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

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Highest Level Competed Advanced/CIC3*

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Friday News & Notes from Kentucky Equine Research

Margaret the dog is SO fashionable I can barely stand it. Photo by Whitney Weston.

Today is jump lesson day for me! I don’t have the opportunity to have lessons that often, so going for a day to have jump lessons is a real treat. Also, I get to jump my baby head Turkey, and he’s maybe the most fun I’ve ever had on a horse for jumping. He’s so well naturally balanced, and refreshingly not spooky about different kinds of jumps, which is a delightful breath of fresh air considering most of the horses I’ve had are ten million more times complicated. Super pumped!

National Holiday: National Black Cat Appreciation Day

Major Events This Week:

Bromont: WebsiteEntriesStart TimesLive ScoresEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

Waredaca Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores] [FEH Scores] [YEH/NEH Scores]

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

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

The USEF finally named the Show Jumping Team for the WEG! Featuring several oldies (but goodies) and two newer faces, we’re hoping for great things from this team. Laura Kraut with Zeremonie, Devin Ryan on Eddie Blue, Adrienne Sternlicht on Christalline, and McLain Ward on Clinta and HH Azur round out the team, with Beezie Madden and Darry Lou named as the traveling reserve. [USEF Names Show Jumping Team for WEG]

Oliver Townend is fighting back from his exclusion from the British team with five entries to Burghley this fall, including defending champion Ballaghmor Class. He’ll have to narrow it down to three of course, but let’s just say he’s got a fairly good chance of showing BE what’s what and taking the title for the second year in a row. Also, he’s been drawn AGAIN to be the first in the order of go, which ironically has happened to him more often than not. [Ollie Townend to be Trailblazer at Burghley]

The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance will introduce a new award to honor the highest-placing TAA graduate and the TAA-accredited organization affiliated with that horse at the Retired Racehorse Project’s $100,000 Thoroughbred Makeover, presented by Thoroughbred Charities of America. The award, which will be a $1,500 cash prize and other gifts, will be divided between the rider of the highest-placed TAA horse and the TAA-accredited organization that rehomed or is in the process of retraining that horse. [New TAA Award for RRP 2018]

It’s time for the Horse & Hound 2018 Awards nominations! With eleven categories, H&H is accepting nominations for any person, horse or group that you believe deserves recognition. A shortlist will be announced in October for online voting, and the winners will get to participate in a star studded ceremony at Cheltenham Racecourse in November. [Nominate for H&H Annual Awards]

 

Feeding the World: WEG Feed & Forage Insider

Kentucky Equine Research is the Official Equine Nutritionist of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 (WEG). They coordinate the ordering, shipping, testing, storage, delivery, and overall logistics of getting familiar feeds from around to world to the horses competing in Tryon. Along with shipping feeds from around the world, they’ll also provide items available for purchase on the venue on an a la carte basis. From managing this role at previous events, they know one item that will top the request list: Tons of carrots. (Literally. Many tons.)

For example, Olympic horses in Hong Kong consumed an incredible quantity of carrots. More than 11 tons of fresh carrots imported from New Zealand and Australian were fed over the course of the competition, averaging around 5 lb per horse per day! At WEG in 2010, competing horses munched through more than 13 tons of the crunchy treats.

To stay up-to-date with the latest on with the WEG feeds and forages crew, visit https://ker.com/equinews/news/weg/.

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

Eventer Nicolette Merle Smith & fiancee Joel Scholz fording the river! Photo courtesy of the Mongol Derby.

Yesterday I had one of those days where I got home from the barn at 8 p.m. and then struggled to walk down my stairs to my kitchen from wobbly legs, but then I remembered that there are people out doing the Mongol Derby and I felt like a total wimp. If I ever did the Mongol Derby, I would imagine that getting home to your own bed and sleeping for two weeks straight would feel like the most luxurious and amazing thing ever. Then again, I’m just really into sleeping.

National Holiday: National Rum Day

Major Events This Week:

Bromont CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

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

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

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

Speaking of the Mongol Derby, we have a winner! Two winners, actually: Adrian Corboy of Australia and Annabel Neasham of Great Britain. Fun fact: Annabel evented through the two-star level in the UK before moving to Australia to work as Racing Manager for Ciaron Maher Racing Stables in Melbourne. [Mongol Derby Day 7: And We Have a Winner(s)!]

As eventers we think about our horse fitness constantly, but what about rider fitness? Turns out riding all day isn’t enough for the pros and riding six days a week isn’t enough for the amateurs. “You have a responsibility for staying fit for your animal” says Allison Springer, coming fresh off a third place finish in the Advanced at Millbrook. Two areas of fitness are important: cardio, and strength with flexibility. [Rider Fitness with Allison Springer]

Never stop learning new jump techniques! This week in Eventing Training Online, we have a great couple of exercises from Dorothy Crowell. In this excerpt from the full educational video, she coaches a rider through strategies to create a flexible step at the canter while jumping a course, explaining how the rider’s body position and aids from the heel all the way up to the eyes can be used to create adjustability. [ETO: Get Those Feet Moving]

You been living under a rock or you heard of Tik Maynard’s new book? Two options only, guys. With “In The Middle Are the Horsemen” Tik has created an incredible book for horse lovers and normal people alike. Read this book review, then go buy it. [Inside The World of Horses]

Hot on Horse Nation: Equestrians & The Lost Art of Self Care

Figuring out horse insurance can be complicated and slightly scary stuff. Luckily, the pros at Taylor Harris Insurance Services are there to answer any and all questions you might possibly have. Not sure about your horse’s current market value? What the heck are exclusions? What do you do when you need to make a claim? We got you covered. [THIS FAQ]

 

Friday News & Notes from Kentucky Equine Research

Photo by Lee Ann Zobbe

Lee Ann sent us this wonderful photo of her student Eva Taylor riding It’s All About the Game (aka Sega) over the last fence at IEA Horse Trials. If this photo doesn’t sum up what Eventing is all about, I’ll retire today. Also, bonus points for your color coordination Eva, I’m digging those yellow gloves!

National Holiday: National Lazy Day

Major Events This Week:

Hartpury International [Entries] [Results]

Strzegom Summer Tour [Start Times and Live Scoring]

FEI Nations Cup at Haras du Pin [Start Times and Live Scoring] [Live Streaming]

U.S. Weekend Preview:

GMHA Festival of Eventing August H.T.  [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Fair Hill International H.T.  [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

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

Otter Creek Summer H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

The Summer Event at Woodside [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Area VII Young Rider Benefit H.T. [Website]

News From Around the Globe:

It’s that time of the year again….preparing the the AECs! While a contingent of the eventing world is pumped up for the WEG, there is a whole ‘nother section of our community that is preparing for their own personal championships, and a few of them are lucky enough to blog for the USEA during the lead up. Top Gun Tess and Caitlyn Ruud started from the bottom and now they’re qualified and heading to the AECs in the Beginner Novice division. [Road to the AECs]

A pin-prick concussion blood test could be on the market as soon as 2019. Researchers at the University of Geneva, in collaboration with hospitals in Barcelona, Madrid and Seville, have developed a small device that can diagnose mild brain trauma from a single drop of blood. The research involved identifying biomarkers in the blood that increase when a person has experienced a brain trauma.[A Single Drop of Blood Identifies Concussion]

