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Ocala Jockey Club CIC3* Live Cross Country Updates

Hannah Sue Burnett and Harbour Pilot. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Good afternoon, EN! We’ve made it to the last North American CIC3* of the year at the beautiful Ocala Jockey Club in Reddick, Florida for their second annual International Three-Day Event.

The competitive CIC3* division will take on Mike Etherington-Smith’s formative cross country course today beginning at 1:30 pm. You can take a peak around the entire track via EN’s course preview here.

Liz Halliday-Sharp and Fernhill By Night are you overnight leaders on a 34 followed by Hannah Sue Burnett in second and third with Cooley Dream and Harbour Pilot, respectively. Click here to catch up on yesterday’s show jumping report. Liz has a bit of breathing room, 6 minutes and 12 seconds to be exact, but last year only two pairs managed to come home inside the time, so it could be a determining factor again in the event’s second running.

You can watch all the action live on EQSportsNet. Riders will NOT be starting in reverse order of standing, you can find ride times at this link.

#OJC3DE: WebsiteScheduleRide TimesLive ScoresDavid’s VideosLive StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s InstagramEN’s Twitter

Hannah Sue Burnett and Harbour Pilot are your CIC3* winners after an influential cross country day at the 2017 Ocala Jockey Club International Three-Day Event. Phillip Dutton claims second and third with Z and Indian Mill, respectively. The time proved tight as only four pairs achieved double clear rounds – Phillip Dutton/Indian Mill, Joe Meyer/Clip Clop, Elisa Wallace/Simply Priceless and Erin Sylvester and Metraise. CCI2* show jumping gets underway at 3:30 p.m. EST. Stay tuned for Jenni’s cross country report from Ocala!

1:30 p.m. EST: And we’re off! Phillip Dutton is our trailblazer with I’m Sew Ready.

1:33 p.m. EST: No one is surprised to see Phillip give us a masterclass around Mike Etherington-Smith’s course. Clear so far and just foot perfect.

1:34 p.m. EST: Joe Meyer joins Phillip on course with Johnny Royale.

1:36 p.m. EST: Joe has picked up 20 at the double corners at fence 9b.

1:37 p.m. EST: “I feel smarter having watched this” – Jon Holling. Phillip really made this look like a quiet canter around.

1:37 p.m. EST: Third-placed Hannah Sue Burnett and Harbour Pilot have left the start box!

1:41 p.m. EST: Hannah Sue has her foot on the pedal. This pair are looking for a clear.

1:42 p.m. EST: Katie Ruppel and Foreign Affair also fall victim to fence 9, the Diablo’s Devil Corners, where they have a run out at the b element.

1:44 p.m. EST: Fence 9, the second of the Diablo’s Devil Corners, is gaming to be the most influential fence on today’s course as Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous have a stop.

1:48 p.m. EST: The devil is at work today at fence 9AB. Michael Walton has a stop at the first corner, and comes around to also have a stop at the second corner.

1:49 p.m. EST: We’ve got the first time – Phillip & I’m Sew Ready added 9.2 time penalties. Hannah Sue finished just two seconds over the time to sit tentatively on a 42.2.

1:50 p.m. EST: Erin Sylvester came off her line into the first water, but Mettraise gave her a big jump to keep on.

1:52 p.m. EST: Mettraise is full of running and Erin is letting her go – they might be a pair near the time.

1:53 p.m. EST: Jacob Fletcher Van Gough slip a bit turning to the first water – the first wear on the footing after a raining morning in Ocala.

1:54 p.m. EST: Rats… Jacob with a runout at the corner at 9. Clear on second attempt.

1:56 p.m. EST: Melissa McMaster gives MMC Paddy Patterson become the fifth victims of the Diablo’s Devil Corners at 9.

1:58 p.m. EST: World Number 4 Phillip Dutton is back again, this time with Z who is looking very confident over the first fences.

2:00 p.m. EST: After two stops at the Boat at the Clubhouse Water (20) Melissa and MMC Paddy Patterson call it a day.

2:01 p.m. EST: Erin becomes the first rider to make the time today finishing with only one second to spare.

