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

Eventing Background

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Area Area II
Highest Level Competed Advanced/CIC3*

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Friday News & Notes from SmartPak

I have always been a top fashionista.

You’re 100% welcome for this little gem of a throwback to me as a kid, posing in my backyard with one of my horses. This horse belonged to a family friend and came to retire to our farm, but still hacked out a bit. His name was Riemenschneider, or Remo for short, which was a name given to him by his highly intellectual owner. This horse let me climb up his legs and wrangle myself onto him bareback in the field, and then when I felt like he was walking too fast, I would pretend to fall off by leaning off the side, and he would halt. What a literal magical unicorn.

National Holiday: Faux Fur Friday

News From Around the Globe:

We are deeply saddened to report the sudden passing of Kyra King Stuart. A longtime supporter of the sport of Eventing, Kyra founded the Stuart Horse Trials in 1990 and served as organizer from that point until 2005. She was elected President of the USEA in 2005 and served for two years. During her time as president she worked hard to save the classic long format, grew the USEA American Eventing Championships and Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series, fostered the USEA Young Event Horse Series, and helped develop the USEA Future Event Horse Series. [Kyra King Stuart: 1939-2018]

The FEI is working hard to ensure increased fairness in dressage judging for the future. In consideration of the increased cognitive demands on judges, studies were conducted on all the factors that can negatively influence perceptual cognitive consistency. Given that judging will always include human subjectivity, rules and regulations that improve judging capacity can always be improved upon, and these studies are integral to the future of dressage. [FEI Takes Steps to Make Dressage Judging More Fair]

Looking for an adorable Christmas themed pony book that everyone in the family can enjoy? Look no further than Fergus and The Night Before Christmas, which can be rightfully described as enjoyable for ages 5-95. Good thing for you, we have the top team at Horse Nation giving a proper book review. [Fergus & The Night Before Christmas]

Be still, my heart: 

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

The snow! Photo by Kim Schmidt.

It finally snowed for the first time in my neck of the woods yesterday, and it accumulated for a few hours before melting and turning weirdly sunny, which just about sums up Virginia weather, to be honest. I really don’t mind the actual snow part, because it’s usually warmer and easier to deal with than rain, but what I don’t like is afterwards when you’re left with a pile of mud. Let’s be real here: the worst part about winter isn’t the cold, it’s the MUD. I could live without it.

National Holiday: National Gazpacho Day

News From Around the Globe:

We are saddened to learn of former USEA President Kyra King Stuart’s sudden passing yesterday. Kyra served the sport in many roles, including as USEA President from 2005-2007, and will be remembered for her passion and many contributions to eventing. [USEA: Kyra King Stuart (1939-2018)]

The coming of a new year brings … new USEF regulations! From being allowed to wear brown helmets in dressage (didn’t know that was illegal in the first place?) to permitting hoof wraps for barefoot horses, and of course SafeSport requirements, you’d best use December to brush up on what you’ll need to compete next year. [2019 USEF Rule Changes]

Speaking of SafeSport, if you haven’t already completed your training, now is the time. You must complete this training session in order to compete as a USEF member next year, or even be an owner of a horse, so grab a snack, maybe a hot chocolate, and settle in. [USEF Safe Sport Instructions]

Eventers are the Macguyvers of the equestrian world, and we’re not afraid to admit it. From hoarding baling twine for future crafting projects to creating cross country jumps out of anything and everything, we have an #EventerSolution for literally everything. Enjoy this week’s collection of ridiculousness. [Baling Twine Hoarders Unite!]

Equestrians don’t agree on much, but the one thing we can all concur upon is this: Horses are downright geniuses when it comes to random injuries. That’s why it’s important to have a reliable and helpful equine insurance partner on your side. Expect the unexpected, and protect your horse with Taylor Harris Insurance Services. Get a free quote today! [THIS Free Quote]

 

Friday News & Notes from SmartPak

Boyd giving lessons in Japan with a very average backdrop. Photo via Boyd’s Facebook.

Well, it’s the last day of November, and I stepped up my game this year and got a tree yesterday, then got home and decorated it, while watching Elf. So, my holiday spirit is very much intact. Although sadly I found out that most of my Christmas lights had died in their box over the year, so I have to go get all new ones because I’m not a maniac and I’m not trying to find that one bulb that ruined the whole strand. Ain’t nobody got time for that!

National Holiday: National Mason Jar Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Sporting Days Farm Horse Trials IV [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

News From Around the Globe: 

Hey y’all, today we are treated to a new and improved USEA website! Promising a completely revamped website that features a streamlined and simplified design, improved functionality, and enriched content areas to help all members and eventing enthusiasts find the information they need. Thanks USEA!! [Check out the USEA]

Jonty Evans continues his amazing recovery with the help of an animatronic horse. After suffering a fall this spring, Jonty was in a six week coma that left him with a head injury that caused doctors to wonder if he would ever walk again. But Jonty wants back on a horse! So he’s been practicing his skills and balance and position by using a horse simulator at Hartpury University. [Jonty’s Back in the Saddle]

While the Hagyard Midsouth Three-Day Event only happens once a year, it’s definitely a destination competition for many. As the oldest team eventing competition in the United States, this event was created in the early 1980s by the Midsouth Eventing and Dressage Association and The Eventing Association of Michigan, and has only grown in popularity through the years. Not only does it offer BN-P with the option to compete as a team with your friends, but also has both Preliminary and Training level old school long format three-days. [USEA Events A-Z: Hagyard Midsouth]

Sorry, just having a quick #FlashbackFriday moment with these photos from Fair Hill. It feels like yesterday and also a million years ago all in one. Beautiful photos of fall and horses that aren’t hairy and covered in mud! [Through The Lens: 2018 Fair Hill International]

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

From left: Dr. Zehra Gundogan of SMACC, Carli Progin of Boehringer Ingelheim, Dr. Kevin Keane of SMACC, Phillip Dutton and Kim Lunger of Midwest Veterinary Supply. Photo by Jenni Autry.

How can we unlock the full potential of our event horses? Sports Medicine Associates of Chester County (SMACC) and Goodall Equine hosted an education evening to tackle that topic on Tuesday at the Mendenhall Inn in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. Members of the local racing and sport horse communities came together to discuss equine health challenges ranging from airway issues and ulcers to soft tissue injuries and joint disease. Representatives of Boehringer Ingelheim and Midwest Veterinary Health were also on hand to discuss treatment options. A night of equine education and an open bar — what more could you ask for really? Many thanks to Dr. Kevin Keane for inviting EN.

