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Monday Video from Tredstep Ireland: Get Hyped for Rolex

It wouldn’t be Rolex week without some proper hype, so let’s get things cooking with this awesome video compiled by Photography In Stride featuring some of the stars of the show from 2016. Relive all of the moments and get ready to share in some new ones in just a few days’ time!

As always, we’ll be bringing you the best Rolex coverage there ever was all week, so keep it locked down right here on EN. Click here to catch up on all of our coverage so far.

One Last Ride: Arthur Will Dance in Rolex Stadium on Friday

Allison Springer and Arthur  at Rolex. Photo by Jenni Autry. Allison Springer and Arthur at Rolex. Photo by Jenni Autry.

After Allison Springer announced the retirement of her longtime partner, Arthur, last week, she confirmed today what his throngs of fans were hoping. She and Arthur will ride their final CCI4* dressage test together in the Rolex Stadium as an exhibition ride, the last ride of the day on Friday.

The dressage has truly been one of the hallmarks of Arthur’s career, with many top placings following phase one of competition thanks to his natural prowess in the sand box.

One of our favorite “Allithur” moments, Rolex 2014.

This news combined with the test ride on Thursday being performed by none other than Ballynoe Castle RM and his super groom Kathleen Murray means the bookends on the dressage phase of this year’s Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event are sure to be ones for the memory books. Be sure to keep your tissues handy; you’re probably going to need them!

Click here to catch up on all of EN’s pre-Rolex coverage, and keep it locked right here as we bring you the most extensive coverage of America’s premier event. Go Eventing.

Michael Jung Has an Instagram and We’ve Officially Become Stalkers

This may not be breaking news to some, but judging by the fact that I am just now getting wind of this, I figured I wasn’t the only one who didn’t know. Michael Jung has an Instagram account. And he’s posting photos from Rolex!

fischerRocana enjoy the green gras in lexington #fischerrocana #rk3de #eventing #lookingforward #cantwaittogothere

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No, it’s not just a fan page. It’s a bona fide, legitimate Instagram account and the inner social media stalker in us all is finally breathing a happy little sigh of relief.

Not only do we get a glimpse into the daily life of Mr. Jung, we get to catch up with the horses he competes in pure show jumping as well as his eventers. We also get to play fly on the wall with some behind the scenes intel from his home base in Germany. Basically, we couldn’t be much happier.

First Barbecue #barbecue #summeriscoming #meatlover #niceevening #teamjung

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Training showjumping with the eventers #nextseason #fischertakinou #trainhard #indoortraining #showjumping #superstar #champion #teamjung

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So stalk away, EN friends! Don’t worry, we’ll be right there with you!

Thursday Video from Standlee Hay: Rebecca Farm Preview

It’s promising to be an exciting year at The Event at Rebecca Farm this year, with both the National Junior and Young Rider Championships, multiple FEI divisions through a CCI3* as well as Horse Trials running all in one action packed week in beautiful Kalispell, Montana.

Rebecca Farm just released a preview video for this year’s event, and we can’t wait until July! Mark your calendars for July 19-23 for one of the literal best weekends all year. Go Eventing!

Tuesday Video from SpectraVET: More Chill Vibes from the West Coast

The title of this video says it all: Eventing on the West Coast is on a whole new level of cool. Sometimes I still can’t quite believe that I get to be a very small part of it, so this one really rings true.

Many thanks to Ellie Leonard for once again capturing the spirit of one of the biggest events of the spring at Twin Rives Ranch in Paso Robles. Enjoy!

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Tuesday News & Notes from Cavalor

I had a conversation with a friend last night who somehow, magically, braided a whopping 54 horses over the weekend at Twin Rivers. I messaged her and asked how in the world she managed that, which she replied to with a Snapchat of some completed braids around 4 a.m. Somehow, she’s gotten her timing down to a science and was able to, sleep notwithstanding, get all 54 horses braided beautifully. If that isn’t dedication and love for the sport, I’m not sure what is. Just one of the many things I love about this sport and the people in it.

