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#EventerFailFriday: Trust Me, I’m a Professional

I’m sure I’m not the only horse show photographer who keeps a little black book of fail pics. If you spend enough time watching horses jump through the lens of a camera, you’re bound to rack ’em up. For the most part mine is a private collection; riders aren’t always stoked to have their least dignified moments immortalized on the Internet. Every now and again, though, you snap a fail that’s just too good to keep to yourself.

Like this one from last weekend’s GMHA Festival of Eventing, from Joan Davis of Flatlandsfoto. You know I’m a jaded, terrible person because my first thought was, “I sure hope that iPhone was OK.”

And this one, posted by Chronicle of the Horse reporter Ann Glavan in advance of last week’s hallowed Pony Finals — not a fail necessarily, but a first-rate “oh crap” face nonetheless. The Chronicle‘s #MissedItMondays pics on Instagram are a real highlight of my week, more proof that I am a horrible person, so be sure to follow them if you are, too.

Ah, Pony Finals week. May the odds ever be in your favor, kids 😂😂😂

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Next up, you better believe that Amy Dragoo of AK Dragoo Photography has seen some things out there that cannot be unseen. Luckily she has a wicked sense of humor to match.

But no one, probably, has captured more epic fail than Nico Morgan of Nico Morgan Photography. Between hunt field derring-do and the upped-ante of UK eventing, that man could curate a museum exhibit with all his photos of misses and mishaps.

A bit of excitement for Denis Mesples during the trot up on Wednesday.

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“It wasn’t a great idea” … I’m dying. Steer clear of 5-foot tall metal gates, EN, and Go Eventing!

On the Fence about the AEC? 7 Reasons to Get That Entry in Today!

Jr. Beginner Novice 14 & Under competitors Hannah Sullivan and Nebraska are clear over the final cross country fence at the 2017 AEC. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Closing date for the 2018 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC), presented by Nutrena Feeds, is today! Still hemming and hawing about whether to enter the event, to be held Aug. 29-Sept. 2 in Parker, Colorado? I’ve attended the AEC at its past four locations (Illinois, Georgia, Texas, North Carolina) in various capacities (rider, friend, coach, press), and I can’t recommend the experience highly enough.

Maybe this year’s AEC is off the beaten path for you geographically, but it’s well worth the trek — a true destination event. You better believe I’m heading to the 15th annual edition, and I don’t want you guys to miss out!

Here are seven reasons to just put that entry in already:

  1. You earned it. You worked hard, you qualified (see AEC qualified riders and horses), and now it’s time to go enjoy the victory lap of your successful season. Don’t miss the opportunity to test yourself against horses and riders from around the country for the chance to earn the ultimate title of National Champion.
  2. It’s the feel-good event of the year. The USEA goes above and beyond to make sure competitors and their peeps have a fun, celebratory and memorable experience. Hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and prizes + swag galore + parties every evening = why would you miss this, seriously?
  3. It’s a picture-perfect venue. Just imagine your cross country photos with the dramatic Rocky Mountains looming in the background! Feel the sun on your back and the alpine wind on your face! The Colorado Horse Park is a beautiful, first-class facility with a variety of amenities to make horses and riders alike feel at home — visit the website here.
  4. Bring the whole barn. In addition to championship divisions, the event includes non-championship “festival classes” from Beginner Novice through Preliminary. There’s even an Intro level with an optional ditch and water jump. Comparable to normal horse trial divisions as far as cost, prizes and difficulty (they will run the same Tremaine Cooper-designed courses as the AEC divisions but with some non-championship options), the festival classes offer non-qualified horses the chance to gain experience in a big show atmosphere.
  5. Bring the whole family. The Colorado Horse Park is located less than an hour outside Denver, one of the U.S.’s friendliest, cleanest and most colorful cities, and outdoorsy activities abound in the area. With a little creativity you can convince that fam that this isn’t just an event, it’s a vacation. If the long road trip is a sticking point, look into budget airlines — my flight from Knoxville to Denver was $206 through Frontier.
  6. It’s more than JUST an event. The AEC is a panoramic view of eventing as it exists here in the U.S. — the pyramid-shaped representation of Beginner Novice to Advanced level riders, the connective tissue that exists between amateurs and pros, the sport’s sweeping geographic scope, and the heroic roles performed by organizers, volunteers and supporters.
  7. It’s an opportunity to give back. Speaking of volunteers, the AEC is in need of some. Can you lend a helping hand? Volunteering is a great way to show your support for the sport you love; AEC helpers will be provided with goodies including coffee and donuts, lunch and 2018 AEC hats. Sign up through the Eventing Volunteers portal to make your hours credible with the USEA Volunteer Incentive Program (VIP). Teamwork makes the dream work!

For more information, visit the AEC website. Ready to enter? Excellent choice. Check out the Omnibus listing here and enter via Xentry here.


#DogsOfEN: Barn Life Is Ruff

Barn dogs work hard and play hard, and by extension they must nap hard. We are loving these pics of knackered pups.

So what exactly is it that they’re doing out there that has them so exhausted? Well, lots of very important stuff, thank you very much. A few examples …

He's a mini cheetah #rossthepup #fastasthewind #dogsofen

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✨Supervising the day✨ #weldon #barndog #barnsupervisor #dogsofinstagram #dogsofen

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I spy with my little eye… a little barn dog in the making 💗

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Where there are horse people, there are dogs — and we love showing them off! Here’s your latest batch of canine Instagram pics, plus a few other assorted friendly barnyard creatures because we’re equal opportunity like that.

Be sure to tag your ‘Grams with #DogsOfEN for inclusion in a future edition!

Go Eventing.

Weekend Winners: GMHA, Fair Hill, WindRidge, Otter Creek, Woodside, Area VII YR Benefit

The competition was HOT out there this weekend! Big, shiny blue ribbons were doled to deserving recipients at five events around the vast Eventing Nation.

Gotta give a shout-out to EN’s own Jenni Autry, who finished 4th in a division of Training at Fair Hill International in her debut outing with new stud-muffin Imperial Striker (“Derry”). Great to see Jenni partnered with such a cool ride. Just one spot above them in the placings was EN blogger extraordinaire Holly Covey, who finished 3rd with Tully Cross Hamish. Way to represent, team!

First show with a new horse … always an adventure! Derry is a pretty cool customer at home, and he perked right up at Fair Hill today. 28.0 is a personal best for me in dressage, and there is so much more there once we polish up the test. We have been working hard to get him more in front of the leg for show jumping, and needless to say we did not have that problem today! He was raring to go and had an exuberant two rails down, but that was forgiven on cross country. He was absolutely foot perfect and cruised around well inside the time to finish 4th. It's a bummer to know he would have won without the rails, but today was a big step forward in building our partnership. THANK YOU to @domschramm @jimmiehschramm @joshautry @gailmink @emilylehman21 @riverrunak for slogging through a very hot and humid day. Shoutout to @jprettyman_ for getting it done with Cooley Mullingar 💪 Thank you to @stevenjberkowitz for the fabulous photo. Onwards and upwards! 🍀🦄

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An extra special shout-out to our lowest scoring winner in the country this weekend, Kristen Davignon with Fürst Floid. The pair handily won the Senior Novice division on their dressage score of 19.3 at the Area VII Young Rider Benefit H.T. in Centralia, Washington.

Shelby Allen rounded up the weekend’s Intermediate and one-star winners in this post yesterday, so be sure to check that out. And now, here’s the complete winner roster!

GMHA Festival of Eventing August H.T.  [Website] [Results]
CIC One Star: Holly Jacks Smither & Finely Brewed (27.3)
Open Intermediate: Anna Loschiavo & Prince Renan (34.6)
Open Preliminary: Buck Davidson Jr. & Gaya (32.4)
Preliminary/Training: Denise Goyea & Quickest (27.5)
Junior Training: Katerina Garcia-Chope Samba Dromo (32.6)
Open Training: Sharon White & Juneau (26.3)
Training Rider: Ann Grenier & Almost Famous (29.8)
Junior Novice-A: Rachel Hoar & Lanzz (30.5)
Junior Novice-B: Erin Sheehan & Sharp Dressed Man (24.5)
Junior Novice – Weekend: Sam Curtis & Cooley Cut Copy (25.7)
Novice Rider-A: Karen Dronzek & Sportsfield Jinx (23.6)
Novice Rider-B: Ashley Miller & Irish Sea (22.6)
Novice Rider – Weekend: Andrea Brainard & Watson’s Beijing (27.9)
Open Novice: Kristin Schlachter & Backgammon (27.9)
Open Novice – Weekend: Marcia Kulak & Gran Torino (25.0)
Beginner Novice Rider-A: Michele Marrin & Patient Investor (27.0)
Beginner Novice Rider-B: Tori Donaghue & Otto Rocket (30.3)
Junior Beginner Novice-A: Anna Meretei & Fernhill Danforth (27.5)
Junior Beginner Novice-B: Katie Sheehan & Big Sexy (22.5)
Open Beginner Novice: Ro Nelson & Curious George (24.5)

Enjoy this gallery of GMHA winners courtesy of the talented Joan Davis of Flatlandsfoto.

Fair Hill International H.T.  [Website] [Results]
Intermediate-A: Lexi Scovil & Chico’s Man VDF Z (32.4)
Intermediate-B: Boyd Martin & Kyra (24.6)
Junior Young Riders Open Preliminary: Benjamin Noonan & Keep Kitty (29.1)
Preliminary-A: Phillip Dutton & Concord Dawn (25.9)
Preliminary-B: Boyd Martin & Wabanaki (25.4)
Preliminary Rider: Hannah Simmons & Ducati III (38.2)
Junior Open Training: Emma Hilt & The Blues Man (30.2)
Training-A: Meghan O’Donoghue & Sun Nature (23.9)
Training-B: Mike Pendleton & Woodstock Easy (25.9)
Training-C: Hillary Moses & Save Magic (28.2)
Training Rider-A: Sarah Choate & Cooley Blue (32.5)
Training Rider-B: Kim Russell Jordan & Alpengeist (28.3)
Junior Open Novice: Natalie Tedeschi & Jitter Bug (21.7)
Novice-A: Jenny Caras & Riverview Starboy (23.8)
Novice-B: Elizabeth Stewart & Innsbruck VDO (24.1)
Novice Rider-A: Lauren Chumley & Santa Barbara Dash (19.8)
Novice Rider-B: Cami Pease & Vibrant (26.9)

Amazing weekend at Fair Hill Horse Trials for Team PDF! 4 horses, 0 jump penalties, and 4 ribbons! Chloe rocked around the prelim adding only a few time penalties to her dressage score to finish in 6th. Dawson finally cracked into the 20’s in dressage and added nothing to his score to finish 6th in the Training. James was a bit sassy in dressage but was a total beast in show jumping and cross country to finish in 7th place in the Novice. This little red headed pocket rocket is going to need some bigger jumps soon! So proud of my three kids and the progress they’ve made so far this year! Super-groom @skceventer has the best result of the weekend with a WIN in the Training Rider division! Sarah’s been working so hard to form a partnership with Oliver and it’s awesome to see their hard work pay off! So proud of you Sarah 😘🎉🥇 Thank you to our amazing sponsors who help make successful weekends like this one possible! #eventing #superweekend #teamblue @triplecrownfeed @revitavetofficial @eqyss @horsequencher @decopony @stubbenna @equinecomfortproducts @cooleyfarmhorses #guardianhorsebedding

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WindRidge Farm Summer H.T. [Website] [Results]
Preliminary: John Michael Durr & SL Belly (28.8)
Training-A: John Michael Durr & VFE Saphira (31.2)
Training-B: Cindy Phillips & 3rd Times The Charm (31.0)
Training-C: Jamie Miess & Gentleman Barton (35.0)
Novice-A: Sara Beth Anton & Q Course (27.9)
Novice-B: Harley Austin & Sword of Ireland (25.7)
Novice-C: Devon Tresan & I Am Superman (27.6)
Novice CT: Alison Kroviak & Dolce (29.1)
Beginner Novice-A: Lauren Bergrud & Finally (26.9)
Beginner Novice-B: Sara Beth Anton & Vision Quest (23.9)
Beginner Novice CT: Kennedy Smith & Bradson Ralph (35.3)
Starter: Elisabth Larson & Peter Pan (35.6)

Otter Creek Summer H.T. [Website] [Results]
Open Intermediate: Genevieve Faith Burned You Too (61.8)
Open Preliminary: Alexis Anderson & Holly Golightly (65.0)
Junior Training Rider: Kate McGown & Encore (40.5)
Open Training: Matthew Trynoski & The Gidget (34.1)
Preliminary/Training: Kristine Burgess & Thorondor (40.5)
Senior Training Rider: Mark Ward & Juniper (43.5)
Junior Novice Rider: Natalie Hazen & Caalif Elmy (30.5)
Open Novice: Bernard Morauw & VC Atilla (25.6)
Senior Novice Rider-A: Morgan Risseeuw & Farina VT (37.3)
Senior Novice Rider-B: Kristin Kubsch & CMF Royal Diamond (22.6)
Junior Beginner Novice Rider: Emily Hedberg & Mr. Mile High (28.0)
Open Beginner Novice: Todd Wulf & Kando (27.8)
Senior Beginner Novice Rider: Alisha Flohr & C.Sincerity (29.3)
Starter Beginner Novice-A: Heather Salden & Sobella (30.3)
Starter Beginner Novice-B: Meaghan Kelley & Sierra’s Goldmine (30.5)

The Summer Event at Woodside [Website] [Results]
Open Intermediate: Helen Bouscaren & Ebay (32.7)
Open Preliminary-A: Meg Pellegrini & Ganymede (27.6)
Open Preliminary-B: Jordan Linstedt & Revitavet Capato (23.7)
Jr. Training Rider: Haley Turner & Orion’s Sweet Rubio (28.2)
Open Training: Ruth Bley & Frankfurt (26.6)
Sr. Training Rider-A: Ruth Bley & Spartacus D’L’Herbage (28.9)
Sr. Training Rider-B: Rebecca Severt & Zena (25.5)
Jr. Novice Rider: Sophie Dever & Clever Notion (28.6)
Novice Amateur: Golly Martin & Kaptain Jak (26.0)
Novice Horse: Amber Levine & High Life (27.6)
Open Novice: Bella Silveira & Celeste (26.2)
Sr. Novice Rider: Tori Traube & Coupe De Ville (26.4)
Jr. Beginner Novice Rider-A: Mackenzie Davison & Skye’s the Limit (31.3)
Jr. Beginner Novice Rider-B: Morgan Lunn & Feels Like Carolina (36.0)
Open Beginner Novice: Toora Nolan & Adelaide SWF (31.3)
Sr. Beginner Novice Rider: Annie Desmond & Little Elf (25.3)
Intro-A: Silvia Szabo & Simpatico (29.2)
Intro-B: Elsa Warble & Snip Commands A Kiss (28.1)
Future Event Horse 2-year-old: Earl McFall & Iluminada
Future Event Horse 3-year-old: Brook Morrison & Bravehearts Renegade

Area VII Young Rider Benefit H.T. [Website] [Results]
Preliminary Jr/YR: Cadence Michel & Kedrah House Lux (48.9)
Preliminary Open: Kristi Walker & Just A Dream (38.4)
Training Jr/YR: Madison Langerak & Normandy’s Kivalo (19.7)
Training Junior: Rio Jensen & Calgino Z (21.0)
Training Open: Marc Grandia & Gildegunde (27.6)
Training Senior: Amy Haugen & Ebenholtz (30.0)
Novice Jr/YR: Lauren Jester & Slingshot (31.9)
Novice Junior: Audrey Ogan & Blended With My Best (32.2)
Novice Open: Erika Lee & Bentley (22.1)
Novice Senior: Kristen Davignon & Fürst Floid (19.3)
Beginner Novice Jr/YR: Makayla Watterson & Foxwood Belle (33.1)
Beginner Novice Junior: Brianna Philipp & Rio de Janeiro (32.5)
Beginner Novice Open: Sarah Lorenz & Garbo STF (26.4)
Beginner Novice Senior: Piper Newman & Ferngully (23.8)
Intro Open: Tammy Kienitz & Anonymous (26.1)
Future Event Horse-2yo: Sonya Françoise & Glendalough’s Dahlné (74.6)
Future Event Horse-3yo: Linda Smyth & Patriot (83.2)
Future Event Horse-4yo: Anna Collier & Dune (80.2)
Future Event Horse-Yearling: Jennifer Ryan & Berracos’ Last Valentino (78.0)

Go Eventing.

#EventerSolutions: One Man’s Junk Is Another Man’s Jump

Where there are #EventerProblems there are #EventerSolutions, as we horsefolks tend to be a pretty crafty, resourceful and frugal (read: broke) bunch. In this spinoff series we spotlight some of your most inventive problem-solving masterpieces. Be sure to tag your photos with the hashtag #EventerSolutions on social for inclusion in future editions!

The creativity of eventers knows no bounds! Here’s your latest batch of DIY barn hacks, starting with this skinny YOU TOO could have in your field — just hit up your local Craigslist for some $10-a-pop plastic barrels and go!

Don't have a pull thru? Make one out of a twig and baling wire! #eventersolutions #eureka

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Go Eventing.

Burghley 2018 to Unveil New Figure-8 Cross Country Layout

Burghley cross country designer Captain Mark Phillips ad event director Liz Inman. Photo courtesy of Sportsbeat.

The countdown to Burghley 2018 has begun! We have a lot to look forward to at this year’s iconic British four-star, which takes place on the Burghley Estate in Stamford, Lincolnshire Aug. 30-Sept. 2, including an innovative change to the cross country course design.

This is pretty wild, and it’s a first for the UK: a flyover has been created that enables the cross county course to run in a figure of eight — horse and rider go under in one direction, and over in the other. The design has been used at a couple other events before, including Aachen in Germany, but Burghley’s layout with the lake and the massive trade stand area has made changing things up a challenge.

“This year’s Burghley is actually very different from anything we’ve ever done before because we’ve introduced a flyover,” says Captain Mark Phillips, who has been designing the course since 2005. “It means I can reverse one part of the course but not the other without any danger of the horses meeting — one out, one on the way back — which gives us much more flexibility in the future.”

It’s a complete change from what we’ve seen before, a total reshuffling of obstacles, and Phillips says he expects the new layout to make the time the hardest it has ever been, not to mention throwing the riders for a loop.

“When riders go round and round in one way they learn how to do it pretty good, nobody has ever done it this way so they are going to have to ride by the seat of their pants,” he says. “I think it will help the cream come to the top as no one has ever ridden this one before, so it will be very much about feeling how much petrol your horse has got left in the tank as to when you can press and when you can be conservative.”

This video interviews Phillips, as well as two local riders who will be contesting this year’s event: 26-year-old Burghley rookie Emily Prangnell and 44-year-old Sarah Cohen who finished 5th at Burghley aboard Wexford Lady in 2005.

Local 2018 Burghley competitors Sarah Cohen and Emily Prangnall. Photo courtesy of Sportsbeat.

Ninety-eight combinations were entered in Burghley at the closing date, including four American combinations: Boyd Martin with Steady Eddie, Lillian Heard with LCC Barnaby, Andrea Baxter and Indy 500, and Buck Davidson with Park Trader. A maximum of 85 pairs will ultimately be accepted.

The multi-award-winning Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials from Aug. 30 – Sept. 2 has been established as a major international equestrian and social event in the autumn sporting calendar for over 50 years. For more information visit burghley-horse.co.uk.

#EventerFailFriday: Not Failin’ If You’re Sailin

Horses and riders have been flying through the air since long before Wilbur and Orville Wright invented the first successful airplane. Sometimes they soar through the air together, their bodies merged as a single bird soaring on the wind …

… and other times, they fly solo.

Sometimes they don’t flap their wings quite hard enough.

I finally have a #failfriday that's truly worth sharing. Thank you @pixelponyphotography for documenting what is probably the most terrifying, embarrassing, and triumphant moment of my life. And thank you, Five, for being so athletic, quick on your feet, and determined to not let either of us fall. ***Five was not hurt in any way. He finished the course amazingly, was sound all day and the next, and jumped boldly the next day in stadium. This was a costly mistake made by me by misjudging the distance to the A element of the last ABC combination on the course and I just buried him too deep. Needless to say, I will not make this mistake again and Five deserves hero status, especially for being so tolerant and finishing the course with me 😶 #gofivego #sorryfivesorry #thankyoufivethankyou #learningopportunity #eventerfailfriday

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And other times, they never even make it off the ground.

Do you think the Wright Bros. had a 100% success rate when it came to flight? Nah. And we eventers might not either, but that won’t stop us from trying.

This one goes out to you, EN.

Fly high. Go Eventing.

#EventerSolutions: Buncha Geniuses Up in Here

Where there are #EventerProblems there are #EventerSolutions, as we horsefolks tend to be a pretty crafty, resourceful and frugal (read: broke) bunch. In this spinoff series we spotlight some of your most inventive problem-solving masterpieces. Be sure to tag your photos with the hashtag #EventerSolutions on social for inclusion in future editions!

You guys are so clever. Here’s your latest batch of DIY barn hacks.

Go Eventing.

#EventerProblems Vol. 154 from Ecovet: We Like Your Style

Eventers are unique individuals. Like very special snowflakes, no two of us are the same. That’s one of the great things about the sport — there’s a “you do you” vibe about it that you’re just not going to find in, say, the hunter ring.

So go on out there and fly that freak flag. Be that full-grown adult wearing the same turquoise and purple cross country colors I retired when I graduated from middle school.

Rock tall socks over riding britches. Don’t let your cat judge you. He’s just jealous.

In this sport, even the most conservative outfit is … kind of weird. Just gotta own it.

And this goes for horses, too! You wear that Hannibal Lector face gear. Looks edgy.

Kick off your shoes, lose those bell boots, whatever, you do you.

LOL JUST KIDDING I TAKE IT BACK. Keep your footwear on, please.

Here are a few more of your #EventerProblems!

Go Eventing.

Weekend Winners: Millbrook, River Glen, Catalpa Corner, Cobblestone Farms

Let’s be real: Everyone who gets to participate in this great sport is winning, but a big, shiny blue ribbon is icing on the cake. Join us in congratulating this week’s winners at USEA recognized horse trials around the country!

An extra big shout out to Erin Kowalewski and Furst Marcko, who posted the lowest finishing score in the country this weekend. They won their division of Senior Novice Rider at Catalpa Corner Charity H.T. on their dressage score of 21.9.

Your weekend winners:

Millbrook H.T. [Website] [Results] [EN’s Coverage]
Advanced: Emily Beshear & Olney Uncle Sam (26.1)
Open Intermediate-A: Doug Payne & Quantum Leap (27.1)
Open Intermediate-B: Charlotte Collier & Clifford M (29.6)
Junior Young Riders Open Preliminary: Benjamin Noonan & Keep Kitty (28.3)
Open Preliminary-A: Benjamin Noonan & Keep Kitty (28.3)
Open Preliminary-A: Ariel Grald & GHF Gosling (26.5)
Open Preliminary-B: Sharon White & Fashionably Late (27.9)
Preliminary Rider: Mike Pendelton & Carlsburg (29.4)
Junior Training: Abigail Niles & Delight (28.9)
Open Training-A: Doug Payne & Baymax (33.4)
Open Training-B: Allison Springer & Crystal Crescent Moon (25.7)
Training Rider-A: Claire Tisckos & Abecca GS (34.8)
Training Rider-B: Catherine Futterman & She’s My Temple (28.9)
Junior Novice: Isabel Giordano & Davinci (24.3)
Novice Rider-A: Alston Kerr & Sir Earl Grey (27.9)
Novice Rider-B: Judy Bull & Manos de Piedra (29.9)
Open Novice-A: Skyler Decker & Excel Star Eminem m2s (21.5)
Open Novice-B: Holly Payne Caravella & Twain (30.5)
Beginner Novice Rider: Tara Astacio & Money to Burn (27.0)
Open Beginner Novice: Booli Selmayr & EEF Sampson (22.8)

River Glen Summer H.T. [Website] [Results]
Open Intermediate: William Hoos & Celtic Rhythm (35.5)
Open Preliminary A: Jonathan Holling & Prophet (30.0)
Open Preliminary B: Jonathan Holling & Dushi Terma (27.0)
Preliminary/Training: Laura Szeremi & Fizz (33.4)
Open Training: Rachel Miles & Zane (24.5)
Training Rider: Diana Craven & Mr. Fernhill (28.8)
Novice Rider – Jr: Emily Hollon & The Perfect Storm MK (30.0)
Novice Rider – Sr: Melanie Helms & R Pair A Dice (26.1)
Open Novice: Ashlynn Meuchel & CopaCabana (25.0)
BNovice Rider – Jr: Maddie Heckaman & Incredibly (32.5)
BNovice Rider – Sr: Bobbie Fitzpatrick & Shotgun Willie (32.2)
Open Beginner Novice: Rachel Miles & Mazie (26.5)
Starter Test: Clare Pinney & Buzzword (32.3)

Catalpa Corner Charity H.T. [Website] [Results]
Open Preliminary: Hannah Stohr & Sid Startin’ to Drive (30.5)
Open Training: Katelyn Marlow & GH GloryUs Grace (34.1)
Training Rider – A: William Barclay & Stormn Hudson KD (30.8)
Training Rider – B: Samantha Hayes & El Mariachi (33.2)
Novice Horse: Christina DeMauro & Jude Moon (36.6)
Novice Jr/Yr: Kaitlyn Tobben & Donner Light (32.2)
Novice Rider Jr: Miriam Copeland & D’Stinctive (26.7)
Novice Rider Sr: Erin Kowalewski & Furst Marcko (21.9)
Open Novice: Bernard Morauw & VC Attila d’Allou (25.7)
Beginner Novice Rider – Jr: Lauren Hill & Classy Dude (33.0)
Open Beginner Novice: Leah Lang-Gluscic Southern Comfort (23.3)

Cobblestone Farms H.T. [Website] [Results]
Preliminary Open: Clark Montgomery & Engapore (25.3)
Preliminary Rider: Elizabeth Henry & Charlotte La Bouff (33.4)
Training Open A: Diana Rich & Midway Train (32.1)
Training Open B: Nicole Maynard & Title Contender (35.0)
Training Rider: Kiersten Miller & Pierre (28.5)
Novice Open A: Anna Banks & RRF Mikey (31.5)
Novice Open B: Anna Banks & Another Miracle (32.9)
Novice Rider A: Jodi Stafford & Waitinonalady (31.8)
Novice Rider B: Kaylee Blazeniak & Caballo Oscuro (28.8)
Beginner Novice Open A: Victoria Zimmermann & Donatello (28.9)
Beginner Novice Open B: Elizabeth Henry & Dancin’ With Thunder (33.1)
Beginner Novice Rider A: Alessia Hoisington & United States Jane (26.1)
Beginner Novice Rider B: Elizabeth Fisher & Almost Voodoo (30.7)
Starter: Jessica Buterbaugh & Billy Z (26.1)
Starter Junior: Emily Nusbaum & Savannah Star (33.1)

thanks, best friend ❤️#winnerwinnerchickendinner #onthatdressagescore

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Go Eventing.

Millbrook Social Media Roundup: Rain or Shine

Here’s wishing our friends at New York’s Millbrook Horse Trials a less volatile day of weather today than they endured yesterday, when the skies vacillated between brisk blue and sunshine to doom-and-gloom downpour.

Right now the forecast is calling for partly cloudy with afternoon showers or thunderstorms, with the possibility of gusty winds and small hail — yikes! Stay safe out there, EN. Dressage continues today (see Jenni’s day 1 Advanced dressage report here) and cross country kicks off for Beginner Novice through Training level divisions.

Here are a few of your photos from Thursday as posted to social media — from storm to sunshine, it’s hard to believe they were all taken over the course of a single day!

#Millbrook: WebsiteScheduleRide TimesLive ScoresEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

It’s raining at Millbrook Horse Trials!

Posted by Laurie Beaulieu Seely on Thursday, August 2, 2018

A beautiful day at my favorite event of the summer 🌞 #millbrookht

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From sun to storm….. life of a scribe. Rain rain go away…..

Posted by Margaret Potorski on Thursday, August 2, 2018

Learning from the best, and having a blast – Lyra was the Official Groom in Training for Team Heidi White today at the…

Posted by Kimberly Compton DiCostanzo on Thursday, August 2, 2018

Today (ok this whole weekend) I am thankful for; Magdalene Meek​​!!!

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I’m at the millbrook horse trials
And what a super job Louise has done. She is the hardest working lady you’ll ever…

Posted by Ronan Moloney on Thursday, August 2, 2018

Goodnight Millbrook …Good morning Mudbrook🏇🏻🦄New day, new job!

Posted by Margaret Potorski on Friday, August 3, 2018

Much more to come. Go Eventing!

#EventerSolutions: Tricks of the Trade

Where there are #EventerProblems there are #EventerSolutions, as we horsefolks tend to be a pretty crafty, resourceful and frugal (read: broke) bunch. In this spinoff series we spotlight some of your most inventive problem-solving masterpieces. Be sure to tag your photos with the hashtag #EventerSolutions on social for inclusion in future editions!

Desperate times call for desperate measures, folks. Here are a few more of your latest strategies for beating the system.

No washer, no problem. 😂 #eventerproblems #eventer #cleaning #oxyclean #laundry

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Highly satisfying @jec.eventing #pressurewasher #saddlepad #eventersolutions

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Don't forget your afternoon nap. #eventerproblems or would it be #eventersolutions ?

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#EventerProblems Vol. 153 from Ecovet: Written All Over Their Faces

Equine facial expressions are an open book. Take, for instance, these photos of EN staffer Leslie Threlkeld’s horse Beau:

🤦🏻‍♀️ #beaumonster #naughty

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Yeah, no big mystery as to what is going on inside that horse’s brain. Destroying stuff = awesome. Watermelons = dumb.

What’s going on in these photos?

Go Eventing.

Weekend Winners: Horse Park of New Jersey II CIC & H.T., Hunt Club Farm H.T., USPC Champs East

Donna Younkin: “We had an assortment of spectators at the Horse Park of New Jersey for H.T. II this past weekend. After days of unrelenting humidity and rain, this weekend saw great footing and weather. And, we topped it off with a fantastic competition and a much appreciated volunteer team.”

You know who really deserves a blue ribbon at horse trials? Each and every volunteer.

Which means that Erika Nesler, winner of the Open Training A division at the Horse Park of New Jersey, deserves two! Yesterday Erika shared a thoughtful, honest Facebook post  about her weekend at the event, which had its highs and lows — a rollercoaster that all riders are familiar with, although we could all learn from Erika’s example of acceptance and grace. Somehow, though it all, she took the time to give back to her sport: “Today I ventured back to the Horse Park of New Jersey to volunteer and I always am humbled by all the volunteers that give so much to allow us riders to strive towards our goals. As I was sitting in the jump judge briefing I realized just how many people that know nothing about our sport but yet give their entire weekends to us.”

This is so important and something we should never take for granted. To all the volunteers out there: thank you, thank you, thank you! And we can all play a part — reach out to events in your area and keep an eye on the USEA Volunteer Incentive Program website for upcoming volunteer opportunities.

Shout-out to the lowest finishing score in the country this weekend, which was posted by Alston Kerr and Sir Earl Grey in the Novice Rider A division at Horse Park of New Jersey. They won on their dressage score of 22.6. Well done, you two!

And now, for your weekend winners!

Horse Park of New Jersey II CIC & H.T. (Allentown, New Jersey) [Website] [Results]
CIC Two Star: Caroline Martin & The Apprentice (35.4)
CIC One Star: Kristen Bond & Coffee and Donuts (32.4)
Open Intermediate: Nora Battig-Leamer & Dubai Storm (52.1)
Open Preliminary-A: Kelli Temple & Caleesi (23.0)
Open Preliminary-B: Emily Beshear & LVS Jackson (30.7)
Open Training-A: Erika Nesler & Bon Voyage DSF (25.7)
Open Training-B: Jane Jennings & Kontessa M (30.7)
Training Rider: Kelly Clark & Elusive (32.5)
Novice Rider-A: Alston Kerr & Sir Earl Grey (22.6)
Novice Rider-B: Dana Lortie & Springhill Midas Touch (33.3)
Open Novice: Hillary Moses & Save Magic (32.9)
Beginner Novice Rider: Clarissa Brown & Aristocrat (29.3)
Open Beginner Novice: Andrea Davidson & Goode Hope (23.3)

As my bestie @luv4ridgies says “sometimes you’re the bug and sometimes you’re the windshield”. Unfortunately eventing at the FEI 2* level isn’t meant to be for Vera. Friday definitely saw us at the bug with a last place score of 47. After a few frustrated moments we pulled ourselves together and had great lessons with @marilyn.payne.921 on both Vera and Bonnie. Then Saturday was a stellar day for @douglashowe1221 ‘s 5yo Bon Voyage DSF as she led her Open Training Division from start to finish ending on her dressage of a 25.7. This young horse continues to blow us every way every step of the way. The hardest thing about this sport are the ups and downs. We set goals but yet need to be flexible for changes and 2018 has definitely been a year for that. We started the year aiming for CCI3s to qualify Carter & I for the next step…and due to a misstep at Fair Hill Advanced in April we have pushed those goals back a bit. Then we had Vera aiming for CIC2 in hopes of going to Fair Hill this Fall but have made the decision to aim her to a Jumper life instead since that is truly her passion. All in all I’ve been reminded that we must not lose sight on the daily achievements, milestones and the simplicity of what these animals give us daily. Today I ventured back to @horseparkofnewjersey to volunteer and I always am humbled by all the volunteers that give so much to allow us riders to strive towards our goals. As I was sitting in the jump judge briefing I realized just how many people that know nothing about our sport but yet give their entire weekends to us. Having said all this I’m thankful for all my family, Doug & Cindy, friends, clients, sponsors and compete strangers that stand up and cheer for us no matter what place we finish. #goeventing #nodoubtdsf👸 #bonvoyagedsf✈️ #bugandwindshield #besties😘 #somehowe #life #beflexible #nevergiveup💪 #appreciatethelittlethings #listentoyourgut

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Hunt Club Farm H.T. (Berryville, Virginia) [Website] [Results]
Prelim/Training: Lauren Kieffer & Get Gaudi (28.3)
Open Training: Lauren Kieffer & Hindine (33.4)
Training Rider: Brooke Bayley & Unbroken (31.6)
Novice Rider: Brynn Hershbine & Cadenza Aria (31.2)
Open Novice: Kendyl Tracy & HSH Golden Boy (23.8)
Beginner Novice Rider: Alice Johnson & Piedmont Sun (26.5)
Open Beginner Novice: Nicole Ganow & All Attitude (25.0)
Intro: Jennifer Brown & Jersey (28.5)

USPC Eventing Championships East [Results]
Preliminary: Dylan Philipps & Fernhill Fierce (32.7)
Training: Delaney O’Neil & An Irish Blessing (34.9)
Novice A: Connor Poe & Sparrow’s Galway Bay (35.4)
Novice B: Miriam Bolyard & August Rush (31.0)
Beginner Novice A: Madison Davis & King Congo (28.0)
Beginner Novice B: Gabrielle Davis & Sorry Not Sorry (33.5)
New Vocations Challenge: Caitlin Deisler & Mach Seven (37.5)
Beginner Novice Team: Capital B.Novice (98.30
Novice Scores: Deep South/South Novice (116.60)
Preliminary: Carolina/South Preliminary Team (144.50)
New Vocation Challenge: NV Team 3 (145.80)
Training: Maryland Training Team (132.12)

Listo has a new girlfriend ❤️ @lauren_mansky

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Erik Duvander Announced as Keynote Speaker of 2018 USEA Convention

Lauren Kieffer reflects on her cross country round at Badminton 2018 with Erik Duvander. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Exciting news! The USEA has announced that Erik Duvander will be the keynote speaker for the 2018 USEA Annual Meeting and Convention, December 5-9 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Erik was appointed to the role of U.S. Performance Director for Eventing in October of 2017 and we’re all excited to hear his reflections on his first year with the program and his thoughts for the future. The keynote address is always a highlight of the convention; recent speakers have included Boyd Martin in 2017 and William Fox-Pitt in 2016, both of whom brought the house down with their humor and insight.

In addition to Erik’s address, the convention will feature a packed four-day schedule of forums, lectures, award-givings and the Hall of Fame ceremony which will induct six eventing legends: Capt. Mark Phillips, Karen O’Connor, Nina and Tim Gardner, Marty Simensen, Howard Simpson, and Kerry Millikin’s Thoroughbred, Out and About. Learn more about this year’s inductees here.

The Sheraton New Orleans Hotel will play host to this year’s convention. We hear that rooms are filling fast, so be sure to book yours today — click here to make a reservation online or call the reservation line at (888) 627-7033. Visit the 2018 USEA Annual Meeting and Convention page for more info and updates. Hope to see you there!

[Announcing the Keynote Speaker for the 2018 USEA Annual Meeting: Erik Duvander]

#EventerProblems Vol. 152 from Ecovet: What Would Ricky Bobby Do?

In the sport of eventing there may be no more oft-quoted movie than Talladega Nights. There are just so many applications …

What you say to your horse the week before an event:

Your fit event horse during its dressage test:

When your coach tells you to ride more from your seat:

You and your horse in the cross country start box:

When you’re heading toward the coffin:

When your horse is still cracked out from cross country …

… and you have to get it together for show jumping:

Truly, Talladega Nights GETS eventing. So we love the caption on the first of this week’s reader-submitted #EventerProblems.

#NailedIt. Ricky Bobby would be proud. And now, for the rest of your assorted sordid situations:

Things that make my heart happy 😍

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💸🐴#money #byebye #horsesofinstagram #eventerproblems

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Go Eventing.

Product Review: ‘Diamonds In The Dirt’ Equestrian Beauty Line

Lisa Slade from The Chronicle of the Horse, Leslie Wylie from EN, and Kate Lokey from the USEA enjoying an impromptu facial in the media tent at Rebecca Farm. Photo by Ann Haller.

The Event at Rebecca Farm is one of my favorite competitions in North America to cover each year, but man, does that place fry my face off. All of us who spent last week in the dry Montana heat and sun were looking reptilian by the end, lips cracked like canyons and skin peeling off in flakes. The only one of us in the media center with her youthful, glowing visage still intact was Kate from the USEA, who was applying hydrating face masks a.m. and p.m. and ruthlessly moisturizing throughout the day. Well, and also Ann Haller, a timeless beauty who hasn’t aged a day since I’ve known her, so she does not count. No impromptu facial for you, Ann!

I was in a rush to pack and only managed to grab some crummy travel lotion, so I couldn’t wait to get home to my usual Diamonds In The Dirt skincare products. Now don’t get me wrong: I am hardly a princess when it comes to my everyday skincare routine. For most of my life, if I got it together enough to slather on some drugstore moisturizer (maybe with SPF) in the morning and (maybe) wash my face at night, I was doing pretty well. Even now, as a mid-30s woman who spends a lot of time outdoors and really should try harder, my version of a facial is caking my face with expensive sample product while going through airport duty-free on the way home from an event.

Diamond In The Dirt’s setup in the Amerigo booth at the 2018 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

But when I was introduced to a new beauty line called Diamonds In The Dirt at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event trade fair, I was intrigued. Diamonds in the Dirt was developed by sisters Sarah Donnell and Ruth Madeja, both lifelong equestrians. Their premise was simple and fresh, and specifically targeted toward horsewomen.  “This skincare line is the result of our own journeys to find clean beauty options,” Sarah explains. “It all started with Nuzzle, our lip balm. We wanted a product free from chemicals, and with as few ingredients as possible. We felt there had to be a better option than what we found in stores and online.”

This resonated with me. I won’t even use chemical fly spray on my pony, so why would I subject my own skin to products with ingredient lists that read like a science experiment?

Photo courtesy of Diamonds In The Dirt.

Nuzzle, their “lip balm for weathered women,” is a prime example of the Diamonds In The Dirt mission statement. The ingredient list is totally organic: cocoa butter, virgin coconut oil, white beeswax, carrot seed essential oil, red raspberry CP oil, and sweet orange essential oil, and it goes on creamy-smooth with a barely-there citrus aroma. It’s even packaged sustainably, in a custom paperboard tube that is 100% compostable, including the label. It’s about twice the size of a typical lip balm tube — the more balm, the merrier — but still fits in your breeches pocket and is sturdy enough to not get crushed.

Photo courtesy of Diamonds In The Dirt.

Before I was introduced to Diamonds In The Dirt, like I said, my routine was pretty utilitarian: wash, slather random goop, sideways glance in the mirror, go. Now I actually look forward to slowing down and adding in a couple extra steps in there, because — wait for it — it actually feels luxurious! It smells good! It makes my skin look less like a saddle in desperate need of conditioner! Did I mention it smells good?

A little rose scent aromatherapy is an added bonus to using Wise Facial Toner, “for established women,” after cleansing. A fine-mist spritz of this pH-balanced toner on your face, neck and décolleté feels sensual and refreshing. The formula contains aloe vera to soothe, rose hydrosol and hibiscus tincture to restore radiance and youthfulness, and C serum to provide antioxidants that counteract the affects of sun and wind, and leave your skin brighter and more protected.

Photo courtesy of Diamonds In The Dirt.

I follow that up with Abundant Facial Serum “for generous women,” a roller-ball application formula that protects your face all day from the elements without feeling oily or greasy. The scent is subtle but dreamy, its bouquet lifted from the organic ingredient list: essential oils of jojoba, rosehip seed, helichrysum, frankincense and geranium. I know that sounds oil heavy, but it’s really light on the skin — dirt and dust won’t cling to it — and it keeps your skin feeling smooth, hydrated and silky all day. I typically add a moisturizing sunscreen over the top of it … maybe Diamonds In The Dirt will add one to its product line next, please?

Photo courtesy of Diamonds In The Dirt.

I haven’t tried the exfoliating Naked Body Scrub “for sound women,” yet, but I can testify to the glory of Savvy Muscle Creme “for rusty equestrians,” which is Diamonds In Dirt’s #1 best seller.

I ride, I run, I bike, I play soccer, I work out, I sit at my desk for long stretches, I get sore. And when I get sore, I reach for this rich cream, which contains OptiMSM® to ease tired muscles and joints. It also targets dry skin with soothing organic aloe, organic coconut oil, deep penetrating arnica and chamomile, warming black pepper and cinnamon oils, and cooling eucalyptus, peppermint and spearmint oils. I feel more relaxed just typing these words. And, like all Diamonds In The Dirt products, it is delivered in the most earth-friendly vessel possible, in this case a recyclable airless bottle.

“Small-batch, hand-crafted skin care with a focus on organic ingredients, simple formulas, and earth-friendly packaging.” It’s a beautiful mission, and one we’re happy to support. We eventers are so quick to take the very best care of our horses, and Diamonds In The Dirt makes it easier to take care of ourselves as well.

Shop the Diamonds In The Dirt product line here, and keep an eye on their Facebook page for all the latest! You can also shop the line via World Equestrian brands here.

Go Eventing.

#EventerFailFriday: I Get Knocked Down, But I Get Up Again

“I get knocked down, but I get up again, you’re never gonna keep me down.” — Chumbawamba’s timeless classic, Tubthumping.

Let’s hear it for all of you out there in the great Eventing Nation who just won’t be kept down. Stand up, brush the dirt off your britches, pick the gravel out from your teeth, and be counted! #EventerFailFriday

If I had only one picture to sum up the relationship between Gatsby and I, this would have to be it. #overachiever #crazyhorse #canteverletmyguarddown This was our first time truly competing at max height and spread for beginner novice jumps. I used to get launchers like this pretty regularly, but he had improved and relaxed so much over the last 3-4 months, I was not entirely prepared for this one. Mind you, this jump was only 2' 7" but you would have thought he was preparing for a 4ft oxer. Needless to say, my stomach did a bit of a flip and I was glad he didn't jump me out of the tack. Swipe 👈 to see the entire photo series; our (my) facial expressions are pretty epic 🤣 #prepareforlaunch #braceforimpact #eventerproblems

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Alright guys… total #eventerfailfriday happening here. You can prepare the best you can and things still happen. Here’s Indy launching me like a lawn dart as we try to navigate a tricky combination of Trakehner three strides to a hogs back. He was going and saw the ditch at the last minute and decided he would rather get a good look first! Second attempt he gave a very respectable effort leaving me almost flying out the back door 😂. Third times a charm he jumped through beautifully. Pretty painless fall, albeit hilarious. We have some homework to do! Also gives the haters something to talk about 😂 * * * * * * #ottb #thoroughbred #eventing #equestrian #showjumping #dressage #jumpers #xcfail #failfriday #horse #horsesofinstagram #pitalley #notjustaladysman #bossmareeventing #twoheartsj @goeventing

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Weekend Winners: Rebecca Farm, Fitch’s Corner, Full Moon Farm, Silverwood Farm, Penny Oaks

Lots afoot in the Eventing Nation this past weekend! Rebecca Farm blew everyone’s minds as usual, Fitch’s Corner celebrated its 25th anniversary, Penny Oaks celebrated its 20th, riders had fun in the sun at Full Moon Farm’s annual “aloha” summer event, and Silverwood Farm looked like a blast.

Congrats to Marcia Kulak and Gran Torino, who posted the lowest finishing score in the country of the weekend — an 18.8 in Open Novice at Fitch’s Corner.

Marcia Kulak & Gran Torino at Fitch’s Corner. Photo by Joan Davis / Flatlandsfoto.

And now, your weekend winners!

The Event at Rebecca Farm C.I.C., 3DE, & H.T. [Results]
CCI3*: Frankie Thieriot Stutes & Chatwin (32.1)
CCI2*: Heather Morris & Charlie Tango (32.1)
CCI1*: Megan Sykes & Classic’s Mojah (24.2)
CIC3*: Tamra Smith & Fleeceworks Royal (39.4)
Open Intermediate: Erin Kellerhouse & Woodford Reserve (35.6)
Jr. Preliminary: Jordan Crabo & Over Easy (33.1)
Open Preliminary A: Adele Wong & Raffetouille (30.2)
Open Preliminary B: Bella Mowbray & Vif d’or (34.2)
Jr. Open Training A: Eva Jacroux & Rubel (36.1)
Jr. Open Training B: Makenna Henry & Hungarian Villian (31.5)
Sr. Open Training A: Ruth Bley & Spartacus D’L’Herbage (24.8)
Sr. Open Training B: Karen Lounsbery & Stewart (30.4)
Sr. Open Training C: Erin Grandia & Indio BMW (24.6)
Sr. Open Training D: McKenzie Rollins & Excel Star Lord (28.2)
Training Three-Day A: Cecily Bonadio & Just Off Broadway (35.4)
Training Three-Day B: Heather Morris & Von Zipper (27.8)
Jr. Open Novice A: Madison Boesch & Seamless (28.6)
Jr. Open Novice B: Dane Padgett & Little Sure Shot (25.5)
Sr. Open Novice A: Lindsay Wagner & This Lad is Gold (32.6)
Sr. Open Novice B: Erin Contino & Handsome Ransom (26.4)
Sr. Open Novice C: Tracy Stein & Apollo (32.3)
Sr. Open Novice D: Michele Pestl & Cassian TH (27.1)
Novice Three-Day A: Jeanne Carley & Shannondale Fionn (32.3)
Novice Three-Day B: Samantha Hollow-Bist & Scout (30.2)
CCI1* Team: Team Duval
Intermediate Team: iThoroughbred
Prelim Team: Trinity Excell
Training Team: Full Gallop
T3D Team: The Shady Ladies
Novice Team: Trinity Excell
N3D Team: Lodestar Plus One

I am completely over the moon with Felicity this weekend! She was a complete doll and did exactly what I asked even if it was the wrong thing 😆 We danced our way to a 28.6 in dressage, which put us in 3rd place out of 25. The following day she was a complete star on XC and didn't look at a single jump. Only the decorations around them 🙈, but we finished double clear moving us up to 2nd place. And for stadium she was amazing and just one miss communication by me made the combination not very pretty, but she saved my butt and cleared them anyways. And finishing on our dressage score put us in 1st place!! So proud of this girl this weekend and how far we have come! Thankful for the opportunity to work with such an amazing animal and the wonderful people that helped make this happen.

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#MSHsquad smashing goals this week! Vif D’or (For Sale!!) won the Open Preliminary B on his dressage score (even after this fool learnt the wrong test and had to learn the correct one 2 mins before my ride time 🙄) Vif was the only horse in his division to jump clear and under time in XC and SJ, what a superstar! Ruth and Spartacus D’L Herbitage won the Open Training A from day 1 on a 24 😍. En Vogue was 3rd from 62 starters in the CCI1* and our first FEI together on a sub 30. Rodrigue Du Granit flew clear around a tough CCI1* course but we decided to save his legs for the upcoming #AECs. Our CCI1* team was also 2nd. Big thanks to my amazing sponsors #voltairedesign #revitavet, amazing grooms @jusabby @girlwiththe.camera and team back home. Also huge thanks to the Broussard family for opening your incredible farm to all of us, always an amazing horse vacay at a world class event. See y’all at Woodside in a couple of weeks

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NAYC @ Rebecca Farms [Results]
CCIJ1*: McKinsey Wickman & Dassett Profile (28.6)
CICOY2*: Alexandra Baugh & Ballingowan Pizazz (30.8)
CCIJ1* Team: Area V
CICOY2*: Area II

Fitch’s Corner H.T. [Results]
Preliminary Jr/YR: Natasha Erschen & Fernhill Flutter (35.0)
Open Prelim: Sara Kozumplik Murphy & Rubens D’Ysieux (26.3)
Prelim Rider: Nikki Negrea & Liberty (44.3)
Open Training: Meghan O’Donoghue & Galway Bay Cooley (31.0)
Training Jr/YR: Isabel Finemore & Rutherglen (32.3)
Training Horse: Michael Pendleton & Wabanaki (27.6)
Training Rider-A: Barbara Cassani & King’s Mustard (30.5)
Training Rider-B: Lakiesha Varney & Kolor Me Gone (35.7)
Novice Jr/YR-A: Cassie Sanger & Ultra Violet (30.5)
Novice Jr/YR-B: LuLu Moore & Ace in Hand (31.4)
Novice Horse: Ferial Johnson & Good Harbour (23.3)
Amateur Novice Master Challenge: Nancy Read & Caribe PCH (24.8)
Novice Rider-A: Christa Schmidt & Carlingford’s Bouncer (27.4)
Novice Rider-B: Christa Schmidt & RF Overdressed (28.1)
Open Novice: Marcia Kulak & Gran Torino (18.8)
Beginner Novice Rider: Tara Astacio & Money to Burn (24.2)
Beginner Novice Jr/YR: Fiona Lorenzen & Claidheamhmor (36.1)
Open Beginner Novice: Marcia Kulak & Tough Love (25.4)

Many thanks to Joan Davis and Flatlandsfoto for sharing these winner pics.

Full Moon Farm H.T. [Results]
Prelim/Training: Kelsey Ann Quinn & Dandy Longlegs (32.4)
Open Training: Domenique Carson & FCF Midnight Encounter (30.5)
Training Horse: Aurelie Vilmer & Chakra De La Nee (32.1)
Training Rider-A: Holly Covey & Tully Cross Hamish (32.1)
Training Rider-B: Maggie Buchanan & 3 2 1 Blast Off (36.7)
Novice Horse: Courtney Cooper & Excel Star Armina Z (31.0)
Novice Rider-A: Natalie Tedeschi & Jitter Bug (27.9)
Novice Rider-B: Campbell Jones & Sophie (26.2)
Open Novice: Courtney Cooper & Excel Star Good Job (29.5)
Beginner Novice Horse: Suzannah Cornue & Fashionable Man (31.9)
Beginner Novice Rider-A: Sara Druffner & All That Jazz (34.7)
Beginner Novice Rider-B: Riley Deiboldt Narcos (36.8)
Intro Rider-A: Kayley Hildebrand & Admiralty (32.3)
Intro Rider-B: Aylah Dhruv & Coleraine (32.5)
Starter Rider: Alexa Kosofsky & Synoptic (35.6)
Intro Horse: Hannah Ong & Pirate Captain (34.0)

Thumper ( fashionable man ) was a good boy today winning his BNH division at Full Moon Farm HT with a 31.9 😊

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Silverwood Farm Summer H.T. [Results]
Open Training: Danielle Vitosh & Visable Force (31.0)
Training: Kirsten Hiles & Wisencrazi (32.6)
Open Novice-A: Fran Latane-Lukehart & L’istesso Tempo (31.4)
Open Novice-B: Kailey Giancola & Saturday Night Clive (28.2)
Open Beginner Novice-A: Kailey DeMeyer & Piaffe Car (24.7)
Open Beginner Novice-B: Jill Wellman & Tailormade (33.2)
Open Beginner Novice-C: Gabrielle Ortiz & The Chief (27.7)
Open Beginner Novice-A: Margo Smith & Shaken Not Stirred (31.2)
Open Beginner Novice-B: Maesa Barker & A Lucky Chance (32.9)

Penny Oaks H.T. [Results]
Intermediate Prelim: Michelle Koppin & King Bust (48.3)
Prelim: Olivia Hahn & Fernhill Rodger That (38.4)
Training: Rachel Miles & Zane (35.2)
Training Rider: William Barclay & Stormn Hudson KD (35.4)
Junior Novice Rider: Emily Hollon & The Perfect Storm MK (32.4)
Novice Rider-A: Vanessa Coleman & Arcturus (31.4)
Novice Rider-B: Melanie Helms & R Pair A Dice (28.5)
Open Novice: Madeline Bletzacker & Drummer Boy (23.1)
Beginner Novice Rider-A: Cathy Norman & Encore (32.4)
Beginner Novice Rider-B: Sophie Coorssen & Vendi (36.8)
Open Beginner Novice: Sara R. Irvine & Sir Galahad (31.1)
Starter: Tera Gehrig & Max (27.8)

Go Eventing.

Watch: Rebecca Farm Sunday Highlights + Coverage Recap

Lots of pink ribbons were on display throughout the weekend to promote breast cancer awareness and Rebecca Farm’s Halt Cancer At X initiative. And yes, that bum belongs to Sandro’s Star. Photo by his paparazzi stalker Leslie Wylie.

That’s a wrap for the 2018 Event at Rebecca Farm! Journeys home will be long for many, but here’s wishing everyone a safe, swift passage.

In addition to winning the CCI3* with Chatwin, woman-of-many-talents Frankie Thieriot Stutes spent her weekend running around conducting interviews for Ride On Video‘s daily highlight videos. Watch the one for Sunday!

Here’s a roundup of EN’s coverage throughout the week:

Rebecca Farm Social Media Roundup: Work The Jog Strip!
All Systems Go at NAYC/Rebecca Farm First Horse Inspection
Rebecca Farm Course Walk with Ian Stark
Take Part in Something Great: BYOWB at Rebecca Farm

By the Numbers: Rebecca Farm CCI3*
Watch: Rebecca Farm Thursday Highlights + Leading NAYC CICOY2* Dressage Test
Star-Studded Area II Team Shines Bright in NAYC CICOY2*
Eventing Community Honors the Memory of Kate Gillespie at Rebecca Farm & Beyond

Represent! Defending 1* Gold Medalist Tosca Holmes-Smith Is Sole Canadian Eventer at NAYC
Area II Tops NAYC CCIJ1* Dressage & First Leg of Rebecca Farm Chinch Challenge
Wonderwomen Dominate Rebecca Farm CCI3* Dressage, Led by Frankie Thieriot-Stutes
Rebecca Farm CIC3* Dressage Leader Sandro’s Star Is the Totilas of Eventing
Rebecca Farm Social Media Roundup: All Systems Go!

Watch: Rebecca Farm Friday Highlights + Saturday Cross Country At-a-Glance
Rebecca Farm Saturday Social Media Roundup: Ride It Like You Stole It
Frankie Thieriot Stutes Finds a Higher Gear on Rebecca Farm CCI3* Cross Country
NAYC CCIJ1* Leaders Have Zero Budge Room Heading into Show Jumping
Tamie Smith and Fleeceworks Royal Leap to Rebecca Farm CIC3* Lead
Area II, Alexandra Baugh Still Out Front After NAYC CICOY2* Cross Country


Sunny Skies for Sunday Horse Inspection at Rebecca Farm
Rebecca Farm Sunday Social Media Roundup: Bye Rebecca!
Smells Like Team Spirit: Next Level Eventing’s Winning Rebecca Farm Sweep
Area II Secures Team Gold in ‘Pillar to Post’ NAYC CICOY2* Win
Gold Bling Looks Good on NAYC CCIJ1* Team Champion Area V
Mr. Medicott Officially Retired in Emotional Ceremony at Rebecca Farm
Watch: Rebecca Farm Sunday Highlights + Coverage Recap

Before we sign off to hop a plane for home, here’s one final shameless look at my stallion crush, Sandro’s Star, who finished 3rd in the CIC3* with Chris Talley. What a star! Many thanks to his team for not taking a restraining order out on me.

Sandro’s Star and Chris Talley. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Go Eventing.

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Smells Like Team Spirit: Next Level Eventing’s Winning Rebecca Farm Sweep

CCI2* winner Heather Morris, CCI3* winner Frankie Thieriot Stutes and CIC3* winner Tamie Smith. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

We witnessed teamwork in many forms this week at Rebecca Farm. Some of it was obvious to the eye — all things NAYC Area II, for instance.

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

But sometimes it’s more subtle, AKA the behind-the-scenes, takes-a-village effort that goes into every successful horse-rider combination. Coaches, vets, owners, family, friends, farriers … nobody gets to an event like Rebecca Farm alone.

Next Level Eventing is a program based in Temecula, California, that has not only embraced the concept of teamwork, but built a program with teamwork as its centerpiece. At its core are best friends Tamie Smith and Heather Morris, who realized that life was better when they had one another’s backs and took good care of the people around them. And it’s clear that their commitment to camaraderie extends not just to people but to their horses as well.

Teamwork works, and Next Level’s winning sweep this week at Rebecca Farm is proof of that. From Next Level: Tamie Smith won the CIC3* for the second year running with Fleeceworks RoyalHeather Morris won the CCI2,* again, with Charlie TangoFrankie Thieriot Stutes won the CCI3* on Chatwin; and Megan Sykes won the CCI1* on Classic’s Mojah.

Tamie Smith and Fleeceworks Royal. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

The best riders are perfectionists who always fixate on that one thing they could have done differently, and when Tamie showed up at the press conference after her winning round she was still kicking herself about a second-late decision on the approach to the final fence that cost them a long spot and four-faults.

Tamie and “Rory” have picked up some time here and there, so Tamie always has a nose for the inside line and Rebecca Farm was no different. “Right before I went in Heather said, ‘You can do the six there on the last line,’ and I was like, ‘Really? Should I do the six?’ And she kind of gave me the shrug she gives me.

“We jumped the last combination and I waited too long to do the six, and luckily she is wonderful to me, but that rail was all my rail times 100 percent. But she was super, I couldn’t have asked her to be better, she jumped out of her skin like she always does. She was super rideable and it’s been really fun developing her.”

Blue is clearly your color, Rory! We look forward to seeing Tamie and Rory this fall, at Fair Hill or a CCI3* abroad, perhaps?

Frankie Thieriot Stutes and Chatwin. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

When Frankie showed up to the press conference, she still had a look of vague disbelief on her face: “God, I just can’t believe it.”

Frankie is tough on herself, also; a troublesome show jumping round earlier this year at Woodside Advanced had her rattled, although it sounds like an uncharacteristic glitch — brain farts happen, Frankie!

“I was just really disappointed,” Frankie says. “I just hold us to our standard, the best we can be, and this year my whole goal has been to be better in the show jumping. I’ve been dragging him to every jumper show I can and having Tamie help me every step of the way, and I called Tamie after Woodside, I was just so bummed out. Because it didn’t matter that we didn’t win, it was just a matter of I felt like it was one of our worst rounds when we’d been working so hard. I called her and said, ‘What am I even doing? What is the point?’ And Tamie said, ‘Your hard work is going to pay off, and you just have to trust that.'”

It paid off this week at Rebecca, in the form of a wire-to-wire win by way of a four fault show jumping round: “I tried to kill him at the Swedish, but luckily he is a survivor,” Frankie laughs.

Clearly, Tamie is always right, and Heather is always right, too. Right?

Tamie turns to Heather: “You told me to do the six.”

Heather: “You’re right, but I didn’t tell you to do it THAT way.”

Tamie: “It’s Heather’s fault.”

Heather: “No it’s not.”

Tamie: “My brain doesn’t work as fast as yours.”

Heather: “Clearly.”


Never change, Next Level. Go Eventing.

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Rebecca Farm CCI2* Top 10:

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Area II Secures Team Gold in ‘Pillar to Post’ NAYC CICOY2* Win

The 2018 NAYC CICOY2* podium: gold medalists Area II, silver medalists Area I, IV & VIII, and bronze medalists Area VI. Congrats to all! Photo by Leslie Wylie.

How to win the Adequan/FEI North American Youth Championships, or any competition, for that matter, 100% success rate guaranteed: Take the early lead and never let it go.

It’s a no-fail strategy, and it worked like a charm for Area II here at Rebecca Farm. The team —  Tayler Stewart with Ideal Contini, Alexa Lapp with Cambalda, Ryan Keefe with Flintstar, and Olivia Dutton with Mr. Medicott — led from “pillar to post,” to borrow a turn of phrase from announcer John Kyle, taking the early dressage lead and pulling further ahead with each subsequent phase.

Alexandra Baugh and Ballingowan Pizazz employed the same strategy to win individual gold, finishing on their dressage score of 30.8. The pair was on the silver medal winning Area I, IV & VIII mix team. Alexandra also finished 6th on her second mount, Mr. Candyman.

Heading into show jumping with nothing to lose but a gold medal is a hot seat to be sitting in, for sure, but Alexandra says she leaned into the strength of her relationship with “Mango.”

“Mango is my strongest jumper, he’s taught me so much, and over the last three years I feel like we’ve grown so much together,” she says. “We’re finally getting a partnership where we rely on each other and know what each other is thinking. So I think going in was a bit more peaceful than stressful.”

Alexandra Baugh and Ballingowan Pizazz, NAYC CICOY2* individual gold. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Tayler Stewart & Ideal Contini, NAYC CICOY2* individual silver. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Alexa Lapp & Cambalda, NAYC CICOY2* individual bronze. Cambalda was also awarded the “Horsepower Award,” an honor given to the horse that best embodies the spirit of the Young Rider experience. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Ryan Keefe and Flintstar, NAYC CICOY2* 4th place. Flintstar, age 18, was also given the “Best Conditioned” award. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

The Area II team is close-knit crew, and you get the feeling that this championship experience has bonded them together for life. Try not to cry while watching their emotional team press conference, in which they talk camaraderie, equine best friends and dreams that really do come true:

Tissues, please. Go Area II. Go Eventing.

NAYC CICOY2* Final Team Top Three:

  1. Area II (111.2): Tayler Stewart & Ideal Contini, Alexa Lapp & Cambalda, Ryan Keefe & Flintstar, Olivia Dutton & Mr. Medicott
  2. Area I, IV & VIII (130.2): Alexandra Baugh & Ballingowan Pizazz, Heather Jane Morris & Jos UFO De Quidam, Katie Lichten & RF Luminati, Greta Schwickert & Charles Owen
  3. Area VI (134.8): Mallory Hogan & Clarissa Purisima, Madison Temkin & Dr. Hart, Kaley Sapper & Tuscan Sun, Lisa Takada & Wishbone

NAYC CICOY2* Final Individual Top 10:

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Gold Bling Looks Good on NAYC CCIJ1* Team Champion Area V

Introducing your 2018 CCIJ1* gold medal team, Area V! Photo by Leslie Wylie.

There was a single rail between the top three teams heading into CCIJ1* show jumping today here at the Adequan/FEI North American Youth Championships. Podium real estate was at a premium and up for grabs, but it was Area V that came up from behind to claim the top spot.

One by one, each of Area V’s three riders — McKinsey Wickman with Dassett Profile, Georgia Dillard with Galileo Wp, Georgia Phillips with Menue Rendevous — cantered into the ring and turned in a clear round inside the time. Other teams’ rails proved costly, and by the end of the division Area V had risen from bronze medal position to gold.

The team’s anchor rider was McKinsey, who was the overnight leader heading in. That position comes with a lot of pressure, but Area V coach Will Faudree had some words of advice for her heading into the ring: “He told me to put those thoughts that all of us as riders have into a bubble and let them float away.”

If McKinsey was nervous, she didn’t let it show, delivering a smooth double-clear round on her rangy bay 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding to clinch individual and team gold. “I’m over the moon ecstatic with my horse,” she says. “All weekend he’s been a star.”

McKinsey Wickman & Dassett Profile, CCIJ1* individual gold. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Haley Carspecken & Center Stage, CCIJ1* individual silver. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Georgia Dillard & Galileo Wp, CCIJ1* individual bronze. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Will had nothing but praise for his team’s composure in a pressure-filled situation: “They all three just rode super today. To see these girls go in and ride exactly how we walked it at their age is really exciting.”

If anyone was struggling with nerves, Will admits, it was himself. “I basically jumped three show jumping rounds myself today!,” he laughs.

They discussed their rounds and the NAYC team experience in the post-show jumping press conference:

Well-done to all our 2018 NAYC CCIJ1* finishers!

NAYC CCIJ1* Final Top Three Team:

  1. Area V (105.2): McKinsey Wickman & Dassett Profile, Georgia Dillard & Galileo Wp, Georgia Phillips & Menue Rendevous
  2. Area IV & VII (116.1): Caitlyn Ruud & Up To You De Lorage, Isabella Gunningham & Calicool, Callia Englund & Xyder
  3. Area II (117.2): Haley Carspecken & Frodo Of The Shire, Olivia Wall & Mandolin R, Maia Kantorowski & Kiltubrid Rebel

NAYC CCIJ1* Final Top 10 Individual: 

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