrycrest Echo, a 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Clover Echo X Royal China, by Cavalier Royale) owned by Jayne McGivern
  • Tom McEwen and Toledo de Kerser, an 11-year-old Selle Francais gelding (Diamant de Semilly X Ariane du Prieure II, by Papillon Rouge) owned by the rider, Jane Inns and Ali McEwen
  • Gemma Tattersall and Arctic Soul, a 15-year-old Thoroughbred gelding (Luso X Dream Cocktail, by Roi Danzig) owned by the rider and The Soul Syndicate

“This year’s team selection was extremely close, with great strength and depth coming through the nominated list,” Eventing Performance Manager Dickie Waygood said. “We head to WEG with a strong squad and I look forward to continuing to work with the selected athletes in the build-up, to ensure we are best prepared for Tryon.”

[Great Britain’s World Equestrian Games eventing squad announced]

Dutch Squad Announced for 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games

Merel Blom and Rumour Has It. Photo by Jenni Autry.

The Dutch eventing squad has been announced for the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games. Congratulations to the following horses and riders:

  • Merel Blom and Rumor Has It NOP, a 15-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Esteban xx X Onara, by Candillo) owned by J.M.J. Blom and M.C. Blom-Muilwijk
  • Laura Hoogeveen and Quibus, an 11-year-old Zangersheide gelding (Quasimodo Z X Rupiedante Dante Z, by Rupie Star) owned by Crimould B.V.
  • Alice Naber-Lozeman and ACSI Harry Belafonte, a 15-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Heraldik xx X Zamira, by Zamiro) owned by R. van Reine & S. van Reine
  • Raf Kooremans and Henri Z, a 12-year-old Zangersheide gelding (Heraldik xx X Rozina van de Hertogen, by Landaris) owned by Marc Rigouts
  • Theo van de Vendel and Zindane, a 14-year-old KPWN gelding (Kreator X Oriflame, by Kingston) owned by T. van de Vendel, J.J. van de Vendel and G.J. van de Vendel

Renske Kroeze and Jane Z, a 12-year-old Zangersheide mare (Johny Boy II X Tendre Rose, by Hornet Rose) owned by Beemdhoeve B.V., have been named the reserve combination.

[EVENTINGTEAM WEG TRYON BEKEND]

Italy Names Short List for 2018 World Equestrian Games

Pietro Roman with Barraduff. Photo by Thomas Ix.

Italy has named a short list of seven combinations for eventing at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games, which will take place Sept. 12-16 at Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, North Carolina.

Congratulations to the following horses and riders:

Stefano Brecciaroli and Byrnesgrove First Diamond, a 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Carrick Diamond Lad X Christies Lass, by Amazing Bust) owned by Andrew Nicholson and Mary Channer

Pietro Roman and Barraduff, a 16-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Carroll House X Crested Vesta VII, by Sea Crest) owned by Antonella Ascoli

Pietro Sandei and his own Rubis de Prere, a 13-year-old Selle Francais gelding (Fedor de Seves X Cina du Logis, by Quandy du Mayne)

Arianna Schivo and Quefira de l’Ormeau, a 14-year-old Selle Francais mare (Iolisco de Quinhon X Isabella du Brilot, by Beausejour IV) owned by the rider and Thomas Bouquet

Mattia Luciani and Leopold K, a 10-year-old German Sport Horse stallion (Levistano X Annabell K, by Askari) owned by Silver Oak Real Estate Company

Clelia Casiraghi and Verdi, a 16-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Indoctro X Istannie, by Dutchboy) owned by Doretta Colnaghi

Simone Sordi on Amacuzzi, a 15-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Marcuzzi X Amara, by Maizauber) owned by Maria Giovanna Mazzocchi

Italy will announce the final squad of five prior to the definite entry deadline on Sept. 3.

[WEG2018: Completo. Sette azzurri in short list per Tryon]

Brazil Names Final Squad for 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games

Nilson Moreira da Silva and Magnum’s Martini. Photo by Jenni Autry.

With nominated entries due today for eventing at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games, we are expecting a flurry of teams announcements this week. Congratulations to the following horses and riders named to Brazil’s team:

  • Henrique Pinheiro and Land Quenotte do Feroleto, a 15-year-old Holsteiner mare (Landritter X No Limit, by Caretino) owned by Ana Paula Arósio
  • Marcelo Tosi and his own Glenfly, a 13-year-old Thoroughbred gelding (Presenting X Dorans Glen, by Over The River)
  • Márcio Appel and Iberon Jmen, a 16-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Indoctro X Landina Jmen, by Landino) owned by Samantha Tonello
  • Márcio Carvalho Jorge and Coronel MCJ, an 11-year-old Brazilian-bred gelding (Fugitisso X Cotton Girl) owned by the Jorge Family
  • Nilson Moreira da Silva and Magnum’s Martini, a 14-year-old Oldenburg gelding (Magnum X Momos Girl) owned by L & N Equestrian

Click here to catch up on all of EN’s coverage in the lead-up to WEG. Go Eventing.

[Convocação – Jogos Equestres Mundiais – WEG 2018 Equipe Brasileira de CCE]

FEI Confirms Tryon’s WEG Course Will Run Full 5,700 Meters

A new water complex that will be unveiled next month for WEG at Tryon. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

The FEI has confirmed that the 2018 World Equestrian Games cross country course at Tryon International Equestrian Center will run the full 5,700 meters, with 42 jumping efforts set across 10 minutes. FEI Eventing Committee Chair David O’Connor was onsite at Tryon in Mill Spring, North Carolina last week to review the course.

“Preparation work on the footing has progressed greatly following a very wet spring and, in consultation with Course Designer Captain Mark Phillips and the Tryon Organising Committee, it is confirmed that the full 5,700m track is ready for the WEG Eventing Cross Country according to the technical level specified in the Eventing Rules.”

The announcement comes following concern that the length of Capt. Mark Phillips’s track would be shortened due to heavy rain delaying ground preparations in the area. Some National Federations, including Australia and the Netherlands, delayed announcing their teams as a result of uncertainty surrounding the course length.

While the WEG course will be set at the full 5,700 meters, the FEI also noted that “as foreseen in the rules, modifications can be made to the course by the Ground Jury during the event should adverse weather conditions be expected.”

It is not uncommon to see the length of the cross country course at a major championships altered due to severe weather. One notable example occurred at the 2008 Olympics, where the equestrian events took place in Hong Kong in an average high temperature of 83.1°F (28.4°C) with 82% humidity. Mike Etherington-Smith’s course was shortened from 10 minutes to 8 minutes due to concerns for horse welfare.

Two fences and an uphill climb were also removed from Pierre Michelet’s 2014 WEG course at Haras du Pin in France due to heavy rainfall, which shortened the course from 11 minutes, 30 seconds to 10 minutes, 30 seconds.

As for the conditions we can expect during the WEG at Tryon, the National Weather Service’s Greenville-Spartanburg office records an average high temperature of 84°F (28.9°C) and average humidity of 74.5% during September. The NWS told EN that normal rainfall of about 4 inches is predicted for the remainder of August and into September. Eventing for the WEG is set to run Sept. 12-16.

For more insights on Tryon’s WEG course, EN recommends listening to the most recent episode of the USEA Podcast, which features interviews with head course builder Eric Bull and course designer Capt. Mark Phillips.

The course will feature four surface changes in total. The first 8 minutes, 45 seconds will run on grass. Then the next 150 meters of the course will run on all-weather footing before going back to grass at the end of the 9th minute. The course will then run into the main arena to finish on all-weather footing.

Capt. Mark Phillips emphasized the need for a fit horse, as the 8th minute of the course is a 600-meter climb uphill, and said he thinks the optimum time will be very difficult to catch. Click here to listen to the full interview.

This article has been updated to include further details about the anticipated weather conditions during the WEG at Tryon.

‘If You Build It, They Will Come’ Rings True at Catalpa Corner

Cross country warm-up at Catalpa Corner Horse Park — complete with water splash-through. Photo by Brian O’Connor.

The film Field of Dreams immortalized the words “if you build it, they will come,” and Dr. Jim McNutt and Susan Brigham used the phrase as inspiration when they decided to host an event at their farm near Iowa City.

The Catalpa Corner Charity Horse Trial first ran in 2007 and remains the only USEA recognized event in the state of Iowa. Held annually the first weekend in August, Catalpa Corner offers Beginner Novice through Preliminary divisions and has become a beloved fixture on the Area IV calendar.

Catalpa Corner is a special event for many reasons. Created in memory of their 16-year-old son, Madison Brigham, who died tragically in a car accident in 2004, hosting a horse trial became a project into which Jim and Susan could channel their grief.

Miriam Copleand won the Madison Brigham and Christian Kennedy awards this year. Photo by Derith Vogt.

“Madison was a quiet and clever soul — an avid rider who enjoyed foxhunting, tennis, history and his many friends,” Susan said. “After the devastating loss of Madison, our foxhunting friends Camie and Jay Stockhausen suggested developing a horse trial in his memory, as Iowa was lacking an event.”

The property spans about 100 acres of beautiful Iowa countryside — a mix of pasture, woods, and undulating farmland used for corn and soybeans. While the rolling terrain was perfectly suited for a cross country course, a plethora of work was required to transform the property, which had formerly served as a pig farm.

Aided by the local Pony Club and a core group of dedicated friends, Jim and Susan “cleared woods, mowed down 13-foot high weeds for galloping lanes, and ringed the corn and soybean fields with cross country jumps, banks, ditches and water complexes.”

One of the galloping lanes on the Prelim course. Photo by Derith Vogt.

Paul Welsh stepped in to build many of the permanent cross country jumps at Catalpa Corner, and the late Phil Sawin served as the first course designer at the venue.

Phil laid out a track “designed for the young eventing Iowa population of riders, which was precisely what was needed at the time,” Susan said. “The park’s repertoire of jumping challenges has grown to standard over the last decade as riders have advanced.”

Greg Schlappi serves as the current course designer and has diversified and upgraded the types of fences and questions on the course. Catalpa Corner Horse Park now boasts a covered bridge, multi-leveled water complex, three ditched natural streams, steps, banks, ditches, sunken roads and mounds.

One of Gary Keenan’s beautiful carvings on the Preliminary course. Photo by Brian O’Connor.

“The park is lucky to have a fantastic chainsaw artist, Gary Keenan, who projects his skill with every tree fall,” Susan said. “USEA officials Pattie Clement and Vicki Rauwolf have continually guided the development of the park with their professionalism.”

Camie Stockhausen, who foxhunted with Madison and helped spearhead the transformation of the property into an eventing venue, serves as Catalpa Corner’s show jumping course designer.

“The first stadium course reflected Madison’s interests,” Susan said. “There was a tennis racket jump, a foxhunting set of triple jumps, a cowboy and cowgirl jump. The current show jumping course is designed to give children and adults alike a chance to remember the joy of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. Local painter and rider, Barbara Hall, greatly contributed to the artistry of the stadium jumps.

The Harry Potter-themed show jumping course. Photo by Brian O’Connor.

“Every other year a themed jump is added, and next year’s addition is planned to be a Whomping Willow and Flying Ford Anglia. Camie always uses the slightly rolling grass arena and intriguing images to provide an interesting challenge for the riders.”

After organizing the event for a decade, Susan passed the reins in 2017 to new organizer Ali Hayford, who has been involved with the event as a volunteer from the very start. Susan continues to work behind the scenes and meticulously decorates the cross country course and show grounds. Both Paul Welsh and Steve Wildman help maintain the property year-round and play an integral role in preparing for the event.

This year’s Catalpa Corner Charity Horse Trial boasted 168 starters from Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Ohio, Oklahoma, Missouri and South Dakota. Susan said she expects the number of entries to increase next year with the return of their popular Starter division.

Brian O’Connor — a familiar face at events all around the country and now the voice of Catalpa Corner. Photo by Derith Vogt.

Catalpa Corner also made the financial commitment this year to wire the property for permanent announcing. Brian O’Conner served as announcer and also wired the barns so announcements could be made all throughout the property, which proved critical over the weekend.

“On Sunday we had an intense Iowa rain storm come rolling in round 8 a.m., and because of this new system we were able to get all riders and horses back to the barn and covered safely,” Susan said. “We had an hour hold, which Brian aptly made up during the day to finish on time.”

Susan also created a new cupola garden entrance for the park for this year’s horse trial, and updated the much loved “Party Barn” with new lighting and paint. The secretary’s office also received a facelift with local antiques.

The new cupola garden entrance to Catalpa Corner Horse Park. Photo by Derith Vogt.