Events Opening This Week:

IEA Horse Trials, Classic Training & Novice 3-Day Event (IN, A-8), Genesee Valley Riding & Driving Club Spring Horse Trials (NY, A-1), Colorado Horse Park CCI**/*, CIC** and Horse Trials (CO, A-9) Carriage House Farm Combined Test (MN, A-4), Poplar Place Farm June H.T. (GA, A-3), GMHA June HorseTrials (VT, A-1), Waredaca H.T. (MD, A-2)

Events Closing Today:

Heart of the Carolinas 3-Day Event & H.T. (SC, A-3), Riga Meadow Combined Test (CT, A-1), Penny Oaks H.T. (IN, A-8), MCTA H.T., Inc (MD, A-2), Poplar Place Farm May H.T. (GA, A-3), Heart of the Carolinas 3-Day Event & H.T. (SC, A-3) The Event at Skyline (UT, A-9)

News & Notes:

The 2017 Event at Rebecca Farm has officially opened for volunteer opportunities. If you’ve never had the chance to attend this incredible event, this is the perfect opportunity to do so. No prior experience needed! [Rebecca Farm Needs Volunteers]

The Heart of the Carolinas (HOTC) Three-Day Event and Horse Trials is pleased to announce Arbor One Farm Credit as the Volunteer Appreciation Sponsor for the May 3-7, 2017 event at Southern 8ths Farm in Chesterfield, SC. This is an awesome opportunity to show our appreciation for hard working volunteers! [Southern 8ths Farm]

With the announcement of the $1,000,000 Wilton Fair Fund this week, here’s a look back at this wonderful horse’s career. [#TBT: Wilton Fair]

Tuesday Video:

A look at some of the craziest conditions Fair Hill has ever seen, featuring Wlton Fair himself:

Oliver Townend Pulls Out Burnham Market CIC3* Win

Oliver Townend and Cooley Master Class. Photo by Julie Walker/MEM. Oliver Townend and Cooley Master Class. Photo by Julie Walker/MEM.

In the second leg of the Shearwater Insurance Tri-Star Grand Slam, Oliver Townend and Cooley Master Class were the CIC3* winners at the Barefoot Estates Burnham Market International.

The Shearwater Insurance Tri-Star Grand Slam is a winner take-all concept running over five events. The grand slam winner would need to win three out of five of the events for a total prize of £50,000.

This was also a big weekend for Oliver on a personal record level, as this is his fifth consecutive CIC3* at Burnham since 2014.

The first competition for the Grand Slam this year was Belton International, which was won by Izzy Taylor and KBIS Starburst. This weekend, it was Oliver Townend with the 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse owned by Angela Hislop who took home the top honors in the CIC3* on a final score of 40.2.

“Burnham Market is always the first event of the year where I really aim to be competitive,” Oliver said. “I trust the ground, I trust the course designer, I trust everything about the place. I think running here sets my horses up for what’s to come later in the season.”

It was a top weekend for Oliver, not just in the CIC3* but also the Advanced, Intermediate and one of the Novice divisions, all of which he took home first place.

Oliver was closely followed by Piggy French and Vanir Kamira, second on a final score of 42.8. Andrew Nicholson brought up third place aboard Byrnesgrove First Diamond, a 9-year-old Irish horse who improved on his first CIC3* start at Belton by over 20 points.

Andrew Nicholson at Burnham Market. Photo courtesy of the Burnham press office.

The next leg of the Grand Slam will be Houghton International at the end of May, which will also play host of a Nations Cup event. Look for much more from Houghton as some of our U.S. team members will be traveling to compete, including Caroline Martin and Mackenna Shea on the first stop of their Karen Stives European tour.

Shearwater Insurance Tri-Star Grand Slam: [Website]
Barefoot Estates Burnham Market Horse Trials: [Website][Final Scores]

It’s Here! Preview the 2017 Rolex Kentucky Cross Country Course

It’s like Christmas! With just under two weeks to go until the first horse leaves the start box in Kentucky at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, we’re delighted that a sneak peek course preview has been released for our viewing pleasure.

Join Samantha Clark and course designer extraordinaire Derek di Grazia as well as TD Tom Ryckewaert to check out some of what’s in store for the horses and riders this year; it’s always an exciting time when a course designer’s vision is brought to life.

Check it out and comment: what question are you going to be sure to watch this year?

Phillip Dutton Goes 1-2 in Fair Hill CIC3*, Mackenna Shea Wins Twin Rivers CIC3*

Phillip Dutton and Mr. Candyman. Photo by Julieann Prettyman. Phillip Dutton and Mr. Candyman. Photo by Julieann Prettyman.

Phillip Dutton once again showed why he’s one of the best in the business today on cross country at Fair Hill, picking up the win in the CIC3* as well as second place aboard Mr. Candyman and Z, respectively. Time was tricky, and no one in the division made it but Phillip turned in two of the quickest rounds of the day to cement the win and move up from third with Z.

Phillip Dutton and Z. Photo by Julieann Prettyman.

Mr Candyman finished on a final score of 54.5 followed by his stablemate on a 55.7. Moving up from fourth into third is Erin Sylvester and Paddy the Caddy, who made his three-star debut this weekend.

