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About Kate Samuels

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

Eventing Background

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Area Area II
Highest Level Competed Advanced/CIC3*

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Friday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

When you are the most handsomest.

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

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

National Holiday: National Chocolate Eclair Day

Major Events This Week:

Arville: WebsiteStart Times & ScoringTimetable, Event Rider Masters

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

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

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

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

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

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

EN #TBT: 8 Life Hacks to Summer Survival

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

A benefit to summer wake up times? Sweet sunrises.

A benefit to summer wake up times? Sweet sunrises.

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

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

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

Photo courtesy of The Pioneer Woman.

Photo credit to Ree Drummond/The Pioneer Woman.

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

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

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

Go ahead: be jealous of my awesome sun hat.

Go ahead — be jealous of my awesome sun hat.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo courtesy of Taylor Harris Insurance Services FB.

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

National Holiday: First Day of Summer!

Major Events This Week:

Arville: WebsiteStart Times & ScoringTimetable, Event Rider Masters

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

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

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

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

Friday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

This made me laugh waaaay more than it should have.

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

National Holiday: National Flip Flop Day

Major Events:

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

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

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

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

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

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

News From Around the Globe: 

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

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

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

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

Hot on Horse Nation: An Update on the PAST Act

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

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

More clearance needed.

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

National Holiday: National Bourbon Day

Major Events:

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

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

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

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

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

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

News From Around the Globe: 

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

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

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

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

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

 

Friday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

Important OTTB retraining technique: the coffee hack.

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

National Holiday: Best Friends Day

Major Events:

Bromont CCI: WebsiteEntries, Ride TimesLive ScoresEN’s Coverage

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

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

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

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

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

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

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

Jan Byyny and Inmidair. Photo by Jenni Autry.

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

National Holiday: National Chocolate Ice Cream Day

Major Events:

Bromont CCI: WebsiteEntries, Ride TimesLive ScoresEN’s Coverage

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

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

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

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

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

Friday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

Oprah’s worst giveaway yet

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

National Holiday: National Donut Day!!

Major Events:

Tattersalls: Website, ScheduleStart Times & Results, Live Streaming

Renswoude: WebsiteStart Times & Results

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

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

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

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

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

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

Best of Blogs: Top Ten Tweets from Riders this Week

Hot on Horse Nation: So You Want To Rescue An Auction Horse

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

Jan & Waterfront at Jersey Fresh. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

This week we are celebrating the life of Waterfront, Jan Byyny’s three-star mount for many years, as he passed away recently. He was owned and loved by Keelin Redmond since he retired from upper level eventing, and died at age 22. Tukie was infamously often a bridesmaid, finishing in second place at numerous international competitions, but persevering with the heart of a lion. He was a horse that absolutely loved the sport of eventing, and gave Keelin many years of laughs competing at the lower levels. Here’s to Waterfront! [Surefire Eventing: Remembering Waterfront]

National Holiday: National Smile Day

Major Events:

Tattersalls: Website, ScheduleStart Times & Results, Live Streaming

Renswoude: WebsiteStart Times & Results

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

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

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

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

Thinking about going to Rebecca Farm this summer? It’s time to submit your travel grant requests! The Rebecca Broussard Travel Grants are one of three types of Rebecca Broussard Developing International Rider Grants offered each year thanks to the generosity of the Broussard Charitable Foundation and administration of the USEA Foundation. The Travel Grants will be awarded to multiple riders for the purposes of offsetting travel expenses to compete at the Event at Rebecca Farm CIC3* or CCI3* held on July18-22, 2018. [Apply Here]

Sponsorship: the holy grail for professional riders. How do you get sponsors, and more importantly, how do you keep them? Yes, being one of the top riders in the country helps, but even if you’re just working your way up the levels, you can pursue sponsorship from a variety of companies, and help them promote their products along the way. Pro tip: get good at social media! [Sponsorship Maintenance]

Summer means more time to ride, and better weather in which to enjoy your equine buds. It also carries some extra new risks for colic, so proper care throughout the hot season is imperative to your horse’s health. Access and consumption of clean water is first and foremost, and keeping a fairly regular schedule during the extreme weather of summer is also important. [Top 3 Tips to Avoid Colic During Summer]

Friday News & Notes from Kentucky Equine Research

Finally, Eventers can appreciate this Devon madness. Photo via Taylor Harris Insurance FB.

VAHT is this weekend! One of my favorite events, my hometown event if you will, which attracts a huge amount of competitors from around the country. There is really nothing like it, with rings and rings of action all up and down the hillside, and all three phases running at different levels at any given time. I love the Virginia Horse Center, and I feel very privileged to have it so close, it’s such an excellent venue for everyone in the area. See you guys this weekend!

National Holiday: NATIONAL WINE DAY

Major Events:

Houghton Hall CICO3*:  WebsiteStart TimesResults

Houghton Hall CICO3*:  WebsiteStart TimesResults

Saumur: Website & Live StreamStart Lists and Results, CCI3* Live Scores

Baborówko: Website & Live Stream, Start Lists & Results

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Mystic Valley Hunt Club H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

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

Flora Lea Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

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

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

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

Equestrians’ Institute H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

May-Daze at the Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

News From Around the Globe:

The big question on horse enthusiasts’ minds: will Justify win the Triple Crown? The undefeated big red colt, trained by Bob Baffert, is on the path to perhaps becoming the 13th horse in history to win all three legs of the Triple Crown, but can he equal American Pharoah? There are lots of things going against him, with no career as a two-year-old, and six races in 110 days, not to mention two races in deep mud that would suck the life out of any young athlete. People are optimistic though, so anything is possible. [Will He Win? Experts Weigh In]

PONY POWER! 13.2 hand Lakevale Toyman (Tommy) is entered in the CCI* next month at the Melbourne International Three Day Event. He is the smallest pony to ever contest this class. He has already completed seven Preliminary events, and two CIC* competitions. Holy cow, there is even a video of his cuteness and fierceness on cross country. And a fan page. [Small But Mighty]

Eventing training video alert! If you’re not competing this weekend, but looking for some inspiration in your arena, be sure to check out this video from William Micklem. William coaches riders on the importance of maintaining softness in the rein so as not to interfere with the horse while he’s jumping. He instructs a rider with a nervous horse through an exercise to keep the horse from rushing the fence by circling left and right in front of the fence. [Eventing Training Online]

Join the Schramms and Gain Insight Into Your Horse’s Fitness

Jimmie and Dom Schramm teamed up with Kentucky Equine Research over the past couple of months to provide an inside look into their conditioning program using KER ClockIt Sport. Through this series we have shown examples of cross-country schools, hill conditioning, interval training, gymnastic exercises, and more.

Equestrians all over the world use KER ClockIt Sport for a variety of disciplines and within those disciplines, many different types of work. This summer, join the global KER ClockIt Sport community and gain valuable insight into your horse’s fitness. The free app helps take the guesswork out of equine fitness by monitoring heart rate, speed, distance and altitude during rides.

Learn more about KER ClockIt Sport.

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

Why yes, I will humblebrag about the way my horse jumps this tiny oxer.

So, this is my first year entering the Retired Racehorse Project, and so far, it’s a lot of fun. Yes, I do have a complicated beautiful drama queen of a horse that I love riding, but I also really love being in the FB group for all the trainers, and watching everyone else’s progress! It’s a super fun community and everybody has such different horses and different approaches to training, I highly recommend it if you’re thinking of going next year!

National Holiday: National Escargot Day

Major Events:

Houghton Hall CICO3*:  WebsiteStart TimesResults

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Mystic Valley Hunt Club H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

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

Flora Lea Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

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

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

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

Equestrians’ Institute H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

May-Daze at the Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

News From Around the Globe:

Friendly competitive atmosphere, lifelong friendships, and lucky charms; it’s time for the United States Eventing Association (USEA) Intercollegiate Eventing Championship at the Virginia Horse Trials. With 18 schools, 23 teams and 87 starters, the Championship is raring to go. Riders from across the country, and schools up and down the east coast come every year to VAHT, and the entries grow all the time. Check out the lineup for 2018! [USEA Intercollegiate Championship Teams]

The Woodside Preliminary Challenge is set to highlight the Event at Woodside this weekend for a 10th consecutive year. This highly-anticipated event, presented by Equine Insurance of California, CWD, Devoucoux, Professionals’ Choice, CARMA, and CANTER, invites the best Preliminary level horses and riders to go head to head for their chance at $15,000 in prize money. This  Preliminary Challenge is the only event of its kind, offering a world class competitive environment tailored for horses and riders who have not competed above the Preliminary level. [$15,000 Prelim Challenge]

Horses have bigger eyes than any other mammal that lives on land. Yes, that includes elephants. They also produce about 10 gallons of saliva a day, and their brains weigh half the amount that the average human brain weighs. Interested in more weird horse facts? Look no further. [25 Fascinating Horse Facts]

Hot on Horse Nation: Book Review: Fit & Focused in 52

Did you know that Taylor Harris Insurance Services protects your horse against fire, lightening, and other natural disasters? With all the things horses can throw your way, you don’t need to be worrying about mother nature too. We’ve all heard horror stories about barns burning down and horses getting hurt, but now you can be protected against that too with THIS. [Request a Quote Today]

Friday News & Notes from Kentucky Equine Research

Rain on the Fair Hill cross country course.

The rain on the east coast this week has been insane. So much so that Fair Hill has announced that they’ve cancelled the event this weekend, because it is literally under water. However, don’t despair! The Virginia Horse Trials (May 24 – 27) and Waredaca (June 2 – 3) have both responded with a very generous offer to all competitors hoping to get a run in by waiving their late fee and accepting entries to their event next weekend for the disappointed people entered at Fair Hill. Way to go, VHT and Waredaca!

National Holiday: National Pizza Party Day

Major Events:

Event Rider Masters @ Wiesbaden WebsiteStart TimesResultsLive Stream

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

Kent School Spring H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

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

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

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

CCC Spring Gulch H.T. [Website]

News From Around the Globe:

Well, it’s gonna be a wet Preakness this weekend, but we already know that Justify likes the mud. The unbeaten colt trained by Bob Baffert seems to have recovered from his bruised heel following his Kentucky Derby win, and several of his previous challengers have dropped out of this second leg of the Triple Crown. Drawing post number 7 (same as he did at the Derby), he’s the overwhelming 1-2 favorite, with the only seeming contester being Good Magic at 3-1. [Preakness Draw: Odds, Contenders and Post Positions]

A fun game to play: could eventing champions of the past make it in the current format and competition? In 1994, Dorothy Trapp and the OTTB Molokai came home from The Hague with an Individual Silver medal from the WEG, only a few time penalties on steeplechase holding them back from gold. However, Molokai was not known for his dressage, so could he make it in modern day eventing? COTH goes back in time to find out. [TBT 1994 WEG]

Great Meadow International hosts the only North American leg of the Nations Cup, and it’s coming up in just a few months. Though the Great Meadow International (GMI) is a young event, Great Meadow’s eventing history dates way back. The Middleburg Horse Trials moved to from Dresden Farm to Great Meadow in 1985. In 1987 the horse trials was still held at Great Meadow but was renamed the Virginia Horse Trials. Following the 1988 Virginia International Two-Day, the horse trials moved to Glenwood Park and was again called the Middleburg Horse Trial. [USEA Events A-Z: Great Meadow International]

Schramm Sesh of the Week

Jimmie and Dom Schramm have teamed up with Kentucky Equine Research to provide an inside look into their conditioning program using KER ClockIt Sport. Each week we’ll share an example ride and some notes of what the Schramms look for as their horses progress.

This week, Jimmie is prepping Eclaire for her first CCI1* at Bromont, which takes place June 7-11. This session is the seven-year-old German Sport Horse’s first real hill gallop.

“I did not push her as much as I could have,” explained Jimmie. “I wanted to get a baseline for her on how she felt doing these two intervals up the hill.”

“Her heart rate hit the zones I wanted them to, and she recovered quite quickly,” Jimmie pointed out. “She did very well and it did not seem to take much out of her.”

“All of the information is good to know for training going forward,” she said. “I think next time I will take her up an extra time, or go to Nelson’s Hill which is just a longer hill.”

Check back next week for another Schramm Sesh! Want to gain insight into your horse’s fitness? Try KER ClockIt Sport. The free app helps take the guesswork out of equine fitness by monitoring heart rate, speed, distance and altitude during rides.

Thursday News & Notes from Taylor Harris Insurance Services

May thunderstorms bring … muddy horses and pretty rainbows??

Ah spring … the time of year when you have to pull out the old tick jar. You know the one. The jar that lives in your barn near where you groom the horses, is filled with rubbing alcohol, and usually labelled with some sort of crap illustration of a dead tick (at least mine is). Now daily grooming also includes a rather aggressive and invasive inspection of all the weird hidden folds of your horse, including armpits and between the back legs, for teeny tiny little blood suckers. This is an age old tradition which is equal parts satisfying and disgusting, and regular humans would be revolted to hear that we collect them in jars.

National Holiday: National Cherry Cobbler Day

Major Events:

Event Rider Masters @ Wiesbaden WebsiteStart TimesResultsLive Stream

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

Kent School Spring H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

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

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

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

CCC Spring Gulch H.T. [Website]

News From Around the Globe:

Fair Hill has been approved for a $1 million grant towards improvements for the future 4* or 5* event.  The Board of Public Works unanimously approved a Maryland Department of Natural Resources item that will authorize $1 million for design improvement services at Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area in anticipation of the Cecil County site hosting a newly-designated, international equestrian event. Hoping to become one of only seven sights across the world to host the highest level of competition, and the second in North America, this is a big step for Fair Hill. [Board Approves Fair Hill Funding]

The USEA announced the six new inductees to the Eventing Hall of Fame for 2018. These inductees, which include horses, riders, veterinarians, and owners, have all made contributions to the sport that will last forever, and will be formally inducted during the Hall of Fame Gala at the 2018 USEA Annual Meeting this December. The list included Kerry Millikin’s Olympic partner Out and About, Nina and Tim Gardner, Captain Mark Phillips, Karen O’Connor, Howard Simpson and Dr. Marty Simensen. [2018 Hall of Fame Inductees]

As equestrians, we focus on the nutrition and fitness of our horses, so why don’t we put the same effort into our own fitness and nutrition? Luckily, we have a video of Daniel Stewart to help you be the best you can be. Coach Stewart explains that because equestrians lead such active lives, we don’t necessarily need to spend 40 minutes in the gym six days a week. By focusing on exercises that support the muscles we use when riding and making them harder than they have to be, short high-intensity workouts can be an effective way of increasing rider fitness. [Video: Rider Fitness Bootcamp]

Help a fellow rider out with this quick survey on indoor arenas! If you use an indoor to ride in on a regular basis, please take a few tiny minutes to answer these questions to help further research on the health implications of riding indoors. Thanks in advance! [Survey on Indoor Arenas]

Friday News & Notes from Kentucky Equine Research

Never too late for a good meme.

We’d like to give a big Eventing community group hug to Melissa Miller-Slusser, who is competing at Jersey Fresh this weekend in the CCI2* on Emilion to One. Melissa unfortunately lost her best bud, High Finance (Finn) yesterday. Finn was an incredible chestnut Thoroughbred gelding who took Melissa to the top of the sport, and we all know how it feels to go through such a loss, so if you see her at Jersey, give her a hug and let her know that we’re all here supporting her!

(If you’re confused about my meme: refer yourself here).

National Holiday: National Eat What You Want Day

Major Events:

Jersey Fresh Links: WebsiteDressage TimesScheduleLive ScoresEN’s CoverageEN’s InstagramEN’s Twitter

Event Rider Masters @ Chatsworth: Website, Start Times, ResultsLive Stream

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

Mill Creek Pony Club at Longview H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

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

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

Tattersalls International Event is promising to be the best that ever was later this month. Olympic medallists, World and European Champions novelty dog shows, food fairs and family fun will all be on display and to the fore in one of Ireland’s favourite and friendliest outdoor events in the Tattersalls estate in County Meath. Last year saw 35,000 spectators and over €2m to the local economy. [Tatts Ireland]

The British Horse Society (BHS) has stated that they don’t believe the sanctions against Oliver Townend at Badminton were high enough. Townend was warned by the FEI for overuse of his whip on both mounts, Cooley SRS and Ballaghmor Class, but given no yellow card or fines for his actions. He has issued two sincere apologies since then, but the BHS is taking the matter up with the FEI and believes he deserves higher punishment. [Townend Not Sanctioned Enough]

Groton House Farm is one of the oldest events in the Northeast, and hosts their annual event every June in Massachusetts. Held for over 40 years, riders from Novice to Intermediate/Preliminary will gallop over lanes that hold stories of riders like Mike Plumb, Karen O’Connor, Torrence Watkins, David O’Connor and more. The first events on the farm ran in the late 1950’s, before the USCTA, and before regulations and rules about heights and lengths for levels. [USEA Events A-Z: Groton House]

Hot on Horse Nation: Lucky Talismans and Pet Superstitions

Schramm Sesh of the Week

Jimmie and Dom Schramm have teamed up with Kentucky Equine Research to provide an inside look into their conditioning program using KER ClockIt Sport. Each week we’ll share an example ride and some notes of what the Schramms look for as their horses progress.

This week, Dom is prepping a seven-year-old Irish gelding, Whitford, for the CCI1* class at Bromont coming up this June.

“Whitford had an easy winter,” explained Dom. “We are trying to improve his fitness so that he will be ready to compete at the 1* level.”

Dom works him on a track, doing a 20-minute trot followed by three five-minute canter sets with increasing speed, and finishing with a sprint. You can see the end of the last set is the fastest sprint, where the horse’s speed reaches 522 m/min and his heart rate reaches 187 bpm.

For Whitford’s current training program, they plan to alternate this routine with hill work every fourth day. Hill work is great component in training programs because it is an easy way to increase heart rate without having to increase speed.

Check back next week for another Schramm Sesh! Want to gain insight into your horse’s fitness? Try KER ClockIt Sport. The free app helps take the guesswork out of equine fitness by monitoring heart rate, speed, distance and altitude during rides.


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

Maybe the best road sign I’ve ever seen.

Man. Yesterday I had an awesome jump lesson with the one and only Lainey Ashker, with my young OTTB boy Turkey. I’m taking him to the Retired Racehorse Project this fall, and he’s an athletic little bugger, who likes bucking a little more than he should, so I needed some help. The lesson was exactly what I needed, and turns out I just need to ride my horse a little more like he knows what he’s doing (he absolutely doesn’t) so that he gets more confident and forward and has to use his little brain more often!

National Holiday: National Clean Up Your Room Day 

Major Events:

Jersey Fresh Links: WebsiteDressage TimesScheduleLive ScoresEN’s CoverageEN’s InstagramEN’s Twitter

Event Rider Masters @ Chatsworth: Website, Start Times, ResultsLive Stream

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

Mill Creek Pony Club at Longview H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

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

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

Applications for the 2019 Worth The Trust Educational Scholarships are now open! The USEA awards $3,000 to an amateur young rider and $2,000 to an adult amateur rider to be used towards lessons, clinics, working student positions, or even to learn from a technical delegate or course designer. Applicants should submit an essay detailing why the scholarship is important to them and how they intend to use the funds, deadline is October 1st. [2019 Worth The Trust]

British Eventing has issued a statement following Oliver Townend’s official warning for “over-use of the whip” on cross country at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials. The statement notes that BE does not condone such behavior, and that its organization reflects the FEI sanctions imposed on competitors, which will see Oliver’s discipline sanction recorded on the BE Discipline List: “BE are in contact with Oliver regarding his behaviour at Badminton and, through the Discipline List, will be monitored closely at all BE fixtures.” [Statement Regarding Oliver Townend]

Seven graduates from the USEA Young Event Horse program competed at Land Rover Kentucky a few weeks ago. Tsetserleg, Truly Wiley, Cooley Cross Border, Indy 500, Covert Rights, Landioso, and High Times were all part of the successful YEH program at the beginning of their careers, racking up points from both East and West Coast championships before heading onto the highest levels. [Smiles, Sass & Style: YEH Graduates]

Colic is every horse owner’s nightmare, but there are definitely steps you can take to minimize your risk. Because colic is both common and seemingly indiscriminate in the horses it afflicts, there’s a general belief that, for the most part, it just happens and there’s not much we can do other than be educated to catch it early. The fact of the matter is that we can do a lot more to prevent colic than we think. While some colics may be unavoidable, it’s a myth that there’s nothing we can do to prevent most colic. That’s because we CAN improve our management methods to promote better digestive health in horses and reduce the risk of many of the most common types of colic. [Monday Myth: We Can’t Prevent Colic]

Seeing THIS signs all over Jersey Fresh? Taylor Harris Insurance Services loves supporting events like Jersey, and if you’re even a little curious as to how they can help support you, check out their dead easy online form to request a quote on your horse. You literally have to fill out ten questions, and it will take you five minutes maximum. Why wonder? Check it out today! [Request a Quote from THIS]

Jumper Nation: Caption This Excellent Video

Friday News & Notes from Kentucky Equine Research

Chinch has been kidnapped from the media center at Badminton. This is not a drill. He’s been chinchnapped. And this is not a joke: we have absolutely no idea who it is. However, the chinchnappers made a Twitter account @Kidnapped Chinch. You can keep track of him there and hope for the best outcome for our dearest naughty Chinch.

National Holiday: Bird Day

Major Events:

Badminton: WebsiteXC Start Times, Results, Schedule, How to Watch Live, EN’s Coverage, EN’s Form Guide, EN’s Instagram, EN’s Twitter

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

Heart of the Carolinas 3DE & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

The Event at Skyline H.T. [Website]

News From Around the Globe:

Middleburg Horse Trials are moving to Great Meadow and the local Pony Club is raising funds to build a new water jump at the venue. How can you help? Ride a Fix-A-Round with Lynn Symansky and/or a Fix-A-Test with Lauren Sprieser on May 22 in the spectacular main arena at Great Meadow in The Plains, Virginia. [Clinic Details]

Fashion on the jog strip at Badminton is legendary, but how do the riders choose what to wear? Sarah Skillin of EquiConsulting explains how she works with the riders to help them make the right impression at the world’s biggest event. [Making an impression on the runway at Badminton]

USEA Area Young Rider programs are in full fundraising mode for the FEI North American Youth Championships (NAYC). How can you help them raise the funds needed to travel to The Event at Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, Montana? [Young Rider Fundraisers for 2018 NAYC]

Kirsty Short is making her Badminton debut with Cossan Lad and blogging all about the experience. Go behind the scenes as Kirsty talks all about her Thursday at Badminton and walking Eric Winter’s cross country course. [Bouncer Has Been Showing Off]

Let’s get to know Genesee Valley Hunt Horse Trials! Held annually in Genesee, New York in Area I in mid-June, the event offers Introductory through Preliminary levels. [USEA Events A-Z: Genesee Valley Hunt Horse Trials]

Schramm Sesh of the Week

Jimmie and Dom Schramm have teamed up with Kentucky Equine Research to provide an inside look into their conditioning program using KER ClockIt Sport. Each week we’ll share an example ride and some notes of what the Schramms look for as their horses progress.

This week, Jimmie takes Eclaire, a seven-year-old German sport horse, through her fourth preliminary outing. She starts with a short warm up then continues into her course. This session is Eclaire’s first cross-country of the year with hills.

“As you can see it really pushed her into high percentage zones for her heart rate, especially towards the end of the course, which to me means she needs to be a bit fitter on the hills,” explains Jimmie.

Eclaire’s speed drops between 366 m/min and 400 m/min through the combinations on course. Making this adjustment more quickly is something Jimmie has been working on with her.

“When it takes a longer time to get her back to a combination-type canter, I end up having time faults,” Jimmie explains. “It is good for me to see where time is being wasted.”

“I wish I’d left ClockIt running for a bit longer to see how long it took her to get back to a resting heart rate, but it was a warmer day and we were looking to cool her out quickly and get her tack off.”

Check back next week for another Schramm Sesh! Want to gain insight into your horse’s fitness? Try KER ClockIt Sport. The free app helps take the guesswork out of equine fitness by monitoring heart rate, speed, distance and altitude during rides.

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

Badminton always feels like some sort of crazy whiplash right after Kentucky to me, but in a good way. I mean, it’s basically madness that tons of riders compete in the most difficult competition in North America and then hop off their horses on Sunday and fly across the ocean only to do it all over again. Do these people not need sleep? Do they not need to recover? Clearly we are not worthy.

National Holiday: National Day of Reason

Major Events:

Badminton: WebsiteDressage Start Lists, Results, Schedule, How to Watch Live, EN’s Coverage, EN’s Form Guide, EN’s Instagram, EN’s Twitter

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

Heart of the Carolinas 3DE & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

The Event at Skyline H.T. [Website]

News From Around the Globe:

US Eventer Madeline Backus is one of the youngest riders at Badminton this year. At only 22 years old, she competes her little mare P.S. Arianna, who was a 10th birthday present, and bred by her farrier. Thanks to the Rebecca Broussard National Developing Rider Grant and the Wilton Fair Grant, Madeline was able to bring herself and her horses abroad to the UK for the season to get ready for Badders. [Meet Badminton First Timers Madeline Backus & P.S. Arianna]

Let’s not forget that the Kentucky Derby runs this weekend too! Basically this is the two most exciting weeks in the equestrian world all year. With the draw order out on the table, the favorite as of this time is the undefeated colt Justified, trained by Bob Baffert. However, the catch is that Justified has only run in 2018, and no horse since Apollo in 1882 has won the Derby without running as a two-year-old. Can Justified break the curse? [Draw Order, Odds, and Contenders for Derby 2018]

Thanks to his win last week in Kentucky, Oliver Townend has taken over FEI World Number One. He tops longtime leader Michael Jung, who has led since 2015, by just one ranking point. With the stage set for perhaps another Grand Slam winner, Oliver is happy to hear of his spot on the world rankings. However, Miche is hot on his heels this weekend…[Oliver Townend Takes Number One]

Friday News & Notes from Kentucky Equine Research

Important and relevant. Photo by JJ Silliman.

Hey all you Kentucky fans! If you haven’t gotten to walk the course yet, I have a few ideas. One: fuel up on bourbon chicken. Two: hydrate, and bring extra hydration. Four star courses are really long, hope you like walking for a few hours. Three: go to the start box at noon to walk the course with Jimmie Schramm AND get a free KER goodie bag. You’re welcome in advance.

National Holiday: National Hairball Awareness Day (WHO COMES UP WITH THIS STUFF)

Major Events:

Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event: WebsiteRide TimesScheduleLive StreamLive ScoresEN’s CoverageEN’s InstagramEN’s Twitter

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

Former USEA President Kevin Baumgardner competed Wembley through the CIC3* level before handing over the reins to Tamie Smith. Now she’s sitting in a very good position after dressage yesterday with the 15-year-old grey gelding at his four-star debut. When Kevin realized that his work responsibilities didn’t allow for him to pursue the top levels with a clearly talented horse, he offered Tamie the opportunity to keep developing the horse. [Amateur Horse Turned Four Star Champ]

The final pair has been accepted off the waitlist at Badminton following two more withdrawals this week. Michael and Trish Ryan removed both their horses, Dunlough Striker and Dunlagh Eclipse, which allowed Nina Dalton and Absolut Opposition to take the final slot. That leaves 92 as the current entry numbers, with withdrawals expected from both Oliver Townend and Tina Cook, as they have more than two horses entered but can only compete two. [Badminton Entry List Finalized]

#TimesUp in the horse world as we see a Safe Sport Code of Practice adopted by the American Horse Council. The code states, in part: “To behave ethically necessitates an awareness of power differentials among all persons involved.” The code is “intended to inform ethical judgments as persons consider asymmetric power relations among themselves and others they work with in professional roles.” [Safe Sport Code Adopted by AHC]

Get ready to get down at the 6th Annual EN Tailgate Party! The festivities take place during LRK3DE cross country in tailgating spaces S294 and S295, near the jog strip and announcer’s tower overlooking the infield. Stop by to get EN temporary-tatted up, schmooze with a certain celebrity Chinch, quench your thirst, enjoy a snack, and win some sweet swag.

It’s #LRK3DE photo contest time. If you’re at Kentucky, don’t forget to enter — here’s the 411:

 

 

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The tradition continues. Photo by Nicole Severino.

You know, Maggie gets to be the first one to talk about the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event each year with her Wednesday N&N, but I get the honor of talking about the first day of actual competition! Also, I get Thanksgiving every year, which is basically the trump card, TBH. But back to Kentucky! I’m not there but I’ll be following along on my rides tomorrow while doing super safe TV watching and trot sets. Hope my horses don’t spook.

National Holiday: National Help A Horse Day

Major Events:

Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event: WebsiteRide TimesScheduleLive StreamLive ScoresEN’s CoverageEN’s InstagramEN’s Twitter

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

Devon Horse Show has announced the return of the $50,000 Arena Eventing this May. In order to be qualified, horses and riders must have attained a qualifying score at CCI2* level, or be competing in 1.4m jumper classes. Last year it was Sara Kozumplik Murphy, but the competition was fierce and wild, so get ready for some action next month! [Devon Brings Back Arena Eventing]

Elisa Wallace and Colleen Rutledge made a special visit to the UK Children’s Hospital this Tuesday, spending time with kids undergoing treatment there, and talking to them about the upcoming competition. This fantastic tradition is a longstanding habit of event riders when they come to Kentucky 4*, and shows the heart that exists in not just horses, but riders in our sport. [Kentucky 3 Day]

The Carolina Horse Park Foundation has announced a new unrecognized competition series to come this year.  The Devoucoux TallBoots Hunter Jumper Schooling Series and Derby Cross presented by Breezeway Sporthorse and Diagnostic is a new lineup of local competitions dedicated to helping riders to sharpen the fundamental skills required for success in the show ring. They offer prize money too! [Carolina Hunter Jumper Series]

Get ready to get down at the 6th Annual EN Tailgate Party! The festivities take place during LRK3DE cross country in tailgating spaces S294 and S295, near the jog strip and announcer’s tower overlooking the infield. Stop by to get EN temporary-tatted up, schmooze with a certain celebrity Chinch, quench your thirst, enjoy a snack, and win some sweet swag. Keep an eye on EN for more info and hope to see you there!

It’s #LRK3DE photo contest time. If you’re at Kentucky, don’t forget to enter — here’s the 411:

Friday News & Notes from Kentucky Equine Research

Olympic carrots!

Our favorite people from Kentucky Equine Research are returning as the Official Equine Nutritionists for the World Equestrian Games! They’ve done this role admirably before, and will be supplying reliable feed and forage for a literal army of horses coming to Tryon later this year, and of course, carrots too. We’re so thrilled that Olympians will have direct access to the experts at KER on how to get their horses ready for the big week and keep them healthy throughout.

National Holiday: National Chocolate Covered Cashews Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Longleaf Pine H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

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

Sporting Days Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

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

Holly Hill Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

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

News From Around the Globe:

Attention Kentucky 4*-bound tailgate pros! EN is excited to host its annual “Insanity in the Middle” Tailgate Party on cross country day, but we need a little help with the set-up. If you have a truck and access to tailgate furnishings (two or three pop-up tents, tables, coolers, etc.), we have a platinum tailgate parking pass and some cross country day passes for you! Please email us at [email protected].

Kentucky Equine Research has been named the Official Equine Nutritionist of the FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018 (WEG). This is a familiar role for the company, which has coordinated the logistics of importing, controlling, and distributing feed, forage, and bedding at major international equestrian competitions for more than 20 years. Horse owners know that consistency is key to feeding and managing healthy horses, especially in the midst of travel and competition. When show schedules take horses across international borders, biosecurity concerns and import procedures make staying on familiar feed a challenge. [KER Takes on Feeding the WEG]

Whether you’ve been a working student or employed them (or both!), you know how important the position is to the equestrian community. The exchange of work for knowledge is one of the oldest traditions in the world, and still alive and thriving in the eventing community. Choosing to get a working student is a big commitment for a professional, and it’s good to know how and when. Jennifer McFall walks us through how to make sure you have the best experience possible in this article from USEA. [Taking On A Working Student]

 

Schramm Sesh of the Week

Jimmie and Dom Schramm have teamed up with Kentucky Equine Research to provide an inside look into their conditioning program using KER ClockIt Sport. Each week we’ll share an example ride and some notes of what the Schramms look for as their horses progress.

This week we can see Weldon, a young horse, doing a jog set. This is easy work for him! ClockIt can give you insight on the comparative fitness of your horses. By doing the same routine with multiple horses and monitoring their heart rate and recovery time, you can see which horse is more fit. By comparing similar works by the same horse, you can also see how an individual’s fitness progresses through the season. 

Check back next week for another Schramm Sesh! Want to gain insight into your horse’s fitness? Try KER ClockIt Sport. The free app helps take the guesswork out of equine fitness by monitoring heart rate, speed, distance and altitude during rides. EN’s guides to the app explain all the details: 7 Reasons to Download KER ClockIt Sport and How To Get the Most Out of KER ClockIt Sport.

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

Remember last week when I was all “Oh ha ha ha the world is conspiring against me going to this show” WELL GUESS WHAT. I went to the show, and my baby horse pitched a fit inside the trailer while I wasn’t there, and split his head right open. Got himself five stitches to celebrate his fifth birthday, and didn’t even get to compete. Somebody just whap me upside the head the next time I think pre-competition week signs and warnings aren’t a real thing.

National Holiday: National Garlic Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Longleaf Pine H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

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

Sporting Days Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

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

Holly Hill Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

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

News From Around the Globe:

Attention Kentucky 4*-bound tailgate pros! EN is excited to host its annual “Insanity in the Middle” Tailgate Party on cross country day, but we need a little help with the set-up. If you have a truck and access to tailgate furnishings (two or three pop-up tents, tables, coolers, etc.), we have a platinum tailgate parking pass and some cross country day passes for you! Please email us at [email protected].

We all know Thoroughbred blood is important in the modern Event horse, but how much do you really want? The USEA interviewed expert judge, commentator and founder of Goresbridge Go for Gold Sale, Chris Ryan, on just how to consider your TB blood percentages in a young horse for future four star victory. Take FischerRocanna FST: 64%. La Biosthetique Sam? 76%. FischerTakinou: 84%. The key is having over 50%, and honestly over 75% is best. [Zero To One Hundred: TB Blood in the Modern Eventer]

This year, the FEI is increasing the amount of human drug testing that occurs at International competitions. While we’re all pretty used to watching what our horses come in contact with, we aren’t that accustomed to thinking about ourselves. In an effort to comply with World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) standards, riders now need to be better educated on what it means to be competing in a clean sport. [Increased Human Doping Tests]

Hot on Horse Nation: 5 Things Your Horse Wants You To Buy Him With Your Tax Refund

Friday News & Notes from Kentucky Equine Research

Maybe the cutest groom at Ocala CCI2*. Photo courtesy of Windsor Equestrian Center FB.

I entered my baby OTTB, Turkey, in his first three phase event for this weekend (which is also his birthday weekend!) so obviously as soon as I sent the entry in, the world decided to conspire against me. That night, he pulled a hind shoe, which I’m not super familiar with, but he’s an expert. I think it has to do with his penchant for rearing straight up and spinning around when he’s in turnout, for funzies, you know. Then, I look at the weather forecast and there is a straight up hurricane predicted for the entire day of the show. Perfect. Can’t wait.

National Holiday: National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day

Major Events:

Belton International H.T. [Website] [Entries & Ride Times] [Results]

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Fair Hill CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

Ocala International CCI & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

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

Fence H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Results]

New From Around the Globe:

In its 30th year, Fair Hill kicks off its International Horse Trials today. Dressage for the CIC3*, CIC2*, Advanced and Intermediate start today on the Gallaher side of the property, with show jumping in the same main arena on Saturday morning and cross country in the afternoon. Lots of riders are using this event as a last prep for Kentucky, so it’s definitely one to watch! [30 Years of Eventing at Fair Hill]

Trainers: we’re not hard to shop for. We appreciate the kind of stuff that we can legitimately use day in and day out, and will keep our poor bodies functioning so we can keep teaching you, and live to see another day with relatively little pain. Think about coffee mugs that keep your nectar of the gods beverage hot for hours and hours. Sun protection? Check. Comfy socks? Yeah, we like those too. [Gifts Your Trainer Will Love]

We love nothing more than pretty pictures of beautiful horses at competitions. Galway Downs was just two weeks ago, but we’re still reliving the glory with this incredible photo gallery from the USEA. [Through the Lens: Galway Downs]

Interested in learning how to think like an eventing dressage judge? Marilyn Payne’s Applewood Farm in Califon, New Jersey is hosting a Dressage Session II Training Program on May 7-8, where attendees will develop the judge’s eye by utilizing live horses and riders in full tests. This is an excellent opportunity for those who want to get inside the judge’s head as well as see and hear the new 2018 USEF dressage tests dissected and explained by panelists Marilyn Payne and Cindy DePorter. [Get Inside the Judge’s Mind]

Want to gain insight into your horse’s fitness? Riders worldwide rely on KER ClockIt Sport. The free app helps take the guesswork out of equine fitness by monitoring heart rate, speed, distance, and altitude during rides. Here’s a demo from Saracen Horse Feeds, a partner of Kentucky Equine Research based in the UK, and Flora Young Eventing.

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

Tell me you’re not jealous of my fashion. Photo by…my mom???

When I was growing up, my backyard was basically always full of ponies and horses, and I was basically an only child so I just hung out in the fields a lot to entertain myself. I found this gem today, of this old polo pony that lived at my house, his name was Riemenschnieder (I know, a mouthful), but we called him Remo. He would let me go out in the field and literally scale his body to climb on his back, and if he started walking too fast for my liking, I would pretend to fall off, and he would immediately stop. I remember it being so deeply hilarious, but good god, what a nice horse he was. Also, you love my outfit, admit it.

National Holiday: National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day

Major Events:

Fair Hill CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

Ocala International CCI & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

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

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Fence H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

New From Around the Globe:

Tamra Smith’s rising star, Sunsprite Syrius, is known around the barn as The Serial Killer. That’s due to his less than friendly attitude towards other horses, but he loves his people! Fun fact number two: he has never been outside the top three in the 11 FEI events he has competed in, including winning his debut at the CIC3* level recently at Galway Downs. [Behind the Stall Door: Sunsprite Syrius]

Britain has been hit really hard this spring with too much rain, causing cancellations up and down the list. However, organizers at Badminton are confident that they can keep the event going as scheduled. Many riders are worried about preparing for the big event, having maybe only one competition under their belts before heading to the hardest four star in the world. Don’t worry though, defending champions Andrew Nicholson and Nereo won’t mind if they have to go in cold. [Badminton Will Beat Wet Weather]

Hot on Horse Nation: 12 #EquestrianProblems According to Twitter

Training video of the week! Boyd Martin worked with a group of riders to practice rideability with their horses using a figure-8 pattern over two verticals with a long approach before the fence and a roll-back turn after the fence. Martin encouraged the riders to use their heads to gently look where they are going to direct the horse and stay square in their position instead of swinging their bodies to encourage the horse to turn. [Eventing Training Online]

When lightning strikes….oh no! Don’t worry, Taylor Harris Insurance Services has a policy especially for crazy unpredictable accidents like lightning, fire, or random transportation disasters. They really do have you covered for every possible situation. [THIS Protection]

Just gearing up for NotRolex in my mind….