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Danish Equestrian Federation Cracks Down on Tight Nosebands

Photo by Lorraine Peachey

Yesterday the Danish Equestrian Federation announced a new rule regulating tightness of nosebands. The rule will require a measurement of at least 1.5 cm between the nasal plate of the horse and the noseband, and will apply to all types of nosebands beginning in 2018.

Noseband tightness has become a hot topic across equestrian disciplines in recent years as riders, officials and trainers gauge the potential for abuse from equipment. In response to this, the Danish Equestrian Federation launched a study in 2014 to explore the impact of equestrian equipment on horses.

The study, which is scheduled for publication in scientific journals later this year, included 3000 horses and examined bits, nosebands, spurs and whips across multiple disciplines.

“The tightness of the nasal band had a very clear connection to the occurrence of oral lesions,” the Danish Equestrian Federation said in a translated statement. “The tighter the nasal band was, the more mouth lesions were recorded. Equipment that started at higher level of competition had a higher prevalence of oral lesions than lower-level equipment.

“The study shows a clear correlation between tight nosebands and the presence of mouth lesions, and we do not want the use of equipment in the sport to cause lesions in the horse’s mouth.”

Measurement angles for different types of nosebands. Photo via The Danish Equestrian Federation.

The rule will take effect across all disciplines January 1, 2018. Competitors whose tack does not comply will be asked to loosen their nosebands before resuming competitions. Multiple violations of this rule will result in sanctions.

For the remainder of 2017, selected Technical Delegates will take sample measurements at competition and test measurement methods, though no sanctions will be given out as a result this year.

What do you think, EN? Should North America follow suit? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

[New rule for Noseband Tightness of competition horses in Denmark]

Tuesday Video from SpectraVet: Fair Hill CCI3* Helmet Cam

Helmet cam alert! We’ve got the first hand view of the three-and-a-half star cross country that is Fair Hill. Mexico’s Daniela Moguel and Australia’s Clayton Fredericks both donned helmet cams to give us the tour around the beautiful Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area in Elkton, Md.

If you’re suffering from a horse show hangover like us, let these videos hold you over until the next one, EN!

Fair Hill: WebsiteFinal CCI ScoresYEH Final ScoresEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

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Tuesday News & Notes from Cavalor

Still on a Fair Hill high! This is Nita Sanfillippo and Alarmabull who finished 11th in their first CCI2* at Fair Hill on their dressage score. Sunday is always a nail-biter, but it’s so worth it to see accomplishments like this one. All the blood, sweat and tears from the season and months/years leading up all playing a part. Way to go, Nita and all who had success this weekend!

National Holiday: National Pasta Day

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

Events Closing 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) Ocala Jockey Club 3-Day International Event (FL, A-3) 

Tuesday News: 

A Three-Day Event is a great test of fitness. It takes a lot of preparation to make sure you and horse horse are both prepared, and it can feel overwhelming if you don’t know where to start. The key is to pick your three-day and work backwards at least three months. From there, the USEA gives a few guidelines on how to structure your fitness routine: [Getting Fit for A Three-Day]

Wildfires have devastated northern California and a number of stables in their path. Thankfully, the local horse community stepped up to help. Over 500 horses were evacuated, and in some cases, were evacuated twice as the fires continued to travel. Charities in the area include Veterinary Catastrophic Need Fund at UC Davis, Horse and Livestock Team Emergency Response (HALTER) and California Veterinary Medical Association. [Horse Communities Rally While California Wildfires Range]

When Andy Kocher met Le Conte he was living out of his trailer. He had to trade in three of his own horses to get him, but he credits that horse for his entire career. The horse starting winning, and making it possible for Andy to grow his business. He’s now known for winning many Grand Prix, and it all started with one horse. [Andy Kocher’s Turning Point: “When I Got That Horse, I Had Nothing.”]

Tuesday Video: Have you bought your WEG tickets yet!?! They went on sale yesterday, and word on the street is that they could go fast. Buy yours here.

Sunday Links Presented by One K Helmets

Cornelia Dorr and Sir Patico MH. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Fair Hill is a busy, buzzing event from start to finish. The excitement builds to a peak on cross country day. For me, it’s a mix of anticipation and nerves, but everyone can breathe a big sigh of relief on days like today when everyone comes home safe and healthy. Even those who might not have had a great day, still have themselves and a horse to take back to the stalls, and that’s what we love to see.

National Holiday: National I Love Lucy Day

Major Events This Week:

Fair Hill: WebsiteScheduleSJ Ride TimesCCI Live ScoresYEH Final ScoresEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Action:

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

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

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

Fleur de Leap H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

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

Sunday Links:

Rutledge and Covert Rights Take Over The Top Spot at Fair Hill CCI***

From Upper Level Eventing to Junior Hunters, Deejay Can Do It All

My Sales Graduates Made Me Indescribably Proud At The RRP Thoroughbred Makeover

#TBT: When Mark Todd Ran Around Badminton with One Stirrup

8 Essentials Ben Hobday Can’t Live Without

Simply The Best: Irish Eventers Again Dominate World Rankings

Pro Tips: Icing The Fidgety Horse

Sunday Video: Here’s third-placed Will Coleman and Off The Record on cross country at Fair Hill. You can watch a lot more on The Horse Pesterer’s YouTube page.

Who Jumped It Best? Fair Hill CCI2* Edition

Good morning, EN! The CCI2* cross country is well underway here at The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International. We’ve seen about half of the two-star pairs, and the course is fairing well with five combinations coming home inside the time so far.

Overnight leaders Tamie Smith and Sunsprite Syrius have already blazed around Derek di Grazia’s track clear and quick, so they will stay atop the CCI2* standings. We’ve still got a lot to come today from Elkton, Md., but first we want to know: Who Jumped It Best? Check out the first riders of the day below and vote for for who you think presents the best overall picture.

Keep up with all the competition by following along with our CCI2* live updates at this link and stay tuned for much more from #DuttaFHI.

Fair Hill: WebsiteScheduleXC Ride TimesCCI Live ScoresYEH Final ScoresEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

Cornelia Dorr and Sir Patico MH. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Kristen Bond and Enough Already. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Tamie Smith and Sunsprite Syrius. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Sally Cousins and Wizard. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Arden Wildasin and IL Vici. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Woodge Fulton and Esstoga Tune. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Matt Flynn and Get Lucky. Photo by Shelby Allen.

USEA East Coast Young Event Horse Champions Crowned at Fair Hill

That’s a wrap on the USEA Young Event Horse East Coast Championships! We have two newly minted champions: 5-year-old Exclusively Cooley and 4-year-old Bea Ready.

Kim Severson and her own Exclusively Cooley are your 2017 YEH 5-year-old East Coast Champions! #YEH #USEA @fairhillint

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Kim Severson’s Exclusively Cooley proved to be the best of the bunch today over fences. A jumping score of 44.1 (out of 50) gave them a two-day result of 86.65%.

Kim found the Irish Sport Horse thanks to Richard Sheane of Cooley Farm. She asked Richard to pick his favorite horse last year at the Goresbridge Go For Gold sale in Ireland, and he put his money on “43” named for his lot number.

“That was his number, he was lot 43, and he didn’t have a name. I kept calling him 43, and he just stuck with it. Unfortunately, that’s his name, and he would like to have a name over a number, but he’s 43. It kinda suits him now at this point.”

“He’s just a nice guy,” she continued. “He’s got a great conformation. He’s a good mover. He’s a good jumper. He’s a nice person. From there, you never know what they’re going to do. You sort of have all these good qualities, so you’re going to have a nice horse one way or another.”

Many thanks to David Frechette for videos of our 5-year-old Champion and Reserve Champion:

Jeanne Shigo and Bob Ferrier’s Ferrie’s Cello went home Reserve Champion. Ridden by Caroline Martin, the Dutch Warmblood (by Cello II) finished just out of the lead on 86.41%.

Caroline’s trip overseas this summer made her introduction to Ferrie’s Chello possible. “When I was overseas with the Karen Stives Grant, I went around looking at some young horses and Leslie Law found him, so I called my friend Jeanne Shigo and her boyfriend Bob Ferrier and said to them ‘I have found the most amazing horse,'” she recalled.

“Luckily enough they agreed to bring him back for me. I picked him up from quarantine on July 4th. It is such a long journey to get here especially to the heat in Florida and he has taken it all in stride”

Kristen Bond’s Bea Ready held her overnight lead and improved on it during today’s jumping competition. The 4-year-old Dutch Warmblood (Cicero Z Van Paemel x Tzora) earned 44.45 points today for her jump and gallop, which gives her a finishing result of 86% for the win.

Matt Flynn sourced “Ciara” for Kristen from Holland earlier this year, and she attributes their success to Matt’s eye for talent.

“She is gorgeous, so I thought she would be pretty competitive,” Kristen said. “Also, Matt has really helped me throughout the years so I thought he deserved to have the recognition because he has helped me along the way.”

Cafe Noir and Beall Spring Shamrock both end with a score of 85.27% after the jumping phase, but Nancy Koch’s Cafe Noir’s jumping score decided him the Reserve Championship title.

Bred by Ashley Brandt, Cafe Noir is a Thoroughbred cross by Concerto Grosso and out of Casey Darling. He earned 46.6 points (out of 50) for his jumping and gallop technique.

That puts Stephanie Ormstron’s Beall Spring Shamrock in third place. Bred in the U.S. by Beall Spring Farm, the Swedish Warmblood (Shakespeare RSP x Sahara) was given a jump sore of 45.9 points to finish the competition with cumulative result of 85.27%.

Fair Hill: WebsiteDrawn OrderSchedule, CCI Cross Country Ride TimesCCI Live ScoresYEH ScoresEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram



Bea Ready & Wil Celtic Charlie Top USEA YEH East Coast Championship Leaderboards

Young event horses strutted their stuff in the sandbox today at The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International. The top 4- and 5-year-old horses are here for their chance at a USEA Young Event Horse East Coast Championship title.

Kristin Bond's Dutch mare, Bea Ready (Haarlem x Izora) looking fancy in the YEH-4 East Coast Championships #YEH #USEA #fancylady

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Horses early in the day picked up the top three leaderboard positions for the 4-year-old Championship divisions with Kristen Bond’s Bea Ready leading the charge.

“Sierra” earned a 11.21 for conformation (out of 15 points) and 30.24 (out of 25) points in dressage for a total score of 41.45%.

All it took was a 15 second video in a poorly lit arena and a recommendation from a friend for Kristen to decide to buy the Dutch Warmblood (Haarlem x Izora), and she came to the U.S. this spring. “Matt Flynn found her. I really trust him. If he says it’s nice, I know it’s nice,” she said. Nice indeed!

Sierra is in a unique situation today as a 5-year-old leading the 4-year-old division. This was made possible because of the USEA ‘mare rule’ which allows mares who have taken time off to have a foal to compete in an group below their age to reflect their time off from training.

Kristen, who had a baby earlier this year, is in total agreement with this policy saying, “Yeah she had a baby, and let me tell you what that does to your body! She deserved a year off!”

YEH trailblazer Baymax follows in second place. Ridden by Doug Payne and owned by Stephen Blauner, Baymax is a Irish Sport Horseby Ars Vivendi and out of Olympics Corner. He earned the best conformation score of the bunch – 11.85 – and carry a total score of 40.55%.

2016 USEA Future Event Horse Champion Beall Spring Shamrock takes hold of the 4-year-old third place position. Owned by Stephanie Ormstron, The Swedish Warmblood was bred in the U.S. by Beall Spring Farm. With Martin Douzant in the tack today he earned a score of 38.94%.

