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For many trainers, the journey to the 2019 RRP Thoroughbred Makeover is in full swing! Photo via Elisa Wallace’s FB page.

It’s now March, which means that Retired Racehorse Project’s Thoroughbred Makeover is starting to really ramp up now. Trainers have chosen their horses, and the beginning of a new career is well underway! It helps that we are starting to get a hint of spring up here in the north, which means it is time to start leaving the arena … before the fields turn into mud.

We’ve got a healthy serving of Thoroughbred news to serve up for you today, including our “Weekly OTTB Wishlist, Presented by Cosequin” and an announcement about the 2019 recipients of the inaugural Thoroughbred Makeover “Give Back to Go Scholarship,” awarded by the Daignault Family Foundation. Be sure to follow along with the Makeover trainers who are blogging about their journeys for EN: Lindsey Burns, Hillary McMichael, Clare Mansmann.

National Holiday: Jewel Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

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

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

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

Your Wednesday News & Notes

The national eventing organization is working diligently to work out the bugs on their new website. Sound familiar? It’s not the USEA this time, but British Eventing that is working through the growing pains that come with a complete website overhaul. They urge you to reach out with any bugs you find. [British Eventing Working Around the Clock]

If you haven’t seen this video, drop everything and watch to the end. We’ve all been at events with loose horses but this one really takes a liking to Imogen Murray and her ride, dashing through their ring several times. The pair plays it super cool….I hope the judge gave that horse a 10 for submission. [Loose Horse in Dressage]

It’s good to be reminded that sometimes training a horse needs to be about the process and not the destination. It can be tough with a youngster who just seems to want develop slower than their peers. You watch your fellow competitors jump up the levels, running prelim by the time the horses are six while you’re still hoping to make the big move up to Novice at the end of their 8 year old year. But horses develop at their own pace and it’s important to keep that in mind. [Managing Expectations]

Attwood Wisdom of the Week: 

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My view into work yesterday. Photo by Maggie Deatrick.

I’d like to think that we’ve just experienced the final snow of the year up here in Pennsylvania but somehow I know better than to get optimistic. It seems like we always get one last big blow right before April.

National Holiday: Ash Wednesday

Major Weekend Events:

Red Hills CCI & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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


Your Wednesday News & Notes

The Auburn Eventing team hosts an online Facebook auction every year and the one for this year just started today! This auction helps with funding for Intercollegiate Champs and hopefully more! There are already have over 70 items in the Facebook album from lessons to photoshoots to hand-painted wine glasses. [Auburn Eventing Facebook Auction]

Sometimes an off-the-wall solution can result in a story. Ann DeMichele and owner Suellen Myers went down the rabbit hole trying to figure out why Roanoke, a jumper bred by Myers, was so spooky. After realizing that bright contrast bothered him, they settled on a pair of green-tinted goggles to keep him focused in the jumper ring . [Behind the Photo]

Flying from England to Australia is a trek but doing it with horses is even more involved. Between three weeks of quarantine prior to take-off, another two weeks upon landing, a traveling vet and a heft price tag, flying horses to Australia is no easy task. [9 Things You Never Knew]

Attwood Wisdom of the Week: 

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The calm before the storm. Photo via Kate Chadderton’s Instagram page.

Sometimes the cross country warmup is a relatively stoic place and sometimes it can be downright nerve wracking, when the going gets tough. When the announcer seems to be calling a never-ending stream of stops, falls and sticky rides, it can really ratchet up the tension back in warm-up. At a time like this, having some of your mates at your side can make a big difference.

National Holiday: Polar Bear Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

Rocking Horse III H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

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

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

Your Wednesday News & Notes

In order to help everyone plan their lives, the USEA has released a tentative schedule for the AECs. Scheduled for the week before Labor Day, the AECs will be held at the Kentucky Horse Park for the first time. This is sure to bring a huge draw from all levels, and the USEA has planned accordingly with the schedule. [Tentative AEC Schedule Announced]

Black Tie, Oliver Townend’s ride for the 2014 WEG, has been retired from eventing. At 18, Black Tie has proven his worth despite his small stature, not only competing at WEG but also finishing in the top four at Luhmuhlen and winning Burnham Market. His owner, who competed him through the UK-Novice level, wants the Thoroughbred to retire on top. [British Team Horse Bows Out]

The Pan Americans might be more important to the U.S. but the European Championships are quite the spectacle. They’ll be held the weekend before Burghley but down at Luhmühlen. Treat yourself and make a week of it; start the week down at Luhmühlen and finish up at Burghley. [Tips for Attending the European Championships]

Attwood Wisdom of the Week: 

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Finding the barn zen. Photo via Matt & Cecily Brown FB page.

There’s absolutely a certain attention to detail that is required to run a barn, a quality that can sometimes border on obsessiveness. Whether it’s the pattern in the barn aisle or the organization of a tack trunk, there’s definitely a feeling of satisfaction when all is in order.

National Holiday: Cherry Pie Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

Three Lakes at Caudle Ranch H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Your Wednesday News & Notes

Off-track racehorses aren’t a huge anomaly at the upper levels of jumping, but this one is specifically unique. Life Is Beautiful had a first career as a harness racer in Sweden before being sold to Japan upon retirement. Despite an economical jump, he caught the attention of Shino Hirota’s trainer, who urged her to buy the paint horse. Now Shino has qualified with Life Is Beautiful for a World Cup. [Harness Horse Secures World Cup Slot]

Syndication seems to be catching on across across the pond. Lucinda Green is testing out the waters this season with offers for ten members to join a year long syndicate effort for 2,000 GBP apiece. Participants will get to participate in events as owners, attend a mid-season barbecue and receive detailed updates. [Lucinda Green Offers Deal]

I’m Sew Ready may be a two-time four-star finisher but he’d rather just go with the flow. ‘Jackson’ is about as laid back as it comes according to Emma Ford, Phillip Dutton’s longtime groom. Unswayed by turkey vultures, toddlers on his back, or being the last to come in, Jackson would rather eat than run. [Behind the Stall Door]

Attwood Wisdom of the Week: 

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#tuesdaytipday Several decades of experience with equestrian surfaces, makes Nick Attwood the perfect person to turn to if you are thinking about creating an effective sport horse training surface. Attwood’s EuroTex Footing, contains a shredded textile, which stabilizes the sand particles — this mimics the effect of the rooting system of turf, which has a stabilizing effect on the surrounding soil particles. EuroTex footing give more resilience, reduce the amount of packing and help to hold moisture in the surface, which leads to reduced dust. The secret with EuroTex really is “in the sand.” #attwoodequestriansurfaces #goldstandard #safety #performance #innovation

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All bundled up at Pine Top. Photo via C-Square Farm Facebook Page.

Just because all the competitions are in the south or in California doesn’t mean the competitions are warm. Pine Top was subject to just such a cold front last weekend, which left everyone including the dogs scrambling for layers.

National Holiday: Get A Different Name Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Rocking Horse Winter II H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

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

Your Wednesday News & Notes

Riding with a top clinician can be extremely validating or utterly demoralizing. Luckily for Lauren Sprieser, it was the former when she got the chance to ride with Isabell Werth. After going out on a limb to acquire her new ride Elvis, she spent the next three months breaking him down to basics. It paid off in the clinic when Isabell immediately announced them ready to kick it up a gear. [When the Queen Met the King]

Nana Dalton has a long trek back to get to Badminton after a double mastectomy. Nana is bravely bearing all in her life, the pain of surgery, the realization that it’s not always a quick rebound, and the relief of getting back on a horse. [Getting Back on My Feet]

In a few weeks, Andrew Hoy will sit on his old friend Rutherglen again. The pair, who tackled the London Olympics in 2012 together, will reunite at the Bruce’s Field Eventers’ Grand Prix. Andrew flew out to ride Rutherglen in January and reports that his junior rider is doing an exemplary job of keeping the horse well-tuned. [London Pair Reunite]

Attwood Wisdom of the Week: 

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Proud squid is the best type of squid. Photo courtesy of Cecily Brown.

This winter has been a bit of a new experience for me; after I spent last winter commuting back and forth between Aiken and Philadelphia on weekends, I decided it would be easiest and best for everyone if my trainer had sole custody this winter. He’s done splendidly with my guy so far, and I’ve surprised myself by enjoying the owner position more than I realized.

National Holiday: National Chopsticks Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

Ocala Winter I H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

Your Wednesday News & Notes

Fitch’s Corner has concluded its runs after a quarter-century of events. Run by Fernanda Kellogg and her husband Kirk Henckels, Fitch’s Corner made itself a summer destination for all level riders for Prelim and below. With abundant prize money, a collectible car parade, and a trade fair, it gained a reputation as a spectator event for those trying to escape the city. [Fitch’s Corner Event Ends]

At the barest hint of physical trouble I’m prone to call out my vet, but like many riders I will just suffer through pain until I just can’t ride. Lauren Sprieser recounts how important it is to pay as much attention to our own bodies as we do to our horses. [The Most Impatient Patients]

Nana Dalton had a hell of a year in 2018, and not in a great way. Between a head injury that took months to resolve and a double mastectomy paired with reconstruction, Nana couldn’t sustain her business and yard in the the same way. After taking a step back, downsizing and regrouping with her five-year old son in mind, Nana is exploring ways to make her career financially stable. [Life Turned Upside Down]

Attwood Wisdom of the Week: 

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I thought that Pennsylvania was getting spared the brunt of the polar vortex, since our high today is supposed to be 29. But then I realized that by the time I leave work tomorrow it will be in the teens and dropping fast and when I leave for work tomorrow, the temperature will be the balmy temperature of 3. I should feel lucky though, because the Midwest is about to take the brunt, so I’m sending my warmest thoughts over to them!

National Holiday: National Inane Answering Message Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

Three Lakes at Caudle Ranch H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

Your Wednesday News & Notes

Padraig McCarthy recently taught a clinic in Aiken, drawing eventers (and the stray jumper) from all levels. Emphasizing straightness, Padraig put an emphasis on poles and accuracy with both the training and intermediate level. Exercises required a varied number of strides from fence to fence and warmup for cross-country was all downhill…literally. [It Starts With Straightness]

Since a large portion of the country will be stuck at home waiting for the historically low temperatures to pass, it’s a perfect time to dream of that May vacation to Badminton. Luckily the box office for Badminton is open and ready for business for the May 1-5 event. [Badminton Tickets Go On Sale]

Sydney International is taking steps to raise the bar, year after year. Under the management of Eventing NSW president Shane Rose, Sydney has committed to running all FEI levels aside 1* through 4*, is expanding the national tracks into the 2000 Olympic course, and is holding the dressage in the Olympic Arena. [Sydney Takes New Direction]

Attwood Wisdom of the Week: 

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Photo via Natalie Hollis’ FB page.

Look, the center of the eventing world might have shifted to warmer climes where migrated riders think 50 degrees is cold, but up here there’s quite a lot of fun still to be had. Destination Farm might have had 8-10″ of snow but they also have a long tradition of teaching working students how to sled behind Korbin the super paint … always wearing helmets of course.

National Holiday: Appreciate a Dragon Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

Your Wednesday News & Notes

Retired Racehorse Project (RPP) Thoroughbred Makeover competitor Isabella de Sousa and RRP creator Steuart Pittman were both recently honored at the Pegasus Awards. Steuart received the 2018 EQUUS Foundation Humanitarian Award for his dedication to Thoroughbred aftercare and raising the profile of the breed, while Isabella was honored for her involvement in the competition, with bringing new fans through her journey with Zenyatta’s first offspring, and her success in the equitation ring. [Winners at US Equestrian Annual Meeting]

Mike Pendleton’s hard work at Windurra paid off with a month’s worth of riding under Michael Jung. Boyd Martin fundraised Mike’s trip to Germany in thanks for Mike’s years of service of riding and breaking Windurra’s young horses. Mike even got to sit on the legend La Biosthetique Sam himself for a lesson. [Giving Mike a Leg Up]

Silva Martin is about to step back into the international ring with Rosa Cha W. Silva and Rosa Cha have both overcome major obstacles to get back to competing at the CDI level. Silva had both her accident and a very difficult pregnancy while Rosa overcame a severe bout of founder after contracting Potomac Horse Fever. [Ringside Chat]

Attwood Wisdom of the Week: 

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The view from Quadrocana. Photo via Dominic Schramm’s FB page.

The folks in Ocala and Aiken are about to get off to a running start, with events in both locales kicking off the eventing season. Based on the photos, it seems like those based in Ocala are getting some warmer temperatures as they prep for the start of the season.

National Holiday: National Take the Stairs Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

Your Wednesday News & Notes

Things may be gearing up in the U.S. but over in England they still have another three months before the start of the season. Matthew Heath recounts a few of his to-dos that he has taken care of in the off-season: repainting the yard, getting more involved with his wife’s stud starting up, and of course endless road hacking for the horses. [Why New Year’s Resolutions Aren’t For Me]

Fifi Prime, a former editor for the USCTA News, has passed away. For 22 years Fifi ran the USCTA News (now Eventing USA), transforming it from a newsletter to a magazine while covering Olympics, WEGs and Pan Ams. An eventer herself, she competed her own Sparrow Hawk extensively before loaning him to the USET and was deeply involved in the Ledyard International Three Day Event. [In Memorian: Fifi Prime]

The USHJA is dealing with an identity crisis. While they’ve spent years catering to the professionals and making the sport bigger and shinier, they’ve forgotten to cater to the base that created it: the adult amateur. USHJA President Mary Babick is trying to bring the sport back to its roots. [Power In Numbers]

Attwood Wisdom of the Week: 

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Beaches where I am not. Photo via Jenni Autry’s Instagram.

After a long holiday in which some people worked and did home improvements (me) while others took the time away for a quick beach vacation in the warmth and sand (not me), it’s time to get back to work! I’ll be the first admit that while I love doing nothing, I also am climbing the wall with no news happening. Ready for the new year!

National Holiday: Run up the Flagpole and See if Anyone Salutes Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Wait for it…..

Your Wednesday News & Notes

The Chronicle recaps their 10 best blogs of 2018. 

The USEA looks back at a year of eventing. 

The Chronicle presents some of their favorite photos from 2018.

The Chronicle reminisces over some of their favorite moments from 2018.

Attwood Wisdom of the Week: 

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You can tell an equestrian’s tree by the number of horses that appear on it. Photo by Maggie Deatrick

And so begins the time between Christmas and New Year’s, which for me usually mean a lot of digesting food, eating leftovers for lunch for days, and pretending there’s plenty of time to take down the Christmas decorations. I won’t lie, there have been years where the tree stayed up until February.

National Holiday:  Boxing Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Recognized horse trials are on vacation for the remainder of 2018!

Your Wednesday News & Notes

Nana Dalton is back in the saddle after a preventative double mastectomy and is aiming for Badminton if all goes well. 

Heidi Coy is a rising star for Britain after winning the junior Europeans last summer with her 8-yr old Royal Fury. 

Rosie Thomas lost her horse of a lifetime last week when she had to put down Barry’s Best, who she completed ten 4* competitions with.

Attwood Wisdom of the Week: 

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Work hard, play hard. Photo via Boyd Martin FB page.

Some of the best team building happens in the offseason, when the whole crew has spent all day slogging through the wet, cold, miserable weather and the best thing you can do it give the horses a day off and head to the nearest Mexican joint for tamales and margaritas and maybe something hot to drink. 

National Holiday:  Look for an Evergreen Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Recognizeds are on vacation for the remainder of 2018!

Your Wednesday News & Notes

Camilla Mortensen usually imparts a story about her spicy mare Cairo, but today’s blog is a love letter for her first Thoroughbred. Huey was a heart for Camilla to point herself into after two ended relationships and a cross-country move. He did all the things but jump over 3 feet, so when it came time to decide between her heart and her ambition, she chose to let him go to someone who loved him as much as she had…who then passed him to another who loved him until the end. [Everything I Needed to Know]

Riders are often intrepid souls and two entrepreneurial spirits bumped in together at a farm in Georgia. Ainsley Jacobs started Ride Heels Down apparel four years ago, then happened to move to a barn where Mary Campbell of Mare Modern Goods was already boarding. Despite being competitors in the market, the two became close friends, with Ainsley even converting Mary to the dark-side of eventing. [Community is Stronger Than Competition]

Is your horse on the naughty list? What funny “naughty” things has your horse done this year? Share the stories (and photos if you have them)  for a chance to be featured on EN’s sister site Jumper Nation next week! Post them to Facebook here or email [email protected]

Attwood Wisdom of the Week: When the Weather Outside Is STILL Frightful….Move to Hawaii and Still Build a Covered Arena

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Watch out for that tentacle! Photo by Maggie Deatrick.

‘Tis the time of year to start bringing our horses back into work, which in bone cold weather can be less than fun. Thanks to my brand new toy (a Soloshot3) I managed to capture my horse’s opinion about this on tape. Riding this long legged horse often felt like riding a bad-tempered squid on rollerskates when he was younger, and while his work ethic has vastly improved, occasionally the tentacles still lash out when he is feeling indignant. 

National Holiday:  Poinsettia Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Recognizeds are on vacation for the remainder of 2018!

Your Wednesday News & Notes

Speaking of gearing things up, Lauren Sprieser is prepping her two young prospects for Wellington. One of her horses is finally putting the pieces together after years of exuberance and flailing, a process that I can identify with. The other is a recent acquisition and while he came with big fancy gaits, she’s taken apart the pieces to go back and install a few more basics. [Building Into December]

Researchers at UIC College of Medicine are conducting a brief anonymous survey of equestrian’s attitudes about wearing a safety helmet. They are interested in getting responses from many equestrians and pleasure riders across all different types of riding and driving.  Donate a few minutes of your time towards aiding in helmet awareness research! [UIC Survey]

Is your horse on the naughty list? What funny “naughty” things has your horse done this year? Share the stories (and photos if you have them)  for a chance to be featured on EN’s sister site Jumper Nation next week! Post them to Facebook here or email [email protected]

Attwood Wisdom of the Week: When the Weather Outside Is Frightful

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Photo by FEI/Liz Gregg.

From the FEI press release: “Ingmar De Vos was today re-elected unopposed as President of the FEI at the General Assembly in Manama (BRN), where he pledged to build on the success of his first term in office. The Belgian native received unanimous support for a second four-year term from delegates representing the FEI’s 133 National Federations. It is the first time since 2002 that there has been an uncontested election for the FEI’s top role.”

National Holiday:  World Hello Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

Your Wednesday News & Notes

Andi Lawrence never thought she’d end up as head groom for a rider whose poster adorned her childhood bedroom. After answering a help wanted ad for Kim Severson, that’s exactly what happened. Six months later, Andi was accompanying Kim and Cooley Cross Border all over Europe en route to their win at Blenheim. Now Andi is looking to take the big leap out on her own with Cooley Northern Mist.  [Horseman’s Spotlight]

The Portuguese Eventing Association (ACCE) will be holding an upcoming clinic with Sir Mark Todd. The ACCE together with the Portuguese Equestrian Federation (FEP) are excited to announce that Mark will be coming to Lisbon to give a clinic to 20 riders at the fantastic facilities of Sociedade Hipica Portuguesa. For more details, and quotes, please see the press release. [Mark Todd Clinic in Lisbon]

In New Zealand, Taupo has developed their facilities with a world-class indoor arena. The venue, which already holds a world-class event, began work on the indoor arena (including conference center, seating for 300, a commercial kitchen and cafe, and offices) in 2016. The arena is set to officially open this Friday, November 23. [Taupo Finalizes World-Class Facility]

Attwood Wisdom of the Week: It’s All About That Base

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).

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By the Numbers: Ocala Jockey Club CCI3*

Ocala Jockey Club has generously moved mountains to offer the east coast a second shot at a fall CCI3*, and the competitors who held out to compete here have been rewarded with some gorgeous weather for the weekend. In contrast, much of the U.S. has gotten snow of some type in the last week (and our thoughts are with California, who has the opposite issue with wildfires). Clearly this event needs to be on everyone’s calendar for next year.

We are down to 11 entries in the CCI3* after Tamie Smith withdrew heavy favorite Mai Baum on Thursday afternoon. Here’s an analytical look at the event and the field! Check out EN’s CIC3* dressage report here.

The stunning Ocala Jockey Club in Reddick, Florida. Photo by Jenni Autry.

The Venue

  • Ocala has only held a CIC3* before; this will be its first iteration of the CCI3*.
  • In two runnings of the CIC3*, the winner was placed no higher than third after dressage.
  • Three starters thus far have managed to finish on their dressage score out of 54 total starters.

Dressage Divas

Kristen Bond and Enough Already. Photo by Jenni Autry.

  • Kristen Bond and Enough Already have been chipping away at the first phase in the horse’s first year at the level after putting in a solid mark of 28.1 in their first run at Carolina. Most recently they equaled that personal best at Morven in the Advanced Championships.
  • Jacob Fletcher has quietly been putting in solid performances on Atlantic Domino all year, scoring in the sub-32 range in three of their five outings since last year. This pair has broken into the 20s back in 2015 when they won the American Eventing Championships with a dressage personal best of 27.6 but haven’t quite cracked that mark since the horse returned to the top levels.
  • Voltaire de Tre has had a solid first year at the level under the tutelage of Leslie Law, with an average score of 32.6. Although they’ve flirted with scores above 70%, they’ve only cracked the mark once, in an Advanced division at The Fork earlier this spring.

Cross Country Machines

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

  • Paddy the Caddy can certainly push the clock under Erin Sylvester; in three starts at the CCI3/4* level, he’s finished inside the time in two of them, while clocking in only eight seconds over in the third.
  • Atlantic Domino is a speedster at this level, who up until his most recent starts had never finished more than 10 seconds over optimum with a clear round under Jacob Fletcher. Although his pace slowed considerably in the last two starts, he can generally be depended on to finish within 10 seconds of the fastest pace of the day.

Show Jumping Powerhouses

Jacob Fletcher and Atlantic Domino. Photo by Jenni Autry.

  • Jacob Fletcher and Atlantic Domino are one of the strongest pairs at the final phase; overall they’ve jumped clear in 10 of their 13 show jumping rounds at the level and they’ve never had a rail in five rounds when stadium was last, including two previous CCI3* completions.
  • Leslie Law and Voltaire de Tre have jumped clear in seven of nine rounds at the level, all this year. In five results where cross country was first, they’ve had only one rail down in total.
  • Erin Sylvester also has a strong record with Paddy the Caddy, clocking in seven of eight clear rounds when cross country is before stadium, including two CCI3* completions. However, they’ve had one rail in three of their four rounds this year, leaving the door open on the final day for others.

PREDICTED WINNER: Erin Sylvester and Paddy the Caddy

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

Keep Your Eye On:

  • Jacob Fletcher and Atlantic Domino
  • Leslie Law and Voltaire de Tre
  • Lauren Kieffer and Paramount Importance

#OJC3DE Links: WebsiteDressage Start TimesLive ScoresLive StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

Wednesday News & Notes from Attwood Equestrian Surfaces

 Photo used under Creative Commons License.

It might be a day late and a dollar short but the leaves have finally hit their stride up here in the Northeast. Of course it’s snowing in Kentucky and nineteen in New Mexico so despite Ocala running, I’m ready to declare it officially the off-season, if only so I don’t have to keep riding in the dark.

National Holiday:  World Diabetes Day

Major Weekend Events:

Ocala Jockey Club CIC & CCI: WebsiteEntry StatusScheduleLive StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

Your Wednesday News & Notes

Erik Duvander will be the keynote speaker the the USEA convention in New Orleans. After coming in early this year to coach the US team, Erik will use experience from his roles not only as High Performance Director from various countries but also his role as father and husband to discuss different topics of learning.   [Erik Duvander Previews Keynote Address]

Jonty Evans made a public appearance at the Horse & Hound Awards to honor his groom Jane Green. Jane, who kept Jonty’s yard going all year after the rider suffered a TBI in June and remained in a coma for six weeks, was granted the Horseware Groom of the Year. [Jonty Evans Attends Awards]

Lauren Sprieser has suffered her fair share of heartbreak this year. Facing a heap of vet bills after a major colic from last  year and a puppy emergency, then multiple career ending injuries this year, Lauren ended up with a bit of the same this year, losing first one horse, then another to colic. At some point, she muses, you just become numb to it. [Disaster Fatigue]

If your horse could talk, what would his/her New Year’s Resolution be for 2019? Submit your answer to win over $4,000 in prizes in this year’s Horse Radio Network Holiday Radiothon including grand prizes of your choice of any Wintec saddle and a Weatherbeeta $500 prize pack. Entries must be submitted by Nov 19th. [Horse Radio Network Radiothon]

Attwood Wisdom of the Week: The Complete Package

Attwood is a full-service arena builder. While we have invested years of research and development in the laboratory to constantly improve our footing, we also understand the importance and structure of a good base. We know how to design the base to work in conjunction with the footing in all climatic conditions, and have installed arenas in 43 states over the past 25 years. Our dedication and experience give us the expertise to design and install custom arenas with proper containment, a well-designed base, and superior footing. The choice of materials is vitally important to the success of our surfaces. Identifying the correct sand is the basis in formulating the footing. As a natural product, not all sands are the same.

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

Wednesday News & Notes from Attwood Equestrian Surfaces

Help Laine’s mother pick out her next jog outfit! Photo via Valerie Ashker’s FB Page.

Halloween is over, the elections are done, and while turkey is on the horizon, the marketing machine has decided that it is time to celebrate Christmas already. The Ashkers take this very seriously when picking out jog outfits for Laine’s upcoming CCI1* at the Ocala Jockey Club next. Will we see her as a gingerbread lady or a merry holiday elf?

National Holiday:  Diwali

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

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

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

Your Wednesday News & Notes

He did it! In what has been called an “upset” and “surprise victory,” Retired Racehorse Project founder Steuart Pittman has succeeded in his challenge to unseat Maryland’s Anne Arundel County Executive incumbent Steve Schuh. The position of County Executive is a powerful one, as it oversees the executive branch of county government and all its departments, and we are glad he is a position to be an advocate for his community as he has been an advocate for Thoroughbreds in the equestrian community. Many thanks to all the Anne Arundel County eventers who supported him with their votes — his win came as no surprise to use! [Democratic Challenger Steuart Pittman Wins Anne Arundel County Executive]

Indy 500 came from humble beginnings but has now traveled to Europe multiple times. Andrea Baxter has been with Indy from day one, backing the mare and breeding her as a youngster. Now a mother (who wants nothing to do with her son Laguna Seca), she loves only her best friend Enfinity. [Behind the Stall Door]

Not all horses develop at the same right. Lauren Sprieser has two of the same age who are taking very different paths in their path to the top. As an owner of one horse who was running Prelim by the end of his sixth year and another who is taking his sweet time making the move up next year at nine, I was encouraged by her dose of reality. [Same Age Different Stages]

The Eventing Riders Association of North America (ERA of NA) is now accepting nominations for the 2018 ERA of NA Year End Awards. Individuals who have had an outstanding and profound effect on the sport of eventing will be recognized at the ERA of NA Awards Reception during the USEA Convention Friday, December 7, 2018. The nomination period for the Liz Cochran Memorial Groom’s Award, As You Like It Owner’s Award, Seema Sonnad Above & Beyond Event Personnel Award and Amateur Impact Award will run through November 10, 2018. [Nominations for ERA of NA Awards]

If your horse could talk, what would his/her New Year’s Resolution be for 2019? Submit your answer to win over $4,000 in prizes in this year’s Horse Radio Network Holiday Radiothon including grand prizes of your choice of any Wintec saddle and a Weatherbeeta $500 prize pack. Entries must be submitted by Nov 19th. [Horse Radio Network Radiothon]

Attwood Wisdom of the Week: On the Edge of Innovation


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

Wednesday News & Notes from Attwood Equestrian Surfaces

Geaux Tigers! Photo by Angela Bowles via Sydney Conley-Elliott’s FB page.

Happy Halloween! All around the country, equestrians are celebrating this holiday by dressing up their favorite equines, both in the barn and out on course. Holly Hill hosted a costume contest and four-star rider Sydney Conley-Elliott demonstrated her LSU pride by dressing up as a LSU football player.

National Holiday:  Halloween!

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

Rocking Horse Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

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

Your Wednesday News & Notes

Piaf de B’Neville was retired in an emotional ceremony at Pau. The horse who shot Astier Nicolas into stardom with a win at Pau in 2015 was officially retired at Pau, although his retirement unofficially came in May. ‘Ben’ last competed in 2017 when he finished 15th at Badminton. [Astier Nicolas Retires Piaf de B’Neville]

Pau’s youngest four-star winner is both charming and industrious. Thibault Fornier is a physiotherapy student and plans to balance a career rehabbing humans with his riding. Even he couldn’t believe he had won, hopping off Siniani de Lathus after crossing the finish line and giving him a giant hug right in the ring. [12 Facts About Thibault]

There’s been much ado about Ros Canter’s triumph at WEG but Irish rider Padraig McCarthy has had his own meteoric rise to the top of the sport. The Irish rider managed to earn himself a PhD in economics and German before competing up to 1.60m in the show jumping world. After all that, he managed to convince 4*-rider Lucy Wiegersma to marry him and ended up with her 4* horse Mr Chunky as a ride as part of the deal. The rest is history. [Padraig McCarthy Interview]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday News & Notes from Attwood Equestrian Surfaces

Hunt Club Farms jumps for a cause. Photo via Hunt Club Farms FB page.

It’s always fun to jump, but it’s more fun to jump for a cause, which competitors at Hunt Club Farms did over the weekend. Hunt Club Farms held a fundraising starter trial for the the Angel Trust at Winchester Medical Center, raising funds to kick breast cancer’s butt.

National Holiday:  United Nations Day

Major Events This Week:

Pau CCI4*: WebsiteEntriesLive ScoringLive StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Waredaca Classic 3DE & H.T. [Website] [3DE Entries] [HT Entries] [3DE Ride Times] [HT Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

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

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

Your Wednesday News & Notes

Andrea Baxter and AP Indy came to Burghley 2018 with a mission. “Last year was almost just a dream to be there and giving it a try, but I put the pressure on myself this year as I knew Indy and I could do it and we needed to go out there and prove it!” And so they did. Andrea recounts her rematch with Britain’s big, bag four-star in this feature for Slo Horse News. [Andrea Baxter’s Burghley Redemption Plan with Indy 500]

With the eventing season beginning to wrap up, it’s time to think about the Convention. That’s right, the USEA Convention is only six weeks away and beginning to release details. From forums on the Classic 3 Day to the calendar workshop, there’s bound to be a topic to catch your interest. [USEA Convention Preview]

Jess Halliday has been a fixture in Area I for the past decade, whether working at Dover or running her own training farm. However, 2018 has not been her year, with one bad thing after another happening. Despite that, Jess never gave up her smile, even through what she thought was a bad stomach bug. When the bug turned out to be Stage IV colon cancer, the area has found a way to support her through their ‘Buck Off Cancer’ fundraiser. [Jess Halliday is Ready to Tell Cancer to Buck Off]

Cozmic One, the son of the legendary Zenyatta, participated in the jumpers at RRP. Under the tutelage of Isabela de Sousa, three time winner of the jumping division at RRP, Coz enjoyed the celebrity life at the Challenge. Between interviews with media outlets like TVG and visits from children (and parents!) who remember his mother, the horse had quite a bit of attention. [Cozmic One’s Retired Racehorse Project Journey]

Attwood Wisdom of the Week: Green Footing

The colors to root for at the Hunt Club might be pink, 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.


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

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

By the Numbers: Dutta Corp Fair Hill International CCI3*

Fair Hill International celebrates its 30th anniversary this year and is still considered the best preparatory event for horses seeking to make the move up to the Kentucky Three-Day Event in the spring. The CCI3* field this year has quite a few heavy-hitters, and talented newcomers should also make for an exciting mix in Maryland this weekend.

Photo by Shelby Allen.

The Field

  • The leader after dressage has won the CCI3* for the last three consecutive runnings. The past three runnings of this event have also resulted in a slightly higher-than-average rate of pairs making the time.
  • Over the past four runnings, 28 of 185 starters (15.36%) have made the optimum time on cross country, compared to a world-wide average of 12.92%. A similar rate would result in approximately seven pairs making the time this weekend.
  • Despite the large numbers of those who make time, only two or fewer horses have finished on their dressage score in three of the last four runnings. In 2014, no one managed to do it, while in 2016 a high of seven pairs accomplished the feat.

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

Dressage Divas

  • Boyd Martin and Long Island T have delivered tests over 70% in five of their seven Advanced/3* tests this year, including a 22.9 at Millbrook. Their two-year dressage average of 27.6 for the level is the best in the field.
  • Chatwin is another to keep an eye out for in the top position after dressage, with a two-year average of 27.8 for the level with Frankie Theriot Stutes. He has broken the 75% barrier three times in the 2018 season.
  • Pavarotti and Jessica Phoenix have been the picture of consistency at the Advanced/3* level in this phase, scoring in the 20s in every start at those levels in 2018. Their average over the last two years is 29.5.

Buck Davidson and Archie Rocks. Photo by Amy Dragoo Photography.

Cross Country Machines

  • After taking over the ride on Archie Rocks this spring, Buck Davidson quickly showed that the horse has quite a turn of foot. With an average cross country pace only 7.2 seconds slower than the fastest pace of the day, these two have the quickest average pace in the field paired with a reliable record. They average 4.4 time penalties but have been within 10 seconds of the fastest pace in three of their five runs together.
  • Landmark’s Monte Carlo and Lauren Kieffer have well established speed at the CCI levels, with an average time penalty of only 1.6 at the CCI3* level versus an average of 8.4 at the Advanced/CIC3* levels. Although they’ve only finished inside the time at one CCI start, they’ve finished no more than seven seconds over optimum at any of their CCI runs.
  • Chatwin is another who has made his runs at the CCI3* level count under Frankie Theriot Stutes, with an average of only 1.2 time penalties in runs at Bromont and Rebecca. These two have finished 10 seconds behind the leader in each CCI3* run, a touch faster than their average pace at Advanced/CIC3* level, which is 12.5 seconds behind the fastest time.

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

Show Jumping Powerhouses

  • Congo Brazzaville C and Mara DePuy are one of the most careful pairs in North America and have never had a rail when cross country was run before stadium, including their two CCI3* completions. These two have only had two rails in their 14 rounds at the Advanced/3* levels.
  • Will Faudree and Pfun have never had a rail at a CCI3 or CCI4*, and have never had a rail at any Advanced or CIC3* when cross country came before stadium.
  • Lindsay Kelley and Cooley Cruise Control are attempting their first CCI3*, but at the Advanced/CIC3* levels they’ve had one rail in six rounds, including once when stadium was the final phase.
  • The jumping bean Corvett has a stellar record under Emily Hamel in his first year at this level— just one rail in five starts.
  • Up until Morven Park, Bendigo had never had a rail at the Advanced/3* levels — six consecutive clear rounds out of seven. He and Ema Klugman will be looking for their first completion at the level this weekend.

Sydney Conley Elliott and Cisko A. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Jacks of All Trades

  • Jenny Caras and Fernhill Fortitude are making their fourth consecutive attempt at Fair Hill, a place they have historically run much faster than their average pace. A mid-30 averages on the flat will keep this pair out of the top after dressage, but at the CCI3* level they average only five seconds over optimum time, including two clear previous runs inside the time at this event. They’ve also added nothing to their score on the final day in their last two CCI3* starts.
  • The loss of the dressage coefficient has changed a lot of things for a horse like Cisko A. Under Sydney Conley Elliot, Cisko A has averaged mid-to-high 30s on the flat but has proven on at least three occasions to be within five seconds of the fastest horse in the field. On the final day, this pair has been a one or none horse in all but one of their stadium rounds at the level.

PREDICTED WINNER: Frankie Thieriot Stutes and Chatwin

Frankie Thieriot Stutes and Chatwin. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Keep Your Eye On:

  • Lauren Kieffer and Landmark’s Monte Carlo
  • Jenny Caras and Fernhill Fortitude
  • Boyd Martin and Long Island T

Wednesday News & Notes from Attwood Equestrian Surfaces

Lauren Sprieser and her mountain of magical footing. Photo via Lauren Sprieser’s Instagram.

I used to live in Virginia and was lucky enough to trailer into Lauren Sprieser’s facility to take dressage lessons. The indoor there was what dreams were made of: beautiful, full of light with windows in the winter that retracted in the summer for breeze. And of course, footing so incredible that you had to actually pick out your horse’s feet upon leaving the ring. I had never heard of such a thing and fell in love with the footing, only learning years later that it was none other than Attwood. Lauren does her footing right too, re-fluffing and refreshing once a year.

National Holiday:  Emergency Nurses Day

Major Events This Week:

Military Boekelo CCIO3*: Website, Entries, Start Times & Live Scoring, EN’s Coverage

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

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

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

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

Fleur de Leap H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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


Your Wednesday News & Notes

Hold onto your hats because everything you know about FEI nomenclature is changing. Every rider with star tattoos is about to need another star added because eventing is about to match the other two Olympic disciplines by going to a 5* system. The current four-stars will now be 5* and now we’re just denoting CCI-L and CCI-S instead of CCI and CIC. It sounds crazy but my fingers which often typo between the two will thank the FEI shortly. [New FEI Star System Explained]

Can you believe Pippa Funnell is turning 50? Seems like just yesterday she was at Rio with Billy the Biz. Or winning Bramham CCI3* in 2010 with Redesigned. Or clinching third with Ensign at the first Pau CCI4*. Or rocking around the Athens Olympics in 2004. Or clinching the Grand Slam with Primmore’s Pride and Supreme Rock. Or winning her first Badminton in 2002. Or winning Blenheim CCI3* in 1995 with the paint superstar Bits and Pieces…Hmmm. [Happy Birthday, Pippa!]

The legendary Arctic Soul has a sweet spot and you better keep to it if you don’t want to get chomped. The famous British Thoroughbred has no problem with petting but it must be between the eyes on his head and it must only be there. He is such a fan of turnout that he makes his displeasure known when he doesn’t get it and one of the easiest things you can do on his back his hack out. [Behind the Stall Door]

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.

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

By the Numbers: Morven Park CIC3*

Morven Park has long offered a final Advanced run as a prep for Fair Hill International and several years ago began offering a CIC3* as well. Although the weather can sometimes be challenging at this time of year in Leesburg, Virginia, this weekend promises to be fairly perfect.

Quite a few heavy hitters have defected to the Advanced or Advanced Championships at Morven, but the CIC3* field remains stronger than it has been in recent years, with several key horses headed next to Fair Hill.

Morven Park International Fall Horse Trials: Website, Entry StatusRide Times, Live Scores

The Field

Photo by Valerie Durbon Photography.

  • The winner of the Morven Park CIC3* has been in first after dressage in three of the last four years.
  • Only two pairs have made the time in this division since 2014, out of 27 starters. If the percentage holds, only one pair is likely to make the time this weekend.

Dressage Divas

Caroline Martin and The Apprentice. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

  • Caroline Martin has partnered well with The Apprentice since taking over the ride in 2017, scoring in the 20s in their first 3* together and recently replicating and bettering that overseas at Houghton Hall and Bramham, scoring in the 28-range each time. Their two-year average of 31.5 is the best in the field this weekend.
  • Sportsfield Candy has scored over 70% in two of his three outings this spring under the tutelage of Phillip Dutton. He recently led the Plantation Field CIC3* after the dressage phase, and could do the same again this weekend.

Show Jumping Powerhouses

Sportsfield Candy and Phillip Dutton. Photo courtesy of AK Dragoo Photo.

  • Going into Plantation Field, Sportsfield Candy had never had a rail at this level with Phillip in the irons, and he extended that streak to seven. Although the occasional time penalty can occur, Phillip has yet to have a jump penalty in the show jumping phase at this level with this horse.
  • In five rounds at this level, Lindsay Kelley and Cooley Cruise Control have jumped clear in all but one round, incurring just a single rail at Millbrook.

Cross Country Machines

Will Faudree and Pfun. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

  • Caroline Martin has historically been very quick aboard The Apprentice, making time in two of their five Advanced/CIC3* cross country runs and coming home within 15 seconds of the leader in four of those five runs. They average just 3.6 time penalties for the level.
  • Confidence Game only has two complete runs at this level but nevertheless has established himself as a speed horse under Colleen Rutledge. He has completed both runs only 16 seconds slower than the fastest time of the day, marking him as one of the faster pairs in this field.
  • Pfun has also been one of the swifter pairs in his Advanced/CIC3* starts over the last two years; he and Will Faudree average only 18.3 seconds slower than the fastest time on cross country day in that time period.

PREDICTED WINNER: Caroline Martin and The Apprentice

Caroline Martin and The Apprentice. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Keep Your Eye On …

  • Phillip Dutton and Sportsfield Candy
  • Will Faudree and Pfun
  • Ariel Grald and Leamore Master Plan

Wednesday News & Notes from Attwood Equestrian Surfaces

Two of the people behind the success of Aiken’s inaugural FEI event: Nick Attwood and Barry Olliff. Photo via Attwood’s Instagram.

We have to thank all the people behind the scenes who work so hard to make events like Stable View a success. One reason everyone loves Stable View is the fabulous footing in the various rings, lovingly installed and cared for by Nick and Barry. Thank you guys!

National Holiday:  National Kale Day

(I am really not making these up. It was this or Virus Appreciation Day.)

Major Events This Week:

Morven Park CIC & HT: WebsiteEntry StatusRide Times, Live Results

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Kent School Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

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

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

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

Woodside C.I.C. & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

The Event at Skyline H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Your Wednesday News & Notes

A Drum Horse/Gypsy Vanner 3-year old isn’t typically considered a hot event prospect. Claudia Channing didn’t buy Chestnut Oak’s Drummer Boy specifically for eventing though; as her very first horse she wanted something to do everything on. After dabbling in dressage, trail riding, polo, and other activities, Channing dipped her toe into eventing with the help of her trainer Taylor Lindsten. [Chestnut Oak’s Drummer Boy Flaunts His Feathers]

Getting to ride over the grounds at Burghley suddenly just became attainable for many Brits. From 2020 to 2022, the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials will also host the BE80 (equivalent to BN) championships. A new course will be built for the BE80 competitors over the hallowed eventing ground. [BE80 Championships at Burghley]

Up-and-coming eventers in Britain could have a chance to be mentored by the legendary Pippa Funnell. The Windrush Equestrian Foundation sponsors the riders in their mentorship in memory of Christina Knudson, the late owner of Tim Price’s Wesko, who died in 2016 of cancer. [Young Eventers’ Programme]

Attwood Wisdom of the Week: 

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.

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