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Weekend Instagram Roundup: Eventing In Paradise

Over 250 horses competed from the Starter to Preliminary level at Paradise Farm’s first horse trials of the year in Aiken, SC.

Boyd Martin picked up a Preliminary win with The Fonz Himself on a 23.2 and a Training victory with Zoran on a remarkable 16.4! Both horses are owned by Bonnie J. Stedt. Kevin Keane and Vindakova also produced an impressive performance, winning Friday’s Open Preliminary on their dressage score of 18.6.

Francesca Broggini and Cooley High Flyer were the winner’s of the competition’s largest division, the 26-horse Open Novice. The pair led from the start on 23.3, marking this horse’s third consecutive win.

Congratulations to all the competitors! Check out full results at the link below and enjoy a roundup of your posts from Paradise Farm.

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

First dressage test together in the books! #KillineyHill #eventing #dressage A post shared by Zara Flores-Kinney (@thefeanarion) on

Cross country time for @dpequestrian & Quincy (@janemd4902) PJ w/ @jesshampf and Douglas w/ @liv.wall

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The calm before the storm Thursday night. #eventing #paradisefarmfebruaryhorsetrials #ridebetter A post shared by Sarah Lohnes (@lohnes.sarah) on

Team spirit

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Our crew A post shared by Skyeler Icke Voss (@skyevoss) on

Monday News and Notes from Fleeceworks

Beau and his kitty friend, Duplicat. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld. Beau and his kitty friend, Duplicat. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Just a few more weeks until Daylight Savings Time (don’t worry they will fly by), but the days are already getting longer and there’s been light enough to linger at the barn until almost 6:00 p.m. Here’s hoping the beautiful, weirdly warm weather we’ve experienced this winter (except in New England…which is suddenly getting record snowfall) makes a smooth transition into spring and we don’t go straight from a fake winter to mud season.

US Weekend Action:

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

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

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

Monday News and Notes:

The USEA Classic Series Committee is looking for your input! Whether or not you’ve ever competed in a long-format competition the committee asks that you take five tiny minutes to complete this 5-question survey. Your answers will help determine how to offer the most exciting and educational experience at a long-format competition at all levels and identify specific needs to encourage organizers to host long-format events at the Preliminary level (there is only one at the country right now). [Take the Survey]

Tamie Smith will receive $1000 as the highest placed SCES rider in each of the CIC divisions at Fresno County Horse Park CIC and HT this weekend. Southern California Equestrian Sport pledged to award $500 in prize money per FEI division at Fresno and will offer the same prize at Aspen Farms HT in June. SCES is a non-profit organization designed to help athletes and owners expand their financial resources to train and compete. Learn more on the SCES website. [SCES to Award $2,000 in Prize Money]

A group of researchers from the University of Maryland, Baltimore and the University of Kentucky College of Public Health has organized bilingual training materials to improve occupational safety and health for horse farm employees and managers. The Thoroughbred Worker Health and Safety Study was a five-year research project that included input from horse farm employees, managers and owners [Study Aims to Improve Safety of Horse Farm Workers]

The ARK at JFK International Airport will be fully operational by summer 2017. Four years in the making, the ARK at JFK was constructed to meet the needs for importing and exporting animals through JFK. For horses, the ARK is a holding and rest area equipped with 23 individual 12-foot-by-12-foot’ stalls. Phase 1 is officially open and Phase 2, a full-service Import-Export Center featuring equine quarantine/import, a grooms’ lounge, and The ARK Aviary, is coming soon followed by Phase 3, which will include a full veterinary clinic, a veterinary blood laboratory, and pet boarding and grooming facility. [The ARK at JFK Equine, Livestock Export Center Now Open]

Best of the Blogs: Clipping My Way Through School

Monday Video: We recently reported that Clark Montgomery’s Universe is enjoying competing in the jumper ring at HITS this winter. Watch Clark and “Buzz” in a jump-off!

Tamie Smith Sweeps FEI Divisions at Saturated Fresno County Horse Trials

Recent severe storms have wreaked havoc in California, leading to major flooding and forcing evacuations in some areas. But the torrential rain didn’t stop Fresno County Horse Park CIC and Horse Trials competitors, volunteers and officials from forging ahead at the first FEI event of the 2017 season. They made the show happen, with some adjustments in the schedule and relocating the show jumping course for better footing. Kudos to the organizers for working to accommodate the weather effects and for all the volunteers, grooms and competitors for their dedication!

The footing at the Fresno Horse Park handles all the rain SO well. There are, however, a few extra water jumps. Like 5 water complexes isn’t enough!

Posted by Lesley Stevenson on Saturday, February 18, 2017

It’s no secret that California needs the rain, but the sheer amount of it the last few days led to quite a few withdrawals from the competition. Tamie Smith said she had considered scratching before cross country but decided to wait it out and see how the conditions were when it came time to ride. The organizers and officials put forth monumental efforts to improve the situation as much as possible, pumping excess water away and moving fences as necessary, but it was soon obvious that the natural drainage of the Fresno County Horse Park would do much of the work, and an afternoon of sunshine was welcome.

“If you didn’t stay at the event you wouldn’t believe how well it dried out in a matter of hours,” Tamie said. “We’re all grateful for the officials and the organizer John Marshall for keeping the faith and sticking it out. It’s the beginning of the season for us and I can’t imagine we’ll get a lot of runs if this weather keeps up. Fresno is the only place that can handle that much rain. Walking through the water jumps, it was up to our knees, but they pumped it out and spent every second fixing problems. It was a tremendous effort from everyone to keep it safe and good for horses.”

Tamie spent a portion of last year training and competing in England so riding in heavy rain was less of a shock. Yet the footing at Fresno, she said, actually held up quite well and she felt it was good practice to compete in these unusual conditions.

“I have to say the ground was as pretty good considering what I’ve ridden in now over last few years,” she said. “It never rains in Southern California. We’re at a venue that can withstand that much rain, and it was a great opportunity to get out there and figure out what your horses are capable of. What will you do at Fair Hill or Kentucky? They don’t scratch in rain like this. Hats off to the entire crew at Fresno, the volunteers and everyone who stood out in the pouring rain. It’s pretty cool to see diehard eventers still have what it takes.”

Tuff Mudders have nothing on Area VI Eventing riders here at the Fresno County Horse Park. Here’s Amelia Christiansen &…

Posted by California Riding Magazine on Saturday, February 18, 2017

Tamie’s resilience ultimately paid off as she took home wins in both the CIC2* and CIC* divisions. Fresno was her first FEI competition with the Lucida LLC’s Glock Pullman since acquiring him last fall from UK-based Brazilian rider Rafael Lozano. Tamie and the 11-year-old Brazilian Sport Horse have spent the last few months getting to know each other and kicked off their partnership with a third place finish in Intermediate during the West Coast’s season opener at Galway Downs. At Fresno, they scored a 48.0 in dressage and added only 3.2 time penalties to their score during the jumping phases to secure victory.

“I can’t believe I’m riding this horse, it’s amazing,” Tamie said. “It’s like I’ve been riding him the entire time. He’s completely my ride. We spent the fall getting to know him and working on the flatwork, but the horse is a very good jumper, very careful, a good mover and just a really solid citizen. He’s a pleasure.”

Obviously, they’re getting on very well. “I kept thinking there’s got to be something I’m not going to like about him, but there’s nothing. He’s funny to be around, he has a great personality and he’s very workmanlike every time out. I’m knocking on wood a little hoping a little bit hoping it keeps going well.”

Tamie has penciled in a CCI3* for Glock Pullman before the end of the year but plans to take it one show at a time.

Second place in the CIC2* went to Kelsey Holmes and her 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding NZB The Chosen One. They started out in seventh place but moved well up the leaderboard as the only pair to finish on their dressage score of 54.8. Sandra Donnelly and her 14-year-old Canadian Warmblood Belshazzar were tied for second after dressage but dropped one placing with a rail and some time to finish third.

Fresno was Fleeceworks Royal’s first competition since she finished 24th in the FEI World Breeding Eventing Championships at Le Lion d’Angers last October. The 8-year-old Holsteiner mare, owned by Judith McSwain, has returned in top form with a win in the CIC* at Fresno. “Rory” was second after dressage behind her stablemate Sunsprite Syrius with just 0.2 penalty points between them but produced a double clear show jumping round to move into the lead. Tamie cruised around cross country without trying to make time. Both horses picked up time penalties but Rory was just fast enough to secure victory on a 57.8. Tamie and “Syrius” finished just 0.2 penalty points behind in second place.

“I was a little bit worried whether (Rory) would come out of France feeling confident because the course is big and there is a lot of atmosphere. You never really know how they are going to come back to next event. I decided not to run her Intermediate and just do the one-star and get in large court and give her good confidence builder,” Tamie said.

“She felt amazing. Show jumping in France was soggy and muddy. She’s a really careful jumper but had rails in France. I was wondering how she would handle this weekend, but it was a picture perfect round. She had a perfect balance, jumped beautifully, and was confident throughout the whole weekend. I’m hoping to move her up to Advanced soon, but I’ll let her tell me when she’s ready.”

As for Syrius, a 9-year-old Trakehner owned by Sunsprite Warmbloods, he continues to build on his impressive resume. Since he began eventing career in 2012, he has finished in first or second place in about 70% of the horse trials he’s entered. “That horse shows up for work every single day. He’s competitive and he tries his guts out. I’ve had such a wonderful time riding and training him and I feel so fortunate to have him.”

Three out of five Advanced competitors opted to withdraw from competition after dressage. Robyn Fisher and her own 8-year-old Holsteiner mare Betawave were the eventual winners, adding 3.2 cross country time penalties to their dressage score of 36.2. Leah Breakey and Master King II, an 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse, were second with 8.4 time penalties added to their initial score of 39.3.

The Team Express Group’s Charlie Tango led wire-to-wire in the Open Intermediate division. Heather Morris piloted the 9-year-old Irish Sport Horse to a 28.7 in dressage and the pair finished on that score with nearly 20 points to spare. Andrea Nielsen and her 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse LC O’Shawnisee moved from seventh after show jumping to finish second overall with a double clear cross country and a final score of 46.5. Bunnie Sexton and her four-star partner, the 18-year-old Thoroughbred Rise Against, were third on 47.1.

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

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Retired Racehorse Project, USEA Team Up On Young Horse Education

Amber Levine and Otter Pop. Photo courtesy of Galway Downs.

Amber Levine’s off-track Thoroughbred Otter Pop won the 2014 USEA West Coast 4YO Young Event Horse Championships. Amber and Otter pop now compete at the one-star level. Photo courtesy of Galway Downs.

Thoroughbreds have long been the standout breed at all levels in eventing, and in the last several years we have seen a heavy increase in the popularity of the Thoroughbred ex-racehorse in the sport. According to a recent press release, the Thoroughbred is the most heavily represented breed in the USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) Program, and eventing is the largest sport in the Retired Racehorse Project’s (RRP) annual Thoroughbred Makeover competition. So it makes sense that the two groups would work together to benefit Thoroughbred and young horse enthusiasts.

“We have been watching the growth and development of the Retired Racehorse Project with great interest since its creation in 2010,” said USEA CEO Rob Burk. “Thoroughbreds are so integral to success in our sport that all other horses used for eventing are evaluated for how much of their ‘blood’ derives from this important breed.

“This relationship between the USEA and RRP marks a new step in our mutual efforts to find careers for these amazing retired racehorses and we are extremely excited for the future! We believe that the Young Event Horse program represents a fabulous way to introduce these horses to eventing and evaluate their individual potential in the sport in an educational environment.”

This winter the USEA introduced two new levels of certification through the Instructors’ Certification Program: ICP YEH Instructor, for individuals who teach students aboard young horses, and ICP YEH Professional Trainer, for individuals who develop the under-saddle abilities and performance of young event horses by riding them as a paid occupation. The USEA will present a seminar on these certifications during the Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium at the Kentucky Horse Park this October. RRP will also promote the ICP program to its members and list individuals who receive these certifications in the RRP Directory.

“RRP was thrilled to learn that USEA is embarking on a program to educate and certify trainers of young event horses, as well as instructors of those trainers through its highly successful Instructor Certification Program,” said RRP President Steuart Pittman.

“Young professional trainers in the sport of eventing have always relied on off-track Thoroughbreds as an affordable entry into the business. We want to continue that tradition and strengthen it by driving Thoroughbred Makeover trainers into the new Young Event Horse Professional Trainer Certification.”

The USEA’s combined ICP and Training and Education of the Young Eventing Horse Symposium, begins tomorrow in Ocala, Florida. All attendees are invited to the Ocala Jockey Club Tuesday evening for dinner, drinks and a discussion about the new partnership. Purchase your tickets for the dinner here. On site registration for the USEA ICP/Young Horse Symposium is still available at the Ocala Jockey Club at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow morning.

[RRP and USEA Collaborate to Educate Trainers]

British Eventing TV: Watch the Baileys Jumping and Style Championship Live

Looking for a relaxing way to spend your Sunday? Grab another cup of coffee and watch the Baileys Jumping and Style Competition live from Hartpury College. Thanks to British Eventing TV you can watch the live stream right here on Eventing Nation starting at 11:30 a.m EST.

The JAS competition is a pre-season indoor event that gives eventers the chance to compete during the winter months in preparation for the upcoming season. This is the last of 12 JAS competitions this winter and serves as the Series Championship.

A JAS course features a combination of cross country and show jumping fences from BE90 (3’0″ max height) through Novice level (3’7″ max height, 3’9″ for the Championship). Competitors receive a score for style and technique that is then converted to penalty points and added to any jumping penalties picked up during the round to determine the final score.

BETV provides exclusive videos from British Eventing, including training tips, advice for around the yard, behind the scenes clips and top rider interviews! Click here to learn more.

JAS Championship: [Website] [Ride Times] [Entry List]

Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: Five Stellar Saddles

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.

Got a new horse and need a new saddle to go with it? Maybe your old reliable saddle is ready for retirement? This week we’ve got five lovely dressage and jumping saddles from a variety of brands. We’ve included the ad copy provided; click the links for videos, pricing and contact information.

Voltaire Adelaide. Photo courtesy of Maria Lakis via Sport Horse Nation.

Voltaire Adelaide. Photo courtesy of Maria Lakis via Sport Horse Nation.

Voltaire Adelaide Dressage Saddle 17.5

Gorgeous 2011 saddle! In Excellent Condition. Incredibly comfortable! Grippy calfskin leather, deep seat, large cushy knee blocks, #3 flap (about 15.5″), MW gullet, cutback at the wither. About 5.5″ across at the wither. All stitching intact, no marks or blemishes. Hardware and billets all in excellent condition. Well maintained with Voltaire products. Stored covered indoors. Fits a lot of different sizes and breeds of horse. Voltaire fleece saddle cover included. Voltaire small carrying bag and care instructions included. The saddle will arrive in its cover, having been recently cleaned and conditioned. Reluctantly selling because, as a petite rider, (5’1″) I need a much shorter flap. I have over 20 photos. Please email me with any questions or requests for more photos. Located in New York.

Schleese Eventing. Photo courtesy Zdenek Prochazka via Sport Horse Nation.

Schleese Eventing. Photo courtesy Zdenek Prochazka via Sport Horse Nation.


Schleese Monoflap Eventing Saddle, 17.5in, medium adjustable tree,
burgundy French leather, wool stuffed, wood tree. Incl. Schleese girth and orig. cover. Used in 3 star comp. on a 16.3HH Hollsteiner. Located in B.C. Canada.

County Perfection. Photo courtesy of Marlene Melvin via Sport Horse Nation.

County Perfection. Photo courtesy of Marlene Melvin via Sport Horse Nation.

County Perfection 18 M/W Edward Gal forward flap

2014 County Perfection, 18” Med/Wide, Edward Gall forward flap-perfect for tall person or someone with a long upper leg. Here is the opportunity to purchase a close to new saddle and have it immediately, no 8/12 week wait. Has been sitting and needs to find a new home with someone who will use it. Excellent condition, very little use – purchased for horse that is now navicular and does not fit new horse. A lot less rides than a normal demo saddle, you can tell by the billets it hasn’t had many rides. Pay Pal only please, buyer to pay shipping and insurance. Will consider a short trial but you will need to pay in full plus shipping & insurance both ways if you don’t keep it. Saddle must be returned in same condition as sent. Located in Illinois.

Devoucoux Chiberta. Photo courtesy of Brooke Alexandra via Sport Horse Nation.

Devoucoux Chiberta. Photo courtesy of Brooke Alexandra via Sport Horse Nation.

17″ Devoucoux Chiberta

Beautiful 17″ Devoucoux Chiberta monoflap saddle, normal tree. Includes used leathers and saddle cover. Located in Kentucky.

Devoucoux Chiberta. Photo courtesy of Kelsey Holmes via Sport Horse Nation.

Devoucoux Chiberta. Photo courtesy of Kelsey Holmes via Sport Horse Nation.

Devoucoux Chiberta Lab

Devoucoux Chiberta Lab. 17.5 seat, 3AA flap, made in 2016 *my name is etched on the back* Has been used less than 5 times. Located in California.

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 2/18]

Happy participants and auditors after a successful William Fox-Pitt clinic. Photo courtesy of Scott Hayes. Happy participants and auditors after a successful William Fox-Pitt clinic. Photo courtesy of Scott Hayes.

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 II | Area III | Area V

Area II

Cross country schooling at Loch Moy Farm
From now through March 17, 2017 Loch Moy Farm in Adamstown, MD has cross country portables in the 5 acres of all-weather rings for the winter months. Schooling will be open during daylight hours, weather permitting. We have Elementary through Preliminary jumps including a ditch and down banks.  Show jumps are also in the rings for schooling. Call Carolyn at 301-514-0111 to make an appointment or email us at [email protected].

Schooling days at at Tryon International Equestrian Center
From January 28-February 25, the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, NC will have a schooling day every Saturday for hunter, jumper, dressage and mini-driving competitors. There will be five open rings: one hunter course, one jumping course, a flat ring, a dressage arena and a mini horse obstacles/driving ring. This is an opportunity to train on world-class ESI all-weather footing in a variety of disciplines. Each ring will be maintained and dragged throughout the day. Ring 1 and Ring 2 fence heights and coordinating schedule will be posted on every Thursday preceding the event. Click to learn more.

February 18, 2017: Winter Jumping Clinic with Phyllis Dawson
Please join us at the Windchase Winter Jumping Clinics with Phyllis Dawson, in Purcellville, VA.  The focus of this clinic will be Gymnastics and Grids with a XC twist .
More info can be found at To sign up, go to our Event Clinics website link: 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. I 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. There will be 3 to 5 riders in each group, and the cost is $75.  Sign up by the Wednesday before the clinic, and ride times will be emailed out on Thursday. Email me at [email protected] if you have any questions, or to be put on our mailing list. Come Jumping!
February 25, 2017: Jumping Clinic with Kelley Williams
Join Advanced-level eventer, Kelley Williams at A Bit Better Farm (Brookeville, MD) on Saturday, February 25th! Lessons are $60 per small group lesson. Possessing an enviable amount of patience, Kelley is a naturally gifted trainer and instructor who always seems to know what her pupils need, whether they be human or equine. Kelley draws great gratification in her teaching and coaching, and firmly believes that she learns as much from her students as they learn from her. When you sign up, please be sure to let me know if you have any time constraints. If you want to learn more about Kelley, click here. You can easily sign-up through EventClinics here or e-mail Kelley at [email protected]. As always, auditing is encouraged and always FREE! *In the case of inclement weather the clinic will be held on Sunday, February 26th.
February 26, 2017: Winter Jumping Clinic with Phyllis Dawson
Please join us at the Windchase Winter Jumping Clinics with Phyllis Dawson, in Purcellville, VA.  The focus of this clinic will be Corners and Angles. More info can be found at To sign up, go to our Event Clinics website link: 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. I 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. There will be 3 to 5 riders in each group, and the cost is $75.  Sign up by the Thursday before the clinic, and ride times will be emailed out on Friday. Email me at [email protected] if you have any questions, or to be put on our mailing list. Come Jumping!
February 26, 2017: Show Jumping Clinic with Stephen Bradley
Come tune up your jumping for the spring season with Olympian Stephen Bradley at Domino Equestrian in Harwood, MD! Small groups (2-3 people) ensure plenty of individual attention, and usually last about an hour and fifteen minutes. Private lessons are also available. An accomplished 3-day Event Rider who is well regarded for his teaching skills, Stephen Bradley is a favorite clinician for both amateurs and professionals alike. Come enjoy food, drinks, and our wonderful new facility, and lesson with one of the best! Auditors always welcome at no charge. Heated viewing room overlooks the 80×200 indoor for great auditing! Registration is available here through Event Clinics. Feel free to contact Michaline at [email protected] with any questions.
March 20-21, 2017: Eventing Clinic with Eric Smiley
Eric is a world-class trainer, FEI official, coach of the 2012 Belgium Olympic event team and one of the founders of the International Eventing Forum. This clinic will be in Southern Pines, NC at the Secrist Farm. Contact Karen McCollom, [email protected], for more information.
Area III

February 18, 2017: Dressage and Show Jumping Clinic with Dani Dichting Busbee
Auburn Eventing is hosting a dressage and show jumping clinic with 3* eventer Dani Dichting Busbee on February 18th at Flint Hill Farm in Opelika, AL. Private dressage lessons will be available for $75 and group jumping lessons will be available for $60. More information and entry form can be found on the Auburn Eventing Team Facebook page. Closing date is February 10th. Contact Sallie Johnson at (334) 467-2200 with any questions.

February 24-26, 2017: Eventing Clinic with Kai Steffen-Meier
German eventing team rider Kai Steffen-Meier will teach an Eventing 101 clinic at in Ocala, FL Feb 24-26th. He will focus on how better dressage work improves your cross country riding, and will specifically address amateurs (although not excluding professionals). All rides will be filmed and later evaluated during class room sessions so the riders can learn about themselves while watching their own rides. All levels are welcome. Additional speakers include event horse breeding and training expert Dr. Maren Engelhardt and equine nutrition and lameness prevention specialist Kimberly Kojima. To register and for more information, email [email protected].

March 1, 2017: “Under the Stars” Jumper Night at Stable View
The first Wednesday of every month is the “Under the Stars” Jumper Night series at Stable View in Aiken, SC. The show begins at 3:00pm and is held in the covered arena, fences start at 2’3” and work up to 3’9”. Class entry fees range from $30-$50 with up to $1,500 in prize money awarded. Learn more at

March 2, 2017: Eric Smiley Clinic at Bridle Creek Farm
One of a select few to hold the qualification of BE Master Coach, Eric Smiley is a world-class trainer, FEI official, coach of the 2012 Belgium Olympic event team and one of the founders of the International Eventing Forum. Contact [email protected] for more information

March 8, 2018: “Under the Stars” Dressage at Stable View
The second Wednesday of each month Stable View will be hosting a schooling or USEF/USDF Recognized Level Two Championship Qualifier Dressage show. March will be a Schooling show starting at noon with classes from Intro-Grand Prize. Prize Money Offered. Please email [email protected] with any questions, entry forms may be found on our website.

March 14-19, 2017: Eric Smiley Clinic at Bridle Creek Farm
One of a select few to hold the qualification of BE Master Coach, Eric Smiley is a world-class trainer, FEI official, coach of the 2012 Belgium Olympic event team and one of the founders of the International Eventing Forum. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Area V
February 25-26, 2017: Eventing Clinic with Buck Davidson
Buck Davidson is coming to Holly Hill Farm in Benton, LA! Saturday will be Show Jumping, Sunday Cross Country. The clinic fee is $425 (made out to Kristy Limon), this INCLUDES all schooling fees. Stalls are available for $20 per night, include in a separate Holly Hill check. Camping hookups are available for $20 per night. Add this fee to the Holly Hill check. A $200 deposit is required to hold your spot. The remainder of the fee and the Holly Hill fees are due by January 15th. Spots will not be held until a deposit is received. NO REFUNDS unless your spot can be filled from the waitlist.  Please contact Kristy Limon w/ any questions, 936-443-5167.  [email protected] More information available here.

We’ve opened “What’s Happening” up to include March 2017 activities! Want to see your lesson, clinic, or schooling show listed here? Email [email protected].

EquiRatings Quality Index Uses Risk Analysis for a Safer Sport


The sports technology and data company EquiRatings has been making waves in the equestrian industry for its innovative study of competition statistics and pursuit of improved safety for horse and rider through critical performance analysis. While EquiRatings’ scope ranges from the entertaining and intriguing Eventing Podcast to compelling media graphics and medal predictions, the EquiRatings Quality Index (ERQI) has proven to positively impact the sport from a safety standpoint.

The ERQI measures cross country risk by creating profiles for horses and tracking their individual performances. Based on collected data, the horse is assigned a numeric value between 0-1 for each level of competition that indicates the likelihood of that horse completing cross country without faults. The ERQI Rating can then be used by riders and federations to objectively evaluate the degree of risk.

The ratings may fluctuate with a horse’s performance but they are easy to understand using a “traffic light” color code reflective of the numerical values assigned. A green rating (above 0.5) is satisfactory and the horse may compete at that level. An amber rating (between 0.15-.05) means the combination meets the minimum standard for the level but warns of increased risk. A red rating (less than 0.15) is insufficient and the combination does not meet the minimum standard to compete at that level.

An example of the ERQI

An ERQI Rating is easy to understand using a “traffic light” color code reflective of the numerical values assigned. Graphic courtesy of EquiRatings.

Direct Effects of Using ERQI

The result of the ERQI since its launch in 2016 has been a decline in horse falls due to a strong correlation between low ratings and cross country penalties and falls. Eventing Ireland (EI) was the first and only national federation to utilize the ERQI during the 2016 season, targeting all national levels. They saw a 56% reduction at the national two- and three-star levels, with a staggering 66% reduction in horse falls at the national two-star level alone. EI will also start using ERQI for FEI levels this year.

“Eventing is a risk sport and we are trying to reduce that risk,” EI Chairman David O’Meara told EN. “We were very keen to use EquiRatings ERQI system to see if it had an impact and we are extremely pleased with the results — particularly in the reduction of two-star falls.”

The ERQI risk ratings serve to either confirm a horse and rider’s competence at a particular level or warn against the increased probability of elimination and is a crucial tool for organizers, officials and competitors. While only a small percentage (0.5%-1.5%) of EI members were affected by the restrictive red rating, the data presentation encouraged self-evaluation.

For example, if a competitor enters a two-star competition and is given an amber rating, the rider could compete knowing there is a higher level of risk or choose to drop down a level.

“We are giving responsibility back to the rider,” David said. “They have a choice either to enter on amber or to enter a lower class to get confidence back and improve their ERQI. It seems to have worked. The membership has welcomed this new initiative.”

EquiRatings co-founders Sam Watson and Diarm Byrne presented the ERQI Rating system at the FEI Eventing Risk Management Summit held at Tattersalls in Ireland last weekend, and earlier this month Diarm presented at the International Eventing Forum at Hartpury College in England.

“From the moment we began to use advanced programming to track risk and falls in the sport, we knew we had discovered something of huge value,” Diarm told EN.

“The results of the service in Ireland speak for themselves but it was more than just our system at play. We had the buy in from the riders, owners, event organizers and, of course, the governing body. We are changing the picture together. And that is what I expect will happen across the world in our sport over the coming the years — a joint effort, a shared responsibility around the risks in eventing. We are here to play our part in that.”

A detailed example of how an ERQI ratings is calculated. Chart courtesy of EquiRatings.

A detailed example of how an ERQI Rating is calculated. Chart courtesy of Eventing Ireland.

USEA Partners With EquiRatings

Following Eventing Ireland’s successful use of the ERQI system, other national federations are taking notice. At the 2016 USEA Annual Meeting and Convention in December, Sam and Diarm led one of the most popular seminars of the week. The Board of Governors then approved USEA CEO Rob Burk to receive an official proposal from EquiRatings and to begin discussions to implement their technology to improve safety in the United States. The USEA and EquiRatings have been sharing data now for several months, and the USEA will introduce new associated member services in the near future.

“At this point in time we envision our members signing into their USEA online services account and having access to a straightforward ERQI score associated with each registered horse on their profile. Additional interesting analytics are also possible and we are working with EquiRatings to look at all of the possibilities,” Rob told EN.

A partnership with EquiRatings is all part of the USEA’s broader plan to increase safety in U.S. Eventing. While the results data and incidents reports collected and maintained in the U.S. are especially detailed and efficiently stored, Rob encourages the membership to work together with the Association to make sure all data is as accurate as possible. Furthermore, combining the use of data analysis with the self-policing inspired by the ERQI will only serve to strengthen the sport.

“In order for this system to be successful we need the best possible data to be collected,” Rob said. “Although it sounds like we are stealing a quote from Homeland Security, we encourage everyone involved in the sport that if you see something, say something. Only through vigilance on the part of all of us can we ensure that we keep our horses and riders as safe as possible.

“It does the sport no good to have anyone hold back information. We encourage everyone with an interest in the sport to reach out to the Technical Delegate and/or the Ground Jury at any event in which you notice any discrepancies in how competition results are reported. You can also reach out the USEA and US Equestrian (USEF) with that information.”

Rob also explained that the USEA sees safety as a multi-layered concept. These layers include the preparation of horse and rider, preparation of safety personnel, suitability of the course, and the diligence of the officials, related Associations and Federations. “In order to lessen the risk we need to focus our efforts on each of those layers,” he said.

“Implementation of the ERQI rating system will further enable our members to be able to analyze competition data in determining whether their horse and/or they are adequately prepared to compete at a given level or competition. Obviously there are numerous factors in determining whether you or your horse are prepared to compete but the ERQI will provide us with one more tool to raise the level of safety in our sport.”

Learn more about the EquiRatings Quality Index here.

What do you think, EN? Do you think more national federations should implement the EquiRatings Quality Index in their entry systems? Weigh in below in the comments.

Let’s Discuss: Bitless Bridles in Dressage

Should bitless bridles (like the Dr. Cooks pictured here) be allowed in dressage? Photo by Kate Samuels. Should bitless bridles (like the Dr. Cooks pictured here) be allowed in dressage? Photo by Kate Samuels.

A dressage rider in Britain is calling for a rule change to allow bitless bridles in dressage competitions run under British Dressage (BD) rules. The rider, Tam Russell, started her horse without a bit and has continued to ride him that way ever since. She feels that BD should review its policies to “reflect current times” and for the “sake of horse welfare.”

“Surely a bitless horse is no threat to a bitted horse when competing against each other? And if it is? Even more reason to address archaic attitudes in the equine world,” Tam said.

Paul Graham of BD responded, stating that bitless bridles have been discussed before but that the board chooses to remain in accordance with FEI rules. He also pointed out that Russell can seek to ride with a bitless bridle in unaffiliated competitions that do not run under BD rules.

“It is important that we have a level playing field for all competitors and this includes the tack and equipment permitted,” Paul said.

Read the full story over on Horse and Hound.

Niklas Lindbäck and Cendrillon after dressage at Boekelo. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Niklas Lindbäck and Cendrillon at Boekelo. Cendrillon is wearing a Micklem bridle. Photo by Jenni Autry.

In eventing competitions run under USEF rules, a bridle is compulsory in all phases, but hackamores may be used for cross country and show jumping (See EV115). For dressage specifically, the rules state that you must use a “permitted bridle.”

While a bitless bridle is not included on the list of permitted bridles in dressage, there are quite a few “alternative style” bridles pictured under Appendix 4: Eventing – Permitted Saddlery for Dressage, including the Micklem, Freedom Stübben, Stotztem, and Sweden High Jump and Jump Off.

What do you think, EN? Should bitless bridles be allowed in dressage? Do you ride in a bitless bridle (or no bridle at all) at home and in unrecognized competitions? Discuss in the comments!

[USEF Rules for Eventing]

[Rider calls for bitless bridles to be allowed in dressage]

Elegance On the Edge of Wilderness

What horse person doesn’t dream of ‘dashing through the snow’ in an open sleigh, snuggled up next to a loved one, laughing all the way?

Dashing through the snow. Photo courtesy of the Omni Mount Washington.

Jingle bells and all. Photo courtesy of the Omni Mount Washington.

My beloved, Cortney, and I booked a stay at the historic Omni Mount Washington Hotel in New Hampshire to celebrate our anniversary last month. Our intention was to spend most of each day skiing at Bretton Woods across the street, but the hotel and surrounding area has a plethora of other activities to entertain visitors as well: snowshoeing, canopy tours, ice skating, snowmobiling, the spa and, you guessed it, sleigh rides.

If we did anything else besides ski, eat and drink for three days, we were going to go for a sleigh ride.

A truly grand hotel. Photo courtesy of the Omni Mount Washington.

Photo courtesy of the Omni Mount Washington.

The Gilded Age of the Grand Hotel

The completion of the Cog Railway through Crawford Notch in 1875 effectively ushered in the age of the grand hotel. Until then, a carriage road provided the only access to the White Mountains of New Hampshire. It was a wild and wonderful place which became a hub for social connection and whimsical art.

“This kind of ground obviously lends itself to getting out there and enjoying nature,” said Craig Clemmer, a director at the Mount Washington. “That kind of inspiration, whether you’re seated on a horse or hiking, it’s elegance on the edge of wilderness.”

The Mount Washington was the ambitious enterprise of coal and railroad tycoon Joseph Stickney. Construction began in 1900, on the back side of the Gilded Age. Two years later, Thomas Edison turned on the lights and the doors were opened to the public.

Designed by architect Charles Alling Gifford, the Mount Washington was one of the most innovative and luxurious hotels of the time. Whereas other area grand hotels earned their status with intermittent expansions, the Mount Washington was conceived as a 200-room masterpiece on a 10,000-acre estate. Today, it is one of the last remaining grand hotels still in operation.

Sadly, Mr. Stickney died just a year after the hotel opened, leaving everything to his young wife Carolyn Foster who was, for all intents and purposes, a horse person. She disliked motor cars so much she would not allow them to pull up to the front of the hotel. Only horses and carriages were allowed to use the front door, while automobile passengers were forced to use an alternative entrance which today serves as the valet lot. A pair of matching white carriage horses were her own preferred method of travel.

Despite her distaste for cars, she cared about the assets of her guests, so Carolyn built a 100+ stall car barn. That building was eventually dismantled, but Craig explained that the wooden beams were repurposed in the construction of the Latitude 44 restaurant and Hobbit Ski Center at Bretton Woods.

Horses are still an integral part of the Mount Washington experience, now as a family-friendly activity rather than a transportation necessity. While there are one and two-horse drawn sleigh rides in the winter, the resort offers trail rides in the summer plus a year-round barn buddies program that introduces children to the magic of horses.

This was the view from our room! Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

This was the view from our room! Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Making Spirits Bright

Having served as the livery for several grand hotels in the area, the Bretton Woods Stables actually predate the hotel and today’s equine inhabitants still reside in the original barn.

Luke Thorn is the resort’s stablemaster now in his fourteenth year on the job. He not only drives the sleigh, but he is in charge of every aspect of the horses’ care, right down to the horse shoes he makes on the forge. Luke owns the horses himself, sourcing them from around the country to be safe, friendly additions to the resort stables. The steady steed for our evening sleigh ride was Ralph, a 23-year-old Belgium whom Luke affectionately called the “little guy” of the barn.

Luke and Ralph picked us up after sunset where we were waiting inside a heated outbuilding. Having been deprived of the smell of horses for a few days I had a snuggle session with Ralph before climbing into the open sleigh and settling down under the thick blankets provided.

Our escorts, Luke and Ralph. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Our escorts, Luke and Ralph. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Off we went, jingling up the drive, passed the historic Bretton Woods Inn (we ate a celebratory dinner there the following night, and it was easily the best meal we had on the whole trip). Beyond the Inn we passed by what looked like the front of a mansion but was in fact the entrance to the barn.

We soon escaped the wind as we entered the shelter of the woods. Gliding along the quiet trail I marveled at how un-phased Ralph was by the darkness and night sounds, but Luke assured us he’s an experienced old chap who knows his job. For the next half hour, Ralph sure-footedly dragged us through the snow while the three of us chatted.

Not long into the ride Cortney dug into his backpack and came up with a bottle of wine and two glasses (how thoughtful!). Clinking our cups together in ceremony, I thought what a perfect opportunity this would be for a couple in love to make a lifelong promise to each other.

“Do you get a lot of proposals during sleigh rides?” I asked Luke.

He laughed and confirmed, “All the time. Especially on Valentine’s Day and we’ve had nine already this month. We even did a horse drawn wedding once.”

Emerging from the woods, we packed up our wine, thanked Luke and Ralph and boarded the shuttle to go to dinner. While we didn’t exactly go dashing through the snow in the dark, I can check a romantic sleigh ride off my bucket list.

The front entrance to the barn. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

It looks like a house, but that’s the front entrance to the barn. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

But the trip to the Omni Mount Washington will be one I remember forever for a different reason.

There would have been a tenth proposal that month, had I only stopped talking about horses long enough for Cortney to pop the question! Not to mention I slammed shut the window of opportunity by asking about proposals in the first place.

“It had potential,” Cortney laughed, explaining it all to me later.

I may have botched his first attempt, but good humored as Cortney is he brushed it off and tried again the next day. He surprised me at the top of the mountain, with the whole world beneath our feet and the sun glittering off the surface of the snow.


Monday Video from Tredstep Ireland: Quadruple View Burghley CCI4* Helmet Cam

Take the ultimate thrill ride with this split screen video featuring helmet cams from four different 2016 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials riders. See the whole course from the points of view of Tim Price and Bango, Oliver Townend and Drumgurrihy Blue, Elisa Wallace and Simply Priceless, and Abigail Boulton and Tilston Tic Toc. Go Eventing.

Weekend Instagram Roundup: Sun and Smiles at Pine Top & Ocala

Around 900 horses went eventing at two of Area III’s favorite winter destinations: Pine Top in Thomson, GA and Ocala Winter II at the Florida Horse Park. It was all sun and smiles for three full days of competition. Here are your snapshots from the weekend!

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

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

Great first day out of the season with my family. #eventing A photo posted by Tom Whitty (@tomwhitty99) on

Videos to come from the weekend

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Cheers to show season 2017! A photo posted by MK Equestrian (@mk_equestrian1779) on

A pretty smile from the big winner.

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Organizer Janet Wilson playing jokes on competitors while they walk the Novice show jumping course. #whenyouseeit

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First event of the season ✅ so happy with our foot perfect show jump round. Definitely the best we’ve ever had! #pinetop

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The bestest Baby D ever #HPE #PineTop #Ottb #Eventing #Thoroughbred #Lovehim #Goof #StayCalmAndLookHandsome A photo posted by Kendyl (@kshantz1238) on

When your pony is #perfect. #eventingsunnyfl #ocalahorsetrials #ottb #eventing #thoroughbredmanning

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Pea soup fog couldn’t stop this guy! Double clear xc and a great prep before our first prelim! #eventingsunnyfl A photo posted by Maddie Carey (@mycarey13) on

Don’t worry Lucia, I got Cedric all prepped for tomorrow #eventingsunnyfl #workinghardorhardlyworking #cooleysporthorses

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#myother2biggestfans #kodibear #jesseman <3 my furchildren!!! A photo posted by Ellen Doughty-Hume (@ellendoughtyhume) on

Perfect Teddy finishing 3rd at Ocala II this weekend!

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Baby girl what’s your name? -Pete

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Ricky Bobs is back and feeling fresh!! #rfeloquence #winnerwinnerchickendinner A photo posted by Ellie MacPhail O’Neal (@elliemacneal) on

Watching my favorite sport with some of my favorite people #crosscountry

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Go Eventing.

Monday News and Notes from Fleeceworks

Fun and silliness cross country schooling at Windchase on Ground Hog's Day! Photo courtesy of Phyllis Dawson. Fun and silliness cross country schooling at Windchase on Ground Hog's Day! Photo courtesy of Phyllis Dawson.

As the day wore on on Saturday every person on the grounds at Pine Top HT in Georgia slowly peeled off layers as the temperatures fluctuated 30 degrees from morning to late afternoon. And suddenly we’re all in short sleeves in February, but we weren’t complaining. The conditions were absolutely perfect for the horses, and lest we forget the time we faced frozen water complexes and dressage in 20 degree weather. If the above photo is any indication, eventers everywhere are enjoying sunshine and play time between winter storms and being stuck in the indoor.

U.S. Weekend Action:

2/8 Full Gallop Farm February H.T. [Website] [Results]

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

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

Monday News and Notes:

USEA Area IV does an online auction every year to raise funds for the Area programs. The money raised will support Adult Rider and Young Rider programs, educational opportunities, year-end awards and ATC/AEC participation. Items include everything from USEA Event entries to Boyd Martin cross country boots and an RNS video! The auction ends at 8:00 p.m. CST on February 18. [Click here to bid!]

More than 600 horses competed at the Ocala Winter II HT Presented by Brian Cox Farm Team this weekend, which is reported to be the most since the event began in 2009. From participating team riders to welcoming first timers, Florida eventing is trending bigtime and the local media is getting on board to cover Florida’s eventing scene. [Three Skills, One Trend]

Emerging Athlete Coach Leslie Law taught at three separate training sessions for the Eventing 18 and 25 Developing Riders over the winter. Focusing on the basics and training principles, Leslie also built upon the skills of each rider through individualized sessions on the flat and over fences. The riders also heard lectures on equine fitness and nutrition, anatomy and more. The future is looking bright for these rising stars! [Emerging Athlete Training Program Sets Rising Talent Up for Success]

The Heart of the Carolinas Three-Day Event has added Young Horse divisions to its already stacked event schedule the first week of May. Known for its dedication to the Classic long format, HOTC has consistently offered more levels and tests each year and will host USEA Future Event Horse and Young Event Horse divisions for the first time in 2017. Young Horse classes will run on Thursday, May 4 so YEH horses can also compete in the horse trials on the weekend. A standalone FEH/YEH show is also planned for this summer. [Young Horse Divisions Added to 2017 HOTC]

The fourth year of the Burgham International Horse Trials in Northumberland will be a celebration of the horse. With a CIC3* bringing in Britain’s best, Burgham will also offer a CIC* for the first time. The July competition will feature affiliated showjumping classes and Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse qualifiers in addition to the horse trials. Burgham’s official charity for 2017 is Daft As A Brush Cancer Patient Care, a local charity which provides transport free of charge for those undergoing treatment for cancer. [Burgham: What’s On in 2017]

Monday Video: Eventing gold medalist Tad Coffin demonstrates the effects of a saddle with an electromagnetic field on a back-sore lesson pony.

Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: 6 Thoroughbreds In Search of New Jockey

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.

The Thoroughbred is one of the most versatile, athletic and loyal breeds. In this edition we’re featuring six Thoroughbreds, raced and unraced, that are searching for a new adventure buddy. We’ve included the ad copy provided; click the links for videos, pricing and contact information.

Salt. Photo courtesy of April Scott via Sport Horse Nation.

Salt. Photo courtesy of April Scott via Sport Horse Nation.

17h TB Gelding

Salt is a 7 year old, 17.0hh bay Thoroughbred (unraced) gelding. Salt’s personality is the icing on the cake – he is a very friendly horse with an expressive personality and loves his people. Has the potential to excel in many disciplines; dressage, jumpers, eventing. 3 solid gaits and has begun work on leg yields, shoulder in, lead changes,etc. Has schooled water, ditches, banks, coops as well as hacked out alone and with company and competed at local shows around Area 1 (up to BN level). Spent four months during 2016 summer in professional training; can provide contact information for his trainers. I am currently a Freshman in college and no longer have the time to devote to him that he deserves. Not for a beginner but not an overly complicated ride either. No vices, good for farrier, vet, bathing, etc. Price negotiable to the right home. Located in Vermont.

A Fine Wine. Photo courtesy of Alyssa Schmitt via Sport Horse Nation.

A Fine Wine. Photo courtesy of Alyssa Schmitt via Sport Horse Nation.

16.2 hand Training level gelding

A Fine Wine (barn name: JJ) is a 16.2 hand 10 year old registered Thoroughbred chestnut gelding. JJ is presently competing at the training level in eventing, and is ready for preliminary. JJ is a cross country machine and would easily take a Young Rider through the levels. That being said, JJ is a sensible and mannerly horse, and has already proven he can pack a rider around the BN/N levels. JJ is a snaffle ride for all three phases and likes a rider that has gentle hands (he does not pull). JJ is one of the softest jumpers we have ever ridden, and is a joy to ride over fences. He is excellent to hack out and school cross country and is mannerly in the barn. JJ is uphill, beautiful, correct, and has big bones and feet. JJ loves to be ridden and will come when you call in the pasture. JJ is an excellent teacher, has a very soft mouth, and is easy to put together in the dressage. We want to see JJ with a person that he can bond with and love. Sound and healthy. Located in West Virginia.

Enzo. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Enzo. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

“Enzo,” 2005 Grey Thoroughbred Gelding

“Enzo,” affectionately known as Zo around the barn, is an 11 year old, 16H Thoroughbred Gelding who has successfully competed through training level. With three lovely gaits and exceptional scope, Enzo is a blast to ride XC and would be the perfect mount for a junior or young rider looking for a horse that has the temperament and scope to take them up the levels! Enzo has a phenomenal, “in-your-pocket” personality and is a DREAM to have in the barn and travel with. Enzo has excellent ground manners, stands quietly for the vet/farrier, travels well and has no naughty stall habits. Unfortunately due to owner moving on to college he is being offered up for sale. Enzo spent 2016 teaching a young rider the ropes of eventing, taking home two 6th’s, one 2nd, and a 5th place at the Carolina Horse Park War Horse championship. Located in North Carolina.

Nico. Photo courtesy of Ashley Trier via Sport Horse Nation.

Nico. Photo courtesy of Ashley Trier via Sport Horse Nation.

Lovely Young Novice Horse Ready to Continue Up the Levels

Nico is a six year old 16.3 hand Thoroughbred (breezed but never raced). He’s been in consistent training since he was three and is always the perfect gentleman in any situation. Went novice all last year as a five year old; scores very well on the flat, has an uncomplicated jump, and a great brain for an adult amateur or young rider. Definitely has the jump for continuing up the levels. Has the sweetest, most in-your-pocket personality with no vices. Will be someone’s dream horse – tall, dark and handsome with athleticism and a lovely personality to match! Located in Florida.

Sugar Sam. Photo courtesy of Katie Schaefer via Sport Horse Nation.

Sugar Sam. Photo courtesy of Katie Schaefer via Sport Horse Nation.

Sugar Sam novice/training packer

Very sad to say this guy is for sale, he’s the best horse for a little girl or just a novice amature. Sugar sam is as sweet as his name, he is a 11 year old thoroughbred that has raced and has competed through training level. He has extravagant movements for a thoroughbred he loves to lengthen his legs for cross country and collect for dressage. Sam normally scores in the upper 20’s in dressage and you bet he goes clear on the cross country he will take on any question without hesitation. I cannot express enough how sweet this guy is! Located in Kentucky.

The Scotsman. Photo courtesy of Courtney Cooper via Sport Horse Nation.

The Scotsman. Photo courtesy of Courtney Cooper via Sport Horse Nation.

The Scotsman – 2008, 16H, Grey Thoroughbred Gelding

The Scotsman is an experienced eventer that’s earned multiple top three placings at Novice and Unrecognized Training level events with scope for Preliminary. He’s easy to make round, uncomplicated to jump and goes in a plain snaffle for all 3 phases. The Scotsman would be best suited for a junior, young rider or adult amateur rider. Located in South Carolina.

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.

Monday News and Notes from Fleeceworks

Lauren Kieffer and Veronica with ring steward Cheryl Thomas (who is most often your behind the scenes scoring guru at the events at Rocking Horse and Equiventures). Photo courtesy of Beth Davidson. Lauren Kieffer and Veronica with ring steward Cheryl Thomas (who is most often your behind the scenes scoring guru at the events at Rocking Horse and Equiventures). Photo courtesy of Beth Davidson.

While eyes were on the $100,000 Land Rover Wellington Eventing Showcase this weekend, some of our event riders were working on their dressage moves at the USEF/USDF Jubilee Dressage show hosted by Southeast Horse Shows at the Florida Horse Park. Clark Montgomery and the incredible Loughan Glen won the FEI Test of Choice, earning a 24.0 in the 3*A test. In Sunday’s FEI Test of Choice, Eventing 25 rider Cornelia Dorr and Louis M put in banner performances, scoring a 22 in 2*A Test and a 27 in 2*B. Laine Ashker was also competing with one of her dressage horses, Santiago del Escarvido, in Intermediare I, earning second with a 67.895. Full results will be available here. Well done, eventers and thanks Beth Davidson for the tip!

U.S. Weekend Action:

Wellington Eventing Showcase: Final ScoresEN’s CoverageLive StreamEN’s Instagram

Stable View Winter H.T. [Website] [Results]

Poplar Place Farm February H.T. [Website] [Results]

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

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

Wed 2/8 Full Gallop Farm February H.T. [Website] [Live Scoring]

Monday News and Notes:

There’s no doubt that sympathy towards a horse’s way of thinking can be helpful when it comes to training and communicating with your horse (and sometimes predicting whether they are likely to spook at certain things and how dramatic it will be). Researchers weigh in an equine’s learning process and how we can adjust our training methods and behavior for a happier, more ethical relationship. [Thinking Like a Horse]

I’ve heard some good stories about hunt ball adventures but this one just might top them all. A couple of ladies in evening gowns were on the way home from a hunt ball early in the morning when they came upon a loose horse wearing tack and then found its unconscious rider. They called an ambulance, covered her up for warmth and, of course, posed for a photo (with permission). Thankfully horse and rider are okay. [Ladies in ball gowns to the rescue]

Early in my journalism career and at one of my first trips to Rolex, I had the opportunity to talk to Mark Todd (I just wanted his autograph to be honest) and completely chickened out. I don’t get star struck very often, but he is literally known as The Master and was one of my childhood super heroes. My friend and fellow journalist Lindsay Berreth, however, is not a chicken. She caught up with Toddy at the Wellington Eventing Showcase to learn about the strategy of catch riding and his thoughts on the event. [Ringside Chat: Mark Todd]

Monday Video: Check out the Transylvania University Eventing Team in action!

Galway Downs Kicks Off West Coast Eventing Season

Enjoying a beautiful first cross country day of the year. Could you ask for a better view? DCH Chrysler Dodge

Posted by Galway Downs on Saturday, February 4, 2017

First West Coast cross country day of the year! Could it be any more gorgeous?

Galway Downs in Temecula, Calif. officially opened the West Coast eventing season this weekend with their winter horse trials hosting 13 divisions from Introductory to Intermediate.

Megan Traynham and Lord Lombardi took top honors in the 21-horse Intermediate division, adding a handful of time penalties across both jumping phases to finish on 35.4. Frankie Thieriot Stutes and the Chatwin Group’s Chatwin were well ahead of the pack after dressage on a 24.3, but time penalties and a rail down in show jumping dropped them to second. In third was Tamra Smith and Lucinda LLC’s Glock Pullman, moving up from seventh after dressage to finish third and posting one of only four double clear rounds on Mike Nielson’s stadium course.

All but one horse and rider combination – Cara Julian and Wunder Schon – made the time on cross country (Ashley Dorsey and Marcel Dorsey’s Stakkato II were only one second over the optimum time), but every Intermediate pair that left the start box came home without jumping penalties on Ian Stark’s course. A great way to start the season!

In the Open Preliminary, Sarah Braun and Korin Potenza’s Crowning Event were the sole pair to finish on their dressage score (33.4) to move up into the top spot. The results were as close as it gets in Preliminary Rider. Madison Temkin and Tiki Martin’s Dr. Hart were tied for the lead with Katy Johnstone and Ballingowan Ginger after the first phase. Both combinations finished on their dressage score (27.1), but Katy and Ballingowan Ginger were one single second closer to the optimum time on cross country to win the tie.

It looks like it was a beautiful weekend and horses and riders were thrilled to be back spending the weekend at an event. Congratulations to all the competitors! Go Eventing.

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

Perfect weather, perfect horse ❤️

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And boom we’re done! Cheers to a full weekend of sunshine, wine, and horses! A photo posted by Rebecca Bird Mortensen (@beckybuckwyld) on

A perfect day in SoCal for horse play

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From coast to coast, we love seeing the continued support for Lee Lee Jones as she recovers from a traumatic brain injury.

We are #leeleestrong at Galway Downs! Thinking of you Lee Lee

Posted by Hawley Bennett Eventing on Sunday, February 5, 2017

Helmet Cam Alert! Ride Around Wellington with Elisa Wallace

“Alright J.B., you ready? It’s fun time, buddy!” were Elisa Wallace’s words to Simply Priceless, aka Johnny, before they left the start box at the 2017 $100,000 Land Rover Wellington Eventing Showcase. They rocked and rolled around Capt. Mark Phillips’ technical course, turning in a clear round and one of the fastest rides of the day with only 3.6 time for an 18th place finish.

Wellington Links: Final Scores, EN’s Coverage, Live Stream, EN’s Instagram

#WellingtonShowcase Social Media Roundup

What an awesome finish to the 2017 $100,000 Land Rover Wellington Eventing Showcase! Riding Craig and Gloria Callen’s lovely mare Welcome Shadow, Boyd Martin completed a hat trick with his third consecutive win on three different horses and we saw incredible athleticism, horsemanship, focus and fun across the board.

The predictions about this year’s cross country being more influential were true as only two competitors managed to come in under the optimum time: second place Buck Davidson with Petite Flower (the only pair to finish on their dressage score) and third place Doug Payne with Vandiver.

Mark Bellissimo, CEO of Equestrian Sports Productions, once again went above and beyond. He confirmed that in the future he hopes to build upon the increasing success of the Showcase and develop a “triple crown” series at additional venues.

Let’s take a quick look back at the 2017 Showcase on social media. Be sure you check out all of EN’s coverage here and check out Instagram for more photos. Go Eventing.

Wellington Links: Final Scores, EN’s Coverage, Live Stream, EN’s Instagram

Like a hardcore spider monkey #saveoftheday #wellingtonshowcase #holyshit

Posted by Kate Samuels on Saturday, February 4, 2017

Magical horses and champions. What an incredible couple of days. I cannot describe the feeling of having a legend like…

Posted by Sara Kozumplik Murphy Equestrian on Sunday, February 5, 2017

Posted by Megan Woods on Saturday, February 4, 2017

Boyd Martin was quickly congratulated today by Buck Davidson and Doug Payne! #EventingShowcase

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Where would eventing be without the incredible grooms?

Overwhelming support for #teamleelee was evident everywhere we looked. #leeleestrong.

The EN team and Chinch are #teamleelee #leeleestrong

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We are Team Lee Lee here at The Wellington Showcase :)

Posted by Jennie Brannigan on Thursday, February 2, 2017

Matt & I at the last jump thinking of @joneseventing #leeleestrong #wellington #eventingshowcase PC: @twomorris A photo posted by Doug Payne (@dpequestrian) on

Team LeeLee at #wellingtonshowcase #teamleelee #leeleestrong

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Until next time, Welly World!

A Training Utopia: Aiken’s ‘The Vista’ Is A Cross Country Paradise

Photo courtesy of The Vista.

Photo courtesy of The Vista.

The Vista Schooling and Event Center in Aiken, SC has taken schooling to a whole new level. Designed and developed specifically for schooling without a busy competition calendar to manage in between, the venue is meticulously maintained to give local riders the tools they need to prepare for competition. Now in its second winter of operation, The Vista as become a training hub for local eventers year round as well as snowbirds that are in town to get a jump start on the season.

Tom Caniglia put the wheels in motion to develop a schooling facility initially for his students. The former Advanced eventer had begun teaching lessons to supplement his income as a realtor after the market tanked in 2008. “I realized how much I missed it. So I decided to buy myself 10 or 20 acres, build a cabin to live in and teach lessons on my farm,” Tom said. “I started driving around and looking at properties with Bruce Hovey and we happened to drive by this place. I was looking for 20 and this is 187.”

The property was too good to pass up and Bruce encouraged Tom to move forward with his idea on a grander scale. Tom had long been frustrated with the time he spent on the road just to get to his students, and when it came to practicing cross country, the scenarios available weren’t always ideal. “The fences were far apart, sometimes the footing was not great, and it wasn’t always open. I said it would be so much better to do this and have something set up specifically for schooling and not events.”

Seeing an opportunity to remedy this deficiency, Tom and Bruce appealed to two former business partners. The four of them – Tom, Bruce, Scott Bradford and Ketan Patel – put their heads and finances together to buy the 187 acres and develop The Vista into what it is today.

Photo courtesy of The Vista.

Photo courtesy of The Vista.

There are more than 100 cross country fences from Starter logs on up with more on the way from builder Jamie Gornall, plus multiple water complexes and an 800-meter gallop track. There is a also a large and small sand dressage arena as well as a newly built 300×400 stadium jumping arena.

At the beginning of this venture, Tom and his partners vowed that for the first few years they would put all proceeds back into the property, and as the the venue has become more active they have watched and listened to the riders and made adjustments to meet their needs.

The Novice field is used more often than any other area, so that section has doubled in size, and the stadium jumping arena was built as an alternative to the grass derby field. As more upper level eventers are making The Vista a part of their training program, additional upper level jumps are being added and a 1/4 mile gallop is in the works, but so are new trails through the woods being planned for the riders who just want to hack out.

“We ask them what they want and then we build it,” Tom said. “It doesn’t matter what I think we need or want to build, it’s whatever the people using the place want and need.”

Tom’s biggest job, however, is maintaining the footing, which also happens to be the greatest expense. The ground is tirelessly tended through an intricate irrigation system, regular fertilization and old fashioned manual labor.

Twenty-seven thousand feet of pipe is buried under the surface of the schooling areas for irrigation, but Tom explained that the watering schedule is carefully monitored. “Unlike a lawn you can’t just schedule it on a clock and have it done. I literally walk around and watch horses work. If horses hit the ground and don’t leave enough of a footprint or the grounds sounds hard then I water that night. If there is too much of a footprint then I rest that area.”

Instead of dragging the fields, they are rolled to level out bumps, and the grass is mowed once a week to promote a thick, tough turf. The fences are moved around every couple of weeks for variety and to reduce trauma to the ground, but Tom goes so far as to rake and tamp the take-off and landing between horses.

“A lot of places have jumps and have what we have, but the main thing we have is footing. It’s never too soft because it drains well and when it doesn’t rain we water it. In summer we have people from all over the Southeast come because the ground is better.”

The effort put into maintaining the footing just for schooling may sound excessive, but with the number of horses visiting the venue every day, it’s a necessity.

The popularity of the venue has far exceeded Tom and his partners’ initial expectations. In the first year they were hoping for ten horses a day in the summer and 30 in winter, but a staggering 80 horses on grounds was a typical day last winter. When you think about it, Tom effectively has the same number of hoofprints on his course as a horse trials several times a week.

However, hosting horse trials is not the end goal for Tom and his partners. Their mission is to provide their customers with a safe, fun, state of the art schooling facility (with the occasional derby or gambler’s choice jumping round thrown in for flavor).

Tom said the Aiken community has been extremely supportive of the venue and they make an effort to make it as inclusive as possible. For frequent flyers, there is an annual membership option offering unlimited access to the facility and other member perks.

Local business owner Sarah Accord lives just two miles down the road, and while she has an arena at home, she trailers over to The Vista every day to train her young horses or watch others ride. “Do I want to spend time dragging and moving jumps around or go ride?” she asked. Fair point!

“There is always something different and it is so well maintained. It’s nice to watch other people and see what they’re doing and it’s good for the horses to be in that traffic and listening to horses gallop,” Sarah continued. “I’m going for bit of community but at the same time you can do your own thing. It seems like people are mostly coming for schooling which you don’t need to do all the time, but it’s just a good venue to get horse out and see a lot of sights.”

Eventer Mellisa Warden has several horses competing at different levels. Nearly all of them make weekly (or more) visits to The Vista. Mellisa feels strongly about the benefits of regular cross country schooling, ant the appeal of The Vista specifically is the ability to school with a slow, steady progression of difficulty.

“You have to school cross country to have good cross country horses. You’re not going to be able to accomplish learning how to gallop at a Preliminary or Intermediate table by cantering around an arena down to 3’9” oxer,” Mellisa said. “Having the ability to go someplace and build your horse’s confidence at a smaller fence and then jump a bigger fence at a gallop makes a huge difference.

“There are multiple banks, a bunch of different ditches and chevrons and wedges at different heights and widths so even Novice horses can start to learn the concept of narrow fences. Having multiple fences of the same type at different heights and widths to jump as the horse builds confidence is priceless as a schooling concept.”

Find The Vista on Facebook or visit their website for more information on schooling and upcoming activities.

Go Eventing

Wellington Eventing Showcase Cross Country Live Updates

Winner winner! Photo by Jenni Autry. Winner winner! Photo by Jenni Autry.

We’re just about to begin the final phase of the $100,000 Land Rover Wellington Eventing Showcase! Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous are in the lead on a two-phase score of 24.9, but Boyd Martin and Welcome Shadow are hot on their heels with a 26.5. Boyd mentioned in yesterday’s press conference that Capt. Mark Phillips’ course is tougher than the last two years and time will be a considerable factor. Boyd is looking to make it three in a row for Showcase wins, so we expect to see him really go for it on the cross country.

Allison Springer and Arthur are within striking distance on a third place 27.2 with Kim Severson and Cooley Cross Border close by in fourth on a 28.0. Marilyn’s second ride RF Demeter moved up from ninth after dressage to fifth with a double-clear show jumping round and currently sits on a 29.4.

There are 23 jumping efforts with an optimum time of 3 minutes, 59 seconds. The course looks beautiful (check out our virtual course walk here) and of course we’re all anxious to see the horses jump a fence within the VIP tent on the way to the finish line. We’ll be updating this page continuously throughout the cross country phase so keep refreshing for the latest results and information.

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Here are the top ten after cross country at the 2017 Wellington Eventing Showcase. Stay tuned for a full report!

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1:04 p.m. EST: Here we go! The Master himself, Mark Todd is away on Sara Kozumplik Murphy’s L’Alazane.

1:09 p.m. EST: Toddy ducked on his way into the VIP tent (the horse is 17.2 and Toddy’s is 6’3″!) but they are safely home with 9.2 time penalties. “I had a great ride. It’s always a little nervous going out on a strange horse,” he said. “She started off a little looky but she got going and gave me a great ride.”

1:11 p.m. EST: Savannah Fulton and Captain Jack are on course. They have a two-phase score of 53.3.

1:12 p.m. EST: Captain Jack tips the top of fence 6 and nearly unseats Savannah but she did a masterful job of getting back in the tack while Captain Jack stood quiet. Well done!

1:16 p.m. EST: Clear and 33.6 time and all smiles from “Woodge” Fulton as she crosses the finish with Captain Jack. Check out this recovery!! Miss Stickability!

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1:18 p.m. EST: Elisa Wallace and Simply Priceless are on course. Elisa said after four rails down in showjumping that Johnny had been a bit “on the muscle” and he’s looking pretty enthusiastic to be on cross country now! Elisa is working hard and making it happen.

1:21 p.m. EST: Clear round with just a few time penalties (3.6) for Elisa and Johnny. “He’s was ready to go. He’s such a good cross country horse so I knew I could take some risks here and there. I just love him!”

1:22 p.m. EST: South Paw glances off the corner at 7 but Joe Meyer (NZL) gets him clear over it on the second attempt.

1:23 p.m. EST: Another duck left at the corner at 12 for South Paw. They’re carrying two refusals and taking the conservative route at the water.

1:25 p.m. EST: Sadly another glance off to the left for Joe Meyer and South Paw at 21. Joe gets him over at the second attempt but then pulls up.

1:26 p.m. EST: Kylie Lyman and Da Vinci Code are on course. Da Vinci Code looking very keen over the first few fences but you can’t miss Kylie’s grin! They’re having a cracking round so far.

1:29 p.m. EST: Kylie and Da Vinci Code are across the finish clear with 14 time penalties. “He was fantastic…he saved my butt at the last corner there but he locked on and figured out how to make it happen!”

1:33 p.m. EST: Erin Sylvester and Mettraise are clear with 7.2 time to take the lead for the moment.

1:35 p.m. EST: Dan Jocelyn (NZL) being very economical on course with Dukes Up.

1:37 p.m. EST: Dan Jocelyn now on a 49.2 with a clear round and 6.8 time. “I’m very pleased to be back here, it’s a lovely event. Horse gave me a great ride, Alex (O’Neal) did a great job preparing him.”

1:39 p.m. EST: Ryan Wood’s Powell may not look like he’s galloping very fast but his massive stride covers a lot of ground!

1:42 p.m. EST: Nearly a minute over the optimum but a lovely steady round from Ryan and Powell. “He felt great, I just cruised him around. The rails in show jumping put us out of contention so we just had a nice walk in the park!”

1:48 p.m. EST: William Fox-Pitt (GBR) gives RF Quarterman a superb ride. They were really motoring in the beginning but picked up a 5.6 time. They still take the provisional lead. “It’s amazing to be here, it’s such a brilliant showcase for our sport and exactly what we all need…I’m so grateful to Marilyn for letting me ride this lovely horse. He’s brilliant jumping. I was a bit to slow but…nevermind…He’s beautifully trained. I’m just steering and having fun.”

1:50 p.m. EST: Angela Bowles and Novelle unfortunately carry 40 jumping jumping penalties from two runouts….and they’ve had a third disobedience now which sadly means elimination.

#wellingtonshowcase #eventingsunnyfl Posted by Megan Woods on Saturday, February 4, 2017

1:54 p.m. EST: Kylie Lyman is on course with her second horse, Lup the Loop.

1:58 p.m. EST: Kylie is unseated over the corner out of the water at 14. Horse and rider are okay though.

1:59 p.m. EST: Jennie Cambalda and her longtime partner Cambalda are on course. Great to see these two back on an Advanced course!

2:03 p.m. EST: An absolutely smashing round for Jennie and “Ping.” Clear with the fastest round of the day so far adding just 3.2 time. “He’s a funny horse he’s really careful. Nice to have him back out and getting him in front of the leg out there.”

2:07 p.m. EST: Clip Clop hits the brakes to pick up 20 penalties at the jump into water at fence 13. They don’t get the line quite right at the corner at 17 for another hard stop. Joe puts his hand up and calls it a day.

2:09 p.m. EST: Colleen Rutledge is on course with Escot 6. This horse is an absolute jumping machine and such a joy to watch go around.

2:13 p.m. EST: A clear round and 4 time penalties to move into second place behind Jennie and Cambalda after a cracking round. Colleen said after her round that Escot 6 doesn’t cover a ton of ground in his gallop but he can turn quickly to make up the time. “Rode really well. He’s such a good catty horse and and turn on a dime that it makes this stuff so much fun.”

2:18 p.m. EST: Erin Sylvester and Paddy the Caddy get a bit close to the Rolex log at 5 and make a lucky save.

2:21 p.m. EST: Paddy the Caddy getting pats all the way out of the ring as they finish clear with 10.8 time penalties. “He tried his way around. I’m really happy with him.”

2:25 p.m. EST: Ryan Wood hails a cab down over the drop into the ring, finishing clear with Fernhill Classic with 15.6 time penalties to add. “If you were a real tough guy you would have gone no hands,” Dom Schramm teased him at the finish.

2:29 p.m. EST: Buck Davidson and Carlevo clear with 11.6 time. They move into fourth place in the clubhouse. “I was really happy, he couldn’t have been better.”

Colleen Rutledge and Escot 6 expertly through the VIP tent at the #EventingShowcase A video posted by U.S. Eventing Association (@useventing) on

2:31 p.m. EST: Angela Bowles finishes clear with 6 time penalties with her second ride, Bliss III. “She’s amazing. I’ve only competed her a couple times, this is my first Advanced on her. She’s just magic.”

2:34 p.m. EST: William Fox-Pitt is clear with his second ride, Steady Eddie, an experienced four-star horse of Boyd’s. They move into second with 3.2 time, matching Jenni and Cambalda for the fastest round. “I’ve had a brilliant few days with him, of course brilliantly trained by Boyd.”

2:42 p.m. EST: Sara Kozumplik-Murphy jumping with room to spare with Rubens D’Ysieux. “Some horse! He’s a horse that my friend Mikki Kuchta produced beautifuly and I’m so in awe I get the chance to ride a horse like this.”

2:44 p.m. EST: Marilyn Little and RF Demeter fall at the corner at 17. Demi trotted off and Marilyn is sitting up. Very unfortunate fall for this pair. We are currently on a hold.

2:50 p.m. EST: We’re back under way with Jenni Brannigan and Ibella.

2:53 p.m. EST: Jenni and Ibella finish clear, representing #TeamLeeLee on their quarter marks. Ibella threw in some extra jumping efforts on and off the mound. They pick up 9.6 time and move into the top ten. “She’s a lovely horse. I’ve loved her from the start but she’s always been a feisty girl. She’s really started to step up to the plate.”

2:55 p.m. EST: It’s a tight turn to the corner at 17 and Holly Payne-Caravella and Never Outfoxed end up jumping the wide side of the corner. They have to circle to recover but they’re back under way.

2:57 p.m. EST: Unfortunately Holly and Never Outfoxed are technically eliminated for jumping outside the flag at the corner.

2:58 p.m. EST: Holly’s brother Doug Payne is on course now with Vandiver. They are tenth after the first two phases.

2:59 p.m. EST: Doug takes a different route than anyone else up onto the mound. Maybe they managed to save a bit of time? This horse has a huge stride and could possibly be one of the faster rounds.

3:00 p.m. EST: “Sneaky lines!” Jimmie Schramm comments at the finish. Doug rode fast and took some chances but they are the first to finish within the optimum time!

3:03 p.m. EST: The live scores are showing two-phase leaders Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous have withdrawn from cross country.

3:05 p.m. EST: Liz Halliday-Sharp and Fernhill By Night are clear with 6.4 time penalties! “Blackie was on fire. It’s tough take this first horse for his first run of the year here, but he was honest and amazing.”

3:07 p.m. EST: Buck and Petite Flower were flying but he has to circle in front of the corner at 17. He’s got some time to make up now but they are really motoring.

3:09 p.m. EST: Buck and Petite Flower make the time despite that extra circle! They are guaranteed fourth position at least. “This is made for her, she’s an awesome jumper, super fast, couldn’t be happier.”

3:14 p.m. EST: Kim Severson and Cooley Cross Border have a superb round. 9.2 time drops them down just a couple places. “I’ve had some issues in the past with straightness and honesty and he couldn’t be better.”

3:15 p.m. EST: We’re down to the last two horses. Allison Springer and her very experienced partner Arthur are on course. They are another to have a glance off at the corner at 17 when they just couldn’t quite make that tight turn.

3:17 p.m. EST: Allison Springer: “He was actually great. That combination I should have taken more time. it was my fault he was awesome and really I was trying to go for it.”

3:19 p.m. EST: Boyd Martin is going for it with Welcome Shadow! Can he make it a third Showcase win in a row?

3:20 p.m. EST: Boyd and Welcome Shadow turn and burn. They don’t make the time but they are fast enough for the win, so that’s three wins in three appearances on three different horses at the Showcase for Boyd!

3:21 p.m. EST: Boyd Martin: “She’s a fantastic horse…to win an event of this caliber is just phenomenal. She’s a funny horse. She’s not the fastest horse or the biggest mover or the biggest jumper but she’s by far the biggest trier. I’m learning with event horses that that’s the biggest consideration…The Showcase is fantastic. How lucky we are to being eventers in this era.”

Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: “The older you get, the better you get–unless you’re a banana.”

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.

Actress Betty White, 95, says, “The older you get, the better you get–unless you’re a banana.”

This week we’re featuring four Novice to Prelim packers that, as of 2017, are aged 15 or older. Don’t discount them just because they aren’t a pack of young guns; they’ve got years of experience under their belts and a lot of miles left in the tank!

Sputnik III. Photo courtesy of Naomi via Sport Horse Nation.

Sputnik III. Photo courtesy of Naomi via Sport Horse Nation.

Amazing confidence builder over fences, Training level packer!

Sputnik III (Spud) is a Dutch WB/TB gelding, 16.2hh, 17 y/o. He had a successful career up to the 1* level with his previous owner who (bred and trained him) and has taken his current owner from the Novice level to his first Training level events and schooling Prelim. He is a fantastic XC horse but knows his job in all phases and takes excellent care of his rider. Spud is extremely honest and is not phased by any XC obstacles. He jumps softly down banks and over ditches and is fantastic at holding a line to skinny fences. He is a real schoolmaster and is ready to help another rider learn the ropes of eventing. Spud is reluctantly for sale as owner is in full-time work and school and has a four month old baby so riding time is pretty much non-existent. He is too nice of a horse just to sit. He is incredibly sound and owner had an in depth Pre-Purchase Exam performed prior to purchasing him a few years ago. He is happy to release all vet records. No vices whatsoever and is UTD on vaccines, coggins. Spud will only go to an excellent long-term home and can happily stay with us until finding just the right match. He is currently being ridden by trainer 3-4 days per week. Build a partnership over the winter and be ready to show next season! Located in Indiana.

Let's Lindy. Photo courtesy of Donna Christopher via Sport Horse Nation.

Let’s Lindy. Photo courtesy of Donna Christopher via Sport Horse Nation.

Training Level Packer well suited for JR/YR/AM

Let’s Lindy, aka “Lindy” is a 14yo, 16.1 hand, bay TB mare. Very experienced training level packer. Over the last three years she has successfully introduced two junior riders to this level. Easy keeper, great at shows and has traveled all over the East Coast. Terrific show jumper and has a great gallop. Located in North Carolina.

Gypsy. Photo courtesy of Jess Copland via Sport Horse Nation.

Gypsy. Photo courtesy of Jess Copland via Sport Horse Nation.

Novice Packer (and foxhunter!)- fun, sane and versatile. Sale or lease

“Gypsy” is a 16 year old 16 hand TB mare. She has a lot of eventing experience and has competed through prelim in the past. Over the last 3 years she has helped her AA owner get back into eventing, and has spent the last year successfully competing at Novice. She has also schooled Training XC extensively. She won the Training level CT at Virginia starter horse trials this spring. Gypsy is a sweet mare who is easy to get along with. She is a blast to ride on trails and goes out alone or in company easily. She has also foxhunted in first field several times over the last couple of years and is a calm and capable foxhunter. Gypsy lives outdoors, has no vices, loads easily and stands to be clipped and shod. She may require minimal maintenance depending on her work load.

This nice girl would make a great partner for a confident teen who is starting eventing, or an adult who wants a fun horse for lower level eventing, trails and maybe some hunting.
She is for sale because her owner wants to move up and Gypsy would be best served by staying at Novice or below. She is in consistent work, fit and ready to go! Price negotiable to the right home. Also available for lease. I will need to approve her home and be able to see her on occasion. She is currently at a boarding stable with 3 areana, trails and an active group of showing riders. Located in North Carolina.

Stilt Walker. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Stilt Walker. Photo by Brant Gamma, courtesy of Meredith via Sport Horse Nation.

Prelim Packer!

Stilt Walker aka “Stilts”, 2002, 17h OTTB. Stilts was developed by an adult amateur and has competed successfully through preliminary. 2 years ago he was qualified to run in his first one star. This was never pursued due to the owners personal manners. Lightly competed, easy keeper, and low maintenance. Stilts has been in work with several young adult amateurs and he has proven to be very amateur friendly. Although, he is 15 he has been very well taken care of and should retain his athletic ability for many years to come. Perfect for an ambitious rider looking to move up the ranks on a school master. Currently, he is in professional training with intentions of moving back up to prelim early this season. Located in South Carolina.

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The University of Florida Eventing Team Is Gaining Ground

UF Eventing TeamNot quite sure what the University of Florida Eventing Team is all about? Let’s just say the freshly rooted Eventing Team is full of jumps, gallops and victories under its belt. Read the article here:

Posted by The Gainesville Sun on Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Last fall we met the newly formed University of Florida Eventing Team. Co-captained by Anna Moskovitz and Ted Britten-Kelly and coached by Ashley Johnson, the team operates under the larger umbrella of the UF Equestrian Team. Since forming the team last year, the group has been working to bring more intercollegiate eventing challenges to Florida and reaching out to other college eventing programs to encourage participation.

“As intercollegiate eventing is relatively new, there are not very many places that run Intercollegiate Challenges,” Ashley said. “This may seem like a negative, but it allows us room to build in both the quality and quantity of competitions and in the number of schools that participate.

The team is up to 12 members, including some riders previously unfamiliar with eventing. In an interview for The Gainesville Sun, Tara Astoske explained she had no previous experience in eventing: “When I talked to Ashley, Anna and Ted, they were all so friendly and welcoming. … They told me I could easily learn (eventing) and then I fell in love with it from there.”

Co-captain Anna had competed in hunt seat her freshman year before joining the eventing team. “I really love the dirt and grit of eventing,” she said. Well said, Anna!

Watch the above video for an interview with Ashley Johnson, and if you’re in Ocala you can tag along to a training day with the team at Old Pear Tree Farm. Find the UF Eventing Team on Facebook. Want to find an intercollegiate eventing team near you or interested in forming one at your school? Visit the USEA’s Intercollegiate webpage for more information.

Go Gator Eventing.

[UF’s new eventing team aims to amp up competition]

Let’s Discuss: Changing a Horse’s Name

Photo via the FEI Photo via the FEI

Last weekend I asked my Facebook friends for help in brainstorming a competition name for my new horse. While there were some good suggestions, there was a debate about whether or not I’ll one day be fined $1,000 for changing his Jockey Club registered name. There were also comments from people who disagree with changing a horse’s name under any circumstances.

It’s true that last year the FEI introduced a hefty name change fee which met with a lot of criticism from the public. Several months later the FEI softened their stance on passport name changes, but not all federations immediately updated their passport applications to reflect the change.

This all led to some confusion about the current status of the name change fee. So our own Maggie Deatrick did some research and offered up the following timeline to help clarify the situation:

1. FEI implemented the original name change fee quietly beginning January 2016. They issued a Name Change Guidelines document to guide National Federations (NFs) in the implementation.

2. USEF and other National Federations update their passport application to reflect the name change fee per the guidelines. The public becomes aware of it in early March, and EN published this article regarding the new costs.

3. The FEI quietly issued a new Name Change Guidelines document in August 2016, allowing the use of a National Sport horse name and removing the fee for a large subset of horses. No announcement accompanied the new document, but EN published this article explaining the adjusted policy in late December.

4. US Equestrian has recently updated the New Passport Application as well as the Name Change Application, and the name change guidelines now reflect the updated fee schedule. At this point, the use of a National Sport Name should prevent implementation of the $1,000 fee as long as the name does not contain a commercial prefix.

Now that we’ve settled that, let’s discuss your thoughts on name changing.

Personally I’m OK with it, and my family is about equal in the number of horse names we have and have not changed over the years. For instance, Big Firecracker (come on) became Baccarat (much more elegant), but around the same time we bought Cor Bastille from his breeder, and that’s the name found both on his Jockey Club papers and his USEA record.

In my opinion a horse’s name should speak to you and reflect something special about the animal, be it his or her personality, skills, heritage, or even a reflection of your own path to horse ownership and life experiences. Some people, however, believe that changing a horse’s name can bring on bad juju and is just not worth the risk.

What do you think? Have you ever changed a horse’s name? Why or why not? Let us know in the comments.