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Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: 5 Horses for Sale for $8,000 or Less

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

They say there is no such thing as a free horse. Indeed, they may quickly surpass their original asking price in hay, feed, vet and farrier bills, etc. etc.

To lessen the blow, this week we’re featuring five horses that are for sale for $8,000 or less. Their age and level of experience varies widely, so you may find just what you’re looking for!

Want to see more horses in your budget? Visit Sport Horse Nation and search by price.

Welsh Quarter Horse. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Welsh Quarterhorse 4yr- Ready for you to finish: jump, event, dressage

Amateur Friendly gelding! Bred to be a great kids or petite ladies horse! 15hh and not too round! Was started well as a yearling and correctly under saddle for the last 8 months. The Dam was Oso Artful QA mare by 5 time world champion Artful Investment. The Sire was Holyoake Copper-Field LOM which is an imported Section B Welsh stallion who is a consistent winner.

Doing small courses, schooling XC (ditch, bank, water ok!), and in the dressage ring. Correct to the leg aids and connection. Willing work ethic and easy to train. Trail ride alone or in a group. Free jumped up to 3’3″.

Travels well to shows; trailering and settling in no problem. Gets along well with other horses. Easy keeper. Vacc’s, teeth, shoeing all up to date.

Great ground manners and cuddly personality. Stands well for tacking, vet or farrier. No vices or baggage. Ridden almost daily. Lunges politely at home or show; does well in the Pessoa.

Good feet, great brain, brave and kind heart. Ridden in front of a pressure washer and bucket loader! Solid citizen but still green so not appropriate for a beginner. Would do great for an intermediate in a lesson program. Six more months and he could be a cross rail lesson horse! Located in Nevada.

Willoughby. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

HANDSOME LOW LEVEL EVENTER

Willoughby is a handsome 2001 OTTB bay gelding who loves to jump. He has evented intro, BN, and novice and schooled training level. Also has shown and done well in hunters. Willoughby has been under instruction with a USDF certified instructor. Trained in Aiken, SC winter 2013.

Very good stable manners, stands quietly for farrier/vet. Loads easily. Lunges, rides and jumps quietly and consistently. Great on trails. Rides in a snaffle. Same at home as he is at shows. He would be perfect school horse or low level dressage/event horse. Sound and clean radiographs available. Looking for a perfect home as his owner is off at college. Located in New York.

Roisin. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Reputed Testamony-Diamond Lad 2015 Eventer Prospect

2015 Irish Draught Sport Horse X TB Filly
*** Eventer/Hunter Derby Prospect ***
Currently 16.1 hh, projected to mature to 17.2 hh
Sire: Denny Emerson’s “Reputed Testamony” (TB)
Dam: Viveka (IDHSNA), an Irish Draught Sport Horse out of Menlough Countess-Diamond Lad-King of Diamonds.

ROISIN is a stunning looking filly with great presence, a strong slanted shoulder, and growing big sturdy legs! She has a very smart intelligent head on her, which will be sure to keep you and her safe out on any eventing course.
She has had thirty days training under saddle, thirty days of groundwork, and has now been turned back out to grow and mature.

Roisin has three beautiful gaits, a very nice jump, and responds very nicely to voice commands on the lunge line. Her TB breeding has given her amazing athleticism and speed… her Irish Draught will stand to her in stamina and bone! AND she shares the same sire as Daniel Clasing’s famous “Houston”! The perfect eventing package! This girl has the ability to take you to the top. Located in Idaho.

Magic Memory. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Gentle and kind event gelding

Magic Memory is a 16.1 hand 8 year old registered Thoroughbred brown gelding. Magic has evented through the beginner novice level at rated events. He is easy to put together for the dressage and fun to jump. He wears a snaffle for all phases and has a lead change. He is excellent to hack and good to school on cross country. He is a people-loving, friendly horse and a general good egg. He also has a glass smooth canter!

He is sound and healthy, wears only plain front shoes and needs no special maintenance. Magic would be a great Pony Club horse or horse for an adult amateur to have fun with in the lower levels of eventing. Perfect ground manners, super easy to have around, no vices. Located in West Virginia.

Twenty to Life. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Twenty to Life

Taking on more at work has led me to the decision of selling my handsome, fancy 9 year old OTTB “Twenty to Life” aka Trooper. Standing at 16.1 he is solidly trained in dressage at training/1st level. He is currently still in dressage training and beginning to pick up 2nd level movements.

Although he is not currently being trained in jumping and still considered green o/f (I am focused more on Dressage), I believe he would be an excellent eventer. On 8/4 We took him out to school some XC jumps. He was quiet, steady, adjustable and jumped everything including down a bank without hesitation. All while in a loose ring snaffle. Trooper loves to work and thrives on learning and doing different things.

He is best suited for a young professional type, or confident rider as he is still gaining his own confidence. He is NOT suited for a beginner or lesson program as he is very much a one person horse. A very special guy that will only be sold to a wonderful show home. I cannot offer him the work load he loves. He is sound and a total blast to ride and deserves to be shown off! Located in North Carolina.

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

Monday News and Notes from Fleeceworks

Lenore and Bailey among the tomatoes (no tomatoes were harmed). Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Sometimes we get so caught up training for this or that, perfecting our horse’s movements and practicing footwork in the arena that we forget to go out and just enjoy the ride. And summertime is exactly when we should be doing that! We frequently hack the perimeter of the tomato field at our barn, but my mom and I have recently taken to doing trot and canter sets down the wide lanes separating various rows of plants. She foxhunts and is legging up her guy for the season and my youngster has just enjoyed getting out of the ring and cruising through the field on a long rein. Ahhhhh, summer!

National Holiday: Purple Heart Day, Beach Party Day and Particularly Presposterous Packaging Day

U.S. Weekend Action:

#MillbrookHT: WebsiteRide TimesLive ScoresEN’s CoverageEN’s Instagram

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

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

Catalpa Corner Charity H.T. [Website]  [Results]

Monday News and Notes:

An event as big as the USEA American Eventing Championships requires the help of hundreds of volunteers. Tryon International Equestrian Center and the USEA are still looking for people to volunteer for the 2017 AEC on Labor Day weekend. Even a few hours of time is a huge help!
[Sign Up]

A reject riding school horse with unknown breeding has taken a liking to eventing recently completed her first CIC* competition. Owner Maddie Oldfield says Miss Moneypenny is a “wannabe cob” whose access to grass must be limited, and she loves the center of attention. [Wannabe cob turns her hoof to international eventing]

We all keep a sharp eye out for early signs of colic and may have a threshold of self-care before calling in the vet. At what point does a colic at home become severe enough to require a visit to the hospital? This article points to two primary reasons for a referral, and the owner’s opinion is key. [When to Refer a Colic Case]

“Work hard, build relationships…Nothing is beneath you when you’re trying to make it in this world, and you have to be willing to put in that time to make it happen.” Allison Springer weighs in on how to set yourself apart and succeed in the sport. [Getting Noticed the Right Way]

Monday Video:

Gemma Tattersall Extends Event Rider Masters Lead with Win at Gatcombe

Gemma Tattersall and Arctic Soul. Photo courtesy of Event Rider Masters.

Gemma Tattersall of Great Britain has added a second Event Rider Masters Series win to her resume with a resounding victory riding Arctic Soul at The Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park, presented by BETA. Her first win came with Quicklook V at the first leg of the 2017 series at Chatsworth.

This weekend she started in 12th place after dressage with the Soul Syndicate’s 14-year-old off-track Thoroughbred Arctic Soul and was well back in 11th after two rails in show jumping. However the time is tough to catch on cross country at Gatcombe, and while no one finished double-clear Gemma and Arctic Soul came closest with only 1.2 time penalties to add. They absolutely powered around the course to finish on 53.7 and earn a hard-fought victory. She is the first rider in ERM series history to sit outside of the top five after dressage to ultimately win.

“I am over the moon. I thought the two rails we had in the showjumping was going to cost us the win, but Arctic Soul gave me the ride of my life around here today,” Gemma said. “I think he is the best cross country horse in the world.  It doesn’t matter what the terrain is, he suits any track, he is so versatile and just fabulous.”

Ludwig Svennerstål and Balham Mist. Photo courtesy of Event Rider Masters.

Sweden’s Ludwig Svennerstål snagged his first ERM podium finish, piloting Andrew Ayres and  Svennerstål Eventing’s 10-year-old British Sport Horse Balham Mist to second place with a final score of 55.4. They were 17th after dressage but moved up to seventh after producing one of only three double-clear show jumping rounds in the field. A clear cross country round with the second fastest time of the day moved them up to second place.

“It’s a great result for the horse and by far his best performance,” Ludwig said. “I was trying everywhere on the cross country to make up time as it was very tight. We felt this event would suit Balham Mist, and we have worked very hard on targeting this and he has given everything. I am delighted!”

Alexander Bragg and Zagreb. Photo courtesy of Event Rider Masters.

Alexander Bragg picked up his first ERM completion and earning third place for Great Britain riding Zagreb, a 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood owned by Sally Ellicot. Fourth after dressage with 41.6, they moved into second after a faultless show jumping round. 14.4 time penalties dropped them to third place with a total of 56.0 penalties for the three phases.

A thrilled Alexander said, “This is a great result. Zagreb is a very big horse and this wouldn’t naturally be the cross country track you would select for him.  But he went very well, he was focused, bold and committed and he kept trying and trying.”

Work hard, play hard! Photo courtesy of Event Rider Masters.

With this win plus the victory at Chatsworth and additional points earned at Barbury Castle and Haras de Jardy, Gemma has extended her lead in the ERM Series with a total of 104 points. Great Britain’s Sarah Cohen is second on the leaderboard with 91 points followed by Sir Mark Todd of New Zealand with 69 points.

Two events remain in the 2017 series: Blair Castle Equi-Trek International Horse Trials on August 26-27 and Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials on September 15-16. Learn more at www.eventridermasters.tv.

Millbrook Helmet Cams: Ride Along with Doug Payne and Valerie Ashker

It’s a glorious thing when you can share your horsey obsession with your family, and the Ashkers and Paynes are prime examples of the joy and success that are a result of that base of support.

 

ZaZa’s GoPro of her clear Novice Cross County at Millbrook!🌸❤️🌻☘️

Posted by Valerie Ashker on Friday, August 4, 2017

Lainey Ashker and her mom Valerie are competing together at Millbrook Horse Trials this weekend. Lainey competed Kristopher, an off-track Thoroughbred with 53 starts, in his Training debut. Valerie rode her homebred Last Shining Comet, a full sister to Lainey’s up-and-coming two-star mount Calling All Comets, in the mare’s second Novice. The above video is a helmet cam of Valerie and “Dazzle’s” clear cross country round.

What I love most about watching Lainey and Valerie’s helmet cams is how how they talk to their horses the whole way around, praising them, guiding them and making every effort to give them a positive experience. Add to that the mother-daughter duo’s enthusiastic “Woo-woo-woos!” for each other, you can’t help but smile and enjoy the ride.

It was a family affair for the Payne family this weekend as well, with mom Marilyn, sister Holly and brother Doug (returning to competition less than a month after breaking his collarbone–Ironman!) competing eight horses between the three of them. Doug’s wife Jessica was not competing this time but she was of course there helping out and cheering on the team.

The Paynes claimed victory in two divisions; Holly won Open Preliminary A with CharmKing and Doug took Open Training A with Cascor. The “kids” had several other top finishes and Marilyn finished 12th in Open Novice A with SF Double Entendre.

Doug and Debi Crowley’s homebred Vandiver finished 11th overall in the Advanced division. Enjoy the ride along with this pair on yesterday’s cross country!

#MillbrookHT: WebsiteRide Times, Live Scores, EN’s Coverage, EN’s Instagram

Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: Three Working Student Gigs

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.

Summer is coming to a close, school is starting up soon, but we’re all still spending every possible minute at the barn and enjoying this crazy life we live with horses. If you really want to immerse yourself in the industry and spend every day learning, you may want to consider a working student position. Here are three currently available.

If you find a position that appeals to you but need help with your application, read these tips and be sure to enter the contest at the bottom of this post for free resume services from Mythic Landing Enterprises.

Photo courtesy of Barbara King via Sport Horse Nation.

Working Student/Part Time

Part Time Working Student/ Evening Chores and help groom etc. at competitions. Lingfield Farm is a small active family amateur Eventing Barn. Oliver has ridden through the Advanced 3* (long format) and Barbara has competed through Training Level 3 Day. We are currently competing horses at the Novice and Prelim/ Intermediate levels. Details include:

~ 6 days of work/approx. 15 hours a week in exchange for board; must be available for evening chores (between 4 and 6:30 pm) to feed, clean 5 stalls/bring in horses or turn out.

~ candidates may have one stall for their own horse.

~ candidates must be 16 years of age and have their drivers license.

~ candidates must commit to a minimum of 8 months; a year (or more) is preferred

~ candidates must ride at a solid training + level

Working student will not need truck and trailer, and will have the opportunity to go to weekly jump lessons with top upper level professional trainers. Although we do not go South for the winter, we move horses to an indoor 5 minutes from our home barn for the months of Jan/Feb/March. We actively compete at competitions in the MD/VA/PA area.

Photo courtesy of Courtney Cooper via Sport Horse Nation.

Immediate Working Student Position Available with Courtney Cooper at C Square Farm!

Four-star rider Courtney Cooper and her C Square Farm are looking for a committed individual to join the team. We currently have two amazing working students and are looking for a third ambitious individual to round out our group to start mid to late August! This is a wonderful opportunity for someone looking to dramatically improve their riding and become a well-rounded horse person in all aspects of the industry.

Accepted working students will receive expert instruction from a 4**** rider and will gain insight into many facets of the equine industry including breeding sport horses, running a successful sales business, and competing and training at all levels through FEI.

Working students receive board for one horse and housing in a spectacular new apartment on the farm. Your own horse is not required though, as we have plenty to ride here.

Our ideal candidate is hardworking, responsible and willing to learn as much as possible. Preference given to students willing to commit to 6 months or more.

Photo courtesy of Jane Sleeper via Sport Horse Nation.

Looking for another Fabulous working student!

Looking for another fabulous working student to join us now through our winter time in Aiken SC 2018! Come ride, train, compete, work with FEH & YEH, and gain seriously good experience. We’ll help you meet your goals and make it affordable.

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

Oliver Townend on Target for Second Consecutive Win at Gatcombe

Oliver Townend and Note Worthy. Photo courtesy of Event Rider Masters.

The fifth leg of the Event Rider Masters Series is under way at The Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park, presented by BETA. British rider Oliver Townend is on track to win the ERM CIC3* at Gatcombe for the second time in a row as well as increase his chances to defend his ERM 2016 Champion title.

Oliver was one of two riders to score in the 30s in today’s dressage phase, earning a 38.7 and taking the overnight lead with Note Worthy, a 13-year-old Irish Sport Horse owned by Andrew Cawthray.

