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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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Wednesday Video from Kentucky Performance Products: Remembering Simba

Our thoughts are with Gina Miles and her team after losing Liza MacNaughton’s promising young prospect Simba Della Caccia on Sunday due to colic surgery complications.

Gina and Liza found “Simba” as a 4-year-old at the 2015 Goresbridge Go For Gold Sale, and as a 6-year-old the Holsteiner gelding (Singulaer X Tin Rocco) had just moved up to Training in March, winning his first start at the level at Twin Rivers on 27.9.

“He had so much promise for the future and I feel we were just barely tapping into his talent and potential. He was so sweet and friendly and always wanted to please,” Gina said on her Facebook page.

“A bit big and gangly, we made it our plan to bring him on slowly and give him time to develop and get strong. … He had just done his first 1.10-meter class for second place and was aiming for the Rebecca Farm Training Three-Day and a one-star in the fall. A shooting star in my life.”

Ellie Leonard produced this lovely tribute video to Simba with footage from Ride On Video. The EN team extends our deepest condolences to Gina, Liza and all who knew and loved Simba.

 


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U.S. Nations Cup Team Announced for Houghton Hall CICO3*

Caroline Martin and The Apprentice. Photo by Jenni Autry. Caroline Martin and The Apprentice. Photo by Jenni Autry.

US Equestrian has named a team of three horses and riders that will represent the USA in the FEI Nations Cup at Houghton Hall CICO3* this weekend, May 25-28 in Great Britain.

  • Hannah Sue Burnett and Harbour Pilot, Jacqueline Mars’ 2003 Irish Sport Horse gelding
  • Katherine Coleman and Longwood, her own 2002 Irish Sport Horse gelding
  • Caroline Martin and either Pebbly Maximus, her own and Sherrie Martin’s 2003 Irish Sport Horse gelding, or The Apprentice, Sherrie Martin’s 2004 Irish Sport Horse gelding

Hannah and Harbour Pilot and Katherine and Longwood are both competing at Houghton ahead of Luhmühlen CCI4*. Caroline Martin is aiming for the Bramham CCI3* Under 25 as part of the 2017 Karen Stives Endowment Emerging Athletes Tour with both The Apprentice and Pebbly Maximus.

Mackenna Shea and Landioso also received a Karen Stives Eventing Endowment Fund Grant but have unfortunately had to withdraw from Houghton. “He’s feeling under the weather after his long trip, but he’ll be better soon,” Mackenna told EN. They are still entered to compete at Bramham next month.

[US Equestrian Names Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team for Houghton International CICO3*]

Entry List Confirmed for $50,000 Devon Arena Eventing

The Dixon Oval. Photo by Phelps Media Group Inc.

Excitement is building for the inaugural $50,000 Devon Arena Eventing, presented by Mid-Atlantic Packaging, and we have a first look at the horses and riders who will be taking on the class at Pennsylvania’s iconic Devon Horse Show & Country Fair this Sunday, May 28.

The entry list includes a mix of familiar four-star names and rising stars, plus one very special celebrity we haven’t seen compete since 2015. Get ready to cheer for:

Amanda Beale Clement (USA) with Get Ready
Amanda Beale Clement (USA) with Peter Pan
Jennie Brannigan (USA) and Cambalda
Will Coleman (USA) with Gideon
Justine Dutton (GBR) with Huck Finn
Justine Dutton (GBR) with Jak My Style
Lisa Marie Fergusson (CAN) with Honor Me
Sara Kozumplik Murphy (USA) with Rubens D’Ysieux
Boyd Martin (USA) with Kyra
Boyd Martin (USA) with Ray Price
Hillary Moses (USA) with Zanadoo
Erika Nesler (USA) with Right Above It
Doug Payne (USA) with Flagmount’s Mischief
Doug Payne (USA) with Getaway
Waylon Roberts (CAN) with Kelecyn Cognac
Waylon Roberts (CAN) with Lancaster
Waylon Roberts (CAN) with Mindful
Colleen Rutledge (USA) with Shiraz
Allie Sacksen (USA) with Sparrow’s Nio
Erin Sylvester (USA) with Campground
Sharon White (USA) with Cooley On Show
Ryan Wood (AUS) with Alcatraz

Horses and riders will take on a 1,000-meter course that runs through the Gold Ring and Dixon Oval. Designed by Capt. Mark Phillips, the course will include both cross country and show jumping fences set at a maximum height of 1.20 meters or 1.40 meters for brush fences, with a maximum top spread of 1.60 meters.

Fifteen cross country fences are being shipped from Fair Hill in Maryland to build the course, which is expected to include 25 jumping elements in all. The course will be built on Sunday at approximately 4:45 p.m., with the class slated to start at 7 p.m.

Seconds will be added for a knock down and for exceeding the time allowed, which will be calculated at 450 meters per minute. All riders with no penalties in the first round will go on to a jump off, which will run over a shortened course in the Dixon Oval.

The fastest time in the jump off will take home the win and $15,000 for first place. The rest of the $50,000 purse will be split as follows: 2nd: $10,000; 3rd: $7,500; 4th: $6,000; 5th: $4,500; 6th: $3,000; 7th: $2,000; 8th: $1,000; 9th: $500; 10th: $500. There is no entry fee for the class.

Tickets for reserved grandstand seating are available for $40 at this link. Seats look to be filling quickly, so be sure to reserve a spot soon to watch the action. Will you be attending Devon on Sunday to watch the eventers take on the Dixon Oval? Let us know in the comments!

[Devon Arena Eventing]

Friday Video from World Equestrian Brands: Sandra Auffarth at Strzegom

The first leg of the 2017 FEI Nations Cup series is underway this weekend at Strzegom in Poland, which will also host the 2017 FEI European Championships in August.

Strzegom has been posting a slew of videos featuring top riders walking various parts of the three-star course, and we’re lucky enough to be able to walk the new water complex and the brush combination that follows with reigning World Champion Sandra Auffarth.

Part 1:

Part 2:

Germany leads the Nations Cup after dressage on 138.3, followed by the Netherlands in second on 151.3, and Great Britain in third on 165.0. Kai Rüder and Colani Sunrise sit first on the individual leaderboard on 43.5.

