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Correcting Young Horse Habits with Evention TV

Anyone who’s scored a new project or young horse to work with this winter will likely be able to relate to this oldie but goodie from our friends at Evention TV. Perhaps you’ve even got a horse who has been allowed to get away with some naughty behavior in the past, and you’re working to fix these issues now.

Whatever your situation, Evention TV addresses three common habits found in young (or not properly schooled)  horses and how to fix them. Do you have a horse who resists the bridle by putting his head up when you go to put it on? How about one who feels that standing at the mounting block is beneath him? Or a horse who pulls back and runs off when you go to turn them out?

Never fear, there are some simple steps to try for each of these issues that will help eliminate these bad habits and also help you create a better bond of respect with your horse. We’ll be brushing up on our education this winter, and we’re very happy to have a whole archive of Evention TV videos to help us along!


Job Hunting? These Eventers Need Working Students [Updated 12/20]

Photo by Maria Linden. Photo by Maria Linden.

As the eventing masses begin their migration south for the winter, many are still looking to fill working student positions. If you’re in a position to do so, being a working student is an invaluable step in learning the lay of the land in an upper level eventing environment.

You’ll come away with countless experiences, a finely tuned work ethic and a fierce appreciation for the work that goes into maintaining an equine business.

We are collecting open positions and will continue updating this post through the winter. Riders, if you are in need of a working student, please comment or email us at so we can update this post. The same goes for if the position fills; we will take down filled positions as we find out.

Send in your application and pack your bags! We’ll live vicariously through you as we tough it out through the winter. And here’s our first success story from our working student listings:

Success Story from Siobhain O’Connor:Thank you, Eventing Nation, for spreading the word of working student positions. I received a record 30 applications. A little overwhelming. I have now filled the position and should have few lined up for the future. By far the cutest application was from a 14-year-old girl who sent me a video of her grooming her donkey. That was the best looking donkey I have seen in a long time. I am really not set up for 14 year olds, but that one made me rethink that a bit.”

Open Working Student Positions

Susie Beale (PA/SC): Immediate opening for a working student with international event rider Susie Beale. Position based in PA until January, at which time candidate will ride and train with Susie in Aiken, SC. Friendly environment with great clients and amazing horses. Shared housing and stipend provided. Possibility for the right candidate to bring own horse. Check the 2014 USEA Leaderboard: #1 Jr. Training Rider, #1 Jr. Novice Rider and #1 Jr. BN Rider are all part of the Cairn O’Mount Team. Interested candidates should contact Chris Adair at 484-868-6581 or email More information about our program can be found on our website.

Hawley Bennett (CA): HBE will be looking for another working student starting December/January. Contact Hawley for more info at

Kristen Bond (NJ): Are You Ready Eventing, in South Jersey, is currently looking for a full time, experienced groom/manager.  Some riding is possible depending on skill level, but not required. It is a paid position, and nice accommodations are provided. Unfortunately, applicants must be horse free and pet free. Serious applicants please contact Kristen Bond at

Lisa Borgia (SC): Working student needed Jan through April in North Carolina near Southern Pines. Room for a horse and housing with a few caveats on the housing.   Very light amount of work only four horses in run ins. Email Eventing facility/two star competitor.

Kyle and Jennifer Carter (FL): Carter Eventing is currently accepting applications for working students for the winter season. Come to learn in a proven system with many successful students. Please email resumes to Thanks!

Will Coleman (FL/VA): Will Coleman Equestrian is looking for a working student to come to Ocala and continue back to Virginia. Position is available as early as Dec. 15. Unfortunately, no housing provided in Florida, but housing is available upon return to Virginia in April. Stall available for one horse in both Ocala and VA. Please inquire for details!

Courtney Cooper (SC/PA): C Square Farm has a year-long working student position available that includes free housing, board for one horse and lessons. You will have the opportunity to live, train and compete in Aiken, SC for three months starting the end of December and be in the heart of Area II for the rest of the year. You will ride different horses and learn the ins and outs of a sales business, as well as dealing with upper level eventers and young stock.  If you do not have a horse, there will be riding opportunities! This could develop into a full-time paid position for the right person. If an opportunity like this appeals to you, please contact Courtney at

Ellen Doughty-Hume (TX/FL) is currently looking for one to two more working students. Included is housing, board, lessons and training. Duties include mucking stalls, feeding, hacking horses, tacking up & some riding depending on candidate’s riding level. You will have the opportunity to show with us; we go to Florida for a few weeks in February and events start here in Area V in March. Possibility for right candidate to be eventually promoted to assistant trainer/instructor to help with building a lesson program. Please contact Ellen @ for more info.