2:02 p.m. EST: Kelly Prather and Truely Wiley have two run outs at the corner at fence 9a and she puts a hand up to retire.

2:05 p.m. EST: Alexis Helffrich gets it done at the influential Diablo’s Devils Corners with London Town. Well done!

2:08 p.m. EST: Alyssa Phillips and Bliss III have a drive by at the corner at 9a. They are ultimately eliminated after a second stop at 9a and a final stop at 9b.

2:11 p.m. EST: Zoe Crawford and K.E.C. Zara cut it close at 9b, but make it through the corners clear!

2:13 p.m. EST: Kurt Martin and Anna Bella are off and looking quick.

2:15 p.m. EST: Zoe is looking foot perfect as she goes clear through the Clubhouse Water. She’s on quite a talented mare.

2:16 p.m. EST: Kurt is textbook through the tricky corners. Arguable the best ride of the day through there.

2:16 p.m. EST: Another time posted: Phillip was faster on his second ride, Z, where he added only 1.2 time penalties to make a big leaderboard leap.

2:17 p.m. EST: Cooley O stands off the Cascading Water at 7A picking up 20, Jules Ennis gets her over it on the second attempt.

2:18 p.m. EST: Jules and Cooley O have a glance off at the corners at 9a, and they retire.

2:20 p.m. EST: Tag takes a peak dropping into the Cascading water drop at 7a, but Erin Pullen slips her reins, sits back and makes a beautiful recovery.

2:21 p.m. EST: The Diablo’s Devil Corners claims yet another victim. Erin with two stops at 9B.

2:22 p.m. EST: Phillip is back for his third ride, Lup the Loop, a newer ride for him.

2:23 p.m. EST: Phillip and Lup the Loop have a run out at 7c. Clear on second attempt as they head to those pesky corners.

2:24 p.m. EST: An amazing performance by Phillip as he pilots Lup the Loop through the Diablo’s Devil corners.

2:25 p.m. EST: Shelby Brost and Crimson looking a little sticky through the first handful of fences, but she’s getting it together as she goes clear through the Cascading water.

2:27 p.m. EST: Shelby stuck to her plan to go for four strides between the corners and fence 9, and it paid off! Way to go girl!

2:28 p.m. EST: We welcome the experienced pair of Kristin Schmolze and Ballylaffin Bracken to this course that is proving to be very tricky.

2:31 p.m. EST: Kristin goes for the three, but Ballylaffin Bracken adds and takes out the top rail at The Double Ditches at Fence 16. Her result will includes 11 points for activating the frangible device there.

2:33 p.m. EST: Natalia Neneman and Weisser Riese are another pair to pick up a runout at 9b.

2:34 p.m. EST: Overnight leader Liz Halliday-Sharp and Fernhill By Night are off and away!

2:35 p.m. EST: Kurt Martin and Anna Bella earned the fourth fastest run of the day so far, coming home four seconds over for 1.6 time penalties.

2:37 p.m. EST: Heartbreak! Liz and Blackie come to grief at the corner at 9b. Hannah Sue Burnett will be our winner – the only question remains on which horse.

2:38 p.m. EST: Another mistake at 9 – this time Cary Chavis and Game On pick up a runout. Clear on second attempt.

2:41 p.m. EST: Lauren Kieffer and Vermiculus head out. They will be gunning for a top five finish.

2:42 p.m. EST: Lauren is clear through the Diablo’s Devil Corners.

2:45 p.m. EST: Ashley Kehoe grits her teeth and makes it happen through the corners with Kilteay Toss Up.

2:48 p.m. EST: Today’s youngest competitor, 18-year-old Amanda Beale Clement looking great through the first water.

2:49 p.m. EST: Amanda has made it clear through the corners with Get Ready! She is undeniably one to watch for the future.

2:50 p.m. EST: Amanda may have had an issue at the Offset Brushes. The ground jury will review footage and make a decision on penalties.

2:51 p.m. EST: If anyone else can come home inside the time, it’s Elisa Wallace and Simply Priceless who are so far having a fantastic clear round.

2:53 p.m. EST: The King of Consistency Cambalda is out on course.

2:54 p.m. EST: Jennie guns for it at the Diablo’s Devil Corners, but reviewing the footage makes it seem as thought she was outside the flags on the wide side of the last corner. We believe 50 will be added to her score.

2:56 p.m. EST: Joe Meyer returns with his second ride, Clip Clop.

2:57 p.m. EST: Joe definitely wasn’t going to be fooled by the corners at 9 -he’s clear through with Clip Clop.

2:58 p.m. EST: Hannah has already cemented herself as the winner today, but with which horse? Cooley Dream out to beat his stablemate now.

3:01 p.m. EST: Hannah and Cooley Dream were not immune to fence 9 – they add 20 penalties at 9b.

3:02 p.m. EST: Katie Ruppel and Houdini are on course. If they can finish quick, they can earn second place.

3:04 p.m. EST: Katie fights for it at the corners. May be up for review, but so far marked as clear.

3:05 p.m. EST: Arg! Cooley Dream comes in a little funny to the boat (20A) at the Clubhouse Water, and stops at 20B. Hannah puts a hand up to retire. Disappointing finish for this one, but she’s still a winner with Harbour Pilot.

3:07 p.m. EST: Jacob Fletcher has a stop at 9b with past AEC Champion Atlantic Domino. It’s official – everyone is building a corner in the arena this winter!

3:08 p.m. EST: Phillip Dutton returns with his final ride of the day, Indian Mill.

3:10 p.m. EST: Katie Ruppel and Houdini finish 14 seconds over for 5.6 time penalties. Phillip could move ahead of them with Indian Mill.

3:13 p.m. EST: Phillip is home clear with Indian Mill inside the time! A master at work.

3:15 p.m. EST: An update on time – Joe Meyer & Clip Clop and Elisa Wallace & Simply Priceless both achieved the optimum time.





Sunday Links Presented by One K Helmets

Allie Knowles and Business Class. Photo by Jenni Autry.

It’s officially #eventingsunnyfl season as the snowbirds started the migration south at the Ocala Jockey Club International Three-Day Event. The one- and two-star groups had a great cross country day yesterday, and there’s more to come as the competitive CIC3* division will gallop around this gorgeous facility today. I’ll bring give you moment by moment news in our live updates starting at 1:30 EST. Click here to follow along!

National Holiday: National Play Monopoly Day

Major Events This Weekend:

Mitsubishi Motors Australian International Three-Day Event [Website] [Entries] [Live Scores]

Ocala Jockey Club 3-Day International Event [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

Sunday Links: 

Clarke Still Holds Top Spot After MMAus3DE Cross Country

Justine Dutton’s New Priorities: ‘That Fall Scared Me… I Knew Something Had to Change’

Eventer Harry Meade Swaps Saddles to Try His Hand at Racing

Taken A Great Eventing Photo This Year? Win Press Accreditation to Badminton

What Will Happen to Your Horses When You Die?

Freezing Equine Embryos is Getting More Practical

Sunday Video: Yesterday the eventing world lost Gillian Rolton. Watch one of the many examples of why she was such an amazing athlete and competitor:

Wednesday News & Notes from SmartPak

Photo by Tyson Rementer.

We are in for a treat this weekend with the Ocala Jockey Club hosting their second annual International Three-Day Event. Course Builder Tyson Rementer shared this photo of what he calls “Arts & Crafts at #OJC2017.” I can’t wait to see what else he has in store. Our own Jenni Autry will bring it to you live, so keep checking back to EN this week for all the top stories.

National Holiday: National Philanthropy Day, National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day

Major Events This Weekend:

Mitsubishi Motors Australian International Three-Day Event [Website] [Entries] [Live Scores]

Ocala Jockey Club 3-Day International Event [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

Your Wednesday News & Notes:

The year’s final four-star is on the horizon this weekend as Adelaide celebrates 20 years of their CCI4*. 21 Competitors are gaming for the win, including 2016 winners Hazel Shannon and WallingPark Clifford who would be the event’s first ever back to back victors. Another big contender is Clarke JohnStone with Balmoral Sensation who have the best average dressage scores of the bunch. [Notes from Down Under – The Adelaide CCI4* Preview]

Kai Pai Kiwi lives up to her name, which is an expression meaning everything is ok. She exemplified this at a Pony Club competition when her 16-year-old rider Jordan Shrimpton came unseated and was left hanging below her neck. Jordan managed to pull the mare up with the sound of her voice before pulling herself back on to manage the save of the day and finish their cross country course without any time penalties. She recalled, “What Thoroughbred would stop, facing the truck park where 17 of her friends were tied, while her rider clambered all over her after galloping a whole cross-country course?” [From The Magazine: Everything Is Ka Pai For Shrimpton]

“If eventers could rearrange the alphabet, they would put OTTB and I together.”  True! Thoroughbreds remain a tried and true competitor of our sport. When looking for your next OTTB, you’ve got to know what desirable features to search for. Mackenna Shea starts by evaluating conformation especially of the back, pasterns and hooves. Temperament is important too, so if evaluating off site, watch for tail swishing or ear pinning may be a red flag via video.  [OTTB Critique Presented by Athletux: California Girl]

Hot on Horse Nation: Dressage Leg vs. Jumping Leg: How To Use No-Stirrup November to Benefit Both

SmartPak Product of the Day: Temperatures are dropping for most parts of the country, which means it’s time to make sure you’ve got all your winter gear in check. A fleece cooler can be a helpful addition to your horses wardrobe to be used to help them maintain temperature while drying or as an additional blanket liner on especially cold nights [SmartPak]

Tuesday Video from SpectraVet: Show Jumping Meets Dog Agility

Agility dogs and show jumpers have a lot in common: quick-footed, precise and dead fast. Their shared skills are a perfect pairing, and each year they join forces in a KP-Equine Relay at The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. The race pairs a show jumper with an agility dog aiming to have the lowest combined time over their respective courses.

The pups are clearly just as driven and focused as their equine counterparts, and their enthusiasm makes the relay-style race is thrilling from start to finish. Winners were a Border Collie named  Zero and an 8-year-old Dutch Warmblood named Entano, piloted by Daniel Bluman.

I’m thinking we could make some sort of K9-Equine Eventer competition as well – these dogs could clearly handle some cross country!

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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

Barn dogs… We all know them. We see them eating and rolling in mysterious unspeakable things at the barn. My own dear Franklin got not one, but THREE baths this weekend. Honestly, you can’t take them anywhere. But it would be hard to imagine the barn without them. Don’t forget to share your barn pups with us by using the hashtag #DogsofEN for a chance at your photo being shared in our Dogs of Eventing Nation Series.

National Holiday: National Pickle Day

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

Tuesday News:

Help save the Liz Cochran Memorial Groom’s Award! There’s cross country schooling, lessons with Olympians, marketing help and much more in this silent auction! Christmas presents maybe? Check it out and help support the groom’s award that recognizes some of the hardest workers in the sport! [Liz Cochran Memorial Groom’s Award Auction]

Italy is the first country to test out the HiLowDrop scoring method at national competition. Like what is prosed at the International level, this method of scoring drops any judges scores that deviate by 4% or more from the judging panel’s average to help prevent one judge from skewing results. The FEI General Assembly will debate the use of this method in international competition Nov. 18-21. [First Country Adopts Controversial Dressage Scoring System]

Is your barn as fire proof as possible? With winter approaching, that means more heating systems, more lighting and more hay which increases a barn’s risk of fire. Managing combustible materials like hay, bedding and dust is a great start. Now is the time to prepare to keep your farm safe. [Clean Up Combustibles In Horse Barns Before Winter]

Tuesday Video: Ingrid Klimke wins Grand Prix Freestyle Qualifier at the Munich Indoors

Sunday Links Presented by One K Helmets

This week in Lexington, Kentucky the fanciest of the dancers are competing at the US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan®. There are some eventers, including Lainey, who have gone over to the dark side to strengthen their game. US Equestrian members can follow along via their live stream on USEF Network. Today you can check out Third Level Freestyle AA (8-9:30 am), Prix St Georges Open (9:59-11:56 am & 1:10-2pm) and Fourth Level Freestyle (2:20-4:17 pm) Championship classes at this link.

National Holiday: National Pizza with The Works Except Anchovies Day

U.S. Weekend Action:

Full Moon Farms H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

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

Poplar Place Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

Texas Rose Horse Park Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Sunday Links:

Ga Deva Puts On Her Game Face For Grand Prix Win At U.S. Dressage Finals

From the Amateur-Owner Hunters to U.S. Dressage Finals

Military Boekelo Stands with USEA to Require Frangible Cross Country Technology

Which Horse Bedding is Best

Equine Research Could Keep Humans from Getting Hoarse

Grooms On The Edge as Equestrian Industry Bullying Revealed 

Sunday Video: Dressage horses try jumping…

‘It’s So Nice to Be Able to Give Back’: Meet Volunteer Superstars Katherine & Bruce Hill

Katherine and Bruce Hill. Photo by Shelby Allen.

This sport is nothing without its many fabulous volunteers, and you will be hard pressed to find any more fabulous than than Katherine and Bruce Hill. The brother and sister duo, along with their parents John and Allison, have become regular features in Area VI both riding and volunteering. Let’s meet the Hill family:

Katherine, age 17, explains that her love of horses began in a western saddle before she began riding with Jennifer Wooten and was introduced to eventing. “I grew up on my grandpa’s cattle ranch, so I did a lot of western riding when I was younger. I really wanted to start jumping around age 11, so I started jumping my cow ponies which was always entertaining,” she laughed.

Twin River’s September Horse Trials in 2014 was their first volunteer experience, and their involvement in the sport has grown exponentially since then. “It is so nice to be able to give back and show our appreciation for what everyone else does for us,” Katherine said. Now they frequent many Area VI events including Twin Rivers, Woodside Horse Trials and Fresno Horse Trials. 

All hands on deck to prepare for the jog. Katherine and her dad, John. Photo by Shelby Allen.

In addition to its charitable nature, volunteering and being involved in the sport together also provides valuable time for the Hills. “I think it’s a great experience for us as a family to do together,” said mom, Allison. “To have both kids riding is fabulous. They’re doing the same sport. We’re in the same place on weekends, we can do things together. The community is wonderful – the kids are really kind of grafted in and they really feel like they have their people and there’s a lot of people across the area that they know and they like. This area is fabulous – everyplace we go these people are our friends, so it’s really fun to be able to give back.”

Bruce prepares for Phase A of Endurance Day at Galway Downs. Photo by Shelby Allen.

The Hills have filled many positions, but when Bruce, age 14, can choose, he prefers any jobs that work alongside the course builders. “I’ve done jump judging and flagging and stuff, but I really like working with Louis (Blankenship – course builder) and his guys. There a lot of fun to work with,” he commented. Friday night at Galway Downs Bruce was spotted watering the cross country course with Louis because he wanted to learn how to do it – what a guy!

When they aren’t volunteering, Allison, Katherine and Bruce are competing. This weekend the siblings went head to head bot in the Training Three-Day division at Galway Downs. When asked if there is any sibling rivalry, the entire family was quick to answer with a collective “yes!”

Katherine on Phase D of Endurance Day. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Fortunately, underneath the competitive edge, they remain each other’s biggest supporters. “I was really happy for him on dressage day. He definitely put down his best test at training ever, and I had the honor to stand there and look at my mom and say, ‘he just beat my butt.’” Katherine recounted. “This was the first time we’ve been in the same division together competing since Intro, and I used to beat him all the time, so it’s definitely fair.”

Bruce finishes ninth in the Galway Downs T3D. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Bruce ended up ninth in the competitive T3D with his own Cortina, and Katherine finished 14th aboard her mother’s Stellor Rockafella, who she borrowed last minute as her own horse took a, “self-imposed vacation.” They followed one after another in the show jumping ring, with Katherine going first, and shared a sweet high five as they passed one another. This hardworking family was a pleasure to meet this weekend. From all of us at EN, thanks to John, Allison, Katherine and Bruce for all you do for eventing!

High fives between rounds. Photo by Shelby Allen.



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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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

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!

Galway DownsWebsiteResultsScheduleEN’s Coverage

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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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.

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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.

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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]



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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: