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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.

Eventing Background

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Area Area II
Highest Level Competed Advanced/CIC3*

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Thursday News & Notes from Taylor Harris Insurance Services (THIS)

Cutest photo EVER of Reggie in his retirement job. Photo by Kathleen Murray.

Honestly, I’m still having a hard time wrapping my head around the new FEI level labels. Every time I see an event or a result posted, I read the number of stars, and immediately have to mentally check myself and convert it into the old star system. I feel like I’m not alone in this, and it will probably persist for at least a year if not more. It just feels … weird? I’m very resistant to change in this way, I need things to be the same, you guys!

National Holiday: National Sticky Bun Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Pine Top Advanced H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Three Lakes at Caudle Ranch H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

How does Maxime Livio choose a young horse to be a potential CCI5* winner? He has five requirements (listed in order of importance) in order to consider putting a young horse into his barn. The top three are elements that you can’t control or change, and the last two are things that can be influenced or improved by training and riding. Follow the link to find out more about the French mastermind. [Top Five Requirements for Young Event Horses]

Looking for a classic three-day for your 2019 calendar? Area II has two scheduled this year, from Beginner Novice through Preliminary! Loch Moy Farm has a delightful BN classic three-day event in September, and Waredaca is hosting their regular Novice through Preliminary three-day in the fall as well. Waredaca has been holding this combination educational and competitive event for over two decades, and it’s a destination event for riders and horses of all levels. [Plan Your Hylofit Classics Three Day Event]

Doesn’t matter what kind of riding you do, this winning round from Victoria Colvin and Private Practice in the $100,000 Hunter Spectacular is incredible. This horse can jump, y’all! And this girl can ride. It’s a real accomplishment to win this class in Wellington, but Tori has won it an astounding five times. She made this course look like a hot knife through butter, but I assure you it wasn’t that easy.  [Winning Ride of the Week]

In every horse owner’s winter nightmare, two Clydesdales escaped their field and fell into a frozen over lake earlier this week. Gunther and Wilhelm broke out of their pasture in Pennsylvania and travelled over a mile from home before both falling through ice in a frozen lake. They subsequently had to be rescued using chainsaws to cut a path back to shore. Their mule friend, Janey, escaped as well but wisely declined to adventure to the frozen lake, proving once and for all that mules really are smarter. [Chainsaws Needed to Free Clydesdales from Frozen Lake]

 

Friday News & Notes from World Equestrian Brands

Can you guess which upper level eventing power couple got this romantic Valentine’s Day pair of tattoos? (I’ll ruin it for you — photo cred Kyle Carter).

I celebrated Valentine’s Day yesterday by riding, teaching, feeding carrots to my ponies, dragging my ring and setting new jumps, hanging out with dogs, cleaning the barn, eating pasta, and taking photos. Honestly, sounds like love to me! I didn’t even eat any chocolates, but I can’t guarantee that I won’t make up for that this weekend. Not sorry!

National Holiday: Single’s Awareness Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Rocking Horse Winter II H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

Fresno County Horse Park CCI & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

Young riders! Don’t forget your deadline to compete in this year’s North American Youth Championships! Eventing will be held the last week in July at Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, Montana, and your applications are due on March 1st. Be sure to read all the requirements, and get your application in on time so you don’t miss out on the experience of a lifetime. [Enter the 2019 NAYC]

As any equestrian knows, Valentine’s Day isn’t just for human significant others. Actually, in reality, Valentine’s Day is more for your horse(s). Fur-ever Valentines! Horse Nation got a whole pile of photos of horses really feeling the holiday spirit. Worth it. [36 Horses Feeling the Love]

Irish Olympic rider Aoife Clark announced that she will miss the spring competition season because she is expecting her first child. EN joins the rest of the world in offering congratulations to Aoife and her husband Simon! Aoife finished 7th individually at the 2012 London Olympics, is due in April, and plans to be competing at Bramham in June. [Aoife Clark Pregnant with First Child]

Some fancy Florida footwork courtesy of Caroline Martin:

Valentine’s Day News & Notes from Taylor Harris Insurance Services (THIS)

My forever Valentine. Photo by Joe Samuels.

Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope everyone gets at least one flower and several chocolates today, no matter what your relationship status. Also, fellas, pro tip here, save your money on the fancy dinner, and treat yo’ girl to that beautiful luxury bridle that she *really* wants instead. You know I’m right, take my advice and thank me later.

National Holiday: Valentine’s Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Rocking Horse Winter II H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

Fresno County Horse Park CCI & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

I’m about to make your dreams come true. The Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event is like no other, and why not make your first trip to a five-star event be VIP? Now you have the opportunity to make it even more memorable by entering to win the Land Rover VIP Insiders Package. Winner and three guests will enjoy VIP hospitality passes, a course walk with an Eventing rider, and considerably more. Please be sure to enter before April 4, 2019. [Enter Here]

A new study has been investigating correlation between horse welfare and topline condition. We usually assume that the topline has to do with health, muscling and nutrition, but this study is more focused on the emotional or mental wellbeing of the horse as told by their posture and topline condition. Interesting, to say the least. [What a Horse’s Topline Tells You About Their Welfare]

From race horse to ranch horse can come with some big changes. Nothing is more different for a racehorse than going from the predictable and enclosed lifestyle of the racetrack to the open spaces and fields of a ranch life. Horse Nation editor Kristen Kovatch has some stories to tell about winter riding, fresh thoroughbreds and wide open spaces (cue Dixie Chicks song). [Race Horse to Ranch Horse]

Friday News & Notes from World Equestrian Brands

Can I get a collective yearning sigh for this kind of weather again soon? Photo by Kate.

