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About Kate Samuels

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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Friday News & Notes from SmartPak

When you’re literally the cutest Turkey that has ever existed. Photo by Kate Samuels.

Do you ever feel like maybe you own the cutest horse in the entire world? I do. Twice over, really, because Nyls is the original model horse, but his little protege, Turkey, is actually the cutest pony head alive. His winter assignment is to be my lesson couch, as I’ve decided to take him around in the trailer to sit on while I teach lessons in the afternoons. He’s only four, and about two months off the track, so it’s a good excuse for him to see different places and hang out and have to watch other horses running around and doing stuff. He’s like a giant dog, really, and also a very comfy way to teach!

National Holiday: National Homemade Bread Day (IT’S MY HOLIDAY!)

Major Events This Weekend:

Mitsubishi Motors Australian International Three-Day Event [Website] [Entries] [Live Scores]

Ocala Jockey Club 3-Day International Event [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

News from Around the Globe:

Allison Springer Eventing has an immediate opening to join the team as the head groom. This job offers the opportunity to groom at the top levels of eventing with a great string of upper level event horses competing internationally. The head groom will have the opportunity to travel to events around the country and potentially the globe. [Be Allison Springer’s Head Groom]

Equestrian Events, Inc. (EEI), organizer of the Land Rover Kentucky Three Day Event, presented the Area VIII Young Riders Program a generous $2,000 donation to support their goal of attending the 2018 Adequan FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC). [EEI Donates to Area VIII YR]

Nine-year-old jumper Caracas had an occasional weird jump and slightly high fever when he went into Rood & Riddle in Wellington FL, but they discovered a 27 pound tumor in the horse’s abdomen. With only a 5% chance of survival, he beat the odds and is now back in the equitation ring winning ribbons. [Life Saving Surgery with 27lb Tumor]

Best of Blogs: No More Metal Saddle Racks

 

It was Oliver’s birthday this week, so let’s relive Ballaghmor Class winning Burghley for him this fall: 

Thursday News & Notes from Nupafeed

Photo by Shannon Brinkman, shared by Ocala Jockey Club 3 Day Event FB.

There is something completely entrancing about photos from the jog where the horse is staring directly at the camera. Forget the people, that’s not interesting to me, but horses? When they seem to know exactly where the camera is on the runway? Totally wonderful. Hat tip to Shannon Brinkman who alway seems to find this shot no matter where she is.

National Holiday: National Fast Food Day

Major Events This Weekend:

Mitsubishi Motors Australian International Three-Day Event [Website] [Entries] [Live Scores]

Ocala Jockey Club 3-Day International Event [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

News from Around the Globe:

Action from Ocala Jockey Club Three Day Event kicks off today. A deep field has assembled for the CIC three-star and CCI two-star divisions, with more than 170 riders from 10 countries competing. Riders representing Australia, Barbados, Canada, Ecuador, El Salvador, Great Britain, Hungary, New Zealand, The Netherlands and the United States are scheduled to compete, said Page. The 2016 Olympic individual bronze medalist, Phillip Dutton, has seven rides. [Ocala Event Has International Flavor]

Get a mule, they said. It’ll be fun, they said. Smokey Joe is a mule who is also an incredible klutz. “He’s very surefooted when he wants to be — “wants” is the key word. Yes, he can climb mountains, navigate narrow trails and rock hop without taking a wrong step or missing a beat, but on flat ground he trips over his own four feet. See, he has an insatiable appetite. I really should have named him “Hoover”: not after the president, after the vacuum.” [Hot On Horse Nation]

Remember Billy and Blaze? I grew up reading the iconic books of C.W. Anderson, based on 1936’s Billy and his amazing pony Blaze, who conquered a ton of different situations together. They’re making a movie! And you can be in it! Tomorrow they’re shooting a scene at the Warrenton show grounds and looking for extras. Click here to find out more: [Billy & Blaze Casting Call]

 

 

 

Product Review: Horseware Ireland Rambo Cozy Fleece

The Rambo Cozy Fleece looks and feels stunning on any horse. Photo by Kate Samuels.

