Articles Written 907
Article Views 2,130,476

Leslie Threlkeld


Become an Eventing Nation Blogger

About Leslie Threlkeld

Latest Articles Written

Who Jumped It Best? Stable View Monster Corner Edition

You couldn’t help but be impressed walking up to the open corner at fence 14 at the Stable View Oktoberfest Advanced Horse Trials. The angle of the front rail is extreme and the ground line (the narrow block on the left) seems miles away from the landing side. However, the generous placement of mums on take-off softens it a tad bit.

While this fence may have seemed impossibly wide, but there were few problems and horses jumped it very well. There was no option, but riders had a couple of choices should they have a stop or runout. Most re-approached and used the flowers as a ground line, reducing the width of the corner but wasting precious seconds on the clock. Another rider went through the wide side of the corner and jumped the flagged rail as an upright.

It was such an exciting fence to watch, and now it’s your turn to decide Who Jumped It Best? We realize not every photo shows every horse at the same moment in the air, but we’re showing you the best frame for each horse. For this edition, we ask that you consider style, form and “wow factor” when you choose the best overall picture.

Vote for your favorite in the poll at the bottom of this post. Go Eventing.

Stable View LinksWebsite, OmnibusRide TimesResults, Live Stream, EN’s Coverage

Kelly Beaver and Sempre Fino. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Kirsten Buffamoyer and Jim. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Dana Cooke and Forever Young. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Caroline Martin and Danger Mouse. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Boyd Martin and Shamwari 4. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Katie Ruppel and Houdini. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Maya Simmons and Archie Rocks. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Tamie Smith and Wembley. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Monday News and Notes from Fleeceworks

Caroline Martin and Danger Mouse. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Normally, I try to move around a course when I’m photographing, but this Advanced corner at the Stable View Oktoberfest Advanced Horse Trial was so impressive I could not persuade my feet to move to another fence. Caroline Martin’s 9-year-old Warmblood is one of my favorite jumping horses. Can you see why?! Wee!

National Holiday: Day of Unity

U.S. Weekend Action:

Stable View LinksWebsite, OmnibusRide TimesResults, Live Stream, EN’s Coverage

University of New Hampshire H.T.  [Results]

Larkin Hill H.T. [Website] [Results]

Morven Park CIC & H.T. [Website] [Results]

ESDCTA H.T. [Website] [Results]

Woodland Stallion Station H.T. [Results]

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

Jump Start H.T. [Website] [Results]

Monday News and Notes:

Champions are being crowned all over the country since the 2017 Area Championships got under way this summer. The USEA has a roundup of the latest winners. [Area Championships Round Up, Part 1]

Temperatures have definitely begun dropping. It’s time to clip the woollies off the horses and dig out and wash up blankets. Horses are naturally well equipped to handle the cold, but they aren’t impervious to frostbite. [Formidable Frostbite]

The situation in Puerto Rico is bleak in the wake of Hurricane Maria, as the island remains without power or running water. Gasoline, food and other resources are running out. There are many people and animals to help. Numerous charities are stepping up to help equines that have been affected by the disaster. [Charities rally to help]

Monday Video: How cool is this! Want to know the whole story? Click here!


The Purdue “All-American” Marching Band created one of the greatest picture formations we have ever seen. This horse and carriage is AMAZING! Don’t miss their wild west show. Watch it all here:

🎥 by Purdue Band Fan

Posted by on Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Boyd Martin and Crackerjack Claim $15,000 Victory in Stable View Advanced

Boyd Martin and Crackerjack. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Boyd Martin enjoyed a big pay day at the second annual Stable View Oktoberfest Advanced Horse Trials. With four finishing in the money in the Advanced division and one more in Intermediate, his rides earned nearly $30,000.

As expected, cross country time penalties shuffled the leaderboard significantly today. Boyd and Lucy Boynton Lie’s 14-year-old Thoroughbred Crackerjack posted the fastest time with just 3.6 penalties for a final score of 34.3. They moved up from seventh place to win the divisionas our resident crystal ball predicteda happy result as they look towards Pau CCI4*.

“The Stable View course is very similar to Pau. It’s a very technical, twisty track that has lots of mounds and corners and narrows,” Boyd said. “Crackers can be a little difficult to ride in that type of event so I’m glad he went down there. He was a little bit of a handful in the first section of the course but then he settled down.”

The track at Stable View was unique because the beginning and end wound through a forest of pine trees, with a beautiful gallop through an open field in the middle. While the course wasn’t huge, Boyd said, it rode difficult because of the placement of jumps.

“You have to really know your course well. There are so many trees and other level fences around. You definitely need to really walk your course and understand which side of what tree and what line you’ll take,” he said.

“It feels like you’re riding a lot faster than you really are; the fences are coming up quickly. It’s good for your riding because it makes it more intense and puts more pressure on. It really tests the horse’s rideability. You have to have a horse that is light in the hand and can turn quickly and maneuver well. That all comes down to training.”

Boyd praised Captain Mark Phillips for his design, saying his courses in the last two years have been the best of his whole career. “We’re very lucky to have him move to America and design courses for us. He’s got a lot of experience. He knows what works and what won’t. He puts a lot of pressure on the riders to get better and the horses to learn.”

Katie Ruppel and Houdini. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Katie Ruppel and her own 13-year-old Thoroughbred Houdini’s round started off a little hairy when a spectator wandered into the path of the second fence and she was forced to make a circle. Such a thing could fluster even the most experienced rider, but not these two!

“I figured it would all be handled at the end so Hewie and I just pressed on,” Katie said. “While I would have loved to beat Boyd at his own place, I’m thrilled with my little scrapper this weekend.”

Officials witnessed the detour early on and adjusted Katie’s time accordingly. With 6.2 time penalties added they finished in second on 36.6. As for Katie’s plans for the $12,000 paycheck: “Now I can buy (Hewie) more minis!”

Katie has her eyes on the Jockey Club International in Ocala to close out the season and hopes to cross Badminton off her bucket list next spring.

“There’s a big Thoroughbred prize (at Ocala) that’s his to lose, and we love that event,” she said. “I think I’ll just keep running him carefully at CIC and Advanced and save him for the big stuff. He’s not getting any younger and I don’t want to use him up.”

Boyd Martin and Tsetserleg. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Boyd blazed around clear with his other three Advanced rides. Christine Turner’s 10-year-old Trakehner Tsetserleg added 6.0 time penalties to finish third on 37.0. Blackfoot Mystery, a 13-year-old Thoroughbred owned by the Blackfoot Mystery Syndicate, added 9.6 time and finishing fifth on 38.1. Shamwari Syndicate’s 15-year-old Hanoverian Shamwari 4 took home sixth with 10.0 time to add for 39.9.

“I’ve taken my time bringing (Blackfoot Mystery and Shamwari) back this year. I didn’t do too much with them at the beginning of the year. I tried to get them fit this summer,” Boyd said. “They are two legend horses to ride cross country. I tried to be a little bit cautious with them this year to save them up for next year. They ripped around the course but I didn’t push them. I’m thrilled to be riding those two. They are very special and they both gave me great round.”

Clayton Fredericks and FE Ophelia, a 10-year-old Zweibrucker owned by Diana Crawford and Hugh Wrigley, were second after show jumping but 11.6 time penalties on cross country dropped them to fourth on 37.8. Ellen Doughty-Hume and her and Alistair Hume’s 15-year-old Thoroughbred/Holsteiner Sir Oberon matched Boyd and Crackerjack’s quick time, adding 3.6 penalties for seventh on 40.4 in their second run since Rolex.

Tamra Smith and Judith McSwain’s 8-year-old Holsteiner mare Fleeceworks Royal was clear with 12.0 time to finish 8th on 43.9. Caroline Martin and Danger Mouse had a cracking clear round with 12.8 time to add and finishing ninth on 49.6. Kelly Beaver will be celebrating tonight as she and her 17-year-old Thoroughbred Sempre Fino jumped a clear round for tenth place in their first Advanced horse trial.

Kelly Beaver and Sempre Fino. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Caroline Martin and her own 8-year-old Zangersheide Cristano Z posted one of two double-clear rounds in the Intermediate division to win on their dressage score of 23.5. The only other double-clear came from Hallie Coon and Shanon Baker’s 11-year-old Thoroughbred Lansdowne, who finished fourth on 30.8.

Boyd and Christine Turner’s 10-year-old Canadian Warmblood mare Kyra added 3.2 time penalties top move up from fourth to second on 29.9. Ariel Grald and Annie Eldridge’s 8-year-old Irish Sport Horse Leamore Master Plan also added 3.2 time to finish third on a 30.1.

