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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]

Wednesday News & Notes from Smart Pak

Liz Halliday-Sharp under the watchful eye of Marilyn Payne. Photo via USA Eventing FB page.

While the high performance sessions are no longer quite the intense week-long training sessions they once were, they now take place over many days, at many venues. Getting to watch or audit any of these sessions can be incredibly educational, and I always leave feeling inspired to ride better myself.

National Holiday: Card Reading Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Pine Top Advanced CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

Three Lakes H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Results]

Your Wednesday News & Notes:

The Horse Park of New Jersey has put some serious effort into their arenas. Choosing to forgo the latest trend in footings, the horse park has focused on grading and natural materials that hold up well over time. Their fundraising efforts are ongoing and every little bit helps to hdd materials like rubber to help upgrade the final materials. [Upgrades at HP of NJ]

Have you booked 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! EN confirmed that spots are filling very quickly. If you are interested in riding in the clinic, email [email protected] ASAP. [Joseph Murphy Clinic]

Cooley Cross Border may be a killer event horse but he’s a pretty chill dude at home. With a set-in-stone nap time of 10 a.m. and an affable desire to be part of things, ‘Cross’ isn’t one to worry too much about life. Once he gets to shows his friendly personalities amplifies. [Behind the Stall Door]

You may notice an unfamiliar face at the top levels this spring. Felix Vogg, a Swiss Olympian at Rio alongside his brother Ben, has brought his younger mounts out to the U.S. for the spring to gain some extra seasoning. He will be attending events like Red Hills and Carolina before heading the to the test event at The Fork. [Felix Vogg Makes His U.S. Debut]

SmartPak Product of the Day: I was recently informed by my working students that not only do they prefer single tail cords on blankets over leg straps, but we can also buy replacement tail cords and attach them to blankets that didn’t originally have them. [SmartPak]

Valentine’s Day News & Notes from SmartPak

The age of wee eventers begins! Photo via Andrea Davidson’s Instagram.

It seems like quite a lot of eventers have been procreating lately and with that comes an era of photos of wee future eventers tackling their first lead-line classes. Just look at that tiny pink Charles Owen … it almost makes me want to go buy one despite not have a child of my own!

National Holiday: Valentine’s Day! (If you do not celebrate Valentine’s, it is also National Ferris Wheel Day.)

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

Paradise Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Results]

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

Your Wednesday News & Notes:

Check out the familiar faces hanging out at WEF. Phillip and Boyd took a skeleton crew of their top horses down to WEF on the advice of Erik Duvander. With just their top horses to concentrate, they can really work on getting them adjusted to competing in atmosphere for both jumping and dressage. [Big Names in Eventing]

Those hunters all look happy in the ring, but not all of them have happy-go-lucky personalities. Hunter champion Small Affair knows how to put on a game face that helps him win but at home he’s a bit of a grump. One thing besides his job that cheers him up is a hard peppermint…but don’t try to give him a puffy one. [Behind the Stall Door]

The weekly OTTB critique is quickly becoming an interesting regular read. This week, 4* rider Jenn McFall evaluates a 2008 gelding named Symphonic Hero, a war horse with 59 starts. [ERQI Now Available]

Podcast of the Day: The roll-out of the ERQI has arrived with some confusion as to what the rating actually means for individuals. Diarm and Sam, co-founders of EquiRatings, join the USEA for a Q&A on how best to interpret the scale. [Introducing ERQI Podcast]

SmartPak Product of the Day: For Valentine’s Day, it’s 20% off all SmartPak brand merchandise, which means it’s a perfect time to re-stock your schooling pad collection. [SmartPak]

Who is Qualified for Kentucky CCI4* 2018?

Who will be in this stadium this year? Photo via EN’s Instagram.

With the Advanced season set to begin at Rocking Horse Winter II Horse Trials this week, anticipation will begin to build for what is currently the biggest event in North America — the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event. The possibilities are thrilling at the beginning of the competition season, and EN is here to offer you a preview of which horses are qualified to compete at Kentucky each spring.

Currently, there are 65 horses fully qualified and at least 14 who have achieved qualification but need to renew their 12-month requirement with a CIC3* in the spring. Additionally, 12 Canadian horses are qualified but must achieve their National Federation requirements within three months of the competition date. Finally, there are 15 horses that have obtained the necessary CCI3* qualifications to compete at a four-star, but need additional CIC3* qualifications.

We make no claims that this is a complete list. Only horses that competed at least once at the Advanced, three-star or four-star levels in North America in 2017 or were listed on the 2018 USEF Winter High Performance Training Lists were evaluated for qualifications. Additionally, American riders based overseas are on this list, but not other nationalities.

If anyone knows of a horse who is aimed at Kentucky but has not competed at these levels since 2016 or before, please let us know so we can properly update the list by emailing [email protected]. Similarly, if you know of a horse on this list that has been retired, sold or is otherwise not competing at this level anymore, please update us. We have updated the list with news as it has come in during the off-season.

For a full explanation of what constitutes a qualified pair for the four-star level, read EN’s guide Know Your Qualifications: CCI4* 2017 Redux for more details, along with a handy tutorial on how to check your FEI qualifications for any level with any rider, or any horse. Along with FEI requirements of completing the qualifying shows, National Federations may add their own requirements, which apply to their riders no matter where they are based.

For instance, US Equestrian requires that one of the qualifying results be within a year of the desired competition date. Equestrian Canada requires the completion of a qualifying Advanced or three-star within three months of the competition. Other National Federations have no additional requirements, like New Zealand. Horses are subject to the rules of the National Federation of their rider.

Riders with the following nationalities are based in the U.S. and currently competing at the Advanced and 3* levels:

  • Australia: Horses must have another Advanced or CI3* MER in addition to FEI requirements if not ridden by a Category A rider. Category A riders must have two additional Advanced or CI3* MER in addition to the FEI required CCI3*.
  • Brazil: No additional NF requirements. (Rules document from 2017, 2018 not available.)
  • Canada: Must have one MER at an Advanced or CIC3* within three months of competition date.
  • Great Britain: Horses ridden by Category C, D, or uncategorized riders need an additional Advanced or CI3*. Horses ridden by A riders need an additional CI3* as well as another Advanced or CI3*. Category B riders have no extra BEF requirements.
  • Ireland: Horses ridden by Category B, C, D, or uncategorized riders need an additional Advanced or CI3*. Horses ridden by A riders need an additional CI3* as well as another Advanced or CI3*. (Rules document from 2017, 2018 not available.)
  • New Zealand: No additional NF requirements. (Rules document went into effect August 1, 2017.)

Riders representing Ecuador, Mexico, Netherlands and Puerto Rico are also based in the U.S., but their National Federation requirements are not published online. If anyone has information regarding qualifications for these federations, please feel free to email us at [email protected].

Many of the pairs listed below have more than sufficient qualifying results. We have listed only the most recent shows that achieve qualification for them, plus the date of the show that most recently satisfies the 12-month requirement. One asterisk before the show name indicates one stop on cross countryTwo asterisks indicates a frangible penalty. When possible, we used shows with clear cross country rounds.

As noted in the above Know Your Qualifications link, FEI Category A and B riders do not need to satisfy the full gamut of qualifications, and may take advantage of modified paths to qualification. These pairs are still listed below and denoted with a (B) or (A) next to the rider name to denote that the horse is qualified due to the rider categorization. If the rider does not have the (B) or (A) next to their name but is a B or A rider, that indicates that the horse is fully qualified through the traditional pathway.

Also, all of the horses listed below are qualified with their current rider. If a rider change occurs, the new rider will not be able to compete the horse at Kentucky this spring.

For a review of what entails an MER up through 2016, please revisit Know Your Qualifications for a complete explanation. For 2017, MER requirements became stricter and can be viewed in the Know Your Qualifications: CCI4* 2017 Redux link. Beginning in 2017, the MER requirements remain the same as 2017 but the 1.5 coefficient for dressage is dropped, making a dressage score of 45.0 or below the required mark to achieve for an MER.

Horses and Riders Fully Qualified to Compete at Rolex 2017

Anna Bella

Rider: Kurt Martin

  • 2017 Ocala Jockey Club CIC3*
  • 2017 Great Meadow CICO3*
  • 2014 Fair Hill CCI3*
  • 2014 Jersey Fresh CCI3*

Back to Business 

Rider: Katherine Coleman (B)

  • 2017 Tattersalls CCI3*
  • 2017 Chatsworth CIC3*
  • 2017 Burnham Market CIC3*
  • 2017 Belton Park CIC3*

Ballylaffin Bracken

Rider: Kristen Schmolze

  • 2017 Kentucky CCI4*
  • 2017 Chattahoochee Hills CIC3*
  • 2015 Kentucky CCI4*
  • 2014 Kentucky CCI4*

Bonito

Rider: Boyd Martin (A)

  • 2017 Bromont CCI3*
  • 2017 Jersey Fresh CIC3*
  • 2017 Fair Hill CIC3*
  • 2017 Red Hills CIC3*

Boris O’Hara

Rider: Will Coleman (B)

  • 2017 Plantation Field CIC3*
  • 2017 Richland Park CIC3*
  • 2017 Bromont CCI3*
  • 2017 Jersey Fresh CIC3*

Cambalda

Rider: Jennie Brannigan*

  • 2017 Plantation Field CIC3*
  • 2017 Great Meadow CIC3*
  • 2014 Fair Hill CCI3*
  • 2012 Boekelo CCIO3*

Captain Jack

Rider: Savannah Fulton

  • 2017 Great Meadow CICO3*
  • 2017 Kentucky CCI4*
  • 2017 Carolina CIC3*
  • 2016 Fair Hill CCI3*

Carlevo

Rider: Buck Davidson

  • 2017 Fair Hill CCI3*
  • 2017 Plantation Field CIC3*
  • 2017 Richland Park CIC3*
  • 2017 Tattersalls CCI3*

