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Tuesday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

Water Cube and Hillary Spicher in 2018. Photo via Whitney Spicher’s Facebook Page.

We are devastated to report that Area VII Whitney Spicher lost her horse, Water Cube, in a fatal trailer accident this weekend. Sudden poor visibility led to a 30-car pileup where Whitney’s trailer was rear ended. All human passengers were uninjured, and the other two horses on the trailer survived and are recovering.

Water Cube gained recognition in 2016 when he went from the racetrack to the eventing world. Then-owned Michael Phelps gave the ride to Phillip Dutton. But for the last few years, Cubey was Whitney’s unicorn. The EN team sends our condolences to Whitney and her crew. A Go Fund Me page has been started for anyone who would like to show some support to Whitney.

National Holiday: National Spinach Day

Events Opening This Week: Jersey Fresh International Three-day EventWindRidge Farm H.T.Plantation Field May H.T.Mill Creek Pony Club H.T. at LongviewTexas Rose Horse Park Summer H.T.Galway Downs Spring H.T.Woodland Stallion Station H.T.Spokane Sport Horse Farm 4th Annual Spring H.T.Winona Horse TrialsOld Chatham H.T.

Events Closing This Week: USEA MDHT FEH/YEH/NEH QualifierPlantation Field April H.T.Ocala International 3-Day Festival of EventingFENCE H.T.Twin Rivers CCI & H.T.Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event

Tuesday News:

MCTA Horse Trials at Shawan Downs (Area II) is incorporating an intercollegiate challenge into their spring event on May 4-5, 2019. Entries are now open (closing date: April 16th) — all you have to do is indicate your college team on your entry form, and it will be score separately as a team competition. If you have any questions about the event, please reach out to the Maryland Eventing Team at [email protected]. We hope to see everyone there! [Omnibus Listing]

Carolina International hosted the first-ever USEF/USET Foundation North American Team Challenge over the weekend. Erik Duvander narrowly beat out Leslie Law’s team as these up-and-coming riders gained valuable team experience. [Team Erik Duvander Victorious in First USEF/USET Foundation North American Futures Team Challenge]

27-year-old David Britnell is headed to Badminton! He debuted at the five-star level last year at Pau, but now he’s going for the Big B, and blogging about it along the way. [David Britnell’s Badminton first-timer blog: I am incredibly excited]

Tuesday Video: 

Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: Geldings Galore!

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

“Ask a Gelding. Tell a Stud. Discuss it with a mare.”

Geldings may be more agreeable, but there’s nothing wrong with that! Geldings can be willing, teachable and loyal partners. Here’s six of our latest geldings listed for sale on Sport Horse Nation:

Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Handsome TB 16.3hh 8 YO. Show mileage to 1.10 meters

8 YO 16.3 TB. This big handsome boy has looks and jumping talent. An uphill build with super form and scope, he is easy to jump, carries a great rhythm in the canter and has show mileage at the 1.10 meter level. Has had 2 seasons in Florida. Showed at HITS Ocala 2019 in Week 3 – clear in all 4 classes with ribbons in 3. Doesn’t need a 6 day a week schedule, he can have a week off and be the same horse. Well schooled on the flat, he has counter-canter and changes. Stands quietly at the ringside or in lessons. Excellent barn manners and an absolute self-loader and good shipper. Hacks out in company or alone. Video available. Lower five figures as we are heading back home soon. Located in Florida.

Millye’s Mojave. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Want to go to AECs this September? Come try Millye’s Mojave!

Millye’s Mojave: 2005 16.1h chestnut Thoroughbred gelding

This is your ultimate Novice packer! “Morris” is an experienced eventer and was the 2017 Beginner Novice Champion at the American Eventing Championships. He has already qualified for the 2019 AECs at Novice with two 1st place finishes this year. This brings his total win count to 7 throughout his career, all with his amateur owner. Morris is easy on the flat and over fences, and has a good lead change. He has scored as low as 20.5 in the dressage phase at competitions. Not only is he great to ride, but he is also a lovely personality in the barn. He is the PERFECT horse for a junior or amateur looking to have fun! Located in South Carolina.

Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Ready for Modified

2010, 16.2H TB gelding. He has done 6 training level events since Dec., placing 5th and 6th in the last few. These could have been wins and top 3 placings if his rider didn’t always mess up in show jumping. This horse is a super star, better than your average TB. He will probably finish the Florida season with a modified in prep for prelim and if that happens the price goes up considerably. He is a lovely mover, a nice round jumper, has auto changes, is brace cross country and very straightforward and easy going. Basically a very cool dude which anyone would be lucky to have. In Ocala until April then he heads back to Ontario.

Prince of Kiltealy. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Winning Preliminary Gelding

aka “Teal” is an 11 yr old 16.1 h Irish Sport Horse that has competed up to the CCI**-L. Multiple recent wins at the Prelim level but just as happy to jump around the lower levels. Perfect horse for amateur or young rider! Easy ride and over all great brain. Clips without sedation, loads, not spooky, ties. One owner since imported as a coming 5 yr old sourced through Law Eventing.

Only selling because I am a young financially independent professional and the only way to continue to bring more nice horses such as Teal into my barn is by selling them as well. Located in Florida.

Uncle Eddy. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Uncle Eddy: fun, fun, fun!

Uncle Eddy: 2009 16.1h bay Thoroughbred gelding

Looking to have fun this year? Then come try Uncle Eddy! This experienced event horse has competed through Training level, but schooled through Preliminary. He has top placings with his junior rider at Novice and Training, and is perfectly suited for a junior or adult amateur. Eddy is easy to be around, and would be a welcome addition to any barn. He has a super personality and is just as happy to go on a trail ride as he is to go to a show. A really fun horse! Only selling due to owner being in college with no time to ride.

Bahian Macadamia. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Lovely Upper level Event Prospect

Bahian Macadamia-16.3h, 8yr old, Cleveland Bay/TB, gelding. Wonderful disposition, excellent mover and jumper, brave, and super work ethic. Would be great for an adult amateur, young rider, or professional. In the 20’s at every show, and won his last Trainong level. No vices. Located Mansfield, Ga. Mid five figures.

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

Sunday Links Presented by One K Helmets

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

I am completely out of words to describe Liz Halliday-Sharp’s complete dominance this weekend at Carolina International. She was up against a stout field in the CCI4*-S, and nabbed first and second. She nearly had the CCI3*-S class too, missing out on yet another win by only one second. You can catch up on all of our Carolina coverage at this link.

National Holiday: National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day

Major Events This Week:

Carolina International CCI & HT: WebsiteRide TimesStart ListsLive ScoresEN’s CoverageLive StreamEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Action:

Stable View Spring Horse Trials [Final Scores]

MDHT March Starter Trial [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Poplar Place March Horse Trials [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Full Gallop March Schooling Show II [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Southern Arizona Eventing Association HT [Website] [Ride Times/Live Scores]

Sunday Links: 

Practical Horseman Debuts New Podcast

Halliday-Sharp Can’t Be Beat at Carolina International

Badminton-bound event horse to run in memory of talented young rider

American Pharoah’s sire Pioneer of the Nile dies suddenly at 13

Eventers rally after Mosque shooting for rescheduled event

What To Do When You Can’t Catch Your Horse… And It’s Not Funny Anymore

Lexington Lead-Up: Get to Know Leslie Law and Voltaire de Tre

Sunday Video: 

Signs You’re a Pony Club Graduate Part II: Reader Submissions

Pony Club Mounted Games. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Turns out it’s true: Once a Pony Clubber always a Pony Clubber. Joining Pony Club is like inserting a few specific neuroses straight into your DNA. Did you have a visceral reaction to our first post, Six Signs You’re A Pony Club Graduate? Congratulations! You’re in an elite club.

Status courtesy of Stephanie Jones .

And turns out, so many of these telltale indicators are so ingrained that I didn’t even realize they were all thanks to my Pony Club roots. Shout out to Hilltoppers Pony Club, South Region! Here’s eight more signs that are a dead giveaway:

1.“There’s the right way, the wrong way, and the Pony Club way.” — Jessie Wade

2. “You’re one of a select few who know what a ‘turn back’ is.” — Eileen Phethean

3. “Being nicely turned out for every event or clinic. Everything freshly cleaned — tack shiny, even the metal polished. Polishing my boots. Proper standing wraps – lots of padding. Horse spotless and shiny.” — Julia Davies

4. “The way you must twist the reins and secure them with the throat latch to lunge.” — Leslie Stoffel

5. “You see someone sitting down and holding a horse and *shudder*” — Heather MacKenzie

6. “Breakaway, breakaway, breakaway. It’s a wonder we don’t have loose horses all the time but everything we tie to has some element of a breakaway string.” — Trish Morgan

7. “If you pass a trailer on the highway with a little loop of bailing twine blowing in the breeze on the ties, you know you just passed a pony clubber!!” — Jennifer Steadman Galbraith

8. “When you have to wear a belt to the barn, even when you’re just visiting, just in case somebody gets loose.” — Jennifer Mayfield

Nancy Toby also kindly reminded us in the comments that Pony Club is no longer just for those Under 25! For more information on the Horsemasters Program, or to find a club near you, click here.

Go Pony Club!


Tuesday Video from SpectraVet: Spring Highlights from UC Davis Eventing Team

Our friends at the University of California, Davis have been grinding away this spring. Check in with them and watch some highlights from their last team outing at Twin Rivers!

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Tuesday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

Photo by Ian Stark.

The cross country course for the Carolina International CCI & Horse Trials has taken shape this spring. Lead by course designer Ian Stark, course builders Levi Ryckewaert, Tyson Rementer and Jamie Gornall have gone above and beyond. Stay tuned for a course preview later this week for all the details.

National Holiday: National Certified Nursing Day

Events Opening This Week: Riga Meadow at Coole Park Combined TestMCTA H.T., IncPoplar Place Farm May H.T.The Event at Skyline

Events Closing This Week: The Fork at Tryon CCI4S/CCI3S/CCI2S & HTCDCTA Spring H.T.Chattahoochee Hills H.T.Pine Hill Spring H.T.Spring Bay H.T.

Tuesday News:

Don’t miss this sweet story! Gary, a dressage-bred gelding, nearly died as a foal due to an infection. He climbed his way back to good health, but decided he didn’t want to play in the sandbox. Now, he’s qualified for the Pan American Games in eventing. [Gary the foal who nearly died goes on to win international event]

The Land Rover Horse of the Year competition wrapped up in New Zealand this weekend after six days of action. This is a complete display of horse sport, with classes for eventers, show jumpers, dressage and Standardbreds. [NZ Horse of the Year show wraps up in Hastings]

Khaled Mustafa was among those who sadly lost their lives in the mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand last week. Originally born in Syria, Khaled was a beloved farrier. EN sends our condolences to his family. [Syrian-Born Farrier And Son Among Victims In Christchurch Mosque Shooting]

Raise your hand if you’ve ever struggled to catch your horse in the field. We’ve all been there at least once. Tik Maynard shares his tips with the horse in mind. [What To Do When You Can’t Catch Your Horse … And It’s Not Funny Anymore]

Tuesday Video: 

Intermediate-ish Weekend Report: Copper Meadows, Ocala & Pine Top

While the booming Florida season is starting to wind down, the west coast is just getting started. It was a full weekend from start to finish — Here’s what happened across Ocala Winter II, Pine Top and Copper Meadows Winter H.T.

Both Ocala and Copper Meadows hosted Advanced combined tests. Alexa Lapp and Cambalda made their debut at the level as a pair and won with a dressage score of 31.5 and one rail down. Rebecca Hoos and Little Cruz were second, and Nita Sanfilippo was third with Alarmabull. Keep an eye out for these pairs this season!

On the west coast, heartthrob Mai Baum was the CT winner with Tamie Smith in the tack. He jumped clear and added .4 pesky time penalties to finish on 22.4. Hawley Bennett-Awad and Jollybo had a successful outing for second place to finish on 35.6 after having one rail down. This was their final California competition before they head east once again for the Kentucky CCI5*-L.

Back in Ocala, Kylie Lyman and Xuanatu won the Intermediate Horse division. With the fastest cross country trip of the group, this pair added only 3.2 time penalties to finish on a score of 34.6. Buck Davidson, who was tied with Kylie for first after dressage, finished second with Victor B Z (49.4).

Heather Jane Morris turned the leaderboard around in the Intermediate Rider division. Riding Jos UFO De Quidam, Heather climbed her way from fifth after dressage to win the class after a clear show jump and 6.8 time penalties. Jackie LeMastus was second with Indian Mill.

The World Equestrian Games combination of Lauren Kieffer and Vermiculus topped the Open Intermediate. “Bug” had another successful outing in a season where Lauren says he’s really maturing. He added 1.6 cross country time penalties to finish on 36.4. Ashlyn Dorsey came second with Stakkato II (38.2), and Leslie Law was third with JKF Vogue (38.5).

Olivia Loiacono-Putrino piloted her Waterford to win the Open Intermediate division at Copper Meadows. Adding 11.2 time penalties on cross country landed had them finish on a score of 36.9. Second place went to Megan Sykes and Classic’s Mojah who had 13.2 cross country time penalties added to their result. Phiero SR claimed third with Bunnie Sexton in his debut at the level. Finishing cross country  on the exact same time as your winners, they closed the weekend on 49 points.

Katie Lichten and Caitlin Silliman were the big winners at Pine Top Farm.

Cross country time penalties shuffled the results in the Intermediate Rider division, but Katie and RF Luminati held their wire-to-wire lead to finish at the top on a score of 43.5. William Kidwell and Tremolo laid down the fastest ride with only 1.2 time penalties, and for this they were rewarded with second place (44.7). The Litchten family dominated this class with Katie’s sister, Maddie Lichten, finishing third with Yarrow (48.7).

Caitlin and Ally KGO topped the Open Intermediate from start to finish as well. They were the only Intermediate pair to finish on a sub 30 score (29). Boyd Martin was second with Tsetserleg after having one rail and 2.4 time penalties.

Go Eventing.


Social Media Roundup: Eventers Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

Four-leaf clovers abound! Irish horse owners have something a little extra to celebrate today. From a green water jump at the Florida Horse Park to pony leprechauns, here’s how the horse world is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day:

Chantil and Marge looking fab at their first event together! Look at the green water dye for St. Patrick’s Day 😂🍀

Posted by Sara Kozumplik Murphy on Sunday, March 17, 2019

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to my favourite Irish pony!! ☘️☘️🍀🍀

Posted by Jill Thomas on Sunday, March 17, 2019

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from the USEA! 🇮🇪🍀Pictured is Timothy Bourke and Luckaun Quality on their 5th consecutive trip around Kentucky! #bettertogether #fightingirish #luckoftheirish

Posted by United States Eventing Association, Inc. (USEA) on Sunday, March 17, 2019

Posted by Rebecca Farm on Sunday, March 17, 2019

Happy St Patrick’s day to my friends near and far! 🍀🍀🍀🇮🇪🇮🇪🇮🇪

Posted by Carol Gee on Sunday, March 17, 2019

May the road rise up to meet youMay the wind be always at your backMay the sun shine warm upon your faceThe rains fall soft upon your fieldsAnd until we meet againMay God hold you in the palm of his hand

Posted by Mary Patricia Stone on Sunday, March 17, 2019

Six Signs You’re A Pony Club Graduate

Chinch is Pony Club proud. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Many eventers got their start in Pony Club. From Lynn Symansky to William Fox-Pitt, even the greats have Pony Club to thank for their foundation — including USEA President Carol Kozlowski:

Pony Club graduates are everywhere, and often they’re pretty easy to pick out. Here are six dead giveaways that someone is a graduate Pony Clubber:

1. Hanging up dirty tack is considered the 8th deadly sin. You wipe down and figure eight your bridle after every ride, every time.

2. A hyperfocus on safety. This isn’t to say that our non-pony club counterparts don’t care about safety, but after experiencing hundreds of safety checks, it’s hard not to have an eye for the small details that make a big difference. Want to test a possible alum? Hang a water bucket in front of them with the snaps facing outward.

3. You can bandage literally anything. A spider wrap? I could do that in my sleep.

4. Horse Management’s got nothing on your tack room. You have two of everything, and they’re all labeled. Extra girth? Check.

5. You always pack your grain in paper bags — and each bag is labeled with your horse’s name + Date + AM/PM. Even with other conveniences, old habits die hard.

6. You’re Pony Club Proud. You still have your pin that lets you show your support for the organization that started it all. While you might not me a registered member anymore, Pony Club has lifelong admittance. Once a Pony Clubber, always a Pony Clubber.

Can you think of other telltale signs? Let us know in the comments.

For more information about The U.S. Pony Club, click here.

St. Patrick’s Day Links Presented by One K Helmets

Careful over those skinnies. Photo by Jenni Autry.

ICYMI: The FEI is cracking down on accuracy when jumping narrow fences this year. New under what’s being called the “Missed Flag Rule,” a the majority of your horse’s body must have cleared the height of the fence through the flags. Now that “scoot around” move won’t cut it. They offer more descriptions in this FAQ document.

National Holiday: Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

U.S. Weekend Action:

Ocala II H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

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

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

Sunday Links:

Greatest sports story never told: The woman who defied the Nazis to win the toughest horse race in history

The End of an Era: Morris Reflects on her Role at USEF

Drama Abounds at Land Rover Horse of the Year Cross Country

A Very Wet Start to the Season

Hall of Fame honours for NZ eventing’s “awesome foursome”

Gary the foal who nearly died goes on to win international event

Lexington Lead-Up: Get to Know Hawley Bennett-Awad & Jollybo

Sunday Video: Great riding by EN Lead Writer Jenni Autry, and even better commentary from David Frechette.

“I better not make any smart aleck Horsepesterer comments because I’m pretty sure this is going to make Eventing Nation.”


#DogsOfEN: A Doggone Good Weekend at Pine Top

EN always brings you the very latest news from events around the country, but now it’s time to give the people what they really want: dogs. This one goes out to the dogs at Pine Top.

The team behind the success at Pine Top! Photo via Pine Top Farm.

The team at Pine Top uploaded the world’s cutest album today a they featured all the pooches who spent their Friday on display at the Georgia venue. In true @dog_rates style, we’d like to award all these doggos 14/10 for being awesome. Owners — identify yourselves and claim your four-legged friends!

Oh, and there’s also a horse trial at Pine Top this weekend. Follow the live scores here.

Pine Top Spring H.T.: WebsiteRide TimesLive Scores




Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: The Luck of the Irish

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

There’s a reason the Irish Sport Horse is a popular choice in eventing. They’re intelligent, talented, tough mudders. Get lucky this St. Patrick’s Day with these 5 Irish horses listed for sale on Sport Horse Nation.

Excel Star Harry. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Excel Star Harry

Excel Star Harry: 2015 16.2h chestnut Irish Sport Horse gelding

By Luidam (KWPN) out of Moysella Cool Diamond (by Coolcorran Cool Diamond)

This talented young horse has just started competing and recently finished 2nd in his Beginner Novice division at Sporting Days Farm Horse Trials! He is showing the scope and ability to be a top horse. He has a lovely attitude and would be suitable for a junior, young rider or adult amateur to bring along. He was recently imported from Ireland and is the grandson of Guidam, which is one of the strongest stallion lines of jumping horses. And his grandsire, Coolcorran Cool Diamond, is the world’s leading Irish Sport Horse stallion (WBFSH). Located in South Carolina.

Sibon Rose. Photo via Sport Horse Nation Spotlight.

Sibon Rose

Sibon Rose: 2012 16.2h bay Irish Sport Horse mare

Recent Top 10 finish at Sporting Days Horse Trials in an Open Novice division!

This talented young horse is ready to start her competition career! She has the talent and scope to go up the levels in either eventing or the hunter/jumper world. Imported from Ireland, this classy mare is well bred with both Cavalier Royale and Heartbreaker in her pedigree. She’s a good jumper and would suit a junior, young rider or adult amateur. Located in South Carolina.

Fourfields Classek. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Fourfields Classek

Fourfields Classek is a 5-year-old 16.1hh ISH (Classe VDL x Ekstein x Cloughjordan Boy) gelding. International quality movement and jump. Competed young event horse class in England and show jumping. This horse has all the qualities to win at the top. Located in South Carolina.

Ringwood Trendy Pop. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Flashy, Talented Gelding Ready to Move Up the Levels!

Ringwood Trendy Pop: 2012, 16.3hh Irish Sport Horse gelding

Trendy is a super kind, quiet, and willing horse who would make a great addition to anyone’s barn! This flashy, imported ISH is by Future Trend, a Grand Prix show jumping stallion.
He competed in Training level eventing and show jumping in Ireland. Trendy has a swinging walk, expressive trot, and an uphill and ground-covering canter. He is a scopey jumper and will move up the levels easily; he is brave and honest to the fences as well as very forgiving of rider mistakes. Trendy is quite versatile and would be able to do the jumpers, equitation classes, or be made into a top event horse. While he is suitable for a young rider or adult amateur, he is also talented enough for a professional.

More photos and videos available at Located in New Jersey.

Bohen. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Super All rounder Irish Sport Mare.

Looking for a horse to have fun with and to be in the ribbons?
Bohen is a Fun and fantastic all rounder and is priced at $15,000 USD.

Visit our website:

This mare will bring so much enjoyment and pleasure. She has been there done it all. Bohen is a 15hh , 13 y/o Irish sport mare. She may be 15hh however she has a horses stride and makes all the distances, she always produces clear rounds and has lots of scope.

She is a fantastic jumper jumping up to 1.10m with ease and excels in all rings. She has a great temperament, is safe and sensible.

She would suit a small competitive/leisure adult rider or a teenager. She competes in the disciplines of eventing, showjumping, cross country ect
A true all rounder that loves to jump, she is forward going and locks on to her fences. She is so much fun, gives a great feel when jumping a real confidence giver.

She is a favourite in the yard.

She is fantastic out cross country where she is brave and again careful. She jumps everything in her path, ditches, water, coffins, banks ect.

Has competed in Showjumping, Eventing. Hunter trials, Charity rides, Riding club and Sportsman Classes. She is good to hack alone or in company, box, clip, shoe ect. Lots more videos on request. Located in Ireland.

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

Tuesday Video from SpectraVet: Big Names Out at Tweseldown

After what felt like a long winter, our friends in the UK have come out in force for their first events of the year. Many big names stretched their legs at Tweseldown over the weekend across three stout Intermediate divisions. David Robinson, also known as Harvey Wet Dog, was out to catch it all on video. Keep an eye out for the likes of William Fox-Pitt, Harry Meade, Tina Cook, Andrew Nicholson and many more.

You can find more of David’s fantastic work on his YouTube Page.

For results from Tweseldown, click here.

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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

Taking a canter around the Carolina Horse Park. Photo by Shelby Allen.

The Carolina International Organizing Committee has been hard at work to ensure the cross country at the Carolina Horse Park is only the best quality. Since last year, they’ve opened new galloping lanes by clearing trees, and even more impressively, the FEI tracks have been roped off since last fall so that they can be best maintained for competition. Knowlbrook Farms deserves many thanks for their management of the “sacred ground.” Check out this video they shared from a few weeks ago:

Cross Country Course footing enhancements!

The cross country tracks are in unprecedented condition in preparation for the Carolina International and the Southern Pines Horse Trials with new and improved galloping lanes, extensive tree removal and ongoing seeding & fertilization. Most importantly, the FEI tracks have been roped off since last fall with no access as required to preserve and improve the ground for March 2019. Thank you to Knowlbrook Farms for taking on all management of our sacred ground. Enjoy this video shot on Feb 25, 2019!

Posted by Carolina International CCI and Horse Trial on Tuesday, March 5, 2019

National Holiday: National Girl Scout Day

Events Opening This Week: University of New Hampshire Spring H.T.Loudoun Hunt Pony Club Spring H.T.Fresno County Horse Park H.T.St. Johns H.T.University of New Hampshire Spring H.T.

Events Closing This Week: Morven Park Spring H.T.Rocking Horse Spring H.T.Full Gallop Farm March II H.T.Texas Rose Horse Park H.T.Galway Downs International H.T.

Tuesday News: 

Without the luxury of Florida to escape to, our friends in the UK had to patiently wait for better weather to kick off their season. In the last few weeks, top horses have had their first runs across Tweseldown and Oasby. [Three British gold medallists, a Badminton winner and 14 other superstars starting their eventing season]

Santa Anita Park may reopen as soon as March 22. It closed “indefinitely” on March 5 following a spate of deaths, and the surface has since been analyzed and “worked on.” The track will also implement new safety protocols including required permission application to train a horse, the requirement of transparent veterinary records and  the appointment of a new Director of Equine Welfare. [Santa Anita Main Track Could Re-Open for Racing March 22]

FEI Competitors be aware: clipping of horses legs on site of a competition is no longer allowed. The rule went into effect January 1, and restricts leg clipping only when the horse is physically on site. There are veterinary exemptions. [Clipping legs at shows no longer allowed under FEI rules]

Tuesday Video:

Sunday Links Presented by One K Helmets

Combined driving is the sister sport of eventing. A different kind of triathlon, driving’s “cross country” is their marathon day, which still operates much like the long format of eventing. If you’ve never watched, check out some of the footage from marathon day at Live Oak International. It’s out of this world. You can watch here with a US Equestrian membership.

National Holiday: Daylight Saving Time — did you spring your clocks forward?

Major Weekend Events:

Red Hills CCI & HT: WebsiteScheduleEntry StatusRide TimesLive ScoresEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Action:

Southern Pines H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

Sunday Links:

FAQ Judging Narrow Fences 2019

Delay of Implementation – EV115.2.d – Maximum Diameter of Snaffle Bits

Danielle Goldstein Believes Show Jumping Should Embrace Individuality

Matthew Wright’s eventing blog: ‘Skills can be taught. Character you either have or you don’t’

‘God Forbid It Should Become Our Sport’: How William Fox-Pitt Really Feels About The Eventing Showcase

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Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: Six Horses for Sale in Sunny Florida

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

During the winter months, Ocala becomes a hub for eventing as riders chase warmer weather. This can be a good thing for you horse buyers because there’s a lot of talent in a small area. Whether you’re based here for the winter or you’re making a trip out of horse shopping, here’s six horses who are currently listed for sale near Ocala, Florida on Sport Horse Nation.

Freedom GS. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Freedom GS

Freedom is a stunning 6yo mare with superb bloodlines (Humble GS x Fidertanz x Voltaire). Freedom has never finished out of the top 5 and consistently finishes on her dressage score of mid 20’s dressage. She is sweet and quiet enough for a novice rider with the talent to do the upper levels with ease. Freedom is located in Ocala, FL. Please check out for more info on Freedom GS and a full list of our sales horses! Located in Ocala, Florida.

Turf Surfer. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Turf Surfer- Training Level, Upper level Potential

Turf Surfer is a 2009 16.3 hand Thoroughbred gelding. Multiple top finishes at training level in Canada and the US. He is sound, no maintenance, goes in a rubber snaffle.

He has an amazing canter, very adjustable, and has a super hind end over the jumps. Usually scores low 30’s on the flat. Has top placings show jumping at the 1.10m level in Ontario. Finished 6th in a big Open Training Class at Ocala International 2018.

He has the scope to be a great upper level prospect for someone. You can count on him to leave the rails up. Located in Ocala, Florida.

Southern Belle. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Upper level event prospect

“Southern Belle” is an 8yo, 16.1h, tb, mare. Belle started her Eventing career this year, is confidently showing beginner novice and will move up to novice very soon. Extremely brave, correct gaits, and plenty of athleticism for the upper levels. A significant amount of talent for a professional, but also quiet enough for an amateur. Belle is a barn favorite, loads, ties, clips, ect. Not mareish at all. Located in Ocala, Florida. Price in the low 5 figures. 901-287-9633

Griffin. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Training Level Gelding, scope for much more!

Griffen is an 8 year old, thoroughbred gelding. He is 16’2, big bodied and big moving. He is a very laid back, smart guy who is well schooled on the flat and will jump whatever he’s pointed at. He has completed a couple training level events with the brain, scope and movement for much more.

Griff is schooling lateral movements at all gaits, lengthenings at all gaits, counter canter, simple changes, and some collection all in a happy mouth D bit with a link.

Over fences he is schooling prelim XC questions, including skinny combinations with ease. 3’3 sj courses and will easily finish out the winter season in Ocala with a prelim (unless I wimp out 🤦🏼‍♀️).

Easy to hack anywhere, very easy keeper (especially for a TB), prefers to live out- but please no group turnout situations (likes to play too much). Low maintenance. Super fun personality and an all around fun horse to be around. He will make you want to quit your job and travel the world with him doing fun things.

McDreamy. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

McDreamy- Lower Level Packer

McDreamy is a 2004 16.1 hand Thoroughbred gelding. Good mover, super sound with no maintenance, careful jumper, and a sweetheart in the barn. Goes in a rubber snaffle all three phases.

He has brought many young riders through the levels, with many wins at prelim, won his first intermediate, won Ontario Preliminary Championships and was 6th at Virginia CI2**-L (formerly CCI1*). He won Rocking Horse Preliminary in March 2018 on a 29.

He gives timid riders confidence and isn’t difficult to ride. He is best suited to someone who wants to gain experience at the lower levels while being competitive.

Deauville Beekhoeve. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Deauville Beekhoeve Gelding FEI Eventer

2008 Bay KWPN Gelding 17hh by Van Gogh. This well-schooled horse has great movement and a super jump. He has jumped 1.3 meter and won the One-Star at Strzegom in 2017. Already won 2 divisions in 2019 (modified at Grand Oakes and Open Prelim at Rocking Horse II). See more information on

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Who Jumped It Best? Eventing Prix Invitational Edition

Chinch is high on life now that the season is in full swing. To celebrate, he’s brining you a third Who Jumped It Best? this week.

You know the drill — check out the photos below from the $20,000 Ocala Horse Properties Eventing Prix Invitational, and cast your vote at the bottom of the post to select the pair who you think presents the best overall picture.

Click here to read our coverage of the Eventing Prix Invitational.

Alyssa Phillips and Oskar. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Tamie Smith and Cambalda. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Sara Kozumplik Murphy and y Rubens D’Yseiux. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Mia Farley and BGS Firecracker. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Karl Slezak and Fernhill Wishes. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Hannah Sue Burnett and Lukeswell. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Will Coleman Wins $20,000 Ocala Horse Properties Eventing Prix Invitational

Will Coleman and TKS Cooley. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Speed demon Will Coleman is now a back-to-back winner of the $20,000 Ocala Horse Properties Eventing Prix Invitational, this year with TKS Cooley.

A careful clear secured Will and the 9-year-old Irish Sport Horse (Vivaldo Van Het Costersveld x  Badgerhill Cruise, by Cruising), owned by the TKS Cooley Syndicate, a spot in the jump-off. They followed that up with a dead accurate speed round that put them out front in 41.68 seconds.

“I just had a plan for what lines I wanted to ride and how I wanted to execute the course. Anytime you get in the ring with an atmosphere like this, it’s good for you. It’s good for your horse,” Will said. “When there’s money on the line, everyone wants to win. That’s the sort of competitive thing you can’t practice enough. Personally, I really enjoy it, and I had a blast today.”

Will also led his team, “Black List,” which included Buck DavidsonLauren Kieffer and Matt Brown, to a win the team competition.

“Then I had all my teammates behind me giving me expert guidance — showing me the way,” Will smiled. “We were just having fun. It was just a good time.”

Jennie Brannigan and I Bella. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Jennie Brannigan set out in a blaze around the Chris Barnard’s 1.30m track with I Bella, a 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood/Holsteiner owned by Nina and Tim Gardner. Her time of 43.61 seconds gave her second place.

Leslie Law and Voltaire de Tre. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Finishing on an identical 46.58 seconds in the jump-off, Matt Brown and Leslie Law shared the third place finish. Matt rode Bob and Valerie Fish’s Talking Point BCF, a 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse, and Leslie was partnered with Tre Book’s Voltaire de Tre, a 10-year-old Selle Francais (Gentleman IV x Jasmina du Fresne, by Socrate de Chivre).

Buck Davidson and Erroll Gobey. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Buck Davidson was the final rider in the group who achieved two clear rounds aboard Natalie Sander, Lisa Darden, and Carl & Cassie Segal’s Erroll Gobey, a 9-year-old Holsteiner (Cassini II x Ulla II, Contender) . They were fifth on a time of 46.73 seconds.

Fourteen of the 35 starters jumped clear in the first round to return for the jump-off. Despite the unusually chilly day in Florida, fans still flanked the sides of the arena to cheer on their favorite pairs. A huge thank you is due to Scotty Keach and Max Corcoran for hosting what has become a favorite among competitors and spectators on the Ocala calendar.

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Tuesday Video from SpectraVet: Ride Around Bruce’s Field with Doug Payne

Doug Payne donned his CamBox once again at the $50,000 LiftMaster Grand-Prix Eventing at Bruce’s Field. His unique helmet cam features both both first person and live stream point of view, so you can see what it’s really like to ride a showcase course.

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Tuesday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

Sharon White and Cooley On Show. Photo by Lisa Thomas/Mid-Atlantic Equestrian Services.

If you’re in the office today, pull the $20,000 Ocala Horse Properties Eventing Prix Invitational live stream up on your second monitor. We promise not to tell your boss. You can watch it right here on EN thanks to EQTV Network. Our own Jenni Autry will be behind the mic, so you’ll want to have some headphones handy. Action starts at 2 p.m. See the entry list here.

National Holiday:  Fat Tuesday

Events Opening This Week: Fair Hill International April H.T. and CCISLongleaf Pine H.T.Sporting Days Farm April H.T. IIIRiver Glen Spring H.T.Holly Hill Spring H.T.

Events Closing This Week:  Carolina International CCI and H.T.Poplar Place Farm March H.T.Southern Arizona H.T.

Tuesday News:

If you struggle with lines and triple combinations in the show jumping, then you’ll want to check out James Alliston’s Grid Pro Quo. This is a helpful one, too, because once you’ve got yourself in over the first, you’re pretty set up and can take the time to focus on your own position.  [Grid Pro Quo with James Alliston]

Ruth Bley’s ‘Flaming Hot Cheeto’ aka Danito is the USEA March Horse of the Month. He won at Fresno last month, which made him and Tamie only the 20th combination since 2008 to win their first three international runs as a combination. Keep an eye on this one for the future. [USEA Horse of the Month: Danito]

Keyboard warriors are an all too frequent feature in horse sport, and Danielle Goldstein is having none of it. Known for her feather-laced hair, Danielle found herself on the receiving end of nasty comments following her recent CSI5* win. The show jumper posted a video in response encouraging individuality. [‘Stay True To Who You Are’: Danielle Goldstein Speaks Out Against Cyberbullying — And We Are Here For It]

The Endurance WEG Drama Continues: WEG Endurance fallout: A skeleton that might have been better kept in the closet

Hot on Horse Nation: The 10 Equestrians You Meet at the Horse Expo

Tuesday Video: 

James Alliston & Pandora Top Twin Rivers Advanced

James Alliston and Pandora. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

James Alliston and the powerful Pandora were the big winners on the west coast this weekend as they topped the Advanced division of the Twin Rivers Winter H.T.

The pocket-sized palomino, a 9-year-old Swedish Warmblood owned by Laura Boyer, had the speediest cross country trip of the bunch, finishing just two seconds above optimum time in the horse’s Advanced debut to finish on a score of 43.9.

“I wasn’t really focusing on that (the time), but I was trying to be really positive,” James said. “She’s smaller, so you need a bit of pace to jump those big jumps and do the combinations in the right number of strides, so she’s not the type to jump a big course like that and go quietly. I don’t think she would jump as confidently. I was trying to be positive, and that translates to going fast for her.”

For James, producing a horse through this level relies heavily on their natural talent and will to do the job, and Pandora was certainly up to the challenge.

“I think she’s a real blood type. She has a lot of energy and she gallops well. She likes jumping and gets pretty up for it and is quick and sharp with her legs. Those are a few of her qualities that I saw early on that made me thing she could go up the levels,” he said.

James also found success at the Preliminary level, winning the 24-entry open division with Cassio’s Picasso.

Frankie Thieriot Stutes and Chatwin. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Our 2018 Fair Hill CCI3* Champions, Frankie Thieriot Stutes and The Chatwin Group’s Chatwin, had their first advanced run of the year to finish in second place. The power couple also proudly produced their best Advanced dressage score: a 21.8, which had them over ten point ahead of the rest of the pack. Frankie then let Chatwin cruise around the cross country, going clear but picking up 28 time penalties for a final score of 46.6.

Leah Breakey and Master Class. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Leah Breakey ended the weekend in third place with her own Master Class. This pair had one rail and 15.6 cross country time penalties for a final result of 58.5. Mallory Hogan and her Clarissa Purisima were fourth in their debut at the level, and the other two pairs — Robyn Fisher with Betawave and David Koss with Erusa — withdrew before the cross country.

Megan Sykes & Classic’s Mojah. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Megan Skyes was the big winner of the Open Intermediate division with her own Classic’s Mojah. In their first outing of the year, the pair earned a 25.9 on the flat and had one rail before going clear across country with 14.8 time penalties. Their win rests on a score of 44.7.

Tamie Smith and En Vogue. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

A clear cross country round with 11.6 time penalties gave Tamie Smith and Ruth Bley’s En Vogue a leg up from seventh to second place on a final score of 45.9. Amber Levine and her Cinzano had the fastest cross country round of the group for third place, and Andrea Baxter went fifth aboard her Enfinity.

EN would like to extend a huge thank you to Sherry Stewart for the lovely photos from Twin Rivers.

Twin Rivers: Website, Live Scores

Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: Heads Up Adult Amateurs!

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

Do you work a 9 to 5? Are you also looking for your next eventing partner? Then you’ve come to the right place. There’s lots to see on Sport Horse Nation, but we’ve rounded up a few recent listings marketed to adult amateurs:

Rebecca. Photo via Sport Horse Nation Spotlight.

Rebecca RSL AA dream horse

9yr old 16.3h By Rousseau out of EM River Side Lady! Rebecca has earned her dressage scores to become an American Hanoverian Elite Mare Candidate.
Competing 3rd level she also has been started over show jumps and some xc. She is very talented in the arena but also will go foxhunting and take you on a trail ride.
Rebecca is all class and has absolutely no vices! Extremely pleasant, willing and wants to please. Never ever been unsound. She has been well cared for and looking for her perfect home. She absolutely loves to be groomed and handled. Very very sweet mare. Located in Alabama.

Critical Mass. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

REDUCED! Great minded young horse with potential

For you consideration Critical Mass or “Bo” as know in the barn is a just turned 4 yr old ottb gelding. Bo would great fit for an AA or a young rider looking for a young horse on a budget. Bo is an easy keeper, (only maintenance need is corrective front shoeing) and quite enough for a beginner rider, but don’t let that foul you he is a gorgeous red head with big movement and a powerful jump. Bo has done one beginner novice and is aiming for novice for his next outing he has a great brain and will move up fast. Priced at 3k obo, leases and payments are also welcomed. Please call Hana Sangster at 954-695-2637 to schedule a time to come see him! Located in Florida.

PS Gandhi. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

PS Gandhi 16.1 (2011) Dark Bay KWPN Gelding by Warrant. (Numero Uno)


* UPDATE 1/30/19: Running Training Successfully scoring in the 20’s in Dressage!

Peachstone Sport Horses offers (2011) PS Gandhi AKA G-Monkey is a 16.1 Dark Bay KWPN Gelding by Warrant. (Numero Uno) Big Fancy Mover and easy to do in all ways. Shown straight 1st level dressage (schooling 2nd) and low levels eventing in Holland. Superb Canter, easy to jump, happy mouth & ready to go on. Really a joy to ride everyday! Dressage scores of 26 & 28 at last 2 shows. He is rocking around training without batting an eye! Nothing phases him and he is STUNNING to look at!

Super YR/AR mount that will win and finish on his dressage! Located in Florida.

Cherry. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Low Level Eventing Chesnut mare

Cherry is a very pretty & sweet 15.2 11yr old quarter horse. She has been a wonderful first horse for my daughter. Together they have competed through Novice.
Good feet, no vices, no required maintenance. Super easy keeper. Price negotiable to the right home. Located in Virginia.

Honour the Riches. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Thoroughbred Event Mare/BN-N Packer

Honour the Riches, aka Bellamy, is a just turning nine-year-old OTTB mare (only raced 3 times all in one day). Bellamy is bay with two socks on both hind legs, 15.3hh, she stands for the farrier (front shoes) can go barefoot (great feet), road hacks, trail rides, can be ridden bridless, gets along with any horse, loads (by herself or with others), can be clipped full body (does not like bridle path), has been in clinics, and has traveled. She is grained only with one supplement (cool calories), she does have chiropractor every month to keep her in top condition. I did have her x rayed as she does have a hind left bump on her ankle but her x rays where clean, (its superficial). She is Ridden 5-6 days a week (weather permitting). She does flop her tongue out but only when she’s bored or extremely nervous (she does not do this while riding). She is not hard to deal with as she can be held by anyone, she has the same personality every where she goes. She can get hot, but that is only during competition as she loves her job and settles right in when entering the ring. I don’t not have her papers, although she does have a tattoo and is on the jockey club website. (I’m sure they would not be hard to receive)
Bellamys Eventing career started when she was six years old. She was in a strict training program for two years with lessons every week ridden by me. She has also been in lessons with a 3*** rider for a summer and a Lainey Ashker clinic also ridden by me. All very much liked her and her personality. She has shown in North Carolina, Kentucky, and Ohio. She has shown in intro all the way up to Beginner Novice. This year I was planning on taking her novice as she schools’ novice and training level very easily at home. She has shown in novice eventing dressage and scored moderately well. Her last beginner novice was October 2018 and she placed 2nd out of 10. She has no problem making time on cross country and she always has a clean stadium. Her dressage skills are still coming but she has amazing progression. She has done walk to canter transitions, downward transitions, shoulder inn, haunches in, turn on the forehand, and much more. She does not care about any cross country or stadium fence (ditches, water, tires, flowers, windmills, giant lollipops, Halloween décor, steps, etc.) In her entire career she has only refused two fences and that was her first cross country school ever. She can get hot when jumping and not for a beginner rider. She is not out of control but can be ridden by a amateur or someone who just wants to compete up to training level. She would be great for a teenager who loves a quick paced horse with lots of personality. She knows her job and loves doing it!! Only reason for selling is I know she will not be an intermediate or advanced horse and that is what I want. Otherwise I would love to keep her. Price negotiable to a good home. Located in Ohio.

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Who Jumped It Best? Grand-Prix Eventing at Bruce’s Field Edition

This round of Who Jumped It Best? takes us to Bruce’s Field in Aiken, S.C. Check out these riders jumping the iconic Willcox Hotel at the $50,000 LiftMaster Grand-Prix Eventing at Bruce’s Field, and decide who you think presents the best overall picture. You can cast your vote by selecting your choice in the poll at the bottom of the post.

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Clayton Fredericks and Luksor. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Boyd Martin and Kyra. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Allie Knowles and Sound Prospect. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Felix Vogg and Colero. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Jennie Brannigan and Cambalda. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Liz Halliday and Fernhill By Night. Photo by Shelby Allen.

William Fox-Pitt and Sandro’s Star. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Doug Payne Vandiver. Photo by Shelby Allen.