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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

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Area Area II
Highest Level Competed Advanced/CIC3*

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Product Review: Style Stock Pre-Tied Silk Brocade

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This Style Stock cream foliage patterned brocade really made my look complete for my Advanced test at Five Points. Photo by Andra Simons.

A fashionable stock tie to complete your ensemble for dressage can be hard to find, and even harder to find is a company that makes them in the USA and offers them in any color you could possibly desire. I tried out a cream foliage print silk brocade from Style Stock for Five Points Horse Trials a few weeks ago and positively fell in love with the quality and the look of the stock tie.

Style Stock is the brainchild of Hannah Childs and based in Santa Barbara, California. Hannah started riding when she was five and got her first horse at the age of 12. Harry carried her through Intermediate level eventing and remains with her today at the ripe age of 22. Throughout her horsey years, Hannah always had a passion for fashion, and pursued a degree in Fashion Design at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, CA. 

In 2014, a friend of hers asked her to make a stock tie that would match her champagne breeches, and the inspiration for Style Stock was born. If you’ve ever tried to find champagne stock ties, you know the struggle is real. I have one and I had to buy it from England, and quite frankly, it’s not half the quality of the Style Stock.

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Style Stock is unique in the fact that everything is made in the USA. Photo by Kate Samuels.

With only two years of business under her belt, the success of Style Stock should give you a hint of the quality product that you are able to purchase. I was really impressed by the sturdy nature of the material while not sacrificing any points on the fancy and feminine scale. The stock tie is hardy, yet 100% silk and has a luscious feel on your hands, as well as sporting a lovely sheen when the light catches the fabric.

All stock ties from Style Stock can come in either un-tied or pre-tied options, and I chose the pre-tied version because I’m all about efficiency. This means when I’m getting ready for dressage, all I have to do is snap it on handily around my neck, and then I can get as fluffy and fancy as I like with the knots, or I can go for just a simple look with one criss-cross of the fabric. This saved me time and hassle and worry, as I usually need several minutes to try and remember how to tie it (I can never remember), and then get a few people to check that it doesn’t look completely awful. With the pre-tied option, I was done in less than a minute.

The stock tie is hardy and yet soft, with beautiful detailing on the silk fabric. Photo by Kate Samuels.

The stock tie is hardy and yet soft, with beautiful detailing on the silk fabric. Photo by Kate Samuels.

The stock ties at Style Stock are also available in white, blue, champagne, cream, gold, pink, polka dot, silver, purple, stripes, and tattersalls for the new hunt collection. This means you can literally have a style stock for every occasion, and while colors aren’t allowed in FEI dressage, they are permitted at the national level and they’re starting to creep into the show jumping as people try to coordinate their saddle piping with their coats and their stock ties.

Not only is everything at Style Stocks hand crafted, but all of the products are also under $70, which makes them extremely affordable for the quality and design that goes into producing them. You can also find stock pins, custom shadbelly points, pocket scarves, and blingy spur straps while you’re shopping.

Nyls was so over it, but the stock tie looked great with the outfit! Photo by Andra Simons.

Nyls was so over it, but the stock tie looked great with the outfit! Photo by Andra Simons.

This classic cream silk brocade retails for $66 on the Style Stock website, and ships directly from the manufacturer in California in a matter of days. The quality of the fabric, the feminine quality of the design, and the craftsmanship of the overall product garners one of my highest ratings ever for a product review. This is a great opportunity to treat yourself for the season’s end, or even something to keep in mind as the holidays roll around.

You can buy stock ties or any of Style Stock’s other products on their website and they can also be found in over 40 retailers across the United States and Canada.

Friday News & Notes from FLAIR Nasal Strips

The not-so-elusive morning giraffe! Photo by Kate Samuels.

The not-so-elusive morning giraffe! Photo by Kate Samuels.

Fall always seems to go so much faster than spring, in terms of the Eventing season. As soon as we’ve begun, it’s almost wrapping up. I mean, we’re only three weeks away from Fair Hill International! Despite the addition of events later in the calendar year in warmer climates, I always imagine FHI as the “end of the season”, and it’s certainly the culmination of a year’s work for a large portion of the horses competing at the upper levels on the east coast. I can already feel the excitement building!

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

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

Surefire H.T. [Website]

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

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

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

Chattahoochee Hills has announced that their spring horse trials will also feature CIC ***/**/* divisions next year. On the weekend of April 7-9th 2017, Chatt Hills will add the FEI divisions to their already established horse trials, giving competitors a chance to compete on a larger stage as well as prep for spring CCI competitions in a great way. As a bonus, any pairs heading to Rolex and using Chatt Hills as a final prep run will have their entry fees waived! [Chatt Hills Changes Spring Event]

This Saturday, the highly anticipated freestyle exhibition of double Olympic gold medalist Charlotte DuJardin & Valegro will be happening at the Rolex Central Park Horse Show. Now that his team has officially announced his retirement at the end of the year, this is one of the last chances to see the duo in action on a big stage. COTH caught up with Charlotte and Blueberry, and asked them five important questions. Spoiler: they’re performing a brand new freestyle this weekend! [Five Questions with Charlotte & Valegro]

Now that Michael Phelps is done dominating the swimming world, he’s decided to own a few horses. One of which, Water Cube, has been placed in training with fellow Olympian Phillip Dutton. Originally raced and trained by Graham Motion, the horse was “great at getting third every time”, so Phelps decided he would be better off in a different career. He’s already won a novice horse trials under his new jockey, and they are hopeful for the future that the gelding can bring good press to the thoroughbred breed. [Phelps Owns Successful Eventing Horse]

Best of Blogs: Finding A Silver Lining, by Jennie Brannigan

My every day brushing boots finally died after years of hard service, so I recently decided to try out the Professional’s Choice VenTECH All Purpose Boot. I have to say, I’m very happy so far with the quality of the boot, the durability, and especially the lightweight factor. The VenTECH lining is really breathable, and for riding out through different areas of footing, and in my case, rivers, if it isn’t breathable your horse gets rubs. One of my horses is especially prone to rubs from regular galloping boots, but these are soft on the inside and seem to suit him really well. And at $35 a pair, you can hardly go wrong. [SmartPak Product of the Day]

Thursday News & Notes from Kentucky Equine Research

 

Ready to show! Photo courtesy of Sasha Moran.

Ready to show! Photo courtesy of Sasha Moran.

Ahhhh sweet September, maybe my favorite month? In Virginia, September is the month where we finally sorta sometimes get cooler nights, and when you walk out of the door at 6am, you can wear a sweatshirt! Nobody understands the glory of wearing a sweatshirt like a horse person who has just survived another summer. When it hits 70 degrees, I shiver and delight in the idea of an hour not sweating. And then I immediately freak out about the months of cold frosty frozen toes that are coming my way.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

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

Surefire H.T. [Website]

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

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

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

The Adequan/FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships is looking for a new home base for 2017 & 2018. NAJYRC was hosted at the Kentucky Horse Park from 2009-2015, and this year moved to the Colorado Horse Park, but the USEF is seeking a new host for the next two editions of the event. “We just want to see what our options are and make sure we’re holding the best championships that we can for those athletes and that we’re doing it in a viable format,” said Mark Coley, director of membership and events for USEF. [NAJYRC Seeks New Home]

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will begin gathering and providing emergency care for up to 300 wild horses. Due to on-going drought conditions resulting in insufficient water to support the wild horses in Nevada’s Big Sand Spring Valley, around 1,800 horses are trying to survive on lands that can reasonably support 400. The BLM said that without emergency action, the condition of the wild horses in the Big Sand Spring Valley is expected to deteriorate and potentially result in the death of some of the horses within a few weeks. [BLM Gathers Wild Horses Due to Drought]

 Hot on Horse Nation: 8 Out-of-Context Phrases That Grab Equestrians’ Attention Every Time

The USEA has announced that the AECs will return to the Tryon International Equestrian Center for 2017. The Colorado Horse Park will be the host site for the 2018 AEC in an effort to facilitate participation and accessibility on both sides of the country. Traditionally the AEC stays at the same location for three years in a row, but the USEA has decided to change that in order to satisfy the needs of all parts of the country. [AEC Returns to TIEC for 2017]

 

KER Product of the Week – Micro-Max™ Provides Nutrients Without Extra Calories

If you’re feeding less than 5 pounds per day of a commercial feed, your horse might not be receiving the vitamins and minerals he needs to feel and perform his best. So how do you get him the nutrients he needs without adding unnecessary calories? Micro-Max™ is the answer!

Micro-Max is ideal for horses that maintain body weight on diets composed entirely of forage or forage and small amounts of concentrate. The use of Micro-Max ensures that all vitamin and mineral requirements of mature horses and ponies are satisfied. Because of its low feeding rate, Micro-Max can be fed by itself or mixed with a concentrate.

