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Who Jumped It Best? Stable View Aiken Opener Edition

After an event-less month-and-a-half it was great to get back out onto a show grounds last weekend and wander around the beautiful Stable View Farm for a few hours. The event was blessed with perfect weather and had a good turnout for the Aiken Opener, which was run in a one-day format for Beginner Novice through Preliminary.

While Stable View will host a total of five horse trials this year, it has a packed calendar of events that include dressage shows, jumper nights and clinics. Click the link below to check out the website for more info.

And now it’s time to play the first Who Jumped It Best? of the 2017 competition season! Decide which Beginner Novice horse and rider combination present the best overall picture jumping this brushy coop, which was the final fence on course for both the Novice and Beginner Novice.

Stable View Aiken Opener H.T. [Website] [Results]

Cole Horn and Cooley Sligo. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Cole Horn and Cooley Sligo. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Kirsten LaVassar and Mahogany Mist. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Kirsten LaVassar and Mahogany Mist. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Caitlin Macauley and Impulse Purchase. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Caitlin Macauley and Impulse Purchase. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Shelley Onderdonk and Feint. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Shelley Onderdonk and Feint. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Rebecca Willner Malcolm and Fairways Queen P. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Rebecca Willner Malcolm and Fairways Queen P. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Emily Worth and My Lady Raisa. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Emily Worth and My Lady Raisa. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Monday News and Notes from Fleeceworks

Mellisa Davis Warden and her daughter Ainsley enjoy a sunny day together at Stable View HT. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld. Mellisa Davis Warden and her daughter Ainsley enjoy a sunny day together at Stable View HT. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Considering it was 9 degrees with six inches of snow on the ground in Western NC this time last week, it was an odd thing to dig up a short sleeve tee to go outside to a snow-free, 60 degree environment today. Then again, the conditions upon arriving at the Stable View Aiken Opener really couldn’t have been more perfect. The sun was out, it was comfortably warm with a slight breeze, and everyone seemed happy to be back an event, knocking the rust off and catching up with friends. It’s easy to forget it’s still January.

US Weekend Action:

Stable View Aiken Opener H.T. [Website] [Results]

Three Lakes January H.T. [Website] [Results]

Monday News and Notes:

There are some people in the world that you can be sure were born to do a certain job, and Phillip Dutton is probably one of those people. We are accustomed to seeing him at the top of the leaderboard at major events around the country and he can finally add an individual Olympic gold medal to his trophy wall. But can you imagine what other hobbies he enjoys when he’s not in the saddle? Think you can guess what subject he focused on in school? Here is a list of things you may not know about the 2016 USEF Equestrian of the Year. [15 Reasons We’re Fans]

The Instructors’ Certification Program and the USEA’s Future Event Horse and Young Event Horse Programs are teaming February 20-22 in Ocala, Florida to bring USEA members the ultimate educational opportunity. These  seminars have been held separately in the past but are joining forces to give participants the most bang for the their buck. Listen to the latest USEA podcast to learn more. [IPC, FEH, YEH Education]

The world of joint supplements is an extensive, complex and often confusing one when all we want to do is help our horses feel their best. However, owners of aged equines may find guidance in the results of a recent research study which showed a supplement containing two specific components appear to have anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant effects and could lower glucose levels in older horses. These supplements may not be the answer for every horse and of course you should consult your vet, but it’s great to see research like this being done. [Researchers Test Joint Supplement’s Impact on Old Horses]

Then there is this other research study…I don’t even know where to begin discussing it. Read about it for yourself in this article appropriately title “Gone with the wind.”

Monday Video: This one is a must watch…

Congratulations to Larry Langer, 2016 US Equestrian Lifetime Achievement Award winner! #DiscovertheJoy

Posted by US Equestrian on Friday, January 13, 2017

Saturday Video: Brett Kidding Performs ‘Sideways Things’ and More in His First Grand Prix Freestyle

Tristan Tucker of TRTMethod is back with another hilarious video featuring his alter ego Brett Kidding working through trials and tribulations in the dressage arena. This time Brett performs his first Grand Prix Freestyle as test rider at the Olympia Horse Show in London. Get ready for a good laugh and to fall completely in love with his horse, who is so very very well behaved (and clearly well trained) but obviously has a great sense of humor himself.

USEF Announces New Identity, Joyous Ad Campaign and More Member Benefits

You may have noticed that the United States Equestrian Federation website and social media pages are looking significantly different this week. That’s because on Wednesday, incoming President Murray Kessler unveiled the organization’s “refreshed identity” as part of a “new overall strategic plan for the organization.” The USEF will now be known simply as US Equestrian and boasts a completely redesigned website and logo, among other new features.

In a press release, US Equestrian stated that its vision is to “bring the joy of horse sports to as many people as possible” which “coincides with the organization’s mission to provide access to and increase participation in equestrian sports at all levels by ensuring fairness, safety, and enjoyment.” In that light they have launched the Joy of Horse Sports ad campaign to highlight the unique horse and rider bond that we all so closely identify with.

The hashtags #DiscoverTheJoy and #JoinTheJoy are already gaining momentum on social media, and you may have seen some of the lovely new advertising featuring riders with mile-wide grins and sweet moments between horse and human like the one pictured above.

Here are some of the other new or improved US Equestrian member benefits introduced this week:

  • Similar to the USEA’s Supporting Membership level, US Equestrian now offers a new $25 Fan Membership for the non-competing horse sport enthusiasts.
  • The US Equestrian Learning Center is a library of videos featuring a wide range of equine topics for all disciplines. EN has already checked it out–get a sneak peek here.
  • Members will have full access to the live streaming and on demand videos on the USEF Network, which is now a part of the greater USequestrian.org
  • Look forward to original articles, stunning photography, member updates and special offers in the weekly Equestrian Weekly newsletter and quarterly US Equestrian Magazine.

So go check out the new website, become a US Equestrian member or renew your existing membership, and #JoinTheJoy.

[USEF Unveils Complete Rebrand, Launches New Member Benefits]

What’s Happening This Winter? EN’s Guide to Clinics, Lessons & Schooling Shows [Updated 1/14]

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].

January 14, 2017: Jumping Clinic with Kelley Williams
Join Advanced-level eventer, Kelley Williams at A Bit Better Farm (Brookeville, MD) on Saturday, January 14th! 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, January 15th.
January 15, 2017: Windchase Winter Jumping Clinic “Bending Lines & Coursework”
Olympian Phyllis Dawson will hold a jump clinic on January 15, 2017 focused on “Bending Lines & Coursework” at Windchase, her farm in Purcellville, VA.  This clinic is open to riders of all levels. All Windchase clinics are designed to be inviting and user-friendly. Phyllis Dawson is a veteran US Equestrian Team member & accredited USEA ICP IV instructor. She was the 2017 and 2016 MDHT Recognized and Starter Series Instructor Program Winner, with the highest number of students placing at MDHT activities. She is a highly sought clinician due to her wealth of experience in developing riders and horses up through the levels. Clinics generally run from approximately 11:00 (occasionally 10:00) to about 5:00 in the afternoon, depending on how many people sign up each week. Cost is $75 for trailer-ins and $60 for boarders. Auditors are encouraged and free. For additional details about the 2017 Windchase Winter Clinic Series or to register, go to Event Clinics here.

January 15-16, 2017: Kate Chadderton 2017 Winter Clinic Series (Jump & Dressage)
Kate Chadderton, Advanced Level Eventer, will return North throughout the winter to host her 2017 Winter Clinic Series (Dressage & Jump) at Sunset Hill Farm in Woodside, Maryland. Riders may choose from either dressage, jumping, or both. The first clinic will be held January 15-16, 2017. The cost is $95/per rider/per day. Coffee/Cocoa/Snacks/Lunch is provided for Riders &Auditors. Additional details about her Winter Clinics Series/registration is available via Event Clinics here.

January 18, 2017: Jumping Clinic with Stephen Bradley
Stephen Bradley will be back at A Bit Better Farm (Brookeville, MD) on Wednesday, January 18th! Lessons are $125 per small group lesson. Stephen enjoys teaching all levels of riders from beginners to the advanced competitor. His enthusiasm, talent for communication, and ability to inspire confidence in the horse and rider especially make him a hit with the Pony Clubbers! When training with Stephen, you can be confident that you will receive expert instruction for your level of riding. When you sign up, please be sure to let me know if you have any time constraints. If you want to learn more about Stephen, please click here. I am encouraging, but not requiring, everyone to sign up via EventClinics this year, and you can find all of the details here. As always, auditing is encouraged and always FREE!

January 18, 2017: Waredaca Experts Day with Jim Wofford
Olympian Jim Wofford will return to Waredaca in Laytonsville, MD on January 18 to hold a Waredaca Expert’s Day clinic focused on Jumping. Widely sought after as a clinician and coach, Wofford’s coaching success includes at least one student on every U.S. Olympic, World Championship, and Pan-American team since 1978. This is a fantastic opportunity for riders of all levels to learn from an internationally renown Eventing coach. The cost is $125 for riders, free for Auditors. Trailer-ins are welcome. For additional details about Jim Wofford Expert Days at Waredaca, or to register, go to Event Clinics here.

January 21, 2017: Lessons with Sally Cousins
Ride with Sally at Oldfields School in Glencoe Sparks, MD. If interested, contact Sally at [email protected] or 610-324-6628.

January 21-22, 2017: Andrea Davidson Winter Clinic #2
3* International Event rider Andrea Davidson will return to beautiful Stone Field Stables in Coopersburg, PA for a 2nd winter clinic January 21st-22nd. The clinic will consist of grid work on Saturday, followed by course work on Sunday. The clinic is designed to be a 2-day clinic with day 2 building from day 1, therefore we are offering a discounted price for riders doing both days. Single day rides are also welcome. The price is $110 for 1 day and $200 for 2-days.  Audits are available for $10/day. For additional details/online registration  please go to Event Clinics here.

January 22, 2017: Lessons with Sally Cousins
Ride with Sally at Kealani Farm in West Grove, PA. If interested, contact Sally at [email protected] or 610-324-6628.

January 22, 2017: Windchase Winter Jumping Clinic “Stride Adjustability & Length”
Olympian Phyllis Dawson will hold a jump clinic on Jan 22 focused on “Stride Adjustability & Length” at Windchase, her farm in Purcellville, VA. Open to riders of all levels, Windchase clinics are designed to be inviting and rider-friendly. Clinics generally run from approximately 11:00 (occasionally 10:00) to about 5:00 in the afternoon, depending on how many people sign up each week. Cost is $75 for trailer-ins and $60 for boarders. Phyllis Dawson is a veteran US Equestrian Team member & accredited USEA ICP IV instructor. She is a highly sought clinician due to her wealth of experience in developing riders and horses up through the levels. Most recently, she was the 2016 and 2015 MDHT Recognized and Starter Series Instructor Program Winner, with the highest number of students placing at MDHT activities. Auditors are encouraged and free. For additional details about the 2017 Windchase Winter Clinic Series or to register, go to Event Clinics here:

January 24, 2017:  Waredaca Expert’s Day with Stephen Bradley
Olympian Stephen Bradley will be at Waredaca in Laytonsville MD for the Jan 24th Experts Day w/Olympian Stephen Bradley. This Expert’s Day is Rider Choice Jump Clinic (SJ or XC), weather permitting. The clinic is available to riders of all levels. Ride slots are $125 and Audits are Free. Stephen Bradley is a veteran US Equestrian Team member who brings 35+ years of experience to his students. His list of accomplishments include wins at Rolex Kentucky CCI**** and Burghley CCI***, competing as a member of two Gold Medal winning Pan American Games teams and competing in the Olympic Games. Rated as an USEA Level IV instructor, Stephen has a well-regarded ability to coach riders and horses through the Advanced level of eventing. For additional details about Waredaca’s Expert Day Clinic Series with Stephen Bradley or to register, go to Event Clinics here.

January 28, 2017: Jumping Clinic with Kelley Williams
Join Advanced-level eventer, Kelley Williams at A Bit Better Farm (Brookeville, MD) on Saturday, January 28th! 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, January 29th.
January 28-29, 2017: Winter Eventing Clinic with Bill Levett
Woodvale Farm in Frederick, MD will hold a Winter Eventing Clinic with Bill Levett, 4* Australian Event Rider! On Saturday, riders and their mounts will ride gymnastic exercises and show jumping course work. Sunday, pairs will ride additional gymnastic exercises preparing them for cross country elements.  The cost is $125 for 1 day and $240 for two days. FREE Audits are available.  To learn more or to register, go to Event Clinics here.

January 29, 2017: Windchase Winter Jumping Clinic “Turning Questions”
Olympian Phyllis Dawson will continue her Winter Jump Clinic series with a jump clinic on Jan 29 focused on “Turning Questions” at Windchase, her farm in Purcellville, VA. Open to riders of all levels, Windchase clinics are designed to be inviting and rider friendly. Phyllis Dawson is a veteran US Equestrian Team member & accredited USEA ICP IV instructor. She is a highly sought clinician due to her wealth of experience in developing riders and horses up through the levels. Most recently, she was the 2016 and 2015 MDHT Recognized and Starter Series Instructor Program Winner, with the highest number of students placing at MDHT activities. Clinics generally run from approximately 11:00 (occasionally 10:00) to about 5:00 in the afternoon, depending on how many people sign up each week. Cost is $75 for trailer-ins and $60 for boarders. Auditors are encouraged and free. For additional details about the 2017 Windchase Winter Jump Clinic Series or to register, go to Event Clinics here.

February 4-5, 2017: Kate Chadderton 2017 Winter Clinic Series (Jump & Dressage)
Kate Chadderton, Advanced Level Eventer, will return North throughout the winter to host her 2017 Winter Clinic Series (Dressage & Jump) at Sunset Hill Farm in Woodside, Maryland. Riders may choose from either dressage, jumping, or both. The second clinic will be held February 4-5. The cost is $95/per rider/per day. Coffee/Cocoa/Snacks/Lunch is provided for Riders & Auditors. Additional details about her Winter Clinics Series/registration is available via Event Clinics here.

February 11, 2017: Jumping Clinic with Kelley Williams
Join Advanced-level eventer, Kelley Williams at A Bit Better Farm (Brookeville, MD) on Saturday, February 11th! 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 12th.
February 15, 2017: Jumping Clinic with Stephen Bradley
Stephen Bradley will be back at A Bit Better Farm (Brookeville, MD) on Wednesday, February 15th! Lessons are $125 per small group lesson. Stephen enjoys teaching all levels of riders from beginners to the advanced competitor. His enthusiasm, talent for communication, and ability to inspire confidence in the horse and rider especially make him a hit with the Pony Clubbers! When training with Stephen, you can be confident that you will receive expert instruction for your level of riding. When you sign up, please be sure to let me know if you have any time constraints. If you want to learn more about Stephen, please click here. I am encouraging, but not requiring, everyone to sign up via EventClinics this year, and you can find all of the details here. As always, auditing is encouraged and always FREE!
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.
Area III
January 14-15, 2017: Laine Ashker 2-Day Clinic
4* Eventer and FEI Dressage Rider Laine Ashker will return to Georgia for a 2-day clinic hosted by Rolling Ridge Farm in Tunnel Hill, Georgia. The 2-day clinic cost is $350 and includes one auditor. Auditor fee is $35 per day or $65 for full weekend audit. USPC and IEA members receive a $5 discount on auditor fees. Lunch is provided both days for all participants. Additional details/online registration is available via Event Clinics here.

January 14-15, 2017: Ride Better Clinic with Lellie Ward
Paradise Farm in Aiken SC will host the first of its 2017 Ride Better Clinics Jan 14-15, 2017. These clinics are led by instructor Lellie Ward, a former Advanced Level eventer. They are open to anyone that wants to better their partnership with their horse in all disciplines. Clinics are limited to a small group of people to allow enough time for each participant to achieve their personal goals. Each 2-day clinic include 4 mounted lessons, 2 un-mounted lessons, stall & shavings. Slots in the 2-day clinic are available for $275 and private lessons available for $75. Additional clinic details/online registration is available via Event Clinics here.

January 21, 2017: 3-phase Schooling Show at Exmoor Eventing
Join us at Exmoor Eventing in Reddick, FL! Levels for the 3-phase include Entry through Prelim/Training (in that order). Do all three phases, a combined test or just pick a discipline. You decide. Pick a test for the short or long arena. 2’3″ to 3’7″ jumper rounds also available. $100/3-phase, $25 dressage test or jumper round, $50/cross country go. Winners in 3-phase divisions get entry back in CASH. Jumpers receive clear round rosette. Dress is casual. No braiding. Correct footwear and headgear meeting current USEA standards must be worn at all times. Vests compulsory on XC. Online entries close Tuesday, January 17. Enter at www.schoolingentries.com. Learn more at www.exmooreventing.com.
January 28-29, 2017: William Fox-Pitt Clinic at Stable View
Don’t miss this unique learning opportunity! Top International Olympic rider William Fox-Pitt will be conducting a clinic in Aiken, SC. Auditors welcome. More information at http://stableviewfarm.com.
February 5, 2017: Hunter Trial/XC Event at Exmoor Eventing
Join us for this fun competition at Exmoor Eventing in Reddick, FL! Three levels offered from 2’3″ to 3’6″. Ride single or as a pair. Ribbons 1st-6th, highest placed “couple” award in pairs divisions, plus lots of other fun prizes! Clear rounds matter most, but there will be a short ‘timed section’ to decide an equality of faults (fastest time wins with a clean round) – pairs will also be judged on their ability to jump in unison over a few ‘dressing’ fences. Highest score for ‘dressing’ with a clean round wins over ‘time’. Please bring a number pinny. Vests, helmets and correct footwear compulsory on XC. Dress is polo shirt/XC colors. We will run a separate, sub 2 ft course of very small XC jumps from 8:45am – Noon. Clear round ribbons to all who get round clean: $20 a ‘go’; buy ticket in show office. PLEASE ENTER AT www.schoolingentries.com. Entries are accepted on the day, may be limited and will be $10 extra/class. For PAIRS only ONE person needs to make your entry. ONLINE ENTRIES CLOSE Tuesday 31st Jan – 9pm. More information at www.exmooreventing.com.
February 7, 2017: Silva Martin Clinic at Stable View
Don’t miss this unique learning opportunity! One of the most sought-after trainer of horses and coach of dressage riders in the United States is conducting a one-day clinic focusing on dressage exercises in Aiken, SC. More information at http://stableviewfarm.com.
February 11-12, 2017: Eventing/Show Jumping Clinic with Packy McGaughan and Holly Hudspeth
Ready to get geared up for the 2017 spring season? Come join Packy McGaughan and Holly Hudspeth for a fun weekend of flat work, cross country and show jumping at Quail Roost Farm in Rougemont, NC. Riders have the option to take a total of 1 to 4 lessons over both days! Q & A and potluck Saturday night at the barn! You can call/email Holly with questions. Email [email protected] or cell 703-727-2753.
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.
Area V
January 14-15, 2017: Boyd Martin Clinic at Texas Rose Horse Park
Olympian Boyd Martin will be at Texas Rose Horse Park in Tyler, TX for a 2-day clinic January 14-15, 2017. Ride slots are full, but you may email [email protected] to be added to the clinic waitlist. Auditing is available for $10/day. Additional details/audit registration available via Event Clinics here.
January 22, 2017: Candy Cane Derby at High Point Farm
Join us at High Point Farm in Plantersville, TX. Levels offered from Green as Grass through Preliminary. Closing date is January 17. Silent auction benefits Operation Pets Alive! Visit Excel Eventing website for more details.
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.

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

Phillip Dutton Named 2016 USEF Equestrian of the Year

Phillip Dutton and Mighty Nice. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Phillip Dutton and Mighty Nice. Photo by Jenni Autry.

We are happy to report that Phillip Dutton was named the 2016 USEF Equestrian of the Year and was awarded with the Robert P. Strub Trophy at last night’s Pegasus Awards in Lexington, Kentucky. We are crossing our fingers that Phillip’s Olympic bronze medal partner, the HND Group’s Mighty Nice, will be likewise honored with the Horse of the Year Award at tonight’s Year-End Awards Gala.

“I’m incredibly honored to be named 2016 Equestrian of the Year by US Equestrian,” Phillip said. “So much goes into your career as an athlete in this sport, and it’s not something you do on your own. There are so many people who support you. First, your family, then your team who works so hard with the horses every day, then your owners and sponsors who make the dream a reality, and finally your friends who stick by you through thick and thin. I’ve had an incredible amount of support since I moved to this country, and I have to thank everyone who has believed in me along the way. And, of course, thank you to HND Group’s Mighty Nice!”

Phillip was unfortunately unable to be in attendance to accept his award as he is at home in Pennsylvania with his daughter Lee Lee as she recovers from a injuries sustained in a serious riding accident last month. Today, Phillip and Evie Dutton released the following statement:

As many of you know, our daughter Lee Lee had a riding accident just before Christmas. Lee Lee was home from the University of Pennsylvania where she is studying to get her Masters in Social Work and was doing canter sets out on our exercise track on an unseasonably warm December day. The horse she was riding bucked and somehow slipped over, and they both went down. The horse got up immediately and was not hurt; however, he landed on Lee Lee. She was wearing a helmet, as she does for every ride.

Lee Lee was not alone and an ambulance was called within seconds of the fall. Once the ambulance arrived the EMT immediately called for the medivac, and she was airlifted to Christiana Care Hospital in Delaware. After undergoing surgery to relieve swelling in her brain, Lee Lee has been in the Intensive Care Unit under the watchful eyes of the incredible trauma team at Christiana Care. Lee Lee continues to make small but monumental steps forward in her recovery. It will be a long journey to a full recovery but we are encouraged by her strength, determination and will to overcome this horrible accident.

The full statement can be read on the Phillip Dutton Eventing website. Phillip will remain in Pennsylvania with Lee Lee and his family this winter. Part of the True Prospect Farm crew is in Aiken with some of the young horses and Phillip will make occasional trips back and forth. He does not anticipate returning to competition until possibly February or March.

While we congratulate Phillip on his well-earned award, our thoughts are with him, Lee Lee and their family and friends during this difficult time and we hope for Lee Lee’s continued improvement and a full recovery.

Two New #GOTD Exercises with Laine Ashker

Laine Ashker is back in the saddle after a badly broken arm sidelined her for the fall season. She’s bringing fans along on her journey back to four-star fitness and has been sharing some of her famous grids and exercises of the day.

To start things off, Lainey shares a simple exercise that does wonders to help tune your eye to see a better distance. Begin with a simple raised cavaletti and then move on to course work. This is the perfect exercise to practice with friends during those long winter months in the indoor!

Heads up #LAESQUAD! I wouldn’t necessarily call this week’s video a #GOTD but rather an #EOTMM (exercise of the month and mind)! I figured since many of you are in the same boat as me in regards to just getting back into the swing of things due to the holidays, weather and/or broken apenadages I figured hey, what better time to bring you along on my journey back to four star [mental] fitness? Since I’ve been out of practice for a couple months (as have my ponies) the first thing I want to focus on is re-training my eye to see a better distance. Now as many of you know who have ridden with me I don’t harp on being able to SEE “THE” perfect distance over a perfect balance as I believe they both go hand in hand. But a single pole on the ground, a friend shouting out a random number and a little bit of time can certainly do you wonders over this winter season and make you feel spot on for when you do make it into the show ring this year! All you need to begin this exercise is a single pole (I like to elevate mine with boxes or cavalettis to help both the horse and myself gage the distance easier). Start off with seeing one stride out, followed by two, three, four and even up to six strides. Obviously the further away and more consistent you become, the better you’re training your eye for a distance! To add a little fun and challenge to the drill have a friend shout a random number before you approach the pole to continue to change the striding up and not allow your mind to affix to a certain striding! Once you’ve mastered the pole, take the exercise to simple courses! You’ll find it does miracles for your overall pace, balance and picture when manuevering your show jump course! Enjoy guys! (Shout out to my dear friend @jenniebrannigan for giving me this idea a couple months ago when she coached my student @hkateseventing for a long weekend at her farm in PA…it’s helped us WONDROUSLY) #respect #eyesontheprize #vision @camboxhorse

A video posted by Lainey Ashker (@laineyea) on

Next up we have an awesome jumping exercise that combines gymnastics with coursework. Laine said: “I came up with this gem to work on some fancy footwork for the horses and strengthen our core as their riders! What’s even cooler is that gives a totally different feel depending on which direction you tackle it! Feel free to screen shot and use at your own will!

“You’ll notice my distances for the two and one strides are shorter in the grid as your horse’s canter will naturally be compacted because of the bounces‼️ Many thanks to @carina.eventing WONDER PONY Digby for being my grid model as my horses anxiously await the farrier for their Air Jordans next week.”

You can also click here to watch Carina and the awesome pony Digby (who might literally have springs for legs) demonstrate this exercise. (Warning: The music includes some language.)

Here’s the #GOTD diagram:

#GOTD diagram (feel free to screen shot my loves) #gototown #shareaway #LAESQUAD

A photo posted by Lainey Ashker (@laineyea) on

Thanks for sharing this great exercise, Laine!

Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: Five Fabulous Mares

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.

Mares unfairly receive a bad rap sometimes. Sure they can occasionally be stubborn, sassy and well, “mare-ish.” But they are elegant, devoted, fiercely competitive and tough as nails. If you can gain a mare’s trust, she will try her heart out for you. Believe me.

This week we’re featuring five beautiful mares that are looking for their next partner. We’ve included the ad copy provided; click the links for videos, pricing and contact information.

RubyRoc. Photo courtesy of Hayley Parsons via Sport Horse Nation.

RubyRoc. Photo courtesy of Hayley Parsons via Sport Horse Nation.

RubyRoc- Training packer with Prelim miles- JR/YR/AA Eventer

RubyRoc is an 11 year old, 16.3 hand, Irish Sport Horse, mare. Ruby has competed successfully through the preliminary level and is qualified for both a CIC and CCI 1*. She is a training level packer and has plenty of experience at the prelim level. She is by Espiritu out of a Rock King mare. This mare has wins at the novice, training, and preliminary level. She has been brought from novice to prelim with her current amateur rider. Ruby has an amazing disposition and is not mare-ish at all. She has consistent scores in dressage, is a careful show jumper, and is fun and kick ride cross country horse. She is extremely sound and ready to teach her next rider. She would be suitable for a JR/YR or Adult Amateur. Cannot say enough good things about this horse and she is sadly for sale due to life changes. Fantastic home is a MUST.

Recent placings:
2016: Feb Sporting Days PR 6th, Pine Top Adv. PR 11th, May Windridge OT 2nd, October Paradise OT 4th
2015: Feb Sporting Days P/T 1st, The Fork PR 17th, June River Glen OP 1st, Millbrook PR 17th out of 27

Located in North Carolina.

Haberdashery. Photo courtesy of Katherine Gill via Sport Horse Nation.

Haberdashery. Photo courtesy of Katherine Gill via Sport Horse Nation.

Total Package – Unlimited Scope

Haberdashery (Dash) is a 2010 TB Mare. She has experience as an eventer but would also make a fantastic jumper. Dash has automatic lead changes with a very scopey and correct jumping style. Flashy mover with unlimited potential! Good for farrier and vets. Hacks out alone and in company. Currently jumping 3’6″ and ready for the 2017 show season!

Located in Kentucky.

Lexi. Photo courtesy of Courtney Cooper via Sport Horse Nation.

Lexi. Photo courtesy of Courtney Cooper via Sport Horse Nation.

Lexi – 2008, 16.2H, Grey Canadian Sport Horse Mare

Lexi is an 8-year-old, 16.2H, Canadian Sport Horse mare who’s a talented young horse that’s ready to continue her career in any of several disciplines. She’s competed in many schooling jumper shows, dressage shows and events. She’s a good mover and excellent jumper. Lexi would be best suited for a junior, young rider, adult amateur rider, but is also talented enough for a professional.

Located in South Carolina.

Estefania. Photo courtesy of Daisy Trayford via Sport Horse Nation.

Estefania. Photo courtesy of Daisy Trayford via Sport Horse Nation.

Estefania – Top Quality Young Event Horse

16.0hh bay mare, 5yrs. Esta is presented for sale by Exmoor Eventing on behalf of her breeder, Cottage Farm Inc. She came to us to be started early this year – after a short summer break she has progressed to schooling Training level XC and SJ fences, and is becoming increasingly more established on the flat. Lightly competed – she won her last dressage outing and has never pulled a rail in the stadium in four outings. She is very bold XC and has schooled every type of fence including bank, ditches, steps and water (we run events on the property and she confidently jumps the Training level track!)

As her pedigree would suggest (Edelweiss de Bonce X Rockette) Copy & Paste this link into your browser for full pedigree:
www.sporthorse-data.com/db.php?i=10829321&time=1342388340. She is bred to have an exceptional jump and she does not disappoint!

Now in a professional program with the intention of producing her further this winter – we are all convinced she will do very well! We think she’s better suited to a competent amateur / ambitious YR. She’s a powerful mare with genuine upper level potential – she’s still a little ‘raw’ (only under saddle for a total of 6 months!) but she’s all talent and with a good program, will definitely fulfill her ability. Open to offers to the right home / rider.

Located in Florida.

Tilley. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Price via Sport Horse Nation.

Tilley. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Price via Sport Horse Nation.

Awesome Opportunity – Talented 8 yr old Mare

Tilley is a 8 year old, 3/4 TB 1/4 Belgian WB mare that we foaled in the spring of 2008. She is mature at 16h, incredibly sound with great feet and an easy keeper. She has been at Training level eventing for a year and a half, schooling 2nd level dressage, and is great off property. She has a lovely, sweet disposition that makes her a barn favorite wherever she goes.

Tilley would be an excellent mount for a junior or amateur looking to gain experience at lower level eventing or dressage, or just be an all around fun horse to have in the barn. She is naturally forward, very responsive to the aids, and absolutely safe.

Located in Maryland.

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Last Call! Vote Phillip Dutton & Mighty Nice for USEF Equestrian and Horse of the Year

Cast your vote for these two! Photo by Caroline Moran.

Cast your vote for these two! Photo by Caroline Moran.

Voting for USEF Equestrian of the Year and USEF International Horse of the Year closes at midnight EST tonight, and both Phillip Dutton and the HND Group’s Mighty Nice are up for a title!

We all know by now the incredibly inspiring performance this pair put in at the Rio Olympic Games that gave Phillip his first individual medal in six Olympic appearances. And let’s not forget the amazing heart this horse has for having worked just as hard as his rider to stay between the flags on cross country and leave the rails up in show jumping.

Votes from the public play an integral role in deciding who will win the USEF Equestrian and Horse of the Year titles. We freely admit to being biased and we think both Phillip and “Happy” deserve to win. So come on EN, take a few seconds and go vote!

Click here to vote for USEF Equestrian of the Year

Click here to vote for USEF International Horse of the Year

The USEF Equestrian of the Year will be announced on January 13 during the 2017 Pegasus Awards Gala. The USEF Horses of the Year will be announced on January 14 during the 2017 Horse of the Year Awards Gala.

Watch the George Morris Horsemastership Training Sessions on USEF Network

The man, the myth, the legend. Photo by Jenni Autry.

The man, the myth, the legend. Photo by Jenni Autry.

It’s time for the 11th annual George Morris Horsemastership Training Session, and the USEF Network will once again live stream the mounted sessions and demonstrations. The broadcast will begin tomorrow morning, Jan. 5, at 8 a.m. EST.

Twelve lucky USHJA athletes earned invitations to the 2017 training sessions in Wellington, Florida, where they will receive mounted and unmounted sessions from a variety of incredible clinicians.

Here is the broadcast schedule for the mounted sessions and demos:

Thursday, Jan. 5 at 8 a.m. EST
Anne Kursinski: Flatwork Demonstration & Instruction

Friday, Jan. 6 at 8 a.m. EST
Beezie Madden: Gymnastics Demonstration & Instruction

Saturday, Jan. 7 at 8 a.m. EST
Laura Kraut: Nations Cup Instruction

This may be a training session for show jumpers but it’s impossible to tune in and not learn something to apply to your own riding, and EN looks forward to this training session every year.

While George Morris himself will unfortunately not be attending the training sessions this year, which means no original George-isms — like “Most people walk like constipated cats!” — or opportunities for us to make ridiculous memes

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… but it’s still sure to be a golden learning opportunity.

Click here to watch on USEF Network.

And if you’re in the Wellington area, the mounted sessions and demos are FREE to audit.

Monday News and Notes from Fleeceworks

Windchase working students and staff celebrate the New Year with their annual Polar Dive. Phyllis said they were disappointed this year that there was no ice to break first. Photo courtesy of Phyllis Dawson. Windchase working students and staff celebrate the New Year with their annual Polar Dive. Phyllis said they were disappointed this year that there was no ice to break first. Photo courtesy of Phyllis Dawson.

It was nice to have the New Year fall on a weekend and I hope you got some saddle time or at the very least, barn time. It was cold and raining and muddy here but bound and determined as we were to ride on New Year’s day, we bundled up in our rain coats and wellies and off we went for a hack.

It might only be the first Monday of the new year but we’re already looking forward to the eventing season getting underway. I’ve enjoyed a bit of down time on the last couple weeks but I’m already getting cabin fever. Thank goodness for Area III… Equiventures has the honors of opening the season with the Ocala Winter 1 Horse Trials this weekend, and a whole bunch of other events open tomorrow. So, here we go, full steam ahead 2017.

U.S. Weekend Action:

Next Monday there will be results links listed here! Hooray!

Monday News and Notes:

I think a lot of people are glad to see 2016 in the rear view mirror, but it’s important to remember positive aspects of the past 12 months. Looking back on 2016, the FEI counts down its top five “best bits” from the Olympics to rock-and-roll photo shoots to the successful #TwoHearts social media campaign. [Our Top Five Best Bits]

I’m not much of a treat giver myself because I don’t want my horses to get mouthy. But I do occasionally share a peppermint (if they get one, I get one) or an apple core or ripe banana, or Stud Muffins if they need a little extra persuasion. But I know people that feed their horses all sorts of unusual ‘treats’ that make me wary. This helpful infographic has a list of safe foods for your horse as well as what they should definitely not eat at all, and there are some surprising items on both lists. [What’s tasty and what’s toxic?]

Our friends at the Chronicle of the Horse picked out their favorite photos of 2016 and put together a truly gorgeous and emotional photo gallery. Whether it was the bond between horse and rider, the luck of an unusual or difficult shot, or simply the story behind the moment forever framed with a single click, the photographers also share what makes each image special. [Mascara, Cruise Ships And Pure Happiness: Images Of A Year 2016]

Monday Video: These foxhunting helmet cams from Alice Pearson are completely addicting.

EN’s 2016 Video Countdown: #2. When Your Friends Take Color Commentary to a New Level

As we near the final days of 2016 we're revisiting EN's most popular video posts of the year. Here's #2, originally posted on June 5 and clocking in at 11,684 views!

There’s a saying you often hear associated with watching dressage, that it’s about as exciting as watching paint dry. Professional commentary a la Sally O’Connor adds flavor and interest, but what happens when your friends take over the mic?

Saskia Berrios-Thomas found out when her pals Mel and Maria took on the personas of amateur dressage enthusiasts “Bev and Bev” to analyze Saskia’s test. They start out a bit conservative but really hit their stride by the time Saskia and her horse “Duncan” get to the free walk. Enjoy!

Six Eventers You Were Inspired By In 2016

This week we shared ten favorite standout stories about eventers that inspired us this year. Now it’s your turn. We asked who you were inspired by in 2016, and you had some great picks!

Elisa Wallace and Simply Priceless. Photo by Nico Morgan.

Elisa Wallace and Simply Priceless. Photo by Nico Morgan.

Elisa Wallace

Elisa Wallace is without a doubt a fan favorite. She’s earned a massive following with her work as an ambassador for the American Mustang and her success with Simply Priceless, aka Johnny, a 15-year-old Australian Thoroughbred. In 2016, Elisa and Johnny rocked around their second Rolex Kentucky with a double clear cross country round and an 8th place finish. Then they flew across the pond to Burghley where they snagged their third clear CCI4* cross country round in as many attempts and were ultimately the highest placed American pair in 14th place.

Add to that, in 2016 Elisa’s Mustang mare Hwin successfully moved up to the Preliminary level just a little over a year out of the wild. And it’s also hard to overlook the fact that Elisa can ride her four-star horse over fences without tack…

Elisa is an inspiration to thousands of eventers, Mustang enthusiasts and horsemen and horsewomen of many disciplines around the world. She’s given wild horses a chance at a different and better life than a holding pen and provided friendship and opportunity to difficult and misunderstood horses. She chronicles it all on her weekly video blog. Watch it here.

Will Faudree and Pfun. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Will Faudree and Pfun. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Will Faudree

In September 2015, Will Faudree underwent major surgery after falling from Hans Dampf on the Advanced cross country course at Five Points Horse Trials. Will had broken the C6 and C7 vertebrae in his neck and incurred nerve damage that caused him to lose feeling in his left arm, hand and leg. It was a long road to recovery, but Will made his comeback in a big way. Just six months after the accident, Will won the Carolina International CIC2* with Caeleste, took third in the same division with Hans Dampf and rode clear around the CIC3* cross country for a 13th place finish with Pfun.

Will went on to add seven top ten three-star finishes to his 2016 record, including a victory at the Fair Hill CIC3* with Pfun. At the USEF CCI3* National Championship at Fair Hill in October, Will threw down clear cross country and jumping rounds with both Hans Dampf and Pfun to finish 13th and 17th respectively.

An injury like Will’s would make anyone question their motives for playing this particularly dangerous game, but he came back with a vengeance and we expect big things from him in 2017.

Camilla Kruger celebrates after jumping clear with Biarritz. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Camilla Kruger celebrates after jumping clear with Biarritz. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Camilla Kruger

Camilla Kruger is the first equestrian to represent her home country of Zimbabwe at an Olympic Games. Not only did she make history for her country, she and Biarritz rocked around their first four-star course clear. Seeing Camilla’s smile and her horse’s pricked ears at the finish captured the hearts of fans the world over, and their 35th place individual finish made their story all the sweeter. Check out this goosebump inducing video about Camilla and her journey to Rio.

Alex Hua Tian and Don Geniro. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Alex Hua Tian and Don Geniro. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Alex Hua Tian

Alex Hua Tian is a rising eventing star for China and in 2016 he placed himself firmly on map. He and the 9-year-old Don Geniro picked up a historic win at the Bramham International Horse Trials in the Event Rider Masters CIC3* division, finishing on their dressage score of 40.1. The pair also qualified to represent China as an individual at the Rio Olympic Games, and in what was his second Olympic appearance, 27-year-old Alex piloted the young Don Geniro to an 8th place finish in the gelding’s first four-star in one of the toughest Olympic Games in recent history.

Just this month, earning an overwhelming 57% of the vote, the 9-year-old British Hanoverian gelding was voted the 2016 EquiRatings Horse of the Year. The ‘stats lads’ at EquiRatings point out that Don Geniro averages a 41.9 in dressage and has never had a cross country penalty in 22 international appearances. We can’t wait to see what comes next for this talented pair!

Mark Todd and NZB Campino. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Mark Todd and NZB Campino. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Mark Todd

“The Master” Sir Mark Todd’s top level eventing career spans four decades. He’s one of only three event riders in history to win back-to-back individual Olympic gold medals and he is a mainstay on the New Zealand international eventing team. His accolades are too numerous to name (you may at your leisure peruse through his five-page FEI record), but suffice to say the FEI proclaimed him the “Event Rider of the 20th Century” and at age 60 he is still competing at the top of the sport.

This year he competed in his seventh Olympic Games, and while he had a disappointing team show jumping round he rallied in the second round to finish 7th overall as an individual. While he had retired from eventing after the 2000 Sydney Olympics, he came back to compete in Beijing in 2008. Toddy is showing no signs of slowing down yet and we hope he continues to stick around and inspire another generation of eventers.

Astier Nicolas and Piaf de B'Neville. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Astier Nicolas and Piaf de B’Neville. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Astier Nicolas

At the Rio Olympic Games, Astier Nicolas and 2015 Pau CCI4* winner Piaf de B’Neville helped secure for France its second eventing team gold medal in history and also won the individual silver medal. A single rail in the individual show jumping round was the only penalty they added to their dressage score of 42.0, and this pair was one of only three to jump clear and inside the time on a very influential cross country day.

Early in the year, Astier and Piaf de B’Neville won the Event Rider Masters CIC3* at Chatsworth. He also piloted two horses to their first CCI4* completions: Quickly Du Buguet went double clear on cross country and finished 14th at Badminton, and Astier brought Molakai home clear at Pau for a 17th place finish in the gelding’s first four-star. To wrap up a stellar year, he was nominated for the FEI Best Athlete Award.

We were delighted to having Astier competing in the States at the inaugural Ocala International Horse Trials on Thanksgiving weekend. He catch rode FE Ophelia, finishing 9th in the CIC*, and we caught up with him to chat about what he’s been up to in Rio and what comes next.

Thanks for your submissions, EN! If you have any other inspiring riders you want to recognize, mention them in the comments. Here’s to an inspirational New Year!

Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: Three Employment Opportunities

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.

SHN also allows for Professional Services and Employment Opportunities to be listed, and this week we’re featuring three currently available employee opportunities. These are not working student positions but actual paying jobs! We’ve included the ad copy provided; click the links for videos, pricing and contact information.

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Seeking young event instructor

Correct, busy, upbeat riding school seeking event instructor. Must be skilled through Novice level or higher. Must have group lesson instructor experience and be interested in continuous improvement. This position can include private apartment and board of a horse. If you don’t have a horse, we have many that you can ride and compete. Ideal candidate is at least 21, mature, responsible, communicative and a good role model for young riders age 6 to 18. Candidate must also be organized about schedule, able to use a simple spreadsheet and able to communicate with staff, parents and students. Horse care knowledge, tack fit knowledge, and a good understanding of horse and rider safety are essential. Ideal candidate has a classical education coming from Pony Club, ICP, or experienced eventing person or program. Desire to learn and grow is important. Excitement and enthusiasm about teaching is essential.

Willow South Riding School has 20+ lesson horses and 100+ students plus a few boarders in full training. We host combined tests and jumper shows and we attend schooling and recognized horse trials regularly. This program has produced top annual USEA leaderboard results in junior divisions from Beginner Novice to Preliminary for the last decade. Opportunity to get lessons, attend clinics and compete in schooling and recognized shows is available and encouraged.

Renewable one year contract. Excellent pay, commensurate with experience. This position is ideal for someone hoping to learn how to make it in the horse business as an instructor or riding school owner. Very experienced employer and caring mentor.

Located in Johns Creek, Georgia.

Photo courtesy of Glenda Player via Sport Horse Nation.

Photo courtesy of Glenda Player via Sport Horse Nation.

Playland ISO Head Groom/Barn Supervisor with room to grow!

Playland Equestrian Center has a current opening for a head groom/manager position. We are looking for the right person to grow with the farm long- term. Position comes with shared living quarters and board for one horse. Applicant must exude professionalism, have excellent communication skills, be people-oriented, have organization skills, and time efficiency, be detail orientated, and have a strong work ethic. Duties include some daily horse care, supervising working students, client relations around the barn and catch riding as-needed (dependent on skill set and experience). The ideal candidate has experience grooming at recognized level horse trials as well. The job is for 6 days a week but can be flexible for the right person. Competitive salary offered (based on experience). College degree preferred but not a must. Serious inquiries only. Looking for a long term commitment with a minimum of 6 months preferred.

Located in Union Bridge, Maryland.

Photo courtesy of Christa Gandalfo via Sport Horse Nation.

Photo courtesy of Christa Gandalfo via Sport Horse Nation.

Immediate Head Groom Position Open with Christa Gandolfo

Christa Gandolfo and GET Equestrian Sports has an immediate opening for a new head groom at Oakmont Equestrian Center in Reddick, FL. Candidates should be knowledgeable in horse management, hard working and have a positive attitude. Salary position, with board and housing available if needed. Job duties will include management and help with daily activities and chores, overseeing working students, assisting in preparing for competitions, vet care, show grooming, braiding, wrapping, assisting farrier, vet, etc. Applicants should have prior experience caring for horses and must list references.

Located in Reddick, Florida.

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Pine Top Renews Its Commitment to Sustainable Event Organizing

Photo courtesy of Pine Top Farm. Photo courtesy of Pine Top Farm.

Glenn and Janet Wilson have developed Pine Top Farm in Thomson, Ga. into what is now a favorite destination for eventers of all levels, providing a family friendly atmosphere for lower level riders and a critical preparatory opportunity for Advanced level competitors. In 2017, Pine Top will celebrate its 25th year of hosting horse trials and is looking forward to unveiling recent several upgrades to their facility.

To ensure the future of the venue and its ability to provide a quality competition, the Wilson’s are focused on what they call ‘sustainable event organizing.’

“This is the practice of building facilities and hosting events in an economically sustainable way. Our philosophy for upgrades is ‘pay as you go’ which helps to keep overhead down,” Glenn explained. “Our emphasis is on providing well-designed courses by top designers utilizing our great natural footing, while providing safe, convenient stabling and other facilities.”

While the stabling facilities and arenas are “functional if not fancy,” the Wilson’s are proud that the cross country courses have always been their calling card. Built on decades-old pasture on former cotton fields, Glenn says that the gently rolling, sandy loam terrain is naturally suited for cross country and that no heroic efforts were required to create it.

Pine Top’s season begins with the much loved Thanksgiving Horse Trials followed by three events in February and March offering Beginner Novice up through CIC3* levels. For the rest of the year, the cross country course is used as cattle pasture and hay production.

“Agriculture and eventing have blended well at Pine Top. The farm has been in continuous agricultural production since our original family ancestors settled the land in 1770. We are committed to this land just as our ancestors were and we will continue to improve it thoughtfully,” Glenn said.

#GoodDirt. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

An early morning view of the cross country course at Pine Top. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Yearly upgrades of all kinds are done judiciously. The farm has its own earth moving equipment that is used to create new earthworks and graded areas, and the original topsoil with grass roots is always set aside for final covering to assure healthy grass regrowth. New cross country jumps are often built with natural, farm-grown timber and treated logs which gives Pine Top courses their signature, traditional look and feel. Using ‘home-grown’ materials also allows the designers and builders to cut the wood for a new obstacle exactly as desired.

Pine Top’s cross country course designer Derek di Grazia also designs at the Rolex Kentucky CCI4* and will design at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Derek has been on board at Pine Top for the last three years. Jeff Kibbie also joined the team as the lower level course designer.

“Derek has been a pleasure to work with and he has guided us to even better courses without breaking the bank,” Glenn said. “Rob Mobley came in with Derek as our new builder and his work has been excellent, even with me constantly reminding him to be ‘fast, furious and frugal!’ Jeff is also a skilled designer and builder and has built us some nice new jumps, as well as being a good equipment operator and setting his own courses.”

Derek’s expertise and position as designer at the world’s most prestigious events is an important component to the service Pine Top provides as an early season run for Advanced competitors targeting Rolex or another spring CCI. Pine Top’s proximity to Aiken also makes it a popular run for the eventers spending the winter months in Area III.

“The property is a great property to design on. It lends itself to nice galloping courses and the going there is typically quite good,” Derek said. “Being early in the season I always just try to give the (upper-level) riders something where they can have a nice galloping run, build confidence, get the horses going and have a positive experience.”

Allison Springer and Cascani over the Hammock. Photo by ED/Hoofclix.com.

Allison Springer and Cascani over the Hammock, a fence built using wood from trees grown at Pine Top. Photo by ED/Hoofclix.com.

“We want to recognize and thank our volunteers and the many Aiken ‘snowbirds’ that have supported us over the years. Even though Pine Top is an hour away from Aiken, it is very much an Aiken event,” Glenn said.

“Ritch Temple was our mentor and visionary who convinced us to run our first Advanced in late February 1995 before Aiken’s big rise as a snowbird destination. Then Tiffani Loudon-Meetze suggested we run an Intermediate event two weeks before in mid-February. This was revolutionary for Aiken and Area III to run Intermediate and Advanced outside of Florida in February, and it has proven to be very popular.”

The opening dates for Pine Top’s early 2017 events are already here. Thanks to the Wilsons’ sustainable organizing practices, competitors can look forward to improved stall floors in 88 permanent stalls as well as other repairs. Large trees were also cleared to provide an additional level warm-up area for dressage. On cross country, significant earthwork has been accomplished at the original Big Water complex and at the old Bankety Bank complex.

Glenn and Janet are looking forward to another year of sustainable organizing in 2017: “We may not have shiny new facilities or big prize money, but we are excited about the huge improvements to stabling as well as the new improvements to warm-up and cross country. We appreciate all of our competitors and we will continue to provide them with safe competitions on the best footing!”

Check out some of Pine Tops recent upgrades in the gallery below and learn more about Pine Top Horse Trials here.

10 Eventers Who Inspired Us in 2016

Eventers are skilled, tough, determined and passionate, and it’s qualities like these that inspire journalists like us every day. The EN team is honored to follow the journeys of eventers around the world, and we’re excited to bring you our annual list of eventers who inspired us this year. It is by no means a complete list, but here are 10 of our favorite standout stories from 2016.

Phillip Dutton and Mighty Nice. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Phillip Dutton and Mighty Nice. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Phillip Dutton

Phillip Dutton and HND Group’s Mighty Nice bringing home an Olympic medal for the U.S. stands out as one of the highlights of the year for our team. Big Phil and “Happy” performed brilliantly in all three phases, but we still aren’t over their epic save at that corner combination on cross country.

Eventing fans went wild when they won the bronze medal, and their success has been celebrated at events and functions all throughout the fall, inspiring riders of all ages and giving U.S. eventing a confidence boost. Rio was Phillip’s sixth Olympic Games but his first individual medal. We’re still so thrilled for him.


Lauren's best friend, Amy, cheers hard on cross country. Photo courtesy of FEI.

Photo courtesy of Lauren Billys

Lauren Billys

Lauren Billys represented Puerto Rico at her first Olympic Games this summer riding the Purdy Syndicate’s Castle Larchfield Purdy. Qualifying for the Olympics as an individual is different than qualifying on a team. The qualification process is based on cumulative points earned during a specific time span, and these points determine who will fill the limited individual spots for non-team countries.

“I’m not going to lie, it was hard, and there was sacrifice,” Lauren said after receiving the news of her qualification. During the Olympics, her determination and positive attitude continued to shine through, and she and Purdy got around the most difficult Olympic cross country course in the modern era. It was a long road to Rio for Lauren but she made the most of it.


Katie Rupple with Philippa's family at Richland Horse Trials. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Katie Ruppel with Philippa’s family at Richland Park Horse Trials. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Friends of Philippa Humphreys

The sorrow felt after the sudden and tragic death of Philippa Humphreys at the Jersey Fresh International Horse Trials this May will not soon fade, but it was incredibly touching how the eventing family came together to support Philippa’s family and each other through an incredibly sad time.

A YouCaring fund was immediately set up for Philippa’s infant daughter Millie, and more than $100,000 has been raised for her college education. Philippa’s friend Meghan O’Donoghue took Philippa’s horse Rich ‘N Famous into her barn and has continued to compete him in eventing, a job the gelding clearly loves.

Another friend of Philippa’s, Katie Ruppel, won the Philippa Humphreys Advanced division at the Richland Park Horse Trials in August. EN’s Leslie Wylie was on site covering Richland, and she said this was her favorite eventing moment of the whole year: “Katie was a good friend of Philippa’s, as both are Michigan girls, and I thought she showed a lot of grace and courage in that situation.”


Ann Haller and Carol Kozlowski present the first Roger Haller Educational Fund scholarships for event officials during the USEA Convention. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Ann Haller and Carol Kozlowski present the first Roger Haller Educational Fund scholarships for event officials during the USEA Convention. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Ann Haller

Roger and Ann Haller were a dynamic duo that we were accustomed to seeing together working at events around the world. Roger sadly passed away from cancer last March, and Ann has carried on his legacy through the USEA Roger Haller Education Fund and her continued active participation in the sport as a volunteer, official and shining presence in general.

Ann is a dear friend to EN, and we don’t know what we would do without her happy greetings in the media tent at major events like Rolex, Plantation Field and Fair Hill. This past year Ann has exhibited remarkable strength through a sad time and shown a deep passion for the sport that we are proud to witness.


Hannah Francis at Tattersalls 2016. Photo courtesy of Jack Lyons Media.

Hannah Francis at Tattersalls 2016. Photo courtesy of Jack Lyons Media.

Hannah Francis

The late Hannah Francis was included on our list of inspiring eventers in 2015, but we simply cannot exclude her this year. This summer, Hannah lost her long and difficult battle with bone cancer, a painful struggle through which she showed immeasurable hope and determination. Despite her failing health, she pushed herself to the limit to raise money for bone cancer research and grabbed every opportunity to get time in the saddle, including performing test rides at Tattersalls.

Hannah made every moment count and continued fighting until the very end. She was nominated for the FEI Against All Odds Award after receiving “by far the most nominations across all categories.” Hannah’s legacy lives on through the Willberry Wonder Pony Charity, and the eventing family will never forget her.


Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

The indomitable Michael Jung. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

Michael Jung

Sure, Michael Jung wins everything and has done for the last several years, but we witnessed history this year not once but twice. First he won the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing, which has only been achieved once before. Then, he won a second consecutive Olympic gold medal in Rio riding La Biosthetique Sam FBW.

This is the third time in eventing history that an event rider has won back-to-back gold medals at the Olympics, but Michael’s achievement is made all the more impressive by having earned both medals on the same horse and finishing on his dressage score on both occasions. We’re running out of clever ways to say “Jung won again” in our headlines, but he is without a doubt one of the greatest competitors our sport has ever seen.


William Fox-Pitt and Chilli Morning. Photo by Jenni Autry.

William Fox-Pitt and Chilli Morning. Photo by Jenni Autry.

William Fox-Pitt

The eventing world closely followed the recovery of William Fox-Pitt after a fall at Le Lion d’Angers in 2015 left him in a coma with a severe head injury. He made a miraculous comeback, getting back in the tack by Christmas. By this spring he had been cleared to compete and, in a truly remarkable display of tenacity, continued working towards competing in the Rio Olympic Games.

William was ultimately selected to represent Great Britain with Chilli Morning, putting him back at a major championship less than one year after his accident. During his keynote speech at the USEA Annual Meeting and Convention this month, we learned just how dire the circumstances were after the accident and the lengths he went to regain his mental and physical strength with the help of his family and the horses themselves.

William was incredibly honest and candid in his speech but also humble and gracious. “I’m lucky to be here,” he said. “We’re all involved in this amazing sport, and I’m now part of a happy story and a good ending.”


Ryan Wood won the USEA Adequan Gold Cup Championship with Powell AND won the Reserve Championship with Woodstock Bennett. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Ryan Wood won the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Championship with Powell AND won the Reserve Championship with Woodstock Bennett. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Ryan Wood

Up-and-coming riders feeling like maybe they don’t have all the resources and horsepower to make it in the eventing world should take a good hard look at Ryan Wood and what he has accomplished. Ryan bought many of his current string of upper-level horses as youngsters and brought them along patiently and carefully. (He negotiated the purchase of a 5-year-old Frankie for $500 and a couple of jump lessons not long after moving to America from Australia.)

Now he is enjoying the fruits of his labor. It really all came together for Ryan this year when he won the Jersey Fresh CCI3* with Powell, the Bromont CCI3* and CIC3* with Woodstock Bennett and Frankie, and the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Championship with Powell. And those are just his wins; he had many additional top finishes at major events on multiple horses.

Ryan and Powell were included on the FEI Nominated Entry List to represent Australia for the Rio Olympics. They weren’t selected to compete, but Ryan has proven he’s a force to be reckoned with, and we know we will see him on the world stage soon. Ryan has diligently put in the hard work to make it to where he is today and is an inspiration to any rider with big dreams.


Cindy Deporter and Ana D take a victory lap at AEC. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Cindy Deporter and Ana D take a victory lap at the 2016 American Eventing Championships. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Cindy Deporter

It’s not been an easy year for Cindy Deporter. She endured multiple hospital stays and suffered the sudden loss of family members. Through it all she kept up her responsibilities as a social worker and USEA event organizer, committee member and competition official.

She set a goal to ride at the American Eventing Championships and fought tooth and nail to qualify with her mare Ana D. All the hard work and perseverance paid off when she clinched the win in the Novice Master Amateur Championship this September.

“It has been a long trail to get here but it was a goal I had for this horse because she’s so nice,” Cindy said through tears after her emotional win. “I’m just proud to be here … I’m so fortunate. I have to thank the good Lord and the people around me that supported me.”

Cindy is not only an inspiration for the adult amateur rider but she is a prime example of what you can achieve if you hold your chin up and just keep swimming.


Ashley Russell and Philharmonic at the AECs. Photo by Sally Spickard.

Ashley Russell and Philharmonic at the 2014 American Eventing Championships. Photo by Sally Spickard.

Ashley Russell

We’ve been publishing an annual roundup of inspirational eventers for three years now and it’s about time Ashley Russell was on it. Ashley is legally blind, having lost her central vision at age 20 due to a rare genetic disorder called Stargardt disease. Nevertheless, she competes successfully at Training level with her horse Philharmonic. Her vision limitations force her to walk and plan her cross country and jumping rounds differently than most, mapping out landmarks and thinking more like a horse.

Ashley and Philharmonic finished 13th in the Beginner Novice Horse division at 2014 American Eventing Championships. This year they returned to the AEC at the Novice level and then completed the long format Novice Three-Day at Waredaca, finishing on their dressage score. That’s a seriously impressive accomplishment and testament to the bond between this horse and rider.

Who inspired you in 2016, EN? Let us know in the comments!

Wednesday Video from Kentucky Performance Products: ‘Fairytale of New York’ Equestrian Parody

A parody of The Pogues’ Fairytale of New York (my absolute favorite Christmas song) was created to raise funds for Brooke, an international equine welfare charity. The video, created by the team at Castle Leslie Estate in Ireland, takes us on the journey of 30-year-old Dream Warrior’s long life, the sweet partnership he has with his owner Sammy Leslie and the friends he’s made during retirement on the farm.

Not all horses, donkeys and mules are so lucky to live like royalty at Castle Leslie Estate, and Brooke strives to improve the lives of working equines around the world. Click here to support their mission.

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Monday News and Notes from Fleeceworks

Giddy up! Giddy Up! Giddy Up! Let's Goooooo! Photo courtesy of Devon Lyver. Giddy up! Giddy Up! Giddy Up! Let's Goooooo! Photo courtesy of Devon Lyver.

My face hurts from smiling, I’m so full of good food I could bust, and I’m grateful to be surrounded by so much love from family and friends. I sincerely hope that you all had a lovely holiday with an abundance of good cheer and happy memories.

Now, you won’t hear from me on News and Notes again until the New Year, so I want to impart a bit of advice to ring in 2017. Some people like to eat greens and black eyed peas on January 1st for luck and wealth, but I personally consider a New Year’s Day ride to be an essential start to the new year. It’s a tradition that began with a friend a few years ago, and I can’t think of anything I’d rather do on New Year’s Day than go for a great ride with a good friend.

2016 was not easy on a lot of levels, but we’re facing a whole new start and a chance to chase dreams and opportunities. For all my horse friends out there in the eventing nation, take advantage of the holiday falling on a Sunday and spend some time at the barn. Even if it’s freezing or snowing or you’re trapped in the indoor, if you are able to, tack up and go ride towards a brilliant new year.

Monday News and Notes:

Steffen Peters’ horses Legolas and Rosamunde were named two of the top three USDF Grand Prix horses of the year. Steffan and his Rio Olympics partner, the 14-year-old Westfalian gelding Legolas, had a median score of 77.160% to top the USDF Grand Prix leaderboard for a remarkable fifth year in a row. Laura Graves and her Rio mount Verdades were second on the USDF Grand Prix rankings with a median score of 76.460%. Rosamunde came third on a 74.965%. [Legolas Named USDF Grand Prix Horse of the Year]

Triple Crown winner American Pharoah is Jewish. Or at least his owner, Ahmed Zayat, is Jewish, and last year American Pharoah was named to the was named to the Forward 50, a list of the 50 most influential Jewish individuals. Of course, this news called for a new verse of Adam Sandler’s iconic “Chanukah” song to include celebrity Jewish equestrians. [A Horsey Addition to the Chanukah Song]

The Humane Society of the United States is recognizing equine causes on its top ten achievement list for 2016. The HSUS has supported protecting the lives of wild horses in U.S. holding facilities while also beginning fertility control projects to humanely control herd growth in Puerto Rico. They have also continued to work to keep the doors of U.S. slaughter houses closed. Read the article for more information on the HSUS’s success in helping animals around the world. [Wild horse freedom among charity’s top ten achievements for 2016]

The Horse brings us a plethora of horse health education on topics that run the gamut from hooves to nutrition to research and technology. It’s where I go to begin a search for horse related health and wellness questions. The Horse staff has rounded up their best articles of 2016 and the most read piece of the year was about a study revealing that horses “talk” to their handlers. I feel like this one and the study that proved horses have emotions resulted in a collective face-palm by the horse people of the world. But that doesn’t mean the science isn’t awesome, so check it out – [The Horse’s Top Articles]

Monday Video: The truth about Rudolph…

Hermes Noel from Peter Sluszka on Vimeo.

Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: Four Horses for $10k or Less

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’re all feeling the strain of our pocketbooks after the holiday season, so this week we’re featuring four horses listed for less than $10,000 (it’s just a coincidence that three of them are gray). We’ve included the ad copy provided; click the links for videos, pricing and contact information.

Sweet Indulgence. Photo courtesy Katie Marquette via Sport Horse Nation.

Sweet Indulgence. Photo courtesy Katie Marquette via Sport Horse Nation.

Sweet TB/Percheron Cross – Elegant Mover!

SWEET INDULGENCE (“CANDY”). 2003 ½ TB ½ Percheron Cross, 16.2h. Candy is an incredibly sweet, obedient horse just looking for the right partner! She is an adaptable horse and could do very well in a number of disciplines. She is an elegant mover and has even won some local 1st level dressage shows. Although she has not been jumping consistently in recent years, she is extremely brave to fences and is a tidy jumper. With experience and training, she will excel at whatever job you give her. She is safe enough for a beginner, but talented enough to challenge a more experienced rider. Sound, no stable vices. She is just waiting for the right person to give her the one-on-one attention she needs to reach her full potential!

Located in Maryland.

Flirtin’ With The Truth. Photo courtesy of Katrina via Sport Horse Nation.

Flirtin’ With The Truth. Photo courtesy of Katrina via Sport Horse Nation.

Training level eventer

Flirtin’ With The Truth (barn name: Jane) is a 15.3 hand 2008 chestnut Thoroughbred mare. Jane is a fantastic jumper with a perfect eye over fences. She is idiot proof on cross country, and has an excellent instinct over fences. Jane has evented at rated events for a couple of seasons, and has completed several rated events at the Training level, including a 6th place finish at JumpSstart Horse Trials. She is a cross country machine and a good show jumper with tidy knees. She is brave and solid on cross country, and could easily move up to Preliminary. She is point and shoot; you can just lean forward and hang onto the mane and she will figure it out for you.
Jane is sired by the well-regarded advanced event stallion, Salute the Truth, and was bred strictly for sport; she is not even registered with The Jockey Club, and certainly never went to the track.

As a yearling and two year old, Jane was shown in three Future Event Horse Competitions on the East coast, placing 1st, 3rd, and 4th in those competitions.

Jane is sound and healthy, and wears only plain front shoes and has never had a joint injection.

Jane is a steal and a great buy for the purchaser on a budget who needs a sound and healthy Training level cross country machine. She is in work and ready to go, current on all care.

Located in West Virginia.

Apple of My Iris. Photo courtesy of Jackie Gilbert via Sport Horse Nation.

Apple of My Iris. Photo courtesy of Jackie Gilbert via Sport Horse Nation.

Apple of my Iris- Lovely mare with miles of potential!

“Apple of my Iris” is a lovely grey Swedish mare. This 12 year old, 16.1 hand floaty mover has natural balance and athleticism over fences. Iris has mileage as an intercollegiate horse and low level hunter/jumper. She has jumped up to 3’6” and could easily be an exceptional dressage horse. Iris would also be a capable eventer, but needs a confident ride on cross country as she just needs more exposure.

Iris is for sale because her young rider just doesn’t have time for her and is going away to college. Iris has been out of consistent work and will require a very tactful and quiet rider to bring her back to work. Iris is a sensitive horse, but wants to please. She would do best with an experienced young rider or someone that has the assistance of a trainer for several months. She will be a fantastic project for someone on a budget looking for that talented horse to bring home the ribbons!

Iris trailers, cross ties, clips, bathes, braids and is fantastic on the ground. This sweet, in your pocket mare is located in Hamilton, MA. Please e-mail or call Jackie with questions or to make an appointment to meet Iris.

Located in Massachusetts.

Wright Rendezvous. Photo courtesy of Pat Dale via Sport Horse Nation.

Wright Rendezvous. Photo courtesy of Pat Dale via Sport Horse Nation.

Big Grey Well Started

Have you been looking for a tall grey gelding? 16.2++ 2008 TB G. Something who has been in a Professional Program for 2 years, well made on flat and excellent jump education, good feet sound with no vices or issues.Some LL unrecognized outings and good XC schools? ..Well this is your lucky day…Wright Rendezvous (JC name) aka Frankly is now available for sale….Stunning mover would be well received in Dressage, H/J or Eventing arenas. Scope and jump talent… He was bought as an investment horse to be resold……Ready to go…excellent shipper in super condition…Serious buyers only.

Located in Maryland.

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.

The Cogdells & Mark Bellissimo Preview The Fork Horse Trials at Tryon

Bernadette and Jim Cogdell with Mark Bellissimo (right). Photo by Leslie Threlkeld. Bernadette and Jim Cogdell with Mark Bellissimo (right). Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

The Tryon International Equestrian Center has fast become a premier facility for multiple equestrian disciplines. Since eventing was debuted at TIEC during the American Eventing Championships, it was selected as host of the 2018 World Equestrian Games. And earlier this year, Jim and Bernadette Cogdell announced that The Fork International Horse Trials would relocate to TIEC.

During the cocktail hour preceding the Year-End Awards dinner at the USEA Convention, the Cogdells along with Mark Bellissimo of Tryon Equestrian Partners discussed transitioning The Fork to TIEC and introduced the below video. Watch and get a sneak peak at the location of the new cross country course that will be debuted at The Fork in April. Captain Mark Phillips and Tremaine Cooper are designing the courses on a converted golf course next door to the Resort’s main equestrian complex.

“I’m very pleased to start this journey with Mark,” said Jim Cogdell, who will remain the Chairman of The Fork at TIEC. “I saw something that is absolutely spectacular with the cross country layout and I want to thank Mark and all the team at Tryon.”

Bernadette echoed her husbands sentiments: “I am honestly very excited about The Fork moving to Tryon. I think we’ve done as much as we can do at our farm and the facility at Tryon is so far above and beyond.”

Mark thanked Jim for “having the faith in us to take his ‘child.’” He expressed confidence that there is an opportunity to grow the sport of eventing, increase sponsorship and engage spectators and is looking forward to working together with the Cogdells to accomplish this with The Fork Horse Trials.

 

EN’s 2016 Video Countdown: #10. When The Beatles & Synchronized Horse Dancing Combine

As we near the end 2016 we're revisiting EN's most popular video posts of the year. Here's #10, originally posted on July 3 and collecting 6,885 views!

This might the grooviest pas de deux we’ve ever seen! This talented duo and their matching chestnuts perform synchronized canter pirouettes, tempi changes, lateral movements, extensions and more to the tune of some of The Beatles’ greatest hits.

The Dancing Duo✎ The Dancing Duo – Superbe démonstration !
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The pas de deux is a difficult and precise competition and they make it look easy!

We love the music, too. All you need is love, you guys.

And horses. Lots of horses.

Monday News and Notes from Fleeceworks

Holly Payne Caravella and her husband Eric Caravella winning the ugly sweater contest. Photo via Facebook. Holly Payne Caravella and her husband Eric Caravella winning the ugly sweater contest. Photo via Facebook.

I love today’s lead photo, but this morning’s story is a sad one. The Pelis family of Northern Creek Farm in Hadley, MA lost their home to a fire last weekend. The family has been at the property for over 20 years, and while the barns, fields and 19 horses on the property were spared, they lost all their possessions and a beloved cat.

Family friend Caroline Daly told EN that the Pelis Family has been involved with the Area I horse and eventing communities for nearly 30 years. Their Northern Creek Farm is a boarding and lesson facility and was the longtime home of the Swift River Pony Club of Central New England Region. “Northern Creek Farm, as well as Elizabeth, Judy, and the entire Pelis family, has welcomed everyone who has come their way with open arms for years,” Caroline said. “This is an absolutely tragic event to endure, and this is one of the most difficult times of the year for such a thing to happen.”

The local horse community has offered aid for barn chores, winter gear for the family, and even some work to ensure the barns have electricity and water. A friend of the family and former boarder, Gwen, has set up a fund to help the family get on their feet again as it will be some time before they are able to re-build. If you can help the Pelis family in their time of need, please click here.

Monday News and Notes:

The USEA ICP, YEH and FEH programs have teamed up for the ultimate educational opportunity in sunny Florida this February. With Chris Burton, Chris Ryan and Leslie Law as featured clinicians, you definitely want to head South for this clinic. The USEA has released a basic schedule and bios of all six instructors. [Learn more]

Much of the country has suffered from drought this year which has left many horse owners staring at dirt lots instead of lush pastures while also facing the stresses of a hay shortage. Luckily there are fiber alternatives to help stretch or replace hay or pasture access. [The Horse]

The Horse Nation crew is at it again with their holiday horse carols. Don’t miss the delightful reminisces of the “12 Daze of Christmas” or the rider relateable laments from “O Come All Ye Horse Poor.” [Join HN for a week of caroling]

It’s hunting season (horse people will know I’m talking about field hunting). I’ve a got a youngster I’m hoping to event and hunt next year so I’m doing all I can to brush up on hunting etiquette. Here’s a great list of tips to help you win friends in the hunt field. [9 ways to impress in the hunting field]

Monday Video:

Calling All Organizers: Submit Your Winter Riding Opportunities!

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.

Just because the competition season has ended and we’ve hauled out the heavy blankets and winter breeches doesn’t mean we aren’t looking for some horsey activities to tide us over until the spring events begin.

So we’ve got good news! For the winter we’re reviving What’s Happening, EN’s guide to lessons, clinics, schooling shows, indoor schooling rounds, tack swaps, you name it.

We’re looking for organizers to send us the details of their riding and educational opportunities occurring in December, January or February to include in our weekly posting of What’s Happening.

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.)

Here’s a (real!) example:

Jan. 4: Dressage Clinic in Brookeville, MD: Susan Graham White will be back at A Bit Better Farm (Brookeville, MD) on Wednesday, January 4th. Lessons are 45-minute private lessons and will be $130 per lesson. We typically ride from about 12:15pm until 7:30pm (so plenty of time for the after school/work folks). When you sign up, please be sure to let me know if you have any time constraints. Remember that Susan is a licensed judge, so if you want, you can bring your dressage tests and have a fix-a-test type lesson. If you want to learn more about Susan, click here. I am encouraging, but not requiring, everyone to sign up via EventClinics this year, and you can find all of the details here. As always, auditing is encouraged and always FREE!

We’ll publish the first roundup of listings later this week so get those emails in!