In addition to the summer horse trial, Catalpa Corner serves the Iowa eventing community and Area IV by offering cross country schooling, a spring event derby, and a fall hunter pace and schooling show. Beneficiaries of the event have included the Eastern Iowa Pony Clubs, Miracles in Motion Therapeutic Riding Center, the Future Farmers of America scholarship program and local first responders.

For Susan and Jim, Catalpa Corner Horse Park is not only a way to remember and honor their son, but also a way to provide a wonderful venue for horses and riders to enjoy throughout the year.

“The horse park and horse trial would not exist without an extensive volunteer force that descend on the farm and perform the manual labor of love that is necessary to run this adventure,” Susan said. “Seeing everyone’s love, patience and hard work pay off is gratifying. Iowans know that, ‘If you build it they will come,’ and they have.”

Click here to view final scores from the 2018 Catalpa Corner Charity Horse Trials. Mark your calendars for Aug. 3-4, 2019 for next year’s event. Click here to learn more about the venue. Follow Catalpa Corner’s Facebook page for updates.

Who Jumped It Best? Millbrook Open Intermediate Edition

It’s time to play Who Jumped It Best? Millbrook Open Intermediate Edition! Torrential rain in the Millbrook, New York area forced cross country for the upper levels to be pushed back a day. The course at Coole Park Farm drained beautifully, and horses and riders had perfect going the next morning as they took on Tremaine Cooper’s track.

Take a look at these photos of the drop into the main water complex and vote in the poll at the bottom of the post for which horse and rider you think present the best overall picture over the jump. Click here to catch up on all of EN’s coverage from Millbrook. Go Eventing.

[Millbrook H.T. Final Scores]

Charlotte Collier and Fidelius 35. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Bevin Dugan and Kemmerlin. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Natasha Erschen and Gran Torino. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Lila Gendal and BT Just A Rebel. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Olivia Grabaskas and One and Only. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Meg Kepferle and Anakin. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Carson Richards and Fernhill Mr. Cool. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Alexandra Tett and Hawk’s Cay. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Caitlin Tierney and Killea Gynis View. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Heidi White and Captain Fernhill. Photo by Jenni Autry.

New Zealand Names Squad for 2018 World Equestrian Games

Classic Moet, Jonelle Price, and Trisha Rickards. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Hot off the presses! The highly anticipated announcement of the New Zealand Eventing Team for the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games has arrived. Congratulations to the following horses and riders:

  • Mark Todd and McClaren, an 11-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Clarimo X Toni I, by Landjunge) owned by David and Katherine Thomson
  • Jonelle Price and Classic Moet, a 15-year-old British-bred mare (Classic xx X Gamston Bobbles, by Bohemond xx) owned by Trisha Rickards and Jonelle Price
  • Tim Price and Cekatinka, an 11-year-old KWPN mare (King Kolibri X Katinka, by Julio Mariner xx) owned by Joanne Pullan
  • Blyth Tait and Dassett Courage, a 14-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Courage II X Cruseings Girl, by Cruising) owned by Thomas Barr, Sally Grant and Blyth Tait
  • Dan Jocelyn and Grovine de Reve, a 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Hermea de Reve X Erkina Jane, by Rimilis xx) owned by Therese Miller, Jo Preston-Hunt, Philip Hunt and Dan Jocelyn

The following alternates have also been named:

  • Mark Todd and Leonidas II, owned by Diane Brunsden, Peter Cattell and Sir Mark Todd, or Kiltubrid Rhapsody, owned by Niki Ryan and Dr Elizabeth Donald
  • Blyth Tait and Havanna, owned by Jane Lovell-Smith, Katherine Corich and John Ormiston
  • Tim Price and Ascona M, owned by Suzanne Houchin, Lucy and Ben Sangster and Sir Peter Vela, or Ringwood Sky Boy, owned by Varenna Allen, Robert Taylor and Tim Price
  • Caroline Powell and Up Up and Away, owned by Cameron and Mary Crawford and Powell
  • Dan Jocelyn and Dassett Cool Touch, owned by Therese Miller and Dan Jocelyn, or Blackthorn Cruise, owned by Therese Miller and Panda Christie
  • Jesse Campbell and Cleveland, owned by Kent Gardner and Jesse Campbell

[NZ Eventing Stars Named for Worlds]