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Monday News and Notes from Fleeceworks

Photo courtesy of Denise Lahey.

Two adult amateur event riders, Pierre Colin and Paul Swart, ran and completed the London Marathon yesterday to raise money to help protect Africa’s rhinoceros population through the charitable organization Rhino Conservation Botswana. Click here to learn more about their mission to save rhinos, which are the closest living relative to the horse. Congratulations Pierre and Paul and thank you for your good work!

National Holiday: National Cherry Cheesecake Day

U.S. Weekend Action:

Longleaf Pine H.T. [Website] [Results]

Plantation Field H.T. [Website] [Results]

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

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

Holly Hill Farm H.T. [Website] [Results]

St. Johns H.T. [Website] [Results]

Monday News and Notes:

We are bursting with pride that our very own Jenni Autry won a 2017 McCauley’s Alltech ‘A+’ Award for outstanding coverage of international equestrian sport. Although you may know her as a wordsmith for EN, she is also a broadcast journalist for the Horseware Eventing Podcast powered by EquiRatings. She won the broadcast category of the Alltech A+ Award for the episode “It’s The World’s Biggest CCI3 Boekelo Preview Show.” Congratulations, Jenni!

The Heart of the Carolinas Three-Day Event and Horse Trials, in Chesterfield, SC extended their closing date by one week! You can enter until midnight tomorrow, Tuesday, April 24 with no late fee! HOTC is the home of Area 3’s only Classic long-format event and also offers Beginner Novice through Preliminary horse trials divisions. Don’t miss out on this vibrant, friendly, prize-packed event in the Piedmont. [Website][Omnibus]

With the USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships coming up in about a month at the Virginia Horse Trials, collegiate teams around the country are getting geared up to represent their school. Auburn University was one of the first organized intercollegiate eventing teams, organized in 2013, and they are returning to the Championship for the third time this year with two full teams. [Meet the Team]

Monday Video:

Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: Five Preliminary Performers

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.

Having a horse with experience at Preliminary can be a big advantage for a rider looking to move up on an educated mount. Or maybe you’re looking for a horse to start out competing at that level and move up from there? Check out these horses for sale that have a USEA record at Preliminary.

Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

2010 Preliminary Event Horse !

Run Freely “Clifford” is a 2010 17.2 hand, Thoroughbred, gelding. Cliff is a training level packer who has also proven himself at Preliminary with a junior rider. He is highly competitive in the dressage, always earning scores in the 20s and low 30s. Schooling third level dressage, starting in a double bridle and ready to help someone get their bronze! Extremely brave and honest at the jumps. Schooling 3’9” courses. Can go around all three phases in a loose ring snaffle. Uncomplicated and easy to ride both on the flat and jumping. Cliff had tie back surgery November 2017 with a very speedy, healthy recovery. His name says it all, he is a gentle giant with a puppy dog personality. Placed 2nd at Full Gallop Horse Trials (April 1, 2018) in prelim, with only a few seconds xc time added to his dressage score of 31.1. Located in Ohio.

Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Lunetta: Ultimate Prelim Packer!

Lunetta: 2009 16.2h grey German Sport Horse mare. This lovely mare has competed through the Intermediate level of eventing, and is ready to be your ultimate Preliminary packer! In addition to her years of experience eventing, she also has significant experience in the jumper ring. ‘Luna’ is a barn favorite, and anyone would be lucky to have her! She would make the perfect amateur or young riders horse and will be competing until sold. Located in Virginia.

Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Shannondale Sergio

Sergio is a stunning 16.2 hh Irish Sport Horse gelding by Shannondale Sarco out of a Cavalier mare. Evented up to Preliminary and has show jumped 1.30m. Jumped in a Mini Prix this winter and has scope for much more. Suitable for a professional wanting to jump at a high level. Located in Pennsylvania.

Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Stunning Winning Prelim Eventer

Dressage scores as low as 18! Incredibly nice, fancy horse who makes dressage incredibly fun! Very solid at 3rd level and schooling 4th. Winner at novice, training, and preliminary. Super fancy and super competitive dream horse with all the buttons! Ready to win for you! 10yo 17h Imported Irish Sport Horse G. Located in Kentucky.

Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Palmetto Lion~ Competitive Prelim Eventer

2010 16h Bay American bred ISH Gelding by Keltic Lion. Stewie has an excellent Prelim record with a professional, but is not a prelim packer quite yet. He is good all 3 phases and tremendously fun to ride! Brave, ratable, balanced, 3 quality gaits and a very consistent style w a lead change. He’s very competitive on the flat and with a quiet, confident rider will go far. He could be a lovely winning low level horse for the right AA, or easily be a terrific NAJYRC mont with a Jr as they go up the levels. He’s young and so has lots of options! Extremely sweet and personable and very easy in the barn in every respect. Located in South Carolina.

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

Dressage at Home with Lainey Ashker

We love four-star eventer Lainey Ashker’s Grid of the Day series which features jumping exercises she sets up to practice at home. For #GOTD, Lainey shares a drawing of the set up, explains how the grid will benefit you and your horse, and shows us how it’s done by riding through the exercise herself.

Love #GOTD? You’ll love Lainey’s new training video! If you’ve ever watched in awe at a professional rider’s ability to produce an elegant, accurate, effortless dressage test and wondered how they achieved such harmony with their horse, now it your chance to watch and learn.

In this video, Lainey narrates her daily flatwork routine with her rising star, the talented 8-year-old OTTB Call Him Paddy, who is currently competing at the Preliminary/one-star level. But she doesn’t just show the most beautiful moments, she also talks through their mistakes and how they were able to navigate through them.

Lainey said she hopes that viewers might be able to identify problems they are having with their own horses and gain some insight into how to work through it. If you love this video, let her know! Follow #LAE on IG and subscribe to her YouTube channel.

Wednesday Video from Kentucky Performance Products: Ocala CCI2* Between the Ears

Doug Payne and Susan Drillock’s Quantum Leap (Quite Capitol x Report to Sloopy, Corporate Report) finished on their dressage score in the 7-year-old RPSI gelding’s CCI2* debut last weekend at the Ocala International 3-Day Festival of Eventing, presented by Ocala Ranches, at the Florida Horse Park. With a dressage score of 35.3, they marched up the leaderboard from 13th to an eventual second place finish. Ride with Doug and “Q” around the Hugh Lochore designed cross country track. Just want to watch the highlights of the course? Click here for the one-minute version.

Ocala International CCI & H.T. [Website] [Results] [EN’s Coverage]

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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 Equi-Jewel is 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. The horse that matters to you matters to us®.

Not sure which horse supplement best meets your horse’s needs? Kentucky Performance Products, LLC is here to help. Call 859-873- 2974 or visit KPPusa.com.

Monday News and Notes from Fleeceworks

We want to give a great big shoutout to the organizers and officials of FENCE Horse Trials in Landrum, South Carolina. Due to impending storms on Sunday they managed to squeeze all competitors through all three phases on Saturday. It was a smart decision as the weather in the area yesterday was truly terrible. This kind of schedule change is a huge undertaking for event officials and we applaud them for their efforts and thank them for going above and beyond for their competitors. Bravo as well to the horses and riders for adapting on short notice.

National Holiday: National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day (the beauty of working from home is doing this every day)

Major Events:

Belton International H.T. [Website] [Results] [EN’s Coverage]

Ocala International CCI & H.T. [Website] [Results] [EN’s Coverage]

U.S. Weekend Action:

Fair Hill CIC & H.T. [Website] [Results] [EN’s Coverage]

Twin Rivers CIC & H.T. [Website] [Results] [EN’s Coverage]

Fence H.T. [Website] [Results]

Monday News and Notes:

USEA has been highlighting an Intercollegiate Eventing Team each week as we look ahead to the third annual USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships at Virginia Horse Trials in May. This week we meet the team from Eventing at NC State, which is currently the only intercollegiate eventing team in North Carolina. [Wolfpack Eventers Represent]

Beezie Madden made history this weekend in Paris at the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final. Adding only four penalties in four rounds on Abigail Wexner’s 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood Breitling LS in the stallion’s first major championship, Beezie was the first woman in five years to win the World Cup and earned the title for herself for the second time. [Beezie Madden Brings Home Second FEI World Cup Jumping Final]

It’s foal season, and your social media feeds may or may not be blowing up with #foalspam. Who can resist photos and video clips of adorable baby horses frolicking around while their mother’s graze patiently nearby? While they appear resilient, foals are delicate as any horse and require careful attention to ensure their health and wellbeing. [Newborn Foals: What to Watch For]

Monday Video:

Side Saddle Racing by Middleburg Photo

Side Saddle racing at Loudoun Hunt Point to Point

Posted by Middleburg Photo on Saturday, April 14, 2018

Liz Halliday-Sharp and Allie Knowles Take CCI Wins at Ocala International

Liz Halliday-Sharp and Cooley Quicksilver. Photo courtesy of Michelle Mercier.

Clear rounds were rare today over Chris Barnard’s show jumping course today at the Ocala International 3-Day Festival of Eventing, presented by Ocala Ranches, at the Florida Horse Park. Out of 82 CCI* and CCI2* competitors who show jumped today, only 28% left all the rails up and incurred no time penalties. However, that’s what makes eventing more than just a dressage show.

Liz Halliday-Sharp and her own 7-year-old Irish Sport Horse Cooley Quicksilver headed to show jumping tied for the lead with Elisa Wallace and Steve and Vicki Sukup’s Riot Gear (Confetti x Lucy, Fuerst Gotthard). Elisa and the 9-year-old Oldenburg, affectionately known as “Rye Bread” pulled two rails to ultimately finish fourth. However, Liz and Cooley Quicksilver were left with little breathing room as Doug Payne and his own Quantum Leap (Quite Capitol x Report to Sloopy, Corporate Report) had secured one of the elusive fault-free rounds. Taking all that pressure in stride, Liz and the promising young Irish horse jumped a careful clear, in torrential rain and windy conditions, adding two time penalties for a final score of 31.4 and a win in the gelding’s first CCI2*.

Doug and Quantum Leap, a 7-year-old RPSI owned by Susan Drillock, finished second (and on his dressage score) in the gelding’s CCI2* debut. Leslie Law and his and Carmen Anderson’s 9-year-old Irish Sport Horse Call the Law (Jack of Diamonds x Amazon Cruise, Cruising) added one rail for third place and a final score of 35.9. Fifth and sixth place were both big movers up the leaderboard thanks to fault-free rounds. Shanon Baker and her 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse Ballingowan Zeal (Seabrook x Shara Bride, Clover Hill) finished on 38.2 for their first CCI2* completion, and Hope Walden and and Elaine Walden’s 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood Zatopek B (Lando x Scaramouche B, Carlino) finished on their dressage score of 39.8 in Hope’s debut at the level.

 

The skies opened up, but #babyQuantum, owned by Susan Drillock, couldn’t have cared less. He jumped an #incredible clear in #showjumping to finish 2nd in his first CCI**

Posted by DPEquestrian LLC on Sunday, April 15, 2018

Looking now to the CCI*, Alexandra Knowles and Princess B, a 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare owned and ridden by Nancy Elberty, were fault-free in the final phase, finishing on their dressage score of 25.3 and moving up from fourth to take the win.

Hallie Coon and Shanon Baker’s 7-year-old Oldenburg Captain Chacco (Chacco Blue x Carry, Carry Gold) likewise jumped double clear and finished on their dressage score of 28.5, finishing second in the gelding’s FEI debut. Leslie Law and JKF Vogue dropped a single rail to finish in third on 28.6. Liz Halliday-Sharp and Anna Kjellstrom’s 9-year-old Thoroughbred Run Marvin Run (Unbridled Energy x Thisisthelife, Fly So Free) also added four penalties to finish fourth on 28.8. Sami Crandell and her own 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse Fernhill Chaos (Chacoa x KEC Donna Diamond, Glidawn Diamond) were foot-perfect throughout and moved up from ninth after cross country to finish fifth on their dressage score of 29.0.

It’s been a very busy weekend for eventing both here in the States and across the pond. Thank you for keeping it locked on EN and thanks so much for reading. Go Eventing.

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Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: Been There, Done That

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 partner who doesn’t need you to hold his hand? A horse who will help you learn without carrying a grudge for your mistakes? Here are five horses for sale who have plenty of experience at the lower levels and are ready to go on adventures with their next rider. Could that rider be you?

Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Bombproof BN Packer with Scope for More:

Good mover and jumper, packs anyone to the jumps in a steady rhythm, goes on the bit and does supple lateral work. Perfect for anyone looking to have fun and be safe eventing, trail riding, Pony Club. Also totally appropriate for fox hunting in any field but has not done so yet.

Eventing recognized BN and has lots of schooling show and clinic mileage, including obstacle and desensitization clinics. Great on trails and in the barn. No vices, loads and ships perfectly, stands tied to the trailer all day, etc. 15.3 h draft cross gelding with chrome, 2012 going on been-there-done-that. No history of illness, lameness or injury. Located in Florida.

Lego. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

All Around Amateur/Junior Event Horse

Lego is a 16hh, 2011 AQHA registered Appendix. He has been successfully eventing through beginner novice level. He hasn’t had a jump penalty and won his last event. He will move up to Novice this spring. A genuine guy that is brave cross country and the bascule of a show hunter. Lego is an eye-catching mover with three lovely gaits.

He loves to hack out only or in a group and doesn’t need a full time rider. He is suited for someone who has other obligations in life and wants a nice horse to enjoy in their free time. Lego loads, clips, bathes, stands for the farrier, crossties, etc extremely well. He is a very lovable guy that is looking for his next rider. Located in Kentucky.

Kenny’s Z. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Brave and Willing Amateur Friendly Gelding

Kenny’s Z is a 17.2 h 2008 TB Gelding. Has competed at Novice level eventing and schooled Training. He has a calm temperament and easy enough for an amateur. Zee has many months of professional training and has been in a consistent riding program the past year.

He always tries hard to please his rider and will give 100%. Has great confidence xc. Always a favorite around the barn and is truly a unicorn. Only selling because owner has limited time available to ride. Many photos and videos available on his community Facebook page. Please contact me for link. Located in Florida.

Celtic Class. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Celtic Class: Novice Packer!

Celtic Class: 2007 16.1h bay Thoroughbred mare. This lovely mare is an experienced lower level event horse with scope for more. She would be just as happy to pack a rider around the lower levels, as she would be to move up the levels. Celtic Class has earned several ribbons at Novice with her good movement and super jump. She also has a lead change! Perfectly suitable for a junior, young rider or adult amateur. Located in Pennsylvania.

Tinker Toy. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Safe & Flashy Wonder Pony

Sadly outgrown, Tinker Toy the wonder pony is ready to compete! She has almost done it all! Eventing, fox hunting, dressage, Pony Club, tetrathalon, some games, trail riding, parades, Buck Brannaman clinic, but she is also a fabulous jumper! This mare is clean, scopey (could easily go 3’+ with the right rider), and always in the ribbons (mainly blue). She hauls anywhere, self-loads, hops right off and is ready to play!

My daughter has used her extensively in Pony Club. Tink would be a suitable mount for a solid D2 and could go up through C1 or C2 depending on the rider. Not a brand new beginner’s ride, but definitely a step up pony for a confident rider. She can be adjustable and add strides. She has a reliable flying lead change (auto and on demand). She’s very handy and agile. She is an easy keeper- shod in front but we’ve also kept her barefoot. Located in Missouri.

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.

Charlie Tango Earns Another International Win with Heather Morris at Twin Rivers CIC3*

Heather Morris and Charlie Tango. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

With Heather Morris in the irons, Charlie Tango (Shannondale Sarco St Ghyvan x Our Queen Bee, Ricardo Z) has eight top two finishes in 13 career international completions. Yesterday, he added another to his record, earning his second CIC3* victory at Twin Rivers Spring CCI, CIC and Horse Trials in Paso Robles, California.

Leading from start to finish, Heather and the Team Express Group’s 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse added only 6.8 cross country time penalties on James Atkinson’s testing track to finish on a final score of 37.1 in their first Advanced run since the Fair Hill International CCI3* last October.

Sabrina Glaser and Rembrandt. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Sabrina Glaser and Patricia Yust’s 10-year-old Thoroughbred cross Rembrandt (Galouet x Last Rose of Summer, Travelling Victor) got their second CIC3* completion, finishing in second place with 5.2 time penalties to add from cross country.

Tamie Smith held on to third and fourth with Kevin Baumgardner’s 15-year-year-old Dutch Warmblood Wembley (Lester x E-VIP, Cantus) and Judith McSwain’s 9-year-old Holsteiner mare Fleeceworks Royal (Riverman x Marisol). They added 12.4 and 10.0 time penalties, respectively, in the final phase.

Fifth place went to Alexis Helffrich and Pamela Williams’ 11-year-old Thoroughbred/Warmblood London Town (Laitin x Kildara Baylee, Rising Fortune). They added 18 time penalties on cross country for a final score of 58.7.

Tamie Smith and Wembley. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Our hearts break for the connections of Walterstown Don, especially his owner Laura Burnell and rider Bec Braitling. The 16-year-old Irish Sport Horse was second in the CIC3* before the start of cross country, but he sadly collapsed and passed away between fences late in the course.

Bec currently leads the way in the CCI2* riding Lauren Burnell’s Santana II (Camax L x Hofdame H, Heraldik xx) with a two phase score of 35.4. She was transferred to Sierra Vista Regional Medical for care after Walterstown Don’s collapse yesterday. Update: Bec withdrew from competition before show jumping.

Mallory Hogan and Clarissa Purisima. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Second after cross country in the CCI2* is Mallory Hogan and her 11-year-old Holsteiner mare Clarissa Purisima (Limmerick 1 x Briza). A double clear round yesterday moved them up two places on a score of 38.3. Amber Pearson and her 12-year-old Thoroughbred Patagonia (Mass Market x Dancing Eyes, Maudlin) also moved up from fifth to third with a clear round and two-phase score of 40.6. David Koss and Robyn Fisher’s 9-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare Erusa CBF (Idocus x Rarusa H, Indoctro) were another pair to go fault-free on cross country to sit fourth on 42.4. Jess Hargrave and her 11-year-old Trakehner Regenmann added 9.2 time penalties to drop from third to fifth.

Megan Sykes and Classic’s Mojah. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Of the 28 CCI* starters, 17 finished without jumping penalties causing some shuffling on the leaderboard. However, Megan Sykes and her 9-year-old Oldenburg Classic’s Mojah (Chambertin 3 x Senna, Sevillano xx) held on to their lead in the CCI* after a fault-free cross country round to sit on a 29.2. They have a rail in hand as they head to the final phase today.

Liza Horan and Lafite. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Liza Horan and her 11-year-old Holsteiner Lafite (Linaro x Sundrift Sandal, Brogan) moved up from sixth to second after cross country with a 34.9. Third place currently belongs to Sara Sellmer and Freesela with a score of 36.3. Sara and Erika Watson’s 19-year-old Canadian Warmblood mare progressed from ninth to third.

Amber Levine and her 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse Mare Under Your Hat made a big move from 12th after dressage to fourth as did Lauren Lockwood and her 12-year-old Thoroughbred Louis Vuitton (Islander x Silvered Tiara, Jig Time), who went from 13th to fifth. Scores are tight at the top and today’s show jumping finale may impact the final results of the remaining FEI divisions.

Twin Rivers CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Matt Flynn and Get Lucky Run For the Win at Fair Hill CIC3*

Matt Flynn and Get Lucky. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Matt Flynn and Get Lucky (Van Gogh x Ranna, Wagenaar) sat in third place after the first two phases of the Fair Hill International CIC3* in Elkton, Maryland, but if they could fly home quick enough on cross country they had a chance to move up. A clear and fast round on Derek di Grazia’s course, with 5.6 penalties added, Matt and “Lucky” ultimately won on a final score of 36.5.
“I really went for it on him timewise. The corners on the way home were pretty tough out there. He jumped straight through it and was really honest all the way around,” Matt said.
“He’s a bit of a spooky horse so it takes a few runs in the spring to get out and going. This is a good place for him because it has open tracks that are great galloping versus some of the other events that can be a bit twisty. It was nice to really let him gallop and this is just an awesome venue for cross country riding.”
This the 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood’s first season at the level and only his second Advanced run. Imported as a 5-year-old and produced by Matt up from the Young Event Horse Series, he’s a promising mount for the future.
“He is owned by my parents and Bess and Tyler Abell of Merry Go Round Farm together. Mr. and Mrs. Abell have been really supportive of this horse for the past five years, and Tyler really enjoys cheering him on. He’s one we hope to continue to develop up the levels,” Matt said.

Will Coleman and Off The Record. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Will Coleman will be pleased with his weekend as he looks ahead to spring four-stars in just a couple short weeks. The Off the Record Syndicate’s Off The Record (VDL Arkansas x Drumagoland Bay, Ard Ohio) added 7.2 time penalties on cross country to move up a couple places and finish second on 39.8 in the 9-year-old Irish Sport Horse’s first CIC3*.
“(Off The Record) continues to impress. It was his second Advanced and he was awesome. He’s a hardy one, but he loves cross country,” Will said. “He really looks to go out there like a total beast. I like a horse that wants to go out there and give it all to you and wants to go.”
Will has made no plans to take “Timmy” to a CCI this year. “Thinking about his career, I think he’s going to be better suited to do a bunch of these CICs throughout the summer, like Great Meadow and Bromont, and then I want to take him to Boekelo. I think he’d be a great horse for Boekelo, but 10 minutes is big. He did nine minutes in the two-star at Fair Hill here last year, and he did it double clear, but it’s a big jump from two-star to three-star, and I think he just needs a little extra build up.”
Will also picked up a win in the Advanced division, leading from start to finish with Badminton-bound OBOS O’Reilly, a 15-year-old Irish Sport Horse (OBOS Quality x Omard Clover Queen, Clover Hill) owned by the Four Star Eventing Group.

Kristen Bond and Enough Already. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Rounding out the CIC3* top three is Kristen Bond and Liz Bond’s 10-year-old Durch Warmblood Enough Already (Winningmood van de Arenberg x Zandora, Landor S). With clear rounds and 10.2 time penalties to add across the two jumping phases, they finished on 43.4 for an emotional finish in the gelding’s first run at the level.
“He hasn’t had a lot of experience. When I was pregnant, I was lucky to have amazing friends. Phillip (Dutton) rode him and Kim (Severson) had him for a little bit, so he’s had some exceptional people on him, but they didn’t do a lot of competing. So this was his first trip around. We’re learning together,” Kristen said.
“He’s an absolute stud. The last time I did a CIC or CCI3* was in 2011… It has taken a super long time for me to feel back to where I felt myself. I can definitely say it felt normal to me today.”

Boyd Martin and Long Island T. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Boyd Martin piloted the Ray Price Syndicate’s 10-year-old Thoroughbred/Warmblood Ray Price around the gelding’s first CIC3*, adding 9.6 time penalties on cross country move into fourth place on 44.2. Waylon Roberts and Anthony Connolly and Skye Levely’s 15-year-old Thoroughbred Kelecyn Cognac cruised around for their 15th three-star clear round as a pair, adding 6.4 time penalties to finish fifth on 45.2.
Kaitlin Clasing and Steplin LLC’s 11-year-old Holsteiner Cartender de Nyze (Caretino x M-Cyra, Contender) made quick work of the course with 5.8 added time penalties and a sixth place finish on 46.8. Mara DePuy and Congo Brazzaville C (Tangelo van de Zuuthoeve x Mexico M, Highline), an 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood owned by Mara, David and Mary Clark Regamey, added 12.4 time penalties to finish seventh on 52.5. Chris Talley and his own 9-year-old Thoroughbred Unmarked Bills cruised home with the fastest time, adding 5.2 penalties to move up from 12th to a final eighth place finish.
Boyd and the Long Island T Syndicate’s 12-year-old Oldenburg/Thoroughbred Long Island T (Ludwig von Bayern x Haupstsbuch Highlight, Heraldik xx), leaders after the first two phases, picked up 20 jumping and 18 time penalties to finish in ninth. Hillary Moses and Claudia Schultze’s 14-year-old Holsteiner Zanadoo (Lavall I x Granmalvina F, Lord) were clear with 18.4 time penalties to round out the top ten.

Will Faudree and Hans Dampf. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Will Faudree and Hans Dampf, a 12-year-old Oldenburg owned by Jennifer Mosing and Sterling Silver Stables, led the CIC2* from start to finish, adding only 0.4 time penalties to end on a 27.7. The son of Heraldik xx and Look CR made his return to FEI level after a year away.
“He felt great. He hadn’t been out in a year, and we’ve taken our time in his rehab. He was super cross country and show jumping. He felt like his old self. I think he was pretty happy to be back. He was doing his little dance around the start box,” Will said. “Because he hasn’t been out in a year I thought he might back off of the water, but he was foot perfect the whole way around. He felt very, very fit.”

Ryan Keefe and Rumsey Keefe’s 18-year-old Thoroughbred Flintstar (Zabalu x Croftlea Firequeen, Kingcroft Wicklow) made steady moves up the leaderboard throughout the competition. They started in seventh place with a 31.3 and ultimately placed second as the only combination in the division to finish on their dressage score in their first two-star as a pair.

Lindsay Kelley and Cooley Cruise Control (Chacoa x Castlequarter Royale, Guy Cavalier), a 9-year-old Irish Sport Horse owned by the Cooley Cruise Control Syndicate made a big move from 13th after dressage to eventual third, adding just 2.8 time penalties for a final score of 35.4. Caitlin Silliman and Morgan McCue’s 7-year-old Trakehner Ally KGO (Hirtentanz 2 x Annabel Lee, Butow) were foot perfect save ten additional seconds on the clock for a final score of 36.2, good for fourth place in the mare’s first attempt at the level.
Alex Reed with her 11-year-old Thoroughbred On Broadway (Mass Market x Catz, Catrail) and Will with Michel 233 (Mighty Magic x First Lady, Federweisser), an 8-year-old Hanoverian owned by Jennifer Mosing and Sterling Silver Stables, posted two of the four double clear cross country rounds to finish in fifth and sixth place respectively. The remaining fault free cross country trip belongs to Arielle Aharoni and Christina Aharoni’s 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood Dutch Times (Goodtimes x Alino Queen, Michellino), who moved up from 18th to eighth in the final phase.

Kelli Temple and Metallica. Photo by Amy Dragoo.

Turning to the CIC*, Kelli Temple and Kara Angulo’s 8-year-old Holsteiner mare Metallica (Cancara x Ulysses, Casall) picked up their first international win, finishing with a 28.5 after adding just a rail to their initial score.
Mike Pendleton and Bonnie Stedt’s 9-year-old Irish Sport Horse The Fonz Himself (Vincenzo Vant Merelsnest x Jadore Chanel) crossed the finish line in the final phase two seconds over the time to finish on 29.5 for second place in their first FEI appearance as a pair.
Olivia Dutton and the very experienced Mr Medicott (Cruising x Slieveluachra, Edmund Burke), a 19-year-old Irish Sport Horse owned by the Mr Medicott Syndicate, came home double clear for third place and a final score of 31.6 in their first international appearance as a pair. This was also the gelding’s first FEI event since last April, when he won the USEF CCI4* National Championship at the Kentucky Three-Day Event with Olivia’s father, Phillip Dutton.
Katherine DeLaney and Kara Angulo’s 9-year-old Dutch Warmblood Elbaran (Albaran x Twiggy) added just 0.4 time penalties to an otherwise superb performance for fourth place on 31.8 in their first one-star. Rounding out the top five is Francesca Broggini and her 19-year-old Belgian Sport Horse Petit Bleu Marine (Nabab de Reve x Nurioso Monsboro, Surioso), who moved up from 10th after show jumping after a fault free round across the country.
Shelby Allen also contributed to this report.

Fair Hill CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

Photo Gallery: Ocala International Cross Country + Day 3 Score Report

The CCI* and CCI2* competitors tackled Hugh Lochore’s cross country course yesterday at the Ocala International 3-Day Festival of Eventing, presented by Ocala Ranches, at the Florida Horse Park. Afterwards we saw some shifting of the standings and an exciting tie for the lead in the CCI2*. All will be decided today in show jumping. Meanwhile, here is a photo gallery of yesterday’s action courtesy of Lisa Madren and a score report to bring you up to speed.

CCI2*

Liz Halliday-Sharp and Cooley Quicksilver. Photo by Lisa Madren.

Elisa Wallace and Steve and Vicki Sukup’s 9-year-old Oldenburg Riot Gear, leaders of the CCI2* after dressage, jumped clear across the country but added 2.4 time penalties. With a two-phase score of 29.4, they are now in a tie for the lead with Liz Halliday-Sharp and her own 7-year-old Irish Sport Horse Cooley Quicksilver, who posted a double clear round yesterday.

In the event that both horses show jump clear today, Liz and Cooley Quicksilver will take home the win as they came in under the time on cross country. Both Cooley Quicksilver and Riot Gear are new to the CCI2* level. While each are piloted by experienced riders and are capable of a clear, their FEI records are not spotless in the stadium ring. They’ve also got the rest of the field breathing down their necks, with the top ten within two rails of the leaders.

Elisa Wallace and Riot Gear. Photo by Lisa Madren.

Alexandra Knowles and Katherine O’Brien’s Business Class went double-clear on cross country to move up one place to third on 31.0 followed closely by Leslie Law and his and Carmen Anderson’s Call the Law on 31.9. They crossed the finish line just one second over the optimum time.

Brandon McMechan and his own Oscar’s Wild remain tied for fifth on 33.8 with Buck Davidson and Abby Maude’s Spring Street. Both combinations posted fault-free rounds and moved up a few places.

Kyle Carter and Let It Be Lee, owned by the Five Pine Partnership, were clear with no time penalties to sit in seventh on 35.1. Doug Payne and his own Quantum Leap are eighth on 35.3 after a double clear round followed by Kim Liddell and her own Eye of the Storm in ninth on 37.0. Elinor MacPhail O’Neal and Alix Curry’s Zeta round out the top ten on a 37.2 having added 1.6 time penalties across the country.

CCI*

Jordan Linstedt and Staccato. Photo by Lisa Madren.

Looking to the massive 67-horse CCI* division, dressage leaders David O’Connor and Jacqueline Mars’ Cooley Dream retired after picking up 20 penalties on cross country. That opened the door for second place Jordan Linstedt and Staccato, a 9-year-old Holsteiner owned by Janine Jaro, to step into the leading position. They head to the final phase on their dressage score of 23.6.

The top six after dressage all moved up one place after fault-free cross country rounds and sit within a rail of the win. Leslie Law and Beatrice Rey-Herme’s JKF Vogue are second on 24.6 followed by Liz Halliday-Sharp and Anna Kjellstrom’s Run Marvin Run in third on 24.8. Alexandra Knowles and Nancy Elberty’s Princess B are fourth on 25.3 and Elinor MacPhail O’Neal and Sally Crane Cox’s Zick Zack round out the top five on 26.3.

In sixth place with a 28.0 is Candy King, owned and ridden by Holly Jacks Smither. They moved up from eighth after a penalty free trip across the country. There is a tie for seventh place on a 28.5 between Hallie Coon and Shanon Baker’s Captain Chacco and Lesley Grant-Law and Cianu, owned by Jackie and Steve Brown. Caitlyn Ruud and Up to You De Lorage, owned by Light Speed Equestrian LLC, are tied for ninth place with Sami Crandell and his own Fernhill Chaos  on 29.0.

Good luck to everyone competing today. Jump high and tidy! Go eventing.

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Walterstown Don Collapses, Dies Between Fences at Twin Rivers

Bec Braitling and Walterstown Don. Photo by Shelby Allen.

We are deeply saddened to report the loss of Lauren Burnell’s Walterstown Don, a 16-year-old Irish Sport Horse, who died at Twin Rivers in Paso Robles, California today when he collapsed between fences 18 and 19 on the CIC3* cross country course. The cause of his collapse is not known pending a necropsy exam. His rider, Bec Braitling, was transferred to Sierra Vista Regional Medical for care.

Walterstown Don (Don Juan de la Bouverie x Walterstown Treacy VII, by Vivadari) has had a long, storied career. Born in Ireland, he was produced through the CIC2* level by Diarmuid O’Brien. Clayton Fredericks later campaigned him extensively in Europe, winning the 2010 Malmö CCI2* and the 2012 Burnham Market CIC3*, and piloted him to the horse’s first CCI4* appearance at Burghley.

After being imported to America, Walterstown Don was competed by Michael Pollard and later his owner, Lauren. Together in 2016, Walterstown Don and Lauren were 12th at the Rebecca Farm CCI1*, fourth at the Galway Downs CCI2*, and winners at the Woodside CIC2*.

Walterstown Don partnered with California-based Australian Bec Braitling in 2017. They went on to compete in six FEI events at the two-star and three-star level, never finishing outside the top 10 and earning three top-five placings at the three-star level.

The EN teams sends sincere condolences to Lauren, Bec, and everyone who knew and loved Walterstown Don. He will be deeply missed on the West Coast and beyond.

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What’s Happening This Spring? [Updated 3/31]

Lisa Hickey thanking Irish Olympic eventer Joseph Murphy after riding in his Ocala clinic at Horsepower Equestrian. Photo by Jenni Autry.

What’s Happening is EN’s guide to lessons, clinics, schooling shows and other riding and educational opportunities during the spring. 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 IV | Area V | Area VI | Area VIII | Area IX | Canada

Area I

April 22: Ride-Critique-Ride Clinic with Ann Marie Gregoire
This clinic is a great opportunity to polish up your tests for the 2018 season. USEF dressage tests from Intro through 4th level will be offered in addition to the new 2018 USEA Beginner Novice through Preliminary eventing tests. The format of the clinic will allow riders to perform their test  of choice twice, receiving constructive feedback from Ann Marie after the first ride. They will be given a scored sheet for their second ride, and prizes will be awarded for the lowest scoring percentages of the day. Both standard and small dressage rings (depending on test ) will be offered indoors on world class GGT footing. Please RSVP early to reserve your spot! Reduced entry fees and FREE auditing for CDCTA Members and Shallowbrook Boarders. Entry forms available at our websites: www.shallowbrook.com  & www.cdctaonline.com

April 22: Combined Test with Cross Country Schooling
Combined Test with Cross Country Schooling at Valinor Farm, Plymouth MA. The Area 1 Eventing Season is here! Get ready! Portables are out, the water jump is ready and there will be plenty of schooling opportunities for Prelim – Elementary levels. Check out the new fields that we’ve opened for our cross country course (will be ready for our June sanctioned). Combined test divisions for Prelim – X-rails.  Dressage and unjudged stadium rounds available. Stadium will be held in our outdoor ring with all weather footing. Low key – friendly outing to get your season rolling. Easy on line registration and payment options available on our website www.valinorfarm.com

Area II

 

May 5-6: Stephie Baer Clinic at Chapel Springs Farm in Free Union, Virginia
Show Jumping Saturday, Cross Country Sunday at Chapel Springs Farm. All levels welcome. Riders will be grouped according to level of experience. Auditors welcome! Lunch will be provided both days. Groups will fill in order of checks received. Cost is $100 per day. Times will be emailed the Wednesday prior to the clinic. Please email [email protected] or call 617-281-5567 for entry form/more information!

May 18: Dressage and Jump Lessons with Stephen Bradley
Wednesday May 18th at Domino Equestrian. Come tune up your jumping for the spring season with Olympian Stephen Bradley! Small groups (2-3 people) ensure plenty of individual attention, and usually last about an hour and fifteen minutes. Private dressage and jump lessons are also available.  An accomplished 3-day Event Rider who is well regarded for his teaching skills, Stephen Bradley is a favorite clinician for both amateurs and professionals alike. Come enjoy food, drinks, and our wonderful new facility, and lesson with one of the best! Auditors always welcome at no charge. Heated viewing room overlooks the 80×200 indoor for great auditing! Registration is available here through Event Clinics.  
June 29-July 1: Clinic with Karen O’Connor
Sandy River Equestrian Center in Axton, Virginia is pleased to offer an outstanding event clinic with Karen O’Connor! Clinic participants should plan to arrive on Friday and be ready to ride on Saturday and Sunday. Lectures will be held at 8AM both days followed by personalized lessons in gymnastics, show jumping and cross country. Breakfast and lunch will be offered daily and dinner will be served on Saturday. Registration is easy! Download and complete the registration form found on our website, www.eqmtc.com, then scan and email it to [email protected] or mail the form to Sandy River Equestrian Center. Participation cost for riders is $550, stabling is $20/night, Auditing is $50 daily (pre-register to receive all meals and swag. Swag will include products from our sponsors and the Equine Management Training Center.

Area III

April 21-22: Karen O’Connor Clinic
Karen O’Connor has ridden in five Olympic Games, three World Equestrian Games and two Pan-American Games. To date, six of her horses appear on the top 50 USEA high scoring list. In addition to her many riding accomplishments, Karen is an amazing coach and mentor to multiple Team USA riders. She has served as chef d’equipe for Team Mexico. Karen brings a positive, energetic and knowledgeable approach to every student she teaches. From Novice to Olympians, her insight, experience and incredible teaching style will bring out the best in horse and rider. Hosted by Chime Bell Chase, Aiken, SC. Limited availability. Cost: $375. Stabling Available: $35/night; Auditing: $20/day. Fees will only be refunded if clinic spot can be filled. For registration information please email [email protected]

Area IV

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Area V

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Area VI

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Area VIII

April 21-22: Jim Wofford Clinic
Timber Run Farm, 5145 Northridge Road, Alexandria, Oh. 43001 Contact: Stephanie Phillips [email protected]

Area IX

April 28-29: Clinic with Peter Gray
Peter Gray at The Event at Archer Cheyenne Wyoming check the website for ride times, Saturday flat/grid/SJ and Sunday Cross country exercises www.eventatarcher.com. Contact Allison Murphy for auditing information 307-640-9222 or email [email protected]

Canada

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

Heather Morris, Charlie Tango Take Command of Twin Rivers CIC3*

Heather Morris and Charlie Tango after a clear show jumping round. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

The Twin Rivers Spring CCI, CIC and Horse Trials in Paso Robles, California is jam-packed with entries from Beginner Novice through Advanced in addition to CCI*, CCI2*, CIC3* and Young Event Horse and Future Event Horse divisions.

Heather Morris and the Team Express Group’s 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse Charlie Tango (Shannondale Sarco St Ghyvan x Our Queen Bee, Ricardo Z) threw down a 30.3 to take the CIC3* lead after dressage. They held their position after posting one of three fault-free show jumping rounds in the division in their first FEI appearance since Fair Hill International last fall.

Heather Morris and Charlie Tango. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Not far behind, Rebecca Braitling and Lauren Burnell’s 16-year-old Irish Sport Horse Waltertown Don (Don Juan de la Bouverie x Walterstown Treacy VII, Vivadari) sit second on a two-phase score of 35.0. Tamie Smith holds the next two positions with Kevin Baumgardner’s 15-year-year-old Dutch Warmblood Wembley (Lester x E-VIP, Cantus) on a 36.4 and Judith McSwain’s 9-year-old Holsteiner mare Fleeceworks Royal (Riverman x Marisol) on a 39.7.

Tamie Smith and Wembley. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Rebecca and Lauren Burnell’s Santana II (Camax L x Hofdame H, Heraldik xx) are leading the CCI2* after dressage, earning a 35.4 in the 8-year-old Oldenburg mare’s first attempt at the level. Barbara Crabo and the Waterford Syndicate’s 12-year-old Danish Warmblood Waterford (Mosegaardens Dilight x Ally, Racot) are second with a 37.4. Jess Hargrave with her 11-year-old Trakehner Regenmann and Mallory Hogan with her 11-year-old Holsteiner mare Clarissa Purisima (Limmerick 1 x Briza) are close by with 38.2 and 38.3 respectively.

Rebecca Braitling and Walterstown Don. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Looking to the CCI* division, healthy with 28 entries, Megan Sykes and her 9-year-old Oldenburg Classic’s Mojah (Chambertin 3 x Senna, Sevillano xx) lead the way after after dressage with 29.2 in their first appearance at the level. Lilly Linder and Bianca Linder’s 11-year-old Warmblood Codigo (Candyman x Last Rose of Summer, Travelling Victor) are hot on their heels with a 30.7. Krista Stevenson and Larry Stevenson’s 10-year-old Hanoverian Caison (Contendro I x Via Vera, Varus) are third with 33.8.

The scores are tightly packed in the one-star with the top 18 scoring under 40.0, a result of the new FEI scoring system which removes the previously used 1.5x coefficient. The FEI divisions will all tackle James Atkinson’s cross country courses today with show jumping remaining on Sunday for the CCIs.

Tosca Holmes-Smith and Fiat. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

The Advanced division ran the first two phases yesterday. Not one pair went double clear in show jumping but Tosca Holmes-Smith and Ali-Holmes Smith’s 14-year-old Thoroughbred Fiat (Cats at Home x Desert Mouse) currently hold the lead in their first Advanced with a two-phase score of 48.5.

Dana Chase and her 15-year-old Holsteiner Aerolite (Ariadus x Cosmic Romance) added two rails and five time penalties to fall from the lead to second place. Madison Temkin and Debra Henderson’s 20-year-old Thoroughbred Kingslee (Calumar xAfforce) likewise dropped two rails and added one time penalty but they remain in third place. Kathryn Nichwander and her 16-year-old Thoroughbred 360 sit in fourth heading into the final phase today.

Dana Chase and Aerolite. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Twin Rivers CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Wednesday Video from Kentucky Performance Products: Eventing is LIFE

The Major League Eventing team looks back on 2017 with this heart-pumping, adrenaline-boosting, boot-stomping highlight reel from events around the country. Watch!

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Who Jumped It Best? The Fork CIC3*/WEG Test Event Edition

The Fork CIC3*/WEG Test Event was only a preview to what we can expect come September at the World Equestrian Games. There is much work left to be done at the Tryon International Equestrian Center, but with a little imagination we can see the facility will be truly something, not just for WEG but well into the future of equestrian sports.

With that, let’s play another game of Who Jumped It Best? Check out these CIC3* horse and rider combinations over the Tryon 2018 liverpool and vote in the poll at the bottom of this post for which competitors present the best overall picture.

Will we see any of these same riders back in the Tryon Stadium in September? Only time will tell! Go Eventing.

The Fork: WebsiteFinal ScoresLive StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s InstagramEN’s Twitter

WEG Test Event: WebsiteFinal ScoresEN’s Coverage

Katherine Coleman and Longwood. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Hallie Coon and Celien. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Liz Halliday-Sharp and Deniro Z. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Lisa Marie Fergusson and Honor Me. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Jordan Linstedt and Revitavet Capato. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Joe Meyer and Clip Clop. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Jessica Phoenix and Pavarotti. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Sharon White and Cooley On Show. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Who Jumped It Best? The Fork Intermediate Edition

Although much of the focus was zoomed in on the WEG Test Event at The Fork CIC and Horse Trials, there were another 150+ horses competing at the Tryon International Equestrian Center this weekend.

The Open Intermediate division wrapped up the four-day competition. We were there with you until the last and now it’s time to play Who Jumped It Best?!

Check out these Intermediate competitors at The Fork and decide which horse and rider pair present the best overall picture. Vote in the poll at the bottom of this post. Go Eventing.

The Fork: WebsiteResultsLive StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s InstagramEN’s Twitter

WEG Test Event: WebsiteLive StreamResultsEN’s Coverage

Alexandra Baugh and Mr Candyman. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Holly Payne Caravella and CharmKing. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Lauren Kieffer and Lndmk’s Monte Carlo. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Missy Miller and Quinn. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Doug Payne and Quantum Leap. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Beth Perkins and Handsome Harry. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Valerie Vizcarrondo and Favian. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Photo Gallery: Show Jumping Finale at The Fork CIC3*/WEG Test Event

Sharon White and Cooley On Show kick through the finish flags after a clear show jumping round. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld

Chris Barnard’s show jumping course in the Tryon Stadium at Tryon International Equestrian Center switched up the final results in The Fork CIC3*/WEG Test Event yesterday. While the overnight leaders, Phillip Dutton and Z, posted a double clear round to secure the win, downed rails and time penalties saw horse and rider combinations making big moves up–or down–the leaderboard.

It was a thrilling finale to an exciting weekend of eventing and has us looking forward to the FEI World Equestrian Games in September. Click here for all of EN’s Coverage of the WEG Test Event and check out a photo gallery below of all the CIC3* finishers in order of placing. Go Eventing.

The Fork: WebsiteResultsLive StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s InstagramEN’s Twitter

WEG Test Event: WebsiteLive StreamResultsEN’s Coverage

Monday News and Notes from Fleeceworks

Jess Payne and Baby Hudson walk the show jumping course together at The Fork CIC3*/WEG Test Event at Tryon International Equestrian Center. Photo courtesy Mary Pat Stone.

The EN Team would like to extend sincere congratulations to Luke Horah and Ellie Luther on their recent engagement! Luke just moved Ellie’s former two-star mare Fair Fiona (dam of Boyd Martin’s Advanced horse Ray Price) up to Training level with an eye on a fall one-star. Best wishes to Luke, Ellie and Fair Fiona!

National Holiday: National Chicken Little Awareness Day

U.S. Weekend Action:

The Fork: WebsiteResultsLive StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s InstagramEN’s Twitter

WEG Test Event: WebsiteLive StreamResultsEN’s Coverage

Chattahoochee Hills CIC & H.T. [Website] [Results]

CDCTA H.T. [Website] [Results]

Pine Hill Spring H.T. [Website] [Results]

Spring Bay H.T. [Website] [Results]

Monday News and Notes:

Elinor MacPhail made some tack changes to encourage her ride, RF Eloquence, to improve his frame and run more efficiently across the country. The adjustment worked and the pair rocked around the cross country at Chattahoochee Hills to snag the win in the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Advanced division. [MacPhail O’Neal and RF Eloquence Seize the Win in the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Advanced at Chattahoochee Hills]

Posting the only double clear cross country round in the division, Jacob Fletcher and Atlantic Domino finished on their dressage score and clinched the win in the CIC3* division at Chattahoochee Hills Horse Trials.  [Fletcher and Atlantic Domino Clean and Fast to Secure the Win in the Chatthoochee Hills Adequan USEA Gold Cup CIC3*]

If golf enthusiasts cringe at the idea of horses galloping down fairways, then how do horse people feel about gear heads cruising around a world-class cross country course? The tv show Top Gear recently test drove an SUV while hauling a horse box over various “obstacles” at Burghley Horse Trials. [Top Gear horsepower takes on Burghley Horse Trials]

Muddy going lately? Great Britain has been clobbered with wet weather resulting in numerous event cancellations this spring. Although some organizers and competitors have managed to carry on despite the less than ideal conditions, there may be something to learn along the way! [9 Things You Quickly Discover While Competing in Muddy Conditions]

Monday Video:

Photo Gallery: The Fork CIC3*/WEG Test Event Cross Country

Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

The “White Oak” course — one of two cross country courses at the Tryon International Equestrian Center — is built on an Arnold Palmer designed golf course. The long, manicured fairways just scream for galloping horses. It’s a unique and dreamy setting for a wandering photographer, but one can also view nearly the entire course from the main water complex.

I followed the flow of traffic today, making my way around the bulk of the course. Here’s a photo gallery of every finishing CIC3* combination. If you’re looking for more show photos, check out official photographer Shannon Brinkman’s website here.

The Fork: WebsiteScheduleRide TimesLive ScoresLive StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s InstagramEN’s Twitter

WEG Test Event: WebsiteScheduleLive StreamLive ScoresEN’s Coverage

Blustery Horse Inspection Kicks Off The Fork Horse Trials, WEG Test Event

Phillip Dutton and I’m Sew Ready. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Thirty-eight CIC3* horse and rider combinations presented to the ground jury of Andrew Bennie (NZL) and Jane Hamlin (USA) and FEI Veterinary Delegate Dr. Jennifer Hall (GBR) this afternoon at The Fork Horse Trials and FEI World Equestrian Games Test Event for Eventing. The first horse inspection was relatively uneventful despite practically gale force winds bending trees and blowing sand into our faces.

Two horses were sent to the hold box. Carolina International CIC3* winner Vandiver, owned by Debi Crowley and Doug and Jessica Payne, was held and ultimately withdrawn from the hold box. Kehoe Enterprises, LLC’s Kiltealy Toss Up was held but accepted upon reinspection.

There is much construction and activity going on at Tryon International Equestrian Center in preparation for WEG in September. We’re going to have not one, not two but three EN reporters on grounds this weekend to bring you as much coverage as you can handle and more.

The Fork: WebsiteScheduleRide TimesLive ScoresEN’s CoverageEN’s InstagramEN’s Twitter

WEG Test Event: WebsiteScheduleThursday Dressage OrderFriday Dressage OrderLive ScoresEN’s Coverage

Monday News and Notes from Fleeceworks

It’s foal season! Beau says he’d like a foal friend, please.

April Fool’s Day is EN’s favorite holiday of the year. We always have fun drumming up fake news to post and yesterday we went all out with several silly stories. How many times were you fooled?

National Holiday: National Fun Day

Major Events: 

Galway Downs CIC & H.T. [Website] [Results] [EN Coverage]

Burnham Market International [Live Results] [EN Coverage]

U.S. Weekend Action:

Morven Park H.T. [Website] [Results]

Rocking Horse Spring H.T. [Website] [Results]

Full Gallop H.T. [Website] [Results]

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

Monday News and Notes:

Tryon International Equestrian Center needs volunteers! There are many positions available for The Fork Horse Trials this week. Whether you want to serve as a jump judge with a front-row seat for cross-country competition or work behind the scenes, there’s a spot on the team for you! [Volunteer at The Fork at TIEC & WEG Eventing Test Event]

Matt Brown is the incoming Chair of the Professional Horseman’s Council. In a recent letter to the USEA membership, he says a “passion for our sport and a belief that we can evolve into a safer modern sport, while still maintaining our foundational principles” will drive the council to achieve its goals and ensure the future of the sport. Read more about the PHC’s mission. [A Letter from PHC Chair Matt Brown]

We’re loving getting to know college and university eventing teams around the country that bolster the USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Program. Meet the University of Louisville Eventing Team which competed in its first team challenge last fall. They are hoping to compete for the first time at the USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships at Virginia Horse Trials in May! [Cardinals Introduce Eventing to the University of Louisville]

EN is updating our working student listings! If you are looking for a working student, please email the details to [email protected]. Here are two opportunities in Ontario to get us started:

Dasha Ivandaeva (Ontario): Looking for a part-time competition groom with a possibility to become full-time and travel to all the best events on the east coast and winter in Ocala! Young professional three-day event rider with a great string of horses. Looking for someone reliable, happy, self-motivated and knowledgeable. Riding opportunity available for the right person. Located in Palgrave, Ontario. Looking to start in April/May. Contact Dasha at [email protected].

Penny Rowland (Ontario): Full live-in for student and one horse. Horses available to ride and show if no horse. Daily lessons, shipping to shows and coaching there. Contact Penny at [email protected].

Monday Video: The most positive Beginner Novice round ever.

 

We can’t forget a G-stringaling’s GoPro of his very first show bringing home third place AND peeing in his BN dressage test! ‍♀️

Posted by Lainey Ashker on Sunday, April 1, 2018

April Fool! USEF to Officially Recognize Competitive Hobbyhorse

Chinch has been a hobbyhorse enthusiast for no short length of time. Here he is on course at Rebecca Farm in 2015.

EN has confirmed a recent decision by the US Equestrian Federation to make hobbyhorsing the newest USEF-recognized equestrian sport and to assist in the formation of an affiliate to be known as Hobbyhorse North America.

Popularized in Finland, hobbyhorse competitions closely resemble combined training events. Stick horses–poles attached to model horse heads–are ‘ridden’ in both dressage and show jumping tests and the performance scored by a panel of judges.

Competitive hobbyhorse is growing in popularity around Europe, and after a competition video went viral, the rest of the world quickly became familiar with the concept. Sadly, the internet went bonkers that something so kitschy could possibly exist and proceeded to mercilessly ridicule the young ladies and gentlemen involved. The USEF, however, had a different response.

“This is an incredible opportunity to increase participation in equestrian sports. By recognizing hobbyhorsing, we’re reaching an entirely new demographic of people who love horses but maybe don’t have the financial means to own and compete them,” USEF President Murray Kessler said.

“As we all know, real horses are extremely time consuming and expensive. However, stick horses require basically no upkeep and almost anyone can afford to buy, make and maintain one. We see recognizing hobbyhorsing as an official sport under the USEF umbrella as a way to expand our audience and allow many more horse enthusiasts to ‘Join the Joy.'”

In an article for National Post, hobbyhorse coach Taija Turkki is quoted to say, “It’s very bizarre for other people to see, for the first time especially, this kind of stuff … Because they think we think the horse is alive, which we do not. We understand that it’s dead, made of fabric and all that.”

An estimated 10,000 people in Finland are said to be involved in hobbyhorsing. And the activity means something different for each of them. Alisa Aarniomaki said hobbyhorsing is like therapy and has helped her cope with her parent’s recent divorce.

“I’ve gone through lots of trouble and I’m still struggling with some issues. It has helped me a great deal that I can occasionally just go galloping into the woods with my friends. It somehow balances my mind,” Alisa said.

And what horse person, hobby or otherwise, can’t relate to the incredible healing power of horses? We here at Nation Media fully support the development of hobbyhorsing and welcome it with open arms to the USEF table. In case you missed it, check out Kristin Kovatch’s editorial In Defense of Competitive Hobbyhorse on our sister site, Horse Nation.

Hobbyhorsing has already made its way across the pond from Finland to North America. The Tryon International Equestrian Center in Tryon, NC hosted a hobbyhorse competition series last fall and plans to renew the series for summer 2018 ahead of the FEI World Equestrian Games.

Marketed as a “safe, fun and affordable way to ride horses,” the American Hobby Horse Series is for children 14 and under and offers multiple levels from cross rails to 2’6″. Special awards for Best Hobby Horse and Best Turned Out Rider are given each week and competitors try to accumulate points to qualify for the series championship.

“Hobbyhorsing is the next big thing,” said Mark Bellissimo, Managing Partner of Tryon Equestrian Partners. “It teaches kids about hard work and competition and expands their imagination through crafting and visualization. Plus, it’s great exercise and parents like it because it’s way safer than riding real horses.

“With the large expense and space requirements of equestrian competitions, especially eventing, there’s a real possibility that this is the future of the sport. Who knows, maybe one day TIEC will be hosting the FEI World Hobbyhorse Games.”

2018 will be a pilot year for the USEF Hobbyhorse program as the affiliate is created and organizers bid for competition dates. We know Chinch is especially excited, so stay tuned for the unveiling of our new sister site, Hobbyhorse Nation.

[Hobby-horsing is a popular sport in Finland. ‘It’s very bizarre for other people to see’]

[In Defense of Competitive Hobbyhorse]

[What is American Hobby Horse?]

……April Fool! USEF is not actually recognizing competitive hobbyhorse, but we love the sport and what it offers participants. Go hobbyhorsing!

Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: 5 Working Student 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. We include the ad copy provided; click the links for videos, pricing and contact information.

We’ve had a flood of available working student positions posted on our Employment Opportunities category page this month. If you are looking to immerse yourself in the industry and get educated on and off the horse, here is your chance!

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Working Student Position Available

Team CEO Eventing in Lexington KY is currently seeking a working student! Come live and train in the horse capital of the world while you immerse yourself in Eventing. Great opportunities to learn and train and plenty of horses to ride if desired! Train with advanced level event rider and ICP certified instructor Megan Moore.

Can be part time or full time (great fit for someone going to college in the fall!). Fantastic barn of 14 competition horses in the heart of horse country, and no mucking stalls at home!

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Working student position available at Destination Farm!

Accepting applications for 2 working student positions at Destination Farm in Dickerson, MD! One position to start in May and one position to start in August.

Lessons and training from Advanced level event rider and Usea ICP level III certified instructor, Natalie Hollis, and Intermediate level event rider and Usea ICP level I-T certified instructor, Suzannah Cornue. Housing with paid utilities, lessons at least 4x per week (generally 5-6x), stall board for 1 horse, shipping to events, and coaching at events in exchange for barn work, grooming at home and shows, and exercise riding.

Own horse not required as we have many schoolmasters and sales horses you can ride. Facilities include 30 stalls, indoor/outdoor arena’s, grass show jumping field, xc course, areas to gallop/condition, and extensive trail system. We are also located 5 miles from two xc courses.

We event almost every weekend mid March – mid November as well as go to twilight eventing, and jumper / dressage shows year round. We also host clinics regularly and host jumper shows. Currently starting to interview. More information at www.destinationeventing.com.

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Full or part time working student position

MKE is an active Eventing group located in the heart of Area II. We not only focus on our current competitive event Horses but on developing up and coming ones as well as our riders. We care for on average 20 Horses in Kirkwood, Pa. Our applicant needs to come wanting to learn and be surrounded by all aspects of horsemanship; riding included but not limited to! Potential to lease one of our horses or bring your own.

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Working Student Opportunities with Courtney Cooper, C Square Farm!

Courtney Cooper and the C Square Farm team are back in Pennsylvania after enjoying a very successful winter season in Aiken and we are looking forward to competing extensively in Area II. We are looking to add another working student (or two!) to our program. Preference is given to individuals wanting to stay for a minimum of 6 months who are looking for a rigorous, educationally geared apprenticeship.

Our working students learn about training, sales, horsemanship, and breeding, and they also get plenty of opportunities to compete and ride themselves. Our winter working students brought home several blue ribbons of their own, (one is actually 3rd in the country on a horse C Square Farm lent to her) in addition to attending top events such as Carolina International.

We value our working students and treat them as members of our team with regular lessons, regular riding, days off, board for their horse and housing in a new, beautiful, and safe apartment complete with WIFI.

In addition to the benefits listed above we also do team dinners, and have our working students watch lessons with Courtney and top pros, including Boyd and Silva Martin and Richard Picken. We also strive to teach our working students life lessons; such as goal setting and planning for their future and are happy to stay involved with them individually after leaving our program.

Working Student Position

Dressage training and Lipizzan breeding farm is searching for the right working student candidates to take over as our current crew is graduating from college. Dressage background not necessary, but applicants must possess a great work ethic with desire to learn and apply themselves daily. This is a relaxed European style farm that hosts numerous international clinics and events. Duties include any and all horse farm related things along with grooming, exercising horses (varies by individual skill level), and either travel along to shows or stay behind to manage the farm for a weekend. Must be willing to handle stallions and young horses. Having experience already with stallions is a major plus. Possibility of board for one horse for the right applicant. Housing may or may not be included (again varies by situation of applicant). Own transportation and drivers license is required. 6 month minimum commitment. Located in New York.

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