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Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: Six Future Eventing Stars

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.

The 2018 USEA Future Event Horse Series has crowned its champions and the USEA Young Event Horse competitions are looming. These programs are intended to identify future super stars in eventing. If you’re looking for your next mega prospect, check out these six youngsters aged five and under that are currently for sale and ready to show you what they’re made of.

Willie Wonderful. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Lovely TB Prospect

Willie Wonderful 15.3 5yr.TB G Dark bay. This guy will make up into a nice little event horse. He has the look and is very brave.He has gone to Fair Hill XC schooling and did the water bank and ditch with no problem. Still need finishing but he’s on his way. Trailers and stands on the trailer quietly. Good for blacksmith and good ground manners. He is a sweet boy how just needs a person. Located in Pennsylvania.

Trago. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Trago: 3 YO TB

Trago is a three year old, unraced thoroughbred. He was trained at the track but deemed too slow. He is extremely athletic and willing. He has been schooled around a two foot stadium course and a *small* starter cross country course. Trago does banks, ditches, gallops through water, will go out with a group or on his own, and hacks around on the buckle. He easily goes into a dressage frame and picks up both leads willingly.

Trago stands calmly in cross ties for grooming, bathing, farriers, etc. He is a very easy keeper only getting a handful of feed in the morning and hay throughout the day. His easy going, but curious personality is loved throughout the barn. This will be a cool project for pretty much any rider with the appropriate help. Located in Kentucky.

Riverview Starboy. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

5yo training level gelding with potential to go to the top

Riverview Starboy is a 5yo ISH gelding by Sligo Candy Boy out of a TB mare. Bonbon is a novice winner and is ready for the step up to training level. He has the talent and brain to succeed at the highest level. He would be a super horse for a young rider or amateur looking to produce a quality horse or talented enough for a professional. Located in South Carolina.

Jaguar Star. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Jaguar Star: Talented Young Event Horse

Jaguar Star: 2013 16h chestnut ISH / Holsteiner / Selle Francais mare. Own a C Square Farm Star and barn favorite! “Tigger” is a talented young event horse by Grand Prix show jumper Jaguar Mail.

She is a multiple ribbon winner in recognized and unrecognized horse trials, and won her 5-year-old qualifying Young Event Horse class with an 81%! She has plenty of scope to continue up the levels of eventing.

She is a good mover and jumper, and even has a great lead change. Additionally, Tigger is uncomplicated and kind, making her suitable for a junior, young rider or adult amateur. But she is also talented enough for a professional. Located in Pennsylvania.

Straight Class. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Straight Class: 4yo TB Prospect No Question Baby

No Question Baby is that thoroughbred that everyone is looking for. Affectionately known as Reagan around the barn, she is the total package. A 2014 model, she stands at 16.2hh is as chromed as a bay can get. She is by Giant Oak out of a Langfuhr mare, with true sport horse lines. Reagan only ran once in 2017, and then was retired sound and turned out on her owners farm for a year.

She began her life as a sport horse this summer, and has taken to it like a fish to water. Truly believe she would thrive in a program either with a professional who wants a new upper level prospect, but would also be easy to finish by a competent junior in a program who is looking for that young rider mount. Beautiful to flat, with a tempo unbeknownst her age, she moves easily off of your leg and is quickly moving up the training pyramid. In addition, she canters down to jumps with cadence and rhythm, with a lovely hind end that will never touch a rail.

She has schooled both on property and off, and is an extremely independent individual. Currently jumping courses in the ring and out – water, ditches, and banks are no problem for this young prospect. Has attended local hunter paces with pleasure and will be entered in her first event this fall if not sold. Located in Kentucky.

Arazi’s Gift. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Athletic 5yo Tb Event prospect

Jc: Arazi’s Gift 5 yo 16hh ottb gelding. Properly let down and slowly restarted. WTC and over fences bravely jumping ditches and up / down banks and various XC fences. Has been off property and to one H/J show where he bravely jumped around all the proper fillers with ease. Athletic scopey jumper , light on his feet easy lead change. Uphill build with great feet. Great appetite, no silliness easy to have around. Turns out well with mares and geldings. Located in Florida.

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Monday News and Notes from Fleeceworks

Truth. Meme via Facebook.

The struggle is real. You’re either at a party with your people and all you talk about is horses (the best), or no one wants to talk to you about horses (so lonely) or the conversation goes something like this: “Oh, you ride horses? I’m scared of horses. They’re big. My neighbor had a horse once. Do you barrel race?” And you’re just trying to be polite and control your facial expressions.

National Holiday: International Coffee Day

Major Events This Weekend:

Stable View CIC & HT: WebsiteResultsEQTV Live StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Action:

University of New Hampshire H.T. [Website] [Results]

Larkin Hill H.T. [Website] [Results]

ESDCTA New Jersey H.T. [Website] [Results]

Jump Start H.T. [Website] [Results]

Monday News and Notes:

A centerline is your first impression to the judge and can set the mood for your entire test. Crooked line? Wonky rhythm? Don’t let that be the starting point for your dressage performance! Here are six tips to help improve your entrance at A. [Make a Winning Impression]

Who can forget the WEG endurance debacle? In case you forgot the details — there was a false start, tons of confusion, and then they cancelled the whole thing. Now American endurance officials are speaking out. In a letter to the USEF, the American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC) executive committee requested that all funding to FEI endurance events outside of the U.S. be withrawn and directed toward U.S. national events. [American endurance officials condemn “extreme” flat-track form of discipline]

As the temperature drops this Autumn, you may consider making changes to your horse’s nutrition plan in order to set him up for a healthy winter season. Make sure he’s drinking enough water, eating enough forage and maintaining body condition. [Fall Feeding Tips for Horses]

Now that all the excitement over WEG is over, the Tryon Riding & Hunt Club doesn’t want you to forget about the local horse trials on October 20-21, 2018 at FENCE. They need LOTS OF VOLUNTEERS to make their 43rd consecutive year of the event happen successfully. [Click here to sign up!]

Monday Video:

Sunday Video from Total Saddle Fit: A Quick Trip Around Stable View CIC3* Cross Country

Key combinations on the Stable View CIC*** #xc course aboard Getaway owned by Lisa Gray Wall VC Cambox Horse USA #eventing #2nd place #crosscountry #helmetcam

Posted by DPEquestrian LLC on Saturday, September 29, 2018

Doug Payne and Getaway, Lisa Wall’s 11-year-old Oldenburg by Contendro, cruised around the technically challenging Stable View CIC3* cross country course yesterday. With only 6.4 time penalties to add to their two phase score of 28.8, they finished in second place — a happy result as they look ahead to Boekelo CCIO3* in the Netherlands in October! Ride along with Doug and Getaway as they expertly navigate the significant combinations on course.

Go Eventing.

Stable View CIC & HT: WebsiteResultsEQTV Live StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

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

Phillip Dutton and I’m Sew Ready Storm to Stable View CIC3* Win

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

Phillip Dutton and I’m Sew Ready, a 14-year-old KWPN (Lupicor X Jarda, Elcaro) owned by John and Kristine Norton powered around cross country, producing one of just three double clear rounds to win Stable View’s inaugural CIC3*. Sitting sixth after the first two phases, they stopped the clock seven seconds under the optimum time.

“Jackson” was the direct reserve horse for Phillip’s World Equestrian Games mount Z, so Phillip had the horse very fit going in to Stable View. He will next head to France for Les Etoiles de Pau CCI4* next month, and Phillip said he wanted to use today’s cross country as a fitness run.

“He was ready to run a couple weeks ago at the WEG, so he was primed and ready,” Phillip said. “It’s good timing for his trip to France. He’s going to have to go fast there, so I thought I’d set out and see how he felt. The horse has turned into a really good cross country horse. I’m really proud of him.”

Phillip was recovering from a broken collarbone during last year’s Oktoberfest Horse Trials at Stable View, but he competed in the inaugural Advanced in 2016 when he won with Z. As for his thoughts on Capt. Mark Phillips’s cross country course, Phillip said, “It flows better than the year before and the footing is getting more improved.”

“Barry and Cyndy arguably have one of the best venues in the country now, so it’s very exciting for the Aiken area.”

Doug Payne and Getaway. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Tamie Smith withdrew Fleeceworks Royal this morning, who was second overnight, leaving the door open for Doug Payne and Getaway, Lisa Wall’s 11-year-old Oldenburg by Contendro, to take home the win, but they went a hair too slow, picking up 6.4 time penalties and settling for second on a score of 35.2. Getaway looked in excellent form ahead of the Boekelo CCIO3* in the Netherlands next month.

“He’s a beast. He’s continuing to get better and better about being efficient and adjustable on cross country,” Doug said. “He will in time be a whole lot faster, but at this point in his career I’m still pretty careful to make sure that he’s completely grounded mentally for every jump that we’re jumping. He’s super genuine and athletic, and he’s getting better and better.”

Tamie Smith and Mai Baum. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Overnight leader Tamie Smith and Mai Baum, 12-year-old German Sport Horse (Loredano X Ramira, by Rike) owned by Alex Ahearn, Ellen Ahearn and Eric Markell, were having a cracking round until the Catawba Corners at 11AB, which caused the most trouble of any complex on course.

“That corner combination rode really hard. He left a stride out at the first corner, but ever since Phillip Dutton made that save with Mighty Nice at the Olympics, I’ve really tried to have that same ‘get-it-done’ mentality. He took the flag with him at the second corner, and his shoulders cleared the flag but his hind end didn’t. When the ground jury reviewed the video footage, they decided to remove the jumping penalties since he made the effort to jump the fence.”

Tamie and “Lexus” added 11.6 time penalties to finish third on 35.3 — a strong result in the horse’s first run back at the level since 2015.

Boyd Martin and Steady Eddie. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Boyd Martin and Steady Eddie, a 15-year-old New Zealand Thoroughbred (Jetball X Tudnela) owned by Pierre Colin, Denise Lahey, and George and Gretchen Wintersteen, had the fastest clear round of the division, crossing the finish in 6:05 to move from ninth up to fourth overall on 36.8.

“Eddie roared around the cross country. We had an expensive rail yesterday, which was disappointing, but he’s fighting fit and felt fantastic today,” Boyd said. “I think this is a wonderful event. You have to take your hat off to Barry and Cyndy Olliff. This is turning into one of the premier CIC3* events of the year. The facility is unbelievable. The course is fantastic. I think Stable View is making a mark as a top destination event.”

Boyd and Christine Turner’s 11-year-old Canadian Warmblood mare Kyra (VDL Ulando H X Wellesley, by Weltstern), fourth overnight, picked up 20 penalties but still made the time — one second faster than her stablemate in fact — to finish eighth. Boyd also picked up a win in the Advanced division, finishing with ten points to spare with Christine Turner’s On Cue.

Elisa Wallace and Simply Priceless. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Fifth place went to Elisa Wallace and the Simply Priceless Syndicate’s 17-year-old Australian Thoroughbred Simply Priceless (Waterford Road X Faux Franc, Twig Moss), who looked stellar in his first international run since Kentucky CCI4* in April. They added 2.4 time penalties to their clear jumping round to finish on 37.5.

Sydney Conley Elliott and Carol Stephens’ 12-year-old Westphalian Cisko A (Cayetano L X Rhiannon M, Ribot) finished sixth having moved up from 12th after show jumping with a clear round and 9.6 time penalties to finish on 47.7 in their first international run since Great Meadow CIC3* in June.

Shoutout to Autumn Schweiss and her 14-year-old Thoroughbred/Irish Sport Horse by Houmayoun, Oakport Strauss. They posted the third and final double clear round to move from 19th to finish in 10th place in their first international run since the Jersey Fresh CCI3* in May.

Sydney Conley Elliott and Cisko A. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Looking to the CIC2*, Heather Morris and Charlie Tango held their overnight lead to win the division on 32.1. Joe Meyer and Buccaneer added just 2.4 time penalties to move all the way from 11th to finish second. Jonathan Holling and Dalanteretto round out the top three, adding 6.4 time penalties and moving up six places.

In the CIC*, Tamie Smith and Danito double clear on cross country to win on a 24.0. Jenny Caras and Fernhill Full Throttle finished second on their dressage score of 28.4. Clayton Fredericks and FE Smokey Water FBW added 2.8 time penalties across the country to finish third on 29.4.

As a venue, Stable View just keeps getting bigger and better, and we’re looking forward to the future here at this beautiful facility. Thank you to Barry and Cyndi Olliff for their hospitality and dedication to the sport. Go Eventing.

5:45 p.m. EST: This report has been updated following the ground jury’s decision to remove Tamie Smith and Mai Baum’s jumping penalties.

Stable View CIC & HT: WebsiteEntry StatusRide TimesLive ScoresScheduleEQTV Live StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

Stable View CIC3* Course Walk Preview

4A – Hammock

By now you’ve heard that the Stable View Oktoberfest CIC and Horse Trials is hosting Aiken, South Carolina’s first CIC3* competition this weekend just two years after hosting the immediate area’s inaugural Advanced level event. It’s hard to believe this eventing mecca hasn’t had an event at this level in town before now. Barry Olliff and his crew have steadily built up this venue to be a beautiful “Gathering Place” for eventers and enthusiasts alike, and the turnout to each event shows the competitors’ appreciation for the effort.

The CIC3* this weekend is acting for many as a final prep before a fall CCI3*. Course designer Captain Mark Phillips has laid out a flowing course that will be a true test of accuracy (there’s five corners out there) as well as a good fitness run and confidence booster for those looking ahead to their season closeout. It follows a similar track to last year’s Advanced course but with a new loop added through the fields where Stable View runs the Eventing Academy, an unrecognized schooling show hosted by Stable View several times a year.

The CIC3* course has 36 jumping efforts and an optimum time of 6:19. After jumping a few warm-up tables woven between a forest of pine trees followed by the first water complex at 6AB, riders will encounter the first major accuracy question at 8ABC, a log oxer to a bank down followed by a massive open corner on a slightly downhill approach. Last year this combination caught out a few pairs who second guessed their confidence to the corner, but those who rode boldly forward to the C element jumped brilliantly (making for impressive pictures!).

At 10AB, CIC3* competitors have the option to jump a cabin at the foot of a mound (AB) or a cabin (A) and down bank (B) before immediately tackling the Catawba Corners at 11AB. Riders have another choice to make at the second water at 14ABC, where they can choose to jump one of two different A elements — rails on a mound or a skinny wedge. From there, the twists and turns are down to one, affording the opportunity to make up some time at the end of the course.

Cross country for the CIC3* begins at 12:15 p.m. Tune in to the EQTV Network live stream here or follow EN’s live updates. Go Eventing.

Stable View CIC & HT: WebsiteEntry StatusRide TimesLive ScoresScheduleEQTV Live StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

Jurta M Collapses, Dies On Cross Country at Baborówko Horse Sale Show

Jerzy Krukowski and Jurta M. Photo by M&R Photo.

We are saddened to report that Jurta M, an 11-year-old Thoroughbred mare owned by Stadnina Koni Moszna, died yesterday at Baborówko Horse Sale Show in Poland. Jurta suffered cardiac failure and collapsed between fences while on the CIC2* cross country course. She was immediately tended to by veterinarians but sadly could not be saved and was humanely euthanized. Her rider, Jerzy Krukowski, was uninjured.

Jurta (Montbard X Judema, Demon Club) and Jerzy have competed at the international level since 2014 and have completed seven CIC2* competitions together. Please join us in extending our sincerest condolences to Stadnina, Jerzy and all of Jurta’s connections.

The USEA’s Equine Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Research Study continues to examine how efficiently a horse’s cardiovascular and pulmonary systems function when galloping and jumping across country and to seek answers surrounding cardiac and pulmonary failure. Learn more about this mission here.

[Press Release]

Wednesday Video from Kentucky Performance Products: Loosen Up & Improve Your Position With Yoga for Equestrians

Equestrians are well known for pampering their horses far better than themselves. Case in point: your horse probably gets regular chiropractic adjustments while you’ve learned to compensate for your own crookedness. The good news is, you don’t have to spend a ton of money with chiro appointments and gym memberships to feel better physically.

Just like you do for your horse, work in ample warm-up time of your own before swinging into the saddle. A little bit of stretching can go a long way to improve your flexibility in the saddle and reduce tension. In the FEI’s latest Fitness with Equestrians series, Ali and Mari share simple exercises to help jump start your new routine. These “yoga-inspired” poses for equestrians targets hip health in particular, which is important to improving the “balance between stability and mobility.”

Watch the video above to learn seven stretches you can do right there at the barn. You don’t even have to change out of your breeches!


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Monday News and Notes from Fleeceworks

Tommy Neneman spreads gravel between riders. Photo courtesy of AK Dragoo Photo.

It takes a village to run a horse trials and there are a lot of jobs that frequently go unsung. At Plantation Field International, the grounds crew were working triple time tending the footing on cross country. Thanks Tommy Neneman, Dylan Barry and Eric Bull for making sure the way of going was the best it could be for the horses in this wet weather!

National Holiday: National Bluebird of Happiness Day

Major Events This Weekend:

Plantation Field: WebsiteScheduleXC Start TimesSJ Start TimesLive ScoresCourse PreviewLive StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Action:

Twin Rivers Fall H.T. [Website] [Results]

Aspen Farms H.T. [Website] [Results]

Marlborough H.T [Website] [Results]

Flora Lea Fall H.T. [Website] [Results]

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

MeadowCreek Park H.T – The Fall Social Event [Website] [Results]

Cedar Ridge H.T. [Website] [Results]

FEH Qualifier at Loch Moy Farm [Website] [Results]

FEH Championships at Loch Moy Farm [Website]

Monday News and Notes:

You’ve probably seen photos of ‘the girl with the feathers’ in her hair competing in show jumping at WEG. That’s Danielle Goldstein and she rides for Israel. She wear crop top shirts walking courses, rides in yoga pants, and turns heads with the plume of feathers billowing behind her in the arena. Danielle describes herself as ‘left of center’ and she’s going to reach her goals her way. [Rebel With A Cause]

Germnay’s Simone Blum just jumped her way into the history books as the first female individual show jumping gold medalist since the inception of the World Equestrian Games in 1900. At just 29 years old, Simone and her chestnut mare DSP Alice turned in a 5-round score of 3.47, meaning they incurred only time penalties all week! [She’s the Show Jumping World Champion We’ve Been Waiting For]

Over 50 young horses competed in the FEH East Coast Championships at Loch Moy Farm this weekend. From yearlings through 4 year olds, the future stars of our sport showed off for the judges. Every colt and filly was judged on conformation. The 3 year olds were sent through the jump chute, and the 4 year olds were ridden under saddle as well as sent through the jump chute. [Day 1] [Day 2]

Relive the excitement and drama of WEG 2018 in pictures [Through the Lens]

Monday Video: You have to watch this gold medal pas de deux!

Winning Round – Vaulting Pas Des Deux | FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018

One word to describe this display…Stunning 👏 👏A performance that fully deserved a gold medal. Having been out over the last year with a broken leg, Lorenzo Lupacchini comes back strong to join his partner Silvia Stopazzini to show an energetic and incredible show. 🥇 Silvia Stopazzini & Lorenzo Lupacchini 🇮🇹🥈 Jasmin Lindner & Lukas Wacha 🇦🇹🥉 Janika Derks & Johannes Kay 🇩🇪

Posted by Fédération Equestre Internationale on Thursday, September 20, 2018

Box Qutie Euthanized Due to Injury Sustained at WEG

Anna Freskgård and Box Qutie (SWE) on course at Tryon. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

We are devastated to report that Box Qutie, ridden by Sweden’s Anna Freskgård in the eventing competition at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games, was euthanized today due to complications from an injury sustained during the cross country phase on Saturday, Sept. 15.

The 12-year-old Swedish Warmblood mare (Quite Easy X Lady Like LKT, by Little Boy 756) completed the cross country course with 20 jumping penalties and 18 time penalties. When she crossed the finish line, she suddenly pulled up lame on her right front leg and was transferred to Tryon Equine Hospital for treatment. She was subsequently diagnosed with a soft tissue injury.

A statement from the FEI explained, “Initially the mare was improving, but despite receiving the best veterinary care, her condition worsened yesterday due to circulatory complications. As a result, the horse’s owner, Therese Örup, together with the athlete, groom and veterinarians, elected for euthanasia today.”

Box Qutie and Anna have been competing at the FEI level together since 2013. They enjoyed a strong season in 2018, including a win at the Strzegom CIC3*, a third place finish at the Saumur CCI3* and a 16th place finish at the Aachen CICO3*.

Please join us in extending sincerest condolences to Therese, Anna and all of Box Qutie’s connections.

[Statement On Box Qutie (SWE)]

Wednesday Video from Kentucky Performance Products: Inside Charlotte Dujardin’s WEG Stable

Great Britain’s dressage darling Charlotte Dujardin and her rising star Mount St John Freestyle, a 9-year-old Hanoverian mare (Fidermark X Donna Gracia, Donnerhall) owned by Emma and Jill Blundell, earned double bronze (team and individual) for Great Britain at the FEI World Equestrian Games last week.

The talented young mare was undefeated at the FEI level prior to the Games (and two bronze medals at her first major championship is nothing to sneeze at!) and is proving a promising partner for Charlotte following her success with the record-breaking Valegro.

Charlotte’s groom Alan Davies runs a tight ship back at the barn. He looks after every inch of the horses to make sure they feel fit and well. During WEG, Alan also made special preparations in advance of the severe storms caused by Hurricane Florence. Go behind the scenes in Charlotte’s stable, meet the famous Freestyle and hear more about Alan’s important duties.


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Photo Gallery: A Thrilling WEG Show Jumping Finale

The FEI World Equestrian Games is one of those events that seems to move both fast and slow. The days are long and emotional, yet it seems like only a few blinks ago that we were anticipating the competition ahead during the first horse inspection. A tumultuous week culminated in a thrilling finale today at the Tryon International Equestrian Center. Standing ringside, the butterflies gradually increased to a barely tolerable level until it was just too much, and I couldn’t help but cheer behind the camera while madly clicking the shutter button. What a week. What a sport! Go Eventing.

#Tryon2018: WebsiteEntriesStarting OrderScheduleIndividual ScoresTeam ScoresUltimate GuideCourse PreviewHow to Watch LiveEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

Robin Godel’s Save of the Day at WEG

We saw great saves and valiant recovery efforts yesterday on cross country at the FEI World Equestrian Games, but Switzerland’s Robin Godel and Grandeur de Lully CH definitely had the save of the day.

Grandeur de Lully CH stutter stepped on take-off at the Apple Country table at 13B. Knees up and ears pricked, they looked to be alright at first but couldn’t quite clear the width of the table. Grandeur de Lully CH stretched, making a heroic attempt to stay on his feet, but he stumbled to his knees on landing, throwing Robin on to his neck.

It looked like Robin was going to shoot out the front door, but Grandeur de Lully CH lifted his head and literally threw Robin back in the tack. Then they were off and running. Now that’s teamwork! Robin and Grandeur de Lully CH went on to finish the course clear with 38.4 time penalties. Keep scrolling to see the sequence of their epic save.

#Tryon2018: WebsiteEntriesScheduleIndividual ScoresTeam ScoresUltimate GuideCourse PreviewHow to Watch LiveEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Go Eventing.

Photo Gallery: A Wet & Wild WEG Cross Country Day

Cross country day at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games was definitely one to remember. There was certainly heartbreak and drama along with some surprise successes. The highlight of the day for me was the Japanese team riding with incredible poise and delivering lovely solid rounds to pull themselves up into medal contention.

As for the weather, we actually lucked out. It wasn’t too too wet or windy and the overcast skies were a blessing for the horses considering the humidity. It could have been so much worse. The entirety of tomorrow is a bit up in the air but it’s certain to be an exciting finale. Go Eventing.

#Tryon2018: WebsiteEntriesScheduleXC Start TimesIndividual ScoresTeam ScoresUltimate GuideCourse PreviewHow to Watch LiveEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

Photo Gallery: Smiles All Around During WEG Dressage Day 2

Sandra Auffarth and Viamant du Matz (GER). Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

The scores are in and the results tallied. The second day of dressage at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games was full of emotion, a few surprises and some incredibly beautiful moments. A few personal favorites: I just loved watching Brazil’s Henrique Plombon Pinheiro ride through his test with Land Quenotte Do Feroleto wearing an ear-to-ear grin. It was also refreshing to see Ingrid Klimke reach down and pat SAP Hale Bob OLD several times on their way to second place.

Of course, it’s very exciting to see the U.S. in bronze medal position after the first phase, but scores are close all the way to through and there is plenty to do on course tomorrow. Go Eventing.

#Tryon2018: WebsiteEntriesScheduleStart TimesIndividual ScoresTeam ScoresUltimate GuideCourse PreviewHow to Watch LiveEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

Photo Gallery: Sizzlin’ Moves On Day 1 of WEG Dressage

The first day of dressage is a wrap at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games, and it was a hot one. Despite intermittent cloud cover, the strength of the sun combined with high humidity made for a stifling day. The action in the ring was equally hot (hello 19.9, Julia Krajewski!) with more heavy hitters up to bat tomorrow. With two team rotations down and two to go, it’s still anyone’s game. Go eventing.

#Tryon2018: WebsiteEntriesScheduleStart TimesIndividual ScoresTeam ScoresUltimate GuideHow to Watch LiveEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

Your Ultimate Guide to the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games

Ready for WEG 2018? Photo courtesy of Tryon International Equestrian Center.

It’s a busy, busy week in equestrian sports and we’ll be bringing you as much coverage you can handle (and probably more!) from the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games while EN is here on grounds at Tryon International Equestrian Center. Keep this page bookmarked throughout the week to stay up to date on all of the latest from EN’s coverage.

#Tryon2018: WebsiteDefinite EntriesScheduleStart Times & Live ScoringThursday Dressage Start TimesFriday Dressage Start TimesHow to Watch LiveEN’s Coverage, Rolling Reporter’s NotebookEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram


Definite Entries for Eventing at 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games

How to Watch the 2018 World Equestrian Games on TV + Online

The Local Scoop: Where Tryon Horse People Get WEG Updates

Marilyn Little Withdraws RF Scandalous from WEG, Will Coleman Called Up to U.S. Team

Mark Bellissimo Responds to Public Outrage Over WEG Groom Housing


Let the Games Begin! The Deal with the WEG Opening Ceremony

Canada Drawn First to Go at WEG, USA 5th

Tryon Prepares as Hurricane Florence Takes Aim at Carolina Coast

Tuesday Sights and Sounds at Tryon 2018

 U.S. Eventing Team Talks Strategy and Goals for Tryon

Tryon Addresses Contingency Plan as Hurricane Florence Approaches


A WEG Volunteer Checks In, Gets the Scoop, Shows Us Her Swag

WEG 2018 at a Glance: Horse & Rider Stats

The Roller Coaster of ‘Almost’: A Chat with Team NZ WEG Reserve Jesse Campbell

What’s in a Surname? The Story Behind WEG’s ‘Dassett’ Horses

The Roller Coaster of ‘Almost’: A Chat with Team NZ WEG Reserve Jesse Campbell

All 83 Pairs Accepted at WEG 2018 First Horse Inspection

Let The Games Begin: Wednesday Sights & Sounds at Tryon

Team Orders + Dressage Start Times Confirmed for Eventing at WEG

FEI Cancels WEG Endurance Competition Mid-Race

Your Real-Talk Spectator Guide to Navigating the 2018 WEG

Photo Gallery: WEG Eventing First Horse Inspection

#Tryon2018 Wednesday Instagram Roundup


WEG Rolling Reporter’s Notebook: Live Updates from the Field

Dressage Powerhouses of WEG: Day One

WEG Thursday Dressage Live Updates, Presented by SmartPak

Two International WEG Eventers You Should Be Following on Instagram

A Test of Concentration & Fitness: WEG 2018 Cross Country Course Preview

Video: Typical Training With Ingrid

Shout-Out to EN’s Sponsor Friends in the WEG Vendor Village!


Day 1 at Tryon: Julia Krajewski Delivers for Germany, Boyd Martin 2nd for USA

#Tryon2018 Thursday Social Media Roundup


WEG Friday Dressage Live Updates, Presented by SmartPak

Dressage Powerhouses of WEG: Day Two, Morning Sessions

Dressage Powerhouses of WEG: Day Two, Afternoon Sessions

19.9! Watch Highlights of Julia Krajewski’s Leading WEG Dressage Test

The Bromance of Will Coleman and ‘Phish’: A WEG Tribute

New Zealand Horse Euthanized Following Abandoned WEG Endurance Race

Day 2 at Tryon: Germany Tops Dressage Leaderboard, USA in Bronze Position

‘We Are Prepared to Go Fast’: Quotes From the Top After Day Two of WEG Dressage

Cross Country Day at Tryon WEG: A Spectator Survival Guide

Photo Gallery: WEG Dressage Part II

#Tryon2018 Friday Social Media Roundup: What Have You #OverheardAtWEG?

Breaking: Show Jumping for Eventing at WEG Postponed Until Monday


Final Thoughts Before WEG Cross Country: ‘A Lot of It Will Come Down to Heart & Desire’

Cross Country Powerhouses of WEG

WEG Cross Country Live Updates: Lynn & Donner Lead the Way for USA

Watch: Highlights from WEG Cross Country Leaders

Top Quotes from WEG Cross Country Day

Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls: Ingrid Klimke and Team GB Top WEG Leaderboard

#Tryon2018 Saturday Social Media: Incredible Cross Country Action

Photo Gallery: A Wet & Wild WEG Cross Country Day

Was WEG Cross Country Too Tough, Too Soft or Just Right?

A Test of Concentration & Fitness: WEG 2018 Cross Country Course Preview


5 Ways to Keep Yourself Entertained on a Rainy Sunday in Tryon

Tales from the Frontlines at Tryon: Riders React to WEG Cross Country

#Tryon2018 Sunday Social Media Roundup: Rain Delay

Sunday Video from Total Saddle Fit: Waterfall Up-Banks? Pffft

Soggy Sights and Sounds from Sunday at Tryon

Robin Godel’s Save of the Day at WEG

70 Horses Move to WEG Show Jumping Following Tense Final Inspection


Show Jumping Powerhouses of WEG 2018

Monday Video from Tredstep Ireland: Ride WEG Cross Country with Brazil’s Marcio Carvalho Jorge

All the Feels: Sights & Sounds from WEG Show Jumping

6 Times the WEG Vendor Village Made George Morris Die, Just So He Could Roll Over in His Grave

WEG Show Jumping Live Updates, Presented by SmartPak: Ros Canter, Team GB Win Gold

British Invasion: Ros Canter, Team GB Take Gold in WEG Show Jumping Upset

Photo Gallery: A Thrilling WEG Show Jumping Finale

#Tryon2018 Monday Social Media Roundup

Go Eventing.

Photo Gallery: WEG Eventing First Horse Inspection

Sir Mark Todd and McClaren (NZL). Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

It’s been a doozy of a day at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games, but thankfully the first horse inspection for eventing was fairly uneventful. On a jog strip lined tightly with spectators both along side rail and above the horses on steps, the photographers commented how well behaved the horses were — very little spice and shenanigans for four-star fit horses! Maybe they’re preserving their energy for what we know will be a grueling cross country test on Saturday.

Nevertheless, the horses looked fit and beautiful and we were happy to see them breeze through the inspection. Let’s meet the competitors we’ll be following closely for the next four days.

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Wednesday Video from Kentucky Performance Products: New Zealand’s Least Scary Haka

The haka is a tradition of the Māori people of New Zealand. Essentially, it is a war cry performed before battle that is meant to both intimidate opponents and boost the morale of the tribe. The haka today has morphed into a performance to symbolize unity and strengthen the bonds of a community.

New Zealand’s All Blacks rugby team performs a traditional haka before every game. It’s intense, passionate, a little scary and weirdly attractive in a primal ‘these guys could definitely protect me and my stuff’ sort of way. Rugby players are no wimps, but the bulging muscles and psychotic expressions of the All Blacks probably don’t leave their opponents with a warm, fuzzy feeling about the upcoming game.

Badass, right?

We’d now like to share with you another haka out of New Zealand. Introducing the Kiwi WEG team. Take it away, boys.

Preparing to welcome our guests this evening 🤣 #practicemakesperfect #weg2018 #teamspirit

Posted by Jonelle Price Event Rider on Sunday, September 9, 2018

I can’t say their haka gets us shaking in our boots, but we know the New Zealand team is one to beat on horseback so, point taken. Go Eventing.


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Tuesday Sights and Sounds at Tryon 2018

Hawley Bennett-Awad’s Jollybo gives her groom Maralee Paul some love. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

The event horses are settled in at the FEI World Equestrian Games at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, North Carolina. This morning, competitors were getting in final jump schools, fine-tuning dressage movements and hacking around the all-weather bridle path.

While there is still quite a bit of construction happening on grounds, the paths for the horses are clear and they are able to easily move from stabling to the practice arenas. The Tryon crew are clearly working hard to put the finishing touches on the venue as quickly as possible.

The action really gets going tomorrow, with the eventing first horse inspection at 3 p.m. EST followed by arena familiarization. Dressage, reining and endurance all begin their competition tomorrow morning.

We are getting EXCITED. Jenni Autry and I are currently on the grounds at the venue, and Leslie Wylie and Shelby Allen arrive tonight to complete your EN team for WEG. The whole place is buzzing with activity, the horses look fantastic and the riders have their game faces on.

Welcome to WEG!

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Switzerland’s Felix Vogg and rising U.S. star Caroline Martin. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

William Fox-Pitt isn’t competing on the British team at WEG but is here at Tryon coaching Japanese rider Kazumo Tomoto. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Cathal Daniels and Rioghan Rua for Ireland. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Boyd Martin’s U.S. team mount Tsetserleg and his groom Stephanie Simpson. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Paparazzi moment with Lauren Kieffer and Lynn Symansky. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Sara Algotsson Ostholt and Wega for Sweden. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Lynn Symansky’s U.S. team mount Donner and his groom Kendyl Tracy. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Team USA (cue “Eye of the Tiger”). Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Colleen Loach and Qorry Blue d’Argouges for Canada. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Phillip Dutton taking a moment with the film crew while Joanie Morris, USEF Managing Director of Eventing, looks on. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Selena O’Hanlon and Foxwood High for Canada. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Horses work in a warm-up ring near the U.S. Trust Arena, with the dressage and cones driving venue visible beyond. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

The U.S. Trust Arena. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

The U.S. Trust Arena. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Horses work in a warm-up ring near the U.S. Trust Arena, with the dressage and cones driving venue visible beyond. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Prepping the stage in the Tryon Stadium for tonight’s Opening Ceremony, which will feature a free concert for the local community by country music star Hunter Hayes. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

The International Media Center (IMC) occupies the first floor of the Johnson Controls Center, pictured here overlooking the Tryon Stadium. The IMC is still under construction but opened today — much to the delight of the journalists and photographers already on the grounds. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Monday News and Notes from Fleeceworks

You guys, it’s WEG WEEK. The EN team will start descending upon Western North Carolina today and we can’t wait to bring you all the latest and greatest from Tryon. Be sure you stay locked on EN all week long. Go Eventing.

National Holiday: National Hot Dog Day

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U.S. Weekend Action:

Course Brook Farm H.T. [Website] [Results]

Seneca Valley Pony Club H.T. [Website] [Scores]

Five Points H.T. [Website] [Results]

Bucks County H.T. [Website] [Results]

Dunnabeck H.T. (Cancelled) [Website]

Chardon Valley H.T. [Website] [Results]

Monday News and Notes:

Mother Nature was unkind this weekend and unfortunately organizers were forced to make tough calls. Seneca Valley had to abandon Sunday’s competition after heavy rains created unfavorable footing conditions (for the horses and for emergency responders). We thank them for “making a brave and correct decision for the welfare of all,” as competitor Debbie Adams put it, and for looking out for the safety of participants. We also applaud Flora Lea and Marlborough Horse Trials, who are waiving late fees to Seneca entries that want to reroute to another competition.

Dunnabeck Horse Trials organizers were also forced to cancel in advance of the start of the event as Carbondale, IL was under flood advisories. We applaud them also for doing the right thing for the safety and welfare of the participants. It is never an easy decision for an organizer to cancel. They would have worked since the conclusion of the previous year’s event to prepare for the next. Unfortunately they cannot usually refund entries in the event of cancellation. Bills have already been paid. The investment has already been made. In the case of Dunnabeck, we hear that some competitors were unfairly critical of the organizers. Jana Lyle Ellerbusch has a message for them. [“The organizers actually saved us more than just money”]

Dressage rider Laura Graves has been selected as the flag bearer for the U.S. during the World Equestrian Games Opening Ceremony taking place Tuesday evening, September 11. The opening celebrations will include a flag ceremony, demonstrations, public addresses and a country music concert. [Laura Graves Announced as U.S. Flag Bearer for Opening Ceremony]

Natalie Stevens took her time getting former Grand National runner Bob Hall transitioned from the racing to sporting life and the patience paid off. Bob Hall eats up the cross country. “Knowing you’ve got a horse that’s jumped Beechers really gives you confidence cross-country,” Natalie says. Indeed! [Former Grand National Runner Enjoying New Eventing Career]

Monday Video:

Road To Tryon | Para Dressage

The Para Dressage riders are out in force & with steely determination to win those medals at Tryon2018 but what does it take to make it at the top of this sport, we catch up with some in the know…

Posted by Fédération Equestre Internationale on Sunday, September 9, 2018

Mark Bellissimo Responds to Public Outrage Over WEG Groom Housing

Temporary groom housing at WEG. Photo via Facebook.

As the athletes and their teams began to arrive and settle in at the Tryon International Equestrian Center for the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games last week, there was an immediate concern regarding inadequate accommodations for the grooms who traveled with them.

It was expected that on-site, permanent housing would be available for grooms, but instead grooms were offered bunk beds in temporary tents. With Hurricane Florence expected to bring heavy rain to the Mill Spring, North Carolina area later this week, concerns have also been raised over the safety of the tents.

Following negative feedback on social media, Mark Bellissimo, co-founder and CEO of Tryon International Equestrian Center, released a statement today.

“I made a personal commitment to housing grooms on-site and I underestimated the demand. I was too optimistic. I made a mistake and I apologize. We are doing everything we can to rectify the situation,” Mark said.  “Our organization has always been committed to recognizing the importance of grooms. They are a critical component to the success and well-being of these equine athletes and we have the utmost respect for their daily work.”

He continued: “Without our grooms there would be no equestrian sport. You have my word that we will resolve all issues related to the grooms accommodations. We at TIEC, and the FEI, have enormous respect for the grooms and the vital work that they do. It is our greatest commitment to ensure the safety and well-being of the horses competing and the individuals who are responsible for their care.”

According to the statement, TIEC has been working on alternative options, including setting up on-site RVs and two-bed cabins with a toilet and shower. They have also arranged off-site accommodations at Rumbling Bald Resort with daily shuttles to the venue and are offering compensation for any off-site housing arrangements made by National Federations.

Images and video footage of the bunk beds set up in temporary tents have attracted particular attention on social media.

Mark responded: “We were asked by the National Federations to provide more on-site options and explored providing, as a very temporary solution, air-conditioned dormitory tents with showers and bathrooms provided close by until more RVs and cabins are available. However, this option has clearly not met our stringent standards. We are aware that it is not viable in the long-term and are urgently seeking alternatives.

“The National Federations and the FEI are working extremely closely with our team to ensure that our grooms are treated with the respect they deserve and given the opportunity to choose an environment that suits them and their horses best.”

Click here to read the full statement.

The EN team arrives on the grounds at Tryon tomorrow and will bring you full reports on ongoing construction at the venue, as well as updates on housing for the grooms. Keep it locked on EN for the latest and greatest from WEG.

Jenni Autry contributed to this report.

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Sunday Video from Total Saddle Fit: #Together: Phillip Dutton

#Together: Phillip Dutton

Horses continue to bring people #Together every day. And over the last few years, renowned Eventing competitor Phillip Dutton and his family have definitely witnessed this power firsthand. Not only did Phillip and his horse "Z" work together to qualify for #Tryon2018, but after Phillip's step daughter suffered a riding accident, the equestrian community banded together to support her during recovery. Hear more about the story from Phillip himself with our latest #Together feature below. 💕

Posted by Tryon2018 on Wednesday, September 5, 2018

In Tryon2018‘s latest #Together feature video, Team USA rider Phillip Dutton talks about his early life with horses and bringing along his “bit of a fireball” WEG mount, Z, a 10-year-old Zangersheide (Asca X Bellabouche) owned by Tom Tierney, Simon Roosevelt, Suzanne Lacy, Annie Jones and Caroline Moran, from the one-star level to the World Equestrian Games.

#Together can also apply to Phillip’s personal life. He and his wife Evie felt that sense of family and community when their daughter LeeLee Jones suffered a traumatic brain injury in a riding accident in 2016. The support they’ve received from the equestrian world and beyond has helped both LeeLee and the family fight on.

Go Eventing Together.

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8 Crafty Ways to Display Show Ribbons

A few weeks ago we asked for creative ideas for what to do with all those years of horse show ribbons that have been living in boxes or getting dusty on tack room walls. Boy, did you guys deliver! Who knew we have such crafty readers! Here are some of the beautiful ways EN readers preserve their most precious riding memories.

Pamela’s friend made her a quilt panel using her favorite ribbons:

Posted by Pamela Nunn on Monday, August 20, 2018

Hollyn eased by worries about designing ‘adult decor’. She says: “I am an adult. This is my bedroom. I also re-designed an entire walk in closet to hold just my riding clothes and one wall is covered with ribbons.”

Posted by Hollyn Mangione on Monday, August 20, 2018

Jennifer’s mom made a runner for the foot of the bed or table, but it currently hangs on the wall:

Posted by Jennifer Dennis Mosle on Monday, August 20, 2018

Toby made an incredibly gorgeous quilt…

Posted by Toby Sachs on Sunday, August 19, 2018

…and matching cushions:

Posted by Toby Sachs on Sunday, August 19, 2018

Amy made shadow boxes out of rosettes:

Posted by Amy Sophia Olsen on Sunday, August 19, 2018

Stephanie made a lamp…a LAMP!

Posted by Sharon Deloplaine Deputy on Sunday, August 19, 2018

Harley made a Christmas wreath. So festive!

Posted by Harley Cozewith on Sunday, August 19, 2018

WOW! We are really impressed and inspired. Thanks for sharing, EN! Looks like I’ve got a trip to the craft store coming up soon!