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Tuesday Video from SpectraVet: Fair Hill Rewind

It was a beautiful weekend in Maryland at Fair Hill International’s Spring Horse Trial. With CIC3*/2*/1* running alongside national levels through Advanced, there was plenty to do and see around the Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area. Major League Eventing was on site and caught some great footage, so take some time this Tuesday to rewind the Fair Hill action.

Click here to catch up on EN’s coverage.

Fair Hill CIC & H.T. [Website] [Live Results]

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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 Chillax

Eventer Promposal! Photo by Heather Skeens.

The promposal craze has officially entered the eventing world, and guys this one is super cute. Austin Skeens knows the way to Abbey Stones heart … through her horse!

From Austin’s mom, Heather Skeens: “It’s prom season! What better way for an eventer guy to ask an eventer gal to prom than with an all-Eventing promposal? Austin Skeens asked Abbey Stone to prom at the barn with their horses Rocmaster and Indiana II giving their nod of approval. Abbey said ‘Yay!’ instead of ‘Neigh!’ So it looks like they’ll be donning the formal wear instead of the barn clothes for one fun night.”

Photo by Healther Skeens.

National Holiday: National Bat Appreciation Day

Events Opening This Week:  IEA Horse Trials, Classic Training & Novice 3-Day Event (IN, A-8) IEA Horse Trials, Classic Training & Novice 3-Day Event (IN, A-8) Genesee Valley Riding & Driving Club Spring Horse Trials (NY, A-1) Waredaca H.T. (MD, A-2) The Spring Event at Archer (WY, A-9) GMHA June HorseTrials (VT, A-1) Poplar Place Farm June H.T. (GA, A-3) Carriage House Farm Combined Test (MN, A-4)

Events Closing This Week: Heart of the Carolinas 3-Day Event & H.T. (SC, A-3) Heart of the Carolinas 3-Day Event & H.T. (SC, A-3) Riga Meadow Combined Test (CT, A-1) MCTA H.T., Inc (MD, A-2) Poplar Place Farm May H.T. (GA, A-3)The Event at Skyline (UT, A-9)

Tuesday News:

The USEA American Eventing Championships is set to offer non-championship divisions for the first time this year as the competition moves to the Colorado Horse Park this year in an effort to increase the number of recognized competitions in the area. [Festival Classes Offered at 2018 USEA American Eventing Championships]

Researchers are looking for ways to prevent bone fractures in racehorses. After a study showed that there is a link between DNA and fractures, these researchers set out to help identify horses who are at a higher risk of fracture, and encourage preventative care. Ex-racehorses who retired sound will be used in the study. [OTTBs to play part in new DNA test to identify racehorse fracture risk]

Horses In The News: How horseback riding changes the lives of kids with special needs

Badminton for Dummies: The Eventing Virgin’s Guide to Badminton Horse Trials

Tuesday Video: What’s a win without a champagne shower?

Which product does Olympic medalist Phillip Dutton trust to keep his horses calm and focused at the biggest events in the world? ChillaxLearn more.

Sunday Links Presented by One K Helmets

Mara DePuy and Congo Brazzaville C. Photo by Shelby Allen.

While I’m closing out the weekend at Fair Hill, my thoughts are with Lauren Burnell, Bec Braitling and team who lost Walterstown Don yesterday at Twin Rivers. I was tremendously lucky to have the opportunity to watch that fantastic horse in person—he had a personality that commanded attention. All of us at EN send our condolences to those who loved Walter.

National Holiday: National Tax Day

Major Events:

Belton International H.T. [Website] [Entries & Ride Times] [Results]

Ocala International CCI & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

U.S. Weekend Action:

Fair Hill CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

Twin Rivers CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Fence H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Results]

Sunday Links: 

Werth And Weihegold OLD Come Through To Reclaim FEI World Cup Dressage Final Title

Breitling LS Shines On Second Day Of Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final

Flynn Flies to CIC3* Win at Fair Hill International

Rider eliminated under blood rule at World Cup jumping final

8 things you forget when you take a break from eventing

Eventing at Virginia Tech Has That Hokie Spirit

Sunday Video:

Boyd Martin & Long Island T Take CIC3* Dressage Lead at Fair Hill


Boyd Martin and Long Island T. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Boyd Martin and Long Island T (Ludwig von Bayern x Haupstsbuch Highlight, Heraldik xx) lead the way in the CIC3* after a full day of dressage at Fair Hill International in Elkton, Maryland on a score of 26.3 (39.45 under the former scoring).

“It’s been an interesting couple of weeks. We had the three-star at Carolina, then The Fork then this one and they’ve all had slightly difference atmosphere,” Boyd said. “The horses all seem to light up and buzz up in this ring (at Fair Hill). It suited Long Island T. He’s a quiet horse, and it spiced him up just enough.”

This weekend serves as the 12-year-old Oldenburg/Thoroughbred’s second CIC3* start after spending this season chipping away at the dressage with the help of his wife, Silva.

“To be honest I just get my wife to ride him a bit, then I just hop on at the shows,” Boyd said with a laugh, admitting that the highlight of his test was simply that he remembered it. Professionals—they’re just like us!

Next, he looks forward to what Derek di Grazia has prepared on the cross country course, which has been shifted this year to follow a path more like the fall CCI track, including all three water complexes.

“The course looks really good. Fair Hill is always an event that I like to come to. It’s got a real three-day event feel. The turf is good. It’s not overly big, but it’s nice inviting fences, and all the questions are there: coffins, waters, corners, narrows. I think this a great preparation for any horse going to Jersey or Kentucky,” he commented. 

Waylon Roberts and Lancaster. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Waylon Roberts was the only other rider to earn a sub-30 score this morning aboard Michelle & John Koppin’s Lancaster for second place on a score of 29.7.

“He went in and was right on his job today,” Waylon said. “He’s felt really comfortable in this arena. Sometimes he can be a little nervous in his surroundings, so I was pleased that he went in and stayed really confident. That was my goal today: be smooth, keep him in the corners and be really relaxed.”

Waylon has big plans for this exciting 11-year-old Canadian Sport Horse, and Derek di Grazia’s cross country course proves a great challenge for him ahead of the CCI3* at Jersey Fresh, after which Waylon hopes of representing Team Canada at the World Equestrian Games.

“Derek, as usual, has set a beautiful track. He gradually progresses you through the track and then the end is quite intense. The last water is big and we’ve got a serious pair of double corners on a big angle and some big gallopy fences at the end,” Waylon described. “I’m looking forward to it with both of my horses. I think it’s a course that really suits Lancaster well.”

Matt Flynn and Get Lucky. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Matt Flynn takes up third place with Flynn Sport Horse’s Get Lucky, a 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood (Van Gogh x Ranna) owned by Flynn Sport Horses. They sit on a score of 30.9 in the horse’s three-day debut.

Caitlin Clasing sits in second on a score of 32 with Steplin, LLC’s Cartender de Nyze, an 11-year-old Holsteiner (Caretino x M-Cyra). Will Coleman is currently fifth with Off The Record, a 9-year-old Irish Sport Horse (VDL Arkansas x Drumagoland Bay) owned by the Off The Record Syndicate.

Will Fuadree and Hans Dampf. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Meanwhile, Will Faudree piloted Hans Dampf to the top spot of the CIC2* rankings. Jennifer Mosing & Sterling Silver Stables’  12-year-old Oldenburg (Heraldik xx x Look CR) earned a score of 27.3.

Business Ben, an 8-year-old Thoroughbred (Artie Schiller x Min Elreeh) owned by The Business Ben Partnership carried Allison Springer to second place with 29.1 points. Third place goes to Will Coleman and TKS Cooley, an 8-year-old Irish Sport Horse (Vivaldo Van Het Costersveld x Badgerhill Cruise) owned by the TKS Cooley Syndicate, who earned a dressage result of 29.4.

Will Coleman and Badminton-bound Obos O’Reilly were the very first ride of the day in the Advanced division, impressing the judges enough to pick up and keep the lead on day one.

“You would’ve never called him this a few years ago, but he’s become reliable in the dressage. He went in there and did a very workmanlike test. It was mostly correct and he’s good at his changes,” Will said of the 15-year-old Irish Sport Horse (Obos Quality 004 x Omard Clover Queen) owned by the Four-Star Eventing Group. 

“He’s just such a cool horse. He’s like a member of our family at this stage. I’ve gone through all the difficult years with him and now there’s only love. I’m hoping he has a good run tomorrow.”

Boyd Martin and Shamwari 4. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Boyd also leads the Intermediate division with the Shamwari 4 Syndicate’s Shamwari 4 on a mark of 23. This is the 16-year-old Hanoverian’s (Star Regent xx x Donnice) second competition of the year as he gears up for a four-star appearance this summer at Luhmühlen.

“I’m riding Shamwari in the Intermediate and it’s going to be a perfect fitness run for him for Luhmühlen. I’ve just been chipping along with him and quietly getting him fit. Fingers crossed that we stay in good shape,” he said.

Fair Hill International has long been known for their spectacular fall three-day event, while the spring CIC quietly served the Area II community. But they’re starting to turn it up a notch, led fearlessly by Ann Haller, who joined the Fair Hill team as Competition Manager in 2017. Changes include bringing in Marc Donovan as a new show jumping course designer, moving all show jumping classes over to the main arena on the Gallaher side of the property (where the entirety of the October competition is hosted), and $2,500 in prize money for the three-star.

“Hats off to their work!” Boyd said. “I think Ann Haller is a huge part of that, in addition to the committee. We’re very thankful for Ann’s work in this sport. She’s definitely for the riders and encouraging events to make the sport better. I’m very thankful for the committee here. They’ve got some vision here really utilizing this side of the property.”

Stay tuned for much more from Fair Hill! Go eventing.

Tuesday Video from SpectraVet: West Coast Winners

Galway Downs hosted the first West Coast CIC3* of the year week before last at their Spring International Horse Trials in Temecula, California. Tamie Smith piloted the U.S.-bred Sunsprite Syrius to a big win in the CIC3* division. They were also the only pair who managed a double clear round around Eric Winter’s formidable course.

In the CIC2*, Gina Miles and her next shining star Greenfort Othello pulled off an FOD (Finishing On their Dressage score), and Harper Click was the big winner of the CIC* with Rubia. Let’s watch how they won!

Click here to catch up on the action from Galway Downs.

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.

Sunday Links Presented by One K Helmets

This is a big weekend at the Tryon International Equestrian Center as the venue is hosting both The Fork and WEG Test Event. In just five short months TIEC will be bustling with the activity of the FEI World Equestrian Games. The eyes of the equestrian world will soon look to Mill Spring, N.C. and I for one can’t wait!

National Holiday: National Beer Day!

National Holiday: The inaugural National Handmade Day

Major Events:

The Fork: WebsiteScheduleRide TimesLive ScoresLive StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s InstagramEN’s Twitter

WEG Test Event: WebsiteSchedule, Show Jumping OrderLive StreamLive ScoresEN’s Coverage

Chattahoochee Hills CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

U.S. Weekend Action:

CDCTA H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Results]

Pine Hill Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

Sunday Links: 

A Sneak Peek At WEG: Updates From Tryon

2018 Chattahoochee Hills Adequan USEA Gold Cup CIC3* and Advanced Course Preview

Pippa Funnell’s former top ride put down age 26

‘All welcome’ at Mike Tucker’s memorial: service to be live-streamed

Correct use of rising trot on a circle renders a horse more symmetrical, study finds

Sunday Video:

Tuesday Video from SpectraVet: The Happiest Helmet Cam

This weekend Lainey Ashker piloted Taylor Phoenix’s G through his very first event at Morven Park. After literally peeing during his dressage test…

… G showed up and took on the Beginner Novice cross country like a pro with a little verbal affirmation from Lainey. She can be heard urging him on with words of encouragement over every fence. Put a smile on your face with this Tuesday Video.

