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Tuesday News & Notes from Cavalor

Sam's very own star of fame. Photo via CHIO Aachen on Facebook. Sam's very own star of fame. Photo via CHIO Aachen on Facebook.

Some people dream of visiting the fabled Hollywood Walk of Fame, passing over the neat rows of tiles bearing the names of countless celebrities. Sign me up for this tour, though: the veritable listing of four-legged stars that have graced the beautiful grounds at Aachen. Yesterday, the CHIO Aachen Facebook page posted photos of three stars from recent Rio medalists, including a shoe from La Biosthetique Sam. Pretty neat, right?

Events Opening This Week:

Woodside International Horse Trials (CA, A-6) The Event at Skyline (UT, A-9) Middle Tennessee Pony Club Horse Trials (TN, A-3) Radnor Hunt H.T. (PA, A-2) Kent School Fall H.T. (CT, A-1) FEH Championships at Loch Moy Farm (MD, A-2) Waredaca H.T. and Classic 3 Day Event (MD, A-2) Spokane Sport Horse Farm Fall H.T. (WA, A-7) WindRidge Farm Fall Horse Trials (NC, A-2) Heritage Park H.T. (KS, A-4) Course Brook Farm Fall Horse Trials (MA, A-1) Las Cruces H.T. (NM, A-10) The Maryland H.T. at Loch Moy Farm (MD, A-2) FEH Qualifier at Loch Moy Farm (MD, A-2) Feather Creek H.T. (OK, A-5)

Events Closing Today:

Aspen Farms H.T. (WA, A-7) Chardon Valley Horse Trials (MI, A-8) CDCTA Fall H.T. (VA, A-2) Five Points H.T. (NC, A-2) Bucks County Horse Park Fall H.T. (PA, A-2) Copper Meadows H.T. (CA, A-6) Poplar Place Farm September H.T. (GA, A-3)

News & Notes:

Zara Tindall will sadly not contest Burghley this year. Her 15-year-old partner, High Kingdom, showed some signs of unsoundness at a recent exam and the decision was made to withdraw him from what would have been his second start at Burghley. High Kingdom missed last year after sustaining an injury at Rolex, and we’re keeping our fingers crossed to see him back out inhaling four-star cross country courses soon. [Tindall Withdrawn from Burghley]

With the Young Horse Championships at Le Lion rapidly approaching, Tamie Smith has landed in Europe to take the circuit by storm. One of the horses leading the charge is Fleeceworks Royal, who is currently in the lead to take home the Holekamp/Turner Young Event Horse Le Lion d’Angers Grant. This is an awesome incentive for young horses competing (and many of whom were bred locally as well) in America. [The Race to Le Lion d’Angers]

Weekly Business Tip from Mythic Landing Enterprises:

While it may seem overly simple, flyers can be a great tool for horse people to utilize. Flyers are typically inexpensive to design and print, and most every horse show and tack store has a place to hang them. If you do decide to create a flyer, make sure it is in color and attractive so that it stands apart from others. And always be sure to include tear off tabs so that people can easily take your contact information with them.

Tuesday Video:

Because we’re so pumped that William Fox-Pitt will be the keynote speaker for the USEA Annual Meeting and Convention this year, here’s a look back at his recent poignant interview:

West Coast Wonders: Andrea Baxter and Indy 500

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. We continue our series with Andrea Baxter and her precocious mare, Indy 500. Do you have a horse and/or rider that you'd like to see on West Coast Wonders? Tip me at [email protected]

Andrea Baxter and Indy 500. Photo by Jenni Autry. Andrea Baxter and Indy 500. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Many upper-level riders will tell you that it’s infinitely more difficult to see success at the top of the sport without having multiple horses. Should your plan of action derail with one horse, you have another to fall back on. For California-based rider Andrea Baxter, this was a strategy that left her top mount Indy 500 on the back burner while she focused on some of her other horses.