The ninth Riders4Helmets International Helmet Awareness Day, will be held Aug. 18 and 19. Riders4Helmets International Helmet Awareness Day is a campaign event designed to educate people about the importance of wearing a helmet, following dressage Olympian Courtney King-Dye’s accident from which she suffered a brain injury. To mark the occasion, they have eleven top tips to consider when choosing, using, and fitting your helmet. [International Helmet Awareness Day]

Hot on Horse Nation: 28 Equine Bad Hair Days

Feeding the World: WEG Feed & Forage Insider

Kentucky Equine Research is the Official Equine Nutritionist of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 (WEG). They coordinate the ordering, shipping, testing, storage, delivery, and overall logistics of getting familiar feeds from around to world to the horses competing in Tryon. Last week they packed up three refrigerated shipping containers with feeds and bagged forages from Europe. Here are some stats on the transatlantic cargo:

  • Three refrigerated containers holding 40 tons of feed, chaff, and haylage
  • 135 feeds from 20 participating manufacturers
  • Brands from Belgium, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, The Netherlands, and even Australia
  • Estimates based on each horse consuming up to 6 kg (13.2 lb) of feed and grains and approximately 11 kg (22 lb) of hay or other forage products per day

To stay up-to-date with the latest on with the WEG feeds and forages crew, visit the KER Website and find out where the ship full of food is today by watching this ship tracker!

Thursday News & Notes from Taylor Harris Insurance Services

Two photos taken seconds apart.

I have this quiet theory that my horse Turkey is in fact a secret mental case, wrapped in a very cute outer coating. He’s actually got a really good brain, but he also has multiple personalities and a horrible case of ADD which make him a little, uh, interesting to deal with. He can go from being a complete slug to broncing around with little to no reasoning, and loves to stand dead still and cutely quiet in the field only to whip into one of the craziest wild stallion rears and then land grazing like nothing happened. Luckily yesterday I had my phone camera ready, so I could catch the magic.

National Holiday: National Book Lovers Day

Major Events This Week:

Hartpury International [Entries] [Results]

Strzegom Summer Tour [Start Times and Live Scoring]

FEI Nations Cup at Haras du Pin [Start Times and Live Scoring] [Live Streaming]

U.S. Weekend Preview:

GMHA Festival of Eventing August H.T.  [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Fair Hill International H.T.  [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

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

Otter Creek Summer H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

The Summer Event at Woodside [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Area VII Young Rider Benefit H.T. [Website]

News From Around the Globe:

Blythe Tait made his (hopefully) triumphant return to a championship level team with the naming of the New Zealand WEG crew. Fourteen years after “retiring” from eventing, the Olympic champion is heading to Tryon with Dassett Courage alongside Mark Todd, Tim & Jonelle Price, and Dan Jocelyn. Maybe he and Mark can reminisce about their time at the first ever WEG in Stockholm in 1990 where Blythe won individual and team gold… 28 years later…[Blythe Tait Makes His Comeback]

Ever wondered why Lauren Kieffer’s WEG mount Vermiculus is nicknamed “Bug”? Wonder no more, my friends. COTH takes us behind the stable door with the funniest little Anglo-Arabian eventer who shot to fame this year with his gutsy performance and a fifth place finish at Land Rover Kentucky, and stole our hearts with his model good looks. [Behind the Stall Door: Vermiculus]

Ready to hone your show jumping skills? In this week’s educational video, Boyd Martin has riders jump a vertical on a figure-8, turning first right then left, and making sure to simply open the rein and look in the direction of the turn instead of leaning into the turn over the fence. Martin offers advice to each of the riders on how to improve their position, encouraging them to resist the temptation to twist and to use a soft opening rein to turn and keep the horse balanced. [Eventing Training Online]

US Equestrian will officially kick off its new Safe Sport awareness campaign, #YouAreNotAlone, during Pony Finals. They are inviting members and media to attend a Safe Sport Town Hall meeting on Friday, August 10, at 4:30 p.m. EST during the 2018 USEF Pony Finals presented by Collecting Gaits Farm. The town hall will take place in the Kentucky Horse Park’s Covered Arena, in the second-floor lounge at the far end of the arena, directly opposite the in gate. [US Equestrian Safe Sport Awareness]

 

 

Friday News & Notes from Kentucky Equine Research

KER COO Eileen Phethean at the WEG feed consolidation point in Europe. Next stop for all these bags: Tryon! Photo courtesy of Saracen Horse Feeds.

Have you ever wondered what goes into feeding all the horses at the FEI World Equestrian Games? We have a behind the scenes look thanks to Kentucky Equine Research, the Official Equine Nutritionist of Tryon 2018! This week, Kentucky Equine Research staff flew to Europe to process feeds gathered at the consolidation point. They’re taking inventory, collecting samples for naturally occurring prohibited substances (NOPS) analysis, and repairing bags damaged in transit, before packing it all into two 40-ft. refrigerated shipping containers.

Overall, they’re importing about 120 different feeds from nearly 20 European brands and will be offering an around 20 different feeds from a selection of U.S. brands as well. In addition, Kentucky Equine Research is coordinating with the federations, Peden, Dutta Corp., and U.S. regulatory agencies to facilitate the shipment of additional feeds with the horses, since in many cases final team selections are made after ocean freight containers depart to reach the U.S. in time for the competition.

National Holiday: National Watermelon Day

Major Events:

#Millbrook: WebsiteScheduleRide TimesLive ScoresEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

The World Equine Expo will run Sept. 11-23 during the FEI World Equestrian Games at Tryon 2018 and is set to feature a slew of exhibitions, demonstrations, authors and speakers. The EQUUS Film Festival and an extensive Art Festival will also bring more than 200 vendors to the venue. [World Equine Expo]

Waredaca is currently waiving all late fees with any post entries as a goodwill gesture to riders trying to get qualifications completed or just wanting to run. All late entries must be received by August 12 and paid via a credit card. [August HT Omnibus]

Did you know a racehorse running one mile in approximately two minutes will produce more than two gallons of sweat? Understanding the effects of dehydration in horses is extremely important in the summer. [Horse & Hound]

Keysoe Horse Trials in North Bedfordshire, England are so confident of their cross country ground conditions that they have pledged to refund start fees to anyone who does not agree. That’s a bold move! [Keysoe HT]

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

Photo taken very safely while at a stop in my truck.

This is the first year in many that I haven’t attended Millbrook, which kinda makes me sad because it’s one of my top five events in the U.S. for sure. However, I’m going to take this opportunity to plead with everyone who is inevitably passing this weird castle thing every day on their way to the event: WHAT IS IT?? I am consumed with curiosity every year about this castle/guardhouse whatever is going on behind it but it’s very secret. One hundred points to Gryffindor if you can answer my question.