National Holiday: National Electronic Greetings Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Sporting Days Farm Horse Trials IV [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe: 

Teach us your ways, Ros Canter!! World Champion rider Ros recently gave a multi dimensional lecture demonstration that was totally sold out (no surprises there). She gave instruction on how to begin your training with young horses, and go back to basics with more advanced horses, as well as continuing on down the line with intermediate level horses, and then all the way to the top level. From four-years-old to four-stars, she showed how a consistency in training methodology is the key to her success. [Ros Canter Demonstration]

Area II ended their 2018 season at Full Moon Farm Horse Trials earlier this month, and capped the year by awarding two Charles Owen Technical Merit Awards. Judged by Stephen Bradley, Elizabeth Walker-Ebling riding Santana II and Nicholas D’Amore with Celtic Heritage took home top honors for their safe and effective cross country rounds. [Area II Charles Owen Technical Merit Award Winners]

Ever get questioned about your spurs and footwear by complete strangers in public? Yeah. Me too. Spurs are especially problematic for the muggles in our world, so Horse Nation decided to have a little fun with it and come up with some … interesting … replies that you can start integrating into your daily life. [What’s That On Your Feet]

Navigating the world of equine insurance can be daunting, to say the least. How do you know where to start? How should you assess the value of your horse, and decide what kind of policies are important to you? Luckily, Taylor Harris Insurance Services makes it easy as pie, with this quick survey to fill out on their website, you’ll be talking with a real life expert right away, figuring out how they can help you protect your horse. [Request a Quote]

 

Video from the Ros Canter lecture!

Black Friday News & Notes from SmartPak

HAHAHAHA Horse people!!! Photo by Danielle Dubay De Navarro

Now that we’ve all gained five pounds in the past twenty-four hours, it’s time to spend all your money on Black Friday! Luckily (or unluckily depending on how you look at it), Black Friday has turned into a bit of a four-day-affair, with sales extending through Monday as well for most online stores. Don’t worry about not having done your research for the sweet deals, EN has you covered and we will be releasing a list tout de suite!

National Holiday:  Blackest of Fridays

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

News From Around the Globe:

Let’s kick this puppy off with a list of Black Friday Deals from USEA Sponsors. Companies that support our sport of eventing? Sign me up. Get cool stuff from C4 Belts, FITS, Revitavet, World Equestrian Brands, Ride Safe, Adequan, Charles Owen, and more! [Black Friday Deals from USEA]

Horse & Hound is featuring some veteran horses in their latest issue, and first on the list is 30-year-old Over To You. He had a stunning career with Jeanette Brakewell spanning 15 years and including eight world and olympic medals, with his last competition at the age of 20. Don’t worry, he’s not lounging about now, he still gets a bit of exercise and has no soundness or health concerns other than a little bit of Cushings. Lookin’ fine, Jack! [Over To You Celebrates 30 Years]

We all know this, but there are some *actual* reasons why riding horses helps child development. Mom and Dad might be worried about the financial safety risks of getting involved with horses, but really, it’s a good idea. Not only does it teach your child about empathy and responsibility at an early age, but it helps them build confidence and learn independence while they work towards their goals with their partner in crime. [5 Reasons Horseback Riding Helps Children Grow]

 

 

 

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

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! It’s my favorite holiday, honestly, and I have a few main reasons. One: I think the idea of gratitude is something that we should practice more often. Two: There isn’t the same level of stress as Christmas. Three: stuffing. Four: pie. Five: mashed potatoes with gravy. See? I started out classy but then took a turn towards my real priorities … AKA food.

National Holiday:  Uhhh, duh, it’s Thanksgiving. Also happy 30th birthday to EN founder and publisher John Thier!

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

News From Around the Globe:

Germany’s golden girl and WEG Champion Simone Blum added the Fosun Best Athlete Award at the FEI 2018 Awards. Crowned individual world champion and winner of a team bronze medal at the WEG in September, she became the first woman in the 28-year history of the Games and only the second female athlete in 65 years of the World Jumping championship to win individual gold. [Simone Blum Crowned Best Athlete]

Hot on Horse Nation: Horses In The First Snow

This maybe isn’t the right day to talk about rider fitness, but here we are. Laura Crump Anderson has built her life around improving rider fitness, and helping equestrians from all different disciplines understand how to improve their riding through cross training. Her clientele includes NAYC silver medalist Haley Carspecken, Sharon White’s super groom Rachael Livermore, and four-star rider Jan Byyny. Ok, maybe check this out tomorrow when you’re feeling the turkey gravy regret. [Staying Fit Through the Holidays]

One of my absolute favorite things to focus on during the winter is transitions! I know, sounds boring, but seriously you guys, having really excellent transitions will change your life in all three phases. Downwards transitions can be especially challenging for lots of horses and riders, as they actually require a lot more work than just ceasing the previous gait. Check out these incredible tips from Horse & Hound on how to improve your downward transitions before your next training session! [Improve your Downward Transitions]

 

 

 

Friday News & Notes from SmartPak

“Take this photo and title it ‘Mother Mucker.'” As seen on the Humans of Eventing Facebook page. 

If you haven’t been to the Humans of Eventing Facebook page yet, you’re missing out. A play on the very popular blog and photography project Humans of New York, it features frequent hilarious and heartwarming photos of riders, horses, dads, moms, dogs, volunteers, grooms, and everyone in between. These are the kinds of photos that remind us why we love eventing, and show us the wonderful backstage of our sport.

National Holiday: National Fast Food Day

Major Weekend Events:

Ocala Jockey Club CIC & CCI: WebsiteEntry StatusScheduleLive StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

News From Around the Globe:

Um, did you see Ingrid Klimke win the Stuttgart German Masters this week? If you missed this video, I’m bringing it to your attention again because holy cow is she the master. She made it look so incredibly easy, and I assure you that it wasn’t. Her pure training abilities continue to astonish me. [Queen Ingrid Wins Stuttgart]

The Mystic Valley Hunt Club Horse Trials runs once yearly at the end of May in Gales Ferry, Connecticut (Area I), offering Starter through Training/Novice level horse trials with combined tests at the Beginner Novice, Novice and Training level. Mystic Valley Hunt Club is a year-round boarding and training facility that hosts dressage and hunter/jumper shows, horse trials, and summer camps. [USEA Events A-Z: Mystic Valley Hunt Club]

Does your horse get strong while on cross country or excited for jumping phases? Four star rider Coral Keen gives some advice to a Horse & Hound forum user who has some troubles keeping her Welsh cross horse taking off with her while in a variety of situations. [Help! My Horse Gets Strong!]

