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Show Jumping Powerhouses of WEG 2018

It’s (finally) the last day of eventing of WEG. There’s been abandonments galore, our chinchillas are sopping wet, and yet coverage soldiers on.

After a very wet and dramatic final horse inspection yesterday, the stage is set for the reigning European Champion to become the reigning World Champion. Ingrid Klimke has her work cut out for her though, as there are six other riders within a rail of the top placing, and every one of them is capable of jumping a clear round. They are also all capable of having a rail. Meanwhile there are a couple of excellent jumpers in the remainder of the top 10 ready to pounce. It will all come down to who can handle the pressure in this moment.

Keep in mind that the horses are show jumping after a day of rest, which will bring an extra unknown variable into play for everyone. Some horses may feel better in their body than they would have the day after cross country; others may be feeling any stiff muscles a bit more than the typically would on the final day. Horses who usually jump better after taking the edge off with cross country could revert back to being a bit tougher to ride, while others who might struggle from being a touch tired could feel an extra bit of spring.

The show jumping course designer is Ireland’s Alan Wade, who has designed at the World Cup Final and Dublin Horse Show. He is also designing the courses for pure show jumping this week at WEG.

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THE FATE OF THE TOP TEN

Ingrid Klimke and Horseware Hale Bob. FEI/Jon Stroud Photo.

Ingrid Klimke (GER) and SAP Hale Bob OLD

Pros: This pair has been very consistently one-or-none in the show jumping phase in the horse’s career, incurring no more than one rail in 21 of his 23 career 3/4* starts. They’ve also jumped clear in five of the horse’s eight CCI3/4* starts.

Cons: The only two times that SAP Hale Bob OLD has had more than one rail, they were both at CCIs. Their clear rate when show jumping is the final phase sits at just 47%, making it a coin flip as to whether this is a one rail day or none rail day. Her 2018 form has a rail in two of four CIC3* starts.

Prediction: +4

Ros Canter and Allstar B. Photo by Nico Morgan Media.

Ros Canter (GBR) and Allstar B

Pros:  Allstar B’s four-star record is actually cleaner than his record at CCI3*, with only one rail in four CCI4* runs. He’s jumped clear in seven of his last eight show jumping rounds.

Cons: The only rail on his record over the last two years does come from Badminton this spring, which is his most recent CCI run.

Prediction: +0

Sarah Ennis and Horseware Stellor Rebound (IRL). Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Sarah Ennis (IRL) and Horseware Stellor Rebound

Pros: Horseware Stellor Rebound have a pretty incredible stadium record at the CIC3* level, jumping clear in 13 consecutive CIC3* starts. In 16 career CIC3* starts, this horse has only had one rail.

Cons: Their CCI3/4* clear jumping rate is significantly lower than their CIC3* rate, jumping clear only 57% of the time at those levels combined. They’ve also only jumped clear in one of their three CCI4* completions.

Prediction: +4

Lt. Col Thibault Vallette and Qing du Briot ENE HN. Photo by Samantha Clark.

Thibaut Vallette (FRA) and Qing du Briot Ene HN

Pros: This pair have never had a stadium penalty at a CCI3/4*. Ever. That includes two European championships, the Rio Olympic Games with two jumping rounds, and Badminton.

Cons: Their 2018 form took a hit, with rails for the first time in four years, and not just one but three rails, at Chatsworth. This was followed by another rail at Bramham CIC3*. They did follow with a clear round at Aachen CICO3*, but a clear round is not quite guaranteed.

Prediction: +0

Tim Price and Cekatinka. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Tim Price (NZL) and Cekatinka

Pros: Cekatinka and Tim Price have only been paired up for seven 3* runs, but in the mare’s career at this level, she’s jumped clear in five of them. They’ve never had more than a rail and jumped clear at both of the CCI3*.

Cons: This is the mare’s first crack at a CCI4* height course, and while her record is very good, it isn’t perfect.

Prediction: +0

Padraig McCarthy and Mr Chunky. Photo by Nico Morgan Media.

Padraig McCarthy (IRL) and Mr Chunky

Pros: Padraig McCarthy came over from the world of show jumping, which strengthened Mr Chunky’s abilities in this phase. Since taking over the ride from his wife, Padraig has produce clear rounds out of this horse in six of their seven career 3/4* starts together, and have jumped clear in each of their two CCI3/4* completions.

Cons: These two aren’t strangers to time penalties despite their ability to leave the sticks  up. In their only CCI4* start, they jumped clear but picked up 3 time.

Prediction: +1

Astier Nicolas and Vinci de la Vigne. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Astier Nicolas (FRA) and Vinci de la Vigne

Pros:  This young horse jumped clear in both of his 2018 3* starts, including a clear in his only CCI3* run at Boekelo.

Cons: Astier and Vinci de la Vigne have not jumped a clear round this year, incurring a rail at each of three CIC3* starts.

Prediction: +4

Piggy French and Quarrycrest Echo. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Piggy French (GBR) and Quarrycrest Echo

Pros: Another one-or-none horse who has never incurred more than a rail, Quarrycrest Echo has jumped clear in more of his 3/4* starts than he hasn’t. At the CCI3/4* level, he’s only had one rail in three starts. He comes into WEG with clear rounds in his last three consecutive outings.

Cons: This pair splits almost perfectly evenly between one rail or none.

Prediction: +0

Lynn Symansky and Donner. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Lynn Symansky (USA) and Donner 

Pros: This home team pair have been one-or-none for 17 of the last 18 3/4* starts they’ve had.

Cons: With nine CCI4* completions, these two have a solid history of having one down at this level. They’ve had one down in six of their nine 4* completions, two rails in two of them, and haven’t jumped a clear at the level since their 4* debut back in 2013.

Prediction: +4

Tom McEwen and Toledo de Kerser. Photo by Nico Morgan Media.

Tom McEwen (GBR) and Toledo de Kerser

Pros: In four CCI4* runs, this pair have never had a penalty in the stadium. They’ve jumped clear in five of their six CCI3/4* runs. And they’ve jumped clear in 14 of 15 career 3/4* starts.

Cons: The only rail they’ve had in their 3/4* career was at a CCI3*.

Prediction: +0

THE CLIMBERS

Andrew Hoy and Vassily de Lassos (AUS). Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Andrew Hoy (AUS) and Vassily de Lassos

Pros: This horse has two 2* and three 3* starts under Andrew Hoy and has yet to add any penalties in a stadium phase. In fact the horse has only ever had one rail in his entire international career.

Cons: The horse has only had half a year at the 3* level before coming here to tackle his first CCI4* stadium round. The big question will be if his fitness has a solid base; the day off may benefit this horse.

Prediction: +0

Kristina Cook and Billy the Red (GBR). Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Tina Cook (GBR) and Billy the Red

Pros: In 19 starts at the 3/4* level together, Tina and Billy the Red have jumped clear in all but three, never incurring more than a single rail. They’ve also jumped clear in five of their six CCI3/4*.

Cons: One of the only three times they had a rail was at one of their two CCI4* completions.

Prediction: +0

Phillip Dutton and Z. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Phillip Dutton (USA) and Z

Pros: This young horse has has only one rail in 12 runs at 3/4* under Phillip Dutton. He’s jumped clear in all three of his CCI3/4* starts and has jumped clear in his last eight consecutive 3/4* rounds.

Cons: He did incur the only time penalty of his 3/4* career at a CCI3*.

Prediction: +0

OTHERS OF NOTE

Alex Hua Tian and Ballytiglea Vivendi (CHN). Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

If horses like Virgil (Shane Rose) and Ballytiglea Vivendi (Alex Hua Tian) struggle to get a clear round early on, it’s a good indication that Alan Wade’s track will be a tougher course than average. FRH Corrida (Andreas Dibowski) and Henri Z (Raf Kooremans) will also be good indicators.

Cross Country Powerhouses of WEG

It’s cross country day at #Tryon2018! The cross country consists of 26 numbered obstacles (40 total jumping efforts when taking all the direct routes, after 23A and 24B ) across Tryon International. The horses will have to cover the distance under the optimum time of 10 minutes, 0 seconds, or they will incur time penalties, 0.4 added to their score for each second they are over. Click here for a full course preview.

Captain Mark Phillips of Great Britain has been the course designer here since 2011. The Captain currently designs many courses around the world, including the recent Burghley CCI4* and he was the course designer of Luhmuhlen CCI4* until 2014.

The horses listed below fall into three different categories: pairs who have been proven both consistent and fast at the CCI4* level (the Stalwarts), pairs who are very fast when clear but could pick up a jump penalty (the Heartbreakers), and pairs who have stellar 3* form and speed but the 4* is a bit of a question mark (the unknowns).

With scores clustered so close together, a cross country run that is clear and inside the time could potentially move you up many places, especially with the dressage losing some weight due to the removal of the coefficient in scoring. Here are the projections of horses who will make the biggest moves up the leaderboard tomorrow … or maintain their place at the top.

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THE STALWARTS

Will Coleman and Tight Lines. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Will Coleman (USA) and Tight Lines: As a pair, these two have four CCI3/4* under their belt and have been clean at three of them. In each of those clear rounds, he has brought Tight Lines home inside the time. He’s also finished within fifteen seconds of the fastest time in those three runs, which will become a big factor if time proves to be tight.

Potential Issues: This horse isn’t hugely experienced at the top level and in his first attempt at CCI4* in 2017 (which came after only half a year at the 3* level), he had two stops at Kentucky. That’s the only blemish on his jump record at the 3/4* levels. This pair is in an identical position as Gemma Tattersall and Arctic Soul; they are the path finders for the team, they are very early in the go, and their responsibility is primarily to provide a clear round for the team.

Ride Time: 11:09 a.m.

Gemma Tattersall and Arctic Soul. Photo by Nico Morgan Media.

Gemma Tattersall (GBR) and Arctic Soul: Arctic Soul has never had a jump fault at a 4* run, and they’ve completed six of their seven CCI4* starts with only a technical elimination at their very first attempt marring their record. Arctic Soul has finished inside the time at three of the six completions; at two of the remaining three, no one made the time. The pair has never failed to finish within fifteen seconds of the fastest ride of the day at this level and in their most recent two CCI4* starts, they finished within ten seconds of the fastest time.

Possible Hiccups: They go out as only the fifth pair of the day, which could both be a blessing and a curse today. Going so early in the order means they won’t be able to see how combinations are riding and adjust their plan accordingly. On the other hand, they are one of the fastest 4* pairs in the world and they’ll get the best of the ground today as the rain starts arriving.

Being the pathfinder on the team will be another variable in this pair’s plan; Gemma will be responsible first and foremost for delivering a clear round for Team GBR so later members can perhaps take a risk. On the other hand, her speed could be very important later if the Brits end up needing her score so Gemma will have to balance priorities carefully.

Ride Time: 11:12 a.m.

Sam Watson and Horseware Ardagh Highlight. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Sam Watson (IRL) and Horseware Ardagh Highlight: This Irish pair have never had a cross country jump penalty, have finished within twenty seconds of the leader at both of their CCI3* starts, and clocked in inside the time at the horse’s first CCI4* start at Luhmuhlen this year.

Potential Issues: As several others noted, they are the pathfinders for their team today which may mute their individual hopes. They will however be late enough in the order to have seen a few go through the course before them. These two also aren’t ranked up with the fastest horses in the field today but can certainly make a go of it if that’s their mission.

Ride Time: 11:24 a.m.

Julia Krajewski and Chipmunk FRH. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Julia Krajewski (GER) and Chipmunk FRH: This precocious horse has run a CCI3* every year for the least three years and has finished as the fastest time or only one second slower than the fastest time…while still coming inside optimum. He doesn’t have a single jump penalty on his 3* record.

Potential Hiccups: He hasn’t done a 4* yet, and while this WEG course should ride like a 3*, it’s also a championship with all the added pressure. Julia is no stranger to being in first individually and it’s unlikely the Germans will have her ride conservatively for the team chances when she’s so well positioned to take the individual gold as well.

Ride Time: 12:06 p.m.

Cathal Daniels and Rioghan Rua. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Cathal Daniels (IRL) and Rioghan Rua: One of the youngest riders in the competition also has one hell of a reputation with his chestnut mare Rioghan Rua. This pair has tackled two CCI3* and three CCI4* together, never had a jump penalty at any of them, and never failed to finish within twenty seconds of the leader. They’ve made time at their first CCI3* and their most recent CCI4* at Luhmuhlen, where they also clocked in the fastest time of the day.

Potential Hiccups:  This is Cathal’s first call up to a senior level championship team so there’s an added pressure from that. He’s also the second rider out for his team so a clear round remains the highest priority for Team Ireland.

Ride Time: 12:27 p.m.

Lynn Symansky and Donner. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Lynn Symansky (USA) and Donner: Donner has the distinction of the longest CCI4* track record in the field, with nine starts and nine completions. These two have jumped clear at all but one of them, the last World Equestrian Games. Since that time, they’ve jumped around clear in fifteen of their sixteen 3/4* starts, including Badminton and Burghley, and then made mincemeat of the Kentucky course this spring. They’ve also shown they can make the time if they want to, with rounds inside the time in three of those CCI4* completions.

Potential Hiccups: If Team USA has already brought home two clear rounds, Donner will likely be let loose to go for the kill, but if the priority ends up being a clear round due to trouble from the earlier riders, Lynn may have to ride first for the team. Donner fans should note that despite the ability to make time, this pair actually racks up time penalties at the four star level more often than not with an average of 7.7 time penalties for clear rounds at the CCI4* level.

Ride Time: 1:27 p.m.

Padraig McCarthy and Mr Chunk. Photo by Nico Morgan Media.

Padraig McCarthy (IRL) and Mr Chunky: Padraig took over the ride on Mr Chunky after his wife Lucy (Wiegersma) first competed him up through CCI4*. They quickly meshed and have never has a jump penalty in their time together. These two also finished inside the time at both of their CCI3* starts.

Potential Hiccups: Mr Chunky isn’t the fastest horse in the field and while the pair has made time at CCI3*, they have often picked up time penalties in the double digits at the CIC3* level. They accumulated 6.4 time penalties in their only CCI4* start at Badminton this spring, but did finish within fifteen seconds of the fastest time of the day.

Ride Time: 1:45 p.m.

Ingrid Klimke and SAP Hale Bob OLD. Photo by Thomas Ix.

Ingrid Klimke (GER) and SAP Hale Bob OLD:  The reigning European Champions have a long CCI3/4* record to their name and although it’s not without a couple of hiccups, they’ve had a 100% completion rate. When jumping clear at these CCI levels, they’ve made the time or been within ten seconds of the cross-country leaders in five of six rounds.

Possible Hiccups: SAP Hale Bob OLD has twice had stops at CCI3/4*, with issues at his first CCI4* back in 2014 and a stop at the Rio Olympics. This pair also had a surprise of a stop at Aachen CICO3* in July, bouncing back with a clear round in Strzegom for their final prep run.

Ride Time: 2:27 p.m.

Phillip Dutton and Z. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Phillip Dutton (USA) and Z: Z has started three CCI3* and a CCI4* under Phillip’s tutelage, has never had a jump penalty in any of them and has never had a time penalty in any of the three he completed. He also completed the test event here with only one second over optimum.

Possible Hiccups: Z is relatively green at 4* and did have a rider fall in one of his three CCI3* starts. He’ll also go at the end of the day when conditions are starting to deteriorate.

Ride Time: 2:30 p.m.

Jonelle Price and Classic Moet. Photo by Nico Morgan Photography.

Jonelle Price (NZL) and Classic Moet: This pair needs no introduction as our most recent Badminton CCI4* winners. They’ve completed eight CCI4*, never had a jump penalty at any of them, and finished inside the time at four of them. At the four they didn’t finish inside the time, they were the fastest time of the day at three of them. This is the fastest four-star horse in the world right now.

Possible Hiccups: They’ll be headed out at the end of the day, when conditions may be quite bad. That hasn’t stopped them before though, as they were the fastest ride of the day at the 2014 WEG.

Ride Time: 2:45 p.m.

THE HEARTBREAKERS

Piggy French and Quarrycrest Echo (GBR). Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Piggy French (GBR) and Quarrycrest Echo: This pair has a very clean CIC3* jump record together and it’s fast too, with fifteen seconds of less of time penalties in six runs; four times they’ve finished either inside optimum or only one second over. In the horse’s first CCI3*, they finished on their dressage score and at his first CCI4* this June, he finished inside the time on cross-country day.

Potential Hiccups: Quarrycrest Echo’s CCI3/4* record is more spotty than not, with a stop at the Strzegom CCI3* European Championships last summer and then a missed flag penalty at Luhmuhlen knocking them out of contention. The potential is there for a fast, clear run but question marks remain.

Ride Time: 12:12 p.m.

THE QUESTION MARKS

Donatien Schauly and Pivoine des Touches (FRA). Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

 

Donatien Schauly (FRA) and Pivoine des Touches:  Up until this calendar year, Pivoine des Touches had a very clean, very fast cross country record. He’s completed three CCI3* and a CCI4* in his career and at three of the four had less than two seconds worth of time penalties. In all four, he finished within 15 seconds of the fastest cross country time.

Potential Hiccups: His 2018 record is a bit of a departure, with a missed flag and a stop at Arville in June, and quite a few time penalties in his other CIC3* starts this year. He qualified for WEG based on finishing second at Saumur CCI3* in 2017, but prior to that he hadn’t attempted a CCI3/4* since 2013, when he completed Pau. Again, being the pathfinder can also come with pressure.

Ride Time: 11:30 a.m.

Chris Burton and Cooley Lands (AUS). Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Christopher Burton (AUS) and Cooley Lands: Chris Burton is the fastest cross-country rider in the world and in four 3* runs with Cooley Lands over the last twelve months, he’s produced three clear, inside the time rounds where he also happened to be the fastest time of the day. That includes Boekelo CCI3* last fall.

Potential Hiccups: Cooley Lands literally only has three CIC3* runs and a CCI3* run under his belt. This is a big ask for him, but he has one of best (if not the best) cross country jockeys in the world. Trust in Burto.

Ride Time: 12:18 p.m.

Sara Algotsson Ostholt and Wega (SWE). Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Sara Algotsson-Ostholt (SWE) and Wega: This mare’s career speaks for itself, with a silver medal at the London Olympics and two wins at the CCI3* level. In five runs at CCI3/4*, she’s added nothing to her score on cross country day save her very first attempt at the CCI3* level, back in 2010. Sara’s here as an individual, so she has free rein to go as fast as she needs.

Potential Hiccups: Four of this mare’s five CCI3/4* runs were in 2010-2012; only one is from 2018.

Ride Time: 2:15 p.m

OTHERS OF NOTE

The reality is, at a championship like this, there are too many good cross-country horses to count. Horses like Honor Me and Colani Sunrise are good bets to go clear but time penalties keep them out of the top. Qing du Briot Ene HN could be spectacular and little Tsetserleg is quite reliable in this phase as well. There are too many to mention here, but we’ve hopefully outlined some of the best, even if we’ve missed others.

Go eventing, go team USA and CAN, and wishing everyone a safe ride today!

 

Dressage Powerhouses of WEG: Day Two, Afternoon Sessions

Welcome back to the second day of eventing at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games! Yesterday we watched as half of the horses put on their dancing shoes, and today the second half of the field has their chance. Click here to see the order of go with ride times for today and here for all the details on how to watch live, with live scores here.

The competitors are performing 2017 FEI 4* Test B, which was used for the first time this year. At this point, anyone who has ridden in a 4* this year has had a chance to perform this test, but competitors who haven’t made it to a 4* in 2018 will be trying it out for the first time.

A huge change in dressage scoring this year is the loss of the 1.5 multiplier on the penalty marks, making the scoring a straight conversion to penalties. An average of 70.0% from the ground jury translates into 30.0 penalty points, instead of 45.0 as it would have in previous years. This will cluster the competitors closer together after the first phase, making the jumping phases more influential.

Anne-Mette Binder of Denmark, Andrew Bennie of New Zealand and Jane Hamlin of the United States make up the ground jury.

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FRIDAY MORNING, AFTERNOON SESSIONS

Sara Algotsson Ostholt and Wega. Photo by Leszek Wójcik/LOTTO Strzegom Horse Trials.

Sara Algotsson-Ostholt (SWE) and Wega: This incredibly experienced horse has the longest 3* record in the field, having first competed at the level in May of 2009. The experience shows, as this pair hasn’t scored below 70% on a 3/4* test since May of 2011. They broke the 75% barriers in four of thirteen 3/4* starts from 2011 through 2018. They’ll be challenging for second place.

Aiming for: 26.2

Expected: 26.8

Ride Time: 1:43 p.m.

Bill Levett and Lassban Diamond Lift (AUS). Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Bill Levett (AUS) and Lassban Diamond Lift: Bill and this young horse put in a personal best of 24.1 at Barbury Castle in 2017 and haven’t gotten back to the 75% mark since. It will be a big ask for Lassban Diamond Lift to get back to that mark for his first 4* test, but a solid 3* average of 29.8 will keep him in the game.

Aiming for: 29.1

Expected: 29.8

Ride Time: 1:50 p.m.

Ingrid Klimke and SAP Hale Bob OLD. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Ingrid Klimke (GER) and SAP Hale Bob OLD: A pair who needs no introduction, these two own the best 3/4* score in the field, an 18.2 scored at the 2016 CIC3* at Wiesbaden. They’ve scored over 75% in eight of their last nine 3/4* competitions, regressing just slightly to a 25.2 in their most recent start at Strzegom in early August.

Aiming for: 24.7

Expected: 26.3

Ride Time: 2:34 p.m.

Ros Canter and Allstar B. Photo by Samantha Clark

Ros Canter (GBR) and Allstar B: This pair has the distinction of owning the best 4* dressage score in the field, scoring a 23.9 at Badminton this past May. Although sparsely competed at the FEI levels over the past two years, Allstar B has the third best 3/4* dressage average over the last twelve months. Despite that, their Badminton score was a personal best at all levels, but this is one of eleven horses in the field whose 4* average is better than their 3* average.

