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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

USEA Rider Profile Click to view profile
Area Area II
Highest Level Competed Advanced/CIC3*

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

Wembley looking very dashing about to pop on a plane to Badminton! Photo by Tamie Smith.

You know one of the only advantages of winter? The fact that it’s the only time of year where my entire body is kinda one color. Now, its a few weeks into April, and I’m already two vastly different colors. Arms and neck and head? Tan as heck. Everything else? Casper level pale. It’s literally not even summer and the difference between the two is already basically impossible to fix. Le sigh.

National Holiday:  National Animal Crackers Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Fair Hill CCI & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

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

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

The famous annual Area II Young Riders benefit online auction is up and running! Widely popular, most of the Area’s professionals support the fundraising effort by donating many lessons and coaching packages – it’s a great way to start off your season. This year the auction is featuring two donated lessons by eventing legend Mike Plumb; complete spring veterinary services by Southern Pines Equine, valued at $700; a custom equine logo designed by Wow Graphic Design; the perennial favorite, a lesson on 5* event horse UN, by her owner Jane Sleeper; foxhunting cap fees, a $250 Sagmae gift certificate, donations by Farmhouse Tack, Goode Rider, Banixx Horse & Pet, and many more items. Bidding is easy, anyone can register on the website, and the auction offers quick and easy payment by PayPal with credit cards. It ends Tuesday after Landrover Kentucky Three Day Event, on April 30, at 8 p.m. Get your bids in early and avoid the Tuesday night frenzy! [Area II Auction Bonanza] Also taking more donations this week! [Donate Your Services]

As we draw closer to Badminton, withdrawals are showing up more and more. Ceylor LAN, the 2016 Rio Olympics ride of Kitty King, has been withdrawn from Badminton following a diagnoses of significant gastric ulcers. After spooking so badly that he was eliminated in the showjumping at Belton, he was taken home and scoped, discovering the ulcers. Luckily this is treatable with medication and time, but he won’t be seen at Badminton. [Olympic Horse Withdraws from Badminton]

What does a retired champion jockey do with his free time? Race camels, because why not? Former champion jockey AP McCoy will be showjumping and racing camels on Good Friday as part of the Peter O’Sullevan Lambourn Open Day. Honestly, if you’re anywhere near that please send me videos and photos. [AP McCoy Racing Camels]

Taylor Harris Insurance Services is your number one choice for protecting your horse. Why, you ask? Because THIS is a company deeply invested in your success, and created by horse people who understand your needs. Not only does THIS support Eventing at the highest levels, but they support riders of all ages and levels from the bottom up. You can request a quote today while you drink your morning coffee. [Request a Quote]

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday News & Notes from World Equestrian Brands

How else do horse people announce they are expecting? Photo by Zozo Photography.

This adorable photo was sent to us by a reader, who says it is her veterinarian pictured in their pregnancy announcement and she couldn’t resist the cute. Dr. Michelle McCashin is an avid eventer and fox hunter, and her husband Sean McCashin (an avid horse show husband) posted the perfect picture to announce their pregnancy. They are due this October and all of Mocksville can’t wait, to buy her (or him) a pony!

National Holiday: National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Ocala CCI & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times][Live Stream] [Live Scores]

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

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

Trying to stalk Michael Jung with his new ride Chipmunk? Yeah, us too. He’s slated to make his competition debut with the exciting new-to-him mount in Kreuth this weekend in the CCI2*-S. I think he’s trying to fly under the radar with a small competition, but we’ve got your number Miche. Check the scores here! [Stalk Michael Jung & Chipmunk]

Ah, the exciting and mysterious magic of breeding your own superstar. Breeding can be an expensive business so ensuring that all the pieces of the jigsaw are in place can take time and require plenty of research to get the foal of your dreams. You’ve probably got the mare, and now you have to select the stallion, but how do you possibly narrow it down? Horse & Hound has some top five categories to use to rate every stallion for your exact purposes. [Breeding Puzzle: 5 Factors to Determine a Good Stallion]

Speaking of keeping track of important people, get to know Chris Talley and Unmarked Bills intimately as we follow them to their first Kentucky CCI5*. I’ll admit, it’s my personal favorite pair, as I referred Chris to Billy after seeing him on the track and realizing I wasn’t a good person to do sales. The sale never quite happened, and four years later, I’m cheering loudly from the sidelines as this fantastic thoroughbred and his fashionable parter Chris tackle the biggest challenge of their lives yet. [Lexington Lead Up: Chris Talley & Unmarked Bills]

Hot on Horse Nation: 10 Horse Personality Types

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

This is Trance. He is the best old man ever. Photo by Kate Samuels.

There is this weird period of time right when the weather starts getting really nice directly after daylight savings time when I always overdo it. The days are longer, it’s the perfect 70 degree weather, the horses are all shed out, and it’s time to really amp up the riding and I just go way too hard for a few days in a row and really kill myself. I get home at 7 and shove some cheese in my face and collapse, ready to do it all over again tomorrow, deepening my tan lines and my exhaustion.

National Holiday: National Pet Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Ocala CCI & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

Our condolences to the family and friends of Michael W. Winter, Previous USEA Board of Governor and Vice President of Admin and Finance. Winter passed away on Tuesday due to complications from ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). His contributions to our sport were generous, and we thank him for sharing his spirit and service. A celebration of Mike Winter’s life will be held on April 25in Mooresville, Indiana. [Michael W. Winter (1958 – 2019)]

What is the future of three day eventing? Certainly our sport is evolving every year, and changing with the times to stay relevant and popular for spectators, but for U.S. eventing we have our own set of challenges. Jim Wofford speaks at length about our strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and potential threats to the longevity and success of eventing in the United States as we look to improve our standings on the world stage. [The Future of Eventing with Jim Wofford]

As Badminton draws closer, some entries are accepted as others are withdrawn. Former winner and overall champion mare Paulank Brockaugh has re-routed to Luhmühlen with Sam Griffiths, who has his eye on the 2020 Olympics with her. Other withdrawals include the popular small man Wii Limbo, Pascal Leroy’s Minos de Petra, and five others as well. However, now Tamie Smith and Wembley have been accepted! [Updated Badminton Entries]

Even if you’re not in the show jumping world, you’ve probably heard of Kent Farrington’s Gazelle. Perhaps one of the most aptly named upper level jumpers, Gazelle is a laid back lady around the barn, and known fondly as Momma G. She is not fond of any horses other than her stablemate Creedence, and does crib as a side hobby, but she also loves oranges and her stuffed moose. Go behind the stable door with this superstar to learn more about her quirky personality! [Behind the Stable Door: Gazelle]

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Hot on Horse Nation: 6 Ways to Reap the Benefits of Hill Work This Spring

Friday News & Notes from World Equestrian Brands

Won’t apologize for my humblebrag of my little freak, Turkey. Photo by one of Skyeler’s delightful working students.

I’m not a huge lesson person, mostly because taking time out for a lesson of my own is logistically difficult, and I’m very much a fan of working independently and using lessons as checkpoints in my training instead of constant guidelines. However, when I do have lessons, I highly enjoy them, and get to ask my coach to push me a little outside my comfort zone and help me introduce new things. Yesterday, Turkey started learning more about skinnies and angles and technical questions where he has to use his little brain instead of just flying ten miles into the air. Let’s just say it’s a work in progress but with good potential!

National Holiday: National Deep Dish Pizza Day

Major Events This Week:

The Fork at Tryon CCI-S & HT [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Chattahoochee Hills CCI-S & HT [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

U.S. Events This Week:

Pine Hill Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

Cornelia Dorr is living the young equestrian dream, including five NAYRC medals, full time work for Sharon White, and being named to the USEF’s Emerging Athlete Eventing 25 list, all the while competing her best friend and longtime partner Sir Patico MH (Hugo). It all started when Cornelia found eventing at the age of 9, and got Hugo as her first horse at the age of 12, and it’s grown from there. [From Horse Crazy Girl to Two-Time Young Rider of the Year]

A new synthetic joint injection is being studied in horses after showing great results in humans. A new gel is being tested to alleviate pain in horses with osteoarthritis. Injected directly into the joint, the polyacrylamide hydrogel has been used in humans to alleviate osteoarthritis pain in the knee. This gel is synthetic in nature, and is supposed to last longer than our usual HA injections because it does not dissipate as quickly in the joint. [New Joint Injection Possibilities]

With an eye on the FEI World Cup for the U.S. Show Jumping team, the New York Times picked up a story about Beezie Madden, one of our most winningest riders in history. With at least four rounds over four days, Beezie and the 13-year-old stallion Breitling will contest 1.6m courses against the best riders in the world, and she hopes to bring home the gold. [Beezie Madden Tries for a Repeat Win]

Speaking of Beezie, if you want to be more like her, check out her workout routine. Three times a week, Beezie meets with her personal trainer and does an intense strength training workout, and it’s not for the weak of heart! One brave COTH blogger attended and participated in one such workout, and lived to tell the tale. [Work Out with Beezie Madden]

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

Get inspired with training tips from William Fox-Pitt, who catch-rode Sandro’s Star to a third place finish in Grand-Prix Eventing at Bruce’s Field earlier this year. See H&H link below! Photo by Shelby Allen.