“I love riding horses for Mr. Cawthray…and I am delighted for him and the horse today. He is an amazing supporter,” Oliver said. “I am focusing on ERM now the European Championship selection is out of the way, and I am hoping to deliver some big results again in the second half of the series this year.”

William Levett and Shannondale Titan. Photo courtesy of Event Rider Masters.

Australia’s Bill Levett and Shannondale Titan were initially given an error during their dressage test that was later removed. He and the 14-year-old Irish Sport Horse owned by Bill along with Clare, Anne and Mike Prentice, are in hot pursuit of Oliver with a second place score of 39.2.

“It’s good to be in the 30’s zone.  I was confident I did not make an error of course and pleased that it has been reversed,” Bill said. “An experienced horse is ideal for the cross country challenge here at Gatcombe and Shannondale Titan is just that, so I am aiming for a strong performance tomorrow.

Marcio Carvalho Jorge riding Lissy Mac Wayer. Photo courtesy of Event Rider Masters.

Scoring a 40.0, Brazil’s Marcio Carvalho Jorge is in third place overnight with his Rio Olympics horse Lissy Mac Wayer, a 14-year-old Wesfalen owned by Marcio, Emiliana, Olivia, and Ana Jorge.

“I am very proud of Lissy Mac Wayer. She was very relaxed. I hoped we could be competitive in the dressage and she delivered,” Marcio said. “I have not ridden at Gatcombe before. I know the cross country is challenging, but we will be going for it tomorrow!”

The show jumping phase was influential at ERM’s Gatcombe leg in 2016, and just one rail separates the top eight riders after the today’s dressage. Who will win a place on the ERM podium and the £50,000 top prize? See full results here.

There are so many ways to watch the Event Rider Masters Series Leg 5 finale at Gatcombe on Sunday. Tune in to Eventridermasters.tv or Facebook Live or YouTube to keep up with the action. Show jumping begins at 5:15 a.m. EST and cross country starts at 10:00 a.m. EST.

Dos and Don’ts of Writing an Equestrian Resume + Contest for Job Seekers

Writing a resume is hard enough, but being the person who must read through stacks of them to find the right candidate for a job takes a special kind of patience. Margaret Rizzo McKelvy of Mythic Landing Enterprises has been busy reviewing dozens of resumes as she seeks to fill positions for several of her clients and laments that only one in five people applying for the jobs have good, solid resumes. In light of this, she’s kindly offered up some helpful hints for equestrians seeking employment.

The Resume

Your primary objective when writing a resume is to explain your skills and experience relative to the position you’re applying for. The challenge is putting what can sometimes be a lot of information into a professional, succinct, easy-to-read document for your potential employer to peruse.

“Your potential employer wants to see you put in some effort and take pride in yourself and your background,” Margaret said. “Even though your job is not going to involve you sitting at a computer, you still need to make a good first impression. So while your resume does not need to be fancy, it does need to be clean and easy to read.”

There are hundreds of different resume styles and just as many templates available to download online or possibly stored in the writing software on your computer. These templates will show you where to put your contact information and how best to organize your experience and job history.

Take advantage of spell check and go ahead and have someone proofread your resume as well. Getting a second pair of eyes on the information is incredibly helpful, no matter how many times you’ve read it yourself.

“I proofed one for a friend and he had transposed two numbers in his own phone number. Since then I’ve always double-checked phone numbers when proofing resumes,” Margaret said.

For most positions in the equestrian world, Margaret feels that a well-written email (accompanied by a professional resume) is a fine substitute for a cover letter, but you should think critically about it and take the time to write a great email that catches the employer’s attention. Remember to proofread it and customize the content for each position you’re applying for.

“That’s your place to say why you want to learn more and why you want to work for someone,” Margaret said. “I get a lot of rambling emails that I can tell are written using ‘voice to text.’ If you can’t take the time to sit down, even if you’re doing it on your phone, to compose an email and put some effort into punctuation, it’s going to take a lot for me to overlook those things.”

This could be you! After your barn duties are done, of course. Photo courtesy of Phyllis Dawson.

Riding Videos

Many jobs in the equestrian world will request a riding video as part of your application. This is not the time to send a clip of you schooling for a few seconds at home. This is your chance to show what kind of rider you are and how you interact with the horse.

“A lot of times I get ten second clips of someone jumping. This is not helpful. With all the technology we have available, especially for the younger generation, you can create a video a few minutes long right on your phone,” Margaret said.

“When you’re sending your riding video to another professional, that’s part of your application. They’re really looking at how you’re handling yourself and your horse. It’s not all about whether or not you look pretty.”

It’s best to send one YouTube link instead of multiple short clips. Make sure your video is as current as possible but also shows your best ability under saddle. For example, if you’ve ridden through Preliminary level but you currently have a green off-track Thoroughbred, Margaret explained, send an older video of when you were competing at the higher level as well as a newer video of you riding the new horse.

All About Attitude

One of the most important things you want to come across in your job application is the right attitude. For example, if you’re applying to be a working student, make sure you express a willingness to learn, work hard and adapt.

“I had a girl apply to be a working student for an Olympic level rider and she rode Western. She just wanted to learn more about eventing and be in that quality of a program,” Margaret recalled. The video the applicant submitted was of her riding Western because she didn’t have experience in eventing, but her in-person interview sealed the deal.

“She beat her boss to the barn that morning, and when he showed up she was already helping with barn chores. She ended up being an awesome working student. She started out hacking horses and was eventually trusted with more responsibility. Her attitude was so good, that’s what it comes down to. You want that go get ‘em attitude to come through,” Margaret said.

“Attitude is everything. Even for paid positions I would say nine times out of ten someone would be so happy to train someone that has a really good attitude rather than hire someone that has all the skills but not the best attitude.”

References

When it comes to references, it’s not always necessary to include them on the resume, but always note that references are available. Don’t forget to inform (or better yet, ask permission) your references that you are listing them. Make sure your references know what position you are applying for and find out if they prefer to be contacted via phone or email.

If you or the reference isn’t confident they can accept a call or respond to an email in a timely manner, it may be best to use someone else. Most importantly, use references that are appropriate for the position you’re applying to, not just your friends.

“Think a little bit about what your job is going to be when you’re thinking about who your references are going to be,” Margaret said. “For example, if you’re interviewing for a barn manager position where you’ll have lots of interaction with boarders, one reference could be a boarder at the current facility where you work–someone who speaks to your customer service. Or if it’s a teaching position, list not only your supervisor as a reference, but maybe one of your long time students. That just shows you’ve put thought into your resume and application.”

Working students have all the … fun? Photo by Meg Kep.

The Interview

If your application is well received and you’re called upon for an interview, great! Now is the opportunity to make sure this is the right job for you. Remember, honesty is always key.

“The worst thing you can do once you get to an interview is to over-embellish what you’re capable of,” Margaret said. “If they ask you, for instance, ‘how much experience do you have grooming upper-level event horses’ and you don’t have any, you can say ‘I don’t have experience doing that, but this is what I do have experience doing and I really want to learn more.’”

If the job is within driving distance, try to do your interview in person so you can see the facility. Take time to research the company and use the interview time to learn more about what your responsibilities will be, whether you’ll be working with a team, what an average day looks like, etc.

Some positions will require a trial period so both parties can be sure of the right match. If you are doing a trial, put your best foot forward. Stay off your phone, go above and beyond the call of duty to help out and stay busy, show your boss you want to learn and be useful. Both you and your boss will know quickly if you’re going to cut the mustard.