Aiming for: 25.4

Expected: 28.0

Ride Time: 2:50 p.m.

Karin Donckers and Fletcha van’t Verahof. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Karin Donckers (BEL) and Fletcha Van’t Verahof: Karin and Fletcha Van’t Verahof own the third best 4* score in the field, scoring a 24.9 at Badminton in May of 2017. They’ll be right up there with the top of the field if they score in line with their 4* average of 27.3. This is one of the eleven horses in the field whose 4* average is better than their 3* average.

Aiming for: 27.3

Expected: 27.6

Ride Time: 2:58 p.m.

Shane Rose and Virgil (AUS). Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Shane Rose (AUS) and Virgil: Shane Rose and Virgil are no stranger to the 20s and have broken 70% in both of their 2018 outings. Despite that, they haven’t managed to break the 70% barrier at the 4* level yet.

Aiming for: 27.3

Expected: 32.1

Ride Time: 3:06 p.m.

Sarah Ennis and Horseware Stellor Rebound (IRL). Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Sarah Ennis (IRL) and Horseware Stellor Rebound: These two have a 3* average (29.3) and a 3* personal best (24.3) in the top ten of the field. They haven’t quite been able to replicate those scores at the 4* level though, so will be pushing for a personal best at 4* this weekend.

Aiming for: 29.3

Expected: 31.2

Ride Time: 3:45 p.m.

OTHERS OF NOTE

Selena O’Hanlon and Foxwood High. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Foxwood High with Selena O’Hanlon and Jonelle Price with Classic Moet have both achieved a 20s score at the 4* level. Tresor Mail and Sidney Dufresne have broken the 75% barrier at the 3* level, while Phillip Dutton and Z just put in a personal best of 27.1 in their last outing.

Dressage Powerhouses of WEG: Day Two, Morning Sessions

Welcome back to the second day of eventing at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games! Yesterday we watched as half of the horses put on their dancing shoes, and today the second half of the field will get their chance.

Quite a few of the heavy hitters ended up in the Friday sessions, so this preview will be split between morning and afternoon. Check back at lunch for a quick preview of those going later in the day. Click here to see the order of go with ride times for today and here for all the details on how to watch live, with live scores here.

The competitors will be performing 2017 FEI 4* Test B, which was used for the first time this year. At this point, anyone who has ridden in a 4* this year has had a chance to perform this test, but competitors who haven’t made it to a 4* in 2018 will be trying it out for the first time.

A huge change in dressage scoring this year is the loss of the 1.5 multiplier on the penalty marks, making the scoring a straight conversion to penalties. An average of 70.0% from the ground jury translates into 30.0 penalty points, instead of 45.0 as it would have in previous years. This will cluster the competitors closer together after the first phase, making the jumping phases more influential.

Anne-Mette Binder of Denmark, Andrew Bennie of New Zealand and Jane Hamlin of the United States make up the ground jury.

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FRIDAY MORNING, MORNING SESSIONS

Tom McEwen and Toledo de Kerser. Photo by Nico Morgan Media.

Tom McEwen (GBR) and Toledo de Kerser: This pair has broken into the 20s in seven of their 15 3/4* starts, two of their four 4* starts, and have never had a score worse than 33.5 in their 3/4* career.

Aiming for: 27.8

Expected: 31.0

Ride Time: 10:27 a.m.

Emma McNab and Fernhill Tabasco. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Emma McNab (AUS) and Fernhill Tabasco: Emma and Fernhill Tabasco have scored over 70% in 12 of their 15 starts at the 3/4* levels since 2016, but one of the two times they failed to reach that threshold was in their last outing at Le Pin au Haras CIC3* in early August. Still, this pair is ranked in the top five in the field for personal bests and averages at 3*/4* level and is another whose 4* average is better than their 3* average.

Aiming for: 26.7

Expected: 27.3

Ride Time: 10:43 a.m.

Tim Price and Cekatinka. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Tim Price (NZL) and Cekatinka: Tim “borrowed” the ride on Cekatinka in 2017 while his wife Jonelle was on maternity leave and managed to keep the ride for this season. They’ve danced their way to one of the top 10 3* averages in the field — 29.2. They’ve been chipping away at that average recently as well, dropping their 12-month average to a 28.2.

Aiming for: 28.2

Expected: 28.8

Ride Time: 10:59 a.m.

Stefano Brecciaroli and Byrnesgrove First Diamond (ITA). Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Stefano Brecciaroli (ITA) and Byrnesgrove First Diamond: Stefano only paired up with this former Andrew Nicholson ride this year, clocking in three starts at the 3* level since March. In just those three starts they’ve managed to have the fourth best 3* dressage average in the field, sitting on a 28.0. Consistency has been the name of the game for these two, with a personal best of 27.0.

Aiming for: 28.0

Expected: 28.0

Ride Time: 11:30 a.m.

Thibaut Vallette and Qing du Briot ENE HN. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Thibaut Vallette (FRA) and Qing Du Briot ENE HN: This horse’s 3* personal best of 23.2 is in the top five of the field and his 4* personal best of 25.8 is in the top four. His 4* average sits behind only SAP Hale Bob OLD when looking at horses with multiple 4* tests. He’s also one of the 11 horses in the field whose 4* average is better than their 3* average.

Aiming for: 25.8

Expected: 26.6

Ride Time: 11:38 a.m.

OTHERS OF NOTE

Jessica Phoenix and Pavarotti. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Jessica Phoenix with Pavarotti and Padraig McCarthy with Mr Chunky have both proven an ability to get into the 20s at the 4* level, while Louise Svensson Jahde with Waikiki have gotten close to cracking 75% at the 3* level.

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Dressage Powerhouses of WEG: Day One

Welcome to the first day of eventing at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games! Yesterday marked the beginning of the competition, with the first horse inspection occurring in the afternoon and today we’ll have the first half of dressage. Click here to see the order of go with ride times for today and here for all the details on how to watch live, with live scores here.

Although there are a few tests that will be worth watching today, most of the teams have unsurprisingly put their heavy hitters into the latter half of the order of go, so make sure to check back with EN tomorrow for the top players broken down into morning and evening sessions.

The competitors will be performing 2017 FEI 4* Test B, which was used for the first time this year. At this point, anyone who has ridden in a 4* this year has had a chance to perform this test, but competitors who haven’t made it to a 4* in 2018 will be trying it out for the first time.

A huge change in dressage scoring this year is the loss of the 1.5 multiplier on the penalty marks, making the scoring a straight conversion to penalties. An average of 70.0% from the ground jury will translate into 30.0 penalty points, instead of 45.0 as it would have in previous years. This will cluster the competitors closer together after the first phase, making the jumping phases more influential.

Judging the competitors will be Anne-Mette Binder of Denmark, who presides over the ground jury. Andrew Bennie of New Zealand and Jane Hamlin of the United States join him as members of the ground jury.

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THURSDAY MORNING, MORNING SESSIONS

Pietro Roman and Barraduff. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Pietro Roman (ITA) and Barraduff: Pietro and Barraduff have only one 3* start since the European Championships at Strzegom last summer; they scored a career personal best of 27.3 at Strzegom, then bested it at the Luhmühlen CIC3* this June with a 24.5. They won’t be a favorite for a top-10 placing after dressage but could be a dark horse for a surprisingly strong score.

Aiming for: 24.5

Expected: 31.0

Ride Time: 10:27 a.m.

THURSDAY MORNING, AFTERNOON SESSIONS

Julia Krajewski and Chipmunk FRH. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Julia Krajewski (GER) and Chipmunk FRH: With this pair’s personal best of 19.4 at Bramham in June, they may not quite have the best 3/4* dressage score in the field but they own the best 3* average (23.3), best 12 month average (22.2), and best 2018 average (22.2) in the whole field. Chipmunk FRH is attempting the 4* test for the first time this weekend, but even so expectations are high.

Aiming for: 22.2

Expected: 22.2

Ride Time: 1:31 p.m.

Piggy French and Quarrycrest Echo. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Piggy French (GBR) and Quarrycrest Echo: This is a horse who bounces a little between almost cracking 75% and almost cracking 70%, without much in between. That puts their 3* average of 28.1 solidly in the top 10 range of the field, and after day one of dressage they’ll likely be near the top overnight.

Aiming for: 28.1

Expected: 28.6

Ride Time: 1:47 p.m.

OTHERS OF NOTE

Maxime Livio and Opium de Verrieres. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

In the morning session, Kai Ruder and Colani Sunrise have hit the 75% mark previously, and Gemma Tattersall and Arctic Soul have proven they can break the 70% on a 4* test.

In the afternoon, Billy the Red with Tina Cook and Opium de Verrieres with Maxime Livio have also proven they can approach the 75% mark on a good day.

Keep it locked on EN for the latest and greatest from WEG. Go Eventing.

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Wednesday News & Notes from Attwood Equestrian Surfaces

The main arena at WEG. The tension is building! Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

The horses are there, the riders are there, the media is there, Florence is coming, and it’s jog day! Let the Games begin!

National Holiday:  National Chocolate Milkshake Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

Otter Creek Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Equestrians Institute H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

Your Wednesday News & Notes

South African eventing might feature safari animals but to compete at the top levels, Victoria Scott has had to base herself in Europe.  Victoria became involved in eventing when it experienced a surge of popularity in South Africa, but popularity ebbs and flows. Victoria has based in France for the past six years with her WEG mount, Valtho Des Peupliers. [South African WEG Eventer]

The dressage rider representing South Africa at WEG also bases in Europe. Gretha Ferreira has been based in Germany for the past two years, and her mare Lertevangs Lavinia just stepped up to the top level earlier this year after a career as a show jumper. [South African WEG Dressage]

The showjumper from South Africa has managed to mostly base herself in her home country. Lisa Williams won the South African League of the FEI World Cup Jumping Qualifier Series two years running on Campbell, then two World Cup legs in 2017. After that, she decided to go through an exhaustive four-month exportation process to get Campbell to Europe and qualify for WEG. [South African WEG Show Jumper]

Attwood Wisdom of the Week: The Importance of Watering

In honor of the WEG’s first full day of competition, we wanted to take a moment to talk about the importance of watering your footing. You may not think it but water is a magic ingredient when it comes to keeping your footing in great condition. And we can’t always count on Mother Nature can we?

If you have a water dependent surface in your arena, the first and most important thing is making sure you get the RIGHT amount of water on your footing.  Depending on what you have in your arena and if you are in the path of a major storm your climate, you might need just a category one level of water to keep the footing perfect. But best to test it to find the right balance.

Second is that you want it to be consistent over the entire arena. Flooding one half hoping that it will get to the other half is not a good strategy.  You want to have an even level of moisture over the entire surface.

And last but not least, proper and consistent watering of the footing keeps the additives from separating out and floating to the surface only to be blown away.

Remember caring for your arena properly not only protects your footing, but also your horses’ health. Attwood want to wish all the competitors the very best of luck at the 2018 World Equestrian Games!

Want to know more about the most advanced footing solutions on the market today please call Attwood Equestrian Surfaces at 888-461-7788.

Wednesday News & Notes from Attwood Equestrian Surfaces

Vermiculus says this farm is all right! Photo via Lauren Kieffer Eventing FB page.

