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Tuesday Video from SpectraVet: Insanity in the Middle, Genève Indoor Eventing Edition

The last big indoor eventing competition was held over the weekend at CHI Genève in Switzerland. This venue showcases flashy portables alongside eventing fixtures like water drops and banks on a track that winds around the both the spacious main arena and into a secondary ring practically inside the trade fair.

Frenchman Karim Laghoaug was the big winner with Punch, followed by World Number One Michael Jung aboard Corazon. We’ve got every single ride shown in today’s video with Karim starting at 36:21, and Michael starting at 57:01. Happy watching!

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 Cavalor

Photo by M.J. Redding Equine Transport.

I came across this lovely post from M.J. Redding Equine Transport, one of the many groups who have jumped in head first to transport and evacuate horses threatened by California wildfires last week. Here’s an excerpt, and you can see their full post here.

“This is the horse world. This single image captures the very stitch work that binds together a truly amazing community. A community of men and women who have come to accept and often appreciate the cliché ‘crazy horse people.’ It is a world entirely comprised of individuals who willfully sacrifice family vacations, weekends, or even the single day off occasionally. There is bond between horse and horsemen that inherently sears a brand into who we are, and how we live. 365 days we put ourselves second to our horses, with routines dedicated to the wellbeing of our horses beginning well before the light of day, and consistently ending well after nightfall. Individuals who carry no hesitation in their breath whether it be sleepless nights to ensure a mare in foal is safe during labor at any hour of the day or an entire day’s plan is thrown aside the moment a horse is injured. Men and women who for 365 long days find themselves rushing breakfast, eating lunch from the seat of a tractor only to still miss dinner, cancel Saturday night dates, and miss birthdays.”

National Holiday: National Ding-A-Ling Day

Events Opening This Week: Full Gallop Farm January H.T (SC, A-3)  Fresno County Horse Park Combined Test (CA, A-6)  Rocking Horse Winter I H.T. (FL, A-3)

Tuesday News:

Eventing Australia has joined the United States in an effort to make frangible devices compulsory. Thanks to this new rule, starting in February 2018 frangible devices will be mandatory on all fences in international competition“where the materials fit the specifications for use of a frangible device.” Though the FEI has decided to not create a worldwide rule to this effect, Australia is doing its part to make our sport safer. [Major Eventing Nation Backs Compulsory Frangible Fences for Cross Country]

It’s official. You will be able to watch the World Equestrian Games live! NBC Sports Group has gained exclusive rights and will be providing 60 hours of coverage. Fans can watch the action as it happens on, as well as the NBC Sports and Olympic Channel apps. [NBC Sports Group To Televise FEI World Equestrian Games In September 2018]

Missed the live stream of the USEA Convention? Amanda Chance from $900 Facebook Pony shares her notes in her most recent blog. [Best of Blogs: $900 Facebook Pony]

Congrats to Tammy W., our first winner of EN’s 12 Days of Christmas giveaways! Tammy will receive a holiday prize pack from C4 Belts and Snaks 5th Avenchew. Tune in to EN later today for your next chance to win a prize from one of EN’s awesome sponsors.

Tuesday Video: What can’t this man do.

Monday News & Notes from Fleeceworks

Photo by Mara DePuy.

We would like to officially nominate Haley Carspecken for the Working Student of the Year Award. Is snow any excuse for not getting the horses exercised? Not at Mara DePuy’s place! And not when the winter season in Florida is only weeks away. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

National Holiday: National Noodle Ring Group

#USEAConvention: WebsiteOpen Meeting ScheduleCommittee Meeting ScheduleConvention ProgramLive StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s InstagramEN’s Twitter

Monday News & Notes:

Winner winner chicken dinner! Top year end champions were recognized this weekend at the USEA Annual Meeting and Convention. From top age-divided riders and horses for each level to big grant winners, everyone earns their applause here. The biggest winners were Erin Sylvester and Madeline Backus who took home the big and little Becky Broussard Grants. Can’t wait to see what they can accomplish with those next year. [Eventers Celebrated at USEA Year End Annual Awards]

Ready for your victory gallop in the Rolex Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park? Now’s your chance because the American Eventing Championships are coming to Lexington in 2019! The USEA has also confirmed that once again, a location change will not effect the cost of entries. See you in Kentucky! [Kentucky Horse Park to host 2019 and 2020 AEC]

Michael Jung is known for dabbling in the jumpers, but he’s accomplished his biggest round yet! He finished 11th in the 1.60m Rolex Grand Prix of Geneva in Switzerland. Only one rail down marred his result against some of the best jumpers around. [Photo of the Day…]

Help from Horse Nation: Christmas Gift Guide for the Clueless: A Gift for Every Discipline

Monday Video: To inspire your winter flatting…

Sunday Links Presented by One K Helmets

Photo courtesy of Kate Chadderton.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! You thought you had a cool holiday outfit, but try beating this one. That, combined with the fact that it SNOWED in Georgia this weekend has me really feeling the season. How are you celebrating the holidays with your pony? Send us your holiday pics [email protected] 

#USEAConvention: WebsiteOpen Meeting ScheduleCommittee Meeting ScheduleConvention ProgramLive StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s InstagramEN’s Twitter

National Holiday: Human Rights Day, Nobel Prize Day

Sunday Links: 

USEA Programs in the Spotlight on the Second Day of the USEA Annual Meeting and Convention

The Unicorn of My Unrealistic Dreams

Annual Meeting Brings USEA Members Together

Educational Opportunities Abundant at the 2017 USEA Annual Meeting and Convention

Nine Dream Christmas Ideas Gift Ideas for Any Hunting Enthusiasts

Colt or Filly? Breeders Soon Might be Able to Choose

Sunday Video: Don’t try this at home…


Tuesday Video from SpectraVet: First Helmet Cam of the 2018 Season

As December 1 rolled around that meant we are officially in the 2018 season! Sporting Days H.T. in Aiken, S.C. lead the charge into the new calendar with their horse trials last weekend.