Throughout September, save 15% on the KERx maintenance collection, including Micro-Max, with code EASY916. Shop online!

 

Hot damn! 20% off on Professional’s Choice boots!!

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Friday News & Notes from FLAIR Nasal Strips

Chris Talley, competing Unmarked Bills in the CIC2* at Plantation, eyes an Advanced oxer with hopes for the future. Photo courtesy of Hannah Salazar.

Chris Talley, competing Unmarked Bills in the CIC2* at Plantation, eyes an Advanced oxer with hopes for the future. Photo courtesy of Hannah Salazar.

In completely non-horsey news, I recently splurged and bought myself a book that is entirely about baking all the different kinds of bread. My obsession with baking is only trumped by my obsession with horses, but let’s just say I’m 1000% addicted to it. I don’t know why this is, but I feel like the focus and precision of baking along with the ability to feed my friends and family delicious things are factors in this continued neurotic passion. I’ve already mastered croissants, kouign amann, challah, regular french boules, pretzels, garlic knots, and I’m now continuing on to finally figure out baguettes and bagels. Don’t worry, I don’t eat them all myself, I usually find that the goods are gone within a few hours of coming out of the oven courtesy of willing participants that live near me.

#PlantationField: WebsiteEntriesRide TimesCompetitor ScheduleGeneral ScheduleLive ScoringUSEF NetworkEN’s CoverageTwitterInstagram

U.S. Weekend Preview:

GMHA September Horse Trials H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

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

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

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

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

Colorado Horse Park 3D & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

News From Around the Globe:

The U.S. Eventing Association announced some updates on its Collapsible Fence Study study being conducted and asked for eventers to contribute information on horse sizes through an online survey. “The study is focused on understanding the horse/fence contact and interaction during rotational falls as a means to provide insight into rotational fall prevention and requirements to guide the sport’s course and safety device designers,” said Dr. Suzanne Weaver Smith, who’s leading the study alongside Gregorio Robles-Vega, Lange Ledbetter, Christina Heilman and Shannon Wood. [USEA Collapsible Fence Study]

Angry animal advocates can calm down: Tens of thousands of wild horses and donkeys will be spared the threat of an untimely death.The federal government said this week that it will not consider a suggestion to euthanize the animals or sell them to slaughter. The pronouncement, issued by the Bureau of Land Management, followed a public outcry over an advisory board’s recommendation on Friday that the agency kill or sell all of the 45,000 horses and donkeys in its custody that cannot be adopted. [No, The Federal Government Will Not Kill 45,000 Wild Horses]

Irish show jumper Cian O’Connor has a new horse named Callisto who has an unusual fear, and he’s figured out the winning formula for dealing with it. Callisto, as it turns out, is petrified of other horses. Competing in the ring by himself is fine, but during the warmup and potentially the awards ceremony, all hell would break loose. After contacting the FEI to clarify the legality, he found that he could use a pair of blinkers during the warmup and the awards, which keeps the horse cool and calm. His work payed off with a blue ribbon in the 1.50 meter Suncor Energy Round at Spruce Meadows. [Cian O’Connor Reveals Secret Weapon]

Hot on Horse Nation: 7 Horses and Their Tiny Facsimiles 

If there is anything I swear by, it has to be the Back On Track No Bow Wraps. I have several horses that stock up pretty badly behind if they’re stuck in the stall overnight, or at competitions, and I find the difference between wrapping them with my Back On Track wraps versus regular wraps to be significant. I recommend them to all my students especially for traveling to shows, and my top level horse lives in them if he can’t be out in the field walking around all night. [SmartPak Product of the Day]

 

Thursday News & Notes from Kentucky Equine Research

Tents and flags and oh my! Photo via Valerie Vizcarrondo.

Tents and flags and oh my! Photo via Valerie Vizcarrondo.

The only thing better than having a super run around an Advanced on the weekend and coming home with a blue ribbon is when your vet comes out two days after cross country and tells you everything looks great. I’ve had Nyls for eleven years now, and the same vet the entire time. He did the pre-purchase on him as a young’un and has been my rock this whole time. It’s always so important to have a team behind you that knows and appreciates all of your horse’s quirks and idiosyncrasies, and helps you get to the top!

#PlantationField: WebsiteEntriesRide TimesCompetitor ScheduleGeneral ScheduleLive ScoringUSEF NetworkEN’s CoverageTwitterInstagram

U.S. Weekend Preview:

GMHA September Horse Trials H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

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

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

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

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

Colorado Horse Park 3D & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

News From Around the Globe:

In news of the craziest of Eventers, Aoife Clark completed Blenheim with a broken neck. She fell from a young horse at Millstreet Horse Trials on the 25th of August, and was suffering some numbness and pain in her neck and head, but attributed it to a pinched nerve and kept on riding. After completing Blenheim CCI3* with Fernhill Adventure, she fell on cross country with her other horse, and ended up having some x-rays. These x-rays revealed that she had fractured two cervical vertebrae. [Event Rider Aoife Clark is Crazy]

Celebrate YOUR amazing veterinarian with the first official National Equine Veterinarian Week with SmartPak! Our friends at SmartPak have teamed up with Henry Schein Animal Health and the Northeast Association of Equine Practitioners (NEAEP) to create the first-ever National Equine Veterinarian Week! This weeklong celebration will be held annually on the third week of September to honor the equine vets who have been with us through thick and thin. Because they’re not just our shoulder to cry on, but they’re also our cheerleaders from the sidelines, and our tireless 5pm-on-a-sunday emergency friends. [National Equine Veterinarian Week]

Hot on Horse Nation: 10 Commandments of Being a Barn Cat

Helmet safety isn’t just about wearing one every time you hop on a horse. You’ve seen those commercials talking about replacing your mattress after every eight years—after all, that’s a lot of dead skin cells, dirt, dust mites, etc., that gathers every night. And when it comes to your favorite pair of riding pants, you don’t think twice about replacing them when they’re starting to be worn thin, or maybe showing a little too much wear and tear. But do you even think about how old your helmet is? [Thinking With Your Head About Helmet Safety]

KER ClockIt™ Session of the Week 

This week’s KER ClockIt™ Sport session demonstrates how riders can use the app to objectively monitor their horse’s fitness.

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This novice-level eventer did two two-minute canter sets after trotting for about ten minutes, which pushed the horse into the yellow zone (80-90% heart rate). The rider noted that she had been doing a lot of trot work prior to this session, but after seeing the heart rate jump during a short canter, she realized she may need to do more cantering to prepare him for competition.

The 80-90% range is the zone where many human athletes train to improve fitness. In this zone, there begins to be a significant level of anaerobic energy generation and blood lactate starts to accumulate.

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.

Don’t forget to share your ClockIt sessions for a chance to win the KER and Eventing Nation Show Us Your Sessions Sweepstakes. Between now and October 28, use the GPS on your KER ClockIt Sport app to draw or write something fun and submit your sessions for chances to win.

 

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Tuesday News & Notes from Cavalor

Cheesin' for a blue ribbon, the one and only French Unicorn. Photo by Kate Samuels.

Cheesin’ for a blue ribbon, the one and only French Unicorn. Photo by Kate Samuels.

Mondays after a show are always a little bit like living in zombie land. I wake up and take care of the horses and check that everyone still has four legs and a beating heart, then go to work riding more horses. Around 1 p.m. I usually hit zombie stage, which can be defined as a state of awake-ish-ness where you are technically still functioning but your brain power has hit red zone 20% limited battery usage, and nothing but sugar, bacon, and possibly some Red Bull can save you. My secret to success is an unabashed 8 p.m. bedtime, don’t even try to pretend you’re not jealous.

Editor’s note: Kate is too modest to come right out and say it, but she and Nyls won the Advanced at Five Points over the weekend. Congrats, Kate! And maybe take a day off sometime? 