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 Chillax

Photo by Shelby Allen.

I’d like to start by apologizing to my friends in the north. I see the photos with the snow, and I really feel for you, but I rode in a t-shirt today and it was pretty darn fantastic! Really enjoying these two weeks of spring before the weather goes straight to unbearable summer heat.

National Holiday: National Tweed Day

Events Opening This Week: CCC Spring Gulch H.T. (CO, A-9) Hitching Post Farm Horse Trials (VT, A-1) Chattahoochee Hills H.T.(GA, A-3) Kent School Spring H.T. (CT, A-1) Fair Hill International H.T. (MD, A-2) Otter Creek Spring H.T.(WI, A-4)

Events Closing This Week: Longleaf Pine H.T. (NC, A-2) River Glen Spring H.T. (TN, A-3) Plantation Field April Horse Trials (PA, A-2) Sporting Days Farm H.T. III (SC, A-3) Holly Hill Spring H.T. (LA, A-5) St. Johns H.T. (AZ, A-10)

Tuesday News:

Tina Cook is racing the clock to fully recover after a fall at Burnham Market last weekend. She and Billy The Red took a tumble at fence five which dislocated her shoulder. She’s looking forward to 10 days of immobility in her arm before the training continues. We wish her luck as Badminton looms closer. [Top British rider in ‘race against time’ to be fit for Badminton after suffering injury in fall]

USEA is looking for the next home of the USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships! Events are encouraged to submit an expression of interest. [Request for Expressions of Interest: USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Team Championship Host Sites]

“He took me to places I never expected,” Katheryn Robinson said in a tribute to her four-star partner Let It Bee, who collapsed and died this weekend at Burnham market Friday. She recounts their storybook career that helped her acomplish her childhood dreams. [From pre-novice to Badminton: eventer pays tribute to top horse after cross-country tragedy]

Tryon International Equestrian Center needs volunteers! There are many positions available for The Fork Horse Trials this week. Whether you want to serve as a jump judge with a front-row seat for cross-country competition or work behind the scenes, there’s a spot on the team for you! [Volunteer at The Fork at TIEC & WEG Eventing Test Event]

Tuesday Video: Shedding hack for all you budget friendly folks like me!

Which product does Olympic medalist Phillip Dutton trust to keep his horses calm and focused at the biggest events in the world? ChillaxLearn more.

Easter Links Presented by One K Helmets

“Lemme at them Easter goodies!” Photo courtesy of Jessica Gressett.

Happy Easter, EN! We hope that the easter bunny brought you and your pony some fun goodies today. Or even better, that you are spending today with the two- and four-legged friends that you love. Happy hopping!

National Holiday: Easter & April Fool’s Day

Major Events: 

Galway Downs CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

Burnham Market International [Live Results]

U.S. Weekend Action:

Morven Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

Rocking Horse Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

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

Texas Rose Horse Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

Sunday Links: 

Tamie Smith and Sunsprite Syrius Steal the Galway Downs Adequan USEA Gold Cup CIC3*

Equiratings: Life After the Dressage Multiplier 

Through the Lens: Carolina International

The long and short of it: How leg length affects your riding position

Vets can feel pressured to prescribe antibiotics for horses, researchers report

Horses for courses: Meet Charlotte, the eventing Clydesdale

Former model beats life-threatening injuries to compete at World Cup final

Sunday Video: When you gotta go, you gotta go.

Tamie Smith and Sunsprite Syrius Shine in Galway Downs CIC3*

Tamie Smith and Sunsprite Syrius. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Sunsprite Syrius may have been a CIC3* first-timer this weekend, but he certainly didn’t look it as he confidently stormed around Galway Downs with Tamie Smith in the tack. Their quick round was the only double clear in the division, and that earned them the three-star win on a score of 35.2.

“He’s a competitive horse, I mean he just zipped around this thing like it’s nothing, which is a testament to having a partnership with the horse I think,” Tamie said of the 10-year-old Trakehener. “He felt great. It was a really tough track and I wasn’t sure how he’d read things and figured I’d go out of the box feeling like he was ready. He didn’t look at one thing he was super.”

The EN team has been fangirling over Syrius for a while. Not only is he U.S. bred, but he’s also nailed a top three finish in all but one of his FEI competitions. It’s all the more special that Don Trotter and Pam Duffy of Sunsprite Warmbloods could be there for this special moment.

“It’s so good having them right at the finish flags. Pam and Don are good horse people. They get that eventing has its ups and downs. I don’t think they had any expectations of doing anything serious. We were just going to go out of the box and see how it went,” Tamie said. 

Syrius will continue to gain mileage and confidence at the Advanced level this spring, and there aren’t any concrete plans for a CCI. For now, Don, Pam and Tamie soak in the this moment at Galway Downs and look forward to what’s to come.

Frankie Thieriot Stutes and Chatwin. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Frankie Thieriot Stutes and The Chatwin Group’s Chatwin lost their grip on the lead after picking up 9.2 time penalties, but a finishing score of 42 was still enough for second place.

Galway Downs was Frankie’s first International competition back since the birth of her son last fall, and after falling off Chatwin in Twin River’s Advanced a few weeks ago, her goal today was to iron out the kinks at this level.

“I did feel a little tentative in the gallop. Usually I’m really quick in the gallop and today I kind of stood up in my stirrups and he wasn’t quite as fast. Instead of putting the pedal down in the beginning I was kind of feeling myself out and feeling him out a little bit and probably took too many in a few places,” Frankie said.

“Overall I was really happy with him. I thought we both needed today to get back in the swing of things. I still have my mom bod a little bit and I’m not quite as strong as usual, but I felt like today when the questions were there and Chat needed me I was able to do my job. You always want to feel like you’re doing right by your horse, especially for a horse like Chatwin who takes such good care of me. It felt good to feel right in my stirrups.” 

Chatwin will spend much of the summer at dressage and jumper shows as they polish those two phases, with the ultimate goal of a personal best performance at the Millstreet International Horse Trials in Ireland later this summer, Frankie confirmed to EN.

Andrea Baxter and Indy 500. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Andrea Baxter and her speedster Indy 500 climbed the leaderboard after each phase, finally settling down in third place on 48.8 points.

“I was a little nervous because I hadn’t done much since Blehnheim. She hasn’t evented at all. I took her to Thermal and jumped some 1.30m rounds. I jumped her over some Training/Prelim stuff a couple weeks ago, but I hadn’t jumped cross country in six months so I don’t know!” Andrea laughed. 

These seasoned competitors picked up right back where they left off, cruising to an easy finish with 8.8 time penalties ahead of their second apperance at the Land Rover Kentucky CCI4* in four weeks time.

“I was looking for a good solid run before Kentucky, and she was awesome,” Andrea said. “I wasn’t planning on going fast I just went around in a nice rhythm. I didn’t wear a watch, I just cantered around. I just press start in the box, I don’t have to slow down I don’t have to speed up she just holds on.”

Bec Braitling and Walterstown Don. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Bec Braitling and Lauren Burnell’s Walterstown Don follow in fourth place. They looked for a careful and confident round, picking up 18.8 time penalties along the way for a final result of 62.7.

Helen Bouscaren and Ebay picked up an unfortunate stop at fence 13c, the Devoucoux Drop. That, plus 25.2 time penalties gives them a final score of 83.4.

Tamie also came to grief at 13c with Kevin Baumgartner’s Wembley, who was looking like a million bucks up to that point. They wrapped up the weekend in 6th place on a score of 87.9.

Derek di Grazia and Ringwood Justice had two stops at the first of two Triple Crown Brush corners at 7a, and decided to call it a day.

This was Eric Winter’s first CIC track here at Galway, and if this weekend is any indication, I think we can look forward to even more exciting changes coming our way on the west coast.

Go eventing.

Frankie Thieriot Stutes Set to Take Back-to-Back CIC3* Wins at Galway Downs

Frankie Thieriot Stutes and Chatwin. Photo by Shelby Allen.

It was an action-packed day in Temecula, California as the competition got underway for the Galway Downs International Horse Trials. Frankie Thieriot Stutes, Gina Miles and Harper Click were the big names of the day as they currently lead the CIC3*, CIC2* and CIC* divisions, respectively.

Twelve months ago Frankie Thieriot Stutes picked up her first CIC3* win aboard The Chatwin Group’s Chatwin here at Galway Downs. Now a year later with a new baby in tow, she’s gunning to repeat her 2017 performance. So far so good! These two are out in front of the three-star group on a score of 32.8.

Frankie Thieriot Stutes and Chatwin. Photo by Shelby Allen.

“I thought the trot work was honestly the best he’s been. My canter work actually he got quite strong. He swapped on me int he second counter canter. He was really quiet in the warm up, and going into that ring was a little bit more electric than I thought, and I might have pushed a bit too much early on in the canter, and he kept going with it,” she said. This weekend competitors are riding in the newly created Grand Prix arena, which features brand new Footing Solution USA’s footing.

“Overall, it’s just so fun to ride him on the flat. Tamie [Smith] keeps telling me, ‘just go in and enjoy your horse.’ Because I want to make it all really good and kind of bother him the whole time. I’m trying to enjoy the whole process.”

After posting the only sub-30 dressage score of the class (28.8 or 43.2 in the old scoring), they had one rail down in Marc Donovan’s show jumping course. “I’ve been really working to pick a rhythm and stick with it. To me that’s our biggest obstacles in our partnership together. I came in a little hot to the one-stride, but other than that I did feel like my rhythm was better and I was happy with that today,” she smiled. 

Tamie Smith and Sunsprite Syrius. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Starting fresh off their huge Fair Hill CCI2* victory last year, Tamie Smith and Sunsprite Warmbloods’ Sunsprite Syrius are sitting pretty in second place of this weekend’s CIC3*. They earned a 31.2 in the first phase and added four time penalties in show jumping for a two-phase result of 35.2.

“He’s out of control! He’s been a complete wild Indian since he came back from Fair Hill. He was like this as a 5-year-old, but then settled in and had been a perfect gentleman, so now he’s a complete wild crazy lunatic, but he still tries so hard,” Smith said of the cheeky 10-year-old Trakehner. “The flat he was very good. He’s green at the level. I didn’t get my changes, but everything else I thought was very good. He show jumped beautifully.”

Tamie is also in seventh with Kevin Baumgardner’s Wembley on 56.7 penalties points. This comes after accidentally forgetting the final fence on course caused her to pick up 22 time penalties.

Helen Bouscaren and Ebay. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Joining them in the top three are fellow CCI2* winners Helen Bouscaren and Ebay, who took first place here at Galway Downs last autumn. They add two rails to their dressage result (30.2) for a current score of 38.2.

“He was really good on the flat. He was the most rideable he’s ever been. At times I needed to go for it a little more. He broke from the trot out of the canter twice–that’s a new one for us. Normally I’m just holding on for dear life. But I was really happy with how he behaved and I was able to show him off in the trot. Then he jumped really well. I thought he didn’t deserve two down. I kind of robbed him there, but that’s ok we’re both building a partnership still,” she said. 

These two are still relatively new to one another. Their first international competition together was this event last year where they finished third in the CIC*.

Derek di Grazia and his own Ringwood Justice added four time penalties to an otherwise spotless ride for fourth place. They’re on a score of 48.7.

Andrea Baxter and Indy 500. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Marc Donovan’s show jumping course proved to be very influential across all international divisions. With tricky lines winding around cross country fences in the grassy Sycamore Field, clear rounds and quick times were hard to come by. Andrea Baxter and Indy 500 were the only pair in the three-star to get the elusive double clear round. They currently sit in fifth on a score of 40.

Bec Braitling and the Lauren Burnell’s handsome Walterstown Don took the time easy today as they weren’t tapped for studs. They added seven time penalties for a current result of 43.9.

Tomorrow is cross country day, and Eric Winter’s course has the CIC3* riders prepared for battle. While some look nervously at the beefy track, others, like Tamie, are eager for the challenge.

“In a long time I haven’t seen a three-star here be tough. They’d have a couple tough combinations on the course, but this weekend everything is a three-star combination,” Tamie said. “I think it’s great. That’s what we need. I think that Eric’s done a really great job with creating a lot of terrain on a piece of property that doesn’t have much terrain. He’s done really good job with making it a difficult track. It’s going to be fun.”

You can check out our course preview here.

Stay tuned for more from sunny California! Go Eventing.

Galway Downs: WebsiteEntriesScheduleLive ScoringEN’s Coverage

10 Questions with Allison Springer, Presented by Nupafeed

Allison Springer and Arthur at Kentucky. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Allison Springer’s life has looked a little different since Arthur’s retirement last year, but with new promising talent coming up the ranks, fans are enjoying watching her once again at the top levels. We caught up with her for a chat about horses, competition nerves and much more!

EN: How is Arthur enjoying retirement?

Allison: “He is happy! Still ruling the roost over there. I think the best part of life right now is he gets to go out with a pack with other horses, so that’s fun for him. He’s teaching all my girls, and when I have time I’ll do a little on him. He’s just been great.”

EN: You also have some exciting horses coming through the pipeline. How does it feel to be back at the Advanced level?

Allison: “They’re all young and pretty exciting. I haven’t been here in ages on an inexperienced horse. As tricky and spooky as Arthur could be cross country, he’s pretty amazing jumping big stuff right out of stride. This course never felt easy, but it’s certainly a course where you could see the horses that are going to Kentucky handled it so well. You miss that. I’m having to rethink about what’s the best Advanced level track and schedule to produce these horses. It’s new and different! But they’re all really great jumpers and I’m excited for the future.”

EN: What was your first horse trial?

Allison: “My very first horse trial was an unrecognized event. It was the Fox River Valley Pony Club mini event, and I didn’t quite know what I was getting into. There’s an adorable picture of me cross country on Marshmallow, my very first pony, and I was in my hunt coat. I remember someone asking my mom if I wanted to borrow their Caliente with the colored helmet and all that and we were like, ‘why would you do that?’ So I was the only one out there in a hunt coat in my show clothes. But that was super fun.

“I’m sure my first recognized horse trial then would’ve been the Fox River Valley Pony Club Horse Trials which is still a tremendous event today. That would’ve been on Bay Sugar, and I’m pretty certain I fell off into the big Fox River Valley P.C. panel that they always had as the last show jump there.”

The crowd went wild when Allison Springer and Arthur completed their test to score a 39.7. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

EN: What is the most memorable moment of your riding career?

Allison: “There have been so many. I remember very clearly the first time I had Arthur at Rolex. He went double clear on cross country and that was just such a great feeling to see the finish flags.  Winning Red Hills on Arthur was a big win because I worked so hard on show jumping, and that show jumping was so hard and he did jump clean. This was a big win here [at Carolina] too. Just the joy of being able to ride and train these amazing horses always feels like a gift.”

EN: If you weren’t in horses, what career would you have?

Allison: “My major was Government and Legal Studies. I’m always pretty fascinated with leadership in this country. I’m not sure if I would’ve gone the politics route, but I’ve always been interested in that. I’m a good teacher, so I think education would’ve been a part of it too somehow.”

EN: What’s the best riding advice you’ve gotten?

Allison: “I remember one year at Kentucky walking the course the final time on Friday night. You want to do really well, so you spend the whole night worrying and thinking about it. I remember Phillip saying, ‘go have dinner with your support team and don’t think about it tonight. Have a good meal. Have a good night’s rest. Then, come in the morning and have your walk.’

“That was such a good thing because the mental part of this is huge, and we waste so much energy on worrying about it. You can control those nerves way better than you think. That seems like such a simple thing, but it actually is so helpful.”

EN: So you get nervous before a big competition? Do you have any other strategies for managing nerves?

Allison: “I think everybody does. There can be certain fences where you think, ‘I’m not excited to jump that’ or ‘my horse doesn’t particularly like coffins’ or trakehners or whatever. You always have control to make yourself focus on the things you need to. So spend your time thinking on what you can control. Say, ‘This is where I want to jump. This is the line I want to be on. This is the canter I need to have. These are all the ingredients.’ Instead of just thinking ‘Oh God!’ Because if you’re worried about just getting to the other side of the fence, you aren’t setting yourself up for success. I think learning to control your mind is important. When you feel the other thoughts coming in, you can choose to think about it differently. I think people don’t realize that enough.”

EN: “What advice do you have for someone who has dreams of being a professional?”

Allison: “If you want to be a professional rider, you have to understand what success is for you. I love, love listening to the Tim Ferriss podcast. He always interviews people who have had success in any realm, and a lot of these people have their own sort of advisory board, people you go to. Who is that? Is it your trainer? Who is that best support staff in a well-rounded group that you can get guidance from? I think that’s important. You have to be good as an individual, but you also need a good group that you trust and can ask about all different sorts of things.”

Allison Springer and Arthur. Photo by Jenni Autry.

“I’m huge on education. I think if you want to compete at the highest level of the sport there’s a lot of relationships you have to understand how to develop and maintain. I think that education, critical thinking skills, are really important.”

EN: Who was your riding idol growing up?

Allison: “The first time I saw my sport was the 1984 Olympics on TV. That whole Olympic team is what set me on this path. I remember when Karen Stives and Mark Todd had their congratulatory hug when she came out of the show jumping — he ended up winning. I was just so enthralled with everyone on that team.

“When I first started riding with Karen O’Connor and got to watch her ride a little bit more she was a real guiding light for me in many ways, too.”

EN: What Nupafeed products do you use and why are they part of your program?

Allison: “I use the Nupafeed magnesium supplement with a number of horses. I think it’s so great with a number of horses that get tense. I think that is a tremendous supplement for naturally working through tension.

“In the past with other horses I’ve used the L-Carnitine Equine Energy Supplement. For Copycat Chloe that was incredibly powerful for the staying power on cross country.”

Eric Winter’s Galway Downs CIC3* Cross Country Course Preview

7ab. Triple Crown Brush Corners. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Hello from sunny California! There wasn’t a cloud in the sky this afternoon at the sprawling Galway Downs Equestrian Center in Temecula, California, and after last weekend’s freeze-out at Carolina, this is quite nice!

Eric Winter came on board as course designer at Galway Downs last autumn, taking the reins over from Ian Stark who served the venue for a decade, and now he’s begun to give the course a bit of his flavor.

“I’ve been quite excited about the spring track. A CIC course comes up a bit more rapidly, a little bit more in your face,” Eric said. “This is the first time I’ve really started to put my stamp on it.”

A clever way to say, “don’t be a chicken at the last water!” Photo by Shelby Allen.

While the direction and flow remains the same from November’s CCI, many new elements have changed the feel throughout the track. He’s introduced new kinds of questions, like the angled tables out of the water at 15abc, and breathed life into obstacles that have stood long unused, like the “dropping off the face of the earth” Devoucoux drop at 13abc.

Photo courtesy of Jessica Duffy.

Eric says his goal for this venue is to always keep things fresh. “I would like to get to a situation where we develop enough work on it that you couldn’t come to Galway and say, ‘I’ve jumped that track before.’ Where there’s a feel to every track, there’s a different level of education to every track and that there is a process that runs through all the courses that educate competitors and prep them for higher levels.”

The action kicks off tomorrow in the sandbox for the CIC divisions. They will then show jump in the afternoon. Stay tuned for much more from Galway Downs!

Galway Downs: Website, Entries, Schedule, Live Scoring, EN’s Coverage

Tuesday Video from SpectraVet: Carolina CIC3* Helmet Cam

Vandiver enjoyed his time in the limelight this weekend, but he had two other stablemates proudly storm around the same track! Lisa Wall’s Getaway added 8.4 time penalties to finish 8th, and Flagmount’s Mischief, owned by Doug and Jessica Payne and Brad and Robbie Peterson, finished 36th. Both in their first CIC3*!

“Missy” only dropped down the leaderboard after a pilot error in the first water (minute eight), for which Doug says is his first cross country penalty in nearly two years. But fortunately horses don’t think much of crossing their tracks, and we’re sure she’s feeling pretty proud of herself!

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Tuesday News & Notes from Chillax

Photo via Gabby Thompson’s Facebook.

Smile! Today is the closing date for the 2018 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event, which means we will soon see the entry list! With it being a championship year, I think we can expect a huge year in Kentucky. Who are you looking forward to watching?

National Holiday: National Spanish Paella Day

Events Opening This Week: Virginia CCI/CIC & H.T. (VA, A-2) Plantation Field May Horse Trials (PA, A-2) WindRidge Farm Horse Trials (NC, A-2) Galway Downs Spring H.T. (CA, A-6) Spokane Sport Horse Farm 3rd Annual Spring H.T.(WA, A-7) Jersey Fresh International Three-day Event (NJ, A-2) Texas Rose Horse Park Summer H.T. (TX, A-5) (NJ, A-2) Mill Creek Pony Club H.T. at Longview (MO, A-4) Woodland Stallion Station H.T. (CA, A-6) Winona Horse Trials (OH, A-8) Old Chatham H.T. (NY, A-1)

Events Closing This Week: Twin Rivers CCI,CIC & H.T. (CA, A-6) Ocala International 3-Day Festival of Eventing Presented by Ocala Ranches (FL, A-3) Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event (KY, A-8) Fair Hill International H.T. (MD, A-2)  FEH/YEH/NEH Qualifier (MD, A-2) FENCE H.T.(SC, A-3)

Tuesday News: 

Volunteering? There’s an app for that. EventingVolunteers has an app that helps both volunteers and events organize, track hours and much more. Download it today! [For a VIP: The App that Does it All]

Double Olympic champion La Biosthetique Sam FBW will retire this year, Michael Jung has shared. After Rio, Michael confirmed that Sam would no longer aim for championships, and now he says they will compete this year as long as he feels up for it. At the moment, Badminton may well be the legendary horse’s final four-star. [Double Olympic champion will retire this season: ‘He doesn’t feel 18’]

Beezie Madden won two Grand Prixes on two different horses in two different cities. All within 36 hours. What did you get up to this weekend? [Watch Why They Won: Madden Tops Two Grand Prixes On Two Horses In Two Cities]

Spring can be a stressful time for some horse owners. The grass returns. Maybe your horse lost weight over the winter? Whatever your situation, it’s important to stay on top of your horse’s condition as you make any changes at this time of year. [Spring Horse Feeding Considerations]

Hot on Horse Nation: 4 Ways To Spring Clean At The Barn

Tuesday Video: Congratulations to Laura Borghesani & Mr Z who won the Open Training division at the inaugural Southern Arizona H.T. this weekend.

Which product does Olympic medalist Phillip Dutton trust to keep his horses calm and focused at the biggest events in the world? ChillaxLearn more.

Monday News and Notes from Fleeceworks

Felix Vogg & Colero. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Cross country in a down coat … it was really that cold! I think I’m still trying to defrost from the weekend in North Carolina. I feel like I may never warm up again. Kudos to the riders and hard working grooms who kept going out there all weekend. I, personally, am very much looking forward to some Southern California sunshine at Galway Downs this weekend.

National Holiday: National Epilepsy Awareness Day

Major Events:

Carolina International CIC & H.T. [Website] [Results] [EN’s Coverage] [EN’s Instagram] [EN’s Twitter]

U.S. Weekend Action:

Poplar Place H.T. [Website] [Results]

Southern Arizona H.T. [Website] [Results]

Monday News: 

We are relieved to report that Kim Severson’s head and neck scans are all clear following her fall with Cooley Cross Border on CIC3* cross country at Carolina International. Cooley Cross Border was also uninjured in the fall.

Boyd Martin is piloting his first Advanced level homebred. Ray Price wrapped up his second trip around the level this weekend at Carolina. There’s a lot to be excited about this one! [Martin Tackles Carolina International With A Special Homebred]

Speaking of exciting up and comers … The Off The Record Syndicate’s Off The Record has proved himself a promising prospect after winning his Advanced debut this weekend. [Coleman Records a Win in the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Advanced at Carolina International]

Education saves lives. This proved again to be true when online training helped many Canadian trainers change their horse management practices to work to prevent colic. [Online course helps combat killer colic in horses]

Monday Video:

Who Jumped It Best? Carolina CIC3* Tobacco Road Edition

It was a jam-packed, jaw-dropping insanity in the middle sort of cross country day at the the Cloud 11~Gavilan North Carolina International, but now you get to be the judge. Put on your George Morris hat and take a look at these photos of horses and riders jumping fence 20B at the Jaguar Land Rover Cary’s Tobacco Road.

Vote in the poll at the bottom of the post for which horse and rider you think present the best overall picture. We will be bringing you multiple editions of Who Jumped It Best from Carolina this week. Stay tuned! Go Eventing.

#CICIC: WebsiteRide TimesScheduleLive StreamLive ScoresEN’s CoverageEN’s InstagramEN’s Twitter

Ellie O’Neal and RF Eloquence. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Colleen Loach & Qorry Blue D’Argouges. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Lauren Kieffer and Veronica. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Mackenna Shea & Landioso. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Ryan Wood and Woodstock Bennett. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Felix Vogg & Colero. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Doug Payne and Vandiver. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Sunday Links Presented by One K Helmets

If an ordinary picture is worth a thousand words, then what about a picture that captures the exact moment your wife learns you’ve won a CIC3*? Must be pretty priceless! Doug Payne proved once again this weekend that he’s no stranger to the gas pedal. He zoomed around Ian Stark’s course at Carolina International in a round that resembled that of a speed class. Congratulations, Doug!

National Holiday: National Lobster Newburg Day

Major Events:

Carolina International CIC & H.T.  WebsiteRide TimesScheduleLive StreamLive ScoresEN’s CoverageEN’s InstagramEN’s Twitter

U.S. Weekend Action:

Poplar Place H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

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

Sunday Links: 

Vandiver Finally Gets His Victory At Carolina International CIC***

Charlotte Dujardin: why cross-country terrifies me and hard work matters

Sports court backs FEI’s use of two-month provisional horse suspensions

Greater transport stress in horses linked to higher risk of developing lung disease

PODCAST: USEA Classic Series Continues to Grow

Badminton Horse Trials cross-country course: all you need to know

Does Shock Wave Therapy Enhance PRP’s Effects in Horses?

Sunday Video:

10 Questions with Sinead Halpin, Presented by Nupafeed

Sinead Halpin and Manoir de Carneville. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Sinead Halpin is best known for storming around some of the world’s biggest, baddest courses with her longtime partner Manoir de Carneville. She began competing at the Advanced level in 1999, but it was in 2011 when she inspired riders around the globe after finishing third in her first CCI4* at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event.

Sinead and her husband Tik Maynard operate a training and teaching operation out of their recently purchased Copperline Farm in Citra, Florida.

EN: Last year you announced Manoir de Carneville’s retirement. How has your riding career changed since then?

Sinead: “When you have a horse like Tate you’re very fortunate, but your whole world revolves around what that horse needs. I basically lived that life for 10 years with him, so it took awhile to get used to. I was in Tate withdrawals for a little bit, but it’s been good. We’ve been able to focus on the farm a little bit more, and some young stock and some different elements of our business.”

EN: What horses in your string are you excited about now?

Sinead: “We have a handful of really nice ones. I have Cutty Sark here at Carolina in the CIC2*. He is a Dutch-bred 10-year-old. He’s pretty exciting. I’ve had him for about a year. He came to Tik actually because he was quite difficult. Tik asked for my help one day, and I never let Tik back on!”

EN: You and Tik have created a beautiful new base at Copperline Farm. What is your secret for managing a business alongside your husband?

Sinead: “I’m pretty lucky that my husband is nice. Marry a Canadian! It helps that we both have very obvious strengths and we’re both pretty good at helping each other. Some horses come in for Tik, and they’ll end up with me and vice versa, like Cutty Sark. So I think it helps keep the business well rounded.”

EN: Do you remember your first horse trial?

Sinead: “It was Sporting Days in Aiken. I was trying to figure out how to jump the start box. I also remember hacking out on the cross country the day before because I didn’t realize it was against the rules. I cried after dressage because I thought the lowest score was the worst. I remember all of it being such a mess. It was with my Arabian named Irish Mist. We did win that one, my first competition!”

Sinead Halpin and Manoir de Carneville at the 2014 FEI World Equestrian Games. Photo by Jenni Autry.

EN: Who was your riding idol growing up?

Sinead: “When I was really young I went to Kentucky a couple of times, and I remember Dorothy Trapp, who is Dorothy Crowell now, and Molokai. She was so cool to me because she had this blonde braid so she was very recognizable galloping around. She was young and had this really awesome relationship with her horse. When I went to my first events I was a fan girl for Dorothy.

Then throughout my career the O’Connors were huge influencers. When I was in my teens they were running the sport, so to carry on and work for them was pretty awesome.”

EN: What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

Sinead: “It’s not as much advice as actually being able to work around some great role models and seeing people that are very honest with themselves and honest with their horses. Everyone I’ve worked for has had a strong foundation of excellent horsemanship, so keeping horsemanship at the root of everything is something I’ve tried to stay true to.”

EN: What is your favorite cross country course?

Sinead: “I love Kentucky. I think jumping around there has a whole magic to it. From being a kid walking around to the first time you’re actually in that start box and finish, it’s a pretty cool rush. Burghley is an amazing track too because it’s so forward and so attacking. It feels like what old-school cross country riding should be about.”

Sinead Halpin and Manoir de Carneville. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

EN: What is your most memorable competition moment?

Sinead: “My first Rolex. It was my first four-star, and it was just magical. Tate was just foot perfect. We finished as the highest placed American in third. That was the most overwhelming, amazing experience.”

EN: If you could give any advice to an aspiring rider, what would it be?

Sinead: “Stick with it. Be honest and recognize this is a sport of experience. The only way to succeed at it is to fail. You’re going to screw up. You are going to make mistakes, but that’s the best way to learn. You just want to be able to sleep at night knowing that you did the best by your horse.”

EN: Why are Nupafeed products part of your program?

Sinead: “It’s all about keeping the horses happy. We ask a lot of our horses, and anything we can do naturally to make them feel more comfortable not only on an everyday, training basis. They really are high performance machines, and Nupafeed helps settle them so mentally they’re in a place to learn and compete. That is where it all starts. You can’t train a horse if mentally they’re not prepared to learn. You can’t compete on a horse that’s too worried and upset to perform. Nupafeed is a great addition to good training and a good program.”

Tuesday Video from SpectraVet: Remembering NZB Land Vision

Horse & Hound reported this week that Mark Todd’s 2011 Badminton winner NZB Land Vision had been euthanized Saturday, March 17th. The 17-year-old suffered complications from colic surgery a few weeks earlier.

His win of Badminton in 2011 was one for the history books. It was Mark Todd’s first four-star victory since his eight year retirement from eventing, 30 years after his first win a the level. We look back at that special week for the impressive NZB Land Vision.

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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.

5 Reasons Eventers Should Get Excited About Combined Driving

Photo by Shelby Allen.

Combined driving has long been known as the sister sport to eventing. From the three-phase format to the community, combined driving has a lot to offer, and eventers should get invested in that too, #JoinTheJoy style.

1. A sport after our own hearts. Combined driving was modeled after three-day eventing, and it’s three phases mirror our own: dressage, marathon (cross country) and obstacles or cones (show jumping).

2. Like the cross country phase, the marathon phase is the stuff adrenaline junkies dream of. I’ve stood still as a scarecrow during many questionable cross country rounds, but this weekend at Live Oak I was audibly gasping as horses nimbly navigated through the complicated hazards.

3. They bemoan dressage just like the rest of us. We strive for greatness in the first phase, but at the end of the day both eventers and drivers just want to go fast.

4. We’re all in it for a love of horses, and seeing the relationships between drivers and their horse(s) is both special and inspiring. It’s hard enough to communicate with a horse when you’re on their back, imagine doing it with just your hands and voice.

Squee ponies! Photo by Shelby Allen.

5. Fun isn’t limited to just one horse. There’s pairs, four-in-hands, ponies and pony pairs – something for everyone!

Photo by Shelby Allen.

I’d also like to give an honorable mention to the hats. In the trot up, dressage and cones I saw some of the most impressive head ware. Here’s to hoping Kentucky-bound eventers take from this inspiration.


Tuesday News & Notes from Chillax

Kristen Vanderveen at Live Oak International. Photo by Shelby Allen.

I dipped my toes in the show jumping world this weekend at Live Oak International, and it was an absolute blast! Sure we see show jumping as a part of every horse trial, but the jump-off of a Longines FEI World Cup Qualifier is something else. Go jumping.

National Holiday: First day of Spring!

Events Opening This Week: Heart of the Carolinas 3-Day Event & H.T. (SC, A-3) Riga Meadow Combined Test (CT, A-1)  Penny Oaks H.T. (IN, A-8) The Event at Skyline (UT, A-9) Heart of the Carolinas 3-Day Event & H.T. (SC, A-3) MCTA H.T., Inc (MD, A-2) Poplar Place Farm May H.T. (GA, A-3)

Events Closing This Week: The Fork CIC3*/CIC2*/CIC1* & HT (NC, A-2) Chattahoochee Hills H.T. (GA, A-3) Spring Bay H.T. (KY, A-8) CDCTA Spring H.T. (VA, A-2) Pine Hill Spring H.T. (TX, A-5)

Tuesday News: 

Dubarry of Ireland has stepped up to support their $20,000 Nations Team Challenge and the Best Dressed Award at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event. Team USA took the win last year, and will look to defend their title this year! Teams are determined by FEI rankings at the time of the first horse inspection. [2018 Marks 6th Year of $20,000 Dubarry of Ireland Nations Team Challenge at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event]

USEA’s Jessia Duffy was on site at Red Hills earlier this month camera in tow to capture some super special photos. She’s got such a creative eye, so you’ll want to carve out a few minutes to browse her shots. [Through the Lens: Red Hills International]

You may have noticed that William Fox-Pitt was waitlisted for Badminton. Entries are entirely dependent on the horse’s FEI points, of which his ride Fernhill Pimms only has four. This will be his first four-star since his brain injury in 2015. [The Return of William Fox-Pitt and Beyond: What You Need to Know About the Badminton Entry List]

Tuesday Video: Veronica prepping for big, bad Badders

Which product does Olympic medalist Phillip Dutton trust to keep his horses calm and focused at the biggest events in the world? ChillaxLearn more.

Sunday Links Presented by One K Helmets

This weekend was Pine Top’s March Horse Trials, and I was so bummed to miss it! Growing up in Georgia, this event was always a staple for me. Something about the venue takes the edge of competition and makes you feel right at home. Good luck to this weekend’s Pine Top competitors.

National Holiday: National Awkward Moments Day

U.S. Weekend Action:

Pine Top Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

Ocala Winter II H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

MeadowCreek Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

Copper Meadows Winter H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Sunday Links:

Oilers Eventing Flourishing in Ohio at the University of Findlay

Rider to run 156 miles in the 50°C Sahara for Willberry

Britain’s Olympic disciplines talk of united way forward after critical report

Natural ability can get horses only so far in the human world

Organisers apologise after event abandoned due to failing light

Winter continues to bite: competition calendar takes a battering again

Sights And Scenes Around Live Oak 2018

Sunday Video: