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Monday News & Notes from Fleeceworks

The road to Montana is long, but well worth it! Photo via Ellen Doughty-Hume on Facebook. The road to Montana is long, but well worth it! Photo via Ellen Doughty-Hume on Facebook.

All eyes turn to Kalispell, Montana this week as the annual Event at Rebecca Farm kicks off. As I write this, horses from all parts of the country are making their way north to one of the most picturesque events on the calendar. With action from Novice all the way up through CCI3*, there will be plenty to see this week so keep it locked right here on your one-stop Rebecca shop!

The Event at Rebecca Farm: Website, Entries, Ride Times, Schedule

Weekend Results:

Genesee Valley Hunt H.T. [Scores]

Riga Meadow H.T. [Website]

The Maryland HT and CIC at Loch Moy [Scores]

Champagne Run H.T. [Scores]

Aspen Ridge H.T. [Website] [Facebook]

Coconino Classic 3-Day Event & HT [Scores]

Chehalis Valley Pony Club Benefit Horse Trial [Scores]

Bronte Creek Equestrian Sport Ltd. [Scores]

War Horse Event Series July HT [Scores]

News & Notes:

One day events are a wonderful opportunity to compete in a short amount of time. For us busy adults, this is a must on our schedules! But how exactly do you keep your head screwed on when you have to run all three phases in one day? Never fear, here are some essential tips. [Staying Organized at a One Day]

Selling a horse can be a complicated process, as much as we’d like it to be the opposite. There are many do’s and don’ts involved with selling and buying horses, so what should you as a seller know? [What Should I Disclose as a Seller?]

Weekly Business Tip from Mythic Landing Enterprises:

When you’re posting your latest sale horse on Facebook, here are a few helpful hints. 1) Be sure to read the rules for each group before posting. 2) Instead of sharing from your personal or business page, make a new post for each group. This way when the notification pops up on someone’s phone or e-mail, it reads the first line of your ad instead of “Jane Doe shared …” 3) Always include your location and contact information clearly in the text of each ad.

Monday Video:

Here’s some great footage to kick off Rebecca Farm week in style!

Tuesday News & Notes from Cavalor

Winner winner! Leah Lang-Gluscic shows off her wares from taking first and second in the Prelim at Roebke's Run this weekend. Photo via Leah on Facebook. Winner winner! Leah Lang-Gluscic shows off her wares from taking first and second in the Prelim at Roebke's Run this weekend. Photo via Leah on Facebook.

Area IV riders converged on Roebke’s Run in Hector, MN this past weekend for Area Championships, and there were plenty of prizes to hand out. We’re also starting to see this year’s Rolex horses back out competing, and Leah Lang-Gluscic romped around the Open Prelim with AP Prime to take home the blue ribbon.

Leah is eyeing Burghley this fall as her next challenge with her big OTTB, and she needs your help to get there. Click here to find out how you can be a part of the journey!

Events Opening This Week:

Huntington Farm H.T. (VT, A-1), Caber Farm Horse Trial (WA, A-7), Richland Park H.T. (MI, A-8), Windy Wyoming H.T. (WY, A-9), Town Hill Farm Horse Trials (CT, A-1), Feather Creek H.T. (OK, A-5), Shepherd Ranch SYVPC H.T. II (CA, A-6), Richland Park H.T. (MI, A-8), Loudoun Hunt Pony Club Fall H.T. (VA, A-2), Chattahoochee Hills H.T. (GA, A-3)

Events Closing Today:

Hunt Club Farms H.T. (VA, A-2)  Horse Park of New Jersey Horse Trials II (NJ, A-2)  USPC National Championship (NC, A-11)  Stoneleigh-Burnham Summer H.T (MA, A-1)  Applewood Farm YEH/FEH & Mini Event (NJ, A-2)

News & Notes:

With summer finally here and temperatures rising, it is the perfect time to stress the importance of electrolytes. Some eventers feed electrolytes to their horses daily, while others only feed them in extreme heat or during a strenuous competition. But when do horses need those extra electrolytes, and why? Don’t miss this education article from Cavalor. [Are electrolytes a hype or a must?]

What are some things to keep in mind when you bring home a new OTTB? In a new series from the USEA, Natalie Hollis provides tips and tricks for the first week at home with your new ex-racehorse. [First Week at Home with a New OTTB]

Did you miss any action from the latest leg of the Event Riders Masters? Thanks to our friends at Horse & Hound, you can replay the cross country portion of competition in its entirety! Enjoy! [ERM Barbury Cross Country Replay]

Weekly Business Tip from Mythic Landing Enterprises:

If you’re trying to keep your advertising spending to a minimum, be sure to spend some time placing classified ads online. There are a ton of places that you can post classifieds for free—including social media—so find the site that make the most sense for your business and post often!

Tuesday Video:

 

 

Justine Dutton Looks Ahead to Her First Team Experience

Justine Dutton and Huck Finn at Red Hills. Photo by Kasey Mueller/Rare Air Eventing Photography. Justine Dutton and Huck Finn at Red Hills. Photo by Kasey Mueller/Rare Air Eventing Photography.

U.S.-based British rider Justine Dutton relocated to the States after college, dabbling in some other careers (including stunt riding!) before deciding to really take a leap and build a business as a professional eventer. Now she’s been named to her first British team for the inaugural U.S. leg of the FEI Nations Cup of Eventing to be held this weekend at Great Meadow.

Representing Great Britain on a team is a goal Justine has had for many years, and she’s had Great Meadow on her radar ever since the announcement came that the venue would host a Nations Cup leg. Campaigning Patricia Weiser’s Huck Finn, Kathleen Cuca’s Jak My Style and her former ride Jollybo at the two- and three-star levels earned Justine many consistent results at the upper levels, plus the opportunity to represent Great Britain.

“I’d communicated with British Eventing via email several times leading up to the announcement,” Justine said. “They told me to go ahead and enter (Great Meadow), and it’s all just happened very fast. This is my first time competing on a team for anything since college — we did team tetrathlon at boarding school, so it wasn’t quite the same thing!”

She’s nominated to the British team with both Huck Finn and Jak My Style, with Huck Finn being the top candidate at the moment due to his lengthier experience at the Advanced level. “I picked Finn because he and I have more experience at that level,” she explained. “Jak is definitely ready to make the step up — he had done a couple of Advanced with his former rider — and I think he’d do a great job, but Finn is the more logical choice right now.”

Justine has been hard at work with coach Buck Davidson, honing her dressage with Finn and preparing for the biggest stage of her career to date. “(Finn) is generally unfazed by atmosphere in general, so I think he will do fine in that ring (at Great Meadow),” she said. “I’ve ridden him for quite awhile and feel I have a solid partnership with him.”

This event will be Justine’s first time meeting her teammates, Jodie Amos, Rosalind Canter and Ben Way. The other team members are flying over from their respective bases in the UK. “It will be really fun to get to hang out with some Brits,” she laughed. “My realistic goal is to put in a solid performance in all three phases. I don’t claim to think that I can be up there with the big names because I’m just not there yet. But I’d like to put in clear jumping rounds and be a solid contributor to my team.”

For Justine, this event is a highlight of her career and an opportunity she certainly wasn’t expecting. “If you’d told me a year ago I’d be riding on a British team, I’d have laughed at you,” she said. “I think this is an amazing opportunity, and you never know what doors these types of events can open. For me, I want to show other people that it is possible to have success even without a lot of money or financial support. I feel a bit like an underdog.”

The weekend will carry additional sentimentality for Justine, who recently lost her grandfather. Her grandparents have been big supporters of her riding career, and Justine will be riding in memory of her grandfather as she represents her country for the first time. “I was lucky enough that he was alive for the announcement to be made,” Justine said. “I’m happy that he got to see a big dream of mine realized.”

EN will be live on-site at Great Meadow this weekend, so stay tuned for much more action from the first U.S. leg of the FEI Nations Cup of Eventing Series! Go Eventing.

Tuesday News & Notes from Cavalor

This piece of Photoshop magic brought to you by Katie Weigel. This piece of Photoshop magic brought to you by Katie Weigel.

EN reader Brianna Alphers sent us this awesome photo of her horse, River, superimposed on the Free Willy movie poster, thanks to the Photoshop chops of Katie Weigel. “My 14.3 hand paint mare loves to jump and can sometimes be a little overly enthusiastic. This training log stack was no exception,” Brianne wrote. Thanks for the laugh, ladies! (Original photo by Matt Brunner)

Events Opening This Week:

Waredaca Farm H.T. (MD, A-2) Genesee Valley Riding & Driving Club H.T. (NY, A-1) Full Gallop Farm August HT (SC, A-3)

Events Closing Today:

Event at Rebecca Farm (MT, A-7) Silverwood Farm Summer H.T. (WI, A-4) Full Moon Farms H.T. (MD, A-2) Fitch’s Corner H.T. (NY, A-1)

News & Notes:

Herd dynamics are an intricate part of horse management. Changing turnout schedules and groups can greatly affect your horse’s behavior, so it’s good to read up on the details of herd dynamics. Check out this great article on The Horse to educate yourself! [Herd Dynamics]

What is it like taking on a former ride of Andrew Nicholson’s? Thomas Hawke is now piloting Mr Cruise Control, one of Andrew’s former prolific campaigners. Now, Thomas is a long-listed junior rider who is enjoying the ride on the experience Irish Sport Horse gelding by Cruising. [Taking On Nicholson’s Former Ride]

Maya Black, who has been listed as the traveling reserve for the U.S. team heading to Rio, has updated her blog as she looks ahead to an big summer. This young rider and her “pocket rocket”, Doesn’t Play Fair, have achieved great things in their short career together, and we feel the best is yet to come! [Getting Ready for an Exciting Summer]

With summer finally here and temperatures rising, it is the perfect time to stress the importance of electrolytes. Some eventers feed electrolytes to their horses daily, while others only feed them in extreme heat or during a strenuous competition. But when do horses need those extra electrolytes, and why? Don’t miss this education article from Cavalor. [Are electrolytes a hype or a must?]

Weekly Business Tip from Mythic Landing Enterprises:

When you’re placing an ad on a website or in a magazine, be sure to talk to their ad manager about your ad’s placement. If at all possible, you want to stay as close to the top of the website as possible. For print ads, the upper right-hand corner is ideal, but anything along the outer edges is great.

Tuesday Video:

Tuesday Video from SpectraVet: A Community Affair at Rebecca Farm

Rebecca Farm is a community affair. Family run by the Broussard family and supplemented by the hard work of countless volunteers, this event is truly a marquee benchmark for competitors and spectators alike.

The story behind The Event at Rebecca Farm is a special one, and the support from both the local community and the national eventing scene is always something to marvel at. Let’s get pumped for Rebecca with this awesome video focusing on the teamwork behind such a large scale event. If you’re interested in volunteering, click here.

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Tuesday News & Notes from Cavalor

Kurt Martin and Delux Z. Photo by Sally Spickard. Kurt Martin and Delux Z. Photo by Sally Spickard.

As July nears, it’s almost time for my favorite event of the season: Rebecca Farm. If you’ve never been to Rebecca Farm in beautiful Kalispell, Montana, trust me, it is worth the trip. And if you ever plan to compete there, be sure to get your entry in the minute it opens, as entries are full for most (if not all) divisions now!

Sad as I am to be missing Rebecca Farm this year, I know I’ll be living vicariously through both EN as well as friends who will be in attendance. Get pumped, people!

Events Opening This Week:

Area VII Young Rider Benefit H.T. (WA, A-7) Fair Hill International H.T. (MD, A-2) Otter Creek Summer H.T. (WI, A-4) Colorado Horse Park H.T. (CO, A-9) Erie Hunt and Saddle Club H.T. (PA, A-2) Stanton Farms H.T. (ID, A-7) The Summer Event at Woodside (CA, A-6) WindRidge Farm Summer Horse Trials (NC, A-2) GMHA Festival of Eventing August Horse Trials (VT, A-1)

Events Closing Today:

Champagne Run at the Park H.T. (KY, A-8) Aspen Ridge H.T. (CO, A-9) The Maryland H.T. at Loch Moy Farm II (MD, A-2) Genesee Valley Hunt H.T. (NY, A-1) Riga Meadow H.T. (CT, A-1) Western Underground, Inc Coconino Summer HT & T/N3D Event (AZ, A-10)

News & Notes:

Do you want a chance to ride with William Fox-Pitt? You’re in luck! Benefiting the Area 8 Young Rider Program, Team EnGaged is raffling off a clinic spot with William Fox-Pitt, to be held in November. The raffle will be drawn on July 17 and only 200 tickets are available. Cost of tickets is $50, and you’ll have the opportunity to ride with William at the lovely Great Meadow facility in Virginia. To enter or for more questions, email Kelly Gage.

In preparation for the first U.S. leg of the Nations Cup of Eventing at Great Meadow next month, organizers are pulling out all the stops to help horses and people beat the heat. Great Meadow and the Equi Cool Down Team have partnered to bring emergency cooling stations at the event for horses, riders and spectators. The Emergency Cooling Stations will be set up in both the stabling and marketplace areas. To learn more about Equi Cool Down®Instant Cooling Wraps, visit their website and follow them on Facebook for updates about the show and event.

The USEA needs your feedback! As we look ahead to the USEA Annual Meeting & Convention, as well as future conventions, they want to know what types of seminars you would like to see and attend. [USEA Member Poll]

Weekly Business Tip from Mythic Landing Enterprises:

If you own a business, and you have personal social media pages, always be sure to use your privacy settings. People will Google you before they meet you, and you want to make a professional impression; they don’t need to see you dancing on the bar on a Friday night. Make sure your personal social media page is set to private. There are countless articles about social media privacy settings, so take an hour out of your day to do your homework.

Tuesday Video:

‘I Bet I Could Jump That’: San Diego Zoo Edition

Just as legit as the statue at the Horse Park, right? Photo by Sally Spickard. Just as legit as the statue at the Horse Park, right? Photo by Sally Spickard.

We’ve all been there. Walking around a park, driving down the road, everywhere we go, there are potential obstacles just screaming to be jumped on horseback. We get it. It’s a whole, deluded thought process that perhaps gives more legitimacy to the concept of “insanity.”

So when my fellow working students and I took a trip to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park this weekend, what else would happen than an all-out quest to find the hidden cross country gems just hiding in plain sight?

It started innocently enough. A few comments made along the lines of, “Guys, this is basically just a big cross country course,” or “That would totally be a one-stride.” But one thing led to another, and before we knew it we were dodging zoo employees who surely would have questioned our rights as zoo patrons.

But the possibilities were just endless! It was too much to resist. Practice makes perfect, right?

You can never practice your downhill position enough, as Megan Beyer demonstrates:

Downhill #skillz #eventersofinstagram #eventerstakeSD @eventing.paco

A video posted by Sally (@sallyrsen) on

And don’t forget about uphill positioning too. Some questions really test your straightness and forward motion:

Testing the uphill abilities. #eventerstakeSD #eventersofinstagram @eventing.paco

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And once you’re feeling confident, you can string a few fences together to try to put all of the pieces together in working order:

A more technical question of accuracy and turning #eventerstakeSD #eventersofinstagram @eventing.paco

A video posted by Sally (@sallyrsen) on

We even found our very own version of the Burghley Leaf Pit — though we feel this particular horse wasn’t exactly ready for the challenge.

And finally, no cross country course is complete without a bench-like jump that makes you question why you don’t take up normal hobbies, such as sitting on benches and making fun of idiots who like horses:

Many thanks to the San Diego Zoo for providing such a vast environment for us to practice our cross country skills. Trust us, we need as much practice as we can get! #EventerProblems, indeed.

Go Eventing!

Saturday Links from Tipperary

How Sinead Halpin keeps the pony treats away on scoping day! Photo via Sinead on Facebook. How Sinead Halpin keeps the pony treats away on scoping day! Photo via Sinead on Facebook.

As we officially get into summer, I’ve become increasingly thankful for very early mornings. Here in the desert in California, it’s easy to be deceived in the morning hours when the air is still cool. Never fear, by 9 a.m. you’ll be glistening with sweat, and it’s pretty nasty. So, my alarm has been set at 4 a.m. for the past week and it’s been glorious to get the horses worked before the heat gets too bad. The things we do for our horses, right? I can’t think of many other reasons why I’d drag myself out of bed that early.

What other hot weather tips do you have? Share them in our newest series, #EventerSolutions!

Events This Weekend:

Groton House Farm H.T. [Website] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Surefire H.T. [Website] [Ride Times]

Fox River Valley Pony Club H.T. [Website] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Shepherd Ranch SYVPC H.T. [Website] [Ride Times/Live Scores]

Inavale Farm Spring H.T. [Website] [Ride Times/Live Scores]

Arrowhead H.T. [Website] [Ride Times/Live Scores]

Midsouth Pony Club H.T. [Website] [Ride Times/Live Scores]

Honey Run H.T. [Website] [Ride Times]

Abbe Ranch H.T. [Website] [Ride Times/Live Scores]

News & Notes:

Elysian Hills in Marshall, VA is hosting a cross country clinic with Sharon White! On both July 18 and July 26, riders of all levels will have the opportunity to sharpen their skills with Sharon, who is popular for her straightforward yet encouraging teaching approach. Email cbrickley@wildblue.net for more information and/or to enter!

Speaking of clinics, Justine Dutton is teaching a clinic on July 27 at RG Equine in West Grove, PA. An up and coming rider who was just selected to represent Great Britain at the Great Meadow Nations Cup leg next month, Justine also has a great approach to teaching and enjoys seeing her students improve. [Justine Dutton Clinic]

Are electrolytes as important as we think for our horses? Most tend to say yes. This great article from Horse & Hound breaks down the benefits of using electrolytes for our equine athletes. [Electrolytes and Horses]

Saturday Video:

Preview fence 23 on the cross country course at Strzegom with none other than Michael Jung!

Horseware #MakingAChampion with Sam Watson

Irish eventer Sam Watson has been in the game for a long time, with a long list of achievements. Representing Ireland on multiple occasions on the world stage, Sam knows a lot about what it takes to truly become a champion.

In the latest of Horseware’s mini-documentary series, Making A Champion, Sam goes behind the scenes to give us a glimpse of his horsemanship philosophy. We are loving this series and encourage you to check out all of the others, featuring the likes of Michael Jung and Scott Brash, by clicking here.

And here’s the 411 on a just-launched #MakingAChampion contest giveaway!

Go Eventing.

Tuesday News & Notes from Cavalor

Peter Barry and Kilrodan Abbott during Peter Barry and Kilrodan Abbott during "Eddy's" retirement ceremony at Bromont. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Peter Barry’s longtime partner, Kilrodan Abbott, was officially retired in a ceremony on home turf at Bromont this past weekend. The 17-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding carried Peter around the world, representing Canada at WEG in 2014 as well as at the London Olympics in 2012.

My favorite memory of “Eddy” will always be watching him at Rolex a couple of years ago. That horse just made it look so easy. As if I could hop on and kick around a four-star course and he would hold my hand the whole way around. Always with a kind gleam in his eye and pricked ears hunting the next fence, Eddy will be a missed presence at the upper levels, but he has more than earned himself a long retirement.

Many props to Peter and all of Kilrodan Abbott’s connections on such a successful career that we will remember for years to come. Now go enjoy that grass, Eddy!

Events Opening This Week:

Stoneleigh-Burnham Summer H.T (MA, A-1) Horse Park of New Jersey Horse Trials II (NJ, A-2) Hunt Club Farms H.T. (VA, A-2) Applewood Farm YEH/FEH & Mini Event (NJ, A-2) USPC National Championship (NC, A-11)

Events Closing Today:

South Farm H.T. (OH, A-8) Chattahoochee Hills H.T. (GA, A-3) Horse Park of New Jersey H.T. I (NJ, A-2) Twin Rivers Derby and YEH/FEH (CA, A-6)

News & Notes:

A huge congrats goes out to Mary Davis, winner of the KER ClockIt Fitness Challenge! Thanks to submitting her KER ClockIt Sport session for the contest, Mary won a $100 gift card to shop.kerx.com, an EcoGold Secure XC Saddle Pad, a lesson with Buck Davidson, and a feature story on EN. Stay tuned for Mary’s story! Many thanks to KER for partnering with EN on this contest. [KER ClockIt Sport]

We’re giving you a chance to win a brand new Tipperary Sportage 8500 helmet! All you have to do is share your summer selfies with us to be entered. Put on a Tipperary vest and/or helmet and snap a selfie with your horse. Post it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with with the hashtag #ENsummerselfie, or email your photo to encontest@gmail.com. You’ll receive one entry for wearing a Tipperary helmet or vest and double entries if you wear both. [Tipperary Sportage 8500 Contest]

Want to improve your show jumping? We all do, right? Thankfully, the USEA has a great series from David O’Connor with advice for better show jumping. Dubbed “O’Connorisms”, this series is fun and informative and based on David’s ICP Workshop. [David O’Connorisms for Better Show Jumping]

Weekly Business Tip from Mythic Landing EnterprisesWhile it may seem obvious, make sure that your contact information is EASY to find on your website. Do not make people work to find out how to contact you. It is best to make sure that your contact information is on the sidebar or footer of every page.

Tuesday Video:

Monday News & Notes from SmartPak

Cpl. Fitzpatrick and Cpt. Cruz cheer on Chloe Smyth as she tackles Copper Meadows all the way from Bahrain! Photo courtesy of Chloe Smyth. Cpl. Fitzpatrick and Cpt. Cruz cheer on Chloe Smyth as she tackles Copper Meadows all the way from Bahrain! Photo courtesy of Chloe Smyth.

I got to experience my first West Coast event this weekend as nearly 200 competitors gathered in Ramona, California for Copper Meadows Horse Trials. With divisions ranging from Intro to CIC3*, it was a busy weekend with plenty of action to see — including a bomb competitor’s party!

Even with all of the spectacular upper level action going on, one of my favorite moments of the weekend was a quiet moment spent back in the barns with Hawley Bennett’s newly minted Intermediate horse, High Duty, while I iced his legs. High Duty rested his head in my arms and took a nap, and it was a moment of reflection on how incredible these animals truly are. It is these moments I am most thankful for — the moments of peace in a troubled and difficult world.

Weekend Results:

Bromont CCI:  Final Scores,  EN’s Coverage

Bramham: Final Scores

Valinor Farm H.T. [Scores]

Larkin Hill H.T. [Scores]

Plantation Field June H.T. [Scores]

River Glen June H.T. [Scores]

Roebke’s Run CCI, CIC & H.T. [Scores]

Queeny Park H.T. [Scores]

Texas Rose Horse Park H.T. [Scores]

Copper Meadows H.T.  [Scores]

Aspen Farms H.T. [Scores]

Derbyshire Farms H.T. [Scores]

News & Notes:

The Cooley name is a popular one in the eventing world, and for good reason. Cooley Farm horses absolutely dominated the standings at Tattersalls last weekend, with horses with this breeding signature finished in the top three in every division. How’s that for consistency? [Cooley Farm]

Andreas Dibowski is coming to the States! Andreas will be teaching a clinic in Tryon, North Carolina at the Trakehner Convention later on this year. All levels are welcome, and registration is now open. [Andreas Dibowski Clinic]

How many of us have had some, er, entertaining comments from our dressage judges? Here is a whole list, we’re sure you can relate! [Dressage Judge Comments You Won’t Forget]

SmartPak Product of the Day: Here in California, it gets REALLY hot. Like, super hot. No humidity, granted, but you’re constantly trying to find innovative ways to keep yourself and your horses cool. At Copper Meadows this weekend, I was introduced to the Weatherbeeta Kool Coat. You’d never think to put a sheet on your horse when it’s hot, but trust me when I say that even in the heat we had this weekend, the Kool Coat did an excellent job of both shielding our horses from the sun and also keeping them clean! [Weatherbeeta Kool Coat Airstream]

Weekly Business Tip from Mythic Landing Enterprises:

Your website needs to be easy to navigate with clear menu bars. It is always better to have fewer, but better, pages, than to have too many pages that clutter your site and make it hard to navigate. And then make sure that your website is mobile compatible, which is quite easy to do with most web design programs these days.

Monday Video:

Check out some speedy cross country from Rachel McDonough and Irish Rhythm at Bromont this weekend!

Harrison Euthanized at Aspen Farms Horse Trials

Amy Evans and Harrison. Photo courtesy of Amy Evans. Amy Evans and Harrison. Photo courtesy of Amy Evans.
Amy Evans and Harrison. Photo courtesy of Amy Evans.

Amy Evans and Harrison. Photo courtesy of Amy Evans.

We are very sad to report tonight that Harrison, a 13-year-old Thoroughbred gelding owned and ridden by Amy Evans, was euthanized at Aspen Farms Horse Trials in Washington after fracturing his right foreleg on cross country.

Amy retired Harrison on the Preliminary cross country course at fence 11, and he was transported for further evaluation. The decision was made to humanely euthanize the gelding.

Amy and Harrison partnered together for the first time in 2015, picking up several top 10 placings at the Training level. This weekend was their second run at Prelim, having finished ninth in their debut at Equestrians Institute H.T.

“He was a very special horse,” Amy told EN. “I have absolutely felt the love of the eventing community, especially in Area VII, during this time of grief. My coaches, my Vossenberg and Caber Farm family, and the Aspen Farm crew have been incredibly supportive.”

Please join us in sending condolences to Amy and all who knew and loved Harrison.

[Harrison Euthanized After Retiring on Cross Country at Aspen Farms H.T.]

Hawley Bennett-Awad Acquires Ride on Jollybo

Justine Dutton and Jollybo. Photo by Jenni Autry. Justine Dutton and Jollybo. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Hawley Bennett-Awad has announced that she has acquired Jollybo (Jumbo – Polly Coldunnell, by Danzig Connection), a 12-year-old British Sport Horse mare formerly ridden by Justine Dutton and owned by Sport Ponies UK.

Jollybo has been campaigning at the Advanced and three-star level since 2015 with Justine, finishing in the top 20 in two CCI3* competitions, at Jersey Fresh and Galway Downs. She most recently finished third in the Intermediate at Virginia H.T. with Buck Davidson in the irons.

Justine made the decision to put Jollybo up for sale in order to help grow her business in Pennsylvania. “It was the best business decision for me,” Justine said. “It’s definitely been a mind-blowing past two and a half years with this horse, and I know I can look back and be proud that I produced her. I’m really looking forward to seeing Hawley and Jollybo’s success together — I think it’s a perfect pairing.”

Hawley had seen Jollybo at Galway Downs when Justine came to compete in the CCI3* and immediately recognized the talent the mare possessed.

“She’s definitely my type of horse,” she said. “I’ve never gone after an upper level horse or a syndication, so this has all been new for me. But I had some good friends step up to support me, and one thing led to another. The final push was when Buck (Davidson) called last week and told me to get on a plane to try Jollybo.”

After a whirlwind trip to Pennsylvania and back to try Jollybo, the deal was sealed and the mare was on her way to California. She’ll get started right away, running Preliminary at Copper Meadows this weekend and then Intermediate and the Advanced CT at the two Coconino events in July. From there, she’s aimed at the CCI3* at Rebecca Farm, where Coach Davidson will be there to provide advice.

“She is fit and ready to go. I’ll certainly be nervous as I haven’t jumped a big course in awhile,” Hawley said. “I plan to keep an open relationship with Justine, as she has done a phenomenal job of producing this horse and it’s obviously worked. I think keeping in touch with Justine is important in the success of the mare.”

Justine Dutton and Jollybo. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Justine Dutton and Jollybo. Photo by Jenni Autry.

If the stars align, Hawley could potentially have three horses qualified for the World Equestrian Games in 2018: Jollybo, Carolyn Hoffos’ Seychelles and her and husband Gamal’s High Duty — a fact that she’s still pinching herself for.

“To be competitive at the upper levels, you really have to have multiple horses,” she said. “I can’t thank Carolyn Hoffos enough for trusting me with her fancy mare, and now with Jollybo it’s going to be really exciting to be back at that level.”

Hawley is currently seeking support for syndication as she once again positions herself to represent Canada on the world stage.

“I have big plans for Jollybo this fall,” Hawley said. “Having shares in what I feel is going to be a team horse for Canada will be a great experience. I think she will be a great horse for our country.”

“It’s really cool to be getting back to the world stage and have my eyes set on (the 2018 World Equestrian Games), especially since it’s in my home country. I have time to really get a bond going, and I just want to do right by Jollybo and make Justine proud.”

For more information on available shares for The Jollybo Syndicate, please contact Hawley via email.

Tuesday News & Notes from Cavalor

Meghan O'Donoghue's Bromont ride, Palm Crescent, settles in overlooking the sandbox with groom Margo Goldfarb. Photo via Meghan on Instagram. Meghan O'Donoghue's Bromont ride, Palm Crescent, settles in overlooking the sandbox with groom Margo Goldfarb. Photo via Meghan on Instagram.

It’s Bromont week! All eventing eyes will turn to our friends in the North this weekend as we’re set for some real Canadian action. Bromont is always a big test for both horse and rider, and with this being the setting for the World Equestrian Games in 2018, we’re sure to see some of these pairs vying for a spot to represent their country before we know it. What a perfect time to start practicing! Stay tuned for much more from Bromont as Leslie Threlkeld brings us the latest from on the ground.

Events Opening This Week:

Fitch’s Corner H.T. (NY, A-1) Event at Rebecca Farm (MT, A-7) Silverwood Farm Summer H.T. (WI, A-4) Full Moon Farms H.T. (MD, A-2)

Events Closing Today:

Fox River Valley Pony Club Horse Trials (IL, A-4) Inavale Farm HT (OR, A-7) Abbe Ranch H.T. (CO, A-9) Groton House Farm H.T. (MA, A-1) Arrowhead H.T. (MT, A-7) Honey Run H.T. (MI, A-8) Midsouth Pony Club H.T. (KY, A-8) Surefire H.T. (VA, A-2) Shepherd Ranch SYVPC H.T. I (CA, A-6)

News & Notes:

Thank you to Katherine Scovil for bidding $5,500 to win a County saddle of her choice in support of the college fund for Millie Humphreys. The eventing community continues to rally behind 6-month-old Millie following her mother’s death at Jersey Fresh. The winning bid combined with County’s own donation will add an additional $10,495 to the fund, which has already raised more than $80,000 in total. Please consider donating at this link.

Have you lost some of your “MOJO”? Never fear, this week’s Fab Freebie is just for you! We’re teaming up with MOJO Future Tech to give away the ever popular wristbands that work wonders for balance, pain management, and much more using hologram technology. Don’t worry, we’ve tried these wristbands ourselves and swear by them. Don’t forget to enter! [Fab Freebie: MOJO]

Registration is now open for the Sandy River Equestrian Center Eventing Camp! Located in Axton, Virginia, SREC hosts a multitude of clinics and camps throughout the year featuring lessons, grooming tips, horsemanship skill honing, and much more. Don’t miss out! [SREC Summer Camp]

The Pennsylvania SPCA is seeking your help to support its Funding Our Fillies rescue program. Phase One of this project has been selected as one of only 15 projects eligible for the ASPCA Equine Facilities Matching Grant. This state of the art facility will serve to assist horses coming in from rescue and is a five phase plan. The fundraising goal for Funding Our Fillies is $10,000, which can be matched by the ASPCA for a total of $20,000 to break ground on this new facility. [Funding Our Fillies]

A huge congrats goes out to Mary Davis, winner of the KER ClockIt Fitness Challenge! Thanks to submitting her KER ClockIt Sport session for the contest, Mary won a $100 gift card to shop.kerx.com, an EcoGold Secure XC Saddle Pad, a lesson with Buck Davidson, and a feature story on EN. Stay tuned for Mary’s story! Many thanks to KER for partnering with EN on this contest. [KER ClockIt Sport]

Tuesday Video:

Wednesday Video from Kentucky Performance Products: World’s Cutest Helmet Cam

This is definitely one of the most adorable videos we’ve ever seen, and we just had to share it with you. Major Tom, a Morgan gelding owned by Annie Arvizu, cantered gleefully around the Beginner Novice course at Chattahoochee Hills earlier this month with Emma-Claire Sak in the irons.

This was Emma-Claire’s first USEA recognized event, and they finished in 10th place in their Beginner Novice Rider division. We definitely can relate to Emma-Claire’s reminders to get in her cantering position and vocal encouragement that the course was well within their reach. Kick on!

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Monday Video from Tredstep Ireland: Shetland Steeplechase at Devon

Devon Horse Show is one of the most iconic events on the hunter/jumper calendar each spring, and naturally the Shetland Pony Steeplechase is one of the big highlights for entertainment purposes.

Thanks to the USEF Network we can watch the action that unfolded last night. Can you handle the cuteness?

Where In the World is Rob Burk? USEA CEO Volunteers at Virginia HT

Volunteers are the backbone of the sport of eventing. Working long hours on their own time, these generous people are those who keep our events running, even at the highest levels. From the jump judges, to the ring crew, to those picking up the show jumping ring on the last day when everyone has gone home, the volunteer is truly the unsung hero of the sport.

Most, if not all, of us have spent time volunteering at events, and upper level riders and members of the USEA are not exempt from this. Just this weekend, we spotted USEA CEO Rob Burk rolling up his sleeves to help out as a volunteer at Virginia Horse Trials, along with several other riders and their family members.

We’ve spotted Rob out and about at several events, including a cameo at our Insanity In the Middle Tailgate at Rolex. In his words, he was taking some time off from his duties as a vital part of “the little horse show” running that weekend:

It’s like a venerable game of “Where In the World – Rob Burk Edition”, spotting Mr. Burk out and about. Here are several sightings we found over the weekend:

Even while working hard, he still found time to snap a few selfies. Perhaps a selfie stick is in order next time, Rob?

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But when it came to crunch time, Rob was all about the job at hand:

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We even found him as a part of the jump judging crew!

Leslie Threlkeld had the right words when she said that this is definitely one way of leading by example. With that in mind, we tip our hats to you, Rob, and to all of the other hundreds of volunteers who take time out of their busy schedules to help keep our sport running.

Don’t forget, if you’re an Area II competitor, there is an exciting new volunteer incentive program that has just launched! We hope to see more of these programs cropping up throughout the country. Even if you only have a spare hour in between rides at your next event, stop by and see how you can help. Eventing is nothing if not one big community, where everyone pitches in a helping hand.

Go Eventing.

West Coast Wonders: Delaney Vaden and RedRox Jazzman

Welcome to EN's brand new series, West Coast Wonders! We'll be spotlighting horses and riders who are making a splash on the West Coast, and we're starting things off with a bang. Hot off a win in the Preliminary Challenge at Woodside this weekend, Delaney Vaden and RedRox Jazzman are aiming their sights high. Do you have a horse and/or rider that you'd like to see on West Coast Wonders? Tip me at sally@eventingnation.com.

Delaney Vaden and RedRox Jazzman. Photo courtesy of Sherry Stewart. Delaney Vaden and RedRox Jazzman. Photo courtesy of Sherry Stewart.

The words “Clydesdale” and “eventing” don’t necessarily seem to go in the same sentence. Then you look at the likes of Colleen Rutledge’s Covert Rights and Ben Hobday’s Mulrys Error and think twice. It’s time to add another name to that list: RedRox Jazzman.

“Jazz” is 50% Thoroughbred, 25% Quarter Horse and 25% Clydesdale, and he wasn’t exactly a horse that had stardom written all over him. For 14-year-old Delaney Vaden, Jazz became a one in a million horse who has brought her up the levels and most recently winning her the Preliminary Challenge Rider prize at Woodside.

Delaney began eventing at the age of 10, starting on an arena sour Morgan pony (who hasn’t started on a naughty pony?) who highly disliked cross country and taught Delaney the meaning of sticky britches. “She definitely taught me how to lose,” Delaney said with a laugh. “She had no interest in going higher than Intro or maybe Beginner Novice, and I think we finished maybe two cross country courses in our years together.”

Delaney began casually seeking her next partner in crime, and RedRox Jazzman was the guy tapped for the job. “I honestly wasn’t really looking at the time, and he wasn’t super fancy or expensive. It was just a good match for me,” she recalled.

Jazz was rather green at the time Delaney began riding him, having completed just a few events. “He’s taken me from Novice to Prelim in the last three and a half years, and it’s been a bit of the blind leading the blind but he’s got such a mind, he’s so smart and is truly a one in a million type of horse.”

Delaney and Jazz made their eventing debut together in 2013 at Fresno, where they finished fifth in their Novice division. From there, it was no turning back as the pair moved through the levels, eventually stepping up to Prelim in 2015, also at Fresno. It was at this event that Delaney first truly felt that she had a serious potential talent on her hands.

Delaney Vaden and RedRox Jazzman on their way to winning the Prelim Rider Challenge at Woodside. Photo courtesy of Sherry Stewart.

Delaney Vaden and RedRox Jazzman on their way to winning the Prelim Rider Challenge at Woodside. Photo courtesy of Sherry Stewart.

“I went out on cross country thinking, ‘Well, maybe we’ll jump around and have fun but we’ll see how it goes,’” Delaney said. “I was so nervous, but he really took me to every jump and almost made the time. In that moment, I had that feeling of ‘Yes, we can do this!’ and I didn’t feel a limit.”

And now, the pair finds themselves proud winners of the Preliminary Challenge Rider after a guns blazing weekend which took Delaney by surprise. “If someone would have told me last year that we’d win the Prelim Challenge, I would have laughed,” she said. “Our flatwork has really been coming along, but honestly our school the day before our test was one of the best we’ve had. He went into the ring a bit more tense than usual because of the atmosphere and so I was a bit surprised that we scored so well. I was happy that we were able to work the tension into forward work and not tense, quick steps.”

Cross country was a formidable challenge for Delaney, but coaches Bea and Derek Di Grazia (she also works with Danielle Casalatt and Brian Sabo) helped her make sense of the questions asked. “I felt the course asked you to really ride forward, which worked well for us,” she said. “And I think that style of cross country helped us in the show jumping because it was a good reminder to keep riding forward.”

Despite a large amount of atmosphere — more than most of the Prelim Challenge horses had ever seen — Delaney felt Jazz perk up in the show jumping ring and actually start to show off for the crowd. “I think the atmosphere helped!” she said. “He definitely noticed the crowd, and he is a bit spooky which makes him careful, but he felt like he was showing off.”

With one rail down in a division that yielded no double clear show jumping rounds, Delaney and Jazz’s final score of 35.3 was enough to keep them in first place and win them the first spot in the victory gallop.

“I was so in awe of the Prelim Challenge when I went to watch for the first time,” Delaney said. “It’s been a goal to compete here, and to win is just icing on the cake.

Delaney and Jazz take their victory lap. Photo courtesy of Sherry Stewart.

Delaney and Jazz take their victory lap. Photo courtesy of Sherry Stewart.

Competing at the upper levels has been a goal of Delaney’s for a long time, and with the age limit of competing at Intermediate being 16, she is excited at the potential of getting as many Preliminary miles as she can this year. “It never hurt anyone to gain more experience,” she said. “For us, getting out on as many courses as we can and seeing everything will do nothing but good for us.”

Delaney’s ultimate goal for the immediate future is to make the Area VI Young Riders squad as well as the Eventing 18 list, and she’s currently waiting with bated breath to see the named short list. She’s completed all of her qualifications and her plans for the remainder of the 2016 season will depend on what happens with the Young Rider team.

“It’s been a big goal of mine to compete at Young Riders, so now it’s just about waiting for the list to come out,” she said.

We wish Delaney the best of luck with the rest of her season and eventing career, and stay tuned for more updates on the upcoming FEI National Junior and Young Rider Championships at Colorado Horse Park!

Tuesday News & Notes from Cavalor

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We’re loving this photo from Instagram user @jumpingapple. If jumping into Narnia were really a thing, I think we’d all try it at least once, if only to see if things are as whimsical and carefree as they seem in Narnia. Except, without packs of wolves and raging witches, you know. Either way, it’d be a pretty cool story.

Events Opening This Week:

Great Meadow International – FEI Nations Cup Eventing Series (VA, A-2) Event at Rebecca Farm (MT, A-7) Old Chatham H.T. (NY, A-1) Roebke’s Run H.T. (MN, A-4) 40th Annual Whidbey Island H.T. (WA, A-7) Round Top H.T. (CO, A-9) Coconino Summer I H.T. (AZ, A-10) Chattahoochee Hills H.T. (GA, A-3) The Maryland H.T. at Loch Moy Farm I (MD, A-2) Huntington Farm H.T. (VT, A-1)

Events Closing Today:

Derbyshire Farms H.T. (MI, A-8) Queeny Park H.T. (MO, A-4) River Glen June H.T. (TN, A-3) Texas Rose Horse Park Summer H.T. (TX, A-5) Copper Meadows H.T. (CA, A-6) Valinor Farm Horse Trials (MA, A-1) Plantation Field June Horse Trials (PA, A-2) The Middleburg H.T. (VA, A-2) Roebke’s Run CCI & CIC2/1 & H.T. (MN, A-4) Larkin Hill H.T. (NY, A-1) Roebke’s Run CCI & CIC2/1 & H.T. (MN, A-4) Aspen Farms H.T. (WA, A-7)

News & Notes:

Ryan Wood and County Saddlery have generously partnered to raise money for Millie Humphreys’ college fund. We’re hosting an auction, running through June 1, of a County Solution Monoflap (or, a County saddle of the winner’s choosing), with the proceeds, including the retail value of the saddle, going to Millie’s fund. Please help support a worthy cause. [County Saddle Auction]

Area IV event Queeny Park is seeking more entries for its June 9-10 event. The entry numbers are dramatically down, so event organizers are asking for your support in order to keep the only USEA recognized event in the St. Louis area running. The event closes today! [Queeny Park Closing Date Reminder]

The Colorado Horse Park will host a Cross Country Family Festival on June 4. This will run in conjunction with cross country day of the CIC2* and CCI2* running that weekend and will feature free admission as well as free parking. This will be a great way to introduce new people to the sport, so spread the word! Tailgating spaces are also available. [Cross Country Family Festival at CHP]

Waredaca has made some exciting changes for the upcoming events on the calendar. New course designer Jeff Kibbie will come aboard to freshen up the cross country course at the upper levels, and David O’Connor will continue to oversee and provide insight. Jumps are being refreshed for a new look, and (perhaps most importantly, to Chinch at least), the new Waredaca Brewing Company is now open for business! You had me at “brewing”.

Kentucky Equine Research and EN are teaming up to host the Great KER Fitness Challenge this spring! Download the free KER ClockIt Sport app for your phone and record your rides for a chance to win a $100 gift card to shop.kerx.com, an EcoGold Secure XC Saddle Pad, a lesson with your choice of Bruce Davidson, Liz Halliday-Sharp, or Dom or Jimmie Schramm; and a feature story about you and your horse on EN. Entries close May 31! [Contest Details]

Weekly Business Tip from Mythic Landing Enterprises:

If you decide that Search Engine Marketing will help build your business, you have two choices. You can either hire a professional or you can do the research and try to do it on your own.

Given the time commitment that proper SEM takes, my best guess is that you will want to find a professional to help you out. My only word of caution is to make sure that whatever company you go with not only understands your business model, but also understands that SEM is an ongoing process.

There are a lot of companies out there that charge a large amount of money to integrate SEM into your website, but SEM isn’t just a one-time thing. A few key words plugged into the coding of your website just won’t cut it, so don’t let some seemingly fancy-smancy marketing company convince you otherwise.

Instead, do your research and hire a SEM company that will commit to routine updates and give you a solid plan as to what they will accomplish each week.

Tuesday Video:

Monday Video from Tredstep Ireland: Ingrid Klimke’s Wiesbaden Helmet Cam

Ingrid Klimke brought out one of her stalwart partners, the 12-year-old Oldenburg gelding Horseware Hale Bob, for his first CIC3* run of the season at Wiesbaden earlier this month, handily picking up a win on an impressive 27.3 dressage score.

Horseware Hale Bob has won a CIC2* this year and also finished fifth in the CCI3* at Blair Castle last fall. With much success and consistent results, Ingrid is making a strong case for the German squad as we look ahead to the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janiero in just a few months’ time.

Ride along with Ingrid and Horseware Hale Bob on cross country thanks to technology from SAP TV!

Venturing Into the Uncomfortable: Working for Hawley Bennett-Awad

Photo courtesy of Lexy Galanos Photography. Photo courtesy of Lexy Galanos Photography.

It’s been said that only in being uncomfortable can you truly reach your full potential. I’ve always been pretty skilled at making myself uncomfortable — whether or not I mean to — so it seemed logical that I peruse working student and grooming positions idly throughout the years.

There were always a million reasons not to: shipping my horse is expensive, moving is expensive, working 6-7 days a week doesn’t allow much time for work, I don’t have enough money saved, and on and on.

But then a longtime role model sent me a message asking me to post an opening for a head groom on our working student opportunities page. I read the job description, and something inside me sparked.

Hawley Bennett-Awad has been someone I’ve looked up to for years. I followed her as she represented Canada on the international stage on multiple occasions and loved how she seemed to have a way with Thoroughbreds and “tough” horses. Everyone has their lifetime idols, and she remains one of mine.

The first time I met Hawley, she was competing in the Advanced division at the Nutrena American Eventing Championships in 2013. I had hesitantly sent her a Facebook message ahead of time asking for an interview, and she happily accepted and was my second EN interview ever. I was thrilled with how friendly the riders were in my first foray into equine journalism — Michael Pollard, Tamie Smith, Ellen Doughty-Hume, Hawley, you all helped me get my sea legs!

Last year, I organized two clinics to bring Hawley to Area IV, and her teaching style and enthusiasm was well received in both clinics. Each time she left, I wished I could spend more time training with her.

So when this job opportunity came up, I thought about it. I thought about how I could make things work, and I asked Hawley if I could talk to her about more details so I could figure out if it was a feasible option for me.

“Am I too old for this?” I asked Hawley on the phone. She laughed and said “Of course not!” While she may have been generous with that — a 30-year-old working student is, after all, not the most common scenario in the world — she still instilled confidence that perhaps this was the next move for me.

So I packed my bags, found a new home for my retired horse, and set about finding my other horse a ride West. I was bowled over by the enthusiasm of so many people who I’ve never even really met, eager to help me get to California. Before I knew it, my horses were safely on their way to their new homes and I was sitting in my car ready to head West.

It’s been a big adjustment, what with the time change and the early mornings, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Hawley runs a tight ship, but she’s right there with you, working to ensure her horses get the best of care and that her barn (Bill Dickenson’s picture-perfect Sweet Oaks Ranch) is spotless and well-organized. The early mornings, the late evenings after a show or cross country schooling — she’s always there beside you. She’s always ready with helpful hints on organization and care, and she’s gracious to those who work for her.

And even within just two lessons with her, I’ve already felt my confidence blooming. I came out here with withered confidence after not riding consistently for the last few weeks. I had only taken my horse cross country once before, and I was a nervous wreck for my first time out in California. But I needn’t have worried. Hawley pushes you to get your “big girl britches” on, but she won’t ever overface or intimidate you.

Before you know it, you’re accomplishing things you had forgotten you could do, or perhaps that you didn’t know you could do in the first place. All you know is that someone believes in you. Someone with a lot of clout and credibility behind that belief. When she tells you to jump, you close your leg (but be sure not to cluck!) and hang on tight. And if you keep your wits about you, you find yourself on the other side looking for the next challenge.

I’ll be checking in periodically with more scenes from behind the scenes at HBE, so stay tuned for more. In the meantime, many thanks to Hawley and Gamal for hosting myself and my friend Bri, who came along for the summer, before we move into our apartment, to James Alliston and Helen Bouscaren for helping me get my horse to California, to Hawley’s other working student, Sam, for patiently showing us the ropes, and to everyone else who has had a hand in making me truly, ecstatically uncomfortable.

‘Making a Champion’, Part 2: Michael Jung on IceVibe

In the latest installment of Horseware‘s ‘Making a Champion’ series, Grand Slam of Eventing winner Michael Jung talks about the importance of horse care when it comes to fitness.

“The most important thing are the horses,” Michael says. “We cannot have big success without a big partnership where the horse gives 100-120% for you.

Michael talks about his use of Horseware’s IceVibe boots to ensure his horses get the best treatment after working. Horseware is also giving you a chance to win a pair of IceVibes for yourself! Check out their Facebook page for more details.

Tuesday News & Notes from Cavalor

A rainbow shines over Longview Horse Park in Kansas City, Mo. Photo via the Mill Creek Pony Club on Facebook. A rainbow shines over Longview Horse Park in Kansas City, Mo. Photo via the Mill Creek Pony Club on Facebook.

The Kansas City eventing community hosted eventers from all over Area IV and beyond this past weekend for the annual spring event, the Mill Creek Pony Club Horse Trials. There’s always something special about your hometown event, and even having lived in Kansas City for just a short time I’ve come to love the local events as my own. The event boasted nearly 200 entries this year, and there was some great riding on display throughout the weekend. I’m moving away from Area IV soon, but I will always consider this special place to be home. Area IV strong!

Events Opening This Week:

Horse Park of New Jersey H.T. I (NJ, A-2) Chattahoochee Hills H.T. (GA, A-3) Twin Rivers Derby and YEH/FEH (CA, A-6) South Farm H.T. (OH, A-8), Western Underground, Inc Coconino Summer HT & T/N3D Event (AZ, A-10)

Events Closing Today:

Colorado Horse Park CCI**/*, CIC** and Horse Trails (CO, A-9), Poplar Place Farm June H.T. (GA, A-3) GMHA June HorseTrials (VT, A-1) Genesee Valley Riding & Driving Club Spring Horse Trials (NY, A-1) IEA Horse Trials, Classic Training & Novice 3-Day Event (IN, A-8) Camelot Equestrian Horse Park Horse Trials (CA, A-6) Waredaca H.T. (MD, A-2), Carriage House Farm Combined Test (MN, A-4)

News & Notes:

Kentucky Equine Research and EN are teaming up to host the Great KER Fitness Challenge this spring! Download the free KER ClockIt Sport app for your phone and record your rides for a chance to win a $100 gift card to shop.kerx.com, an EcoGold Secure XC Saddle Pad, a lesson with your choice of Bruce Davidson, Liz Halliday-Sharp, or Dom or Jimmie Schramm; and a feature story about you and your horse on EN. Entries close May 31! [Contest Details]

Efforts to support Philippa Humphreys’ daughter, Millie’s, college fund continue to multiply. The latest is this beautiful button memorializing Philippa, the proceeds from which will be donated to Millie’s college fund. [Dream Big Darling Button]

Is free feeding hay beneficial for your horse? Some may argue against it if they own horses who simply don’t seem to know when to stop. This commentary on the subject provides some great insight over on The Horse. [Free Feeding Hay]

Weekly Business Tip from Mythic Landing Enterprises:

If you’re like most horse people, your barn is more organized than your house. Your tack room probably contains neat rows of bridles, saddles and girths, but your office probably contains messy piles of papers. If you’re going to organize one aspect of your office, you should create an “Important Stuff” binder for your business.

You should include the following items in your binder: original letter from the IRS assigning your FEIN number; copy of your W-9; operating agreement and/or mission statement; EFTPS letter with enrollment; original bank documents; employee contracts and tax documents; blank copy of your own client contract and/or release forms; and insurance documents.

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