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Monday Videos from Tredstep Ireland: Three Lakes H.T. Prelim Winners

What would we do without David Frechette, better known in the YouTube jungle as TheHorsePesterer? Well, for one we’d have far fewer opportunities to replay action we missed over the weekend!

This past weekend saw him out at Three Lakes H.T. in Groveland, Florida. He managed to catch videos of two out of three of the Prelim division winners, Buck Davidson and Kate Knowles, and we scraped up footage of the third, Lee Camilio, via Facebook. Congrats to all!

See full results from the event here.

Open Prelim A: Buck Davidson and Victor B Z (26.8)

Open Prelim B: Lee Camiolo and Caharron V. E. (30.2)

Lee Camiolo & Jr’s dressage test today. 28.6!

Posted by Stephen Shelton Camiolo on Saturday, January 14, 2017

Double clear stadium round!

Posted by Stephen Shelton Camiolo on Saturday, January 14, 2017

Prelim Rider: Kate Knowles and Cillnabradden Ceona (25.4)

Go Eventing.

Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin

All three of this week’s wished-for OTTBs are available through the New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program, a nonprofit founded in 1992 to offer retiring racehorses a safe-haven, rehabilitation, and continued education through placement in experienced, caring homes. Over 6,000 retired Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds, hailing from 40 different racetracks, have been placed in qualified homes through New Vocations’ efforts since its inception.

Thank you for the good work you do, New Vocations. Learn more about the program here.

Photo via New Vocations.

Photo via New Vocations.

Numero Tres (Macho Uno – Cadillac Kelly, by El Prado (IRE)): 2014 16+-hand Kentucky-bred gelding.

Numero Tres is a gangly baby standing just over 16-hands as a nearly 3 -year-old. His actual foaling date is not until March. He is full of baby antics, goofing off in the field with his pasture mates. He currently goes out with eight other geldings. It would be wise to get blankets with a warranty or guarantee because he thinks they are fun toys, too! He has figured out how to remove the pin that hold his feed tub in the bracket and plays with those. He does not have any stall vices such as cribbing or weaving.

This baby nugget will be best suited for a professional or a very advanced amateur who can keep him in a regular training program. He currently likes to play and buck some under saddle. He needs a lot of mental engagement and will be a fun horse to develop. He also needs work on standing in the crossties, he goes into the wash rack but has a tendency to wiggle and needs full supervision. Nugget did not make it to the racetrack simply due to a lack of ability and does not have any known injuries. He is suitable for all disciplines with a professional or an amateur of similar skill level.

Numero Tres did not make it to the track and does not have any recorded works so he is not eligible for the RRP Makeover.

Located in Lexington, KY.

View Numero Tres on New Vocations.

Photo via New Vocations.

Photo via New Vocations.

Lookout Beach (Fastnet Rock (AUS) – So Belle (GB), by Singspiel (IRE)): 2014 15-hand Irish-bred gelding

What a little cutie with the build and looks of his sire and grandsire. This coming 3-year-old is at a fun age where he is still loves to learn with wide eyed wonder, but has enough mileage that he is fairly confident. If he gets concerned, like wanting to see what the noise is in the aisleway along the indoor, he will turn and stand with his tail to the rail to watch like he learned at the track.

It is rather funny to see and when his curiosity is satisfied, he goes right back on his merry way. You can convince him to keep working if something grabs his attention with very little effort, but he might start to have more of an opinion as he enters his adolescent year. Being young he will need a rider that knows the ins and outs of a youngster along with a little bit of coltish behavior that will naturally wane with time.

Beach was just gelded at the end of November so he is still a bit tight behind and it looks like he may be going through a growth spurt right now because he is butt high and much more gangly in his movement than when he came. Being recently gelded means he cannot be turned out with mares, but Beach already has a turn out buddy (gelding) that he follows around, squealing like a little girl if his buddy tries to pick on him.

Unfortunately Beach is not RRP Makeover eligible because he doesn’t have a tattoo or any noted timed workouts.

Located in Marysville, OH.

View Lookout Beach on New Vocations.

Photo via New Vocations.

Photo via New Vocations.

Megnog (Northern Afleet – Blue Northern, by Top Account): 2009 16.1-hand Kentucky-bred mare

Megnog is a wonderfully sweet, smart mare. She’s a yes m’am kind of girl and naturally wants to do everything asked of her to the best of her ability, as shown in her success on the track. Her kind personality shines through in all aspects of her day to day routine. She’s easy to work with on the ground. She can be a bit bossy in turnout but has been bested by another mare so she is not always the leader.  Megnog is currently in a group of seven girls. She does not have any stall vices.

Meg is a straghtforward ride whom everyone enjoys working with. She always approaches her work with a positive attitude and is just fun to sit on. She is responsive and engaged with a nice open stride. She is suitable for all disciplines with an intermediate riders.

She banged her face which has been checked out by a veterinarian and is cleared for riding. It will just take some time for the swelling to go down in the meantime. She will likely have a small bump permanently.

Located in Lexington, KY.

View Megnog on New Vocations.

Weekend IG Roundup: Stable View & Three Lakes H.T.

How stunning are the sunrise photos coming out of this weekend’s horse trials? Stable View Aiken Opener and Three Lakes H.T. in Florida both enjoyed gorgeous weather, and horses and riders alike looked happy to be back out on course.