Tis the season to … receive totally weird horse gifts from your non horsey friends and family! Let’s face it, when they don’t know what to get you, because they don’t understand your lifestyle, they just get you something weird with a horse on it. What is the weirdest thing you’ve ever received from a well meaning but mistaken friend or family member? [Let’s Discuss: Horse Nation]

Video of the leader of the CIC3* courtesy of The Horse Pesterer

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

Truth

When I saw that photo, I thought maybe it had been photoshopped, and was made to look like Cards Against Humanity, realizing rightfully that CAH probably didn’t have an entire deck dedicated to our little community of lunatics. Then, after some googling, I found that Equestrians Against Normalcy is a thing, and they DO have an Extreme Eventer Deck of cards, and I immediately added it to my Christmas wish list/shopping cart. I don’t know if I’m late to the party on this little discovery, but it totally made my day.

National Holiday: National Raisin Bran Cereal Day

Major Weekend Events:

Ocala Jockey Club CIC & CCI: WebsiteEntry StatusScheduleLive StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

News From Around the Globe:

The action is already well underway at the Ocala Jockey Club Three Day Event, and with the last FEI event of the season comes much excitement. They are offering an inaugural CCI3* level in addition to the CIC3*, with 13 and 12 entries respectively. Two horses who competed in the WEG this year are making their return, Felix Vogg’s Colero and Nilson Moreira da Silva on Magnum’s Martini, both in the CIC3*. There is $20,000 in prize money on the table, as well as an additional $10,000 from the Ocala Jockey Club awarded to top performing Thoroughbreds this weekend. [OJC 3DE Fast Facts]

British Olympic show jumper Tim Stockdale has passed away at the age of 54. Tim’s death comes after a short battle with cancer having been diagnosed early October. Tim competed for Great Britain at three senior championships and more than 50 Nations Cups; among the highlight of his long career, he was the highest placed British rider with Corlato at the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008. Our condolences to his family and friends — what a tremendous loss. [Tim Stockdale Passes Away Following Illness]

If you’re attending the OJC 3DE, be sure to stop by the luncheon tomorrow to hear Gemma Tattersall and Lynn Symansky speak about their journeys to the top. Moderated by Jen Roytz, the Executive Director of the Retired Racehorse Project, the purpose of the luncheon is to discuss what it’s like to be a female athlete at the top of the sport, and how to overcome challenges along the way to achieving your goals. [OJC Showcases Ladie’s Lunch]

Looking for some inspiration to get you through the week? Seek no further than this brave blog by Nick Hinze for COTH, as he tells us about battling cancer all year while still keeping a full competition schedule and even winning a few. [Nick Hinze Won’t Let Cancer Slow Him Down]

Hot on Horse Nation: Video: In Search of Europe’s Wild Horses

 

 

 

Friday News & Notes from SmartPak

I know Halloween is over, but I just couldn’t resist using this photo and showing you all this Grade A quality Side Eye this pony is serving up. I think the pony is a ladybug, but honestly I don’t know what’s going on at all, but I laughed out loud looking at his expression. Oh ponies, what would we do without them!

National Holiday:  National Scrapple Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

Grand Oaks has cancelled their November horse trials in Weirsdale, Florida due to a lack of entries. All entry fees will be refunded. “We are looking forward to hosting our January horse trials and are working hard to find a better date for our fall event.” [Grand Oaks November H.T. Cancelled]

Irish Olympian Joseph Murphy is returning to Kealani Farm in West Grove, Pennsylvania on Dec. 1 and 2 for another of his highly popular indoor clinics combining cross country and show jumping exercises. A portion of clinic fees will go to the David Foster Injured Riders Fund in support of Jonty Evans. [Event Clinics]

Have you joined the Happy, Healthy, & Horsey Facebook group? They’re having a 30-day-challenge right now to become, you guessed, it happier, healthier and more horsey! From time management to weight loss to sports psychology, this group has everything. Check out the guidelines for the halfway point on this Horse Nation article. [Happy, Healthy, & Horsey]

Real talk from the dressage world: why is Isabell Werth so good? The 45-year-old world champion is currently ranked 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 20th in the world with a variety of horses in her barn, and just keeps getting better every year. What’s her secret? With ten individual and team Olympic medals hanging in her tack room, Isabell has become the most decorated equestrian of all time, and we’re not even counting World Cups, World Equestrian Games, and European Championships. [What’s Isabell Werth’s Secret?]

Equestrian businesswomen unite! The Equestrian Businesswomen Summit will be held on January 9th, 2019, from 9am-5pm at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. There will be thought provoking and inspirational speakers talking about timely, relevant topics to help engage, support, and inform equestrian businesswomen. Get you tickets today! [Buy Tickets Here]

Former USEF and FEI official Andrew Temkin has been permanently banned for violating SafeSport laws and has been found guilty of sexual misconduct with a minor. A former S-level eventing technical delegate and FEI two-star technical delegate, Andrew competed through the CCI3*level and served on the USEF SafeSport Ad Hoc Task Force earlier this year. Temkin will now be banned from coaching, competing, attending or officiating at any USEF-recognized events. Temkin is also suspended from the FEI, as all individuals suspended from the USEF are reciprocally. [SafeSport Bans Eventing Official]

Friday Video: Flash Back Friday to Vermiculus in 2012 at one of his first Training level events!


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

Just playing some hide and seek. Photo by Andrea Leatherman Davidson.

This photo of Aubrey Davidson made me smile so so much, and just die a little inside with that ridiculously cute fluffy pony following her around the cross country course. This is absolutely the best way to be as a kid, and the best way to learn about horses and riding. I myself was basically let loose at a very young age with a variety of ponies, crawling around on them and falling off and climbing back on and hoping nobody noticed. Honestly not much has changed.

National Holiday:  National Cappuccino Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

FEI president Ingmar de Ros has cast doubts on the future of the World Equestrian Games. The WEG is under inspection after it has been acknowledged that it is becoming harder and harder to find organizers who are capable and willing to host such a massive event, as well as how challenging it is for many countries to send riders every four years. As WEG venues find it financially more difficult to justify, there is a possibility of change in the format for the future. [WEG Changes on the Horizon?]