An 11-year-old Thoroughbred mare, Indy was not a horse Andrea immediately pinpointed as the horse that would fulfill her upper-level dreams. Originally registered with the Jockey Club as My Gifted Indyanna (Cromwell X Tensofthousands, by Spend A Buck), Indy ultimately did not race, as the farm that bred her was liquidated by the owner, Alex Trebek of Jeopardy fame.

It took Andrea several years to make the decision to take Indy on as a training project. “Linda Miller, who owned her and purchased her as a weanling, was very proud of her,” she said. “She had AP Indy lineage and was really excited about that. My farrier mentioned to me that we might be a good fit, so I went and saw her as a 2-year-old. She had toothpicks for legs and was built rather downhill and overall was just something I wasn’t interested in.”

This went on for the next two years, with Andrea paying Indy a visit and again deciding against purchasing her. Finally, when Indy was a 4-year-old, Andrea’s other horse sustained an injury, and she found herself seeking a new project. “I agreed to take her in training to help sell her,” she said. “We actually got along great as soon as she stepped off the trailer.”

Andrea still had other horses that she focused on while training Indy, who smoothly began her eventing career, showing agility and prowess for the sport. She eventually elected to breed the mare, producing her first foal, Laguna Seca, by crossing her with the Holsteiner stallion Linaro.

“Shortly after foaling, she suffered a serious battle of post parturition colic during one of our events at Twin Rivers,” Andrea said. “At the time she’d completed only a handful of shows and wasn’t insured. I took her and the foal to the emergency clinic and the prognosis wasn’t good. As the night unfolded I knew that financially surgery wasn’t an option. Unbelievably, the next morning the clinic called to say she was OK, and I swear she’s been determined to prove to me her worth ever since!”

Andrea and Indy 500's first foal, Laguna Seca. Photo used with permission from Captured Moment Photography.

Andrea and Indy 500′s first foal, Laguna Seca. Photo used with permission from Captured Moment Photography.

The mare still showed an appetite to compete after her colic scare, and so Andrea continued to test her abilities, stepping her up to Prelim after she came back from foaling. “She was just ready to do whatever I wanted her to do,” Andrea said. “I always knew she was very careful, but it was always kind of an experiment to move her up because I wasn’t sure if she had the scope or not. But she always just stepped up to the plate and figured it out.”

One struggle Andrea had with Indy was her jumping technique. “I was kind of getting away with the fact that I had to manually rebalance her in front of every fence, making her sit down pretty much just from my hands. I was almost riding a bit backwards to get the right balance. It was hard for her, as she wasn’t as scopey as some of my other upper-level horses had been. It was a learning curve, looking back, and I honestly probably used to ride all of my horses like that, so it’s cool to see both of us grow forward out of that style,” Andrea said.

“She has helped teach me to ride my horses forward to the fences. I had to not ride so manually and trust her a bit more. She has always been really trainable, so letting her sort of learn on her own instead of me micromanaging every stride was helpful for both of us and has really made us improve.”

Andrea and Indy moved up to Advanced together in 2012 at Twin Rivers, the event her family has run since 2004. They eventually went on to complete their first CCI3* together at Galway Downs in 2014, finishing in eighth place. Now, the pair really seem to have hit their stride, with a top-15 finish at Jersey Fresh and a sixth-place finish at Rebecca Farm. It’s been enough of a stellar season to make Andrea look towards that big event that begins with an R in Kentucky.

Andrea Baxter and Indy 500 at Jersey Fresh. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Andrea Baxter and Indy 500 at Jersey Fresh. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Andrea made the trip to Kentucky once before with her former upper-level horse, Estrella, in 2010. The pair was unfortunately eliminated on refusals on cross country, but Andrea feels she’s done her homework this go-round to improve upon that disappointing finish.

“Estrella and I had a lot of experience together and spent a lot of time back east. I battled soundness issues leading up to Kentucky, and I was not really in the right frame of mind to be there. It was a hard lesson, but I feel like I learned a lot about what to do better. I’d always hoped I’d get Estrella back there, but I just couldn’t quite keep her sound enough,” Andrea said.

“I swore I was going to go back to Kentucky and do it right. I felt like I made so many rookie errors when I went the first time with Estrella. Indy and I did get our first CCI3* qualification at Galway two years ago, but I didn’t feel quite ready to go that year. Now we’ve got three qualifying runs at that level and a lot more experience, so I feel we’re both ready to go.”

Despite the fact that Indy spent some time on the back burner, she’s steadily worked her way into a special place in Andrea’s heart, as unexpected as it may have been. “It’s not as if I saw her and said, ‘Now this is my four-star horse!’” she said. “But somewhere along the line she became very important to me, and I’m really proud of how far we’ve come.”

Andrea is now looking ahead to Kentucky and beyond, with her breeding program producing horses she hopes will become her next upper-level mounts. Coronado, a 2-year-old colt by Chilli Morning out of her former Advanced mare Estrella, is definitely going to be an exciting one to watch in years to come. Additionally, Andrea has several other young horses, including Laguna Seca out of Indy herself, who recently stepped up to Training level.

Automatic (Estrella x Chilli Morning). Photo courtesy of Andrea Baxter.

Estrella’s foal by Chilli Morning. Photo courtesy of Andrea Baxter.

As if a career at the upper levels and a breeding program weren’t enough to keep a girl busy, Andrea is also heavily involved with Twin Rivers Ranch in Paso Robles, which was purchased by her family in 2001 and has since grown to be a staple horse trials and FEI destination for West Coast eventers.

“My parents have been very involved in it, and we’ve all done what we can to build an event people want to come to,” Andrea said. “They’re beginning to step back a bit, which means it’s time for me to step up. It’s been a labor of love for all of us, and we’re thrilled with how successful it’s been.”

Twin Rivers hosts four recognized events each year, with the last one of the season approaching on September 22-25. Entries for this event, which runs levels from YEH and Intro up through Advanced, opened on August 9. 

Tuesday News & Notes from Cavalor

Lauren Billys and Castle Larchfield Purdy share a moment in Rio. Photo via Bea di Grazia. Lauren Billys and Castle Larchfield Purdy share a moment in Rio. Photo via Bea di Grazia.

Don’t you wish the Olympics could just go on forever? It’s such a wonderful time of year, to see athletes and spectators from all parts of the world and all walks of live uniting under one roof. Perhaps the public will be berating the IOC for delegating this games to what many will say is an unstable area, but the overall theme of the Games remains intact.

A good friend of mine got it right in this quote from a recent podcast: “The #‎Olympics to me is just the epitome of what a peaceful world would look like. Where nations can work together and compete against each other in a way that is celebratory and where we’re cheering people on without being completely nationalistic about it or obnoxious. The Olympics … are the pinnacle of what sports should be. The spirit of the Games to me is the purest form of what sports can do.”

Events Opening This Week:

Stable View Advanced Oktoberfest Horse Trials (SC, A-3) Jump Start H.T. (KY, A-8) ESDCTA New Jersey H.T. at the Horsepark (NJ, A-2) Fair Hill International Three-day Event (MD, A-2) Stoneleigh-Burnham School Fall H.T. (MA, A-1) Woodland Stallion Station H.T. (CA, A-6) Morven Park Fall H.T. (VA, A-2) Fleur de Leap H.T. (LA, A-5)

Events Closing Today:

Woodland Stallion Station H.T. (CA, A-6) Silverwood Farm Fall H.T. (WI, A-4), Nutrena USEA AEC, Adequan Gold Cup Finals, and ATC Finals (NC, A-2) KY Classique H.T. (KY, A-8), Seneca Valley Pony Club H.T. (MD, A-2)

News & Notes:

Entries for the Nutrena American Eventing Championships close TODAY! This is your chance to experience the world-class faclity at Tryon International, the first time it plays host to the Championships. Leslie Threlkeld got a sneak peek at the cross country course, and it looks fun! Get those entries in and gas up the truck, it’s just about that time! [AEC Entries Close Today]

After winning yet another individual gold medal for Great Britain, Charlotte Dujardin has become one of the most decorated female Olympians in British history. She earned an astounding 93.9% in the Freestyle competition in Rio and told the media in an emotional press conference that it’s in the cards for Valegro to be retired. We will greatly miss seeing this super pair together, but if this is to be “Blueberry’s” swan song, we’re glad to have borne witness to it. [Valegro to Be Retired?]

Weekly Business Tip from Mythic Landing Enterprises:

If you don’t think that you have the time to create your own email blasts, there are also companies, such as Mythic Landing Enterprises, that can do the legwork for you. And depending on what your e-blast is for, they may even have an e-mail list that your business can use, bringing you a potential new clientele.

Tuesday Video:

Relive another moment in Valegro history: his record-breaking freestyle in 2014.

Monday Video from Tredstep Ireland: Another Reason to Love Harry Meade

British rider Harry Meade is well-loved within the eventing community, with a sense of humor and modest personality that has won him many fans in addition to those he’s collected throughout a successful career.

This weekend, Harry was competing Away Cruising in the CIC3* at the NAF Hartpury International Horse Trials, and he was held up on cross country. This video, captured by our good friend David Robinson (harveywetdog), gave us all a good laugh as Harry was convinced he was being pulled up for missing a flag earlier on course.

Once the confusion was cleared up and the hold was lifted (the hold was unrelated to Harry), he and Away Cruising were sent back on their way, where they completed clear across country with some time. Thanks for the laugh, Harry, and we’re glad you made it in between the flags!

Fab Freebie: Win a Custom Crystal Browband from Highland Browbands

Absolutely lovely. Photo by Sally Spickard. Absolutely lovely. Photo by Sally Spickard.

We’re all well aware that eventers are color crazy (among other forms of crazy, as well). Why not indulge that craziness with yet another piece of equipment that matches your chosen colors perfectly? That’s exactly what Highland Browbands offers, and we’re giving you a chance to win a Custom Crystal Browband of your own!

If you’ve not heard of Highland Browbands before, you definitely should read up in our product review here. They’re also running a special in honor of the Olympics: receive 16% off of your purchase using the code “RIO2016″ at checkout. Get to shopping, EN!

To enter this week’s Fab Freebie, use the Rafflecopter widget below. The winner will be randomly selected and announced in Friday’s News & Notes. Best of luck!

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Product Review: Highland Browbands Custom Crystal Browband

Rico models his snazzy Custom Crystal Browband. Photo by Sally Spickard. Rico models his snazzy Custom Crystal Browband. Photo by Sally Spickard.

I will be the first to admit that I am not always one for flashy bling on my tack. I’m all for looking your best, but bling has just been one thing that I’ve not gotten into. Nonetheless, I couldn’t help but notice that some of the browbands I’d seen recently really jazzed up the “wow” factor.

So I started exploring and was directed to Highland Browbands, the brainchild of Jo Niehaus in Oregon. Highland Browbands has really upped the ante on the bling game, adding tasteful yet colorful displays of your favorite crystals to an average bridle. I took a browse through the Highland Browbands Instagram page and was seriously impressed; not only were the browbands bright and flashy, they still kept that essential touch of class that is absolutely necessary to the discerning rider.

So when Jo offered to craft my a browband, I jumped at the chance. I carefully selected a pattern using navy blue and silver and told Jo that I wanted it to be unique but tasteful. She sent me a sneak peek of the browband and I was thrilled with how it looked.

Absolutely lovely. Photo by Sally Spickard.

Absolutely lovely. Photo by Sally Spickard.

Upon arrival, the browband was breathtaking, with soft black leather that would complement my dressage bridle well and a unique pattern of navy and silver that was everything I had imagined. This was actually the first browband with this particular design that Highland Browbands had made and I have a feeling it will go on to be quite popular based on the compliments it garnered.

One of the things I always worry about with browbands that have crystals is the security of the bling — I don’t want them to fall out or get loose after awhile. I’ve had this browband for about a month and have used it in every dressage ride with absolutely no issues. This includes cleaning, hot weather and a whole lot of use, all with no ill effects whatsoever.

