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Sunday Links Presented by One K Helmets

Kim Severson and Cooley Cross Border. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Raise your hand if you have a crush on Cooley Cross Border! He produced another picture perfect moment at Bromont this weekend. Though we miss Richland Park, I feel very fortunate that Bromont stepped up with another CIC. There’s one more big day, and Jenni Autry is on site to bring all the action.

National Holiday: National Aviation Day

Major Events This Weekend:

Bromont: WebsiteEntriesStart TimesScheduleLive ScoresEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Action:

GVRDC H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

Waredaca Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores] [FEH Scores] [YEH/NEH Scores]

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

Catalpa Corner Charity H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Cobblestone Farms H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Sunday Links: 

The Road to AEC: Riding for Lydia

Just Add PAM – How To Hack Your Grooming Toolkit

Olympic champions spearhead British dressage team for World Equestrian Games

Badminton winners head experienced Australian eventing squad for WEG

Defending Burghley champion to be 2018 pathfinder

Why is hoof research lagging behind other areas of equine study?

Study highlights link between changes in the gut and chronic laminitis

Report from the USEA Board of Governors August Meeting

Sunday Video: 

Tuesday Video from SpectraVet: Mongolian Insanity in The Middle

The Mongol Derby is the longest and roughest horse race on the planet. Riders traipse across the Mongolian steppe attending 25 checkpoints aboard semi-feral ponies—Genghis Khan style. Our own editor Leslie Wylie took on the Mongol Derby last year and lived to tell the tale (Don’t miss her series, Wylie v. The Mongol Derby here!).

This year 16 North Americans are contesting the race, including Practical Horseman editor Jocelyn Pierce and eventer Nicolette Merle-Smith in tandem with her fiancé Joel Scholz. There is no understating the difficulty of the race or the unpredictability of the ponies, and this year’s contest is no different. I’d suggest you follow the action via the Derby’s live updates on Twitter and check out live tracking on the website here. Here’s what the riders have been up against:

Light blue touchpaper… stand back… boom!

Light blue touchpaper… stand back… boom!

Posted by Mongol Derby on Friday, August 10, 2018

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Tuesday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

Astier Nicolas with a mid-course status update. Photo via Le Grand Complet’s Facebook Page.

It’s hard to believe WEG is less than a month away. With recent announcements and course updates coming left and right, everything is falling into place. Who has plans to watch the action in Tryon? Keep an eye out for Chinch!

National Holiday: National Creamsicle Day

Events Opening This Week: University of New Hampshire H.T. (NH, A-1) Surefire Farm H.T. (VA, A-2) Stable View Oktoberfest CIC and Horse Trials (SC, A-3) Woodland Stallion Station H.T. (CA, A-6) Fair Hill International CCI***/** (MD, A-2) ESDCTA New Jersey H.T. at the Horsepark (NJ, A-2) Jump Start H.T. (KY, A-8) Larkin Hill H.T. (NY, A-1) Fair Hill International CCI***/** (MD, A-2) FEH Central Championships at Texas Rose Horse Park(TX, A-5)

Events Closing This Week: FEH/YEH/NEH Qualifier at Loch Moy Farm (MD, A-2) Chattahoochee Hills H.T. (GA, A-3) Park Equine KY Classique H.T. (KY, A-8) Silverwood Farm Fall H.T. (WI, A-4) Woodland Stallion Station H.T. (CA, A-6) USEA AEC, Adequan Gold Cup Finals, and ATC Finals (CO, A-9)

Tuesday News: 

The German squad is officially set for the 2018 World Equestrian Games. Their final selection outing this weekend at Strzegom solidified it. Congratulations to Andreas Dibowski, Ingrid Klimke, Michael Jung, Julia Krajewski and Kai Rüder! [Germany reveals on-form eventing squad for World Equestrian Games]

Don’t miss this interview with the country’s “most underrated rider” Lillian Heard. She’s only 32 and has tackled nine CCI4* events on multiple horses. She’s also a loyal student of the sport, learning at every chance. [Lillian Heard Is The Epic Role Model We All Need]

Riders owe it to their horses to be every bit as fit as they are, Allison Springer says. She focuses on cardio and strength/flexibility. Walking or hiking are good ways to get extra cardio, and yoga can help with both strength and flexibility. [Rider Fitness with Allison Springer]

The new scoring program for the USEA Young Event Horse and Future Event Horse series will be tested for the first time today at Applewood Farm. Shout out to Steve Symansky for building the program (and note that he may be working out some of the final bugs). [FEH Scoring] [YEH Scoring]

Last weekend was for the ponies. From FEI Pony European Championships to USEF Pony Finals, there was plenty of cute to go around! [Pony Palooza: Favorite Photos From USEF Pony Finals]

Tuesday Video: 

Weekend Results: Intermediate Riders Dominate From Coast to Coast

Helen Bouscaren and Ebay won the Intermediate at Woodside this weekend. Photo by Shelby Allen.

You guys were busy out there in Eventing Nation this weekend! Let’s recognize some impressive Intermediate and CIC* riders from GMHA, Fair Hill, Otter Creek and Woodside:

GMHA Festival of Eventing

The Green Mountain Horse Association hosted their popular Festival of Eventing this weekend in beautiful South Woodstock, VT.

