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Tuesday Video from SpectraVet: Would Your Horse Do This? Holiday Edition

Horses Lit Up With Christmas Lights

Now these guys have absolutely nailed their Christmas lights! 😲🐎👏

Posted by LADbible on Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Looking for a fun desensitizing exercise for your horse this holiday season? If you don’t value your own personal safety, why not adorn them in festive Christmas lights. If you do decide to go for it (not recommended) please don’t forget to send EN the video. Happy Holidays.

Why SpectraVET?

Reliable. Effective. Affordable.

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

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

Tuesday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

I am all about this decorated tree that I’ve seen floating around on Facebook lately. We’ve published some reader submissions for crafty uses for all those horse show ribbons, but this has to be the most festive. I, personally, have two trees in my house, so I know what one will be decked out with next year!

National Holiday: National Answer the Phone like Buddy The Elf Day

Events Opening This Week: Stable View Winter Horse TrialsThree Lakes Winter I H.T. at Caudle RanchSporting Days Farm February H.T. IGalway Downs Winter H.T.

Tuesday News: 

Donate to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation this holiday season. They’re running a “hay drive” to help feed 700+ horses, and each dollar you give will be matched thanks to the generosity of the Geoffrey C. Hughes Foundation. [Donate to TRF]

The USEA has announced the location and dates of the 2019 Young and Future Event Horse Championships. FEH will again have three: FEH Central at Snowdonia Farms (Sept. 26), FEH West at Twin Rivers (Sept. 19), and FEH East at Loch Moy (Sept. 28-29). The YEH East Coast will be held at Fair Hill again (Oct. 17-18), and the West Coast will be at Fresno (Oct. 20). [Dates and Locations Announced for the 2019 USEA Young and Future Event Horse Championships]

“R” Judge Chris Wynne, might be most well known in the horse world for his judging at hunter shows, but he’s also a master with some Christmas lights. You’ve got to see this display! [Walking In A Wynne-ter Wonderland]

Tuesday Video: Julie Wolfert Eventing had yet another stellar year in the books! Check out some highlights from 2018:

Trainer Applications Now Open for 2019 $100,000 Thoroughbred Makeover

If you’ve ever considered competing in the Retired Racehorse Project’s Thoroughbred Makeover, 2019 is your year! Trainer applications opened over the weekend, with an entry deadline of Jan. 15, 2019. All accepted trainers will be announced February 1.

Now in its fifth year, the Makeover, which is presented by Thoroughbred Charities of America, has ponied up $100,000 in prize money, in addition to the incredible opportunity to introduce an ex-racehorse into his new career. Next year’s Makeover will be held at the Kentucky Horse Park on October 2-5, 2019.

The competition gets bigger and bigger each year. This is its fifth annual edition of the current format and will include educational seminars, a sponsor fair, the Makeover Marketplace horse sale, the Makeover Master Class featuring demonstrations and insight from leading trainers, and live streaming of the top competitions from each division.

Detailed information is available at the website but here’s a fast and dirty eventer’s guide:

How do I apply to be a Makeover trainer?

The Makeover is open to all members of RPP so if you aren’t already you’ll need to join. Membership is $45 a year and has several perks including a one-year subscription to Off-Track Thoroughbred Magazine, a copy of Retired Racehorse Resource Directory, free or discounted admission to RPP events including the Thoroughbred Makeover, discounts from sponsors and other benefits.

The next step is filling out an online trainer application, which asks for competition highlights, references, and videos of your riding skills. The application window is open through Jan. 15, 2019.

There’s a $300 entry fee; if not accepted the fee will be returned minus a $25 processing fee.

What is the Team entry? 

Introduced in 2019 with success, RRP now offers a team entry in all disciplines. Teams are treated as a trainer status, just as professional or amateur would be. The team entry is a great option for groups of riders who have shared in the process of preparing a horse for the Makeover.

Teams will compete in the same divisions as individual entries and will be eligible for the same prize money allocation. Teams must be made of at least three individuals.

Is my OTTB eligible?

The Makeover is open to Jockey Club registered horses (lip tattoo or JC microchip required) that raced or had a published work after July 1, 2017. They must not have begun training for a second career before Dec. 1, 2018 other than a maximum of 15 allowable rides or training sessions that introduce skills specific to non-racing careers. Some trainers will already have horses identified and others will begin a search after they are approved. Trainers can contract with owners or acquire the horse themselves.

What does it cost? 

There’s a $300 entry fee for one discipline; if not accepted the fee will be returned minus a $25 processing fee. Other expenses, such as multi-discipline cross entries and stabling at the competition, are outlined here.

What does the Makeover competition for eventing entail? 

Format for dressage: All horses will perform USEF 2018 Novice Test B in a small arena (20m x 40m).

Format for Show Jumping: All horses will be judged over a course set at dimensions for United States Eventing Association (USEA) Beginner Novice (2’7” maximum), Novice (2’11” maximum), or Training (3’3” maximum). Trainers will select their level with their final entry form in August.

Format for Cross Country: All horses will be judged over a cross country course of approximately 12 obstacles. Each obstacle will have at least two options, one at Beginner Novice dimensions (2’7”) and the other at Novice (2’11”). Optional fences may be offered for riders to demonstrate a higher level of training as well. Riders should jump the obstacle choice that best demonstrates the quality and level of their horse’s training. They need not jump all fences at the same level.

