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Weekend Winners: Fair Hill, Midsouth, TR&HC, Pine Hill, Fresno County

I sure do love tuning in to Instagram on Monday morning to a flood of sweet photos from your horse show weekends. Whether or not there’s a ribbon pinned to your horse’s bridle, you always seem to have encouraging takeaways and gushing compliments for your equine partners.

Of course, great memories and growth are worth more than any blue ribbon, but it’s nice to have the occasional well-deserved moment of glory, too — hence EN’s weekly winner shout-outs! Extra congrats are in order for our lowest scoring finishers in the country this weekend, Katie Komnenich and Gabriel,  who posted a 19.8 to win the Sr. Beginner Novice Rider division at Fresno County Horse Park H.T.

And now, for your weekend winners:

Fair Hill International: WebsiteYEH ResultsCCI ResultsLive StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram
CCI3*: Frankie Thieriot Stutes & Chatwin (27.3)
CCI2*: Boyd Martin & On Cue (23.7)
USEA YEH East Coast 5-year-old Championship: Tamie Smith & MB MaiStein (88.29)
USEA YEH East Coast 4-year-old Championship: Courtney Cooper and R River Star (83.24)

Hagyard Midsouth Three-day Event & Team Challenge H.T.: WebsiteResultsEN’s Coverage
CCI*: Robin Walker & Srs Picasso (31.6)
CCI* Young Rider/ Junior: Jackie Lemastus & Indian Mill (30.5)
Open Preliminary A: Colin Gaffney & Timaru (41.8)
Open Preliminary B: Kristine Burgess & Twoggeron (33.7)
Preliminary 3 Day: Arden Wildasin & Hellohello (44.9)
Open Training A: Hailey Patno & Fulleigh Armed (26.8)
Open Training B: Kayleigh Leavell & Branching Out (31.2)
Open Training C: Kara Andrew & Sbt Clover Road (22.7)
Open Training D: Sheri Thornley & Toga (33.9)
Training 3 Day: Kiersten Miller & Pierre (23.7)
Open Novice A: Robin Walker & Watermill Rain (23.8)
Open Novice B: Campbell Jones & Aura Cf (20.5)
Open Novice C: Alston Kerr & Sir Earl Grey (21.9)
Open Novice D: Madeline Bletzacker & Drummer Boy (24.5)
Open Beginner Novice A: Marianna Bernardi & Full Circle (28.5)
Open Beginner Novice B: Barbara Lightner & BT MacDiamond (24.0)
Open Beginner Novice C: Jamie Mcallister & Juczt My Style S (25.8)
Open Beginner Novice D: Mary Clare Owdziej & Deal Me In (30.0)
Prelim Team: The Eventing Association of Michigan (Maxine Preston & Shannondale Magnum, Jordan Riske & Redemption Song, Carrie Mulks & Zara, Holly Zecchin & Spare)
Training Team: Lambert Training Team (Jane Musselman & Duke Of Diamond, Martha Lambert & Sutton, Sara Blackwell & Brig’s Swift Arrival, Sara Millett & Phat True Dat)
Novice Team: Robin’s Walkers (Alston Kerr & Sir Earl Grey, Robin Walker & Watermill Rain, Chloe Miller & No Nottings Nest, Taylor Gibson & Art I Pleasant)
Beginner Novice Team: Columbus Event Team (Barbara Lightner & BT MacDiamond, Paige Liptak & Miss Dynamic, Amber Vannoy & Highlander, Ruth Siegfried & One of Equine Express)

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Had a fantastic weekend at Hagyard Midsouth Team Challenge!! As our final prep before Jockey Club CCI 1* I couldn’t be happier with the weekend! Had a good dressage test (not our best but that was rider issues), a super show jumping round, and an AMAZING time cross country. Finishing 3rd out of 20+ and the only horse to finish on his Dressage score out of BOTH PRELIM DIVISIONS! ⭐️⭐️ Elliot has grown up so much in the last year and has so much more growing to do! He is truly an incredible animal and I feel so lucky to be able to ride him. Thank you to @carter_eventing for all your help in making Elliot into the prelim star that he is! 😊😊 thank you to @alissasuzanne91 , @lorriwit , and @olivia_tanski for coming to Kentucky to help and support me. Competing is so much better when your surrounded by good energy and great people! #standingstonellc #elephantscanfly #shannondalemagnum #kentuckyhorsepark #TEAM #michiganeventing #thankyou

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This horse is all class, completing his first CCI1* as reserve champion! He trotted up this morning beautifully, announcing that we’d passed before we’d even made it all the way back! He warmed up for show jumping and jumped better than I’ve ever felt from him! After a smooth and flawless round we ultimately had the last fence down, quite unlucky really. As an 8yo in his first season of Eventing, he has not only won me over, but has won many events along the way! He has surpassed every one of my expectations and given me the feeling that he has much much more to give. I’m so thankful to him and everyone that has helped, cheered, and supported me along the way! Your calls, texts, and messages throughout the year have been wonderful! #bossinova #whatayear #mcconnoneventing

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Tryon Riding & Hunt Club H.T.: [Website] [Results]
Open Preliminary: Will Zuschlag & Quintana K (33.5)
Open Training: Will Zuschlag & Aspen KD (26.4)
Training Rider: Sierra Shurtz & Zach Eyed Pea (28.8)
Novice Rider-A: Annette Reals & Knight’s Tale (23.8)
Novice Rider-B: Lauren Alexander & Monty’s Revenge (23.1)
Open Novice-A: Jessica Schultz & Into Thin Air (21.9)
Open Novice-B: Emily Cardin & Schwalbestrum (24.8)
Beginner Novice Rider-A: Bailey Hamilton & Chantilly Lace and a Pretty Face (29.5)
Beginner Novice Rider-B: Amanda Fisher & Howies Shootin Star (32.0)
Open Beginner Novice-A: Jessica Schultz & FGF Peri Whan (23.3)
Open Beginner Novice-B: Coti Hausman & Top of The Class (24.8)
Starter: Keileigh McMurray & Rapport (26.7)

Pine Hill Fall H.T.: [Website] [Results]
Open Training: Chloe Bonnaure & Texas Red (30.0)
Open Novice A: Scottiann Evans & Briteman (25.7)
Open Novice B: Erin Roane & Beau Tie (32.1)
Open Beginner Novice A: Theresa Kambour & Beltona (29.7)
Open Beginner Novice B: Haley Miller & Mr. Melvin (27.5)
Open Starter: Connor Stegeman & Zips Bangee (33.9)

Fresno County Horse Park H.T.: [Website] [Results]
Open Intermediate: Liza Horan & Hollister 13 (37.4)
Open Preliminary: Paige Dinnie & Someday (25.4)
Preliminary Rider: Eneya Jenkins & Lawtown boy (31.5)
Open Training: Lauren LoPiccolo & Favoloso (30.7)
Sr. Training Rider: Cecily Bonadio & Just Off Broadway (30.2)
Y.R. Training Rider: Lauren Gillis & Under the Spotlight (23.6)
Jr. Novice Rider: Maya Pessin & This Bird (32.6)
Open Novice: Nikki Lloyd & Wil’ya Dance (27.3)
Sr. Novice Rider: Mariela Caravetta & Adios Nonino (33.6)
Open Beginner Novice: Amanda Volle & Oklahoma Sooner (31.3)
Sr. Beginner Novice Rider: Katie Komnenich & Gabriel (19.8)
Y.R. Beginner Novice Rider: Sophia Merz & Bird Is The Word (26.8)
Introductory A: Autum Chavez & Saving Grace II (37.2)
Introductory B: Kandra Silva & Tinkerbelle (37.2)
USEA Young Event Horse 4 Year Old West Coast Championship: Andrea Baxter & Melkenna (82.6)
USEA Young Event Horse 5 Year Old West Coast Championship: Madison Temkin & MVP Madbum (82.4)

Congrats to all! Go Eventing.

Fair Hill Instagram Roundup: The Professional Lens

Photographers have been roaming Fair Hill International like kids in a candy shop this week, chasing the light and capturing emotions. With hundreds or thousands of photos from each show they shoot, I always find it interesting which ones they consider special enough to share on Instagram — unique perspectives, captivating details, candid moments or action shots illuminated in some transcendental way.

Here are a few that have stood out thus far from Fair Hill 2018.

Shannon Brinkman (Shannon Brinkman Photography)

Erin Gilmore (Erin Gilmore Photography)

Lindsay Berreth (The Chronicle of the Horse)

Patty Franklin O’Brien (Summer Crow Photos)

Cassandra Ingles (Entice Design)

Juli Phillips (Vispera Productions)

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Wanna hear a funny story that is my life? Play by play: . 6:42am See my horse whose leg is even less swollen today after galloping on it yesterday. How? Idk. 8:30am Arrive at FHI 8:32am Lock keys in truck 9:00am Wander around the wrong XC course to take photos 9:15am Find the correct course and set up. 12:30pm Lunch break. 12:31pm Stand in line for 30 mins for okayish food. 12:35pm A stranger makes a comment about how much hair I have and proceeds to have a conversation about said hair with her friends as I'm standing right…here… 1:10pm "Ok I'm ready to eat." 1:11pm Riders are on course. "Eating while walking to the course it is." 2:00pm Severe stomach pains from food poisoning cause me to cuss under my breath and occasionally wince in pain. 3:00pm Stomach pains subside. I say hello to lovely @nikkaydee 4:00pm Call triple AAA because I'm still stranded at FHI 4:15pm Say hello to lovely @gracefulgallop 4:35pm Phone rings during press conference it's the AAA guy. Awks. Sorry everyone. 4:45pm Make friends with parking attendees while waiting for said AAA guy. 5:00pm AAA guy arrives and saves my life. 5:09pm I proceed home. 6:15pm Nausea returns Currently: Writing this Instagram post. Where will the rest of the night take us? I can only imagine. Probably the toilet but I'm not a psychic. . #photoshop #graphicdesign #graphicdesigner #love #equine #equestrian #equinephotography #horse #cavalo #caballo #horsesofinstagram #canon #canonusa #equiworldphotography #sportsphotographer #sportsphotography #maryland

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The event’s show jumping finale will soon be underway. Go Eventing!

#DuttaFHI: WebsiteStart TimesScheduleYEH Live ScoresCCI Live ScoresLive StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

2018 Galway Downs CCI3* Canceled Due to Lack of Entries

2017 Galway Downs CCI3* winners James Alliston and Happenstance. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Galway Downs International organizers have canceled the event’s upcoming CCI3* due to lack of entries. The event, to be held Nov. 1-4 in Temecula, California, will still host CC1*, CCI2* and horse trials divisions.

“This year’s three-star class has been canceled due to lack of horsepower, but we will regroup for 2019 when the preparation for the Olympic Games in Tokyo will provide for much larger demand at the top international levels,” says Robert Kellerhouse.

2018 marks Galway Downs’ 20th anniversary and strong attendance is reported for the other divisions. “Our field of 300 horses this year includes 15 CCI2*, 55 CCI1* and 30 Training Three-Day entries,” Robert confirms. Cross country day on Saturday, Nov. 3, will feature plenty of spectator entertainment including live music at the Temecula Jamboree with country-western artists Jerrod Niemann, Cassidy Pope and Chase Bryant — click here for tickets.

Visit the Galway Downs website here.

Fair Hill CCI3* Live Updates: Frankie and Chatwin Get It Done

Frankie Thieriot Stutes and Chatwin. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

We’re back at Dutta Corp Fair Hill International! The CCI3* division will kick off at 1:30 p.m. EST, a 20-minute delay from the originally scheduled 1:10 start. CCI3* cross country will stream live on USEF Network with commentary from Jimmy Wofford and EN’s own Jenni Autry, and correspondingly we will be running live updates here on EN so keep refreshing this page for all the latest!

CCI3* optimum time: 10 minutes, 7 seconds

CCI3* cross country course preview

Cross country start times

#DuttaFHI: WebsiteXC Start TimesScheduleYEH Live ScoresCCI Live ScoresLive StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

1:30: Our veteran pathfinders, Lauren Kieffer and Landmark’s Monte Carlo, are on course!  

1:34: Boyd Martin and Long Island T are away from the box now as well. Boyd took the lead in the CCI2* earlier today with On Cue — check out EN’s cross country play-by-play here

1:40: Lauren and “Patrick” are clear through the final water, heading for home over the last two.

1:41: Another all-star, Buck Davidson, now on course with Archie Rocks. Lauren is through the finish flags just one second over time. 

1:45: Boyd Martin and Long Island T look super going round in the horse’s first trip around Fair Hill. They come home clear with four time penalties.

1:48: Buck Davidson and Archie Rocks are through the finish and are the first pair inside the time — seven seconds inside the time, in fact.

1:55: Jessie Phoenix and Bogue Sound are clear through the finish with 8.8 time. 

1:57: “Good boy!” Dom Schramm and Bolytair B are home safe and happy with 6.8 time penalties.  

2:01: Caroline Martin and The Apprentice are through the finish with 12.4 time penalties. 

2:02: Lindsay Kelley and Cooley Cruise Control have two glance-offs at #23B then default to the long route and complete the course with 60 jumping and 22.8 time. 

2:04: Meghan O’Donoghue and Palm Crescent part ways at the Frog Pond early on course — she got “pop-tarted” out of the tack, as live stream commentator Jimmy Wofford put it. 

2:09: Clayton Fredericks and FE Ophelia pick up a runout at #25B, the second part of the Springhouse Water near the end of the course. We’ve seen a few horses get here on a funny step or not quite straight and step over this sharply angled brush, but this is the first glance-off we’ve seen. They complete with 20 jumping and 18.4 time.

2:16: Tremendous first-time Fair Hill effort for Kaitlin Clasing and Cartender de Nyze, who have completed the course with 14.4 time penalties.  

2:20: Sydney Conley Elliott is delighted with Cisko A at the finish after a clear round with 2.4 time penalties to add. 

2:26: Ashley Kehoe and Kiltealy Toss Up are home with 20.4 time penalties.

2:29 A scrappy moment for Fair Hill rookies Emily Hamel and Corvett at the final water but they get the job done. “That horse gets to sleep on her pillow tonight!” Jimmy chuckles. No jumping and 10.0 time penalties for this pair. 

2:33: Alexandra Sacksen and Sparrow’s Nio have a runout at the coffin at #13C. They are clear on second attempt and continuing on course.

2:34: Matthew Flynn and Wizzerd are home clear with 9.4 time penalties.

2:35: Alexandra Sacksen and Sparrow’s Nio retire after another right-hand runout at #23A. 

2:41: Charlotte Collier and Clifford M complete their first CCI3* and first Fair Hill with 12.8 time. 

2:45: Sara Gumbiner and Polaris are through the finish with 8.8 time penalties. 

2:49: Will Faudree and Pfun are home with 12.0 time penalties in the horse’s return to the level. 

2:51: Karl Slezak and Fernhill Wishes finish with 10.0 time penalties in the horse’s first Fair Hill effort. We’re halfway through the division and still just one combination inside the time, Buck with Archie Rocks.

2:57: A successful Fair Hill debut is a huge achievement for Cornelia Dorr and Sir Patico MH. They add just 4.0 time penalties. 

3:01: Mara DePuy and Congo Brazzaville C come home with 19.6 time penalties — Mara had her work cut out for her to keep Congo in check and all those tugs must have added up. 

3:08: Emilee Libby and Jakobi have a glance-off at #17B in the arena, the first issue we’ve seen at this combination. They complete with 20 jump and 28.0 time penalties.

3:11: Waylon Roberts and Lancaster are home with 8.0 time, likely owing to taking the long route option at the Farmhouse Corners. 

3:14: Autumn Schweiss and Oakport Strauss have a difference of opinion about striding at #23B and fall. Both horse and rider are immediately up and walking off course.

3:17: Caitlin Henderson and Creative Dreamer have a runout at 11C at the coffin. They elect to take the long route at the Farmhouse Corners a few jumps later on course, but their day comes to an early end when Caitlin gets popped out of the tack at #24A when the horse has an awkward twist over the big log. 

3:23: Ariel Grald and Leamore Master Plan pick up 20 after a runout at the #17 arena combination but collect themselves to complete with 16.0 time.  

3:27: Jenny Caras and Fernhill Fortitude are just one second over the time, which slots them into 3rd place provisionally and they’ll sit no lower than 7th overnight. 

3:31: Ema Klugman and Bendigo are home clear with 18.8 time in their Fair Hill debut. 

3:35: Woodge Fulton and Captain Jack finish with 11.6 time penalties. 

3:41: Fylicia Barr and Galloway Sunrise hang a leg at #24A and recover but have a glance-off at #24B.  

3:45: Colleen Rutledge and Confidence Game retire after two refusals at the triple brush at #22B. 

3:46: Our dressage leaders Frankie Thieriot Stutes and Chatwin are on course with 12 seconds in hand to keep their lead over Buck. Chatwin looks confident and very full of running — Frankie will have her hands full for the next 10 minutes. 

3:49: Frankie and Chatwin are home and we’re all on edge awaiting to see where they stopped the clock. 

3:50: And … they’re six seconds INSIDE the time!

3:54: Boyd Martin and Ray Price pick up a disappointing 20 at the final combination at #25B. Even with the runout, however, they still finish inside the time. 

4:01: Buck Davidson and Erroll Gobey pick up 14.8 time in an educational Fair Hill debut for this up-and-coming horse. 

4:02: We’re on the homestretch of this division, with just three combinations left to find the finish flags.

4:03: Jessica Phoenix and Pavarotti were 2nd after dressage but 16.4 time penalties will slide them a ways down the scoreboard. 

4:07: Caroline Martin and Danger Mouse, 3rd after dressage, pick up 12.0 time penalties which will nudge them down the standings a bit as well. 

4:09: The penultimate placing is Lauren Kieffer’s for the taking with Vermiculus — they can afford three seconds and stay ahead of Buck and Archie Rocks. 

4:13: And the final score is in … Lauren and Vermiculus have 8.4 time, good for 7th place heading into show jumping tomorrow.

4:14: A look at your new scoreboard top 10! View complete results here. Frankie and Chatwin are sitting pretty in the top spot with one show jumping rail in hand. What an exciting day of cross country with the clock wrecking some havoc on placings. We look forward to a nail-biting finale tomorrow!

Jenni will be along later with a full cross country report for the day. Until then … Go Eventing.

CCI1* Leaders Maintain Edge Through Cross Country at Hagyard Midsouth

Andrew McConnon’s Bossinova was a boss on Midsouth cross country! Photo by Cameron Boggs.

Cross country kicked off yesterday at Hagyard Midsouth Three-day Event & Team Challenge H.T. with the CCI1* and YR/JR CCI1* divisions, whose dressage leaders held fast to their margins.

In the CCI1* Andrew McConnon and Bossinova, his own 8-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Bonifatius x Dawina, by Der Lord), had a cracking round in the horse’s first CCI run.

“He just does everything I ask of him,” Andrew says. “Hugo” came out of the box positive, Andrew says, and demonstrated his get-the-job done work ethic at the first water, which was quite deep. They stepped in conservatively, which put them off their stride to the next element, but Hugo stuck it out. “He was just incredible to hold his line and hunt for the flags.”

After that they got into a good rhythm and he was a professional through, Andrew says. A late combination at #19, a turning question of chevrons complicated by terrain, caught out a couple horses, but Hugo navigated it handily. “It was as if he’d walked the course,” Andrew says.

They came home clear and fast. “I looked down and we were well ahead of time the last couple minutes so we just cruised home,” Andrew says. “He pulled up and wasn’t even breathing, which made me happy for his first CCI.”

EN blogger extraordinaire Amy Nelson took time from her own busy competition weekend to film some clips of CCI1* cross country. Here’s Andrew and Hugo through the second water:

Third-placed Arden Wildasin with Kineo:

Eighth-placed Nicole Parkin and Lander:

A few more cobbled together dispatches from the field … fifth-placed Laura Crowl and Dinner at Malones:

Ninth-placed Hillary Irwin and By A Hundredth:

13th-placed Julia Spatt and 501 Macintosh:

It was a brisk 50 degrees for the final horse inspection this morning. “The horses were feeling fresh,” Andrew says. “It felt a lot like Europe!”

Sixteen-year-old Elizabeth Henry and Charlotte La Bouff, her own 10-year-old warmblood mare, maintained their lead in CCI1* Young Rider/Junior division, adding nothing cross country to their dressage score of 24.9.

“I was over the moon with my dressage test,” Elizabeth says. “She felt amazing — as always there are things to work on and make better but it was one of our best tests.”

The pair was foot perfect on cross country this morning. “It was a really fun course with some technical distances and combinations,” Elizabeth says. “Cross country is Lottie and I’s favorite phase! We had an awesome double clear run; Lottie felt ready to go as she usually is. I am so lucky to have such an amazing horse like her for both of our first one-star. We both love what we do and want more than anything to do our absolute best.”

One-star show jumping begins at 1 p.m. Best of luck to all!

CCI1* Top 5 After Cross Country:

CC1* Young Rider/Junior Top 5 After Cross Country:

Classic Format Prelim Three-Day Top 5 After Dressage:

Classic Format Training Three-Day Top 5 After Dressage:

Hagyard Midsouth Three-day Event & Team Challenge H.T. WebsiteEntry StatusRide TimesLive ScoresEN’s Coverage

Andrew McConnon and Bossinova Lead Midsouth CCI1* Dressage + YR/JR 1* and P3D Update

We’ll let Fair Hill have the two- and three-stars, but the Kentucky Horse Park is where it’s at for single-star action this week. The Hagyard Midsouth Three-day Event & Team Challenge H.T. features a CCI1*, YR/JR CCI1* and classic format three-days at the Prelim and Training levels in addition to Beginner Novice through Prelim horse trial divisions and a team challenge.<

Lots going on. Let’s check in at the sandbox!

Andrew McConnon and Bossinova at the horse’s first one-star outing at Stable View last month. Photo courtesy of Andrew McConnon.

Andrew McConnon and Bossinova, his own 8-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Bonifatius x Dawina, by Der Lord), lead the CCI1* on a dressage score of 27.3. The horse is a class act in all three phases — he’s won seven horse trials this year — and his performance yesterday was no exception.

“He’s beautifully behaved,” Andrew says. “Dressage is subjective, isn’t it, but every judge has really appreciated him. He’s so consistent for me.”

We’ve been keeping tabs on this exciting “EN’s Got Talent” coupling — check out our profile of them from August here. Andrew, who is based in Ocala, imported “Hugo” from England last December following a couple years spent working for William Fox-Pitt. Since then they’ve been steadily stepping up the levels from Training to Prelim, Prelim to one-star.

Andrew says, “I’m a rider who likes to take it slow with the horses at the lower levels to make sure they really know what’s going on,” but Hugo has proven himself a precocious pupil. Andrew had planned on doing a full four Training level events with him, but after winning their first three outings, Andrew felt like the horse was ready for more. They went on another winning streak at Prelim, including the Area III Prelim Championships at Chattahoochee Hills in July, then placed 5th in the CIC1* at Stable View last month.

Andrew McConnon and Bossinova at the Midsouth first horse inspection. Photo courtesy of Andrew McConnon.

Rather than waiting around for the Ocala Jockey Club CCI1* next month, Andrew figured that they might as well get on with it at Midsouth to get a jump start on winter break. “Then we can start really slow and get him strong for next year. And I also thought the cooler weather in Kentucky would be nice for him — he’s really enjoying it.”

One-star cross country takes place this afternoon. ‘The course looks really nice and galloping and inviting,” Andrew says of the rolling bluegrass track. “I think they ask some good questions … it’s all there to be jumped, so if we as riders do our job we should have happy horses at the end of the day.”

Sixteen-year-old Elizabeth Henry and Charlotte La Bouff, her own 10-year-old warmblood mare, lead the CCI1* Young Rider/Junior division on a dressage score of 24.9. Arden Wildasin and Hellohello, an 8-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Rock Hopper x Ballinglen Dream, by Clover Return) owned by Sarah Wildasin, are out front in the Classic Format Prelim Three-Day on a score of 31.3. Dressage for the two divisions of Open Prelim is currently underway.

CCI1* Top 5 After Dressage:

CC1* Young Rider/Junior Top 5 After Dressage:

Classic Format Prelim Three-Day Top 5 After Dressage: 

Hagyard Midsouth Three-day Event & Team Challenge H.T. WebsiteEntry StatusRide TimesLive ScoresEN’s Coverage

Friday News & Notes from Kentucky Equine Research

Always proud to see eventers out there keeping the insanity in the middle, right where it’s supposed to be. The annual Team Challenge component of the Hagyard Midsouth Three-day Event, taking place this week at Kentucky Horse Park, always seems to bring out the delightful irreverence in our ranks — the team names are the best part, really. A few of our favorite team names for 2018:

Fire Breathing Rubber Chickens
We’re Here for the Party
Smells Like Team Spirit
Dude, Where’s Our Horse?
Bad Intentions
Hoofin’ 4 Hooters
Jager Bombs
Not Fast Just Furious
Halt. Salue. BREATHE!
Heels Down, Bottoms Up
MSEDA Mavens of Mayhem
Will Ride for Wine
Eventing Ninjas
IEA Resting Awesome Face
Damsels in Dressage
Run Like The Winded
The Wrong Diagonals
Trotting Tootsies
Disney Villians
For Fox Sake
Dream Crushers
Canada, Eh?
IV Insanity
Baby Got Tack
Hold My Drink
In it for the Swag
50 Shades of Neigh

I’m dying. Check ’em all out here. And best of luck!

National Holiday: National Kentucky Day

Major Events This Week:

Fair Hill: WebsiteDressage TimesScheduleYEH Live ScoresCCI Live ScoresLive StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

Hagyard Midsouth Three-day Event & Team Challenge H.T.: WebsiteEntry StatusRide TimesLive Scores, EN’s Coverage

Le Lion d’Angers: Website6-year-old Entries7-year-old EntriesResultsEN’s Coverage

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Tryon Riding & Hunt Club H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Pine Hill Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Fresno County Horse Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Your Friday News & Notes:

British Eventing (BE) is raising entry fees and prize money in 2019. Both will increase by 2.25% for BE affiliated events, an amount calculated with respect to inflation factors for organizers. [British Eventing to increase entry fees and prize money in 2019]

Win a VIP trip-for-two to this year’s FEI Dressage World Cup final in Gothenburg through a new mobile app that puts you in the judge’s seat. FEI eLeague Dressage, developed with tech giant SAP, enables fans to score riders’ performances, creating audience scores and rankings in real time. Now users can collect points by participating, with a winner to be announced after the last qualifier in the Western European League season at ‘s-Hertogenbosch in March 2019. [Win a Trip to Gothenburg Final with eLeague Dressage]

Tired of fighting a nappy horse? “We do show jumping and cross country regularly and she can love it and fly round or she can just refuse to walk and when I try and push her forward she will either go backwards or refuse to move.” So frustrating! UK-based trainer Jason Webb of Australian Horse Training offers some advice. [How can I stop my horse from napping?]

Young Event Horse East Coast Championship course preview! Course designer Trish Gilbert says she crafted the YEH jumping course to provide a comprehensive test of a young event horse’s ability to tackle different cross country and show jumping questions. The USEA takes us on a spin around this year’s course. [The Ultimate Young Event Horse Test: Preview the YEH Championships Jumping Course]

Hot on Horse Nation: The 10 Stages of Horse Shopping

Just in on Jumper Nation: WATCH — Brian Moggre Dazzles Crowd to Win 2018 Dover Saddlery/USEF Hunter Seat Medal Final

Looking Fall-Fresh at the Hagyard Midsouth Three-Day First Horse Inspection

You guys in your back-to-school sweater vests and woolen scarves and smart leather jackets, I can’t even deal. Autumn is upon us — and all over eventing’s runway, including the jog strip at Hagyard Midsouth Three-day Event & Team Challenge H.T.

Taking place this week at the Kentucky Horse Park, Midsouth features a CCI1* and classic format three-days at the Prelim and Training levels in addition to Beginner Novice through Prelim horse trial divisions and a team challenge. The first horse inspection took place yesterday, CCI1* dressage is in the homestretch, and YR/JR CCI1* dressage has just begun.

EN blogger extraordinaire Amy Nelson is on the scene riding, snapping pics and taking notes, and we thank her for being our boots on the ground! Also sending out a big dose of EN good-luck to our Maggie Deatrick, who is contesting the Training Three-Day with Cthulhu.

With about two-thirds of CCI1* dressage complete and another nine combinations still to go, this guy has secured the early lead on a score of 27.3.

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Accepted CCI1*! #bossinova #trotup #mcconnoneventing

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You can check up on live scores here. More useful links at the end of this post. Best of luck to all! Here are a few more of your pics from yesterday’s first horse inspection.

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Dinner at Malone’s accepted. PC: @rachellynncreative

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Lady Hannah B is accepted into the T3D. 😊💗💕

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Bad Moon Rising accepted✔️

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Title Contender accepted into the 3 Day ✅

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5o1 Macintosh accepted 😊☑️

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Go Eventing!

Hagyard Midsouth Three-day Event & Team Challenge H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]


Thursday Video from Nupafeed: Stinking Adorable British XC Pony Cam

Between the pricked white pony ears and the young rider’s narration, which ranges from encouragement (“Come on good boy you can do it!”) to consternation (“Bloody barrels!”) to singing, this helmet cam is everything. What pony wouldn’t run his heart out for this little girl?


So this is what she says to him out on the course 😂😍 think I love her even more x

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Never forget what it’s all about, deep down. Never forget what you knew when you started, and never EVER forget to have fun.

Go Eventing.

Thursday News & Notes from Taylor Harris Insurance Services (THIS)

Photo courtesy of Holly Covey.

Is is Fair Hill cross country day yet? Jenni will be along with a course preview before long, but in the meantime here’s a sneak preview of one of the obstacles on course. If it seems like there’s a lot going on, there is — decorator Holly Covey had a little fun with “The Farmhouse Corners.”

“I themed it ‘Chaos Farm,'” she says. “Lots of disasters happening here….”

Indeed! Dressage is off and running today, so keep it here for all the latest.

National Holiday: National Chocolate Cupcake Day

Major Events This Week:

Fair Hill Links: Website, Dressage Times, Schedule, YEH Scoring, CCI Scoring, Live Stream, EN’s Coverage, EN’s Twitter, EN’s Instagram

Le Lion d’Angers: Website6-year-old Entries7-year-old EntriesResultsEN’s Coverage

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Tryon Riding & Hunt Club H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Pine Hill Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Fresno County Horse Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Hagyard Midsouth Three-day Event & Team Challenge H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Your Thursday News & Notes:

Safe Sport Training reminder: Effective January 1, 2019, all adults (18 years of age or older) with a Competing Membership must complete the USEF’s Safe Sport Training in order to participate at USEF competitions. Safe Sport is a simple, easy and important step to take in effort to maintain the safety of our sport. Anyone who does not fulfill the requirement will not be allowed to show until the training has been completed. Any new members joining after January 1, 2019, will have a 30 day grace period to do the training. To complete this training go to www.usef.org. [Safe Sport]

Best of luck to the babies! The 2018 USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) East and West Championships are taking place this week — the East Coast Championships span two days (Oct. 18-19) at Fair Hill followed by the West Coast Championships (Oct. 21) at Fresno County Horse Park. The USEA brings us some fast facts, such as … did you know that Dom Schramm’s 5-Year-Old Championship mount Quadrocana is a full sibling to Michael Jung’s three-time Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event winner, FischerRocana FST (Ituango xx x Roze II)? [Fast Facts: 2018 USEA Young Event Horse Championships]

Live from Lion: Elizabeth Callahan, breeder of Quantum Leap, Doug Payne’s entry in the FEI World Eventing Breeding Championships for Young Horses at Le Mondial du Lion d’Angers, is blogging her impressions from the event in France. “As for the horses first let me tell you that the horseflesh is amazing,” she writes. “The quality that is here is superb.” For all you sporthorse bloodline junkies out there, this is a must-read. [The Race to Le Lion: The Long and Winding Road Part 2]

The life of a veterinary life can be loaded. Concerns about ethical conflicts, moral distress and burnout in veterinary practice are steadily increasing, according to the authors of a recent article published in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine, based on a survey of 800 North American vets. How can we better support them? [Moral and ethical conflict: Veterinary profession’s dark side revealed]

Wednesday News & Notes from Attwood Equestrian Surfaces

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Perfect. #fairhillready

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Who else is #fairhillready? This guy is. That is the look of the eagles right there. Or at least the look of an eagle who just woke up from a nap and he can’t quite remember where he is or what is going on, but is definitely ready for SOMETHING. Especially if it’s a snack. Or a snuggle. Best of luck in the CCI2*, Meg and Anakin! US Equestrian posted a neat feature on Meg, Nicole Aden and Andi Lawrence, three current or former eventing grooms who have found their own success in national and FEI eventing competitions, yesterday — be sure to check it out here.

The Fair Hill action kicks off today starting with the CCI first horse inspection at 1 p.m. EST. Dressage will start at 8 a.m. EST on both Thursday and Friday. Click here to view the full event schedule. Keep an eye on EN for all the latest action from Fair Hill v. 30.0!

National Holiday: National Pasta Day (Did you know that there are over 600 known pasta shapes?)

Major Events This Week:

Fair Hill Links: WebsiteDrawn OrderScheduleYEH ScoringCCI ScoringLive StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

Le Lion d’Angers: Website, 6-year-old Entries, 7-year-old Entries, ResultsEN’s Coverage

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Tryon Riding & Hunt Club H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Pine Hill Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Fresno County Horse Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Hagyard Midsouth Three-day Event & Team Challenge H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Your Wednesday News & Notes:

You need Fair Hill facts, and you need ’em fast! The USEA is here for you. A good one: “No rider who has won the CCI3* in the last six years is entered this year – on any horse. You have to go back to 2011 when Boyd Martin won aboard Yin Yang Yo to find a chance for a repeat winner. Martin has two entries in the CCI3* this year: Long Island T and Ray Price.” The field is wide open … who will we see crowned champion this year? [Fast Facts: 2018 Fair Hill International]

This year’s USEA Annual Meeting & Convention will focus on officials, but the schedule is split up into three different tracks: “Eventers,” Events,” and “USEA.” We got a preview of the “Eventers” track yesterday, which features presentations and open forums on topics ranging from conditioning and first aid certification to volunteers and amateur riders.This year’s meeting, featuring the USEA’s Eventing Hall of Fame, takes place at the Sheraton New Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana, Dec. 6-9. [2018 USEA Convention Track Preview: Eventers]

Do you hack out on roads? It’s not quite as common a practice here in the States as it is in the UK, but for those who do, Horse & Hound offers a timely reminder to make yourself visible to drivers. With days shortening and daylight savings just around the corner, stay safe out there on the mean streets! [‘You must be seen’: picture of dark riders sparks road safety warning]

Irish eventer Jonty Evans’ recovery continues, slowly but surely. “It’s biting off bite-sized chunks out of a big pie,” Jonty says. “All the therapists say I’m doing remarkably well; they’re incredibly impressed with my improvement but they say it’s very definitely one step at a time.” [‘One step at a time’ for injured eventer Jonty Evans]

Attwood Wisdom of the Week: safety | performance | innovation

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Our background is in science and technology, and this has enabled us to create and develop carefully balanced products that perform consistently in any climate. We continue to invest in research and development to provide riding surfaces that perform day after day, week after week.

We use innovative scientific testing to characterize these properties so we can use objective assessment to create truly exceptional footing for the safety and well being of your horse.

We collaborate with the world’s leading independent equestrian surface academics to ensure we remain at the forefront of both technical and governance developments.

We are chem nerds and we are proud of it.

But we’re not just scientists. We have been an integral part of the equestrian community for over 25 years, working with amateurs and professionals, Olympians and Pan Am medal winners, and equine assisted therapy programs.

Hundreds and hundreds of installations later, from dressage courts to jump arenas, round pens and gallops, we believe we have the best and safest footing solutions available today.

Want to know more about the most advanced footing solutions on the market today? Please call Attwood Equestrian Surfaces at 888-461-7788.

Let’s Discuss: Are You Aiming for the 2019 AEC? Sound-Off + Qualification Details!

2018 AEC Jr. Beginner Novice champions Ella Robinson and Fernhill Fearless des Terdrix. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

The 2019-2020 American Eventing Championships are coming to the Kentucky Horse Park … raise your hand (and tell us in the comments) if you’re going to be there!

In the President’s Letter of the latest issue of Eventing USA magazine, USEA prez Carol Kozlowski says that she has a bet going with CEO Rob Burk and Director of Programs/Marketing Kate Lokey that “we’re going to break all AEC entry records in 2019. I’m counting on everyone’s support here as I’ve got dinner riding on this wager as my last AEC president… Get going, get qualified and get there! It’s going to be a blow out, and I’m going to do everything I can to be riding there myself!”

Love ya Rob and Kate, but I’ve got to come down on the side of Carol on this one. Come next fall you guys are going to be buying that lady dinner, and I hope she orders the porterhouse. The AEC at Tryon International Equestrian Center was huge, but I think Kentucky is going to be even bigger. It’s the Horse Park! It’s hallowed ground. For those of us who aren’t four-star riders (*cough* most of us), this is our chance for a moment of glory in Rolex Stadium.

The 2019 USEA American Eventing Championships will take place Aug. 27 – Sept. 1, 2019. First things first: You’ve gotta qualify. The qualifying period is May 28, 2018 – August 19, 2019. There are a few qualification updates for this year, which you can check out here. View the full qualifications for here; for additional explanation of the rules in Appendix 3, click here.

So, roll call: Who’s going?

Weekend Winners: Hitching Post, Loch Moy, Radnor, Majestic Oaks, Paradise, Fleur de Leap, Las Cruces

Fall event season is in full swing! The apple-crisp air, the fast-turning foliage … OK, so maybe the foliage isn’t turning so fast at our events in New Mexico, Louisiana and Florida. But up north, at least, they’re finally getting some crayon box hues. And the sound of falling leaves crunching beneath a horse’s feet just never gets old.

Head on down south, autumn. We’re ready for you.

This week there was a tie for lowest finishing score in the country! Both Melanie Harrigan and Cooley Higher Ground, winners of Novice Rider B at Radnor Hunt H.T., and Angela Gottler and Caan’s Man In Black, winners of Beginner Novice A at Fleur de Leap H.T., scored a 24.3. Job well done to both.

And now, for your weekend winners!

Hitching Post Farm H.T. [Website] [Results]
Preliminary: Kylie Lyman & Xuanatu (25.4)
Junior Training: Hannah Smith & Bittersweet’s Aurora (34.2)
Training: Barbara Fitch & Donte (31.7)
Jr Novice: Kaitryn Gagnon & This Guy (29.3)
Sr Novice A: Josiane Fortier-bertrand & Thunder (28.8)
Sr Novice B: Keith Robinson & Hygie (26.4)
Jr Beginner Novice: Isabelle Gilbert & July’s Gem (33.1)
Sr Beginner Novice A: Cathy Rousse & Donovan’s Hope (33.3)
Sr Beginner Novice B: Elizabeth Pelis & Bay State Yankee (28.3)

Maryland at Loch Moy H.T. [Website] [Results]
Modified-A: Lauren Kieffer & Hindine (35.9)
Modified-B: Catherine Pournelle & MTF Cooley Knight (37.3)
Open Intermediate: Sarah Cousins & Stravinsky (34.2)
Junior Young Riders Open Preliminary: Caitlin O’Roark & Lucky Devil (33.4)
Open Preliminary: Taryn Nolte & Mi Campeon SE (31.7)
Preliminary Rider: Kelly Ransom & Prince Cavanagh (30.2)
Junior Open Training: Olivia Dutton & Fernhill Finders Keepers (30.7)
Open Training-A: Kurt Martin & Diligent Citation Effort (27.4)
Open Training-B: Dan Kreitl & Horales (28.1)
Training Rider: Heidi Robertson & Redshift (32.1)
Junior Open Novice: Stephanie Cordell & Codename Toby (30.2)
Novice Rider: Susan Gehris & Steddy Eddy (28.1)
Open Novice-A: Nanette Schumaker & La Cosa Nostra (24.1)
Open Novice-B: Martin Douzant & Cocktail Z (25.5)
Beginner Novice Classic 3 Day Event: Ella Lucas & Truthful Saint (30.7)
Beginner Novice Rider: Amy Faison & Faro De la Galerna (28.3)
Junior Beginner Novice: Megan Smallwood & Kilronan’s Countess (29.7)
Open Beginner Novice: Ashley Adams & Charly (29.0)

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i finally won my first recognized horse trial!!!

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Radnor Hunt H.T. [Website] [Results]
Preliminary-A: Janelle Phaneuf & Strattonstown Lewis (30.7)
Preliminary-B: Olivia Grabaskas & One and Only (35.6)
Preliminary-C: Abby Maude & Stonehavens Dream (30.9)
Training: Waylon Roberts & Cafe Noir (26.1)
Training Horse: Ryan Wood & The Optimist (26.6)
Training Rider-A: Donna White & High Stakes (30.7)
Training Rider-B: Anna Fitzhugh & Believe It or Not (32.7)
Novice: Sydney Hagaman & Charmeur (25.0)
Novice Horse: Ryan Wood & Mystic Hazzard (29.3)
Novice Rider-A: Cynthia Sansone & Pippin VI (27.4)
Novice Rider-B: Melanie Harrigan & Cooley Higher Ground (24.3)

Majestic Oaks H.T. [Website] [Results]
Open Prelim-A: Jennie Jarnstrom & Flower Girl (24.6)
Open Prelim-B: Joe Meyer & Johnny Royale (26.1)
Prelim Rider: Julia Bulkeley & Cold as Ice II (35.4)
Open Training-A: Zoe Crawford & Francelia (25.2)
Open Training-B: Lesley Grant-Law & Rock on Cooley (26.0)
Training Rider: Kristin Rubash & Capone (26.4)
Novice Rider: Erin Kowalewski & Furst Marcko (24.8)
Open Novice-A: Joe Meyer & PS Gandhi (25.2)
Open Novice-B: Chrissy Hollnagel & Step Three (26.2)
Beginner Novice Rider: Carol Clark & Prime Player (32.8)
Open Beginner Novice: Sinead Halpin & SW Completely Cooley (27.5)

Paradise Farm H.T. [Website] [Results]
Open Preliminary: Brie Murray & Fernhill Disco (35.9)
Preliminary Rider: Hanna Grace Johnson & Urlanmore Beauty (32.2)
Open Training: Mary Bess Davis & When In Rio (32.1)
Training Rider: Gabrielle Hutchison & Straight Moonshine (30.5)
Open Novice: Sarah Kuhn & F.o.f. Grey Gatsby (34.7)
Beginner Novice Rider: Marla Doran & Miss Tosonna (29.5)
Open Beginner Novice: Sydney Bolton & High Cotton (29.5)
Open Starter: Sarah Anderson & Cougars Approval (31.4)

Fleur de Leap H.T. [Website] [Results]
Training: Sydney Schultz & Baciami (39.6)
Novice: Rebecca Smedley Bella Octavia (31.4)
Beginner Novice A: Angela Gottler & Caan’s Man In Black (24.3)
Beginner Novice B: Lori Tucker & Paisley (36.0)
Starter A: Victoria Sudkamp & Gallagher (31.7)
Starter B: Sydney Schultz & Jacarda (31.2)

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A good boy, a proud mom :)

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Las Cruces H.T. [Website] [Results]
Training A: Christie Jones & Claudio (25.5)
Training B: Mary Hanson & Dance All Night (31.0)
Novice Junior: Hailey Dahlstrom & Stetson (28.8)
Novice Senior A: Laura Worl Kober & Sterling Impression (28.1)
Novice Senior B: Kimberly Storm & Bucky O’Hanlian (30.8)
Beginner Novice Junior: Tory Shulman & Sirius (43.8)
Beginner Novice Senior A: Cassandra Majeski & Nonchalant (27.0)
Beginner Novice Senior B: Denise Krause-Spangler & NZ Lark (28.3)
CT Pre-Competition Open: Kathleen Knight & PartyLikeARockStar (83.2)
Pre-Competition-Open: Shannon Walker & Freedom Jet (44.1)
Starter A: Dulce Wassil & J Z Scotty (36.4)
Starter B: Kristi Gottsponer & Platinum Pro (36.9)

Congrats to all. Go Eventing!

2019 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event Tickets Go on Sale Today!

Oliver Townend and Cooley Master Class, winners of the 2018 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Christmas seems to come a little bit earlier every year, amiright? I am talking, of course, about tickets to the 2019 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event (April 25-28), which officially go on sale today at 9 a.m. EST.

Ticket options include single-day, three-day (Fri-Sat-Sun) and four-day general admissions, as well as group sales, hospitality packages, cross country tailgating packages, and glamping. You can also go ahead and reserve your headsets as well as purchase programs and preferred parking. Fans will get the best seats at the best prices if they order early.

“If you want the best seats in the house, you better buy your tickets as soon as they go on sale!” says Stewart Perry, president of Equestrian Events, Inc. (EEI). “We had over 80,000 spectators at least year’s event — with more than 33,000 on cross country day alone. Tickets and tailgate spots go fast, so I urge everyone to order early!”

All grounds admission tickets include general parking and admission to the Kentucky Horse Park and International Trade Fair, but do not include access to the competition in the Rolex Stadium. Reserved grandstand seating is sold separately from grounds admission.

Sure, we still have a few months of pesky winter to suffer through, but in our hearts it’s already springtime in Kentucky and the birds are singing and the four-star horses are galloping past. For eventers who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, nine out of 10 doctors surveyed recommend purchasing Kentucky tickets in advance to hang on your fridge as a reminder that April is just around the corner.

Order your tickets today at www.KentuckyThreeDayEvent.com/tickets!



24-Hour Party People: Postcards from the Belly of the Boekelo Beast

One night at Boekelo, I made the mistake of leaving the press tent. Immediately, some bros stole my toboggan off my head and I got dirty dance assaulted by some drunk lady who, prior to my wandering up, had been humping her suitcase in front of the stage.

Judging from Instagram dispatches from this year’s event, some things never change. Here are a few of your snapshots, starting with this one, which I think truly encapsulates the spirit of Boekelo. Euro eventing nightlife at its finest.

Wine is the new apple juice.

What were YOU doing on Tuesday night?

Because why not.

This was posted at 9 a.m. Dutch time.

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#proost #goedbegin

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Paardje hop #🐴!

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Paardje hop #🐴

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Fashion night.

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Top avond😍

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That disco ball, tho.

Drive home safe, kids.

Boekelo CCIO3*: WebsiteEntriesXC Start TimesLive ScoresLive StreamEN’s Coverage

#EventerFailFriday: Well, That Was Awkward

Happy #EventerFailFriday! All aboard the strugglebus, choochoo! Here we go … don’t forget to tag your strugs on Instagram for inclusion in a future edition!

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NOPE! not today! #failfriday #eventerfailfriday

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From Amanda Sims:

From Sarah Cowan and her OTTB Track It Up in the Training division at Dan Hobyn Horse Trial: “I saw the long spot and my horse went for the short distance … oops lol. Save brought to you by my horse who stayed straight, Kerrits Griptek FullSeats, and the determination to not end on a letter!!!!!!! (Especially over one of the easiest jumps on course!”

Go Eventing.

When the Circus Comes to Town: Boekelo CCIO3* Cross Country Course Preview

The Boekelo CCIO3* cross country course looks serene today, all rustling autumn leaves and sapphire skies and riders wandering about quietly pondering their gameplans. But make no mistake: tomorrow, the circus comes to town.

Boekelo is a party event and cross country day is the fever pitch of festivity, with crowds pressed up against the galloping lanes like they’re on the frontlines of a rock show. There are bounce houses and screaming children and enough pop-up bars to keep some 60,000 spectators well watered — the joke is that riders who don’t make it around can stop for a drink during their long walk back to the barn.

The soirée gets rowdier as the day wears on, and our two U.S. combinations go in the afternoon: Tamie Smith with Fleeceworks Royal at 1:46 p.m. local time (7:46 a.m. EST) and Doug Payne with Getaway at 2:50 p.m. local time (8:50 a.m. EST).  To turn lemons into spiked lemonade, however, Boekelo’s electric atmosphere offers invaluable mileage that will serve both horses well in future international competition. Plus, those of us following along stateside needn’t set our alarm clocks too early to watch live!

After 18 years, 2018 marks course designer Sue Benson’s last year at Boekelo. She gives us the grand tour in the course walk below, talking through the challenges of dry weather and building on farmland. She explains this year’s course plot twists, which include a new arena, a new direction and a completely different look for some old standards. The van Deinse Triple at 12AB is a serious three-star question and the water complex at 16ABCD has four possible routes, all with their own risks.

As usual, Boekelo features a twisty, at-times claustrophobic track with lots of dips in and out of the woods, which will make time a big factor. Last year there were nine double-clear rounds out of 88 starters, and only four out of 85 the year before that. Riders looking to beat the clock will need to keep their foot on the gas throughout. It helps that Saturday’s forecast looks uncharacteristically not-at-all-soggy: high of 80 with a 0% chance of rain.

There are also plenty of surprises along the way. Several jumps come up suddenly off turns, and the horses won’t have much time to get their eye on the fence before willing their feet to leave the ground. Mercifully there are a number of happy-go-lucky galloping fences tucked in there as well to give everybody a quick mental breather and confidence booster in between the more technical questions.

Cheers from tens of thousands of spectators partying it up on the sidelines isn’t a bad confidence booster, either! If you’re doing it right, they’ll just be a blur as you gallop past. And you’ll definitely be a blur to many of them.

Many thanks to Dutch amateur eventer Willy Leysen for this course recording, and to CrossCountry App for sharing!

Boekelo CCIO3*: WebsiteEntries, Cross Country Start TimesLive ScoresLive StreamEN’s Coverage

Friday News & Notes from Kentucky Equine Research

Photo courtesy of Sara Sellmer.

Today’s N&N is dedicated to Kyra Barrett, a 9-year-old from British Columbia who truly defines “eventer tough.”

Kyra is legally blind but that hasn’t stopped her from pursuing the sport she loves. From wearing an audio earpiece to help with navigation to walking her course multiple times to having a crew of spotters run alongside her on cross country, she’s found some creative workarounds to help her stay on track. And she had a landmark moment at a horse trial at Maple Ridge Equestrian Center last weekend.

Her coach, Sara Sellmer of Z Eventing, rode side by side with Kyra as she completed her first cross country event from start to finish with no spotters.

Sara says, “So excited for this girl! Rocked around her first starter cross country and full event in the pouring rain! Kyra is legally blind and the bravest little girl I know!”

Check out Heels Down Magazine‘s recent feature on Kyra here, and watch videos of her cross country ride at the bottom of this post. What an inspiration to follow your dreams and never give up!

National Holiday: National Freethought Day

Major Events This Week:

Military Boekelo CCIO3*: WebsiteEntries, XC Start TimesLive StreamEN’s Coverage

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Hitching Post Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Maryland at Loch Moy H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

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

Paradise Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Fleur de Leap H.T. [Website] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Las Cruces H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Your Friday News & Notes:

Voting is open for the 2018 Horse & Hound Awards, giving fans the opportunity to recognize their heroes of the year. Fans can vote for the winner in 10 categories, and naturally there are several eventers in the mix! The eventing nominees are: Ros Canter (Professional Rider of the Year), Arctic Soul (Horse of the Year), Katie Preston and Jane Buchan (Amateur of the Year), Heidi Coy (Young Rider of the Year), Jane Felton (Groom of the Year), Julia Goldbold and Keith Watkins (Volunteer of the Year), and Tim and Jonelle Price winning both British four-stars (Memorable Moment of the Year). [Cast Your Vote]

Our well-wishes are with all those affected by Hurricane Michael, horses included. Nearly 50 horses and other animals were evacuated from Hurricane Michael danger zones to Escambia County Equestrian Center, one of several shelters that have opened their doors to equine evacuees. Jacksonville Equestrian Center has also taken in horses. [Gulf Coast Horse Owners Prepare for Hurricane Michael]

The “USEA Events A-Z” series continues with Las Cruces Horse Trials in Las Cruces, New Mexico. This annual October Area X event offers Starter through Preliminary level competition, and it’s the only USEA recognized event in the state of New Mexico. Learn the history and meet the team behind Las Cruces in this week’s event spotlight. [USEA Events A-Z: Las Cruces Horse Trials]

Team North America beat Team Europe to to the top of the podium for the first time at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires. Show jumping riders from the five nations making up the North American team – Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Panama and USA — had everyone on the edge of their seats, battling for the gold medal in a nail-biting jump off. Team Africa claimed bronze. [Historic Gold for Team North America at Youth Olympic Games]

Hot on Horse Nation: This woman is a genius. [Equestrian Life Hack: How to Move Stall Mats]

Just in from Jumper Nation: “I figure if I’m going to be a mess, I might as well be a hot mess.” [8 Times Dr. Mindy Lahiri Summed Up My Thoughts on My Riding]

Go Kyra! Go Eventing.


Posted by Sara Sellmer on Sunday, September 30, 2018


Posted by Sara Sellmer on Sunday, September 30, 2018

Event Horse Names: Pumpkin Spice All the Thingz

Pumpkin spice isn’t just for Starbucks lattes anymore. Kristen Kovatch of Horse Nation posits the philosophical question, “If you’re not pumpkin spicing everything, are you even really experiencing fall?” She considers all possible equestrian pumpkin spice applications in this post over at Horse Nation: pumpkin spice bit wipes, pumpkin spice dewormer, pumpkin spice helmet spray … indulge me for a moment to imagine pumpkin spice stall bedding, and every time your horse shuffles its feet a scent comes wafting up like your grandmother just pulled a warm pumpkin pie out of the oven.

So. Much. Pumpkin.

There’s even a subset of event horses (largely chestnuts, as you might imagine) with a pumpkin namesake.

Pumpkin-theme names in the USEA horse registry database. Graphic by EN.

The most recent addition is Pumpkin Spiced (AKA “Hank”), a 14.1-hand Arabian/Morgan cross gelding owned by Tennessee eventer Laura Cox. The pony came to her about four and a half years ago as a resale project, which turned into a three-year vacay on 50 acres of pasture with a little groundwork thrown in. But when it came time to retire Laura’s horse, Twister, from eventing late last summer, it was time for Hank to step up to the plate.

“This began what has become an incredible ride, both literally and figuratively,” Laura says. After two weeks under saddle and several trips to her trainer Lauren Romanelli’s Three Ring Farm, Laura and Hank made their eventing debut at Learn to Event at Nashville’s Percy Warner Park. They finished on their dressage score in the Amoeba division. “Crazy, I know, but he seemed to enjoy every second of it.”

The next step: “A year and a half later, a few more schooling shows, and many hours in the saddle, along with endless encouragement and support from my husband Josh, Lauren, family, and friends, I decided to enter our first USEA recognized horse trial as a pair, his first ever, and mine in 12 years.”

Photos courtesy of Laura Cox.

But first, the pony needed a proper show name — something that spoke to his personality. “I had sent my mom a list of potential names, and we finally had it narrowed down and I thought I had the perfect one. Then, while scrolling through Facebook, I saw a post regarding pumpkin spice something, and it hit me, with his liver chestnut color, it was suddenly so obvious. His winter color reminds me of my favorite fall latte, and after a call to my mom, I knew we had his name: Pumpkin Spiced. With that, we are officially entered in River Glen’s Fall Horse Trials, which seems fitting for his fall inspired name.”

Best of luck at River Glen, Laura and Pumpkin Spiced!

Here are some more pumpkin ideas for your fall:

In case you missed them, check out these previous editions of Event Horse Names: Authors, Books & CharactersBattle of the BoozeThe Empire BusinessMonster TrucksCelebritiesSnow, Valentine’s DaySt. Paddy’s DayFourth of JulyChristmas and What’s For Breakfast?





#EventerProblems Vol. 162: A Cinderella Story

Who just “loses” their shoe? Never once in my life have I been out running errands or whatever, and I get home and my husband points out that I’m only wearing one shoe: “Oops, must have kicked it off at the grocery store!” Nope, just doesn’t happen. Not in real life. Only in fairytales (hey Cinderella) and whatever alternative reality it is that horses live in.

Exhibit A:

Try harder, horses. And now, for a few more mercifully un-shoe related #EventerProblems:

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