Castle Larchfield Purdy (PUR)

Rider: Lauren Billys

  • 2016 Great Meadow CICO3*
  • 2016 Twin Rivers CIC3*
  • 2015 Galway Downs CCI3*
  • 2015 Jersey Fresh CCI3*

Cecelia (MEX)

Rider: Daniela Moguel

  • 2017 Fair Hill CCI3*
  • 2017 Plantation Field CIC3*
  • 2017 The Fork CIC3*
  • 2016 Kentucky CCI4*

Clip Clop (NZL)

Rider: Joe Meyer

  • 2017 Ocala Jockey Club CIC3*
  • 2017 Richland Park CIC3*
  • 2016 Fair Hill CCI3*
  • 2015 Fair Hill CCI3*

Cooley Cross Border

Rider: Kim Severson

  • 2017 Blenheim CCI3*
  • 2017 Cappoquin CIC3*
  • 2017 Millstreet CIC3*
  • 2016 Fair Hill CCI3*

Cooley On Show

Rider: Sharon White

  • 2017 Luhmühlen CCI4*
  • 2017 The Fork CIC3*
  • 2017 Carolina CIC3*
  • 2016 Fair Hill CCI3*

Copper Beach

Rider: Buck Davidson

  • 2017 Plantation Field CIC3*
  • 2017 Chattahoochee Hills CIC3*
  • 2016 Rebecca Farm CCI3*
  • 2016 Kentucky CCI4*

Covert Rights

Rider: Colleen Rutledge

  • 2017 Fair Hill CCI3*
  • 2017 Morven Park CIC3*
  • 2017 Richland Park CIC3*
  • 2015 Burghley CCI4*

D.A. Duras

Rider: Lauren Kieffer (A)

  • 2017 Hartpury CIC3*
  • 2017 Barbury Castle CIC3*
  • 2017 Carolina CIC3*
  • 2016 Fair Hill CCI3*

DeLux Z

Rider: Kurt Martin

  • 2017 Fair Hill CCI3*
  • 2017 Plantation Field CIC3*
  • 2017 Kentucky CCI4*
  • 2017 Carolina CIC3*

Donner

Rider: Lynn Symansky

  • 2017 Burghley CCI4*
  • 2017 Great Meadow CICO3*
  • 2017 Badminton CCI4*
  • 2017 Carolina CIC3*

Fernhill By Night

Rider: Liz Halliday-Sharp (B)

  • 2017 Blenheim CIC3*
  • 2016 Burnham Market CIC3*
  • 2015 Hartpury CIC3*
  • 2014 Boekelo CCIO3*

Fernhill Classic (AUS)

Rider: Ryan Wood

  • 2016 Fair Hill CCI3*
  • 2016 Plantation Field CIC3*
  • 2016 Kentucky CCI4*
  • 2015 Fair Hill CCI3*

Fernhill Fortitude

Rider: Jenny Caras

  • 2017 Richland Park CIC3*
  • 2017 Carolina CIC3*
  • 2016 Fair Hill CCI3*
  • 2016 Bramham CCI3*

Fernhill Revelation

Rider: Phillip Dutton (A)

  • 2017 Tattersalls CCI3*
  • 2017 The Fork CIC3*
  • 2017 Red Hills CIC3*

Happenstance (GBR)

Rider: James Alliston (A)

  • 2017 Galway Downs CCI3*
  • 2017 Woodside CIC3*
  • 2017 Galway Downs CIC3*

Harbour Pilot

Rider: Hannah Sue Burnett*

  • 2017 Ocala Jockey Club CIC3*
  • 2017 Luhmühlen CCI4*
  • 2017 Millstreet CIC3*
  • 2016 Blenheim CCI3*

High Times

Rider: Jennifer McFall

  • 2017 Kentucky CCI4*
  • 2017 Chattahoochee Hills CIC3*
  • 2016 Fair Hill CCI3*
  • 2016 Rebecca Farm CIC3*

Houdini

Rider: Katie Ruppel (B)

  • 2017 Ocala Jockey Club CIC3*
  • 2017 Richland Park CIC3*
  • 2016 Ocala Jockey Club CIC3*
  • 2013 Jersey Fresh CCI3*

I’m Sew Ready

Rider: Phillip Dutton

  • 2017 Ocala Jockey Club CIC3*
  • 2017 Great Meadow CICO3*
  • 2017 Kentucky CCI4*
  • 2016 Fair Hill CCI3*

Indy 500

Rider: Andrea Baxter

  • 2017 Blenheim CCI3*
  • 2017 Rebecca Farm CCI3*
  • 2016 Jersey Fresh CCI3*
  • 2016 Galway Downs CIC3*

Inmidair

Rider: Jan Byyny

  • 2017 Great Meadow CICO3*
  • 2014 Kentucky CCI4*
  • 2014 Carolina CIC3*
  • 2013 Fair Hill CCI3*

Landioso

Rider: Mackenna Shea

  • 2017 *Burghley CCI4*
  • 2017 Twin Rivers CIC3*
  • 2017 Galway Downs CIC3*
  • 2016 Fair Hill CCI3*

Landmark’s Monte Carlo

Rider: Lauren Kieffer

  • 2017 Hartpury CIC3*
  • 2016 Fair Hill CCI3*
  • 2016 Red Hills CIC3*
  • 2015 Boekelo CCIO3*

LCC Barnaby

Rider: Lillian Heard

  • 2017 Great Meadow CICO3*
  • 2017 Kentucky CCI4*
  • 2016 Millstreet CCI3*
  • 2016 Great Meadow CICO3*

Longwood

Rider: Katherine Coleman

  • 2017 Houghton Hall CIC3*
  • 2017 Burnham Market CIC3*
  • 2017 Barroca d’Alva CCI3*
  • 2016 Bramham CCI3*

Luckaun Quality (IRL)

Rider: Timothy Bourke

  • 2017 Plantation Field CIC3*
  • 2017 Kentucky CCI4*
  • 2017 Carolina CIC3*
  • 2016 Kentucky CCI4*

Mettraise

Rider: Erin Sylvester

  • 2017 Ocala Jockey Club CIC3*
  • 2017 Kentucky CCI4*
  • 2016 Plantation Field CIC3*
  • 2016 Bromont CCI3*

Muggle (BRA)

Rider: Nilson Moreira da Silva

  • 2017 Richland Park CIC3*
  • 2016 Barbury Castle CIC3*
  • 2015 *Fair Hill CCI3*
  • 2015 Jersey Fresh CCI3*

Never OutFoxed

Rider: Holly Payne Caravella

  • 2017 Morven Park CIC3*
  • 2017 Plantation Field CIC3*
  • 2015 Rolex CCI4*
  • 2014 Fair Hill CCI3*

OBOS O’Reilly

Rider: Will Coleman

  • 2017 Luhmühlen CCI4*
  • 2015 Blenheim CCI3*
  • 2015 Richland Park CIC3*
  • 2015 Kentucky CCI4*

P.S. Arianna

Rider: Madeline Backus

  • 2017 Rebecca Farm CIC3*
  • 2017 Kentucky CCI4*
  • 2017 Red Hills CIC3*
  • 2016 Fair Hill CCI3*

Paddy the Caddy

Rider: Erin Sylvester

  • 2017 Fair Hill CCI3*
  • 2017 Rebecca Farm CCI3*
  • 2017 Fair Hill CIC3*
  • 2016 Morven Park CIC3*

Park Trader

Rider: Buck Davidson

  • 2017 Fair Hill CCI3*
  • 2017 Richland Park CIC3*
  • 2016 Fair Hill CCI3*
  • 2014 Kentucky CCI4*

Pebbly Maximus

Rider: Caroline Martin

  • 2017 Boekelo CCIO3*
  • 2017 Houghton Hall CICO3*
  • 2016 Fair Hill CCI3*
  • 2016 Bromont CCI3*

Pfun

Rider: Will Faudree

  • 2017 *Kentucky CCI4*
  • 2017 Carolina CIC3*
  • 2016 Fair Hill CCI3*
  • 2016 Morven CIC3*

Polaris

Rider: Sara Moore

  • 2017 Fair Hill CCI3*
  • 2017 Plantation Field CIC3*
  • 2016 Plantation Field CIC3*
  • 2016 Jersey Fresh CCI3*

Powell

Rider: Ryan Wood (B)

  • 2017 Fair Hill CCI3*
  • 2017 Plantation Field CIC3*
  • 2017 Bromont CCI3*
  • 2017 Fair Hill CIC3*

RevitaVet Capato

Rider: Jordan Linstedt

  • 2017 Fair Hill CCI3*
  • 2017 Plantation Field CIC3*
  • 2017 Bromont CCI3*
  • 2017 Jersey Fresh CIC3*

RF Demeter

Rider: Hannah Sue Burnett (A)*

  • 2017 Blenheim CCI3*
  • 2017 Aachen CICO3*
  • 2017 Barbury Castle CIC3*
  • 2017 Luhmühlen CIC3*

RF Scandalous

Rider: Marilyn Little

  • 2017 Luhmühlen CCI4*
  • 2017 Jersey Fresh CIC3*
  • 2017 The Fork CIC3*
  • 2016 Fair Hill CCI3*

Rise Against

Rider: Bunnie Sexton

  • 2017 Woodside CIC3*
  • 2016 Rebecca Farm CIC3*
  • 2016 Kentucky CCI4*
  • 2015 Galway Downs CCI3*

Share Option

Rider: Lillian Heard

  • 2017 Kentucky CCI4*
  • 2016 Kentucky CCI4*
  • 2015 Kentucky CCI4*
  • 2013 Fair Hill CCI3*

Silver Night Lady

Rider: Emily Beshear (B)

  • 2017 *Fair Hill CCI3*
  • 2017 Plantation Field CIC3*
  • 2017 Richland Park CIC3*
  • 2017 Jersey Fresh CIC3*

Simply Priceless

Rider: Elisa Wallace

  • 2017 Ocala Jockey Club CIC3*
  • 2016 Burghley CCI4*
  • 2016 Kentucky CCI4*
  • 2016 Carolina CIC3*

Sir Oberon

Rider: Ellen Doughty-Hume

  • 2017 Galway Downs CCI3*
  • 2017 Chattahoochee Hills CIC3*
  • 2016 Galway Downs CCI3*
  • 2016 Richland Park CIC3*

Sound Prospect

Rider: Allie Knowles

  • 2017 Pau CCI4*
  • 2017 Richland Park CIC3*
  • 2017 Great Meadow CICO3*
  • 2016 Kentucky CCI4*

Steady Eddie

Rider: Boyd Martin

  • 2017 Burghley CCI4*
  • 2017 Great Meadow CICO3*
  • 2017 Carolina CIC3*
  • 2015 Fair Hill CCI3*

Stella Artois

Rider: Jennie Brannigan*

  • 2017 Millstreet CCI3*
  • 2017 Bromont CCI3*
  • 2017 Jersey Fresh CIC3*
  • 2017 Fair Hill CIC3*

Super Socks BCF

Rider: Matt Brown

  • 2017 Kentucky CCI4*
  • 2017 Pine Top CIC3*
  • 2016 Ocala Jockey Club CIC3*
  • 2016 Kentucky CCI4*

Tactical Manuever

Rider: Ashley Johnson

  • 2017 Fair Hill CCI3*
  • 2016 Ocala Jockey Club CIC3*
  • 2016 Kentucky CCI4*
  • 2015 Jersey Fresh CCI3*

The Apprentice

Rider: Caroline Martin (B)

  • 2017 *Bramham CCI3*
  • 2017 Houghton Hall CICO3*
  • 2017 The Fork CIC3*
  • 2017 Carolina CIC3*

Tight Lines

Rider: Will Coleman

  • 2017 Fair Hill CCI3*
  • 2017 Plantation Field CIC3*
  • 2017 Richland Park CIC3*
  • 2016 Fair Hill CCI3*

Truly Wiley

Rider: Kelly Prather

  • 2017 *Kentucky CCI4*
  • 2017 Carolina CIC3*
  • 2016 Fair Hill CCI3*
  • 2016 Jersey Fresh CCI3*

Tsetserleg

Rider: Boyd Martin

  • 2017 Fair Hill CCI3*
  • 2017 Richland Park CIC3*
  • 2017 Bromont CCI3*
  • 2017 Jersey Fresh CIC3*

Tsunami

Rider: Sally Cousins

  • 2017 Kentucky CCI4*
  • 2016 Kentucky CCI4*
  • 2015 Richland Park CIC3*
  • 2014 Fair Hill CCI3*

Under Suspection

Rider: Hannah Sue Burnett*

  • 2017 Kentucky CCI4*
  • 2017 Red Hills CIC3*
  • 2016 Fair Hill CCI3*
  • 2016 Rebecca Farm CCI3*

Vandiver

Rider: Doug Payne

  • 2017 Blenheim CCI3*
  • 2017 The Fork CIC3*
  • 2017 Carolina CIC3*
  • 2016 Kentucky CCI4*

Vermiculus

Rider: Lauren Kieffer

  • 2017 Ocala Jockey Club CIC3*
  • 2017 Chattahoochee Hills CIC3*
  • 2016 Bromont CCI3*
  • 2016 Boekelo CCIO3*

Veronica

Rider: Lauren Kieffer

  • 2017 Burghley CCI4*
  • 2017 Badminton CCI4*
  • 2017 Chattahoochee Hills CIC3*
  • 2016 Rolex CCI4*

Vilas County (NED)

Rider: Werner Geven

  • 2016 Poplar Place CIC3*
  • 2016 Jersey Fresh CCI3*
  • 2016 Poplar Place CIC3*
  • 2013 Fair Hill CCI3*

Wundermaske (ECU)

Rider: Ronald Zabala

  • 2017 Galway Downs CCI3*
  • 2017 Rebecca Farm CIC3*
  • 2016 Jersey Fresh CCI3*
  • 2016 Quillota CIC3*

Z

Rider: Phillip Dutton

  • 2017 Ocala Jockey Club CIC3*
  • 2017 Plantation Field CIC3*
  • 2017 Tattersalls CCI3*
  • 2016 Jersey Fresh CCI3*

Canadian Horses Fully Qualified
(Need a CIC3* or Advanced within three months)

A Little Romance (CAN)

Rider: Jessica Phoenix

  • 2016 Great Meadow CICO3*
  • 2016 Jersey Fresh CIC3*
  • 2015 Galway Downs CCI3*
  • 2014 Bromont CCI3*

Abbey GS (CAN)

Rider: Jessica Phoenix (A)

  • 2017 The Fork CIC3*
  • 2016 Richland Park CIC3*
  • 2016 Jersey Fresh CIC3*
  • 2015 Galway Downs CCI3*

Bentley’s Best (CAN)

Rider: Jessica Phoenix (A)

  • 2017 Red Hills CIC3*
  • 2016 Great Meadow CICO3*
  • 2016 Jersey Fresh CCI3*
  • 2016 Chattahoochee Hills CIC3*

Bogue Sound (CAN)

Rider: Jessica Phoenix

  • 2017 Fair Hill CCI3*
  • 2017 Richland Park CIC3*
  • 2017 Bromont CCI3*
  • 2017 Red Hills CIC3*

Dr. Sheldon Cooper

Rider: Jessica Phoenix (A)

  • 2017 Fair Hill CCI3*
  • 2017 Plantation Field CIC3*

Foxwood High (CAN)

Rider: Selena O’Hanlon

  • 2017 Fair Hill CCI3*
  • 2017 Plantation Field CIC3*
  • 2014 Great Meadow CICO3*
  • 2017 Kentucky CCI4*

Honor Me (CAN)

Rider: Lisa Marie Fergusson

  • 2017 Galway Downs CCI3*
  • 2017 Plantation Field CIC3*
  • 2017 Great Meadow CIC3*
  • 2017 Kentucky CCI4*

Irish Rhythm (CAN)

Rider: Rachel McDonough

  • 2017 Great Meadow CICO3*
  • 2017 Pine Top CIC3*
  • 2016 Bromont CCI3*
  • 2015 Galway Downs CCI3*

Jollybo (CAN)

Rider: Hawley Bennett-Awad

  • 2017 Rebecca Farm CIC3*
  • 2017 Kentucky CCI4*
  • 2016 Fair Hill CCI3*
  • 2016 Rebecca Farm CCI3*

Kelecyn Cognac (CAN)

Rider: Waylon Roberts

  • 2017 Fair Hill CCI3*
  • 2017 Plantation Field CIC3*
  • 2017 Richland Park CIC3*
  • 2016 Bromont CCI3*

More Inspiration (CAN)

Rider: Holly Jacks-Smither

  • 2017 Great Meadow CICO3*
  • 2016 Bromont CCI3*
  • 2015 Plantation Field CIC3*
  • 2015 Jersey Fresh CCI3*

Pavarotti (CAN)

Rider: Jessica Phoenix

  • 2017 Fair Hill CCI3*
  • 2017 Plantation Field CIC3*
  • 2017 Great Meadow CICO3*
  • 2017 Kentucky CCI4*

Qorry Blue d’Argouges

Rider: Colleen Loach

  • 2017 Fair Hill CCI3*
  • 2017 Plantation Field CIC3*
  • 2017 Richland Park CIC3*
  • 2016 Jersey Fresh CCI3*

Horses Needing Additional CIC3* To Complete Qualifications

BCF Belicoso

Rider: Matt Brown (B)

  • 2015 Jersey Fresh CCI3*
  • 2015 Twin Rivers CIC3*

Campground

Rider: Erin Sylvester (B)

  • 2016 Fair Hill CCI3*
  • 2016 Plantation Field CIC3*

Cool As Ice

Rider: Jennie Brannigan (B)*

  • 2017 Plantation Field CIC3*
  • 2017 Bromont CCI3*
  • 2017 Jersey Fresh CIC3*

Danger Mouse

Rider: Caroline Martin (B)

  • 2017 The Fork CIC3*
  • 2017 Fair Hill CCI3*

Deniro Z

Rider: Liz Halliday-Sharp (B)

  • 2017 Boekelo CCIO3*
  • 2017 Blenheim CIC3*

Fleeceworks Royal

Rider: Tamie Smith (B)

  • 2017 Fair Hill CCI3*
  • 2017 Rebecca Farm CIC3*
  • 2017 Twin Rivers CIC3*

Jak My Style

Rider: Buck Davidson (B)

  • 2017 Fair Hill CCI3*
  • 2017 Morven Park CIC3*
  • 2017 Plantation Field CIC3*

Johnny Royale (NZL)

Rider: Joe Meyer (B)

  • 2017 Fair Hill CCI3*
  • 2017 Poplar Place CIC3*

No Remorse

Rider: Buck Davidson

  • 2017 Jersey Fresh CCI3*
  • 2016 *Jersey Fresh CCI3*
  • 2016 Pine Top CIC3*

Parker (GBR)

Rider: James Alliston

  • 2016 Galway Downs CCI3*
  • 2016 Woodside CIC3*
  • 2016 Rebecca Farm CCI3*
  • 2016 Kentucky CCI4*

Rubens D’Ysieux

Rider: Sara Kozumplik-Murphy (B)

  • 2017 Bromont CCI3*
  • 2017 The Fork CIC3*

Wembley

Rider: Tamie Smith

  • 2017 Fair Hill CCI3*
  • 2017 *Bromont CCI3*
  • 2017 Twin Rivers CIC3*

U.S. Horses Qualified But Need a CIC3* within 12 months

Blackfoot Mystery

Rider: Boyd Martin

  • 2016 Kentucky CCI4*
  • 2016 Carolina CIC3*
  • 2015 Fair Hill CCI3*
  • 2015 Plantation Field CIC3*

Escot 6

Rider: Colleen Rutledge

  • 2016 Ocala Jockey Club CIC3*
  • 2016 Fair Hill CCI3*
  • 2016 Morven Park CIC3*
  • 2015 Jersey Fresh CCI3*

Gleaming Road

Rider: Anna Collier

  • 2016 Twin Rivers CIC3*
  • 2015 Rebecca Farm CIC3*
  • 2015 Rolex CCI4*
  • 2014 Galway Downs CCI3*

Goodknight

Rider: Jolie Wentworth

  • 2017 Twin Rivers CIC3*
  • 2016 Copper Meadows CIC3*
  • 2013 Galway Downs CCI3*
  • 2012 Galway Downs CCI3*

Hans Dampf

Rider: Will Faudree (B)

  • 2017 Carolina CIC3*
  • 2016 Fair Hill CCI3*
  • 2016 Morven Park CIC3*
  • 2016 Plantation Field CIC3*

Loughan Glen

Rider: Clark Montgomery

  • 2017 Carolina CIC3*
  • 2017 Pine Top CIC3*
  • 2015 Blenheim CCI3*
  • 2015 Luhmuhlen CCI4*

RF Eloquence

Rider: Elinor O’Neal

  • 2016 Boekelo CCIO3*
  • 2016 Plantation Field CIC3*
  • 2016 Red Hills CIC3*
  • 2014 Fair Hill CCI3*

Shamwari 4

Rider: Boyd Martin

  • 2016 Kentucky CCI4*
  • 2016 Carolina CIC3*
  • 2014 WEG – Normandy CCI4*
  • 2014 Luhmühlen CCI4*

Sparrow’s Nio

Rider: Allie Sacksen

  • 2017 Carolina CIC3*
  • 2017 Pine Top CIC3*
  • 2015 Fair Hill CCI3*
  • 2014 Fair Hill CCI3*

Spring Easy

Rider: Caroline Martin (B)

  • 2017 The Fork CIC3*
  • 2017 Carolina CIC3*
  • 2016 Richland Park CIC3*
  • 2016 Jersey Fresh CCI3*

Who’s A Star

Rider: Courtney Cooper

  • 2017 Red Hills CIC3*
  • 2014 *Jersey Fresh CCI3*
  • 2013 Jersey Fresh CCI3*
  • 2013 The Fork CIC3*

* These riders are provisionally suspended.

Wednesday News & Notes from SmartPak

This can be yours! (For a bid somewhere in the vicinity of $250k.) Photo courtesy of Heritage Auctions.

As a kid, it wasn’t eventing that captured my attention but horse racing. The glamour and the history drew me in and the scrappy jockeys in bright silks held my attention. I wanted nothing more in life to be a jockey, the first female jockey to win the Triple Crown and the Breeder’s Classic, and then the Dubai World Cup. Preferably on a horse I saved from the sales as a foal and then personally conditioned with the help of a crusty Hall-of-Famer trainer. Sound familiar?

National Holiday: Wave at Your Neighbor Day

On-going Events:

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

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

Your Wednesday News & Notes:

For the low expected final bid of $250,000, you can own the Triple Crown trophy presented to Laz Barrera. Barrera trained Affirmed to Triple Crown victory, the last to do so for almost forty years until American Pharaoh came along. The trophy is being auctioned off now online, with bidding open through February 24th. The opening bid is only $62,500…. [Triple Crown Trophy Auction]

In case you missed it, the long-awaited ERQI is available in your USEA Online Portal. CNow before you enter an event, take a moment to check out your horse’s ERQI to make sure you’re entering an appropriate level. Red means you’ve got a high risk for the level, orange is an elevated but acceptable risk, and green is good to go! [ERQI Now Available]

Not everyone makes it south for the winter, but the entries are already opening for events further north. That means an inundation of entries at dressage schooling shows and eventing derbies, a flurry of SOs asking what this charge to Event Entries is on the credit card, and riders riding through all kinds of weather now matter how unpleasant. [Eventing Season is Just Around the Corner]

SmartPak Product of the Day: As snow turns to rain, its time to go from winter overpants to rain overpants. No one wants to be riding through 40 deg storms but as the season starts, sometimes we’re forced to do things we hate. These should make it slightly more bearable. [SmartPak]

Wednesday News & Notes from SmartPak

Courtney Cooper knows it takes a village. Photo via Courtney Cooper’s FB page.

Like Courtney Cooper’s barn, the working students at my barn are absolutely the lifeblood of my trainer’s operation, keeping things flowing smoothly on a daily basis. Being a working student is a tough job, for those with grit and tenacity, with long days and lonely days off. So thank the ladies and gents who know the ins and outs of your horse better than you!

National Holiday: Backwards Day

On-going Events:

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

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

Galway Downs Winter H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Results]

National Holiday: National Peanut Butter Day

Your Wednesday News & Notes:

The USEA trophy for Adult Amateur of the Year is named in honor of Col. Allen D. Smith. Col. Smith was an avid amateur who chaired Area V in the 90s and was serving his second term on the USEA Board of Governers when he suddenly passed away at age 64. The award for our nation’s highest ranking amateur honors his legacy to the sport. [Trophy Tales]

Be extraordinarily careful when working around horses while they are still on the trailer. British eventer Anna Cheney was bandaging her horse on the trailer to stay out of poor weather before traveling home when the young horse panicked. Anna suffered some broken bones but is expected to make a full recovery due to the fact that she was still wearing her helmet when the incident occurred. [Horsebox Accident]

The Meyerhoffs stress the importance of a variety of footings. Eventer Bobby Meyerhoff and his wife, jumper-rider Danica, stress that mixing up the types of surfaces the horses ride on can be more beneficial in the long run to keeping the horses sound. A variety of surfaces puts the stress on different portions of the leg, instead of pounding on the same structures day after day. [Change Your Footing]

Best of the Blogs: A Hollywood Story

SmartPak Product of the Day: I know it seems warm-ish out there right now in some parts of the country but don’t worry…winter isn’t over yet! If you’re stuck in a cold or snowy climate for the next couple of months, think about some pants to go over your breeches and boots to keep you dry and warm. [SmartPak]

Wednesday News & Notes from SmartPak

Lainey Ashker giving a clinic in exotic Costa Rica. Photo via Laine Ashker’s FB page.

Does anyone else unable to see their horse on a daily basis obsess over photos and videos your barn friends send you? One of the girls at my barn sent me half a photo of my horse’s nose yesterday and I can’t stop staring at it. It’s my lifeline until I see that face again.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

National Holiday: National Peanut Butter Day

Your Wednesday News & Notes:

One of the coolest things I ever got to do was go away for pony camp in Vermont one summer. Now GMHA is offering an eventing camp for kids of all ages above 9! You can bring a pony, have lessons twice a day, and hang out in Area I in the summer to get out of the heat! [GMHA Junior Horsemanship Clinic]

Time to remember which divisions you and your horse are eligible. With the season underway, don’t forget to check the eligibility rules when picking out your divisions. If you’ve completed an Intermediate, maybe don’t enter the Rider division at Training, or you might find yourself delegated to competing as HC. [Rule Refresher]

Laura Graves hosted a masterclass as part of the Adequan West Coast Dressage Festival. One of her mantras is that training isn’t pretty. You have to allow the horse to make mistakes in training in order to learn, she says. [Keeping Horses and Riders Honest]

SmartPak Product of the Day: I talk about these blankets all the time because they are durable, fit well, warm, and have a great warranty behind them. And bonus, they are on sale regularly, including right now! [SmartPak]

Wednesday News & Notes from SmartPak

First XC jump of the year is done and dusted! Photo by Maggie Deatrick

It may have been cold for Stable View down in Aiken but since it’s a lot colder up in Philadelphia, I wasn’t complaining. Much. OK, a little, when I realized my show jumping jacket is made of technical fabric and therefore really designed for hot weather, not cold. And maybe a bit when the water jumps had a skim of ice on them for cross country day. Just a bit of complaining, really.

National Holiday: Ditch New Year’s Resolutions Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

Your Wednesday News & Notes:

Does it make sense to head south for the winter? For trainers like John Michael and Kimmy Durr, it does if you’re willing to shut down your entire northern operation. They’ve shifted the horses vacation to take full advantage of the competition and sales opportunities of the Florida season. [Wintering In Florida]

Entries for the Retired Racehorse Project are up 38%. 812 applications were received this year, up from 512 last year. The applicants came from 40 states, 3 Canadian provinces, and D.C., while the trainers themselves were 13% junior, with the remainder split almost evenly between professionals and adult amateurs. [RRP Trainer Applications Increase]

If volunteering is your bag, then pay attention to the WEG request for volunteers. The Tryon WEG Volunteer Management Program is fielding inquiries from prospective volunteers. In the next phase, the volunteers will fill out an application and by April 1, Tryon will begin notifying volunteers who have been accepted. [WEG Volunteer Portal is Open]

SmartPak Product of the Day: If full coverage is your deal in the winter, check out this beautiful Asmar jacket. With lots of length, it might even be full enough to prevent you from needing to wrap five horse blankets around yourself while teaching! [SmartPak]

Wednesday News & Notes from SmartPak

The squid is super pleased with himself after a stellar XC schooling. Photo by Maggie Deatrick

T-minus two days until I am on a flight (again) to Atlanta (again), about to drive to Aiken (again). But this time it will be for an event! I haven’t flown out to an event since my college days, so I am feeling very hunter-princess indeed as I fly in just to take the reins and glamorously jet out again after the show. I won’t feel so glamorous trudging through the airport parking lot at 1 am Monday morning, looking for my car, but such is the price we pay as amateurs. I can live with a little bit of sleep deprivation.

National Holiday: National Take the Stairs Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Stable View Aiken Opener H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

Your Wednesday News & Notes:

The one and only Joseph Murphy will be offering a clinic in Ocala in early February. Despite being a cross-country savant himself, Joseph decided it never hurts to learn from the best and spent some time picking up some tips from Michael Jung and Christopher Burton recently. Sign up now for his clinic to gain not only some Irish expertise but maybe a little bit of Jung’s advice, secondhand, as well. [Joseph Murphy Ocala Clinic]

Don’t expect to see Zara Tindall at Kentucky this spring. Zara and her husband Mike Tindall have announced they are pregnant again, due this year. Zara nd Mike have a 3 year old already, and this child would be 19th in line to the throne, after the child that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting. [Zara Tindall Expecting]

Like many Americans unable to head south, the Brits are focusing on the basics of fitness over the winter. Nicola Wilson reveals some of her favorite winter tips, like spending time hacking and trotting before thinking about spring gallops, and feeding on the ground to stretch the top line. [9 Winter Training Tips]

Boyd Martin got to live every 90s girl’s dream of joining up. Working with Monty Roberts at the Adequan West Coast Dressage Festival Masterclass, Boyd joined up with one of Monty’s homebreds. Afterwards, he did an eventing demonstration with some of Erin Kellerhouse’s young event horses, using humor to provide entertainment to the crowd. [Boyd Martin Joins Monty Roberts for Masterclass]

Prepare for the 2018 competition season by attending the 16th Annual Weekend Equestrian Program to be held January 27-28 at Chase Collegiate School in Waterbury, CT.  Over 50 presentations will be made on a range of topics including, but not limited to, colic, wounds, vital signs, dehydration, Lyme disease, USEF drug testing, and improving your test scores.  Specifically for eventers, talks will be offered on the new 2018 USEF dressage tests, conditioning for the lower levels, the warm-up at a competition, and how to improve the stadium phase.  For more information, including information on schedules and registration, go to [Dressage4Kids].

SmartPak Product of the Day: With as cold as it has been, insulated bucket covers might help ease the pain a little. These guys from SmartPak are even on sale, so buy them now so the next cold spell your horses all have less-frozen water! [SmartPak]

Wednesday News & Notes from SmartPak

Working students in the wild have been known to search out sources of warmth in the winter months. Photo via Destination Farm FB page.

For the first time in my eventing career, I will be competing at the very first horse trials of the year, which happens to be held at Stable View this year. Originally my plan was to ride through New Year’s but the arctic temps and frozen ground thwarted that. Now I’m headed down to Aiken this weekend to take a spin on my squid so we can try not to embarrass ourselves running Novice. Turning is hard when you’re 17.1 hands worth of legs.

National Holiday: Fruitcake Toss Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

One more week…

Your Wednesday News & Notes:

Margaret Hough made history when she became the first woman to win Badminton. At a time when men still looked down on women for not just competing but daring to be competitive, Margaret Hough and Bambi V dared to take the title in 1954. Margaret passed away peacefully at the age of 86. [First Female Badminton Winner Dies]

We’ve heard from some of the American riders but the Brits have big goals too. Oliver Townend, Laura Collett, and Izzy Taylor all have promising young horses and all have a similar goal: Badminton then WEG. [New Years Resolutions]

Judges wanted! If you’ve ever thought about becoming a dressage judge (or more importantly, need to escape the cold), you can still sign up for the Dressage Session I Training Program in Ocala from January 29 to February 1. The deadline has been extended to January 10. [Deadline Extended]

SmartPak Product of the Day: I ventured out from my normal boot brand this fall after wearing out too many pairs too quickly and was extremely pleased when these Mountain Horse field boots arrived. I’ve gotten quite a few compliments on their looks so far and they had almost no break in time! [SmartPak]

Here’s to the Things That Were

In the fall of 2017, EN writer Maggie Deatrick and her long-time partner Divine Comedy, aka Dante, were set for a comeback to the 3* level after two years of rehabbing a tendon injury. After feeling something wasn’t quite right with him, she went down the rabbit hole of treating and diagnosing for what she hoped would be manageable arthritic changes. Ultimately a CT scan revealed a career-ending issue instead. Dante has now happily been transitioned into a pasture puff for the next couple of years, with hopes of a career as a lower level schoolmaster in the future.

Photos courtesy of Jenni Autry, Dapple Bay, Michelle Parker, and Maggie Deatrick.

Today is the first day of our second decade together. Today, things are different.

For ten years, you have been my brother in arms, my kindred spirit. You’ve given me strength, courage, and confidence. You’ve given me speed and you’ve given me wings.

But this year, things change. Our relationship as we’ve known it is over. We will never go out together again to face life and death. We have to be something else to each other now.

Your heart of a lion has outgrown your long-backed, upright-pasterned body. It can’t do what you want it to do, but you’ll keep trying, because that’s the sort you are. But I know you better than I know myself, and I knew something was wrong.

I’m devastated I found it.

I’m so grateful I found it.

It’s been hard. Ending the relationship we’ve had has been both the easiest and hardest decision I’ve ever had to make, but I know that in order to protect you, I had to make the call.

For a while, I couldn’t stop thinking about the things that would never be.

Ending it meant we’d never fly over the hills of Kentucky on a Saturday in April amidst cheers from a crowd of thousands. We’d never tackle the sandy hills of Carolina, an event I tried to attend for years and never managed to get to. We’d never dominate the CCI3* course at Fair Hill, a venue I knew you loved by the way your strength swelled like the rising tide beneath me at minute eight in the two-star.

But the longer I thought about it, the more I realized that the things that we did accomplish were so much greater than the things we didn’t.

You’ve brought me further than I ever imagined I could come. You never knew your conformation was ill-suited to upper level eventing. You didn’t care that you were supposed to top out at Prelim. You weren’t done there. You dragged me up the levels, bouncing over three-star tables as if they were nothing when everyone once thought you were scoped out at 3’6″. You didn’t care how embarrassed I was after you gleefully misbehaved during dressage or jumped around show-jumping by braille. You knew you’d make it up to me on cross-country day, and you always followed through.

Before you, I’d never even run Training, never placed high enough at any event to get a ribbon. At our very first event, you rewarded me with a low twenties dressage score and led from start to finish. At the end of our second year we were running Preliminary and the following year tackling FEI events, including a third place finish at one of the last long-format CCI ever held.

Together we ran over courses from Jersey Fresh to Colorado, from Maui Jim in Chicago down to Rocking Horse in Florida. We finished on your dressage score in our very first Advanced, a weekend I will never forget. We jumped the very high side of an angled brush in our second Advanced at Poplar Place when you drifted on take-off, and yet cleared it and galloped on. We had a personal best dressage at Fair Hill CCI2*, in a field 110 strong, putting us in the top quarter of the field after phase one.

You taught me patience, over and over and over, on the flat and in the show jumping. Everything you did, you did in Capital Letters, emphatically and enthusiastically, and sometimes embarrassingly. I spent an entire decade learning to be a better rider, for you.

On cross country day, you were king. Present you to the fence perfectly, you jumped economically. Give you a challenge, like an off distance or a big spread, and you would jump the moon. The feeling of power that rose like a wave under me when you were fit and fast on course meant I knew making time would be easy that day. I had to learn not to let my confidence translate into cockiness, to not make a mistake out of complacency, simply because I was sitting on you.

I didn’t know that a lone Intermediate run this fall would be our final run together, but I’m grateful to have had one last taste of flying on your back. After two long years of patient rehab after a tendon injury, I thought that run was a taste of what would be coming, not a finale to a long career. It was easy for you, even after a long hiatus.

The tendon is strong as iron now; I’m proud it wasn’t what ended your career.

All these things we did together, you and I. These memories are the things that were. I choose not to regret anything.

Here’s to Dante, the brother of my soul. You’ve given me everything you had, and been so more to me than you were meant to be.

Thank you.

EN’s Year in Review: Top Five Pairs in Show Jumping for 2017

This series highlights the top five horses and riders in each phase at the Advanced, three-star and four-star levels from 2017. While we often recognize greatness over all three phases in our sport, EN believes we should also recognize strength in each phase. This series aims to give that recognition, highlighting horses and riders who have had particularly strong years in one phase.

We’ve already looked at top cross country horses and dressage powerhouses among the American and U.S.-based horses. Today we pay tribute to the top five show jumping horses of 2017.

To be considered for EN’s Top Five, we first began with horses with at least three show jumping rounds at this level who had no more than one rail the entire year. We then ranked the horses according to the number of rounds that were jumped clear, with the horses who jumped the most clear rounds ranking higher.

Then the level of competition was considered, and the horses tied for number of runs were ranked according to the level of their CCI (or if no CCI was completed). Finally, if a tie still existed, we turned to time penalties, using that as the final tie breaker.

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

FIFTH PLACE: Paddy the Caddy

Number of Rails in 2017: 1

Time Penalty Average: 0

Number of Clear Rounds: 5 of 6 (2 Clear CCI3* Rounds)

In his second year at the level, Paddy the Caddy cemented his ability in the show jumping phase under Erin Sylvester, clocking in clear rounds at five of their six shows, two of which were CCI3*. With clear rounds in 12 of their 14 career stadium rounds at this level, these two are worth keeping an eye on.

This pair started the year quietly with clear rounds in the Advanced divisions at Pine Top and Carolina International. Coming home, Paddy the Caddy then knocked off a clear round in their first CIC3* of the year at Fair Hill. The Advanced at the Horse Park of New Jersey saw Erin and Paddy the Caddy have their only rail of the year before they moved on to a clear round in Paddy the Caddy’s first career CCI3* at Rebecca Farms, giving them the win. A clear round at Fair Hill CCI3* helped them clinch a top five position, one of only two pairs to finish on their dressage score.

Lauren Kieffer and D.A. Duras. Photo by Shelby Allen.

FOURTH PLACE: D.A. Duras

Number of Rails in 2017: 1

Time Penalty Average: 0.14

Number of Clear Rounds: 6 of 7 (No CCI)

D.A. Duras is another sophomore at the level who really stepped up his game this year. With Lauren Kieffer in the irons, this young horse came close to a foot-perfect year, with only a single rail.

These two started the year in the states with clear rounds inside the time in the CIC3* divisions at both Red Hills and Carolina. A single time penalty at Chattahoochee Hills in the Advanced would be their only time penalty of the year before Lauren based herself in England for the remainder of the year.

Across the pond, D.A. Duras clocked off a clear stadium round in the Advanced at Little Downham before incurring his only rail of the year at the CIC3* at Barbury Castle. He and Lauren rallied for the final two rounds of the year at this level, jumping clear at both the Hartpury CIC3* and Blenheim CIC3* (8/9 year old).

Phillip Dutton and Z. Photo by Jenni Autry.

THIRD PLACE: Z

Number of Rails in 2017: 1

Time Penalty Average: 0.14

Number of Clear Rounds: 6 of 7 (1 Clear CCI3* Rounds)

Yet another sophomore horse on this list, Z has started a pattern of needing one show to warmup before hitting home runs the rest of the year. Both in 2016 and 2017, Z had one rail at his first A/3* of the year before jumping clean for the remainder of his shows.

Z and Phillip Dutton started by incurring one rail at Carolina CIC3*. They’d clock in clear rounds at Fair Hill and Jersey Fresh in the CIC3* divisions before hopping the pond to incur the only time penalty of Z’s career thus far at the Tattersalls CCI3*.

Back for the fall, Z had clear rounds at both Millbrook Advanced and Plantation Field CIC3*, then had a short break while Phillip recovered from a fall. Back in time for the Ocala Jockey Club, a clear round in the stadium helped Z climb the ranks to finish as Phillip’s top placed horse of the CIC3*.

Kurt Martin and Delux Z. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

SECOND PLACE: DeLux Z

Number of Rails in 2017: 0

Time Penalty Average: 0.71

Number of Clear Rounds: 7 of 7 (1 Clear CCI3*, 1 Clear CCI4*)

DeLux Z co-owns the longest clear stadium streak in North American eventing, with eleven straight clear rounds dating back to his first CCI4* in 2016. Since that date he has jumped clear at every Advanced, 3*, and 4* he has competed at, including two rounds at Kentucky, one at Fair Hill CCI3*, and another at Blenheim CCI3*.

Beginning the year with clear rounds at the Pine Top Advanced and Carolina CIC3*, Kurt Martin and DeLux Z then had a clear round with four time penalties at the Advanced at Chattahoochee Hills. They were then one of only four clear rounds inside the time at Kentucky CCI4*.

Coming out strong for the fall, this pair had clean rounds again at Millbrook Advanced and Plantation Field CIC3*, then incurred one time penalty but no rails at the Fair Hill CCI3*.

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

FIRST PLACE: Congo Brazzaville C

Number of Rails in 2017: 0

Time Penalty Average: 1.22

Number of Clear Rounds: 9 of 9 (1 Clear CCI3* Round)

The only freshman horse on the list, Congo Brazzaville C has stepped up to the Advanced level with a bang in 2017 under Mara DePuy. Going a perfect 9 for 9 in stadium rounds is no joke, and despite a few time penalties, this horse has established himself as the king of this phase for 2017.

These two started off the year with a clear round inside the time at the Pine Top Advanced before knocking off the same in the Carolina, Fair Hill, and Jersey Fresh CIC3* divisions. Congo Brazzaville C incurred his first stadium penalties with 6 time at Great Meadow CICO3* when Mara briefly took a detour after a particularly big effort, but the two followed it up with clear rounds inside the time at both Millbrook Advanced and Plantation Field CIC3*.

Next up they finished the year with a clear round and four time at Morven Advanced followed by a clear round with one time penalty at Congo Brazzaville C’s first CCI3* at Fair Hill.

EN’s Year in Review: Top Five Pairs in Cross Country for 2017

Welcome to the second post in our series highlighting the top five horses and riders in each phase at the Advanced, three-star and four-star levels from 2017. Yesterday we highlighted the top five dressage powerhouses among the American and U.S. based horses. Today we pay tribute to the top five cross country horses of 2017.

To be considered for EN’s Top Five in this category, we first began with horses that completed every cross country round they started and incurred no jump penalties or frangible penalties in any of their starts — in other words, a perfect jump penalty record for 2017. The horses also needed to have completed at least three cross country rounds this year, of which at least one must be a CCI, to be considered.

We then ranked the horses according to who averaged the fewest number of time penalties across the country.

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

FIFTH PLACE: Foxwood High

Jump Penalties: 0

Time Penalty Average: 3.43

Number of Runs: 7

Foxwood High and Selena O’Hanlon started the year off a bit slower and then ended by picking up the pace, ultimately winning the CCI3* at Fair Hill, the first time a Canadian has won the division.

These two started their season at Rocking Horse Advanced, accumulating 4.8 time penalties. At Red Hills, they had a speedy 2.0 time penalties to help win the Advanced division. Next up was the WEG venue at The Fork CIC3*, where they had a solid clear round with 4.8 time penalties. The two finished their spring season at the Rolex CCI4*, with a clear round and 10.4 time.

Foxwood High and Selena came out guns blazing for the fall season, beginning with a clear round 3 seconds inside the time at the Great Meadow CICO3*, followed by another clear round at Plantation Field CIC3*, this time 6 seconds inside the time. Their crowning achievement this fall was the win at Fair Hill CCI3*, helped by their round only 4 seconds over the optimum.

Doug Payne and Vandiver. Photo by Libby Law.

FOURTH PLACE: Vandiver

Jump Penalties: 0

Time Penalty Average: 3.37

Number of Runs: 7

Doug Payne and Vandiver had a very good year in the second phase, finishing inside the time on three occasions and finishing fifteen seconds or less over optimum all but once.

These two started the year at Pine Top CIC3*, putting in the fastest round of the day after finishing 11 seconds under optimum. Vandiver followed it up with a quick but not lightning-fast round at Carolina in the CIC3*, finishing 12 seconds over optimum for 4.8 time penalties. At The Fork CIC3*, the WEG venue for 2018, they equaled the fastest round in the CIC3*, finishing 3 seconds under optimum. Their fall season concluded at Rolex Kentucky CCI4*, where Vandiver had a very solid 5.2 time penalties.

After a break while Doug mended from a broken collarbone, Vandiver next appeared at Millbrook, clocking in a slower round with 8.4 time penalties. Doug then put the pedal to the metal for the American Eventing Championships, proving his earlier run at the venue wasn’t a fluke with a clear round 9 seconds inside the time. The pair rounded the year our with a trip across the pond to Blenheim, finishing with 5.2 penalties in the CCI3*.

Kylie Lyman and Da Vinci Code. Photo by MWL/Hoofclix.com.

THIRD PLACE: Da Vinci Code

Jump Penalties: 0

Time Penalty Average: 3.20

Number of Runs: 3

Da Vinci Code is flying under the radar after he had a strong spring season. A clear run with only 5.2 penalties at Pine Top CIC3* marked a solid start to the year. At Carolina CIC3*, where time was extremely difficult to make this year, Da Vinci Code and Kylie Lyman came close, accumulating only 3.2 time penalties. Then Da Vinci Code established his cross-country talent over the Bromont CCI3* course, where he was only 3 seconds over optimum time.

Matthew Brown and Super Socks BCF. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

SECOND PLACE: Super Socks BCF

Jump Penalties: 0

Time Penalty Average: 2.67

Number of Runs: 3

Super Socks BCF and Matt Brown were coming off a high in 2016 with a win at the inaugural CIC3* at the Ocala Jockey Club, and clearly had a goal in mind. Choosing to run at a slower pace in their first run of the year, they accumulated 7.6 time penalties at the Pine Top CIC3*.

That would be the slowest they’d go all year. At Carolina, they pressed the pace in the Advanced and managed the fastest round of the day over a hard-to-make-time track, finishing only one second over optimum time. At Rolex, Super Socks BCF became a super hero after finishing with the second fastest round of the day, fastest of all the American riders.

Frankie Thieriot Stutes and Chatwin. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

FIRST PLACE: Chatwin

Jump Penalties: 0

Time Penalty Average: 0.27

Number of Runs: 3

Chatwin had an abbreviated year due to his rider’s growing family, but Frankie Theriot-Stutes quietly assembled a supremely solid spring season with this young horse.

This pair began the year at Twin Rivers, running clear in the Advanced division while finishing 7 seconds under the optimum time. They continued the pattern at the Galway Downs CIC3*, this time finishing 17 seconds under optimum en route to a clear round.

After a monsoon at Jersey Fresh caused Frankie to withdraw prior to the cross country, Chatwin re-routed to the Bromont CCI3*, where he finished only two seconds over the optimum time in his first CCI3*, marking the third-fastest round of the day.

EN’s Year in Review: Top Five Pairs in Dressage for 2017

Welcome to our Top Five of 2017 series! Like the last two years, this series will highlight the top five horses and riders in each phase at the Advanced, three-star and four-star levels from 2017.

While we often recognize greatness over all three phases in our sport, we should also strive to recognize strength in each phase. This series aims to give that recognition and highlight horses and riders who have had particularly strong years in one phase or another.

Today’s Top Five will highlight the horses that had the five lowest dressage averages in 2017. To be considered for EN’s top five, the horse must have performed at least three dressage tests at these levels. All U.S. horses were considered, regardless of where they are based, as well as all horses who competed at least twice on U.S. soil.

These averages include Advanced scores that have been converted into FEI scores to allow for direct comparison. This will be the last year we do the conversion from USEF to FEI, as next year the FEI scores will lose the coefficient. I’ve included the average in terms of both FEI and USEF scoring, but both scores include all Advanced/3*/4* tests from the year.

As a side note, 17 American horses averaged below the all-important 45.0 mark this year. This is well up from only 9 horses who dropped below 45.0 last year, and surpasses the 15 horses who achieved that mark in 2015.

Heather Morris and Charlie Tango. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

FIFTH PLACE: Charlie Tango

FEI Average: 42.21

USEF Average: 28.14

Number of Tests: 4

The young Charlie Tango stepped out of the gate in 2017 already above average and managed to steadily drop his score throughout the year across eight starts. Based in California, he and Heather Morris clocked in a 30.0 (USEF), a 46.3 (FEI), and a 30.0 (USEF) in their first three starts of the year at Twin Rivers Advanced, Galway Downs CIC3*, and Woodside Advanced respectively. After knocking out a 27.8 (USEF) at the Copper Meadows Advanced in June, they made the trek to Montana for Charlie Tango’s first CCI3* completion, where he executed a 46.1 (FEI) in the dressage phase.

By fall the horse had found another gear, beginning with a 22.4 (USEF) in the Advanced at Copper Meadows before trekking east for a 25.4 (USEF) at the Stable View Advanced. This pair rounded out their stellar year in the first phase with a 41.9 (FEI) at the Fair Hill CCI3*.

Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

FOURTH PLACE: RF Scandalous

FEI Average: 42.08

USEF Average: 28.05

Number of Tests: 5

RF Scandalous started the year out with a bang, leading The Fork CIC3* from start to finish after scoring 41.7 (FEI) in phase one. The next event saw RF Scandalous and Marilyn Little scoring just a hair shy of their personal best as they executed a 37.7 (FEI) in the CIC3* at Jersey Fresh. The pair capped off the spring season by scoring a 38.0 (FEI) at the mare’s first CCI4* in Luhmuhlen.

Back in the States for the fall, RF Scandalous led the field after dressage in the American Eventing Championships with a 27.8 (USEF), before faltering at her final event of the year, scoring an uncharacteristic 51.3 (FEI) at the Ocala Jockey Club CIC3*.

Colleen Rutledge and Covert Rights. Photo by Jenni Autry.

THIRD PLACE: Covert Rights

FEI Average: 41.62

USEF Average: 27.74

Number of Tests: 5

Covert Rights really stepped up his dressage game after a bit of a hiatus in 2016. Knocking a bit of rust off at Carolina CIC3* with a 48.0 (FEI), Colleen then gave him a bit of a break before heading to the final Richland Park CIC3* where they scored a personal best of 33.3 (FEI), also marking the fourth best North American three-star score this decade.

At Plantation CIC3*, they faltered a bit in the uncharacteristic heat with a 47.3 (FEI) before rebounding at Morven Park in the CIC3* to lead from start to finish with a 39.7 (FEI). Covert Rights wound out the fall season at Fair Hill CCI3*, where a 39.8 (FEI) was enough to hold second after phase one.

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

SECOND PLACE: Fernhill By Night

FEI Average: 39.89

USEF Average: 26.59

Number of Tests: 7

Fernhill By Night spent the year being his consistent stellar self, executing seven consecutive tests that scored well over 70%. He and Liz Halliday-Sharp have proven they are always a must-watch test on day one.

Fernhill By Night began the year at Pine Top CIC3* with a solid 40.4 (FEI), followed by a 42.5 (FEI) at Carolina CIC3*. At The Fork, he and Liz broke into the FEI thirties for the first time in 2017, scoring a 25.9 (USEF) in the Advanced to ultimately win the division. To round out their spring season, these two laid down a 41.3 (FEI) at Rolex Kentucky CCI4* to place fourth after the first phase.

After a break, Liz brought ‘Blackie’ back out at Blair Castle in the CIC3*, scoring 41.9 (FEI) before withdrawing prior to cross-country. At Blenheim CIC3* ERM, these two scored a very solid 40.3 (FEI) to finish sixth in the division. Finally, Liz and Fernhill By Night returned to the States in time for the Ocala Jockey Club to lead the CIC3* division with a 34.0 (FEI), more than six points ahead of their nearest competitor.

Clark Montgomery and Loughan Glen. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

FIRST PLACE: Loughan Glen

FEI Average: 35.70

USEF Average: 23.80

Number of Tests: 3

It’s not exactly a surprise that Loughan Glen can throw down a test competitive with anyone in the world, and he did it again twice this year, setting records with only three starts. Although these tests did not translate into wins, there’s no doubt that Loughan Glen is one of the best dressage specialists in the eventing world.

Based in the U.S. again after many years over in England, Clark Montgomery and Loughan Glen started the year at Pine Top CIC3*, laying down the best three-star score in North America since 2012 with a 32.2 (FEI). At Carolina CIC3*, the pair regressed a bit and only achieved a 41.3 (FEI), still enough to lead a very competitive field of 60.

Then, at Rolex Kentucky CCI4*, they showed what they can really do with a 33.6 (FEI), executing the best test of any North American at Rolex this decade. That score gave them a lead of 3.5 points over the second placed pair, world-champion Michael Jung and his super mare fischerRocana FST.

Hang on to your hats! Next we introduce the EN’s top pairs on cross country.

Wednesday News & Notes from SmartPak

Elf on the Shelf has got a (much larger) clone! Photo via Destination Farm FB page.

Fun holiday shows, endless candy and cookies, and caroling 24/7. What’s not to love about the holidays? Usually I’m stuck inside working so much I can’t take a second to enjoy but for the first time in my working life, I’m taking a break between Christmas and New Year to enjoy my horse before he heads south for the winter. Fingers crossed for good weather!

National Holiday: Go Caroling Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Still patiently waiting for 2018…

Your Wednesday News & Notes:

If you’re keeping up with the EquiRatings Horse of the Year, they’re up to contender #9, Ballaghmor Class. You can get the rundown on all the contenders directly from the horse’s mouth, as it were, by listening into the Horseware Eventing Podcast. [ER HOTY – Making the List]

DeLux Z has been quietly sneaking up the four-star ranks with Kurt Martin. DeLux Z and Kurt have flown under the radar since their win at Lux’s first CCI3* in 2015, but have steadily been improving as the horse gains fitness. With a desire for escaping and a not-so-secret love for his stablemate Anna Bella, Lux has proven quite the character at home. [Behind the Stall Door]

The Wilberry Wonder Pony Hannah Francis Award has been given to a friend of the late Hannah Francis. Emily Mustow has channeled the determination of Hannah this year, struggling back from a concussion only to suffer from acute appendicitis the day she was cleared. After her layoff she completed her first one-star before long-term effects from the concussion took hold. [Young Rider Wins Hannah Francis Award]

SmartPak Product of the Day: If you’ve left your gift shopping until the last minute and are worried about receiving gift shipments on time, worry no more! SmartPak Gift Certificates are instantly delivered to their recipients. [SmartPak]

Congrats to Shannon L., our day nine winner of EN’s 12 Days of Christmas giveaways! Shannon will receive a prize pack from Horseware including a winter jacket, turnout blanket and dog blanket. Tune in to EN today for your next chance to win a prize from one of EN’s awesome sponsors.

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This should really not be that mesmerizing. I really should not be watching it on loop. I am not absolutely fascinated by Michael Jung making random faces and it absolutely does not make him adorable and relatable. Not at all.

National Holiday: Ice Cream Day (Because it’s not cold or anything…)

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Patiently waiting for 2018…

Your Wednesday News & Notes:

Our historic Fair Hill winner Foxwood High is up for EquiRatings Horse of the Year. Foxwood High capped off a banner year by becoming the first Canadian winner of Fair Hill. This capped off a season that saw his dressage drop ten points from start to finish, his stadium improve and his cross country faster. [ER HOTY Contender]

Breaking tack on course is everyone’s worst nightmare. And yet, it seems to happen more often than it should. Re-live tales of riders who have broken tack and gone on to finish…or take the sensible route and retire when it’s too dangerous. [7 Terrifying Moments]

The Intercollegiate Championships will return to VAHT again. After hosting for two years, VAHT has been awarded the Intercollegiate Championships for one more year before they are opened up for a bid for the next three years. The USEA hopes to rotate to venues accessible to other college programs to grow the Intercollegiate participation. [Intercollegiate Championships Will Return]

SmartPak Product of the Day: Guys. Horseware products are on sale. Horseware products haven’t been on sale as long as I remember, so please go stock up on Rambo turnouts while you can! [SmartPak]

Congrats to Morgan, our day two winner of EN’s 12 Days of Christmas giveaways! Morgan will receive a StretchTech Shoulder Relief Girth from our awesome sponsor Total Saddle Fit. Tune in to EN later today for your next chance to win a prize from one of EN’s awesome sponsors.

Wednesday News & Notes from SmartPak

Stephanie Cordell and Codename Toby tackle new heights. Photo by Dillon Cordell.

This is both the quietest time of year (no USEA events) and busiest time of year (schooling shows, clinics, derbies, and lessons). Loch Moy Farm has a long standing tradition of running year-round schooling shows on their all-weather arenas, letting everyone dip their toes into a higher level at the end of the season in a bit of a tamer setting like a derby. Oh, and bonus points for festive decor!

National Holiday: Put On Your Own Shoes Day #adulting

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Not one single event! 2017 is in the books!

Your Wednesday News & Notes:

The Southern California Equestrian Sports Foundation has announced their grant recipients. Grant recipients were  chosen based on their dedication for the betterment of equestrian sports. This year, Allison Springer, Lauren Billys, and Gina Miles were all chosen to receive the award. [SCES Announces Grant Recipients]

Galway Downs is always making efforts to upgrade their facilities. Numerous trainers, primarily West Coast based but also including riders like Boyd Martin, have offered their services to the 20th Annual Galway Downs Eventing Fundraiser Clinic. Proceeds will go to help upgrade the cross-country course. [20th Annual Galway Downs Fundraiser]

EquiRatings reminds us that a year can make a big difference. A year ago, names like Bulana and Ballaghmore Class weren’t household names. Horses like these two, along with Hunter Valley II and Vanir Kamira leapt forward from their performances of 2016. Who will step up to the plate and give us some unexpected brilliance in 2018? [Top Level Improvers of 2017]

SmartPak Product of the Day: If you haven’t been paying attention, SmartPak is still running their 25 Days of Christmas! Yesterday was Back on Track products being sweetened with an extra gift, what is today’s sale offering? [SmartPak]

Wednesday News & Notes from Smart Pak

Giving Tuesday can be fun! Photo via Will Faudree Eventing FB Page

It’s wonderful to see eventers giving back this time of year, and Will Faudree Eventing is making a tradition of it this year, recruiting Bobby Costello and John Zopatti to crew the 2nd Annual Celebrity Bartending Event. The occasion raised money for the Hearts 4 Heroes Corporation, a nonprofit that connects service members with physical and mental disabilities and trauma with canine- and equine-assisted therapy. If that’s not a worthy cause, I don’t know what is.

National Holiday: Square Dance Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Sporting Days Farm H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

Your Wednesday News & Notes:

Our very own Buck Davidson and Carlevo have been noted as one to watch for 2018. EquiRatings notes that the horse has finished in every place inside the top ten except for the elusive win. Is that a portent of things to come for next year? [A Win on the Way]

Boyd is expanding his horizons this December with some clinics in Japan. Boyd will be holding a number of clinics in association with the NRCAJ (the Japanese riding association), the JRA (the Japanese Racing Association), and Godolphin. The clinics will aim to help riders in Japan learn how to transition OTTB to new careers, particularly eventing. [Martin to Host Clinics]

Stuart Tinney’s near-miss with a flag at Adelaide has stirred plenty of debate. With the rules in place for 2018, the FEI will be taking another year to evaluate the definition of a runout after Stuart Tinney’s horse almost entirely missed the fence but still managed to pass his shoulder inside a flag. The USEF will revert to the previous rule of elimination while waiting for the FEI to settle on final language. [The 50 Penalty Rule]

SmartPak Product of the Day: This isn’t exactly the time of year to think about buying heat gear, but the holiday sales are often a great time to get deals on summer wear like this Kastel Sun Shirt using the Holiday17 coupon code! [SmartPak]

Wednesday News & Notes from SmartPak

We should all take a moment to hail a cab in the company of Bruce. Photo via JJ Sillman’s FB page.

It’s the time of year when everyone waxes poetic about what makes them thankful. JJ Sillman, photographer extraordinaire and member of the Central Kentucky Riding for Hope rescue takes a minute to recount how lucky she is to work for the rescue:

“After a two hour trail ride around the Kentucky Horse Park pretending that I was a 4* rider on my trusty Paso Fino…. I have to say again how thankful I am for all of my amazing coworkers, multiple bosses, sweet clients, and all of the fabulous horses I get to work with and learn from at my job. I am so lucky.”

Thank you for giving back to the horses, JJ! I think all of EN will join me in saying we are thankful for your selfless hours of taking stunning photos at events as well!

National Holiday: Go For a Ride Day (Seriously, need to burn all that turkey off this week somehow!)

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

Your Wednesday News & Notes:

Sam has made it look easier than it is, but having a top 10 finishing streak at the CCI4* level is an incredible feat. EquiRatings recounts the legacy of these equine legends, who finished in the top ten at least four consecutive times at the four-star level. Spoiler alert, La Biosthetique Sam owns the largest streak by double the number of the horse who comes in second. [The Elite Group of Four Star Specialists]

With the 2018 calendar out, it’s time to start making some decisions! GEarl and Jen McFall have to make sure plan plenty in advance, with a sales and training program, pony club, and breeding all going on. They often pick a ‘must-go’ event and work backwards from that when planning their calendar. [Planning Your Event Calendar]

Have you ever wanted a stable where your horses can graze on your roof? It might not be high on your list of priorities but after seeing these stunning photos of the stables of Nacho Figueras, a top polo player in Argentina, you might want to reconsider. [Modern Architecture]

SmartPak Product of the Day: SmartPak’s 25 Deals of Christmas has started! Each day SmartPak reveals their special for the day, for 25 days straight! Yesterday’s deal was on Piper breeches and tops, what will today’s sale be for? [SmartPak]

By the Numbers: Ocala Jockey Club CIC3*

In only its second year of existence, Ocala Jockey Club International has managed to draw one of the strongest North American fields of the year. The draw of having a CIC3* so late in the year in a warm climate, with top notch organizers and course designers has proven a real draw to many professionals, many of whom base their winter operations out of Ocala.

The stunning Ocala Jockey Club. Photo by Jenni Autry.

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The Event

  • Last year’s inaugural running of the CIC3* was won on a tie-breaker by Matt Brown and Super Socks BCF, who finished within the optimum time to take the win over Jonathan Holling and Downtown Harrison. It was only the fifth time this decade that a three-star has been decided on a tie-breaker.
  • Matt and Super Socks BCF also set a North American record for biggest movers, moving to the win from tenth after dressage. This is the biggest move this decade to win a North American CIC3* in a field with less than 40 starters.
  • The top five finishers last year all jumped clear and inside the time in the stadium phase, making show jumping performance extremely important at this venue.
  • Buck Davidson and Carlevo were the only pair to break into the thirties in the dressage last year; this year’s field contains multiple pairs who could break that threshold.

Liz Halliday-Sharp and Fernhill By Night. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.

Dressage Divas

  • Fernhill By Night and Liz Halliday-Sharp own the lowest 3* average in the field over the past two years, clocking in just over forty with a 40.4. They’ve twice dipped down into the high thirties in this time period, and they’ve been getting close to breaking that threshold again this fall season.
  • Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous have also flirted heavily with the thirties at the Advanced and 3* level since 2016, almost equaling their personal best for the level at Jersey Fresh this spring when they led the field with a 37.7 before scoring similarly at the Luhmuhlen CCI4*. This pair hovers in the 41 range on a very consistent basis, with four of their eight career Advanced and 3* tests ranging from 41.1 to 41.7.
  • Katie Ruppel and Houdini were always strong at dressage but they’ve really raised the bar since 2016, clocking in five consecutive sub-45 scores at Advanced and 3* out of their seven starts in that time period. They’ve twice dipped into the high thirties, including this fall at Richland Park.
  • Harbour Pilot and Hannah Sue Burnett are consistently competitive, clocking in score after score in the forties, but have only once managed to crack into the thirties in their career. At Houghton Hall in May, these two laid down a personal best of 37.2 but have floated up to the high forties in their subsequent shows.
  • Vermiculus is also worth keeping an eye on after knocking nearly nine points off his dressage average between 2016 and 2017. He hasn’t been out at this level since Kentucky, but Lauren Kieffer is never a rider to discount for a big score on day one.

Alyssa Phillips and Bliss III. Photo by JJ Sillman Photography.

Show Jumping Powerhouses

  • Cooley Dream has been consistent as clockwork in the stadium phase with Hannah Sue Burnett, going five for five in clear stadium rounds at the Advanced and CIC3* levels.
  • Jennie Brannigan and Cambalda are extraordinarily consistent in the show jumping phase; they’ve jumped clear in 17 of their last 19 consecutive 3* and Advanced starts. This pair hasn’t had a single rail since Cambalda returned to competition this year.
  • Bliss III and Alyssa Phillips had a rail at their very first Advanced, way back in 2015 at Twin Rivers. They haven’t touched a pole since, jumping clear in eight consecutive stadium rounds together at this level.

Kurt Martin and Anna Bella. Photo by Kasey Mueller.

Cross Country Machines

  • Simply Priceless and Elisa Wallace have a reputation for speed, and with good reason. This pair has the fastest average pace of the field at the CIC3*/Advanced levels over the past two seasons, clocking in an average of only 8.6 seconds over optimum time.
  • Jennie Brannigan and Cambalda have been pushing the pace all year, clocking in their first round inside the time at Plantation Field since Cambalda’s return to competition. Their last three runs average 1.67 seconds under optimum, while their overall pace for the year sits at 9.6 seconds over.
  • Anna Bella has had a light year with Kurt Martin, but she’s already sped back up to her 2015 form. In her last competition season prior to a hiatus, this mare averaged only 6.33 seconds over the optimum. This year she shaved 20 seconds off her pace between her first show back and her second, accumulating only 4.8 time penalties at Plantation Field.
  • Atlantic Domino could also be a challenger for fastest round of the day. Atlantic Domino and Jacob Fletcher haven’t competed at this level since 2015 and struggled with consistency up until their final runs, but notched in two very fast rounds once they achieved it. With strength in the other two phases, this pair could be a surprise contender for a top placing by Sunday.

PREDICTED WINNER: Jennie Brannigan and Cambalda

Jennie Brannigan and Cambalda. Photo by Amy Dragoo Photography.

Pairs to Watch:

  • Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous
  • Phillip Dutton and Indian Mill, I’m Sew Ready
  • Hannah Sue Burnett and Harbour Pilot
  • Liz Halliday-Sharp and Fernhill By Night
  • Kurt Martin and Anna Bella
  • Katie Ruppel and Houdini
  • Jacob Fletcher and Atlantic Domino