Waylon Roberts and Wil Celtic Charlie. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.

The 5-year-old division saved the best for last when the final competitor of the day, Aletta Martin’s Wil Celtic Charlie, took the lead on 43.36%. The Irish Sport Horse earned 12.56 conformation points and 30.80 dressage points.

Kim Severson rode her own Exclusively Cooley to second place in the class. The Irish Sport Horse (by Ramiro B) gained 12.8 conformation points and 29.75 dressage points for a first-day score of 42.55%.

Caroline Martin’s Ferrrie’s Cello wraps up the top three for the 5-year-olds with 42.11%.

But, this isn’t a dressage show, folks! The final phase, which evaluates both jump and gallop contributes to 50% of each horse’s overall score. We’re looking forward to watching this lovely group jump tomorrow!

You can watch all of it unfold as it happens on USEA’s Instagram page at this link.

[Bea Ready and Wil Celtic Charlie Sitting Pretty on the USEA Young Event Horse East Coast Championships Leaderboard]

Fair Hill: WebsiteDrawn OrderScheduleCCI Dressage TimesCCI Live ScoresYEH Live ScoresEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram








Fair Hill CCI3* Cross Country Course Preview & Drone Flyover

Fence 9AB – Farm Yard Corners. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Good afternoon from The 2017 Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International! Thursday morning was a blustery one for a cross country course walk, but it wouldn’t be Fair Hill without a little rain! Derek di Grazia returns as the course designer once again, and in true Derek fashion this course is a meaty one.

The track follows a similar path to last year, covering 2700 meters which riders will want to accomplish within the optimum time of 10 minutes. Build by Eric Bull and masterfully designed by Holly Covey and her team, this course is as beautiful as it is difficult.

In addition to a fence-by-fence view (sans Fence 18AB – our jumps in the arena), be sure to ride along for a bird’s eye drone preview from the Jamie Rees and the Fair Hill team:

Half the CCI2* division wrapped up dressage today, and the CCI3* group begins tomorrow, so keep it locked to EN for more competition action and thoughts from our riders on the cross country.

Fair Hill: WebsiteDrawn OrderScheduleCCI Dressage TimesYEH Dressage TimesCCI Live ScoresYEH Live ScoresEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

Gigi McIntosh Made Her Paralympic Dream Come True

This is the inspiring story of Gigi McIntosh. Formerly an eventer, Gigi suffered a fall at Morven Park in 1999 that left her partially paralyzed from the chest down. Nothing could slow down Gigi’s determination, and 17 years after her accident, she overcame all obstacles to achieve her dream of representing the United States in para dressage.

EN first shared Gigi’s story in 2014 when she started her quest for Olympic qualification. We have been thrilled to follow her ride to Rio, and now beyond! Get inspired this Tuesday with the story of Gigi McIntosh as part of Modern Hero’s #My180Life project. Learn more about Modern Hero, a digital series celebrating “incredible women who are defying the odds, shattering glass ceilings, and making a difference in their careers and in the world,” here. Salut!


Tuesday News & Notes from Cavalor

Photo by Sam Sequist.

Ah, fall in Vermont! Sally Stetson takes Sam Sequist’s Ursa Major out for a fitness ride with the most beautiful of backgrounds. There are all kinds of beautiful scenery around our country, but it’s hard to beat fall colors like these. Enjoy your horses and your views this week everyone!

National Holiday: National Angel Food Cake Day

Events Opening This Week: Pine Top Thanksgiving H.T. (GA, A-3)

Events Closing 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)

Tuesday News:

It has been one hell of a year for Booli Selmayr. We mourned with her in June when she tragically lost Jaeda during cross country due to acute diaphragmatic hernia, which could not have been foreseen. Since then, she’s kept busy and driven with her barn, including an up-and-coming crop of youngsters. We wish her the best as she closes out this season! [Now on Course: Booli Selmayr Hopes to End the Year on a High Note]

Boekelo was a huge event both in numbers and impressions. The Equiratings team has a few post-event thoughts from this big competition including the influence of dressage, riders who went under the radar and much more! [10 Things to Take Away From Boekelo 2017]

We all know a barn cat who earns his keep, and maybe a few that don’t. Either way, we can agree rodents in the feed room is one of the most frustrating issues barn owners face. As it starts getting colder, you might see a few more of these critters. Here’s why and how you can get rid of them. [Keeping Rodents Out of Your Feed Room]

Tuesday Video: Get views from all around Aspen Farms from MovingImagesNW:

James Alliston and Happenstance Put the Pieces Together for Woodside CIC3* Win

James Alliston and Happenstance. Photo by Shelby Allen.

James Alliston and Happenstance put all the pieces together this weekend at the Woodside International Horse Trials to earn a wire-to-wire win in the CIC3*.

This pair won wire-to-wire, adding just two cross country time penalties for a final score of 47.1. You may remember that EN tapped this duo to win in our By The Numbers Woodside preview, and they are looking in top form as they next head to the CCI3* at Galway Downs.

“All three phases I think were really really good, so I was really happy. It was nice because that’s the hard part about the sport, stringing all the three phases together at one show, and I felt like we did that this weekend. It feels really good. Hopefully we can replicate that performance at Galway.”

Running in reverse order of standings meant James started the day with his first horse, Parker. James and Parker gave everyone a scare when they slipped and fell between fences 18 and 19. Fortunately both were fine — Parker overreached and stung a front leg, but is otherwise unharmed.

After falling it was a bit of a rush for him to get to the start box with Mary McKee’s overnight leader, Happenstance. “Luckily on the cross country he doesn’t take much warming up,” James said. “We went out there and he was great. He felt really really good. I thought it was a hard course. He’s a big, sort of scopey, rangy horse and I thought it was quite twisty in and out the trees for a horse like him, but he handled it really well.”