Everyone wants a horse that can handle its surroundings. Whether it’s the hustle and bustle of the sales grounds, the energy-charged environment on race day, the controlled chaos of a horse show or simply hacking out in unfamiliar territory, a horse that doesn’t lose its marbles and resort to “flight mode” when the unfamiliar or unexpected arises is one that will be easier to handle and more apt to find success in whatever is asked of them. [Desensitizing Horses for Racing and Life]

Unfortunately Grand Oaks Horse Trials has been cancelled. Due to lack of entries that are possibly due to the holiday weekend, Grand Oaks organizers announced the cancellation yesterday. Graciously, they are refunding all entries in full and offering a cross country schooling that weekend for all that did enter. [Grand Oaks HT Cancelled]

Girl power is alive and well in 2018, as we saw at the Breeder’s Cup Turf last week. We can’t get over Enable’s performance last weekend winning the prestigious race, only weeks after winning Europe’s most important turf race at the Prix de l’Arc Triomphe. Beating all the odds. Beating all the colts. Blowing us away. Watch it again! [Enable Wins Breeder’s Cup Turf]

Hot on Horse Nation: Curing the Horse Show Hangover

 

Friday News & Notes from SmartPak

Just doing some low key fall modeling. Photo by Michele Rogers.

Oh hey guys, I’m back after a ridiculously long time without my computer and without EN! My stupid display broke while I was at the Retired Racehorse Project, and somehow it took the Apple team in my town about a month to fix the darn thing, and cost me basically as much as buying a new computer, but I’m back. It was a stressful time, but somehow I made it. Also, look how cute my baby OTTB is! He is a perfect model animal, except when he is an absolute monster.

National Holiday: National Deviled Egg Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

Sixty-four horses will be competing this weekend in the USEF CCI* Eventing National Championship divisions. Forty-two horses are in the CCI*, and twenty-two in the CCI* JR/YR Championship. This fall competition at the Virginia Horse Center also features divisions from Beginner Novice through CIC2*, and serves as the end of the year competition for many horses and riders on the east coast. [Competitors Ready for VAHT]

The Loudoun Hunt Pony Club was founded in 1958 in conjunction with the Loudoun Hunt, and is one of the oldest pony clubs still operating today. Twice a year, they host a recognized event offering Beginner Novice through Intermediate levels. In the spring they run it out of Morven Park, and in the fall it is held at Oatlands Plantation right down the road. A staple for many Area II competitors, Loudoun HT has been up and running since 1981. [USEA Events A-Z: Loudoun Hunt PC HT]

Hot on Horse Nation: A Barn Hack For Those That Don’t Like To Groom

With the Breeder’s Cup Classic coming up tomorrow, we’re wondering where past runners are now. We found five thoroughbreds who ran in the Breeder’s Cup Classic, but overall didn’t find much success in that career path, and are now doing different things like Eventing, Dressage, and even the Hunters! [Five Breeder’s Cup Entrants After the Track]

Speaking of the Breeder’s Cup, you better get up to speed on what’s about to go down. Kristen Kovatch is attending the event, bringing us reports on all fourteen of the historic championship races tomorrow, culminating in the Classic. With 163 horses running after qualifying all year through different graded stakes races, there is no shortage of drama and excitement to be had. [2018 Breeder’s Cup Need-To-Know Guide]

 

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

Oh. My. God.

Ok, so my horse took off half his face in the trailer ride to Kentucky (cool, bro) BUT once he actually got to the park, I took him on two rides and he was totally relaxed and chilled out for both of them! We got to school in all the arenas, and hack around the outside of the cross country fence and even walk by some of the permanent 4* fences. Most importantly, we got to walk down the pathway into the Rolex Arena, and I could barely contain a smile from my face. He doesn’t even know how cool it is to be able to do that.

National Holiday:  National Taco Day

Major Events This Week:

Morven Park CIC & HT: WebsiteEntry StatusRide Times, Live Results

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Kent School Fall H.T. [Website]  [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

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

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

Willow Draw Charity H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Woodside C.I.C. & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

The Event at Skyline H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

Osberton Horse Trials raised £7,120 toward Jonty Evans’ rehabilitation last weekend. Jonty was the guest of honor of Osberton’s third annual Equestrian of Sport fundraiser evening, where he was met with cheers and a standing ovation. “My long term goal is to ensure we have provision set up for when accidents such as Jonty’s occur,” said Stuart Buntine, Director of BEDE Events. “we operate in a dangerous sport and we must do all we can to support our athletes.” The event’s headlining CCI2* competition was won Izzy Taylor with Conguistador II; she also placed third on Liscarrow Conista. [H&H: Jonty Evans walks into his own fundraiser, eventing fans amazed]

Several successful 2018 WEG equestrians are now up against a new contest. The USOC’s Team USA monthly awards feature a smattering of equestrians across three categories: Laura Graves and Rebecca Hart for Female Athlete of the Month, McLain Ward for Male Athlete of the Month, and the U.S. Show Jumping Team for Team of the Month. Go vote! [Team USA Best of September 2018]

Best of the Blogs: Area III eventer and EN essayist Katherine McDonough’s horse Red has been out with an abscess for a couple weeks, but Katherine recently went and one-upped him by tearing a tendon in her ankle. Smack dab in the middle of event season, and with 96 days between surgery and a two week hiking trip in New Zealand that she’s been planning for ages. Katherine’s horse friends immediately stepped up to lend a hand, and she has now started a blog: “I’ve never done a blog before. I thought it might be a way for me to help myself along the way. Provide an outlet. Keep me accountable. To log the victories and defeats. And when I’m feeling down, I can look back at where I was and how far I’ve come in the process.” Here’s to a swift recovery, Katherine! [96 Days]

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

How do you train your horse for water? Photo by Gabby Dickerson

A week from today I will be…officially competing at my first Thoroughbred Makeover in Kentucky!!  Guys, I’m really excited. Not only is it a thrill to be doing anything in the hallowed grounds of the Kentucky Horse Park, but it’s really fun to see hundreds of horses that were racing last year and are now competing in a wide variety of disciplines, and are coming from all over the country. We have three representatives from Nation Media too! Can’t wait to bring you guys updates.