I think that my thoroughbred, Turkey, has a split personality disorder. I’ve never had a horse that can be the sweetest, cuddliest, quietest little angel one day and then the next day just be the absolute most obnoxious animal you’ve ever seen. It doesn’t seem to be related to the weather, his work schedule, the moon cycle … I just can’t find the pattern. He’s a bit the same to ride — either you have the best ride of your life and you’re dying to tell everyone about how amazing he is, or he’s just a complete moron about something really small and insignificant for an entire hour.

Does anybody else have a horse like this? Please tell me he will grow out of it.

National Holiday: National No One Eats Alone Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Full Gallop February H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Ocala Winter I H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Pine Top I H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

New this year: Bring your pooch to Great Meadow International! GMI has announced a redesigned and repackaged experience for spectators and competitors, as well as their canine companions. Held on Aug. 23-25, 2019, the event has an expected attendance of 200 horse and rider combinations across three levels of international competition. Leashed dogs are welcome and can enjoy amenities including cooling tents, treat samples and more. Additions to the event schedule include canine demonstrations and dog-friendly programming, with more details available in the coming months. [All Dogs Go to Great Meadow]

Also new in 2019, USEA’s Horse of the Month competition. February’s winner is Eluca, a 10-year-old KWPN gelding owned and ridden by Dierdre Stoker Vailancourt. Luca earned his place on the podium by finishing on a 23.9 in the BNR division at Stable View in January, making him the lowest score for the first competition of the year. [Meet Luca]

Interested in improving your horse’s trot? Horse & Hound has this great interview with dressage rider Sarah Millis explaining how to improve the quality and rhythm of the trot by using 10-meter circles and shoulder-in. This exercise works great for teaching young horses about shoulder-in, but is also excellent for maintaining suppleness in all levels of horses. [Improve Your Trot]

I tried to be artsy this year with my clip jobs (sorry ponies) but I can’t really stand up to the pros. A Batman symbol on a butt? I mean, come on, what kind of precision clippers do these people have!? Game of Thrones clips?! I especially enjoy the backwards clips on white horses, something about their color makes it really pop. [Artful Clips with Horse Nation]

 

Thursday News & Notes from Taylor Harris Insurance Services (THIS)

It’s beginning to look a lot like … foaling season! That means so many cute photos you could die, and if you’re lucky, a friend or two with some little squirts that you can squeeze and rub and scratch. Or maybe you’re breeding your own! With spring comes adorable things, like this little dude here. Personally, I think he wants to be an eventer because if that marking doesn’t scream cross country I don’t know what does.

National Holiday: National Fettuccine Alfredo Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Full Gallop February H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Ocala Winter I H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Pine Top I H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

Seven clinicians, six levels, five components to a five-star horse, four days long, three USEA programs, two weeks until it starts, and one Frenchman. Sounds like the weird beginning to a seven days of eventing song … but it’s not. Don’t miss out on the biggest educational event of the year! The 2019 USEA Educational Symposium will be held on February 18-21 at the Grand Oaks Resort in Weirsdale, Florida. Details about the schedule can be found here. [USEA Educational Symposium Schedule]

Looking for more top tips to improve your show jumping and cross country? Dickie Waygood is a former riding master of the Household Cavalry, held the position of performance manager for the British dressage team for seven years, and has now been the performance manager for their eventing team since 2016. I feel like that resume speaks for itself, and he’s got some seriously good tips! [Learn From The Best: Richard Waygood]

What does a CSI5* level show jumper who won the Queen Elizabeth Cup at Hickstead do with his retirement? At 17-years-old, Billy Grand has taken up fox hunting as his second career, in retirement from high level show jumping. The Irish Sport Horse jumped around all of Europe with Dan Moseley, William and Pippa Funnell before this winter joining four-star rider Alice Dunsdon in her yard for a bit of hunting. Apparently, he has taken to his new career like a duck to water and really loves it. [Show Jumping Superstar Retires to Foxhunting]

Hot on Horse Nation: Three Undeniable Truths About Winter Horsekeeping

Video Spotlight: DO try this at home, EN!

We’re impressed by this video of Mariah Smith, age 11, and her pony Macintosh. This was Mariah’s second lesson after not riding for two months because of a broken wrist, and they made short work of this tricky serpentine exercise!

“The most challenging part of the exercise was keeping him cantering in the turns. I had to use a lot of leg. Looking at the next fence was the thing that helped me the most,” Mariah says.

Mariah trains with Jennifer Clover of Allan and Clover Sport Horses, and the video was taken at Holiday Stables in Harwood, MD. Thanks to Chelsea Spear for sharing the video with EN. Chelsea says, “I came back to the barn after taking my horse to a clinic with Chris Talley, and here is this wonderful young rider being incredibly brave. A mom myself, I was in awe of how confident and skillfully she rode that adorable pony! I had to stop and grab a video to show my horse friends!!”

Friday News & Notes from World Equestrian Brands

TBT to the RRP. Photo by Nicole Patenaude.

February! Welcome to February! The month of Valentine’s Day, the transitional month between winter and spring (can you see my fingers crossed here?), the shortest month of the year, and some other things like my birthday or whatever. Although, I just passed my birthday milestone last year, and this one isn’t that exciting, so maybe let’s just skip over this next one?