Team Format: Team horses must be presented by at least two and up to three Trainers, one for each phase. One Trainer will present the horse in the Finale.

Finale: The top three scoring horses will compete for additional points in the finale, demonstrating basic work on the flat and jumping a course that includes show jumps and cross country portables in the covered arena.

Overall scores will be the sum of the scores from each of the three phases. Ties will be broken by the cross-country score, then show jumping, then dressage.

Final placing for the top five finishers will be based on the sum of their three scores plus a fourth score awarded during the Finale. The fourth score will be comprised of scores of 0 to 10 on each jumping effort and Overall Impression scores. The Finale will be judged by the show jumping and cross-country judges and their scores will be averaged for the final score. Placings 6th and below will be based on the sum of their scores in the three phases of competition.

Attire and equipment should be in accordance with USEF Eventing Division Rules Subchapter EV-1. Note that horses will complete their cross-country test immediately following show jumping. Show jumping in cross-country attire and equipment is encouraged. Trainers must wear their number displayed in a pinny holder for cross-country.

What happens after the Makeover is over?

Owners can choose to keep their horses at the end of the process or offer them for sale. The Makeover Horse Sale is not an auction but an opportunity for buyers and sellers to do business in a setting that allows trial rides, pre-purchase exams and observation of horses in competition.

For much more information, visit the RRP website’s 2019 Thoroughbred Makeover page.

Thoroughbred Makeover Links:

Go OTTBs. Go Eventing.

Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: 6 Perfect Packers

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

On the 6th day of Christmas my true love gave to me … 6 Perfect Packers! There’s nothing more reliable than a packer. They’re as trustworthy as the day is long, ready to show you the way around cross country. Here are 6 tried-and-true lower level packers who are ready to come home with you for the holidays!

Jacob. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.


2011 16’1 Grey OTTB Gelding, Jacob is a solid, safe low level event horse. Easy to get round. Steady to jumps. Easily ridden by amateurs. Used in lessons. Jacob is ready to be a child’s first horse or an amateur who wants a safe steady ride. Tons of training level competition experience and preliminary schooling, however he seems happiest at novice and below. Sweet and personable. No spook, rear or bolt. Trailers, clips, stands for farrier, etc. No vices. Price negotiable to great home. Located in Georgia.

Determined Again. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.


Offered for sale is Determined Again, a 16 hand, 14 year old OTTB gelding. “Aspy” is as chill as can be, with quite the sweet personality! He is a fairly easy keeper, as he keeps his weight up well and doesn’t usually have maintenance other than supplements. No buck, rear, bolt, kick, or bite in this guy! Aspy has very fancy dressage, consistently scoring in the low thirties, and is a beast in cross country. More woah than go, but is not a kick ride or lazy by any means. Has schooled prelim cross country, and schools up to 3’9″ in lessons at home. He has his lead changes. Has been ridden and competed by a 15 year old for the past two years, and took her from starter to novice level recognized events and training level jumper shows. Aspy stands in cross ties, goes on hot walker, trailers great, stands for vet and farrier, and has no stable vices. Located in Nolensville, Tennessee, asking $ 15,000.

Blue days, Black nights. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Blue Days, Black Nights “G” TRAINING PACKER

Blue days, Black nights “G” is a 2008 16.2 hand thoroughbred gelding. G was proven to be unsuccessful in the track at a young age due to his lack of “enthusiasm” He is new to eventing with low miles. G has competed successfully through training scoring consistently in the low to mid thirties. He recently completed the Waredaca classic training three day event. G is currently being brought through the levels with a young rider. He is quiet, straightforward, and honest. He would be dream horse for an amateur rider wanting a trustworthy horse who is talented in dressage. He would also be very successful in the jumper world. G is located in Citra, Fl 20 minutes north of Ocala. He is priced at $15,000.

Contact Drew Cheek for more information:
[email protected]

Sweet Georgia Brown. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

WINNING Novice Packer!

Sweet Georgia Brown is a 14.2hh Mustang Gelding. He has evented through Training, consistently placing in the top 3 at BN and Novice events! He started competing at recognized horse trials in March of 2016 and qualified for the American Eventing Championships where he finished 3rd in the Junior Beginner Novice division with a rider in her first year of eventing as well. Immediately following, another junior rider took over his ride, competing him through Novice WINNING Area III Junior Novice Championships. Sweet Georgia Brown is an absolute pleasure to ride – especially to jump! Point, and shoot. This guy will carry you around a course. He knows his job, and absolutely loves it! Perfect for an Adult Amateur looking to stay at the lower levels and be very competitive, or a young rider that would like to move up the levels – he’s got plenty of scope with a high jump record of 4’9,” so far!

Sweet Georgia Brown also excels on the flat with 3 very correct, rhythmic gaits. He is schooling second level movements. He has schooled much of the Intermediate cross country course at Poplar Place and is absolutely game. When not competing and jumping the moon, Sweet Georgia Brown is an excellent lesson horse. He has taught beginner riders the basics and helped adult riders gain confidence jumping. Prior to 2016, he did a little of everything from being an adult riders dressage horse, teaching IEA kids to ride and jump, and being a family pony. He travels perfectly and stands quietly for the farrier. He also loves a long bareback trail ride in his halter alone, or with friends.

Super sound and has great feet. He can go barefoot or shod, depending on your preference. An easy keeper in every way. Up to date on all shots and coggins. Located in Georgia.

