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U.S. Weekend Results Roundup: Ocala, Fair Hill, Twin Rivers, FENCE

A big victory smile from Carter McInnis and Greystone Lad, winners of Open Novice at at FENCE H.T. Photo via Carter McInnis.

Lots happening around the sovereign state of Eventing Nation this weekend! Let’s recap winners and a few notes from Ocala International CCI & H.T. in Ocala, Florida; Fair Hill CIC & H.T. in Elkton, Maryland; Twin Rivers CIC & H.T. in Paso Robles, California; and FENCE H.T. in Landrum, South Carolina.

  • Andrea Davidson and Mr. Poppers posted the lowest finishing score of the weekend in the country, a 20.2 in a division of Open Training at Ocala International. We love the story of this special partnership between the Davidsons and this handsome black horse, who meant so much to the late Christine Brown. Well-done, you two.
  • FENCE H.T. was compressed from a two-day to a one-day due to impending severe weather on Sunday. What could have been a mad scramble ran smoothly thanks to a classic case of eventing camaraderie. As my buddy Katherine McDonough, who finished 2nd  in Open Beginner Novice A with Irish Red, recounted, “Shout-out to the approximately 591,583 moms, dads, friends, fellow competitors, organizers, officials and volunteers who helped all of us when our two-day got changed to a one-day due to impending storms and kept us fed and watered and held horses and put in studs and helped us cool out horses and tack up and ran and got this and carried that and told us what time is was and helped us run through our courses in our head and and and … what a sport, what a crew.” Indeed!
  • The name game: As the lady-in-waiting to an event pony named Princess myself, I love seeing fellow royal equine family out and about in the sport. There were several of them roaming the kingdom this weekend: at Ocala — Princess B, Princess Sophia, Prince of Kiltealy, Prince Renan, King Lear, King of the Swamp and King Richard; at FENCE — The African Queen and King’s Ransome; at Fair Hill, King Bust and Kings Council; at Twin Rivers, Prince Eric, Zena Princess Warrior, Princess Ita and Orion’s Bold Princess.
  • It’s great to see events putting so much effort and attention into quality footing. Ocala International has a new irrigation system in use at The Florida Horse Park, along with two huge new irrigated arenas. Ocala organizer Equiventures, LLC was also able to purchase an aerator made possible by contributions from the eventing community and help from Mark McCleerey and Will Whiddon, and it was put to good use over the weekend. A snapshot from Fair Hill, which also takes pride in providing competitors with top-notch turf:

Your weekend winners:Ocala International CCI & H.T. [Website] [Results] [EN’s Coverage]

CCI Two Star: Liz Halliday-Sharp & Cooley Quicksilver (31.4)
CCI One Star: Alexandra Knowles & Princess B (25.3)
Advanced Combined Test: Buck Davidson & Park Trader (30.3)
Intermediate Horse: Alexander O’Neal & Fury H (30.9)
Intermediate Rider: Ava Wehde & Butts Leonie R (50.7)
Open Intermediate: Anna Loschiavo & Prince Renan (32.1)
Open Preliminary: Sara Kozumplik Murphy & Rubens D’Ysieux (23.7)
Preliminary Horse: Joe Meyer & May Ryloa (25.9)
Preliminary Rider: Denise Goyea & Carrick Finest Lad (28.5)
Open Training-A: Andrea Davidson & Mr Poppers (20.2)
Open Training-B: Sam Kelly & Robinstown Ballivor (27.5)
Training Horse-A: Maya Black & Miks Master C (25.7)
Training Horse-B: David O’Connor & My Man Cooley (24.8)
Training Rider-A: Audrie Stanka & Sydney Ardeo (28.0)
Training Rider-B: Diana Craven & Mr. Fernhill (32.3)
Novice Horse-A: Elisa Wallace & Reloaded (29.4)
Novice Horse-B: Alexander O’Neal & I’m Special VG (26.0)
Novice Rider-A: Alston Kerr & Sir Earl Grey (28.8)
Novice Rider-B: Robin Barr & Tout Fini (23.1)
Novice Rider-C: Susan Martin & Alice Alice (30.0)
Open Novice: Janelle Phaneuf & Landmark’s Jungle ROC (21.0)

Fair Hill CIC & H.T. [Website] [Results] [EN’s Coverage]

CIC Three Star: Matthew Flynn & Get Lucky (36.5)
CIC Two Star: Will Faudree & Hans Dampf (27.7)
CIC One Star: Kelli Temple & Metallica (28.5)
Advanced: Will Coleman & Obos O’Reilly (31.2)
Intermediate: Boyd Martin & Shamwari 4 (31.0)
Preliminary-A: Ryan Wood & Ruby (27.8)
Preliminary-B: Courtney Cooper & Tender Bravissimo (27.8)
Training-A: Courtney Cooper & Caia Z (28.9)
Training-B: Ryan Wood & Ben Nevis (23.6)
Training-C: Kelli Temple & Caleesi (27.5)

Twin Rivers CIC & H.T. [Website] [Results] [EN’s Coverage]

CCI2*: Amber Pearson & Patagonia (40.6)
CCI1*: Liza Horan & Lafite (34.9)
CIC3*: Heather Morris & Charlie Tango (37.1)
Advanced: Dana Chase & Aerolite (152.6)
Advanced CT: Andrea Baxter & Indy 500 (23.6)
Open Intermediate: Maddy Mazzola & So Cool (36.0)
Open Preliminary: James Alliston & Cassio’s Picasso (25.4)
Preliminary Rider A: Molly Gibbons & Zero Gravity (25.0)
Preliminary Rider B: Charlotte Babbitt & 2 A.M. (29.5)
Jr. Training Rider A: Ashley Long & Rochambeau (35.3)
Jr. Training Rider B: Madison Santley & Excellence (30.0)
Open Training: Gina Economou & Swizzle (28.8)
Sr. Training Amateur: Louise Leslie & Souvenir (27.0)
Sr. Training Rider A: Lauren Henry & Stony Creek (30.6)
Sr. Training Rider B: Kate Helffrich & Coquette (35.3)
Training Horse: Alexis Helffrich & Graceland’s Lincoln (28.3)
Jr. Novice Rider A: Kira Niyogi & Astro NSF (27.9)
Jr. Novice Rider B: Gabriella Ringer & Get Wild (31.7)
Novice Horse: Allyson Green & Frigal (23.1)
Open Novice: Michelle Emmermann & WHF Warsong (26.2)
Sr. Novice Amateur: Nancy Read & Caribe PCH (25.0)
Sr. Novice Rider A: Natalie Burk & Laced Sensation (30.7)
Sr. Novice Rider B: Jeanne Carley & Shannondale Fionn (29.2)
Jr. Beg. Novice Rider A: Seika Streets & By Special Request (27.2)
Jr. Beg. Novice Rider B: Savannah Carter & Ballustree Dun Believable (26.4)
Open Beg. Novice: Nikki Lloyd & Wil’ya Dance (30.6)
Sr. Beg. Novice Rider: Annie Desmond & Little Elf (26.9)
Future Event Horse 3 Year Old: Krystal Clemente & Alfrathul (69.9)
Future Event Horse Yearling: Alexandria Dubin & Makers Mark (69.8)
Young Event Horse 4 Year Old: Amber Levine & Juniperus (68.4)
Young Event Horse 5 Year Old: Marc Grandia & Sunsprite’s Watusi (80.7)

FENCE H.T. [Website] [Results]

Junior Young Riders Open Preliminary: Leah Elgart & Punch Line (48.0)
Open Preliminary: Melanie Smith & Shakedown Street (38.8)
Open Training-A: Kristin Schmolze & Monty’s Revenge (34.6)
Open Training-B: Sierra Shurtz & Zach Eyed Pea (27.6)
Open Novice-A: Carter McInnis & Greystone Lad (27.1)
Open Novice-B: Emily Thomas & Ohio (31.0)
Open Novice-C: Lauren Lindsay & FGF Robin Hood (29.1)
Open Beginner Novice-A: Ruth Ahearne & Justified (27.0)
Open Beginner Novice-B: Marissa Griffin & Poppyfields Tiger Shark (36.9)
Open Beginner Novice-C: Alexa Ehlers & Clear Laveer (21.0)
Starter Divison-A: Kylee Casey & Belle (31.7)
Starter Divison-B: Coti Hausman & Rivendells Annaleis Sparrow (29.7)

Go Eventing!

#EventerProblems Vol. 138 from Ecovet: Mud, Hair and Other Springtime Woes

It’s spring, and we’re all emerging from our winter caves to a sea of mud, hairballs and slightly rusty skill sets. Let those springtime #EventerProblems rip, EN!