National Day: National Freedom Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

Sporting Days Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Three Lakes at Caudle Ranch H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

News From Around the Globe:

Get your tickets for the Liftmaster Grand Prix Eventing at Bruce’s Field! Held in just a month on March 1-2, this international competition with a prize pot of $50,000 will feature 40 of the best event riders from around the world. Not only will you see top U.S. riders like Boyd Martin, Phillip Dutton and Andrew Hoy riding, but we’ve heard through the grapevine that a certain Terminator might be in attendance as well? Get. Your. Tickets. Now! [Grand Prix Eventing]

Is 2019 the year of the Modified level? Methinks yes. Southern Arizona Eventing Association (SAzEA) just announced the addition of the Modified level to its second annual Horse Trials on March 23-24, 2019. After a successful first year and thanks to the continued support of the donors and sponsors this will be the first Modified offered in the South Western U.S. and the second on the West Coast. “Growth of the sport in Arizona and the West is important to the SAzEA Board of Directors, we are excited to offer this new level and to continue to expand our event for the growing area,” stated Marian LaLonde, President of SAzEA. [Modified Level Expands to Both Coasts]

Former dressage superstar Totilas is set to make his first public appearance since 2015. Last seen at his final competition before retiring four years ago, the 19-year-old stallion will appear alongside his progeny at the KWPN stallion show in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands. Showcasing both his sons and grandsons, it is a delight to see this inspiring stallion and show off what he has accomplished in the breeding shed. [Totilas to Appear Alongside Sons]

Hot on Horse Nation: Meanwhile, In Canada….

The moment you’ve all been waiting for: Clydesdales 2019 Super Bowl Ad

*Note* this isn’t about beer, it’s always been about the Clydesdales, right?

Thursday News & Notes from Taylor Harris Insurance Services

I would REALLY like to be able to ride my horses with some kind of regularity, but between the freezing rain and the just plain freezing frozen ground, not much action has been going on around here. I’ll get a few days of good riding in, and then a proper cold front or a deluge will come my way, and my schedule gets all messed up. Please, please tell me that February will be better? Please?

National Holiday: National Backward Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

Sporting Days Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Three Lakes at Caudle Ranch H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

News From Around the Globe:

It’s never too early to start planning ahead for the 2019 American Eventing Championships. This year, eventers from all over the U.S. will descend upon the one and only Kentucky Horse Park in the last week of August. From Beginner Novice to Advanced, all galloping across hallowed ground. Do you know what you need to qualify? Check the rules and regulations now. [2019 AEC Qualification Guidelines]

Not planning on the AECs this year? How about attending the European Eventing Championships instead? Held on the same weekend this year in Luhmühlen, Germany, you can get your tickets now. Take some friends! They’re surprisingly affordable, and you can be assured of one of the most memorable experiences of your life. [Buy European Eventing Championship Tickets Now]

Hot on Horse Nation: What We Can Learn About Parenting From Riding

Wouldn’t it be nice if all horses came running to you whinnying like they do in Hollywood? T’isn’t so, movie producers. I’ve had my fair share of uncatchable ponies and horses in my lifetime, and I know I’m not alone in developing some very serious techniques to increase my chances of success. (TBH, mostly my approach is to send “I’ve got ALLLLLLL day” vibes into the universe and hope that works. Play it casual, Kate!). [Horse vs Human: 14 Signs You’ve Gone Into Battle With the Uncatchable Horse]

If you happen to be in Wellington tonight, don’t miss the Hylofit Cocktail Party! Held at the Taylor Harris Beach Bar at the Palm Beach Masters show grounds, there is a happy hour with open bar to learn all about the newly launched Hylofit system. Eventers are raving about it already, so if you’re in the area, don’t miss out! [Taylor Harris & Hylofit Happy Hour]

Friday News & Notes from World Equestrian Brands

Winter mood for real

On today, National Florida Day, I will say that I actually wish I was down there. If I could be somewhere with less mud, less cold, less frozen ground, and more tan lines, I would totally be OK with that. Also, if somebody could put in a request for much less rain for the entirety of 2019, that would be totally OK with me too. I live on the side of a hill, and I would like to be able to safely walk down any hills someday soon.

National Holiday: National Florida Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Rocking Horse Winter I H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Full Gallop Farm January H.T [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Fresno County Horse Park Combined Test [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times] [Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

If you’re interested in becoming an official in 2019, we got your back. In this video recap from the USEA Convention, USEF Director of Licensed Officials Alina Brazzil led a presentation detailing the different types of licenses, the separate responsibilities of the USEA and USEF in the licensing process, and the requirements for obtaining the different types of licenses. [How To Become An Official: Step by Step]

Curious about how top riders bring their horses back from winter vacation? In England, it’s customary to give horses a yearly winter vacation out in a field to chill out and recoup their minds and bodies. Top eventer Laura Collett says every one of her horses gets at least six weeks if not eight weeks of full vacation with shoes pulled and full turnout. They come back into work in January, and she shares her tips for bringing them back in this article. [Turning Horses Out & Bringing Them Back After Winter]

Don’t go another step without checking out the extraordinary USEF rule changes effective this year. From uses of the whip in different phases to tack allowed, no matter what level you compete, you’ll have to know about these rule changes. [USEF 2019 Rule Changes]

Hot on Horse Nation: Twenty Four Mounted Archers

Eventing Power Couple Takes on Youtube:

Thursday News & Notes from Taylor Harris Insurance Services (THIS)

A lil TBT for you guys of when I was young and impulsive.

I’ve been trying my darnedest to keep up with the horses working this week, but between it being 3 degrees for several days and then raining the other days, it’s been a real struggle. I know I’m mostly through winter and I just have to stick it out a little longer before I can start complaining about the heat, but lemme tell you, going on hacks down the dirt road is getting really, really old. There aren’t enough podcasts in the world.

National Holiday: National Compliment Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Rocking Horse Winter I H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Full Gallop Farm January H.T [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Fresno County Horse Park Combined Test [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times] [Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

Gentle giants will be descending upon Wellington, Florida in the upcoming weeks. The inaugural Chesapeake International Draft Horse Show is coming to Crab Orchard Farm for three days of exciting six-horse hitch competition, offering a contrast to the usual dressage and showjumping sports most common in the area. The top five North American teams for each of the three featured breeds Clydesdales, Percherons and Belgians, will compete for winnings of up to $25,000. The one-off show is free to the public. [Heavy Horses Burst Into Florida]

Looking for some top tips from international riders to get you out of the winter doldrums? We’ve got you covered. Tom McEwan and Richard Jones recently shared some excellent advice on how to warm your horse up for show jumping and improve your technique and performance in this phase. With show jumping becoming more and more influential at all levels, you can’t afford to miss this. [19 Top Tips from Top Eventers]

Noticing a weird rubbed patch or bald spot on your horse’s back this winter? With clip jobs, we are more likely to see this kind of thing during the winter, and more than likely, it’s a sign you need your saddle checked. Horses change shape throughout the year, and saddles that fit last January don’t always fit this January! Here are some top tips to figure out what’s going on. [Rubbed Hair on My Horse’s Back]

 

Friday News & Notes from World Equestrian Brands

Kids these days….they have a lot more motivation to ride in this weather than me!

I heard yesterday that by January 17th, most people have already broken or given up on their New Year’s Resolutions, so if you’re here with me on the 18th still going strong, congrats! You are already better than average, and it’s not even 1/12 of the year gone yet. In other news, do people actually follow resolutions for the entire year? Do you know people like that? Is that a real thing?

National Holiday: National Winnie the Pooh Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

News From Around the Globe:

We are saddened to report that a 22-year-old Scottish eventer, Natasha Galpin, died after an accident while galloping a racehorse on Jan. 15. Natasha, winner of the 2018 Scottish and Northern Novice Championships, was on the grass gallops of a training yard in Carrutherstown, Scotland, when the horse she was on ruptured an artery, caused by Gutteral Pouch Mycosis. Galpin was taken to the hospital where she passed away on Wednesday. The horse also did not survive. Our deepest condolences to Natasha’s family and friends. [Young Eventing Rider, Horse Die After Race-Training Incident]

Looking for some serious mid-winter inspiration for the upcoming season? I got you covered. Or rather, Buck does. International three-day eventer and top-ranked U.S. rider Buck Davidson, aided by Silvio Mazzoni, shared his thoughts on how to ride a well-prepared show-jumping warm-up for different types of horses. “Training horses is about consistency,” Buck says. “If you want to teach your horse to jump a barrel without a bridle and saddle, you can do that. As long as you train your horse the same way, he will understand what’s expected.” [Show Jumping Warm-Up Strategies That Work]

Tickets are now on sale for the 2019 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, which celebrates its 70th anniversary this year. The box office is now open for the Gloucestershire event, which runs from Wednesday 1 to Sunday 5 May. Early bird discount personal admission tickets range from £8 for the Mitsubishi Motors Cup and the first horse inspection on Wednesday to £30 on cross-country day (Saturday). Vehicle passes are £10 with discounted prices for season (whole event) passes. Children aged 12 and under go free. All admission prices rise by £2 on the gate. [Go To Badminton! Do it!]

Relive the 2018 USEA Convention with this video of five expert course designers discussing the future of cross country. James Atkinson led a panel including course designers Captain Mark Phillips, John Michael Durr, Gretchen Butts, Morgan Rowsell, and Cathy Wieschhoff in a discussion about the responsibilities of the course designer and the many factors that influence course design. The panel educated attendees on how the horse’s vision works and provided examples of how designers use decoration to help the horse see all four corners of the fence. The conversation then turned to terrain, covering how and why designers use terrain and how they use it to influence how the horse sees a fence. They explained how the horse’s balance and stride length relate to the degree of slope. [Education Friday: Cross Country Designs for the Future]

Hot on Horse Nation: Five Horses and Riders Enjoying the Snow

Thursday News & Notes from Taylor Harris Insurance Services (THIS)

Sir. What is going on here. How did this happen.

Yesterday I got on my young horse, and after three days off because of full snow coverage, I knew within approximately 10 seconds that I had to get off and go get the lunge line. I thought maybe I would survive just to ride him to the arena (it’s far away from the barn and I’m lazy) but nope. It was not meant to be. So, we lunged and roped over some little jumps and fillers, and called it a day. I’m not tryna start out my 2019 by being launched into the air, okay? Sometimes you just gotta go back to the basics.

National Holiday: National Hot Buttered Rum Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

News From Around the Globe:

Double WEG silver medalist Padraig McCarthy is teaching a clinic on Jan. 22-23 at Paradise Farm in Aiken, South Carolina. Tuesday is show jumping day, and Wednesday is cross country day. There are two spots left for the two-day clinic: one Preliminary and one Intermediate. There is also one Intermediate cross country spot available. The cost is $475 for both days. Contact Jane McDonald to book one of the final slots.

Looking for a European adventure combined with some inspirational equestrian education? Time to go check out the annual International Eventing Forum, held on February 4th this year at Hartpury Equine in the UK. The theme this year is “Better — Not More Education”. With five of the best trainers and riders in the world, all on the schedule to share their knowledge for a full day of top quality education, entertainment, and inspiration. [Attend the International Eventing Forum]

Retired Racehorse Project founder Steuart Pittman received the EQUUS Foundation Humanitarian Award this week. The EQUUS Foundation and the United States Equestrian Federation established the Humanitarian Award in 2009 to honor a member of the equestrian world who has devoted considerable personal time to making the quality of life of our equine partners paramount. Steuart recognized the value of Thoroughbred athletes, even as they seemed to slip out of fashion in some circles. Rather than bemoan that trend, he set about changing it. With a group of friends, he founded the Retired Racehorse Project (RRP) in 2010. [RRP Founder Honored with Humanitarian Award]

Wow. Honestly I’ve never read a more comprehensive “Best of 2018” article ever. Horse & Hound has compiled an extremely detailed and organized product compendium for the best in every category from last year. From riding clothes to rubber boots, horse blankets, boots, saddle pads and shampoo. This is the list. THE list. [Best in Test Products 2018]

Silva Martin is planning a comeback for herself and homebred mare, Rosa Cha W in just a few weeks. The mare suffered a freak bout of Potomac Horse Fever in 2017, resulting in founder in all four feet, and a year of stall rest and aggressive management by everyone involved for a miraculous recovery. Last year, Silva struggled with her second pregnancy with son Leo and an emergency C-section, but now in January they’re both planning on competing together again at the Grand Prix Level. [Ringside Chat with Silva Martin: Overcoming Adversity and Changing Priorities]

Best of Blogs: Is a Vacuum the Answer to Your Winter Grooming Struggles?

 

 

Friday News & Notes from World Equestrian Brands

Recycle your racehorses, recycle your christmas trees

Well, at the beginning of this week, everyone I know was celebrating an entire 7-day forecast without rain, which would be a real treat. Now, we’re all hunkering down for what may be a snowpocalypse, a wicked ice storm, or maybe if we’re lucky, nothing. Really, with Virginia weather, who knows. Basically, the best idea is to be prepared for all three within 24 hours. Welcome to January.

National Holiday: National Milk Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

Eventers in England are like those of us who don’t get to go south for the winter: still on winter training mode. We aren’t competing, we’re mostly doing grid work and road work, and we’ve got a few months before it has to mean anything. The indomitable Nicola Wilson shares some of her best winter training tips in this article from H&H, and if you’re braving the cold like me, you’ll want to read up. [Winter Training Tips with Nicola Wilson]

British Eventing is instituting rules for horses with repeated cross country eliminations in 2019. If a horse has two consecutive eliminations from either refusals, run-outs, horse or rider falls, or three eliminations in a rolling 12-month period, the horse and rider pair will be required to drop down a level at their next outing. If the eliminations prove consistent enough, BE will step in and speak with the rider about coaching opportunities that might boost their success in the future. [BE Cross Country Rules 2019]

Hot on Horse Nation: Riders Going Bridleless

Tiny child giggling and galloping? Sign me up. There are a few things in life that bring pure, unadulterated joy: laughter, horses and adorable tiny humans. This video is all of those three things wrapped up into one heart-melting video. [Jumper Nation]

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This is how all my photoshoots end.

All of my animals must relent to one thing: photoshoots. Whether they like it or not, they are subjected to the camera on a regular basis, and my horses in particular have just accepted it as some weird ritual to participate in. They all learn to be pulled out of the barn onto a sunny spot of grass and left to stand *dead still PLEASE* and hopefully prick their ears. Nyls is the most professional of the bunch (obvi) and knows literally how to strike a pose when the camera comes out. However, if the shoot goes on too long, he will take to yawning. And yawning. And yawning. And he will not stop until he is returned to the barn. Well played, sir.

National Holiday: National Bittersweet Chocolate Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

The 2019 US Equestrian Annual Meeting kicked off on Wednesday in West Palm Beach, Florida, featuring a five-day lineup of informational and educational opportunities as well as the annual awards gala. The meeting takes place at Hilton West Palm Beach, and to accommodate those of us unable to attend in person many of the sessions will be live streamed via USEF Network. Links: WebsiteMeeting ScheduleBroadcast ScheduleLive Stream, Meeting App for iOS/AndroidTwitterFacebookInstagram

Looking for some winter jumping tips? We’ve got a video for you. Phillip Dutton uses the warm-up on the flat and over small fences to engage the horse’s hind end and establish the connection from leg to hand. “There’s a common thread between all of our phases, whether it’s dressage, show jumping, or cross-country, and that is the adjustability of your horse. To me, the biggest thing in doing well is getting your horse really connected from your leg to your hand. They’ve got to learn that you put your leg on, the hock comes under, and they come up [in front].” [Warm-Up Exercises with Phillip Dutton]

If you’re feeling spendy after the holidays, check out this luxury equine auction. Horses owned by Alejandro Andrade, ridden by his Olympic showjumper son Emanuel, will be sold by CWS Asset Management and Sales from February 19-26th. Of course, bidders must submit a $50,000 deposit before they are allowed to participate, but details, right? Mr. Andrade was sentenced to 10 years in prison for money laundering, so amongst other things there will be 14 world class horses sold, including horses that competed in the Olympics and the World Equestrian Games. [Show Jumper Online Auction]

Walking in the dressage test: the hardest movement? On some horses, for sure. On fit event horses, definitely. Four-star event rider Georgie Strang has some helpful advice on how to achieve a good, relaxed but active walk. [Master the Dressage Walk]

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Tis the season for….MUD PONIES

Look, I live in Virginia for a variety of reasons, but one of the main perks is that it’s usually dry and I don’t really have to deal with mud and muck for the majority of the year. 2018 really ruined that for me, as it literally wouldn’t stop raining. I realized that I am not well adapted to deal with this level of mud, and my OCD cleaning tendencies are literally just fried from a year of trying to keep my horses clean. Of course, I also own two total disgusting pig horses that aggressively roll as soon as you put them in the field, and both manage to get mud UNDER their blankets in the winter, and I’m on the verge of a mental breakdown. All I can say is that I hope 2019 involves 80% less rain on a weekly basis, and that I can return to my normal state of sanity.

National Holiday: National Spaghetti Day

News From Around the Globe:

Let’s just start this day off with an insanely good laugh. McSweeney’s is a website that is known for it’s deeply hilarious content, but now they’ve entered the equestrian world. A small snippet: “There’s a two-bit horse for sale within 50 miles of any buyer. But you’re not looking for a two-bit horse; you’re looking for a prime stallion with a shiny coat to lather, which means you need to go where the horses flow like bathwater: the Kentucky Hoof Belt.” [How to Bathe a Horse]

Hot on Horse Nation: Equestrianchondria, or Basically Being a Horse Person

If you were a badass viking in the 800’s, turns out you got to be buried with a bunch of righteous stallions. Scientists in Iceland have examined graves of over 350 vikings from this time, and over 150 of them are buried with horse bones. Not just any old horse bones, but every one of them except one was a male horse. So basically we’re just saying there was only one viking that preferred mares. [Vikings Love Stallions]

All the Queen’s horses! Check out these photos showcasing colourful costumes, spectacular showmanship and bringing a distinct equestrian presence which the crowds loved, All The Queen’s Horses delivered entertainment and serious horsepower with more than 60 horses attending London’s New Year’s Day Carnival. [ATQH Carnival]

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Totes did this photo for the ‘gram.

I kicked off 2019 with a whoooole lot of clipping! Honestly, I don’t mind clipping that much, and most people don’t like it, so I’m pretty busy throughout the winter season. I just listen to audiobooks and buzz my way through the afternoons, going home to immediately shower aggressively and pull hair out of my ears because, ew, no thank you.

National Holiday: National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day

News From Around the Globe:

Happy 50th birthday, William Fox-Pitt! A more accomplished, courteous, stylish and ridiculously tall champion of Eventing has never existed. With 14 four-stars and 50 three-day event wins under his belt, he hardly needs any introduction. Horse & Hound gathered some of their favorite WFP moments throughout his career in photos and stories to celebrate his birthday. [Happy 50th WFP!]

Missed the USEA convention this year? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with this video of Max Corcoran talking about the science of conditioning and recovery in the event horse. Max is a self-professed “geek” when it comes to the conditioning and recovery of athletes. In this seminar, Corcoran spoke about the parallels between the science of human conditioning and recovery and equine conditioning, training, and recovery. As an Olympic groom, her years of the firsthand experience provide her with an interesting viewpoint and a wealth of knowledge. [Conditioning & Recovery for Eventers]

Chincoteague ponies are battling a disease known as “swamp cancer” this winter. A total of seven ponies have died or been euthanized as a result of pythiosis infection: the funguslike microorganism Pythium insidiosum causes tumor-like lesions, often on the lower legs as well as the abdomen, chest and face. The masses ulcerate and are terribly itchy, and include lumps of dead stony tissue called “kunkers.” The microorganism cannot penetrate healthy skin, but enters the body through small scrapes or cuts, as small as a fly bite, and lives in wetlands. Early detection is key for successful treatment and survival, but pythiosis can be often mistaken for other conditions early in its progression. [Chincoteague Ponies In Danger]

 

 

 

 

 

The Last News & Notes of 2018 from Fleeceworks

Your last meme of the year, courtesy of THIS FB page

Well. It’s the last day of 2018. What can we say? It’s been a helluva year. We’ve had our ups and downs, our wins and our falls in the water jump, learned lots of new things, made new friends, soaked a lot of abscesses, shared gory human x-ray photos on social media, bought some ponies, sold some ponies, waded through mud, rocked our farmer’s tans, walked our courses 9,578 times, and drunk a lot of wine. That about sums it up, right? Ready for more of the same in 2019!!

National Holiday: National Champagne Day (AKA New Years Eve)

News From Around the Globe:

Time to vote for your favorite story of the year from Horse Nation. Did you love the Budweiser Clydesdales? The diary of a mule? The video of the young girl galloping down a highway and heroically catching a runaway horse coming from a local competition? Vote now! [2018 Reader’s Choice Awards]

The last day of the year and we’re all a little delusional from this past week of vacation from normal life. Even in England, journalists are getting a little tipsy early. Looking for some cheap laughs and some terrible puns? You knew you only had to look to the British. [14 of the Best/Worst Horse Puns of 2018]

The USEA celebrated 2018 with a record 12,895 registered members, and 42,000 entries to 235 recognized events. We’ve been all around the world by following their instagram account, and experienced all the emotions. They’ve gathered up top 15 photos from the year that will give you all the feels all over again. [Top Grams of 2018]

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Bonner Carpenter and Acapulco Jazz at Rolex Kentucky.

We’re terribly sorry to report the passing of Bonner Carpenter’s amazing four star Mexican Quarter Horse, Acapulco Jazz. He took Bonner around Kentucky in both 2008 and 2009, and was a fan favorite throughout his career.

From Bonner: “Yesterday I kissed his nose for the last time and said goodbye. My little Mexican jumping bean gave me more than i could have ever asked for and defied odds and surpassed every expectation. At 15.3 on a good day, my Mexican Quarter horse jumped an inexperienced 19 year old girl around Rolex Kentucky like it was nothing 2 years in a row. Jazz had a heart of gold and helped me fall in love with Eventing. He taught me everything I needed to know and tested me in every way to make me a better rider. There will never be another horse like him nor will another horse ever be able to replace him. Thank you for all the memories.”

National Holiday: National Chocolate Candy Day

News From Around the Globe:

Andrew Nicholson is to take up the mantle of specialist cross country coach for Switzerland in the lead up to the 2019 European Championships in Luhmühlen and hopefully help them secure a team berth for Tokyo 2020. Nine Swiss combinations are already qualified for the 2019 European Championships and their goal is to qualify a team for Tokyo with the help of the cross country master. Andrew, who has competed at six Olympic Games for New Zealand, will travel to Switzerland for several elite and junior squad training sessions and then accompany elite riders to selected events during the coming season. [Andrew Nicholson’s New Job]

‘Tis the season to enjoy the top 10 moments in publication from our long adventure that was 2018. EN has been rounding up videos and articles all month, but COTH made your life easy and put all top 10 into one post. Where else will you find a dressage-ing Shire, a show jumping Standardbred, and the best blogs shared this year in one place? [COTH Top Ten 2018]

The Irish Draught horse is one of our favorites in eventing. Why is is that we love this breed so much? The Irish Draught horse originated in 18th century Ireland, when Irish farmers could only afford to keep a single horse on a small tract of land. They required an animal sturdy enough to pull a plough, athletic and bold enough to go foxhunting and jump anything, and sensible, but flashy enough to pull the family trap to church on Sunday. Now they’re one of our leading sport horse breeds! [Sturdy Yet Athletic: The Irish Draught]

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Decorating dedication by Emily Daily.

I’m so lucky that I live on a dirt road, because honestly this year I would have been so screwed without it. My hacking almost always involves crossing a river (or three) to access the best fields and trails, so that’s pretty much been out with all the rain and flooding this entire year, and now it’s just all mud anyway so not much fun for trot sets. Thankfully, all my horses are used to long and slow road work, and really it’s the best footing we have. I’m also lazy as hell this week and I ride one horse and pony the other one while my dog runs in front. Pretty sure my neighbors think I’m insane.

National Holiday: Winter Solstice

News From Around the Globe: 

Stumped about that last minute shopping gift for me for that special someone? Luckily for you, Dirk Schrade and Kai Ruder have put together an immaculate catalogue of horses from 4-8 years of age, and all of them look like they’d fit in my stocking. You can even bid online in your pajamas while sipping a warm hot chocolate. [Online Event Horse Auction]

An Irish showjumper who was subject to a tirade of online abuse after his ride died at a show is aiming to set up a website to help others who find themselves targeted in a similar way. Kevin Thornton was banned by the FEI for four months last year, in relation to the death of Flogas Sunset Cruise at a show in France in 2016. The idea behind his website is to provide appropriate legal counselto individuals who find themselves attacked online as well as psychologists or therapists  if they desire emotional support through the ordeal. [Top Rider Forms Website to Support Victims of Online Bullying]

American Pharoah is livin’ his best life down under at Coolmore Australia. We’re still anxiously awaiting results from his first crop of foals, but the fervor hasn’t died down for his services on either hemisphere. He’s heading back to the US soon to begin his 2019 calendar of ladies, but check out this video of him galloping across a luscious field in Australia. [American Pharoah in Australia]

The Maryland Horse Trials at Loch Moy Farm has emerged in the past decade as a powerhouse for upper and lower level eventers alike throughout the year. With three USEA recognized events from BN to CIC3*, FEH & YEH classes and championships, a Beginner Novice Long Format Event, and countless unrecognized events and derbies, there is almost nothing that MDHT can’t do. From humble beginnings to one of the must-attend events of the year, MDHT is where it’s at. [USEA Events A-Z: MDHT]

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Holiday riding motivation levels: less tack is more fun. Photo by Diane Zrimsek

Well guys, I went for my first beach vacation since I was a kid last week, and it was weird. By weird I mean, my legs ACTUALLY TANNED for literally the first time since I was like eight. It’s a Christmas miracle, y’all. Don’t worry, by next week I’m sure they’ll be back to their ghostly pale, and all will be right in the world.

National Holiday: National Sangria Day

News From Around the Globe:

Fair Hill International is hiring! Would you enjoy working with a team of more than 500 hard working volunteers who share their love of the outdoors with a desire to participate in one of the most prestigious equestrian Three-Day-Events in the United States?Are you organized, dependable, detail-oriented, a self-starter, able to raise funds, to attract and develop corporate sponsorships, and also to recruit, retain and motivate volunteers? Fair Hill is looking for you! [FHI Executive Director Job Listing]

We’re very sad to report the passing of leading Eventing sire, Ramiro B. The twenty-four year old stallion was diagnosed with irreversible kidney failure, and was put to rest soon after. He is currently number 6 on the World Breeding Federation Eventing Sire rankings, and is certainly one of the most popular jumper sires of our time. Having enjoyed a grand prix jumping career on his own, he has produced some of the top eventing and show jumping horses in the world, including several CCI4* and CSI5* winners. [Kidney Failure Claims Life of Ramiro B]

The Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau (TRPB), has announced the introduction of the digital tattoo system, scheduled for full implementation by Jan. 1, 2020. The transition to the TRPB Digital Tattoo follows the recent requirement by The Jockey Club for a horse to be microchipped prior to being registered and, more recently, the availability of a digital certificate of foal registration. This is an attempt to make sure that Thoroughbreds in the US and Canada have the most technologically advanced and thorough identification system possible. [Lip Tattoos Are Out]

OTTB critique time! |In this series, the United States Eventing Association (USEA) is partnering with Athletux to critique your off-the-track Thoroughbred eventing prospects. This time, Natalia Neneman shares her insights into Demitasse’s pedigree, racing history, and conformation. [OTTB Critique with Natalia Neneman]

 

 

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My dogs really enjoyed the snowstorm, anyway. At least somebody had fun.

This weekend, it snowed in Virginia. Like, a lot. Way more than anybody expected. And moreover, it’s Thursday and it hasn’t melted, which is just crazy because usually it is gone within a day or two. Today, I’m happy to report that I am en route to sunny Mexico, and leaving all this cold and snow and horrible weather behind for five days! I’m off to Tulum for my nephew’s wedding and a little bit of an amazing vacation with one of my oldest and best friends. So long, snow bunnies!

National Holiday: National Day of the Horse!

News From Around the Globe:

At the recent USEA Convention, Dr. Mark Hart, Phillip Dutton, Erik Duvander, Lynn Symansky, Sam Watson, William Coleman, and Will Connell sat on a panel to review the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in North Carolina. To say the least, the performance of the US Team left everyone a bit disappointed, but the mission from here is how to move forward and perform better at team competitions in the future. [What Did They Say]

The Neue Schule Academy is offering a brand new bit and bridle fitting qualification course. “It is widely acknowledged that correctly fitting tack has a positive effect on horse performance, health and welfare,” said a spokesman for the Neue Schule Academy. “Yet, although the importance of a well-fitting saddle is understood and appreciated, the fit of bridles and bits has been largely overlooked.” [New Bit and Bridle Fitting Course Qualification]

Tack cleaning: my personal least favorite barn chore. I know I’m not alone, either. However, one SmartPak blogger has figured out a way to encourage you to take better care of your tack, and even make it…enjoyable? I don’t know. I think I’ll have to try her tips and see if I can convert myself into an avid tack cleaner. [Lend Me Your Tack]

Just some fan girl material and also to make you drool a little before you put on ten layers to go outside:

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I have always been a top fashionista.

You’re 100% welcome for this little gem of a throwback to me as a kid, posing in my backyard with one of my horses. This horse belonged to a family friend and came to retire to our farm, but still hacked out a bit. His name was Riemenschneider, or Remo for short, which was a name given to him by his highly intellectual owner. This horse let me climb up his legs and wrangle myself onto him bareback in the field, and then when I felt like he was walking too fast, I would pretend to fall off by leaning off the side, and he would halt. What a literal magical unicorn.

National Holiday: Faux Fur Friday

News From Around the Globe:

We are deeply saddened to report the sudden passing of Kyra King Stuart. A longtime supporter of the sport of Eventing, Kyra founded the Stuart Horse Trials in 1990 and served as organizer from that point until 2005. She was elected President of the USEA in 2005 and served for two years. During her time as president she worked hard to save the classic long format, grew the USEA American Eventing Championships and Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series, fostered the USEA Young Event Horse Series, and helped develop the USEA Future Event Horse Series. [Kyra King Stuart: 1939-2018]

The FEI is working hard to ensure increased fairness in dressage judging for the future. In consideration of the increased cognitive demands on judges, studies were conducted on all the factors that can negatively influence perceptual cognitive consistency. Given that judging will always include human subjectivity, rules and regulations that improve judging capacity can always be improved upon, and these studies are integral to the future of dressage. [FEI Takes Steps to Make Dressage Judging More Fair]

Looking for an adorable Christmas themed pony book that everyone in the family can enjoy? Look no further than Fergus and The Night Before Christmas, which can be rightfully described as enjoyable for ages 5-95. Good thing for you, we have the top team at Horse Nation giving a proper book review. [Fergus & The Night Before Christmas]

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The snow! Photo by Kim Schmidt.

It finally snowed for the first time in my neck of the woods yesterday, and it accumulated for a few hours before melting and turning weirdly sunny, which just about sums up Virginia weather, to be honest. I really don’t mind the actual snow part, because it’s usually warmer and easier to deal with than rain, but what I don’t like is afterwards when you’re left with a pile of mud. Let’s be real here: the worst part about winter isn’t the cold, it’s the MUD. I could live without it.

National Holiday: National Gazpacho Day

News From Around the Globe:

We are saddened to learn of former USEA President Kyra King Stuart’s sudden passing yesterday. Kyra served the sport in many roles, including as USEA President from 2005-2007, and will be remembered for her passion and many contributions to eventing. [USEA: Kyra King Stuart (1939-2018)]

The coming of a new year brings … new USEF regulations! From being allowed to wear brown helmets in dressage (didn’t know that was illegal in the first place?) to permitting hoof wraps for barefoot horses, and of course SafeSport requirements, you’d best use December to brush up on what you’ll need to compete next year. [2019 USEF Rule Changes]

Speaking of SafeSport, if you haven’t already completed your training, now is the time. You must complete this training session in order to compete as a USEF member next year, or even be an owner of a horse, so grab a snack, maybe a hot chocolate, and settle in. [USEF Safe Sport Instructions]

Eventers are the Macguyvers of the equestrian world, and we’re not afraid to admit it. From hoarding baling twine for future crafting projects to creating cross country jumps out of anything and everything, we have an #EventerSolution for literally everything. Enjoy this week’s collection of ridiculousness. [Baling Twine Hoarders Unite!]

Equestrians don’t agree on much, but the one thing we can all concur upon is this: Horses are downright geniuses when it comes to random injuries. That’s why it’s important to have a reliable and helpful equine insurance partner on your side. Expect the unexpected, and protect your horse with Taylor Harris Insurance Services. Get a free quote today! [THIS Free Quote]

 

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Boyd giving lessons in Japan with a very average backdrop. Photo via Boyd’s Facebook.

Well, it’s the last day of November, and I stepped up my game this year and got a tree yesterday, then got home and decorated it, while watching Elf. So, my holiday spirit is very much intact. Although sadly I found out that most of my Christmas lights had died in their box over the year, so I have to go get all new ones because I’m not a maniac and I’m not trying to find that one bulb that ruined the whole strand. Ain’t nobody got time for that!

National Holiday: National Mason Jar Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Sporting Days Farm Horse Trials IV [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

News From Around the Globe: 

Hey y’all, today we are treated to a new and improved USEA website! Promising a completely revamped website that features a streamlined and simplified design, improved functionality, and enriched content areas to help all members and eventing enthusiasts find the information they need. Thanks USEA!! [Check out the USEA]

Jonty Evans continues his amazing recovery with the help of an animatronic horse. After suffering a fall this spring, Jonty was in a six week coma that left him with a head injury that caused doctors to wonder if he would ever walk again. But Jonty wants back on a horse! So he’s been practicing his skills and balance and position by using a horse simulator at Hartpury University. [Jonty’s Back in the Saddle]

While the Hagyard Midsouth Three-Day Event only happens once a year, it’s definitely a destination competition for many. As the oldest team eventing competition in the United States, this event was created in the early 1980s by the Midsouth Eventing and Dressage Association and The Eventing Association of Michigan, and has only grown in popularity through the years. Not only does it offer BN-P with the option to compete as a team with your friends, but also has both Preliminary and Training level old school long format three-days. [USEA Events A-Z: Hagyard Midsouth]

Sorry, just having a quick #FlashbackFriday moment with these photos from Fair Hill. It feels like yesterday and also a million years ago all in one. Beautiful photos of fall and horses that aren’t hairy and covered in mud! [Through The Lens: 2018 Fair Hill International]