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Tuesday News & Notes from Cavalor

The Apprentice takes in the scenery with Caroline Martin in England. Photo via Caroline on Instagram.

We are gearing up for the next Nations Cup leg at Houghton Hall this weekend, and we’re thrilled to be cheering on our American contingent. It’s sure to be a tough battle over on the other side of the pond, and we’ll have much more coming to you from Houghton Hall as the week progresses.

Events Opening This Week:

Event at Rebecca Farm (MT, A-7), 41st Annual Whidbey Island H.T. (WA, A-7), Roebke’s Run H.T. (MN, A-4), Chattahoochee Hills H.T. (GA, A-3) Huntington Farm H.T. (VT, A-1), The Maryland H.T. at Loch Moy Farm I (MD, A-2), Coconino Summer I H.T. (AZ, A-10), Round Top H.T. (CO, A-9), Old Chatham H.T. (NY, A-1), Great Meadow International – FEI Nations Cup Eventing Series (VA, A-2), Powder Basin H.T. (WY, A-9)

Events Closing Today:

Derbyshire Farms H.T. (MI, A-8), Copper Meadows H.T. (CA, A-6), Roebke’s Run CCI & CIC 2/1* & HT (MN, A-4), River Glen June H.T. (TN, A-3) Larkin Hill H.T. (NY, A-1) Plantation Field June Horse Trials (PA, A-2), Camelot Equestrian Horse Park Horse Trials (CA, A-6), Aspen Farms H.T. (WA, A-7), Queeny Park H.T. (MO, A-4), Valinor Farm Horse Trials (MA, A-1), The Middleburg H.T. (VA, A-2)

News & Notes:

What is a better pairing than eventers and alcohol? Wait, what? Waredaca Brewing Company is proudly sponsoring a fundraising night for the Area II Young Rider program, donating $1 per pint plus tips to the cause on the night of June 15 from 4-8 p.m. There will also be a silent auction that includes an incredible 7-night riding safari for two guests! Area II Young Rider Fundraiser

Only 100 days remain until the Nutrena American Eventing Championships in Tryon, North Carolina! Entries open on July 18 and close on August 15, so get those last minute qualifications in so that you can experience all that Tryon International Equestrian Center has to offer. Expect to see plenty of WEG hopefuls this year as well, as they’ll be wanting to get more runs at this facility. 100 Days Until AEC

Best of the blogs: What happens when a self-proclaimed hunter princess goes rogue? Find out in this new blog fresh from The Chronicle of the Horse. When a Hunter Princess Goes Eventing

Tuesday Video:

Germany Dominates Strzegom Nations Cup CICO3*, Karin Donckers Wins CCI3*

Andreas Dibowski (GER) and FRH Butts Avedon. Photo by Leslie Wylie. Andreas Dibowski (GER) and FRH Butts Avedon. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Germany came to win in this weekend’s Nations Cup CICO3* at Strzegom in Poland, claiming six out of the top 10 individual spots on the leaderboard after the show jumping finale early on today.

It was Germany’s Kai Ruder and Colani Sunrise who took home the individual honors — this pair was, in fact, not a part of the German Nations Cup team this weekend — finishing on a final score of 51.9 to lead from start to finish.

Colani Sunrise, an 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding owned by Anne Diener, made his first three-star start of 2017 this weekend. His 2016 highlights include a top-10 finish at Luhmühlen, and this weekend boasted a personal best FEI dressage score for this horse, whose previous record low was a 43.9 at the CIC2* level.

In second place in the CICO3* and the highest placed German team rider are Andreas Dibowski and FRH Butts Avedon, who completed their weekend on a final score of 57.4. FRH Butts Avedon, who is 14 this year, last competed in a Nations Cup event at Boekelo last year, where he came second individually. He is no stranger to Nations Cup competition, though, as this weekend is his ninth completion in such an event during his career.

Rounding out the top three in the individual Nations Cup standings are Falk-Filip-Finn Westerich and FBW Gina K, 10-year-old Württemberger mare who finishes her highest placing at the level to date. This is the third Nations Cup appearance for this pair, who previously completed individually at Vairano as well as this same venue, Strzegom, in 2016.

Germany finishes another strong weekend on a final team score of 179.1, handily ahead of second placed Great Britain, who placed one rider in the top 10 (Alex Bragg and Redpath Ransom, fourth place) on a score of 246.9. Sweden completes the top three on the team podium with a final score of 247.5.

Karin Donckers and Fletcha van’t Verahof. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Looking to the CCI3* at Strzegom, it was Belgium’s Karin Donckers and Fletcha van’t Verahof, rerouting after retiring on cross country at Badminton earlier this month. This pair, who is very experienced at the three- and four-star levels (they finished fifth individually at WEG in 2014), bounced back in style to complete the weekend on a final score of 53.2 with just about 30 seconds of time on cross country.

Merel Blom (NED) and Rumour Has It N.O.P. finished their CCI3* weekend in second position on a three-day score of 52.4. This pair moved into second following cross country on the wings of the quickest run of the division and added no penalties in show jumping to solidify their finishing position. This is this pair’s first Advanced run since finishing in Rio in the top 20 individually last summer.

And completing the top three in the Stzegom CCI3* are the Swiss pair Eveline Bodenmüller and Waldmann, a 13-year-old Holsteiner gelding. These two completed the CCI3* here in 2014 in the top 20 and make a big improvement on that finish this year on a final score of 55.3.

We now look ahead to the next Nations Cup leg, which will be held this weekend at Houghton Hall in Great Britain. This leg will feature our two young guns, Caroline Martin and Mackenna Shea, who are beginning their European trip on the heels of the Karen Stives Eventing Endowment Fund.

Strzegom CICO3*: Website, Results>

Upset Alert: Cloud Computing Wins Preakness Stakes, No Triple Crown This Year

Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming dashed our dreams of a Triple Crown winner this year, fading quickly in the stretch during the 142nd Preakness Stakes at Pimlico yesterday afternoon. Instead, it was lesser backed Cloud Computing, trained by Chad Brown, who stormed down the stretch to close powerfully over Classic Empire.

It was a great race, with Classic Empire finishing in second and a hard closing Senior Investment getting up for third. Always Dreaming faded to finish in eighth place in the 10-horse field.

Next for racing fans, we’ll look ahead to the Belmont Stakes to be held on June 10 at Belmont Park in New York. Cloud Computing’s connections have yet to comment on whether or not the colt will compete.

Best of JN: ‘Pony App’ Will Change Equine Bookkeeping Forever

This article originally appeared on our sister site, Jumper Nation. Each week, we feature our favorite headline from Jumper Nation right here on EN. Be sure to bookmark JN for all of your jumper needs!

Palo Alto, Calif. – May 16, 2017 – Tired of writing checks? Chasing down payment? Wondering when was the last time your horse saw the dentist?

At last, there is a solution for all your problems: The PonyApp!

US Olympian Lucy Davis and partner Lindsay Douglass launched Ponyapp this winter to provide an easy solution for horse care clients and professionals across the globe.

“None of us got hooked to this lifestyle to camp out in an office. Ponyapp makes managing your stable and/or business more efficient, so we can all spend more time on the ground with the horses,” Davis explained. “Our goal is to funnel the daily horse care services, news, and records into one place.”

What does it do? It is an iOS application for iPhone and iPad (Android and Desktop platforms coming soon) that helps you manage your business and stable in a centralized location:

1. Log important horse activities.
2. Set reminders for things like vaccinations, farrier visits, registration renewals, etc.
3. Upload vet reports, x-rays, or any other important documents.
4. Read articles, watch videos and review results from the top sport.
5. Invoice on its direct (and secure) payment platform…Pay and get paid!!

Who is it for? EVERYONE. PonyApp was designed specifically for the equine industry. No matter your level of involvement with horses, PonyApp has something for you

Where can you find it? In the App Store, by searching “the Ponyapp.”

Should you take the risk? ALWAYS. Check it out! It’s free, and we guarantee you won’t regret it!

Check it out.


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