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Tuesday Video from SpectraVET: This Horse Loves Cross Country More Than Anyone Else

We all know that event horses love their jobs (well, maybe not that silly dressage stuff). Meet Nolo, a 7-year-old OTTB owned and ridden by junior rider Taylor Miller.

“As you can see in the video, his favorite thing in the world is cross country,” Taylor said. “He might even love it more than food. It’s a lot of fun to ride a horse that loves his job as much as Nolo and it definitely makes things interesting!”

Taylor and Nolo completed the Junior Training Championships at the Adequan/USEA American Eventing Championships in Tryon, NC, last month after a successful season at the level. We can definitely see that Nolo was raring to go over those first few fences on course! He settled in after the first handful of jumps and had a lovely double clear round to finish off the day.

Go eventing!

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Tuesday News & Notes from Cavalor

A newly minted Prelim pair at Twin Rivers Ranch! Photo via Stephanie Nicora on Facebook. A newly minted Prelim pair at Twin Rivers Ranch! Photo via Stephanie Nicora on Facebook.

Big congratulations are in order for EN’s own Stephanie Nicora and her “hobo horse,” High In the Air, on completing their first Prelim together this weekend at Twin Rivers. Stephanie has produced this horse with the help of coaches Earl and Jennifer McFall and reached a big goal this weekend, finishing with some time on cross country and a couple of rails in their debut at the level. Big smiles all around!

Events Opening This Week:

Full Moon Farms H.T. (MD, A-2) Poplar Place Farm November H.T. (GA, A-3) Texas Rose Horse Park Fall H.T. (TX, A-5) River Glen Fall H.T. (TN, A-3)

Events Closing Today:

The Virginia CCI/CIC and H.T. (VA, A-2) Ocala Fall Event Presented by Brian Cox Farm Team (FL, A-3) Galway Downs International Event & H.T. (CA, A-6) Paradise Farm H.T. (SC, A-3)

News & Notes:

If you are a junior rider or an adult amateur, you should definitely be applying for the USEA Worth the Trust scholarship! Applications are due on October 3, and it’s a pretty straightforward process. The winner of each scholarship (one for juniors and one for adults) will be announced at the USEA Annual Meeting and Convention at the end of the year. [USEA Worth the Trust Scholarship]

Irish rider Clare Abbott’s Rio ride, Euro Prince, is set to be sold at the Goresbridge Go for Gold sale in November. “The owners feel the time is right now to sell him on,” Clare told Horse & Hound. This is certainly a tough time for Clare, who has said that she’d love to keep the ride on “Sparky”. [Euro Prince to be Sold at Auction]

With fall in full swing, there are new risks to be on the watch for when it comes to your horse’s health. Many leaves that are shed during this time of year can be poisonous to animals, and The Horse has a great guide on what to avoid and look for. Just one more thing to add to the list, right? [Protecting Your Horse from Poisonous Leaves]

Weekly Business Tip from Mythic Landing Enterprises:

If you’re on a limited advertising budget, but you still want to place ads in a print publication, be sure to look at their publication schedule. Most publications have special issues that may have a higher distribution than other issues. If you cannot find this information online, just call the magazine and ask. This will help you spend your money effectively and efficiently. Also keep in mind that magazines work well ahead of their publication date. If you want your ad in a specific issue, you may need to submit it months in advance.

Tuesday Video:

Something we all should know: How to say ‘no’ when people ask if they can ride your horse!

 

Monday News & Notes from Fleeceworks

Hawley Bennett-Awad and Jollybo study the 3* cross country at Plantation Field. Photo by Sally Spickard. Hawley Bennett-Awad and Jollybo study the 3* cross country at Plantation Field. Photo by Sally Spickard.

What an exciting weekend at Plantation Field! One of these days I definitely plan to make it out there to see the Best. Event. Ever. in person. Needless to say, all of us West Coasters were thankful for the live stream coverage from USEF Network — how else are we supposed to live vicariously? You can relive all the action on demand on USEF Network.

#PlantationField: WebsiteLive ScoringUSEF NetworkEN’s CoverageInstagram

Weekend Results:

GMHA September Horse Trials H.T. [Website] [Scores]

Marlborough H.T. [Website][Scores]

Otter Creek Fall H.T. [Website] [Scores]

Flying Cross Farm H.T. [Website] [Scores]

Stone Gate Farm H.T. [Website] [Scores]

Colorado Horse Park 3D & H.T. [Website] [Scores]

Monday News:

Three defending London medalists successfully repeated their results in Rio this week as the Paralympics draw to a close for equestrians. Notably,Sophie Christiansen became the first triple gold medalist for Great Britain, winning the grade Ia freestyle. [Rio Paralympic Results]

Surefire Horse Trials is accepting entries through today! The event will run September 24-25 in Purcellville, VA and is definitely a solid staple on the Area II calendar. Enter today and reserve your spot! Beginner Novice through Prelim as well as Future Event Horse and Young Event Horse divisions are available. [Surefire Horse Trials]

The United States Equestrian Federation is seeking nominations for two seats on the Board of Directors. Nominations will be accepted September 15 – October 31, 2016. In order to be eligible for nomination, the individual must meet the definition of “Independent Director,” as described in USEF Bylaw 303. Nominations may be submitted online by active USEF members. Visit usef.org for more information about how to submit a nomination.

Weekly Business Tip from Mythic Landing Enterprises:

If you’ve just opened a business or are new to an area, you will want to scope out your local advertising opportunities and make an advertising plan that fits into your budget. It can be a good idea to commit to at least 3 to 6 consecutive months to make an impact, as people will need to see your ad a few times before starting to commit your business name to memory.

Monday Video:

Check out the latest installment of Elisa Wallace’s video blog:

SmartPak Presents: ‘If Horses Were People,’ Episodes 9 & 10

Happy Friday! To kick your weekend off right, we’re bringing you SmartPak’s latest and greatest episodes of their hilarious series, “If Horses Were People.” SmartPak Sarah is back as everyone’s favorite, albeit a bit cheeky, horse — does anyone else just want to be best friends with the girl?

At any rate, enjoy these fresh new episodes and shake your head at how relatable they actually are.

Friday News & Notes from FLAIR Nasal Strips

Hannah Sue Burnett chats about her wonderful test on Harbour Pilot at Blenheim yesterday. Photo via the USEF Eventing High Performance on Facebook. Hannah Sue Burnett chats about her wonderful test on Harbour Pilot at Blenheim yesterday. Photo via the USEF Eventing High Performance on Facebook.

Fall is right around the corner, and to be honest it’s one of my favorite times of year. The fall event season is in full swing, and it seems every weekend there is something exciting going on. It’s enough to keep any eventing nerd happy! Now, combine that with the fact that this weekend marks the opening of the NFL season? Color me happy. It’s the simple things in life, everyone, always remember that. Go eventing and go football (AKA go CHIEFS! I had to)!

Events This Weekend:

Blenheim: Website, Entries & Scoring, Live Stream, EN’s CoverageTwitter, Instagram

Five Points H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

CDCTA Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Bucks County H.T. [Website] [Ride Times]

Poplar Place Farm September CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Copper Meadows CIC & H.T. [Website] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Aspen Farms H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Chardon Valley H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

News & Notes:

William Fox-Pitt sadly reported that his 2008 Luhmühlen winner, Macchiato, has been put down. Macchiato also won at the three-star level and achieved top finishes at Burghley and Badminton throughout his career. Macchiato was purchased off a video and was a racehorse in Australia. [Macchiato Put Down]

Coach Daniel Stewart, the renowned sport psychologist, is back with more tips on upping your mental game. In this month’s USEA column, Daniel talks about putting your thoughts and words into action — putting your money where your mouth is, so to speak. Taking control of a situation instead of letting it control you is an important lesson to learn, and here’s how to do it. [Bias to Action]

Are you a big fan of leg protection, but having a hard time choosing the right product? Look no further than the Equilibrium Stretch & Flex Wraps! These lightweight, easy to wear and protective wraps are a must have for your horse’s legs. I love to use them for flatwork, trusting that they’ll protect my horse from knocking himself. My horse is also prone to getting boot rubs, and I’m pleased to report that he’s never experienced them in these. Plus, they’re easy to wash — just throw them in the machine! What’s not to love? [SmartPak Product Of the Day]

Take a virtual walk around Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials. Our friends at CrossCountry App have posted their course maps for the Event Rider MastersCCI3* and CIC3* 8/9-year-old divisions, the latter with audio from course designer David Evans. The Event Rider Masters course is forthcoming. And of course keep it locked here for up-to-the-minute coverage from EN’s Blenheim boots on the ground Samantha Clark. [CrossCountry App]

Weekly Business Tip from Mythic Landing Enterprises:

When you’re working on your advertising plan, you will need to map out a plan incorporating a variety of tools, including everything from print ads to Facebook boosts to e-blasts. Deciding on which combination of tools you use is very specific to your individual business. Regardless, you want to be consistent in your message — same logo, same tagline, same color scheme. You want people to be able to just glance at your advertisement and know who it is.

Friday Video:

Check out this awesome helmet cam from reader Lauren McDowell, who contested the sloppy CIC1* at Richland Park last weekend!

Wednesday Video from Kentucky Performance Products: Remembering Avebury

We were sad to report yesterday that three-time Burghley winner and eventing legend Avebury, owned by Rosemary and Mark Barlow and piloted by Andrew Nicholson, was euthanized. The list of accolades the son of Jumbo collected throughout his career was endless, and the sport was truly touched by greatness each time Avebury set hoof on the cross country course.

YouTube user Kate Atkin compiled this lovely tribute to Avebury following the news of his retirement earlier this year. Enjoy this look back at a star-studded career.

The EN team continues to send its condolences to the Barlows, Andrew Nicholson and all of those who were touched by this special gray horse.

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Lauren Billys: A Coming of Age in Rio

Lauren Billys and Castle Larchfield Purdy. Photo by Jenni Autry. Lauren Billys and Castle Larchfield Purdy. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Lauren Billys is the first to say that representing Puerto Rico at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro was far from easy. But not one to let any hurdles deter her, Lauren kept her head down and relentlessly pursued her goals, honoring her grandmother’s Puerto Rican heritage and achieving the Olympic dream in the process with her beloved mount Castle Larchfield Purdy.

That Olympic dream became a reality this past March when Lauren received the official call-up to join the Puerto Ricans in Rio, the only event rider to represent the country at the Games. It was after that call, however, that Lauren hit a mental roadblock she hadn’t expected.

“To be totally honest, I kind of hit a plateau after I got the call,” Lauren said. “I had put so much weight on just getting in (to the Games), that I just had trouble putting my mind in the right place after that. It was something that I really had to work on.”

Looking back, Lauren is grateful to have been able to identify the plateau as an issue early on so that she could formulate a plan to combat it. She enlisted the help of a sports psychologist to up her mental game, which helped her focus on the aspects of competition that she could control, rather than on those she couldn’t.

“It took a bit of time for everything to click in and make sense, that this was just one of the peaks on the way to reaching the summit,” she said. “Rio was the summit. Getting qualified and being chosen to go was not the end goal.”

To get her groove back, Lauren kept pecking away at her prep events, competing in an Intermediate at Twin Rivers in April, followed by an Advanced run at Woodside in May. From there, Lauren traveled east to contest the Great Meadow International CICO3*, her final prep run before Rio.

Lauren Billys and Castle Larchfield Purdy at Great Meadow. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Lauren Billys and Castle Larchfield Purdy at Great Meadow. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Rolling with the punches

Great Meadow was not Lauren’s ideal last event leading up to Rio, she recalled. “I was more nervous in my head for Great Meadow than for Rio because I knew that if something went wrong there that I would be really worried about Rio.”

“Purdy” never quite settled in at Great Meadow, and this showed in their dressage test, with their score of 66.1 being the highest they’ve ever earned together. “There were positives to the weekend, but I was bummed that we struggled on the flat,” Lauren said. “He just got in the arena and got too hot. I knew we’d have to work hard on the flat, but I was bummed.”

Lauren kept her focus on Rio, doing her best not to let her last prep event dictate the tone of her next. She spent the interim time between Great Meadow and Rio in Virginia basing at Kurt Martin’s farm.

“It was a great experience to be able to stay in Virginia and travel down to Ocala,” she said. “We just don’t have access to the same types of atmosphere and proximity on the West Coast, so it was a big eye-opener for me. Derek (di Grazia) came out to help me, and it really helped us iron out the kinks. It was comforting to know that what we had experienced at Great Meadow was more circumstantial and not a pattern.”

Utilizing the time away from home to her advantage, Lauren said that taking the time to focus solely on herself worked wonders. “I really got to delve into my insecurities about the Games and really reflect on what got me there in the first place,” she said. “It was an important time for me to prepare so that when we got on the plane I felt we were in the right place.”

For Lauren, representing Puerto Rico carried a heavy weight. “Knowing that I came from a smaller federation, I didn’t want to just be the girl from a small country who just got in. I wanted to be taken seriously. This was probably one of my biggest insecurities, but I had to learn to look inwardly and know that if I was proud of my performance, that everyone else would be, too.”

“It was something I had to confront. Riding for a smaller federation is a totally different game; you have to be smart and strategic and determined. It’s every bit as difficult as going for a bigger team, and it can be tiring. I’m fortunate to have had a lot of people encouraging me, but I wanted to know that I earned my spot just as much as the next person. That was a huge breakthrough for me — learning to look inwardly instead of out at everyone else.”

Lauren Billys and Castle Larchfield Purdy. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Lauren Billys and Castle Larchfield Purdy. Photo by Jenni Autry.

‘Focus on what you can control’

Lauren arrived in Rio several days before the first horse inspection and immediately set her focus on the elements of the upcoming week that she could control.

“You can’t focus on the parts of the sport that you can’t control; you can’t control what is on the cross country course, but you can control how you ride it. Everything from the time I go to sleep to the time I wake up I try to control because I can optimize my own performance by managing these things. Everything I did with Purdy I did as part of a plan to build into the next thing we did.”

Purdy was back to his normal self in Rio, as if he knew that it was the big dance. “He was fresh and excited, and it was like he knew that this was what we’d been practicing for and building up to. We were able to focus on the task at hand, which was becoming comfortable in a very uncomfortable situation. Especially when you’re riding in the same arena as Michael Jung and Mark Todd, it can be very intimidating,” Lauren said.

“It was good to get there ahead of time. We were able to have two ring familiarizations, and the equestrian venue was in the middle of a very impoverished area, so entering through the armed gates and getting used to that atmosphere was important, too. It gave both of us time to get our minds in the right place.”

Lauren's best friend, Amy, cheers hard on cross country. Photo courtesy of FEI.

Lauren’s best friend, Amy, cheers hard on cross country. Photo courtesy of FEI.

This is what you came for

Before she knew it, Lauren and Purdy were through the first horse inspection and preparing to go into Deodoro Stadium to contest their first Olympic Games. It was a surreal moment for Lauren, who said that perhaps the most emotion she felt came as she went down the ramp into the ring for dressage. “For me, it was so emotional to be trotting down that ramp and feeling like my horse and I were truly a team. I’ve never quite felt so one with my horse, and I couldn’t help but smile.”

Lauren and Purdy danced their way through their dressage test, earning a 56 from the judges, but it wasn’t the scoreboard that Lauren cared about most on that day. “I knew I had showed up and done everything I could to put my best test in. I knew the judges were favoring forward tests, so I did my best to ride forward and fluid while still taking my time to set up for each movement,” she said.

“I felt like Purdy really took his time and thought his way through the test, too. We’ve never had clean changes, and we got all of our changes clean in that test. I knew that when I looked at the scoreboard that I may or may not have gotten the score I wanted, so I decided not to look up at it and just enjoy the moment. I had a big cheering section of friends, family and all of Purdy’s owners, and it was amazing to perform in front of all of them. I knew I’d done the best I could, and that really helped put me in the right frame of mind for the rest of the weekend.”

Being one of the less experienced riders in the field in Rio, Lauren knew she had a big challenge coming up on cross country day. Rather than let the difficult questions intimidate or sway her, though, Lauren set about formulating a plan that would get her and Purdy home safely.

“Walking the course for the first time, I saw a lot of things I hadn’t seen before. In that moment, I leaned on the expertise of Derek and Bea (di Grazia). I heard Mark Todd walk up to Derek and comment on how it was the hardest Olympic course he’d walked in recent memory, and I knew it was going to be a battlefield,” she said.

“I wanted to come up with a plan that matched my prep. I knew I was one of the more green riders out there, so I needed to ride the way I knew I could. There were several questions I hadn’t seen before, so I planned to take the option. Why would you come to a championship and try something new? The option is there, and it was something I knew I could do. I made a plan based on where I knew both Purdy and I were. I was very thankful to have Derek walking with me; to have his level of experience and his eye was invaluable.”

Lauren Billys and Castle Larchfield Purdy. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

Lauren Billys and Castle Larchfield Purdy. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

Come cross country day, Lauren sat in the viewing tent before her ride, analyzing the early riders and how the course was riding. “In hindsight, I wish I would have watched a bit more. Purdy and I had a runout at the angled brushes after the up bank, and I think had I watched more I would have seen that a lot of horses weren’t reading the question very well. I would have taken the option there, but I think those decisions will come more naturally to me with more experience.”

Out on course, Lauren had the time of her life. It wasn’t the clear round she had hoped for, but Purdy jumped his heart out, and her mind felt sound as she tackled every question Pierre Michelet threw her way. “The mistakes I made came from a lack of experience and seeing new things,” she said. “I think Purdy and I both gained a lot of education out there and more motivation to keep trying the hard stuff so that we can be better prepared next time. We could have ended up heartbroken, but it was just the right ending.”

Lauren was tasked with the unenviable job of going first in the show jumping ring on the final day of competition. Not knowing for certain how the time would ride, Lauren did her best to ride the horse she had that day.

“I honestly probably left a stride out of every line, which likely confused all of the other riders!” Lauren said. “But Purdy likes to jump from that open gap spot, and I was trying to ride forward with a soft rein. I had two down, which I didn’t know at the time would actually end up being a pretty good round. In that sense, it was fortunate to go first because I didn’t have the pressure that other riders did. I do think that Great Meadow really helped prepare us for show jumping in that stadium with that type of course.”

Lauren's welcome home. Photo via Lauren on Facebook.

Lauren’s welcome home to California. Photo courtesy of Lauren Billys.

‘It really sealed my fate’

As Lauren landed off of her last fence, officially completing her first Olympic experience, all she could think was that she was unequivocally addicted to the sport, even more so than she was before. If there was ever any doubt that this was her calling in life, it was erased as Lauren took in the scene at Deodoro before exiting the ring for the final time.

“When I came through those flags, I knew this was a lifetime deal for me,” Lauren said. “The Olympics have been a goal for so long, it’s hard to think about what comes after. But that moment settled it for me. I just couldn’t stop thinking about how lucky I was to be able to do this with this horse, and it really sealed my fate. I will be back.”

Not one to sit on her laurels, Lauren is already making preparations to return to the Olympics, aiming next for the World Equestrian Games in 2018 and the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. She has another horse, Marseille, coming up through the levels and who she hopes to also qualify for the 2018 WEG.

As for Purdy, Lauren plans to head to Kentucky next spring to contest Rolex for the first time and also would like to travel overseas with both of her horses to gain more experience and optimize her performance for her next major championships.

“I would ideally love to take them both to Europe in the fall,” she said. “I just think we’d be that much more prepared from going over there. I came home hungry, and we’re ready to just keep training and moving forward. We have a lot to look forward to.”

Tuesday Video from SpectraVET: This AEC Recap Will Give You Chills

Rio may be over, but the #TwoHearts movement continues to make waves throughout the equestrian community. This stunning recap following the Nutrena USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Land Rover created a buzz on social media upon its release, and we can certainly see why.

Combining top-notch video footage with the perfect music and several sound bytes from the announcer, this recap has us itching to see the next go-round of this destination event in North Carolina.

Hats off to the many minds who made this event possible, and we look forward to seeing you all next year. Go Eventing!

#AEC16: WebsiteFinal Scores, EN’s CoverageInstagram

Why SpectraVET?

Reliable. Effective. Affordable.

SpectraVET is committed to providing only the highest-quality products and services to our customers, and to educating the world in the science and art of laser therapy.

We design and manufacture the broadest range of clinically-proven veterinary therapeutic laser products, which are represented and supported worldwide by our network of specialist distributors and authorized service centers.

Tuesday News & Notes from Cavalor

Sir Rockstar had his wings on at the Cottesmore Leap this weekend for Libby Head. Someone give these two a Red Bull sponsorship! Photo via Libby on Facebook. Sir Rockstar had his wings on at the Cottesmore Leap this weekend for Libby Head. Someone give these two a Red Bull sponsorship! Photo via Libby on Facebook.

Seriously, why doesn’t Red Bull buy into eventing? Their slogan alone is just perfect: “Red Bull Gives You Wings” — can you imagine? Just take a look at this photo of Libby Head and her diminutive Sir Rockstar making short work of the Cottesmore Leap at Burghley. You can’t say these two didn’t have their wings on that day. Let’s get on it, Red Bull!

Events Opening This Week:

Hagyard Midsouth Three-day Event & Team Challenge H.T. (KY, A-8) Fresno County Horse Park Horse Trials (CA, A-6) Waredaca H.T. and Classic 3 Day Event (MD, A-2) Pine Hill Fall H.T. (TX, A-5) Hagyard Midsouth Three-day Event & Team Challenge H.T. (KY, A-8) Windermere Run H.T. (MO, A-4)

Events Closing Today:

Flora Lea Fall H.T. (NJ, A-2) MeadowCreek Park H.T – The Fall Social Event (TX, A-5) 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) Twin Rivers Fall H.T. (CA, A-6) University of New Hampshire H.T. (NH, A-1) Larkin Hill H.T. (NY, A-1)

News & Notes:

Riding cross country is an art, let’s face it. Some of us are more adept at this phase than others, but we can all use a little guidance in the continuance of our education. This great Cross Country 101 video series from the USEA and Lillian Heard focuses on the cross country phase at this weekend’s Nutrena American Eventing Championships. Tune in as Lillian analyzes the challenges the course presented as well as how the horses and riders handled the task. [Cross Country 101 with Lillian Heard]

A lot of thought goes into the design of the feed room in your barn. What with the ongoing hazards of moisture/heat, weather, rodents and other pests, and countless other potential problems, it’s a wonder we don’t lose our sanity earlier. The Horse addresses the needs of any feed room and how to best preserve and store your feed. Trust me, your horses will thank you! [Horse Feed Storage]

Have you bookmarked our newest sister site, Jumper Nation, yet? If not, you should definitely get on that. JN is full of great articles, press releases and how-to’s, such as this one from Richard Spooner on navigating combinations. Head on over and check it out! [Richard Spooner: How to Ride a Combination]

Weekly Business Tip from Mythic Landing Enterprises:

Once you have accurately identified your business’ market, you then need to figure out where your future clients spend their time. People new to horses are likely to turn to online search engines to find you. Non-professional horse people also spend a lot of time at their computers. Horse professionals may have limited computer time, but probably have their phones on them all day (and this is where mobile compatible websites and e-blasts become important).

Tuesday Video:

Because I’m still not quite over Rio fever, here’s a flashback to the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games:

Monday Video from Tredstep Ireland: Ride Burghley Cross Country with Chris Burton

Cross Country – Chris Burton on Nobilis 18

Ride the leading round with Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials 2016 winner Chris Burton on Nobilis 18 after a challenging day at #LRBHT2016

Posted by The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials Official Page on Sunday, September 4, 2016

He came, he saw, he conquered. Australian rider Chris Burton piloted Nobilis 18, an 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding, to the big win at Burghley this weekend.

It was a tough cross country course, Capt. Mark Phillips’ specialty, that took many victims on a soggy Saturday. But not Chris Burton. Rather than let the course take his name, he skipped around to maintain his lead and went on to not only get a first CCI4* completion under Nobilis 18′s belt, but a big trophy to boot. Not too bad of a weekend!

Thanks to the media team behind the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, we can ride the cross country course with Chris and Nobilis 18 while watching their round simultaneously. Enjoy!

#LRBHT: Website, Scores, Burghley TV, EN’s CoverageTwitter, @samanthalclark, Instagram

Tuesday News & Notes from Cavalor

Rise Against's shavings for Burghley are quite royal! Photo via Bunnie Sexton on Facebook. Rise Against's shavings for Burghley are quite royal! Photo via Bunnie Sexton on Facebook.

Can you believe it’s already Burghley week? We’re going to be cheering hard for our North American contingent who will be tackling arguably the toughest CCI4* in the world. EN’s very own Samantha Clark will be our eyes and ears on the ground this weekend, so you can be sure we’ll have as much Burghley action as you can possibly handle coming your way this weekend. As always, keep it locked right here for the latest and greatest!

Events Opening This Week:

Galway Downs International Event & H.T. (CA, A-6) The Virginia CCI/CIC and H.T. (VA, A-2) Paradise Farm H.T. (SC, A-3) Ocala Fall Event (FL, A-3)

Events Closing Today:

Colorado Horse Park 3 Day Event and Horse Trials (CO, A-9) GMHA September Horse Trials (VT, A-1) Otter Creek Fall H.T. (WI, A-4) The Event Derby & Clinics at Fresno County Horse Park (CA, A-6) Stone Gate Farm H.T. (OH, A-8) Flying Cross Farm H.T. (KY, A-8) Marlborough H.T (MD, A-2) Plantation Field International CIC and Advanced Horse Trials (PA, A-2)

News & Notes:

It’s that time of year for the fall campaigns to begin in earnest! To that tune, both Robyn Fisher and Hawley Bennett-Awad are hosting fundraisers to help them reach their respective fall goals. Robyn will be competing Betawave in the 7-year-old Championships at Le Lion and Hawley is heading East to Fair Hill to contest the CCI3* with Jollybo. If you’d like to support #LetaTakesLion or #Jump4Jollybo, here is your chance! [#LetaTakesLion] [#Jump4Jollybo]

Are you attending AECs this week? The USEA has all of the info that you need as you head to Tryon, and we’re gearing up for an exciting week of eventing excitement. Don’t forget to check off your lists as you check in, and good luck to all! [Important AEC Competitor Information]

Don’t miss this moving story on Burghley rookies Nick Lucey and Proud Courage. This pair was an unlikely one, and Nick admits he never thought he’d make it past the one-star level with this horse. It just goes to show: you never know what can happen! [Burghley First-Timers]

Weekly Business Tip from Mythic Landing Enterprises:

When you are starting to outline a marketing plan for your year, the first step is to identify your market. An up-down lesson barn is going to have a different clientele than an Olympian’s training facility. A local trailer dealer is going to have a different clientele than an international saddle manufacturer. In order to not waste money, you need to identify your market accurately.

Tuesday Video:

Thrills and spills, Burghley style!

Don’t Miss This Inspiring Video About Boyd Martin

Here in America, we’re fortunate to have many great event riders to act as teachers, role models and downright heroes to the rest of us. Boyd Martin is one such rider, having carved himself a path to the top when he moved his operation to the States from Australia. He’s now become a staple on the U.S. eventing team and is a rider that many will look up to for years to come.

Purina Mills, together with Active Interest Media, produced this beautiful mini-documentary featuring Boyd and the story of his rise to the top. Aptly entitled “Stories of Greatness,” this video showcases talent when combined with grit and the willingness to keep getting up and trying.

Take 30 minutes out of your day and watch this video — we promise you won’t be disappointed!

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 www.destinationeventing.com. 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!