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Tuesday Videos from SpectraVET: Chris Bartle on Rider Position

German team coach Chris Bartle taught an ICP clinic in California earlier this year, and we now have a sneak peek of his discussion on position with the riders thanks to our friends at Eventing Training Online. Providing a fresh perspective for those in attendance, Chris had many useful pieces of advice and gems to take away, as you’ll see in the videos. You can access the full footage at this link.

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National Hunt Champion Kauto Star Euthanized After Pasture Accident

The great Kauto Star. Photo via KT/Creative Commons. The great Kauto Star. Photo via KT/Creative Commons.

Kauto Star, the National Hunt champion that was trying his hand at a new career in dressage with event rider Laura Collett, has been euthanized after fracturing his neck and pelvis in a pasture accident last week.

The 15-year-old French-bred Thoroughbred gelding trained by Paul Nicholls and owned by Clive Smith, won the prestigious Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2007 and 2009. He also took home a record five wins in the King George VI Chase and was considered one of the most successful steeplechasing horses of his time.

Kauto Star retired in 2012 after winning 23 of 41 starts, having become the winningest National Hunt horse in the sport’s history, earning £2,375,883 during a career that spanned nearly nine years. Clive Smith made the decision to send Kauto Star to Laura Collet’s yard for assessment under the eyes of British coach Yogi Breisner for a career in dressage.

Just a few short months later, Kauto Star was putting on a demonstration at Olympia Horse of the Year Show in London to show his progress.

He will be greatly missed by fans all over the world who have followed his career and retirement from day one.

Rest in peace, Kauto Star.

[UPDATE]: Laura Collett has penned a tribute to Kauto Star, which you can read over on Horse & Hound.

Tuesday News & Notes from Cavalor

Hawley Bennett: Olympic Ski Jumper? Photo via Hawley Bennett. Hawley Bennett: Olympic Ski Jumper? Photo via Hawley Bennett.

Will we soon be seeing Hawley Bennett on the Canadian Olympic team … for ski jumping? It sure looks that way from this photo, but she’s decided that eventing is more her speed. If you’re friends with Hawley on Instagram, you’ll be able to see the video of her first ever ski jumping attempt and, well, we agree that Hawley is much better off on our side of the athletic spectrum!

Many props to her for giving it a shot! I can’t say I would have had the guts to do it — then again, Hawley has the guts to gallop around Rolex and Burghley so, I guess this fits.

Events Opening Today:

Colorado Horse Park CCI1*, CIC2**,T3D & H.T. (CO, A-9), Colorado Horse Park CCI1*, CIC2**,T3D & H.T. (CO, A-9), Erie Hunt and Saddle Club H.T. (PA, A-2), Waredaca Farm H.T. (MD, A-2) Genesee Valley Riding & Driving Club H.T. (NY, A-1) Full Gallop Farm August HT (SC, A-3),  Erie Hunt and Saddle Club H.T. (PA, A-8)

Tuesday News:

Attention New York eventers! Four-star rider Kristin Schmolze will be teaching a clinic at Netherwood Acres in Hyde Park, Ny. on July 11. Dressage or cross country lessons will be offered at a rate of $90 for a group or $110 for a private lesson. Kristin returns to New York throughout the year, so this is a great opportunity to work with her on a semi-regular basis. Email Sage Kurten to submit your entry for the clinic.

Voting for EN’s 5th Annual Blogger Contest is almost over, so get your vote in while it counts! While the poll will not determine the winner, we will be taking the results into account when making our final decision. Voting ends tomorrow, July 1, at midnight. [Vote for Blogger Contest Winner]

Are you ready for AECs? We sure are! While I will unfortunately miss out on what has become one of my favorite events to cover, EN will still be on the ground for the event’s final year at Texas Rose. Don’t forget — there are tons of cash and prizes up for grabs! Definitely worth the trip. [AECs Coming Soon]

How cool would it be if American Pharoah and California Chrome battled it out? That just may be what happens on October 31 in the Breeders Cup Classic. Too bad tickets are rapidly selling out — and likely will be completely gone as soon as the general public gets wind that AP is aiming for Lexington. [AP and California Chrome to Battle?]

Did you know that horses can have varying temperatures based on their breed, discipline and many other factors? As if we needed one more thing to track! French researchers are finding more and more trends when it comes to “complete temperament”, and their findings are definitely intriguing. [Different Horse, Different Temperature]

Tuesday Video Break:

Because there’s always a good reason for a Francis Whittington helmet cam, and also because Barbury is coming up in just a couple of weeks.

Allie Knowles Earns a ‘Sound’ Win at New Jersey + Other Scores

Allie Knowles and Sound Prospect.  Photo by Ivegotyourpicture.com Allie Knowles and Sound Prospect. Photo by Ivegotyourpicture.com

The Horse Park of New Jersey hosted the New Jersey H.T. 1 this weekend, welcome starters from Advanced down through Beginner Novice — a busy weekend on all accounts! Allie Knowles and Sound Prospect LLC’s Sound Prospect earned the top placing in the Advanced division, moving up from third to finish on a final score of 42.4.

Allie and “Sounder” re-routed to Jersey Fresh after retiring at Rolex, finishing 17th in a very competitive CCI3*. The ground at Jersey certainly seems to suit this pair, as it appears they made quick work of the cross country.

Emily Pestl-Dimmitt and Michelle Pestl’s Airlington, who have previously competed through Advanced on the West Coast, ended their weekend in second place, picking up 17.6 time penalties for a final score of 49.2.

Buck Davidson and Lisa Darden’s Wiley Post round out the top three at New Jersey, rocketing up from 15th place after a quick footed cross country round that accumulated just .4 time penalties. This weekend was Wiley Post’s first competition since the CCI3* at Jersey Fresh, where he finished in 13th place.

New Jersey H.T. 1: [Scores]

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Down in Georgia at Chatt Hills, Michael Pollard and Christine Turner’s Tsetserleg solidly clinched the wire to wire win in the Open Intermediate A on a final score of 41.1. This is Tsetserleg’s first full season at Intermediate and he collects his first win this weekend.

Kyle Carter and Cooley Nothing Better B moved up a couple of spots from fourth to second on a three phase score of 56.7. This was the first start since April for the 9-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding who shares the same sire as Ballynoe Castle RM.

Alex Green and one of her up and coming horses, Fernhill Bold Gesture, finished third on the weekend with a score of 57.5. This year is also this pair’s first full season at Intermediate together.

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Michael Pollard wasn’t done yet with his one win — he picked up the win in the B division as well aboard the stallion Halimey. After earning a 25.6 in the dressage, Michael and Halimey were the only pair in this division to finish on that score.

Second in the B division are Alexander O’Neal and Rendezvous With Charly, who moved up from fifth after a double clear to finish on a 40.5. This is a newer partnership, and this weekend was Alexander and Rendezvous With Charly’s third event together. Evidently things are heading in the right direction, as they’ve placed continually higher as time goes on. Perhaps a blue ribbon next?

Danielle Ditching Busbee and First Lyte complete the top three in the B division, finishing on a score of 40.6. This was a step up to a new level for First Lyte, a 9-year-old Thoroughbred mare owned by Alese Lyle.

Chatt Hills Summer 1: [Scores]

Screenshot_9It was a tough day for Open Intermediate competitors at Inavale Farm H.T. in Oregon, with six out of 11 pairs retiring or suffering elimination on cross country. It is Karen O’Neal and Barbara Flynn’s Hollywood Diva who will take home the win this weekend, finishing on their dressage score of 34.4.

In second for the weekend are Andrea Neilsen and LC O’Shawnisee, who also finished on their dressage score of 34.8. This is this pair’s highest placing at the Intermediate level to date — congratulations!

Rounding out the top three are Jen McFall and High Times, who added some time on cross country and a rail in show jumping for a final score of 45.1. Jen will be very pleased with “Billy’s” dressage performance this weekend though — he earned a 28.3 to take the early lead. Rebecca Farm will be the next stop for these two.

Inavale Farm H.T.: [Scores]

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Sunday Video: ‘If Horses Were People’ Outtakes

We all have blooper moments in life, but we don’t all put them on video for the world to see. Here’s where we tip our cap once again to SmartPak for putting together this hilarious outtake reel from the various videos they put out throughout the year.

This has us thinking … maybe we should put together our own blooper reel, perhaps from press conferences where the wine is flowing freely or from the EN tailgate at Rolex where all sorts of ridiculous activity can be seen. Or maybe we’ll just keep our embarrassing moments locked away…

What footage would go on your outtake roll?

Vote for the 5th Annual EN Blogger Contest Winner

The time has come! We’ve had too many quality applicants to count this year, and we had the difficult task of narrowing the field down to three finalists. We’ve posted all three of their entries on Bloggers Row over the last few weeks, so we hope you’ve had a good amount of content to analyze when it comes time to pick our newest team member.

We now would love to hear what your thoughts are on our finalists. We ask for your votes now, and while the votes alone will not determine the winner, the results will certainly be taken into account in our final decision making process.

We’ve listed each finalist’s entries below, so take one last glance through and vote for who you think should be the next member of the EN team. Voting will end on Wednesday, July 1 at midnight.

So, who will it be EN? Ash Hayworth? Seija Samoylenko? Or David Taylor? Each of these writers has proven their skill and talent — as well as their sense of humor — throughout this process, and we can’t thank each of them enough for their hard work.

Click here to read a bio on each finalist.

Ash Hayworth

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Round 3

Seija Samoylenko

Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

David Taylor

Round 1

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Round 3

Where Are They Now, Presented by Merial: Port Authority

Stephanie Rhodes-Bosch and Port Authority. Photo by Samantha Clark. Stephanie Rhodes-Bosch and Port Authority. Photo by Samantha Clark.

It’s been nearly two years since Stephanie Rhodes-Bosch’s longtime partner, Port Authority, has competed at the upper levels, but he’s far from retired in a field. Some horses — the ones that are truly meant to teach — end their upper-level career and go on to become lower-level masters, and that’s exactly what Port Authority has done.

Prior to his retirement, Port Authority, or “Ollie”, enjoyed a storied career with Steph in the irons. Ollie was Stephanie’s Young Rider mount in 2008 and the pair moved up the three-star level successfully, finishing outside of the top 15 just once. In 2010, Stephanie was selected to the Canadian WEG team and placed ninth individually.

Unfortunately, Ollie then sustained an injury and was eventually retired after Stephanie attempted to bring him back to competition. “We had brought him back (in 2013) and had plans to step back up to Advanced, but we were told that his suspensory wouldn’t hold up,” Stephanie said. “He flexed really well, it just showed up on the ultrasound and we couldn’t risk it.”

So Stephanie made the difficult decision to retire her partner on which she had had so much success. Stephanie then suffered another terrible blow, suddenly losing her promising young horse, Seahawk.

“Once we lost Seahawk, reality kind of set in,” Stephanie said. “At some point, I needed to treat this as a business and stop hemorrhaging money. So it was a natural transition to start to look for something for Ollie to do to take some of the strain off.”

Enter Margaret Nelson, who had been looking for a horse on which to learn. Through mutual friends, Stephanie and Margaret came to an agreement for the lease of Ollie, who got along swimmingly with his new rider.

“It’s great for both Ollie and Margaret,” Stephanie said. “He’s super quiet and generally easy to ride, but he still makes you work correctly to put him together. When she rides him properly, he rewards her with really nice work. At the same time, he’s quiet and she can go on trail rides or throw him on the trailer easily.”

Margaret Nelson and Port Authority. Photo courtesy of Steph Rhodes-Bosch.

Margaret Nelson and Port Authority. Photo courtesy of Steph Rhodes-Bosch.

Margaret’s primary focus is on dressage, which Ollie has had success in throughout his career. “I had been taking lessons at a riding school,” Margaret recalled. “But I felt like I wanted more riding time. My cousin knew that Steph was looking for someone to ride Ollie, and as soon as I rode him I just knew it would work out. It was kind of a love at first sight.”

The benefit of riding Ollie, who is well schooled and experienced, is that as Margaret progresses, Ollie can step up and present new challenges and lessons for her. It’s an evolving process, and Margaret can continue to learn as time goes on. “Ollie’s been a really good teacher,” Margaret said. “He won’t give me anything I don’t ask for.”

Stephanie couldn’t be happier with how everything has worked out. “It’s a very simple situation,” she explained. “I needed to move forward, and Margaret loves him and takes great care of him. She’s been a great find.”

Stephanie has set a goal for Margaret to earn her USDF bronze medal aboard Ollie, a goal she believes is perfectly attainable. “She’s been doing eventing dressage tests, but we’re going to progress to doing USDF tests and working towards the medals. I think it’s a perfectly attainable goal.”

As for Ollie, who is now 17, he loves having a job and another person to take care of. “I’ve had him since he was five,” Stephanie said. “He’s always been the same kind of horse, really quiet and easy to be around. I’m happy that he’s found someone to take care of now, it’s perfect for him.”

Queeny Park a Homecoming for Area IV Eventers

Riders enjoy the scenery at Queeny Park. Photo courtesy of Kick On Photo. Riders enjoy the scenery at Queeny Park. Photo courtesy of Kick On Photo.

Queeny Park is the St. Louis area’s only event, nestled in the heart of Area IV. Looking back on my childhood, some of my fondest memories are of walking our horses across the street to go school cross country at Queeny.

This event is a homecoming of sorts for eventers in the St. Louis and surrounding areas. The park itself holds many memories (and probably some of my skin from the various falls I managed while schooling), so when I was offered the opportunity to be the event photographer this year I jumped at it.

There is something to be said about your “hometown event.” There’s a feeling of familiarity, walking around a park that recalls so many memories. As with every other event I’ve had the privilege of attending, the organizers and volunteers were as friendly as could be, despite the blistering hot temperatures and, true to Missouri fashion, rapidly incoming thunderstorms and downpour.

Spectators gather on the bank to watch some cross country. Photo courtesy of Kick On Photo.

Spectators gather on the bank to watch some cross country. Photo courtesy of Kick On Photo.

There are always familiar faces to be seen at Queeny Park, as it’s a community effort to organize and run. Organizer Jill Wagenknecht did a fantastic job of ensuring the event was run smoothly — no easy task with several locations to manage and temperamental Missouri weather to contend with.

For those of us eventing in the Midwest, it’s pretty neat to see a Rolex rider among our ranks — we don’t have Boyd and Buck here in Missouri! So when Meghan O’Donoghue brought out one of her young OTTBs, it added even more flair to the event. Meghan and Scottiforgottee won the Open Beginner Novice as well, no big deal.

Meghan O'Donoghue and Scottiforgottee. Photo courtesy of Kick On Photo.

Meghan O’Donoghue and Scottiforgottee. Photo courtesy of Kick On Photo.

There was a lot of great riding to see, and horses and riders alike handled the hike to the various competition areas and the weird weather with maturity. One thing that’s always interesting to observe is a dressage test ridden in a grass ring on relatively uneven ground. Once again, the organizers did a great job of ensuring the dressage areas were as even as possible, but riding on grass always poses different challenges.

Cross country day was hot and sunny, but all horses and riders came home safely and everyone looked to be enjoying themselves on the course designed by Cathy Weischhoff. Divisions ran from Starter through Prelim/Training, with a healthy mix of seasoned pairs, young horses, and amateur riders.

Stadium day presented a challenge in itself, with torrential downpour threatening just minutes before the P/T began. Sure enough, the floodgates opened just in time for the show jumping to start, presenting a big challenge for photos and, more importantly, for staying in the tack!

Course designer Brody Robertson was on hand to supervise the footing and the course, skillfully pointing out areas that needed some reinforcement from the growing mud and even jumping under the rope several times to assist the jump crew.

Hannah Stohr and World Beyond. Photo courtesy of Kick On Photo.

Hannah Stohr and World Beyond. Photo courtesy of Kick On Photo.

Fortunately, the rain cleared in time for the lower levels to complete their last phase, holding off until the last courtesy rider had been ushered through the out gate. It was the end of another perfect weekend for St. Louis eventing.

Though the community is small, it’s close knit, and many people are involved in ensuring the long term success of the event. Thank you to each and every one of the hard working volunteers, organizers, judges, designers, riders and grooms who made this weekend run so smoothly.

It’s hometown events such as this that are the backbone of our sport. Everyone has an event they call “home” — and Area IV eventers are fortunate to be able to have Queeny Park as one of their own.

[Queeny Park Equestrian Events]

This Video of American Pharoah as a 2-Year-Old Will Give You Chills

Watching American Pharoah triumph in the Triple Crown this year was a thing of beauty, but it’s always interesting to see where these great horses came from. This video of a private workout by the Pioneerofthenile colt as a 2-year-old is sure to give you a good case of goosebumps.

No wonder there was such a buzz around AP — after seeing this work, there were several exclamations, including one person saying he was “scared of this horse.” Slap some chill-inducing music on the video, and you’ve got a pure spectacle of equine locomotion.

What do you think, EN? Would you have hedged all your bets on American Pharoah after seeing this workout? Chinch says he would have been all in.

 

USEA Cardiopulmonary Research Group Conducting Study at New Jersey H.T.

Kim Severson and Cooley Cross Border. Photo by Mark Walter Lehner. Kim Severson and Cooley Cross Border. Photo by Mark Walter Lehner.

The USEA Equine Cardiopulmonary Research Group has been working hard to collect important data that will aid the insight we have into cardiac issues in our equine athletes. They are conducting a study at New Jersey Horse Trials I, held this weekend, and have purchased additional equipment in order to allow them to include more horses in their study.

The Research Group published its latest findings in a report earlier this year, and more data is always needed to continue the success of the studies.

Made evident from the numbers studied previously, a big initiative research group this year has been to study as many horses as possible. The study at New Jersey this weekend will be the first of many planned studies to occur over the summer.

The Research Group may still be in need of participants, and competitors can find sign up sheets on the grounds. All findings will be kept confidential, and priority will be given to horses competing at the higher levels.

Participating in studies such as these is a great way to help further our sport, as knowledge is our biggest weapon when combating incidents that can drastically affect our competing horses.

[USEA Cardiopulmonary Research Group Seeks Participants]

Relive Great Meadow with Buzzterbrown

One of our favorite videographers, Buzzterbrown, has finished uploading his footage from Great Meadow last weekend, and in true Buzzterbrown form it’s a compilation you won’t want to miss.

You can relive the action from Virginia in the 14-minute highlight reel above, complete with slow motion footage and glimpses of many riders competing in both the CIC3* and the Pan Am Prep Trials.

Many thanks to Buzzterbrown for sharing his videos, and thank you again to all who made Great Meadow a great success!

Great Meadow: [Website] [EN’s Coverage]

 

Friday Video from World Equestrian Brands: Pony Club Camp Hawaii

First off, how cool would it be to go riding in Hawaii? I’ve done it once before, a little scenic beach tour in Kauai when I was pre-teen. I thought I was the bee’s knees because I remember the trail ride stopping for lunch and then we could go and untie and mount our horses on our own if we felt comfortable. Trust me, I thought I was so super cool because I could do that little task all on my own.

Anyway, earlier this month was an even better experience for Hawaii Pony Clubbers: Pony Club Camp! And what better backdrop to have? If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to go riding in Hawaii, here’s a great look. All three phases of eventing, plus a little swimming for good measure — sign us up!

If you happened to participate in this year’s Pony Club Camp Hawaii, we’d love to hear about your experience! Email sally@eventingnation.com if you’d like to share your story with us.

 

Friday News & Notes from FLAIR Nasal Strips

Kathy Noffsinger, left, and Trudy Richardson at the Florida Horse Trials Association's Spring Event Camp awards ceremony. Photo courtesy of Lori Reed. Kathy Noffsinger, left, and Trudy Richardson at the Florida Horse Trials Association's Spring Event Camp awards ceremony. Photo courtesy of Lori Reed.

Happy Friday! It’s not too thrilling of a Friday for me, as it’s moving weekend. Moving weekend, and I only started packing just before I began writing this. Go ahead and judge, everything is fine. I’m a master procrastinator when it comes to important things like moving into a new home and such. There’s also a cross country schooling this weekend that I’m missing, but everything seems to have worked out for a reason since my horse is enjoying a few days of vacation while he awaits a stifle injection.

At least that’s what I’ll keep telling myself. Everything happens for a reason. Procrastinating happens for a reason. Sure, that sounds…fine.

In other (more relevant) news, the Florida Horse Park Spring Event Camp was a big success. EN happily donated hats for the campers to wear, and they were a big hat! The Florida Horse Park will be hosting its 12th annual Awards Luncheon and Silent Auction on August 16 at the Ocala Hilton, featuring keynote speaker Clayton Fredericks.

The Horse Park is looking for silent auction donations as well as other support, so check out their website here for more information on how you can help. Go Florida Eventing!

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

Horse Park of New Jersey I H.T.  [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Chattahoochee Hills H.T.  [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Inavale Farm H.T.  [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Encore H.T.  [Website] [Ride Times]

Abbe Ranch H.T.  [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Friday News:

FLAIR Nasal Strips is a sponsor of this weekend’s Encore Farm Horse Trials in Area VIII. All riders who place first through sixth in each division will receive a FLAIR strip as a part of their prize. For those of you who are new or unfamiliar with FLAIR strips, you can check out their new application videos on their YouTube channel for more information. [FLAIR Nasal Strips]

Coach Daniel Stewart is channeling his inner John Mayer. Ok, maybe not, but the title of his latest column brings to mind one of the crooner’s songs. A renowned sport psychologist who specializes in equine work, Daniel discusses the conversations we all need to have with ourselves when riding and competing. If you haven’t check out his column over on USEA, you’re missing out! [Say What You Mean, Mean What You Say]

Recently, both Boyd Martin and Phillip Dutton were featured in the Washington Post in a write-up on their preparations for Toronto next month. It’s always cool to see eventers getting “mainstream” media coverage. Keep it up, guys! [Boyllip in Washington Post]

We all love watching horse and rider tackle the famed Hickstead Derby Bank. Horse & Hound compiled a list of the best ways not to handle this formidable obstacle. #FailFriday? [How NOT to Jump the Hickstead Bank]

Will Triple Crown winner American Pharoah tackle the Breeders Cup Classic this fall? We’d all like to hope so. After all, it’s a huge treat that this horse will continue racing through the season, so we can’t imagine it’s off the radar. Yahoo! Sports tackles the subject and gets us all excited to see him take on another field of challengers. [Will AP Run in the Classic?]

Friday Video:

Need some inspiration? Look no further than Danish Para-Dressage rider Stinna Tange Kaastrup, who was born with no legs. This doesn’t stop her from reaching for the top, though, and she’s even competed at WEG. Mind blowing, awe inspiring, and incredible. Just a few words to describe this girl.

Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin

There are so many lovely OTTBs on display this week, it was very difficult for us to just pick three. It’s also difficult for us not to pick up the phone and snatch one of these up, so the sooner you give these horses a new home the better!

Photo via After the Races.

Photo via After the Races.

Our first handsome horse this week is Medford Blue, who is a 2010 gelding available through After the Races in Pennsylvania. Standing 16.1-16.2 hands, Medford Blue (Southern SuccessBrighter Blue, by Clever Champ) with 21 starts under his belt and four wins. He earned nearly $80,000 on the track and last raced in November 2014.

According to his listing on After the Races, Medford Blue has a great personality and is sound for his next career. This one won’t last long!

Medford Blue on After the Races

Photo used with permission from CANTER Illinois.

Photo used with permission from CANTER Illinois.

Next up is this hunk of a horse from Arlington Park who is listed with CANTER Illinois. Slew Slam (Grand SlamSlew of Comfort, by Seattle Slew) is a 6-year-old stallion bred in Kentucky who won three times in 18 starts. He laced raced on June 19 and has been described as a chill horse who is mentally balanced.

CANTER Illinois lists Slew Slam as without injury or vice, although he is a ridgeling, meaning he has at least one undescended testicle.

Slew Slam on CANTER Illinois

Photo via Finger Lakes Finest.

Photo via Finger Lakes Finest.

Finally this week is a lovely mare from Finger Lakes Finest by the name of Smokin Racer. She’s a bit of an older model — foaled in 2004 — but she’s proven to be as sound as the day is long in a jaw dropping 101 starts. She’s earned more than $150,000 on the track and is well deserving of a new home where she can put her athleticism to work.

Smokin Racer (Smokin MelBroom Boss, by Kohoutek) is said to be a barn favorite and has lovely conformation to boot. She’s got a great work ethic and is sure to be a rewarding partner for her new owner. Scoop her up today!

Smokin Racer on Finger Lakes Finest

Wednesday Video from Kentucky Performance Products: Avebury Aims for Fourth Barbury Win

Our tribute to the wonderful Avebury who is aiming for a 4 timer in the 3 star in July at Barbury. Can he & Andrew Nicholson do it?

Posted by Barbury International Horse Trials on Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Barbury International is approaching July 9-12, and Andrew Nicholson and his veteran partner, Avebury, are aiming for a mind blowing fourth win in a row this year. Evidently, ths 15-year-old gelding owned by Andrew and Mark and Rosemary Barlow prefers to win events in hat trick form: he’s won Burghley three years running as well as the CIC3* at Barbury.

Andrew says that Avebury likes the atmosphere at Barbury, with its location close to home and throngs of cheering spectators. If there was ever a horse that preferred certain events more than others, it’s this one. Now, he’ll be aiming for the CIC3* again this year in his first FEI competition since (winning) Burghley last fall.

The entry list is chock full of superstars and up and comers this year, so Andrew and Avebury have their work cut out for them. You can view the full entry list, which is currently 124 strong, here. What do you think, EN? Can Avebury pull off a four-peat?

Barbury International: [Website] [Entries]

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Grab a Summer Job with These Working Student Listings [Updated 6/24]

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

It’s just about that time of year when school lets out for the next few months and you taste that elusive bit of freedom you’ve been craving all year. Not so fast, though! You’ve been eyeing a working student job all spring, and now you actually have the time on your hands to be able to go and grab the bull by the horns.

Naturally, being a working student is not for the faint of heart. Prefer to stay in the A/C surfing the web or watching Netflix? Probably best to spend your summer not working for Buck Davidson or Hawley Bennett. Do you enjoy daily (heck, even hourly) challenges? Are you a quick learner and a hard worker? Do you not flinch at the thought of being covered in sweat, dirt, manure and who-kn0ws-what-else day in and day out? Then these listings are for you.

We’ll be updating this post as listings are added and filled, so keep an eye out for us to repost this. Riders and trainers, please email sally@eventingnation.com with your listings! We are not carrying over any listings from our spring edition of Working Student Jobs, so if your position was previously listed and is not filled, please do let us know.

And for any of you who do snag one of our listed positions, we’d love to hear from you! We know you won’t have a ton of free time, but if you’re feeling extra motivated to send us some Working Student Diaries, we’d be happy to share them!

Current Working Student Listings

Tracy  Bienemann (MD): Immediate opening for a reliable, motivated person with Advanced/3* eventer Tracey Bienemann on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. This position may be applied for as a Season only or longer term position. Winter is in Aiken for 4-6 weeks. The right candidate will be extremely motivated to learn about ALL aspects of an eventing program (from the upper level horses to just starting greenies), a hard worker, and a good team player. 6-7 days of hard work in exchange for a stall at Worthmore Equestrian Center, lessons 2-5 days a week, coaching at all events, and riding opportunities for the right candidate on well schooled or green horses. Duties will include all daily chores, grooming, tacking, bathing, clipping and show prep, show grooming and travel, and some exercise or lesson rides on additional horses. If you don’t have a horse to bring, you may ride and compete a schoolmaster! Candidate must have own transportation, and living arrangements can be discussed. If you think you have what it takes send your information with references and riding video if available to tabeventing@gmail.comMore information about Tracey can be found on www.tabeventing.com

Brevard Equestrian Center (FL): Brevard Equestrian Center in Grant, FL, has an immediate opening for a working student. Duties include daily care including stall cleaning, feeding, turn in/out, grooming, tacking, riding based on ability. Compensation includes housing, lessons from trainers Lisa Smit and Dara Storm in dressage and jumping at least 4 days a week, mentoring, and education in all aspects of horse care and farm management. You will also have opportunities to ride with top clinicians. You do not need your own horse. Reduced board is offered if you want to bring a horse. Six days per week. Email a resume and video link to brevardec@aol.com or call 321-960-2305. Web site iswww.brevardec.com.

Hannah Sue Burnett (VA): HSB Eventing is looking to hire new working students! Bring your horse and enjoy being apart of a great team in Middleburg, VA this summer! Must have a car/drivers license and some experience in eventing is preferred. Contact Hannah Sue for more information.

Bystorm Farm (Olympian Garry Roque/ Shawn Ferguson) (ON): Looking for a working student for summer (or longer) 2015. Stall, lessons, coaching at shows, accommodation provided. Lots of opportunity to ride and attend all the shows in Ontario and USA. Position is for a motivated, goal-oriented, hard working individual looking to further their education in riding and stable management. Preference given to applicants with showing goals. Please inquire to sj_ferg@hotmail.com or 905.452.2672. Located in Erin, Ontario.

Courtney Cooper (PA): C Square Farm has a long-term working student position available starting immediately in Nottingham, Pennsylvania. Courtney Cooper runs one of the top eventing sale barns in the country, competes at the upper-levels with her homebred horses and keeps up with a successful breeding operation. Working students will not only receive instruction from an Advanced-level competitor, but will become well-rounded in many aspects of the horse business. Room and housing is provided and could include board for one horse. You do not need your own horse though, opportunities to ride other horses based on your ability may be available. A positive attitude and a great character are required. If an opportunity like this appeals to you please contact Courtney at csquarefarm@gmail.com to discuss further details, please also include your resume and riding video.

Durr Eventing (CA): Durr Eventing of Castro Valley, CA, a high performance training and sales program, has an immediate opening for a working student. Program operated by John Michael & Kimmy Durr, both high performance riders and trainers; J.M. is a USEA ICP Level IV instructor. Duties include tacking, untacking, some riding, graining, packing and travel to shows as well as normal farm chores (no daily stall cleaning). Compensation in the form of housing, daily lesson and $100 per week. Ideal candidate has valid drivers license, reliable vehicle, a positive attitude and a desire to learn. Candidate with out their own horse is preferred, but arrangements can be made to bring a personal horse. [Durr Eventing]

Hillary Irwin (NC): We have an immediate position available for a hard working, self motivated, responsible, and fun individual!  We are quite busy here, so an ability to manage time is essential. This is a very quiet barn with between 8-11 horses in daily work. Responsibilities include: grooming/bathing horses, setting jumps and videoing, cleaning stalls to cleaning tack (and everything in between!), helping groom at some competitions, and riding opportunities will be based on skill level. This is a great opportunity for someone who doesn’t own a horse. With the number of horses in work, you will have the chance to experience different mounts. We will provide you with housing and 3-5 lessons per week, and 4-6+ rides per week! Must have drivers license, and be 18+. This is the perfect place for someone who enjoys taking fantastic care of horses, loves being involved in the process of training horses, and wants to be part of a team! Contact hillaryeirwin@gmail.com for more information!

MK Equestrian/Molly Kinnamon (PA): Our barn works mainly out of Kirkwood, PA where we are lucky enough to train our eventing horses out in the Andrews Bridge hunt land. We actively compete in Area II with horses of all ages and levels. We also spend a few months in the winter working down south to give our horses a good healthy start to their seasons. Our working students handle all aspects of horse care and training- to me it’s incredibly important for my riders/students/employees to really truly “know” the horses. The actual program varies for each individual working student depending on if they come with or without a horse and what their personal goals are. Requirements- Good character; honesty and reliability. Please contact me with any questions! We will be starting trials right away and will be looking to have the position filled by August. molly@mkequestrian.com

Olivia Loiacono (CA): OKL Eventing is looking for a hard working and motivated working student. Equestrian experience is a must, eventing experience preferred. Learn about the program at www.okleventing.com and contact Olivia for more information. OklEventing@gmail.com

Tiffani Loudon-Meetze (SC): Eventing working student opportunity with Tiffani Loudon-Meetze. Looking for a long term, highly motivated, hard working person wanting to improve their riding skills as well as gain knowledge in horse care and management. Lovely, low key facility with brand new apartment. We are located north of Columbia, SC and 1 hour from Aiken. We offer housing, board for 1 horse, weekly lessons & transport to shows. Opportunities to ride and have lessons on other horses too. Duties include feeding, turning in and out, stall cleaning, grooming, tack cleaning etc.. 5-6 days per week. If interested please send a brief resume with references to tffn310@aol.com  Website: Tiffaniloudoneventing.com

Morningside Eventing (VA): Morningside Eventing is looking for a working student to join the team! Must be able to commit long term, six months minimum, preferably longer. Morningside will provide living, board, and training at a top class facility. Working student tasks include care of competition horses (feeding, turn-out, grooming, tacking up, and riding) 6 days per week. Please contact Connor at chusain@gmail.com

Kelly Prather (PA): Kelly Prather Eventing has an opening starting in July for a hard working eager to learn working student in Kennett Square Pa. Must have previous horse experience. Come learn the ins and outs of a top level competition barn.
Contact Kelly via Facebook messager or @ kelprather@gmail.com

Redbud Farm Equestrian/Betsy Ball/Jessie Shull (MS/FL): We are looking for a working student to start immediately. Redbud Farm is a relatively small operation, but we compete all over the east coast at national and FEI competitions, we winter in Ocala, and we have a breeding program getting off the ground. You will be an integral part of all farm actives. Duties include daily chores, grooming, and riding in exchange for training board for one horse, room and board, lessons, and trailering as well as coaching at competitions. This job will give you valuable hands on experience in every aspect of a career with horses. Previous working students have gone on to positions with other top professionals. For more information see our website (www.redbudequestrian.com) or contact us at redbudequestrian@gmail.com.

Katie Ruppel (FL): Katie Ruppel is looking for a working student to join her eventing program in Ocala, FL. Minimum 6 month commitment for free board for 1 horse, living accommodations on the farm, stipend for groceries, lessons, shipping to events. Mostly sale horses so lots of riding opportunities. Great attitude and work ethic a must. Contact Katie at 269-806-5974 or via Facebook message.

Jane Sleeper (PA): Summer working student position open now for this summer! We are busy: competing, training, schooling xc, Starter HT, show jumping, and combined tests: so much to do in Area 2! Bring your horse and ride a variety of young horses through the upper level. All duties with an individual program set up for you & your horse, and you have the opportunity to ride/compete on our horses. And join us in breaking some 2 & 3 year olds. Each student gets to design a grid and show jumping course. So much to do and learn! We are also interviewing now for the fall/winter session so let’s get going. Get in touch-Email janeesleeper@gmail.com 610-857-2514.

Lindsey Traisnel (France): Traisnel Equestrian is looking for a working student to join our team. Living accommodation, lessons, coaching, and meals when we are in the road in exchange for help with typical yard duties 6 days a week and help at competitions. We compete all over France and Europe. Possibility to bring own horse. We also have a lot of experience helping people find horses from Novice level to Olympians. This could be a great opportunity for someone looking for a horse to come compete in France for a while before taking it home. Ability to speak French before you come is not necessary. Possible use of car for responsible drivers. We have helped most of our former working students find paying jobs in the horse industry after working for us. Contact Lindsay Traisnel lindzpearce@gmail.com

Helpful Hands: Managing Sport Horses Through Bodywork

Charlotte Morris works on Dorothy Crowell's Radio Flyer. Photo via Charlotte Morris.

Charlotte Morris works on Dorothy Crowell’s Radio Flyer. Photo via Charlotte Morris.

Charlotte Morris, creator of Phoenix Bodyworks, has always seen the world through the eyes of an athlete. A former triathlete, Charlotte found success before a herniated disc changed the course of her life. Now, she’s transferred her knowledge of the human body to those of her equine clients and she’s making a difference, one session at a time.

“When I was doing triathlon, I was racing hurt all the time,” Charlotte explained. “When I was diagnosed with a herniated disc, all the doctors did was give me medication. I eventually tried massage, and it changed my life. I decided to go into massage school, thinking I’d be there for three months — I ended up staying for a year and a half.”

Charlotte has always had horses in her life and knew she wanted to be able to work on horses using her newfound knowledge. A big hurdle she found early on was that there is no licensing in place for equine massage therapists, but there was a certification program that she went through.

“I started working on horses in 2006,” she said. “I had an old, broken down racehorse that went through a lot of soundness issues that probably could have been avoided with good bodywork. I named my business after him and it’s been my full-time job ever since.”

Without a licensing program, Charlotte took courses that she knew would transfer well to horses, such as sports rehab. She’s found that many techniques used on humans can often be too painful for horses, so she has adjusted them in order to make them work for horses while reducing the amount of pressure she has to use.

“A lot of bone problems are due to tight soft tissues,” she explained. “If you address the soft tissue problem to take the pressure off the joint, a lot of times you have a fully functional joint.” She gives an example of knee problems that have plagued her throughout her own life. “I had big quads. My quads were overpowering my knees, pulling my patella to the side. My bodywork therapist told me that if we released the quad and strengthened the hamstrings, it would help. In that case, it cured the whole problem.”

When Charlotte first works with a new client, she first requires veterinary permission to work on the horse, unless the client is at a competition. She then looks at the horse’s history, or at least what is available, to look for any previous accidents or injuries.

Charlotte hangs out with Wundermaske at Rolex. Photo via Charlotte on Facebook.

Charlotte hangs out with Wundermaske at Rolex. Photo via Charlotte on Facebook.

She will palpate the entire horse, listening objectively to the owner’s description of any problems. “I don’t chase the pain,” she explained. “Sometimes, what can appear to be one problem can actually be something different. A history definitely helps, but my hands are going to tell me the most.”

Indeed, there are many glaringly obvious differences between human and equine muscular structure. For example, a horse essentially uses every muscle in its body to perform one task. “You can have one small problem that turns into a huge problem because the horse requires almost every muscle to move. If there is one ‘problem area’, I will look at the entire body to try to pinpoint a specific area.”

Charlotte’s methods have proven successful, and she soon built herself a roster of clients such as Sharon White, Jon Holling, Dorothy Crowell, and several reining riders. This year, she traveled to Kentucky to work on horses at Rolex, both eventers and reiners.

Now, she spends most of her time on the road, working on client horses and teaching classes alongside veterinarians. She is also a saddle fitter, as she feels the two concepts go hand in hand. “I like to address the whole team, human and horse. You need to know about saddle fit — that’s a huge part of bodywork.”

When asked what type of symptoms may lead a horse owner to call her, Charlotte is quick to list many. “A lot of seemingly simply issues can indicate a need for bodywork. If the horse goes with its head tilted to one side, is heavier on one side that the other, or is displaying any out of the ordinary behavior such as refusing jumps or just having a bad attitude, that can be a sign of discomfort somewhere. Everything has an explanation.”

Charlotte is a firm believer that every horse should have bodywork from a professional. “There really needs to be some sort of licensing,” she said. “Some people will go to a short course on human massage and go directly to horses, and that does not always work out.”

She’s doing her part, though, hosting educational workshops in an effort to educate others on her profession. She’s involved with a clinic series called Arion, which is an equine biomechanics and bodywork certification course. She’s got big plans for the future of her profession and wants to ensure that horses all over the country are exposed to quality work.

At the end of the day, Charlotte has found her niche in the sport horse world — even finding time to compete herself sometimes! — despite the long days and weeks away from home. “You’re on the road all the time, and you go without eating a lot,” she said cheerfully. “But it’s very rewarding. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”

Tuesday Video from SpectraVET: Celebrate #OlympicDay with This Throwback Video

#OLYMPICDAY WATCH the video of Neale Lavis, member of the four-man Australian team that made history by winning gold in Eventing at the 1960 Rome Olympic Games. Riding Mirrabooka, he was almost faultless over the three days of competition. Another legend ! #equestrian Australian Olympic Team

Posted by Equestrian Australia on Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Happy Olympic Day! Olympic Day is known as a day to celebrate and learn about the Olympics and the tradition they carry, and Equestrian Australia posted this great video in honor of the day. The video honors Neale Lavis, who was a decorated Australian eventer who helped his country win team gold and individual silver in the 1960 Olympic Games.

After his involvement with eventing, Neale went on to the racing world and was a part of the success of Melbourne Cup winner Just A Dash. Neale was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1989.

It’s always fascinating to go back and look at the sport so many years ago — how much has changed since then! Enjoy this throwback video as we celebrate the rich history of the Olympic Games.

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Nana Dalton’s Uwald Euthanized After Bramham Injury

Nana Dalton and Uwald at Bramham. Photo by Samantha Clark. Nana Dalton and Uwald at Bramham. Photo by Samantha Clark.

UK eventer Nana Dalton’s three-star ride, Uwald, owned by Sheila Barker, was euthanized last week after sustaining an injury to his hind suspensory at the Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials earlier this month, where he was competing in the CCI3*.

Uwald, a 14-year-old Dutch gelding, first began his British Eventing career with Nana in 2011, making their CIC3* debut together in 2012 at Hopetoun, where they finished 11th.

“He was my sister Tricia Price’s horse and she produced him brilliantly from Pre-Novice through to 2* level,” Nana reflected in a tribute on her Facebook page. “They also had lots of fun filled winter days hedge hopping in Leicestershire — he was a dream hunter including leading the kids ponies off him at a children’s meet two days before competing at Osberton 2*!”

“My favourite event on him was when we went to Hopetoun in 2012,” she continued. “It was his first 3-star and the first time I’d ridden back at that level for almost ten years. It was the same time as the London Olympics and sitting watching the big screen of the opening ceremony was moving and inspiring.

Nana and Ollie at Bramham. Photo by Samantha Clark.

Nana and Ollie at Bramham. Photo by Samantha Clark.

“The ground was bottomless and the course tough but I had one of my best rides ever — he was absolutely brilliant, jumped superbly, looked after us both and we crossed the finishing line with massive smiles,” Nana said.

Uwald, or “Ollie,” had battled back from a stifle injury several years ago. “We headed to Bramham with him looking and feeling better than ever — we were never going to be competitive so the plan was to give him a relatively easy run with no time pressure so we could build on this in the autumn,” Nana said. “I was so proud of him for jumping clear but it soon became clear that he wasn’t right. The vets at Bramham were excellent and the leg was bandaged up for him to travel back.”

“Unfortunately on further examination the scans revealed the extent of the injury — ironically it was his ‘good’ leg, but the years of wear and tear compensating for those other injuries had obviously taken its toll.”

The decision was made to humanely euthanize Ollie. “He leaves a massive hole in the yard and in our hearts but will always be thankful for the times we had together,” Nana said.

Rest peacefully, Ollie.

USEF Names Ranked Alternates for U.S. Pan American Games Team

Jennie Brannigan and Cambalda. Photo by Jenni Autry. Jennie Brannigan and Cambalda. Photo by Jenni Autry.

The USEF has just released the rankings of the alternates for the U.S. Pan American Games Eventing team. The first ranked alternate, Jennie Brannigan and Cambalda are hot off a win in the CIC3* at Great Meadow this weekend and will travel with the team as the traveling reserve to Toronto.

The rankings of the alternates are as follows:

Jennie Brannigan and Nina Gardner’s Cambalda, a 2002 Thoroughbred Cross gelding

Lauren Kieffer and Jacqueline Mars’ Vermiculus, a 2007 Anglo-Arabian gelding

Matt Brown and Blossom Creek Foundation’s BCF Belicoso, a 2006 Irish Sport Horse gelding

Will Faudree and Jennifer Mosing and Sterling Silver Stables’ Pfun, a 2007 Irish Sport Horse gelding

Tamra Smith and Eric Markell, Alexandra and Ellen Ahearn’s Mai Baum, a 2006 German Sport Horse gelding

Michael Pollard and Carl, Nicolas and Stanislas Bouckaert’s Cyrano Z, a 2001 Zangersheide gelding

Congratulations are in order for Jennie and the Gardners after her big win with Ping at Great Meadow and subsequent naming as the traveling reserve. We must also congratulate the remainder of the alternates as well as Team USA, who just put in a great showing in the Pan Am Prep Trials.

We’ll see you in Toronto!

[USEF Names Ranked Alternates for Pan Ams]

Pan Ams Cross Country Brings New Flavor to Will O’Wind Farm

Pan Am jumps on their way to Will O'Wind Farm. Photo courtesy of Eric Bull. Pan Am jumps on their way to Will O'Wind Farm. Photo courtesy of Eric Bull.

Course builder Eric Bull has been hard at work putting the finishing touches on the new jumps that will adorn Will O’Wind Farm’s cross country course this summer. A big benefit to Will O’Wind farm, which hosts horse trials throughout the year, is that the new fixtures on the cross country course will become a permanent part of the landscape once the Pan American Games are completed.

“The Pan Ams organizers wanted the course to be as level as possible for those who have not competed here before,” Eric explained. “So we brought in essentially all new fences to level the playing field.”

Photo courtesy of Eric Bull.

Photo courtesy of Eric Bull.

All 36 jumping efforts on the Pan Ams course are now in place, and course designer Wayne Kopping (AUS) is now tasked with the final touches on bringing his course vision to life. Eric, who builds for many U.S. events, including Fair Hill and the Wellington Eventing Showcase, spent the majority of the winter season crafting the new obstacles.

When you look at it, it’s very Canadian,” he said. “Maple syrup, beavers, maple leaves, Canadian geese, and more. It was quite a history lesson for me, which made the design of the jumps that much more interesting. It took most of the winter to build everything, probably a day or two per jump.”

Photo courtesy of Eric Bull.

Photo courtesy of Eric Bull.

Now that the cross country course has begun to take shape, Eric is looking forward to seeing how riders will tackle the two-star competition. “It had to be demanding enough to be a solid two-star, but also give options to those who may not be as prepared as others,” he explained. “Wayne has put in quite a few optional routes for those who may not be as prepared, but they are going to be very lengthy. I think he’s done a good job of balancing things; he wants everyone to get home safely.”

Eric and his team spent a little over a week in Toronto laying out the course, and the grounds were already prepared as much of the landscape work and ground preparation had been done over the course of the last year. “The thing with maintaining a course is that you get (the ground) where you want it, and you just say off of it. Let the grass grow. This course is really a luxury — the footing is great, and the weather is fairly even and should be pretty welcoming during the Games.”

Photo courtesy of Eric Bull.

Photo courtesy of Eric Bull.

While Will O’Wind is not described as having a lot of extreme terrain, Eric uses the term “rolling” when talking about the elevation changes on course. “There are a few big main fields that are quite flat, and then a few fields off to the side that get pretty rolling,” he said. “It should ride quite nice for everyone.”

Accustomed to building courses for several levels at each event, having the luxury of building for just one at the Pan Ams has given Eric the opportunity to soak in the experience and the atmosphere with time on his side. He’ll return to Will O’Wind two weeks before the Games to finish some painting jobs and landscaping. “There’s really no building left, it’s just going to be roping, flagging, and dressing,” he said. “The best thing you can do for  a course is stay off of it so it looks fresh and new when it comes time to get the horses running on it.”

Eric is looking forward to seeing another course he built in action, and he’s pleased with how well the design is shaping up. “Wayne has done a really great job with the design, and I think the goal for the Pan Ams is to further Canadian sport. I think this course will do what it needs to do and represent Canada well.”

Meet Your 2015 Blogger Contest Finalists

We announced our 2015 Blogger Contest final three last week, and we’re pleased to bring you a collection of their bios so that you may get to know them a bit better. Each one of our finalists is talented in their own right, and we are flattered that they’ve chosen to send us their work.

We will be posting each finalist’s round two entries on Bloggers Row this week, and their final entries are due this week so stay tuned for much more from this year’s Blogger Contest. Once again, we can’t thank you enough for your continued support of this contest — we can’t wait to see who our next EN team member will be! Chinch, for one, will be happy to have another person to harass.

Ash Hayworth

Photo by Cheryl Stephens.

Photo by Cheryl Stephens.

Ash Hayworth is an Area V Young Rider with big plans for an equine filled future, big plans that some (and by some I mean her parents) qualify as irrational, but nevertheless, I’m sure she’ll work something out eventually. She’s headed off to college next year, though not headed off too far, for she couldn’t possibly leave her best friend behind. By ‘best friend’ do you mean boyfriend? Of course not! I mean horse.

Said horse is an OTTB named Oliver. The two of them are looking forward to their upcoming Intermediate debut. On second thought, Ash is looking forward to their upcoming Intermediate debut and Oliver is groaning about those walk-to-canter transitions.

Round 1 Entry

Seija Samoylenko

Seija

Hey there, I’m Seija Samoylenko.  Pronounced say-a.  I’m a twenty-year-old preliminary-level event rider from Massachusetts (Area 1, the great-white north).  My family runs a dressage and eventing facility outside of Boston.  I’m lucky enough to have a feisty black mare (Roxanne) and some cool baby boy horses (Eddie and Stewie or Edward and Stuart on their better days). 

Last summer I was a working student–now just a college student, part-time restaurant employee, and struggling CrossFit newbie.  

Round 1 Entry

David Taylor

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David Taylor, 31, considers himself an up and coming adult amateur with sights set on Rolex and beyond. Living in the heart of Area II, he currently events his 7 year old TB mare, Serendipity, at training level. Making a living in the horse world as well, he is the facility manager at Sunset Hill at McCuan Farms in Woodbine MD.

He is married to a professional dressage trainer who has been his #1 supporter. Being truly encapsulated in this estrogen filled horsey world has put him in touch with his inner horse crazy girl. Dave is also the current undisputed Eventing Nation Chinch Toss world champion.

Round 1 Entry

Great Meadow CIC3* and Pan Am Prep in Photos

Jennie Brannigan and Cambalda. Photo courtesy of Valerie Durbon. Jennie Brannigan and Cambalda. Photo courtesy of Valerie Durbon.

Great Meadow successfully kicked off its inaugural CIC3* over the weekend, with Jennie Brannigan winning the CIC3* and Lauren Kieffer taking home the crown in the Pan Am Prep Trials.

The U.S. Pan American team was sent off in style to Toronto, all placing in the top five at the end of the Pan Am Prep Trial. We are excitedly looking forward to seeing this solid team compete for gold in Toronto, and this prep trial was more than enough to get us amped up for next month.

Our good friend, Valerie Durbon, was in attendance this weekend and has kindly shared her collection of photos from the event. Please enjoy these spectacular photos, and don’t forget to check out Valerie’s website here.

Go #LandRoverGMI. Go Eventing.

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