While eventers will now enjoy a bit of a holiday, soak up the last bit of cross country action for a while with Fly With Me, a cheeky off-track Thoroughbred owned by Michelle and Madison Chisholm and ridden by Elisa Wallace.

I, personally, found comfort in hearing Elisa laugh off “Lear’s” spooky behavior and getting lost on the way to fence 6. Happens to the best of us!

Sporting Days Farm H.T. [Website] [Results]

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 Cavalor

Mom r u serious? Photo courtesy of Denya Massey.

We’ve all been there. You’re desperately clucking, jumping and throwing anything in sight in an effort to coax your horse’s ears forward. “Just put them forward for one second for one stinking picture!” you say in despair. Mostly, they just completely ignore us, but sometimes, like in Denya Massey’s case, you receive an epic eye roll at your feeble attempts.

National Holiday: National Bathtub Party Day… oh my.

Events Opening This Week: Poplar Place Farm January H.T. (GA, A-3) Grand Oaks H.T. (FL, A-3)
Tuesday News: 
Del Mar Eventing, which puts on shows at Galway Downs, Woodside and Copper Meadows is looking for an Event Secretary! Robert Kellerhouse has put out a call in search of someone passionate about the sport to fill this role. This is a full time position in Temecula, California. Perfect for someone organized and detailed looking to dive into the sport head first. [Del Mar Eventing Now Accepting Applications for Event Secretary]
The FEI World #3 Gemma Tattersall is coming to Florida! January 16th and 17th, Novice through Advanced riders can learn from the 2017 Event Rider Masters Champion. Day one will be show jumping at Notting Hill Stables, in Reddick, FL, and day two will be cross country at Horsepower Equestrian in Ocala, FL. $475 for the two day clinic and $275 for semi private lessons on Jan. 18. Spots filling quickly, so enter ASAP by emailing Justine Dutton. [Email Justine]
The USEA Future Event Horse Program is growing. For years they have offered championships on each coast, but now they’ve added an additional championship to make competition more accessible for central-US eventers. The central championship will be hosted at Texas Rose Horse Park. [USEA FEH Program Offering Central Championship In 2018]
Tuesday Video: Boyd Exell excels at eventing’s sister sport, combined driving at the Stockholm International Horse Show.

Sunday Links Presented by One K Helmets

Happy belated birthday to Doug Payne! His sister Holly shared a classic throwback in celebration of his birthday yesterday, and honestly it’s the best thing we saw all day. We already knew he was a talented event and show jump rider, but there’s some vaulting promise too!

National Holiday: National Roof Over Your Head Day

U.S. Weekend Action:

Sporting Days Farm H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

Sunday Links:

You Put Can’t In Canter: Dressage Scribe Emojis

What to Pack for a Classic Three-Day

He Piaffes, He Jumps, He Gallops: Avatar’s Jazzman Does It All

‘He Was Phenomenal’: Owner Pays Tribute to Quirky Olympic Eventer

‘I Can’t Prove My Innocence’: Rider Accepts European Championship Doping Sanction

Nature Vs. Nurture: What Shapes A Foal’s Future?

Sunday Video: 

Tuesday Video from SpectraVet: Thundering Hoofbeats in Devon

Maybe the racetrack isn’t just for Thoroughbreds! Each November at Exeter Racecourse’s Devon Day, thundering hoofbeats are heard far and wide as crowds draw for the charity Clydesdale Race. Six Big Friendly Giants (BFG) as they are called give it their all on the turf, this year to benefit the Devon Air Ambulance.

The horses are from Adventure Clydesdale, which offers horse trail riding holidays through the beautiful landscapes of Dartmoor in Devon. This year’s winer was an 11-year-old Clydesdale named Siryl ridden by Bryony Frost who took a celebratory flying dismount following their success.

Bryony Frost executes a flying dismount following her win on Siryl in our Clydesdale race #devonandproud #devonday

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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.

Giving Tuesday News & Notes from Cavalor

Happy Giving Tuesday! Whether or not you shopped ’til you dropped this weekend or not, consider using this day to support a charity important to you. If you’re looking for some equine related giving Tuesday options, consider the USEA Foundation. Thanks to an anonymous donor, each dollar given to the Roger Haller Fund for educating eventing officials will be matched, so your contribution can go twice as far.

National Holiday: National Day of Giving

Events Opening This Week: Stable View Aiken Opener Horse Trials (SC, A-3) Exmoor H.T. Presented by Ocala Ranches (FL, A-3)

Tuesday News:

The Man. The Myth. The Legend. Mr. Medicott. “Cave” accomplished a lot in his star-studded career. Not only did he earn multiple CCI4* top ten finishes, he did so with three different riders! This puts him in a league of his own. Equiratings breaks down just how cool this is. [Mr Medicott – 4* Domination with 3 Different Riders]

The Maryland Horse World Expo is officially closing its doors. The Expo, held each January at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, announced today their plans to abandon the 2018 date and beyond due to reduced numbers of attendants and exhibitors. Disappointed visitors are encouraged to visit the Pennsylvania Horse World Expo, March 1-4, 2018 in Harrisburg. [CANCELED: Maryland Horse World Expo]

Did you know that using a cell phone while competing is grounds for disqualification? Well, I’d hope you wouldn’t be texting on cross country, but this is just one of the real ways to end your weekend early! This list is worth going over again. [Rule Refresher: Disqualification]

Tuesday Video: No excuses to take the winter off in 1936!

The Manx Man Euthanized After Cross Country Fall at Pine Top Thanksgiving H.T.

Avery Lewis and The Manx Man. Photo by Sarah Edwards.

We are heartbroken to report that Avery LewisThe Manx Man has been euthanized following a rotational fall at Pine Top Farm’s Thanksgiving H.T. Avery and “Toby” were competing in the Preliminary/Training division at the Thomson, Georgia venue when they both fell at fence 8, a log hogs back, on cross country.

Avery was transported to the hospital and was released without injury. Toby was transported to the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine where he was humanely euthanized due to injuries sustained in the fall. 

Avery and the 16-year-old Thoroughbred gelding (Rock City x Queen’s Habbit) began competing together in 2016 before earning winning results at both Novice and Training level. Most recently they enjoyed a 19th place finish at the USEA American Eventing Championships.

The entire team at Eventing Nation sends our condolences to Avery and all who loved Toby.

[Equine Fatality in the Pine Top Thanksgiving Horse Trials Training Rider Division]

Sunday Video: Mark Todd’s Newest Ride

Sir Mark Todd, you may have heard of him, double Olympic gold medalist, Rider of the 20th Century, multiple four-star winner, etc., he’s kind of a big deal. You might also recall that he’s rather tall – 6’3″ to be exact. So, that means some of his sizeable rides turn out looking like ponies. If you thought that juxtaposition was fun, you’re in luck because we’ve stumbled upon footage of Mark actually riding a pony.

They flat around an indoor as Mark works hard to balance atop the black and white wonder pony that he affectionately calls, “My new star for next season.” When someone suggests he takes one of the jumps, he first declines the offer with an assertive, “No way!” before humbly asks them to remove the top rail. Never be afraid to start small, even if you’re Mark Todd!

Go ponies. Go Eventing.

Get On Track at The 2017 USEA Convention

It’s that time of year again as we gear up for the 2017 USEA Annual Meeting and Convention! Convention is the meeting ground of educated professionals, top riders and passionate eventing suporters, and this year it will be held December 6-10 in Long Beach, California at the Westin Long Beach Hotel.

The USEA Convention has a lot to offer. So much, that it can be a little overwhelming when you first check out the schedule. There are countless open forms, informative presentations and educational opportunities If you want to get your opinion heard, Convention is the place to do it!

Fortunately, our friends at the USEA have made your life a little easier this year by dividing the schedule into three distinct tracks based on your interests: Eventer, Events and Equine. Here are a few highlights for each tack: 


The eventers track is for, you guessed it, eventers!

Introduction to EquiRatings in America with Jenni Autry, Diarm Byrne and Robert Winter
Friday, December 8, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

USEF Eventing High Performance Riders with New Eventing Performance Director Erik Duvander
Thursday, December 7, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

2018 Dressage Test Preview with Marilyn Payne, Gretchen Butts and Matt Brown
Friday, December 8, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.


The events track has been designed for anyone who consistently is involved at competitions. Think organizers, competitors and volunteers.

Plans for the Fair Hill CCI4* with Fair Hill Competitions Manager Ann Haller
Friday, December 8, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Get FREE Tax Money for your Event! with USEA CEO Rob Burk
Thursday, December 7, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Amateur & Adult Rider Open Forum with Dawn Robbins & Donna Bottner
Saturday, December 9, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.


The equine track will cover a variety of topics related to equine care and health.

USEA Funded Equine Health Research with Katherine Cooper and Dr. Mike Van Noy
Friday, December 8, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Making Good Decisions with Max Corcoran
Thursday, December 7, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Form to Function for the Event Horse: Hoof Care & Anatomy with Bill Merfy
Friday, December 8, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

USEA Convention Links: Website, ScheduleEN’s CoverageInstagramTwitter

Sunday Links Presented by One K Helmets

Now that we’ve passed Thanksgiving that means it’s finally socially acceptable to decorate your home (and your horse) for Christmas! My own poor horse has seen his fair share of hats, garland and even lights. Are you dressing your guys up? If so, please send me a pic or tag EN online so I can celebrate with you [email protected].

National Holiday: National Cake Day & National Cookie Day

U.S. Weekend Action:

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

Sunday Links:

The Gift of Community

Leading Eventer to Donate All 2018 Winnings to Charity

Hannah’s Willberry Wonder Charity Raises £1million

Costs of Managing Horse Manure Akin to Feed Costs, Swedish Study Finds

Winter Is Coming: Are Your Horses and Farm Ready?

Lighting Up The Night: Southern Lights Turns Kentucky Horse Park Into Christmas Wonderland

Best of Blogs: Five Tips for Perfect Clips

Sunday Video: Elisa Wallace Ocala Jockey Club Vlog

Safety, Philosophy & The Sport: A Chat with Badminton Course Designer Eric Winter

Eric Winter Photo by Samantha Clark

Eric Winter has designed some of the biggest, baddest courses in the world. He lead the charge at Blenheim Palace CCI3* for a decade before taking the reins over at the formidable Badminton Horse Trials CCI4* earlier this year. West coast riders became much more accustomed with his work this fall as he made his stateside debut at Galway Downs CCI3* earlier this month. We sat down with Eric for a chat about these venues, his philosophies and safety in the sport.

Eric on taking over at Badminton…

Eric Winter:It was always going to be difficult for a first year, but I thought we got some things really right, and some things I felt really settled in how I want to take Badminton forward. It’s a different site to anywhere else.”

On this year’s cross country result (The course had a 37% clear rate)…

Eric: “I think it was a bit over the top, but I almost wanted to start with that, being quite big. I want to get it so that people think that they bring cross country horses to badminton with mileage. They stop bringing 8-year-old horses that have average form hoping that it’s going to be a light year. I want them to think that Badminton is going to be consistently fairly up there. That they’re going to have to jump the Vicarage Vee or the footbridge which will be iconic fences that will stay in every year.”

The Vicarage Vee. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

On his course design philosophy… 

Eric:Throughout all levels I want them to be able to handle terrain and be able to balance and organize. The riders should work as one with the horse. For me as a designer, I’m always very conscious in that move between three-star and four-star When I do a three-star track, I’m always looking at four-star and saying, ‘how does this develop horses to do that?’ Badminton is more of an exam of that as opposed to an educational process of that.”

On what his courses test…

Eric: “Balance and ability to ride off a feel as opposed to riding of a set pattern. I’m not a big fan of walking a distance and saying that’s a level 6 stride distance. I like them to say ‘My aim is to go on six, but actually if I get in a bit big I might go on this.’ So they develop for a feel for the way their horse goes.”

“Eventing, more than any other sport, is about the relationship between the horse and the rider and that’s what I want to try to develop in the education through all the levels I do. To develop that relationship, so when they get to Kentucky [CCI4*], they’re on it. They know what their horses are going to do they know how they’re going to react. They have that relationship with their horse that’s kind of symbiotic.”

On his safety objective as a course designer… 

Eric: “Right fence, right place always. I think you can have some fences that work really well at the tail end of the course, or at the beginning of the course that don’t work so well if you put them somewhere else. I think the right fence in the right place is always the start point to me of safety.”

I’m quite big into the deformable technology – I use a lot of mims and a lot of clips – but in my ideal world we don’t break to many of those. If I’ve got the right fence in the right place then hopefully we’re not breaking lots of those.”

James Alliston and Happenstance taking on Eric’s CCI3* course at Galway Downs. Photo by Shelby Allen.

On rider responsibility… 

Eric:It’s accepting that not all horses and not all riders are four-star or even three-star quality. I love the riders that say, ‘Actually, that’s my level I’m comfortable there. I don’t want to go above two-star.’ Because that’s a rider that recognizes their own limitation. It’s no good saying, ‘I want you to look after me. I’m going to ride at four-star, and I want to ride really badly, but I’ve got to be able to stand up.’ Because that puts your sport at a really untenable position. You cannot win from that point.”

“It’s like me saying, ‘Actually I don’t want to learn to drive, so I’m not going to learn to drive, but I do want to drive on the highway.’ When you drive on the highway, but you don’t learn to drive you put everyone at risk. It’s exactly the same thing in riding. When you aren’t good enough, and that’s not to say you’re not going to be good enough, when you go up too quickly and you don’t have the necessary skills to ride at four-star level, you put your sport at risk. I think people should be more honest with themselves of what they are and are not capable of. Everybody has bad days, and some times things go wrong, but as a rule of thumb, your rider should have the necessary armory of talent and skill to be able to cope with those levels.”

On his career as a designer… 

Eric: “I show jumped for my initial years when I left school I worked for Caroline Bradley and the show jumping course design fascinated me and, then I went into eventing and now the cross country even more so. It has that bit of terrain and the use of ground and the appropriate questions at those places. The whole things is a package and I really enjoy it. It’s the coolest job in the world.”

On advice to up and coming course designers… 

Eric: “Be passionate. Life is too short to go through doing something you don’t like. You’ve got to love it. Nobody travels to an event for the dressage and the show jumping. They’re important, but these guys haven’t driven three days because the dressage arenas were fantastic or the show jumping was brilliant – they came to go cross country. Your cross country courses should excite people, they should excite you. If they don’t excite you as a course designer, they’re never going to excite anyone else.”

On advice to riders taking on his courses… 

Eric: My advice to all riders is to keep the horse between you and the ground. (After this he laughed… a lot – kick on y’all!) 

Thanks to Eric for his candid responses. We are all looking forward to Badminton 2018!





Tuesday Video from SpectraVet: Elisa Wallace & Simply Priceless #OCJ3DE Helmet Cam

Johnny is back! His run at the Ocala Jockey Club International Three-Day Event this weekend was his first international this fall, and as usual it was a complete pleasure to watch him go. Johnny and Elisa were one of four pairs to achieve a faultless cross country round over a testing track, which launched them into the top ten.

Elisa commented of the 15-year-old Australian Thoroughbred, “So proud of Johnny representing how amazing and talented [Thoroughbreds] are. Not only did we move up from 20th to 8th but we were 2nd place highest scoring Tb winning $3800 bucks! He also got so many compliments about how good he looked and how he looks younger! He’s turning 16 in a couple of days and feels amazing.”

Go Thoroughbreds. 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 Cavalor

Colonel on alert and ready for a spook. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Did you know there are monsters in the leaves? And creatures in the trees? Colonel Mustard would like to make a public service announcement on behalf of all horses that there are indeed! Especially when you have to do dressage and especially when it’s chilly. Anyone else have a bit more horse underneath them in the last few days/weeks?

National Holiday: National Red Mitten Day

Events Opening This Week: Exmoor H.T. Presented by Ocala Ranches (FL, A-3) Stable View Aiken Opener Horse Trials (SC, A-3)

Tuesday News: 

Not even four-star riders are immune from George Morris’ harsh criticism. Erin Sylvester says his clinics are a complete game changer for her riding. She continues that for eventers, whose role is often to ‘get the job done’ on cross country, the finer details like equitation often go to the back burner, but George Morris brings those back into focus. [Eventer Erin Sylvester On Four “Humbling” Lessons Learned From George Morris Clinics]

In its first year, the ’50 Penalty Rule’ for FEI events has caused a lot of waves. It was seen especially this weekend at the Australian International Three-Day Event in Adelaide. The wording may leave a little to be desired. [Debate Rages Over 50penRule at Adelaide Horse Trials]

As competitors we are all responsible for knowing the rules, but how well do you actually know them? No time like the present to make sure you do! [Rule Refresher: Saddlery]

Though I was sad to miss visiting the Ocala Jockey Club this weekend, I so appreciated EQSportsNet for providing a live stream! Riders who are EQSportsNet subscribers can now purchase clips of their performances for $5! Hurry over to the website [EQSportsNet]

Tuesday Video: Winner winner chicken dinner! Hannah Sue Burnett and Harbour Pilot.

Ocala Jockey Club CIC3* Live Cross Country Updates

Hannah Sue Burnett and Harbour Pilot. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Good afternoon, EN! We’ve made it to the last North American CIC3* of the year at the beautiful Ocala Jockey Club in Reddick, Florida for their second annual International Three-Day Event.

The competitive CIC3* division will take on Mike Etherington-Smith’s formative cross country course today beginning at 1:30 pm. You can take a peak around the entire track via EN’s course preview here.

Liz Halliday-Sharp and Fernhill By Night are you overnight leaders on a 34 followed by Hannah Sue Burnett in second and third with Cooley Dream and Harbour Pilot, respectively. Click here to catch up on yesterday’s show jumping report. Liz has a bit of breathing room, 6 minutes and 12 seconds to be exact, but last year only two pairs managed to come home inside the time, so it could be a determining factor again in the event’s second running.

You can watch all the action live on EQSportsNet. Riders will NOT be starting in reverse order of standing, you can find ride times at this link.

#OJC3DE: WebsiteScheduleRide TimesLive ScoresDavid’s VideosLive StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s InstagramEN’s Twitter

Hannah Sue Burnett and Harbour Pilot are your CIC3* winners after an influential cross country day at the 2017 Ocala Jockey Club International Three-Day Event. Phillip Dutton claims second and third with Z and Indian Mill, respectively. The time proved tight as only four pairs achieved double clear rounds – Phillip Dutton/Indian Mill, Joe Meyer/Clip Clop, Elisa Wallace/Simply Priceless and Erin Sylvester and Metraise. CCI2* show jumping gets underway at 3:30 p.m. EST. Stay tuned for Jenni’s cross country report from Ocala!

1:30 p.m. EST: And we’re off! Phillip Dutton is our trailblazer with I’m Sew Ready.

1:33 p.m. EST: No one is surprised to see Phillip give us a masterclass around Mike Etherington-Smith’s course. Clear so far and just foot perfect.

1:34 p.m. EST: Joe Meyer joins Phillip on course with Johnny Royale.

1:36 p.m. EST: Joe has picked up 20 at the double corners at fence 9b.

1:37 p.m. EST: “I feel smarter having watched this” – Jon Holling. Phillip really made this look like a quiet canter around.

1:37 p.m. EST: Third-placed Hannah Sue Burnett and Harbour Pilot have left the start box!

1:41 p.m. EST: Hannah Sue has her foot on the pedal. This pair are looking for a clear.

1:42 p.m. EST: Katie Ruppel and Foreign Affair also fall victim to fence 9, the Diablo’s Devil Corners, where they have a run out at the b element.

1:44 p.m. EST: Fence 9, the second of the Diablo’s Devil Corners, is gaming to be the most influential fence on today’s course as Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous have a stop.

1:48 p.m. EST: The devil is at work today at fence 9AB. Michael Walton has a stop at the first corner, and comes around to also have a stop at the second corner.

1:49 p.m. EST: We’ve got the first time – Phillip & I’m Sew Ready added 9.2 time penalties. Hannah Sue finished just two seconds over the time to sit tentatively on a 42.2.

1:50 p.m. EST: Erin Sylvester came off her line into the first water, but Mettraise gave her a big jump to keep on.

1:52 p.m. EST: Mettraise is full of running and Erin is letting her go – they might be a pair near the time.

1:53 p.m. EST: Jacob Fletcher Van Gough slip a bit turning to the first water – the first wear on the footing after a raining morning in Ocala.

1:54 p.m. EST: Rats… Jacob with a runout at the corner at 9. Clear on second attempt.

1:56 p.m. EST: Melissa McMaster gives MMC Paddy Patterson become the fifth victims of the Diablo’s Devil Corners at 9.

1:58 p.m. EST: World Number 4 Phillip Dutton is back again, this time with Z who is looking very confident over the first fences.

2:00 p.m. EST: After two stops at the Boat at the Clubhouse Water (20) Melissa and MMC Paddy Patterson call it a day.

2:01 p.m. EST: Erin becomes the first rider to make the time today finishing with only one second to spare.

2:02 p.m. EST: Kelly Prather and Truely Wiley have two run outs at the corner at fence 9a and she puts a hand up to retire.

2:05 p.m. EST: Alexis Helffrich gets it done at the influential Diablo’s Devils Corners with London Town. Well done!

2:08 p.m. EST: Alyssa Phillips and Bliss III have a drive by at the corner at 9a. They are ultimately eliminated after a second stop at 9a and a final stop at 9b.

2:11 p.m. EST: Zoe Crawford and K.E.C. Zara cut it close at 9b, but make it through the corners clear!

2:13 p.m. EST: Kurt Martin and Anna Bella are off and looking quick.

2:15 p.m. EST: Zoe is looking foot perfect as she goes clear through the Clubhouse Water. She’s on quite a talented mare.

2:16 p.m. EST: Kurt is textbook through the tricky corners. Arguable the best ride of the day through there.

2:16 p.m. EST: Another time posted: Phillip was faster on his second ride, Z, where he added only 1.2 time penalties to make a big leaderboard leap.

2:17 p.m. EST: Cooley O stands off the Cascading Water at 7A picking up 20, Jules Ennis gets her over it on the second attempt.

2:18 p.m. EST: Jules and Cooley O have a glance off at the corners at 9a, and they retire.

2:20 p.m. EST: Tag takes a peak dropping into the Cascading water drop at 7a, but Erin Pullen slips her reins, sits back and makes a beautiful recovery.

2:21 p.m. EST: The Diablo’s Devil Corners claims yet another victim. Erin with two stops at 9B.

2:22 p.m. EST: Phillip is back for his third ride, Lup the Loop, a newer ride for him.

2:23 p.m. EST: Phillip and Lup the Loop have a run out at 7c. Clear on second attempt as they head to those pesky corners.

2:24 p.m. EST: An amazing performance by Phillip as he pilots Lup the Loop through the Diablo’s Devil corners.

2:25 p.m. EST: Shelby Brost and Crimson looking a little sticky through the first handful of fences, but she’s getting it together as she goes clear through the Cascading water.

2:27 p.m. EST: Shelby stuck to her plan to go for four strides between the corners and fence 9, and it paid off! Way to go girl!

2:28 p.m. EST: We welcome the experienced pair of Kristin Schmolze and Ballylaffin Bracken to this course that is proving to be very tricky.

2:31 p.m. EST: Kristin goes for the three, but Ballylaffin Bracken adds and takes out the top rail at The Double Ditches at Fence 16. Her result will includes 11 points for activating the frangible device there.

2:33 p.m. EST: Natalia Neneman and Weisser Riese are another pair to pick up a runout at 9b.

2:34 p.m. EST: Overnight leader Liz Halliday-Sharp and Fernhill By Night are off and away!

2:35 p.m. EST: Kurt Martin and Anna Bella earned the fourth fastest run of the day so far, coming home four seconds over for 1.6 time penalties.

2:37 p.m. EST: Heartbreak! Liz and Blackie come to grief at the corner at 9b. Hannah Sue Burnett will be our winner – the only question remains on which horse.

2:38 p.m. EST: Another mistake at 9 – this time Cary Chavis and Game On pick up a runout. Clear on second attempt.

2:41 p.m. EST: Lauren Kieffer and Vermiculus head out. They will be gunning for a top five finish.

2:42 p.m. EST: Lauren is clear through the Diablo’s Devil Corners.

2:45 p.m. EST: Ashley Kehoe grits her teeth and makes it happen through the corners with Kilteay Toss Up.

2:48 p.m. EST: Today’s youngest competitor, 18-year-old Amanda Beale Clement looking great through the first water.

2:49 p.m. EST: Amanda has made it clear through the corners with Get Ready! She is undeniably one to watch for the future.

2:50 p.m. EST: Amanda may have had an issue at the Offset Brushes. The ground jury will review footage and make a decision on penalties.

2:51 p.m. EST: If anyone else can come home inside the time, it’s Elisa Wallace and Simply Priceless who are so far having a fantastic clear round.

2:53 p.m. EST: The King of Consistency Cambalda is out on course.

2:54 p.m. EST: Jennie guns for it at the Diablo’s Devil Corners, but reviewing the footage makes it seem as thought she was outside the flags on the wide side of the last corner. We believe 50 will be added to her score.

2:56 p.m. EST: Joe Meyer returns with his second ride, Clip Clop.

2:57 p.m. EST: Joe definitely wasn’t going to be fooled by the corners at 9 -he’s clear through with Clip Clop.

2:58 p.m. EST: Hannah has already cemented herself as the winner today, but with which horse? Cooley Dream out to beat his stablemate now.

3:01 p.m. EST: Hannah and Cooley Dream were not immune to fence 9 – they add 20 penalties at 9b.

3:02 p.m. EST: Katie Ruppel and Houdini are on course. If they can finish quick, they can earn second place.

3:04 p.m. EST: Katie fights for it at the corners. May be up for review, but so far marked as clear.

3:05 p.m. EST: Arg! Cooley Dream comes in a little funny to the boat (20A) at the Clubhouse Water, and stops at 20B. Hannah puts a hand up to retire. Disappointing finish for this one, but she’s still a winner with Harbour Pilot.

3:07 p.m. EST: Jacob Fletcher has a stop at 9b with past AEC Champion Atlantic Domino. It’s official – everyone is building a corner in the arena this winter!

3:08 p.m. EST: Phillip Dutton returns with his final ride of the day, Indian Mill.

3:10 p.m. EST: Katie Ruppel and Houdini finish 14 seconds over for 5.6 time penalties. Phillip could move ahead of them with Indian Mill.

3:13 p.m. EST: Phillip is home clear with Indian Mill inside the time! A master at work.

3:15 p.m. EST: An update on time – Joe Meyer & Clip Clop and Elisa Wallace & Simply Priceless both achieved the optimum time.





Sunday Links Presented by One K Helmets

Allie Knowles and Business Class. Photo by Jenni Autry.

It’s officially #eventingsunnyfl season as the snowbirds started the migration south at the Ocala Jockey Club International Three-Day Event. The one- and two-star groups had a great cross country day yesterday, and there’s more to come as the competitive CIC3* division will gallop around this gorgeous facility today. I’ll bring give you moment by moment news in our live updates starting at 1:30 EST. Click here to follow along!

National Holiday: National Play Monopoly Day

Major Events This Weekend:

Mitsubishi Motors Australian International Three-Day Event [Website] [Entries] [Live Scores]

Ocala Jockey Club 3-Day International Event [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

Sunday Links: 

Clarke Still Holds Top Spot After MMAus3DE Cross Country

Justine Dutton’s New Priorities: ‘That Fall Scared Me… I Knew Something Had to Change’

Eventer Harry Meade Swaps Saddles to Try His Hand at Racing

Taken A Great Eventing Photo This Year? Win Press Accreditation to Badminton

What Will Happen to Your Horses When You Die?

Freezing Equine Embryos is Getting More Practical

Sunday Video: Yesterday the eventing world lost Gillian Rolton. Watch one of the many examples of why she was such an amazing athlete and competitor:

Wednesday News & Notes from SmartPak

Photo by Tyson Rementer.

We are in for a treat this weekend with the Ocala Jockey Club hosting their second annual International Three-Day Event. Course Builder Tyson Rementer shared this photo of what he calls “Arts & Crafts at #OJC2017.” I can’t wait to see what else he has in store. Our own Jenni Autry will bring it to you live, so keep checking back to EN this week for all the top stories.

National Holiday: National Philanthropy Day, National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day

Major Events This Weekend:

Mitsubishi Motors Australian International Three-Day Event [Website] [Entries] [Live Scores]

Ocala Jockey Club 3-Day International Event [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

Your Wednesday News & Notes:

The year’s final four-star is on the horizon this weekend as Adelaide celebrates 20 years of their CCI4*. 21 Competitors are gaming for the win, including 2016 winners Hazel Shannon and WallingPark Clifford who would be the event’s first ever back to back victors. Another big contender is Clarke JohnStone with Balmoral Sensation who have the best average dressage scores of the bunch. [Notes from Down Under – The Adelaide CCI4* Preview]

Kai Pai Kiwi lives up to her name, which is an expression meaning everything is ok. She exemplified this at a Pony Club competition when her 16-year-old rider Jordan Shrimpton came unseated and was left hanging below her neck. Jordan managed to pull the mare up with the sound of her voice before pulling herself back on to manage the save of the day and finish their cross country course without any time penalties. She recalled, “What Thoroughbred would stop, facing the truck park where 17 of her friends were tied, while her rider clambered all over her after galloping a whole cross-country course?” [From The Magazine: Everything Is Ka Pai For Shrimpton]

“If eventers could rearrange the alphabet, they would put OTTB and I together.”  True! Thoroughbreds remain a tried and true competitor of our sport. When looking for your next OTTB, you’ve got to know what desirable features to search for. Mackenna Shea starts by evaluating conformation especially of the back, pasterns and hooves. Temperament is important too, so if evaluating off site, watch for tail swishing or ear pinning may be a red flag via video.  [OTTB Critique Presented by Athletux: California Girl]

Hot on Horse Nation: Dressage Leg vs. Jumping Leg: How To Use No-Stirrup November to Benefit Both

SmartPak Product of the Day: Temperatures are dropping for most parts of the country, which means it’s time to make sure you’ve got all your winter gear in check. A fleece cooler can be a helpful addition to your horses wardrobe to be used to help them maintain temperature while drying or as an additional blanket liner on especially cold nights [SmartPak]

Tuesday Video from SpectraVet: Show Jumping Meets Dog Agility

Agility dogs and show jumpers have a lot in common: quick-footed, precise and dead fast. Their shared skills are a perfect pairing, and each year they join forces in a KP-Equine Relay at The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. The race pairs a show jumper with an agility dog aiming to have the lowest combined time over their respective courses.

The pups are clearly just as driven and focused as their equine counterparts, and their enthusiasm makes the relay-style race is thrilling from start to finish. Winners were a Border Collie named  Zero and an 8-year-old Dutch Warmblood named Entano, piloted by Daniel Bluman.

I’m thinking we could make some sort of K9-Equine Eventer competition as well – these dogs could clearly handle some cross country!

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Tuesday News & Notes from Cavalor

Barn dogs… We all know them. We see them eating and rolling in mysterious unspeakable things at the barn. My own dear Franklin got not one, but THREE baths this weekend. Honestly, you can’t take them anywhere. But it would be hard to imagine the barn without them. Don’t forget to share your barn pups with us by using the hashtag #DogsofEN for a chance at your photo being shared in our Dogs of Eventing Nation Series.

