Articles Written 527
Article Views 1,037,504

Shelby Allen

Achievements

Become an Eventing Nation Blogger

About Shelby Allen

Latest Articles Written

Grand Oaks H.T. Video Roundup

Fences underneath the Spanish Moss at Grand Oaks. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Grand Oaks H.T. welcomed eventers to stretch their legs beneath the Spanish Moss and Florida sunshine this weekend at their Weirsdale, Florida venue. Now in its second year, the event is becoming a favorite of the winter season. David Frechette was on site to ring in the new season, and he’s shared videos of the weekend! You can see even more on his YouTube page, The Horsepesterer.

Grand Oaks H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Lauren Kieffer and Landmark’s Mochachino won the Open Preliminary. Jaqueline Mars’ 8-year-old Thoroughbred cross added nothing to his dressage score of 29.4. Ellie O’Neal and Zick Zack, a 10-year-old Swedish Warmblood owned by Sally Cox, finished second on 30.2. Lauren also won the Open Training division with Jaqueline Mars’ Hindine.

David’s commentary is often the highlight of these videos — no offense to the riders! His insights made our top videos of 2018 (See: That’s Just a Well Trained Horse)

Maya Black and Miks Maseter C, a 7-year-old Swedish Warmblood owned by Laurie Cameron, won the Preliminary Horse on a score of 29.6. Kylie Lyman was second with Xuanatu, an 8-year-old Irish Sport Horse owned by Joan Nichols. on 30.4, and Clayton Fredericks came third aboard his own FE Coldplay on a final score of 31.4.

Take a look at the picturesque landscape and excellent riding with a few more from David:

I’d also like to give a shout out to EN’s Lead Writer and the wearer of many hats, Jenni Autry! She and her own Imperial Striker finished 6th in the Modified division.

Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: More Than a Plain Brown Package

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.

Some of the best gifts come in a plain brown package, like these five talented horses currently listed for sale on Sport Horse Nation. These guys and gals don’t want to get lost in a sea of bays, so they stand out in their own way. And the best part: they are easy to keep clean! Make sure to give these listings a gander if you’re looking for your next unicorn.

Second Amendment. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Two quality eventers available in Ocala

SECOND AMENDMENT
16.3hh 10 yr old bay Holsteiner x TB gelding and a full brother to Magnum Martini who competed for Brazil at the WEGs this past summer. “Gunnar” has competed extensively at both Training and Prelim throughout Canada and the USA. With the bravery and scope for the upper levels, Gunnar is a true athlete who would suit both a capable junior or amateur looking for experience or a professional looking for an upper level mount. Located in Florida.

Easy to clip, shoe, load and do in every way. X rays available. $35,000 USD

Dressage: youtu.be/CTWy5VOkYE4
SJ: youtu.be/X_voiKSsNsc
Jump schooling youtu.be/i9X8ArHh_HM
XC youtu.be/3WUGx7X9mPI

Sparwar. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Talented Novice/Training Packer with Prelim Potential

Sparwar aka Tucker is an 8 year old, 16.1 hand, OTTB gelding. Plenty of miles at Novice and he just kicked off the winter season with a third place finish, on his dressage score, in his first Training! Easy, easy, easy. Goes all 3 phases in a snaffle. He’s the same horse at home and away. Give him some time off, and he picks up right where you left him without any shenanigans. In the barn, he’s an absolute snuggle bug with no vices! Sound, up to date on everything, and ready to compete tomorrow! Currently located in Citra, FL and will be competing this season at Training. Asking $30,000.

Smart Moves. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

PROVEN CCI* HORSE

FOR SALE: Smart Moves, 2006 15.3h TB gelding. Smarty has successfully competed through CCI* with Prelim scores as low as 27. He is very safe, kind, and patient. He took his current rider from her first HT all the way through P/T. He tries his hardest and takes good care of his rider; a parent and trainer dream horse! He is sound, healthy, and without vices. Sadly for sale as his rider is off the college. $35,000 serious inquires only and good home a must. [email protected] 214.924.7571. Located in Texas.

Sibon Rose. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Sibon Rose

Sibon Rose: 2012 16.2h bay Irish Sport Horse mare

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.

Velocity. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Experienced Training Level Gelding

2010 16.3 hand Thoroughbred gelding. Velocity has had lots of experience at Training level with multiple top 6 finishes. Straight forward on the flat with scores typically in the 20s/low 30s, bold on cross country without being strong, and a scopey jump. Has a huge heart and really tries. Very good ground manners: loads, bathes, clips, stands quietly in the cross ties, for the farrier, on the trailer, etc. Collar controlled cribber. Would be an excellent partner for someone wanting to gain some experience and be competitive, and scopey enough to continue moving through the levels.

Currently in Ocala, Florida.

Contact Ashley at [email protected] for more information, videos, and to arrange and appointment to try him.

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

Barn cats are a different breed. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Barn cats are NOT to be underestimated. These kitties have much more in common with their lion and tiger relatives than any ordinary house cat. Our barn cat rules the roost and has no issue with bossing the horses around. As a rule, I don’t wear shorts to feed because she has been known to scratch up a few ankles if you’re late giving her dinner — despite her hunting critters all day.

National Holiday: National Cheese Lovers Day

U.S. Weekend Action:

Grand Oaks H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Sunday Links: 

USEF Updates Rulebook with Extraordinary Rule Changes

‘Chase Your Dreams at a 2019 Hylofit USEA Classic Series Event!

Check out this exuberant event horse with invisible wings

Top British rider aims for Olympics after move to US

Groom Spotlight: Anne-Marie Duarte Is Living Her Pony Club Dream

Punishment Or Encouragement? The Discussion We Must Have About Why We’re Whipping Our Horses

5 Non-Riding Barn Activities to do This Winter

Hot on Horse Nation: Missed Connection in the Grocery Store

Sunday Video:

Experience the Thrill of the ‘Chase at A 2019 Hylofit USEA Classic Series Event

A Rebecca Farm T3D competitor. Photo by Shelby Allen

Is a long format event on your bucket list? 2019 is your year!

The days of the long format may be long gone, but the Hylofit USEA Classic Series keeps the history of our sport alive. A three-day event is the pinnacle of old fashioned eventing endurance and horsemanship — the culmination of months of preparation. The USEA has released the dates and locations of this year’s long format events.

Click here to learn more about the Hylofit USEA Classic Series, and click here to find out if you are qualified for an event.

With their introduction of the only equine wearable to offer in-ride feedback for horse and rider, Hylofit stepped up to sponsor the USEA Classic Series this year. Their state-of-the-art training tool marries perfectly with the needs of a competitor preparing for a three-day event. Plus: all USEA Classic Series competitors can enjoy a 10% discount on Hylofit products!

Read on to find a Hylofit USEA Classic Series event near you:

Preliminary Three-Day Events

Hagyard Midsouth | October 16-20, 2019 | Lexington, KY (Area VIII)

Waredaca | October 24-27, 2019 | Laytonsville, MD (Area II)

Training Three-Day Events

Fresno County H.T. | April 26-28, 2019 | Fresno, CA (Area VI)

Indiana Eventing Association (IEA) | May 30 – June 2, 2019 | Edinburgh, IN (Area VIII)

Coconino | July 10-13, 2019 | Flagstaff, AZ (Area X)

The Event at Rebecca Farm | July 24-28, 2019 | Kalispell, MT (Area VII)

Spokane Sport Horse Farm H.T. | October 3-6, 2019 | Spokane, WA (Area VII)

Hagyard Midsouth | October 16-20, 2019 | Lexington, KY (Area VIII)

Waredaca | October 24-27, 2019 | Laytonsville, MD (Area II)

Galway Downs | October 31 – November 3, 2019 | Temecula, CA (Area VI)

Novice Three-Day Events

Fresno County H.T. | April 26-28, 2019 | Fresno, CA (Area VI)

Indiana Eventing Association (IEA) | May 30-June 2, 2019 | Edinburgh, IN (Area VIII)

Coconino | July 10-13, 2019 | Flagstaff, AZ (Area X)

The Event at Rebecca Farm | July 24-28, 2019 | Kalispell, MT (Area VII)

Spokane Sport Horse Farm | October 3-6, 2019 | Spokane, WA (Area VII)

Waredaca | October 24-27, 2019 | Laytonsville, MD (Area II)

Beginner Novice Three-Day Events

Coconino | July 10-13, 2019 | Flagstaff, AZ (Area X)

Spokane Sport Horse Farm | October 3-6, 2019 | Spokane, WA (Area VI)

The Maryland H.T. at Loch Moy | October 11-13, 2019 | Adamstown, MD (Area II)

*This is a tentative calendar and updates or changes will be made to the Hylofit USEA Classic Series page.