“The horse world is tough, especially if you’re working in a barn. The hours are tough and long and the work is very physical. You have to have that love and desire to want to do it,” Margaret said.

Applying for working student positions and part- or full-time paying jobs is a stressful process, but it’s important to take a step back and consider if it’s a job you really want and if this position is one where you will learn and thrive. It’s okay to get to the end of the interview process or trial period and say ‘this isn’t for me’ and go in search of something better. That kind of honesty and self-awareness will avoid wasting yours and your employer’s valuable time and energy.

Margaret has seen it all reviewing resumes and applications. Here are some definite “don’ts” she recommends. And yes, these have happened!

DON’T put a selfie in your resume. “I don’t actually recommend photos at all. That’s not the place for them.”

DON’T send video clips of you cross country schooling in shorts. “I had to look away.”

DON’T use smiley faces or emojis in your resume, cover letter or introduction email.

DON’T blow off a scheduled phone interview.

DON’T lead with ‘what can you do for me’ questions.

DON’T set your party pictures on Facebook to ‘public.’

DON’T bad mouth a previous employer.

DON’T let your cover letter be a stream of consciousness.

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Mythic Landing is offering their services FREE to one lucky person who would like help with creating or improving their professional resume. Enter using the rafflecopter below. The contest ends Wednesday, August 9, 2017.

Thursday News & Notes from Nupafeed

Get your #Boly4Blenheim swag! Photo by Jenni Autry.

In his quest to compete at Blenheim Palace CCI3* with Bolytair B, Dom Schramm has been hard at work creatively fundraising for the trip to the UK. You can purchase a patch for Boly’s cooler and have your name and declaration of support displayed right on Boly’s body, or snag some of this cool team swag! #Boly4Blenheim

National Holiday: National Watermelon Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Millbrook H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Olney Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

River Glen Summer H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Catalpa Corner Charity H.T. [Website]  [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Thursday News and Notes:

Irene Doo is one of those people that you wonder at her incredible energy. She is the volunteer coordinator for the Pine Hill Horse Trials, serves on the USEA Volunteer Committee, has a full time job and competes her own horse, Ace. She is the mastermind behind a series of volunteer training videos that she created for Pine Hill and is now available to all organizers on the USEA website. Click to read more about Irene and her adventures! [USEA Volunteer of the Month]

A recent letter from US Equestrian President Murray Kessler outlines several important announcements for members. One is that beginning September 1, competitors will be required to file a medication report if their horse has received MPA, commonly referred to as Depo-Provera®, within 90 days prior to the start of a competition. There will also be an increase in USEF membership dues and drugs and medication fees at shows, but a new anniversary membership means you will have a 12-month membership no matter what time of year you join. [Read More]

Millbrook Horse Trials this weekend is the final chance for riders to qualify to compete in the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Final at the AEC in Tryon later this month. Here’s what you need to know about the Advanced Gold Cup division. We’re also glad to see Doug Payne will be back in action with Vandiver less than a month after breaking his collarbone! [Fast Facts]

Thursday Video: Here’s a #throwbackthursday for you (and a great way to spend 50 minutes… is it Friday yet?)

Monday News and Notes from Fleeceworks

Hooray for volunteers! Photo courtesy of Donna Younkin.

Members of the Hunterdon County 4H Club turned out to volunteer this weekend at the Horse Park of New Jersey II Horse Trials this weekend. Donna Younkin reports that the unusual summer weather required sweatshirts instead of shorts and tanks. “Is this really New Jersey in July?” Thanks to the volunteers who help out no matter what the weather. This sport couldn’t keep kicking on without you!

U.S. Weekend Action:

Stoneleigh-Burnham Summer H.T. [Website] [Results]

Horse Park of New Jersey II H.T. [Website] [Results]

Hunt Club Farms H.T. [Website] [Results]

Cobblestone Farms H.T. [Website] [Results]

Monday News and Notes:

The second annual Cross-Country Family Fun Festival at the Colorado Horse Park is coming soon. On August 12, families and individuals can enjoy watching eventing (Beginner Novice through Advanced) while entertaining the kiddies on a nice family day trip. Parking and general admission are free! It’s great to see more and more events engaging the local communities and bringing more fans to the sport! [Colorado Horse Park Cross Country Family Fun Festival]
Megan Jones recently said goodbye to her partner Kirby Park Irish Jester. He was laid to rest at age 24 after a long, happy retirement. The 15.3-hand Irish Sport Horse was a stalwart of Australian eventing for many years, competing at the 2006 Aachen World Equestrian Games and earning a team silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He finished 2008 ranked #1 on the FEI World Leaderboard for eventing. [Farewell, Festy]
We frequently hear the phrase classical riding, usually accompanied by a reference to the training pyramid. What does classical riding really mean? What are the different steps of the pyramid and how do they relate to one another? Here’s a great refresher! [6 Elements of Classical Riding Every Rider Should Know]

Earlier this month Jonty Evans launched a crowdfunding campaign in an attempt to keep the ride on his Rio Olympics partner Cooley Rorkes Drift. They are now gearing up for the FEI European Eventing Championship at Strzegom in a couple of weeks and they haven’t yet reached their goal of £550,000 despite a massive outpouring from the community. [If you have the means, please donate! If not, please share!]

Monday Video: Take a ride with Jonty and Art!

Sunday Video: Drone View of the 2017 Chincoteague Island Pony Swim

Made famous by the endearing “Misty of Chincoteague” novel by Marguerite Henry, the annual Chincoteague Island Pony Swim is a well-known and much loved tradition.

Every summer, the Saltwater Cowboys swim the wild ponies of Assateague Island across the channel to Chincoteague Island on the Virginia coast. The roundup and subsequent auction helps to control the overall size of the herd and is fundraiser for the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company.

Attending the event, which can really be more described as a festival, to watch the swim and potentially bid on a pony during the auction is a childhood dream that many of us have likely carried to adulthood.

The 92nd Chincoteague Island Pony Swim took place last Wednesday. Check out this incredible drone footage that gives us a birds-eye view of the swim!

Have you every been to the Chincoteague Pony Swim, EN?

Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: 5 Bay Thoroughbred Geldings

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

We’re excited to say that we have a new listing type on Sport Horse Nation. Inspired by a recent ad, we’ve made an “In Search Of” (ISO) category for those buyers looking for their perfect partner. These people know exactly what they want, they just need a little help finding it! If you’re on the hunt, let the sellers come to you! Click here to place an ad.

This week on the spotlight we’re featuring Thoroughbreds, and it was only after our random listing selection we realized they were all bay geldings!

Buster. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Talented 2005 16 hand Thoroughbred

Absolute packer in dressage, but he takes a strong rider to jump. He would be wonderful for someone who’s gutsy, but needs to work on their dressage skills. He’s placed in every training event to date and ready to move to prelim. Owner injury forces sale – has been turned out since original injury (May) and is now coming back into work again. (started end of June). He’s a saint on the ground, for the vet, farrier. He’s kid-proof/husband-proof to handle, at shows or at home. hacks out on the buckle and self loads. Located in North Carolina.

Conan. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

17.2 Hand Thoroughbred Sport Horse Gelding

Conan: Thoroughbred Gelding, 6 years old, 17.2 hands. Conan is a talented Thoroughbred sport horse gelding that is built like a warmblood. He has the most beautiful animated movement and floating trot and canter. This big boy is schooling cross country and loves to jump. He has tons of scope and is careful to the jumps. He has experience jumping in the arena, coops, water obstacles, banks, is quiet and calm at shows and will bring home the ribbons. Conan has trained with top level Olympic showjumping and eventing trainers.

