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What’s Happening This Winter? EN’s Guide to Clinics, Lessons & Shows [Updated 12/10]

Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

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

Location Quick Links:Area I | Area II | Area III | Area V | Area VIII

Area I

January 6-7: World Class Grooming Clinic with Emma Ford
Oakendale Farm, Harwinton CT, [email protected]8609444460. Click here for more information.

Area II

December 6-10: Clinic with Nicola Wilson
Nicola Wilson is coming to USA to conduct two clinics, one in the Middleburg, Va. area on December 6/7 and one in the Charlottesville, Va. area December 9/10. Charlottesville is full with a wait list but auditors are welcome. It is anticipated that day 1 will be SJ and day 2 XC. Auditors welcome. Please contact Helen Brettell at [email protected] for the Middleburg area and Gabby Dickerson at [email protected] for Charlottesville.
December 15: Ride with Sally Cousins
Elevation Dressage and Eventing, Union Bridge, MD. Contact Sally, [email protected].
December 16: Ride with Sally Cousins
Oldfields School, Glencoe Sparks, MD. Contact Sally, [email protected].
December 17: Ride with Sally Cousins
Kealani Farm, West Grove, PA. Contact Sally, [email protected].
December 27-30: Clinic with Tik Maynard and Sinead Halpin
Winter Camp at The Fork Farm (Norwood, NC). Read this article to get a glimpse of what a camp with them is like. Contact: Lauren DeLalla @ 540-247-9053 or email: [email protected]. Click here for more information.
January 6: Ride with Sally Cousins
Kealani Farm, West Grove, PA. Contact Sally, [email protected].
January 7: Ride with Sally Cousins
Bit of Woods Farm in Hainesport, NJ. Contact Megan, [email protected].
January 20-21: Clinic with Kate Chadderton. 
Sunset Hill Farm, Woodbine, MD. For more info and clinic details contact: Amy Gaynor,  ASAP while spaces are available! $95 per rider. More dates available.  Sign up for three clinic days & get free coaching at a USEA Area 2 event (a $100 value)!
January 21: Ride with Sally Cousins
Horse Park of New Jersey, Stone Tavern, NJ. Contact Sally, [email protected].
February 3-4: Clinic with Kate Chadderton. 
Sunset Hill Farm, Woodbine, MD. For more info and clinic details contact: Amy Gaynor,  ASAP while spaces are available! $95 per rider. More dates available.  Sign up for three clinic days & get free coaching at a USEA Area 2 event (a $100 value)!
February 11: Ride with Sally Cousins
Horse Park of New Jersey, Stone Tavern, NJ. Contact Sally, [email protected].
February 17-18: Clinic with Kate Chadderton. 
Sunset Hill Farm, Woodbine, MD. For more info and clinic details contact: Amy Gaynor,  ASAP while spaces are available! $95 per rider. More dates available.  Sign up for three clinic days & get free coaching at a USEA Area 2 event (a $100 value)!
March 10-11, 2018: MDHT Cross Derby
Loch Moy Farm in Adamstown, MD: Get a jump start on the competition season with the MDHT Cross Derby on all-weather footing. Levels from Preliminary to Elementary, obstacles to include ditches, banks and water as appropriate for the level. This is a popular event so plan to sign up early!  More information will be available at www.themarylandhorsetrials.com
March 10-11: Clinic with Kate Chadderton. 
Sunset Hill Farm, Woodbine, MD. For more info and clinic details contact: Amy Gaynor,  ASAP while spaces are available! $95 per rider. More dates available.  Sign up for three clinic days & get free coaching at a USEA Area 2 event (a $100 value)!
March 31-April 1: Clinic with Kate Chadderton. 
Sunset Hill Farm, Woodbine, MD. For more info and clinic details contact: Amy Gaynor,  ASAP while spaces are available! $95 per rider. More dates available.  Sign up for three clinic days & get free coaching at a USEA Area 2 event (a $100 value)!
Area III
 December 9: Christmas Dressage Schooling Show
SEA/CBreeze Palms (Milton, FL). Visit southernequestrianassociation.com for more info.
December 9-10: Dressage and CT Schooling Show
TAGDEA/Tri State Exhibition Ctr. (Cleveland, TN). Visit tagdea.org for more info.
December 9-10: Emily Brollier Curtis Clinic
CDCTS/Icon Sporthorses (Friendsville, TN). Visit cdcts.org for more info.
December 16: Winter Schooling Show
CDCTS/Icon Sporthorses (Friendsville, TN). Visit cdcts.org for more info.
December 16: Poplar Place Schooling Show
Poplar Place Farm (Hamilton, GA). Visit gdcta.org for more info.
January 13: Paul Belasik Clinic
DSDCTA/Joint Venture Farm (Madison, FL). Visit dsdcta.org for more info.
January 13-14: Jennifer Marchand Dressage Clinic
Poplar Place (Hamilton, GA). Visit poplarplacefarm.com for more info.
January 13-14: Sinead Halpin Clinic
Can’t make it to Florida this year? Let Florida come to you in a two-day show jumping clinic in East Tennessee with Sinead Halpin January 13th – 14th! Rain or shine as we have a lovely covered arena! Contact Katherine at [email protected] Click here for more information.
January 16-18: Gemma Tattersall Clinic
Gemma needs no introduction; having just been announced the NUMBER 3 Rider in the World on FEI Standings. Notting Hill Stables, Reddick FL for show jumping days, Horse Power Equestrian for upper level xc and lower level xc TBA. Novice through Advanced. Groups will be 60-90 mins and semi privates 45-60 mins. $475 for two day SJ and XC groups Jan 16th and 17th. $275 for semi privates Jan 18th and $225 if additional SJ groups are added on Jan 18th. Lunch and beverages included! NO CHARGE FOR AUDITORS! Gift bags for each participant and for anyone signing up for 2 or more of our clinics this winter, you will be entered into a prize draw for a grand prize TBA. WE EXPECT THIS CLINIC TO FILL VERY QUICKLY SO PLEASE SIGN UP ASAP. A non refundable deposit of $200 is required to secure your spot. Please email entries to: [email protected] including your name, contact details, horses name, level of experience and whether you require stabling. Stabling fees will be announced shortly but will be available.
February 10, 2018: Dressage Schooling Show
TAGDEA/Tri State Exhibition Ctr. (Cleveland, TN). Visit tagdea.org for more info.
Area V
December 9: Puddle Jumper Schooling Show
Coyote Springs (Seguin, TX). GSAHJA affiliated, leadline through 2’3″ jumpers and 2’6″ hunters. More info at coyotespringstx.com.
December 9-10: Kim Severson Clinic
Full, but free auditing! Pine Hill (Bellville, TX). More info at pinehilltexas.com.
December 11: Lurena Bell Lessons
Pine Hill (Bellville, TX). More info at pinehilltexas.com.
December 14-17: Charlie Hutton Clinic
Oak Hill Farm (Folsom, LA). More info at sedariders.org.
December 16-17: Buck Davidson Clinic
Pine Hill (Bellville, TX). More info at pinehilltexas.com.
December 17: Candy Cane Derby
High Point Farm (Navasota, TX). More info at exceleventing.com.
January 14, 2018: Schooling Horse Trials
GHCTA affiliated. Pine Hill (Bellville, TX). More info at pinehilltexas.com.
January 14-15, 2018: Boyd Martin Clinic
Texas Rose Farm (Tyler, TX). More info at texasrosehorsepark.com.
January 21, 2018: Schooling HT, Dressage and Western Dressage
Feather Creek Farm (Norman, OK). ODS affiliated. More info at feathercreekfarm.com.
February 18, 2018: Schooling Combined Test
Celtic Cross Equestrian Center (Norman, OK). More info at celticcrossequestriancenter.com.
February 18, 2018: Schooling Horse Trials
Pine Hill (Bellville, TX). More info at pinehilltexas.com.
February 24-25, 2018: Buck Davidson Clinic
Holly Hill (Benton, LA). More info at hollyhillfarm.net.
February 24-26, 2018: Lainey Ashker Clinic.
Texas Rose Farm (Tyler, TX). More info at texasrosehorsepark.com.
Area VIII
January 20-21, 2018: Clinic with Charlotte Dujardin
Charlotte Dujardin CBE Masterclass Jan 20-21 at Kentucky Horse Park. This two day class will focus on young horses to developing Grand Prix and the fundamental formula behind Charlotte’s winning system. Applicants to ride in this masterclass should email: [email protected] with video and short description of ability and achievements. All classes of horses and riders considered. Click here for more info.

January 24-28, 2018: Equine Symposium & Convention, hosted by USPC
Connect face to face with our active youth equestrians and leaders at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, KY! Join us for the 2018 Equine Symposium & Convention, hosted by USPC, in Louisville, KY. Our Trade Fair and Sponsor opportunities provide memorable ways to connect with our active equestrian community of leaders, instructors, parents, youth and young adult Pony Club members, all at affordable rates. Click here to learn more and to register.

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

Eventers Celebrated at 2017 USEA Year End Awards

Sarah Broussard presents Erin Sylvester with the Rebecca Broussard International Developing Rider Grant. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Last night eventers celebrated one another’s achievements and contributions to the sport during the 2017 USEA Year-End Awards at the Westin Long Beach hotel in Long Beach, California. James Wofford once again MC’d the event and USEA President Carol Kozlowski congratulated each recipient on stage.

Madeline Backus is the Advanced Young Adult Rider of the Year. She also won the $10,000 Rebecca Broussard National Developing Rider Award and the inaugural Wilton Fair Grant, given to a rider 29 and under who has not yet ridden for a senior U.S. team. Pictured with Carol Kozlowski and Brian Sabo. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Click here for a full list of winners and here for the 2017 leaderboard. Keep scrolling for a gallery of highlights. Congratulations to all! Go Eventing.

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Boyd Martin Brings the House Down During Keynote Address + More USEA Convention Highlights

Boyd Martin had the audience rolling with laughter during his keynote address. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

The USEA Annual Meeting and Convention at the Westin Long Beach hotel in Long Beach, CA is winding down. It’s been a productive few days as the best minds in the sport have come together to discuss, brainstorm and vote on key aspects to improve and develop eventing in the U.S. It has also been an educational opportunity for USEA members as sessions have featured everything from hoof health to nutrition to entering your first FEI event.

The Annual Meeting of Members luncheon was this afternoon. CEO Rob Burk, President Carol Kozlowski and Treasurer Morley Thompson updated the membership on the status of the organization. Read more about these details in the USEA’s detailed report here.

We honored outgoing volunteers who have been integral to the running of the organization:

  • USEA Foundation Chair Kevin Baumgardner
  • Area I Chair Hilary DeAngelis
  • Area V Chair Siobhan O’Brien
  • Area VII Chair John Meriwether
  • Area VIII Chair Cathy Wieschhoff
  • Board of Governor member Katherine Cooper
  • Board of Governor member Leslie Law
  • Board of Governor Rick Wallace

We also welcomed new and renewing Board members including:

  • John Bourgoin, Area I (2018-2020)
  • Sharon Anthony, Area III (2018-2020)
  • Debra Dealcuaz, Area V (2018-2020)
  • Morley Thompson, Area VIII (2018-2020)
  • Harold “Tink” Eichell, At Large (2018-2020)
  • Doug Payne, At Large (2018-2020)
  • John Staples, At Large (2018-2020)

Next Boyd Martin took the stage to deliver his keynote address. His lively, entertaining talk had the audience in stitches as he recounted his adventurous life with horses and the path of his eventing career.

Classic Three-Day Open Forum

The USEA Classics Series keeps the traditional long format alive at events around the country. The Classic Three-Day Task Force accomplished numerous items this year and reviewed those at yesterday’s open forum as well as took questions and ideas from the membership.

Chair Gretchen Butts said the Task Force clarified the guidelines for three-days and raised the level of USEA support and promotion both in event coverage and through the Classic Corner in the USEA eNewsletter. “Each Classic has gotten the attention we feel they deserve,” Gretchen said.

Another major initiative of the task force is to create and provide resources about Classic events. Many educational articles have been gathered or written and compiled on the USEA website under the Classic heading. These resources exist to prepare horses and riders for a successful three-day experience and the development of these resources is ongoing.

Four-star event rider Colleen Rutledge was in attendance and stressed the important of the long format three-day in her own training program: “The learning experience for my horses is unlike anything else they can do. Mine do a Training Three-Day and Preliminary Three-Day. Especially for the non-Thoroughbreds, the horses start learning how to deal with themselves when they get tired.”

While the knowledge (not to mention pure joy) that is gained through participating in a three-day is extremely rewarding, the task force and fans of the long format would like to see more people get involved. “Let’s find the population the Classics have value to and capitalize on that,” Gretchen said.

Cindy Deporter, task force member and Classics organizer, reminded the room that a horse and rider finishing a long format event earn double the points on the USEA leaderboard. She added, “We make it as purely educational as we can and that really meets the mission of the USEA organization.”

Eventing Sport Committee

The USEF Eventing Sport Committee approved the selection procedures for the NAJYRC and renewed Leslie Law’s contract as Developing Rider coach has been approved. It was also noted that the Under 25 Emerging Athletes list has been approved and will be released on Monday.

The recommended World Equestrian Games selectors are Jan Byyny, Phyllis Dawson, Derek di Grazia, and Deb Furnas with Marcia Kulak as an alternate selector and Robert Costello as advisor. This list will go forward to the International Disciplinary Committee for approval.

The committee approved a rewording of EV114.5 to clarify the colors of helmets or helmet covers that are legal to wear in both dressage and show jumping.

ERA of NA Awards

Last night the Event Riders Association of North America hosted a reception and honored the following people with special awards:

  • Liz Cochran Memorial Groom’s Award – Andi Lawrence
  • As You Like It Owner’s Award – Pam Duffy and Don Trotter of Sunsprite Warmbloods
  • Audrey Wiggins – Amateur Impact Award
  • Carolyn Macintosh – Seema Sonnad Above and Beyond Personnel Award

We look forward to tonight’s dazzling awards ceremony honoring the event horses and riders who topped the leaderboards at each level, awarding life-changing grants and showing appreciation to exceptional individuals in the sport.

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USEA Board of Governors: Frangible Technology, YEH Changes, New Grant

USEA CEO Rob Burk addresses the Board of Governors. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

The USEA Board of Governors met this morning for their first session at the USEA Annual Meeting and Convention in Long Beach, CA. The Board received an overview of the status of USEA Committee happenings and the financial health of the organization. They also voted on a key rule change proposal related to frangible technology and supported the creation of a special new grant.

USEA President Carol Kozlowski opened the session with a year in review. Here is a summary of her report:

In May we firmed up an agreement with (data analysis company) EquiRatings. This will add a layer to our safety strategy that we’ve never had before. I really like the idea of having data to determine the likelihood of success or failure.

The North American Junior and Young Riders Championship (NAJRYC) continues to struggle. Jumping and dressage split off this year and when it looked like the eventing wouldn’t happen, Rebecca Farm stepped in to host it. Rebecca Farm will it once again in 2018, but the future of eventing in the NAJYRC is in question.

Two-third of the riders at the 2017 American Eventing Championship rode at Training level and below. The Tryon International Equestrian Center really rolled out the red carpet for the event.

The Young Event Horse and Future Event Horse Championships had the highest numbers yet.

There was a round table safety summit on the sport hosted by the Chronicle of the Horse (read the reports on these talks here). It is a good synopsis of where we think we are but we still have a long way to go.

Thank you to everyone involved in the effort that went into selecting the 2019-2010 AEC location. We turned over all the rocks and pros and cons. I am feeling very confident in the decision and I’m confident that our membership will embrace and flock to the Kentucky Horse Park.

USEA CEO Rob Burk shared several highlights for the organization in 2017. Here are a few key notes:

  • There were 42,851 starters and 238 events.
  • The number of starters overall are down 1.5%. Beginner Novice starter numbers are up and upper level starters are down.
  • The USEA now has a record 12,913 members.
  • USEA Membership became mandatory for Beginner Novice riders in 2017 and Director of Membership Services Jennifer Hardwick reports that there was absolutely no push back from the membership on this requirement.
  • As of November 30th there was over $230,000 raised for frangible pin research, officials education and emerging athletes. 
  • The $1 million Wilton Fair fund was established, generously donated by the Lenaburg family to support developing riders.
  • There are now over 300 Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) certified instructors. USEA also launched the YEH ICP certifications.
  • The USEA published over 650 articles on the USEA website and had over 4.2 million unique web page views. Eventing USA magazine is published six times a year. This is the only magazine in the world dedicated solely to eventing. “I feel strongly that we will continue to host that. It is one of the best benefits we have for our members,” Rob said.

The USEA Board of Governors morning session. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

A report from the Treasurer/VP of Admin and Finance, Morley Thompson, revealed that the USEA is “well in the black” financially even though the individual Areas showed a loss due largely to the cost of sending horses and riders to Montana for the NAJYRC.

The Board approved the incoming Area Chairs and added them as signers to Area accounts. The new Area Chairs are Sarah Adams (Area I), Cyndi Kurth (Area III), Stephanie Reimers (Area V), Rachel McCort (Area VII) and Wayne Quarles (Area VIII).

Katherine Cooper, Chair of the Nominating Committee, discussed that there has been some concern over members of the USEF Eventing Sport Committee (formerly the Eventing Technical Committee) sitting on the committee for too long (decades). The Nominating Committee feels it is important for their to be healthy turnover on this committee and are working on a process to manage that.

Kate Lokey, Director of Programs and Marketing, said that while the numbers in the Young Event Horse and Future Event Horse Championships have been healthy and growing, there are some significant changes coming to these programs based on feedback from riders, owners, organizers etc. The scoring system is being redesigned and the YEH dressage tests are being shortened. The USEA is also urging riders to go to the YEH/FEH symposiums to understand what judges are looking for.

Rule Change Proposal: Frangible Technology on Cross Country

The Eventing Course Designers and Builders Committee proposed a rule change related to frangible technology. This proposal changed the wording of EV140.9.b to the following:

At the Modified Level and above, all rail fences for which frangible technology can be employed, must use frangible technology (e.g. Frangible Pins, MIMs Clips, or any other load relieving devices). These fences include but are not limited to verticals, gates, open corners, and all open oxers in all cases. At a minimum these devices must activate with forces that have both vertical and horizontal components – the exception being the front rail at the point of an open corner, which may use a traditional forward pin.

Committee Co-Chair Tremaine Cooper clarified that the rule starts at Modified level because frangible rails have to drop a certain amount when activated and it is not always possible to achieve this requirement at the lower levels.

The Board of Governors approved the proposal with the recommendation of an extraordinary rule change (so that it may go into effect sooner than 2019). The proposal will now go forward to the USEF Eventing Sport Committee for approval.

Sunsprite Award

Pam Duffy and Don Trotter of Sunsprite Warmbloods proposed a special new award for FEI riders that are competing in the States but represent a country other than the U.S.

Pam is from Mexico and always considered Mexican eventer and show jumper Captain Mendivil-Yucupicio, a 1980 Moscow Olympic Bronze Medalist, to be her role model. Pam said he had no money and learned to ride on donkeys and mules. He died two years ago and in honor of his memory and character, she wants to sponsor a $5,000 prize and trophy made in Mexico to one person per year for the next five years.

The intention of this award is to help eligible riders who could use additional support to advance their career and spotlight people who are up-and-coming role models and exhibit the same perseverance, determination and grace under pressure that was typical of Captain Mendivil-Yucupicio.

The award would be limited to international riders competing in the U.S. in their capacity as a citizen of another nation, excluding the U.S. and its territories. Eligible riders would have to compete and finish a minimum of three FEI events within the U.S. during one competition season. Both professionals and amateurs are eligible for this award.

The Board was unanimously supportive of the creation of this award, and Rob recommended that it be sent forward to the USEA Foundation to draft an agreement.

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Max Corcoran: ‘Make Good Decisions!’

Max Corcoran led EN’s favorite session today! Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

During a well attended afternoon session yesterday at the USEA Annual Meeting and Convention in Long Beach, CA, renowned groom and barn manager, Max Corcoran, reminded us to make good decisions when working with and around horses. As we all know, horses are always finding new ways to get themselves into trouble and safety is paramount. Here are some of Max’s helpful tips.

  • The horse always come first!
  • Many people don’t grow up around horses and start riding later in life so they don’t get to be a barn kid and make mistakes. Help people learn!
  • In the stall:
    • Make sure double end snaps on buckets are facing the wall so the horse doesn’t catch its nose or eye.
    • In the stall or trailer, make sure hay nets are hung up high with some way to come down, like a hay net, so they don’t get their feet caught or can break it away from the wall if it does get caught.
    • Don’t surprise the horse going in to the stall or you might get kicked! Let him know you are there before going in.
  • Leading:
    • Don’t ever wrap a lead of any sort around any part of your body.
    • If you use a chain shank, don’t loop it and make a hole for a foot to get stuck through. If you use a chain shank, don’t ever tie the horse up with the chain over its nose.
  • Tying:
    • When cross tied, make sure they can break away somehow with bailing twine or safety snaps.
    • If you’re trying something new, like clipping, take them off the cross ties for the first time.
  • Turnout:
    • Shut the gate before you let the horse go!
  • Tacking Up:
    • Attach the girth to the breastplate before attaching it to the dee rings on the saddle.
    • Always run your stirrup irons up if you aren’t on so they don’t get caught on doorways, jaws, or banging on their sides.
  • Blanketing:
    • Always do the leg straps or belly straps before the neck straps. If the horse starts moving it slips off behind them instead of in front of them.
    • Turn the chest snaps in towards the horse’s chest so it doesn’t get caught on something.
    • Always do leg straps up again after you take the blanket off so the straps don’t get caught on something or hit a horse or human.
  • Trailering:
    • Do up the butt bar on the trailer before attaching the horse’s head.
    • Always close the windows on a slant load.
    • Always keep spare halter and lead ropes in the trailer.
    • Know how to change a tire and always keep a full set of spares! Check your tire pressure often!
    • Have an emergency vet kit in your trailer and located somewhere accessible.
  • Competition Stabling:
    • Mind your space and be respectful of your neighbors.
    • Don’t put your dog on a long wire lead or retractable leash where it could go after or wrapped around a horse’s legs.
  • Vet Box Etiquette:
    • Don’t set up too early or spread out too much.
    • Be helpful.
    • Pack up when you’re done.
    • Scrape the water off the horse to facilitate cooling!
  • Warm Up Etiquette:
    • Don’t start too early
    • Share the jumps
    • Be kind to volunteers!

And so many more!

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Wednesday Video from Kentucky Performance Products: Bridleless Cross Country Helmet Cam

Bridleless Eventing – Cross en Cordelette (Août 2017)

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L’autre jour, nous sommes retournées sur un cross différent de celui que je vous ai montré l’autre fois.
Il s’agit du cross de Les écuries de Maret, un parcours flambant neuf, avec des obstacles allant des catégories 60 à 90, et un terrain vraiment top!. :)
Après un petit échauffement en sidepull, nous nous lançons directement en cordelette <3. En effet, Unseelie était légère, super à l’écoute, et super motivée, ça promettait d’être EXTRA !
Et… ça l’a été, et bien au delà de mes espérances :D! On ne s’est pas trop attardée sur les obstacles de 60, car ils deviennent vraiment trop faciles pour la belle ! ^^’ Du coup on a visé plus haut, et, comment dire: tout est passé comme une lettre à la poste ! :D <3 C’est qu’elle tournerait sur du 90cm les doigts dans le nez la petite ! :P
A la fin, on a même fait un plus gros enchaînement, sur lequel on s’est vraiment fait plaisir ! :)
Je quitte cet endroit des étoiles plein les yeux, et je ne me lasse pas de revivre ces moments au travers des vidéos en caméra embarquée… Quelle jument extraordinaire, quelle chance, quel PUR BONHEUR !
Merci la vie de m’avoir fait croiser son chemin <3 <3.

Posted by Unseelie de Jacen & Julie on Monday, September 4, 2017

One look at the Unseelie de Jacen & Julie Facebook page and it is clear this pair’s relationship is founded on mutual trust and respect, working at liberty and with either a bitless bridle or no bridle at all. Julie carefully chronicles her journey with her mare, Unseelie de Jacen, for her online audience (primarily in French, hooray for translation technology!) and shares tons of photos and videos of their progress.

Recently, Julie and Unseelie went to Les écuries de Maret in Belgium to school the new cross country course there. After a short warm-up with a bitless bridle, they dropped the head gear entirely and tackled the course with nought but a saddle and a string around the mare’s neck.

Julie had this to say (translated) after their grand adventure, which she recorded on a helmet cam: “I’m leaving this place with my eyes full of stars, and I don’t get tired of reliving these moments through video camera footage… what an extraordinary mare, how lucky, what pure happiness!”

Follow Unseelie and Julie on Facebook. Seriously, they’re amazing.

The feeling you get when it’s just you and your horse

It’s why we do what we do.

Fight back against an energy crisis that can impact condition and performance

Equi-Jewel® is a high-fat, low-starch and -sugar formula that was developed to safely meet the energy needs of your horse. Whether you have a hard keeper that needs extra calories to maintain his weight, or a top performance horse that needs cool energy to perform at her peak, Equi-Jewel can meet your horse’s needs. Equi-Jewel reduces the risk of digestive upset, supports optimal muscle function, maintains stamina, and helps horses recover faster after hard work, all while providing the calories your horse needs to thrive.

The fat found in rice bran is an extraordinary source of dietary energy. In fact, fat contains more than two times the energy that carbohydrates and proteins do, thereby fueling horses more efficiently. Fat is considered a “cool” feedstuff because it does not cause the hormone spikes that lead to excitability. Adding stabilized rice bran to your horse’s diet allows you to decrease the amount of starchy concentrates (grains) you feed, reducing the risk of colic and laminitis resulting from grain overload. Equi-Jewel is an excellent source of calories for horses on low sugar and starch diets.

It is why the horse that matters to you matters to us. Not sure which horse supplement best meets your horse’s needs? We are here to help. Contact Kentucky Performance Products, LLC at 859-873-2974 or visit our website at KPPusa.com.

Monday News and Notes from Fleeceworks

Congratulations Amanda and Rob! Photo courtesy of Megan Murfey.

It was a special wedding weekend for eventers! Cross country jump builder Rob Mobley and rider/judge Amanda Miller were married in North Carolina. Meanwhile four-star eventers Daniel Clasing and Kaitlin Spurlock tied the knot in Virginia. It’s incredible to think that a shared passion of horses brought each of these couples together. Congratulations and best wishes to the newlyweds!

National Holiday: National Kitten Day

U.S. Weekend Action:

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Monday News and Notes:

Eventers have tons of stuff so we have to be fairly organized when we go to an event. A long format event, however, is a whole different ball game. There are extra phases, horse inspections and vet box to pack for. Here’s a helpful list of things you may need at a classic three-day. [What to Pack for a Classic Three-Day Event]

One might reasonably assume that an obese horse is overweight because it eats more than its skinnier pasture mate. But that may not be the case. A recent study showed obese horses may actually more active and eat less while lean horses spend more time eating and be less active. [Do Obese Horses Spend More Time Eating Than Lean Ones?]

With Samorin, in Slovakia, recently withdrawing its bid to host the 2022 World Equestrian Games, the FEI is once again seeking expressions of interest. This is not a unique scenario and the cost of running the Games is a likely reason finding a committed host is so difficult. How can we lower costs? [The bid for WEG 2022: Let’s discuss it over lunch]

Monday Video: This should be easy now that #NoStirrupNovember is over!

SmartPak’s Holiday Horse Treats Tutorial

My mom always says, “It’s not what you eat between Thanksgiving and Christmas but what you eat between Christmas and Thanksgiving that counts.” It’s a passable excuse to over-indulge in the abundance of delicious baked goods that seem to always be within arm’s reach during the holidays.

If you love baking but would rather not add another yet batch of Christmas cookies to your own counter, try these holiday treats for horses. They’re easy to make, customizable and horses love them! They also make a great gift for your horsey friends.

Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: 5 OTTBs ISO a New PIC

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.

Sorry for all the acronyms in the title. I just couldn’t help myself. Here are five off-track Thoroughbreds in search of a new partner in crime.

Thomas. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

FOR SALE: Perfect project! Quiet, well-started OTTB gelding

Forward Thinking, or Thomas, is an 8-year-old, 16.1-hand OTTB gelding. He has a lovely balance and would excel in the dressage ring, as an event horse, or as a jumper. He’s been off the track since Dec. 2016 and has settled into post-track life well, living both in a stall and out 24/7.

Thomas loves going off property and is very well behaved on his outings. He’s jumping 2’6″ courses at home and off property, has gone on a few hunt trail rides over the summer and been the best behaved horse despite the chaos, and has really enjoyed cross-country schooling. He’s always willing to try, and learned about water, ditches and banks pretty quickly. He could also make a nice foxhunter. Sound, no vices, easy keeper.

Thomas is ready to start his show career, wherever it might take him. Motivated seller hoping to find him his special person! Located in Virginia.

Iron Ginny. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Big Beautiful OTTB Mare Ready to Compete

Iron Ginny is an 8yr old 16.2h bay TB mare with chrome. Lightly raced and retired sound on clean legs in 2014. Purchased by non-horse people and eventually abandoned in a boarding barn. Lightly worked and trail ridden (which she loves!) until put into event training this September.

Easy going in the barn. Uncomplicated ride, but sensitive and will not tolerate a green rider. Solid dressage foundation, jumping 2’6″ with ease. Has completed one combined test at the KY Horse Park, schooled at the indoor jumper shows, and recently schooled XC and loved it! Banks, ditches, water no problem!

Nice feet, good gaits. Loads, ties, cross-ties, good for farrier. Quality mare for well-educated amateur or junior rider. Can handle a mistake at the fences. Still green, but willing. Will continue to show indoor jumpers and dressage this winter and school XC weather permitting. Located in Ohio.

Neko Lad. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

17 hand OTTB gelding

Neko Lad is a 17 hand (measured) 2013 registered Thoroughbred bay gelding. Neko came off the track this spring (sound) and was rested until about 3 months ago, when he was put into 3-4 day per week work. He is schooling training level dressage and jumping around 2’3″ courses.

He just completed his first starter trial at the elementary level, placing 4th out of 13 horses on his dressage score of 32. He was complimented many times on his excellent mind at the show. He is dead quiet, sensible and brave. He is scopey enough to run up the levels in eventing, but quiet enough to be a hunter.

He is still owned by his breeder. Sound and healthy. This is a lovely young gelding with a lot of potential and a great brain. Clean legs, great feet. In your pocket attitude. Located in West Virginia.

Summer SunTan. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

10 yr 16.2 OTTB Gelding

Summer SunTan is a laid back, easy to work with Off the track thoroughbred. He retired from racing as a 5 year old with no injuries. Has competed in many county jumpers shows with amateurs and pros. Currently competing novice level ready to move up in the spring. Scores 7s and 8s in gaits.

Owner is 83 year old widow looking to down size since she hasn’t ridden in years. Clips, ties, bathes, stands for vet/Shoer/tied at the trailer. Located in California.

Tiz Time to Shine. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Exciting OTTB with great mind and lots of talent – owner wants to sell before winter

Updated price – owner wants to sell before winter!! This is a steal for a horse with LOADS of talent and an INCREDIBLE brain!! Tiz Time To Shine (Tiz Now/Shine Upon) is a really lovely and level headed 5 year old OTTB gelding that’s been well restarted since coming off the track sound a year ago.

He’s schooling BN like a pro and is a straightforward ride in every way. He hacks out with a group or alone, and is easy to ride and handle. He will make a great partner for an amateur or young rider looking to event or spend time in the show ring. Located in Pennsylvania.

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.

Saturday Video: Building Confidence on Cross Country

Leaving the comfort of home and traveling to an unfamiliar venue with a young horse can be pretty nerve wracking.  You never really know what kind of horse you’re going to have when you get out there. Will he be barn sour or overly eager? Will he insist there are trolls hiding in the ditches? Who knows! But hey, the unpredictability of baby horses is half the fun, right?

Elisa Wallace recently took several young horses to Full Gallop Farm‘s sprawling cross country course in Aiken, SC. The goal was to build their confidence, so she approached every new experience with an open mind and only two rules: no bolting and no bucking. Watch these young horses find the fun in cross country.

Julia Krajewski Accepts Administrative Sanction for Positive Drug Test

Julia Krajewski and Samourai du Thot. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Last month we learned that Julia Krajewski’s horse Samourai du Thot tested positive for the controlled medication Firocoxib during the 2017 FEI European Championships at Strzegom, Poland, in August. When the B sample was also confirmed positive, Julia was disqualified from the European Championships resulting in Germany losing its team silver medal.

At the time Julia was unable to determine how Samourai du Thot had ingested the Firocoxib and maintained that neither herself nor her team was at fault.

Julia had 21 days (until November 30) to decide if she would pay a sanction to the FEI or appear before the FEI Tribunal to explain her case and has spent that time conducting an extensive internal investigation. Ultimately, she decided to accept the sanction due to insufficient evidence to prove her innocence.

“I am grateful to have been offered support and advice by two experienced experts from UK, one a specialist solicitor, and the other a toxicologist. We have reconstructed the complete routine around Sam from August, 3rd to August, 20th, to get a total review of training, feed and nutritional additions, his whereabouts and the persons present or in charge of him at any time,” Julia said in a statement on November 30.

“We had all feed in question tested for Firocoxib, with negative results. The course of events in my team and in the stable during the Championship have been investigated, the blood samples we could get hold of further analyzed, without revealing any helpful insights. I questioned our hosts at the training camp and the FEI steward in charge of the stables at Strzegom.

“To rule out mistakes of our team, the vet bills of all my horses during previous years have been checked. Equioxx or Previcox, the only medicaments which contain Firocoxib, have never been prescribed or obtained. A contamination through urine (of man or dog) can meanwhile be out ruled.”

Based on their investigation, Julia and her team determined that the controlled substance could “only have been absorbed through the pharmaceuticals Previcox or Equioxx at any one time between the dressage and cross country test at the European Championships.

“The results of these extensive investigations allow me to rule out with certainty a mistake in my own stable management. Neither me nor any person from my team or surroundings have, knowingly or unintentionally, administered one of these medicaments to Sam.”

However, because Julia was unable to explain the exact circumstances surrounding the ingestion of the controlled substance, she has accepted the FEI sanction and subsequent fine.

“According to FEI regulations, I had two options: I could accept an ‘administrative sanction’, which means paying a substantial fine and ending up with a ‘record’ in the FEI register. Or I could demand a hearing before the FEI Tribunal, which would either acquit me, or convict me to a competition ban of maximum six months (which not only applies to starts as rider, but also as a coach).

“The rider is the person who is considered responsible for the horse in every way, thus the verdict will be ‘guilty’, unless I can prove how exactly the substance Firocoxib has gotten into my horse. Being innocent myself, is not sufficient to avoid a verdict including a ban.

“I must regrettably admit that the goal ‘acquittal’ is not attainable. The evidences which we were able to collect are not sufficient to advocate an application to the FEI Tribunal. Consequently, I will accept the administrative sanction.”

Julia lamented that while the case is closed in the eyes of the FEI, she remains unsatisfied.

“I will have to ponder the consequences this incident implicates for my future. Not to know what really happened to Sam will remain a constant worry to me. The wellbeing of my horses is always my first priority, and I will take every possible measure to make sure that something like that can never happen again. I will make use of the next months to design the best possible security for my horses both at home and at competitions.”

Read Julia’s full statement here.

[Germany’s Europeans Medal in Jeopardy After Positive Drug Test]

[Germany Loses Silver Medal Following Drug Test at European Championships]

You Survived #NoStirrupNovember 2017

You did it! You made it to December 1st. #NoStirrupNovember 2017 is in the bag. Let’s see how you did.

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Wednesday Video from Kentucky Performance Products: Pine Top Powerhouse Helmet Cam

 

Sundays helmet cam!! 😁

Posted by Carmen Schatte on Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Carmen Schatte and her Dutch Warmblood mare Lady Elvira won a Training division at the 2016 Pine Top Thanksgiving Horse Trials. They returned to the venue last weekend, one year stronger and one level higher. They led the Open Preliminary division from the start and ended on their dressage score of 30.5 to once again win the holiday weekend and qualify for a one-star.

“Our hard work payed off,” said Carmen, who owns and operates her own mobile pet spa, Wet Paws Mobile Spa. “Long work days turned into late night rides and being on top of her training and gallop schedule. She’s the fittest she’s ever been and our hard work has been more than rewarding.”

Some riders talk the entire way around the course, but this is a quiet, focused pair. All you can hear in their helmet cams is the wind screaming by, the smooth rhythm of hoofbeats and horse breath, and the occasional ‘whoa’ from Carmen to rebalance her eager mount. But Carmen breaks the spell when she realizes they’ve got their bogey fence—a huge trakehner of a turn—in the bag.

“One of the most terrifying yet greatest moments of the last four years with this powerhouse of a horse,” Carmen said. “Six strides out I was ready to throw up, but she generously took the reins from my fingers and said ‘I got this mom, just hold on!’ for a foot perfect take off and landing. Mid-air I was screaming ‘GOOD GIRL!!’ That’s my unicorn!”

Hang on to your hat and watch this powerhouse couple tear it up on course on Pine Top.

The feeling you get when it’s just you and your horse

It’s why we do what we do.

Fight back against an energy crisis that can impact condition and performance

Equi-Jewel® is a high-fat, low-starch and -sugar formula that was developed to safely meet the energy needs of your horse. Whether you have a hard keeper that needs extra calories to maintain his weight, or a top performance horse that needs cool energy to perform at her peak, Equi-Jewel can meet your horse’s needs. Equi-Jewel reduces the risk of digestive upset, supports optimal muscle function, maintains stamina, and helps horses recover faster after hard work, all while providing the calories your horse needs to thrive.

The fat found in rice bran is an extraordinary source of dietary energy. In fact, fat contains more than two times the energy that carbohydrates and proteins do, thereby fueling horses more efficiently. Fat is considered a “cool” feedstuff because it does not cause the hormone spikes that lead to excitability. Adding stabilized rice bran to your horse’s diet allows you to decrease the amount of starchy concentrates (grains) you feed, reducing the risk of colic and laminitis resulting from grain overload. Equi-Jewel is an excellent source of calories for horses on low sugar and starch diets.

It is why the horse that matters to you matters to us. Not sure which horse supplement best meets your horse’s needs? We are here to help. Contact Kentucky Performance Products, LLC at 859-873-2974 or visit our website at KPPusa.com.

Monday News and Notes from Fleeceworks

Erin Jarboe, Sir Rockstar and Libby Head. Photo by Karolina Sabonaityte.

Libby Head’s four-star pocket rocket, Sir Rockstar, is enjoying the limelight at Training level with UGA student Erin Jarboe. They just won the Training Rider-A division at Pine Top’s Thanksgiving Horse Trials this weekend, which officially wrapped the 2017 eventing year. Check out Erin’s shirt: Red [wine] on the right, white [wine] on the left, cross country in the middle. This girl is after our own hearts!

National Holiday: Cyber Monday (can’t stop, won’t stop shopping for horse stuff)

U.S. Weekend Action:

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

Monday News and Notes:

Oliver Townend won his second Burghley CCI4* title in September. Check out this interview where he reveals his biggest accomplishment, what it means to win the big ones, and where he places emphasis in his business. [6 Things to Know About Oli Townend]

We all know that proper saddle fit is critical to a horse’s comfort and performance, and proper fit changes as a horse’s muscles develop through exercise or diminish during time off. Here are some important points to remember when it comes to saddle fit. [9 Points of Saddle Fit]

Pastures looking pitiful? There is hope! Rest, reseeding and good maintenance can bring your pastures back to life. [Improving Pastures Through Renovations]

Monday Video: Unicorn on course!

Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: Black Friday Edition

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.

In honor of the wild and crazy excuse for a shopping spree that is Black Friday, we’re featuring horses listed for sale on Sport Horse Nation that are black, mostly black, or dark bay. Happy shopping!

Ollie. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

* Fancy Black 7yr old IMPORTED ISH Ready for Prelim! *

Ollie is a 17.1 (7 yr old) Imported Black ISH w/Stripe finishing on dressage scores at Training level! Just completed a P/T with dressage score of 36 & clear stadium!

Big Black Fancy Boy w/Stripe & 3 stockings by Big Sink Hope. In your pocket pony personality & wants to be your best friend. Striking looking boy who really enjoys his job! Completed 4 Trainings on his super incredible dressage scores with no jump penalties and ready to go on now.

Very easy, safe. AR/YR/Junior mount. Very brave & Flashy! Same at shows as he is at home. Price will increase after he goes Prelim later this year. Great opportunity to get a quality young “trained” horse with very low miles. This horse is the real deal & not to be missed!

Show Record: ☆ 2nd place on dressage of 30.3! ☆ 4th place on dressage of 30! ☆ 6th place on dressage of 28.8!☆ 2nd Place at 1st P/T Schooling show w/Dressage of 36!

Price will continue to increase with show miles. Genuine upper level potential but kind, straightforward & easy enough for an amateur. He is fit & can be tried in Ocala. More pics & videos available upon request. 5* home a must! Located in Florida.

Bling. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Bling~Lovely BN Eventer

Bling is a 2007 16.2h Pinto Warmblood mare. She has placed 3rd on her dressage score in both of her recognized BN HT and is talented enough to do at least Training level. She is quiet, forgiving of mistakes, brave, uncomplicated, and a good mover. Go to dressage shows, do the jumpers, and event. She is an easy and safe partner for Jr/Yr/AA. Located in South Carolina.

Mr. Magic Man. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Mr. Magic Man- 2011 16.3 Irish Sport Horse G

Merlin is a 2011 16.3 dark bay Irish Sport Horse gelding (Lancelot – Clover Mill). This impressive young horse has been brought along in a professional program by a young rider. He has show jumped through 1.15 and evented training level successfully.

Three good gaits and a soft, correct jumping style. Merlin is brave to the fences, kind, and very trainable. Suitable for a junior, young rider, or professional to develop. Located in Florida.

Quite an American. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Lovely Young Novice Gelding

Quite An American is a 16.3H, TB, G, 2012 model who has been competing at Novice this season. Last two horse trials (Jumpstart and Chatt Hills) he has finished 2nd and 3rd. Dressage scores in upper 20s/low 30s (24.7 at Chatt Hills), clean XC, and easy enough SJ- loose ring snaffle all 3 phases.

He has a great mind and hacks around on the buckle at new venues, ties, loads, clips, blankets. Good for farrier and vet- sound and full set of xrays from this year available. Would be suitable for ambitious adult amateur or teen to move up the levels or he would be happy to run lower levels as well with his amazing attitude. Located in Kentucky.

Mr. Congrats. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

He s Got Real Jump

4yr 16h TB C…Mr. Congrats 12 lifetime starts ..RRP eligable last start 11/2016. Had PPE And xrays n wind scope when purchased at track. Has had almost year of let down and turn out a handful, of rides Pessoa Lunge and loose school. Well mannered non coltish behavior very easy to live with. JC papers in hand. Super YEH Prospect, Jumper or eventer. Nice Sports Horse Stallion Prospect. Huge jump scope. Located in Maryland.

Winning Vowcher. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Winning Vowcher

Talented and scopey gelding destined for upper levels. 16.2, 2009 OTTB gelding. Vinnie has all the makings of a higher level event horse for an ambitious rider.

Simple, single jointed snaffle for all 3 phases, schooling 1.15m-1.20m stadium at home, confirmed flat work including leg yield, shoulder in, haunches in, lead changes and counter canter. Bold, respectful and brave cross country.

Limited show miles due to owner time constraints but Vinnie has been in professional training and is fit and ready to compete now, take him to FL for the winter and clean up in 2018!

Easy to keep, good feet and thick boned. Full PPE with clean X-rays performed in 2016. Lives in or out, no vices. Located in Kentucky.

Odie. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Super talented winning 5 yr old with upper level potential

“Odie” is a 5 yr old, 16.3h unraced Thoroughbred gelding with serious talent and loads of scope with upper level potential. This gelding was bred, raised, and started by us, no injuries, and a soft mouth. He has exceptional uphill gates, a correct jump, excellent conformation, and has a ton of scope.

Odie has won the YEH last year @ Galway and and most recently finished on his dressage score at Galway’s International Event! In full training with a professional and priced to sell as owner can no longer afford him through difficult circumstances. Don’t miss out on this opportunity, he checks all the boxes!! 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.

Wednesday Video from Kentucky Performance Products: Ocala Jockey Club CCI2* Water Montage

Our friends at RNS Video are back with another awesome montage, this time from last weekend’s Ocala Jockey Club International. Watch these CCI2* combinations tackle the Clubhouse Water. You’ll see some pairs go through the four fence question smooth as glass while others get scrappy to make it happen. For more videos from RNS, visit their YouTube channel.

The feeling you get when it’s just you and your horse

It’s why we do what we do.

Fight back against an energy crisis that can impact condition and performance

Equi-Jewel® is a high-fat, low-starch and -sugar formula that was developed to safely meet the energy needs of your horse. Whether you have a hard keeper that needs extra calories to maintain his weight, or a top performance horse that needs cool energy to perform at her peak, Equi-Jewel can meet your horse’s needs. Equi-Jewel reduces the risk of digestive upset, supports optimal muscle function, maintains stamina, and helps horses recover faster after hard work, all while providing the calories your horse needs to thrive.

The fat found in rice bran is an extraordinary source of dietary energy. In fact, fat contains more than two times the energy that carbohydrates and proteins do, thereby fueling horses more efficiently. Fat is considered a “cool” feedstuff because it does not cause the hormone spikes that lead to excitability. Adding stabilized rice bran to your horse’s diet allows you to decrease the amount of starchy concentrates (grains) you feed, reducing the risk of colic and laminitis resulting from grain overload. Equi-Jewel is an excellent source of calories for horses on low sugar and starch diets.

It is why the horse that matters to you matters to us. Not sure which horse supplement best meets your horse’s needs? We are here to help. Contact Kentucky Performance Products, LLC at 859-873-2974 or visit our website at KPPusa.com.

Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: 5 Superb Packers

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

Looking for a packer who can show you the ropes and give you a valuable boost in confidence? Here are five packers at various levels that are for sale on Sport Horse Nation!

Jazzy. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Ultra Jazzy – Great Mover Training Packer 16.2H

Jazzy is a 2009 16.2 bay Appendix gelding. He successfully competed through the training level. He has great gaits and a wonderful personality. Ties, clips, loads and is easy to work with on the ground. Placed 1st at Chatt Hills and Colorado Horse Park in Training Rider. Located in Texas.

Ella. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Casino Royale~ Beautiful BN/N Packer with Top placings

Ella is a 2008 16h Bay Holsteiner Mare. She has a fabulous record at BN and Novice, with top placings at Training level as well. Very correct on the flat w lovely gaits. Judges always love her. Smart and stylish jumper. Sweet, easy, quiet natured. No silly business, ever.

Always tries and focuses on her work. No hormones needed. Only for sale because rider wishes to go 2* and Ella seems best suited to being an extremely reliable and competitive lower level partner. Suitable for Jr/YR/AA. This is the hard to find packer: Correct, fancy, beautiful, young, sound, kind, and generous. Recent placing of 3rd at ON on a 27. Located in Georgia.

Novice Packer. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Novice Packer with Talent for Lots More

5yo by the esteemed Fleetwater Opposition, the same sire as 4* phenom Opposition Buzz. This spectacular young horse has the easiest disposition! So kind, generous, brave, willing, fun. Packer at novice, ready for training, scope to go upper levels but the mind for anyone. All phases in snaffle, auto changes, very brave and exceptionally willing and forgiving. Located in Kentucky.

Queen of Spades. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Prelim/ One Star packer 2017 NAJYRC HORSE

NAJYRC HORSE “QUEEN OF SPADES”. Queen of Spades aka “Millie” is a 16.1H 11 year old Thoroughbred mare. Millie is the sweetheart of the barn and super easy to handle/trailer/clip etc. The past three years Millie has brought her young rider up to the one star level and competed at NAJYRC this year.

Millie has been solid at prelim for two years now and competed in 3 one stars this year all with clean cross country rounds. Millie is a cross country machine and a huge confidence builder. Looking for the absolute perfect home for this special horse.

This season results: Sporting Days Farm- 5th in the JYOP; Carolina International- Completion in the CIC*; Ocala International- Completion in the CCI*; Groton House Farm- 3rd in the JYOP; NAJYRC at Rebecca Farm, Kalispell, MT- Completion in the CCI*. Located in New Hampshire.

Training Packer. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Imported 16.1 ISH YR/AM Safe Training Packer w/plenty Prelim/1* Miles

* Training Packer * 2004 Gray 16.1 Imported ISH Training Packer completed several 1*’s in Ireland before being imported in 2014. This sweet boy took his junior rider from Beginner Novice to Prelim in 18 months! This is a very sad sale as rider has outgrown & he is very much loved!! He has only had 2 owners/homes his entire life.

He is a saint on the ground, easy to do anything with. He is very straight forward who loves his job & is a cross country machine, he has never said no to any xc fence & super tidy jumper who loves to leave all the rails up!~ He is a fancy mover, loves to compete & go anywhere. Easy to hack alone, bareback, gallop, trailer, clip, you name it! He has been and will be a great teacher for his next rider.

If you’re looking for a seasoned and competitive partner, please inquire as we are only looking for a 5* home. Great move up horse from pony, mother/daughter share and/or JR Amateur packer. Snaffle mouth & no vices! The smiles he has put on his riders faces are priceless! Located in Florida.

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.

Wednesday Video from Kentucky Performance Products: Return to Ocala Jockey Club

The $100,000 Ocala Jockey Club International Three-Day Event got under way today with the first horse inspection for the CCI* and CCI2* (Jenni will be along soon with a jog report!).

After a successful inaugural year, OJC fast became a fall destination for FEI eventers and with around 170 horses between the CCI*, CCI2* and CIC3* for this year’s edition we are in for another incredible competition.

2016 CCI2* winner Hannah Sue Burnett and Cooley Dream have returned to contest the CIC3* this year. She’s also entered with her longtime partner Harbour Pilot and Strattonstown Lewis in the CCI*.

Let’s look back at Hannah Sue and Cooley Dream’s run around last year’s OJC CCI2* thanks to official videographer RNS Video.

Keep it locked on EN all weekend for coverage. Go eventing.

Ocala Jockey Club 3-Day International Event [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

The feeling you get when it’s just you and your horse

It’s why we do what we do.

Fight back against an energy crisis that can impact condition and performance

Equi-Jewel® is a high-fat, low-starch and -sugar formula that was developed to safely meet the energy needs of your horse. Whether you have a hard keeper that needs extra calories to maintain his weight, or a top performance horse that needs cool energy to perform at her peak, Equi-Jewel can meet your horse’s needs. Equi-Jewel reduces the risk of digestive upset, supports optimal muscle function, maintains stamina, and helps horses recover faster after hard work, all while providing the calories your horse needs to thrive.

The fat found in rice bran is an extraordinary source of dietary energy. In fact, fat contains more than two times the energy that carbohydrates and proteins do, thereby fueling horses more efficiently. Fat is considered a “cool” feedstuff because it does not cause the hormone spikes that lead to excitability. Adding stabilized rice bran to your horse’s diet allows you to decrease the amount of starchy concentrates (grains) you feed, reducing the risk of colic and laminitis resulting from grain overload. Equi-Jewel is an excellent source of calories for horses on low sugar and starch diets.

It is why the horse that matters to you matters to us. Not sure which horse supplement best meets your horse’s needs? We are here to help. Contact Kentucky Performance Products, LLC at 859-873-2974 or visit our website at KPPusa.com.

David Taylor Selected for Virginia Horse Trials Course Designer Mentor Program

David Taylor on course at Virginia Horse Trials in October 2017. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Last year David Taylor, of Keymar, MD, realized he wanted to be more than just a competitive eventer. He wanted to give back to the sport but at the time he wasn’t sure how. It wasn’t until he read an article on the United States Eventing Association (USEA) website about becoming a cross-country course designer that it finally clicked.

“Cross-country course design has always been intriguing to me, trying to understand why questions are being asked,” said Taylor, an Intermediate level eventer. “I think all riders need to understand this phase better and try to learn why jumps are where they are and why a course takes the shape that it does. This intrigued me beyond anything and was something I really wanted to look more into.”

Taylor signed up for the USEA’s B & C Jumping/Course Design Training Program last February and is now certified to design cross-country courses up to Training level. After the training session, he began apprenticing with whomever he could to further his education. Virginia Horse Trials (VHT) organizer Andy Bowles noticed Taylor’s diligence and invited to him to be the newest participant of VHT’s Course Designer Mentor Program.

“David is eager to gain as much knowledge as possible and is willing to put himself out there and work for it. He has a lot of drive and a lot of passion which makes him a good fit for our program,” Bowles said.

Bowles introduced the Course Designer Mentor Program in 2015 to encourage the development of the sport and provide a valuable educational opportunity for someone pursuing a career in cross-country course design.

“Part of our role as event organizers is to support bringing in new designers and help train them,” Bowles said. “It is an important process to help young designers learn from senior designers. By doing that we develop the pool of designers in this country.”

As the newest member of the VHT design team, Taylor was given the responsibility of designing the Beginner Novice and Novice courses for the October horse trials with guidance from course designer John Michael Durr. He also shadowed Bowles, Durr, and FEI course designer Captain Mark Phillips as they set the one-star and two-star courses.

“David is showing real potential as a designer. He has a good eye and is eager to learn. At Virginia he was very studious and an asset to the team,” Durr said.

Taylor’s philosophy while designing his courses for VHT was to provide a fun and safe test for all horses and riders at the level whether they were competing in their first recognized event or getting ready to move up.

“My goal was design something that I can get everyone safely around but challenging enough that they would enjoy it. Show them something they may not have seen but don’t ask them a question they don’t know how to answer. It’s supposed to be educational for them. At the lower levels that’s really what it’s about,” Taylor said.

The experience of designing and setting his first proper courses and participating in the Mentor Program has been no less than “intense” and Taylor said he gained a tremendous amount of respect for course designers and the work they do.

Taylor is working towards earning his USEF “r” Eventing Course Designer license which would certify him to design through Preliminary. He will meet several of the requirements through the VHT Mentor Program and looks forward to continuing his education.

“I cannot adequately express my sincere appreciation to Andy for becoming the cornerstone of my course designing career,” Taylor said. “Additionally many thanks to John Michael for sharing his experience with me and his guidance in proper design, and to Captain Mark Phillips for the valuable time spent with a course design greenhorn.”

From a Virginia Horse Trials press release.

Monday News and Notes from Fleeceworks

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This is my favorite time of year. Crisp, fall days are my absolute favorite. Bundling up in layers and unpacking my favorite winter hats and scarves. Cooking comforting soups and relaxing by a cozy fire. At the barn the horses are fresh and lively and the anticipation of the new year is invigorating but seems far enough away to just enjoy a stress-free ride. What is your favorite part of fall?

National Holiday: Actor’s Day

U.S. Weekend Action:

Full Moon Farms H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

River Glen Fall H.T. [Website] [Results]

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

Texas Rose Horse Park Fall H.T. [Website] [Results]

Monday News and Notes:

The BC Young Riders are holding their 2nd annual online auction! All money is used to subsidize Young Rider clinics, coaching and course walks at events, support for a destination event, and the NAJYRC. There are several items up for the bid including lessons/coaching from former BC riders – Tik Maynard, Danica Meyerhoff, Stephanie Rhodes-Bosch, Dana Cooke, Holly Jacks-Smithers – PLUS Mark Todd clinic, Rebecca Farms event entry, Sagmae Gift Certificate, Cat Skiing at Mustang Powder and so much more! The auction ends November 18th at 7 p.m. PST. [Click here to bid!]

The equine veterinary world is still on the hunt for a more affordable way to diagnose gastric ulcers in horses. A gastroscopy is the gold standard for diagnosis, but it is expensive and complicated. It was hoped that a new blood test that measures sucrose levels would be a potential solution, but the results were not 100% accurate. All is not lost, however, as sucrose may be yet be a useful “marker of gastric injury”. [Blood Test Misses Mark for Diagnosing Ulcers]

Have you been struggling to settle into the torture of #NoStirrupNovember? You are not alone! What you need are some helpful tips from an expert to get the most of stirrup-less sessions. The USEF Learning Center has a new video featuring Show Jumping Hall of Famer Anne Kursinski. She discusses the benefits of riding without stirrups and shares some helpful exercises along the way. [Riding Without Stirrups with Anne Kursinksi]

Rebecca Farm already hosts a world-class three-day event. This winter they will try their hand at organizing a skijoring competition! This involves a horse and rider pulling an athlete on snow skis through gates and over jumps. It sounds almost as thrilling as eventing! [Rebecca Farm to Host Skijoring Competition]

A recent survey revealed that bullying is rife within the professional equestrian world, particularly for grooms. The survey, conducted by the British Grooms Association, listed 70% of grooms as having been bullied by an employer or co-worker and 83% of them say they are suffering from stress or mental wellbeing issues as a result. The Grooms Minds project is calling for a change in the industry. [Grooms on the edge as bullying revealed]

Hot on Horse Nation: Five places you don’t have to splurge for your horse

Monday Video:  The Ocala Jockey Club International is this week!

#NoStirrupNovember Check In: Jelly Legs Be Gone!

We’re almost half-way through #NoStirrupNovember 2017 and we thought we’d check in and see how you brave souls are holding up. If you’ve been diligent in practice, the post-ride jelly legs of week one should be subsiding. The stirrup-less work is hopefully getting easier and you’re noticing an improvement in your balance and position.

Everyone works through No Stirrup November differently, whether they chuck their irons in a tack box for the month or drop them periodically throughout a ride. You’ve got to do what works best for you and your horse!

My strategy is to cross my stirrups for 10 minutes or so after a good warm-up. Because I have a young horse, I’ve been sticking to short spurts of sitting and posting trot without stirrups. I’ll also drop them during walk breaks and practice keeping my heels down. When I pick my stirrups up again, I notice I’m definitely sitting taller and straighter which helps my horse go better.

So remember, you don’t have to go the whole month without stirrups. Even a little no stirrup work goes a long way!

And so it begins… #NoStirrupNovember #feeltheburn #workout #basics #fundamentals #foundation #torture

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#nostirrupnovember – definitely getting better!!

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#nostirrupnovember for Guinness and @sofiehjohnson this morning! #teamwildwood #ridewild

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Kickin’ the dust up with my favorite guy. #nostirrupnovember #TheGreatTyrone #dressage

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No one is safe from #nostirrupnovember – not even the beginners! #inmyhappyplace #horses #thisisthebeginning #equestrian

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The Western world joins the fun, too!

Keep up the good work!

Sunday Videos: Galway Downs Training Three-Day Top 3

The traditional long format is alive and well through the USEA Classic Series. A long format event is a monumental undertaking for both the organizers and the competitors. They certainly take more time, land and manpower to host. For the riders, they must plan their conditioning program carefully and prepare for months.

Galway Downs in Temecula, Ca. ran the final Classic Series event of 2017 earlier this month (if you missed our coverage, click here!). Thanks to the fine folks at Ride On Video, we can watch the top three finishers of the Training Three-Day as they take on Phase D of endurance day. Remember, these horse and rider combinations have already done two phases of roads and tracks and run steeplechase. All three of these pairs ultimately finished on their dressage score. Well done!

Do you dream of riding in a long format? The USEA has tons of fitness tips and other advice on their website. Now is the time to plan your 2018 season and a long format is an admirable (and attainable!) goal. Remember, the series can’t continue without you! Long live the long format!

1st place: Jordan Linstedt and Janine Jaro’s Staccato

2nd: Mackenna Shea and Judith McSwain’s Fleeceworks Ghost

3rd: Amaya Davis and her own Evening Attire

Click here for full results and here to see more videos from Ride On Video.

Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: 5 Future Best Friends

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.

At the end of a long work day, you just want to go to the barn and hang out with your horse whether you spend the time doting on him in the barn or hacking out or schooling. Here are five amateur and junior friendly horses of varying levels that are looking for their next best friend.

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Classy 16hh 2013 gelding. Eventing experience, and ready to Fox Hunt

Reeves has been my personal pet for the past year. He is the most genuine horse in the barn with a heart of gold. Reeves spent the 2017 season with BN events, novice CTs, hunter paces, and the RRP. He has been several places xc schooling and is very brave. Reeves has a great attitude and will put a smile on your face everyday. He is ready to be someone’s best friend and will always show up for work. He will be out hunting in the next few weeks!

Reeves has great balanced gaits, a flying change, and an adorable, scopey jump. He had tons of potential to move up the levels if you desire, or to hit the trails and hop over logs. He is suitable for an ammy looking for a fun, sound, safe horse. Located in Kentucky.

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Born Ready

Red is an eight year old 16.1hh ottb. He has been successfully competing at the intermediate and two star level. He has multiple wins throughout his career most recently he won the CIC** at the Horse Park of New Jersey this past summer as well as a win in the intermediate at Waredaca.

Red is very broke in all three phases and shows great potential to be an upper level campaigner for a professional or as an amateurs/young riders one star winner. Don’t miss this great opportunity to own a young and experienced thoroughbred. Located in Pennsylvania.

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Thymeless, Perfect for NAJYRC or Adult Amateurs

Lily is a 16.2, 2005 British Thoroughbred mare. She is an eventer/schoolmaster who has competed successfully through prelim level. She competed on the u18 circuit in England, qualifying for Badminton Grassroots where she was placed third after the dressage. Was moved to America in 2016 as owner began college in Virginia.

Here she has competed both training and prelim level. She is very straightforward, knows her job very well, and is laid back and eager to please. Only being sold due to financial reasons, and is of no fault of her own. Located in Virginia.

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Athletic gelding ready to move up the levels

Mox A Million- 16.2hh 8yo TBcross gelding. Moxi is a true competitor, nice mover with an athletic jump. Careful in the show jumping but bold and fun cross country, will excel through the levels quickly. Dressage scores in the mid 20s, great demeanor and easy to handle at home and shows.

Hacks out alone and in company, great for farrier, vet, baths, trailering and clipping. Moxi is a favorite in the barn with his loving and goofy personality. Would make a wonderful YR or adult amateur horse. Located in Virginia.

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Novice/Training Event Horse

2008, 16’1 hand Tb gelding with lots of BN and Novice level experience. Linus has been on lease with adult amateur looking to regain her confidence jumping but is now back in Aiken, SC competing training level this fall and winter.

He is easy around the barn, trailering and at shows. Super honest to jump, goes cross-country in egg-butt snaffle. Linus would suit any adult or junior looking for a competitive horse with some experience. Located in Georgia.

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