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About Kate Samuels

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

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Area Area II
Highest Level Competed Advanced/CIC3*

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Thursday News & Notes from SmartPak

Leslie Law & Tre de Kernet. Photo by Christine Quinn.

It’s never too early to think about the fall season! Stable View’s Oktoberfest 2018 is forecast to be one of the East Coast’s major contributions to rider’s preparations for Fair Hill. The combination of over $75,000 in prize money including Land Rover/Jaguar leases for the winners of Stable View’s first CIC3*, 2* and 1*,  with world renowned course designers and elegant setting, will set the stage for Stable View’s first FEI level Horse Trials.

Positioned three weeks before the Fair Hill CCI3*, Stable View’s Oktoberfest is the ideal event for horse and rider combinations to test their preparedness for Fair Hill. Captain Mark Phillips cross country courses are always challenging, asking technical questions for the upper levels. International show jumping course designer Mark Donovan will be designing the show jumping courses for all levels.

Intended to be run over three days, and depending on entries, possibly four, Stable View will also run all of the national levels, BN through Advanced. All divisions will receive prize money to third place.

National Holiday: National Everything You Think Is Wrong Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

Ocala Winter II H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

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

Copper Meadows Winter H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

The YEH seminar is coming to the west coast! The USEA announced that Twin Rivers Ranch in Paso Robles, California will be hosting a Young Event Horse seminar to instruct judges, competitors, owners, breeders, and anyone else involved or interested in the program in the new judging and scoring system that was introduced at the beginning of 2018. [YEH Meets West Coast]

For your weekly educational video, we bring you Buck Davidson coaching a group of riders in California over jumps. Buck coached the riders through a course containing a series of exercises designed to build confidence and sharpen fundamental skills prior to competing at an event. He emphasized the importance of riding forward, having a good canter, riding a proper line, and moving the horse’s shoulders to maintain straightness and a true connection through the outside rein. [Eventing Training Online]

A lot of times, when you’re buying an OTTB, a conformation photo is all you get before you make the decision. Therefore, the ability to have a little knowledge of what you’re looking for before you buy is a great skill for every horse man and woman. This OTTB Critique from the USEA features Another Gulch, and he is reviewed by John Michael and Kimmy Durr of Durr Eventing. [OTTB Critique: Another Gulch]

Jumper Nation Jamz: Greys For Days

TBT 2017 Oktoberfest with the OG Joanie Morris:

 

Friday News & Notes from Kentucky Equine Research

Southern Pines!! Photo by Jamie Gornall.

I decided this time around with my four-year-old OTTB to start him over fences in a completely different way than I’ve ever done before. In an attempt to make a horse that is fairly self sufficient and confident from the beginning, I’ve taught him to jump completely on the line, without a rider. Today I’m taking him cross country schooling for the first time, or rather, I’m having my friend Cali school him on a long line up and down banks, into water, and over his first cross country obstacles. Time will tell if this experiment works, but I think I’m on the right track so far.

National Holiday: National Get Over It Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

Red Hills International CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

Full Gallop H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Results]

News From Around the Globe:

Red Hills weekend!! Nothing is quite so glamorous early in the year as Red Hills, and it is certainly a destination event every year. Did you know that Phillip Dutton has won the CIC3* here an astonishing six times? Can he do it for the 7th time on I’m Sew Ready? Dressage action starts today at 8am sharp, prepare yourselves. [Red Hills Fast Facts]

If you want to see the best ISO Horse ad in the entire history of the internet…look no further. We got you covered. [Horse Nation]

Ahhh, training a young horse to stand quietly on the trailer at shows. This can be one of the most frustrating training activities to participate in, especially if you have a horse that is rather opposed to the idea. They can really get into protesting. Jason Webb of Australian Horse Training has some excellent pointers that I will personally be using in the future of how to help a horse with anxiety and/or impatience about standing quietly on the trailer. [How Do I Get My Horse To Stand Quietly on the Horsebox?]

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 and Eclaire, a 7-year-old German Sport Horse, put in a final XC school in preparation for Rocking Horse HT.

“With this schooling the aim was to just touch on all the questions,” Jimmie said. In her final school before an event, Jimmie likes to string together several exercises in a row to replicate the real cross-country day experience. “I always build through the exercises, working from the easier questions to more technical,” she explained.

Jimmie presented Eclaire with three sets. She took short breaks in between, both to allow the mare to recover physically and “digest mentally what she has learned in hopes that it carries over to the next question.”

“She felt particularly good this day, very focused and listening really well,” Jimmie said. “She loves to run so sometimes not taking over is difficult for her, but she was spot on!”

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 SmartPak

Friends don’t let friends forget their dressage test without suffering the consequences. Photo by Heather Morris.

So, I entered my first local combined test this weekend with my baby TB. Don’t worry, it’s only Baby Green with an Intro test and a 2′ jump course, but it’s pretty serious. He’s very nice for the most part, but he still believes in bucking exuberantly and repeatedly when picking up the canter, and has never been in a dressage ring or honestly seen jumps away from home. So obviously, the weather forecast for this weekend is 35 and raining. And we go first thing in the morning. How do you think this is gonna go? #neckstrapsindressage

National Holiday: International Women’s Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

Red Hills International CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

Full Gallop H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Results]

News From Around the Globe:

Don’t deny it, you’re fascinated with how Carl Hester keeps and trains his horses too. He is notoriously open about how his horses live their lives (mostly outside) and how he trains them from the age of three all the way through Grand Prix. He believes in lots of hacking (revolutionary for the dressage world) and keeping horses as much like normal horses as possible. [How Carl Hester Succeeds]

Roy Burek from Charles Owen gave a presentation at the USEA Convention on the differences in traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) between men and women. On the whole, women tend to suffer from increased symptoms and recover more slowly compared to men when they are in similar accidents based on data, but the cause of this isn’t known. There are several possible causes, including structural differences, societal differences, and hormonal influences. [TBI Differences in Gender]

Thanks to modern veterinary care, horses are living longer than ever, with many horses even competing at the top levels well into their late teens. The key to keeping your older horse happy is having a constant relationship with your vet, and detecting issues before the horse even knows that they’re a problem. The top concern with older horses is dentistry, but that is easily solved by having it attended to more frequently than a younger horse. [Senior Horse Health Concerns]

Hot on Horse Nation: 10 Horses Who Are Serious About Mud

 

 

For anyone who knows Trance, this is a magical video of him with his newest child, bee boppin’ around Training at Sporting Days…20 years young!!

 

Friday News & Notes from SmartPak

No comment needed. Photo by Boyd Martin.

I think I jinxed myself with talking about my desire for spring weather yesterday, because it promptly went right back into a day full of cold depressing rain. I had to comfort myself by cooking up a huge batch of the most delicious pad thai at the end of the day. Home cook pro-tip: always own a ridiculously huge wok pan, because when you need it, you’ll really be happy and you’ll wonder why you don’t cook everything in it.

National Holiday: National Banana Cream Pie Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Rocking Horse III H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

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

Twin Rivers Winter H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Results]

News From Around the Globe:

With several more EHV-1 outbreaks happening in my neck of the woods just this past week, it’s important to know what you’re dealing with here. EHV spreads from horse to horse through nasal discharge, whether by nose-to-nose contact, aerosol droplets sneezed or coughed into the air, or shared equipment and feed or water. The types equestrians are most likely to see, EHV-1 and EHV-4, often cause only respiratory illness with few long-term aftereffects, but EHV’s easy movement between horses and the fact that the virus can cause potentially fatal neurological symptoms have made it a serious concern for horse owners, facility managers, and competition organizers alike. [EHV: What You Need to Know]

Next week, Red Hills Horse Trials is celebrating their 20th anniversary in a big way. Not only did they reveal some big course changes for the event, but it’s the first big qualifying competition for the 2018 WEG later this year. As the first big challenge at the upper levels that we look for as talent develops for the spring, we’re always excited about Red Hills, but maybe more this year than ever! [WEG Qualifier Red Hills Next Week]

Hot on Horse Nation: 49 Horses Living Their Best Life by Napping

Want to know about the inner lifestyle of The Troll? How about why Lauren says this mare is the horse she would want to be on during a zombie apocalypse? Troll lives a very normal life, for a four-star superstar who isn’t perhaps the friendliest. She likes going on hacks down the road, living out in a field, and most of all, sleeping and snoring and snacking all at once. [Veronica’s Health Care Routine]

DOC Back In Action

 

Thursday News & Notes from Kentucky Equine Research

When being handsome is sooooo tiring. Photo by Kate Samuels.

Oh my GOD I can’t wait for spring weather to be here. Virginia has been mixing in some delightful weather here and there, and it just makes you that much more resentful of the cold and the rain when it comes back. I spy little bits of green grass coming in, and the horses are shedding out, and I’m just SO READY for it all to be over. I can’t. I literally can’t.

National Holiday: National Horse Protection Day

Ongoing Events:

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

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Rocking Horse III H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

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

Twin Rivers Winter H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Results]

News From Around the Globe:

Almost a year after suffering a stroke while warming up a horse at Carolina International, Peter Barry is back in the saddle. With Phillip Dutton on one side, Richard Picken on another, and Emma Ford leading, Icabad Crane was the lucky horse who got to be the star of Peter’s comeback story. He still suffers weakness on the left side of his body, but was pleased to find that his balance is still good, and 15 hand Icabad was the perfect gentleman. [Peter Barry Back in the Saddle]

Applications and area declarations for the NAJYRC 2018 are due today! If you are a junior or a young rider and thinking about competing in the NAJYRC this year, get your nomination in right now! As somebody who competed in this championship (too man years ago to think about), I highly recommend it. I had an incredible experience and still have friends to this day from my team.  [USEF NAJYRC Applications]

Speaking of young riders….some enterprising young ladies from Area III have already started a fundraiser for their efforts to get to Montana later this summer. They’ve already gathered a big group of stallions to auction off breeding rights at a discounted price in order to help them on their way to championship greatness. Check out this opportunity if you’re interested in breeding sometime soon! [Area III NAJYRC Fundraiser]

 

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’s example session is a dressage school with Jimmie and Eclaire, a 7-year-old German Sport Horse who recently moved up to Prelim.

 

Jimmie hacked over to the arena, schooled for about 20 minutes, then cooled out with a hack around the farm. This was an easy job for Eclaire, whose heart rate stayed below 60% throughout.

Jimmie normally schools Eclaire in dressage twice per week. She sometimes also adds brief focused dressage work on specific test movements into a canter set day. Her routine warmup starts with stretching in the walk and trot, before moving into transitions within the trot. “I spend a lot of time here making sure she is in front of my leg and can come back to me and collect without resistance,” Jimmie said. “Then I normally put her through some lateral work and movements that are in my tests.” After a walk break, she moves into canter work before finishing up with a walk hack around the farm.

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 SmartPak

True love! Jimmie Schramm, Jenni Autry and Bellamy at Ocala Winter I H.T. Photo by JJ Sillman.

I know I probably say this every year, but I think for real this time, it has to be the wettest late winter/early spring I’ve known for a long time. It is truly revolting. My fields usually hold up pretty well through the winter, but the drought at the end of last year combined with the nonstop pouring rain at this moment has just completely ruined everything. Bring on real spring with warmth and sun!!

National Holiday: National Margarita Day!

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Pine Top Advanced CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

Three Lakes H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Results]

News From Around the Globe:

David O’Connor is back to his winning ways, topping a division of Preliminary last weekend with Cooley Dream at Ocala HT. It’s been 18 years since he won his Olympic gold medal, and 14 years since he really competed (he’s been a little busy with some other stuff, I guess), but the man and the myth is back in action these days, and hasn’t skipped a beat. He’s got a few young horses, and is hoping to get to a CCI2* with Cooley Dream later this spring once he gets his qualifications for it! [DOC Back At It]

Time to get your tickets for Great Meadow International! With the distinction of being the only Nations Cup outside of Europe, you’ll be sure to see top riders from all different countries competing in this exciting and glamorous event. You can purchase tickets for the VIP Tent, a Ringside Box, Tailgating, or just General Admission. Get them now while they’re hot! [GMI Tickets]

Day two of the 2018 USEA Educational Symposium again featured clinicians Leslie Law and Kai-Steffen Meier as they conducted another day of the ICP Symposium. Building on their lessons from the first day of the ICP Symposium, both Law and Meier emphasized the importance of making sure each horse was adjustable within the gaits and moving forward in front of the rider’s leg. “Yesterday I talked about how you improve the working gaits, and as I said when it comes to young horses, it’s first off finding their natural balance and finding their rhythm and then you can begin with jumping jumps out of that balance and out of that rhythm,” said Law. [Day Two of ICP Young Horse Symposium]

We talk a lot about using hills in our fitness regimes, but primarily uphill. What about downhill training? Surely on our cross country courses we spend just as much time galloping down the hill as we do up the hill, and yet it is unusual for us to incorporate that into our daily training programs. This article from Horsetalk explores the conundrum between these factors. [Downhill Training and the Sporthorse]

Friday News & Notes from SmartPak

My sister’s horse this past weekend in Wellington in her first CDI! Photo by Kate Samuels.

Today is my 30th birthday, which frankly, is a little terrifying. Now I’m supposed to have all my ducks in a row officially, even though I feel more or less the same as I did a year or two ago. I’ll spend it just like I spend all other days, with my ponies and my dogs, and maybe I’ll be lucky enough to enjoy a special delicious dinner at the end. What more could a girl want?

National Holiday: National Almond Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Rocking Horse Winter II H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

Paradise Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Results]

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

News From Around the Globe:

World Number 1 Kent Farrington suffered a severe injury to his leg yesterday while competing Evergate Stable LLC’s Lucifer in the 1.30-meter jumpers in the Mogavero Ring at the Winter Equestrian Festival. He was immediately transferred to Wellington Regional Medical Center for treatment. [COTH]

In 1925, William DuPont Jr started amassing land in Pennsylvania that amounted to 7,600 acres that would become known as Fair Hill. In 1989, Fair Hill International was born to replace the CCI3* lost from the last Chesterland International Three-Day, headed by a group of top level riders interested in preserving the sport. Mike Tucker was the first course designer, and Derek diGrazia took over 10 years later in 1999. [USEA A-Z: Fair Hill International]

Hot on Horse Nation: #EquestrianProblems According to Twitter

Most of us, at some point in our careers, have to sell one of our horses. If you’re a professional, this is just part of life. There are definitely better and worse ways to complete the objective, and Horsemart gathered info from William Fox Pitt and rising star Caroline Harris on how to best proceed with selling a horse. [Selling A Horse: How to From the Stars]

Thursday News & Notes from SmartPak

The best kind of Valentine. Photo via Sagmae FB.

Happy Day After Valentines Day!! Also known as, 50% off chocolate day!! There are only two times a year that this kind of candy bonanza presents itself (with the other being November 1st), so be sure to take advantage of it! I personally spent Valentines Day the exact same way as per usual, and maybe forced Nyls (who is quite grumpy around the barn) to endure a smooch or two. But now, for chocolates ….

National Holiday: Singles Awareness Day (hahahahahaha sorry but I’m single so I can laugh at this)

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Rocking Horse Winter II H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

Paradise Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Results]

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

News From Around the Globe:

Want to virtually ride with Andreas Dibowski? You can! With this video from the USEA, you can see an excerpt from the end of a cross-country clinic with Andreas Dibowski, watch the riders demonstrate the results of having spent the clinic riding forward and straight to the fence, and watch as Dibowski coaches a rider through lengthening her rein slightly to encourage the horse to find his own balance and to keep the rider from getting pulled forward. [Video Break: Andreas Dibowski]

Hot on Horse Nation: Helmet Cam: The Perfect Gallop

If you’re anything like me, you’re an audiobook addict. Long trot sets? Winter legging up boring you out of your mind? Lots of driving in your future? Good thing Horse & Hound has rounded up nine top horsey audiobooks to get you started. Just sayin, Jilly Cooper is highly entertaining. [9 Equestrian Audiobooks]

Fancy getting your OTTB critiqued by an upper level eventer? The USEA has partnered with Athletux to bring you a new series that brings together Thoroughbreds hoping for a second career in eventing, and upper level riders who have knowledge to spare. They look at your horse’s conformation, videos of them free and ridden, and analyze their bloodlines and racing performance to give you a professional opinion on their future prospects. Click to read this one, and then submit yours for the future! [OTTB Critique]

Christina London is the big winner in EN’s Valentine’s Day Giveaway for SmartPak Hadley Full Seat Breeches! Congrats to Christina, and thank you to all who entered. 💕

Lil jumper TBT for you:

Friday News & Notes from SmartPak

I is helping, yes? Photo by Aly Rattazzi.

Welly World, Welly World, I am heading to Welly World! How to explain to the rest of the universe exactly what is Wellington? The best I’ve done so far is find a video (taken from the back of a horse, obviously) of a person being pulled on rollerskates down a road by a miniature pony at quite the little clip. I feel like that pretty much sums it up. If you’re interested (and you know you are) here is the link to said video.

National Holiday: National Pizza Day

 

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

Ocala Winter I H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

News From Around the Globe:

The USEA Area III Young Rider Program is currently accepting resumes/bids for the 2018-2020 competition years for Young Rider Summer Camp Trainers and North American Junior Championship (NAJC) and CICOY Nations Cup Coach. If you’ve ever dreamed of getting involved in molding the youth of tomorrow, or giving back to the program that you benefitted from as a young rider, now is your chance! [Apply Now to Coach Young Riders]

Out of 794 accepted trainers for this year’s Retired Racehorse Project, nearly 550 of them are newbies to the program. EN blogger Lindsay Gilbert is going for her third consecutive year of competing at the year-end championship, and she’s got some solid advice for the new comers: don’t get caught up in competing just yet. [Stay In Your Lane: Some Advice for First Time Thoroughbred Makeover Trainers]

We’re sad to report that Secretariat’s exercise rider, Charlie Davis, passed away this week after a short battle with lung cancer. As one of the famous team behind the storied Triple Crown winner, Davis was always quick to brag on the big horse, and just as quick to minimize his sizable contribution to the success. He galloped horses for the vast majority of his life, sitting on other fast ones like Riva Ridge and Belmont winner Amberoid. He will be deeply missed. [Charlie Davis Passes Away]

Hot on Horse Nation: 5 Horse Sales Phrases And What They Really Mean

 

A little dressage inspiration for your Friday…

Thursday News & Notes from Nupafeed

I have never been so excited about jumping a 2 foot vertical in my life.

Tomorrow I am escaping the cold and wet and mud of Virginia for three-point-five blissful days of Florida weather. I can’t wait to show off my ghostly pale skin, and take pictures of pretty ponies in the sunshine. I’m headed to Wellington to watch some of WEF with both the hunter/jumper world and the dressage world, and paparazzi my sister as she competes in her first CDI. See ya later mud city! …And by that I mean I’ll see you on Monday, when the mud will still be here :(

National Holiday: National Fly A Kite Day

On-going Events:

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

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

Ocala Winter I H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

News From Around the Globe:

Got the course designing bee in your bonnet? This is your chance! If you have ever considered becoming involved in eventing as an official, particularly as a licensed course designer, eventing judge, or technical delegate, then the B & C Jumping/Course Design Training Program is for you! This training program must be attended by certified cross-country course designers every three years to maintain certification which allows designers to design for Beginner Novice through Training level at USEA recognized events. This training program is also fulfills licensing requirements for prospective “r” Eventing Judge, “r” Eventing TD, and “r” Eventing CD. [Get Licensed Now]

Riding through your college career is not for the faint hearted, not only is scheduling a nightmare, but affording it all while still eating ramen for dinner is a challenge too. Budgeting for your horse habit is possible, with these eight fantastic tips from Haley Rufner at Horse Nation. [The Academic Equestrian: 8 Ways To Ride in College On a Tight Budget]

Your horse’s nutrition can really make or break their ability to be successful, so it’s important to be well informed. Their diet can have a great impact on their competition performance and post-competition recovery. Nutrients such as protein, amino acids, fat sources, mineral interactions, and water intake all play a huge role in your horse’s success, in both daily training and intense competition. In this presentation, Russell Mueller discusses some of the latest nutritional technologies that can optimize health and muscle fueling, function, and repair and how you can apply what you’ve learned to lead to greater success and a happier horse. [VIDEO: Equine Nutrition for the Performance Horse]

Friday News & Notes from SmartPak

Just a lil Friday motivation to get you to the end of your week! Photo courtesy of Taylor Harris Insurance Services FB.

Weekend! Weekend! Weekend! Ok, so for horse people, a weekend isn’t really a weekend, but sometimes it still feels special. If you’re competing it’s special! If you’re here in Virginia in the cold and expecting snow…..well…not as much. I mean, unless you think it’s fun to anticipate how to thaw and chip away at ice in your buckets.

National Holiday: National Groundhog Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

Galway Downs Winter H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Results]

News From Around the Globe:

Hey, you wanna win $1500 worth of SmartPak goodies? All you have to do is literally fill out the teeniest tiniest form on the site, and you’ll be entered to win an amazing gift card to your favorite store. DO IT! [SmartPak’s Ultimate Horse Health Challenge]

Canadians will be rolling up to the 2018 WEG in style with Noel Asmar Equestrian as the official apparel of the Canadian Equestrian Team. They first partnered together for the 2016 Olympics, with great success and flair, for both the equestrian athletes and the supporting team staff. With riders from eight different equestrian disciplines to outfit, they’ve got their work cut out for them! [Noel Asmar Partners with Canada for WEG]

At the USEF Annual Meeting this month, SafeSport COO Malia Arrington presented on the SafeSport initiative, and resources have been made available to members via a Safety & SafeSport Policy page on the US Equestrian website. Included are sections on how to recognize, respond to, and report misconduct and abuse. Under the Safe Sport Policy, all USEF Designees are now also required to successfully complete awareness training every two years. It’s up to all of us — riders, parents, coaches, administrators, ALL participants in equestrian sport — to utilize this critical resource to help protect our young athletes. [Times Up: SafeSport Polices Sexual Abuse in Equestrian Sports]

Thursday News & Notes from Nupafeed

Trying to take your horse’s photo when he has no concept of personal space. Photo by Madison Davies.

Look, I love young horses, maybe more than the average person. What I don’t necessarily love is when they discover fun new ways to become airborne during normal type activities. My OTTB, Turkey, is feeling really great lately, and has developed a love for acrobatics worked into everyday life. He can kick out one hind leg, throw one front leg out front, squirrel his head, and continue trotting on the bit all at one time. Sometimes, when he’s feeling really hilarious, he also throws in a black stallion style rear in the middle too. Like, dude, we get it, it’s nice to be flexible, but enough already.

National Holiday: National Baked Alaska Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

Galway Downs Winter H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Results]

News From Around the Globe:

Advanced is a go at Carolina International! The event issued this clarification: “Due to an error in our Omnibus listing, we would like to clarify that an Advanced division WILL be offered at this year’s Carolina International CIC & Horse Trial. The Advanced division will have dressage on Friday, March 23, cross country on Saturday, March 24, and show jumping on March 25.” [Carolina International]

Allison Springer was spreading her knowledge at a clinic recently about communicating with all ages of horses. “As trainers, we need to ask questions that they can answer. Deliberate, simple questions.” Allison worked with a group of riders on the turn on the forehand to increase their responsiveness to aids, and help the horses wait for their riders before jumping to conclusions with their bodies. [Video: Eventing Training Online]

Did you recently get a new horse? Yeah, we can tell. You’re in the honeymoon phase. You know, the one where you can’t stop taking “cute” photos of him/her and telling everyone about their funny quirks (please note the photo and paragraph above about MY cute new horse) and you lie awake at night fantasizing about what you’re going to do tomorrow with the aforementioned cute new horse. Who needs a real honeymoon when you have this? [6 Signs You’re In The Honeymoon Phase with a New Horse]

Stretching your horse before riding: yay or neigh? (Sorry, I couldn’t resist). Seriously though, when done correctly, stretches for your horse on a daily basis can really improve their performance under saddle. Like anything though, you kinda have to know what you’re doing, and just randomly stretching them doesn’t really help as much as having an equine physiotherapist tell you how to get the most out of your time. [How to Stretch to Improve Suppleness]

She got ELEVEN 10’s on this test. Eleven!!

 

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OK. I have to have one.

You guys. This is not a drill. You can have one of these unicorn bonnets. There is a real Etsy shop that sells “horse fashion, fly bonnets and unicorns”. I’m really, really tempted to get one, because not only are they really affordable, but imagine the photo shoot magic that I could have with a damned unicorn bonnet. I just think it would be the most incredible Instagram post ever. Hold me back, y’all.

National Holiday: National Peanut Brittle Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Rocking Horse Winter I H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

Full Gallop H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Results]

News From Around the Globe:

USEF has issued a clarification that in cases of FEI provisional suspensions, USEF reciprocates FEI rules. Specifically, FEI General Article 169.5.1, which states that suspended athletes may not participate in, or be present at, public events in any other capacity than as a spectator and/or auditor. I.e. An athlete’s suspension extends to events under the jurisdiction of the USEF as well as FEI events. [USEF FEI Reciprocity suspension rules — see page 78, GR615] [FEI Case Status Tables]

Even if you don’t follow show jumping, you should know who Harrie Smolders is. Even if it’s just because you know his unbelievable horse Emerald. Harrie had what can only be described as a phenomenal 2017 year, winning the Longines Global Champions Tour overall and ending the year as the second highest ranked rider in the world, amongst other big wins. He recently did an in-depth interview about his philosophies behind the success, his horse management techniques, and his competitive edge. It’s totally worth reading. [Smolders Smashes 2017]

Important Reminder: Horses Can Grow Insane Mustaches

Looking for a rags to riches, mustang to DQ story? Look no further than Marsha Hartford-Sapp and her mustang Cobra. Cobra was returned the to BLM three times prior to meeting Marsha, and was deemed unadoptable, but with some help he competed through Prix St Georges level, and also has now taken on the world of Western dressage. Oh, did I mention there is a country song about him? Yeah. [From Wild to World Champion]

The OTTB pre purchase exam: let’s open this can of worms. Just about everyone has a different opinion on PPE’s, and doing one on a racehorse is definitely recommended, because despite their relatively young age, they’ve had more miles than most other horses starting a new career. There are lots of considerations, and certainly no one right answer, but The Horse got Dr Janik Gasiowroski to talk about components to consider when getting a new OTTB. [OTTB Pre-Purchase Exams]

 

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My horse is so fat.

I finally clipped my entire horse (minus the legs) yesterday, and underneath all that hair, he is SO fat. Like, so fat. Morbidity level. He had an unplanned vacation for three months this winter due to something completely ridiculous, so he really packed on the pounds. He is on a hardcore diet and he hates it so much. He gets a handful of grain twice a day so he doesn’t feel left out with the barn, and has a few flakes of day in the hated nibble net and it’s the WORST EVER in his opinion.

National Holiday: National Irish Coffee Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Rocking Horse Winter I H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

Full Gallop H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Results]

News From Around the Globe:

Max Corcoran gave a presentation at the 2017 USEA Annual Meeting and Convention with her tips, tricks, and advice on how to make good decisions when it comes to taking care of your horse.  While she needs no introduction, her resume includes grooming at the highest level of the sport for some of the world’s top riders for nearly 20 years, working for the O’Connor Event Team for 11 years, numerous Olympic Games, World Championships, Pan American Games, and many CCIs across the United States and Europe. Now a freelancer, Corcoran travels around the world as a groom and also teaches horsemanship clinics for the USEA and USEF Developing Rider Programs. [Video: Making Good Decisions]

How do top riders use their cross country colors to build a worldwide brand? You know the ones who have an extremely recognizable outfit wherever they go, and all their horses kitted out in matching outfits? It’s not just a random choice, a lot of the time, in face these colors have deeper meanings and intentions. [What Do Cross Country Colors Mean?]

Frozen water troughs: the bane of our existence. Seriously though, one of the worst things about winter with  horses is trying to keep water from freezing. It takes up so much of your time during your daily chore rounds, and the second you get all the ice chipped away, it starts freezing again. Luckily, Horse Nation has looked up some super easy, low tech ways for you to keep your water drinkable without investing in super hardcore sub zero automatic waterers and heaters for all your troughs and buckets. [Horse Nation Investigates How to Keep Water Thawed]

Important Quiz Of the Day: If You Were A Horse, What Breed Would You Be?

 

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Just having some fun in the snow! Photo courtesy of Jen Vanover.

I just booked a ticket to Flooooorrriiiiddaaaa! OK, so it’s only for three days in Wellington, but I’m hyped about it. Honestly, the biggest problem right now is trying to find clothes that would be OK in the 80 degree weather. Do I even own summer clothes anymore? Right now I’m inside and I’m still wearing three layers. I’m sitting directly in front of my gas stove, and I’m glad I have thermal tights on. This is my life, you guys.

National Holiday: National Popcorn Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

News From Around the Globe:

The USEF Annual Meeting is underway Jan. 17-20 in Lexington, Kentucky. The highlight of today’s proceedings will be this evening’s Horse of the Year Awards Dinner, and a big congrats to McLain Ward on his 2o17 Equestrian of the Year honor received at last night’s Pegasus Awards. We’ll be keeping an ear out for any eventing news! [Website] [Live Stream] [Meeting News] [Schedule]

Waredaca is adding a Preliminary Three Day to their roster for 2018. With the addition of the Prelim level, Waredaca becomes one of only three venues to host Novice, Training and Prelim in the classic format. The Classic is a formative experience for young riders, amateurs and professionals alike. Led by Eventing legend Eric Smiley, Waredaca Classic competitors are treated to three days filled with instruction, insight and inspiration. Eric, with the help of an experienced team of dressage judges, event organizers, technical delegates, vets and more walk riders through every piece of the long format. We’re talking dressage test demos, cross country and show jumping course walks, mini steeplechase clinics, Q&As with vets, top riders and more! [Waredaca Upgrades]

Hot on Horse Nation: Pam Hardin, Para Equestrian: A Little Spice & A Whole Lot of Purpose

New Bolton is under a self imposed quarantine after a horse at the hospital tested positive for equine herpes myeloencephalitis (EHM). The vet practice has cancelled all elective equine appointments pending further instruction from the state veterinarian. On Jan. 16, a horse recently admitted to the hospital for non-neurologic signs tested positive for EHV-1 and ultimately displayed signs compatible with EHM. Of particular relevance to the larger equine community, this horse had a non-traditional presentation for EHM, including a low-grade fever and several days of normal temperature prior to developing neurologic signs. [New Bolton on Lockdown]

Waradaca Classic Preliminary 3 Day!

Thursday News & Notes from Nupafeed

TBT to the time Boyd tried to be a human barricade to get a young horse over a ditch. And failed. Photo courtesy of Boyd.

I stay north for the winter (unfortunately for me), so I’m mostly doing a lot of legging up for a variety of horses, and a lot of riding down dirt roads or around indoors. I don’t mind it, mostly you just set your big yellow watch and do the walk, trot, canter thing, listening to whatever podcast you’re into at the moment. However, the frequency of these kind of rides has increased since the ground has been frozen for weeks, and I’m literally completely and utterly out of podcasts. I subscribe to like 15 and I’ve listened to ALL OF THEM. All of the episodes. I’m going nuts!

National Holiday: National Winnie The Pooh Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

News From Around the Globe:

The USEF Annual Meeting is underway Jan. 17-20 in Lexington, Kentucky. A General Session meeting takes place this morning, followed by council and committee meetings in the afternoon and the Pegasus Awards Dinner this evening. We’ll be keeping an ear out for any eventing news! [Website] [Live Stream]

Almost a year to the day since the explosive announcement that Larry Glefke and Kelley Farmer were being suspended from the USEF, today our sport’s governing body announced that they acknowledge their mishandling of the blood samples, and all suspensions and fines will be lifted, and the trainer and rider now have full standing in the sport once again. Ultimately, the final settlement ensures that not only will there be no consequences for the prohibited substance found in the horse’s system, but also that there will be little recourse for US Equestrian’s failure to effectively test and prosecute cheaters. [Jumper Nation: Glefke & Farmer Go Free]

Bruce Springsteen has donated tickets to his Springsteen on Broadway show in order to raise funds for the US Showjumping Team to compete at the WEG. The show has been sold out since it began it’s run in October 2017, and runs through June 2018. The package includes several tickets as well as a backstage meet-and-greet with The Boss himself. As a longtime showjumping dad to Jessica Springsteen, it’s not the first time he’s raised money for equestrians, having raised $600,000 for the Rio team in 2016. [The Boss Raises Money for WEG]

Hot on Horse Nation: Shade Shifters: Why Horses Change Color

Don’t forget! WEG volunteer applications are now being accepted! Snag yourself a front row seat to some of the most amazing displays of equine athleticism this year, and lend at hand this fall at the Tryon World Equestrian Games. Check out this link for more info on how you can become a volunteer. [Volunteer as Tribute]

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American Pharoah statue debuted at Oaklawn Park yesterday! Photo courtesy of Pioneerofthenile FB.

National Holiday: National Marzipan Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Stable View Aiken Opener H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

News From Around the Globe:

The Equestrian Canada (EC) Eventing Committee has announced the 2018 High Performance Squad. The National Squad is made up of Colleen Loach, Jessica Phoenix, Selena O’Hanlon and Kathryn Robinson, while the Development Squad includes some ten other riders, most of which are based in the United States. [EC Eventing Committee Announces High Performance 2018]

Show Jumping World Number One Kent Farrington also lays claim to riding the highest earning horse for 2017. His fabulous mare, Gazelle, tops the charts with a whopping $1,236,012 in earnings for the competition year. The daughter of Kashmir Van Schuttershof and Diva ‘ter Elsen’ had victories at Spruce Meadows, Madrid, Wellington and notably Geneva, where their Grand Prix victory in December came with a whopping paycheque of $409,740. In comparison, the highest earning event horse was Nereo with $171,741. [Gazelle is Highest Earning Horse in 2017]

Best of Blogs: Jim Wofford: Now’s Your Chance

Attention all Lexington Kentucky residents! Emily Williams’ top hunter derby horse, Tybee, was stolen from the barn yesterday before the grooms served breakfast at 6:15 in the morning. A tack trunk with his name was also taken. He is a 17 hand, 10-year-old chestnut Hanoverian gelding with a blaze and four white socks, so hard to miss! [Hunter Derby Gelding Tybee Disappears]

Hot on Horse Nation: 44 Horses Loving the Winter Wonderland

All hail Nate Chambers:

 

Thanks for letting me sing my way into First Class @americanair 😂🙌🏻😜 #americanairlines #upgradedseats #delayedflightperks #travelstories #travel #karaoke #temptations #noshame #ainttooproudtobeg #FLtoVA

Posted by Nate Chambers on Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Thursday News & Notes from Nupafeed

Charlotte teaching dad about yoga! Photo via Will Coleman Equestrian FB.

Yesterday, I went to work with my OTTB, Turkey, after he had some time off through the holidays (whoops!) and he’s been eating all this lovely alfalfa and gaining weight, and he got his neck chiropracted, so he’s feeling great. A little too great. In fact, he was bucking and rearing and pronging around so much on the lunge line, I realized that I’m in big trouble! If he ever does that under saddle I’ll be shot to Timbuktu! Let’s just say I love lunge lines right now.

National Holiday: National Step In A Puddle And Splash Your Friends Day (real life y’all)

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Stable View Aiken Opener H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

News From Around the Globe:

The E25 Training Sessions with Leslie Law are well under way in Ocala, FL. With some tough days of dressage behind them, they moved on to jumping, with more challenges on the way. The overall message? “Seize every opportunity—you can’t ever stop trying to be better because the reality is you’re never good enough,” Law said. “There are so many ways to learn, and I think it depends a little bit on the type of person you are and how you learn.” [Seizing the Opportunity with Leslie Law]

Interested in working with OTTBs in one of the best organizations in the country? You’re in luck! Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center is hiring interns! MMSC is the gold standard in thoroughbred reschooling. Based at the Kentucky Horse Park, their horse centered reschooling program ensures that every horse adopted out has a solid foundation and goes to the right home. They do a lot of groundwork, desensitization, therapies and under saddle work. A barn intern would have the chance to be hands-on and learn what goes into correctly retraining thoroughbreds, as well as what it takes to run a busy barn! [Apply Here to Be MMSC Intern]

Sadly, Mary King’s amazing mother passed away this week. Mary’s mom, Jill Thomson, was thoroughly un-horsey, but went out of her way to help Mary on her way to greatness in a sport that was quite foreign to her. From forcibly removing her IV drip at the hospital in order to drive the lorry to competitions for Mary, to caring for her children during injuries, Jill was a powerhouse and a legend in her own right. [Mary King’s Mother Honored]

“At my old job, men at the executive level wouldn’t bother to learn my name. They’d call me ‘pencil skirt,’ ‘pretty girl’ or ‘Hey, you with the good face!’ I guess those hard times did prepare me for my new life on the show pony circuit as a very pretty show pony because I’m getting the same lines over and over again. I guess in that way the corporate world has prepared me well for life as an award-winning filly.” [I Was Told I Was Too Pretty To Be A CEO. Here’s Why I Became A Show Pony Instead]

Hot on Horse Nation: Confession to My School Horse

The Badminton countdown begins:

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I feel ya, bruh. Photo by Libby Head.

Anyone from Vermont, please tune out now, because I’m about to complain about the cold. Look, I’m from Virginia, where it gets pretty cold but not like, I’M DYING level cold. This whole week it’s been hovering around 1* at night, which is just out of control. I mean, how do people live like this? WHY do people live in places where it’s like this in the winter?? What kind of penance are you serving from a past life? Good god, I can’t even.

National Holiday: National Whipped Cream Day

News From Around the Globe:

“The question of whether or not to blanket your horse at arises frequently this time of year. The temperature is prone to unexpected dives, and many horses are sporting some sort of body clip. You may have seen the wonderful When-to-Blanket flowchart posted on the Facebook page of The Equine Program at Auburn University that’s been making the rounds of social media. The intentionally convoluted diagram illustrates the volume of information that horse people must consider when making the blanketing decision. The answer is less black-and-white than it is furry shades of grey.” [COTH To Blanket or Not To Blanket?]

Oh, New Year’s resolutions. These are just a pile of rules that are made to be broken, right? We all attempt to make them, and some of them are about our horsey habits. Mine is always to start writing down what each of my horses does every day in greater detail, but that never happens after a few months. Sometimes you also want to clean your tack every day, but who has time for that unless you have slaves working students? [6 Horsey New Years Resolutions That You’ll Definitely Break]

FBF: Yesterday, I didn’t Know About Equine Jock Straps

Hot on Horse Nation: Trip Review: Riding Mules in the Grand Canyon

Interested in participating in the ICP Symposium in Ocala mid-February? The USEA is looking for demo riders and horses to ride with Leslie Law and Kai-Steffen Meier at Longwood Farm this spring. You can apply here to be considered for a rider position, or fill out an application for your young horse to be used as well. [USEA Wants You]

 

 

Thursday News & Notes from Nupafeed

Real photo from South Carolina. Photo by Megan Stauch.

You know, when I wake up and it’s 1* outside in Virginia, the only thing that comforts me (aside from my Carhartt overalls and eight layers of clothes) is the knowledge that it’s also freezing in South Carolina and Florida. Sorry, snowbirds, but it’s somehow deeply hilarious to me that it’s snowing in Florida and everyone is losing their damn minds. I’m sure I’ll regret this in two weeks when it’s 75 and sunny down there but snowing up here….

National Holiday: National Spaghetti Day

News From Around the Globe:

Changes are abounding for the 2018 Eventing calendar, starting with some of our first events of the season. The Pine Top CIC3* has been removed, with them concentrating on their popular Advanced division, but Bromont has added a CIC3*, CIC2* and CIC* to their dates, eyed as a possible last outing for horses heading to the WEG. Five Points HT, which was off the calendar due to the AEC in 2017, is back for this year, and later in the year we have a CIC3*, CIC2* and CIC* added to the roster at Stable View. [Changes to 2018 Calendar]

Argentinian photographer Ramon Casares has created an amazing exhibition showcasing the beauty of the polo pony.  With his distinctive use of light, shadow, and an intuitive feel for his animal subjects developed from his time as a zookeeper, Casares’s images of polo ponies illuminate the equine athletes of the sport of kings in a spectacular and emotive fashion. [Fine Art of Polo Ponies]

Current popular question: when exactly is it too cold to ride? While we each have our personal cutoffs (mine is 10 degrees), there is a combination of science and common sense that should guide you during the winter weather. There are lots of factors to consider, such as the footing, your horse’s fitness, and respiratory concerns to think about before proceeding. Are you prepared? [Too Cold to Ride? Using Common Sense & Science]

When it comes to winter, a lot of us struggle to keep weight on our hard keepers. In a sport that has so many Thoroughbreds, this is a common struggle amongst eventers. Many horses do really well with the grass during the summer months, but as soon as that disappears, their ribs become more apparent. Feeding for weight gain is something like an art, but you can follow some simple rules to help you stay on track. [Feeding for Weight Gain in the Winter]

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HAHAHAHAHAHAHA TRUTH. Photo via HorseAddict FB.

You know, there is nothing like a little winter weather to make you realize that your life as a horse person really ISN’T as glamorous as people think. All my cubicle friends say, wow, it’s so great that you work outside with animals on such beautiful farms all the time! I’m so jealous! Meanwhile I’m waking up seven days a week at 6:30 at the latest, half the year it’s pitch dark when my alarm hits, and I’m wearing 7-8 layers looking like the Michelin Man while my snot LITERALLY freezes INSIDE my nostrils while I do hours of grunt labor. Yeah guys, glamour galore!

National Holiday: No Interruptions Day (Last Day Of Work Of 2017!)

News From Around the Globe:

With the holiday season and the cold weather, it’s time to consider using an occasional bran mash in your horse’s nutrition. Mashes are a good way to get some extra hydration in your horse, as well as help their hindgut continue to move when it’s cold and they’re eating a lot of dry matter like hay. Horses tend to not drink as much when it’s chilly, and their consumption of grass goes down a lot in the winter, so a bran mash is frequently used alongside regular feeding programs to help them stay healthy. [How and Why to Use Bran Mashes]

While most of America thinks of only the glamour of the Kentucky Derby when it comes to racing, the rest of us know that most Thoroughbreds come from the Claiming category. Claiming races are the bread and butter of the sport, and their frequency is one of few things that hasn’t changed in the past decade. According to the Thoroughbred Times Racing Almanac, roughly 65.6 percent of races in America were either claiming or maiden claiming races in 2006. Crème de La Fete, John Henry, Lava Man, Seabiscuit, Stymie, Princequillo, and Charismatic all ran for a price at some point in their lives and went on to fame either because of their resumes or in spite of them. [Claimers: Examining the Business]

Scientists studying the equine genome are trying to find the genes responsible for making horses run faster and jump higher. Genetically engineered horses designed to be faster, stronger and better jumpers will be born in 2019 after a breakthrough by the same laboratory which clones polo ponies. Scientists from Argentina are focused on boosting the myostatin gene sequence which is crucial to muscle development, endurance and speed. [Scientists Crack Equine Genome]

TBT Y’ALL!

 

 

Thursday News & Notes From Nupafeed

Photo via Lynn Symansky

He is beauty, he is grace, he is Miss United States….wait, oh, that’s just Donner making normal deer faces. Did you vote for your American Deer in the Equiratings poll? Equiratings Horse of the Year is underway, with the pressure on as 2017 draws to a close. The final will include a North American champion….can it be Donner? I might be biased, but….I think you should vote in the most patriotic way possible, for an American made OTTB with goofy faces galore.

National Holiday: NATIONAL CHOCOLATE CANDY DAY

News From Around the Globe:

The snub on Andrew Nicholson continues, as he is left off the nominations for the Halberg Sportsmanship Awards, despite delivering one of the most epic comebacks this year with his win at Badminton. Following a near career-ending injury in 2015 that paralyzes 98% of individuals with the same diagnoses, Andrew came back to become the oldest winner of the competition alongside his long-time partner, Nereo, who was simultaneously the oldest horse to win Badminton as well. [Why is Nicholson Not Nominated for a Halberg?]

Ros Canter enjoyed an epic 2017, but is determined to bring even more heat in 2018. Placing 6th overall in FEI year-end rankings, the 31-year old placed in the top ten of each four-star she competed in this year, topping it off with an individual fifth place and team gold at the European championships this fall. She’s aiming for a good result at Badminton in the spring and then hopefully on the short list for the WEG at Tryon in the fall. [Ros Canter Takes on 2018]

The USEA Worth The Trust Young Adult Scholarship wine is….Melissa Baumann! Entering the 18th year, the Worth The Trust Scholarship (named after a wonderful mount of KOC’s) provides financial support to young adult amateurs and amateurs in pursuit of continuing education in three day eventing. Melissa exemplifies what we hope to find in young adult amateurs, and will enjoy a significant sum courtesy of the USEA to help her towards her goals in the upcoming year! [Worth The Trust 2018]

 

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The merriest reindeer of all! Photo courtesy of Lynn Symansky.

Donner wins Round 1, Leg 3 of the Equiratings HOTY contest! Are you following the contenders on the Equiratings Facebook feed? You can also read more about our favorite reindeer on his official page, chronicling his accomplishments for the year. He’s up against a good crowd though, with Foxwood High, fischerRocana FST and Nereo to name a few. Can’t wait to see who caps them all in #ERHOTY17!

National Holiday: National Date Nut Bread Day

Day 22: “So, good news, I saw a dog today”

News From Around the Globe:

Equestrians Institute Horse Trials in Cle Elum, Washington (Area VII) is held twice a year, at the end of May and the end of September, at the Washington State Horse Park, and offers Beginner Novice through Intermediate level competition. Equestrians Institute also hosts dressage shows, hunter paces, clinics and combined driving events at different venues throughout the region and supports local sport horse breeding programs. [USEA Events A-Z]

You don’t have to understand the complexities of Twitter to get these #EquestrianProblems. Now that we’ve been updated to 280 characters per tweet, we can really get into the nitty gritty of real life equestrian problems. From brooms in public places to random earplugs you find in the laundry, nothing says you’re a horse person more than random thoughts that bind us together in the real world as well as the online world. [13 Equestrian Problems on Twitter]

“Dear Santa, I’m writing to let you know I’ve been a very good boy this year. You see, I’m a dressage horse, and I’ve been doing some reading so that I can be the very best dressage horse in the entire world. I keep coming across this thing called the training pyramid so I figure it must be important for optimum dressage-ing. Upon careful examination, I have determined that I’m fulfilling all of the requirements listed in the training pyramid, and Santa, because you might not be familiar this with whole dressage thing, let me explain.” [A Letter to Santa From The Very Best Dressage Horse]

Have you ever dreamed of writing about your sport for a living? Do you have a perspective and a direction for the hunter jumper universe that you want to share? Are you a self-motivated, well-spoken individual who isn’t afraid to put in the hours for a dream and a paycheck? Jumper Nation is hiring! [Jumper Nation Employment Opportunity]

Congrats to Ava D., our day 11 winner of EN’s 12 Days of Christmas giveaways! Ava will receive a Pro II Plus helmet from Charles Owen. Tune in to EN today for your next chance to win a prize from one of EN’s awesome sponsors.