The American team has settled into training camp at Gavilan while the Canadians make themselves at home at Morningside Training Farm to get to peak fitness. In t-minus one week, we’ll be watching shiny horses on a jog strip in Tryon!

National Holiday: Cheese Pizza Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Course Brook Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Seneca Valley Pony Club H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

Bucks County H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

Chardon Valley H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Your Wednesday News & Notes

Big news for Advanced competitors trying to qualify for next year’s AECs!  In order to boost entries, the Adequan Gold Cup Advanced Final will now be open to qualifying scores achieved at any 3*, 4* or Advanced! This matches up with the qualification requirements at Intermediate, and allows the entries at the top level of the AECs to grow. [Important Changes Coming]

One thing Colorado does well is provide gorgeous backgrounds for stunning photos. Full disclosure, I’ve been to the Colorado Horse Park three times and it’s been hands down one of my favorite venues to compete at. Although the haul is much too long for me to make as a working amateur based out East, these photos bring me back to one of my favorite competition sites. [Eventing at the Base of the Mountains]

And now for something completely different. This is non-WEG, non-eventing related, but still just as interesting. Jocelyn Pierce took an interlude to the Mongol Derby this year and recounts how her perspective changed in an instant after day one. [Everybody Has a Plan]

Attwood Wisdom of the Week: Gavilan and Attwood Collaborate for Innovation

Gavilan Farm’s first project with Attwood Equestrian Surfaces could not have been more monumental, to build a nine furlong gallop with a 450 foot rise. Not a traditional oval, but a track that would wind its way up from the “start box” to a jump field located on the other side of Gavilan Farm.

“Everything about this project was epic in scope. So the right team had to be pulled together and that started with Attwood,” said Will. “We were moving a lot of dirt around, re sculpting the land… I needed my team to see the vision. Nick and Edwin were a vital part of the success of the track. I could not be happier with how it turned out.”

The track encompasses a 65-acre parcel of land to the south of the farm. There is a steady 15° rise that adds another element to the conditioning of the horses. The track sets into the land so that it really seems to be a part of the natural landscape. This track attracts the best riders in the country as a destination training facility.

Want to know more about the most advanced footing solutions on the market today please call Attwood Equestrian Surfaces at 888-461-7788.

By the Numbers: AEC Adequan USEA Gold Cup Advanced Final

The American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena Feeds has made its way as far west as it’s ever been and the eventing population west of the Mississippi has responded with enthusiasm. With competition well underway and the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Advanced Final set to begin dressage this afternoon, the Colorado Horse Park is hopping.

The Field

Colorado Horse Park, site of the 2018 AEC. Photo by White Fence Equine Photography.

  • Colorado Horse Park, in Parker, Colorado, will be the sixth venue to host the American Eventing Championships. Every venue has had its own influence on results, with no particular patterns emerging.
  • In general, the AEC has a higher-than-average completion rate, with 87% of entries completing versus 73% at a typical Advanced. This is likely indicative of a higher-than-average quality field contesting a championship division.

Dressage Divas

Tamie Smith and Mai Baum. Photo by Jenni Autry.

  • After three years on the sidelines, Mai Baum returns to the Advanced level this weekend by tackling the national championships. Nearly undefeated at the Advanced and three-star level (he won five of his six starts back in 2015), Tamie Smith and Mai Baum will solidly control the division from the first phase. These two average a 26.0 at this level, with a personal best of 22.8.
  • Revitavet Capato and Jordan Linstedt are the only pair who could catch Mai Baum on day one. Although their two-year average for the level hovers just under 70%, their average for this year shows improvement, with the pair cracking into the 20s in three of their five starts.

Cross Country Machines

Emilee Libby and Jakobi. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

  • Tamie Smith and Mai Baum also have the fastest track record in the field, averaging only 5.2 time penalties in their Advanced/CIC3* runs. Although they’ve not yet finished inside the time other than at a CCI3*, they’ve been either the fastest pair on course or within eight seconds of the fastest pair in all but one of their A/3* runs.
  • Emilee Libby and Jakobi have averaged 6.8 time penalties in two starts at the level this year. More notably, the horse was nearly 30 seconds behind the cross country leader in his first start, but improved on his second start to be within eight seconds of the fastest round.

Show Jumping Powerhouses

  • Amistoso and Alexa Ehlers have only three starts under their belt at this level, but they are three for three with clear jumping rounds. Time penalties could be a factor but they recently jumped their first round inside the time at Millbrook.
  • Jakobi had a rail and time in his initial start at this level but then notably put in the only clear stadium round of the division at the Rebecca Farm CIC3* in July.

PREDICTED WINNER: Tamie Smith and Mai Baum

Keep Your Eye On:

  • Emilee Libby and Jakobi
  • Tamie Smith and Fleeceworks Royal
  • Jordan Linstedt and Revitavet Capato

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Wednesday News & Notes from Attwood Equestrian Surfaces

Finally complete! Rossco head home with the Martins for the first time. Photo via Boyd Martin’s FB page.

We’re about to begin a whirlwind of a month with Advanced or CIC3* running nearly every weekend in September in the US, Burghley and Blenheim pulling our attention overseas, and then of course WEG rolling in mid-month. It’s easy to forget these athletes have real lives with real things going on beside that sometimes. A huge congratulations goes out to Boyd and Silva who have made a trek to Philadelphia work on a daily basis after the birth of their son, Rossco. One more wild child added to the Windurra family!

National Holiday: More Herbs, Less Salt Day

Major Events This Week:

American Eventing Championships [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Burghley CCI4* [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Foshay [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Chattahoochee Hills CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

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

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

Your Wednesday News & Notes

Morven Park is officially open and pre-emptively seeking out jump judges!  Hosting not only CIC divisions but also the Area II championships this year is a big ask and Morven is sending out feelers for three days worth of jump judges. [Morven Park Seeking Volunteers]

The last 24 hours has seen a shake-up of entries for both WEG and Burghley. Just after the hot announcement that Michael Jung will not be making the trip to WEG, Laura Collett has been forced to withdraw the very popular Mr. Bass from Burghley after he felt less than 100% after working. [Mr. Bass Withdrawn from Burghley]

As WEG draws closer and the flights become imminent, the scratches are pouring in. Another WEG withdrawal announced today, this one for the Dutch team: Laura Hoogeveen and Quibus have withdrawn — the horse threw a shoe galloping last week and his foot is not expected to recover in time — and are replaced by Renske Kroeze and Jane Z. [Dutch WEG Team Update]

Attwood Wisdom of the Week – Green Footing

The colors to root for might be red, white, and blue, but we wanted to tell you about our “green footing”. Green as in the color green, like money, like the fields of Kentucky Horse Park … well you get it.

Years ago a client came to us, looking for a world class footing in “another color”.  For their particular project, they wanted a colored footing. Green. So it would blend into the hillside of the community. But make no mistake they wanted it to be a premium blend and not a gimmick.

Thus “Green Pinnacle” came to be, with all the properties of our high performance Pinnacle. The color was rich, fade resistant and did not wash out in the rain.  And because we use only originally sourced material, not recycled rubber or carpeting that turns footing black, the green would stay perennially green.

Additional benefits of the green colored footing, is that it toned down the glare of the ring on hot sunny days, which both horses and riders appreciated.  Green is not the only color we can produce for our footing. If you have a particular need for a custom color, please let us know.

Benefits:

  • Green Pinnacle and TerraNova are readily available.
  • Same exceptional properties as our Pinnacle.
  • Attractive natural green color.
  • Proven helpful in cases of difficult local planning restrictions.

Want to know more about the most advanced footing solutions on the market today please call Attwood Equestrian Surfaces at 888-461-7788.

By the Numbers: Bromont CIC3*

All eyes are on Bromont this weekend with the U.S. World Equestrian Games team and alternates making their final prep run for Tryon, and many of the Canadian hopefuls aiming for a quality run to make their own team.

Photo by Leslie Threlkeld

The Field

  • Bromont has run a CIC3* concurrently with their June CCI before (from 2012-2014, then again in 2016) but this is the first time that the CIC3* has run in August.
  • Three pairs finished on their dressage score in the very first running of a CIC3* at Bromont, but no one has finished on it since.
  • Only one previous Bromont CIC3* winning pair, Lynn Symansky and Donner, is competing again this weekend.

Kim Severson and Cooley Cross Border. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Dressage Divas

  • Cooley Cross Border and Kim Severson have been the pair to beat on the flat at the North American three-stars this year. With scores in the 20s in nine of their last 11 Advanced/3* starts and an average of 27.2 over the last two years, this pair will be contesting for the lead from day one.
  • RF Scandalous is also very strong in dressage, scoring in the 20s in eight of her last 10 Advanced/3* starts. RF Scandalous and Marilyn Little average 27.5 in dressage at these levels, just a hair behind Kim and Cooley Cross Border.
  • Long Island T and Boyd Martin will be in the hunt too, with an average of 27.6 at this level over the past two years. The horse scored a personal best of 22.9 in his last outing at Millbrook.
  • Vermiculus has been getting better and better with experience, with scores at the Advanced/3* level averaging 29.7 over the last two years, a nearly 6 point drop over his average from his first two years competing at these levels. He and Lauren Kieffer haven’t quite flirted with 75% yet but consistently score over 70%.
  • Donner and Lynn Symansky have also stepped up their dressage game over the last 12 months, scoring consistently over 70% in all of their Advanced/3* outings in the last year. A two-year average of 29.9 at these levels rounds out the horses in the CIC3* field who have dressage averages over 70%.

Phillip Dutton and Z. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Show Jumping Powerhouses

  • Z and Phillip Dutton have an impeccable show jumping record, with Z jumping clear in 13 of his 15 rounds career rounds at the Advanced, 3* and 4* levels. His two rails at this level both came at his first run of the year after his winter break.
  • Under Suspection has been a high quality jumper with her previous riders and the trend continues with Lynn Symansky. Though they had one rail at their only CCI together, they’ve jumped clear in each of the Advanced/CIC3* rounds.
  • Cooley On Show and Sharon White have stepped up their show jumping game in the past two years, going from trending towards one rail at the Advanced/CIC3* level in the 2015-16 seasons to jumping clear in five of their six rounds at this level in the 2017-18 seasons.
  • RF Scandalous and Marilyn Little have only ever had a rail once in 10 completed show jumping rounds at the Advanced, 3* and 4* levels and spend time on the pure jumper circuit as well.
  • Cooley Cross Border and Kim Severson have jumped clear in 18 of their 20 show jumping rounds at the top levels, only twice incurring jumping faults.

Selena O’Hanlon and Foxwood High. Photo by Nico Morgan Media.

Cross Country Machines

  • Since early 2016, Foxwood High and Selena O’Hanlon have finished no more than 15 seconds over the time at their clear Advanced and CIC3* runs.
  • Donner and Lynn Symansky haven’t run a tremendous number of Advanced/CIC3* over the last two years, but they’ve been within 15 seconds of the fastest cross country time in three of those four runs.
  • Off The Record is only making his fourth start at the level, but he’s already racked up an impressive record with Will Coleman, with two wins and a second in his three starts. He was the fastest horse of the day at Great Meadow CICO3*. At Carolina Advanced he was 4 seconds slower than the quickest time and at Fair Hill CIC3* only 11 seconds slower.
  • Brandon McMehan is making only his second start at the level and first CIC3* start, but finishing on his dressage score at Millbrook turned heads. Keep an eye on Oscar’s Wild this weekend.

Kim Severson and Cooley Cross Border. Photo by Jenni Autry.

PREDICTED WINNER: Kim Severson and Cooley Cross Border

Keep Your Eye On:

  • Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous
  • Lynn Symansky and Donner

Wednesday News & Notes from Attwood Equestrian Surfaces

Laura Graves teaching at Ohana Equestrian Preserve. Photo by Emily Riden/Jump Media.

We all know Laura Graves as one of America’s leading dressage riders, but she taught a very different type of clinic yesterday at Ohana Equestrian Preserve in Aldie, Virginia. Her “Dressage for Jumpers” clinic emphasized dressage fundamentals for hunter/jumper riders, covering advanced flatwork exercises to improve performance over fences. Ohana’s indoor arena, which features TerraNova footing from Attwood Equestrian Surfaces, provided a perfect location for the clinic. You can watch a full replay of the clinic at this link thanks to USEF Network.

National Holiday: National Relaxation Day

Major Events This Week:

Bromont CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

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

Full Gallop Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

 

Your Wednesday News & Notes

Alina Patterson and Lauren Schoenborn are the recipients of the Charles Owen Technical Merit Award from Rebecca Farms.  Schoenborn, originally from the east coast, now makes Montana home with her partner East of Omaha, who she’s been with for six years. Patterson was originally from Alaska, which limited her eventing opportunities until her parents moved to Washington state when she was eleven. [Rebecca Farm Technical Merit Awards]

Britain’s list has raised a lot of eyebrows with a notable name left off the list. Despite being listed with three different horses, including a Burghley winner and a Kentucky winner, Oliver Townend was excluded from what became an all-woman squad for GBR. [British WEG Team Announced]

A valued member of the Kentucky CCI4* community has sadly passed away. Helen Sproat dedicated her time to the spring three-day for forty years, directing the mounted riders for cross-country day. For the rest of the year, she ran a gallery, gave historical tours, organized Christmas festivals, and raised four children. [In Memoriam: Helen Sproat]

Attwood Wisdom of the Week: EuroTex Tailored for a Special Event

With the addition of a CIC3*, CIC2* and CIC1* to the Stable View Advanced Oktoberfest Horse Trials this fall, Attwood Equestrian Surfaces is busy creating a new arena to accommodate the expanding competition.

Tucked in between the covered arena and the “Silva” arena on the north side of the property, the new arena will also be incorporated into the cross country course design by Mark Phillips.

“It’s pretty heady how much has changed since we first came here to do the footing for the covered arena (Pinnacle) just a few years ago. Since then we have installed another 125,000 plus square feet of footing. The property just keeps expanding!” said Nick Attwood, president of AES.  “Barry Olliff has quite a vision for his farm. Working with Mark, Richard Jeffries, Barry … it’s a game changer for the town of Aiken when you have this ‘A’ list team of people to work with.”

And the footing? A custom blend of EuroTex, made specifically for Stable View. EuroTex is a unique composition of Geopad felt and Cleff elasticated fibers combined with specially selected sand. The sand selection is very important taking in account climate and the amount of use the arena will see. The result is a stunningly consistent footing that provides just enough cushion, just enough grip, creating a truly safe surface.

EuroTex is also the footing used in the “Silva” arena and the Attwood International Competition Arena.

Want to know more about the most advanced footing solutions on the market today please call Attwood Equestrian Surfaces at 888-461-7788.

By the Numbers: Millbrook Advanced

Millbrook has been the kick-off to the fall season for many years now, with riders using it as a key run for horses headed to CCI3* and CCI4* events in the coming months. As the only Advanced event on the East Coast in this timeframe, Millbrook consistently draws a large field with plenty of big names.

This year many of the horses selected for the World Equestrian Games are running in the Intermediate divisions at Millbrook, but the newcomers to the level have stepped up abundantly to fill out the Advanced division.

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

Millbrook as seen from above. Photo by Dan Cohen.

The Event

  • Millbrook was absolutely dominated by Buck Davidson and Laine Ashker and their old partners Ballynoe Castle RM and Anthony Patch earlier this decade. Combined, the two riders won this division every year between 2010 and 2015.
  • Of 182 pairs who have started since 2014, only four have finished on their dressage score. All four of those accomplished that in 2016, and all four placed inside the top 10.
  • Only seven pairs of 173 cross country starters have made the optimum time in this division.

Boyd Martin and Long Island T. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Dressage Divas

  • Boyd Martin and Long Island T have scored over 70% in five of their seven starts together. With the lowest dressage average in the field, this pair is a good bet to lead from day one.
  • Doug Payne and Getaway are the only other pair to have a career average above 70% at this level, executing dressage tests with an average of 29.8 in four tests for the horse this spring.
  • Allison Springer is no stranger to the top of the leaderboard after day one and she has another talented partner in Lord Willing. Although his average hovers just over 30, this horse has cracked into the 20s in his last two consecutive starts.
  • Sara Kozumplik Murphy and Rubens D’Ysieux have had dressage scores as low as 26.6 in their career together. While they can consistently reach the upper 20s, they trended more towards scoring just under the 70% range this year.

Fylicia Barr and Galloway Sunrise at Plantation Field International. Photo by Cindy Lawler.

Cross Country Machines

  • Since taking over the ride on Archie Rocks, Buck Davidson has averaged only seven seconds over the optimum time in two Advanced/CIC3* runs. This pair was the fastest to complete the cross country at Horse Park of New Jersey Advanced, finishing exactly on the optimum time.
  • Fylicia Barr and Galloway Sunrise have finished within 15 seconds of the optimum time in three of their four starts at this level and twice have finished within five seconds.
  • Steady Eddie and Boyd Martin have delivered the fastest round in their Advanced/CIC3* divisions on multiple occasions over the last two calendar years, including being the fastest pair on course at Millbrook last year.
  • Sara Kozumplik Murphy and Fly Me Courageous and Chelsea Kolman and Dauntless Courage are two pairs to watch. Both are still knocking off some rust after a hiatus from the Advanced level, but they had impressive and fast form across the country in their starts prior to taking time off.
  • Newcomers to the level Jorgen Olijslager with Northern Quest Lady’s Man and Kaelen Speck with Sweet Rebellion both clocked in rounds less than 15 seconds over the optimum time at Horse Park of New Jersey.

Sara Kozumplik Murphy and Rubens D’Ysieux. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Show Jumping Powerhouses

  • Sara Kozumplik Murphy and Rubens D’Ysieux are very consistent in the show jumping phase, having only ever incurred one rail in seven rounds at the level.
  • Karl Slezak and Fernhill Wishes stand out of the field this weekend as one of the better jumpers, having jumped clear in five of their seven starts at the Advanced/3* levels and never incurring more than one rail.
  • Lord Willing has also proved to be a careful jumper since stepping up to the Advanced level with Allison Springer, incurring one rail in five rounds at the level.

Doug Payne and Getaway. Photo by Jenni Autry.

PREDICTED WINNER: Doug Payne and Getaway

Potential Spoilers: If Long Island T and Rubens D’Ysieux can deliver fast and clear cross country rounds, both will be near the top of the leaderboard on the final day.

Keep Your Eye On:

  • Sara Kozumplik Murphy and Fly Me Courageous
  • Buck Davidson and Archie Rocks
  • Boyd Martin with Ray Price and Steady Eddie
  • Kylie Lyman and Cooley Ice

Wednesday News & Notes from Attwood Equestrian Surfaces

The gallop track at Gavilan Farm. Photo by Nick Attwood.

Congrats to Attwood Equestrian Surfaces rider Will Faudree, who has been named to the Nations Cup team at Boekelo CCI3* alongside Sharon White, Tamie Smith, and Doug Payne! Will Faudree has left no stone unturned in his quest to make his home base Gavilan Farm one of the leading performance centers on the east coast. This includes one of the first uphill tracks for eventers in America, designed with Attwood Equestrian Surfaces.

National Holiday: National Mountain Climbing Day Day

Major Events:

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

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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]

Cobblestone Farms H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Your Wednesday News & Notes

The USEA VIP program is helping to build a better WEG.  Shelley Page, the volunteer coordinator behind events such as the AECs at Tryon, Grand Oaks, and the AECs at Colorado, is using the tools of the trade to organize for WEG now. With the VIP App, her job is made much, much easier. [WEG, AEC, and the VIP Program]

The WEG teams are getting named left and right. Next up, Sweden, who is naming Sara Algotsson Ostholt and Wega, Anna Freskgård and Box Qutie, Niklas Lindbäck and Focus Filiocus, Louise Svensson Jähde and Wieloch’s Utah Sun or Waikiki 207, and Ludwig Svennerstål and El Kazir SP or Stinger as their chosen riders. [Sweden Names WEG Team]

Sadly, Laura Collet’s 4* ride Grand Manoeuvre has been euthanized. Despite being a relatively young age of 14, Grand Manoeuvre has struggled with foot issues, which forced an early retirement this spring. Sadly, the foot issues continued to worsen, leaving the horse with no quality of life options. [Grand Manoeuvre Put Down]

Attwood Wisdom of the Week: Gavilan and Attwood Collaborate for Innovation

Will Faudree’s first project with Attwood Equestrian Surfaces could not have been more monumental, to build a nine furlong gallop with a 450 foot rise. Not a traditional oval, but a track that would wind its way up from the “start box” to a jump field located on the other side of Gavilan Farm.

“Everything about this project was epic in scope. So the right team had to be pulled together and that started with Attwood,” said Will. “We were moving a lot of dirt around, re sculpting the land… I needed my team to see the vision. Nick and Edwin were a vital part of the success of the track. I could not be happier with how it turned out.”

The track encompasses a 65-acre parcel of land to the south of the farm. There is a steady 15° rise that adds another element to the conditioning of the horses. The track sets into the land so that it really seems to be a part of the natural landscape. This track attracts the best riders in the country as a destination training facility.

Want to know more about the most advanced footing solutions on the market today please call Attwood Equestrian Surfaces at 888-461-7788.

Wednesday News & Notes from Attwood Equestrian Surfaces

Marcia Kulak and Finn Roche take a spin around Fitch’s corner. Photo courtesy of Sarah Noble.

The weather is completely out of control, with a massive heat wave hitting the south while rain is parking over the east coast for the next two weeks. Stay hydrated, stay dry, and everyone keep your fingers crossed for the events scheduled to run over the next month. Say it with me: no more cancellations!

National Holiday: Threading the Needle Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Stoneleigh-Burnham Summer H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

Hunt Club Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Your Wednesday News & Notes

Hannah Francis has been gone for two years now but her legacy lives on.  The Wilberry Wonderpony Charity has now raised sufficient funds to fund groundbreaking research at the University of Sheffield on osteosarcoma, the disease Hannah died from. With the rarity of the cancer, there has been low funding for research and the treatment has not changed in thirty years. [Wilberry Wonderpony Funds Cancer Research]

Chatwin may be a CCI3* champion but like most of us, he also likes to go hard on the doughnuts. Frankie wasn’t the most impressed by him initially, dubbing him an ‘Eeyore’ but his personality grew on her. Chatwin treats her young sons with care, especially when they feed him pastries by the dozen. [Behind the Stall Door]

A pony and a paint have picked up the Charles Owens Technical Merit Awards for Area IX. Sugar and Spice, a paint Oldenburg mare, along with her owner/rider Andora Tutvedt picked up the award at Golden Spike Horse Trials while Elyssa Stubblefield and A.F. Hermes, a roan Welsh pony, acquired the junior prize. [Charles Owen Technical Merit Awards]

Attwood Wisdom of the Week: Safety | Performance | Innovation

You could say the road to Great Meadow International 2018 was paved in Attwood footing. Well, maybe paved would not be the right word but you get the gist.   Looking back at that competition, it was truly inspiring to know so many of the competing athletes were prepping on Attwood Surfaces.

From the newly expanded arena at Phillip Dutton’s True Prospect Farm, to multi rings and gallop at Boyd Martin’s Windurra USA to Liz Millikin’s lovely Lion’s Gate Farm to Will Faudree’s spectacular Gavilan Farm. That’s a lot of footing! Because these riders depend on us so much they are much more than clients, they are our family.

We believe that a horse’s health and soundness can be greatly impacted by its daily training surface. That’s why we are constantly testing our footing to find innovative solutions for safety and performance.

Want to know more about the most advanced footing solutions on the market today please call Attwood Equestrian Surfaces at 888-461-7788.

By the Numbers: Rebecca Farm CCI3*

An event perpetually on my bucket list, Rebecca Farm is the ultimate destination event, with long hauls for almost everyone and vistas to make the drive worth it. The Broussards’ incredible support for the sport includes travel grants to offset the costs to get there — one of many things the family goes above and beyond for.

The Field

Rebecca Farm in the Flathead Valley. Photo by Chesna Klimek.

  • In three years of running, the Rebecca Farm CCI3* has averaged a completion rate of only 53.85%, compared to an average completion rate of 67.56% for all of the other North American CCI3* events over the same time period.
  • However, 24.68% of the finishers have made the time on cross country, compared to 18.44% for other North American CCI3* events.
  • No one has yet managed to lead the division from start to finish, and only one pair has ever finished on their dressage score. That pair was Kurt Martin and DeLux Z, winners of the inaugural running of the CCI3* in 2015.

Dressage Divas

Kristen Bond and Enough Already. Photo by Jenni Autry.

  • Frankie Thieriot Stutes and Chatwin have been throwing down on the flat all spring, with three consecutive scores over 70%, two of which were over 75%. If they maintain that trend, a spot in the lead should be a foregone conclusion.
  • Kristen Bond and Enough Already broke the 70% mark in their first outing at the level at Carolina this spring but have maintained right around 33 penalties in their two CIC3* starts.
  • In three starts for the horse at this level, Maya Black and Mowgli have bounced as high as a 35.3, but then rebounded to achieve a 30.6 in their most recent start. An average of 32.8 for the level would put them in good standing in the small division.

Cross Country Machines

Frankie Thieriot Stutes and Chatwin. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

  • Frankie Thieriot Stutes and Chatwin have also achieved quite the pace on cross country over the last two years, finishing an average of 1.4 seconds inside the optimum time. In their only CCI3* start, they finished only two seconds over optimum.
  • In four clear rounds at the CCI3* level, Ellen Doughty-Hume and Sir Oberon have made the time in three of them. However, the only venue at which a clear cross country round was not also inside the time for them was at Rebecca in 2016, where they finished with 14.0 time penalties. Overall, they average 2.4 time penalties for clear rounds at this level.
  • Sabrina Glaser and Rembrandt will be making their first CCI3* start this weekend, but in five starts at the Advanced/CIC3* level, they’ve never had a stop and have finished within 15 seconds of optimum in three of five runs.

Show Jumping Powerhouses

Caroline Martin and Islandwood Captain Jack. Photo by Jenni Autry.

  • Caroline Martin and Islandwood Captain Jack are the cream of the crop for show jumping this weekend, as this horse has yet to have a rail in five rounds at this level, including one with catch rider Leslie Law.
  • Ellen Doughty-Hume and Sir Oberon are another pair to look to for a good round, jumping clear in three of their five CCI3* completions and never having more than one rail in the other two.

PREDICTED WINNER: Frankie Thieriot Stutes and Chatwin

Frankie Thieriot Stutes and Chatwin. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Keep Your Eye On:

  • Maya Black and Mowgli
  • Caroline Martin and Islandwood Captain Jack
  • Ellen Doughty-Hume and Sir Oberon

The Event at Rebecca Farm: WebsiteScheduleThe Event at Rebecca Farm Ride Times & Live ScoresNAYC Ride Times & Live ScoresThe Event at Rebecca Farm Live StreamNAYC Live Stream (use code NAYCE18 for a free fan membership)EN’s Coverage

Wednesday News & Notes from Attwood Equestrian Surfaces

Area V is ready to rock and roll up in Montana. Photo via Area V Young Riders Facebook page.

Tuesdays for me are often the hardest day of the week to get through, particularly on weeks with big events going on. For those of us getting ready to watch, stalk scores, or just follow along on social media, Tuesdays tend to drag as we wait for Wednesday In contrast, Wednesdays are bustling, anticipatory, full of jogs and hope and open hearts. Anything can happen, and Wednesday are the only day of the event where no one’s heart has yet been broken.

National Holiday: National Hot Dog Day

Major Weekend Events:

The Event at Rebecca Farm C.I.C., 3DE, & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

NAYC @ Rebecca Farms [Live Stream] [Schedule] [Live Scores]

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Fitch’s Corner H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Full Moon Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Silverwood Farm Summer H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

Your Wednesday News & Notes

Cross Country schooling at Surefire Farm will be open on Saturday and Sunday, July 21-22, from 8:00-4:00. The schooling fee will be $60, and all must sign a waiver. See you then! [Surefire Farm]

There’s only a few spots left to get in on the Area VIII Young Rider Camp North! The camp will be held August 7-9 at Cobblestone Farm in Dexter, Michigan, and will feature clinicians Hannah Sue Burnett, Pierre St. Jacques and Dorothy Crowell! The camp is open to ALL riders, adults and non-YR-members. [Area VIII YR Camp]

The 2018 USEA American Eventing Championships are officially open for entry! Held at the Colorado Horse Park, the AECs will offer not only championship and Adult Team Challenge divisions, but also ‘festival’ divisions to allow those out west to participate in the festivities even if they aren’t qualified for the prize-winning divisions. [Opening Day Has Arrived]

New Zealand is weighing in on tight nosebands. Previously the rule stated that the nosebands had to be able to fit one finger comfortably on the side of the nose, but now new studies have shown that one finger is required between the bridle and the top of the nose in order to prevent damage to the horse. [New Zealand Acts to End Tight Nosebands]

For years the debate has raged on as to whether dogs belong at events. The FEI has now weighed in on the debate, with a proposal to require dogs on leashes attached to people or solid objects at all times or risk a hefty fine. Several notorious incidents over the years of loose dogs chasing horses on course have led to this rule proposal. [FEI Proposes Fines for Loose Dogs]

Have you entered Majyk Equipe’s #WearGreenForJonty giveaway? To enter to win the prize pack, all you need to do is make a donation to the David Foster Injured Riders Fund. We have raised more than €400 so far in support of Jonty’s recovery. [#WearGreenForJonty Giveaway]

Attwood Wisdom of the Week — safety | performance | innovation

We’re not like other equestrian surface suppliers and installers.

Our background is in science and technology, and this has enabled us to create and develop carefully balanced products that perform consistently in any climate. We continue to invest in research and development to provide riding surfaces that perform day after day, week after week.

We use innovative scientific testing to characterize these properties so we can use objective assessment to create truly exceptional footing for the safety and well being of your horse.

We collaborate with the world’s leading independent equestrian surface academics to ensure we remain at the forefront of both technical and governance developments.

We are chem nerds and we are proud of it.

But we’re not just scientists. We have been an integral part of the equestrian community for over 25 years, working with amateurs and professionals, Olympians and Pan Am medal winners, and equine assisted therapy programs.

Hundreds and hundreds of installations later, from dressage courts to jump arenas, round pens and gallops, we believe we have the best and safest footing solutions available today.

Good footing is an investment in the health and well being of your horse. Have a question? Shoot us an email at [email protected] or call 888-461-7788.

Wednesday News & Notes from Attwood Equestrian Surfaces

The fashion is high at the fabulous Fitch’s Corner. Photo courtesy of Fernanda Kellogg.

Founded 25 years ago, the Fitch’s Corner Horse Trials has been a popular summer fixture in the greater Hudson Valley.  Held July 21 and 22 on the farm of Fernanda Kellogg and Kirk Henckels in Millbrook, NY.  The weekend’s activities support the Millbrook Fire Department Rescue Squad, a volunteer organization which provides emergency services to the largest area in Dutchess County. Fitch’s Corner Horse Trials has benefited the Rescue Squad for the past 24 years and has raised more than $465,000.

The horse competition features dressage, cross country jumping and stadium jumping in a triathlon format. 300 horses will compete for $25,000 in prize money.  Riders will include local star Booli Selmeyer and Olympic rider Boyd Martin.

General admission is free to the public. In addition to the horse eventing competition on Saturday and Sunday, spectators can enjoy a wide range of shopping at Fitch’s Market featuring over 50 shops featuring women’s fashions, men’s attire, jewelry, accessories, home, gifts for horse and hound and more.  At the Fitch’s Food Court find The Crooked Rooster for great burgers, and the Great Cape Baking Company and Supreme Cream for shakes and other delights.

To celebrate Fitch’s 25 years will be a special photo exhibition by social photographer Mary Hilliard featuring a retrospective of Fitch’s over the years.

New this year will be the 2018 Rolls-Royce Owners Club Atlantic Region Concours held on Sunday July 22. The RROC promotes the preservation, restoration, use and enjoyment of Rolls-Royce and Bentley motorcars. The concours complements these objectives by evaluating cars on numerous criteria against standards of perfection. Over 20 classic Rolls and Bentley’s will compete this year and specators are welcome to this very special event. Cars arrive on Fitch’s Corner field at 8:30 am on Sunday, July 22nd and judging begins at 9 am. A parade of the cars takes place in the arena following the Spectator Luncheon.

The Fitch’s Corner Hall of Fame Award will be presented to Barbara and Donald Tober with Special Recognition to Houlihan Lawrence Real Estate for enhancing the equestrian world and philanthropic support of the community.

National Holiday: National Blueberry Muffins Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Gennessee Valley Hunt H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

Maryland at Loch Moy II H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Champagne Run at the Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Coconino Summer II 3DE & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Your Wednesday News & Notes

The junior riders will soon start their trek to Rebecca for the NAYC. The USEA has written up a quick profile of each rider on the CCI1* Junior Championships teams, with areas sending between one and five pairs out to Montana. [Meet the NAYC Junior Riders]

The horsey profile you’ve all been waiting for is finally here! La Biosthetique Sam FBW wasn’t always the stand-out in Micheal Jung’s yard but he showed up to work every day and soon showed his true potential. While pretty laid back, his strongest dislikes include awards ceremonies, crowded warm-ups, and tight trailering spots. [Behind the Stall Door]

If you’re on track for a Three-Day at Waredaca, consider the Three-Day Challenge. Riders will gain points at competitions by competing in at least two of the four ‘Road to the Three-Day’ events, which consist of HP of NJ II, Waredaca August, Seneca Valley PC, and Morven Park, all leading up to the fall N/T/P3D series at Waredaca in October. [Area II Organizers Offer Road to the Three-Day Challenge]

Attwood Wisdom of the Week – The Importance of Drainage

No doubt about it this has been a rainy spring for most of the East Coast. But no matter where you live, we have all seen the negative effects of too much rain on a poorly constructed arena.

An arena’s drainage system is your first line of defense when the skies open up. Every outdoor should have the minimum of at least one designed French drain INSIDE the arena. Why inside? So that the water does not have to go under or over kickboards to drain away, washing away your footing creating gullies and puddles.

Designing your drainage system is as important as the choice of footing you put in your arena. Ideally your drainage system should let the water leave in a steady consistent manner.

The drainage system should reflect the use of the arena. If the arena cannot have any downtime, more drainage should be incorporated which translates into more maintenance of the footing. More watering and more dragging ensures the footing stays in tip-top shape.

There are always trade offs in creating a perfect riding surface. That’s why riders like Phillip Dutton and Boyd Martin turn to Attwood for their expertise and scientifically proven formulas. Have any footing questions or photos you want to share? Attwood Equestrian Surfaces will be happy to post them on their Facebook and Instagram account. Just email them to [email protected].

By the Numbers: FEI Eventing Nations Cup USA at Great Meadow

Now in its fourth running, Great Meadow International in Virginia has become the premier event on the East Coast in the summer. With the FEI awarding Great Meadow the only FEI Eventing Nations Cup leg in North America in 2016, the event also started attracting overseas entries. Great Britain has fielded a Nations Cup team for the third consecutive year at this event.

This year some riders are using Great Meadow as a final prep before making the long trek to Montana for The Event Rebecca Farm, while others are using the event as a tune-up before heading to Germany for the FEI Nations Cup at Aachen. We also have U.S. WEG team horses and reserves competing in a special combined test.

Photo courtesy of Great Meadow.

The Field

  • Although no one made the time in the first running of the CIC3* in 2015, approximately 10% of pairs achieved the optimum time in each of the last two years.
  • The leader after dressage has won two of the three runnings of Great Meadow.

Kim Severson and Cooley Cross Border. Photo by Jenni Autry.

DRESSAGE DIVAS

  • Unsurprisingly, Cooley Cross Border and Kim Severson boast the best 3* average in the field over the last two calendar year, clocking in over 70% in ten of their last twelve tests.
  • Shadow Man has only two starts at the level thus far, but he has availed himself strongly in both. With Ben Hobday, he scored a 28.6 in his first 3*, then followed it up by just missing 70% at Bramham.
  • Allison Springer is no stranger to the top of the leaderboard on day one, and with young horse Lord Willing she has another contender to lead after the first phase. After three solid tests through the spring, he finally broke 70% at Jersey Fresh with a 27.8 to lead the CIC3* division.

Leslie Law and Voltaire De Tre. Photo by Jenni Autry.

SHOW JUMPING POWERHOUSES

  • Voltaire de Tre has really proven himself to be a solid jumper under Leslie Law. After stepping up to the level this season, he now is five for five on clear rounds, including his first CCI3* at Jersey Fresh.
  • Sportsfield Candy is back under Phillip Dutton’s tutelage while his normal owner/rider, Dr. Kevin Keane, recovers from a broken leg. In four rounds under Phillip back in 2016 and another round this spring, this horse has jumped only clean rounds.
  • Caroline Martin has a lovely prospect in the young Islandwood Captain Jack, who not only jumped clean in all three of his rounds with her in his first season at the top level, but also put in a clean run with Leslie Law when he took the reins after her foot injury this spring.
  • Ema Klugman and Bendigo have an impeccable record for all four rounds they have jumped, two in 2017 and another two in 2018.

Chelsea Kolman and Dauntless Courage. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

CROSS COUNTRY MACHINES

  • Chelsea Kolman and her Percheron/Thoroughbred cross Dauntless Courage have yet to add a single penalty in the cross country phase. Thats one Advanced and two CIC3* runs with an average pace of six seconds under optimum time. This is their first start at this level for 2018.
  • Shadow Man is another horse whose experience at this level belies a strong cross country record. After making the time at his very first CIC3* at Houghton, he came back for a round just six seconds over optimum at Bramham with Ben Hobday.
  • Honor Me and Lisa Marie Fergusson are well-known for their ability to put in a blazing round, and while they haven’t always chosen to do so this spring, they can reliably make the time or close to it when she decides to go for time. Although they currently average 18 seconds over optimum for the level over the last two years, as members of the Canadian Nations Cup team they will likely be closer to or under the optimum this weekend.
  • Cisko A and Sydney Conley Elliott fly under the radar a bit but their prowess in the jumping phases is the reason for their spot on the U.S. Nations Cup team this weekend. In seven runs at this level, this pair has never once been more than 20 seconds over optimum, and average only 11 seconds over.

Will Coleman and Off the Record. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

JACK OF ALL TRADES

  • Off the Record is the greenest of Will Coleman’s trio this weekend with only two Advanced/CIC3* runs under his belt so far, but he’s got a solid shot at a top placing if he can keep on form. With a solid dressage record of low 30s, a history of finishing within ten seconds of the fastest cross-country horse, and so far a totally clean stadium record, he could be a surprise contender.
  • Lynn Symansky and Under Suspection have quickly formed a strong partnership in only three starts at the level this spring, finishing in the top six in all three runs and top two in the last two. The dressage is hovering close to an average of 70% without quite cracking it, they’ve had only one rail in three starts, and have gotten faster on the cross country with each successive run. Depending on how hard she is pressed, this mare could sneak a win if all the phases come together.
  • Georgie Spense and Halltown Harley have a history of time penalties but mostly because the venues they’ve competed at have been difficult to make the time. Their win at the Nations Cup in Austria last year hinged on one of the fastest two pairs in the field, despite 8.4 time penalties.

Kim Severson and Cooley Cross Border. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

PREDICTED WINNER: Kim Severson and Cooley Cross Border

Keep Your Eye On:

  • Ben Hobday and Shadow Man
  • Sydney Conley-Elliott and Cisko A
  • Will Coleman and Off the Record
  • Lynn Symansky and Under Suspection
  • Georgie Spense and Halltown Harley

Wednesday News & Notes from Attwood Equestrian Surfaces

The benefits of Attwood, as demonstrated by our fearless leader. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Happy Fourth of July! I hope everyone is staying cool, whether it be by a beach, a pool, inside in the A/C or just hanging out in the shade. It’s hot enough to fry eggs on a sidewalk where I am, so we’re going for the A/C route. I spent last weekend out at an event on one of the hottest weekends on record for the East Coast, so I feel like I’ve done my dues for the summer. Good luck to all those braving the summer sun this weekend!

National Holiday: Independence Day!

Major Events:

Great Meadow CICO3* [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

Maryland at Loch Moy I H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Chattahoochee Hills Summer II H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Twin Rivers Summer H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

42nd Annual Whidbey Island H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

Powder Basin H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Coconino Summer I H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Your Wednesday News & Notes

Cross country schooling at Surefire Farm will be open on today, July 4th, from 8 4 p.m. If you were entered in the Surefire Horse Trials there will be no schooling fee. If you were not entered in the horse trials the schooling fee will be $75. See you then! [Surefire Eventing]

It’s not everyday that a minority makes it to the top of the sport but Shayna Simon is on her way. After working for Klaus Steffenhol and Steffen Peters for many years, Shayna Simon is just hitting her stride. As a young woman who comes from limited financial means, Shayna has made every competition count. [Shayne Simon is Still Searching]

Will Coleman has been hopping across the globe in his attempt to make the WEG eventing team. Now named as an alternate with both Tight Lines and OBOS O’Reilly, Will Coleman recounts the whirlwind spring season full of jetsetting that ended up with being named a U.S. team alternate. [The Road to WEG]

Attwood Wisdom of the Week – Green Footing

The colors of the day might be red, white, and blue, but we wanted to tell you about our “green footing”. Green as in the color green, like money, like the fields of Kentucky Horse Park … well you get it.

Years ago a client came to us, looking for a world class footing in “another color”.  For their particular project, they wanted a colored footing. Green. So it would blend into the hillside of the community. But make no mistake they wanted it to be a premium blend and not a gimmick.

Thus “Green Pinnacle” came to be, with all the properties of our high performance Pinnacle. The color was rich, fade resistant and did not wash out in the rain.  And because we use only originally sourced material, not recycled rubber or carpeting that turns footing black, the green would stay perennially green.

Additional benefits of the green colored footing, is that it toned down the glare of the ring on hot sunny days, which both horses and riders appreciated.  Green is not the only color we can produce for our footing. If you have a particular need for a custom color, please let us know.

Benefits:

  • Green Pinnacle and TerraNova are readily available.
  • Same exceptional properties as our Pinnacle.
  • Attractive natural green color.
  • Proven helpful in cases of difficult local planning restrictions.

Wednesday News & Notes from Attwood Equestrian Surfaces

Lynn Symansky and Donner. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

A huge congrats to all our US Equestrian Eventing team squad members, but in particular I have to give a shout out to Lynn Symansky and her super Thoroughbred Donner. Donner has been one of my favorites since I watched him win the giant Open Intermediate championships at the AEC as a young horse, and my love for ‘The Deer’ has only grown through the years as he’s tackled course after course. Go Lynn, go OTTBs, go USA, and go eventing!

National Holiday: Sun Glasses Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Groton House Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Horse Park of New Jersey I H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

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

Your Wednesday News & Notes

Support Area VII Young Riders by accessing their online auction offering amazing packages at Rebecca Farm, site of NAYC 2018! Up-for-bid items include Patron Packages featuring a cocktail meet-and-greet with Area VII NAJYRC team, coaches and staff during the event, patron passes, Area VII gear, and a course walk for two with cross country course designer Ian Stark. [Area VII Young Rider Online Auction Fundraiser]

In support of the world’s greatest crowdfunder in his fight to regain health, please #weargreenforJonty. Alice Dunsdon and Eventing Worldwide are urging everyone to wear something green to show Jonty’s family support in this difficult time. Eventing Worldwide even has shirts and wristbands that you can purchase, with proceeds going towards the David Foster Injured Riders’ Fun, Jonty’s chosen charity. [#weargreenforJonty]

The Chronicle of the Horse snuck into the stall of the most recently minted U.S. four-star horse, Deniro Z. Turns out Deniro has become quite the king of the barn now that he’s a bona fide four-star horse. In his free time, he loves antagonizing Liz’s dog, Arnold. [Behind the Stall Door]

Attwood Wisdom of the Week – It’s all about the base, ‘bout that base, no kidding.

