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Tuesday Video from SpectraVet: Event Rider Masters Heads to Arville

The 2018 Event Rider Masters Series continues this week with Leg 3 at Concours Complet d’Arville, held June 23-24 in Belgium. With every event the competition gets more and more exciting, and the lineup at Arville does not disappoint. Michael Jung, Oliver Townend, Gemma Tattersall and many more heavy hitters. Read on to see which horses and riders will appear, and don’t forget you can watch all the action for free at

  • Sidney Dufresne Eventing & Trevor Mail 🇫🇷
  • Maxime Livio & Tina de la Fieffe 🇫🇷
  • Donatien Schauly – Page Officielle & Pivoine des Touches 🇫🇷
  • Nils Trebbe & Montina 4 🇩🇪
  • Ebba Adnervik & Carlos 🇸🇪
  • Marcio Carvalho Jorge & JCR Winner 🇧🇷
  • Christoffer Forsberg & Hippo’s Sapporo 🇸🇪
  • Paweł Spisak & Banderas 🇵🇱
  • Jan Van Beek & Vamp du Monselet 🇳🇱
  • Team Opposition & WTTL Opposition Sky Law 🇬🇧
  • Katja Weimann & BP Cosmopolitan 🇦🇺
  • Therese Viklund & Diabolique 🇸🇪
  • Sarah Cutty Cohen & Treason 🇬🇧
  • Vittoria Panizzon Eventing Page & Borough Pennyz 🇮🇹
  • Bill Levett eventing & Shannondale Titan 🇦🇺
  • Francis Whittington Eventing & Hasty Imp 🇬🇧
  • Thomas Carlile & Upsilon 🇫🇷
  • Griffiths Eventing Team & Happy Times 🇦🇺
  • Liz Halliday-Sharp – HS Eventing & Fernhill By Night 🇺🇸
  • Jonelle Price Event Rider & Cloud Dancer 🇳🇿
  • Laura Collett & London 52 🇬🇧
  • Ludwig Svennerstal & Balham Mist 🇸🇪
  • Clarke Johnstone & Balmoral Sensation 🇳🇿
  • Astier Nicolas & Vinci de la Vigne 🇫🇷
  • Karin Donckers & Jalapeno 🇧🇪
  • Chris Burton & Polystar I 🇦🇺
  • Tom McEwen Eventing & Figaro van het Broekxhof 🇬🇧
  • Mark Todd Eventing & Leonidas 🇳🇿
  • Izzy Taylor Eventing & Director Tullyoran Cruise 🇬🇧
  • Michael Jung & Corazon 🇩🇪
  • Tim Price & Kincooley Cruising 🇳🇿
  • Gemma Tattersall Eventing & Chico Bella P 🇬🇧
  • Oliver Townend (Official) & Cillnabraden Evo 🇬🇧

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

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Temperatures have officially reached the hellish range in Georgia this summer. The heat and humidity have me asking myself, why do I live here again? One of the only redeeming aspects is taking horses swimming. How are you staying cool?

National Holiday: Juneteenth, National Garfield The Cat Day

Tuesday News:

The Area III Adult Riders were in for a treat this month as they went to an adult “camp” with Kim Severson! Five days of lessons (including one private!) all at the sprawling Vista Farm in Aiken, South Carolina, which has literally everything you could want for schooling. Learning and fun for all! [Camping, Clinics, and Camaraderie: Area III Adult Rider Camp with Kim Severson]

We knew The Chronicle of the Horse was good, but this proves it again! Congratulations to our friends at The Chronicle on 12 American Horse Publication awards. [The Chronicle And Untacked Magazines Earn 12 AHP Awards]

The USEA is hiring! They are looking for a Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) Coordinator to work on a contractual basis. [Employment Opportunity: USEA Instructors’ Certification Program Coordinator]

Hot on Horse Nation: Two-Way Roads: On Fathers, Daughters and Horses

Best of Blogs: Soapbox: Routine

Tuesday Video: 

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

This girl is on fire! Jonelle Price has taken over as my girl power icon in the eventing world. Following the action from Luhmühlen was stressful this weekend, but what an outcome! I think all eyes will be on Jonelle come September in North Carolina.

National Holiday: National Splurge Day

Major Events:

#Luhmühlen: WebsiteStart Times & ScoringSJ Live StreamTimetableEN’s CoverageEN’s InstagramEN’s Twitter

U.S. Weekend Results:

Larkin Hill H.T. [Website] [Results]

Seneca Valley Pony Club H.T. [Website] [Results]

Bucks County Horse Park H.T. [Website] [Results]

Full Gallop June H.T. [Website] [Results]

Silverwood Farm Spring H.T. [Website]  [Results]

Golden Spike H.T. [Website] [Results]

Monday News:

Yesterday was Jonelle’s Day, but the Brits also had huge finishes at Luhmühlen taking the rest of the top five. Laura Collett came second, Ros Canter in third, Kitty King was fourth and Willa Newton finished fifth. [Jonelle Price wins Luhmühlen CCI4*: Brits take next four places]

Michael Jung has five secrets to success. He values his team at home and treats every horse as an individual. We always have something to learn from ‘a man who is literally good at everything.’ [Michael Jung: Secrets To Success From The Man Who’s Literally Good At Everything]

The USEA is hiring! They are looking for a Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) Coordinator to work on a contractual basis. [Employment Opportunity: USEA Instructors’ Certification Program Coordinator]

Monday Video:

Father’s Day Links Presented by One K Helmets

It’s a somber morning at EN headquarters with the news that overnight leader Shamwari 4 had to be withdrawn prior to the final horse inspection at Luhmühlen. We wish Shammie a safe trip home to the States to begin his recovery.

National Holiday: Happy Father’s Day to all the eventing dads!

Major Events:

#Luhmühlen: WebsiteStart Times & ScoringSJ Live StreamTimetableEN’s CoverageEN’s InstagramEN’s Twitter

U.S. Weekend Action:

Larkin Hill H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Seneca Valley Pony Club H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

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

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

Silverwood Farm Spring H.T. [Website]  [Live Scores]

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

Sunday Links:

Building the Basics in Babies with Kelly Prather

Boyd Martin Back on Top of 2018 Luhmühlen CCI4*

Top eventer chased by loose dog asks: ‘Why didn’t they ring the bell?’

Laura Collett best of the Brits at Luhmühlen

Military veterans get $5m boost for equine assisted therapy

Sunday Video:

Tuesday Video from SpectraVet: Every Feeling Felt During Cross Country

This gem has been making the rounds on social media and I have never aligned more with one video. The unsuspecting boy in the video may never have ridden a cross country course before, but he’s experienced a similar emotional roller coaster. You’ll want the sound on for this one. Go eventing.

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 via Luhmühlen’s Facebook Page.

Things are getting serious! Brush has been installed around the cross country course at Luhmühlen, and that means it’s almost go time. Though I’ve never been, this looks like one of the most magical cross country courses! Peek at a past course at this link, and stay tuned for all the news from Luhmühlen as Jenni heads to Germany.

National Holiday: National Peanut Butter Cookie Day

Events Opening This Week: Stoneleigh-Burnham Summer H.T (MA, A-1) Hunt Club Farms H.T. (VA, A-2) Horse Park of New Jersey Horse Trials II (NJ, A-2)

Events Closing This Week: Horse Park of New Jersey H.T. I (NJ, A-2) South Farm H.T. (OH, A-8) Groton House Farm H.T. (MA, A-1) Chattahoochee Hills H.T. (GA, A-3)

Tuesday News:

Headlines yesterday shared news that Jonty Evans suffered “a significant brain injury” when he fell at Tattersalls over a week ago. The statement shared that the Irish rider had not regained consciousness since the accident and he remains in stable condition at Beaumont Hospital. Kick on, Jonty! [Jonty Evans suffered ‘a significant brain injury’ in Tattersalls fall]

Dutch horses can now expect more recognition at events around the country. Royal Dutch Warmblood Association of North America (KWPN-NA) announced that they have partnered with the USEA to roll out a new awards program for eventing to include high-score awards for individual events as well as year-end recognition. [KWPN-NA Announces Expansion of Competition and Year-End Awards Programs to Include Eventing]

The Park Equine Kentucky Classique will now hold Beginner Novice and Novice Three-Day divisions. The event, held August 31 – September 1, 2018 is now one of two in the country to offer a BN3D class. Get in on this now! Because the Kentucky Classique will morph into the AECs when they come to Lexington in 2019. [Park Equine Kentucky Classique to Offer Beginner Novice and Novice Three-Day Divisions]

Tuesday Video:

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

Sometimes you cross country so fast your clothes come off! Doug Payne knows the feeling. He and Getaway cruised around the CCI3* at Bromont yesterday for sixth place going into the final phase. Much more to come Sunday from our own Leslie Threlkeld at Bromont!

National Holiday: National Black Cow Day

Major Events:

Bromont CCI: WebsiteScheduleRide TimesLive ScoresEN’s Coverage

Bramham CCI: WebsiteRide Times & ResultsLive StreamEN’s Coverage

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

Plantation Field H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

The Middleburg H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

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

Feather Creek Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

Camelot Equestrian Horse Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

Sunday Links: 

Symansky Vaults To The Top After A Challenging Bromont CCI*** Cross-Country Day

Contessa Climbs To The Top Of Bromont CCI** With Boyd Martin

Izzy Taylor pips French rider to Bramham CIC3* win as they finish on same score

Horse collapses and dies on cross-country at Bramham

Julia Krajewski leads after Bramham CCI3* cross-country; William Fox-Pitt up to third

Riders are more stable without saddle flaps, researchers find

Sunday Video:

Tuesday Video from SpectraVet: Meet the Miniature Mascots of WEG

Last month, organizers for the FEI World Equestrian Games announced the official mascots, and they are cute! Meet Star and Huck, two miniature ponies who were rescued by the Peeps foundation and are now owned by Managing Partners of Tryon Equestrian Partners, Mark and Katherine Bellissimo.

Aside from being adorable, Star and Huck’s responsibilities as mascots include practicing the skill sets needed for all eight FEI disciplines — in miniature format of course.

“We are delighted that two of our four-legged family members will be able to partake in the Games,” said Katherine Bellissimo. “We’ve brought them to a few events here at TIEC and down in Wellington, FL, and every time I am impressed at how they touch people’s lives. Their size and personalities makes them so approachable, and they thoroughly enjoy interacting with the crowds. It will be fantastic to have the two of them here for the fans to engage with during the WEG.”

If this wasn’t enough cute for you, get more by following them on instagram @starandhuck.

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

We’re one day away from the first horse inspection at Bromont! Horses and humans are headed north for this weekend’s competition. Keep it locked here for all the latest from Le Chinch in Canada.