Events Opening This Week:

 Holly Hill Fall H.T. (LA, A-5)  The Virginia CCI/CIC and H.T. (VA, A-2)  Chattahoochee Hills H.T. (GA, A-3)

Events Closing Today:

 Fair Hill International Three-day Event (MD, A-2)  Fleur de Leap H.T. (LA, A-5)  Stable View Advanced Oktoberfest Horse Trials (SC, A-3)  Morven Park Fall H.T. (VA, A-2)  ESDCTA New Jersey H.T. at the Horsepark (NJ, A-2)  Stoneleigh-Burnham School Fall H.T. (MA, A-1)  Woodland Stallion Station H.T. (CA, A-6)  Jump Start H.T. (KY, A-8)  Fair Hill International Three-day Event (MD, A-2)

News From Around the Globe:

The Paralympics officially opened on Wednesday, and riders from all over the world are competing in para-dressage. Competition format is broken down by classification of impairment as well as individual and team competition. Team USA is sitting provisionally in third place out of 16 teams thanks to strong performances from Angela Peavy and Sydney Collier. While the Olympics and Paralympics both celebrate the bond between horse and rider, the Paralympics in particular remind us that the saying is true: “horses give us the wings we lack.” [7 Inspiring Images from Paralympic Dressage]

Inquiring minds want to know, what’s going on with British Eventing right now? The Rio Olympics was the first time in 20 years that Britain has returned from the Olympics without a team or individual medal for eventing, and on top of that only managed four riders inside the top 20 at Burghley a few weeks later. “No nation can win all the time (unless you are Germany). The Kiwis, Aussies and French have all had mini-eras of weakness. But when your country is the spiritual home of eventing and everyone else comes here to train and beat you at your own game, it’s pretty demoralizing.” [Why Is Eventing Gold Eluding the Brits?]

Vote for the Cover of US EventingThe 2016 Nutrena USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Land Rover was one we will definitely never forget! We laughed, we cheered and we celebrated the months and years of hard work that each competitor put in to be there. To celebrate, the USEA would like to know who YOU want on the cover of the upcoming AEC issue of Eventing USA. [Vote Now]

Lainey Ashker is the clinic queen! COTH blogger Megan Hasemann decided to pack up her green OTTB and tackle a jump clinic with Lainey recently, and has nothing but great reviews from the experience. “One of the things I loved most about this clinic is that Lainey doesn’t accept anything halfway. She demanded and inspired our absolute best at every fence, in every group…” [Sit Up, Sit Back, and Get The Job Done!]

Because Tuesday isn’t much better than Monday…. [Oh Crap Monday]

Weekly Business Tip From Mythic Landing Enterprises:

A great tool to help you know if your website is reaching the right people is Google Analytics. This will be able to tell you where your audience is from, where they are finding your site, which pages they are viewing the most, and even how long they are spending on each page. Another cool statistic that it will show you is how many people that view your website are new, versus returning to your site. Most importantly, Google Analytics will tell if you if you are reaching your desired audience. If not, you know you need to make adjustments to your marketing plan.

Thursday News & Notes from Kentucky Equine Research

Meantime, back in snuggle town, this is what I do with my weekdays. #totallyponyclubapproved

Meantime, back in snuggle town, this is what I do with my weekdays. #totallyponyclubapproved

Ain’t no rest for the wicked, as the song goes! We’ve got full coverage of Blenheim this weekend courtesy of the amazing Samantha Clark, and I’m off to Five Points to try out some new strategies with my ever monstrous horse Nyls in the Advanced. I’m lucky in that he never makes things boring, and I’m always able to continue pushing my abilities and learning new ways to make our performance better, and it’s time to see if some of the work is paying off. I think that’s my favorite thing about eventing, you can never learn enough!

Blenheim Links: WebsiteEntriesSchedule

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Five Points H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

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

Bucks County H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

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

Copper Meadows CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

Kim Severson lives a real life “pay it forward” moment by bequeathing her CCI4* and WEG partner Fernhill Fearless to a local young rider. Sparky, as he is fondly known, is now partnered with Gabby Dickerson, a young professional (who lives right down the road from me, holla Gabby!) so that he can give her miles at the upper levels in the next stage of his life. After the Ligon family gave him to Kim following the 2012 London Olympics, he served as a team horse for her at the 2014 WEG, and now he’s ready to show Gabby how it’s done. [Sparky & Gabby Take On the World]

We all know that show jumping warmup gets a little crazy these days. Let’s just call this a public service announcement, and then also add that you should use your common sense in the warmup area. LEFT TO LEFT PEOPLE. Also, don’t hog the jumps and set up crazy contraptions that nobody else can share and then jump fifty jumps in a row and have approximately five slaves stationed at “your” jump so that you can have them tweaked precisely the way you want, OK? [Competition Warm Up Reminders]

Ready to meet the four members of the US Paralympic Equestrian Team? The Equestrian Paralympics are coming this weekend, September 11-16 in Rio. We have the ambitious 18-year-old rider Sydney Collier on Western Rose, Rebecca Hart on Schroeters Romani in their third Paralympic appearance, former eventer Margaret McIntosh on the appropriately named Rio Rio, and Angela Peavy in her Paralympic debut with Lancelot Warrior. [Meet the US Paralympic Team]

Daily Brain Teaser: [Spoiler, I Don’t Know The Answer]

 

KER Service of the Week – Nutrition Advisors

Are you looking for educated insight into horse management?  Do you want to fine-tune your horse’s diet, or troubleshoot any feed-related problems that have occurred, such as tying-up, lack of appetite, and delicate hooves?

The nutrition advisors at Kentucky Equine Research (KER) analyze your horse’s needs, current ration, and workload to make custom recommendations using products available in your area. Using MicroSteed™, a proprietary ration evaluation software, KER nutrition advisors are able to produce a custom graph showing how each component your horse’s diet contributes to its nutrient requirements.

Have a question about your horse’s diet? Share a few details and a KER nutrition advisor will be in touch.

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Friday News & Notes from FLAIR Nasal Strips

Center line trimming! Photo courtesy of Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials.

Center line trimming! Photo courtesy of Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials.

This is one of my favorite facts about Burghley: both the mower and operator have mowed the infamous center line since the inception of the event in 1961! The mower itself only comes out once a year to do its due diligence with this very important task, and then is carefully put away for another year. If that’s not a healthy dose of British tradition, I don’t know what is. 

#LRBHT: WebsiteEntriesDressage Ride TimesLive ScoresBurghley TVEN’s CoverageTwitter@samanthalclarkInstagram

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Nutrena USEA American Eventing ChampionshipsWebsiteScheduleRides Times & Live ScoresLive StreamEN’s CoverageTwitterInstagram

Seneca Valley Pony Club H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Silverwood Farm Fall H.T. [Website] [Ride Times]

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

Kentucky Classique H.T. [Website] [Ride Times]

OHTA Championships at Oakhurst Farm [Website] [Ride Times]

News From Around the Globe:

Recapping day one of Burghley, Bettina Hoy leads the way on Designer 10. She killed it in the white box today, unsurprisingly, with a 34.5 and an eight point lead over second placed Bill Levitt on Improvise. The top riders are all aware that it’s not a dressage competition though, and our own Samantha Clark is doing a brilliant job of covering the action. [Burghley Day One]

Husband and wife super duo Tim and Jonelle Price are feeling confident after day one. Jonelle and Classic Moet are sitting in 6th place with a 48.5 while Tim and Bango are in 10th on a 49.5. Tim has one more ride tomorrow, as well as the other half of the field, and they’re delighted to be up at the top for the beginning of a grueling weekend. Both of them are looking forward to the cross country. “It looks incredibly well presented,” said Jonelle. “It is a true four star track.” [Team Price Confident After Day One]

Who are the Four Leaf Clovers? Just a team of awesome Connemara ponies (and their riders) who are competing in the Amateur Training division at the AECs this weekend. The team is comprised of Blue Ridge Breckenridge, ridden by Cynthia Holbrook, Foothills Field Marshall, ridden by Elliott Blackmon, Hideaway’s Special Delivery, ridden by Cathy Blackmon and Valley Creek Carlin LeBeau, ridden by Carla Jimmerson. Looks like Connemaras really can do it all! [Four Leaf Clovers: Pony Power]

Is your horse moody as all get out? There are some horses that have split personalities, and it can be very frustrating to work with them when they’re different every day you go out to the barn. The first place to start is talking about possible medical concerns that can be causing them discomfort, like joint pain, gastrointestinal distress, or even allergies. The Horse has a great article to help you trouble shoot your unpredictable equine. [Moody Horses: What To Do]

Feeling inspired by all this talk about cross country action from the AECs and Burghley? Get yourself a treat. And by treat I obviously mean awesome new cross country boots, because that’s how I splurge on myself. These Professionals Choice Pro Mesh XC G1 Boots are righteously amazing, and totally worth your time. I’ve had a pair for over a year now and they have great protection, awesome air flow, and they come at a really reasonable price. [SmartPak Product of the Day]

Selena O’Hanlon is looking for a working student to join her team. Do you have what it takes?

Thursday News & Notes from Kentucky Equine Research

Photo by Samantha Clark

Burghley. Photo by Samantha Clark

I am so jealous of everyone at Burghley right now. I have only been there once, but I am dying to go back every year. It was easily one of the best events that I’ve ever been to, in terms of organization, hospitality, shopping, scary massive cross country fences, and overall beauty. Also, lots and lots of Pimms cups.

#LRBHT: WebsiteEntriesDressage Ride TimesLive ScoresBurghley TVEN’s CoverageTwitter@samanthalclarkInstagram

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Nutrena USEA American Eventing ChampionshipsWebsiteScheduleRides Times & Live ScoresLive StreamEN’s CoverageTwitterInstagram

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

Silverwood Farm Fall H.T. [Website]

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

Kentucky Classique H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

News From Around the Globe:

After what can only be politely described as an incredibly confusing selection for the Canadian Olympic team, Selena O’Hanlon was removed from the list with Foxwood High late in the game due to “veterinary medical grounds.” However, these medical records were never released to the owners or Selena and remains a bit baffling to this day. Selena has made her first public statement about Woody’s health and has assured everyone that he has always been in a good physical state and remains so to this day. Woody is on track for Rolex 2017. [Selena Speaks Out]

Rolex organizer Equestrian Events Inc. will also organize the new Ocala Jockey Club International Three-Day Event over Thanksgiving weekend. “EEI’s mission is to promote the sport of eventing and provide the U.S. Eventing Team opportunities to improve by supporting and/or creating competitions. This new event fits perfectly into that mission,” Stewart Perry, president of EEI’s board of directors, said. [EEI to Add Winter Competition in Ocala]

The Equine Management Training Center’s rigorously revised Professional Groom Training Certificate program is now a total of eight weeks long:  six weeks of classroom and practical training followed by a two week internship.  The hands-on curriculum  will cover all aspects of equine management. The program’s curriculum, developed in conjunction with many professionals including Olympic riders, veterinarians, farriers, professional grooms, and more, is affiliated with the Professional Riders Organization (PRO). [Equine Management Training Center] [Certificate Curriculum]

New Zealand is heading back from heartbreak in Rio and hoping for victory at Burghley. For the last thirty Burghley titles, a rider from New Zealand has been the winner thirteen times. Heck, Andrew Nicholson, as excommunicated as he is currently, has completed the course itself a record thirty times. Tim and Jonelle Price are in the action this weekend, as well as Dan Jocelyn and Caroline Powell. [Burghley Hopes for New Zealand]

What studs to use when and why and where? The stud conundrum….usually solved by coming up with some that seem reasonable and then walking down the aisle to ask your coach if they look like something that might work. Instead, let’s be learning some stuff from none other than Max Corcoran! [Studs: Solved]

KER Product of the Week – Grow Strong Hooves and a Shiny Coat with Bio•Bloom™ PS

Is your horse about to sprout a winter coat? Was summer show season tough on hooves? Want to get a jump start on battling Florida skin funk? Bio•Bloom™ PS provides the nutrients needed for healthy skin and coat, as well as hoof growth.

Developed by Kentucky Equine Research (KER), Bio•Bloom PS is a dual-action supplement designed to promote and maintain healthy skin, coat, and hoof condition from the inside out. Bio•Bloom PS contains biotin, methionine, iodine, and chelated zinc at levels shown to improve hoof growth, including development of strong hoof wall.  Bio•Bloom PS  produces a soft, shiny coat and healthy growth of mane and tail, and includes essential amino acids and fatty acids for optimal coat condition.

“I trust Bio•Bloom PS to give my horses eye-catching, glowing coats and healthy, sound hooves for a competitive advantage,” explains two-time Olympic medalist Karen O’Connor.

Learn more about Bio•Bloom PS.

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Twinsies? Photo courtesy of Doug Payne.

Twinsies? Photo courtesy of Doug Payne.

You know what’s super cool? Having horses that are siblings, and watching them develop in different but similar ways. Check out Doug Payne riding Debi Crowley’s Vandiver next to his little four-year-old brother, Noah! They look like total twins! Debi bred and raised both of them on her farm in Alabama, and continues to own Quinn as he competes at the top levels of the sport. Is Noah another four-star horse in the making?

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Richland Park: [Website] [Schedule] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Town Hill Farm H.T. [Website]

Huntington Farm H.T. [Website]

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

Chattahoochee Hills H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

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

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

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

Windy Wyoming H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

News From Around the Globe:

Life Goals = ride like Ingrid Klimke, right? If you’re like me, you want to be like Ingrid. Her approach to training is known around the world, and I can’t be the only one with her cavaletti book. Her training in dressage is unique, and she wrote an article for Dressage Today highlighting the major points of how she works with every horse. The bullet points are this: Variety in Training, Take Small Steps, and Foster the Horse’s Personality. [The Klimke Approach to Dressage]

Burghley fever is brewing. It will forever be one of my favorite events, and nobody can deny that it is the biggest baddest cross country track in the world. But did you know that approximately 5,000 jumps are jumped in the four days of competition? That 26 gallons of Pimms are drunk by spectators over the weekend? How about the fact that Andrew Nicholson has completed Burghley THIRTY THREE times. [Facts You Didn’t Know About Burghley]

Fantasy farm time….Kansas edition. Painted M Ranch is the stuff of fairy tales. The sort of place you might have dreamed of owning when you trotted your Breyer models around on your braided rug as a kid and imagined where your barns and rings and wash racks would go. It’s your super-embarrassing adolescent Trapper-Keeper barn doodles come to life on eighty acres of pristinely developed bliss.”[Hot On Horse Nation]

Something I never go to a competition without: Magic Cushion. And why is it called “Magic”? Simply, because it is. There is nothing better for packing in hooves after a cross country round for overnight comfort. I have been plagued by a horse with crummy feet his whole life, and I can’t even tell you how many giant jars of this stuff he has been through in all these years. I love it and swear by it, and if you have a horse that bruises or gets sore, you need this in your tack trunk. [SmartPak Product of the Day]

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Thursday News & Notes from Kentucky Equine Research

Just two super grooms having some fun. Shannon Kinsley & Sergio Reyes. Photo courtesy of Sergio.

Just two super grooms having some fun: Shannon Kinsley and Sergio Reyes. Photo courtesy of Sergio.

Yesterday I just finished a two-day jumping clinic with Leslie Law at Morningside Training Center, where I was lucky enough to snag a spot with the Olympic gold medallist himself. I took my seasoned partner, Nyls, as while we’ve been at the top levels for a while now, there is always more to learn, and ways to further my education with him. My goal is nebulous, because my goal is to be a little bit better than yesterday as much as possible, and I learned some important things during this clinic that I hope to be able to put into use this fall at some competitions. Nothing is quite as inspiring as getting your hands on some great quality education!

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Town Hill Farm H.T. [Website]

Huntington Farm H.T. [Website]

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

Chattahoochee Hills H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

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

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

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

Richland Park CCI, CIC, & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Windy Wyoming H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

News From Around the Globe:

Who would you rather walk the Burghley cross country course with if not William Fox-Pitt himself?? I might say Michael Jung, but I think that WFP has better British quips about the rather sturdy questions on Mark Phillips’ daunting course for next week. He’s only won the darn thing six times, it’s not like he really knows what he’s talking about honestly. [WFP Walks Burghley]

Richland! Richland! Richland! What do you want to know about the Gold Cup competition in Michigan this weekend? USEA has your back with ten fast facts. *Look at this corn all dipped in butter* [Richland Park Horse Trials]

In an effort to help Louisiana animal shelters care for everything during the floods, a GoFundMe has been established for relief. The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF), along with several parishes, have established an online fund-raising page to defray state and local costs of operating shelters for horses and other animals displaced by recent flooding near Baton Rouge.  Contributions will be used to provide supplies and equipment necessary to care for horses and other animals. [GoFundMe Louisiana]

What’s the “right” time to start a young horse in work? Different industries within the horse world start their horses at different ages. As we know, thoroughbreds in the Kentucky Derby are only three years old, but for most performance careers, thats the very early stages. Depending on breed, body type, as well as mental and physical abilities, the age of 3-4 should be a good start. [When To Start Young Horses]

KER ClockIt™ Session of the Week: This week’s KER ClockIt™ Sport session demonstrates the effectiveness of using hills to improve a horse’s fitness. Looking at the graph below, you will see a horse training for a CCI2* event by cantering up a hill four times. The blue line is altitude, the purple line is heart rate, and the orange line is speed.

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As you can see, the horse’s heart rate increases significantly each time the horse goes up a hill.

Multiple KER treadmill studies have shown that exercising horses on an incline greatly increases work intensity as measured by oxygen consumption, heart rate, and lactate production. These studies have shown that at a canter speed, a 1% increase in grade increases a horse’s heart rate 6 bpm—the same effect on heart rate as increasing speed 35m/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.

Don’t forget to share your ClockIt sessions for a chance to win the KER and Eventing Nation Show Us Your Sessions Sweepstakes. Between now and October 28, use the GPS on your KER ClockIt Sport app to draw or write something fun and submit your sessions for chances to win.

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Tate on his way to Millstreet, traveling with LCC Barnaby across the pond! Photo courtesy of Sinead Halpin.

Tate on his way to Millstreet, traveling with LCC Barnaby across the pond! Photo courtesy of Sinead Halpin.

Horses are taking flight! Some of the Burghley crowd left earlier this week, and then yesterday Sinead Halpin’s Manoir de Carneville and Lillian Heard’s LCC Barnaby set off together for Millstreet CCI3* in Ireland. Both of them were recipients of Fall Travel Grants, as were many of the pairs heading over soon enough for Blenheim and Boekelo. Many of the riders heading over seas this fall have also fundraised for their efforts, which is amazing to see how the public is supporting US riders in their dreams to get to the big competitions. If only England was a teensy bit closer…

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

Did you catch the most recent USEA podcast with Phillip Dutton and David O’Connor discussing the Rio Olympics? In this very special podcast, Phillip Dutton recounts the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he won an individual bronze medal with the HND Group’s Mighty Nice. David O’Connor lets us know what this Olympics means for Team USA. [USEA Podcast]

Virginia Eventing & Dressage Team is kicking butt as their membership grows. With 30 members on VEDT, the three year old program welcomes eventing riders from all the schools at the University of Virginia. They currently have riders who have competed from Beginner Novice through the CCI* level, and compete all up and down the east coast year-round.  Just since the beginning of the calendar year 2016, VEDT has had members finish in the top 3 at USEA recognized horse trials a whopping 14 times, with 5 of those being wins at the Novice through Preliminary levels.  UVA has won the college team challenge at the Fall Virginia Horse Trials for 3 consecutive years and is hoping to continue that streak this fall. [VEDT Takes Control]

Leah Lang-Gluscic was hoping to be on a plain to Burghley by now with her four-star horse AP Prime, but as is the way with horses, sometimes you have to go with Plan B. After a successful Rolex, she had her eyes set firmly on Burghley for the fall, and all her preparations went great, including a trip to Rebecca Farms earlier in the summer. Unfortunately, AP managed to tweak a collateral ligament, and she’s now planning for 2017 as he recovers. [COTH Blog of the Day]

Spursuaders  are now legal for the show jumping phase of eventing competition at the FEI level. While they are still not legal for dressage or cross country, they are working diligently to see that this becomes a reality, as they are spurs that appeal to lots of very sensitive horses. Also, if you have any queries about bridles, bits, spurs, boots or dress, this link will tell you what is and is not allowed for each phase. [FEI FAQ On Use of Tacks, Equipment and Dress]

Just when you thought grooming products couldn’t get more revolutionary, somebody invented Hands On Grooming Gloves. What’s that, you say? Oh, its just a cool rubber glove that acts like an awesome curry comb and shedding blade all in one. Just slip this puppy on and scrub to your hearts desire, and when they get really muddy, you don’t actually get all the mud and hair all over your hands! You might still get it all over the rest of you, but you can’t have your cake and eat it too. [SmartPak Product of the Day]

 

Thursday News & Notes from Kentucky Equine Research

Just a girl with some gold medals hanging out on the beach for one last night in Rio. Photo courtesy of Charlotte DuJardin.

Just a girl with some gold medals hanging out on the beach for one last night in Rio. Photo courtesy of Charlotte Dujardin.

Daily summer schedule: Wake up around dawn. Step outside, hope it’s below 85 degrees while still dark. Realize it isn’t magically cool today. Sigh. Go back inside. Put on riding clothes, debate if you can tolerate a t-shirt, give up and go for a lightweight sports tank top. Zip up half chaps. Drag ponies in from the fields, already irritated from flies. Make sure everybody has all four shoes, and all four legs intact. Spend 20 minutes mixing up breakfast and double checking supplements. Ride ponies. Ride horses. Muck stalls. Ride horses. Teach a few lessons. Ride one last horse. Muck stalls. Make sure everybody has four shoes, and all four legs intact. Turn out. Sweep aisle. Scrub and refill water buckets. Go home. Shower. Stuff something that looks like food in your face. Put on pajamas. Watch mindless Netflix for an hour. Fall asleep at 8:30. Rinse. Repeat.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

Don’t miss a rare opportunity to ride with German gold medalist Andreas Dibowski in a special eventing clinic during the American Trakehner Association (ATA) annual convention at the Tryon International Equestrian Center. The clinic is for Beginner Novice through Advanced and takes place October 31-November 2. You don’t have to be an ATA member to participate and auditors are welcome. Click here for a clinic application!

The Arabian Sport Horse Alliance is proud to be offering recognition for Arabian-bred competitors at the 2016 American Eventing Championships. The ASHA Highlight Awards will be presented to the highest placing Arabian-bred horse or pony in the following fourteen divisions: USEF/USEA Recognized Divisions: A-Ch, I-Ch, PAm-Ch, PH-Ch, PJr/Yr-Ch and USEF Endorsed/USEA Recognized Divisions: TAm-Ch, TH-Ch, TJr-Ch, NAm-Ch, NH-Ch, NJr-Ch, BNAm-Ch, BNH-Ch, BNJr-Ch. Arabian-bred sport horses and ponies that that are Arabian, Anglo-Arabian, Shagya-Arabian or least 25% Arabian/Shagya by lineage are eligible for these awards. To verify your horse’s eligibility and get on the official list for these awards please contact [email protected]ce.org by August 26, 2016.

After Beezie Madden had to withdraw Cortes C from Olympic Show Jumping, the rest of the team went on to win Team silver yesterday. Cortes C suffered a tendon injury in the action from Tuesday, and so Kent Farrington, McLain Ward and Lucy Davis all had to really deliver in the final round of show jumping action. They did brilliantly, and the internet exploded with pride and fun photos from Rio. [Horse Nation: Olympic Social Media]

KER Service of the Week – MicroSteed Ration Wizard

Whether your horse is traveling, adjusting to a new home, exercising more, or enjoying retirement, it is important to make sure your horse’s diet is meeting its nutrient requirements.

Developed by Kentucky Equine Research (KER), MicroSteed™ Ration Wizard makes choosing the appropriate feed type and amount for your horse a simple process. The program uses a detailed description of the horse to determine its nutrient requirements, and then recommends appropriate feeds from KER’s global network of partners. You can also contact a KER nutrition advisor directly for a custom analysis and report.

MicroSteed is available as a web-based Ration Wizard for horse owners and as a detailed software for feed manufacturers, veterinarians, and select independent consultants. To try MicroSteed Ration Wizard or request more information on software for advanced ration evaluation and diet manipulation, visit our website.

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Friday News & Notes from FLAIR Nasal Strips

?????!!!! Photo courtesy of Shannon Brinkman.

?????!!!! Photo courtesy of Shannon Brinkman.

Jenni sent me this picture yesterday, with no context and no caption, simply titled the email “GREATEST N&N PHOTO EVER”. While I was deeply tempted to ask her WHAT IS GOING ON HERE????? I think it’s almost better to be in complete confusion about what is undoubtedly the best News & Notes photo in the history of Eventing Nation. A gold medal from London, a flag from Brazil, a plastic horse head, Michael Jordan T-shirt, puma sneakers and khaki shorts. Who can solve this mystery? Who is under the mask?? Will we ever know??!!

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

WindRidge Farm Summer H.T. [Website]

Erie Hunt and Saddle Club H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

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

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

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

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

Colorado Horse Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

News From Around the Globe:

To no one’s surprise, Charlotte DuJardin & Valegro lead the way after day one of Dressage with an 85.07%. While this wasn’t their best score ever due to a few teensy missteps in the piaffe, she still managed to haul in more than her fair share of 10′s. Germany leads the team standings with an average of 81.29% but Great Britain is right behind them with an average of 79.25%. Team USA did splendidly, with Laura Graves leading the charge on Verdades and a 78.07% and the team holding an average of 76.97% for bronze medal position after day one. The Grand Prix Special is today, live streaming via the usual venues. [Valegro Shines In Rio] [Links for Watching Grand Prix Special]

Any interest in a behind the scenes look at the stabling in Rio? I thought as much. Luckily, Horse Nation has compiled a whole bunch of photos from different athletes from all the equestrian disciplines, and given us a really good look at precisely what those horsey digs are like. Personally, I want my bed to be that thick and fluffy. [Fantasy Farm: An Olympic Barn Tour]

Last week, there was some poor misinformed moron who wrote a blog about how horses didn’t belong in the Olympics. He quickly found out that horse people are a small but “vocal” crowd (lol) via the thousands of irate emails that he received in response to his article on Deadpspin. He says, “I’ve never received as much feedback on anything I’ve ever written”. I have no doubt that there were some EN fans up in there somewhere. [Dead Letters: The Horse People Are Furious]

Has your horse already destroyed his/her summer fly sheet? You’re in luck, because SmartPak’s Deluxe Fly Sheet with No Fly Zone is on sale for only $85.49, which is basically a steal at this point. SmartPak actually has a lot of awesome things on sale right now, so while you’re there, check out the whole sale line, and leave feeling smarter and better dressed. [SmartPak Product of the Day]

 

 

 

Thursday News & Notes from Kentucky Equine Research

Phillip immortalized. Photo courtesy of Morgane Schmidt.

Phillip immortalized. Photo courtesy of Morgane Schmidt.

Phillip’s brilliant moment over the corner on Monday in the Rio Olympics has spawned at least a billion posts, memes, and googling eyes. Horse Nation’s own Morgane Schmidt did a brilliant illustration that captures the moment perfectly, and you can check out more of her hilarious illustrations on her website, The Idea of Order. In all seriousness though, it looks like he’s been taking lessons from gold medal gymnast Simone Biles. Who does that kind of acrobatics on horseback!??! We can’t get over it.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

GMHA Festival of Eventing August H.T. [Website] [Ride Times]

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

WindRidge Farm Summer H.T. [Website]

Erie Hunt and Saddle Club H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

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

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

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

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

Colorado Horse Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

News From Around the Globe:

Dressage competition got underway Wednesday at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, as 29 of the total 60 competitors representing 19 countries took to the main arena under cloudy skies at the Deodoro Olympic Equestrian Center to perform in the Grand Prix, the first test in the team competition. The U.S. team, going eighth in the order of the 11 nations, finished day one in fourth place after two superb performances from Allison Brock and Kasey Perry-Glass. Leading the team standings is Germany, while The Netherlands sits in second place, and Great Britain holds third. [US Dressage Standings After Day One]

Want to get the inside scoop on the Dressage leaders after day one? While Eventing Nation media might be vacating Rio, Chronicle of the Horse is still on task for the other disciplines. Germany’s Dorothee Schneider was the last to canter down the centerline yesterday, and blew it up with an 80.98%. COTH got the comments from the leaders and the US riders after the competition. [Leaders Reflect on Tests]

Clark has released a statement about Glen’s performance on cross country in the Rio Games. Representing The United States at an Olympic Games has been a goal of mine since I discovered the sport of eventing, an accomplishment that I will always be proud of. I moved away from the states 4 years ago to raise my game in hopes of selection and with a goal of being competitive once I got there. 5 weeks ago, I got the call and Glen’s and my real “road to Rio” began. Our journey took us from our base in England to Belgium, across to New York, Down to Virginia, on to Florida then finally to Rio. Without a doubt, the miles and changes to his regular preparation routine adversely affected him. Foremost, I feel badly to have let Glen down, I was sorry to let the team down and am hugely appreciative of the support that everyone has shown us. As devastated as I am with this outcome, I know in my heart that Glen is a super star who will have his day in the sun one great day.” [Clark’s Facebook Page]

Despite Mark Todd’s disappointing initial show jumping round, we just can’t get enough of the celebrated equestrian. New Zealand Herald did an amazing article with videos of him riding Charisma in the Los Angeles Olympics, and stories of his younger days when he began riding. “At school I was quite good at the high jump, but I guess it comes back to that competitive nature and fortunately I’m quite an athletic person. Every sport I try I’m reasonably good at,” Todd says. [Mark Todd The Master]

 

KER Product of the Week – Digestive Support for the Modern Horse

Modern equine management often involves putting horses in stalls for at least part of the day, feeding grain (sometimes even more than forage), and feeding at defined times. This environment is not ideal for equine digestive systems, which were originally supported by an all-forage diet, grazing on pasture all day, and free space to roam. Digestive supplements can help combat digestive issues resulting from modern management practices.

EquiShure®, a product developed by Kentucky Equine Research (KER), is a time-released buffer that targets and moderates the pH of the hindgut. Horses with both stomach and hindgut issues can benefit from RiteTrac™, which combines EquiShure with fast-acting antacids and coating agents to support total digestive health.

Wondering if these digestive supplements are right for your horse? Contact a KER nutrition advisor today. This month only, customers in the U.S. can save 15% on EquiShure and RiteTrac by entering code DIGEST816 on shop.kerx.com.

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Wednesday Video from Kentucky Performance Products: Lainey & Doug’s Millbrook Helmet Cams

Lainey had an awesome cross country day on Saturday at Millbrook Horse Trials, riding her experienced campaigner Anthony Patch. A big crowd favorite, Lainey and Al are notoriously efficient and accurate on cross country, and you can see how good her rhythm is in the galloping lane in this video. They finished the course with six time penalties and went home with a seventh place finish. #GoAlGo!

Doug Payne was sporting his helmet cam this weekend as well — the video below is from the Advanced show jumping with Vandiver. The latter jumped a beautiful double-clear round to finish third on their dressage score of 28.3. I feel like we need a hashtag for these guys too: #NoPayneNoGain? 

Millbrook Advanced Final Top 10: 

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Millbrook Horse Trials: WebsiteLive ScoresEN’s Coverage

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Manoir de Carneville Cruises to Millbrook Lead After Cross Country

Sinead Halpin & Manoir de Carneville.  Photo by Kate Samuels.

Sinead Halpin & Manoir de Carneville. Photo by Kate Samuels.

The Advanced course at Millbrook this morning rode incredibly well, with thirty-one of thirty-seven starters coming home with clean jumping records, and in an unusual twist, four combinations crossing the finish line double clear. With the terrain at this event, that feat is almost unheard of!  The course was challenging yet fair, and all of the combinations seemed to ride well, providing a great first Advanced run for the fall season.

Sinead Halpin and longtime partner Manoir de Carneville popped around the course double clear and looked like they barely broke a sweat doing so. Tate is incredibly experienced at this point in his career, and he and Sinead have a strong partnership, so it was the perfect prep run for their overseas trip to Millstreet International Horse Trials CCI3* later this month, for which they received a USEF Travel & Competition Grant. They’ll stay on their dressage score of 27.1 going into the show jumping tomorrow.

Buck Davidson & Petite Flower. Photo by Kate Samuels.

Buck Davidson & Petite Flower. Photo by Kate Samuels.

Buck’s third ride of the day was the little powerhouse mare Petite Flower, and she looked absolutely fabulous. This mare may be small in stature, but she does not lack for talent. Buck managed to win the unofficial cross country accuracy award today, by hitting the optimum time of 6:03 on the nose with Flower, and maintaining their dressage score of 28.2.

Doug Payne must be thrilled with his big scopey gelding Vandiver, as the two of them had the fastest and most fluid round of the day. If you’ve seen the gallop on this horse, you won’t be surprised that he made the time easily, because Quinn’s stride just positively swallows the ground whole. They will go into show jumping just .2 penalties behind Buck, with a 28.4 after two days of competition.

Doug Payne & Vandiver.  Photo by Kate Samuels.

Doug Payne & Vandiver. Photo by Kate Samuels.

Lainey Ashker and soulmate/best friend Anthony Patch made light work of the course, using their experience to make it look like a walk in the park. Al looks better than ever, and is traditionally excellent at show jumping, where he will begin in fourth place on a 33.1.

Leaders after dressage Kim Severson and the very impressive Cooley Cross Border added just 7.6 time penalties for the horse’s first Advanced back since Fair Hill CCI3* of last year, but she has to be pleased with his efforts. Another horse that is very good in show jumping, this pair is nipping right at Lainey’s heels with just .2 penalties between them.

Buck lodged another one in the top ten with The Apprentice, followed by Kurt Martin & DeLux Z, who is heading to Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials CCI3* this September courtesy of a USEF Travel Grant. Young Rider Caroline Martin made the water complex look like a simple grid with Spring Easy, and sits in eighth place going into show jumping.

Burghley-bound Simply Priceless took Elisa Wallace around the course with what I can only describe as pure glee, which makes for the perfect preparatory run before the enormous course that is to follow, and they garnered 7.2 time penalties to secure ninth place. Holly Payne cruised around on two horses, coming in with Santino in 10th place and Never OutFoxed in 12th place. Her two horses are heading overseas this fall as well, with Fox going to Burghley and Sonny going to Blenheim.

Show Jumping begins tomorrow with the Preliminary and Intermediate divisions followed by the Advanced, in reverse order of standing. Times will be provided by the end of the day, but in the meantime enjoy these photos of the top ten after cross country!

Many thanks to Marion Latta de Vogel for sharing this Millbrook Saturday highlight video!

