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Tuesday Video from SpectraVet: Pine Hill Helmet Cam

You may know Amanda Chance from her witty blog the $900 Facebook Pony where she chronicles her adventures with horses “Henry” and “Presto.” She took Henry for a spin around the Preliminary track at Pine Hill’s schooling show this weekend, and she got their run on camera. The two made easy work of the track despite recent heavy rains. Follow the “Go Henny” ear bonnet and ride along with them!

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 Legends Horse Feeds

Jonty and Art. Photo by Joy Pither.

Last week was a big one for Jonty Evans. He jumped for the first time aboard his partner Cooley Rorkes Drift for the first time since his cross country accident last summer. “Remember everyone this is just the start,” he posted with the video. You can watch below:

Posted by Jonty Evans on Saturday, February 9, 2019

Go Jonty.

National Holiday: National Chocolate Mint Day

Events Opening This Week: The Fork at Tryon CCI4S/CCI3S/CCI2S & HTCDCTA Spring H.T.Chattahoochee Hills H.T.Pine Hill Spring H.T.Spring Bay H.T.,

Events Closing This Week: Red Hills International H.T.Full Gallop Farm March H.T.

Tuesday News:

World Equestrian Center confirmed this week that they now have nine cases of equine influenza. The Wilmington, Ohio venue has the nine horses in isolation as they recover. The facility is in the eighth week of its winter series, so the on site veterinarian in addition to the officials have stepped up their disease prevention protocol. [Update: Nine Confirmed Cases Of Equine Influenza At WEC]

Speaking of influenza, officials in the UK have nailed down that a new strain of the virus is behind their current outbreak. The strain, Florida clade 1 H3N8, may be new, but vaccinated horses will still have some protection from it, and if they do become sick, symptoms should be weaker and stick around for less time. [New strain of equine flu behind outbreak, experts confirm]

Horseware is hiring. They are searching for a motivated individual for the position of Field Sales Executive in the Southeast U.S. This would be a majority travel position. The future Field Sales Executive should be an action-oriented horse person with 3-5 years of sales experience. To apply, send your resume to [email protected].

Congratulations to Irish eventer Aoife Clark who is expecting her first baby with husband Simon this April! [Eventing: Baby job for Aoife Clark]

Tuesday Video: The first time Rick Maynard has left the start box in 35 years. Welcome back!

Sunday Links Presented by One K Helmets

Eventers are a resourceful bunch. Cash-strapped and feeling thrifty, you’ll see many clever endeavors under the #EventerSolutions hashtag. Bec Braitling took that to heart this weekend at Fresno. Californians have had heavy rainfall this week, and she decided to use what she had on hand to clean her tack. Waste not want not!

National Holiday: National Random Acts of Kindness Day

U.S. Weekend Action:

Rocking Horse Winter II H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Paradise Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Fresno County Horse Park CCI & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Sunday Links:

FEI Olympic Qualifications Focus on Horse Welfare

Jonty Evans jumps for first time since cross-country accident

Now on Course: Like Mother, Like Son

Olympic legend to train racehorse alongside eventing career

‘I Feel More Pressure to Perform’: What It’s Really Like Getting the Ride on a Gold Medalist

Sunday Video: 

Tuesday Video from SpectraVet: An Ode to Horse Husbands

Former Top Gear host Richard Hammond lays out the most hilarious — in a it hurts because it’s true kind of way — diatribe of horse culture from the eyes of a non-horse person. Mucking and trailering all seem pretty commonplace, until you put it all together. Eventers, finally an EN post your significant other can enjoy too!

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 Legends Horse Feeds

Do you know your love language? What about your partner’s love language? Knowing the way you and your closest people receive love can transform your relationships. Use the template above for the horse people in your life to make sure they feel the love!

National Holiday: National Plum Pudding Day

Events Opening This Week: Morven Park Spring H.T.Rocking Horse Spring H.T.Full Gallop Farm March II H.T.Texas Rose Horse Park H.T.Galway Downs International H.T.

Events Closing This Week: Full Gallop Farm February II H.T.Rocking Horse III H.T.Sporting Days Farm March H.T. IIChattahoochee Hills H.T.Twin Rivers Winter H.T.

Tuesday News: 

Where is the future of our sport headed and why? EquiRating’s founder Sam Watson reflects on the whys of our eventing and how it can influence the competition in this must-read piece. [Time for Why]

Irish Olympian Eric Smiley sees a link between heavy bitting and dangerous cross country riding. In his new book, Two Brains One Aim, he explores the trend in using bitting options to achieve “control” across all three phases. [‘Why cross-country becomes dangerous’ — the indisputable link between bitting and falls]

The Interscholastic Equestrian Association is growing! Dressage has officially been folded into the roster after a three year pilot program. The board also expanded membership to 4th and 5th grade student athletes. [IEA Dressage Program to Officially Join Hunt Seat and Western Disciplines] [IEA Expands Membership to Include 4th and 5th Grade Riders]

Mother Nature has smiled favorably on northwestern Montana and Skijoring is baaaack at Rebecca Farm. There’s $20,000 in prize money for participants across an 800 ft track with challenges along the way. [Skijoring Returns to Rebecca Farm]

Tuesday Video: 

Who Jumped It Best? Ocala Winter I Intermediate Edition

This edition of Who Jumped It Best? Takes us down to sunny Ocala. Camera in tow, the fabulous Lisa Madren has rounded up many of this weekends top Intermediate finishers.

Vote in the poll at the bottom of the post for which horse and rider you think present the best overall picture.

Ocala Winter I H.T.: WebsiteEntry StatusRide TimesLive Scores

Alex O’Neal and Fury H. Photo by Lisa Madren.

Lauren Kieffer and Landmark’s Mochachino. Photo by Lisa Madren.

Kristen Bond and Enough Already. Photo by Lisa Madren.

Buck Davidson and Erroll Gobey. Photo by Lisa Madren.

Hallie Coon and Captain Chacco. Photo by Lisa Madren.

Jessica Phoenix and Pavarotti. Photo by Lisa Madren.

Mia Farley and BGS Firecracker. Photo by Lisa Madren.

Justine Dutton and MGH Heartbeat. Photo by Lisa Madren.

Pine Top + Ocala Weekend Intermediate Report

Justine Dutton and MGH Heartbeat. Photo by Lisa Madren.

If you had any doubts at all, after this weekend we can officially say that the season is fully underway. Heavy hitters took over the many divisions at both Pine Top and Ocala Winter I. We’ve got the scoop!

Justine Dutton won the Intermediate Horse division aboard her MGH Heartbeat in Ocala. Adding just 1.2 time penalties to their dressage score (29.3), they finished on a score of 30.5. Pursuing riding after a life-changing fall, Justine has thoughtfully developed the partnership with this mare, and their result today is a testament to her dedication.

Chris Barnard said it best: “There are many highs and lows with horses and today is definitely one of the highs.”

Hallie Coon and Captain Chacco. Photo by Lisa Madren.

Hallie Coon and Shannon Baker’s Captain Chacco were second on 32-points with 4.8 cross country time penalties. Lauren Lambert and her Fantastique were third (32.1) as one of only two pairs to make the time on cross country.

Liz Halliday-Sharp and The Monster Partnership’s striking grey Cooley Quicksilver wrapped up a wire-to-wire win of the Open Intermediate-A division on their dressage score of 22.9. Liz also won the Advanced combined test with Deniro Z, who is owned by the partnership of the Deniro Z Syndicate and Ocala Horse Properties.

Kylie Lyman and Joan Nichols’ Da Vinci Code bounded into second place (27.1) after achieving a double clear cross country, and Jessica Phoenix was third on a score of 28.5 with Don Good’s Pavarotti.

Kristen Bond and Enough Already. Photo by Lisa Madren.

In the Intermediate-B division, Katherine Rivera earned the win aboard her own Royal Lufttanzer. They finished on their dressage score of 30. Second place went to Kristen Bond and Liz Bond’s Enough Already on a one-rail score of 31.8, and third place was claimed by Buck Davidson and Erroll Gobey, who is owned by Cassandra Segal, Lisa Darden and Natalie Sandler (32.9).

Ocala Winter I H.T.: WebsiteEntry StatusRide TimesLive Scores

A little farther north, the Aikenites converged on Pine Top Farm in droves. Colleen Loach and Peter Barry’s Qorry Blue D’Argouges won the Advanced/Intermediate division in their first outing since WEG. They led from start to finish, adding 6.1 cross country time penalties for a final score of 45.6. Lillian Heard and her LCC Barnaby were second (50.3) and Katherine Brown and her Victor Z were third with 54.1 points.

Jenny Caras topped the Open Intermediate-A division with her Fernhill Fortitude. They cruised to 9.6 time penalties for a three-phase score of 38.2. Waylon Roberts piloted Michelle and John Koppin’s Lancaster to a clean sweep of the B division. Their dressage score of 24.1 was the best in all Intermediate divisions.

Carla Abramcheck’s Quality Time (shown) came out swinging at her first show of the season, cruising around the Intermediate at Pine Top for the win. Marley and LVS Dassett Charisma also won the Intermediate after getting their best dressage score to date. Laurie Volk’s Looks Quality had her best XC run yet in the Intermediate, adding just one rail and some time to her score. The young mares are up next in the training.

Posted by Bourke Eventing on Saturday, February 9, 2019

Husband and wife duo Tim and Marley Stone Bourke both had blue ribbons to pack in their trailer. Tim won the Open Intermediate C with Carla Abramcheck’s Quality Time after moving up from eighth place. Marley topped the Intermediate Rider division with her own LVS Dassett Charisma. 

Doug Payne was nothing short of consistent this weekend, finishing second in all three Open Intermediate divisions with his own Starr Witness, Lisa Wall’s Getaway and his Quantum Leap.

Pine Top I H.T.: WebsiteLive Scores



‘Round’ Table Discussion: Riders Talk Grand-Prix Eventing at Bruce’s Field

Learn all about the $50,000 Liftmaster Grand Prix Eventing Showcase at Bruce's Field in this live press conference. Aiken Horse Park Foundation

Posted by EQTV Network on Friday, February 8, 2019

The inaugural $50,000 LiftMaster Grand-Prix Eventing is taking shape in the heart of Aiken, S.C. at Bruce’s Field. EN shared the tentative entry list earlier this week, and we’re excited to see many of our country’s best riders joined by the likes of William Fox-Pitt and Andrew Hoy.

The Aiken Horse Park Foundation rounded up a few of the competitors you can expect to see for an evening Q&A earlier this weekend. Phillip Dutton, Boyd Martin, Doug Payne, Ryan Wood, Waylon Roberts and Colleen Loach talk about their horses, the showcase’s place in their training schedule and why they are #TeamAiken. Take a listen!

Grand Prix Eventing is a USEF Advanced level recognized competition held March 1-2 at Bruce’s Field in Aiken, S.C. Dressage and show jumping will take place on Friday, March 1, and cross country will be held in the afternoon on Sunday, March 2. If you missed our sneak peak of the jumps — which will all have an Aiken theme — don’t miss it here.

This will be a fun outing to enjoy a bite-sized version of eventing, so grab your friends, bring and picnic and come see us at Bruce’s Field. General admission tickets cost $12 per day, or you can purchase a weekend pass for $20. Click here to purchase general admission tickets. You can also find information on VIP tickets at this link.

The entire competition will be live streamed both here on EN and on EQTV Network, hosted by EN’s own Jenni Autry alongside the dynamic John Kyle. You won’t want to miss a second of it. Keep it locked on EN for all the latest.

Grand-Prix Eventing: Website, Tickets, EN’s Coverage



Sunday Links Presented by One K Helmets

Photo by Sally Cousins.

We’re so glad to see dogs like Sally Cousin’s Tiny Thomas finally getting the recognition they deserve. All those hours they spend following you around at horse shows and sitting in the arena with you are for a good cause. If you have some assistant trainers of your own, make sure you tag them on Instagram with #DogsofEN for a chance to be featured.

National Holiday: National Umbrella Day

U.S. Weekend Action:

Full Gallop February H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Ocala Winter I H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Pine Top I H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Sunday Links: 

Eventing icon Michael Jung beats world’s best showjumpers: ‘I find it quite funny’

‘No one should suffer in silence’: eventers discuss their mental health to encourage others to speak up

Upstage (1991-2019)

Equestrian events cancelled as more cases of flu confirmed

Now On Course: An Eventful Life
Sunday Video: 


Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: Fall in Love with These Five Listings

In the market for a new four-legged partner? You may find your unicorn on our sister site, Sport Horse Nation. To help with the search, we’re going to feature a selection of current listings here on EN each week. We include the ad copy provided; click the links for videos, pricing and contact information.

Valentines Day is just around the corner! Let us play cupid — it could be love at first site for you and these five horses listed for sale on Sport Horse Nation! Go ahead, think with your heart.

The Peacemaker. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

The Peacemaker~BN/Novice Packer

The Peacemaker
2011 16.2h Liver Chestnut TBX Gelding

Nelson has miles thru Training Level eventing and would make a great BN/N packer for a Jr or AA. He is simple to jump, a ton of fun xc, and uncomplicated to flat. He’s a good mover, has a lead change and is a very solid citizen in every respect! Super option for Jr/AA to event or for the Equitation. Located in South Carolina.

Tonka. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

2012 16.2h Trakehner/Thoroughbred Gelding

Tonka is currently showing with a young rider at Training level in Ocala, FL with scope for more and good dressage scores. He has a very sweet personality and is eager to please. Easy keeper.

Junior, young rider or adult amateur friendly.

Tre’ Jolie. Photo by Sport Horse Nation.

Tre’ Jolie Preliminary Training Packer

For Sale: Training and Preliminary Packer. 16.1h, April 2004 Irish Draft Sport Horse Mare. Tre’ Jolie AKA Jojo, is every amateurs dream. Having competed up through the preliminary level, Jojo is the ideal horse for an adult amateur or junior looking to learn while being competitive. Very rideable on the flat and a clean, careful jumper. Would make a fantastic straight show jumper. Always in the ribbons and very competitive in all three phases. Low key, fantastic ground manners, and always a barn favorite. Not available for lease. Priced at 45k. More video or photos upon request. Located in Florence, SC, but consistently in the Aiken, Southern Pines, and Charlotte area.

Waterboy. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Amateur Friendly Gelding

Dewey (USEA name Waterboy) is a 10yo, 16.1h Thoroughbred gelding located near Lexington KY. He was restarted off the track in 2017 and since has completed two BN events with an adult amateur rider in 2018, has spent the winter working on the basics and is ready to get back in the show ring in 2019. He has three lovely uphill gaits, a careful scopey jump and is brave across the country. Runs all three phases in a rubber snaffle. He clips, bathes, cross ties, loads, trailers, stands tied at the trailer and for the vet and farrier like a dream. He hacks out alone and in company and comes back after time off quietly. He has a very goofy personality, and is very in your pocket and social. Financial and time constraints force sale as I would love to keep him but cannot campaign him to the best of his ability. Price is negotiable to a great home, and he would be well suited for a confident AA, YR or JR who wants a fun horse to finish their way. Located in Kentucky.

Always A Thrill. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Lower Level Packer

Proudly offered for sale: Always A Thrill
“Thrill” is the ideal experience horse for a JR/YR/AA looking for mileage at the lower levels. 11yr old Thoroughbred and 16H. He has experience through preliminary with a YR. Very honest to the jump and forgiving of mistakes. Easy to have around the barn and at shows. No vices. Loves to hack out and might suit the hunt field. Currently in professional program with Meghan O’Donoghue. +1 (618) 319-2000
Priced at $20,000. Located in Florida.

Listings included in this article are randomly selected and confirmed to be current and active before inclusion. Sport Horse Nation features user-generated content and therefore cannot verify or make any warranty as to the validity or reliability of information.

Michael Jung Wins All The Things at Bordeaux

Michael Jung and Corazon. Photo by Sportfot.

Winning at show jumping CSI5* and an indoor derby in one night? Just another day at the office for Michael Jung.

He kicked off a brilliant weekend in Bordeaux by sailing around a 1.40m course with fischerDaily Impressed to top the Congres et Expositions de Bordeaux CSI5*W. The 11-year-old KWPN posted a time of 61.93 seconds that remained untouched in the 39-horse division. You can find the scores for that class at this link.

He then cemented himself a back-to-back winner of the Devoucoux Indoor Derby aboard Maria Stein’s Corazon, a 9-year-old Hanoverian. The two finished with seven penalties in 123.86 seconds.

“I am very happy with the performance of my mare, Corazon. Thank you to my owner, Maria Stein, for her confidence, but also to this incredible public,” he said.

“It’s really fantastic to ride here. This year, the win was tighter and I had a little luck too, but it’s part of the game. If I finished second or third, I would have been just as happy because this course with my mare was a great moment of happiness.”

Aside from the German victor the remainder of the top ten sings with French pride. Karim Florent Laghouag gave Michael a run for his money, finishing second with Agnes Celerier’s Punch de l’Esques. This French duo clocked around in the fastest time of 117.79 seconds but also picked up 9 penalties. Maxime Livio and Boleybawn Prince were third with 14 penalties and 122.91 seconds. Also on 14 penalties was Rodolphe Scherer and Coeur de Crack, but just a hair slower on a time of 130.46.

Tonight all eyes will be on the Longines FEI World Cup™ qualifier. You can watch live on FEI TV beginning at 2:20 EST. The FEI World Cup™ Driving Final will follow at 5:10 EST.

International Jumping de BordeauxWebsite, Startlists & Results, FEI TV

Tuesday Video from SpectraVet: An Eventer’s Prayer

We’ve all been there — that moment on cross country when you think that nothing short of a divine intervention will get you between the flags. Lucky for Shannon Baker and Honor Society, they had a Lord’s Prayer shoutout from the Horsepesterer himself last weekend at Three Lakes. That plus a whole lot of leg put them clean and easy over the ditch combination.

Make sure you’ve got the volume on to listen!

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 Legends Horse Feeds

Photo via Pine Top Eventing’s Facebook Page.

Competitors may see some new stuff around Pine Top Farm this season. Here’s one of the new Advanced corners made by Rob Mobley. Good luck to all of this weekend’s competitors!

National Holiday: World Nutella Day

Events Opening This Week: Carolina International CCI and H.T.Poplar Place Farm March H.T.Southern Arizona H.T.

Events Closing This Week: Pine Top Advanced H.T.Three Lakes Winter II H.T. at Caudle Ranch,

Tuesday News: 

Eluca is USEA’s Horse of the Month! The 10-year-old KWPN gelding (Negro x Fabiola) earned the lowest finishing score at the first event of the year with owner Deirdre Stoker Vailancourt, and his favorite treat is a mandarin orange. Congratulations! [USEA Horse of the Month: Eluca]

Fitness is one of the most heavily discussed topic in tack rooms and wash racks. Is my horse fit enough? There are a lot of factors to consider including your level, your goals and your horse. [The Art of Conditioning an Event Horse]

The Florida Horse Park needs volunteers! It takes a lot of hands to keep eventing’s southern base rolling this time of year. Positions open for scribes, jump judges and much more! They’ve got food and swag in return. [Volunteer]

Tuesday Video: 

An aerial view of our winter home C Spear South! Video credit: our amazing farrier Jim Ellis who drove down from Virginia just to shoe our horses this weekend!

Posted by Bourke Eventing on Monday, February 4, 2019

Tuesday Video from SpectraVet: Muck Heap Fail


Posted by Emily Keeler on Thursday, January 17, 2019

From the very first second of the video you know exactly where this is going. Like a bad horror movie, you want to scream for her to turn back.  This is every horse owner’s worst nightmare, and she faced it head on (pun intended).

I promise Emily, we’re not laughing at you we’re laughing with you.

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 Legends Horse Feeds

Photo via Sam Gillespie Eventing.

Some say “strong willed” where others might say “brave,” but either way, Sam Gillespie’s horse decided he was finished following this grid as prescribed. At least he had the scope to pull it off!

National Holiday: National Puzzle Day

Events Opening This Week: Ocala Winter II H.T.Pine Top Spring H.T.Stable View Spring H.T.MeadowCreek Park – The Spring Social EventCopper Meadows H.T.

Events Closing This Week: Rocking Horse Winter II H.T.Paradise Farm H.T.Fresno County Horse Park CCI & H.T.

Tuesday News: 

The Florida State University Eventing Team is set to make their Championship debut in 2019. They’re grinding away to prepare their riding while also fundraising to make the trip to Chattahoochee Hills in May. If you see any FSU-wearing volunteers at Red Hills, make sure to say hello. [Watch for FSU’s Seminole Spirit at the 2019 Intercollegiate Championship]

Multi-Directional Impact Protection System (MIPS), a new safety feature, is expected to significantly increase helmet safety measures. It acts as a “low friction slip layer” that emulates the movement of the scalp in an effort to reduce brain movement when you suffer an angled impact. Charles Owen employs MIPS in their MS1 pro jockey skull. [What is MIPS technology and why could it revolutionise riding helmet design?]

A looming Brexit deadline is forcing equestrian federations to make arrangements for transporting horses. If no deal is reached before March 29th, horses leaving the UK to enter the EU will need a new type of export health certificate. A veterinarian must issue the certificate with blood sample, and it would last for 10 days. [Brexit: implications for horse owners under the spotlight]

Tuesday Video: 

Kizzy (age 5) and her pony Cinderella enjoying a gallop and jump!!

Posted by Kizzy & Etties Pony Adventures on Sunday, January 20, 2019

Sunday Video: Anna Pierce’s Rocking Horse Helmet Cam

Rocking Horse Winter I H.T. was the first outing of the year for many, including Anna Pierce and River King. The duo finished fifth in the Intermediate Rider division after a clear cross country with 3.2 time penalties for final score of 57.9.

This was an exciting finish for Anna and the 18-year-old Oldenburg, as now they can hunt down their final qualifying Intermediate run before they “chase the blue numbers” later this season.

Best of luck to them both!



Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event Releases 2019 Provisional Schedule

Oliver Townend and Cooley Master Class. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Dreaming of thundering hooves tearing across the Kentucky Bluegrass? It’s time to start getting excited for the 2019 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event. The CCI5*-L competition has just released this year’s provisional schedule, so you can get to the nitty-gritty planning of the Best Weekend All Year.

Much of the fanfare resembles past years, with the inclusion of the second annual $225,000 Kentucky Invitational CSI3* Grand Prix, which will be held after the conclusion of cross country. They sold out last year, so get your tickets now. Reserved seating is $5 with $1 going to the official 2019 charity.

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.

Wednesday, April 24
1 p.m. Cross-Country Course Open to the Public
3 p.m. First Horse Inspection — High Hope Inspection Lane
4:30–6 p.m. Competitor Arena Familiarization — Rolex Stadium

Thursday, April 25
7 a.m. Gates Open
8 a.m.–5 p.m. Hospitality Tents Open (Hospitality Ticket Required)
8 a.m. Dressage Test Ride  — Rolex Stadium
8:30 a.m.–Noon Dressage Tests — Rolex Stadium
8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Sponsor Village & Trade Fair Open
12:45–3:30 p.m. Demonstrations and Exhibitions — Walnut Ring
1:30–3:40 p.m. Dressage Tests Continue — Rolex Stadium
4:30–6 p.m. Arena Familiarization — Rolex Stadium
6:30-9 p.m.  EEI Charity Fundraising Dinner to benefit Bluegrass Land Conservancy


Friday, April 26
7 a.m. Gates Open
8 a.m.–5 p.m. Hospitality Tents Open (Hospitality Ticket Required)
8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Sponsor Village & Trade Fair Open
8:30 a.m.–Noon Dressage Tests Resume — Rolex Stadium
9:45 a.m.–4 p.m. Demonstrations and Exhibitions — Walnut Ring
11 a.m. Kentucky Invitational CSI3* Horse Inspection — High Hope Inspection Lane
1:30–4:30 p.m. Dressage Tests Continue  — Rolex Stadium
6 p.m. Kentucky Invitational CSI3* $36,000 Welcome Speed Cup 1.45m — Rolex Stadium

Saturday, April 27
7 a.m. Gates Open (including Land Rover Tailgating)
8 a.m.–5 p.m. Hospitality Tents Open (Hospitality Ticket Required)
8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Sponsor Village & Trade Fair Open
8:30–10 a.m. Prince Philip Cup Mounted Games — Walnut Ring
10 a.m.–2:15 p.m. Demonstrations and Exhibitions — Walnut Ring
10 a.m.–4 p.m. Cross-Country Test (Horses start every 4 minutes. No lunch break.)
Noon Kentucky Invitational CSI3* Course Walk — Rolex Stadium
3:30 p.m. Kentucky Invitational CSI3* Opening Ceremonies — Rolex Stadium
4:30 p.m. $225,000 Kentucky Invitational CSI3* Grand Prix — Rolex Stadium

Sunday, April 28
7 a.m. Gates Open
7:30 a.m. Non-Denominational Worship Service — Pavilion between Stonelea/Claiborne Rings
8 a.m.–3 p.m. Hospitality Tents Open (Hospitality Ticket Required)
8 a.m. Second Inspection of Horses — High Hope Inspection Lane
8:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Sponsor Village & Trade Fair Open
9:30–11 a.m. Champions Live! — Kentucky Club
11 a.m. Jumping Course Open for Competitor Inspection — Rolex Stadium
11:30 a.m. Presentation of the Teams of the USPC Prince Philip Cup — Rolex Stadium
Noon Opening Ceremony & Presentation of Officials and Flags — Rolex Stadium
1 p.m. Jumping Test Begins — Rolex Stadium
3 p.m. Presentation of the Awards — Rolex Stadium

[Provisional Schedule – Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event]

Rocking Horse Roundup + Video Highlights

Emily Beshear and Silver Night Lady. Photo by Lisa Madren.

Rocking Horse was bustling this weekend in Altoona, FL. Their first winter horse trial is a sure sign that the season is in full swing. With 29 — yes, 29! — divisions there has been a lot of action, plus video highlights from David Frechette.

Both weekend Open Intermediate divisions went to Emily Beshear with the grey wonders Silver Night Lady and Olney Uncle Sam.

Deep Purple Eventing’s Silver Night Lady picked up 4.8 time penalties, but remained on top of the A division with their final score of 30 in the mare’s first competition of the year. Kylie Lyman and Xuanatu, an 8-year-old Irish Sport Horse owned by Joan Nichols, followed second with one rail down for a final score of 35.6.

Jennifer Ward’s 12-year-old Trakehner Olney Uncle Sam had a wire-to-wire win of the B division on his dressage score of 28.6. Again, Kylie was second, this time with Joan Nichol’s Da Vinci Code. The 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse finished on his dressage score of 29.30. Hallie Coon piloted Reginald McDougal, a 14-year-old Thoroughbred owned by Shanon Baker, to a solid third place in the division with 36.6 penalty points.

Nita Sanfilippo and Alarmabull. Photo by Lisa Madren.

Nita Sanfilippo piloted her own Alarmabull to win the Intermediate rider division. The 12-year-old Thoroughbred finished on his dressage score of 31.6. Emma Partridge and Max Attack, a 16-year-old Thoroughbred owned by Emma, Shelley and Mark Partridge, moved from fifth to land in second after adding 5.2 time penalties for a three-phase score of 47.3. Third place went to Gabrielle Ruane and her own Lismakeera Brewski, a 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse, who closed the weekend on a 49.

Anna Loschiavo went one-two in Friday’s Intermediate division, finishing first with Prince Renan and second with Spartacus Q.

Anna and Prince Renan, a 15-year-old Thoroughbred/Holsteiner owned by Gina and Rodney Oakes, made the climb from fifth to first through the three phases, adding nothing to their dressage score of 31.9.

Just one rail down put Spartacus Q, a 10-year-old Hanoverian owned by Melanie Loschiavo, behind his stablemate. He finished with a clear cross country run on a 33.8.

Buck Davidson and Copper Beach, who were tied with Anna and Spartacus Q for the lead after dressage, finished third in the division. Sherrie Martin and Carl Segal’s 13-year-old Irish Sport Horse picked up 4.8 time penalties on cross country for a final score of 34.6.

Friday saw three packed out Preliminary divisions. Lauren Kieffer won two of them with Jaqueline Mars’ Landmark’s Apollo and Landmark’s Monte Carlo, and Buck Davidson took the other aboard his own and Carl Segal’s Victor B Z, a 9-year-old Zangersheide.

Landmark’s Apollo lead the A division on 23.3 points with no jumping penalties, followed by Liz Halliday Sharp and Chailey Stud Equestrian’s Flash Cooley in second on 28.6, and Ashlyn Dorsey was third on 30.4 points aboard Marcel Dorsey’s Stakkato II.

A dressage score of 20.2 and fault free jumping performances gave Landmark’s Monte Carlo the win of division B. He was followed in second by Jessica Phoenix and Jane Stephenson’s Dr Sheldon Cooper with a score of 26.7 and in third by Liz on 29.6 with her ride, Duiske Abbey, who is owned by Pru Dawes.

Victor B Z had the best score of the three divisions. His dressage score of 18.9 carried him through all three phases. Cross country time split the tiebreak between Mia Farley with her own BGS Firecracker, who finished second, and Buck with Cassie Segal, Natalie Sandler and Lisa Darden’s Erroll Gobey. Both finished on 23.

The action continues today, so follow the live scores and watch even more videos from David’s YouTube channel.

Rocking Horse Winter I H.T.: WebsiteEntry StatusRide TimesLive Scores

Get the Most Out of Winter with These Working Student Opportunities [Updated 1/27]

The annual Windchase working student polar dive. Photo courtesy of Phyllis Dawson.

The winter season is officially underway! If you’re looking for more barn time with a heaping helping of education, then a working student position might be the right fit for you.

Working for a rider is no walk in the park, but offers a unique opportunity to learn the ins and outs of training, riding and barn management from top professionals. Take a look below to check out the most current listings.

If you are looking for a working student, please email [email protected] and we will include your listing. This post will be updated periodically.

Phyllis Dawson (VA): Join the Windchase Team! Train with Phyllis Dawson (VA), Olympian and Level IV ICP certified instructor, and Cindy Anderson-Blank, current  Advanced competitor and ICP Level III Instructor. We are looking for a long-term working student at Windchase beginning in  the spring of 2019. Receive daily lessons, full board for your horse,  experience riding multiple horses, housing, and shipping to  competitions, a package with a value of over $3000 per month – in return  for barn work and horse care. You will be part of a top quality Eventing stable, train with an Olympic rider, and learning how to run a  successful business. Plenty of riding opportunities and daily  instruction, and  top class facilities. Check out our Web site: We are in the heart of the Area II Eventing community. Excellent facilities and extensive cross-country courses.  Bring your horse, ride and compete – or if you don’t have a horse take  lessons on ours. We are looking for dedicated students who can commit  to at least six months. Plus, we have a lot of fun! Follow Windchase  Eventing on Facebook and Instagram. Contact Phyllis at  [email protected] Phyllis Dawson, Windchase, Hillsboro, VA (540)  668-6024 – stable, (540) 668-6548 – home, E-mail: [email protected]

Twin Rivers Ranch (CA): Andrea Baxter and Bec Braitling are looking for a working student. Their program ranges from top international horses all the way down to breaking babies. Looking for someone to help us manage the barn, groom, tack, hack horses, ect. Email [email protected] or [email protected]

Leslie Law and Lesley Grant-Law (FL): Law Eventing is looking to fill either a working student or paid position. Working student would have room for one horse and receive all the benefits of full training board. A paid position would include four days per week. Contact Lesley by phone 352-410-9734 or email, [email protected], for more information.

Light Speed Equestrian/Lizzy Jahnke (FL): Light Speed Equestrian has a unique working student position available in Ocala, FL for the Winter season from November 1- May 1. We are looking for an energetic, self starter with a good attitude. Eventing, Show Jumping or Dressage experience is a must. This position is primarily a riding/grooming position but will include stall cleaning three days a week and away shows.

This is a great opportunity to compete and train in the heart of the Eventing community
at a premiere facility complete with a full size GGT dressage arena, GGT show jump arena, XC schooling facility with a water complex, banks, and ditches, a full size track and 100+ acres of pristine riding land. Our working student will have the opportunity to travel to the big FEI shows throughout the winter as well as the local circuit of both events and show jumping.

On site housing in a beautiful, fully furnished apartment and board and training for one horse are offered as compensation. This position is a wonderful opportunity to ride a group of high quality event horses ranging from novice to 3 star level. Contact LSE’s trainer, Lizzy Jahnke. for more information or to submit an application email [email protected]

Elisa Wallace (GA): Working student opportunity with Wallace Eventing. I have a barn full Mustangs, thoroughbreds, upper level eventers and sometimes dragons. Age: 18+ would prefer older/mature. I’m full horse/stall wise but might consider a pasture board spot available. There are plenty of opportunities to ride as well.

Barn duties: mucking stalls, feeding blanketing, tack cleaning etc, grooming, hacking, and and and…. Ability to drive a manual is a plus since that is our muck truck and it makes life easier. Warning. Jasper, Ga is a small town with not much of a social life. But if you love horses and know this is a lifestyle not made for the weak then send me an email! Email me at [email protected]

Jacob Fletcher (FL): 501 Sport Horses is looking to add to the team! We are looking for a motivated individual who is interested in being a working student at our Ocala location for the winter season (Jan-April). Our working students have the opportunity to work on improving their riding and horsemanship skills under the watchful eye of a 3* level event rider Jacob Fletcher. Duties include: barn chores, facility maintenance, grooming and tacking up, as well as some grooming at competitions. We will provide housing for you and your horse plus lessons and one day off per week. Previous horse experience is a must. Please send resumes along with references to [email protected]

C Square Farm/Courtney Cooper (SC): Want to learn from the best in the sales business on how to have a business and improve your riding and stable management skills at the same time? Then we have the opportunity for you! Four-star eventer Courtney Cooper of C Square Farm has openings in her working student program.

Be prepared for long hours and demanding work. In return we provide housing for you and your horse, lessons, one day off per week, and a small stipend for the right person with previous experience. This is a position with room for growth and opportunity—you will get out of it what you put in.

Applicants must be ready to work as part of a team where everyone works towards fulfilling their goals.Based in Nottingham, PA April thru December. Winter season is spent in Aiken, SC.

Nilson Moreira da Silva and Laura VanderVliet (SC): Stop dreaming about it and do it!! If you are passionate about horses, believe you have the ability to succeed and are willing to work hard to make your dreams reality if given the chance, we are willing to give you the chance. Working student position available in Aiken, SC starting immediately with international event riders Nilson Moreira da Silva and Laura VanderVliet. Position offers housing, lessons, plenty of riding and schooling opportunities for capable rider, possible competition opportunities, grooming, training and management experience. Busy competition and training business in the heart of eventing. Board options available. Interested candidates should private message or email a brief summary of experience and references to [email protected]

Jane Sleeper (SC): Interviewing for an eager working student to join Jane Sleeper Eventing! Bring your horse, ride & compete our horses, and learn all aspects of working, training, competing, and caring for sporthorses. Looking for Fall & Winter (Aiken SC) Sessions. Come train with ICP Gold Level YEH Professional Horse Trainer and learn from Upper Level rider. Join the Action! 603-718-4446/[email protected]



Sunday Links Presented by One K Helmets

The tack room is a perfect place for an afternoon nap.

Stephanie Rhodes Bosch Jenkins is expertly managing parenthood with her teaching and training business, and sometimes that means your kid has to take a nap in the tack room. I don’t have children, but I’d call this a parenting win. You know where they are, they have somewhere comfy to sleep and you can finish your barn chores.

National Holiday: National Chocolate Cake Day

U.S. Weekend Action:

Rocking Horse Winter I H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Full Gallop Farm January H.T [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Fresno County Horse Park Combined Test [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Sunday Links: 

Meet the 2019 USEA Board of Governors

Windurra Eventers Learn Galloping Technique from Jump Jockey Mark Beecher

PODCAST: Updates from the Volunteer Committee + Planning Your Season

An Unexpected Gift After The Woolsey Fire

Goldberg Makes A Splashy Debut At Adequan West Coast Dressage Festival

Flights of fancy: Horses benefit from jet fighter tech

Jim Wofford’s Winter Reading List

Five Cross Country Rides To Inspire You This Season

Watch and learn — literally. Watching talented riders is an underrated tool for improving your own skills. As a visual learner myself, I take a lot away from videos at top events because it shows me just what to emulate. So if your winter season has a lot more snow than horse shows, grab a few take aways from these incredible riders:

An easy start is with the cross country queen herself, Jonelle Price. Here’s the cross country ride that won her Luhmühlen aboard Faerie Dianimo:

This post would not be complete without the inclusion of Michael Jung. Watch him go at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event with fischerRocana FST:

Full cross-country: Michael Jung & fischerRocana FST 2018 LRK3DE

Michael Jung & fischerRocana FST finish Cross-Country just one second over the optimum time in 11:04. They sit on a score of 27.5 headed into Stadium Jumping tomorrow at the 2018 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event. #BestWeekendAllYearWatch all of #LRK3DE live and on-demand on USEF Network:

Posted by Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event on Saturday, April 28, 2018

Team Great Britain roll deep with cross country prowess. Ros Canter picked up individual gold and lead the group to team gold as well, but even more impressive is that all team members went double clear across country.

Doug Payne is one rider who knows how to shave off seconds. He and Vandiver were the only pair to make the optimum time at the Cloud 11-Gavilan North Carolina International.

2018 CIC3* Winners Doug Payne and Vandiver

WATCH Doug Payne and Vandiver, the only pair to make the time on cross country, gallop to the Setters' Run Farm CIC3* win! #CICIC

Posted by Carolina International CCI and Horse Trial on Sunday, March 25, 2018

Chris Burton has had many, many cracking cross country rounds. A memorable one being at Blair Castle last fall to win the 2018 Event Rider Masters Series Title with Graf Liberty.

ERM 2018 – Blair Castle – Chris Burton has done it!

Chris Burton has done it!What an event, what a year, what a series… 🙌🏻Congratulations Burto!Watch all the action again here –

Posted by Event Rider Masters on Sunday, August 26, 2018

Go eventing.

Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: 5 Excellent Ex-Racehorses

In the market for a new four-legged partner? You may find your unicorn on our sister site, Sport Horse Nation. To help with the search, we’re going to feature a selection of current listings here on EN each week. We include the ad copy provided; click the links for videos, pricing and contact information.

Eventing was built on the backs of the Thoroughbred. Their athleticism and heart make them perfect for the rigors of a three-phase competition. Truth be told, you can’t go wrong with a good OTTB. Here are five listed on Sport Horse Nation who are looking for their next cross country partner.

Henry’s Thunder. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Training Level OTTB Gelding

Henry’s Thunder (Thunder Gulch – Aunt Ginger) is a chestnut 16.1 hand 2009 OTTB gelding. He has evented through training with an amateur rider, and qualified for 2018 AECs at Training. He has been owned/ridden by an adult amateur since coming off the track in 2015 and has evented in Kentucky, Virginia, Florida, and Colorado. Henry could also excel in foxhunting, dressage, or hunters/ jumpers, and is ideal for an adult amateur or a young rider looking learn the ropes of eventing. Easy keeper, and good for vet, farrier, and loading. Respectful and sweet on the ground, and will easily cross tie, ground tie, or get tacked in the stall. He will stable away from home for horse shows or clinics with no stress. He has had a year off from competing and started getting back into full work in September with no issues. Selling because the owner is looking for an upper level horse. Priced at 14k. Located in Parker, CO. Please contact Carter Saunders at [email protected] for more information or videos.

Sir Winsome. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Sir Winsome: Quality OTTB Prospect

Sir Winsome: 2013 16.1h bay Thoroughbred gelding

This talented young event horse is easy going and the perfect match for a junior, young rider or adult amateur looking for a quality prospect to bring along. He has been cross country schooling and jumps 2’6” courses in the ring. All that’s left is to take him to a show! Snatch him up now and have fun this fall. Located in Pennsylvania.

Title Contender. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Title Contender

Third Place out of 75 in 2016 RRP Makeover Eventing Division “Sheldon” has a great mind, has competed well in the Novice and now competing in the Training division of eventing. Loves to jump. He is a very good mover and scores well in his dressage. He loads and ties and is very well mannered on the ground. No vices. Great feet. He is offered for sale after off track training in eventing and natural horsemanship. 8 y/o 16.2 OTTB. Located in Kentucky.

Dr. Shipley. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Kind, Athletic, and Sensible Gelding For Sale

Dr. Shipley is a 16 hand, 7 y/o OTTB for sale. He raced until the summer of 2018 and has since had 2 months of training in an eventing program. “Doc” has been an absolute pleasure to bring along because he is a quick learner who is quiet and well-behaved both on the ground and under saddle. He has taken to dressage, jumping, and cross-country very easily and he recently jumped a lovely round at his first jumper show. Doc is ready to compete in a horse trial and he would make an excellent horse for an Adult Amateur or young rider looking for a horse to bring up through the levels. Located in South Carolina.

Island Girl. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Island Girl: Beautiful scopey brave event prospect

Island Girl “Sissy” is a 2014 OTTB, retired sound at 3 years old, just too slow to return to race track. Brave, smart eager to please she will take you in any direction you want to go. Successful show record this year in Hunters, Jumpers and Eventing. Scored a 32.5 in dressage her first time out. Completed first cross country with only time faults, finishing 8th out of 16 Beginner Novice. Huge stride. Very calm and sensible. Located in Renton, WA

Listings included in this article are randomly selected and confirmed to be current and active before inclusion. Sport Horse Nation features user-generated content and therefore cannot verify or make any warranty as to the validity or reliability of information.

Tuesday Video from SpectraVet: This Irish Jockey Is Stickability Goals

We have seen some seriously excellent saves here at EN, but every once in a while we see a rider who truly defies the laws of physics. The amateur Irish Jockey Michael Sweeney blew spectators away at the Killeagh point-to-point at Boulta Racecourse in County Cork when he miraculously didn’t fall from Ask Heather, a 7-year-old owned by Declan Queally, after the mare knocked a front leg on the final fence. After clinging from her neck for a few strides, Michael made his way back into the saddle. And what’s more, they went on the win the race.

Here’s another look:

It has to be seen to be believed!Here is the remarkable recovery made by Michael Sweeney aboard Ask Heather at the last from the Killeagh P2P at Boulta today.The pair somehow went on to win – take a bow Michael! 👏FULL STORY – 🎥 Willie Murphy, Dunshaughlin

Posted by The Irish Point to Point Website on Sunday, January 20, 2019

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