Major Events This Week:

Bromont CCI: Website, Entries, Live Scores, EN’s Coverage

Bramham CCI: Website, Entries & ResultsEN’s Coverage

National Holiday: National Moonshine Day

Events Opening This Week: Event at Rebecca Farm (MT, A-7) Event at Rebecca Farm (MT, A-7) Penny Oaks H.T. (IN, A-8) Fitch’s Corner H.T. (NY, A-1) Silverwood Farm Summer H.T. (WI, A-4) US Pony Club National Championships(NC, A-11) Full Moon Farms H.T. (MD, A-2)

Events Closing This Week: Surefire Farm H.T. (VA, A-2) Stable View Summer H.T. (SC, A-3) Fox River Valley Pony Club H.T. (IL, A-4) Inavale Farm HT (OR, A-7) Midsouth Pony Club H.T. (KY, A-8) Abbe Ranch H.T. (CO, A-9) Essex H.T. (NJ, A-2) Shepherd Ranch SYVPC H.T. I (CA, A-6) Arrowhead H.T. (MT, A-7) Honey Run H.T. (MI, A-8)

Tuesday News:

Woodside Horse Trials is rolling out some big cross country changes. Beginner novice through training level will have entirely new courses that take them to the back water that is historically only used for the upper levels. Because of the change, Bert Wood and his team will also be building a new line of cross country fences for these levels, too. [Woodside Horse Trials Debuts New Cross Country Improvements]

The Rebecca Broussard International Developing Grant has gotten approval for a funding increase. Formerly $30,000 the grant will now give $50,000 to a rider who has not yet represented the United States in international competition. [Broussard Charitable Foundation Approves Increase in Rebecca Broussard International Developing Grant]

Equestrian goes mainstream: Land Rover’s Not Horsing Around When It Comes To Reaching Its Customers

Tuesday Video: Most adorable horse management.

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

Izzy Taylor Wins Tattersalls CCI3*, Will Coleman 5th

Izzy Taylor and Call My Maggie May. Photo by Radka Preislerova/Tattersalls.

The top of the leaderboard was all tied up after British riders Izzy Taylor and William Fox-Pitt both show jumped cleanly at Tattersalls International Horse Trials & Country Fair in Co Meath, Ireland this afternoon. That left it up to cross country time penalties to name Izzy Taylor and Call Me Maggie May as the winners of The Irish Field CCI3*.

Izzy and Tom Strong’s 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood (Hamar X Marijke, by Hemmingway) finished on their dressage score of 28.5. This is Izzy’s second CCI3* victory here — she also won in 2014 with Allercombe Ellie.

William Fox-Pitt moved into second on the shared score of 28.5 with Jennifer Dowling’s Little Fire. Their only fault through the weekend were .8 time penalties on cross country.

Overnight leaders Ludwig Svennerstål and El Kazir SP, a 14-year-old Belgian Warmblood (Capriano X Katella, by Blanc Rivage xx) owned by Jonathan and Jane Clarke, had one rail down for a third place result on a 29.5.

Andrew Hoy jumped from 7th to 4th after a clear round with Vassily de Lassos, a 9-year-old Anglo-Arabian owned by Paula and David Evans and Andrew. Their final score is 31.1.

Will Coleman and OBOS O’Reilly. Photo by Lorraine O’Sullivan/Tattersalls.

Will Coleman also earned a top five finish riding OBOS O’Reilly for the United States. Will and “Oboe,” 15-year-old Irish Sport Horse (OBOS Quality X Omard Clover Queen, by Clover Hill) owned by the Four Star Eventing Group, had a very unlucky rail midway through the course to add four penalties. They finish on score of 32.4 in their Tattersalls debut.

Honorary American Ryan Wood made his first competitive trip across the Atlantic this weekend with his own and Curran Simpson’s Woodstock Bennett. The 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse (Shannondale Sarco X Ponail Belle, by Beau Royale) had two poles down to finish on 45 penalties.

“Bennett tried his best!” Ryan said. “It was a very technical track. I’m very pleased with him all week, and excited to have our first European event under our belt.”

Emma McNab and Fernhill Tabasco. Photo by Radka Preislerova/Tattersalls.

The George Mernagh Memorial CIC3* saw a dramatic cross country phase with much of the leaderboard shifting, but overnight leader Emma McNab held firm to take home the win with Fernhill Tabasco. 

Two heavy hitters, fifth-placed William Fox-Pitt with Bay My Hero and third-placed Jonty Evans with Cooley Rorkes Drift, came to grief at the water complex at 19b, an angled brush. William and Bay My Hero were up quickly and were without injury. Jonty was attended by medics before being transported to Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown. The event confirmed that he is in stable condition, and had since been transported to Beaumont Hospital for further treatment. Cooley Rorkes Drift was uninjured in the fall.

After Jonty’s fall, Emma had quite a bit of time on her hands as they held the course, but she and “Toby,” a 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse (Tabasco Van Erpekom X Dinan Rhoda, by Porter Rhodes xx), owned by Kevin McNab, Dom and Poppy Worcester, Julia and Jamie Dougall, looked unbothered after resuming, adding 5.2 time penalties for a final score of 27.1.

Jonelle Price and Faerie Dianimo. Photo by Lorraine O’Sullivan/Tattersalls.

Speed queen Jonelle Price took up second place with Faerie Dianimo, a 13-year-old British Sport Horse owned by Jonelle,  Trisha Rickards and Jacky Green. This pair added nothing across country for a three-phase score of 28.3.

Adding just .4 time penalties, Will Levett and Elisabeth Murdoch’s Lassban Diamond Lift are third. The 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse ends the weekend on 31.6 points.

Two other pairs managed the time in addition to Jonelle: Izzy Taylor with Director General and Tiana Coudray with Under the Clocks. Tiana and “Ninja,” a 16-year-old Thoroughbred’s (Woodborough X Regal Kate) owned by Jatial Ltd., finished 12th on 44.7 points.

“He was very excited to be back at it again! He hasn’t done anything since Blenheim last year, but he just knows his job so well that you don’t need much preparation. He is such an amazing cross country horse that you mostly just have to point and hang on tight,” she said.

Tiana wasn’t necessarily gunning for the time, but when she heard no one had managed it yet, she let Ninja go for it. “I was just planning to give him a nice jump around, but as I headed to the start box I did hear that no one had made the time yet, so I thought if he’s feeling good I will let him run a bit more. He was on all the minutes quite easily. Given the chance he would like to go a lot faster,” she said.

Tiana Coudray and Cancaras Girl. Photo via Annabelle James on Facebook.

In the CCI2*, only two rails marred the final result of 42 for Tiana and her other ride, Cancaras Girl. Of the 48 starters, the 8-year-old Holsteiner (Cancara X Rubina VI, by Narew) finished 24th – a feat Tiana is pleased with as this is the mare’s first two-star.

“She jumped a really lovely round, but just breathed on two parts of treble combination. It must have been the lightest of rubs because I brought the photos and it looks amazing. The rail must have fallen after,” she said. “At any rate we are very pleased with her performance all weekend and think she is one with an exciting future.”

Click here for the final scores from all divisions, and click here to catch up on all the EN coverage of Tattersalls. Go Eventing.

Tattersalls Links: WebsiteResults


5 Reasons We’re Counting Down Until 2018 AEC

Colorado Horse Park, the site of the 2018 AEC. White Fence Equine Photography Photo. Colorado Horse Park, the site of the 2018 AEC. White Fence Equine Photography Photo.

Colorado Horse Park, the site of the 2018 AEC. White Fence Equine Photography Photo.

After two years at the Tryon International Equestrian Center, The 15th Annual USEA American Eventing Championships, is packing up and hitting the road again. This time headed west to the Colorado Horse Park! With every new year and every new venue, the AEC brings even more exciting amenities. We’re less than 100 days until the first day of competition, and here’s what we’re excited about:

  1. Festival Classes. New this year, USEA will offer non-championship divisions at AEC. These “festival classes” will be held at the beginner novice through preliminary level.
  2. The Colorado Horse Park. A new venue introduces a whole new edge to the competition. Even local riders will square up against an entirely new cross country course.
  3. West Coast Wonders. With the AEC moving west, it means we get a chance to see even more west coast super stars!
  4. Jr. Beginner Novice 14 & Under. So this isn’t a new addition, but it is an EN favorite. Cute ponies. Cute kids. The camaraderie and competition— we’re here for it. (See: #AEC17 Not-So-Live XC Updates: Jr. Beginner Novice 14 & Under Faceoff Showdown)
  5. The Fun! Our own Leslie Wylie called it best when she said it’s the “feel-good event of the year.” This is a pinnacle of competition for all levels. The smiles of accomplishment make this one of the best competitions all year.

AEC will run August 30-September 2, 2018 at the Colorado Horse Park in Parker, Colorado. The qualification period runs through August 20th, so you’ve got the rest of the summer to get qualified! Visit the USEA’s AEC website to learn more.

[The AEC is 90 Days Away! Preview the Colorado Horse Park and Local Area]

[Festival Classes Offered at 2018 USEA American Eventing Championships]


Who Jumped It Best? Woodside Part II

We had so much fun at Woodside last weekend, we’re doing another Who Jumped It Best? This time around, we’re focused on the Intermediate division. Take a look at these riders and vote in the poll at the bottom of the post for which horse and rider you think present the best overall picture!

The Spring Event at WoodsideWebsiteScheduleRide TimesLive ScoresEN’s Coverage

Erin Kellerhouse and Woodford Reserve. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Gina Miles and RF Lanacapri. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Ashlyn Dorsey and RF Kinetic. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Barb Crabo and Waterford. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Jessica Gradillas and Sam Adams. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Chloe Smyth and Stag Party. Photo by Shelby Allen.

James Alliston and Pandora. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Sunday Links Presented by One K Helmets

Photo courtesy of Allison Murphy.

The Event at Archer has officially joined my “Eventing Bucket List.” My trips out west have been favorites, so I can’t imagine the joy of including an event into the mix! Are you headed to AEC this year and need a last minute prep or a pit stop that includes a cross country school? This might be your place. Read more here.

National Holiday: National Bubbly Day

Major Events:

Tattersalls: WebsiteScheduleStart Times & ResultsLive Streaming

Renswoude: WebsiteStart Times & Results

U.S. Weekend Preview:

GMHA June H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Genesee Valley Riding & Driving Club Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

NJ Region’s H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times] [Live Scores]

IEA H.T. & 3DE [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

The Spring Event at Archer H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Sunday Links: 

Through the Lens: 2018 USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championship

Intellectual pursuits – even betting on horses – can help ward off dementia, study findings suggest

Thousands to gather to watch some of the biggest names in horse-riding at Tattersalls

Auburn club eventing team brings 1st and 4th place trophies back to The Plains

Sunday Video:

Competition Heats Up in Tattersalls CIC3*, Tiana Coudray Top Ten in CCIYH*

Emma McNab and Fernhill Tabasco. Photo by Radka Preislerova/Tattersalls.

When overnight leader James Avery withdrew Zazu before this afternoon’s show jumping, the door swung wide open for Emma McNab and Fernhill Tabasco, and they walked right through it for the lead of the George Mernagh Memorial CIC3* at Tattersalls.

The 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse (Tabasco Van Erpekom X Dinan Rhoda, by Porter Rhodes xx), owned by Kevin McNab, Dom and Poppy Worcester, Julia and Jamie Dougall, left all the poles up to stay on their dressage score of 21.9.

Jonty Evans and “The People’s Horse” Cooley Rorkes Drift keep the pressure on after a clear round for second place on 22.8 points. “Art,” a 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse (Courage II X Doon-A-Ree-Lass, by Rachelle Comet xx) owned by Jane Moss, Elizabeth Murdoch and Keith Tyson is looking in fine form as he prepares for Luhmühlen.

Looking down the leaderboard, the rest of the top 10 remains similar. Millie Dumas and her own Artistiek sit third on a 25.6. William Fox-Pitt and Catherine Witt’s Bay My Hero are fourth on 26.7 points, and Daniel Alderson is fifth with Richard Ames’ Flying Finish on 28.1.

Tiana Coudray and Under The Clocks. Photo by Libby Law.

Tiana Coudray is the only U.S. rider in the CIC3* division, and she and Jatial Ltd.’s Under The Clocks sit 29th after the first two phases. This is the 16-year-old Thoroughbred’s (Woodborough X Regal Kate) first International appearance of the season. He earned a 33.7 in the first phase and had two rails and three time penalties in today’s show jumping.

“We’re pleased with Ninja. I thought he jumped well, but was just a tad bit rusty. This is his first event back since Blenheim last year, so it’s fair enough. He was feeling great and I’m pleased with him,” Tiana said.

Tiana also has a very promising horse in Cancaras Girl who is currently 17th in the Eventing Ireland CCI2*. Owned by Tiana and Diana Chappell, the 8-year-old Holsteiner mare (Cancara X Rubina VI, by Narew) blazed around the cross country today to stay on her dressage score of 34.  

“She was brilliant! Absolutely on fire. She’s like a little sports car with so much scope and so much gallop,” Tiana said. “This was her first CCI2* and she was full of running all the way to the finish. I’m always quite confident going out on her as she is an amazing cross country horse, but she is still green, so I couldn’t be more pleased.”

Tiana Coudray and Happenstance. Photo by Radka Preislerova/Tattersalls.

Annabelle James and Kyrle Arscott’s Happenstance earned a ninth place finish in the Cooley Farm CICYH* with Tiana in the irons.

The 6-year-old Irish Sport Horse mare by Quality Time finished on her dressage score (29.9) in her very first one-star after a faultless show jumping round today, and Tiana is excited about the young horse’s future.

“We are so over the moon! She is such a baby and had done only four novices, so what she has done this weekend is beyond any of our hopes or expectations. She was so bright this morning and show jumped so well it was like she hadn’t done anything yesterday! I am so unbelievably happy to Annabelle and Kyrle,” Tiana said.

“The Prawn” is settling into her role as and upcoming top horse easily, Tiana says. “She caught everyone’s attention this weekend is becoming so famous she’s like an A-list star.”

In the Land Rover CCI*, USA’s Mimi Falb and her own Kilpipe Jewel, an 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse (Ghareeb X Diamond Jewel Forever, by Diamond Rock), finished 43th after one rail down in today’s show jumping.

The CIC3* division continues with cross country tomorrow at 1 p.m. (6 p.m. EST). Tiana and Ninja will jump at 1:45 p.m. (8:45 a.m. EST). The CCI2* will show jump at 9 a.m. (2 p.m. EST). You can watch it all live and free here.

Tattersalls Links: WebsiteScheduleStart Times & ResultsLive Streaming

Ludwig Svennerstål Takes CCI3* Cross Country Lead at Tattersalls, Will Coleman Second

Ludwig Svennerstal and El Kazir SP. Photo by Radka Preislerova.

After an influential cross country day, Swedish rider Ludwig Svennerstål and El Kazir SP lead the The Irish Field CCI3* at Tattersalls International Horse Trials & Country Fair in Co Meath, Ireland.

Ludwig and the 14-year-old Belgian Warmblood (Capriano X Katella, by Blanc Rivage xx) owned by Jonathan and Jane Clarke sat second after dressage on a personal best of 25.5. They added nothing to that today finishing bang on the optimum time of 10 minutes 6 seconds.

A win in this division would be Ludwig’s first at this level, and significant accomplishment as he is seeking to qualify for WEG this weekend.  

Will Coleman and OBOS O’Reilly. Photo by Radka Preislerova.

The only U.S. representatives this weekend, Will Coleman and OBOS O’Reilly jetted into second place after a foot perfect trip around Ian Stark’s track. 

The 15-year-old Irish Sport Horse (OBOS Quality X Omard Clover Queen, by Clover Hill) looked fighting fit across the Co Meath hunt country. They came in an easy 10 seconds under the clock to stay on their dressage score of 28.4, which was a corrected result after their score was originally reported as 29 yesterday.

“Oboe felt like he was back to being his old self. He felt great today. A little wild, a little unridable at times, but unstoppable,” he said.

Will and the Four Star Eventing Group’s Oboe rerouted to Tattersalls after early trouble on cross country at Badminton last month. They later found that Oboe was struggling with a respiratory issue that compromised his performace.

“We were fairly convinced that something wasn’t right with the horse at Badminton. He was coughing all week there, and just seemed dull. Some investigating shortly thereafter showed that he was suffering from some inflammation in his upper airway. This was creating some congestion and restriction in his larynx and causing him to displace his soft palate,” Will explained. “Huge thanks to Richard and Georgina Sheane who organized all the appointments and got him in to see the best people. Bit of recuperation at Cooley Farm seems to have sorted him out.”

Following in third is “Busy” Izzy Taylor with Tom Strong’s Call Me Maggie May. Sixth after dressage, Izzy and the 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood (Hamar x Marijke, by Hemmingway) cruised around the three-star track with no penalties added for a two-phase result of 28.5.

Ryan Wood and Woodstock Bennett. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Riding for Australia — though we’ve claimed him as an honorary American — Ryan Wood and Woodstock Bennett were two of the biggest leaderboard climbers moving from 23rd to 13th after sailing around cross country. They picked up just two time penalties to sit on 37 penalty points.

“I’m thrilled with our first run across the pond for both of us. Bennett was amazing. He’s such a great cross country horse. He didn’t miss a beat and the footing was perfect! We are all very happy,” Ryan said.

This is the 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse’s (Shannondale Sarco X Ponail Belle, by Beau Royale) first apperance back at the CCI3* level since 2016. It’s also this duo’s overseas debut at Tattersalls.

“My experience here has been amazing,” he continued. “The Irish have been very welcoming and know how to put on a great event for horses, riders, owners and spectators. There’s a bar at every corner!”

Of the 42 starters,  32 earned a clear round (76%), with 11 of those rides inside the time. Of the few who came to grief there was none more disappointing than dressage leaders Alex Hua Tian and Don Geniro, who had an early stop at the fifth fence before retiring at fence 17.

Click here to see CCI3* scores after cross country. The competition concludes tomorrow with show jumping beginning at 3:45 p.m. (10:45 a.m. EST).

The CIC3* division is currently show jumping, so stay tuned for more from Tattersalls!

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Oliver Townend in Bidding War for Top Lot at Goresbridge Sale

Lot 10 in the Goresbridge Tattersalls Ireland Select Event Sale. Photo via Tattersalls Ireland.

A new crop of exciting event horses were up for grabs at Thursday’s inaugural Goresbridge Tattersalls Ireland Select Event Horse Sale. 15 horses were hand picked by Sally Parkyn and Lt. Col. Brian McSweeney (ret.) and actioned at the sale which was held in conjunction with Tattersalls Horse Trials.

Goresbridge sales are known for their top quality young horses. Graduates from the annual autumn Go For Gold sale include “The People’s Horse” Cooley Rorkes Drift and Buck Davidson’s ride Copper Beach.

The talk of the Irish auction was lot 10’s Master Class Ramiro. The 4-year-old is by Ramiro B and out of Fiery Master, who is granddaughter to Master Imp. Consigned by Jason Higgins, Master Class Ramiro fueled a bidding war between Oliver Townend and Chris Gould. By the end, Chris won the bidding of the young horse with a €49,000 ($57180.84) price tag.

Oliver has an affinity with Ramiro B horses. Both his Kentucky Three-Day winner Cooley Master Class and Badminton second-placed Cooley SRS share a sire with lot 10.

The second most expensive lot was Lislan Liam for €26,000 ($30340.86). The 5-year-old gelding by Je T’Aime was purchased by Irish eventer Trish Ryan.

Eight more horses were auctioned for a total of €209,500 ($244477.28), which averaged to €23,278 ($27164.40) per horse.

Click here to see all sale results.




Who Jumped It Best? Woodside Preliminary Challenge Edition

We’re headed to the Horse Park at Woodside for another edition of “Who Jumped it Best?” Preliminary Challenge competitors had their work cut out of them on Ian Stark’s cross country course, starting early with this downhill combination at 4ab. The amazing Sherry Stewart was on course to grab a few pictures from the competition.

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

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Whitney Tucker Billete & Karvaleo. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Kelly Dray & Kadence. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Lauren Lockwood & Louis Vuitton. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Michlynn Sterling & Hunter’s Bolero. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Cara Lavigna & Carrik Diamond Duk. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Jennifer Salinger & Cool Running. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Kaitlin Vosseller & Clear Approval. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Caroline Dein & Tropic Star. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Brianna Maroney & Kaala Jaadu. Photo by Sherry Stewart.


First-Timers Take All in Woodside Preliminary Challenge

Woodside’s Preliminary Challenge is a great measure of up-and-coming talent on the West Coast. For the last decade both professionals and amateurs have lined up to test their skills, and with $15,000 on the line it always produces a fiercely competitive environment.

Saturday began on the cross country where Preliminary Challenge debutants Jordan Linstedt and Krista Stevenson edged ahead of the rest to lead the horse and rider divisions, respectively. Then it all came down to the final show jumping phase. Flanked by a bustling patrons’ tent, Woodside’s Grand Prix arena was electric as they jumped in reverse order of standing. Both leaders kept a lid on it, jumping clear for the win.

Krista Stevenson and Caison. Photo by Marcus Greene Outdoor Photography.

“It was really nerve wracking,” Krista described. “The horse is a really good show jumper, and my coach just told me to go in and ride how I know how to ride, and he was so good.”

Krista earned one of only four double clear show jumping rounds with her and Larry Stevenson’s Caison to finish on her dressage score (30.1). She and the 10-year-old Hanoverian have had a rocky start to the season, but overcame all odds this weekend for a top finish.

“Just going through cross country was such a big deal with this horse. We struggled a little bit this season, and that clear round was really emotional for me. He was just so good,” she smiled.

Jordan Linstedt and Staccato. Photo by Marcus Green Outdoor Photography.

While Jordan has seen plenty of competition from coast to coast, she wasn’t sure what to expect from her first Preliminary Challenge with Janine Jaro’s Staccato.

“He was fantastic. He jumped out of his skin the whole way around. It’s nerve wracking going in there because you never know—you could get unlucky and have a silly rail come down, but he jumped his heart out all the way around. And after jumping cross country this morning, you’re not ever quite sure what you’re going to have either, but he felt like a million bucks. Plenty energy and a super jump from beginning to end,” Jordan said.

She and the 9-year-old Hanoverian were tied for the dressage lead, and continued through the jumping phases with no penalties added, solidifying their win on a score of 28.8. Now they forge ahead toward the CCI* at Rebecca Farm, and a move up to Intermediate is on the horizon in the fall.

In the rider division, Zoe Zeller and her own Tristan steadily climbed the rankings throughout the weekend, moving from ninth to fifth before finally landing in second, adding nothing to their dressage score across the jumping phases. The 12-year-old Holsteiner concludes the weekend on a score of 32.

Whitney Tucker Billeter and Karvaleo. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Whitney Tucker Billeter, who began the competition in 12th place, also found herself climbing with her own Karvaleo. They finished with a score of 33.5 with no additional jumping penalties added. Their third place result was an overwhelming success for the 7-year-old Irish Sport Horse who started his evening career with Tucker Billeter only last year.

Following Jordan in the horse division is Tamie Smith with Luisa Southworth’s Elliot-V into second place. She and the 9-year-old Dutch Warmblood delivered a double clear effort in the final phase to finish on 29.1 points. Smith is followed in third by close friend Heather Morris, who finished on on 29.4 points with Classic’s Mojah, a 9-year-old Oldenburg owned by Megan N. Sykes.

[Linstedt and Stevenson Sweep $15,000 Preliminary Challenge]

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Sunday Links Presented by One K Helmets

Rainbows over the Horse Park at Woodside. Photo by Shelby Allen.

There’s bit a little bit of magic here at Woodside this weekend. A foggy start to the show produced this brilliant rainbow over the cross country course. A great start to a three day weekend. Enjoy it, EN!

National Holiday: National Grape Popsicle Day

Major Events:

Houghton Hall CICO3*:  WebsiteStart TimesResults

Saumur: Website & Live StreamStart Lists and ResultsCCI3* Live Scores

Baborówko: Website & Live StreamStart Lists & Results

U.S. Weekend Action:

Mystic Valley Hunt Club H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

Virginia CCI/CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Flora Lea Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

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

Willow Draw Charity H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

The Spring Event at Woodside H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Equestrians’ Institute H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

May-Daze at the Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

Sunday Links: 

Amateurs Like Us: Back To Normal With A Sassy Mare’s Help

British eventer fined after false vaccination records found

Houghton Hall – where world class sport and art meet

Del Mar Eventing Welcomes New Event Secretaries

Gators Go for Gold at the 2018 USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championship!

Alliston, Linstedt, and Salinger Lead 10th Annual Preliminary Challenge After Dressage

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The First-Timer and An Equal Tie: Woodside Preliminary Challenge Dressage Report

The Spring Event at Woodside was bustling with activity Friday as competitors took to the dressage arena to kick off the weekend competition. The $15,000 Preliminary Challenge is in full swing headed up by Jennifer Salinger in the rider division and James Alliston and Jordan Linstedt splitting a tie in the horse division.

James Alliston and Lilly. Photo by Marcus Greene Outdoor Photography.

James and Jordan both landed on 28.8 to lead the Horse Challenge division aboard Lilly and Staccato, respectively.

James and Lilly are a newer partnership. The 9-year-old Oldenburg was originally slated for a career in the hunter/jumper world with Kelly Maddox, but when the mare wasn’t as suited for that life, James introduced her to eventing. After three starts, he and Kelly now co-own the horse.

“We worked out a deal where I will be in on partnership with the horse. This is her first year doing [eventing], and she’s really nice,” James said. “She’s really really fancy—a beautiful mover. She can sort of be a bit sharp jumping, but in general for the dressage she’s quite workmanlike. I thought she was really good. I’m learning with her and seeing how she gets on, but I’m excited for her. I think she likes it so hopefully she can do some big things down the line.”

Jordan Linstedt and Staccato. Photo by Marcus Green Outdoor Photography.

For Jordan and Janine Jaro’s Staccato, today’s test is another accolade in their blossoming partnership.

“Staccato felt super. He tends to feel very good in the dressage, and I thought he put in a really nice test. I think overall he’s definitely a very consistent horse and he was very consistent throughout the whole test. No major bobbles; everything flowed from beginning to end. He was quite forward in front of my leg,” she said.

The 9-year-old Hanoverian joined Jordan on the East Coast to compete this spring. Jordan credits John Zoppati and Clayton Fredericks for their help on the flatwork during their trip.

“I spent time on the East Coast this spring, and had some really good help from several guys back there. It’s kind of stepping it up a little bit with him, and I feel like that really carried through today to get some impressive work out of him. I think there’s still so much more in there, so it’s just really fun to work with him and produce him.”

The fun of the Preliminary Challenge is in the camaraderie and playful competition between riders. Professionals are here bringing up their next crop with upper level potential, and young riders and amateurs are prepping for future FEI events.

It’s all smiles for the public, but Tamie Smith explains, “there’s a lot of trash talking going on.” She sits just behind the equal leaders in the horse division on a 29.1 with Luisa Southworth’s 9-year-old Dutch Warmblood, Elliot-V.

Jennifer Salinger and Lasse 73. Photo by Marcus Green Outdoor Photography.

Jennifer Salinger is diving head first into her Preliminary Challenge with two entries, Cool Running and Lasse 73, who she’s taken the lead with. Jennifer and Lasse sit on a score of 29.7—the only sub-30 score in the rider division.

“I felt the pressure on the first horse. This is the first time I’ve ridden two horses at an event, and it was helpful to decompress and get on the second horse,” she explained. “[The Preliminary Challenge] seems like such a great way to gain atmosphere and exposure still at the preliminary level—not quite FEI pressure, but that same feeling. The Lasse 73 horse is new to me, but he lights up in such a good way that I have to just convince myself to let him teach me a few things.