In the CIC*, Holly Jacks-Smither enjoyed a wire-to-wire win with her own Finely Brewed, a 7-year-old Thoroughbred (Milwaukee Brew x Capture The Spirit, by Conquistador Cielo). The pair finished on their dressage score of 27.3. You can watch their show jumping round below thanks to David Frechette:

Abby Maude was second with her own Stonehaven’s Dream. The 9-year-old Irish Sport Horse 4.4 cross country time penalties to add for a final result of 37.8. Sharon White finished third aboard Highlife’s Je T’aime, a 10-year-old Oldenburg (Der Dollar x  Juenesse D’or, by Lavarino) owned by Madeline Hartsock on 36.4 points.

In the Intermediate division, congratulations are due to Anna Loschiavo and Rodney Oakes and Gina Giudici-Oakes’s Prince Renan who picked up the win on a score of 34.6. The 15-year-old Thoroughbred was fourth after dressage and went on to add no penalties over the jumping phases. Watch their show jumping round:

Colleen Loach came in second with Qorry Blue D’Argouges, a 14-year-old Selle Francias (Mr. Blue x Hardie du Bourg) owned by Peter Barry.  The pair had 9.2 time penalties included in their three-phase result of 43.8. Sharon White was again third in this group, this time with her own Fashionably Late, an 8-year-old Thoroughbred cross (Aaron’s Gold x Fashion Plate, by Aristos B), on a score of 46.8.

GMHA Festival of Eventing August H.T.: WebsiteLive Scores

Fair Hill International

Fair Hill International had a bustling weekend with 17 horse trial divisions. Intermediate A was won by Lexi Scovil and her own Chico’s Man VDF Z, an 8-year-old Zangersheide (Chico’s Boy x  Chardonnay Z, by  Caretano Z). The pair was second on 31.2 after dressage, but a clear show jumping round put them into the lead, and a mere .8 time penalties on cross country confirmed the win.

Elizabeth Massa was second on a score of 35.8 with her own Theodore, a 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood (Unaniem x Marinus, by Faram). Dressage leaders Boyd Martin and Barry, a 9-year-old Thoroughbred owned by Boyd and Windurra USA, finished third with 39.7 points after two poles down and .4 cross country time penalties.

Boyd Martin piloting Kyra to a clear round in the pouring rain at Jersey Fresh this spring. Photo by Jenni Autry.

In the Intermediate B division, Christine Turner’s Kyra took the blue ribbon with Boyd Martin in the tack. The 11-year-old Canadian Warmblood (VDL Ulando H x Wellsley, by Weltstern) finished on her dressage score of 24.6.

Kelli Temple and Kara Angulo’s Metallica, an 8-year-old Holsteiner (Cancara x Ulysses, by Casall) earned second with one rail and 10.8 time penalties for a final result of 38.7. Third place went to Neil Donnelly with his own Fool Proof. The 15-year-old Holsteiner (Fuerst Gotthard x  Kachina, by Kalypso) finished inside the time on cross country, but had one pole down for a score of 41.1.

Fair Hill International H.T.: WebsiteLive Scores

Otter Creek Summer H.T. 

Genevieve Faith and Burned You Too. Photo via Genevieve’s Facebook Page.

In the small-but-mighty Intermediate division at the Otter Creek Summer H.T. Genevieve Faith finished first with her own Burned You Too. Only 12 cross country time penalties marred a final result of 61.8 for the 9-year-old Thoroughbred (Takur x Twice Singhed, by Twice Burned). Kristina Marth came second with her own MHS Fernhill Killey, a 7-year-old Irish Sport Horse on a score of 66.2.

Otter Creek Summer H.T.: WebsiteLive Scores

The Summer Event at Woodside

Meanwhile on the west coast, Helen Bouscaren was the big winner of the Intermediate class at Woodside’s Summer HT with her rising star Ebay. The 9-year-old Oldenburg (Escudo x Komtessa) finished on his dressage score of 32.7 as the only horse in the division to come home inside the time on cross country.

Jordan Linstedt and Janine Jaro’s  Staccato follow in second on 37.8. The 9-year-old Hanoverian (Stakkato x Certosa, by Charon) added only 4.4 cross country time penalties across the weekend. Shannon Lilley piloted Greenfort Carnival to a third place finish in the class. The 8-year-old Irish Sport Horse (Aughrim Knight x Easkey Princess) accumulated 6 time penalties in the cross country and one in the show jumping to finish on 42.7.

The Summer Event at Woodside: WebsiteLive Scores


WEG Hopefuls Out In Numbers at Hartpury, Haras du Pin, Strzegom

This was a signification weekend for high performance eventing around the world as the 2018 World Equestrian Games looms less than a month away. The nominated entry deadline is tomorrow, Monday August 13, and are still waiting for team confirmations from heavy hitters including Australia, Great Britain and France. For many, this weekend was a last chance to impress selectors, so we saw great competition across the continent and the U.K. at Hartpury, Strzegom and Haras du Pin.

Hartpury International

Tina Cook and Billy The Red. Photo by Gary Partridge/Hartpury International.

Tina Cook has had a bit of a rough year, but it looks to be turning right around as she and Billy The Red won the NAF Magic CIC3* at Hartpury International this weekend. She and Elisabeth Murdoch and Keith Tyson’s 11-year-old Baden-Württemberg gelding (Balou du Rouet X FBW Simply Red, by Stan The Man xx) were moved from fifth to first across the jumping phases adding just 1.2 cross country time penalties to finishing on a 26.8. Tina and “Billy” are both on Great Britain’s long list for WEG.

“Everything fell into place here, he nailed a good test because he is a world-class horse and I’m thrilled — it’s been a while since I’ve had a big win and it was a strong field. The ground was fantastic as was the course, and it was a great prep for the autumn events,” Tina said.

Second place belongs to WEG hopeful Piggy French. She and long listed Quarryquest Echo, an 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse (Clover Echo x Royal China, by Cavalier Royale) owned by Jayne McGivern, added only 0.4 cross country time penalties  for a three-phase score of 26.9. Piggy also earned an eighth place result with Trevor Dickens’s Vanir Kamira, who joins his stablemate on the WEG long list.

Sam Ecroyd and his own Wodan III came from outside the top ten to nab third place. The 15-year-old Anglo European gelding (Mr Concorde BJ x Tica, by Corland) had .8 time penalties added to close the weekend on 28.3 points.

In a leaderboard dominated by riders with goals of riding at the World Equestrian Games, Pippa Funnel joins the group after finishing fourth aboard Barbara and Nicholas Walkinshaw’s Billy Walk On, a 9-year-old Anglo European (Billy Mexico x Shannon Line, by Golden Bash). The pair finished on 31.2 points.

Bill Levett Elisabeth Murdoch’s 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse Lassban Diamond Lift (Easy Lift x Lassban Chow Bella, by Diamond Chin), who currently sit on Australia’s long list, finished fifth on a score of 31.4.

Hartpury International: WebsiteResults

[Cook is back on top]

Eventing Nations Cup at Haras du Pin

Maxime Livio and Pica d’Or. Photo via Hara du Pin.

Maxime Livio earned a decisive win of the FEI Eventing Nations Cup this weekend at Haras du Pin aboard Ecurio Livio and Soixante Sieze et Compagnie’s Pica d’Or, a 15-year-old Selle Francais (Tresor du Renom x Joyeuse Be d’Or, by  Hurlevent). Leading from the very beginning, the pair finished on their dressage score of 26.4. Maxime also finished 8th with Opium de Verrieres (31.5).

Louise Svensson Jähde and Waikiki 207. FEI/Libby Law Photo.

Louise Svensson Jähde, who has already been named to the Swedish team, and Waikiki 207 secured a clear show jumping round Sunday which moved them from fifth to second overall. The 12-year-old Holsteiner (Quinar x Sila, by San Patrignano Cassini), who is owned by Louise and Hans Thomsen, also finished on his dressage score of 29.4.

Great Britain’s Laura Collett and Mr. Bass earned a smashing third place finish with only 1.6 cross country time penalties marring and overall result of 30.4. This result is a shining addition to the 10-year-old Holsteiner’s (Carrico x K-Jeunesse, by Exorbitant xx) glowing resume as we await the finalization of the British team.

Andreas Ostholt and Eckl Wolf-Dieter’s Pennsylvania 28, an 18-year-old Hanoverian (Pik L x Winona, by Waldstar xx) finished fourth with a score of 30.4, and Richard Coney (GBR) was fifth on 30.6 aboard his own Kananaskis.

Potential Australian representatives in France this weekend included Emma McNab with Fernhill Tabasco, who finished 17th after having one pole down (35.4), Chris Burton with Cooley Lands, who finished 58th after 13.2 time penalties and one rail (45.5), and Robert Palm with Koko Story who finished 64th (51.4).

Looking to the team standings, France won gold in front of the home crowd, followed by the Netherlands for silver and Germany earned bronze.

FEI Nations Cup at Haras du Pin: Live ScoringLive Streaming

Strzegom Summer Series

Sandra Auffarth and Viamant du Matz. Photo by Leszek Wójcik/Strzegom Horse Trials.

Reigning world champion Sandra Auffarth had a foot perfect weekend in the CIC3* class with Nikolaus Prinz von Croy’s Viamant du Matz. She and the 9-year-old Selle Francais stallion (Diamant de Semilly x Heralina, by Voltigeur le Malin) were the only pair to manage the time on cross country, and they kept on their dressage score of 28.8—a result which earned them the spot as first reserve pair for the German team at the World Equestrian Games.

“I had a great feeling yesterday in the cross country and I was very proud of my horse. I had a good feeling about the showjumping, because my horse is a good jumper. I’m very very happy, my test went really good for me and my horse. I think the showjumping course was quite difficult, but it made it exciting and fun to watch for the audience,” Sandra said.

Christoph Wahler (GER) and his own Carjatan S, a 9-year-old Holsteiner (Clearway x Kajenna, by Galant Vert), came in second with 0.4 time penalties added for a final result of 30.2. Andreas Dibowski secured third aboard FRH Corrida, a 9-year-old Hanoverian (Contendro I x Expo, by Espri) owned by BG Corrida. This duo finished with 32.7 points. Andreas also finished fifth (39.2) with Susanne Heigel’s It’s Me xx.

Standing European champions Ingrid Klimke and SAP Hale Bob OLD slot into fourth place. Ingrid’s 14-year-old Oldenburg (Helikon xx x Goldige, by Noble Champion) took an easy cruise around the cross country for 8.8 time penalties added for a final mark of 34.

Both Andreas and Ingrid were named to the German WEG team shortly after the conclusion of show jumping. You can read the team announcement at this link.

Joining Ingrid in Tryon will be Michael Jung, Kai Rüder and Julia Krajewski, who finished 7th, 12th and 14th, respectively. Michael and his parents Brigitte and Joachim Jung’s fisherRocanna FST, a 13-year-old German Sport Horse (Ituango xx X Rose II, by Carismo) finished with 41.3 points after a confident spin around cross country added 13.2 points. Michael also won the CCI2* with Maria Stein’s Corazon.

Kai and Colani Sunrise, a 12-year-old Oldenburg (Chico’s Boy x  Larissa, by  Laudatio) owned by Bernhard Reemtsma. 15.6 time penalties were added to their dressage score for a weekend result of 45.8.

Fresh off their win at Aachen, Julia and Chipmunk FRH, a 10-year-old Hanoverian (Contendro I X Havanna, by Heraldik I) owned by Dr. Hilmer Meyer-Kulenkampff had the same finishing time as Michael and Roxy, but also had to poles in the show jumping for a final score of 48.4.

Julia Krajewski and Samourai du Thot. Photo by Leszek Wójcik/Strzegom Horse Trials.

In the CIC2*, Julia Krajewski took top honors with veteran partner Samourai du Thot. The 12-year-old Selle Francais (Milor Landais x Melitos du Thot, by Flipper d’Elle) looks to be coming back into form after elimination at Aachen CIC3* last month. This weekend he added 4.4 cross country time penalties to finish on 27.6.

Strzegom Summer Tour: WebsiteLive Scoring

Germany Announces Team for 2018 World Equestrian Games

Julia Krajewski and Chipmunk FRH. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Following the final selection trial at Strzegom this weekend, The DOKR has officially named the  horses and riders who will represent Germany at the 2018 World Equestrian Games. WEG will be hosted at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, North Carolina, September 12-16.

Here are the riders listed in alphabetical order:

  • Andreas Dibowski and FRH Butts Avedon, a 15-year-old Hanoverian (Heraldik xx x Karina-Andora, by Kronenkranich xx) owned by Manfred Giensch, Anne-Kathrin Butt and Andreas, and FRH Corrida, a 9-year-old Hanoverian (Contendro I x Expo, by  Espri) owned by BG Corrida.
  • Michael Jung and fisherRocana FST, 13-year-old German Sport Horse (Ituango xx x Rose II, by Carismo) owned by Brigitte and Joachim Jung.
  • Ingrid Klimke and SAP Hale Bob OLD, 14-year-old Oldenburg (Helikon xx x Goldige, by Noble Champion) owned by Ingrid.
  • Julia Krajewski and Chipmunk FRH, a 10-year-old Hanoverian (Contendro I x Havanna, by Heraldik I) owned by Dr. Hilmer Meyer-Kulenkampff.
  • Kai Rüder and Colani Sunrise, a 12-year-old Oldenburg (Chico’s Boy x  Larissa, by  Laudatio) owned by Bernhard Reemtsma.

The following have been listed as reserve combinations:

  • Sandra Auffarth and Nikolaus Prinz von Croy’s Viamant du Matz
  • Josefa Sommer and Florian Appe’s Hamilton 24.
  • Jörg Kurbel and Nico Hauf’s Josera’s Entertain You

[Shortlist- das sind die Kandidaten für die WEG in Tryon (USA)]


Sunday Video: Equestrians Take on The ‘In My Feelings’ Challenge

The In My Feelings Challenge has been hugely popular this summer, and it was only a matter of time until it permeated the horse world. Now we’ve seen riders across multiple disciplines dance to Drake’s hit song, “In My Feelings.”

Our sister site Jumper Nation dubbed Brittni Raflowitz up as a winner. Here’s her video:

Geena Martin has emerged as the dressage representative, showing off tempi changes in some sort of new age freestyle:

OS Dressage presents the “KeKe Challenge” 😊 We had a lot of fun with this!! 🦄💕

Posted by Geena S. Martin on Tuesday, August 7, 2018

We’ve saved the best for last as the fabulous eventer Lainey Ashker stepped up to take the challenge:

Leave it to the horse girls to show out in the #InMyFeelingChallenge. Go Eventing.

Your Sunday Live Stream Hookup: Haras du Pin, Strzegom, Pony Europeans

What’s a Sunday morning without a cross country live stream? Thankfully we don’t have to face that reality today! Grab a cup of coffee and settle in for the final day of the Eventing Nations Cup at Haras du Pin. This is a key competition in the lineup to WEG as selectors will be keeping a careful eye on the competition. So, jump right in or start from the beginning to get a taste of all the action. Click here to rewatch the cross country stream. Show jumping begins at 2:45 p.m. local time/8:45 a.m. EST.

FEI Nations Cup at Haras du Pin: Start Times and Live ScoringLive Streaming

If this isn’t quite enough for you, the Germans are out in force at Strzegom this weekend, with WEG nominated entries due tomorrow, this event will solidify the German team. With Michael Jung, Ingrid Klimke, Julia Krajewski and more in the CIC3*, you won’t want to miss a second of the action. The top 22 show jump at 3:15 p.m. local time/9:15 a.m. EST. Watch it live on their Facebook page at this link.

Strzegom Summer Tour: WebsiteStart Times and Live Scoring

While those two certainly are exciting, your heart will soar when you get a glimpse of the FEI Pony European Championships. These are some fierce competitors in an adorable package, and the show jump at 1:30 p.m. local time/8:30 a.m. EST. Click here to rewatch their cross country day.

Bishop Burton European Pony Championships: WebsiteLive StreamLive Scores


Sunday Links Presented by One K Helmets

Costa Rica at the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games. Photo courtesy of Walter Vargas.

Such fun was had at the 2018 Central American Caribbean Games last month! Pictured are members of the Costa Rican team, who were coached by Waylon Roberts. Together they finished fourth. It is a treat to see our sport growing and thriving around the world. Catch up on our report of the competition at this link.

National Holiday: National Middle Child Day

Major Events This Week:

Hartpury International [Entries] [Results]

Strzegom Summer Tour [Start Times and Live Scoring]

FEI Nations Cup at Haras du Pin [Start Times and Live Scoring] [Live Streaming]

U.S. Weekend Action:

GMHA Festival of Eventing August H.T.  [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Fair Hill International H.T.  [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

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

Otter Creek Summer H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

The Summer Event at Woodside [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Area VII Young Rider Benefit H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Times/Results]

Sunday Links:

Area III Seeks Volunteer Treasurer

Announcing Jumper Nation’s First Annual Blogger Contest

Developing Elasticity in the Dressage Horse with Isabell Werth

Through the Lens: Millbrook Horse Trials

Hock-height water best for horse back rehab, treadmill study suggests

Behavior of Horses With, Without Gastric Ulcers Compared

USEF Names Definite Entries for 2018 FEI World Singles Driving Championships

A 14-Hand Full Thoroughbred Pony Is Everything You Didn’t Know You Needed From Pony Jumper Championships

Sunday Video:

Young Rider Channels Mark Todd, Completes Pony Europeans Cross Country with One Stirrup

Louise Van Dijck and Gasmann B van het Juxschot. Photo via Equifan’s Facebook Page.

When 15-year-old Louise Van Dijck left the start box at the FEI Pony European Championships aboard Van Acker’s Gasmann B van het Juxschot, she was prepared and ready—but triumph nearly turned to tragedy when her stirrup leather snapped early in the course.

Without a hint of hesitation Louise kicked on, bearing a strong resemblance to eventing icon Mark Todd who infamously completed Badminton’s cross country in 1995 with only one stirrup. Check her out below, where the video should be queued up to her first camera appearance, if not her ride starts at 2:17:58:

“He’s a good pony he jumped—he never stopped. I did it for the team. We have the best team,” Louise, who is riding for Belgium, commented in an on-camera interview after her ride, noting her pony thought the stirrup “was not necessary.”

Placed 10th after dressage on a 31, she and her pony were in striking distance of an individual medal by their start time. While the two picked up fifty time penalties, we think she’s earned the title of Miss Stickability and certainly deserves some recognition as our standing reminder to add no stirrup work into our regular riding routines.

This was no soft course Louise was up against, and the results are proof of that. The leaderboard saw a major shuffle with dressage leaders from Germany falling out of medal position to make way for Great Britain, Ireland and France to take first, second and third, respectively.

Go Louise. Go Eventing.

FEI Pony European Championships: Website, Start Times and Live Scores, Live Stream

[Team GB In Gold Medal Position]

Belgium Names Team for 2018 World Equestrian Games

Karin Donckers and Fletcha van’t Verahof. Photo by Jenni Autry.

With exactly one month to go until the opening ceremonies, Belgium has announced their eventing squad for the 2018 World Equestrian Games, which will be held at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, North Carolina. The eventing competition will take place September 12-16.

Alec van den Abeele will serve as chef d’equipe and Marc Rigouts will be the manager for the Belgian team in Tryon.

Congratulations to the following horse and rider combinations:

  • Lara de Liedekerke-Meier and Alpaga d’Arville, a 12-year-old SBS (Wunder Boy van de Zuuthoeve x Mooney Raaphorst XX, by Shamaraan XX) owned by Larga SPRL.
  • Karin Donckers and Fletcha van ‘t Verahof, a 13-year-old Belgian Warmblood (Vigo d’Arsouilles x Southern Queen XX, by South Gale XX) owned by Karin, Joris De Brabander and Carl Bouckaert.
  • Giel Vanhouche and Azrael, a 10-year-old Holsteiner (Armand XX x Z-Luna, by Landgraf I) owned by Stal Viktory and Giel.
  • Joris Vanspringel and Imperial van de Holtakkers, a 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood (Quidam de Revel x Ava vd Holtakkers, by Argentinus) owned by Joris and Holstrust & Catharina Speerstra.

Drama has swirled in recent weeks amidst discussions that the length of Captain Mark Phillip’s cross country course may be shortened due to severe weather this summer. Many nations, including Australia, postponed final team announcements until “formal advice from the FEI and the Tryon Organising Committee of the details and distances of the cross-country course,” which they expected yesterday, August 10. Final nominated entries are due by Monday, August 13, so we can expect a flurry of finalizations next week.

To check out progress on the Tryon WEG venue, visit our gallery from July 26 here.

[Selecties World Equestrian Games Tryon.]



Tuesday Video from SpectraVet: Eventer Spirit at Millbrook

Millbrook Horse Trials 2018 from Marion Latta de Vogel on Vimeo.

Millbrook Horse Trials is a special event held at the picturesque Coole Park Farm in Millbrook, N.Y. Drawing hundreds of horses and riders each August, the hard-working organizers had their hands full this year with weather that challenged the competition. But, in true insanity-in-the-middle fashion, eventers were ready to kick on rain or shine, and Marion de Vogel captured it all.

In Marion’s words: “Throughout the events of each day, I kept thinking the weather doesn’t matter. We love our horses so much and they’re so willing and have so much heart — they’ll all get through it. And they did. Here’s the Camelot version of the weekend — as I saw it.”

Go Eventing.

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Tuesday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

Photo via Charbonnet Sport Horses.

The cute chestnut in this picture is happily showing off the months of behind-the-scenes progress with an OTTB. I’ve been lucky to spend a lot of time with William, who was sourced by Lara Anderson at Full Gallop Farm, and it’s only fitting that he completed his first three-phase there with owner Susan Thomas over the weekend. He’s so sweet and willing, the challenge is getting all those pieces to fit together. Cheers to your OTTBs!

National Holiday: National Lighthouse Day

Events Opening This Week: Marlborough H.T (MD, A-2) Sundance Farm H.T. (WI, A-4) MeadowCreek Park H.T – The Fall Social Event (TX, A-5) Colorado Horse Park Horse Trials/Derby (CO, A-9) Cedar Ridge H.T. (MI, A-8) FEH Qualifier at Loch Moy Farm (MD, A-2) FEH Championships at Loch Moy Farm (MD, A-2) Stoneleigh-Burnham School Fall H.T. (MA, A-1) Plantation Field International CIC (PA, A-2) Flora Lea Fall H.T. (NJ, A-2) Twin Rivers Fall H.T. (CA, A-6) Aspen Farms H.T. (WA, A-7)

Events Closing This Week: Town Hill Farm Horse Trials (CT, A-1) Shepherd Ranch SYVPC H.T. II (CA, A-6) Stone Gate Farm H.T.(OH, A-8) Loudoun Hunt Pony Club Fall H.T. (VA, A-2) Caber Farm Horse Trial (WA, A-7) The Event at Archer (WY, A-9)

Tuesday News:

We are keeping Caroline Martin and Sara Kozumplik Murphy in our thoughts as the two are recovering after falls at Millbrook Horse Trials on Sunday. Sara suffered some spinal fractures, and Caroline was admitted, but released from the ICU on Sunday. Both horses were uninjured. [Martin And Murphy Recovering After Falls At Millbrook]

When good ground isn’t an option, that doesn’t mean you have to scratch your cross country schooling plans. Katie Honey says doing a faux school in your arena can help accomplish many of the same goals. [Hard going: how to cross-country school effectively without running on hard ground]

Think you want to give a career in equestrian journalism a go? Try it out at Burghley Horse Trials! The four-star has launched a young equestrian journalism competition where winners will attend the competition to shadow and learn from industry professionals. Writers, photographers and broadcasters under 21 and based in the UK are invited to apply. [How you could report from Burghley: event offers unmissable opportunity]

Tuesday Video:

Millbrook Horse Trials 2018 from Marion Latta de Vogel on Vimeo.

Sunday Links Presented by One K Helmets

Photo by Amber Heintzberger.

Crazy storms and the following rainfall have made things interesting this weekend at Millbrook, or should we say #Mudbrook Horse Trials. Huge kudos to the organizers for being flexible to keep the show going! Advanced and Intermediate will have both jumping phases today with show jumping beginning at 8 a.m. and cross country starting at 10 a.m.

National Holiday: National Friendship Day

Major Events:

#Millbrook: WebsiteScheduleRide TimesLive ScoresEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Action:

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

River Glen Summer H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Catalpa Corner Charity H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Cobblestone Farms H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Sunday News: 

Intermediate and Advanced Cross-Country at Millbrook Will Run on Sunday

The USEA Classic Series Wins in the West at Coconino

Jones Visualizes Her Ride To Grab Young Rider Individual Gold

A Team Mantra Propels Zone 2 To Young Rider Gold

Matthew Wright’s eventing blog: it’s been a crazy week

Tom McEwen claims his first Festival of British Eventing title

“Broken leg” no longer career ending for competition horses

Sunday Video: Aka cutest course walk ever!

Hudson and @courtlee26 walking the Intermediate @millbrookht

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Tuesday Video from SpectraVet: Ingrid Klimke’s Aachen Helmet Cam

Cross country day at Aachen CHIO was a rollercoaster from start to finish as even top riders fell victim to Rüdiger Schwarz’s challenging course. Among those who faltered was defending winner Ingrid Klimke and SAP Hale Bob OLD. The pair had a run out at the triple brush at 16A—the most influential fence on course.

Not shying from a chance to help us all learn, Ingrid provided commentary on her ride in English over her helmet cam, explaining why and how she rode certain elements including the runout at 16. SAP Sports also provided detailed analysis of the pair’s speed and minute markers. Ride along with Ingrid and Bobby! Click here to catch up on EN’s coverage at Aachen.

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Tuesday News & Notes from Chillax

Sisterhood of the Traveling Bat. Photo courtesy of Tara Munroe.

Here is the story of a very special riding crop. It’s sort of a Sisterhood of the Traveling Bat, from Tara Munroe:

“Three years ago, I attended the Golden Spike HT in Ogden, Utah.  It was only my 2nd or 3rd event.

This June, I received a message from an eventer and member of the Wasatch Pony Club, Annie Mull.  She had found my jump bat cleaning up after the event in my stall and put my name on it.  It disappeared into storage then reappeared this spring.  In June, I received a FB message from her regarding the crop and wanting to get it returned back to me.

So fast forward to July. Anne arranged transport of the jumping bat to be delivered to me at Rebecca Farm via a surrogate and fellow eventer, Rosie. Rosie and I connected and hooked up for the handoff of the traveling bat along dressage arena #5 at Rebecca Farm.  The following picture is myself being reunited with my $9 bat after a 3 year hiatus. These two strangers met and shared stories of their days rides all because a fellow eventer went the extra mile to get an item back to its owner….. three years later!
That’s just eventers;  going the extra mile and supporting one another along the way!  Eventers rock!  Thank you Ann and Rosie for your diligence in returning my property, but more importantly for validating my love for my sport and it’s athletes!”

National Holiday: National Tequila Day!

Events Opening This Week: Copper Meadows H.T. (CA, A-6) Chardon Valley Horse Trials (MI, A-8) Course Brook Farm Fall Horse Trials (MA, A-1) Grindstone Mountain Farm H.T. (MA, A-1) Seneca Valley Pony Club H.T. (MD, A-2) Five Points H.T. (NC, A-2) Dunnabeck H.T. (IL, A-4) Feather Creek Farm H.T. (OK, A-5) Bucks County Horse Park H.T. (PA, A-2)

Events Closing This Week: WindRidge Farm Summer Horse Trials (NC, A-2) Otter Creek Summer H.T. (WI, A-4) Stanton Farms H.T. (ID, A-7) GMHA Festival of Eventing August Horse Trials (VT, A-1) Fair Hill International H.T. (MD, A-2) The Summer Event at Woodside (CA, A-6) Area VII Young Rider Benefit H.T. (WA, A-7) Colorado Horse Park 3 Day Event & H.T. (CO, A-9) Colorado Horse Park 3 Day Event & H.T. (CO, A-9)

Tuesday News: 

Burghley entries close this Friday, and so far 34 are entered. Those listed include Lissa Green with Hollyfield II, Laura Collett and Mr. Bass and Chris Burton with Cooley Lands. No Americans are currently entered in this early stage. [Entries] [Laura Collett’s rising star Mr Bass plus Lissa Green among early entries for Burghley]

The first British Dressage registered mule has earned his first dressage win. Wallace The Great earned a 67.4% in his intro section, which he performed in front of fans and media. Go mules! [Mules rule ok: Wallace The Great wins first British Dressage competition]

Off The Record garnered the attention of the eventing world when he won Great Meadow earlier this month. He is a product of the USEA Young Event Horse pipeline. In addition to YEH, Future Event Horse and New Event Horse programs are all available to the next generation of top event horses. [On and Off the Record: Young, Future, and New Event Horses]

The 2017 Ocala Jockey Club International 3-Day Event was awarded the Florida Sports Foundation’s “Small Market Event of the Year” this week. They were recognized for their outstanding efforts in the state’s sports tourism. [Ocala Jockey Club International 3-Day Event Wins Prestigious Florida Sports Foundation Award]

Tuesday Video:

Monday News and Notes from Fleeceworks

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Olympian, U.S. National Champion and now FEI North American Youth gold medalist: Mr. Medicott has had one amazing career with a slew of talented riders. He was officially retired in an emotional ceremony yesterday at Rebecca Farm. Here’s to you, Cave!

National Holiday: National Vanilla Ice Cream Day

Major Weekend Events:

The Event at Rebecca Farm C.I.C., 3DE, & H.T. [Results]

NAYC @ Rebecca Farms [Results]

CHIO Aachen [Results]

U.S. Weekend Results:

Fitch’s Corner H.T. [Results]

Full Moon Farm H.T. [Results]

Silverwood Farm Summer H.T. [Results]

Penny Oaks H.T. [Results]

Monday News:

What a weekend it was for young riders! Area II pulled out a start-to-finish victory in the two-star and Area V snuck in for the last minute win of the one star. Congratulations to this horses and riders! [Emotional Victory for Area II in the NAYC CICOY2*] [Area V Steals Gold in the CCIJ1* at NAYC]

Isabell Werth won the Grand Prix Freestyle yesterday at Aachen, but the U.S. riders gave her a run for her money. Isabell and her rival Laura Graves both felt the pressure from Kasey Perry-Glass who finished second (82.205%) with Goerklintgaards Dublet. [Werth Wins, But Perry-Glass And Graves Put The Pressure On In Aachen Freestyle]

Have you entered Majyk Equipe’s #WearGreenForJonty giveaway? To enter to win the prize pack, all you need to do is make a donation to the David Foster Injured Riders Fund. Entries close July 29. [#WearGreenForJonty Giveaway]

Monday Video:

Sunday Links Presented by One K Helmets

Despite the jam-packed eventing weekend EN is focused on (See our coverage of Rebecca Farm and CHIO Aachen), I spent my weekend covering the fancy dancing of The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team at the Nations Cup in Aachen. When I first realized I had to get up before 5 a.m. to watch dressage I was truthfully not thrilled, but once the live stream started I was quickly reminded just how cool straight dressage is! The brilliance of those horses and riders is so inspiring, and the U.S. team won silver too!

National Holiday: National Junk Food Day

Major Weekend Events:

The Event at Rebecca Farm C.I.C., 3DE, & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

NAYC @ Rebecca Farms [Live Stream] [Schedule] [Ride Times/Live Scores]

CHIO Aachen [Website] [Entries] [Start Times & Live Scoring] [Live Stream]

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Fitch’s Corner H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

Silverwood Farm Summer H.T. [Website]  [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Penny Oaks H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]  [Live Scores]

Sunday Links: 

Area II Can’t Be Beat at the NAYC

CICOY2* Cross-Country Keeps Leaders at the Top

Chatwin, Magician And Speed Demon, Keeps Rebecca Farm CCI*** Lead

The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team Earns Silver at FEI Nations Cup™ Germany

*NEW* Hazel Towers’ Burghley first-timer blog: ‘To say it’s a dream come true is an understatement’

Disaster for Germany and Britain as New Zealand claim Nations Cup glory in Aachen

Watch how MIM clip table prevents serious cross-country fall

Triple Crown winner Justify honored as model horse

Saturday Video: 

Rebecca Farm Saturday Social Media Roundup: Ride It Like You Stole It

There is something special about galloping across wide open spaces underneath a cloud-dotted Montana sky like something from a classic Western.  You guys did that today—well done, cowgirls and guys! Great cross country riding calls for celebration. Here’s Saturday at Rebecca Farm through your eyes:

The Event at Rebecca Farm: WebsiteScheduleThe Event at Rebecca Farm Ride Times & Live ScoresNAYC Ride Times & Live ScoresThe Event at Rebecca Farm Live StreamNAYC Live Stream (use code NAYCE18 for a free fan membership)EN’s Coverage

Thank you @skipperdoodlefritz for the photo!!

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#gameface @alexalapp @jenniebrannigan

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I have no words to describe how happy I am with how this week went, couldn’t be prouder of Raffey!! Our dressage boot camp paid off putting us in 9th tied in a group of 31 riders, then we accomplished my goal of finishing on our dressage score, moving us up into 1st place! I don’t have enough words to thank my amazing parents and boyfriend, the incredible @ck3daze, @my_farrier_, and friends for all the support and encouragement and valuable advice that have gotten Raffey and I here! And of course Karen @kaza1205 for all of Raffey’s massages and care to keep her in shape for this event, she’ll definitely be getting a nice massage when we get home!! 😉🤗💕🥇 • • #raffetouille #rebeccafarm2018 #bigskycountry #firstplace #eventer #horsesofinstagram #equestriansofinstagram #eventinglife #hardworkpaysoff #besthorse #giraffeylove #kerritseq #eventinghorse #highlandhands #thinlinecanada #remequestrian #buckwildbreeches

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Rebecca Farm Social Media Roundup: Work The Jog Strip!

Wow EN, you guys sure do clean up nicely! Way to turn the jog strip into your own personal runway. From bold colors to fun braids to team spirit, you guys gave eventers a good look yesterday at The Event at Rebecca Farm’s first horse inspection where we got to see all the FEI, NAYC and USEA Classic Series competitors.

Check out the lineup for the next season of Rebecca Farm’s Next Top Model:

The Event at Rebecca Farm: WebsiteScheduleThe Event at Rebecca Farm Ride Times & Live ScoresNAYC Ride Times & Live ScoresThe Event at Rebecca Farm Live StreamNAYC Live Stream (use code NAYCE18 for a free fan membership)EN’s Coverage

Accepted 🌞🍀

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After trying for 10 minutes to get Freckles to put his ears up 🙄

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Accepted!! #N3DRF2018

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Fun day at Rebecca with my wonderful teammates and my two ponies! 🦁🦄

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All of Area II passed the first jog… horse dancing starts tomorrow🎉

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Scout accepted✔️

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Wednesday Video from Kentucky Performance Products: Rebecca Farm Course Walk with Ian Stark

Dubbed the “Disney World of Cross Country Courses,” The Event at Rebecca Farm  is arguably one of the most beautiful eventing venues we have in this country. From the big sky backdrop to the thoughtful fence construction, these courses have a whimsical feel unique to Rebecca Farm. Take a spin around this eventer’s paradise with special behind-the-scenes insight from course designer Ian Stark.

The Event at Rebecca Farm: WebsiteScheduleThe Event at Rebecca Farm Ride Times & Live ScoresNAYC Ride Times & Live ScoresThe Event at Rebecca Farm Live StreamNAYC Live Stream (use code NAYCE18 for a free fan membership)EN’s Coverage

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Tuesday Video from SpectraVet: Loch Moy Intermediate Cross Country

The Maryland Horse Trials was chock full of competitors this weekend, including a few of the members of the U.S. WEG Team. Carolyn Mackintosh’s special Loch Moy Farm in Adamstown, MD, hosted competitors for their second of two summer series shows. Emma Hinke made her way around the facility to catch some of the action.

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Take Part in Something Great: BYOWB at Rebecca Farm

Are you headed to The Event at Rebecca Farm this week? Make sure to pack your own refillable water bottle because it’s BYOWB this year.

As thousands of competitors, volunteers and spectators flock to Kalispell, MT, the Broussard family is placing more emphasis on the sustainability of their destination event with their “Bring Your Own Water Bottle” incentive.

“We host thousands of people every year – it’s a privilege and we love doing it. It’s also a big responsibility. That many folks in one place for a relatively short amount of time can have a big impact on the community. In every way possible, we want to ensure it’s a positive impact,” said event organizer, Sarah Broussard. “That’s why you’re going to hear a lot more this year about BYOWB – bring your own water bottle, that is, and we’re inviting the community to jump in with both feet.”

Photo by Sara Broussard.

The event has installed water bottle filling stations around the competition venue, in addition to the traditional recycling stations for plastic, aluminum and cardboard.

“We’re providing water bottle filling stations around the grounds and hoping to promote healthy habits, increased water intake, and sustainability among our guests. This is a huge event and if everybody reduces plastic waste, even just a little bit, we can make a big difference,” Sara said. “Keep an eye out for recycling stations and please take a moment to separate out your recyclables. Your partnership helps our volunteers who will be sorting at the end of each day.”

EN applauds this effort for sustainability in our sport. If you are going to Rebecca Farm this week, join in and BYOWB!

The Event at Rebecca Farm kicks off this week, July 18-22, in Kalispell, MT. In addition to competition from Novice through CCI3* level, the event will also host the prestigious FEI North American Youth Championships (NAYC). Our own Leslie Wylie will be the boots on the ground this week, so stay tuned for much more from beautiful Rebecca Farm.

The Event at Rebecca Farm: Website, ScheduleEntries/Ride Times, EN’s Coverage

[It’s BYOWB at The 2018 Event at Rebecca Farm]