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NAJYRC: Makenna Rold Takes CICY1* Dressage Lead, Team Ontario Out Front

Makenna Rold and Fernhill Imperial have taken the early CICY1* lead in the North American Junior & Young Rider Championships at the Colorado Horse Park.

Makenna and her 9-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding, which she co-owns with Annette and Michael Rold, represent Area IV. This pair competed at Young Riders last year and improved their dressage score this go-round by three points, besting today’s scoreboard with a 41.9.

It’s a tightly bunched pack heading into cross country, with Emma Johnston and FE Coconut Kiss (42.3) and Megan Traynham and Lord Lombardi (43.2) rounding out the top three spots.

Forty-four riders and eight teams are contesting the CICY1*, which continues with cross country tomorrow. Team Ontario, fielded by Alisa Morrison, Alexis Murray, Annick Niemuller and Emma Johnson, currently hold the lead.

We’ll be updating this post with more information and photos as it comes our way, so check back!

You can check out yesterday’s CICY2* dressage report here.

We are loving this video of Jacquie Brooks and Jennie Brannigan at #najyrc2016. Go Young Riders! : Mollie Staretorp

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#NAJYRC2016: WebsiteScheduleIndividual ScoresTeam ScoresEN’s Coverage

NAJYRC CICY1* Top 15 After Dressage: 

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Top three teams:

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#DogsOfEN, Vol. 9: Doggies Gonna Dog

Where there are eventers, there are dogs! And they deserve a slice of the limelight. Tag your canine pics with #DogsOfEN on social for inclusion in a future edition!

#nochill #dogsofinstagram #dogsofen

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When Nibble met Nord… #tbt #dogsofen #townhillfarm #northlakeway #ottb

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Argo takes on the arena sprinkler.

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You know you're a barn dog when a toy intended for a horse is your favorite! #dogsofen #eventerproblems #barndog

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a day in life of a barn dog #dogsofen #dogsofinstagram

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And this week’s honorable mention goes to…

Catching Pokemon #horses #pony #pokemon #catchingpokemon #ottb #trailride #dogsofen #pokemongo

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Not quite a dog, but we’ll take it.

Go Eventing.

Friday Video from World Equestrian Brands: Blackfoot Mystery at Hollywood Park

How cool is it that not just one but two(!) off-track Thoroughbreds are getting on a plane to Rio today under the Team USA banner?

Traveling reserve Lynn Symansky’s mount Donner (racing name: Smart Gorky, Gorky Park – Smart Jane, by Smarten) had six lackluster starts before his connections called it a day. For more on Donner’s secret history, check out an extensive analysis of his pedigree and racing background on EN here.

Like Donner, Boyd Martin’s Olympic mount Blackfoot Mystery didn’t last too long on the track. The Kentucky-bred Thoroughbred (Out of Place – True Mystery, by Proud Truth) had three starts at Hollywood Park in the summer of 2007, none of them anything to write home about. He finished dead last in his first two races, then sixth out of nine in his final attempt.

This video of the second race, a maiden claimer, popped up on Boyd’s blog today, with the note: “We’ve managed to dig up footage of Blackfoot Mystery in action — at the racetrack! He’s #10 (purple silks), and his odds were 40-1. Who would have bet that he’d be heading to the 2016 Olympic Games!”

You can view notes from the race here.

Clearly, his job performance has since improved!

Safe travels, Team USA! Go Eventing.

Kathryn Robinson to Replace Selena O’Hanlon on Canadian Olympic Team

Kathryn Robinson and Let It Bee (CAN). Photo by Leslie Wylie. Kathryn Robinson and Let It Bee (CAN). Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Equestrian Canada and the Canadian Olympic Committee have just confirmed that Kathryn Robinson and Let It Be, previously named as the reserve horse/rider combination for eventing, will replace Selena O’Hanlon and Foxwood High, who were officially nominated to the Team on July 14.

From Equestrian Canada:

The athlete and horse replacement was implemented in accordance with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Late Athlete Replacement policy based on veterinary medical grounds concerning O’Hanlon’s declared horse, Foxwood High, a 13-year-old Canadian Sport Horse gelding owned by John and Judy Rumble.

Following official approval from the FEI, IOC and COC, Robinson – who was the first reserve eventing athlete nominated to the COC — was officially appointed as the substitute for Canada’s four-member eventing team, partnered with Let It Bee, her 15-year-old Westphalian gelding.

Following the replacement, the full Canadian Olympic Team for eventing at the Games is as follows:

Rebecca Howard (Marlborough, UK) and Blithe Hill Farm’s Riddle Master

Colleen Loach (Dunham, QC) and Peter Barry’s Quorry Blue d’Argouges

Jessica Phoenix (Cannington, ON) and Donald Leschied’s A Little Romance

Kathryn Robinson (Kettering, UK) and her own Let It Bee

The narrative of the naming of the Canadian eventing squad has been anything but straightforward. Kathryn was originally named to the team in the public team announcement on July 14, but was later relegated to a traveling reserve after Jessica Phoenix, originally named as the reserve, subsequently lodged and won an appeal to be placed on the team.

[Eventing Athlete and Horse Replacement Implemented for Canadian Equestrian Team at 2016 Rio Olympic Games]

Team USA Is on the Road (and, Later Today, in the Air) to Rio

After a few days of training camp at Meredyth South in Ocala, the Team USA event horses are loaded up and on the road to Miami, where they’ll board their flight to Rio tonight.

A few troopers from the USEF crew are already in Rio, preparing the horses’ and their riders/grooms’ digs. USEF Director of Sport Programs Will Connell has been blogging daily from the belly of the beast, chronicling the myriad details that go into setting up a temporary home base for elite athletes of both the human and equine variety. You can check out his updates here.

The team itself looks to be fighting fit and ready.

And they’re off! Starting the last leg of our toad to Rio. See you do there Glen and Sally!

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Meanwhile the riders are flying from Orlando to Houston today for USOC team processing — we want photos of you guys in your USA uniforms, don’t disappoint us! — and will then fly to Rio tonight.

The European and Europe-based teams are in travel mode as well, with the first eventing charter of 35 horses scheduled to leave London’s Stansted airport today. Others depart over the weekend from from Liege in Belgium. We’ve quite enjoyed this departure play-by-play from BBC broadcaster Jonathan Agnew at Stansted:

EN’s own intrepid reporter Jenni flies down Wednesday. We’re already in full-on Olympic mode here at Eventing Nation, so keep it locked here for much, much more!

Go Eventing.

Celebrity Eventers Emerge from Retirement for Halt Cancer at X Challenge

As thrilling as it was to watch Buck Davidson grab CCI3* and CCI2* victory by the horns, as exciting as it was to witness Mackenna Shea wrestling that big blue CIC3* ribbon to the ground, there is no trophy on earth big enough to contain the glory of the most important Rebecca Farm eventing competition that took place last week.

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

The contenders:

Rob “The Dark Knight” Burk, USEA CEO

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Photo by Leslie Wylie

Bert “The Human Pineapple” Wood, cross country course builder

Bert "The Human Pineapple" Wood. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Photo by Leslie Wylie

Sarah “Tiny Dancer” Broussard, event organizer

Sarah "Tiny Dancer" Broussard. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Photo by Leslie Wylie

Bobby “Pretty in Pink” Stevenson, member of the ground jury

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Photo by Leslie Wylie

The rules were, admittedly, a bit hazy. It was a three-phase eventing competition — that much was clear — but in this case it was more of an interactive sport. Spectators’ on-the-spot donations went toward coercing the competitors into completing tasks (removing one’s shirt during the dressage test, for instance) or adding/subtracting points from their score (example: X amount could buy a rider a dangerous riding penalty).

When it came to the courses, too, nothing seemed certain. Cross country was a sort of gambler’s choice, with riders selecting their own route and obstacles and typically getting lost in the process.

Mere moments before Rob Burk was set to leave the start box, he gazed out upon the cross country course with a blank look on his face.

“My strategy is to figure out what the jumps are before I jump them because I haven’t seen any of them yet,” he told EN.

Good plan, Rob. Rob is an accomplished equestrian himself, a graduate H/A Pony Clubber who achieved success as a Young Rider and went on to coach the Otterbein University Equestrian Team and the U.S. Naval Academy Equestrian Team. It has, however, been a while.

“This will be the first cross country jump I have done since 2006,” he admitted in the final waning moments before his run. “But I won my last event! I think it was Beginner Novice.”

Rob looked extremely competent where we saw him, but he knew that if he was going to win the Halt Cancer a X Challenge, he needed to bring something special to the table. Like, a handstand.

“The Dark Knight” managed to pull off his signature move in the dressage test …

… but on the cross country it didn’t go as planned:  

Perhaps the biggest cross country surprise came when announcer Ed Holloway went rogue, tucking his trousers into his socks and borrowing Sarah’s mount for an impromptu cross country run that included at least one three-star table.

Not Pony Club approved cross country footwear. No points for you either, Ed Holloway! Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Ed Holloway emerged as a new competitor during cross country. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Ed’s role as instigator carried over into the show jumping phase.

"Who wants the last fence a bit higher? I'm going to tweak it a bit." Photo by Leslie Wylie.

“Who wants the last fence a bit higher? I’m going to tweak it a bit.” Photo by Leslie Wylie.

But a little four-hole “tweak” couldn’t stop the celebrity competitors, who made short work of the course. Well, slightly longer work in the case of Bobby Stevenson, whose ability to jump obstacles in numerical order seems to have collected a bit of dust since he competed in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

"Bad" Bobby Stevenson. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Off course, Bobby! Photo by Leslie Wylie.

One never tires of watching Bert’s pineapple bobbing around a course:

This photo does not do justice to Bert's pink lipstick. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

This photo does not do justice to Bert’s pink lipstick. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Sarah, eventing’s own sugarplum fairy, kept the crowd on its tippy-toes:

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

And we loved watching Rob canter around like a happy little kid with a big grin on his face:

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

The cape in all its glory. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

And the winner was … I’m still not sure. But it was good sport, fun was had by all, and between the Halt Cancer at X Challenge and other fundraising efforts throughout the weekend, the 2016 Event at Rebecca Farm raised $117,000 to aid cancer awareness and research.

Go Eventing!

Wednesday Video from Kentucky Performance Products: Rebecca Farm T3D Helmet Cam

Yee-haw! Jeanine Allred and Annabell take us around the Training Three-Day cross country course at Rebecca Farm. Yee-haw! Jeanine Allred and Annabell take us around the Training Three-Day cross country course at Rebecca Farm.

In my Rebecca Farm cross country course preview I called it “the Disney World of cross country courses … Each jump is a work of art in and of itself, no theme too farfetched, and stringing them together must feel like a thrill ride roller-coaster of color and shape.”

I’ve been waiting impatiently this week for a helmet cam video to pop up to test my roller-coaster hypothesis, and at long last one has emerged! It’s courtesy of Jeanine Allred of Hailey, Idaho, who competed her 8 own 8-year-old Hungarian Sport Horse mare Annabell in the USEA Classic Series Training Three-Day.

Thanks for taking us out for a vicarious spin, Jeanine. And indeed, I think my metaphor applies!

Go Eventing.

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Let’s Discuss: Moonlighting in Dressage and Jumper Shows

Eventers in jumper land! Photo courtesy of Amelia Bayer. Eventers in jumper land! Photo courtesy of Amelia Bayer.

Eventers are versatile creatures, more capable than most of chameleon-ing it up in different disciplines — and being better at our own sport for it.

Virginia eventer Amelia Bayer has been dabbling in both straight dressage and straight show jumping in an effort to improve her results in those phases.

“Up until this year, I had awful dressage demons,” she says. “It was a huge mental block and even though I was physically past them, I still had to convince myself mentally. Participating in my school’s Intercollegiate Dressage Association team helped me get in the ring more often on horses that I didn’t know. My confidence started to grow and I figured if I can do well on horses that I don’t know, my own horses should be much easier. Now we average in the low 30s!”

She recently headed to the Virginia Horse Center to get some practice over the painted rails.

“Most recently, I’ve discovered some stadium jumping demons,” she says. “This was my first time branching out, and my coach and hunter/jumper friends from school were great support. I was nervous about memorizing so many courses since I haven’t done jumpers since middle school. On top of it, they had to deal with thunderstorms and lightning that was way too close for comfort.”

Amelia and her horse managed handily with her two Prelim horses. Handsome Devil took home reserve champion in the Level 3s, winning one of the classes; Road to Redemption matched him by also taking home reserve in Level 4 and winning a class.

She says she was pleased with their efforts and was grateful for the opportunity to practice calming her own nerves: “I will definitely be back to visit jumperland!”

Do you moonlight in straight dressage, hunter/jumper or perhaps a different discipline altogether? Tell us about your own experiences in the comments section below!

#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.

Bonus read: Check out the latest edition of Horse Nation’s DMVentions series, in which Donna-Maria Flood explains how to build a make-it-yourself farrier hoof stand, perfect for the home trimmer!

Photo by Donna-Maria Flood.

Photo by Donna-Maria Flood.

And now, without further ado:

Real life Tetris. #eventerproblems #eventersolutions #toomuchstuff #montanabound

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Driving home from the barn when suddenly I spot some logs cut perfectly to stand up tall and jump left out by the curb 5 mins from your house. Made my dad help because they are bigger than my last find. and my some strange twist of fate, just as I was about to leave I saw a little boy’s pug run out of his house and across a street and nearly get hit by a car who screeched to a halt and crossed the street (headed by way). I got out of my car immediately and called him to me super excited which worked at first until he started getting in that oh we’re playing let me run mode and he started to run towards the apartment complex with an even busier rode on the other side. I told my dad I had a dog toy in my car for bribery, my dad grabbed my fuzzy cd case and tossed it to the dog who was interested so I picked it up and used it as a lure to grab him. I think it was just meant to be. #horse #eventer #eventerproblems #broke #horse #horsre #horsejump #winner #equestrian #equine #ihaveaproblem #eventfulday #story #pug #pugrescue #subaru #lovethisoutback #outback #subaruoutback

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Go Eventing.

Tuesday Video from SpectraVET: Australian Eventing Team Olympic Staging Camp

Australia’s Olympic Eventing Team is hunkered down in the English countryside this week, making their final preparations for Rio.

The team of Chris Burton and Santano II, Sam Griffiths and Paulank Brockagh, Shane Rose and CP Qualified, and Stuart Tinney and Pluto Mio along with team reserves, have “gone to camp” at Stow on the World in Gloucestershire. It’s a familiar venue for members of Equestrian Australia’s high-performance program, as about half of Australia’s elite level eventing riders are situated in the UK and the facility has been used by the team in the past.

“It’s a little bit home away from home for everyone,” Equestrian Australia National Performance Director Prue Barrett explains. “As much as we want to bring everyone out of their home environment and into a group it’s important to bring them into an environment where they are really happy and the horses are really happy.”

In this video Prue shares a glimpse of the camp and the athletes in the final days before they ship out for Rio on July 29.

“There’s nothing that brings a group together better than having a shared goal as everyone is here very talking about it, everyone is on the same page,” she says.

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Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin

When it comes to OTTBs, some folks want the fresh-laid egg and others are ready for an omelette!

A couple recent editions of OTTB Wishlist have taken a departure from our usual MO of featuring Thoroughbreds just recently off the track or still very green in their secondary careers. Once again this week, we’re skipping ahead a few months or even years to spotlight OTTBs available for sale that have already gotten a jump start on eventing.

Here are three OTTBs that are startbox ready, via EN’s classifieds site Sport Horse Nation. We’ve included the ad copy provided; click the links for videos, pricing and more information.

Photo courtesy of  Emma Jones.

Photo courtesy of Emma Jones.

Talented Event Horse For Sale

Ron Juan, racing name Ron’s Partner (Partner’s Hero – Vee Vee Star, by Norquestor): 2004, 16.1-hand, thoroughbred gelding. Talented eventer with extensive experience at the Preliminary Level, has competed Intermediate, and has scope for more! Well suited for a young rider, amateur or professional looking to win and move up the levels. Goes in a snaffle all three phases. Consistently in the top three after Dressage with scores in the 20s, and is always in the ribbons at the end of the day. Finished 1st Loch Moy I OT 2016.

I bought ‘Ron’ off the track as a 6yr old. He is sound (no injuries), incredibly athletic, and has a fabulous work ethic — loves having a job and competing. He is only for sale because I am having to travel out of state for work and simply don’t have the time to compete him at the upper levels. Currently competing and winning at Training Level, as that is all that I have the time for, however he is fit, schooled, and ready to go Preliminary.

Located in Upperco, Maryland.

Photo by Flatlands, courtesy of

Photo by Flatlands Foto.

Sea Squall — Training Level Packer with Prelim Miles

Sea Squall (Stormy Atlantic – Cut My Heart (IRE), by General Assembly) aka “Bizzy” is offered for sale (NO LEASE OPTION). Bizzy is a 2001 15.3-hand bay Thoroughbred gelding. Tattooed, but never ran a race.

Bizzy was my first event horse and I have owned him since he was 4 years old. He and I learned together as we worked up the levels of eventing successfully through Preliminary. Bizzy is a Training level packer, who has competed at Training level (or above) for eight seasons. Although his record isn’t perfect, he is a great teacher. Safe, smart and careful, he could easily bring a confident young rider or amateur up the levels. Wins at Novice, Training level and Prelim-Training, and too many ribbons to count. He currently has is being ridden by a junior who started eventing last year and took him Beginner Novice to Novice with a win at GMHA last fall and ribbons almost every time out.

Aside from Bizzy’s many Horse Trials placings, he also competed at:
-GMHA Training-3 Day event (6th place)
-Fitch’s corner Area Championships (8th place).

Bizzy would also do well in the jumpers and might be competitive in the hunters/equitation ring.

The only reason that Bizzy is for sale is because I have too many horses to keep up with and know that he won’t be happy as a pasture pet. This horse loves to have a job.

Impeccable ground manners, self loads, will stand on the trailer forever, cross ties, ground ties, bathes, clips, stands for farrier, great for vet, etc. No soundness issues or vices. Not spooky or “hot,” but is still a TB and he does have a go button!

Photo by Amy Dragoo.

Photo by Amy Dragoo.

Ticondero — Training packer with prelim potential

Ticondero (Cherokee Run – Gal of Mine, by Mining) is a 2007, 16-hand OTTB gelding. He is very dependable both on and off property, consistently scoring in the high 20s and low 30s.

Ticondero is a pleasure to hack and goes out alone or in a group with no spook, buck, or rear. He is quiet enough for a beginner and talented enough for the serious competitor. He is very brave to fences and does ditches, water, and banks without a problem. He took a junior rider clear through her first training cross-country and is competitive in the jumpers as well-recently finishing second in the Low Schooling jumpers at Duncraven. He has competed successfully at training and has schooled prelim. He is easy on the ground and loads, clips, ties, and stands for the farrier.

#EventerProblems, Vol. 81: Horse Brains … What’s Going on in There?

What would you give to spend two minutes inside your horse’s brain? Who even knows what goes on inside those things.

Probably something like this, I’m thinking.

Although, when it comes to “normal” thoughts, I guess we eventerfolks really don’t have room to talk.

Glass houses, friends. Here’s your latest batch of #EventerProblems.

When an eventer decides that he would rather be a Lippizaner. #eventerproblems #eventersofinstagram #atleasthespretty

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The sign of an equine crime scene?? Or the remnants of poulticed legs?? #eventerproblems

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Autocorrect #eventerproblems

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It’s like watching paint dry. #ottb #unclefreddie #coldhosinglife #problemchild #eventerproblems

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When your barn gets a #Theraplate but your horse is too scared to stand on it…. #eventerproblems #myturnforamassage

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Now: we confuse the neighbors. #zebra #spotsandstripes #highmaintenance #eventerproblems #itwasagooddeal

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So not cool #eventer #eventing #horseshowproblems #eventerproblems #tooearly #why #eventingproblems

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When you don’t have any #eventerproblems yet. Onesie by @bekaburke #babyeventer #eventerintraining

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Go Eventing.

Monday Video from Tredstep Ireland: Dressage Training with Ingrid Klimke

As the daughter of Reiner Klimke, a six-time Olympic gold medalist in dressage, it’s no surprise that Ingrid is almost always at or near the top of the leaderboard after eventing’s first phase.

This new video from Pferdia TV shows Ingrid Klimke schooling at home, overseen by her mentor Paul Stecken. To me, even more interesting than the segments on lateral movements, lead changes and pirouettes, are the demonstrations of work in-hand and on the double lunge, for which she is joined by Wilfried Gehrmann.

Work in-hand is a fascinating technique, but significantly less common in North American training programs than it is in Europe. Considering the current German domination of our sport, perhaps we all ought to be taking notes!

Buck Davidson Scores Second Rebecca Farm Win in CCI2* with Halimey

Buck Davidson and Halimey. Photo by Leslie Wylie. Buck Davidson and Halimey. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Buck Davidson had an alright sort of day here at the Event at Rebecca Farm. Not only did he pick up the CCI3* win with Copper Beach, he collected the CCI2* trophy as well with Halimey.

Halimey is a relatively new ride for Buck. The 11-year-old half-blood Trakehner stallion owned by Christine Turner was previously campaigned through the Advanced level by Michael Pollard.

“Hal” isn’t a big horse, standing just 16.1 hands, but he has a big presence on the flat and even bigger jump. He’s been a star for most of his life: Bred in Germany, he was approved in Neumünster in 2007 as the best Anglo‐Trakehner colt, with a premium title. As a 5-year-old he immediately qualified for the Bundeschampionat of the German Event Horse and proceeded into the finals, where he placed 10th overall. He qualified for the same event again as a 6-year-old. In 2009, he was the Champion of his 70 day test in Marbach with top scores for both his dressage and jumping, including cross country, performances.

He came to the Pollards’ Chatsworth Stud in 2013 and with Michael in the irons earned multiple top two-star results. Their last FEI competition was the Richland Park CIC2* last summer, where they finished second.

So far Buck and “Hal” seem to be getting along famously. They placed first or second at their first three Prelim horse trials and enjoyed a solid run around one Intermediate horse trial before coming to Rebecca. This week they led the CCI2* division from start to finish, winning by a wide margin on their dressage score of 43.2.

“I’ve got to give credit to Michael Pollard. He’s done all the work with this horse,” said Davidson. “Hal was great today, great in all three phases. I really didn’t do very much other than steer!”

An interview after their CCI2* win:

The closest anyone got to catching this exciting pair was James Alliston and his own Revitavet Elijah, a 7-year-old Oldenburg gelding. They turned in double-clear cross country and show jumping rounds to move from third after dressage into second overall.

Rounding out the top three was Kevin Baumgardner and his own Wembley, a 13-year-old Dutch gelding. They added just two time penalties to their dressage score.

Congrats to all the finishers!

Rebecca Farm CCI2* final top 10: 

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Rebecca Farm: WebsiteScheduleRide Times & Live ScoresRide On Video Live StreamEN’s CoverageTwitterEN’s Instagram

Mackenna Shea and Landioso Land Rebecca Farm CIC3* Win

Mackenna Shea and Landioso. Photo by Leslie Wylie. Mackenna Shea and Landioso. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Nobody likes a braggart, but Mackenna Shea might have been a little bit TOO humble when it came time to own her Rebecca Farm CIC3* win. In addition to giving her horse Landioso ALL the credit (we’re pretty sure you did something out there too, Mackenna), she quite nearly let the rest of the division pass her by in the victory gallop.

“Come on, Mackenna, gallop! Go! Go! Go!” announcer Ed Holloway urged during their lap of honor.

The winners of the Rebecca Farm CIC3* take their victory gallop, led by Mackenna Shea and Landioso. #rebeccafarm

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When cross country leaders Barb Crabo and Eveready spilled one too many rails, Mackenna and Landioso’s one-rail round catapulted them into the lead.

“He’s an honest trier and has taken care of me for a long time,” Mackenna said of her 14-year-old German Sport Horse gelding. “I wasn’t pleased with my ride but he took care of me today.”

In the end it was a photo finish, both on the scoreboard and in the victory gallop, between Mackenna and her trainer Tamie Smith, whose final score aboard Dempsey was just 0.2 point behind Mackenna’s 58.4.

Great work, ladies!

At just 8 years old, Dempsey is a rising star in Tamie’s three-star string.

Tamie Smith and Dempsey. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Tamie Smith and Dempsey. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Rounding out the top three was Bunnie Sexton and Rise Against, who turned in one of four double-clean rounds in the division.

Bunnie Sexton and Rise Against. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Bunnie Sexton and Rise Against. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

The other double-clears belonged to Tamie, fourth-placed Amber Levine and Carry On, and sixth-placed Bonner Carpenter and Basco.

Amber Levine and Carry On. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Amber Levine and Carry On. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Rebecca Farm CIC3* finishers: 

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Rebecca Farm: WebsiteScheduleRide Times & Live ScoresRide On Video Live StreamEN’s CoverageTwitterEN’s Instagram

Buck Davidson Finally Gets His Rebecca Farm CCI3* Win on Copper Beach

Buck Davidson and Copper Beach. Photo by Leslie Wylie. Buck Davidson and Copper Beach. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Buck Davidson has been knocking at the door of a Rebecca Farm win for years. In 2011 he finished second on Ballynoe Castle RM. In 2015 he finished third on The Apprentice. In 2016, however, he finally just kicked the door in, winning not one but two FEI divisions: the CCI3* with Copper Beach and the CCI2* with Halimey.

Buck and Copper Beach, Carl Segal and Sherrie Martin’s 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse, were second heading into CCI3* show jumping. Just a tenth of a point ahead of them: Hannah Sue Burnett and Under Suspection, a 12-year-old Holsteiner mare owned by Mary Ann Ghadban. No pressure!

They had a hard rub at the very last fence …

Stay in that cup, rail! Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Don’t fall! Photo by Leslie Wylie.

… but luck was on their side as the pole stayed put in its cup.

Hannah Sue, unfortunately, must have cashed in all her good-luck points yesterday, when she bounced back from a tough fall on her first CCI3* horse, Cooley Dream, to take the lead on Under Suspection. Gravity got the better of her rattled rail and the resulting four point penalty knocked her into second and launched Buck into the lead.

“I’d never want anything bad happen to anyone else but I am really happy not to be second. And it’s great to have my friends here next to me,” Buck said, pointing to Burnett and third place finisher Hawley Bennett-Awad.

Hannah Sue Burnett and Under Suspection. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Hannah Sue Burnett and Under Suspection. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Hannah Sue and Under Suspection. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Hannah Sue and Under Suspection. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Hawley Bennett-Awad and Jollybo held fast to their third place position, turning in a double-clear round. It was an emotional finish and a huge comeback for Hawley, who was teary-eyed with happiness at the press conference.

“I have unbelievable people behind me and one of them is Buck. To put my red coat on again is very special,” Hawley said.

Hawley Bennett-Awad and Jollybo. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Hawley Bennett-Awad and Jollybo. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Hawley had a big smile on her face over the last. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Hawley had a big smile on her face over the last. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Hawley Bennett-Awad and Jollybo. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Hawley Bennett-Awad and Jollybo. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

The top three finishers stopped by the press tent to recap their rides. Warning: You might need a tissue when it comes Hawley’s time to speak!

James Alliston with Parker and Ellen Doughty-Hume with Sir Oberon both jumped double-clear rounds to finish fourth and fifth place respectively.

James Alliston and Parker. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

James Alliston and Parker. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Ellen Doughty-Hume and Sir Oberon. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Ellen Doughty-Hume and Sir Oberon. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

The CCI3* division saw seven finishers, as Buck’s second ride Approved Power and Jolie Wentworth’s Goodknight were both eliminated at the final horse inspection. Congratulations to all!

Your winners of the Rebecca Farm CCI3*, led by Buck Davidson and Copper Beach! #rebeccafarm

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Here and on other fronts on Sunday at Rebecca Farm …

Rebecca Farm CCI3* final results:

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Sights and Sounds from Rebecca Farm Cross Country

“Is Montana weather always like this?” I asked a local in attendance at last night’s competitor party. “Watercolor skies, cotton candy clouds, perfect temperature, double rainbows?”

Are you kidding me, Montana? Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Are you kidding me, Montana? Photo by Leslie Wylie.

He shook his head. “Nope. Last weekend it was hotter than blazes, the weekend before that it was pouring rain, and most of the time when we see double rainbows it’s because we’ve had one too many of these,” he said, lifting his beer.

But the Kalispell, Montana weather was clearly on Team Rebecca Farm yesterday, much to the delight of spectators who turned out in droves to take in the action. The hillsides were dotted with onlookers sprawled out on blankets, and the competitors did their part to put on a show. There were feats of incredible athleticism, dramatic displays of heart and a positive thrill-to-spill ratio.

Tracy Valentine, the Washington state photographer who shared her beautiful jog photos with EN earlier today, was here yesterday as well, capturing the cross country action and atmosphere.

From competitors …

Gina Economou and Calidore. Photo by Tracy Valentine.

Gina Economou and Calidore in the Rebecca Farm CCI3*. Photo by Tracy Valentine.

… to spectators (and their adorable dogs!) …

Photo by Tracy Valentine.

Photo by Tracy Valentine.

… here’s a glimpse of the day that was, as seen through Tracy’s lens.

You can check out more of Tracy’s work at Tracy Valentine Photography here.

Go Eventing!

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Rebecca Farm Final Horse Inspection/Fashion Study Photo Gallery

Love the color-coordinated turnout of Nikki Ayers and Rubicon, who are heading into CCI2* show jumping in 7th place. Photo by Tracy Valentine. Love the color-coordinated turnout of Nikki Ayers and Rubicon, who are heading into CCI2* show jumping in 7th place. Photo by Tracy Valentine.

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

In the CCI3* Buck Davidson’s mount Approved Power, who was in fourth place, as well as Jolie Wentworth’s Goodknight, who was in sixth, were sadly not accepted. In the CIC3* Jennie Brannigan’s mount I Bella, who was in fourth, was eliminated as well. All CCI2* and CCI1* horses presented passed.

Emily Pestl-Dimmett wears a dirndl to compliment her CIC3* mount Airlington, a German Sport Horse.   Photo by Tracy Valentine.

Emily Pestl-Dimmett wears a dirndl to compliment her CIC3* mount Airlington, a German Sport Horse. Photo by Tracy Valentine.

FEI division show jumping schedule, in Mountain Time:

CCI1* 10:00-11:40 a.m.
CCI2* 12:30-1:10 p.m.
CIC3* 2:00-2:35 p.m.
CCI3* 3:00-3:30 p.m.

We are able to bring you an (still uploading and yet to be captioned) extra-epic jog photo gallery thanks to Tracy Valentine, who made the trip to Rebecca Farm from Leavenworth, Washington, about six hours away, with her eventing friend Linda Hessel.

Between the panoramic blue skies and postcard-perfect landscape, it’s hard to take a bad photo out here — but when you’re a talented photographer with quality glass, the results are extra striking! You can check out more of Tracy’s work at Tracy Valentine Photography here.

A sneak preview:

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Saturday Rebecca Farm Highlights from Ride On Video

From FEI divisions to USEA Classic Series three-days to horse trial divisions, something was going on in every direction you looked at Rebecca Farm yesterday. It’s a lot to keep up with, but Ride On Video has been doing a great job of bringing us daily highlight videos that give us an at-a-glance look at what went on.

Here’s their wrap-up of Saturday’s action:

In addition, to the delight of eventing fans who couldn’t manage a quick weekend getaway to Montana, they’ve been live streaming the event — you can check it out here.

With so much going on, we figured Ride On Video could use an extra hand, er, paw?

Chinch is hanging out with the crew from @rideonvideo, which makes us a little nervous. #FaceForRadio #RebeccaFarm

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Thanks for Chinchsitting, Ride On Video! Hope he’s been behaving himself, mostly. Remember, little buddy:

Sunday sees the show jumping conclusion of all FEI divisions as well as Training through Intermediate horse trials. Final horse inspections get underway at 10 a.m. MT (noon EST), beginning with the CCI1*. We’re also looking forward to the conclusion of the Halt Cancer Challenge, which takes place after lunch — we’ll be bringing you a full report on that insanity-in-the-middle soon!

Go Eventing.

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Barb Crabo and Eveready Overtake Rebecca Farm CIC3* Cross Country Lead

Barb Crabo and Eveready were full of running over the last fence in the Rebecca Farm CIC3*. Photo by Leslie Wylie. Barb Crabo and Eveready were full of running over the last fence in the Rebecca Farm CIC3*. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

To say Barb Crabo and Eveready put the pedal to the metal around the Rebecca Farm CIC3* cross country course would be a misstatement, as Barb says her horse was more than happy to keep it locked in high gear.

“He was just amazing, he was on fire from the moment he left the start box,” Barb said of her own 17-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding. “He just was dragging me around the course, whatever I pointed him at he just went and said ‘let’s go faster.’ It was a blast.”

Their double-clear round, one of only two in the division, gave them a big boost up the scoreboard from eighth to first. Dressage leaders Mackenna Shea and Landioso picked up 10 time penalties and now sit second, shuffling birthday girl Tamie Smith and Lagos Star to third. 

Barb recapped her day:

The Rebecca Farm CIC3* is a leg of the Adequan USEA Gold Cup series, which consists of 11 qualifying competitions at Advanced and CIC3* levels and culminates at the AECs in September. When asked about whether she might consider contesting the finale in Tryon, Barb let slip that she feels like she has some unfinished business to take care of in France this fall. Their super cross country run in the Pau CCI4* last year was cut short by a fluke fall, and Barb wants a second shot at finding those finish flags — and we know they can do it. Put that horse on a plane, Barb! 

Back here in Montana, today’s blue-number jumps rode well for both the CIC3* and CCI3* divisions. There were a handful of problems and hairy moments at the main water complex, which demanded accurate, forward riding.

Jordan Lindstedt and Revitatvet Capato. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Jordan Lindstedt and Revitatvet Capato tackling the big drop in. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Jen McFall and Tamie Smith were two riders who gave us a masterclass in getting it done, and well:

Jen McFall and High Times. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Jen McFall and High Times. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Jenn McFall and High Times making short work of the CIC3* water. @dragonfirefarm #rebeccafarm

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Tamie Smith and Dempsey. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Tamie Smith and Dempsey. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Dempsey gives Tamie Smith a lovely clear round as a birthday present. #rebeccafarm

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With cross country complete for competitors in the top international levels, all eyes are now turned to show jumping, which starts Sunday at 10 a.m. Open Preliminary, Junior Open Preliminary, Senior Open Training and Junior Open Training will also compete tomorrow in show jumping.

Rebecca Farm CIC3* top 10 after cross country:

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Go Eventing!

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Nobody Mooses With Rebecca Farm CCI3* Cross Country Leader Hannah Sue Burnett

Montana wildlife is no joke.

Hannah Sue Burnett and dressage leader Cooley Dream were the first to strike out on Rebecca Farm’s big, testing CCI3* cross country track. Their day came to an early end when a moose walked right out in front of them at the big water complex, which also boasted a large population of extremely large trout and at least one bear with its paw in a honey pot.

Photo by official event photographer Shannon Brinkman, courtesy of Rebecca Farm.

Photo by official event photographer Shannon Brinkman, courtesy of Rebecca Farm.

OK, so the moose was probably there when Hannah Sue walked her course. But the large crowd on the hillside wasn’t, which seemed to be what Hannah Sue’s young horse was distracted by as he headed from the big waterwheel drop into the water (11a) to the moose skinny out (11b). He didn’t quite get a read of the second element and chested it, spilling his pilot and squashing her a bit in the process.

She was on the ground for a few moments with her breath knocked out, and as they carted her off course in a golf cart I wasn’t alone in thinking we’d seen the last of Hannah Sue today.

But you better believe that as she was lying there in a crumpled heap, she was already inventorying her body parts and plotting her revenge on that damn moose. And not 40 minutes later we looked up and there she was, bursting from the startbox like a slug from a sawed-off shotgun on her second CCI3* ride Under Suspection. The 12-year-old Holsteiner mare owned by Mary Ann Ghadban was in second place after dressage, and Hannah Sue isn’t one to go gentle into that good night. 

We were all holding our breaths as she once again took aim at the wildlife-infested water complex that had caught Cooley Dream in its snare. Down the big drop they went, and “Pippi” stuck the landing like an equine Kerri Strug: one down, one to go. They began their bending line toward the moose.

Outta my way, Bullwinkle. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

I’m coming for you, Bullwinkle. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Three, two, one …

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

… then it was in the rearview like stinky roadkill and they never looked back, turning in a double-clear trip that boosted Pippi into the lead. If you win tomorrow, Hannah Sue, maybe instead of a trophy they’ll let you take that moose’s head home with you to hang over the mantle.

Hannah Sue Burnett and Under Suspection. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Hannah Sue Burnett and Under Suspection. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Second-placed Buck Davidson and Copper Beach haven’t left them much breathing room, however. The pair lurks just a tenth of a point behind after their own pedal-to-the-medal tour de cross country.

Buck Davidson and Copper Beach. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Buck Davidson and Copper Beach. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

In third place is Hawley Bennett-Awad and her new ride Jollybo, whose aggressive yet agile cross country style seems to mirror Hawley’s own.

Hawley Bennett-Awad and Jollybo. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Hawley Bennett-Awad and Jollybo. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

The top three CCI3* riders, plus Barb Crabo who is leading the CIC3* cross country on Eveready, kindly recap their days for us:

I’ll be updating this post with more info and photos soon so check back, and stay tuned for a CIC3* report as well.

Rebecca Farm CCI3* top 10 after cross country:  

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Rebecca Farm CIC3* top 10 after cross country:

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Who Jumped It Best? Rebecca Farm Training Three-Day Edition

Jumping past a dead guy has to be the ultimate test of event horse bravery, right? Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Jumping past a dead guy has to be the ultimate test of event horse bravery, right? Photo by Leslie Wylie.

This post may be billed as a “Who Jumped It Best?” showdown — and we’ll get around to that eventually — but really I just wanted to take you guys for a tour around one of Rebecca Farm’s most over-the-top cross country masterpieces, the Western Village.

Let’s have a look around:

This hunting dog themed jump is fully stocked with complimentary dog biscuits. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

This hunting dog themed jump is fully stocked with complimentary dog biscuits. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Someone had a little too much fun at the saloon last night. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Someone had a little too much fun at the saloon last night. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

A gentleman exercises his Second Amendment at the First Interstate Bank. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

A gentleman exercises his Second Amendment at the First Interstate Bank. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Some familiar faces are wanted dead or alive. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Some familiar eventing faces are wanted dead or alive. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Say a little prayer as you pass by -- only a few more jumps to go! Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Say a little prayer as you pass by — only a few more jumps to go! Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Those wishing to drop their event entries off here should allow two to three months for delivery. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Those wishing to drop their event entries off here should allow two to three months for delivery. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

That's one way to cure your horse of a left drift.  Photo by Leslie Wylie.

That’s one way to cure your horse of a left drift. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

The Training competitors were asked to jump the most perilous obstacle of the lot, in my opinion: “The Gallows.” The B element table is straightforward enough, but the dead dude dangling to the right of it? That ain’t no jump judge.

Nonetheless, all the Training Three Day horses I watched come through all tackled it like champs. Who jumped it best? Choose wisely, because you know what we do with the riffraff around these parts.

(Just kidding. Everyone is a winner and no one is getting sent to The Gallows — at least not today.)

Kylan Maki and Fiat. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Kylan Maki and Fiat. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Katherine Groesbeck and Blue Squiggles. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Katy Groesbeck and Blue Squiggles. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Sophia Vitale and Jefferson D'Aurois. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Sophia Vitale and Jefferson D’Aurois. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Allison Welch and How You Doin'. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Allison Welch and How You Doin’. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Britt Sabbah and Saint Louie. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Britt Sabbah and Saint Louie. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Two USEA Classic Series Training Three Day divisions are running this weekend — here are the post cross-country standings for each:

Rebecca Farm T3D Division A top 10: 

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Rebecca Farm T3D Division B top 10: 

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Both the Novice and Training Three-Day divisions conclude with the final horse inspection and show jumping today. It looked like competitors were having fun out there today and we’re looking forward to watching them finish strong .

Go Eventing!

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Rebecca Farm Cross Country Preview: Gator Bait, Wild West Towns and Other Delights

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

From jumps inspired by Montana’s spectacular landscape and wildlife …

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Being a stone’s throw from Glacier National Park you can actually see snowcapped mountains in the distance here — even in the middle of the summer! Photo by Leslie Wylie.

No Montana cross country course would be complete without a moose. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

No Montana cross country course would be complete without a moose and some trout. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Sitting duck. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Sitting duck. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

This particular element of hunting/fishing theme decor made Chinch a little nervous. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

This particular element of hunting/fishing theme decor made Chinch a little nervous. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

… or playing homage to western frontier life …

Stay tuned for a tour of the "Western Village" complex in our Training Three Day cross country post later today. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Stay tuned for a tour of the “Western Village” complex in our Training Three Day cross country post later today. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

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From the engine to the caboose, each train car is a different level jump. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

… to a few random odds and ends …

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Why settle for a log when you can have a dinosaur? Photo by Leslie Wylie.

… Rebecca Farm is a wonderland among cross country courses.

Playing the role of Walt Disney is designer Ian Stark, with mad genius builder Bert Wood and his dream factory working in tandem to bring Ian’s imaginings to fruition. I caught up with Bert yesterday for a grand tour of his favorite complex, the far water, on this year’s course.

The complex is Louisiana themed, a nod to the late Rebecca and Jerome Broussard’s home in the deep south before they relocated to Montana in the mid-’80s. Included is an assortment of bayou creatures ranging from benign (crawfish, beavers) to deadly (water moccasins, alligators and, in an adjacent pond, Canada’s own Loch Ness monster Ogopogo).

Photos by Leslie Wylie.

Photos by Leslie Wylie.

Fish or be fished. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Fish or be fished. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

The 2016 crowd favorite seems to be a jump in the Louisiana water complex affectionately dubbed “Gator Bait.”

The story behind the jump: “This used to be a duck but the head rotted off,” Bert explains. They thought about making it into a goose, but that didn’t make sense — nothing about a goose screams Louisiana. A headless chicken on a fishing pole being used as gator bait, though? Brilliant.

If you've ever wanted to jump a headless chicken, Rebecca Farm 2016 is your chance. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

If you’ve ever wanted to jump a headless chicken, Rebecca Farm 2016 is your chance. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Luckily, this Training/Prelim fence doubles as a gator patrol vehicle.

Bert Wood and his Gator Boyz to the rescue! Photos by Leslie Wylie.

Bert Wood and his Gator Boyz to the rescue! Here again, from fuzzy dice to rubber chickens, no detail is left unattended to. Photos by Leslie Wylie.

Both Ian and Rebecca Farm allow Bert plenty of loose rein with it comes to creativity. “Ian is pretty creative on his own,” Bert says. “A lot of the time he says, ‘I want a shape here,’ instead of a boring log you throw a gator on top or a snake or make it a crawdad or a chicken.”

This year’s three-star track is similar to last year’s but with a few tweaks and, as Ian puts it in his course preview, a couple new fences that are “quite exciting and sort of scary.”

There are significant differences between the CCI3* track and the shorter, less technically gruelling CIC3* track. “I like to make the CIC a stepping stone to the CCI,” Ian explains.

In this cross country preview from Ride on Video Ian takes us on a tour of the CCI3* course:

Course Walk With Ian Stark Rebecca Farm July 2016

“I love coming to Montana,” Ian says, gesturing at his surroundings. “What wouldn’t you love about this?  The sunshine, perfect temperature … it’s not quite like Scotland is it? Apart from the weather and beauty it’s a fantastic event — it’s got a little bit of everything.”

Cross country gets underway today with the CCI2* from 8 to 9 a.m. MT, CIC3* from 9:20 to 10:35 MT, CCI3* from 11 to 11:40 a.m. MT, and CCI1* from 12 to 1:40 p.m. MT. Saturday also sees the conclusion of Novice and Training Three-Day show jumping as well as the continuation of the horse trials divisions.

Much more to come. Go Eventing!

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