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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

USEA Rider Profile Click to view profile
Area Area II
Highest Level Competed Advanced/CIC3*

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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]

Friday News & Notes from Kentucky Equine Research

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

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

National Holiday: National Black Cat Appreciation Day

Major Events This Week:

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

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

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

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

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

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

 

Feeding the World: WEG Feed & Forage Insider

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

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

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

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

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

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

National Holiday: National Rum Day

Major Events This Week:

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

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

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

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

 

News From Around the Globe:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Friday News & Notes from Kentucky Equine Research

Photo by Lee Ann Zobbe

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

National Holiday: National Lazy Day

Major Events This Week:

Hartpury International [Entries] [Results]

Strzegom Summer Tour [Start Times and Live Scoring]

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

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

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

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

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

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

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

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

Hot on Horse Nation: 28 Equine Bad Hair Days

Feeding the World: WEG Feed & Forage Insider

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

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

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

Thursday News & Notes from Taylor Harris Insurance Services

Two photos taken seconds apart.

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

National Holiday: National Book Lovers Day

Major Events This Week:

Hartpury International [Entries] [Results]

Strzegom Summer Tour [Start Times and Live Scoring]

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

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

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

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

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

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

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

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

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

 

 

Friday News & Notes from Kentucky Equine Research

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

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

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

National Holiday: National Watermelon Day

Major Events:

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

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

National Holiday: National Ice Cream Sandwich Day

Major Events:

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

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

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

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

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

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

Friday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

Photo courtesy of the German Riding Instructor.

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

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

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

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

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

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

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

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

Photo via the THIS FB page.

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

National Holiday: National Chili Dog Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

Friday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

Pony love. Photo courtesy of the NAYC FB page.

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

National Holiday: National Moon Day

Major Weekend Events:

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

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

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

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

National Holiday: National Daiquiri Day

Major Weekend Events:

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

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

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

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

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

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

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

 

 

Friday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

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

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

National Holiday: National French Fry Day

Major Events This Weekend:

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

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

Riga Meadow H.T. [Website]

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

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

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

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

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

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