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Wednesday Video from Kentucky Performance Products: Dressage vs. Aerial Skiing

What happens when top athletes from totally different sports switch places? In this two-part video series, NAJYRC dressage gold medalist Ayden Uhlir hangs out with Winter Olympic athletes Mac Bohonnon and Nick Goepper, learning about each other’s sport of choice and practicing training techniques. Turns out there are more similarities between aerial skiing and dressage than you might think! How did each athlete do? Watch to find out!

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FEI Season Gets Going in Area VI, Tamra Smith Cleans Up at Fresno County

Helen Bouscaren and Ebay. Photo by Shelby Allen.

While Rocking Horse got the Advanced season under way on the East Coast this weekend, Fresno County Horse Park in Fresno, CA, kicked off the first Advanced and FEI events of 2018 on the West Coast. Also on the schedule were Beginner Novice through Intermediate divisions, making for a busy weekend.

Helen Bouscaren and her 9-year-old Oldenburg, Ebay, kicked off the year in grand form. They won the CIC2* division to clinch their third consecutive win at the level. Scoring a 32.7 for third place after dressage, they held their position with a downed rail, but moved up to win after posting one of only two double clear cross country rounds in the division.

Derek di Grazia and his 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse, Ringwood Justice, were the leaders after the first two phases with a 29.1 on the flat and four penalties added in show jumping. Unfortunately, one extra second on cross country narrowly cost them the win.

Third place went to Tamie Smith and Sunsprite Warmbloods’ 10-year-old Trakehner, Sunsprite Syrius, the only other pair besides the winners to run double clear across the country. They finished on 38.2 in his first run since winning the Fair Hill International CCI2* in October.

Tamie took home two big wins in the CIC* and Advanced divisions. She and the MB Group LLC’s 8-year-old German Warmblood mare, MaiBlume, led the CIC* from the start, adding nothing to their dressage score of 31.1.

 

MaiBlume won the CIC1* this weekend ending on her Dressage score of 31.1.
It’s been a fun task of negotiating with this special girl, but it’s starting to come together!!

Posted by Tamie Smith on Saturday, February 17, 2018

Finishing second in the CIC* was Brianna Maroney and her 15-year-old Dutch Warmblood, Kaala Jaadu, who added only time penalties in both jumping phases to finish on 35.5. Amaya Davis and her 10-year-old Holsteiner Evening Attire made a big move up the leaderboard. Sitting tenth after dressage, they added one rail in show jumping but were fault-free on cross country to finish in third on 40.9 in their very first FEI appearance.

Looking to the Advanced, it was Tamie and Kevin Baumgardner’s 15-year-old Dutch Warmblood, Wembley, who led from the start on a 33.2. They added only two seconds of time on cross country to finish well ahead of the rest of the division in their first start since the Fair Hill International CCI3*.

Hawley Bennett-Awad and Jollybo, a 14-year-old British Sport Horse mare, added a rail and 12.8 cross country time penalties to their dressage score to finish second with a 50.7. Alexis Helffrich and Pamela Williams’ 11-year-old Thoroughbred/Warmblood, London Town, rounded out the top three on a final score of 54.2.

We also have to give a big shoutout to friend of EN Frankie Thieriot Stutes for winning the Intermediate division aboard her “pastry loving black horse” Chatwin in her first event back since giving birth to her second son last November. Tamie kept the 10-year-old German Warmblood in work while Frankie was on maternity leave, but Frankie and Chatwin didn’t miss a beat in their first event since the Bromont CCI3* last June, where they finished fourth. #mompower

Fresno County Horse Park H.T. [Website] [Results]



Monday News and Notes from Fleeceworks

Valerie Vizcarrondo and Diablo Guapo took home some nice loot with their second place ribbon from Paradise Farm! Photo via Facebook.

It was a glorious, sunny day yesterday, and for the first time since November I popped my horse over a little cross rail in the ring, just for kicks. About two strides out you could see a thought bubble pop above his head – “Oh, we’re doing this now? A little warning would have been nice!” – before putting more far effort than necessary into getting to the other side. Next time around, he literally trotted over it like a ground rail and acted insulted about how small it was. I can’t win.

National Holiday: Presidents’ Day

U.S. Weekend Action:

Rocking Horse Winter II H.T. [Website] [Results]

Paradise Farm H.T. [Website] [Results]

Fresno County Horse Park H.T. [Website] [Results]

Monday News and Notes:

Fratelli Fabbri has announced its 100% animal product-free riding boots are now on the market. Crafted from faux leather and other non-animal components, the Fabbri VEG boots are easier to clean, harder to damage, and more eco-friendly than traditional leather kicks. And they look great, too! [Fabbri Unveils First Vegan Riding Boot]

One of Tamra Smith’s favorite grid exercises helps horses be quick on their feet and fine tune their adjustability. She frequently keeps it set up in the arena at home and now you can, too. In this single exercise, horses must open their stride for a longer distance and compress to bounce. [Grid Pro Quo with Tamra Smith]

It’s no secret, Florida is a great place to be in winter. The weather is almost perfect all the time, and the competition season starts early. The rest of the world must be catching on because Switzerland’s Felix Vogg is spending the winter Stateside. He has family in America and also wanted to get a jump start on the season with his potential WEG horse, Colero, who won an Intermediate division at Rocking Horse this weekend. [Now On Course: From Switzerland to the States for Felix Vogg]

Tack manufacturer Fairfax recently worked with horse and rider analysis specialists Centaur Biomechanics to test how breastplates affect a horse’s jump. What they found was a breastplate changes the shape of a horse’s jump, causing a shorter arc and steeper landing. [Breastplates change the way horses jump, research finds]

Monday Video: Accurate.

Rocking Horse Winter II: Canadians Dominate First Advanced of 2018

Selena O’Hanlon and Foxwood High. Photo by Lisa Madren.

Rocking Horse Winter II Horse Trials hosted the first Advanced event of the 2018 season this weekend in Altoona, FL. Forty-one Advanced combinations competed in two separate divisions distinguished by which dressage test was required (Test A or Test B, with the latter considered more difficult).

The Canadian riders had a banner day winning both Advanced sections. Lisa Marie Fergusson and her 12-year-old Welsh Sport Horse, Honor Me, topped division A. They were 12th after dressage but catapulted up the leaderboard with a double clear show jumping round followed by a clear cross country round and only 3.6 time penalties.

West Coast wonders Jordan Linstedt and her 15-year-old Hanoverian Revitavet Capato held fast to second place throughout, scoring a 25.4 in dressage but adding a rail and some time to their score. Clara Cargile and John and Nancy Cargile’s 18-year-old Irish Sport Horse, White Indian, were another pair to make a big move with two good jumping phases, going from 20th after dressage to finish third overall on a 46.9.

Buck Davidson and Carlevo. Photo by Lisa Madren.

Buck Davidson was busy with multiple horses in both Advanced divisions. Carlevo, an 11-year-old Holsteiner owned by Carlevo, LLC, and Carl and Cassandra Segal’s 16-year-old Irish Sport Horse, Park Trader, were fourth and fifth respectively in Advanced A. In the B division, he finished second with Kathleen Cuca’s 13-year-old Thoroughbred, Jak My Style, and fourth with Copper Beach, a 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse owned by Sherrie Martin and Carl Segal.

Lauren Kieffer placed sixth and seventh in Advanced A with Jacqueline Mars’ 11-year-old Anglo Arabian, Vermiculus, and Team Rebecca LLC’s 16-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare, Veronica. The stablemates were remarkably consistent in their performances, with each adding a rail in show jumping and two seconds difference in time on cross country to ultimately finish within 0.1 penalty points of each other.

Lauren Kieffer and Vermiculus. Photo by Lisa Madren.

Canada’s second win of the day came from Selena O’Hanlon and John and Judy Rumble’s 15-year-old Canadian Sport Horse, Foxwood High. They finished on a 27.8 to win Advanced B in their first outing since claiming victory at the Fair Hill International CCI3* last October. The pair were tied with Buck Davidson and Jak My Style through the first two phases, but Selena and “Woody” broke the tie by finishing cross country a mere three seconds closer to optimum time.

Elisa Wallace and the Simply Priceless Syndicate’s 17-year-old Australian Thoroughbred, Simply Priceless, rounded out Advanced B’s top three. They scored a 33.1 in dressage and added a rail and a handful of time penalties for a final score of 42.3.

Year after year, Rocking Horse successfully hosts early season events with huge numbers of entries. This weekend’s second of three winter horse trials welcomed well over 500 horses from Beginner Novice to Advanced. Click the link below for complete results. Go eventing.

Rocking Horse Winter II H.T. [Website] [Results]

Sunday Video from Total Saddle Fit: Rocking Horse Advanced Water Complex

Rocking Horse Winter II Horse Trials kicked off the 2018 Advanced season this weekend in Florida. With that we are happy to welcome the return of RNS Video’s amazing cross country montages! Watch the Advanced competitors cruise through the water complex, which rode well overall but forced you to hold a good line through all four elements.

Visit RNS Video’s YouTube channel for more great competition clips or go to their website to order video of your ride.

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

Specifically for eventers, the StretchTec Shoulder Relief Girth now comes in two shades of brown to match monoflap jump saddles! Let your horse move more freely and breathe easier by using the same girth as Tamra Smith. See them all here: totalsaddlefit.com.

Emerging Athletes Groomed for Greatness at USEF Winter Training Sessions

Tayler Stewart and Ideal Contini at a USEF Emerging Athlete Training Session. Photo by Christina Vaughn, US Equestrian.

Young eventers named to the 2018 USEF Emerging Athlete Eventing 25 (E25) and Emerging Athlete Eventing 18 (E18) lists participated in intense three-day winter training sessions with USEF Eventing Emerging Athlete Coach Leslie Law. These rising stars were named to the Emerging Athlete lists because they have shown potential to one day become U.S. Team riders.

“I have been very excited and inspired by my Emerging Athletes sessions to date this year. The quality of riders has grown exponentially over the past few years and this is definitely the strongest group that the program has seen, yet,” Leslie said. “If the strength we are seeing in the program right now is any indication of the future, it could be quite exciting to see what lies in store for America with this next generation. I am very proud of these riders and very thankful to be part of the program.”

Chris Barnard’s course design lecture. Photo by Christina Vaughn, US Equestrian.

The East Coast training sessions took place at Horsepower Equestrian in Ocala, FL, and the West Coast sessions were hosted by Tucalota Creek Ranch in Temecula, CA. In addition to riding lessons with Leslie, sessions included unmounted lectures reviewing topics like business and stable management, training practices, travel and competition overseas, course design, judging a dressage test, drugs and medications, and horse and human physiology. Experts from many facets of the equine industry were brought in to lead these discussions.

Show jumping course designer and guest lecturer Chris Barnard said, “It was a pleasure working with the emerging athletes. My goal was to give them a perspective of what the course designer is asking of the horse and rider in the show jumping course. With the way Leslie coached the riders over the course that we set together, they have some exercises to work on with their horses at home that will help their show jumping at events. The feedback I received from many of the riders was positive and I look forward to working with them again.”

Jacob Fletcher in a flat lesson with Leslie Law. Photo by Christina Vaughn, US Equestrian.

While the Emerging Athletes programs exist to highlight talented young riders with future team potential, the educational opportunities provided to these young riders are immeasurable. Here is what a few of the 2018 program participants had to say about their experience.

Delaney Vaden, E18: “The training session was an incredible opportunity! With it comes many new and significant pressures that will help enhance my competitiveness and make me work harder to develop a career. This feels very real and I am thrilled to be able to work with these professionals, gaining their advice and wisdom!”

Jacob Fletcher, E25: “It was educational to watch Leslie give individualized training plans for each combination. I was most excited about being back around other young riders and top U.S. riders. At times, I find it hard to stay in a fiercely competitive mindset in Arkansas, but being surrounded by the top brass refueled my competitive fire, and for that, I am grateful.”

Chris Talley, E25: “It was a great experience that I was honored to be a part of. I’m always looking to add to my tool box in the development of our horses. I came out of the program with a number of new tools and exercises that I’m excited to use to further educate myself and our horses.”

EN featured some of the first-time E25 athletes in a series of rider profiles this winter. Click here to read their stories! To read a detailed report on the E18 training session in Ocala, click here.

Learn more about the Emerging Athlete Eventing 25 Program and the Eventing 18 Program on the US Equestrian website. The USEF International High Performance Programs are supported by the USET Foundation, USOC, and USEF Sponsors and Members.

[Emerging Athlete Eventing 25 and Emerging Athlete Eventing 18 Program Participants Complete Intensive Training Sessions in Ocala and Temecula]

Sale Ushers in New Era for Poplar Place Farm

After 12 years of being ‘show parents,’ Donna and Gary Stegman embarked on a journey to build Poplar Place Farm in Hamilton, Georgia, a sprawling 188-acre dressage and eventing facility that quickly became a premier venue in Area III. Sixteen years after the first horse trials at Poplar Place, the Stegmans elected to hang up their organizer hats and sold the farm last October.

“We built Poplar Place Farm because we love eventing – the sport, horses and people,” the Stegmans told EN. “Our first event in May 2001 ran on the date that had for many years been the Midland Horse Trials weekend. For their final event in 2000, they printed a bumper sticker that said ‘We didn’t get rich, we just got old—so Midland Horse Trials is going to fold.’ After 17 years, we share this sentiment. It was time for us to retire and enjoy other interests.”

As organizers, Donna and Gary set the bar high and inspired new and existing venues to rise to their standard. It is truly the end of an era as we bid the Stegmans farewell.

“Eventing is a great sport — caring for the horse’s welfare and demonstrating great sportsmanship. We hope it will retain these qualities for many years to come. We have many fond memories to take with us and friends that we will cherish for life. We wish the best to the eventing community.”

Amanda Beale Clement and Peter Pan through the Poplar Leaf. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Donna and Gary have passed the torch to the facility’s new owner, Launa DesPortes. Launa has loved horses since childhood but never had the opportunity to ride regularly. She made aviation her career, as both a commercial pilot and manager of a fleet of charter aircraft.

Launa recently reduced her workload so she could focus on the horses. She and her husband were considering building a barn on another property, but the timing seemed right to purchase Poplar. Launa said, “It’s hard to explain. I don’t know why I was drawn to do it, but there was a drive to buy the place. I wasn’t even thinking about running the shows and then I thought I can’t be the one responsible for that going away.”

Recognizing the venue’s importance on the Area III calendar, Launa has pledged to continue running events. Her vision for the future focuses on facility upgrades and active community involvement. Work has already begun in earnest.

Launa started by building a team to help her navigate unfamiliar territory as a horse show venue owner. She’s hired Shelley Page and Rick Dunkerton as organizer and secretary, respectively. FEI course designer John Williams will revamp the cross country with Tyson Rementer and Rob Mobley building fences. Jan Brodkin will continue as the show jumping course designer and utilizing a brand new set of show jumps from Jumps by Fuzzy.

“I’m used to having a lot of moving parts and a lot of things going on. I’m not out of my comfort zone, but I’m having to learn about everything and on a timeline,” Launa said. “I have good people on board to help me with shows and then I can focus on doing what I like to do, which is getting the community involved.”

Katie Bartz and As You Wish in the grass show jumping arena. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Launa has already drawn up a long list of plans to bring more of the local community to Poplar Place as spectators and volunteers. The venue has a dedicated following of volunteers, but Launa is communicating with area school systems about enabling students to earn community service hours working at shows.

Increasing spectators is also a priority. “My vision is to make it something for the whole family. Spectators feed our sport. Exposure through word of mouth and social media will get them here, and once they see it they will make a point to come back.”

Schooling show and horse trials attendance will be bolstered by family-friendly vendors, demonstrations and activities. Launa also hopes to increase the venue’s popularity across more equestrian disciplines. “By broadening the base, the spectators will follow.”

This year the focus will be to invest back into the property and build upon the already solid foundation of the farm’s infrastructure. To ensure adequate preparation for Poplar’s debut under new ownership, the first two horse trials of the year (January and February) were cancelled. Nationally recognized competitions will begin in March, and FEI levels will return to Poplar Place in 2019. Going forward, competitors will see only four annual horse trials on the calendar, a significant decrease from the previously scheduled seven.

“To me the horse trials need to be more of an event that happens and not just a place to go for qualifications,” Launa said. “I consider Red Hills an event. People plan their calendar around Red Hills. That’s what I’m hoping to do by only running four really nice horse trials. I want to make it a special place that people want to plan their calendar around.”

Karl Slezak and Fernhill Wishes in Poplar’s main competition arena. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

The 2018 competition season at Poplar Place officially begins next weekend with the first of several unrecognized schooling shows, for which Launa has very special plans. Every future Poplar Place schooling show will highlight a different local charity, and the entry fees from one unique division will be donated to that charity.

For the February schooling show, Begin Again Farms Equine Shelter will receive the proceeds from the creatively marketed Seasoned and Sexy Amoeba Challenge. In this division, teams of various age groups from 35 to over 50 will compete at the Amoeba (Starter) level. From what we hear, competitors are taking this production to the next level with team costumes, stable decor, roaming beverage carts (genius) and general hilarity.

My own mother is traveling across three States to “groom” for friends and has agreed (or rather, insisted) to report on the Seasoned and Sexy Amoeba Challenge for EN. We’re going to cut her loose with a camera and notepad, so stay tuned for what will surely be some of the most entertaining coverage in EN history.

The Master at work! Amoeba jump #1…

Posted by Poplar Place Farm on Thursday, February 15, 2018

Launa’s vision for the future is to take Poplar Place to new heights, but she also hopes to contribute to strengthening the sport of eventing as a whole. “There are new places being built, but I don’t look at other venues as being competition. We are really all competing with the other things people spend their disposable income doing. We have to stick together as a horse community, build each other up and make it good for the sport overall.”

Launa added, “I am so thankful the Stegmans built this place because if they hadn’t I wouldn’t have this opportunity.”

From all of us at EN and on behalf of the eventing community, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you to Donna and Gary for your many years of service to the sport. Thank you also to Launa for keeping its spirit alive at Poplar Place. Go eventing.

Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: Six Prospects Ready to Reach Their Full Potential

In the market for a new four-legged partner? You may find your unicorn on our sister site, Sport Horse Nation. To help with the search, we’re going to feature a selection of current listings here on EN each week. We include the ad copy provided; click the links for videos, pricing and contact information.

Last week we talked packers. This week it’s all about prospects! If you prefer to develop your event horse from the ground up, check out these six youngsters for sale. They have all the right attributes and athletic potential to excel in the sport. All they need is a guiding hand to show them the way!

Gator. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Exciting Young Horse for any discipline

Gator is a 6 year old grey gelding. Gator is a straight forward all around great horse. He has excelled with his flatwork and jumping. He loves hacking out and going XC. He has a soft mouth and is easy to put together. He is sound, injury free, and has great feet. With his easy going sweet disposition he is a great fit to any program of family. He is ideal for a Jr/AA or talented enough for a professional. Videos available on request.

Gator is a 6 year old grey gelding. Gator is a straight forward all around great horse. He has excelled with his flatwork and jumping. He loves hacking out and going XC. He has a soft mouth and is easy to put together. He is sound, injury free, and has great feet. With his easy going sweet disposition he is a great fit to any program of family. He is ideal for a Jr/AA or talented enough for a professional. Videos available on request. Located in Kentucky.

Razzle Dazzle. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Razzle Dazzle – purpose bred upper level eventing prospect

Razzle Dazzle is a super flashy, leggy 2015 filly with fancy gaits and an impressive jump who should mature 16.1-16.3. Get your next CCI**** winner now!

Razzle Dazzle’s sire, Rabble Rouser, is by Virginia Tech’s Oldenburg stallion Royal Appearance who finished 4th in the 100-Day Stallion Test and was Reserve Champion in the 2001 East Coast 6-Year Old Young Jumper Finals. Royal Appearance sired Royal Raconteur who was 5th and Best Conditioned at the Jersey Fresh CCI2* and 2nd at the Blair Castle CCI3* in Scotland with Clark Montgomery.

Royal Appearance was sired by Riverman who himself sired CCI**** horses R-Star and Slate River. Rabble Rouser’s dam is OTTB mare Irish Lace (JC – Femme Sol’e) who was competed through the CCI** level by an adult amateur. Rabble Rouser was kicked in the hip as a yearling causing a fracture that slipped and ended his riding career before it ever started; however, we have retained him and used him as a sire because of his lovely temperament, build, movement and excellent genetics.

Razzle’s dam, is OTTB Report to Sloopy, who is an RHPSI Premium Mare and was the high scoring mare at her RHPSI inspection. She is also half sister to the Grade One CCI**** event horse Sloopy ridden by John Williams. Report to Sloopy is the dam of Quantum Leap currently competing with Doug Payne.

At 85% TB with a lofty trot and killer gallop, look no further for your next mount. Located in North Carolina.

Crystal. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Sweet and brave OTTB 16.2 Mare

Crystal is a 9Yr. OTTB 16.2H mare. She has only been in a program for 45 days and has shown to be a very smart and willing to try her best to understand a new career. She has just started jumping but seem to enjoy any challenge I present her. She has been off the track for about 3 years but had been just left in a field. She is a lovely horse looking for her second chance. Located in Pennsylvania.

Bea Casual. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Bea Casual: Lovely Young Eventer

Bea Casual: 2013 16.2h bay Thoroughbred/Percheron mare. This young event horse has already started competing, winning a starter event and recently finished 2nd at her first recognized event this year (finishing on her dressage score!). She is a good jumper that would be suited to a variety of disciplines. Bea’s lovely attitude makes her suitable for a junior, young rider or adult amateur. Located in South Carolina.

Ready After All. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Awesome event horse prospect!

Are You Ready Eventing proudly offers for sale: Ready After All. “Alliah” is a 4 year old, 16h, bay, Thoroughbred Mare. She has super movement on the flat and great form over fences. She has been in a program with four star event rider, Kristen Bond, for about a year. She has good feet and no vices. Will be competing very soon. Located in Aiken, Sc for the winter.

Fruedian Act. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Gorgeous TB Mare with Potential Written All Over!

Fruedian Act (aka Sig) is an 8 year old TB Mare – approximately 16.1 hh. This mare is perfectly put together and a pure powerhouse when it comes to movement and jumping. She has a big, flowing, uphill movement and seems to love jumping anything you put in front of her.

While she has not yet been to the show arena (her training has been better served with a slow and steady approach), someone with patience will win big time with this lovely girl. Sig can be a little nervous about life, and a bit spunky at times, so will require a confident, steady rider.

I’ve spent a lot of time working with and riding Sig all over the countryside (including roads), and found her not only a joy to work with, but also a quick study and a horse who seems to take sincere pleasure in developing a relationship with her person.

On the ground she is pleasant and loving, well mannered for the usual necessities, and will easily steal your heart if you let her. I’ve only begun to tap in on her potential, but time and financial limitations require a sale. Located in New York.

Listings included in this article are randomly selected and confirmed to be current and active before inclusion. Sport Horse Nation features user-generated content and therefore cannot verify or make any warranty as to the validity or reliability of information.

What’s Happening This Winter? EN’s Guide to Clinics, Lessons & Shows [Updated 2/17]

Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

What’s Happening is EN’s guide to lessons, clinics, schooling shows and other riding and educational opportunities during the winter. It’s free to post a listing. Just email the date, location, contact information and any other details to [email protected]. (Note: This is a list generated solely from submissions. If no one sends us the details of your event, it won’t be included.)

Location Quick Links:Area I | Area II | Area III | Area IVArea V | Area VI | Area VIII | Area IX | Canada

Area I

February 17-18: Lesson with Daisy Trayford
New students welcome! Daisy will be in the Elmira area on the 17th (Contact Cat Hill to book in Elmira – 716 863 0442) and on the 18th she will be in Geneseo – call Daisy direct 352 425 7767 / [email protected].
March 10-11: Lesson with Daisy Trayford
New students welcome! Daisy will be in the Elmira area on the 10th (Contact Cat Hill to book in Elmira – 716 863 0442) and on the 11th she will be in Geneseo – call Daisy direct 352 425 7767 / [email protected].

Area II

February 17-18: Clinic with Kate Chadderton 
Sunset Hill Farm, Woodbine, MD. For more info and clinic details contact: Amy Gaynor,  ASAP while spaces are available! You can also register on Event Clinics. $95 per rider. More dates available.  Sign up for three clinic days & get free coaching at a USEA Area 2 event (a $100 value)!

February 18: Jumping clinics at Windchase with Phyllis Dawson

Fun and informal jumping clinics with Phyllis every Sunday through the winter. Outdoors if weather and footing permit, but otherwise in the indoor arena. All clinics are designed to be inviting and user-friendly. We will keep things very basic and inviting for the greener groups, and will incorporate some more creative elements for the higher groups as appropriate. Exercises and fence heights can be adjusted within a group for each horse as needed. We expect to have groups ranging from a very green elementary group for those of you wanting to stick to small jumps, up to at least Preliminary. For more info or to sign up, go to my Event Clinics website link: http://bit.ly/Windchase Email Phyllis at [email protected] if you have questions, or to get on our mailing list.
February 20: Stephen Bradley Clinic
Waredaca, Laytonsville, MD. www.waredaca.com
February 24: Ride with Sally Cousins
Oldfields School, Glencoe Sparks, MD. Contact Sally, [email protected] or 6103246628.
February 25: Ride with Sally Cousins
Bit o Woods Farm, Hainesport, NJ. Contact Sally, [email protected] or 6103246628.

February 25: Jumping clinics at Windchase with Phyllis Dawson

Fun and informal jumping clinics with Phyllis every Sunday through the winter. Outdoors if weather and footing permit, but otherwise in the indoor arena. All clinics are designed to be inviting and user-friendly. We will keep things very basic and inviting for the greener groups, and will incorporate some more creative elements for the higher groups as appropriate. Exercises and fence heights can be adjusted within a group for each horse as needed. We expect to have groups ranging from a very green elementary group for those of you wanting to stick to small jumps, up to at least Preliminary. For more info or to sign up, go to my Event Clinics website link: http://bit.ly/Windchase Email Phyllis at [email protected] if you have questions, or to get on our mailing list.
February 28: Jim Wofford Clinic
Waredaca, Laytonsville, MD. www.waredaca.com

March 4: Jumping clinics at Windchase with Phyllis Dawson

Fun and informal jumping clinics with Phyllis every Sunday through the winter. Outdoors if weather and footing permit, but otherwise in the indoor arena. All clinics are designed to be inviting and user-friendly. We will keep things very basic and inviting for the greener groups, and will incorporate some more creative elements for the higher groups as appropriate. Exercises and fence heights can be adjusted within a group for each horse as needed. We expect to have groups ranging from a very green elementary group for those of you wanting to stick to small jumps, up to at least Preliminary. For more info or to sign up, go to my Event Clinics website link: http://bit.ly/Windchase Email Phyllis at [email protected] if you have questions, or to get on our mailing list.
March 9-11: Erin Smiley Clinic
Waredaca, Laytonsville, MD. www.waredaca.com
March 10-11: MDHT Cross Derby
Loch Moy Farm in Adamstown, MD: Get a jump start on the competition season with the MDHT Cross Derby on all-weather footing. Levels from Preliminary to Elementary, obstacles to include ditches, banks and water as appropriate for the level. This is a popular event so plan to sign up early!  More information will be available at www.themarylandhorsetrials.com
March 10-11: Clinic with Kate Chadderton
Sunset Hill Farm, Woodbine, MD. For more info and clinic details contact: Amy Gaynor,  ASAP while spaces are available! You can also register on Event Clinics. $95 per rider. More dates available.  Sign up for three clinic days & get free coaching at a USEA Area 2 event (a $100 value)!

March 18: Jumping clinics at Windchase with Phyllis Dawson

Fun and informal jumping clinics with Phyllis every Sunday through the winter. Outdoors if weather and footing permit, but otherwise in the indoor arena. All clinics are designed to be inviting and user-friendly. We will keep things very basic and inviting for the greener groups, and will incorporate some more creative elements for the higher groups as appropriate. Exercises and fence heights can be adjusted within a group for each horse as needed. We expect to have groups ranging from a very green elementary group for those of you wanting to stick to small jumps, up to at least Preliminary. For more info or to sign up, go to my Event Clinics website link: http://bit.ly/Windchase Email Phyllis at [email protected] if you have questions, or to get on our mailing list.
March 18: Ride with Sally Cousins
Horse Park of New Jersey, Stone Tavern, NJ. Contact Sally, [email protected] or register on Event Clinics.
March 31-April 1: Clinic with Kate Chadderton 
Sunset Hill Farm, Woodbine, MD. For more info and clinic details contact: Amy Gaynor,  ASAP while spaces are available! You can also register on Event Clinics. $95 per rider. More dates available.  Sign up for three clinic days & get free coaching at a USEA Area 2 event (a $100 value)!
Area III
February 17-18: Kai Steffen Meier Clinic
Semi-private and private lessons in all three phases will ensure riders and horses gain the most knowledge from Kai’s expertise. We will also be offering coaching and course walks at Three Lakes on February 24 – perfect preparation of your young horse to successfully compete at novice or to upgrade to preliminary. Out of towners – come make a week of it and attend the ICP clinic to watch Kai and end with an event in sunny Florida! We can arrange stabling with early notice and are offering multiple horse and early sign up discounts. Please contact Kimberly Kojima at [email protected] for more information.
February 19-22: USEA ICP/YEH/FEH Educational Symposium in Ocala
The ICP portion of the symposium runs MondayTuesday, Februray 19-20, the YEH will be Wednesday the 21st and the FEH will be Thursday the 22nd. ICP will be at Longwood. YEH and FEH will have morning classroom at the Ocala Jockey Club, and afternoon live sessions at Longwood. ICP Instructors: Kai-Steffen Meier and Leslie Law; YEH: Kai-Steffen Meier and Leslie Law, with Marilyn Payne teaching the new YEH scoring system; FEH: Chris Ryan, Shauna Spurlock, Susan Graham White. For more information click here and here. Click here to register for the FEH/YEH section and here to register for the ICP section. The symposium will be particularly important for those involved with the YEH. We want all YEH competitors to come out and learn about the new scoring system, and we’re requesting all YEH judges to attend. If you haven’t heard about the new changes to the YEH program, please visit this link.
February 22-23: Kai Steffen Meier Clinic
Semi-private and private lessons in all three phases will ensure riders and horses gain the most knowledge from Kai’s expertise. We will also be offering coaching and course walks at Three Lakes on February 24 – perfect preparation of your young horse to successfully compete at novice or to upgrade to preliminary. Out of towners – come make a week of it and attend the ICP clinic to watch Kai and end with an event in sunny Florida! We can arrange stabling with early notice and are offering multiple horse and early sign up discounts. Please contact Kimberly Kojima at [email protected] for more information.
February 23-24: Kyle Carter Clinic
Training Center at Big Bear, Pine Mountain, GA. Email [email protected] for questions and more info. Click here to register.
February 24-25: Stable View Eventing Academy
The Stable View Eventing Academy is a new series offering a schooling day on Saturday, followed by a full Schooling Horse Trials on Sunday. This is a unique opportunity for horses and riders. Sprouts – Training levels offered. For more information, visit www.stableviewfarm.com.
March 7: Stable View Schooling Jumper Show
The Stable View Schooling Jumper shows are held on the first Wednesday of every month. The 2018 start time is 10:00am and competition will be held in the Outdoor Arena. Classes available 2’3″ – 3’9″. Clear round classes and stake classes are offered, with up to $1,500 in prize money awarded. For more information, visit www.stableviewfarm.com.
March 14: Stable View Schooling Dressage Show
The Stable View Schooling Dressage show offers both USDF and USEA tests. Show begins at 12:00pm unless entries warrant. For more information, visitwww.stableviewfarm.com.
Area IV
February 24-25: Clinic with Dom Schramm
Dom Schramm Eventing Clinic at Hummingbird Stables in Rochester, IL. 2 days Starter Level – Int/Adv. Stadium Day 1, XC Day 2. Small groups inside, or outside if weather is amazing! Details at facebook.com/hummingbirdstables Email [email protected] for a sign up form. Entries due 2/1/18
Area V
February 18: Schooling Combined Test
Celtic Cross Equestrian Center (Norman, OK). More info at celticcrossequestriancenter.com.
February 18: Schooling Horse Trials
Pine Hill (Bellville, TX). More info at pinehilltexas.com.
February 24-25: Buck Davidson Clinic
Holly Hill (Benton, LA). More info at hollyhillfarm.net.
February 24-26: Lainey Ashker Clinic.
Texas Rose Farm (Tyler, TX). More info at texasrosehorsepark.com.
Area VI
February 17: Charlotte Dujardin Masterclass
British Olympic Dressage rider Charlotte Dujardin is teaching a Masterclass at Del Mar Fairgrounds in Del Mar, California as a part of the Adequan West Coast Dressage Festival. Tickets include seating to the Dressage Freestyle and cost $39.95.The Masterclass and Freestyle will be streamed over Facebook Live on the Adequan West Coast Dressage Festival Facebook page. Follow them on Facebook @adequanwestcoastdressagefestival and on Instagram @adequan_westcoast_dressagefest. For more information and tickets, visit https://us.westcoastdressagefestival.com/new-adequan-west-coast-dressage-festival-masterclass-series/
Area VIII
March 3: Snowbird Dressage
Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY. Contact Julie Congleton, [email protected], www.snowbird.com.
March 18: Covered Bridge Pony Club Combined Test
Stone Place Stables, Prospect, KY. www.coveredbridgepc.com.

Area IX

March 3-4: Frederick Bouland
Firestone CO contact Nancy Carr ‭(303) 435-0333

March 9-10: Buck Davidson
Wellington CO – contact Katy Grosbeck ‭+1 (254) 768-8209

Canada

February 17-18: Dressage Clinic with Cindy Ishoy
Sprucehaven Farm in Mt Elgin ON Canada. For more information visit www.sprucehaven.com or https://www.facebook.com/eventingdressage/.

March 17-18: Jennifer Pejic Eventing Prep Camp
Sprucehaven Farm in Mt Elgin ON Canada. For more information visit www.sprucehaven.com or https://www.facebook.com/eventingdressage/.

Want to see your lesson, clinic, or schooling show listed here? Email [email protected].

Wednesday Video from Kentucky Performance Products: Free Riding Practice with Alycia Burton

Alycia Burton of Free Riding NZ and her incredible palomino paint gelding GoldRush have gained international fame through viral videos featuring amazing tackless feats, from blazing fast beach gallops to international cross country jumping. But while it’s incredible to watch what they do, horse people know what is more impressive is how they do what they do.

Alycia and “Banjo” clearly have a remarkable partnership founded on trust and communication. Such a connection isn’t born overnight. It takes years to build and perfected only through countless hours of practice. That’s why we love Alycia’s latest video of her and Banjo schooling at home, warming up and working together to fine tune their skills and further solidify the strength of their relationship.

In the video description, Alycia says they are getting back into jump training after a month off so they are working on being “accurate, light and reactive.”

Alycia now has her own training DVD series and is touring Australia sharing her knowledge and inspiring youth to chase their dreams. Click here to learn more.

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Monday News and Notes from Fleeceworks

Holly Payne Caravella with CharmKing and Avant Garde after a successful weekend at Pine Top Farm. Holly Payne Caravella with CharmKing and Avant Garde after a successful weekend at Pine Top Farm.

Holly Payne Caravella with CharmKing and Avant Garde after a successful weekend at Pine Top Farm. Photo via Holly Payne Equestrian on Facebook.

My first show of the year is in the books! I spent the weekend working at one of my all-time favorite events: Pine Top Farm. The off-season has felt especially long and I was getting really restless at home. Despite the rain and gray skies in Georgia, it was so good to be back at an event!

National Holiday: National Hug Day!

U.S. Weekend Action:

Pine Top Intermediate H.T. [Website] [Results]

Ocala Winter I H.T. [Website] [Results]

Monday News and Notes:

A new award will be offered at the 2018 Thoroughbred Makeover at the Kentucky Horse Park in October. A $2,500 cash prize, sponsored by the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association, will be presented to the top-placed Louisiana-bred at the competition. [New Award for Top-Placing Louisiana-Bred at 2018 Thoroughbred Makeover]

You know the saying: “No hoof, no horse.” Good farrier work is critical to your horse’s hoof health. Three key aspects your farrier will focus on is the trim, the center of rotation and the heel. You may not be doing the work yourself, but it’s still important to understand what your farrier is doing and why. [Three basics of equine foot care]

Because a grid is a really just a combination, and we don’t usually trot combinations on course, it makes sense to eventually start cantering grid exercises that you practice at home. USET Selector Robert Costello shares his favorite canter grid that serves to improve both horse and rider skills. [Grid Pro Quo]

Monday Video: Pine Top Prelim winners Tender Bravissimo (aka Whiskers) and Courtney Cooper. Check out the air they catch over the hammock!

Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: Four More Perfect Packers

In the market for a new four-legged partner? You may find your unicorn on our sister site, Sport Horse Nation. To help with the search, we’re going to feature a selection of current listings here on EN each week. We include the ad copy provided; click the links for videos, pricing and contact information.

Packers are valuable commodities. They may help a rider solidify his or her skills or help them make a big move up to the next level. If you’re looking for the perfect partner to build your confidence at Training or Preliminary, you may find it on Sport Horse Nation!

Jazz. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Training Packer – Perfect Partner

Jazz is a 2009 16.2 bay Appendix gelding (7/8 TB and 1/8 QH ). He is often mistaken for a warmblood because of his gaits. Jazz is a 16’2” nicely built gelding with a coppery coat, big beautiful eyes, and a heart of gold. He is a love bug in the barn, a dancer in the ring, and a beast on xcountry. Jazz is great over ditches, banks, and through water. He has great gaits and a wonderful personality. Floats in the dressage ring.

Definitely a people loving pony! Ties, clips, loads and is easy to work with on the ground. He is an easy keeper and great in a stall or pasture. Jazz is great to haul…no prep needed to show his fancy footwork. Perfect match for a Adult Amateur or Young Rider. Rider is headed to college this Spring. Located in Florida.

Luna. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Fabulous Patient Mare – Prelim Experience – Training Packer

GonnaGetMarried (aka: Luna) is a 15 year old TB Mare approximately 16.1 hands. With extensive travel and competition experience, Luna is definitely a been there/done that personality. She has been very successful through the preliminary level, and would be suitable for any sort of competition (eventing/dressage/jumpers) or simply for a pleasure riding horse.

She is calm, trustworthy, sensible and would be an excellent teacher for a confident rider looking to move up the levels or attain new skills. She is a very nice mover on the flat, responsive to aids and an unusually patient, hard worker for a mare. She is also a brave, bold jumper, and just an overall fun partner that you can count on to show up and preform. Whether you are interested in taking a long walk down the road bareback, or traveling to shows to be competitive, she is flexible and reliable.

Well behaved for all the usual – vet, farrier, clipping/bathing. She also self loads onto any trailer and travels well. Not generally prone to herd bound behavior, she works equally well in company or by herself. Serious inquiries only please. Excellent home with references will be required. Located in New York.

Castaway. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Training Level Schoolmaster

CASTAWAY – Bay 2004 unraced TB gelding, 17.1 hands, purpose-bred for eventing. He is competing successfully at Training level, and ready for Preliminary. This experienced horse knows is job; he is a very willing dressage partner, a careful stadium jumper with adjust-ability and changes, and a XC jumping machine. He is a packer at training level and has the expectation to go Preliminary.

He is often mistaken for a warmblood. This horse has always been very sound, is up to date on everything, amd has a recent set of clean radiographs available for your Veterinarian to review. He hauls and loads perfectly, cross ties, is good for the vet and farrier and is easy to handle. Suitable for the amateur who wants a schoolmaster, or for the more ambitious rider looking for a horse who can move up to Preliminary. Located in Virginia.

Kingslayer. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Imported Preliminary Packer

Looking for a NAJYRC horse or Preliminary packer? You’ve found him! Kingslayer is a 2009 ISH (TB x ISH x Dutch WB) 16.1 hand gelding. An experienced Prelim and CCI* packer, “Guy” is looking for his next rider to take up the levels. Three expressive, adjustable gaits, a great gallop, and a sense of humor make Guy a super partner for an amateur or young rider.

He is very well schooled on the flat and consistently scores in the low 30s in dressage. He is sensitive, so would work best with a quiet rider. He is an excellent cross-country horse – willing, brave, and easily makes time with his long stride. He is very careful in show jumping with zero stop or spook, and has tons of scope. Guy is extremely sound and requires no maintenance.

Guy was imported by Carol Gee (of Fernhill) and Exmoor Eventing in 2015. In Ireland, he was started by Sarah Ennis and competed through the preliminary level with no cross-country faults. He is by Loughehoe Guy out of a Nautilus mare, with bloodlines back to Clover Hill.

Guy is sound, fit, and ready to compete. He is suitable for a young rider, professional, or amateur rider. He could bring a less experienced rider up the levels or continue moving up with a pro. If not sold, he will be moving up to intermediate this spring season. He is currently located in Ocala, FL, and will be in MA starting April 1st. Sadly for sale due to finances.

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Eventing 25: Will Zuschlag’s Journey From Beginner Novice to NAJYRC Gold

The Emerging Athlete Eventing 25 winter training session took place in Ocala, Florida, January 8-11. We are excited to introduce you to some of the riders making their debut on the E25 list, which can be viewed here. Today: William Zuschlag! 

Will Zuschlag and RF Southern Command. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Less than three years after competing in his first Beginner Novice horse trials, 20-year-old Will Zuschlag commands the attention of the eventing world as a talented up-and-coming young rider. Last year, he completed a season at the CIC2* level, won a gold medal at the Young Rider Championships, and earned a spot on the 2018 USEF Emerging Athlete Eventing 25 list.

Will’s early riding experience consisted of lessons at a local barn and competing in unrecognized hunter/jumper shows. He was familiar with eventing through Pony Club but didn’t have much interest in the sport, having only experienced low level courses during ratings. “Then I looked online and saw upper level riders doing Rolex and Badminton and thought, ‘Oh! I would love to do that!'” Will said.

A chance encounter with an Olympic event rider changed the course of his career when he received a spot in a Karen O’Connor clinic as a prize for winning at a local schooling show. Karen recognized Will’s potential during the clinic and invited him to continue his training as a working student.

“She called me after the clinic on Sunday night and before we hung up she told me to be at the barn the next day,” Will said. “I was home schooled and had some flexibility with school, so (with mom and dad’s blessing) I took off in the middle of the night and drove from South Carolina to Florida.”

Karen helped Will get a job with Marilyn Little at Raylyn Farms, where he worked from March 2015 through the end of August the same year. It was then that he met his current top horse, RF Southern Command, a Dutch Warmblood Marilyn found during a trip to Europe. At the time Will was competing Novice and ready for a new partner who could take him further.

“The talent was there. He was a great horse, but he was stopping on cross country and was not great in dressage. His amateur rider was doing it all on her own and he needed more of a consistent program. Marilyn runs a very structured program and she’s very organized. That helped him a lot,” Will said of the now 10-year-old gelding.

“SoCo was full of challenges and he still is. He’s fresh coming back into work this year.” Will laughed during our interview, recounting that morning’s bronc ride that was supposed to be a quiet hack. “He’s a knuckle head but he’s a good horse and we get along well. He likes to go out there and be a big, tough guy. You just have to take the edge off a little before he gets in his rhythm.”

Together Will and SoCo moved quickly up the levels. They began competing at Preliminary in 2016, winning numerous events including the USPC National Championship and the Junior/Young Rider Preliminary division at the USEA American Eventing Championships. By the end of 2016 they had completed their first CCI* at the Virginia Horse Trials, where they finished third.

The pair moved up to the CIC2* level in the spring of 2017 and went on to earn four top eight finishes, including an individual gold medal at the North American Junior Young Rider Championships CICOY2* at The Event at Rebecca Farm. They were on target for a CCI2* in the fall, but–as we all know–when it comes to horses, plans are always made in pencil.

As he was unable to compete at a CCI2*, which is a minimum requirement for the Eventing 25 list, Will figured he would have to wait another year to apply. However, based on Will’s success so far at the two-star level, Developing Rider Coach Leslie Law urged him to send in an application anyway. It turned out to be good advice, as Will was talent spotted onto the program for 2018.

Will Zuschlag and Go Happy. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Will took Go Happy, a 7-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare, to the Eventing 25 Training Session in Ocala, FL last month. He also has a second promising prospect in 7-year-old Quintana K, also a Dutch Warmblood mare. Will’s goal this year is to get both Go Happy and Quintana experience at the one-star level while SoCo prepares for a CCI2* and potentially a move up to Advanced.

Now in a full-time program with Karen and David O’Connor, Will is hoping to gain the skills and experience he needs to make it as a professional event rider.

“Leslie told us that the gap from 21 to 25 is one of the hardest times in a young professional’s career because you’re trying to transition from the Young Rider to professional group. One day you’re winning a Young Rider division and now you’re going against Boyd, Phillip and Buck and you’re trying to figure out how to compete with that and make it a career.

“I’ve got a long way to go. I have a lot of things to learn and figure out before I set out on my own. But I love it. I love getting up every morning and going to the barn.”

Wednesday Video from Kentucky Performance Products: Boyd Exell’s Adrenaline Pumping Victory

With three phases to perfect–dressage, marathon and cones–and often multiple horses to guide at one time, eventing’s sister sport of combined driving is equal parts elegance, accuracy, and a little bit of crazy (just how we like it!).

Over the weekend Australian Boyd Exell, #1 on the FEI Four-In-Hand Top Driver rankings, drove to his eighth FEI World Cup™ Driving Final victory in Bordeaux. Check out the adrenaline pumping highlights of the top three finishers as they make seemingly impossible hairpin turns, fly through gates at full speed and send footing flying as they skid around corners.

Watch Boyd’s entire winning round here.

What do you think, EN? Would you ever try combined driving?

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Monday News and Notes from Fleeceworks

Well, it wasn’t the result my husband was hoping for, but it was an exciting Super Bowl to watch with friends. Here’s to every athlete who dedicates his or her life to being the best they can possibly be at their chosen sport. Keep kicking!

National Holiday: National Chocolate Fondue Day

U.S. Weekend Action:

Three Lakes H.T. [Website] [Results]

Sporting Days H.T. [Website] [Results]

Galway Downs Winter H.T. [Website] [Results]

Monday News and Notes:

Why would you want to keep dental floss, fuzzy cat toys and old mushroom containers at the barn? Believe it or not, they might come in handy. Take a look at these great barn hacks! [Pro Equine Grooms]

Did you work your way through the Pony Club levels as a kid? Think you know the Pony Club manual front to back? Test your horsemanship knowledge with this test. [Pony Club C+ Test]

Some horses are cool as cucumbers when the vet comes around, but others turn into feral giraffes as soon as they see a syringe coming anywhere near them. You can help your horse reduce his stress with a little practice and patience. [Preventing Problem Behaviors During Veterinary Procedures]

A study in New Zealand indicates that a concussion can continue to affect a person years after the initial injury. An important note of the study is that people who did not seek medical attention following a concussion were more likely to suffer long-term effects. So if you knock your noggin, see a doctor! [Concussion Issues Can Linger for Years]

Monday Video: You can’t bring your chinchilla on the plane (joke’s on them! Chinch goes all over the world) but you can bring your mini pony.

Support animals you can and can’t travel with

What? No peacocks? After Delta Airlines cracked down on support animals on planes, we were curious… what animals *can* we fly with? usat.ly/2E5TnIw

Posted by USA TODAY on Thursday, February 1, 2018

Sunday Video from Total Saddle Fit: A Year in Eventing

Ellie Leonard, aka @girlwiththe.camera, recapped 2017 with an action-packed video montage featuring events all over the West Coast. Watching her tribute to last year gets us pumped up for 2018!

How many times can you spot Total Saddle Fit sponsored rider Tamie Smith in this video?

Remember when a girth was just a strap to hold your saddle on? Total Saddle Fit has changed that forever. Their line of Shoulder Relief Girths literally affect how your saddle sits on your horse, offering better saddle fit and shoulder freedom. They make Shoulder Relief Girths in different colors, shapes and materials for every occasion. Learn more at totalsaddlefit.com.

Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: 7 Horses For Sale in Sunny Florida

In the market for a new four-legged partner? You may find your unicorn on our sister site, Sport Horse Nation. To help with the search, we’re going to feature a selection of current listings here on EN each week. We include the ad copy provided; click the links for videos, pricing and contact information.

If you’re looking to do a shopping trip in an area with a high density of horses for sale, escape the cold and take a trip south! Last week we featured a selection of horses for sale in Aiken, SC. This week, we’re highlighting horses available to try in Ocala, FL.

Lanzz. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

CCI** Schoolmaster, Perfect Gentleman for YR or AA

Lanzz is a 16.3 2005 Bay Dan WB/TB cross (Languester (Dan WB) x Classical Jazz (Tb)). Henry is a 2 star schoolmaster with several wins at the Preliminary and Intermediate levels. He has a heart of gold and is the ultimate gentleman. He has completed two seasons at the Intermediate/2* level and prior to that he has a flawless preliminary/1* record.

He is easy on the flat with nice movement scoring in the 20’s and low 30’s and an incredible classic, correct jump. He is the most forgiving type that will jump from any distance and fix any mistakes, making him the perfect schoolmaster to get Preliminary and Intermediate miles on. Before eventing he also successfully competed in 1.30 showjumping with an adult amateur. His barn manners and temperament make him a delightful addition to any barn. Located in Ocala.

Sport pony. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

14h Sport Pony mare for sale

Very sadly outgrown. 14 hh, 9 yo Sport pony mare. This stunning mare is super athletic and very scopey. Successfully competed through the novice level eventing. She will go on the bit with an experienced rider. She has done it all from pony club, eventing (including the AEC’s), schooling jumpers, young rider camp, winters in Florida, TONS of trail riding mileage, beach rides, ETC.

She has been an amazing pony for my kid. This flashy pony is ideal for a junior rider (or small adult) ready for their second pony! Not for a beginner as she has more go than whoa. Rider in recent videos is almost 5’3″. Self loads, stands for farrier, LOVES to be groomed. Located in Ocala.

Semper Fidelis. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Semper Fidelis- Training level experience scope for more. Perfect for YR on a budget

“Semper Fidelis” Evan is a lovely and well built 2009 16.2 thoroughbred gelding with lots of chrome! Thoroughbred fans will really appreciate his way of going with a quality canter and a confirmed change. He has a soft mouth and goes all three phases in a plain snaffle. Hacks alone or in a group on the buckle. Evan has competed through training level eventing with scope for much more and would be equally as competitive in the jumper ring. Great for a YR on a budget! Located in Ocala.

Vendi. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Promising Imported Young Horse with Excellent Movement and Jump

Vendi is a stunning 2012 ISH gelding standing 16.2. He has excellent gaits and a scopey jump. He competed in YEH classes in Ireland as a 5 year old and has extensive show jumping experience including several 1.20 classes. He has all the makings to be a top event horse; great athleticism combined with a great temperament and trainability.

Vendi is a barn favorite with his in your pocket personality. He is starting his US event career in FL in January and is available to be tried in Ocala. Vendi has the scope and athleticism for a professional to bring up the levels but also has a great temperament and demeanor for a YR or AA. Located in Ocala.

Ideally. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Ideally- 16.2 Grey Oldenburg Mare

Marci is a 2007 16.2 ISR/Oldenburg mare (Ideal x Fria the Ice Queen). She is a safe and proven adult amateur mount with many wins through second level dressage. A true all rounder, she has also competed in the Pre- Green hunters through 3’3” at A shows and could continue in that direction.

Marci has evented four times at novice level, placing first three times and second once. With dressage scores consistently in the low to mid 20s and a superb jumping record, Marci is ready to show someone the ropes in whichever discipline they choose. Half sister to three star mare Cool As Ice.

Simon. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Prelim Packer – Potential to be dressage horse

Sympatico (Simon) is a 9yo 17h TB gelding who has competed through Preliminary. Simon has never had a run out/stop from his first cross rail to his last Prelim fence. He has big movements in all 3 gaits. Moves more like a warmblood than a thoroughbred. He is brave and bold cross country, very point and shoot.

Although he does have some clear stadium rounds, he is not always the most careful horse in the ring, which is reflected in his sale price. Simon has a lot of schooling and would be a great choice to build confidence cross country. This amazing horse has taken me from never even having shown, to Training in my first year and Preliminary in under 2 years.

His dressage is big and forward. He’s confirmed on the bit and has a trot that’s easy to sit. He’s showing first level dressage and has the potential to go on as a dressage horse. Simon can also hack out alone or in a group. Busy roads or quiet trails, he’s always a good boy. Not spooky and never bucks.

Simon has impeccable ground manners. Always a barn favourite wherever he goes. Puppy dog attitude, which is evident the second you meet him. Loads, clips, bathes, stands for farrier etc. UTD on shots and teeth. Located in Ocala.

Bellagio. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Competitive Training Level Eventer

“Bellagio” is a 13 year old, 16.1 h, Dutch warmblood cross mare. Training level eventing experience, with competitive dressage scores (often in the 20s). Started as a dressage horse and transitioned easily to an eventing career. Comfortably schooling preliminary level showjumping and cross country and 2nd level dressage movements. Amateur/junior friendly but not for a beginner. Great horse for ambitious eventing or dressage rider who wants to be competitive in the show ring. Owner in college. Located in Ocala.

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Eventers Inducted into US Pony Club Academy of Achievement

Reasons USEA CEO Rob Burk is the actual best: 1) his dedication to the sport 2) his volunteerism 3) his sense of humor. Photo by Leslie Mintz.

Pony Club is where many eventers get their start so we’re thrilled to learn that four eventers and Pony Club alumni were inducted into the U.S. Pony Club Academy of Achievement last week during the USPC Convention and Equine Symposium.

USEA CEO Rob Burk and Olympian Dorothy Crowell along with Kat Drake, PhD, and Tim Leithead, whose family is a well-known and long been active in Pony Club, were honored “for being outstanding in their chosen fields of expertise. Individuals are nominated by members, leaders, and other alumni.”

As new members of the USPC Academy of Achievement, the four inductees also participated in the National Youth Congress during the Convention.

On behalf of the Eventing Nation, thank you Rob, Dorothy, Kat and Tim for using your Pony Club education to give back to the community and make our special corner of the world a better place.

Click here to learn more about these four amazing individuals. Go Eventing.

[Eventers Honored with Inductions into Pony Club Academy of Achievement]

[USPC, Academy of Achievement]

Wednesday Video from Kentucky Performance Products: Rocking Horse Helmet Cam Triple Play

At her first event of the year, Elisa Wallace was busy competing four horses at four different levels during the Rocking Horse Winter I Horse Trials. She’s uploaded helmet cam footage from three of the four cross country rounds, so sit back and enjoy the rides!

Elisa and the Simply Priceless Syndicate’s 17-year-old Australian Thoroughbred, Simply Priceless, better known as ‘Johnny,’ knocked the rust off at Intermediate level, adding 2.4 time penalties to finish in tenth place. We can’t wait to watch them run around Kentucky in April!

Elisa and Riot Gear, a 9-year-old Oldenburg owned by Vicki and Steve Sukup, scored a 23.7 in dressage (wow!) and added a handful of time on cross country (Riot apparently took some issue to a flock of birds) to finish seventh in Open Preliminary.

‘Baby horse’ Reloaded, a 5-year-old Thoroughbred owned by Hooked on Ridin, rocked around his first Novice double clear and finished on his dressage score for eighth place.

Elisa’s fourth ride, Hooked On Ridin’s 6-year-old Thoroughbred Fly With Me, also went double clear on cross country at Training level.

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Monday News and Notes from Fleeceworks

Taylor McFall and Lucinda Green – a future star learning from a legend. Photo via Dragonfirefarm on Instagram.

I rode in the rain a bunch last week, so I didn’t even feel bad about hiding inside all day yesterday. But it has been so nice to get back to work and start tentatively thinking about the season ahead. Right now we’re legging up over trot poles but soon we’ll be jumping again. Hooray!

National Holiday: Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day

U.S. Weekend Action:

Rocking Horse Winter I H.T. [Website] [Results]

Full Gallop H.T. [Website] [Results]

Monday News and Notes: 

A pre-purchase exam can make or break a sale, and everyone has their own threshold for pass and fail depending upon the horse’s intended use and what the buyer is willing to overlook/manage. However a PPE isn’t just for revealing potential issues, it also gives you a baseline of the horse’s health which will be useful in the future. [Why pre-purchase exams are important]

It’s a nice boost for the sport when local news publications feature riders from the area. A writer for the Tallahassee Democrat followed three young riders to Rocking Horse Winter I H.T. this weekend and learned what a typical competition day is like. [Local equestrian team competes]

There was a time when saddle pads were not commonly used. Now there are saddle pads of all shapes and colors on the market. However certain materials are going to be more comfortable and moisture wicking than others. [Deconstructing the saddle pad]

I don’t have to tell you how expensive it is to compete. But what if you could show for free? Yes, free. At least to start. Here’s an innovative and hilarious idea for a horse show business model that will encourage competitors to always be on their best behavior!  [The Affordable Riding Act]

Hot on Horse Nation: 11 Signs You Might Be a Fair Weather Rider

Monday Video: “So glamorous.”

 

Meanwhile the Eventing side of the barn is just as glamorous as the jumpers…..

Posted by Sara Kozumplik Murphy on Sunday, January 28, 2018

Sunday Video from Total Saddle Fit: ‘That’s Just a Well-Trained Horse’

With all the careful training, schooling and preparation we provide our horses before competitions, we can only hope they not only love but understand their job. Then ideally when their rider makes a mistake, the horse can pick up at least some of the slack and carry on (with or without us).

Paula Kobylarz-Wehde sent us this video of her daughter, Ava Wehde, and her Hanoverian mare, Butts Leonie R, on cross country at Rocking Horse Winter I H.T. yesterday. After a parting of ways at the first element of the water complex, Butts Leonie R proved just how well she knows her job, completing the combination on her own and galloping on, looking very keen to keep jumping.

“That’s just a well-trained horse,” videographer David Frechette observed. Indeed!

Paula assures us that both horse and rider are absolutely fine and Ava is laughing about the whole thing. Cheers, Ava, for being a good sport. Go Eventing.

Rocking Horse Winter I H.T. [Website] [Results]

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Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: Take a Test Ride in Aiken

In the market for a new four-legged partner? You may find your unicorn on our sister site, Sport Horse Nation. To help with the search, we’re going to feature a selection of current listings here on EN each week. We include the ad copy provided; click the links for videos, pricing and contact information.

Every winter there is a great migration of eventers moving south to avoid the perils of snow and ice and get a jump start on their competition season. Many ‘snowbirds’ settle down in Aiken, SC, a quaint southern city that has become a haven for horse people year round. Planning a shopping trip? Here are four horses for sale and available to try in Aiken.

Fernhill Finesse. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Competitive Prelim Packer with talent for more

Fernhill Finesse is a 10yo Irish Sport Horse gelding who has competed through Preliminary. He has 3 good gaits and is very brave but careful at the jumps. He has talent and ability to keep going up the levels or he would also be happy to show someone the ropes at the lower levels. Located in South Carolina.

Over and Out. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Over and Out~Novice Packer/T3D Eventer

Over and Out. 2007 16.2h Bay TB Gelding. Roger is a fabulous eventer for Jr/AA. He has milage thru Training level including at a Training 3 Day where he placed 18th out of 40+ horses. Very nice on the flat, easy to jump and very sweet personality. A heavier type TB who is sensible and quiet to ride. Does not pull or rush, very honest and reliable. Very suitable for Jr/AA with the talent to go Prelim. Located in South Carolina.

Queen of Spades. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Queen of Spades: Young Rider Schoolmaster

Queen of Spades: 2006 16h bay Thoroughbred mare by Mokheiba. This young rider schoolmaster has completed multiple CCI’s and CIC’s and is ready for her next rider. Queen is an excellent cross country horse and has earned ribbons at Preliminary. She is suitable for a junior, young rider or adult amateur. Located in South Carolina.

Cole Train. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Cole Train~Jr/AA Low Level Eventer

Cole Train is a 2009 16.3h Dark Bay Perch/Tb Gelding. He is a wonderful guy. I sold him 3 years ago to his Jr owner and she is heading to college so sadly for sale. She qualified him for AECs. He hacks out, travels perfectly and is well behaved. Easy to flat, point and shoot to jump- adores xc. He’s a squeeze ride and very balanced and can take a joke. No vices and ready to go this season. Novice is in the near future. Located in South Carolina.

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Eventing 25: Tayler Stewart Pursues Her Own Path

The Emerging Athlete Eventing 25 winter training session took place in Ocala, Florida, January 8-11. We are excited to introduce you to some of the riders making their debut on the E25 list, which can be viewed here. Today: Tayler Stewart! 

Tayler Stewart and Ideal Contini. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

In her final year of eligibility, Tayler Stewart was named to the 2017 USEF Emerging Athletes Eventing 18 list. She had worked for years to get there and felt prepared. However she wasn’t expecting to then be named to the Eventing 25 list the following year.

“I felt very lucky. You’re on a list with three- and four-star riders that are a lot more advanced in the sport than I am. It’s more intimidating and I could tell there are a lot of holes in my riding to work on, but it gave me a lot of inspiration to work harder to be more like them,” said Tayler, who will turn 19 this summer.

Tayler attended the recent Eventing 25 Training Session in Ocala, Florida with Ideal Contini, a 15-year-old Westphalian gelding owned by Tayler and her dad, Tyler. While there they worked hard on improving their “adjustability and being true and correct in the connection” in dressage and show jumping.

Developing Rider Coach Leslie Law famously focuses not just on improving his students’ riding skills. He also brings in numerous industry professionals and holds unmounted sessions on horsemanship and stable management, which will be important keys to success for these up-and-comers as they make their way in the sport.

“I’m still in between going from being a junior to a young rider and having to think about how I’m going to make a living in this sport or establish a business and become a better rider,” Tayler said. “Leslie helps us a lot with figuring out what’s going to be the right path for us. He tells us about how he got to where he is and it’s cool listening to other older riders talk about how they are making their living and what they’re doing in the sport. It’s really enlightening.”

Tayler Stewart and Ideal Contini. Photo by Mike McNally.

Tayler first sat on a horse before she could walk and grew up riding ponies at her aunt’s GlenWillow Farm, a hunter/jumper facility in Maryland. She got exposed to eventing through Pony Club and was hooked after taking a cross country clinic with Patrick McGaughan, who is her trainer to this day.

“I found myself to be fitting in more with eventing and the culture of eventers, but there’s a lot to be said for how accurate and effortless hunter/jumpers can ride,” Tayler said. “I haven’t shown hunters in a while but I ride for my aunt (sometimes). It’s nice to go back and do that. It’s how I got to where I am and how I’ve been able to be successful. I developed a lot of my feel and good eye in hunters really young so in eventing I didn’t struggle to find distances.”

Tayler partnered with Ideal Contini, aka ‘Taz’ in 2015. He had campaigned through the three-star level with Sally Cousins, and Taylor admits that initially she didn’t want a ‘made’ horse. Yet, there is no substitute for experience and Taz has taken Tayler on the ride of a lifetime. “He’s the quirkiest and weirdest horse I’ve ever owned but he’s like my best friend. He tries his heart out all the time.”

In their first year together, Tayler and Taz finished fifth at the Virginia CCI*. The following summer they represented Area II at the NAJYRC before moving up to CIC2* in the fall. In 2017 the pair completed three CIC2* events, finishing in the top 13 each time, and capped off the season with a 9th place finish at the USEA American Eventing Championship at Intermediate and a top 20 finish at the Fair Hill CCI2*.

Tayler says that dressage is their weakest phase and they are still working out some kinks in show jumping, but they are unstoppable on cross country. As a pair, they have never had cross country jumping or time penalties in the ten FEI events they’ve tackled together.

“People ask me what my biggest accomplishment is and with Taz the biggest thing is our consistency at this level. I know going out that if I ride right it will go well,” Tayler said. “He’s not the best on the flat or the best jumper, but on cross country I feel so confident going out that he will keep me safe, be honest and try hard. He won’t save me all the time but he will do his best to bring me home.”

This year Tayler and Taz will make the big move up to Advanced and plan to finish out the year at the Fair Hill CCI3*. Tayler also hopes to return to NAJYRC, this time at the two-star level.

“I can’t say enough bout how much I love the Young Rider program and what it’s given me over the years,” Tayler said. “It teaches you what it’s like to work with others and work with a coach you’ve never worked with before. It really does prepare you to be on a team. It also gives you friends in the sport. You make great connections and build a community for yourself which becomes important later on.”

Taylor remained in Florida following the Eventing 25 Training Session. She wants to keep riding with Leslie and learn as much as she can before returning home to Maryland. She is also taking online college courses and plans to major in English. If she weren’t riding she’d probably be a teacher, Tayler said, but ideally she’ll find a way to marry her love of teaching with her passion for horses.

“I’ve had moments in my life that I think every young rider has when they’re trying to decide whether to go head first into the sport or go to school and put riding on hold,” Tayler said. “I’m trying to figure out my path in the sport and what’s going to be best for me. I’d love to be on a team representing U.S. in eventing. I guess that’s the 10-year plan. In between I’d like to do a little bit of everything. I just hope whatever I’m doing that I’m happy doing it.

“Everything you do in riding and around horses, you can see the affect it has whether you’re cleaning stalls or winning an event. You get a sense of gratification. I love riding because of that. I can see my hard work going somewhere, and if you work hard you can have so many doors open for you.”