The quality of the leather is also something to be complimented, as sometimes you see the leather quality sacrificed in an effort to put more attention into the bling pattern. I’m happy to report that this is not an issue with Highland Browbands; the leather is supple and every bit as high quality as the nicest bridle you could buy.

Photo by Sally Spickard.

Photo by Sally Spickard.

For the color happy, Highland Browbands offers many different options for customization at a reasonable price. Custom Crystal Browbands start at $50, with plenty of options for shape and the amount of crystal rows you want. The customer service is also wonderful, as the staff aims to please and keeps in touch with you on the progress of your browband.

And, you’re in luck! Right now, in honor of the Olympics, Highland Browbands is running a 16% off sale using the code “RIO2016″. We’re also running a Fab Freebie this week for your chance to win a Custom Crystal Browband of your very own. Go crazy, eventers! This type of product is definitely right up our alley. Consider me a convert.

Tuesday News & Notes from Cavalor

Phillip Dutton sets out on Mighty Nice. Photo by super groom Emma Ford. Phillip Dutton sets out on Mighty Nice. Photo by super groom Emma Ford.

I don’t know about you all, but I’m still feeling some heart palpitations from watching cross country in Rio yesterday. Whatever happens today, this has been a true blue eventing competition. Here’s to the moments, however great or small they may be, that make up the patchwork that is the Olympics. Guts or glory, this is what we all strive for, and we all sent up our gratitude to have everyone home and safely in their respective stalls and beds last night. Go eventing.

Events Opening This Week:

Equestrians Institute H.T. (WA, A-7) Tryon Riding & Hunt Club H.T. (SC, A-3) Sundance Farm H.T. (WI, A-4) Surefire H.T. (VA, A-2) MeadowCreek Park H.T – The Fall Social Event (TX, A-5) Flora Lea Fall H.T. (NJ, A-2) Twin Rivers Fall H.T. (CA, A-6) University of New Hampshire H.T. (NH, A-1) Larkin Hill H.T. (NY, A-1)

Events Closing Today:

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

News & Notes:

Today is a big day for eventers: show jumping. Our friends at Horse & Hound have been working hard alongside the other members of the equestrian press, and they’ve broken down how they see today playing out for the British riders. [How Will Show Jumping Play for the Brits?]

Do you supplement your horses regularly? Have you ever wanted to know if there are any alternatives? This article from The Horse can provide some insight on supplementing  [Supplementing Alternatives]

Lest we forget, the Olympics contain other equestrian sports as well. Dressage has gotten underway (oh hey, Valegro), and Noelle Floyd has all the scoop. [Dressage Kicks Off]

Tuesday Video:

Let’s take a walk down memory lane and revisit the last individual winner at the Olympics. He happens to have a shot at repeating it tomorrow, too. No big deal.

Looking for a Job? These Eventers Need Working Students

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

I can tell you from personal experience that it’s never too late to start chasing your dreams as a working student. Of course, dreams don’t just come in the form of money trees and fancy horses (wouldn’t that be neat though?). There is a lot of blood, sweat and tears involved in this sport, but you have to start somewhere.

With that in mind, here are some event riders and trainers who are in need of working students! This is a great opportunity to really immerse yourself in the eventing world. Trust me, it’s worth the plunge.

We’ll be updating this post, so keep an eye out for a position that might suit you. To have your working student listings included in this post, email [email protected].

Hawley Bennett-Awad (CA): Hawley Bennett Eventing is seeking a new working student to join the team immediately. Come join a fun team who is close knit and hard working! Duties will include horse care (feeding, picking stalls, turnout, etc.), grooming/tacking, assistance at shows and riding (dependent on experience). Opportunity to bring your own horse. 6 month commitment and a minimum of 16 years old please. For more information, please email Sally Spickard.

Diana Burnett (ON): Diana Burnett Eventing is looking for its next working student. Lessons in exchange for regular barn duties and some riding for the right individual. Ideal applicant is a trustworthy, loyal, highly motivated hard worker. Great opportunity to get experience and insight in the operations of a top eventing barn. Please message us on Facebook or email us at [email protected] if interested.

Courtney Cooper (PA): Leading sales barn and home to NEWLY MINTED 4**** level event rider, Courtney Cooper and her team at C Square Farm have an immediate opening for a working student position at their farm in Nottingham, Pennsylvania. The team has returned home after a successful weekend at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event where Courtney and her homebred, Who’s A Star completed the event. Working students will receive expert instruction from a 4**** rider along with exposure to many aspects of the horse business. Learn the ins-and-outs about running a successful breeding operation, sale horse program and upper level competition. Housing is provided and benefits could include board for one horse, although a horse is not required. Opportunities to ride other horses based on your ability may be available. A positive attitude and great character are required. If an opportunity like this appeals to you, please contact Courtney Cooper at [email protected] or 610-932-5832. We have an opportunity for two working students for a minimum of 6 months.

Destination Farm / Natalie Hollis / Suz Cornue (MD):  We have an opening for a working student. Working students receive lessons, housing, stall board for 1 horse, shipping to events, and coaching at events in exchange for doing barn work, general farm upkeep, grooming at home and shows, and riding horses in our program. Own horse not required. Working students generally ride 3 horses a day. 6 month minimum commitment, but will sometimes take on shorter term help for the summer. Natalie is an Advanced level eventer and ICP Level III certified instructor. Suz is an Intermediate level eventer and ICP Level I-T certified instructor.  We are located in Dickerson, MD- very close to many Area II events and places to XC school. Facilities include 30 stalls with indoor and outdoor ring, grass jumping field, and great hacking/conditioning/trails.  More information at Contact [email protected]com

Ellen Doughty-Hume (TX): Ellen Doughty-Hume is looking for 1-2 more working students. You will get to ride daily, teach lessons for $, plus get a weekly stipend!!! Housing in one of 4 nice apartments on property, board on your horse, lessons included. Even the opportunity to show some of my young horses for the right candidate. If you want to learn how to manage a barn, be an upper level rider, groom, etc, this job is for you. Opportunities to become full paid staff for right person. Current Barn manager was a working student that got promoted! I expect someone who is hardworking and self motivated and takes pride in a job well done. You mustn’t have to be an upper level rider, all experience levels considered. At least a 6 month commitment, if interested, email Ellen at [email protected] or call 817-913-0298.

Justine Dutton (PA/FL): Working student/groom position available. Looking for a reliable, hard working and eager to learn individual. Winters in Ocala Florida, the rest of the year at our beautiful facility in Chester Springs PA in the heart of Area 2. Duties would include tacking up and untacking, grooming, helping to oversee our operation of up to 15 horses, tack cleaning etc. Groom at top level competitions and the opportunity to ride imports and my upper level horses depending on experience. Very laid back and friendly place to work, opportunity to bring a horse and lots of lessons! Must be 18 plus and be able to drive a truck and trailer and able to take initiative. Message Justine for further info!

Will Faudree (NC): Will Faudree Eventing is looking for a working student to join the team starting as early as August 1st! Candidates must have aspirations to ride at the upper-levels and ideally have ridden through Preliminary level/1*. Not only will your riding be coached but you will also have the opportunity to learn how to manage and run a barn. Candidates must have completed high school and have their own vehicle for transportation. We are looking for a mature, responsible individual that can work on a team and take initiative when left alone. Interested candidates should contact Will at [email protected] for further details.

Savannah Fulton (PA/FL): Open working student position for three-star rider Savannah Fulton. Training with and riding out of Buck Davidson’s barn with winters in Ocala, Florida and summers in Reiglesville, Pennsylvania. Great for learning all aspects of an upper level barn. Requires a motivated and hardworking individual. Housing provided and a minimum six-month commitment required. Please text Savannah at 443-821-5193. Position available immediately.

Lillian Heard (MD): Come work at LJH eventing! Lillian Heard has a position opening in the month of August. If you want to take your riding to the next level and learn what it takes to be an upper level eventer, then this is the place for you! Unlimited lessons and lots of great experiences. Message Lillian if you are interested!

Brittany Kart (GA): IMMEDIATE position available at BKEventing. Located in Watkinsville/Athens, GA. Looking for someone to help with all basic barn chores. Open to work around hours/days available. For the right person, position could lead to more responsibilities and opportunities. The ideal person is reliable, hard working, and pays attention to detail. For more information please contact Brittany at 229-938-1854 or [email protected]

Mikki Kuchta (NY/SC): Aiken Bach Farm in Patterson, NY/Aiken, SC is looking for an additional working student to join our team, four-star trainer Mikki Kuchta and assistant trainers Bridgette Kuchta and Janelle Phaneuf. Position includes board for 1 horse, housing and lessons. Position involves all aspects of care for upper level horses, plus grooming at shows. Additional riding dependent on skill level. Seeking a self-motivated, very organized person who has the desire to excel in the sport of eventing and learn about the management of upper level horses. Please contact Bridgette Kuchta at [email protected] or at (914)776-8516.

Ellie O’Neal (FL): Looking for two new working students at Redtail Ridge Farm (O’Neal Equestrian/Elinor MacPhail Eventing) starting as early as August! Living, board for one horse and all lessons included. If you do not have a horse we can offer you payment equivalent to one dry stall. You will have the opportunity to travel to major shows, ride and possibly compete young horses, and learn the ins and outs of an eventing competition and sales barn. Prefer at least a 3 month commitment. Please contact [email protected] for more info!

Glenda Player (MD): Playland Equestrian Center, a premier dressage and eventing barn in Frederick County, Maryland, has a current opening for a long-term groom position with room to grow as a team. The ideal candidate has experience grooming at FEI level horse trials. The job is for 6 days a week. Salary will be based on experience. Serious inquiries only. Looking for a long term commitment with a minimum of 6 months. Playland also has openings for working students for the fall of 2016. We are looking for a special candidates to fill open working student positions starting immediately. Practical experience with horses is a must, and experience with young horses and a familiarity with eventing would be helpful. We maintain a 6-day workweek with consistent barn hours. Most days will consist of riding for the first part of the day with routine horse management and the availability of a lesson in the afternoon. Traveling to shows and events avail. for the right person. Must be at least 18 years old and have your own transportation. Student housing on the farm available as well as board for one horse and weekly lessons. Contact [email protected] with your resume.

Colleen Rutledge (MD): Colleen Rutledge Eventing is seeking a working student/groom’s assistant to join the team. Student will have front seat to the inner workings of a top eventing program with horses competing from novice to four star levels as well as yearlings and greenbroke horses and will have access to learn from other top professionals in the sport. Student will work alongside head girl to prep horses for daily work and competitions along with providing the highest standard of daily care for the horses, equipment and facility. Student will have access to lessons with Colleen on a regular basis, and will remain at the farm during away competitions to care for and exercise remaining horses. Preference will be given to those willing to make a longer commitment. Student will start with a two-week trial period. If interested, please send resume and cover letter to Colleen Rutledge ([email protected]) and Alex Ambelang ([email protected]).

Tuesday News & Notes from Cavalor

Allison Springer shows off her new Kansas City gear after a clinic in the area this weekend. Photo via Kristen Thorson on Facebook. Allison Springer shows off her new Kansas City gear after a clinic in the area this weekend. Photo via Kristen Thorson on Facebook.

Area IV riders and members of the Mill Creek Pony Club were treated to a great opportunity to ride with Allison Springer this weekend in Kansas City, Mo. Focusing on riders of all levels, Allison garnered great reviews from participants and auditors alike. Especially in the horse world, there are never enough opportunities to learn something new! Thanks to MCPC and Area IV for continuing to host continuing education opportunities such as this!

Events Opening This Week:

Aspen Farms H.T. (WA, A-7) Dunnabeck H.T. (IL, A-4) King Oak Farm Fall H.T. (MA, A-1) CDCTA Fall H.T. (VA, A-2) Bucks County Horse Park Fall H.T. (PA, A-2) Copper Meadows H.T. (CA, A-6) Chardon Valley Horse Trials (MI, A-8) Five Points H.T. (NC, A-2) Poplar Place Farm September H.T. (GA, A-3)

Events Closing Today:

GMHA Festival of Eventing August Horse Trials (VT, A-1) Area VII Young Rider Benefit H.T. (WA, A-7) Fair Hill International H.T. (MD, A-2) Stanton Farms H.T. (ID, A-7) WindRidge Farm Summer Horse Trials (NC, 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) The Summer Event at Woodside (CA, A-6)

News & Notes:

As the excitement from Rebecca Farm transitions to the upcoming Adequan/FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships this weekend, there is still plenty of action on tap. As we speak, team members from all areas are beginning to arrive in picturesque Colorado for the big dance, and we’ll have much more coverage for you to gorge on right here on EN! Stay tuned. [NAYRC]

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?]

Can Michael Jung and his beloved Sam win back-to-back Olympic gold? The stage is certainly set after Michael announced he will be taking Sam to Rio this year, and should they win gold they will become just the third pair to ever complete this feat. [Can Michael Win Back-to-Back Gold?]

Weekly Business Tip from Mythic Landing Enterprises:

Have you thought about utilizing an email blast for your business? These are great tools for most any business, as long as you use them properly. There are several companies out there, such as Constant Contact, Robley and MailChimp that make creating and sending e-blasts super simple. Each company has its pros and cons, so it’s best to take a look at each and decide what will work best for you and your needs.

Tuesday Video:

How can you jump a corner with confidence? Stephen Bradley gives us a step-by-step guide:

Monday News & Notes from Fleeceworks

Next Level Eventing converges on the Rebecca Farm cross country course. Next Level Eventing converges on the Rebecca Farm cross country course.

EN would like to send a belated birthday wish to Fleeceworks rider Tamie Smith, who celebrated in style with a successful weekend at Rebecca Farm. The Next Level Eventing team took Montana by storm, with multiple top placings across the board. We also spy a fancy talent making her way through the ranks in MB MaiBlume, who won her Preliminary division on her dressage score. Stay tuned for more on this talented mare!

Rebecca Farm: Website, Scores, EN’s Coverage, Twitter, EN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Results:

Fitch’s Corner H.T. [Website] [Scores]

Full Moon Farm H.T. [Website] [Scores]

Silverwood Farm Summer H.T. [Website] [Scores]

Grandview Summer H.T.  [Website] [Scores]

News & Notes:

This year’s running of The Event at Rebecca Farm once again raised funds for Halt Cancer at X, and the USEA announced last night that the event raised $117,000 for cancer research and awareness. Well done to all, and thank you once again for your immeasurable support!

The world awaits with bated breath for the Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games — but speculation has already begun on the accommodations for athletes. BuzzFeed News reports that the Australian team has, at least for the time being, pulled out of the Rio Olympic Village for all of its athletes. Improvements are still being made on the living quarters. [Rio Olympic Village is a Hot Mess]

Three U.S. riders are raising funds for trips to compete at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials in September. If you’d like to help them out, follow the links: [Holly Payne Caravella GoFundMe] [Elisa Wallace GoFundMe] [Leah Lang-Gluscic Auction]

Giveaway alert! World Class Grooming is giving away a Rambo Ionic Stable Sheet and Leg Wraps over on their website. We’re big fans of Rambo Ionic products here at EN (click here to check out our product review) so don’t miss out on this opportunity to win. [Rambo Ionic Raffle]

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:

If you are placing classified ads on a website, pay special attention to how the ads are listed. Most sites will post the newest ads at the top of your searches. So you want to check to see if when you renew an ad that the ad will be refreshed and sent back to the top of the listings. If this is not the case, then it can be better to let the ad expire and then place a new ad so that you are back on top.

Monday Video:

Catching up with Fleeceworks riders Tamie Smith and Mackenna Shea on their top CIC3* placings at Rebecca Farm!

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

A video posted by Sally (@sallyrsen) on

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 [email protected] 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, 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 [email protected]. 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.