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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.

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 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 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 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 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 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.

Doh De Oh by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (
Circus Tent – Netherworld Shanty by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (

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 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 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 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 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, “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:

Monday News and Notes from Fleeceworks

Photo by Theresa Bujnoch.

Kaylen Wood has been riding at Inavale Farm in Philomath, Oregon since she was a girl. Now grown, she’s sharing that joy with her 10-week-old baby, who is learning the importance of volunteerism early in life and helping out at the start box during this weekend’s event.

On another note, today is a big day. Today is not just National Chocolate Pudding Day, which is fairly fabulous on its own, it’s also National Tropical Cocktail Day AND National Canoe Day. And you know what that means. A leisurely float in a canoe sipping a piña colada and enjoying a chocolate Snack Pack makes for a darn good summer day.

U.S. Weekend Action:

Groton House Farm H.T. [Website] [Results]

Surefire H.T. [Website] [Results]

Essex H.T. [Website] [Results]

Stable View Summer H.T. [Website] [Results]

Fox River Valley Pony Club H.T. [Website] [Results]

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

Inavale Farm H.T. [Website] [Results]

Arrowhead H.T. [Website] [Results]

Midsouth Pony Club H.T. [Website] [Results]

Honey Run H.T. [Website] [Results]

Monday News and Notes:

Tryon Riding and Hunt Club needs volunteers for its 42nd annual horse trials taking place at FENCE in Landrum, SC October 21-22. They are looking for general help, hospitality, dressage, show jumping and cross country volunteers. For more information and to sign up, please contact Terry Lynch, [email protected]

Tryon Riding and Hunt Club will also be hosting an intercollegiate challenge for the first time during the fall horse trials. FENCE runs a very popular collegiate challenge at the April horse trials and the organizer is excited to be adding a collegiate challenge to the October event schedule as well, with special prizes given to the each member of the winning team! Tell your friends and check the Omnibus for more information.

There’s polo, and then there’s Gladiator Polo, the brainchild of Tryon Equestrian Partners’ Mark Bellissimo. Introducing the fast-paced, six-player arena polo concept in Wellington, FL, Mark has brought the game to the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Tryon, SC. The first Gladiator Polo game at the 2018 WEG venue was held on Saturday night with over 10,000 fans turning out to watch and cheer for Team Charlotte versus Team Greenville. [Inaugural Showcase of Gladiator Polo Brings Out Record Crowd to TIEC]

Laura Graves, Olivia LaGoy-Weltz, Kasey Perry-Glass and Dawn White-O’Connor rode to team gold for the Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage team at the FEI Nations Cup CDIO5* Rotterdam, taking a narrow lead in the 2017 FEI Dressage Nations Cup Series. It was a competition full of ups and downs for Team USA, with an unfortunate elimination contrasting personal bests. [U.S. Dressage Team Claims Gold at Rotterdam]

After a nearly 20 year hiatus, the Mars Essex Horse Trials was resurrected at the Moorland Farm in Far Hills, New Jersey. According to local media reports, several thousand spectators turned out to watch a couple hundred horses compete, enjoy the vendors, children’s activities center, farmers market and car show. [Essex Horse Trials Returns to Somerset County]

“Summer sores” are a seasonal skin condition caused by the larvae of an internal parasite. The angry, red lesions may appear on a horse’s lips, eyes, legs, and sheath. Unless you have a particularly strong stomach, I would not recommend Googling this condition. Suffice to say that small, itchy sores can quickly become large, horrifying wounds. So don’t delay in calling your vet. [Summer Sores]

Monday Video: Buck Davidson and Victor BZ, winners of the Open Preliminary division at Essex.

The Inarguable Confidence Booster: Riders Weigh In On the Modified Division

The new USEF/USEA Recognized Modified level made its debut earlier this spring at The Fork Horse Trials in Tryon, North Carolina. Measuring at 3’5″, the level was created as a stepping stone from Training to Preliminary, which is a huge skills leap in both size and technicality.

Since The Fork, two additional competitions at Heart of the Carolinas and Queeny Park have run the Modified division. We caught up with some of the participants from all three events to see what they thought about the new level, why they entered, and what they and their horses gained from the experience.

The Fork – Tryon, North Carolina

Allison Springer and Fairvoya S. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Allison Springer had two horses competing in the Modified division at The Fork Horse Trials at the Tryon International Equestrian Center. One of them is an experienced eventer just getting back in the game, and the other is an up-and-coming horse Allison hopes will go to the top of the sport.

“Songline has gone up to Advanced but this is his first time competing in a couple years,” Allison said of the 13-year-old Trakehner. “His owner, Gustav Schickendanz, loves this horse a ton and would love to see what the horse can do … I didn’t know if he was quite fit enough to run Preliminary yet, but a Training didn’t seem like the right fit for him, so the Modified was perfect.”

Songline scored a 30.0 in dressage and had some time penalties in the jumping phases but otherwise went clear on cross country and show jumping. He has since successfully completed his first Intermediate competition since 2015.

Allison’s other Modified mount at The Fork was Fairvoya S, a 7-year-old KWPN mare owned by Natalie Epstein. She moved up to Preliminary in the fall of 2016 and ran what Allison said were three “really hard Prelims.”

“This spring she had a bit of a slow start. She had a couple stops at Pine Top so I wanted to have a confidence-boosting run,” Allison said. “She’s a really nice young horse and she needed a good confidence run, but Training really doesn’t do it.”

They got exactly what they came for at The Fork, leading from start to finish and adding no additional penalties to their dressage score of 27.2. Fairvoya earned her fourth qualifier at Preliminary level at her very next event. Earlier this month, she finished second in her first CCI* at Bromont, where Allison reiterated that running the Modified early in the season was the best decision she could have made for this promising young horse.

Allison is obviously a fan of the level, but she said she’d prefer to ride the Modified dressage test in a large arena instead of a small arena so the more complicated movements are not coming up so quickly in the more confined space.

Alice Roosevelt and Get It Together. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Alice Roosevelt is a 16-year-old eventer from New York who stays busy competing two horses, Fernhill Zoro and Get It Together. The former, a 9-year-old Anglo European gelding, already had experience at Preliminary when she started riding him and he’s taken her now to three one-star events since last September. The less experienced Get It Together, an Irish Sport Horse owned by Simon Roosevelt, had only competed up to Training when she got him in January 2016.

While competing Fernhill Zoro in the CIC* at The Fork, Alice opted to run Get It Together in the Modified to make sure they were ready to make the big move up to Preliminary. She describes Get It Together as the bravest horse she’s ever ridden, which can be a problem for rideability on course, and he has a tendency to get tense in dressage.

“I chose to run Modified because of the big step up in technicality of the questions from Training to Preliminary. As brave as he is, he is sometimes hard to connect for turning questions. Also the dressage for him in Preliminary was more difficult, having to sit the trot and do lateral movements,” Alice said.

“Modified gave us both a lot of confidence going to our first Preliminary,” she said. “When I first moved up to Preliminary with Fernhill Zoro, I was nervous and felt like it was a big step. I wish there had been Modified then. I would recommend it, especially if it’s the rider’s first Preliminary because it’s a big confidence booster.”

Darrah Alexander had run Get It Together at Preliminary late last year, and he and Alice made their debut at the level as a pair at Plantation Field in May, where they finished sixth.

Heart of the Carolinas – Chesterfield, South Carolina

Lucie Hughes and Itza Charlie Horse. Photo by Eileen Dimond Photography.

Heart of the Carolinas (HOTC) at Southern 8ths Farm is known for its classic long-format offerings but also runs an increasing number of horse trials divisions. New on the Omnibus listing for 2017 was the Modified division. Cross country course designer John Michael Durr laid out an impressive track that had the riders talking back at the barns, especially about the imposing Lunar Moon Leap pictured above.

“I admit I was skeptical about the level at first, but after designing a Modified cross country course for HOTC, I’ve changed my mind completely,” John Michael said.

