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Tuesday News & Notes from Cavalor

Still reeling over Kim Severson and Cooley Cross Border’s win at Blenheim! Of course, credit must also be given to super groom Andi Lawrence who has also put so much work and heart into it. This horse has risen up the ranks under Kim’s watchful eye. He stepped on the scene by winning the USEA Young Event Horse Championship in 2012. I wonder if Kim knew then the horse she’d have five years later at Blenheim. I would say what a happy ending, but at just 10, we still have so much still to see from Cooley Cross Border!

National Holiday: Talk Like A Pirate Day

Events Opening This Week: Full Gallop Farm November H.T. (SC, A-3) Rocking Horse Fall H.T. (FL, A-3) Galway Downs International Event & H.T. (CA, A-6)

Events Closing This Week:  Heritage Park H.T. (KS, A-4) Willow Draw Charity Show (TX, A-5) Radnor Hunt H.T. (PA, A-2) Woodside International Horse Trials (CA, A-6) Course Brook Farm Fall Horse Trials (MA, A-1) Hagyard Midsouth Three-day Event & Team Challenge H.T. (KY, A-8) Kent School Fall H.T. (CT, A-1) The Event at Skyline (UT, A-9) Middle Tennessee Pony Club Horse Trials (TN, A-3) The Maryland H.T. at Loch Moy Farm (MD, A-2) WindRidge Farm Fall Horse Trials (NC, A-2)

Tuesday News:

It was a whirlwind weekend for the U.S. at Blenheim. That is especially true for the dedicated grooms of these top horses. They often put blood, sweat and tears into their careers, and they consider every defeat and success their own. Courtney Carson shares her experiences from behind the scenes. [USA! USA! USA!]

FEI President Ingmar De Vos has been elected to the International Olympic Committee. The IOC has been putting the pressure on ahead of the last few Olympic cycles for horse sports to mold for better understandability. His election will hopefully give a louder voice for Olympic equestrian sports in the future. [Horse Sport Gets A Crucial Voice on the IOC with Election of Ingmar De Vos]

Have you ever wanted to crack one open and share a beer with your horse? Turns out, it may have some benefits. Many people use beer to help conditions like anhidrosis, but vets are finding that it can also help encourage a horse to eat and drink. Looks like happy hour every once and a while isn’t such a bad thing. [A Beer for Our Horses]

Tryon has released spectator lodging options for the 2018 World Equestrian Games. Are YOU going? [Tryon 2018 – Lodging]

Tuesday Video: Watch Buck Davidson finally pull off that elusive win at his hometown venue.

Plantation Field CIC3* Cross Country Live Updates

The Ruins have a whole new look on Mike Etherington-Smith's course at Plantation Field this year #besteventever

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It’s cross country day at Plantation Field! Mike Etherington-Smith has laid out an impressive track to test these CIC3* combinations. The start time has been pushed back from 12:55 p.m. to 1:22 p.m. and Buck Davidson will be the trailblazer aboard Park Trader, which will be great practice before he takes it on later with overnight leader Copper Beach.

Jenni reported yesterday that only 6% of starters have been able to make the time on Mike’s courses here, so each second will be crucial as we watch the top 20 jump in reverse order of standing. Follow along with the action via live stream thanks to USEF Network.

Plantation FieldWebsiteScheduleXC Order of GoLive ScoresUSEF NetworkEN’s CoverageTwitterInstagram

Buck Davidson and Copper Beach have won the CIC3*! They are followed by Jennie Brannigan and Cambalda in second and Selena O’Hanlon and Foxwood High in third. Click here for a complete scores. Thanks for following along with us today and stay tuned for the full report to come!

12:45  p.m. EST: We’re looking forward to the start of cross country in a little under 45 minutes. Check back with us as the first horse leaves the start at 1:22 p.m. Find the order of go here.

1:18 p.m. EST: Two have withdrawn before the start – Sharon White with Cooley On Show and Buck Davidson and Park Trader.

1:23 p.m. EST: And we’re off! Jennie Brannigan and Cool As Ice are on course!

1:26 p.m. EST: Jennie looking great as she gives this young mare a very educational round.

1:29 p.m. EST: Kurt Martin and Delux Z sail smoothly through the Ruins at 8.

1:30 p.m. EST: Jennie Brannigan is the first rider home clear with just 3.2 time penalties!

1:32 p.m. EST: Covert Rights and Colleen Rutledge are off and away. They are two of the fastest in this field.

1:34 p.m. EST: Lisa Marie Furgusson and Honor Me are looking spot on today. They made the time last year – will they be the first to make it this year?

1:38 p.m. EST: Local fan favorite Erika Nesler and Right Above It leave the start box to a roaring cheer.

Colleen Rutledge and Covert Rights are the first pair to come home clean and inside the time #PlantationField #BestEventEver

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1:40 p.m. EST: Colleen and CR are the first home inside the time! They are in perfect form for the CCI3* next month at Fair Hill.

1:41 p.m. EST: Oh no! A stop for Woods Baughman and Montesquieu at the brush corner.

1:43 p.m. EST: Arg! Jenny Caras has a stop at the log into water with Fernhill Fortitude.

1:44 p.m. EST: Erika finishes with just 1.2 time! Well done, girl!!

1:48 p.m. EST: Big, bold riding through the water for Colleen Loach and Qorry Blue D’Argouges

1:50 p.m. EST: Francesca Broggini and Petit Bleu Marine pick up 20 penalties at 8A, The Ruins.

1:52 p.m. EST: Great save by Maya Simmons at The Ruins. Archie Rocks tapped a leg on 8A which unseated Maya, but she hung on and got it done!

1:56 p.m. EST: Phillip Dutton is making it look easy with Z. They’ve got the pedal down, so he’s definitely hunting for a clear round.

1:59 p.m. EST: A hairy moment for Phillip as Z got a little hung up on the Cordwood table at 21. Both stayed upright and continued on.

2:01 p.m. EST: 4.4 time penalties for Phillip and Z gives them the provisional lead for now on 50.6.

2:03 p.m. EST: Francesca Broggini and Petit Bleu Marine have sadly been eliminated on course.

2:05 p.m. EST: Buck Davidson is home clear with Jak My Style with 3.6 time penalties!

2:07 p.m. EST: CIC3* first-timers Cornelia Dorr and Louis M looking very professional through the first three fences.

2:08 p.m. EST: We’ve just heard that Courtney Cooper and Who’s A Star have retired on course.

2:10 p.m. EST: As predicted, Tim Bourke and Luckaun Quality are the second pair to finish double clear – 10 seconds under the time! Another speedster, Holly Payne Caravella and Never Outfoxed are also on course.