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#Eventing 2018 ☔️

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#EventerFailFriday: The Road to Success Is Paved With Fail

I don’t know why this series is called #EventerFailFriday. All the riders and horses in these photos and videos are putting themselves out there, going for it, living their best lives. In my book, that’s not failure. That’s just a speedbump on the road to success. Shoot for the moon and even if you miss you’ll land among stars, as the saying goes. Or maybe you land in a water jump. The important thing is that you get up, wring the water out of your shirt, and try-try again.

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153 Days Until WEG 2018: Is Tryon International Equestrian Center on Track?

Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

There’s a lot of red clay dirt being pushed around at Tryon International Equestrian Center. It rises up in jagged tiers behind the George H. Morris Arena, where CIC3* dressage and all levels of show jumping took place last week for The Fork and WEG Eventing Test Event. Giant bulldozers push it around on the venue’s periphery, piling it up or flattening it out, adding or subtracting layers of earth from burnt orange hillsides.

Construction is underway for the 2018 World Equestrian Games everywhere you look: piles of rebar, stacks of lumber, steel beams, all earmarked for new structures. There’s a concrete foundation where a hotel is meant to be built, a three-story skeleton that will house a new media center and VIP hospitality decks, and a half-functional indoor arena. When TIEC is in use for horse shows — as it will be for 75 out of the next 153 days, roughly half of the time between now and WEG — work within the venue must take place at night.

“Will it get done in time?” was the whisper on everyone’s lips during The Fork at TIEC. The absence of knowledge is always a petri dish for speculation, rumor and concern, but it’s rooted in a very legitimate question.

Hosting all eight WEG disciplines within a central venue is a logistical Rubik’s Cube — in addition to some 800 human and equine athletes, plus officials and volunteers and all the other moving parts, the venue must accommodate half a million spectators over the course of two weeks. WEG is allegedly the largest sporting event in the U.S. this year, and the fourth largest in the world behind the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, FIFA World Cup and Tour de France.

The infrastructure required boggles the mind. And objectively speaking, there is still so much to be done at TIEC, so much red dirt everywhere, and the clock is ticking. Is TIEC on track to host WEG?

“It depends on what your definition of ‘on track’ is,” a TIEC spokesperson said when we pressed for an answer.

At the end of the day, the only definition that matters is the one by which Mark Bellissimo, managing partner of Tryon Equestrian Partners, is operating. His bid to host WEG 2018 was accepted just over one year and four months ago, when only two venues were left standing after a fraught selection process: TIEC, and the Šamorín equestrian center in Slovakia. The timeline was expedited from the get-go and will remain so through the homestretch.

Whether TIEC is on track to host WEG is for Bellissimo to know and for us to find out later — the proof is in the pudding, as they say. And not unlike TIEC at the moment, pudding can be messy.

In the meantime, here’s a tour of TIEC as it stands.

First, to orient ourselves, a panoramic view of the venue from left to right: the Derby Field, to the established “Tryon Village” and George H. Morris arena, to stabling, to the indoor arena and venue entrance. The area in the foreground will host the World Equine Expo, which includes a trade fair, demos, educational seminars, clinics, panel discussions, an equine art/film festival and the WEQx Games. A wayfinding firm will be brought in this summer to help connect the various parts of the venue and create signage to direct human flow.

The 12-acre Derby Field will become the site of a semi-permanent stadium that will host eventing show jumping and the disciplines of dressage and show jumping. Cross country will also finish in the arena. (Eventing dressage, which is nearly sold out, will take place in the George H. Morris Arena.) The new stadium will be similar to the one built in Greenwich Park for the London Olympics, built on a temporary platform structure with footing atop it and seating for 20,000. Assembly of the stadium will begin after the USPC Championships East on July 26-29, as the Derby Field currently plays host to a portion of the cross country course at TIEC.

The current Derby Field at TIEC will become the site for the new WEG stadium. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Massive excavation work, as seen in the background of these photos, is being done in preparation for cross country, combined driving and endurance. As for all that red clay, the footing will be sodded — money can’t make grass grow faster, but it can buy pre-grown grass.

As they did for the WEG Test Event, horses will walk from stabling to cross country, held on the adjacent White Oak property, via a dedicated hacking path. Spectators may walk to White Oak from TIEC or take a shuttle. The cross country course will have three access points with shuttles running from point to point, and there will be two or three hospitality hubs on course with food trucks and beer. On the subject of food, a topic of grave concern to anyone who attended the 2014 “World Queuing Games” in Normandy, the main venue will have a food truck village in addition to TIEC’s five permanent restaurants.

Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Cross country course designer Capt. Mark Phillips is playing it close to the vest with regard to what we’ll see out there in September, but there are a few clues — check out EN’s CIC3* course preview from the Test Event here. Having ridden the course, some riders noted that the undulating golf course terrain made making time more difficult than expected, and fitness will be imperative with the course ending on a lengthy uphill climb. We spoke with turf guru Dan Fradley at length about the footing and will be posting a separate report on that soon.

Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Moving back toward civilization, a three-story permanent structure between the Derby Field/future main stadium and the George H. Morris arena will house a media center on the first floor and VIP hospitality decks on the second and third. “Summit Club” patrons will be able to watch the action from both arenas simultaneously.

Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Equine accommodations are in working order and are first-class, with rubber mats and fans in every stall. Designated horse walking paths throughout the venue feature the same fiber footing as the rings. WEG stabling will be by discipline, not by country. EN received reports that some horses stabled during The Fork were agitated by the nighttime construction, even to the point of getting colick-y. There is also currently very limited grass designated for hand-grazing, an all-important stress reducer for horses stabled at any competition.

Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

The indoor arena near the venue entrance will host vaulting and reining. Half of it is functional and hosted the WEG Vaulting Test Eventing, which ran simultaneously with The Fork at TIEC, while the other half remains a work in progress.

One half of the covered arena … Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

… and the other half of the covered arena. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Beyond the indoor arena and one-bedroom cabins, acres are being prepared for modular athlete housing. The units are being built off-site at US Precision, a manufacturing plant near Tryon that Bellissimo owns and is using to build the hotel and other resort structures, and will be delivered to the venue at a later date.

The original WEG plan included the construction of on-site hotels, but those now seem to have question marks hanging over them. In the event that they are not completed in time for WEG, blocks of area hotels have been cordoned off by WEG for use by National Federations as backup. The Salamander Resort, a luxury sister resort to the original in Middleburg, Virginia, is planned for the White Oak property but will not be finished by WEG.

Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

That’s the latest from within the venue itself — although considering the speed at which things are changing around TIEC, they’ve likely changed again since the weekend! We’ll be keeping an eye on the venue in the coming months and will bring you updates as they emerge. Visit the Tryon 2018 website for more information and to purchase WEG tickets.

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

Spring Bay Horse Trials … or Winter Bay? Photo by Megan Moore.

Lots going on out there in the Eventing Nation this weekend, some of it colder than others! The Fork at TIEC & WEG Test Event in Mill Spring, North Carolina; Chattahoochee Hills CIC & H.T. in Fairburn, Georgia; Spring Bay H.T. in Lexington, Kentucky; Pine Hill Spring H.T. in Bellville, Texas; and CDCTA Spring H.T. in Berryville, Virginia, all hosted events.

Here are few notes and a shout-out to winners from the weekend that was:

  • The weather at Spring Bay H.T. in Lexington, Kentucky, wasn’t so springlike this year. Spring Bay is the first Area VIII event of the year, and the show went on despite winter’s surprise encore. The ground jury allowed riders to wear their winter coats; Megan Moore, who snapped the photo above and won Open Training on Guinness, said she did her dressage test in a winter coat, earmuffs, multiple pairs and hand warmers! A word of reflection from organizer Mary Fike: “Everyone one of us involved with Spring Bay would like to thank all of the volunteers who braved the most interesting weekend weather with smiles and gracious sense of humor. And to all of the riders who supported us in spite of dire forecasts — you guys are the best! I am so glad that Sunday rewarded you all with some sunshine and a good day of sportsmanship. It was so good to see you all and I wish you the best of luck in your upcoming season!” Thank YOU, too, Mary, and everyone who braved what was hopefully winter’s last gasp!
  • Congrats to Julie Richards and Fernhill Copas, who posted the lowest finishing score of the weekend in the country. The pair added nothing to their dressage score of 17.9 to win the Open Training division at Chattahoochee Hills. Well-done …  please, somebody post a video of that flawless test!
  • Pine Hill H.T. hosted a small Area V Young Rider Team Challenge. Congratulations to the winning team of Isabel Puthoff with Bold Statement and Kaitlyn Spacek with The Great Tyrone!
  • Congratulations to Lindsey Stucker and Excalibur on winning the “Starter’s Award for Best Turned Out Cross Country Horse and Rider” at Chatt Hills. The pair, who finished fifth in Open Intermediate, looked sharp in their red and black cross country get-up, and props to groom Josie Irish.
  • EN’s unofficial award for best horse name of the weekend goes to Toasted Marshmallow, who finished sixth in her first USEA horse trial in Beginner Novice at Chatt Hills with rider Carlee Cefola. The roan Pony of the Americas, owned by Sarah MacKusick, is truly the color of toasted marshmallow and her precious little face is just what the world needs on a Monday morning after. #NailedIt

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The Fork at Tryon and WEG Test Event: WebsiteResultsLive StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s InstagramEN’s Twitter

CIC One Star: Natasha Erschen & Fernhill Flutter (34.5)
CIC Two Star: Alexandra Baugh & Ballingowan Pizazz (40.4)
CIC Three Star: Phillip Dutton & Z (28.0)
Advanced Test A: Lynn Symansky & Under Suspection (37.5)
Advanced Test B: Lauren Kieffer & Veronica (36.9)
Open Intermediate: Lauren Kieffer & Landmark’s Monte Carlo (36.3)
Junior Young Riders Open Preliminary: Dylan Phillips & Fernhill Fierce (30.4)
Open Preliminary: Kathy Cain & Legal Limit (28.5)
Preliminary Horse: Doug Payne & Cascor (35.2)
Preliminary Rider: Maddy Luker & Shanghai Fury (75.4)
Modified: Sharon White & Juneau (31.5)
Open Training: Becky Holder & Wishful Thinking (33.9)
Open Training: Becky Holder & Wishful Thinking (33.9)
Training Horse: Kristine Burgess & Malvasia Istriana (31.5)
Training Rider: Coti Hausman & Quantico (30.0)

Chattahoochee Hills CIC & H.T. [Website] [Results]

CIC One Star: Clayton Fredericks & FE Coldplay (31.50)
CIC Two Star: Clayton Fredericks & FE Mississippi (35.0)
CIC Three Star: Jacob Fletcher & Atlantic Domino (30.0)
Advanced: Elinor MacPhail O’Neal & RF Eloquence (38.7)
Open Intermediate: Maddie Lichten & Yarrow (42.0)
Open Preliminary A: Matthew Ulmer & Uno Concerto (39.7)
Open Preliminary B: Matthew Ulmer & Wellview Mister Lux (35.4)
Preliminary Rider: Emma Jenkins & Fernhill Bijzonder (34.6)
Open Training: Julie Richards & Fernhill Copas (17.9)
Training Horse: Justine Dutton & Arctic Tiger (25.5)
Training Rider: Elizabeth Henry & Charlotte La Bouff (26.8)
Novice Horse: Lisa Borgia & Silmarillion (31.1)
Novice Rider A: Deb Grosenbaugh & Starry Night (26.7)
Novice Rider B: Gracie Montgomery & Fernhill Inspiration (31.2)
Open Novice: Susan Beebee & Westwinds Navigator (27.1)
Jr. Beginner Novice Rider: Haley Miller & Mr. Melvin (30.3)
Open Beginner Novice: Brie Murray & Qui Vive (27.8)
Sr. Beginner Novice Rider: Sher Schwartz & Gorse Hill Gem (27.2)

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CDCTA H.T. [Website] [Live Results]

Open Preliminary 1: Skyeler Voss & Argyle (30.7)
Open Preliminary 2: Sharon Church & Rose and Crown (39.6)
Open Training 1: Emily Beshear & Templewood (24.5)
Open Training 2: Maegen Bingham & Norman (31.7)
Open Novice 1: Rebecca Hagy & Boogaloo (25.7)
Open Novice 2: Darrin Mollett & Beverly’s Get Even (29.0)
Open Novice 3: Carolyn Briggs & Kaiya (27.1)
Open Beginner Novice 1: Robin White & Shirefox Cadence (32.0)
Open Beginner Novice 2: Ellie Solms & Chastian’s Morning Mocha (28.5)
Introductory: Amy Parsons & Wren Wrouge (27.3)

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Pine Hill Spring H.T. [Website] [Results]

Open Preliminary: Cynthia Bowers & Just The Ticket (106.9)
Open Training: Savannah Welch & Langcaster (33.8)
Open Novice A: Allison Anson & Into That Good Night (28.1)
Open Novice B: Christie Hovas & Doesn’t Give a Tucker (27.4)
Open Beginner Novice A: Jillian Clark & Harper (32.2)
Open Beginner Novice B: Emily Crews & Osta La Vista (28.6)
Starter: Irene Doo & A Racin’ Star (36.6)

Well Harper and JJ did it, 1st place in their Beginner Novice division at a rated show. So proud of their hard work,…

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Spring Bay H.T. [Website] [Results]

Open Preliminary A: Corinna Garcia & Gun Slingin’ Bully (55.9)
Open Preliminary B: Alexis Anderson & Holly Golightly (39.5)
Open Training: Megan Moore & Master Mind (30.2)
Training Rider: Maria Moraniec & Lady Business (29.7)
Training Young Rider: Olivia Hahn & Fernhill Rodger That (30.2)
Open Novice A: Amy Bunt & Recurrent (25.5)
Open Novice B: Marty Riney & War Melody (26.9)
Novice Young Rider: Emma Drury & Aberlour (21.9)
Novice Rider A: Madeline Bletzacker & Drummer Boy (18.3)
Novice Rider B: Beth Geiser & Tough Mudder (34.5)
Open Beginner Novice A: Marty Riney & Calipari (29.4)
Open Beginner Novice B: Marty Riney & Harry (24.2)
Beginner Novice Rider: Mary Clare Owdziej & Deal Me In (26.4)
Beginner Novice Young Rider A: Rebecca Geldner & Dynamic Balance (30.6)
Beginner Novice Young Rider B: Leah Massa & Suspicious Alibi (23.6)
Open Starter: Laura Werner & Clooney (26.5)
Starter Rider: Emily Smith & Finn McCool (28.8)

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Congrats to all. Go Eventing!

The Fork at Tryon: Lynn Symansky, Lauren Kieffer Are Leading Ladies in Advanced

Lynn Symansky and Under Suspection. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Two boss women, two bay mares, two blue ribbons … the winners are in from two divisions of Advanced here at The Fork at Tryon!

Advanced Test A

Lynn Symansky and Under Suspection won the dressage, dropped to second after cross country, then show jumped strong today to win the Advanced Test A division. The pair posted a clear round with three time penalties, good enough to send them into the lead following cross country leader Whitney Mahloch and Military Mind’s elimination.

“Pippy,” a 14-year-old Holsteiner mare (Contender x Naomagic I, by Exorbitant xx) owned by Mary Ann Ghadban, looked sharp throughout the competition.

“I’d like to take all the credit but she’s had a lot of amazing work put into her over the years and I get to ride a very nice horse right now,” Lynn says. “She was awesome all weekend, really.”

Coming off a 6th place finish in the Carolina International CIC3* two weeks ago, Lynn had no designs on stepping on the gas cross country here at TIEC: “I didn’t want to go crazy quick on her; it’s just another opportunity for me to get to know her before she heads to a CCI3*.”

Today, Lynn says, “she jumped her heart out,” and they’ll next head to the Jersey Fresh CCI3* or, plan B, Bromont CCI3* with confidence, while continuing to develop their partnership. “There are more points to be had in the dressage for sure,” Lynn says. “On cross country she’s strong, she’s a really long horse so she likes to be a bit low, so that’s a different ride for me. I’m usually on more Thoroughbred-y types … so it’s been a little bit of an adjustment for me to figure out how to shave seconds off.”

Show jumping time was tough to make and Pippy picked up three penalties, but Lynn says the mare jumped her heart out. Lynn also finished 3rd on Donner, with whom she’ll contest Kentucky later this month, and was 7th in the CIC3* with RF Cool Play. Leslie Law was 2nd on Voltaire de Tre on a score of 38.6.

Lauren Kieffer and Veronica. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Advanced Test B

Lauren Kieffer and Veronica, a 16-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare owned by Team Rebecca, LLC, picked up a blue ribbon here at TIEC after turning in a clear round with no time in the Advanced Test B division. After inheriting the top leaderboard spot from dressage leaders Will Coleman and Obos O’Reilly, who withdrew his horses after the first phase, the pair hung onto 1st through cross country yesterday and then show jumping today.

“She was really good in there,” Lauren says. “In the past we’ve had the odd time penalty, so especially with the time being tight the goal is to make smart turns and be quick, so I was really happy with that.”

Veronica has performed on some of the biggest eventing stages in the world — Kentucky, Badminton, Burghley, Pau — and started out slightly underwhelmed on this quiet morning at TIEC. “She’s got a ton of experience in the rings, and funnily enough courses like this are the harder ones on her because there’s actually not a ton of atmosphere. She can get a bit blasé now that she’s been around so much, so she was a little tappy in the beginning but then she woke up again. She felt great today and she certainly doesn’t feel like she’s 16 … nobody has told her that!”

The veteran pair is heading across the pond to contest Badminton May 2-6, where they’re aiming to improve upon their top 20 finish from last year. Between now and then, they’ll focus on polishing their dressage, sharpening their show jumping with the help of Scott Keach, and ticking the final fitness boxes. “Same with Lynn and Donner, you know what works to peak them at the right time,” Lauren says.

Lauren has two horses entered at Kentucky, Landmark’s Monte Carlo and Vermiculus, and thought three might be overextending it. Veronica, being the most experienced of the lot, earned the ticket abroad. “Also I’d like another crack at Badminton with her, too, hoping for the same kind of dressage and clear but faster now that I know the course … You’ve got to be competitive anywhere, not just the U.S., so we’ll go have a crack at it.”

Leslie Law and The Apprentice, whom Leslie is keeping tuned up while Caroline Martin recovers from a foot injury sustained at Carolina, finish 2nd on a score of 47.0; Boyd Martin and Steady Eddie were close on their heels, finishing 3rd just a tenth of a point behind.

Boyd Martin and On Cue finished 3rd in the CIC2*. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

CIC2* & CIC1* 

The clock has played a determining factor here at TIEC, both in cross country and show jumping, across all divisions. For quick horses and efficient, gutsy riders, that could translate to a big jump up the scoreboard throughout the weekend. Both winners of the CIC2* and CIC1* were hovering just inside the top 10 after dressage and steadily climbed their way up the top.

In the CIC2*, Alexandra Baugh and Ballingowan Pizazz, a 16-year-old Irish Sport Horse (Obos Quality x Rocklea, by Leabeg), moved from 9th after dressage to 4th after show jumping and then into the lead today, having collected just 0.4 time penalties. Boyd Martin, in 1st and 2nd heading into cross country with Contessa and On Cue respectively, dropped to 3rd and 4th; Tim Bourke and Quality Time posted another big jump in the placings, from 18th after dressage to 2nd overall.

In the CIC1*, Natasha Erschen and Fernhill Flutter, a 16-year-old Irish Sport Horse (Puissance x Warrior Queen, by Euphemism) flew from 10th to 1st, adding just 2.8 time penalties to their dressage score. Ashley Kehoe and Cinco de Mayo were 2nd on a 26.7; Sara Kozumplik Murphy and Sebastian were 3rd, just a tenth of a point behind.

Besides both being 16-year-old ISHs, both Ballingowan Pizazz and Fernhill Flutter have accomplished upper-level resumes before moving on to teach young riders the ropes. The former went to the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara with Shannon Lilley and was campaigned at the three-star level with Michael Pollard; the latter competed through the four-star level with Kevin Keane.

Advanced Test A Final Scores:

Advanced Test B Final Scores:

CIC2* Final Top 10

CIC1* Final Top 10

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The Fork at Tryon: Whitney Mahloch, Lauren Kieffer Lead Advanced + CIC2*/1* Roundup

Whitney Mahloch and Military Mind. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Deep indigo storm clouds loomed on the horizon but ultimately kept their distance from The Fork and WEG Test Event at Tryon today. It made for a cool, overcast day of sport — here’s a roundup of what went down in the Advanced, CIC2* and CIC1* divisions. (Check out our CIC3* report here.)

Advanced Test A 

Two divisions of Advanced are running this weekend, giving competitors the option of riding Advanced Test A or Advanced Test B.

Whitney Mahloch and Military Mind rose from 6th after dressage into the lead of Advanced Test A after posting the fastest cross country time in either division. Whitney and “Milo” collected just 2.4 time penalties and will advance to show jumping on a score of 33.8.

“We don’t usually worry about the time too much,” Whitney says. “He covers a lot of ground and moves pretty quick, so it’s not usually a big issue for us.”

Whitney, age 27, and Milo have a great story. She has had the now 12-year-old off-track Thoroughbred (Military x Smart Balance, by Beau Genius) since he was 3 and developed him herself. He 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. They moved up the levels together and are holding their own at the top of the sport, most recently finishing in the top 10 at Red Hills last month.

“This is my first time here (at TIEC) so I was getting to know the track a little bit,” she says, praising Milo for today’s performance. “He was quite good. Some of those tough corners I added a little stride in there to make sure we were really accurate, but he was great and brave.”

Lynn Symansky occupies the next two spots on the leaderboard with Under Suspection and Donner respectively, who were one-two after dressage but picked up a smidgen of time today.

Lauren Kieffer and Veronica. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Advanced Test B

Dressage leader Will Coleman withdrew his two entries, Obos O’Reilly and Boris O’Hara, before cross country, as was his original plan. Lauren Kieffer and Veronica, a 16-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare owned by Team Rebecca, LLC, inherited the lead and held onto it through cross country, picking up 10.8 time penalties.

“It was my first time here so it was all new to me, but both the horses I was on (Veronica in Advanced and Vermiculus in the CIC3*) are quite experienced,” she says. “They’re heading into Kentucky and Badminton so I wanted to be quick and efficient, but it was important to me that they stay rideable.”

Of the course, she says, “Walking it you kind of felt like there were a lot of gallop fences, but you didn’t get to just settle into the gallop with the golf course undulations so that was really good to learn about the course. It thought rode overall quite well, although I think Mark [Phillips] is probably luring us into a false sense of confidence at this point — it’s probably not going to ride like that in September!”

Boyd Martin and Steady Eddie rose from 5th to 2nd; Erin Sylvester and Paddy the Caddy are 3rd.

Advanced Test A top five after cross country:

Advanced Test B top five after cross country:

CIC2* 

Boyd Martin was one-two heading into show jumping and he retained both positions, albeit with a reverse of his horses. Contessa moved from 2nd to 1st when On Cue pulled a rail to drop to 2nd. Boyd and Contessa, a 9-year-old Holsteiner mare (Contender x Veritas, by Esteban), are looking for a happy result after the misfortune of a flag penalty in the Red Hill CIC2* last month. Joe Meyer and Buccaneer sit third.

CIC2* top 10 after show jumping:

CIC1*

Rebecca Brown and Dassett Choice tiptoed into the CIC1* lead when dressage leader David O’Connor and Cooley Dream pulled a show jumping rail, dropping to 2nd by a tenth of a point. Sara Kozumplik Murphy and Sebastian round out the top three.

Rebecca, of Dallas, Texas, has been to TIEC to coach students at the American Eventing Championships but this is her first time competing here herself. She and “Junior,” her own 9-year-old Dutch Warmblood (Caricello x Vilja, by Hemmingway), turned in a clear round with no time to lead the division on a 29.7.  “Junior is awesome. He is just the best,” she says of her horse, whom she has developed from the Novice through two-star level.

Rebecca and Junior won the CCI2* at Colorado Horse Park last year and placed 2nd in the CIC2* at Texas Rose. This year’s they’ve been traveling east to challenge themselves and up their game. “It’s been kind of a hard transition to East Coast eventing,” she says, explaining that the busy atmosphere of Carolina International got the best of his attention span. “He just needs miles and that’s why we’re here.”

She says tomorrow’s cross country course looks great for her horse, and they’ll be doing their best to hang onto the top spot on the leaderboard. “I’m planning to go fast!” she laughs. “I would really like to beat David — no offense to David.”

Somebody’s got to, Rebecca! We unfortunately didn’t catch any photos of Rebecca, but here’s a video of her dressage test from yesterday:

 

Junior fancy prancing at The Fork ❤️

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CIC1* top 10 after show jumping:

Other overnight horse trial division leaders include:
Open Intermediate: Bobby Meyerhoff & Almanac (29.3)
Junior Young Riders Open Preliminary: Amanda Beale Clement & Fernhill Hustler (29.9)
Open Preliminary: Jordan Linstedt & Peter Parker (29.8)
Preliminary Horse: Doug Payne & Cascor (27.2)
Preliminary Rider: Maddy Luker & Shanghai Fury (38.0)
Modified: Sharon White & Juneau (31.5)
Open Training: Becky Holder & Wishful Thinking (33.9)

And for a few divisions, the final winners are already in!
Open Training: Becky Holder & Wishful Thinking (33.9)
Training Horse: Kristine Burgess & Malvasia Istriana (31.5)
Training Rider: Coti Hausman & Quantico (30.0)

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Cross Country in Motion at The Fork and WEG Test Event at Tryon

We have gotten pretty spoilt with our eventing live streams, and while we’ve been able to follow much of the in-ring action at TIEC this weekend (see “How to Watch“), the cross country course isn’t set up for virtual spectating quite yet.

Alas, we’ve got at least a few clips to watch thanks to social media — and of course you can check out EN’s cross country live updates and stay tuned for a full report soon. Until then, here are a few videos to keep you satiated!

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Beautiful day to at @tryonresort watching The Fork and some @cooleyfarmhorses on cross country!

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Go Eventing.

Party in the Sandbox: Dressage Snapshots from The Fork at Tryon

Dressage needn’t be stuffy. Horses just wanna dance! Loosen up your stock tie and enjoy these footloose, good-timin’ postcards from The Fork at Tryon as shared to Instagram by press, riders and friends.

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#TGIF #wegtestevent #tryon2018 #twohearts #gocanada

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Cooley Quicksilver and @lizhallidaysharp warming up for Dressage…

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You know what to do, EN. Keep it here for all the latest! Go Eventing.

 

Course Decorator Megan Murfey Brings Flower Power to The Fork at Tryon Cross Country

Megan Murfey kicking back at the TIEC Siesta Cantina after a long day of making cross country jumps more beautiful — and jumpable. Photo by RedBayStock.com.

Decorating a cross country course is both a science and an art. The color and texture provided by shrubs and flowers makes jumps more visually appealing, of course, but it can also affect the way horses read the obstacles. Decoration can change the face of a jump, alter its shape or draw out a ground line, and color is a consideration too, as horses perceive color differently than humans.

Megan Murfey is just 26 years but already an in-demand cross country course decorator, in addition to other event management and secretarial services she offers through her business MM Events LLC. She got her start in decorating as an intern at GMHA Horse Trials, working along course designer Janine McClain. “She inspired me,” Megan says, also crediting veteran event organizer Shelley Page for helping her spread her wings.

Since then Megan has decorated at Virginia H.T., Grand Oaks and Heart of the Carolinas, and she’s going into her second year of decorating for Tryon International Equestrian Center events The Fork and the American Eventing Championships.

A pasted-hued stand of spring flowers helps define the groundlines of fence #11B and #12 on The Fork’s CIC3* course. View a complete photo gallery via EN’s course preview here. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

“I’ve never ridden at the upper levels but I take a lot of tips and knowledge from every course designer I’ve worked with,” Megan says. “Each one has different things they’re particular about, so I try to get a feel for what they like and get their feedback to improve what I’m doing.”

On Wednesday afternoon here at The Fork/WEG Test Event at TIEC, Megan went around the course with designer Capt. Mark Phillips, who checked out her handiwork. “He changed almost nothing about what I did out there, but the couple things he moved he gave me explanations as to why that makes a difference,” says Megan. “It’s a great learning experience and the hard work really pays off to get a high-five from a course designer and then sit out with cross country control to score and also watch how everything rides. It’s pretty rewarding work in the end.”

Megan, who is herself a certified course designer through Training level, says she takes a number of factors into account when deciding out to decorate a jump: “You’re looking at the fence and thinking about how you can improve the way it jumps and the way the horses see it.”

One tool Megan uses is an app called Chromatic Vision Simulator, which allows you to choose a type of colorblindness and view the world through that lens. The deuteranope mode provides a fairly accurate picture of how horses perceive color: “I think people should download it and walk around and point it at fences so you can see what the horses see.”

For instance, she says, horses see red as brown, so she steers away from using red flowers when possible. “They don’t see it as well as, say, blue,” Megan explains.

TIEC show jumps viewed via the Chromatic Vision Simulator app: 

She makes do with whatever she has to work with, which varies dramatically from event to event. “If you have a lot of flowers and greenery, you can really beef up the fences and make them look really cool. At other events, it’s more subtle,” she explains.

Course decorating means a lot of time on the road and some tough sacrifices — she’s put her current horse on the market as his temperament isn’t well suited to long breaks in training. But staying busy is Megan’s MO; in addition to her work at events she is completing her prerequisites to pursue a Master’s in nursing next fall.

“Trying to balance traveling and a heavy school load will be difficult, but it will give me a day job,” Megan says. As for decorating, she says, “It’s a lot of work, a lot of days, a lot of hours … sometimes blood, lots of sweat, and some tears. But I enjoy it.”

 

Day 1 at Tryon: Lynn Symansky, Will Coleman Lead The Fork Advanced Divisions

Lynn Symansky and Under Suspection. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Advanced dressage took the stage on Thursday afternoon at The Fork at Tryon International Equestrian Center.

Lynn Symansky holds the top two spots in the Advanced Test A division with Under Suspection and Donner, respectively, with 2.5 points separating the horses.

Lynn’s relatively new partnership with Under Suspection, a 14-year-old Holsteiner mare (Contender x Naomagic I, by Exorbitant xx) owned by Mary Ann Ghadban, is definitively clicking. Lynn first catch-rode “Pippy,” who finished in the top five at Kentucky in her first four-star last spring with Hannah Sue Burnett, in the dressage phase at Great Meadow CICO3* last July. They warmed up with one Prelim and two Intermediate horse trials this winter before finishing sixth in the CIC3* at Carolina International two weeks ago. The pair turned in their personal best dressage score to date, a 25.70, to top today’s 11-horse Advanced Test A division.

“The mare is still a newer ride for me, so I’m trying to figure her out a bit more each time I go in the ring,” Lynn says. “I thought her trot was really good. The trot and walk were great, I made a mistake in one of the changes, but I’m starting to go in and know what I’m going to have. She comes out the same horse every time.”

Lynn Symansky and Donner. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Lynn sits second with her old partner Donner, a 15-year-old Thoroughbred gelding (Gorky Park x Smart Jane, by Smarten) owned by the Donner Syndicate. “He’s not blessed with the movement that Pippy has so he has got to go in and do a very accurate, workmanlike test, and he did, and he’s so reliable at this point in terms of knowing how I have to prepare him for the day,” Lynn says.

CIC3* dressage ran earlier today (see Jenni’s report here) in the main George H. Morris International Arena, with Advanced tests staged in one of the smaller arenas off to the side. Even without a crowd of spectators, the rings have a “busy” feel, flanked on three sides by barns, shops or pavilions.

“This kind of atmosphere is hard for Donner because there’s enough of it, but there’s not a lot of people,” Lynn says. “It’s almost better if there are a ton of people to drown out the noise.”

There were plenty of little things for an ADD horse to get hung up on, including but not limited to the Mexican cantina replete with about a dozen twirling hammocks that horses were pointed straight at in the free walk. And the hammocks were the place to be when Lynn headed into the arena on Pippy.

“There were about 15 screaming children on those things,” Lynn says. “When I was doing Pippy, she was the first one in, it sounded like a gang of monkeys were attacking each other. And thank God I was on her first because I think Donner would have bolted out of the ring.”

Lynn was heading out to have a look at cross country when we talked to her; it’s her first time at TIEC since competing here in the 2016 American Eventing Championships, and a first glimpse at the track that we’ll see come WEG in September.

Lynn and Donner contested the 2016 WEG in Normandy and have represented the U.S. on multiple teams, and it’s fun to see them in the hunt for a WEG 2.0.

“Especially with Donner being a possibility to go to the WEG, he’s been a part of team stuff for quite a while, since 2011 at the Pam Ams, and he’s still out and feeling good so it’s cool to be a part of it here,” says Lynn.

Rounding out the top three is Boyd Martin with Kyra, an 11-year-old Canadian Warmblood mare (VDL Ulando H x Wellesley, by Welstern) owned by Christine Turner. This is an exciting partnership and one to watch: At Red Hills, where Boyd and Kyra placed 2nd at Advanced in their second time out at the level, Boyd said of the mare, “She’s by far the most spectacular jumper I have in my barn.” (See our EN profile of the mare here.)

Will Coleman and OBOS O’Reilly. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Will Coleman and Obos O’Reilly lead the Advanced Test B division on a score of 24.5, although not for long! Will’s plan for The Fork has been dressage-only from the get-go — he just stopped in to get his horses out in the atmosphere, soak it in and check out the cross country track before heading back north to contest Fair Hill next weekend. The end game: Badminton.

Obos O’Reilly, a 15-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Obos Quality 004 x Omard Clover Queen, by Clover Hill) owned by Four Star Eventing Group, topped the 10-horse division. “We’ve been working really hard at his dressage for forever,” Will says. “He gets quite nervous and finding ways to keep him confident but still on the job is always the trick. He’s getting better — he keeps improving with age.”

“I have a soft place in my heart for him,” Will says. “He tries really hard, he’s not really built to do dressage but he’s improved so much. He did a clean test today, it wasn’t perfect but it was a clean test, and I think that’s probably good enough for the time being.”

Will contested The Fork on several horses last year, and says this year’s track is almost identical with the exception of a few changed-up combinations.

“I wanted to come down and see the place, see if Mark [Phillips] was going to give us any clues to what he’s thinking but he’s playing it close to his chest right now. He’s a poker player. There are some good questions but I don’t think he’s showing us what he’s building for September.”

Will is galloping his horses here tomorrow, but then the lead is wide open for a take-over. Will it be 2nd placed Lauren Kieffer and Veronica (24.5) or 3rd placed Leslie Law with The Apprentice (27.0), or …?

Keep it locked here. Go Eventing!

Advanced Test A Top 10

Advanced Test B Top 10

CIC2* Top 10

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Wednesday Video from Kentucky Performance Products: Ringside Chats with Badminton Bound Riders

Welcome to April, the homestretch to both the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event and, one short week later, Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials. So much to keep up with! Who are this year’s contenders? What horses are they riding? How have their preparations been going? Who has a shot at the win? Keeping track of it all is a full-time job.

In this video, #MMBHT catches up with Ireland’s Aoife Clark, New Zealander Tim Price and Emilie Chandler of Leicestershire, Great Britain at a soggy Burnham Market, one of their last stops before Badders.

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Settling in for The Fork at Tryon International Equestrian Center

You know that feeling you get when you walk into a posh hotel room? Everything feels clean and fresh, and part of you wants to preserve its sanctity: tuck your luggage out of sight, talk in whispered tones, leave that little triangle fold on the toilet paper intact. But if you are a 10-year-old trapped in an adult body like me, you also experience a weird compulsion to mess it all up: jump on the perfectly-made bed, raid the mini-fridge, and blast Lana Del Rey way too loud during a three-hour bubble bath. Knock-knock. “Did someone order room service?” Oh yeah! This girl! Bring me that side of black truffle pommes frites! And ketchup! “I am sorry to tell you, m’am, that your credit card did not go through.” Hmmmm. 

This is why I cannot stay in posh hotels.

There’s something similar in the air in the preamble to an event at Tryon International Equestrian Center. The rings are perfectly dragged, the fancy restaurants are nearly empty, and fit, eagle-eyed horses are all around, slinking about on hacks or grazing on bright green patches of grass. Everything is quiet, but there’s an anticipation in the air of a fast-paced, wildly-exciting competition to come.

So it is in advance of The Fork at TIEC. Let’s have a glance around at the calm before the storm! And remember to keep it locked on EN for live coverage throughout the weekend.

Everyone is beginning to arrive at the Tryon International Equestrian Center for the Fork Horse Trials and Tryon2018…

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#EventerProblems Vol. 137 from Ecovet: Everett vs. the Gravel Patch

This week’s edition of #EventerProblems comes courtesy of Area II eventer Abby Foltz, who explains:  “Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you my Prelim event horse, who upon finding out that his paddock entrance was re-done with gravel while he was in Florida, cannot figure out how to get onto the grass. His paddock mate is over to the left eating and he doesn’t know how she got over there.”

When not stranded and left for dead on a few square feet of gravel, Everett (competition name: What Everett Takes) is a super brave cross country machine. Abby has owned almost 15-year-old OTTB for five years and she reports that while he will jump anything in front of him on the cross country course, “he really, really hates when the ground changes color or texture. Like, a lot.”

Leaping over brush into water … no problem! Stepping from gravel patch onto grass … impossible. Photo by Brant Gamma.

It took poor Everett a full hour to escape his gravel prison, eliciting the hashtag-able comment “Everette to Harvard” from friend Jaclyn Burke when Abby posted the video to Facebook.

Abby says that while her horse is quirky and has a LOT of opinions, she loves him dearly. Although, she notes, “Apparently we could have saved lots of money on fencing.”

Go Eventing.

Easter Weekend Results: Galway, Morven Park, Rocking Horse, Full Gallop, Texas Rose

Not unlike the Easter bunny, there was much hopping to be done in the event world this weekend! Easter weekend saw five USEA-sanctioned events around the U.S.: Galway Downs CIC & H.T. in Temecula, CA; Morven Park H.T. in Leesburg, VA; Rocking Horse Spring H.T. in Altoona, FL; Full Gallop H.T. in Aiken SC; and Texas Rose Horse Park H.T. in Tyler, TX.

Happy Easter from everyone at RHS!

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It’s that time!!!

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My little bunnies all ready to rock and roll at Texas Rose Horse Park!!!!!

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The lowest finishing score in the country of the weekend belonged to Miriam Copeland and D’Stinctive, who scored a 22.8 in the Junior Beginner Novice Rider B division at Texas Rose Horse Park H.T.  Well-done, Miriam!

Without further ado, let’s issue a shout-out to this weekend’s winners!

Galway Downs CIC & H.T. [Website] [Results] [EN Coverage]

CIC One Star: Harper Click & Rubia (28.5)
CIC Two Star: Gina Miles & Greenfort Othello (37.5)
CIC Three Star: Tamra Smith & Sunsprite Syrius (35.2)
Open Intermediate: Lauren Billys & Castle Larchfeild Purdy (36.9)
Open Preliminary: Erin Kellerhouse & Seychelles (27.2)
Preliminary Rider-A: Haley Dwight & Donna Mira (30.2)
Preliminary Rider-B: Charlotte Babbitt & 2 A.M. (29.4)
Junior Training Rider: Jordan Crabo & Black Gold (23.8)
Open Training: James Alliston & Cassio’s Picasso (29.8)
Senior Training Rider: Sarah Platshon & Live Action (24.5)
Training Amateur: Madison Langerak & Rouge Et Blanc DF (31.0)
Training Horse: James Alliston & Lilly (28.8)
Junior Novice Rider: Charlotte Zovighian & Northern Victory (28.3)
Novice Amateur: Julienne Biglin Jeffersonn (30.2)
Novice Horse: Sara Mittleider & RHF Peterzano (23.3)
Open Novice: Whitney Tucker Billeter & Bill’s Midnight Magic (25.7)
Senior Novice Rider: Deborah Doneen & Tom’s Pick (34.3)

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Morven Park H.T. [Website] [Results]

Open Intermediate: Allison Springer & Lord Willing (34.4)
Junior Young Riders Open Preliminary: Nicholas Beshear & It’sakatthing (44.2)
Open Preliminary: William Coleman III & Cooley Mahgeeta (27.4)
Preliminary Rider: Cali Johnson & Black Label (38.1)
Training Rider: Austin Skeens & Rocmaster (25.0)
Open Training: Alyssa Peterson & R-Perfect Storm (32.3)
Training Horse: Paul Ebersole & Waterline (29.3)
Training Rider-A: Samantha Erwin & Conquistadora (38.0)
Training Rider-B: Sara Schulman & Not for Nothing (40.7)
Training Horse: Paul Ebersole & Waterline (29.3)
Training Rider-A: Samantha Erwin & Conquistadora (38.0)
Training Rider-B: Sara Schulman & Not for Nothing (40.7)
Junior Novice Rider: Cadence Clucas & Lookover Erin (30.2)
Novice Amateur Rider: Kristin Linder Carpenter & Stiletto (23.6)
Novice Horse: Leslie Lamb & Banjo (27.1)
Novice Rider: Susan Gallagher & Chacco Chip (30.0)
Open Novice: Lindsay Kelley & Ricochete (27.1)
Beginner Novice Rider: Penny Neault & Cooley Grand Finale (27.8)
Junior Beginner Novice Rider: Madison Davis & King Congo (28.3)
Open Beginner Novice: James Moore & Marnie (27.5)

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Rocking Horse Spring H.T. [Website] [Results]

Intermediate Rider: Heather Jane Morris & Jos UFO De Quidam (45.0)
Open Intermediate-A: Brandon McMechan & Oscar ‘s Wild (26.4)
Open Intermediate-B: Clark Montgomery & Takine de la Barbais (35.6)
Open Preliminary-A: Natalia Neneman & Electric Lux (27.4)
Open Preliminary-B: Jonathan Holling & Dalanteretto (25.1)
Preliminary Horse-A: Robin Walker & SBT Clover Road (30.8)
Preliminary Horse-B: Holly Jacks Smither & Signature Moves (38.2)
Preliminary Rider-A: Rylee Gailey & Dukes Up (28.0)
Preliminary Rider-B: Sami Crandell & Fernhill Chaos (36.1)
Jr. Training Rider: Zoe Archer & Millridge Z Two (35.0)
Open Training-A: Victoria Garland & FE Hard Day’s Night (29.4)
Open Training-B: Madigan Murphy & Willdebrandt (23.0)
Sr. Training Rider-A: Ellen Super & Seattle’s Finest (40.0)
Sr. Training Rider-B: Maria Brazil & Pas de Panique (28.9)
Training Horse-A: Maria Brazil & Pas de Panique (28.9)
Training Horse-A: Jonathan Holling & Toxicodendron (28.3)
Training Horse-B: Holly Jacks Smither & Big Pretty (30.0)
Jr. Novice Rider: Diana Craven & Mr. Fernhill (29.8)
Novice Horse-A: Beth Murphy & It’s Me (29.3)
Novice Horse-B: Leslie Law & Bandit Boy (27.6)
Open Novice: Anna Loschiavo & Aberdeen Dream (25.5)
Sr. Novice Rider-A: Robin Barr & Tout Fini (28.6)
Novice Horse-A: Beth Murphy & It’s Me (29.3)
Novice Horse-B: Leslie Law & Bandit Boy (27.6)
Open Novice: Anna Loschiavo & Aberdeen Dream (25.5)
Sr. Novice Rider-A: Robin Barr & Tout Fini (28.6)
Sr. Novice Rider-B: Rosemarie Albrizio & Tequesteris (35.0)
Beginner Novice Rider: Rachael Whiteley & Avogadro (26.3)
Open Beginner Novice: Elizabeth Stewart & Innsbruck VDO (25.3)

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Full Gallop H.T. [Website] [Results]

Intermediate: Shannon Riley & Sunrise Surprise (68.1)
Intermediate/Preliminary: Colin Gaffney & Timaru (44.1)
Preliminary: Adriana Nannini & Tall Tale (37.7)
Preliminary/Training: Kate Coleman & Calloway (30.7)
Training-A: Bonnie Mosser & Love Like Crazy (26.7)
Training-B: Corinne Ashton & Call Calvin (41.0)
Novice-A: Laura Rietveld & Red Sky AT Morning (31.9)
Novice-B: Hayden Lytton & Barbossa (26.2)
Training/Novice: Megan Martin-Salvo & Victory (41.2)
Beginner Novice-A: Sharon Ofenstein & Polar Express (28.3)
Beginner Novice-B: Sydney Bolton & High Cotton (27.5)
Starter: Kristin Sweeney & Fawn Creek Sonya (34.7)

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Texas Rose Horse Park H.T. [Website] [Results]

Open Intermediate: Ryleigh Leavitt & MoonLight Crush (35.0)
Open Preliminary: Kadi Eykamp & Ole Boy (31.7)
Preliminary Rider: Georgia Dillard & Galileo WP (25.9)
Junior Training Rider: Harper Petty & Obi-Wan Kenobi (29.1)
Open Training: LeeAnn McQuade & Corp Trip (35.5)
Senior Training Rider: Rebecca Hunt & Snowflake Lane (26.7)
Training Horse: Angela Bowles & Rocktop Dreamer (29.1)
Junior Novice Rider: Vienna Allport & Caramel Macchiato (31.0)
Novice Horse: Tayler Owen & Joint Ventures Remy Martin (27.6)
Open Novice: Nicole Hatley & Fernhill Fearless des Terdrix (27.6)
Senior Novice Rider-A: Angie Mitchell & Smiling’s My Favorite (34.0)
Senior Novice Rider-B: Katie Grace Bond & High Class (32.9)
Junior Beginner Novice Rider-A: Makenzie Lowe & Addie Okie (36.4)
Junior Beginner Novice Rider-B: Miriam Copeland & D’Stinctive (22.8)
Open Beginner Novice: Angela Bowles & Woodstock Classic Rock (28.6)
Senior Beginner Novice Rider: Janet Taylor & Zarpazo (26.4)
Starter: Elle Snyder & You Have A Friend In Me (26.1)

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Friday Video from World Equestrian Brands: Horse + Dolphin Happy Hour

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Nevermind "bomb-proof", if my horse isn't "dolphin-proof", I don't even want it! :D

Edit: Most popular question seems to be where is this. It's Australia :)

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Posted by Fal Turro's River on Friday, March 16, 2018

I don’t know about you guys, but this is exactly how I want to peace out of my workweek: a little horse-meets-dolphin magic. Bless this big, beautiful, blue planet and all the majestic creatures that inhabit it. Now go forth and enjoy this beautiful spring weekend!

Morven Park Competitors Look Forward to First-Class Footing in New Arenas

Morven Park’s Grand Prix arena. Photo courtesy of the Morven Park archive.

Exciting stuff is afoot, literally, at Morven Park International Equestrian Center in Leesburg, Va.! The 250 competitors contesting this weekend’s Morven Park Spring H.T. will be among the first to leave hoofprints in three new arenas furbished with footing from Attwood Equestrian Surfaces.

Nick Attwood, President of Attwood Equestrian Surfaces, personally oversaw the arena revitalization project, which was completed over the course of several months.

“It’s so rewarding to be here now, having been involved from the actual planning stages, to see the arenas beginning to take shape,” Nick told us last October. At that time the arena base had been established, with the next major steps being the installment of the drainage system and then the footing. “We will be hands on until the first horses come to compete, and will continue to maintain these arenas for years to come. Partnering with Morven Park means a great deal to us.”

Photo courtesy of the Morven Park archive.

State-of-the-art footing means a great deal to competitors as well. Four-star eventer Caitlin Silliman was among the first riders to experience the new Attwood footing at Caroline Horse Park when she competed at Southern Pines H.T. earlier this month, placing first and second in the Intermediate combined test with Vagabon de Champdoux and Ally KGO respectively.

“It was fantastic,” Caitlin says of the new footing. “It’s already a beautiful event and the footing changes the look quite a bit.”

In addition to the new arenas, a new jog strip was installed beside the Grand Prix arena. The strip is dedicated to Margaret Wood, made possible thanks to the generosity of the Major family and the Loudoun Hunt Pony Club.

Morven Park will host 16 divisions of Beginner Novice through Intermediate on Saturday and Sunday. With no rain in the forecast and temps hovering around 60, all systems are a go for a beautiful weekend of sport.

“We are excited to be hosting the Morven Park Spring H.T. in our brand new outdoor riding arenas this year,” says Sheryl Williams, Morven Park’s executive director. “We are thankful for the equestrian community’s continued support of the arena project and the International Equestrian Center and wish our competitors a great ride over the weekend.”

Morven Park will be hosting an open cross country schooling day on Tuesday, April 3, with courses still set from the horse trial. Cost is $50 per horse/rider; see the website for details.

Morven Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

The Brooke Announced as Official Charity of 2018 WEG in Tryon

Image courtesy of Brooke.

The Brooke, the world’s largest international equine welfare charity, has been chosen as the official charity of the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon, NC.

Headquartered in the UK, The Brooke is an international charity that protects and improves the lives of working horses, donkeys and mules, whose labor keeps millions of poor families in developing countries around the world out of poverty.

Emily Dulin, Executive Director of sister charity Brooke USA, says, “One-hundred million horses, donkeys and mules around the world are doing the hardest jobs in extreme environments, from the brick kilns of Nepal to the coal mines of Pakistan and the small farms of Ethiopia and Nicaragua, and they are paying the price for their labor with injuries, exhaustion, dehydration and malnutrition. Brooke works to make long lasting improvements to their lives.”

The theme for the 2018 WEG is “Celebrate the Horse, Celebrate the Sport: #Together,” commemorating the deep connection and interdependencies that have existed between humankind and equines for millennia. For much of the developed world, this relationship has become one of leisure and sport, but for more than 600 million people, the relationship is still one of survival.

The Brooke’s staff includes vets, animal welfare experts and advocacy and development specialists, who work with owners, health services, governments and the animals themselves to improve their qualify of life. The global organization’s work reaches horses, donkeys and mules across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.

The charity designation is courtesy of Katherine Bellissimo, who serves on the board of Brooke USA.  “I am pleased to have Brooke named as the official charity of the FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018,” she says. “The work that Brooke and Brooke USA do for both horses and humans around the world is incredibly admirable and embodies our organization’s goal of celebrating the ways we depend on this beautiful creature through this event. It is only natural that the world’s largest working equine welfare charity be chosen as a beneficiary of the world’s largest equestrian competition.”

As official charity, The Brooke will build a commemorative walkway, The Brooke Breezeway, at Tryon International Equestrian Center featuring bricks honoring WEG and the important service of working equines around the world. Bricks can be purchased and installed in dedication of a person, horse or organization. The website, BrookeBricks.org, will be launched later this spring.

Petra Ingram, Chief Executive of The Brooke, says, “We are so proud to be a part of WEG this year. The theme of humans and equines through time also ties in with our Every Horse Remembered campaign, which honors the horses who worked side-by-side with soldiers in World War One. We’re looking forward to working together with Tryon International Equestrian Center to organize Brooke-themed activities and raise funds for working horses, donkeys and mules around the world.”

Learn more about the charities at www.BrookeUSA.org or www.TheBrooke.org. For more information on WEG, visit www.Tryon2018.com.

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#EventerProblems Vol. 136 from Ecovet: Twitter Edition

How much struggle can you fit in 280 characters? PLENTY. Here’s your latest batch of #EventerProblems as shared on Twitter.

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Weekend Results Roundup: Carolina International, Poplar Place, Southern Arizona

Cross country course or mini golf? Loved the the pirate ship on course at Carolina International. Photo via EN’s Instagram @goeventing.

What a weekend it was in the Eventing Nation! In addition to the headliner event, the Cloud 11~Gavilan North LLC Carolina International CIC & H.T. in Raeford, NC, Poplar Place Farm hosted its March H.T. in Hamilton, GA, and the inaugural Southern Arizona H.T. took place in Tucson, AZ. Let’s recap and raise a toast to the winners!

  • A warm welcome to a brand new event on the USEA calendar, Southern Arizona H.T. — v.1.0 down, many more to come! Held at the Pima County Fairgrounds, the event has been years in the making and is a huge boon to Area X. The event’s weekend debut was a smash hit by all accounts, attracting 104 starters contesting Introductory through Prelim/Training divisions. We spoke with its organizers earlier this year — check out the story of how the event came to be here.

How pretty is this portable start box? Photo via the Southern Arizona Eventing Association Facebook page.

  • After cancelled January and February horse trials and a change of ownership, Poplar Place Farm is back up and running, hosting its first of four 2018 events over the weekend. New owner Launa DesPortes has big plans for the venue (see “Sale Ushers in New Era for Poplar Place Farm“), and the work is already underway — new jumps and even the construction of a big new pavilion! Already looking forward to that competitors party. Training Rider winner Mellisa Warden reflected, “What a special event … This was the first weekend I’ve ridden at this event in nine years and it hasn’t down-poured, but as always, the most friendly competitors and awesome spirit! I’m glad to see Poplar shining again, as it should.”

Mellisa Warden with Poplar Place organizer Shelley Page and Secretary Rick Dunkerton. Photo via Mellisa Warden.

  • The lowest finishing score of the weekend goes to Holly Payne Caravella and Marilyn Payne’s SF Double Entendre, who won the Open Training C division at Carolina International on their dressage score of 20.5. Holly had a very successful weekend, also winning Open Intermediate with Shelby Corliss Godfrey’s Bruisyard Hall, who also earned the TIP Award — a fantastic debut at the level for an exciting combination. She was third in the same division with the CharmKing LLC’s CharmKing. And, of course, Holly’s brother Doug had a not-too-shabby weekend as well!

Photos via the Holly Payne Equestrian Facebook page.

  • We’ve been enjoying watching Libby Head‘s Badminton dominator Sir Rockstar continue his career with Erin Jarboe. The pair has been out and about this winter, placing 2nd over the weekend in the Training Rider A division Carolina International. Erin was a teammate of Libby’s from the University of Georgia Eventing Team, and she first competed “Rocky” as a catch-ride for the USEA Intercollegiate Championships last year. The pair clicked and it’s been a win-win for all ever since — 20 years young, Rocky! Great to see Libby out as well in a division of Open Training with Sir Real … no relation to Sir Rockstar, but a fun coincidence!
  • Fantastic weekend at Carolina for my first event in a year! Hal was so good and we added just a rail and a handful of…

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  • Another sweet not-quite-retirement story: Kate Chadderton‘s Advanced mounts Buckharo and Collection Pass have both retired from the upper echelons of eventing and are happily teaching their new young riders the ropes of eventing. “Whenever they see each other in the warm up they nuzzle up to each other to say hi!” Kate reports. Both competed at Carolina International in the Prelim Rider division; “Bucky,” ridden by Julia Luce was 4th and “Cole,” ridden by Grace Gaynor, was 2nd. Well-done!

Cole and Bucky in the warm-up at Carolina International. Photo by Kate Chadderton.

  • The name game: At Poplar Place there was a Schikeria, who won Training Rider with Mellisa Warden, and a Hips Don’t Lie, ridden to 5th place by Sommer Matheny in Jr. Beginner Novice. Close enough! We also appreciated the trifecta of Sandra Phillips’ Six Pack Event, Barb Crabo’s Guinness, and Manuela Propfe’s BoozeTraveler at Southern Arizona H.T. Honorable mention to Hailey Benton’s Mon Petite Chou, an adorable French term of endearment that translates to “My Little Cabbage.”

Your weekend winners:

Carolina International CIC & H.T. [Website] [Results] [EN’s Coverage] [EN’s Instagram] [EN’s Twitter]

CIC1*: Elinor MacPhail O’Neal & Zick Zack (25.7)
CIC2*: Katherine Coleman & Billy Bandit (32.5)
CIC3*: Doug Payne & Vandiver (29.6)
Advanced: Will Coleman & Off The Record (45.5)
Intermediate Rider: Ryan Keefe & Flintstar (37.7)
Open Intermediate: Holly Payne Caravella & Bruisyard Hall (36.5)
Open Preliminary-A: Jordan Linstedt & Staccato (28.1)
Open Preliminary-B: Ryan Wood & Fernhill Flame (24.6)
Preliminary Rider: Janelle Phaneuf & Cougar Bay (28.8)
Open Training-A: Tik Maynard & SW Lhittle Rascal (26.6)
Open Training-B: Paige Crotty & Cooley Dawn Raid (27.1)
Open Training-C: Holly Payne Caravella & SF Double Entendre (20.5)
Training Rider-A: Elizabeth Ricklefs & Idlehour Patriot (25.0)
Training Rider-B: Natasha Jane Austin & Timeless Secret (30.7)

Poplar Place H.T. [Website] [Results]

Intermediate/Preliminary: Werner Geven & L’Avventura (41.1)
Open Preliminary: Lesley Grant-Law & Lady Chatterley (34.9)
Preliminary Rider: Alese Lyle & Princess Leia (46.0)
Open Training: Zachary Brandt & Fernhill Can Do (37.4)
Prelim/Training: Laurel Massey & In High Heels (43.5)
Training Rider: Mellisa Warden & Schikeria (36.0)
Jr. Novice Rider: Ella Kay Lane & Dark Shadows (35.9)
Open Novice: Zachary Brandt & City So Cool (26.4)
Sr. Novice Rider: Abby Blackburn & Celtic Steel (33.1)
Jr. Beginner Novice Rider: Emma Hilbert & A Hero’s Tale (38.1)
Open Beginner Novice: Nicole Maynard & Thunderstruck (32.8)
Sr. Beginner Novice Rider: Meredith Hunter & Classic Imp (28.6)
Starter: Ashley Templeton & Jackazoom (38.5)

Southern Arizona H.T. [Website] [Results]

Open Preliminary/Training: Frederic Bouland & K-Cosimo SE (39.1)
Open Training: Laura Borghesani & Mr Z (33.5)
Training Rider: Mary Hanson & Dance All Night (36.9)
Open Novice: Angela Carmitchel & Prima (26.9)
Novice Rider A: Peyton Klein & Davinci (32.9)
Novice Rider B: Carolyn Leblanc & Jack Leblanc (32.9)
Beg. Novice Rider A: Ruth Mock & Wodie (35.1)
Beg. Novice Rider B: Carrie Matteson & Pretend to Fly (36.1)
Open Beg. Novice: Laura Borghesani & Lf Dozer (32.1)
Introductory: Debra Haber & Pik Encore (31.1)

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