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Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: Training Talent Ready to Move Up

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.

A little experience goes a long way, and the horses featured in this week’s Spotlight have already proven themselves at Training level. They have their eyes on the Preliminary start box and are waiting for the right rider to join their big adventure.

Goldriverdancer. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Athletic Eventing TB Mare with Upper Level Potential

Beautiful and athletic 10 year old chestnut tb mare with upper level potential, JC reg. Goldriverdancer. Dancer is a talented and compact athlete (15.3hh) but do not let her size fool you. Currently competing at training level eventing (3’3”) and schooling preliminary (3’6”) with talent for more. Dancer runs all three phases in a snaffle and is not mareish. She is a scopey jumper and would cross over nicely into the jumper ring! Lovely movement and plenty of aptitude and bravery for eventing.

Clips, hauls, bathes, good for farrier. Dancer may not be suitable for a beginner as she can be sensitive, but perfect for the young rider on a budget or an adult amateur looking to move up. Owner would prefer to keep her but finances force the sale. Price will increase with training and show progress. A fabulous opportunity to purchase a talented athlete to take you to the top! Located in California.

Burger. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Training Level Eventer With Potential For More

Stevie Ray Burger AKA Burger is a 2008 OTTB gelding. Has been in a consistent lesson program with a CCI 4* eventer. Burger is quiet on the flat with 3 comfortable gaits. Very brave in the jumping phases. Has never had a cross-country jumping penalty. Burger has successfully completed training level in the ribbons and has the potential to move up the levels. Located in Kentucky.

Cobalt. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Price reduced! Fun & Flashy Jr/Am Horse – Happy going BN-Prelim

This is a rare find! “Cobalt” (aka Blue) 2009 15.3H Paint Gelding. Successfully moved up to the Preliminary Level in September 2017. Lots of good novice/training miles with a Junior Rider. Blue is a very eye-catching horse with a kind, laid-back, go with the flow type personality. Well schooled in the dressage with comfortable gaits. The same at shows as at home. Good jumper that keeps getting even better. Very reliable cross-country.

Brave yet happy to lope around the lower levels. Blue could easily be ready for a 1* in 2018 with an experienced rider or will happily cruise around the lower levels. Very easy in every way – hacks out quietly, happy to be in but can live out, turn out with anyone or alone, easy to clip, will hang out in the cross-ties – a no fuss type horse. Full vetting from November 2016. Located in Virginia.

Hermione. Photo vis Sport Horse Nation.

Training Level Mare

Hermione GS is a talented 8 year old Trakehner mare. She has a competitive record at training level in Canada and the US and is ready to upgrade to prelim. If not sold, Hermione will be aimed at a Fall CCI*. Hermione is not “marish” and is the sweetest horse in the barn. Located in Ontario.

Atlantic Spring. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Elegant 7yr Dk Bay TB G Ready for Prelim.

Atlantic Spring: beautiful dk. bay TB geld. , 7yrs., amazing performer; solid training level: 1st Fair Hill; 3rd Waredaca; 4th Plantation May HT. Ready to go Prelim; could go all the way to the top! Located in Pennsylvania.

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Record Entries Coming to 2018 USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championship

The Clemson Tigers were the winners of the 2017 USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championship at Virginia Horse Trials. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Get ready for a flood of multi-colored shakers, glitter paint, battle cries and the occasional dancing mascot. The third annual USEA Intercollegiate Championships are just over a week away and the host venue Virginia Horse Trials will welcome record entries.

Introduced at VHT in 2016, the Intercollegiate Championship has grown each year, from 10 teams the inaugural year to double that the following year. The 2018 edition of the Championship will see 23 teams representing 17 colleges and universities from around the East Coast (plus Texas and Ohio!) vying for top honors this year.

“At USEA headquarters one of our favorite times of year is in and around the Intercollegiate Eventing Championships. We can’t wait to get on grounds at the competition and witness the school spirit first hand!” USEA CEO Rob Burk said. “We are incredibly thankful to Andy Bowles and the organizing team from the Virginia Horse Trials for being amazing hosts for the Championships since its inception two years ago.”

The Texas A&M Eventing Team, winner of the coveted School Spirit Award, at the 2017 Intercollegiate Championships. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Fourteen of last year’s participating teams are coming back, and let’s make welcome three Intercollegiate Championship first timers: The University of Findlay, James Madison University, and University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Previous Intercollegiate Champions University of Georgia (2016) and Clemson University (2017) will return with multiple teams and attempt to re-capture or defend their title. Texas A&M is also making the long haul from College Station, Texas. They were last year’s Spirit Award winners, which recognizes exceptional school pride and team camaraderie. Will anyone outdo them this year?

“The Intercollegiate Championships is a special event because you can see how the students have worked hard training and fundraising to get here and how they support one another throughout the competition. We want to reward those riders who may not earn a top placing but display teamwork and school spirit that defines collegiate sports,” VHT organizer Andy Bowles said. “The Championship just gets better every year and the students are very competitive, which makes for an exciting team competition.”

In addition to the competition itself, the students at the Championships have an opportunity to network and create valuable connections to carry forward in their professional careers. For all its benefits, Rob echoed a common sentiment about the Intercollegiate program: “It provides them with a community of fellow eventers and peers that will remain their friends for life.”

Go Collegiate Eventing.

 

T-minus 11 days…. CU soon VA

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Posted by Clemson Intercollegiate Eventing Team on Monday, May 14, 2018

[Virginia Horse Trials Receives Record Intercollegiate Team Entries at Spring Event]

Wednesday Video from Kentucky Performance Products: Best Rider Interview Ever

Frenchman Karim Florent Laghouag is not new to the Event Rider Masters Series – he competed in both the 2016 and 2017 editions – but experience certainly doesn’t diminish the electric atmosphere of the competitions. Karim was so moved by the ambience of the first leg of the 2018 Series at Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials, he gave what is quite possibly the best post-ride interview in existence. Thanks for your enthusiasm, Karim!

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Monday News and Notes from Fleeceworks

Mama Fey and Baby Bonny. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

For whatever reason – the weather, scheduling, bad luck – we’ve been unable to get the horses off the property for a jaunt yet this year. Finally the stars aligned and my mom and I made it to a local hunter pace. The horses were so happy with the change of scenery and it was the perfect way to spend Mother’s Day.

National Holiday: Dance Like A Chicken Day

Major Events:

Jersey Fresh Links: WebsiteResultsEN’s CoverageEN’s InstagramEN’s Twitter

Event Rider Masters @ Chatsworth: WebsiteResultsLive Stream

U.S. Weekend Action:

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

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

Mill Creek Pony Club at Longview H.T. [Website] [Results]

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

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

Spokane Sport Horse Farm H.T. [Website] [Results]

Winona H.T. [Website] [Results]

Woodland Stallion Station H.T. [Website] [Results]

Monday News and Notes:

Area VI is knee-deep into NAYC fundraising season. Pancake breakfasts, apparel sales, parties, braiding, mucking stalls…basically, if you are not in school or at the barn, YOU ARE FUNDRAISING!  This weekend they launched the Area VI online auction, “Journey to the 2018 Championships” which will run active through next Friday, May 18th @ 7:00pm PDT. There is some good stuff to be had like a trip to Monterey, a custom jump by Sunsprite Jumpworks, and the perfect bacon/wine/popcorn package (yes, please!). [Place your bids]

US Equestrian has broken ground on a new 35,000 square-foot office building at the Kentucky Horse Park. The new headquarters will replace the building currently leased by US Equestrian and is expected to save the federation money which can be allocated “to enhance and develop its programs and initiatives for over 100,000 members.” [US Equestrian Celebrates Groundbreaking Ceremony]

What do you think your horse does it night? We bed them down with fluffy shavings and give them a heaping pile of hay to munch, then bid them sweet dreams, put our finger to our lips and turn out the light. We like to think they’re going to have a good hard sleep in anticipation of a new day. One owner’s camera recording revealed that this is far from the truth. [It’s 2 AM: Do You Know What Your Horse is Doing?]

It’s remarkable what eventers can overcome with the help of their horses. Morwenna Foster had a double lung transplant due to a severe case of cystic fibrosis and has battled her way back to the start box. Last week she piloted her self-produced mare Dash of Lime around the BE100 division of the Mitsubishi Motors Cup at Badminton. [Eventer Tough]

Monday Video: Best rider interview everrr

Must Read Quotes from the Final Day of Jersey Fresh

Jersey Fresh International 2018 is in the books. It was wonderfully exciting event with Boyd Martin winning a total of three FEI divisions, while Anna Loschiavo earned her first international victory on a horse she produced. Read on for the top riders’ thoughts at the end of today’s competition.

Boyd Martin on winning everything: “You love to win but you’re in the moment and you’re just doing everything you can to get your horse jumping each fence as well as they can. If you get caught thinking too much of the outcome or result you fizzle out pretty quick.”

Boyd on Long Island T (winner, CCI3*): “It’s been a very, very long road… I give credit to Richard Picken, my jumping coach… The way I like to ride horses is quite loose and open and free and Richard said ‘look if you want to get this horse going, you’re going to have to completely become a different rider for this horse and learn to package him.’ This horse likes a lot of support and so it was a good learning curve for me to try and change my style of riding for this particular horse. So it took a long time but towards the end of last year I started to get more confident with him and we’re in business now.”

Boyd on Kyra (winner, CIC3*): “She was brilliant. She’s all class. She’d be one of the best jumpers I have in training at the moment… She’s highly strung and was a little bit of a handful to get to know. In the last couple of months we’ve clicked together and I was pretty happy with her in all three phases… I always thought she was a bit too careful. She jumps really high and she’s sharp… I’ve been very fortunate that (High Performance Director) Erik Duvander has helped me a lot on cross country with her and been very helpful trying to get her bolder and braver and jumping out of stride. I didn’t rate her that much to start with but now she’s one of my best horses.”

Boyd on On Cue (winner, CCI2*): “She’s a lovely, lovely mare. Everything you love in a horse – movement and temperament and scope and gallop. To be honest I don’t think she liked all the puddles in the ring today. She’s a little bit of work in the show jumping and then with the mud splashing around – she was struggling over the first half of the course and all over the shop. Then we started coming good and then I was a bit lucky at the last, to be honest. Sometimes the stars align so I’m very happy for her.”

Boyd on Shamwari 4 (tenth, CIC2*): “He’s 16 years old now and he’s done Olympics and WEGs. There’s not a course in the world that he couldn’t jump, so it’s more just trying to prepare Shami to be fit and sound and raring to go come Luhmühlen. Every horse, you have to have a game plan for when you’re competing and training them. Shami I think has a couple of real big events left in him and winning the CIC2* at Jersey was not in that plan. It was more a fitness run and to stretch him out a bit and get him out and about. I think he’ll be very competitive at Luhmühlen.”

Boyd on team selection: “I don’t ever think about Championships or teams or selections; I think the selection for teams are a result of your performance at big events. If you get too obsessed about making the team you forget the piece of the puzzle that gets you picked… I think that’s what motivates us all and inspires us all but to get to the Championship, especially in America now, you can’t tippy-toe around and get picked. You’ve got to go for it. I think it’s a good thing though because if you’re from a nation that doesn’t have that many combinations, you end up trying to go the easy way and the goal becomes getting selected, and that shouldn’t be the goal – it should be putting in a personal best performance at a Championship for your country.”

Caroline Martin on a good day of show jumping: “I just wanted to put in good clear rounds. They’re all really nice young horses and I honestly thought if I have a rail I have a rail, but I’m just trying to produce them to the next level… I just want to be consistent at the upper levels. It’s always nice to win but Boyd’s put in way more years of hard work than I have. He deserves to be number one. I just hope in 20 years I can catch up.”

Caroline on Islandwood Captain Jack (second, CCI3*): “I’m excited about him because I’ve had him since a 4-year-old so I’ve been producing him slowly. I always said he was going to be a really good upper level horse so I’m just glad that my predictions were right. You don’t know until it happens.”

Caroline on Jump Jet (second, CCI2*): “He’s a super nice horse. We’re definitely still getting to know each other. Yesterday we were ten seconds under time. He’s quick but I still felt like I was taking my time and getting to know him at the gallop jumps. He’s a little bit spooky so you definitely have to keep your leg on in certain places, but Piggy (French) did a wonderful job producing him. There’s nothing that horse doesn’t know. So it’s just me trying to stay on and do the best job piloting.

Caroline on injury recovery: “I just want to give a shoutout to Leslie Law for keeping my horses going when I broke my foot (at Carolina International) and for dealing with me while I was on the sidelines… I’m really lucky to have such a good support crew. The grooms at home have done such an excellent job through all this rehabbing for me. It’s such a huge team and, I bet Boyd would say the same, that when you get hurt you realize how good the people are around you.”

Anna Loschiavo on Prince Renan (winner, CIC2*): “I could not be happier with him. He just tried his heart out for me out there. He has been jumping in the best form and show jumping was quite a bit of a struggle coming up. He’s very athletic but I think he didn’t really know it in the beginning… That was a double clear because he wanted it to be a double clear and he made every last effort to make sure he didn’t touch anything.

“Over the last year I’ve been working with David O’Connor and he’s really just finessed our show jumping, and I think phenomenally helped me with Renan to get the finishing pieces to it. We’re definitely getting there but it’s come a long way in the last year for sure. I just feel very confident when I go in the arena. We’ve pulled off double clears before but I would leave the arena going ‘I’m not sure how that happened.’ Now I feel like I can canter in and really trust him and he trusts me and we have a little bit of fun for 85 seconds.”

Holly Payne-Caravella on CharmKing (second, CIC2*): “My horse is a phenomenal jumper but he’s still pretty young and inexperienced, and as he’s gotten fitter he’s gotten a bit wild so it’s just about trying to tame him and direct him. I was really pleased with him today because he actually was feeling frisky but listened and stayed with me and jumped amazing. He jumped me out of the tack a couple of times but I’ll take it if he jumps clean. He was a lot more rideable even though he had a lot of energy in there.”

Alexa Lapp on Cambalda (third, CIC2*): “He’s so good. Jennie (Brannigan) had a really consistent show jumping record (with him) obviously… but I’m not Jennie. At a little bit of a lower level he doesn’t try as hard as at the three-star level so he was touching a couple of things. But he knows just how much he has to jump to jump clean… My other horse was kind of a wild card so it’s nice to be able to go in and if I don’t ride completely stupid he’ll probably jump clean. It’s so confidence building.”

#JFI3DE: WebsiteScheduleLive ScoresEN’s CoverageEN’s InstagramEN’s Twitter

Sunday Video from Total Saddle Fit: Clayton Fredericks’ Jersey Fresh Helmet Cam

Ride Around Jersey Fresh International With Clayton Fredericks and FE Bowman

Clayton Fredericks voices over his ride on the CIC3* course yesterday with FE Bowman. Get his persepctive and insight on the Mark Phillips course and enjoy the ride!

Posted by Jersey Fresh International Three Day Event on Sunday, May 13, 2018

Clayton Fredericks and FE Bowman, a 10-year-old Wurttemberger owned by Clayton, Amanda Bernhard, and Diana J. Crawford, were clear with some time penalties on Captain Mark Phillips’ CIC3* cross country course at the Jersey Fresh International Horse Trials yesterday. Ride along with them and listen to Clayton discuss the course, the footing and where he was able to shave valuable seconds off the clock.

#JFI3DE: WebsiteScheduleLive ScoresEN’s CoverageEN’s InstagramEN’s Twitter

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To Eventing Nation Moms

Moms. They pick us up when we’re down, show us all the love the have and more, and give us a good kick in the pants when we need one. So many of us have a mom or mom figure to thank for supporting our horsey obsessions and making it possible for us to chase our dreams. Here’s to all the moms out there in the Eventing Nation. Thanks for everything. Happy Mother’s Day.

Happy Mothers Day Mama Kieffs! ????

Posted by Lauren Bliss on Sunday, May 13, 2018

Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: 5 Gorgeous Grays

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.

There is no denying that a gray horse turns heads no matter where he goes. If you’re partial to a gorgeous dappled, fleabitten or pure white coat, start stocking up on purple shampoo and check out these five stunners for sale.

Occelli. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Big, Grey, Potential Eventer!

Occelli is a 2008 16.3h Grey TB gelding. He has mileage in the HJ world and could happily keep doing jumpers but is a really fun ride for eventing. Brave, scopey, good gaits. No vices and suitable for Jr/YR/AA. He has done one schooling BN HT and will be ready for Novice in short order! A great type for a Jr to enjoy! Not strong or hot. Owner is neg this month before input costs rise! Located in South Carolina.

Mia Bellissima. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Mia Bellissima: Uncomplicated & Kind!

Mia Bellissima: 2005 16.2h grey Holsteiner-cross mare. This lovely mare is an uncomplicated ride, and the perfect horse to gain experience with. She has ribbons at Training and Preliminary and is ready to show tomorrow! Mia is a good mover and jumper, being both honest and brave in the ring and out on cross country. She would be suitable for a junior, young rider of adult amateur. Located in Pennsylvania.

Bailey. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

*Price Reduced* Proven CCI*/Prelim Packer

Bailey is a 14 y/o, 15.2 hh Thoroughbred/Quarter Horse mare. Competed successfully through CCI*, she would be great as a Young Riders horse or for an amateur looking to learn the ropes! Very honest and bold on cross-country, careful and scopey stadium, and overall a straightforward ride who is eager to please. Many successful seasons at Training Level and Prelim.

Sound, no vices, excellent ground manners and is UTD on everything. She can be hacked out on trails alone or with others, is quiet to handle, and is always a barn favorite. Sad sale as rider is graduating from college and will no longer be competing. Great home an absolute must! Currently located in California.

The Green Machine. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

CCI** ISH gelding

The Green Machine. A ten year old, 16 hh, grey Irish Sport horse gelding. The Green Machine is Sired by the influential sport horse stallion, Formula One, and out of a Thoroughbred mare whom herself competed through the advanced level.

The Green Machine himself competed successfully to the CCI Two Star level, with multiple wins at the Prelim and Intermediate levels. He shows a very consistent record of low dressage scores, and great jumping results in both the cross country and show jumping.

He presents 3 very good gaits highlighted by a great ground covering walk, and a very comfortable canter. He is very steady in the contact, and completely confirmed in his training through second level dressage. In the jump he is very tidy in his form and auto lead changes. Though standing at 16 hands, he does take up your leg nicely and covers the ground very well. Making the striding is not a problem for him.

Ideally suited towards an ambitious YR or AA looking to be competitive moving up the levels, or aiming for NAJYRC. He would also be extremely versatile as a dressage or show jumping candidate. Goes in a French link on the flat, and an elevating snaffle in the jump. Located in Idaho.

Mercury. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Perfect NAYRC Horse

Mercury is a 2008 Appendix Mare. Brought along by a Junior, she has extensive mileage at the prelim/CCI* level. This is an extremely honest and genuine mare capable of continuing up the levels or taking a step back and showing someone the ropes. Located in Ontario.

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Must Read Quotes from Post Cross Country Press Conference at Jersey Fresh

It was a big day of cross country at the Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event and we’ve been looking forward to hearing what the competitors’ had to say about it in the evening press conference. Here are your must read quotes.

Boyd Martin on a cracking day: “It’s a bit confusing actually. I rode every jump on this farm today. And for someone as simple as me that’s a lot of remembering to do.”

(Very funny!)

“I thought On Cue (CCI2* leader) should win this one because she’s all class. Then Ray Price and Long Island T (second and first respectively in the CCI3*) are very good on the flat and very good jumpers. I didn’t come here thinking to win just give them a good crack. Kyra (second in CIC3*) was a bit of a surprise; she’s pretty green. Steady Eddie (third in CIC3*) – it’s a shame I had a stupid runout at Kentucky… I schooled him a couple times at home and came here and ripped him around and he felt good. And old Shamwari (16th in CIC2*) felt good in the CIC2* star. I went a bit slow on him just trying to look after the old boy on the way to Luhmühlen.

Boyd on his career: “I’m tooled up with a lot of good horses coming through at the moment and I think the next four or five years in my career will be good because we went out and picked out 4, 5, and 6 year olds years ago. Now they’re all starting to step up and I’ve got some strong rides coming through that were hand picked… It’s a lot of hard work and you’ve got to have a vision and be very patient… It’s a wise man’s game and I’ve been around a little bit now and still enjoying it, still loving the sport and enjoying days like this.”

Boyd on selecting the right course for the horse: “(Course designer) Captain Mark Phillips has done a good job. I think he’s been a little bit cautious of building anything too monstrous and that’s a good thing because it’s a bit of a go-cart course.

“In my book, if you get around Bromont or Fair Hill well then you’re ready to go to any four-star in the world. (Jersey) is sort of a building three-star. This course has its place. I think you’ve got to always point your horse towards competitions that are suited to them. I feel in my heart that Long Island T and Ray Price would be overfaced at Bromont and this would suit them better.”

Boyd on WEG: “At the moment America looks very strong… this year there’s a number of horses and riders that are in great form, have good results, and look strong and it’s very exciting… (High Performance Director) Erik Duvander has been a wicked asset. I’ve worked under a lot of chef d’equipes in Australia and America and this man is hungry… He’s bubbling with passion and I think the American riders are responding really well. I think it’s exciting times in the sport of eventing in America.”

Hawley Bennett-Awad (CCI3* third place) on sweet redemption: 
“I was supposed to have a good go at Kentucky and things didn’t go as planned. That’s horses. It was a bit of a mind game for me to stay out here two weeks and not let it affect me. I went to Buck (Davidson’s) and we had a couple of really hard lessons and it was great. He got me in the right mindset. It’s a big show for me to get qualified for the World’s. I would love to go and represent Canada again.”

Hawley on Jollybo’s round: “Honestly, Jolly couldn’t have been any better. She literally was foot perfect around. I could have gone a little quicker in the middle but it was more important for me to stay in a good rhythm and have a really good, positive go. She came back amazing and is happy as can be eating snacks in her stall. She looks great. I just want to have a good calm warm up tomorrow and have a good show jump round. She deserves a good go.”

Hawley on having a great horse and great support crew: “She’s an unbelievable horse for me. To have people support you when things go wrong and are still there is a true test of character for me. I know who those people are and I’m very thankful to have them in my corner and hopefully tomorrow will make them proud. She’s a special horse. She’s a crowd favorite. People love her. She’s little and she’s sassy and she’s a great horse for me. I’m just thankful that I have her and I just want to do good by her tomorrow.”

CIC3* leader Jenny Caras on her partnership with Fernhill Fortitude: “I’ve been with Forty for a long time now. He was a young rider horse for me. I got him when he was 7. He had not evented much at all so I’ve brought him up and we’ve come up together. I’ve been at the three-star level for a while so I know him really well and it’s always been good at home and then you come to the event and something little happens… So I’ve produced him slowly with Phillip (Dutton). We have been working really hard on his flat work and it paid off this weekend, so hopefully we can continue that upward trajectory.”

Jenny on developing rideability: “When I moved him up to the level he was a bit strong and overly confident so I needed a bit more of a bit in his mouth to help me hold him off the jumps because even at the three-star level they’re not quite big enough to hold him. He’s so rideable now and has gotten so trained that I don’t need that anymore, so I rode him in a snaffle today and he was great. He was back to his old self of pulling me along and really eating up the ground so it was really exciting to be back on him again like that.”

CIC2* leader Anna Loschiavo on her round: “I had probably the best cross country ride I’ve ever had on Prince Renan. He just blew me away. I’ve been with him for 10 years now. I’ve had him from his first jump and his owners (Gina and Rodney Oakes) are phenomenal. He was intended to be an amateur horse and that wasn’t really going to be his path. They’ve stayed behind him the whole time and been supportive of him even though it’s been a long path taking him up the levels.”

Anna on taking her time with Renan: “He’s been really tricky. There are still some days where he acts like he can’t go past our house and he’s pretty spooky. For him to go out there (today) and take control and be so bold and brave – he’s just really come a long way. We’ve taken our time at the two-star and done quite a few with him because he’s really important to keep him confident. He’s stepped up to the plate more than I even expected. We’re going to go to Bromont and this was just a prep for that in his schedule and to keep challenging him. He’s definitely answered the whole way.

“For him to have a nice dressage test that kept him up towards the top was rewarding. He’s not a very big mover, but he tries so hard and he’s well schooled and accurate so for that to be rewarded was really nice. He tried his heart out and it used to be every time we went in the arena it was about which flower pot he was going to spook at. So for him to be so businesslike throughout the whole event has been really cool, and he just felt like he had his heart in it out there and really had a good time.

Anna on owning a horse with her mom: “My other horse (Spartacus Q) is a lot greener… He’s a really cool up-and-coming horse. We bought him for my mom (Melanie Loschiavo). She wanted to buy a horse that we could train together so up until this point I take him to Ocala and compete him in the winter and she competes him all summer. He’s one of the first horses I’ve had at this level where I haven’t had as much saddle time with him. It’s been a really neat path.

