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Rest in Peace, Keep the Faith

Hannah Sue Burnett and Keep the Faith. Photo via Michael Burnett’s Facebook Page.

We’re saddened to learn of the loss of Keep the Faith, Hannah Sue Burnett’s first five-star horse, who passed away on April, 5, 2019 at the age of 28.

“Benny,” a bay Thoroughbred (Big Jim Taylor x Spring Double), was Hannah Sue’s first “big time” horse. They completed their first event in 2000, the Preliminary at River Glen, and continued to climb the ranks together.

Hannah Sue Burnett and Keep the Faith. Photo via Hannah Sue’s Facebook Page.

After a 14th place finish at Young Riders in 2006, they moved up to the four-star level and prepared for the biggest event of their lives: The 2007 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. Hannah Sue was 20-year-old and riding on the wings of her angel, Benny.

Hannah Sue shared a tribute to Benny on her Facebook page today:

“Every year when Kentucky 3-Day Event rolls around I am reminded of my first time competing there…in 2007 when I was 20 years old riding Keep the Faith.

“I will never forget the feelings of that incredible week—mostly of sheer terror but also incredible support from family and friends. The biggest thing that sticks out in my mind is the overwhelming feeling of love and appreciation for my horse.

“This year there is something missing as Kentucky week nears as my family and I lost a member of our family on Friday, April 5, 2019.
Keep the Faith (aka Benny) was not only my first real event horse, he was my best friend. He was always turning heads with his beauty but was humble in how he always forgave my constant mistakes.

“He literally taught me to keep my faith in all parts of my life. I’ll never forget Clark Montgomery leading me around the start box at Rolex that day—Clark as pale with fear as I when we heard Jessica shakily (but seriously) say, ‘Jesus take the wheel.’

“We have made a lot of jokes about that moment since but I know—and as my mom always said, our Benny was an absolute gift from God. I will never forget what a blessing he was and still is in my and my family’s lives.

“Thank you to my parents for loving him as much as I did and for taking wonderful care of him in his retirement. I’ll love you forever Benny. Rest well my friend.”

Our hearts go out to Hannah and her family. Rest in peace, Keep the Faith.

Photo Gallery: Cross Country Day at Fair Hill

If April showers bring May flowers, then Fair Hill International should soon be in full bloom! Amy Flemming-Waters of AFW Photography takes us around the beautiful Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area for CCI4*-S cross country day with this stunning photo gallery:

Click here to catch up on our coverage at Fair Hill.

Fair Hill CCI & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores] [EN’s Coverage]

Easter Sunday Links Presented by One K Helmets

Heads up college students! The 2019 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event wants to give you money. You can sign up for the “Next Gen Fans Sweepstakes” on cross country day for your chance to win one of five $1,000 scholarships. Enter on site on cross country day, April 27. There will three designated Sweepstakes sign-up locations: one in Sponsor Village, one in the Trade Fair, and one on The Hill. Click here for details.

National Holiday: Happy Easter!

U.S. Weekend Action:

Fair Hill CCI & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

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

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

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

Sunday Links: 

PODCAST: Your Guide to Show Jumping Time Penalties

The Relationship Between Conformation and Lameness, Part Two

One Week ‘Til Kentucky: What Oliver Townend, Will Coleman, and Others Are Doing to Prepare

FEI asks: should riders be given yellow cards for badly behaved parents?

‘He will love being back’: Jonty Evans and Art to return to Badminton

U.S. Eventers Fall Afoul Of New FEI Blood And Whip Use Rules

Sunday Video: 

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Boyd Martin & On Cue Conquer Fair Hill CCI4*-S

Boyd Martin and On Cue. Photo by Amy Flemming-Waters / AFW Photography.

The CCI4*-S leaderboard was a rollercoaster this weekend at the Fair Hill International April CCI & H.T. Between torrential rainfall and and a last minute course change, it wasn’t abundantly clear who won this popular spring event by day’s end. The leading role shuffled between riders, but once the dust — or more likely, mud — settled, it was Boyd Martin and On Cue who came out on top.

Fourth after dressage, Christine Turner’s 12-year-old Anglo-European mare (Cabri D’Elle x On High, Primitive Rising) powered through the jumping phases with one rail down and 12.4 time penalties across country. The final result of 48.6 secured her a fourth international career win.

Boyd Martin and Ray Price. Photo by Amy Flemming-Waters / AFW Photography.

Boyd Martin was also seventh and ninth with Ray Price (74.7) and Contestor (84.6), respectively.

Alexa Lapp and Cambalda. Photo by Amy Flemming-Waters / AFW Photography.

A little rain couldn’t slow down second place finishers Alexa Lapp and  Cambalda, who finished on an identical cross country time with Boyd.

This pair moved up to Advanced last month at Carolina International, and now “Ping,” a 17-year-old Irish Sport Horse (Balda Beau x Cathy’s Lady) owned by Tim and Nina Gardner, has added an 8th four-star win to his record as he shows Alexa the ropes at the top of the sport.

The duo started in second after dressage (30.4), dropped to seventh after show jumping with two down before climbing back into second with 12.4 time penalties for a final score of 50.8.

Kristen Bond and I’m Sew Ready. Photo by Amy Flemming-Waters / AFW Photography.

Kristen Bond and I’m Sew Ready sit proudly in third. Kristine and John Norton’s 15-year-old KWPN (Lupicor x Jarda, by Elcaro) had one rail down and 17.6 time penalties for a three-phase score of 53.6.

“Jackson” has been campaigned by Phillip Dutton over the last few seasons, and has returned to Kristen to be sold. Click here to check out his ad on Sport Horse Nation.

Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Singapore. Photo by Amy Flemming-Waters / AFW Photography.

Phillip Dutton piloted Fernhill Singapore, a 10-year-old KWPN (Singapore x Reidellia, by Animo) owed by Ann Jones, Tom Tierney and David Vos, to a fourth place finish on a score of 62.9. They started the weekend in 18th place after dressage, but a clear round and 18.4 cross country time penalties landed them in the top four.

Arielle Aharoni and Dutch Times. Photo by Amy Flemming-Waters / AFW Photography.

Fifth place in the division belongs to Arielle Aharoni and Dutch Times. Christina Aharoni’s 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood had one rail down and 23.2 cross country time penalties to finish on 69.2.

Erin Sylvester and Campground. Photo by Amy Flemming-Waters / AFW Photography.

Erin Sylvester went for sixth with Marnie Kelly’s Campground. The 12-year-old Thoroughbred had the second fastest cross country round of the group with 14.8 time penalties to finish on 69.4 penalty points.

Katherine Coleman and Monte Classico. Photo by Amy Flemming-Waters / AFW Photography.

Katherine Coleman and Monte Classico were 8th (75.6), Felix Vogg and Cayenne were 10th (131.6) and Missy Miller finished 11th with Quinn (144.5).

Competitors were up against sloppy conditions this weekend nearly continuous rainfall over the last 24 hours. How much rain, you ask?

It is 9:15 am. How wet is it right now at Fair Hill?

Posted by Plantation Field Horse Trials on Saturday, April 20, 2019

Fair Hill International is held together by an unbeatable team of volunteers who kept the show rolling — thanks to each and every one of you!

We’ve been lucky to follow Fair Hill through Amy Flemming-Waters’ lens! Stay tuned for even more of her gorgeous photos in a gallery later this weekend. You can also find more of her work on her AFW Photography website.

Fair Hill CCI & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores] [EN’s Coverage]

Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: Bluegrass State Beauties

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

In case you happen to live under a rock, we’re barreling straight toward Kentucky’s biggest horse weekend of the year. Okay — maybe second biggest if you’re into the Kentucky Derby sort of thing. Either way, horse people will soon be traveling to Lexington, KY in droves. If you’re looking to do some shopping outside of the vendor village, here are some listings close by!

Low Key Obsession. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Experienced training level horse perfect for a YR or AA looking to move up through the levels

Low Key Obsession “Rico” is an 9YO 16.1h chestnut TB gelding. He was completely produced by a young rider through training level without ever having a cross country penalty. Rico is brave and uncomplicated on XC and has only had one career rail in show jumping. He has many top 10 placings and has won at training level on a 29.1. He has also won multiple TIP awards. This guy would be great for an ambitious amateur or young rider as he has plenty of scope to move up through the levels but at the same time is very forgiving, catty, and a great confidence builder. Price includes Voltaire saddle.

Scrappy. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Super fun horse 16.1hh Unraced TB Gelding

Scrappy is a 12 yr, 16.1 hh, bay TB gelding that did not race or train at the track. He is an easy ride on the flat and to fences with an adjustable canter and a tidy jumping technique. He enjoys work and tries to please. He has some show experience in dressage and lower jumper classes, schooled XC, and has been on trails. We think he could perform well in several disciplines- dressage, H/J and eventing. No vices, easy to handle, loads and trailers well. Somewhat atypical for a thoroughbred – he has wonderful feet is a very ‘good-doer’ tending to get chubby. Located in Lexington, KY near the Kentucky Horse Park. $10,000.

Frankie. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Flashy Athletic TB gelding

“Frankie” is as flashy as they get, turning heads wherever we go. This 7yo 15.3 gelding is easy to be around on the ground, he is an easy keeper – even going barefoot with no issues. Hacks out both alone or in a group and is quite brave when doing so.

A fantastic jumper, Frankie competed this summer at recognized horse trials at Beginner Novice, where he scored a 32 on the flat and loved every minute on XC. Can get forward to fences, but is super brave – including ditches, water, banks (up/down/into water/out of water), and has never met a fence he didn’t like. He gets the step with no problem and always jumps in classic form. Is inconsistent on the flat and needs a rider which can help him with this aspect of his training. Not for a beginner.

Best suited for a gutsy teen or young adult who wants a pocket rocket of a ride on XC and can finish him in their own way. I am happy to release all vet records including a PPE from two years ago for anyone moving forward with a purchase. Please do not ask me otherwise. Mild cribber but controlled with a strap. A new baby has left me with time to only ride one horse right now and he needs to find his person. Currently not in work for the past two months due to time and weather. Asking $3000 negotiable for a quick sale. Located in Lexington KY 15 minutes from the KHP. Videos on youtube (user KMBrennan03).

Date A Saint. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Date A Saint – Saint

10 year old, 16.3 hh TB gelding. Solid training level horse that has competed up to preliminary. Saint is brave and uncomplicated over fences with a great canter and scopey jump. Would be best suited for junior/young rider or adult amateur looking to do 1.10/1.15 in the jumpers or learn the lower levels of eventing.
Ties, loads, hacks out alone or in a group. Stands well for vet and farrier.
Located in Lexington, KY.

Cole. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Cole, 9 yr old, 16 hh, TB Dark Bay Gelding Upper Level Potential

Cole is a 16hh dark bay OTTB gelding with a lighter build. He has an athletic, scopey jump and soft loose movement. We intended for him to stay and become a top class eventer with us, but we think he will be better suited to a “my only horse” situation and not one of 20 as he is here. Nick also prefers a hotter horse as Cole has a quiet temperament.

Cole has excellent ground manners and is easy to trailer, handle, hold, etc. He’s easy to hack and ride. And would be just as happy competing at the lower levels. He’s been turned out with some of our mares and he’s very gentle around them.

He started his competition career in 2018 finishing 6th at novice at Spring Run at his first event. His racing name was Cole Cole and he was sourced by Brookwood Farm Sporthorses.

15 short video clips of Cole have been added to our Wainui farm youtube page.

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

Wednesday Video from Kentucky Performance Products: Lainey Ashker’s Trickiest #GOTD Yet

We’ve shared many of Lainey Ashker’s awesome #GODT (Grid of The Day) exercises here on EN. She’s constantly introducing new and fun ways to sharpen your skills over fences, but you might want to grab your neck strap for this one.

#GOTD❤️ Probably the most difficult yet rewarding exercises I’ve built to date to really encourage FORWARD riding and balance directly from the rider’s position keeping the hands OUT of the equation. The cavalettis in the vertical line and oxers help to lift the horses’ shoulders but only with the help and support of their jockeys! I really felt a difference in all of my horses’ shapes and push after accomplishing this exercise! Remember to build as necessary to you and your horse’s level. To give you a gage, both Jamison (from a previous video) and Riviera (shown here) are both intermediate level horses so practice accordingly! Cheers! #læsquad #gotd

Posted by Lainey Ashker on Tuesday, April 9, 2019

This one really hones in on the shape of your horses jump while encouraging “Forward riding and balance directly from the rider’s position,” Lainey says.

The meat of the grid features four verticals separated by 9-foot cavalettis. “The cavalettis in the vertical line and oxers help to lift the horses’ shoulders but only with the help and support of their jockeys! I really felt a difference in all of my horses’ shapes and push after accomplishing this exercise,” she continued.

Please be aware Lainey used this exercise with two of her horses who have competed through the Intermediate level, so make sure you bridge this to be appropriate with your riding level, and enjoy!

Photo and diagram by Lainey Ashker.

Go Lainey. Go eventing.

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Tuesday Video from SpectraVet: The Celine Dion + Eventing Mashup You Didn’t Know You Needed

Eventing Nation, I promise this is the best thing you’ll see on the Internet this week. Who knew five-time Grammy winner Celine Dion and a gritting-through-your-teeth-determined eventer faced with a chevron cross country fence would have so much in common?

Karla Parsons kindly shares this Twitter gold with the world. Please, enjoy with your sound on!

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Tuesday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

Frankie Thieriot Stutes and Chatwin at Twin Rivers. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

We are so sad to share that Frankie Thieriot Stutes has withdrawn Chatwin from the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by MARS Equestrian. She posted to her Facebook page that Chatwin sustained an injury in their last outing, the Advanced CT at Twin Rivers, which they won.

“The Universe has other plans for us, I have no idea why, but I am sure eventually I will figure that out. I have my horse, and luckily for me, he means much more to me as a partner than the ribbons or accolades we have earned and will earn together,” she said.

We know these two will be back stronger than ever, and we wish Chatwin quick healing in the meantime.

National Holiday: National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day

Events Opening This Week: GMHA June HorseTrialsGenesee Valley Riding & Driving Club Spring Horse TrialsWaredaca H.T.NJ Region’s H.T.Ocala Summer H.T. ICarriage House Farm Combined TestEquestrians’ Institute H.T.IEA Horse Trials, Classic Training & Novice 3-Day EventColorado Horse Park H.T.Poplar Place Farm June H.T. and Area ChampionshipsColorado Horse Park H.T.

Events Closing This Week: Riga Meadow at Coole Park Combined TestMCTA H.T., IncHeart of the Carolinas 3-Day Event & H.T.Poplar Place Farm May H.T.The Event at Skyline

Tuesday News: 

In addition to Frankie and Chatwin, there have been a few other withdrawals from Kentucky. [Land Rover Kentucky CCI5*-L Withdrawals]

The Badminton draw order has been revealed! Pippa Funnel will be the pathfinder of the group. As we look to our US riders, Jenny Caras and Fernhill Fortitude are #63 and Tamie Smith and Wembley are #76. [Full draw revealed for Badminton Horse Trials: Pippa Funnell to be pathfinder]

Winning is nice, but there’s so much more to riding than a blue ribbon. It’s hard to not let your placing in a division define the success of your weekend, but Annette Paterakis talks about getting your headspace right and having more fun. [How To Stop Letting The Scoreboard Be Your Main Measure Of Success]

Tuesday Video: 

Tamie Smith Unstoppable in Twin Rivers CCI3*-L

Tamie Smith and Mai Baum. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

After near domination of the CCI3*-L cross country track yesterday, Tamie Smith felt one of this sport’s many valleys as she and her final ride, Ruth Bley’s Danito parted ways at the final water.

Fortunately there are no broken bones, but she took a pretty hard hit to one of her ankles. Tamie is one tough cookie and decided she wasn’t going to let it stop her from giving the rest of her string the finish they deserved, especially considering the three-star division stood as the only 2019 west coast qualifier for the this year’s Pan American Games.

By Sunday morning, she was as good as gold (at least in the saddle), and claimed both the CCI3*-L win as well as second place with Mai Baum and Fleeceworks Royal, respectively.

Alex and Ellen Ahearn and Eric Markell’s Mai Baum, a 13-year-old German Sport Horse (Loredano x Ramira, Rike), was right at home in the top spot from start to finish. Only one second on cross country marred his final result, which stands as 25.3.

Tamie Smith and Fleecework’s Royal. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

His gorgeous grey stablemate, Judy McSwain’s Fleeceworks Royal, a 10-year-old Holsteiner (Riverman x Marisol) put in an equally impressive clear round over Jose Nava’s show jumping track to finish in second on 29.7 points.

“I felt the best on Fleeceworks Royal,” Tamie told USEA’s journalist, Jessica Duffy. “Her and my partnership is finally just 110 percent which makes me really happy. It felt good, I just didn’t really have the use of my left leg which felt really weird. But she’s just so good.”

Amber Levine and Cinzano. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Amber Levine and her own Cinzano, an 8-year-old Holsteiner (Classe x Walta, by Corrado I) gradually climbed the leaderboard this weekend, starting in ninth after dressage, then nailing two fault-free jumping phases for third place on 33.4.

Meg Pellegrini and RF Eloquence. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Meg Pellegrini is a force to be reckoned with on the west coast. She and her RF Eloquence, a 14-year-old Holsteiner (Contender x D-Ginger, by Grundyman xx) have now won back to back two-star competitions after a Galway Downs CCI2*-S victory two weeks ago and now the CCI2*-L here at Twin. This win is courtesy of an FOD on a score of 29.8.

“I was really happy with how well he was jumping and how well he was feeling after cross-country,” she said. “(The cross country) was a long and tough course so I was impressed with how well he bounced back.”

Savannah Gwin and Glock Pullman. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Savannah Gwin and her Glock Pullman, a 13-year-old Warmblood (Coriall x Ahdonna Pullman) captured second place on a score of 31.3.

Megan Compton and Coco Mademoiselle W. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Megan Compton was third with Coco Mademoiselle W,  her 9-year-old Westphalian (Coronas 2 x Sierra). This pair climbed from fifth after dressage, going double clear in both jumping phases for a final result of 31.8.

Go Twin Rivers. Go Eventing.

[Nothing Can Stop Smith and Mai Baum in the Twin Rivers CCI3*-L]

Halliday-Sharp Can’t Be Beat in Ocala CCI3*-L, Kieffer Wins CCI2*-L

Liz Halliday-Sharp and Flash Cooley. Photo by Lisa Madren.

A quick scan of Liz Halliday-Sharp‘s recent record shows a dizzying collection of first, second and third place finishes — she is currently the top rider in the country on USEA’s leaderboard with 262 points, after all.

Liz seems to have produced the magic formula to get her whole string to peak at the same time, and this weekend at The Ocala International Three-Day Event was no exception. She held both first and second place in the CCI3*-L from post to pillar.

This weekend’s big equine winner is Pru Dawes’ Flash Cooley a 7-year-old Irish Sport Horse (CSF MR Kroon X Castlefield Ruby). “Casper” didn’t put a foot wrong all weekend to finish on his dressage score of 23.8.

Liz Halliday-Sharp and Cooley Quicksilver. Photo by Lisa Madren.

In similar fashion, stablemate Cooley Quicksilver, an 8-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Womanizer X Kylemore Crystal, by Creggan Diamond) owned by the The Monster Partnership also achieved an FOD on a penalty-free score of 27.3.

Jessica Phoenix and Bentley’s Best. Photo by Lisa Madren.

Bentley’s Best moved into fourth after a double clear show jumping with Jessica Phoenix in the tack. The Bentley’s Best Group’s 12-year-old Trakehner earned a final result of 29.2.

Lesley Grant-Law and Lady Chatterley. Photo by Lisa Madren.

Lesley Grant-Law and Lady Chatterley, an 8-year-old Holsteiner (Connor 48 x Jucy, by Mytens xx),  jumped clear for fourth place with 30.1 penalty points.

This three-star class is brimming with talented jumpers as 15 of the 29 finishers managed double clear rounds.

Lauren Kieffer and Get Gaudi. Photo by Lisa Madren.

Chris Barnard’s show jumping track changed the look of the CCI2*-L division where Lauren Kieffer and Get Gaudi emerged as the winners.

Jacqueline Mars’ 8-year-old KWPN (Alicante HBC x Second Floor, by Faram) made skillful work of all three phases, adding nothing to his dressage score of 27.7 in his FEI debut.

Will Coleman and Cooley Mahgeeta. Photo by Lisa Madren.

Another double clear round bumped Will Coleman and Teresa Loughin’s Cooley Mahgeeta, a 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse (Master Imp x Kilnamac Misty, by Clover Hill), to the second place finish on 28.4 points.

Kyle Carter and Gaillard Lancer. Photo by Lisa Madren.

Just 0.4 show jumping time penalties put Kyle Carter behind Will, but he still managed an impressive third with Gaillard Lancer in the 45-entry division. Brandon Blackstock’s 8-year-old KWPN (Diarado x Urlanta, by Flemmingh) now boasts two top three finishes at this level after today’s result of 28.5.

Caroline Martin and her Cristano Z were fourth on a score of 29.3, and Liz Halliday-Sharp was fifth with Pru Dawes’ Duiske Abbey on 29.5.

Ocala International CCI & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores] [Live Stream] [EN’s Coverage]

Sunday Video: First Look at 2019 Land Rover Kentucky CCI5*-L Cross Country

2019 LRK3DE Cross-Country Course Preview

Here it is! The #2019 LRK3DE Cross-Country Course preview. Enjoy! Will YOU be here watching? #BestWeekendAllYear!Tickets: www.kentuckythreedayevent.com/tickets

Posted by Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event on Friday, April 12, 2019

The 2019 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by MARS Equestrian is officially less than two weeks away, which means EN is officially in freak out mode.

Thankfully, LRK3DE has published a cross country course preview to quell our excitement. Lisa Barry and course designer Derek di Grazia take us around a few key combinations as course begins to take its final shape.

The countdown is on for The Best Weekend All Year! Keep it locked on EN for all the latest and greatest from the first five-star of the year.

Go eventing.

LRK3DE: Entries, Website, Schedule, EN’s Coverage

 

Twin Rivers XC Report: Lauren Billys & Castle Larchfield Purdy Secure CCI4*-S Win

Lauren Billys and Castle Larchfield Purdy. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Lauren Billys and Castle Larchfield Purdy continued their dominance of the CCI4*-S Saturday at Twin Rivers Spring International Event in Paso Robles, California, where bold cross country riding tied a big, beautiful bow on their wire-to-wire win in the division.

Any big success like this is special, but this one even more so for the Puerto Rican rider. It marked “Purdy’s” triumphant return to full health after a colic surgery last fall, and it officially qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

“That horse has such courage and bravery and even when I’m hesitant he gives me the feeling that I can be brave with him. I just love riding him,” Lauren said to the USEA. ““I can’t believe he’s back, he’s really back. I started tearing up as I came across the finish line. I have a really great group of owners behind him and they love him. It’s been really cool to honor them and honor Purdy along the way.”

Lauren Billys and Castle Larchfield Purdy. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

The  17-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Karistos x Hallo Purdy, by Hallo), owned by the rider and Purdy Syndicate LLC, soared around James Atkinson’s track with ease, adding just 0.8 time penalties to their dressage score for a final result of 30.6.

“It was important for me to finish on a score that would be competitive anywhere. I feel like I did that – I finished on my best score yet. That made me feel excited for him. Like a fine wine, he just keeps getting better!”

Liza Horan and Lafite. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Bold cross country riding moved Liza Horan right into second place aboard her own Lafite. She and the 12-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Linaro x Sundrift Sandal) jumped clear with 18 time penalties to close the weekend on 66.8 points.

A runout at fence 11B dropped Leah Breakey and Master Class, her 10-year-old Canadian Warmblood gelding (Cree x Night Destiny xx), into third on a final score of 83.9, and Derek di Grazia decided to call it a day with Ringwood Justice, his 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Ringwood Harley Carol x Ringwood Venus), after having at stop in the sunken road.

Tamie Smith and Mai Baum. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Tamie Smith kept a tight grip on the top three CCI3*-L spots after cross country day. She still leads with heartthrob Mai Baum, a 13-year-old German Sport Horse (Loredano x Ramira, Rike), who finished one second behind the clock for a two-day score of 25.3. Tamie holds the next two placings with Ruth Bley’s En Vogue (25.6) and Judy McSwain’s Fleecework’s Royal (29.7), who both went double clear.

Shannon Lilley and Greenfort Carnival. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Shannon Lilley and Greenfort Carnival, a 9-year-old Irish Sport Horse (Aughrim Knight x Easkey Princess) owned by Shannon and Cassandra Ertl, slowly climbed the ranks this weekend in the CCI3*-S division, starting in fourth after dressage, and ending with a win on their dressage score of 34.8. This was the geldings first international win, and a solid finish as he next heads to his Advanced debut at Woodside.

Liza Horan and Jennifer Salinger’s Hollister 13. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Liza Horan and Jennifer Salinger’s Hollister 13 were second on 41.1., and Jess Hargrave was third with her own Regenmann (46.3).

Marc Grandia and Campari FFF . Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Marc Grandia piloted Team Rebecca’s Campari FFF to a win of the Advanced division in the horse’s debut at the level. The 9-year-old Holsteiner added six time penalties to finish on 49.6.

The CCI3*-L and CCI2*-L riders now move onto the show jumping phase. Don’t forget it watch it live right here on EN starting at 12:50 p.m. local/3:50 p.m. EST for the two-star and 2:35 p.m. local/5:35 p.m. EST for the three-star.

[Victory is Sweet for Billys and Castle Larchfield Purdy in the Twin Rivers CCI4*-S]

Sunday Links Presented by One K Helmets

Lauren Kieffer and Get Gaudi. Photo by Lisa Madren.

Upper-level riders are prepared to handle nearly anything that comes at them on cross country: bad weather, icky footing, naughty horses and, apparently, reptiles. As Lauren Kieffer approached fence 16 on the CCI2*-L course, she noticed something near the base of the fence. Possibly a ground line? No, she decided, when it started slithering. Lauren admits she “screamed like a little girl,” but she still cleared the fence like a warrior.

National Holiday: National Pecan Day

U.S. Weekend Action:

Ocala CCI & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times][Live Stream] [Live Scores]

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

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

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

Sunday Links: 

Going to LRK3DE? Here’s What Not to Miss

The Method Behind the Madness: 10 Questions with Course Designer James Atkinson

Fair Hill Foundation Inc. Updates

Horse Sport Ireland in running for two sport industry awards

Importing A Horse Off A Video: A Cautionary Tale

Horsemen Want To Know How Brexit Will Affect The Horse Industry

Sunday Video: 

Queen Elizabeth Stakes

RACE REPLAY: In her career finale WINX wins the Queen Elizabeth Stakes. That's what we wanted. Video by Sky Racing // #gowinx #winxhorse

Posted by WINX – official on Friday, April 12, 2019

Halliday-Sharp, Law Lead The Way at Ocala International Three-Day Event

Liz Halliday-Sharp and Flash Cooley. Photo by Lisa Madren.

The current queen of U.S. eventing Liz Halliday-Sharp continues her reign this weekend at The Ocala International Three-Day Event as she claimed the top two spots on the CCI3*-L leaderboard after the first two phases.

She leads the way with Pru Dawes’ Flash Cooley a 7-year-old Irish Sport Horse (CSF MR Kroon X Castlefield Ruby). “Casper” made his three-star debut this spring, finishing second in the Carolina International CCI3*-S in preparation for this, his long format debut at the level. A double clear cross country run keeps the pair on a score of 23.8.

Stablemate Cooley Quicksilver slots into second place. The 8-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Womanizer X Kylemore Crystal, by Creggan Diamond) owned by the The Monster Partnership, went quick and clear across country to remain on their dressage score of 27.3.

Dana Cooke and FE Whole Lotta Rosie. Photo by Lisa Madren.

Dana Cooke and FE Whole Lotta Rosie hold third after the first two phases. Kingfisher Park’s 8-year-old Württemberger earned a 28 on the flat and had a double clear cross country.

Jessica Phoenix and Bentley’s Best. Photo by Lisa Madren.

Winners at the CCI3*-S at Red Hills earlier this spring, Jessica Phoenix and Bentley’s Best also had a faultless cross country day for fourth place (29.2).

Lesley Grant-Law and Lady Chatterley. Photo by Lisa Madren.

Lesley Grant-Law and Lady Chatterley round out the top five. The 8-year-old Holsteiner (Connor 48 x Jucy, by Mytens xx) owned by Lesley and Jacky & Steve Brown, picked up just 1.6 time penalties for a two-day score of 30.1.

Leslie Law and Bandit Boy de Ligny. Photo by Lisa Madren.

Leslie Law heads up the CCI2*-L aboard Bandit Boy de Ligny. The 8-year-old Anglo-Arabian (Tinka’s Boy x Girouette de Ligny, by Rif du Crocq) was formerly a show jumper for French rider Charles Henri Ferme. Now owned by Tre’ Brook, he’s made his way from Novice to the CCI2* level in the last year. This weekend he leads the class on a fault-free score fo 27.6.

Lauren Kieffer and Get Gaudi. Photo by Lisa Madren.

Lauren Kieffer piloted Get Gaudi, an 8-year-old KWPN (Alicante HBC x Second Floor, by Faram) owned by Jacqueline Mars, into second place. She sits behind Law by the narrowest of margins with her score being a 27.7.

Bethany Hutchins-Kristen and Geluk HVF. Photo by Lisa Madren.

Third place after cross country belongs to Bethany Hutchins-Kristen and Geluk HVF. The 8-year-old KWPN, who is owned by the rider and Marian Hutchins, keeps this race tight with a current score of 28.

Don’t forget! You can watch the final day of competition thanks to EQTV Network right here on EN.

All of these fabulous photos are courtesy of Lisa Madren.

Ocala International CCI & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores] [Live Stream] [EN’s Coverage]

Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: Upper-Level Horsepower

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

There’s a lot of value in a “been there done that” partner. They can show you the ropes while  you’re learning the tricks of the trade. We don’t have to tell you lot — riding an upper level horse sounds pretty awesome! Here are five horses listed on Sport Horse Nation who have all gone Advanced:

Get Ready. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

2**/Intermediate Packer with 3***/Advanced Miles

Get Ready, “Brooklyn”, is a 2006 16.2 KWPN gelding. He has taken his current rider successfully through the CIC3***/Advanced level. Brooklyn is the perfect horse for a Young Rider to show them the ropes of eventing with confidence. He has an impeccable record XC and rarely has a rail. Brooklyn has successfully completed Fair Hill CCI2**, Ocala Jockey Club CIC3**, and has been named with his rider onto the USEF E25 Emerging Athlete list two years in a row. He is fit and ready to go out with his new partner!

Price upon request. Located in Malvern, PA.

Best if you reach Susie or Amanda by text to set up an appointment,
Susie: 610-220-8084; Amanda: 610-639-1165

Azrael. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

CCI3*-L/Advanced horse for sale

Azrael “Murray” is a 16.2hh 2007 OTTB gelding who has competed through CCI3*-L/Advanced. He has 3 wonderful gaits on the flat and is an extremely careful jumper. He could easily transition to the jumper ring. Murray has a very sweet personality making him a young rider’s dream horse!!! Selling only because I need to focus on college and he deserves someone who will give him the attention and time he needs.

Priced for a quick sale in the mid 5 figures. Located in Ocala, FL.

Contact Natasha Knight at 860-810-8387 for more information/videos.

Femme Fatale. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Advanced Level Eventer For Sale

Femme Fatale is a 2007 Selle Francais/Thoroughbred, 16.3 h, mare. Competed up to advanced and CIC3* level with numerous top finishes at intermediate and 2*. Lovely mover, very honest. Would make an excellent young rider horse or a partner for someone wanting an experienced horse to go up the levels. Located in South Carolina.

Kristen Bond and I’m Sew Ready. Photo by Jenni Autry.

I’m Sew Ready – five star horse for sale

I’m Sew Ready is a 15.3h, 15 year old, KWPN gelding. Jackson has competed at the five star level, finishing in the top 15 at Kentucky CCI***** in 2017 and 2018. He’s a multiple Four star winner. This might be one of the best young rider horses available in the country right now. Located in Shamong, New Jersey. Call Kristen Bond for more info at 253-691-8723 or email [email protected]

Amistoso. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Advanced Event Horse for Sale

Amistoso – 12 year old, Warmblood Gelding, 16.2hh

Looking for an experienced 3*** horse with a great XC and Jumping record? Amistoso is the horse for you.
Taken his current rider successfully through to 3*** level, Amistoso is the perfect horse for a Young Rider to gain experience at the 1*/2** level. An impeccable record XC and rarely has a rail. Ami has multiple wins at Intermediate level and has successfully competed this year at the Advanced/3*** level at Chattahoochee Hills, Jersey Fresh and Millbrook. Just completed Rocking Horse Intermediate finishing in 6th place, he is fit sound and ready to compete! Located in Florida.

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

Lauren Billys Holds Twin Rivers CCI4*-S Lead After Show Jumping

Lauren Billys and Castle Larchfield Purdy. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

The Twin Rivers CCI4*-S division looks much the same after Friday’s show jumping, where only one rail came down, but the standings remain unchanged.

After nearly losing her partner Castle Larchfield Purdy to colic last fall, Lauren Billys feels the pressure this weekend at Twin Rivers to give him the best riding possible. Her 2015 Pan American Games and 2016 Rio Olympic Games partner showed up with a strong dressage performance and then a faultless trip in Friday’s show jumping.

“I was nervous all day because I want to show him how he deserves to be shown. I felt like that was a hard course and it was really fun to watch everyone else ride because everyone is getting really good at riding in California and people were just riding really well today. It was encouraging and trying to be like them was a good way to be. He was in really good company,” Lauren said.

The 17-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Karistos x Hallo Purdy, by Hallo), owned by the rider and Purdy Syndicate LLC, sits on 29.8 as they look forward to James Atkinson’s cross country track.

Derek di Grazia and Ringwood Justice. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Derek di Grazia and his dreamy Ringwood Justice, an 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Ringwood Harley Carol x Ringwood Venus) also held second on 32.5.

Following the trend, Leah Breakey and Master Class, her own 10-year-old Canadian Warmblood gelding (Cree x Night Destiny xx), also jumped clear to keep third on 41.9. Liza Horan and Lafite had the one unlucky rail down to complete the division on a two-phase score of 48.8.

Tamie Smith and Mai Baum. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

The CCI3*-L is pending a name change to the “Tamie Smith Division” after she took the top four dressage placings with Alex Ahearn’s Mai Baum (24.9), Ruth Bley’s En Vogue (25.6), Judy McSwain’s Fleecework’s Royal (29.7), and Ruth Bley’s Danito (30.3), respectively.

Tamie Smith and En Vogue. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

The CCI3*-L is the only 2019 Pan American Games Qualifier on the west coast this year. Click here to view a full list of Pan Am Games qualifiers, including 2018 events, and selection info.) Pan Am Games eventing will take place on Aug. 1-4 in Lima, Peru.

Frankie Thieriot Stutes and Chatwin. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

The Advanced CT features a few of our five-star hopefuls including Kentucky-bound Frankie Thieriot Stutes and Chatwin, who won the class with 0.8 show jumping time penalties on 27.5, and Badminton-bound Tamie Smith and Wembley, who were second on 31.4. Sabrina Glaser was third on 44.5.

Madison Temkin and Dr. Hart. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

In the traditional Advanced division, Madison Temkin and her Dr. Hart reign supreme. They lead the division after the first two phases on 39.8.

Marc Grandia and Campari FFF. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Marc Grandia and Team Rebecca’s Campari FFF are second on 43.6, and Gina Economou is third with her own Exclusive (44.4).

Riders look forward to an exciting day of cross country, and you can watch it all from home thanks to Ride on Video. Find the live stream information at this link.

Thank you to Sherry Stewart who provides these gorgeous photos!

Twin Rivers CCI & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores] [Live Stream] [EN’s Coverage]

[Billys and Castle Larchfield Purdy Maintain the Twin Rivers CCI4*-S Lead]

Tuesday Video from SpectraVet: Sharon White’s Forking Good Save at Tryon

While we want our riding to be as close to perfect as we can get it, sometimes being an event rider is about making do when the going gets rough! Sharon White had one of these moments last weekend at The Fork at TIEC with Cooley On Show. Tim Hawkins was volunteering at Fence 16 A/B when he caught their save. A bobble at the table at A had Sharon a little off balance, but Louie didn’t change course at all, telling her “Don’t worry, I got this! Just hold on!”

Thanks Tim for your submission, and for being an awesome volunteer!

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Tuesday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

Hazel Shannon and Willingapark Clifford in their final Kentucky prep. Photo via Willinga Park’s Facebook Page.

If you’ve taken a look at the Land Rover Kentucky CCI5*-L entry list, you may have noticed a new-ish name, Hazel Shannon. Five-star first timer? Hardly! She’s a double winner at the level, having won Australia’s Adelaide CCI5*-L in 2016 and 2018, and now she and Willingapark Clifford have made the journey to the Bluegrass State to test their skill against our lot. After following this pair a lot online, I’m looking forward to watching them in person!

National Holiday: National Winston Churchill Day

Events Opening This Week: VHT International & H.T.Flora Lea Spring H.T.USEA MDHT FEH/YEH/NEH QualifierPoplar Place Farm June H.T. and Area ChampionshipsWillow Draw Charity ShowThe Spring Event at WoodsideMay-Daze at the Park H.T.Coconino Spring H.T.Mystic Valley Hunt Club H.T.

Events Closing This Week: University of New Hampshire Spring H.T.Loudoun Hunt Pony Club Spring H.T.Fresno County Horse Park H.T.St. Johns H.T.

Tuesday News: 

The FEI may get more power over rider suspensions in the future. This new rule would give the FEI power to delay the start of a suspension to “to deal with those disciplines that have ‘off seasons,’ in order to ensure that the suspension has a real effect.” Currently, rider suspensions begin the date the FEI tribunal makes its decision. [FEI Seeks New Power Over Suspensions and Yellow Cards]

You may have noticed that the USEA got themselves a spankin’ new website this winter. BUT it’s still got all the same information. [How to find Results on the USEA Website]

Steve Guerdat made history this weekend as he won his third FEI Jumping World Cup™ title. He’s dreamed of World Cup glory since childhood, and he says this year’s win in Gothenburg was the most special of them all. [Why We Should Never Let Go Of Childhood Dreams, According To World Cup Winner Steve Guerdat]

Hot on Horse Nation: Oh, You Mean WARM UP

Tuesday Video: 

Sunday Links Presented by One K Helmets

Andrea Baxter and Indy 500. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Galway Downs is a favorite event of mine. Set in the Temecula valley, the venue sets you up for some pretty awesome surroundings — not to mention the herds of hot air balloons you’ll normally see on Saturday and Sunday mornings in the distance. Tune in to cross country day to see it live at this link. Cross country starts at 9 a.m. PST/12 p.m. EST.National Holiday:

Major Events This Weekend:

Galway Downs International H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scoring]

Belton International [Website] [Ride Times] [Live Scores] [Live Stream] [EN’s Coverage] [EN’s Twitter] [EN’s Instagram]

U.S. Weekend Action:

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

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

Full Gallop Farm March II H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scoring]

Texas Rose March H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scoring]

Sunday Links: 

The Dressage World Faces Collective(S) Angst

Mexican Eventing Has To Modernize In A Big Way. What’s Holding Them Back?

A Rider’s Closet: At Home With Jessica Springsteen

Three exciting British entries for Kentucky Three-Day Event

Ian Stark ‘thrilled’ to design his first five-star cross-country course

Through the Lens: 2019 Carolina International CCI and Horse Trials

10 Things You Didn’t Know About the FEH Program

Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: Six Marvelous Mares

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

“Ask a Gelding. Tell a Stud. Discuss it with a mare.”

Where geldings might be agreeable, there’s so much to say about the partnership you can build with a mare! When you get them on your side there’s nothing you can’t accomplish. Here’s six of the latest mares listed for sale on Sport Horse Nation (And click here if you missed the geldings we featured last week):

Spellbound. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Spellbound: Athletic, Upper Level Potential

Spellbound is an athletic and sensitive mare with three correct uphill gaits who is bursting with talent for upper level Eventing but could also continue to excel in Dressage or Jumpers. Born in 2010, Spellbound is a 16.3hh impeccably bred Oldenburg –Soprano/A Jungle Prince/Rubinstein. Spellbound had a light start in her early years before she was put into classical dressage training at the age of six with highly accomplished Grand Prix dressage trainer Deborah Dean-Smith. In dressage competition she has received scores into the 70’s with 9’s for her gaits. She is correct and flashy in the arena and will win the Dressage. She is currently schooling second level dressage movements as well as her changes. She was started over fences in the fall of 2018 where she has shown incredible scope, footwork and bravery with all the athleticism for the upper levels. She has cross country schooled multiple times including banks, ditches, water and all types of fences. She is currently in a professional training program. Spellbound is microchipped and has a passport as well has a clean set of X-rays. No history of injury or unsoundness and no vices. Call or text Anna Loschiavo 802-274-6289 for videos and to set up a time to ride Spellbound. Located in Florida.

Shesaruckus. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Shesaruckus

Zoe is an unraced 9 year old TB mare standing 16.2H. She is currently showing Open Novice level but ready to move up to Training Level. She has been a ribbon earner in the Novice division. Zoe is very good mover and brave to the fences. She definitely has the ability to do it all. Located in California.

Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

5 YO 16.1hh Canadian Warmblood mare makes the jumps feel small!

Lovely redhead with flawless barn manners. Completed Novice this weekend at Ocala Winter 2. Has completed 3 Beginner Novices with ribbons in 2. This beauty has a big trot and a super jump with plenty of scope. Bold to the jumps but not hot, easily rateable, with a balanced rhythmic canter, she is confident through ditches, water, drops etc… Fun to ride, she could also show in the Hunters with her changes well in place. Located in Ocala until the end of March.

MiAmore. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

MiAmore, WB/Welsh 14.1 3/4hh pony, 2005

Stunning, brave, winning, barefoot, mare. Events novice, show jumper thru .95, Foxhunts. Always in the ribbons, often gr. champion, a pro.

Rider moving up to a horse. Our beloved Mia is a sweetheart, gorgeous and forward, loves a spa day! Ready for her next rider. Located in Maryland.

Luna. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Winning Novice Horse For Sale

9 year old Black Oldenburg Mare 16 hh. Luna is well schooled on the flat and a lovey mover. She is easy to frame and has her own engine. She has a scopey jump and is bold to the fences.

Won Sporting Days Novice Division with a 23! Some experience at Training Level and scope for more. In Aiken Until April 1and then returns to Ontario.

Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Prelim/ young rider horse **videos NOW working**

Preliminary horse with Young Rider Championship experience and CIC always clear xc. Oldenburg mare 2009 15.31/2hh. Good in all 3 phases, jumps all xc fences, ditches, banks, water, brush. Can take a bad distance and not be upset at all. Great dressage, works to 3rd level dressage. Easy changes has schooled to 3 time changes.
No soundness issues, easy keeper. Could do 1.20 jumpers, possibly more.

Is a little too much horse for her new 11 year old petite rider coming off a 12hh pony but will suit someone bigger who has already started eventing at Novice level or above, as she does have extensive preliminary experience mostly gained by a 16/17 yo. No history of lameness, no injuries, great legs and feet for her negotiable asking price.

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

Tuesday Video from SpectraVet: Born to Ride

I think we have a future eventer on our hands! 😂 Bea did not want to end her "ride" on @the900facebookpony ‘s Henry. Now I just need to find a tiny helmet and boots for her 😍! Eventing Nation

Posted by Equestrian At Hart on Sunday, March 24, 2019

This baby has horses in her blood. When Area V eventer Hillary put her months-old daughter Bea on the back of a horse it was a match made in heaven. There’s nothing sweeter than the smile on this girl’s face when she’s in the saddle, but don’t you dare take her out of it! Spoiler alert: it’s not much appreciated by Bea.

I think I see a pony in this girl’s future!

Why SpectraVET?

Reliable. Effective. Affordable.

SpectraVET is committed to providing only the highest-quality products and services to our customers, and to educating the world in the science and art of laser therapy.

We design and manufacture the broadest range of clinically-proven veterinary therapeutic laser products, which are represented and supported worldwide by our network of specialist distributors and authorized service centers.

Tuesday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

Water Cube and Hillary Spicher in 2018. Photo via Whitney Spicher’s Facebook Page.

We are devastated to report that Area VII Whitney Spicher lost her horse, Water Cube, in a fatal trailer accident this weekend. Sudden poor visibility led to a 30-car pileup where Whitney’s trailer was rear ended. All human passengers were uninjured, and the other two horses on the trailer survived and are recovering.

Water Cube gained recognition in 2016 when he went from the racetrack to the eventing world. Then-owned Michael Phelps gave the ride to Phillip Dutton. But for the last few years, Cubey was Whitney’s unicorn. The EN team sends our condolences to Whitney and her crew. A Go Fund Me page has been started for anyone who would like to show some support to Whitney.

National Holiday: National Spinach Day

Events Opening This Week: Jersey Fresh International Three-day EventWindRidge Farm H.T.Plantation Field May H.T.Mill Creek Pony Club H.T. at LongviewTexas Rose Horse Park Summer H.T.Galway Downs Spring H.T.Woodland Stallion Station H.T.Spokane Sport Horse Farm 4th Annual Spring H.T.Winona Horse TrialsOld Chatham H.T.

Events Closing This Week: USEA MDHT FEH/YEH/NEH QualifierPlantation Field April H.T.Ocala International 3-Day Festival of EventingFENCE H.T.Twin Rivers CCI & H.T.Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event

Tuesday News:

MCTA Horse Trials at Shawan Downs (Area II) is incorporating an intercollegiate challenge into their spring event on May 4-5, 2019. Entries are now open (closing date: April 16th) — all you have to do is indicate your college team on your entry form, and it will be score separately as a team competition. If you have any questions about the event, please reach out to the Maryland Eventing Team at [email protected]. We hope to see everyone there! [Omnibus Listing]

Carolina International hosted the first-ever USEF/USET Foundation North American Team Challenge over the weekend. Erik Duvander narrowly beat out Leslie Law’s team as these up-and-coming riders gained valuable team experience. [Team Erik Duvander Victorious in First USEF/USET Foundation North American Futures Team Challenge]

27-year-old David Britnell is headed to Badminton! He debuted at the five-star level last year at Pau, but now he’s going for the Big B, and blogging about it along the way. [David Britnell’s Badminton first-timer blog: I am incredibly excited]

Tuesday Video: 

Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: Geldings Galore!

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

“Ask a Gelding. Tell a Stud. Discuss it with a mare.”

Geldings may be more agreeable, but there’s nothing wrong with that! Geldings can be willing, teachable and loyal partners. Here’s six of our latest geldings listed for sale on Sport Horse Nation:

Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Handsome TB 16.3hh 8 YO. Show mileage to 1.10 meters

8 YO 16.3 TB. This big handsome boy has looks and jumping talent. An uphill build with super form and scope, he is easy to jump, carries a great rhythm in the canter and has show mileage at the 1.10 meter level. Has had 2 seasons in Florida. Showed at HITS Ocala 2019 in Week 3 – clear in all 4 classes with ribbons in 3. Doesn’t need a 6 day a week schedule, he can have a week off and be the same horse. Well schooled on the flat, he has counter-canter and changes. Stands quietly at the ringside or in lessons. Excellent barn manners and an absolute self-loader and good shipper. Hacks out in company or alone. Video available. Lower five figures as we are heading back home soon. Located in Florida.

Millye’s Mojave. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Want to go to AECs this September? Come try Millye’s Mojave!

Millye’s Mojave: 2005 16.1h chestnut Thoroughbred gelding

This is your ultimate Novice packer! “Morris” is an experienced eventer and was the 2017 Beginner Novice Champion at the American Eventing Championships. He has already qualified for the 2019 AECs at Novice with two 1st place finishes this year. This brings his total win count to 7 throughout his career, all with his amateur owner. Morris is easy on the flat and over fences, and has a good lead change. He has scored as low as 20.5 in the dressage phase at competitions. Not only is he great to ride, but he is also a lovely personality in the barn. He is the PERFECT horse for a junior or amateur looking to have fun! Located in South Carolina.

Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Ready for Modified

2010, 16.2H TB gelding. He has done 6 training level events since Dec., placing 5th and 6th in the last few. These could have been wins and top 3 placings if his rider didn’t always mess up in show jumping. This horse is a super star, better than your average TB. He will probably finish the Florida season with a modified in prep for prelim and if that happens the price goes up considerably. He is a lovely mover, a nice round jumper, has auto changes, is brace cross country and very straightforward and easy going. Basically a very cool dude which anyone would be lucky to have. In Ocala until April then he heads back to Ontario.

Prince of Kiltealy. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Winning Preliminary Gelding

aka “Teal” is an 11 yr old 16.1 h Irish Sport Horse that has competed up to the CCI**-L. Multiple recent wins at the Prelim level but just as happy to jump around the lower levels. Perfect horse for amateur or young rider! Easy ride and over all great brain. Clips without sedation, loads, not spooky, ties. One owner since imported as a coming 5 yr old sourced through Law Eventing.

Only selling because I am a young financially independent professional and the only way to continue to bring more nice horses such as Teal into my barn is by selling them as well. Located in Florida.

Uncle Eddy. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Uncle Eddy: fun, fun, fun!

Uncle Eddy: 2009 16.1h bay Thoroughbred gelding

Looking to have fun this year? Then come try Uncle Eddy! This experienced event horse has competed through Training level, but schooled through Preliminary. He has top placings with his junior rider at Novice and Training, and is perfectly suited for a junior or adult amateur. Eddy is easy to be around, and would be a welcome addition to any barn. He has a super personality and is just as happy to go on a trail ride as he is to go to a show. A really fun horse! Only selling due to owner being in college with no time to ride.

Bahian Macadamia. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Lovely Upper level Event Prospect

Bahian Macadamia-16.3h, 8yr old, Cleveland Bay/TB, gelding. Wonderful disposition, excellent mover and jumper, brave, and super work ethic. Would be great for an adult amateur, young rider, or professional. In the 20’s at every show, and won his last Trainong level. No vices. Located Mansfield, Ga. Mid five figures.

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