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Friday Video from World Equestrian Brands: ‘Who Jumped It Best?’ Richland CIC1*

The CIC1* division knocked out its show jumping this afternoon at Richland Park, and Marc Donovan’s course did its part to scramble the 39-horse scoreboard.

The winding course sent competitors up and down the undulating terrain, testing their ability to stay balanced and rhythmic from the start flags to the finish. By the final line, a two-stride up the slope to an oxer, there was lots of “whoa-ing” as well as clucking happening as riders worked hard to keep their horses’ shape and rideability intact.

I caught the homestretch of the division and filmed a few pairs coming up the two-stride line; I thought the pairs I singled out below all did a good job of getting the job done. Who jumped it best?

Hannah Ross and Don’t Be Alarmed

Lindsay Mahon and Playtime

Sarah Croft and Clever Canuck

Nicole Kowalski and Ballinagore Knight

Jordan Fellers and Cor Qualitas

Philippa Hambly and Uncle Tink

Bobby Meyerhoff and Rascal Rap

The CIC1* concludes with cross country tomorrow from 10:10 to 11:35 a.m. Best of luck to all!

Richland Park CIC1* top 15 after show jumping: 

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2nd Annual ‘Crouching Chinch, Hidden Chilla’ Richland CIC3* Cross Country Preview

Just another ant in line for lunch ... move along, nothing to see here! Photo by Leslie Wylie. Just another ant in line for lunch ... move along, nothing to see here! Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Whether it’s sailing over cross-country jumps at Bromont or drunkenly smashing into them at Luhmühlen, you never know what’s going to happen next when you lead an opinionated stuffed animal into the start box.

Such was the case during last year’s Richland Park H.T., when Chinch demonstrated that in addition to being a schmoozy, outgoing public figure, he also possesses stealthy ninja skills. Today he was back up to his sneaky ways; see if you can find him lurking in each course walk photo — heaps of EN karma to anyone who can spot them all!

A few points of note before we set out on course:

This year’s CIC3* course is precisely the track riders will be looking for in advance of their autumn CCIs. In classic Ian Stark fashion, it’s a big, open, galloping gauntlet that will reward the riders who are coordinated enough to think and kick at the same time. Those who get the job done will be rewarded with horses who come off course feeling confident and ready to grab the rest of their season by the horns.

The reward for NOT getting the job done, on the other hand:

Chomp. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Chomp. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

The first combination shows up one jump earlier than it did last year, a log to triple-brush bending line at #3AB, and should be a nice introduction to the more technical combinations on course. After a brush to brush downhill combination at #4AB, there’s a job-well-done oxer at #5, then the first water at #6ABC — a log on a mound to a double of corners in the water — which should prove influential.

The sunken road at #9, #10AB and #11 is the next serious question, with a bounce down, a stride across, and the imposing #10 corner coming up fast on the other side, a take-no-prisoners test of straightness.

A few galloping fences later, Ian has dug out the takeoff of the keyhole at #14 for a fun ditch-and-wall twist.

The double of corners at #16AB will require an accurate ride, of course, while riders should be able to gallop on to the offset ditch/rails at #18AB thanks to the combination’s well-defined ground lines. The final two combinations, the #21 to #22ABC water complex, and the offset cabins at #24AB, will ensure that nobody lets their guard down at the end of the course.

Also of note, fence #23 is a touching tribute to Philippa Humphreys, a table painted in her colors. Being a Michigan eventer, her memory is on everyone’s hearts here at Richland. Her family and friends have been in attendance, embracing the sport that meant so much to their lost loved one, and Philippa’s horse Big N Rich is being ridden in the CIC2* by Megan O’Donoghue.

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

The fence is fitted with a frangible device usually applied to upright rail fences, but in this case incorporated into the back of the table. It’s a novel concept woven into the jump’s construction by course builders Bert Wood and Jay Hambly, designed to give way should a horse run into trouble atop the fence. Bert sees it as a safer alternative to collapsable tables, which may give way and cause more trouble than it aims to prevent should a horse bank the fence.

“Of course,” Bert notes, “we hope we won’t have the chance to see whether it works or not tomorrow.” Regardless, we applaud their action-forward effort toward creating a safer sport.


Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Today the going is super, having well soaked up the splashes of rain we got yesterday. While the sun is bright and warm today, tomorrow’s forecast is looking a bit chancy, with a 60% chance of rain around noon when the CIC3* runs. The CIC3* is followed by Advanced, with the CIC1*, CCI2*, CIC2* and Prelim horse trials divisions running cross country on Saturday as well.  The remaining Novice and Training divisions go cross country on Sunday.

Alright, you furry figment of EN’s collective imagination, let’s play some CIC3* hide-and-go seek:

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Happy 15th Anniversary, Richland Park Horse Trials!

Welcome to Richland Park! Photo by Leslie Wylie. Welcome to Richland Park! Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Every edition of Richland Park is special but 2016 marks an extra exciting landmark in the event’s history. It’s Richland’s 15th anniversary horse trial — here’s to you, Richland!

The story of Richland dates back even further than that, to a dream whose roots extend all the way back to 1985. That’s when Bob and Kay Willmarth purchased Richland’s first parcel of land, a 20-acre farm that included a land contract for an additional 60 acres.

The couple, who are also celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary this year, became interested in the sport after attending Rolex as spectators.

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

“We went to Rolex and Bob came back and said, ‘I want to do that,’” Kay recalls. “And so he started working with someone and started eventing at lower levels and I started doing it too.”

They tossed around the idea of hosting a horse trial but knew they didn’t have quite enough land to pull it off. When the 240 acre farm surrounding their property became available in 1993, Bob and Kay seized the opportunity to acquire it, and purchased the final 20-acre piece of land in 2000.

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

“We ended up with almost 400 acres and we thought, ‘You know, this would be a good place to have a horse show.’ So that’s how it started,” Kay says.

Now Bob and Kay had the land; they just needed a plan and some guidance. Their instructor Robin Walker, who is competing in the CIC3* this week, introduced them to international course designer Mike Etherington-Smith. They met up with Mike at the Radnor Hunt International Three-Day Event in the fall of 2000, and he agreed to come to Richland the following spring to design the Novice through Prelim cross country courses, as well as offer a layout for the dressage rings, show jumping greens, stabling and parking areas.

Robin Walker and Freedoms Light. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Robin Walker and Freedoms Light. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

That summer Bert Wood of Temecula, California and Jay Hambly, from Guelph, Ontario, got to work turning Mike’s vision into reality, building three entire courses in just seven weeks.

If you build it, they will come — and indeed the eventing community did just that.

“We had 85 riders the first year and then it doubled every year until it got crazy and now we’re basically full every year,” Kay says.

Following the inaugural event, Mike and Bert wasted no time developing the upper level tracks, replete with two water complexes, a sunken road and ditch complexes. An Intermediate level was introduced the second year, and an Advanced course the third. The event began offering FEI divisions in 2007. Ian Stark stepped in for Mike as designer in 2009, while original builder Bert Wood continues to endow the course each year with his creative vision.

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Running a large-scale event like Richland isn’t just a summer commitment but an endeavour that extends year-round. And, Kay is quick to note, it takes a village.

“We have a fab corps of volunteers that help out, really dedicated ones who work almost as hard as we do and are there at a moment’s notice to help,” she says. “Our farmer that farms the part of the property that we don’t have the show on, he put in all underground irrigation so we can irrigate the cross country course which makes for the good footing.”

Indeed, the passion Richland’s volunteers have for the event is apparent. You’ll never be greeted by nicer parking attendants on the way in …

Faye is out directing traffic today -- although she might just cause a traffic jam in that getup! Love it. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Faye is out directing traffic today — although she might just cause a traffic jam in that getup! Love it. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

… or meet a more cheerful bit check crew.

The best-looking bit check crew in the land! Photo by Leslie Wylie.

And good looking! “Girls in Pearls” is a Richland Park tradition. Says the lone gentleman in pearls, “I feel comfortable with my feminine side.” Photo by Leslie Wylie.

The volunteers number in the dozens and their names are too myriad to list, but you can find a complete roster of who is doing what this weekend here – each and every one deserves a big thank you!

“It’s a labor of love for us and our neighbors and friends and families,” she says. But when that week in August rolls around, and their farm in the middle of a cornfield is transformed into a mecca for eventers from around the country, it’s all worthwhile.

Watch our full interview with Kay:

Happy 15th, Richland, and keep it locked here for updates from the event throughout the week!

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Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Whitney Mahloch and $500 OTTB Military Mind Lead Richland Dressage in Their CIC3* Debut

Whitney Mahloch and Military Mind. Photo by Leslie Wylie. Whitney Mahloch and Military Mind. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Whitney Mahloch and Military Mind have come out swinging in their first three-star attempt, topping Richland Park CIC3* dressage on a personal best score of 44.6.

Never mind winning — just making it to this level, with an OTTB you developed yourself, is an accomplishment in and of itself. And it’s been a long time coming for this six-year partnership.

The 10-year-old Thoroughbred (Military – Smart Balance, by Beau Genius) was bred by the University of Kentucky and pulled off the track after raking in a whopping $140 in three starts. Whitney purchased him for $500 as a sophomore in college from the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation in Putnam, Indiana. When she saw the big-boned three-year-old, she recalls, it was love at first sight.

“I thought, ‘Oh my God, I have to have him.’ I got him and he’s been very straightforward to train … He’s got such a good attitude and wants to please you. Six years later, I’m excited about how far we’ve gotten.”

The Ocala-based 26-year-old brought “Milo” up the levels herself, and their competition record reveals quite a wunderkind story. Their journey has taken them from a short stint at Beginner Novice and Novice (“He was basically just stepping over the jumps, it was very easy for him,”) to Training (where they won several events), to Prelim (they collected four wins at that level), to Intermediate (they won their first Intermediate as well) and on up to Advanced, with stop-offs at a handful of one- and two-star events along the way.

All their FEI starts thus far have been in the company of one another, and now at Richland they are making their CIC3* debut– and clearly making short work of the level so far!

Their test was glossy-smooth and elegant, a picture of happy horse and poised rider. Milo is no showboat but he had plenty enough expression and made up for the rest by being through and obedient from centerline entry to final salute. Kudos to the judges — it’s encouraging to see a correct, harmonious performance rewarded with a big score even if not accompanied by a household eventing name.

Whitney says she didn’t even look at who was in her division or watch any of the rides before or after her: “Honestly, I wanted to go in there and just do what I know — you ride what you know and do your best, and that’s all you can do.”

Whitney Mahloch and Military Mind. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Whitney Mahloch and Military Mind. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

She knew she had ridden a solid test — she was especially pleased with Milo’s changes and half-pass to the left, as they’ve been working hard to polish those movements this summer — but she didn’t know how it would compare to the rest of the field. In the end it was good enough to land them in the lead, which could be a curse or a blessing for rookies to the level.

Whitney says she’s trying to avoid it being either: “I’m glad we’re doing this well this early, but I’m trying to stay calm. I’m just trying to be positive and upbeat for us … We’ve done our homework and we can do all the elements of it and we’ll just take it one step at time.”

On their heels in second place on a 45.7 is Will Coleman with Tight Lines. This 9-year-old French-bred gelding owned by the Conair Syndicate is one of two rides Will has in the CIC3*, the other being Soupçon du Brunet, who sits 16th. Will thinks a lot of this horse and has done a beautiful job of bringing him along — this is his second Advanced outing behind Great Meadow where he finished in the top 25 -— and we’re happy to see them reel in such a befitting result.

“He did a much improved test; he just got pretty tense at Great Meadow, so he didn’t have a great day there,” Will says. “He’s green, he’s only 9. I was really happy with him.”

Will’s affection for “Phish” is evident: “He’s truly my best friend. I really love the horse. I think highly of him.”

And yes, his barn name is a reference to the band. “I was really into Phish when I was younger. I love music and most of my horses are band- or music-related names, and he just seems kinda like a groovy dude so we called him Phish.”

When we caught up with will he’d just finished walking the CIC3* cross country course, of which he commented, “It’s no slouch. It’s a typical Ian course — forward riding, holding the line, things that they should be able to do when they get to this level. I was pleased with him at Great Meadow so this will be another feather in his cap if he jumps this well. We’re aiming him at Fair hill and this will be a good test.”

Will Coleman and Tight Lines. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Will Coleman and Tight Lines. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Rounding out the top three is Caroline Martin, who scored a 48.5 on Spring Easy, the 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding Spring Easy she co-owns with her mother Sherrie. Caroline has two horses in the CIC3* as well and is tied for 9th on Pebbly Maximus.

The weather been a bit erratic all day, threatening rain then presenting instead a surprise punchline of bright sun bursting through the clouds. At last, during the final post-lunch break block of five horses, the menacing skies finally made good on their promise.

Caroline Martin and Spring Easy. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Caroline Martin and Spring Easy. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Caroline and Spring Easy got a good soaking, but nature saved its best for last. The final pair in the division, Colleen Rutledge and Escot 6, got absolutely drenched, and while both horse and rider exhibited tunnel vision throughout the deluge one can’t help but wonder if it didn’t dampen their score a bit.

Colleen Rutledge and Escot 6. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Colleen Rutledge and Escot 6. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Colleen Rutledge and Escot 6. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Colleen Rutledge and Escot 6. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Now that the three four-ring dressage circus is quieting down a bit out there, I’m off to track down a top-of-the-charts rider or two. Will report back soon!

Richland Park CIC3* Dressage Photo Gallery: 

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Richland Park CIC3* Top 15: 

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Richland Park Advanced Top 10: 

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#ThrowbackThursday Video from Nupafeed: 2015 Richland Save of the Year

The 2015 Richland Park Save of the Year went to Darby Weerstra, who competed in the Junior Novice division with Seelie Court II. Darby and the Irish Sport Horse mare ran into a bit of trouble at fence 5, as seen in this clip courtesy of RNS Video Media, but went on to finish double-clear and placed 8th in their division. Way to keep your eye on the prize, Darby!

Darby is back at Richland this year, riding Exultation in Junior Training, and you can bet we’ll be cheering them on!

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Sights and Sounds from Wednesday Afternoon at Richland Park H.T.

Tracey Bienemann and Geoni, an 8-year-old Thoroughbred gelding. Photo by Leslie Wylie. Tracey Bienemann and Geoni, an 8-year-old Thoroughbred gelding. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

The most bustling corn field in America this week is located in Richland, Michigan, site of Richland Park H.T. The event gets underway tomorrow with one- through three-star dressage as well as the Advanced horse trial division.

Today, everyone was out busying themselves with the business of settling in and gearing up for the action-packed competition to come. The small CCI2* class had its first horse inspection, with all four entrants breezing through in blink-and-you’ll-miss-it fashion.

Elsewhere on the grounds, lorries were unpacked and stalls set up …

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

… horses were given the spa treatment …

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Photo by Leslie Wylie.

… and horses and dogs alike were given the opportunity to stretch their legs.

Matt Brown's dogs are bicycle-leash trained. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Matt Brown’s dogs are bicycle-leash trained. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Keep it locked here throughout the week for complete Richland coverage. Go Eventing!

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Tuesday Video from SpectraVET: Cross Country at Hartpury International

Hartpury International Horse Trials is fresh off an exciting weekend of sport, the pinnacle event being the Superflex CIC3*. The win was collected by Britain’s Nicola Wilson and One Two Many, who moved from second after dressage into first when overnight leader Izzy Taylor had a rail down in show jumping. Nicola then added just 2.8 time faults cross country, good enough to maintain her lead.

Three Americans contested the CIC3*: Tiana Coudray and Sambuca F, who placed 17th (dressage score of 54.4 plus 8.4 cross country time — look for them about 3:30 seconds into the video) …

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Libby Head and Sir Rockstar, who placed 35th (dressage score of 48.4 plus three rails and 22.0 cross country time — look for them about 13:15 seconds in) …


… and Katherine Coleman and Longwood (dressage score of 52.6, withdrew before cross country). View complete results here.

Thanks to Harveywetdog for the video!

Go Eventing.

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6th Annual EN Blogger Contest: And the Winner Is …

“Can’t we just call it a tie?”

As we neared the finish line of the 6th annual EN Blogger Contest, there was a great deal of debate among the EN staff about whether we could bend the rules a little — just this once! — and declare multiple winners. Considering the quality of work brought to the table by this year’s batch of finalists, it seemed the only befitting conclusion.

Ultimately, however, we knew that even if it was a photo finish only one blogger could come out on top.

We hemmed and hawed and gave our readership the opportunity to weigh in, putting it to a vote last week. While the votes were not the sole determining factor in our decision, we factored in your favorites while also considering our current staff needs.

So, without further ado, we are thrilled to announce that the winner of this year’s EN Blogger Contest is…


Photo courtesy of Kathy Carter.

Kathy Carter!

Kathy is our first UK-based Blogger Contest winner, and as our readership has become increasingly international in scope, we’re excited to have an ear to the ground on Kathy’s side of the pond.

Meet Kathy:

Kathy Carter is an armchair eventing-enthusiast, Mum, business owner and writer. She owns a talented Irish Sports Horse that is in recovery from a serious illness, and whose mission in life is seemingly to bankrupt his owner and eat her out of house and home. Kathy worked with horses as a riding instructor and groom in a former life, including grooming for a Dutch Olympic eventer, before seeing sense and pursuing a career in media. She has a penchant for post-child’s bedtime Merlot, and a ’70s soft rock habit.

Welcome to the EN team, Kathy!

You can look forward to reading Kathy’s work on EN on a regular basis — we certainly are.

Many thanks once again to each and every one of our participants this year, as well as to our readers for their continued support. Go Eventing!

Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin

The issue of transitioning racehorses into new lives after they come off the track isn’t one that is limited to here in the U.S. — it has international scope. Thus the announcement of a newly formed International Forum for the Aftercare of Racehorses (IFAR) came as exciting news earlier this month when it was formally unveiled at the ‘Lifetime Care for Thoroughbreds: Godolphin Forum’ in Newmarket, United Kingdom.

IFAR aims to bring together the official and national operations based around the world that facilitate and promote the retraining of racehorses. It will include representatives from Australia, France, Great Britain, Ireland, Japan and the U.S., all united by the idea that working together on this challenging mission to promote OTTB welfare is more effective than working alone. The inaugural IFAR international conference will take place in October 2017.

For more information check out the full news release here.

Another way to help the cause? Rehome an OTTB yourself! Here is this week’s batch of off-track event horse prospects:

Photo via New Vocations.

Photo via New Vocations.

Onemorsaturdaynite (Any Given Saturday – Elleway, by Elusive Quality) is a 2012 15.2 1/2-hand mare. “Saturday” has the face of a pony with a bit of pony attitude to match in that she forwarding thinking and forward moving with confidence for her age. This video is of her third ride and she just went out and did her job from day one. Often the smaller horses are the fiercest competitors because they have a can-do attitude and are athletically built.

She had a minor bow that healed well with very little profile to it since she was given seven months off. Now ready to go back to work, Saturday will be suitable for any discipline for an intermediate level rider and up. Because she is very personable with a cute face, she garners a lot of attention — which is fine by her!

Because she spent time out in a herd of mares during her rehab time, she gets along well with any mare and knows how to handle herself in a herd situation. She is happy to graze near her friends and just be. Saturday has no vices.

View Onemorsaturdaynite on New Vocations.

Photo via Maker's Mark Secretariat Center.

Photo via Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center.

String Music (Street Cry (IRE) – Contralto, by A.P. Indy) is a 16.1-hand 3-year-old gelding. If you know the classic folk song “Stewball Was a Racehorse,” you’re going to wish this one was yours! (And if you don’t know the song, click here to listen.)

His connections nicknamed him “Stu” because this young OTTB is all try. He is an avid student — although he does have his baby-brain moment — who loves to learn and wants to please. He is analytical and level-headed, has an athletic uphill build, and moves nicely. Unlike the horse in the song however, he does drink water not wine, but if you’d like to bring a bottle of Chardonnay for him when you come meet him, we’ll see if he changes his tune!

View String Music on Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center.

Photo via Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds.

Photo via Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds.

Our Brave Warrior (First Samurai – Midway Gal, by Midway Circle) was a $170,000 yearling, so his class was noticed at a very young age. His trainer reports he is excellent to work with, as well-mannered as they come. He said if he had to describe Warrior in one word it would be “intelligent.” After earning over $126,000 at the track, he is retiring sound and clean legged — a sure sign of a durable, built-to-last horse who has countless competitive years to come.

His trainer reports that he is excellent to ride and an exercise rider’s dream. While he says he would be quiet enough for a child, he also looks like he could jump the moon and be a force to be reckoned with in any arena, so he would appeal to the amateurs and professionals alike! His height combined with his build makes him an excellent choice for the very tallest of riders. He has no vices. We can’t wait to follow what is sure to be a very exciting and promising second career for this classy horse!

View Our Brave Warrior on Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds.

7 Reasons to Get Excited About Richland Park Horse Trials

We're coming for you, Richland! Photo by Leslie Wylie. We're coming for you, Richland! Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Richland Park Horse Trials is one of our favorite events of the year, and we expect the 2016 edition to be no exception. This year’s event kicks off on Wednesday with the first horse inspection for the CCI2* and you better believe Eventing Nation will be up there in the thick of it, getting our Michigan fix.

Here are seven reasons why we’re excited and you should be, too:

#1. All-star competitor line up.  

Maggie Deatrick will be along shortly with her “By the Numbers” Richland preview, but I snuck a peak and it looks like we’re going to have a real dogfight on our hands across the board this year.

Included among the entries are three Rio Olympians: Boyd Martin, who has a heaping six horses spread across the two- and three-star divisions, including Welcome Shadow and Steady Eddie in the CIC3*; Lauren Kieffer, who has two in the CIC2* and D.A. Duras in Advanced; and Jessica Phoenix, who has four going including Abbey G.S., winner of the hotly contested 2015 Richland CIC3* “Cutest Face” award. Can she defend her title?

Jessica Phoenix’s Abbey GS wins the CIC3* cute face award. #richlandpark #goeventing

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#2. The inaugural Philippa Humphreys Advanced division.

Phillipa’s memory continues to reverberate throughout the eventing community and in her home state of Michigan it rings especially strong. We love that Richland has chosen to honor her legacy with a namesake Advanced division.

There are 15 entries in the division, which alongside the Richland CIC3* marks the first qualifier of the 2017 Adequan Gold Cup Series. Kim Severson and Cooley Cross Border led last year’s Richland Advanced division from start to finish, propelled by Chinch karma throughout.

Who will take this year’s title? It’s anyone’s game. Among our favorites: Joe Meyer and South Paw, whose enthusiasm for Richland H.T. was unmatched at last year’s event!

#3. Richland has the fanciest dressage bit checkers in the land.

We expect the “Girls in Pearls” will be out in force this year as usual, inspiring us all with their ringside fashion. If anyone can make Latex gloves look sexy, it’s these ladies! 

Top hats, pearls… this dressage bit check duo is keeping it classy. #richlandpark #goeventing

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#4. The creative, challenging cross-country track. Designer Ian Stark and builder Bert Wood are a cross country dream team, and we can’t wait to see what they have up their sleeves for this year’s event.

When jumps attack. #tasteslikechicken #chinchstagram #richlandpark #goeventing

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#5. Marc Donovan’s shake-up-the-leaderboard show jumping course. Richland’s undulating turf show jumping course promises to keep things interesting, highlighting the weaknesses of some and working in the favor of others. These two pairs show us how it’s done:

Red on right, white on left, Jennie Brannigan/Cambalda in the middle. #richlandpark #goeventing

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Chinch clearly has mad scope but needs to work on that right drift. #richlandpark #goeventing #chinchstagram

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#6. Richland is the corniest event in the land. When I say Richland is in the middle of a cornfield, I mean that Richland is LEGITIMATELY in the middle of a cornfield. (OK, there are some soybeans too, but mostly corn.)

“Chinches of the Corn” #richlandpark #chinchstagram #goeventing

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But you can’t help but love that, instead of getting all uppity-up wine-and-cheese dog-and-pony show with their event, Richland has opted to just embrace its inner Farmer Joe.

Exhibit A: serving whole ears of corn, harvested just that morning, at the competitor’s party.

Disgustinglicious! Just kidding — you know I’m going to be all up in that melty corn butter business.

Leslie x 2 battle of the corn! #midwestatitsbest #freshfromxc

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#7. Relief from hot, humid summer temps.

Right now Wednesday and Thursday in Richland look a little bit dicey — the forecast is calling for 80% chance of thunderstorms both days — but after that it should be smooth sailing: temps in the upper 70s and clear blue skies. All of us traveling up from the muggy, miserable South will be thrilled for the change of pace!

The weather is doing some weird things here at Richland Park HT. #rainorshine #rainandshine #richlandpark #goeventing

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Keep it locked here throughout the week for complete Richland coverage. Go Eventing!

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Monday Video from Tredstep Ireland: Millbrook Advanced Water Remix

Yes, Millbrook Advanced is a couple weekends in the rearview by now, but this video is hot off the presses! Many thanks to RNS Video Media for posting this compilation of Advanced division competitors tackling the water complex, which consisted of a skinny two-strides to a brush jump in, to a jump in the water and out to a duck skinny. (Click here to enjoy a flyover tour of Tremaine Cooper’s entire Advanced track.)

Sinead Halpin and Manoir de Carneville won the Advanced division, concluding the weekend on their dressage score of 27.1. Check up EN’s wrap-up report here

Go Eventing.


#EventerProblems, Vol. 86: Still Going Strong After All These Tears

Assuming each edition of #EventerProblems features in the ballpark of 30 social posts, we’re now upwards of 2,500 #EventerProblems. How is this series still going strong?

Answer: Because as long as there is eventing, there will be #EventerProblems. Because, horses. Here’s your latest batch!

This kinda sums up my week. #eventerproblems

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How do I oxer? What are legs? #OTTB #horse #thoroughbred #eventerproblems #equestrianproblems #somanylegs #somuchfail

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This lady is about to have a real bad time… #horse #eventer #eventerproblems #equestrianlife #english #crosscountry

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When you’re hand grazing and feel like you’re being watched… #cuteness #creeper #mini #eventerproblems

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When a fox wants to join your dressage session #justMillbrookthings #EventerProblems #tallyho

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When you miss a distance but your horse saves your ass #itstayedup

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Yep, one of *those* days. No stirrups knows no season. #eventerproblems #dressage

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When you’re just so close … and yet so far. #duh #eventerproblems #horsesofinstagram #soclose #butnotreally

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Go Eventing.

Friday Video from World Equestrian Brands: Burghley Parkour Course Preview

We’ve witnessed some pretty ambitious course preview gymnastics in our time — resulting in both hits (“Watch Le Chinch Jump the Entire Bromont CCI3* Course“) and misses (“Watch Chinchwürst Smash Face-first into Every Luhmühlen Cross Country Fence“).

But this 2016 Burghley cross country preview … we’re impressed. It pairs well with another more gravity-bound video we posted earlier this week, features commentary on this year’s track from local riders Simon Grieve and Sarah Cohen, course designer Capt. Mark Phillips and event director Liz Inman. You can check that one out here, and have a look at the course draw here

Burghley Horse Trials takes place Sept. 1-4. Samantha Clark is going to be EN’s boots on the ground this year, and with so many captivating narratives in the air we can’t wait to see how it all plays out! 

Go Eventing.

Loch Moy Farm’s Grand National ‘People Chase’ 5k to Benefit Retired Racehorse Project

Mud runs, zombie runs, color runs … 5k races featuring off-beat themes have enjoyed mass popularity in recent years. But this one, in our biased opinion, takes the cake.

Loch Moy Farm’s Grand National ‘People Chase’ 5k series challenges runners to tackle its eventing cross country course — the same one horses run during the Maryland H.T. but with people-modified obstacles.

Here’s a video, set to the Chariots of Fire theme because of course:

The next leg will be held Sunday, Sept. 4 at 10 a.m. Proceeds benefit Retired Racehorse Project to support this year’s Thoroughbred Makeover. Michelle Warro on her Makeover horse, Play Like a Raven, will be leading the way during the race.

The course map, courtesy of Loch Moy Farm.

The course map, courtesy of Loch Moy Farm.

The race will be electronically chip timed with awards in various age groups, and there’s a one-mile fun run for kids as well. And yes, dogs are welcome!

For more information visit the Loch Moy Farm website, and you can register here. Veterans, first responders, seniors (50 and over) and individuals who have participated in previous Loch Moy Farm equestrian events receive a discounted entry fee.

Be sure to like The Maryland H.T. @ Loch Moy Farm on Facebook for updates.

Go running!

William Fox-Pitt to Be Keynote Speaker at 2016 USEA Meeting and Convention

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

Exciting news! William Fox-Pitt has just been announced as the keynote speaker at the 2016 USEA Annual Meeting and Convention, to be held Dec. 7-11 in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

What a year it has been for William, who inspired us all with his remarkable comeback performance at the Olympic Games, and we can’t think of anyone more deserving of the massive standing ovation he will undoubtedly receive.

This year’s convention takes place at the Diplomat Resort and Spa Hollywood, and will as usual feature a dizzying array of committee meetings and forums tasked with educating, tackling issues and solving problems to better the sport. Visit the Convention Page to learn more.

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#DogsofEN (Plus Cats and One Random Camel), Vol. 10

Where there are horse people, there are dogs …

“Can this be set to the optimum time for dinner?” #bigyellowwatch #littlebrowndog #dogsofen

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Even the Pups are getting excited for 5 Points!  #CHP #dogsofinstagram #dogsofEN

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Hopefully Gwynn handles the stream as well as Emma… #dogsofen #eventingnation #eventing #corgi #dog

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Macy’s favorite thing about being a horse show dog? Belly rubs! #dogsofen #horseshowdog

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Hey Weldon, want to go outside and help with the horses? #dogsofinstagram #barndoglife #dogsofen #weldon

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Arms gonna fall off! He thinks he stacked all 40! #eventerproblems #gsdofinstagram #dogsofen

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you missed a couple spots #borderwolf #eventerproblems

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… and cats …

Whitey is helping fix the trailer! #barncat #eventerproblems #eventersolutions

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My cute lunch date from yesterday #barncatsofinstagram #catsarebetterthanboys #eventerproblems

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And now…I’ve trained the cat to train the horses #partdeux #saidnooneever #theheatisgettingtome #eventerproblems

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… and, occasionally, a camel.

Birthday hack, just me Marcus and a camel. All was cool until the camel made camel noises. #farmlife #eventerproblems

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Don’t forget to tag your favorite event pup photos with #DogsofEN on social for inclusion in a future edition. And perhaps we need a new #CatsofEN hashtag, also? #CamelsofEN might be jumping the gun — sorry, camels.

Go Eventing.

Tuesday Video from SpectraVET: Previewing the 2016 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials

With Olympic eventing now in the rearview, I’m sure I’m not alone in scrambling around for the next big thing to get revved up about. As far as four-star events go, we can take comfort in the fact that Burghley Horse Trials (Sept. 1-4) is fast approaching.

This preview features local riders Simon Grieve and Sarah Cohen, course designer Capt. Mark Phillips and event director Liz Inman.

Mark, who unveiled this year’s course on Wednesday, says the 2016 route goes the same way round as last year: “Riders found that quite difficult and I think they are still, in their heads, trying to find the best way to do that.”

Meanwhile Liz notes that five Rio Olympic medalists will be at Burghley this year, plus an impressive spread of rookies and rematchers. “We’ve got strength in depth with a lot of first-timers as well, and we’ve got some local riders so I think it will be a very exciting competition,” she says.

Among this year’s 90+ entries are several Americans: Phillip Dutton with Fernhill Fugitive, Leah Lang-Gluscic with AP Prime, Holly Payne with Never Outfoxed, Bunnie Sexton with Rise Against, Elisa Wallace with Simply Priceless, and Libby Head with Sir Rockstar. You can view the full entry list here.

Samantha Clark is going to be EN’s boots on the ground at Burghley this year, and with so many captivating narratives in the air we can’t wait to see how it all plays out! Go Eventing.

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Product Review: The Ice Block Bag by Mission Mercantile Leather Goods

The Ice Block Bag by Mission Mercantile Leather Goods. Photo by Leslie Wylie. The Ice Block Bag by Mission Mercantile Leather Goods. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

We equestrians are a people of great paradox. On the surface, our lifestyles might seem one hinged on old-fashioned elegance — all plaited manes and velvet helmets and burnished leather  – but by equal turn we’re about as tough and gritty as they come

To further complicate things, it seems as though we’re constantly diving from one realm into the next, swinging back and forth between barn grubby and show-ring polished ad infinitum. It’s hard enough to keep up with all that shape-shifting ourselves, much less find gear that can match pace!

That’s why I was so immediately taken by the Ice Block Bag from Mission Mercantile Leather GoodsThis all-purpose leather and brawny canvas powerhouse may masquerade as stylish arm candy, but in reality it’s a take-no-prisoners piece of straight-up gear.

Per Mission Mercantile’s description, the bag is “a direct aesthetic and structural descendant of a time when back-breaking blocks of ice were carried into homes and businesses by hand. Indeed, when the iceman cameth to replenish the icebox he did so with this essential instrument — replete with a small handle under the base for conveniently swift, single-motion unloading.”

Since acquiring it at the beginning of the summer, my Ice Block Bag has been to two four-star events on two different continents, picnics, camping trips, lake outings, a music festival, the farmers’ market, and of course, more times than anything, the barn.

It’s toted bottles of rosé and hefted flakes of alfalfa. I’ve paired it with sundresses and with muck boots. It’s been a bed-and-breakfast overnight bag, and it’s been a barn chore workhorse. It’s like a one-man play, alternately seamlessly between the roles of rugged and sophisticated.

It’s as at home carting around my stuff at the horse show …

At 17.25" (length) x 7" Depth (depth at bottom), 17" (depth at opening) x 19.25" (height), it's big enough to carry all my tack in one trip. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

At 17.25″ (length) x 7″ Depth (depth at bottom), 17″ (depth at opening) x 19.25″ (height), it’s big enough to carry all my tack in one trip. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

… or hauling bulky stuff, like firewood …

Firewood = no problem for this heavy-duty bag! Photo by Leslie WYlie.

Firewood = no problem for this heavy-duty, utilitarian bag! Photo by Leslie Wylie.

… as it is hanging out at at a champagne picnic in the steeplechase infield.

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All class and style. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

In fact, it may be the most versatile piece of gear I own!

In addition to its solid construction, I appreciate the bag’s attention to all the little details. From padded shoulder strap and 7″x10″ interior hanging pocket …

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Necessary, as a bag this size can swallow car keys whole! Photo by Leslie Wylie.

… to the craftsmanship and quality of materials used, including 100% full-grain leather (I love the rich chocolate of the Oil stain, but it’s also available in Oak and Rust colors), 18 oz. waxed canvas and antique brass rivets …

Mission Mercantile backs all their products up with a "handshake guarantee" of excellence. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Mission Mercantile backs all their products up with a “handshake guarantee” of excellence. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

… this is more than just a highly attractive, highly pragmatic bag. It’s an heirloom.

And it’s just one of many heirloom-worthy products created by Mission Mercantile. From distinguished waxed canvas and leather bags to durable hunting gear and gentlemanly wallets, wash bags, padfolios, gifts and accessories, everything they offer is earmarked by stunning craftsmanship and uncompromising quality.

While it’s clearly all steeped in a sort of robust, outdoorsy tradition, Mission Mercantile has also applied its aesthetic to some modern amenities as well. I’ve gotten a lot of use out of this Laptop Sleeve, featuring a padded suede interior and the same waxed-canvas-meets-full-grain-leather construction as the Ice Block Bag.  

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

This item, too, seeks its source in timeless tradition: “Reminiscent of the classic courier’s pouch that once carried urgent documents between heads of state or original manuscripts from authors to their publishers, this handsomely austere leather and canvas complement to our backpack securely accommodates all your vital documents where they live today — in laptops or tablets.”

I’ve owned plenty of laptop bags in my life, each one seemingly more complicated than the last, sometimes with so many pockets and zippers that I actually find myself losing items into the abyss! I love the no-frills simplicity of this bag, which holds notebook devices up to 16″. My 15″ MacBook Pro fits in it with room to spare for cables, mouse pad and accessories.

I also think it would be lovely repurposed as a document pouch, perfect for keeping my horse’s health papers, horse show entries and registrations together in one place.

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Considering the fact the Ice Block Bag and Laptop Sleeve are virtually indestructible heirloom items, they’re an absolute steal priced at $265 and $115 respectively.

To further protect your investment, all are backed by a lifetime guarantee: “Mission Mercantile was founded to create and proudly stand behind our products, built by craftsmen using materials, that with proper use and care, will live on, passed down the generations as heirlooms enriched and refined with age and memories of past personal journeys.”

We invite you to peruse Mission Mercantile Leather Goods’ complete product line at their website here. Go Mission Mercantile, and Go Riding!

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Vote for the 6th Annual EN Blogger Contest Winner

We’re in the homestretch of the sixth annual EN Blogger Contest! We had the biggest field of entries yet this year, brimming with talent and hailing from all around the world (three out of the final four, in fact, are based in the UK).

Narrowing them down to just four finalists has been an incredibly difficult process, and to make the final call we want your input. We ask for your votes now, and while the votes alone will not determine the winner, the results will certainly be taken into account in our final decision-making process.

We’ve listed each finalist’s entries below, so take one last glance through and vote for who you think should be the next member of the EN team. Voting will end on Thursday, Aug. 18, at midnight, with the winner to be announced on Friday.

The final four, listed in alphabetical order:

Kathy Carter

Kathy Carter is an armchair eventing-enthusiast, Mum, business owner and writer. Based in the UK, she owns a talented Irish Sports Horse that is in recovery from a serious illness, and whose mission in life is seemingly to bankrupt his owner and eat her out of house and home. Kathy worked with horses as a riding instructor and groom in a former life, including grooming for a Dutch Olympic eventer, before seeing sense and pursuing a career in media. She has a penchant for post-child’s bedtime Merlot, and a ’70s soft rock habit.

Read Kathy’s submissions:

The Armchair Olympics: Commentator Bingo, Olympic Lingo, Jung Nailed It by Jingo
The Olympics – Dedicated to Dollars, Not Gods?
The Hole Truth

Photo courtesy of Kathy Carter.

Photo courtesy of Kathy Carter.

Lauren Grindall

Lauren Grindall, 30, is an Area VIII adult amateur who enjoys finding new (and unique) ways to boost her riding fitness to offset her love for cookies and ice cream. During a brief hiatus when she couldn’t own or event horses, she took on eventing of a different sort: triathlon. When she’s not riding her 6-year-old OTTB, she enjoys running, weightlifting and writing. In addition to wanting to enter the Blogger Contest, she would love to help Team EN triumph at next year’s match race at the Rolex Kentucky 5K Run.

Read Lauren’s submissions:

A Tribute to the Olympics: The Equestrian Super Bowl

We the Eventers: A Campaign for the Future of Eventing

Jimmie Schramm on Cross Training for Eventers

Photo courtesy of Lauren Grindall.

Photo courtesy of Lauren Grindall.

Sophie Hulme

I originally come from California where I did three-day eventing and trained with James Alliston. I competed all three of my horses there until fall 2015, when I left beautiful, warm and sunny California for England. I have dual citizenship for England and the U.S. and started school at Hartpury College, where I am studying Equine Science, in September. I brought two horses with me with me and we have been training with Nick Gauntlet and competing at the Novice level (Prelim); I have competed back home to the CCI1* level and will be moving up the Intermediate over here in a month.

Read Sophie’s submissions:

Two Hearts Working Together in Rio

Eventing Needs You!

California Dreaming to Living the Dream in England

Photo courtesy of Sophie Hulme.

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Viviane Pendleton

I believe that the number of horses that one owns should be equal to, or greater than, the number of children that one owns. On that basis, shortly after Child 2 was born, Horse 2 also appeared on the scene. I’ve been lucky enough to compete Horse 1 at BE Intermediate and Horse 2 at BE Advanced level. Horses 1 and 2 live in trendy East London, whilst husband (to date, still only one) and I live in more central Islington with Children 1 and 2. It’s a stone’s throw from the City of London, where we both work as lawyers for U.S. law firms.

Read Vivian’s submissions

How the 2016 Rio Olympic Games Got Eventing Right

Brexits and Drexits, Eventing and Equality

The Horse I Bought

Photo courtesy of Viviane Pendleton.

Photo courtesy of Viviane Pendleton

Last Call for American Eventing Championships Entries!

Eric Dierks and Magical Monte gallop by the river at TIEC. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld. Eric Dierks and Magical Monte gallop by the river at TIEC. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

On the fence about whether to put in your entry for the 2016 American Eventing Championships (Aug. 31 – Sept.4)? Let’s make a pros and cons list:


Fun championship atmosphere
Horsey road trips are the best (check out the USEA’s Ride Share Listings if you need a travel bud)
The Tryon International Equestrian Center looks super swanky
NASA quality cross country turf (Leslie Threlkeld got a sneak peak of the course here)
Loads of prizes from the USEA’s great sponsors
Chance to win chunk of a $100,000 purse


Hmmm …

Bottom line: If you’re qualified (see qualified horses and qualified riders), do eeettt! And soon, because entries close today, Aug. 16 — visit Xentry to complete your entry. Competitors can check their entry status here

Not riding but want to get involved? The event also needs volunteers — click here for more information.

For more information visit the AECs website here.


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#EventerProblems, Vol. 85: Just Another Day in the Life of an Eventer

Y’all be cray. Seriously.

From the (ridiculously early) time you wake up in the morning…

Need to squeeze in a run before leaving for WindRidge with a 6hr drive…. #eventerproblems

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Up by 5, ready by 5:20 for a #horseshow #horseworldproblems #eventerproblems #dressageshow #butimaeventer

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#eventerproblems #sleepwhenyouredead #horseshowlife

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… to the time you lay your broken body back down to sleep at night …

#hardware #anklefracture #equestrianproblems #eventerproblems

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… eventer life is pretty much one great big hilarious comedy of error — punctuated, of course, by the amazing moments that make it all worthwhile. Here’s your latest batch of #EventerProblems:

Rider’s tan #forthewin #eventerproblems #nofilter

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I’m going to go event this now. #ponyta #eventer #eventerproblems #geekatheart #pokemon #pokemongo #horse

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… the eventer lifestyle is one great big comedy of error.

Pole painting parties are lonely when you’re the only jumper at your farm #eventerproblems #inaworldfullofDQs

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Got super excited about a new hay cart #ironhorse #newthings #tooexcited #eventerproblems

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When the wires coming out of a random heavy duty plug are your xc colors #eventerproblems #diy #homerenovations

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Don’t forget to tag your #EventerProblems on social — inquiring minds want to know!

Go Eventing.

Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin

One of our favorite Rolex pairs to cheer around course this year was Leah Lang-Gluscic with her OTTB A.P. Prime. We first profiled them in 2013 as part of our EN’s Got Talent series, and since then they’ve exceeded our expectations, most recently jumping clear around their first four-star track in Kentucky in April. They’ll contest their second four-star at Burghley in just a few weeks time!

Leah spotted now 11-year-old AP Prime (Aptitude – Czarina Kate, by The Prime Minister) as a 5-year-old just coming off the track on the CANTER Illinois website – he raced 31 times and won just over $20,000. She was looking for her next event horse, either to be a resale project or a competition horse, and as soon as she laid eyes on AP, Leah knew he was the one she wanted.

“He had such a self-awareness about him; he had presence,” Leah told us in an interview last year. “It was pretty amazing — from a conformation standpoint, I probably wouldn’t pick him today because I would think he wouldn’t stay sound. But knock of everything wood, he has stayed sound and has just been special from the get go.”

That gut feeling paid off for Leah and AP. They advanced steadily up the levels, propelled by AP’s athleticism and heart. Both characteristics are a trademark of AP’s namesake grandsire, A.P. Indy, who who won the Belmont Stakes and Breeders’ Cup Classic on his way to American Horse of the Year honors in 1992. His time in the Belmont Stakes tied Easy Goer for the second fastest running in the history of the race, behind his broodmare sire Secretariat.

A.P. Indy is an incredibly influential sire both of stakes winners and Thoroughbreds who have gone on to success in sport horse careers beyond the track — as well as some who have excelled at both, like Icabad Crane. This A.P. Indy grandson, who placed third at the 2008 Preakness Stakes, went on to win Plantation Field CIC1* with Phillip Dutton in the irons and is now being campaigned by Olivia Dutton, Phillip and Evie’s daughter.

For this week’s edition of OTTB Wishlist, we thought it would be fun to spotlight three A.P. Indy grandsons and granddaughters who are in the market for a post-track career!

Photo courtesy of Second Stride.

Photo courtesy of Second Stride.

Bank the Eight (Distorted Humor – Zori, by A.P. Indy) is a 16-hand, 2007 Kentucky-bred gelding.

He always showed heart and try in his racing career, earning over $207,000, and is retiring sound. A handsome fellow with fabulous conformation, he is well let down and socialized. His connections describe him as “kind to be around and ready to train forward for his new job — a cute mover, pure class, brave and kind.” Located in Prospect, Kentucky.

View Bank the Eight on Second Stride.

Photo via CANTER California.

Photo via CANTER California.

DD Dancer (Chhaya Dance – Water Trade, by Cee’s Tizzy) is a 2011, 16.1 1/2-hand California bred mare. She earned $25,123 in 21 starts on the track and is now ready to tackle a new career.

She gets her A.P. Indy from her sire, Chhaya Dance, an A.P. son. Her connections describe her as having tons of class and presence: “Is forward without being strong. Has zero buck bolt rear, not spooky at all. Very sweet mare who really wants to bond with you. Has beautiful movement for dressage.” Check out a video of her being ridden here. Located in Southern California.

View DD Dancer on CANTER California.


Photo courtesy of Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds.

Photo courtesy of Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds.

Warrior Jays (Majestic Warrior – Dusty Ravi, by Black Tie Affair (IRE)) is a 2012, 16.2-hand Kentucky-bred gelding. He raced six times without much success but has all the trimmings to excel in another sporting discipline.

This handsome son of A.P. Indy grandson possesses flashy good looks and a highly desirable combination of youth, size, soundness and good looks for a great price. Finger Lakes Finest says he demonstrated an even, light, lofty jog and did so quietly and politely, and also noted that he has nice feet with good heels. Located in Farmington, New York. 

View Warrior Jays on Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds.

#EventerSolutions, Vol. 8: Yeah, I’d Jump That Thing

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!

As previously determined here on EN (see “12 Everyday Things Eventers Saw and Thought ‘I Bet I Could Jump That’”), eventers will jump pretty much anything — or at the very least imagine themselves doing so.

When you’re too lazy to set up a course so you jump round bales instead – - – #eventerproblems #ottb #eventer #UpTownGirl

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Some might see a road hazard, but I see a cross country jump. #eventerproblems

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So many fence posts, so little time. #OTTB #eventerproblems #michiganderinmontana

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We’re resourceful in other ways, too. A few examples:

When u spend a week at Rebecca with your 5 week old baby, you make do! #eventerproblems #eventerproblem #teamchaos

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#eventerproblems #flycontrol #allnatural

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〰Improvise〰 #eventingnation #eventerproblems #fresco #grainbag #ducttape #horsenation

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Got a brilliant #EventerSolution? Tag it on social!

Go Eventing.