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Tuesday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

Counting strides before XC at Town Hill Farm Horse Trials. Photo by Lars Blackmore.

There something special about a horse show morning. Ignoring your 4:00 a.m. alarm clock, the feeling of getting that last minute course walk in joined by a hopeful sunrise will set you right on course. I think Lars Blackmore, who shot the photo above, said it best: “Though there isn’t a hoof in sight, this shot of a competitor counting strides at sunrise sums up much of the inherent beauty of the sport.” Go eventing.

National Holiday: National Bow Tie Day

Events Opening This Week: Hitching Post Farm Horse Trials (VT, A-1) MDHT at Loch Moy Farm Classic BN3 Day Event and H.T. (MD, A-2) Paradise Farm H.T. (SC, A-3) Las Cruces H.T. (NM, A-10) Radnor Hunt H.T. (PA, A-2) Majestic Oaks H.T. (FL, A-3) Galway Downs International Event & H.T. (CA, A-6) Fleur de Leap H.T. (LA, A-5)

Events Closing This Week: Equestrians Institute H.T. (WA, A-7) GMHA September Horse Trials (VT, A-1) CDCTA Fall H.T. (VA, A-2) Poplar Place Farm September H.T. (GA, A-3) Otter Creek Fall H.T. (WI, A-4) Flying Cross Farm H.T. (KY, A-8)

Tuesday News: 

Have you kept up with all the athletes we will see at WEG in a few short weeks? If not, no fear! Noëlle Floyd has summed up all the riders for dressage, eventing and show jumping. [Weighing In On WEG: Who Will Win In Tryon?]

U.S. Eventing volunteers have racked up an impressive 19,800 hours this year, if you need even more proof that volunteers are the backbone of our sport. That’s spread across the 1,577 volunteers who are active with the USEA’s Volunteer Incentive Program. [Volunteers by the Numbers]

Tim Price has a new shining star in his stable. Tim says Pats Jester is an “under-the-radar” horse, but he’s now got two CCI3* wins on his record. [Tim Price showjumps clear to win Blair CCI3* with ‘under-the-radar’ horse]

Fresno County Horse Park made a TV appearance this week to increase awareness of eventing and the Horse Park. [Fresno County Horse Park Featured on KSEE 24 Central Valley Today]

Tuesday Video: 


Tom Carlile Wins Millstreet CICO3*, Liz Halliday-Sharp 5th

Upsilon shows off his scope. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Tom Carlile and Upsilon mastered all three phases of our sport this weekend: record-setting dressage, bold cross country and near perfection in today’s show jumping wrapped up their wire-to-wire win of the CICO3* at Millstreet International Horse Trials.

The 10-year-old Anglo-Arabian stallion (Canturo X O’Vive, by Fusain du Defey) carried an eight-point lead into the ring, but he didn’t need it. He left all the poles in their cups to finish on 17.3—beating a own personal best finishing result at this level by over seven points.

Tom and Upsilon’s performance today also secured a French victory in this FEI Nations Cup, and extended dominance in the overall series standings as they’ve now won four of the six legs.

Ros Canter piloted her own Zenshera to a double clear round and a second place finish. The 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood (Guidam x Telvera, by Matterhorn) finishes on 26-flat as an individual representative of Great Britain.

Alex Bragg was equally bang on this weekend having one time penalty on both rides for third and fourth place aboard Barrichello and Shannondale Percy, respectively.

His Nations Cup ride Barrichello, a 9-year-old Ango European gelding (Balou du Rouet x Madon’s Even Wiser, by Matinee du Madon VII) owned by Caroline & Jane March, finished on 29.9, and stablemate Shannondale Percy, an 8-year-old Irish Sport Horse (Shannondale Sarco St. Ghyvan x Shannondale Maria, Lux Z) owned by Sara Hughes, closes the weekend on a final result of 30.

Liz Halliday-Sharp and Fernhill By Night. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Liz Halliday-Sharp is our highest-placed American in fifth place with Fernhill By Night. “Blackie,” a 15-year-old Irish Sport Horse (Radolin X Argentina XII, by Argentinus) owned by Deborah Halliday, just tapped an oxer to for one down and a three-phase score of 33.9.

“Blackie was good. It’s been a long time since he’s jumped on the last day—he probably hasn’t done a CCI in three years, so it’s been a while for him to run hard the day before,” Liz said. “He just had one unfortunate rail. He just rubbed it behind, but he did jump well. He was a bit stiff from the day before, but he tried hard and I was pleased he finished fifth.”

Liz Halliday-Sharp and Deniro Z. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Liz’s Nations Cup entry, Deniro Z, a 10-year-old KWPN (Zapatero VDL X Zonne-Trend, by French Buffet xx) owned by the Denrio Syndicate, got a wild look in his eye coming into the ring, and Liz had to work hard to keep the focus. Ultimately, he had three down to finish 18th on 41.9 points.

“We didn’t have the best round today. He really wasn’t himself. He jumped amazing in the warmup—I couldn’t get him to even breathe on a poll. I had a really good chance at a clear. I haven’t had him out to jump a big track since Luhmühlen. I think that was a mistake on my part because he came out spooking at the tent, and he just wasn’t really with me,” she said.

“He’s gotten so strong now, he’s a real proper big man now, and he wasn’t really with me today. I didn’t have much in the way of controls. He wasn’t his usual self, so we’ll go home and reassess bitting and do some show jumping to get his head back in the game because he’s an exceptional horse and an exceptional jumper, so we just have to go figure out what went wrong.”

Liz’s two-star ride Cooley Quicksilver, who is owned by “The Monster Partnership” of Rob Desino, Chris Desino, Renee Lane and Debby Halliday, produced an impressive fourth place finish in the CIC2* class with just 2.4 time penalties added. One to watch for the future for sure!

Hallie Coon and Celien. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Hallie Coon and Celien, an 11-year-old KWPN mare (Tenerife VDL X R Quicksilver, by Hamlet) owned by Hallie and Helen Coon, finished 48th in the standings after an unfortunate second look at the Irish Bank on yesterday’s cross country course. They knocked two rails today for a finishing result of 73.9.

“The two rails were unfortunate but I think she just needs to get a bit stronger,” Hallie said. “The whole weekend was an educational experience and it was incredibly helpful to start working with Erik (Duvander) and learning his philosophies moving forward from here. With all that said and done I’m really looking forward to the fall season and Pau.”

Millstreet’s Nations Cup competition exercised the new Olympic format of three-member teams this weekend, and the French rose to the challenge to win on 114 points. Great Britain dominated the leaderboard with seven riders in the top ten, and their team was second with 123.9 points. Ireland had two teams that both finished third and fourth, and down one rider after Buck Davidson and Carlevo’s withdraw yesterday, the United States finished fifth.

“It was really good to test the new [Olympic] format here at this event. We had all sorts of different versions of possible questions for future competition and the value of running through that and testing it here has been immensely good,”U.S. Eventing Technical Advisor and Chef d’Equipe Erik Duvander said.

“Many people agree that cutting down to three combinations in each team can be okay, however, the rules and thinking around the substitutes do seem to make the sport more complicated and possibly difficult to understand. We had several scenarios over the weekend that proved that. The general feeling is there needs to be more thinking and trial runs if they are going to get this right.”

EN also can confirm that Carlevo was withdrawn from the competition due to knocking himself. From Erik Duvander: “The horse had a bit of bruising. After dressage, the team vet evaluated him and it was decided that for this weekend, it was the best scenario not to run [Carlevo], as he is a future prospect for team competition and a very talented horse. It’s a minor injury, but you also want to be careful.”

FEI Nations Cup at Millstreet: WebsiteScheduleStart Times & Live ScoringLive StreamEN’s Coverage

This post was updated to include quotes from Erik Duvander and Hallie Coon. 

Virginia Horse Trials to Host 2018 USEF One-Star National Championships

Kalli Core and Cooley Master Courage competing in the Virginia Horse Trials CCI*. Photo by official photographer, Brant Gamma Photography.

US Equestrian has named Virginia Horse Trials as the host venue for the 2018 USEF One-Star Eventing National Championships. Held at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Ky. the championships will take place during the Virginia CCI/CIC and H.T. November 1-4.

Nestled among the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains, Virginia Horse Trials has become a destination event for many riders, and Event Organizer Andy Bowles has spent the last three years stacking on the amenities for riders.

“It’s an honor for us to host the One-Star Championship and we are excited for the opportunity,” Andy said. “We’ve spent the last few years working very hard to continue developing this wonderful venue into a place where eventers at all levels can look forward to good ground, challenging courses and excellent facilities.”

Competitors can look forward to lower than average FEI entry fees (CIC2*/CCI* at $375, CCI2* at $475), VHT swag, prize money for top finishers and a challenging cross country course designed by John Michael Durr. The championships courses will run similarly to the traditional CCI* class, but will include up to four or five more difficult questions.

In addition to the CCI* championship, VHT will also welcome Starter through Intermediate levels, including the new Modified level. The venue is also calling all college students and alumni for an Intercollegiate Team Challenge! Scramble teams and teams across multiple levels may be formed. If you’d like to participate, email [email protected]

[Virginia Horse Trials Selected to Host 2018 USEF One-Star Eventing National Championships]


Sunday Links Presented by One K Helmets

Oliver Townend accepts a plethora of prizes for his decisive victory in Blair’s CIC3*. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Today might be National Dog Day, but yesterday was Townend’s day! He had horses in first, second, third and sixth after dressage in the CIC3* at Blair Castle, and withdrew those heavy-hitters. Much to the dismay of those watching (and Oliver himself) he still managed to win it with his ninth-placed ride. The man is on fire. Catch up with Tilly’s report here to read all about it.

National Holiday: NATIONAL DOG DAY!

Major Events This Weekend:

Millstreet: WebsiteScheduleStart Times & Live ScoringLive StreamEN’s Coverage

Blair Castle: WebsiteScheduleStart Times & Live ScoringLive StreamEvent Rider MastersERM Live ScoresEN’s Coverage

U.S. Weekend Action: 

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

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

Shepherd Ranch SYVPC H.T. II [Website] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Caber Farm Horse Trial  [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

The Event at Archer [Website] [Ride Times] [Live Scoring]

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

Sunday Links: 

Oliver Townend leads Blair ERM after dressage despite test feeling ‘disastrous’

Tom McEwen tops Blair CCI3* after cross-country: ‘Strike Smartly was phenomenal’

Calls for riders’ fall videos to help prevent future spinal injuries

Charles Owen Technical Merit Awarded to Santley and Miller at Coconino

Young Riders Are Front And Center At U.S. Dressage Festival Of Champions Day 3

Stamp of approval for Winx’s 26th consecutive race win

Sunday Video: Nominee for Stickability Awards?

What a Save! I think Sam Griffiths gets save of the year so far! PAULANK KINGS RIVER is such an honest horse, and how they actually made the angled brush after the bank together I have no idea, great riding Sam! #millstreet #cci3*

Posted by Tim Wilkinson on Saturday, August 25, 2018

Tom Carlile is Tops in Millstreet CICO3*, Liz Halliday-Sharp with Two in Top Ten

Tom Carlile and Upsilon successfully defend their Barbury ERM title. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Tom Carlile and Upsilon made waves yesterday with their record-breaking dressage score of 16.8 at the Millstreet International Horse Trials in Ireland, and they’ve built on that success today with a smashing cross country round. Picking up just 0.8 time penalties in the CICO3*, they’ve got two poles in hand heading into the final phase.

Tom and the 10-year-old Anglo-Arabian stallion (Canturo X O’Vive, by Fusain du Defey) lead the way for the French team who are currently second in the FEI Nations Cup. France is fighting for a series victory as they’ve already won three Nations Cup titles this year.

Buck Davidson and Carlevo, an 11-year-old Holsteiner (Caresino X Ramatuelle, by Levernois) owned by Carlevo LLC, were standing proudly for the U.S. team in second place after dressage, but withdrew before the start of cross country.

Buck’s absence left the door wide open for Ros Canter and her own Zenshera who waltzed through easily with 2 time penalties added. Ros and the 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood (Guidam x Telvera, by Matterhorn), who are representing Great Britain as individuals, sit on a score of 26.

Great Britain’s Alex Bragg was one of only three riders to come inside the time, and he did it twice to take hold of both third and fourth place at the conclusion of cross country with Barrichello and Shannondale Percy, respectively.

Barrichello, a 9-year-old Ango European gelding (Balou du Rouet x Madon’s Even Wiser, by Matinee du Madon VII) owned by Caroline & Jane March, is in third on a 28.9, and Shannondale Percy, an 8-year-old Irish Sport Horse (Shannondale Sarco St. Ghyvan x Shannondale Maria, Lux Z) owned by Sara Hughes is fourth on 29 points.

Liz Halliday-Sharp and Deniro Z at Millstreet. Photo by Radka Preislerova Photography.

Liz Halliday-Sharp piloted both her rides cleanly around the CICO3* to give the stars and stripes two top ten appearances in Fernhill By Night and Deniro Z who share an identical score of 29.9.

“Niro,” a 10-year-old KWPN (Zapatero VDL X Zonne-Trend, by French Buffet xx), edges just ahead into fifth as the best-placed of the U.S. Nations Cup team after having only 1.6 time penalties. His stablemate “Blackie,” a 15-year-old Irish Sport Horse (Radolin X Argentina XII, by Argentinus) owned by Deborah Halliday, follows just behind with 4 time penalties.