OK guys, I’ve been really slow this spring in getting my competition season started, and I’m gonna fully blame it on the weather here in Virginia, but it’s been pretty nice lately so I’m off and running! I feel like my young horse has really grown up this year and matured in his body (and hopefully his brain) so I am excited to do some bigger jumps and more fun courses and hopefully be a big boy. This weekend I’m going to a local hunter trials to run the 3′ cross country course and practice some of my finer controls … wish me luck!

National Holiday: National Vitamin C Day

Major Events This Week:

The Fork at Tryon CCI-S & HT [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Chattahoochee Hills CCI-S & HT [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

U.S. Events This Week:

Pine Hill Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

Last chance to win VIP tickets to LRK3DE 2019!! The Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event is an equestrian event like no other. 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 athlete, and considerably more. Entries will close at 11:59 p.m. ET on April 4, 2019. [Enter Here]

Speaking of the world’s most admirable man (WFP), Horse & Hound has some top training tips from him to inspire your spring season. From videoing your dressage tests and analyzing them right after to alternating your posting diagonal every other stride, as well as practicing trotting jumps, William Fox-Pitt has the most wonderfully down-to-earth tips for improving yourself, your horse, and your at-home training sessions. [Top Tips from the Best: WFP]

Have weekend plans? Consider volunteering at an event! In addition to being a valuable educational experience and great way to give back to the sport, each event offers perks ranging from entry/schooling fees to gear and more. Sign up to volunteer via EventingVolunteers.com. [Spring Bay H.T.] [Pine Hill Spring H.T.] [CDCTA Spring H.T.] [The Fork]

This week we pay tribute to the world’s oldest mule, Tootsie, as he left our presence due to age related health issues. Tootsie was 56 years old, and lived most of his life in a Donkey Sanctuary in England. Tootsie was well known for his love of a romp around the paddock with the old grannies of the sanctuary and his undying passion for food. RIP Tootsie. [World’s Oldest Donkey Dies]

 

 

 

Friday News & Notes from World Equestrian Brands

Liz Halliday-Sharp’s eye of the tiger. Photo by Allie Conrad Photography.

OK so obviously the only thing all eventers are talking about today is the newly released entry list for Kentucky, because also April is right around the bend, and we’re all getting a little twitchy thinking about it. The days are longer, the green grass is poking out, the trees are starting to get leaves, so naturally it’s time for KENTUCKY!!!!! It doesn’t matter what level you are, where you’re from, or what your role is in eventing, it’s the weekend of all weekends and it’s coming soon!

National Holiday: National Vietnam War Veterans Day

Major Events This Week:

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

Belton International [Website] [Ride Times] [Live Scores] [Live Stream] [EN’s Coverage] [EN’s Twitter] [EN’s Instagram]

U.S. Events This Week:

Morven Park Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scoring]

Rocking Horse Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scoring]

Full Gallop Farm March II H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scoring]

Texas Rose March H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scoring]

News From Around the Globe:

The first CCI4*-S of the west coast kicked off yesterday with the first horse inspection at Galway Downs. With everything from Beginner Novice to Advanced, a CCI2*-S, a CCI3*-S, and a CCI4*-S, its hard to imagine a more popular competition. There are a total of 345 entries this weekend, with seven in the four-star, 25 in the three-star, and 30 in the two-star. [Galway Downs Fast Facts]

Ah, the eventing times they are a’changing. We old folks look back on that “steeplechase” thing fondly, and remember the golden days of our youth, galloping headlong into brush fences. The tradition of steeplechase dates all the way back to 1752, in County Cork, Ireland. Steeplechase racing made it to the U.S. in 1834, and into eventing officially when it was recognized as a sport in 1912. RIP Steeplechase, which began leaving the upper levels of the sport in 2004. [The History Of Steeplechase]

Colleen Loach and Qorry Blue D’Argouges were the highest placed Canadian pair last year in their first year galloping around the course at Kentucky, and this year they’re aiming to knock a few points off their score from 2018. They positively stormed around the WEG course last fall as the first on course, and they’ll be bringing that positive experience to the table in a little less than a month. [Get to Know Colleen Loach & Qorry Blue D’Argouges] 

Heads up, collegiate eventers! Area 8 is about to kick off the season at Spring Bay the first weekend in April, and the University of Louisville will be hosting an Intercollegiate Challenge at Spring Bay. Great prizes from SmartPak and Devoucoux are up for grabs. It is also the first leg of the Intercollegiate Grand Slam! Teams that compete in all three events — Spring Bay, Jump Start and Flying Cross — are eligible to win. [Louisville Eventing Team]

Best of Blogs: Lessons from Horsemanship for Life, Career, and Resilience 

Why hire a groom that might not show up to work when you have a dog? Several top barns in England have now trained their loyal pooches to do the dirty work around the stables, interacting directly with the horses and completing daily tasks like turnout. Dogs make great grooms too, guys. [11 Dogs Proving They’re Great Grooms]

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

Dante, the once and always king. Photo courtesy of Maggie Deatrick.

Today we honor the life and legend of Divine Comedy, known to his friends as Dante, the once and always king. Our very own Maggie Deatrick unexpectedly lost her horse of a lifetime, her unicorn, her true love this week, and I think I speak for everyone in the eventing community when I say I’m sending her all my love and holding her in the light for the days and weeks to come. It’s so incredibly hard when we lose our beloved horses, and especially the ones that we’ve had for years and adventured around the country aboard. RIP Dante, you were so unbelievably beloved, and we love you Maggie.

National Holiday: National Black Forest Cake Day

Major Events This Week:

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

U.S. Events This Week:

Morven Park Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scoring]

Rocking Horse Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scoring]

Full Gallop Farm March II H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scoring]

Texas Rose March H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scoring]

News From Around the Globe:

Have weekend plans? Consider volunteering at an event! In addition to being a valuable educational experience and great way to give back to the sport, each event offers perks ranging from entry/schooling fees to gear and more. Sign up to volunteer this weekend via EventingVolunteers.com. [Galway Downs] [Morven Park] [Texas Rose] [Full Gallop]

The USEA has announced the renewed corporate partnership with longtime sponsor Adequan, this year with an added prize bonus! In efforts to grow the Advanced division of the AECs, the USEA will host the new $60,000 Adequan USEA Advanced Final at the 2019 AEC, sending the Adequan Champion home with a whopping $30,000 personalized check. The other $30,000 will be distributed as purse money through at least 8th place in the Advanced championships. [Adequan Signs Up for AEC 2019]

Six weeks ago, eventer Ginny Grey woke up with a headache that turned out to be a brain tumor the size of a golf ball. She had the tumor removed, and now that she’s recuperating at home, she’s decided to aim for the 2020 Paralympics. She decided on this future goal even before her surgery, and has already gained twelve local corporate sponsorships for the endeavor, and set up a Facebook page to chronicle her journey. What an inspiration! [From Brain Tumor to Paralympics]

Thinking about importing a horse this year? Don’t want to worry about the time between purchase and when it lands in your barn? Taylor Harris Insurance Services can help you write a custom policy to suit your needs while your horse is overseas, traveling, and right into their new residency in the US or Canada. [THIS Protects Your Horse]

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Jammin on Jumper Nation: Sam Walker Rides Smart to Win the George Morris Excellence in Equitation Championships

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Literally story of my life. Photo via Get Ranchy FB.

I’ve decided that amongst all the mottos for horse riders, this is the best one: NNL. Aka, Never Not Learning. I literally learn something new every single day that I interact with my horses or my students or my vet or my farrier. We all have something to give to one another with perspectives and moments in time that teach us little pieces of information. These little pieces gather over the years to our cumulative knowledge and I love it!

National Holiday: National Puppy Day!!

Major Events This Week:

Carolina International CCI & HT: Carolina: WebsiteEntry StatusRide Times, Start ListsLive ScoresEN’s CoverageLive StreamEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Events This Week:

Stable View Spring Horse Trials [Final Scores]

MDHT March Starter Trial [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Poplar Place March Horse Trials [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Full Gallop March Schooling Show II [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Southern Arizona Eventing Association HT [Website] [Ride Times/Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

In very sad news, top eventing stallion Upsilon has been diagnosed with a mutation of the equine herpes virus. He has been battling the illness all week, and has been critically ill. His owner and rider Tom Carlisle says that his motor neuron system has been badly damaged, and doubts that the horse will return to competition. At the moment, he is back home from the hospital and they hope that they can maintain his health and bring him back to comfort and happiness. [Upsilon Battling For His Life]

Are you watching the USEF/USET Foundation North American Futures Team Challenge this weekend at Carolina International? The first ever Team Challenge kicks off this week at Cloud 11~Gavilan North LLC Carolina International CCI and Horse Trials. Eight U.S. athletes and two reserve combinations will be named to two teams to gain experience competing in a team environment. The Team Challenge was announced during the 2018 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention last December as part of U.S. eventing’s strategic plan, spearheaded by Erik Duvander, U.S. Eventing Director of High Performance. The new program looks to create a “culture of competitiveness” and provide a more clearly defined pathway for eventing athletes in the United States. [Team Challenge Players]

Two short format CCI4*-s champions face off at Carolina after the first day of dressage.  Predictably, at this point, Liz Halliday-Sharp leads the field with Fernhill by Night, followed by last year’s winners Doug Payne and Vandiver. Liz believes “Blackie” is enjoying his job better than ever since she has decided just to do short format events with him, as that’s where he finds his happiness. Doug and “Quinn” are back together this year after taking the majority of last year off to repair some old damage in a stifle, and he’s excited to defend his title. [Champions Face off at Carolina]

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

Just my favorite person on her little OTTB popping some cross country at Surefire. Photo courtesy of Skyeler Icke Voss.

With the official advent of spring, I’m happy to say that I’m seeing the first signs of grass growth in Virginia, and near the rivers, the little trees are budding, and it makes me unreasonably happy! It’s still mostly brown, and it’s still cold at night, but the days are more reasonably warm, and despite the horrible time change where I suddenly have to get up so much earlier, I’m generally more optimistic about life. Yay end of winter!

National Holiday: National French Bread Day

Major Events This Week:

Carolina International CCI & HT: Carolina: WebsiteEntry StatusRide TimesLive ScoresEN’s CoverageLive StreamEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Events This Week:

Stable View Spring Horse Trials [Final Scores]

MDHT March Starter Trial [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Poplar Place March Horse Trials [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Full Gallop March Schooling Show II [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Southern Arizona Eventing Association HT [Website] [Ride Times/Live Scores]

Your Thursday News & Notes:

For anybody who actually rides horses, we know that it’s more than 50% mental, and keeping your mindset under control is key. Whether you’re a top-level athlete or a happy hacker, having the right mindset while in the saddle is crucial, not only to ensure your horse or pony is going in the way you would like, but also for your own enjoyment and happiness. Two sport and performance psychology experts got together with Horse & Hound to create the top three exercises you can do to reach your peak performance. [Three Ways To Achieve Peak Performance]

New research into stem cells have shown a possibly superior treatment for horses with tendon injuries. Stem cell researchers at the Animal Health Trust (AHT) have found positive signs that stem cells originally sourced from embryos coped well in laboratory tests when exposed to inflammation. Stem cell treatment is currently used, however we usually harvest them from the individual horse, and growing them takes weeks. Embryonic stem cells can grow forever in a lab though, and can be available much more immediately. [New Stem Cell Research for Tendon Injuries]

Even though it’s spring, everyone still experiences the time crunches of life. Sometimes you wonder, I have barely any time today to ride my horse, is it even worth it? New studies are showing that yes, it is! Even a 25 minute workout can have significant health benefits for your horse. Especially if you have a pudgy pony or a horse that you’re trying to bring back into work, each low intensity ride builds and helps the long term goal of health and fitness. [Short Workouts are Worth It]

Did you know that Taylor Harris Insurance Services has eleven different fully customizable equine insurance policies? With so many options, you can mix and match for the perfect fit, and totally customize it to fit your horse, your lifestyle, and your budget. Our horses are so important to us, and it’s our duty to protect them. That starts with THIS Horse Insurance. [Find Coverage Through THIS]

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Friday News & Notes from World Equestrian Brands

Is there anything better than a good nurse mare?? Photo by ColdSpring Nursemares Facebook.

OK, every horse person knows what a dramatic moment this is: last night, my horses went out in their fields … NAKED!! For the first time in 2019! Do you know how exciting that is for a Virginia dweller? Never mind the fact that they’ll be filthy today, because it’s going to be warm again and they can get baths. Again! Two bath days! It’s the little things, honestly.

National Holiday: National Everything You Think Is Wrong Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

The countdown to LRK3DE 2019 is on for many horses and riders, including Hawley Bennett-Awad and Jollybo. As a well known rider for the Canadian team, Hawley and Jolly are tackling their third trip to Kentucky after a successful trip to the WEG last fall. Hawley gave this interview to Practical Horseman on how both she and Jolly are working on their fitness ahead of this big event, and what sorts of exercises she’s been practicing this winter. [Lexington Lead Up: Hawley & Jollybo]

Speaking of Kentucky … don’t forget to enter this contest to win four VIP tickets for the big weekend! It’s an incredible week anyway, but you can 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 athlete, and considerably more. Please be sure to enter before April 4, 2019. [Enter Here]

Santa Anita has announced a ban on all race day medications and whips after the death of a 22nd horse. A day after reopening the training track, 3-year-old Princess Lili B broke down while breezing and broke both front legs. This is the 22nd death on these grounds in the past two-and-a-half months, an inexplicable uptick in fatal breakdowns. Many experts are considering the unusual rainfall on the track surface to be the culprit, but as of yet it is still unknown. [Santa Anita Still in Trouble]

What can you say about a top level groom who has taken care of Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum’s stable for 21 years? Anu Harrila has been the backbone of this Olympic level operation for what feels like forever, and one of the best grooms in the world. Originally from Finland, Anu grew up wanting to be a professional rider herself, but found her niche in grooming. She knows how to calm the horses and reassure Meredith as well, which has truly made her part of the family. [Groom Spotlight: Anu Harrila]

Best of the Blogs: Olivia Alstad’s “Livin’ Eventing” blog interviews Caroline Moore, who has produced horses and riders up to 5* level and also co-owns double gold medaling event horse ‘Allstar B’ ridden by Ros Canter. [Quickieview With Caroline Moore]

Hot on Horse Nation: The Most Popular Irish-Themed Show Names, Presented by Draper Therapies

Just in on Jumper Nation: Barn Fire at Kelli Cruciotti’s Serenity Farm Claims Live of Three Horses

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What it’s really like to take conformation photos with my horses.

Look, my horses do way more modeling than average horses, so they all learn the system of ground tying and being forced to stand square for a long time while I back up and try to get the perfect photo. However, nothing, and I mean NOTHING, will prevent my horses from insisting on staring the exact opposite direction that I need from them. I could put them up against a wall and I swear to you they’d probably start licking the wall instead of staring face front with a pleasant expression. The struggle. Is real.

National Holiday: National Pi Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

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

Copper Meadows 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:

Having a rideable horse is the name of the game in eventing these days. Gone are the times when you could have a fairly wild horse who just killed it on cross country but wasn’t aces at the other two phases. Jan Byyny was kind enough to take some time out of her busy schedule in Aiken to give some of her top tips about creating a rideable horse, no matter what the level. Having ridden with Jan over many years, I can tell you she’s worth listening to! [Creating a Rideable Horse with Jan Byyny]

Advanced level eventing, A show hunter classes, the Dixon Oval, and fox hunting side saddle … is there anything that Sarah Gartland can’t do? This young amateur rider balances her career as a teacher as well as pursuing a Ph.D while riding whenever and whatever she can. She is technically horseless, but that doesn’t mean she is without horses to ride, and finds opportunities literally all over the world to catch ride different animals. [Gartland Always Says Yes]

All about alfalfa! Are you and your horse a fan of alfalfa? I use it in the winter to supplement the harder keepers when they lose their access to grass, or while I’m traveling and showing, but my horses don’t seem to need it year round. Some people feed exclusively alfalfa, and some people never use it. Whatever your needs, it’s important to know the nutritional and historical facts about this legume. [All About Alfalfa]

It’s that time of the year … time for BABIES! Foal season is the best season, and nobody can disagree with me. Good thing Taylor Harris Insurance Services provides coverage for mares and foals from the very beginning of their existence, and continues through their lives. If your special mare is expected, or just popped out a cutie, be sure to request a quote through THIS! [Request a Quote]

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Midwinter mood. Photo by Days End Horse Farm Rescue.

My horse has this dumb thing going on, which is that he whacked his ankle one day in the field, and he’s a massive sweller, so it blew up like a balloon. He also is a tight rope walker, and a general doofy moron, so because it’s slightly bigger than usual, he keeps whacking it in turnout. He’s not lame, and there isn’t actually anything wrong with him other than swelling, but now he has to go out in a tiny field and have it wrapped so he stops hitting himself. Can somebody explain to him how stupid this is? Nothing is so resilient and yet so fragile as a horse.

National Holiday: International Woman’s Day

Major Weekend Events:

Red Hills CCI & HT: WebsiteScheduleEntry StatusRide TimesLive ScoresEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

A tiny palomino mare winning at the Advanced level? We’re into it. Pandora, bred and owned by Laura Boyer, recently won her first Advanced horse trials at Twin Rivers just a few weeks ago. What she lacks in stature, she makes up for in heart and love of cross country. She started in the hunter and jumper rings, but has now found her true love in Eventing under the guidance of James Alliston. [Pandora Is More Than A Pretty Face]

Eventers from Greenville County, SC are rallying around trainer Janna Ritacco in order to preserve the Riverbend Equestrian Park. Used since 2011 as an incredible resource for equestrians everywhere, the REP has been a source of pony club events and ratings, schooling shows and clinics. The facility has served as the starting place for many young riders, as well as adults enjoying equestrian sports as well. The county is planning to terminate Janna’s lease and remove all equestrian activities from the facility, and the community is trying to save it. [Save Riverbend Equestrian Park]

CDCTA has announced a $1500 prize for the Novice level for the 2019 Spring Horse Trials. Awarded to the top four low score Novice entrants across all divisions, you must be a current CDCTA member to be eligible. Get ready Novice riders! You also must be present for awards wearing your dressage attire for photos. [CDCTA Novice Cash Prizes]

Hot on Horse Nation: Spring Training: How To Safely Bring A Horse Back to Work

Red Hills!!! Red Hills!!

 

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Ok, it’s still covered in snow but look at those gallop hills! Photo by Courtney Sendak

I can’t be the only one who looks at scenery while driving and assesses the personal value based solely on whether or not I would enjoy using it as a gallop field, right? I’m lucky to live in Virginia at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, so there are a lot of fields on my daily drives that definitely qualify as gallop quality. Now, if only it would stop raining and snowing so I could *actually* gallop!

National Holiday: National Cereal Day

Major Weekend Events:

Red Hills CCI & HT: WebsiteScheduleEntry StatusRide TimesLive ScoresEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

For a long time, common knowledge has linked stomach ulcers and cribbing together, but new scientific research shows otherwise. Cribbing is not necessarily related to stomach pH levels, but more likely just general stress. Scientists looked at the stomachs of 42 dead horses, half of which were cribbers and half were not, finding no difference in the stomach linings or acidity between the two. [Cribber Scientific Research]

Due to a sharp uptick in fatalities at Santa Anita since December, all workouts and races have been cancelled indefinitely at the track. With 21 fatalities since the beginning of the winter meet on December 26th, this is a far higher number than any of the previous years, and track officials are trying to investigate the cause before resuming business as usual. Considerations about unusual weather this year in California and subsequent footing changes are under investigation. [Santa Anita Closes]

Ah, dating a horse girl. It’s complicated, let’s be real. Obviously we don’t think anything we do is crazy, but a lot of “normal” people seem to, so it’s semi-necessary to hand out ground rules and guidelines sometimes. You know, to help out the muggles. [Dating a Horse Girl: The Survival Guide]

The Kindness Movement is just what we need in the world today, especially on social media. Often a source of bullying and negativity, the horse world is not exempt from the perils of social media armchair experts. That’s why sixteen-year-old Izzy Baker created the Instagram account The Kindness Movement, where she highlights friendships and love throughout the equine worlds. [Be the Change You Wish to See]

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Preach on random dude on cross country, preach on!#travelswithamy #outstandinginafield #eventing #throwbackthursday @KyThreeDayEvent

Posted by AK Dragoo Photography on Thursday, February 28, 2019

Yesterday, I asked the universe if spring was really upon us, and I truly enjoyed a perfect spring day with delightful weather. Today, it is raining and snowing and sleeting. Really, I brought this on myself. I’m so sorry.

National Holiday: National Horse Protection Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

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

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

It’s happening: Jonty and Art are returning to competition! Jonty Evans announced that he and Cooley Rorkes Drift will return to eventing at Belton this spring, and he positively can’t wait. He just jumped his first cross country fences this week with Art, and says the horse feels great. What a recovery story! [The Return of Jonty & Art]

Dressage is becoming more and more important in our evolving sport, from Beginner Novice to 5*. If you’re interested in improving your scores, you better check out this article from Christoph Hess on how to become a great dressage rider and build a correct training system for all your horses. I like this article because he emphasizes that first and foremost, the rider must always admit that they made the mistake, not the horse. Bye bye, ego! [Ride Like a Professional Dressage Rider]

Most eight-year-old girls are bopping around on tiny ponies, but not Maia Fletcher. This ambitious little horse enthusiast is obsessed with Shires. That’s right, the biggest horses she could possibly find. In fact, she’s been riding them since she was three. And holy cow is it a cute match. [Meet the Eight Year Old Shire Rider]

Hot on Horse Nation: 18 Horses Celebrating Their Birthday

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Photo of the softest thing in the world via THIS FB page.

You guys, is it happening? Is spring upon us? For those of us who haven’t gone south for the winter, it’s been pure agony. But the daffodils coming up outside my house tell me that maybe hope is in the air? I don’t want to jinx it, but honestly it makes me feel pretty optimistic, even if it’s still pretty darn cold at night, because I’ve seen the sun a few days in a row and *gasp* the GRASS is coming up!! Please please please please be spring and not false winter 2.0!

National Holiday: National Chocolate Souffle Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

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

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

SafeSport: Do you know what you need to know for 2019? In this video, Sonja Keating, General Counsel for the USEF, gives a summary of the changes to the SafeSport program that have taken place over the last year, covering changes in federal law as well as policies of the U.S. Center for SafeSport and the policies of the USEF. She also discusses the history of USEF’s policies to protect minor athletes and shares that a Task Force has been appointed to determine other safeguards that can be put in place to protect athletes that comply with SafeSport and are not an imposition to members. [What You Need To Know About SafeSport]

Do you love ex-racehorses? Are you super active on social media? New Vocations wants you! This is the last day to apply for their Ambassador program to help promote adoption of ex-racehorses through the power of social media. As the largest racehorse adoption program in the United States, this is quite an opportunity for the right person. Applicants must have a minimum of 1,500 followers from Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. [Apply Here]

Who won USEA blue ribbon awards in 2018? The list is extensive! With seven winners in the Advanced division, fifteen in the Intermediate division, and an unbelievably huge amount at all the other divisions, you should check out the best riders in our country. [2018 Blue Ribbon Awards]

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Sometimes I do fun pony photoshoots. Photo by Kate Samuels.

Yesterday I met with a local event rider friend of mine (haaaay Lara) about the two of us taking over the organization of an unrecognized combined test that a farm down the road hosts every year in March. I’m doing the dressage judging and helping with the organization and promotion and stuff, and woah, I’m already impressed with how much work it is just to put on a little local show! Seriously, god bless people who do this for big shows and do this professionally, hug your local organizer and bring him/her flowers and chocolates next time you go to compete.

National Holiday: National Margarita Day (MY FAVORITE HOLIDAY)

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:

You want a heartwarming story of a girl finally realizing her dreams and getting a giant puppy dog OTTB despite the odds? Noelle Floyd knows what you want, and they’ve got you covered. Sarah McGovern is a delightful young lady who lives right down the road from me in Charlottesville, and has been dreaming of owning a horse and living her horsey daydreams for her entire life. Despite battling cystic fibrosis every day, Sarah manages a local eventing barn and is competing her enormous sweet Thoroughbred gelding, Leo. [Noelle Floyd Feature: Sarah McGovern]

Before Todd Minikus was a household name in the show jumper world, he was just another guy riding a $1,000 OTTB. The difference was, he was riding that thousand-dollar Thoroughbred and winning all the grand prix classes with him. Thrilling was a 1980 grey Thoroughbred gelding that Todd bought sight unseen as he was out of the same mare as his previous grand prix mount. The gelding won enough in prize money for Todd to buy a truck, a trailer and go on to become a professional rider. [An OTTB Named Thrilling]

Ponies have officially hacked the system: they’re now traveling by human drawn carriage. That’s right, humans pulling ponies. And no, I’m not joking. This spring, Emma Massingale will be pulling two mini ponies across Europe in a specially adapted tricycle, from Switzerland onwards. Stanley and Percy the ponies will be in the back, along with the dachshund. [Human Drawn Pony Carriage Across Europe]

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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]

 

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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:

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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]

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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]

 

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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!!”

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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?

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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]