“The test felt super. He is a wonderfully experienced horse that I’ve been lucky enough to take over the ride as his owner is headed to college in the fall. He gives you a confident feeling—for a lot if the test I got to sit there and enjoy it,” she smiled.

Krista Stevenson holds second place in the division with her own and Larry Stevenson’s Caison. The 10-year-old Hanoverian earned a score of 30.1. Charlotte Babbit and her own 2 A.M., a 6-year-old Dutch Warmblood, follow in third on 30.2 points after back-to-back wins at the level this spring.

Saturday is a big day at Woodside with cross country running in the morning followed by show jumping in the evening, run in reverse order of go.

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[Alliston, Linstedt and Salinger Lead 10th Annual Preliminary Challenge After Dressage]

Welcome to Woodside! 10th Annual Preliminary Challenge Preview + Course Walk

Photo by Shelby Allen.

This weekend Woodside Horse Trials is celebrating a decade of hosting the Preliminary Challenge at their Spring Event. For those who aren’t familiar, this Challenge pits the best horses and riders at this level together for huge prizes and $15,000 in cash money. There really isn’t another event like it—even with divisions running through Advanced, all the focus is on this special competition.

What: $15,000 Annual Preliminary Challenge

Where: The Horse Park at Woodside, Woodside, California (Area VI)

When: Friday, 24 May (dressage) – Saturday, 25 May (cross country and show jumping)

Who: 40 top Preliminary combinations (24 in the Rider challenge division and 16 in the Horse division)

All the action starts today in the dressage arena. Both the horse and rider divisions will perform their tests beginning at 10:15 a.m. for judges Robert Stevenson (USA) and Robyn Fisher (USA). Ian Stark’s cross country then kicks off on Saturday morning. Take a virtual course walk below:

The penalties become extremely influential in Saturday night’s show jumping phase over Marc Donovan’s course. Woodside’s Grand Prix Arena is flanked by a bustling patrons’ tent filled with friends and fans enjoying a drink as they watch (tickets are still available here). This atmosphere, plus running in reverse order of standing, puts the pressure on.

While the Preliminary Challenge is takes center stage this weekend, we haven’t forgotten about the Advanced division. This year 15 pairs are entered, and you can see who EN’s Stats Queen Maggie Deatrick has pegged to win here. These guys also start with dressage today, followed by cross country on Saturday at 12:40. They show jump Sunday at 3:25.

The Preliminary Challenge is hailed as a perfect prep as young riders and professionals with young horses gear up for summer CCIs. That makes these divisions very competitive, so stay tuned for much more from Woodside.

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Tuesday Video from SpectraVet: The Tigers Are Coming to Town

They’ve prepped, they’ve packed, and they’re ready for the third annual USEA Intercollegiate Championship! 23 teams from 17 colleges and universities are gunning for the title and bragging rights, including the defending champions from Clemson University. These riders are dedicated—tiger costume and all. I’d now like to propose that someone please run cross country in that costume. We’ll wager some EN karma (which is essentially priceless) for fulfilling this bet.

This post couldn’t be complete though without a shoutout to my alma mater, the University of Georgia. They were the inaugural winners, so I’m sure they’ll bring the heat this weekend. Go dawgs!

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Bec Braitling and Mallory Hogan, winners of the 2017 Preliminary Challenge. Photo by Shelby Allen.

I’m so excited this weekend to head to the West Coast for the Preliminary Challenge at Woodside. This is such a cool event. Even though the event runs through Advanced, all the attention is on the Challenge, and they put on such a big show, from the buzzing atmosphere to the $15,000 prize, it feels very special. Good luck to all the competitors this weekend!

National Holiday: National Vanilla Pudding Day

Events Opening This Week:  Huntington Farm H.T. (VT, A-1) The Maryland H.T. at Loch Moy Farm I (MD, A-2) Chattahoochee Hills H.T. (GA, A-3) Round Top H.T. (CO, A-9) Event at Rebecca Farm (MT, A-7) Great Meadow International – FEI Nations Cup Eventing Series (VA, A-2) 42nd Annual Whidbey Island H.T. (WA, A-7) Powder Basin H.T.(WY, A-9) Coconino Summer I H.T. (AZ, A-10)

Events Closing This Week: Feather Creek Farm H.T. (OK, A-5) Derbyshire Farms H.T. (MI, A-8) Plantation Field H.T. (PA, A-2) River Glen June H.T. (TN, A-3) Queeny Park H.T. (MO, A-4) Camelot Equestrian Horse Park-Over The Moon in June H.T. (CA, A-6) Aspen Farms H.T. (WA, A-7) Valinor Farm Horse Trials (MA, A-1) NJ Region’s H.T. (NJ, A-2) The Middleburg H.T. (VA, A-2)

The stadium erupted for Sara Gumbiner and Polaris (Brandenburg’s Windstar x North River Lady) as they finished their first four-star at Kentucky last month, but none cheered louder than his breeder, Phyllis Dawson. Her breeding program has produced over 20 Kentucky completions, multiple Burghley completions, a 10th-place finish at the Olympic Games as well as many more top international finishes. [Behind the Breeder’s Brand: Phyllis Dawson and Windchase, Part One]

Coral Keen has come out against the removal of the dressage multiplier. The new rule, which came out at the start of this competition season, removed the coefficient which increased the significance of the dressage phase. [Coral Keen’s eventing blog: my dream team and why I disagree with a rule change]

Tuesday Video:

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