Liz also finished 4th out of 70 starters in the CIC2* with Cooley Quicksilver, who is owned by “The Monster Partnership” of Rob Desino, Chris Desino, Renee Lane and Debby Halliday, on a score of 29.2.

Liz Halliday-Sharp and Fernhill By Night. Photo by Jenni Autry.

“Both of them were amazing and total class the whole way. I couldn’t have asked for more,” Liz said. “I’m a bit annoyed with myself for not making the time with Deniro, but I really tried. You had to really fight for it. I felt like I was just going at the time on both of them. You never had a time to get comfortable; you had to just keep going.”

Hallie Coon and Celien at the Irish Bank. Photo by Radka Preislerova Photography.

Our third U.S. rider Hallie Coon was first out of the start this morning with her and Helen Coon’s Celien. The 11-year-old KWPN mare (Tenerife VDL X R Quicksilver, by Hamlet) was unsure about stepping off the Irish Bank, and the pair picked up an unfortunate 20 penalties early in the course.

“It was a bit unfortunate because she came out guns blazing. These American horses have never seen the dreaded Irish Bank before, so she jumped up on it and she just got really surprised. I could see the wheels turning and she was thinking on what to do. It felt like she went a bit right and left and then popped down after assessing, but looking at the video it’s fairly obvious that I deserved the 20 I got,” Hallie said.

“It’s one of those funny things that if I had the chance to do it again, I’d do it exactly the same way. It’s a learning curve for both her and I. Now that she’s seen that, she’s seen about everything.”

Aside from the blip, Hallie was pleased with the mare, who has spent most of the summer overseas, and remains hopeful for their CCI4* debut this fall at Pau. “She cracked around. She was so good. She gives me everything she’s got every time out, and I was thrilled with how she felt. I think it was a really good prep run for the fall,” she said.

The FEI Eventing Nations Cup at Millstreet is the second team competition to test the new Olympic format of three-member teams. Having a rider withdraw adds an automatic 200 points, which dropped the U.S. to fourth. Great Britain took over the lead followed by the French in second, and one of Ireland’s two teams in third.

Stay tuned for more from Millstreet!

FEI Nations Cup at Millstreet: WebsiteScheduleStart Times & Live ScoringLive StreamEN’s Coverage

BGS Country Dreams Dies on CICO3* Cross Country at Millstreet

Patrick Martin Byrne and BGS Country Dreams at Annaharvey 2017. Photo by Aisling Deverell/

We are devastated to report that BGS Country Dreams died today during the CICO3* cross country at the Millstreet International Horse Trials in Co Cork, Ireland. Ridden and owned by Patrick Martin Byrne, the 9-year-old Irish Sport Horse (Power Blade x Emmas Courage), fell at fence 22, The Gypsy Wagon. The fall was not rotational, and the fence caused no other faults in the division.

Patrick was uninjured in the fall, and event organizers commented that BGS Country Dreams will be taken for a post mortem examination at the Irish Equine Centre. The pair were riding on one of Ireland’s two Nations Cup teams.

Patrick had ridden the horse from the 100cm level through multiple two-star completions. This event was the horse’s CIC3* debut.

The EN team extends our deepest condolences to Patrick and all those who knew this special horse.


Wednesday News & Notes from Attwood Equestrian Surfaces

Nicolette Merle-Smith and fiancé Joel Scholz. Photo courtesy of the Mongol Derby.

EN would like to wish a warm congratulations to U.S. eventer Nicolette Merle-Smith and Joel Scholz who married at the 2018 Mongol Derby finish camp. The pair completed the Mongol Derby in eight days, and their engagement was clearly no worse for the wear after a 1,000 kilometer trek across the steppe, traversing mountains and flooded rivers on 28 semi-feral ponies. Their family greeted them to celebrate at the finish. Having survived the Derby together, a lifetime of matrimony should be a piece of cake! A stateside wedding is in the works for October — visit their Facebook page Married to the Mongol Derby.

National Holiday: National Tooth Fairy Day

Major Events This Week: 

FEI Eventing Nations Cup at Millstreet International Horse Trials [Website] [Schedule] [Start List & Results]

Blair Castle Horse Trials [Website] [ERM Website] [Schedule] [Live Stream]

U.S. Weekend Preview: 

Town Hill Farm H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

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

Shepherd Ranch SYVPC H.T. II [Website]

Caber Farm Horse Trial  [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

The Event at Archer [Website] [Live Scoring]

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

Wednesday News: 

Did you know many women used to ride with lead packets in their saddle pad on endurance day? That’s right. A weight requirement of 165 lbs. had to be met for all competitors, and that meant those on the lighter side had to carry extra weight. Those were in the traditional format days where you had a four-phase endurance day and you could fall and continue competition. [Memories from the Vet Box with Cathy Wieschhoff]

While the World Equestrian Games is hot on everyone’s mind now, we mustn’t forget the Asian Games! It started Monday, August 20, and continues through Aug. 30. It stands as the largest sporting event in the world with 12,000 athletes, which is a great show of equestrianism around the world. [Going For Gold At The 2018 Asian Games]

Starting a young horse is delicate business, according to Piggy French. Her philosophy for training can vary from horse to horse, and she begins to evaluate them as 3-year-olds where she decides when, what and how much. [What To Ask For, And When: Piggy French’s Guide To Breaking And Training Your Three-Year-Old]

Hot on Horse Nation: Dressage Apocalypse

Attwood Wednesday Words of Wisdom:

There are many compelling reasons why Attwood only uses premium raw materials in its footing formulas.  If you love to cook or bake, this will all make perfect sense to you. But if you are kind of hack in the kitchen, just follow along.

All of our raw materials are accompanied with a SDS (Safety Data Sheet). This important information provides the makeup of material components, safe use, and safety of handling and storage for a particular material or product. So we know exactly what we are working with.

Knowing that our ingredients are consistent means we can produce consistent footing every time. By comparison, if you were baking bread, you wouldn’t throw in any old flour from the back of the cupboard into the mix and expect a great result? Of course not.

But what of recycled products such as carpet scraps and ground up tennis shoes? The real concern with adding recycled products into your footing is that you have no idea what’s really in there. And there is the concern of chemicals leaching out into paddocks and waterways. As for rubber, not only does it have a terrible odor, it breaks down easily creating a dusty and unhealthy environment for all.

It’s difficult to know the long-term effects recycled additives will have on your horse, you and the environment… while an Attwood footing will be safe and consistent ride after ride.

Good footing is an investment in the health and well being of your horse. Have a question? Shoot us an email at [email protected] or call 888-461-7788.

Tuesday Video from SpectraVet: Blair Castle Countdown

The EN team is buzzing in our boots with excitement ahead of this weekend. There’s a lot of competition on the table in addition to the Millstreet Nations Cup, including the Event Rider Masters Series Finale at Blair Castle. The 2018 season has be exciting from the very start, and the overall title is still very much up for grabs. Chris Burton currently leads the way (96 points), but Laura Collet (86 points) and Tim Price (81 points) are hot on his heels. Click here for the full rankings list.

Our UK correspondent Tilly Berendt will be on the ground for all the action, but don’t forget you can watch it all live for free at

In the meantime, catch up with highlights and replays on Event Rider Master’s YouTube page at this link.

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Tuesday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

Hallie Coon and Celien. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

And just like that we’re flying headfirst into the fall season! Riders have started to gear up for their fall events here and overseas. Congratulations are due for Hallie Coon, Buck Davidson and Liz-Halliday Sharp who will take on the CICO3* for the United States at Millstreet in Ireland this weekend.

National Holiday: National Senior Citizens Day

Events Opening This Week: Kent School Fall H.T. (CT, A-1) Morven Park Fall International H.T. & CIC*/**/*** (VA, A-2) Hagyard Midsouth Three-day Event & Team Challenge H.T. (KY, A-8) Heritage Park H.T. (KS, A-4) Willow Draw Charity Show (TX, A-5) Woodside International Horse Trials (CA, A-6) 4th Annual Fall Spokane Sport Horse Farm H.T. (WA, A-7) The Event at Skyline (UT, A-9)  WindRidge Farm Fall Horse Trials (NC, A-2) Middle Tennessee Pony Club Horse Trials (TN, A-3)

Events Closing This Week: Bucks County Horse Park H.T. (PA, A-2) Dunnabeck H.T. (IL, A-4) Chardon Valley Horse Trials (MI, A-8) Grindstone Mountain Farm H.T. (MA, A-1) Seneca Valley Pony Club H.T. (MD, A-2) Five Points H.T. (NC, A-2) Feather Creek Farm H.T. (OK, A-5) Copper Meadows H.T. (CA, A-6) Course Brook Farm Fall Horse Trials (MA, A-1)

Tuesday News: 

We’ve already seen a share of Burghley entrants withdraw from the four-star competition. We sadly won’t see Paul Tapner’s ride Bonza King Of Rouges, Nicola Wilson’s ride Bulana, Tina Cook’s ride Calvino II and Laura Blades’ ride Jesmond Justice. [Former four-star winner and European medallist among latest Burghley withdrawals]

Congratulations are in order for Buck Davidson, Hallie Coon and Liz Halliday-Sharp who have been called up for the Nations Cup Team at Millstreet! The competition is this weekend and will be the second of its kind to exercise the new three-member team format. [US Equestrian Names the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team for FEI Eventing Nations Cup™ Ireland]

The Mongol Derby is not a challenge to take lightly. This year’s entrants were up against it all including poor weather and wild ponies all across 1,000 km of Mongolian steppe. [Caught on camera! Thrills and spills from the 2018 Mongol Derby]

Jimmie Schramm is teaching all day on Saturday, August 25 at Bucks County Horse Park in Revere, PA. Lessons are $65 for group or $75 for private. Choose from dressage, cross country, and/or show jumping. All horse & rider experience levels welcome. Sign up here. [More Details]

Tune In: The Horseware Eventing podcast has a new pod out ahead of this weekend’s Event Rider Masters finale at Blair Castle. [The ERM Finale…Who Wins?]

Tuesday Video:

Sunday Links Presented by One K Helmets

Kim Severson and Cooley Cross Border. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Raise your hand if you have a crush on Cooley Cross Border! He produced another picture perfect moment at Bromont this weekend. Though we miss Richland Park, I feel very fortunate that Bromont stepped up with another CIC. There’s one more big day, and Jenni Autry is on site to bring all the action.

National Holiday: National Aviation Day

Major Events This Weekend:

Bromont: WebsiteEntriesStart TimesScheduleLive ScoresEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Action:

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

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

Waredaca Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores] [FEH Scores] [YEH/NEH Scores]

Full Gallop Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

Catalpa Corner Charity H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

Sunday Links: 

The Road to AEC: Riding for Lydia

Just Add PAM – How To Hack Your Grooming Toolkit

Olympic champions spearhead British dressage team for World Equestrian Games

Badminton winners head experienced Australian eventing squad for WEG

Defending Burghley champion to be 2018 pathfinder

Why is hoof research lagging behind other areas of equine study?

Study highlights link between changes in the gut and chronic laminitis

Report from the USEA Board of Governors August Meeting

Sunday Video: 

Tuesday Video from SpectraVet: Mongolian Insanity in The Middle

The Mongol Derby is the longest and roughest horse race on the planet. Riders traipse across the Mongolian steppe attending 25 checkpoints aboard semi-feral ponies—Genghis Khan style. Our own editor Leslie Wylie took on the Mongol Derby last year and lived to tell the tale (Don’t miss her series, Wylie v. The Mongol Derby here!).

This year 16 North Americans are contesting the race, including Practical Horseman editor Jocelyn Pierce and eventer Nicolette Merle-Smith in tandem with her fiancé Joel Scholz. There is no understating the difficulty of the race or the unpredictability of the ponies, and this year’s contest is no different. I’d suggest you follow the action via the Derby’s live updates on Twitter and check out live tracking on the website here. Here’s what the riders have been up against:

Light blue touchpaper… stand back… boom!

Light blue touchpaper… stand back… boom!

Posted by Mongol Derby on Friday, August 10, 2018

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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

Astier Nicolas with a mid-course status update. Photo via Le Grand Complet’s Facebook Page.

It’s hard to believe WEG is less than a month away. With recent announcements and course updates coming left and right, everything is falling into place. Who has plans to watch the action in Tryon? Keep an eye out for Chinch!

National Holiday: National Creamsicle Day

Events Opening This Week: University of New Hampshire H.T. (NH, A-1) Surefire Farm H.T. (VA, A-2) Stable View Oktoberfest CIC and Horse Trials (SC, A-3) Woodland Stallion Station H.T. (CA, A-6) Fair Hill International CCI***/** (MD, A-2) ESDCTA New Jersey H.T. at the Horsepark (NJ, A-2) Jump Start H.T. (KY, A-8) Larkin Hill H.T. (NY, A-1) Fair Hill International CCI***/** (MD, A-2) FEH Central Championships at Texas Rose Horse Park(TX, A-5)

Events Closing This Week: FEH/YEH/NEH Qualifier at Loch Moy Farm (MD, A-2) Chattahoochee Hills H.T. (GA, A-3) Park Equine KY Classique H.T. (KY, A-8) Silverwood Farm Fall H.T. (WI, A-4) Woodland Stallion Station H.T. (CA, A-6) USEA AEC, Adequan Gold Cup Finals, and ATC Finals (CO, A-9)

Tuesday News: 

The German squad is officially set for the 2018 World Equestrian Games. Their final selection outing this weekend at Strzegom solidified it. Congratulations to Andreas Dibowski, Ingrid Klimke, Michael Jung, Julia Krajewski and Kai Rüder! [Germany reveals on-form eventing squad for World Equestrian Games]

Don’t miss this interview with the country’s “most underrated rider” Lillian Heard. She’s only 32 and has tackled nine CCI4* events on multiple horses. She’s also a loyal student of the sport, learning at every chance. [Lillian Heard Is The Epic Role Model We All Need]

Riders owe it to their horses to be every bit as fit as they are, Allison Springer says. She focuses on cardio and strength/flexibility. Walking or hiking are good ways to get extra cardio, and yoga can help with both strength and flexibility. [Rider Fitness with Allison Springer]

The new scoring program for the USEA Young Event Horse and Future Event Horse series will be tested for the first time today at Applewood Farm. Shout out to Steve Symansky for building the program (and note that he may be working out some of the final bugs). [FEH Scoring] [YEH Scoring]

Last weekend was for the ponies. From FEI Pony European Championships to USEF Pony Finals, there was plenty of cute to go around! [Pony Palooza: Favorite Photos From USEF Pony Finals]

Tuesday Video: 

Weekend Results: Intermediate Riders Dominate From Coast to Coast

Helen Bouscaren and Ebay won the Intermediate at Woodside this weekend. Photo by Shelby Allen.

You guys were busy out there in Eventing Nation this weekend! Let’s recognize some impressive Intermediate and CIC* riders from GMHA, Fair Hill, Otter Creek and Woodside:

GMHA Festival of Eventing

The Green Mountain Horse Association hosted their popular Festival of Eventing this weekend in beautiful South Woodstock, VT.

In the CIC*, Holly Jacks-Smither enjoyed a wire-to-wire win with her own Finely Brewed, a 7-year-old Thoroughbred (Milwaukee Brew x Capture The Spirit, by Conquistador Cielo). The pair finished on their dressage score of 27.3. You can watch their show jumping round below thanks to David Frechette:

Abby Maude was second with her own Stonehaven’s Dream. The 9-year-old Irish Sport Horse 4.4 cross country time penalties to add for a final result of 37.8. Sharon White finished third aboard Highlife’s Je T’aime, a 10-year-old Oldenburg (Der Dollar x  Juenesse D’or, by Lavarino) owned by Madeline Hartsock on 36.4 points.

In the Intermediate division, congratulations are due to Anna Loschiavo and Rodney Oakes and Gina Giudici-Oakes’s Prince Renan who picked up the win on a score of 34.6. The 15-year-old Thoroughbred was fourth after dressage and went on to add no penalties over the jumping phases. Watch their show jumping round:

Colleen Loach came in second with Qorry Blue D’Argouges, a 14-year-old Selle Francias (Mr. Blue x Hardie du Bourg) owned by Peter Barry.  The pair had 9.2 time penalties included in their three-phase result of 43.8. Sharon White was again third in this group, this time with her own Fashionably Late, an 8-year-old Thoroughbred cross (Aaron’s Gold x Fashion Plate, by Aristos B), on a score of 46.8.

GMHA Festival of Eventing August H.T.: WebsiteLive Scores

Fair Hill International

Fair Hill International had a bustling weekend with 17 horse trial divisions. Intermediate A was won by Lexi Scovil and her own Chico’s Man VDF Z, an 8-year-old Zangersheide (Chico’s Boy x  Chardonnay Z, by  Caretano Z). The pair was second on 31.2 after dressage, but a clear show jumping round put them into the lead, and a mere .8 time penalties on cross country confirmed the win.

Elizabeth Massa was second on a score of 35.8 with her own Theodore, a 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood (Unaniem x Marinus, by Faram). Dressage leaders Boyd Martin and Barry, a 9-year-old Thoroughbred owned by Boyd and Windurra USA, finished third with 39.7 points after two poles down and .4 cross country time penalties.

Boyd Martin piloting Kyra to a clear round in the pouring rain at Jersey Fresh this spring. Photo by Jenni Autry.

In the Intermediate B division, Christine Turner’s Kyra took the blue ribbon with Boyd Martin in the tack. The 11-year-old Canadian Warmblood (VDL Ulando H x Wellsley, by Weltstern) finished on her dressage score of 24.6.

Kelli Temple and Kara Angulo’s Metallica, an 8-year-old Holsteiner (Cancara x Ulysses, by Casall) earned second with one rail and 10.8 time penalties for a final result of 38.7. Third place went to Neil Donnelly with his own Fool Proof. The 15-year-old Holsteiner (Fuerst Gotthard x  Kachina, by Kalypso) finished inside the time on cross country, but had one pole down for a score of 41.1.

Fair Hill International H.T.: WebsiteLive Scores

Otter Creek Summer H.T. 

Genevieve Faith and Burned You Too. Photo via Genevieve’s Facebook Page.

In the small-but-mighty Intermediate division at the Otter Creek Summer H.T. Genevieve Faith finished first with her own Burned You Too. Only 12 cross country time penalties marred a final result of 61.8 for the 9-year-old Thoroughbred (Takur x Twice Singhed, by Twice Burned). Kristina Marth came second with her own MHS Fernhill Killey, a 7-year-old Irish Sport Horse on a score of 66.2.

Otter Creek Summer H.T.: WebsiteLive Scores

The Summer Event at Woodside

Meanwhile on the west coast, Helen Bouscaren was the big winner of the Intermediate class at Woodside’s Summer HT with her rising star Ebay. The 9-year-old Oldenburg (Escudo x Komtessa) finished on his dressage score of 32.7 as the only horse in the division to come home inside the time on cross country.

Jordan Linstedt and Janine Jaro’s  Staccato follow in second on 37.8. The 9-year-old Hanoverian (Stakkato x Certosa, by Charon) added only 4.4 cross country time penalties across the weekend. Shannon Lilley piloted Greenfort Carnival to a third place finish in the class. The 8-year-old Irish Sport Horse (Aughrim Knight x Easkey Princess) accumulated 6 time penalties in the cross country and one in the show jumping to finish on 42.7.

The Summer Event at Woodside: WebsiteLive Scores


WEG Hopefuls Out In Numbers at Hartpury, Haras du Pin, Strzegom

This was a signification weekend for high performance eventing around the world as the 2018 World Equestrian Games looms less than a month away. The nominated entry deadline is tomorrow, Monday August 13, and are still waiting for team confirmations from heavy hitters including Australia, Great Britain and France. For many, this weekend was a last chance to impress selectors, so we saw great competition across the continent and the U.K. at Hartpury, Strzegom and Haras du Pin.

Hartpury International

Tina Cook and Billy The Red. Photo by Gary Partridge/Hartpury International.

Tina Cook has had a bit of a rough year, but it looks to be turning right around as she and Billy The Red won the NAF Magic CIC3* at Hartpury International this weekend. She and Elisabeth Murdoch and Keith Tyson’s 11-year-old Baden-Württemberg gelding (Balou du Rouet X FBW Simply Red, by Stan The Man xx) were moved from fifth to first across the jumping phases adding just 1.2 cross country time penalties to finishing on a 26.8. Tina and “Billy” are both on Great Britain’s long list for WEG.

“Everything fell into place here, he nailed a good test because he is a world-class horse and I’m thrilled — it’s been a while since I’ve had a big win and it was a strong field. The ground was fantastic as was the course, and it was a great prep for the autumn events,” Tina said.

Second place belongs to WEG hopeful Piggy French. She and long listed Quarryquest Echo, an 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse (Clover Echo x Royal China, by Cavalier Royale) owned by Jayne McGivern, added only 0.4 cross country time penalties  for a three-phase score of 26.9. Piggy also earned an eighth place result with Trevor Dickens’s Vanir Kamira, who joins his stablemate on the WEG long list.

Sam Ecroyd and his own Wodan III came from outside the top ten to nab third place. The 15-year-old Anglo European gelding (Mr Concorde BJ x Tica, by Corland) had .8 time penalties added to close the weekend on 28.3 points.

In a leaderboard dominated by riders with goals of riding at the World Equestrian Games, Pippa Funnel joins the group after finishing fourth aboard Barbara and Nicholas Walkinshaw’s Billy Walk On, a 9-year-old Anglo European (Billy Mexico x Shannon Line, by Golden Bash). The pair finished on 31.2 points.

Bill Levett Elisabeth Murdoch’s 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse Lassban Diamond Lift (Easy Lift x Lassban Chow Bella, by Diamond Chin), who currently sit on Australia’s long list, finished fifth on a score of 31.4.

Hartpury International: WebsiteResults

[Cook is back on top]

Eventing Nations Cup at Haras du Pin

Maxime Livio and Pica d’Or. Photo via Hara du Pin.

Maxime Livio earned a decisive win of the FEI Eventing Nations Cup this weekend at Haras du Pin aboard Ecurio Livio and Soixante Sieze et Compagnie’s Pica d’Or, a 15-year-old Selle Francais (Tresor du Renom x Joyeuse Be d’Or, by  Hurlevent). Leading from the very beginning, the pair finished on their dressage score of 26.4. Maxime also finished 8th with Opium de Verrieres (31.5).

Louise Svensson Jähde and Waikiki 207. FEI/Libby Law Photo.

Louise Svensson Jähde, who has already been named to the Swedish team, and Waikiki 207 secured a clear show jumping round Sunday which moved them from fifth to second overall. The 12-year-old Holsteiner (Quinar x Sila, by San Patrignano Cassini), who is owned by Louise and Hans Thomsen, also finished on his dressage score of 29.4.

Great Britain’s Laura Collett and Mr. Bass earned a smashing third place finish with only 1.6 cross country time penalties marring and overall result of 30.4. This result is a shining addition to the 10-year-old Holsteiner’s (Carrico x K-Jeunesse, by Exorbitant xx) glowing resume as we await the finalization of the British team.

Andreas Ostholt and Eckl Wolf-Dieter’s Pennsylvania 28, an 18-year-old Hanoverian (Pik L x Winona, by Waldstar xx) finished fourth with a score of 30.4, and Richard Coney (GBR) was fifth on 30.6 aboard his own Kananaskis.

Potential Australian representatives in France this weekend included Emma McNab with Fernhill Tabasco, who finished 17th after having one pole down (35.4), Chris Burton with Cooley Lands, who finished 58th after 13.2 time penalties and one rail (45.5), and Robert Palm with Koko Story who finished 64th (51.4).

Looking to the team standings, France won gold in front of the home crowd, followed by the Netherlands for silver and Germany earned bronze.

FEI Nations Cup at Haras du Pin: Live ScoringLive Streaming

Strzegom Summer Series

Sandra Auffarth and Viamant du Matz. Photo by Leszek Wójcik/Strzegom Horse Trials.

Reigning world champion Sandra Auffarth had a foot perfect weekend in the CIC3* class with Nikolaus Prinz von Croy’s Viamant du Matz. She and the 9-year-old Selle Francais stallion (Diamant de Semilly x Heralina, by Voltigeur le Malin) were the only pair to manage the time on cross country, and they kept on their dressage score of 28.8—a result which earned them the spot as first reserve pair for the German team at the World Equestrian Games.

“I had a great feeling yesterday in the cross country and I was very proud of my horse. I had a good feeling about the showjumping, because my horse is a good jumper. I’m very very happy, my test went really good for me and my horse. I think the showjumping course was quite difficult, but it made it exciting and fun to watch for the audience,” Sandra said.

Christoph Wahler (GER) and his own Carjatan S, a 9-year-old Holsteiner (Clearway x Kajenna, by Galant Vert), came in second with 0.4 time penalties added for a final result of 30.2. Andreas Dibowski secured third aboard FRH Corrida, a 9-year-old Hanoverian (Contendro I x Expo, by Espri) owned by BG Corrida. This duo finished with 32.7 points. Andreas also finished fifth (39.2) with Susanne Heigel’s It’s Me xx.

Standing European champions Ingrid Klimke and SAP Hale Bob OLD slot into fourth place. Ingrid’s 14-year-old Oldenburg (Helikon xx x Goldige, by Noble Champion) took an easy cruise around the cross country for 8.8 time penalties added for a final mark of 34.

Both Andreas and Ingrid were named to the German WEG team shortly after the conclusion of show jumping. You can read the team announcement at this link.

Joining Ingrid in Tryon will be Michael Jung, Kai Rüder and Julia Krajewski, who finished 7th, 12th and 14th, respectively. Michael and his parents Brigitte and Joachim Jung’s fisherRocanna FST, a 13-year-old German Sport Horse (Ituango xx X Rose II, by Carismo) finished with 41.3 points after a confident spin around cross country added 13.2 points. Michael also won the CCI2* with Maria Stein’s Corazon.

Kai and Colani Sunrise, a 12-year-old Oldenburg (Chico’s Boy x  Larissa, by  Laudatio) owned by Bernhard Reemtsma. 15.6 time penalties were added to their dressage score for a weekend result of 45.8.

Fresh off their win at Aachen, Julia and Chipmunk FRH, a 10-year-old Hanoverian (Contendro I X Havanna, by Heraldik I) owned by Dr. Hilmer Meyer-Kulenkampff had the same finishing time as Michael and Roxy, but also had to poles in the show jumping for a final score of 48.4.

Julia Krajewski and Samourai du Thot. Photo by Leszek Wójcik/Strzegom Horse Trials.

In the CIC2*, Julia Krajewski took top honors with veteran partner Samourai du Thot. The 12-year-old Selle Francais (Milor Landais x Melitos du Thot, by Flipper d’Elle) looks to be coming back into form after elimination at Aachen CIC3* last month. This weekend he added 4.4 cross country time penalties to finish on 27.6.

Strzegom Summer Tour: WebsiteLive Scoring

Germany Announces Team for 2018 World Equestrian Games

Julia Krajewski and Chipmunk FRH. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Following the final selection trial at Strzegom this weekend, The DOKR has officially named the  horses and riders who will represent Germany at the 2018 World Equestrian Games. WEG will be hosted at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, North Carolina, September 12-16.

Here are the riders listed in alphabetical order:

  • Andreas Dibowski and FRH Butts Avedon, a 15-year-old Hanoverian (Heraldik xx x Karina-Andora, by Kronenkranich xx) owned by Manfred Giensch, Anne-Kathrin Butt and Andreas, and FRH Corrida, a 9-year-old Hanoverian (Contendro I x Expo, by  Espri) owned by BG Corrida.
  • Michael Jung and fisherRocana FST, 13-year-old German Sport Horse (Ituango xx x Rose II, by Carismo) owned by Brigitte and Joachim Jung.
  • Ingrid Klimke and SAP Hale Bob OLD, 14-year-old Oldenburg (Helikon xx x Goldige, by Noble Champion) owned by Ingrid.
  • Julia Krajewski and Chipmunk FRH, a 10-year-old Hanoverian (Contendro I x Havanna, by Heraldik I) owned by Dr. Hilmer Meyer-Kulenkampff.
  • Kai Rüder and Colani Sunrise, a 12-year-old Oldenburg (Chico’s Boy x  Larissa, by  Laudatio) owned by Bernhard Reemtsma.

The following have been listed as reserve combinations:

  • Sandra Auffarth and Nikolaus Prinz von Croy’s Viamant du Matz
  • Josefa Sommer and Florian Appe’s Hamilton 24.
  • Jörg Kurbel and Nico Hauf’s Josera’s Entertain You

[Shortlist- das sind die Kandidaten für die WEG in Tryon (USA)]


Sunday Video: Equestrians Take on The ‘In My Feelings’ Challenge

The In My Feelings Challenge has been hugely popular this summer, and it was only a matter of time until it permeated the horse world. Now we’ve seen riders across multiple disciplines dance to Drake’s hit song, “In My Feelings.”

Our sister site Jumper Nation dubbed Brittni Raflowitz up as a winner. Here’s her video:

Geena Martin has emerged as the dressage representative, showing off tempi changes in some sort of new age freestyle:

OS Dressage presents the “KeKe Challenge” 😊 We had a lot of fun with this!! 🦄💕

Posted by Geena S. Martin on Tuesday, August 7, 2018

We’ve saved the best for last as the fabulous eventer Lainey Ashker stepped up to take the challenge:

Leave it to the horse girls to show out in the #InMyFeelingChallenge. Go Eventing.

Your Sunday Live Stream Hookup: Haras du Pin, Strzegom, Pony Europeans

What’s a Sunday morning without a cross country live stream? Thankfully we don’t have to face that reality today! Grab a cup of coffee and settle in for the final day of the Eventing Nations Cup at Haras du Pin. This is a key competition in the lineup to WEG as selectors will be keeping a careful eye on the competition. So, jump right in or start from the beginning to get a taste of all the action. Click here to rewatch the cross country stream. Show jumping begins at 2:45 p.m. local time/8:45 a.m. EST.

FEI Nations Cup at Haras du Pin: Start Times and Live ScoringLive Streaming

If this isn’t quite enough for you, the Germans are out in force at Strzegom this weekend, with WEG nominated entries due tomorrow, this event will solidify the German team. With Michael Jung, Ingrid Klimke, Julia Krajewski and more in the CIC3*, you won’t want to miss a second of the action. The top 22 show jump at 3:15 p.m. local time/9:15 a.m. EST. Watch it live on their Facebook page at this link.

Strzegom Summer Tour: WebsiteStart Times and Live Scoring

While those two certainly are exciting, your heart will soar when you get a glimpse of the FEI Pony European Championships. These are some fierce competitors in an adorable package, and the show jump at 1:30 p.m. local time/8:30 a.m. EST. Click here to rewatch their cross country day.

Bishop Burton European Pony Championships: WebsiteLive StreamLive Scores


Sunday Links Presented by One K Helmets

Costa Rica at the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games. Photo courtesy of Walter Vargas.

Such fun was had at the 2018 Central American Caribbean Games last month! Pictured are members of the Costa Rican team, who were coached by Waylon Roberts. Together they finished fourth. It is a treat to see our sport growing and thriving around the world. Catch up on our report of the competition at this link.

National Holiday: National Middle Child Day

Major Events This Week:

Hartpury International [Entries] [Results]

Strzegom Summer Tour [Start Times and Live Scoring]

FEI Nations Cup at Haras du Pin [Start Times and Live Scoring] [Live Streaming]

U.S. Weekend Action:

GMHA Festival of Eventing August H.T.  [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Fair Hill International H.T.  [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

WindRidge Farm Summer H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Otter Creek Summer H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

The Summer Event at Woodside [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Area VII Young Rider Benefit H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Times/Results]

Sunday Links:

Area III Seeks Volunteer Treasurer

Announcing Jumper Nation’s First Annual Blogger Contest

Developing Elasticity in the Dressage Horse with Isabell Werth

Through the Lens: Millbrook Horse Trials

Hock-height water best for horse back rehab, treadmill study suggests

Behavior of Horses With, Without Gastric Ulcers Compared

USEF Names Definite Entries for 2018 FEI World Singles Driving Championships

A 14-Hand Full Thoroughbred Pony Is Everything You Didn’t Know You Needed From Pony Jumper Championships

Sunday Video:

Young Rider Channels Mark Todd, Completes Pony Europeans Cross Country with One Stirrup

Louise Van Dijck and Gasmann B van het Juxschot. Photo via Equifan’s Facebook Page.

When 15-year-old Louise Van Dijck left the start box at the FEI Pony European Championships aboard Van Acker’s Gasmann B van het Juxschot, she was prepared and ready—but triumph nearly turned to tragedy when her stirrup leather snapped early in the course.

Without a hint of hesitation Louise kicked on, bearing a strong resemblance to eventing icon Mark Todd who infamously completed Badminton’s cross country in 1995 with only one stirrup. Check her out below, where the video should be queued up to her first camera appearance, if not her ride starts at 2:17:58:

“He’s a good pony he jumped—he never stopped. I did it for the team. We have the best team,” Louise, who is riding for Belgium, commented in an on-camera interview after her ride, noting her pony thought the stirrup “was not necessary.”

Placed 10th after dressage on a 31, she and her pony were in striking distance of an individual medal by their start time. While the two picked up fifty time penalties, we think she’s earned the title of Miss Stickability and certainly deserves some recognition as our standing reminder to add no stirrup work into our regular riding routines.

This was no soft course Louise was up against, and the results are proof of that. The leaderboard saw a major shuffle with dressage leaders from Germany falling out of medal position to make way for Great Britain, Ireland and France to take first, second and third, respectively.

Go Louise. Go Eventing.

FEI Pony European Championships: Website, Start Times and Live Scores, Live Stream

[Team GB In Gold Medal Position]

Belgium Names Team for 2018 World Equestrian Games

Karin Donckers and Fletcha van’t Verahof. Photo by Jenni Autry.

With exactly one month to go until the opening ceremonies, Belgium has announced their eventing squad for the 2018 World Equestrian Games, which will be held at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, North Carolina. The eventing competition will take place September 12-16.

Alec van den Abeele will serve as chef d’equipe and Marc Rigouts will be the manager for the Belgian team in Tryon.

Congratulations to the following horse and rider combinations:

  • Lara de Liedekerke-Meier and Alpaga d’Arville, a 12-year-old SBS (Wunder Boy van de Zuuthoeve x Mooney Raaphorst XX, by Shamaraan XX) owned by Larga SPRL.
  • Karin Donckers and Fletcha van ‘t Verahof, a 13-year-old Belgian Warmblood (Vigo d’Arsouilles x Southern Queen XX, by South Gale XX) owned by Karin, Joris De Brabander and Carl Bouckaert.
  • Giel Vanhouche and Azrael, a 10-year-old Holsteiner (Armand XX x Z-Luna, by Landgraf I) owned by Stal Viktory and Giel.
  • Joris Vanspringel and Imperial van de Holtakkers, a 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood (Quidam de Revel x Ava vd Holtakkers, by Argentinus) owned by Joris and Holstrust & Catharina Speerstra.

Drama has swirled in recent weeks amidst discussions that the length of Captain Mark Phillip’s cross country course may be shortened due to severe weather this summer. Many nations, including Australia, postponed final team announcements until “formal advice from the FEI and the Tryon Organising Committee of the details and distances of the cross-country course,” which they expected yesterday, August 10. Final nominated entries are due by Monday, August 13, so we can expect a flurry of finalizations next week.

To check out progress on the Tryon WEG venue, visit our gallery from July 26 here.

[Selecties World Equestrian Games Tryon.]



Tuesday Video from SpectraVet: Eventer Spirit at Millbrook

Millbrook Horse Trials 2018 from Marion Latta de Vogel on Vimeo.

Millbrook Horse Trials is a special event held at the picturesque Coole Park Farm in Millbrook, N.Y. Drawing hundreds of horses and riders each August, the hard-working organizers had their hands full this year with weather that challenged the competition. But, in true insanity-in-the-middle fashion, eventers were ready to kick on rain or shine, and Marion de Vogel captured it all.

In Marion’s words: “Throughout the events of each day, I kept thinking the weather doesn’t matter. We love our horses so much and they’re so willing and have so much heart — they’ll all get through it. And they did. Here’s the Camelot version of the weekend — as I saw it.”

Go Eventing.

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Tuesday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

Photo via Charbonnet Sport Horses.

The cute chestnut in this picture is happily showing off the months of behind-the-scenes progress with an OTTB. I’ve been lucky to spend a lot of time with William, who was sourced by Lara Anderson at Full Gallop Farm, and it’s only fitting that he completed his first three-phase there with owner Susan Thomas over the weekend. He’s so sweet and willing, the challenge is getting all those pieces to fit together. Cheers to your OTTBs!

National Holiday: National Lighthouse Day

Events Opening This Week: Marlborough H.T (MD, A-2) Sundance Farm H.T. (WI, A-4) MeadowCreek Park H.T – The Fall Social Event (TX, A-5) Colorado Horse Park Horse Trials/Derby (CO, A-9) Cedar Ridge H.T. (MI, A-8) FEH Qualifier at Loch Moy Farm (MD, A-2) FEH Championships at Loch Moy Farm (MD, A-2) Stoneleigh-Burnham School Fall H.T. (MA, A-1) Plantation Field International CIC (PA, A-2) Flora Lea Fall H.T. (NJ, A-2) Twin Rivers Fall H.T. (CA, A-6) Aspen Farms H.T. (WA, A-7)

Events Closing This Week: Town Hill Farm Horse Trials (CT, A-1) Shepherd Ranch SYVPC H.T. II (CA, A-6) Stone Gate Farm H.T.(OH, A-8) Loudoun Hunt Pony Club Fall H.T. (VA, A-2) Caber Farm Horse Trial (WA, A-7) The Event at Archer (WY, A-9)

Tuesday News:

We are keeping Caroline Martin and Sara Kozumplik Murphy in our thoughts as the two are recovering after falls at Millbrook Horse Trials on Sunday. Sara suffered some spinal fractures, and Caroline was admitted, but released from the ICU on Sunday. Both horses were uninjured. [Martin And Murphy Recovering After Falls At Millbrook]

When good ground isn’t an option, that doesn’t mean you have to scratch your cross country schooling plans. Katie Honey says doing a faux school in your arena can help accomplish many of the same goals. [Hard going: how to cross-country school effectively without running on hard ground]

Think you want to give a career in equestrian journalism a go? Try it out at Burghley Horse Trials! The four-star has launched a young equestrian journalism competition where winners will attend the competition to shadow and learn from industry professionals. Writers, photographers and broadcasters under 21 and based in the UK are invited to apply. [How you could report from Burghley: event offers unmissable opportunity]

Tuesday Video:

Millbrook Horse Trials 2018 from Marion Latta de Vogel on Vimeo.

Sunday Links Presented by One K Helmets

Photo by Amber Heintzberger.

Crazy storms and the following rainfall have made things interesting this weekend at Millbrook, or should we say #Mudbrook Horse Trials. Huge kudos to the organizers for being flexible to keep the show going! Advanced and Intermediate will have both jumping phases today with show jumping beginning at 8 a.m. and cross country starting at 10 a.m.

National Holiday: National Friendship Day

Major Events:

#Millbrook: WebsiteScheduleRide TimesLive ScoresEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Action:

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

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

Catalpa Corner Charity H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

Sunday News: 

Intermediate and Advanced Cross-Country at Millbrook Will Run on Sunday

The USEA Classic Series Wins in the West at Coconino

Jones Visualizes Her Ride To Grab Young Rider Individual Gold

A Team Mantra Propels Zone 2 To Young Rider Gold

Matthew Wright’s eventing blog: it’s been a crazy week

Tom McEwen claims his first Festival of British Eventing title

“Broken leg” no longer career ending for competition horses

Sunday Video: Aka cutest course walk ever!

Hudson and @courtlee26 walking the Intermediate @millbrookht

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