Click here to follow along with the live scoring from Strzegom. Click here to watch more cross country walk videos. Go Eventing.

What’s Next for Team USA?

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Following Monday’s announcement that David O’Connor has stepped down as U.S. Eventing Technical Advisor, the pressing question weighing on the collective eventing community is who will become the next Chef d’Equipe of Team USA.

Joanie Morris, USEF Managing Director of Eventing, kindly took time to speak with EN to walk us through the process of what will happen next.

“David’s departure has acted as a catalyst to review our structure and roles of the leadership of the programs as well as our coaches. I think the first thing to realize going forward is that if you look at elite sport worldwide — both equestrian and non-equestrian — there is no one way to develop and navigate this process. The structure of the leadership within programs differs between nations even within the same sport.”

With a review process of the team’s leadership structure in the works, Joanie said USEF has not yet finalized the specific details of “who or what we are looking for quite yet” for the Chef d’Equipe.

“We are in a position to evaluate every aspect of our program and figure out how and where we can improve. We are reaching out to a wide spectrum of stakeholders, especially with the 2018 World Games just around the corner, to determine what we need and how we are going to get there.”

In the meantime, USEF has outlined both an immediate and long-term goal for Team USA.

Immediate goal: Secure a top-five result at WEG 2018, and subsequently Olympic qualification for the 2020 Tokyo Games.

Long-term goal: Ensure that Team USA can move towards sustained podium success at Olympic Games and World Championships.

“There are many parts of the program, and the wider programs, that are working effectively. We want to capitalize on those strengths in addition to using this as an opportunity to take the time to identify our weaknesses and develop a strategic approach to rectify them,” Joanie said.

“We have excellent team staff and personal trainers and are well supported by owners, USEF sponsors and the USET Foundation. While we want to examine all parts of our program, we also know that maintaining the parts that are effective is critical.”

As for how Team USA will reach those goals, Joanie said the focus will be on accountability for all, effective planning, enhanced communication and raising the standard of performance on the world stage.

“One of the priorities is our cross country performance, which needs to be examined. We will work to develop strategies to ensure that the rate of our cross country success at major events and championships improves,” Joanie said.

“Challenges and criticisms cannot, and will not, be targeted at any one person. We all know eventing is the ultimate team event and there is a huge team behind the team that represents us on the field of play.”

While USEF will not be making “any sudden moves” in regards to selecting a new Chef d’Equipe, Joanie said the wheels are very much in motion as the organization works toward identifying what the team needs to succeed and determining the best way forward.

“We need to think collectively of how U.S. eventing can step up and become a sustainable force on the world stage. Doing what we have always done will not change results, and copying what other nations do will not necessarily work for the U.S. We must take the best of what we have been doing and also be prepared to look outside the U.S. for inspiration and guidance.”

EN will continue to provide updates on the latest developments as we look ahead to who will serve as the next Chef d’Equipe for Team USA. Stay tuned.

Luhmühlen CCI4* Entries Go Live with Six American Combinations Entered

Lauren Kieffer and Meadowbrook's Scarlett. Photo by Jenni Autry. Lauren Kieffer and Meadowbrook's Scarlett. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Entries for the Luhmühlen CCI4*, scheduled for June 15-18 in Germany, went live this morning with 58 total names on the list, including six American combinations.

Four of the six pairs are rerouting after retiring on cross country at one of the two spring four-stars already held this year, while the other two are exciting mares making their four-star debuts for Team USA.

Hannah Sue Burnett and Jacqueline Mars’ Harbour Pilot are rerouting from Badminton after an early runout on course at the first water complex at fence 8.

Katherine Coleman and Longwood are also rerouting from their four-star debut at Badminton after falling at fence 9, an open oxer.

Will Coleman and OBOS O’Reilly are rerouting from Rolex after retiring on course at fence 13, an open corner, in the horse’s second four-star start.

Lauren Kieffer and Meadowbrook’s Scarlett received a Land Rover/USEF competition grant to compete at Luhmühlen in the mare’s first four-star. Now 10, Scarlett has completed three CCI3* events and never place outside of the top five, including finishing fourth at Boekelo CCIO3* last year.

Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous are on yet another winning streak heading into the mare’s four-star debut. In addition to winning the Fair Hill CCI3* last fall, they won The Fork CIC3* and Jersey Fresh CIC3* this spring in the lead up to Luhmühlen.

Sharon White and Cooley On Show are rerouting from Rolex after retiring at fence 20, the Normandy Bank, in the horse’s first CCI4* start.

Riders representing 14 nations are entered in the CCI4*, along with a large field in the CIC3* for the Meßmer German National Championships, including three-time Rolex winners Michael Jung and fischerRocana FST.

Hannah Sue Burnett will also compete in the CIC3* with RF Demeter, who finished seventh in the CCI4* at Luhmühlen in 2013 with Marilyn Little in the irons.

Luhmühlen has a new cross country course designer this year in Mike Etherington-Smith, who takes over for Capt. Mark Phillips.

“The footing is looking fantastic and we’re putting the fences out. David Evans and his team are doing a great job. For me as a course designer, it is a luxury to work with such an experienced and professional team,” Mike said.

“Now it gets to the exciting stage when the fences go out and final decisions are made on distances and the feel of the course.”

EN will be bringing you wall-to-wall coverage of Luhmühlen with Leslie Wylie once again returning to the event as your boots on the ground.

Click here to see the full entry list for both the CCI4* and CIC3*.

[Luhmühlen Website]

#WaybackWednesday Video from Kentucky Performance Products: Will Coleman & OBOS O’Reilly at Bromont

Can you feel it? That constant buzz of excitement now that the 2017 season is in full swing.

With the three-week blitz of Rolex Kentucky, Badminton and Jersey Fresh behind us, the EN team members are now looking ahead to the next three-week blitz of Tattersalls, Bromont and Luhmühlen.

True confessions: Bromont is one we all fight over a bit each year as to who will get the privilege of covering the event in Quebec, Canada. That should come as no surprise.

  • Set in an adorable ski town that oozes charm ✔
  • Run at an incredible venue with Derek di Grazia as course designer ✔
  • Added perk of all the Tim Hortons and poutine your heart could possibly desire ✔

This year Leslie Threlkeld once again has the honors of covering Bromont for EN, while I’m heading to Ireland for Tattersalls and Leslie Wylie is heading to Germany for Luhmühlen.