National Holiday: National Ice Cream Sandwich Day

Major Events:

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

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

There aren’t many events that have Beginner Novice through Advanced, and Millbrook is one of them. With 450 horses entered throughout the levels, the winner of the USEA Adequan Gold Cup Advanced division, the action kicks off this morning with two days of dressage. Boyd Martin has a cool FIVE horses in the Advanced, so it’s a pretty chill weekend for him (read: sarcasm). [Gold Cup Fast Facts: Millbrook HT]

Have you been following eventer Cortney McDaniel and her incredible Clydesdale mare, Charlotte? They recently made a dream come true by competing in the Novice Three Day at Rebecca Farm a few weeks ago. Yep, you read that right, a Clydesdale did steeplechase! In fact, Charlotte is the very first of her breed to compete in a long format three day event ever. Check out their latest blog on the USEA that recaps the action. [Charlotte the Flying Clydesdale]

Speaking of unlikely heroes, Wallace the dressage mule is taking over the British dressage scene, one event at a time. After shredding the rule book that banned mules from competing in dressage and winning his first recognized show, Wallace has now been invited to participate in the Gatcome Festival of British Eventing this weekend to show off his skillz. [Wallace the Mule Takes Over]

I know in Virginia this year it’s been weirdly full of thunderstorms for the summer, with an unimaginable amount of rain. My horses go out overnight, rain or shine, so I sleep well at night knowing they’re protected by Taylor Harris Insurance Services with their Fire, Lightening, & Risks in Transportation coverage. I mean, I don’t want them to get struck by lightening, don’t get me wrong, but if they did, we’re all protected. [THIS Horse Insurance]

Friday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

Photo courtesy of the German Riding Instructor.

So, I’m following most of my fellow competitors for the 2018 Retired Racehorse Project through our secret trainer’s group on Facebook, and it’s truly astounding the number of different ways that people prepare for and get to the event. There is everything from people who have already run a few Training level events to riders who are just now getting their horses going under saddle after setbacks.  I can’t wait to see everyone in October in Kentucky!

National Holiday: National Get Gnarly Day (?!??)

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Stoneleigh-Burnham Summer H.T. [Website]  [Live Scores]

Horse Park of New Jersey II CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Hunt Club Farm H.T. [Website] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

Now that Michael Jung has won everything there is to win in Eventing, he’s turned his eyes to Show Jumping. He’s slated to compete this weekend in the Longines Global Champions Tour on home turf in Berlin. He didn’t show up on our radar for Aachen, because he was enjoying a top ten finish there in the other sport, because he’s just that good. [Top Eventer Turns Show Jumper]

Pint sized eventer The Little Frenchman gave his fans a thrill as he jumped around his first Advanced this past weekend. Standing on the lower side of 15 hands, Fin was piloted by his longtime jockey, amateur rider Alice Goring to a clear cross country round. In the classic way of little horses, Fin has no idea that he’s tiny, and thinks he is in fact 17.2 hands. [Diminutive Advanced Pony]

Stormy Daniels is in the news again, but this time for the horse world specifically.  Stormy has just received notification that she is being sued by Ellen Doughty-Hume for defamation, business disparagement and intentional infliction of emotional distress. This is following Stormy’s posts on the COTH forums as well as Facebook alleging that Ellen (amongst other things) was intentionally denying horses in her care proper veterinary care, and causing them to be injured as well as die in unnecessary situations. [Ellen Doughty-Hume Sues Stormy Daniels]

Hot on Horse Nation: Diary of a Mule: My Owner is Trying to Kill Me

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

Photo via the THIS FB page.

Do you ever just act like a real and total stalker, but to yourself? In this instance, basically obsessively refreshing the page for the photographer from a show because you just know in your bones that they got some REAL gems and you really wanna laugh at them? That’s me right now, sorry, hold all my calls, I’m busy hitting the refresh button and refraining from messaging the company about their expected release date.

National Holiday: National Chili Dog Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Stoneleigh-Burnham Summer H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Horse Park of New Jersey II CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

News From Around the Globe:

Biggest news from yesterday: Justify is officially retired. There have been mumblings about the possibility for weeks now, as he was removed from training due to some filling in an ankle. However, the swelling isn’t responding to treatment, and trainer Bob Baffert says that without 60-90 days rest, he just can’t be sure of the outcome. That takes the colt out of any fall races, and we already knew he wasn’t going to race as a four-year-old. (Cue keyboard experts freaking out left right and center). [Justified Retires]

A website that helps you find proper boarding and training in your area? Hold the phone. I know I’m not alone in saying that people are constantly asking me where to board their horses, or send them for training, or just find a nice retirement home for the oldies. It’s impossible! However, horse loving entrepreneur Tori Sullivan has started a new way to navigate this old problem, with BarnWhiz. Easy to navigate and expanding soon, check it out! [BarnWhiz]

Tickets to the gala celebrating the participation of horses, riders, coaches and supporters from Africa in the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games are now on sale.The event honors contributions to equestrian knowledge, history, sport and tradition made by residents of African nations – as well as by persons of African heritage living in Europe, Asia, the Americas and throughout the world. Buy your tickets now here! [Brown Paper Tickets]

Cayla Stone and Atalanta haven’t had the most normal path to the AECs, considering that two years ago, Atalanta was completely untouched as a wild mustang. After quite a rocky start, they placed 5th overall in the Fort Collins Extreme Mustang Makeover, and Cayla bought her back to be her eventing mount. They’ve qualified for the Novice level this year, and hope it will be a good stepping stone for Training level! [From The Plains to the Arena]

 

 

 

 

 

Friday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

Pony love. Photo courtesy of the NAYC FB page.

You know what I love most about watching NAYC? The obvious love that those young riders have for their horses, and how they don’t hold back with showing it. We could use more of that in the professional ranks with adult riders, because when we spy that kind of overt passion, we all can relate. After all, isn’t the love of a pony why we all got here one way or another?

National Holiday: National Moon Day

Major Weekend Events:

The Event at Rebecca Farm C.I.C., 3DE, & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

NAYC @ Rebecca Farms [Live Stream] [Schedule] [Ride Times/Live Scores]

CHIO Aachen [Website] [Entries] [Start Times & Live Scoring] [Live Stream]

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Fitch’s Corner H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

Silverwood Farm Summer H.T. [Website]  [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Penny Oaks H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]  [Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

Nominations are open for the Ira Schulman Thoroughbred Rehoming Award for the Retired Racehorse Project 2018. Created to recognize an individual who successfully and responsibly repurposes off-track Thoroughbreds as a professional, the award honors the legacy of Schulman, whose career in placing OTTBs spanned over 50 years with thousands of horses going on to second-career homes. [Nominate for Ira Schulman TB Rehoming Award]

Obvi, CHIO Aachen needs to go on your bucket list. We hope we don’t need to convince you, but in case you’re on the fence, Noelle Floyd has come up with a pretty convincing argument. Where else will you get to watch Henrik von Eckermann, McLain Ward, and Marcus Ehning battle it out Gladiator style in the jump-off, see the German enthusiasm for Dressage, and of course watch the best Eventers in the world ALL IN ONE PLACE? [Wish You Were Here: CHIO Aachen]

Fifty years ago, the Morven Park International Equestrian Institute (MPIEI) graduated its first class of students, ultimately becoming the most prestigious U.S. equestrian school of its time. To commemorate this historic event, Morven Park will celebrate the school’s history and accomplishments with a 50-Year Reunion in conjunction with the Park’s 2018 Fall International Horse Trials, Oct. 5-7. All those associated with the school-students, instructors, and staff members-from the first class of 1968 through the final graduation in 1991, are invited to attend. [Morven Park 50th Anniversary]

You race 33 times, you win over $1.5 million on the track, now what? Of course you go into training with Phillip Dutton to start a new career as an Event horse. 7-year-old grade-1 winner Ring Weekend has arrived at True Prospect farm this week, and begun his journey into his second career, and we can’t wait to see what happens. [Ring Weekend in Training with Phillip Dutton]

 

 

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

Smile for the camera, Ping! Photo by JJ Sillman.

I’m sooooo jealous of a) people in Montana and b) people at Aachen this weekend. Both of those places are definitely bucket list events for me. Quick shout out to my girl Kim Severson this weekend, Crossy is gonna win! That team is amazing and I can’t wait for them to get another taste of international victory. I’ll be stalking both competitions throughout the next four days, and probably live streaming on my phone while I hack out. #safetyfirst

National Holiday: National Daiquiri Day

Major Weekend Events:

The Event at Rebecca Farm C.I.C., 3DE, & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

NAYC @ Rebecca Farms [Live Stream] [Schedule] [Ride Times/Live Scores]

CHIO Aachen [Website] [Entries] [Start Times & Live Scoring] [Live Stream]

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Fitch’s Corner H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

Silverwood Farm Summer H.T. [Website]  [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Penny Oaks H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]  [Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

Calling all volunteers! The Tryon Riding & Hunt Club Horse Trials is October 20-21 at FENCE and they need lots of volunteers! It will be their 43rd consecutive year, and last year the reviews from both competitors and volunteers through the USEA were outstanding, so this year should be no different. You can sign up online. [Volunteer for TRHC HT]

Wearing green for Jonty this weekend but forgot to pack something to use as an accessory? Don’t worry, Lauren Snider has you covered at Penny Oaks. Just stop by stall E1 this weekend to grab a ribbon or a pin so you can #weargreenforJonty and support him as he recovers in the hospital.

Three star action is soon to be underway at Rebecca Farm. With 11 horses in the CIC3* and 12 in the CCI3*, it’s a mix of experienced 4* combinations as well as 4* first timers. The Adequan USEA Gold Cup CIC3* dressage kicks off Friday at 1:45 p.m. (MST) and the CCI3* immediately follows at 3:50 p.m. (MST). [Montana Three Star Action]

 

 

Friday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

Brinley Voss leading her unicorn back to the stable. Start ’em young! Photo by Skyeler Icke Voss.

I have two three year olds that I’m training right now, each for a client. I really love young horses, and these two are the same age, but pretty different in their places in training. One is a TB that was originally meant to be a racehorse but never even went to the track, and the other one is a purpose bred TB/Oldenburg cross. The TB just did his first cantering under saddle yesterday (yay!!) with no fuss at all, and the other one just learned to live in a stall this week! It’s a real baby university over at mine right now, and I love it.

National Holiday: National French Fry Day

Major Events This Weekend:

Event Rider Masters at Jardy: Website, Start Times, Live Scoring, Live Stream

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

Riga Meadow H.T. [Website]

Maryland at Loch Moy II H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

Coconino Summer II 3DE & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

As Eventers, we know that all events are BYOB, but Rebecca Farm is taking it a step further: BYOWB. In an effort to reduce plastic waste and be more environmentally conscious, The Event at Rebecca Farm is now Bring Your Own Water Bottle for all riders and spectators. With water bottle filling stations around the competition grounds, the event will also have recycling boxes stationed everywhere for cardboard, paper, and aluminum cans as well. [BYOWB At Rebecca Farm]

Hunt Club Farms in Berryville VA hosts an annual event with Intro through Prelim/Training levels every summer. Hunt Club only runs as a one day, with three dressage arenas on the grass, and show jumping in their outdoor arena, but provides an educational start to eventing for numerous horses and riders. The cross country is designed by Tremaine Cooper, giving challenging courses to each level. Quick shout-out to my girl Alyssa Peterson, old NAJYRC teammate from years ago, who is now based out of the lovely farm. Come see Hunt Club Farms in two weeks! [USEA Events A-Z: Hunt Club Farms]

Looking for something to drool over? Look no further than this five-and-a-half acre Wellington dreamboat of a farm designed by McLain Ward himself for equestrian excellence. Two barns, a house, a pool, a grass jump arena and a regular arena….what else could you ask for in a winter residence? [Fantasy Farm Thursday]

In a continued effort to raise the standard of eventing show jumping course design in the United States, US Equestrian has announced its plans for the 2018 Eventing Show Jumping Course Advisor Program. After reviewing all FEI level eventing show jumping courses in 2017, US Equestrian Eventing Show Jumping Course Advisor Richard Jeffery will turn his focus to 12 National Horse Trial show jumping courses across the preliminary and intermediate levels in 2018. However, in a shift from 2017, Jeffery will evaluate the courses prior to each event in addition to offering a critique of the course post event. [US Equestrian Show Jumping Course Design]

 

 

Friday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

Team GB at GMI Wearing Green for Jonty!

Everyone is getting behind the #WearGreenForJonty movement, including myself. You’ll have to wait for this weekend’s event at MDHT to see my (slightly garish) nod to Jonty with some green incorporated into my daily look, but you can participate too with a little green to help you around the course. If it’s a new shirt, a saddle pad, or just a ribbon in your hair, help support Jonty this weekend as you compete no matter where you are!

National Holiday: National Fried Chicken Day

Major Events:

Great Meadow Links: WebsiteEntriesScheduleLive ScoresCourse PreviewLive StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

Maryland at Loch Moy I H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

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

42nd Annual Whidbey Island H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

The British are coming! Only days after the US celebrated it’s liberation from the Brits many years ago, we also welcome them to our home ground for the Great Meadow International Nations Cup CIC3*. Three of the four arrived in Virginia this week, with Ben Hobday, Sophie Brown and Georgie Spence meeting US-based Leslie Law at Beverly Equestrian for some pre-competition team training. [British Team Arrives for GMI]

Marilyn Little and Karen O’Connor’s Clearwater won the $35,000 1.50m Welcome Stake CSI3* at Tryon International Equestrian Center yesterday. She is also competing in pure show jumping classes with her U.S. WEG Team mount RF Scandalous at Tryon Summer IV this week. [Marilyn Little Wins at Tryon]

Will Coleman’s had a busy spring with several top level horses contesting for spots on the US team for the WEG. Flying back and forth between the US and England for Tight Lines at Kentucky and Obos O’Reilly at Badminton and Tattersalls, and then back for Bromont in Canada, Will definitely got his air miles. This week he’s got two entered at GMI, and is long listed with Tight Lines for the WEG team. With a few disappointments and some highlights along the way, it’s been a busy spring for his team.  [Will Coleman’s Spring Season Recap]

The Eventing Riders Association of North America (ERA of NA) announced the continuation of the Triple Crown Nutrition Prelim to Pro Team Championship for ERA of NA Plus Members. The program will run in conjunction with the Plantation Field International Young Rider CIC* division, September 20-23, 2018. Participants will interact with sponsors and receive Prelim to Pro “swag” in addition to enjoying media exposure and mentorship by top professionals. [ER of NA Prelim to Pro]

Why not pick up some jumping tips from Leslie Law to help you this weekend? In this excerpt from a Leslie Law clinic, Law coaches a group of riders through an exercise to help put their horses on the aids. Each horse and rider combination rides on a figure-eight over a liverpool, performing rollback turns off the left and right leads. Law explains how the repetition of an exercise at home helps increase both the rider’s and the horse’s comfort with it when they encounter it in competition. [Eventing Training Online]

 

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

Jan Byyny and Inmidair at Great Meadow over the THIS jump! Photo by Jenni Autry.

With the flooding and cancellation of Surefire two weeks ago, Jan kindly offered a free day of cross country schooling for all the entrants on the Fourth of July, and I’m pretty sure 95% of the people took part in it. I got there at 8:30 thinking I would try to beat the heat, and I wasn’t the only one with this clever plan. It was packed! However, since a lot of us re-routed to MDHT this coming weekend, it was perfect preparation and lovely to get to use the Surefire cross country course.

National Holiday: National Oh God I Have To Go Back To Work Day? JK It’s National Apple Turnover Day

Major Events:

Great Meadow CICO3* [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

Maryland at Loch Moy I H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

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

42nd Annual Whidbey Island H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

The social media support movement #WearGreenForJonty is gaining momentum across the world. From stenciled green stars on a tiny pony bum in England, to young riders supporting him in Australia, to riders in FEI competitions, and to secretaries at events, everyone in the eventing family is sending much love and healing thoughts to Jonty. [Inspiring Photos Wearing Green For Jonty]

Attending Great Meadow this weekend? Inova Loudoun Hospital’s Outpatient Rehab Center & Concussion Clinic has a booth at the trade show and they’re asking all of you to visit them so you can get a baseline test for head injuries. You can also ask the experts about your risk for concussion while you’re there, and learn about signs and symptoms as well as what to do in the event of an injury.

The United States Eventing Association American Eventing Championships are now two months away! The AEC is making history this year as it celebrates its 15th year while moving to the Colorado Horse Park in Parker, Colorado while Tryon prepares for the WEG. Thanks to the many devoted AEC sponsors, the USEA has thus far accrued over $100,000 in prize money to be awarded across all 19 divisions at the AEC. Additionally, hundreds of thousands of dollars in products will be distributed to first through sixth place finishers including; saddles, bridles, helmets, body protectors, boots, blankets, halters, horse feed, supplements, magazines, therapeutic products, saddle pads, custom artwork, stall plaques, gift certificates, and much more – all provided by the generous sponsors! [AEC Countdown]

Taylor Harris Insurance Services has their main office in Middleburg, and so is excited to be part of Great Meadow International again this year! If you see a THIS banner or the THIS jump, snap a selfie and stay tuned for our social media contest! BONUS POINTS FOR PHOTOBOMBING a horse while it’s jumping over the THIS jump.  [THIS on Facebook]

 

 

Friday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

Just a little Turkey doing some springy jumping!

Hey it’s time for your weekly update on my horses! So fun, I know. Mostly I’m just unreasonably excited about my young OTTB, Turkey, and I can’t help but tell everybody about everything that he’s doing. Maybe I should channel myself into a blog for EN instead of just bombarding strangers on the street with facts and photos about how gosh darn cute he is and how fun he is to ride and how much he loves being broomed on the face. Yeah, brooming. Lainey taught me to identify champions by brooming them and I’ll never stop because so far it’s proven accurate.

National Holiday: National Waffle Iron Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

Horse Park of New Jersey I H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

Volunteer recruitment is underway for the The 2018 Event at Rebecca Farm, to be held July 18-22 in Kalispell, Montana. Organizer Sarah Broussard says, “Our amazing volunteers are what make putting on one of the largest equestrian triathlons in the United States possible. I could not be more thankful for them. The Event has a strong sense of community, and that is what creates such a spectacular atmosphere.” Rebecca Farm offers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities, ranging from score running and jump judging to food service and hospitality. No prior experience is necessary to volunteer. Broussard encourages all adults and teens 16 and older to volunteer. Teens 13-15 are welcome, but must have a parent or adult guardian on site. Children ages 10-12 may volunteer alongside a parent or legal guardian. [Get Involved]

The Horse Park of New Jersey (HPNJ) is a multi-use equestrian facility in Allentown, New Jersey (Area II) that hosts two USEA recognized events each summer. With thirty years under their belt, HPNJ knows how to put on a first rate competition, and not only at Jersey Fresh. The first event offers Beginner Novice through Advanced levels as well as USEA Young, Future, and New Event Horse divisions while the second event offers Beginner Novice through Intermediate in addition to CIC* and CIC2* divisions. [USEA Events A-Z: Horse Park of New Jersey]

Best of Blogs: The Horses That Heal Us

The end of life plan for your horse isn’t something we want to talk about: but we need to. Horse Nation writer Kristen Kovatch goes through the details of how we euthanize and dispose of our horses across the country, and it’s important for any owner to understand the details within. While this isn’t a fun subject, it’s something that all horse owners should be well informed on, so when the time comes, they can make an educated decision on how to proceed. [Humane Euthanasia Needs to Be a Viable Option]

With the summer heat as bad as it is, dehydration is a serious concern for horse owners around the world. You’ll want to make sure that your horse has constant access to fresh clean water at all times to help him avoid a multitude of health complications that can arise from overexertion and dehydration in hot temperatures. Additionally, knowing how to tell if your horse is dehydrated is very important to your success through the summer months. [Battling Dehydration in Horses]

 

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

Emma Ford congratulates Z on his win. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

With yet another horse from True Prospect Farm heading to a championship for USA, it’s no secret that a large part of their success lies with Emma Ford. Good news for you guys, now is your chance to learn from the best! Emma will be hosting four two-hour clinics at TPF in July, on each Monday. You’ll get the chance to learn about stable management, grooming, show turnout, and leg care plus much much more. Don’t miss out! [Register Here]

National Holiday: National Insurance Awareness Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

Horse Park of New Jersey I H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

Last year, Madeline Backus had an incredible rise to stardom with her long time partner, PS Arianna. This year, she was awarded the inaugural Wilton Fair Grant, and went over the pond to work with Irish international rider Austin O’Connor at Attington Stud in Thame, Oxforshire with two horses. Her goals were high, and her fairytale was becoming reality, but as it is in the horse world, plans don’t always follow a straight line. [Villains and Victories Throughout My Fairytale]

Volunteer role call!!! The 2018 Event at Rebecca Farm is in need of volunteers, so if you’re anywhere near there, don’t miss out on an opportunity to get involved. In it’s 17th year, The Event will be held July 18-22, and regularly attracts people from all over the world. There is a reason this event is a bucket list item for so many riders, so apply here to become part of the team! [Rebecca Farm Needs Volunteers]

Eventers worldwide are getting behind the movement to #WearGreenForJonty as they compete each weekend. Highly likable and genuine Jonty Evans was injured in a fall on the 3rd of June at Tattersalls, and sustained large amounts of brain damage, leaving him still unconscious at this time. In order to show support for Jonty and his family as he recovers in the hospital, four-star riders around the world are encouraging others to wear a bit of green as they go around cross country, and contribute to the social media hashtag. [Wearing Green for Jonty]

Hot on Horse Nation: The Return of the Tongue-In-Cheek Pros and Cons of Breeds

Today is National Insurance Awareness day, so are you aware of your insurance options for your horse? Figuring out how to protect your best friend and keep your budget intact isn’t that hard, all you have to do is fill out this simple questionnaire with Taylor Harris Insurance Services, and they’ll do the rest. Now you can get back to riding! [Request a Quote]

Friday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

When you are the most handsomest.