Alison Eastman-Lawler (SC/NH) and Apple Tree Farm are looking for a working student for a minimum of one year commitment. Position would be based in Aiken, SC January-April and Hollis, NH for the remainder of the year. Responsibilities include mucking, tack cleaning, feeding, and grooming for shows, and riding multiple horses to the right person. Room for you to bring 1 horse. Housing is provided in both locations. Come be apart of our friendly and easy going team! Please contact Caitlin Dwyer at for more information.

Mikki Kuchta (SC): Aiken Bach Farm is seeking a working student to join us in Aiken, SC from January to April. Seeking independent, motivated person to assist with the care of our competition horses. Involves all aspects of horse care: feeding, turnout, grooming, braiding, mucking and riding (amount of riding depends on skill level). Housing provided, board for one horse, lessons and coaching included. If Young Riders is your goal, this is the place to be. Non-smoker. No pets. Possibility of permanent position. Contact Mikki Kuchta at

Olivia Loiacono (CA): OKL Eventing is looking for a full time working student for the 2015 competition year. Applicant must have extensive experience with competition horses and be at least 16 years of age. Responsibilities include stall cleaning, feeding, blanketing, grooming, lunging and some light riding if competent. Compensation is housing, a weekly wage and training on own horse. Location: San Marcos, CA. Please email Olivia at for more information.

Elinor MacPhail (FL): Much to our disapproval, our amazing working student, Kayla , is leaving us next month for the freezing tundra. Which means we are now looking for a motivated individual to join us in sunny Florida! Living, board for one horse and all lessons are included. Plenty of saddle time with the opportunity to show some of the younger horses depending on skill level. Position available immediately. For more information, email

Joe Meyer (FL): We are still looking for a working student in Ocala starting after Christmas. Great opportunity to ride, train and compete. Bring your horse or ride and compete on of ours. For more info please, contact Ruthie at

Fergal Nesbitt (IRE): Fergal Nesbitt is looking for a working student in Tipperary, Ireland. Start end of January. Live-in position. Small, private yard. Willingness to compete.

Andrea Pfeiffer and Amber Levine (CA) at Chocolate Horse Farm are currently seeking a full time employee. Must be a motivated individual looking to be a team player. No stall cleaning. Mainly grooming with some light riding. Please contact Andrea Pfeiffer at with interest.

Selena O’Hanlon (ON): O’Hanlon Eventing is looking for another working student to join our team in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. It is an active busy barn with horses from grassroots to international level. Six days a week with a three-day break every month; 730: a.m. until we finish :) We provide lessons, coaching and accommodation; horse boarding options can be discussed. Students, according to ability, do hacking, lunging and some fitness and practice riding in addition to the daily lesson. Chores include tack cleaning, grooming, stall mucking, paddock and arena maintenance, horse health care, etc. You will learn what it takes to bring horses to the highest levels of this sport. We are looking for a dedicated person who is passionate about horses. If you are seriously interested, please contact Morag O’Hanlon: 613-331-4080,

Michael Pollard (FL): Pollard Eventing is seeking a working student for the winter months in Ocala, FL. Come join our team and learn the ins and outs of an upper level barn. Six days a week of work in exchange for lessons and a place to stay. Unfortunately, we do not have any room for you to bring your own horse, but we can offer lessons on Michael’s former three-star horse, Schoensgreen Hanni. Basic duties include hacking horses and some fitness riding (depending on skill level), tack cleaning, grooming, stall mucking, horse health care, etc. You will learn what it takes to compete horses at the highest levels of this sport. You will also learn about our sport horse breeding program while you are here. If you are seriously interested, please contact Lisbeth at

Fred Scala (IRE) is looking for a working pupil to join his team in Ireland. Hard working, fun and dedicated. The lucky candidate will be surrounded by top quality sport horses and will have regular training with Fred on a range of his horses. Accommodation provided on site. For further information, please contact us.

Jane Sleeper (PA/SC): Looking for a motivated working student who wants to ride, train and compete — Your horse, our young horses, plus two professors! We’re in PA Area 2 and travel to Aiken, SC for six weeks to get our event season on course for 2015! We’ll set up a program just for you. Please contact Jane Sleeper Eventing,, and let’s get started, move up the levels, come join our team.

Lauren Sprieser (VA/FL): Sprieser Sporthorse in Marshall, VA seeks a high-energy and detail-oriented team player to join their team. While we are a dressage barn (run by USDF Gold Medalist Lauren Sprieser and assistant trainer USDF Silver Medalist Allison Spivey), we are in the heart of the eventing Holy Land, with access to the country’s best. The position offers housing, riding opportunities and a salary, as well as a chance to groom and ride in Florida for the winter. Email with a resume and at least two non-family references. Position available immediately.

Mara DePuy (VA): Mara DePuy is looking for a long term working student with potential for growth into a paid groom’s position for the right person. More info can be found on her website at

Suzie Lundergan (SC): Red Horse Stables LLC, located in Aiken, SC, is looking for a few motivated working students to join our team. This would be the perfect opportunity for a pony clubber looking to get on lots of quality horses and work on all the skills necessary to move up the ratings. This position will include all aspects of horse care including grooming, bathing, wrapping (at least practicing ;)) tacking, riding, lunging and nutrition all under the supervision of an H-A graduate pony clubber. If interested please contact Suzie @ 603-845-8379 for a barn tour and interview. This is an exciting opportunity to further your horsemanship as well as riding and does offer the ability to compete to the right rider! Check us out on Facebook to see all the pictures of the horses currently available at RHS.

Ryan Wood (PA): Ryan Wood and Woodstock Eventing are looking for one or two people to add to their team in preparation for the winter. These individuals will travel to Aiken, SC from December 31 through the end of March. Contact Ryan on Facebook for more details.

Bring On the Nostalgia: Watch Mark Todd on ‘This Is Your Life’

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This Is Your Life is a television show dedicated to recognizing the lives of its chosen guests. Hosted by Bob Parker from 1984-1996, the show aired in both the United States and New Zealand. To date, 39 New Zealanders have been recognized on the show, which surprises the guests with a “big red book” documenting their lives and accomplishments.

In this episode from 1984, Mark Todd is the guest of honor on This Is Your Life, fresh off of his gold medal finish at the Los Angeles Olympics. Mark was the first ever New Zealand rider to win a gold medal for equestrian sport, and also the first to win gold for the Kiwis during the summer games that year.

“It’s something that most New Zealanders won’t forget for a very, very long time,” Bob remarked before he showed a highlight reel of Mark accepting his gold medal with Charisma.

You’ll be able to see guest appearances from 1984 bronze medalist Virginia Holgate as well as Capt. Mark Phillips and Toddy’s parents. who all share their fond memories of Mark as he made his way to the podium in California. Can we say blast from the past?

Kendal Lehari Welcomes RF D’orbalia

Merel Blom and RF D'orbalia. Photo via Merel on Facebook. Merel Blom and RF D'orbalia. Photo via Merel on Facebook.

Kendal Lehari had a tough end to her year when she retired her upper level partner, Totally Frank, from competition after he sustained a tendon injury at Fair Hill. When we spoke with Kendal after Frank’s retirement, she told us that she wanted to find a new partner to keep her goal of representing Canada internationally alive.

It appears that her plans have played out, as Kendal announced on her Facebook yesterday the exciting news that a lovely mare, RF D’orbalia, would be joining her team thanks to the support of the RF D’orbalia Syndicate.

RF D’orbalia is a six-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare who will be coming to her new home from Canada. It will be exciting to see Kendal continue to produce this mare as she continues to aspire to international competition.

The mare competed in 1.25m jumpers, indoor eventing, and up to the CIC* level with previously, so she’ll bring a considerable amount of experience to the table for Kendal to build upon.

We wish Kendal all of the best with her new ride, and we can’t wait to see what 2015 and beyond brings for this pair. For more information on available syndicate shares or Kendal, visit her website.

Friday Video from World Equestrian Brands: This Event Horse Has Some Moves

If you’re in need of a bit of Friday cuteness, look no further! Jen Chociej sent in this adorable video of some serious horse and toddler bonding time. What happens when you tell an Intermediate event horse that dressage horses get to do freestyles? You’ll have to watch to find out.

We think this pair have some serious moves, which makes us wonder who else out there enjoys a bit of “horse dancing” every now and then. Challenge accepted? Send us a video of you and your horse dancing, and we’ll post our favorites here on EN!