Caroline Martin and Cristano Z. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

I don’t suppose organizers Barry and Cyndy Olliff have control of the weather but it really could not have been better this weekend (it felt a bit like fall finally, appropriate for Oktoberfest!). In addition to a beautiful setting and exciting courses, it was great to see many locals out enjoying the competition and shopping in the trade fair.

“I do think this is new era in American eventing,” Boyd said, reflecting on the competition in Aiken and last weekend’s Arena Eventing exhibition in Central Park. “You have entrepreneurs like Barry and Mark (Bellissimo) that are doing a great service to American eventing, people that are making the sport so exciting and lifting the bar and standard of all events. We are very lucky to be pro event riders at this time in the U.S. It’s gone beyond what I thought possible.”

Stable View LinksWebsite, OmnibusRide TimesResults, Live Stream, EN’s Coverage

Stable View Advanced Cross Country Course Walk

16B / 17 – Stable View

Cross country is well under way here at the second annual Stable View Advanced Oktoberfest Horse Trials. The Advanced division is set to begin at noon EST. Be sure you tune in to the EQTV live stream to watch the action with commentary from our own Jenni Autry and guests at this link.

I took a walk around Captain Mark Phillips’ Advanced course this morning. It’s a cool day with a brisk breeze, perfect for the horses even if it makes our eyes water a bit. The footing feels really fantastic and the whole course, built by Eric Bull, is beautifully presented and decorated for fall.

Many riders are using Stable View as a final prep for Fair Hill International coming up in two weeks. But whether they plan to kick into high gear or have an easy canter around, horses and riders have to be on the ball from start to finish.

The first several fences are in the trees before the track opens up and adds in some galloping stretches and the first of eight combinations on course. Then it’s back into the trees where the fences are strategically placed to check that the riders have walked the course carefully and are confident in their lines.

You may feel like you’re flying when you’re galloping between pines, but the feeling can be deceiving and we will likely see plenty of time penalties today. Quite a few difficult turns will also require immense accuracy and control, which could surprise some of the less experienced combinations.

The light this morning cast some awkward shadows on a few fences, which you’ll see in the gallery below. However, the sun will be high in the sky by the time our first Advanced horse leaves the start box.

We’ll be back with a full report this afternoon so keep it locked on EN. Go Eventing.

Stable View LinksWebsite, OmnibusRide TimesLive Scores, Live Stream

Watch the Stable View Advanced Cross Country Live Stream

Good morning from the second annual Stable View Advanced Oktoberfest Horse Trials! The Intermediate and Advanced cross country will stream live on EQTV starting at 10:20 a.m. EST. In the mean time, click the watch again button to rewatch show jumping!

Tune in to watch and listen to commentary from EN’s own Jenni Autry, plus special guests including Kyle Carter. Watch the action in the player above right here in this post or click here to watch on the Stable View website.

Time will be tough to catch today on Captain Mark Phillip’s cross country course, and with many of the Advanced and Intermediate horses prepping for Fair Hill International, every pair will have a different game plan out there today.

Heather Morris and Charlie Tango, a 9-year-old Irish Sport Horse owned by the Team Express Group, lead the Advanced division on a two-phase score of 25.4. They are followed closely by the next nine combinations, all within 10 points of the lead.

Heather told EN yesterday that she’s using Stable View as a fitness run for Fair Hill. “I’m going to give it a crack but if someone goes faster and beats me, so be it.”

Stable View Advanced Oktoberfest Horse Trials has quickly become a premier fall event, with top courses, fantastic footing and a hearty $65,000 on the line. But it’s not just the top dogs that stand to earn some money back. Prize money is awarded to ALL levels, from Advanced to Beginner Novice. Learn more at

Stable View LinksWebsite, OmnibusRide TimesLive Scores, Live Stream

Heather Morris and Charlie Tango Jump to Stable View Oktoberfest Advanced Lead

Heather Morris and Charlie Tango. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

It was a beautiful, breezy day in Aiken, SC at the Stable View Advanced Oktoberfest Horse Trials. Competitors from Advanced to Beginner Novice tackled Richard Jeffery’s show jumping course which had a strong impact on scores. In the Advanced division, just 34% were clear and inside the time, while 38% were fault-free in the Intermediate.

Heather Morris and Team Express Group’s 9-year-old Irish Sport Horse Charlie Tango jumped clear and inside the time to take the lead in the Advanced division, moving up from second after dressage with a 25.4. “His dressage was pretty good. He had some moments, some wobbles, but he got a 10 on his rein back,” Heather said.

This is Charlie’s second year at the Advanced level and he has consistently produced first and second place finishes at both national and international competitions. He is nearly always fault-free in show jumping and is a cross country machine.

“He’s coming up but he’s quite young still. He’s barn sour which on this course will be tricky because we’re stabled in the main barn and fence six goes right next to his stall. I’m hoping he’s growing up but I have to keep that in the back of my head,” Heather said.

Heather and Charlie are getting ready for the CCI3* at Fair Hill International and will look to have a solid run on Captain Mark Phillips’ cross country course tomorrow.

“Tamie and I have been practicing some cross country questions and I’m hoping he’s ready and will go out with his game face on and prove he’s grown up and is ready for this. I’m going to give it a crack but if someone goes faster and beats me, so be it.”

“The course is good. There are five jumps in first minute so it’s quite derby-like at the beginning but then opens up and flows quite well. The time will be hard to make so you’re going to see some people run for time but a lot will go out and use it as a good prep for Fair Hill.”

Clayton Fredericks and FE Ophelia. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Clayton Fredericks (AUS) and Diana Crawford and Hugh Wrigley’s FE Ophelia are second after the first two phases. A fault-free round moved them up from fourth on a 26.3.

Clayton got the ride on the 10-year-old Zweibrucker mare last year and have earned several top two-star placings. They moved up to the three-star level at Great Meadow and most recently finished 15th at the Plantation Field CIC3*. They are entered in the CCI3* at Fair Hill.

Boyd Martin was the overnight leader with the Shamwari Syndicate’s 15-year-old Hanoverian Shamwari 4, but a rail and one time penalty dropped them down to fourth place. Yet Boyd still has four horses in the top eighth in the Advanced division.

Boyd’s Rio Olympic Games mount Blackfoot Mystery, a 13-year-old Thoroughbred owned by the Blackfoot Mystery Syndicate, moved up to third after a double-clear round to sit on 28.5. Lucy Boynton Lie’s 14-year-old Thoroughbred Crackerjack and Christine Turner’s 10-year-old Trakehner Tsetserleg were also clear and fast, moving into seventh and eighth place respectively.

Tamie Smith has two horses in the top nine. Kevin Baumgardner’s 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood Wembley had one rail to drop to fifth on 30.0, and Judith McSwain’s 8-year-old Holsteiner mare Fleeceworks Royal added four penalties for ninth place on 31.9.

Katie Ruppel and her 13-year-old Thoroughbred Houdini went double clear to move up one place to sixth on 30.2. Joe Meyer and Clip Clop, a 14-year-old Irish Sport Horse owned by Joe and Theresa and Madison Foote, were also clear and fast to tie Courtney Cooper and her homebred Irish Sport Horse/NZ Thoroughbred cross Who’s A Star for tenth on 34.6.

Boyd Martin and Blackfoot Mystery. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

We have a number of combinations making their Advanced level debut here at Stable View. Kerry Torrey and her 11-year-old Hanoverian Zumba are off to a good start at this level with a dressage score of 37.5 and a double-clear show jumping round. They are currently in 14th place in the division.

Kelley Beaver and her 17-year-old Thoroughbred Sempre Fino had a single rail in their first Advanced. Shanon Baker and her 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse Ballingowan Zeal jumped a lovely clear with five time penalties.

Canadian Young Rider Shelby Brost is no stranger to Advanced but is competing for the first time at the level with Crimson, a 14-year-old Thoroughbred mare who carried Shelby to two medals at NAJYRC: bronze in the 2015 one-star and gold in the 2016 two-star.

Shelby is saving her Crimson’s legs for the Ocala Jockey Club International in November so will they will not run cross country tomorrow. However, they were one of the few to jump clear and fast today in show jumping and are placed 15th on 37.9.

Shelby Brost and Crimson. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Looking to the 40-horse Intermediate division, Caroline Martin leads the way with her own 8-year-old Zangersheide Cristano Z. They move on to cross country still on their dressage score of 23.5.

In second is Boyd Martin and the Long Island T Syndicate’s 11-year-old Oldenburg/Thoroughbred Long Island T with a 23.8. Boyd is also fourth with Christine Turner’s 10-year-old Canadian Warmblood mare Kyra and tied for fifth with On Cue, an 11-year-old Anglo mare also owned by Christine. Third place is held by Leslie Law and his and Carmen Anderson’s 8-year-old Irish Sport Horse Call the Law on a 24.4.

