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Monday Video from Tredstep Ireland: Laine Ashker in PRO Bareback Gambler’s Choice


The PRO Bareback Gambler’s Choice competition pitted three riders and their best bareback horses against each other at the Dutta Corp Fair Hill International.

Laine Ashker, Justine Dutton and Waylon Roberts went head to head for the top honors. While all three have had success in the Puissance classes throughout the year, it was Waylon and Ellie Luther’s Fair Fiona who took home the win and their share of the $3,000 prize.

In second were Laine and Sheila Wolff’s Jolly Good Sport, followed by Justine Dutton and Janice Murdoch’s Casino Royale. Photographer Alec Thayer was on hand to grab the spectacle on video, and he’s uploaded Laine’s round for our enjoyment. We’ll post other rounds as they become avaialable.

Editor’s note: The wind was quite loud during Laine’s round, which caused her to be unable to hear the buzzer telling her to stop. Props to her for continuing such a smooth round sans saddle!

Boyd Martin Recaps His Weekend at Fair Hill

Boyd Martin and Master Frisky. Photo by Jenni Autry. Boyd Martin and Master Frisky. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Boyd Martin regularly blogs on his website, which is great since it helps keep us in the know on the inner workings of an upper level operation. Boyd posted an update on his successful weekend at Fair Hill and even includes a tidbit about his great save aboard Welcome Shadow.

From Boyd:

Once again this year the Dutta Corporation Fair Hill International provided an unbelievable event. In my opinion it was one of the tougher cross-country courses in both the two and three-stars. Eric Bull and his team built a very impressive course that was both big and technical.

This year I’ve got a very impressive group of up and coming horses; all six horses that I rode on the weekend were brilliant. In the two-star I rode Gloria Callen’s Welcome Shadow and Denise Lahey and Pierre Colin’s SBF Cortez. Both of these horses were super green but were great in all three phases.

Shadow got a little bit nervous in the dressage and unfortunately I got unseated at a duck towards the end of the cross-country, which required me to do a loop to jump the last element; I didn’t think I crossed my tracks but they gave me a stop, unfortunately. Shadow came out Sunday and show jumped terrific, finishing her event in grand style with a clear round. I think I’ll do another two-star with her next year and keep her at intermediate until then to give her more confidence.

Cortez was did an unbelievable dressage test and he scored 43, which put him in 3rd place out of around 110 starters. He was also super around cross-country, picking up just a couple time penalties, then had a couple fences down in show jumping to finish 8th which was a big accomplishment considering he wa s up against such stiff competition. Toronto. Like Shadow, I’d like to keep him at intermediate until he does another two-star next year. Who knows, one of these two might be considered for the Pan-Am Games in Toronto.

You can read the full blog post and learn more about Boyd and his owners’ plans for the horses going forward, as well as his closing thoughts on a great weekend in Maryland, by clicking here.

Cynthia Wiseman: The Final Braid

Cynthia Wiseman is an Area IV rider and coach for Stone Ridge Eventing in Springfield, Missouri. She made the decision to retire her long-time partner, Vote Yes, following the Nutrena American Eventing Championships last month. She's generously shared her parting words with us, and you won't want to miss them. Many thanks to Cynthia for writing, and best of luck to "Hampton" in his next chapter.

Cynthia Wiseman and Vote Yes at the AECs. Photo by Sally Spickard. Cynthia Wiseman and Vote Yes at the AECs. Photo by Sally Spickard.

Funny how the stars align sometimes. A single roll of chestnut thread can carry more meaning than one could ever imagine.

Vote Yes (Hampton) and I trotted down center line together for the first time in April of 2009. This spool of chestnut thread was there. Through our first Preliminary, our first CCI*, our first Intermediate, our first CIC**, our first CCI** and every one of the 27 other horse trials that we joined forces on….this spool was there. Who would have ever thought to take a picture of it then? Just a simple spool of chestnut thread.

The 2014 American Eventing Championships were our scheduled retirement. At 18 years of age, Hampton is still going strong, but it was time; time to share this amazing horse with the next generation and perhaps give him a chance to do what he loves even longer.

A bottom of the field dressage test was disappointing, but after walking the cross country course laced with difficult questions I knew our farewell performance would end as it should. This would not be a dressage competition. To quote my dear friend, Lacey Messick…”You got this.”  The following day my Rockstar galloped merrily around a championship Intermediate course as though it was Novice and suddenly we were sitting middle of a star-studded pack of big name riders, big name horses and talented amateurs.

Photo by Julie Wolfert.

Photo by Julie Wolfert.

A long wait for show jumping gave plenty of time for reflection, and as I reached for that spool of chestnut thread to braid one final time it truly hit me.

Braid by braid, I remembered our career together; the rainy cool day in Virginia when we first met, the hell bent runaway gallop back to the barn on our first jump school, and the challenges of developing a partnership with an arrogant talented red head. Gradually, a mutual respect was formed and with that, a trust that made us a solid team and a formidable pair cross country.

Braid by braid, I recalled the thunder of his hooves, the power of his gallop, the quickness of his feet, the unity. How the pre-cross country nausea and nerves transitioned to a calm confidence as we entered the start box. This horse had always gotten us home safe, had never let me down. He was, by far, my most dependable partner, and as dangerous and daunting as this sport is, with him I felt safe.

Braid by braid, I reflected on the influential people in our career. Boo Donoho, who believed in me and believed in her red horse enough to “force” me to give him a chance. I am forever thankful for her trust in me and the opportunity to enjoy this once in a lifetime horse. John Staples, who taught me to trust Hampton, challenged me to ask for more and supported me through our growing pains. Julie Wolfert, who was influential in our final two seasons together and helped us further develop into a more polished team. She had no idea what she was getting into when she said “Yes” and am so thankful that she did. My husband, my daughter, my true friends who tolerated and supported my passion.


The final braid, and miraculously, the last little shred of chestnut thread. An empty spool.  Funny how the stars align. As I sat on that block with his head in my lap as that final braid was sewn in, the bond was evident.

As Emily Thorne so eloquently wrote, “Sacrifice demands the surrender of things we cherish above all else. Only out of the agony of those losses can a new resolution be born. An undying devotion to a cause greater than one’s self, and a moral duty to see a journey through to its absolute completion.”

Following the AECs, I passed the reins from the greatest horse I have ever had the pleasure to know to a budding Young Rider with NAJYRC aspirations. It’s tough to see the Red One galloping cross country without me, but it is the first time I get to witness his spirit, his heart, his love of the sport as a spectator. In my eyes, he is as spectacular from the ground as he is from the saddle and am honored that he let me share his passion with him.

5 Reasons to Check Out SmartPak’s New SmartBlanket App

Our friends over at SmartPak launched a new app last week, just in time for blanketing season to get into full swing. We gave SmartBlanket a test drive, and here’s what we found:

1. Personalized recommendations for your horses.

The app asks you for some basic information about your horse(s), such as body condition and turnout schedule. This allows the app to figure out what type of blanket solutions your horse may need.

2. The app utilizes your location (or a location of your choosing if you don’t live close to the barn).

Finally, a good use for the pesky GPS tracker on your phone! The app can detect your location so that it can gather weather forecasts and current temperatures when it comes time to make blanket recommendations.

3. Blanket Type Glossary.

This handy guide can be found within the app and gives a quick tour of the various types of blankets. If you’re anything like me, you get a bit overwhelmed at some of the options available these days. This guide breaks it down for you.

4. Fit Tips.

Clueless on how to check your blanket fit? The app also contains a fitting guide with some helpful hints on measuring and trying on blankets. Now, if only they had an app like this where I could try on my own clothes before I bought them without having the visit the dressing room…

5. Feature Glossary.

Denier? High Neck? Rip-stop? So many terms, so little time. The Feature Glossary in the SmartBlanket app will help alleviate your stress when it comes to picking out the best blanket for your horse. Soon enough, you’ll be a total blanket pro.

The SmartBlanket app is available to download  on the iTunes store currently. Click here to visit iTunes to download your copy!

Dutta Corp Fair Hill International Video Rewind

Photo via Lauren Sumner's FB. Photo via Lauren Sumner's FB.

The Dutta Corp Fair Hill International has come and gone in a whirlwind, and we’re still scratching our heads this morning wondering where the time time went. For those of you who are still catching up on what went down, or who simply want to relive the action, we’ve got a video gallery for you on this Monday morning.

Don’t forget to check out our full line up of coverage from the weekend. You can also visit EN’s Fair Hill YouTube playlist to watch 1 hour and 20 minutes of video footage. In the meantime, here’s a sampling. Go Eventing.

CCI3* Show Jumping Highlights

CCI2* Show Jumping Highlights

CCI3* Cross Country Highlights

CCI3* Dressage Highlights

CCI2* Dressage Highlights

Canada Victorious In Hagyard Midsouth CCI* + Other Scores

Team CEO's Disney Princess at the Hagyard Midsouth Team Challenge. Photo via Megan Moore on Facebook. Team CEO's Disney Princess at the Hagyard Midsouth Team Challenge. Photo via Megan Moore on Facebook.

I was a bit sad to not be in attendance for the Hagyard Midsouth CCI* and Team Challenge this weekend, as the weather looks like it was much more cooperative than it was last year! But another successful weekend at Kentucky Horse Park has come and gone.

Canada’s Karl Slezak came away with the CCI*-A win aboard Fernhill Dutch Design, adding nothing to his dressage score of 48.1 to secure the win. This was the six-year-old Irish gelding’s first CCI*, and Karl’s efforts were rewarded with a win.

Lauren Lambert and Fine With Me added just one time penalty in the show jumping today, moving from fourth after dressage to second overall. This was also a first-time effort for this pair. In third place is Christina Henriksen and Princess Pavan, who we had the pleasure of meeting in Texas at the AECs.

In the CCI*-B division, it was another Canadian on top with Katlyn Hewson and Fernhill Cascum Marco taking home the win after leading from start to finish on their dressage score of 47.9.

Emily Shirley and former Laine Ashker ride, Raptor Force, took home the red ribbon in the B division, moving up from third after dressage to finish in second overall. Sam Kelly and Someday Never Comes steadily moved up throughout the weekend, moving from ninth after dressage to finish in third.

As usual, the cross country course for the CCI* division took its fair share of victims, eliminating ten starters and causing seven to retire across both divisions.

Hagyard Midsouth Three-Day Event & Team Challenge CCI & H.T.  [Website] [Scores]

Screenshot_46Canada also took home the win in the Preliminary Three-Day, with Ian Roberts finishing on his dressage score of 35.7 aboard Cnoc. This is Cnoc’s first win at this level, and for it to come from a long-format event is all the more impressive.

In second is Katie Wainscott and Gentleman In Gray, followed by Kelly Masters and Riverrox.

Screenshot_47In the large Training Three-Day division, Jenna Sack and Replika notched the win on a 34.8, which was originally tied with second place finisher Elizabeth Massa and Carmelo. Laura D’Antonio and Blew By You moved up from seventh to third with a double clear show jumping effort.


Triumph at Mondial du Lion: Jung, Carlile Secure Wins

Lindsay Traisnel and Ulysse de Rubercy celebrating a great weekend. Photo via Manon Roze on Facebook. Lindsay Traisnel and Ulysse de Rubercy celebrating a great weekend. Photo via Manon Roze on Facebook.

The show jumping for young horses at Mondial du Lion today proved to be a bit more influential, but it was the overnight leaders who maintained their lead to take home the win in both the six and seven-year old divisions.

For the six-year-olds, Michael Jung and Star Connection took home the top honors, adding nothing to their dressage score to finish on a 42.9. Chris Burton also held onto second place with a double clear round with Dutch Man Retto, followed by Piggy French, who was able to move from fourth into third aboard Cooley Dream Extreme.

Canadian rider Lindsay Traisnel and Ulysse de Rubercy finished in 10th place with four penalties added to their dressage score for a final of 52.8. Liz Halliday-Sharp had 11 penalties on course and finished on a score of 78.9 with Cooley Ground Control.

Screenshot_44In the seven-year-old division, Thomas Carlile and Tenareze also held onto the win, finishing on a final score of 40.6. Tom McEwen and Toldeo de Kerser also held their position in second, but the rest of the top 10 was shaken up a bit today.

The pairs finishing in third through sixth place were all rewarded with sizable jumps up the board after double clear rounds, which were harder to come by today. Laura Collett and and Pamero 4 moved up from 11th to third overall, followed by Michael Jung and fischerTakinou on a score of 47.5. Once again, can you imagine having access to that breeding program like Michael does? The possibilities would be endless! World domination.

Mondial Du Lion: [6YOs] [7YOs] [Twitter] [Facebook]


Fair Hill CCI3* Live Cross Country Updates: Boyd Martin Holds Lead

After an exciting day for the CCI2* riders, it’s now time for the headline event of the day: the CCI3* cross country. Catch up on the preview of Derek di Grazia’s course here, and don’t forget to refresh this page for up to date action. You can also listen to the live broadcast stream from PRO here. Optimum time is 10:00.

#FHI: WebsiteRide TimesLive ScoresYEH ScoresScheduleEN’s CoverageVideosEN’s Instagram@eventingnation, CCI3* Course Preview

4:59 p.m. EST: Boyd finishes with 24.4 time. That’s a wrap on the cross country from Fair Hill! Stay tuned for a full report. In the meantime, here is your top 10:


4:58 p.m. EST:


4;57 p.m. EST: Boyd Martin nearly to the end, coming to 21 and 22 now.

4:55 p.m. EST:

4:53 p.m. EST: Boyd clear through 15. Amanda Wilson is over 22.

4:52 p.m. EST:

4:51 p.m. EST: Great news!

4:51 p.m. EST:

4:50 p.m. EST:


4:49 p.m. EST: Matt Brown and Super Socks BCF came home clear with 23.6 time. A great showing for this pair’s first CCI3*.

4:48 p.m. EST: Boyd and Pancho Villa are the last on course now. Amanda Wilson and Cool Decision are clear through 10.

4:47 p.m. EST: Buck Davidson and Petite Flower have a runout at fence 21, meaning Boyd Martin will take his lead into tomorrow. Buck’s now had a second runout and has retired.

fence 21 plush brush

4:46 p.m. EST:

4:43 p.m. EST: Great shot, Karissa!

4:42 p.m. EST: Philippa Humphreys and Sir Donovan are away. Just two more after them to go.

4:41 p.m. EST:


4:39 p.m. EST: Buck Davidson and Petite Flower are on course now to challenge the lead.

4:37 p.m. EST:

4:36 p.m. EST: Jon Holling and Zatopek B take out a flag at the first water but are through.

4:35 p.m. EST: #starstruck


4:34 p.m. EST:

4:33 p.m. EST: Matt and Super Socks are off. Colleen Rutledge clear through the Farm Yard at 17. Sara Murphy through 11.

4:30 p.m. EST: Kurt Martin and Anna Bella looking a bit tired as they turn for home, just three more to jump for these two who have had a great run. 21.2 time for this pair for a 69.8.

4:29 p.m. EST: Sara Kozumplik Murphy and Fly Me Courageous are off and running. West coast pair Matt Brown and Super Socks BCF will be the next to count down.

4:27 p.m. EST: Caroline Martin and Quantum Solace finish clear with just two time penalties.

4:27 p.m. EST: Morven Park winners Colleen Rutledge and Covert Rights are on course and through 5.

4:25 p.m. EST: Katy Groesebeck had a refusal at the first water, fence 5, and has retired.

4:23 p.m. EST: A glance at the scores reveals that Boyd’s lead is not safe just yet. Petite Flower is currently on a 44.8, so a fast round could challenge Boyd for that lead.

4:21 p.m. EST:

4:19 p.m. EST: Libby Head and Sir Rockstar finish with 6.8 time for score of 67.8. Another strong run for this scrappy pair.

4:17 p.m. EST: Ellie MacPhail and RF Eloquence are on course, and Caroline Martin and Quantum Solace are next out of the box.

4:14 p.m. EST: Ashley Leith and Tactical Maneuver are clear through 23, Lisa Barry and F.I.S. Prince Charming are clear through 6, Libby and Rocky are through 18 and 19.

4:13 p.m. EST: Liz Riley and It’s The Truth get big cheers after completing the final water complex.

4:11 p.m. EST: Boyd Martin and Master Frisky will hold their lead overnight after coming home with two time. They’ll finish on a two-day score of 45.4.

4:10 p.m. EST:


4:09 p.m. EST: Libby Head and Sir Rockstar are on course now. 13 more to go in the CCI3*.

4:07 p.m. EST: Boyd and Master Frisky are going strong through 18 and 19.

4:05 p.m. EST: 63.2 for Holly Payne and Never OutFoxed as they come home just one second over the optimum.

4:01 p.m. EST: Sally Cousins and Tsunami are home clear with the second double clear of the day! CORRECTION: Sally had 6 time penalties for a two day score of 68.6.

3:59 p.m. EST: Leaders Boyd Martin and Master Frisky are on course.

3:59 p.m. EST: Missed this pair earlier – Rachel McDonough and Irish Rhythm came home clear with 20 time.

3:58 p.m. EST: Hallie Coon and Namaste are the next on course.

3:54 p.m. EST: Sally Cousins and Tsunami are clear through 11.

3:54 p.m. EST: Holly Payne and her second ride, Never Outfoxed, are on course and clear through the first few.

3:52 p.m. EST: Emily Rusinyak picked up another refusal at the Farm Yard, fence 17, with Reatta HW.

3:49 p.m. EST: Jimmie and Bellamy are walking home from fence 6 after two stops, their third on course. Big bummer for this pair.

Fence 6, Haunted Hill. Photo by Andrea Collins/FHI.

Fence 6, Haunted Hill. Photo by Andrea Collins/FHI.

3:48 p.m. EST: Jimmie Schramm and Bellamy have a runout at the first water (fence 5) after a big jump in. Clear on their next attempt.

3:46 p.m. EST: Emily Rusinyak and Reatta HW have a refusal at the first water at 5, clear on second attempt.

3:46 p.m. EST: Avery Klunick and In It to Win It had two refusals at fence 15 and a fall on the third attempt. Both are up and ok.

3:45 p.m. EST:


3:44 p.m. EST: Avery Klunick and In It to Win It are looking strong towards the back end of the course.

3:43 p.m. EST: Werner Geven has a runout at fence 19 with Vandiver.

Fence 19, Sunken Road. Photo by Andrea Collins/FHI.

Fence 19, Sunken Road. Photo by Andrea Collins/FHI.

3:42 p.m. EST: We love this photo of Allie Sacksen and Sparrow’s Nio! Thanks Katherine!

3:41 p.m. EST: Nelson Moreira da Silva and Muggle picked up a 20 at fence 25.

fence 25 charm cabin

3:36 p.m. EST:

3:34 p.m. EST: Allie finishes with 10.4 time for a total of 70.6.


3:32 p.m. EST: Caitlin Silliman go into second provisionally after coming home just 2 seconds over time.

3:28 p.m. EST: Maya Black and Doesn’t Play Fair have a heartbreaking fall at fence 10. They’re both up and ok.

Fence 10, Chesapeake Water. Photo by Andrea Collins, FHI.

Fence 10, Chesapeake Water. Photo by Andrea Collins, FHI.

3:27 p.m. EST: Allie Sacksen and Sparrow’s Nio are tearing the course up! They’ve got just a couple left to jump.

3:24 p.m. EST: Maya Black and Doesn’t Play Fair, fresh off their win at Plantation Field, are on course.

3:22 p.m. EST: Kyle Carter missed fence 13 and went straight to fence 14 with Conahy’s Courage, so unfortunately their day is finished.

Fence 13, Picnic Table. Photo by Andrea Collins/FHI.

Fence 13, Picnic Table. Photo by Andrea Collins/FHI.

3:19 p.m. EST: Mackenna Shea has fallen from Landioso at fence 15, she’s up and ok.

3:18 p.m. EST: 2013 CCI2* winners Allie Sacksen and Sparrow’s Nio are on course.

3:16 p.m. EST: Kyle Carter has a runout with Conahy’s Courage at fence 5, the first water.

Fence 5, Frog Pond. Photo by Andrea Collins/FHI.

Fence 5, Frog Pond. Photo by Andrea Collins/FHI.

3:15 p.m. EST: Kendal Lehari pulls up Totally Frank between 21 and 22, Brian says the horse appears to have come up a bit sore. Currently being checked out by vets.

3:13 p.m. EST: Emily Beshear and Shame On the Moon miss the last element of the coffin, clear on second attempt.

3:11 p.m. EST: Allison and Chloe get their groove back, coming home just one second over time to finish on a 54.8.

3:10 p.m. EST:


3:08 p.m. EST: Allison Springer and Copycat Chloe are having a great run so far. Only a few left to jump. Emily Beshear and Shame On the Moon are on course.

3:04 p.m. EST: Kevin Keane and Fernhill Flutter are the first double clear of the day! “Who says vets can’t go fast?” Brian asks over the PA.

3:03 p.m. EST: Holly Payne has fallen from Santino at the very first fence. Both are ok, but what a heartbreaker!

3:02 p.m. EST: Crowd favorite Kevin Keane and Fernhill Flutter are almost home, getting lots of cheers on their way.

3:01 p.m. EST: Leah is home with 13.6 time to move from 45th to 6th for now. Well done, Leah!

2:58 p.m. EST: Leah Lang Gluscic is through the final water and turning for home.

2:54 p.m. EST: Back underway now. Kevin Keane and Fernhill Flutter have been given the green light to begin.

2:51 p.m. EST: We’ve received word that Cody injured his ankle, and will go in for x-rays.

2:50 p.m. EST: Three minutes out from restart. Cody Sturgess’ condition is unknown, but we do know he is being transported to the hospital for further evaluation.

2:46 p.m. EST:

2:45 p.m. EST:


2:44 p.m. EST: 1.2 time for Jennie Brannigan and Cambalda, so they’ll take the lead on 48.2. We’re still on a hold. Cody Sturgess is still being attended to, Imperial Melody has been caught and is on his way back to the barn.

2:42 p.m. EST:


2:39 p.m. EST: Fence 15A has been removed from the course. 15B will remain. It appears that the footing was still deteriorating even after more gravel was put down. 15A is where Werner Geven had his fall.

Fence 15, Persimmon Tree Turn. Photo by Andrea Collins/FHI.

Fence 15, Persimmon Tree Turn. Photo by Andrea Collins/FHI.

2:37 p.m. EST: Cody Sturgess and Imperial Melody have a fall at the Sneaky Snake, fence 11. Leah Lang-Gluscic will be held, as Cody is still down and Imperial Melody is loose.

Fence 11, Sneaky Snake. Photo by Andrea Collins/FHI.

Fence 11, Sneaky Snake. Photo by Andrea Collins/FHI.

2:36 p.m. EST: Werner Geven and Vilas County have a fall at 15, but both were on their feet quickly.

2:35 p.m. EST:

2:34 p.m. EST: Jennie Brannigan is clear through 21.

2:34 p.m. EST:


2:31 p.m. EST:

2:29 p.m. EST: Be sure to check our By the Numbers post for predictions on the CCI3*.

2:27 p.m. EST: Back underway with Jennie Brannigan and Cambalda.

2:26 p.m. EST: Lauren Kieffer and Lucky Devil are home with 18 time for a 74.2. We’re back underway.

2:21 p.m. EST: Course is clear, Will Coleman and Obos O’Reilly have retired. Still on a hold for the footing repair.

2:20 p.m. EST: A quick hold at fence 15 due to a footing issue – no issues with falls. Additional footing being put down.

2:20 p.m. EST: Lauren Kieffer and the talented Lucky Devil are three from home.

2:18 p.m. EST:


2:17 p.m. EST: Tim Bourke and Luckaun Quality are the fastest so far with 4 time penalties.

2:16 p.m. EST: Eliza Farren and Bantry Bays Dublin have a refusal on course, missed the announcement on which fence.

2:15 p.m. EST:


2:13 p.m. EST: Tim Bourke and Luckaun Quality are coming for home after a strong run. His first three-star was a year ago at this very event.

2:08 p.m. EST: Lizzie picks up a stop at fence 15 and has retired.

Fence 15, Persimmon Tree Turn. Photo by Andrea Collins/FHI.

Fence 15, Persimmon Tree Turn. Photo by Andrea Collins/FHI.

2:08 p.m. EST: Eliza Farren and Bantry Bays Dublin on course now.

2:07 p.m. EST: Jon Holling and Proper Timing come home 25 seconds over to finish on a 60.4.

2:05 p.m. EST: Tim Bourke and Luckaun Quality are sent on their way.

2:04 p.m. EST: Buck Davidson finishes on a 52.4 with a few time on The Apprentice.

2:03 p.m. EST: Lizzie and Coal Creek have a stop at fence 6.

Fence 6, Haunted Hill. Photo by Andrea Collins/FHI.

Fence 6, Haunted Hill. Photo by Andrea Collins/FHI.

2:01 p.m. EST: Lizzie Snow and Coal Creek are out of the start box.

2:01 p.m. EST:


2:00 p.m. EST: Philippa Humphreys and Rich N Famous on course.

2:00 p.m. EST: Buck Davidson and The Apprentice are clear through the Farm Yard, fence 17 in the main arena.

1:57 p.m. EST: Fence 17 in the main arena

fence 17 farm yard

1:57 p.m. EST: Boyd and Steady Eddie pick up two refusals at 17 in the main arena.

1:56 p.m. EST: Jon Holling and Proper Timing on course now.

1:53 p.m. EST: Buck Davidson and The Apprentice are on course. Boyd is clear through 12.

1:48 p.m. EST: And we’re underway with Boyd, who’s clear through the first three.

1:46 p.m. EST: Boyd Martin will be the first out for the CCI3* with Steady Eddie in just a few moments’ time.

Michael Jung, Thomas Carlile Atop Mondial du Lion After Cross Country

How cool of a jump is this? Photo via Arnaud Wajdzik on Twitter. How cool of a jump is this? Photo via Arnaud Wajdzik on Twitter.

Cross country has just completed for the six and seven-year old divisions at Mondial du Lion, and the leaderboards have shifted going into tomorrow’s show jumping.

In the six-year-old CCI*, Michael Jung has taken command aboard Star Connection, who was in second following dressage. As we reported yesterday, this horse has quite an impressive record already, and it should come as no surprise that he’s taken the lead in this young horse championship.

Chris Burton and Dutch Man Retto moved up from third to second with a double clear round. Overnight leaders Vincent Martens and Eiskönig elected to retire on course after two refusals towards the end.

Canada’s Lindsay Traisnel and Ulysse de Rubercy had a great day on cross country, finishing with a double clear round to move from 10th to 8th on their original score of 48.8. U.S. rider Liz Halliday-Sharp also had a great run, coming home with 6.4 time to add to their dressage score.

The vast majority of the starters today came home double clear, which is impressive for these young horses. Two pairs chose to retire on course, and four were eliminated.


In the 7-year-old class, Thomas Carlile and Tenareze moved up from second into first place with a double clear effort after overnight leaders Nicolas Touzaint and Carentinhus were eliminated on course with three refusals.

Once again, most of the pairs completing came home double clear, so the leaderboard remains relatively unchanged aside from a few pairs who did not make it home. One pair retired and three were eliminated in this division.

Mondial Du Lion: [6YOs] [7YOs] [Twitter] [Facebook]


Fair Hill CCI2* Live Cross Country Updates: Victoria Jessop Leads

Jennifer Clover and Scimitar II. Photo by Jenni Autry. Jennifer Clover and Scimitar II. Photo by Jenni Autry.

The CCI2* combinations are preparing to take on the cross country at Fair Hill this morning, and we’re bringing you the latest updates right here all morning. You’ll want to refresh this page for updates, and you can also follow along with us on Twitter for on the ground commentary from Jenni. Optimum time is 8:22.

You can tune into the live radio stream from PRO here.

#FHI: WebsiteRide TimesLive ScoresYEH ScoresScheduleEN’s CoverageVideosEN’s Instagram@eventingnation, CCI2* Course Preview

1:37 p.m. EST: Here’s your top 10 going into show jumping. Full report coming soon, as well as the live updates for the CCI3*, which will start in just about 30 minutes.


1:34 p.m. EST: Waylon takes home a blazing fast time with 8 minutes and finishes in the top 8 with 48.5. What a way to finish out the division!

1:22 p.m. EST: Liz picks up two runouts at 18 and now she will have to clear out of the way for Waylon. She’s elected to retire just as Waylon approaches and gets through clear. He’s got the course to himself now as the last one out.

1:19 p.m. EST: Liz Riley is clear at 14 with Renissance while Waylon Roberts and Kelecyn Cognac are hot on their heels at 12. Liz will be pulled aside if Waylon has to pass her.

1:19 p.m. EST:


1:15 p.m. EST: Big thanks to Brian O’Connor for a great job announcing today at Fair Hill. Way to get the crowd involved!

1:13 p.m. EST: Back underway with Will Faudree, Liz Riley, and Waylon Roberts as the last riders out on course.

1:12 p.m. EST: Looks like Evil Munchkin, Sable Giesler’s mount, is going to win the poll!


1:11 p.m. EST: Kyle Carter has decided to call it a day after sliding into fence 13, causing the hold for repairs.

1:09 p.m. EST:


1:08 p.m. EST: Kyle Carter and Cooley Nothing Better made it through the coffin at 13 but did some damage, so there will be a quick hold for repairs.

1:07 p.m. EST: Buck Davidson will move into the top 20 with the 11th double clear of the day on Be Mine.

1:02 p.m. EST: Julie Richards and Urlanmore Beauty move into second on 43.0 with the 10th double clear of the day.

1:01 p.m. EST:


1:00 p.m. EST: Lucia has retired after clearing 11 on her second attempt.

12:59 p.m EST: Lucia’s refusal at 9 has been removed, but she does pick one up at 11.

12:58 p.m. EST: Lucia Strini and Petit Filou II have a refusal at 9 in the main arena.

12:57 p.m. EST: Phillip Dutton has pulled up Seams Ready.

12:56 p.m. EST: Be sure to get your shop on if you’re attending Fair Hill this weekend!


12:55 p.m. EST: Michael has put his hand up after a stop at the final water at 20. Brian said the horse looked to have run out of juice towards the end.

12:54 p.m. EST: Bad luck strikes again for Michael Pollard and Halimey at 18C. Clear on second attempt.

12:53 p.m. EST: Chow time!


12:52 p.m. EST: Ninth double clear, this one from Kelly Prather and Truly Wiley. Moves from 21st to 8th! #notadressageshow

12:51 p.m. EST: Live scoring is back up! Hooray!

12:50 p.m. EST: Kelly Prather and her third ride, Truly Wiley are home, awaiting score.

12:50 p.m. EST: Can P-Dutty bring home Seams Ready for his third double clear of the day? We’ll find out soon.

12:49 p.m. EST: Marilyn Little and RF Quarterman go into fifth on a 46.6 with just .4 time.

12:48 p.m. EST: Michael Pollard on his way with his second right, Halimey. Marilyn Little and RF Quarterman are home with no jumping, awaiting time.

12:44 p.m. EST: 54.3 with just some time for Elisa Wallace and Corteo. They’ll move up considerably from 23rd.

12:42 p.m. EST: Kim Severson rockets up 11 spots on a 43.6 after coming in bang on the optimum time. She’s now in second place.

12:41 p.m. EST: Ellie Van Gemeren and Gemini Pilot retire after a stop at 9.

12:41 p.m. EST:

12:40 p.m. EST: Kim Severson and Cooley Cross Border are home clear, waiting for their time.

12:29 p.m. EST: A refusal at 7 for Ellie Van Gemeren and Gemini Pilot.

12:37 p.m. EST: Pollard Eventing’s Ashley Kehoe and D.A. Vittoria are home clear.

12:35 p.m. EST: Kim Severson and Cooley Cross Border are on course and clear through five.

12:30 p.m. EST:


12:29 p.m. EST: Erin Sylvester picks up second runout at 15 with Paddy, jumped on second attempt and then puts her hand up to retire.

12:27 p.m. EST: Erin Sylvester and Paddy the Caddy have a runout at 11, clear on second attempt.

12:26 p.m. EST:

12:19 p.m. EST: 21 more to start in this huge CCI2* division.

12:17 p.m. EST: Andrew McConnon and Ziggy still going strong with two to go.

12:16 p.m. EST:


12:13 p.m. EST: Abigail Wilson and Fernhill Flag have retired after a stop at the coffin, fence 13.

12:12 p.m. EST: Abigail Wilson and Fernhill Flag have a runout at 11.

Maggie’s description of this fence is quite interesting: This fence is a perfect example of Derek’s genius when it comes to course design. Although there are no options, the brush fence is perfectly spaced to provide riders two different methods of navigating this combination.  The more direct path is to jump over the center of the cabin in a forward stride, then move fairly directly towards the angled brush. The safe approach would be to collect into more of a show jumping canter, then jump the cabin on the right side, making a four stride bending line to the brush to jump it more directly.

Fair Hill #11A and B. Photo courtesy of Andrea Collins and the Fair Hill International Facebook page.

Fair Hill #11A and B. Photo courtesy of Andrea Collins and the Fair Hill International Facebook page.

12:05 p.m. EST: Runouts for Colleen Loach at fence 20 and Ellie MacPhail at 7, who has retired after two.

12:04 p.m. EST:

12:03 p.m. EST: Jessica Shull and Calysta MWF have a runout and a fall at 9. Both are ok.

12:02 p.m. EST: Jollybo running very well for Justine Dutton. Glad to hear they’re communicating well today!

11:59 a.m. EST: Sarah Dunkerton and Old Man Moel are out on refusals.

11:59 a.m. EST: Live scores will be down until after this division finishes. We’re working on getting an update by hand. Stay tuned.

11:57 a.m. EST: Alex O’Neal and Esquire have retired at 15.

11:55 a.m. EST: Our most recent EN’s Got Talent, Justine Dutton and Jollybo are on course and clear through four.

11:53 a.m. EST: Kate Chadderton and Buckharo having a great run, she’s almost home.

11:52 a.m. EST:


11:50 a.m. EST:

11:50 a.m. EST: Kari Briggs and Lawman have retired on course.

11:44 a.m. EST: Colleen finishes her day on 75.7 with just a handful of time with Escot 6.

11:43 a.m. EST: Susannah Landsdale and Buck Naked retire after two refusals at 7.

11:42 a.m. EST: Just a reminder to everyone who has yet to ride:

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11:41 a.m. EST: Alex picks up her second refusal at the final water at 20.

11:41 a.m. EST: Colleen clear through 14, Alex Ahearn is through the brushes at 18.

11:38 a.m. EST:


11:37 a.m. EST:


11:35 a.m. EST: Always a crowd favorite, Colleen Rutledge has her first ride of the day out with Escot 6.

11:33 a.m. EST: Alex Ahearn and Mai Baum out for the California contingent now.

11:30 a.m. EST:

11:29 a.m. EST: Lynn goes into fourth with 5.6 time.

11:28 a.m. EST: For anyone in attendance, there’s food by the start box! Bring me some please.

11:25 a.m. EST: Here’s a fun poll for you: what’s your favorite horse name in this division?

11:24 a.m. EST: Lynn and Osborne solidly through the troublesome brushes at 18.

11:19 a.m. EST:


11:17 a.m. EST:

11:15 a.m. EST: In third after dressage, Lynn Symansky and Osborne 9 will be the next out.

11:13 a.m. EST: Marley Stone and Kilrodan Ambassador are eliminated on refusals at the last water.

11:11 a.m. EST:


11:10 a.m. EST: Briggs Surrat and Hat Trick retire at 7 after two refusals.

11:06 a.m. EST: Chase Shipka and Palm Crescent have a glanceoff at 18. Picks up a second and is back underway after a third attempt.

11:05 a.m. EST: Victoria Jessop will be your overnight leader with a double clear round. Well done, Victoria!

11:03 a.m. EST: Get to know Victoria and Desert Mystery here.

11:03 a.m. EST: Victoria having a heck of a ride today. She’s almost home!

10:55 a.m. EST: Jennie Brannigan has a sticky moment at fence 20 and saves it thanks to “velcro riding,” according to Brian.

10:55 a.m. EST: Victoria Jessop and Desert Mystery are in second after dressage and will take on Derek’s course now.

10:52 a.m. EST: Sinead finishes with just over 17 time penalties and no jumping.

10:50 a.m. EST: Sinead has a great save moment with Forrest Nymph at the final water. Gotta love the handy little ponies!

10:48 a.m. EST: Taryn Nolte and Clevery have a runout at 18.

10:47 a.m. EST: Sydney Hagaman and Diablo Tejano pick up their third refusal and an unfortunate elimination.

10:44 a.m. EST: Sinead Halpin and Forrest Nymph, aka the wonder pony, are on course to big cheers from the crowd.

10:41 a.m. EST:

10:41 a.m. EST: Sydney Hagaman and Diablo Tejano have a runout in the main arena at 9.

10:40 a.m. EST: Sable unfortunately has a runout at 20. The final water has caused a good amount of problems today.

10:38 a.m. EST: We’re laughing out loud at Sable Giesler’s horse: Evil Munchkin. How adorbs is that?

10:37 a.m. EST: Lindsay Mahon and Playtime have a refusal at 15, the first water. They’ve decided to retire here.

10:35 a.m. EST: Andrew Palmer has two refusals at 18 with Tatendrang.

10:34 a.m. EST: Molly Kinnarmom and Puttin On the Ritz unfortunately pick up a third refusal at 20 and will be eliminated.

10:30 a.m. EST: Jessica Bortner-Harris are working towards the final water. Bug is jumping huge as usual, from the sound of it. She picks up a runout at 20.

10:25 a.m. EST: Erin Sylvester and Meltraise pick up a second runout towards the end of the course. Bad break for her.

10:24 a.m. EST:

10:22 a.m. EST: EN guest blogger Jessica Bortner-Harris and Win the War will be the next out of the box.

10:21 a.m. EST: Erin Sylvester and Meltraise have a runout at 11B.

10:19 a.m. EST: Adrian Jones and Irish Odyssey have retired.

10:19 a.m. EST: Tamie Smith is in the lead! She comes home double clear and will remain on a 44.7. Go West coast!

10:17 a.m. EST: Lauren Kieffer and Landmark’s Monte Carlo has a runout at 5, then at 7. Lauren puts her hand up and retires.

10:17 a.m. EST: Tamie Smith and Twizted Syster are turning for home after clearing the final water. Getting lots of love from the fans!

10:16 a.m. EST: Victoria Long will be taken to the hospital for observation and an x-ray on her arm. Horse is ok.

10:16 a.m. EST: Jennifer Simmons and GV Tuscany have a runout at the last of fence 20.

10:14 a.m. EST: Lauren Kieffer and Landmark’s Monte Carlo are ready to challenge the lead, coming on course in fourth after dressage.

10:10 a.m. EST: In 9th overnight, Tamie Smith and Twizted Syster are on course.

10:09 a.m. EST: A big shout-out to the volunteers and crew who are working hard to keep everything running smoothly at Fair Hill! #dreamteam

10:08 a.m. EST:

10:06 a.m. EST: Course is now clear after Victoria’s fall at 11.

10:05 a.m. EST: Buck and Quasar go into second on a 49.0 with the sixth double clear.

10:03 a.m. EST: Ryan Wood and D-Day Vant Plantar had two stops at the final water and are clear on their third attempt. Kristen Buffamoyer and Jim had a stop in the main arena at 9.

10:02 a.m. EST: Victoria Long and All That Jazz have a fall at fence 11. There will be a hold now.

10:00 a.m. EST: Buck Davidson and Quasar really impressed us at the Nutrena American Eventing Championships last month. They’re home clear after a gutsy ride around Derek’s course.

9:59 a.m. EST: Phillip Dutton takes us all to school with his second double clear of the day with Get Ready. Five double clears so far.

9:57 a.m. EST: Kelly Prather comes home well inside the time, with 8:17. Such a bummer to have that runout at the end of the course.

9:55 a.m. EST: Kelly Prather and Blackfoot Mystery also pick up a 20 at the last water, a the C element. Good recovery and they’re heading home.

9:54 a.m. EST: Lizzie has another runout at 20.

Fair Hill #20A, B, and C. Photo courtesy of Andrea Collins and the Fair Hill International Facebook page.

Fair Hill #20A, B, and C. Photo courtesy of Andrea Collins and the Fair Hill International Facebook page.

9:53 a.m. EST:

9:53 a.m. EST: Lizzie Snow and Ringfort Tinkaturk have a runout at 18 and are clear on second attempt.

9:52 a.m. EST: Phillip Dutton is on course again with his second ride, Get Ready.

9:49 a.m. EST: Does anyone else have a really good time saying Lizzie Snow’s horse’s name? Ringfort Tinkaturk. So fun.

9:48 a.m. EST: Kelly Prather is on course with her second ride, Blackfoot Mystery. Emily Hamel and Ramsey have a stop at 20.

9:36 a.m. EST: Maggie and Dante are the fourth double clear and will go into second provisionally! The fastest of the day on 8:04. #ENkarmaforthewin

9:35 a.m. EST: Maggie and Divine Comedy get a shout-out from Brian for being the best ride through the troublesome brushes at 18 all day. She’s got two to go!

9:34 a.m. EST: The B & C elements of fence 7. From Maggie: What you can’t see from this photo is a sharp decline in the ground directly following this fence, followed by a stride or two through the first water obstacle. As you jump this fence, you must make the decision to jump the left or right side of the corner, and stick to your plan.


9:33 a.m. EST: Matt and Happenstance have a runout at 7, which will take them out of the lead.

9:32 a.m. EST:

9:31 a.m. EST: Overnight leaders Matthew Brown and Happenstance are on course.

9:30 a.m. EST: Fence 7 and Maggie’s description: A simple hanging log begins the first combination on course, a tough water crossing that uses terrain to test the rider’s accuracy. Horses jump this log, then bend four strides to a brush fence. With a large crowd gathered, combined with the surprise water on the backside of the brush, many horses back off through here, and I’ve seen five strides snugged in here.


9:29 a.m. EST: Holly Jacks and More Inspiration, riding for Canada, retire after refusals at 7.

9:28 a.m. EST: EN’s very own Maggie Deatrick and Divine Comedy are on course!

9:27 a.m. EST: Jennifer Clover and Scimitar II pick up a second refusal at 20, the final water. They’re home with 40 jumping.

9:27 a.m. EST: Kelly Beaver and Sempre Fino are eliminated on refusals at fence 7,

9:24 a.m. EST: Kevin Baumgardner retires Wembley after a refusal at fence 7.

9:23 a.m. EST:

9:22 a.m. EST: Jennifer Clover and Scimitar II have a runout at 9 in the main arena. This fence also causing a few problems today.

Fair Hill #9B. Photo courtesy of Brigitte Aickelin.

Fair Hill #9B. Photo courtesy of Brigitte Aickelin.

9:21 a.m. EST: Jamie Kellock and Don’t Blink have a runout at 20, just sounds like they lost some momentum coming out of the water. Clear on their next attempt and turning for home.

9:19 a.m. EST: Boyd Martin goes into the provisional lead on 46.2 with just a couple of time aboard SBF Cortez.

9:16 a.m. EST: Rachel Wilks and River King are home clear in their first CCI2*. Fastest round of the day with a time of 8:13! Well done, Rachel!

9:12 a.m. EST: Jon Holling takes an unfortunate fall when Kildalton Cooley just a couple from home. Both are up and ok.

9:11 a.m. EST: Liz Riley and Infinite Truth have a runout at the final water, fence 20. Clear on second attempt.

9:07 a.m. EST: Will Faudree and Caeleste have a runout at 18C, while Liz Riley and Infinite Truth had a runout in the main arena, fence 9.

9:06 a.m. EST: Melissa Schielein and On the Rocks RSF have two refusals at the C element of 18. A third refusal means elimination for them and they’ll head for home early.

9:02 a.m. EST: Fence 18 turning out to be influential. Calvin Ramsey and Hoodwink have a runout at the B element. Clear on second attempt.

Fair Hill #18A. Photo courtesy of Andrea Collins and the Fair Hill International Facebook page.

Fair Hill #18A. Photo courtesy of Andrea Collins and the Fair Hill International Facebook page.

9:02 a.m. EST:

9:00 a.m. EST: Lucia Strini and Galway Bay Cooley have three refusals at the B element of 18 and will head home.

8:59 a.m. EST: Derek di Grazia’s course really seeems to be riding well so far. A proper CCI2* course.

8:55 a.m. EST: Lillian Heard and FYI have three refusals at fence 9 in the main arena and will end her day early.

8:54 a.m. EST: Ryan comes home 2 seconds under for the second double clear of the day so far.

8:52 a.m. EST: Ryan Wood giving Fernhill Classic a great, confident ride. Still going strong through the last part of the course. A hairy moment at the final water but they’re through it and turning for home.

8:50 a.m.: Buck Davidson has a runout and almost tumbles from Tiger Lion at the final water but hangs on to stay on.

8:47 a.m.: Michael Pollard has two runouts with Kyra at the B and C elements of fence 18 and then had another stop at the final water and is unfortunately eliminated.

8:45 a.m.: Phillip Dutton came home 1 second under time with I’m Sew Ready for the first double clear of the day.

8:43 a.m.: Kelly came home 9 seconds over time for 3.6 time but is the first clear jump of the day.

8:41 a.m.: Kelly Prather and D.A. Duras sound like they’re having a blast out on cross country. One fence from home.

8:38 a.m.: Marilyn Little tips off of RF West Indie at the last water combination. Both up and ok.

8:30 a.m.: Marilyn Little and RF West Indie are the first out on course.

Saturday Links from Tipperary

Sinead sure does look up to Lynn, especially on that pony! Photo via Sinead Halpin on Facebook. Sinead sure does look up to Lynn, especially on that pony! Photo via Sinead Halpin on Facebook.

Cross country day always brings the rush of emotions often associated with this sport. All around the country, riders are zipping up their vests, polishing their boots, and mentally reviewing everything they’ve been planning for the last few weeks leading up to competition. A deep breath and a pat on the neck to their horse, and away they go around another cross country course, ears pricked and brow furrowed in concentration. We here at EN are wishing all horses and riders competing today and throughout the weekend happy, safe, and clean rounds.

North American Events:

Fair Hill International CCI  [Website] [Ride Times] [Schedule] [EN’s Coverage] [EN’s Instagram] [@eventingnation] [Live Scores] [YEH Live Scores]

The Event at Kelly’s Ford H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

Paradise Farm H.T. [Website] [Ride Times]

Fresno County Horse Park H.T. [Website] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Hagyard Midsouth Three-Day Event & Team Challenge CCI & H.T.  [Website] [Ride Times]

Grass Ridge H.T. [Website] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Global FEI Events:

Goulburn NSW (AUS) CCI1/2/3*, CIC1/2/3* [Website]

Le Lion d’Angers (FRA) CCI1/2* [Website] [6-Year-Old Scores] [7-Year-Old Scores]

Colina SP (BRA) CIC2/3*

Cuballing WA (AUS) CIC1/2/3*

Saturday Links:

PRO Tour Radio Live will be broadcasting cross country from the Dutta Corportation Fair Hill International on today beginning at 8:25a.m. EST. CCI2* riders will be out first, followed by the CCI3* in the afternoon. Be sure to visit PRO’s live stream for all of the up to date action here.

Heritage Park Horse Trials in Kansas is looking for volunteers for next weekend’s event. This is one of the Kansas City area’s biggest events of the year, so if you’re in the area and have some spare time, email Beth Stoker for more information.

Stuart Horse Trials has announced Equestrian Events, Inc. as the new organizers for the 2015 event.

Help improve horse feed research and you could win a $25 gift certificate.

William Miklem provides some tips on choosing your next young event horse.

Pan American games tickets are officially available for 2015.

Citrus pulp in horse feed?

Saturday Video:

Reed Kessler is on fire. Not literally, but you know.

USEF Accepting Proposals for Eventing Developing Rider Coach

Joanie Morris and David O'Connor. Photo by Jenni Autry. Joanie Morris and David O'Connor. Photo by Jenni Autry.

The USEF announced today that it is now accepting proposals for a USEF Eventing Developing Rider Coach to work under the oversight Chef d’Equipe David O’Connor. This coach will be responsible for overseeing and assisting the Eventing 25 and Eventing 18 riders each year.

The deadline for application is Nov. 7, 2014, and we’re eager to see who puts in for this new position that will enable even more education for developing riders in the coming years.

For more information on the position, please visit the USEF website. Best of luck to all applicants!

Friday Video from World Equestrian Brands: Buck Davidson and Petite Flower at Fair Hill

World Equestrian Brands rider Buck Davidson and Petite Flower scored 44.8 in their dressage test at the Dutta Corp Fair Hill International CCI3* to sit in third place at the conclusion of dressage. Check out the video of their test above, and be sure to check out our YouTube channel here to see more videos from dressage.

World Equestrian Brands is proud to support Buck Davidson, Allison Springer, Kim Severson, Allie Knowles, Caroline Martin, and Lizzie Snow this weekend at the Dutta Corporation Fair Hill International. Known for top-quality equipment, World Equestrian Brands promises quality and comfort for both horse and rider. Be sure to click the banner below to check out the latest and greatest products.

Mondial du Lion Dressage Wraps Up: Nicolas Touzaint Breaks Into 30s

Lindsay Traisnel and Ulysse de Rubercy. Photo via Lindsay on Facebook. Lindsay Traisnel and Ulysse de Rubercy. Photo via Lindsay on Facebook.

The six and seven-year-olds have completed their dressage at Mondial du Lion, and it was Nicolas Touzaint, riding for France, who achieved the best score across the two divisions. Nicolas is competing Caretinhus, a 7-year-old Holsteiner stallion and scored a 34.0 today to take the only score in the 30s into cross country tomorrow. Caretinhus has one FEI win under his belt, winning the CCI* at Fontainebleau earlier this year.

Thomas Carlile and Tenareze will hold second place going into tomorrow after on a score of 40.6, and Tom McEwen and Toledo de Kerser will go into third place overnight on a score of 43.7. Overnight leaders Michael Jung and fischerRicona dropped into fourth place after leading the first day.

Eiskönig will take the lead into cross country with a score of 41.9">Screenshot_12In the six-year-old class, Vincent Martens and Eiskönig will take the lead into cross country with a score of 41.9. Another stallion, Eiskönig is making his third FEI start and second CCI* start this weekend. His dressage score from today marks the best FEI score he’s put in to date.

Michael Jung is also in second in this division Star Connection, a Hanoverian gelding, with a score of 42.7. Star Connection is making his second CCI* start, and his FEI record is quite impressive already with three wins, a second and a fifth in his FEI career thus far.

Chris Burton and Dutch Man Retto will go into third overnight after scoring a 44.4. This is this gelding’s third FEI appearance and first CCI*, and he’s off to a great start so far with his second best dressage score in international competition.

Canada’s Lindsay Traisnel and Ulysse de Rubercy slide into 10th place overnight, a very respectable position that Lindsey posted on her Facebook that she was very pleased with. Liz Halliday-Sharp and Cooley Ground Control had an off day, according to Liz’s Facebook yesterday, resulting in a higher score than they would have liked. This pair will be in 38th place going into cross country.

Mondial Du Lion: [6YOs] [7YOs] [Twitter] [Facebook]



Weekly Shopping Cart: Dubarry, Hamilton BioVet, Professional’s Choice

Friday! Sometimes that word doesn’t make me as happy as it did when I was in the corporate world, but it still brings up some warm fuzzies, especially when I take a look at the products we’re highlighting this week. Our sponsors really make some high quality stuff, don’t they? Without further ado, here is your shopping cart for the week.

Dubarry just launched a Limited Edition Galway boot in two Tweed designs: Oak  (pictured) and Moss. The Limited Edition features the same waterproof qualities we’ve come to expect from Dubarry, but the DryFast/DrySoft leather is now paired with Teflon coated tweed for a new style option.

Click the image above to check out the new colors and order a pair for yourself!

We’ve done a lot of work with the UltrOZ Equine Ultrasound Therapy system, and we’re very impressed by the results we’ve seen. From big cuts and lacerations to mystery bumps and bruises, this system is perfect for convenient, at-home treatment.

Don’t forget, Hamilton BioVet offers financing through PayPal, so click the image above to order a system for your horse.

And finally this week, Professional’s Choice is running a special on their Leather Protection Boots for $20 off. The boots are sold in pairs and offer top-notch quality, protection, and comfort for your horse.

Want to snag a pair of your own? Click the image above and save now!



Friday News & Notes from FLAIR Nasal Strips

A sleepy Twizted Syster. Rocking the two-star dressage is tough! Photo via Tamie Smith on Facebook. A sleepy Twizted Syster. Rocking the two-star dressage is tough! Photo via Tamie Smith on Facebook.

It’s not such a happy Friday for me, as I am currently wanting to crawl into a hole after the Cardinals threw away the National League pennant last night. But, as heartbroken as I am, I put a little fist bump emoji on Jen McFall’s Facebook last night, as she is a Giants fan and, well, I like to be sportsmanlike. That’s what it’s all about at the end right?

In more relevant news, Fair Hill is in full swing, with the two and three-star horses finishing their dressage tests today. Mondial du Lion is also running their six and seven-year-old championships this weekend, and there are several other events running domestically. The fall season is still in full swing, and it’s promising to be an exciting weekend all over for us eventers!

North American Events:

Fair Hill International CCI  [Website] [Ride Times] [Schedule] [EN’s Coverage] [EN’s Instagram] [@eventingnation] [Live Scores] [YEH Live Scores]

The Event at Kelly’s Ford H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

Paradise Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Fresno County Horse Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Hagyard Midsouth Three-Day Event & Team Challenge CCI & H.T.  [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Grass Ridge H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

FEI Global Events:

Goulburn NSW (AUS) CCI1/2/3*, CIC1/2/3* [Website] [6-Year-Old Scores] [7-Year-Old Scores]

Le Lion d’Angers (FRA) CCI1/2* [Website]

Colina SP (BRA) CIC2/3*

Cuballing WA (AUS) CIC1/2/3*

Friday News:

The NCAA is considering dropping equestrian from its list of sports. As a former collegiate rider, this is a very important topic. The NCAA designated equestrian as an emerging sport in 2002, which meant that there were 10 years allowed to get 40 teams up and running. Even after an extension, there are still just 22 teams involved, and some teams are beginning to cancel their membership. What will this mean for the future of young equestrians? [Equestrian On the Chopping Block]

#mindyourmelon! We can’t say that enough, and Canada’s Equine Guelph is joining in on helmet awareness. Check out this article for some tips on helmet fit and how to know when to replace your melon protector. [Helmet Hair Is Just Fine]

A water shortage in Oregon has prompted land management authorities to round up 75 mustangs. These mustangs will be prepared for adoption, so if Elisa Wallace anyone is in the market for a new mustang project, now might be your time! [Extra Mustang Roundup]

Two jockeys have lost their lives in as many days this week due to injuries sustained from accidents. Juan Saez is the latest victim, succumbing to severe head trauma after a fall at Indiana Grand Racing and Casino. Australian jockey Carly-Mae Pye also passed away after a training accident in Queensland. [Jockeys Pass Away Tragically]

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Doug Payne and Lysander couldn’t make it to Fair Hill this weekend, so they decided to try some 1.20m jumpers instead:

Galway Downs CCI3* Entries Go Live; Buck, Boyd Heading West

Boyd Martin and Trading Aces. Photo by Jenni Autry. Boyd Martin and Trading Aces. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Entries for the CCI3* at Galway Downs have gone live, and it’s shaping up to be quite a start list packed with veteran campaigners and newcomers to the three-star scene. EN will be covering this event this year, as will PRO with their new streaming service, so we’re quite excited for the first weekend in November to come around.

It’s always interesting to see who decides to make a trek from coast to coast for the big three-stars, and the Galway list contains some travelers of its own. Boyd Martin will be piloting Trading Aces around California soil for the first time.

The 9-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding owned by the Trading Aces Syndicate will be coming off of about a month and a half off after last competing in the CIC3* at Plantation Field in September, where he finished in fourth place.

Buck Davidson and Copper Beech. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Buck Davidson and Copper Beech. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Also making the trip west is Buck Davidson with Copper Beech, who will be contesting his second CCI3*. Buck won the CCI3* at Jersey Fresh with this horse and commented that he wanted to make sure he took it slow with this talented 8-year-old, and he’s held true to that plan this summer, giving “Sean” some light runs at horse trial levels with one CIC3* at Plantation Field.

The field is full of CCI3* newcomers; seven horses will be starting in their first CCI3*. Andrea Baxter and Indy 500 will be looking for redemption this year after their Galway weekend ended early last year with elimination on cross country.

Jolie Wentworth and Goodknight. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Jolie Wentworth and Goodknight. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Jolie Wentworth is back in the saddle after giving birth to her and husband David’s first daughter in September, and will be taking back the reins aboard Goodknight from young rider Maddy Mazzola, who campaigned the Selle Francais gelding during Jolie’s maternity leave.

Ellen Doughty-Hume will be making the trip from her home base in Texas to compete in California as well. Ellen suffered a minor knee injury that kept her out of Fair Hill this weekend, and she decided to re-route to Galway with Sir Oberon in the hopes that the extra two weeks would give her knee the time it needed to heal properly.

Jen McFall and High Times. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Jen McFall and High Times. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Jen McFall and High Times also highlight the entry list, set to compete in their second CCI3* together. After withdrawing “Billy” from competition at AECs after dressage last month due to heel bruise, Jen set about preparing for Galway and was confident when I spoke with her in Texas that everything would still be a go for competition at the end of October.

Click here to view the full entry list for the CCI3*, as well as the other exciting divisions at the big west coast event. Go Galway!

Mondial du Lion Dressage: Michael Jung Brings the Heat, Lindsay Traisnel Into Top Five

Between the ears of Cooley Ground Control at Mondial du Lion. Photo via Liz Halliday-Sharp on Twitter. Between the ears of Cooley Ground Control at Mondial du Lion. Photo via Liz Halliday-Sharp on Twitter.

Let’s just take a moment and talk about Michael Jung and the fact that he has a full sister to WEG silver medalist fischerRocana FST competing at Mondial du Lion this weekend. This mare is seven years old, just two years younger than her superstar of a sister.

With breeding like that, it should come as no surprise that Michael and fischerRicona are currently leading the 7-year-old division at Mondial du Lion on a dressage score of 44.2. The 7-year-old division is a CCI2*, and this is the mare’s first attempt at this level.

fischerRicona’s record is already impressive; this year, she’s won three times at the CIC2* and CIC3* level and is most recently coming off of a fourth place finish in the CIC2* at Langenhagen.

Michael doesn’t have much in the way of breathing room, however, as Maxime Livio and RNH McUstinov have slotted into second place on a score of 44.6. Pawel Spisak and Banderas hold third place overnight on a 45.4.

Roughly half of both the six and seven-year-old divisions have completed dressage, with many more heavy hitters still to come tomorrow.


In the six-year-old division, a CCI* competition, Zoe Wilkinson and Parkfield Quintessential are in the overnight lead on a score of 46.7, followed by Piggy French and Cooley Dream Extreme on a 47.1.

Parkfield Quintessential is coming off a third place finish in the British Young Event Horse Championships, a CIC*, earlier this month. Zoe has produced this horse since 2012, bringing him up through the levels with several wins at the one-star and Novice levels.

Boekelo winner Thomas Carlile and Upsilon are in third place on a 47.7, followed by Canadian rider Lindsay Traisnel and Ulysse de Rubercy. Their score of 48.8 is the best they’ve scored in FEI competition to date, improving on their previous score by 6.6 points.

Elizabeth Halliday-Sharp and Cooley Ground Control competed today as well, scoring a 61.5 for 19th place overnight. This is a talented young Irish Sport Horse who has numerous top-10 placings on his record already. Their highest FEI placing to date is a win in the CIC* at Cappoquin in July, and this is Cooley Ground Control’s sixth FEI appearance.

Stay tuned for much more from Mondial du Lion.

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No Boundaries for Erin Sylvester As Pau Approaches

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

Erin Sylvester and her 13-year-old Trakehner/Thoroughbred gelding, No Boundaries, may not have been around the block as much as some others, but they’ve got one international trip under their belts already as they prepare for their second. They will compete in their fifth CCI4* event together at Pau later this month.

Erin traveled to Burghley in 2012 with “Bucky,” the same year the pair made their four star debut with a 13th place finish at Rolex. Bucky has historically struggled a bit with the first phase, letting the atmosphere of big competitions affect his focus on Erin.

“We’ve been working really hard on the dressage for the last couple of years,” Erin said. “There isn’t any one thing that we’ve done different, I really think that he’s just matured and gotten to see so many different places now. He knows all of the upper level tests so well that he’s now to the point where he’ll come out of a corner and wait for his next movement.”

Erin and Bucky at Jersey Fresh. Photo by Sally Spickard.

Erin and Bucky at Jersey Fresh. Photo by Sally Spickard.

Now, Erin is looking ahead to the fall four-star knowing that she’s much more prepared than she was last time around. “I look back on Burghley, and I really enjoyed being there but I feel so much more prepared and confident this year,” Erin said. “I learned a lot at Burghley. I may not have been 100% ready to be there, but he was still unbelievably brave on that course. Now I feel like I know more what to expect with the travel, and I’m not so nervous about that part.”

Erin and Bucky’s preparations this year include, most recently, a seventh place finish in the CIC3* at Plantation Field as well as a fourth place in the CCI3* at Bromont this summer. The pair also competed at Rolex this year, but had a scary fall that thankfully left them both unscathed and no worse for the wear.

“My main goal is to jump around clear. I’ve got a pretty good handle on keeping him focused in the dressage,” Erin said of her mentality for Pau. “I’ve heard a lot of people say that Pau is the quietest and most horse-friendly four-star, so hopefully that will help him keep his emotions in check and focus on me. He’s been so good in the CICs and the horse trials, and I just want that to carry over into the four-star text next.”

Erin Sylvester and No Boundaries. Photo by Sally Spickard.

Erin Sylvester and No Boundaries. Photo by Sally Spickard.

Erin knows that the added atmosphere at Pau, as horse-friendly as it may be, will likely still cause some tense moments for Bucky, but she’s feeling confident in his ability to get around the jump courses cleanly. “He’s pretty competitive and he likes to show off,” she said with a laugh.

Erin’s longtime owner, Jill Tallman, has graciously helped Erin and Bucky get overseas to compete again. “I thought about taking him over last fall, and we just couldn’t make it work,” Erin said. “This fall, Jill has been such a great supporter and is helping me get there, and I’m really feeling ready to go this year.”

Bucky traveled to Chantilly over the weekend, where he awaits Erin’s arrival. Erin has two horses competing in the CCI2* at Fair Hill this weekend, and as soon as she is done competing them she will hop on a plane across the pond to begin her final Pau preparations alongside Lauren Kieffer and the other North American competitors.

We wish Erin, Bucky, and all of the North Americans the best of luck with the travels and competition at Pau.

Wednesday Video from KPP: Doug Payne Takes on $25,000 Grand Prix

Doug Payne is well known for dabbling in multiple equine sports, so it comes as no surprise that he ventured into the Grand Prix ring this past weekend at Tryon International Horse Park. Doug rode Mike Ruben’s Eli in the $25,000 Grand Prix, dropping just one rail in an otherwise smooth course. Way to show us how it’s done, Doug!

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EN’s Got Talent: Katy Groesbeck and Roman Place

We hear all the time about horses at the top of the sport, but what about the next generation of equine talent? EN’s Got Talent introduces the future superstars of the sport, interviewing riders about how they’re tackling training with these youngsters. Have you spotted a spectacular young horse at an event you think should be highlighted in this column? Tip me at

Katy Groesbeck and Roman Place. Photo by Jenni Autry. Katy Groesbeck and Roman Place. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Katy Groesbeck is a California girl at heart. So when the opportunity presented itself to join Buck Davidson’s team in Pennsylvania last year, Katy knew it would be a big move, but she was excited for the opportunity.

After completing the Nutrena American Eventing Championships in 2013, Katy packed her upper level horse, Oz the Tin Man, into Laine Ashker’s trailer and started the next chapter of her life as a member of Team BDJ.

As Katy got settled in, she had the opportunity to ride some of the horses in Buck’s barn, including a 7-year-old OTTB named Roman Place, who many of the working students rode on a regular basis.

“When I started riding him, he had been off the track for about a year,” Katy said. “He hadn’t done any competing yet, just training at the barn.”

Originally, Buck’s goal was to turn the gelding into a steeplechase horse. However, as we all know, Buck always has some extraordinary number of horses in training, so the plans for “Ruler” got put to the side.

“When I arrived, Buck told me that I could work with Ruler, and that I could take him to competitions and either help get him sold or purchase him myself,” Katy said. “I took him schooling at Bruce (Davidson Sr.)’s one day, and I just fell in love with him.

“He was very green, and a bit rambunctious and naughty, but he did everything I asked. It was just the feeling of taking him cross country that he absolutely loved what he was doing. It was the same spark I feel when I take Wort out, and although he had no idea how to do everything, he still gave it his best.”

Katy decided to purchase Ruler, with the original idea being to have him as a resale project. “The more time I spent with him, the more I realized that he was special and that I wanted to see what he could do.” Katy then formed the Roman Place Syndicate as she made the decision to keep him as a competition horse.

“I’m really appreciative to both Buck for introducing me to Ruler, as well as to the syndicate members for believing in both of us and continuing to support us. It’s a really exciting horse to have.”

Katy took Ruler to his first event in February at Ocala Horse Park in the Novice division. The gelding added just 4 time penalties to his score to finish on a 35 in 10th place out of 34 starters — a promising start to his eventing career.

From there, Ruler caught on quickly, moving up to Preliminary this summer at Loch Moy, where he again added just some time on cross country. Now, Katy is aiming him for his first CCI* at Virginia Horse Trials this fall.

“At this point, he’s seen a lot of the questions, and he’s qualified. I know he’s capable of it, and now we’re just going to focus on his flatwork in preparation,” Katy said. “He’s very willing and honest at everything.”

Next week on EN’s Got Talent: We’ll learn more about Ruler’s training and how Katy feels when she compares her two rides, Oz the Tin Man and Roman Place. Roman Place is currently owned by the Roman Place Syndicate, and there are four shares left. If you’re interested in joining in Katy’s journey with Ruler, visit her website for more information.

Tuesday Videos from SpectraVET: Fair Hill Rewind

The Dutta Corp Fair Hill International officially begins tomorrow with the first horse inspections. This event is one of the most sought after fall three-days on the calendar, so much so that it’s been dubbed “Mini Rolex” by several riders.

Jenni will be on the ground bring us the latest in all things FHI, and we went digging through the archives to find some of the action from last year to hold us over for one more day.

Many thanks to YouTube user VideoByPatrick for the great footage from the 2013 event. Be sure to visit his YouTube page for many more great videos.

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Pacific Indoor Eventing Series Enjoys a Successful Kickoff

The view from the announcers' booth. Photo via the Pacific Indoor Eventing Facebook page. The view from the announcers' booth. Photo via the Pacific Indoor Eventing Facebook page.

We posted an article on the new indoor eventing series in Southern California, Pacific Indoor Eventing, yesterday, and the idea was met with great popularity among our readers. Some readers thought it would be a great addition to the winter calendar in the colder states, while others thought that indoor eventing was a good way to attract newcomers to the sport.

While the arena cannot replace the terrain questions that a traditional cross country course offers, it’s still a great opportunity to practice the type of ride some of these obstacles require. Would you attend such an event if it were offered in your area?

Many thanks to Cassidy Wallace and Chloe Smyth for sending in their photos from last night’s successful event. If you’ve got any you’d like to share, send them to and we’ll add them to this post.