Quarter Irish. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Safe Scopey Novice Packer

Quarter Irish “Liam” is a grey 15.2 8 year old Appendix Quarter horse gelding. He looks like a small Irish horse, but he can easily compensate a larger rider as he has a big barrel! He has evented through novice with a junior rider, and competed at the AEC’s in 2017 after only 3 horse shows with no jumping/time penalties at beginner novice! He also qualified for the AEC’s in 2018, and is ready to move up to training now. Easily schooling 3’3 courses. Liam is kind and safe, with plenty of scope. He goes all three phases in a rubber snaffle. He is a careful show jumper and brave cross country as he loves to jump. He’s never had a show jumping rail or a stop at any obstacle. Fast and clean cross country coming in 30+ seconds below time going recognized novice, but doesn’t pull. No problems with ditches, banks, or water. Smooth and comfortable gaits on the flat, he learns quickly and puts in a great effort everyday. He’s currently schooling basic 1st level dressage. Quiet on and off property, and the same ride no matter turnout or frequency of riding. He’s gone to the beach, clinics etc without a problem. Liam could also excel in hunters (he has perfect knees!) or jumpers, and is ideal for an adult amateur or a young rider looking learn the ropes of eventing or hunters and jumpers! Easy keeper, and good for vet, farrier, clipping, and loading. Respectful and sweet on the ground, he loves being scratched and groomed, and will easily cross tie, ground tie or get tacked in the stall. He will stable away from home for horse shows or clinics with no stress. Liam has been in consistent training and is sound and ready to start the 2019 season with someone new! For sale as owner is starting college soon. He is currently at Hunters Haven Farm in Groveland, MA. Contact Hilda Ronn at (617)-763-7121 or at [email protected] for more information or videos. 22k.

Never Say Never. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

The Perfect Pony – Novice Packer with Training Mileage

Never Say Never (Gina) is a 14yr old, 14h, POA/Quarter Horse who has successfully competed novice recognized and up to training unrecognized. Very steady in the dressage, jumps around the show jump with plenty of scope, and is brave and honest out on cross country. Would be the perfect pony for an ambitious, young eventer looking to learn the ropes of the sport on a safe, experienced pony. Loads, clips, stands for the farrier, bathes, etc.
I have had the pleasure of calling this pony mine for the past 5 and a half years and am only selling because I’ve outgrown her. Located in Michigan.

Recent shows:
-Kentucky Classique 2018: novice three day (long format) – 8th
-Champagne Run 2018: novice – 3rd
-Midsouth Pony Club 2018: novice – 3rd
-Maydaze 2018: novice – 4th
-Ocala International 2017: novice – 1st
-Rocking Horse Spring 2017: novice – 1st

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

Sunday Links Presented by One K Helmets

Photo by Jenni Autry.

Ocala, are y’all ok? Here in Georgia we’ve had buckets of rain, and I’ve heard that it’s even more saturated in Florida. On the bright side? Free water jump! Turn those trot sets into resistance sets! Either way, you may want to stop your rain dance at this point.

National Holiday: National Chocolate Covered Anything Day

Sunday Links:

Fair Hill International Seeks Executive Director 

Simon Grieve’s eventing blog: sweaty palms and fascinating insight

Royal Windsor Horse Show pageant to recreate Victorian Britain

AP McCoy trains Shetland Pony Grand National contenders

USEA Events A-Z: Millbrook Horse Trials

It’s Been A Year, And I’m Still In Love With My Unicorn

Sunday Video: 

‘Prepare for Everything’ And Other Life Lessons from Lissa Green

Aside from being a successful event rider Lissa Green also has a delightful sense of humor that shines through on nearly all of her social media posts. Whilst scrolling recently, I realized I was learning a few life lessons. Here it is: Life hacks for eventers, as told by Lissa Green. If you want even more, give her at follow @lissagreen88.

1.Prepare for Everything. And that means everything, like remembering to shine even the bottom of your tall boots. You know, just in case you get photographed falling off.

2. You’re never too good to laugh at yourself.

3. With the right attitude, you can make anything work. Like, when you spend your time at the barn and not decorating for Christmas — you might have to get a little creative.

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Christmas Tree is coming along nicely 💥👌🎄

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4. Never, ever stop chasing your dreams.

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Chasing dreams….. #RainbowsAndHorses

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5. Appreciate the little things, and never take your life with horses for granted.

Go Eventing.

U.S. Eventing Rolls Out New Pathway Program in 2019

Erik Duvander at the USEA Annual Meeting & Convention. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

After a year of restructuring, U.S. Equestrian has begun to implement their new U.S. Eventing Pathway Program. Led by Erik Duvander, the U.S. Eventing Director of High Performance, the new program aims to create a “culture of competitiveness,” which he outlined at the USEA Annual Meeting and Convention.

Erik will work closely with Leslie Law, the USEF Eventing Emerging Athlete and Development Potential Coach, and Joanie Morris, USEF Managing Director of Eventing, to create an effective pathway for up-and-coming talent which focuses on, “key drivers for success.”

“These key drivers include the selection of athletes onto the training list,” Erik said. “These selected athletes must be committed, and focus everyday on the work at home, in their training programs, as well as in the team training environment, to become their best.”

“Combinations who can deliver performances to support a team-podium finish are the goal. Through the Pathway Program, the door is always open for these athletes, and we must be prudent and target our resources where it will make the most difference. We will continuously review our progress and measure it against world-leading performances. 2019 is just the beginning of the process for us.”

