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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.

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Highest Level Competed Advanced/CIC3*

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Friday News & Notes from FLAIR Nasal Strips

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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Friday News & Notes from FLAIR Nasal Strips

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

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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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]

Friday News & Notes from FLAIR Nasal Strips

Who's that familiar man on the left?? Photo courtesy of Hilda Donohue.

Who’s that familiar man on the left?? Photo courtesy of Hilda Donahue.

 That’s Denny Emerson in the hat judging the Young Event Horse classes at the Dublin Horse Show on Wednesday this week! Karen O’Connor is also judging some of the classes. The show was first held in 1864 and is much loved in Ireland. It’s official, EN staff has added Dublin Horse Show to our bucket list. 

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Rebecca Farm: WebsiteScheduleRide Times & Live ScoresRide On Video Live StreamEN’s CoverageTwitterEN’s Instagram

Fitch’s Corner H.T. [Website]

Full Moon Farm H.T. [Website]

Silverwood Farm Summer H.T. [Website]

News From Around the Globe:

Thirty-two year old Olympian Jock Paget has only been jumping for twelve years, and came from humble beginnings. Jock is amongst the few that did not ride as a kid, instead he was initially a bricklayer in New Zealand. After casually getting into horses, he started with riding bucking broncos at the rodeo, and somehow managed to get his way into Eventing through working for Kevin McNab. “I think he took me on because although I had never jumped a horse, he needed a retaining wall built”. However, it only took him two years to get to the three star level, and the rest is history. [From Bricklayer to Rio]

Help send Holly Payne and Never Outfoxed to Burghley CCI4*!! Fox has a special place in my heart, and I feel like he would be the perfect horse for Holly to tackle the massive Burghley on, and they’re beginning their efforts to make it happen. From Holly’s page: “After a bittersweet Rolex this Spring where Fox tried his heart out for the second year in a row, it’s time to take on a new 4 star. Fox may have been bred to race but he was born to be a 4 star horse and I would love to take him to Burghley CCI **** this fall. As many of you know it is very expensive to fly a horse over seas and back. We are looking for your help to make this dream come true for both of us.”. [Send Holly & Fox To Burghley]

Could Jousting become an Olympic sport? The charity English Heritage certainly thinks so. They’re asking the public to sign a petition to make the thousand-year-old sport official with the IOC. They’ve already made movements towards approaching both the FEI and the IOC about this issue, and hope that it will be added to the Olympic program. A similar campaign has been launched in the US, where Jousting is the official state sport of Maryland (who knew!?). [Jousting at the Olympics]

Best of Blogs: Horse Nation: More Than A Tack Room

Is there anything worse than getting halfway through a ride only to realize that both of you are too sweaty and the reins keep slipping? Ok, maybe worse than that is having hands that are in their own personal glove sauna in the middle of summer. That’s why you need these Roeckl Summer Chester Gloves, so you can escape both of these awful fates. [SmartPak Product of the Day]

 

 

 

Thursday News & Notes from Professional’s Choice

EN's own Stephanie Nicora and her OTTB High in the Air ( EN's own Stephanie Nicora and her OTTB High in the Air ("Owen") are at Rebecca Farm this week contesting the Training Three Day. We're sending a big dose of EN karma your way, Stephanie and Owen! Photo by Cynthia Laurence.

On my bucket list is definitely go and compete at Rebecca Farm. Every year, I’m so incredibly jealous of the pictures of the amazing views, the cross country course, and the reviews of how perfect the event is. It’s just a leeeeettttle too far away from me, and as I don’t currently have my own horse plane, it’s still on the bucket list. I feel like at this point John should probably buy an EN plane (obviously with horse cargo area) so that we can all have private transport. Ahem. John. Are you there, John?

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Rebecca Farm: WebsiteScheduleRide Times & Live ScoresRide On Video Live StreamEN’s CoverageTwitterEN’s Instagram

Fitch’s Corner H.T. [Website]

Full Moon Farm H.T. [Website]

Silverwood Farm Summer H.T. [Website]

News From Around the Globe:

Blackfoot Mystery hits the press again as an exemplary OTTB heading to Rio. Born just a few miles down the road from the Kentucky Horse Park, “Big Red” is out of a mare who set a record at Colonial Downs going a mile, and by the stallion Out of Place, known for adding stamina to his babies. However, the lanky chestnut only raced three times as a 2-year-old at Hollywood Park, finishing at the back of the pack with a combined total of 44 lengths of losing. Luckily for him, his success trajectory went upwards from there. [An Olympic Milestone for OTTB Blackfoot Mystery]

All Russian athletes, including riders, risk being banned from next month’s Olympics due to doping concerns. Following a report from this Monday from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) that revealed “unprecedented levels of doping and subversion” in Russia, the decision regarding the ban has been postponed while legal options are explored. Russia has two individual dressage riders, an eventing team, and three riders for the Paralympics entered in Rio. [Russia Possibly Banned from Rio]

Heading to Fitch’s Corner this weekend? Don’t miss the 23rd annual Blue Jean Ball on Saturday night! Themed “Rio Nights”, you should show up at 6 for cocktails, enjoy the Novice Master’s Challenge Jumping, and stay for dinner and dancing commencing at 7. Also, attire is Rio Carnival, so bring your party pants. Buy tickets ahead of time, or pay more at the door! [Fitch’s Corner Blue Jean Ball]

I guess that’s one way of deciding if you’re ready for this whole marriage thing. Engaged couple Daniel Reeds and Sarah Cooksey decided to really put their relationship to the test by embarking together on the longest and toughest horse race in the world, the Mongol Derby. Traversing about 100km across Mongolia, to say their journey was not without intrigue is to be more than a little polite. Combine endurance with semi-feral pony horses, the wilderness of Mongolia, and a relationship. [Horseback Adventure to the Extreme]

Buck & Kyle discuss Rebecca Farm and the upcoming AECs!

Friday News & Notes from FLAIR Nasal Strips

The struggle is real, you guys.

The struggle is real, you guys.

Ohhhh July, how I hate thee. The hottest month of the year, a time when Virginia leaves “It’s kinda hot outside” and enters “I can’t possibly be required to be outside right now.” It’s gotten so desperate that I now drink kale and coconut water smoothies every morning in an effort to stave off the dehydration headaches that accompany 95 degrees and 10000% humidity days. That is the most Whole Foods thing I’ve ever done (they’re delicious, but I’m ashamed to admit it) and it’s all because of this hot humid horrible weather!

#CHIOAachen: WebsiteOrder of GoLive ScoresTeam ScoresLive StreamEN’s Coverage

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Genesee Valley Hunt H.T. [Website] [Ride Times/Live Scores]

Riga Meadow H.T. [Website] [Ride Times]

The Maryland HT and CIC at Loch Moy [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Champagne Run H.T. [Website] [Ride Times/Live Scores]

Aspen Ridge H.T. [Website] [Facebook]

Coconino Classic 3-Day Event & HT [Website] [Ride Times/Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

There is more trouble on the line with the possibility of the 2018 WEG at Bromont. Only a few months after five of the WEG board of directors resigned, Carla Qualtrough, the Canadian cabinet minister in charge of Sport Canada, declined to put forth funding to support the show, putting the status of the competition in jeopardy. The event costs an estimated $100 million, $20 million of which is the responsibility of the land owner, and $20 million is to be raised with ticketing and concessions. Of the $60 million remaining, only $10 million has been secured. [WEG 2018 Bromont: Unlikely]

Joanie Morris, what would we do without you? As part of her job as Ruler of All That Is Eventing, Joanie arranges transportation and accommodations for horses and riders all over the world, makes sure their entries arrive on time, organizes and coordinates vets and farriers, trains trainers, and knows every little detail in between that makes our team be able to perform to it’s best capacity. To top that off, she brings her show jumping expert husband Richard Picken along with her, who will be helping Boyd Martin and Phillip Dutton in their quest for medals in Rio. [Local Couple Plays Big Part in Rio]

Sir Mark Todd is missing Aachen CHIO because of a delay in his visa renewal. While he originally planned for this to be his last run before Rio (his seventh Olympic round), he had to scratch just before the competition due to the fact that he was unable to get his visa renewed. Fellow team members Jonelle Price and Jock Paget will be riding Faerie Dianimo and Clifton Signature, respectively. [Mark Todd Missing Aachen]

Do you ever use treat training from the saddle? I personally thought it was a load of hoo-ey for a long time, but in the past few years changed my mind and realized that it can be a great bridge between groundwork and work under saddle, especially for troubled horses. When using positive reinforcement training on the ground, we often use treats to really amplify a job well done, but then a young horse can get frustrated when the principles of the training system change once they are under saddle. When well done, treats while riding can be really effective, and a good tool for your back pocket. [Treats Training Your Horse]

Hot on Horse Nation: Equestrian’s Guide to Coffee Consumption

What’s better than Prime Day? A sale at SmartPak, obviously! SmartPak is offering 30% off a huge range of products, from supplements to breeches to halters and blankets and all your little heart desires. Get it now while it’s hot! [SmartPak Sale 2016]

In all seriousness though, guys … this needs to stop:

Thursday News & Notes from Professional’s Choice

Pokemon, anyone? Photo via Horse Network FB.

Pokemon, anyone? Photo via Horse Network FB.

Ok, it’s time to admit that even horse people have been bitten by the Pokemon Go bug. What’s Pokemon, you ask? Well, it used to be a game that you would slave over for hours on your gameboy (remember those!?) and now it’s suddenly available on your smartphone. It’s kinda like Pokemon and Google Maps had a baby, so it’s a combination of virtual reality and real life that is oddly addicting. You can catch little monster things on your phone while you walk around your town, or on your trot sets. What a world to live in, y’all.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Genesee Valley Hunt H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Live Scores]

Riga Meadow H.T. [Website]

The Maryland at Loch Moy H.T. & CIC [Website] [Entry Status]

Champagne Run H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Aspen Ridge H.T. [Website]

Coconino Summer II H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

News From Around the Globe:

After his wire to wire win at Great Meadow International, it’s the Clark Montgomery show from here on out. NBC Olympics even picked up on his greatness, and had a little Q&A sit down with him. Turns out little Clark used to doodle Olympic rings on his papers in elementary school, and he’s a bit worried that he might lose fitness and get fat in the next few weeks with only one horse to ride! Side note: Clark is in the Middleburg area and looking for people to give lessons to and ride horses to keep him busy, so you should get on that. [Q&A With Clark Montgomery]

In honor of National Farrier Week, Horse Nation invited a lauded farrier to lend some tips and tricks from the trade. Not all kicks are created equal. Farrier Jeremiah Kemp of Eagle Ridge Equine Farrier Service points out the humorous differences from breed to breed. Number one horse likely to kick you across the barn aisle? The American Thoroughbred. Number two? Egyptian Arabians (because “their small dished heads compress their brains, making them prone to hallucinations.”). Get ready to laugh out loud. [Horse Kicks 101]

Would you get an animal communicator to chat with your horse after a bad experience? That’s just what COTH blogger Lindsey Long did with her horse Kingston. Turns out he had a lot to say, including that he considers himself to be strong and handsome and well trained, and in his opinion his rider could use a little bit more training. Oh my, a can of worms to be opened indeed! [Amateurs Like Us]

As riders are delving more into getting horses through auctions and rescues, they are often faced with a new horse with no history. While this is a problem that professionals deal with often, it can be a daunting task to begin physical and mental rehabilitation. Where to start? The Horse has lots of great suggestions to help you get going in the right direction with your new steed. [New Horse, No History]

Is it too early to relive this?

Friday News & Notes from FLAIR Nasal Strips

Welcome Shadow and her groom, Sergio Reyes, hanging out in the barns at Morningside Training Farm during the prep for Great Meadow. Photo via USEF Eventing FB.

Welcome Shadow and her groom, Sergio Reyes, hanging out in the barns at Morningside Training Farm during the prep for Great Meadow. Photo via USEF Eventing FB.

Excitement is building for the very first Nations Cup in Northern America as the team riders and their horses were announced yesterday, and all the top pairs have been up near Middleburg this week training and working together. The event starts today, with the first horse inspection at 3 p.m., and then Morningside Bareback Puissance at 6:40 p.m.! I was invited to do that, but a) my horse has huge withers and b) I have a hard enough time staying on him with a saddle, so I’ll leave that to the professionals with flatter backed horses! Jenni is already bathing herself in sunscreen so that she can bring you live updates all weekend from the ground, and Samantha is also joining the party. Get ready!

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U.S. Weekend Preview:

Huntington Farm H.T. [Website]

Old Chatham H.T. [Website]

The Maryland at Loch Moy H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Great Meadow FEI Nations Cup CIC [Website] [Entry Status] [Schedule]

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

Roebke’s Run H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

40th Annual Whidbey Island H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Round Top H.T. [Website]

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

News From Around the Globe:

There’s double excitement this weekend with the Event Riders Masters at The Saint James Place Barbury International Horse Trials, with a live stream available to everyone. Starting early on Saturday morning, ERM will be live streaming all forty combinations in the CIC3* championship in all three phases, so you can follow all your favorite top combinations the whole way through. [ERM at Barbury]

Heading to the AECs? Bring the family! The Tryon International Equestrian Center can basically make your AEC experience also sort of a vacation. With activities and parties every night for the horse people, there is also a golf course, fly fishing, hiking, restaurants and more! There is also an on-site hotel and lots of cabins for rent, so if you’re going to the AEC, book your room now! [AEC Fun Week]

Woah woah now, did you know that you can enter to win an EcoGold pad by just signing up for a weekly newsletter from KER full of goodness? Easiest sweepstakes ever! Not only do you get to enjoy weekly emails from Kentucky Equine Research, which is always on the tip top of science and discovery in the sport horse world, but you are entered to win an EcoGold pad worth $250! [Get It]

DISH NOGGIN. [Better Breed Names from Horse Nation]

Flies: The. Worst. Am I right? Nothing says summer like having to cover your horse in a varied layer of fly repellants before leaving the barn, only to find out that most of them stop working after 20 minutes in the woods and now your horse is covered in gnats, deer flies, and you have a bunch of green and black bombers zooming around you like kamikaze pilots. Stock up on the good stuff from SmartPak, and build your defense. [SmartPak Fly Repellant]

Thursday News & Notes from Professional’s Choice

Yes, I made my horse a birthday carrot cake, why do you ask??

Yes, I made my horse a birthday carrot cake, why do you ask??

This past weekend was very important, and not just because everyone was having Independence Day fun in the sun. Mostly, the unicorn himself celebrated his fifteenth birthday with a cake (made of shredded carrots and oats and molasses) that he didn’t share with anybody (as per his request, obviously). Also, as tradition dictates, he also enjoys a photo shoot on his birthday to celebrate how handsome he is, because I’ve never seen a horse perk up in front of a camera like this one. Cheers to another year of partnership with a magical unicorn!

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Huntington Farm H.T. [Website]

Old Chatham H.T. [Website]

The Maryland at Loch Moy H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Great Meadow FEI Nations Cup CIC [Website] [Entry Status] [Schedule]

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

Roebke’s Run H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

40th Annual Whidbey Island H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Round Top H.T. [Website]

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

News From Around the Globe:

Change in the sport of Eventing isn’t a new thing, and it’s definitely not far from Jim Wofford’s mind. With all the changes that he has seen our sport go through, mostly through outside forces like the IOC and the FEI, he’s got a lot to get philosophical with. I can’t even do it justice, but his newest blog for Practical Horseman about the possibility of a world without Olympic Eventing is worth a read. In short, might this be a good thing for our sport? [Jim Wofford & The Future of Eventing]

It’s no secret that we are delighted to see Eventing Jesus (aka, WFP) on the team for the Brits for Rio. After a really scary fall took him out of the saddle last season, nobody really knew if he would come back to the top level so quickly, even William himself. He’s been selected for the team for Rio, and is the only rider on the team with previous Olympic experience. He’s riding Chilli Morning, whom he says is his best “proper event horse” yet, and he has great hopes for him at the games. Click here to watch this video interview with him right after his selection. [The Gait Post]

Electrolytes: Hype or a Must? With the summer months firmly upon us, it’s important to know if you need to feed your horse electrolytes or not, and how to make sure he/she is getting the proper use of them as you administer them. Our friends at Cavalor took it upon themselves to do the research, and wrote a comprehensive guide to helping your horse navigate the hot sweaty months ahead.  [Jumper Nation]

Tik Maynard will be giving a clinic right after Great Meadow, right down the road! If you’re in the area for the event, or just happen to be nearby, you should definitely stop by Longview on Monday & Tuesday (July 11-12) of next week. The clinic will cover two days of ground work, flat work, show jumping and cross country exercises, and will be divided according to horse & rider experience. Tik will give an encore presentation of his USEA National Convention talk, “How Horses Learn – Preparing for the Retired Racehorse Project’s Thoroughbred Makeover”, on Monday, July 11th. You can arrange for a private session with your horse, or just come to audit. [Tik Maynard Summer Clinic]

The Sort Of OK Show About Horses: Episode 13 (Olympic Team Selection USA & Canada)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Some snaps from the clinic at Bay Point Equestrian Center. Photos by Mary Pat Stone, shared by Emma Ford.

Some snaps from the clinic at Bay Point Equestrian Center. Photos by Mary Pat Stone, shared by Emma Ford.

Look at these photos of kids and adults alike learning all the skills from none other than Olympic Grooms Emma Ford and Cat Hill. Aren’t you jealous? World Class Grooming offers clinics like this all around the states all the time! If you haven’t even read their book yet, I don’t know what you’re doing with your life, and you should also probably sign up for a clinic. I can’t recommend their expertise more, and I read the book in a single night flat, something that is usually only reserved for Harry Potter books.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

No, Mark Todd won’t be the oldest equestrian in Rio. Usually the “elder statesmen” of the group, at the age of 60 and heading into his eighth Olympic Games, he was just edged out by another New Zealander! Olympic newcomer Julie Brougham will be representing Team NZ in dressage. [Mark Todd No Longer the Oldest Man On Campus]

Young Riders up and down the country are busy raising money to get to Colorado for NAJYRC this year. Area III Team is competing this weekend at Chattahoochee Hills and they are having a fundraiser Mexican Fiesta tonight, if you’re able to attend and enjoy tacos (who doesn’t, seriously), go! Getting to Colorado is an extreme expense for each rider, so every little bit helps, and you can also help them by donating to their Go Fund Me. [Help Area III Young Riders]

Did you know that there is a Volunteer Incentive Program for Area II? I didn’t either, until I realized that MDHT #1 and #2 need volunteers, and clicked to sign up. You can volunteer for the FEH Jump Chute Clinic (very educational!), the FEH/YEH/NEH competition, and the two actual competitions which this year include a CIC* and CIC2*! If you volunteer you get a pass to XC on the competition courses, as well as breakfast lunch and dinner, MDHT gear, and a free lesson watching your favorite riders kick butt. You can also use this website to volunteer for other events throughout Area II as the season progresses! [Volunteer It Up, Y’all]

Let’s be real, having your whips all higgledy-piggledy around the tack room is a real pain. I once broke my favorite LUCKY cross country whip because I accidentally sat on it while it was mistakenly in the crook of a tack trunk. It was tragic, let me tell you. With this inexpensive and ingenious Whip Holder from SmartPak, you’ll never be rummaging around on the ground again for the whip you want. It keeps them tidy and safe! [SmartPak Product of the Day]

 

Future Olympian Blackfoot Mystery practices his SJ skillz a few days ago:

 

Thursday News & Notes from Professional’s Choice

The proper way to do summer rides. Photo by Emily Rector.

The proper way to do summer rides. Photo by Emily Rector.

Olympic Fever is creeping in!! I don’t know how, but I’m most excited that my friend/coworker/coach Ali Brock made it onto the US Dressage team than anything else. There is nothing more gratifying than seeing somebody who has worked for so long and so hard and put every drop of sweat, tears and blood into this goal finally achieve it. Well, maybe achieving it yourself would feel better, but this is a close second!

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

Chuck Borell, father of Maria Borell, has been charged with 43 counts of animal cruelty as of yesterday. Borell attempted to access the farm where he and his daughter had apparently abandoned over 40 Thoroughbreds and other horses; however, the farm gate was locked and he was shortly taken into custody. Last night a warrant was also issued for the arrest of Maria Borell, in what has been a long and twisted story of guilt and shame and neglect. [Update on Borell Neglect Case]

Workers in the veterinary profession is four times as likely to take their own lives, and the industry is just beginning to talk about it. With an emotionally, physically, and psychologically straining job, veterinarian suicide is twice that of human doctors, and four times that of the average population. Research shows that work overload is the most commonly cited cause of psychological distress, as well as work-life conflict, conflict with animal owners and staff management responsibilities. [Veterinarians High Risk For Suicide]

The equestrian community and people all over the world have been following the story of 18 yr old Hannah Francis, who has terminal bone cancer, and her mascot Willberry Wonder Pony.   Together Hannah and Willberry have inspired, amazed and brought tears to many eyes. We saw him ride around Badminton tucked into the back of Ben Hobday’s vest, and now Hannah has set up a charity to continue #kickingcancersbutt. There is an online auction featuring excellent prizes from top riders and companies, and great chances to get a good deal on some awesome stuff while benefitting a great cause. [Willberry Wonder Pony Online Auction]

The soundtrack from Forrest Gump seems to reduce stress in domestic horses. Well, classical music in general, but more specifically Forrest Gump. A team of researchers used in-ear musical devices for horses during travel and farriery and measured the signs of stress during the activity as well as the recovery time afterwards, and found that classical music does seem to regulate heart rate and reduce other signs of stress. [Classical Music Helps Reduce Stress]

McLain Ward started riding on two little ponies named Peter Pan I and Peter Pan II. That is all.

 

 

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Dear lord this #tbt wins everything. Photo courtesy of Sara Kozumplik Murphy.

Dear lord this #tbt wins everything. Photo courtesy of Sara Kozumplik Murphy.

Good God there is nothing better than a TBT from a professional upper level rider to let you know that we all came from the same barrel of horse crazy kids. This one comes from Sara Kozumplik Murphy, who kindly posted it to her Facebook wall with this note: “TBT to me torturing my pony, Mr. Marshall Mallow. God knows what this costume was supposed to be? My favorite bit is possibly the head collar with hearts on it that I thought was amazeballs. Brian says he can tell I had a lot of friends in school…… Of course? I mean look at me. ‪#‎winning‬“.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Groton House Farm H.T. [Website] [Ride Times]

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

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

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

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

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

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

Honey Run H.T. [Website] [Ride Times]

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

News From Around the Globe:

Considering a mini vacay to Florida in December? Make sure you get to the USEA Convention in Fort Lauderdale on December 7-11th. The USEA strives to continue to organize a Convention that will be the best experience for our members. The educational opportunities in the week are limitless and have ranged from lectures with Cat Hill, co-author of the very popular, World Class Grooming for Horses, art lessons with Julie Lawther, breaking down Equine Behavior with Tik Maynard, to more hands on discussion like cross-country course building and frangible design implementation. The Association organizes these seminars each year to benefit our members, so we want to know: What topics do YOU want to learn at Convention? Who would YOU like to hear from?  They want to hear your suggestions! Please comment on the Facebook page with suggestions on topics, speakers or seminars that you would like to hear at Convention – or you can email [email protected] with your suggestions as well. [USEA Convention]

Working donkeys in Ethiopia are on their way to having their thirst satisfied as funds have been raised for the first of five permanent water troughs.The trough is part of Brooke USA’s “Buy a Donkey a Drink” fundraising campaign to provide access to water for 13,500 equines in the Shala Woreda district of Ethiopia. These 50-foot-long concrete troughs will be located in busy market areas where thousands of animals regularly gather. The troughs will allow as many as 340 horses, donkeys, and mules to quench their thirst with each filling, and will allow other livestock such as cattle and camels to drink as well. With a goal of $98,000, Brooke USA is looking to the next milestone of $50,000 by July 15. [No More Thirsty Donkeys]

COTH staff writer Lisa Slade recently scheduled herself a riding lesson on Dante Maximus, the equine simulator. Dante is a master at Grand Prix Dressage, Advanced Eventing, and Grand Prix Show Jumping. He tells you when you’re using too much leg, not enough left leg, too much right rein, and simulates the sizes of the fences appropriately so you get tossed up his neck when you get a bit over ambitious with the fence height. Read more about Lisa’s learning experience in her blog. [Bring Your Helmet]

Short girths for mono flap saddles are one of those things that seem to have gotten too expensive for their size. Luckily, SmartPak knows you need a reasonable solution for your everyday girth. I just ordered their SmartPak brand Dri-Lex Fleece Dressage Girth for my big guys for the summer, because I know that’s prime time for super-sweaty-chafing to happen, and I also hate cleaning a leather girth when it’s just soaked through with sweat. The fleece offers no more chafing, it’s quick drying, and I can just throw it in the wash and have it ready for the next day if I want. Also, it comes in at around $34 with my SmartPak VIP discount, so that’s pretty hard to beat. [SmartPak Product of the Day]

Bit by Bit with Richard Spooner: