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Katherine Coleman and Monte Classico Out Front After Fair Hill CCI4*-S Dressage

Katherine Coleman and Monte Classico. Photo by Amy Flemming-Waters / AFW Photography.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, today’s report from Fair Hill CCI & H.T. is worth volumes thanks to stunning photo galleries from Amy Flemming-Waters of AFW Photography. Many thanks for bringing us ringside, Amy!

Leading the CCI4*-S division is Katherine Coleman with Monte Classico on a score of 28.8.

Alexa Lapp is second with Cambalda on a score of 30.4.

Kristen Bond and I’m Sew Ready are third on a 32.0.

Boyd Martin and On Cue sit fourth on a 32.4; Boyd also rounds out the top five with Ray Price on a score of 32.3.

Michael Nolan and SBT Good Guy are 6th on a 33.3.

Emily Beshear and Olney Uncle Sam are 7th on a 33.6.

Cornelia Dorr and Sir Patico MH are 8th on a 34.6.

Lindsay Kelley and Cooley Cruise Control are 9th on a 35.8 (sorry for MIA photos, Lindsay!); Felix Vogg and Cayenne are 10th on a 36.4.

We’ve got a few more photo galleries from the division still to post plus dressage results from the other FEI divisions so be sure to check back this evening! The CCI4*-S action continues with show jumping immediately followed by cross country on Saturday morning.

Fair Hill CCI & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores] [EN’s Coverage]

CCI4*-S Top 10 After Dressage:

CCI3*-S Top 10 After Dressage:

CCI2*-S Top 10 After Dressage:

Advanced Top 10 After Dressage:

Friday News & Notes from World Equestrian Brands

Thank you, Amy Dragoo, for this masterclass in the correct and entirely professional application of Photoshop. Slow clap.

Amy’s is one of my favorite faces to spot at an event, and her Instagram account (@dragoophotography) is very much on brand with her colorful personality. Go check it out!

National Holiday: National Garlic Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Fair Hill CCI & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Holly Hill H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Longleaf Pine H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Sporting Days H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

River Glen H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

Jersey Fresh International is adding a Preliminary Derby to its 2019 festivities on Sunday, May 12. The Derby will begin at approximately noon; there is a $125 entry fee and $2,500 in prize money will be awarded to 1st through 8th place. [Enter at evententries.com]

The Fair Hill International April CCI & H.T. gets underway today in Elkton, Maryland. The USEA rounded up some stats about the competition’s entries, which includes 21 pairs entered in the CCI4*-S and another 16 pairs in the Advanced.  [Fast Facts: 2019 Fair Hill CCI-S]

Jonty Evans and Cooley Rorkes Drift will return to the main arena at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, taking part in a dressage demonstration on May 3.  Jonty and “Art” made their first public appearance since the accident at Belton on March 30, a year on from their 2018 victory at the horse trials. [‘He will love being back’: Jonty Evans and Art to return to Badminton]

Research suggests that adding magnesium and boron to the diet of headshaking horses can decrease the behavior. Findings by the University of California, Davis, were recently published in The Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine. [Oral magnesium and boron found to reduce headshaking in horses]

Hot on Horse Nation: Is Competitive Dressage Biased?

Just in on Jumper Nation: Six Signs It’s Spring

Featured Video: A little Shetland pony action to get you through your Friday …

#EventerProblems Vol. 178, Presented by Haygain: Everything I Needed to Know About Parenting …

… I learned from compiling 178 editions of #EventerProblems. As a 39-weeks pregnant lady and soon-to-be first-time mom, people keep asking me, “Are you ready?” And I’m like “Duh! I’ve got this parenting thing in the bag.” Not only has my event pony had THREE abscesses this year, which makes me basically a pro diaper-changer, I’ve been taking notes from you guys and your mad parenting skillz as seen on this very website.

Move over, Dr. Spock. Allow these eventing parents to show us how it’s done:

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LRK3DE’s Kentucky CSI3* Invitational Grand Prix to Feature Star-Studded Entry List

Santiago Lambre of Mexico, winner of the inaugural $225,000 Kentucky CSI3* Invitational Grand Prix at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event in 2018. Photo by Michelle Dunn Photo courtesy of LRK3DE.

Even if you dwell in the most remote, secluded reaches of the eventing world cave, you’ll recognize many of the names on the 2019 entry list for the $225,000 Kentucky CSI3* Invitational Grand Prix presented by Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, taking place after cross country on Saturday at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.

Among the 30 accepted entries:

  • Kent Farrington (USA), Olympic silver and WEG bronze medalist
  • Peter Wylde (USA), Olympic gold medalist
  • Margie Engle (USA), U.S. Olympic veteran, WEG silver medalist and Pan American Games gold, silver and bronze medalist
  • Lauren Hough (USA), Olympic and WEG veteran and Pan American Games gold and bronze medalist
  • Todd Minikus (USA), who has competed at nine World Cup Finals
  • Christine McCrea (USA), Pan American Games double gold medalist
  • Karl Cook and Schuyler Riley (USA), who have each competed at three World Cup Finals
  • Molly Ashe-Cawley (USA), who has ridden in two World Cup Finals
  • Callan Solem (USA), the highest-placed U.S. rider at the 2016 World Cup Finals.
  • Other top U.S. show jumpers including Aaron Vale, Ali Wolff, Hayley Barnhill, Hilary McNerney, Jonathan McCrea, Noel Fauntleroy and Spencer Brittan
  • Santiago Lambre (MEX), Olympic and FEI WEG veteran and winner of the inaugural event
  • Conor Swail (IRE), Team Ireland veteran who finished in third-place last year
  • Kevin Babington (IRE), who placed fourth individually in the 2004 Athens Olympics
  • Paul O’Shea and Shane Sweetnam (IRE), who competed for Ireland at the 2018 WEG
  • Sharn Wordley (NZL) and Samuel Parot (CHL), WEG veterans
  • Top Irish show jumpers Daniel Coyle and Lorcan Gallagher
  • Additional international competitors include Rowan Willis and Hilary Scott (AUS), Vanessa Mannis (CAN) and Eugenio Garza (MEX)

Conor Swail of Ireland, who finished 3rd in the class last year. Photo courtesy of LRK3DE.

The second annual CSI show jumping event will begin at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday following cross country. Opening ceremonies will take place at 4 p.m.

The CSI is organized by Equestrian Events, Inc. (EEI), who brought in Derek Braun, founder of the highly-successful Split Rock Jumping Tour, to help manage the event. Guilherme Jorge, show jumping course designer at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, returns as course designer.

There will also be a $36,000 Welcome Speed Cup 1.45m ranking class on Friday, April 26, at 6 p.m. in Rolex Stadium, after the day’s LRK3DE dressage competition. No stadium seat ticket is required for the Speed Cup.

Re-live the action of the inaugural 2018 Grand Prix, which drew an audience of over 10,000 spectators:

Stadium seating tickets for the Grand Prix are only $5 each – with $1 going to Land Rover Kentucky’s 2019 Official Charity, Bluegrass Land Conservancy. Grand Prix tickets are available here.

The Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event, Presented by MARS EQUESTRIAN, takes place April 25-28, 2019 at the Kentucky Horse Park. Visit the event website here.

Kentucky CSI3* Invitational Grand Prix: [Grand Prix Home]  [Grand Prix Schedule] [Accepted Rider List]

[Olympic Veterans Head List of Top Show Jumping Riders Entered for $225,000 Kentucky CSI3* Invitational Grand Prix presented by Hagyard Equine Medical Institute at Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by MARS EQUESTRIAN]

Bromont Rising Program to Support Under-25 Riders With Financial Support, Education

Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Attention eventers under the age of 25 who have their eye on the 2019 MARS Equestrian Bromont CCI Three Day Event! A new program called Bromont Rising is aimed at supporting up to 10 U25 riders with financial grants and educational opportunities at the Canadian event.

Grants will be awarded in the amount of $3,000 each to help selected young riders pay for transportation, entries, lodging and food during the FEI event in June. In addition, the riders will arrive Monday, June 3, to participate in a two-day training camp in advance of the June 5-9 event.

The program will consist of two days of mounted and unmounted instructional components, taught by leading coaches, course designers, riders, owners and support staff. A Tuesday evening dinner will feature Jessica Phoenix and Boyd Martin as featured speakers, and riders will have access to coaching during the event upon request.

“This has long been a dream of mine, and I am delighted to have it come to fruition with the help of the 2019 Organizing Committee and our title sponsor MARS Equestrian,” says committee member Sue Ockendon. “It is so important that we recognize and provide support to our younger riders who will be the future of the sport. I am hopeful that this program will flourish and extend to other venues.”

Bromont Rising Program applications are available on the Bromont website. Selection criteria will focus primarily on talent and determination: “We are trying to give a leg up to the riders who have committed to making this sport their livelihood, and who need help in achieving that goal,” Sue says. Participants in the Program can compete in any division that is offered at Bromont.

Riders will be selected and notified by May 6, 2019. The selection committee includes Kerry Millikin, Peter Gray and Steve Blauner. Questions about the program should be directed to Peter Gray at [email protected]

The 2019 MARS Equestrian Bromont CCI Three Day Event takes place June 5-9 in Bromont, Quebec. For more information visit the website here.


David O’Connor Proposes Changes to Eventing Sanctions at FEI Sports Forum

Photo courtesy of the FEI.

The 2019 FEI Sports Forum took place Monday through Tuesday of this week in Lausanne, SUI, and covered a vast expanse of topics.

Day 1’s agenda included sessions on gender equality, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, a review of the legal system, and the future of reining. Day 2 focused entirely on the sport of endurance, including qualification of horses and athletes, educating officials and application of rules, and improvements and innovations to reshape endurance. Click on any of the above session topics for a recap and video replay of that session along with supporting documents.

Of particular interest to eventers, during the legal system review Chair of the FEI Eventing Committee David O’Connor presented a new proposal to the Eventing Rules on sanctions related to Risk Management. Under current rules, two recorded warnings lead to a yellow warning card, while two yellow warning cards for the same offense within one year, lead to a four month suspension.

The following changes were proposed:

  • Athletes will receive a recorded warning for dangerous riding
  • Three recorded warnings within one year will lead to a two month suspension
  • Two yellow warning cards within one year will result in a two month suspension

The proposed changes would also allow the FEI to designate a later start date for the suspension if the period runs into the eventing off-season and has no real impact on the athlete. This topic was debated with opposing opinions voiced.

You can review the Eventing Risk Management Sanctions presentation here or as copied below.

The entire Forum is available to watch again on fei.org — afternoon session including David’s presentation is below beginning at 1:51.

2019 FEI Sports Forum: WebsiteTimetableSessions & Supporting DocumentsLive Stream & Replays


Get Your LRK3DE Tickets Today! Prices Increase, Options Limited at Midnight


If you’ve been putting off purchasing your 2019 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event tickets, carpe diem! Ticket prices increase today, April 17, at midnight and other ticket options (e.g., multi-day) go away.

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.

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.

Tickets are also available for the $225,000 Kentucky CSI3* Invitational on Saturday following cross country —  tickets are $5, with $1 going to the 2019 official charity, plus tax and fees. Hospitality packages are also available. You can purchase those tickets separately here.

Ticket options and extras quick links:​

The 2019 event takes place April 25-28 at the Kentucky Horse Park. You can view the provisional schedule here.

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

Who Jumped It Best? Twin Rivers Spring International JYOP Edition

Horses and riders enjoyed a beautiful, blue-skied weekend at Twin Rivers Spring International Event in Paso Robles, California. Photographer extraordinaire Sherry Stewart was out and about snapping pics as crisp, vivid and sun-drenched as the spring weather itself! In addition to providing EN with photos all weekend for our remote coverage, she sent in one last batch for a round of “Who Jumped It Best?”

This one features riders in the JYOP division, which was contested by 18 riders and led from start to finish by Lauren Gillis and Under the Spotlight (not pictured). The Area VI Young Riders held a pancake breakfast on Sunday morning and worked all weekend to sign up riders for the program, which you can learn more about here.

You know the drill: Take a look at the photos and vote in the poll at the bottom of the post for which horse and rider you think present the best overall picture over the jump!

View full results from Twin Rivers here, and revisit EN’s coverage here.

Malia Hunter & Dancing On the Moon. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Alina Patterson & Flashback. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Callia Englund & Xyder. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Anika Baker & Abright Star. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Caitlin Miller & Iron Will. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Lexie Barrow & Kiss This. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Ashley Widmer & What Are The Odds. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

The Costa Rica Connection: Full Moon Farm Represents on the International Stage

Photo courtesy of La Finca Centro Ecuestre.

While Woodge Fulton is crushing it overseas this spring, training and competing in Germany with her five-star mount Captain Jack whilst on the waitlist for Badminton, her eventing family at Full Moon Farm is enjoying their own international adventures.

Last month seven riders from the Carroll County, Maryland eventing facility, plus three other U.S. riders, contested an international horse trial at La Finca Centro Ecuestre in Costa Rica. But this was no regular FEI star-level event — rather, the competition was entirely Novice level and below!

The connection: Leonor Muñoz Ortiz, whose parents Gilda Ortiz and Jose Antonio Muñoz own La Finca Centro Ecuestre. The family has been involved in the equestrian world for 30 years now, beginning in the States; while their father worked in the Costa Rican Embassy in D.C., Leonor and her brothers were members of the Seneca Valley Pony Club in Maryland. Leonor, now 33 years old, progressed in her riding and has since competed through the former FEI one-star level, finishing well at CCI1* events including Bromont in Canada and the Midsouth Three-Day in Kentucky.

Leonor Muñoz Ortiz and Checkout the Charmer. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Throughout her journey, Leonor and her family have remained committed to being ambassadors for the sport. “We committed fully to bringing all that knowledge and horsemanship back to Costa Rica,” Leonor says. “We developed eventing in Costa Rica in 2011.”

They have been running Horse Trials at La Finca for nine years now, brining in USEA and FEI course designers, judges and technical delegates as officials. Leonor has also maintained her Maryland connections.

“I spent 2015 training in the U.S. with Buck Davidson and met Woodge Fulton,” she says. “Quickly we became good friends. Our families (including daughter Grace, mother Karen and father Stephen) hit it off immediately. We bought a super nice horse from the Fultons, and upon my return to Costa Rica we brought Karen down to teach a riding clinic, Grace a horsemanship clinic and Stephen a shoeing clinic!”

Photo courtesy of La Finca Centro Ecuestre.

“We went to Kentucky to cheer Woodge on for her first four-star and then took a group of students to their 1/4* event at Full Moon in 2016 and 2018,” Leonor says.

Full Moon Farm riders have, in turn, participated in “exchanges” at La Finca. For this year’s event, Ana Schravesande (USA) served as judge and her granddaughter Tatum Doyal came to ride, along with seven riders from Full Moon Farm: Stephen Fulton, Payton Myers, Alise Shotwell, Samantha Gilley, Samantha Schwartz, Carla Lindsay, and Virgina Burns.

“We also had a rider from Seattle, Samantha Hollow-Bist,” Leonor says. “Sam came to Costa Rica for three months to learn Spanish and and contacted us because she saw our cross country field on the way to the beach. She couldn’t believe there was eventing in Costa Rica and after checking out our Facebook couldn’t believe we had had top clinicians here like Laine Ashker and Buck Davidson.”

Also participating were four riders from Guatemala: Carlos Hernandez, Maria Fernanda Herrera, Camila Chacon and Alexia Salazar. “I had trained in Guatemala in 2010 when I was doing the jumpers and made very good friends,” Leonor says. “They are known for being fierce competitors and I was keen on having different countries, cultures and styles of riding at the show that we could all learn from one another.”

From Costa Rica, there were participants from two barns. Representing La Finca in San Jose: Rebeca Escalante, Gaby Villalta, Sofia Muñiz, Daniela Muñiz, Juliana Antillon, Isabela Salom, Daniela Jenkins, Ana Lucia Jenkins, Oisin O’Cleirigh, Margareth O’Cleirigh, Javiera Gutierrez and Monserrat Guitart. Representing Costa Rican Equestrian Vacations, located north in the province of Guanacaste: Molly Niederberger, Robin Berger, Cody Qualls, Catalina Qualls, Joie Chuntz, Edie De Graff, Noa De Graff and Lynn Odermatt.

Photo courtesy of La Finca Centro Ecuestre.

The event was a truly international affair. “I’ve been lucky enough to meet great people from all over the world through horses and dreamt of hosting an International Horse Trial on shared horses,” Leonor says. “Representing Costa Rica we had everything from Costa Rican to Dutch, to French, to Irish to Argentinian. It was really great having all the countries come together. We had riders from ages 9 to 60, Starter level to Novice riders, green 4-year-old horses to 2o+ year old school masters. Everyone was game!”

Riders flew or drove in on Thursday and met at the barn on Friday morning to test their catch-ride horses and make sure everyone had a suitable match, followed by a barbecue at noon, with every La Finca family bringing a dish to share and a barn dad handling the grill.

Photo courtesy of La Finca Centro Ecuestre.

In the afternoon, Leonor gave a lecture on what to expect and made sure everyone understood the pillars for the show: horsemanship first, sportsmanship second, and third of all fun. They went over rules for the show, the different type of awards we would give out: Best Presented Team at Jogs, Best Conditioned Horse in each division, Best Score in each division, Grand Overall Champion, Best Show and Tell. “I made sure everyone understood that the whole competition would be in pairs and that it was very important they worked as a team,” she says.

Later they had in-barns with an FEI vet. Horses had to be presented by both riders assigned to that horse.

Photo courtesy of La Finca Centro Ecuestre.

She recaps the competition itself. “Saturday morning we started with jogs — we had a very fancy panel of judges ready to see the trot. I was surprised at how professional everyone looked and at that moment realized the big accomplished I had achieved of pulling off this show. It was in fact a show case of what future team and FEI competitions will be for them.

Photo courtesy of La Finca Centro Ecuestre.

Photo courtesy of La Finca Centro Ecuestre.

“We had dressage in the morning, showjumping on grass in the afternoon and then everyone went out to walk their cross country courses. We met back at 6 p.m. for the Show and Tell. Each pair had two minutes to do a small presentation on their horse. They could talk about anything they liked related to their horse: age, breed, color, traits, fun facts, how they met, how much they loved them, etc. I was really touched about how seriously everyone took the activity and how much love they put into their presentation. It seems like they were really into the whole vibe of the show. We then celebrated with a pizza party.

Photo courtesy of La Finca Centro Ecuestre.

“Sunday we had a blast cross country. We then had awards, including a fancy silver ribbon for everyone who completed the event and then left for a half day trip to the beach.”

Photo courtesy of La Finca Centro Ecuestre.

Photo courtesy of La Finca Centro Ecuestre.

By all accounts, the event was a massive success — both in the saddle and beyond. Leonor concludes: “Great friends were made, great riding was seen, we managed to bring our friends from different parts of the world together and our dream of having a fun safe top quality event in our own barn was achieved!”

View a full photo gallery from the event here. Also, we’ve got an update on what Woodge has been up to overseas coming your way tomorrow, so be sure to check back! 

Weekend Winners: Ocala, Twin Rivers, Plantation Field, FENCE

Cheers to another beautiful spring weekend of jam-packed, coast-to-coast eventing action. Jumps were jumped, and blue ribbons were won.

An extra congrats to our lowest scoring finishers in the country this weekend, both of whom racked up a lump sum of 20.0 penalty points to win their divisions: Lindsay Staiano Williams with Quiet Love in Open Beginner Novice-A at FENCE H.T., and Amber Levine with Le Salvan in Open Training at Twin Rivers CCI & H.T.

Here are your weekend winners!

Ocala CCI & H.T. [Results]
CCI3*-L: Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp & Flash Cooley (23.8)
CCI2*-L: Lauren Kieffer & Get Gaudi (27.7)
Advanced Combined Test: Waylon Roberts & Lancaster (29.8)
Intermediate Rider: Maxine Preston & Shannondale Magnum (35.7)
Open Intermediate: Joe Meyer & Johnny Royale (31.4)
Open Preliminary: Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp & Gorsehill Cooley (24.3)
Preliminary Horse: Zoe Crawford & Francelia (33.5)
Preliminary Rider-A: Lindsey Stevenson & Chivalry (34.9)
Preliminary Rider-B: Elise Hicks & Max Power (43.6)
Modified-A: Lauren Kieffer & Hindine (28.7)
Modified-B: Elinor O’Neal & Clara Bo~ (27.2)
Open Training: Andrea Davidson & Mr. Poppers (22.3)
Training Horse-A: Sinead Halpin & Peregrine SF (28.4)
Training Horse-B: Kurt Martin & D.A. Lifetime (24.8)
Training Rider-A: Audrie Stanka & Optimus (28.9)
Training Rider-B: Skyler Norris & Elegance (29.8)
Novice Horse-A: Rebekah Simmons & Shimmer S.R. (26.7)
Novice Horse-B: Anna Loschiavo & Fernhill Hole Shot (23.6)
Novice Rider-A: Liz Mason & Wisdom Grey (27.4)
Novice Rider-B: Erin Walker & Cinerescent (31.7)
Open Novice-A: Alexa Perkiel & Ron Reagan (30.5)
Open Novice-B: Elizabeth Hawley & Signature Moves (24.1)

Twin Rivers CCI & H.T. [Results]
CCI3*-Long: Tamra Smith & Mai Baum (25.3)
CCI2*-Long: Meg Pellegrini & RF Eloquence (29.8)
CCI4*-Short: Lauren Billys & Castle Larchfield Purdy (30.6)
CCI3*-Short: Shannon Lilley & Greenfort Carnival (34.8)
Advanced: Marc Grandia & Campari FFF (49.6)
Advanced CT: Frankie Thieriot Stutes & Chatwin (27.5)
Open Intermediate: Jordan Linstedt & Staccato (31.0)
Jr./Y.R. Open Preliminary: Lauren Gillis & Under the Spotlight (30.0)
Open Preliminary: Darcie Kerkhoven & Vive (24.6)
Preliminary Rider: Kate Lathrop & J’adore (32.6)
Jr. Training Rider A: Kiran D’Souza & ROR Lisbane Finch (31.0)
Jr. Training Rider B: Avery Noblitt & Cumani (27.1)
Open Training: Amber Levine & Le Salvan (20.0)
Sr. Training Amateur: Kate Helffrich & Coquette (24.8)
Sr. Training Rider: Julie White & Mind The Gap (30.0)
Training Horse: David Adamo & Solaguayre California (23.8)
Jr. Novice Rider A: Daisy Hanretty & Foryoureyesonly (29.2)
Jr. Novice Rider B: Sophia Merz & Bird Is The Word (31.4)
Novice Amateur: Julia Tussing & Charm Offensive (30.5)
Novice Horse: Amber Levine & Chicago (25.7)
Open Novice: Rebecca Braitling & Galwaybay Merbantos (21.2)
Sr. Novice Rider: Aimee Stadler & To the Moon and Back (29.9)
Jr. Beg. Novice Rider A: Jessica Kammeyer & Sunny Side Up (43.6)
Jr. Beg. Novice Rider B: Pryce Chrisman & Tahoe Blue (30.0)
Open Beg. Novice A: Jana Jones & Grande Frappucino (26.7)
Open Beg. Novice B: Melissa Montgomery & Grayson (32.8)
Sr. Beg. Novice Rider A: MaryBeth Young & Sweet William (33.1)
Sr. Beg. Novice Rider B: Anne Johnson & Grandios Sky (33.7)
Future Event Horse 2 Year Old: Sarah Moseley & Twain’s Fireflight DF (87.8)
Future Event Horse 3 Year Old: Earl McFall & Illuminada (84.0)
Future Event Horse 4 Year Old: Jennifer McFall & Hallelujah DF (86.3)
Future Event Horse Yearling: Max Gerdes & Ferao DFEN (85.4)
Young Event Horse 4 Year Old: Samantha Pritchard & Isabella (72.0)
Young Event Horse 5 Year Old: Amber Levine & Chicago (84.4)

Plantation Field H.T. [Results]
Open Intermediate: Alexandra Sacksen & Sparrow’s Nio (31.1)
Open Preliminary: Michael Pendleton & Wabanaki (31.9)
Preliminary Rider: Cindy Buchanan & Flying Candles (35.0)
Open Training-A: Stephanie Cauffman & FE Connory (25.5)
Open Training-B: Joa Sigsbee & K-Cosimo SE (27.9)
Training Rider: Elizabeth Callahan & Merlin (35.2)
Junior Open Novice: Devyn Trethewey & The Mojito King (29.1)
Novice Rider-A: Sarah Wohrman & Cearney (26.9)
Novice Rider-B: Elizabeth Kantra & Sibon Rose (31.7)
Open Novice-A: Daniel Clasing & Grove Hill Bob (26.0)
Open Novice-B: Skyler Decker & HHS Iris (22.6)
Open Novice-C: Nicole Ethridge & POPSTAR (27.6)
Beginner Novice Rider: Mikayla Meek & East of Heaven (34.7)
Open Beginner Novice: Alexandra MacLeod & Independence Day (33.4)

FENCE H.T. [Results]
Preliminary Rider: Emilie Mudd & Quite Nice 11 (28.8)
Open Training: Alexa Ehlers & FE Clear the Calendar (31.7)
Training Rider: Mia Fox & Sport Tracker (26.7)
Novice Rider-A: Katie Younce & Mystic Love Song (28.4)
Novice Rider-B: Blanche Costa & A Mighty Romance (27.9)
Open Novice: Ryan Keefe & Point Nemo (23.1)
Beginner Novice Rider-A: Jaclyn McElhaney & Strongest (28.0)
Beginner Novice Rider-B: Molly Hunt & Falcons Grey Bar (31.0)
Open Beginner Novice-A: Lindsay Staiano Williams & Quiet Love (20.0)
Open Beginner Novice-B: Lindsay Staiano Williams & Bernie’s Pride (27.5)
Starter-A: Jessica Ramirez & Rocky’s Revenge (31.4)
Starter-B: Savannah Norman & Dreamin’ up a Thunderstorm (33.3)

Congrats to all. Go Eventing!

Watch the 2019 FEI Sports Forum Live, Including Session on Eventing Risk Management Sanctions

Photo by Eric Swinebroad.

The 2019 FEI Sports Forum, taking place today and tomorrow in Lausanne, SUI, is being live streamed in full. Of particular interest to eventers is Session 3 on Monday afternoon local time (8-9:30 a.m. EST), dedicated to a review of the FEI legal system including sanctions and measures related to Eventing Risk Management.

Led by Mikael Rentsch, FEI Legal Director, and Áine Power, FEI Deputy Legal Director, the following topics will be addressed: on-site legal processes (protests, use of video evidence and yellow warning cards); the introduction of a catalogue/table of sanctions with more guidance for what sanctions apply for particular offenses; proposed clarification to the administrative disciplinary process; and a change to the start date of suspensions. Read more here.

The Forum agenda (all times CET):

Day 1: Monday, April 15

“Day 1 will begin with a session dedicated to gender equality, particularly in governance positions in equestrian sport. This will be followed by a session on preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games with a focus on climate mitigation plans and the optimization of equine and human performance in a challenging climate. The first session of the afternoon will be dedicated to a review of the FEI legal system, including a proposed way forward regarding pony measurement, as well as sanctions and measures related to Eventing Risk Management. The closing session of the day will look at the future of reining.”


  • Opening – FEI President and IMD representative – 9-9:30 a.m.
  • Session 1 – Gender Equality – 9:30-10:30 a.m.
  • Session 2 – Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games – 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.


  • Session 3 – Review of Legal System – 2-3:30 p.m.
  • Session 4 – Future of Reining – 5-6:30 p.m.

Day 2: Tuesday, April 16

“Day 2 will focus on endurance with the whole day dedicated to the questions, challenges and reshaping of this discipline.”


  • Session 5 – Qualification of horses and athletes: reducing welfare risks – 9-11 a.m.
  • Session 6 – Educating officials and correct application of the rules – 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.


  • Session 7 – Improvements and innovations to shape endurance – 2-3:30 p.m.
  • Session 8 – Wrap-up by the Secretary General and open Q&A 

The entire Sports Forum 2019 will also be available to watch again on fei.org following the end of each session. Recaps of each session will also be posted. 

2019 FEI Sports Forum: Website, Timetable, Sessions & Supporting Documents, Live Stream & Replays

[FEI Sports Forum 2019]


Monday News & Notes from Fleeceworks

“Hold my beer.” Photo courtesy of Road Less Traveled Eventing at Penrose Farm.

Here’s a beautiful idea that you are welcome to steal: My barn has been doing a weekly Adult Amateur Happy Hour each Tuesday headlined by two of my favorite pastimes — jumping horses and sipping adult beverages among friends. The evening kicks off with a discount-rate group lesson with our trainer, typically focused on an exercise or two that is scalable for a variety of levels, followed by some tack room socializing and potluck-style snacks.

Adult amateur riders are an integral demographic in our sport and work just as hard or harder than anyone to juggle jobs, families and riding. (Lest we forget, we have an adult-amateur as our reigning USEF CCI4*-L Eventing National Champion!) There are lots of ways we can lift one another up, from USEA initiatives like Worth the Trust Educational and Sports Psychology Scholarships to helping create an environment of support and camaraderie among ammy-adults in your own eventing community. Of course, holding one’s beer while they tackle a gridline is also always appreciated.

Go adult amateurs. Go Eventing!

National Holiday: National Take a Wild Guess Day

Weekend Results:

Ocala CCI & H.T. [Results]

Twin Rivers CCI & H.T. [Results]

Plantation Field H.T. [Results]

FENCE H.T. [Results]

Your Monday News & Notes:

The FEI Sports Forum takes place April 15-16 at FEI Headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. Topics slated to be discussed include gender equality; an update on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, including climate mitigation planning; eventing risk management sanctions and measures; and an all-day forum on the future of endurance. The entire Forum will be streamed live and also be available to watch again on fei.org, following the end of each session.  [FEI Sports Forum 2019]

The USEA’s Jessica Duffy has done a super job covering California’s Twin Rivers CCI & H.T. over the weekend. With 476 entries spread across 34 divisions there’s been plenty of action to follow, and we’re glad our friends at the USEA are giving West Coast eventing the love that it deserves. (On a related note … if you know any aspiring West Coast-based eventing journalists, please send them EN’s way!) [USEA Twin Rivers coverage]

Need some jump school exercise inspiration? Horse & Hound has your hookup with this exercise by five-star eventer Sarah Bullimore designed to help develop balance, rhythm and the ability to land on the correct canter lead. [#SundaySchool: Sarah Bullimore’s figure-of-eight jumping exercise]

We love seeing eventers giving back to the greater equestrian community. Jess Halliday’s JH Eventing in Sutton, Massachusetts, will be running raffles at its 2019 series of schooling horse shows to benefit different charitable organizations. Its upcoming May 5 show will benefit Detroit Horse Power, an organization that aims to bring the magic of horses in children’s lives to inner city kids who would not otherwise have these opportunities. Other causes they hope to benefit this season include the Buck Off Cancer Foundation and Canine Cancer Foundation. Anyone can participate in the raffles, and item donations are also welcome. [JH Eventing]

Hot on Horse Nation: Duct Tape: The 8th Wonder of the Horse World

Just in on Jumper Nation: Perfectly Pricked Pony Ears, Presented by Kentucky Performance Products

Featured video: David Frechette à la The Horse Pesterer has posted several videos from Ocala CCI & H.T. over the weekend, like this one of Open Prelim winners Liz Halliday-Sharp and Gorse Hill Cooley. (Liz also won and placed second in the CCI3*-L Pan American Games qualifier with Flash Cooley and Cooley Quicksilver respectively, and picked up a few other ribbons with other horses as well. Busy gal!)

Watch the Ocala International Live Stream, Courtesy of EQTV Network

Ocala International Festival of Eventing is underway in Ocala, Florida, and thanks to our friends at EQTV Network we can all follow the action as it unfolds! Watch the live stream via the embed above or click here.

The FEI divisions will be streamed, starting with dressage on Friday beginning at 9 a.m. and including cross country Saturday and show jumping Sunday. You can sign up to receive notifications when the broadcast goes live. View the event schedule here.

Go Eventing!

Ocala International CCI & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores] [Live Stream] [EN’s Coverage]

Watch the Twin Rivers Spring International Event Live Stream, Courtesy of Ride On Video

Twin Rivers Ranch Live April 2019

Twin Rivers Ranch Secondary Feed – Friday CCI2* Dressage

Twin Rivers Ranch Spring International Event is underway in Paso Robles, CA, and thanks to our friends at Ride On Video we can all follow the action as it unfolds! There are two feeds going or the FEI and upper-level divisions — watch via the embeds above or click here.

Live Stream Schedule:
All times PDT.

CCI3*Long 8:00-10:50
CCI2*L 11:15-4:25
Show Jumping
Int 1:30-2:15
CCI3* Short 2:50-3:20
CCI4* Short 3:55-4:10
Adv CT 4:20-4:30
Adv 4:45-4:55

Cross Country
Prelim 8:00-10:15
Intermediate 10:35-11:30
CCI2*Long 11:55-12:55
CCI3*Long 1:15-2:30
CCI3*Short 2:45-3:30
CCI4* Short 3:40-4:00
Adv 4:00-4:10
Jr Training Rider 4:30-5:40

Show Jumping
JTR 8:00-9:05
OP 9:40-10:35
JYOP 10:40-11:20
PR 11:25-12:05
CCI2*Long 12:50-1:55
CCI3*Long 2:35-3:10

Go Eventing!

Twin Rivers CCI & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores] [Live Stream] [EN’s Coverage]


Lauren Billys and Castle Larchfield Purdy Take Twin Rivers CCI4*-S Dressage Lead

Lauren Billys and Larchfield Castle Purdy. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Dressage is off and running (er, cantering obediently?) at the Twin Rivers Ranch Spring International Event in Paso Robles, California. There’s lots of FEI action afoot, as the event is offering a CCI3*-L division for Pan Am Games qualification as well as a CCI4*-S division for horse and rider combinations that are seeking qualification for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

The small CCI4*-S division completed its dressage on Thursday, with Lauren Billys and Castle Larchfield Purdy. Lauren and the 17-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Karistos x Hallo Purdy, by Hallo), owned by the rider and Purdy Syndicate LLC, scored a 29.8 to assume the early lead. The pair, which represented Puerto Rico in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and 2015 Toronto Pan American Games, last finished 7th in the Galway Downs CCI3*-S last month. The horse had a tough last fall, undergoing colic surgery, and we’re glad to see him all recovered and out and about! The USEA caught up with Lauren after their test — read more here.

Derek di Grazia and Ringwood Justice. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

In second dressage on a score of 32.5 is Derek di Grazia and Ringwood Justice, his own 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Ringwood Harley Carol x Ringwood Venus). Leah Breakey and Master Class, her own 10-year-old Canadian Warmblood gelding (Cree x Night Destiny xx), are third on a score of 41.9. Liza Horan and Lafite, her own 12-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Linaro x Sundrift Sandal), complete the division in fourth on a score of 44.8.

The three-star divisions have also completed the first phase of competition. Tamie Smith and Mai Baum, a 13-year-old German Sport Horse (Loredano X Ramira, by Rike) owned by Alex Ahearn, Ellen Ahearn and Eric Markell, head up the CCI3*-L on a score of 24.9. Charlotte Babbitt and her own 2 A.M., a 7-year-old Dutch gelding (Sheraton x Regina K, by Ahorn), lead the CCI3*-S on a score of 33.6.

Show jumping for the international divisions as well as Advanced and Intermediate takes place this afternoon. Ride On Video is live streaming all the action, so be sure to tune in!

Twin Rivers CCI & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores] [Live Stream] [EN’s Coverage]

CCI4*-S Dressage Results:

CCI3*-L Dressage Top 10:

CCI3*-S Dressage Top 10:

#EventerProblems Vol. 177, Presented by Haygain: Wild Horses …

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Spring has sprung in Eventing Nation and with it all the hairy (literally or metaphorically) #EventerProblems that go with the season. Kick back and enjoy this week’s edition!

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First Two Pan Am Qualifiers of 2019 Are Underway at Twin Rivers and Ocala International

Tamie Smith and Mai Baum, one of four horses she is competing in this week’s Twin Rivers CCI3*-L (also Danito, Fleeceworks Royale and En Vogue). Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Riders pursuing qualification for 2019 Pan American Games have their first opportunity of the year this week. (Click here to view a full list of Pan Am Games qualifiers, including 2018 events, and selection info.) Pan Am Games eventing will take place on Aug. 1-4 in Lima, Peru.

On the West Coast, the Twin Rivers Ranch Spring International Event in Paso Robles, California, is offering a CCI3*-L division for Pan Am Games qualification (see CCI3*-L entries here), as well as a CCI4*-S division for horse and rider combinations that are seeking qualification for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo (see CCI4*-S entries here).

Competition begins Thursday with Young Event Horse Dressage at 8:30 a.m. PDT. CCI3*-S and CCI4*-S dressage begins at 2:30 p.m. PDT and will be broadcast via live stream by Ride On Video.

Update: After Thursday’s competition, Lauren Billys and the Purdy Syndicate LLC’s Castle Larchfield Purdy lead the CCI4*-S division on a dressage score of 29.8. Charlotte Babbitt and her own 2 A.M. leads the CCI3*-S on a dressage score of 33.6.

Twin Rivers CCI & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores] [Live Stream] [EN’s Coverage]

The East Coast’s marquee event this week is Ocala International Festival of Eventing, also featuring a CCI3*-L Pan Am Games qualifier. Thirty-two horses are entered in the division, which kicked off its first day of dressage today.

Update: About a third of the CCI3*-L pairs completed their test today; Thursday’s overnight leader is Dana Cooke with FE Whole Lotta Rosie on a score of 28.0.

Ocala International CCI & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores] [Live Stream] [EN’s Coverage]

Keep it here for all the latest throughout the weekend. Go Eventing!

Thursday Video from Ecovet: Watch Ride-Throughs of BN-Training USEF Eventing Dressage Tests

Seriously though, if they’re just going to use random letters … Illustration by Morgane Schmidt/The Idea of Order, courtesy of Horse Nation.

I’m a visual learner — you can talk at me until you’re blue in the face or write a novel on the subject, but until I’ve seen it with my own two eyes it’s going to go right over my head.

For instance: dressage tests. I need to watch a test be ridden for it to stick in my brain. ESPECIALLY at the lower levels … all those 15- and 20-meter circles just blurring together in my brain like clothes in the spin cycle.

Thankfully, Eventing Training Online has done us a massive in posting video demonstrations of the 2018 USEF dressage tests for Beginner Novice through Training horse trials, complete with movements and directives. Bonus: Click here for helpful test-riding tips from Marilyn Payne via her preview presentation at the 2017 USEA Convention.

Click on the test you’d like to watch for a link to the video. All videos are hosted on the USEA Vimeo site.

Training A | Training B | Training Three-Day

Novice A | Novice B  | Novice Three-Day

Beginner Novice A | Beginner Novice B

Go learn your test. Go Eventing!

[VIDEO: Beginner Novice, Novice, and Training Dressage Tests]

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Wednesday Videos from Kentucky Performance Products: Doug Payne … the Busiest Man at The Fork?

Doug Payne had a busy — and successful! — weekend at The Fork at Tryon, Presented by Lucky Clays Farm.

Doug and Quantum Leap, a 7-year-old RPSI gelding (Quite Capitol X Report to Sloopy xx, by Corporate Report xx) he owns with Susan Drillock, finished 7th in the CCI4*-S. The horse made his CCI4*-S debut at Carolina, adding 3.2 time penalties to finish 20th, and had a solid weekend at The Fork at Tryon, adding 12.4 cross country time faults to their dressage score of 37.8. Watch them tackle the track:

He led the CCI3*-S division from start to finish with Starr Witness, an 8-year-old Dutch mare (Chello II x Carmen, by Veneur) owned by Laurie McRee. “She was on her toes,” Doug says. “She was very, very good.”

The pair scored a 27.6 in the dressage, show jumped clear, and posted the fastest cross country time in their division, collecting 5.6 time faults. The ground was on the wetter side, Doug says, so he kept it conservative where the ground was undulating and didn’t go full out. “I had to move along, though, because I think it’s going to benefit her … I’m going to press her a little bit more so that she becomes more comfortable with not necessarily speed and jumps, but galloping better.”

Doug finished 4th in the CCI3*-S with Cascor, a 7-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Catoo x Lovely, by Stauffenberg) owed by Stephen Blauner. “He jumped great and was super brave out there,” Doug says. “He trucked around. He doesn’t have the biggest step in comparison to the other two. He’s a little bit shorter strided, but he makes up for it in that he doesn’t pull at all, you don’t have to set him up, he’s very uphill, balanced, and quick. So he handles it very well.”

Doug also finished 4th in the CCI2*-S division with Baymax, a 6-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Ars Vivendi x Olympics Corner, by Olympics Lux). Here they go:

Doug praised the Capt. Mark Phillips designed course: “It was a tough track, there was a lot to do, and a lot to look at, I think the horses finished stronger, better, and more confident because of it. And there’s certainly going to be a better standard for other things this spring.”

On top of having five horses in the international eventing classes, Doug squeezed in some jumper classes, which were being held simultaneously with The Fork.

Many thanks to Sarah Madden for assistance with quotes for this story.

Other riders we feel utterly exhausted for: Liz Halliday-Sharp, who had seven entries, and Will Faudree, who had six. We hope they all took a day off when he got home! Go Eventing.

The Fork at Tryon CCI-S & H.T.: WebsiteResultsEN’s CoverageInstagramTwitter

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Event Horse March Madness: Your 2019 Champion Is … Foxwood High!

Selena O’Hanlon and Foxwood High at the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Tryon. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

The people have spoken, and declared Foxwood High the ultimate winner of EN’s 2019 Event Horse March Madness Championships! Can’t say we didn’t see it coming — this world-class five-star horse has won the hearts around the world and is an EN favorite (you guys already voted him 2017 EN Horse of the Year, and he’s just gotten better and better since then!)

Here’s the final bracket:

We’re all looking forward to cheering Selena O’Hanlon and Woody on at Badminton 2019, their second time tackling the legendary event. The pair is already settled in overseas at Mark Todd’s yard, where they’ll be able to focus on final preparations for the next few weeks. You can keep up with Team O’Hanlon via Selena’s blog on Horse Canada.

If you would like to show your support for this world-class pair, be sure to check out this silent auction with all proceeds going to support Selena and Woody on their 2019 Badminton journey! The auction runs from April 1-15, closing at 8 p.m. on the 15th, so make sure to get your bids in before (all bids time-stamped 7:59 p.m. or earlier on April 15 are valid; all bids time-stamped 8 p.m. or later have missed the cut-off). There’s lots of great stuff up for grabs, and if you would like to donate an item to the auction it’s not too late! Check out the auction page here for more information. 

In lieu of the Selena and Woody “One Shining Moment” montage we ran out of time to put together, here’s are video replays of a couple of their memorable winning performances!

Go Selena and Woody. Go Eventing!






Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center to Open Illinois Satellite Facility

Photo courtesy of Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center.

Located at the Kentucky Horse Park in the heart of Thoroughbred country, the Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center has been working hard in the service of former racehorse to re-school them and match them to new homes in suitable second careers. Now MMSC has announced the opening of its first satellite facility at The Ranch, LLC in Frankfort, Illinois.

With a finite amount of space at its illustrious location of the Kentucky Horse Park, the MMSC has been limited in the numbers of off-track Thoroughbreds it can transition and place each year despite a waiting list of individuals wanting an MMSC graduate. The addition of this new satellite facility will allow more horses to be welcomed into the MMSC program, to learn new skill sets for a second career, and to be matched with a loving adopter.

“People have been asking me for many years now about opening another facility,” says Susanna Thomas, Executive Director of the MMSC. “While I was always flattered by these requests and appreciated the growing demand for reschooled OTTBs, I knew that it would be a challenge to maintain in a new and separate location the gold standard we had worked so hard to establish at the MMSC. Finding the right partners in Rick and Daniele was key to this dream being realized at last.”

Rick Bulthuis and Daniele Turner, Owner and General Manager of The Ranch respectively, share the MMSC’s horse-centric philosophy. They have adopted five Thoroughbreds from the MMSC in the past two years, and their understanding of the breed and of what it takes to transition an OTTB from the track to a new career, plus their dedication to excellence in horse-care and training, made this partnership with the MMSC a natural one.

“We are thrilled about this new venture!” says Daniele. “I have been a fan of the MMSC and its Gold Standard Program since learning about it and was utterly impressed when I went there, saw the horses, and met the staff. The horsemanship is impeccable. The transparency about the horses is unparalleled, and the honesty throughout the whole process is amazing, and truly appreciated. All of this makes the MMSC unique. I am in the animal industry working with dogs as well as horses. This is the right way to do things, and the best way to transition and rehome an OTTB.”

“I wanted to become a satellite for all the same reasons,” Rick concurs. “Plus, finding people with the same mutual passion for the breed is going to be fun. People who love Thoroughbreds are great people, and I know that once they have adopted, they will become friends!”

Located just south of Chicago, The Ranch is a state of the art equestrian facility boasting a heated barn and indoor arena that enable horses to be trained consistently throughout the year. The OTTBs available for adoption at The Ranch will join the MMSC’s Horse Centered Reschooling Program, receiving dental and farrier care, bodywork, and chiropractic adjustments, proceeding through desensitization and trust-building exercises using natural horsemanship and Tellington-Jones techniques, learning the skill sets for a new career through lunging, long-lining, and under saddle work focused on an introduction to dressage, jumping, and trail riding, and finally being matched with a loving adopter.

“We are thrilled about this new venture!” says Daniele. “I have been a fan of the MMSC and its Gold Standard Program since learning about it and was utterly impressed when I went there, saw the horses, and met the staff. The horsemanship is impeccable. The transparency about the horses is unparalleled, and the honesty throughout the whole process is amazing, and truly appreciated. All of this makes the MMSC unique. I am in the animal industry working with dogs as well as horses. This is the right way to do things, and the best way to transition and rehome an OTTB.”

A handful of off-track Thoroughbreds from the MMSC are already in residence at The Ranch, learning skills for new careers and awaiting new loving homes. To learn more about the horses available for adoption from the MMSC, please visit www.secretariatcenter.org/horses-available.

This report has been edited from a press release. 


Weekend Winners: The Fork, Chatt Hills, Pine Hill, CDCTA, Spring Bay

What a weekend! I am flat exhausted, y’all, and all I’ve been doing is sitting at my computer trying to keep up with all the action from afar. Let’s recap the results, starting with a shout-out to the lowest score finishers in the country this weekend: Dom Schramm and Quadrocana, who won the Open Training division at The Fork at Tryon on their dressage score of 20.5. Dom also won the Open Novice division with Casalto — blue ribbon for each hand, well-done!

Great weekend at the Fork!

BOLYTAIR B was a total beast! Scored a PB Dressage on 34 and we broke through a big personal…

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Your weekend winners:

The Fork at Tryon CCI-S & HT [Results]
CCI4*-S: Boyd Martin & Tsetserleg (35.0)
CCI3*-S: Ryan Wood & Ruby (37.0)
CCI2*-S: Doug Payne & Starr Witness (33.2)
Advanced Test A: Clark Montgomery & Caribbean Soul (38.2)
Open Intermediate: Clark Montgomery & Theodoor (32.2)
Junior Young Riders Open Preliminary: Dylan Phillips & Fernhill Fierce (34.8)
Open Preliminary: Liz Halliday-Sharp & Gorsehill Cooley (30.1)
Preliminary Rider: Allison Smith & Gude Affair (35.2)
Modified: Cornelia Dorr & Prinz S.W. (25.7)
Open Training: Dominic Schramm & Quadrocana (20.5)
Training Rider: Payne Murray & Baron (31.9)
Novice Rider: Lena Bruno & Brighid Charity RSH (28.3)
Open Novice: Dominic Schramm & Casalto (24.1)
Open Beginner Novice: Erin Buckner & Picassi (26.4)

Chattahoochee Hills CCI-S & HT [Results]
CCI4*-S: Jacob Fletcher & Van Gough (34.8)
CCI3*-S: Justine Dutton & MGH Heartbeat (38.9)
CCI2*-S: Clara Cargile & BT Jump the Gun (30.9)
Advanced: Bruce Davidson Jr. & Jak My Style (38.5)
Open Intermediate: Lauren Kieffer & Landmark’s Monte Carlo (41.1)
Open Preliminary: William Coleman & Chin Tonic HS (29.4)
Preliminary Rider: Sami Crandell & FE Calimero (27.2)
Jr. Training Rider: Kaitlyn Brittendall & Blyth’s Madeline GS (25.2)
Open Training: Charles Plumb & Westwinds Navigator (25.5)
Sr. Training Rider: Elisabeth Chizek & Providence (34.5)
Training Horse: Laura Vello & English Rose (29.5)
Jr. Novice Rider: Crockett Miller & Mr Panda (29.5)
Novice Horse: Claire Robinson & Doonhill Dancer (30.5)
Open Novice: Nobie Cannon & Asante (25.0)
Sr. Novice Rider: Chantil Ruud & L’Alezane (24.5)
Jr. Beginner Novice Rider: Josephine Irish & Right Ben (35.0)
Open Beginner Novice: Rebcca Hill & Little Black Dress (31.7)
Sr. Beginner Novice Rider: Anna Bosworth & Galapagos (34.7)

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WE DID IT!!! MGH Heartbeat jumped her heart out for me xc over the toughest 3 star track we have ever seen to finish clear with some time (because I’m a moron 🤦🏼‍♀️) to win the CCI3*-S leading from start to finish!! My first FEI win ever!! The xc track caused a ton of problems with some very technical questions and big fences but Chroi took amazing care of me and jumped everything like she has been doing it forever. She is by far the best horse I’ve ever had and my absolute horse of a life time ❤️ I owe massive thanks to Clayton Fredericks for everything he’s done for me since I arrived for my first lesson with him absolutely terrified of xc, not very good on the flat at all and very unsure as to whether I even wanted to event. He has taught me so so much since that first day, taught me safe and confident xc riding and helped me understand dressage – I’ve come from middle of the pack at best to winning dressage in the 20s! He has been patient and understand through my many mental breakdowns and my constant self doubt and as well as being an amazing coach has become a good friend. And he’s not too bad a rider himself finishing all 3 of his horses in the top 10 in the 4 star this week 😊 Thanks to my love Chris Barnard for all your endless support and for co owning this amazing mare with me. I love you very much. Can’t forget my amazing groom Lila Gendal who took great care of Chroi and I all weekend and is constantly making me laugh and just being positive and encouraging the entire time. She had a great run on her horse Rollo this weekend just doing a planned combined test in prep for Ocala International next week. And congrats to my two friends Dana Cooke and Jacob Fletcher who I’m honored to have shared the podium with #nottinghillstables #teamspuk #majykequipe #freejumpsystem #believeinmajyk #c4equestrian #uvexequestrian #uvex #frillyfillies #fabbriboots #carmaitalia #sagmae #effol #effax #walshproducts #stocktie #kasteldenmark #voltairedesign #soteriaequestriansafety #racesafe #helite #cottagefarminc #signatureshowjumps #nscusa #coatdefense #buckeyenutrition

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Pine Hill Spring H.T. [Results]
Open Preliminary: Amanda Chance & Happenstance (60.7)
Open Training: Amanda Esco Merritt & Classic Jack (30.2)
Open Novice A: Laura Bolerjack & San Marcos De Colon (27.4)
Open Novice B: Amy Becker & Claim The Lead (26.7)
Open Novice C: Haley Miller Mr. Melvin (29.1)
Open Beginner Novice A: Courtney Kuriger & Eagle Rising (33.9)
Open Beginner Novice B: Ava Taylor & Denali (32.5)
Starter: Ava Taylor & Adhemar (33.1)

CDCTA Spring H.T. [Results]
Open Preliminary 1: Timothy Bourke & Donna Del Lago (29.1)
Open Preliminary 2: Catherine Pournelle & MTF Cooley Knight (41.2)
Open Training 1: Jan Byyny & Why Not (33.8)
Open Training 2: Delaney O’Neil & An Irish Blessing (35.0)
Open Training 3: Jan Byyny & Unbridled Numbers (31.9)
Open Novice 1: Gabby Dickerson & Rock-On (32.3)
Open Novice 2: Blaire Cunningham & Fortune’s Fool (29.8)
Open Beginner Novice 1: Taylor Martin & Avocado (33.0)
Open Beginner Novice 2: Ellie Solms & Chastian’s Morning Mocha (30.5)
Open Beginner Novice 3: Alice Johnson & Piedmont Sun (31.8)
Introductory: Janet Ferri & Dreaming of Gold (32.5)

Spring Bay H.T. [Results]
Open Preliminary: Megan Edwards & Loughnatousa Reiner (31.5)
Open Training: Lauren Buhrmann & Currahee (33.1)
Training Rider: Cecilia Jones & Mooney Maguire (26.0)
Novice Rider A: Devon Nolt & Little Brooke Cruise (28.8)
Novice Rider B: Sidney Salvadalena & Sir Harrison (21.9)
Open Novice: Kelly Lawrence & Drummer Boy (23.1)
Beginner Novice Rider A: Amy Rippy & Good Man Milo (31.7)
Beginner Novice Rider B: Leah Massa & Suspicious Alibi (31.9)
Open Beginner Novice: Amy Bunt & Nest of Pirates (27.6)
Starter A: Kate Sand & SE Top Shelf (34.3)
Starter B: Jordan Skinner & Flying Candy Ride (24.8)

Congrats to all. Go Eventing!

Event Horse March Madness: Championship! Foxwood High vs. Classic Moet

This is it! Choose wisely. Photos by EN.

Who is the fiercest event horse in the land? Our NCAA college basketball inspired March Madness showdown marches on today with the Championship, and we aren’t talking about UVA vs. Texas Tech! This match-up is much, much more serious than that: Foxwood High vs. Classic Moet.

How it’s seeded: To avoid petty squabbling amidst our chinchilla selection committee, we have objectively seeded the bracket according to the final 2018 WBFSH Rankings. Included in the bracket are the highest ranked eight horses from each of four regions: North America, UK/Ireland, Europe and Australia/New Zealand. The higher the points earned in 2018, the higher the seed. The six winners of CCI4* events in 2018 as well as the 2018 World Champion received automatic top seed buy-in.

Determination of winner: Popular vote!
Round of 32, Part 1: Monday, March 18
Round of 32, Part 2: Wednesday, March 20
Sweet 16: Monday, March 25
Elite 8: Monday, April 1
Final 4: Friday, April 5
Championship: Monday, April 8 — with winner to be announced the following day!

Today’s match-up: We’re down to the wire! Last week’s Final 4 was a battle of the titans, with Canadian superstar Foxwood High edging out the legendary fischerRocana FST and five-star supermare Classic Moet taking down reigning world champion Allstar B. Now there’s only one match-up left to determine our equine victor.

Championship voting is open through midnight tonight, with the winner to be announced on Tuesday. Go vote, and Go Eventing!