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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

Wednesday News & Notes from Attwood Equestrian Surfaces

By now we have all heard the term, pop-up. The trend involves “popping up” one day, then disappearing anywhere from one day to several weeks later. Retail space, cocktail parties and believe it or not, footing at horse shows.

Think about it. International horse shows held in giant public arenas are pop-ups. Footing comes in and footing goes out. And Attwood has the solutions to this surprisingly common challenge.

Take the case of the Menlo Charity Horse Show. Over the years, the Menlo Circus Club, one of the most exclusive private clubs in the country, generously opens its doors to the public for the show. Two of the three competition rings and the warm ups are located on the polo field.

Through the years, the polo field has taken a beating from the heavy use over the span of the show’s week long run. The organizers knew that this had to change in order to give their competitors a world-class venue. The idea was presented to install a temporary warm up area to be removed afterwards. The footing would be trucked in and taken away, leaving the polo field in good shape for the season ahead.

Five days before the first horse steps into the ring, Attwood starts work creating the warm up area. 5,000 interlocking mats and 800 tons of EuroTex later… ta da. Pop up warm up. “It’s really something that we could turn such a large area into what you could call a pop up warm-up so quickly. And then return it to pristine condition when it was all done,” Nick Attwood said. “I have to say its has been one of the more interesting challenges we’ve faced over the years.”

National Holiday: Hot Air Balloon Day

Major Events:

Bromont CCI: WebsiteEntries, Ride TimesLive ScoresEN’s Coverage

Bramham CCI: WebsiteRide Times & ResultsEN’s Coverage (Live streaming on Saturday only)

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Camelot Equestrian Horse Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

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

Your Wednesday News & Notes

Will Coleman didn’t always consider OBOS O’Reilly a keeper. Oboe was a bit full of himself not only as a young horse, but also as he moved through the levels, finally settling as he hit Advanced. Despite running around some of the biggest tracks in the world, he doesn’t always act mature, getting attached to almost every gray horse he trailers with. [Behind the Stall Door]

The Worth the Trust scholarships are branching out. With the growing importance of training the mental side of the game, Worth the Trust is now offering Sports Psychology scholarships to Adult and Young Adult amateur riders alongside their traditional scholarships. [Submit Your Application for 2019]

Tom Weiss has turned a lifelong involvement with horses into a passion for volunteering. Tom was involved with the hunter/jumper scene in upstate New York as a youth and after a stint in the Navy, rekindled his love of horses out in California. Becoming first involved with Hidden Valley Ranch (the place, not the dressing), he discovered Twin Rivers after Hidden Valley became defunct. [USEA Volunteer of the Month]

Wednesday News & Notes from Attwood Equestrian Surfaces

When you get torrential rain during your test, you want an arena that drains quickly and well. Photo by Jenni Autry.

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].

National Holiday: Water a Flower Day

Major Events:

Tattersalls: Website, ScheduleStart Times & Results, Live Streaming

Renswoude: WebsiteStart Times & Results

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

Genesee Valley Riding & Driving Club Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

NJ Region’s H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

The Spring Event at Archer H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Your Wednesday News & Notes:

**DATE CHANGE ** Overlook Farm in Berryville, Virginia will host a show jumping schooling show on Wednesday, June 13. All the proceeds will go directly towards Maya Black’s fundraising effort to buy FE Black Ice. There will be a morning and afternoon schedule to accommodate riders with “real jobs.” Only $40 a level and you may repeat the course or any part of it (at the same level) for no additional charge. Click here for more info.

Even after years at the upper levels, Sara Kozumplik-Murphy is adding a new dimension to her skills. Witha tough fall leading into a patchy spring season, Sara realized she needed to regroup with her top mount Rubens D’Ysieux. Engaging with a sports psychologist has helped her up her mental game and maximize her riding abilities under pressure. [Regrouping to Up Her Mental Game]

Charlotte the Clydesdale is still on track for Rebecca Farm. Charlotte and her owner Cortney McDaniel recently made the successful move up to Novice, putting in two clean jumping phases after a solid dressage score. With 100% draft blood, fitness has been a big part of the challenge in preparation for the N3D. [Road to Rebecca Farm]

The 2018 USEA Hall of Fame inductees are officially announced! The lists of six recipients includes a legendary pair of supportive owners, one of the top riders in the history of American eventing, an equine member of the ’96 Atlanta Olympic team, a coach who led an entire era of U.S. team members to medals, a remarkable team veterinarian, and a champion of the Young Rider program. [Meet 2018 USEA Hall of Fame Inductees]

By the Numbers: Woodside Advanced

While Bromont is looming close for those based on the East Coast, Woodside Advanced marks the beginning of the summer season out west, leading up to the Rebecca Farm CCI3* in July. This division has grown every year over the last four runnings, with 15 pairs slated to start over Ian Stark’s cross country course this weekend.

Photo courtsey Sherry Stewart.

The Field

  • In the past three years, about 85% of the field at this show has finished cross country … but no one has finished inside the time.
  • Because it is difficult to make the time over this course, two of the last three winners have come from behind after dressage.

Heather Morris and Charlie Tango. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Dressage Divas

  • Charlie Tango and Heather Morris hit the 70% or better mark in 5 of their 8 starts last year, including a sensational personal best of 22.4 at the Copper Meadows Advanced. These two are one of only two pairs in the field to have an average dressage score in the 20s.
  • Chatwin joins Charlie as a regular at the top of the dressage leader board, having hit the 70% mark twice in his two starts already this year. He and Frankie Theriot-Stutes have also clocked in a personal best already this year, with a 22.7 at the Twin Rivers Advanced in March.

Lauren Billys and Castle Larchfield Purdy at Great Meadow. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Show Jumping Powerhouses

  • Charlie Tango continues to maintain his position as one of the best show jumping horses in North America, having incurred only one rail in 11 show jumping rounds at this level.
  • Castle Larchfield Purdy and Lauren Billys stepped up their show jumping game in the run up to the Rio Olympics, and have maintained that prowess at the A/CIC3* levels since, with a 60% clear rate in this phase.

Frankie Thieriot Stutes and Chatwin. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Cross Country Machines

  • Chatwin doesn’t just have the moves, he also has the speed, being crowned our Top Cross Country Horse for Eventing Nation in 2017 due to accumulating only two totals seconds over optimum time in three runs last year, including a CCI3*. In the last two calendar years, this pair has an average pace of 0.33 seconds under optimum time.
  • Revitavet Elijah has only two starts at this levels, but he’s already made the time once, coming within 10 seconds of optimum time at the second. He benefits from being piloted by James Alliston, who is a well known speedster in the cross-country phase.

PREDICTED WINNER: Frankie Theriot-Stutes and Chatwin

Frankie Thieriot Stutes and Chatwin. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Keep Your Eye On…

  • James Alliston and Revitavet Elijah
  • Helen Bouscaren and Ebay
  • Lauren Billys and Castle Larchfield Purdy

Potential Spoilers

  • Heather Morris and Charlie Tango
  • Tamie Smith and Fleecework Royal

The Spring Event at Woodside H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Wednesday News & Notes from Attwood Equestrian Surfaces

Aleco Bravo of Rutledge Farm will host McLain Ward for a clinic! Photo courtesy of Nick Attwood.

McLain Ward is coming to the heart of eventing country on June 6, when he will conduct a clinic on the Attwood surfaces of Rutledge Farm in Middleburg, VA. While the rider slots have all been filled, auditor openings are still available! If you can swing the time off, this is a chance to listen in on lessons with one of the best show jumpers in the world. Find information on the clinic here.

National Holiday: Lucky Penny Day

Major Events:

Houghton Hall CICO3*:  WebsiteStart TimesResults

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

Virginia CCI/CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

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

Willow Draw Charity H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

The Spring Event at Woodside H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Equestrians’ Institute H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

May-Daze at the Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

Your Wednesday News & Notes:

The AEC is officially less than 100 days away! With the move to the Colorado Horse Park for 2018, the AECs will also introduce ‘festival’ divisions, which are regular horse trial divisions run in conjunction with the event. These festival divisions will allow more opportunities for competition for riders from Area IX and X, and for trainers to bring horses or riders not yet qualified. [15th Annual AECs 100 Days Away]

I’m sure everyone remembers that EN’s own Leslie Wylie tackled the Mongol Derby last year. While she didn’t sign up for this year’s run, Practical Horseman Associate Editor Jocelyn Pierce will be competing, letting us all follow along for the ride once more. Jocelyn runs through the basic facts of the race, including the use of bribery to get assigned the fastest ponies. [600 Miles in Ten Days or Less]

I know everyone has been burying their heads in the sand regarding the ever-delayed DOT requirements on horse trailering. Meika Decher of Washington state bit the bullet and went through the CDL process to get a Class B license, after deciding there was no chance she’d be classified as anything but commercial. Meika was kind enough to outline the steps of the process, including the 40 hour class she took and the variety of tests she had to pass. [Truck Drivin’ Momma]

Wednesday News & Notes from Attwood Equestrian Surfaces

The Carolina Equipment Company harrow at Great Meadow International 2017 Nation’s Cup. Photo courtesy of Melanie Bartenstein

If you want to keep your good footing good, you have to take an active interest in it. No … you don’t have to ask how its day is going or bring it flowers, but here are three little tips that will help you keep your investment performing at its best for years to come.

1. Move the jumps. Once a week take all the jumps out of the ring and give it a good grooming. That way all of the footing is groomed, not just 60% of it. And when you reset the course, make it different, even if it is only slightly different. Sharp turns in the same place will incrementally over time create an unevenness in your surface.

2. Water your footing. If you don’t have polymer-coated footing, there’s a hose in your future. Moisture is what binds most footing. So a regular watering program is one of the best things you can do for the longevity of your arena footing. From very basic sprinklers to advanced underground watering systems, there are watering solutions for every budget. Without water, your footing will break down faster and you will be riding through dust in no time.

3. Groom. Groom. Groom. It’s time to teach yourself to be the Emma Ford of arena grooming. And it starts with your drag or harrow. You want to make sure that it’s level. If you pull your drag with a tractor, most likely it has a three-point hitch. Simply lift the drag up 4” to 5” off the ground to see if it tilts to one side. If it does tilt, adjust your hitch to make it level. And enjoy making BIG circles.

National Holiday: National Sea Monkey Day

Major Events:

Event Rider Masters @ Wiesbaden WebsiteStart TimesResultsLive Stream

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

Kent School Spring H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

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

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

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

CCC Spring Gulch H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Your Wednesday News & Notes:

Do you train young horses? Do you instruct riders who frequently ride young horses? Sign up for the ICP Young Event Horse Workshop to be held June 19 – June 21 at Kinnitty Capall Stables in Ancramdale, New York to start your certification towards the USEA ICP Professional Horse Trainer or Instructor title. The USEA is considering having an ICP YEH Assessment in Area 1 this fall, so this is a great opportunity for those in the area to begin the certification process. [ICP Young Event Horse Workshop]

Area VI, like all other Areas, is knee-deep into NAYC fundraising season. Pancake breakfasts, apparel sales, parties, braiding, mucking stalls…basically, if the kids are not in school or at the barn, they are fundraising!  Recently, they launched our Area VI online auction, “Journey to the 2018 Championships” which will run active through next Friday, May 18th @ 7:00pm PDT. 32Auctions is hosting the event and you can help out some hard-working kids by checking out the auction. [Area VI NAYC Online Silent Auction]

Great Meadow Foundation Announces New Chair of the Board of Trustees. Cate Magennis Wyatt has recently been elected to Chair the Great Meadow Foundation Board Of Trustees. On April 25th, the Board unanimously elected Magennis Wyatt after accepting the resignation of MG (ret) Henry A. “Buzz” Kievenaar, Jr. who had served in that capacity for the past 10 years. Kievenaar led the Foundation during the acquisition of the adjacent 175 acres called Fleming Farm, built a World class all-weather arena on that property, and developed the only FEI Eventing Nations Cup™ in North America. [Great Meadow Announces New Chair]

By the Numbers: Jersey Fresh International CCI3*

As one of five CCI3* events in North America, the Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event is generally the final qualifying event in the U.S. for the American WEG team. But while Canada has sent some of their heavy-hitters to contest the CCI3* at Jersey Fresh, the American contenders have chosen instead to head to Bromont next month. That leaves Jersey Fresh ripe for the picking for some young horses and up-and-coming riders.

#JFI3DE: WebsiteDressage TimesScheduleLive ScoresEN’s CoverageEN’s InstagramEN’s Twitter

The famous Jersey Shore at Jersey Fresh. Photo by Jenni Autry.

The Field

  • Historically, it has not been too difficult to make the time in the CCI3* at this event. An average of 33.5% of competitors made the optimum in 2015 and 2016 when the weather cooperated, as it looks to be this weekend. Expect eight to nine riders to add nothing to their dressage scores on Saturday.
  • The dressage leader has won in two of the last three runnings of this division.

Ellie MacPhail O’Neal and RF Eloquence. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Dressage Divas

  • RF Eloquence and Ellie MacPhail O’Neal have stepped up their game on the flat in the last two calendar years, and aside from scoring in the 30s twice at Red Hills, they’ve clocked in mid-20s scores at all of their Advanced and CIC3* starts.
  • Long Island T has an average of 26.92 in his two CIC3* starts with Boyd Martin, and has landed in the 20s in four of his seven starts at the A/CIC3* levels.
  • Pavarotti and Jessica Phoenix consistently score around the 30 mark, with a minimum of 27.2 and a maximum of 31.5 in their eight Advanced/3* starts over the past two calendar years.

Whitney Mahloch and Military Mind. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Cross Country Machines

  • Military Mind and Whitney Mahloch have never finished with more than 6 seconds over the optimum time when running clear across the country, and in fact average 8.17 seconds inside the optimum in all of their clear runs at the Advanced/3* level. This will be their second attempt at CCI3* after a rider fall kept them from completing at Fair Hill last fall.
  • Magnum’s Martini has only two CIC3* runs under his belt, one in 2015 and another this past spring at Red Hills, but he’s finished no more than 10 seconds over the time with clear rounds under Nilson Moreira da Silva between the two starts. This is the horse’s first CCI3*.
  • Atlantic Domino and Jacob Fletcher are another pair who have been notably fast when achieving a clear cross country round, clocking in an average of only 4.75 seconds over optimum time at the Advanced/CIC3* level. One of the more experienced horses in the field, Atlantic Domino will be looking for his first clear CCI3* completion after a banner spring in which he placed second at Red Hills and won Chattahoochee Hills.

Jacob Fletcher and Atlantic Domino. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Show Jumping Powerhouses

  • Atlantic Domino is also very strong in the jumping phases, having never had a rail when show jumping is held last, including his first CCI3* completion at Ballindenisk in 2014. This pair has jumped clear in eight of their 11 show jumping rounds at the level.
  • Islandwood Captain Jack is making his first CCI3* under the guidance of Caroline Martin, with a record that includes three-for-three clear show jumping rounds in his first season at the level.
  • Voltaire de Tre has had only four starts at the Advanced/CIC3* levels after moving up this winter, but under Leslie Law he has jumped four clear show jumping rounds, adding time penalties only once.

Boyd Martin and Ray Price. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Jack of All Trades

  • RF Cool Play has only two starts at this level after moving up to Advanced at Carolina International with Lynn Symansky, but they’ve been extremely solid for a green horse. With scores in the low 30s, clear cross country rounds averaging 25 seconds behind the fastest round, and no penalties added in either show jumping round, RF Cool Play could be a contender this weekend in his first CCI3* start.
  • Boyd Martin moved up his homebred Ray Price this winter as well, competing in three starts throughout the season. Ray Price’s three dressage scores have all been sub-35, his cross country rounds have all been within 25 seconds of the leaders, and he’s had no rails in two of his three show jumping rounds.

PREDICTED WINNER: Jacob Fletcher and Atlantic Domino

Jacob Fletcher and Atlantic Domino. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Keep Your Eye On…

  • Boyd Martin and Ray Price
  • Lynn Symansky and RF Cool Play
  • Boyd Martin and Long Island T
  • Leslie Law and Voltaire de Tre
  • Jessica Phoenix and Pavarotti

Wednesday News & Notes from Attwood Equestrian Surfaces

New Attwood arena for Stable View being installed. Photo courtesy of Nick Attwood.

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.

National Holiday: Lost Sock Memorial Day

Major Events:

Jersey Fresh Links: WebsiteDressage TimesScheduleLive ScoresEN’s CoverageEN’s InstagramEN’s Twitter

Event Rider Masters @ Chatsworth: Website, Start Times, ResultsLive Stream

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

Plantation Field May H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

Mill Creek Pony Club at Longview H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Texas Rose Horse Park Summer H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Galway Downs Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Spokane Sport Horse Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

Your Wednesday News & Notes:

The Worth the Trust Scholarships are officially open for applicants for 2019. As always, the USEA selects a Young Adult (ages 16 to 25) and Adult Amateur (ages 25 and up) recipient to be used for continuing education. The aplication period is open until October 1, and the scholarships will be awarded at the national convention in December. [Apply Now for the Worth the Trust Scholarships]

The furor over the blood spotted on the lips of RF Scandalous continues to stir up conversations. Sara Kozumplik-Murphy approaches the issue with an immense amount of respect for all involved, including the grassroots of the sport, and proposes a solution that might actually be viable. [A Warning Card for Blood]

Nereo has had an incredible career, one that H&H reminds us of. Along with photos, H&H reminds us of many, but not all of Nereo’s accomplishments, including a win at Pau, Badminton, and Bramham as well as multiple seconds at Burghley and representing at multiple team championships. We salute you, Nereo, the enduring warrior. [Celebrating Nereo in Pictures]

Wednesday Video:

How Much Do You Love Your Footing?

The rider who loved Attwood so much she bought her footing before the farm.

Posted by Attwood Equestrian Surfaces on Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Wednesday News & Notes from Attwood Equestrian Surfaces

Oboe arrives on grounds at Badminton. Photo via Will Coleman Equestrian FB page.

Just one week after jog day at Kentucky and it’s jog day at Badminton! This time of the year is a bit like the winter holidays … we have Christmas first and then a week later New Year’s. Sometimes it’s just so much excitement to handle! One of these days I’m going to trek over to actually watch Badminton and Burghley both, but this year I’ll have to be satisfied stalking scores from across the pond.

National Holiday: Brothers and Sisters Day

Major Events:

Badminton: WebsiteEntries, Results, Schedule, How to Watch Live, EN’s Coverage, EN’s Form Guide, EN’s Instagram, EN’s Twitter

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

Heart of the Carolinas 3DE & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

The Event at Skyline H.T. [Website]

Your Wednesday News & Notes:

More Badminton first timers are dominating the news over at Horse & HoundKate Honey is trying to get to Badminton for the first time with the third horse she’s qualified, Fernhill Now or Never. Meanwhile New Zealander Virginia Thompson sold her entire yard in the southern hemisphere save her Badminton horse, Star Nouveau, and is having to pincher herself to remember everything is real. [Kate Honey and Her Self Produced Star] [Kiwi Virginia Thompson Sold Everything]

H&H focuses on riders who have never been to Badminton, rather than those who have never been four-star. Georgie Strang knew the minute she sat on Cooley Earl that he was perfect, even if he wasn’t her normal type. Warren Lamperd has been trying to compete at Badminton since 2000 when his entry scratched due to injury, and is finally here on the 17-year old mare Sylvia. [Georgie Strange Fell In Love] [Warren Lamperd Fell Off Every Day for a Year]

Seriously, there’s a bunch of them, and all their stories are unique. Ashley Edmond wanted to sell Triple Chance II when he was young, as he was so difficult, but couldn’t manage to sell him…because he was so difficult. Padraig McCarthy’s mount Mr. Chunky was originally his wife Lucy’s ride, but they’ve been together now to European Championships and Rio for Ireland. [Ashley Edmond Wanter to Sell Him] [He’s Called Mr. Chunky For a Reason]

Of course the two we are waiting for, from North America, haven’t been published yet but stay tuned. Alicia Hawker is as local as it gets, based only eight miles from Badminton with Charles RR. Will Furlong almost lost the ride on Collien 2 earlier this year when he had a deadline to form a syndicate so his mother could pay a capital gains tax but made it through and is the second youngest rider in the field behind our own Madeline Backus. . [Ashley Hawker’s Ride is Quirky] [Will Furlong Could Have Lost His Top Horse]

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Show Jumping Powerhouses of Kentucky

It’s the final day of Kentucky, our servers are fried, our chinchillas are hysterical, and yet coverage soldiers on.

After a very dramatic final horse inspection this morning, the stage is set for a four-peat. fischerRocana FST has her work cut out for her though, as there are four other horses 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, or even two. Meanwhile there are a couple of excellent jumpers in the remainder of the top ten ready to pounce. It will all come down to who can handle the pressure in this moment.

THE FATE OF THE FIVE

Michael Jung and fischerRocana FST. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Michael Jung (GER) and fischerRocana FST

Pros: fischerRocana FST jumped clear at the CCI3* European Championships last summer in her latest CCI start, and she has more practice than any horse in the field at jumping when stadium is the final phase; all of her 3* and 4* starts save one have run in the traditional order.

Cons: The one chink in this pair’s armor is famously the stadium phase. In seven CCI4* completions, they’ve jumped clear only twice, once at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy and then again en route to winning Kentucky for the first time in 2015. Since then Rocana has had one rail in every single 4* completion, and even had two down at Pau in 2016. She was also held at the jog this morning, so there’s a chance she isn’t feeling 100%.

Prediction: One rail

Chris Burton and Nobilis 18. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Chris Burton (AUS) and Nobilis 18

Pros: This pair have jumped clear in four of their eight 3/4* starts, and also jumped clear at the horse’s first CCI3* at Blenheim in 2015. Chris Burton has also publicly stated that he thinks this horse will prefer a flat surface on footing for the final phase.

Cons: Nobilis 18 famously won Burghley in 2016 despite a mind-boggling four rails, initiating the call for the drop of the dressage coefficient. The rules have now changed and rails are more costly. When this pair has rails, they have two or more, and they’ve had rails (plural) in two of three rounds when stadium was last. And indications are that Nobilis 18 may not be feeling 100% today, as he was held at the jogs this morning.

Prediction: Two rails

Oliver Townend and Cooley Master Class. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Oliver Townend (GBR) and Cooley Master Class

Pros: Cooley Master Class has jumped clear in eight of his eleven starts, including jumping clear in six of his last seven starts stretching back through 2016.

Cons: Every one of those starts was a CIC3*, with show jumping prior to cross country. In their only CCI3* run, which is also the only time the horse jumped stadium last, Cooley Master Courage had a rare rail. This is not only the horse’s first CCI4*, but it is also his first CCI start since 2014. He made the time yesterday, so there’s a possibility he might not have much left in the tank for today.

Prediction: One rail

Lynn Symansky and Donner. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Lynn Symansky (USA) and Donner

Pros: Donner and Lynn have show jumped clear at this venue before, accomplishing the feat in their very first attempt at the level. They also own the tie breaker between Donner and MHS King Joules, as they finished one second closer to optimum time.

Cons: That was way back in 2013, and since then they’ve completed seven more four stars, five with one rail and two with two rails. This pair can also incur costly time penalties on occasion, although they do complete the course inside the time more often than not.

Prediction: One rail

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

Oliver Townend (GBR) and MHS King Joules

Pros: MHS King Joules has only once had rails in his career with Oliver Townend, jumping clean in four of five starts with this rider. He has also jumped clear at the CCI3* level, although this will be his first stadium round at this level.

Cons: The only time this horse had rails was at his second CCI3* with Oliver, incurring two rails at Bramham in 2016. He also hasn’t run a CCI since 2016, so like Oliver’s other horse, any lack of fitness may work against him today.

Prediction: Clear

 

THE CLIMBERS

Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Marilyn Little (USA) and RF Scandalous

Pros: In ten rounds at the 3/4* level, they have only once ever incurred a rail. That includes a clear CCI4* round at Luhmuhlen last summer as well. Marilyn Little is a show jumper first, eventer second; she even jumped in the Grand Prix this weekend on her jumper, pulling double duty.

Cons: The only rail RF Scandalous has ever had came after a grueling CIC3* round in the mud at Jersey Fresh last spring. The mare emptied her tank yesterday; if she has a rail today, that may indicate she’s a bit tired.

Prediction: Clear round

Boyd Martin and Tsetserleg. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Boyd Martin (USA) and Tsetserleg

Pros: This horse is clearly a one or none horse; he’s had no more than a rail in any of his 3* starts. He’s jumped clear in three of his five 3* starts when stadium was last, including one of his two CCI3* starts.

Cons: He’s overall more inclined to have a rail than not at the 3* level. Tsetserleg has also had a rail at each of his two 2018 CIC3* starts. This is his first 4* stadium round, leaving us a bit in unknown territory.

Prediction: One rail

Phillip Dutton and I’m Sew Ready. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Phillip Dutton (USA) and Z

Pros: Like RF Scandalous, Z is a jumping machine, with only one rail marring his otherwise perfect jump record. He’s never had a rail at a CCI3* and he’s never had a rail in four rounds when stadium was last.

Cons: This is his first 4* and Phillip worked hard to keep this horse jumping clean and coming home inside the time yesterday. A make-it-happen round can take a lot out of a horse and today the fitness factor of the extra minute on cross country will come into play.

Prediction: Clear round

Sharon White and Cooley On Show. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Sharon White (USA) and Cooley On Show

Pros: Cooley On Show is another one or none horse, who in fourteen stadium rounds at the 3/4* levels has never had more than a rail. He’s perfectly split 50/50; half of his rounds are clear and half have a rail.

Cons: He’s had a rail at each of his three CCI3/4* completions.

Prediction: One rail

OTHERS OF NOTE

Cooley Cross Border will almost certainly jump a clear round and could be the first to do so in the order, although Share Option has a good chance to steal the honor away. There also are quite a few one or none horses sitting just inside the top fifteen, including Copper Beach, Wembley, and Banderas.

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Cross Country Powerhouses of Kentucky 2018

Michael Jung and fischerRocana FST. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

It’s cross country day at #LRK3DE! The cross country consists of 28 numbered obstacles (45 total jumping efforts when taking all the direct routes) across 6,295 meters of the Kentucky Horse Park. The horses will have to cover the distance under the optimum time of 11 minutes, 3 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.

Derek di Grazia of the United States has been the course designer here since 2011. Derek currently designs many courses in North America, including both Bromont CCI3* and Fair Hill CCI3*, two key qualifiers for this event. He has also been designated as the course designer for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. In years where the weather was nicer and the ground was good at Kentucky, as it was 2012-2014, the course averaged 22.8% of the field making the time. From 2015-2017, when the horses ran through rain or mud or both, only 5.53% of the field made the time.

The horses listed below fall into three different categories: horses who have been proven both consistent and fast at the CCI4* level, horses who are very fast when clear but could pick up a jump penalty, and horses who have stellar 3* form and speed but the 4* is a bit of a question mark. With the weather being clear, there will almost certainly be a larger percentage of horses who make the time compared to the past three years.

At four-star level, 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

Michael Jung (GER) and fischerRocana FST: Michael Jung is nicknamed Ze Terminator for his machine-like ability to get the job done, year in and year out. Rocana has an impeccable 3/4* record apart from two blips within the same 6-month period in 2015. She’s gone inside the time at five of nine CCI3/4* she’s completed, and once when she didn’t she was still the fastest time of the day.

Potential Hiccups: The possibility exists that she might have a couple of time penalties. Setting aside the World Equestrian Games in Normandy, she’s never had more than four seconds over optimum at any CCI3/4*.

Ride Time: 11:40 AM

Chris Burton (AUS) and Nobilis 18: Nobilis 18 has 8 three/four-star starts under Chris Burton and has only once ever had an issue, when Burto fell off at Badminton in 2016. While that does mean they only have a 4* completion rate of 50% in two tries, you can almost safely bet that this will be one of the quickest runs tomorrow.

Potential Hiccups: Fitness. Every British-based rider suffered a miserable spring and barely got any outings. This pair did incur 3.2 time penalties at Burghley in 2016, but on a year when no one made the time. Nobilis 18 also hasn’t run a CCI since winning that Burghley.

Ride Time: 1:08 PM

Lynn Symansky and Donner. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Lynn Symansky (USA) and Donner: Donner and Lynn have completed more 4* than anyone in the field, including Rocana, and they’ve jumped clear at every one except for a grueling WEG in Normandy. What they haven’t done since 2013 is make the time.

Potential Hiccups: Speed. This is a Thoroughbred and he runs like a Thoroughbred, but Lynn has only put the pedal to the floor in two of their five 4* starts since WEG. A handful of seconds over the optimum (less than 10) is a possibility.

Ride Time: 1:40 PM

THE HEARTBREAKERS

Oliver Townend (GBR) and MHS King Joules: In their international career as a pair, these two have never ever added anything in the cross-country phase if they’ve run clear. But they’ve had a stop in 3 of their 7 runs, including the horse’s only four-star attempt at Burghley 2016. If they go clear, they go inside the time.

Potential Hiccups: Consistency over the jumps and fitness. As we’ve already discussed, this horse is a bit of a wild card as to whether he will make it over all the fences on the first try. On top of that, this horse is based in England, making fitness runs this spring quite difficult. He also only competed once at the international level in 2017 and none at all this year, leaving his runs very limited over the past eighteen months. He hasn’t started a CCI since the end of 2016.

Ride Time: 12:28 PM

Boyd Martin and Steady Eddie. Photo by Miranda Akins/Photography In Stride.

Boyd Martin (USA) and Steady Eddie: Steady Eddie has been quite consistent cross-country … except for on Derek di Grazia courses. In 14 international 3/4* runs, he’s had issues at five of them, four of which were designed by Derek — twice at Fair Hill and twice at Kentucky. In fact, despite a clean, fast run at Burghley last fall, he’s 0 for 2 at Kentucky. However, he eventually did run around Fair Hill clear and inside the time, and after a confidence-building top 10 result at Burghley, perhaps this scrappy OTTB will conquer his demons this weekend.

Potential Hiccups: Consistency over the jumps, particularly Derek’s jumps.

Ride Time: 1:32 PM

Pawel Spisak (POL) and Banderas: This horse hasn’t had a stop since the 2016 Olympic Games, but the pair are still a bit of a wild card. The horse fell at his first attempt at a CCI3* in Strzegom in 2015, and then fell again at his first 4* attempt at Rio. This will be the pair’s first traditional 4* start so hopefully the pattern won’t hold. They’ve twice jumped clear and inside the time at the Sopot CCI3* and also jumped clear with only 0.4 time penalty around the European Championships at Strzegom last summer, so it’s highly likely that they will go fast if they go clear.

Potential Hiccups: Consistency over the jumps. As we’ve mentioned, two horse falls on a record can be a bit concerning, particularly at the horse’s first attempts at a new level.

Ride Time: 1:28 PM

Kim Severson and Cooley Cross Border at Blenheim in 2017. Photo by Libby Law.

Kim Severson (USA) and Cooley Cross Border: Cooley Cross Border and Kim Severson notably won Blenheim last fall and have conquered Fair Hill CCI3* twice, once within two seconds of the optimum time. Until Kentucky last year, this pair had a relatively clean record at the 3/4* level apart from a stop at their first attempt, but they suffered confidence issues after a re-route to Tattersalls last May. A clean run will likely be a fast run, although a handful of time penalties could stick.

Potential Hiccups: Consistency over the jumps. After a fall of horse earlier this spring at Carolina, Kentucky will be a big test of Cooley Cross Border’s confidence.

Ride Time: 1:32 PM

Colleen Rutledge and Covert Rights. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Colleen Rutledge (USA) and Covert Rights:  This pair (along with Savannah Fulton and Captain Jack) are one of the only pairs to have a 100% clear XC rate at multiple 4* attempts, which of course is easier to do when that number is two. Still, one of those was Kentucky and the other was Burghley, so that’s nothing to sneeze at. After Burghley in 2015, Colleen picked up the pace with this horse and spent most of 2016 and 2017 proving that this horse has speed. That included their first clear CCI3* round inside the time at Fair Hill last fall.

Potential Hiccups: Consistency over the jumps. It’s hard to imagine that this horse might be suffering a confidence issue after being so consistent at the level for so long, but a pair of uncharacteristic stops at Carolina and a missed flag at The Fork haven’t been an ideal lead up to Kentucky.

Ride Time: 1:36 PM

Phillip Dutton and Z. Photo by Jenni Autry.

THE UNKNOWNS

Phillip Dutton (USA) and Z:  In 11 3* starts, Phillip and Z have only had one issue, a rider fall at Fair Hill in 2016 when the horse jumped huge into the first water and sent Phillip out the side door. This horse likes to jump and he’s proven it by finishing inside the time at both of his CCI3* completions, and no more than 12 seconds over the optimum time at his last five of six 3* starts, with the final one being a dismally wet Jersey Fresh last spring.

Potential Hiccups: Consistency over the jumps, but only because it’s the horse’s first 4*. He has Phillip in the irons, so this is likely negated.

Ride Time: 11:08 AM

Boyd Martin and Tsetserleg. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Boyd Martin (USA) and Tsetserleg: Little Tsetserleg always reminds me of Thomas the Train, because he’s always quietly chugging along, getting better and better without people really taking notice. Aside from a rider fall in the horse’s first CIC3* attempt, Tsetserleg has been steady all the way, clocking in a solid clear round at his first CCI3* at Bromont and coming within 3 seconds of optimum at the second at Fair Hill.

Potential Hiccups: Consistency over the jumps, and only because it’s the horse’s first 4*. Like Z, he has Boyd in the irons, so this is not a huge concern.

Ride Time: 11:20 AM

Waylon Roberts and Kelecyn Cognac. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Waylon Roberts (CAN) and Kelecyn Cognac: This pair has run three CCI3* together and they average 8.67 seconds under optimum time in them. They were the fastest time of the day in two of those as well, and in four 3* runs in 2017 they made the time in three of them.

Potential Hiccups: Kelecyn Cognac is moving up a level and Waylon Roberts has only one 4* run under his belt. Still, these two are well prepared so the main question should be how fast they can actually get around.

Ride Time: 11:48 AM

Sharon White and Cooley On Show. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Sharon White (USA) and Cooley On Show: This pair has 12 3* starts and 12 clear 3* cross country rounds. But after two stops in the horse’s first 4* at Kentucky last spring, they re-routed to the 4* at Luhmühlen, which was widely regarded as soft for the level. The difficulties of Kentucky are still an open question.

Potential Hiccups: Consistency over the jumps. A questionable run here last year leaves unanswered questions that hopefully an extra year can resolve.

Ride Time: 12:04 PM

Will Coleman and Tight Lines. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Will Coleman (USA) and Tight Lines:  Tight Lines has been incredibly consistent at the three-star level, incurring no stops or falls thus far in his career. However, he incurred two stops last spring at Kentucky when he stepped up to the 4* level after less than a year at the 3* level. With another year under his belt, this Thoroughbred should be more of his rock and roll self. He’s made the time at both of the CCI3* he’s completed.

Potential Hiccups: Consistency over the jumps. This is only Tight Lines second 4* start and another year at 3* should only have helped this horse.

Ride Time: 1:12 PM

Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Marilyn Little (USA) and RF Scandalous:  Marilyn and RF Scandalous had a very consistent record at this level until just after their first 4* completion at Luhmühlen, running into trouble with a rider fall at the AECs followed by a runout at the Ocala Jockey Club CIC3*. They appear to have moved past the trouble with two clear runs in 2018 at the CIC3* level. However, Kentucky will be their first big CCI4* test, as Luhmühlen last summer was considered soft for the level.

Potential Hiccups:  Time penalties, rider injuries, and fitness. Marilyn will be looking to put the 2017 issues behind her in an otherwise spotless record for this mare, though Marilyn is still battling a foot injury sustained at the Ocala Jockey Club in November. Additionally, Marilyn is based in Wellington, Florida for the spring, and has run a bit slowly at the spring CIC3*. Kentucky will be a true test of whether her fitness regimen is sufficient for RF Scandalous. This pair will also be trying to beat the clock, as the fastest time they have achieved at a CCI3* is 12 seconds over optimum, and at Luhmühlen last summer they were 17 seconds over optimum time.

Ride Time: 1:16 PM

Erin Sylvester and Paddy the Caddy. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Erin Sylvester (USA) and Paddy the Caddy: These two have been very consistent at the 3* level and the Advanced level, which they often choose to run instead. They haven’t had an issue on the cross country since summer of 2016, they’ve had eleven consecutive clear runs, and they’ve made the time and been 8 seconds over in their two CCI3* starts.

Potential Hiccups: Consistency over the jumps. This is Paddy the Caddy’s first 4* start.

Ride Time: 1:24 PM

Caroline Martin and The Apprentice. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Caroline Martin (USA) and The Apprentice:  Separately these two have quite a bit of combined experience and The Apprentice himself has started two 4* and finished one with his previous rider Buck Davidson. They came out with an absolute bang in their first start together at 3*, winning Carolina on their dressage score before running clear around another two CIC3*, adding only a total of four seconds of time penalties. But they ran into trouble at the difficult Bramham CCI3*, incurring a stop, then The Apprentice didn’t make another international start until 2018.

Potential Hiccups: Consistency over the jumps and injuries. This is only Caroline’s third attempt at a CCI4* cross country run, although her second should be earlier in the day on her Kentucky mount from last year, Spring Easy. The Apprentice only has a 50% clear rate in two runs at these levels. Caroline is also riding with an injured foot, incurred at Carolina from a fall on another mount.

Ride Time: 1:48 PM

Oliver Townend (GBR) and Cooley Master Class:  This horse has a better cross-country record than his stablemate, but it’s also sparser. In nine CIC3* cross-country starts, this horse has been clear in seven of them, and was no more than 3 seconds over optimum at five of them. He was clear at his only CCI3* run, but had time. A clear run is in his reach but he’s green at the level.

Potential Hiccups: Consistency over the jumps and fitness. His last international run included a stop, but he has run clear at the national level this spring. He last ran a CCI in the fall of 2014 though, then ran once in early 2016 before another prolonged absence until 2017. This 4* has been a long time coming for this horse, and it doesn’t help that England has had a terribly wet spring.

Ride Time: 1:56 PM

Dressage Powerhouses of Kentucky: Day Two Afternoon Sessions

Welcome back to the 2018 edition of the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event! Yesterday and this morning we watched the standings take shape and this afternoon should shake them up quite a bit. Almost every test in the afternoon has the propensity to break 70% with at least a few projected to challenge for the lead. Click here to see the order of go with ride times and here for all the details on how to watch live.

In case you missed the action yesterday or this morning, here’s a quick recap. The competitors will be performing the 2017 FEI 4* Test B, which was brand new last year, but not in use. Kentucky will be the first four-star to utilize this test, putting old favorites and four-star rookies on a totally level playing field as they navigate through the test for the first time. Since Kentucky is the first four-star to be held each year, no one has yet seen how the test rides in competition yet. Check here for a summary in all the ways in which this new test differs from the old.

Another big chance for this year is the loss of the 1.5 multiplier on the penalty marks for dressage, making the scoring a straight conversion to penalty marks. 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. Again, as the first four-star to run in the calendar year, Kentucky will be the first four-star to see how the new scoring system affects final placings.

Judging the competitors will be Christian Landolt of Switzerland, who presides over the ground jury. Sue Baxter of Great Britain and Jane Hamlin of the United States join him as members of the ground jury. Jane Hamlin will be a member of the ground jury for the World Equestrian Games later this spring, so her scoring will be of particular interest to riders trying to make a team.

FRIDAY, AFTERNOON SESSIONS

Marilyn Little (USA) and RF Scandalous: RF Scandalous has a long history of putting in scores well over 70% at the 3/4* levels, but she’s had a couple of blips on her record as well. Still, a personal best of 24.2 at the WEG Test event means this pair is coming into Kentucky on a hot streak.

Aiming for: Top of the leaderboard

Ride time: 1 p.m.

Pawel Spisak (POL) and Banderas: Banderas and Pawel have shown flashes of brilliance from the beginning of their 3* career but it’s only blossomed into consistency in the past eight months. They now have three consecutive scores breaking 70% at the 3* level, higher each outing, including a 28.9 (in today’s scoring system) at the European Championships at Strzegom last summer as well as a personal best of 26.9 in their last 3* outing at Pratoni del Vivaro.

Aiming for: Top 10

Ride time: 1:24 p.m.

Kim Severson (USA) and Cooley Cross Border: If you didn’t know that Cooley Cross Border was good on the flat, you haven’t been paying attention. This pair set a record this spring when they scored a 20.8 at Carolina, which is the lowest 3* score recorded on this continent in the last five years. That score also earned them the best recorded 3* score in the field this weekend, and while it’s a bit of an anomaly, this pair has hit 75% in their two 2018 outings.

Aiming for: Top of the leaderboard

Ride time: 1:32 p.


Colleen Rutledge (USA) and Covert Rights: Covert Rights will come right on the heels of Cooley Cross Border, so don’t get up from your seats. This horse reached some dizzying heights in the dressage phase last fall, clocking in a 22.2 (in today’s system) at Richland Park, which at the time was the second best score in five years on North American soil. That was knocked to third after Kim and Cooley Cross Border’s Carolina score this spring, but it doesn’t take away from the fact that Covert Rights scored over 73% in three of their four runs last fall. While this spring their scores haven’t been quite so strong, a recent mark breaking 70% at The Fork shows they may be on the rebound.

Aiming for: Top 10

Ride time: 1:40 p.m.

Lynn Symansky (USA) and Donner: Donner has been knocking on the door for a while, breaking the 70% mark on occasion at the 3* level and inching towards it at the 4* level. In their last 4* at Burghley last fall, they laid down a personal best 4* score just shy of 70%, and their recent score of 28.8 at Carolina came just short of their 3* personal best. Coming in on the heels of three top dressage horses before them and taking advantage of being in the final session, these two could finally crack the 70% mark.

Aiming for: Top 10

Ride time: 2:02 p.m.

Phillip Dutton (USA) and I’m Sew Ready: I’m Sew Ready is no stranger to the 70% mark, cracking it in his last three of four 3* starts. In fact, he smashed his own personal best at his last event, scoring a 26.4 at the WEG Test event. His only 4* start flirted with that score, as he and Phillip Dutton clocked in a 30.7 (in today’s scoring) last April.

Aiming for: Top 10

Ride time: 2:26 p.m. 

Oliver Townend (GBR) and Cooley Master Class: Cooley Master Class is almost a lock to not only break the 70% mark but to crush it. He has only failed to hit that percentage once in 11 starts, and his worst score in 2017 was a 27.7. This is his first 4* though, and it’s rare to see a horse best their 3* personal best in their first 4* start. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen though, and Oliver Townend could be the one to take the lead as the next to last ride of the day.

Aiming for: Top Three

Ride time: 2:34 p.m.

OTHERS OF NOTE

Quite frankly, every horse in this afternoon session is worth watching, so make sure to hit the restroom before the rides start after lunch. Simply Priceless isn’t the highest scorer in the field but has a history of making 4* his moment, pulling a 4* average that is more than 4 points better than his 3* average. Paddy the Caddy has barely cracked the 70% level at the national level but has yet to do it at the international level. Copper Beach and  The Apprentice have both put in big scores with their current riders while Landmark’s Monte Carlo should be a solid score to finish off the first phase, if not quite cracking the top 10.

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Dressage Powerhouses of Kentucky: Day Two Morning Sessions

Chris Burton and Nobilis 18 at Burghley in 2016. Photo by Nico Morgan Photography. Chris Burton and Nobilis 18 at Burghley in 2016. Photo by Nico Morgan Photography.

Welcome back to the 2018 edition of the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event! 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 and here for all the details on how to watch live.

In case you missed the action yesterday, here’s a quick recap. The competitors will be performing the 2017 FEI 4* Test B, which was brand new last year, but not in use. Kentucky will be the first four-star to utilize this test, putting old favorites and four-star rookies on a totally level playing field as they navigate through the test for the first time. Since Kentucky is the first four-star to be held each year, no one has yet seen how the test rides in competition yet. Check here for a summary in all the ways in which this new test differs from the old.

Another big chance for this year is the loss of the 1.5 multiplier on the penalty marks for dressage, making the scoring a straight conversion to penalty marks. 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. Again, as the first four-star to run in the calendar year, Kentucky will be the first four-star to see how the new scoring system affects final placings.

Judging the competitors will be Christian Landolt of Switzerland, who presides over the ground jury. Sue Baxter of Great Britain and Jane Hamlin of the United States join him as members of the ground jury. Jane Hamlin will be a member of the ground jury for the World Equestrian Games later this spring, so her scoring will be of particular interest to riders trying to make a team.

Buck Davidson and Carlevo lead off Friday dressage at 9:30 a.m.; Lauren Kieffer and Landmark’s Monte Carlo are the final pair to perform at 2:42 p.m. Thirteen horses complete their tests before the lunch break.

FRIDAY, MORNING SESSIONS

Buck Davidson (USA) and Carlevo: Buck Davidson has really taken his time at the three-star level with this horse, running him four times at the CCI3* level before making the move up this weekend. From day one though, Carlevo had a good grasp on his flatwork, scoring over 70% in his very first CIC3* and going on to score above that mark in seven of his 11 starts at the three-star level so far. This pair has never scored worse then 33.0 at this level.

Aiming for: Top 10

Ride time: 9:30 a.m.

Oliver Townend (GBR) and MHS King Joules: MHS King Joules and Oliver Townend have never failed to hit the 70% mark in their international career together, and have flirted with the 75% mark on two occasions, one of which is the horse’s only 4* start at Burghley in 2016. This pair is almost a lock to be in the top 10 after dressage and will be challenging for the top three if he’s having a good day.

Aiming for: Top Three

Ride time: 9:38 a.m.

Lauren Kieffer (USA) and Vermiculus: Vermiculus is a bit of a wild card in the first phase, coming out swinging in 2017 to break 70% in three of his four 3/4* starts, an eight-point improvement over his previous form. However his international scores this season have backslid to the 65-68% range, although he did receive marks of 73.4% at Rocking Horse Advanced in February. The big question will be if he’s on the upswing or the downswing coming into today.

Aiming for: Top 10

Ride time: 9:54 a.m.

Chris Burton (AUS) and Nobilis 18: Nobilis 18 and Chris Burton may have set an British eventing record with their percentage of 79.9% (equivalent to 20.1 penalties) at Burghley in 2016, but their normal range is generally between 72-74%. That jaw-dropper of a score also means that his 4* average is the best in the field, as he also scored 26.9 at Badminton earlier that same year. This is one of the few pairs in the field whose 4* average and personal best beats their respective 3* average and personal best.

Aiming for: Top of the leaderboard

Ride time: 11:12 a.m.

OTHERS OF NOTE

Steady Eddie has yet to hit 70% at the 3/4* level, but he’s unusual in that his personal best at 4* (30.9 at last year’s Burghley) bests his top 3* score. Meanwhile Tight Lines has hit that mark only once but did it in style, clocking in a 26.8 at Richland 3* last summer. Landioso is another who has cracked 70%, both at the 3* level and at the 4* level. Landioso goes in the first morning session while both of the Thoroughbreds go in the second morning session.

#LRK3DE Links: WebsiteRide TimesScheduleLive StreamLive ScoresEN’s CoverageEN’s InstagramEN’s Twitter

Dressage Powerhouses of Kentucky: Day One

Welcome to the 2018 edition of the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event! 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 and here for all the details on how to watch live.

The competitors will be performing the 2017 FEI 4* Test B, which was brand new last year, but not in use. Kentucky will be the first four-star to utilize this test, putting old favorites and four-star rookies on a totally level playing field as they navigate through the test for the first time. Since Kentucky is the first four-star to be held each year, no one has yet seen how the test rides in competition yet. Check here for a summary in all the ways in which this new test differs from the old.

Another big change for this year is the loss of the 1.5 multiplier on the penalty marks for dressage, 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. Again, as the first four-star to run in the calendar year, Kentucky will be the first four-star to see how the new scoring system affects final placings.

Judging the competitors will be Christian Landolt of Switzerland, who presides over the ground jury. Sue Baxter of Great Britain and Jane Hamlin of the United States join him as members of the ground jury. Jane Hamlin will be a member of the ground jury for the World Equestrian Games later this spring, so her scoring will be of particular interest to riders trying to make a team.

THURSDAY, MORNING SESSIONS 

Phillip Dutton (USA) and Z: This young horse has been extremely consistent in the jumping phases for Phillip Dutton but only has only recently gained the experience to get near the leaders in dressage. He broke the 70% mark in the Advanced at Stable View back in the fall of 2016, then spent all of 2017 trying to get back to that point. At the Ocala Jockey Club CIC3*, Z flirted with the 70% plus mark again, scoring a 45.1 under the old scoring system, but it wasn’t until the WEG Test event at The Fork CIC3* that he finally achieved the mark at an FEI event, clocking in a 27.6 (new scoring). Going in the quietest session of the show will only help this horse, who can suffer from tension.

Aiming for: Top 10

Ride time: 9:54 a.m.

Michael Jung (GER) and fischerRocana FST: Obviously the Terminator and his Queen of Kentucky are not to be missed. These two own the second ranked 4* average in the field, the best 3* average in the field,  the second ranked 4* personal best, and the top ranked 3* personal best. fischerRocana FST has never been marked below 70.0% at a 4*, and she’s achieved at least a 75.0% in five of her last six 4* starts. While these two may not end up first at the end of dressage, they will undoubtedly be close to it.

Aiming for: Top of the leaderboard

Ride time: 11:28 a.m.

THURSDAY, AFTERNOON SESSIONS

Sharon White (USA) and Cooley On Show: Sharon White has slowly been chipping away at this phase with Cooley On Show. In 2016 they averaged marks of 64.04%, in 2017 they pushed it up to 66.98%, and in 2018 they came out swinging, achieving a two-show average of 70.90% thus far for the year. 2018 was the first year this pair broke into the 20s in the first phase, so they are coming into Kentucky on a hot streak.

Aiming for: Top 10

Ride time: 1:40 p.m.

OTHERS OF NOTE

Park Trader and Tsetserleg in the first morning session and Wembley and Qorry Blue D’Argouges in the second have all cracked 70% at the 3* level. In the afternoon, RF Eloquence as the first ride right after lunch has hit that mark as well.

#LRK3DE Links: WebsiteRide TimesScheduleLive StreamLive ScoresEN’s CoverageEN’s InstagramEN’s Twitter

Wednesday News & Notes from Attwood Equestrian Surfaces

Phillip Dutton’s mounts share a moment with each other in stabling. Photo via Phillip Dutton Eventing Facebook Page.

It’s jog day at Kentucky! I’ve been doing News & Notes on Wednesdays for almost four years now, and I am always excited that I get to publish the first Eventing Nation post every year on the official first day of the competition. There’s always a plethora of great photos to choose from with riders and spectators alike flocking to Lexington, Keeneland is running, the grass is so green it’s blue and the flowers are blooming. Nothing beats April (and jog day) in Kentucky.

National Holiday: East Meets West Day

Major Events:

Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event: [Website] [Schedule] [Drawn Order] [EN Coverage] [EN Instagram] [EN Twitter]

U.S. Weekend Preview:

University of New Hampshire Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Loudoun Hunt Pony Club Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

Your Wednesday News & Notes:

Get ready to get down at the 6th Annual EN Tailgate Party! The festivities take place during LRK3DE cross country in tailgating spaces S294 and S295, near the jog strip and announcer’s tower overlooking the infield. Stop by to get EN temporary-tatted up, schmooze with a certain celebrity Chinch, quench your thirst, enjoy a snack, and win some sweet swag. We’re still looking for a couple volunteers to give us a hand — we’re happy to kick you a day pass in exchange for a couple hours of your time! Email [email protected].

Madeline Backus is facing mud like she’s never seen before over in England. Luckily her plucky mare Ari has been up to the challenge, soaring over the fences at Belton recently to give them another good prep run prior to Badminton. With only a week to go until first jogs, we are all holding our breath for sound gallops! [A Leg Up and a Leg On]

Horse & Hound runs a series on Badminton first-timers. Today focuses on a former student of Jonelle and Time Price who wanted to buy a gray but ended up with a bay who has now taken him around Adelaide twice. There’s also a mare who has enough swagger that she earned she barn name Angelina, after Angelina Jolie. [Andrew Daines Didn’t Want a Grey One] [James O’Haire and the Mare with the Pony Companion]

The diminutive Jollybo was a perfect fit with Hawley Bennett-Awad from the word go. Despite standing only 15.3 hands, Jollybo has a larger than life strength to her gallop and jump, which drew Hawley to the mare from day one. Now headed to their second four-star together, Jollybo has spent a lot of time swimming in preparation. [Behind the Stall Door]

It’s #LRK3DE photo contest time. If you’re at Kentucky, don’t forget to enter — here’s the 411:

Attwood Footing of the Week – Green Footing

In honor of the recently celebrated Earth Day, 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 Video: One of my favorites to rev me up and send chills down my spine, let’s revisit Inches to gear up for Kentucky.

Wednesday News & Notes from Attwood Equestrian Surfaces

It must be completely surreal to compete on the hallowed eventing grounds of Belton and Burnham Market, and in just a few short weeks, multiple grant recipient Madeline Backus will have the chance of a lifetime when she rides down the centerline at Badminton on Friday afternoon. It’s a long cry from the mountains of Colorado, where both Madeline and her mare were born.

National Holiday: International Juggler’s Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Longleaf Pine H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

Plantation Field H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

Sporting Days Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

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

Holly Hill Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

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

Your Wednesday News & Notes:

Attention Kentucky 4*-bound tailgate pros! EN is excited to host its annual “Insanity in the Middle” Tailgate Party on cross country day, but we need a little help with the set-up. If you have a truck and access to tailgate furnishings (two or three pop-up tents, tables, coolers, etc.), we have a platinum tailgate parking pass and some cross country day passes for you! Please email us at [email protected].

Canadian international eventing is expanding, in case you haven’t heard. Prominent eventing team member, official, and now venue developer Rob Stevenson is developing his family farm in New Brunswick to hold a second Canadian FEI event. With a summer date, Rob hopes to attract eventers from the East Coast, looking to get international runs in a venue with atmosphere. [Foshay Eventing Taking Shape]

The Kentucky crowd is getting restless but going to Badminton is a thing, too. Horse & Hound has created a go-to guide with all the links you’ll need for your first visit to Badminton. While geared more towards the eventing newbie, it still provides some helpful advice, like what you should wear in the British weather. [Badminton Horse Trials Visitor’s Guide]

A fall can sometimes change your perspective. Former three-star eventer Natasha Al-Egaily had a fall while schooling and it changed her life. By herself, she called emergency services, who sent an ambulance and a life flight to her. Luckily she didn’t need the flight but after discovering that the life flight service was self-funded, she decided to raise money for them by running the London Marathon. [Marathon Mission for Former Eventer]

Attwood Footing of the Week – TerraNova

Coated surfaces often rely on an adhesive coating to bind the sand grains and additives together, to give the surface cohesion and support. In the case of waxed surfaces, the wax coating does a reasonable job of binding the components together, but they feel oily and often the sand sticks to just about anything that comes into contact with it which can cause quite a mess.

To eliminate that problem, Attwood created a patented cold process to produce our TerraNova, creating a world-class riding surface with a very silky texture that virtually eliminates the slightest sticky feeling to horse or rider.

The innovative footing is formulated with high quality silica sand and fibers, and coated with a next-generation viscoelastic polymer. Perfect for arenas in any climate and, drum roll please … is not at all sticky. Attwood’s TerraNova is designed for unrivalled shock absorption, grip, and rebound for the serious equestrian athlete.

“We decided to go with the TerraNova footing in our indoor and it has been fantastic. It’s unbelievable how great the horses feel on it. Every single horse goes in there and is comfortable and loose and moves really well. You can really work them and feel confident in the support the footing gives them.”

~ Grace Long, professional rider, Badger Hill Farm, Middleburg, VA

You can find TerraNova in many of the top equestrian venues around the world including:

  • Terra De Belos Cavalo, Kenwood, CA
  • Badger Hill Farm, Middleburg, VA
  • Wrsan Farm, Abu Dhabi
  • Ohana Equestrian Preserve, Aldie, VA
  • Bridlespur Farm, Keswick, VA
  • White North Stables, Hunting Valley, Ohio
  • Project R.I.D.E., Elk Grove, CA

Wednesday Video: Rebecca is again home to the newly-renamed North American Youth Championships.

NAYC Eventing @ Rebecca Farm

We can't wait to return to Rebecca Farm this year for another great weekend of eventing at the the Adequan®/FEI North American Youth Championships presented by Gotham North! #NAYC

Posted by The Adequan FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships on Tuesday, April 17, 2018