Yesterday I went cross country schooling with my best Thoroughbred, Turkey, and a student at the unimaginably cool farm, Win Green. If you’re from really any part of Virginia, you know the farm, and you know how important it is to have a thoughtfully designed cross country course at your fingertips. The owner of the farm, Leslie Clark, passed away this week, and I just wanted to take a moment to acknowledge her contribution to the eventing community at large.

Win Green is by far the best place to school, with tons of questions asked at all different levels, and a resource that has seen hundreds of horses and riders through their careers. Leslie, thank you so much for everything you have given us all, and we’re so glad that your daughter is carrying on the tradition with your farm and continuing to let us all come over and teach our horses and our jockeys how to be better cross country experts.

National Holiday: National Chocolate Eclair Day

Major Events This Week:

Arville: WebsiteStart Times & ScoringTimetable, Event Rider Masters

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Surefire H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]  [Live Scores]

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

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

Fox River Valley Pony Club H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

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

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

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

Honey Run H.T. [Website]  [Live Scores]

Abbe Ranch H.T. [Website]  [Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

The USEA Online Auction is underway! All proceeds go to support the development of a new test system for frangible fences. The USEA hopes that the test system can be approved by the FEI and eventually all course builders will be able to ensure that fences release as they are supposed to. New items have been added! [USEA Online Auction]

Area III Adult Riders got to have fun in a five-day summer camp clinic with Kim Severson recently. Camp included three days of jumping schooling sessions (show jumping and cross­-country— riders’ choice!) from Intermediate to Beginner Novice with Kim, who took the time to get to know each rider and horse. She tailored the lessons to meet each rider’s needs, making sure each rider understood and performed properly before moving on. The camp, organized by Area III Adult Rider Coordinator Kim Keeton of Athens, Ga., took place from May 28­-June 1 at The Vista Schooling and Event Center in Aiken. [Area III Adult Riders Summer Camp]

Are you ready for the third annual Great Meadow International?! The schedule is packed with fun for everyone, starting with Friday night with autograph signings at the Meadow Market Beer Garden, and a polo exhibition featuring Olympic riders. There will also be over 50 vendors for your shopping pleasure, live music, educational presentations, a tailgating contest, and much more. [GMI 2018]

Huntington Farm in South Strafford, Vermont (Area I) hosts two USEA recognized events each year, a two­-day event in July and a one­-day event in August, both of which offer Beginner Novice through Preliminary level, in addition to four unrecognized events and a dressage schooling show. Huntington Farm is also a year-­round boarding, training, breeding, and sales operation. Nestled on 205 acres just north of South Strafford, Vermont sits Huntington Farm, home of the Huntington Horse Trials for nearly 50 years. [USEA Events A-Z]

The USEF announced this week that Debbie McDonald will succeed Robert Dover as the U.S. Dressage Technical Advisor following the FEI WEG in Tryon this year. Dover has served in the position since 2013 and will retire following the WEG as planned when he renewed his agreement with US Equestrian in 2016. McDonald currently serves as US Equestrian’s Dressage Development Coach and will transition to her role as the U.S. Dressage Technical Advisor on December 1, 2018, pending final contract negotiations. [Debbie McDonald Takes Over US Dressage]

EN #TBT: 8 Life Hacks to Summer Survival

It’s HOT out there, and it’s only June! For this week’s #TBT post, we’re rewinding to this 2014 list of pro summer survival tips from Kate Samuels.

A benefit to summer wake up times? Sweet sunrises.

A benefit to summer wake up times? Sweet sunrises.

Remember a few short weeks ago when we were all moaning and groaning about the cold, the snow and the unseasonably long winter weather? Well, no worries because Mother Nature knows just how to be hilarious and is officially here with summer. It’s not that I don’t like summer, it’s just that I would prefer to not be coated in sweat for 18 hours of every day, and I feel bad for my horses when they are dive-bombed by vicious green or black flies, and my tan lines are literally the worst thing you’ve ever seen in your life right now.

Summer survival is nothing fancy … when you have a normal life. When you have a horse life, it’s a little more complicated. You have to worry about dehydration, heat stroke (hey-o!), cruelty to animals, cruelty to children, sunburns to end all sunburns and general hatred towards the sun. I think I must genetically be ill adapted toward hot weather, so I’ve come up with a pretty essential list of how to properly survive the hot months when you’re outside all day.

1. Get Up Early: Look, I have narcolepsy and I can manage to drag my butt out of bed a little earlier in the summer months, so there is no reason why you can’t too! In all seriousness, while those first 10 minutes might be the worst 10 minutes of your day, you’ll thank me when you experience one or two hours of relative cool weather. Your horses will be ready to come in from a night’s worth of grazing, and they will also delight in the idea of not sweating ten billion gallons every time you ride them. I ride the horses I love most big competition horses in the morning because they work the hardest. Then, they can nap all day. Bonus: Sunrises are awesome, and you will rule Instagram with them.

Photo courtesy of The Pioneer Woman.

Photo credit to Ree Drummond/The Pioneer Woman.

2. Iced Coffee: This is integral to success of step one, getting up early and not hating your life. Who doesn’t love iced coffee? Except it’s totally gross when you get it and it’s just hot coffee that somebody added ice to and now it’s all watery and blegh. So here’s a life-changing strategy: cold brew it overnight! I don’t care that you know the secret to my success — it’s this recipe for cold brew coffee. So easy a monkey could do it, AND it totally decreases the amount of time you spend on your coffee production in the morning AND it’s the most delicious and refreshing thing ever. Get your paws on this recipe here.

3: Hydration — Electrolyte Pills & Horsey Thirst: This one’s kind of a no brainer, but sometimes there just isn’t enough water in the world to keep up with the kind of sweating that is going on. I find that a half and half mix of gatorade and water keeps me feeling good, but sometimes I almost feel like my stomach is bloating from liquid consumption, which is where my electrolyte pills come in handy. I use Hammer Endurolytes, and I take one in the morning to keep me going strong all day. You can get them at athletic shops or online.

While we’re at it, don’t forget to keep your poor ponies hydrated! Make sure that no matter where they are, they  have a fresh and clean supply of water, nothing with dead bugs in it because I hear that makes it taste nasty. Summer months mean electrolytes for the working horses (I like Summer Games from Kentucky Performance Products) and even sometimes for the oldies too.  For those who have trouble with regular drinking at shows or at home, Horse Quencher is a godsend. Get you some.

Go ahead: be jealous of my awesome sun hat.

Go ahead — be jealous of my awesome sun hat.

4. Hats (#Mindyourmelon and Otherwise): I learned from Kim Severson that if you’re going to be spending any time in an arena, in the boiling hot sun, you better get yourself a sweet sunhat. Bonus points if you look stylish as hell in it. Also, don’t be ashamed to go pure nerd and buy an EquiVisor because although you might look dorky, secretly everybody is jealous of your shady face. Let’s be real here, there are already plenty of really leathery, wrinkly old horse people out there. Do yourself a favor and don’t add to that number. Also, you know, it’s pretty bad for you.

5. Dunking Your Head In A Bucket of Water: When all else fails, here’s a tried and true (if a bit messy) method for you. When you feel like your head is going to explode and your face is the color of a tomato, this will make you feel like a whole new person. Take your sweaty, gross, sticky head and dunk it in a bucket of cool water. Now, for the next little while, you can have cool water dripping down your back (let’s face it, your shirt was soaking wet anyway) and it’s actually a great way to emergency cool. Almost as good as …

6. Popsicles: Listen, this is real life — if you don’t have popsicles in your freezer right now, I don’t know how to deal with you. I’m not even sure how to explain this obvious answer to the heat, other than it feels like an icy, arctic, delicious party in your mouth and nothing can be better after a day in the hot sun.

Leo says, stay cool in the river if you can!

Leo says, “Stay cool in the river if you can!”

7: Fly Control: While this might not be directly related to the hot hot heat, it’s certainly amongst the most disgusting side effects of summer months. I swear to god, if another deer fly bites me on the cheek while I’m enjoying a relaxing hack through the woods … There are, sadly, not a lot of ways to deter those buggers when you’re away from home, but keeping your barn in proper fly killing condition is important. Fly Predators, if you have a muck heap near the barn, are totally amazing. They eat flies — what more could you ask for? Also, I have these things that I hang in the aisle called Trap ‘N Toss Fly Traps that hold up to 10,000 flies and suck them into their watery deaths with fly sex pheromones. Take that, nasty barn flies!

8: Don’t Be A Dummy: If you can avoid it, try not to ride at the peak heat times of the day. If you absolutely have to, schedule the horses that can go on a hack, or ride indoors if you’re lucky enough to have that option. I’ve had heat stroke enough times to tell you that it really sucks, and feeling generally concussed for a while just isn’t that cool. Make sure you take enough walk breaks during rides to avoid overheating for both you and the horse. Survive!

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

Photo courtesy of Taylor Harris Insurance Services FB.

Today is the first day of summer! I’m celebrating with some early morning cross country schooling, followed by some heavily predicted summer thunderstorms. Also, to be fair, there will probably be some low key sunburn, lots of gatorade, and a pile of sweaty riding clothes. Honestly, if this doesn’t define summer, what does?

National Holiday: First Day of Summer!

Major Events This Week:

Arville: WebsiteStart Times & ScoringTimetable, Event Rider Masters

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Surefire H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]  [Live Scores]

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

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

Fox River Valley Pony Club H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

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

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

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

Honey Run H.T. [Website]  [Live Scores]

Abbe Ranch H.T. [Website]  [Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

With safety for horses and riders at the forefront of the sport, the USEA is holding an online auction to raise money for more research.  Funds are required to purchase the pins, clips, weights, and other equipment required for this testing with the ultimate goal of making this system available to all course builders. You can find lots of cool things on this auction, including a vacation in Crested Butte, a cross country corner of your own, and even a cross-country flight for your horse. [USEA Online Auction For Safety]

While Tom Crisp was competing at Luhmuhlen, a fire ripped through his stables. Starting around 11 p.m. on Saturday, the fire wiped out an entire top yard of nine stables, a hay barn, tack and feed rooms, workshop and a coach house. Luckily no horses were in the barns, and no humans were hurt either. Tom thinks that it was caused by careless cigarette smoking, but doesn’t have CCTV to show anything ominous. [Eventer’s Barn Burned Down]

We’re always trying to help our horses improve their gaits for dressage, whether it’s through limbering exercises, body work, or cross training. In this Eventing Training Online video, Jane Bartle-Wilson a rider on how to use travers and shoulder-in to improve the quality of her horse’s gaits. Bartle-Wilson explains how the horse’s head should be looking straight in travers and has the rider perform a circle before entering into travers to improve the horse’s body position. [Eventing Training Online]

Friday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

This made me laugh waaaay more than it should have.

Happy Friday everyone! I love when people who have weekday jobs ask me what I’m up to on the weekend, like it’s going to be any different than the rest of the days? Ok yeah maybe I’m a little less available than on other days, as opposed to the “normal” human schedule of being more available on the weekends. Sorry, but not really that sorry. Ok, maybe I’m sorry that I don’t get two days a week to sleep in, that I would definitely be into, but you know, #horses.

National Holiday: National Flip Flop Day

Major Events:

#Luhmühlen: WebsiteStart Times & ScoringXC Live StreamTimetableEN’s CoverageEN’s InstagramEN’s Twitter

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

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

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

Silverwood Farm Spring H.T. [Website]  [Live Scores]

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

News From Around the Globe: 

Studies have found that riders are actually more stable in saddles without any flaps. Hold the phone on your custom saddles: maybe you should just order half of one? George Morris and Butet are already kinda in on this secret, but a new study with dressage horses shows that both horses and riders show more success without any flaps on their saddles. Significant reductions in rider movement and better balance were shown. [Riders Go Better Without Flaps]

Still interested in Surefire Horse Trials next weekend? You’re in luck, they are still accepting late entries! They’ve extended their deadline to June 19th, so contact Mary Coldren directly at (302) 547-0695 or [email protected], late fees apply.

Over 50 riders contested the FEI divisions at Aspen Farms last weekend, and winners took home cash along with their blue ribbons. CIC2* division winner Sophie Click aboard her own Fernhill Rising and CIC* division winner Jordan Linstedt riding Janine Jaro’s Staccato secured themselves an additional $500 in prize money as the top-placed Southern California Equestrian Sports (SCES) members in their respective divisions. [Aspen Farms SCES Winners Take Home Cash Prizes]

Fancy ponies bred for cute dishy faces don’t have enough room for their teeth. You read that right, people are breeding ponies for designer faces so much now, that the poor ponies have horrible dentistry issues. As breeders try more and more for tiny mouths and dished faces, ponies are struggling to fit all their teeth in, and as a result, suffering from mouth crowding. [Designer Ponies Dentistry Woes]

Hot on Horse Nation: An Update on the PAST Act

As kill pen bails gain popularity on social media, it’s important to know what you’re getting into when you go save a horse from a slaughter auction. With too many horses being bred every year, it’s inevitable that many of them end up at less than desirable auctions. Yes, it can be a way to save a life and get a great horse in the process, but you should do your research before diving in head first. Luckily, we have Horse Nation on the task to help you make good life decisions. [So You Want To Rescue An Auction Horse]

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

More clearance needed.

I know everyone is dying for a Turkey update, so here you go: he is officially entered in his first recognized event. NO PRESSURE TURKEY. Only everybody expects you to be a superstar. Honestly I’ll just be pumped to jump all the jumps and finish with a happy horse that feels like a rockstar, because really what more could you ask? Sadly I think he will be mightily offended by Beginner Novice, as he has recently decided that he is a complete champion and should start at Preliminary height. He doesn’t know about qualification rules, he’s just a horse.

National Holiday: National Bourbon Day

Major Events:

Luhmühlen CCI: WebsiteEntries & ScoringTimetableEN’s CoverageEN’s InstagramEN’s Twitter

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

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

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

Silverwood Farm Spring H.T. [Website]  [Live Scores]

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

News From Around the Globe: 

William Fox Pitt has made the cut for the Queen’s birthday honor list. In his 30-year long career Fox-Pitt has been part of his country’s team for the Olympics five times, as well as, four times for world chamionchips and nine times for European championships.The citation in which his MBE was announced stated that William’s achievements “make him one of the most successful British event riders of all time.” [WFP Gets Queen’s Honors]

Still interested in Surefire Horse Trials next weekend? You’re in luck, they are still accepting late entries! They’ve extended their deadline to June 19th, so contact Mary Coldren directly at (302) 547-0695 or [email protected], late fees apply.

Speaking of next week, we’re pumped for the Mars Essex Horse Trials in New Jersey next weekend. Not only will the horse trials feature over 200 competitors this year, but they also have a highly popular classic car show, fresh food from local markets, a wide range of shopping from saddles and riding gear to jewelry and artwork; and the Willow School children’s activity center, offering a fun and creative diversion for younger spectators and their parents. [Mars Essex Horse Trials]

Hot On Horse Nation: 10 Ways To Make Sure Your Horse Is Absolutely Happy

The Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) All Levels Assessments for 2018 have been announced. The East Coast assessment will be October 8-11 at Larkin Hill Farm in New York, and the West Coast assessment will be October 23-26 at Aspen Farm in Washington. [ICP Certification Program]

 

Friday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

Important OTTB retraining technique: the coffee hack.

Now that the monsoon of May is seemingly over in Virginia, it was closely followed by the five days of hives, which is subsequently accompanied by the great balding of June. My lovely sensitive little drama queen of a TB basically gets hives every time he gets rained on (which was a lot) and when the hives evaporate, he gets little cruddy patches, and when you clean them, all his hair falls out. So, he has dapples AND bald patches, which is a really good look.

National Holiday: Best Friends Day

Major Events:

Bromont CCI: WebsiteEntries, Ride TimesLive ScoresEN’s Coverage

Bramham CCI: WebsiteRide Times & ResultsEN’s Coverage (Live streaming on Saturday only)

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Valinor Farm H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

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

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

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

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

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

Camelot Equestrian Horse Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

William Fox Pitt seems to have a tendency to fly a lot of kites jog a lot of wildlings at FEI events, and Luxury FH was no exception at Bramham. This is definitely one of the best jog photos I’ve seen in a long time, and a close call for WFP! It’s a meme waiting to happen *hint hint*. With 96 entrants in the Equi-Trek CCI3* and the Bishop Burton Under 25 CCI3*, dressage continues today with the jumping to come this weekend. [WFP With A Near Miss at Bramham]

Entries are open for the Young Horse Jump Chute Clinic at the end of this month! Hosted by The Frame Sporthorses and Arden Farm in Upperville Virginia, this clinic offers a private 30 minute free jump session to all young horses from both eventing and jumper worlds. Learn from some of the best about free jumping and training a young horse in hand. [Young Horse Free Jump Clinic]

Speaking of near misses, there are plenty of horses that have won just two of the legs of the Triple Crown, only to fall victim to the Belmont. The last and longest of the races has a history of cutting Triple Crown dreams short on the long stretch to the finish line, but can Justify beat the odds? Horse Nation looked into twenty-three horses who only managed the first two, but were dashed in the last. [23 Horses That Didn’t Win the Belmont]

Heritage Park Horse Trials offers Starter through Preliminary levels each year at their event in October for Area IV. Based in Olathe, Kansas, this year the park will also host the Area IV championships. Heritage Park is one of the oldest events in the US, started by the Mid-America Combined Training Association in 1979, before levels below Preliminary were even recognized by the USCTA. [USEA Events A-Z: Heritage Park HT]

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

Jan Byyny and Inmidair. Photo by Jenni Autry.

The countdown to the Brookledge Great Meadow International is on! Guess what riders…your entries are due next week! If you’re qualified, you need to send in your entries for the top event of the summer by next Tuesday, June 12th, in order to be on the list for the Nations Cup CIC3*. If you’re not intending on riding, make sure you get organized to come spectate, because it’s an event you don’t want to miss!

National Holiday: National Chocolate Ice Cream Day

Major Events:

Bromont CCI: WebsiteEntries, Ride TimesLive ScoresEN’s Coverage

Bramham CCI: WebsiteRide Times & ResultsEN’s Coverage (Live streaming on Saturday only)

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Valinor Farm H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

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

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

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

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

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

Camelot Equestrian Horse Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

Sorry, Bromont, but the real question for this weekend is: will we see another Triple Crown winner? The stakes are high for Saturday at Belmont Park, with Derby and Preakness winner Justify heading up post position number one, and already the heavy favorite for the third race in the Triple Crown. With nine other contenders trying to foil his run for glory, Horse Nation takes a look at each one, and how they might affect history in two days. [2018 Belmont Field Preview]

Jeanette Brakewell’s indomitable champion Over To You just celebrated his 30th birthday this week. Jack, as he’s known at home, is still to this day Britain’s biggest equine winner of international medals. He has both team and individual medals to his name from two Olympic games, three European championships, one WEG, and countless top placings at four-star events, including several FODs at Badminton of all places. Jack still enjoys attention from Jeanette, and lives a grand life. [Happy 30th Birthday, Over To You!]

Horses that are adjustable for all exercises: the golden standard. In this video from Eventing Training Online, Phillip Dutton shows how to train your horse at home to be much more adjustable at shows for more success. First, riders navigate two cross-rails on a bounce distance followed by four strides on a 90 degree turn to a second set of cross-rails. Riders roll back to the exercise the opposite direction, this time putting five strides between the two bounces. Read on to find more…[Make Your Horse Adjustable with P Dutty]

Friday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

Oprah’s worst giveaway yet

Well, the floods of Virginia and surrounding states isn’t news, but I’m thinking maybe that my part of VA is just pouring acid rain out of the skies. ALL my horses are covered in hives, even the horses that don’t get hives. I’m just straight up stockpiling all the dex and syringes, anti-hist, apple cider vinegar, and tea tree shampoo I can get my hands on. I know I’m usually complaining that the ground is rock hard and I haven’t seen a cloud in months at this point, but COME ON Mother Nature, let’s just try for some balance here, ok??

National Holiday: National Donut Day!!

Major Events:

Tattersalls: Website, ScheduleStart Times & Results, Live Streaming

Renswoude: WebsiteStart Times & Results

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

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

NJ Region’s H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times] [Live Scores]

IEA H.T. & 3DE [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

News From Around the Globe:

The International Concussion and Head Injury Research Foundation is asking for your brains: when you’re done with them, of course. They’re conducting an in depth research project exploring whether repeated head trauma causes neurological complications later in life, specifically whether concussion can lead to the neurodegenerative disease, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Don’t worry though, they don’t need your brain to be active, they’ve said that they’re “happy to wait until you’ve finished with it”. [Donate Your Brain to Science]

Every year on the first weekend in May, Southern 8ths Farm in Chesterfield, South Carolina hosts the Heart of the Carolinas (HOTC) Three-Day Event and Horse Trials. Heart of the Carolinas offers USEA Classic Series divisions for Beginner Novice through Preliminary levels and horse trials divisions for the same, including the new Modified level. HOTC is a beloved event for riders up and down the east coast, and the classic series is nothing but a pile of fun for all ages. Not to mention, our very own Leslie Threlkeld is the co-organizer with Cindy Deporter and Erin Kimmer. [USEA Events A-Z: HOTC]

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