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Mars Essex Horse Trials Is Full Speed Ahead After Successful Return Last Year

Photo courtesy of Mars Essex Horse Trials.

The iconic Mars Essex Horse Trials was reborn last year after a near two-decade long hiatus and was welcomed back by the eventing community with open arms. Over 200 competitors signed up to contest the event’s 2017 return, and the entry list for the 2018 edition is stacked to the rafters as well. The event takes place this weekend, June 23-24, at picturesque Moorland Farm in Far Hills, New Jersey.

“This is an event where riders have the opportunity to compete at a beautiful venue and where spectators can be part of the action as they view the horses up close throughout all phases of competition,” says Ralph Jones, President of Essex Horse Trials, who spearheaded the event’s 2017 return with Morgan Rowsell. “As we saw last year when this event returned after a 19-year absence, both horse enthusiasts and families alike loved spending the day at Moorland Farm.”

Morgan, a Long Valley resident, designed the cross country course which caters to Beginner Novice through Preliminary divisions. Moorland Farm provides a breathtaking setting and rare opportunity to go behind the gates of this historic 230-acre property, which is only open to the public two weekends a year. It is also home of the annual Far Hills Race Meeting, a steeplechase held each October.

Photo courtesy of Mars Essex Horse Trials.

In addition to competitor hospitality, the event is family friendly for spectators. Weekend activities also include a popular classic car show; The Farmstand, offering fresh food from local markets; The Essex Market, offering a wide range of shopping from saddles and riding gear to jewelry and artwork; and the Willow School children’s activity center, offering a fun and creative diversion for younger spectators and their parents.

General Admission is just $15 in advance and $20 at the gate. Children 14 & under are free. Parking is free.

The Hoopstick Club offers a VIP experience with ringside seating adjacent to the show jumping arena with views of the cross country course including the exciting and expansive water complex; lunch or brunch during the day; and a cocktail party on Saturday evening.

The event is also offering two great tailgating options: New this year is Water Jump Tailgating, offering select spots around the event’s signature cross country element. Hilltop Tailgating provides panoramic views of the entire event. Attendees may bring a picnic lunch or purchase all the fixings at The Farmstand. Tailgating packages include one reserved parking space and four admission tickets.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Greater Newark LifeCamp in nearby Pottersville, which provides an enriching day camp experience for approximately 300 Newark-area youths per day for six weeks during July and August.

For additional information and tickets, visit www.essexhorsetrials.org.

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

[Mars Essex Horse Trials Offers Top Equestrian Competition & Family Weekend in the Country]

 

 

Area II NAYC Dream Team Is Backed by Serious Horsepower

Area II has announced its Young Rider squad for the FEI North American Youth Championship (NAYC) Three-Day Event and boy, is it star-studded. Like, you could create a small galaxy from all the stars on these horses’ FEI records!

The two-star team includes two Olympic veterans (Mr. Medicott and Flintstar) plus 2017 USEA Horse of the Year Cambalda and three-star horse Ideal Contini. Another experienced three-star horse, Center Stage, has been named to the one-star team.

We’re glad to see these equine veterans, some of them getting on a bit in age (Mr. Medicott is 19 and Flintstar is 18), out doing what they love and lending their experience to the development of our country’s brightest young stars. It’s important work.

The official Area II team of four horses and riders per division (2* and 1*) and any individuals will be named following the first horse inspection at The Event at Rebecca Farms on July 18, 2018.

The long listed Area II squad is as follows, in alphabetical order:

Area II CICOY2* Team

Olivia Dutton and Mr. Medicott. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Olivia Dutton, 16, from West Grove, PA., attends Foxcroft School in Middleburg, VA., riding Mr. Medicott, a 1999 chestnut ISH gelding owned by the Mr. Medicott Syndicate.

Mr. Medicott is an Olympic and World Equestrian Games veteran, helping procure team gold for Germany at the 2008 Hong Kong Olympics and, with Karen O’Connor in the irons, turning in a top 10 finish for Team USA at the 2012 London Olympics. He achieved five top-10 CCI4* finishes during his career at the level, with Frank Ostholt, Karen O’Connor and Phillip Dutton.

In 2018 Olivia and Mr. Medicott finished 3rd in the CIC1* at Fair Hill and completed their first CIC2* together at Jersey Fresh with a jump fault-free cross country round and no show jumping faults. Olivia trains at True Prospect Farm in West Grove, PA. In addition to riding, Olivia plays varsity lacrosse and was recently elected co-head of her schools’ athletic association. This is her first experience on an Area II Young Rider team.

Ryan Keefe and Flintstar. Photo by Mike McNally.

Ryan Keefe, 18, Sandy Spring, MD, a graduate of Our Lady of Good Counsel High School, Olney, MD and enrolled in the University of Kentucky, riding Flintstar, a 2000 New Zealand bred Thoroughbred bay gelding owned by Rumsey Keefe.

Flintstar was competed through the four-star level by New Zealand’s Jonelle Price, with a resume that includes the 2012 Olympic Games in London (team bronze), Burghley in 2011 (27th place), Luhmühlen (8th place) and Burghley (20th place) in 2013. After Burghley he was imported to the U.S. by young rider Calvin Ramsey, with whom he won individual silver in the 2014 NAYC CCI2*. In 2016 he was purchased by the Keefe family, and Ryan and Flintstar have finished in the top four at each of the FEI 1*/2* events the pair has contested together.

Ryan trains with Rumsey Keefe, Sandy Spring, MD, and Sharon White of Last Frontier Eventing, W. VA .This is Ryan’s first experience on an Area II Young Rider team.

Alexa Lapp and Cambalda. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Alexa Lapp, 19, Gap, PA, a graduate of Pequea Valley High School, Kinzers, PA, riding Cambalda, a 2002 bay ISH gelding owned by Tim and Nina Gardner.

Cambalda is Jennie Brannigan’s very experienced partner, who was named 2017 USEA Horse of the Year and has a long-string of three-star wins to his name: Plantation Field CIC3* (2010, 2015), Galway Downs CCI3* (2010), The Fork CIC3* (2011 and 2015), Fair Hill CCI3* (2014) and Great Meadow CIC3* (2017), and too many top finishes to list. He completed the Kentucky CCI4* in 2014 and was a member of the winning FEI Great Meadows U.S. Nations Cup team in 2017.

He has been partnered with Alexa Lapp this year, with whom he finished 6th in the Red Hills CIC1* and 3rd in the Jersey Fresh CIC2*. Alexa trains with Brannigan Eventing in Coatesville, PA., and this is her second time on an Area II Young Riders Championship team, having attended in 2016 as a CCI1* youth athlete on her horse Paprika.

Tayler Stewart and Ideal Contini. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Tayler Stewart, 18, Damascus, MD., a graduate of Damascus High School, Damascus, MD., riding Ideal Contini, a 2003 grey Westphalian gelding owned by herself, Emily and Tyler Stewart.

Ideal Contini was competed through the three-star level by Sally Cousins, including an 11th place finish in the Plantation Field CIC3* in 2013.

The Stewart family purchased him for Tayler in 2015, and the pair has since progressed from the one- to three-star level. In 2018 they completed the Jersey Fresh CIC3* and placed 6th in The Fork CIC2*; in 2017 they completed the Fair Hill International CCI2*. Tayler and Ideal Contini competed at the NAYC in 2016, placing 7th in the CCI1*, and this is Tayler’s second time representing Area II Young Riders. Tayler was named as an Emerging Athlete on the 2018 USEF E25 List and trains with Packy McGaughan in Clarksburg, MD, and Marilyn Little in Frederick, MD.

Area II NAYC (CCI1*) Team

Macy Beach, 17, from Millsboro, DE., a senior at Cape Henlopen High School, Lewes, DE, riding Chasing Moonlight, a 2008 bay Thoroughbred gelding.

In 2018 they placed 5th in the  Virginia Horse Trials CCIY1*, 13th at Fair Hill International CIC1*, and completed the Carolina International CIC1*. Chasing Moonlight is a Kentucky-bred off-track Thoroughbred with 33 racing starts, earning $165,000 prior to his eventing career. Macy has attended United States Pony Club Championships in 2015, 2016 and 2017; this is her first time as a youth athlete on Area II Young Riders. She trains with Dawn Beach at Winswept Stables, Millsboro, DE.

Haley Carspecken, 18, Purcellville, VA., a graduate of Tuscarora High School, Leesburg, VA., riding Center Stage, a 2006 grey Holsteiner gelding owned by the rider.

In 2018 they placed 20th in the Fair Hill International Spring CIC2*; in 2017 they placed 5th in the Virginia Horse Trials CCI1* and were 8th in the Plantation Field International CIC1*. Center Stage has competed through the the CCI3* level with Caroline Martin. Haley attended the 2016 NAYC as a groom, and she trains with Mara DePuy, Round Hill, VA.

Katherine Christopher, 18, Bahama, NC, a graduate of Northern High School, Durham, NC, and enrolled at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, riding Frodo of the Shire, a 2003 bay Thoroughbred gelding.

In 2018, they placed 4th in the Carolina International CIC1Y*, 1st in a Junior Preliminary Rider horse trial division at Carolina Horse Park, and 2nd junior in a Preliminary Rider horse trials division at Sporting Days; in 2017 they placed 18th in the Ocala Jockey Club CCI1*. Frodo of the Shire is an off-track Thoroughbred with one lifetime start prior to his eventing career; with a former rider, he completed a CCI2* in 2014. Katherine has qualified for and competed in the American Eventing Championships. She trains with Holly Hudspeth of Rougemont, NC, and Lynn Leath out of Chapel Hill, NC. Katherine was a groom for the 2015 Area II team.

Maia Kantorowski, 17, Pinehurst, NC, attends The O’Neal School in Southern Pines, NC., riding Kiltubrid Rebel, a 2009 chestnut ISH gelding.

In 2018 they completed the Ocala Jockey Club CCI1*, placed 4th in a Jr/YR Open Preliminary horse trial division at Carolina Horse Park, and placed 5th in a Jr/YR Open Preliminary horse trial division at Pine Top. This is Maia’s first experience as a youth athlete for Area II Young Riders. She trains with Bobby Costello, John Zopatti and Lizzie Snow in Southern Pines, NC. Maia participated as a groom at the 2017 NAYC.

Olivia Wall, 18, Apex, NC, a graduate of Apex Friendship School, Apex, NC and enrolled in the University of Kentucky, riding Mandolin R, a 2008 SWB bay gelding owned by the rider.

In 2018 they finished 4th in the Virginia Horse Trials CCI1* and completed the Ocala International CCI1*. Olivia trains with Doug and Jess Payne of Hillsboro, NC. This is her first experience as a youth athlete representing Area II Young Riders.

Area II’s all-important groom roster is comprised of Caitlin O’Roark, Dylan Phillips, Zoe Bruno, Colette Leber, Cori Jarman, Anna Fitzhugh and Ella Braundel.

The Area II Young Riders team is coached by Holly Payne-Caravella with chef d’equipe as Meg Kepferle. The Area II YR coordinator is Chris Donovan.

The Adequan®/FEI North American Youth Championship Three-Day Event, presented by Gotham North, takes place again this year in Kalispell, Montana, in conjunction with The Event At Rebecca Farms from July 18-22. Prior to NAYC the Area II team will attend a mandatory Young Rider Training Camp to be held at the USET Headquarters at Gladstone, NJ, from June 30-July 7.

Many thanks to Holly Covey of the Area II Young Riders Committee for her assistance with this report. Learn more about the Area II Young Rider program and NAYC fundraising efforts here. Best of luck to all and keep an eye on EN for all the latest in the homestretch to NAYC 2018!

#EventerProblems Vol. 147 from Ecovet: Happy Hump Day!

Wednesday got you feeling like…?

HoW DaRe YoU uSe YoUr LeG #MySensitiveSally #ecogold @ecogold pc: @bbthany

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Well, you know what they say:

Hang in there, EN! Let’s ride out this hump together. Here are a few of your photos for inspiration:

When an eventer goes to a dressage show… #eventerproblems

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#mancrushmonday 🚀

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Little Bromont H.T. Allows Lower Levels to Share in the Bromont Magic

Little Bromont Open Prelim winners Melissa Boutin and EWSZ Jalando. Photo by Cealy Tetley.

When we think of Bromont its flagship June CCI Three Day Event event comes to mind, but two weeks later the venue opens its gates once again to the eventing community. Little Bromont Horse Trials, held June 16-17, hosted Entry through Preliminary divisions for a lively weekend of competition beneath the summer sun in the emerald folds of this charming Canadian ski town.

Horses and riders from the provinces of Ontario, Quebec and Prince Edward Island came out to vie for top prizes, with the home provence of Quebec ultimately dominating all divisions.

Mélissa Boutin and EWSZ Jalando of Ascot Corners, QC, led the Open Preliminary division from start to finish. They added eight cross country time penalties and a clear show jump round to their dressage score of 27.5 to finish on a 35.5.

The 9-year-old RPSI gelding (Daimler D’Adriers x Calanda, by Calando) just completed his first CCI2* in April at Ocala International, finishing in the top 20 in a highly competitive field. “This was his his first show back after a well deserved break!,” Mélissa says. “He is aiming for Fair Hill this fall.”

EWSZ Jalanda handily answered the cross country questions presented by course designer Jay Hambly, and Mélissa speaks fondly of the event and the venue.

“Although I was sad that Bromont CCI didn’t fit in my calendar this year, I am so happy that I was able to show at Little Bromont,” Mélissa says. “It’s a local event — I live about one hour away — and it’s an amazing opportunity to get the horses in those big rings, gallop on a cross country course where there is a lot to look at and show at a world class facility in a little bit more relaxed atmosphere! Perfect prep for bigger goals! Looking forward to go back for the CIC in August!”

Pearl Macgregor and Odin contesting the Open Training division. Photo by Cealy Tetley.

Open Training was won by Mireille Bilodeau of Gatineau, QC, and her own Canadian Sport Horse gelding Make My Day. The pair finished on a final score of 29.5.

Jay and Philippa Hambly with Captain Midnight after a crack at Open Entry cross country. Photo by Cealy Tetley.

Twenty-year-old Pénélope Haguette of Quebec City, QC, and Ivanhoe came out on top in the Open Pre-Training to finish ahead of a large field. Their score from start to finish was just 26.

Elisabeth Boisclair and Sea Breeze, winners of the Open Entry division. Photo by Cealy Tetley.

The Open Entry division was dominated by Quebec’s Elisabeth Boisclair riding Sea Breeze, who finished on their dressage score of 31.

Final results can be found here.

Little Bromont follows closely on the heels of the MARS Incorporated Bromont CCI Three Day Event held June 7-10. Coming up next for the Bromont Eventing calendar is the Bromont CIC on August 17- 19, which includes Training, CIC1*, CIC2* and CIC3* divisions. For more information please visit the Bromont website and follow Bromont on social media.

Go Eventing!

 

Aiken to Host $50,000 Grand Prix Eventing Showcase in March 2019

Doug Payne competing in the $25,000 City of Aiken Grand Prix in May 2017. Photo courtesy of the Aiken Horse Park Foundation.

The Aiken Horse Park Foundation has announced that Bruce’s Field will play host to Aiken’s first Eventing Showcase on March 1-2, 2019. Invitations will be extended to the top 40 riders in the world to compete in Grand Prix Eventing, a fast-paced and spectator-friendly two-day competition featuring a morning of dressage and an evening of show jumping followed by an afternoon of cross country.

The Showcase will run at Advanced level with a shortened cross country course of approximately 2,500 meters with 25-30 jumping efforts. Captain Mark Phillips has been named cross country course designer and Michel Vaillancourt as the show jumping course designer. Shelley Page will serve as competition manager. The organizing committee is chaired by Phillip Dutton and also includes Doug Payne, Mike Laver, Evie Dutton, Jack Wetzel, Fernanda Kellogg, Shelley Page and Tara Bostwick.

“The Grand Prix Eventing Showcase will be a great addition to the eventing calendar and the Aiken horse community,” Phillip Dutton says. “Added to this – Bruce’s Field is a world class venue to host this exciting new event.”

Doug Payne adds, “We are extremely lucky to have such a prestigious competition that will draw the best international horses and riders to Aiken. The shortened format and the great atmosphere will make it a fabulous opportunity for spectators and riders alike. The unique layout allows people to get up close to all the action and to appreciate the shear athleticism and speed of the horses. Certainly this will be a can’t miss date on everyone’s calendar.”

Visit the Aiken Horse Park Foundation website here, and of course we’ll bring you updates as they develop!

Weekend Winners: Larkin Hill, Seneca Valley, Bucks County, Full Gallop, Silverwood, Golden Spike

Temps were blazing and the competition was smoking out there in the Eventing Nation over the weekend. Six USEA-recognized horse trials took place around the country, and a big heaping pile of glossy blue ribbons were distributed to deserving horse and rider combinations.

Each week we give a shout-out to the horse and rider who post the lowest finishing score in the country, and this week there’s a tie! Congrats to both Paige Montague with I Candy SCF and Carol Kozlowski with Wild For Summer, who both scored a 25.0 to win their respective Novice divisions at Larkin Hill H.T.

Carol Kozlowski and Wild For Summer, Novice D division winner at Larkin Hill Summer H.T. Photo by Jasmine Jencks / Flatlandsfoto.

Scroll down for more photos of Larkin Hill winners courtesy of the talented Joan Davis of Flatlandsfoto. Hats off to all of this week’s winners!

Larkin Hill H.T. [Website] [Results]

Prelim/Training: John Roach & Royal View (37.5)
Training-A: Cassie Sanger & Ultra Violet (31.4)
Training-B: Booli Selmayr & Luxury Don (31.9)
Novice-A: Katerina Garcia-Chope Samba Dromo (29.3)
Novice-B: Booli Selmayr & Urania (25.2)
Novice-C: Paige Montague & I Candy SCF (25.0)
Novice-D: Carol Kozlowski & Wild For Summer (25.0)
Novice-E: Marcia Kulak & Gran Torino (25.5)
Beginner Novice-A: Emily Abbati & Rebecca (31.4)
Beginner Novice-B: Devyn Merritt & Johnnie Walker Red (30.0)
Beginner Novice-C: David Cornell & All Dassett (26.7)
Beginner Novice-D: Rachael Piggott & Tourjours Elite (30.6)
Intro-A: Margot Slade & Ophelia (33.3)
Intro-B: Iris Wainston & Charlie’s Tuff Summer (25.8)
Intro-C: Alexandra Paris & Nacho (31.5)

Seneca Valley Pony Club H.T. [Website] [Results]

Open Training: Kelli Temple & Carmella (29.5)
Training Rider: Leigh Boyd & Curraheen Skyy (33.3)
Training Senior: Alison Chubb & Wake Up (33.1)
Training Junior: Kelsey Ann Quinn & Dandy Longlegs (30.0)
Open Novice 1: Lindsay Berreth & Oh So Extreme (27.4)
Open Novice 2: Helen Casteel & Unapproachable (31.2)
Novice Rider: Heather Krysty & Renoir (25.9)
Novice JrYr: Mackenzie Grove & Waquoit’s Diamond (30.2)
Open Beginner Novice 1: Courtney Cooper & R River Star (31.5)
Open Beginner Novice 2: Kelli Temple & Sommersby (27.2)
Beginner Novice Rider: Melanie Schaefer & Unlawful’s Image (30.3)
Beginner Novice Junior: Karlee Duda & Silver Lining (28.3)
Starter Senior: Kathleen White & Chillax (34.2)
Starter Junior: Jillian Dean & Queen Of The Fairies (32.8)
Starter: Abigail Fulmer & State of Reverence (30.0)

Bucks County Horse Park H.T. [Website] [Results]

Prelim-Training: Stephanie Cauffman & Luna (32.0)
Training I: Stephanie Cauffman & Lamondale Florinia (26.6)
Training II: Stephanie Cauffman & International Anthem (27.7)
Novice I: Amanda Beale Clement & Nikita (30.2)
Novice II: Ryan Wood & Cooley Flight (25.2)
Beginner Novice I: Lindsay Hafer & Reflecktions (31.8)
Beginner Novice II: Jackson Dillard & Layla Q (32.8)

Full Gallop June H.T. [Website] [Results]

Intermediate/Preliminary: Mikayla Rebholz & Runaway Charm (51.4)
Preliminary: Caroline Dannemiller & Tops (29.1)
Training: Jodi Hemry & Lucky Luciano (38.2)
Novice: Mikayla Rebholz & Carlingford Castle (29.5)
Beginner Novice A: Catherine Coxwell & FGF Ghost In The Attic (33.8)
Beginner Novice B: Barbara Stelling & Holy City (31.8)
Starter: Sarah Anderson & Cassie (94.4)

Silverwood Farm Spring H.T. [Website]  [Results]

Training: Kirsten Hiles & Wisencrazi (26.2)
Novice-A: Abigail Brawley & Work of Art (31.0)
Novice-B: Laura Bernardoni & Playmaker (25.2)
Beginner Novice-A: Elizabeth Fisher & Almost Voodoo (27.7)
Beginner Novice-B: Megan Farkos-Bailey & Covert Operations (25.6)
Starter Novice: Emily Grant & Allegretta (33.9)

Golden Spike H.T. [Website] [Results]

Preliminary – Open: Mia Edsall & True Story (36.3)
Training – Open: Mindy Groth-hussey & Fendi (32.1)
Novice A Junior: Jhett Jenkins & Pedernales Cat (33.5)
Novice B Senior: Andrea Wilcox Brown & Clark (AKA Superman) (35.7)
Beginner Novice A Junior: Rosie Smith & Peppered Peregrine (32.8)
Beginner Novice B Senior: Anika Bronfman & Sidecar (40.0)
Beginner Novice C Senior: Jennifer Powers & DD Stakki (37.7)
Intro: Michelle Liss & Oreo (40.2)

Show us those ribbons, EN!

Larkin Hill Summer H.T. winners:

@ahb.eventing is cleaning up at Silverwood Horse Trials with the beautiful Artie 💜

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Larkin Hill went well and Nora Foxx thinks “Sonny” looks good in blue! ( he thinks she’s nice too). Tied for lowest…

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#EventerProblems Vol. 146 from Ecovet: ‘Horse Not Helping Today’

Horse not helping today?

You’re not alone. Here are a few of your latest, greatest #EventerProblems. Don’t forget to tag yours on Instagram for inclusion in a future edition!

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Happy Father’s Day, Eventing Nation!

Feeling the family love! My dad, mom, husband, mother-in-law, sister-in-law, sister, niece, nephew and friends sharing a beautiful day with me at River Glen H.T. Photo by Tommy Bateman.

It’s Father’s Day here in the Eventing Nation, and time to celebrate the contribution of Dads to our great sport. I’d like to send out a special thank you to my own father, who spent a decade carting his three daughters from event to event, cheering us on, being our rock on the great days and the less-great ones, and keeping winces to a minimum when the horse bills rolled in because it was worth it to make us happy. Love you always, Dad!

Here are a few of your own Father’s Day well wishes:

Happy first Father’s Day to this guy!

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Happy Father's Day to the best dad that has ever lived. #holotikshavemorefun

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Happy Father’s Day daddy ❤️ wish i lived closer #papak

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Happy Father’s Day to all the great dads out there!!! Most importantly my own, Joe Harris and partner in crime, Kyle Carter. Love you guys!!!!

Posted by Jennifer Carter on Sunday, June 17, 2018

Thank you for loving us no matter what color the ribbon.
Thank you for being there through all the ups and downs.
Thank you for supporting us in all our equestrian endeavors.
Thank you, dad.
#FathersDay

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How lucky Brinley is to have Clayton Voss as her daddy! We love you so much Clay and happy Father’s Day to all the amazing dads❤️

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Go Dads. Go Eventing!

Julia Krajewski Wraps Wire-to-Wire Win in Luhmühlen CIC3*

Germany’s Julia Krajewski and Samurai du Thot dominated Turniergesellschaft Luhmühlen’s Meßmer Trophy CIC3* from start to finish, finishing on their dressage score of 19.9. The win also earned them the German national title.

“The pressure was definitely on when we came into the final phase today,” Julia says. “Although Sam is a very good show jumper who rarely makes a mistake, I did feel a little nervous. Having one fence in hand helped me stay calm and focused though.”

Julia was contesting Luhmühlen on the heels of Bramham in England, and she credits her team for preparing Sam in her absence: “Because I have been away, I really did not expect this. I feel immensely proud!”

Finishing second in the CIC3*, and second in the German championship, was Ingrid Klimke and SAP Hale Bob OLD. The pair dropped one rail in show jumping today, leaving leader Julia a small amount of breathing room.

“Bobby was fit and fresh today,” Ingrid says. “He jumped his heart out and a pole down can happen anytime. In the end, a clear round would not have made a difference for the end result.”

Rounding out the top three was Japan’s Yoshiaki Oiwa and The Duke of Cavan, who stalked the leaders throughout the weekend then slid into the spot previously occupied by Italy’s Pietro Roman and Barraduff. Pietro issued a disclaimer yesterday that show jumping was not their strong point, and the pair pulled three rails to finish 17th.

“To be up here in such a strong class feels absolutely amazing!,” Yoshiaki says. “My horse is usually very strong and can get a little hot in dressage. But this week he seemed proud to be performing in the stadium. Because he gets so strong in cross country I made some minor changes, which seemed to have done the trick. He was listening, which helped with this technical course. In the show jumping again, he can get very strong but he did not seem to mind the atmosphere and jumped even better than he normally does.”

The fourth-place finisher, Bettina Hoy with Designer 10, was the third best placed German, earning her a spot on the German Championship podium.

“This was my first outing with Designer this year, because I have been so busy with the Dutch team,” Therefore I am even happier to have won a medal again. Designer is a very experienced horse at this level now, so I trusted him to do well. To come fourth in the CIC3* behind one of my former pupils makes me particularly proud!”

Hans Melzer, Germany’s chef d’equipe, announced the long-list for the 2018 WEG in Tryon: Andreas Dibowski, Michael Jung, Ingrid Klimke, Julia Krajewski and Kai Rüder are the top five. Reserve riders are Sandra Auffarth, Jörg Kurbel, Josefa Sommer, Felix Etzel, Andreas Ostholt and Claas Herrmann Romeike. All riders will be competing at CHIO in Aachen, Germany or in Strzegom, Poland later in the year as a final test before a decision is made who is going to represent Germany in Tryon.

Woods Baughman and Maverick McNamara. Photo by Jenni Autry.

The sole American rider in the CIC3,* Woods Baughman, finished strong in the show jumping today. Woods Baughman, 22, and Maverick McNamara, a 14-year-old British Warmblood (Medoc x Skippy), had one rail down to complete the event in 41st place.

“We’ve been working on really being able to compress his stride,” Woods says of his round. “I think he was feeling quite proud of himself after galloping around yesterday and just ready to jump.”

Woods is spending a year training overseas in Germany with Dirk Schrade, and he says Luhmühlen was a big learning weekend: “It wasn’t the result we wanted but the result we probably needed.”

As for takeaways, he says, “Just being in charge of every moment, staying a little behind him, not too much with the hands and riding him forward every step — taking what we have and going for it.”

Next on the agenda for this pair is Strzegom Horse Trials in Poland at the end of the month. Between now and then, Woods says, they’ll take it easy this week then work on finessing their dressage. “Next week we’ll do the test a few more times to try to make it a bit smoother,” he says.

Best of luck, Woods, and that’s a wrap for Luhmühlen 2018. Go Eventing!

Luhmühlen Meßmer Trophy CIC3* Final Top 10: 

#Luhmühlen: WebsiteEntries & ScoringTimetableEN’s CoverageEN’s InstagramEN’s Twitter

Luhmühlen Instagram Roundup: Making Cross Country History

How cool is this vintage Luhmühlen cross country photo?

The event celebrated its 60th anniversary last year — it’s the second oldest event in the FEI Classics after Badminton, and you can feel its rich history permeating the grounds of the venue. Who will make history as the winner of Luhmühlen 2018? We’re rooting for Boyd Martin and Shamwari 4 … the only other American to have win the event was Michael Plumb with Better and Better in 1980. Go Boyd go!

A few candid snapshots capturing the spirit of cross country day:

Was für tolles Gelände 22 Hinderniskompexe ohne ein zögern oder ein Problem. 💃🏼🦄💓🤗 Nur einmal fehlte uns die Routine 🙄 aber das kommt Danke Gumpiiwest. Du hast mir überall ein so tolles sicheres Gefühl gegeben. Danke @tomspic.de für das tolle Bild. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• #iwest #krämerpferdesport #alsterfit #bellamo_exclusive #teamroeckl #biorepell #pony_deluxe #küstenschmuck #houseofhorses_hesinkie #questrian #equestrianlife #Storyofmylife #equestriansofinstagram #equestrianblogger #pferd #equestrianphotography #equestriansport #equestrianlove #hofrohlsdorferbeek #equestrianfitness #eventing #eventinghorse #eventingnation #eventinglife #eventingworld #horses #jumping #fastenyourseatbelt

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Go Eventing.

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CIC3* Leader Julia Krajewski Is Unstoppable on Luhmühlen Cross Country

Julia Krajewski and Samurai du Thot. Photo by Thomas Ix.

Germany’s Julia Krajewski and Samurai du Thot added nothing to their phenomenal dressage score of 19.9 on cross country today to maintain their lead in the Turniergesellschaft Luhmühlen’s Meßmer Trophy CIC3*.

Only three riders managed to stay inside optimum time on Mike Etherington-Smith’s challenging three-star course: division leader Julia, second-positioned Ingrid Klimke and SAP Hale Bob OLD, and Sweden’s Niklas Lindbäck and Focus Filiocus, who moved from 42nd after dressage to 12th place, a reflection of how influential today’s competition proved to be.

“We had so much fun out there today,” Julia says of her performance with the 12-year-old Selle Français gelding (Milor Landais x Melitos du Thot, by Flipper d’Elle), her partner in multiple championships including the Olympics and European Championships. “Sam was amazing.”

“He is a very quick and efficient horse, who doesn’t lose time anywhere,” she continues. “He seems to thrive on technical challenges and I feel a little bad for doubting he might not be able to make the time. The course rode really well. It was perfectly prepared and Sam just got better and better. As he is a very strong show jumper — I am excited for tomorrow!”

Ingrid Klimke and SAP Hale Bob OLD. Photo by Thomas Ix.

German teammate Ingrid Klimke reflects on her day: “Bobby traveled round the course as if pulled by a string. We had so much fun from beginning to end. The conditions could not have been better and the spectators really carried us round.”

Pietro Roman with Barraduff. Photo by Thomas Ix.

Rounding out the top three is Italy’s Pietro Roman with Barraduff, who collected just 1.6 time to move up from fifth after dressage.

2018 marks Pietro’s first crack at Luhmühlen. “Barraduff is a strong cross country horse and we had a super round today,” he says. “I feel honored to be up there with Ingrid and Julia — it is quite something! I have had my horse for nine years now and we are constantly improving; however, show jumping is not our strong point, so we will see how it goes tomorrow.”

Woods Baughman and Maverick McNamara. Photo by Jenni Autry.

The sole American rider in the CIC3* is 22-year-old Woods Baughman, who is spending a year training overseas in Germany with Dirk Schrade. He and Maverick McNamara, a 14-year-old British Warmblood (Medoc x Skippy), scored a 35.4 in dressage then picked up 20 at #5B plus time to complete cross country day in 44th position.

Woods reflects on their blip at #5B: “He was right on it and we had planned for one more stride, and I could’ve gone on the four, but I just pulled one too many and put a five in and there when we should have gone on the four. After that I gave myself a kick and said I was’t going to pull again and kicked from there on and he was great.”

The pair rallied for a strong finish and an educational experience in a division stacked with some of the biggest names in the eventing world. He said of the course, “Overall I think as long as you were fairly bold through everything it wasn’t a problem.”

His takeaway from the day was to “be a little more aggressive and not so backwards. Riding more forward was the key to getting around. Things don’t always go to plan. Just keep kicking and aim for the flags.”

Words to live by. Go Eventing!

Luhmühlen Meßmer Trophy CIC3* Top 10 After Cross Country: 

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Luhmühlen Instagram Roundup: The Crown Jewel of German Eventing

There’s a special sort of magic in the air at Luhmühlen. The German culture’s deep connection with horses is tangible and everywhere you look, and the venue itself has an enchanted feel about it, like something out of a Brothers Grimm fable — lush woodlands and sun-dappled meadows and expressive clouds.

With the curtain closing on dressage and an exciting day of cross country action ahead, here are a few snapshots that only just begin to capture the spirit of German eventing’s crown jewel event.

Playing in water again #luhmühlen2018

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Julia Krajewski and Samourai du Thot Top Luhmühlen CIC3*

Julia Krajewski and Samourai du Thot. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Three of Germany’s most veteran combinations duked it out today to take the top three spots in Turniergesellschaft Luhmühlen’s Meßmer Trophy CIC3*.

Julia Krajewski and Samourai du Thot posted a sensational score of 19.9 to steal the overnight lead from yesterday’s dressage leaders, Julia Mestern and Grand Prix IWEST. Julia and the 12-year-old Selle Français gelding (Milor Landais x Melitos du Thot, by Flipper d’Elle) won the CCI4* at Luhmühlen last year and have represented Germany in the European Championships and Olympic Games.

“Sam was super today!,” Julia says. “Although he is much more a jumping pony than a dressage horse, he really did a fabulous job today. To take the lead in such a strong class is amazing. I am a little overwhelmed! Now I am looking forward to this very exciting new course tomorrow, which really has everything to offer! Riding within the optimum time will probably be a challenge, but one we are happy to take on.”

Bettina Hoy and Designer 10. Photo by Thomas Ix.

Another experienced four-star pair, Bettina Hoy and Designer 10, moved into second place on a score of 21.2. They finished third in the Luhmühlen CCI4* last year, but this is their first FEI outing since then as Bettina has been busy coaching the Dutch team.

“Designer loves competing here in Luhmühlen,” Bettina says. “He just delivered just as I expected he would. I can’t fault him in any way – he was brilliant! He is very experienced at this level, so I know he would come out and be his best. Now I am looking forward to tomorrow’s cross country, which is challenging but extremely well-built. I think Mike Etherington-Smith has done a great job designing this new course after getting to know the event last year.”

Ingrid Klimke and SAP Hale Bob OLD. Photo by Thomas Ix.

Lying close behind in third is Germany’s Ingrid Klimke with SAP Hale Bob OLD, who scored a 21.9. This pair is fresh off a string of wins: the ERM CIC3* at Wiesbaden in May, the Kreuth CIC2* in April, and the European Championships at Strzegom and Aachen CICO3* last year. This pair, too, has represented Germany in multiple championships including the Olympic Games.

“I’m just so happy, he could not have done it any better!,” Ingrid says. “He was fresh but relaxed. I felt he was very expressive, especially in his extended trot and canter.”

Of cross country, she says, “The course looks amazing. It has everything you want from a good three-star course. If you want to get near the optimum time however, you will need to set up the right pace throughout your round.”

The sole American rider in the CIC3* is Woods Baughman, who piloted Maverick McNamara to a score of 35.4 — read Jenni’s post-test interview with Woods here.

Much more to come. Go Eventing!

Luhmühlen Meßmer Trophy CIC3* Dressage Top 10: 

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EN #TBT: Squee! Luhmühlen Leadline Cross Country Class Is Cute to the Max

For this week’s edition of Throwback Thursday, let’s rewind to Luhmühlen 2017, which featured this fierce yet adorable leadline cross country competition on show jump day! See the original post here, and keep it locked on EN for all the latest news from this year’s event! 

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Photo by Leslie Wylie.

European events go out of their way to keep the crowd entertained at all times — I’ve seen a falconry demonstration at Luhmühlen, a mock hunt (replete with actual dead animal on a string) at Boekelo, and a Dirty Dancing line-dance themed award ceremony at Pau. But I’ve not yet witnessed anything as adorable as the mid-afternoon leadline cross country class here at Luhmühlen.

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

The pony brigade entered the ring and, in the spirit of a proper cross country competition, the excitement began immediately, with one feisty mount pitching its toddler straight into the arms of his handler. The ponies began filing in one-by-one to tackle the course, a miniature obstacle course that included a brush, a log jump and even a teensy-tiny water.

Faces of determination:

Here’s a wee video:

After everyone had successfully completed their rounds, the judging committee, which included Michael Jung, deliberated on their performances.

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Meanwhile the kids grew restless on the sidelines.

They were offered refreshment from the Stirrup Cup …

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

… which I assume was water, although this kiddo’s face indicates that it may have been something stiffer.

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

In the end, of course, they were all winners. Each received a rosette, their very own Willbury Wonderpony, and a job-well-done from Princess Anne.

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Germany’s Julia Mestern Takes Day 1 Dressage Lead in Luhmühlen CIC3*

Julia Mestern (GER) and Grand Prix IWEST. Photo by Thomas Ix.

The first day of Meßmer Trophy CIC3* dressage is on the books at Turniergesellschaft Luhmühlen, with Germany’s Julia Mestern stepping to the early lead.

She and Grand Prix IWEST, an 11-year-old Württemberg gelding (Grafenstolz x Genoveva, by Grafenstein) owned by Dr. Dorothe u.Gerhard Meyer and the rider, scored a 26.2. Twenty-eight of 55 CIC3* pairs have completed their tests, with the remainder of dressage to resume on Friday.

“This was by far our best test!,” Julia said. “I was smiling the whole way through, which is a sure sign things were going well for us today. There were only a couple of things we could have done better — coming down the first centerline and two of the flying changes were not a good as they could have been. The rest was brilliant! The atmosphere is electric in the stadium but my horse kept his cool and listened to me throughout.”

Julia moved the horse up to the three-star level in 2017 and they have had some competitive finishes at the level. Looking forward to cross country, she says, “The course has a number of technical questions which require concentration and precision. There is a lot to jump, however, this is a three-star competition and therefore should be challenging. I am really looking forward to Saturday!”

German national coach Hans Melzer said of the three-star track, “This year’s course is definitely more difficult than last year’s. There are many questions for horses and riders, however, they are clear and fairly build with easier passages in between. Well-prepared horses should be able to make the time.”

Josefa Sommer, also of Germany, is second with Hamilton 24 on a score of 26.8.  “He has improved from test to test this year and today he really gave it his all,” Josefa said of “Hannes.” “The canter work still needs a little work but I really could not have asked for more. Even our changes were pretty good today, which I managed to improve after getting some useful tips from Ingrid Klimke.“

Italy’s Pietro Sandei and Rubis de Prere round out the top three, having scored a 27.9.

The sole American rider in the CIC3* is Woods Baughman, who piloted Maverick McNamara to a score of 35.4. They are positioned just outside the top 20 at the conclusion of the first day of dressage — read Jenni’s post-test interview with Woods here.

Much more to come. Go Eventing.

Luhmühlen Meßmer Trophy CIC3* Top 10 After Day 1 Dressage: 

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Weekend Winners: Valinor, Plantation, Middleburg, River Glen, Queeny Park, Feather Creek, Camelot, Aspen Farms

Show us your blue ribbons, EN! This weekend saw eight USEA events around the country, including FEI divisions at Aspen Farms H.T. in Yelm, Washington. The CIC2* was won by Sophie Click and Fernhill Rising; the CIC1* was won by Jordan Linstedt and Staccato. Looking good, ladies!

 

Jordan Linstedt and Staccato, owned by Janine Jaro, led start to finish in the CIC1* at #AFHT. They looked great in the Kerrits Equestrian Apparel orange leader jersey today on cross-country!

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Young Rider Sophie Click and her ISH gelding, Fernhill Rising, held their lead all weekend to win the CIC2* on 39.8.

CIC2* final scores: http://eventing.startboxscoring.com/eventsr/aspen/ht0618/final_select.php?division=1&order=place

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An extra special congrats to Cathleen Driscoll and The Optimist, who posted the lowest finishing score in the country this weekend. The pair won the Open Beginner Novice division at Plantation Field on a score of 22.5.

And now, your weekend winners!

Valinor Farm H.T. [Website] [Results]
Prelim-Training: Erin Renfroe & Porter Creek (32.4)
Open Training: Lakiesha Varney & Kolor Me Gone (30.2)
Training Rider: Sally Davis & Dare To Dream (35.7)
Novice Rider: Emma Stiller & Frankly Scarlett (30.7)
Open Novice-A: Emma O’Lone & Lone Survivor (33.6)
Open Novice-B: Sally Davis & MFF Manhattan Affair (29.6)
Beginner Novice Rider-A: Fiona Lorenzen & Claidheamhmor (31.1)
Beginner Novice Rider-B: Meghan McDonough & Domingo en Fuego (28.1)
Open Beginner Novice: Amanda Ko & Event Horizon (32.8)
Intro-A: Julianna Olcott & PRF Dublin (36.1)
Intro-B: Jordyn Parisi & Kyote (34.7)

Plantation Field H.T. [Website] [Results]
Open Intermediate: Alice Roosevelt & Fernhill Zoro (44.7)
Open Preliminary: Andrea Davidson & Escariz Du Rona (24.4)
Preliminary Rider: Juli Hutchings-Sebring & Welbourne (32.6)
Open Training-A: Julia Strawbridge & Balmoral Oakey (27.4)
Open Training-B: Andrea Davidson & Mr Poppers (22.6)
Training Rider: Hannah Simmons & Ducati III (28.1)
Novice Rider-A: Rachael Stillwell & Brazen Sky (30.5)
Novice Rider-B: Holly Covey & Tully Cross Hamish (28.1)
Open Novice: Jessica Ebzery & Share Option (24.3)
Beginner Novice Rider: Anna Santy & Balligomingo (33.3)
Open Beginner Novice: Cathleen Driscoll & The Optimist (22.5)

The Middleburg H.T. [Website] [Results]
Open Preliminary 1: Kelli Temple & Metallica (26.4)
Open Preliminary 2: Cali Johnson & Black Label (25.9)
Open Training: Erin Murphy & Viola (25.0)
Training Senior: Morgan Booth & No More Rocks (30.7)
Training JrYr: Makenna Rold & Street Fighting (27.6)
Training Rider: Margaret Myers & Arikara (33.0)
Training Horse: Meghan O’Donoghue & Lazaretto (25.2)
Novice Horse: Stephen Bradley & Dollar Mountain (28.3)
Open Novice 1: Janelle Phaneuf & Landmark’s Jungle ROC (24.0)
Novice Sr 1: Jane Beshear & Mountain Light (25.5)
Novice Jr: Rebecca Hagy & Boogaloo (26.9)
Novice Sr 2: Samantha Schutz & Demitri (26.9)
Open Novice 2: Brooke Bayley & Unbroken (30.0)
Beginner Novice Sr: Audra Bielke & Fletcher Christian (26.7)
Beginner Novice JrYr: Ariana Freeman & Piper Saratoga (33.8)
Open Beginner Novice: Jocelyn Kriss Parker & Orvyn (30.8)

Fun in the sun ☀️ 🥇

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Each weekend we feel so lucky to report the incredible Morningside results, while highlighting the fun and the families behind each and every picture. Middleburg Horse Trials was nothing short of amazing for #teamcheckers🏁 with more wins and top results on day two. MOC Pony Club went above and beyond to make this happen at Great Meadows and we appreciated every second of the 33 MTF trips around the beautiful courses! We are all looking forward to future events at this awesome venue. Huge thank you those that this happen for Morningside Eventing #morningsidetrainingfarm #voltairedesign #biostarus #nutrenafeeds #c4equestrian #teamprofchoice #andisgrooming #teamridesafe #tlpequine #suncoastbedding #alexanderjames #perfectproductseq

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River Glen June H.T. [Website] [Results]
Open Intermediate: Dan Kreitl & Eezy Cruise Lad (26.4)
Open Preliminary: Chelsey Sawtell & Qualifier (30.5)
Open Training: Rebecca Hoos & Davarusus H (25.0)
Training Rider: Madison Close & Mystical Essence (51.5)
Novice Rider: Caroline Boese & Michael Finnegan (32.9)
Open Novice: Laura Del Ponte & Tonka (30.4)
Beginner Novice Rider: Anna Williams & Without A Doubt (27.3)
Open Beginner Novice: Cindy Bonamarte & Lottie’s Wisdom (29.3)
Starter Test: Raina Rushing & Oakley (26.8)

Queeny Park H.T. [Website] [Results]
Modified-Open: Jana Lyle & Heavenly SCF (45.8)
Training-Open: Camryn Holcomb & Quite Breit (33.3)
Novice-Open A: Melissa Schielein & Little Indian Boy RSF (28.3)
Novice-Open B: Kaleena Dudek & Zeek (30.7)
Beginner Novice Open-A: Alexandra du Celliee Muller & Filigree (27.5)
Beginner Novice Open-B: Catherine Kupper & Three Socks Maverick (34.5)
Beginner Novice Open-C: Becky Engelking & Southern Gentleman (36.0)
Beginner Novice Open-D: Alexandra du Celliee Muller & Rara Avis P (28.3)
Starter Test Open-A: Tera Gehrig & Max (26.9)
Starter Test Open-B: Grace Lonergan & Dancing Dragon (35.3)

Feather Creek Farm H.T. [Website] [Results]
Preliminary: Chloe McCombs & Roxie Rococco (40.1)
Training: Lee Krystinik & Kilo (33.1)
Novice-A: Haley Miller & Whiskey Jack (36.9)
Novice-B: Sue Howe & American Fable (30.0)
Beginner Novice-A: Fran Olsen Sharp & Royal Princess W (30.4)
Beginner Novice-B: Meredith Davis & Puttin’ On the Ritz (28.3)
Intro: Jaeli Uselding & Little Red Riding Hood (36.6)
Starter-A: Lori Mullin & Fantastic Flair (25.8)

Camelot Equestrian Horse Park H.T. [Website] [Results]
Preliminary, Junior/YR: Rachel Graham & River Street (30.7)
Preliminary, OpenL Jennifer McFall & Stoneman DF (28.9)
Training, Junior/YR: Kamryn Avvakumovits & Green Mountain Bandit (35.0)
Training, Open: Leah Yacoub Halperin & Zahara (30.0)
Novice, Junior/YR: Kira Niyogi & Astro NSF (24.1)
Novice, Open: Jordan Ballenger & Fergalicious JB (28.0)
Beginner Novice, Junior/YR: Maya Pessin & This Bird (28.7)
Beginner Novice, Open: Meghan Lewis & Rayastrada (25.8)
Introductory, Junior/YR: Hannah Secoy & Nefarious Ways (46.4)
Introductory, Open: Cara Choy & Boadicea (23.9)
FEH, 2 Year Old – Open: Eileen Graves & Last Jury By Judgement (78.6)
FEH, 4 Year Old – Open: Kristi Nunnink & Soul to Squeeze (73.0)
FEH-3 Year Old – Open: Teri Volle & Julian de Carlier (79.3)
FEH-Yearling – Open: Marylee Meyer & Dancer (71.5)

Aspen Farms H.T. [Website] [Results]
CIC2*: Sophie Click & Fernhill Rising (39.8)
CIC1*: Jordan Linstedt & Staccato (24.8)
Open Intermediate: Sarah Matuszewski & Saint Ignatius (48.8)
Open Preliminary: Leah Breakey & Master King II (34.3)
Prelimianry Rider: Jordan Crabo & Over Easy (29.6)
Jr. Training: Courtney Cemulini & Split Decision (29.5)
Training Horse: Stephanie Goodman & OBOS Quality Time (29.8)
Training Rider A: Mary Amberg & Meads Traveler (27.9)
Training Rider B: Jessica Bryant & HPB Black Magic (26.4)
Jr. Novice: Isabella Gunningham & Leroy (24.3)
Novice Amateur: Tracy Stein & Apollo (26.7)
Novice Horse: Holly Yoder & Blitzbolzen (29.5)
Novice Rider: Chris Cole & Wintermond BCH (26.4)
Beg. Novice Horse: Sarah Lorenz & Garbo STF (24.8)
Beg. Novice Rider: Ginny Robinson & Jackson (29.3)
Junior Beg. Novice: Melanie Linstruth & King of the Sky (30.5)

Go Eventing.

Bromont Instagram Roundup: Cat-Walking and Sand-Dancing

I sometimes wonder how horses would explain the sport of eventing if they could talk. “First, we do our little turn on the catwalk. Next, we show off our moves on the dance floor ….”

That brings us up to speed on where we are at with Bromont 2018. The first of two fashion shows took place on Wednesday, followed by a two-day stretch of fancy-prancing that has just wrapped up. While we await a full report from CCI3* dressage (spoiler alert: Felix Vogg and Colero are in the lead on a 30.2), let’s recap the sights and sounds of the event thus far through your lens!

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On Wednesday, we wore pink @bromontcci #bromontcci #meangirls

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Pippy taking in the sites at @bromontcci before heading to the jog. #accepted #UnderSuspection

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Nils & I looked extra sparkly today at the first jog in the CCI2** at Bromont 🖤✨

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Please, Doug and Jess, keep the Hudson photos coming!

Getaway getting some love from Hudson #peptalk @horseware

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Much more to come. Go Eventing!

Watch the Top Three Bromont CCI2* Dressage Tests

Bromont is underway! The CCI1* and CCI2* divisions completed their dressage yesterday — you can read Leslie Threlkeld’s full report here. And thanks to the fine video skills of The Horse Pesterer, we’re now able to watch the tests ourselves!

Will Coleman and TKS Cooley, an 8-year-old Irish Sport Horse (Vivaldo Van Het Costersveld X Badgerhill Cruise, Cruising) owned by the TKS Cooley Syndicate, hold the lead on a 31.7.

There’s a two-way tie for second between Boyd Martin and Club Contessa’s 9-year-old Holsteiner mare Contessa (Contender X Veritas, Esteban) …

… and William Ward with Donald Devine’s 9-year-old Westphalian Grando (Grasco X Queen Live, Quo Vados I). Both will head into cross country on a score of 32.0.

Keep it locked on EN for complete coverage of Bromont 2018!

CCI2* Top 10 After Dressage:

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EN #TBT: Watch Le Chinch Jump the Entire Bromont CCI3* Course [2015]

Chinch (or “Le Chinch,” as he prefers to be called in the Frenchy regions of Canada) has a long and sordid history of Bromont course walks. Last year he went chameleon, in 2016 we saw the course between his fuzzy little ears, and in 2015, well … this happened

Bromont is underway as we speak and Leslie Threlkeld is live on the scene, bringing us all the latest. Keep it locked here! 

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Red on right, white on left, Chinch in the middle. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Red on right, white on left, Chinch in the middle. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

June 6, 2015:

In what may be the most bizarre EN cross-country preview since John’s infamously nauseating course run videos of yesteryear, we sent Le Chinch off to test-ride the Bromont CCI3* course.

He reported back that the course was “massive” (particularly when you’re only eight inches tall) and required a great deal of accuracy (we had to fish him out of the bushes on several occasions).

Indeed, if your horse has a corner problem, you’re not going to make it very far on Derek di Grazia’s big, technical course. There’s plenty to do out there and horses and riders will have their hands full from startbox to finish flags.

The track is very similar to last year’s with a few shake-ups here and there. Like last year, several riders have mentioned the coffin at #7 and #8ABC as a potential sticking point. A log to a ditch to two angled skinnies, the question will reward horses — and chinchillas — who look for their flags.

#7, #8ABC

#7, #8ABC

The course is challenging enough, but heaped on top of that is distance and terrain. Optimum time is 10 minutes on the mark and with Bromont’s rolling hills, even the fittest horses will start feeling the burn along the way. Today’s field is peppered with new-to-the-level horses and riders who haven’t had the experience of being at the eight- or nine-minute marker of a 3* course, and success will come to those who are both mentally and physically prepared to fight all the way to the finish.

Some rain late Friday left the turf just spongy enough. As usual it’s a bit boggy in places, and especially heading uphill riders may find that they need to take their foot off the gas pedal and let their horses feel their way up.

Take it away, Le Chinch!

Best of luck to all competitors. Alléz Concours Complet!

 

#DogsOfEN: Canine Show-and-Tell

Where there are horse people, there are dogs … and we love to show them off! Here are a few of the best pup pics you’ve posted on Instagram lately. Don’t forget to tag yours #DogsOfEN for inclusion in a future edition!

… and these kitties, because we’re equal opportunity like that.

Go Eventing.

Let’s Discuss: Your Must-Have Hot Weather Riding Gear

It’s gonna be a fun week @hitscoachella #showjumperstyle #fakeittilyoumakeit

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Tamie Smith, Heather Morris and their Next Level Eventing crew in Cali are fans of Soless Visors, transparent helmet visors that offer 92% UV protection. Tamie and Heather say they tried riding in similar products but they always impaired their vision, but the Soless Visor allows them to see where they’re going and also stays put at the gallop. 

Somebody turned up the oven! It’s getting hot here in the south and we’re always on the lookout for ways to beat the heat. From sun shirts and visors to summer show coats and ice-fil everything, what are your can’t-live-without-’em items of summer gear?

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Weekend Winners: GMHA, Genesee Valley, Waredaca, NJ Region, IEA, Archer

Lots happening out in the Eventing Nation over the weekend! Here’s a roundup of what went down:

  • Welcome to the USEA calendar, New Jersey Region’s Horse Trials! On Sunday New Jersey Region Pony Clubs celebrated both its first USEA Recognized Horse Trials and 64 years of Pony Club in the region. The inaugural event, held at The Horse Park of New Jersey, featured Beginner Novice, Novice, Training and Modified horse trials divisions. Beginner friendly Pre-Starter and Starter levels were also offered via a Fun Day on Saturday. By all accounts the event was a hit and we look forward to many more successful years! [New Jersey Region Pony Clubs]
  • Waredaca H.T. in Maryland was forced to cancel its Sunday schedule, unfortunately for the Novice and Training divisions. In consideration, they will roll over Sunday entries to their June 9th starter event, or a $100 voucher towards any 2018 Waredaca activity. Waredaca organizer Gretchen Butts said in a statement: “Making this decision is never easy but the well being of the horses, riders and our volunteers staffing the event is always foremost in our minds. We thank everyone for their understanding.” [Waradaca]

Storm is approaching. Gradient Sky! #waredaca #storm #darksky #mothernature

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What the hail, Waradaca! And these clouds are more than a little ominous.

  • Genesee Valley Riding & Driving Club Spring H.T. braved some less-than-ideal conditions, too! No blue ribbons for you this weekend, weather.

It takes a village (of umbrellas!) to put on a springtime horse show! #springshowers

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  • Congrats to Kylie Lyman and Xuanatu, who posted the lowest finishing score in the country this weekend! They won a division of Open Training at GMHA June H.T. on a score of 21.2. Kylie won the other division of Open Training as well on Glynnwood Mer Calido.

And now for your weekend winners!

GMHA June H.T. [Website] [Results]

Open Preliminary: Lila Gendal & BT Just A Rebel (31.5)
Junior Young Riders Open Preliminary: Amanda Gardiner & Relentless Pursuit (38.6)
Preliminary Rider: Jasmine Jencks & D’Paradi (38.1)
Open Training-A: Kylie Lyman & Glynnwood Mer Calido (31.2)
Open Training-B: Kylie Lyman & Xuanatu (21.2)
Training Junior: Magdalene Meek & Sly Fox (32.7)
Training Rider-A: Dale Eddy & Poker Run (31.2)
Training Rider-B: Jacqueline Gilbert & ALF Cross My Heart (32.1)
Novice Junior-A: Maya Zigler & King Dingaling (31.0)
Novice Junior-B: Analise San Clemente & Moonstruck (30.3)
Novice Rider-A: Victoria Thompson & Improper Bostonian (29.5)
Novice Rider-B: Bella Maida & Titan (29.1)
Open Novice-A: Marcia Kulak & Gran Torino (28.8)
Open Novice-B: Jen Clapp & Sea Change (24.5)
Beginner Novice Horse: Leigh Casaceli & Newyork Conspiracy (30.8)
Beginner Novice Junior: Maye Stichter & Know Direction (26.9)
Beginner Novice Rider: Andrea Brainard & Watson’s Beijing (29.2)
Open Beginner Novice: Elizabeth Pelis & Bay State Yankee (28.9)

Many thanks to Joan Davis of Flatlandsfoto for sharing these winner photos!

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

HT-Training/Novice: Amy Snyder & Genuine Offer (36.2)
HT-Novice-A: Joy Tomlinson & FMF Memphis King (30.4)
HT-Novice-B: Jennifer Treacy & Duke Devine (26.2)
HT-Beginner Novice-A: Jax Maxian & Blue Lightening (35.9)
HT-Beginner Novice-B: Bonnie Alves & Escujour Rgs (30.8)
HT-Beginner Novice-C: Carolyn Wehle & Galatea HU (25.0)
Intro-A: Kristin Rabb & What Would Jay Do (37.5)
Intro-B: Karen Kelley & FGF King Red (26.1)

Waredaca H.T. [Website] [Results]

Open Intermediate: Boyd Martin & Barry (38.3)
Open Preliminary: Waylon Roberts & Wil Celtic Charlie (24.4)
Preliminary Rider: Morgan Cillo & Benevolence (39.2)
Preliminary/Training: Colleen Rutledge & C Me Fly (26.5)
Beginner Novice Rider-A: Marina Cassou & The Dude (36.9)
Beginner Novice Rider-B: Brooke Belden & Say No More (37.5)
Open Beginner Novice: Elizabeth Stewart & Speedy P (26.1)

IEA H.T. & 3DE [Website] [Results]

Open Intermediate/Preliminary-Open: Jordan Fellers & Cor Qualitas (56.4)
Open Preliminary A: Deborah Iezzi & Maxfli (36.7)
Open Preliminary B: Brittney Posey & Wild Duke (57.3)
Open Training A: Gina Pletch & Beauty From Ashes (32.7)
Open Training B:  Kara Andrew & Sbt Clover Road (30.2)
Training Rider A: Caitlyn Ruud & Windbrook Sensotronic (30.7)
Training Rider B: Rebecca Hunt & Snowflake Lane (23.4)
Training Rider C: Di Stebbins & Spot On Cosmos (34.2)
Training 3 Day: Mindy Kutzner-Shannon & Tristan (33.0)
Novice Rider A: Michaela Holmes & Stonewall Georgia (32.1)
Novice Rider B: Hanna Bronz & Soy Tan Bonita (33.6)
Novice Rider C: Sara Van Duzer & Pasha (34.3)
Open Novice A: Sarah Coltrin & Here Comes the Sun (32.9)
Open Novice B: Sarah Younger & Power Trip (30.0)
Novice 3 Day: Frankie Smorch & WHF Winter (27.0)
Beginner Novice Rider A: Rita Selheim & Thomas Is Rockin (33.3)
Beginner Novice Rider B: Allison Williams & Chug (34.8)
Beginner Novice Rider C: Isabella Novak & Midnite Samson (39.0)
Open Beginner Novice A: Caitlyn Ruud & Top Gun Tess (31.8)
Open Beginner Novice B: Kimberly Dillman & At His Best (35.3)
Open Starter: Rachel Miles & Mazie (28.4)
Starter Rider: Madison Dawson & Ferreux (33.3)

Show us your ribbons, IEA winners!

The Spring Event at Archer H.T. [Website] [Results]

Preliminary: Kimberly Wendel & Happily Twisted (29.8)
Training-A: Rosie Smith & Seamus (31.7)
Training-B: Linda Quist Belle Gambe (31.7)
Novice-A: Virginia Stockburger & Sharp Dressed Man (29.1)
Novice-B: Amy Bowers & Piper (25.7)
Novice-C: Dani Sussman & Bellissima (22.4)
Beginner Novice-A: Noa Crowley & Charlie’s Angel (32.1)
Beginner Novice-B: Lydia Anderson & My Ballyanihan Boy (29.2)
Beginner Novice-C: Sarah Richards & Cassia (24.4)
Beginner Novice-D: Vicki Woodbridge & RF Mark The Spot (27.2)
Starter: Melinda Hofmeister & Money Cat (36.9)

And it’s a wrap! A long, exhausting but fantastic weekend up at #theeventatarcher! All the beasties were fabulous. We all got some wonderful helpful feedback and have some things to keep working on but overall we had a great time. Tempo and Mira looked pretty good with those ribbons on their @blackjakrefinery bridles today ???? blue declined his photo op- those ribbons are quite terrifying he says. A HUGE thank you to the volunteers, the judges, the Ground Jury and of course the committee that put on this fabulous event for all of us! #eventer #areaixeventing #blackjakrefinery #teamspikebrowband #intheribbons #proudtrainer #barnminions #connemarapony #connemarasdoitall #showjumping #candiansporthorse #draftcross #appendixhorse #newsongsrainingmiracle #vivacetempo @newsongsrainingmiracle @meta1010 @ekf26

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NJ Region’s H.T. [Website] [Results]

Waiting to get these scores in but will post when they’re up!

Nearly a clean sweep for the Brickland team in the modified division at @horseparkofnewjersey. Templewood owned by @catbirley won by a land slide with Emily, Brickland Farms's Deal With It was second with @maeg_bing, @nickbeshear Cobalt was fourth with Emily and @kathhlambert was fifth with her Fernhill Gucci. We all so appreciate the horse park offering the new modified level and made the trip well worth it with great courses, perfect footing, and no rain!!! We couldn't do what we love to do without the support of all of our sponsors! @shiresusa @vtosaddlery @tredstepboots @kerritseq @triplecrownfeed @soteriausa @sagmae @eponia_usa @foxden_equine @olddominionequine @southernstatescoop @arenushealth @freejumpsystem #guardianhorsebedding Big thanks to @nicarenee and @ilovelucy_13 for caring for all the critters at home and @blair.mcgehee for being our groom this weekend!! Next up Middleburg Horse Trials @greatmeadow!!!

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Go Eventing.

#EventerProblems Vol. 145 from Ecovet: The Things Horses Do When We’re Not Looking

Gotta kick this week’s edition off with a photo from EN’s own Leslie Threlkeld — her horse Beau’s expression of pure innocence should be nominated for an Oscar, really.

????????‍♀️ #beaumonster #naughty

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What is YOUR horse up to when you’re not looking? Our readers caught these secret-lives-of-horses moments on camera:

And then there are those things they do when EVERYBODY is looking:

Go Eventing!