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Kate Samuels is an avid 3-Day Eventer who currently competes at the Advanced/3* level with her wonderful Selle Francais gelding, Nyls du Terroir. A rider since the tender age of three, she is a young professional in the sport learning as much as she can from various mentors, both equine and human. Kate has worked for Eventing Nation since 2011, and has enjoyed every minute of it. She brings a lifetime of experience with horses as well as a wealth of knowledge gained through competing at the top levels of the sport. When not riding through the boiling hot, freezing cold, rain or snow, Kate enjoys baking pies, photography, and finding ridiculous videos on the internet.

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Highest Level Competed Advanced/CIC3*

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Friday News & Notes from Kentucky Equine Research

A very happy Jen McFall with homebred Hallelujah DF, Champion 2-year-old FEH. Photo courtesy of Jen.

Packing rules: try not to wait until the last minute, wait until the last minute anyway, don’t forget to pack underwear that won’t be pink polka dots under your white competition britches, bring a cooler, don’t forget to put saddle pads in the trailer, make sure your horse has not lost a shoe the night before in the field, don’t forget your sunglasses, pack outfits for every possible weather condition, and definitely don’t forget to bring a bottle of wine and a baked good to share. In my life, I have broken EVERY one of these rules at some point. Except for the last one, I’m a southern girl after all and I know about hospitality.

National Holiday: Elephant Appreciation Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Flora Lea Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Results]

Surefire Farm Fall H.T. [Website]

Sundance Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Twin Rivers Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Equestrians Institute H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

Are you all ready for Jessica Phoenix’s story, in a book?? Well it’s happening. Her sister wrote a book about Jessie’s life and her rise to the top of the sport. “This is a story about trial and triumph. It’s about a small-town girl with big dreams and the faith to realize them. It’s about fighting through life-threatening injuries and injustice to achieve a greater goal — and doing so with a level of determination, confidence, and grace that shines bright. As Jessica Phoenix’s sister,  I’ve been privy to the backstory of how a Canadian Olympian is made… It’s a powerful blueprint that we can all use to overcome the inevitable curveballs life throws at us.” Pre order your copy now! [RISE]

You did see that Fair Hill International entries went live yesterday, right? Ok, just checking. Making sure you’re on the up and up, you know. [FHI Entries]

Just because a horse is a “schoolmaster” doesn’t necessarily mean he wants to be a school horse. It’s common to think that a highly trained horse should be suitable for lessons or beginners after he’s reached a certain age and isn’t competing at the top levels anymore. While this may work for some horses, it’s not a hard and fast rule, and lots of highly trained horses find the practices for lesson horses very stressful. [Schoolmasters as School Horses]

Hot on Horse Nation: The Debt Free Equestrian: Balancing Your Checkbook, Balancing Your Life

100% Best Blog of the Week: How To Be A Better Boarder: AKA The Worst People At The Barn

 

KER ClockIt™ Session of the Week

The KER ClockIt Sport mobile app tracks an individual horse’s intensity and duration of exercise through speed, heart rate, and GPS, so that horse owners and trainers can condition and feed each horse appropriately for the work they’re actually performing.

The ClockIt Sport session featured this week belongs to an eventer who is taking her horse for a hack. Some hill work was worked into the session and, as you can see in the segment of the session below, the horse’s heart rate (purple line) increases while ascending the hill (blue line).

Multiple KER treadmill studies have shown that exercising horses on an incline greatly increases work intensity as measured by oxygen consumption, heart rate, and lactate production. These studies have shown that at a canter, a 1% increase in grade increases a horse’s heart rate 6 bpm—the same effect on heart rate as increasing speed 35 m/min on a level treadmill. Therefore, equal heart rates can be obtained by cantering horses on a 6% grade at 490 m/min as from galloping on the flat at 700 m/min.

By logging into your account on the KER ClockIt website, you will be able to see detailed reports of each session, like the one above. Once you are signed in, you can view your detailed sessions under the “Sessions” tab.

Thursday News & Notes from Nupafeed

Just a little racehorse enjoying his new lifestyle. Photo by Kate Samuels.

Holy poop it’s been so hot lately. It was really nice for a few weeks, but now it’s like July again and I feel like I’m dying. I’m one of the special people who turns into an actual tomato when it’s hot outside, which is such a good look, let me tell you. Please pray to the Virginia weather gods that I don’t fry alive at Surefire this weekend.

National Holiday: New York Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Flora Lea Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Results]

Surefire Farm Fall H.T. [Website]

Sundance Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Twin Rivers Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Equestrians Institute H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

This weekend the FEH Championships are being held on both coasts. The East Coast championships are held at Loch Moy Farm, and the West Coast division at Twin Rivers Ranch. Divisions for yearling, 2-year-old, 3-year-old and 4-year old will be hosted for both competitions. [Fast Facts: FEH Championships]

With the promise of a four-star in 2019, Fair Hill International is gaining sponsors. This year, that came to fruition with the increase of prize money from $15,000 to $50,000, but that’s only the beginning. “Our commitment in building this event to be a first-class experience for every competitor, horse and spectator is our top priority,” executive director Carla Geiersbach said. “With the partnership we have with our sponsors and community, we are able to elevate the standard of competition and provide a truly unique and VIP experience for all who attend.” [Fair Hill Coming In Hot]

We all know that one person. The person at your barn who has a heavy weight on their horse when it’s 50 degrees outside. The one who basically rugs their horse up for winter in late September and leaves it on until April. This person. Drives. Me. Insane. Now veterinary clinics in the UK are taking up the cause, calling it an “unnecessary man-made welfare issue”. High five guys! [Over Rugging a Welfare Problem]

Hot on Horse Nation: What Hitch will David Rorbach Come Up With Next?

Best of Blogs: The Beauty of Big, Huge, Awkward Mistakes

Product Review: Rambo Summer Series Turnout Blanket

Don’t let the title fool you, this is the perfect turnout sheet for awkward fall weather. The Rambo Summer Series Turnout is the ultimate blanket to use for spring, summer and fall. The features on this blanket are about as customizable as you can get for weather that changes throughout the day, and you’ll never look back once you’ve got one to call your own.

Let’s start with the basic design, which is as innovative as I’ve ever seen. This blanket has a lightweight waterproof back covering, but a net body, which means that it both protects your horse from possible rain, but also remains breathable. The waterproof top is also incredibly soft, and while it doesn’t feel rugged on the fingertips, it is as durable as all the other Horseware turnouts.

The main cool thing about this blanket is the removable 100g liner that follows the lines of the soft-shell along the back and loins of your horse. You can see in the photo below that it covers all the important core areas of your horse’s back to carry him from warm days into slightly chilly nights. This liner has multiple fastening points, with velcro in the front and back, and buttons along the lower edges that keep it secured to the outer blanket. It is very easy to remove and replace, as you so desire with the changing weather.

The neck cover for the Rambo Summer Series Turnout is also easily removable, but don’t worry about your horse getting rubs on the withers or mane. This neck cover has a polyester mane protection strip, and an improved wither darts that offer enhanced neck and wither freedom to help prevent wither pressure and rubs. There is also a soft lining for the chest and shoulders that is designed to prevent unsightly rubs in that area.

The fit on this blanket is also really good, with leg arches and plenty of room for big shoulders when they are moving around the paddock. It features two elasticated belly surcingles, a nice covering tail flap, and a wipe clean tail cord. No more poop butt (you know what I’m talking about)!

The Rambo Summer Series Turnout also has my favorite type of front closure, double snaps alongside two sets of double velcro. My horse has really big shoulders, and if he doesn’t have this kind of closure up front, the blanket is pulled back and the velcro is undone, and then he’s left with straight metal buckles on his skin. Not comfortable in the least.

The neck cover features double velcro closures that ensure that it stays in place even if your horse decides to roll 20 times and then take a few laps of honor around the field.

This blanket is the perfect mix between a cool coat, a fly sheet and a lightweight turnout, making it useful for all different seasons and well worth the purchase. Especially if you have horses that have sensitive skin or are turned out during the day with varying weather and temperatures, this blanket could really change your world. It’s on sale right now, too! You can find it on the Horseware website for only $199.

 

Friday News & Notes from Kentucky Equine Research

LOOK AT THIS FACE Y’ALL

I haven’t felt this way in a long time. Like totally head over heels googly-eyes in love. Actually, I haven’t bought a horse on purpose in over 12 years, which is a long time. My life story is that I get horses that nobody else wants to ride because they buck/rear/bolt or are too nervous or weird to deal with. I FINALLY have a horse, that *gasp* isn’t weird at all, and I can’t stop snuggling his head because he’s so delightful on a daily basis. Send help, I’m hopeless.

National Holiday: National Cheese Toast Day

Major Events This Week:

Blenheim: WebsiteEntries & ScoringLive StreamERM Live Stream, BE TV Live StreamEN’s CoverageTwitterInstagram

Plantation Field: Website, Schedule, Ride Times, Live Scores, USEF NetworkEN’s CoverageTwitterInstagram

U.S. Weekend Preview:

GMHA September H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Results]

Marlborough H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Poplar Place Farm CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Results]

Otter Creek Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

MeadowCreek Park Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Flying Cross Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Stone Gate Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Colorado Horse Park Trials [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

Jonelle Price is right back at it only a month after having her first child. After giving birth to her first child, Otis, only a short while ago, Jonelle is contesting the CCI3* at Blenheim with her longtime partner Classic Moet. She says that the pregnancy was easy, and she feels fit and prepared for the big test. With one of the fastest cross country horses underneath her, you’d be silly to bet against her. [Jonelle Price Back in the Game]

Coconino Horse Trials has been a staple for the west coast for twenty-six years now. The Coconino Horse Trials hosts three USEA recognized events a year: their Spring Horse Trials and their back-to-back Summer I and Western Underground, Inc. Summer II Horse Trials and Novice/Training Three-Day Event at the Coconino County Fairgrounds in Fort Tuthill County Park in Flagstaff, AZ (Area X). Coconino Horse Trials offers Intro through Intermediate level competition in addition to hosting YEH, FEH, and USEA Classic Series competitions at the Summer II Horse Trials. [USEA A-Z]

Hot on Horse Nation: Fantasy Farm: Desert Gem

Horse owners are still recovering from Hurricane Irma. Because Irma’s path was so unpredictable and in the face of bumper-to-bumper traffic and dwindling gas supplies, many owners decided to shelter their animals in place.However, many horses remain in evacuation centers throughout the southeast and others are safe at their homes as their owners survey and repair the damage and work get their facilities back to normal. [Irma Horses]

This is one of my favorite grooming hacks ever. Cowboy Magic Detangler and Shine is literally liquid gold. I use it after I give my horse a good shampoo bath, and just a dime’s amount in my palm rubbed all over their tail will last days, keep the dirt off, and make it silky smooth for brushing out. This bottle will last you forever, and make your pre-show grooming efforts that much easier. [SmartPak Product of the Day]

 

KER Product of the Week – Nano•E®

Protecting your performance horse from the effects of heavy exercise and travel should be a top priority. These high-stress situations can lead to the production of free radicals in a horse’s body that can damage cell walls and be detrimental to overall performance. Protection can be provided in numerous ways, with one of the most effective being through nutrition. Antioxidants, especially vitamin E, can help combat free radicals.

Developed by Kentucky Equine Research (KER), Nano•E® is a water-soluble, natural-source of vitamin E with a unique nanodispersion delivery system that results in superior bioavailability. This is important because the more vitamin E that is absorbed into the bloodstream, the more available it is for use as a body-wide antioxidant essential for repair. Shop now.

Thursday News & Notes from Nupafeed

Cooley Cross Border with Kim Severson Eventing’s Head Groom Andi Lawrence looking fine as hell at Blenheim jogs yesterday. Photo via Andi.

Man, there is just SO MUCH going on this weekend it’s hard to know where to start! I decided to skip Plantation this year (insert crying emoji) in favor of working extra hard at home and reminding myself how to ride properly (insert eye roll emoji). Also, I got a new horse off the track this past weekend and I’m completely head over heels in love, so I’m pretty much too busy making googly eyes at him to manage to do anything else at the moment. Please send help.

National Holiday: National Cream Filled Donut Day (don’t deny yourself a tribute)

Major Events This Week:

Blenheim: WebsiteEntries & ScoringLive StreamERM Live Stream, BE TV Live StreamEN’s CoverageTwitterInstagram

Plantation Field: Website, Schedule, Ride Times, Live Scores, USEF NetworkEN’s CoverageTwitterInstagram

U.S. Weekend Preview:

GMHA September H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Results]

Marlborough H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Poplar Place Farm CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Results]

Otter Creek Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

MeadowCreek Park Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Flying Cross Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Stone Gate Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Colorado Horse Park Trials [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

Get yourself prepared for the CIC3* at Plantation with these Gold Cup Fast Facts. Out of 47 entries in the three-star, a whopping eight riders have more than one horse (Buck = 4, Boyd = 3, Jennie, Phillip, Will, Jessie, Colleen, and Kurt = 2). Mighty Nice is making his first appearance since the Rio Olympics, and the tailgating will be out.of.control. [Plantation Gold Cup Fast Facts]

No, I’m still not over Oliver Townend’s winning cross country ride at Burghley, why do you ask? Horse & Hound got together with Ollie so he could talk us through his incredible ride on four-star first-timer Ballaghmor Class. I love watching the video with accompanying commentary from the always honest Ollie Townend. Check it out. [How Did He Win]

Best of Blogs: Hunter Turned Eventer: Novice is Rolex

Hot on Horse Nation: 4 Reasons Fall Is The Best Time To Ride

Just a little Plantation TBT for ya:

 

Product Review: Horseware Ireland Rambo Dry Rug Supreme

The Horseware Ireland Rambo Dry Rug Supreme. Photo by Kate Samuels.

Ah, fall. The wonderful time of year where it’s pretty darn cold when you wake up in the morning, but by noon you’ve shed three layers and you’re sweating in a T-shirt. Horses are all confused because they’re growing the beginnings of their winter coats, but the fur doesn’t always match the weather. Then comes the next conundrum: blanketing.

Now that it’s a little chilly, you need to pull out coolers to make sure your horse’s muscles stay warm after a bath. I had a chance to try the Rambo Dry Rug Supreme from Horseware Ireland, and I have to say, it’s a must-have for busy riders with lots of horses, or even the average horse owner trying to sneak in a quick ride before dark after a long work day.

First off, this blanket is incredibly lightweight, and oh-so-soft that I would totally wrap up in it myself. It folds up into practically nothing, which makes it perfect for tucking neatly into a tack truck for travel or otherwise. The neck part actually rolls up and tucks back into a pocket along the front of the blanket as well. Therefore, you can choose to use the neck or not, whichever your preference.

The Horseware Ireland Rambo Dry Rug Supreme. Photo by Kate Samuels.

Why is this cooler superior to others, and what makes it a “Dry Rug”? The secret comes from the material, which has incredibly high wicking properties, and dries your horse in record time. No joke. If you give two horses a bath simultaneously and put a regular cooler on one, and the Rambo Dry Rug Supreme on the other, the latter will be warm and dry with lightening speed. It’s like magic.

The other benefit is that the special microfiber towel material is super absorbing, so you can even layer a second stable blanket on top, and it will not impede the drying process or even get the inside of your stable blanket wet. You can also get this blanket in a lightweight polar fleece if you prefer that material to the microfiber.

The Horseware Ireland Rambo Dry Rug Supreme. Photo by Kate Samuels.