Brrr, it’s getting cold in here! With freshly clipped horses abounding, it’s time to dig out the warm and toasty rugs for the incoming winter weather. Most of our horses are still in full work, which means they’re now naked and getting baths after sweating from their workouts. This is where the Horseware Ireland Rambo Cozy Fleece comes in, and you’ll never want for another winter fleece again.

If ever there was an aptly named blanket, this is the one. Let me tell you, cozy doesn’t even begin to describe the texture of this blanket. I want to steal it from my horse and wrap up in it myself! It is literally the most snuggly. The Rambo Cozy Fleece is made from high quality double bonded, anti-pilling fleece and features a stylish and snug padded collar to keep in the warmth.

This blanket is perfect for when you’ve finished your ride and it’s just too chilly for a light irish knit to do the job. It is warm and cozy, but it’s not overbearing and heavy. It’s great for using both in the barn, or in the trailer traveling to a show or a lesson. Because of the special anti-pill material, you also don’t have to worry about this fleece falling apart on you, or turning into a strange surface over time.

The Rambo Cozy Fleece features the classic cut and design that we all know and love from Horseware, and includes double front closures and cross surcingles to keep it well fitted and properly adjusted for movement around the stall.

I also admit that I really love the royal blue color, as it tends to look handsome on almost all colors of horses, and the detailing of the checkerboard pattern on the inside gives it an extra pop.

The rolled neckpiece on this blanket is also really wonderful, as it keeps the warmth in and goes a little further up the neck than most coolers. This is a wonderful feature for horses with big shoulders like mine, because he always falls prey to the dreaded slip back with lower cut blankets, leaving his chest open and exposed to the clasps in the front.

I love this blanket, and highly recommend it without reservations. It’s also on sale right now for $179 through Horseware Ireland, but can also be found at many of your local tack stores.

 

Friday News & Notes from SmartPak

 

When your horse is trying to figure out how to horse (insert eye roll). Photo by Kate Samuels.

Ok, I can’t be the only one who is already planning what to bake for Thanksgiving, can I? I feel safe in saying that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year, mostly because of gravy and stuffing, TBH. I’m from a southern family too, so basically you have to starve yourself for days beforehand and afterwards in order to cope with the caloric intake. That’s normal, right?

National Holiday: National Vanilla Cupcake Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

Poplar Place Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

Texas Rose Horse Park Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

Unfortunately, we can confirm that the B-sample from Julia Krajewski’s horse confirms the A-sample. The tests confirmed positive for Firocoxib, also known as Previcox and Equioxx. For now, Julia has 21 days to decide whether she accepts an administrative sanction or requests a hearing before the FEI Tribunal regarding her situation. [Samourai du Thot Drug Results]

What happens when your girth snaps in two over a CCI2* fence on cross country? Ginny Howe found out the hard way, when her girth simply popped and split apart while she was riding Echo P at Osberton. Despite the unusual tack malfunction, she jumped the fence and kept galloping for a bit until she realized the saddle had slipped rather far back. Luckily, she was able to safely pull up! [Video: Girth Breaks on XC]

Hot on Horse Nation: TIP Youth Ambassadors of the Month

Hot on Horse Nation Pt 2: If Horse Sales Texts Were Honest

 

First peek at Lauren Keiffer’s new mount, Hindine! (please peep the Michael Buble on the speakers)

 

Thursday News & Notes from Nupafeed

Virginia in the fall is literally unreal. Photo by Carly Eddahri.

I know that it’s already snowed in lots of places this fall, but I live in Virginia, and I was hoping to keep hold of my southern status a little longer. Unfortunately, Virginia decided to skip fall this year, and go straight from 80 degrees to 20. Sometimes both in one twenty-four hour period! No, I’m not busy changing blankets every four hours, why do you ask?

National Holiday: National Scrapple Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

Poplar Place Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

Texas Rose Horse Park Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

Did you know that Nereo and Armada are full brothers? Bred by Ramón Beca and sourced by Andrew Nicholson, these two look-alike blood brothers each have a fantastic record at CCI4* and below. In fact, they are the only two horses in the world to have posted 15 clear cross country rounds at CCI3* and CCI4* each. Armada has four clear and inside the time rounds at Badminton on his record, but his brother Nereo has three, one of which was a win this spring. [Equiratings: Blood Brothers]

Zara Tindall might be actual royalty, but she’s earned her place at the top in the Eventing world too. Having won an individual gold and team silver at the WEG in 2006, Zara remains one of the top competitors in our sport, and was kind enough to look back on her career and share her thoughts with The National for this interesting article. [Zara Tindall on Inspiring Women and Horses in Her Life]

Eric Winter has big plans for Badminton 2018. Having enjoyed his inaugural year as course designer this past spring, Eric wants to bring old style cross country back to the forefront at the famous venue, and plans to give it a big facelift for 2018. [Badminton Cross Country Changes]

 

 

Friday News & Notes from SmartPak

The cutest boop that ever booped. Photo by Kate Samuels.

Look, I know everybody thinks their animals are the cutest animals, but can we just take a moment to appreciate how ridiculously adorable my mini donkey is? Pepe is so fluffy and so cute and literally the best at photo shoots, I can’t believe he doesn’t have a modeling contract yet. If anybody is out there looking for a tiny donkey model, you know who to contact. Pepe-roni.

National Holiday: National Sandwich Day

Major Events This Weekend:

Galway Downs: WebsiteScheduleRide Times & ScoresLive StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

Tattersalls Horse Trials has announced their support for the USEA initiative to ask the FEI for compulsory use of frangible technology. They join Badminton Horse Trials, Eventing Canada, and several Olympic riders in voicing their strong belief that the FEI should mandate use of frangible technology on international cross country courses, rather than their current stance of “strong recommendation”. [Tattersalls Ireland]

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Hot on Horse Nation: No Stirrup November – No Thank You!

Dressage kicks off this morning with the CCI3* competitors at Galway Downs. All ten of the horses and riders were accepted earlier this week at the jogs, with 61 international pairs and 29 competitors in the Training Three-Day. The small but mighty field is made up of four-star veterans as well as three-star first timers. [Ninety Horses Accepted at Galway Downs]

 

Thursday News & Notes from Nupafeed

The annual Law-Holling Halloween photo! Courtesy of Lesley Grant-Law

My wild Halloween night involved 1) baking bread 2) drinking red wine 3) watching the newest season of Stranger Things and 4) going to bed early. Yes, I know, don’t let your jealousy get the best of you. Of course, the bread was delicious, and duh, I finished the bottle of wine.

National Holiday: National Men Make Dinner Day (No BBQ Allowed, Must Cook!)

Major Events This Weekend:

Galway Downs International CCI & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

Last call for golfing fans: today is the last day! Are you going to be in Ocala, Florida during the week of the Ocala Jockey Club International Three-Day Event? Do you love to golf? Sign up to play in the #LeeLeeStrong Golf Tournament on Tuesday, Nov. 14 at the Ocala Country Club. All proceeds will benefit Lee Lee Jones’ medical fund as she continues to recover from a traumatic brain injury. [Lee Lee Jones Benefit Golf Tournament]

Here’s another exciting event happening in Ocala! Mark your calendars to attend a luncheon at the Ocala Jockey Club on Friday, Nov. 17 to highlight the accomplishments of women in eventing. Ladies, bring your significant others. Fathers, come to support your daughters. Email Pavla Nygaard at [email protected] for more information.

The West Coast’s fall CCI3* kicks off tomorrow morning at the Galway Downs International Event in Temecula, California. In addition to the CCI3*, Galway Downs will also host CCI2* and CCI* international divisions as well as horse trials for Novice through Preliminary and USEA Classic Series Training Three-Day division. The cross country is designed by Eric Winter this year, who took over from Ian Stark, who designed the courses since 2007. [Galway Downs Fast Facts]

Y’all ready for Toronto’s Royal Horse Show this weekend? The Horseware Indoor Eventing Challenges are featured both Friday and Saturday evenings, and are positively jam packed with top riders from North America and Europe. The courses are designed by Mark Phillips, and riders like Selena O’Hanlon, Boyd Martin, and Waylon Roberts will be gracing us with their talents. [Royal Horse Show Indoor Eventing]

Top Tweets from Riders This Week

 

 

 

Friday News & Notes from Kentucky Equine Research

This has to win for best save of 2017, Alice Dunsdon DID NOT fall off after this! Photo by Frog & Field FB. 

It’s finally my favorite time of year! Not only is it VAHT weekend, which is my all time fave hometown event (whoop whoop!) but it’s also starting to cool off, which is a huge relief. I literally love fall so much. Well, except for the part where when I get out of bed it’s actually really freaking cold and I have to wear so many clothes because I’m completely not adjusted to it yet. That part stinks.

National Holiday: National Frankenstein Friday

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Virginia CCI, CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

Calling all eventers!  We need you to take this important survey!  A team of prominent researchers is investigating how competition level, training intensity and management practices impact the horse gastrointestinal health of event horses.  All eventers 18 years of age or older can take the survey for each of their event horses.  Surveys are completely anonymous and will take about 10 minutes to complete.  To thank you for your time, each eventer who completes a survey will be provided a 20% discount coupon for an online purchase to SmartPak™.  The survey is open from Monday, September 18th, 2017 to November 4th, 2017. [Gastrointestinal Health Survey]

Put down whatever your doing, and stop that Netflix binge: Jack LeGoff has written an autobiography. It’s called “Horses Came First, Second and Last” and you have to start reading it right now. With an astounding eighteen medals in eight international championships and team gold medals at the Olympic Games in 1976 and 1984, Jack Le Goff created the standard by which modern-day equestrian teams are measured. But Le Goff’s techniques could be unforgiving—tough, brutal, and abrasive—and earned him critics as well as converts. [My Unapologetic Road to Eventing Gold]

Hot on HN: 4 Sales Phrases That Don’t Actually Make Sense

Video of the Day: Basic Training with David O’Connor

The USEA has established a Course Designers’ Educational Grant/Mentoring Program to fund the education and development of U.S. course designers. The program is open to those who have competed at the CCI2* level in recent years and who have completed the Course Design Module at a USEA Training Program for Eventing Officials Seminar. Funds of up to $6,000 will be awarded in 2017. [USEA Course Designers’ Educational Grant]

KER Product of the Week – Nano•E®

Horses depend on their diets for vitamin E. Because horses cannot synthesize this vitamin “in-house,” they must consume it from forages or concentrates. For horses that have access to plentiful amounts of fresh green forage, additional vitamin supplementation is often unnecessary. Shortly after harvesting, however, the amount of vitamin E decreases significantly in hay and hay products.

Over time, horses offered hay-only diets may become deficient in vitamin E, which impacts antioxidant protection, immune function, and neuromuscular health. Horses that are low or deficient in vitamin E require targeted supplementation.

Studies have shown that the most effective way of increasing vitamin E status is by using a water-soluble form of natural-source vitamin E, such as research-proven Nano•E. Developed by Kentucky Equine Research (KER), Nano•E uses advanced nanotechnology to create a rapidly available and absorbed source of vitamin E. Shop now.

 

Thursday News & Notes from Nupafeed

Boyd autographing from horseback at Waredaca. Photo by Gretchen Butts.

Everybody is all fired up about the new FEI rule changes (I am too, don’t worry) but mostly I was pumped that I did a bareback around the farm hack on my OTTB Turkey, who is just six weeks off the track and literally the most perfect ever. The dogs scoot up his butt and birds fly out of the bushes, and he just blinks his eyes and saunters on. I’m thinking of renaming him Mary Poppins. Practically perfect in every way!

National Holiday: National Mule Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Virginia CCI, CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

The action is heating up in New Zealand this weekend at Takapau’s Arran Station. With over 200 horses in attendance, there will be 13 contesting the Red Snap’r CIC3*, which is the second leg of the ESNZ Eventing Super League. Among those will be Clarke Johnstone and Balmoral Sensation, who were the best of the Kiwis at Rio last year. [Eventing NZ]

It’s a free-for-all questionnaire with Boyd Martin every month at Sidelines Magazine. The series is called “Everything Eventing” and they mean everything. You can submit questions to Boyd for next month, but meanwhile, check out this one! [Everything Eventing with Boyd Martin]

Winter is coming, which means massive social media arguments about blanketing are also on their way. Luckily, we have Biz Stamm from Horse Nation to present us with a little science regarding cold weather management practices, to help clear the air. You can’t argue with facts, folks. [Simply the Science: Blanketing]

Woah baby! NZ’s most popular white racehorse The Opera House has produced her fourth white foal! You almost never see white foals, as they are usually born dark and grey out with time, but The Opera House has her system down pat. Not only are her foals stunning and unique, but they’re great racehorses, selling at yearling sales for over $500,000 and going on to win! [White On!]

Friday News & Notes from Kentucky Equine Research

Some spooooooky decorations at Windermere Horse Trials in Area IV!

Clipping season has arrived! The sign that the season is here? The week before Fair Hill when horses who are competing juuuust start to get that uncomfortable amount of floof because the temps dipped down overnight and they don’t look that classy at a competition. The next marker is the VA Horse Trials coming up next week, when some horses are straight up looking like wooly mammoths and it’s 35 at night but also 80 during the day so nobody wins.

National Holiday: National Brandied Fruit Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Waredaca Classic N/T3DE & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Tryon Riding & Hunt Club H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

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

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

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

Hagyard Midsouth Classic 3DE, CCI, & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

You’ll definitely want to check out the Eventing Radio Show Podcast this week, as it features Joe and Max reporting live from Pau CCI4*, as well as chats with Foxwood High’s groom Anne Marie Duarte and Fair Hill CCI2* winner Tamie Smith. [ERS Episode 478]

Is it too early to call it a “Flashback Friday” to last weekend at Fair Hill? Nah. We love amazing pictures of Fair Hill any day of the week, even if it was last week. Check out COTH’s collection of favorite photos of the iconic competition. [Favorite Photos from FHI]

Caber Farm Horse Trials in Onalaska, Washington (Area VII) hosts one USEA recognized event every year on the final weekend in August and offers Beginner Novice through Intermediate levels. They just celebrated their 20th anniversary this year with 290 entries all through the levels. Owner John Camlin moved to Washington in 1992 after years of working and riding in Middleburg, VA, and thought it was very similar turf to where he had just been, so it might be an excellent venue for a three day event. [USEA Events A-Z]

 

KER ClockIt™ Session of the Week

KER ClockIt Sport, a free smartphone app from Kentucky Equine Research (KER), makes it easy to see an individual horse’s intensity and duration of exercise through speed, heart rate, and GPS. Horse owners and trainers can use this information to condition and feed each horse appropriately for the work they’re actually performing.

This week’s ClockIt featured session is from an eventer gearing up her 9-year-old Irish Sport Horse for a CCI2*. Check out the session graph below, keeping in mind speed is the orange line, altitude is the blue line, and heart rate is the purple line.

The rider hacked to the base of a steep hill. She flatted at a trot and canter for 20 minutes, then cantered up the hill four times with a short break following each climb.

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

New to ClockIt? Check out our Getting Started page.

 

Thursday News & Notes from Nupafeed

Mathieu Lemoine and Better Win. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Here at EN, we know what you like. You like pictures of pretty horses, cool cross country saves, and Michael Jung. We also know that you like photos of French man candy, which is why we provide only the best for our loyal readers (sorry, handful of straight guys that are out there, but you get literally all the girls in tight pants you could want so….). You’re welcome for Mathiew Lemoine, we’ll be sure to have Tilly follow him through Le Lion.

National Holiday: National Seafood Bisque Day (weird)

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Waredaca Classic N/T3DE & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Tryon Riding & Hunt Club H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

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

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

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

Hagyard Midsouth Classic 3DE, CCI, & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

The USEA released a strong statement regarding the mandated use of frangible pins. In short, the USEA Cross Country Safety Sub-Committee has made a strong suggestion to the FEI that they change their status regarding open rail fences, gates, oxers and oxer corners to mandatory usage of reverse frangible technology. Currently, the FEI only strongly recommends such building standards. [USEA Statement on Frangible Technology]

The annual USEA Convention is only two months away, so we’re getting a sneak peak of the schedule. This year, there will be three tracks to choose from: Events, Eventers, and Equine. Each track will feature a variety of presentations and forums focused around a common theme to educate and engage members. It’s jam packed with cool talks, check out some of the offerings! [USEA Convention]

Holy cow you guys, I can’t stop watching this video of this Icelandic stallion. Horses of Iceland made this cool video showing off the five gaits of an incredibly cute and fluffy-maned Icelandic stallion, and it’s mesmerizing. He walks, trots, gallops, tolts, and does a flying pace. It looks like it would feel so weird, but also, LOOK AT HIS FLUFFY FORELOCK. [Icelandic Horse]

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Friday News & Notes from Kentucky Equine Research

R-Perfect Storm and Alyssa Peterson in the 5-year-old YEH. Photo by Mary Pat Stone.

I have to give a shout out to my girl Alyssa Peterson, (holla NAJYRC 2009 Area II!) who is competing two of her homebreds at Fair Hill this weekend. R-Perfect Storm is in the 5-year-old YEH Championships, and Stormin’ Truth is in the CCI2*, both of which are out of her old Advanced mare, Stormin’s Barbie. Alyssa is one of the humblest, kindest, and hardest working people you’ll ever meet, and I can see her blushing right now if somebody tells her I wrote this about her. You go girl!

National Holiday: National No Bra Day

Major Events:

Fair Hill: WebsiteDrawn OrderScheduleCCI Dressage TimesYEH Jumping TimesCCI Live ScoresYEH Live ScoresEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

Exmoor Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

Fleur de Leap H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

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

News From Around the Globe:

Did you know only women have scored in the 30s in dressage in the Fair Hill CCI3* over the last decade? Plus, there have been only three dressage tests scoring in the 30s over the last decade in the CCI3*. EquiRatings took a look at the history of the CCI3* at Fair Hill and posted facts and figures over on their blog. [All Eyes on Fair Hill International]

Fifty-five YEH contestants kicked off the dressage action yesterday at Fair Hill. Kristen Bond’s Bea Ready, her own Dutch Warmblood mare (Cicero Z Van Paemel x Tizora) topped the 4-year-old class with an 86.40% in dressage and a 74.70% in conformation for a total of 41.45%. Aletta Nichols’ Wil Celtic Charlie, an Irish Sport Horse gelding by Porsche was ridden by Waylon Roberts in the 5-year-old class, and scored an 83.7% in conformation and an impressive 88% in dressage. Jumping counts for 50% of the score so anything can happen tomorrow. [Bea Ready and Wil Celtic Charlie Rule YEH]

Science has taught us a lot about colic in the past few years, but we still can’t prevent it. As only the second deadliest issue with horses, the fatality rate is 7%-10% with horses that experience it. Gas colic makes up 85% of the episodes, but we still haven’t truly determined the cause. There are certainly things that make your horse more prone, but our ability to keep it from happening hasn’t increased at all. [Our Understanding of Colic]

Superstar racehose Arrogate will retire after attempting to defend his Breeders Cup Classic title this year. Trainer Bob Baffert just announced that this will be the colt’s final run, and he will retire to stand at stud at Juddmonte Farms afterwards. The winner of last year’s Breeders Cup Classic and the 2017 Pegasus World Cup Invitational as well as the Dubai Cup, his summer season has been less stunning, but hopes are high for this last start. [Arrogate to Retire]

KER Product of the Week – Introducing Triacton™

Horse owners know that in order for their horse to compete well, it must be sound and feeling its best. What if there was a product that could achieve both?

Recently developed by Kentucky Equine Research (KER), Triacton is a triple-action supplement designed to improve bone density and support digestive health in horses. Triacton supports health in three research-proven ways: increasing bone density for skeletal strength, buffering stomach acid to bolster gastric health and reduce the incidence of ulcers, and moderating the pH of the hindgut to prevent acidosis.

Triacton is delivered in a highly digestible, easy-to-feed pellet.

For more information on Triacton, contact Kentucky Equine Research at 888-873-1988 or [email protected]. Purchase Triacton directly at shop.kerx.com.

Thursday News & Notes from Nupafeed

I spy with my little eye….EN ladies proving that Flannel Is Life. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

You ever have one of those weeks where you start counting the crazy things that are happening to you, and when you reach three crazy horrible things, you’re actually thankful because you’re sure now it’s got to be over? I mean, that’s the rule, right? Bad things come in threes? That’s what I thought anyway. Side note, when you have to medicate a horse eyeball every four hours, your already pathetic social life becomes non existent. Don’t poke your eye, guys, don’t do it.

National Holiday: National Vermont Day

Major Events:

Fair Hill: WebsiteDrawn OrderScheduleCCI Dressage TimesYEH Dressage TimesCCI Live ScoresYEH Live ScoresEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

Exmoor Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

Fleur de Leap H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

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

News From Around the Globe:

Alexis Helffrich has made the long journey east to contest his first CCI3* at Fair Hill this weekend with London Town, after successfully gaining a Jacqueline B. Mars National Competition and Training Grant to help him fly his mount. While Alexis has never competed on the east coast yet, he did spend two years working and riding for Andrew Nicholson, and also achieved an instructor’s degree and a bachelors in equine management after three years of study at the National School d’Equitation in Saumur, France. [Fair Hill Via France, England and California]

Get your Fair Hill “Fast Facts”! Fair Hill hosts not only the USEF National Championships at CCI2* and CCI3*, but this is the ninth year running where it has held the YEH East Coast Championships featuring four and five-year-olds too. Find out who is returning from last year, how many horses are in each division, and all the little details in between. [Fair Hill Fast Facts]

Bidding has opened for a 1915 edition of Black Beauty, with proceeds to go to help horses in need. Anna Sewell’s 1877 classic is the one book that we’ve ALL read at least a trillion times, and rightly so. This rare edition was donated for this specific purpose, and features stunning color illustrations by Lucy Kemp-Welch that need to be seen to be believed. [Bid Now!]

Hot on Horse Nation: Halloween Short Story Contest!!

Ben Hobday, the master of social media (at least in England, obvi nobody can take on Lainey Ashker here in the states). What are the eight things that Ben just can’t live without in his barn and his life? Some things are obvious, but some things, like a Honda push mower for therapeutic meditation, are not quite so predictable. [8 Essentials for Ben Hobday]

 

 

Friday News & Notes from Kentucky Equine Research

Photo via Morning Feed FB.

They say you can pick your friends, you can pick your nose, but you can’t pick your friend’s nose…..or can you? I’ve definitely been that little kid before, prodding ponies in every way imaginable. Oh wait, I’m still that little kid.

National Holiday: NATIONAL COFFEE DAY

U.S. Weekend Preview:

University of New Hampshire H.T.  [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Larkin Hill H.T. [Website]

Morven Park CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

ESDCTA H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Stable View Advanced Oktoberfest H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Stream]

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

Spokane Sport Horse Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

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

News From Around the Globe:

Copper Meadows Horse Trials in Ramona, California (Area VI), runs three USEA recognized events a year in March, June, and September, offering Intro through Advanced level competition. In September, Copper Meadows also hosts CIC*, CIC2* and CIC3* divisions. Run and owned by Taren Hoffos, the event is in it’s 17th year of operation. [USEA Events A-Z]

Non-horse person Marcus Zahn parked his ridiculously expensive sports car next to a donkey paddock, and paid the price. Literally. Inquisitive donkey, Vitus, decided to have a taste of the car’s fender, costing the owner about $50k in damages. Hilariously, both local police and Marcus are suggesting that perhaps Vitus mistook the car for a carrot due to it’s heinous orange color. [Donkey Attacks Car]

Even show jump riders understand flat work. Responsiveness to the leg is critical to effective riding, says 2012 World Cup Champion Rich Fellers of Wilsonville, Oregon. And it starts with walk–trot transitions.“Flat work is the biggest focus of my whole program,” says the US Olympian. [Calibrating to Leg Pressure with Rich Fellers]

Hot on Horse Nation: 9 Equestrian Things That Need to Come in Pumpkin Spice 

H&H Question of the Week: My Horse is Very One Sided, How Do I Fix This?

In honor of National Coffee Day:

KER Product of the Week – Synovate HA®

Event horses put a lot of strain on their legs as they rack up miles and jump on varied terrain and footing conditions, producing wear and tear on joint structures over time. To maximize the longevity of your event horse’s career, consider using a joint supplement.

Developed by Kentucky Equine Research (KER), Synovate HA proactively helps to manage horse joint health by preventing the loss of hyaluronic acid, an essential component of joint cartilage that maintains healthy connective tissue and optimizes normal joint function. Shop now.

Are you wondering which supplements would best suit your horse’s diet? Contact a KER nutrition advisor today!

Thursday News & Notes from Nupafeed

WHY CAN’T I WEAR SWEATERS YET. It’s supposed to be sweater weather right now, and yet here I am. Wearing tank tops. Sweating. I know talking about the weather is boring, but guys, the time of year when I can wear jeans out in public and it’s totally normal is the best time of the year. I can finally hide my ghostly pale legs, and pretend to be normal again for several months. Get it together Indian Summer, I’m over you!

National Holiday: Drink Beer Day (I can get behind this)

U.S. Weekend Preview:

University of New Hampshire H.T.  [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Larkin Hill H.T. [Website]

Morven Park CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

ESDCTA H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Stable View Advanced Oktoberfest H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

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

Spokane Sport Horse Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

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

News From Around the Globe:

Over the past five years, Rebecca Farm’s effort help fight breast cancer has contributed more than $400,000 to national breast cancer research and to help local people fighting their own battles against the disease. Applications for this year’s round of local grants are due Monday, Oct. 2. [Halt Canter at X]

Susan Coert and Eneya Jenkins were awarded the Charles Owen Technical Merit Adult Amateur and Junior awards for their display of safe and appropriate riding across the country. The Shepherd Ranch SYVPC Horse Trials, held at Shepherd Ranch in Santa Ynez, Calif. on August 25-27, 2017, hosted the Area VI leg of the Charles Owen Technical Merit Award. Coert piloted Lauren Smith and Penny Russell-Smith’s 14-year-old Hanoverian gelding to a second-place finish in the Senior Training Rider division on a score of 34.8, adding just 3.6 cross-country time penalties to their dressage score. Jenkins and her own Americana, a 9-year-old Holsteiner mare, picked up 6.8 time penalties on cross-country to finish in fourth place on a score of 47.5. [Charles Owen Technical Merit Award Winners]

What’s it like trying to get horses to model for a photo shoot? In my experience, it involves a lot of waving your hands and throwing grass in the air to get their ears up, but these photographers had a bit more going on. Top British riders Laura Wenwick and Spencer Wilton used some of their top horses to shoot photos and video for an Olympia 2017 promotion, and the behind the scenes video is fascinating. [Top British Riders Photoshoot]

Jumper Nation Jamz: Who Jumped it Best: Creepy Roman Artifact

Hot on Horse Nation: Just 6 Cows Jumping Like Horses

*Hearts In Eyes*

 

 

 

 

Friday News & Notes from Kentucky Equine Research

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

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

National Holiday: Elephant Appreciation Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

Surefire Farm Fall H.T. [Website]

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

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

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

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

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

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

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

 

KER ClockIt™ Session of the Week

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

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

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

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

Thursday News & Notes from Nupafeed

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

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

National Holiday: New York Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

Surefire Farm Fall H.T. [Website]

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

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

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

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

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

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

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

Product Review: Rambo Summer Series Turnout Blanket

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Friday News & Notes from Kentucky Equine Research

LOOK AT THIS FACE Y’ALL

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

National Holiday: National Cheese Toast Day

Major Events This Week:

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

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

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

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

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

Hot on Horse Nation: Fantasy Farm: Desert Gem

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

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

 

KER Product of the Week – Nano•E®

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

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

Thursday News & Notes from Nupafeed

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

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

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

Major Events This Week:

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

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

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

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

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

Best of Blogs: Hunter Turned Eventer: Novice is Rolex

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

Just a little Plantation TBT for ya:

 

Product Review: Horseware Ireland Rambo Dry Rug Supreme

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday News & Notes from Kentucky Equine Research

Have you ever seen such serenity? #myhorsethemodel

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

National Holiday: National Stand Up To Cancer Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

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

KER ClockIt™ Session of the Week

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

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

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

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

 

Friday News & Notes from Kentucky Equine Research

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

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

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

National Holiday: Lazy Mom’s Day

Major Events This Week:

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

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

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

Silverwood Farm H.T. [Website]

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

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

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

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

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

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

KER Product of the Week – Bio•Bloom™ PS

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

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