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Tuesday News & Notes from Cavalor

Photo via Daniel Clasing.

It was a big weekend for eventing! While the FEI divisions at Richland Park, Blair Castle and Millstreet took the features spotlight, there were also a great lineup of local events across the country. Loudoun Hunt Pony Club H.T. hosted Beginner Novice through Intermediate divisions at the beautiful Oatlands Plantation. Intermediate winner Daniel Clasing pictured above. Eventing Nation would not be all that it is without these hometown events!

National Holiday: National Chop Suey Day

Major Events This Week:

Burghley Links: Website, Entries, Schedule, Live Scoring, EN’s Coverage, EN’s Twitter, EN’s Instagram

AEC Links: Website, ScheduleRide Times & Live Scoring, EN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

Events Opening This Week: Exmoor Horse Trials Fall Event (FL, A-3) Las Cruces H.T. (NM, A-10) Paradise Farm H.T. (SC, A-3) Fleur de Leap H.T. (LA, A-5) Galway Downs International Event & H.T. (CA, A-6)  Hitching Post Farm Horse Trials (VT, A-1)

Events Closing Today: GMHA September Horse Trials (VT, A-1) Colorado Horse Park Horse Trials/Derby (CO, A-9) Stone Gate Farm H.T. (OH, A-8) Plantation Field International CIC (PA, A-2) Colorado Horse Park Horse Trials/Derby(CO, A-9) Flying Cross Farm H.T. (KY, A-8) MeadowCreek Park H.T – The Fall Social Event (TX, A-5) Marlborough H.T (MD, A-2)  Poplar Place Farm September H.T. (GA, A-3) Otter Creek Fall H.T. (WI, A-4)

Tuesday News: 

Hurricane Harvey: Here’s How You Can Help the Horses. The USEF Equine Disaster Relief Fund was created after Hurricane Katrina to ensure safety of horses in cases of disaster. These funds will help aid the Houston SPCA. [Donate to The USEF Equine Disaster Relief Fund and Join US Equestrian in Helping Horses Affected by Hurricane Harvey]

Buck Davidson and I Love My Horse have teamed up to host a #LeeLeeStrong Golf Tournament. Mark your calendars for November 14th at the Country Club of Ocala in Ocala, Florida. A $100 entry fee gets you lunch, a golf cart, and drinks at the awards ceremony. [Golf Tournament to Benefit Lee Lee Jones]

What A Catch II has the ultimate comeback story. When Libby Seed starting riding him four years ago, he was coming back from a stress fracture and was never supposed to jump again, and now they’re going to Burghley! [Burghley First-Timers: Libby Seed – ‘He Wasn’t Meant to Jump Again’]

Tuesday Video: Catch a colorful ride with Kolor Me Gone at Town Hill Farm via helmet cam:

Sunday Links Presented by One K Helmets

Photo via Will Coleman Equestrian.

Just days old, Charlotte Coleman looks perfectly at home in a barn. While it must be nice for Will to win the CIC2* at Richland Park, we assume it will be much nicer when he gets to celebrate with Charlotte. It won’t be too long until she’s riding circles around Will and Katie!

National Holiday: National Just Because Day

Major Events This Week:

Richland Park: WebsiteScheduleRide TimesLive ScoresEN’s Coverage

Millstreet: WebsiteEntriesScheduleRide Times & Live ScoringEN’s CoverageXC Saturday Radio

Blair Castle ERM: WebsiteRide TimesLive StreamERM Leaderboard

U.S. Weekend Action:

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

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

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

Shepherd Ranch SYVPC H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

The Event at Archer H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Sunday Links:

Wednesday/Thursday Party Schedule for USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Land Rover and Nutrena

Keys to Effectively Deworm Your Horse

Back at Burghley After A 16-Year Break: Jamie Atkinson – ‘To Get My Horse There Would Be A Huge Achievement’

Teenager Wins Blair Castle CIC3*: ‘I Think My Horse Shed A Tear as Well’

Medical Student Leads After Dressage in Blair Castle Event Rider Masters

‘He’s Quite Spoilt’: Young Showjumper’s Touching Handover Note Goes Viral

From Underdogs to Gold, The Irish Top Longines FEI European Show Jumping Championship

Sunday Video: RNS Video caught all the CIC3* water action at Richland Park:

Wednesday Video from Kentucky Performance Products: One Week Until #AEC17

That’s right – only one week until the USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena! AEC is the feel-good event of the year. There’s nothing quite like watching riders accomplish their their goals on a championship stage.
Eventers were abuzz with excitement last year, as AEC was being hosted by the prestigious Tyron International Equestrian Center, and it definitely felt like a world class competition. The atmosphere of the George Morris arena was massively exciting, the amenities at Tryon were appreciated by the eventers (the bathrooms were air conditioned!).
The 2016 AEC boasted a record number of entries, and with over 700 pairs on the entry list this year, it’s bound to be another big show! And once again, USEA + TIEC have some exciting activities on the agenda, from Saturday Night Lights to a beer garden. You can read what else you have to look forward to here.
Probably still suffering from a Mongol Derby-fueled hangover, Leslie Wylie will be our boots on the ground covering U.S. Eventing’s most heartwarming competition of the year. Who is excited, EN?

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Trayfords Announce Big Changes for Exmoor Farm & Florida Horse Park

Photo via Exmoor Eventing’s Facebook Page.

For the last year and a half, Richard and Daisy Trayford have run their training and sales program out of Exmoor Farm, a 120-acre property in Ocala, Fla. They hosted both recognized and unrecognized competitions, as well as offering year-round cross country schooling — a true eventer’s paradise.

Now the farm is looking toward an even bigger and brighter future as it has acquired new ownership. Originally from California, Ron and Marisa Di Mauro bought the property this summer, with the goal of continuing and improving its ability to host top-notch eventing training and competition. Equiventures will continue to organize events at Exmoor with Richard and Daisy at the helm.

“When someone came along and wanted to take it on, and, frankly, had more capital that we did to do the things that I wanted done here, we kind of jumped at it,” Richard said. “I’m speaking with my Equiventures hat on — Equiventures runs shows. It doesn’t necessarily want to run facilities. Its much better to have a team of people that do the general maintenance and then we move in and put the event on, which is an expensive enough proposition anyway.

“This has given us a little bit of freedom,” he continued, “which was kind of needed after putting three venues together in three months. That was a tough 18-month period for both of us. Now we can step back a little bit and enjoy the venues, enjoy the shows.”

Ron & Marisa Di Mauro at Exmoor. Photo courtesy of Daisy Trayford.

The Di Mauros dove head first into the property — acquiring new equipment and gear for the farm as well as recruiting a team to make it all happen. “Ron has basically said what I wanted to do over five years, he can do in five months. So we love this guy!” Richard laughed. “That’s a great example of what it’s like to have great owners coming into the game.”

The Di Mauros will also continue to have support from the event’s loyal sponsors, including Ocala Ranches.

In the meantime, Richard and Daisy will be relocating their training and sales operation to upstate New York, where they are excited to be closer to Richard’s son, Atticus, who goes to school there. 

“We’ve managed to secure a farm in the Genesee Valley, a 90-acre equestrian property,” Daisy said. “We’re really excited to carry on with our team of event horses up there in the summer. We’re very excited to move to a different area and meet some new clients and spread our wings a little bit.”

Exmoor Eventing’s new summer home. Photo courtesy of Daisy Trayford.

They’re also giddy to get back into the area’s foxhunting. “It’s kind of the best of both worlds for us. The Genesee Valley Hunt is one of the oldest hunts in the United States. Daisy and I used to spend four days a week hunting in England, so for us it’s going to be a bit of a jolly taking all the youngsters hunting before they go eventing,” Richard explained.

But, Ocala hasn’t seen the last of them! They are happy to report that they will spend the winter months in Florida. “Each winter we’ll head back down. Me to run the shows and Daisy to compete the youngsters,” Richard said, “so it’s almost an ideal scenario on a selfish level. If you’re in upstate New York in the winter you don’t need much of any excuse to come down to Florida.”

Aerial view of the Florida Horse Park. Photo via FHP’s Facebook page.

Exmoor isn’t the only venue that is seeing some changes. There are also big upgrades in store for the Florida Horse Park, which hosts three events organized by Equiventures along with many other competition opportunities throughout the year.

“We’re having millions of dollars spent on the horse park in the right direction,” Richard affirmed. “There’s two or three brand new Martin Collins arenas being put in with underground irrigation. It’s $1.7 million work of arenas being put in right now.”

Besides the new arenas with world-class footing, the park’s roadway infrastructure will also see a facelift.

It looks like this winter in Ocala is going to be better than ever!

What’s in Your Arena? Presented by Attwood: Schooling Skinny Fences

What’s in Your Arena? is an EN series sponsored by Attwood Equestrian Surfaces in which riders share their favorite jumping exercises. It’s easy to get stuck in a training rut, and we hope this will inspire you with fresh ideas that you can take home and incorporate into your own programs.

If you progress far enough in the sport you’ll eventually come across a fence on the skinnier side, but not to fear! Evention TV is here with some exercises to introduce you and your horse to narrow fences.

In this edition of What’s in your Arena? Dom and Jimmie Schramm  walk us through five levels of skinny fences. This progression starts with the basics with a pole on the ground all the way up to jumping a single barrel.

Start small. Dom starts the progression over a small box. A ground line cut smaller can also be used for this stage. If starting at the trot is a little too much, you can also always start at the walk.

Build gradually. Before you progress in size or technicality, Dom explains that it’s important to only continue to progress in size and technicality if your horse is confidently taking you to the fence. Ignoring these issues at the beginning can lead to holes in your training later on.

Guide poles are a great tool. They help enforce straightness as you begin to jump skinny fences. Taking away guide rails is also a good tool to test your straightness as you get more confident.

Do you have an exercise to share or is there an eventer you would like to nominate for the “What’s in Your Arena?” series? Email wylie@eventingnation.com.

Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: CANTER Maryland Edition

Maryland sits conveniently in the heart of Area II, and there are heaps of superstars waiting to take on their next career. From those who raced at Laurel Park to Pimlico, here’s our Weekly OTTB wishlist from Cosequin thanks to our friends at CANTER Maryland.

Photo via CANTER Maryland.

Buzz Lite (Friesan Fire – Halo’s J Lo, by Hay Halo) a 15.2-hand Maryland bred gelding

Meet “Buzz Lite” – Trust us, this guy is adorable and good looking! This 4YO, 15.2H liver chestnut gelding has a beautiful, refined face with a flashy little blaze, and he is a big barn favorite, sweet as can be. His exercise rider described his temperament as ‘kid safe’ – he is a pleasure to ride and a pleasure to work with on the ground. He has been racing sound (he just ran last week) but he just isn’t running well enough to justify keeping him on the track. He does have an old sesamoid that has healed up fine enough for him to have returned to racing on. His current trainer is also his owner and breeder, and wants to make sure he gets a great home.

Located at Laurel Park in Laurel, Md.

View Buzz Lite on CANTER Maryland

Photo via CANTER Maryland.

All About Abby (Alex’s Pal – Beach Barbicue, by Tabasco Cat) a 15.3-hand Pennsylvania bred mare

With over 50 starts and $165K in earnings, “Abby” is a legitimate War Horse! And those of us who love our OTTBs know that War Horses are often the most sound and battle-tested…. and Abby is no exception. This completely sound, 6-year-old, 15.3-hand mare has no vices, and even though she could continue racing, her connections want to find her the perfect home while her future has no limitations. And she has an adorable jog to boot – be sure to check out her video!

Located in Monmouth Park, NJ for the summer meet, but will return to Pimlico.

View All About Abby on CANTER Maryland

Duke of Devon (Devon Lane – Calling All Angels, by Dynaformer) a 16.2-hand Maryland bred gelding

The “Duke” is definitely the barn mascot for his team.  His owner/trainer is so fond of Duke that when he stopped racing 2 years ago he decided to keep him in the barn due to his easy going temperament and calming influence on other horses.  That means that Duke has already been let down, even though he resides at Pimlico.  Even better, he has been barefoot for a while, and goes out walking and jogging with no shoes and no foot issues.  Duke is sound and has no vices.  This 10-year-old grandson of Dynaformer is just shy of 16.2H and a lovely light gray. Duke’s trainer is committed to finding the right home for him to start his next career and is willing to negotiate the price for the “right fit”.

Located at Pimlico in Baltimore, Md.

View Duke of Devon on CANTER Maryland

 

Tuesday News & Notes from Cavalor

Noble Horse Sanctuary Photo.

Did you catch a glimpse of yesterday’s solar eclipse? Hopefully with protective glasses! I was waiting for some sort of eclipse-fueled insanity with my horses, but thankfully all remained calm and in one piece!

ICYMI: Win an Equetech GiletAll you’ve got to do is share a selfie. That’s right – grab your pony and take a selfie, share it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #ENsummerselfie, or email your photo to encontest@gmail.com. Entries close tomorrow, so get on it!

National Holiday: Never Bean Better Day

Events Opening This Week: Radnor Hunt H.T. (PA, A-2) Woodside International Horse Trials (CA, A-6) Course Brook Farm Fall Horse Trials (MA, A-1) Hagyard Midsouth Three-day Event & Team Challenge H.T. (KY, A-8) Kent School Fall H.T. (CT, A-1) The Event at Skyline (UT, A-9) Willow Draw Charity Show (TX, A-5) The Maryland H.T. at Loch Moy Farm (MD, A-2) WindRidge Farm Fall Horse Trials (NC, A-2) Heritage Park H.T. (KS, A-4) Middle Tennessee Pony Club Horse Trials (TN, A-3)

Events Closing This Week: YEH at Loch Moy Farm (MD, A-2) Chardon Valley Horse Trials (MI, A-8) Bucks County Horse Park H.T.(PA, A-2) Copper Meadows H.T. (CA, A-6) Dunnabeck H.T. (IL, A-4) Grindstone Mountain Farm H.T. (MA, A-1) CDCTA Fall H.T. (VA, A-2) Aspen Farms H.T. (WA, A-7)

Tuesday News: 

Another dynasty in the making. Katie and Will Coleman welcomed baby girl Charlotte on August 17th. Will has commented that Katie and baby are doing well, so I’m sure we will see Charlotte on horseback in no time! [Will and Katie Coleman Welcome a Daughter]

“Control the things you can control.” Wise words from McLain Ward on day three of his clinic at the Royal Canadian Riding Academy. Things you can control: your course walk, warm up plan, and entrance into the show ring.  [McLain Ward Clinic Day 3: Control What You Can Control]

Brits are pulling in medals left and right at the Para Dressage European Championships. In her first championship, Suzanna Hext earned individual grade III gold. Julie Payne also won individual grade I gold. [Individual gold and bronze for Britain on day one in Gothenburg] [Julie Payne claims individual European gold for Britain]

Tuesday Video: He may have had to settle for silver, but that doesn’t take away from his completely masterful cross country trip at the European Championships:

Monday News and Notes from Fleeceworks

Photo via Sara Kozumplik Murphy.

Just when we finish up one event, it’s on to the next! We have two U.S. riders in Ireland for the Millstreet CCI3*, Sara Kozumplik Murphy with Rubens D’Ysieux and Jennie Brannigan with Stella Artois. We are channeling chinchilla power to them this week. Go team!

National Holiday: Brazilian Blowout Day *cue hair flip emoji*

#FEIEuros2017: WebsiteFinal Individual ScoresFinal Team ScoresEN’s Coverage

U.S. Weekend Action: 

Genesee Valley Riding & Driving Club H.T. [Website] [Results]

Huntington Farm H.T. [Website] [Results]

Waredaca Farm H.T. [Website] [Results]

Full Gallop Farm August H.T. [Website] [Results]

Monday News: 

‘The most beastly and wild thing you can do.’ What could that be? Burghley of course! Lillian Heard introduces LCC Barnaby to Horse & Hound and talks about what she thinks as a Burghley first-timer. She says she is somewhere between terrified and excited, but we’re sure she will be brilliant. [Burghley first-timers: Lillian Heard – ‘It’s The Most Beastly and Wild Thing You Can Do’]

Gymnastics are at the heart of McLain Ward’s training program. He keeps at least one set at all times, and says that many of his horses “live in gymnastics.” He shares a few secrets of his success at The Royal Canadian Riding Academy including a few gymnastic lineups, game plans for strong horses and controlling your mental game. [McLain Ward Clinic Day 2: Gymnastics For Mind And Body]

Not many would be confident enough to long line via longboard, but it’s no problem for Emma Massingale. She’s traveled the Outer Hebrides in Scotland with her Eriskay ponies, Noah and Storm. These Scottish islands are where the Eriskay ponies hail from, though they are the most endangered native UK ponies. Of course this feat wouldn’t be complete without a dog too – that’s where Inka the dachshund comes it. [Trainer’s Horseboarding Adventure with Rare Ponies and a Sausage Dog]

Monday Video: A good link to keep handy when you explain to your friend again what eventing is all about.

Great Britain and Ingrid Klimke Earn Gold at European Championships

Ingrid Klimke and Horseware Hale Bob. FEI/Jon Stroud Photo.

As Equiratings‘ Diarm Byrne would say, Happy Hale Bob Day! Ingrid Klimke and Horseware Hale Bob OLD have won individual gold at the FEI European Eventing Championships, an accomplishment that has long eluded this decorated rider.

“This is our first individual gold medal that I’ve won,” Ingrid smiled. “I’m so pleased because Horseware Hale Bob did such a wonderful job in all three phases. He couldn’t be better. He really deserved it.”

They had no rails in hand going in, and while one rub had the entire arena holding their breath, the ultimately left all the poles in their cups to finish on their dressage score of 30.3.

“You just have to keep going and after 20 years it will happen! I always want to be a team player, but this was my dream,” she continued.

Michael Jung and fischerRocana FST. FEI/Jon Stroud Photo.

Though Michael Jung’s efforts to be the first rider to earn four consecutive wins at Europeans were thwarted, he still ends the weekend with a silver medal. He and fischerRocana FST kept the pressure on Ingrid adding nothing to their dressage score (32.8) in either jumping phase.

Great Britain’s gold medal team: Nicola Wilson, Rosalind Canter, Oliver Townend and Tina Cook. FEI/Jon Stroud Photo.

If this weekend is any indication of future results, Great Britain looks to be the new team to beat. The first championship with Chris Bartle at the helm, Team GB clinched team gold with all three team riders jumping clear and standing in the top five individually.

Nicola Wilson and Bulana won individual bronze. They rose through the ranks starting in seventh after a 35.5 in dressage to fourth after finishing one second above the time on cross country, and finally to third after a clear show jumping round.

Nicola Wilson and Bulana. FEI/Jon Stroud Photo.

Fourth place belongs to Tina Cook and Billy The Red. Three positive performances had them finishing on their dressage score of 38.2. “We are very excited to be back on top,” Tina said of her gold-medal winning team. “We’ve got some amazing riders and horses and we’ve worked hard for this”

Team debutant Ros Canter is fifth with Allstar B on a score of 40.2. 1.6 time penalties are the only mark on their otherwise faultless weekend.

Kai Rüder and Colani Sunrise, individuals for Germany, landed in sixth place with 40.3 after a double clear show jumping trip. Despite having one down, Ireland’s Sarah Ennis and Horseware Stellor Rebound remain in seventh place for Ireland on 43.4.

Two rails moved Gemma Tattersall and Quicklook V to eighth place with a finishing result of 44.7. Overnight third-placed Sara Algotsson Ostholt and Reality 39, who were members of the Swedish team, picked up 12 penalties to drop to ninth. France’s Thibaut Vallette’s clear round earned him a tenth place result with Qing du Briot.

Great Britain’s gold medal result rests on their team score of 113.9. Germany’s European rein ended and they settle for silver on 123 points. Though Sweden missed a chance at an individual medal, they secured their spot on the world stage with team bronze on 148.4. They were also the only nation who had all four team members complete yesterday’s tough cross country.

Of today’s 56 finishers, only 15 achieved clear rounds including the top six riders. In a sport where men and women have the opportunity to compete as equals, it was ladies day at Strzegom. We saw two on the podium, and the gold medal winning team scores were from women riders. #GirlPower

EN is proud to have our Europeans coverage powered by EquiRatings, who are also the official statistics provider for the championships. Be sure to follow EquiRatings on Twitter @EquiRatings for real-time data, analysis and commentary as the action unfolds. Go Eventing.

#FEIEuros2017: WebsiteLive Scores, Team ResultsFEI TVEN’s Coverage

 

Rider Fitness: Farm to 5K

Photo via Susan Thomas.

Rider fitness has become a major topic of conversation as amateurs and professionals alike search for ways to further strengthen their riding. Susan Thomas, who operates her own Charbonnet Sport Horses in Commerce, Georgia, takes her own fitness as a rider very seriously, and encourages her students to do the same.

A lifelong runner, Susan and her boyfriend George Daigh created a fitness initiative called “Farm to 5K” to promote cross training and a healthy lifestyle to the students in her program. The fitness challenge lays out an eight week running/walking program which consists of four workouts per week.

Why did you create your Farm to 5K initiative?

I laid the Farm to 5k plan out for two main reasons. I believe that rider fitness is taken far too lightly by many riders. We have very high expectations of our horses to be top athletes, so why are more riders not training to be top athletes? Have you ever heard of a sport in which cross-training for fitness wasn’t seriously advised or required? Being fit improves motor skills, balance, and confidence which makes riders more successful in training and competition.

And the second reason?

I also wanted my riders to take up running so that they could better understand horse care, conditioning, and recovery. In order to be the best rider that you can be, I firmly believe that a strong emphasis needs to be put on horsemanship and basic horse care education. Many young riders know that we give horses light days or weeks after a big event or that we ice legs and feet after a jump school, but they don’t always truly understand why…or how the horse may feel if we skimp on those recovery practices! It’s also tough to understand why some horses struggle so much more to show jump cleanly at an event where show jumping runs after cross country. However, when you get into a fitness routine and begin to feel the challenges of several different types of workouts, as well as the environmental challenges such as temperature and air quality, it becomes much easier to understand the toll that training can take on horses. 

Susan Thomas and George Daigh. Photo via Susan Thomas.

Why did you choose running as your cross training activity?

I chose to encourage my friends, family, and students to try out running (or walking) because it is an activity that can be done anywhere and with very little required equipment. I am also a runner, so I had some background knowledge to help validate my basic plan that I laid out. I believe that improving fitness directly improves riding, both in the saddle, as well as making us more understanding of our athletic partners and their needs as athletes!

#Farmto5K Program:

30 Minutes Hill Day

  • 3 minute jog, 2 minute walk x5
  • 5 minutes run uphill (controlled sprint) and jog down

30 Minutes Speed Day

  • 1 mile easy warm up
  • speed workout (Listed below for each week)
  • half mile cool down

30 Minutes Long Run

  • easy pace
  • walk-jog intervals until up to 30 minutes jogging (starting at jog 5 minutes, walk 1 minute)

Core Day

  • 5 planks, 30 seconds each
  • 5 side planks, 30 seconds each
  • 5 6” leg lifts, 30 seconds each
  • 20 “goblet” squats (holding a 5 lb weight)
  • stretch and relax!

Speed Workouts

Week 1: 2 x 800m at a fast but comfortable pace, 1 x 800m as fast as you can do it! (This will help us target a race goal!)

Week 2: 6 x 400m. A 400 is 1/4 of a mile. Try to do this at your 5K goal pace!

Week 3: 2 x 1200m, 1 x 800m

Week 4: 1 mile at 5k pace.

Week 5: 4 x 800m at 5k pace. (An 800m run is a half mile!)

Week 6: 8 x 400 at slightly faster than 5k pace.

Week 7: 2 x1 mile at 5k pace.

Week 8: 2 x 800m at 5k pace and 2 x 400m at slightly faster than 5k pace!

Susan has plans to kick off another #Farmto5k this fall. If you’d like to get involved follow the Farm to 5K Facebook Page where she posts the weekly program. Happy running or walking!

Sunday Links Presented by One K Helmets

Photo via Ingrid Klimke.

Team work makes the dream work! This becomes even more true at a big championship, like this weekend’s Europeans. It’s not just a horse and rider pair, there is an army behind the scenes making it work. The highs and the lows are felt by each one of them. Cheers to those who who felt that pride yesterday!

National Holiday: National Radio Day and National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day

#FEIEuros2017: WebsiteRide Times & Live Scores, Show Jumping Order of GoFEI TVEN’s Coverage

U.S. Weekend Action:

Genesee Valley Riding & Driving Club H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

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

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

Sunday Links: 

Simon Grieve’s Burghley Blog: I Have Woke Up In the Middle of the Night Several Times Thinking, ‘I Hope I’m Not Going to Let Them Down’

Weight Study Reveals Intriguing Metabolic Differences Between Male and Female Racehorses

Ace Cross Country Riding Earns Leonard and Schoeborn Charles Owen Technical Merit Awards at Rebecca Farm

U.S. Professor Who Did Important Work in Equine Nutrition and Biomechanics Dies at 89

Are You Sitting Straight?

Healthy Teeth for A Healthy Horse

Sunday Video: Poetry in action – Ingrid Klimke and Horseware Hale Bob lead going into the final day at #FEIEuros2017

Ingrid Klimke Tops Individual Standings, Great Britain Leads Team Charge at European Championships

Ingrid Klimke and Horseware Hale Bob. FEI/ Libby Law Photo.

The dust has settled after a very influential cross country day at the FEI European Eventing Championships, and we are now looking at a very different leaderboard than we had yesterday.

Ingrid Klimke produced a positively textbook cross country run with Horseware Hale Bob OLD to take hold of the leading position. They crossed the finish flags inside the time to remain on their dressage score of 30.3.

“I’m really thrilled. He was in such good shape. He was cantering on the minute points, and each difficult question felt easy. He was really so bold, so full of himself and so confident. It was really pure fun,” Ingrid smiled.

“I felt under pressure for sure, but Bobby was in such good form that I was nearly laughing and really had to concentrate. We had such fun out there!”

Michael Jung and fischerRocana FST. FEI/Photo Libby Law Photo.

Michael Jung was a man on a mission across Rüdiger Schwarz’s track with fischerRocana FST. These two had the pedal down, finishing 15 seconds under the time – the fastest trip of the day.

Michael is eyeing a fourth consecutive European Championship win, a feat that has not yet been accomplished. He sits closely behind Ingrid on a score of 32.8, but the mare has not jumped clear on the final day of a CCI since Kentucky in 2015, according to EquiRatings, so all eyes will be on him as he goes into the ring tomorrow.

Sara Algotsson-Ostholt and Reality 39. FEI/Libby Law Photo.

Swedish rider Sara Algotsson Ostholt edged herself and Reality 39 into bronze medal position when they finished just two seconds above optimum time. They have 35 penalty points going into tomorrow’s show jumping finale.

British pairs rose to the occasion today with four riders in the top ten. Nicola Wilson and Bulana were one second above the time for fourth as the highest placed from Team GB. “Bulana is so honest and good on a line. She was in a rhythm from start to finish. It’s very exciting! We had a group team hug and a jump around!” Nicola said.

Gemma Tattersall, who is riding as an individual, is in fifth with Quicklook V after picking up 3.6 time penalties. Tina Cook and Billy The Red added another strong result to the team roster after coming home clear inside the time for sixth place individually. Ros Canter and Allstar B added 1.6 time penalties to their score for eight place currently in their Senior Championship debut.

Sarah Ennis leapt from 14th to 7th to be the highest-ranked Irish rider after adding just .8 time penalties with Horseware Stellor Rebound. Kai Rüder and Colani Sunrise, who are riding individually for Germany, are in ninth place on 40.3. Pietro Roman and Barraduff close out the top ten after a double clear round for Italy gave them a two-phase score of 41.

Rüdiger Schwarz’s cross country ensured that this would not be a dressage competition. Of 77 starters, 63 finished. Only four riders finished within the time: Ingrid Klimke, Michael Jung, Tina Cook and Pietro Roman.

There were problems all over the map, but the most influential jumps were 4c, 8b, and 28b. Fence 4 was the first technical element on the course, and a big accuracy question. It caused issue for 14 pairs, one of which cleared the obstacle, but earned 50 penalties for a missed flag. Eight pairs picked up 20 penalties at 8b – a skinny chevron atop a mound – including Germany’s Julia Krajewski. Eight more came to grief at the angled brushes of fence 28 near the end of the course.

Of the 14 who did not complete, five were eliminated, five were rider falls and four were horse falls. EN was sad to learn today that one of the horse falls included Michal Knap’s (POL) Bob The Builder, who was later euthanized after suffering a broken front right long pastern bone.

With Nicola, Tina and Ros in the top ten, Great Britain handily took gold medal position with a score of 113.9 points. They have two rails in hand going into tomorrow’s show jumping.

Team Germany unraveled a bit on the cross country today with overnight leaders Bettina Hoy and Seigneur Medicott falling at fence 10, and team trailblazers Julia Krajewski and Samourai du Thot picking up 20 penalties at fence 8b. Despite this, they managed to hold onto silver medal position on 123 points thanks to Ingrid and Michael.  Sweden was the only country to achieve four clear rounds, and they were rewarded with bronze medal position on 128.5 points.

Show jumping starts tomorrow at 11:15 a.m. local time/5:15 a.m. EST, and you can watch the action thanks to FEI TV.

EN is proud to have our Europeans coverage powered by EquiRatings, who are also the official statistics provider for the championships. Be sure to follow EquiRatings on Twitter @EquiRatings for real-time data, analysis and commentary as the action unfolds. Go Eventing.

#FEIEuros2017: WebsiteLive ScoresFEI TVEN’s Coverage

 

 

 

Bob The Builder Euthanized at European Championships

EN is sad to report that Michal Knap’s Bob The Builder, an 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood, has been euthanized following a fall at the FEI European Eventing Championships at Strzegom.

Michal and Bob were riding as individuals for Poland when they fell at fence 15 in the main arena. Bob received immediate treatment and was transported to the on-site veterinary clinic for further assessment.

Unfortunately, X-rays showed he had sustained a fracture to his front right long pastern bone, and the decision was made to humanely euthanize Bob. The competition announced that a post-mortem exam will be performed at the on-site veterinary clinic.

Michal and Bob had competed through the CCI3* level together, their best result being 16th at Strzegom last fall.

The EN team sends our condolences to Michal and all who knew Bob The Builder.

[Statement Regarding Bob The Builder]

 

What’s In Your Arena? Presented by Attwood: Engaging the Canter

What’s in Your Arena? is an EN series sponsored by Attwood Equestrian Surfaces in which riders share their favorite jumping exercises. It’s easy to get stuck in a training rut, and we hope this will inspire you with fresh ideas that you can take home and incorporate into your own programs.

For this week’s What’s In Your Arena? we share another Lainey Ashker #GOTD gem! Lainey’s exercise offers a plethora of options for greenies all the way through Advanced-level horses.

The most straightforward path would be up the middle through the three cross rail oxers separated by a short two strides, then turning left or right to an outside line. But, since this figure spans the entire arena, riders can feel free to try a variety of courses.

Lainey starts on a well-schooled horse, but fence height can be adjusted for experience level.

Photo via Lainey Ashker.

“I created this exercise to focus on the development of engagement in the canter and continuing to bring that powerful hind leg forward to a grid – the tall cross rail oxers aid in maintaining straightness,” Lainey said.

“The outside lines are built in mirror images of one another and ride totally different so it’s a great way for the rider to experience collecting to a bounce or moving forward to a combination all the while keeping the horse engaged. What I like most about this course is that you can play with it and create your own fun course out of it as you go!”

Do you have an exercise to share or is there an eventer you would like to nominate for the “What’s in Your Arena?” series? Email wylie@eventingnation.com.

Friday Video from World Equestrian Brands: Germany’s Record-Breaking Start at Strzegom

For years Germany has been an eventing force to be reckoned with, but this weekend at the FEI European Eventing Championships they’ve upped the ante even more as they smash records left and right.

Bettina Hoy, Ingrid Klimke and Michael Jung currently carry a team score of 87.7 into the cross country phase, which is a new world record according to EquiRatings. Though Julia Krajewski is currently the team drop score, it should be noted that she is currently in the top ten on an impressive mark of 36.3.

Bettina leads the German charge in individual gold medal position on an incredible 24.6 with Seigneur Medicott, a Europeans record. You’ll remember she also holds the record for the best World Equestrian Games dressage score: a 20.8 with Woodsides Ashby at Jerez de la Fontera in 2002.

There are also more records on the line. If third-placed Michael Jung manages to end the weekend atop the podium, he will be the first four-time European winner. Team Germany, what can’t they do?

If you needed a flat lesson this week, here it is! Highlights of Bettina, Michael and Ingrid’s tests. Enjoy!

#FEIEuros2017: WebsiteRide Times & Live ScoresFEI TVEN’s Coverage

German Domination Continues at European Championships

Michael Jung and fischerRocana. FEI/Jon Stroud Photo.

The Germans have come to Strzegom stronger than ever. All four of their team riders earned sub-40 marks, and three currently sit in medal position. Not to mention they boast a combined score of 87.7 – a new world record.

They took control of the competition yesterday with Julia Krajewski and Samourai du Thot earning a 36.3, and of course their stronghold was bolstered when Bettina Hoy and Seigneur Medicott smashed a 24.6.

Ingrid Klimke and Horseware Hale Bob OLD may not have been able to best Bettina, but they have put themselves firmly ahead of the rest of the pack on a 30.3 for second place.

“He is really in top form,” Ingrid said. “He is very fit on the one hand. On the other hand, now he knows his job. Being 13, he knows exactly where we are. He knows that he has to be with me in the dressage. He was listening and I could really easily guide him around. It was just pure fun.”

 

Defending champion Micheal Jung also put on a dazzling performance with fischerRocana FST to hold third place individually on a 32.8.

“It’s an unbelievable start for the team,” Michael said. “But tomorrow is a strong day and we’ll have to concentrate. You’ve got to focus on yourself and not worry too much what’s happening to other people because it’ll be a long day.”

Standing proudly in fourth place is Gemma Tattersall and Quicklook V. They earned a personal best in the dressage, a 33.1. Gemma is riding as an individual this weekend, but the pressure remains for her to put forth a strong result.

“Team GB wanted me to ride as an individual so I could fight for myself and get a medal, which is my dream. It’s incredible pressure, but I’ll be trying my absolute best,” she explained.

Sara Algotsson-Ostholt and Reality 39 earned a 34.2 for Sweden to sit in fifth place.

The quality of this field as a whole cannot be understated as 15 pairs posted sub-40 scores, which matches this to the likes of Jerez in 2002 and Blair Europeans in 2015.

Germany is sitting pretty in gold medal position with a 24-point lead, but the rest of the team leaderboard is much more tightly packed. France is currently in silver medal position on 111.8 points, but without much breathing room as Great Britain is only .1 behind on 111.9. Sweden stands in fourth on 116.9, and Italy holds fifth on 127.2.

Now all eyes shift to tomorrow’s cross country. Designed by Rüdiger Schwarz, the course will certainly test even the strongest pairs. Bettina has vowed not to take anything for granted. “Riders like Ingrid and Michi will make it look easy, but I think it’s a clever course in that the time will be difficult but many riders will complete. We’re all very much looking forward to it,” she said.

The Germans have a monumental lead, but tomorrow still holds a huge challenge. Watch it all unfold on FEI TV tomorrow beginning at 11:00 a.m. local time/5:00 a.m. EST.

EN is proud to have our Europeans coverage powered by EquiRatings, who are also the official statistics provider for the championships. Be sure to follow EquiRatings on Twitter @EquiRatings for real-time data, analysis and commentary as the action unfolds. Go Eventing.

#FEIEuros2017: WebsiteLive Scores, Cross Country Order of GoFEI TVEN’s Coverage

Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: Socks Galore

We’re all a little crazy for chrome around here! If you turn into that heart-eyed emoji when you see some super fancy socks, you’ll love this week’s OTTB wishlist from Cosequin. Make a statement with these stunning superstars.

Photo via New Vocations.

Miss New Hampshire (Here Comes BenPerfect Energy, by Signal Tap): 2014 15.3-hand New York-bred mare

Miss New Hampshire is a flashy and tanky filly who ran her last race just over 60 days ago. You wouldn’t know it by how quickly she transitioned to a large turnout field and group. She has great feet and has steadily gained weight as she is letting down. Misty can get in a bit of a hurry walking to and from the barn but is otherwise pleasant to work around. She is a social butterfly and likes to be in the midst of the activity. She wants to be one of the first turned out and gets offended if she thinks she has been forgotten. Mist does not have any stall vices.

Miss New Hampshire is forward thinking and confident. We are currently working on sharpening her steering but she feels like she will be quite handy and agile once she learns. She has a “conquer the world attitude” which would be great for polo or barrel racing. She probably has too much motor for the hunter ring but could rock some roll backs in the jumper ring. Misty retired without any apparent injuries and is suitable for all disciplines with an advanced rider.

Located in Lexington, Ky.

View Miss New Hampshire on New Vocations.

Photo via CANTER Minnesota.

Counturluckystars (CyclotronHoney Bee Lucky, by Bold Badgett) a 16.3-hand California bred gelding

Lucky is a big gorgeous boy who just doesn’t think racing is the career for him. He’s run 8 times total this year and last and just hasn’t hit the board. He hasn’t been in much training since his last race on August, 3rd so is a bit fresh in the videos. This guy really does have that “look of eagles” to him and will make a lovely jumper, eventer or really anything. This guy is sound for any discipline with low miles and ready to go into a new career. Lucky is also by a Cyclotro who is by Gone West who is a great sport horse sire!

Located in Shakopee, MN

View Counturluckystars on CANTER Minnesota. 

 

Photo via Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center.

Aviatrix (Bring the HeatHighdollargirl, by  Helmsman) a 16-hand Florida bred mare

This 16hh, 2013 mare by Bring the Heat out of Highdollargirl by Helmsman is solidly built with a butterscotch coat and just the right amount of chrome, Aviatrix aka “Trix” has an excellent eye for a fence, an impressive jump, and super cute knees – video coming soon! This diligent mare aims to please and is attentive to details. Trix is all about performance and style, and once she understands her new job, she will excel.

Located in Lexington, Ky.

View Aviatrix on Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center. 

Tuesday News & Notes from Cavalor

Photo via Ingrid Klimke on Instagram.

Germany is officially on site at Strzegom for the European Eventing Championships! Ingrid Klimke and Horseware Hale Bob are fresh off their Aachen win, so they definitely have momentum for a big weekend ahead. Dressage will begin on Thursday, and you can watch the live stream on FEI TV.

#WylieWatch: Track Leslie Wylie in the Mongol Derby!

National Holiday: National Relaxation Day

Events Opening This Week: Larkin Hill H.T. (NY, A-1) Stable View Advanced Oktoberfest Horse Trials (SC, A-3) Fair Hill International CCI***/** (MD, A-2) Morven Park Fall International H.T. & CIC*/**/*** (VA, A-2) Woodland Stallion Station H.T. (CA, A-6) University of New Hampshire H.T.(NH, A-1) ESDCTA New Jersey H.T. at the Horsepark (NJ, A-2) Carolina Horse Park Young Event Horse Competition (NC, A-2) 3rd Annual Fall Spokane Sport Horse Farm H.T. (WA, A-7) Jump Start H.T. (KY, A-8)

Events Closing This Week: Park Equine KY Classique H.T. (KY, A-8) USEA AEC, Adequan Gold Cup Finals, and ATC Finals (NC, A-2) Silverwood Farm H.T. (WI, A-4)  Seneca Valley Pony Club H.T. (MD, A-2)

Tuesday News and Notes:

Turn on the forehand is a big learning curve for a young horse. But Meghan Truppner says it is an important submission question. She starts their introduction to this on the ground to gradually introduce the concept. [Introduce Turn on the Forehand to Your Young Horse]

Barn fires are a horse owner’s worst nightmare. And unfortunately, hay can be easily ignited. There are many steps you can take to protect your horses and your barn, including safer hay storage. [Don’t Let Your Horse Hay Go Up In Flames]

EN knows how therapeutic horses can be, and the rest of the world is figuring it out too. The U.S. House of Representatives recently approved an amendment to increase funding for the Veteran’s Affairs Adaptive Sports Grant for equine-assisted therapy for $5,000,000 [House Approves $5M for Equine-Assisted Therapy Aid to Veterans]

Tuesday Video: Before you know it, it will be time for our fall three-days! Fair Hill entires open today:

Monday News and Notes from Fleeceworks

Photo via Melissa Lund on Facebook.

It’s Monday, which means it’s time for coffee! Especially after the weekend U.S. Eventing had. Eight horse trials across the country with national divisions through Advanced as well as FEI and long format competitions. We hope you had a fun weekend with your horses, EN!

#WylieWatch: Track Leslie Wylie in the Mongol Derby!

National Holiday: National V-J Day

U.S. Weekend Action:

GMHA Festival of Eventing CIC & H.T. [Website] [Results]

Fair Hill H.T. [Website] [Results]

WindRidge Farm Summer H.T. [Website] [Results]

Otter Creek Summer H.T. [Website] [Results]

The Summer Event at Woodside H.T. [Website]  [Results]

Area VII Young Rider Benefit H.T. [Results]

Stanton Farms H.T. [Website] [Results]

Colorado Horse Park 3DE & H.T. [Website] [Results]

Monday News & Notes: 

Jonty and Art will miss next weekend’s European Eventing Championships. After successfully crowdfunding Art’s purchase price of £500,000, Horse Sport Ireland announced that they would not be competing because fundraising interrupted their preparation. [Jonty Evans to Miss European Championships with His Crowed-Funded Eventing Star]

Two horses, three eyes. Anna Pierce is gearing up for AEC where she will compete two horses: Riverking, and her one-eyed wonder, Obiejohn. She says “Jax” is like any other horse, and she often forgets he only has one eye. [Road to AEC: Who Needs 20/20 Vision?]

Did you know being a brand ambassador may compromise your amateur status? GR1306, aka the “amateur rule,” can already be a bit confusing, but add social media in the mix and the waters muddy even more. The Chronicle of the Horse breaks down a few common examples. [From The Magazine: Is My Instagram Feed Compromising My Amateur Status?]

Monday Video: We are so close to the USEA American Eventing Championships. Entries close tomorrow, so if you’re on the fence time is running out! Get excited:

Weekend Scores Roundup: From Coast to Coast & Then Some

It was a very busy weekend for eventers! There were eight horse trials held across the country from the Colorado Horse Park in the west to GMHA in the east, there were horse trial divisions through Advanced as well as long format and FEI classes. Meanwhile, Lauren Kieffer also rode for the United States at the Hartpury Horse Trials in Gloucestershire, England.

Colorado Horse Park 3DE & H.T.

Angela Bowles took the win in the Advanced division this weekend at the Colorado Horse Park aboard Alyssa and Julie Phillip’s Bliss III. They led wire-to-wire, starting the weekend on a dressage score of 32.2. The 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood picked up 12.8 time penalties on cross country and none in the show jumping for a finishing result of 45.

Angela Bowles and Bliss III. Photo via @a_bowles1982 on Instagram.

Alyssa, who rides with Angela, is Bliss’ regular jockey, and the mare is looking in tip-top shape for her as they next aim for the American Eventing Championships in a few weeks.

Ellen Doughty-Hume and her four-star partner Sir Oberon finished second. The 14-year-old Holsteiner earned a 34.9 in the first phase, added 18 time on cross country and had two poles down for a final score of 60.9. Third place went to Katherine Rivera and her own Royal Lufttanzer who finished on a 91.3.

The Intermediate only had one finisher of the two entries, Ryleigh Leavitt with Moon Light Crush. They had one rail and 11.6 time penalties to finish on 52.5 penalty points.

Angelika Beutel and SE Gin Fizz. Photo via Angelika.

CHP also hosted long format divisions. Congratulations to Angelika Beutel and SE Gin Fizz who won the Novice Three-Day, and to Samantha Tinney and All Heart who won the Training Three-Day!

Colorado Horse Park 3DE & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

GMHA Festival of Eventing

Cornelia Dorr and her own Louis M have picked up another blue ribbon, this weekend in the Open Intermediate at GMHA. The 12-year-old Rheinlander earned a 23.3 in the dressage, a personal best for this pair. One rail in the show jumping had them in second place yesterday, but when the overnight leaders Buck Davidson and Halimey picked up two stops on the cross country, Cornelia and Louis moved into the top spot.

Cornelia Dorr and Louis M. Photo by Joan Davis / Flatlandsfoto.

These two are rising stars, having won the CCI2* this spring at the Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event and winning individual silver at NAJYRC last month. A big thank you to Joan Davis of Flatlandsfoto for the photo! Catch their show jumping round thanks to David Frechette:

Randy Ward and Grando finished behind them in second place. A 27.5 dressage score, one rail in the show jumping and 5.2 time penalties gave them a finishing score of 36.7. Maddie Lichten and Yarrow round out the top three

Though Buck ran into some trouble in the Intermediate, he made up for it in the CIC* where he won with Kerry Blackmer’s Harry. The 7-year-old Irish Sport Horse started the weekend in third after earning 41.3 in the dressage. He had one rail down yesterday in the show jumping, and picked up 2.4 time penalties on cross country to win his first ever FEI competition.

Ryan Keefe and Rumsey Keefe’s Flintstar were the only pair to finish under the time on cross country, a very valuable accomplishment which helped them finish in second place in their first international competition as a pair.

GMHA Festival of Eventing CIC & H.T. [Website] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Hartpury Horse Trials 

Lauren Kieffer and Landmark’s Monte Carlo. Photo by Steph Walker.

Overseas, Lauren Kieffer had three entered in the CIC3* at Hartpury Horse Trials. Jacqueline Mars’ Landmark’s Monte Carlo and Jacqueline Mars’ and Debbie Adam’s D.A. Duras both earned top ten finishes.

Lauren and “Patrick” ended the weekend in seventh place. They had a clear show jump round and only 5.2 time penalties added to their dressage score (47.7) to finish on a 52.9. They were initially tied with Paul Tapner, but Paul and Yogi Bear VII were closest to the optimum time.

“Duras” was 10th on a result of 57.9. Like his stablemate, he also had a double clear show jumping round and a handful of time penalties.

Team Rebecca’s Veronica started the weekend strong with a 44 in dressage, but when the mare tripped on landing into the water, the pair unfortunately earned 20 penalties when they crossed their tracks to recover. She ultimately finished in 36th place.

Lauren said the hiccup with Veronica was disappointing, but “overall a good weekend with all three scoring in the 40s, show jumping clear, and confident cross country rounds. Huge thanks to all the team!”

Hartpury H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

The Summer Event at Woodside 

James Alliston had a super weekend at Woodside. He won both the Open Intermediate and Open Preliminary divisions with Sunsprite Maderia and Cooley President, respectively.

Sunsprite Maderia, a 10-year-old Trakehner mare owned by Sunsprite Warmbloods, began the competition on a 31 and added only 2.4 cross country time penalties to hold her win from start to finish.

Helen Bouscaren came in second with her own Ebay followed by Dana Chase and her own Aerolite, who also had the fastest cross country trip, in third.

The Summer Event at Woodside H.T. [Website]  [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Sunday Video: A Day In The Life of Phillip Dutton

Ever wonder what the day looks like for a top professional competing at a four-star? Now’s your chance to find out! Noelle Floyd followed along with Phillip Dutton for day one of dressage at the Kentucky Three-Day Event.

It’s already all hands on deck for a rider at an event of this caliber, but Phillip is in overdrive at Kentucky, balancing competing, coaching and meet & greets. Of course, he handles it all in stride, we all remember he went on to win the Rolex/USEF National CCI4* Championship as the highest-placed American. Tune in to find out what a day in the life of Phillip Dutton is like.

Sunday Links Presented by One K Helmets

Photo via @MichaelJungOfficialNews on Instagram.

You are looking future champions. Michael Jung shared this photo of the youngest portion of his up-and-coming squad. He says show jumpers, but there may be a future four-star champion in the midst. Keep your eyes out for this crew in a few years!

#WylieWatch: Track Leslie Wylie in the Mongol Derby!

National Holiday: National Prosecco Day, National Filet Mignon Day #TreatYoSelf

U.S. Weekend Action:

GMHA Festival of Eventing CIC & H.T. [Website] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

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

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

The Summer Event at Woodside H.T. [Website]  [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Area VII Young Rider Benefit H.T. [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

Colorado Horse Park 3DE & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Sunday Links: 

How to Write 500 Blogs

Ian Stark Undergoes Serious Pelvis Operation to Put In Four Plates and A Bone Graft

Coral Keen’s Eventing Blog: Personal Landmarks and Exciting Youngsters

How A Small Town in Western N.C. Is Prepping for the ‘Olympics For Horses’

Cluster of Potomac Horse Fever Cases Confirmed in Kentucky

Understanding Equine Insurance Policies

Make sure your horses are UTD on vaccinations!: Washington Confirms First Case of WNV in 2017 | California Equine WNV Case Count Rises to Five | Two More Michigan Horses Test Positive for WNV

Sunday Video: Noelle Floyd takes us behind the scenes with Phillip Dutton.

Boyd Sweeps Fair Hill Intermediate Divisions + Other Weekend Scores

Boyd Martin and Tsetserleg. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

This weekend is action-packed with eight horse trials across the country. From Fair Hill to Woodside there are events literally from coast-to-coast. 

Fair Hill August H.T.

It was a good day in the office for Boyd Martin who took home first and second in both Intermediate divisions at the Fair Hill August H.T. in Fair Hill, Maryland. He won the Intermediate A division aboard Christine Turner’s On Cue. The 11-year-old Selle Francias earned a 29.4 on the flat. The pair had one pole in the show jumping, and a faultless cross country trip sealed the deal on their win.

Windurra USA’s Barry followed in second on a finishing result of 34.8. Boyd and the 8-year-old Thoroughbred added just one rail to their dressage score of 30.8.

Jennie Brannigan sits in third with her own and Elsbeth Battel’s Stella Artois. The 9-year-old Holsteiner/Thoroughbred posted a 31.9 on the flat, left all the rails up in show jumping and picked up just 4.8 time penalties across country for a finishing result of 36.7.

In the Intermediate B, Boyd took another win with Christine Turner’s Tsetserleg. The 10-year-old Trakehner earned a 32.5 in the first phase and added nothing to it over fences.

He followed in second place with Kyra, a 10-year-old Canadian Warmblood also owned by Christine Turner. She joined her stablemate in the double clear club, finishing on her dressage score of 34.

Third place went to Matt Flynn and Get Lucky. The 9-year-old Dutch Warmblood owned by Flynn Sport Horses and Merry Go Round Farm had the best dressage score (29.2), but two poles down in the show jumping and 10.8 time penalties in cross country settled these two in third place.

Boyd was the only rider in either division to come off the cross country with no time penalties. Of the 27 starters, 11 pairs pulled of double clear show jumping rounds.

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

GMHA Festival of Eventing 

Daniel Clasing leads the way in the CIC* with his own Galileo WP. They were the only pair with a sub-40 score in the dressage phase, starting the weekend on 38.9. One rail came down in the show jumping, and they rest on a score of 42.9 going into tomorrow’s cross country. Buck Davidson and Harry are in second on a score of 45.4 and Sharon While sits in third with Fashionable Late on a score of 46.6.

In the Open Intermediate, Buck Davidson leads with Christine Turner’s Halimey thanks to a 26.9 on the flat and no penalties in the show jumping.

Hot off their silver medal at NAJYRC, Cornelia Dorr and Louis M dazzled in the sandbox again. They earned a 23.3, their best score to date at this level. One pole in the show jumped lowered them to second place behind Buck and Halimey, but they’re separated by less than a point. Watch their test below thanks to David Frechette:

GMHA Festival of Eventing CIC & H.T. [Website] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

The Summer Event at Woodside

Meanwhile in California, James Alliston is in the top spot of the Open Intermediate division with Sunsprite Warmblood’s Sunsprite Madiera. They added 2.4 time penalties to their dressage score, carrying a two-phase result of 33.4 into tomorrow’s show jumping.

He is followed by Dana Chase and her own Aerolite. A 39.2 in dressage had them in sixth place, but after their cross country, which was the fastest trip of the day for this division, pushed them into second place.

Stay tuned for more tomorrow, EN!

Follow along with all the U.S. action this weekend: 

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

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

The Summer Event at Woodside H.T. [Website]  [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Area VII Young Rider Benefit H.T. [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

Colorado Horse Park 3DE & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]