The 2013 running of Bromont will always hold a special place in my heart because it’s the first year I covered the event for EN. Will Coleman and OBOS O’Reilly gave us a class performance across all three phases to take the CCI3* win. Take a walk down memory lane with me in this video courtesy of RNS.

Are you planning to make the trip to Bromont this year? If not, you’re seriously missing out! Entries are open through May 31. Click here for all the details.

Go Bromont. Go Eventing.

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Must Listen: Alice Fox-Pitt on the Eventing Podcast

Its nearly that time of year again! Al, Nicole & Diarm are back together #ermeventing #leg1 #chatsworth

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If you haven’t been listening to the Eventing Podcast, now is a great time to start because the one and only Alice Plunkett Fox-Pitt joined us on this week’s episode to review the first leg of Event Rider Masters at Chatsworth.

Alice shares her incredible insight and plenty of behind-the-scenes moments from the weekend. We also picked her brain about William’s superstitions at competitions, what Chilli Morning is like at home, and how super groom Jackie Potts runs their yard.

There is so much packed into the episode! You can download the episode on iTunes, listen here on the Eventing Podcast website or click play below and listen on this page.

Following the Eventing Podcast on Facebook and Twitter and don’t forget to subscribe on iTunes!

David O’Connor Steps Down as U.S. Eventing Technical Advisor

David O’Connor. Photo by Libby Law Photography.

David O’Connor has stepped down from the position of U.S. Eventing Technical Advisor to focus on advancing safety and global risk management in eventing, US Equestrian just announced.

David commented: “It was a very difficult decision for me to step away from this group of riders, owners, support personnel, and sponsors, but the structural changes made with the newly created technical advisor position don’t allow me to do what I felt has always been my mainstay. That is, helping to drive the necessary changes for eventing that are in the best interests of the athlete, horse, and owner.

“I have lived by these constructs through my time as a competitor, through to my current role as Technical Advisor and they will continue to guide me going forward. I am thankful for the opportunity to have served such a dedicated and focused group and will remain committed to assist all of the devoted stakeholders through this time of transition as our riders prepare for WEG 2018.”

Murray Kessler, president of US Equestrian, added: “Over many years, David has been a leader for US Equestrian as a whole and for eventing in particular. We reluctantly accept David’s resignation and support his desire to focus on chairing the Fédération Equestre International (FEI) Risk Management committee to help design programs that mitigate risk for the sport and promote horse welfare.

“It is reassuring to know that David will remain a leader in our sport, continue to provide input to our programs and that our mutual interests will remain intertwined. We thank him for everything he has done.”

David plans to continue working as a personal trainer to U.S. eventing riders and will continue to chair the FEI Eventing Risk Management Steering Group.

US Equestrian confirmed that “detailed discussions will take place immediately” to find a replacement Chef d’Equipe for Team USA ahead of the 2018 Tryon World Equestrian Games.

[US Equestrian Eventing Team Technical Advisor David O’Connor Steps Down to Focus on Global Risk Management for the Eventing Discipline]

Monday Video from Tredstep Ireland: Chatsworth Highlights

Who watched the first leg of the 2017 Event Rider Masters series over the weekend? Gemma Tattersall and Quicklook V gave us a thrilling performance to take the win at Chatsworth, and it’s just the beginning of what is slated to be an incredibly exciting season.

If you haven’t been watching live and for FREE on www.eventridermasters.tv you are seriously missing out. Check out the highlights reel above and be sure to watch the full highlights package on Sky Sports this Thursday at 7 p.m. BST/2 p.m. EST.

The next leg is coming up June 2-3 at Wiesbaden in Germany. Mark your calendars! Go #ERMEventing

[www.eventridermasters.tv]

Gemma Tattersall Smashes Chatsworth Records in Event Rider Masters Win

Gemma Tattersall and Quicklook V. Photo by Benjamin Clark/Event Rider Masters.

Gemma Tattersall (GBR) and Quicklook V smashed a slew of records this weekend at Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials in Derbyshire, England, where they won the first leg of the 2017 Event Rider Masters series.

Their final score of 36.9 is the first sub-40 finishing score in the history of the CIC3* at Chatsworth, according to EquiRatings. It’s also a new Event Rider Masters record, besting Andrew Nicholson and Nereo’s previous lowest finishing score of 39.6 at the Barbury leg last year.

Gemma also became the first female winner of an Event Rider Masters leg, adding just 3.2 time penalties to her personal best dressage score of 33.7 with Quicklook V, a 12-year-old Anglo European mare owned by the Pebbles Syndicate.

“Quicklook V was absolutely foot perfect in all three phases. I am so proud of her,” Gemma said. “My main aim is to win the Event Rider Masters series, and I have set out this year to do just that. I have some top classes horses to aim at it and can’t wait for the next one.”

Bettina Hoy and Designer 10. Photo by Louise Siggers-Solheim/Event Rider Masters.

Bettina Hoy (GER) and Designer 10, her own 13-year-old Westphalian gelding, added 1.2 time penalties to their dressage score to finish second on 40.6. In addition to giving Germany their first podium finish in Event Rider Masters history, the result also served as redemption for Bettina and Designer, who re-rerouted from Badminton after an early runout on cross country.

“I do believe things happen for a reason, and I am very happy to be here following this result,” Bettina said. “I wanted to be competitive today and I had to go for it. Designer responded brilliantly and I am delighted with him.”

Thomas Carlile and Upsilon. Photo by Benjamin Clark/Event Rider Masters.

Thomas Carlile (FRA) and Upsilon, who won the 2016 series finale leg at Blenheim, led after dressage on a personal best of 33.2, but a refusal at the final combination in show jumping dropped them down to fifth place ahead of cross country.

Delivering one of three rounds to make the optimum time on Ian Stark’s course boosted Thomas and Upsilon, a 9-year-old Anglo-Arab stallion, back onto the podium to finish third on 42.2.

“I was disappointed with our mistake in the show jumping,” Thomas said. “I didn’t set out on cross country with the time in mind, but he coped with the undulations here at Chatsworth so well and I was surprised how up on the time we were towards the end. It’s the first time he has managed to beat the clock at this level. He is a super star.”