The biggest revamp for the program comes in the reorganization of the levels. We expect the 2019 training lists to be released very soon, featuring the new classification of EliteDevelopment Pre-Elite and Development Potential. You can read more about each level here.

Erik will seek advice and support from the new Performance Advisory Team (PAT), which includes Leslie Law, Ian Stark, Karen O’Connor, Derek di Grazia and Robert Costello. He commented that this team exists to: “challenge my thinking and ensure I make educated decisions at all times.”

Other changes to the program include a five-member selection for Championships and Nations Cup competition, which is still being finalized, an Ad Hoc Group who will approve any selections made by the selectors or the PAT, and the introduction of unofficial “team competitions” at existing events.

Will Connell, USEF Director of Sport, looks to the future with the program, with a podium finish at the Los Angeles Olympics in 2028 as a major goal.

“The revised structure should lead to a more nimble program that allows Erik and Leslie to ensure we move towards sustainable success in eventing. LA 2028 is less than 10 years away, so our development and emerging programs must focus on a podium finish at our home Olympic Games,” he said.

Erik and Leslie will also be working with the USEA to start this pathway regionally through the existing USEA Area Young Rider programs. A joint program, which will act as a stepping stone from national level, is expected by 2020.

Erik also wrote a thoughtful letter to U.S. eventers, which you can find here. He says: “Our purpose in High Performance is to support our elite riders in their pursuit of excellence and to develop the next generation team riders to achieve sustainable success at championships; to have a pathway in place, and run programs where riders are given the opportunity to develop, be tested, and prove themselves.”

Go Eventing.

[US Equestrian Looks to the Future of U.S. Eventing with Reinvented Pathway Program]

2018 EquiRatings Horse of the Year: Z Needs Your Vote!

It’s hard to believe, but we’ve made it through another exciting season of eventing. That means it’s time for the 4th Annual EquiRatings Horse of the Year contest. You’ve done the Americans proud before — voting Loughan Glen to the top in 2015 and crowning Donner last year — and now it’s time to go to bat for the stars and stripes once again.

Known by only one letter, Phillip Dutton’s WEG mount Z is among the 12 in the running and he needs your vote! In round one, the Z Partnership’s 10-year-old Zangersheide (Asca X Bellabouche, by Babouche VH Gehucht Z) faces Ballaghmor Class.

A win at the WEG test event at Tryon set the tone for Z’s sparkling season. He followed that up with a top five finish at Kentucky, his first four-star, and 13th as WEG as the highest-placing U.S. horse. Of course, he did all this without any rails coming down.

The Class of 2018 features a slew of heavy hitters including Allstar B, Classic Moet, Mr. Chunky and many more. It’s hard to imagine picking one from this talented lot. To vote, simply click on the horse’s photo in the polls at the bottom of this post. Round one ends this weekend, so do your thing, EN!

Round 1, Heat 1: The CHIO Aachen winner takes on the The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials Official Pagey winner….

Posted by EquiRatings on Thursday, December 13, 2018

Round 1, Heat 2: The rising star of the sport, Vassily De Lassos had a year to remember. Maintaining a perfect show…

Posted by EquiRatings on Thursday, December 13, 2018

Round 1, Heat 3: Samourai Du Thot has won four of his last five internationals – including winning Military Boekelo -…

Posted by EquiRatings on Thursday, December 13, 2018

Round 1, Heat 4: The US win this thing every year and Z is the latest challenger from that side of the pond. He has to…

Posted by EquiRatings on Thursday, December 13, 2018

Round One, Heat 5: Where to start with Mr Chunky? Individual silver medallist at the World Games where he finished on…

Posted by EquiRatings on Thursday, December 13, 2018

Round 1, Heat 6: The final heat is by far the hottest. Mr Bass, the FOD King takes on the World Champion, Allstar B….

Posted by EquiRatings on Thursday, December 13, 2018


Tuesday Video from SpectraVet: Highlights from Puhinui Horse Trials

While eventers on the east coast bunkered down for a snowstorm this week, our New Zealand friends are enjoying their major spring events. Held at the Puhinui Reserve outside of Auckland, the Puhinui International Horse Trials is a favorite in the area. Sam Felton and Ricker Ridge Divine Right won the headline Honda NZ CCI3* division. Sam has a big year ahead in 2019, with a wedding planned and also a move to the UK for an anticipated two years. View complete event results here.

Enjoy these spectacular highlights from our friends at An Eventful Life and dream of warmer weather.

Why SpectraVET?

Reliable. Effective. Affordable.

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

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

Tuesday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

She stuck the landing! Photo courtesy of Kate Chadderton.

The save of the week officially belongs to 10-year-old Isabella. All was going well for Isabella this weekend as she enjoyed a clinic with Kate Chadderton, until her pony decided to show off a few bucks while going downhill. Kate says Isabella handled the ordeal with grace and continued on like nothing ever happened. Something tells me she’s ridden other bucks like this before.

Speaking of clinics, are you teaching or hosting one this winter? Email us the details at [email protected] for inclusion in our “What’s Happening” events calendar.

National Holiday: National App Day (You DO have the EN app, right? Get it: download the EN app for iOSdownload the EN app for Android.)

Events Opening This Week: Full Gallop Farm January H.TRocking Horse Winter I H.T.

Tuesday News:

Tina Cook has shared 12 of her training principles. Some are expected, but there’s a few ideas in there we all could implement. Like jumping out of the walk. I dread doing it, and Tina says she does too, but it helps horses push off their hocks, and teaches riders to react quickly. So walk some fences as part of your winter homework. [12 training principles from Olympic medallist and former European champion Tina Cook]

Jonty Evans has taken a systematic approach toward getting back in the saddle. He’s made use of Hartpury College’s riding simulator, which allows him to completely focus on his body as he’s rehabbing. [Getting back on the horse: Jonty Evans rides again]

The USEA Convention is a lot to digest. Meetings and forums cover anything and everything related to eventing. The Chronicle was on site, and they shared key topics in bite size portions. [Eventers Look Back On A Costly Year And Look Ahead To Expanding Membership At The USEA Convention]

Looking for a working student this winter? Email us the details at [email protected] for inclusion in our next roundup of available working student positions.

Tuesday Video:

Sunday Links Presented by One K Helmets

Frankie Thieriot Stutes received, among many other year-end awards, the $50,000 Rebecca Broussard International Developing Rider Grant. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Not being at the USEA Annual Meeting and Convention this year has been giving me a huge amount of FOMO. Yes, there are a lot of meetings, but it’s always so fun to have a huge group of eventers all together in one place with no horses to take care of. And what’s not to love about New Orleans? Next year it heads to Boston for the USEA’s 60th Anniversary, so pencil that in on your calendar now!

National Holiday: National Pastry Day

Sunday Links: 

Business is the Name of the Game at the 2018 USEA Annual Meeting of Members

Dickie Waygood heads line-up at International Eventing Forum 2019

Researchers seek riders over 50 who’ve had concussion after a fall

Remembering Rocher: The Greatest Grand Prix Ears In The World

FEI takes steps to make dressage judging fairer

Irish horses draw eventing’s golden couple back to NZ’s South Island

Getting back on the horse: Jonty Evans rides again

Sunday Video:

Tuesday Video from SpectraVet: Color Commentary Around Sporting Days Cross Country

There’s only one thing better than a helmet cam: a helmet cam with narration. Sommer Matheny shares praise, personal encouragement and a few heartfelt words during her Novice cross country ride aboard Hips Don’t Lie, and the video will make you smile. So ride along and check out the sites and sounds from the final event of the year at Sporting Days!

Why SpectraVET?

Reliable. Effective. Affordable.

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

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

Tuesday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

Our sweet, one-eyed pony. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Last week we said goodbye to one in our herd. She was a rescued pony with one eye and visibly crooked legs, but a big heart. She acted like a “shadow” of my retired event horse, following him around everywhere even when he was a complete jerk. Even when it’s done in kindness, helping your horse over the rainbow bridge is painful. Hug your pony today.

Events Opening This Week: Grand Oaks H.T.

Holiday: National Cookie Day

Tuesday News: 

Matt Brown’s thoughtful series continues with Chronicle of the Horse this week as he discusses the teams that make dreams possible. In a sport with animals, the outcome can sometimes be slightly out of our control, and he makes a strong argument for why riders should instead shift the focus to their team that helps determine much of the journey. [A Case For Not Focusing On Your Goals: Part 4, Teams]

The USEA has rolled out a beautiful new website! If you missed the announcement last week, their new virtual digs were revealed on Friday. The site has a fresh new look and is much more streamlined to navigate IMO. For example, horse and rider search? Now it’s on the homepage. Check it out! [USEA Launches New and Improved Website]

The United States was built on the backs of horses. Jimmy Wofford explores the many ways they forged our history in a new series with Practical Horseman. Don’t miss this piece! [Hoofprints Through History Part 2: Orphans Preferred]

Hot on Horse Nation: HN Christmas Carols: What Shoe Is This?

Tuesday Video:

Monday News and Notes from Fleeceworks

Photo via the Wincanton Racecourse.

Horses are getting into the holiday season! Somerset race trainer Jeremy Scott decked a chase fence out holiday style to promote the upcoming Boxing Day meeting at the Wincanton Racecourse. Rudolf has a new look this year, and he’s got the gallop of a racehorse.

National Holiday: National Roof Over Your Head Day

Weekend Results:

Sporting Days Farm Horse Trials IV [Results]

Monday News: 

The USEA has rolled out a beautiful new website! If you missed the announcement last week, their new virtual digs were revealed on Friday. The site has a fresh new look and is much more streamlined to navigate IMO. For example, horse and rider search? Now it’s on the homepage. Check it out! [USEA Launches New and Improved Website]

The road to training out of saddle is paved by the transfer effect, according to Daniel Stewart. The transfer effect is the idea that improving one part of your life automatically encourages you to improve another part of your life. So take these little changes and turn them into something big! [Daniel Stewart Tip of the Month: PRACTICE Like an Athlete]

A new qualification score for USDF Championships has caused drama at their annual convention. Beginning December 1, 2018, riders must have achieved a score of 63% — up from 60% — at a level in order to ride a freestyle at that level. While most are on board with the change, many argue that the USDF Executive Board passed the new measure inappropriately. [Freestyle Rule Causes Controversy And Confusion At USDF Convention]

Monday Video:

Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: 5 Connemaras to Put Under Your Christmas Tree

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

Looking to treat yo self this holiday season? Why not find the perfect Connemara pony to go under your Christmas tree? Connemara ponies are the epitome of pony power, and they’d look great with a big gift bow! Here are five Connemaras that are ready to go home with you for the holidays:

Cool Springs Jagger. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.


Slightly bigger than a true Pocket Rocket but perfect size! Cool Springs Jagger (Blue Ridge Monroe x Risky Frolic ( tb)) is 15.3 and as attractive as they come. GREAT in your pocket personality with Secretariat good looks ( seriously, he looks like a slightly small version of Big Red). Jag has hunter paced, mini-trialed, lots of trail riding, given lessons to small children and embarked on a dressage career. He was intro small horse champion at the National Dressage Pony Cup. Lovely natural collection makes dressage an easy fit. Very laid back yet eager to fences, point and shoot jumper. Lovely horse for adult amateur or young rider to take up the levels. He would also be a lovely foxhunter. Located in Ohio.

Iceman. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.


“Iceman” is 10yo imported Connemara gelding. He is 15h but takes up a lot of leg and moves like a bigger horse. He has a big trot and a dreamy canter! This guy is fun, fun, fun! The one you look forward to riding every day, and every day is a great ride. He doesn’t make mistakes and he is always the same – giving 110%! “Iceman” is very fancy on the flat, and finds lateral work very easy. Solid second level and schooling third. Leg yield, haunches/shoulder in, counter canter, etc are effortless for him. “Iceman” was previously evented and loves to jump! He has schooled through prelim but has not jumped regularly in the last couple years as he was being ridden by a woman who focused solely on dressage. Iceman has been jumping regularly again for the last 6 weeks, schooling cross country twice a week, and continue to prove nothing is a challenge for him! He LOVES to jump and is very athletic. Height is no issue! This is a very genuine boy who will always do right for his rider. He becomes very attached to his person and is incredibly sweet and loving! Located in Massachusetts.

Reggie. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.


Reggie is a 15.3 hand Registered Half-Connemara 7 yr old gelding. Present owner bought him for dressage which he is talented with scores in high 60’s and low 70’s but…Reggie prefers to jump! He is very willing over the fences and honest. Competed this summer in the hunter ring and always in the top 3, up to 3 foot. Easily schooling 3′-6″ at home. Has his lead changes when asked and never refuses. He would excel in the hunter ring or as an event horse. Reggie likes to trail ride with friends and enjoys his pasture time plus stands for farrier, grooming, clipping, bathing and loads easily onto the trailer. He has been sound and no lameness. His loving personality makes him the barn favorite. Located in Pennsylvania.

Silver Dollar’s Cruizer. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.


Silver Dollar’s Cruizer is a stunning coming 2 year old gelding. Foaled 5/1/17, He is sired by Blue Ridge Monroe (Connemara) out of a grade Tobiano mare. He should finish out at around 15’2′. Cruizer has 3 lovely gaits and is sure to be eye catching as he continues to mature. Cruizer has had a wonderful up bringing clips, loads, ties, bathes and is up to date on all vaccinations and coggins. He placed first at The National Dressage Pony Cup in yearling geldings/colts and was Reserve Champion young horse gelding/colt. He would excel in any direction but with his movement his calling may be in Dressage or he will be the one to get you the dressage score in eventing.

Barana Andy. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.


Barana Andy is a 148cm, 7 y/o, Dun Connemara gelding. He has a beautiful temperament and is always willing to please both under saddle and on the ground. This pony has exceptional movement with three uphill balanced paces. He has well-established flatwork, is light in the hand and is obedient to the aids. He is a fantastic jumper with lots of scope. He locks onto his fences and is very careful. He has a super jumping technique and is a pony for big tracks. He is a cross-country machine. He is very brave and jumps everything in his path, be it water combinations, ditches, skinnies, coffins etc. Located in Ireland.

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It’s All About the Canter in Maya Black’s Clinic with UGA Eventing

Maya Black coaching a UGA student. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Earlier this fall, Maya Black made the trip to Silverthorn Farm in Athens, Georgia for a clinic with the Eventing Team at The University of Georgia. As a team alum, I was excited to return for a visit, and hugely proud to watch the team ride spectacularly.

Maya’s clinic centered around on thing: the canter. “Show jumping is about creating the right canter. It’s trying to get enough RMPs behind to jump successfully,” she said, and every exercise she laid out kept rider’s thinking of the quality of their canter.

Maya started every group with a discussion where she learned more about each pair, and reminded them of the importance of speaking up in a clinic. She asked the riders to talk candidly with her throughout the ride if they had questions or weren’t comfortable with an exercise, saying, “you have to be your horse’s advocate.” Great advice for us all!

Johanna Crumpton goes through the fanned pole exercise. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Maya’s clinic was progressive as each exercise bridged into the next. All groups, from Beginner Novice through Preliminary started over an arc of ground poles. The rails  fanned in a semi circle shape so riders had the option to ride a smaller or larger circle shape.

The poles helped horses produce a more balanced and uphill canter and helped the jockeys remember to keep riding positively and forward all the way through. The ground poles remained a key feature of clinic, and Maya would ask riders to return to the exercise if a pair needed to rebalance or reestablish a good canter.

Sierra Shurtz jumps through the grid. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Next, riders took to the centerline down a grid of two trot cavaletti, a vertical and two oxers. Maya asked riders to achieve a short three strides — in 42′ — between the two oxers in order for their horse to produce a nice bascule. She didn’t spend all day sending riders through the line — explaining that riding on these shorter distances is hard work for the horses and there was no need to overjump this exercise to achieve their goals.

Through this, I saw many team members more successfully compacting their horses, but also more consciously waiting with their body over each fence. “I really liked the exercise and felt it was good for me to wait with my body and not hold too much with my hands, and also helped rocky to jump in a better round shape!” said team President Erin Jarboe.

Jasmine Hawkins rides through the first element of the one stride. Photo by Shelby Allen.

The ride then expanded around the area, adding an oxer that bent five strides (72′)  to a one stride of verticals, which Maya explained isn’t typically seen, but is great for accuracy and a producing a careful jump. “Five to a one stride you won’t see often in competition because it comes up quickly, but one strides are ‘careful training.'”

Erin Jarboe and Sir Rockstar. Photo by Shelby Allen.

The key between the oxer and the in-and-out was achieving the perfect approach: riders who swung out too far found themselves gunning it toward the verticals, which made it harder to produce a careful jump, and riders who cut their turn found themselves either off their distance or underpowered.

Photo by Shelby Allen.

I thought Maya’s exercises were straightforward, yet powerful, and everyone in the group seemed to pull something useful from their ride. But, the biggest takeaway for me were all her “isms,” the little tidbits she’d share if someone was having a specific issue. For example, one rider had a very keen Thoroughbred. Where you’d often see a clinician ask them to halt after an exercise, Maya instead asked her for lateral work around the arena until the horse settled. She says she often does this with Thoroughbreds, and finds leg yielding them much more successful than trying to jam them into a halt.

There were many more of these Maya-isms as she did an expert job of relating to each horse and rider for a personalized feel. It was an educational day for me on the ground, so if you get a chance, I can’t recommend it enough that you take a ride with Maya! I’d also like to extend a huge thank you to Caroline Marlett for hosting the clinic at the lovely Silverthorn Farm.

Go Dawgs. Go Eventing.


Sunday Links Presented by One K Helmets

Libby Head and SRF Western Territory. Photo via Libby’s Facebook Page.

It was a soggy day at the final event of the year at Sporting Days. Libby Head was one rider who took advantage of this late season competition with her rising star SRF Western Territory. It was the 4-year-old’s very first event, and they took home blue. Congratulations to them, and all who had a good day at Sporting Days!

National Holiday: Happy First Day of Hanukkah!

U.S. Weekend Action:

Sporting Days Farm Horse Trials IV [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Sunday Links: 

‘Mixed emotions’ as top British event horse sold abroad

Eye problems in older Australian horses more common than their owners realised

Big Changes In Store For Great Meadow International

The Five Horses You Don’t Want In Case Of Apocalypse

Freestyle Rule Causes Controversy And Confusion At USDF Convention

Sunday Video: 

Great Meadow Announces Date Change, New Levels Added for 2019

Sydney Conley Elliott and Cisko A. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Great Meadow International is rolling out major changes in 2019. As they assume their new date, August 22-25, 2019, Great Meadow will no longer be included as a part of the FEI Eventing Nations Cup™ Series, but they have also opened up competition to even more levels.

Great Meadow will continue to run its premier CCI4*-S division (Formerly a CIC3*, now named under the FEI’s new Definition of Categories), but now also welcomes CCI3*-S (CIC2*) and CCI2*-S (CIC*) competitors.

After three years of hosting, a Nations Cup will not return to the U.S. in 2019. Event organizers cited the burden of transporting International horses to the states, but stressed that national competitors of many levels will now benefit from the world-class upgrades.

Great Meadow was introduced in The Plains, Va. by a shared effort between the Great Meadow Foundation and Five Rings Eventing, but going forward, Five Rings Eventing, which was founded by Darrin Mollett and David O’Connor, will organize independently.

“Hosting a leg of the FEI Nations Cup of Eventing at GMI definitely increased the bar for this level of competition in the mid-Atlantic region,” David O’Connor said.

“This new date puts the Great Meadow International at the start of the autumn season, making it a launching point for FEI competitors preparing for the CCI-L season. Also for 2019, competitors will see the results of significant investments made in the footing that began in the summer of 2018.”

The new event will have more than just horses: Five Rings Eventing plans to introduce even more activities for the whole family.

“We want to bring the community a fun fall festival with dog agility competitions, polo exhibitions, live entertainment, and a beer garden. There will just happen to be a high-performance eventing competition happening at the same time,” Darrin Mollett said.

[Great Meadow International Announces Big Changes for 2019]

Cooley SRS, Vinci de la Vigne Sold to Top International Riders

Astier Nicolas and Vinci de la Vigne (FRA). Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

With the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on the horizon, we will see two equine powerhouses competing under a new flag in 2019. Australian Hazel Shannon has gotten the ride on Cooley SRS, and Vinci de la Vigne will join Kazuma Tomoto’s string.

Oliver Townend announced yesterday that his European gold medalist Cooley SRS has been sold to Australian Terry Snow, who is giving the ride to two-time Adelaide winner Hazel Shannon.

Cooley SRS and Oliver Townend at Badminton. Photo by Nico Morgan Media.

Formerly owned by Angela Hislop, the 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse (Ramiro B x Ballynattin Pride, by Kiltealy Spring) competed successfully through CCI4* level with Oliver, finishing second at Badminton this spring. The pair were also were part of the European gold medal winning team at Strzegom in 2017.

Oliver’s statement pointed to ‘mixed emotions’ on the sale. “Since ‘Aero’ came to us as a 4-year-old he has not only proven to be an astounding athlete, but also a very dear friend to myself, Angela (Hislop, his owner) and our whole team.”

“It’s very sad to see a top class horse, particularly one that finished runner up in his first 4* at Badminton this year, leave the yard and Britain – but, at the same time, his sale enables Angela to invest in another future star.”

Hazel recently became the second rider to win The Australian International Three-Day Event twice with Willingapark Clifford, who is also owned by Terry.

“I’m extremely happy to see him go to a lovely home with Terry Snow, who is a huge supporter of equestrianism,” Oliver said. “I hope that Cooley SRS will bring as much pleasure to Terry and his new rider, Hazel Shannon, as he has done to both myself and Angela, and I wish them every success.”

Astier Nicolas and Vinci de la Vigne (FRA). Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Laurent Bousquet with reported this week that Vinci de la Vigne has been acquired by the Japanese Federation with Kazuma Tomoto picking up the ride.

The 9-year-old Selle Francais has competed successfully through the CCI3* level with Frenchman Astier Nicholas, most recently finishing 7th at the World Equestrian Games. Esterel des Bois SF x Korrigane de Vigne SF, by Duc du Hutrel).

Ahead of the 2018 season, Astier explained to Grand Prix Replay that he and the shared owners Philippe and Marie-José Gerard planned to aim for WEG and sell the gelding afterwards.

Kazuma, who is based with William Fox-Pitt, now further strengthens the increasingly impressive Japanese team, who finished fourth at WEG, ahead of their hosting the Olympic Games.

Tuesday Video from SpectraVet: Snow Days Off

A day off is a foreign suggestion for most professional riders, and a bit of foul weather won’t stop an eventer from getting their daily tasks finished — even it is snowing on grid day. Laura Collett is taking a snowy plunge headfirst into the offseason, and we just want to know how she keeps the snowballs out of the horse’s feet?

Go eventing.

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Tuesday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

Sir Rockstar getting some love at Pine Top Farm. Photo via Erin Jarboe’s Facebook Page.

While it’s no longer the final event of the year, Pine Top’s Thanksgiving HT is always the happiest season wrap up for me. This is one of my favorite events of the year. We always went with a group of friends right after the holiday, so it felt like a family affair. Congratulations to all who had a great weekend!

National Holiday: Giving Tuesday

There are no events opening or closing this week. Countdown to the 2019 season starts… now!

Tuesday News: 

Poland has earned another Olympic qualifier at the Equestrian Festival Baborówka. This offers C group athletes a valuable chance to represent their country on the biggest stage. The event will be held May 23-26, 2019. [From Baborówka to the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020]

If you’re like me, and bummed to be missing the USEA Convention, then you’re in luck because they’re live streaming it! Some content will be open to all, and others will only be available to members, so be sure to renew your membership before next week. [USEA to Live Stream the 2018 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention]

A study in Denmark is hoping to shine more light on the issue of rider weight. Participants wore weighted vests over a period of two months, and the researchers are now analyzing the data. [Rider weight: Researchers hope study will cast light on thorny issue]

The Hill family is at it again! Last November EN profiled Katherine and Bruce Hill, a brother-sister duo from Area V for whom eventing — and volunteering — is a family affair. Now the whole Hill family has a new goal: to run to half of the L.A. Marathon in March 2019 with Team World Vision to help provide clean water for children in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Today, on Giving Tuesday, any donations made to their accounts will be doubled by Team World Vision. This means that if someone donates $50, which provides clean water for one person for life, that donation will be matched so now two people will be receiving clean water for life. Can you help the cause? [Katherine’s Team World Vision donation page]

Another way to lend a helping hand on Giving Tuesday: It’s getting cold outside, and the horses of Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation are in need of extra care. The Foundation’s goal is to raise $9,000 to purchase new run-in sheds and a round pen for the Sanctuary Herds. Make a donation today to their “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” campaign, if you can! [Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation]

Tuesday Video: 

Sunday Links Presented by One K Helmets

The Charbonnet Sport Horses Crew. Photo by Jane Allen.

Being home for Thanksgiving meant I got to spend some time with my old retired guy (fourth from the left) who lives a happy, fat life at my parent’s farm. He got to hangout with a few cool Thoroughbreds who were having their first outing since coming off the track last month. Fortunately, the young guys were perfectly behaved, whereas mine was feral! I’m thankful that he’s still got so much spunk, but I honestly could’ve lived with a little less excitement.

National Holiday: National Parfait Day

U.S. Weekend Action:

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

Sunday Links 

Through the Lens: 2018 Ocala Jockey Club International Three-Day Event

USEA’s Eventing Hall of Fame: Class of 2015

The medal-winning event horse with a spooky connection to his rider’s family

A Naked Foxhunter’s Wild Nevada Adventure

Need an electrocardiogram on your horse? There’s a phone app for that

FEI Terminates Agreements With AQHA and NRHA

Sunday Video:

Tuesday Video from SpectraVet: Hang On! Even More Helmet Cams From Ocala Jockey Club

OK you might be a little tired of seeing stuff about Ocala Jockey Club, but we’re facing the grim reality of the end of the season! So let’s enjoy a few more helmet cam views of the beautiful Ocala landscape with Doug Payne. Doug was second in the CCI2* with Starr Witness and 14th in the CCI* with Cascor. The countdown to the 2019 season starts NOW!

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.