Scores are close at the top and time penalties will undoubtedly be a factor on cross country tomorrow. The footing is fabulous and the course is very spectator friendly. We’re looking forward to a great day tomorrow.

Barry and Cyndy Olliff brought the first Advanced Horse Trials to Aiken two years ago and developed a premier fall event with an enticing atmosphere. If you’re in the area, be sure to stop by the bustling trade fair which features tack shops and artists of all kinds. There are food trucks galore and the craft beer is flowing.

If you can’t make it in person, mark your calendar for next year. Meanwhile, tune in to watch cross country on the EQTV live stream starting at 10:20 a.m. Sunday. EN’s own Jenni Autry is commentating and she’s lining up special guests as we speak! If you missed today’s show jumping, the replay is already available!

Stable View LinksWebsite, OmnibusRide TimesLive Scores, Live Stream

“58 Clips of Lainey Ashker Kicking My Butt”

Photo by Dean Hennings.

Lainey Ashker could give George Morris a run for his money when it comes to meme-worthy one-liners. Student Samantha Ensinger put together a montage of Lainey-isms from a recent dressage lesson and we are absolutely rolling with laughter.

Samantha is 16 years old and she’s had Rocko, a 12-year-old Belgian Warmblood cross for about 9 months. They evented at Starter level this summer and hope to move up to Beginner Novice soon.

“I really loved Lainey’s teaching style. She was very honest, while still being extremely encouraging,” Samantha said. “She pushed us both to our best for every second of the ride and made us all laugh a few times with those phrases that flow so naturally from her personality. I look forward to the next time she comes back to Ohio for a clinic. I might be the first in line to ride with her again!”

We love how Lainey kept her student laughing. Lainey said, “Believe it or not I actually had a million more positive things to say about this pair! Must’ve been a long lesson.”

Humor goes a long way when it comes to keeping students engaged in learning. Here are a few more motivating Lainey-isms:

Here’s some more “Lainey-isms” courtesy of Kyana Sazegari who hosts one of my awesome California clinics! #anythinggoes #didshereallyjustsaythat #ohnoshedidnt

Posted by Lainey Ashker on Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: Five FEI Event Horses

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.

Experience is everything in our sport. If you’re looking for a horse that has reached the FEI level and is looking for a new partner to continue on with an international career, here are five horses for sale that have competed at the one-star level and up.

Thomas. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

A Proper Gentleman aka Thomas

Thomas is a 2005, 16.3-17.0 hand flashy bay English Sport Horse gelding. His sire is Selle Francais and his dame is English TB. USEA#- 166201. Thomas has competed in multiple 1* events as well as Prelim competitions. Before he was imported he competed in CIC* and CIC** events overseas.

He was imported by Julie Richards and we purchased him in 2015. Thomas is an easy going guy with a great attitude. He’s a very easy keeper with great ground manners. He tends to be more on the calm side but willing to do what you ask. He would make a great horse for an amateur wanting to start slow and move up or someone who wants experience at the upper levels.

He has the scope for Intermediate but due to rider injuries he hasn’t competed intermediate yet. He consistently scores mid to low 30’s and upper 20’s. Located in Kentucky.

Frenchfort Cobra. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Junior/ eventer

Frenchfort cobra. 8-yr-old mare competing at EI100 Level in Ireland now going up to 1* level will go to 2* no problem. Going clear every time jumping at 1.20 v easy to do eventer would make lovely junior horse. SIRE Cobra Dam Thornfield Calli. This mare has been professionally produced by an international event rider in Ireland, Joanne Corish Springwell Stables Ballylibernagh Bridgetown Co Wexford. Open to any vetting. Veterinary and transport can all be arranged. I have sold an event horse to America last year so I can get reference if needed. Located in Ireland.

Chet the Jet. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

CIC* and Intermediate gelding

Chet the Jet. A 2008, 16.3 hh chestnut Holsteiner gelding. With remarkable bloodlines top and bottom. Sire is Rex Grannus, who himself was a multi discipline talent, competing in Grand Prix show jumping, Advanced level dressage with Dr. Reiner Klimke, and the Puissance jumpers. His dam’s sire is the legendary Thoroughbred stallion Napur, who competed in Grand Prix show jumping with Hap Hansen.

Chet has just arrived to us to help find his next partner. Chet would be very suitable for a Young Rider looking to do the Championships next year, or a competitive A/A looking for a capable partner for Prelim/ Intermediate. Chet has two and a half seasons at the Preliminary level, including a 4th place finish in the CIC* at Fresno this spring. Chet and his adult amateur owner/rider made two starts at the Intermediate level with success.

Chet shows a consistent record, and a very willing attitude toward his job. With 3 good paces, and a good temperament at the shows, Chet is consistently hitting the low 30s to high 20s in dressage. With over 60%TB blood, Chet has a tremendous gallop and great conditioning. With all the scope and bravery to go with a good jumping technique, he finds the cross country well with in his capacity. He would make an exciting horse for someone looking for an experienced partner at a great age. Located in Idaho.

Darla Doll. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Training packer with Intermediate miles

Darla Doll is a 15 yr old OTTB mare. She has extensive Preliminary/1* experience including Virginia CCI* and NAJYRC 1* both going double clear xc. Recent results include winning the IP at Flying Cross Horse Trials. Darla has taken her current young rider from Novice to Intermediate and also helped her obtain her USPC ‘A’ rating. She would be best suited for a young rider looking to gain experience at Training and even take them to prelim with some maintenance. Priced at 35K and currently. Located in Kentucky.

College Point BLVD. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Experienced 1* and Intermediate TB gelding

College Point BLVD “Collie” is a 2004, 16.2 hands Thoroughbred gelding that successfully competed at the CCI* and Intermediate level. He completed the Land Rover Jaguar Bromont in 2016 finishing 3rd in the young rider 1* division and 18th overall.

Fancy in the dressage phase scoring mid 20’s or low 30’s, super honest on cross country and a careful jumper. He would make a super horse for an up and coming young rider or someone who wants more experience at the level. Had a light 2017 show season because owner was busy with full time work and school, but he is fit and ready to go! Located in Montreal.

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

Spotted at Sundance Farm: A real live unicorn! Maia Ramberg and Nessie after a magical win in the Starter division. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

I grew up riding and competing in Area III, occasionally venturing out to Area VIII or II. These days I have the pleasure of traveling to events around the country and meeting horses, riders and organizers in other Areas. It’s easy to get in the habit of competing at the same events over and over, especially when they are close to home, but I encourage you to get out there and try a new venue. You may like what you see!

National Holiday: National Family Day and National Cooking Day

U.S. Weekend Action:

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

Surefire Farm Fall H.T. [Website] [Results]

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

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

Equestrians Institute H.T. [Website] [Results]

Monday News and Notes:

Are you planning to compete at the Waredaca Classic Three-Day Event in October? Join the “Waredaca 3-Day Competitors!” Facebook group! Use this page to share schedules, make carpool plans, get 10-minute box tips and talk all things 3-day. [Facebook]

The USEA East Coast Future Event Horse Champions were crowned this weekend at Loch Moy Farm in Maryland. Ronald Zabala-Goetschel’s homebreds earned several titles, including one special future star they call they “eight-star baby”. Meet the yearlings, two year olds and three year olds who stood out to judges Robin Walker and Chris Ryan. [USEA East Coast FEH Championships] [Hat Trick for Wise Master Rubelk]

As this article astutely notes right off the bat, “Horse people are often described as picky, fussy, or difficult when it comes to hay selection.” No kidding! From the quality to quantity to price, we agonize over hay. [Selecting Horse Hay: Separating Fact from Fiction]

The Abaco Island horse became extinct in 2015, but cloning technology may be the key to resurrecting the breed. The Abacos, an archipelago in the Bahamas, has been home to these special horses for hundreds of years. From massacres to hurricanes to a toxic diet, this breed battled many threats over the years, and one woman is determined to give them another fighting chance. [Their only hope]


Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: Lease for Love

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

At the lesson barn where my mom and I started eventing, the owner frequently gave students the opportunity to “lease a horse for love,” alleviating some of the feed and shavings bills on her end and giving a client the chance to experience semi-ownership with less pressure and financial commitment than a full on purchase. Not to mention the horse had a person to call their own for a while.

There are many reasons an owner may choose to lease out a horse: too many horses to ride and not enough time; owner is in school/working/having a baby/broke; rider has bigger ambitions than the horse does. Whatever the reason, the owner typically isn’t ready to sell but doesn’t want the horse to be a pasture ornament. So, you get a ride, the horse has a job, the owner is happy. It’s a win/win/win.

Here are three horses listed for a possible lease.