He has loads of personality and is a barn favorite. Conan is amateur friendly, and perfect for someone that wants a horse to move up with. Conan stands like a gentleman, loads easily into the trailer, stands tied to the trailer and will stand patiently between classes. He is also up to date on all shots, coggins, hooves and teeth. Video is available on the flats, over fences and cross country schooling. Conan will continue training until sold. Located in Florida.

Archie. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Our Champion

“Archie” is a 16.1h 2007 Thoroughbred gelding. He is low mileage for his age, but has already progressed from completing his first novice in June to two training level placings in July. He is best suited for someone looking to continue up the levels, very easy on the flat and has a huge scopey jump. Very sound, easy to shoe, clip, tie, etc. Will be competing in his first prelim in August, price to increase with experience. Located in Florida and Ohio.

Mandarb. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Training Packer with Prelim experience

Mandarb aka “Manny” is a lovely 8 year old, 16.2 hand unraced bay Thoroughbred gelding. He is an experienced training level event horse with an outstanding record and recently finished his first preliminary in the top ten!

Manny was bought by his current owner (previous 2* rider now AA) as a 4 y/o as an eventing prospect due to his impressive movement and athleticism. He has been brought along by the same rider for the last four years.

Manny is consistently competitive in dressage, always clear on cross-country, and goes all three phases in a happy mouth snaffle. He is quiet and rhythmical over fences but willing to take any distance the rider chooses. He has been brought along slowly and carefully, skipping no steps, and would be able to pack anyone around training level with potential to move up the levels.

He has no vices, trailers, clips, ties/stands without problems. He hacks out quietly, is used to dogs, and trail rides alone and with company. No veterinary history to declare; has been consistently sound and healthy.

Regretfully selling due financial logistics; important that he goes to a forever home. Located in Massachusetts.

American Gold. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

American Gold – 2010, 16H, Bay Thoroughbred Gelding

American Gold is a young eventer that’s already been a winner at a Beginner Novice Starter Horse Trial. He’s very uncomplicated and kind, a cute jumper and easy to make round. He would be best suited for a junior, young rider or adult amateur rider.

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

Saturday Videos: Waylon Roberts Winning at Horse Park of New Jersey

Canadian Waylon Roberts dominated the CIC2* at The Horse Park of New Jersey II Horse Trials this weekend, taking three of the top four positions with Born Ready (1st), Lancaster (2nd) and Mindful (4th).

Waylon piloted Born Ready, Ashley MacVaugh’s 8-year-old Thoroughbred, to a top finish in his very first CIC2* appearance. In addition, they were the only combination in the division to finish on their dressage score.

Waylon earned the only other double-clear cross country round with Michelle and John Koppin’s 10-year-old Canadian Sport Horse Lancaster and was just two seconds off a similar performance with Mindful, a 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse owned by Anthony Connolly and Skye Levely.

Thanks to the smooth video work of thehorsepesterer, we have footage of two of Waylon’s excellent rides.

Here’s Waylon and Born Ready…

…and here again with Lancaster.

Horse Park of New Jersey II H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

What’s In Your Arena? Presented by Attwood: Ride the Rhythm

What’s in Your Arena? is an EN series sponsored by Attwood Equestrian Surfaces in which riders share their favorite jumping exercises. It’s easy to get stuck in a training rut, and we hope this will inspire you with fresh ideas that you can take home and incorporate into your own programs.

This week’s What’s In Your Arena is brought to you by Lainey Ashker’s popular #GOTD series. This collection of gymnastics in a course-like setting utilizes the whole arena and is an effective training tool for horses and riders at every level.

Lainey’s exercise has everything: canter poles, cavaletti, related distances, cross rails, square oxers, turns and changes of direction. Plus it looks like a ton of fun and a real thinker!

You will see in the video below, the fences do not have to be big, so you can adjust the height based on experience.

Course map courtesy of Lainey Ashker.

“This course helps teach both youngsters and experienced horses alike to maintain the rhythm on the approach to the jump simultaneously keeping the hind end active to give you a grand jump over each oxer to take toward the rest of the course,” Lainey said.

“I added two more oxers with ground rails to the equation to keep the rider thinking and encouraging him or her to keep the leg on through the turn! Hope you guys enjoy this educational course as much as we appreciated tackling it!”

 

Posted by Lainey Ashker on Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Do you have an exercise to share or is there an eventer you would like to nominate for the “What’s in Your Arena?” series? Email [email protected]

Young Riders Make Memories Through the US Pony Club Inter-Pacific Exchange

The 2017 Inter-Pacific Exchange Pony Clubbers pose with “Morris” in Tryon, NC. Photo courtesy of Janna Ritacco.

Young Riders from around the world recently traveled to the Carolinas to spend ten days competing and experiencing a new culture as part of the  2017 United States Pony Club Inter-Pacific Exchange.

Participants are drawn from countries who border the Pacific Rim: Australia, Canada, Hong Kong/China, New Zealand, the U.S., and Great Britain. The Inter-Pacific Exchange is open to Pony Club members who have attained their “B” rating and are between 17 and 25 years of age. To be selected, the riders must submit a video showing their skill on the flat and over fences. They must also have competed up to the Preliminary level of eventing or 1.10 meter show jumping.

Teams arrived in the Carolinas on June 28 and competitions began the very next day. Riders competed at Riverbend Equestrian Park in Greenville, SC, Windridge Farms in Mooresboro, NC and Foothills Equestrian Nature Center (FENCE) in Tryon, NC.
Photo Gallery: Nations Cup, FENCE
The Nations Cup Show Jumping Competition is a highlight, pairing teams of four from each nation. Riders compete in two rounds of show jumping on catch rides. This was reportedly a “hotly contested” event. After two rounds, Australia and New Zealand were tied for first place and had a jump-off to determine the winner (New Zealand won by four seconds). The USA and Hong Kong also jumped off for third place, which was awarded to the host country when the U.S. posted three clear rounds in the jump-off.
At Riverbend Park in Greenville, four teams competed in a gymkhana called the Bald Eagle Cup. The Kangaroo Cup, which took place at Windridge, features a dressage phase and derby type jumping phase with both show jumping and cross country fences. This team competition takes a rider from each nation to create 5-rider scramble teams and was won handily by the “Alligators”.
“The scramble teams build strong bonds between individuals from very different backgrounds. Everyone enjoyed a day of friendly rivalry,” said Windridge owner and organizer Alicia Henderson.
In every event, the riders were sitting on borrowed horses, kindly provided by the local equestrian communities. “The incredible generosity can’t be overstated,” Alicia said. The day before each competition, there was a blind draw for horses, and each team was given one hour to determine the best match-ups of horse and rider.

Photo Gallery: Kangaroo Cup, Windridge Farms

In addition to the riding competitions, Pony Clubbers were treated to many unmounted, non-horsey outings around the Carolinas including the amusement park Carowinds, a visit to Chimney Rock Park, the Kings Mountain Festival of the Fourth, and Saturday Night Lights at Tryon International Equestrian Center. They went to a baseball game in Greenville, zip-lined through the treetops at Green River Gorge and went kayaking down the Green River.

“While there is a riding competition that is part of the exchange, the main focus is to establish international friendships based on shared ideas and interests,” said Janna Ritacco, Coach of the Greenville Pony Club.

Check out this upbeat recap video created by Kiersti Wylie and featuring the U.S. Inter-Pacific Exchange Team.
https://youtu.be/8_97IgCN168

Congratulations to the Pony Clubbers for being selected for this year’s exchange.

Thank you to Bette Sumrell Mann for providing great photos from the Kangaroo Cup at Windridge and Nations Cup at FENCE and for providing her event horse Chimi Chonga for the riders to enjoy during competition!

To learn more about Pony Club visit this website.

Nations Cup Scores

Kangaroo Cup Scores

Friday Video from World Equestrian Brands: Return to Rebecca Farm

We’re not ashamed to admit it: we just can’t get enough of Rebecca Farm. From the Rocky Mountain views to the massive Montana sky to the crisp, clear waters in nearby Glacier National Park. The Event at Rebecca Farm is one trip you should definitely have on your bucket list. The long trek is worth it, and be sure to make time to be a tourist. The scenery is too beautiful to miss out on!

Already we’re itching to return to Montana. Next year will be here before we know it, but meanwhile enjoy this recap of the 2017 competition thanks to videographer Ellie Leonard. Check out more great eventing videos on her YouTube channel.

Monday News and Notes from Fleeceworks

Area III Young Rider Maggie Baker and Blue Stockings, prepping for NAJYRC at the Whitefish Equestrian Center. Photo via Area III Young Riders Facebook page.

We’re in the homestretch to the start of The AMAZING Event at Rebecca Farm. Nestled in the Flathead Valley surrounded by gorgeous mountain views, there are few events so picturesque. Not to mention Halt Cancer at X raises thousands of dollars for breast cancer research. It’s an incredible event. I know it’s far away and hard to get to for many people, but it’s worth putting on your bucket list.

Also, today is National Peach Ice Cream Day!

U.S. Weekend Action:

Genesee Valley Hunt H.T. [Website] [Results]

Riga Meadow H.T. [Website] [Results]

Maryland at Loch Moy II CIC & H.T. [Website] [Results]

Champagne Run at the Park H.T. [Website] [Results]

Aspen Ridge H.T. [Website] [Ride Times]

Coconino Summer I H.T. [Website] [Results]

Monday News and Notes:

Jennie Brannigan has announced that she will be offering a special award to the top placing West Coast young rider in the NAJYRC CICYO2* Championship. The winner of the Connecting Coasts Award will be invited to stay and train with Jennie at her base in Pennsylvania. What an incredible educational opportunity for an up-and-coming young rider! [Connecting Coasts Award]

The grass derby field at the Tryon International Equestrian Center met with mixed reviews following the 2016 American Eventing Championship. However hunter/jumper riders have been raving about the footing since the area has become a frequent competition arena during the TIEC Summer Series. [Top riders weigh in on the grass footing at TIEC]

With all the rain we’ve been having the grass is absolutely out of control and we’ve been carefully monitoring the horses’ weight. While rich grass, overfeeding and too little exercise is the perfect recipe for obesity in domesticated horses, but another underlying cause is a stress response. [The equine obesity epidemic]

Filipe Masetti Leite’s has spent the last 15 months traversing Latin America on horseback to support Barretos Children’s Cancer Hospital. He saddled up despite deeply rooted fears for his safety, but the messages he carried saved lives. You definitely want to read this moving account of the Long Ride written by Filipe himself. P.S. Bring tissues. [7,000 kilometer trek comes to an end]

Random semi-horsey factoid of the day: Medieval knights were fitter than you might think

Monday Video: Lainey Ashker and Calling All Comets on the CIC2* course at Loch Moy, which Lainey said was “one of my most FUN rounds to date!”

 

One of my most FUN rounds to date! Enjoy Comet’s stellar two star XC finishing 7th in the division and bringing home the TIP AWARD for the highest placing TB!!! #GoComsGo

Posted by Lainey Ashker on Saturday, July 15, 2017

Michael Jung Wins Event Rider Masters Series Debut at Haras de Jardy

Michael Jung, Karim Florent Laghouag and Oliver Townend celebrate on the ERM podium. Photo by Eventridermasters.tv/Ben Clarke.

In his first appearance in an Event Rider Masters Series competition, Germany’s indomitable Michael Jung won the CIC3* at Haras de Jardy in France riding Star Connection. Are we surprised? No, not really.

Star Connection, a 9-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by Jarno Debusschere and Brigitte and Joachim Jung, has now finished first, second and third in his first summer competing at the CIC3* level. Lying in fifth place after dressage with a 35.7, the pair moved into the lead with one of only three double-clear show jumping rounds.

With Willberry Wonder Pony along for the ride on cross country, Michael had exactly seven seconds to spare in order to hold the lead and in his wizardly ways, he used every one of them. With 2.8 time penalties to add to a stellar clear, Michael and Star Connection finished on a 38.5, literally one second ahead of France’s Karim Florent Laghouag and Entebbe de Hus.

Michael Jung and Star Connection. Photo by Eventridermasters.tv/Ben Clarke.

“Star Connection is not the most experienced horse at this level. But he answered all the questions out there today and was brilliant,” said Michael, who received a €19,000 prize and 30 points on the ERM leaderboard.

“ERM is a super series for our sport, as it’s expensive to compete in eventing. In addition to the excellent money the series also creates very good competition conditions and makes us as riders compete even harder. I am very grateful for the opportunity this weekend and hope to target other legs in the future.”

Karim Florent Laghouag and Entebbe de Hus. Photo by Eventridermasters.tv/Ben Clarke.

Karim and his Rio Olympic Games mount Entebbe de Hus, owned by Madame Agnès Celerier and M. Michel Duros, narrowly missed out on the victory but nevertheless put in a superb performance. The Frenchman and 12-year-old Hanoverian stallion held onto fourth place through the first two phases (thanks in part to a career personal best dressage score) and delivered a double-clear cross country round to finish in second place on 38.9.

Rounding out the top three is 2016 ERM Champion Oliver Townend (GBR) with the Angela Hislop’s 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse Cooley Master Class. The pair were tenth after dressage but jumped double clear in both stadium and show jumping to finish on 39.1.

“The challenging showjumping course provided a perfect balance this weekend,” Oliver said. “This series is the top of our sport and so it needs to be tough and up to height with a tight time. For me it’s a great step forward for eventing and I am very grateful to the series as it certainly changed my life for the better last year.”

The only other pair to finish on their dressage score was Donatien Schauly ADJ and Pivoine des Touches for France. They moved up from 20th after dressage to finish seventh.

Oliver Townend and Cooley Master Class. Photo by Eventridermasters.tv/Ben Clarke.

Haras de Jardy was the fourth of seven legs in the 2017 Event Rider Masters Series. At the top of the series leaderboard is Gemma Tattersall for Great Britain with 74 points (she finished fourth at Jardy with Chico Bella P). Sarah Cohen, winner of leg 2 at Wiesbaden and ninth at Jardy with Treason. France’s Thomas Carlile earned a record breaking win with Upsilon at leg 3 at Barbury one week ago and is currently third in the series with 56 points.

Click here to view full results from Jardy and don’t forget you can rewatch all the action on eventridermasters.tv. The fifth leg of the series will be at Festival of British Eventing, Gatcombe Park, presented by BETA, the first week of August.

Sunday Video: Pumba vs Chickens and Plastic Bags

Pumba helping with the groceries.

Another potential buyer for Pumba said to me, “so she’s ok with kids and llamas but what does she think of chickens and is she scared of plastic bags?” So I thought, well why would they ask that? Maybe they need her to help with the groceries… (No horses, roosters or people of Papakura were harmed during the making of this video…. incredibly.)

Thank you to the lovely staff of Countdown Papakura, Mcdonald’s Papakura and KFC Papakura and the beautiful people of “Kura” for humouring us when the idiots from Brookby Heights turned up on their doorstep.

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Posted by Brookby Heights International on Friday, July 14, 2017

Karen Teague of Brookby Heights International in New Zealand has gotten some strange requests from potential buyers about sales horse Nouveau Heights, aka Pumba.

First, it was “is she good with children” then “does she like llamas.” Both times Karen responded with hilariously over-the-top videos showing just how tolerant this 8-year-old Irish/Holsteiner mare can be.

Now it’s just getting ridiculous.

Yesterday Karen posted a new video with the following explanation: “Another potential buyer for Pumba said to me, ‘so she’s ok with kids and llamas but what does she think of chickens and is she scared of plastic bags?’ So I thought, well why would they ask that? Maybe they need her to help with the groceries…”

So, they took Pumba shopping with a rooster.

“No horses, roosters or people of Papakura were harmed during the making of this video…. incredibly.”

Bettina Hoy and Seigneur Medicott Dance to Early Lead at Haras de Jardy

Bettina Hoy and Seigneur Medicott. Photo by Eventridermasters.tv/Ben Clarke.

After earning the best three-star finishing score of this decade (27.3) at Luhmühlen last month, Germany’s Bettina Hoy is continuing her hot streak with Gerd-Hermann Horst’s Seigneur Medicott.

Bettina and the 11-year-old Westphalian gelding have won their last four FEI events, all at the three-star level, and are well on their way to making it five for five after winning the dressage phase of the Event Rider Masters (ERM) CIC3* at Haras de Jardy in France on a 31.4.

“He is so reliable,” Bettina said. “He always gives 150% and although he was a bit tense outside of the arena today, he delivered inside it. I now need to focus on being competitive tomorrow and delivering the results.”

Both the show jumping and cross country phases take place on Sunday and EquiRatings reminds us that so far in ERM history, every winner has jumped a clear show jumping round. Additionally, the optimum time at Jardy is difficult to achieve, so the pressure will be on.

Andrew Hoy and Cheeky Calimbo. Photo by Eventridermasters.tv/Ben Clarke.

The entire top ten scored in the 30s today with less than eight penalty points separating tenth place from first. Bettina will have only a couple time penalties of breathing space between herself and Australia’s Andrew Hoy, currently lying second with Cheeky Calimbo on 34.4, a 15-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by Andrew and Mrs. Christiane Classen.

“Cheeky Calimbo was super today. We’ve had a few interesting moments throughout our career together but he is very secure now and did great,” Andrew said. “It’s a great start to the competition, but it’s a still a long way to the finish with two more phases to go. I will not be taking anything for granted.”

Lt Col Thibaut Vallette and Qing du Briot ENE HN. Photo by Eventridermasters.tv/Ben Clarke.

Scoring a career best 34.8 to take third place overnight is Lt Col Thibaut Vallette and Qing du Briot ENE HN for France. Lt Col Vallette and his Rio Olympic Games partner, the 13-year-old Selle Français owned by Institut Français du Cheval et de L’équitation, have show jumped clear in their last six FEI starts at the three-star level and above but typically incur time penalties across the country.

“He is a very good horse and I am particularly pleased with his trot work today,” he said. “The time on cross country is difficult to get here, but he is proven in all phases and fingers crossed we will go well tomorrow.

Hot on his heels in fourth place with 34.9 is Vallette’s countryman and Rio teammate Karim Florent Laghouag and Entebbe de Hus. Germany’s Michael Jung and Star Connection are fifth with 35.7.

Click here for full results. Don’t forget you can watch all the ERM action LIVE on eventridermasters.tv. Show jumping begins tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m. GMT (5:00 a.m. EST) and cross country begins at 12:30 p.m. GMT (8:30 a.m. EST).

What’s In Your Arena? Presented by Attwood: Adventures in Cavaletti

What’s in Your Arena? is an EN series sponsored by Attwood Equestrian Surfaces in which riders share their favorite jumping exercises. It’s easy to get stuck in a training rut, and we hope this will inspire you with fresh ideas that you can take home and incorporate into your own programs.

I have a real obsession for cavaletti. Whether doing flat work or jumping, I’ll send my horse over them nearly every day for the multitude of benefits the exercise offers like building strength and improving footwork. It helps that the low height (or no height) of the fences means less wear and tear on his legs while giving his brain a good workout.

There are countless exercises out there utilizing cavaletti, which are so versatile because you can roll them over to varying heights and they are easy to move around the ring. They are also fairly simple to build. To get you started on your cavaletti adventure, Evention shares three exercises you can create using six cavaletti or less.

Schrammo’s Schlippery Scherpentine puts three cavaletti on the centerline of your ring. As the name suggests, your path over the cavaletti draws a serpentine. This exercise is good practice for changing leads over fences, making good turns and maintaining a good rhythm.

Jimbo’s Gymnastic Jamboree includes two sets of bounces plus a single cavaletti placed two or three strides away from each bounce. Ride a figure eight over this set up and give your horse a kind introduction to having turns to combinations while practicing good footwork.

Absolute Mayhem uses six cavaletti to make three triangular shapes on each end of the arena. The pattern you’ll ride for this exercise is more similar to a show jumping track with lots of turns, bending lines and various related distances.

Watch the video to see all three exercises in action plus a tip on how to set distances when the fences are low. Enjoy!

Do you have an exercise to share or is there an eventer you would like to nominate for the “What’s in Your Arena?” series? Email [email protected]

Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: 7 and Under Prospects

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.

Bringing along a young horse is exceedingly rewarding and educational. The process teaches you a lot about yourself as a rider and forms a strong bond between you and the greenie looking to you for guidance. This week we’re featuring five lovely eventing prospects aged seven and under. If you’re looking for a young horse to bring along or pick up the reins on a well-started prospect to finish yourself, check out these beauties!

Reciprocity. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Reciprocity

Reciprocity, “Jane” is a 7 year old 16.1hh OTTB mare. She has a lovely jump and three beautiful gaits. Jane came off the track as a four year old and has been with me as my personal horse ever since. She is for sale at no fault of her own but rather a career change on my behalf forcing the sale.

She has been given the time to develop slowly as she was supposed to become my personal upper level horse. She is a packer at training level and just completed her first preliminary last fall where she stepped up without batting an eye.

This mare is a competitor at heart and has the ability to move up the levels with ease either with a talented young rider or a professional. She has been leased out this spring to a jumper rider and has competed in the jumpers up to 1.15m and schooled 1.25m at home with room for more. She continues to impress everyone who sees her and sits on her. Located in Texas.

Isabella. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Talented 4yr old Irish T/B

Isabella is a sweet 4 year old Irish T/B mare brought along by Caroline Martin Eventing. Isa is ready to go into a home and continue her prospect as an Eventer. She loads, clips, and hacks out quietly with or without company. Dam, Icymist, successfully competed at the 2* level, and sire is Keltic Lion. Perfect partner if you are looking to bring a talented mare along who already has lots of positive exposure! Located in Florida.

Dandy. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Good Gaits, Great Brain, Excellent Jump!

For Sale: Piedmont’s Yankee Doodle Dandy – 2012, 14’2 (USEF Pony Card), Welsh/paint gelding. Dandy has 3 correct gaits and a great jump. He was started correctly by a professional and is quiet enough that he is now being ridden by other adults and juniors, while continuing in professional training.

He has competed successfully, finishing in the ribbons, at local horse trials and jumper shows. He could also easily show in the hunter ring. He is a seriously fun and straightforward ride. Dandy is easy to handle and a pleasure to have around the barn. He is looking for a kid or adult who wants a fun horse to learn with. He would also make a great pony club mount. Located in Virginia.

Emerald Lion. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

7 year old Irish Sport Horse

Emerald Lion is a seven year old Irish Sport Horse mare out of Irish Sport Horse Stallion, Keltic Lion. “Emmy” is for sale as she is better suited for lower level eventing. She is a competitive training level packer, but will also excel in the hunter/jumpers, or dressage.

She has competed in the 1.10 jumpers at the Fox Lea Venice Equestrian Tour in Venice, Florida. Emmy has three lovely gaits, consistently scoring in the 20s to low 30s at training level with a young rider. Emmy would best suit an amateur or young rider looking to gain experience in eventing, jumpers, or dressage. Located in Illinois.

Cosmic Brew. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Super fun and talented little sports car!

Cosmic Brew (barn name: Cosmo) is a 15.3 hand 7 year old registered Thoroughbred chestnut gelding. We got Cosmo from a racetrack trainer that we know. She does a fabulous job with her horses, and when she called to tell us she had a horse we would like, we never even hesitated; just went and got him. She was right!

We got Cosmo to resell, but loved him so much right from the start that we have now had him for over 2 1/2 years! To us, as people who train and sell horses for a living, that is the greatest compliment we can give a horse! We are only now selling him because we simply haven’t done him justice; our personal horses are put on the back burner every time we get too logged down with horses that need to be ridden to sell, and so his work has been inconsistent.

He is well schooled and a blast to ride, and has done starter trials through the BN level. He generally scores low 30s in the dressage, is an absolute BLAST to jump, has an automatic lead change, and has wings in his feet. This horse is a true upper level candidate! He the perfect combination of energetic and forward, yet extremely safe and sensible in all circumstances.

He is also very beautiful and a really neat mover; without fail, the dressage judges will ask what breed he is, and they never believe he is a Thoroughbred; most think he is a Dutch Harness horse or even a Hackney horse. He is a plain snaffle and plain noseband ride; though he is forward, he is not a runaway at all. To top of the extraordinary list of awesomeness that this horse has to his name, he also has perfect manners in all situations, and is the sort of horse that can be given two weeks off and will be beautifully mannered and safe when you get back on him.

He is ROCK sound and has clean legs. In 2 1/2 years, we have never injected any joints or done any maintenance other than standard care and he has only worn plain front shoes. He is current on all care, sound, healthy, and is currently fit and competing.

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Monday News and Notes from Fleeceworks

Great day at the office #deBANKey #lowerlevelchamps

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While all eyes were on Great Meadow International this weekend, there was plenty of activity elsewhere in the eventing nation. Area III Champions were crowned down at Chattahoochee Hills where Julie Richards earned multiple titles at Preliminary and Training level.

Up in Maryland, Lainey Ashker picked up a couple wins with greenies at Novice and Beginner Novice, including a win with DeBakey, who became internet famous (and totally won our hearts) early in his career thanks to his unique attempt at dropping off a bank. Pro or ammy, Beginner Novice or Great Meadow, there’s no better way to spend a weekend!

National Holiday: National Piña Colada Day. Yes.

Great Meadow CICO3* Links: WebsiteFinal ScoresEN’s CoverageEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Action:

Huntington Farm H.T. [Website] *CANCELLED DUE TO FLOODING*

Old Chatham H.T. [Website] [Results]

Maryland at Loch Moy I H.T. [Website] [Results]

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

Roebke’s Run H.T. [Website] [Results]

41st Annual Whidbey Island H.T. [Website] [Results]

Coconino Summer I H.T. [Website] [Results]

Powder Basin H.T. [Website] [Results]

Monday News and Notes:

Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate. The mantra of summer. But as they say, we can lead the horses to water but we can’t make them drink, and not drinking is not an option for athletes like ours. Here are 12 tips for keeping your horse well fueled with H2O. [Horse Hydration FAQs]

When the gnats are flying in your eyes and ears and the mosquitoes manage to bite you through your britches, riding in the heat of summer is that much more annoying (doesn’t stop us though). However mosquitoes aren’t just pests, they are a health risk to your equine. Here are 4 tips to keeping those critters at bay. [Mosquito Prevention Tips]

Horseback riding is an activity that appeals to all ages of riders and is a sport in which age is rarely prohibitive. One 60-year-old gentleman who learned to ride less than a year ago is taking part in his first sanctioned competition as part of the Wobbleberry Challenge, which benefits the Willberry Wonder Pony Charity. [Grandfather to Make BE Debut]

Barely 1,000 purebred Knabstruppers exist in the world, but fans of the breed have good reason for their obsession. The Knabstrupper is beautiful, athletic, and every animal is unique in color. There are actually several Knabstruppers enjoying eventing! Here is a brief look at the history of the breed and other facts. [Spot the Difference]

Monday Video: A glimpse of Jennie and Ping’s winning round at Great Meadow International!

Cross Country Winning Round | FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing – The …

Jennie Brannigan led an outstanding US Equestrian team to FEI Nations Cup Eventing victory for the 2nd year running at Great Meadow International today whilst securing individual victory for herself at the same time! It’ll be celebrations for #TeamUSA tonight #SupportYourNation

Posted by Fédération Equestre Internationale on Sunday, July 9, 2017

Monday News and Notes from Fleeceworks

Getting in the holiday spirit. Photo by Lenore Threlkeld.

July 3rd is a big day. It’s my brother’s birthday, my heart horse’s birthday (both 19), and one of the most stressful days of the year for horse owners everywhere. As fireworks crack and boom for the next 24 hours, make sure your horses and pets are safe and comfortable. Here are some great tips for keeping an eye on your animals on July 4th. Please everyone, look out for yourselves as well. Make good decisions!

National Holiday: National Compliment Your Mirror Day (who’s a pretty reflection?). It’s also National Redneck Day… draw your own conclusions…

U.S. Weekend Action:

Horse Park of New Jersey I H.T. [Website] [Results]

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

South Farm H.T. [Website] [Results]

Monday News and Notes:

The USEA American Eventing Championship is less just two months away! With thousands of dollars and the best prize haul in the country up for grabs, it’s no wonder riders come from far and wide to compete. Here’s everything you need to know about the 2017 edition of the AEC in Mill Spring, NC! [Plan Your AEC Vacation]

Just because a feed bag reads “Senior” on the label doesn’t mean your horse has to be in his later years to benefit from the available nutrition. Senior feed often has quality fiber and protein, plenty of vitamins and comes in an easily digestible form. Don’t rule it out for your horse no matter his age! Consider instead his nutritional needs. [Senior Feed: Not Just for Old Horses]

At some point during a relationship, we inevitably drag our significant others to a horse show. We’d like to focus on our horse and competing, but of course we don’t want to abandon our SO to fend completely for themselves without enough horsey knowledge to avoid getting trampled. The solution? Good training. [How to Train Your Horse Show Spouse]

Congratulations to Rachel Sowinski, the winner of EN’s giveaway for a Horseware Rambo Fly Buster Vamoose Sheet & Fly MaskHorseware also just launched a fly sheet trade-in for U.S. and Canadian residents. If you trade in a clean, used fly sheet from ANY blanket brand, you can get $30 off any Rambo fly sheet. The trade-in runs through July 21. Click here to find a participating retailer near you.

Monday Video: