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Tuesday Video from SpectraVET: Eventers Tackle Devon Hunt Night

Devon Hunt Night is a popular night for those attending and competing at the popular Pennsylvania hunter/jumper show. It seems that each year, a team of eventers tackles the hunter ring on Hunt Night. Last year, we profiled Justine Dutton’s Sport Ponies UK team, who placed second out of 16 teams.

This year, Sara Gartland, Samantha Fillman, and Brooke Holloway decided to swap their neck straps and monoflap saddles for martingales and hunter pads for a chance to compete at Devon.

Sara and As You Wish WF, Samantha and Adonis, and Brooke and Ace On the River (cool name!) placed fourth out of 18 hunt teams Saturday night — way to go, ladies!

Sara and As You Wish WF compete in Training and Prelim level events, Adonis and Sam compete in Novice and Training level events, and Ace on the River and Brooke are converts from the jumper ring (she qualified at Devon for the jumpers a few years ago) and currently compete at Beginner Novice and Novice level events.

Congratulations to another event team who showed the hunters how it’s done at Devon! Thanks to Julie Brooks Rudisill for providing video of this team’s round.

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Monday Video from Tredstep Ireland: Ze Terminator Helmet Cam

Michael also competed Marbach CIC3* winner Halunke FBW, who is also entered at Luhmühlen next month, in the CIC3* at Pfingstturnier in Germany this weekend, placing second on a score of 42.1. He brought a string of 9 horses with him to Pfingstturnier, competing in show jumping and eventing — because why just win in one discipline when you can achieve total world domination in every other as well?

The 10-year-old Württemberg gelding named Sportsmann S was a winner in the CSI4* 1.45m class as well, proving that Michael wasn’t kidding when he said at Rolex that he has many horses that competing in pure show jumping and dressage. He’s truly an example of being a master of his craft. We salute you, Mr. Jung!



Uncle George Returning to Windurra This Week

He's coming... He's coming...

George Morris is returning to Boyd and Silva Martin’s Windurra USA in Cochranville, PA this week to wreak havoc educate a hefty line-up including Boyd Martin, Phillip Dutton, Waylon Roberts, and more.

If you’re curious on what George has had to say to eventers in the past, you can read our recap on a previous Windurra clinic here.

Pearls of wisdom from the master.

Pearls of wisdom from the master.

Auditors are welcome for the clinic, which will be held Tuesday and Wednesday this week. Auditing passes are $60 per day. If you’re in the area, this is a great opportunity to and observe how George’s philosophies translate to how he instructs event riders.

It’s always great to see riders who seek out opportunities for continuing education, and while riding with George may require some mental courage, we’re firm believers that he’s one of the best authorities on proper horsemanship in the business.

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Want some more George-isms in meme form? Never fear, we’ve got you covered. Click here for many more top quotes from George, and stay tuned for more from this week’s clinic!

Here are the ride times for Tuesday, May 26:

Boyd Martin
Molly Rosin
Caitlin Silliman
Jenny Caras
Jess Brumfield
Kate Hicks
Boyd Martin
Matt Brown
Phillip Dutton
Lauren Balcomb
Waylon Roberts
Mark Beecher
Erin Sylvester
Amy Ruth
Erika Nessler
Bradly Champagne
Mike Pendleton
Emily Smith
Jess Brumfield

Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin

With school out for the summer and all of us eagerly planning for longer daylight hours at the barn, it’s a great time to take on a new project. If you’re not sure where to start with your OTTB search, never fear as we’re here to bring you our favorite listings of the week to provide some inspiration!

Photo via CANTER Ohio.

Photo via CANTER Ohio.

Our first listing this week is the very handsome Mar Bravo, who is currently listed with CANTER Ohio. We featured this guy’s listing in December, and we can’t believe he is still available! Mar Bravo (MarcianoJazz Gal, by Lord Avie) is a 2008 gelding who has raced 41 times and is said to be a nice tempered gelding who is sound but does have some stiffness in his back end that he works out of. He’s ready to move on to his new career, and with looks like that he will definitely turn some heads!

Mar Bravo on CANTER Ohio

Photo via CANTER Illinois.

Photo via CANTER Illinois.

This lovely looking guy is a Canadian bred gelding by the name of Aish Tamid (Purim - First Light, by Salt Lake) who was foaled in 2010 and raced just four times. Aish Tamid does have a front ankle that is bothering him that will benefit from some downtime, but he’s said to have a great personality that will do well with bonding with his new owner. Aish Tamid is available through CANTER Illinois — will he be your next four legged companion?

Aish Tamid on CANTER Illinois

Photo courtesy of New Vocations.

Photo courtesy of New Vocations.

We’re loving the sweet face and unique markings on our last listing of the week, a 2008 gelding by the name of Tapaway (Tapit - Victory Road, by Ikari). Tapaway raced 16 times and hit the board five times, earning a total of $115,756. Tapit is a very in demand stallion in the racing world, and he seems to pass along a lot of athleticism and talent in his offspring. He is listed as suitable for a flatwork career, but he’s said to be quite unflappable and a hard worker under saddle.

Tapaway on New Vocations

Ashley Kehoe Takes the Next Step with Philipp Kolossa

Ashley Kehoe and Cinco de Mayo at Fair Hill. Photo courtesy of Photo courtesy of Tara Katherine Photography.

Ashley Kehoe and Cinco de Mayo at Fair Hill. Photo courtesy of Tara Katherine Photography.

Ashley Kehoe has always had big ambitions of training and competing in Europe, and it’s a goal she’s been working toward for several years. Now, it seems the stars are aligning for her as she looks ahead to a new position riding for renowned event horse source Philipp Kolossa in Germany. So she’s packing her bags (and one horse) and moving to Germany next month, where she’ll no doubt be exposed to some of the best education in the business.

Ashley has spent the last two years riding and working for Pollard Eventing, a position she feels has groomed her appropriately for the next step in her career. “The plan with Michael and Nathalie was to be with them for a couple years,” she explained. “I’ve wanted to go to Europe to experience their event circuit and learn from the best riders in the world.”

Originally, Ashley planned to finish 2015 with the Pollards while competing her mare, D.A. Vittoria, at the three-star level. Earlier this year, however, Ashley made the decision to move her mare into the jumper ring, where she felt the horse was better suited.

“She was bred to be a Grand Prix jumper and is already very successful at the 1.30m level. Sadly, dressage was always a challenge for her. Unfortunately, our sport is so competitive now, mediocre dressage isn’t good enough anymore.”

With her upper-level competition plans on hold, Ashley knew the timing was right to begin seriously planning her trip to Europe. She has Jennie Brannigan, among many others, to thank for this new opportunity with Philipp, who is well-known for finding and producing top-tier event horses. Seeking out horses with a higher percentage of Thoroughbred blood, Philipp has proven time and time again that he has the eye for serious upper-level talent.


Ashley Kehoe and D.A. Vittoria at Fair Hill. Photo courtesy of Tara Katherine Photography.

“Jennie told me that if she had gone and worked in Europe before going out on her own that she would have worked for Philipp,” Ashley said. “She called him and introduced us. I spent a day with him while I was in Europe for a week. Everything just fell into place, and I will be riding and competing young horses for him. He has sold a lot of horses to four-star riders that he’s started in his program. His goal is really to find the new superstar event horse.”

Ashley is no stranger to competing young horses, having competed for both Debbie Adams and Sharon White before joining the Pollards. “I was responsible for working with the young horses and sales horses at Pollard Eventing, so with the new skills I have learned from Michael and Nathalie, I feel even more confident going to Europe,” she said. “I also have the O’Connors to thank; I was lucky enough to train with them for six years as a young rider.”

Aside from the pure horse handling skills, Ashley is also leaving Florida more fit than she’s ever been thanks to mandatory team Crossfit outings three days a week. “Michael believes that his fitness has been a huge part of his success, and he wanted to share it with everyone on the team,” she explained. “I appreciate him sharing that aspect of strength training with me. I do think it has made me ride that much better.”

As far as her riding is concerned, Ashley has had a great deal of experience competing through the upper levels and has also had the chance to continually hone her skills at home. “Michael and Nathalie are both masters in their own right, and I’m really grateful for everything they have taught me, especially on the flat,” she said. “They train their horses to the highest standard, and you just learn to expect that from yourself and your horses.”

Ashley will be taking her younger horse, Cinco de Mayo, to Germany, looking to continue competing him up the levels while she is there. D.A. Vittoria will be staying behind to campaign and eventually be sold under Silvio Mazzoni.

Ashley is unsure of how long she will stay. Right now she is just grateful for the opportunity to focus on working with one of the best… If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em!

Auf Wiedersehen, Ashley! We wish you and Cinco the best of luck in all of your endeavors overseas.

Friday Video from World Equestrian Brands: Watch Trading Aces at the Devon Horse Show

Since Trading Aces was sold to be an equitation horse earlier this year, he’s been a busy guy. New rider Alexandra Pielet showed him at WEF in several Maclay, USEF Talent Search, and jumper clases. The pair earned their first win together in a Washington International Horse Show Equitation division, where they placed third overall after completing a class in each ring.

Screenshot via Boyd Martin on Facebook.

Screenshot via Boyd Martin on Facebook.

Alexandra and Trading Aces also have top placings in recent USEF Hunt Seat Medal classes, and this week they are competing at Devon. Thanks to EqSportsNet, who shared a video of Alexandra and Trading Aces competing in the jumper phase of the Washington International Horse Show Talent Search, we can now get a glimpse of Trading Aces in his new career.

We wonder if she kept his barn name as Oscar or if she changed it. Nonetheless, we’re excited to see that “Oscar” seems to be thriving with his new young rider, and we wish him and Alexandra all the best.

To view more from the Devon Horse Show, visit EqSportsNet here.


Star Studded Line-up Promised at Luhmühlen CCI4*

Tim Price and Wesko. Photo by Jenni Autry. Tim Price and Wesko. Photo by Jenni Autry.

The spring season’s next CCI4* is quickly approaching as entries closed this week for Luhmühlen in Germany. We’ll have two American riders representing this year: Libby Head with Sir Rockstar and Clark Montgomery with Loughan Glen, plus Rebecca Howard and Riddle Master making their triumphant return to the four-star level for Team Canada.

A glance at the list of entries is enough to make us impatient to see the action get underway, and an updated cross country course from designer Capt. Mark Phillips will give riders a new feel from years past.

While entries will certainly withdraw before the ride times go up, there is plenty of star power on display at the moment. Newly crowned Rolex Kentucky champion Michael Jung is, naturally, entered, this time with Halunke FBW. An 11-year-old Württemberg gelding, Halunke FBW began his career with Michael in 2011. This will be his first CCI4* start, but he’s coming off a win in the CIC3* at Marbach in May. Plus, he’s got Michael Jung in the irons — enough said.

Michael’s Rolex entries, La Biosthetique Sam and fischerRocana FST are also on the list, however we can safely presume that this entry was a back-up in case he needed to re-route from Kentucky. Don’t tell Sam and Rocana that, though, I’m sure they could easily go around again.