Two other pairs made the time, which is notoriously difficult to catch at Chatsworth. Prior to yesterday, just two others in Chatsworth history had managed to beat the clock: Astier Nicolas (FRA) and Quickly du Buguet in 2013 and Christopher Burton (AUS) and TS Jamaimo in 2016.

Sunny weather made for good going, and Elizabeth Power (IRL) and Soladoun flew around the track to come home an incredible 21 seconds inside the time to move up from 30th after dressage to finish seventh on their personal best dressage score of 47.8.

Marcio Carvalho Jorge (BRA) and Coronel MCJ finished bang on the optimum time of 6 minutes, 10 seconds to finish ninth on 48.5, giving us five total pairs that have now bested the clock at Chatsworth.

We are sending speedy healing wishes to Mark Kyle (IRL), who fell from Jemilla at fence 14a. While Mark landed on his feet, he unfortunately broke his ankle and is scheduled to have surgery today. Jemilla was not injured. Get well soon, Mark!

If you missed watching the action live, you can replay all three phases on demand at www.eventridermasters.tv. There are six more exciting legs of the Event Rider Masters series still to come. Next up is the first leg to be held in Europe at Wiesbaden in Germany.

2017 Event Rider Masters schedule:

May 13-14: Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials (UK)
June 2-3:
Internationales Wiesbadener PfingstTurnier (Germany)
July 8-9: St. James’s Place Barbury International Horse Trials (UK)
July 15-16: Haras de Jardy (France)
Aug. 5-6: Festival of British Eventing, Gatcombe Park (UK)
Aug. 26-27: Blair Castle Equi-Trek International Horse Trials (UK)
Sept. 15-16: Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials (UK)

Be sure to like the Event Rider Masters Facebook page to stay up to date on the latest news and follow the conversation on Twitter @EventRiderMasters. Go #ERMEventing

[Chatsworth Final Scores]

Emily Gilruth ‘Progressing Steadily’ After Fall at Badminton

Emily Gilruth and Topwood Beau. Photo by Jenni Autry. Emily Gilruth and Topwood Beau. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Emily Gilruth is “progressing steadily” after suffering a traumatic brain injury in a fall at Badminton Horse Trials, British Eventing said in an update released today. She will soon be moved from the intensive care unit to the neurological ward at Southmead Hospital in Bristol, England.

She fell with Topwood Beau, her 14-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding, at fence 3 on cross country and was airlifted off the course. The horse was not injured in the fall.

“Emily is progressing steadily and the family would like to thank everyone for their messages of support and thank Southmead ICU for their wonderful care,” the statement reads.

“We continue to ask that the privacy of the family is respected at this time; we will release updates as and when further information is made available.”

Emily produced Topwood Beau from a 5-year-old and has competed him at three-star level since 2012. They won the Hopetoun CIC3* last year and finished second at Ballindenisk CCI3* in 2015.

The EN team continues to send our very best wishes to Emily as she recovers.

[15th May 2017 – Update on Emily Gilruth]

It’s Event Rider Masters Time! 10 Chatsworth Fast Facts from EquiRatings

Astier Nicolas on board Piaf de b’Neville en-route to winning Leg 1 of the 2016 Event Rider Masters at the 2016 Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials. Photo via Eventridermasters.tv

It’s that time of year! The 2017 Event Rider Masters series kicks off tomorrow at Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials in Derbyshire, England. Forty exciting combinations will line up for the first of seven legs, each of which will award £50,000 in prize money with an additional £50,000 series bonus.

All the action will be broadcast live for free on www.eventridermasters.tv. Here’s the broadcast schedule:

Saturday, May 13
Dressage from 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. BST/5:30 a.m.-1 p.m. EST

Sunday, May 14
Show jumping from 10:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. BST/5:15-7:30 a.m. EST
Cross country from 1:45-4 p.m. BST/8:45 a.m.-11 a.m. EST

Here are 10 Chatsworth fast facts from EquiRatings to remember while you watch the live stream:

  1. In more than 1,000 CIC3* runs at Chatsworth, only two riders, Astier Nicolas (FRA) and Christopher Burton (AUS), have ever made the optimum time on cross country.
  2. Only 10 horses have come within 10 seconds of the optimum time since 2010. Elizabeth Power (IRL) and Soladoun had just 2.4 time penalties last year, which is tied for the fifth fastest round over the CIC3* course since 2010.
  3. Horses will need to finish on a score of 44.6 or less to rank in the top 10 all-time low ERM final scores. Vittoria Panizzon (ITL) and Borough Pennyz have done that three times, but not since 2014.
  4. Of the 13 CIC3* venues in the UK, Chatsworth produces the highest average finishing score, with many pairs in the field finishing above 80 penalties.
  5. The record to beat is a finishing score of 45, achieved by Andrew Nicholson (NZL) on Viscount George during his most successful season ever in 2013. This year he will compete Swallow Springs, who has three runs inside the time in the past 12 months.
  6. Gemma Tattersall (GBR) and Quicklook V have the fifth lowest finishing score of all Chatsworth finishers since 2010 (47.1).
  7. Three horses in the field (Spring Revolution, Kiltubrid Rhapsody, Continuity) have never had a cross country jumping penalty in an international run.
  8. The Chatsworth leg had the highest percentage of clear show jumping rounds of the ERM series in 2016, with 42.5% of the field jumping clear.
  9. Thomas Carlile (FRA) and Upsilon have finished first or second in eight of their 11 international runs. They have never finished outside the top five when they complete all phases.
  10. Sam Griffiths (AUS) and Happy Times and Dee Hankey (GBR) and Chequers Playboy are 14 for 14 with clear CIC3* cross country rounds, the largest number in the field.

The 2017 ERM calendar:

May 13-14: Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials (UK)
June 2-3: Internationales Wiesbadener PfingstTurnier (Germany)
July 8-9: St. James’s Place Barbury International Horse Trials (UK)
July 15-16: Haras de Jardy (France)
Aug. 5-6: Festival of British Eventing, Gatcombe Park (UK)
Aug. 26-27: Blair Castle Equi-Trek International Horse Trials (UK)
Sept. 15-16: Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials (UK)

[Event Rider Masters Live Stream] [Ride Times & Live Scoring]

Strong North American Contingent Heading to Tattersalls CCI3* in Ireland

Kim Severson and Cooley Cross Border. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

North Americans will be out in full force at Tattersalls International Horse Trials and Country Fair in Co. Meath, Ireland, with six American combinations and one Canadian combination slated to compete in the CCI3* May 31-June 4.

Phillip Dutton (USA) has two horses entered in Fernhill Revelation, an 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding owned by the Revelation Group, and Z, a 9-year-old Zangersheide gelding owned by Tom Tierney, Simon Roosevelt, Suzanne Lacy, Annie Jones and Caroline Moran.

Z received one of the four Land Rover/USEF eventing competition grants awarded this spring and will look to complete his second career CCI3* with Phillip.

Kim Severson (USA) is entered with Cooley Cross Border, who is re-routing after retiring on course in his four-star debut at Rolex Kentucky. The 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding owned by the Cross Syndicate has two top-10 completions at Fair Hill on his record.

Buck Davidson (USA) is entered with Carlevo. The 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding owned by Carlevo LLC jumped clear around Boekelo CCIO3* in 2015.

Amber Levine (USA) will make her overseas debut with her own Carry On, a 10-year-old KWPN gelding. They won the Galway Downs CCI3* last fall and will look to complete their second CCI3* together.

Katherine Coleman (USA) is entered with her own Back to Business II, a 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse mare, in the mare’s CCI3* debut. These two are a very strong cross country combination, averaging clear rounds and just 2.5 time penalties in their three CIC3* runs this season. Katherine is also competing Wizard of Aus and Monte Classico in the CCI2*, with Monbeg Senna in the CCI* Young Horse 6/7-year-old division.

Kathryn Robinson (CAN) is re-routing her own Let It Bee to Tattersalls after an unfortunately fall after The Lake at Badminton when the horse’s feet slipped out from under him in a turn. The 16-year-old Westphalian gelding delivered a personal best score of 44.4 in the dressage at Badminton. Kathryn is also competing Linus V in the CCI* for Canada.

We have one other American rider in the field in MiMi Falb, who is competing Kilpipe Jewel in the CCI*.

The EN team wishes the very best of luck to our American and Canadian riders as they make the trip to Ireland to compete! Go Eventing.

Tattersalls Links: Website, Entries, Schedule

Shane Rose’s Badminton Mount Shanghai Joe Euthanized

Shane Rose and Shanghai Joe. Photo by Jenni Autry. Shane Rose and Shanghai Joe. Photo by Jenni Autry.

EN is heartbroken to report that Shanghai Joe, owned by Shane and Niki Rose and Lee and Bill Brydon, was euthanized yesterday due to the severity of injuries he sustained after slipping and falling in the stabling area at Badminton Horse Trials on Saturday.

Shane Rose fell from Shanghai Joe at fence 19 on cross country and the horse galloped back to stabling, where he fell and slid into the arches of Badminton House. The Badminton veterinary team had been treating him for a suspected fractured shoulder.

“The severity of his injury was such that recovery was not possible,” Niki Rose said on her Facebook page. “We had hoped that we would be able to nurse ‘Nugget’ back from injury so he could enjoy retirement at home in Australia and we are devastated that our hopes were not achievable.”

Shane bred the 11-year-old Australian Thoroughbred gelding (Another Warrior X Zenaarena, by Arena) and competed him with much success through the three-star level in Australia. He won the Melbourne CCI3* in 2014 and twice won the Albury CIC3*.

“More remarkable than his success was his truly lovely nature and wonderful attitude to life and work,” Niki said. “He quickly became a favourite with anyone that met him. We will miss his cheeky face and gentle nature around our stable block.”

Shane added: “He was such a lovely horse; he always tried his hardest to please. Great manners and the nicest nature you could want in a horse. It’s been a hard couple of weeks for us. Niki and I are so proud of what our little homebred has achieved. The hardest thing was saying goodbye to him when all he wanted to do was have a rub and a cuddle. Rest in peace, little man.”

The EN team extends our deepest condolences to Shane, Niki, Lee, Bill and the entire Bimbadeen Park team.

Jersey Fresh Jog Report: 32 Horses Move to Dressage, Two Not Accepted in CCI2*

Dom Schramm and Bolytair B. Photo by Stacy Lynne Photo.

Thirty-two horses will move forward to dressage in the CCI divisions at the Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event in Allentown, New Jersey following this afternoon’s first horse inspection.

The CCI2* division presented first to the ground jury of Jo Young (CAN) and Janis Linnan (USA). Two horses were sent to the holding box: Madeline Blackman’s mount Calido Clover and Kelsey Briggs’ mount The Gentleman Pirate. Both were not accepted upon re-presentation.

Justine Dutton and Huck Finn. Photo by Stacy Lynne Photo.

All horses presented to the CCI3* ground jury of Harry Payne (GBR), Susan White (USA) and Mark Weissbecker (USA) were accepted.

We have a full video of the first horse inspection thanks to EN’s good friend David Frechette, AKA The Horse Pesterer, who kindly live streamed the entire trot up on his Facebook page:

CCI dressage starts tomorrow morning with both divisions running simultaneously from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. CIC3* and CIC2* dressage starts at 9 a.m. Friday and runs through 2 p.m. Click here for ride times.

Shelby Allen will be your boots on the ground for EN, so be sure to keep it locked right here to follow our live coverage. We’re in for an exciting weekend with both Jersey Fresh and the first leg of the 2017 Event Rider Masters series running at Chatsworth. Stay tuned for more! Go Eventing.

This post has been updated with beautiful photos from Stacy Lynne Photo. Thank you, Stacy!

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37th Time’s the Charm: Andrew Nicholson Wins Badminton With Nereo

Andrew Nicholson and Nereo. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Considering Andrew Nicholson had won eight four-stars before today, you’d think one of those victories would have come at Badminton. But in completing Badminton 35 times in previous years, Andrew had never held the Mitsubishi Motors Trophy on Sunday — until today.

He jumped Qwanza earlier in the order of go to secure his 36th completion at the world’s biggest four-star, then entered the ring with Nereo in third place hunting for his 37th completion.

It didn’t matter that Andrew was competing in his first Badminton since 2015 after fracturing his neck in an accident that threatened to end his career. It also didn’t matter that Nereo hadn’t jumped clear in show jumping at four-star level since 2014.

Pats for Sam after his round with Michael Jung. Photo by Nico Morgan.

Andrew and Nereo left all the poles in the cups, adding just one time penalty to their score, to catapult past defending winners Michael Jung and La Biosthetique Sam FBW and Ingrid Klimke, who was bidding to become the first woman to win Badminton in a decade aboard Horseware Hale Bob.

Andrew and Nereo clinched the win on 41.4. Michael and Sam finished second on 44.0 with one rail down, and Tim Price and Xavier Faer jumped clear with one time penalty to finish third on 49.2.

New Zealand ultimately dominated the top 10 final results. In addition to Andrew taking the win and Tim finishing third, Mark Todd finished both of his rides in the top 10 thanks to jumping clear and inside the time — something just 26% of the field managed — to place fourth with NZB Campino on 50.4 and sixth with Leonidas II in sixth on 58.1.

Tim Price and Mark Todd all smiles after their top results. Photo by Nico Morgan.

Ros Canter secured her first Badminton completion and finished as the best Brit with Allstar B, jumping clear and inside the time to place fifth on 54.5. Gemma Tattersall and Arctic Soul finished in the top 10 for the second consecutive year for Team GB, jumping clear and inside the time to move up from 67th after dressage to place seventh on 60.2.

Yoshiaki Oiwa secured the best ever finish for a Japanese rider at Badminton, finishing eighth on 62.2 with one rail down aboard The Duke of Cavan.

Ingrid Klimke and Horseware Hale Bob, who led after cross country, did not have the conclusion they’d hoped for at Badminton, adding rails and a refusal plus time penalties to finish ninth on 62.2.

Tina Cook and Billy The Red shook off the tension after being held in the final horse inspection this morning to jump a beautiful clear round inside the time, rounding out the top 10 on a final score of 63.4.

Looking to our American combinations, Lauren Kieffer and Team Rebecca’s Veronica added one rail and one time penalty to finish 17th on 73.2 in their Badminton debut. Click here to read all about Lauren’s Badminton experience and learn about her exciting plans for the summer.

Lynn Symansky and The Donner Syndicate’s Donner added one rail and four time penalties to finish 22nd on 86.0. Click here to read Samantha Clark’s extensive interview with Lynn. Three cheers for finishing two American riders inside the top 25!

We still have much more to bring you from Badminton, including quotes from the final press conference. Stay tuned! Thank you so much to all who have followed along with EN’s Badminton coverage. We also have to thank EquiRatings for providing super statistics and analysis to bring the event to life, and Nico Morgan for his beautiful photos. Go Eventing.

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Lynn Symansky and Donner Complete Their First Badminton

Lynn Symansky and Donner. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Lynn Symansky and the Donner Syndicate’s Donner completed their first Badminton Horse Trials this afternoon, pulling one rail and adding 4 time penalties to sit 23rd currently on a final score of 86.0. The top 20 will jump starting at 2:55 p.m. BST/9:55 a.m. EST.

Lynn said she thought Donner jumped spectacularly today despite losing a shoe again on the same right-front foot, just like he did yesterday during their cross country round. Losing shoes usually isn’t a problem for Donner, but that right-front shoe has definitely been stubborn this weekend.

“I had to be a little steady in the beginning and then usually I can pick up the pace as I go along, but he threw a shoe halfway around and I felt like I was yesterday — like I was on a dinner plate sliding around the corners, so I had to really go quite steady in the end, so I picked up some time unfortunately, which was a lot like yesterday,” Lynn said.

“I was a bit disappointed because it’s probably the best the horse has ever jumped for me the day after a four-star cross country, and I really felt like we could have put a clean round in. He just lost his confidence coming around some of the turns again so it was a lot like yesterday.”

With her first Badminton under her belt, Lynn said she’s already wanting to come back and better her result. “I gained a ton of experience. I think any four-star you go around you learn a little bit. I guess I would hope I would learn how to keep that right front shoe on!

“I also think, in an ideal world if I had a do-over, even with the slipping I would have taken a straight route or two and seen what happened and tried to make the score a little bit better than I had yesterday, so I’m a little bit bummed about that because I really do have a fantastic cross country horse, but he really did try so hard for me, and I could not be happier with the horse. He was unreal.”

Lynn and Donner now have one qualifying result for the 2018 World Equestrian Games on their record, and as she looks ahead to the rest of the year she is thinking of targeting a CIC3* in the summer and fall.

“I think it’s kind of a waste to run him at a CCI3*, so the only option would be to possibly bring him back to Burghley again, but that’s a lot. He trotted up fantastic today. He looks really well and I think when you have one of those horses there’s only so many chances you get, so ideally I’d like to go and have a crack at it, but you also have to think he’s 14 and this is his seventh four-star so you also have to plan for the next two or three years.

In addition to completing seven four-stars, Lynn and Donner also now have six clear CCI4* cross country rounds on their record — another milestone for the Deer! When she compares Badminton to the other four-stars they’ve completed, Lynn said she would rank it as the most difficult.

“Compared to the (2014 World Equestrian Games) I actually think this was harder. It was tricky, it was huge and technical, and a new course designer. I did not think it was going to be easy coming into it, but it was probably the toughest track, and I think it was harder than Burghley for sure.”

Lynn had never been to Badminton as a spectator either, which she said definitely changed the experience for her a bit. “It was just really special to be able to have my first time here be when I’m competing and soak it all up. I was so proud of the horse all weekend.”

We still have one more American combination, Lauren Kieffer and Veronica, to jump in the final group. You can watch live starting at 2:55 p.m. BST/9:55 a.m. EST at this link.

Click here to view results from the first show jumping group. So far we’ve seen five clear rounds inside the time so far: Jonty Evans and Cooley Rorkes Drift, Ivar Gooden and Imogen Murray, Thibaut Valette and Qing du Briot ENE HN, Sam Griffiths and Paulank Brockagh, and Michael Ryan and Dunlough Striker. That’s 19% of the field jumping clear so far according to EquiRatings.

This interview with Lynn and ALL the other interviews on EN from Badminton have been brought to you by the fabulous Samantha Clark. Thank you so much for following along with us this weekend. Stay tuned for the exciting finale!

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46 Horses Move to Show Jumping at Badminton; 2 Withdrawn from Holding Box

Ingrid Klimke and Horseware Hale Bob.  Photo by Jenni Autry. Ingrid Klimke and Horseware Hale Bob. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Forty-six combinations will move to show jumping at Badminton Horse Trials following a tense final horse inspection this morning.

The ground jury of Martin Plewa, Christina Klingspor, Anne-Mette Binder sent five horses to the holding box: Alex Bragg’s mount Zagreb, Oliver Townend’s mount Samuel Thomas II, Tina Cook’s mount Billy The Red, Astier Nicolas’ mount Piaf de b’Neville, and Lissa Green’s mount Malin Head Clover. Both Zagreb and Malin Head Clover were withdrawn from the holding box.

Lauren Kieffer and Veronica. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Our two remaining American horses, Team Rebecca’s Veronica and the Donner Syndicate’s Donner, both looked fantastic this morning thanks to the dedicated work of super grooms Shannon Kinsley and Kendyl Tracy.

While we definitely saw some tired horses, we saw others that looked ready to have another go at Eric Winter’s cross country course. Both Alice Naber-Lozeman’s mount ACSI Harry Belafonte and Cathal Daniels’ mount Rioghan Rua received a hearty round of applause from the spectators after exuberant trips down the jog strip — before the ground jury could could even announce they had been accepted!

Lynn Symansky and Donner. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Three cheers for Jessica Cudden, groom to Ciaran Glynn’s mount November Night, for receiving the award for the best presented horse.

Emily Gilruth, who fell yesterday at fence 3 with Topwood Beau, remains in intensive care at Southmead Hospital in Bristol undergoing further treatment. The EN team continues to send best wishes to Emily for a speedy recovery.

Shanghai Joe remains in the care of the Badminton vet team with a suspected fractured shoulder after slipping and falling yesterday in the stabling area following Shane Rose’s fall at fence 19 on cross country. Shane posted the following update on his Facebook page last night:

“He is resting comfortably and further X-rays and scans will be performed in the coming days to accurately assess the damage and treatment going forward. It is wonderful to be a part of the eventing family. So many people came to Nugget’s aid today and for that we are truly grateful. Thank you to everyone that helped out and also to those who have offered messages of support.”

The first part of show jumping starts at 11:30 a.m. BST/6:30 EST, with the top 20 jumping at 2:45 p.m. BST/9:45 a.m. EST. All the details on how to watch live are here.

Watch a full video of the final horse inspection here:

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Watch Ingrid Klimke & Horseware Hale Bob’s Badminton Cross Country Round

Ingrid Klimke and Horseware Hale Bob are our leaders heading into today’s show jumping finale of Badminton Horse Trials. Watch the video of their cross country round above, and click here to catch up on all of EN’s coverage of #MMBHT so far. The first part of show jumping starts at 11:30 a.m. BST/6:30 a.m. EST. Details on how to watch live are here.

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Ingrid Klimke Leads After Grueling Badminton Cross Country; Two Americans in Top 25

Ingrid Klimke and Horseware Hale Bob. Photo by Nico Morgan Media.

We have just witnessed one of the toughest CCI4* cross country days in the last decade at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, with just 37% of the field jumping clear rounds over Eric Winter’s new course. That’s the toughest four-star cross country day since Badminton 2014, when just 29.5% jumped clear over Guiseppe della Chiesa’s new course.

At the conclusion of a grueling day, Ingrid Klimke and Horseware Hale Bob are our leaders, balancing brilliance with a few sticky moments to come home clear with 3.2 time penalties, which moved them from second place to lead on 39.6.

Michael Jung and La Biosthetique Sam FBW. Photo by Nico Morgan Media.

That’s just 0.4 points in front of defending winners Michael Jung and La Biosthetique Sam FBW, who put in a foot-perfect round to move from ninth after dressage up to second place on 40.0. (Michael also carried Wilberry Wonder Pony on his back to raise awareness for bone cancer. To say it was an emotional day here at Badminton is an understatement.)

Andrew Nicholson and Nereo, the final pair on course today, jumped clear with 2.4 time penalties to move from equal fifth up to third place on 40.4. Just 0.8 time penalties separate the entire top three, setting the stage for a nail-biting show jumping finale tomorrow.

Andrew Nicholson and Nereo. Photo by Nico Morgan Media.

Tim Price and Xavier Faer were the only other combination in the 81-horse field to make the optimum time of 11 minutes, 34 seconds to climb from 34th place after the first phase to fourth place on 48.2.

Mark Todd proved why he’s such a legend by piloting both of his rides into the top 10. He picked up 6.8 time penalties with NZB Campino and 15.2 time penalties with Leonidas II to sit fifth and ninth on 50.4 and 58.1, respectively.

Three Brits sit inside the top 10 after cross country, with Ros Canter and Allstar B leading the way with 9.6 time penalties for sixth on 54.5. Oliver Townend and ODT Ghareeb jumped clear with 5.2 time penalties — one of the faster rounds of the day — to sit seventh on 56.2. Alexander Bragg and Zagreb, who went early on in the order of go, had 12.4 time penalties to sit eighth on 57.0.

Rounding out the top 10 are Yoshiaki Oiwa and The Duke of Cavan, who is a total cross country machine and gave us one of the most thrilling rounds of the day. They added 15.6 time penalties to their dressage score to sit 10th on 58.2.

Lauren Kieffer and Veronica. Photo by Nico Morgan Media.

Looking to our North American contingent, it was truly a day of high highs and low lows, with two of our seven combinations making it to the finish. Lauren Kieffer and Team Rebecca’s Veronica are 17th after adding 29.2 time penalties in a steady round.

Lynn Symansky and the Donner Syndicate’s Donner are 24th with 30.8 time penalties — playing it safe by going at a slower pace due to Donner losing a shoe at fence 4. Stay tuned for interviews with both Lauren and Lynn in our press conference report.

Lynn Symansky and Donner. Photo by Nico Morgan Media.