Cornelia Dorr and Louis M making these maxed out rails look easy #PlantationField #BestEventEver

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 2:12 p.m. EST: 7.2 for Cornelia Dorr and Louis M in their first CIC3*. We can expect even more magic from this pair in the future.

2:17 p.m. EST: 4.4 time penalties for Holly and Never Outfoxed which shows this time is no easy task.

2:20 p.m. EST: Waylon Roberts hails a cab into the water with Kelecyn Cognac.

2:22 p.m. EST: Kaitlin Spurlock pilots Cartender de Nyze to his first CIC3* finish.

2:25 p.m. EST: A few green moments for Dr. Sheldon Cooper in his first three-star, but Jessica Phoenix is doing a super job of showing him the way.

2:27 p.m. EST: Love seeing these debutants succeeding in their first go. Elusive still had plenty of gas in the tank

2:28 p.m. EST: A well deserved pat for El Paso as Lindsey Beer takes a very long shot to the final element of the Cheshire Hunt Conservancy Combination at 5B, but both are safe and off to the next.

2:30 p.m. EST: Arg! Lindsey Beer and El Paso have a run out at the brush corner. They take the option and continue on.

2:32 p.m. EST: Tight Lines looking very confident with Will Coleman in the tack. They’ve made the time once already at this level this year, so we are hoping they can again!

2:33 p.m. EST: Lindsey Beer and El Paso having a sticky ride through the coffin. They’ve climbed over the A element, but knocked the frangible pin for which they will receive 11 penalties.

2:34 p.m. EST: Lindsey has pulled up and retired on course.

2:37 p.m. EST: Erin Pullen has fallen at The Ruins. She was quickly up, the horse was caught and both look to be OK.

2:41 p.m. EST: Buck Davidson takes some new inside lines with Carlevo. He definitely has his eye on the clock.

2:43 p.m. EST: Revitavet Capato has thrown a shoe in warm up, so he and Jordan Linstedt will have a delayed start. Ryan Wood and Powell are on course.

2:45 p.m. EST: Fylicia Barr and Galloway Sunrise make easy work of the first five fences.

2:46 p.m. EST: 5.2 time for Buck and Carlevo. This clock is hard to beat! Ryan Wood looks like he’s taking it easy with Powell for a confident run.

2:48 p.m. EST: Dr. Kevin “Vet to the Stars” Kean leaves the box with Sportsfield Candy.

2:50 p.m. EST: All smiles for Fylicia Barr as she finishes her first CIC3*!

2:52 p.m. EST: Colleen Rutledge and UNO have a glance off at the big angled table at 5B. They are clear on second attempt.

3:01 p.m. EST: Eleventh-placed Jessica Phoenix having what looks to be a discussion with Pavarotti as he tries to take control. He is full of running!

3:02 p.m. EST: Emily Beshear and Silver Night Lady come home clear, but pick up 14 time penalties.

3:05 p.m. EST: Kurt Martin is waisting no time with Anna Bella!

3:10 p.m. EST: 14.2 time penalties but no jump penalties for Daniela Moguel and Cecelia

3:13 p.m. EST: Despite their best efforts, Kurt and Anna Bella pick up 4.8 time penalties. Phillip Dutton and Z remain the provisional leaders as we await the top 5.

3:15 p.m. EST: We onto the top 5! Mara DePuy and CongoBrazzaville C are on course.

3:18 p.m. EST: Jordan Linstedt and Revitavet Capato zoomed through the finish to earn the third fastest round so far just .8 time penalties.

3:20 p.m. EST: Boris O’Hara home with no jump penalties and 4.8 time penalties. Still no one has knocked Phillip and Z off the top of this CIC3* leaderboard.

3:22 p.m. EST: Past winners Jennie Brannigan and Cambalda are quickly out of the start. She said she’s going to go for it today!

3:24 p.m. EST: Mara and Congo did accrue 5.2 time penalties, but a super result after her unlucky fall at Great Meadow earlier this summer.

3:25 p.m. EST: “Jennie looking like she’s got a plane to catch” – Dom Schramm. She certainly looks fast! But so does Selena O’Hanlon and Foxwood High.

3:26 p.m. EST: Mighty Nice on course!! His first run back since the Olympics last year.

3:28 p.m. EST: Selena and Foxwood High are the third to come in inside the time. They take over the lead.

3:28 p.m. EST: Overnight leader Buck Davidson has never won this event – here’s his chance!

3:29 p.m. EST: Jennie Brannigan redefines fast as she and Cambalda come in 21 seconds under the time – the fastest trip of the day. She moves into the lead.

3:30 p.m. EST: Phillip said he had no plans to go fast today, and they are cruising easily with two fences to go.

3:32 p.m. EST: Copper Beach pushing into a new gear. He and Buck are flying and cutting every inside turn they can get.

3:33 p.m. EST: Phillip and Happy pick up 8 time penalties – this win is now officially Buck’s for the taking.

3:34 p.m. EST: A celebration at the finish confirms it – Buck Davidson and Copper Beach win the 2017 Plantation Field CIC3*!

Sunday Links Presented by One K Helmets


What a day for U.S.A! So proud to see Kim Severson and Hannah Sue Burnett in the top ten, and three other American pairs in the top 20. On top of that it was an action-packed day at Plantation Field. There will be a big finale tomorrow!

National Holiday: National Apple Dumpling Day, Wife Appreciation Day

Major Events This Week:

Blenheim: WebsiteEntries & ScoringLive StreamERM Live StreamBE TV Live StreamEN’s CoverageTwitterInstagram

Plantation FieldWebsiteScheduleRide TimesLive ScoresUSEF NetworkEN’s CoverageTwitterInstagram

U.S. Weekend Action:

GMHA September H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Results]

Marlborough H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Poplar Place Farm CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Results]

Otter Creek Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

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

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

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

Colorado Horse Park Trials [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Sunday Links:

‘He Pricked His Ears and Just Kept Going’: Julia Krajewski Heads Blenheim CCI3* with Pippa Funnel Best of the Brits 

Horse Sport Keeps Foot in IOC’s Door with FEI President’s Membership

Would You Know if Someone Was Suffering From a Concussion After A Fall?

North Carolina Owners: Vaccinate Horses Against Rabies

Tips for Developing A Firewise Evacuation Plan

Problems of Ill-Fitting Tack Made Worse By Heavier Riders, Initial Study Findings Show

Sunday Video: Plantation Field helmet cam fun!

Leslie Law’s Olympic Gold Medalist Shear L’eau Passes Away at 26

We are sad to report that Leslie Law’s 2004 individual Olympic gold medal partner Shear L’eau passed away yesterday at the age of 26.

The 1991 Irish Sport Horse (Stan the Man x Starry Night II) was bred by Edward Walsh in Ireland. He was the full brother to Shear H2O, who Leslie rode to team silver in the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000.

Though he is remembered best for his result in Athens, “Stan” had a storied career. He stepped on the scene at the Advanced level in 1999 before finishing 11th at the young horse championships at Le Lion d’Angers later that year as an 8-year-old.

Stan had five starts at four-star level, three of which resulted in top ten finishes at Burghley and Kentucky. Before their gold medal, Stan and Leslie also earned fourth individually and team gold for Great Britain at the Punchestown European Championships in 2003 as the only pair to make the time cross country.

Stan in retirement. Photo by Keith Cotton. 

When Leslie relocated to the United States in 2005, Stan was the only horse he brought along, and was then retired two years later. He enjoyed the next decade at Leslie’s base in Ocala, Florida.

“He lived out a good number of retirement years in a massive grassy paddock in Florida with two best buddies and we only wish he could of had ten more years out there,” Leslie shared to his Facebook page.

“He was a true horse of a life time. He was Shear L’eau to most but always Stan to us. A personality as tall as he was we could write a book of Stan stories but right now we will just miss him and remember how lucky we all were to have known him.”

The EN team sends our condolences to all who knew Stan.

Tuesday News & Notes from Cavalor

A rouge competitor at Bucks County Horse Park H.T. Photo by Amy Dragoo.

Irma finally made its way to my neck of the woods in Northern Georgia yesterday afternoon. Lots of wind, limbs/trees down and power loss, but so far the only casualty is my poor Toyota Tundra whose hood was smashed beyond repair! After seeing the devastation in Texas and Florida, I think I can live with this as I keep those seriously effected in my thoughts. Donations through the USEF Disaster Relief Fund and The American Red Cross can go a long way to help!

National Holiday: National Chocolate Milkshake Day, National Day of Encouragement

Events Opening This Week: Holly Hill Fall H.T. (LA, A-5) Chattahoochee Hills H.T. (GA, A-3) The Virginia CCI* + H.T. (VA, A-2)

Events Closing This Week: Fair Hill International CCI***/** (MD, A-2) Morven Park Fall International H.T. & CIC*/**/*** (VA, A-2) University of New Hampshire H.T. (NH, A-1) Jump Start H.T. (KY, A-8) Larkin Hill H.T. (NY, A-1) Carolina Horse Park Young Event Horse Competition (NC, A-2) Woodland Stallion Station H.T. (CA, A-6) Fair Hill International CCI***/** (MD, A-2) 3rd Annual Fall Spokane Sport Horse Farm H.T. (WA, A-7) ESDCTA New Jersey H.T. at the Horsepark (NJ, A-2)

Tuesday News:

Entries have been extended for Surefire Horse Trials! Entries for their September 23-24 horse trial will be accepted until Monday, September 18th. [Surefire Horse Trials]

“I might burn his dressage saddle in front of him.” A promise made by Beanie Sturgis to her longtime partner, Lebowski, who has just been retired after winning the Open Intermediate at Gatcombe Horse Trials this weekend. “Rotter,” who came to be known for antics in the first phase, had eight four-star starts with Beanie, and will now retire to hunting with her two children. [Popular but Quirky Four-Star Event Horse Retires on A Win]

Squeezing nearly 250 events into 52 weeks requires strategic planning. The U.S. Eventing Association breaks down the process of mapping out the yearly eventing calendar in a way that both caters to the longstanding events while at the same time welcoming newcomers. [The Eventing Calendar Approval Process Explained]

As temperatures drop this fall, horses may begin to consume less water. Horse owners should be sure to always have clean water available at all times through all seasons. Fall is also a good time to keep an eye on body condition as you shift their forage from grass to hay. [Fall Feeding Tips]

The Virginia Horse Trials crew is getting ready for the October CCI/CIC/HT/Area II Championships. New fences have been built and the cross country footing has received careful attention all year. [Progress Continues at Virginia Horse Trials in Preparation for October CCI]

Tuesday Video: It’s time for Plantation Field! This is a fantastic event, and if you catch the live stream later this week you’ll hear our own Jenni Autry commenting!

Sabrina Glaser, Gina Economou, Matthias Schwarz, Heather Morris All West Coast Winners

Sabrina Glaser and Rembrandt. Photo by Lively Manor Photography.

West coast competitions were abuzz with excitement as Aspen Farms hosted the Area VII Championships alongside an Advanced division, and Copper Meadows ran levels through Advanced and CIC*/CIC2*.

Sabrina Glaser and Patricia Yust’s scooped the win in the Tin Men Supply Advanced division at Aspen Farms. They added one pesky show jumping time penalty, but still finished handily on top nearly 20-points ahead of second place on a finishing result of 34.7.

“I thought he (Rembrandt) was solid and confident right from the get go. He was steadier and more relaxed in his dressage test than he has been in the past. He went around cross-country pretty much on autopilot, and he finished strong with a solid effort today. He had his heart in the game the whole weekend,” Sabrina said.

This pair are looking to tackle their first CIC3* as a pari this fall at Woodside.

Sophie Click and her own Hot Wheels held onto their second place position. Two rails and three time penalties gave the young rider a final score of 53.3 in her first Advanced.

Third place went to Andrea Nielsen and her own LC O’Shawnisee, who had one down to finish on 53.6.

Loving the Junior Beginner Novice award line up at #AFHT! #ponies #horses #kids

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The Area Championship divisions were very hotly contested as riders went toe to toe for the $25,000 in cash and prizes offered.

Aspen Farm H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

[Final Results from Aspen Farms and Area VII Championships; Sabrina Glaser Wins Adequan Gold Cup]

Copper Meadows

Photo by Gina Economou.

Gina Economou lead the CIC2* from start to finish with her own Exclusive. She and “Linus” earned a 49.1 in the dressage, had one down in the show jumping and galloped to the fasted cross country ride in the division to finish on a score of 60.2.

“This time last week the horses were spending their first night at El Sueno after being evacuated due to the La Tuna Fire,” Gina posted on her Facebook page.

“This weekend we were at Copper Meadows running the horse trials. I just wanted a qualifying CIC** on Linus. Never thought we’d win it. He was amazing cross country today. I couldn’t be happier. Beaming really. The Flower is blossoming.”

Jessie Hargrave and her own Regenmann took second place. They added two rails and 15.2 time penalties to their dressage score for a final result of 71.6.

Hilary Niemann finished third with her own Undercover on 72.4.

Matthias Schwarz and Mary Slouka’s Kortesyde took home top honors in the CIC*. After earning a 55.3 in dressage, they produced a clear show jump round to leap from fifth to second, and a faultless cross country trip sealed the deal on their victory.

David Adamo and Christina Rosenblatt’s Junit follow in second on a final score of 60.3. Sarah Braun rounds out the top three with Korin Potenza’s Crowning Event with 60.5 penalties.

The Team Express Group’s Charlie Tango was fighting fit with to take the Advanced win with Heather Morris. These two led from wire-to-wire, adding only 4.8 cross country time penalties for a winning result of 27.2.

Robyn Fisher and her own Betawave closely followed all weekend, and ultimately finished second on 38.3 penalties. Tamie Smith and Katie Yozamp’s Wishbone rounds out the top three finishing on a score of 43.1.

Copper Meadows H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

Monday News and Notes from Fleeceworks

Photo by Sinead Halpin.

Eventers in Ocala, Florida hunkered down this weekend in preparation for Irma. At the time of publication, no issues have been reported out of the Ocala area, but they are in our thoughts as they handle troubling conditions!

And as always, we remember the many lives lost on this tremendously significant day in 2001.

National Holiday: National Hot Cross Bun Day

U.S. Weekend Action:

Grindstone Mountain Farm H.T. [Website] [Results]

CDCTA Fall H.T. [Website] [Results]

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

Dunnabeck H.T. [Website] [Results]

Copper Meadows H.T. [Website] [Results]

Aspen Farm H.T. [Website] [Results]

Chardon Valley H.T. [Website] [Results]

Monday News:

Flying a horse overseas is no easy task. The process took Doug Payne’s groom, Courtney Carson, 60 hours to ensure that Vandiver made it to Blenheim safely and happily. She had a quick scare when her jeans didn’t fit the in-flight dress code, but fortunately said it was an otherwise uneventful experience. [Getting There is Half the Battle]

USEA’s Instructors’ Certification Program YEH Workshops are heading west. The ICP YEH Professional Trainer and Instructor Certificates were introduced earlier this year to complement the USEA’s Young Event Horse program via ICP education and certification of high-quality instructors and trainers involved with young horses. Now the midwest and California have an easier go at attending a workshop as the USEA has just announced two new opportunities at Stone Gate Farm in Hanoverton, Ohio and Lone Tree Farm in Waterford, California. [New Instructors’ Certification Program YEH Workshops Added to the Calendar]

There’s a lot to consider when shopping for your dream horse property. It’s not all about the arenas or barns, you should consider location, size, vegetation and terrain. These are all issues that will have a big impact on your work load. Of course, then consider the exsisting structures and see if you can make those to fit your needs. [Shopping for a Horse Farm Property]

Best of Blogs: For the Record

Monday Video: Lainey Ashker put on her DQ hat this weekend for some super sandbox practice.

The Beauty of the Pacific Northwest: Aspen Farms Instagram Roundup

Yelm, Washington makes for one heck of a beautiful background for a horse trial. Aspen Farms competitors were mostly spared from the smoke and ash of the wildfires that are raging through the pacific northwest, and so they reveled in 70 degree temperatures and scattered clouds.

Nearly 300 competitors descended upon Aspen Farms for the Area VII Championships and their famed Advanced division – the only one in Washington state.

Their cross country track is full of whimsical fences that wind their way through the forest. The setting makes you think a fairy may jump out to meet you on your course walk.

They have a fantastic crew at Aspen, and we share their weekend through the eyes of the Aspen Farms instagram page. You can see more by following them @AspenFarmsHorseTrials. Enjoy, EN!

Aspen Farms H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

#dressage #AFHT #AreaVIIChamps #PNW #Eventing

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The Ship jump on #crosscountry at #AFHT

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#AFHT #AreaVIIChamps #crosscountry #eventing

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Why brush through brush when you could just fly over it!?!? @toklatoriginals #aspenfarmsht #toklatwater #AFHT

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Sara Sellmer with a very smooth ride through the @Kerrits complex. #AFHT

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Splish splash through the @toklatoriginals water jump at #AFHT!

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Adequan Gold Cup Tin Men Supply Advanced #show jumping at #AFHT

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Grab your #AspenFarmHorseTrials prizes and run! #goeventing

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Rise Against is the Ultimate Catch Ride for Maddie Sexton

Mother daughter dream team! Bunnie and Maddie Sexton with Rise Against. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

What can you do when you find yourself horseless two days before a competition? Borrow your mother’s four-star horse Rise Against if you’re Maddie Sexton!

“I was set to compete Training on my own horse and our home bred, Celtic Star, but he showed symptoms of a mild case of colic on Thursday morning,” Maddie explained. “I took him home so he could be near Alamo Vet Clinic just in case and, since my mom wasn’t competing ‘Ecko’, she offered him up to me.”

Maddie has become Ecko’s handler as she’s jogged him countless times at some of his biggest competitions in her mom’s place, but she hadn’t yet gotten the chance to compete him herself. “Basically, my mom is super generous and I’m super grateful!” she said.

Rise Against and Maddie Sexton, jogging for Bunnie Sexton. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

It’s been 11 years since Ecko last competed at training level, but he settled right into a rhythm with Maddie, although not without a little excitement in the warm up.

“I had never ridden him in cross county before, although I have catch ridden a few horses so I wasn’t too worried. He was a bit of mad man in warm up, which I’ve seen when my mom is ready to go out at Rolex, but I can’t say I was expecting it for Training at home,” Maddie said.

“It made me a bit nervous, but the second I left the box he was perfect. I’m my harshest critic, so the videos are a bit hard for me to watch, but it felt amazing. It felt like he knew exactly what I was asking for which was an incredible feeling. He definitely knows what he’s doing and loves it.”

“He’s such a cool guy and I totally get why he’s my moms heart horse. I’m super grateful she let me have the ride and I’m crossing my fingers that the opportunity comes up again,” she smiled.

We are happy to report that Celtic Star was in great health by Friday.

Check out Maddie and Ecko’s weekend thanks to Ride On Video:

Sabrina Glaser Tops Aspen Farms Advanced, Competition Heats Up at Copper Meadows

Sabrina Glaser and Rembrandt. Photo by Lively Manor Photography.

It was an action-packed day on the West Coast with Aspen Farms running Advanced cross country alongside their Area VII Championships and Copper Meadows competitors contesting Advanced, CIC* and CIC2* classes.

Sabrina Glaser and Patricia Yust’s Rembrandt took over the leading position in the Tin Man Supply Advanced at Aspen. Sabria and the 9-year-old Selle Francais gelding were the only pair who managed to come home within the time to remain on their dressage score of 33.7 going into today’s show jumping finale.

Sabrina Glaser and Rembrandt making easy work of the Advanced Tri Power Complex #AFHT

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Sophie Click moved into second place with her own Hot Wheels. They earned a 37.1 on the flat and picked up 5.2 time penalties to sit on a two-phase score of 42.3 in their Advanced debut.

Sophie Click over the @Kerrits Mound and into the @Toklatoriginals Water. #AFHT

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Andrea Nielsen and her own LC O’Shawnisee follow in third. These two were the biggest scoreboard climbers – jumping from seventh place after dressage to third after cross country where they only added 7.2 time penalties. They rest on 49.6 penalties.

Overnight leaders Emily Pestl-Dimmit and her Michele Pestl’s Airlington both fell on course at fence 6, and third-placed Anne-Sophie Levesque popped off at the penultimate fence.

Lively Manor Photography has been kindly sharing a few samples from the competition this weekend. You can find more of her work here.

Aspen Farm H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

[Glaser and Rembrandt Rise to Top of Aspen Farms Adequan USEA Gold Cup Advanced]

Meanwhile in California, Heather Morris and the Team Express Group’s Charlie Tango are standing out in front of the Advanced division at Copper Meadows. A 22.4 on the flat and a clear show jumping trip give this combination an eight-point lead heading into today’s cross country.

Robyn Fisher and her own Betawave earned second place after posting a 30.2 in the first phase, and they held onto it after a faultless show jumping course. Tamie Smith sits in third with Katie Yozamp’s Wishbone after one pole down in the show jumping to hold a two-phase score of 37.1.

In the CIC2* division, Gina Economou and her own Exclusive are your overnight leaders. They earned a 49.1 in the first phase, and despite one pesky rail in the show jumping, they moved into the top spot on 53.1 penalties.

Jessie Hargrave and her own Regenmann hold second with a score of 56.4, and Kevin Baumgardner and Wembley, the only pair to have a double clear show jumping round, follow in third on 57 points.

Copper Meadows H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

Sunday Links Presented by One K Helmets

With Burghley in the rearview and Blenheim coming up next weekend, I suddenly realized we’re into the fall season! It sneaks up on me every year – mostly because I live in the south and it doesn’t start to feel like “fall” until November… Either way the autumn eventing season has so many great events in store, I can’t wait to follow along!

National Holiday: National Swap Ideas Day, National Hug Your Hound Day

U.S. Weekend Action:

Grindstone Mountain Farm H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

CDCTA Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

Bucks County Horse Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Dunnabeck H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

Copper Meadows H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

Aspen Farm H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

Chardon Valley H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

Sunday Links:

All Eyes on Tokyo 2020: Meet the Man Behind Britain’s Renewed Eventing Success

New Rules

Due for A New Helmet? Now’s The Time for Horse Riders to Buy In

New Hope at Hand for Equine Neck Issues and Injuries

Scientists Study How Hard Horses Kick

Sunday Video: Check out this helmet cam that shows speed in meters

Dressage Judge Susan Graham White Releases Fourth Solo Album

Photo courtesy of Susan Graham White.

Susan Graham White is an accomplished horsewoman. Eventing Nation may recognize her as a clinician, dressage judge or as a leading voice in the USEA Future Event Horse Series, but Susan is also a talented musician who has just released her fourth album, Lost Art.

Susan has spent the last decades leading somewhat of a double life, splitting her time between music and horses. “I’ve been a singer/songwriter my whole life, and in college I was a music major, but then I’ve always had an incredible passion for horses too,” Susan said. “Between the two it was always really hard to know what I wanted to do, and I just decided to do them both.”

As a musician, she has received many accolades including the Washington Area Music Association’s Songwriter of the Year (twice!), two Maryland Governor’s awards for songwriting and vocal excellence and her first solo album Rescue was called the “Best Independent Release” of 1992 by songwriter Christine Lavin. As a horsewoman, she has ridden through top levels of dressage, and she is a licensed FEI “I” Eventing Judge, USEF “R” Dressage Judge and USEF “R” Dressage Sport Horse Breeding Judge.

Photo courtesy of Susan Graham White.

She continued to pursue both fields, but when she got a record label deal and touring started taking over barn time, she put her passion for music on the back burner. “Now it’s at the point after a lot of years I have a particular group of songs that I’ve had sitting for a while that I’ve always wanted to get out on an album. There were a number of things happening that it ended up being the opportune time. It’s been an amazing experience,” Susan explained.

The pieces have set easily back in place for Susan’s return to the studio. “Being away so long it feels like it’s all new, and yet I have all these wonderful musician friends that have come in and helped out, so it’s kind of been a homecoming too,” she smiled.

Album cover courtesy of Susan Graham White.

Just as Susan has evolved as a rider and trainer through her career with horses, her music has seen changes over the years. “You get better at your craft the longer you do it, but I also think you get more confident in it. I think as a songwriter that’s what the beauty of this album is,” Susan elaborated. “I don’t feel like I’m tied down to saying I have to be this or that – these are just songs that are inspired some way or another.”

Her creative process for this album took twists and turns as she continued to balance horses and music, but the finished product is a standout. Lost Art is be available on CD at this link.  

Relive the Excitement of Burghley Cross Country Day Fence by Fence

This time last week we were glued to our computer screens eagerly watching the Burghley Horse Trials live stream and living vicariously through the spectators pushed against the ropes.

We begrudgingly returned to normal life, but why not take a look back? Anyone who has been to a four-star knows how tricky it can be to get a full view of the cross country course. Harveywetdog took on the formidable task of not only walking around the entire course, but videoing each fence, and he shares the impressive finished product. Enjoy and check out more videos on harveywetdog’s YouTube page.

Emily Pestl-Dimmitt Leads Aspen Farms Advanced + Area VII Championships Underway

Eyes are on the west coast this weekend as Aspen Farms is hosting Washington state’s only Advanced-level horse trial along with the Area VII Championship.

The $4,000 Tin Men Supply Advanced, the second qualifier for the 2018 USEA Adequan Gold Cup series, kicked off the action in the sandbox yesterday with Emily Pstl-Dimmitt topping the standings with Michele Pestl’s Airlington on a score of 30.

Tin Men Supply and Adequan Gold Cup #dressage at #AFHT

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“We’ve been working to get him more fit this summer so he’s feeling like he has a bit more energy on the flat and is more rideable lately,” Emily said. “We had several bobbles here and there today and there were several more points to be had, but he was overall very obedient in his usual consistent way. I’m very happy with his performance.”

Along with Airlington’s standout performance, Emily is also leading the Open Beginner Novice Championship division with Kristen Davignon’s Floid.

Sabrina Glaser sits in second place with Patricia Yust’s Rembrandt. The 9-year-old Selle Grancais carries 33.7 penalty points into the jumping phases. Her Canadian compatriot Anne-Sophie Levesque and her own Eskapade hold third on 34.

Advanced competitors will tackle Tremaine Cooper’s cross country track today at 1:30 p.m. PDT.

Aspen Farms is hosting nearly 300 horses today from all over the Pacific Northwest as they celebrate their 10th anniversary of USEA horse trials.

In the Intermediate Championships, Sara Sellmer is leading the way with Amy Click’s Rubia. This pair were the CIC* winners at Aspen Farms earlier this summer, and they now proudly on a score of 25.8.

Maya Black is in second with her own off-the-track Thoroughbred Mowgli on 27.5. Sarah Haff and Defensive Player follow in third with a mark of 31.

Meika Decher is the overnight leader in the Preliminary Championship division with her hombred gelding Archie McPhee.

She was thrilled with her test, but immediately turned her attention to cross country. “It’s definitely a Championship-level course,” she said. “You can say to yourself ‘this is a hard course,’ or you can say to yourself, ‘this is the perfect course for moving up to Intermediate!’ I’m loving this as a step-up course.”

Novice #AreaVIIChamps division continues in Ring #2 at #AFHT

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Scores are tight throughout the rest of the championship divisions with the best of the Pacific Northwest out to claim their titles, and rightfully so with over $20,000 in cash and prizes for this weekend’s top finishers. Stay tuned for the rest of the action from Aspen Farms.

Wildfires have been of major concern to Aspen Farms this weekend. Yesterday the event announced that their September Horse Trials and Area VII Championships would proceed as scheduled due to conditions int he Yelm, Washington area being not directly impacted by smoke. The Environmental Protection Agency marked the Air Quality Index (AQI) as Moderate in the area, and have since shifted to Good.

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

[Day One Dressage Results; Emily Pestl-Dimmitt Leads Adequan Gold Cup Advanced]


Thursday News & Notes from Nupafeed

Vandiver is en route to Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials. Between the CCI3* and CIC3* divisions, Blenheim now offers a huge sum of most prize money with a £50,000 purse. Doug will join five other Americans in the CCI3* division, Liz Halliday-Sharp, Lauren Kieffer, Tiana Coudray, Kim Severson and Hannah Sue Burnett. We have been thrilled to cheer on so many U.S. riders overseas this season! Blenheim begins next Wednesday, Sept 13.

National Holiday: National Beer Lover’s Day. Cheers!

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Grindstone Mountain Farm H.T. [Website] [Live Results]

CDCTA Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scoring]

Bucks County Horse Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

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

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

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

With Texas still reeling form Hurricane Harvey, Florida is bracing for Hurricane Irma. Training hot spots like Wellington, Fla. look to be right in the path of danger, and many horse owners are evacuating. A document has been shared on social media with over 300 housing and transport options for horses. Please share with anyone seeking shelter from Irma! [East Coast Evacuation List]

We are sad to say goodbye to Richland Park Horse Trials. The event faithfully served the eventing community for nearly 20 years. It was well knowns for it’s fantastic footing, thoughtful courses and spectacular volunteers. Richland gave lower level riders the chance to stable and ride alongside the top riders of the sport. Thank you, Bob and Kay Willmarth for all you have done! [What An Amazing Ride]

Bless horse show dads. Many of them show up to your horse show green as grass, but they always try their hardest to learn the sport. Lawyer-turned-horse show dad Chad Oldfather admits he may not know too much about horses, but as a professor, he knows a lot about learning, and he draws parallels that relate how people learn in the classroom and in the arena. [COTH Horse Show Dad: Some Thoughts On Teaching And Learning]

Since I was little, I’ve always loved reading George Morris’ critique of submitted rider position in Practical HorsemanI see a rider that looks similar to me, and wonder what his comments might be about me. To this day, I still haven’t been bold enough to submit anything, but I am staying hopeful that one day the perfect image will produce itself! [Jumping Clinic with Georgie Morris]

Tuesday News & Notes from Cavalor

Warren Lamperd and Silvia. Photo by Nico Morgan Media.

This was one of the best examples of “getting it done” from this past weekend at Burghley. The terrain made this huge corner at the Dairy Mound even trickier, and when things weren’t looking perfect for Warren Lamperd, his 16-year-old Holstiener mare Silvia took matters into her own hands and banked it. I’ll admit, I gasped a bit, but they pulled it off so well it looked purposeful. This mare knows what she’s doing!

National Holiday: National Cheese Pizza Day

Events Opening This Week: The Virginia CCI* + H.T. (VA, A-2) Hagyard Midsouth Three-day Event & Team Challenge H.T. (KY, A-8) Tryon Riding & Hunt Club H.T. (SC, A-3) Windermere Run H.T. (MO, A-4) Waredaca Classic N and T 3D Event & H.T. (MD, A-2) Fresno County Horse Park Horse Trials (CA, A-6) Pine Hill Fall H.T. (TX, A-5)

Events Closing This Week: Twin Rivers Fall H.T. (CA, A-6) Flora Lea Fall H.T. (NJ, A-2) Equestrians Institute H.T. (WA, A-7) FEH Qualifier at Loch Moy Farm (MD, A-2) FEH Championships at Loch Moy Farm (MD, A-2) Surefire Farm H.T. (VA, A-2) Stoneleigh-Burnham School Fall H.T. (MA, A-1) Sundance Farm H.T. (WI, A-4)

Tuesday News:

Kathleen Bertuna saved for 12 years to buy her horse. And Millye’s Mojave has made the wait worth her while. Though she missed her kid’s soccer game, she was leading the victory gallop at the AEC on Sunday after taking nearly two decades off from riding. AEC has been dubbed the feel-good event of the year, and 2017 was no exception. [Bertuna Comes Back To Eventing With A Bang At The AEC]

Forage is crucial to a healthy horse’s diet, but are you choosing the right hay? First, you’ve got to choose your type. Then, whether you choose grass or legume, you’ve got to know what type of cut you are getting – the first cut of the year is usually most nutritious. [Planning Hay Purchases]

Four months ago, Coti Hausman found herself in the Intensive Care Unit with her AEC dreams squashed – or so she thought. A kick left her with a very serious liver laceration, but Coti dug deep to achieve her dreams. She turned all her focus on making it to AEC, and her hardwork was rewarded with a blue ribbon. [AEC Spotlight: Coti Hausman and Quantico Write Their Own Cinderella Story]

Tuesday Video: Get a range of views from around cross country day at Burghley Horse Trials thanks to HarveyWetDog.

Sunday Links Presented by One K Helmets

Woodge Fulton and Captain Jack. Photo by #HorseHour.

Cross country day at Burghley certainly lived up to the hype! There were surprise endings, fantastic finishes and a few hearts broken. I am insanely proud of our U.S. riders with Lynn and Boyd in the top ten. They’re within striking distance, and will certainly lead to an exciting show jumping finale.

Unfortunately, Woodge Fulton announced via her Facebook page yesterday that Captain Jack sustained a cut to his hind leg that will need to be properly treated in hospital, so they sadly will not complete the competition. It looked like the ride of her life, and we’re sure we will be seeing much more of her again soon!

Major Events This Week:

Burghley: WebsiteScheduleShow Jumping OrderLive ScoresHow to Watch LiveEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

AEC: WebsiteScheduleRide Times & Live ScoringEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

Silverwood Farm H.T. [Website]

Woodland Stallion Station H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Park Equine Kentucky Classique H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Sunday Links:

‘He Ran Through The Arena Rails as a Youngster’ Dramatic Day of Burghley Cross Country with British 1-2-3

Brannigan Has Her Day at AEC

Beginner Novice Takes Center Stage at The AEC

PMU Horse Keiki O’Ka Aina Tackles The AEC 

Innovative $50,000 Arena Eventing Competition Added to Rolex Central Park Horse Show

‘Cheeky Superstar’ Named People’s Choice at at Burghley

Out of the Darkness: Eric Dierks Returns from Burn Injury to Compete at AEC

Sunday Video: Watch the overnight leader from Burghley cross country:

Tuesday News & Notes from Cavalor

Photo via Daniel Clasing.

It was a big weekend for eventing! While the FEI divisions at Richland Park, Blair Castle and Millstreet took the features spotlight, there were also a great lineup of local events across the country. Loudoun Hunt Pony Club H.T. hosted Beginner Novice through Intermediate divisions at the beautiful Oatlands Plantation. Intermediate winner Daniel Clasing pictured above. Eventing Nation would not be all that it is without these hometown events!

National Holiday: National Chop Suey Day

Major Events This Week:

Burghley Links: Website, Entries, Schedule, Live Scoring, EN’s Coverage, EN’s Twitter, EN’s Instagram

AEC Links: Website, ScheduleRide Times & Live Scoring, EN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

Events Opening This Week: Exmoor Horse Trials Fall Event (FL, A-3) Las Cruces H.T. (NM, A-10) Paradise Farm H.T. (SC, A-3) Fleur de Leap H.T. (LA, A-5) Galway Downs International Event & H.T. (CA, A-6)  Hitching Post Farm Horse Trials (VT, A-1)

Events Closing Today: GMHA September Horse Trials (VT, A-1) Colorado Horse Park Horse Trials/Derby (CO, A-9) Stone Gate Farm H.T. (OH, A-8) Plantation Field International CIC (PA, A-2) Colorado Horse Park Horse Trials/Derby(CO, A-9) Flying Cross Farm H.T. (KY, A-8) MeadowCreek Park H.T – The Fall Social Event (TX, A-5) Marlborough H.T (MD, A-2)  Poplar Place Farm September H.T. (GA, A-3) Otter Creek Fall H.T. (WI, A-4)

Tuesday News: 

Hurricane Harvey: Here’s How You Can Help the Horses. The USEF Equine Disaster Relief Fund was created after Hurricane Katrina to ensure safety of horses in cases of disaster. These funds will help aid the Houston SPCA. [Donate to The USEF Equine Disaster Relief Fund and Join US Equestrian in Helping Horses Affected by Hurricane Harvey]

Buck Davidson and I Love My Horse have teamed up to host a #LeeLeeStrong Golf Tournament. Mark your calendars for November 14th at the Country Club of Ocala in Ocala, Florida. A $100 entry fee gets you lunch, a golf cart, and drinks at the awards ceremony. [Golf Tournament to Benefit Lee Lee Jones]

What A Catch II has the ultimate comeback story. When Libby Seed starting riding him four years ago, he was coming back from a stress fracture and was never supposed to jump again, and now they’re going to Burghley! [Burghley First-Timers: Libby Seed – ‘He Wasn’t Meant to Jump Again’]

Tuesday Video: Catch a colorful ride with Kolor Me Gone at Town Hill Farm via helmet cam:

Sunday Links Presented by One K Helmets

Photo via Will Coleman Equestrian.

Just days old, Charlotte Coleman looks perfectly at home in a barn. While it must be nice for Will to win the CIC2* at Richland Park, we assume it will be much nicer when he gets to celebrate with Charlotte. It won’t be too long until she’s riding circles around Will and Katie!

National Holiday: National Just Because Day

Major Events This Week:

Richland Park: WebsiteScheduleRide TimesLive ScoresEN’s Coverage

Millstreet: WebsiteEntriesScheduleRide Times & Live ScoringEN’s CoverageXC Saturday Radio

Blair Castle ERM: WebsiteRide TimesLive StreamERM Leaderboard

U.S. Weekend Action:

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

Loudoun Hunt Pony Club H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

Shepherd Ranch SYVPC H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

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

Sunday Links:

Wednesday/Thursday Party Schedule for USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Land Rover and Nutrena

Keys to Effectively Deworm Your Horse

Back at Burghley After A 16-Year Break: Jamie Atkinson – ‘To Get My Horse There Would Be A Huge Achievement’

Teenager Wins Blair Castle CIC3*: ‘I Think My Horse Shed A Tear as Well’

Medical Student Leads After Dressage in Blair Castle Event Rider Masters

‘He’s Quite Spoilt’: Young Showjumper’s Touching Handover Note Goes Viral

From Underdogs to Gold, The Irish Top Longines FEI European Show Jumping Championship

Sunday Video: RNS Video caught all the CIC3* water action at Richland Park:

Wednesday Video from Kentucky Performance Products: One Week Until #AEC17

That’s right – only one week until the USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena! AEC is the feel-good event of the year. There’s nothing quite like watching riders accomplish their their goals on a championship stage.
Eventers were abuzz with excitement last year, as AEC was being hosted by the prestigious Tyron International Equestrian Center, and it definitely felt like a world class competition. The atmosphere of the George Morris arena was massively exciting, the amenities at Tryon were appreciated by the eventers (the bathrooms were air conditioned!).
The 2016 AEC boasted a record number of entries, and with over 700 pairs on the entry list this year, it’s bound to be another big show! And once again, USEA + TIEC have some exciting activities on the agenda, from Saturday Night Lights to a beer garden. You can read what else you have to look forward to here.
Probably still suffering from a Mongol Derby-fueled hangover, Leslie Wylie will be our boots on the ground covering U.S. Eventing’s most heartwarming competition of the year. Who is excited, EN?

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Trayfords Announce Big Changes for Exmoor Farm & Florida Horse Park

Photo via Exmoor Eventing’s Facebook Page.

For the last year and a half, Richard and Daisy Trayford have run their training and sales program out of Exmoor Farm, a 120-acre property in Ocala, Fla. They hosted both recognized and unrecognized competitions, as well as offering year-round cross country schooling — a true eventer’s paradise.

Now the farm is looking toward an even bigger and brighter future as it has acquired new ownership. Originally from California, Ron and Marisa Di Mauro bought the property this summer, with the goal of continuing and improving its ability to host top-notch eventing training and competition. Equiventures will continue to organize events at Exmoor with Richard and Daisy at the helm.

“When someone came along and wanted to take it on, and, frankly, had more capital that we did to do the things that I wanted done here, we kind of jumped at it,” Richard said. “I’m speaking with my Equiventures hat on — Equiventures runs shows. It doesn’t necessarily want to run facilities. Its much better to have a team of people that do the general maintenance and then we move in and put the event on, which is an expensive enough proposition anyway.

“This has given us a little bit of freedom,” he continued, “which was kind of needed after putting three venues together in three months. That was a tough 18-month period for both of us. Now we can step back a little bit and enjoy the venues, enjoy the shows.”

Ron & Marisa Di Mauro at Exmoor. Photo courtesy of Daisy Trayford.

The Di Mauros dove head first into the property — acquiring new equipment and gear for the farm as well as recruiting a team to make it all happen. “Ron has basically said what I wanted to do over five years, he can do in five months. So we love this guy!” Richard laughed. “That’s a great example of what it’s like to have great owners coming into the game.”

The Di Mauros will also continue to have support from the event’s loyal sponsors, including Ocala Ranches.

In the meantime, Richard and Daisy will be relocating their training and sales operation to upstate New York, where they are excited to be closer to Richard’s son, Atticus, who goes to school there. 

“We’ve managed to secure a farm in the Genesee Valley, a 90-acre equestrian property,” Daisy said. “We’re really excited to carry on with our team of event horses up there in the summer. We’re very excited to move to a different area and meet some new clients and spread our wings a little bit.”

Exmoor Eventing’s new summer home. Photo courtesy of Daisy Trayford.

They’re also giddy to get back into the area’s foxhunting. “It’s kind of the best of both worlds for us. The Genesee Valley Hunt is one of the oldest hunts in the United States. Daisy and I used to spend four days a week hunting in England, so for us it’s going to be a bit of a jolly taking all the youngsters hunting before they go eventing,” Richard explained.

But, Ocala hasn’t seen the last of them! They are happy to report that they will spend the winter months in Florida. “Each winter we’ll head back down. Me to run the shows and Daisy to compete the youngsters,” Richard said, “so it’s almost an ideal scenario on a selfish level. If you’re in upstate New York in the winter you don’t need much of any excuse to come down to Florida.”

Aerial view of the Florida Horse Park. Photo via FHP’s Facebook page.

Exmoor isn’t the only venue that is seeing some changes. There are also big upgrades in store for the Florida Horse Park, which hosts three events organized by Equiventures along with many other competition opportunities throughout the year.

“We’re having millions of dollars spent on the horse park in the right direction,” Richard affirmed. “There’s two or three brand new Martin Collins arenas being put in with underground irrigation. It’s $1.7 million work of arenas being put in right now.”

Besides the new arenas with world-class footing, the park’s roadway infrastructure will also see a facelift.

It looks like this winter in Ocala is going to be better than ever!

What’s in Your Arena? Presented by Attwood: Schooling Skinny Fences

What’s in Your Arena? is an EN series sponsored by Attwood Equestrian Surfaces in which riders share their favorite jumping exercises. It’s easy to get stuck in a training rut, and we hope this will inspire you with fresh ideas that you can take home and incorporate into your own programs.

If you progress far enough in the sport you’ll eventually come across a fence on the skinnier side, but not to fear! Evention TV is here with some exercises to introduce you and your horse to narrow fences.

In this edition of What’s in your Arena? Dom and Jimmie Schramm  walk us through five levels of skinny fences. This progression starts with the basics with a pole on the ground all the way up to jumping a single barrel.

Start small. Dom starts the progression over a small box. A ground line cut smaller can also be used for this stage. If starting at the trot is a little too much, you can also always start at the walk.

Build gradually. Before you progress in size or technicality, Dom explains that it’s important to only continue to progress in size and technicality if your horse is confidently taking you to the fence. Ignoring these issues at the beginning can lead to holes in your training later on.

Guide poles are a great tool. They help enforce straightness as you begin to jump skinny fences. Taking away guide rails is also a good tool to test your straightness as you get more confident.

Do you have an exercise to share or is there an eventer you would like to nominate for the “What’s in Your Arena?” series? Email [email protected]

Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: CANTER Maryland Edition

Maryland sits conveniently in the heart of Area II, and there are heaps of superstars waiting to take on their next career. From those who raced at Laurel Park to Pimlico, here’s our Weekly OTTB wishlist from Cosequin thanks to our friends at CANTER Maryland.

Photo via CANTER Maryland.

Buzz Lite (Friesan Fire – Halo’s J Lo, by Hay Halo) a 15.2-hand Maryland bred gelding

Meet “Buzz Lite” – Trust us, this guy is adorable and good looking! This 4YO, 15.2H liver chestnut gelding has a beautiful, refined face with a flashy little blaze, and he is a big barn favorite, sweet as can be. His exercise rider described his temperament as ‘kid safe’ – he is a pleasure to ride and a pleasure to work with on the ground. He has been racing sound (he just ran last week) but he just isn’t running well enough to justify keeping him on the track. He does have an old sesamoid that has healed up fine enough for him to have returned to racing on. His current trainer is also his owner and breeder, and wants to make sure he gets a great home.

Located at Laurel Park in Laurel, Md.

View Buzz Lite on CANTER Maryland

Photo via CANTER Maryland.

All About Abby (Alex’s Pal – Beach Barbicue, by Tabasco Cat) a 15.3-hand Pennsylvania bred mare

With over 50 starts and $165K in earnings, “Abby” is a legitimate War Horse! And those of us who love our OTTBs know that War Horses are often the most sound and battle-tested…. and Abby is no exception. This completely sound, 6-year-old, 15.3-hand mare has no vices, and even though she could continue racing, her connections want to find her the perfect home while her future has no limitations. And she has an adorable jog to boot – be sure to check out her video!

Located in Monmouth Park, NJ for the summer meet, but will return to Pimlico.

View All About Abby on CANTER Maryland

Duke of Devon (Devon Lane – Calling All Angels, by Dynaformer) a 16.2-hand Maryland bred gelding

The “Duke” is definitely the barn mascot for his team.  His owner/trainer is so fond of Duke that when he stopped racing 2 years ago he decided to keep him in the barn due to his easy going temperament and calming influence on other horses.  That means that Duke has already been let down, even though he resides at Pimlico.  Even better, he has been barefoot for a while, and goes out walking and jogging with no shoes and no foot issues.  Duke is sound and has no vices.  This 10-year-old grandson of Dynaformer is just shy of 16.2H and a lovely light gray. Duke’s trainer is committed to finding the right home for him to start his next career and is willing to negotiate the price for the “right fit”.

Located at Pimlico in Baltimore, Md.

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