Riley. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Riley-Thoroughbred Prelim Mare, Sale or Lease

Super cute mover, scores always in the 30’s with a serious love for jumping. This girl has a heart of gold and eats up the cross country course. Would pack around a lower level rider but loves a bigger challenge. Would be great for a Young Rider, and has the potential to move up to Intermediate. Clips, loads and no vices. Prefers to live outside all the time. Ran but no injuries. Would consider a year lease. Located in Maryland.

Sparky. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

For Lease: Training Level Eventer

Rare leasing opportunity for a confidence-building and competitive eventer. Sparky is a 7 yr old, 16.1 h TB who recently made a confident move up to Training and has talent for more. 2016 Midsouth Eventing and Dressage Association Adult Year End Award Winner and was also on Area 8 Novice Adult Amateur Leaderboard. Suitable for Starter to CCI*.

He possesses lovely gaits, a scopey and careful jump and bravery to spare. He is fun and easy to ride and goes in a snaffle. Relaxed and quiet at home and away; in company or alone. Ships, clips, etc without issue. Was leased for summer; change in circumstances requires new lease home. Will consider sale to right home. Located in New York.

Palermo. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.


Palermo 9yo 16.2h scopey Novice level eventer, schooling Prelim. He has also shown to Training level in dressage (schooling First Level), and jumped the meters at hunter/jumper shows (schooling 1.20).

He has a sense of humor and endures being dressed up by the barn kids! He prefers a quiet rider, and would love to have his own special person to bond with. Palermo is amateur friendly, but is not a beginner’s horse. He has also been used in our lesson program with our intermediate riders.

He is up to date with everything, and is great for the farrier and vet (although he’s rather frightened of needles!). Palermo is registered with the Oldenburg society (DE433339824908), USEF/USDF/USEA. Lease option may be considered.

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.

Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: Add a Little Color to Your Collection

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.

For a few years I was riding an Appaloosa pony mare, and everywhere we went she turned heads. “She’s so cute!” was the usual cry as strangers leaned in to give her a scratch. She loved the attention, of course, and she tried extra hard to be adorable in public.

If you’re looking to add a little color to your equine collection but still want the athleticism required for sport, here’s four horses for sale with their own unique patterns to match their personalities!

Wapz Masterpiece. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Get SPOTTED – Future Event Prospect Extrodinaire

Event Prospect Extraordinaire! Be BOLD with color and talent on this coming 2 y/o SPORTALOOSA GELDING! Wapz Masterpiece aka Armani is from eventers on both sides. On the sires side, Wapuzzan…Wap-Appaloosa lines are well known for their o/f talent, good minds, longevity and soundness.

He has many siblings that are eventing, winning at Prelim and one was aimed for Advanced before being purchased. Currently his 6 y/o brother is tied 2nd in the NATION at BN! His TB dam, Charming Devil by Ayes Turn lines (evented to Prelim herself) and is the sister to Katilin Spurlock’s Rolex mount Expedience! The dam’s TB b’lines are known for producing good eventers. The TB side gives him finesse and forward endurance! This young gelding is a great combination of bloodlines, conformation, mind and color! He is UP Potential or is sure to be fun and successful at any lower level as well.

Armani has had 120 days of professional in-hand training to keep him well handled and experienced growing up. He has already shown twice in-hand, qualifying for the Championship round each time even against WB’s! He already hauls great and settles in well at shows. He has a goofy-quirky fun personality and grabs attention everywhere he goes for his stunning looks. He is very smart and learns quickly. Armani is currently standing 15.1 as a yearling. He is expected to mature 16.2 hh.

We are seeking a driven, committed rider who wants a lifetime future partner to have amazing experiences with. Someone who will cherish making a bond with Armani and who will have the focus to really drive their partnership as far as they dare to dream. *However first and foremost we want Armani and his person to be happy – it’s not all about showing and winning, that is just his ability if you want to take him there* But we do feel he is bred for and will be happiest in a performance home/match.

Armani is ApHC registered and eligible for AWS and Sportaloosa International, SHOC etc. He also has lifetime membership to USEF/USDF. Located in North Carolina.

Canso de la Mancha. Photo by Brant Gamma via Sport Horse Nation.

Looking for its new partner: Confirmed Intermediate horse with CIC/CCI2* experience.

Canso de la Mancha: 10 y.o. gelding (Spring 2007), Tall 16’1, TB (light) body type.

Made the top three at every event attended at the Preliminary level, except at his second start where he finished 4th. Won his second Intermediate event leading straight from dressage, in the Open division.

Rides the three phases in a snaffle. The type of horse who is calm for dressage, then lights up for the XC and Stadium while staying very connected to his rider. Very honest and careful, locks to the fence. A real pleasure to work with.

Would be best suited for an Amateur or a Junior wanting to move up the levels up to Intermediate, with a safe, fun and competitive partner. This horse will never let you down if you take the time to create a bond with him. He could also make a fun jumper or dressage partner. He just came back from a jumping show where he won the Mini Prix. All eyes were on him, as usual! He also finished season champion in Dressage level 2 last year.

Cleanest medical record – never injured, not injected, no medication of any sort. Always fresh and happy to work the day after cross-country. The horse is entered for three events this fall: an Intermediate and a CIC2* in September, and a CCI2* in October.

Serious inquiries only. This horse is sold because his owner thinks he maxed at 2* and will not be comfortable at 3*. She prefers finding him a good home where he will stay within his comfort zone and make his next rider confident and competitive in any show ring. Located in Canada.

Appaloosa Sport Horse gelding. Photo by Shannon Brinkman via Sport Horse Nation.

Appaloosa Sport Horse gelding by Wapuzzan

Black Appaloosa Sport Horse. 3.5 years old. This guy will be ready to show in the spring. Great mind, kind and forgiving. Super easy to work with in all ways. Has been exposed to a lot without being over used as a youngster. Has in hand show experience in FEH. Ground driving as a yearling, and started lightly under saddle at 2. This summer has done a couple of schooling shows. Has even foxhunted once, and was a super star. No problems with ditches, banks, water. Nice mover. Super athletic and scopey – potential for upper level. Get to know him now and hit the ground running in the spring. Great opportunity to get a young horse with a sane mind and sound body! More videos and photos available. Located in Iowa.

Sky. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Pinto Friesian -Flashy Sport Horse

“Sky ” -turned out with more of the warm blood look than strict Friesian. He turns black bay pinto for 6 mos of the year during the cooler months. Most agreeable horse I’ve ever owned and every ride is a pleasure. Doing training level dressage well and does more advanced movements of leg yield,shoulder in, etc. He is the cool WB push ride vs tense,tight backed hot horses.

Superb trail horse has been ridden alone/grp on numerous ,scenic horse park trails throughout Colorado. May be one of those rare horses that could fox hunt calmly. V sound.. can go barefoot the whole year. Easy keeper, likes attention on the crossties. Tolerates llama right next to him in the pasture and multiple goats running under his legs and jumping off tack trunks right next to him.

For sale because he’s only ridden 3-4 x month and he should have been already been shown extensively. Can get an 8 on his sweeping,elastic walk and also stretch circles that each get coefficient scores x 2 at shows. The steady horse in dressage classes for AA and Jrs usually wins. Should also have been doing scenic trail riding all over Colorado.

This conformation pic is preliminary..doesn’t totally show the very correct conformation he has. I choose this picture of him in the winter when he came right out of the muddy pasture because it showed how trim he can get. He is not as trim now re: mos of lush pasture. Uphill neck build .. rides big ..shown on video with 5 foot nine man and he is 15 hds. Limited jump experience but brave and should learn quickly. Located in Colorado.

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

Kim Severson and Cooley Cross Border hear the Star Spangled Banner at Blenheim. Photo by Libby Law.

Roslyn Johnson, a member of the Cross Syndicate, stated after Kim and Cross’s big win at Blenheim, “This does our hearts good during such an emotional time in the USA…thank you, Kim Severson, for making us all very, very, proud.” I think we can all agree with that.

National Holiday: National Cheeseburger Day

Major Events This Week:

Blenheim: WebsiteResultsLive StreamERM Live StreamBE TV Live StreamEN’s CoverageTwitterInstagram

Plantation FieldWebsiteSchedule, ResultsUSEF NetworkEN’s CoverageTwitterInstagram

U.S. Weekend Action:

GMHA September H.T. [Website] [Results]

Marlborough H.T. [Website] [Results]

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

Otter Creek Fall H.T. [Website] [Results]

MeadowCreek Park Fall H.T. [Website] [Results]

Flying Cross Farm H.T. [Website] [Results]

Stone Gate Farm H.T. [Website] [Results]

Colorado Horse Park Trials [Website] [Results]

Monday News and Notes:

Don’t miss this excellent recap from Doug Payne on his trip to Blenheim with Vandiver. “I was lucky enough to receive a travel grant from the USET Foundation and Jacqueline Mars for Vandiver to compete at Blenheim. I can’t thank them enough. During every international trip a lot is learned and hopefully I can apply what was gained here to earn a US team medal in the near future!”  [Doug Payne Recaps Blenheim]

Helen “Penny” Chenery, the charismatic owner of racing legend Secretariat, died yesterday following complications from a stroke. Penny loved Thoroughbreds and championed women in business and sports. Even after Secretariat retired, she remained active in the Thoroughbred industry through the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, Jockey Club, Secretariat Foundation and more. [Penny Chenery dies at 95]

Emma Shackell was just 16 when she laid eyes on Alan, a small 3-year-old colt at an auction. Fearing he’d go to slaughter, she bid on him and won. He proved to be a difficult horse with a bad napping and rearing habit, sending Emma off to the hospital more than once. But she persevered and they have their sights set on a three-star next season. [‘I thought he’d go for meat’]

Livestock owners are still feeling the effects of the recent hurricanes Harvey and Irma and the recovery process will be long and trying. Many people and organizations have pitched in to help any way they can. Thoroughbred Charities of America has set up a grant for Caribbean Thoroughbred Aftercare to provide hay to horses on the U.S. Virgin Islands. [TCA Provides Emergency Grant]

There are many ways to help furry hurricane victims. [South Florida SPCA Needs Our Help] [Houston Horses, Harvey, and How You Can Help]

Best of the Blogs: Classical Training: You Get What You Give

Hot on Horse Nation: Equestrian Social Skills

Monday Video: Cuteness overload! The DVCTA Junior Quadrille Team perform on matching Haflingers at Plantation Field International.

Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: Tallyho! Six Event Horses with Foxhunting Experience

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.

Foxhunting is a sport that was synonymous with eventing as a cross training opportunity. While these days we have a tendency to want to bubble wrap our event horses head to toe, there are many eventers who still take advantage of the education afforded in the hunt field.

Recently I started taking my young event horse out with hounds and he seems to love it. I can already see where the experience will benefit him on cross country as he learns to bravely but smartly navigate different terrains and ground conditions while remaining focused and balanced.

Looking to find a horse you can event and hunt? Here are six horses with experience in both sports.

Patriot. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Amateur Friendly Eventer and Fox Hunter

Seasoned Eventer and Foxhunter OTTB 15.3 hand 8 year old gelding offered for sale, Tea Party O’Nine, fondly referred to as Patriot.

Patriot has evented successfully through training level and hunted a full season with the Arapahoe Hunt in Colorado. In the hunt field, he can go from first flight to hill topping with ease. Patriot is reliable and straightforward to the jumps, hacks out alone or in a group. He will do ditches, water, etc, and does not look at colorful show jumping fences.

He is the same horse away at events as he is at home. This gelding has an “in your pocket” personality and is a kind and willing worker. He is sound and sane with no vices and loads, clips, ties like a gentleman, he is a farrier and veterinarian favorite. Ideal home would be adult amateur or junior rider looking for a low level eventer, fox hunter, or all-around pleasure horse. Located in Pennsylvania.

Happy Harry. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Fantastic event pony for sale!

“Happy Harry” is a 14 hand pinto pony. He has successfully competed at several unrecognized Beginner Novice events, bringing home a 4th at the July Bucks County horse trials. Easy and careful, Harry is point and shoot to the fences. He is also a fun foxhunter, and would make a fantastic all around pony club pony.

He does enjoy being in a program, the fitter he gets the more fun he becomes. Not suitable for a very small child or baby beginner. Will continue to be shown until sold, moving up to Novice at the next Fair Hill! Located in Maryland.

Manuel. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

16.2hh Wonderful Grey Thoroughbred Gelding

Manuel is a super nice 16. 2hh 10 year old OTTB. He is very kind and willing, but has not yet had a lot of show or hunting experience. This horse has scope galore, but is not for a beginner as he often over-jumps. Manuel is super quiet when in a consistent program. He has the potential to make a superb foxhunter.

This is a lovely horse, priced to sell at no fault of his own. His owner was working too much to see him often and is now relocating to a different state. Price is negotiable for a quick sale and perfect home. Perfect, loving home for this wonderful horse is a MUST! Located in Virginia.

Aurelia. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Whipper-In and first flight foxhunter

Aurelia is a 15.3 hand 8 year old homebred and unraced registered Thoroughbred dark bay mare. We bred and raised her, and she is from the family of the great event sire, Sadler’s Wells.

Aurelia has a season of foxhunting under her belt, being used by one of our students as a whipper-in. She was also hunted in the first field by our student’s timid adult amateur mother. They both claim that there is not a horse better made for the hunt field. She is great with the hounds, stands quietly, never acts up, and of course, is a great jumper!

She has never been given any sort of sedation for any riding/hunting, ever. She schools solid training level dressage and has schooled up to 3’6″ in gymnastics. She has evented at the beginner novice level and is very quiet and sensible in all situations, both on the farm, off the farm, under saddle, on the ground, in the hunt field or the show ring.

Snaffle ride in all circumstances, never pulls. She is beautiful and has great legs and feet. She has a comfortable, very balanced canter to sit. She is sound and healthy. Located in Virginia.

Inntrigue. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Winning Novice Oldenburg Sport Horse

Inntrigue is a lovely 9 year Oldenburg sport horse who has found her niche in the eventing world! She is out of Art Deco and Scenic Skyline. I purchased her 8 months ago for my future prelim horse, but due to grad school/moving/job changes I am forced to sell her already.

This mare LOVES jumping! She never stops, and she’s a cross country machine. She loves water, ditches, banks and she always cleans up in stadium. She won her first Open Novice with a 28.3! She is very adjustable and has her auto changes. I have taken her fox hunting, on numerous trail rides, and she is the exact same in any environment. She ties, stands for farrier, loads, clips- you name it!

This mare has a lot of potential and with the right rider she will go very far! She’s not mareish, and is currently turned out with two geldings. Inntrigue truly is a super special mare, but she is not for a beginner. She can get forward in stadium and she requires very quiet hands in dressage. Located in Georgia.

Movie. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Fancy 16.1+ 9 yr old liver chestnut TB gelding. $7500

Movie is sensible for a amateur or junior rider looking to Event, Foxhound or show jumpers. He has schooled ditches, banks and water with no hesitation and is ready to compete. He is smart and deliberate at fences and is wonderful on the flat. He also has fox hunted quite a bit and is lovely out in the field. Rides in a snaffle. Sound and healthy with full set of 2 year old X-rays available. Located in Maryland.

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.

Labor Day Monday News and Notes from Fleeceworks

The USEA American Eventing Championships is such a huge production and so much energy, emotion and manpower goes into those five days that we all feel a little goofy by the end of it. There is always so much going on and so many great stories to tell. I was there and I still feel like I have a lot to catch up on. Congratulations to all the riders for their efforts in getting to and competing in the AEC and huge thanks to all the good people behind the scenes that made it happen. #AEC2018orbust

Major Events This Week:

Burghley: WebsiteScheduleShow Jumping OrderLive ScoresHow to Watch LiveEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

AEC: WebsiteScheduleRide Times & Live ScoringEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Seneca Valley Pony Club H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scoring]

Silverwood Farm H.T. [Website]

Woodland Stallion Station H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Park Equine Kentucky Classique H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Monday News and Notes:

“I think people need to make the horse that they have the best it can be. I have lovely, talented horses but not one of them costs six figures, and you don’t have to have that to succeed.” [When It Comes to Competing, Jennie Brannigan Puts Partnership First]

The USEF has awarded five graduating high-school seniors the USEF Higher Education Equestrian Scholarships. Intended to support equestrians who plan to continue riding through college, the grant gives each individual $1,000 to be used towards their education. Three of the five 2017 recipients are eventers! [US Equestrian Awards Five Students Higher Education Equestrian Scholarships]

Admittedly, I sometimes let my horse roam around the barnyard loose, but he does stay put when I want him to. Ground tying is a useful tool on occasion and doesn’t take much to teach. [What is ground tying – and how could it benefit your horse?]

Sometimes it feels like our whole lives are online for the world to like, follow and judge. While amateurs and juniors can share horsey selfies and barn stories to their hearts content with little worry, professionals have to pay a bit more attention to what they post and even what they wear. [Equestrian Social Media: Dos and Don’t for the Professional]

Before you get after your horse for spooking at the shed he walks by all the time or suddenly developing a nervous jig, stop to consider why the change of behavior may be occurring and what you can do to help. [Managing the Anxious Horse]

Monday Video:

Elle Choate’s Epic Save at Richland Park

Elle Choate is up for the Spider Monkey Award of the Year after she managed to recover from what looked like an unavoidable fall at the Richland Park Horse Trials last weekend. Entered in the Junior Training division, she and her Irish Sport Horse gelding Paddrick were having a lovely round when everything went sideways.

We’ll let Elle take it from here:

“He was having an absolutely fabulous warm-up and round up until that point… like a severe wood allergy…

Elle Choate and Paddrick, looking fab. Photo by Vickie Choate.

“He got in a little bit deep to the third fence and oxer so I clucked twice to him for a little encouragement…

Photo by Vickie Choate.

“I guess the second cluck was offensive and on landing he surged forward a stride then threw in the first massive twisted buck…

Photo by Vickie Choate.

“I probably could have recovered from that as he bucks all the time, but after that he threw his head straight down…

Photo by Vickie Choate.

“So it looked like I was going to become a lawn ornament, but I kept my reins short and I believe that I caught him in the mouth enough (sorry Paddy) that he immediately threw his head straight back up and caught me before I could go flying.”

Thanks to photographer Barbara Jean Martin, see what happened next.

After slowing Paddy down, Elle scooted back into the saddle and carried on with no stirrups.

Between this and Leslie Wylie’s 25km stirrup-less leg of the Mongol Derby, we have very little excuse to skip No Stirrup November ever again. Photo by Barbara J. Martin.

“I got one stirrup back before the next jump, which was a combination, and the second after that and we continued on like nothing happened and he finished the course beautifully.”

Photo by Barbara J. Martin.

Well done, Elle and Paddy for getting the job done!

Monday News and Notes from Fleeceworks

Team work makes the dream work. Also #girlpower. Jennie Brannigan and Sara Kozumplik Murphy at Millstreet. Photo via Facebook.

Whew! What a weekend it’s been, with Richland Park, Millstreet, and Blair Castle running plus a gaggle of horse trials around the country. But don’t blink, the USEA American Eventing Championships and the Burghley CCI4* start in just a couple days! The fall season is officially in full swing!

National Holiday: RED WINE DAY (Let’s be honest. Every day is red wine day.)

Weekend Action:

Richland Park: WebsiteResultsEN’s Coverage

Millstreet: WebsiteEntries, ResultsEN’s Coverage

Blair Castle ERM: Website, Live StreamERM Leaderboard, Live Scores, EN’s Coverage

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

Loudoun Hunt Pony Club H.T. [Website] [Results]

Feather Creek Farm H.T. [Website] [Results]

Shepherd Ranch SYVPC H.T. [Website] [Results]

Caber Farm H.T. [Website] [Results]

The Event at Archer H.T. [Website] [Results]

Monday News and Notes:

15-year-old Bailey Hennings of Valley City, Ohio is the winner of the inaugural Richland Leg Up Award sponsored by Katie Ruppel and her parents, Chris and Patty. Bailey received the award for being the highest placed Area 8 Young Rider at the Preliminary level at Richland Park Horse Trials with her OTTB Miss Demeanour. Bailey will receive $1,000 and one free week of training and accommodation with Katie at her base in Anthony, Florida as she aims to compete in her first one-star this fall. Congratulations!

“The Big Bang Theory” actress Kaley Cuoco doesn’t want to be known as an actress who has nice horses, but as a rider that acts on the side. Kaley has found happiness and stability in horses and the show jumping arena as well as with her Grand Prix boyfriend Karl Cool. [Noelle Floyd Learns More]

There are many schools of thought when it comes to deworming schedules but working with your vet to be sure you’re treating for the right parasites at the right time is paramount. Fecal tests are as important as administering a tube of wormer to ensure the treatments are actually effective. Thankfully, there are actions you can take around the farm to minimize the risk of parasites infestations. [Keys to Effectively Deworming Your Horse]

Monday Video:

Gemma Tattersall Crowned Event Rider Masters Champion, Shane Rose Wins Blair Castle CIC3*

Gemma Tattersall and Pamero 4. Photo courtesy of Event Rider Masters.

Great Britain’s Gemma Tattersall has solidified victory in the 2017 Event Rider Masters Series with a fourth place finish at the Blair Castle Equi-Trek International Horse Trials CIC3* in Scotland. Riding Clive Smith’s 10-year-old Hanoverian Pamero 4 in the sixth leg of the series, she put enough points on the board for a total of 128 points in the series and now cannot be caught by any other rider.

“Pamero 4 is a recently new ride for me and he has been produced perfectly by Laura Collett. I am very happy with him and how he’s performed this weekend and all year. He has given his very best across all three phases and I feel there is more to come from him and has an exciting future,” Gemma said.

Gemma set out to be competitive in the series at the start of the season and rode four different horses, competed in five legs and won two of them. She’s won £24,000 and will be awarded an additional £30,000 at the series finale at Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials next month.

“I decided to the target the ERM series at the end of last year. I had a plan of which horses I was hoping to ride at each leg, but I’ve had to be flexible as things often happen with horses to change the situation, but I am delighted how it’s panned out and how all the horses have all performed! This series makes us really compete, and I don’t come to a leg just to canter round, I arrive with the aim to finish on the podium.”

Shane Rose and Virgil. Photo courtesy of Event Rider Masters.

Australians claimed the top two individual positions in the competition. Shane Rose and his and Michelle Hasibar’s 12-year-old Warmblood Virgil one of seven clear show jumping rounds and added 2.8 time faults on cross country to win the division on 45.9 after starting out in ninth after dressage.

“Virgil felt like he was finding the ground tough in parts of the cross country, but once we were in the woods where there was a firm base he got his wind back and then traveled really well and galloped home nicely. It’s one of the best rides I have had on him. He will now head back to Australia, so it’s a great note for him to finish his Northern Hemisphere trip on,” said Shane, who has been based with fellow Australian rider Sam Griffiths this season and will soon return to New South Wales.

“It’s been a great experience competing in the ERM series as it’s an amazing concept for eventing. I feel we can have these short format competitions as well longer ones, just like other sports. Plus, you’ll find, like top athletes, there will be horses that can perform across both formats, and then others who will be specialists in the ERM. I’ll certainly look to hopefully compete again in the series next year around my championship targets.”

Christopher Burton and Graf Liberty. Photo courtesy of Event Rider Masters.

Christopher Burton and his and the Graf Liberty Syndicate’s 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse Graf Liberty slid down the leaderboard after knocking two rails in show jumping. They then delivered the fastest round of the day on cross country to add 0.8 time penalties and finish third on 47.7.

2016 ERM Champion Oliver Townend (GBR) finished third on 51.7 with Angela Hislop’s 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse Cooley Master Class. They added one rail in show jumping and eight time penalties on cross country.

From left: Oliver Townend, Shane Rose, Christopher Burton. Photo courtesy of Event Rider Masters.

Rounding out the top five was Tim Price of New Zealand and Joanne Pullan’s 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare Cekatinka. Britain-based American Liz Halliday-Sharp and Fernhill By Night were sixth after dressage but withdrew before cross country, as did Sir Mark Todd and Kiltubrid Rhapsody, who were second after the first phase.

There’s just one leg of the ERM Series left to go, and while the Champion has been decided there is still a lot of action and prize money left to come! Learn more and watch the replays at

Blair Castle ERM: Website, Ride Times, Live Stream, Live Scores, ERM Leaderboard

Jennie Brannigan and Stella Artois Finish Fourth at Millstreet CCI3*

Jennie Brannigan and Stella Artois. Photo by Justin Black/Millstreet Horse Photography.

In her first competition overseas, Jennie Brannigan and Elsbeth Battel’s Stella Artois proved she stacks up on the international stage with a fourth place finish in the Millstreet International Horse Trials CCI3*.

Sitting 5th after dressage on a 47.1, Jennie piloted the 9-year-old Holsteiner/Thoroughbred mare to a clear cross country with 4.8 time penalties. A rail-free round with just one time penalty in show jumping this morning put them on a finishing score of 52.9.

Jennie and Stella Artois were the recipients of two major grants awarded last December at the USEA Annual Meeting and Convention. Jennie received the $30,000 “Big Becky” International Developing Rider Grant, and “Toddie” was awarded the $25,000 USET Foundation Connaught Award, given in honor of the late Bruce Duchossois to a one- or two-star horse that shows U.S. team potential. This is Toddie’s first season at the three-star level and she is showing great promise having just completed her fourth three-star.

“Toddie really jumped super for me in both phases this weekend and I am grateful for the opportunity to be here,” Jennie said. “She was bold cross country and I think we both learned a lot this weekend! I was thrilled with how she jumped today in the show jumping and I am grateful for the grants that made this weekend possible!”

I just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported Toddie and I this weekend! I was thrilled with her…

Posted by Jennie Brannigan on Sunday, August 27, 2017

Sara Kozumplik Murphy and the Rubens D’Ysieux Syndicate’s 12-year-old Selle Français Rubens D’Ysieux were second after dressage on a 39.9. They jumped clear on cross country with ten time faults but were awarded 25 additional penalties for jumping the ropes after accidentally going down the wrong galloping lane. They ultimately finished in ninth place on 79.9.

Sara Kozumplik Murphy and Rubens D’Ysieux. Photo by Justin Black/Millstreet Horse Photography.

“Although I am deeply disappointed in myself for my actions yesterday that cost my lovely horse a top finish at Millstreet, it would not be possible for me to be happier with him. He was pure class every day of this stunning competition and the pole that came down today was 1,000% mine. He pulled up fresh and sound, and the support from my team here and so many people at home has left me speechless,” Sara said.

“The Americans here at Millstreet were a tight knit, fantastic group who were rooting for and helping each other every moment. I am so glad I came. Rubens and I are a better pair coming out of this.”

Jennie’s head groom Erin Rose, Sara’s girls Danielle Poulson and Kylie Clarkson and Dr. Caitlin Manring of Peak Performance Equine visit…

…the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher.

Great Britain’s Izzy Taylor won both three-star divisions at Millstreet. Yesterday she secured victory riding Sophie Dodds’ Be Touchable and today moved up from second after show jumping to win by half a point with Alex Phillips’ 15-year-old Dutch Warmblood Perfect Stranger.

Blyth Tait occupied second and third with Su Jenkins’ 11-year-old New Zealand Thoroughbred Darius–who jumped the only double clear round today–and Havanna van’t Castaneahof, a 10-year-old Belgium Warmblood mare owned by Lizzie Green and Katherine Corich.

A round of applause to all the riders and especially the North American contingent. Safe travels home, ladies. We’ll see you Stateside!

Millstreet: WebsiteEntriesScheduleRide Times & Live Scoring, EN’s Coverage

Colleen Rutledge and Covert Rights Produce Flawless Wire-to-Wire Win at Richland Park CIC3*

Colleen Rutledge and Covert Rights. Photo by

It’s a good feeling to know your horse loves his job, and there is no doubt in Colleen Rutledge’s mind that her homebred Covert Rights does. After injuries sidelined the 11-year-old Thoroughbred/Clydesdale for parts of the last two seasons, he returned to the three-star level with enthusiasm at Richland Park Horse Trials and produced a brilliant win, leading from start to finish and ending on his record dressage score of 33.3.

“He was fantastic. He was full of himself and ready to roll. He was so happy to be doing this again and it was evident how much fun he was having,” Colleen said. “All I can hope is he stays feeling this good and fit and elastic and happy doing his job (in the lead up to Fair Hill).”

Having a draft cross competing at the top level of the sport may seem unusual, but Colleen feels that his breeding (BFF Incognito X Let’s Get It Right, by Covert Operation) has benefited him greatly.

“I’ve ridden a number of Clydesdale crosses and they were all athletic horses. For whatever reason as yearling I said CR would be four-star horse. Everyone said I should sell him as show hunter because he’s a good mover and too laid back. I said I think there’s more in here than most people realize. I love that he proved me right,” Colleen said.

“It’s the Clydesdale part that makes him really rideable, given him a little bit more suspension in his trot and it’s given him that little bit of character. His mother is incredibly smart and his dad smart but laid back. He’s a brilliant mix of the two of them. He’s laid back but fairly confident in himself and that has let us go as far as we have as fast as we have. (His breeding) actually has added what he does rather than subtract.”

CR burst onto the four-star playing field in 2015 and instantly made a name for himself with an 11th place finish at Rolex and later earning 22nd at Burghley. Despite the inconsistencies in his competition schedule due to the down time that followed, he just keeps improving, with three top six three-star finishes in 2016 and a 13th place result at Carolina International this March.

“He’s finally coming into his own. He’s finally starting to get strong and understanding his job better and better. As he gets stronger in dressage he’ll get better there and then stronger and better in show jumping. On cross country, he’s already a blast. I’m excited to see where he will go.”

Will Coleman and Tight Lines. Photo by

Will Coleman was aiming for three solid phases with Tight Lines, a 10-year-old French Thoroughbred gelding owned by the Conair Syndicate, and it doesn’t get much better than finishing on your dressage score. After a foot-perfect cross country round yesterday, “Phish” delivered a double clear show jumping round to move up into second place on 40.2.

“He was great all weekend. I came here wanting to put in three good phases and I think we did that. Colleen did as well and she edged me out by a few points but she deserved it,” Will said. “I couldn’t be happier with my horse. I thought he was really solid and I think on a good track right now.”

With Fair Hill CCI3* on the books for October, Will plans to run Plantation Field CIC3* as a final prep. Right now though we know Will is looking forward to completing the long drive home to Virginia and celebrating with his wife Katie and their new daughter, Charlotte. “We hit the road as soon as we could after we took care of the horses. We’ll get home early tomorrow morning and I’ll get to spend some time with my family.”

Emily Beshear and Silver Night Lady. Photo by

Katie Ruppel and her own 13-year-old Thoroughbred Houdini were second after dressage on 39.8. After falling off during her first CIC3* round she pushed through the pain and, with a little help from her longtime equine partner, produced a fault-free round to hold their position on the scoreboard. A single-rail round today dropped them barely outside the top three to finish fourth on 43.8.

A Michigan native and having grown up in Area 8, Katie decided, along with her parents Chris and Patty, to pay forward the support she received from the community as an up-and-coming Young Rider and sponsor the new Richland Leg Up Award, given to the lowest scoring Area 8 Young Rider in any Preliminary division at Richland Park.

The winner of the inaugural Richland Leg Up Award is 15-year-old Bailey Hennings of Valley City, Ohio. Bailey has been riding since she was a child and eventing for six years. Competing in Preliminary Rider at Richland, she finished in the ribbons with her horse Miss Demeanour, a 7-year-old OTTB with AP Indy breeding that she’s had since last October.

Bailey and Miss Demeanour just moved up to Preliminary with the help of coach Waylon Roberts. Bailey’s immediate goal is to move up to the one-star level and this award will help her to achieve this goal with a plan to enter at the Ocala Jockey Club in November and work with Katie to prepare.

As the winner of the Richland Leg Up Award, Bailey will receive $1,000 and one free week of training and accommodation with Katie at her base in Anthony, Florida. Katie and her parents want to thank Richland Park organizers Bob and Kay Willmarth for a spectacular event and being the platform for this award.

Bailey Hennings and Miss Demeanour. Photo by Dean Hennings.

Emily Beshear and Deep Purple Eventing’s Silver Night Lady, an 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse mare, hovered outside the top three of the CIC3* all weekend. A double clear round today boosted them to third place, with only 2.4 time penalties from cross country to add to their initial score of 41.0.

Buck Davidson occupies two placings in the top ten. Carlevo, a 10-year-old Holsteiner owned by Carlevo LLC, finished bang on the optimum time yesterday and added a couple rails today for fifth place on 51.1. He also finished eight with a clear show jumping round and 2.8 time penalties across the country riding Carl and Cassandra Segal’s 15-year-old Irish Sport Horse Park Trader.

Boyd Martin and Christine Turner’s 10-year-old Trakehner Tsetserleg also finished on the optimum time on cross country. They added no penalties in stadium today to finish on their dressage score for sixth. Joe Meyer and Clip Clop, a 14-year-old Irish Sport Horse owned by Joe and Madison and Theresa Foote, were double clear today for a seventh place finish on 53.9, which is the exact same score they earned at this event last year.

Alexandra Knowles and the 15-year-old Thoroughbred Sound Prospect, owned by Sound Prospect LLC, were ninth with a 55.8 final score. Jenny Caras and her 13-year-old Irish Sport Horse Fernhill Fortitude round out the top ten on 61.0, dropping from sixth with an unfortunate 12-fault round today.

Cornelia Dorr and Louis M. Photo by

Buck and Copper Beach, Sherrie Martin and Carl Segal’s 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse, won the second annual Phillipa Humphreys Advanced division, leading from the start and adding only one rail to their score today to finish on 32.2.

NAJYRC CICOY2* silver medalist Cornelia Dorr made the big move up to Advanced at Richland this weekend with Louis M. The 12-year-old Rheinlander gelding was previously campaigned at the three-star level in Europe by German rider Pia Münker, and Cornelia has never understated what a great teacher Louis is for her. They finished second in their first Advanced with a 38.4 final score. Well done!

“I feel really pleased about how this weekend went, but I know that I have just only dipped my toes into the waters of Advanced level! I have much more to learn and experience,” Cornelia said.

Boyd Martin and Long Island T remained in third place after show jumping to finish on 43.6. Erin Sylvester and Mettraise moved up from eighth after dressage for eventual fourth on 51.1. Lindsay Beer and El Paso round out the top five on the same score.

That’s a wrap on another wonderful edition of Richland Park Horse Trials. Thanks for reading! We’ll be back shortly with reports from Millstreet and Blair Castle.

Richland Park: WebsiteScheduleRide TimesLive ScoresEN’s Coverage

Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: 4 Snazzy Saddles

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.

Every unicorn needs a magical saddle (or two). Here is a mix of jumping and dressage saddles currently for sale on Sport Horse Nation.

2009 18.5″ Devoucoux Chiberta

2009 18.5″ Devoucoux Chiberta, 2AR flap. Super nice saddle that has been very well taken care of. Only selling due to owner’s impending move to a new state. Located in Virginia.

2014 CWD Dressage Saddle

2014 CWD Dressage Saddle, 18.5 3XL, Black, Great condition. Located in Texas.

Beautiful CWD Monoflap jump saddle

CWD 17.5 3A, 2014. Very nice condition! Comes with matching CWD leathers. Located in Virginia.

Stubben MAESTOSO DELUXE Dressage Saddle, 18”, 30 Medium Tree

You are purchasing a great Stubben Maestoso Deluxe Dressage Saddle. It’s been checked out by a Stubben saddle fitter and everything is in great condition. Only selling because it’s too wide for my new shark fin withered horse. It’s been cared for by Pony Club standards. Was purchased new in 8/2012. I love this saddle for my shorter 5’4 frame.

Combines four important features: looks, depth, comfort and close contact. Built on a steel spring tree that is still flexible and absorbs part of the riders weight. Made with soft, supple, double leather that is smooth and has excellent grip. Ultra deep seat for added security and has a long thin knee roll
Size: 18” (30-32cm, XW)
Gullet: 30cm (medium)
Twist: Medium
Flap: Regular
Flocking: Wool
Color: Black
Located in Kentucky.

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.

Colleen Rutledge and Covert Rights Hold Fast to Richland Park CIC3* Lead

Colleen Rutledge and Covert Rights. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

Colleen Rutledge said she wasn’t going to push for time on the CIC3* cross country course at Richland Park, but her Clydesdale/Thoroughbred cross Covert Rights took matters into his own hands.

“He was hysterical this morning. He came in the warm-up and essentially ran away with me for the first 10 to 15 minutes,” Colleen said of her 11-year-old homebred. “That actually makes me really happy because that meant he knew what we were here to do and he was going to do it. He went out on course and was fabulous. He felt fantastic and made it feel so easy. I could not be happier.”

In the beginning, Colleen attempted to control “CR” a little more to make sure they “stayed true to the fences,” but as our growing four-legged children sometimes prefer, CR didn’t want any help from Mom, so Colleen gave up and let him do his thing. They finished clear and inside the time to hold the lead in the CIC3* on 33.3.

“He’s got such a big stride he can leave out strides and be on a bigger step and everything is so easy. He doesn’t make a massive effort over fences, so he’s in the air for less time. He’s super efficient across the ground, in turns and over fences, and he’s really quite fast. I went out to establish a rhythm and spent a lot of time towards the back half bringing him back to me.”

The course has been changed this year to include a new loop around a corn field which Colleen said opened up some gallops and course designer Ian Stark “took advantage of every piece of terrain he possibly could.”

Colleen’s plan tomorrow is to take Marc Donovan’s show jumping course one fence at a time. “We’re still knocking the rust off because he’s been on the shelf for a year. But I’m so happy he came out of the box today and said, “We are going NOW!”

Katie Ruppel and Houdini. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

Michigan native Katie Ruppel had an eventful day starting when her first CIC3* horse Foreign Affair hung a leg at a log and “just shot me right off. I was a missile,” she said. “He just made a little mistake. He was trying his guts out.”

The horse is fine and even went on to jump the next fence without his rider, but Katie is feeling awfully sore. She rallied to ride Houdini, her own 13-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, who was sitting in second after dressage and finished double clear, one second under the optimum time of seven minutes.

“Adrenaline is a great thing, but Houdini did pack me around today,” Katie said. “Nothing is obviously broken” but she can’t walk and is in significant pain. She’s showing no signs of bailing out on show jumping, however, stating she will “make it happen.”

That’s what you call eventer tough, folks.

Will Coleman and Off the Record. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

Will Coleman held on to third place with last year’s CIC3* winner Tight Lines, a 10-year-old French Thoroughbred gelding owned by the Conair Syndicate. They went clear and fast to sit on 40.1.

“I was thrilled with his round. It was about foot perfect, honestly. I can’t think of a jump I’d want to have gone better,” Will said. Following “Phish’s” first four-star at Rolex this spring, Will and his team reevaluated the horse’s training and now they are starting to see real results.

“We’ve figured a few things out and I’m pleased with the whole program. My plan is to keep at it. We’re not finished by any stretch, but I’m pleased with the weekend so far. It’s a step in right direction.”

Will won the CIC2* with Off the Record, an 8-year-old Irish Sport Horse owned by the Off the Record Syndicate. They were fourth after dressage on 43.9 and added no additional jumping penalties to their initial score to take the win.

“I always thought he was horse that could win a lot of competitions. He’s very capable on flat, a good jumper, and his cross country is getting better and better. He’s showing me more of a gallop and I feel like he has a bright future,” Will said.

“He’s eight this year so I decided it was time to put more pressure on him competitively and see how he measured up. So far he’s answered the bell. He was second at Bromont CCI2* and now he’s won this.”

Elisa Wallace and Riot Gear. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

Like many others, Will is aiming to run a CCI at Fair Hill in October. He applauded the efforts by Richland Park organizers Bob and Kay Willmarth to prepare good going as well as the course changes implemented by Ian Stark and his team.

“The new loop adds another element of galloping and real cross country questions. It’s more of what we need to see in this country, and it will improve people’s riding and show them what they need to do to develop horses,” Will said.

“Bob, Kay and their crew did incredible job developing the ground. In time that loop will be as well as the rest of course. We were all happy though and they did wonderful job. Bob has been watering every week since May and they’re in a huge drought here, so hats off to them.”

Eventing 25 Emerging Athlete Jenny Caras had a good day with two second place finishes in the CIC2* and CIC* and a double clear round on cross country in the CIC3*. Fernhill Full Throttle and Trendy Fernhill both finished on their dressage scores of 45.0 and 45.7 while her longtime partner Fernhill Fortitude is tied for sixth after the first two phases in the three-star with a 49.0.

Buck Davidson and Copper Beach. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

You couldn’t ask for a better performance in a horse’s first FEI event than to finish on your dressage score and win the whole shebang. Elisa Wallace piloted Riot Gear, an 8-year-old Oldenburg owned by Steve and Vicki Sukup, to a win in the CIC* after a fast and clear cross country round today. “Ryebread” will run a couple more events before a season finale in November at the Ocala Jockey Club CCI*.

“He was very good. A little green in some spots, which is to be expected. This was his second Preliminary and he was so rideable and adjustable and so much fun!” Elisa said. “It was a great course for him to gain confidence and experience with the atmosphere. He has an amazing gallop and he gave me a great feeling and was very proud of himself when he was in the vet box.”

Looking to the Advanced division, Buck Davidson and Carl Segal and Sherrie Martin’s Copper Beach lead with a 28.2 after a clear and fast cross country round. NAJYRC individual silver medalist Cornelia Dorr is sitting second in her first Advanced with Louis M. Boyd Martin and Long Island T added 10.8 time on cross country but are still third with a 39.6.

It’s been quite the whirlwind weekend with Richland Park, Millstreet and Blair Castle running and we thank you for sticking with us and being patient with reports. Stay tuned, we’re doing it all again tomorrow !

Richland Park: WebsiteScheduleRide TimesLive ScoresEN’s Coverage


Saturday Helmet Cam: Dread Pirate Robby Sails to a Clear Round at Richland

I know we have some “The Princess Bride” fans out there because earlier this year we featured a horse named Inigo Montoya, and a whole lot of movie quotes popped up in the comments. We’ve come across another horse named after one of the cult classic film’s beloved characters competing at Richland Park.

In the movie, the Dread Pirate Roberts was a notorious pirate wreaking havoc on the high seas. The masked man turned out to be the story’s beloved hero, Westley, disguised in a black ninja suit. Dread Pirate Robby is an off-track Thoroughbred gelding who was taking no prisoners on the Preliminary cross country course at Richland with his owner Breanne Palmerini.

This was their second Prelim run together and they finished clear. We love the partnership between this horse and rider as they sort through the toughest of questions together and boldly approach every gallop fence. Enjoy the ride!