National Holiday:  Scarf Day

Major Events This Week:

Stable View CIC & HT: WebsiteEntry StatusRide TimesScheduleEQTV Live StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

ESDCTA New Jersey H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

News From Around the Globe: 

Everyone wants to get to know new World Champion Ros Canter. Did you know that the 32-year-old is an avid field hockey player? She’s also only 5’2″ and 112 lbs, which is why she looks so tiny on 17.1 hand “Alby” as she’s galloping around cross country. Good thing he’s sensitive to his tiny jockey! [11 Facts about Ros Canter]

When you get a mini horse as a companion, but then end up training it for an endurance sport horse lifestyle….wait a second, who does that??! Jen Joines of Anaheim, California does. She rescued mini mare Kricket, and then because she was so attached to Jen’s horse, she started taking her on fitness rides. Now they do runs together with Jen on foot, and endurance rides with a horse as a leader. [Though She Be But Little, She is Fierce]

The family of a young rider who took his own life are campaigning for an end to bullying. Bradley John, 14, died on 14 September, having been being bullied at school. His family is sharing Bradley’s story to raise awareness of the devastating impact bullying can have. They hope their campaign will help prevent anything like it from happening again. [#BlowforBradley]

 

Friday News & Notes from Kentucky Equine Research

The infamous stone ruins of Plantation Field and a very cute dog.

No rest for the weary — it’s straight on to Plantation Field for the EN team, and nearly all of the riders on the U.S. World Equestrian Games Team. The aftermath of Hurricane Florence has resulted in perfect going up in Unionville, Pennsylvania. You can watch all the action live as the CIC3* kicks off today on USEF Network, starting with a full day of dressage at 8 a.m. EST.

National Holiday: National New York Day

Major Events This Week:

Plantation Field: WebsiteScheduleStart TimesLive ScoresLive StreamBroadcast ScheduleEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

Marlborough H.T [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]
Flora Lea Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]
MeadowCreek Park H.T – The Fall Social Event [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]
FEH Qualifier at Loch Moy Farm [Website] [Entry Status] [Times]
FEH Championships at Loch Moy Farm [Website] [Entry Status] [Times]
News From Around the Globe:
So, feeding all the horses at the WEG is no small feat, but luckily for us, KER has it handled. For week one, KER delivered 1,093 bags of finished feed and 107 bags of grains. Hay? You bet. How about 2,945 bales of hay, with options from Timothy, Orchard and Alfalfa to mix and match for each and every horse. ALSO, 21,025 pounds of apples and carrots. We see where your priorities are, top level riders, we see you.  [Feeding the WEG]
In two weeks, you’ll be treated to a first hand Nation Media report from the Retired Racehorse Project. We have three riders going, competing in a variety of disciplines, and ready to report on the action! Kristen Kovatch has been including us in her journey with Jobber Bill as they prepare for the working ranch and freestyle cattle work. How do you prepare a race horse for the life of a western ranch horse? [Race Horse to Ranch Horse: Stone Bruises & Perspective]
Sorry George Morris, we found some things at the WEG vendor village that will quite frankly put you over the edge. Floral patterned alligator skinned tall boots? Check. Horse boots that will quite literally blind you with bling? Check. Helmets made into light fixtures? You bet. [6 Times The WEG Vendor Village Made George Morris Die]

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

It was definitely still #WardWednesday yesterday with McLain Ward placing 8th individually aboard Clinta. Photo via USA Jumping FB.

So now the excitement over the dressage and the eventing is over, but the game goes on with show jumping for three days in a row! I watched a fair amount yesterday, and while I’m an admitted moron when it comes to the finely tuned details of that sport (give me a big advanced cross country table any day over those jumps), I still really enjoyed it. I can see why it holds so much thrill! Everything is built on hair breadths of a second, and there are some seriously incredible horses.

National Holiday: National String Cheese Day

Major Events This Week:

Plantation Field: WebsiteStart TimesLive ScoresLive StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

Marlborough H.T [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]
Flora Lea Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]
MeadowCreek Park H.T – The Fall Social Event [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]
FEH Qualifier at Loch Moy Farm [Website] [Entry Status] [Times]
FEH Championships at Loch Moy Farm [Website] [Entry Status] [Times]
News From Around the Globe:
Quick whiplash from WEG to Plantation Field, as we do a quick turnaround to action in Pennsylvania. With so many competitors, the action actually started yesterday with dressage of the CIC2* more than halfway done. I hope Boyd slept both Monday and Tuesday, because he has no less than six FEI horses competing this weekend over two divisions. [Plantation Field Fast Facts]
Fair Hill has big plans to host a four-star in 2020, but now state officials are saying it will be at least 2022 before a five-star is possible. The state is continuing design for a $20 million state-of-the-art equine facility, complete with an irrigated turf field and an eventing cross country course, with plans to go to bid by spring of 2019. Construction is targeted between June and December 2019. In the meantime, Hasseltine said that Fair Hill International could see a mixture of four-star and three-star competitions in October 2019. [Four and Five Star Futures at Fair Hill]
Jonty Evans continues to defy all the odds and astonish his doctors with his recovery. After a terrible fall only three fences from home at Tattersalls in June, Jonty spent six weeks in a coma, but he’s back home and pursuing intensive physical and speech therapy as part of his ongoing recovery. And don’t worry, he aims to be back on a horse as soon as he can! [The Aim is to Ride Again: Jonty Evans Recovers]
No need to wonder what kind of horse will go best with your personality, Horse Nation has it on lockdown. We’re submitting for your consideration a very tongue in cheek serious list of breeds and the types of oddball humans that they match. Are you a control freak? A desperate housewife? A retiree? We’ve got a breed of horse for you. [Horse Breeds to Complement YOU]

Friday News & Notes from Kentucky Equine Research

Totally team Chipmunk.

Sorry, all the other riders today, I know it’s unpatriotic of me, and I know there are a lot of really good eventing horses to come … but I’m totally Team Chipmunk all the way. I’ve been stalking this horse for years now, and I am completely obsessed with him. Not only is he unbelievable on the flat, but the horse can jump too! The modern event horse personified. Also a very, very adorable rodent. Memes await you, Chipmunk the horse.

National Holiday:  National Virginia Day (whoop whoop!)

U.S. Weekend Preview:

#Tryon2018: WebsiteEntriesScheduleStart TimesIndividual ScoresTeam ScoresUltimate GuideHow to Watch LiveEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

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

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

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

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

There is a bottomless pool of puns about Tim and Jonelle Price, but only because of their last name. How often are a husband and wife on the same WEG team? Probably about as often as that husband and wife winning 3/4 four-star events in the same year, I guess. Personally, with their strong cross country records and the glamorous year they’re having, I wouldn’t bet against them. [Will The Price Be Right?]

How does team selection work, anyway? Don’t worry, The Event College is in session at Tryon with Chair of the USEF Eventing Selector’s Working Group Bobby Costello giving a detailed video interview on the process for the United States. It’s some seriously complicated stuff that is constantly ongoing for each championship selection every two years. [Team Selection with Robert Costello]

What do riders from the different countries have to say about the WEG cross country course? With Tryon as the first year with the WEG running as a 3* cross country course, it will be intriguing to see how the course runs and how it affects the final standings. Also, you know, the hurricane thing might have some sort of impact. [Riders React: Tryon Cross Country Course]

So you’ve landed the working student job of your dreams. Congrats! Welcome to slavery the barn! JK, kinda. Working student jobs are the backbone of our industry, it’s where you learn if being a professional rider is for you, and how the professional riders keep their barns going while teaching the next generation. Elise Fleischman penned a great guide for working student newbies on how to get the most out of your time in the barn. [Working Student Survival Guide]

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Total tail envy for Louise Svensson Jahde’s Waikiki (SWE). Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

As a person who has a grey horse in the barn, this photo of a grey tail has me literally swooning. HOW??? I need to know. My dreams are literally made of tails like this, and I feel like that groom deserves a serious raise for maintaining that level of bright whiteness. Tell me your secrets!

National Holiday:  National Kids Take Over The Kitchen Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

#Tryon2018: Website, Definite Entries, Schedule, Start Times & Scoring, Ultimate Guide, How to Watch LiveEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

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

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

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

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

Need a quick refresher on the action from yesterday? Horse Nation has you covered. A tumultuous first day of competition at the World Equestrian Games to say the least. While reining saw a brilliant day of sport in the climate-controlled indoor facility, the endurance race was fraught with controversy and challenge from the beginning, not the least of which was the weather. The first day of team dressage took place as well. [Day One Rundown]

Keep referring here as the next two days go on: [Team Orders & Dressage Start Times for Eventing]

We hope that by the end of the WEG, Boyd will have mastered the pronunciation of Tsetserleg. However, he’s always good for a laugh in press conferences! Team USA is ready to rock it this weekend, hurricane or no hurricane. With a team full of proper cross country horses and riders, the games this weekend are integral to securing our spot in the 2020 Olympic Games, and the team is hoping for a top finish. [Come Prepared, Then Let ‘Er Rip]

I know it’s dressage day, but can you really resist taking a walk around the cross country course? Nah, me neither. Good thing we have a fence by fence breakdown for you to preview what the riders will be attacking on Saturday. While you’re “walking” the course, keep in mind that the weather will certainly play an integral role this weekend, and we’ll be looking for the horses to dig deep for clear rounds. Whatsup, Jonelle. [Fence By Fence: WEG Cross Country Course]

Friday News & Notes from Kentucky Equine Research

Photo courtesy of Tik Maynard.

Big congrats go out to new parents Sinead and Tik on the birth of their son, Brooks! Their little bundle of joy was born on Tuesday, and everyone is happy and healthy and heading back to the barn to start training him up as the next four-star champion in the family! Also, guys, best thing now is that you can start buying ridiculously cute and slightly evil ponies for him! OK, maybe in a few years, I don’t know, perhaps I jumped the gun on that…

National Holiday: National Lazy Moms Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Course Brook Farm H.T. [Website] [Ride Times]

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

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

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

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

Speaking of Tik and Sinead, check out this quick “Day In The Life Of” feature that the Trafalgar Square Books (publisher of Tik’s In the Middle Are the Horsemen) blog did before the arrival of Baby Brooks. They have 23 horses in their barn and live in Florida, so the day starts early at 5:45 every morning, and Tik becoming a functional human being around 10 a.m., due to him not being a morning person at all. Top things on the day to day list: bad dad jokes, burritos, mowing the lawn, coffee, and ridiculous basketball outfits. [24 Hours with Tik & Sinead]

Do you like Plantation Field? Do you like running? If you check both those boxes, make sure to attend the Plantation Field Fun Run! On Saturday September 22, there will be a low-key 5k race around the cross country field at Plantation Field, with awards to the top three men and the top three women. Dogs and walkers welcome! [Plantation Field Fun Run]

This week, it’s the event that needs no introduction. THE Event. That one in Kentucky, in April I think? Equestrian Events, Inc. was formed in 1975, three years before the Kentucky Horse Park opened, to stage the World Championships at the Horse Park. In preparation for the event, they held the first ever horse trials at the Horse Park in the fall of 1976. The following year they hosted the National Pony Club Rally in August and staged the North American Junior Three-Day Event Championship in September. The World Three-Day Event Championships were held in September of 1978 and were an unprecedented success. [USEA Events A-Z: Kentucky 4*]

If you’re any kind of self respecting horse person, you’ve seen trailers for the new series Yellowstone, and you’re just as pumped as we are to watch it. It’s like a rule: if a new movie or TV show comes out and it has horses in it, you gotta check it out. Yellowstone is Dances with Wolves meets The Sopranos, with a cattle baron versus a land developer in Montana. Horse Nation took a deeper look into why we love it so much. [8 Reasons We Totally Love “Yellowstone”]

WEG Forage & Feeds Update from KER: The WEG feed and forage team from Kentucky Equine Research is hard at work getting the first flights of horses set up. About 170 eventing, endurance, dressage, and reining horses have arrived on the venue so far. As horses arrive from abroad, they transfer from the airport to post-arrival quarantine on the venue.

Most horses will require a delivery of feed and forage to tide them over during the 42-hour quarantine. When the horse is released, anything brought into quarantine has to be disposed of, so a separate order of feed and forage needs to be available when they arrive at competition stabling. Fulfilling these double orders has the team hopping! Stay up-to-date with the latest from behind the scenes at WEG here.

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

#WardWednesday courtesy of THIS FB Page

Taylor Harris has decided to start a new thing for Wednesdays, and I’m completely behind it. Instead of Humpday, Wednesday will now be known as #WardWednesday, but we can also exchange it for #WCW because McLain’s current droolworthy mount, HH Gigi’s Girl, can be my girl crush any day of the week. That photo is like a photoshop master’s dream come true….what can you put under her? Literally anything because she’s 10,00 feet over the jump.

National Holiday: National Coffee Ice Cream Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Course Brook Farm H.T. [Website] [Ride Times]

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

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

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

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

In the news of weird science, a 40,000 year old foal was dug up in Siberia lately, and now they’re trying to clone it. The effort to clone the foal, which will require using a horse as a surrogate, is being made by Russian and South Korean scientists who are already collaborating on efforts to recreate the woolly mammoth.  Dug up out of the permafrost, the mud coated foal was entirely intact, described as having a gingery coat and a dark mane and tail with a dorsal stripe. It is being called the Lenskaya, or Lena horse (Equus lenensis). It is said to be genetically different from those living in Yakutia now, and was only 20 days old when it died. [Cloning a 40,000 Year Old Foal]

Hot on Horse Nation: ROUND ONE of the Blogger Contests! Mustangs IRL (Inspired by Spirit, Obvi)

It might not feel like it yet, but blanket season is just around the corner. And with that, we welcome the onslaught of questions about how to, when to, and why to blanket. SmartPak has gathered experts from Horseware, Shires, Weatherbeeta and within their own company to answer any and all questions about blanketing for the future. [Blanket Experts Unite]

Situations occasionally arise where a competitor may wish to lodge an inquiry or a protest. Are you aware of the rules that govern this process? Read on below for rule EV 118: Inquiries, Protests, and Appeals. Text has been taken directly from the USEF Rules For Eventing, with emphasis added by the USEA. Take a moment for a quick brush up before your fall season! [Rule Refresher: Inquiries, Protests & Appeals]

Best of Blogs: The Knackered Riders Club: Like You’re Literally Falling to Bits

 

Want to ride around the AEC Prelim course? Today is a good day for that!

 

 

Friday News & Notes from Kentucky Equine Research

Fence 10 on the CCI* course at Foshay International. Photo by Waylon Roberts.

Woah, check out this tiny Kentucky look-alike log at Foshay International! I was just perusing some photos of the courses up there for the inaugural event, and they look simply smashing! There is almost nothing better than rolling up at an event and being totally blown away at the effort and craftsmanship put in to the cross country course, it makes you feel like a celebrity. Even if you’re not competing at the four-star level, you can still feel like it, and Foshay has it fo sho.

National Holiday: National Trail Mix Day

Major Events This Week:

American Eventing Championships [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Burghley CCI4* [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Foshay [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

Don’t forget to complete your USEF Safe Sport online training before next year. Effective January 1, 2019, all US Equestrian (USEF) adult members with a Competing Membership must complete USEF’s Safe Sport Training in order to be eligible to participate in USEF activities.  Members can immediately access the free Safe Sport Training directly through their member dashboard. Members are encouraged to complete the training as soon as possible. [USEF Safe Sport Training]

My horse gets tense in a dressage test, what do I do? Ah, the age old question for eventers everywhere. This week on H&H advice from four-star rider Coral Keen gives one rider tips for helping their horse improve on relaxation during the first phase. This is some advice we can probably all use at some point! [How To Help a Tense Horse]

Hot on Horse Nation: On Suitability: Realizing It’s OK To Say Goodbye

It’s time to vote for the Smarty Awards! The what awards? I’m talking about SmartPak’s best of the best for twelve categories. You and I both know that we’re always on SmartPak all the dang time, and you probably have some input. We are all secret product reviewers. [2019 Smarty Awards]

KER WEG Feeds Update:

Kentucky Equine Research is the Official Equine Nutritionist of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 (WEG). They coordinate the ordering, shipping, testing, storage, delivery, and overall logistics of getting familiar feeds from around to world to the horses competing in Tryon. Ever wonder how top riders ensure their equine partners can stay on their proven diet throughout travel and competition? The last thing anyone wants is to make a drastic change right before the biggest show of their career!

For most competitors, the feed process started before final team selections were made. Kentucky Equine Research contacted national federations in June to start the ordering process. For the teams shipping feeds from Europe, it was a bit of guessing game to predict which horses are most likely to come. Teams placed orders through a website and had the option to either select an all-inclusive package at a set rate per horse, or to purchase from a menu of pre-selected feeds available a la carte on the venue.

The goal is to have the correct feeds on the venue, fresh, secure, and ready to quickly deliver to the stables when the horses arrive. Fortunately, Kentucky Equine Research has done this a few times. To stay up-to-date with the latest on with the WEG feeds and forages crew, visit https://ker.com/equinews/news/weg/.

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

Photo via LRBHT Official FB Page.

This is my favorite story about Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials: the above photo is George Bates performing his duty before dressage and mowing the center line for the competitors. George has used the same exact mower for his purpose and this purpose only for the past 58 years! If you’ve ever been to Burghley, you’ll know that the sight of the dressage arena on Wednesday is a magical thing, and we all have George to thank for that.

National Holiday: National Toasted Marshmallow Day

Major Events This Week:

American Eventing Championships [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Burghley CCI4* [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Foshay [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

Can’t make it to The Colorado Horse Park for the 2018 USEA American Eventing Championships  presented by Nutrena Feeds? Don’t worry! The USEA announced that they will be providing live streaming at the 2018 USEA AEC in partnership with Ride On Video. That’s right, you can sit in the comfort of your own home (or on the back of a horse with a cell phone) and watch your friends compete for championship titles in Colorado. [AEC Live Stream]

Overall badass and Olympic champion Zara Tindall just gave birth to her second child, and wasn’t shying away from talking about the challenges of coming back to fitness. Her daughter Lena was born on June 19th, and she has since then competed in two horse trials, but said it wasn’t quite as easy the second time around. However, don’t worry, she hasn’t ruled out another Olympic experience for her future! [Zara Tindall On Motherhood]

Conformation: it’s not just about looks. Helen Brettell is frequently seen as the President of the Ground Jury at events, a dressage judge at the national and international level, or a Young Event Horse (YEH) and Future Event Horse (FEH) judge. Born and raised in England, Brettell has years of experience competing at the upper levels both in Europe and the United States. An advocate for proper, correct foundation in young horses, Brettell looks for an “overall balanced athlete with clean straight limbs, good feet, an alert eye, and a big shoulder for reach and uphill balance.” [Conformation 101 with Helen Brettell]

AEC 2018 is on! With over 500 entries, there are 18 divisions full of horses and riders from all over the country. We have 9 combinations entered in the Advanced division, while the Junior Beginner Novice division is cranking out the numbers with 31 entrants. Tremaine Cooper is the designer for all the cross country while Marc Donovan is in charge of the Show Jumping. [AEC Fast Facts]

Friday News & Notes from Kentucky Equine Research

How do you put some light fitness miles on a three year old in preparation for the FEH championships in a month? Pony them! Nyls, who actually hates all other horses, oddly tolerates pony-ing and is excellent with babies even if they don’t really know what they’re doing. Slap on a rope halter and go to town, doing some hill work and hacking out past scary stuff. Little Mattie did 3 hills yesterday and was pretty pooped, but a very good sport!

National Holiday: National Peach Pie Day

Major Events This Week:

Millstreet: WebsiteSchedule, Start Times & Live Scoring, Live StreamEN’s Coverage

Blair Castle: WebsiteScheduleStart Times & Live ScoringLive StreamEvent Rider MastersERM Live ScoresEN’s Coverage

U.S. Weekend Preview: 

Town Hill Farm H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

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

Shepherd Ranch SYVPC H.T. II [Website]

Caber Farm Horse Trial  [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

The Event at Archer [Website] [Live Scoring]

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

News From Around the Globe:

Not going to WEG?  Looking for a confidence building, forward riding, galloping course for your young horse?  Looking to move up to the next level?  CDCTA Fall Horse Trials in Berryville, VA is still accepting entries.  Our goal is to provide courses that encourage horses and riders to gallop, be brave cross country, and enjoy what they are doing. In addition to the recognized divisions BN-P they offer an intro division which is a great way to get started in the sport. They have CASH awards for both VA Bred Horses and the Thoroughbred Incentive Program (TIP) as well as other prizes and ribbons through 8th place. [USEA Omnibus]

As the Official Charity for the FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018, The Brooke is bringing its mission to life at the World Equine Expo being held at Tryon International Equestrian Center during the WEG on September 11-23, 2018. From virtual reality experiences and book signings to plush toys, bar nights and the unveiling of TIEC’s commemorative “Brooke Breezeway,” there are many interactive ways spectators can support Brooke before, after and during the Games. In developing countries across the globe, working horses, donkeys, and mules are lifelines for families who depend on them for existence. Brooke, Action for Working Horses and Donkeys, works around the world to improve and protect the lives of working equines. [The Brooke Named Official Charity of the WEG]

Hot on Horse Nation: Why Horses Are A Child Therapist’s Best Friend

The KY Classique Horse Trials run once a year on the first weekend in September at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky (Area VIII), offering Starter through Intermediate divisions. This year, KY Classique will host the Area VIII Championships for Beginner Novice through Intermediate levels as well as USEA Classic Series Beginner Novice and Novice Three-Day divisions. This year they celebrate their 30th anniversary! [USEA Events: KY Classique]

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

Lisa Hickey thanking Joseph Murphy after riding in his Ocala clinic in February. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Big news, EN! After teaching a series of highly successful clinics in Ocala earlier this year, Irish Olympian Joseph Murphy is returning to the States. He’ll be teaching for three days, Nov. 5-7, at Boyd Martin’s Windurra USA in Cochranville, PA. Widely considered one of the best cross country riders in the world, Joseph is also an extremely effective teacher who specializes in building confidence in both horses and riders. Click here to read a clinic report about what you can expect when riding with Joseph.

This is a fantastic opportunity for a tune-up for anyone heading to the Ocala Jockey Club CCI, for those looking to build confidence on cross country, and for those looking to move up a level in early 2019. Lessons are small group sessions and approximately 80 minutes long. Cost is $125 for one day, $240 for two days, and $360 for three days, plus a $60 facility fee for Windurra. We expect this clinic to fill fast! Reserve your spot with a $50 deposit on PayPal (choose the friends & family option) to [email protected]. Specify date and level in the notes section. Questions? Ask here.

National Holiday: National Sponge Cake Day

Major Events This Week:

Millstreet: WebsiteSchedule, Start Times & Live Scoring, Live StreamEN’s Coverage

Blair Castle: WebsiteScheduleStart Times & Live ScoringLive StreamEvent Rider MastersERM Live ScoresEN’s Coverage

U.S. Weekend Preview: 

Town Hill Farm H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

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

Shepherd Ranch SYVPC H.T. II [Website]

Caber Farm Horse Trial  [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

The Event at Archer [Website] [Live Scoring]

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

Your Thursday News & Notes:

Phillip Dutton will be teaching a one-day jumping clinic on Oct. 10 at Rutledge Farm in Middleburg, Virginia as part of the Olympic Gold Medalists equestrian clinic series. Cost is $175 per rider, and $20 per auditor. Sessions are 70 minutes with 4-6 riders. All levels welcome. Register at eventclinics.com

Is a WEG Luxury vacation on your bucket list?  Then here is your opportunity!  One of Boyd’s best supporters is making a one week dream vacation available for sale for the week of Eventing at the Biltmore.  The owners are asking for this package to be purchased, but the proceeds  will go towards Baby Leo’s hospital expenses. With a deluxe room at the Biltmore and four tickets to all days of WEG Eventing, this will be a vacation week to tell your grandchildren about. [Luxury WEG Weekend]

Researchers are attempting to identify racehorses at risk of catastrophic injury by using blood tests for inflammatory and anti-inflammatory markers as early indicators. Scientists have made many attempts to use biomarkers as indicators of injury, given the big economic costs of breakdowns to the racing industry, but the data so far has shown this isn’t reliable. Researchers in the two-year $164,488 study have been collecting samples since January with the help of multiple state and local racing jurisdictions. [Blood Samples to Determine Risk of Catastrophic Injury]

Having a horse that jumps ditches properly is integral to the success of the modern eventer. In this episode of Eventing Training Online, Kyle Carter discusses how to introduce horses to ditches in the least stressful way possible. Kyle  has the riders approach a set of rails situated next to the ditch and then incrementally moves the rails over the ditch. He discusses that he isn’t necessarily going to nitpick straightness or the rider’s position as he simply wants the horse to move confidently over the ditch. He emphasizes giving the horse the same ride every time, not changing anything as they progress from the rails to the actual ditch. [Eventing Training Online]

Taylor Harris Insurance Services agents aren’t just experts in insurance: they’re experts in horses! All agents are also experience horse people from many different disciplines and parts of the United States, making them uniquely qualified to help you choose the best way to #protectyourhorse. [THIS]