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Ryan Wood Flies High in Virginia HT CIC2*

Ryan Wood and Woodstock Wallaby at Bromont. Photo by Leslie Wylie. Ryan Wood and Woodstock Wallaby at Bromont. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

A big season-end destination for many East coast eventers, Virginia Horse Trials ran dressage today, with the CIC2* also show jumping. In the CIC2*, Ryan Wood and Woodstock Wallaby brought home one of just three double clear rounds to take over first place after lying second after dressage.

Taking the lead after dressage with a score of 51.1, Whitney Mahloch and Military Mind had 20 penalties during show jumping to drop them down into 12th place going into cross country. This is Whitney and “Milo’s” third two-star run, and they’ll be looking to improve upon a 59th place finish at Plantation Field in September.

Tiffani Loudon-Meetze and Hap will take second place in the two-star into cross country day after a clear round today in show jumping. This is Hap’s second start at this level, having moved up to Intermediate this year.

In third place overnight will be Daniel Clasing and Crimson, who moved up from 14th with the third double clear of the division. 20 horses in all will move forward to cross country tomorrow.


In the CCI*, Allie Knowles and On the Rocks take the lead after scoring a 38.4 in the dressage, the only pair to break into the 30s in the 46-horse division. This is the Dutch Warmblood mare’s first full season at Preliminary, and this event is her FEI debut, so Allie will be over the moon with such a great first day showing.

Ryan Wood and Powell scored a 43.1 for second place overnight. P0well, an Oldenburg gelding, is making his CCI debut this weekend in the one-star, coming off of a second place finish in the Prelim at Morven Park earlier this month.

Marc Grandia and Indio BMW are in third place going into tomorrow, scoring a 45.9 in what is another FEI debut. This is an exciting field full of young and promising talent, so we’ll be keeping an eye on Virginia as the weekend progresses.


There is also a Junior/Young Rider CCI* running, Paige Crotty with Cooley Dawn Raid will take the lead after dressage on a score of 51.9. This pair has accumulated several wins at the Preliminary level this year, including a win in the CIC* at Plantation Field last month.

Kaelen Speck and Sweet Rebellion are in second on a 53.4. This pair finished seventh in the CCI* at Bromont this summer and will be looking for an even better finish this weekend as they look ahead to the jumping phases.

In third overnight is Paige Crotty’s second ride, Bantry Bays Winston. This horse was first in his last run at ESDCTA New Jersey in the Prelim, and they’ve chipped away at their score from their last FEI start at Plantation Field, scoring a 56.3.


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Vote for the Caption That! Contest Winners, Presented by Tredstep Ireland

Photo courtesy of Shanon Baker. Photo courtesy of Shanon Baker.

We launched our latest Caption That! contest this week, and we got some downright hilarious responses for the photo sent in by Shanon Baker. The winner will take home a top-notch Tredstep Ireland Futura Sport Top, so the competition is definitely fierce.

So, we want to get your input on who submitted the best caption suggestion. Please vote for your favorite in the poll below. The poll will close on Monday, Nov. 3 at 5 p.m. EST, so vote early!

Here are the nominees for the best caption:

  • “You’ve got a little something there…no, right there….here, let me get it for you” — Celeste Hotze
  • “Yum, love when you wear the apple moisturizer!” — The Parker Family
  • “Not enough money for a facial? Here, let me help you out.” — Lizzie Sauter
  • “Hmm…tastes like chicken!” — Jill Fischer
  • “She suddenly regretted using that apple lotion…” — Lindsey Burns
  • “Keep calm and give me your peppermint lip balm.” — Diane McNelis
  • “Equine french kiss – it’s all about the tongue!” — Lisa Vesper
  • “How many licks does it take to get to the center?” — Amelia Proto

Many thanks to all who submitted captions — it was far too difficult to select our finalists! We did also get a few identical submissions (great eventers think alike!), so in the interest of fairness, we chose the one that was received first.

Who gets your vote for best caption?

Friday Video from World Equestrian Brands: Galway Downs CCI3* Course Walk

Walk the CCI3* cross country course with designer Ian Stark and Frankie Thieriot as they highlight the changes and challenges in this year’s track, as well as talk about some of the CCI2* and CCI* courses. Be sure to also check out our fence-by-fence preview of the CCI3* course here and follow along with all our coverage of the event so far here.

Go Eventing.

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Weekly OTTB Wishlist Presented by Cosequin

OTTBs are among the most prominently represented breed in the eventing world. Each day, hundreds of ex-racehorses find themselves at the end of their racing career and in need of a new home. Luckily, organizations such as CANTER, New Vocations, Recycled Racehorses, and many more are always on alert for new horses that are ready for second careers. Each week, we'll be bringing you a few OTTB ads that caught our eye. Keep an eye out here for your next eventing superstar!

The time has come for us to check our savings accounts and the number of empty stalls in our barns, figuring out if there’s a way to add a new horse to the herd. We’ve got our eye on some top-notch OTTB prospects this week. Don’t forget, if one of these horses finds its way to your barn, we want to hear from you!

Esson. Photo via CANTER Ohio.

Esson. Photo via CANTER Ohio.

First up this week is a listing from the Ohio chapter of CANTER. Esson is a 5-year-old Kentucky Bred gelding by Derby winner Afleet Alex (whose show of heart on the track went down in the history books). He was still racing at the time this listing was published, but had been deemed sound to continue in any discipline. Visit Esson’s listing here to find out more information.

Photo via Retired Racehorse Project.

Photo via Retired Racehorse Project.

This leggy mare is a 2008 mare offered on the Retired Racehorse Project’s classifieds page. Meg has A.P. Indy in her bloodlines and was retired sound from racing in June. She’s now looking for her new forever home – could your barn be it? Visit the RRP classifieds to find out more!

Photo courtesy of New Vocations.

Photo courtesy of New Vocations.

Our final listing this week is a handsome gelding by the name of Langley Field, offered for adoption from New Vocations. Langley Field won $14,211 on the track and last raced in August. He was retired sound and has been declared suitable for any discipline. This guy has personality to boot, and will really thrive with an owner who can spend the time making him their own. Stop by New Vocations to check out Langley Field and many more available horses.

Rolex Kentucky Tickets Go On Sale Friday

As you’re preparing for your winter eventing lull, here’s a reason to look forward to spring: Rolex tickets will go on sale this Friday, October 31 at 9 a.m. EST.

Just in time for your Christmas wishlist or your year end bonus, general admission and reserved tickets will be available for purchase. You can visit the Rolex website to purchase your tickets.

If you’ve not yet made the pilgrimage to Lexington, mark 2015 down as the year to do it. The entry list is always packed with seasoned veterans such as William Fox-Pitt and Phillip Dutton, as well as newcomers who are making their four-star debut.

As we did in 2014, we’ll be profiling the newcomers to the level as well as bringing you the latest news and coverage from the event itself.

It promises to be yet another exciting year in the Bluegrass State, so get your tickets early and start planning your trip. We’ll see you there!

USEF Prohibits Use of Helmet Cameras [Update: Banned at Galway Downs]

Maya Black and Doesn't Play Fair at Plantation Field. Photo by Jenni Autry. Maya Black and Doesn't Play Fair at Plantation Field. Photo by Jenni Autry.

The USEF has made an announcement today that the use of helmet cams has been prohibited at all USEF licensed and/or endorsed competitions. This ban is pending the completion of an independent expert report examining the safety impact of using the devices.

Shortly after British Eventing announced the suspension of the use of helmet cams due to research showing that safety may be compromised by, competitors at Fair Hill were informed that helmet cams would not be allowed during competition.

British Eventing released a statement after the announcement of their ban that the decision came after researchers pointed to a helmet cam as the possible cause of a ski competitor’s helmet shattering, resulting in a brain injury.

As more information on the safety study is released, we will provide more information. In the meantime, you’ll want to tuck your helmet cams away until further notice.

Update: Galway Downs announced in this afternoon’s rider meeting that the event has banned helmet cams in all divisions, no exceptions, per the request of the USEF and FEI.

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Wednesday Video from KPP: Get Excited for Galway Downs

We posted a promotional video that Ride On Video put together a few weeks ago in anticipation of Galway Downs. If you live in a non-saturated area of eventers, it’s always fun to see how events in other areas are being promoted.

Ride On Video also put together a TV spot for this weekend’s events in an effort to attract spectators and more supporters of the sport. We know we’d come running if we saw this commercial on our screens in between Walking Dead episodes.

Competition will officially commence tomorrow, and Jenni will be on the ground today to bring us the latest updates. Go Galway!

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Galway Downs Approaches: A Social Media Collection

Another thing eventers are good at: organization! Photo via Jennifer Wooten on Facebook. Another thing eventers are good at: organization! Photo via Jennifer Wooten on Facebook.

Galway is almost upon us, and we’re thrilled to be heading out to California to cover the event alongside PRO TV. It will definitely be a great way to wrap up the bulk of the season, and we can’t wait to get on the ground and get started!

We’re getting the feeling that our sentiments are echoed by those who are competing this weekend. Many riders are making the trek to the West coast (or returning to their old stomping grounds) this weekend, which means plenty of long-distance travel was involved.

SM Galway Ellen Doughty

Ellen Doughty and Sir Oberon will be contesting the CCI3* this weekend, which required a lengthy haul from Ellen’s base in Texas. We’re positive that the trip will be worth the trip, Ellen!

SM Galway Lizzie Snow

The weather is looking promising for the weekend, as we’ve come to expect from sunny California.

SM Galway Emily

Other heavy hitters will be on hand, even if they don’t have horses in the three-star.

Karen O’Connor is also making the trip west…

Meanwhile, even though some didn’t have quite as far of a distance to cover, they still arrived with relief that the trip had gone without incident. Jordan Linstedt has had more than her fair share of trailering issues this year, so we’re happy to report that she arrived safely at Galway with no incidents to report!

SM Galway Jordan

Meanwhile, we’re all counting down the days until the event officially begins. You can find a schedule of events and much more on the Galway Downs Facebook page. In the meantime, keep your eyes on EN for the latest and greatest coming from California!

SM Galway

Tuesday Videos from SpectraVET: Waredaca Three-Day

It’s always a great feeling to watch a long-format event. It brings back memories of watching (and, for some of us, riding!) the different phases of cross country at Rolex and the other events around the country.

While there are a plethora of opinions on the concept of bringing back the long format at upper levels, the fact remains that this format is still a great learning opportunity for those competing at the lower levels.

This past weekend, Waredaca held its annual Novice and Training Three Day competition, and the competition was fierce throughout. Thanks to RNS Video, we’ve got footage from both the Novice and Training divisions. You can visit the RNS YouTube page for even more videos from the weekend.

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A Horse of a Different Color: Austin

"A Horse of a Different Color" features horses and ponies that have been successful in the sport of eventing while representing a unique breed. This week, Melissa Laird shares the store of her off-colored horse, Austin. Do you have a horse that you think would be a great feature subject? If so, email

Melissa Laird and Austin at Pre-Training Championships. Photo courtesy of Ian Woodley. Melissa Laird and Austin at Pre-Training Championships. Photo courtesy of Ian Woodley.

From Melissa:

Austin is not a rare breed, but he is a lovely shade of blonde. He is a 7-year-old Palomino gelding by Guaranteed Gold (Cremello TB) out of Bauhaus (Dutch WB/TB). I bought Austin three days before his third birthday as an unbroke, scrawny little guy from his breeder, Christine Hahn of Ontario.

I backed him myself and have been his only rider ever since. He was a dream to break, acting as if he’d been a riding horse his entire life! He’s always had an excellent work ethic and loves to be ridden. I always thought people were crazy when they would say their horses enjoyed going in the show ring, but Austin really is one of those horses.

We can have a bad warm up, or run out of time, or something might throw us off our game but he goes into the dressage ring, or show jumping or leaves the start box and he just perks right up. It’s really funny because he will be the biggest grump in the barn, but as soon as he’s tacked up, he goes to his happy place.

I took him to a couple schooling shows as a four-year-old, but he didn’t do his first full event at Entry level until he was five. He handled everything like an old pro except for maybe over-jumping a few of those little jumps. We ended up coming home with first place after a great dressage test and going double clear.

Melissa Laird and Austin at OHTA Championships. Photo courtesy of Andrew Bailini.

Melissa Laird and Austin at OHTA Championships. Photo courtesy of Andrew Bailini.

I suffered a back injury that summer and was unfortunately unable to ride at all for six months immediately after that event. Winter came along, and I was able to start riding again and worked slowly to gain my strength back. We worked diligently all winter to get back to where we were originally, even debated upgrading him to Pre-Training in the coming season.

When show season rolled around, Austin was handling everything we were throwing at him so we decided to just go for it and see how he did. Yet again, we came home with first place. I was so proud of him! We continued to compete at Pre-Training for the 2013 show season, continuously winning or placing in the top three.

He is such a reliable partner and even without having a ton of experience under his belt, he would regularly save me on course if I made a mistake. He genuinely loves being out on cross country and really keeps looking for the next fence. We ended up going to the Ontario Horse Trials Championships at Cedar Run Horse Trials and we were in second going into show jumping.

The course was very difficult with a ton of rails and only two clear rounds for the entire division. Yet again, Austin proved that he was a competitor and my little super star and we pulled off a clean round winning us the Champion title. I was absolutely thrilled and couldn’t stop smiling. We ended the year as the Year End High Point Champion for Senior Pre-Training.

Melissa celebrating her win with Austin. Photo courtesy of Alain Arroyo.

Melissa celebrating her win with Austin. Photo courtesy of Alain Arroyo.

This year, we did one event at Pre-Training to start us off, but decided he was ready for  the upgrade to Training.  After competing for the last 12 years of my life, I have never competed at Training and was pretty terrified to be honest. I was confident that Austin would always try his best though and thought ‘why not?’

Sure enough, we entered our first Training level event at Grandview Horse Trials and put in a solid dressage test and actually went double clear in both jumping phases. We came home with first place again. What an accomplishment! I was thrilled, Austin was tired… He pulled out all the stops for me, he attacked whatever I pointed him at, and we had never felt like more of a team than that day.

We did three more Training level events, the last one being the OHTA Championships again – this time placing fourth over the hardest course we’d ever seen, going clear cross country, but an unfortunate rail dropped us from second place. He is a phenomenal partner to ride out there and I can always trust that he will try his hardest in whatever I ask him to do, even if he’s unsure.

Austin is one of a kind with a huge personality that takes some getting used to. He likes to think that everything is his idea, and as long as I pretend it is, everything goes perfectly. Just don’t tell him I fake it!

He always stands out in the show ring and people always tell me how much they wish they had a Palomino. I think his colour matches his personality perfectly. He’s a stand out guy that wants everyone to look at him – as long as he’s not eating his grain!

I couldn’t have done this well without my excellent coach, Sarah Roberts, who has taught Austin and I so much over the last couple years and given us a ton of confidence and my awesome barn mates at AwayzAway Farm in Ontario. Now it’s time to buckle down for the winter again and hope we come out just as strong as we went in.

We Love Volunteers: Carolina Horse Park

Without the volunteers who tirelessly work each weekend to make an event run smoothly, our sport would not be much to speak of. These hard working individuals are the backbone of each and every event, and we want to share the stories of these volunteers in our new series. We'll kick it off this week with some volunteer stories from Carolina Horse Park. This week, Margaret Crevar sent in some great stories surrounding the long-time volunteers at the Carolina Horse Park. Do you have a volunteer story you'd like to share? Send it to

Pat Gibson and Vicki Reynolds at Carolina Horse Park. Photo courtesy of High Time Photography. Pat Gibson and Vicki Reynolds at Carolina Horse Park. Photo courtesy of High Time Photography.

From Margaret:

Let me tell you about a few very important volunteers from the Carolina Horse Park.

Pat Gibson: Pat is the Volunteer Coordinator for all the recognized Horse Trials (four each year), unrecognized Starter Horse Trials (six each year) and Pipe Opener Combined Tests (two each year).  She recruits all the volunteers, makes sure they get the jobs they want, work with their “conflicts”, and even fills in for slots that she cannot get filled.

Without her, Carolina Horse Park would not be able to run these events because, as you know, these events don’t happen without volunteers.

Now for a few stories. Earlier this month, Carolina Horse Park had a Starter H.T. where they offered Beginner Novice through Training (on the same courses as their earlier recognized HT), but they added Maiden and Green as Grass divisions.  The two stories I have are from volunteers who helped with these lower divisions:

Vicki Reynolds was the jump judge at the large water jump.  With the lower divisions, there were several horses who did not want to go through the water. She allowed the riders to try to get them through the water until they were eliminated due to refusals.

Instead of telling them to leave the jump, she got up and helped the riders get their horses through the water. This extra effort on her part made the unexpected end to a cross country ride a very happy experience for these competitors who are new to eventing.

There was also a Technical Delegate who requested not to be named. Towards the end of the day we had a long time volunteer who was doing her very first Horse Trial. She was very, very nervous. She got around her stadium course in a very slow manner and then headed out to cross country.

This particular TD saw that she was nervous and was going to be slow, so he followed her in his golf cart so that he could pull her to the side as other riders passed her. This extra support for this competitor meant the world to her and she came off the course with a grin the size of Texas.

Decorate Your Pumpkin EN Style and Win from ERS-Eventing and Omega Alpha

Chinch thinks these pumpkins need a face lift. Chinch thinks these pumpkins need a face lift.

Halloween is right around the corner, and the chinchillas been been busy carving pumpkins and getting candy ready for the neighborhood kids. We got to thinking about pumpkin decorating and how creative people are getting these days.

So, what better way to commemorate fall and Halloween than a pumpkin decorating contest? We thought so, too. Here’s the scoop:

What do you need to do?

Decorate a pumpkin as creatively as possible – carving, painting, magic marker, any method you’d like to use is acceptable. Think zombie chinchillas, the headless horseman diving into the Head of the Lake, or a creative take on insanity in the middle.

How to participate?

Send a photo of your creation to with the subject line “Pumpkin Insanity” no later than Friday, October 31 a 5 p.m. EST.

How will we choose the winner?

We’ll be selecting the best photos and putting them in a poll over the weekend.

What’s up for grabs?

Ovation Rhona PS

Our gracious sponsors ERS-Eventing and Omega Alpha are putting in prizes for this contest. First place will receive a pair of Ovation Rhona Country Boots, which are a great option for a boot to stylishly rock around the barn.

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The winner will also receive a liter of Sinew-X joint supplement from Omega Alpha. A runner-up will also be chosen to receive a liter of Sinew-X.

Let’s see those insane pumpkins, EN! Happy Halloween!

Monday Video from Tredstep Ireland: Negotiating Skinny Fences

The skinny fence is a popular option used by course designers to test a horse and rider’s communication and ability to stay straight. They can look rather unassuming, but the width of the fence makes it much more of a technical question that a standard galloping fence.

The positioning of horse and rider, as well as the pace and balance, all must be efficiently managed in order to safely negotiate a skinny fence. British Eventing published a brief tutorial with some insight on these fences, and it’s definitely worth a watch.

What is your favorite type of fence to jump on cross country? Do skinnies make you quake in your boots? Are you a skinny master? Share your stories in the comments below!

PRO and EN Join Forces for PRO TV Live Broadcasts

Buck Davidson and Absolute Liberty at Galway Downs last year. Photo by Bill Olson. Buck Davidson and Absolute Liberty at Galway Downs last year. Photo by Bill Olson.

After a successful first PRO TV broadcast at Plantation Field International Horse Trials last month, we’re excited to announce that PRO and EN have teamed up as partners to further the goal of bringing live streams of major U.S. events to eventing fans everywhere. The next broadcast is scheduled for Galway Downs this weekend, with a full schedule in the works for 2015.

Spencer Sturmey and Samantha Clark will continue to lead the commentary team, and new feature segments with our own Jenni Autry will be introduced. Live Twitter feeds will also become part of the broadcast so that eventing fans can interact with the broadcast.

“This is a solid partnership for PRO TV,” Buck Davidson, Vice President of the Professional Rider’s Organization, said. “Each of the partners brings their strengths to the table and we believe that we complement each other very well.” We’re very excited about the new partnership and can’t wait to get started at Galway Downs. Maybe Chinch will make an on-camera appearance too!

The PRO TV broadcast from Galway Downs will feature the CCI3* division, which is part of the PRO Tour Series, with the live stream set to begin at 2 p.m. PDT/5 p.m. EDT on Sunday, Nov. 2.

PRO TV is broadcast on the PRO TV Livestream channel, and the live stream will also be embedded here on EN. A Livestream app for TV, iPhone, iPad and Android can also be downloaded from the iTunes Store and Google Play. Just follow the PRO TV channel to receive automatic updates on any schedule changes.

There are sponsorship opportunities available for segments and in-stream video advertising for the PRO TV 2015 broadcast schedule. Anyone interested in these opportunities can contact either PRO or Eventing Nation.

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Watch 22 Minutes of Fair Hill CCI3* Cross Country

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Fair Hill International has come and gone again this year, and just when we were hankering to relive the action, Buzzterbrown comes through with some great video footage from the CCI3* cross country.

Fair Hill is a great way to preview some of the pairs who may be headed for Rolex in the spring. We spotted Jimmy Wofford out and about throughout the weekend, and we know he’s probably working on his Rolex preview even as we speak. This event was a great prep run for some and left others knowing they needed to head home to work even harder.

We particularly like Buzzterbrown’s style of slowing down the footage after some jumps so that we can see them both at full speed and in slow motion. It’s a great educational experience to see every little detail in action for these talented combinations.

Many thanks to Buzzterbrown for recording some more great video, and you can check out our coverage of Fair Hill by clicking here.

FEI Classics: Pau Wraps Up in Grand Fashion

It was a great weekend in France, as Ingrid Klimke finally got her first CCI4* win and the North American contingent put in solid efforts to finish well up the leaderboard in the top 10.

“I’m very proud,” Ingrid told FEI TV. “He was superb on cross country and in the stadium, although he was quite excited, he was still listening, and I really enjoyed it. I really tried to stay in my box and say ‘wish it, dream it, and now do it!’”

It was a great showing for the German team, with Ingrid and Andreas Dibowski taking the top two placings, further solidifying the country’s reputation as some of the best event riders in the world.

We’d once again like to thank all of those who helped Pau go off successfully, sending all horses and riders home safely, which is the biggest goal at the end of the day. Thanks to John Kyle for his great commentary throughout the weekend – we had a great time following along!

#Pau2014: Website, Cross Country TimesLive ScoresFree Live StreamEN’s CoverageUSEF Eventing High Performance Facebook@LesEtoilesdePau

Colleen Rutledge, Alyssa Peterson Win Waredaca Three-Days + Other Scores

Colleen Rutledge and Clever Deception accepting their T3D awards. Photo by Brian Rutledge. Colleen Rutledge and Clever Deception accepting their T3D awards. Photo by Brian Rutledge.

The Training and Novice Three-Days wrapped up yesterday at Waredaca, and it was Colleen Rutledge with Clever Deception who came away with the win in the T3D. The five-year-old Thoroughbred stallion was most recently 10th in the YEH 5-year-old class at Fair Hill and on his dressage score of 31.8 to take home the win in the classic format event this weekend.

The jumping phases proved to be quite influential for the T3D competitors, as only four of the 23 finishers were able to finish on their dressage score. Marilyn Payne and Safe Harbor were one of these four pairs, finishing in second place on a score of 32.7, followed by Jocelyn Hawe and Carry On in third place on a 33.9.


In the Novice Three-Day, Alyssa Peterson nearly pulled off a one-two finish aboard Capture the Spirit and Stylish Talker. These two horses were in tandem the whole weekend, and Stylish Talker lowered just one rail to add to his dressage score for a very successful weekend for Alyssa, who will take home first and fourth place.

Ryan Keefe and  Sheryl Sherman’s Bento Box were able to finish out the weekend in second place, finishing on their dressage score of 33.0. Rounding out the top three are Julie Augustine and Texas Riddle, who also finished on their dressage score of 33.6 and will move up from fourth to third with Alyssa’s rail.


In the horse trials divisions at Waredaca, Boyd Martin and Quinn Himself took home the win in the Open Preliminary division. This is the Irish Sport Horse gelding’s first season at Preliminary and his first win at the level. With two clear jumping rounds, Boyd was able to move from second into first overall.

Waylon Roberts and West River enjoyed a nice move up the board through the weekend. After lying in 13th place after dressage, Waylon move to fourth after cross country and finally to second overall with two double clear jumping efforts. Preliminary is also new for West River, with this weekend being just his second run.

Boyd also will go home with third place in the division aboard Brewster, a seasoned Prelim campaigner owned by Katie Walker.


Tatiana Herrero Bernstein and Callisto were the best of the Waredaca Preliminary Rider division, leading from start to finish to end on their dressage score of 27.8. Tatiana and Callisto have been together since Novice level, and the horse has also been campaigned by both Caitlin Silliman and Boyd Martin. This weekend marks Tatiana and Callisto’s first win together at this level.

Charlotte Collier and Rockefeller IV moved steadily up after finishing dressage day in eighth place. They’ll take home runner-up honors, followed by Ema Klugman and Joker’s Win, who impressively moved up from 18th after dressage to take third place.

Waredaca Classic Three-Day and H.T. [Website] [Three Day Scores] [Horse Trials Scores]


Chatt Hills ran an Open Intermediate division this weekend, where Emily Renfoe and Walk the Line emerged as the winners. Emily added just some time on cross country to finish on a score of 40.6.

Brittany Kart and Llewellyn finished in second place, followed by Werner Geven and Grey Prince.

Chattahoochee Hills H.T. [Website] [Entry Status][Scores]


Bailey Moran and Loughnatousa Caislean won the Open Intermediate at Holly Hills in Louisiana this weekend, moving from seventh after dressage to fifth after cross country and finally to first overall. They were the only pair to finish on their dressage score in the division.

In second place are Lynne Partridge and Zoe, followed by Diana Heinrich and Weja Annabridget, who added just one rail to their score to finish on a total of 44.0.

Holly Hill Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status][Scores]


And finally this weekend, Lacey Messick and Second Hand Rose collected a hat trick third Preliminary win in a row at Heritage Park in Kansas. Lacey was tied for eighth after dressage, but two double clear jumping efforts secured the win for her.

Just three combinations completed show jumping with no time and no rails today: Lacey and Second Hand Rose, Todd Wulf and Sullivan, and Kristine Burgess and Regatta. The leaderboard was definitely shaken up when the dust settled today.

Hayley Clark and Bold Impression, fresh off of a fourth place finish in the Jr. Training at AECs, took home second place with just one rail down, followed by Todd and Sullivan, who moved from fifth to third overall.

Heritage Park H.T. [Entry Status] [Times][Scores]


Sunday Videos: Get to Know Ingrid Klimke

Ingrid Klimke is enjoying a weekend to celebrate her first CCI4* win at Pau with Horseware Hale Bob. Ingrid has been a household name in the eventing world for many years now, and has gained a strong fan following with her kind demeanor and effortless way with her horses.

One of the most popular habits that Ingrid has is wearing her helmet cam during cross country, where viewers can hear her reassuring her horse and expertly guiding them home safely. She works closely with SAP Equestrian, which has developed an innovative way to monitor vital signs and speed while on cross country.

Together, Ingrid and Horseware Hale Bob have ridden together since 2010, when the horse was learning the ropes at the one-star level. After moving up to the three-star level in 2013, Hale Bob has completed just one other four-star at Luhmühlen earlier this year. The pair finished in 28th place with 62 cross country penalties added to their dressage score.

This weekend marks the fourth FEI win for Hale Bob, and a remarkable improvement from his four-star debut, which is a testament to Ingrid’s training and the horse’s maturity. At 10 years old, the Oldenburg gelding is looking to be a new star in Ingrid’s yard for the coming seasons.

You can get an idea for Ingrid’s cross country riding technique with Hale Bob by viewing this helmet cam from the CIC3* at Schenefeld in 2013, where the pair placed third place. She does provide commentary in this video, however it is in German so if anyone would like to translate, we’re sure there’s plenty of insight to be had!

Congratulations to Ingrid and Horseware Hale Bob on their well-deserved success this weekend at Pau. We’re looking forward to seeing more from this pair as we look ahead to next season and those beyond.

Ingrid Klimke Clinches First CCI4* Win at Pau; North America Finishes Strong

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

Ingrid Klimke, who has for so long been a star of the sport for Germany, finally had her day today, securing her first CCI4* win aboard Horseware Hale Bob. Entering the arena with two rails in hand, Ingrid needed one of them in an otherwise flawless round that guaranteed her the win.

After runner-up Andreas Dibowski and FRH Butts Avedon dropped two rails, the door was wide open for Ingrid to take home the win. She stood in first place after cross country with a bit of breathing room, but the extra rail from Andreas gave her some more leeway. Ingrid finished on a final score of 44.1.

Jean Phillippe Desmaret’s course was made up of many related distances and bending lines, meaning that riders really had to pick a forward pace and smooth out their turns in order to get around. The triple combination came down quite a bit, and it seemed that many horses would build up too much coming out of a sweeping right hand turn to the first of the treble. The course took its toll, as just three riders managed to produce clear rounds.

While the Germans took the top two placings, France took third with Arnaud Boiteau and Quoriano, who put down one of the clear rounds over the winding course. Jonelle Price and Faerie Dianimo also put in a clear round, with Faerie Dianimo jumping with room to spare over every fence to show how great he was feeling on the final day of competition.

Erin Sylvester and No Boundaries really had their day, jumping a smooth round that resulted in one rail down to finish on a final score of 72.9 and sixth place, the highest placed North American in the field. Erin had a huge grin on her face upon landing from the final fence, and this weekend really was the culmination of months of hard work and preparation. This pair has made the trip overseas just once before, and this marks their most successful completion at a CCI4* to date.

Canadian rider Kathryn Robinson and Let It Bee, a gorgeous 13-year-old black gelding, also had a lovely round today, having two rails down to end on a final score of 76.9, which was good for seventh overall and their first CCI4* completion. This pair had attempted Pau two times previously, ending on a letter both times, so redemption is very sweet for these two this weekend.

Nicola Wilson and One Two Many had a miscommunication in the triple combination that resulted in two rails down, but they were still able to move from tenth to eighth overall with a score of 80.8.

Lauren Kieffer and Veronica fell victim to the course, lowering three rails. They were able to maintain their ninth placed position, however. Historically, Veronica is not the cleanest show jumper in FEI competition, but Lauren will still be pleased with a great showing to follow up on their cracking performance at Rolex this year.

Jumping first in the order, Sharon White and Wundermaske round out the North American contingent and also had some trouble with the course, knocking four rails for a final score of 128.3.

It’s been a crazy weekend at Pau, as we’ve come to expect with any four-star weekend. While we’re disappointed to not have been there in person, we’re still so very proud of the North American riders and of Ingrid Klimke, who finally gets to have her time in the limelight as the newest four-star winner. Many congratulations to all for a successful weekend, and a big thank you to the Pau press office for sending us press releases and photos, as well as to all who made this weekend possible.

Go Pau!

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Pau Show Jumping Live Updates: Ingrid Klimke Wins

Erin Sylvester and No Boundaries at Jersey Fresh. Photo by Sally Spickard. Erin Sylvester and No Boundaries at Jersey Fresh. Photo by Sally Spickard.

Show jumping is set to kick off in just a few minutes’ time at 10 a.m. EST, and we’re bringing you all of the live updates here. Be sure to refresh this post as we wind down this year’s CCI4* at Pau. We’ve got three North Americans in the top 10 going into this phase, so we’ll be cheering them on the whole way around this morning.

The course is designed by Jean Phillippe Desmaret, who also designed the two-star course that ran earlier today. Commentator John Kyle remarked that the course was challenging for the Intermediate riders, so we’ll have to see how it rides for the upcoming four-star rides.

Sharon White will be the first out with Wundermaske. You can find the full start list here.

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11:03 a.m. EST: Here’s the final scores for the weekend. Full report to come shortly.


11:01 a.m. EST: She’s done it! Ingrid Klimke wins her first CCI4* with Horseware Hale Bob on a final score of 44.1.


10:58 a.m. EST: Two rails down for Andrea, they’ll hold onto their second place position. Can Ingrid Klimke win her first four-star?

10:57 a.m. EST: Andreas gives Ingrid another rail in hand with the first of the triple down. He can still have another to remain in second.

10:56 a.m. EST: Down to the wire. Andreas Dibowski and FRH Butts Avedon are in the ring to defend their second place position and put the pressure on Ingrid Klimke.


10:54 a.m. EST: Joseph and Sportsfield Othello drop to fifth place with three rails down.

10:52 a.m. EST: Joseph Murphy and Sportsfield Othello in the ring down, his only ride of the day with the elimination of Electric Cruise in the jog this morning.

10:50 a.m. EST: The third clear we’ve seen is thrown down by Arnaud Boiteau and Quoriano ‘Ene Hn’, who finish on a 56.8 and are no worse than fourth.

10:48 a.m. EST:

10:47 a.m. EST: Jonelle Price and Faerie Dianimo have just the second clear round of the day. Fearie Dianimo was jumping out of his skin for Jonelle and looked no worse for the wear from yesterday’s efforts.

10:45 a.m. EST: Just one unlucky rail for Erin and Bucky, but she finishes with a big grin. She’ll finish no worse than 6th on a 72.9.

10:43 a.m. EST: Both Kathryn and Erin Sylvester have beautiful trips through the triple. Erin is clear so far with No Boundaries.


10:42 a.m. EST: Two down for Kathryn Robinson and Let It Bee, but she still gives big hugs to her horse for their first four-star completion.


10:39 a.m. EST: Lauren and Veronica have three down and will finish their weekend no worse than ninth as Nicola Wilson and One Two Many move up a place.

10:37 a.m. EST: Now to the North Americans, with Lauren Kieffer and Veronica up first.


10:35 a.m. EST: Nicola Wilson and One Two Many feel their way through the triple but get away with it in an otherwise lovely round. 8 faults to stay no worse than ninth on the weekend.

10:33 a.m. EST: Kevin McNab and Fernhill Quality Street have three down but will still finish in the top 10 on a score of 89.2.

10:28 a.m. EST: Julien Despontin and Waldano 36 have some communication issues about halfway through and come through the finish with four down. Almost into the top 10 now.

10:24 a.m. EST:

10:19 a.m. EST:

10:11 a.m. EST: Laurence Hunt and We Donna’s Niieuwmoed have one down in the treble. So far one element of the treble has come down the most.

10:07 a.m. EST: Two rails down for Francis Whittington and West Side.

10:04 a.m. EST: Sharon and Patch have four down to finish on a final score of 128.3.


10:01 a.m. EST: Sharon White and Wundermaske are underway.

9:55 a.m. EST: An aerial shot of the CCI4* course:


9:51 a.m. EST: Here’s a look at the scores after cross country:


21 Horses Move Forward to Show Jumping In Pau CCI4*

Ingrid Klimke and Horseware Hale Bob at Luhmühlen. Photo by Jenni Autry. Ingrid Klimke and Horseware Hale Bob at Luhmühlen. Photo by Jenni Autry.

21 horses out of 24 original cross country finishers will move onto the CCI4* show jumping at Pau today after successfully passing the second horse inspection this morning. Two horses were withdrawn: Lisa Sabbe’s GQ (Prince of Rides) as well as Regis Prud Hun’s Debiut.

Unfortunately, Joseph Murphy’s second placed ride, Electric Cruise, was spun at the jog this morning. This pair was the only one to make the time yesterday, and it will be a shame to not see them go for the win later this morning. Joseph’s other mount, Sportsfield Othello, will now move into third position and 16.2 penalties off from leaders Ingrid Klimke and Horseware Hale Bob.

Ingrid has a rail in hand going into the show jumping, followed by Andreas Dibowski who has two rails in hand to maintain position. It will certainly be an exciting finale to this year’s edition of Pau.

Show jumping will commence at 10 a.m. EST, and we’ll have live updates coming your way. You can also follow along on FEI TV or the free live stream, which can be found in the links below.

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Weekly OTTB Wishlist Presented by Cosequin

OTTBs are among the most prominently represented breed in the eventing world. Each day, hundreds of ex-racehorses find themselves at the end of their racing career and in need of a new home. Luckily, organizations such as CANTER, New Vocations, Recycled Racehorses, and many more are always on alert for new horses that are ready for second careers. Each week, we'll be bringing you a few OTTB ads that caught our eye. Keep an eye out here for your next eventing superstar!

Seeking out ads for ex-racehorses who are ready to move onto their next careers is most definitely not the worst task one could be assigned. What is difficult is not picking up the phone and emptying our savings accounts in order to buy each and every one we find. Willpower at its best!

Pegasus' Boy, featured at CANTER Illinois.

Pegasus’ Boy, featured at CANTER Illinois.

Our first OTTB this week is Pegasus’ Boy, who is featured on CANTER-Illinois. If you’ve ever followed racing, you’ll recognize the name Fusaichi Pegasus, who won the Kentucky Derby in 2000 and went on to sire this handsome four-year-old.

There’s just something about a nice-looking bay with plenty of white to catch the eye. Click here to visit Pegasus’ Boy’s page on CANTER.

My Friend Wes. Photo used with permission from New Vocations.

My Friend Wes. Photo used with permission from New Vocations.

Next up is a horse from New Vocations named My Friend Wes. Wes is also a four-year-old model, racing nine times before retiring. This one actually took home some prize money as well! What a champ.

Wes is looking for his forever home in someone who wants to bring him up confidently. He looks athletic and ready to go in any direction you wish (eventing, please!). You can visit My Friend Wes’ adoption page here.

Canter PA My Dream Catcher

Last, but not least, we stumbled across this handsome gelding from CANTER-Pennsylvania who looks like he may have some serious star quality. Retired sound from racing, he looks to have a lot of power in his build.

Click here to visit My Dream Catcher’s ad to learn more!

If you find your next four-legged partner here on our spotlight, we’d love to hear from you! Email Sally at if you’d like to share your story!

Ingrid Klimke Takes Command of Pau CCI4*, Three North Americans In Top 10

Ingrid Klimke and Horseware Hale Bob. Photo by Julia Rau. Ingrid Klimke and Horseware Hale Bob. Photo by Julia Rau.

Pierre Michelet’s track at Les Etoiles course proved to be a solid test for the 31 pairs that ultimately set out on course. The optimum time of 12 minutes and 2 seconds was supremely difficult to obtain, as many riders opted for options throughout the course in an effort to go clear.

Entering the day in a tie for first with William Fox-Pitt and Parklane Hawk, Ingrid Klimke and Horseware Hale Bob laid down a superb, fast round, coming home with a mere .8 in time penalties to solidify their leading score of 40.1. Ingrid’s co-leader William Fox-Pitt withdrew Parklane Hawk prior to the start after retiring Seacookie TSF early on course as one of the first riders out. [Update: William told Horse & Hound that Seacookie “wasn’t happy on the hard ground” and subsequently withdrew Parklane Hawk on account of the ground as well.]

Just one pair made the time today: Joseph Murphy and his WEG mount, Electric Cruise. This pair positively torched their way home, crossing the finish well inside the time to move up to second place after lying 10th overnight. Joseph was held on course for several minutes while repairs were made to fence 25, where Pippa Funnell had fallen previously. The hold proved to be no issue for this pair, and they continued on their way in high gear to come home strong.

Andreas Dibowski and FRH Butts Avedon took us all to school with a lovely round. Although Andreas chose to take a couple of longer routes, he made a clear effort to keep his turns efficient and his horse underneath him to save himself as much time as possible. This pair also came home fast, incuring 5.6 time penalties for third place overnight.

Joseph Murphy also has his second ride, Sportsfield Othello, in the top five. The trailblazers on course, Joseph and Sportsfield Othello turned in a clear round with 2.4 time, a bright spot in the early going when the pair found themselves alone at the finish as the course claimed many early victims.

French rider Arnaud Boiteau and Quoriano ‘Ene Hn’ round out the top five, moving up from 17th place after bringing home 4 time faults.

Erin Sylvester and No Boundaries, Kathryn Robinson and Let It Bee, and Lauren Kieffer and Veronica fill out the sixth through eighth spots, all turning in lovely rounds with time to really set the standard for the North American contingent. The live stream unfortunately did not show much of any of these ladies, but what we did see looked textbook.

Erin Sylvester and “Bucky” were the quickest of the bunch, adding 9.6 time to jump from 3oth into seventh after cross country. Way to move it, girl! Kathryn Robinson will also be over the moon, as this will be her first CCI4* completion should she finish out the weekend.

Lauren Kieffer and Veronica took a few options, which was a contributing factor to their 27.2 time penalties, but this pair looked primed and strong throughout the few moments we saw on the live stream. They survived a hairy moment when Veronica jumped awkwardly into the final water complex, which also cost some time, but they recovered well.

The day didn’t work out quite as well for Sharon White and Wundermaske, who picked up a runout at the C element of fence 7 when they came out of the water with just a bit too much juice to make the skinny work. They later had a bit of a miscommunication after Sharon chose to go the long way around at the second to last, and the fence judges later hit her with another 20 penalties. They’ll go into tomorrow in 21st place.

In all, four pairs retired on course, five were eliminated and seven came home with jumping penalties. Pierre Michelet’s courses are known for demanding nearly perfect accuracy, and many riders were caught out by related distances that required a clear commitment to the lines.

We saw a handful of falls at the final water, fence 25, where it looked like horses misread the jump in and launched at it a bit too exuberantly. Fortunately, all horses and riders who parted ways walked home on their own.

If you missed any of the action from the morning, you can go back through our live updates to see how everything went down.

The final horse inspection will take place at 9:10 a.m. local/3:10 a.m. EST, followed by the CCI4* show jumping beginning at 8:30 a.m. EST. We’ll have much more from Pau tomorrow, so keep it locked right here.

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