The Hylofit system tracks both horse and rider heart rates with real-time feedback, post-ride insights, overall well-being observations, zone training, sharing and video features, weather impact features and much more. Riders can access this all in real-time thanks to an app that is available for iOS (including iWatch) and Android devices.

“Eventers build a significant bond with their horses through hours spent together preparing for the rigors of competition, both in and out of the saddle. Hylofit, an innovative wireless heart rate tracking system, allows riders to delve a layer deeper into understanding their horse’s response to training and to quantify fitness level,” said Hylofit co-founder Kate McGuinn.

“It also provides insights into other indications of heart rate like stress and pain; sources that might not be apparent otherwise. Given the particular focus on conditioning and the time spent training in the saddle that the long format demands, we think Hylofit is a perfect fit for this partnership. We hope to provide classic series competitors and all eventers, beginner novice through advanced, the opportunity to “know your ride” like never before.”

[Chase Your Dreams at a 2019 Hylofit USEA Classic Series Event!]

[Hylofit Signs as Official Title Sponsor of the USEA Classic Series]

USDA Temporarily Closes Miami Animal Import Center

Photo by FEI/Jon Stroud.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has closed the Miami Animal Import Center to new arrivals after quarantined horses became sick at the facility. The closure began Saturday Jan. 19, and will last until March 31, 2019.

So far six horses have fallen ill and three have died of what officials believe to be salmonella. Symptoms include diarrhea, fever and lameness. APHIS is currently investigating to determine the cause, and the shutdown is an effort to stop any possible spread.

Salmonella is a bacteria that causes intestinal disease in many mammals. According to the AAEP Infectious Disease Guidelines, it is easily transmitted through both horse-to-horse contact as well as through other vehicles of transport such as pitchforks, water buckets, etc.

The facility currently is undergoing environmental testing, with the samples being sent to the National Veterinary Services Laboratories for evaluation. Officials have not yet released the status of the three horses with symptoms. Other horses still under quarantine are being closely monitored.

The APHIS and the import center have begun to increase biosecurity and disinfection efforts. In addition to a complete disinfection of the 95 quarantine stalls before reopening, the facility will also have its operating procedures reviewed. APHIS also confirmed that employees of the import center are exempted from the furlough due to the government shutdown.

[USDA Temporarily Closes Miami Animal Import Center to New Arrivals of Horses]

 

Ryan Keefe Receives USET Foundation’s Amanda Pirie Warrington Grant

Ryan Keefe and Flintstar. Photo by Shelby Allen.

This week the USET Foundation named 18-year-old Ryan Keefe as the recipient of the 2019 Amanda Pirie Warrington Grant.

Awarded annually, the grant is given in honor of Amanda to provide financial assistance to an up-and-coming rider who has the talent and determination to one day represent the United States in competition. Ryan will receive $5,000 to go toward training expenses.

“It’s a really big honor to be chosen for because I know that a lot of other great riders before me have received it,” Ryan said. “It definitely feels good to have the support of the USET Foundation and other people behind the grant who believe in me.”

Aboard the Olympic veteran Flintstar, Ryan has made a name for herself in the eventing world. The pair won the Virginia CCI2*-L (formerly CCI*) in 2017 before tackling the move up to the two-star level last year. The pair finished second in the the CCI3*-S (formerly CIC2*) at Fair Hill in April and won team gold at the Adequan/FEI North American Youth Championships before their season culminated with an 11th place finish in the CCI3*-L (CCI2*) at the Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International.

“The grant will help me a lot with our winter training in Ocala,” she said. “Since [Flintstar] is getting older, I would like to get some Advanced Level experience out of him this year. He has been such a good teacher so far for me. A big thanks again to the people behind the grant for all of their support!”

Congratulations, Ryan!

[USET Foundation Awards Amanda Pirie Warrington Grant to Ryan Keefe]

Wednesday Video from Kentucky Performance Products: Andrew Hoy’s Newest Kid-Training Technique

Lunging kids at Andrew Hoy Eventing

#EquestrianLifestyle | PegaseBuzzEvery parents should lunge their kids.Video: Andrew Hoy Eventing.

Posted by PegaseBuzz on Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Raising children is no easy task. Much like the horses in your barn, you’ve got to make sure to get them fed, watered and exercised. If you’re short on time, lunging your kids is a viable option. Great for parents on the go, or for the toddler that needs a pre-ride before day care, lunging is the preferred exercise method for parents, just ask Andrew Hoy!

Only kidding, but it looks plenty fun for Andrew and his daughter Philippa!

Fight back against colic and digestive upset.

Neigh-Lox® Advanced provides a scientifically advanced blend of ingredients that work synergistically to maintain your horse’s digestive tract in peak condition by supporting both the gastrointestinal tissues and the beneficial bacteria that populate the gut. Maintaining a healthy digestive tract reduces the risk of colonic and gastric ulcers, colic, laminitis related to hindgut acidosis, and oxidative stress that damages digestive tract tissues themselves. Horses with a well-balanced GI tract have good appetites, absorb more nutrients from their diets, maintain a strong immune system, and stay healthier.

The horse that matters to you matters to us®. Not sure which horse supplement best meets your horse’s needs? We are here to help. Contact Kentucky Performance Products, LLC at 859-873-2974 or visit our website at KPPusa.com.

Tuesday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

Winter wonderland. Photo by Steph Rhodes Bosch Jenkins.

To all of our readers in the North: I’m sorry. I know you guys spent your weekend shoveling show while we shared photos from lucky eventers who are wintering in Aiken or Ocala. Hang in there you guys. It will be spring before you know it!

National Holiday: National Hat Day

Events Opening This Week: Full Gallop Farm February II H.T.Rocking Horse III H.T.Sporting Days Farm March H.T. IIChattahoochee Hills H.T.Twin Rivers Winter H.T.

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

Tuesday News: 

Tickets are now on sale for Grand Prix Eventing at Bruce’s Field. LiftMaster Grand Prix Eventing at Bruce’s Field $50,000 Invitational Aiken’s Inaugural Eventing Showcase will take place March 1-2, 2019. The top 40 riders in the world have been invited. [General Admission Tickets]

The USEA has announced the Intercollegiate competition calendar for 2019. The first one comes up in February at Ocala I, and it’s followed by venues around the country. The big one will be the Intercollegiate Championship at Chatt Hills May 18-19, 2019. [Study Up on the 2019 Intercollegiate Team Challenge Calendar]

Jennie Brannigan has returned to competing after her suspension in 2018. She shares what it was like leaving the start box and an invaluable piece of advice she once got from Phillip Dutton. [Don’t Let This Moment Define You]

Tuesday Video: Here’s Joe Meyer and Clip Clop, winners of the Intermediate-Prelim division at Majestic Oaks Horse Trials in Ocala, Florida over the weekend. They completed on a score of 34.4. Many thanks to David Frechette, AKA TheHorsePesterer, for video!

Sights & Sounds from Majestic Oaks H.T.

Kristin Rubash and Capone, 1st, Training Rider-B. Photo by Lisa Madren.

Majestic Oaks kicked off the season in #EventingSunnyFL this weekend. These January competitions are a great opportunity to show off skills accomplished during your winter homework. Kristin Rubash and Capone (pictured above) were among the weekend winners. We saw some upper level pairs out to stretch their legs too, like Joe Meyer and Clip Clop who won the Intermediate/Preliminary division on a 34.4.

For those of you snowed in farther north, take a break from shoveling the drive to virtually enjoy the Ocala sunshine. Lisa Madren was on site, and has kindly shared her fabulous photos with EN.

Majestic Oaks H.T.: WebsiteEntry StatusRide TimesLive Scores

Instagram Roundup: First Event of the Year

5, 4, 3, 2, 1… Go! Have a great year! This weekend saw the very first competitors of the year at Stable View in Aiken, Sc. and Majestic Oaks in Ocala, Fl. We can’t contain our excitement for start of a new season, so we’ve rounded up the best posts on instagram to commemorate.

Go eventing in 2019!

USEF Annual Meeting Highlights: Verdades Named 2018 International Horse of the Year

Photo courtesy of USEF.

Dressage superstar Verdades was named the 2018 International Horse of the Year at the 2019 USEF Annual Meeting. “Diddy,” the 16-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Florett AS x Liwilarda, by Goya) joins his rider, Laura Graves, on this special podium as she was named 2018 Equestrian of the Year earlier this week.

Lauren and Diddy, who is owned by the rider and Curt Maes, shared many accomplishments in 2018 including winning the Grand Prix at the FEI World Cup™ Dressage Finals in Paris, earning team silver at the FEI Equestrian Games™ in Tryon, and becoming the first U.S. pair to earn an individual silver medal at a global championship. In recognition of this, they also became the first American combinations to sit #1 on the FEI Dressage World Rankings. You can read even more about Diddy at this link.

There has been much celebration and discussion at the US Equestrian Annual Meeting this week in West Palm Beach, Florida. EN wasn’t in attendance this year, but we’ve been following along to make sure you don’t miss any of it. Read on for highlights from Friday and Saturday, and click here for our other recaps.

Highlights from Friday, Jan. 11 and Saturday, Jan. 12

Verdades and Cobra Win at the 2018 Horse of the Year Gala presented by Aon

Effective Coaching for Sustained Success: Learning Tools from 2018

Equine Transaction Task Force Aims to Educate Members to Buy, Sell, and Lease Horses with Confidence

Consensus Emerges from Affiliate Roundtable

Growing the Grassroots: Advisory Group Takes Inventory of 2018

2019 US Equestrian Annual Meeting Links: WebsiteMeeting ScheduleBroadcast ScheduleLive Stream, Meeting App for iOS/AndroidTwitterFacebookInstagram

Image via US Equestrian.

Mayzie: One of The 52 Thoroughbreds

Mayzie and Madalyn Rusinoff. Photo courtesy of Trinity Farm.

It all started with a Facebook post: 52 Thoroughbreds who needed immediate relocation. The story was spread far and wide and concluded with a happy ending as all horses were homed. But that success doesn’t stop the annual resurgence of the post across social media, much to the chagrin of the horse world.

Every year we pick back up where we left off, kindly explaining to the well-meaning pubic that these horses found homes, including one pregnant gray mare. Jockey Club registered as Gray Hot Momma (Magnificent One x Hot Plate), “Mayzie” found a soft landing with Joanne May. Joanne took the mare in and helped her deliver a healthy colt.

Once the colt was weaned, Joanne also helped Mayzie find a new career with Katherine Trimble at Trinity Farm, a non-profit therapeutic equestrian facility. Katherine visited Joanne’s barn in search of new horses for her program, but she couldn’t ignore the gray mare.

“We were going to see a couple horses at that barn that had potential and it just so happened that we fell in love with Mayzie,” she said. “She was very friendly and had great ground manners and was very inquisitive. We were drawn to her personality right away.”

Mayzie. Photo courtesy of Trinity Farm.

Mayzie settled into home at the Streetsboro, Ohio farm where she was folded into therapeutic riding program and began her eventing education.

“We have an inclusion program where we teach riders with and without special needs. Some of our eventing students have special needs, some don’t, but the upper level riders all volunteer back in the therapeutic riding program. They either ride alongside riders with special needs in the special olympics or volunteer to help at horse show or as walkers or leaders, so the program is all intertwined,” Katherine explained. 

Mayzie has taken to eventing like a fish to water, Katherine says. “Anything that we’ve ever shown her, she’s just taken in stride. It’s almost as if she’s made for it. The first time we introduced her to a water complex, she took to it naturally. She just wanted a little explanation, then she went right at it.”

While she mostly caters to the more advanced riders at Trinity Farm, including Madalyn Rusinoff, who currently leases her, Mayzie has a temperament that makes her a perfect candidate for many riders and handlers.

Mayzie. Photo courtesy of Trinity Farm.

“She loves working with all the different students. She has phenomenal ground manners and is very attentive to whoever is leading her,” Katherine said. “So if we have a brand new volunteer who hasn’t learned to lead yet, she’s very patient with them and she’ll take her time and she’ll stay right along side them. If she’s with a student that maybe has some physical disabilities with walking or having trouble holding the lead rope she’s very patient with all of that. She really meets every person where they are with their skills.”

Katherine admits they don’t typically go for green Thoroughbreds as new members of their program, but Mayzie has been an outstanding exception.

She has been quite a unique horse to add to the program. Anybody who sees her immediately falls in love with her.”

Go Mayzie. Go eventing.

 

Sunday Links Presented by One K Helmets

The first competitors of 2019 left the start box yesterday! Stable View and Majestic Oaks are first up on the calendar. I live near Aiken, and let me tell you: it was COLD today. So well done you winter warriors!

National Holiday: National Rubber Ducky Day

U.S. Weekend Action:

Majestic Oaks H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Stable View H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Sunday Links:

The Unique Meaning Behind the Rebecca Broussard Developing Rider Grants

PODCAST: Safety First + Better Management for Better Results

We Are All Individuals

21 of our favourite horse memes of all time

Equestrian mega centre releases 3D ‘tour’ of luxury facilities

Sunday Video:

Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: 5 Saddles for A Super Ride

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.

Sport Horse Nation has more than just horses! There’s also saddles, trailers, employment opportunities and more! Check out five of our current saddle listings:

Amerigo Basso Pinerolo Monoflap. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

2014 Amerigo Basso Monoflap

Black 2014 Amerigo Basso Pinerolo Monoflap. 17.5″ -1 (med narrow), very good/excellent condition. Forward flap. It’s consigned at Sprucewood Tack Shop in Ontario, Canada (519-655-3165, website below). It’s available through Sprucewood for trials/purchase. I’m happy to answer any questions though. Priced at $5000 CDN, Americans, take advantage of the weak Canadian dollar. In US $ the saddle is approximately $3756US, depending on the exchange rate per day. Open to reasonable offers through Sprucewood.

Link is to the listing at Sprucewood
www.sprucewoodtack.com/used-amerigo-2014-basso-monoflap-1-17-5.html

Sprucewood does ship to the US. Located in Ontario, Canada.

Prestige 17” Jump Saddle

Beautiful, basically brand new 17” Prestige X Meredith Jump Saddle.
It is Tobacco colored calfskin leather, very supple and secure.
+2 long flap
34cm tree
Wool flocked
Just made in Italy this summer, got it home and rode in it less than 20 times before horse was injured.
Paid $4200 brand new, asking $3800 OBO and can include the new Bates leathers if you want. Located in Olympia, Washington.

Niedersuss Olympik dressage saddle 17.5/ Med. Cover incl. Jet black. Great cond!

Beautiful dressage saddle by Karl Niedersuss. This is the Olympik model with the upgraded leather on the seat and knee pads. It has seen little use and is in excellent condition. The tree is straight and solid. There are only a few cosmetic points to mention: small scuff on cantle, wrinkles on seat from seatbones, missing plastic on nail head. The original green KN saddle cover is included. Located in Florida.

PRESTIGE OPTIMAX DRESSAGE SADDLE

17″ Seat, Med. Tree (adjustable by qualified saddler), this saddle is in excellent condition with no blemishes – soft supple Italian calfskin which has been well maintained. This is a perfect saddle for someone who doesn’t want to buy ‘new’ but looking for good quality. Willing to offer a 3 day trial. Located in Southern Pines NC.

Prestige Passion 17/33 (M) Chocolate brown, forward flap, grippy leather

Beautiful and high quality saddle by Prestige Italy. This is the Passion model which has wonderful grippy leather and gorgeous stitching. It was widened from the original 32cm to the current 33cm. It has a forward flap and deep seat. Located in Florida.

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.

Out of The Mouths of Babes: ‘7 Reasons to Be A Horse’

7 Reasons to Be A Horse.

There’s something magical about the love a little girl has for horses. Often the catalyst for a lifelong passion, afternoons in the barn spent spent brushing and riding and squealing with glee are not easily forgotten by grown-up horsewomen. Those early days around horses are the foundation of your barn knowledge, where you learn the basics like ‘don’t stand right behind the horse.’ Some kids are much more intuitive than others, like this Area VII eventer.

Now grown, she shared some creative writing from her childhood that’s equal parts hilarious and relatable. Start your Saturday off right with this Kids Say The Darndest Things/EN mashup:

7 Reasons to Be A Horse

  1. No Matter what you look like, you’ll always be either beautiful or cute.
  2. You can be as loud as you want and no one will question you.
  3. People only ask you for about an hour of your day and spend the rest of it feeding and petting you.
  4. You can openly dislike one of your human’s friends and they will steer clear of you.
  5. You can freak out for no reason whatsoever.
  6. You have someone to give your heart to…
  7. … and that same someone to give you theirs right back.

Go eventing.

Tuesday Video from SpectraVet: New Season Jitters

Laura Collett’s three-star mount London 52 is rearing to get the 2019 season started! He had his first jump this week since finishing second at Boekelo last fall, and I think we can all agree he’s just a little excited.

An impressive display of stickability? Or just another day at Laura Collett’s yard? We’ll let you decide.

Why SpectraVET?

Reliable. Effective. Affordable.

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

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

Tuesday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

View this post on Instagram

December vs. January 😍😑

A post shared by Pomponio Ranch (@pomponioranch) on

Even though we’re over a week out from New Year’s Day, does anyone else still feel a slight holiday hangover? The last two weeks of December are equally fun and exhausting, and the photo on the right is an accurate representation of me trying to get my house in order and pack away my Christmas decorations. Thankfully, we’re T-4 days until the 2019 season starts!

National Holiday: National Bubble Bath Day

Events Opening This Week: Pine Top Advanced H.T.Three Lakes Winter II H.T. at Caudle Ranch

Events Closing This Week: Rocking Horse Winter I H.T.Full Gallop Farm January H.T

Tuesday News:

Today’s your last chance to enter Grand Oaks Horse Trials! They waved their late fee, so last-minute entry in for the first event of the year held this coming weekend in Eventing Sunny Florida. The competition will run all phases in one day. [Grand Oaks Omnibus]

Voting is open for 2018 Eventing Nation Horse of the Year! The EN staff nominated four horses that had standout seasons in 2018: Frankie Thieriot Stutes’s mount Chatwin, Caroline Martin’s mount Islandwood Captain Jack, Boyd Martin’s mount Long Island T, and Phillip Dutton’s mount Z. Be sure to cast your vote before the polls close on Wednesday. [Vote for 2018 Eventing Nation Horse of the Year!]

Victor Espinoza is back in the saddle. The Triple Crown jockey had his first ride this week since fracturing his vertebrae last July. He’s taking his rehab one day at a time.  [‘Satisfying’ To See Victor Espinoza Back Atop A Thoroughbred At Santa Anita]

Hot on Horse Nation: Equestrichondria, or Basically Being a Horse Person

Tuesday Video:

Sunday Links Presented by One K Helmets

The annual Windchase Polar Dive! Photo courtesy of Phyllis Dawson.

Working students at Windchase farm dove head first into 2019! Annually on New Year’s Day, these guys take the icy plunge. This moment is my favorite — they’re just inches from hitting the water and the inevitable chill that follows. Swim on, 2019!

National Holiday: National Shortbread Day

Sunday Links:

Calling all Horses and Riders for the 2019 USEA Educational Symposium with Maxime Livio

Introducing the USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Handbook & Updated Championship Guidelines

Stewart Tip of the Month: GPS for Your New Year’s Resolution

Mountain biker takes on horse on cross-country course

Meme-able (And Memorable) Moments At The 2019 Robert Dover Horsemastership Week

Young mule impresses on his hunting debut

Sunday Video:

#LÆ Training Tip: Teaching a young or green horse to lunge and don’t have access to a round pen? Find a fenced corner of your arena or pasture and place three jumps as the border where there isn’t fencing in order to create a positive learning environment for your horse! Lunging is a great way to teach your horse to stretch, self-carriage and eventually begin collection so it’s never too soon to start! Here’s 3 yo Flynn demonstrating his first attempt in lunging!

Posted by Lainey Ashker on Friday, January 4, 2019

Tuesday Video from SpectraVet: A Horsey Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2019! It looks like there’s no one more excited than the Internet’s newest star: Kindling. The 5-year-old Norwegian Fjord blew me away with his show stopping sparkles. He isn’t a one trick pony though, he’s got videos for every holiday (See: Christmas, Canada Day, Easter).

Go 2019. Go Eventing.

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.

New Years Day News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

Running into the New Year like… Photo by Shelby Allen.

Happy New Year! It’s hard to believe that we’re already to 2019, but here we are heading full speed into anther season. Thanks for coming along for the ride with us. Roll on 2019!

National Holiday: New Year’s Day (Or National Hangover Day)

Events Opening This Week: Fresno County Horse Park CCI & H.T.Paradise Farm H.T.Rocking Horse Winter II H.T.

Events Closing This Week: Grand Oaks H.T.

Tuesday News: 

2018 was an unbelievably memorable year for eventing. The Price family dominated four-stars, the Brits claimed all the fame at Tryon and we saw some up-and-coming stars shine. EquiRatings takes us through all the highlights from A-Z. [The A-Z of 2018]

The USEA has shared the sport with our country for coming on 60 years and there are many moving pieces. I worked with the USEA straight out of college, and it was such an eye opening experience. The staff and the volunteers pour their heart into it. [Past, Present, and Future: Who Are the Power Players of the USEA?]

What does a New Year’s resolution mean to you? [2019 Resolutions For Horse-Humans]

Hot on Horse Nation: Reader’s favorite stories of 2018

Sunday Video: 

EN’s Most Impressive Saves of 2018

In a sport full of thrills and spills, we know one thing for sure: you guys just don’t give up! Year after year, you guys show up, show out and hang on for dear life. We’ve rounded up some of the most impressive saves of the year. Check it out and let us know who you think did it best in the comments.

1. Presenter Hayley Moore saved the day at Chepstow Racecourse in a move that’s being called a ‘Save in a Sundress.’

2. Aaron Kuru and Des De Jeu nearly bit the dust racing at Awapuni in New Zealand, but they not only managed to save it, they won the race.

3. Red on the right, white on the left and insanity in the middle rang true for Sam Griffiths and Paulank Kings River at Millstreet. That’s a horse who knows his job!

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

Posted by Tim Wilkinson on Saturday, August 25, 2018

4. Nicola Wilson and One Two Many had a very dramatic moment at Bramham that nearly had them both swimming.

Save of the year?

Posted by Nico Morgan Media on Saturday, June 9, 2018

5. Switzerland’s Robin Godel and Grandeur de Lully CH made their save on the world stage when a dodgy fence nearly squashed their WEG dreams. EN’s Leslie Threlkeld then captured the most epic sequence of photos.

Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Go Eventing.

Sunday Video: No Bridle? No Problem

The winter season is a great time to focus on the basics and crack away at your homework ahead of the spring season, but British four-star rider Imogen Murray decided she wanted more of a challenge. She ditched her bridle aboard 14.2-hand Ive Dun Talking, and took on a show jumping course, making it look deceptively easy, we’d say! Are you brave enough to give this a shot?

We only finished Eventing 2 weeks ago and Imogen is already bored and setting challenges. Jumping without a bridle was this weeks challenge – now who wouldn’t want a Petal Pony. Spillers Majyk Equipe Super X Country Devoucoux Equi-Bebb Products cottages.com KEP Italia UK @silverfeet Protexin Equine Premium Mackenzie & George Finer Stables Eventing Images

Posted by M.S.Team Eventing with Imogen Murray on Tuesday, November 20, 2018