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Tuesday Video From SpectraVet: ‘Mighty Maren’ Hanson, Age 10, Wins Callaway Gardens Pony Race

We introduced you to ‘Mighty Maren’ Hanson, age 10, in our 2028 Olympic Talent Watch series earlier this year, and now we’re excited to share with you her her most recent cross-training adventure: winning pony races!

Maren and Sir Chancelot. Photo courtesy of Christie Hanson.

Maren demonstrated this weekend that her riding and horsemanship skills extend beyond the eventing world. She and her 17-year-old Arabian pony Sir Chancelot took on and won the Maxine Strupe Perpetual Pony Race at the Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens.

Maren’s mom, Christine, shared this: “Lots of eventing kids came to try something new and we would love for more kids and their horses and ponies to get involved in these amazing races. Ashley Perrin, Mason Lampton and Midland Riding Center hosted and also offered a steeplechase camp and race practices earlier in the year and Midland Pony Club and Hilltoppers Pony Club made up many of the entries.”

Go Maren!

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Tuesday News & Notes from Cavalor

The official Walterstown Don Fan Club – lead by Lauren Burnell and Bec Braitling. Photo by Shelby Allen.

It was a great weekend in California for the 19th annual Galway Downs International Three-Day Event. Organizer Robert Kellerhouse has a fantastic team behind him which play a massive roll in making this a top notch event. Plus, I aways love to watch and catch up with all the west coasters. Until next year!

National Holiday: Job Action Day

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

Tuesday News:

Participate in a World Class Grooming clinic with Emma Ford and support the Liz Cochran Memorial Groom’s Award! Each year the award is given to a top groom who deserves recognition. Emma Ford will lead the clinic Nov. 20 at Mardanza Farms outside Ocala, covering all areas of health care and management. Early registration is $90 and ends November 12, so sign up soon! A portion of the proceeds will benefit the award. [World Class Grooming Clinic at Mardanza Farm]

It’s almost time for the $100,000 Ocala Jockey Club International Three-Day Event! Held Nov. 16-19, the event will also celebrate our lady riders with a Celebration of Women in Peak Performance Equestrian Sports Luncheon on Friday. [Ocala Jockey Club Three-Day International Courses Area Set for November]

Oliver Townend has been named British Eventing’s top rider for the fourth consecutive year. He finishes the 2017 season with 1,698 points – 174 ahead of second-placed Izzy Taylor. Jo and James Lambert’s Bulana, who is ridden by Nicola Wilson, is the top horse of the year. [British Eventing Names Top Horse and Rider of 2017]

Tuesday Video: A little fun from your S.O.

James Alliston Brings Home Galway Downs CCI3* Win

    James Alliston and Happenstance. Photo by Shelby Allen.

What a weekend it was for James Alliston at Galway Downs! He won the three-star aboard Mary McKee’s Happenstance — his third CCI3* win at this venue (2011 – Jumbo’s Jake, 2012 – Tivoli). They had one rail down and one show jumping time penalty for a finishing result of 48.3.

James got the ride earlier this year, but he’s had a keen eye for “Hap” for as long as he can remember. “I always loved the horse because he’s been California bred, produced and owned,” he said of the 11-year-old Holsteiner by Heraldik son Hunter, bred by Wendy Webster. “I knew the horse when he was young coming through when I first moved to California, and I was like, ‘wow that horse is gorgeous’ because he’s big and black and very impressive.”

“All the way through his career he’s been a prolific winner, so I knew he was that caliber, but he’s made to look really easy by all the riders before like Matt, who did a wonderful job. I wouldn’t say he’s like get on and knock down low 40s dressage, I certainly struggled in the dressage and the show jumping initially just getting the hang of it,” he continued. 

The very last in the ring, James had plenty of breathing room “I think sometimes it’s quite nerve wracking when you’re in the lead because anything can happen, you could stop and fall off whatever, so that’s sort of going through your mind sometimes,” he said. “It’s like – don’t do anything crazy, don’t jump the wrong jump. And then I had the first down too, so I was like ‘uh oh this could be bad.’ Then we got going and he jumped really well all the way home.”

James earned top three placings in all FEI divisions here with Sunsprite Warmblood’s Sunsprite Madeira finishing third in the CCI2*, and Laura Boyer’s Pandora getting third in the CCI*.

Ellen Doughty-Hume and Sir Oberon. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Ellen Doughty-Hume replicated her 2016 result here this weekend, finishing second again with her own Sir Oberon, a 15-year-old Holsteiner/Thoroughbred. This year, they added one rail and two show jumping time penalties to finish on 57.3. – 12.7 points below their CCI3* average finishing result.

“He was jumping great. I came in a little backwards to the triple that was my rail he had, but he was jumping super and he felt great after running yesterday, and he’s ready to have a break. I’m real pleased with the weekend,” Ellen commented.  

Lisa Marie Fergusson and Honor Me. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Lisa Marie Fergusson has never had a pole at CCI3* level, and her streak stays hot after this weekend with her own Honor Me. The 11-year-old Welsh Sport Horse earned one of only two mistake free rides today, ending the weekend with 60 penalty points.

“Tally was so full of run still after cross country. He just ate it up and showed how clever he is when I got him backwards into the two and put in a three,” she said. “It was a great course I thought it rode really well. It had enough challenge to it that you really had to ride and pay attention. He strategically placed some rails in shade, and you were going light into dark, so you had to pay attention.”

Fourth place belongs to Ecuadorian rider Ronald Zabala-Goetschel and his own Wundermaske who were the only other pair to leave all the poles up in this division. Ronald also hit a major milestone this weekend in securing a qualifying result for the 2018 World Equestrian Games. Congratulations, Ronald!

Helen Bouscaren and Ebay. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Helen Bouscaren was the lady of the hour in the CCI2* group. She and her own Ebay, an 8-year-old Oldenburg pulled off a win after having one down for a final result of 49.9.

“He was great all weekend,” she smiled. “I was really happy with him and I’m excited for him. He’s not very experienced, but he doesn’t seem to need much experience. He’s smart and brave and careful, so everything I want. Yesterday he was fantastic and came across the finish line fresh which is a nice feeling especially on a warmblood because you really don’t know what you have until you do it.”

Emilee Libby and Jakobi, an 8-year-old Belgian Warmblood owned by Linda Libby, finished second overall with a three-day total of 51.5.

Bec Braitling and Santana II. Photo by Shelby Allen.

The penultimate fence caught out first- and second-placed Erin Kellerhouse and James Alliston in the CCI*, allowing Bec Braitling to snag the title with Lauren Burnell’s Santana II. This is the 7-year-old Oldenburg’s second one-star title this year, having won the CCI* at Rebecca Farm this summer. They finish on a score of 43.7.

Erin Kellerhouse and her own Woodford Reserve finish just behind with 45 points and only one rail spotting their weekend result. James Alliston and Laura Boyer’s Pandora wrap up in third on a finishing score of 45.6.

Congratulations to all the CCI finishers at Galway Downs!

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One Spun at Galway Downs Final Horse Inspection

The official Walterstown Don Fan Club – lead by Lauren Burnell and Bec Braitling. Photo by Shelby Allen.

The CCI3* final horse inspection kept everyone on their toes this morning at Galway Downs. Of the seven cross country finishers, three were sent to the hold box: Helen Bouscaren & Ben, Ellen Doughty-Hume and second-placed Sir Oberon, and overnight leaders James Alliston and Happenstance.

James Alliston and Happenstance. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Both Sir Oberon and Happenstance were passed when represented, but unfortunately Ben, Helen’s 13-year-old off-track Thoroughbred, was ultimately not accepted. The final six show jump today beginning at 3 p.m. in reverse order of standing.

All 11 two-star pairs were accepted, including Ben’s stablemate and current leader Ebay, ridden by Helen Bouscaren. One horse, 360 ridden by Katheryn Nichwander, was withdrawn from the holding box in the CCI*. Erin Kellerhouse and Woodford Reserve will be the final pair to jump for the one-star win with this group going at noon.

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Sunday Links Presented by One K Helmets

Photo by Shelby Allen.

Not having done a long format event (yet!) I’ve always admired them, and they remain high up on my bucket list. T3D Endurance Day at Galway Downs was exciting as always. I love seeing the months of preparation pay off as these riders spent nearly an hour in the saddle conquering roads & tracks and steeplechase before finally leaving the box for cross country. Plus, at Galway steeplechase is on a soccer field, and who among us hasn’t daydreamed about galloping across a perfectly manicured piece of land like that?

What I didn’t realize until now is how much work it can be to organize. It’s a bit of a four-ring circus, so thank you to the many events and the USEA that work hard to keep these Classic Series events running!

National Holiday: National Donut Day (yay!), Daylight Savings Time Ends (boo!)

Major Events This Weekend:

Galway Downs: WebsiteScheduleRide Times & ScoresLive StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Action:

Rocking Horse Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

Sunday Links: 

Bute, No Hats and One Pair of Breeches: Mark Todd Recalls His Early Eventing Career

Oliver Townend Leading UK Rider for Fourth Year

Vet Suspended Over Falsifying Horse’s Vaccination Record

Daniel Stewart’s Tip of the Month: Reframing for Resilience

Double the Value of Your Gift! – Donor to Match $25,000 for USEA Educational Funding

Feeding Your Horse During the Winter

Sunday Video: Clipping level – expert

James Alliston Keeps Control of CCI3* at Galway Downs

James Alliston and Happenstance. Photo by Shelby Allen.

A quick and clear cross country run today at Galway Downs puts James Alliston on track for his best ever CCI3* finishing score. He and Mary McKee’s Happenstance remain on their dressage score (43.3) to keep hold of the top spot in the division.

“He felt really good. It was a strong course I thought – a lot of angles, a lot of hard jumps really. I was delighted with how it went,” he commented. At 9 minutes and 42 seconds, James did have the quickest run of the group, something he admits he didn’t set out to achieve. 

“I think I probably went a little too quickly which I shouldn’t have done,” he explained. “I think I was too far inside the time. I think I got a bit panicky because I started quite slowly and I was down a little bit on my minute markers and it was quite open at the end of the course. He was full of running. I let him go and he is quite fast.”

If you read Maggie Deatrick’s By The Numbers ahead of this weekend, their lead should be no surprise and the question now remains – will we see them aim for a four-star level one day? James had this to say:

“His cross country is really really good. He’s good at other phases too, but his cross country is fast and brave. You don’t know until you go and do it, whether they can, but I don’t see any reason not to give it a go. We’ll see how it all plays out the rest of the weekend.”

Ellen Doughty-Hume and Sir Oberon. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Ellen Doughty-Hume her own Sir Oberon moved from fifth to third after a penalty-free round. The 15-year-old Holsteiner/Thoroughbred sits on a score of 51.3 in third fifth season at this level.

“We’ve been together about 10 years now. He’s been my first horse for a lot of stuff. We kind of went up the levels together. He’s taken me everywhere – my first three-star, my first Rolex,” she grinned. “By this time, we know each other pretty well. This is our fifth year competing at the CCI3* level, so if I get him in a bad spot he knows kind of how to help me out, and I do the same for him. He’s a phenomenal horse.”

Lisa Marie Fergusson and Honor Me. Photo by Shelby Allen.

When Lisa Marie Fergusson heard that Eric Winter was taking over as course designer at Galway Downs, she jumped at the chance to ride one of his courses.

“I thought it was a great course, and that’s why I came out here is to ride Eric Winter’s course. I’d ridden Derek di Grazia a bunch and Mike (Etherington-Smith) and Ian Stark, and I love them all, but I wanted to do something a little different,” she said, hinting that she and Honor Me have eyes on Badminton in the spring, which Eric also designs. 

And so far, so good as they added nothing to their dressage score (60) for third place. “He was fantastic. The only jump that made me a little nervous was six because he jumped the brush and he locked right on to the direct line to the corner, and I was planning to bend it, but he locked on and he jumped everything great. He adjusted his stride when he needed to. He didn’t hesitate anywhere. He felt amazing,” Lisa beamed. 

Of the ten starters, seven finished with only our top three coming home inside the time. One was eliminated, Bunnie Sexton and Rise Against retired, and Robyn Fisher and Betawave had a horse fall at fence 24 The competition confirmed that Robyn suffered a broken scapula, and “Leta” is ok.

Helen Bouscaren and Ebay. Photo by Shelby Allen.

A penalty-free trip around cross country launched Helen Bouscaren and her own Ebay into the lead of the CCI2* division. In his first long two-star, the 8-year-old Oldenburg galloped easily around the Temecula Valley venue to finish under the time and remain on his dressage score of 45.9.

“He’s technically green at the level, but he doesn’t feel green,” she said. “He’s really professional and brave, and covers up my errors which is nice. Every fence he’s looking for the next jump, so it’s a nice feeling.”

For Helen – the highlight of the course was “The Moat” at 15 and 16. “I thought was really strong with the two corners. When we walked it, James thought it would be kind of long for him because he doesn’t have a very big stride, so I really attacked it, but I didn’t really need to actually,” she explained. “He jumped in big and bold. I wouldn’t say it was easy, it was a hard course, but he was dead straight and he didn’t do anything anything wrong. That was pretty cool because I felt like when he did that.” 

Emilee Libby and Jakobi. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Emilee Libby piloted Linda Libby’s Jakobi to a faultless finish today as well for second place. The 8-year-old Belgian Warmblood sits on a score of 47.5. Kim Liddell leapt from fifth to third with her own Eye of the Storm. They carry 51.6 penalty points onto the final day of competition.

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Who Jumped It Best? Galway Downs T3D Edition

Twenty-nine Galway Downs competitors immersed themselves into the origins of our sport Friday as they took on Endurance Day as part of the Training Three-Day competition. It was the full gauntlet: roads & tracks, steeplechase and finally cross country.

Many took on the challenge with ease including overnight leaders Jordan Linstedt and Janine Jaro’s Staccato. They added nothing to their dressage score to remain on a score of 27.1 before Saturday’s show jumping.

Education and fun intersect at a long format event, and I was very impressed with the riding throughout the afternoon. We’ve rounded up a select few riders on Phase D, and we want to know Who Jumped It Best? Cast your vote for which horse and rider present the best overall picture.

These riders warp up their weekend over the colored poles tomorrow in reverse order of standing at 3:45 p.m. PST/6:45 p.m. EST, and you can watch live at this link.

Galway DownsWebsiteLive StreamRide Times/Live ScoresScheduleEN’s Coverage

Meg Pellegrini and Cici Top. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Mackenna Shea and Fleecework’s Ghost. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Jordan Linstedt and Staccato. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Sue Buxton and Clintwald. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Amaya Davis and Evening Attire. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Elle de Recat and Secret Hunter. Photo by Shelby Allen.

David Adamo and Galicia. Photo by Shelby Allen.

James Alliston & Happenstance Take Galway Downs CCI3* Lead

James Alliston and Happenstance. Photo by Shelby Allen.

It was a big day for James Alliston at Galway Downs. Not only did he earn the lead in the CCI3* division, he also earned a career best dressage score at this level. Riding Mary Mckee’s Happenstance, James posted a 43.3.

Robyn Fisher and Betawave received a roaring round of applause and second place following their dressage test. She earned a 46.9 – her first sub-50 mark with this mare. Third place is a tie on 49.5 split between Bec Braitling with Lauren Burnell’s Walterstown Don and Ronald Zabala-Goetschel with his own Wundermaske.

CCI2* debutants Jessie Hargrave and her own Regenmann scooped up the early lead in this class on a score of 42.9. They are followed by Helen Bouscaren and her own Ebay in second (45.9), and Emilee Libby in third with her own Jakobi (47.5).

The CCI* class performed their tests yesterday, and Erin Kellerhouse came out on top with her own Woodford Reserve on a score of 41, despite the fact that “Woody” managed to buck Erin off in warmup. Fall off in warmup, win the dressage – all in a day’s work for Erin aka Wonder Woman!

Read on to check out what today’s top riders had to say:

James on Happenstance today:

“He’s quite a relaxed horse in the dressage in general. It’s nice you don’t have to be on him for hours before kind of calming him down. He knows his job, and he’s normally pretty workmanlike when he gets in the boards,” he said.

“When I cantered around the ring he was definitely a little sharper than I was expecting actually. He was looking a little bit — there’s other dressage rings out the back of our ring, so cantering around he was looking at them a little bit, but when he went in to do his test he relaxed and felt really really good.”

James on the partnership with Happenstance:

He’s been a really successful horse before, so it’s just me forming a partnership with him. He hasn’t done four-star, but he’s done three-star well, and he’s won a lot of two-stars, so I feel like it was just me trying to figure out how to ride him best and press the right buttons. Although he’s sort of been out of the sport for a year and a little, he is established and proven that he can do all three phases pretty well.”

Robyn Fisher and Betawave. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Robyn on being back at the top levels:

“I am on cloud nine right now. She’s been a really tough young horse to bring along, and today she showed that she is the horse we all thought she could be. There are still moments where she could be steadier and more connected, but overall I’m just thrilled.”

“It still doesn’t feel real because I never thought that I would be back at this level because I had no desire to be, and she has brought me back to life essentially. It’s exciting. I just want to do right by her.

Bec Braitling and Walterstown Don. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Bec on her relationship with “Walter”: 

“Going back to when we purchased him for my owner, she’s an amateur, and when we went to try him I was like, ‘oh my gosh we can’t buy this horse!’ He had only been ridden by men, and he was a lot of horse. It’s been really interesting for me because I’ve never gotten on a horse that’s such a schoolmaster, so it’s been a little bit of a learning curve for me to meet him in the middle a lot of the time.”

Ronald Zabala-Goetschel and Wundermaske. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Ronald on working with “Patch” at home to keep him relaxed in the ring: 

“I have this guy at home and he helped me. In the indoor at the farm we put up a big TV screen and surround sounds. We event put guys in the windows of the indoor with pitchforks and they move and everything. When he approaches them, even though they have forks, they give him a carrot, so now whenever he’s going around the ring, he’s like ‘whatever.'” Must have worked as this pair earned a personal best!

Jess Hargrave and Regenmann. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Jess on her test today: 

“The horse was really good. He’s good in the dressage usually, but he was extra good today. We had some really good lessons earlier this week when David (O’Connor) came down to do some coaching, so we got a couple tune ups. He’s a spooky horse, so a couple flowerpots got him, but overall he was really really good.”

Erin Kellerhouse and Woodford Reserve. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Erin on getting bucked off in warmup: 

All week he’s been super lazy, so I thought, ‘I’m not going to do a pre-ride on him.’ I think he’s just feeling tired. It’s the first time he’s every gotten fit before. He feels a little overworked and underpaid. Then, it cools down 20 degrees. He got clipped on Monday, and I got on him and I’m like, ‘Oh God.’ He had the biggest hump in his back.”

“He was being really robotic and doing everything really sharp.  He bronced twice really hard and got me forward, so I’m leaning over his shoulder and he spun and then bronced again. I fell pretty hard too — I hit butt cheek first. When I got back on he felt good. It was like he needed to do that. If I could’ve lunged him earlier, who knows, but I never lunge him he’s such a quiet horse. But as soon as I got back on his back felt soft. He just needed to buck I guess!”

Cross country gets rolling tomorrow starting at 9:30 a.m. PST/12:30 p.m. EST. You can watch all the action via live stream thanks to Ride on Video at this link.

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California Dreamin’: 90 Accepted at Galway Downs First Horse Inspection

Bec Braitling and Walterstown Don. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Cool breezes and cloud dotted skies greeted competitors this morning at the Galway Downs International Three-Day Event. This group of horses were miraculously well behaved, with most of the antics originating from the Training Three-Day group.

Of the 62 international horses presented, all but one were accepted. All 10 CCI3* and 14 CCI2* combinations were approved by the Ground Jury of Marilyn Payne (USA), Robert Stevenson (USA) and Peter Eck (BUL). They begin dressage tomorrow morning starting at 8:20 a.m.

In the CCI*, 37 were passed. Stephanie Nicora’s High In The Air was held and sadly not accepted when represented. 29 Training Three-Day riders have begun the dressage phase of competition after all were accepted this morning. Their endurance day begins tomorrow at 2 p.m.

You can watch all the Galway action from home this weekend thanks to the live stream provided by our friends at Ride On Video. Visit their website, for the stream.

Stay tuned for more from Galway!

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Tuesday Video from SpectraVet: Washington International Horse Show Costume Class

It’s the spookiest day of the year! Which means no, I cannot get enough of horses dressed in costume (as my own horse knows well enough). In honor of Halloween, let’s take a look at the popular $35,000 International Jumper Accumulator Costume Class, hosted at last week’s Washington International Horse Show.

This competition is filled with top pairs duking it out in full garb. This year, Dracula, aka Beat Mändli, was out for blood and ultimately took the win with Dibatsja. But there were many other celebrity appearances including the Mother of Dragons, My Little Pony’s Rainbow Dash + Pinky Pie, and my personal favorite, The Hamburglar. Watch above for Dracua’s winning performance as well as an overview of the costumes. Let us know your favorites in the comments.

Jumper Nation’s Lorraine Jackson was on the ground throughout #WIHS, and you can check out her photo gallery: “Every Rider, Every Angle from WIHS Costume Jumper Class, Presented by Draper Therapies” here, and and follow all of her Washington International Hors Show coverage here.

Why SpectraVET?

Reliable. Effective. Affordable.

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

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

Halloween News & Notes from Cavalor

Photo courtesy of Megan Gardiner.

Happy Halloween, EN! You may recognize this dashing dragon from his previous appearances at the CCI4* that is the Kentucky Three-Day Event. Now “Rover” aka “Dragon” spends his days teaching up and comers about the sport. He and his new rider Amanda Gardiner won their first schooling event together this weekend in costume. Way to go you two! Who else has dressed their four-legged friends up this Halloween?

National Holiday: Halloween and National Caramel Apple Day.

Events Closing This Week: Ocala Jockey Club 3-Day International Event (FL, A-3) Fresno County Horse Park Horse Trials (CA, A-6)

Tuesday News:

Know any golfers? #LeeLeeStrong Golf Tournament registration closes this Thursday, November 2. The tournament will be held November 14 at The Country Club of Ocala and the registration fee is $100 per player. All proceeds will go toward Lee Lee Jones’ medical expenses. Email Terry Welsch at [email protected] or call 727-871-5728 to sign up. [Calling All Golfers! Ocala Tournament to Benefit Lee Lee Jones]

Heads up Aiken! Full Gallop needs volunteers for the Nov. 5th horse trial. Volunteers earn cross country schooling vouchers, which can be saved up to cover entry fees for one of their many events. They are also still accepting horse trial entries as well as entries for a schooling dressage tests on Saturday! [Volunteers Needed at Full Gallop]

Windrush Farm has happily helped at Groton House HT many times, and now they need our help EN! They are actively looking for volunteers to assist their therapy programs. Can you help? Visit their website for more information.

Since 2008, only 13 women have won four-star events and now France’s Gwendolen Fer joins these ranks. She stood atop the podium this weekend at Pau as the only French woman to win at this level in the last decade. Equirating’s breaks down a few #girlpower stats for us [Fabulous Female 4* Winners]

Tuesday Video: This is the cutest and most awesome thing you’ll see all day:


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What a hard day for the sport. I am thrilled for our American pairs who finished strong yesterday, but I mourn with Boyd, Lucy and all who love Crackers. I cannot imagine their grief. Hoping for the rest of our riders to close out the weekend on a high. Allie Knowles and Sound Prospect (pictured) jump tomorrow as as our highest placed U.S. pair.

National Holiday: National Cat Day

Pau Links: WebsiteScheduleEntriesScoring, Show Jumping Start ListLive StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Action:

Virginia CCI, CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Chattahoochee Hills H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Holly Hill Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

Sunday Links:

Canada’s Jessica Phoenix Leads the Way in Virginia CCI2*

Local Cancer Organizations Awarded $51,000 in Grants by Halt Cancer at X

No Bridle Needed at Washington International

Halloween Costumes for Horse People 

‘I Owe Him An Awful Lot’: Top Eventer Loses Medal-Winning Star

Farewell to Four-Star Stalwart: ‘The Bravest Thing I Ever Sat On – But Arrogant’

Sunday Video: Overnight Pau leaders on cross country:

Tuesday Video from SpectraVet: The Most Colorful Quadrille

Watching a successful quadrille is impressive enough, but adding costumes into the mix will knock your socks off. Rocking to the tune of Mary Poppins, the colorful Cornwall TREC foursome won the BRC SEIB Insurance Brokers Quadrille Final over the weekend at The Bury Farm’s All Star Gala. The team of riders Emma Burden, Cathy Craddock, Clare Chapman and Emily Dunstan earned a score of 90.3%.

This group created a stunning displace of imaginative costumes individualized for each horse and rider. You thought your cross country colors were over the top, wait until you see this!

In addition to the winners, there were three other creative costumes including a 50 Shades of Grey routine. To check out all four groups, you can also watch scenes from their qualifying event held earlier last week:

Go eventing. Go Quadrille.

Why SpectraVET?

Reliable. Effective. Affordable.

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

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

Tuesday News & Notes from Cavalor

I’m a proud alum today! As the Eventing Team at The University of Georgia took the win in the Collegiate Challenge at FENCE. I was a member of the founding team and FENCE was our very first team challenge in 2013. It was such a fun experience to start, and I hope this new group of girls enjoys it just as much as I did. Go Dawgs!

National Holiday: National Food Day (YAS)

Events Opening This Week: None!

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

Tuesday News: 

The Board of the International Eventing Officials Club has spoken out in support of the mandatory use of frangible technology on cross country courses. “The Board of the IEOC fully supports the USEA statement on frangible technology and asks all members who agree to ask support from their National Federations.” [North America Leads Charge for Mandatory Use of Frangible Technology]

2017 has been dubbed the Year of Izzy Taylor. #BusyIzzy has picked up nine international wins this year, seven of which are at three-star level. At 71 international runs, she had more than any other rider in the world. What can’t this girl do? [2017 – The Year of Taylor]

Ever wanted a chance to learn from David O’Connor? Now’s your chance! The Mid-South Eventing and Dressage Association is bringing David to the Bluegrass for a two-day educational forum, December 2-3, 2017. Day one will be a discussion on the sport and the O’Connor training method, and day two will be a clinic at Valley View Farm. Sign up today! [Eventing Superstar David O’Connor to Offer Educational Opportunities in the Bluegrass]

Each of us is responsible for knowing the rules for competition, but that’s a thick rulebook to memorize! Thankfully, the USEA is offering some rule refreshers. In this edition, they talk about what to wear. Brush up before your next show! [Rule Refresher: Dress, Attire Edition]

Badminton Course Designer Eric Winter is slated to make his U.S. debut at Galway Downs. His first American course will be at Galway for next month’s CCI3*. With a new course designer, the venue has also rearranged the track to be more spectator friendly, with a new combination in the show jumping ring beside a Jumbotron. [Galway Downs Welcomes Eric Winter as New CCI3* Cross Country Course Designer]

Tuesday Video: We only have so many more events this year, enjoy the helmet cams while they last!

Galway Downs Names Eric Winter as New CCI3* Cross Country Course Designer

Eric Winter. Photo by Samantha Clark.

Galway Downs announced today that they’ve brought Eric Winter on board as the new CCI3* cross country course designer beginning next month at their International Three-Day Event, Nov. 2-5. Galway will be Eric’s first course in the United States.

He takes over from Ian Stark, who has designed at the Temecula, California venue for the last decade. “Ian has designed at Galway Downs for ten years, and we are so grateful for the time and experience he given to us in helping us advance our sport and the level of riding,” Event Organizer Robert Kellerhouse commented.

“Ian’s vision for the cross country courses moved the sport of eventing forward in the United States. He provided great changes to what we have done for our International Event, and having Eric take the baton is very exciting as I believe Eric’s enthusiasm for the sport coupled with incredible experience will help continue to raise the very high bar set by Ian for our cross country courses, and the overall spectator experience. We are thrilled to welcome him to make his American debut at Galway.”

The event has also shared a sneak preview of next month’s three-star course. They’ve made a few obvious changes to the course, most notably brining the track into Sycamore Field which houses the main show jumping arena.

Galway Downs CCI3* course. Courtesy of Galway Downs.

“The front of house for the event is the Sycamore Field. That is a huge change. Spectators are centralized in this hub where they can view the start, finish as well as a combination that comes directly through the Sycamore Field. It’s the key component of Eric’s course and our efforts to make Galway Downs more of a destination experience for the general public,” Robert explained. 

Spectators will have a front row seat to Fence 23 AB while also having views of the entire course by means of a Jumbotron live stream. Many iconic Galway questions will remain, and many old favorites, including the bounce bank at 8abc, have been resurrected.

So far there are nine pairs entered to take on the CCI3* in two weeks time. Click here to see entries.

[Galway Downs Welcomes Eric Winter as New CCI3* Cross Country Course Designer]



Sunday Links Presented by One K Helmets

It’s no exaggeration to say the cross country course at Le Lion d’Angers is one of the most beautifully decorated in the world. I get excited every year to see what in the world these horses are jumping. Of course it’s equally exciting to see which young horses stand out as future stars. In a few years who knows which four-stars they’ll be topping!

National Holiday: National Color Day

Major Events this Weekend:

Le Lion: Website & Live StreamEntries & ResultsEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Action:

Waredaca Classic N/T3DE & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Tryon Riding & Hunt Club H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

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

Pine Hill Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Fresno County Horse Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Hagyard Midsouth Classic 3DE, CCI, & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Sunday Links: 

Clearwater Shows Little He Just Keeps Stepping Up In Tryon 

Irap Euthanized

Owner Uses Back Seat of Car to Save Pony From Wildfire

‘The Time Is Now’: Calls to Make Frangible Cross Country Fences Compulsory

European Champion Goes Back to Her Roots at Pony Club Competition

The Road to Recovery: Rehab for The Horse’s Upper Body 

Getting a Jump Start on Joint Infection

Carbohydrate-Based Blend Reduced Gastric Ulcers in Active Horses

Sunday Video:

Danish Equestrian Federation Cracks Down on Tight Nosebands

Photo by Lorraine Peachey

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday Video from SpectraVet: Fair Hill CCI3* Helmet Cam

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

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

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

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Tuesday News & Notes from Cavalor

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

National Holiday: National Pasta Day

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

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

Tuesday News: 

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

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

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

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

Sunday Links Presented by One K Helmets

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

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

National Holiday: National I Love Lucy Day

Major Events This Week:

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

U.S. Weekend Action:

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday Links:

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

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

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

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

8 Essentials Ben Hobday Can’t Live Without

Simply The Best: Irish Eventers Again Dominate World Rankings

Pro Tips: Icing The Fidgety Horse

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

Who Jumped It Best? Fair Hill CCI2* Edition

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

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

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

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

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

Kristen Bond and Enough Already. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Tamie Smith and Sunsprite Syrius. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Sally Cousins and Wizard. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Arden Wildasin and IL Vici. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Woodge Fulton and Esstoga Tune. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Matt Flynn and Get Lucky. Photo by Shelby Allen.

USEA East Coast Young Event Horse Champions Crowned at Fair Hill

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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