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By the Numbers: The Event at Rebecca Farm CCI3*

The addition of the CCI3* at Rebecca Farm two years ago created a whole new dynamic in the North American calendar. By adding a fifth CCI3* in North America, Rebecca suddenly opened up an option for horses or riders who may have not been ready to contest one in the spring.

With a stunningly picturesque landscape and an all-star management team, this year’s competition has attracted talent from literally all over the country to the remote reaches of Kalispell, Montana.

#RebeccaFarm: WebsiteScheduleRide Times & Live ScoresEN’s CoverageEN’s Instagram

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

The Event

  • The CCI3* is running for the third time this year, having run for the first time in 2015. Both previous winners, DeLux Z and Copper Beach, were in third place after dressage. Coincidentally, 43.7 was the lowest dressage score for both years.
  • Only one pair has ever finished on their dressage score in the CCI3* division, despite one-third of competitors making the time on cross country. That pair, Kurt Martin and DeLux Z, went on to win the inaugural running in 2015.

Heather Morris and Charlie Tango. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Dressage Divas

  • Charlie Tango and Heather Morris are the clear favorites to hold the lead after the first phase. Their average three-star score sits at a 46.2 and has varied less than two points in either direction for the horse’s entire three-star career.
  • Although Paddy the Caddy averages a 51.2 for the level, he and Erin Sylvester have the capability of challenging for the lead. Although they haven’t yet broken into the 40s at the three-star level, their personal best scores have come at Advanced horse trials, where they’ve dipped into the equivalent of sub-45 scores on two occasions.
  • FE Ophelia just stepped up to three-star level at Great Meadow, laying down a 51.2 in her first start. However, she and Clayton Fredericks have ranged from scoring solidly in the 30s to just cracking 50 at the two-star level, so a big test is a possibility. [UPDATE: Clayton did not present FE Ophelia at the first horse inspection.]

Emilee Libby and Nonsensical. Photo by Sally Spickard.

Cross Country Machines

  • After a three-year hiatus from the level, favorites Emilee Libby and Nonsensical are back in action and have already been rocking and rolling. They have two CCI3* runs from 2014 that were both clean and inside the time on cross country day. Despite averaging 5.6 time penalties in their three runs this spring, they are one of the best bests to add nothing to their score in the second phase.
  • Paddy the Caddy and Erin Sylvester didn’t have the smoothest introduction to the Advanced level but have sorted it out over the past year, clocking in six consecutive clear runs while averaging 9.2 time penalties over the past two years. They are hot off a finish only one second over the optimum time as they head into the horse’s first CCI3*.

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

Show Jumping Powerhouses

  • Charlie Tango and Heather Morris have an almost perfect show jumping record at the Advanced/three-star levels. They have never had a rail in seven rounds and only once have they acquired time penalties.
  • Erin Sylvester and Paddy the Caddy have shown they have serious jumping chops, jumping clear rounds each of the three times they ran cross country prior to show jumping and leaving all the rails up in 10 of 12 rounds at this level.
  • Alyssa Phillips and Bliss III had a single rail in their very first Advanced back in the winter of 2015 and haven’t looked back since. Although they have had a couple time penalties on occasion, they have had no rails in the eight rounds since their first start.

PREDICTED WINNER: Erin Sylvester and Paddy the Caddy

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

Keep Your Eye On:

  • Clayton Fredericks and FE Ophelia [Update: Withdrawn]
  • Alyssa Phillips and Bliss III
  • Holly Jacks-Smither and More Inspiration

Wednesday News & Notes from SmartPak

There are more things to do at Rebecca Farm than just ride. Photo via Madeline Backus’ FB page.

The masses have converged on the beautiful Rebecca Farm, and the social media feeds are filling up with photo after photo of gorgeous mountains, serene lake vistas, and blue skies as far as the eye can see. Four-star rider Madeline Backus has found plenty to keep her busy, with a yoga session on a surf board in the middle of the lake. Talk about Instagram worthy!

National Holiday: National Daiquiri and Raspberry Cake Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Fitch’s Corner H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Full Moon Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Silverwood Farm Summer H.T. [Website]

The Event at Rebecca Farm CCI, CIC, & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

[CHIO Aachen Entry List]

Your Wednesday News & Notes:

If Rebecca isn’t enough for you, there’s this little show called Aachen happening across the pond. Let’s not forget that Aachen hosts all three Olympic disciplines as well as driving and vaulting. Oh, and a couple of really prominent American ladies happen to be competing as individuals in the eventing competition. Good luck, Lauren and Hannah Sue! [What You Need to Know About the 2017 Aachen]

The beginning of the fall season is upon us: the AECs are open! Held for the second year at Tryon Equestrian Center, the AECs will be another chance for American competitors to scope out the 2018 WEG venue. Don’t miss your chance to compete at the AECs here before it rotates out to the Colorado Horse Park for 2018. [The AECs Are Open]

The Fitch’s Corner Horse Trials and Market Weekend is this weekend, July 22 & 23 and there is much excitement around the new Saturday Nite Social. Competitors and Millbrook fans will enjoy cocktails, gourmet food stations, strolling musicians, shopping in Fitch’s Market and the Horse & Hound Court while the stadium phase of the Stubben Novice Master’s Challenge will Stadium jump in front of the crowd.  For tickets go to for $35.00 on line or $45.00 at the door if available. [Saturday Nite Social]

Have you ever wished you could give your younger self some sage advice? Eighteen top riders do just that in the latest Horse & Hound column. From learning another language to not taking mistakes so hard, top eventers, show jumpers, jockeys, and dressage riders chime in on some of their sage-est thoughts. [Make Your Equestrian Dreams Come True]

SmartPak Product of the Day: I’ll fully admit that I am a true believe in riding in my tall boots every ride. I’ll toss on my paddock boots and half chaps if the weather looks poor, or if I’m just doing fitness sets. For jumping and dressage though, I toss on my tall boots to maintain the same feel from home to show. This means I go through tall boots maybe a little quicker than I’d like, so I try to buy quality boots at a good price point; the key is quality, but not so expensive that they break the bank when I buy them every couple of years. [Smart Pak]

Wednesday News & Notes from SmartPak

There’s nothing more fun than digging for treats. Photo by Maggie Deatrick.

It’s the lazy days of summer and while some of you hot-house flowers for some reason enjoy competing in these muggy conditions, I am enjoying easing off on the competition schedule. In the height of summer, I like to give myself a light schedule, backing off to riding only three days a week instead of six. The biggest advantage of this is having a little bit of time to really reconnect with the basics, riding without stirrups and setting up gymnastics to step up our game for the fall season.

National Holiday: Different Colored Eyes Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

Riga Meadow H.T. [Website]

Maryland at Loch Moy II CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

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

Aspen Ridge H.T. [Website]

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

Your Wednesday News & Notes:

Barbury Castle was always a top event but has gotten even more exciting with the ERM division. First, Upsilon is overly no matter what your type and hopefully we will get to see Upsilon babies running around in four or five years. Second, Wilberry Wonder Ponies are catching rides with all the top pairs. [8 Things We Learnt at Barbury]

It’s been a sad week over in Britain as two former top horses have crossed the rainbow bridge. Kings Berry, who was Louisa Milne Home’s first top eventer and took her through the CCI3* level, was put to sleep at the age of 26. Joining him was Lucy Henson’s four star horse A Touch of Frost, who at 15.2 hh finished Burghley in 2002. [Kings Berry Euthanized] [A Touch of Frost Put Down]

This week on Eventing Podcast: Barbury Review. You know we really can’t stop talking about Barbury. When there’s 100+ horses competing in one place, it’s easy to get a bit dazzled by the amount of class in one place. [Eventing Podcast]

SmartPak Product of the Day: My older boy has a giant white nose, and although spends his summer days in the barn, he can’t help but hang his head outside and watch the goings on. Of course, this means that brilliant white nose gets sunburnt. Sunscreen specifically designed to soak in through fur is the solution. [Smart Pak]

By the Numbers: Great Meadow CICO3*

Great Meadow International has quickly become a premier event in only three short years, first gaining an FEI Nations Cup leg for the U.S., then becoming a finalist in the bid to host a second CCI4* in this country. With many riders using this event as a final prep before making the long trek to Montana for Rebecca Farm, Great Meadow has filled a void in the schedule.

The Field

  • Anyone not in first place after dressage will be fighting an uphill battle; the two winners at this event thus far both led the field after dressage.
  • Only three pairs have finished on their dressage score out of 60 starters at this venue; all three occurred last year.
  • The field is quite strong in the stadium phase, with 14 horses trending towards jumping clear at this level when show jumping is held before cross country.

Jennie Brannigan and Cambalda. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Dressage Divas

  • Jennie Brannigan and Cambalda will be the first pair to attempt to be a two-time winner of this event, and they have a good chance of leading from start to finish. Despite being out for the 2016 season, Cambalda’s three-star dressage average since 2015 is a strong 44.7. Their score of 39.8 at this venue two years ago was a personal best for the pair.
  • Jessica Phoenix and Pavarotti are no slouches on the flat, with 87.5% of their career three-star tests in the 40s or below. With an average of 47.1 over the past two calendar years, they should be up near the top after the first phase.
  • Donner has become Mr. Consistent in dressage over the past two years, putting in scores with Lynn Symansky at the three-star level that range only from the mid-to-high 40s. A two-year average of 47.5 would put them right in stalking range from day one.

Boyd Martin and Steady Eddie. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Show Jumping Powerhouses

  • Mara DePuy and Congo Brazzaville C only have four runs at the Advanced and CIC3* level after moving up this spring, but they have a spotless show jumping record so far, jumping clear and inside the time at all four of them.
  • Emily Llewellyn and Emirati Nightsky have show jumped penalty-free in 10 of their 11 international starts, including their two CIC3* earlier this spring at Bramham and Burnham Market.
  • Through all of 2016 and 2017, Steady Eddie and Boyd Martin have posted clear rounds inside the time whenever show jumping is held prior to cross country. That’s a total of six fault-free rounds at the Advanced and CIC3* level.

Lisa Marie Fergusson and Honor Me. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Cross Country Machines

  • Sound Prospect was out for the fall season in 2016, and Allie Knowles sat on the injured list this spring, but they are finally both out again at the top level. Since 2015, this pair has been flawless over CIC3* cross country courses and averaged only 7 seconds over the optimum time for the spring 2016 season over short courses at this level.
  • Steady Eddie has really found his groove over the past 12 months, with only clear runs at the CIC3* level in the past two calendar years. He and Boyd Martin are generally quite speedy as well, averaging only 9 seconds over the time over the same period.
  • Lisa Marie Fergusson and Honor Me are another pair who have really stepped up, going five for five in clear CIC3* cross county rounds over the past two years, all coming in less than 20 seconds over the time. Their average pace for this level sits at 9 seconds over optimum.

PREDICTED WINNER: Jennie Brannigan and Cambalda

Jennie Brannigan and Cambalda. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Keep Your Eye On:

  • Phillip Dutton and I’m Sew Ready
  • Boyd Martin and Steady Eddie
  • Lynn Symansky and Donner

Potential Spoilers:

  • Allie Knowles and Sound Prospect
  • Lynn Symansky and Under Suspection

Wednesday News & Notes from SmartPak

Competitors at JUMP! often embrace the concept as only eventers can. Photo via Natalie Hollis’ FB page.

One of the traditions of this holiday weekend is the JUMP! derby-cross event offered at Sharon White’s Last Frontier Farm. Part of the joy is seeing all the extravagant costumes, with both patriotic and Sharon’s signature orange out in force. The competitions helps fund Sharon’s competition goals for the rest of the year, so competitors are both having a really great time and helping Sharon compete across the world.

National Holiday: National Bikini Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Huntington Farm H.T. [Website]

Old Chatham H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Maryland at Loch Moy I H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

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

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

Roebke’s Run H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

41st Annual Whidbey Island H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Round Top H.T.

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

Your Wednesday News & Notes:

Everyone starts somewhere, and the top riders in the world are no exception. Top British riders reminisce about the pony that started it all. Many of them seem to have had very fast ponies, very naughty ponies, or both. [Top Riders First Ponies]

Hell hath no fury like a chestnut mare– but apparently not this one. Mallory Hogan knew the red-headed Clarissa Purisima was the one for her from their first ride together, as she was looking for a horse to step up to the upper levels with. Together they have conquered the levels from T3D to CCI1*, and now they will head to Montana to ride for Area VI in the NAJYRC. [The Road to NAJYRC]

Each year at Barbury, it’s jump jockeys first eventers for charity. This year Zara Phillips will captain the eventers’ team, who won for the first time last year. Begun in 2014, the JCB Champions’ Challenge raises money for the Injured Jockeys’ Fund. [Zara Phillips to Take on Top Jockeys]

SmartPak Product of the Day: After more than a decade of wearing an old-school Tipperary (multiple vests over the years!), I’ve finally decided it’s time to upgrade to a certified vest. Based on excellent reviews, I ordered the Airowear Outlyne today; I’ll keep you posted. [Smart Pak]

Wednesday News & Notes from SmartPak

Oh, hi Ping. Photo courtesy of Stephanie Cauffman.


Cambalda can display his opinion on fly gear all he wants, but the bugs have been unreal this summer. I’m going through fly spray so quickly that everyone wrinkles their nose when my horse comes near, as he smells like some kind of chemical spill. I’ve pulled about fifty ticks out of his mane and tail and I have bug bites in places that seem unlikely to have even been accessible to bugs. On the other hand, it’s not that hot yet…but then, I don’t live in the southwest.

National Holiday: Paul Bunyan Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Horse Park of New Jersey I H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

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

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

Your Wednesday News & Notes:

William Fox-Pitt apparently fits on a polo pony. WFP squeezed his frame onto some brave polo pony and took a swing at playing the sport of polo. To everyone’s surprise, his brother played polo but William never took it up…until now. Next week he will be participating in a charity polo match. [It’s A Lot Harder Than It Looks]

Donner is a unique and individual soul – but Kendyl Tracy just gets him. Whether it is grazing him in his non-turnout or catering to his allergies, Kendyl has accommodated Donner’s whims all over the world. From England to Rio to France to England, Kendyl has traveled all over keeping an eye on this off-track thoroughbred. [Donner’s Secret Weapon]

Did you know that the trophy awarded for Lady Rider of the Year is named for Bea di Grazia’s mother? Essie Perkins never won Lady Rider of the Year but was part of the first eventing families. The trophy bearing her name has been given a remarkable ten times to Karen O’Connor and the longest streak is owned by Sally Cousins. [Trophy Tales]

SmartPak Product of the Day: I really hate the heat. A lot. I also cannot ride without gloves. The Roeckl Chester Gloves, with their mesh back, are an absolute god-send. The air circulating over my hands helps keep me much cooler than I would be if I were wearing normal gloves. [Smart Pak]

Wednesday News & Notes from SmartPak

Laine Ashker demonstrating the mechanics of taking a selfie. Photo via Laine Ashker’s FB page.

Today is a very special day, Eventing Nation! It is National Selfie Day, which means it is an absolute must for you to take a selfie with your horse, around your horse, on your horse, you name it, post it to Instagram, and tag it as #eventingnationselfie. If you’re unsure how to take a good selfie, you can always check out Laine Ashker’s Facebook page for inspiration.

Oh, it is also the summer solstice today, the absolute longest day of the year. Which means there are plenty of hours with amazing light in which to take your selfies.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

Surefire H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Honey Run H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

Your Wednesday News & Notes:

Want to work for EN? We are now accepting entries to our 7th Annual Blogger Contest, which is your opportunity to show us your writing chops for a chance to work for us. This is your time to shine, so let’s see what you’ve got! Entries are due this Friday, June 23. [7th Annual Blogger Contest]

The latest episode of the Eventing Podcast went live this morning taking a look back at the last big CCI of the spring season, Luhmuhlen. First-time four-star winner Julia Krajewski joins Nicole and Jenni to talk about her fairy-tale weekend with both her top horses, one in each division. [Luhmühlen Review Show]

Speaking of Julia Krajewski, she joins four other familiar names as primary candidates for the German European team. The usual suspects are all on the list, with Michael Jung, Bettina Hoy, Andreas Dibowski and Julia all named with two horses while Ingrid Klimke is named with one. [Germany Names Likely Squad]

SmartPak Product of the Day: One of the best things you can do in the summer is keep your skin covered up from the sun’s rays. A looser fitting white long-sleeved shirt will help deflect the UV rays and Tailored Sportsman happens to make one out of a wicking fabric with mesh under-arm panels to keep you cool while you ride. [SmartPak]

Wednesday News and Notes from SmartPak

Gabriella Booth and Prairie Delaney, winners of Training A at Larkin Hill. Photo by Joan Davis/Flatlandsfoto.

One of my favorite things this time of year is seeing photo after photo of people having a great time out at events every single weekend. Now that school is out, all those eventing students and teachers are free to spend their summers as they please, which means the number of riding photos crossing my feed increases exponentially. While I have no problem staying inside in the air conditioning during the worst heat, seeing those pricked ears and happy hearts gives me a daily boost.

Luhmühlen Links: Website, Entries, ScheduleLive ScoresEN’s Coverage, EN’s Twitter, EN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Great Vista H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

Seneca Valley Pony Club H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

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

Full Gallop Farm June H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Silverwood Farm Spring H.T. [Website]

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

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

Your Wednesday News & Notes:

If you haven’t tried a Classic Series long format event, you’re missing out. The Heart of the Carolinas event makes the Classic Series the main focus of their May event, running a T3D, N3D, BN3D. This years winners traveled as far as Georgia and Virginia to compete at this growing event. [The USEA Classic Series is the Backbone]

The latest episode of the Eventing Podcast went live this morning reviewing an influential weekend at Bramham and previewing the next CCI4* of the season at Luhmühlen. There is a Horseware Rambo Fly Buster Vamoose Fly Sheet up for grabs for the listener who correctly predicts the winner! Follow the Eventing Podcast Facebook page for the contest announcement. [Bramham Review & Luhmühlen Preview Show]

I grew up absolutely idolizing Rachel Weisz after her role in The Mummy, and it turns out she can ride too. That doesn’t mean that she doesn’t have her own scary riding moments though, as a recent incident while filming My Cousin Rachel shows. The stallion she was riding had been trained how to ‘die’ after being on the set of Game of Thrones, and Rachel accidentally cued him to ‘die’ in mid-gallop, resulting in an unplanned controlled fall while riding sidesaddle. [The Horse I Rode was Trained to Die]

The Bromont streaking tradition is back. Five years ago, Jon started a tradition for the winners of the CCI3* at Bromont by streaking in front of the famous Bromont sign. Sadly, this tradition has not been strictly upheld…until now. Jordan Linstedt bravely picks up the torch for a new generation of Bromont winners. Warning: This video is not very mildly not safe for work. [You Only Live Once]

SmartPak Product of the Day: I talk a lot about flies and fly control, and it’s because I always seem to guess wrong on what I do to control them for my boys. I’ve finally resorted to just buying all the options under the sun and handing them barn, trusting them to do what’s best when it’s best. These fly boots will help keep the stomping to a minimum on days when the bugs are more unbearable than the heat. [SmartPak]

By the Numbers: Bromont CCI3*

Bromont is the final big event of the spring season, with the remainder of horses who haven’t done Rolex, Jersey, or gone overseas generally taking a shot at it. Many of the horses who come here are often finishing up their first season at the Advanced and 3* level, opting to gain as much experience as they can before testing their mettle at the final CCI3*.

The front of the Bromont cross-country course. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

The Field

  • Over the past two years, the cross country completion rate has averaged at 88%, nearly 13 percent above the world-wide CCI3* rate of 75.4% since 2015. The percentage of clear cross country rounds is a whopping 73.9%, well over the world-wide rate of 59.3%.
  • Only one horse has ever broken into the thirties in dressage in the CCI3* division. Loughan Glen and Clark Montgomery scored a 39.0 en route to winning the division in 2011. No one has ever completed on a score in the thirties.
  • The last year that a winner led from start to finish was 2012, when Jonathan Holling and Downtown Harrison led after the dressage with a 46.0, then went on to win the event.

Frankie Thieriot Stutes and Chatwin. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Dressage Divas

  • Frankie Theriot-Stutes and Chatwin are strong contenders to lead the field in dressage, having scored a career high in their last start at this level. They’ve scored between a 41.8 and a 42.1 in three of their four 3* starts, with similar or better scores in their two Advanced starts.
  • Powell and Ryan Wood are also going to be vying for the lead on day one. Although they have yet to score below a 43.6 at the 3* level, their highest score is a 48.9 in seven starts.
  • A full third of the field is expected to score in the forties, meaning scores will be tightly clustered after the first phase.

Kylie Lyman and Da Vinci Code. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Cross Country Machines

  • Erin Sylvester and Campground have a clean cross country record at the Advanced and 3* levels after a solid fall season. This pair has shown a proclivity for knocking nearly 25 seconds of time off their pace between CIC and CCI runs.
  • Ryan Wood and Powell are another pair who have shown a much quicker pace at the CCI level. Despite averaging 17.3 time penalties at the CIC3* and Advanced levels, this pair has accumulated only 2.4 time penalties at CCI runs throughout the horse’s career.
  • Da Vinci Code has only three cross country runs under his belt at this level, but he has yet to clock in a time more than 13 seconds over the optimum. With a round inside the time at his only CCI with Kylie Lyman in the irons, they finished double clear and proved they could increase the pace from CIC to CCI.

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

Show Jumping Powerhouses

  • Sara Kozumplik-Murphy and Rubens D’Ysieux have jumped four consecutive clears in their five total international outings and have cleaned up on the unrecognized scene, winning both the Ocala Horse Properties Eventing Prix and the Devon Horse Show Eventing Showcase.
  • Kylie Lyman and Lup the Loop have clocked in seven clear rounds in nine attempts at the Advanced and 3* level. Only two rails mar their entire international record.

PREDICTED WINNER: Ryan Wood and Powell

Ryan Wood and Powell. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Keep Your Eye On:

  • Jennie Brannigan and Cool as Ice
  • Sara Kozumplik-Murphy and Rubens D’Ysieux
  • Tamie Smith and Wembley
  • Frankie Theriot-Stutes and Chatwin

Bromont Links: Website, Entries, Ride Times, Live Scores, EN’s Coverage, EN’s Twitter, EN’s Instagram

Wednesday News & Notes from SmartPak

Wembley surveys his kingdom. Photo via Tamie Smith's FB page. Wembley surveys his kingdom. Photo via Tamie Smith's FB page.

Bromont, one of the events on my bucket list, kicks off today with jogs, while Bramham hosts a few of our riders over in England. Regardless, keep your eyes locked here to follow Leslie Threlkeld’s EN coverage all weekend as we follow the North American pairs competing all over the world this weekend.

Bromont Links: Website, EntriesEN’s Coverage, EN’s Twitter, EN’s Instagram

Bramham Links: Website, Entries & Live ScoresEN’s Coverage

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Larkin Hill H.T. [Website]

Valinor Farm H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

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

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

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

Roebke’s Run CCI/CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

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

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

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

Derbyshire Farms H.T. [Website]

Your Wednesday News & Notes:

We continue to send well wishes to Emily Gilruth, who has returned home. After a lengthy stay in the hospital following her harrowing fall at Badminton, Emily Gilruth has happily returned home. A healthy amount of rehabilitation has helped her progress and we continue to wish her the best in her recovery. [‘Thank You’]

You only need some imagination to create some good cross country fences. While everyone dreams of having that huge field filled with gorgeous custom cross country fences at all levels, the reality is that most of us have to make do. Hore & Hound lists a few ways to create and practice cross country hazards without spending a fortune. [How to Make Your Own Jumps at Home]

Podcast Alert: Eventing Podcast Can’t Stop Won’t Stop. Our very own Jenni Autry is in the house– literally. The whole team recaps Tattersalls and looks ahead to Bramham, where we will have a few Americans representing us. [The Tattersalls Review/Bramham Preview]

SmartPak Product of the Day: I’ve been doing a lot of one day events lately, and there’s nothing I hate more than getting up early. So of course in order to save the extra 30 minutes of sleep, I prefer to braid the night before, douse the braids in QuikBraid, and slap a lycra hood over top to keep the shavings out. The bonus is how adorably dorky it makes my horse looks. [SmartPak]

Wednesday News & Notes from SmartPak

#sleepingsam. Photo via EquiRatings Instagram.

If you haven’t been following the EquiRatings Instagram, you are missing out. Apparently data crunching is exhausting because #sleepingsam is becoming a trend. Sam Watson has been spotted catching a nap on every mode of transportation in several different countries, and we’re beginning to think it’s time to hold a #whereswaldo contest to see who can catch him at it first.

Jenni, Sam and Diarm will all be together today at Tattersalls, where the action kicks off with the first horse inspection. Be sure to follow EN’s coverage all weekend as we follow the North American contingent competing in the CCI3*.

Tattersalls Links: Website, Entries & Live Scores, Live Stream, EN’s Coverage, EN’s Twitter, EN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

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

Poplar Place June H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

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

Colorado Horse Park CCI/CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

Your Wednesday News & Notes:

Everyone both hopes and dreads having the opportunity to mimic the great Mark Todd. Who doesn’t want to replicate his iconic Badminton round on Bernie Blunt? Here’s a list of others who have tried after tack malfunctions of various types on course. My personal favorite is the bridle that came off in the middle of the jumper round, while the rider was able to finish because the horse held onto the bit in his mouth. [8 Terrifying Moments]

It’s not always easy to balance being an amateur and an upper level eventer. That’s why Elizabeth Barron decided to take a break from competing while she concentrates on making partner at her law firm. After a strong competition career including a brush with making the Pan Ams team, Barron realized with the help of her trainer, that it was ok to just train and not to worry about competing. [From Team Dreams to Amateur Goals]

Podcast Alert: Eventing Podcast Previews Tattersalls. The usual suspects are back to preview the international cast for Tattersalls. It should be quite interesting to follow from this side of the pond with a healthy American contingent. [The Tattersalls Preview]

SmartPak Product of the Day: Depending on where you are, there’s either rain or bugs…or possibly both. The bugs are usually really bad in between the rain, so it’s almost impossible to turn the horses out without a fly sheet to keep off the worst of the insects. I really like this one from SmartPak, as it’s lightweight enough to keep my horse cool. [SmartPak]

Wednesday News & Notes from SmartPak

Our thoughts are with Paddy Young and his family, as well as Kieran Norris. Photo via Paddy Young GoFundMe page.

The equestrian community is a family, and sometimes that means we have to band together to help one of our own. Jockeys Paddy Young and Kieran Norris suffered falls at the Radnor Hunt races this past Saturday. Norris suffered a fractured occipital condyle and is now home resting, but expected to recover fully. Young is still hospitalized with a brain injury, and a GoFundMe has been set up to assist with quickly building medical expenses. [Young and Norris Injured at Radnor] [GoFundMe]

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

Flora Lea Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

Paradise Farm H.T. [Website]  [Ride Times]

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

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

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

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

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

Your Wednesday News & Notes:

If you think you’re too old to event, think again. British grandmother Denise West has finally won her very first event– at age 69. After getting out of horses as a kid, West picked up riding again as an adult and started competing after finding her horse Emo. She won for the first time in her life at the BE-80 level at Millfield, equivalent to our Novice. [Grandmother Scores First Win]

Have you ever debating sending in a photo for George Morris to rate? Well, go do it. And then go become the champion of everything. So we can look back on pictures of you as a wee rider, with form even George Morris can barely fault. Yes, I’m looking at you Michael Jung. [Throwback Thursday]

Speaking of adults getting back into the game, Karen Burks and Tim Terrific took the win at Fresno. Another adult amateur who rode as a kid and got back into riding and competing as her children grew up, Burks and her partner ‘Teo’ found their way to a win in the Novice Three-Day out West. As an architect, Burks has to balance her riding with her day job, but manages to make it work. [A Terrific Win]

SmartPak Product of the Day: If you like having an organized trailer, barn, or house (we’re not judging), getting one of these whip holders is a must. They keep your whips handy in perfectly parallel lines to one another, are easy to snap whips out and in, and are easy to install. [SmartPak]

Wednesday News & Notes from SmartPak

The dude is not impressed. Photo by Maggie Deatrick

The weather has been totally nuts, ya’ll. First it was raining and fifty all weekend, then we finally got our spring weather….on Monday. Two days of that and we’re due for heat in the 90s, pretty unusual for this time of year. But I know you guys down in Texas are laughing, I’ve suffered through enough Texas summers to know that 90 is a cold spell. The plus side is all this rain means the ground is absolutely perfect and the flowers are gorgeous.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

Kent School Spring H.T. [Website]

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

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

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

CCC Spring Gulch H.T. [Website] [Ride Times]

Your Wednesday News & Notes:

After quite a bit of public backlash regarding Badminton, Lynn Symansky has responded. Certainly various aspects and performances of Badminton deserve to get a hard look. But as horsemen first, eventers and competitors second, we should never give anyone a hard time for playing it safe on a day when they aren’t given the right cards. Lynn’s performance at Badminton is an example of how to swallow your competitive desires on a day when things are clearly not going your way. [Being a Hero vs Being a Horseman]

Sometimes, a trainer isn’t always the best fit for you. How do you know when it’s time to cut your losses? Adult amateur Lindsey Long gives us a hard truth in her latest blog; trainers aren’t Gods. Sometimes a bad fit can be revealed by someone who tears you down instead of builds you up; other times they put too much of the onus of solving problems on you. Think hard about what you are asking of a trainer and whether the relationship is a good one or not. [50 Ways to Leave Your Trainer]

Pamero 4 has moved from Laura Collett’s yard to Gemma Tattersall’s. After being short-listed for the British Rio Olympic team last summer, Pamero 4 and Laura Collett headed to Pau where they sadly fell only four from home. Pamero 4’s owner, Clive Smith, was contemplating getting out of eventing but decided to stay in the game with a new rider for now. [Pamero 4 to Gemma Tattersall]

SmartPak Product of the Day: I’m one of those people who is always overheating in the summer. Despite that, I’m also one of those people who always needs to wear gloves. The Roeckl Summer Gloves with a mesh back make a massive difference in keeping me cool when the heat hits, for reasons I can’t quite fathom. You’d think that just your hands cooler wouldn’t have a such a huge impact on the rest of your body but it’s the difference between me wilting halfway through a ride or making it through multiple rides on one day. [SmartPak]

By the Numbers: Jersey Fresh CCI3*

Jersey Fresh has shaken things up this year with a new course designer in Capt. Mark Phillips and a schedule change for the CIC divisions.

As one of five CCI3* events in North America, Jersey Fresh usually gets a strong contingent of entries in the quest for team qualification. But in a non-championship year and with Jersey Fresh not listed as a 2018 World Equestrian Games qualifier for the U.S. for 2017, many riders have sought to test their mettle overseas instead.

The field here is largely greener than usual, including horses that have yet to attempt a four-star or who have re-routed from the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event.

Jersey Fresh Links: Website, Dressage Ride Times, Schedule, Live Scores, EN’s Coverage, EN’s Twitter, EN’s Instagram

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

The Field

  • The field in the CCI3* this year only has 16 pairs, which makes it the smallest CCI3* field at this show since 2012, when Phillip Dutton won on Mystery Whisper.
  • The leader after dressage has won four of the last five runnings of this division. Will the tradition continue?

Frankie Thieriot Stutes and Chatwin. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Dressage Divas

  • Chatwin has five CIC3* and Advanced starts under Frankie Theriot-Stutes and their highest score is a 42.1. This will be their first start out east at three-star level.
  • Phillip Dutton’s ride Mr. Candyman is no longer the green Advanced horse he was last year. Since 2016, he has averaged 49.7 on the flat.
  • Park Trader’s three-star average over the past 18 months is 50.3, but it has slowly been creeping downwards in his last two FEI starts. Buck will be hungry for a strong start with this horse after early trouble at Rolex.

Phillip Dutton and Mr. Candyman. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Cross Country Machines

  • Although Mr. Candyman did struggle at this venue last year, he comes back with five consecutive clear cross country founds at the level, including a clear and inside the time at Fair Hill CCI3* in the fall.
  • This will be the first time Chatwin is tested at this level, taking on both his first CCI3* as well as East Coast terrain. In three West Coast CIC3* runs, he averages only nine seconds over the optimum time, but the extra distance will be a different test.
  • No Remorse is a greener mount for Buck Davidson, but with five starts at the level, only a single stop in this division last year mars her record. When she goes clear, she comes in within 30 seconds over optimum time.

Lizzy Jahnke and Princeton. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Show Jumping Powerhouses

  • Princeton and Lizzy Jahnke have been perfecting their stadium skills, jumping clear in all three of their CIC3* starts together. Those three starts also happen to be their most recent three starts.
  • Chatwin shows up here yet again, proving his strength in all three phases. He and Frankie have incurred only one rail in five rounds, although time penalties could be a factor.
  • Danger Mouse has proven a promising ride for Caroline Martin, already proving to be a jumping bean. In four rounds at the level, he and Caroline have had only one rail. All four of their rounds were prior to cross country, changing the equation for them this weekend.

PREDICTED WINNER: Phillip Dutton and Candyman

Phillip Dutton and Mr. Candyman. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Keep Your Eye On…

  • Buck Davidson and No Remorse
  • Daniela Moguel and Cecelia
  • Frankie Theriot-Stutes and Chatwin
  • Dom Schramm and Bolytair B
  • Tamie Smith and Wembley

Wednesday News & Notes from SmartPak

Tik Maynard finished 4th in the Rolex 5K! Photo courtesy of Rob Stevenson.

One of the unsung moments of Rolex weekend is the annual 5k that is held on Friday night. Literally thousands of people decide that they’d like to have a nice light run on the same weekend they trek back and forth multiple times over a four-star cross country course. My Facebook feed was filled with photos of people smiling, running and generally having a good time at what has become a treasured addition to Rolex weekend.

In other news, Badminton begins today with the first horse inspection at 4:30 p.m. BST/11:30 a.m. EST. You can watch live thanks to the free live stream on the Badminton website!

Badminton Links: Website, Entries, Schedule, Course Preview, EN’s Coverage, Live Stream, EN’s Twitter, EN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

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

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

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

Your Wednesday News & Notes:

Lynn Symansky has learned the Plan A, B, or C don’t always last past the first engagement. After missing out on heading to Badminton last spring, then surviving multiple plan disruptions this spring, Lynn has decided to stop answering the question “How’s Donner?” Now that they are finally in England, Badminton is finally becoming a reality. [Ready to Check Badminton Off My Bucket List]

Speaking of Rolex hangover, here’s some hair of the dog to take off the edge. The gents from EquiRatings sit down with our very own Jenni Autry as part of the Horseware Eventing Podcast to review the week we just had at Rolex. If you haven’t been tuning in on the regular to listen to their insight, it’s a good time to start. [The Rolex Review]

SmartPak Product of the Day: It was so buggy last Saturday that even my thick skinned boy was having trouble with concentrating despite a liberal coating of fly spray. That made me realize I had to dig my fly masks out of the trailer. I love these Cashel masks; they are super durable and come in every configuration. The older horse who runs super hot but has a white nose prone to sunburn gets the mask with no ears but a nice nose cover while the young one hates bugs in his ears but doesn’t mind his nose being uncovered. Custom configurations for the win! [SmartPak]

Show Jumping Powerhouses of Rolex

It ain’t over ’til it’s over, but as much of this weekend has felt like there’s almost a foregone conclusion to be had. We’re in familiar territory, as Michael Jung heads the leaderboard going into the final phase for the third year in a row. fischerRocana FST has a rail in hand, and she may need it today, as several stronger show jumpers stalk her in the placings.

The riders listed below are the best show jumpers currently inside the top twenty, ordered by reverse placing which is the order in which they will jump. All of these horses average half a rail or less, meaning they trend towards jumping clear.

#RK3DE Links: Website, Schedule, Ride Times, Live Scores, EN’s Coverage, EN’s Ultimate Guide to Rolex, Live Stream, How to Watch Live, EN’s Twitter, EN’s Instagram

Lillian Heard and Share Option. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Lillian Heard (USA) and Share Option: Lillian Heard and Share Option will be show jumping at their fourth consecutive Rolex today, and they’ve jumped clear each time except for their debut in 2014, where they had one rail. This pair is a very strong bet for a clear round and could easily move up inside the top twenty.

Current Place: 20th

Current Score: 76.0

Madeline Backus and P.S. Arianna. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Madeline Backus (USA) and P.S. Arianna: This young pair are confirmed one or none jumpers. They’ve had clear rounds in three of their six 3* starts and only one rail in the other three. P.S. Arianna and Madeline are as likely to go clear as not, but will add at most one rail to their score.

Current Place: 19th

Current Score: 75.5

Kurt Martin and Delux Z. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Kurt Martin (USA) and DeLux Z: Kurt and his ride DeLux Z are some of the best show jumpers around, with 10 of 13 three- and four-star rounds jumped clear with only one rail in the remaining three. They put in one of only four double clear stadium rounds here last year and haven’t had a rail since. Finally, these two have yet to have a rail at a CCI3/4* in the four they’ve completed.

Current Place: 15th

Current Score: 68.3

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

Phillip Dutton (USA) and I’m Sew Ready: I’m Sew Ready is another one-or-none horse with Phillip in the irons. In the seven 3* starts they have together, they’ve had a rail in only three of them, with the other four clear. In their only CCI start, they jumped double clear at Fair Hill CCI3* last fall.

Current Place: 10th

Current Score: 60.1


Hannah Sue Burnett and Under Suspection. Photo by Sofie Van Olmen.

Hannah Sue Burnett (USA) and Under Suspection: As many of the others listed here, Under Suspection is also a one-or-none ride, with three clear rounds of five three-stars with Hannah Sue in the irons. Although they had a rail at their first CCI3* together at Rebecca Farm, they followed up with a clear round at Fair Hill last fall.

Current Place: 5th

Current Score: 50.8

Maxime Livio in the Luhmuhlen CCI4*. Photo by Libby Law Photography.

Maxime Livio (FRA) and Qalao des Mers: Maxime used Qalao’s show jumping prowess last fall to catch Rocana and win his first CCI4* title at Pau last fall. He’ll need it again as one of only two riders within shouting distance of the great Michael Jung. He’ll need Rocana to give him some help with more that one rail, which is unlikely but still possible from her.

Qalao des Mers is almost always a none horse. He has only two flaws in seven starts (four of which are CCI3/4*), one of which was two rails in his very first CIC3* at Blenheim, and the other a single rail at Aachen CICO3* in 2014. At the CCI level, he is flawless.

Current Place: 2nd

Current Score: 44.6

Cross Country Powerhouses of Rolex

Hooray, it’s cross country day! The cross country consists of 28 numbered obstacles (45 total jumping efforts when taking all the direct routes) across 6,340 meters of the Kentucky Horse Park. The horses will have to cover the distance under the optimum time of 11 minutes, 17 seconds, or they will incur time penalties, 0.4 added to their score for each second they are over. For a full preview of the course, check out our course preview here.

Derek di Grazia of the United States is the course designer for here at the KHP since 2011. Derek di Grazia currently designs many courses in North America, including both Bromont CCI3* and Fair Hill CCI3*, two big qualifiers for this event. He has also been designated as the course designer for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

The horses listed below fall into two different categories: either horses a bit down the order after dressage who are supremely consistently clear and fast across the country, or horses currently ranked near the top who are very fast when they do run clear across the country. With the weather being hot but clear, there will almost certainly be a larger percentage of horses who make the time compared to the past two years.

At a four-star level, a cross country run that is clear and inside the time could potentially move you up many places. Here are our projections of horses who will make the biggest moves up the leaderboard tomorrow…or maintain their place at the top.

#RK3DE Links: Website, Schedule, Ride Times, Live Scores, Course Preview, EN Tailgate, EN’s Coverage, EN’s Ultimate Guide to Rolex, Live Stream, How to Watch Live, EN’s Twitter, EN’s Instagram

James Alliston and Parker. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

James Alliston (GBR) and Parker: The trailblazer today is also the master of the Kentucky Horse Park, the indomitable Parker. This pair has completed nine CCI3/4* cross country rounds clean and inside the time, three of which were at Rolex. This pair has another two Rolex completions as well, both under ten seconds above optimum. One of them was from last year, where no one made the time. There is no surer bet today than Parker and James for a pair who will end the day still sitting on their dressage score.

Ride Time: 10:00 a.m. EST

Will Coleman and Obos O’Reilly. Photo by Samantha Clark.

Will Coleman (USA) and OBOS O’Reilly: These two don’t have a recent FEI record, but prior to OBOS O’Reilly’s hiatus, they were one of the fastest pairs on the circuit. Their last three consecutive runs were all clear and inside the time, including their four-star debut at Rolex in 2014 and a run at Blenheim in 2015.

Ride Time: 10:16 a.m. EST

Maxime Livio and Qalao Des Mers. Photo by Libby Law Photography.

Maxime Livio (FRA) and Qalao des Mers: Our French visitors have a short but sweet record demonstrating their capability across the country. Six total three- and four-star runs, four of them clear and inside the time. The only shows these two have had time penalties at was Qalao des Mers’ move up to the CIC3* level, and the infamously muddy World Equestrian Games at Caen.

Ride Time: 11:08 a.m. EST

Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Fugitive. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Phillip Dutton (USA) and Fernhill Fugitive: Fernhill Fugitive has quietly gotten better and better behind his higher profile stablemates over the past couple years, and last year was actually the highest place of Phillip’s rides after cross country. As trailblazer last year, Fernhill Fugitive posted one of the fastest rounds of the day, making time look obtainable on a day it was not meant to be.

Ride Time: 11:52 a.m. EST

Clark Montgomery and Loughan Glen. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Clark Montgomery (USA) and Loughan Glen: Our leaders after dressage tend to enjoy either feast or famine in the second phase; either they go clear and fast and maintain their lead or they have a blip, adding that and time penalties to put them out of contention. With an average of 2.4 time penalties over CCI courses when running clear, they could have a couple time penalties and still maintain their lead.

Ride Time: 12:28 p.m. EST

Hannah Sue Burnett and Under Suspection. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Hannah Sue Burnett (USA) and Under Suspection: Although this is Under Suspection’s first four star, she is incredibly seasoned at the three-star level, having three CCI3* under her belt with two riders. With Hannah Sue, this dynamic duo averaged four seconds under the optimum time in their two CCI3* starts last year.

Ride Time: 12:40 p.m. EST

Michael Jung and fischerRocana. Photo by Libby Law Photography.

Michael Jung (GER) and fischerRocana FST: Instead of talking about all the times Rocana has made the time, let’s talk about the few times she hasn’t at the CCI level. First, the infamous World Equestrian Games in France. She was two seconds over the optimum at Rolex last year, the fastest on a day when no one made the time. And she was one second over a Pau in the fall. That’s it.

Ride Time: 1:00 p.m. EST

Doug Payne and Vandiver. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Doug Payne (USA) and Vandiver: When their partnership first commenced, Doug rode Vandiver conservatively, opting to get to know the horse at a slower pace through their first four-star together last spring. After Rolex, he pushed the pedal to the medal, and they’ve averaged only three seconds over optimum in their FEI events in the last twelve months.

Ride Time: 1:24 p.m. EST

Phillip Dutton and Mr. Medicott. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Phillip Dutton (USA) and Mr. Medicott: Phillip and Mr. Medicott have two CCI4* runs together. In the first, they had one lone time penalty at Pau in 2013. The following spring, Mr. Medicott and Phillip made the time at Rolex. A clear run inside the time would be a fitting finale to this champion’s career.

Ride Time: 1:44 p.m. EST

#RK3DE Links: Website, Schedule, Ride Times, Live Scores, EN’s Coverage, EN’s Ultimate Guide to Rolex, Live Stream, EN’s Twitter, EN’s Instagram

Dressage Powerhouses of Rolex: Day Two

We’re now entering the second day of competition at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, which means another full day of fancy prancing. Although we saw quite a few phenomenal horses yesterday (and you can view the results here), there’s a higher volume of must-watch tests today.

Click here to see the order of go with ride times and here for all the details on how to watch live.

The competitors will be performing the 2017 FEI CCI Four-Star Test A, which is brand new for this year. This will put old favorites and Rolex Rookies on a totally level playing field as they navigate through the test for the first time. Since Rolex is the first four-star to be held each year, no one has yet seen how the test rides in competition yet. Check here for a summary in all the ways in which this new test differs from the old.

Judging the competitors will be Christina Klingspor of Sweden, who presides over the ground jury. Nick Burton of Great Britain and David Lee of Ireland join her as members of the ground jury.

#RK3DE Links: Website, Schedule, Ride Times, Live Scores, EN’s Coverage, EN’s Ultimate Guide to Rolex, Live Stream, EN’s Twitter, EN’s Instagram


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

Liz Halliday-Sharp (USA) and Fernhill By Night: Right off the bat we’re starting with a trio of can’t-miss rides, so don’t be late to the Kentucky Horse Park this morning! Fernhill By Night is always a heavy hitter on the flat and is one of the few U.S. horses to regularly lay down sub-40 scores. Although they haven’t yet hit that mark at the four-star level yet, Fernhill By Night and Liz have hit the 30s at the three-star level four times in the past three years, with a low score of 36.1 at Breda CIC3* in 2015.

Aiming for: Top 3

Ride time: 9 a.m. EST

Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Fugitive. Photo By Nico Morgan.

Phillip Dutton (USA) and Fernhill Fugitive: Fernhill Fugitive really started hitting his stride in 2015, stringing together a series of eight consecutive FEI starts with scores in the 40s. Last year at Rolex, he laid down a 43.1 as one of the first horses to go, and although his form hasn’t been quite as on point this spring, there’s good reason to believe he could be competitive.

Aiming for: Top 5

Ride Time: 9:08 a.m. EST

Buck Davidson and Copper Beach. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Buck Davidson (USA) and Copper Beach: The strongest of Buck Davidson’s three rides on the flat, Copper Beach has started gaining more consistency lately, with scores predictably in the 40s. In his very last prep event for Rolex, Copper Beach had a breakthrough, breaking the 40s mark and laying down a personal best of 38.7 at the Chattahoochee Hills CIC3*.

Aiming for: Top 5

Ride Time: 9:16 a.m. EST

Clark Montgomery and Loughan Glen. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Clark Montgomery (USA) and Loughan Glen: Surprise! Loughan Glen and Clark Montgomery are good on the flat. No, but really they are considered one of the most competitive pairs in the world on the flat. However, Glen has struggled a bit with consistency lately, meaning his scored have vacillated from a personal best of 32.2 at Pine Top CIC3* earlier this winter up into the 40s. For any other pair a low 40s is a great day, but these two are capable putting in a score that would rank on the all-time leaderboard of four-star dressage tests.

Aiming for: The lead

Ride Time: 10:32 a.m. EST

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

Kim Severson (USA) and Cooley Cross Border: After coming out swinging in his debut at the three-star level with what is still his personal best score of 41.3 at the 2015 edition of Plantation Field CIC3*, Cooley Cross Border was slowly creeping up in scoring with every FEI run. However, Kim seems to have pressed the reset button in his final CIC3* at The Fork, plummeting their score from low 50s down to 43.7. It’s anyone’s guess how the atmosphere will affect this precocious horse in his four-star debut.

Aiming for: Top 10

Ride Time: 11:36 a.m. EST

Zara Phillips and High Kingdom. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Zara Tindall (GBR) and High Kingdom: High Kingdom has been around a long time, and when he laid down one of the worst scores of his career at Aachen last summer after a long layoff, it was tough not to wonder if this might be the end. But Zara and High Kingdom proved that was far from reality when they executed one of the best scores of their three- and four-star career, a 43.1, at Belton CIC3* just a few weeks ago.

Aiming for: Top 10

Ride Time: 11:44 a.m. EST

Michael Jung and fischerRocana FST. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Michael Jung (GER) and fischerRocana FST: In case you have been living under a rock, there’s this German guy who is pretty good on the flat. And he’s riding this horse who is pretty good on the flat. In 2015 and 2016, fischerRocana FST strung together five straight tests in a row that scored under 36, four of them under 35. Finally, at the end of 2016, there was a weakness: a 43.8 at Pau CCI4*. Which horse will show up today?

Aiming for: Top 2

Ride Time: 12:00 p.m. EST


Tim Price and Ringwood Sky Boy. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Tim Price (NZL) and Ringwood Sky Boy: This horse has a lot of talent but is less consistent than some of the others on this list. With scores as low as 38.7 at a four-star, he can certainly throw it down on the right day. But he also regularly ranges up into the high 40s and even occasionally the 50s on a bad day. With some luck (and the universe owes Tim Price some of that after an abysmal 2016),  we could see these two at the top of the leaderboard.

Aiming for: Top 5

Ride Time: 2:02 p.m. EST

Phillip Dutton and Mr. Medicott. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Phillip Dutton (USA) and Mr. Medicott: Realistically, these two are not going to crack the top unless they have a really stellar day. Their best score as a pair came at Pau CCI4* in 2013 with a 44.2, but they more regularly scored in the higher 40s. Mr. Medicott has been out of the game for a while, and in his only recent start he scored a 54.7 at The Fork CIC3*. But regardless of what these two score, this test is a must-watch as we witness the end of an era with a horse whose career ranges all the way back to the Hong Kong Olympics.

Aiming for: Top 15

Ride Time: 3:04 p.m. EST

#RK3DE Links: Website, Schedule, Ride Times, Live Scores, EN’s Coverage, EN’s Ultimate Guide to Rolex, Live Stream, EN’s Twitter, EN’s Instagram

Friday News & Notes from Kentucky Equine Research

I’ve been pretty fortunate to have an upper level horse who thinks jogs are the most boring thing ever who I sometimes have to convince that no, this is not stupid, and yes, now that you’re motivated, you still need to listen to my snaffle bit even if I’m not actually on him. Still, hijinks are generally at a minimum, so I have to laugh when I see what looks like horse-shaped kites making their way down the jog strip.

Events This Week:

#RK3DE Links: Website, Schedule, Ride Times, Live Scores, EN’s Coverage, EN’s Ultimate Guide to Rolex, Live Stream, EN’s Twitter, EN’s Instagram

Fresno County Horse Park HT: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

University of New Hampshire Spring HT: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Loudoun Hunt Pony Club Spring HT: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

News From Around the Globe:

Don’t miss this special bonus column from EN guest writer William Micklem! Does size matter? William examines horses in history that might have been overlooked due to their small size had it not been for their extraordinary athletic ability. [Does Size Matter?]

For real. Download the EN App. This is your final reminder to download it. Actually no, just kidding. You’ll be repeatedly reminded for a while. [App for iOS] [App for Android]

PRO officially is being incorporated into the ERA umbrella. Effective as of now, the Professional Rider’s Organization will now become the North American branch of the Eventing Riders Association. The ERA membership will be open to all riders, with three different levels of membership to fit everyone’s needs. [ERA of NA Announces Launch]

Here’s just a big list of links you might have missed. [A Maxime Livio Photo Gallery] [Missing Maya] [7 Reasons Why You Don’t Have to Be Sad You’re Missing Rolex] [It Inspires You To Be Better] [You Don’t Ride the Papers] [Faudree Is Back] [Badminton First Timers: Katherine Coleman]

The horses at Rolex are so shiny, you could almost use them as a mirror. I’ll let you in on a huge secret product that all the grooms use in the lead-up to Rolex to get that high-definition shine and dapples for days. It’s elbow grease. That’s right, with a bit of forearm strength, a little rubber curry comb, and some daily dedication, your horse too could look ready to tackle a four-star in April. [SmartPak Product of the Day]

Hey Smarty Pants! Play KER Equine Nutrition Trivia at Rolex XC

Are you an equine nutrition whiz kid? Visit Kentucky Equine Research (KER) at tailgate tent D212 on XC to test your knowledge and win prizes! Even if you don’t want to play, step into the KER “lab” at D212 for free water, food, and fun giveaways.

Kentucky Equine Research (KER) is an international equine nutrition, research, and consultation company serving horse owners and the feed industry. Serious science goes into everything KER does, from its consultation with horse owners and feed manufacturers to its own product line.

Whether we’re helping you select the right feed and supplements, explaining healthy horse diets, or offering practical, science-based advice, KER is your one-stop solution to equine nutrition issues.

Dressage Powerhouses of Rolex: Day One

Welcome to the 2017 edition of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event! Yesterday marked the beginning of the competition, with the first horse inspection occurring in the afternoon and today we’ll have the first half of dressage. Click here to see the order of go with ride times and here for all the details on how to watch live.

The competitors will be performing the 2017 FEI CCI Four-Star Test A, which is brand new for this year. This will put old favorites and Rolex Rookies on a totally level playing field, as they navigate through the test for the first time. Since Rolex is the first four-star to be held each year, no one has yet seen how the test rides in competition yet. Check here for a summary in all the ways in which this new test differs from the old.

Judging the competitors will be Christina Klingspor of Sweden, who presides over the ground jury. Nick Burton of Great Britain and David Lee of Ireland join her as members of the ground jury.


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

Phillip Dutton (USA) and I’m Sew Ready: With Phillip in the irons, I’m Sew Ready has shown strong consistency in the first phase with regular flashes of brilliance. His strongest performance at the three-star level came at Jersey Fresh CCI3* in 2015, when he and Phillip laid down a 42.4 before the ride came back to Kristin Bond. When I’m Sew Ready and Phillip were re-united in late 2016, they left off where they began, clocking in a 43.4 at Plantation Field CIC3*.

Aiming for: Top 10

Ride time: 10:34 a.m. EST

Courtney Cooper and Who’s A Star. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Courtney Cooper (USA) and Who’s A Star: Make sure to tune in after the second break to see Courtney and her homebred gelding, known for their ability to really excel on the flat. Consistently in the mid-to-high 40s, Courtney and Who’s A Star will be looking to improve their test from their rookie debut last year. In their last FEI outing at Red Hills CIC3*, they laid down a 46.3, their second best test at this level.

Aiming for: Top 15

Ride Time: 11:44 a.m. EST


Maxime Livio and Qalao de Mers at WEG. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Maxime Livio (FRA) and Qalao des Mers: French horse Qalao des Mers is the highlight of Thursday afternoon, and should not be missed. Although this pair has yet to strike the 30s, they’ve scored under 46 in five of their six starts at the three- and four-star levels.

Aiming for: Top 5

Ride Time: 2:02 p.m. EST

Lauren Kieffer and Vermiculus. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Lauren Kieffer (USA) and Vermiculus: A bit of a wild-card on the first day, this little Anglo-Arab has come out swinging in 2017, dropping his dressage average by a whopping ten points over his 2016 average. Whether he can continue the momentum into his first four-star is anyone’s guess but scoring a personal best of 43.3 at Chattahoochee Hills in his final prep run can’t hurt — nor can having the two-time winner of the USEF CCI4* Championship Trophy in the irons.

Aiming for: Top 15

Ride Time: 3:20 p.m. EST

Jessica Phoenix and Pavarotti. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Jessica Phoenix (CAN) and Pavarotti: Pavarotti has improved on his dressage score with every four-star appearance, last scoring a 44.7 in Rolex 2016 before withdrawing prior to cross country. As the final ride of the day on Thursday, a full grandstand will create a lot of atmosphere, but this veteran of the World Equestrian Games should take it all in stride.

Aiming for: Top 10

Ride Time: 3:28 p.m. EST

#RK3DE Links: Website, Schedule, Ride Times, EN’s Coverage, EN’s Ultimate Guide to Rolex, Live Stream, EN’s Twitter, EN’s Instagram

Wednesday News & Notes from SmartPak

Even the pups will be representing Team Flaxen at Rolex next week. Photo courtesy of Diane Finkelstein. Even the pups will be representing Team Flaxen at Rolex next week. Photo courtesy of Diane Finkelstein.

T-minus one week until Rolex officially commences with the jogs and Facebook is slowly starting to fill up with videos and photos of final prep work. For some that includes last lessons, gallops, icing, and holding their breath. Others are busy coming up with ways to display their support for their favorite riders and horses. One thing is undeniable … the moment is at hand!

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Longleaf Pine H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

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

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

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

Holly Hill Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

Your Wednesday News & Notes:

Beezie Madden’s ride Cortes ‘C’ is going to live the good life as a retiree. John and Beezie Madden take their retirement responsibilities seriously, while letting their former champions be horses. With fuzzy coats, mud, and freedom in abundance, horses like Coral Reef Via Volo, Authentic, and now Cortes ‘C’ enjoy a European style retiree barn where they get looked at daily without needing to be handled. [Living the Good Life]

It isn’t every day an amateur tops the field at a CCI2*. That’s just what happened to Julie Anne Boyer at Twin Rivers though, with her 8 year old thoroughbred High Decorum. A former police officer, Julie Anne found ‘Declan’ on the track as a four year old and has brought him through the levels herself. [Winner of the Week]

Madeline Backus is living the fairy tale with her mare P.S. Arianna. Bought to be her first horse after graduating from ponies, ‘Ari’ has grown up with Madeline, ushering through the levels of eventing to compete at their first Rolex next week. Although fitness has changed the mare from affable to fiery over the years, Madeline relates to her as if they are siblings. [Kind of Like a Fairy Tale]

SmartPak Product of the Day: I may have plugged this helmet only a month ago, but after only ten rides in it, I found myself in need of another one after a particularly nasty spill on Easter Sunday. Despite being almost brand new, I found enough dirt on it to convince myself that it was already time to retire that helmet from service. [SmartPak]

Wednesday News & Notes from SmartPak

Badminton bound! Photo via Elisa Wallace's FB page. Badminton bound! Photo via Elisa Wallace's FB page.

The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, and thoughts of Rolex and Badminton are quickly overtaking my daily thought processes. That means it’s April all right, and as I try to pick what I’m wearing for the day, determined on whether it’s 40 and blowing or almost ninety with blazing sun, I’m crossing my fingers for great weather in Lexington and England the day of.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Fair Hill CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

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

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

Your Wednesday News & Notes:

Send some “feel better soon” jingles to Bobby Meyerhoff, who is in the hospital after a fall cross country schooling. He suffered two fractured ribs and pneumothorax. “They are monitoring me overnight and re-cat scanning in the morning,” Bobby updated on Facebook. “Hopefully the air will reabsorb and I can get released in the morning.” Take care, Bobby! [Bobby Meyerhoff Facebook]

If you’ve ever had that panic induced by Google after the vet has left, you’re not alone. Blogger Natalie Voss can relate, as she had a ringbone scare with her mare Jitterbug. When the vet mentioned ringbone but had to come back to x-ray, she pulled out her phone and Googled her way into the worst possibilities. Most of us eventers have probably had that same panic. [The Existential Crisis]

Even if you’ve had a string of bad luck, you probably don’t have anything on Dani Evans. After a fall in November in which she broke her right ankle and leg and dislocated her right shoulder, Dani was finally back on a horse on March 10. It was short lived though, as a stumble and fall in her first run cross country resulted in another broken leg. Join EN in sending well wishes to Dani for her recovery. [Dani Evans Breaks Same Leg Twice]

Best of the Blogs: A Yankee In Paris. Bigger isn’t always better, as blogger Carleigh Fedorka tries to explain. With a true 17.3 gray ex-racehorse affectionately dubbed ‘The Elephant’, Carleigh has had to make an adjustments to make him fit in her life….literally. A bigger trailer, new tack and among other things, stronger abs as they work harder to collect to a twelve foot stride, come with a gentle giant. [Big Horse/Little Human Problems]

SmartPak Product of the Day: I’m in constant need of bell boots, to the point I consider them somewhat semi-disposable. To counter the issue of bell boots lost in the field, I buy the sturdiest ones I can find in the brightest colors, so as to better spot them out in the grass. [SmartPak]

By the Numbers: Chattahoochee Hills CIC3*

A date change for Chattahoochee Hills has turned this event into a solid option as a final preparation run for horses and riders bound for Rolex, and more attractive for pairs based in Florida as opposed to driving north for The Fork.

Despite healthier numbers this year, many of the more experienced horses have been aimed at the Advanced division. This means the CIC3* is a bit more openly contested this weekend amongst those less established at the level.

Chattahoochee Hills. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

The Field

  • The field in the CIC3* jumped from only three pairs last year to 20 for the 2017 edition.
  • Since hosting the first Chattahoochee Hills CIC3* in 2013, the winner of this division has led from day one, save for the very first running. The winner of that inaugural 2013 edition? None other than Lauren Kieffer and Veronica making their first CIC3* start as a pair.

Buck Davidson and Carlevo. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Dressage Divas

  • Carlevo has been a force in the first phase with Buck Davidson, scoring sub-45 in five of his seven career three-star tests.
  • Lauren and Veronica have scored within a point of 43.0 in either direction in all of their CIC3* tests since 2014.

Ellen Eoughty-Hume and Sir Oberon. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Show Jumping Powerhouses

  • Veronica is no slouch in the stadium department. She and Lauren have put in thirteen clear Advanced or CIC3* rounds out of sixteen in their partnership together.
  • When cross country runs after stadium, Ellen Doughty-Hume and Sir Oberon have jumped rail free 80% of the time at the CIC3* level.

Hawley Bennett-Awad and Jollybo. Photo courtesy of Hope Carlin.

Cross Country Machines

  • Despite their short partnership, Hawley Bennett-Awad and Jollybo have already created strong expectations for the cross country phase. Their slowest pace in three runs is only 12 seconds over the optimum time.
  • When Whitney Mahloch and Military Mind jump clean across the country, they make sure to do it quickly, with an average pace of eight seconds under the optimum in three clean runs.

PREDICTED WINNER: Lauren Kieffer and Veronica

Lauren Kieffer and Veronica. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Keep Your Eye On

  • Hawley Bennett-Awad and Jollybo
  • Buck Davidson and Copper Beach
  • Buck Davidson and Carlevo

Potential Spoilers

  • Whitney Mahloch and Military Mind