Helen Bouscaren and Ben. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Helen Buscaren and her own off-Track Thoroughbred Ben zoomed around Ian Stark’s track, finishing seven seconds over the time for a second place result.

“He was really relaxed which is the main thing for him. He’s always really fast, but it’s whether or not I can keep him relaxed and jumping in a nice shape. If he’s a bit tight, he jumps like a deer sometimes. Today, he jumped real nice and soft and he felt great,” she said, also crediting James for his coaching over fences.

“He’s really transformed both Ben and me with the riding and his jumping because Ben never looked very special as a young horse. James actually told me to sell him. I tried, but no one would buy him. I’m glad I didn’t sell him. As he didn’t sell, James had to teach me how to ride him instead which worked out well.”

Bunnie Sexton and Ride Against. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Bunnie Sexton had plenty to smile at this weekend after she piloted Rise Against to a third-place finish. “Echo” has battled smoke inhalation this summer as wildfires have plagued western United States.

“He was tired when I ran him at Rebecca Farm in July. It was a scary feeling for me, so I put him back on a conditioning program for a full three-day event like we used to do,” Bunnie said.

“Heading into today, my concern was if my conditioning was working. He ended up going out there strong, and he was still so strong at the last fence. He was very game and very rideable today, and I’m just really excited. I’m really excited to keep pushing on him in the dressage as well. I’m thrilled, and this weekend has been a ball.”

Of the 13 starters, 10 finished three of whom had at least one stop. The time was a little tight for this group. James was the quickest with Helen following as the second fastest.

Woodside: WebsiteLive ScoresEN’s Coverage




Sunday Links Presented by One K Helmets

Ashlyn Dorsey and RF Kinetic. Photo by Shelby Allen.

“That’s my girl!” you could hear Ashlyn Dorsey praising RF Kinetic all around the CIC3* course yesterday at Woodside Horse Trials. It’s always special to see a hardworking pair have success in competition, but it’s so heartwarming to get to share a little celebrating in their success. They were bang on through the last water where I saw them, and finished fifth overall. Go girls!

National Holiday: National Flutternutter Day

Major Events This Week: 

Boekelo: WebsiteLive ScoresShow Jumping Starting OrderLive StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Action:

Course Brook Farm H.T.  [Website] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Kent School Fall H.T. [Website] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

WindRidge Farm Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Maryland at Loch Moy H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

Middle Tennessee Pony Club H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

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

Woodside International CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

The Event at Skyline H.T.  [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Sunday Links: 

Winning By Withdrawing: Kaitlin Hartford Shows Sportsmanship At Its Finest At RRP Makeover

Junior Isabela De Sousa Wins RRP Makeover For Third Time

Jack of All Horses, Master of None

Five-Star International Show to be Powered Solely by Horse Poo

Eventer buys TB colt for £50k — sells him for £450k

Conditioning Through The Seasons: Fall and Winter

Sunday Video: You can watch the Boekelo show jumping finale at this link starting at 11 a.m. local time/5 a.m. EST

James Alliston and Happenstance Take Control of Woodside CIC3*

James Alliston and Happenstance. Photo by Shelby Allen.

James Alliston and Mary McKee’s Happenstance might be new to one another, but what they lack in experience they make up for in talent as they are leading the CIC3* at Woodside International Horse Trials.

The pair earned a 45.1 in the dressage which pushed them to the front of the pack.  “That was better than I could’ve hoped really,” James said. “The last show went very well in the dressage. He won the dressage there, but it’s just new partnership and me trying to figure out what he likes.

“He’s done really well in the dressage before, but I think I was riding him a certain way which probably wasn’t what he liked, and hopefully I think we’ve figured that out.” 

They then posted one of only two clear rounds in this group to stay on their dressage score into tomorrow’s cross country. “Today I was hoping we could have the luck on our side and jump a clear round. I don’t think he rubbed any fences. You can’t jump better than that,” he smiled. 

Helen Bouscaren and Ben. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Second-placed Helen Bouscaren claimed the other clear round. She and her own Ben jumped from fifth to second after leaving all the poles up. They carry a score of 54.4 to the final phase.

Helen got Ben as a 3-year-old off the track, and they’ve slowly climbed the levels together ever since. An injury in 2014 sidelined their progress, but they look better than ever now as they aim for the CCI3* at Galway Downs next month.

Derek di Grazia and Ringwood Justice. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Derek di Grazia rounds out the top three for this three-star class. He and his own Ringwood Justice added four time penalties and one rail for a two-phase score of 56.

Apart from James and Helen, rails were flying for this group. 4th through 6th place all had at least one down, and it increased from there. Looking toward Ian Stark’s cross country course, James and Happenstance have a comfortable 9-point lead, so he has room to play with the gas pedal. The rest of the top five don’t have the same luxury, so these riders should have their eyes on the clock.

Woodside: WebsiteLive Scores, EN’s Coverage



Future Stars Shine at 2017 USEA YEH West Coast Championship

All eyes were on the young stock at Woodside yesterday as the future of the sport was on display at the USEA Young Event Horse West Coast Championship.

The YEH program looks to identify future team horses by judging 4- and 5-year-olds in three categories: conformation, dressage and jumping. Here’s your quick ‘n dirty recap on what went down:

Summerbridge Parc and Tamie Smith. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Bonner Carpenter’s Summerbridge Parc proved he’s made of the right stuff winning the 5-year-old Championship title with Tamie Smith riding. “Wally,” an Irish Sport Horse gelding by Ramiro B and out of Summerbridge Lilly, had far and away the best finishing score on 80.81%.

He was talent spotted by Tamie when she was based out of Rodney Powell’s yard last fall in a moment which she describes as “love at first sight.”

The 5-year-old Reserve Champion was 2 A.M. Sound familiar? It should because this Dutch Warmblood (Sheraton x Regina K) was the 2016 East Coast 4-year-old Champion with Matt Flynn. Looks like things haven’t changed with his new owner, 16-year-old Charlotte Babbitt.

There’s more than just bragging rights up for grabs for these 5-year-olds, the Holekamp/Turner Le Lion d’Angers Grant will be awarded to the top horse from this class who is qualified and willing to compete in the FEI World Breeding Eventing Championships in Le Lion d’Angers in 2019.

Sunsprite Ranch LLC's Sunsprite's Watusi (Wild Dance x Kamirette) in the YEH-4 with rider Marc Grandia #YEH #USEA #Woodside

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Meanwhile in the 4-year-old camp, Sunsprite Ranch’s Sunsprite’s Watusi came out on top with 78.05%. The Oldenburg gelding (Wild Dance x Kamirette) was bred by Pamela Duffy and Don Trotter of Sunsprite Warmbloods.

Another Oldenburg was hot on his heels in second place. Piloted by Nicole Carroll, Nancy Read’s CrossCross PCH (by Con Capilot) finished with 77.47%. The MB Group’s MB MaiStein deserves a special shout out for earning the best conformation (12.45/15) and dressage (29.96/35) scores of this group.

The judging panel of Judy Bradwell, Mark Weissbecker and Faith Fessenden will head to Fair Hill where they will judge the YEH East Coast Championship. You can follow along with in depth coverage on USEA’s Instagram.

Remember these names because you never know when they might pop up on an international stage. For example, this year’s Blenheim CCI3* winner Cooley Cross Border won the USEA YEH East Coast Championship in 2012.

Go eventing. Go YEH.

Click here for scores.

[Summerbridge Parc and Sunsprite’s Watusi Dominate the YEH West Coast Championships]

In Loving Memory of Roxanne Green

Roxanne and Delta Ditto competing in a Training Three-Day in 2008. Photo courtesy of Sara Kozumplik Murphy.

The eventing community lives and breathes like a family, and we are saddened to share the loss of one of our own, Roxanne Green who passed away suddenly on Sunday. Roxanne was the daughter of Edy Rameika, a longtime, avid supporter of eventing. Pulled in by her mom’s love for the sport, Roxanne found herself along for the ride from the beginning.

Edy has been a loyal owner and supporter of Sara Kozumplik Murphy for nearly two decades, and Roxanne shared her mother’s passion for horses. As a young girl, she toted Breyer horses across the country as she traveled to competitions with Sara before growing up to get in the saddle herself. She even shared the ride on some of Sara’s top horses including her four-star partner As You Like It.

Roxanne and As You Like It. Photo courtesy of Sara Kozumplik Murphy.

She evented for years before marrying Nathaniel Green in 2012, with whom she had two young children. Roxanne had just begun riding again as the children started school.

“Everyone can see how beautiful you were on the outside, Roxanne, that’s easy. What is hard to explain to people that weren’t lucky enough to know you is how truly kind, generous, and empathetic you were to everyone,” Sara shared in a tribute to Roxanne.

“Lots of us work hard to be the best version of ourselves. To be the kind of person that treats everyone with an open heart and a helping hand regardless of how frustrating or difficult it might be. You never struggled with that. It would have been impossible for you to be any other way. You are the best version of all of us.

“Watching you grow up and have two beautiful children of your own has been surreal. Seems like five minutes ago you and Nadine were traveling all over the country with me with your Breyer horses in their own little wheelie suitcase. I thought I was so grown up then. Your poor Mum just took on another kid and was kind enough to make it seem like I was steering my own destiny. You know how she is? Can’t help taking care of everyone in her world. Like mother, like daughter.”

Sara Kozumplik Murphy and Edy Rameika. Photo courtesy of Sara.

Edy has been a loyal owner and supporter of Sara’s program for nearly two decades. Together, the two created an owner’s award through the Professional Rider’s Organization (now Event Riders Association of North America) to recognized owners, like Edy, who go above and beyond. The As You Like It Owners Award has been given annually since 2006. 

Owners are the backbone of eventing. Oftentimes, it’s more than a business relationship, as the lines blur and owners become family, and this is the case for Sara. Edy and her family have become Sara’s family, and for her, they are what make it all possible.

“Trying to keep your head above water as an event rider is extremely hard day to day, never mind building a future for yourself. It is impossible to most of the world unless you have owners that are as passionate (or as foolish) as you,” Sara commented. “We owe the existence of our sport to them. Passionate event enthusiasts like Edy are an extremely rare breed, sticking through the shatteringly low times with unwavering support on every level. These people become family.”

Sara and Roxanne. Photo courtesy of Sara Kozumplik Murphy.

“A lot of event owners like Edy support programs behind the scenes, but the main way they build our sport is by supporting our horses. When riders are worrying how to pay the hay bill, they don’t have the time or energy to help others get a leg up. Our owners have a huge impact on the sport as a whole this way, not just the upper levels.”

Roxanne was a mother, a wife, a daughter, a friend and so much more. Please join us in sending condolences to Edy, Sara and all who love Roxanne Green.  




Tamie Smith, Jordan Linstedt & Alexis Helffrich Receive USET Jacqueline Mars Grants

Jordan Linstedt and Revitavet Capato. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

We are excited to share the news that three west coast riders have been selected to receive Jacqueline B. Mars National Competition and Training Grants!

These grants are given to help offset travel costs for athletes who have shown potential to represent the United States in future international competition. Tamie Smith, Jordan Linstedt and Alexis Helffrich will all travel across the country to compete in the CCI3* at The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International next week, Oct. 12-15.

Tamie Smith and Wembley. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Fair Hill winner in 2015, Tamie Smith has three entries next weekend: Judy McSwain’s Fleeceworks Royal and Kevin Baumgardner’s Wembley will compete in the three-star and Sunsprite Warmblood’s Sunsprite Syrius in the two-star. She’s already made the trek to the east coast, competing at Stable View last weekend where she finished 8th and 15th in the Advanced with Fleeceworks Royal and Wembley, respectively.

“It’s a huge honor to be able to receive a grant like this,” she said. “It’s really beneficial because we’re away from our businesses while traveling, and to be away for a month to go to the East Coast across the country is not only financially taxing but also hard on our businesses as well.

“You feel like you’re picking the right horses and doing the right things when you get validation by receiving a grant like this so it’s really exciting. I’m very honored and very excited. Thank you to Jacqueline Mars for the investment she’s put into the sport. It really means a lot to have been a recipient of something like this.”

Jordan Linstedt and Revitavet Capato. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Jordan Linstedt and her own & Barbara Linstedt’s Revitavet Capato are proven pairs at this level, winning the Bromont CCI3* this spring. This pair finished 7th in the Advanced at the American Eventing Championships before also completing the CIC3* at Plantation Field where they finished 14th.

Jordan has produced Capato from the beginning, and she says after Fair Hill she has plans to compete him overseas in 2018. At 25, this is her first major grant, and she sees it as a reflection of all the hard work put in.

“It’s unbelievable to get the opportunity to do what I love to do and travel. Hopefully I can utilize those funds to get the best coaching and training that I might not have been able to get before. Now I feel like I can be as best prepared as possible to have the best result at Fair Hill.”

Alexis Helffrich and London Town. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Alexis Helffrich is an up-and-coming rider who is slated to compete in the CCI3* with Pamela William’s London Town. Originally from France, Alexis is now based in Pleasanton, California.

He and London Town finished 4th in the CIC3* at Rebecca Farm, and 8th in the Advanced at Twin Rivers two weeks ago. Fair Hill will be this pair’s first CCI3*.

We would like to wish these riders good luck next weekend! And a huge thank you goes to Jacqueline Mars and the USET Foundation for helping our riders so they can focus on the competition.

[Smith, Linstedt and Helffrich Selected for Jacqueline B. Mars National Competition and Training Grants]



Tuesday Video from SpectraVet: Get Excited for Boekelo

It’s Boekelo time! We’re excited to follow the action at the 2017 Military Boekelo CCIO3* this weekend in Enschede, Netherlands. This is a big one as it is the final event of the 2017 FEI Nations Cup Series. Great Britain and Germany are separated by just 10 points, so it will be a close finish for the series win!

We have three combinations representing the stars and stripes this weekend on the U.S. Nations Cup team: Caroline Martin and Pebbly Maximus, Liz Halliday-Sharp and Dinero Z, and Katherine Coleman and Back to Business II.

Our own Jenni Autry will bring the action live to you from the Netherlands, so keep it locked to EN for all things Boekelo. Until then, let’s look back at last year’s cross country excitement, thanks to AlphaMotions, as we await what’s to come!

Millitary Boekelo: Website, Entries, EN’s Coverage

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Tuesday News & Notes from Cavalor

Photo by Shelby Allen.

Sometimes you make your horse have an impromptu photoshoot and tell them that they are soooo handsome! With all the madness in the world, the barn becomes even more of a sanctuary for me. As I head into two weekends of back-to-back travel for Woodside and Fair Hill, nothing is sweeter than these quiet moments.

National Holiday: National Techies Day

Events Opening This Week: Fresno County Horse Park Horse Trials (CA, A-6)

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

Tuesday News:

Calling all intercollegiate riders! Virginia Horse Trials is hosting a collegiate challenge at their October Horse Trials. They offer Beginner Novice through CCI2* levels for their Oct. 26-29 event. Gather a team, or get added to a scramble team. [Intercollegiate Team Challenge Added to October 26-29 Virginia Horse Trials]

Fake it until you make it. We’ve all heard the saying and it can help with the mental side of riding. If you act confident going out on cross country, sooner or later you are going to actually be confident. Daniel Stewart stresses this in his tip of the month. [Daniel Stewart’s Tip of the Month: Super Model]

It’s not every day William Fox-Pitt rides your horse in the middle of Central Park. But it did happen to Rodney and Gina Oakes when their 14-year-old Thoroughbred/Holsteiner gelding Prince Rehan stepped up as William’s catch ride for the Arena Eventing Showcase. Normally, the Oakes wouldn’t let Rehan be a catch ride because he is a quirky, spooky ride, but they made an exception for the Brit! [What It’s Like to Lend William Fox-Pitt Your Horse]

In horseback riding, there’s often a thin line between submission and abuse. To better separate these two, Korean researchers have come up with an algorithm to improve horse welfare. This will target less experienced riders through “self-coaching” to make sure the riding is done fairly to the horse even if finances restrict normal riding lessons. [Scientists Use Algorithms to Improve Ridden Horse Welfare]

ICYMI: We have an app! Get your eventing fix even easier.

Tuesday Video: Another helmet cam! You may be especially interested to watch at 3:53 where Quantum Leap makes and epic save before splicing the out at the water!

Sunday Links Presented by One K Helmets

Photo by Jen McFall.

It’s officially October, but if you live in the south like me it’s still hot hot hot. 80 degrees + my horse already growing the beginnings of a winter coat does not make for a good mix. Just wait though, I’m a winter wuss, so check back in a few months when I complain about the cold!

National Holiday: National Homemade Cookies Day

U.S. Weekend Action:

University of New Hampshire H.T.  [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Larkin Hill H.T. [Website]

Morven Park CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

ESDCTA H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Stable View Advanced Oktoberfest H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Stream]

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

Spokane Sport Horse Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

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

Sunday Links:

Ask Us: ‘My Horse and I Had A Miscommunication on Course and Now He Doesn’t Trust Me’

Worth The Trust: Where Are They Now Young Adult Edition

Calls For Boot Safety Standards

‘She Inspired Us All’: Three Heartwarming Wobbleberries Challenge Stories

System Designed to Alert Family If Rider Falls

Industry Groups Join Forces to Help Puerto Rican Horses

Bridle Fit is as Important as Saddle Fit: Here’s Why

How Do I Solve My Moldy Tack Problem 

Best of Blogs: How to Be A Better Horse Show Boyfriend

Sunday Video: Watch Heather Morris and Charlie Tango take the lead at Stable View. Don’t forget you can watch the cross country finale live today at this link.

10 Questions with Ian Stark: Cross Country Designer & Adviser Extraordinaire

Ian Stark at Carolina International, one of many courses he designs at around the world. Photo by Allie Conrad Photography.

Ian Stark has a lengthy riding resume, including multiple medals at Olympic and World Equestrian Games. Following his success in the saddle, he began designing cross country courses, leaving his mark on some of the most impressive three-star venues in the world.

Ian has now stepped up this fall into a temporary advising role for the United States at international competitions. He began at Burghley Horse Trials, where two Americans finished in the top 10, and continued at Blenheim, where our own Kim Severson took the prestigious win. We took a few moments to chat with Ian about the position.

EN: Can you tell us about your new role with U.S. riders overseas this fall?

Ian Stark: “There’s three of us. There’s Derek di Grazia on the West Coast of America, Phillip Dutton on the East Coast and me in Europe. We’re working as a team with the riders. We’re cross country advisors or coaches. We’re mentoring the elite riders for the rest of the year. For the moment it’s only short term until the end of the season.

EN: How has the season been going so far?

Ian: “Burghley was my first one. I’ve known the riders for quite a number of years, but I’ve never really worked with them. We were straight into the heat of it all at a big four-star, and it was great. As far as I know the riders were positive. They’re a great bunch of people with some lovely horses.”

EN: What have your responsibilities in this position included?

Ian: “My job at the moment is to walk the courses and give them some ideas about lines and get to know them. As a course designer and as an ex-rider, I hope that I know what the designer is looking for, so I can discuss with each rider individually what’s going to work best for them and their horses.”

EN: How have you managed advising riders without knowing them very well?

Ian: “I’m just getting to know the riders and their horses. We’ve done a lots of chatting and walking courses. I’ve looked at lots of videos, but I haven’t been helping them on a one-to-one basis jumping cross country fences, so I don’t want to weigh in straight away. They’re all very top riders, they’ve got their own ideas, so if I can say, ‘I would think about this line,’ and explain it and discuss it.”

EN: Has this strategy seemed successful to you? 

Ian: “I feel the riders are very switched onto it. They’re very open to ideas and suggestions, and then they’re all good enough that they can work it out for themselves what they think will suit themselves and their horses best.”

EN: You sounded a bit relieved when you spoke on the live stream at Burghley and told listeners that Boyd Martin followed your advice and ended up with a top finish. What did that feel like?

Ian: [Laughter] “He was incredibly receptive because we walked the course and he kept telling me his lines and I’m going, ‘Why? Why are you doing that?’ And we discussed it.

“I felt a lot of pressure, but Boyd rode every line as I suggested. He rode quite brilliantly and took all the ideas on board.”

EN: Have you enjoyed the position?

Ian: “I have to say I’m loving it. There’s a lot of talent in America, and if I can do a little bit to help then I’m delighted. America has been incredibly good to me with teaching clinics and with course designing, so it’s great for me to feel as though I’m giving something back in return. I’d love it to continue, but obviously the role might be filled with a more permanent person.”

EN: And what if it did continue?

Ian: “If this continues, then I hope to be doing more cross country clinics with the American riders both in Europe and America, as when you get to know the combinations then you can have more influence.”

EN: How would you describe the U.S. performances you’ve seen so far?

Ian: “At Burghley we had two in the top 10, and at Blenheim we had the win and there was another three within the top 12, which was fantastic really. For so few competitors to have that many in the top brackets was excellent. I just hope they continue to build in confidence.

“They certainly have the ability. I’ve said all along, the talent of horses and riders in America is not in doubt, it’s just a question of self belief as much as anything. I think for me over the last couple of events just getting to know them, I feel as though they’re all very punch and positive and heading in the right direction and that’s a great sign.

EN: You had pelvic surgery recently. How has your recovery gone? 

Ian: “It’s been seven weeks since the operation. I’m still on crutches for another five weeks, but I’m getting around. I’m doing everything. I’m now allowed to drive again, so I’m not too restricted. They just don’t want me doing long haul flights until January to lessen the risk of blood clots and thrombosis because it was a pretty major operation to my pelvis. I’m in great form now and no pain, which is the big plus.”

EN’s Got Talent: Sandro’s Star Shines

Sandro’s Star on his way to winning the CIC2* at Fair Hill this spring. Photo by Shelby Allen.

When Hannah Salazar purchased Sandro’s Star last year, she joked that she’d have to eat only peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in order to afford him. Fortunately Sandro or “Jelly,” as he’s affectionately nicknamed, has put her money where his muzzle is as he’s catapulted himself to the top of USEA’s stallion leaderboard.

Sandro is a 9-year-old Oldenburg, bred in the U.S. by Vicki Bauer. He is by the Oldenburg stallion Sagnol and out of Vicki’s Thoroughbred mare, Poetic Patter. Sandro boasts an elite pedigree, with ties to such dressage successes as Sandro Hit balanced by the athleticism of his Thoroughbred dam line, and it shows in his competition record.

He began showing his exceptional talent early on, and in 2012 passed his 70-day Stallion Performance Test and became the first of Sagnol’s offspring to become a licensed German Oldenbred. When he scored a perfect 10 for his gallop, his career path was confidently aimed towards eventing.

The following year, Sandro made history by becoming the first North American bred horse to compete at the Bundeschampionate, a prestigious young horse championship in Warendorf, Germany. Here he finished in the top twenty of 5-year-old eventing horses.

Fast forward to autumn of 2016, and Sandro returned to the U.S. to join Hannah, her husband Antonio and Chris’ program at Zarazoga Acres. “He had done a CIC* and then after that he did come back to the US,” Chris explained. “Upon returning, he knew quite a lot from his past in Europe, but I took all of last year to get to know him and develop a partnership with him.

“He’s been an awesome horse to have in the barn. He’s a super cross country horse. He’s got an awesome gallop. He’s been very brave and always wants to come out and do the job,” Chris beamed. 

They dove into competition this year, finishing second in the Preliminary at Pine Top before winning the CIC* at the same venue two weeks later. His next step up to the Intermediate level was also a success, and by April Sandro won his first CIC2* at Fair Hill with Chris Talley in the tack. He’s now slated for the CCI2* at the Fair Hill International Three-Day Event with eyes on Advanced in 2018. 

All his successes have him sitting as the highest-ranked stallion in U.S. Eventing this year with 19 points currently. “When we saw he was the highest ranked stallion it was a pretty surreal experience,” Chris said proudly. “For Hannah to have a stallion that’s leading in the country, it’s incredible from the breeding side of it to see that everyone’s hard work is paying off.”

Sandro Star’s Team. Photo by Shelby Allen.

While Sandro was beginning his competitive career stateside this spring, he was also beginning his breeding career at Zarazoga Acres. He had a number of outside bookings, along with six mares owned by Hannah and Antonio .

Hannah believes the validity of his success as a breeding stallion rests on his performance results.

“From the breeding standpoint, when you choose stallions and you’re looking at producing performance horses it’s important to look at stallions that are proven performance horses because then your odds are better at getting a quality baby,” Hannah said. 

“I think it’s really important for the U.S. market to see that the quality of horses is being produced and bred right here in the U.S.”

Sandro’s pleasant disposition is the cherry on top for this team. “We joke that he acts like a gelding,” Chris said. “He’s really good with other horses, and ships great with them. At shows he’s totally focused. You can hand walk him around with no issues.

“He likes his mares in the barn, but he stables with mares and other stallions and has a really good disposition.”

Join us in cheering Sandro on this fall as we eagerly await to see his babies in competition in the coming years!


Tuesday News & Notes from Cavalor

I try my best to keep my trailer tidy. I clean it out after each use, and work to clean underneath the mats every few weeks. Once a year I give it a deep clean, and when the annual appointment came up this year, I had access to a power washer. If you’re a detail-oriented horse person like I am, you have to try this. It was a therapeutic experience. I also power washed saddle pads and blankets. Best barn hack ever!

National Holiday: National Situational Awareness Day, National Johnny Appleseed Day

Events Opening This Week: Full Moon Farms H.T. (MD, A-2) Poplar Place Farm November H.T. (GA, A-3) River Glen Fall H.T. (TN, A-3) Texas Rose Horse Park Fall H.T. (TX, A-5)

Events Closing This Week: Hagyard Midsouth Three-day Event & Team Challenge H.T. (KY, A-8) Fleur de Leap H.T. (LA, A-5) Galway Downs International Event & H.T. (CA, A-6) Paradise Farm H.T.(SC, A-3) Exmoor Horse Trials Fall Event (FL, A-3) Las Cruces H.T. (NM, A-10) Hitching Post Farm Horse Trials (VT, A-1)

Tuesday News:

Knowing your horse and his habits could be life saving. Redwings’ senior veterinary surgeon Nicola Jarvis explains that it’s the easy stuff, like knowing your horse’s usual behavior and vital signs that can save their life in the case of an emergency. The quicker you realize something isn’t right, the sooner you can phone the vet and the sooner they can help your horse. [‘Know Your Horse’: How Simple Actions Can Save Your Horse’s Life]

Briana Stolley and Lisa Banister are bound to each other by their love of horses and their love of their military husbands. For these ladies, constant military moves, deployment and family commitments restrict their time in the saddle, but for the first year, they both qualified for AEC, which was a welcomed reunion. [Now On Course: Army Wives Take on The AEC]

Life has a way of redirecting well-laid plans. Sara Kozumplik Murphy had set her sights on Pau CCI4* this fall in France with Rubens D’Ysieux, but a broken knee has thwarted her plans. She was kicked by another horse when warming up at Marlborough Horse Trials, and her doctors have instructed her to keep weight off it for three months – advice she’s promised to follow. We can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store for Sara and Rubens! [Sara Kozumplik Murphy Recovering From Broken Knee]

The time to start preparing your pastures for winter is now! Taking a soil sample in the fall gives you time to apply lime, phosphorus or potassium fertilizer based on the results of the sample. Rotating pastures to save them for winter is also a way to ensure forage is still available during the colder months. [Preparing Pastures for Winter Starts in Fall]

Tuesday Video: Need some more cross country footage to hold you over this Tuesday? Check out the course at Waregem Nations Cup.

Phillip Dutton Released From Hospital

Phillip Dutton and Mighty Nice. Photo by Amy Dragoo Photography.

We have some good news to report this morning as Phillip Dutton has been released from the hospital after sustaining injuries in a fall earlier this week.

During a cross country school with a young horse, Phillip suffered a broken collarbone, three broken ribs and a collapsed lung. The horse was uninjured in the incident.

According to a statement posted to his Facebook page, Phillip returned home late last night, but will return undergo surgery to repair his broken collarbone. The date of his upcoming surgery is to be set this week.

“Phillip was released from the hospital late last night. He will have a follow-up appointment with his orthopedic doctor on Monday to determine the date for surgery on his clavicle. In the meantime, he is resting as comfortably as he can at home. Thank you to everyone for your well wishes!”

Please join us in sending Phillip healing wishes!

[Phillip Dutton Released From The Hospital]