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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]

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

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.

#LRK3DE Links: WebsiteLive StreamFinal ScoresCourse PreviewEN’s CoverageEN’s Ultimate GuideEN’s InstagramEN’s Twitter

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.

#LRK3DE Links: WebsiteRide TimesScheduleLive StreamLive ScoresCourse PreviewEN’s CoverageEN’s Ultimate GuideEN’s InstagramEN’s Twitter

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.

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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.

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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

By the Numbers: Fair Hill CIC3*

The main arena at Fair Hill. Photo by Maggie Deatrick.

Fair Hill’s April Horse Trials has started to draw a number of stronger contenders following the date change that moved the competition to two weeks before the Kentucky Three-Day Event. Despite that, every one of the horses entered in a spring CCI4* has chosen to enter the Advanced division instead, leaving the CIC3* wide open for a less experienced horse to take their first win at the level this weekend.

Keep in mind that the FEI dressage scoring has dropped the 1.5 coefficient and is now equivalent to dressage scores at USEF horse trials.

Boyd Martin and Long Island T. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Dressage Divas

Percentage of pairs expected to score in the 20s: 11.1% (two of 18)

  • Long Island T is a strong contender to lead the field on day one. With Boyd Martin in the irons, this gelding has scored consistently in the low 30s and high 20s. Most recently, he put in a personal best of 25.2 in the Advanced at Carolina International.
  • Enough Already and Kristen Bond are a pair worth keeping an eye on in the horse’s first CIC3* start. He’s only run one Advanced so far but started off well, scoring 28.1 at Carolina. Maintaining that will put this pair in a good position after the first phase.

Mara DePuy and Congo Brazzaville C. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Show Jumping Powerhouses

Percentage of pairs expected to go clear in show jumping: 44.4% (eight of 18)

  • After nine consecutive clear rounds at the level, Congo Brazzaville C and Mara DePuy broke their streak by adding a single rail at Carolina CIC3*. With an otherwise perfect jumping record over the colored poles, look for these two to clear the slate and begin another clear jumping streak.
  • Swiss pair Felix Vogg and Colero have only three starts at this level, but they’ve been strong in the show jumping phase. After an initial rail in Colero’s first CIC3* at Waregem last fall, they have gone on to put in clear rounds at both Strzegom CIC3* and Carolina CIC3*.

Waylon Roberts and Kelecyn Cognac. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Cross Country Machines

Percent of pairs expected to come within 10 seconds of optimum time: 0% (none of 18)

  • Waylon Roberts is known for his ability to ride at a fast pace, and he and Kelecyn Cognac proved that in the summer and fall of last year, putting in two consecutive CIC3* rounds inside the time, followed by another with 10 seconds over the time. He’s slowed the pace down a bit this year, and with an eye on the horse’s first four-star at Kentucky later this month, may continue the trend.
  • Waylon Roberts‘ less experienced mount Lancaster has also proven he can get within 10 seconds of the time on a good day, clocking in only 2.4 time penalties earlier this spring at Pine Top. He too has slowed down since then in two runs at Red Hills and Carolina.

Will Coleman and Off the Record. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Jack of All Trades

  • Off the Record, ridden by Will Coleman, impressed in his first Advanced start at Carolina, winning despite a downpour on the cross country. In his first start, he scored close to 70% and jumped a clear show jumping round the day after a grueling cross country. If he can put in three solid or improved phases in his first CIC3*, he may duplicate his accomplishment this weekend.

Felix Vogg and Colero. Photo by Jenni Autry.

PREDICTED WINNER: Felix Vogg and Colero

Keep Your Eye On

  • Will Coleman and Off the Record
  • Waylon Roberts and Kelecyn Cognac
  • Boyd Martin and Long Island T and Ray Price

Fair Hill CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

Wednesday News & Notes from Attwood Equestrian Surfaces

Levi makes a new friend. Photo by Jessica Pye.

Levity, an off-track thoroughbred who lives in New Mexico with his owner and rider, Jessica Pye, was scoping out his digs at his new barn when suddenly Conan the Macaw came over the inspect the newcomer. It’s always adorable to see horses and barn animals like cats, dogs, or goats interact, but a moment like this is truly unique. Who has ever heard of a barn parrot?

Of course, now I will insist that my barn get a parrot.

National Holiday: National Submarine Day

Major Events:

Fair Hill CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

Ocala International CCI & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

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

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

Your Wednesday News & Notes:

Do you know what TPR stands for? If not, this article is for you! A refresher from the USEA on how to take Temperature-Pulse-Respiration, as well as going a bit further with mucus membrane and capillary refill time (CRT), this article is a good place to learn (or remember!) some basics. [How to Take Your Horse’s Vital Signs]

When the going gets tough, the tough get going. British Eventing is busy making contingency plans as they face additional cancellations due to weather. The biggest concern is getting people out to do their qualifiers, and while Belton seems to be holding up, two additional events have already been preemptively cancelled. [British Weather Forces Contingency Plans]

Sunsprite Syrius is making a mark on both coasts. Outside of the competition arena though, he’s a perfect gentleman, although he’s gotten a bit sassier after winning Fair Hill last fall. He’ll stand perfectly for grooming and loves hanging out with his human friends, but god forbid you try to introduce him to a horse friend! Syrius is a not a fan of other horses. [Behind the Stall Door]

Attwood Footing of the Week – Pinnacle

Photo by Nick Attwood.

Attwood created Pinnacle to give your horse perfect support so every step is consistent, so the horse can totally focus on the task at hand. Pinnacle is formulated from high quality silica sand and fibers, and coated with viscoelastic polymer giving you a surface that practically breathes, and bounces back from impact.

One of the many benefits of Attwood’s Pinnacle is that it requires no watering. It is also dust-free, so say good-bye to long afternoons teaching and practicing in dusty arenas. Ann M. Swinker, PhD, extension horse specialist and associate professor of equine science at Pennsylvania State University in State College says dust is actually quite hazardous to both human and animal health.

“The problem with dust is that people are actually more susceptible to damage compared to livestock, who have much bigger lungs.”

In a 2006 study Swinker conducted at Colorado State University, she found that the incidence of the respiratory infection bronchitis was 35% higher for riding instructors compared to 5.4% for the general population. In addition, the reported prevalence of asthma was 17% among riding instructors compared to 6% in the general population (American Lung Association, 2001). These statistics point to one thing: All that dust you’re inhaling when you’re working with horses is harmful to your respiratory system as well as theirs.

Attwood’s Pinnacle truly is the pinnacle of equestrian footing.

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

  • Kansas State University Equine Performance Center
  • Windurra USA
  • Stable View
  • Yellowbird Farm
  • Corwin Ranch
  • Bridlespur Farm
  • Project R.I.D.E.

Wednesday Video: David O’Connor during the 2016 winter USEA High Performance training session at Stable View in Aiken, South Carolina.

By the Numbers: Chattahoochee Hills CIC3*

A date change for Chattahoochee Hills last year helped this event become a viable alternative to The Fork as a final preparation run for horses and riders bound for Kentucky, especially for those based in the south. Despite competing with the WEG test event, Chattahoochee Hills has drawn a very healthy field, particularly attractive to those who are less experienced at the level.

Keep in mind that the FEI dressage scoring has dropped the 1.5 coefficient and is now equivalent to dressage scores at USEF horse trials.

Chattahoochee Hills. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

The Field

  • The winner of the Chatt Hills CIC3* has led from start to finish every year except the inaugural running in 2013, when Veronica and Lauren Kieffer took the win in their CIC3* debut together.
  • Three different nationalities have won this event in the last three runnings: Great Britain (Leslie Law), Canada (Jessica Phoenix), and the United States (Buck Davidson). Buck Davidson will be attempting to become the first repeat winner of this division; he was 1-2 last year with Copper Beach and Carlevo.

Buck Davidson and Carlevo. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Dressage Divas

Percent of pairs expected to score in the 20s: 8.3% (two of 24)

  • If we are going to look for a winner beginning in the very first phase, Buck Davidson and Carlevo are the pair to start with. This pair has scored in the 20s in 75% of their 12 starts in 2017 and 2018. Although they haven’t hit the coveted 75% mark yet, they’ve gotten close, laying down a personal best of 38.7 (25.8 in today’s scoring) at the Ocala Jockey Club CIC3* in 2016.
  • This will be the first CIC3* for FE Bowman since the fall of 2016, but judging by his two-star test at Carolina two weeks ago, he hasn’t missed a beat. He last scored a 40.2 (26.8 in today’s scoring) at the Ocala Jockey Club in 2016, and returned to lead the massive Carolina CIC2* division with Clayton Frederick through the first phase.
  • William Ward and Grando created quite a buzz when they broke into the top 10 of the CIC3* at Carolina after day one. This was only the horse’s second CIC3*, and he improved more than four points from his first Advanced start at Rocking Horse.

Jacob Fletcher and Atlantic Domino. Photo by Kasey Mueller/Rare Air Photography.

Show Jumping Powerhouses

Percent of pairs expected to go clear in show jumping: 16.6% (four of 24)

  • Cisko A is another horse who is returning to the level after a hiatus, having last competed at this level at the American Eventing Championships in 2016. He and rider Sydney Conley-Elliot have proved quite strong in the stadium phase, never having more than a rail in their career and jumping clear 57% of the time at the Advanced/CIC3* levels.
  • Jacob Fletcher and Atlantic Domino have clinched a few top placings using this gray’s careful jumping style. Setting aside a difficult round in their first go at the level after an extended vacation, this pair have jumped clear in six of their nine rounds at this level, and twice only incurred a single rail.

Sydney Conley Elliott and Cisko A. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Cross Country Machines

Percent of pairs expected to come within 10 seconds of optimum time: 8.3% (2 of 24)

  • A pair not only strong in stadium, but also swift across the country, Sydney Conley-Elliot and Cisko A are a strong bet for a fast, clear round. In six runs at this level, they have never finished more than 20 seconds over optimum time, and 50% of the time they are within 10 seconds.
  • Jacob Fletcher and Atlantic Domino haven’t been the most consistent in this phase, but it’s now undeniable that when putting in a clear round, it’s also a very fast round. This pair has finished within 10 seconds of optimum time every clear round they’ve had.

Buck Davidson and Carlevo. Photo by Jenni Autry.

PREDICTED WINNER: Buck Davidson and Carlevo

Keep Your Eye On

  • Sydney Conley-Elliot and Cisko A and QC Diamantaire
  • Holly Jacks-Smither and More Inspiration
  • Clayton Fredericks and FE Bowman

Potential Spoilers

  • Jacob Fletcher and Atlantic Domino

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

By the Numbers: The Fork at Tryon CIC3* and WEG Test Event

The Fork is running for the second year at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, North Carolina. This year there is quite the excitement surrounding the event, as the CIC3* is also serving as the eventing test event for the 2018 World Equestrian Games, which come to Tryon in September.

The Fork will offer the final chance for riders to get a feel for Capt. Mark Phillip’s cross country course prior to the WEG itself.

Keep in mind that the FEI dressage scoring has dropped the 1.5 coefficient and is now equivalent to dressage scores at USEF horse trials.

Photo courtesy of Tryon International Equestrian Center

The Field

  • In the last three runnings of The Fork CIC3*, the winner has been in the top two after dressage.
  • Last year, for the first running of The Fork at Tryon, there was not a single issue in the cross country phase for the CIC3* — only time penalties played a factor.

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

Dressage Divas

Percent of pairs expected to score in the 20s: 16.2% (6 of 37)

  • Kim Severson and Cooley Cross Border didn’t just set a Carolina International record with their 20.8 two weeks ago. They also laid down the lowest score for a test at Advanced, 3*, or 4* for any North American pair anywhere since the Rio Olympics, and the second lowest score at those levels on this continent in the last five years.
  • Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous haven’t yet been able to hit the jaw-dropping scores that some of the other pairs have, but they’ve made up for it with consistency, scoring above 72% in 8 of their 10 starts at the Advanced, 3* and 4* levels.
  • Doug Payne‘s young ride Getaway has already made quite a splash in only two starts at this level. In his first Advanced at Pine Top, he laid down a 28.0 and nearly replicated it in his first CIC3* at Carolina with a 28.3.
  • Vermiculus came out in 2017 and shocked us by shaving nearly 10 points off his dressage average. He and Lauren Kieffer have scored above 70% (translating to sub-30) in his last four consecutive starts at these levels, including at his first four-star last spring.
  • Colleen Rutledge and Covert Rights are another pair who have laid down a monstrous score, putting in a 33.3 (22.2 in the new scoring) at Richland Park last summer. That is the third best score in North America since Rio. This pair can struggle with consistency, scoring below 70% in half of their runs in the last 12 months. When they are on, they are brilliant, averaging nearly 75% when they do score above the 70% mark.
  • Liz Halliday-Sharp has a strong contender in her arsenal with Deniro Z, despite his inexperience. In five starts at the level, not only has he hit sub-30 scores each time, but his scores range only one point apart, from 28.9 to 29.8. Talk about consistency!

Katherine Coleman and Longwood. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Cross-Country Machines

Percent of pairs expected to come within 10 seconds of optimum time: 13.5% (5 of 37)

  • Longwood and Katherine Coleman are one of the fastest pairs in the world right now. In their last six runs at the CIC3* level, they came home clear and inside the time at five of them. At the only venue where they picked up time, Gatcombe Park, they still had the third fastest ride of the day at a venue that is notorious for being almost impossible to make the time.
  • Every time Tim Bourke and Luckaun Quality appear on a live stream, it looks like they are just out for a lope, and every time they put in one of the faster times of the day. This horse’s massive stride helps this pair finish with one of the faster times of the day at nearly ever run, and while Tim hasn’t been pushing to make time at the Advanced/CIC3* level lately, it’s been more than a year since they finished with more than 10 seconds of time penalties.
  • Lisa Marie Fergusson and Honor Me have been supremely consistent at this level, with 18 consecutive clear Advanced and CIC3* cross country runs dating back to 2015. In the past year, they’ve finished 12 seconds or less over optimum time at all but one run, when they took their time over the CIC3* course at Red Hills earlier this spring.
  • It’s been 18 months since we’ve seen Fernhill Cubalawn out and about, and when we last saw him he was firing on all cylinders. He and Phillip Dutton clocked in eight Advanced/CIC3* runs between 2015 and 2016 that averaged only 6.25 seconds over optimum time. This weekend will mark his first start at the level since before the Rio Olympics.

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

Show Jumping Powerhouses

Percent of pairs expected to go clear in show jumping: 29.7% (11 of 37)

  • In four rounds at the Advanced and CIC3* levels, Sara Kozumplik Murphy and Rubens D’Ysieux have never had a show jumping penalty. Although they did have one rail at Millstreet CCI3* to mar their otherwise perfect record, they also won the Eventing Prix Invitational and the Devon Eventing Showcase in 2017, cementing their prowess in this phase.
  • Z is no longer one of the greener horses in Phillip Dutton‘s string, and he’s proven his ability to be careful from day one. In 11 Advanced/CIC3* starts, he’s only had a rail on two occasions, both of them coming at the first start of the year in both 2016 and 2017. In his first start this year, he avoided repeating the same mistake, jumping clear at Carolina.
  • Kylie Lyman and Sacramento have enjoyed a strong show jumping record together. They are another pair to have a clean Advanced/CIC3* record for all but one start, and haven’t had a rail in more than two years at this level.
  • Jessica Phoenix and Pavarotti have really stepped up their game in this phase since 2017, having now jumped six consecutive clear rounds at Advanced and CIC3* levels.

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

Jack of All Trades

  • Cooley On Show continues to sit quietly behind the marquee pairs and put in solid performances with Sharon White. At Carolina, this horse broke into the 20s for the first time at the level, demonstrating improvement over his previous form. Despite having a rail, he maintained his show jumping record of never having more than one while putting in a solid but steady performance across the country. Three solid phases netted him a spot just outside the top 10, and he’ll continue to knock on the door this weekend.
  • I’m Sew Ready is another solid performer for Phillip Dutton. The horse may not have a jaw-dropping performance in any one phase, but he can consistently string three solid phases together to get top placings. With a dressage average hovering just under 70%, he’ll have some work to do after day one. A solid cross country record, despite being a tad slower than the fastest pairs, works well with his ability to show jump with no more than one rail in his Advanced/CIC3* starts.
  • Andrew Hoy brought a horse across the pond for the WEG test event, and Basmati will be doing his first CIC3* here. Although he hasn’t run at this level yet, his 2* dressage scores hovered in the mid-to-low 30s. This will be good enough to keep him in striking distance, as the horse has been solid and quick on the cross country phase at the lower levels and has had no more than one rail per show in his entire FEI career.

Liz Halliday-Sharp and Deniro Z. Photo by Jenni Autry.

PREDICTED WINNER: Liz Halliday-Sharp and Deniro Z

Keep Your Eye On …

  • Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Cubalawn
  • Sara Kozumplik Murphy and Rubens D’Ysieux
  • Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous
  • Sharon White and Cooley On Show

Potential Spoilers

  • Kim Severson and Cooley Cross Border

The Fork: WebsiteScheduleRide TimesLive ScoresEN’s CoverageEN’s InstagramEN’s Twitter

WEG Test Event: WebsiteScheduleThursday Dressage OrderFriday Dressage OrderLive ScoresEN’s Coverage

Wednesday News & Notes from Attwood Equestrian Surfaces

Allison Springer coaching Darrin Mollett riding her own Beverly’s Bebop in the warm up at Morven Park’s Spring Horse Trials last weekend. Photo courtesy of Nick Attwood.

Morven Park has been touting its new rings and top footing upgrades for a while now so I for one was curious to see them action! I had hoped to ride over them last October, but alas, it was too soon. This past weekend, competitors tested out the new top-notch Attwood Equestrian Surfaces footing and large expanded rings and goodness, do they look amazing to ride on! We have heard rave reviews from riders and trainers. Kudos to Morven and Attwood!

National Holiday: School Librarian Day

Major Events:

WEG Test Event: WebsiteScheduleOrder First Horse InspectionLive Scores

The Fork: WebsiteScheduleRide TimesLive ScoresEN’s CoverageEN’s InstagramEN’s Twitter

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

U.S. Weekend Preview:

CDCTA H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Results]

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

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

Your Wednesday News & Notes:

About 10 days ago, I was watching the Carolina live stream and blessing the anonymous volunteer who picked up the flag in Blackbeard’s Cove 50 times. Today, she’s no longer anonymous and has been revealed as Vicki Reynolds, a mainstay at the Carolina International. Not only is Vicki Reynolds the stable manager for Carolina every year it has run, she also somehow finds time to take on jump judging at one of the most difficult combinations on course. [USEA Volunteer of the Month]

Kathryn Robinson remembers her Badminton partner Let It Bee, who tragically collapsed and died between fences at Burnham Market last weekend. Originally bought as a BE100 prospect to help build Kathryn’s confidence, ‘Bee’ was the horse who just kept going and going up the levels. The pair tackled five CCI4* and Rio together, conquering some of the biggest courses in the world. [Remembering Let it Bee]

Tina Cook is hoping to be back in time for Badminton. Tiny Cook took a tumble from Billy the Red in the Advanced at Burnham Market and managed to dislocate her shoulder. With three entered for Badminton (she’ll have to pick two only), Tina is holding her breath that 10 days without moving her shoulder will pass uneventfully. [Tina Cook Dislocates Shoulder]

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 Video: Rave reviews for the new arenas at Morven Park!

Wednesday News & Notes from SmartPak

Juxtaposition of sun and snow. Photo by Jenni Autry.

The Great Migration in underway, with hordes of trainers and horses making their way back north! They have impeccable timing, because despite getting 12 inches this time last week in Chester County, Pennsylvania, the sun has been out and it’s been almost something approaching warm. Almost.

Well, at least Not Cold.

National Holiday: National Something on a Stick Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Morven Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

Rocking Horse Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

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

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

Galway Downs CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

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

Your Wednesday News & Notes:

Try to warm up with thoughts of summer and plan ahead to get early bird pricing for Great Meadow! Hurry up, there’s only 3 days to get a big discount on tickets for the GMI CICO3* this summer. Tailgating is still available, also at a discount, but time is ticking. [Early Bird GMI Pricing]

Clydesdales aren’t just for Budweiser anymore. Although not originally purchased as a riding horse, Charlotte the Clydesdale is now aiming to become the first full-bred Clyde to compete in a long format three-day. Her rider and owner, EMT dispatcher Cortney McDaniel has never let Charlotte’s breed deter her from competing at Rebecca Farm. [Meet Charlotte]

Kitty King’s Rio mount Ceylor LAN is back in action. After picking up an injury in the preparation for Badminton last spring, Ceylor LAN spent the rest of the year off. Kitty hopes to have him back up to speed in time for Luhmuhlen. [Ceylor LAN Returns from Injury]

SmartPak Product of the Day: The ponies are back which means it’s time to stuff their faces full of treats to make up for all the time I missed! Time to stock up! [SmartPak]

By the Numbers: Carolina International CIC3*

Carolina International hits the five year mark in 2018, having cemented itself as one of the can’t-miss spring preparation events. Like Red Hills, Carolina offers the option to choose between entering the CIC3* to run show jumping first, or to practice jumping a less-than-fresh horse by entering the Advanced division.

Ian Stark is now in his third year of designing the cross country, and he’s certainly left a mark. Since he took over, only 2.56% of cross country starters have made the time over the 3* and Advanced courses.

Marc Donovan has been the show jumping course designer here at the Carolina Horse Park since it ran as Southern Pines II, and his course over grass for the 3* is one that can catch out even some of the best jumpers.

Finally, remember that the FEI dressage scoring has dropped the 1.5 coefficient and is now equivalent to dressage scores at USEF horse trials.

The famous Stonehenge complex at the Carolina Horse Park. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

The Field

  • In the four runnings of the CIC3*, the winner has always come from inside the top 10 after dressage: first twice and eighth twice.
  • Of the four pairs to win the CIC3*, three have finished on their dressage score. Only one pair, Allison Springer and Arthur, have added any penalties to their dressage score while still winning. They added 3.2 cross country time penalties in 2016.
  • Only one combination, Doesn’t Play Fair with Maya Black riding, has ever had a show jumping rail and still finished inside the top four at this venue.

Liz Halliday-Sharp and Fernhill By Night. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Dressage Divas

  • A whopping 10 horses have dressage averages in the 20s at this level, making it likely that scores will be tightly packed after phase one. That’s more than 16% of the field.
  • To no one’s surprise, Liz Halliday-Sharp and Fernhill By Night lead the pack, clocking in at a superb 26.5 average over the last 12 months. The last time they scored under 70% on a 3*/A test was back in May 2015. Lix is no slouch with her other 3* mount either. In four starts, Deniro Z has never scored above the 20s.
  • Cooley Cross Border and Kim Severson will be putting in a strong challenge as well. In the last 12 months, this pair has scored very consistently between 70 and 74%, saving their best two performances for their CCIs at Tattersalls and Blenheim, where they came close to cracking 75%.
  • After taking a few months off, Covert Rights turned heads when he and Colleen Rutledge laid down a superb 33.3 (under former FEI scoring) in the horse’s return to competition at the Richland Park CIC3*. That’s a 22.2 under the new scoring, easily good enough to rival Michael Jung. Although they haven’t quite returned to that dominating level, they have maintained an average in the 70-73% range.
  • Buck Davidson has a strong pair in this division as well, with stablemates Copper Beach and Carlevo sitting neck and neck. Carlevo has become one of Buck’s most consistent rides and while he can sometimes score in the low 30s, he has never scored above a 33.0 at this level. While a touch less consistent, Copper Beach can also be more brilliant, with scores in the last 12 months getting close to 75%.
  • In another field, Lauren Kieffer and Veronica would be a clear contender for the lead, but in a field this strong they’ll have to lay down close to their best over the last 12 months to take the lead. They scored as high as 34.1 at Chattahoochee Hills last April but has also flirted with sub-25 (USEF) scores at events like the Aachen CICO3* and even Badminton.
  • Keep an eye out for a few other pairs who could be wild cards. Getaway, ridden by Doug Payne, laid down a 28.0 in his first Advanced at Pine Top a month ago, while Cornelia Dorr and Sir Patico MH scored a 29.4 in the horse’s first Advanced at Rocking Horse. RF Eloquence and Ellie MacPhail-O’Neal can lay down a stellar test, and Cornelia’s other ride Louis M is famed for his record-breaking 3* scores with previous rider Pia Münker.

Kurt Martin and Delux Z. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Show Jumping Powerhouses

  • Despite having just broken a streak of consecutive clears, DeLux Z and Kurt Martin are one of the strongest jumpers in the field. Up until an unlucky rail at Pine Top, they owned the longest active clear streak of any North American pair, jumping 11 consecutive clears starting in 2016 including two CCI4* and two CCI3*.
  • Mara DePuy and Congo Brazzaville C are now a perfect 9 for 9 at the Advanced and 3* levels; although they’ve had the occasional time penalty, this pair has yet to have a rail. A 100% clear rate is tough to maintain … Can this pair keep the streak alive and surpass Kurt and DeLux Z’s streak?
  • Sara Kozumplik-Murphy and Rubens D’Ysieux have jumped five rounds together at the Advanced and 3* levels together, and they’ve clocked in clear in four of them. These two have never had a rail at this level when show jumping comes prior to cross country, and they have emphasized their jumping prowess by winning the Eventing Prix Invitational last year in March, as well as the Devon Eventing Showcase last May.
  • Vandiver has really hit his stride in the show jumping since being paired up with Doug Payne, and they’ve been particularly strong when show jumping is held prior to cross country. When show jumping is first, they are 10 for 12 with clear rounds, having one rail on only two occasions.
  • Erin Sylvester and Paddy the Caddy have been very quietly building a solid, prolific record since 2016, with the result that they are now sitting on one of the strongest show jumping records in the country. In 15 career Advanced/3* rounds, this pair has been clear in 13 of them, with only a single rail on two occasions … both at the Horse Park of New Jersey Advanced. Maybe skip that one this year, Erin?

Caroline Martin and The Apprentice. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Cross-Country Machines

  • Caroline Martin has assembled quite a resume, and The Apprentice is also extremely experienced, but together they have only four 3* runs under their belt. Despite that, they’ve gone together like peanut butter and jelly, most notably winning their first go at the 3* level last year at this very event. In three CIC3* runs, they’ve finished -1, +0, and +4 against optimum time.
  • Vandiver and Doug Payne are no slouches across the country, proof that careful horses aren’t always slow horses. They’ve made the optimum time in 50% of their A/CIC3* runs over the last calendar year, and within 12 seconds of optimum at 83% of them.
  • Luckaun Quality and Tim Bourke are another strong 4* pair with a reputation for beating the clock. Although they’ve taken their time at the Advanced/CIC3* level more recently, their “canter” around a 3* course still creates an average of only 4.2 seconds over optimum over their last five runs.
  • Copper Beach has been busy through 2017, with seven Advanced/CIC3* runs and two CCI4* completions. Buck Davidson has carefully chosen whether or not to push him for time, but when he wants to make it, he makes it. This pair has won four of their seven Advanced/CIC3* completions in 2017/2018, with all but one of those wins being helped along with a cross country round inside the time.
  • One to keep an eye on is Katherine Coleman and Horseware Lukeswell, who made the time last March in their only start together at Barroca d’Alva CIC3*. Despite the hiatus, Katherine is one of the fastest riders with her mount Longwood, and could sneak in a quick round under the radar.

Lynn Symansky and Donner. Photo by Nico Morgan Media.

Jack of All Trades

  • With such a strong and deep field, it’s perhaps not surprising that one of our strongest U.S. pairs right now isn’t at the top of the field in any one phase. Lynn Symansky and Donner aren’t exactly going to be flying under the radar, but they’ll be stalking the leaders after day 1 with a 12-month 3*/Advanced dressage average just barely missing the 70% mark. A little more likely to have a rail than not, they nevertheless haven’t had more than one rail at a 3* since way back in 2013. And although these cross-country machines can get close to the time, they will certainly have their eyes on bigger things later in the year and may choose to shelve speed in favor of another day. Even if they choose to take their time, a top 10 finish should be easy for this pair.
  • For that matter, keep your eye on Lynn’s new pairing with four-star mare Under Suspection, who finished top five at Kentucky in her first four-star last spring under Hannah Sue Burnett. Lynn catch-rode Under Suspection for the dressage phase at Great Meadow CICO3* last summer with mixed results, but her recent Intermediate results prove that they’ve formed more of a partnership already.
  • For Cooley On Show and Sharon White, 2017 was a year in which they stood at the edge of big things. They dropped their dressage average a full two points, maintaining it consistently and flirting with 70% towards the end of the year. They proved they could get close to optimum at a four-star at Luhmühlen and then kept it close at a notoriously tight track at the American Eventing Championships at Tryon, the 2018 WEG venue. They also went from leaning towards one down in show jumping to jumping 100% clear in their Advanced/CIC3* starts.

Kim Severson and Cooley Cross Border. Photo by Libby Law.

PREDICTED WINNER: Kim Severson and Cooley Cross Border

Keep Your Eye On …

  • Caroline Martin and The Apprentice
  • Doug Payne and Vandiver
  • Liz Halliday-Sharp and Deniro Z
  • Buck Davidson and Copper Beach
  • Lynn Symansky and Donner

Potential Spoilers

  • Sara Kozumplik-Murphy and Rubens D’Ysieux
  • Colleen Rutledge and Covert Rights

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Wednesday News & Notes from SmartPak

The best pool is a pint-sized pool. Photo via Andrea Davidson Eventing FB page.

Little Aubrey Davidson had better enjoy that nice little spot of water she’s got there in the nice Florida sun, because the rest of us are a bit envious. It might be the first day of spring today but with yet another Nor’easter sliding up the east coast, it certainly doesn’t feel like it. For anyone headed north today….abandon hope, all ye who enter here.

National Holiday: National Fragrance Day

Major Events:

Carolina International CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

Your Wednesday News & Notes:

Try to warm up with thoughts of summer and plan ahead to get early bird pricing for Great Meadow! Hurry up, there’s only 10 days to get a big discount on tickets for the GMI CICO3* this summer. Tailgating is still available, also at a discount, but time is ticking. [Early Bird GMI Pricing]

The Classic Three-Day has gained more and more traction in recent years. ANow a permanent fixture in our schedule, the Classic series has gotten its own handbook, a resource for both organizers and competitors. Between tips on how to ride roads and tracks and assistance in planning out time tables, this is a long waited resource for USEA members. [USEA Offers Classic Series Handbook]

NZB Land Vision sadly passed away over the weekend. Mark Todd won his first four star after his retirement aboard NZB Land Vision and remembers him as a gentleman of a horse who was a favorite of his wife. He had all the star qualities except toughness, and his body couldn’t hold up after his big Badminton win, which was also his first four-star. [Mark Todd Remembers NZB Land Vision]

SmartPak Product of the Day: I realized this winter that it was time to give up the pretense and get a pre-tied stock tie to use in times of hurry at a show. While nothing beats a nicely tied stock, it can be handy to have the grab-n-go tie available when the timetable is crunched. [SmartPak]

Wednesday News & Notes from SmartPak

Etsy is a great place for accessorizing your eventing gear. Photo by Maggie Deatrick.

There’s absolutely nothing more satisfying than cruising Etsy and finding the most amazing stock-tie pin to go with your squid of a horse. Forty dollars later and I’m now not only the proud owner of a steampunk stocktie pin but also some amazing Cthulhu patches for bonnets and saddle pads and a single pin for my collar. Because what else do I have to do while waiting for the southern crowd to migrate their way north again?

National Holiday: National Pi Day (3.14159….)

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

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

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

Your Wednesday News & Notes:

Wilton Fair and Rebecca Broussard grant recipient Madeline Backus has wasted no time in utilizing the grants. Already she has made the hop over to England with her two horses and journeyed to base herself at Attington Stud with Irish team member Austin O’Connor. With two Advanced runs on the docket with P.S. Arianna to prep for Badminton, Madeline has plans to make the most of her time across the pond. [Madeline Backus Arrives in the UK]

Gemma Tattersall is playing it safe after a nasty fall in the warmup of a show jumping competition. Although she initially felt she was fine, and in fact rode a full schedule at home for two days after, Gemma soon felt something wasn’t right. Despite an MRI scan that seems to indicate all is well, she’s taken the advice of her doctors’ and pushed back her season opener by a week. [Gemma Tattersall Injury]

Frangible fixes were the name of the day at Red Hills. The Chronicle has clarified scoring for Erin Pullen in the CIC3* division after photographs emerged of Tag breaking the frangible fence at 10A. Despite the protest period being closed, the ground jury felt that due to an inaccuracy on the jump judge report, she should be awarded the 11 penalties for breaking a frangible and the scoring was revised. [Frangible Pins Cause a Fracas]

SmartPak Product of the Day: After being gifted with a horse whose stomach was made of iron, I’ve now been gifted with one who wants to live on UlcerGard. Thank goodness SmartPak carries it, which makes it easy to re-order on a regular basis. [SmartPak]

By the Numbers: Red Hills CIC3*

This year Red Hills has re-claimed its position as the first CIC3* of the season in North America, bringing with it a big, star-studded field. Here, you can opt to run show jumping first by doing the CIC3*, or enter the Advanced to sharpen your skills jumping after cross country, splitting the numbers slightly between the two divisions. Most of the experienced horses have been aimed at the CIC3* for this show, opting for the show jumping-first format.

Now in the third year with Mike Etherington-Smith designing the cross country, Red Hills is well into its course transformation. Chris Barnard took over the design of the show jumping last year. It’s also a good time to remind everyone that the FEI dressage scoring has dropped the 1.5 coefficient and is now equivalent to dressage scores at USEF horse trials.

Photo by Shems Hamilton/Red Hills.

The Field

  • The last time a pair outside of the top two after dressage won the event was in 2011, when Allison Springer was in third on Arthur. Riders inside the top three after dressage have gone on to win the division every time in the last decade.
  • Only three riders have ever made the time with a clear round at Red Hills in its entire history; Selena O’Hanlon (A Fine Romance and Foxwood High, both in 2013), Phillip Dutton (The Foreman in 2005 and Nova Top in 2004) and Peter Atkins (Henry Jota Hampton in 2012).
  • The last horse to win the CIC3* while still having a rail down in show jumping was Mighty Nice, who won with Phillip Dutton in 2013. The CIC3* winner typically goes clear in show jumping.

Jordan Linstedt and Revitavet Capato. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Dressage Divas

  • RF Eloquence was lightly competed over the past year but has laid down two tests that scored over 75% out of the three competitions he’s attended. He and Ellie O’Neal are one of three pairs averaging a sub-30 dressage score over the last 12 months in this field.
  • Until the Ocala Jockey Club CIC3* last fall, Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous had received scores of 70% and above from 16 of the 17 judges who had ever scored them at the Advanced, 3* and 4* levels. An uncharacteristic test in Ocala broke that impressive streak, so Red Hills will be the first opportunity the pair have to bounce back to their normal scoring patterns.
  • Selena O’Hanlon and Foxwood High have been on an absolute tear recently, winning their last two Advanced/3* runs at Rocking Horse and Fair Hill, and placing in the top three at Plantation Field CIC3*. This pair hasn’t been out of the top five since Kentucky last spring. They’ve now scored in the 20s in their last three dressage tests at this level, one of which was at Rocking Horse last month, proving they haven’t lost an edge over the winter break.
  • Jessica Phoenix and Pavarotti are perennial contenders in the first phase, and Pavarotti in particular has been Mr. Consistency over the past 12 months. In six tests at the Advanced and 3* level, Pavarotti has varied only 3.1 penalty points from highest (31.5) to lowest (28.4) scores.
  • Jordan Linstedt and Revitavet Capato are another who have really hit their stride in the first phase, almost matching Pavarotti for consistency. Setting aside their first Advanced of 2017, they scored between 28.6 and 31.5 for six consecutive Advanced/3* starts to end last year, then came out with a bang in February and laid down a 25.4 at Rocking Horse.

Jessica Phoenix and Pavarotti. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Show Jumping Powerhouses

  • Jessica Phoenix buckled down with Pavarotti in 2017 and seriously improved their show jumping form. In the last 12 months, this pair are five for five on clear rounds at the Advanced and CIC3* levels.
  • RF Scandalous and Marilyn Little have been prolifically good show jumpers, adding nothing to their score in the stadium phase in six of their eight rounds at the Advanced, 3*, and 4* levels. They’ve only ever had one rail, adding just four penalties to their final score at Jersey Fresh CIC3* last spring.
  • Bill Hoos and Celtic Rhythm have been very strong in the stadium phase over the last half of 2017, jumping clean in four of their last five attempts at the Advanced level. They added only one rail in the last eight months at this height, incurring one rail at Stable View.

Lisa Fergusson and Honor Me at Red Hills. Photo by Diane Flowers.

Cross-Country Machines

  • The Canadians are currently dominating on cross country, with Selena O’Hanlon and Foxwood High leading the way. Their last four runs at Advanced and CIC3* have a combined seven seconds over the optimum, they’ve averaged only four seconds over the last year, and they haven’t been more than 12 seconds over optimum time at this level since The Fork in 2016. And, as mentioned earlier, Foxwood High is the only actively competing horse to have ever made the time at this venue.
  • Neck and neck with Selena are her Canadian teammates Lisa Marie Fergusson and Honor Me. This pair has finished clear at 20 consecutive Advanced and CIC3* dating back to 2015, and their average time at A/CIC3* has dropped from an average of 30.25 seconds over optimum in 2015 to 6.67 seconds over in 2016 and 2.17 seconds over in 2017.
  • Three pairs to keep an eye on are Whitney Mahloch and Military Mind, Jacob Fletcher and Atlantic Domino, and Waylon Roberts and Lancaster. These three horses have struggled with consistency on cross country, but when they run clear, they have been very fast. Lancaster clocked in his first clear round at Pine Top earlier this year only six seconds over optimum, while Jacob and Atlantic Domino have averaged only 7.5 seconds over optimum in their career clears. Whitney and Military Mind have come home under optimum in three of their four career clears, clocking in with only 1.6 time penalties in the fourth clear round.

Phillip Dutton and I’m Sew Ready. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Jack of All Trades

  • I’m Sew Ready and Phillip Dutton fall just outside of the top tier of performers for each phase, but just barely. I’m Sew Ready hasn’t quite averaged 70% at the Advanced and 3* levels in the last 12 months but he’s been hitting that mark for the last six months. He’s not the most careful jumper in the field, but he’s never had more than one rail in an Advanced/3* round with Phillip. And although he’s only once made time at a CIC3*, he’s always come home within 30 seconds in 91% of his career clear Advanced/CIC3* runs with Phillip and within 20 seconds at 55% of them. These two will be right in the mix come Saturday.
  • Tsetserleg is another who might fly under the radar right into a top five placing by Saturday. Boyd Martin has patiently developed this gelding and was rewarded with two top-three placings at premier events at the end of 2017. Tsetserleg has yet to crack into the 20s but has only once failed to achieve a sub-35 score at this level. He’s only once had more than one rail at A/3*, yet has jumped clear his last three rounds, including a CCI3*. And excluding a horrendously muddy Jersey Fresh last spring, Boyd and Thomas have never been more than 18 seconds over optimum. This is another pair who will advanced through the ranks throughout the weekend.

PREDICTED WINNER: Selena O’Hanlon

Selena O’Hanlon and Foxwood High. Photo by Amy Dragoo Photography.

Keep Your Eye On …

  • Phillip Dutton and I’m Sew Ready
  • Lisa Marie Ferguson and Honor Me
  • Boyd Martin and Tsetserleg

Potential Spoilers

  • Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous
  • Whitney Mahloch and Military Mind
  • Jacob Fletcher and Atlantic Domino

Red Hills International CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

Wednesday News & Notes from SmartPak

What a lunch break! Photo via Madeline Backus FB page.

During the winter, educational opportunities abound with team prospects all over the world, giving amazing auditing opportunities to everyone. U25 rider Madeline Backus, who just arrived overseas to base herself with Austin O’Connor for the year thanks the Broussard and Wilton Fair grants, is taking full advantage by using her lunch break to audit team sessions with Yogi Breisner.

National Holiday: National Crown Roast of Pork Day (I have no idea what to do with this.)

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

Red Hills International CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

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

Your Wednesday News & Notes:

Osphos should be used as directed and avoided in young horses. IDr. Larry Bramlage, world-renowned veterinarian who focuses on racehorses, has found that use of Osphos in horses younger than 5 has been very detrimental to their long-term bone health. Osphos itself warns against usage in young horses and Dr. Bramlage urges trainers and veterinarians alike to take heed of that warning. [Bisphosphonate Use Causes Delayed Healing]

If you haven’t made it to a LandSafe clinic, keep trying to find one. LandSafe is headed next to Holling Eventing on March 13th and 14th, which are a Tuesday and Wednesday. They are subsidized by the USEA and will cost $225 for members. [LandSafe Clinic at Holling Eventing]

PodCast of the Day: Risk Management. Equiratings breaks down ERQI and their approach to risk management. If you are truly interested in understanding the ERQI and what their team is trying to achieve with it, this is a must-listen. [Eventing Podcast]

SmartPak Product of the Day: After getting sick of letting my reins get long for the billionth time, I tried these reins after reading a review. Although they are no magic fix, I definitely felt like holding these pillows in my hands was a major improvement. [SmartPak]

Wednesday News & Notes From SmartPak

It’s a rough life, being a Training horse. Photo by Maggie Deatrick.

As a one-horse amateur with a full-time day job, I’ve been living ‘the dream’ this winter, flying in and out of Aiken to ride and compete on weekends while my trainer is riding my horse in-between. Sounds great, right? But I’ve quickly learned that my riding skills are deteriorating faster than I had hoped, particularly for a green horse, and I’m struggling more than ever to keep up with my fitness. Is winter over? I’m super ready for the horses to all come north again.

National Holiday: Public Sleeping Day (I am all onboard with this!)

Ongoing Events:

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

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

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

Your Wednesday News & Notes:

Last call to book your spot to ride with Irish Olympian Joseph Murphy in Ocala! He is returning for another cross country clinic at Horsepower Equestrian on March 11-13. All levels welcome. If you are interested in riding in the clinic, email [email protected] ASAP. [Joseph Murphy Clinic]

The Brits are serious about not dawdling prior to the finish line. In case you missed it, the lower levels in Britain did not allow a stopwatch to be worn until 2017. Now that the watches are allowed, there’s been an endemic of riders slowing to a trot or a walk prior to the finish. The penalties for doing so have gotten quite still, ranging from 25 penalties, to disqualification in other divisions, to a monetary fine of up to £500! [Eventers Fined for Avoiding Time Penalties]

Best of the blogs: Nuance. Lauren Sprieser breaks down that intricate, precise feeling that comes from training dressage. Every motion has meaning and every horse has issues that must be broken down to the fundamental problem. Solving problems on the foundational level create a more educated horse down the road. [Nuance]

Lost-in-translation Spanish eventing drama, solved! In Tuesday N&N we issued a cry for help in  decoding a rather lengthy and quite exclamation mark heavy Spanish rant we noticed on the Brancaleone Team website. Reader Christine Windsor came through, offering this synopsis: “The gist of it is that FEI rules demand ‘Clean Sport’ and Spain’s eventing officials do not apply that ‘law’ equally to all riders. Unfortunately for Spanish eventers, Spanish officials are willing to turn a blind eye to total defiance of the ‘laws’ of the sport whether it is judges coaching their own kids and then judging them at the same show and giving them great scores, or designers of cross country courses coaching their own students at a venue they designed. The writer is drawing a connection to Spain’s general disdain for laws to the problems in their FEI eventing. Basically Spanish Eventing is not living up to the FEI standard of Clean Sport.” [Brancaleone Team]

SmartPak Product of the Day: Equifit has a really sharp ear bonnet that stands out from the rest of the bonnet market. With a netting base and a leather trim, the bonnet will make your horse stick out from a crowd. [SmartPak]