No matter what kind of footing you choose for you arena, it will not work properly without the appropriate base. Say for instance, your footing is uneven. The one solution would be to harrow it. And harrow it. And harrow it some more. But the only way to get that surface you want is to level that base. All the harrowing in the world will not fix uneven footing.

Now say your footing runs shallow and deep, or has pockets of deep and uneven footing. The good news is that it can be laser graded. The bad news is the undulations in the base will still recur and once again you will have “deep spots”.

For footing success, the base needs to DRAIN properly and be leveled properly.

That is why Attwood compacts and laser levels the base to our specifications for slope before any footing is installed. Of course base recommendations vary by footing choices, location (hilly or flat), and what part of the country your arena is being built (wet or dry).

Unsure about your existing base or planning a new arena, please give us a call 888-461-7788. Let our years of experience be your guide.  We will make sure “every inch of it is perfect from the bottom to the top”.

Wednesday Video: Boyd Martin opened the new gallop track at Windurra on Sunday, which features footing from Attwood Equestrian Surfaces. The gallop track is kid tested and approved!

Wednesday News & Notes from Attwood Equestrian Surfaces

Sunrise near the summer solstice. Photo by Maggie Deatrick.

There are times when I genuinely don’t know why I do this sport and 3:45 a.m. is one of those times. Every time. But when I’m hitching up my trailer at 5:00 in the morning on a day just before the summer solstice and I pull up my truck just in time to see the sunrise … well, I still kind of hate it but at least I see the benefits. And I know as soon as that coffee kicks in, I’ll be ready to attack my dressage test with gusto.

National Holiday: National Bald Eagle Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

Stable View Summer H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Fox River Valley Pony Club H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Shepherd Ranch SYVPC H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

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

Midsouth Pony Club H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

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

Your Wednesday News & Notes

Tom Crisp had the unexpected unpleasant surprise of a lifetime while competing at Luhmuhlen. On Saturday night, he received a call that his upper barn was on fire, and actually ended up receiving a FaceTime of the incident as the building burned to the ground. Very luckily, no horses were present inside due to being turned out during Tim’s absence but our thoughts are with the Crisp family as they work through the damages. [Eventer’s Yard Devastated by Barn Fire]

Zara Tindall might be out and about again in the near future. Zara and husband Mike Tindall welcomed a second daughter recently. After the loss of a pregnancy in 2016, this comes as very welcome news to the Tindall family. EN sends congratulations to the star eventer and her family! [Mike and Zara Tindall Have a Baby]

Best of the Blogs: A Whole New World. Jessica Pye took a break from the life of a full-time horse pro to get her masters and work her way up to the director of a mental care facility in a whirlwind year. After feeling the itch, she’s back at the game, this time with a whole new perspective on what the industry should aspire to. [A Whole New World]

Attwood Footing of the Week – Eurotex

There is a common misconception in the equestrian community that sand is sand is sand. That there is no difference from one batch to another so all you have to do is combine it with an additive and you have “footing”. Nothing could be further from the truth.

At Attwood, we carefully select the sand most suited to your environment, whether it’s hot and dry, or cool and wet, or anything in between. We then create a custom mixture of the sand, felt, fiber, water and air.

Yes, water and air. And no it is not magical unicorn fairy water and air.

The amount of water and air that we mix into the footing along with the precise amount of fiber and felt creates the balance and grip of the footing giving you a truly safe surface every ride.

This custom blend perfected for your riding conditions ensures a completely balanced product every time with a cushioning component that prevents over compaction of the surface.

EuroTex is easy to install and very popular across all the disciplines.

You can find Attwood products in many of the top equestrian venues in the United States, the United Arab Empire and Europe.

  • Stable View
  • Morven Park
  • Great Meadow
  • Embassy International Riding School
  • Windurra USA
  • Carolina Horse Park

Wednesday News & Notes from Attwood Equestrian Surfaces

Destination Farm takes advantage of the extra light by hosting evening jumper shows. Photo via Destination’s FB page.

I love this time of the year, when the sun sets so late that it almost feel like you have a full day to enjoy after you get out of work/school/wherever you are trapped during normal hours. The evenings have been cooler, full of light, and generally unavoidably gorgeous….so long as it isn’t raining so hard that you spend the evening bailing out your basement. The rain keeps the ground good though, so I can’t complain too much, although I’d certainly prefer if it kept nocturnal hours.

National Holiday: National Weed Your Garden Day

Major Events:

Luhmühlen CCI: WebsiteEntries & ScoringTimetableEN’s CoverageEN’s InstagramEN’s Twitter

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

Seneca Valley Pony Club H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Bucks County Horse Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Full Gallop June H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Silverwood Farm Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Golden Spike H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Your Wednesday News & Notes

For any pairs who dragged their feet and thought they missed their chance, Surefire will be accepting post entries through Monday, June 18. 

From Theodore O’Connor to Our Nobby, smaller models have a way of making history. H&H has compiled a list of notable eventing stars who have made their way to the top of the sport despite diminutive stature. Horses like Forrest Nymph, Our Solo, and the latest teacup sensation Lakevale Toyman, who just contested his first CCI1* in Melbourne despite only 13.2h of stature. [Small Event Horses]

Is Michael Jackson a genius or a fool for riding around Bramham with a rein attached to a cheekpiece? As it turns out, he’s neither. While his normal get-up of a second set of reins attached the the metal ring of a kineton is unusual, the tack malfunctioned this weekend, with the rein slipping through to the leather cheekpiece. [The Bizarre Bramham Bridle]

Congo Brazzaville C has breathed life back into Mara DePuy’s upper level career. Before Congo came along, Mara had thought her career at the top was winding down, full already of accomplishments like representing the US on the world stage. But Mara, who is notoriously popular as a trainer for the flatwork, has found herself looking towards Kentucky again. [One to Watch]

Attwood Wednesday Words of Wisdom:

There are many compelling reasons why Attwood only uses premium raw materials in its footing formulas.  If you love to cook or bake, this will all make perfect sense to you. But if you are kind of hack in the kitchen, just follow along.

All of our raw materials are accompanied with a SDS (Safety Data Sheet). This important information provides the makeup of material components, safe use, and safety of handling and storage for a particular material or product. So we know exactly what we are working with.

Knowing that our ingredients are consistent means we can produce consistent footing every time. By comparison, if you were baking bread, you wouldn’t throw in any old flour from the back of the cupboard into the mix and expect a great result? Of course not.

But what of recycled products such as carpet scraps and ground up tennis shoes? The real concern with adding recycled products into your footing is that you have no idea what’s really in there. And there is the concern of chemicals leaching out into paddocks and waterways. As for rubber, not only does it have a terrible odor, it breaks down easily creating a dusty and unhealthy environment for all.

It’s difficult to know the long-term effects recycled additives will have on your horse, you and the environment… while an Attwood footing will be safe and consistent ride after ride.

Good footing is an investment in the health and well being of your horse. Have a question? Shoot us an email at [email protected] or call 888-461-7788.

By the Numbers: Bromont CCI3*

With Bromont as the remaining CCI3* of the North American spring season, the competitors are a mixture of newcomers to the level and experienced horses taking a crack at a WEG qualifier. A strong crop of young horses could give the seasoned ones a run for their money.

THE EVENT

Photo by Leslie Wylie

  • No one has ever broken the 75% mark (25.0 penalties) at Bromont. At least a couple have the potential to do so this weekend.
  • Recent winners have won from as low as sixth and as high as first after phase one.

DRESSAGE DIVAS

Lynn Symansky and Under Suspection. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

  • Under Suspection’s dressage average in her three starts under Lynn Symansky are hovering just over 30, but they’ve been knocking off multiple percentage points in each consecutive start. Their most recent start at the Fork in the Advanced division resulted in a personal best of 25.7 for the mare under any rider at this level. These two should easily break the 70% mark and may even try for over 75% if their trajectory continues.
  • Getaway started his Advanced/3* career with a bang under Doug Payne, scoring over 70% in both his first Advanced at Pine Top and then at his first CIC3* at Carolina. Although he couldn’t quite match that at the WEG test event, his score of 31.8 kept him close to the leaders. With an average over 70%, he’ll be a competitor from phase one.
  • Sara Kozumplik-Murphy and Rubens D’Ysieux have broken the 70% mark in four of their last five starts at this level, dating back to this event last year. As only the second pair in the field to achieve a dressage average in the 20s, they’ll be contesting for the lead.

CROSS COUNTRY MACHINES

Boyd Martin and Steady Eddie. Photo by Nico Morgan Media.

  • Steady Eddie can push the pace quite well when Boyd Martin wants to, and as the most experienced pair in the field, these two will certainly be out to prove Eddie’s mettle. This pair has been within 15 seconds of the fastest cross country round in all but one of their runs at Advanced/3* back through 2017 and clocked in the quickest round of the day at Millbrook last summer.
  • There are several horses starting their first CCI3* this weekend who have the potential to be quick across the country. Kyra, Getaway and Bendigo are all horses with potential to be quick if they have a clear round and can handle the added distance. Clip Clop and More Inspiration are both more experienced horses who have finished inside the time at this level, coming here as a re-route after less than ideal trips at Kentucky.

SHOW JUMPING POWERHOUSES

Mara DePuy and Congo Brazzaville C. Photo by Shelby Allen.

  • Mara DePuy and Congo Brazzaville C are one of several great show jumping pairs in the field. These two have made a habit of clear rounds, jumping with no rails in 10 of their 12 show jumping rounds at the Advanced and 3* levels.
  • Sara Kozumplik-Murphy and Rubens D’Ysieux are another pair of incredibly good jumpers, incurring only one rail in their six rounds together as a pair. These two have also taken top placings in unaffiliated jumper competition aimed at eventers, including the Eventing Showcase in Ocala and Devon Arena Eventing classes.
  • Ema Klugman and Bendigo are new to the CCI3* level but have never added a single penalty in the show jumping phase at Advanced/CIC3* in their four stadium rounds. Meanwhile, Lynn Symansky and Under Suspection are two for two in jumping clear as a pair but have extensive experience at this level with other horses or riders.

JACK OF ALL TRADES

Felix Vogg and Colero. Photo by Jenni Autry.

  • Colero and Felix Vogg are a pair to keep an eye on. With a dressage average hovering just under 70%, one rail in three rounds, and one of the faster times at Carolina CIC3*, they could sneak up the leaderboard day by day.
  • Will Faudree and Hans Dampf are another who could throw in a surprise. Although they have only two starts at this level back through 2017, their dressage is near 70%, they have a history of jumping with only one rail, and the pair has averaged less than 25 seconds over optimum in their career together.

PREDICTED WINNER: LYNN SYMANSKY AND UNDER SUSPECTION

Lynn Symansky and Under Suspection. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Keep an eye on:

  • Doug Payne and Getaway
  • Boyd Martin and Kyra
  • Felix Vogg and Colero

Bromont CCI: WebsiteEntriesRide TimesLive ScoresEN’s Coverage