Stable View Aiken Opener H.T. [Website] [Results]

Three Lakes January H.T. [Website] [Results]

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Good morning from Stable View! I hope everyone has a good run this weekend! #equestrian #eventing #herewego #crosscountry

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Always a beautiful morning here! A photo posted by Ann Thal (@annthal) on

Good morning from Three Lakes Horse Trial:)

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Bfly A photo posted by Leigh McCue (@lm.photography_) on

A successful event in Aiken. A photo posted by Amy Thompson Harris (@amytharris) on

Sun, 70 degrees and Aiken Opener Horse Trials! #myviewfromstableview

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Beautiful day to be a spectator at the #Stableview season opener! #winterinaiken #eventinginsunnysc #corgisofinstagram


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It’s a shame she doesn’t like her job. #alwayssmiling


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Volcan de Caverie putting in a lovely test this morning! (25.0)

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what a great way to kick off the season :))


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Double Clear XC ! Go Frye baby! Pretty Like Me 6yo OTTB OT @ Stable View

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Course walking at the beautiful Three Lakes. I’m excited to get Cabs season underway! #eventingsunnyfl #eventlife #xc

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Not a bad way to start the year. #todaysoffice #travelswithamy #eventinglive


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Jump in the middle of a Live Oak. #hellyea #outstandinginafield #travelswithamy #todaysoffice


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#ClarkMontgomery #LoughanGlen

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First event of 2017: ✔️


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I like a cross country course with natural snacks. #eventinglive #travelswithamy #shoplocal

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Cant ask for a prettier setting! #xc #myothergreyirishman #eventing #blackhorsefarmil


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Such a fun weekend at Three Lakes horse trails! Shoutout to @fionarmccracken for this picture!


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Go Eventing.

#DogsOfEN: Pups on Parade

Where there are eventers, there are dogs. Let’s show them off! Tag your favorite pup pics on Instagram for inclusion in a future edition.

What better place to nap than a freshly cleaned Rambo #eventerproblems #jrt #dogs #dogsofen

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Corgi’s went xc schooling too #corgisofinstagram #dogsofen #makeamericacuteagain

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#puppysnowday #dogsofen #groot in snow #snowday #fun

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#grootwiththebigboys #donkeywalking #groot #dogsofen

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And … one cat for good measure!

Go Eventing.

USEF Learning Center Features Educational Videos from Top Eventers

The USEF launched a new video website, the US Equestrian Learning Center, yesterday aimed at educating equestrians of all disciplines and skill levels — eventers, included.

From the website:

Whether you’re new to equestrian sport, an experienced competitor, or someone who rides, drives, or vaults purely for fun, US Equestrian’s Learning Center is your source for knowledge and information from top athletes and equestrian experts. Members can access a vast library of videos featuring lessons and insider tips on a wide range of topics, including horse care, training, safety and welfare, the 29 breeds and disciplines that US Equestrian recognizes, and more. Donations to the US Equestrian Learning Center will help support new videos and educational content for fans and athletes alike.

A few previews of the eventing-centric videos:

Plus there are training videos with internationally successful dressage, hunter and jumper riders as well as grooms, vets and other equestrian professionals that many eventers will find applicable.
To watch the videos you must login with your USEF membership; for non-members, you can now do a Fan Membership for $25, which gets you access to the videos and other benefits of a full membership if you’re not competing.
Check out the US Equestrian Learning Center here.

Friday Video from World Equestrian Brands: Badminton Is Coming

Is it too early to start getting pumped for Badminton 2017? Nah! EN Badders correspondent Jenni already bought her plane ticket last week for this year’s event, May 3-7; if you’re thinking about going it’s not too early to start sorting your travel logistics.

This video features highlights from last year’s event, ranging from a classic Mark Todd sticky-britches moment on the cross country course to Michael Jung’s historic Rolex Grand Slam win. I don’t know how 2017 is going to top 2016 on the excitement spectrum but there’s a lot to look forward to — Badminton has a new course designer in Eric Winter, and of course British riders will all be looking to catch the eye of new team coach Chris Bartle.

Advance tickets just went on sale this week. For more information, visit the website here.

Save of the Week: Arden Stephens & Diablo

Arden Stephens’ new 5-year-old Diablo may be young but he has quite an opinion about things. The horse had been with Arden, an Area V young rider named to the 2017 Eventing 18 list, for three weeks when they decided to head out for some cross country schooling.

Diablo was being a bit exuberant, so Arden’s trainer Sydney Elliot was trying to slow down his feet and mind over a small wooden box.

Mom Carol explained what happened next: “Obviously small objects don’t interest Diablo much! … It seemed to just tick him off — think Diablo’s got a little sass!”

Arden did her best Phillip Dutton impression and managed to stay on the athletic youngster. Well-played, Arden!

Photo courtesy of Carol Stephens.

Photo courtesy of Carol Stephens.

Photo courtesy of Carol Stephens.

Photo courtesy of Carol Stephens.

Photo courtesy of Carol Stephens.

Photo courtesy of Carol Stephens.

Go Eventing.

Submit your “Save of the Week” photos and video to [email protected]!

#EventerSolutions: Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way

Event horses can be problems-solvers, too!

“Work smarter not harder” #horsesofinstagram #ottb #eventerproblems #equestrian #barnlife #horses

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Here’s your latest edition of #EventerSolutions, the series in which we spotlight some of your most inventive problem-solving masterpieces and determined DIY efforts. Be sure to tag your photos with the hashtag #EventerSolutions on social for inclusion in future editions!

Makeshift bandaid for when you slice your finger open trying to MacGyver a grazing muzzle #eventerproblems

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No water… No problem!!! #eventerproblems #eventersolutions #eventersdoitbetter

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Soaking old studs in coke. Feels like a science experiment. #rustystuds #eventerproblems

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Go Eventing.

Diabetes Can’t Keep Young Rider Hannah Hoehn out of the Start Box

Photo by Miranda Akins of Photography in Stride.

Photo by Miranda Akins of Photography in Stride.

Health is something that many eventers take for granted. We go about our days without having to think too much about it — we eat what we want, we ride and are physically active, and we experience well-being overall.
For 17-year-old Hannah Hoehn, however, maintaining health is perpetually at the forefront of her mind. At age 9 the young rider from North Canton, Ohio, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, and managing the disease in the years since has required a great deal of discipline. She wears a pump and digital monitor, has to test herself 15 times a day, and must time her eating perfectly before her rides at shows.
She has good days and tough ones, but everyone who knows Hannah’s positive attitude can make them hard to tell apart. For better or worse, she goes about day-to-day life without excuse or complaint.
Photo by Miranda Akins of Photography in Stride.

Photo by Miranda Akins of Photography in Stride.

In addition to managing the disease, she juggles school, high school cross country, mission work, a part-time job, and training her OTTB Seattle Grace under the tutelage of Karen Hornyak. The pair completed their first USEA event this summer, finishing 6th on their dressage score in Beginner Novice at South Farm H.T.
How does she do it? Fortunately she has an amazing support system in her family and friends and is herself a standup young woman with an incredible work ethic and enthusiasm for life.
We recently had the opportunity to catch up with Hannah about her health, horse and riding goals.

EN: Having diabetes clearly isn’t holding you back! How do you manage it?

“I have to admit getting diagnosed with such a big disease at such a young age can be quite intimidating but I have been able to do everything that any other kid does with the same ease. Before I do anything that requires a lot of energy such as riding, I normally check my blood sugar before I ride to make sure my blood sugar levels are OK and then afterwards to make sure they aren’t dropping.”

Photo by Miranda Akins of Photography in Stride.

Photo by Miranda Akins of Photography in Stride.

EN: Do you ever get frustrated? How do you get through the tough days?

“I’m not going to lie — I have gotten very frustrated with my diabetes, but I have had many years to figure out how to deal with those frustrating moments. Although at the time those moments seemed pretty frustrating, when I think back to them they weren’t as bad as I thought.

“I don’t know if you can necessarily call it luck, but I have always felt that I was truly lucky to only have gotten type 1 diabetes. Yes it definitely has negatives, but there are so many other diseases in the world that are much worse than the one I have. It’s highly manageable and for me, it has helped me become a healthier person because of it.”

EN: How did you get interested in eventing? 

“When I first started riding and training with my first trainer, he was basically teaching me the basics of riding, and didn’t do any showing or much of anything else. I received a lesson once a week on OTTBs that were a full hour away — my parents are incredibly supportive! — and the one ride once a week was the only time I sat on a horse. The trainer ended up passing away, and I wasn’t quite sure where to go after that.

“Horse friends of ours introduced us to my current trainer Karen Hornyak, who specializes in eventing, and my “horse mom” Margie Kinsinger. I had never heard of eventing before riding with Karen, but ever since my very first dressage lesson and schooling cross country, I was hooked!”

Photo by Miranda Akins of Photography in Stride.

Photo by Miranda Akins of Photography in Stride.

EN: What’s your favorite part of the sport?

“I love eventing because the people involved in this sport are like no other. I can always count on all of my eventing friends to be ringside cheering me on and congratulating me after a great ride or helping me keep a positive spirit after a ride that may not have gone the way I had planned. Complete strangers are always there to lend a helping hand or shout a good luck, and that goes a long way. Oh, and galloping over jumps with your horse isn’t so bad either!”

EN: Tell us about your horse.

“My horse’s name is Seattle Grace, AKA Kara, and she’s an OTTB. I’ve had her for just over a year, and I love every single thing about her.

“She acts much like a human and most times I’d rather be with her than most people. She loves her job and tries her heart out for me in everything she does. She can be sassy sometimes but she is incredibly smart and I have to pinch myself that I call her mine.

“We have created a pretty close bond in just the short year that I have had her and we can pretty much read each other’s minds. Her mindset, as she is an OTTB, is almost always “Mom, can we go galloping now?”

“We’ve had lots of fun together. Many days I love to take her to the trails behind our barn and just let her open up which is one of her favorite things to do. I have also introduced her to fox hunting. We have gone hunting with the Chagrin Valley Hunt Club multiple times and Kara really seems to enjoy it! It has really helped to develop our bond as there’s a lot of trust that we both put into each other. It also helps her become really good with figuring out her footing as the trails we go on aren’t always the easiest.”

Photo by Miranda Akins of Photography in Stride.

Photo by Miranda Akins of Photography in Stride.

EN: You completed your first USEA sanctioned event this summer. Tell us about that experience!

“Being able to go to my first USEA sanctioned event at South Farm, at one of my favorite places to compete, and to end on my dressage score, while also being able to have the chance to ride in the victory gallop at the end, is one of the coolest achievements I’ve experienced so far.

“We worked pretty hard for it and it was nice to see our hard work pay off. Many horses had trouble on cross country in our division so crossing the finish flags double clear was absolutely surreal. Like I said, I got pretty lucky to have such an incredible teammate.”

EN: What are your riding goals?

“As an eventer I have goals just as big as the jumps. I would love to top some of the Young Rider leaderboards as I move up the levels with my horse. If I happen to qualify for Young Riders along the way, I definitely wouldn’t complain!

“A few of my biggest goals include competing at many of the prestigious 4* events around the world, and someday standing on the podium representing the United States at the Olympics. My parents have also been incredibly supportive along the way and are helping me to accomplish these goals each and everyday by doing whatever they can.”

Photo by Miranda Akins of Photography in Stride.

Photo by Miranda Akins of Photography in Stride.

EN: When you’re not riding what are your other interests?

“Besides riding, I keep busy by running cross country for my school (it helps me keep a social life because we all know horses take up a lot of that!) It also keeps me pretty fit for my riding!”

EN: What advice would you share with others who are struggling to overcome obstacles?

“I have definitely had my good and bad days with overcoming obstacles. Although it’s very simple, the best advice that I can give is to just breath and relax, things will come. The journey can be a fun experience if you learn to breath and take time to enjoy things.

“No matter how much I wanted something to happen, whether it was with my blood sugar or with riding, it’s not just going to pop right out of nowhere and happen. It’s going to take a lot of work but eventually you will have it figured out. Learn to accept even the smallest amounts of improvement.”

Go Hannah. Go Eventing!

Tuesday Video from SpectraVET: Piggy French’s 4* Retirees Living the Good Life

It’s always heartwarming to see eventers paying back the horses who have served them so well by providing them with a happy, carefree home in their twilight years. British eventer Piggy French posted this sweet video of her two retired four-star horses, Jakata and Someday Soon, trotting around after her in their field. Clearly, they are fond of their former pilot!

Jakata, now 19, finished 16th at the 2010 WEG in Lexington, placed 2nd at Badminton in 2011, and had a top 10 finish at the European Championships the same year. His pasture mate Someday Soon, now 22 years old, placed 2nd at the European Championships in 2009, among other top results. One imagines them swapping real life tall tales when no humans are watching, trying to one-up each other: “This one time at Burghley ….”

Go Eventing.

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#EventerProblems Vol. 100: VOLUME 100, Y’ALL!

#EventerProblems, which became EN’s longest running series about 90 editions ago, has now officially crossed over into the realm of legend.

Happy 100th anniversary, #EventerProblems. Here’s to 100 more, I guess.

Is it drinking alone if there are horses in the barn and your dog is with you? #eventerproblems

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@ariatequestrian Challenge Contours and PJs- Let the boot breaking in process commence! #icantfeelmyfeet #eventerproblems

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Got a little mud on my boots! #stayedon #naughty #eventerproblems #wintersucks #wantstofly #santatryout #liftoff

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Christmas present to self: rubber boots. They seem to be working well. #eventerproblems

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Today we ignored the lovely 2’6″ vertical and chose to jump the 4′ standard instead. Twice. #eventerproblems

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What your tack and boots look like after a day of working horses in a wet arena! #eventerproblems

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Living that muddy foot-soaking life. #horsesofinstagram #ottb #hoofproblems #eventerproblems #elliotoarigato

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Horse college dorm decor… #collegelife #eventerproblems @jennifercjennings

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Go Eventing.

Monday Videos from Tredstep Ireland: Ocala Winter I H.T. Winners

David Frechette à la TheHorsePesterer was back in full swing over the weekend, shooting video at Ocala Winter I H.T. Check out this footage of the Intermediate and Prelim division winners!

See full results from the event here.

Open Intermediate: Buck Davidson and Carlevo (26.6)

Intermediate Horse: Leslie Law and Voltaire de Tre (37.0)

Intermediate Rider: Danielle Dichting Busbee and Fernhill Allure (41.0)

Open Prelim: Sable Giesler and Devil Munchkin (28.0)

Prelim Horse: Liz Halliday-Sharp and Cooley Caviar (25.0)

Prelim Rider: Natasha Knight and Harbour The Truth (33.5)

Go Eventing!

Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin

When OTTB shopping in the off-season, having an eye for a “diamond in the rough” can pay off in spades.

If you can look past a shaggy winter coat and a let-down physique, you just might find that the plain bay ex-racer you pick up today blossoms into a swan come springtime. Many trainers are also eager to unload horses on the cheap this time of year — see the first horse on our Wishlist, All My Memories, who needs a new home stat as his trainer’s plan to take him south to race fell through and he’s now stranded without a job in New York.

Can you spot your next eventing superstar in this week’s batch of OTTBs?

Photo via Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds.

Photo via Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds.

All My Memories (Elusive Quality – Regal Engagement, by Cat Thief): 2011 17-hand Kentucky-bred gelding

All My Memories needs a new home ASAP! The track has closed and All My Memories was supposed to go to Puerto Rico to continue racing. The trainer taking him could not afford the shipping and All My Memories was left without a backup plan.

He is located at a farm very close to the Finger Lakes Race Track in Farmington, New York, and can be seen by appointment there. “Memories” is described as a character with a TON of personality! It is reported that he can be strong at times but is never aggressive or naughty. He is playful and likes to have toys in his stall to chew and bounce around.

Memories knows when it is time to work and is all business on the track. His trainer reports that he is not nervous or spooky, has no bad habits or vices. Memories has been a successful racehorse earning over $139,000 in his 34 starts with five wins, seven seconds, and two thirds. He is a classy Darley bred by Elusive Quality out of a Cat Thief mare. He was a $120,000 two year old!

His trainer reports that he is sound but is currently brewing an abscess. X-rays were taken to ensure there was nothing else going on and they are available to interested parties. It is not often to get a gelding this big, well built, and well bred at this bargain of a price! A fabulous opportunity for a rider looking for an RRP prospect!

View All My Memories on Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds.

Photo via Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds.

Photo via Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds.

Neveramomentspeace (Prime Timber – Moment of Peace, by Explosive Red): 2009 16.2-hand New York bred gelding

This big homebred son of Prime Timber is a great prospect for eventing, hunter paces, trails, pleasure and all around fun with a horse. You will be able to get his whole history from his breeder/owner/trainer, who praised this boy as a very sound horse, easy going, great to handle and ride.

He is ready to find his homebred a new home and career because this year he just isn’t racing as well as he used to. Neveramomentspeace has had a well spaced 35 starts, with winters and springs off to enjoy life at his breeder/owner’s farm, so there’s a lot less wear and tear on him than one might find on other 7 year olds. He turns out well with a group of horses, and he also has been so sound that he’s never had any injections or other special treatments.

Prime Timber (from the Cox’s Ridge sire line) is coveted as a sire of horses with great minds who are athletic and durable, and can jump. FLF has placed several of them, and they are excelling in eventing, in fox hunting, on trails, and in other disciplines. For his jog video Neveramomentspeace showed a big step with good engagement from behind — we can see him loving cross country!

View Neveramomentspeace on Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds.


Photo via Second Stride.

Valerino (Candy Stripes – Valeriana, by Liloy (FR)): 2015 14.2-and-growing Argentinian bred gelding

Young handsome fellow looking for a person! He is a blank slate ready to start in any athletic career. Out of an El Corredor/In Excess (Ireland) line mare. He came from a rescue situation this past summer.

Located at Moserwood Farm in Prospect, Kentucky. His handlers have started him out learning new skills. He’s a nice, clean sport horse slate to bring along for any discipline.

He’s been legally turned over to the Second Stride program and is ready for a new beginning.

View Valerino on Second Stride.

Weekend Instagram Roundup: Back in the Game at Ocala Winter I H.T.

The first horse trial of 2017, Ocala Winter I H.T., is in the books! Scrolling through social media it is clear to see how happy all of this year’s eventing trailblazers were to be back out in their element.

We rounded up a few of your Instagram pics from the weekend, but first, we couldn’t resist kicking things off with this Facebook post:

Leslie found someone’s very fancy knickers in the xc warm up!!!! Someone’s having a much more exciting day then us!!!

Posted by Lesley Leslie Grant-Law on Sunday, January 8, 2017

Wow, what a way to start off the season! See full results from the weekend here.

First horse trial of the year! #eventingsunnyfl #ocala #teamllgeventing

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the pretty prince #Malachy

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I love @hanniesue ! Great time volunteering today at Ocala 1

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Another blue ribbon for Princess Maizey today after being super on XC at her second intermediate. #fernhillallure

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Go Eventing.

Chilli Morning Retiring to Become Britain’s Most Eligible Eventing Bachelor

William Fox-Pitt and Chilli Morning. Photo by Jenni Autry. William Fox-Pitt and Chilli Morning. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Having nothing left to prove in his career as an event horse, William Fox-Pitt’s incredible partner Chilli Morning is now moving on to the next phase of his life, retiring to stand at stud for his first full season.

Chilli Morning needs no introduction, but we’ll give him a brief one anyway. William Fox-Pitt campaigned the now 17-year-old Brandenburg stallion (Phantomic X Koralle, by Kolibri), bred in Germany by Rainer Schicketanz and owned by Christopher Stone, to tremendous success at the 4* Championship level. The pair’s accolades include claiming individual bronze and team silver at WEG in 2014, winning Badminton CCI4* in 2015 and, for his swan song, finishing 12th at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. 

“Chilli’s” home will be West Kingston Stud, located just four miles south of his Badminton stomping grounds in the Cotswold countryside. He’s not new to the breeding thing, but 2017 will mark his first full season at stud.

William Fox-Pitt and Chilli Morning. Photo by Jenni Autry.

William Fox-Pitt and Chilli Morning. Photo by Jenni Autry.

His offspring are already following in their father’s footsteps. The youngsters have earned Elite and First Premium scores at BEF Futurity evaluations; Pentire Chilli Edge holds the record for the highest score ever in the eventing section, having been awarded a 9.46 as a foal in 2013. Older offspring are holding their own in international competition — a few examples:

Chillis Gem, winner at Intermediate and 7th at Le Lion 7-year-old World Championships in 2016
Jalapeno, winner at the CIC2* level, completed Blenheim CIC3* in 2016
Chilli Knight, winner at Novice and 3rd at the Gatcombe CIC* at age 6
Wickstead Kangaroo, 2nd at the Gatcombe CIC*
King Robert II, winner at Novice and 5th at Bicton CIC*

Stateside Chilli offspring include West Coast eventer Andrea Baxter’s Coronado, a 2-year-old colt out of Andrea’s former Rolex mount Estrella –it looks like he inherited some good genes and will be an exciting one to watch for the future! Click here to check out out EN’s story on Andrea and her breeding program.

Coronado (Chilli Morning x Estrella). Photo courtesy of Andrea Baxter.

Coronado (Chilli Morning x Estrella). Photo courtesy of Andrea Baxter.

Want a Chilli baby? Breeding is available via fresh, chilled and frozen semen — visit the West Kingston Stud website here (not yet updated with Chilli Morning breeding info but check back soon) or Facebook page here.

We Are Closer Than Ever Before to Eventing Year-Round

Photo by Sally Spickard. Photo by Sally Spickard.

Can you believe the 2017 competition season is already firing up? This weekend’s Ocala Winter I H.T. marks the first event of the year. And if you feel like it was only yesterday that we were drawing the curtain on the 2016 season, you’re only 33 days off the mark.

The gap between the final event of 2016 and the first of 2017 is 34 days, the shortest in history thanks to the addition of Sporting Days H.T. IV on Dec. 3 (previously Pine Top Thanksgiving H.T. was the final event of the year). The gap has been 40 days exactly every year between 2009-2010 and 2015-2016, 39 days in 2008-2009, and 46 or 47 between 2005-2006 and 2007-2008. Which is to say, this year’s gap is two weeks shorter than it was a decade ago. 

There are, of course, more winter events on the calendar now as well — seven January events in 2017 (Ocala, Stable View x 2, Three Lakes, Poplar Place, Full Gallop and Rocking Horse) compared to three in 2007 (Ocala, Pine Top and Poplar Place). Correspondingly, there are more events on the Area 3 calendar year-round — 59 in 2017 compared to 43 in 2007.

And demand for them is clearly strong. There are 197 entries in this weekend’s Ocala event, down over 50 from last year but a healthy-size early season event nonetheless.

With Pine Top Advanced, CIC3,CIC2*, CIC1* & H.T. (Feb. 23-26) within striking distance, it’s easy to understand riders’ eagerness to get the ball rolling with warm-up horse trials. In contrast 10 years ago the first FEI event of the year, Red Hills, took place a full month later than our first FEI event of 2017. Of note: the first full Advanced horse trial of the season is still today, as it was a decade ago, held at Rocking Horse around three weeks into February.

Is the diminishing of a defined “off season” a good thing or a bad thing? Ultimately, perhaps, like so many aspects of our sport, the responsibility is on riders to act in their horses’ best interest. Just because there are more events available to us doesn’t mean we have to compete more.

So … who has the honor of being the very first eventer to canter up the centerline at a USEA event in 2017? When the clock strikes 7:45 a.m. tomorrow, it will be Buck Davidson on Carvelo in Ocala’s Intermediate division. Savannah Fulton and Mocha Swirl will be the first of the year to leave a cross country startbox, striking out on the Training course at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday.

Go Eventing!

Tuesday Video from SpectraVET: Training with Dutch Eventer Alice Naber-Lozeman

We eventers jump all manner of obstacles — water, ditches, table, brush — so we surely should be able to clear a little language barrier!

This subtitled video goes into the schooling ring with Dutch eventer Alice Naber-Lozeman, who represented the Netherlands in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Her Olympic mount, ACSI Peter Parker, is featured in the video.

It’s always fascinating to hear what’s going through a top rider’s head as they train, and surprising to be reminded that when it comes to horses we are all trying to speak the same language.

Thanks to Dutch equestrian vlogger Feline de Jonge for sharing! She also posted a tour of Alice’s barn here. You can follow Feline’s YouTube channel here, and learn more about Alice’s Eventing School at her Facebook Page.

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Turning the Lens on Kasey Mueller: An Adult Amateur Inspiration

Photo by Cindy Lawler. Photo by Cindy Lawler.

Leslie Threlkeld’s year-end post 10 Eventers Who Inspired Us in 2016 and its reader-suggested sequel Six Eventers You Were Inspired By in 2016 are well worth the read, if you haven’t already.

I thoroughly enjoyed helping brainstorm the list, and I loved that our readers leapt in to give credit where credit is due. The annual series is a wonderful opportunity to recognize the people and stories that have uplifted our spirits and our sport throughout the past 12 months.

EN’s list was a group effort, and it’s likely that the names of individuals included were already familiar to our readers. Every one of us, however, could probably assemble an individual list of our own as well, and I know my own personal one would include some names that haven’t necessarily made it into the headlines this year.

Sometimes the people that affect you most profoundly aren’t heavy-hitters in the traditional sense, but individuals who, even through some unassuming comment or small gesture or random act of kindness, remind you what it’s all about.

For me, Kasey Mueller is one of those people. A lifelong horse addict who scraped and saved for every equestrian learning opportunity, Kasey took up eventing just three years ago after having been enamored by the sport for years.

In addition to competing her handsome golden gelding, a former Amish cart horse named James Blonde, at the Novice level, Kasey is a talented freelance photographer who has been sharing her stunning photographs with EN for several years. Most recently her work appears in the January 2017 issue of Heels Down Magazine. (Check out the website for her photography, Rare Air Eventing Photography, here.)

Photo by Cindy Lawler.

Photo by Cindy Lawler.

I’ve literally only met the woman twice, while covering Richland Park in 2015 and 2016, but both times she has struck me as an embodiment of all that is good about this sport. And not just because she is the patron saint of equestrian journalists, helping me with my camera on both occasions and surprising the USEA’s hardworking Shelby Allen and I with cold drinks and snacks at the end of a long cross country day.

Kasey’s passion for eventing shines through in everything she does, although it’s unclear which activity brings Kasey more joy — actually eventing or photographing other people eventing! But thankfully she has found a way to embrace them both in one fell swoop.

Buck Davison and Park Trade drop into the Head of the Lake at Rolex 2013. Photo by Kasey Mueller/Rare Air Photography.

Buck Davison and Park Trade drop into the Head of the Lake at Rolex 2013. Photo by Kasey Mueller/Rare Air Photography.

“For years I have photographed horses and their people, and I have enjoyed living vicariously through them,” she explains. “In 2013 I started competing in horse trials at the lower levels myself. I love the rush, the adrenalin and the partnership with my little Palomino partner.

“I have a passion — to capture/create memories for eventers and their fans at every level of the sport. I get excited before every horse trial, Pony Club outing or horse show, wondering who and what I will see and capture that day. I hope that the memories of the competitions, including the adrenaline rushes and the smiles, live on for my subjects, every time they see themselves in one of my pictures.”

Kasey Mueller, you are the sweetest to send me this beautiful photo and many others. What an amazing surprise! Thank you…

Posted by Hannah Sue on Monday, December 12, 2016

“I appreciate every horse and rider that I see,” she says. “And if you notice a photographer outside of the ropes on cross country shouting ‘Great ride!’ after you negotiate a tricky question — it is probably me.”

For as many times as Kasey’s name has appeared in a photo credit on this website, I think it’s only fitting that we pull her out from behind the curtain for once and shove her into the spotlight. A couple weeks ago an RNS video of her ride at Richland Park popped up on my YouTube feed, and I knew I had to seize the opportunity to embarrass her!

I can’t get enough of the footage of their cross country run — Kasey’s grin leaving the startbox, her horse’s “lemme at it, mum!” gameface, and that beautiful, balanced forward step down the hill from #4 to #5 had me shouting ‘Great ride!’ at my laptop screen. They ran into a little trouble at #12A, a half-coffin, but came back strong and finished with a smile.

Thank you, Kasey, for being you. Go Eventing.

Let’s Discuss: What Are Your Goals for 2017?

Courtney Cooper and Who's A Star. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld. Courtney Cooper and Who's A Star. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Research has shown that writing down your goals substantially increases your chances of achieving them — check out this goals research study by Dr. Gail Matthews of California’s Dominican University. We all know that horses have a knack for crashing even the most well-laid plans but, as Sally Cousins explained in her EN post “Mistaking Mistakes” this morning, fear of failure shouldn’t stop us from trying.

The beginning of a New Year always feels like a fresh opportunity to identify our goals and create a path for achieving them. So what are yours, and how are you going to get there? Share in the comments section below! In writing them please know that you are supported by the EN community — this is a safe space for even the biggest dreams.

A couple inspiring posts from top riders to get your head in the game:

Like most people the time around New Years is a time to reflect and figure out where you have been, where are you going…

Posted by Courtney Cooper on Sunday, January 1, 2017

Quoted from Phyllis Dawson, “In the coming year, may you dream outrageously, live exceptionally, and embrace…

Posted by Elisa Wallace on Sunday, January 1, 2017

Monday Video from Tredstep Ireland: Get in Shape After the Holidays with Evention

Who needs a gym membership when you’ve got a barn aisle?

If you’re ready to get back in shape after an overindulgent holiday season, or if you just need a good belly laugh (it’s good for the abs, right?), we’ve got your hookup. This 2013 Evention episode is an oldie but a goodie, and just might help jumpstart your own New Year’s fitness routine:

Evention is produced by Jimmie and Dom Shramm of Schramm Equestrian and is filmed by Right Start Photography.

Go Eventing!

Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin

First things first, join us in giving a slightly belated happy birthday shoutout to all the Thoroughbreds out there!

Random Thoroughbred trivia: The universal Jan. 1 birthday is applicable only to Thoroughbreds in the Northern Hemisphere; in the Southern Hemisphere, the universal birthday is August 1.

Happy Birthday to the cutest, most wonderful Thoroughbred on the planet #everybodyloveslouie #tbbday

A photo posted by Mary Hollis Baird (@littlestbaird) on

Happy 32nd birthday to my perfect old lady!

Posted by Jill Henneberg on Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy Birthday to all my OTTBs out there!!! #GoAlGo #eighteenandcounting #warhorse #americanmade #americaFTW

Posted by Lainey Ashker on Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy birthday to this cast of characters!

Ari, 1999
Lyra, 1999
Doc, 2001
Captain, 2003
Marquis, 2008
Pippin, 2010

Posted by Lauren Romanelli on Sunday, January 1, 2017

For this week’s edition of OTTB Wishlist, we’re spotlighting three lady OTTBs in the market for a new career. Could one of them be your next event horse?

Photo via Finger Lakes Finest.

Photo via Finger Lakes Finest.

Rosey Bay (Golden Missile – Baymont, by Wild Again): 2013 15.3-hand New York-bred filly

Finger Lakes Finest reports that this cute little filly is just as sweet and cuddly as she can be! She has a lovely, balanced build with a beautiful shoulder and powerful hind end, and is still a growing youngster.

She started her racing career on the NYRA circuit where she didn’t enjoy much success, so she got shipped to Finger Lakes to face softer competition. She did break her maiden in September of this year, but the connections have decided to call it a day and not bring her back to the races next year. She is described as sound and she showed a nice, springy jog. FLF commented on how adorable she is, and quiet to boot. Start working with her now to prepare for the 2017 RRP.

View Rosey Bay on Finger Lakes Finest.

Photo via Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds.

Photo via Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds.

Confederate Bay (Patriot Act – Am Senorita, by Miswaki): 2011 15.3-hand New York-bed mare

The trainer of this compact powerhouse couldn’t say enough good things about her. She describes her as very kind and with a temperament that would be desirable around children. She had a knee which has been rehabbed and sports some osselets which are set and cold. As part of her training regimen, she swims in the pool on the backside as well as galloping on the track.

Since her only win on the track almost a year and a half ago, she has not shown that she’s likely to visit the winner’s circle again. While she was posing for FLF, they were remarking on her chunky build and compact barrel. She has a powerful and enormous shoulder and a matching hind end. FLF was surprised and happy to see that she has cute movement with some suspension, moving lightly on her feet. Don’t hesitate to call about this “good doer.”

View Confederate Bay on Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds.

Photo via Second Stride.

Photo via Second Stride.

Who’s the Girl (Artie Schiller – Diboll’s Slew, by Theatrical (IRE)): 2012 17-hand Kentucky-bred filly

Estimated at 17 hands. Officially bay, but with what appears to be heavy rabicano, a form of sabino that will not gray out as she ages, or a type of roan that won’t gray out.

Ready for a new job! Never raced. She was in race training but started late due to her extreme size. She proceeded to long works but didn’t show enough speed for racing. An upper level competitor may want to scope her, but she is said to be sound, kind and a lovely mother to her one foal, a light bay with chrome. Nice, big, sweet mare.

Located at Moserwood Farm in Prospect, Kentucky.

View Who’s the Girl on Second Stride.

Event Horse Names, Part 10: What’s for Breakfast?

Ashlyn Durelle and Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Photo by Amy Vanderluit.

Ashlyn Durelle and Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Photo by Amy Vanderluit.

Top o’ the morning to you, Eventing Nation! What better way to ease into the day than with a breakfast-themed edition of “Event Horse Names”?

This edition was inspired by Arizona eventer Ashlyn Durelle’s horse Cinnamon Toast Crunch. We asked her about him.

“He got his name because when I was little Cinnamon Toast Crunch was my favorite cereal and his coat was a cinnamon color!” she says.

The 20-year-old solid paint gelding was originally trained in western pleasure but for the past five years he and 12-year-old Ashley have been learning the ropes of eventing together.

“Our relationship is the best,” Ashlyn says. “I would do anything for him and I love him more than anything!”

This year Ashlyn and her cinnamon steed made the big move up to Novice, finishing their year with a green ribbon at the Coconino Novice Three-Day Event and a double-clear cross country round at Galway Downs earlier this month.

Go Ashlyn and Cinnamon Toast Crunch! And allow us to introduce you to your breakfast event horse brethren, as culled from the USEA Horse Database. Enjoy!


In case you missed them, check out these previous editions of Event Horse Names: Authors, Books & CharactersBattle of the BoozeThe Empire BusinessMonster TrucksCelebritiesSnowSt. Paddy’s DayFourth of July and Christmas.

Go Eventing.

Flashback Friday Video from World Equestrian Brands: Worst EN Videos of 2016

EN has grown up at least somewhat since the days of publisher John literally running cross country courses with his v1.0 iPhone, dispensing half-baked commentary atop a truly vom-inducing live video experience. Immersion journalism! We’ll take you there! You might throw up, but you’ll feel like you’re there, on that course, chit-chatting and frolicking along!

The event world hadn’t seen anything like John’s “worst video ever” series before, and they weren’t sure that they wanted to ever again.

Fast forward: the blog John was running out his mom’s basement eventually blossomed into a real website with actual street cred. We got a little more professional. The quality of our writing, photos and videos improved.

But … what has been seen cannot be unseen, and we still have our bad days. Days when, in our quest to convey the sensory details of an experience, we take things one step too far.

Like when John and I decided to run the Rolex 5K:

Or I thought it would be fun to go film some super drunk party people at Boekelo:

Still haven’t upchucked your cookies? Try this video of Chinch riding a dirt bike at The Fork:

Chinch on the move, dirtbike style. #thefork #chinchstagram #ridindirty

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Or this one of Chinch on a boat at Carolina International, if you’re prone to being seasick:

Well, this is officially the scariest obstacle on course. #chinchgoescanoeing #teamkangaroo #carolinainternational

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One more for the win in categories of “surprise ending” and “overall disorientation”: Are we in a VIP tent? Are we on the cross country course? Is there a cross country course IN the VIP tent? What is going on?!

Ryan Wood and Curran Simpson’s Woodstock Bennett through the VIP tent at the Wellington #EventingShowcase

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Well, it’s been fun puking with you, EN. Here’s to keeping a steadier hand on the wheel in 2017. JK! Never! Go Eventing!