Erin Sylvester also had a rocking day in the Advanced, picking up the win with Campground, a 10-year-old Thoroughbred gelding owned by Marnie Kelly who completed the CCI3* at Fair Hill last fall in the top 25. Campground will finish the weekend on a final score of 43.2, followed by Boyd Martin with Steady Eddie (43.7) and Cracker Jack (44.3) in second and third positions.

Moving to the West Coast, Mackenna Shea and Landioso are your winners of the CIC3* at Twin Rivers, making quick work of today’s cross country to come home with 7.2 time and the win on a final score of 66.7. Tamie Smith and Kevin Baumgardner’s Wembley finished in second position, followed by Robyn Fisher and Carol Singh’s Betawave.

Relaxing Morning🐴😊 #jumpjudging #eventing #twinrivers #pasorobles #3dayeventer

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Rolex bound James Alliston and Parker are your Advanced winners at Twin, finishing on a final score of 47.8 for their last prep before heading to Kentucky. This pair hardly needs any introduction, as they will be contesting their seventh Rolex together this year after finishing in the top 30 in 2016.

Emily Pestl-Dimmitt and Michelle Pestl’s Arlington picked up time today and moved into second place to finish the weekend, followed by Sabrina Glaser and Patricia Yust’s Rembrandt.

We’ll be putting together a social media recap from all of the big events this weekend, so be sure to tag your posts at the event location to be included! Go eventing.

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

Ocala CCI & H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

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

Loss of a Legend: Carrick Passes Away at Age 25

We’re sad to report today that Carrick, John Williams’ 2004 Olympic partner, was euthanized yesterday from health complications at the age of 25.

“He was in no pain and it was all very peaceful,” Ellen Chaney said. Carrick has been under her care for almost 22 years and has spent his retirement at her farm in Southern Pines. “His longtime companion, Sloopy, stood near. Carrick was incredible: wise, kind, arrogant, generous. He has left a huge void here.”

Sloopy and Carrick enjoying a graze together. Photo courtesy of Ellen Chaney.

John and Carrick finished 28th individually at the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens for Team USA, which finished on the podium in bronze. Together they also finished fourth individually at the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Spain as members of the gold medal winning Team USA consisting of John, Kimberly Vinoski and Winsome Adante, David O’Connor on Giltedge, and Amy Tryon on Poggio II.

Carrick was a true blue cross country machine, with no cross country jump penalties on his FEI record which includes a second place finish at Rolex Kentucky in 2002 as well as a fourth place finish at Burghley in 2003.

We’d like to thank Carrick for the special memories as one of the greats of our sport. Rest in peace, old friend.

Please leave your tributes and memories to Carrick in the comments section of this article.

Phillip Dutton Leads Fair Hill CIC3*, Tamie Smith In Control of Twin Rivers CIC3*

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

Phillip Dutton and Mr Candyman are your leaders in the CIC3* at Fair Hill today after moving up to take the lead following a double clear show jumping round. Phillip and the 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding owned by Ann Jones, Bridget Colman, Caroline Moran and Tom Tierney earned a 48.9 in the dressage to sit behind early leaders Boyd Martin and Bonito.

Ryan Wood and Powell will be in second looking ahead to cross country with one rail added today for a total penalty score of 50.7, followed by Phillip again on Z, who remains on his dressage score of 50.9.

There is also a 4* Combined Test going on at Fair Hill this weekend for those putting the finishing touches on their Rolex preparations, and we have a tie for the leaders after dressage on a score of 46.5: Colleen Rutledge with fan favorite Covert Rights, tied with Matt Brown and Super Socks BCF.

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Looking to the Advanced at Fair Hill, Boyd Martin is in control after two phases, moving up from sixth with a double clear show jumping round to remain on a score of 34.9. Lillian Heard and LCC Barnaby also had a clear round that was rewarded with a move up, from seventh into second on a 35.2. Third place will be Ryan Wood and Fernhill Classic on a score of 34.5. Several of the Advanced horses are heading for Rolex next, so expect a nice easy run tomorrow as a final fitness run and tune-up for many of these pairs.

Tamie Smith and Fleeceworks Royal. Photo by Sally Spickard.

On the West Coast, Tamie Smith and Fleeceworks Royal are your CIC3* leaders on a score of 47.9. This is the first CIC3* start for “Rory”, who completed the Young Event Horse Championships at Le Lion d’Angers last year in the top 25.

In second are Mackenna Shea and Landioso, who are recipients of this year’s Karen Stives Eventing Endowment Fund from the USEF this year and will tackle the Houghton Hall CICO3* and Bramham CCI3*-U25, will be your second placed pair on a score of 50.5.

Robyn Fisher and Betawave, another alumni of the Le Lion d’Angers CCI2* last year, are closely in third on a 50.6.

The CIC3* will show jump this afternoon beginning at 4:55 p.m. PST, and you can watch the action thanks to Ride On Video’s live stream here.

Hannah Sue Burnett and RF Demeter. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Ocala International is also running a CCI4* CT this weekend, and Hannah Sue Burnett and RF Demeter have taken the lead on a 41.3 following dressage. Not one to outdo herself, Hannah Sue also holds second and third aboard Under Suspection (41.8) and Harbour Pilot (45.0) heading into show jumping this afternoon.

The hotly anticipated FEI divisions at Ocala are quite large and competitive this weekend, and Liz Halliday-Sharp will be your early leader in the CCI2* with Deniro Z on a score of 36.1, the only score in the 30s of the field. This is the first CCI2* run for Deniro Z, who has won two CIC2*s this year already.

Doug Payne and Getaway, a 10-year-old Oldenburg gelding by Contendro owned by Lisa Wall, are your second placed pair on a score of 40.3. This is also the first CCI2* start for Getaway.

Buck Davidson completes the top three on Victor B Z, a 7-year-old Zangersheide gelding owned by Buck and Carl Segal. Victor B Z finished in the top 10 in the end of the year CCI1* at Hagyard Midsouth last year and this year has had several competitive placings at the Preliminary and Intermediate levels.

Megan Lynn and The Natural E. Photo courtesy of Becky Young.

And finally, we’d like to congratulate Megan Lynn and The Natural E for besting a ginormous CCI1* division to win the dressage on a score of 38.1, one of just two scores in the 30s. It’s no small feat to win the dressage in general, and to win it in grand fashion over a seriously deep field is a big one! Time will tell how the remainder of the weekend plays out, but enjoy that feeling Megan!

We’ll bring you much more from Fair Hill, Twin Rivers and Ocala over the weekend, so keep it locked right here!

Tuesday News & Notes from Cavalor

Kyle Carter and Madison Park. Photo by Sally Spickard. Kyle Carter and Madison Park. Photo by Sally Spickard.

Kyle Carter posted a video announcement on his Facebook page yesterday that Madison Park, his upper level partner of many years, will be retired from upper level competition rather than competing at Rolex or Badminton this year.

“Parker” is 19 this year, and together he and Kyle have completed six CCI4* events, including the 2008 Summer Olympics in Hong Kong and the 2010 World Equestrian Games, representing Canada. Kyle and Madison Park finished fifth individually at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro as members of the silver medal winning Canadian team.

Parker also boasts an incredible comeback on his CV, successfully rehabbing from an injury sustained at Blenheim in 2011 to continue on to compete at the top levels of the sport.

In all, Parker has 35 FEI competitions on his record, the majority of which are three-star competitions. In 2016, he finished 34th at Rolex and this year finished 16th in the Advanced at Rocking Horse Winter II.

We would like to wish Parker the happiest of retirements, though Kyle has said that the Thoroughbred gelding isn’t done competing altogether — we’ll likely see him out playing at the Prelim and Intermediate level, with perhaps an Advanced scattered in for fun.

Events Opening This Week:

Mystic Valley Hunt Club H.T. (CT, A-1), The Spring Event at Woodside (CA, A-6), Virginia CCI/CIC & H.T. (VA, A-2), Coconino Spring H.T. and Dressage Show (AZ, A-10), May-Daze at the Park H.T. (KY, A-8), Equestrians Institute H.T. (WA, A-7), Willow Draw Charity Show (TX, A-5) Flora Lea Spring H.T. (NJ, A-2), Paradise Farm HT (SC, A-3)

Events Closing Today:

University of New Hampshire Spring H.T. (NH, A-1), Loudoun Hunt Pony Club Spring H.T. (VA, A-2), Fresno County Horse Park H.T. (CA, A-6)

News & Notes:

Don’t forget, entries are now open for our 2017 Dubarry of Ireland Rolex Nations Team Challenge Fantasy League! You can select your four team members all the way up until the morning of the First Horse Inspection, and the grand prize up for grabs is a pair of Dubarry boots from our friends at SmartPak! [2017 RK3DE Fantasy League]

The O’Connor Equestrian Eventing Camp is now accepting entries! Confirmed instructors include Karen and David O’Connor, and Cathy Wieschhoff. Campers rotate among all instructors and ride in small groups to ensure each student receives individualized attention. Top level grooms, who assist with horsemanship and lectures, will be available to answer questions regarding stable management and horse care. [O’Connor Eventing Camp]

Big news! The USEA will be offering new Worth the Trust Sports Psychology Scholarships in 2017. The Worth the Trust Sports Psychology Scholarships will be available for the first time this year for Adult Amateurs and Young Adult Amateurs. The first Worth the Trust Sports Psychology Scholarship will be awarded at the 2017 USEA Annual Meeting and Convention, December 5-10, 2017 in Long Beach, Calif. The deadline for this inaugural award is October 2, 2017. [Worth the Trust Sports Psychology Scholarship]

Tuesday Video:

Here’s a great throwback to the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Lexington, and if you watch you’ll catch a glimpse of Kyle Carter and Madison Park:

Sneak Peek: First Look at the 2017 Rolex Head of the Lake

The official #RK3DE Instagram page shared a few updates recently and we were able to get a sneak peek at what looks like a redesigned Head of the Lake complex on this year’s cross country course.

We will keep waiting anxiously for a look at what’s in store this year, but in the meantime here is a look around Instagram for the latest updates:

FIrst jump at this year’s Rolex Head of the Lake. Holy Cow! #RK3DE #BestWeekendAllYear

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We of course don’t know the official lay of the land just yet, but what we do know is that this big table in is massive! We can’t wait to see what else course designer Derek di Grazia has up his sleeves for us this year.

Gorgeous day to film the #RK3DE #XC Course Preview! Just a few more weeks! #BestWeekendAllYear

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Buck Davidson and Copper Beach Win Chattahoochee Hills CIC3*

Buck Davidson and Copper Beach. Photo by Liz Crawley Photography. Buck Davidson and Copper Beach. Photo by Liz Crawley Photography.

Buck Davidson dominated the CIC3* in Georgia this weekend, never giving up his first and second placings aboard Copper Beach and Carlevo to become the eventual winner of the division after cross country today.

Buck added just a bit of time — and told EN yesterday that time was not of the utmost importance — on Hugh Lochore’s course to cement his win on Rolex-bound Copper Beach, who added 4.8 time penalties to his dressage score to finish on 43.5.

Buck Davidson and Carlevo. Photo by Liz Crawley Photography.

He finished second on Tattersalls-bound Carlevo with a clear round and 8.8 time penalties for a final score of 51.3. Buck told us yesterday that his ultimate goal was to come out of the weekend feeling that his horses were confident, and he certainly achieved his goals today in style.

From there, the leaderboard shuffled just a bit as Lauren Kieffer picked up the third and fourth spots with Vermiculus and Veronica, respectively. Vermiculus added 13.2 time penalties to finish third on 61.5 and will next head to Kentucky to make his debut at the level. Veronica is going overseas to Badminton and completed her final prep run with 9.6 time penalties for fourth place on 64.7.

Lauren Kieffer and Vermiculus. Photo by Liz Crawley Photography.

Cross country caused a few troubles throughout the division, with six pairs failing to complete and one other collecting refusals. Overall, though, the course seemed to do the trick of offering a solid run for horses heading on to their respective spring three-day goals.

We’ll be adding to this report throughout the day as the remainder of the FEI scores as well as the Advanced continue to update, so check back for much more from Georgia.

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

Buck Davidson Powers to First, Second Spots in Chatt Hills CIC3*

Buck Davidson and Carlevo. Photo by Liz Crawley. Buck Davidson and Carlevo. Photo by Liz Crawley.

It’s been a wet and windy weekend so far at Chattahoochee Hills in Fairburn Georgia, but it was Buck Davidson who prevailed following dressage and show jumping to lead the CIC3* aboard Carl and Cassie Segal and Sherrie Martin’s Copper Beach and Carlevo LLC’s Carlevo.

Buck and Copper Beach, who is coming off of an 11th place finish in the CIC3* at Carolina International and is aiming for Kentucky later this month, earned the only score in the 30s from judges Christina Klingspor and Susan Graham White to take a 38.7 into show jumping.

Over a course that yielded just five clear rounds of 19 starters, Copper Beach turned in a flawless round to cement his lead and remain in the 30s heading into tomorrow’s cross country.

Copper Beach is an 11-year-old Irish gelding who will contest his second CCI4* this spring after finishing in the top 20 in 2016. He went on to win the CCI3* at Rebecca Farm in the summer and has come out swinging for the fences this year, winning his first two Horse Trial starts before continuing on to Carolina.

As is the case with the final preps before a spring three-day, Buck said his ultimate goal this weekend is to produce confident rounds from his horses to encourage them to peak at their respective goal events. “The goal for me is Kentucky (with Copper Beach), so I want him to go out and have a confident run. I’m not too worried about time, I’m using this as a fitness run. He feels really great right now.”

Buck Davidson and Carlevo. Photo by Jenni Autry.

In second place is Carlevo, a 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding who was previously campaigned by Dirk Schrade. Carlevo finished his 2016 season with a top 10 finish in the CIC3* at the Ocala Jockey Club and also won his first Intermediate start in 2017 at Rocking Horse. Carlevo earned a 41.5 and added one second of time over Marc Donovan’s show jumping course earlier this afternoon to sit in second overnight.

Carlevo is aiming for the CCI3* at Tattersalls at the end of May, so Buck is working to get him happy and confident as he looks ahead to the international trip. “He’s very reliable in the dressage, he’s beautiful and he’s relaxed so I was pleased with him today. He has been jumping great this year, and at Carolina he had the last few down because we were the last to go and all of the other horses had left so I feel there’s an explanation for that even though it was a bit of a bummer. But he’s a super young horse, I was happy with him today and we’ll see how we get on tomorrow.”

Carlevo will likely head to Jersey Fresh to contest the CIC2* as his final prep for Ireland, following a similar path that Buck took with Copper Beach when he traveled to Tattersalls in 2015.

Clayton Fredericks and Houdini. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Clayton Fredericks and Katie Ruppel’s Houdini will hold down third place after two, adding nothing to their dressage score of 42.8. Clayton and Houdini, an off-track Thoroughbred, won the CIC2* at Red Hills last month, and Katie will be taking the reins back from Clayton to contest their fifth CCI4* together at Rolex.

Looking to the remainder of the leaderboard, Lauren Kieffer and Vermiculus are the only remaining score in the 40s, sitting in fourth on a 48.3 after adding four jump and one time penalty in today’s show jumping. Buck Davidson continues his dominant run this weekend with a fifth place position aboard the stallion Halimey on a score of 50.4 with one rail down today.


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In the CIC2*, it’s Bobby Meyerhoff and his talented mare Fortuna who will take the lead into cross country on a score of 52.0 following a double clear show jumping effort. Bobby told EN that he has some serious talent coming up the ranks following his announcement that he would be retiring his top mount Dunlavin’s Token, and this 7-year-old Dutch mare is certainly showing her chops in just her second CIC2* start. She most recently came fourth in the CIC2* at Carolina International, where she finished on her dressage score.

Lauren Kieffer and Landmark’s Monte Carlo. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Bobby and Fortuna hold the sole double clear effort of the division, which bumped them from fifth into first place, followed by Lauren Kieffer and Landmark’s Monte Carlo, an 11-year-old Irish/Thoroughbred cross owned by Ms. Jacqueline Mars. Lauren had two rails down to take a two-phase score of 55.0 into tomorrow.

And rounding out the top three in the CIC2* is again Bobby Meyerhoff with another young talent, Rascal Rap. A 9-year-old Oldenburg owned by Diane Kearney, Rascal Rap is making his fourth CIC2* start, most recently completing the CIC2* at Carolina International.

The CIC1*, currently led by Lizzie Snow and West River, show jumps this afternoon and the Advanced division will run a one-day competition tomorrow. The CIC3* cross country course is open at 5 p.m. this evening, looking ahead to a 12 p.m. start tomorrow. There has been a lot of rain in the area over the last few days, but riders and officials are optimistic that the course will dry out thanks to the help of Mother Nature and a fair amount of wind.

We’ll have much more from Chatt Hills to come tomorrow, so stay tuned for the exciting finale! Go eventing.

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

Join the 2017 Dubarry Nations Team Challenge Rolex Fantasy League

As we gear up for the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event later this month, we’re teaming up with Dubarry and SmartPak to launch the third annual Nations Team Challenge Rolex Fantasy League! We’re excited to announce that the victor of this year’s league will win their choice of Dubarry boots from our friends at SmartPak.

Here’s how to enter:

  • Start your team on our league page here. Click the blue “Play Now” button under the Dubarry banner.
  • Select a team of four horse and rider combinations you think will deliver the best performances at Rolex this year.
  • Scores will be entered each night of the competition, so be sure to keep up with how your team is doing on the league page.
  • The person who picks the team with the lowest cumulative score will win a grand prize of a pair of Dubarry boots of their choice provided by SmartPak!


  1. Does it cost anything to sign up? Not a cent!
  2. What if one of my pairs does not pass the first or second horse inspection? Any pair that is eliminated or otherwise withdraws will be given a score of 1000.00.
  3. When do entries close? Entries will close at 10 p.m. EST on Tuesday, April 25, the night before the first horse inspection.
  4. What if there is a tie for the winning team? The team whose riders come closest to the optimum time on cross country will break a tie. (Cross country times will be averaged for all pairs on the team.)
  5. Is there a drop score? No.
  6. Can I select Michael Jung for all four of my spots? Ha ha. Nice try!

Have further questions or comments? Email [email protected]. Good luck to all players!

Spring Fling: Social Media from The Fork and Chattahoochee Hills

It’s so hard to believe that Rolex is right around the corner. For me personally, following The Fork is always a benchmark because it’s really beginning to get real for those riders heading to Kentucky at the end of the month. Similarly, Chatt Hills is offering a seriously competitive CIC3* this weekend as well, and with these two events combined it’s basically eventer’s paradise.

The Fork CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

With dressage starting today in Tryon and competition set to kick off tomorrow in Georgia, here’s a look at what the social media buzz is today:

Can you say #relationship goals?

different state, same pose

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Spot Chinch!!#tryoninternationalequestriancenter #TheFork

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Good morning from Georgia! 😊

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Tuesday Video From SpectraVET: Galway Downs Rewind

Many thanks to Ellie Leonard, who was once again behind the camera this weekend at Galway Downs collecting snippets for her artistic recap videos. Check out the latest from behind the scenes in Southern California, and don’t forget to follow Ellie on social media for the latest.

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Tuesday News & Notes from Cavalor

Tamie Smith and Dempsey giving the massive Tiger Trap plenty of room at Galway Downs. Photo by Ellie Leonard. Tamie Smith and Dempsey giving the massive Tiger Trap plenty of room at Galway Downs. Photo by Ellie Leonard.

If you ever need some perspective on life, just imagine yourself clearing the humongous Tiger Trap jump on the Galway Downs CIC3* cross country course. If these riders can jump that, then I think we can all handle just about everything life (and course designers) throw our way. Seeing this photo makes me feel better about my next cross country course, which will be approximately 1/10th the size.

Events Opening This Week:

Hitching Post Farm Horse Trials (VT, A-1), CCC Spring Gulch H.T. (CO, A-9), Chattahoochee Hills H.T. (GA, A-3), Kent School Spring H.T. (CT, A-1), Fair Hill International H.T. (MD, A-2), Otter Creek Spring H.T. (WI, A-4)

Events Closing Today:

Longleaf Pine H.T. (NC, A-2), Sporting Day Farm Horse Trials (SC, A-3) Holly Hill Spring H.T. (LA, A-5), Plantation Field April Horse Trials (PA, A-2), River Glen Spring H.T. (TN, A-3)

News & Notes:

Meet this month’s USEA Volunteers of the Month, Van and Susan Firth. Each month, the USEA teams up with Athletux to spotlight some of the hardworking volunteers that we see at events all around the country. You’ll love this story of Susan and Van and their dedication to the sport they love. [Volunteers of the Month: Van and Susan Firth]

Did you miss any of the FEI World Cup in Omaha this past weekend? Never fear, our friends at Horse Nation have us covered. Click here to catch up on all of the World Cup madness that you might have missed.

You may have seen the video of a harmless countryside hack gone wrong on a retired racehorse. Due to his newfound internet fame, the rider in the video, Nick Bull, got some help from Wocket Woy and the Producer, and the results are pretty entertaining. [Wockey Woy to the Rescue]

Tuesday Video:

Check out Maya Studenmund’s wild ride aboard Archie Rocks at Carolina International:

Helmet Cam Alert: Chelsea Kolman and Dauntless Courage at Poplar Place

Kentucky’s Chelsea Kolman and Dauntless Courage recently made the step up to the Advanced level, completing their first CIC3* in style last month. They picked up a third place finish at Poplar Place, also finishing fifth in their Advanced debut at Rocking Horse.

We’ve enjoyed keeping up with Chelsea and “Dante” and can’t wait to see what else is in store for them this season. You can find our previous stories on this pair here and here. In the meantime, enjoy this look between the ears as they tackle their first CIC3*!

California Dreaming: Galway Downs Social Media Recap

It was a wonderful weekend of eventing at Galway Downs here in Southern California. I spent the weekend working in the trade fair, and I had so much fun working with and meeting new and old friends. The eventing community is truly something special, and I’m thankful to be a part of it!

All sappiness aside, here’s a round-up of social media posts from the weekend. I will add more to these as the last day of competition wraps up this afternoon!

Galway Downs: WebsiteLive Scores

Well Twig’s officially a prelim horse! . She was a complete beast on cross country, super bold and she shot out of that start box convinced she was running the 3 star (or maybe the Kentucky Derby, lol). So a bit change will be happening soon as the better part of our round was us arguing about what speed we should go in between fences, but she was a star over everything and jumped it all with lots of room to spare Clear with just a handful of time and we moved up a bunch of spots to currently sit in 11th place. . (Maybe wearing Sunny’s 5 point big girl breastplate for the first time gave her an extra kick). . On to show jumping tomorrow! . #twiggy #likeagirl #ottb #ottbsofinstagram #thoroughbred #thoroughbredsofinstagram #threedayeventing #horses #horsetrials #horsejumping #crosscountry #prelim #galwaydowns #california #livingthedream #albertaeventing #albertaeventersincali

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Mallory Hogan and Clarissa finished 10th in the CIC1*! #eventing #usea #usef #galwaydowns @mheventing_

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A Horse of a Different Color: Zero Gravity

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Kenzie Wilkinson and Zero Gravity. Photo by Carol Mingst. Kenzie Wilkinson and Zero Gravity. Photo by Carol Mingst.

Walking past the warm-up arena for cross country at Galway Downs last November, I saw a girl on a gray horse getting some cross country pointers from coach Earl McFall. I watched as this pair tackled the warm-up fences for the CCI1* and found myself thinking that this pair looked like they got things done. The horse was a little gray, perhaps not the flashiest horse in the world, but I think that is what caught my eye the most about it. So I had to find out more.

Meet Kenzie Wilkinson and her Quarter Horse/Thoroughbred mare, Zero Gravity. This pair bases in Northern California, primarily training with Earl and Jen McFall of Dragonfire Farm, but spent a lot of their early days together back in their hometown in Michigan training with Philippa Humphreys.

Finding an upper level event horse wasn’t the initial goal for Kenzie when she first began riding. “I was just about to go into high school and had had a couple of horses already,” Kenzie recalled. “She came from a hunter/jumper barn in Western Michgan, and we actually tried her sister first.”

Kenzie Wilkinson and Zero Gravity. Photo by Captured Moment Photography.

Originally bred to be more of a Quarter Horse type with a Thoroughbred dam, Kenzie originally wasn’t sure the little mare would be a good fit for what she was looking for.

“My sister told me to try her, and I thought she was too small,” Kenzie continued. “I took her for a spin, and as soon as I jumped her I knew I wanted her.”

Indeed, “Bailey” is small but mighty, standing just 15.1 hands and often getting mistaken for a pony. She spent much of her initial time with Kenzie doing typical kid activities such as 4H, camping, swimming and parades. From that point, Kenzie decided that she wanted to get more serious about eventing and moved to Philippa’s program full-time.

Kenzie and Bailey completed their first recognized event at May Daze in 2013, finishing fifth in the Junior Novice division. The following year at Dunnabeck Horse Trials, the pair made the big step up to the Preliminary level, where they finished 11th.

“I really thought I’d move up to Prelim, go to college and not be able to be as serious about it,” Kenzie said. “I decided to go to UC-Davis and spend the winter working for Philly in Ocala.”

It seemed Kenzie couldn’t quite rid herself of the horse bug, so she began working with the McFalls when she returned to school and eventually stepped back up to the green numbers in the spring of 2015.

“Realistically, I thought Training level would be the coolest thing ever,” Kenzie said. “For me, getting to go Training was like going to the Olympics. Bailey is an awesome jumper, but she can be quirky and has her own ideas of how to do things, so we spent some time getting eliminated and having some trouble. But we knew she was talented. Everyone I worked with said she was a Prelim horse, so it was just a matter of one thing leading to the next.”

First one-star, check! Photo by Cori Davis.

Before she knew it, Kenzie was sending in for her FEI passport and entering her first CCI1*, the push for which she credits both her coaches as well as regular clinician Hawley Bennett-Awad. “I wasn’t sure if it was a totally unreasonable idea,” she said. “Hawley was the one who told me to get my passport and get to Galway, and I think had she not said that I would have been too scared to ask about it.”

Completing her first one-star was bittersweet for Kenzie, who rode in memory of Philippa Humphreys all weekend. “The one-star was always with her in mind,” she said. “That was always a goal she had set for me. She had a huge influence on my riding. We didn’t really get serious about eventing until we moved to her place, and then we were mucking stalls to help out and traveling to shows with her. You could definitely say that she had a lot to do with any success we have.”

The EN team continues to remember Philippa Humphreys and encourages our audience to help support her daughter, Millie’s college fund. You can find out more here. You can also learn more about the USEA’s Collapsible Fence Study here.