The Rambo Dry Rug Supreme features double closures in front that are adjustable for the size of your horse’s shoulders and velcro closures on the neck piece. The belly surcingles are elastic, so you can adjust them for a comfortable fit for any size girth on different horses. The blanket comes in small, medium, and large, so you don’t have to worry about specific sizing, and can share it amongst a few of your horses (because you’ll want to).

This blanket works amazingly well, and is perfect for the fall weather to help cool your horse down quickly while keeping him cozy. You can get it through Horseware Ireland for only $145.

Friday News & Notes from Kentucky Equine Research

Have you ever seen such serenity? #myhorsethemodel

Sorry, just a little fan-girling over my horse, the professional model. I swear, you pull out a camera, and he KNOWS. He holds really still, perks his ears up, and does the faraway gaze for a ridiculously long time. Also, I posted a pretty unflattering photo of him yesterday, and my mom was mad at me for embarrassing him. Sorry Nyls!

National Holiday: National Stand Up To Cancer Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Grindstone Mountain Farm H.T. [Website] [Live Results]

CDCTA Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scoring]

Bucks County Horse Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

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

Copper Meadows H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Aspen Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Chardon Valley H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

Lauren Billys is excited to welcome two exciting new horses to her string of upcoming talent. After a whirlwind trip to Europe to shop with the support of two syndicates and their members, Lauren selected Can Be Sweet (Tres Belle X Candyman), a 5-year-old German Sporthorse gelding, and Caletina (R-Landau Z X Calido I), a 6-year-old Holsteiner mare to bring back to the United States with her. Owned by the Can Be Sweet Syndicate and the Caletina Syndicate, these exciting young horses were hand picked after Lauren saw over 100 horses on her trip. [Lauren Billys’ New Mounts]
Love a big chestnut stallion with lots of chrome? You’re going to adore Emerald N.O.P. if you haven’t already fallen for him. He’s stunning in more way than one, and is taking the show jumping world by storm with Dutch rider Harrie Smolders. Check out the COTH Behind the Stall Door feature on this big guy. [COTH: Emerald N.O.P.]
CDCTA Horse Trials is one of Area II’s most beloved and long-lasting competitions. Since 1989, this event has been on the USEA calendar, but not always at the same location. Offering Intro through Preliminary, CDCTA is held twice a year, and is a must attend event for all local competitors. [History of CDCTA]

KER ClockIt™ Session of the Week

Kentucky Equine Research (KER) takes a lot of the guesswork out of conditioning with its free smartphone app, KER ClockIt Sport. By tracking an individual horse’s intensity and duration of exercise through speed, heart rate, and GPS, horse owners and trainers can condition and feed each horse appropriately for the work they’re actually performing.

The ClockIt Sport session featured this week belongs to a rider who was prepping her horse for Training horse trials that were to take place in two weeks, before advancing to Preliminary level. The pair set out for hill work, including a ten-minute trot set, followed by three three-minute canter sets. Check out a segment of the session below. As you can see, the horse’s heart rate (purple line) increases while ascending hills (blue line).

Multiple KER treadmill studies have shown that exercising horses on an incline greatly increases work intensity as measured by oxygen consumption, heart rate, and lactate production. These studies have shown that at a canter, a 1% increase in grade increases a horse’s heart rate 6 bpm—the same effect on heart rate as increasing speed 35 m/min on a level treadmill. Therefore, equal heart rates can be obtained by cantering horses on a 6% grade at 490 m/min as from galloping on the flat at 700 m/min.

To see a detailed report like the one above, go to the KER ClockIt website and log in to your account. Once you are signed in, you can view your detailed sessions under the “Sessions” tab.

 

Friday News & Notes from Kentucky Equine Research

Fam jam after Hannah’s test with Under Suspection! Photo by Jenni Autry.

This week, in the space of three days, I added a furry member to my team, and spent 22 hours driving out of 72 hours of being alive, which is just not a good ratio. I got stuck in traffic (thanks D.C. beltway) several times, had nightmares about people pulling in front of me and braking abruptly, and ate waaaaay too many snacks but no actual food. It’s been a weird week, folks.

Anyway, we have Jenni Autry and Tilly Berendt on the grounds at Burghley and Leslie Wylie reporting at the AECs, so keep it locked on EN for coverage from around the globe. Go Eventing!

National Holiday: Lazy Mom’s Day

Major Events This Week:

Burghley: WebsiteEntriesScheduleDressage Ride Times, Live ScoresEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

AEC: WebsiteScheduleRide Times & Live ScoringEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Seneca Valley Pony Club H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scoring]

Silverwood Farm H.T. [Website]

Woodland Stallion Station H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Park Equine Kentucky Classique H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

Time is running out to apply for the Essex Horse Trials Grant and Seema Sonnad Junior Rider’s Grant! The deadline is midnight today. If you are 25 and under and riding at the CIC3* level, you are eligible to apply for the $10,000 Essex Horse Trials Grant. Riders 18 and under competing at the CCI* level are eligible for the $5,000 Seema Sonnad Junior Rider’s Grant. [More Details Here]

Horses displaced by Hurricane Harvey? If a large group of horses affected by the situation needs temporary shelter and is able to make the trip, the 924-acre Ocala Jockey Club in central Florida has up to 80 stalls available. OJC will donate dry stall and pasture use between now and Oct. 31 for horses currently on the Texas coast, displaced by Hurricane Harvey and related floods.  [Contact Ocala Jockey Club]

“You’re only as old as the horse you’re riding” says Sir Mark Todd, who at 61 is eyeing Tokyo 2020. If he makes it, sorry, who are we kidding, when he makes it, that will be his ninth Olympic games. NINE!! He’s very keen on Leonidas, who is only 13 this year, and will only get better with time, but he’s also got some very good younger horses in the wings waiting to step up to the plate. [Mark Todd Eyes Tokyo 2020]

Jan Hoover and her 10-year-old Thoroughbred/Percheron gelding It’s Now or Never, aka “Aengus,” are competing this weekend at the AECs in the Beginner Novice Master Amateur division. Four years ago, though, Hoover fell from a young horse and shattered her L2 vertebra, and the resulting compression to the nerves and spinal cord have left her with a lack of feeling in both her feet and her right leg. Read more on this inspiring story about how Jan came back to walking just so she could get back on a horse. [Road to AEC]

Oooooh it’s September which means…blanket shopping!!! I have a new pony (errr…hony really) that needs to stock up on her blankets for the winter, so I’m measuring her this weekend and then hopping on SmartPak to see what the best deals are for turnout blankets to keep her dry and warm for the coming months. [SmartPak Products of the Day]

KER Product of the Week – Bio•Bloom™ PS

Are you looking for a soft, shiny coat with dapples galore? Could you also be looking to strengthen hooves? Developed by Kentucky Equine Research (KER), Bio•Bloom PS is a great choice for horses, as it serves as a dual-action supplement designed to promote and maintain healthy skin, coat, and hoof condition from the inside out.

Bio•Bloom PS is chock-full of ingredients designed to help boost hoof and coat health. Most horse owners are aware of the advantages of feeding biotin for hoof health, and Bio•Bloom PS contains the recommended amount of that B vitamin. Biotin also helps with skin and coat condition, as hair and hooves are similar microscopically, both dependent on keratin structures for strength and health. In addition to biotin, Bio•Bloom PS contains key minerals to support keratin-based structures, including iodine, and chelated zinc, as well as the essential amino acid methionine. Check it out for yourself here!

Thursday News & Notes from Nupafeed

Donner says, “I MUST DANCE!” Photo by Jenni Autry.

With the AECs and Burghley all wrapped up into one weekend, I can barely contain myself. I’m cheering for people far and wide, and watching all the amazing photos and videos (ahem, DONNER “trotting” at Burghley) with jealousy. I hope every horse remembers to keep his/her head down, jump all the things, and leaves all the colored poles in the cups!

We have Jenni Autry and Tilly Berendt on the grounds at Burghley and Leslie Wylie reporting at the AECs, so keep it locked on EN for coverage from around the globe. Go Eventing!

National Holiday: Trail Mix Day

Major Events This Week:

Burghley: WebsiteEntriesScheduleDressage Ride Times, Live ScoresEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

AEC: WebsiteScheduleRide Times & Live ScoringEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Seneca Valley Pony Club H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scoring]

Silverwood Farm H.T. [Website]

Woodland Stallion Station H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Park Equine Kentucky Classique H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

Time is running out to apply for the Essex Horse Trials Grant and Seema Sonnad Junior Rider’s Grant! The deadline is midnight tomorrowSept. 1. If you are 25 and under and riding at the CIC3* level, you are eligible to apply for the $10,000 Essex Horse Trials Grant. Riders 18 and under competing at the CCI* level are eligible for the $5,000 Seema Sonnad Junior Rider’s Grant. [More Details Here]

Not only does the AECs offer $100,000 in prize money spread across divisions, but your shopping options are almost unlimited. Hosted at Tryon, you can have a glass of wine while you watch the action, and then toddle on down to the shopping center for just about anything your heart desires. Need a saddle? A new pair of fancy tall boots? Does you horse need some amazing jumping boots? The shopping is almost as good as Rolex. [Shopping at AECs]

Iconic Northern Irish retired jockey, AP McCoy, is turning his talents to the eventing world when he takes on the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials this weekend with surprise ‘ride’ 8.3hh World Horse Welfare Pamela, as announced on social media yesterday. AP plans to add Burghley to his list of accomplishments, alongside three Guinness World Records and wins in races like the Grand National and the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Also, Pamela is freaking adorable. [AP McCoy Takes Burghley on a Palomino]

Self criticism is a tricky thing with equestrian pursuits, and while being willing to take on responsibility for things when they go wrong is important, too much can hurt your performance. Sports psychology demands that we envision the positive before going out on course, and if you’re stuck with negative thoughts, it’s hard to have a good round. Try these quick tips from Noelle Floyd to banish those feelings. [How to Kick Self Criticism to the Curb]

Hot on Horse Nation: 5 Reasons Equestrians Should Try Stand-Up Paddleboarding

Keep it coming with your support for horses in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. There are several equine disaster relief funds specifically aimed at this, as well as loads of smaller local fundraisers that appreciate money and donations in kind. Help heal Houston! [How to Help Houston Horses]

“No, you’ve had enough grass Pamela”

 

Friday News & Notes from Kentucky Equine Research

Joe Meyer tending to his ribs in between dressage rides. Photo by Ruthie Meyer.

Some riders get all stressed out by dressage, but Joe Meyer knows the answer to that problem is a portable smoker near your stables to fulfill all your smoked meat needs. Eventers know how to party, but this is adding a whole new element to the mix. My mind has been blown. I thought bringing cookies to the competition was a great idea, but ribs? I’ve been beaten.

National Holiday: National Banana Split Day

Major Events This Week:

Richland Park: WebsiteScheduleRide TimesLive ScoresEN’s Coverage

Millstreet: Website, Entries, ScheduleRide Times & Live Scoring, EN’s Coverage, XC Saturday Radio

Blair Castle ERM: Website, Ride Times, Live StreamERM Leaderboard

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Town Hill Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Loudoun Hunt Pony Club H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Feather Creek Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Shepherd Ranch SYVPC H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Caber Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

The Event at Archer H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

The Retired Racehorse Project is expanding into a new area offering a trainer certification program for those experienced in retraining OTTBs. The concept builds off a collaboration announced in February between RRP and the United States Eventing Association that works with the USEA’s Young Event Horse Professional Trainer Certification. Participants currently going through the YEH certification process say that a Thoroughbred version of the training is needed because of the different methodology used in training a Thoroughbred versus training a warmblood. [OTTB Trainer Certification Program]

Twenty-six-year-old Olivia Craddock is heading towards her first Burghley Horse Trials with a horse she made herself. The ten-year-old gelding, Billy Liffy, was not the most promising of young horses, with a pony trot and a bronco buck that even unseated Pippa Funnell at the 4-yo championships. She kept training him, and kept trying to sell him, but nobody wanted to buy him, luckily for her! [Burghley First Timer Olivia Craddock]

Dominance theory in training horses is popular throughout the disciplines, but learning theory and science has it debunked. Many people assume that unwanted behavior from a horse is a direct challenge to the social status of the trainer, but it’s just not so. Insufficient training is a common cause of unwelcome behavior. The proper use of learning principles can improve training success and prevent unwanted behavior. Horses learn more readily when they are attentive and calm, so training should reduce fear, not trigger or intensify it. [Dominance in Human-Horse Relationships]

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KER ClockIt™ Session of the Week

How do you really know if your horse is fit? It’s a question every rider asks, and Kentucky Equine Research (KER) takes a lot of the guesswork out of conditioning with its free smartphone app, KER ClockIt Sport.

KER ClockIt Sport is a modern way to measure equine fitness. By tracking the individual horse’s intensity and duration of exercise through speed, heart rate, and GPS, horse owners and trainers can condition and feed each horse appropriately for the work they’re actually performing.

The ClockIt Sport session featured this week belongs to a rider who took her horse on a hill walk that incorporated some trot sets. Below you will see a segment of the session that demonstrates the rider’s ability to raise her horse’s heart rate with hill work, but without the need to increase speed.

Multiple KER treadmill studies have shown that exercising horses on an incline greatly increases work intensity as measured by oxygen consumption, heart rate, and lactate production. These studies have shown that at a canter, a 1% increase in grade increases a horse’s heart rate 6 bpm—the same effect on heart rate as increasing speed 35 m/min on a level treadmill. Therefore, equal heart rates can be obtained by cantering horses on a 6% grade at 490 m/min as from galloping on the flat at 700 m/min.

To see a detailed report like the one above, go to the KER ClockIt website and log in to your account. Once you are signed in, you can view your detailed sessions under the “Sessions” tab.

Thursday News & Notes from Nupafeed

Photo courtesy of Lynn Symansky.

As we begin Richland Horse Trials here in the States, our big time ponies are preparing for Millstreet CCI3* this weekend in Ireland and others are shipping over for Burghley as we speak. Lynn Symansky got a last minute tune up from Richard Picken as she and the formidable Donner prepare for their second Burghley and eighth four-star run. Nothin’ runs like a Deer!

National Holiday: National Peach Pie Day

Major Events This Week:

Richland Park: WebsiteScheduleRide TimesLive ScoresEN’s Coverage

Millstreet: Website, Entries, ScheduleRide Times & Live Scoring, EN’s Coverage

Blair Castle ERM: Website, Ride Times, Live StreamERM Leaderboard

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Town Hill Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Loudoun Hunt Pony Club H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Feather Creek Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Shepherd Ranch SYVPC H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Caber Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

The Event at Archer H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

Reigning Burghley champion Nobilis 18 has been withdrawn from this year’s competition. He’s only competed twice since his Burghley 2016 win, once in an Intermediate and once in Aachen CICO3*. Another high quality contender has been withdrawn as well, as we hear that Maxime Livio has removed Qalao des Mers from the entry list. [Burghley Contenders Withdrawn]

California pair Andrea Baxter and Indy 500 are heading across the pond to their Burghley debut. After completing Rolex this spring “with her eyes closed”, Andrea feels like her little thoroughbred mare is ready for the next challenge. Dressage isn’t really her thing, but the jumping is there, and the scope for the big bad Burghley is something that Andrea doesn’t doubt. [Burghley First Timers]

Vibrating platforms have taken the equestrian world by storm lately, but do they really have positive effects on lameness issues? Anecdotal evidence suggests that they show great benefits to horses that use them, however scientific evidence is lacking. In fact, in a recent study, the only difference is that the vibration seems to increase relaxation in horses, but does not decrease lameness or increase flexibility. [Short & Long Term Effects of Vibrating Platforms]

Hot on Horse Nation: Best of Craigslist: Volume 55

 

 

Friday News & Notes from Kentucky Equine Research

Hardcore Eventing fan for real. Photo courtesy of Nanette Schumaker.

Alright guys, the ante has been upped for the 2017 AECs. Now you have to get a tattoo of it to prove that you went, alongside competing agains the best of the best within your level. I mean, Nanette Schumaker is hard core! We know riders get the four stars on their body and fill them in as they go, but this just tops them all!

[European Eventing Championships]

National Holiday: National Fajita Day!

#FEIEuros2017: WebsiteRide Times & Live ScoresFEI TVEN’s Coverage

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Genesee Valley Riding & Driving Club H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Huntington Farm H.T. [Website]

Waredaca Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Full Gallop Farm August H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

News From Around the Globe:

We can’t get over Bettina Hoy’s test at the Europeans on Seignuer Medicott. Really, nobody can get over scoring a 24.6, a full 9.8 points ahead of second placed Thomas Carlile and Upsilon. We all knew she was good on the flat, but breaking records at the European Championships? C’mon Bettina, now you’re just embarrassing us all! [Hoy Breaks Records at Europeans]

Riders are prepared for Rudiger Schwarz’s championship course, and ready for the challenge. Oliver Townend says this is the toughest course he’s ever seen on a championship level, and the course is being taken seriously by all competitors. Compared to a “go-kart course”, it demands obedience and accuracy at every single fence, which ensures that this will certainly not be a dressage competition after all. [Riders React to Europeans XC Course]

Mike Smith, one of the nation’s oldest jockeys, is trading quantity for quality. He’s come to a point in his career where he can be really picky about what horses he rides, and now he rides only the best. 169 mounts in 2017 in North American races had been converted into just over $15 million in purse money, which computed to $88,832 for each break from the gate. That does not even include the Dubai World Cup in March, in which Smith, riding Arrogate, won $6 million. [Iron Mike Smith Rides Less to Make More]

KER Product of the Week – EO•3™ Supports Optimal Well-Being in Horses

Horses need to consume both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, but the traditional equine diet tends to provide a skewed ratio of these compounds, minimizing the supply of omega-3s and oversupplying omega-6s. Optimal levels of omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to reduce inflammatory responses, support immune function, and enhance fertility.

EO•3™ is the most potent, effective source of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids available. Analysis has shown that EO•3 has the highest percentage of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids as well as the highest ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids when compared to other commonly fed oils. Shop online or find a store near you!

Thursday News & Notes from Nupafeed

Iz dere room for Bertie Russell Murphy in the bags to Millstreet? Photo courtesy of Sara Kozumplik Murphy.

It’s Strzegom week folks, and nobody in their right mind is betting against Michael Jung. He’s riding his little pocket rocket three-time-winner of Rolex, fischerRocana FST, and she’s not his top choice, but she’s not a bad job either. The German team looks especially strong this time around, which really isn’t much of a surprise, but I think they’ve got it in the bag. Sorry everyone else! Don’t forget to check out our guide to following the action all weekend long!

[European Eventing Championships]

#WylieWatch: Track Leslie Wylie in the Mongol Derby!

National Holiday: National Love Your Feet Day

#FEIEuros2017: WebsiteRide Times & Live ScoresFEI TVEN’s Coverage

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Genesee Valley Riding & Driving Club H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Huntington Farm H.T. [Website]

Waredaca Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Full Gallop Farm August H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

News From Around the Globe:

Fair Hill is undertaking an estimated $8 million to 10 million in improvements, including reconfiguring the racecourse and irrigating it, renovating the racecourse grandstands, and building tunnels under Route 273 to make crossing that busy road easier and safer. Fair Hill International estimates an additional $3 million will be needed to build arenas and move the cross-country course from its current location to a new venue; the new cross-country course will include land on the steeplechase and timber courses, the old roads and tracks course, and the Saw Mill field, where recognized horse trials are held now. [Saving Ground: Fair Hill’s Equestrian Community Unites to Save Land]

Icabad Crane is still making headlines in the Daily Racing Form, though his racing days are long gone. He’s now paired up with Olivia Dutton, and they’re kicking butt left right and center, most recently with a win in the JYOT at Fair Hill. The relationship between Icabad’s trainer Graham Motion and Phillip Dutton continues to flourish, and shows the world how much you can accomplish with a good Thoroughbred. [Icabad Crane on Top]

After a freak TBI on a trail ride in June of last year, Jessika Kynett of Montana didn’t know if she’d ever be back at the top of her game again. Now, she’s heading to the AEC’s in just two weeks time, with her police officer partner, Tankers. In an incredible story of determination and resolve, Jessika qualified at the Beginner Novice level, and is making the big trek to North Carolina. [Road to AECs]

 

 

Friday News & Notes from Kentucky Equine Research

Leslie Wylie all smiles on Day 1. Day 2 brought much colder weather and heavy rains. Photo by Julian Herbert/Mongol Derby.

Finally we can say that Wylie found a horse that’s truly her size! What I really want to know when she gets back is how it felt to canter a pony with literally no neck. I mean, where did its neck go? What did evolution tell that little Mongolian pony to make its neck disappear? Questions, I have them.

Track Leslie Wylie on the Mongol Derby! 

National Holiday: National Presidential Joke Day (have your own fun with this one)

U.S. Weekend Preview:

GMHA Festival of Eventing CIC & H.T. [Website] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Fair Hill H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

WindRidge Farm Summer H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Otter Creek Summer H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

The Summer Event at Woodside H.T. [Website]  [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Area VII Young Rider Benefit H.T. [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

Colorado Horse Park 3DE & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

Registration for the 2017 USEA Convention is now open! From December 6-10, eventers will gather together at the Westin Long Beach Hotel in Long Beach, California to discuss, learn and celebrate the sport. A vacation to California in December sounds delightful! Early birds save $50. [Register Here]

The USEA has officially released an online test and certification for eventing safety coordinators. The test itself derives its questions from the USEA Safety Coordinator Manual. Test takers are asked 25 questions ranging from true and false questions to multiple choice. To receive certification, the test taker must answer at least 80% of the questions correctly. The test is not yet mandatory, but highly recommended. [New Safety Coordinator Certification from USEA]

There is a baby goat wearing a neck tie at Pony Finals. Do I really need to elaborate??! You should click here to get (more than) your daily dose of cuteness. [COTH]

Head to Waredaca next weekend for your perfect AEC prep run! They’re offering the option to do single dressage tests, combined tests, or all three so you can get exactly what you need before the big championship competition. [Waredaca Omnibus]

KER ClockIt™ Session of the Week

This week we examine an excerpt from a session in which the rider used hills to condition her horse. As you can see in the session excerpt below, the horse’s heart rate (purple line) increased as the horse started to climb the hill (blue line), despite minor changes in speed. By using a hill, a rider can easily raise a horse’s heart rate into a higher conditioning zone without increasing speed.

Multiple KER treadmill studies have shown that exercising horses on an incline greatly increases work intensity as measured by oxygen consumption, heart rate, and lactate production. These studies have shown that at a canter speed, a 1% increase in grade increases a horse’s heart rate 6 bpm—the same effect on heart rate as increasing speed 35 m/min on a level treadmill. Therefore, equal heart rates can be obtained by cantering horses on a 6% grade at 490 m/min as from galloping on the flat at 700 m/min.

To see a detailed report like the one above, go to the KER ClockIt website and log in to your account. Once you are signed in, you can view your detailed sessions under the “Sessions” tab.

Thursday News & Notes from Nupafeed

Jonty Evans and Cooley Rorkes Drift. Photo by Jenni Autry.

I’m just gonna say it: I don’t think this particular miracle with Jonty Evans and Cooley Rourkes Drift would have been possible in any other universe. Only in Eventing would you find this kind of insane storyline (Disney, are you paying attention??) and I’ve never been so honored to own a hair of a horse in my entire lifetime. Y’all gonna make me cry!

Track Leslie Wylie on the Mongol Derby! 

National Holiday: National Lazy Day (which they really should have put on a weekend)

U.S. Weekend Preview:

GMHA Festival of Eventing CIC & H.T. [Website] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Fair Hill H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

WindRidge Farm Summer H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Otter Creek Summer H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

The Summer Event at Woodside H.T. [Website]  [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Area VII Young Rider Benefit H.T. [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

Colorado Horse Park 3DE & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

The USEA has introduced a new FEH division for 4-year-old horses. Specifically aimed at 4-year-olds that aren’t quite ready to compete in the Young Event Horse classes, it opens up doors for horses that still have a future in the sport but are a little later in developing. Susan Graham White, a member of the FEH committee and a frequent judge for the divisions, took some time to sit down and discuss how they are judged for this new class. [Four-Year-Old FEH Division Takes Off]

Horse sports and the NFL have one thing in common: our interest in helmets that prevent concussions. We don’t have numbers like the NFL when it comes to brain injuries, but we certainly have our own concerns. A Seattle-based company called Vicis is looking into building a multilayered, flexible helmet that’s particularly adept at diminishing rotational and linear impact forces. Specifically, the helmet was constructed to utilize four separate layers which work in perfect harmony with one another. [Flexible Football Helmet Absorbs Hits]

Are you watching the USEF Pony Finals presented by Collecting Gaits Farm? Get it together man! I know you’re not a hunter rider, but look at these ridiculously cute ponies and their ridiculously adorable beribboned riders! You can watch the live stream when you’re bored at work. [USEF Pony Finals Live Stream]

Hot on Horse Nation: 10 Quintessential Summer Experiences Improved By Adding Horses

 

The second placed pony eating his gift bag has me crying:

 

 

Millbrook Advanced Cross Country Course Walk

Jump 4B sets the course off right away with a big corner. Photo by Kate Samuels.

The 17th Annual Millbrook Horse Trials is well underway now, with dressage completed for all divisions as of yesterday, and much of the jumping to come. The Adequan USEA Gold Cup Advanced division was split, with half of the division doing dressage on Thursday, and the other half going on Friday. At the end of the two days, we’re led by Lynn Symansky and Donner, who are Maggie’s predicted overall winners, but no pressure Lynn!

The cross country is always a factor in the placings here at Millbrook, due in part to the influential terrain. Walk the Millbrook Advanced once, and near the end of the course, when you have to go up a long and steady uphill climb, you’ll know what I mean. The jumps might not be enormous rider frighteners, but that doesn’t make this any easier. It’s fairly difficult to make the time, with an average of only 5.31% combinations managing it, which shuffles the leaderboard for Sunday.

It’s also worth mentioning that we’ve had quite a bit of rain up here each day of the competition, and we are predicted to have more rain storms today as well. I did see them aerating the course yesterday later in the afternoon, so they don’t seem to be worried too much about the footing holding up.

Tremaine Cooper’s course gives you three warm up fences with the usual loop around the front field before making a right handed turn to the first combination at 4AB. This combination looks a bit frightening upon first glance, but the ditch and brush isn’t terribly huge, and all the riders have to do is get a good shot in, and hold their line down to the sturdy corner on a straight four strides.

The course is fairly technical this year and doesn’t give you more than two jumps in between any of the combinations to catch your breath. We get to 7ABC fairly quickly, which is the classic Millbrook up-bank question that can really pull some wind out of your horse’s sails if you haven’t been doing your fitness. The incline to the top is so steep, you’ll plan on popping up the bank and riding quietly in two strides over the rail, and then rolling down to the skinny about five strides away.

After that, we’re treated to a nice long gallop down the hill, two decently sized tables to get a rhythm back, and at the very back corner of the hay field, we have an entirely new question. 11ABC is in a place that has never been used before on the cross country field, and it’s a bit of a control question after you just galloped two fly fences. Riders will want to get their horse’s balance back before jumping the A, and then it’s three strides straight down to the first barrel at B, and a bit of a rollercoaster up the hill to C, which is an identical skinny barrel. You can just barely see it in the photo up and to the left.

Now we begin one of two long uphill pulls, with one fence to relax at before another combination. 13AB is two very narrow but very wide tables set halfway up the hill on a tight-ish two stride. These tables will ride rather vertical, so as Phillip suggested on the course walk, you’ll want to ride them like you would a triple bar in stadium. Riders don’t want to get too collected, but they certainly don’t want to come at this combination like a fly fence.

After that we have a table followed by the inverted stump jump, formerly known as the “knee crusher”, but now widened to accommodate any and all size of horse and accompanying knee.

The water this year goes through the complex in the opposite direction that it usually does, starting at the A element as a duck which bends down in five or six strides to a log jumping into the water. The riders will travel through the water on a not-quite-straight line, jump up a bank and take one stride over a very angled brush fence. We will then immediately turn right, put our engines back in, and jump a brush chevron right in front of the awaiting crowd.

Heading back down the hill, the riders will have the classic large corn husk jump followed by another let-up fence before the tricky coffin. Set with the ditch in a real bowl, the A element isn’t terribly big, and you can’t ride aggressively at it due to the fact that it doesn’t hold the horses enough, and they could jump too far down the bank on the other side, putting them on an awkward stride to the ditch. It is wiser to put a bend in between A and B for two strides, and follow the hill back up for three strides to a chevron skinny.

Now begins the long haul up the hill, which can really taking the stuffing out of horses that are green to the level. The hill is late in the course, and they might not be as sharp on their feet as they need to be for 23AB, two angled cabins at the apex of the first hill.

Continuing the gallop, although on a lesser incline, we have one last angled ditch and brush before the final fence and the finish line. Stay tuned for more coverage from EN!

#Millbrook: WebsiteRide TimesLive ScoresEN’s CoverageEN’s Instagram

Friday News & Notes from Kentucky Equine Research

Just a little corner on the Advanced course here at Millbrook! Photo by Kate Samuels.

The week of Millbrook is almost halfway over! Today we have a second full day of dressage action, from all the upper level divisions, plus cross country for the lower divisions. Can you believe they successfully run Beginner Novice through Advanced here? That’s just crazy sauce. I’m enjoying a “day off” today, having done my dressage yesterday so I’ll be attempting to upload all the photos of the cross country course for you to peruse before I actually gallop around it on Saturday. Stay tuned!

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

Olney Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

River Glen Summer H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Catalpa Corner Charity H.T. [Website]  [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

The Unicorn Rubens D’Ysieux took the lead halfway through Advanced dressage yesterday with Sara Kozumplik Murphy in the irons. This pair is using Millbrook as their last prep before flying over for Millstreet CCI3* in Ireland, and it seems to be off to a good start. She’s followed by the consistently nice scoring gelding I’m Sew Ready with Phillip Dutton, and Buck Davidson on Carlevo. [Millbrook Leaders After Day One]

Being just a good rider isn’t enough these days, you also have to be a good coach. What use is it to anybody if you can’t communicate your genius to other interested parties? Yogi Breisner, one of the best coaches of recent times, shares his top coaching tips with H&H this week, and you’ll want to check them out. [8 Golden Coaching Tips]

Looking to improve the jump in your canter and get better marks on day one? H&H weekly question and answer session has your solution. This week, top rider Coral Keen gives you some very specific exercises and processes for improving the quality of the canter in any horse. [H&H Question of the Week]

Majyk Equipe is growing. You may have seen the likes of Phillip Dutton or Boyd Martin rocking these top-notch boots, and now you may see even more! The California-based company has just opened a new European headquarters in Ireland. [Majyk Equipe – Europe]

END OF SUMMER CLEARANCE AT SMARTPAK! I don’t even know why I’m bothering to continue typing anything, because I’m just wasting time between you and the click onto this ridiculous sales page where you can find things up to 80% off at SmartPak. EIGHTY percent! [SmartPak Clearance Sale]

Buck and Copper Beech at Millbrook:

KER Product of the Week – RiteTrac

Modern equine management practices have resulted in horses being exposed to situations vastly different to those in which they evolved, including solitary stall confinement, limited grazing, grain as an energy source, and meal-feeding. One debilitating condition influenced by modern horse management is ulceration of both the stomach and colon. Nutritional supplements such as RiteTrac™ can help.

Formulated by the scientists at Kentucky Equine Research (KER), RiteTrac is a proprietary blend of ingredients designed to support total digestive tract health. Targeted at both the foregut and hindgut of the horse, RiteTrac works in two distinct ways. First, with its combination of fast-acting antacids and coating agents, RiteTrac quickly neutralizes excessive gastric acid, protecting the stomach lining and restoring the normal gastric environment. Second, RiteTrac contains EquiShure®, a time-released hindgut buffer designed to act on the cecum and colon by minimizing the effects of subclinical hindgut acidosis.

Throughout the month of August, receive 15% off RiteTrac with code TRAC817. Shop now.

Friday News & Notes from SmartPak

Ponies love cookiezzzz! Photo by Kate Samuels.

Yesterday, it rained at my house. For like two hours, it lightly drizzled. I’ve never been so excited. Today, there are thunderstorms predicted! At like 80% chance!! It hasn’t rained for 7 weeks, so this is big news. If you’re ever interested in the weather prediction for the week, just ask a horse person, we know the weather hour by hour obsessively.

National Holiday: National Chocolate Milk Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Stoneleigh-Burnham Summer H.T. [Website]

Horse Park of New Jersey II H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Hunt Club Farms H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Cobblestone Farms H.T. [Website]  [Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

Burghley entries went live, and we looked googley-eyed at the top performers from all countries. Just to name a few, Andrew Nicholson with Badminton winner Nereo (plus two others), Zara Tindall with High Kingdom, Michael Jung with La Biosthetique Sam, Maxime Livio with Qualao des Mers, Chris Burton with Nobilis 18 defending his win from last year, and a few other people who are equally as competitive. It’s going to be one hell of a show! [Burghley Entries Strong]

Paul Tapner took the gold for Australia in the Hickstead Eventer’s Challenge yesterday. The popular Wiltshire-based event rider produced a perfectly timed round to win on board Bonza King of Rouges. His time of 127.75sec was enough to take the title ahead of Britain’s Abi Walters and Perfick Miss Amber (128.37sec). In third was Irish Olympic rider Joseph Murphy and his London 2012 horse Electric Cruise, finishing just behind Walters with a time of 128.64sec. [Paul Tapner Wins at Hickstead]

The Eventing Riders Association of North America (ERAofNA) is now accepting applications for the for the newly created part-time position of Executive Director. This individual will have overall operational and administrative responsibility for ERAofNA membership programs, sponsorship development, communications, marketing & public relations, financial management and governance coordination. [ERA of NA]

Hot on Horse Nation: Your Horse’s Fear of Puddles Turns out to be Dead Right

Amazing Audio: How Do Horses Learn Differently From Humans?

Let’s all admit it: we have too many brushes for our horses. Does any horse really need every type of brush from stiff mud rake to softest baby bunny level? No. But that doesn’t stop us. That means when you’re walking around the barn, you’ll need a tote to store all these grooming tools. This Noble Outfitters Equinessential Tote has all the pockets and durability you could dream of, and at a reasonable price! [SmartPak Product of the Day]

 

Product Review: Tapestry Comfort Monoflap Girth

The Tapestry Comfort Girth is designed to relieve pressure points. Photo by Kate Samuels.

As technology expands in our equine world, and our ability to understand how the horse’s body works increases with scientific discoveries, it’s inevitable that we begin to “reinvent the wheel” with the tools that we use for training.

We have been using the same plain old strips of leather to tie a saddle onto a horse for many, many years, but suddenly we’re able to improve upon the method. The latest in girth technology comes to you from the inventor of the Spursuader, and it’s called the Tapestry Comfort Girth.

Tapestry Equine Products is known for their unique approach to creating tools to help us train our horses better, and they specifically focus on comfort from the equine perspective. Therefore, it’s no surprise that they decided to create an ergonomic girth designed to help you and your horse perform better on a daily basis.

These days, we know that using a thin, inflexible leather girth and tightening the heck out of it doesn’t really help your horse relax and use their bodies in the best way. In fact, it can make a lot of horses really uncomfortable and reduce their ability to extend their front legs, and relax their core. Therefore, we now have girths like the Tapestry Comfort Girth designed specifically to avoid this kind of situation.

The sternum pad sits directly in the center of the horse. MAD PROPS for my photo skills here, guys. Photo by Kate Samuels.

When I first got this girth, I was immediately intrigued by the design. It has a 6″ sternum pad with non-slip neoprene and the buckles are connected to that with several pieces of lightweight but sturdy elastic. It folds up and takes up almost no room in the tack trunk, and you can also squirt it off after a ride, so it gets points for convenience.

This sternum pad is unique to the Tapestry Comfort Girth. The non-slip neoprene keeps the girth in place, while also promoting equal distribution of pressure when the girth is tightened. There is a D-ring attachment for martingales and breastplates, although they would have to be the type with a clip of their own.

The sternum pad has spongy and comfortable non-slip neoprene on the inside. Photo by Kate Samuels.

The elastic webbing has two layers, with one solid wide piece and two smaller ones criss-crossed that overlay and distribute pressure evenly. The horse’s ribcage does the most expansion when breathing, therefore it is important to have the elastic in this location, and it minimizes the restriction caused by the girth.

I would definitely recommend this girth for horses who have very narrow spaces behind the front leg for the girth, as it is spac- efficient without being uncomfortable. I used this girth on a horse who regularly shows mild signs of discomfort when I tighten the girth (no matter how slowly), and was pleased to see that he was markedly less bothered when I tightened this one.

The synthetic leather provides ample coverage for the buckle area. Photo by Kate Samuels.

The elastic is then in turn connected to high quality synthetic leather that provides ample coverage for the two stainless steel buckles. There is also a slot provided for the billets to go through on their way to the buckles, which ensures that the girth doesn’t change position when tightened. I will say that one of my saddles had slightly thicker billets, and they did not fit through the slots, but they worked fine for my other saddle.

The keeper for the billet ends is somewhat further down the girth than some others, as you can see from the photo above. My girth had to be on at least the sixth hole in order to tuck in the end pieces, so I would suggest erring on the side of one size too big when ordering this girth for your horse.

The lines of this girth are very neat and tidy and unobtrusive. Photo by Kate Samuels.

Overall, I would recommend the Tapestry Comfort Girth for horses that are sensitive about their sternum, exhibit girthy behavior, or tend to hold tension in their ribcage and front legs. It seems to be quite comfortable for them, and is easy to use and care for. It is available in monoflap length, double flap length, and they even have a western version as well. Click here to order.

Thursday News & Notes from Nupafeed

Gotta love baby horses! Photo courtesy of Danica Meyerhoff.

The jump is lava! The jump is lava! Don’t you just love baby horses? I jumped my overly enthusiastic 4-year-old mare yesterday and I had my working student film all of the jumps that I had an inkling would be “fun looking,” but I didn’t get anything near as great as Danica did on this little one!

National Holiday: National Creme Brûlée Day and National Chili Dog Day (… just maybe don’t combine them …)

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Stoneleigh-Burnham Summer H.T. [Website]

Horse Park of New Jersey II H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Hunt Club Farms H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Cobblestone Farms H.T. [Website]  [Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

SsangYong Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials is  doubling the prize money for both CCI3* and CIC3* divisions this year. Not only that, but the winning riders will have the use of a SsangYong Tivoli for a year. The first prize in the CCI3* will be £16,000, making it much the most valuable CCI3* prize in Europe, and the total prize-fund will be more than £50,000. The first prize in the CIC3* will be £5,000 with a total prize-fund of more than £15,000. [Bleinheim Prize Money Doubles]

Trying to teach a horse how to do proper flying changes? Take it from one of the nation’s stars in the Dressage world, Laura Graves. Teaching changes can be really complicated for lots of horses and riders, but it doesn’t have to be. A good set of flying changes is necessary for all sports, and should be taught in a stress free and positive reward environment. [How To Teach Changes Video]

The controversy from Katie Prudent’s interview last week continues. This time, it’s an amateur who takes up the reins and defends herself. “I am not fearful, I am not weak, and though not overly talented, I’m not talentless.” [Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is: An Amateur’s Letter to Katie Prudent]

Thursday Video: Check out this incredible video of a blind dressage rider making her way through a PSG test!

Friday News & Notes from Nupafeed

Everyone, let’s just take a minute and say a prayer for Jon Holling. He needs our thoughts and prayers, seeing as he tried to use a spray gun to tackle some fencing at home, and clearly that didn’t go too well. Quick survey: how do you go about getting fence paint off your face, do you use rubbing alcohol? Nail polish remover? Send all suggestions directly to Jon, thanks guys.

National Holiday: National Junk Food Day!

Major Events This Week:

Rebecca Farm: WebsiteScheduleRide Times & Live ScoresLive StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s Instagram

NAJYRC: Website, Ride Times & Live Scores

Aachen CICO3*: WebsiteEntry List, Ride Times & Scoring, Live Stream

USPC Eventing Championships: Ride Times & Live Scoring

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Fitch’s Corner H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Full Moon Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Silverwood Farm Summer H.T. [Website]

News From Around the Globe:

ICYMI, US Equestrian named a whole pile of 2017 fall grant recipients yesterday. Four horse and rider combinations received grants to travel to Burghley, four combinations got grants to compete at Pau, two horses and one rider received grants for Boekelo, one combination got a grant for Blenheim, and one combination will be going to Millstreet. [Fall Grant Recipients]

If you’re not at Rebecca Farm right now, we’d still like to make you feel like you’re up in the action. First stop: check out these sneak peek videos of the cross country courses designed by Ian Stark. It’s full of big bold Stark style questions for all the levels, but he definitely had fun with the jump building, including a roast chicken baiting an alligator (!?). [Rebecca Farm Cross Country Previews]

Fantasy Farm Fix: $5.7 Million San Diego Equine Oasis

Katie Prudent really stirred up some controversy with an interview she did last week with Chris Stafford. McClain Ward responded with an op-ed in COTH, and now George Morris has his say. If you haven’t already, you need to read all three, because they’re not only relevant in the show jumping world, but in eventing as well. [George Morris Responds]

Flies and summer go along together like peas and carrots. Honestly, if I lived in a fly free world, I would be a happier person. I know they probably fulfill some sort of environmental duty that keeps the world spinning the right way, but that doesn’t stop me from hating them. That’s why I use Fly Predators, aka the best little weird package of bug larvae you’ll ever get in the mail. You get them every month, and sprinkle them on your manure pile, and enjoy up to 94% reduction of flies in your barn. [SmartPak Product of the Day]

 

Thursday News & Notes from SmartPak

In A Trance passed the jogs for NAJYRC today at 19 years young. Photo via Kristin Carpenter.

Rebecca Farm is on my bucket list. I mean, Montana in general is on my bucket list, but certainly competing at Rebecca Farm. One day, I’ll decide to uproot myself and drive halfway across the county with a horse in tow, buuuut 2017 is not that day. It’s just too darn far! 36 hours from my front door is too much for a regular girl to handle. One day, guys, one day.

National Holiday: National Lollipop Day

Major Events This Week:

Rebecca Farm: WebsiteScheduleRide Times & Live ScoresLive StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s Instagram

NAJYRC: Website, Ride Times & Live Scores

Aachen CICO3*: WebsiteEntry List, Horse Inspection Starting Order, Ride Times & Scoring

USPC Eventing Championships: Ride Times & Live Scoring

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Fitch’s Corner H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Full Moon Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Silverwood Farm Summer H.T. [Website]

News From Around the Globe:

Fifty-three horses were accepted in the jogs for NAJYRC yesterday. Rebecca Farms is certainly busy this year, running their regular horse trials and FEI divisions alongside the annual NAJYRC for the first time. Thirty-five horses move forward in the CH-J* and 18 horses will continue in the CICOY2*. Dressage gets underway today for the CH-J* at 8:30 a.m. (MST), and the CICOY2* will head into the dressage arena on Friday morning at 8:30 a.m. [53 Horse Accepted for NAJYRC]

Jonty has raised over £100,000 towards keeping Cooley Rorkes Drift! If you haven’t heard the story, pull your head out from under that rock, and check it out here. In just a week, fans around the world have raised an incredible amount of money towards keeping Art with Jonty, but there is more to go! Let’s help a guy out! [Jonty And Art]

Yoshiaki Oiwa made history with his win at Bramham International CCI3* this spring, which made him the first Japanese rider to win a CCI outside of his home country. Yoshi has competed at five CCI4* events, two WEG, and three Olympic Games, but he’s not stopping any time soon. If you fell in love with the Duke of Cavan at Badminton the same way I did, check out Yoshi’s story here. [Yoshi In The Spotlight]

Friday News & Notes from SmartPak

Photo from Adventures of Sheep.

Via Sheep: “Normally, sheep doesn’t care for others. However, she counts at least three Olympians amongst her fan club (thank you Jonty, Kyle, Heike) and that’s a pretty big deal for a sheep. So when she heard about the possible sale of Jonty Evans’ Olympic horse Cooley Rorkes Drift, she said “BAAAAAHHH” to that.

Please go to www.jontyandart.com and sign up to stay up to date with details of a crowd funding initiative Jonty has put in place, in an attempt to secure his Olympic horse. Anyone who knows Jonty will understand why he so deserves this chance-this man is the nicest guy in the sport and we all adore him. It’s his time to shine and we all want to help however we can.”

National Holiday: National Mac N Cheese Day!!!!!

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Genesee Valley Hunt H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Riga Meadow H.T. [Website]

Maryland at Loch Moy II CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

Champagne Run at the Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Aspen Ridge H.T. [Website]

Coconino Summer I H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

Katie Monahan Prudent didn’t hold back in an interview this week, saying in no uncertain terms that she thinks the sport of Show Jumping has been turned into some namby pamby bull crap. Taking cues from the ever-honest George Morris, Katie isn’t pleased with the rise of the “fearful, talentless amateur” and how the sport has changed to only suit FTA riders and those with extreme wealth. If you read anything this week, make it be this article. [US Show Jumping Has Been Dummied Down]

BreyerFest, perhaps the largest celebration of model horses in the country, kicks off at the Kentucky Horse Park today. More than 10,000 people will flock to Lexington this weekend to meet the real horses that inspired their favorite models, compete in model horse shows, trade model horses, talk model horses and enjoy the Horse Park. Did we mention that Horse Nation has a Breyer Film Festival???? Yeah. VOTE TODAY!!! [BreyerFest Begins]

Agh! Yesterday was Charlotte Dujardin’s 32nd birthday and we missed it! Luckily Horse & Hound has our back with a bunch of photos of Charlotte from ponies on up to the big mess of gold medals she’s acquired with Blueberry. [Happy Birthday Charlotte!]

Supporting your horse’s joints and ligaments at every phase of life has never been easier. SmartPak just lowered the prices on their SmartFlex line, which includes six different options from performance, to rehab, and even options for senior horses. [SmartPak Deal of the Day]