As the first out of the startbox, Lauren Kieffer retired Landmark’s Monte Carlo after a refusal at fence 19, the PHEV Corral; they were also carrying an additional 20 jumping penalties from 17B at the Mirage Pond.

Hannah Sue Burnett and Jacqueline Mars’ Harbour Pilot retired on course after glancing off the angled hedge at 8C coming out of The Lake. Katherine Coleman and her own Longwood also had a refusal at The Lake and then fell at fence 9, the Offset Oxer. EN confirmed that both Katherine and Longwood are OK after their fall.

Kathryn Robinson and Let It Bee fell after The Lake when the horse slipped on the flat as they were turning — a huge bummer of a way to end their Badminton.

Elisa Wallace fell from a visibly exhausted Simply Priceless at the final fence on course when he stumbled on landing. She has since received a yellow card under FEI article 526.1, Abuse of the horse. Wallace Eventing clarified to EN that the yellow card was specifically given for “riding an exhausted horse” (subpoint B under article 526.1 in the 2017 FEI Rulebook).

Elisa posted the following statement on her Facebook page:

“Johnny is very happy munching his hay. I am okay as well, but I’m disappointed in myself for letting down my horse, my country, and my sport. I should have pulled him up. And I agree with the ground jury giving me a yellow card. I made a mistake that I will NEVER make again. I am lucky we are both unscathed. Johnny gave me everything today. I love my horse and my sport.”

Looking at the cross country fence analysis shows that the problems were spread throughout the course. Overnight leaders Chris Burton and Graf Liberty picked up 20 jumping penalties at fence 15, the Hildon Water Pond, to end their quest for victory.

We saw five horse falls: Katherine Coleman and Longwood, Emily Gilruth and Topwood Beau, Izzy Taylor and KBIS Briarlands Matilda, Paul Tapner and Bonza King of Rouges, and Helene Vattier and Quito de Baliere. Badminton confirmed that Emily was airlifted to Southmead Hospital in Bristol and remains under observation.

Ten riders fell from their horses: Andrew Hoy from The Blue Fronteir, Shane Rose from Shanghai Joe, Willa Newton from Chance Remark, Sarah Parkes from Balladeer Durban Hills, Elisa Wallace from Simply Priceless, Kathryn Robinson from Let It Bee, Danielle Dun from Zocarla BLH, Arianna Schivo from Quefiro de L’Ormeau, James Sommerville from Talent, and Gubby Leach from Xavier.

Shanghai Joe galloped back to stabling after Shane Rose fell and injured a forelimb when he slipped on a gravel path. He was stabilized by an orthopedic specialist at Badminton’s veterinary center before being transferred to Breadstone Veterinary Hospital for further treatment.

All other horses and riders involved in falls have been reported as OK. We will continue to bring you the latest news and wish all the very best to Emily Gilruth and Shanghai Joe.

We still have much more to bring you from Badminton, includes quotes from the top three, Lauren Kieffer and Lynn Symansky, and many other riders. Catch up on all of the cross country action in EN’s open thread and stay tuned for much more.

This report has been updated to include additional information provided by Wallace Eventing regarding Elisa Wallace’s yellow card.

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Grooming with Emma Ford: 5 Things She Can’t Live Without

Emma Ford with Mr. Medicott at Rolex. Photo by Samantha Clark.

In the midst of this thrilling spring four-star season, EN is shining a spotlight on the hardworking grooms who take immaculate care of the incredible equine athletes that compete at the highest level of the sport.

Phillip Dutton finished three horses inside the top 10 at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, and we asked his longtime barn manager Emma Ford which things she can’t live without at a four-star event.

The Posture Prep is a go-to item in Emma’s grooming box. Photo by Lynsey Ekema.

1. Posture Prep: When it comes to grooming, Emma says the most important tool in her kit is the Posture Prep. It’s a curry comb and massaging tool combined in one that helps release tension in the muscles and relax the horse while grooming. Emma recommends working the Posture Prep from the hind end toward the front of the horse’s body to allow for the energy from the hindquarters to release into the rest of the body.

2. Witch Hazel: Emma uses witch hazel to combat a variety of skin issues, from treating itchy bug bites and minor wounds to removing grass stains and reducing swelling. Witch hazel isn’t as harsh on the skin as rubbing alcohol, so it can be used as a substitute in many situations, Emma says. It’s also budget-friendly and easy to find at stores.

The Ice Vibe X-Full Boots. Photo by Kate Samuels.

3. Ice-Vibe Boots: Mr. Medicott used Ice-Vibe boots extensively during his rehabilitation from a tendon injury sustained at Rolex in 2014, and he ultimately came to the event three years later to finish fourth and become the new Rolex/USEF CCI4* National Champion. Other top riders like Michael Jung, Ingrid Klimke, Jessica Phoenix and Doug Payne also use the boots in the everyday care of their horses. Read more in EN’s product review here.

4. Shapley’s Hi Gloss Finishing Spray: Emma uses Shapley’s Hi Gloss Finishing Spray to boost the show-ring shine on Phillip’s horses at competitions. The light, oil-based spray defines muscles, highlights features and adds a noticeable shine. Emma likes the fact that you don’t have to use a lot of spray to get results, and she especially likes to use it on the dark points of bay horses to make their coats pop.

Fernhill Cubalawn wearing his Rambo Ionic sheet and boots. Photo courtesy of Emma Ford.

5. Rambo Ionic: You’ll find Phillip’s horses wearing Rambo Ionic stable sheets and leg wraps regularly at home and competitions. The Ionic line uses tourmaline to increase blood flow to the horse’s brain, muscles and other key parts of the body. The sheet is lightweight enough to use year-round, and Emma likes to use them after hard workouts, during competitions and when shipping to help the horse’s muscles more soft and relaxed.

Learn more grooming tips and tricks from Emma in EN’s World Class Grooming clinic report. If you haven’t had a chance to attend a World Class Grooming clinic, we highly encourage you to like the Facebook page to stay up to date with Emma’s schedule. A clinic could be coming to your town in the very near future!

Watch Chris Burton & Graf Liberty’s Leading Badminton Dressage Test

Chris Burton and Graf Liberty’s dressage score of 32.9 is the best at Badminton in 15 years! Watch the whole test above and click here to catch up on all of EN’s Badminton coverage so far.

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