National Holiday: National Pickle Day

Events Closing This Week: Sporting Days Farm Horse Trials IV (SC, A-3)

Tuesday News:

Help save the Liz Cochran Memorial Groom’s Award! There’s cross country schooling, lessons with Olympians, marketing help and much more in this silent auction! Christmas presents maybe? Check it out and help support the groom’s award that recognizes some of the hardest workers in the sport! [Liz Cochran Memorial Groom’s Award Auction]

Italy is the first country to test out the HiLowDrop scoring method at national competition. Like what is prosed at the International level, this method of scoring drops any judges scores that deviate by 4% or more from the judging panel’s average to help prevent one judge from skewing results. The FEI General Assembly will debate the use of this method in international competition Nov. 18-21. [First Country Adopts Controversial Dressage Scoring System]

Is your barn as fire proof as possible? With winter approaching, that means more heating systems, more lighting and more hay which increases a barn’s risk of fire. Managing combustible materials like hay, bedding and dust is a great start. Now is the time to prepare to keep your farm safe. [Clean Up Combustibles In Horse Barns Before Winter]

Tuesday Video: Ingrid Klimke wins Grand Prix Freestyle Qualifier at the Munich Indoors

Sunday Links Presented by One K Helmets

This week in Lexington, Kentucky the fanciest of the dancers are competing at the US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan®. There are some eventers, including Lainey, who have gone over to the dark side to strengthen their game. US Equestrian members can follow along via their live stream on USEF Network. Today you can check out Third Level Freestyle AA (8-9:30 am), Prix St Georges Open (9:59-11:56 am & 1:10-2pm) and Fourth Level Freestyle (2:20-4:17 pm) Championship classes at this link.

National Holiday: National Pizza with The Works Except Anchovies Day

U.S. Weekend Action:

Full Moon Farms H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

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

Poplar Place Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

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

Sunday Links:

Ga Deva Puts On Her Game Face For Grand Prix Win At U.S. Dressage Finals

From the Amateur-Owner Hunters to U.S. Dressage Finals

Military Boekelo Stands with USEA to Require Frangible Cross Country Technology

Which Horse Bedding is Best

Equine Research Could Keep Humans from Getting Hoarse

Grooms On The Edge as Equestrian Industry Bullying Revealed 

Sunday Video: Dressage horses try jumping…

‘It’s So Nice to Be Able to Give Back’: Meet Volunteer Superstars Katherine & Bruce Hill

Katherine and Bruce Hill. Photo by Shelby Allen.

This sport is nothing without its many fabulous volunteers, and you will be hard pressed to find any more fabulous than than Katherine and Bruce Hill. The brother and sister duo, along with their parents John and Allison, have become regular features in Area VI both riding and volunteering. Let’s meet the Hill family:

Katherine, age 17, explains that her love of horses began in a western saddle before she began riding with Jennifer Wooten and was introduced to eventing. “I grew up on my grandpa’s cattle ranch, so I did a lot of western riding when I was younger. I really wanted to start jumping around age 11, so I started jumping my cow ponies which was always entertaining,” she laughed.

Twin River’s September Horse Trials in 2014 was their first volunteer experience, and their involvement in the sport has grown exponentially since then. “It is so nice to be able to give back and show our appreciation for what everyone else does for us,” Katherine said. Now they frequent many Area VI events including Twin Rivers, Woodside Horse Trials and Fresno Horse Trials. 

All hands on deck to prepare for the jog. Katherine and her dad, John. Photo by Shelby Allen.

In addition to its charitable nature, volunteering and being involved in the sport together also provides valuable time for the Hills. “I think it’s a great experience for us as a family to do together,” said mom, Allison. “To have both kids riding is fabulous. They’re doing the same sport. We’re in the same place on weekends, we can do things together. The community is wonderful – the kids are really kind of grafted in and they really feel like they have their people and there’s a lot of people across the area that they know and they like. This area is fabulous – everyplace we go these people are our friends, so it’s really fun to be able to give back.”

Bruce prepares for Phase A of Endurance Day at Galway Downs. Photo by Shelby Allen.

The Hills have filled many positions, but when Bruce, age 14, can choose, he prefers any jobs that work alongside the course builders. “I’ve done jump judging and flagging and stuff, but I really like working with Louis (Blankenship – course builder) and his guys. There a lot of fun to work with,” he commented. Friday night at Galway Downs Bruce was spotted watering the cross country course with Louis because he wanted to learn how to do it – what a guy!

When they aren’t volunteering, Allison, Katherine and Bruce are competing. This weekend the siblings went head to head bot in the Training Three-Day division at Galway Downs. When asked if there is any sibling rivalry, the entire family was quick to answer with a collective “yes!”

Katherine on Phase D of Endurance Day. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Fortunately, underneath the competitive edge, they remain each other’s biggest supporters. “I was really happy for him on dressage day. He definitely put down his best test at training ever, and I had the honor to stand there and look at my mom and say, ‘he just beat my butt.’” Katherine recounted. “This was the first time we’ve been in the same division together competing since Intro, and I used to beat him all the time, so it’s definitely fair.”

Bruce finishes ninth in the Galway Downs T3D. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Bruce ended up ninth in the competitive T3D with his own Cortina, and Katherine finished 14th aboard her mother’s Stellor Rockafella, who she borrowed last minute as her own horse took a, “self-imposed vacation.” They followed one after another in the show jumping ring, with Katherine going first, and shared a sweet high five as they passed one another. This hardworking family was a pleasure to meet this weekend. From all of us at EN, thanks to John, Allison, Katherine and Bruce for all you do for eventing!

High fives between rounds. Photo by Shelby Allen.