“I found places to build questions that were not quite up to Preliminary standard but more complicated than Training. It was great watching the horses and riders stepping up from Training tackle some bigger fences and feel so confident when they finished. I hope we see more Modified courses pop up around the country.”

Lucie Hughes and Itza Charlie Horse, a Thoroughbred owned by Gayle and Sarah Hughes, competed in the Modified at HOTC to test themselves before a move up to Preliminary. Itza Charlie Horse can be cheeky coming out of the start box, which resulted in a silly runout, but they had an excellent round otherwise.

“The course was much larger than I had expected and it had questions on the cross country he and I hadn’t seen before,” Lucie said. Still she felt ready for the next level after HOTC and entered a Preliminary level event earlier this month. “After walking the course I felt very prepared because of the Modified event we had run.”
The division winners, Corinne Ashton and her Thoroughbred Call Calvin, had already completed a number of what Corinne described as “easy, previously schooled” Preliminary events before running Modified at HOTC, where they finished on their dressage score of 23.5.
I think Modified is a good idea. There is quite a big jump, literally, from Training to Preliminary with significantly more questions and bigger tables,” Corrine said. “For me and my horse we were a little more prepared than some as he had already done a few easy Prelims, but it was nice to do something well!”

Queeny Park – Ballwin, Missouri

Danielle Durette Tursky and Inki Blandford. Photo by Jesse Franks Photography.

Danielle Durette Tursky had initially entered the Modified at Queeny Park to give a less experienced horse a confidence boost before moving up to Preliminary. Unfortunately that horse got injured and she had to swap him out for her Preliminary horse, a Thoroughbred called Inki Blandford, who had only just moved back up to the level since Danielle’s baby was born 19 months earlier.

They ended up winning the Modified division, adding time penalties on cross country and one rail in show jumping. “We both are pretty recently back into our way up the levels again. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I believe if more people offer it we will end up with more successful upper level horses,” Danielle said.

“I have done Preliminary/Trainings before on my ‘not quite ready’ horses, but that doesn’t really help the boost needed for a much more technical cross country. I think Queeny Park did an excellent job adding technical questions and terrain. The dressage test rode just like the Preliminary test, adding all the same elements as Prelim, and stadium was only a triple combination away from feeling like Prelim!”

In reading these experiences at the Modified level, there is a glaring theme: confidence. Every rider indicated a huge confidence boost for themselves or their horse after competing at Modified, which is exactly the level’s intent.

At this time there are no other USEA events offering the Modified level in 2017, but the Willow Draw Charity Show in Weatherford, Texas will have a Preliminary/Modified hybrid division in October. If you would like to see a Modified competition in your area, express your interest to your organizers!

What do you think, EN? Would you ride in a Modified division? Why or why not?

Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: Three Training Level Adventure Buddies

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

The Training packer is a horse with enough experience to know his job but not so much that he won’t value his rider’s opinion. Happy to truck around the lower levels, target a long-format event or try his hand at a few of those 3’7″ fences, the Training packer is the ultimate adventure buddy.

Red Will. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Fun Training Packer

Red Will is a 14 year old, 17H, TB Gelding who is the ultimate training packer. He has been ridden by an adult amateur and would be appropriate for a teen as well. He is straight forward on the flat, careful and confident in SJ, and a machine XC. He is 100% confident and has no issues with any jump- great with ditches, water, banks, skinnies, etc. His last outing at Spring Bay HT he finished on his dressage score of a 33.3 in 3rd place in an open division. He is sound and has good feet. He is great on the ground, no issues with clipping, bathing, grooming, loading, etc. Anyone looking for a confident packer, this is your guy. Located in Kentucky.

Skip the Sky. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Training Level Event Horse

Skip The Sky, 2011, Tb mare, 15’3 hands. Lovely and competitive on the flat, careful and bold jumping. Competing novice and training level eventing this spring and summer, has the talent and ability for more. Extremely sweet, extremely fun to ride. Great for junior or adult amateur looking for a fun, young horse ready to compete with ability for more. Located in Georgia.

Vixen. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Training Level Packer with Prelim Experience!

Fox Trot: Vixen is an athletic and strong willed 8 year old 16.2hh Thoroughbred Warmblood cross mare. Vixen is a solid competitor at Training level and has recently moved up to Prelim. She is an incredibly intelligent, bold mare who knows and loves her job, nothing fazes her. Schooling 3’9″+ at home, intermediate/1* cross country, and 3rd level Dressage movements. Stands for the Vet and Farrier, hauls like a dream, quiet on the ground, easy keeper, loves hacking out, UTD on all vaccinations, bathes, no spook or stop, calm in busy environments, and same ride at home as she is at shows. Vixen lives for the thrill of cross country, and has an impeccable record. Vixen is looking for her next rider to show the ropes of Eventing to. Located in British Columbia.

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Monday News and Notes from Fleeceworks

Bringing home the green ribbon could not be more fitting. There are no coincidences. Jon Sonkin I know you were out…

Posted by Ashley Russell on Sunday, June 18, 2017

The community is still reeling from the sudden loss of Jon Sonkin, aka #thebeltguy. Competitors at the Seneca Valley Pony Club Spring Horse Trials this weekend wore his signature color green and sported shamrocks on their bridle numbers in his memory. It has unquestionably been a tough couple of weeks for the eventing family, but as usual we stick together, support and love each other in times of need. Go Eventing.

Luhmühlen Links: WebsiteEntriesSchedule, ResultsFEI TVEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

North American Weekend Action:

Little Bromont HT: [Results]

Feather Creek Farm HT: [Website] [Results]

Golden Spike HT: [Website] [Results]

Come Again Farm Fathers Day HT: [Website] [Results]

Bucks County Park HT: [Website] [Results]

Silverwood Farm Spring HT: [Website] [Results]

Seneca Valley Pony Club Spring HT: [Website] [Results]

Full Gallop Farm June HT: [Website] [Results]

Great Vista HT: [Website] [Results]

War Horse Event Series June HT: [Website] [Results]

Monday News and Notes:

Want to work for EN? We are now accepting entries to our 7th Annual Blogger Contest, which is your opportunity to show us your writing chops for a chance to work for us. This is your time to shine, so let’s see what you’ve got! Entries are due this Friday, June 23. [7th Annual Blogger Contest]

Horse show dads put up with a lot, and I hope you remembered to thank yours yesterday. There are a lot of great horse show dads our there that put up a lot of time, money, energy and emotions to see their horse crazy kids succeed. Mine? I think he’s still waiting for me to ‘grow out of it’. [7 Things No Father of Horsey Children Wants to Hear]
Itchy skin, watery eyes, a running nose… These symptoms could mean seasonal allergies for your horse. They are actually fairly common and can often controlled by managing environmental influences. [Exploring Equine Seasonal Allergies]
There are a few subjects in the horse world that always seem to polarize equestrians: barefoot trimming vs. shoeing; blanketing vs. not blanketing; treeless saddles vs. traditional tree saddles. And of course, riding with a bit vs. with a bitless bridle. Opinions on this particular topic seem to come down to the horses we meet and our experiences with them. Here’s an example. [Why I Ride My Horse in a Bitless Bridle]
Every once in a while, when I’m sitting in gridlock traffic or filling my gas tank again, I ponder, can’t we go back to horse and buggy? It’s a silly dream of course in this day and age. Today horses in modern society fall farther towards the realm of entertainment than necessity, but it’s no secret that horses were integral to the survival of mankind throughout history, from transportation, to farm work, to strength and endurance during wartime. [When Horses Ruled]

Monday Video: RIP Dempsey, you are loved and missed.

Who Jumped It Best? Bromont CCI* Division

When I hike out on to the cross country course at Bromont, my mission is to get positioned for at least a few fences with a lovely mountain backdrop. The typically large CCI* division affords me the time to scope out the best spot.

This ramped table at the top of the course by the VIP tent turned out to be one of my favorite photo locations on cross country day this year.

So let’s play! Which CCI* horse and rider at the 2017 Pedigree Bromont CCI Three-Day Event present the best overall picture? Cast your vote in the poll at the bottom of this post.

(There is something particularly impressive about one rider in this edition of WJIB. Can you spot the anomaly?)

Bromont Links: Website, Final Scores, EN’s Coverage, EN’s Twitter, EN’s Instagram

Victoria Garland and FE Capricino. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Daniel Clasing and MW Gangster’s Game. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Alexa Gartenberg and Patras VR. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Meg Kepferle and Anakin. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Sophia Middlebrook and South Park. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Sloane Pierpont and Indie. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Kelli Temple and Metallica. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Valerie Vizcarrondo and Favian. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Springer, Martin, Wilks Are Winners at Bromont

Allison Springer and Lord Willing. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

It was a very busy, blustery day at the 2017 Pedigree Bromont CCI Three-Day Event. Prior to this afternoon’s CCI3* finale, the CCI*, CIC2* and CCI2* divisions all show jumped over Marc Donovan’s course.

Allison Springer and Lord Willing have added another win to this talented young horse’s FEI record. From their dressage score of 37.8, they added 4.4 cross country time penalties and one rail in show jumping today to finish on top in the CCI2* with a 46.2.

“It was my goal to come here and have a really good dressage test and try to finish on that score. I’m disappointed I didn’t do that but pretty thrilled of course with the win and how confident and fun he was to ride,” Allison said of the 9-year-old Holsteiner owned by the Lord Willing Syndicate.

She said “Liam” felt great on cross country but there were a few places she felt like she could have been more efficient in the turns. Today’s rail was the result of a moment of distraction.

“I can certainly flirt with some Advanced maybe this next season,” she said. “Derek di Grazia is just a wonderful course designer and I think it’s really confidence-building for all the horses. I know I have such a better horse coming out of the weekend.”

Allison’s longtime four-star partner Arthur retired at Rolex this year, but she’s staying busy with a lovely group of up-and-coming youngsters. “I think my best thing is producing them from the get go. I think you build such a good partnership down the line.”

“It’s neat to have the stack of horses that you can practice competing well and riding well. I want to see my dreams come true and I’m not getting any younger!” Allison laughed.

“You definitely are better with age in this sport. It comes down to so much wisdom and being relaxed and happy about competing and that comes with mileage. I’m feeling pretty blessed with the group of people around me and my family and friends and the horses I have. And my dog.”

Bobby Meyerhoff and Rascal Rap. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Will Coleman and the Off the Record Syndicate’s Off the Record were one of just two pairs in the CCI2* division to finish on their dressage score. Adding no additional penalties to the initial score of 46.9 put them in second place overall in the 8-year-old Irish Sport Horse’s first CCI2*.

Coming third was Bobby Meyerhoff and Diane Kearney’s 9-year-old Oldenburg Rascal Rap. They added 5.2 time penalties on cross country yesterday for a final score of 49.1.

“I was really pleased with the dressage. It was our best test to date,” Bobby said. “On cross country I knew he could do the job; I know he can jump all the jumps. The horse has loads of scope and a huge gallop and plenty of stamina. The hard thing about him is he’s a big horse with a huge step and it takes a lot to package him together.

“Show jumping was amazing. He’s never had a clear round at this level. For him to pull off a clear today was a super reward because it’s been a lot of practice and a lot of hard work.”

The horse actually came to Bobby’s barn to sell as a show hunter, but he was not quiet enough for that job. Bobby’s wife Danica show jumped him some but the horse found his niche in eventing. “He’s really matured and he’s learning. That’s what makes it so fun.”

Finishing fourth in the division was Boyd Martin and the Ray Price Syndicate’s Ray Price, adding just one rail to their score to finish on 50.5. Cornelia Dorr and her own Sir Patico MH round out the top five on 56.8.

Boyd Martin and On Cue Jump Fault-Free to Win the CIC2*

Boyd Martin and On Cue. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Boyd Martin moved into the lead in the CIC2* with Christine Turner’s On Cue after a fast and clear cross country round yesterday. They left all the rails up today to finish on their dressage core of 42.7 for the win. Boyd began working with the 11-year-old Anglo mare earlier this year and he feels, especially after this competition, that she is one for the future.

“She oozes with class, is very elegant on the flat, brave cross country and has a good jump,” he said. “I think she’s really special and I hope I can keep going with her.”

There were only four other fault-free cross country rounds in the CIC2* besides Boyd and On Cue — Colleen Loach and Qorry Blue D’Argouges, Will Coleman and Don Dante, Rebecca Braitling and Walterstown Don, and Bobby Meyerhoff and Fortuna.

Boyd described Bromont as one of the best three-day events in North America.

“Derek di Grazia builds a wickedly awesome track. I’ve ridden around three-stars all over the world and this is bigger than Boekelo and felt bigger than Luhmuhlen CCI4* to be honest. I think any horse that runs well in the two-star and three-star here you know you’ve got a proper horse that can cope with four-star.”

“It’s very hard to evaluate how gritty your horse is. There’s only a couple times a year you really make them tired and experience if they keep trying when they’re tired and when there is question after question. It’s a bit of an unknown sometimes. It’s important to come and face this type of challenge to see if you have one that digs deep and keeps fighting.”

Colleen Loach and Qorry Blue D’Argouges. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Colleen Loach and Qorry Blue D’Argouges have finished in second place in an FEI division at Bromont now three years in a row. They have also won a Stuart Horne Canadian Championship Award for two consecutive years. Colleen and the 13-year-old  Selle Français earned a personal best in dressage and finished on that score of 43.3 after two clear jumping rounds.

“This event is special to me because it’s my hometown,” Colleen said. “I love being here and competing here and doing well in front of friends and family. It’s a good aura. I’m honored to be able to represent Canada and win the Championship.”

Colleen rode Qorry for several years before his owner Peter Barry began competing him earlier this season. Sadly Peter suffered a stroke during the Carolina International in March and Qorry came back to Colleen while Peter recovers. We were thrilled to see Peter at Bromont watching the competition this weekend.

“Peter’s happy to see him go with me since he can’t be the one on him. I’m very happy to be back with Qorry. He’s a great partner and we get along well.”

Clayton Fredericks and FE Bowman. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Clayton Fredericks had a busy time riding three in the CIC2* and finished with two of them in the top five. Clayton led after dressage with FE Bowman but dropped to third place after adding four time penalties on cross country. One rail today gave them a final score of 47.4 and to finish in fifth place with the 9-year-old Wurttemberger owned by Clayton, Amanda Bernhard and Diana Crawford.

Kingfisher Park’s 10-year-old Zweibrucker mare FE Ophelia started the competition behind her stablemate in second place with a dressage score of 42.5. She and Clayton added 1.6 time penalties on cross country and show jumped double clear today to finish third overall on 44.1.

Clayton explained that FE Ophelia has been with a couple of different riders but has finally found her perfect match with Clayton. “I think we’re building a good relationship and I’m very pleased with the way she went,” he said.

Both FE Ophelia and FE Bowman are likely headed to compete in Montana at Rebecca Farm, so the competition this week was a good challenge for them.

“(The cross country) made them blow and there was enough in there to test them,” he said. “It’s always hard to show jump in this ring. It’s really tight and the time is normally tight, so it’s hard to produce a clear in there.”

Finishing in fourth place and adding nothing to their dressage score was Will Coleman and Team Rebecca LLC’s 7-year-old Irish Sport Horse Don Dante, finishing on a 46.9.

Great Expectations Lives Up to His Name in CCI*

Rachel Wilks and Great Expectations. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Rachel Wilks and her 8-year-old Irish Sport Horse missed out on an FEI win at The Fork in April by a fraction of a point, but this weekend all three phases came together and they won the CCI* division on their dressage score of 41.3.

They entered the ring in second place behind Kelli Temple and Metallica, and produced one of just six double clear rounds out of 32 that show jumped in the division. With 10 points between her and first place, the pressure was off.

“I thought ‘it will be what it will be.’ I just have to do the best that I can and give him a good ride,” Rachel said. Then Kelli and Metallica pulled three rails and Rachel and Great Expectations were leading the victory gallop.

“This was the big event of the season and he was fabulous; this is what we’ve been working up to all year and he was absolutely amazing,” Rachel said. “He surpassed every expectation and lived up to his name!”

Kelli and Kara Angulo’s 7-year-old Holsteiner mare Metallica finished in second place in the mare’s first FEI event on a final score of 43.9. Holly Payne Caravella and the CharmKing Syndicate’s CharmKing added one rail to their two phase score of 41.4 to finish third.

Valerie Vizcarrando and her own Favian also added a rail for fourth place on 48.3. Boyd Martin and The Fonz Himself, owned by Bonnie Stedt, moved into the top five after a double clear round.

Stuart Horne Canadian Championship

Bruce Lamb and Gamble. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Bromont also serves as the Stuart Horne Canadian Championship. The award is offered by Bridget Colman in memory of her father, Stuart Horne. Here are the 2017 Champions and Reserve Champions across the four divisions:

CCI3* Champion: Jessica Phoenix and Bogue Sound

CCI2* Champion: Shelby Brost and Crimson
CCI2* Reserve Champion: Waylon Roberts and Lancaster

CIC2* Champion: Colleen Loach and Qorry Blue D’Argouges
CIC2* Reserve Champion: Alexis Murray and My Principle

CCI* Champion: Jessica Ruppel and Hippique ABU
CCI* Reserve Champion: Bradley Champagne and Wallaroo W

Another special award, the Ledger Family Award, is given by Dr. Gaby Ledger, her husband Alex and their daughters Mia and Briar to the top amateur rider in the CCI* who has a full time job outside of horses and balances all the challenges that comes with such a schedule.

Receiving a bronze trophy, commemorative cooler and a check for $1,000 was Bruce Lamb, of London, Ontario. Bruce is the President and CEO of Avalanche Search Marketing and he finished 27th in the CCI* riding his 11-year-old Thoroughbred Gamble.

And that’s a wrap on the 2017 Pedigree Bromont CCI Three-Day Event! You can click here to catch up on all our coverage. Thanks for reading. Go Eventing.

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West Coast Pride! Jordan Linstedt Clinches Wire-to-Wire Win with Revitavet Capato

Jordan Linstedt and Revitavet Capato. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Jordan Linstedt and Revitavet Capato, a 14-year-old Hanoverian gelding she owns with her mother Barbara, pulled off a wire-to-wire win today in the CCI3* at the Pedigree Bromont CCI Three-Day Event in Quebec, Canada.

A dressage score of 43.2 gave them the early lead, and they held their position after adding 1.6 time penalties on cross country yesterday. They had rail in hand but had more breathing room after rails went flying on Marc Donovan’s tough show jumping course today. Two rails and three time penalties gave them a final score of 55.8.

“I was really nervous today. I really wanted to finish on top and I kept telling myself it was for my horse,” Jordan said. “I think Capato is absolutely incredible and he’s the horse I’ve learned so much with in the past years … He’s been one I always thought could consistently win.”

Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Jordan’s plan was to go in the ring and take her time knowing she had some room to spare, but nerves can be difficult to overcome and she thanked her fellow competitor Kylie Lyman for giving her much needed encouragement in the warm-up: “Don’t be nervous, just have fun!”

Jordan has been living in her horse trailer and competing on the East Coast since mid-March. She said that while it’s been an incredible educational experience, she’s looking forward to going home to Washington State.

“I’m thankful for everyone at home that’s allowed me to be gone from my barn and all my other horses to do this because I really needed to for Capato and my goals for him,” Jordan said.

Sara Kozumplik Murphy and Rubens D’Ysieux. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Sara Kozumplik Murphy admits to taking too much advantage of Rubens D’Ysieux’s experience after buying him with the help of the Rubens D’Ysieux Syndicate last year, so she took a step back and started working on building a partnership with the now 12-year-old Selle Français.

Their hard work paid off at Bromont with a dressage test that put them in third place on the first day. After falling to 10th due to time penalties incurred on cross country, they produced the only clear show jumping round inside the time in the division to move all the way up to second place on a final score of 58.2.

“He’s an unreal horse and a lot of things had to happen to be able to have this horse and keep this horse,” Sara said. “I just wanted to take my time and get to know him a bit because I made a mistake trying to move quickly when I first got him … I backtracked with a different plan this spring. He’s one of a kind.”

Sara and “Rubens” had a brilliant spring season with three top-five finishes at the CIC2* and CIC3* level, as well as winning the $15,000 Ocala Horse Properties Eventing Prix hosted by Southern Cross Equestrian in March, and the inaugural $50,000 Devon Arena Eventing class at the Devon Horse Show & Country Fair last month.

Sara said Rubens is “like a circus pony. He comes in the ring and puts on his unicorn horn.” Looking to the future she feels like she’s learned a lot from this experience. “I haven’t ridden a lot of horses that I haven’t brought along myself, but I have so much information now going forward.”

Kylie Lyman and Lup the Loop. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Kylie Lyman and Joan Nichol’s 9-year-old Irish Sport Horse Lup the Loop pulled two rails but maintained their third place position from cross country and finished with a final score of 60.2.

“Obviously I’m thrilled with the result on paper but it was not the round we were hoping for,” Kylie said. “I didn’t want to go in there and let him down and take the pressure off him. He went in the ring ready to do his job and I think I over-rode him a little bit.”

On the up side, “Loopy” comes out of the competition feeling fit and fabulous. Kylie had not planned to do a spring three-day with him except that he was feeling particularly fresh at home. “He proved me right that he was not ready for a break!” she said.

“He didn’t need to have a rail down today but he was a little fresher than I thought, which was a good problem but wasn’t one I was expecting to have. I’m not disappointed with him but it was definitely a learning day for us.”

Jessica Phoenix and Bogue Sound. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Jessica Phoenix jumped the only other clear round but with one second to add with Amara Hoppner’s Bogue Sound. In the 10-year-old Thoroughbred’s first attempt at the level, they finished 14th overall and won the CCI3* Stuart Horne Canadian Championship awarded by Bridget Colman in memory of her father, Stuart Horne.

“It’s so fun to have this incredible caliber event on our home soil,” Jessica said. “It’s so important for us to have this level of CCI competition in Canada, and it’s just awesome that we have this caliber of riders come support this show because it’s how we all get better. To stand here being the Canadian Champion is awesome and it’s a huge honor to be able to do it at Bromont.”

“Bromont is special,” Sara agreed, and collectively the four riders in the press conference gave a well deserved shout out to organizer Sue Ockendon and the rest of the Bromont staff for their hard work and dedication to the event.

As for me, Bromont became an instant favorite after my first trip here in 2016. Besides the picturesque mountain backdrops (a photographer’s dream) and awesome competition, everyone here is so welcoming and friendly and the hospitality is second to none. Thank you Bromont! I can’t wait for next year.

Jennie Brannigan and Stella Artois. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Looking to the rest of the leaderboard, Frankie Thieriot Stutes and the Chatwin Group’s Chatwin picked up eight jumping faults and one time fault to drop from second to fourth place. Kylie’s second ride, Joan Nichols’ Da Vinci Code, also dropped two rails to finish fifth.

Jennie Brannigan added a rail with Elsbeth Battel’s Cool As Ice for a fifth place finish in the mare’s first CCI3*, and also finished 10th with Elsbeth’s Stella Artois.

Boyd Martin had two in the top 10, with Christine Turner’s Tsetserleg finishing seventh and Steve Blauner and Nancy Hathaway’s Bonito finishing ninth. Will Coleman finished eighth with Kathleen McDermott’s Boris O’Hara.

We’ll be back with a report on the remaining divisions shortly. Go Eventing.

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