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Jenni Autry


About Jenni Autry

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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Revitavet Capato Euthanized Following Tragic Pasture Accident

Jordan Linstedt and Revitavet Capato at Kentucky 2017. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

We are devastated to report that Jordan Linstedt’s four-star partner Revitavet Capato was euthanized after shattering a pastern in his paddock on Thursday, Oct. 18, in Duvall, Washington. He was 15 years old.

“He was running and playing along side his best friend and big brother, Jack. Capato must have taken a wrong step, resulting in a shattered pastern. When I said goodbye to my sweet boy, I let go of a piece of myself. I watched his stoic strength finally come to an end,” Jordan said.

“Capato was a horse of a lifetime and I am grateful for everything he gave me. With him the biggest goals and dreams became achievable. We believed in each other and persevered when others doubted us. Capato will forever be with me.”

Jordan produced “Capato,” a Hanoverian gelding (Contendro X Annabelle, by Amaroso) she owned with Barbara Linstedt, from a 5-year-old after he was imported from Germany.

He finished in the top 10 in 18 of his 25 international runs, including winning the Twin Rivers CIC3* in 2016 and the Bromont CCI3* in 2017. Jordan and Capato competed at the Kentucky Three-Day Event for three consecutive years in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

In addition to his success at international level, Capato most recently placed second in the Adequan USEA Advanced Gold Cup Final at the American Eventing Championships in Colorado.

The EN team sends our deepest condolences to all who knew and loved Capato. He was an extremely special horse, and our hearts are broken for Jordan and her team.

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The final European CCI4* of the year kicks off in France today at Les Etoiles de Pau CCI4*. The first horse inspection will be held early in the morning French time, followed by the first part of dressage starting at 1 p.m. CEST/7 a.m. EST. We have a strong American contingent competing at Pau, plus two roving reporters on the grounds to bring you all the behind-the-scenes news.

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Major Events This Week:

Pau Links: WebsiteEntriesDressage Start TimesLive ScoringLive StreamForm GuideEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Waredaca Classic 3DE & H.T. [Website] [3DE Entries] [HT Entries] [3DE Ride Times] [HT Ride Times] [3DE Live Scores] [HT Live Scores]

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

Windermere Run H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

Your Thursday News & Notes:

Indian eventer Dinesh Kumar has been suspended and fined by the FEI Tribunal after his horse Jeet tested positive for two controlled medications at a CCI* in India in October 2017. 4-Methylaminophenazone is a metabolic byproduct of dipyrone, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. Mepivacaine is a local anesthetic used for peripheral nerve block. [FEI Tribunal Ruling]

The Irish Sport Horse Studbook won the overall title for the second consecutive year at Le Lion d’Angers. The title is decided by the best three scores of each studbook in both the 6- and 7-year-old Championship categories. Piggy French’s mount Emerald Jonny, Liz Halliday-Sharp’s mount Cooley Moonshine, and Millie Dumas’s mount Universal Cooley finished second, third and fourth in the 6-year-old Championship to secure the title for the ISH studbook. [Irish Sport Horse Studbook]

There are two days left in the online raffle to support Area I eventer Jessica Halliday in her fight against stage 4 colon cancer. Tickets are $5 each with a slew of amazing prizes up for grabs: SmartPak gift certificates, show braiding and body clipping, PEMF sessions, cross country schooling, saddle pads and much more. [Online Auction for Jessica Halliday]

A golf tournament to benefit the Retired Racehorse Project will be held Tuesday, Nov. 13 at Stone Creek Golf Club in Ocala during the week of the Ocala Jockey Club Three-Day Event. Buck Davidson and I Love My Horse Equestrian Boutique are presenting the tournament, which will start at 11:30 a.m. with lunch, followed by a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Cost is $110 per person. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Call Terry for reservations at 727-871-5728 or email [email protected].

New Prize Announced for Thoroughbreds at Ocala Jockey Club CCI

Katie Ruppel and Houdini at the 2017 Ocala Jockey Club Three-Day Event. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.

EN loves seeing support for Thoroughbreds who transition to seconds careers in eventing following their time on the racetrack. The Ocala Jockey Club International Three-Day Event (OJC3DE) and Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ & Owners’ Association (FTBOA) have teamed up to provide a $1,000 award to the top-placed Florida-connected horse and rider competing at this year’s event on Nov. 15-18.

“The FTBOA believes the care and support of retired Thoroughbreds is a common sense responsibility shared by all who participate in the racing and breeding industry,” FTBOA CEO Lonny Powell said. “This high profile, award-winning event is among several that support and promote the versatility and marketability of retired thoroughbreds.”

Since its first event in 2016, OJC3DE has provided $15,000 in prize funds to participating Thoroughbreds, and the FTBOA was involved from the inception. FTBOA staff consulted with the event organizers, helped connect organizers to community leaders, and volunteered onsite to ensure the 2016 event was a success. Thoroughbreds made up 27% of the horses competing at OJC3DE that year.

Since then, OJC3DE has become one of the premier events on the fall eventing calendar in the U.S. and was recognized with the 2017 Small Market Event of the Year award by the Florida Sports Foundation. This award recognizes Florida’s communities and sports commissions for their outstanding efforts in the state’s sports tourism.

“A goal of the competition is to attract equestrian sport competitors’ interest to own and value off-track Thoroughbreds,” said Pavla Nygaard, the owner and president of the Ocala Jockey Club and Thor-Bred Stables, along with her husband Erik. “Off-track Thoroughbreds need second careers and great owners. It’s a win-win for both sides.”

OJC3DE has offered a CIC3*, CCI2* and CCI* since 2016, and this year is also adding a new CCI3*. The new CCI3* course, along with the existing CIC3*, will be designed by Mike Etherington-Smith. Due to a pre-existing scheduling conflict with the Adelaide CCI4*, where he also designs, the course designer on record is set to be Clayton Fredericks, with Mike listed as assistant course designer. Clayton will once again design the CCI2* and CCI* tracks.

The new Thoroughbred award at OJC3DE is the latest initiative from the FTBOA that promotes the versatility of the breed. In 2014, FTBOA began partnering with Run for the Ribbons Horse Shows that promote the retraining of thoroughbreds in the state of Florida into second careers as hunters and jumpers.

Almost two decades ago, the FTBOA partnered with the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation and the Florida Department of Corrections to establish Second Chance Farm at the Lowell Correctional Institute. Approximately 15 women are enrolled each session to earn an equine certification degree and upon release are considered for employment on horse farms across the state. Part of the experience is caring for the more than 50 retired Florida thoroughbred racehorses at the facility.

Pavla Nygaard is a strong supporter of retired Thoroughbred opportunities and serves on the board of the Retired Racehorse Project. The Ocala Jockey Club recently sponsored the National Thoroughbred Makeover and Symposium, hosting a large-scale silent auction to support OTTB programs.

The third annual Ocala Jockey Club International Three-Day Event will run Nov. 15-18 in Reddick, Florida, with $15,000 of the total prize fund awarded to the top-placing Thoroughbreds in each of the four competition divisions (CCI3*, CIC3*, CCI2*, CCI*).

Click here for more information on the Ocala Jockey Club International Three-Day Event.

[Florida’s Retired TBs Offered Chance at $1,000 Eventing Prize]

Boyd Martin and On Cue Clinch Dutta Corp/USEF National CCI2* Championship

Boyd Martin and On Cue. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Boyd Martin and Christine Turner’s On Cue clinched the mare’s second CCI2* win of the season today with a super clear show jumping round at Fair Hill International. On Cue completed on her dressage score of 23.7 to take the Dutta Corp/USEF National CCI2* Championship.

“She’s very elegant,” Boyd said. “She’s got a great gallop and a brilliant jump. I’m looking forward to having her here next year in the CCI3*. … We’re very grateful that Tim Dutta backs this event. I’m sure the cost of putting on an event like this far exceeds the amount they get from entry fees. I think this event produces horses for American teams.”

Boyd also won the Dutta Corp/USEF National CCI3* Reserve Championship today with The Long Island T Syndicate’s Long Island T, and he quickly scooted out of the press conference to catch a plane to France. We wish him the best of luck as he competes Steady Eddie at Les Etoiles de Pau CCI4* this week!

Emily Beshear and Olney Uncle Sam. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Emily Beshear and Jennifer Ward’s Olney Uncle Sam also jumped a clear round over Marc Donovan’s show jumping course to win the Dutta Corp/USEF National CCI2* Reserve Championship on their dressage score of 26.8.

“Sam tends to be careful in the show jumping,” Emily said. “Every now and then he can get a little too casual and relaxed, but it helped me today that the wind was blowing. It kept him a bit more aware of the jumps. He was bred not far from here, so his breeder (Ami Howard) was here watching. It felt like it was meant to be for him to be successful today.”

Will Faudree and Jennifer Mosing’s Michel 233 delivered a lovely clear round to finish in third place on their dressage score of 28.3. “Mikey” won the Bundeschampionate in Germany as a 5-year-old. After a green performance at Fair Hill last year, Will took a step back this season to focus on getting the horse stronger.

“I had the Fair Hill CCI2* as the end goal for this year to give him time to get stronger and mature,” Will said. “I couldn’t have been happier with him all weekend. He is tough in the show jumping, so I knew I had to go in and be very accurate and get him to the right spots and keep the canter active without getting long. I was thrilled when he jumped clean.”

Will was beaming ear-to-ear after show jumping and added: “It’s fun to be in a press conference at Fair Hill on Sunday. I haven’t been here since 2005, so it’s kind of nice to be back!” (We were delighted to have Will back!)

Will Faudree and Michel 233. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Allie Knowles and Katherine O’Brien’s Morswood added just 0.4 time penalties to their dressage score throughout the competition and rose from 23rd to finish fourth on 31.0.

Mia Farley received The John H. Fritz Trophy as the highest placed young rider in the CCI2* division with her own BGS Firecracker, who added 2.0 cross country time penalties to her dressage score to finish fifth on 31.9.

The Mid-Atlantic Horse Rescue Trophy was awarded to The Sea of Clouds Partnership’s Sea of Clouds, ridden by Phillip Dutton, as the highest placed American Thoroughbred. “Socs,” who last raced in 2014, also won the USEF Young Horse National Championship as the highest placed 6- or 7-year-old horse in the CCI2*. The OTTB gelding finished sixth on his dressage score of 32.2.

Matt Brown and Alexa Gartenberg’s Big Berry also delivered a clear show jumping round to finish seventh on 33.3.

Tim Bourke and Carla Abramcheck’s Quality Time won EN’s Biggest Mover Award in the CCI2*, climbing up from 35th after dressage to finish eighth on their dressage score of 33.4.

Sydney Conley Elliott and Carol Stephens’s QC Diamantaire jumped a lovely clear show jumping round to finish ninth on 35.6.

Jan Byyny and her own Volcan de Caverie — who actually has springs instead of legs — delivered an impressive clear show jumping round to finish 10th on a final score of 35.9.

Click here to view final scores from the CCI2*. Go Eventing.

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Stutes and Chatwin Crowned Dutta Corp/USEF National CCI3* Champions

Frankie Thieriot Stutes and Chatwin. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Frankie Thieriot-Stutes and Chatwin entered the arena today at the Dutta Corp Fair Hill International having never jumped a clear show jumping round on the final day of a CCI3*. With a rail in hand, Frankie could afford to knock one pole and still become the USEF National CCI3* Champion.

But for good measure, and perhaps to really drive home the point that amateurs have a place at the top of the sport too, Frankie delivered a clutch clear over Marc Donovan’s course to clinch the National Championship with Chatwin on 27.3 — the only pair to complete the CCI3* on their dressage score.

As a 32-year-old mother of two boys — Drake, 3, and Kingsley, 11 months — who also runs two businesses, Frankie made it clear that none of her success would be possible without her family and support team. The Chatwin Group’s Chatwin is the only horse in the country to have won two CCI3* events during the 2018 season.

“What an incredible year this was for me for sure,” Frankie said. “This week I was thinking how grateful I am for the people who get you where you’re going. I’m feeling incredibly lucky and very grateful for my cousin, Elizabeth Thieriot, who helped me have Chatwin. My kids aren’t here this weekend, but it’s because my husband, Mike, is so supportive and is home taking care of them.”

It has been a thrilling road to the top for Frankie, who bought Chatwin five years ago. Imported from Germany by Clayton Fredericks, Chatwin had a “very unconventional jump style,” but Frankie looked beyond that when she tried him.

“When I got on him, I jumped him over a crossrail and he felt like my old horse, Fric Frac,” Frankie said. “When I jumped him, I knew he would take care of me the same way Fric did.”

Since then Chatwin has blossomed. He now has eight international victories to his name, including two wins with fellow Fair Hill CCI3* winner Tamie Smith while Frankie was pregnant. As for how Chatwin delivered such a fabulous performance at Fair Hill, Frankie said Lilo Fore has helped her immensely in dressage. She also credited Tamie and Heather Morris for their help with her show jumping.

While Frankie has experimented with all sorts of wacky bits and nosebands in an effort to deliver clear show jumping rounds with Chatwin, today she rode him in a plain snaffle — a symbol of just how far their partnership has come. “That was a huge accomplishment for me to go in with a regular snaffle and think ‘I can do this'” — and she did.

Boyd Martin and Long Island T. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Boyd Martin and The Long Island T Syndicate’s Long Island T jumped a beautiful clear round inside the time to clinch the CCI3* Reserve National Championship on 33.4. “Ludwig” also won the Jersey Fresh CCI3* this year, and Boyd said he is thrilled with how the horse turned a corner.

“There was a time when I was thinking about how to sell him,” Boyd said. “He’s just come good. I’ve been in three-stars all around the world. If you can get through this event, you know you have a horse that can be competitive anywhere in the world. It really builds the horses up for four-star next year.”

We ultimately saw 10 clear show jumping rounds inside the time over Marc Donovan’s show jumping course for a 30% clear show jumping rate in his inaugural year as designer. With scores tightly bunched following cross country, Marc’s course set the stage for a nail-biting finale.

Buck Davidson and Archie Rocks. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Buck Davidson and Maya Simmons’s Archie Rocks sat in second place following cross country thanks to delivering one of the two clear rounds inside the time on Derek di Grazia’s course, and they tipped a pole at the final fence today to finish third on 36.4.

“He’s gotten better every event out,” Buck said. “He did the best dressage he’s ever done for me, and the cross country was very easy for him. Today he jumped very, very well. I was bummed to have the last fence down. I’ve been working very hard on his show jumping with Kevin Babington, and he’s really helped me a lot. It took a bit of trust because he’s having me gallop at the jumps, but I thought it really worked.”

(Archie Rocks is for sale, and Buck took the ride on the horse this season to help Maya sell him. While Buck said he would love to keep the ride if he can find a way, he said his main focus has been helping a friend when she needed it most.)

Jenny Caras and Fernhill Fortitude. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Jenny Caras and The Fernhill Fortitude Syndicate’s Fernhill Fortitude had one rail down to finish on 38.4 in fourth place — their best result at Fair Hill CCI3* to date.

Caroline Martin and Danger Mouse. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Caroline Martin and Sherrie Martin’s Danger Mouse jumped a beautiful clear show jumping round to finish in fifth place on 41.0.

Lauren Kieffer and Jacqueline Mars’s Vermiculus had one rail down to place sixth on 43.2.

Cornelia Dorr and Sir Patico MH. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Cornelia Dorr and her own Sir Patico MH knocked one pole to finish seventh on 45.8 in their Fair Hill CCI3* debut.

Dom Schramm and The Naked Horse Eventing Syndicate’s Bolytair B delivered a class clear round to win EN’s Biggest Mover Award — jumping up 24 places after dressage to finish eighth on 46.5.

Dom Schramm and Bolytair B. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Caroline Martin finished a second ride in the top 10 in Sherrie Martin’s The Apprentice, who had one rail down to complete on 47.0 for ninth place.

Sydney Conley Elliott and Carol Stephens’s Cisko A pulled two rails and added 3.0 time penalties to finish 10th on 47.1.

Click here to view full results from the CCI3*. You can watch all three phases of the CCI3* on USEF Network. Thank you to all who followed along with EN’s coverage this weekend. Go Eventing.

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All Pairs Accepted in Fair Hill International Final Horse Inspection

Dom Schramm and Bolytair B. Photo by Jenni Autry.

All pairs that presented to the ground juries during the final horse inspection were accepted in both the CCI2* and CCI3* here at Fair Hill International in Elkton, Maryland.

In the CCI2*, Jan Byyny’s mount Volcan de Caverie and Courtney Sendak’s mount DGE TheManInTheGlass were sent to the holding box. Both were accepted upon re-presentation.

In the CCI3*, Ashley Kehoe’s mount Kiltealy Toss Up was sent to the holding box and accepted after re-presenting.

Jill Thomas withdrew OBOS Darko prior to the final horse inspection, which sends 48 pairs on to show jumping in the CCI2* starting at 10 a.m. EST. Thirty-three pairs will go on to show jumping in the CCI3*, which starts at 1 p.m. EST.

Show jumping will be held in reverse order of standing for both the CCI2* and CCI3*. Starting orders will be posted at this link.

CCI3* show jumping will be recorded live and available to watch on demand later this afternoon on USEF Network. The replay of cross country is available to watch here.

Stay tuned as we crown two new Dutta Corp/USEF National Champions! Go Eventing.

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Boyd Martin and On Cue Cruise to Fair Hill CCI2* Lead

Boyd Martin and On Cue. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Boyd Martin didn’t just beat the clock on the Fair Hill International CCI2* cross country course today — he demolished it, piloting Christine Turner’s On Cue around a whopping 14 seconds inside the time to take the lead on 23.7.

On Cue, a 12-year-old Anglo-European mare (Cabri d’Elle X On High, by Primitive Rising xx), won her CCI2* debut at Jersey Fresh in May, but Boyd he wasn’t sure how she would handle a track like Fair Hill.

“She’s all class,” Boyd said. “I didn’t know whether to bring her here or not, but she sailed around the course today and did the time quite easily. I think she will be a good horse for the future.”

The door opened for Boyd Martin and On Cue to take the lead when dressage leaders Heather Morris and Charlie Tango sadly picked up two refusals at the Chesapeake Water at fence 9, and she elected to retire.

Derek di Grazia’s CCI2* course certainly shook up the leaderboard, with 67% of the field jumping clear rounds. Only five of the 63 starters managed to catch the optimum time of 8 minutes, 48 seconds.

Emily Beshear and Jennifer Ward’s Olney Uncle Sam finished bang on the optimum time to move from seventh after dressage up to second place on 26.8. “Sam,” an 11-year-old Trakehner (Sonset Seiger X Aerial, by Starman), won Millbrook Advanced this year, but Emily ultimately elected to run him in the CCI2* at Fair Hill.

“I was really happy we did the two-star here because certainly it was enough of a challenge,” Emily said. “It allowed me to attack the course and try to be quick around knowing that he had that (Advanced) experience under his belt. He was super.”

Will Faudree and Jennifer Mosing’s Michel 233, an 8-year-old Hanoverian (Mighty Magic X First Lady, by Federweisser), added 1.2 time penalties to move from eighth up to third place on 28.3.

“I did Fair Hill on him last year in the CCI2* and he was very, very green,” Will said. “He’s come back this year very strong. He didn’t do a spring CCI because I planned to give him time this year to get strong at the level. … He’s a big horse, so I took my time on the sharper turns. He’s a machine on cross country.”

Lexi Scovil and her own Chico’s Man VDF Z jumped clear around their first Fair Hill and added just 0.8 time penalties to move from 11th up to fourth place on 28.8.

Caitlin Silliman and The Vagabon de Champdoux Syndicate’s Vagabon de Champdoux added 0.8 time penalties to move from 14th place after dressage up to fifth on 29.5.

Allie Knowles and Katherine O’Brien’s Morswood finished 1 second over the optimum time and move from 23rd up to sixth on 31.0.

Mia Farley and her own BGS Firecracker skipped around clear with 2.0 time penalties to jump from 19th up to seventh place on 31.9.

Phillip Dutton and Sea of Clouds, owned by Anita Motion, Jodi Dady, Annie Jones, Evie Dutton and Sheikh Fahad Al-Thani, rocketed around 12 seconds inside the time to move from 29th up to eighth on 32.2 in the horse’s CCI2* debut.

Matt Brown and Alexa Gartenberg’s Big Berry added just 1.2 time penalties to move from 26th place after dressage up to ninth place on 33.3.

Tim Bourke and Carla Abramcheck’s Quality Time finished 7 seconds inside the time to jump from 35th after dressage up to 10th on 33.4.

We also have to give a special shoutout to 18-year-old Flintstar, the only other horse to make the time in the CCI2*. Six years ago he carried Jonelle Price to a team bronze medal at the London Olympics. Today he safely carried Ryan Keefe around her first CCI2*, moving from 50th up to 14th place. What a horse!

Click here to view full scores in the CCI2* after cross country. You can relive all the action and see what happened where in EN’s open thread here.

We did see one rider injury in the CCI2* when Amber Levine fell from Cinzano after the horse slipped on the flat between fences 3 and 4. Amber was transported to Union Hospital of Cecil County and is being treated for a concussion and broken foot.

No other major injuries were reported for any of the horse and rider falls in the CCI2*.

The final horse inspection will be held tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. EST. CCI2* show jumping will start at 10 a.m. EST. Keep it locked on EN as we crown the next Dutta Corp/USEF National CCI2* Champion. Go Eventing.

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Frankie Thieriot Stutes and Chatwin Conquer Fair Hill CCI3* Cross Country

Frankie Thieriot Stutes and Chatwin. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Only two riders beat the clock on Derek di Grazia’s CCI3* cross country course today at the Dutta Corp Fair Hill International, and dressage leaders Frankie Thieriot Stutes and Chatwin skipped around 6 seconds inside the time to hold their lead on 27.3.

Frankie and Chatwin, a 10-year-old Oldenburg gelding (Contendro I X Oktav, by Oldtimer) owned by The Chatwin Group, won the Rebecca Farm CCI3* this year and finished fourth at Bromont CCI3* last year, but Fair Hill is a different beast.

“I wanted to attack the course,” Frankie said. “I think it was mentally tough the whole way around — for me and my horse, too. He has so much heart, and I was really proud of him … You have to stay committed the whole way around — both your horse and you.”

Frankie will have a rail in hand for show jumping tomorrow as she continues her quest to be crowned 2018 Dutta Corp/USEF National CCI3* Champion.

Buck Davidson and Archie Rocks. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Buck Davidson and Maya Simmons’s Archie Rocks had the fastest round of the day, cruising home 7 seconds inside the time to move up from ninth after dressage to second place on 32.4. While Buck only started competing the 10-year-old Thoroughbred gelding (Le Monde X Unbridled Diva, by Unbridled Jet) this season, they have quickly forged a bond.

“He’s a true Thoroughbred,” Buck said. “He really tries hard, and he seems to have trusted me right away. We’ve developed a partnership. He’s very fast and very honest. He gave me a great ride today.”

Boyd Martin and Long Island T. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Boyd Martin and Long Island T, a 12-year-old Oldenburg/Thoroughbred gelding (Ludwig von Bayern X Haupstsbuch Highlight, by Heraldik xx) owned by The Long Island T Syndicate, added 4.0 time penalties to move up one spot on the leaderboard to third on 33.4.

“He’s really come on this year. I did a CCI3* at Jersey Fresh and just scraped around (editor’s note — he still won it) and six months later he’s felt bigger and stronger,” Boyd said. “He usually does a bit better in the dressage, but the biggest challenge for us has been the cross country and the jumping. Around Fair Hill you really know if you’ve got a four-star horse. Today he showed me he’s ready to go to Kentucky or Luhmühlen next year.”

Jenny Caras and Fernhill Fortitude, a 14-year-old Irish Sport Horse (Courage II X Misty Matilda, by Clover) owned by the Fernhill Fortitude Syndicate, finished just 1 second over the optimum time to move up from 12th after dressage to fourth on 34.4.

Sydney Conley Elliott and Cisko A, a 12-year-old Westphalian gelding (Cayetano L X Rhiannon M, by Ribot) owned by Carol Stephens, added 2.4 time penalties to move from 11th up to fifth place on 36.1.

Lauren Kieffer and Jacqueline Mars’s Landmark’s Monte Carlo were the first pair out on course and finished just 1 second over the optimum time to move from 21st after dressage up to sixth place on 37.0. Lauren also sits in seventh on 39.2 with Jacqueline Mars’s Vermiculus after adding 8.4 time penalties.

Lauren Kieffer and Landmark’s Monte Carlo. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Caroline Martin also has two rides in the top 10. Sherrie Martin’s Danger Mouse added 12.0 time penalties to slip to eighth place on 41.0. Caroline and Sherrie Martin’s The Apprentice added 12.4 time penalties to drop to 10th on 43.0. Caroline said yesterday her goal was two steady, clear rounds — mission accomplished.

Cornelia Dorr and her own Sir Patico MH impressed in their Fair Hill CCI3* debut with a clear round and just 4.0 time penalties to move from 21st after dressage up to ninth place on 41.8.

Click here to view full scores in the CCI3* after cross country. You can also rewatch the broadcast of CCI3* cross country on USEF Network here.

Dry conditions and perfect going contributed to a 69% clear jumping rate over Derek di Grazia’s CCI3* course. We saw two rider falls and one horse fall, all of which resulted in no injuries. You can relive all the action and see what happened where in EN’s open thread here.

The final horse inspection starts at 8 a.m. EST tomorrow, and CCI3* show jumping will start at 1 p.m. EST. Show jumping will be recorded live and available to watch on demand tomorrow afternoon on USEF Network. Stay tuned for much more from Fair Hill. Go Eventing.

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Fair Hill CCI2* Live Updates: Boyd Martin and On Cue Lead

Boyd Martin and On Cue. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Welcome to cross country day at the Dutta Corp Fair Hill International! The CCI2* division will kick off at 9:15 a.m. EST. There is no live streaming for the CCI2*, but we will be running live updates here on EN. Keep refreshing this page for the latest information.

CCI2* optimum time: 8 minutes, 48 seconds

CCI2* cross country course preview

Cross country start times

CCI3* cross country will stream live on USEF Network starting at 1 p.m. EST. Keep it locked on EN for all the latest and greatest from Fair Hill. Go Eventing.

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9:15: Allie Knowles and Ms. Poppins are away as our pathfinders!

9:25: Allie is home clear with 6 time penalties.

9:26: Amber Levine has fallen from Cinzano on the flat prior to fence 4.

9:27: Tim Bourke and Cooley Rockmaster are home clear with 0.8 time penalties.

9:28: We have a brief hold on course.

9:29: Phillip Dutton and Sea of Clouds are home clear and 12 seconds inside the time — the first pair to catch the time!

9:33: We are back underway after the hold.

9:40: Cassandra Wallskog and Feine Loesung had a refusal at the corner at 5C.

9:43: Will Faudree and Michel 233 are home clear with 1.2 time penalties.

9:45: Alex Baugh and Ballingowan Pizazz picked up a runout at fence 16 at the foundation.

9:46: Alex Baugh retired Ballingowan Pizazz following the runout at 16.

9:48: Cassandra Wallskog and Feine Loesung have been eliminated after two refusals at the coffin at fence 11.

9:53: Clear with 20 time penalties for Hannah Hawkins and Didgeridoo.

9:55: Clear with 12.4 time penalties for Jill Thomas and OBOS Darko.

9:57: Clear and just 1 second over the time for Bevin Dugan and Kemmerlin.

10: Clear with 7.6 time penalties for Jessica Phoenix and Dr. Sheldon Cooper.

10:03: Bobby Meyerhoff and Almanac picked up a runout at the brush corner in the main arena.

10:04: Bobby and Almanac fell at fence 16 and we will have a hold on course.

10:05: Sally Cousins and Wizard completed clear with 7.6 time penalties.

10:05: Jane Papke and Norman had a runout at 7B and is clear on the second attempt.

10:06: We are under a hold.

10:15: We are back underway.

10:19: Jane Papke and Norman have retired after the Chesapeake Water.

10:20: Caroline Martin and Cristano Z are home clear with 11.6 time penalties.

10:26: Chris Talley and Sandro’s Star are home clear with 11.6 time penalties.

10:27: Rachel Wilks and Great Expectations had a stop at 4A at the Frog Pond.

10:29: Clear with 18.0 time penalties for Alex Tett and Hawk’s Cay.

10:30: Ashley Hays and Call It Courage fell at fence 4 at the Frog Pond.

10:33: Tayler Stewart and Ideal Contini completed clear with 18.0 time penalties.

10:34: Rachel Wilks and Great Expectations completed with 20 jumping and 11.6 time penalties.

10:40: Lisa Marie Fergusson and LandLunar had a runout at the corner at 5B.

10:41: Lisa opted to retire LandLunar.

10:42: Kim Cecere and Landmark’s Monaco are home with 6.6 time penalties.

10:44: Arielle Aharoni and Dutch Times

10:46: A runout at 5B for Cassidy Snyder and Flagmount’s Celtic Rose.

10:47: Hillary Moses and Irish Turn had two runouts at fence 11.

10:50: Cassidy Snyder and Flagmount’s Celtic Rose have been eliminated on refusals at fence 11.

10:55: Holly Payne Caravella and CharmKing have been eliminated at the Frog Pond.

10:57: Clear with 7.2 time penalties for Jan Byyny and Volcan de Caverie.

11: A refusal at 4A for Allie Knowles and Business Class.

11:02: Allie has retired Business Class at fence 5.

11:06: Heather Bush and Skyfall 007 completed with 12.8 time penalties.

11:09: Sydney Conley Elliot and QC Diamantaire completed clear with 6.0 time penalties.

11:10: We had a brief hold on course for a repair at fence 9 and are back underway.

11:14: Heather Morris and Charlie Tango picked up two runouts at the Chesapeake Water at fence 9. She has opted to retire.

11:17: Jenny Caras and Trendy Fernhill are home clear with 13.6 time penalties.

11:20: Caitlin Silliman and Vagabon de Champdoux are home clear and 2 seconds over the time.

11:25: Brooke Massie and Serendipity completed clear and just 2 seconds over the time.

11:28: Tim Bourke is home clear and 7 seconds inside the time with Quality Time — just the second pair to make the time!

11:32: Kate Brown and Victor Z are home clear with 7.6 time penalties.

11:35: Melissa Boutin and EWSZ Jalando picked up a runout at the brush corner in the main arena.

11:38: Clear with 11.2 time penalties for Alex McLeod and Newmarket Jack.

11:41: Clear with 6 time penalties for Emma Lomangino and Master Frisky.

11:45: Clear with 11.2 time penalties for Megan Kepferle and Anakin.

11:50: Lexi Scovil and Chico’s Man VDF Z are home clear and 2 seconds over the time.

11:52: Boyd Martin and On Cue are home clear and 12 seconds inside the time and will hold the overnight lead.

11:54: Holly Jacks-Smither and Candy King are home with 11 frangible penalties and 9.6 time penalties.

11:55: Mallory Hogan has fallen from Clarissa Purisma at fence 14.

11:57: Annie Goodwin and Fedarman B had a runout at fence 11.

12:01: Chris Talley and Faramund are home clear with 13.2 time penalties.

12:02: A refusal at the ducks for Cassandra Wallskog and Cooley Castle.

12:05: Clear with 2.0 time penalties for Mia Farley and BGS Firecracker.

12:08: Clear with 3.2 time penalties for Missy Miller and Quinn.

12:15: Ryan Keefe and Flintstar are home clear and inside the time!

12:20: Clear with 1.2 time penalties for Matt Brown and Big Berry.

12:25: Hannah Leahey and Cassinova are home with 20 jumping penalties and 21.2 time penalties.

12:28: Clear with 23.6 time penalties for Michelle Koppin and King Bust.

12:31: A runout at 11C for Courtney Sendak and DGE TheManInTheGlass.

12:34: Clear with 2.8 time  penalties for McKenzie Dey-Cumbea and Regiment.

12:39: Clear and inside the time for Emily Beshear and Olney Uncle Sam to move into second place.

12:45: Will Faudree has retired FRH Ramona on course.

12:50: Clear and just 1 second over the time for Allie Knowles and Morswood.

California Dreaming: West Coast Dominates Dressage at Fair Hill

Frankie Thieriot Stutes and Chatwin. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Frankie Thieriot Stutes last competed in the CCI3* at Fair Hill International in 2009 when she made the long journey from California to Elkton, Maryland with her legendary partner Fric Frac Berence. She returned with a bang today aboard The Chatwin Group’s Chatwin to take a resounding lead in the CCI3* on a dressage score of 27.3.

Frankie and Chatwin, a 10-year-old Oldenburg gelding (Contendro I X Oktav, by Oldtimer), didn’t quite catch their personal best of 26.9 from when they won the Rebecca Farm CCI3* this summer. But considering Chatwin took a distinct disliking to the cameraman standing by the letter B during the extended walk, Frankie said she was relieved they held it together at all.

“I was so proud of him for that,” Frankie said. “A couple of years ago he would have come completely undone. For me it was a special thing in seeing how far our partnership has come and how much he trusts me now. For him to come back to me and be so good in the canter was a big deal because it could have gone the other way.”

Chatwin made the trip from California thanks to receiving a Jacqueline B. Mars Competition Grant to offset the cost of travel to Fair Hill, which this year is celebrating its 30th anniversary. (Coincidentally, title sponsor The Dutta Corporation is also celebrating 30 years of flying horses around the world.)

Frankie said she is delighted to be leading the dressage, but as Caroline Martin so aptly put it — no one comes to Fair Hill to do the dressage. Her focus is now firmly on tackling Derek di Grazia’s cross country course tomorrow.

“I’m not going to view it like I’m leading anything tomorrow,” Frankie said. “It’s a different day, and it’s an entirely different thing to do. I always want to do right by Chatwin … I feel grateful to ride him, and for the rest of the weekend I hope we can do our personal best. Whatever we can do amongst these Olympians and world-class riders, I’ll be really thrilled.”

The final CCI3* group to go in dressage today definitely didn’t disappoint, with the entire top three changing following the lunch break. Jessica Phoenix and Pavarotti, a 15-year-old Westphalian gelding (Pavarotti Van De Helle X Fidelia), scored 28.7 to sit in second place. “Rotti” finished 15th at Fair Hill last year, and Jessica said she hopes to improve on that result.

“Pavarotti is the horse of a lifetime,” Jessica said. “To be able to bring him here and have that much fun in the dressage ring is really exciting.”

As for the cross country: “The footing looks almost ideal. We have never had better Fair Hill footing ever. I think it’s a fair test and there’s a lot to do out there, and when you cross the finish you will feel like you’ve really accomplished something.”

Caroline Martin and Danger Mouse, a 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Sherrie Martin, also went in the final group of the day and scored 29.0 for third place. “Mouse” also cracked the 20s in the Bramham CCI3*-Under 25 this year when he delivered a personal best of 26.0.

“This is Mouse’s second year at the Advanced level, so he’s getting more confirmed,” Caroline said. “He’s such a good mover that I can make a mistake and his movement makes up for it.”

Caroline said she didn’t expect to be sitting in the top three overnight and gave credit to Felix Vogg for giving her a few pointers on the flat in the lead-up to Fair Hill. But, like the other riders, Caroline emphasized all of her focus will now be on tomorrow’s challenging track. (Click here for a fence-by-fence preview.)

Boyd Martin and Long Island T. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Boyd Martin and Long Island T led the CCI3* at the lunch break and now sit fourth on 29.4. “Ludwig,” a 12-year-old Oldenburg/Thoroughbred gelding owned by The Long Island T Syndicate was another horse who had a good spook at the cameraman standing near B. (You can watch the dressage replay on USEF Network to see how influential that proved to be today.)

Caroline Martin and The Apprentice. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Caroline Martin also has a second ride in the CCI3* top five in Sherrie Martin’s The Apprentice, a 14-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Casado X Funny Girl, by Fernblick), who scored 30.6 for fifth place. Click here to view full scores in the CCI3* following dressage.

Only 15 seconds separate the top 10 in the CCI3*, so we can expect time penalties to prove influential tomorrow on cross country. While Mother Nature has kindly blessed us with perfect going, Derek di Grazia has crafted a demanding track that will require a fit horse and accurate riding. You can watch CCI3* cross country live on USEF Network starting at 1 p.m. EST.

Heather Morris and Charlie Tango. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Looking to the second day of dressage in the CCI2*, the California crowd continued their domination. Heather Morris and Charlie Tango, a 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Shannondale Sarco X Our Queen Bee, by Ricardo Z) owned by the Team Express Group, took the lead on 22.9 as the first pair out today and never relinquished it.

“He’s pretty good in the atmosphere, and he was quite good today,” Heather said. “We had a couple bobbles, but Tamie (Smith) was really happy, so I was happy. He really excels in the canter work. We had a little bobble in the trot work, so I made sure the canter work was perfect.”

Considering Tamie Smith, who just returned from Boekelo CCIO3* with a top-10 finish aboard Judy McSwain’s Fleeceworks Royal, warmed up both Frankie and Heather today, we can officially call her a secret weapon on the flat.

(Tamie also holds the Fair Hill CCI3* dressage record of 25.7, which she delivered aboard Mai Baum in 2015 when they won the Dutta Corp/USEF National CCI3* Championship. Tamie and Mai Baum performed the CCI3* test ride this morning, and he looks in flying form in the lead-up to his highly anticipated return to the CCI3* level at the Ocala Jockey Club next month.)

Boyd Martin sits in second place in the CCI2* on 23.7 with Christine Turner’s On Cue, a 12-year-old Anglo-European mare (Cabri d’Elle X On High, by Primitive Rising) who won her CCI2* debut at Jersey Fresh in May.

Anna Loschiavo and Melanie Loschiavo’s Spartacus Q, a 9-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Soleil Q X Laura Q, by Loerke), sit third on 25.8. This horse finished sixth in his CCI2* debut at Bromont, and Anna said she is extremely excited about his future.

“I think he has a lot of potential for dressage, and he’s gotten a lot stronger over the last year especially,” Anna said. “As he gets stronger, he gets more consistent in all of the movements. We’re really looking forward to developing that consistency even more and seeing where he can go from there.”

Bobby Meyerhoff and Gail Dady’s Almanac, a 9-year-old Hanoverian gelding (As Di Volare X Fuerst Aphrodites R, by Fuerst Gothard), led the CCI2* after the first day of dressage and now sit in fourth place on 26.3.

Caroline Martin and her own Cristano Z, a 9-year-old Zangersheide gelding (Chippendale Z X Nalan VH Schoterhof, by Omar), round out the top five in the CCI2* on 26.4. Click here to see full scores in the CCI2* following dressage.

Holy hind end! Tamie Smith and MB MaiStein. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Speaking of California domination, Tamie Smith and MB MaiStein won the USEA Young Event Horse 5-Year-Old East Coast Championships today. Courtney Cooper and R River Star were crowned the 4-Year-Old Champions. Follow full coverage on the USEA website.

Cross country day starts at 9:15 a.m. EST tomorrow with the CCI2*. Click here for cross country start times for both the CCI2* and CCI3*. Keep it locked on EN for much more from Fair Hill. Go Eventing.

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Fair Hill Day 1: Bobby Meyerhoff and Almanac Top CCI2* Leaderboard

Bobby Meyerhoff and Almanac. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.

The first day of dressage kicked off today at the Dutta Corp Fair Hill International starting with the CCI2*, and Bobby Meyerhoff and Almanac delivered a decisive personal best of 26.3 to lead. Their scores at two-star level have steadily dropped closer to the sub-30 barrier all season, and today they finally cracked it.

Almanac, a 9-year-old Hanoverian gelding (As Di Volare X Fuerst Aphrodites R, by Fuerst Gothard) Bobby owns with Gail Dady, is better known as “Maniac” because of his off-the-wall personality. Bred in Middleburg, Virginia to be a show jumper, his spooky nature rendered him nearly unrideable.

“You couldn’t get on him unless two people were holding him,” Bobby said. “You had to get both feet in the stirrups without touching his back. If you touched his back — you were going to be on the ground.”

While Maniac came to Bobby to be sold, he decided to try eventing the horse instead. Through patience and persistence, Bobby has built a partnership with Maniac. They have finished in the top 10 in their last three consecutive starts at two-star level, including finishing fourth in the horse’s CCI2* debut at Jersey Fresh.

“It does make our bond a little stronger because he knows I’m his rider,” Bobby said. “He just keeps climbing up the ladder. I think the world of the horse. He’s got all these quirks and he’s really weird, but he has all the talent to go to the top. It’s just a matter of can we do it.”

Caroline Martin and Cristano Z. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Caroline Martin and Cristano Z sit in second place on 26.4 — just one-tenth of a point off the lead. Costly bobbles like executing a flying change in the counter canter and a jig in the turn on the haunches kept them from topping the leaderboard, but Caroline said she has the big picture in mind for this horse.

“I think he’s one of the best horses I have in my barn,” Caroline said. “He gets a bit nervous in the ring because he tries his heart out, but I was happy with the relaxation. He’s going to be really good one day — it’s just a process.”

Following falls on cross country at the Advanced level this year, Caroline stepped the horse back to the one-star and two-star levels to solidify their partnership. Cristano Z won the Plantation Field CIC* last month and finished ninth in the CIC2* at Morven Park in their final prep run for Fair Hill.

Jenny Caras and Trendy Fernhill. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Jenny Caras and her own Trendy Fernhill scored a personal best of 26.6 as the final pair to go today to sit in third place in the horse’s debut at the level. “Joey,” a 7-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (ARS Vivendi X Cruseings Girl, by Cruising), most recently finished 11th in the CIC2* at Stable View in his final prep run for Fair Hill.

“The atmosphere didn’t faze him. He was the same horse in the arena as he is at home,” Jenny said. “I had one mistake on my part when I didn’t to a half halt where I should have, and we had a little canter in the trot work. He tried his heart out. He’s a big horse, so it’s about getting him stronger and fit to the flatwork and being able to hold the uphill balance through the test.”

Looking to the rest of the CCI2* leaderboard, Will Faudree and Michel 233, an 8-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Mighty Magic X First Lady, by Federweisser) owned by Jennifer Mosing and Sterling Silver Stables, sit fourth on 27.1.

Chris Talley and Sandro’s Star, a 10-year-old Oldenburg stallion (Sagnol X Poetic Patter xx, by Nostalgia’s Star xx) owned by Hannah Salazar, sit fifth on 28.3.

Click here to view full scores in the CCI2* following the first day of dressage. CCI2* dressage continues tomorrow at 9 a.m. EST, and CCI3* dressage also starts at 9 a.m. CCI3* dressage will be available to watch on demand tomorrow afternoon on USEF Network.

Fair Hill also hosts the USEA Young Event Horse East Coast Championships, which kicked off today with dressage and conformation. Tim Bourke and his own Quality Obsession, a Dutch Warmblood mare by Zambeesi, lead the 5-year-old Championships on a score of 24.19. Courtney Cooper and her own R River Star, an Irish Sport Horse gelding (Riverman X R Star), lead the 4-year-old Championships on 24.75.

The jumping phase for the YEH Championships will be held tomorrow starting at 8 a.m. with the 4-year-olds, followed by the 5-year-olds at 10:15 a.m. Click here to view full YEH scores.

If you missed EN’s preview of Derek di Grazia’s CCI3* cross country course, click here for a fence-by-fence tour. While temperatures are chilly here in Elkton, Maryland, we have a mercifully dry forecast that should make for perfect going on Saturday. Stay tuned for much more from Fair Hill. Go Eventing.

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Fair Hill International CCI3* Cross Country Course Preview

Welcome to the 30th anniversary of Fair Hill, an event that has served as one of the most prestigious competitions in North America since its inception in 1989. The late Mike Tucker served as the event’s first cross country course designer and put Fair Hill on the map as a demanding track. Derek di Grazia, who won the CCI3* in 1991, took over as course designer in 1999. Since then Fair Hill’s reputation has continued to grow as the toughest CCI3* track on this side of the world.

This year’s course is as demanding as ever. The first three jumps — Log Berm at fence 1, Fish Tank at fence 2, and Hot and Cold Oxer at fence 3, will settle horses and riders into a rhythm. The Hanging Log at fence 4 is set in the tree line, and riders will then turn sharply left and make their way to the first combination on course at fence 5, the Frog Pond. Riders will jump in over the cabin at 5A and splash into the water for the brush at fence 5B.

Fence 7AB – Table and Brush. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Riders will then turn right out of the tree line and kick along for the first galloping stretch on course to fence 6, the Sneaky Snake. Then riders will bend left around the next tree line to the first meaty combination on course at fence 7AB, Table and Brush. Riders will land downhill following the table at 7A and bend left in six strides to a right-pointed brush corner at 7B. The intensity continues to build from this point in the course.

The Potting Shed at fence 8 breaks up a galloping stretch to the next combination on course at fence 9ABC, the Covered Bridge with a right bending line to the Offset Cabins set on one stride. Fence 10, the Sunset Ditch, has a generous brush ground line. Then there is a long galloping stretch to the Chesapeake Water at fence 11. After galloping up the hill to jump the skinny stump at 11A, the ground drops away sharply on the landing side. Horses will splash into the water and take on the duck at 11B before galloping away.

The coffin at fence 13 – Ed Walls Question. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Fence 12, the Tiger Trap, breaks up another galloping stretch. Then riders will turn left back along the tree line for the coffin at fence 13, the Ed Walls Question. Horses will jump in over the rails at 13A with one stride to the ditch at 13B, then rocket up the hill in two strides to a right-pointed corner at 13C.

Fence 14, the Picnic Table, and fence 15, the Open Oxer, break up the longest galloping stretch on course, which also includes a grueling hill designed to test fitness. The next combination at fence 15, the Persimmon Turn, is set at the top of the course following the uphill pull and has a narrow open oxer set over a ditch at 16A, followed by a bending five strides to a narrow brush angled over a ditch at 16B.

The combination at fence 17AB entering the main arena. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Then riders will make their way towards the main arena for fence 17, the Main Arena Log and Brush, which has riders jump a beefy hanging log at 17A and make their way down the hill and towards the right in three strides to a triple brush. Fence 18, the Stone Cottage, is set directly in the center of the main arena.

Riders will then exit the arena and make their way to a spectator-heavy zone for the next combination at fence 19, the Farmhouse Corners, set on two strides. Fence 20, the Horseshoe Brush, and fence 21, Centerpiece, break up the next galloping stretch before the Double Brush combination at fence 22AB.

The Farmyard Corners at fence 19AB. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Then it’s on to the Fair Hill Table at fence 23 before a new combination on course this year at fence 24, the Angled Logs. Set on a right bending line on a downhill slope, riders chasing the time will have to determine how much horse they have left late in the course and how sharply they can angle the first log.

The final combination on course at fence 25AB, the Springhouse Water, typically causes quite a lot of trouble. The ground drops away sharply after the cabin at fence 25A, and the angled brush at 25B invites a runout to the right. Riders will then go on to the penultimate jump on course at fence 26, the Sunburst Table, and finally to the last jump at fence 27, the Produce Stand.

Derek di Grazia’s CCI3* course has 40 total jumping efforts set across 5,760 meters. The optimum time is 10 minutes, 7 seconds, and EN is predicting that seven pairs will catch the time. CCI3* cross country will stream live on USEF Network at 1:30 p.m. EST on Saturday.

Alissa Norman and Jacki Russell kindly recorded the track on CrossCountry App, so you can preview all the fences below. Many thanks to Alissa and Jacki! Keep it locked on EN for much more from Fair Hill. Go Eventing.

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Fair Hill: 103 Accepted, 1 Spun at First Horse Inspection + Photo Gallery

Lauren Kieffer and her 2018 World Equestrian Games mount Vermiculus. Photo by Jenni Autry.

A total of 103 pairs were accepted at the first horse inspection on a sunny, blustery day at the Dutta Corp Fair Hill International here in Elkton, Maryland. It’s an extra special year as Fair Hill celebrates its 30th anniversary, and there was a definite buzz of excitement in the air as the action kicked off.

The CCI2* horses were presented first to the ground jury of Gretchen Butts (USA) and Peter Gray (CAN), and all 65 were accepted. While 66 horses were scheduled to present in the CCI2*, Alexa Lapp sadly did not present Tim and Nina Gardner’s Cambalda, who won the Fair Hill CCI3* with Jennie Brannigan in 2014.

“He unfortunately abscessed earlier in the week, and although he has just come sound from it, we’ve decided it’s not worth the risk to run him,” Jennie said. “He will have a break and then come back out happy and fresh as a 17-year-old next year.”

Caitlin Henderson and Creative Dreamer are making their CCI3* debut. Photo by Jenni Autry.

A total of 41 horses were slated to present to the CCI3* ground jury of the USA’s Mark Weissbecker — who won Fair Hill in both 1994 and 1998! —  Angela Tucker (GBR) and David Lee (IRL). Allison Springer withdrew Business Ben prior to the first horse inspection, as did Whitney Mahloch with Military Mind.

Of the 39 horses that presented today in the CCI3*, all were accepted but Erin Sylvester’s mount Paddy The Caddy, who was sadly not accepted after re-presenting from the holding box. Thirty-eight horses will go forward to dressage in the CCI3*.

Bruce Davidson presenting Sofia Baussan’s mount Durango in the CCI2*. Photo by Jenni Autry.

There are a number of Fair Hill first-timers competing this year in both the CCI2* and CCI3*, and we saw a slew of ear-to-ear smiles on the jog strip today. But we have to award the Biggest Smile Award to Bruce Davidson, who won Fair Hill in 1992 with Eagle Lion and returned to the jog strip today to present Sofia Baussan’s mount Durango in the CCI2*.

Follow EN’s Instagram for more photos, and be sure to follow official show photographer Shannon Brinkman on Facebook for beautiful images of today’s first horse inspection.

Dressage starts tomorrow at 9:24 a.m. EST for the CCI2* and 8:20 a.m. EST for the USEA Young Event Horse East Coast Championships. Click here for dressage start times for all divisions. Stay tuned for much more from Fair Hill. Go Eventing.

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Four American Pairs Entered for Pau CCI4*

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

Entries have been confirmed for Les Etoiles de Pau CCI4*, which will take place Oct. 24-28 in France. There are 65 total combinations entered, including four from the U.S. and one Aussie we claim as our own.

Here are the American pairs making the trip to France:

  • Hallie Coon and Celien, an 11-year-old KWPN mare (Tenerife VDL X R Quicksilver, by Hamlet) owned by Helen Coon
  • Phillip Dutton and I’m Sew Ready, a 14-year-old KWPN gelding (Lupicor X Jarda, Elcaro) owned by John and Kristine Norton
  • Boyd Martin and Steady Eddie, a 15-year-old New Zealand Thoroughbred gelding (Jetball X Tudnela) owned by George and Gretchen Wintersteen and Denise Lahey and Pierre Colin
  • Kim Severson and Cooley Cross Border, an 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Diamond Roller X Whos Diaz, by the Cross Syndicate) owned by The Cross Syndicate

Our honorary American, Ryan Wood, actually represents Australia but has been based in the States since 2008. He will ride Woodstock Bennett, an 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Shannondale Sarco X Ponail Belle, by Beau Royale) owned by Curran Simpson, in the horse’s CCI4* debut.

The entry list is one of the strongest we have seen from Pau in recent years and includes a formidable British contingent led by World Champion Ros Canter with Zenshera. Past Pau winner William Fox-Pitt will also compete with CCI4* debutant Little Fire.

Click here to view the Pau CCI4* entry list. Go Eventing.

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Fair Hill Drawn Order Goes Live with Kieffer and Knowles as Pathfinders

Lauren Kieffer and Landmark’s Monte Carlo. Photo by Libby Law Photography.

The drawn order has been posted for the Dutta Corp Fair Hill International, which starts tomorrow with the first horse inspection in Elkton, Maryland. A total of 66 horses in the CCI2* and 44 horses in the CCI3* will be presented to the ground juries.

Allie Knowles is the only rider in the CCI2* with three horses entered and will serve as pathfinder with Ms. Poppins, as well as the final rider in the division with Morswood.

Five riders have two entries in the CCI3*, and Lauren Kieffer has the honor of going first and last for the division. Landmark’s Monte Carlo will serve as pathfinder for the CCI3*, while Vermiculus will be the last horse on Derek di Grazia’s course on Saturday.

Click here to view the full drawn order for both the CCI2* and CCI3*.

Fair Hill also serves as the USEA Young Event Horse East Coast Championships, with 14 horses entered in the 4-year-old Championships and 42 horses entered in the 5-year-old Championships. View the drawn order for the YEH Championships here.

The action kicks off tomorrow at Fair Hill starting with the CCI first horse inspection at 1 p.m. EST. Dressage will start at 8 a.m. EST on both Thursday and Friday. Click here to view the full event schedule.

USEF Network will be broadcasting the CCI3* this year, with dressage and show jumping recorded live and available to watch online later in the day. CCI3* cross country will stream live on Saturday.

Keep it locked on EN for everything you need to know from Fair Hill. Go Eventing.

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What Has Michael Jung Been Up To? Winning at Strzegom Of Course

Michael Jung and Lennox 364 at Strzegom. Photo by Mariusz Chmieliński.

It may have seemed like a quiet start to the fall season for Germany’s Michael Jung, who missed out on the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games due to an injury to fischerRocana FST — though he still made the trip to Tryon to coach Pawel Spizak.

But the reality is Michael has been just as busy as ever. This past weekend in Poland, he took the win in the Strzegom CCI3* with Lennox 364 — Michael’s first major win since Kentucky CCI4* last year and his first CCI3* win since the Blair European Championships in 2015.

Lennox 364, a 10-year-old Hanoverian (Sunlight xx X Heather’s Pride, by Heraldik xx) owned by the Jung family and Erich Single, has been making a comeback from an injury and primarily campaigned this season at CIC* and CIC2* level with Michael’s student Isabel English.

Michael took the ride back in the Nations Cup at Waregem last month in preparation for Strzegom, which was Lennox’s first time back at CCI3* level since finishing fifth at Saumur last year. Lennox led Strzegom after dressage on 25.6 and slipped to second after cross country with 4.0 time penalties added. He then jumped one of five clear show jumping rounds yesterday to clinch the win on 30.0.

“Lennox did a very nice dressage test; he’s a super mover,” Michael said. “I had a great feeling about our ride in the cross country. He’s in a super condition; he jumped everything very easily. The show jumping is not his best specialty, but it went really well. He was really strong and gave me a great feeling. I’m very happy that he’s back after his injury.”

Michael also finished second in the CCI3* with Maria Stein’s Corazon, an 8-year-old Hanoverian (Casillas 2 X Skyline, by Sir Donnerhall) who made her debut at the level. The mare added just 4.8 cross country time penalties to her dressage score to complete on 31.3.

Gemma Tattersall led the CCI3* after cross country with Chris Stone’s Chilli Knight, an 8-year-old British-bred gelding (Chilli Morning X Kings Gem, by Rock King) who also made his debut at the level. Knocking the final fence in show jumping saw “Alfie” finish third on 32.1.

“I’m so proud of little Alfie. At 8-years-old he jumped his socks off around a tough show jumping track with a very tight time to have the very last fence down,” Gemma said. “Obviously I’m personally gutted not to have won, but I’m so pleased with this lovely young horse who couldn’t have tried harder for me all week.”

Strzegom’s October Festival is always a banner weekend in Poland, and this year saw a record 420 horses compete with riders representing 22 different countries. Michael also won the CCI* B section on 28.0 with Go For S, a 6-year-old Hanoverian mare (Grey Top X  Landana, by Colon xx) owned by Faye Füllgraebe.

Click here to view full results from Strzegom. Go Eventing.

Strong North American Contingent Heading to Le Lion d’Angers

Liz Halliday-Sharp and Cooley Quicksilver. Phoyo by Jenni Autry.

The sport’s top 6-year-olds and 7-year-olds will take on the FEI World Breeding Eventing Championships at Le Lion d’Angers on Oct. 18-21, and the U.S. and Canada have a strong contingent heading to France.

The U.S. has two horses in the 7-year-old World Championships in what will serve as a highly anticipated rematch. Liz Halliday-Sharp and Cooley Quicksilver last faced-off against Doug Payne and Quantum Leap in the Ocala CCI2* in April, with Cooley Quicksilver taking the win on 31.4 and Quantum Leap finishing second on 35.3.

Cooley Quicksilver, an Irish Sport Horse gelding (Womanizer X Kylemore Crystal, by Creggan Diamond) owned by the The Monster Partnership of Rob Desino, Chris Desino, Renee Lane and Debby Halliday, has finished outside the top 10 only once this season in his international runs.

Doug Payne and Quantum Leap. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Susan Drillock’s Quantum Leap, a 7-year-old RPSI gelding (Quite Capitol X Report to Sloopy, by Corporate Report) bred in Maryland by Didi Callahan, received the Holekamp/Turner Grant to compete at Le Lion. The grant, founded by Tim and Cheryl Holekamp and Christine Turner, enables the highest scorer of the USEA Young Event Horse 5-year-old Championship to travel to Le Lion as a 7-year-old if the horse obtains the proper CCI2* qualifications.

The U.S. and Canada have two apiece slated to compete in the 6-year-old World Championships, and Mexico also has an entry heading to France.

Tiana Coudray and Happenstance, a KWPN mare (Quality Time X Mermus R) owned by Annabelle James and Kyrle Arscott, finished ninth in the CCIYH* at Tattersalls in June.

Tiana Coudray and Happenstance. Photo by Radka Preislerova.

Liz Halliday-Sharp and Debby Halliday’s Cooley Moonshine, an Irish Sport Horse gelding (Cobra X Kilpatrick Duchess, by Kings Master), have two CIC* wins on their record this season at Brightling Park and Ardingly.

Rebecca Howard has two rides in the 6-year-old World Championships for Canada. Cooley Convinced, an Irish Sport Horse mare (Diarado X BLM Clover Diamond, by Clover Echo) owned by Kelly McCarthy-Maine, most recently finished 25th in the Ardingly CIC*. Trebor, a British-bred gelding (Mighty Magic X Trevilder, by Fleetwater Opposition) owned by Kelly McCarthy-Maine, finished 14th at Ardingly CIC*.

Mexico’s Pedro Gutierrez and his own California Mail, a 6-year-old Selle Francais mare (Quite Easy X Varnalisa Mail, by Kalaska de Semilly), have completed CIC* competitions at  Haras du Pin and Waregem this season.

Click here to view entries for the 6-year-old World Championships.

Click here to view entries for the 7-year-old World Championships.

[Le Lion d’Angers Website]

Watch the 2018 Military Boekelo CCIO3* Live Stream

The action is underway at Military Boekelo CCIO3*! You can watch all the action live on the FEI’s YouTube Channel and right here on EN. Replays of all phases can be watched here.

The Boekelo broadcast schedule is as follows:

  • Thursday, Oct. 11: Dressage from 10 a.m.-4:45 p.m./4 a.m.-10:45 a.m. EST
  • Friday, Oct. 12: Dressage from 10 a.m.-4:45 p.m./4 a.m.-10:45 a.m. EST
  • Saturday, Oct. 13: Cross country from 10:30-4:30 p.m./4:30-10:30 a.m. EST
  • Sunday, Oct. 14: Show jumping at 11 a.m./5 a.m. EST

Keep it locked on EN for all things Boekelo. Go Eventing.

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Tamie Smith and Fleeceworks Royal Dance to 12th at Boekelo; Doug Payne 38th

Tamie Smith and Fleeceworks Royal. Photo by Libby Law Photography.

The top three remained unchanged today at Military Boekelo CCIO3* in Enschede, Netherlands, with Tim Lips and Bayro still leading the way on 19.2 — the lowest score ever recorded by a Dutch rider, according to EquiRatings.

Today all eyes turned to the two American combinations in the field, and Tamie Smith and Fleeceworks Royal rose to the occasion as the first pair out for the U.S. “Rory,” a 9-year-old Holsteiner mare (Riverman X Marisol, by Corofino I) owned by Judy McSwain, scored 26.8 to sit in 12th place.

The mare delivered a personal best score of 26.7 two weeks ago in the Stable View CIC3*, and she just narrowly missed matching that on the international stage today. Tamie said she is absolutely thrilled with how Rory handled the biggest atmosphere she has faced yet.

“That’s what happens with young horses — they keep getting better and better. She just clicked up to another level. … The wind was blowing quite strong during our test, so the flags were whipping and you could really hear that. She can be a bit sound-sensitive, but she wasn’t bothered at all.”

Tamie’s dressage trainer, Niki Clarke, flew out to the East Coast to help her ahead of Stable View, and Tamie said U.S. Performance Director Erik Duvander was also extremely helpful this week in the lead-up to her test at Boekelo.

“Erik was super about letting me do my thing but then giving me pointers about what he saw, and I was able to remember those things in the ring. It was just the right amount of help from him,” Tamie said. “I was hoping that it would all fall into place today, and it did. She handled everything like a pro. I’m so proud of her.”

Doug Payne and Getaway. Photo by Libby Law Photography.

Doug Payne and Getaway, an 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding (Contendro X Ladula, by Lady’s King) owned by Lisa Wall, scored 32.8 to sit in 38th place at the conclusion of dressage. “Flynn” has averaged 30.0 since stepped up to the three-star level this season, and Doug said he was happy with how the horse handled himself in such an an electric atmosphere.

“I would have liked a better score, but in the grand scheme of things with where he is right now in his career, I think he was really good. He’s still not 100% strong enough to hold the movements. You’ll get five strides where he has it now and then he can’t hold it anymore, but he is making a lot of progress,” Doug said.

“As he continues to get stronger and accustomed to bigger atmospheres, it’s going to keep getting better. You don’t get better without exposing him to atmospheres like Boekelo, so this is a big step forward for him.”

A field of 77 horses will go forward to the cross country tomorrow. When you consider that Chris Burton and Cooley Lands moved from 69th up to 10th place last year as the only pair to make the optimum time, we are poised to see plenty of movement on the leaderboard.

Boekelo has dry, sunny conditions for the first time in recent memory, and temperatures are expected to rise up to 80°F (27°C) tomorrow in the afternoon. Doug said he thinks the warmer temperatures could play an advantage to the two American horses, who have been competing in hot, humid weather on the East Coast.

Tamie said the ground feels a bit firm today, and as it has a sand base there is a question as to whether the footing will get deep later in the day. While the riders won’t be facing deep mud like they usually do at Boekelo, as Tamie pointed out: “Galloping through sand isn’t necessarily great either.”

Sue Benson’s course is reversed this year (click here for a fence-by-fence preview) and Tamie said she really likes the flow in this new new direction. “The thing about Boekelo is it has to be your day. You have to be ultra focused. There just isn’t a lot of room for mistakes on a course like this.”

You can watch cross country live tomorrow at this link starting at 10:30 a.m./4:30 a.m. EST. Click here for cross country start times. Times for Tamie and Doug are as follows:

  • Tamie Smith and Fleeceworks Royal: 1:46 p.m./7:46 a.m. EST
  • Doug Payne and Getaway: 2:50 p.m./8:50 a.m. EST

As we look ahead to cross country, Germany tops the Nations Cup leaderboard on 80.0, with Great Britain close behind in second place on 80.7. The Dutch team sits third for the home nation on 82.1. Click here to view team scores.

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3 Drool-Worthy Horses You Can Buy at the Goresbridge Go For Gold Sale

The countdown has officially begun for the highly anticipated Goresbridge Go For Gold select event horse sale, which will take place Nov. 12-13 at Barnadown in Co. Wexford, Ireland. Run by Ireland’s premier sport horse sales company, the Go For Gold sale has a stalwart reputation for sourcing top eventing prospects.

Numerous Goresbridge Go for Gold graduates have gone on to successfully compete at the upper levels in the U.S. and Canada. You can browse a full list of the top graduates and their achievements here. Three Go For Gold graduates achieved top 10 results at CCI4* events this year, including a very familiar face to U.S. eventing enthusiasts.

Buck Davidson and Copper Beach at Kentucky 2018. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Buck Davidson’s longtime partner Copper Beach finished 10th at Kentucky CCI4* this year — his third CCI4* completion. Purchased through the Go For Gold sale in 2011, Copper Beach won his first international the following year at Bromont CCI*. Two years later he won the Jersey Fresh CCI3*. He has won six internationals in all to date, including the Rebecca Farm CCI3* in 2016 and Plantation Field CIC3* in 2017.

Oliver Townend and Cooley SRS at Badminton 2018. Photo by Nico Morgan Media.

Cooley SRS, another graduate of the 2011 Go For Gold sale, finished second at Badminton CCI4* with Oliver Townend this year, as well as 12th at Burghley CCI4* last month. He also won Ballindenisk CCI3* in 2015 and represented Great Britain at the 2017 European Championships at Strzegom.

Ciaran Glynn and November Night at Burghley 2018. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Ciaran Glynn’s lovely mare November Night came through the Go For Gold sale in 2010. After knocking on the door of a top result at CCI4* level in past performances at Badminton and Pau, she delivered an impressive top-15 finish in her Burghley debut this year.

Numerous other three-star winners and four-star performers have been sourced through the Go For Gold sale — it truly has become synonymous with excellence. This year’s lineup features 60 top young horses carefully chosen on pedigree, performance and potential to excel in eventing.

The preview videos for this year’s sale horses are now available to view on the Go For Gold website, and three in particular caught our eye.

Boleybawn Freedom, a 5-year-old gelding (Dignified Van’t Zorgvliet X Boleybawn Corbel, by Courage II) is unbeaten in his two career starts with Sophie Richards. He won the EI90 at Grove in June on his dressage score of 22.0, as well as the 5-year-old Young Event Horse class at Kilguilkey House. Check out his game attitude for cross country in the video above — ears pricked and loving it!

Emerald Emoe, a 4-year-old mare (Orestus X Miss Lola C, by Touchdown), was crowned this year’s Dublin Young Event Horse Champion with Ita McDermott. You have to watch the video of her popping around the show jumping course in the video above — scope for days!

Stonehaven Penhills Cobra, a 5-year-old gelding (Cobra X Karla, by Guidam), received the highest jumping score — 37.5 out of a possible 40 points — at this year’s Burghley Young Event Horse Finals. He placed third out of 35 horses with Bernie Wharfe. (Click here to view a full breakdown of results.) You absolutely have to watch his power over fences in the video above.

Those are just a few of the horses to check out from this year’s sale. There are three 6-year-olds, seven 5-year-olds, 21 4-year-olds and 29 3-year-olds. You can view preview videos of all 60 horses available at the 2018 Goresbridge Go For Gold sale here.

The sale takes place at Barnadown in Co. Wexford and at the Amber Springs Hotel, which is about an hour south of Dublin. Lots 1-36 will be shown on the flat, over show jumps and on cross country on Monday, Nov. 12. Lots 36-65 will be free jumped on Tuesday, Nov. 13.

There will also be the opportunity to trial the ridden horses at Barnadown, both on the flat and over fences. All lots are sold with a veterinary certificate and a set of X-rays. The auction and gala dinner will take place at the Amber Springs Hotel on the evening of Tuesday. Nov. 13.

Whether you are shopping for a top eventing prospect, want to experience a top auction firsthand or simply want an excuse to take a trip to Ireland, the Goresbridge Go For Gold sale has so much to offer. Visit the Goresbridge Go For Gold sale website for much more information. Go Eventing.

New Dutch Dressage Record: Tim Lips and Bayro Lead Boekelo on 19.2

Tim Lips and Bayro. Photo by Anja Veurink.

Tim Lips and Bayro came to Military Boekelo on a mission to become the first Dutch winners in the 48-year history of the event, and they are well on their way after scoring 19.2 to handily lead on the first day of dressage in Enschede, Netherlands.

EquiRatings confirmed 19.2 is the lowest dressage score ever recorded by a Dutch rider at any international level, besting Eef Hamers and Balou’s score of 21.1 at Barroca d’Alva CCI* in 2015.

Tim and Bayro, a 12-year-old KWPN (Casantos X Vanya, by Corland), also set the Dutch CCI4* dressage record at Luhmühlen this year, and he credited his trainer, Nicole Werner, for strengthening their performance in the first phase.

“Bayro was quiet in the bridle and remained extremely relaxed. Whether I have a chance to be the first Dutchman ever to win the Military Boekelo is an open question,” Tim said. “Dressage no longer counts as much as before in relation to the cross country on Saturday and the jumping on Sunday.

Time penalties on cross country cost Tim and Bayro the Boekelo win last year, when they finish second to Tim Price and Cekatinka, and he said he is determined to go faster this year.

“The footing is perfect, and we showed that Bayro can handle this competition last year,” Tim said. What matters is to keep my focus and to keep the attacking the cross. If I don’t do that I’ll run into time penalties, and I want to avoid them.”

Germany’s Julia Krajewski and Samourai du Thot, a 12-year-old Selle Francais (Milor Landais x Melitos du Thot, by Flipper d’Elle), have been widely tipped to challenge Tim for the win and sit second on 22.6 after dressage.

After uncharacteristic trouble on cross country at Aachen over the summer, Julia and “Sam” bounced back to win the Nations Cup at Waregem CICO3* last month. Having won three of their last four international runs, Julia and Sam are serious contenders to watch this weekend.

Great Britain’s Laura Collett and London 52, a 9-year-old Holsteiner (Landos X Vernante, by Quinar), won the Blenheim CIC3* last month and sit third on 23.1, a personal best at three-star level for the horse. London 52 is making his CCI3* debut at Boekelo.

After the first day of dressage, Sweden tops the Nations Cup standings on 54.6, followed closely by Great Britain and Germany in equal second place on 54.9. Click here to view individual scores. Click here to view team standings.

The U.S. does not have a team in the Nations Cup but is still represented by two strong pairs in Tamie Smith and Judy McSwain’s Fleeceworks Royal and Doug Payne and Lisa Walls’s Getaway. Both are scheduled to go tomorrow in dressage at the following times:

  • Tamie Smith and Fleeceworks Royal: Friday at 11:04 a.m./5:04 a.m. EST
  • Doug Payne and Getaway: Friday at 2:32 p.m./8:32 a.m. EST

You can watch Tamie and Doug’s tests live on the Boekelo live stream at this link. Cross country and show jumping will also be streamed live; you can view the broadcast schedule here.

Stay tuned for much more from Boekelo. Go Eventing.

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Tamie Smith and Fleeceworks Royal at Boekelo 🇺🇸

Don’t let the poof-ball hat fool you in the photo above — the sun is shining at Boekelo and weather conditions are even being described as “balmy.” The sun never shines like this in Holland during Boekelo, so naturally Instagram is peppered with horses, riders, grooms and spectators alike enjoying the clear skies. Surely the sunshine is a good omen for Tamie Smith and Doug Payne, our sole Americans competing this year.

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Your Thursday News & Notes:

US Equestrian has canceled the 2019 George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session to “allow for a revitalization and refresh of the program.” The training session is designed to identify and develop the next generation of show jumping talent who may one day represent the U.S. on the world stage. US Equestrian intends to continue the program in 2020. [George Morris Training Session]

Can painting jumps a different color bolster safety at high speeds? That’s the question raised by a new study from the University of Exeter, which worked with the British Horseracing Authority and Racing Foundation to test fence colors. The jump jockeys who participated in the study felt that fences painted fluorescent yellow and white spurred better jumping form from their horses. The next trial in the study will test these two colors on fences at British racecourse training grounds. [New Jump Colors]

If you’ve never made the trip to the Goresbridge Go For Gold Sale in Ireland, this is a fabulous year to start. The preview videos for the horses in this year’s sale have now been released, and you could waste an entire afternoon watching the footage. (Ask me how I know.)  The sale takes place in Co. Kilkenny on Nov. 12 and 13 and is a highlight of the season for eventing enthusiasts. [Goresbridge Go For Gold]

Edge Brewing Barcelona, one of EN’s favorite breweries, is presenting the $5,000 Charity Jumper Classic on Oct. 26 at Foothills Equestrian Nature Center in Tryon, N.C. Edge Brewing believes in “saving horses one beer at a time” and donates a portion of profits to select equine charities. Tryon-based charity HERD (Helping Equines Regain Dignity) has been named the beneficiary for the Charity Jumper Classic. [Edge Brewing Equestrian]

Small But Mighty U.S. Contingent Ready for Military Boekelo CCIO3*

Doug Payne and Getaway and Tamie Smith and Fleeceworks Royal. Photo by Libby Law Photography.

Both American pairs passed the first horse inspection at Military Boekelo CCIO3* today in Enschede, Netherland, with 77 pairs in all moving forward to dressage. Widely considered the most prestigious CCI3* in the world, Boekelo also serves as the FEI Nations Cup final.

The U.S. unfortunately does not have a Nations Cup team this year at Boekelo, as Liz Halliday-Sharp withdrew Deniro Z, a 10-year-old KWPN (Zapatero VDL X Zonne-Trend, by French Buffet xx) owned by The Deniro Syndicate and Ocala Horse Properties, on Monday due to a minor injury sustained in turnout.

“Unfortunately he managed to knock himself in the field on Friday, and while he is still feeling fit and fabulous and has been going well, he is not quite where we want him to be to be heading off to a big competition,” Liz said.

Doug Payne and Getaway. Photo by Libby Law Photography.

The U.S. is now represented by Doug Payne and Tamie Smith, both of whom received USET Foundation Jacqueline B. Mars International Competition Grants to compete at Boekelo.

Doug Payne and Lisa Walls’s Getaway, an 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding (Contendro X Ladula, by Lady’s King), have finished inside the top eight in their last seven consecutive international runs. “Flynn” finished sixth in his CCI3* debut at Bromont in June and makes his second start at the level at Boekelo.

Tamie Smith and Judy McSwain’s Fleeceworks Royal, a 9-year-old Holsteiner mare (Riverman X Marisol, by Corofino I) won the Rebecca Farm CIC3* over the summer and are also making their second start at the CCI3* level. “Rory” finished 17th at the Dutta Corp Fair Hill International CCI3* last fall.

Tamie Smith and Fleeceworks Royal. Photo by Libby Law Photography.

Dressage starts at 10 a.m./4 a.m. EST on both Thursday and Friday. Doug and Tamie will both go on Friday at the following times:

  • Tamie Smith and Fleeceworks Royal: Friday at 11:04 a.m./5:04 a.m. EST
  • Doug Payne and Getaway: Friday at 2:32 p.m./8:32 a.m. EST

Click here for Thursday start times and here for Friday start times. You can watch all the action on the Military Boekelo live stream.

In addition to the U.S., riders representing Australia, Belgium, France, Great Britain, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand and Sweden will compete at Boekelo.

As for other pairs to watch, all eyes will be on Germany’s Julia Krajewski and Samourai du Thot, who are coming off a win in the Nations Cup at Waregem and are heavy favorites to take the Boekelo victory. “Super Sam” is slated to go in dressage on Thursday at 12:31 p.m./6:31 a.m. EST.

Reigning Dutch National Champions Tim Lips and Bayro finished second last year and will also be ones to watch as they look to become the first Dutch winners of Boekelo. Bayro goes down centerline on Thursday 2:08 p.m./6:08 a.m. EST.

With one leg to go in the 2018 FEI Nations Cup Eventing series, France tops the overall standings with 490 points, followed closely by Great Britain with 480 points — well out in front of the other countries. The stage is set for a thrilling finale as France and Great Britain battle for the 2018 series title.

Keep it locked on EN for all things Boekelo. Go Eventing.

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