With this being Germany’s home CCI4*, there are plenty of entries on the list from the host country. Ingrid Klimke has two entries: Zilia D and FRH Escada JS, and other German heavy hitters such as Andreas Dibowski, Andreas Ostholt and Dirk Schrade will also be riding.

In another highlight of the weekend, Andreas Dibowski’s veteran partner, FRH Butts Leon, will be retired in a special ceremony during this year’s event.

Photo courtesy of Thomas Ix.

Photo courtesy of Thomas Ix.

As for the American contingent, Libby Head will be contesting her second CCI4* with her OTTB gelding, Sir Rockstar. Libby won the Essex Grant at the 2014 USEA Annual Meeting, the funds for which she will be using to offset some of the cost of competing overseas. Libby had attempted to travel abroad last year, but she was unable to meet her fundraising goal to make the trip possible. This year, however, she’s flying high and hopes to have a competitive weekend in Germany.

Clark Montgomery received a USEF Land Rover Competition Grant to compete with Loughan Glen this year. This will be Glen’s first CCI4* since he won the dressage at Badminton in 2014 and subsequently retired on the no-mercy cross country course. Look for this pair to be at or very near the top of the pack after the first phase of competition.

Along with the rest of the star-studded lineup, 2014 winner Tim Price is also entered for New Zealand, fresh off of a second place finish at his first Rolex with Wesko and a 15th place finish at Badminton with Ringwood Sky Boy. He’ll be riding the 9-year-old Bango in his CCI4* debut after most recently completing the CIC3* at Belton in April.

Capt. Mark Phillips recently spoke in a press release about his vision for this year’s course. “It is a completely new approach,” he said. “The DHL Water Complex doesn’t come up so early in the course, giving the horses and riders a better chance to warm up and get into the rhythm. Furthermore, we have increased the use of frangible devices approved by the FEI and are going to use the English Frangible Pin and the Swedish MIM systems. If a system triggers, it will be fined with eleven penalty points.

“Essentially, I think the penalizing makes sense – for the most important safety aspect is the riders’ respect for the jumps. Therefore we are always trying to find the balance between forgiving fences and tasks that are taken seriously by the riders.”

We’re excited to see how this year’s Luhmühlen shakes out, and we’ll have Wylie on the ground for EN to bring us all of the up to date action. Stay tuned for much more from Germany, as the action kicks off on June 18.

Luhmühlen: [Website] [Entry List]

Jessica Phoenix Released from Hospital

Jessica Phoenix and A Little Romance. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Jessica Phoenix and A Little Romance. Photo by Jenni Autry.

We’ve had some great news from the Phoenix camp this week, as Jessica Phoenix has been released from the hospital and is now recovering at home. She was transported from the hospital where she initially received treatment in New Jersey to one closer to home in Canada last week, and now she is one step closer to making her return to the saddle.

Jessica broke three ribs and her sacrum, the triangular bone at the base of the spine, in a fall on cross country at Jersey Fresh. She also sustained damage to her liver, which was repaired Saturday afternoon in surgery. She was wearing an air vest during the fall.

Despite it all, Jessica is still in good spirits and plans to return to the saddle at the beginning of next month. We don’t call her #Superwoman for nothing, folks.

“It’s so good to be home!” Jessie said today. “Thank you to everyone for their support throughout these last couple of weeks. It truly does take an incredible team of people including our family, barn staff, owners, sponsors and supporters. It truly is overwhelming to have this much support and I can’t thank everyone enough for their help and support. I’m very much looking forward to getting back in the saddle!”

We wish Jessie all the best as she continues to recover, and we know she’ll be in the saddle as soon as (super)humanly possible. In the meantime, please continue to keep her in your thoughts, and we will provide more updates as they become available.


[Jessica Phoenix Transported Back to Canada]

[Jessica Phoenix Moved Out of ICU]

[Jessica Phoenix Injury Update After Fall at Jersey Fresh]

USEF Announces Spring/Summer Land Rover Competition Grants

Lauren Kieffer and Veronica. Photo by Jenni Autry. Lauren Kieffer and Veronica. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Hot on the heels of last night’s announcement of the Pan American Games team and alternates, the USEF has also released the recipients of Land Rover Competition Grants for this spring and summer. Two grants have been given out for the upcoming Bramham CCI3* and Luhmühlen CCI4*:

Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials – June 11-14

Lauren Kieffer and Team Rebbeca, LLC’s Veronica
Veronica is a 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare

Luhmühlen CCI4* Presented by DHL – June 18-21

Clark Montgomery and Jessica Montgomery, Kathryn Kraft, and Holly and William Becker’s Loughan Glen
Loughan Glen is a 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding

Kurt Martin and Anna Bella originally received a grant to compete at Bramham, but have since withdrawn from the competition. Libby Head will also be competing at Luhmühlen thanks to her receipt of the Essex Award at the USEA Annual Meeting and Convention last year.

Congratulations to this round of grant recipients as they prepare to pack their bags to hit the European circuit. We’ll bring you more updates from the traveling pairs as their journeys begin, so stay tuned for much more.

Mike Etherington-Smith Named New CIC3* Course Designer for Red Hills

Lauren Kieffer and Czechmate. Photo by Jenni Autry. Lauren Kieffer and Czechmate. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Red Hills International, a popular destination for eventers prepping for Rolex or stepping up a level, announced today that a new cross country course design team has been put in place in preparation for 2016 and beyond.

“Etherington-Smith’s international experience at the highest levels of the sport, combined with O’Connor’s 17 years of experience competing and coaching at Red Hills creates a true dream team,” Marvin Mayer, co-organizer of Red Hills, said in a press release. “Needless to say, Red Hills is extremely proud to have two of the sport’s premier professionals as part of our family.”