Millbrook Advanced Top 15 After Cross Country:

Millbrook Cross Country Top 15

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

Cooley Cross Border Makes His Comeback in Millbrook Advanced Dressage

Kim Severson & Cooley Cross Border. Photo by Kate Samuels.

Kim Severson & Cooley Cross Border. Photo by Kate Samuels.

Cooley Cross Border knows how to make a comeback, scoring a 25.7 to lead the extremely competitive Advanced division here at Millbrook after the first phase. This is Cross’ first Advanced back since Fair Hill CCI3* last fall, and Kim Severson is delighted to have him back at the level and to be in such a competitive place with both of her horses. With Fernhill Fearless in sixth place and his younger stablemate leading the way, it’s Kim’s game so far this weekend.

Cross came back to action at Loch Moy just a few weeks ago, where he went around the CIC2*, and Kim says he felt great. She was pleased with his test today as well. “Cross was great, except for a few bobbles in his changes, and the goal for this weekend is to make good decisions on cross country tomorrow with both horses, hopefully staying competitive.” Both Cross and Sparky are on Maggie’s list as the Dark Horse pick, so now it’s just a battle of the brothers.

Courtney Cooper & Who's A Star. Photo by Kate Samuels..

Courtney Cooper & Who’s A Star. Photo by Kate Samuels..

Courtney Cooper came out swinging on her homebred, Who’s a Star, scoring a 26.9 to sit in second place. Tag looked relaxed and fluid for his entire test, and is coming off two confident runs at Intermediate following his first CCI4* this spring at Rolex. Crowd favorites Lainey Ashker tied with Sinead Halpin, both scoring a 27.1 for third place with their long time partners, Anthony Patch and Manoir de Carneville, respectively. If horses are like wine, both Al and Tate are expensive merlots that only get better with time.  The old campaigners have been there, done that, and keep getting just a little better every year, and challenging their riders to stay competitive for every event.

Other notable performances include Buck Davidson on his father’s homebred, Petite Flower, who just looked fantastic and scored a 28.2 for fifth place, which gives him two horses in the top ten. Elisa Wallace also did a very good job convincing Simply Priceless to make use of his body correctly in the sandbox, showing us that there is a lot of potential inside of the usually crackling gelding. That performance garnered a 29.6, which was good enough to put her in 9th place overall. This is Elisa’s last event before shipping out to Burghley for the biggest test of her lifetime, so everything is coming together at the right time.

Lainey Ashker & Anthony Patch. Photo by Kate Samuels.

Lainey Ashker & Anthony Patch. Photo by Kate Samuels.

There are fifteen horses within the top five points of this Advanced division, which tells you just how tight this race will be. With Tremaine Cooper’s hilly course that notoriously causes even Buck to have time penalties, I can guarantee you that the leaderboard will not be identical tomorrow afternoon. The ground here is a bit firm, so I am thinking more riders will run slow than not, but this is still a Adequan Gold Cup Event, and there are hungry competitors out there.

Cross country starts tomorrow morning with the Intermediate divisions at 8 a.m., and Advanced beginning at 10:30 a.m. — we’ll have a cross country course preview posted first thing in the morning. In the meantime, please enjoy this photo gallery from the dressage action today!

Many thanks to Marion Latta de Vogel for sharing this Millbrook day 2 highlight video!

Millbrook Advanced Top 15 After Dressage:

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Friday News & Notes From FLAIR Nasal Strips

Doug Payne & Vandiver. Photo by Kate Samuels.

Doug Payne & Vandiver, co-leaders after dressage day one at Millbrook. Photo by Kate Samuels.

Millbrook day two is underway, and my nose is already sunburnt. My horse was good-ish yesterday, but he’s a magical unicorn and scores well even when he feels like a soon-to-be-imploding-firecracker. Actually, he held it together pretty well. At the age of fifteen, maybe he is finally coming into his own? Tomorrow I’ll be doing some more coverage of the upper level dressage, as well as some course walks, so stay tuned!

#Rio2016: WebsiteSchedule & ResultsEN’s CoverageTwitterInstagram

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

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

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

Cobblestone Farms H.T. [Website]

News From Around the Globe:

The Jersey Fresh International Organizing Committee is pleased to announce that they will expand competition access to additional acreage abutting its present Cross-Country courses. The area has most recently been available to JFI for competitor hacking during the Event but will now be readied for 2017 competition. The arrangement making this property available is intended to be a precursor of longer-term plans to obtain additional space for future events. [Jersey Fresh Expands]

Tryon International Equestrian Center is ready for the AECs in just four short weeks! With over 500 entries for the competition, people are chomping at the bit to get down there. Next week Tryon is going to release drone footage of each cross country course, so that everyone can have a look-see at the courses. The USPC Championships a week ago were a good test run of the Prelim, Training, Novice and Beginner Novice levels, and Tryon is confident in their ability to provide a unique experience for the AECs. [Tryon International Prepares for AEC Domination]

Don’t forget Jenni and The Team in Rio!! She’s down there getting pecked at by mosquitos for all of us, and keeping us up to date with the behind the scenes action as all the best riders in the world prepare for the ultimate test. [Behind the Scenes in Rio]

My horse has really sensitive leg skin, and he’s always getting rubs and weird skin situations from boots when I ride. However, I always bring these Dressage Sport Boots to shows, because I know in the most important of times, these boots will not rub him at all, and they actually protect his legs should he make a bad decision and whack himself spooking at the 10,000th port-a-potty. [SmartPak Product of the Day]

 

 

 

 

Kim Severson and Doug Payne Split Lead After Millbrook Dressage Day 1

Leaders Kim Severson & Fernhill Fearless

Leaders Kim Severson & Fernhill Fearless. Photo by Kate Samuels

Dressage got underway today at Millbrook Horse Trials, with four rings of various different levels running throughout the day. The Advanced began this afternoon, with 16 of the total 43 combinations performing their dressage tests today. Millbrook is the unofficial start to the fall season, so many horses are doing their first Advanced competition here, but most experienced pairs are just getting their mojo going for the fall season.

After a spring season that was admittedly uncertain, Kim feels that she’s finally really  getting to know “Sparky” on the flat, and he’s stronger than ever in the quality of his movement. “He was really excellent,” she said to me in the stables afterwards. “I feel like he’s able to relax and perform more than last year. I’ve seen parts of the cross country, and it all looks really good, and I just have to stay out of his way on Saturday. He’s always an amazing cross country horse, and all I have to do is put the pieces together.”

Doug Payne & Vandiver. Photo by Kate Samuels.

Doug Payne & Vandiver. Photo by Kate Samuels.

Doug Payne came in later in the day to even the score with Kim and Sparky, notching a 28.4 with Vandiver. “Quinn” is showing signs of great improvement on the flat under Doug’s tutelage, and we are seeing signs of brilliance as he comes along. “I was very happy with him today,” said Doug. “The plan is to make the most of the fall events in order to solidify our partnership and improve his performance all around. He’s the most genuine horse I’ve worked with to date, and can’t wait to see what develops in the coming months and years.” Doug was also quick to thank Debi Crowley, who partners in ownership with Doug on the horse, but also bred him and started him under saddle.

Buck Davidson sits in third place on The Apprentice after a fluid and accurate test on the very experienced gelding to score a 29.3, as well as fifth place on Park Trader with a 32.9, who will be the trailblazer for the weekend. Kristen Bond slips into fourth place on a 30.4 riding her own I’m Sew Ready. The scores are already incredibly close, and we are excited for more action tomorrow, with several big names on the entry list.

Will Coleman & Butch Cassidy. Photo by Photography In Stride.

Will Coleman & Butch Cassidy. Photo by Photography In Stride.

Intermediate A completed their dressage today, with twenty-two pairs in the division. Will Coleman leads with way with Butch Cassidy (but no Sundance Kid…) on a 26.3, closely followed by Randy Ward riding Grando on a 28.3. Yours truly is nipping at their heels with a 29 on my fat pony, who was kind enough to focus for a few minutes to show some moments of good behavior. This division waits until Saturday to do cross country, while some of the lower levels put on their air vests tomorrow at the same time as the remainder of upper level dressage divisions continue.

We are lucky enough to have Miranda Akins of Photography In Stride assisting us here at Millbrook, as sometimes schedule conflicts make it a bit difficult to compete and do proper coverage at the same time! Keep checking back for more updates tomorrow, including a course walk and a finale on the dressage action.

And many thanks to Marion Latta de Vogel for this Millbrook day 1 highlight video.

Go Eventing!

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

Thursday News & Notes from Kentucky Equine Research

Go USA! Photo by Valerie Durbon.

Go USA! Photo by Valerie Durbon.

I just arrived at Millbrook yesterday, one of my very favorite events to attend! It takes me about eight hours to get here, which wasn’t that bad really, and the weather is glorious. This event is hands down one of the best run, most picturesque event venues that I have ever been to, which is why I keep coming back every year! I’m excited to compete as well as bring you updates as I can, while Jenni is off to Rio to do your full Olympic coverage. Also, if you’re here at Millbrook with me, they’re providing a live stream of Olympic action that you can enjoy once it gets underway!

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

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

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

Cobblestone Farms H.T. [Website]

News From Around the Globe:

If you’re watching or following the Olympic equestrian coverage, talk about it! The IOC is measuring interest in each sport and as usual, equestrian is on the cusp. Use the hashtags #JointheJourney and #TwoHearts on social media to indicate your interest in eventing, dressage, or show jumping and help let the IOC know that our sport has a huge fan base. [Fans Urged to Support Equestrian Sport]

Remember that awesome boot of Lauren Kieffer’s that got made into a glorious piece of art to benefit The Brooke? We told you about it a little while ago, and now that Lauren is down in Rio getting ready to bring home glory for Team USA, the boot is on display at Millbrook, with a silent auction active now through Saturday. You can even bid online if you’re not here in person. The winner of the boot will be announced Saturday night, so get your bids in! [Lauren Kieffer’s Rolex Boot]

Help a fellow eventer out! EN reader and eventing enthusiast Emma Hinke is running an online questionnaire regarding the relative safety of different disciplines and different helmets. She has a short ten question survey, incentivized by a random drawing for a $25 gift card to Riding Warehouse, so take two seconds and fill out her online poll! [‘Fraidy Cat Eventing Survey]

Best of Blogs: Letters from RIO: Bug Spray Yes, Luggage No

KER ClockIt Sport – Show Us Your Sessions

Did you know that most horses doing typical arena work aren’t getting into the heart-rate zone needed to improve their fitness? Are you looking to get your horse into the conditioning zone and best shape of its life?

The KER ClockIt™ Sport mobile app, developed by Kentucky Equine Research (KER), is a smartphone mobile app that thousands of equestrians worldwide use to track their horse’s exercise and conditioning progress. The app tracks the duration and intensity of exercise in conjunction with an equine heart-rate monitor. Horse owners and trainers can use this data to condition and feed each horse appropriately for the work they are doing.Using KER ClockIt Sport to record your rides not only gives you valuable insights into your horse’s fitness, but you can now win a prize! Share your ClockIt sessions for a chance to win the KER and Eventing Nation Show Us Your Sessions Sweepstakes.

Between now and October 28, use the GPS on your KER ClockIt™ Sport app to draw or write something fun and submit your sessions for chances to win. Draw a horse, a flower, the KER logo or, if you dare, a self-portrait. Be silly, be creative, and most importantly, have fun riding! For more information, visit the website.
 Interested in downloading the app? It’s free and available for both iPhones and Androids.

Get ready!

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Friday News & Notes from FLAIR Nasal Strips

Because why not?? Photo courtesy of me stalking Michael Jung on his Facebook page late at night for no particular reason.

Stars!! They’re just like us!! (Really excited to meet a hippo).  Photo courtesy of me stalking Michael Jung on his Facebook page late at night for no particular reason.

I had a great jump lesson yesterday as part of my preparation for Millbrook next week, and it’s always nice to have good eyes on the ground to guide you through different parts of your education. After 11 years of partnership, and 6 years at the Advanced level, Nyls is finally somewhat rideable (and I’m actually finally a decent enough rider), which means that even now, our skills are evolving and changing. You never stagnate once you hit a high level, you just learn how many more things there are to improve upon. What is that saying, every day I learn something new and realize how much I have left to learn? That’s me right now.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

#NAJYRC2016: WebsiteScheduleDressage Order of GoIndividual ScoresTeam ScoresEN’s Coverage

USPC National Championship H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Times]

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

Just so we’re clear, you’re not doing anything next weekend, right? The only conceivable thing you can be doing is tuning in to the Olympics, EVEN if you’re competing. For goodness sake, get your schedule set! Jenni knows all the things about Rio, and how to watch it from home. She’ll be covering the event and risking the Zika for you. [How To Watch Olympic Eventing]

Summer is a big time to get young horses started, and have them going out and about. Making a young event horse is challenging stuff, and you have to make sure that you create a confident horse right from the beginning. This starts with your adventures outside the ring, when you’re ready. Courtney Cooper is a big advocate of hacking, and details the ways in which you can get your youngster confidently marching out away from the barn into the scary unknown. [Taking Your Young Event Horse Hacking]

What do you do when you have fear and anxiety about certain aspects of riding? Ask the EquiShrink, of course! One reader sent in a question regarding some equine related PTSD caused by years of riding a very reactive horse, and wants to know how to get over it with the new, calm horse. Seana Adamson, Ph.D, is a psychologist specializing in Sport Psychology for equestrians and also is a USDF Gold Medalist. She has advice columns that are great! Check it out. [Ask the EquiShrink]

Riding at the crack of dawn or well after dinner? You’re not alone. I’ve been getting spectacular sunrise photos, which kinda makes it worth it to get up at 5am….. However, these Horse Nation readers have also been on that train, and taking their photos seriously. [Horse Nation Photo Challenge]

Especially during the summer competition months, it’s really important to provide your horse with proper electrolyte support. Most of us feed electrolytes in our horsey meals, but as the ingredients in the supplements aren’t readily stored inside the horse’s body, this can be a problem. Competing in the summer is stressful enough, without worrying that your horse isn’t able to recover from his/her athletic endeavors, which is why SmartPak has a Smart Ship & Show Paste, which provides probiotics and prebiotics for digestive health, as well as electrolytes and antioxidants. This is an ideal tube for the stress and demands of travel as well as a comprehensive electrolyte balancer. [SmartPak Product of the Day]

 

Thursday News & Notes from Professional’s Choice

Look at this fruit spread at Full Moon Farm!!! Photo courtesy of Natalie Hollis.

Look at this fruit spread at Full Moon Farm! Photo courtesy of Natalie Hollis.

Full Moon Farm recently hosted the Aloha Recognized Horse Trials at their farm in Finksburg, Maryland and what a success it was! Full Moon went above-and-beyond for competitors that came to compete in 100+ degree temperatures.

With cooling stations at every phase, exceptional volunteers and a competitor party complete with sangria and fresh fruit, Full Moon Farm guaranteed horses and riders a fun day without any added stress in the heat. Full Moon Farm’s next recognized horse trials will be held on Nov. 13, the last event in Area II for the year so be sure to mark your calendar for this seriously competitor-friendly event!

U.S. Weekend Preview:

#NAJYRC2016: WebsiteScheduleDressage Order of GoIndividual ScoresTeam ScoresEN’s Coverage

USPC National Championship H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Times]

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

Making the NAJYRC CIC** team is an enormous accomplishment, so lets meet the teams competing in Colorado this weekend! We already met the CCI* teams, and there are three teams competing in the CIC**. Because of entries, the teams are composite areas, ten riders in total. Traveling across the country is no mean feat, and these kids are in for the week of a lifetime! [NAJYRC CIC2* Teams & Riders]

What’re you doing this weekend when you could be volunteering at the beautiful Colorado Horse Park! NAJYRC is short of volunteers and is asking for your help! If you’ve got a driver’s license, you could be whizzing around in a golf cart Wednesday through Sunday. Other disciplines need help in a variety of days, so there’s something for everyone! Contact Carol Jones at (720) 346-4478 or Viv Van Buren at (303) 883-6560 if you’d like to lend a hand.

Stable View Farm is excited to host their very first Advanced Horse Trial this October. Speaking as somebody who competes at that level, I’m delighted to find another option for the fall schedule, especially at such a fantastic facility! There will be several horsey and “non-horsey” things going on for this event including: Aiken Horsepower antique car show, Carolina Moon Distillery 2-hour Happy Hour, VIP tent for sponsors, advanced course walks with Boyd Martin and Captain Mark Phillips and more.  Running BN-P and Advanced, this event is gonna be great. [Stable View Oktoberfest]

Better late than never, five Russian riders have been cleared to compete in Rio. After the World Anti Doping Agency found evidence of state-sponsored doping for Russian athletes at both the London and Sochi Olympics, they considered a blanket ban on all competitors. However, the IOC decided that each global federation could make case-by-case decisions, and the FEI has allowed five equestrians to compete. None of the five have ever failed a doping test either nationally or internationally. [Russian Riders Heading to Rio]

#TBT: Mark Todd winning back to back gold medals in 1984 and 1988 on the small but mighty Charisma. Do you think Michael Jung can do it too? [Two for Todd,Todd for Two]