“She did her first ever Prelim on him. She’s been riding since she was a kid and went through Training level and did her first Prelim on him last year. He’s just really come into it this winter and seemed like he wanted to keep going up the levels so she wants me to keep riding him full time.”

“He was supposed to get a 23 in dressage for Mother’s Day but I don’t know what happened! Must have been rider error.”

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Instagram Roundup: Jersey Fresh International Fan Favorites

With many fast and clear cross country rounds hitting the scoreboard, competitors had a lot to celebrate at the end of the competition day at the Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event.

A special characteristic of Jersey Fresh is that it attracts crowds of local spectators who love to enjoy a day in the country. They have such a grand time watching the competition and socializing, EN’s Jenni Autry had a hard time hearing the speakers near the Jersey Shore water complex while posting live updates.

Love the encouragement from the crowd in this one. Get it! Get it!

While some of the spectators aren’t necessarily horse people, some of them are big fans appreciative of the opportunity to meet their idols. It’s great to see competitors embracing the moment, too!

Good luck to all in tomorrow’s show jumping finale and thanks to the Jersey locals for supporting the event! Go Eventing.

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Wednesday Video from Kentucky Performance Products: Tradition Meets Adrenaline at Fresno County

While much of the eventing world had its eyes turned on the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event two weeks ago, a group of eventers in California experienced the ultimate thrill of the traditional long-format three-day event at the Fresno County Horse Park. They kicked off the 2018 Classic Series season, the calendar for which grows every year and currently sees 11 venues on the docket running various combinations of Beginner Novice through Preliminary long-format divisions.

Auburn Excell Brady and her 9-year-old Oldenburg gelding BSP Tuxedo led the FCHP Training Three-Day division from start to finish, winning on their dressage score of 31.2. The pair has finished on their dressage score in their last four consecutive Training level competitions (with three wins) and entered the three-day in anticipation of a move up to Preliminary.

“I really like the Training Three-Day format as a preparation to move up to Preliminary,” Auburn said in an interview with USEA. “I think it’s a great opportunity to train your horse and do something a little more challenging before you move to the next level. It’s a nice opportunity to test your horse’s fitness and I think that’s important when planning to move up.”

While the long-format no longer exists at the highest levels of the sport, the Classic is alive and well at Preliminary level and below. As more organizers add long-format divisions to their schedule and competitors recognize the educational value (and immeasurable fun) of the experience, the USEA Classic Series has grown from a desperate cling to tradition to being a popular bucket list item as well as a useful tool for competitors as they progress through the levels.

However, a Classic is not a competition to which you will simply enter at the last minute. It takes months of careful conditioning and planning to execute well. More than just a horse trials, long-format competitors also present to the veterinary delegate and ground jury at two formal horse inspections and cross country day climbs to a new level of intensity with a steeplechase round sandwiched between two roads and tracks phases. And that’s before they ever even see a cross country fence.

The Classic long-format remains the ultimate test of horse and rider and an experience no one should miss. Watch Auburn and “Tux” on their journey to the win at Fresno. Get inspired! Then check the Classic calendar to find a long-format event near you and start working on those trot sets.

[Blue Skies and Blue Ribbons: Fresno County Horse Park Starts the 2018 Classic Series Season]

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Wednesday Video from Kentucky Performance Products: A Big Trip to Kentucky

We’re loving all the fan videos of their trip to the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event! Here’s a recap from EN reader Audrey Dixon of Wild Horse Studios. If you’re into model horses, you definitely want to check out her YouTube channel!

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Photo Gallery from Kentucky’s Show Jumping Finale: Oli! Oli! Oli!

What an incredible finale to the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event! While it would have been fabulous to see an historical fourth consecutive win for Michael Jung and fischerRocana FST, it was great to have Oliver Townend back in the States and to watch his incredible performances on both MHS King Joules and the ultimate winner, four-star first timer Cooley Master Class.

We’re now looking at a possible third winner of the Rolex Grand Slam if Oli can pull off another win at Badminton this week.

Thank you, once again, for all of your patience as we fight tooth and nail to get the EN servers back online. When the lights come back on, all content will be transferred to EventingNation.com. Meanwhile, check our Facebook for coverage. Thanks for following us throughout the #bestweekendallyear.

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Photo Gallery: A Tense Final Horse Inspection at Kentucky

The second horse inspection at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event is punctuated by both tension and relief as the ground jury deliberates over each combination, choosing to send them straight on to the final phase or delay them for further scrutiny.

Today’s jog saw four horses sent to the hold box, including overnight leader fischerRocana FST. The crowd whispered incredulously as Michael Jung paused briefly to absorb the announcement before heading off to the hold box. A collective sigh of relief accompanied applause when the three-time Kentucky Three-Day winners were accepted on reinspection. Similarly, we held our breath when second placed Chris Burton and Nobilis 18 were held and exhaled heavily when they later passed.

Following the most epic server crash in EN history, we will be reporting on Facebook until further notice. Many thanks to our amazing readers for their incredible patience. The chinchillas are working hard to get the EN servers back online as soon as possible.

Show jumping starts at 1 p.m. EST this afternoon. Go Eventing.

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Photo Gallery: Hanging Out at the Head of the Lake

Sara Gumbiner and Polaris. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

The morning of a four-star event’s cross country day is often accompanied by butterflies as we seek that perfect balance of safe rides and exciting sport. However when the conditions are as perfect as they were today, from the course, to the footing, to the cool Kentucky air, the spirits lift and emotions more closely resemble the giddy anticipation that attracted us to the sport in the first place. It was an awesome day of cross country at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.

I camped out at the Head of the Lake for the duration of the day. There is much for horses and riders to do at this iconic combination and we saw a wide range of rides with plenty of thrills and a couple of spills thrown in. Forward thinking horses and riders had an easier time getting from the brush drop in to the wide brush corner just a few strides away. Word must have gotten back to the barns because this combination seemed to ride better later in the day. Only a few riders opted for the alternative route or were forced to regroup after the drop. Andrea Baxter in particular displayed superhuman reflexes after Indy 500 took a funny step after the drop and discarded the idea of the corner (they were charged with a runout).

Mackenna Shea and Landioso. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

The younger riders of the field gave impressive performances. Mackenna Shea showed an equally graceful and gutsy ride through the entire complex with Landioso; their summer spent in England has obviously taken their partnership and expertise to the next level. Savannah Fulton and Captain Jack were jumping for fun and never once wavered in their trust of one another. Once again, the highlight of the day for me was watching Sara Gumbiner and Polaris. They jumped through the HOTL as if they’d done it countless times before on their way to jumping clear in their first CCI4*.

The fence repair crew had some intense moments fixing and replacing flags on the brush corner. More than once, a jump judge gave John Wells a leg up onto the corner so he could hurriedly screw the red flag back in place before the next horse came around the corner. No sooner did he fix it once, Lillian Heard and LCC Barnaby casually jumped the wide side of the corner, requiring repair on the red flags yet again. Way to go jump crew!

Andrea Baxter and Indy 500. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Big shoutout to USEA’s Leslie Mintz, who helped me send photos back to the EN team in the media center throughout the day when my cell service failed miserably. Thank you! The journalists and photographers we work alongside make up one big happy family that, as is typical in the horse world, steps in without question to help each other succeed.

As is tradition, EN crashed on cross country day. Thanks for bearing with us as we worked through #chinchcrash2018.

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Photo Gallery + Memorable Moments from LRK3DE Dressage Day 2

Will Coleman and Tight Lines. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

It is uncommon for the leader of dressage from the first day of competition at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event to hold on to that position after the second day. However, for a time it seemed as though Michael Jung and fischerRocana FST would do just that.

Buck Davidson and Carlevo kicked off the morning with a stunning test followed immediately by Oliver Townend and MHS King Joules, who left the crowd roaring. Chris Burton and Nobilis 18 floated around the arena, slotting into third less than a point behind the leader despite higher scores for the majority of the test. We broke for lunch with “Magic Mike” and Rocana still in the lead.

Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

With full bellies and hope in our hearts for an American leader at Kentucky (no offense to Germany, but we felt due) we returned to the Rolex Arena for the afternoon session. Right away Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous, the first combination in the ring after lunch, entered with their game faces on and threw down an elegant, accurate test to move into first place by a decent margin on 24.8. And the crowd went wild.

America’s sweethearts, Kim Severson and Cooley Cross Border, were challenging Marilyn and “Kitty’s” score, but disorganized flying changes — which Kim contributed to tension — late in the test dropped their score and their placing to fourth. Another Cooley (Master Class) danced into the top five, leaving Oliver Townend with two horses in the top eight after the first phase.

Oliver Townend and MHS King Joules. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

As we look ahead to tomorrow’s cross country which will undoubtedly shuffle the scoreboard, it feels like it’s anyone’s game. The scores are tightly bunched. Aside from the five leaders with scores below 30, less than ten penalty points separate sixth place and 36th place. Every second will count tomorrow, and every fence, too. Best of luck and safe rides to everyone. Go eventing.

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A Photographer’s Notes and Image Gallery from Kentucky Day 1

Savannah Fulton and Captain Jack all smiles after their test. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Today the first half of competitors got their initial scores on the board at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event. While the day seemed to fly by and we still have some heavy hitters to compete tomorrow, there were some special moments worth noting.

It’s always such a pleasure to watch Michael Jung and fischerRocana FST perform. I love that they walked casually down the ramp into the arena and, after a short warm up around the ring, took another quick walk break to gather themselves before the bell. The relaxation and ease with which they execute each movement transcends to the audience, which sits quietly captivated.

Leah Lang-Gluscic thanks the Pony Club volunteers while they give AP Prime a pat. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Every year, the sport’s next generation gets involved at Kentucky as volunteers. Groups of Pony Clubbers with matching uniforms and braided pigtails march together in sync, opening the arena entrance for competitors and collecting tests from the ground jury. They work hard and with great enthusiasm. It was a sweet gesture when Leah Lang-Gluscic stopped as she left the arena, thanked the girls at the gate and invited them to give AP Prime a pat.

Sara Gumbiner is delighted with Polaris! Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

The highlight of the day for me was watching Sara Gumbiner and Polaris complete their test. It took time, hard work and determination for this pair to earn a qualifying score to get here in the first place and I held my breath until their final salute. For a horse whose nerves have led to elimination on the flat, he kept it together marvelously today and Sara was rightfully overjoyed. With dressage out of the way, it’s on to the fun stuff! Don’t miss this pair on cross country. They are quite the team.

Go Eventing.

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6 Things You Must Do at Kentucky

Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

The #BestWeekendAllYear is finally here! We’re gearing up for a jam-packed, high intensity, thrilling week of competition, demonstrations, course walks, parties and general ridiculousness at Western Hemisphere’s only CCI4* event. If you’re joining us at the iconic Kentucky Horse Park, here are six things you must be sure to do this year.

Stay for the CSI3* Grand Prix

For the first time, the Kentucky Horse Park welcomes show jumpers to compete in a CSI3* Invitational Grand Prix in conjunction with the CCI4*. A $35,000 1.45m Ranking Class will take place Friday, April 27 at 6 p.m. and Saturday you can go straight from the cross country course to the Rolex Stadium to watch the $225,000 1.6m Grand Prix at 4:30 p.m.

The Friday and Saturday show jumping competition is free for anyone who is already on grounds for the four-star, but stadium seating may be limited on Saturday so be sure to reserve your seats online. Click here for more info on how to do that. Click here for the entry list!

Meet Your Idols

Hitting every course walk and autograph signing with the stars will keep you busy. We have a full line-up of opportunities to meet your favorite riders organized into a tidy document for your planning purposes here. While you’re at it, put that tax return to good use and shop the endless bargains in the trade fair. Click here to see what vendors will be at the KHP and where you can find them on grounds.

Run (or Walk) for Charity

This year’s charity 5K takes place Friday, April 27, at 6:30 p.m. A portion of the proceeds goes to the 2018 Land Rover Kentucky official charity, Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass, the “world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students about work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs.”

Choose between running the 5K or cruising through a 1 mile fun run/walk. All participants will receive a t-shirt and kids under 12 will get a cool completion medal. Can’t be there in person but still want to contribute? Sign up as a “Virtual Runner/Walker” and they’ll mail you your race shirt.

To register for the race, click here: Head Up Heels Down 5K Race Registration.

Eat for Charity

OK. I’m no runner (you might find me doing the 1 mile fun walk with a cup of wine in hand), but I’m all about eating good food for a good cause. The Barley, Barrels and Bluegrass Dinner also benefits Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass and is quintessentially “Lexington” oriented. Enjoy an amazing meal complete with local food and drink, cooked by local chefs, and backed by local musicians. The party takes place at The Livery in downtown Lexington, which was in the 19th century the city’s largest stable for horses and carriages traveling through town. The event is the night of Thursday, April 26. Tickets are $95 a person and they will sell out fast. Click here to purchase yours.

Watch Demonstrations

Between rides in the four-star, check out the demonstrations and exhibitions in the Walnut Arena. From breed presentations to the Prince Philip Cup Games to a performance by Elisa Wallace and her mustangs, the line-up is always a good one! Check out the schedule here.

Party with EN

Of course, the one thing you won’t want to miss is EN’s 6th Annual ‘Insanity in the Middle’ Tailgate, presented by Amerigo. We’re talking snacks, booze, EN swag, games and photo ops with Chinch. This is our way of saying THANKS to our readers for all your support (and tolerance) throughout the year. Stop by tailgating spaces S294 and S295, near the jog strip and announcer’s tower overlooking the infield, and join the party.

What is your Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event must-do? Let us and your friends know in the comments. Want more ideas? Check out our must-do lists from years past (201420152016, 2017).

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Photo Gallery: A Spectral Color Display at Kentucky First Horse Inspection

Will Coleman’s Tight Lines. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

The First Horse Inspection at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event kept us holding our breath as numerous horses were sent to the hold box and another handful showed off their fitness with impressive airs above the ground. In the end, one horse was spun and another withdrawn. Forty-six horses will move on to dressage. Click here for the full jog report.

It’s always fun to see what outfits the riders come up with for this, the only four-star first horse inspection in the Western Hemisphere. Some give a nod to their signature cross country colors or native country (we love Canadian Hawley Bennett-Awad’s red accents on her shoes and Tim Bourke’s three-piece green suit for Ireland. It may be a cool gray day in April, but flowers were blooming bright on the jog pad.

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Wednesday Video from Kentucky Performance Products: Elisa Wallace, Simply Priceless Arrive at KHP

The 2018 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event competitors have been settling into their home for the week at the iconic Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. Elisa Wallace and the Simply Priceless Syndicate’s 17-year-old Thoroughbred Simply Priceless arrived at the venue yesterday for their fifth four-star and third crack at Kentucky.

Drive right in the front gate with Elisa and “Johnny” and take a quick tour of the grounds in these two clips. We’re pretty sure Elisa will be vlogging all week so watch and subscribe to her YouTube channel for updates from Kentucky.

The #BestWeekendAllYear is finally here! If you’ve been paying any attention to the EN homepage, coverage has already begun in earnest. Keep it locked on EN for live updates, breaking news, and much (much) more from #LRK3DE.

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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.

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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.

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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.