Mike Etherington-Smith will take the reins of the CIC3* course design from Hugh Lochore, and David O’Connor will be collaborating for the CIC2* and CIC* courses. Mike has stepped up his involvement in course design this year and is renowned for his design of the courses at both the 2000 and 2008 Olympics as well as the World Equestrian Games in 2010.

A big priority for the new design team is to expand the galloping lanes in an effort to give the competitors more time out in the open while on course.

Another priority will be to improve the footing at the venue, and the team has already been hard at work preparing the footing for next spring. The footing has had lime added and has been added and had top dressing and seed drilling, all of which have already begun to yield positive changes.

Additionally, fiber will be added to the crushed stone base in the arenas with the intent being to give the horses more cushion while competed on the surface.

We’re excited to see these new improvements, as well as the new vision in the cross country courses brought about by Mike Etherington-Smith and David O’Connor. We’ll see you in Tallahassee next spring!

For more information, visit the Red Hills website or Facebook page.

57 Pairs Set to Contest Popular Woodside Preliminary Challenge

Frankie Thieriot and Chatwin. Photo courtesy of Sherry Stewart. Frankie Thieriot and Chatwin. Photo courtesy of Sherry Stewart.

The ever-popular Preliminary Challenge at Woodside is set to commence this weekend, and 57 pairs across two divisions (Rider and Horse) will compete for $15,000 in prize money and an additional $15,000 in prizes. This is the seventh running of this event, which has attracted professionals and amateurs alike since its inception.

The Preliminary Challenge will run dressage on Friday, cross country Saturday morning, and will conclude with show jumping in the atmospheric Grand Prix Arena on Saturday evening. A heated ringside tent will offer a Gala Dinner for fans, friends, and family, and tickets to the tent — which have sold out each year — are available here. Reserved seating and dinner is $60 per person or $550 for a table of 10. Proceeds from the Gala Dinner will benefit construction of the cross-country course at the Horse Park at Woodside.

“I think the format we’ve created for the Woodside Preliminary Challenge – the evening show jumping competition with the awards right afterward and the catered dinner – has become something truly special over the last six years, ” said event organizer Robert Kellerhouse in a recent press release. “The Preliminary Challenge has become a competition that the riders aim for every year, and it’s become an event that people in the Woodside area and people riding in the other divisions at Woodside look forward to watching every year.”

Riders will have a chance to take a crack at new course designer Ian Stark’s creation on Saturday, which is an exciting development for this event. The course promises to be challenging yet fair, and we are looking forward to seeing how it rides over the weekend.

As far as qualifications are concerned, competing horses in the Horse division may not have competed above Intermediate from 2008-2015, while the riders may be of any experience level. For the Rider division, the riders may not have competed above Intermediate between 2008 and 2015. In other to achieve qualification for the Preliminary Challenge, horses and riders must have also earned two qualifying scores as a pair at Prelim.

CWD, Devoucoux, Equine Insurance of California and Professional’s Choice are the Presenting Sponsors of the 2015 Event At Woodside. Sunsprite Warmbloods is the Gold Medal Sponsor.

The Silver Medal Sponsors are: JRD Saddles, SmartPak and Voltaire Design.

The Bronze Medal Sponsors are: Auburn Laboratories Inc., Elk Grove Milling, Finish Line Horse Products, Geranium Street Floral, Ice Horse, the Professional Riders Organization, Ride On Video, and Shires Equestrian Products.

Friend Sponsors are: American Medical Response, California Retirement Management Account – funding aftercare for OTTBs, Eventing Training Online, Revitavet Therapeutic Systems, Steinbeck Country Equine Clinic and Triple Crown Nutrition.

Tickets for cross country day ($10/person) as well as Saturday evening’s Gala Dinner can be found here. We’ll be bringing you recaps from the Preliminary Challenge all weekend, so stay tuned for much more from Woodside.

Go Eventing!

The Spring Event at Woodside: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

USEF Names Team and Alternate Members for Pan American Games

Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Fugitive. Photo by Jenni Autry. Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Fugitive. Photo by Jenni Autry.

The moment we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived: the USEF has just named the team members and alternates for the 2015 Pan American Games, to be held in July in Toronto.

With Team USA’s Olympic qualifications on the line for 2016, the selectors had a job envied by none in naming this team on which many hopes will be pinned. To that end, here are your 2015 Pan American team members for the United States:

Phillip Dutton and Tom Tierney and Simon Roosevelt’s Fernhill Cubalawn or Tom Tierney and Annie Jones’ Fernhill Fugitive
Fernhill Cubalawn is a 2003 Holsteiner gelding 
Fernhill Fugitive is a 2005 Irish Sport Horse gelding

Lauren Kieffer and Marie Le Menestrel’s Meadowbrook’s Scarlett
Meadowbrook’s Scarlett is a 2007 Thoroughbred cross mare 

Marilyn Little and Raylyn Farm Inc. and Phoebe and Michael Manders’ RF Scandalous
RF Scandalous is a 2005 Oldenburg mare

Boyd Martin and the Pancho Villa Syndicate’s Pancho Villa
Pancho Villa is a 2003 Selle Francais gelding

The alternates are as follows:

Jennie Brannigan and Nina Gardner’s Cambalda
Cambalda is a 2002 Thoroughbred cross gelding

Matt Brown and the Blossom Creek Foundation’s BCF Belicoso
BCF Belicoso is a 2006 Irish Sport Horse gelding

Will Faudree and Jennifer Mosing and Sterling Silver Stables’ Pfun
Pfun is a 2007 Irish Sport Horse gelding

Lauren Kieffer and Jacqueline Mars’ Vermiculus
Vermiculus is a 2007 Anglo-Arabian gelding

Michael Pollard and Carl, Nicolas and Stanislas Bouckaert’s Cyrano Z
Cyrano is a 2001 Zangersheide gelding

Tamie Smith and Alex Ahearn’s Mai Baum
Mai Baum is a 2006 German Sport Horse gelding

As per the usual with big announcements such as these, there are plenty of surprises as well as no-brainers on the roster. Final team veterinary evaluations were performed on all horses this week, which certainly plays into the decision making process for any team scenario.

We’ll have an in-depth analysis of the Pan Am team coming your way shortly, so keep it locked right here for all of the latest Pan Ams coverage. In the meantime, here’s a rare sighting of David O’Connor as he names the team he’ll be taking to Toronto with him.

Go Team USA.

Wednesday Video from Kentucky Performance Products: Five Minutes with 5 Ring Eventing

The latest video in Kyle and Jennifer Carter’s video blogs opens with Kyle manning a tractor at Chattahoochee Hills last weekend, helping out to aerate the hard ground. Kyle’s sense of humor is on full display here — trust us, Kyle, many people care about your updates!

Kyle goes on to recap 5 Ring Eventing’s weekend at CHC International, providing his insight on why he finds coaching so fulfilling, why he’s glad he’s not a member of the Jenner-Kardashian clan.

Towards the end of the video, we get a sneak peek of the new developments back at the Carters’ home base in Florida. There are some exciting new things coming in the near future, and we can’t wait to see what the finished product looks like. Don’t forget to invite Chinch to the open house, Kyle and Jen!

To watch more from 5 Ring Eventing, click here.

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How to Be a Top-Notch Working Student

Working students totally have all the fun. Photo courtesy of Meg Kep. Working students totally have all the fun. Photo courtesy of Meg Kep.

So you’re thinking of applying for one of the working student positions you’ve seen on our page or elsewhere. You’re ready to pack your bags and head off for what will surely be one of the most pivotal learning experiences of your life. But what, exactly, should you know before you go? Naturally, all working student or groom positions require an insanely good work ethic, a great attitude, and a good handle on barn work and basic grooming.

We reached out to two top-notch grooms/working students/barn managers in the eventing world: Hawley Bennett-Awad’s Sarah Braun and Laine Ashker’s Lauren Sherrill to get their advice on what it takes to make it as a working student.

Sarah Braun: 

Be able to take direction well from your peers/coworkers and your employer

Having a little OCD helps

Be a team player

Be willing to drop what you’re doing to stay with a sick/injured horse

Be someone who doesn’t mind working long hours

Be willing to travel or stay home when trainer/employer is competing

To be able to support yourself and be a working student is tough, so be able to have time management where you can work a couple jobs on the side to earn money to live off of

Be very reliable and trustworthy

Lauren Sherrill:

Braiding! Make sure you know how to braid and preferably sew in nice tight button braids. If you need too, ask someone to help you learn.

Wrapping, if you don’t already know how to wrap or aren’t very comfortable with it get someone knowledgeable to teach you.

Mentally prepare yourself for long days in the heat of the summer. You’ll be go, go, going all day long.

Knowing how to drive a truck and trailer is a huge plus.

Be open minded to learning new and different ways of doing things.

We’ve posted other advice columns on being an A-plus working student. You can revisit these articles using the links before. Have any tips to add? Comment below! And don’t forget to check our summer edition of our working student listings here.

Advice On Being a Top Working Student
Being a Working Student Will Change Your Life
EventionTV On Being a Working Student

Tuesday Video from SpectraVET: Badminton Highlight Reel

Badminton 2015 has come and gone (how does time fly so fast?), and we’re already excited for next year’s edition of one of the world’s premier four-star events. The Badminton YouTube channel just released a highlight video from this year’s event, where William Fox-Pitt and the stallion Chilli Morning took home the top honors.

You can catch up on EN’s coverage of Badminton, thanks to the wonderful Samantha Clark, here. What was your favorite highlight from Badders this year, EN?

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Mourn the Beginning of Fly Season with SmartPak’s Latest ‘Stuff Riders Say’

SmartPak’s back, y’all. New episodes of ‘Stuff Riders Say’ because let’s face it: we say some pretty weird things. With fly season approaching (or, in some areas, already here), it’s time to break out the fly spray, fly masks, and every other tactic we can think of to rid ourselves of the pesky winged bugs.

If you’re lucky enough to live in the Midwest like me, you’re in for locusts as well. Well, perhaps the locusts are coming to other areas too, but I’m focusing on the dread I am experiencing of the hoards that are on the horizon here in Missouri.

Fortunately, SmartPak’s episodes on fly spray are enough to keep us laughing all the way to the tack store as we stock up on industrial strength gallons of the stuff. Enjoy these episodes of ‘Stuff Riders Say’, and here’s to the never ending battle against bugs!

Kate Chadderton Gives Her Working Students a Leg Up

Emily Pryzborowski and her resale project, Mr. Pickles. Photo via Kate Chadderton on Facebook. Emily Pryzborowski and her resale project, Mr. Pickles. Photo via Kate Chadderton on Facebook.

Kate Chadderton knows what it takes to make a living (or some semblance of one, anyway) in the horse industry. Growing up in a modest household in Australia, she gained some experience bartering and selling horses at a young age.

Now, she’s passing along her knowledge to her working students in a unique way: giving them each a green horse to work with, retrain, market, and sell during the summer months. Her hope is that she can give them exposure to what is involved in being an equine professional, minus a few of the green mistakes she herself had made along the way.

“I had this pony growing up that was too small for me,” Kate remembered. “These neighbors moved in on the street and they had a horse that I thought was quite handsome. So I rode my pony up to their house, and they explained that their horse was a bit too big. I said, ‘Well, my horse is too small, yours is too big, want to swap?’ And I rode that new horse back to my house. That was my first taste of the horse business, and I kept doing it through high school to earn money.”

As she’s grown into the professional she is today, Kate has learned many lessons along the way. “I’ve made plenty of mistakes, especially with my communication,” she said. “Now with my girls, I am hoping they can learn the ins and outs of the industry, hopefully without making the same mistakes I did.”

She started this project last year, obtaining green horses to give to her working students as summer projects. “I would advertise for project horses, and I would do the initial work for them,” she said. “I would sift through the many responses, looking for the right age, generally good conformation, breed, and suitability. Obviously with a resale horse you’re going to have some parameters.”

This year, Kate selected two ponies for her working students, Emily Pryzborowski and Melissa Lempicki, to handle as resale projects. “They came from the same place, and I let the girl each pick who they wanted,” she said. “They will do everything with them. I’ll be there for the first ride to make sure nothing goes wrong, and I’ll be around to keep an eye on things but this is their project. I want them to figure it out, and I’ll give them goals along the way to meet.”

Emily and Melissa will be in charge of preparing the ponies for sale, advertising them and fielding inquiries in the a timely manner when the responses begin to come in. No matter what, though, Kate wants to make sure the ponies are trained correctly and not just glossed up to “flip.”

“At the end of the day, these are still my product that they are selling,” she said. “I want them to be trained with lasting results, not just a temporary fix for any problems. I fund everything myself, so I want these to be horses I am proud to sell.”

At the end of the day, Kate hopes that this process will help her girls figure out if pursuing a career in horses is something they want to do. “One of the questions I get asked a lot is whether or not someone should go to school,” she said. “Most working students want to figure out if they want this as their career. I think this process helps them figure out if they it’s something they want to keep doing, and if they do hopefully it will instill some knowledge and skills that they can use in the future.”

As she keeps a watchful eye on her working students and their projects, Kate is happy she can pass along the things she has learned over time to a new generation of young equestrian professionals. “It’s difficult to come into the business side from a rider’s perspective, and I’ve made my share of mistakes. This is the girls’ opportunity to experience things for themselves, only they will hopefully skip the mistakes I made along the way and become more familiar with the equine business world at the end of the process.”

Looking for a working student position of your own? Check out our frequently updated page of listings here to find one that fits your needs! 

Tatendrang Cleared for Return to Full Work

We’ve been closely following the ADM Alliance Nutrition feed controversy since January, when it was revealed that ADM feed at multiple eventing barns tested positive for monensin, a substance that is toxic to horses. Numerous horses are now undergoing continuous testing, treatment and monitoring while owners search for answers as to why this has happened and what it means for their future. You can follow along with EN’s coverage at this link.

Andrew Palmer and Tatendrang at Fair Hill. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Andrew Palmer and Tatendrang at Fair Hill. Photo by Jenni Autry.

After being sidelined from work since January of this year, the Trakehner stallion, Tatendrang, has officially been cleared to return to work after being exposed to monensin via ADM Alliance Nutrition feed.

Initially, the 9-year-old stallion owned by Anissa Cottongim passed blood tests and echocargiograms, the results of which indicated no problems. However, a stress test did reveal potential problems, so the recommendation was made to scale back “Tate’s” work load to prevent any overload on his heart.

Yesterday, an update was posted on the Tatendrang Facebook page, announcing that Tate was cleared to return to full work, which means we’ll soon be seeing him back out on cross country:

I have some REALLY REALLY good news! Tate went for his follow up appointment with Peterson and Smith today for the monensin poisoning. His echocardiogram showed that he is HEALTHY!! His heart looks “great” and he is CLEARED to go back to full work! Now he has to build back up and he has a slight strain that is also being looked at while he’s down there, but the light at the end of the tunnel is finally starting to get bright!

Y’all have no idea how hard the past 6 months have been for all of us to be sitting on the sidelines so to get this news today was a joyous and thankful occasion for all of us! I’m hoping that we will have a plan of his first horse trial in the next few days – but for now a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders and my heart is light for the first time in a long time.

We are thrilled to see that Tatendrang’s time off seems to have cleared him of residual issues from the exposure to monensin. We’ll post more updates on Tate and the rest of the horses from Andrew Palmer’s barn as they become available.

Go Tate.

Monday Video from Tredstep Ireland: Mustang Helmet Cam from CHC International

Team Tredstep rider Elisa Wallace and her magical mustang, Hwin, had a great run in the Novice Horse division at CHC International this weekend, finishing third out of 18 with just four jumping penalties in show jumping added. You can really see Hwin blossoming as she steps up to the plate as an event horse, and her confident run in this week’s helmet cam is really fun to watch.

Congratulations to Elisa and Hwin on a successful weekend! We can’t wait to see the next helmet cam! To follow along with more updates from Wallace Eventing, click here.

Megan Moore Welcomes Full Bay My Hero Sibling to the U.S.

Megan Moore and Mooney Maguire after winning their first outing together this weekend. Photo by Howard Moore. Megan Moore and Mooney Maguire after winning their first outing together this weekend. Photo by Howard Moore.

It’s not too often we see a full sibling to a four-star winner in the U.S., but Megan Moore’s most recent acquisition, Mooney Maguire, is just that. After a recent horse shopping trip to Europe, Megan found herself enamored with an 8-year-old full sibling to 2014 Rolex Kentucky winner Bay My Hero, and now she’s welcomed this exciting new talent into her program as an upper level prospect.

“We went on a shopping trip for clients and we were very successful and were pretty much done,” Megan recalled. “On the day we were due to fly out, our friends there called and said they had one more for us to look at, and that he was showing that weekend.”

Megan went and had her first look at Mooney Maguire, a towering Irish Sport Horse standing 17 hands. “I said I would love to sit on him, and we just clicked instantly,” she said. “I had been thinking of him for a client, but unfortunately they wanted a small horse so he was just too big for them. I wasn’t really supposed to be sitting on anything for myself, but I just instantly fell in love.”

Mooney Maguire (Cult HeroBing Power, by Tomgar Power Crest) is one of four full siblings to Bay My Hero bred by Bryan Mcguire. Sourced by Chris and Sue Ryan, Mooney competed through Prelim in Ireland before making the trip to the U.S. Mooney Maguire is the second youngest of the four. Hip Hop Hero (2005) currently competes at the three-star level with Ruth Edge, Be My Hero (2001) at the one-star level, and Mooney Amach (2008) who is aiming for the Junior Europeans with young rider Jessica Kuehnle.

Megan had the opportunity to spend some time chatting with breeder Bryan Mcguire while in Ireland, who told her the details of horses sired by the late Cult Hero. “Bryan said that (Mooney Mcguire) needs a bigger track — he needs a 1.30m track,” she said. “He’s not the most extravagant horse over smaller fences, but I get the feeling that I would want to be cantering down to a big fence on him. I feel that often the really good horses aren’t necessarily the best at the lower levels, and he’s not enormously impressive but he gives me a great feeling.”

Megan and Mooney Maguire in their first U.S. outing together. Photo by Howard Moore.

Megan and Mooney Maguire in their first U.S. outing together. Photo by Howard Moore.

“Bryan also said Cult Heros really come into their own at age seven,” she continued. “They’re not really ones to do the young classes on because they tend to mature a bit later.”

Mooney does have a smattering of show jumping rails marring an otherwise clean record featuring no cross country jumping faults. Megan is up for the challenge, however, and she and Mooney proved how well they clicked by jumping clear in their first CT together this past weekend to earn his first U.S. blue ribbon.

“I’ve had some experience fixing (a high number of rails in show jumping), and I love working with quirky horses, which he is,” Megan said. “Cult Hero offspring are said to be a bit quirky and spooky, but I don’t like to be bored. I have very high aspirations for him.”

Megan will now spend some time cementing her new partnership before she plans to bring him out at Prelim next month. “I’m going to play it by ear. He’s settled in beautifully and we just get along like peas and carrots. I just need to get him out cross country schooling to see where we’re at. I’m really excited about him. He’s going to be one of my top horses coming along.”

Megan’s father, Howard Moore, stepped into bring Mooney Maguire to the U.S., an opportunity for which she is immensely grateful. “I’ll be selling some horses or putting together a syndicate to pay him back,” she said. “It was incredibly kind of him. This is the first time I’ve ever had a horse that knew anything — we’ve always broken our own or started them off the track, so this is a new experience for me. He was beautifully produced, so we just got very lucky that we happened to stumble upon him.”

We’ll be following Megan and Mooney as they progress with their partnership, but suffice it to say we’re excited to see what the future holds for this pair. Welcome to the U.S., Mooney!

Fab Freebie: Keep Your Horse Comfy with a Bucas Power Turnout Lite

Jesse hasn't quite gotten his model pose down...but he still looks dashing in his Power Turnout! Photo by Sally Spickard. Jesse hasn't quite gotten his model pose down...but he still looks dashing in his Power Turnout! Photo by Sally Spickard.

Bucas is a brand you basically can’t go a day without seeing these days. Each day, I see a new horse sporting a sleek new Bucas cooler or sheet. Indeed, Bucas is making waves in the blanketing industry, and for good reason.

We recently reviewed the Bucas Power Turnout in its lightweight form, and we were really impressed with the quality and thoughtfulness of the design. While summer may be approaching, there are still a few chilly mornings this month that have prompted me to throw a sheet on — and fall will be here before we know it, unfortunately. Unless you live in California, then this does not apply to you, which we are very envious of.

At any rate, this week we’re teaming up with the Bucas team to give away a lightweight Power Turnout, which will be a great addition to anyone’s horse wardrobe. How is it that my horse is better dressed than me? There’s something wrong with this picture.

Entries will close on Thursday, May 21 at midnight EST and we’ll announce the winner in Friday’s News & Notes. To enter, simply use the Rafflecopter below to enter up to three times. Good luck!

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Stefanie Brand Recovering from Broken Collarbone After Rotational Fall at CHC International

Stefanie Brand and Claudius. Photo via Stefanie on Facebook. Stefanie Brand and Claudius. Photo via Stefanie on Facebook.

Guatemalan rider Stefanie Brand is awaiting surgery to repair a broken collarbone after suffering a rotational fall on course at CHC International yesterday. Stefanie and her 13-year-old Holsteiner gelding, Claudius, got tangled up at fence 7, a corner combination on the Intermediate course.

Barry Tomason, who was grooming for Stefanie this weekend, has been in touch with Stefanie’s parents, who are waiting with her at an Atlanta area hospital for surgery. “They are all very thankful for the emergency response,” he said. “Everything was handled correctly and quickly. She was wearing an air vest, and the medical staff are certain it kept things from being much worse.”

Claudius was uninjured in the fall, which coach Peter Gray says looked as if the pair misjudged their line. Stefanie has only been in the U.S. for a couple of weeks, working with Peter as she prepares for the Pan American Games. Representing Guatemala, Stefanie and Claudius were the individual gold medalists at the Central American Games in 2014.

Stefanie had her sights set on Bromont as her final prep for Pan Ams in Toronto, and her plan was to only run a portion of the cross country at CHC International as a refresher to get acclimated to U.S. eventing. For now, her plans for the Pan Ams are on hold. “She wants to be Boyd Martin and be tough and suck it up,” Barry said. “And we all hope she will make it back in time, but that’s all on hold right now.”

We wish Stefanie a speedy recovery and are thankful that Claudius is resting comfortably as he awaits the return of his rider. We’ll provide more updates on this story as they become available.

Grab a Summer Job with These Working Student Listings

This could be you! After your barn duties are done, of course. This could be you! After your barn duties are done, of course.

It’s just about that time of year when school lets out for the next few months and you taste that elusive bit of freedom you’ve been craving all year. Not so fast, though! You’ve been eyeing a working student job all spring, and now you actually have the time on your hands to be able to go and grab the bull by the horns.

Naturally, being a working student is not for the faint of heart. Prefer to stay in the A/C surfing the web or watching Netflix? Probably best to spend your summer not working for Buck Davidson or Hawley Bennett. Do you enjoy daily (heck, even hourly) challenges? Are you a quick learner and a hard worker? Do you not flinch at the thought of being covered in sweat, dirt, manure and who-kn0ws-what-else day in and day out? Then these listings are for you.

We’ll be updating this post as listings are added and filled, so keep an eye out for us to repost this. Riders and trainers, please email with your listings! We are not carrying over any listings from our spring edition of Working Student Jobs, so if your position was previously listed and is not filled, please do let us know.

And for any of you who do snag one of our listed positions, we’d love to hear from you! We know you won’t have a ton of free time, but if you’re feeling extra motivated to send us some Working Student Diaries, we’d be happy to share them!

Current Working Student Listings

Hannah Sue Burnett (VA): HSB Eventing is looking to hire new working students! Bring your horse and enjoy being apart of a great team in Middleburg, VA this summer! Must have a car/drivers license and some experience in Eventing is preferred. Contact Hannah Sue for more information.

Courtney Cooper (PA): C Square Farm has a long-term working student position available starting immediately in Nottingham, Pennsylvania. Courtney Cooper runs one of the top eventing sale barns in the country, competes at the upper-levels with her homebred horses and keeps up with a successful breeding operation. Working students will not only receive instruction from an Advanced-level competitor, but will become well-rounded in many aspects of the horse business. Room and housing is provided and could include board for one horse. You do not need your own horse though, opportunities to ride other horses based on your ability may be available. A positive attitude and a great character are required. If an opportunity like this appeals to you please contact Courtney at to discuss further details, please also include your resume and riding video.

Durr Eventing (CA): Durr Eventing of Castro Valley, CA, a high performance training and sales program, has an immediate opening for a working student. Program operated by John Michael & Kimmy Durr, both high performance riders and trainers; J.M. is a USEA ICP Level IV instructor. Duties include tacking, untacking, some riding, graining, packing and travel to shows as well as normal farm chores (no daily stall cleaning). Compensation in the form of housing, daily lesson and $100 per week. Ideal candidate has valid drivers license, reliable vehicle, a positive attitude and a desire to learn. Candidate with out their own horse is preferred, but arrangements can be made to bring a personal horse. [Durr Eventing]

Olivia Loiacono (CA): OKL Eventing is looking for a hard working and motivated working student. Equestrian experience is a must, eventing experience preferred. Learn about the program at and contact Olivia for more information.

Tiffani Loudon-Meetze (SC): Eventing working student opportunity with Tiffani Loudon-Meetze. Looking for a long term, highly motivated, hard working person wanting to improve their riding skills as well as gain knowledge in horse care and management. Lovely, low key facility with brand new apartment. We are located north of Columbia SC and 1 hr. from Aiken. We offer housing, board for 1 horse, weekly lessons & transport to shows. Opportunities to ride and have lessons on other horses too. Duties include feeding, turning in and out, stall cleaning, grooming, tack cleaning etc.. 5-6 days per week. If interested please send a brief resume with references to  Website:

Morningside Eventing (VA): Morningside Eventing is looking for a working student to join the team! Must be able to commit long term, six months minimum, preferably longer. Morningside will provide living, board, and training at a top class facility. Working student tasks include care of competition horses (feeding, turn-out, grooming, tacking up, and riding) 6 days per week. Please contact Connor at

Redbud Farm Equestrian/Betsy Ball/Jessie Shull (MS/FL): We are looking for a working student to start immediately. Redbud Farm is a relatively small operation, but we compete all over the east coast at national and FEI competitions, we winter in Ocala, and we have a breeding program getting off the ground. You will be an integral part of all farm actives. Duties include daily chores, grooming, and riding in exchange for training board for one horse, room and board, lessons, and trailering as well as coaching at competitions. This job will give you valuable hands on experience in every aspect of a career with horses. Previous working students have gone on to positions with other top professionals.

For more information see our website ( or contact us at

Holly Jacks Smither (Ontario): Holly Jacks Equestrian is busier then expected and has room to take on 1 more working student. Holly Jacks Smither is a 3-star rider who is currently long listed on the Canadian Equestrian Team. The job includes all regular barn duties and has an emphasis on working with young horses. Holly’s husband trains race horses so students will be in a program where they have the opportunity to learn about race horses as well as  work on re starting many ottbs as well as the eventing program. The position offers board for a horse  ,training and lessons ,trailering to shows and living accommodations. THIS JOB HAS LONG HOURS and is physically demanding. Our biggest concern is your attitude and willingness to learn. There is a lot of opportunity for the right person who is open to learning and there is many opportunities to ride and work with horses as we currently have over 20 in for training. Please email resume to hollymjacks@hotmail.comor even better call me 519 938 2232