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Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: CANTER Colorado Edition

All three of this week’s wish-worthy OTTBs hail from CANTER Colorado and are located at Arapahoe Park. Come and get ’em, EN!

Photo courtesy of CANTER Colorado.

Ruben’s Pride (Proud Irish – Cyndi, by Diazo): 2009 16-hand New Mexico bred gelding

Get ready to fall in love with this guy! Ruben’s Pride has had 32 starts and is retiring sound. While he has spent his time mostly racing at the track, he is quiet enough to be used as a pony horse. CANTER Colorado has this to say about him …

His looks: “Ruben’s Pride is gorgeous to look at with his dark bay color and chrome. We really liked his build especially his nice hind end, short back and big shoulder. His neck goes into a natural frame with ease. We saw him jog and while he was a bit playful we liked his big stride.”

His personality: “Big sweetheart! He’s got great ground manners and loves attention. He’s so sweet that the owner’s 4-year-old grandson can hold him for baths. He loves to be scratched and will even start licking when you find his favorite scratching spots.”

His pedigree: “Ruben’s Pride is New Mexico bred by Proud Irish out of Proud Delta. His dam was a multiple graded stakes winner and won the Eclipse Award 1976 Champion Older Mare Honor. In her 31 starts she won over $387K! The Delta side of his pedigree all won over $100K in racing with his great grandsire on his dam’s side winning over $400K. This pedigree boasts athleticism and speed.”

His next career: “He can truly go in any direction. We think he would make a great foxhunter, hunter, jumper or eventer.”

View Ruben’s Pride on CANTER Colorado.

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That’s Gin (Bernstein – Pocus Hocus, by Quiet American): 2010 16-hand Kentucky bred gelding

Big grey CANTER cutie! That’s Gin is an eye-catching gelding with 25 starts. The trainer describes this horse as super gentle, sweet and inquisitive. He has been used as a pony horse and has been introduced to western tack. He does need some reminders or additional training on the ground. The trainer says he has a really nice trot and loves his fair share of treats.

His CANTER connections noticed that he is well built and stood patiently while they took pictures of him. They are told he is sound and has even been introduced to pasture life.

He is sired by Bernstein and grand sired by Storm Cat with Affirmed in his pedigree on top.

View That’s Gin on CANTER Colorado.

Photo courtesy of CANTER Colorado.

Bixley (Papa Clem – Fortunee, by Wild Again): 2011 15.3-hand California bred gelding

Big personality right here! Bixley is looking for his next Advanced rider or trainer to bring him along in a new career. He is tremendously athletic, well-built and stands 15.3 hands. His CANTER connections like the shoulder on this horse, his high withers and the angles of his pasterns and hind end suggesting that he would be a great jumper prospect. Love those dapples!

The owner says they thought he was having issues on one of his ligaments but the x-rays came back clean. He’s been running well and there are no other soundness concerns. He can get mouthy so he needs an experienced handler.

Bixley’s feisty personality has also helped in in his racing career. He doesn’t shy away when it’s time to compete. He’s completed 23 career starts and has been in the money in half of his races winning nearly $70K. This guy is bold and likes to have a job.

Bixley is CA bred sired by Papa Clem out of Fortunee. His sire won over $1M in racing was a multiple stakes winner and was 24th in the Top 100 Rankings (since 2000). This horse comes from a very athletic line of horses and will be successful in his new career.

View Bixley on CANTER Colorado.

NAJYRC 2*: Area I/IV Takes Team Gold, William Zuschlag Wins Individual Gold

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

A scramble team of Area I and IV came out on top in the NAJYRC 2* competition. The squad — Cornelia Dorr and Sir Patico, Lily Geelan and Luksor, and Melanie Rousseau and Sullivan — got to Montana via creative fundraising efforts and did the best they could with the resources they had, even recruiting their moms to field the roles of team coach and manager.

Where there’s a will there’s a way. Area I’s Cornelia, who also secured individual silver and bronze, cleaned stalls at Groton House H.T. to help finance the journey, as did Lily and Melanie at Roebke’s Run H.T. They also sold hats, crowdfunded and had silent auctions to make the trip possible.

Cornelia hopes their success is an inspiration to other riders facing obstacles in their path to NAJYRC. “If you have a dream to go to Young Riders you should never let it get pushed away,” she says. “You should muscle it and get here for the team experience.”

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

A well deserved victory gallop!

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Congrats NAJYRC 2* champs! Area I/IV , Area VII , Canada

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William Zuschlag was nipping at Cornelia’s heels all weekend, finally overtaking her when she pulled three rails to his one rail in the show jumping today. His winning mount was RF Southern Command, his own 9-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding.

“It feels really good,” William says. “It was a lot of fun. Young Riders is a great program that will prepare you for the future.”

NAJYRC 2* Top Three Teams: 

NAJYRC 2* Top 10 Individuals:

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Rebecca Farm Finale: Erin Sylvester Wins CCI3*, Tamie Smith Takes CIC3*, Derek di Grazia Bests 2*

Erin Sylvester and Paddy the Caddy.

Yesterday’s three-star cross country leaders held fast to their thrones in today’s show jumping competition. Congrats to Erin Sylvester and Paddy the Caddy, winners of the Adequan USEA CIC3* Gold Cup, and to Tamie Smith and Fleeceworks Royal, winners of the CCI3*! And a job well-done to Derek di Grazia and Ringwood Justice, winners of the CCI2*.

CCI3*

Erin Sylvester’s trip to Montana proved worthwhile today in spades. She returns home to Cochrane, Penn., with Paddy’s first FEI win in tow and an enthusiastic appreciation for the Event at Rebecca Farm. Frank Macentee’s 10-year-old Thoroughbred gelding pinged around today’s show jumping course. Designed by Chris Barnard, it was plenty testing from start to finish, including a rollback right out of the gate.

Of the four CCI3* competitors left standing, three had clear rounds inside the time; only one, second-placed Heather Morris with Charlie Tango, had a rail.

“It means a lot,” Erin says of her experience at Rebecca. “This West Coast community is a really neat community. Everyone is so supportive of one another. Everyone has your back and they want to be there for you.”

To East Coast riders who entertain the idea of coming to Rebecca but are put off my distance and expense, she says, “They have to come. It’s attainable to make the trip. You can apply for a travel grant (as Erin did, the receipt of which sealed the deal of her own journey). The effort that they put in to go above and beyond for riders, spectators and owners is really special. Everything event has its ‘thing’ they drive home, and Rebecca tries to nail it all home and make it an amazing experience.

Heather Morris and Charlie Tango, 2nd place. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Andrea Baxter and Indy 500, 3rd place. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Bunnie Sexton and Rise Against, 4th place. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

CIC3*

Tamie Smith led the Adequan USEA CIC3* Gold Cup from start to finish with Fleeceworks Royal, an 8-year-old Holsteiner mare owned by Judy McSwain. The win is a special one for both rider and owner, as Tamie has been developing Rory carefully since the horse was just a 4-year-old.

Fleeceworks Royale and entourage. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

“She jumped out of her skin,” Tamie says. “She can get a little too bold … she started out the course fantastic and was rideable, then she peeked at the liverpool so I had to tap her with my whip and then I regretted that the rest of the course!  She was jumping so well — her hind end was just ridiculous.”

Tamie hesitates to commit to any fall plans with the horse, but says she is toying with the idea of doing the CCI2* at Fair Hill or Galway. “She’s way ahead of the curve for her age but she’s still young,” Tamie says.

Tamie Smith and Fleeceworks Royale. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Like Erin and so many competitors we’ve spoken with this weekend, she applauds Rebecca Farm for the effort they’ve put into creating a destination event. For example, she says that earlier in the week when she walked cross country the footing was on the firm side, as Montana is experiencing a drought.

“I knew that they would do anything and everything they could do to make it better, and when I went out of the box on Saturday it was like some angel came out here and watered all night,” she says. “I don’t think a lot of people realize just how important footing is to us … and I just can’t thank them enough for the effort they put in. My hat goes off to everybody who made that possible.”

CCI2*

In addition to winning the CIC3*, Tamie placed 2nd in the CCI2* with Glock Pullman behind Derek di Grazia and Ringwood Justice. Tamie was leading heading in but pulled a rail, boosting Derek into the top spot. Everyone was thrilled to see the esteemed course designer capture a big win, Tamie included.

“He deserves it,” Tamie says. “If I was going to not win I’m thrilled for him because that horse is super and Derek’s round was picture perfect.”

“I’m having fun,” Derek says of his week. “I love to still be out competing and I love the horses.”

Derek’s wife Bea also contested the CCI2*, placing 9th with Ringwood Isabelle. He says that they aren’t competitive with one another, but rather just enjoy participating in the sport together. “We work together every day and that’s how it is,” he says. “We support each other and it’s been that way for a long time.”

And one more big congrats to dole out to Rebecca Braitling and Santana II, winners of the CCI1*!

CCI3* Final Results

CIC3* Final Top 5

 

CCI2* Final Top 5

CCI1* Final Top 5

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What’s in Your Arena? Presented by Attwood: Rebecca Farm CIC3* Edition

What’s in Your Arena? is an EN series sponsored by Attwood Equestrian Surfaces in which riders share their favorite jumping exercises. This week, however, we’re here at The Event at Rebecca Farm and we’re taking a slightly different tack! Let’s have a look at some of the show jumping fences that appear on today’s CIC3* course.

Rebecca Farm show jumping is underway! Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Not to be outdone by the over-the-top cross country course, Rebecca Farm has once again knocked it out of the park in the show jumping ring as well. The course is inspired by the stunning Montana landscape surrounding it, and every jump is a work of art in and of itself.

Here’s a look at the CIC3* course, designed by Chris Barnard with assistance from William Robertson:

Course walk time!

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NAJYRC 1*: Area VI Takes Team Gold, Tosca Holmes-Smith Wins Individual Gold

Area VI, NAJYRC 1* gold medalists! Photo by Leslie Wylie.

The 2017 Adequan FEI NAJYRC 1* champions have been crowned! After climbing the ladder all week the honor went to West Coasters Area VI.

The team — Mallory Hogan and Clarissa Purisima, Delaney Vaden and RedRox Jazzman, Bella Dowen and Lasse 73, and Kaley Sapper and Tuscan Sun — show jumped their way into the top spot. Of 29 starters in today’s competition, 11 trips were clear and inside the time, so the scoreboard saw plenty of movement.

In addition to team gold, Mallory won individual bronze, moving up from 8th after cross country on the wings of a fault-free round. She says that her horse was a little bit affected by the atmosphere but that he went to work for her in the ring. The NAJYRC experience, she says, has been an incredible one, from the journey to the reward.

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

“It all came together at the right time,” she says. “Having these girls with me … I wouldn’t want to go to Montana with anyone else. My horse, my support team, my family, all of them helped and stood behind me the whole way. It’s like you have this family who is with you the whole time.”

Kaley says of the team experience, “You always have the pressure of competing but you have the support of your team. You’re dedicated to them and it’s like nothing else.”

Area VI (), Area II () and Canada () take their NAJYRC 1* lap of honor!

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“My teammates have been incredible,” Delaney agreed. Bella added, “It’s really cool when you’re having doubts to have a group of people who are lifting you up constantly. It’s awesome to have such a close support group.”

Shout-out to Area VI Young Rider Chef d’Equipe Lauren Billys and Young Rider Coach Bec Braitling as well. Congrats, all!

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

The individual gold medal went to Tosca Holmes-Smith and Fiat, who moved up from bronze position after cross country. “The pressure was on. I was pretty nervous,” she says, noting that in addition to individual medal pressure she needed to go clear to secure bronze for her team. Plus, her sister Carmen won NAJYRC 1* gold last year and naturally Tosca wanted to keep it in the family!

Fiat delivered a clear round inside the time. “I was very happy with him,” she says. “He tried his heart out.”

Silver medalist Alexandra Baugh summed up the experience that seems to be universal among the young riders here this weekend: “I think I’ve learned a lot from my experience. I’ve made new friends, teammates … I would say to the Broussards, thank you for putting on such a great event.”

NAJYRC 1* Top Three Teams: 

NAJYRC 1* Individual Final Top 10: 

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Rebecca Farm Sunday Horse Inspection: All NAJYRC/CIC3* Pass, Two Spun in CCI3*

Tamie Smith and Fleeceworks Royal, leaders of the CIC3*. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Another stunning day has dawned here at Rebecca Farm, where final horse inspections for the FEI divisions have just wrapped up.

All NAJYRC horses cleared the final horse inspection and CH-J CC1* show jumping is underway. Best of luck to all!

All horses passed the CIC3*, including our overnight leaders Tamie Smith and Fleeceworks Royal.

Madeline Backus and P.S. Ariana are 5th in the CIC3*. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Jenn McFall and High Times are 4th in the CIC3*. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

The CCI3* division, led by Erin Sylvester and Paddy the Caddy, was less lucky, as Holly Jacks Smither/More Inspiration (4th) and Kirsten Buffamoyer/Jim (6th) were held and sadly did not pass upon re-presentation. Emilee Libby withdrew Nonsensical last night. Of note Tamie Smith’s CCI2* ride, Sunsprite Syrius, who was leading the division, was also spun.

Andrea Baxter and Indy 500 are 5th in the CCI3*. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Aren’t the mountains in these photos so pretty that they look kind of fake, like the backdrop of a movie set or something?

Show Jumping Schedule (in MT)

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Halt Cancer at X Challenge Cross Country: Yellow Cards for All

Still in the hunt after dressage: Bobby Stevenson of the ground jury, Rebecca Farm’s Sarah Broussard, course builder Bert Wood and USEA CEO Rob Burk. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

The Halt Cancer at X Challenge continued Saturday evening at Rebecca Farm with the most incoherent demonstration of cross country riding that American eventing has witnessed in recent history, or at least since last year’s Challenge. The format was gambler’s choice, and in a new format twist that had spectators ducking for cover, this year all five riders went cross country simultaneously.

There were some overnight shake-ups from dressage — Gretchen Butts and Carol Kozlowski were out, replaced by USEF Chief Compliance Officer Matt “Tiny Dancer” Fine in a borrowed pink tutu and stuffed bra. He wasn’t happy about the latter: “I don’t need to stuff my bra,” he says. “I’m beautiful just the way I am.”

The catch ride was a bold move for Matt, a former Young Rider who has only ridden twice in the past six years, once in bike shorts and once to impress a girl. We were all impressed, or something, when he trotted his horse off the one-star bank.

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Stand by your man, ladies. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Bobby “Superman” Stevenson, who represented Canada in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, took flight at the water complex.

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Here’s the full sequence — notice how he’s laughing even before he hits the ground.

And then there was “Fatman in Pink” Rob Burk, who in his pre-USEA past life was a graduate H/A Pony Clubber and Young Rider who coached the Otterbein University Equestrian Team and the U.S. Naval Academy Equestrian Team.

The Dark Knight rises, er, drops. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

We were all concerned when he galloped out of sight on course only to reemerge some time later half covered in mud. Which was baffling, since Montana is in a drought and there is no apparent mud on the cross country course anywhere.

Breeches: Before. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Breeches: After. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Rob was limping a bit when we spotted him at the competitor’s party. Feel better soon, buddy!

To be fair, Sarah “Wonderwoman” Broussard and Bert “Thor” Wood looked quite competent out there. Sarah’s only dangerous riding violation came when she nearly mowed down some small children on the Western Town mound, and our only complaint about Bert was that he he left his hammer back at the barn.

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

The action continues with today’s Halt Cancer at X Challenge show jumping finale at 1:30 MT. There’s plenty more going on this weekend to benefit Halt Cancer at X, and we’ll keep you posted on that! Be sure to stop by Fleeceworks in the trade fair, where their great Ride for a Cause incentive is donating 10% of sales to Halt Cancer at X.

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NAJYRC Cross Country Roundup: Canada Leads 2*, Area I Leads 1*

Cornelia Dorr representing the Area 1/Area IV Team at the 2017 NAJYRC at Rebecca Farm.
Photo courtesy of official event photographer, Shannon Brinkman Photography

It was a big day here at NAJYRC 2017! And there was a great big NAJYRC press conference at the end of it. The poise and maturity of these young riders continually impresses me, not to mention the quality of their riding, and so I’m just going to let them tell you the story of their day themselves.

NAJYRC 2*

Go Team Canada! Photo by Leslie Wylie.

The Team Canada 2* team showed no signs of relinquishing their overnight lead, and they’ll sit atop the scoreboard heading into tomorrow’s show jumping finale. The squad:

Here they are at the press conference, recapping their rides:

Meanwhile, in the individual standings, not a ton of movement up top there either. First place remains the possession of Cornelia Dorr and Louis M, and William Zuschlag and RF Southern Command are still second. Cornelia moved from fifth into third on her second ride, Sir Patico MH.

NAJYRC 1* 

Area I, go get ’em tomorrow! Photo by Leslie Wylie.

The NAJYRC 1* team standings saw a big shakeup. Dressage leader Area V got a bit unlucky on the cross country course, and Area I slid into the top spot. The squad:

Here the team press conference:

And the top three individuals, Megan Loughnane and Linford (1st, 45.0); Sloane Pierpont and Indie (2nd, 45.5); and Tosca Holmes-Smith and Fiat:

NAJYRC 2* Individual Top 10:

NAJYRC 2* Team Cross Country Standings:

  1. Canada (180.8)
  2. Area I/IV (182.0)
  3. Area VII (182.8)
  4. Area III (256.3)
  5. Area VI/VIII (1,126.1)

NAJYRC 1* Individual Top 10:

NAJYRC 1* Team Cross Country Standings:

  1. Area I (148.4)
  2. Canada (153.2)
  3. Area VI (157.6)
  4. Area II (160.1)
  5. Area VIII (170.9)
  6. Area III (178.8)
  7. Area V (1,138.2)

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Sylvester Leads CCI3*, Smith Tops CIC3* on Rebecca Cross Country

Here’s a roundup of the three-star cross country action at beautiful Rebecca Farm today!

CCI3*

Erin Sylvester and Paddy the Caddy. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Erin Sylvester and Paddy the Caddy, a 10-year-old Irish Thoroughbred gelding owned by Frank McEntee, booked it into the CCI3* lead. The pair was in second after dressage but wedged into the top spot when overnight leader Heather Morris and Charlie Tango picked up 15.2 time on course, which slipped them to third. Emilee Libby and Nonsensical, meanwhile, turned in the second fastest round of the division to move into second.

To recall, Erin and Paddy the Caddy were EN’s pick to win the CCI3* in our “By the Numbers” preview. They have an excellent jumping record, jumping clear rounds each of the three times they ran cross country prior to show jumping and leaving all the rails up in 10 of 12 rounds at this level. With less than a rail in hand, they’ll be looking to continue that streak tomorrow!

This is Erin’s maiden voyage to Rebecca Farm and she is, not surprisingly, happy that she made the trip. “Rebecca is even better than everyone describes it,” she says. “It was a great day for Paddy. He took off with me out of the box and was so keen for everything. I was really proud of him.” “

The pair is rerouting from their original plan of contesting Bromont; Paddy missed a month of work due to a stone bruise and Erin thought his fitness might not be up for the long, testing CCI track. Logistically and financially, the idea of traveling to Rebecca was daunting at first, but the receipt of a USEA Foundation Rebecca Farm travel grant, awarded to 16 riders to offset the cost of making the journey to compete in the three-star divisions, made it feasible.

Without a million horses to compete and students to coach — like she did last weekend at Loch Moy — Erin says Rebecca Farm has almost felt like a holiday. Asked how she’s been filling the time with only one horse to compete, she says she’s been taking a lot of naps!

In both the CCI3* and CIC3* divisions time played a big factor — Holly Jacks Smither and More Inspiration were the only CCI3* pair inside the time. Bunnie Sexton and Rise Against picked up 20 at the final water, an ABCD combination featuring a gator-topped rail in, a keyhole on an island, a log and a water drop. Alyssa Phillips and Bliss III retired after two stops on the far periphery at 14AB, a corner combination, followed by another at the 16ABC Normandy bank.

CIC3*

Tamie Smith and Fleeceworks Royal. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Dressage leaders Tamie Smith and Fleeceworks Royal, an 8-year-old Holsteiner mare owned by Judy McSwain, are still sitting pretty atop the scoreboard after cross country today. We’re thrilled for both Tamie and owner Judy, who is such a staunch supporter of our sport and clearly knew what she was doing when she put “Rory” in Tamie’s hands as a talented 4-year-old to develop!

“Judy is such a huge supporter of me and always has been,” Tamie says. “We’ve brought along a couple horses together and Rory is the first to get to the three-star level. And she is such a huge supporter of eventing — the long format, Young Riders.”

Of today, Tamie says she was thrilled with Rory. She thought the Normandy Bank combination, in particular, was a tough ask but the mare rose to the occasion.

“I hope Rory can jump clear (tomorrow), because Judy deserves it and the mare deserves it,” she says. “And I needed today after the spring.”

Be sure to stop by the Fleeceworks booth in the trade fair to give Judy a high five, give Mini Rory a scratch behind the ears, and do a little shopping, as they’re donating 10% of this week’s sales to Rebecca Farm’s Halt Cancer at X initiative.

Mini Rory, sporting a pink ribbon for the cause, snuggling with some Pads With Purpose. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Tamie and Rory struck out with a eight-point cushion over second placed Emily Pestl-Dimmett and Airlington, and gained a bigger margin when Emily came home with 26 time penalties in hand. Their own 10.4 time penalties were good enough to keep them in first, while Hawley Bennett-Awad and Jollybo move from third to second. Alexis Helffrich and London Town round out the top three, jumping clear with 12 time.

There were a handful of scattered problems on the course. Lauren Billys and Castle Larchfield Purdy ran into a bit of trouble early, collecting 20 at the 7AB barns. Allison Sparks and Mystic Mojo glanced off 12, a hanging brush at the bottom of a hill on the second pass through the first water.

Maya Simmons and Archie Rocks were sadly technically eliminated after misinterpreting the 7AB barns. Ashlyn Tursey fell from RF Kinetic at 16ABC, the Normandy Bank, and Clara Cargile and and White Indian were eliminated when the horse repeatedly refused to jump into the first water.

The FEI leaders are coming in for a press conference later this afternoon, so I’ll update this post with quotes from the leaders in a while — check back! And more a special edition of CIC3* “Who Jumped It Best?” soon.

Rebecca Farm CCI3* cross country results:

Rebecca Farm CIC3* cross country results: 

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Your Passport to Rebecca Farm, the Disney World of Cross Country Courses

Welcome to Rebecca Farm. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Rebecca Farm is truly the Disney World of cross country courses. Each jump is a work of art in and of itself, no theme too farfetched, and stringing them together must feel like a thrill ride roller-coaster of color and shape.

From jumps inspired by Montana’s own unique wildlife …

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

… to creatures of the more extinct variety.

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

A Rebecca Farm classic is the final Louisiana themed water complex, a nod to the late Rebecca and Jerome Broussard’s home in the deep south before they relocated to Montana in the mid-’80s.

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

And the vignettes playing homage to western frontier life are so ornate, you almost feel like you could live in them.

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Even ordinary tables are photogenic thanks to dramatic, crayon box hued backdrops of sapphire sky and softly billowing green.

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

From start to finish, you won’t find a more creative, more breathtaking course anywhere in the world.

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Playing the role of Walt Disney is designer Ian Stark, with mad genius builder Bert Wood and his dream factory working in tandem to bring Ian’s imaginings to fruition. In this cross country preview from Ride on Video Ian takes us on a tour of the course:

May all of today’s competitors enjoy a safe, fun ride. Go Rebecca Farm. Go Eventing!

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California Gurls Heather Morris & Tamie Smith Win All the Dressage Things at Rebecca Farm

BFF 4ever. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

To quote the great sage of our time Katy Perry: “California gurls, we’re undeniable. Fine, fresh, fierce, we’ve got it on lock. West coast represent, now put your hands up. Ooh oh ooh. Ooh oh ooh.”

Cali besties Heather Morris and Tamie Smith of Next Level Eventing were undeniable, and indomitable, in the two- and three-star divisions here at Rebecca Farm today. Ooh oh … etc.

The two are used to cheering for one another, even when they’re in the same division.

“If I don’t win I want her to win,” Tamie says, to which Heather adds, “… and vice versa.”

Heather Morris and Charlie Tango. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Both are winning today. Heather staked out the top of the CCI3* dressage leaderboard on Charlie Tango, a 9-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding owned by Team Express Group, with whom she won the CCI2* here two years ago.

Warming up for their test, Heather says she felt like the wheels were coming off. “I got all flustered and I went into the ring flustered and I thought it was awful, and then Tamie was like ‘It was good’ and I was like ‘No it was awful,'” she says.

Their score of 46.1 indicates it was not, in fact, awful.

Of Ian Stark’s cross country course, Heather says that there’s a lot to do out there. The pair finished second at their last CIC3* outing at Galway Downs earlier this year, and we look forward to watching them get the job done tomorrow.

Tamie Smith and Fleeceworks Royal. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Meanwhile, Tamie sits atop the CIC3* dressage throne with Fleeceworks Royal, an 8-year-old Holsteiner mare owned by Judy McSwain. The pair scored a 42.6, and unlike Heather, Tamie knew immediately that it was a good test, dropping the reins and giving “Rory” a big hug after their final salute.

“I was thrilled,” she says. “She was really wonderful … We have a great partnership and it’s been really fun to see how far she’s come.”

Tamie is also fifth in the 14-horse CIC3* division on Wishbone, and has the top two spots in the CCI2* with Sunsprite Syrius and Glock Pullman respectively.

Both Heather and Tamie have been big supporters of The Event at Rebecca Farm from the get-go, making the solid 24-hour trek from Temecula, California, to Kalispell each year to contest the event, usually with a big crew in tow.

“The changes every year are huge, and just when you think it can’t get any better it always does,” Tamie says. “Leave it to Sarah and Jerome (Broussard) to make it that much better every time. It’s a special event.”

Rebecca Farm CCI3* Dressage Top 5:

Rebecca Farm CIC3* Dressage Top 5:

Rebecca Farm CCI2* Dressage Top 5:

Rebecca Farm CCI1* Dressage Top 5:

Much more to come. Go Eventing!

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Until the Ride On Video day three recap gets posted, please feel free to enjoy this placeholder:

#FlashbackFriday Video from World Equestrian Brands: 2016 Rebecca Farm XC Highlights

On the eve of Rebecca Farm cross country Saturday, let’s rewind to Rebecca Farm cross country Saturday 2016!

Many thanks to Frankie Thieriot Stutes and Ride On Video for their hard work here this week. From FEI divisions to USEA Classic Series three-days to horse trial divisions, something is going on in every direction you look. It’s a lot to keep up with, but Ride On has been doing a great job of bringing us daily highlight videos that give us an at-a-glance look at what went on as well as a live stream so we can watch the action as it unfolds.

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Team Canada Claims NAJYRC 2* Dressage Lead, Cornelia Dorr Out Front

Cornelia Dorr and Louis M. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld for Shannon Brinkman Photo.

NAJYRC 2017 continued today with CICOY2* division dressage, with Team Canada taking the early lead. Cornelia Dorr holds the top spot on the leaderboard with Louis M and is fifth with her second ride, Sir Patico MH.

Cornelia, whom we profiled in our Road to NAJYRC series last month, has been on fire this year. After being talent-spotted onto the USEF Eventing 25 Developing Rider list earlier this year, the 19-year-old won the Jersey Fresh International CCI2* on her 12-year-old Rheinlander Louis M and placing fifth in the Bromont CCI2* with her 11-year-old Zweibrucker Sir Patico MH (“Hugo”). Cornelia’s super score of 37.0 today is a personal best — good timing!

William Zuschlag is second with RF Southern Command, his own 9-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, on a score of 42.2. The pair has had placed well at each CIC2* they have contested this year, finishing 2nd at The Fork, 4th at Jersey Fresh and 8th at Virginia. West Coaster Sophie Click and Fernhill Rising, a 9-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding, round out the top three on a 48.3.

Canada leads the team competition. The squad:

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

I’ve got video of the press conferences but it’s not wanting to load up at the moment, so check back for that later!

CICOY2* Team Standings:

1. Canada: 158.4
2. Area VII: 162.0
3. Area I/IV: 173.6
4. Area III: 174.3
5. Area VI/VIII: 178.7

CICOY2*  Dressage Top 15:

The CIC3* is underway, to be followed by the CCI3* division. Stay tuned!

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#EventerFailFriday: That Awkward Moment When …

Welcome to #EventerFailFriday, a support group for sharing your most strugglebus moments. From slightly sticky moments to full-on bombs, join us in celebrating the fact that every road to success is paved with a few potholes.

The theme of this week’s edition: That awkward moment when …

Probably shoulda had a neck strap!! #eventerfailfriday #eventingfailfriday #c4belts #c4ohcrap

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#eventerfailfriday

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This never gets old. You can tell just what’s going through both of our heads #eventerfailfriday #eventerproblems

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#eventerfailfriday #ohshit #c4belts #ridingthewithers #flashbackfriday #atleastheshonest

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This ditch was a lot wider than he thought… #shelovestrouble #blmmustang #teambadidea #eventerfailfriday

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When dressage means bolt at E #EventerFailFriday

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About how I feel today. Thanks to @heelsdownmag for reminding me that no matter what #wegotponies

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Jut a nice fail Friday to brighten everyone’s day #eventerfailfriday

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Go Eventing!

Watch the Rebecca Farm Live Stream, Courtesy of Ride On Video

Photo courtesy of Ride On Video.

The Event at Rebecca Farm is underway in Kalispell, Montana, and thanks to our friends at Ride On Video we can all follow the action as it unfolds! Watch the live stream via the embed below or click here.

LIVE from Rebecca Farm July 19th – 23rd, 2017

All phases of 1*, 2* and 3* divisions will be streamed.

Schedule in Mountain Time (add +2 hours for Eastern Standard Time):

Friday July 21st, 2017

DRESSAGE ARENA 1
CCI2* 8:30am – 11:40am
CIC3* 12:45pm – 3:20pm
CCI3* 4:00pm – 5:30pm

DRESSAGE ARENA 2
CICOY2* 8:30am – 12:00pm


Saturday July 22nd, 2017

CROSS COUNTRY
CICOY2* 8:30am – 9:40am
CCI2* 9:55am – 10:55am
CCI3* 11:15am – 11:55am
CIC3* 12:15pm – 1:05pm
CH-J CCI1* 1:20pm – 3:10pm
CCI1* 3:30pm – 5:40pm

Sunday July 23rd, 2017

Final Horse Inspection
CCI1*, CCI2*, CIC3*, CCI3* 9:15am

SHOW JUMPING
ARENA 1
CH-J CCI1* 10:00am – 11:15am
CICOY2* 12:30pm – 1:15pm
CIC3* 2:15pm – 2:50pm
CCI3* 3:30pm – 3:50pm
ARENA 3
CCI1* 11:00am – 12:35pm
CCI2* 1:30pm – 2:30pm

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Halt Cancer at X Challenge: The Dressage Gauntlet Is Thrown

Team USEA’s Rob Burk and Carol Kozlowski. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

The Halt Cancer at X Challenge is, for liability reasons I’m sure, unsanctioned by the FEI, USEA or the USEF. Yet the glory at stake in this competition is real, as it pits six of the most “decorated” figures in American eventing against one another in a race for dignity, honor and cold hard cash donated toward a great cause: Halt Cancer at X, the fundraising campaign created in memory of The Event at Rebecca Farm founder Becky Broussard.

The rules are, admittedly, a bit nebulous. It’s a three-phase eventing competition — that much is clear — but beyond that it gets a bit hazy. Unethical behavior, like bribing the judges, seems to be encouraged, audience approval ratings determine the winner, and all bets are off when it comes to attire.

This year’s contenders, as seen in Thursday’s dressage pas de deux competition:

Team Rebecca Farm

Bert Wood and Sarah Broussard. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Team Rebecca Farm, AKA Thor and Wonderwoman, AKA Bert Wood and Sarah Broussard … best hair award, at least!

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Team USEA

Rob Burk and Carol Kozlowski. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

The finest final salute we ever did see from ‘The Dark Knight’ Rob Burk. #RebeccaFarm

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Team Officials

Bobby Stevenson and Gretchen Butts. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

And the winner was .. I’m not entirely sure. The Halt Cancer at X Challenge continues with the penultimate event, cross country, this evening, followed by a show jumping grand finale on Sunday.

There’s plenty more going on this weekend to benefit Halt Cancer at X, and we’ll keep you posted on that! Be sure to stop by Fleeceworks in the trade fair, where their great Ride for a Cause incentive is donating 10% of Pads with Purpose sales to Halt Cancer at X.

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Area V Tops NAJYRC CCI* Dressage & First Leg of Rebecca Farm Chinch Challenge

Rebecca Farm Chinch Challenge: Whichever team holds the NAJYRC CCI* lead is the Keeper of the Chinch. May the Chinch be with you, Area V! Photo by Leslie Wylie.

The 2017 North American Junior and Young Rider Championships are underway! We all know how hard these young athletes worked to get here, in the saddle and beyond — see Abby’s roundup of how NAJYRC teams funded the trip to Rebecca Farm. And everybody, from riders and grooms to coaches and managers, deserves a great big high five for making it to Montana. Like so:

Area V came out swinging, sweeping the CCI1* dressage lead today. The squad:

Ryan Hall with Graceland’s Liebchen and Jane Cook with Monatrea Xavier are representing Area V as individuals.

Here they explain what it means to be at NAJYRC and what it took to get here:

This is Will Faudree‘s first year coaching the team, and it’s a back-to-his-roots step for the Lone Star State native. In 2001 Will helped his Area V teammates Heidi Hewlett, Clark Montgomery and Amy Smith to NAJYRC two-star Team Gold riding the OTTB The Big Easy. He was named USEA Young Rider of the Year in 2002 and was also presented with the Lionel Guerrand-Hermes Trophy, awarded to the Young Rider who exemplifies the USET’s ideals of sportsmanship and horsemanship.

Now he’s passing those ideals on down to a new generation of young riders, working alongside Area V Young Rider Coordinator Tayler Owen to help build a strong program for all levels.

Some of Will’s policies — like taking his riders’ phones away in the morning to keep them focused on the job at hand — weren’t originally well received, but the riders now see the value in it. And their diligence is paying off thus far, with two Area V riders in the top three.

Area V’s McKensey Wickman and her own Dassett Profile, a 9-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding, lead the division on a 43.1. This is the pair’s second CCI1* together — they placed second in their FEI debut at Texas Rose Horse Park Summer H.T. in May of this year.

Representing Area II, Megan Loughnane and her own Linford, an 8-year-old Holsteiner gelding, sit second on a 45.0. They have a good chunk of experience at the one-star level, most recently finishing inside the top 20 in the Bromont CCI1* in June.

Rounding out the top three is another Area V combination, Arden Stephens with Ultra T, a 9-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding. They’re close behind with a score of 45.1.

A few snapshots from the NAJYRC ring:

NAJYRC continues tomorrow with CCI2* dressage, followed by cross country Saturday and show jumping Sunday.

NAJYRC Team Standings:

  1. Area V: 140.0
  2. Area I: 146.4
  3. Area III: 150.1
  4. Canada: 153.2
  5. Area VI: 157.6
  6. Area II: 159.3
  7. Area VIII: 170.9

NAJYRC CCI1* Top 15 Dressage:

Day 2 Highlights from Ride On Video:

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Rebecca Farm Instagram Roundup: Jog Stylez

This year’s crop of Rebecca Farm competitors are so stylish and good-looking, we could stop with just one post! Here’s a roundup of your Instagram pics from yesterday’s FEI, NAJYRC and USEA Classic Series first horse inspection.

All area II horses passed the first jog!! Dressage tomorrow #area2youngriders

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Wayyy too eventful but accepted on the jog!! ❤️

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Cady and Kips One and Only ACCEPTED!! #T3D #rebeccafarms2017

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The best little cow ready for a fun weekend

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jogs ✅

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My bavarian prince was accepted.

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1st jog ✅

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Accepted!!

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Gus & I had a blast getting all fancy for the horse inspection this morning! Dressage tomorrow! #RebeccaFarm #classic3day

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Accepted @rebeccafarm CCI** with #galactic

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And then there is Tullamore❤️#eventing#lovemymare#irishsporthorse#rebeccafarm#

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#rebeccafarm Proud dad-excited daughter

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Mallory and Clarissa accepted in the NAJYRC CCI1*! #eventing #NAJYRC2017 #rebeccafarm #girlpower

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CCI2* First Horse Inspection at Rebecca Farm…check! #rebeccafarm #eventing #ottb

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Southern Command accepted! #youngriders #rebeccafarm #eventing

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The perfect Santana II #RebeccaFarm2017 #CCI1Star

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Jog 1 accepted

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The Duke accepted! Jogs were a success, and onto dressage in the morning. Good luck to all competitors!

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Accepted ✔️ Now onto stressage.

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Fernhill Rising and Hot Wheels accepted!!!

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All the horses passed the jog today! Onto dressage tomorrow. So excited to be here @rebeccafarm !!

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All area VI riders were accepted at first jogs! Good luck to them for the rest of the week!!

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Go Eventing.

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Good Hair Days & Smiles Abound at Rebecca Farm First Horse Inspection

Alyssa Phillips and Bliss III in the CCI3*. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

The sun was shining down on the Event at Rebecca Farm today as the FEI, NAJYRC and USEA Classic Series divisions took to the runway for the first horse inspection. It’s absolutely breathtaking out here — green grass stretching for miles, dramatic blue peaks on the horizon, and a warm, hair-tussling breeze.

Looking easy-breezy-beautiful out there, competitors! Love all the smiles. We’ve on the front end of a long weekend in eventing paradise … what’s not to smile about, really?

Holly Jacks-Smither and More Inspiration in the CCI3*. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Jenn McFall and High Times in the CIC3*. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

In addition to CCI3*, CIC3*, CCI2* and CCI1* FEI divisions, Rebecca Farm is hosting NAJYRC eventing as well as Novice and Training Three-Days, both of which attracted dozens of entries. The first horse inspection took the better part of the day, wrapping after 5 p.m., a testament to the success of this destination event.

There were an unusually large number of holds across the board, a nerve-wracking situation for all the horses and riders who have traveled such a distance to get here, but most were given the all clear upon re-presentation.

The CCI3* division is small, numbering fewer than 10, but mighty. Two pairs, Andrea Baxter and Indy 500 and Erin Sylvester and Paddy the Caddy, were held but passed upon reinspection. Clayton Fredericks did not present FE Ophelia. AEN’s in-house fortune teller Maggie Deatrick used some combination of calculator and crystal ball to deduce a watch-list of pairs with an eye on the win — have a look at her CCI3* predictions here.

The CIC3* field is a bit larger and a stocked pond of horse/rider combinations hailing from both sides of the country. Clara Cargile, Ashlyn Dorsey and RF Kinetic and White Indian and Allison Sparks and Mystic Mojo were sent to the hold but passed upon reinspection.

Fun fact: the three-star roster is dominated by ladies, with only one fellow in the mix!

Ronald Zabala-Goetschel looking cool with arm candy Wundermaske. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

With so many divisions running simultaneously, it’s a challenge to keep up with everything that is going on! The Future Event Horse and Young Event Horse divisions wrapped up today and the horse trials divisions completed dressage. The CCI1*, Novice and Training Three-Days as well as some horse trial divisions get moving tomorrow, with dressage for the two- and three-star FEI divisions to follow on Friday.

Be sure to follow EN on Instagram!

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Tuesday Video from SpectraVET: Champagne Run Intermediate & Prelim Helmet Cams

You guys were out and about with your helmet cams over the weekend at Champagne Run H.T.! Enjoy a virtual romp around the Kentucky Horse Park cross country course via one of these Prelim and Intermediate level helmet cams, and check out full results here.

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Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: Bays for Days

Hey, hey bay-by / I wanna know-oh-oh / if you’ll be my event horse.

When I saw you walking down the barn aisle / I said that’s a kind of horse that could make me smile / A bay so pretty, with movement so fine / I’m gonna make that OTTB mine all mine.

Hey, hey bay-by …

Forgive me, I could not resist. Here are three attractive bay OTTBs we’d love to see in a startbox someday!

Photo via CANTER Northern California.

Latest Craze (Super Saver – Charity Girl, by Pulpit): 2013 16.1-hand Kentucky-bred gelding

Royally bred, he cost $260,000 as a yearling and was purchased by Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert. Not a successful race horse, but maybe with his long smooth stride he can be a champion hunter/jumper or eventer. Was very well mannered on the ground and for his jog. A nice prospect. Located at Golden Gate Fields.

View Latest Crazy on CANTER Northern California.

Photo via CANTER Delaware.

Andrea’s Hope (Nicanor – Preach Love, by Pulpit): 2014 16.1-hand Maryland bred mare

Sound, no vices. This lovely girl is good looking and sensible. She is by Barbaro’s brother and out of a Pulpit mare, so she has wonderful breeding. Her barn connections vouch for her saying she has a wonderful personality, is great to work around, and has no bad habits. The only reason she is for sale is that the owner wants to exit the business. Any horsewoman out there wanting to capitalize on this opportunity? Owner realizes this is a nice mare and will even provide retraining fees/subsidies to the right new owner.

View Andrea’s Hope on CANTER Delaware.

Photo by CANTER Northern California.

Seeking The One (Sought After – Mistical One, by High Brite): 2014 15.3+hand California bred gelding

Meet Seeker! This is a solid, stout horse!He is a very lovable guy, who wants to be where you are. Very correct and nice bone. A beautiful full mane and tail. Almost looks a little Irish. Raced once but showed no promise. The trainer is downsizing right now and has too many horses. Reported to be sound. One old, cold splint. Raised in Pleasanton where the horses are started on the farm. This guy wants his person! No shoes, and still goes out for light work. Located at Golden Gate Fields. Get a clean slate! Could go any direction. Seems like an uncomplicated guy.

View Seeking The One on CANTER Northern California.

Help Get Woodge Fulton and Captain Jack to Burghley!

Woodge Fulton and Captain Jack. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Woodge Fulton and Captain Jack are perfect Burghley contenders. Woodge, age 21, and the 14-year-old OTTB possess the guns-blazing gutsiness it takes to get around the iconic British event’s massive cross country track, and after their successful four-star debut at Kentucky they’re on a roll and ready to take the next step.

Let’s help get them to the other side of the pond! The Fulton family’s Full Moon Farm in Finksburg, Md., is hosting a Derby X Show on Sunday, July 30, to help raise the funds for their journey.

The Derby X, featuring jumps from Starter to Training level heights, is a great opportunity to get any horse a bit of mileage. It’s a “you pick it” type course, with three or four height options for each fence. The course starts over five to eight show jumps before heading out to pick up six to eight cross country fences, including the water jump.

Green horse? No problem. Have up to five refusals at a jump before you need to pick another one. Your horse need a buddy? Bring a friend to get a lead! Think you will be lonely? Bring a bunch of friends!

Prizes will be given for categories like “Best Use of Aloha Wear,” “Best Super Hero Costume,” “Cutest Pair,” “Ugliest Pair,” “Largest Group,” etc. “You get the idea,” reads the flyer. “All for fun and to get the kid and the horse to England!”

The entry fee is $100 per horse/rider, with extra rides per horse and rider only $10. Prepaid entries get to pick their start time! First come first reserved! Click here to enter.

In addition to the competition, the event will feature a silent auction, food, drink, a 50/50 raffle and … a kissing booth with Ricky Bobby?

Love it.

Can’t make it, but still want to help Woodge and Captain Jack? You can make a tax deductible donation through the American Horse Trials Foundation. Call Jodi at 301-856-3064 to find out how.

Go Woodge and Captain Jack. Go Eventing!

Monday Video from Tredstep Ireland: #NakedMysteryMan at Champagne Run H.T.

When a group of Tennessee eventers competing at Champagne Run H.T. discovered an assortment of naked Ken dolls tucked into their gear …

Photo via Road Less Traveled Event Team.

… the search was on to uncover their source. Who put them there? What did it all mean?

Their investigation, headed up by Erika Adams of the Road Less Traveled Eventing Team, yielded no culprit. So instead, they decided to just roll with it. And #NakedMysteryMan was born.

(Turn on video volume for Erika’s “explanation.”)

 

Posted by Erika Adams on Saturday, July 15, 2017

Go Eventing.