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Weekend Winners: Waredaca, Chatt Hills, Windermere Run, Holly Hill

We love Holly Hill Fall H.T.’s Halloween cross country spirit! Check out these costumes:

Amazing. And now, on to our weekend winners! Extra special congrats to our lowest scoring pair in the country this weekend, Keely Cooley and An Irish Blessing, who won their division of Open Beginner Novice at Waradaca on a 22.8.

Waredaca Classic 3DE & H.T. [Website] [3DE Results] [HT Results]
Novice Three Day: Cami Pease & Vibrant (25.6)
Training Three Day: Caitlin O’Roark & On A Mission (30.2)
Preliminary Three Day: Alice Roosevelt & Get It Together (34.2)
Open Preliminary: Colleen Rutledge & C Me Fly (40.1)
Preliminary Rider: Anne Hambleton & Should Expect (44.6)
Open Training-A: Martin Douzant & Cocktail Z (27.7)
Open Training-B: Valerie Vizcarrondo & Captain Crunch (25.2)
Training Rider-A: Paige Ansaldi & Freedoms Pride (33.9)
Training Rider-B: Allison Horwith & Larrikin (68.3)
Novice Horse: Elizabeth Bortuzzo & Imponente (23.8)
Novice Rider-A: Grace Baierl & Advantageous (38.6)
Novice Rider-B: Silvio Pappalardo & He’s My Rock (26.4)
Open Novice-A: Megan Kepferle & Ice Breaker (26.9)
Open Novice-B: Amanda Beale Clement & Cooley Streetwise (22.9)
Beginner Novice Rider-A: Kathy Healy & Galloping Hill Leap (32.8)
Beginner Novice Rider-B: Megan Smallwood & Kilronan’s Countess (30.8)
Open Beginner Novice-A: Keely Cooley & An Irish Blessing (22.8)
Open Beginner Novice-B: Suzannah Cornue & Clear Crossing (33.3)

Chattahoochee Hills H.T. [Website] [Results]
Advanced: Tamra Smith & Mai Baum (31.4)
Open Intermediate: Jonathan Holling & Dalanteretto (35.3)
Open Preliminary: Tamra Smith & Danito (28.5)
Preliminary Rider: Hugh Wrigley & FE Santos (31.8)
Jr. Training Rider: Diana Craven & Mr. Fernhill (39.0)
Open Training: Tamra Smith & MB MaiStein (25.5)
Sr. Training Rider: Alison Kroviak & Dolce (29.5)
Jr. Novice Rider: Lendy Johnston & Derby Day Surprise (34.9)
Open Novice: Ashton Brooke Benefiel & Just Cooley (27.1)
Sr. Novice Rider: Emily Thomas & Ohio (31.9)
Beginner Novice Rider: Margaret Frost & Tonto (29.4)
Open Beginner Novice: Alexandra Green & Mariska (26.4)

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It was a super weekend here @chatthillseventing!! So proud of Ruth Bley’s, Danito winning the Open Preliminary, MB Groups MaiStein winning the Open Training, MB Groups MaiBlume earning 4th with the irreplaceable @mecoston in their first event together and her 2nd time jumping her, @b_beventing & her fabulous ottb Max Attraction jumping double clear today in the show jumping and completing their first Training Level together and of course the black stallion @mai.baum1 for letting me look like a champion. The great Susie Hutchison @hutchison4133 said to me once, “you are only as good as your horse”. He is a pleasure everyday along with the rest of my dream team. I’m beyond thrilled and grateful for everyone who has supported me through this journey. It’s one that wouldn’t have been possible with out the believers. We are looking forward to getting down to Ocala where the sun is shining before we head back to California!! #usetfoundation #jbmarsgrant #noplacelikehome #californiadreaming #everythingisawesome @fleeceworks @samshieldamerica @frilly__fillies @soless_visors @customsaddlery @auburn_laboratories @c4belts @profchoice @jump4joyusa @coat_defense @nupafeed__usa @devoucoux @ezupshelters @totalsaddlefit @stylestock @mdc_stirrups @nunnfiner @soundhoofconditioner @sweatcosmetics @revitavet @flairstrips @nutrenafeed @totacomfort @premierequestrian @cavallo__boots.fashion @uptimeenergy @haygaincalifornia @flexineb @mannaprohorse

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Windermere Run H.T. [Website] [Results]
Open Preliminary: Camryn Holcomb & Quite Breit (29.5)
Open Training: Alice White & Rebound (32.3)
Training Rider: Elizabeth Sauter & Giana (29.8)
Novice Rider A: Julie Kuhle & Orion (31.1)
Novice Rider B: Jessica Milam & Lieutenant Dan (36.1)
Open Novice: Meaghan Marinovich & Lucina (26.0)
Beginner Novice Rider-Jr: Allie Burditt & Windsong (33.0)
Beginner Novice Rider-Sr: Margo Wottowa & Mac N Cheese (24.3)
Open Beginner Novice: Hadley White & Perfect Sleeper (27.5)
Starter Test-Jr: Olivia Dolan & Soul Delight Wrf (33.6)
Starter Test-Sr: Noora Conway & Hank (23.8)
FEH 2 Year Olds Scores: Stephanie Caston & Tonic (79.3)
FEH 3 Year Olds Scores : Elizabeth Sauter & Gravitate (77.2)
FEH 4 Year Olds: Mallory Huggins & Endless Wunder (80.9)
FEH Yearling: Joanna Russell & Titan’s Dream Lse (72.0)

Holly Hill Fall H.T. [Website] [Results]
Open Intermediate: Nicole Hatley & Flagmount’s Rebel (98.2)
Junior Young Riders Open Preliminary: Kit Ferguson & Cillbhrid Tom (36.2)
Open Preliminary: Angela Bowles & Rocktop Dreamer (30.2)
Junior Training Rider: Lawsyn Clements & Russell’s Reserve (34.3)
Open Training: Julie Norman & La Sonrisa (30.9)
Senior Training Rider: Erin Wages & Semisonic Rembrandt (29.6)
Training Horse: Kimberly Stafford & Pik Coeur D’Or (30.5)
Junior Novice Rider-A: Haley Miller & Mr. Melvin (31.7)
Junior Novice Rider-B: Reagan Lee & Raphael (31.7)
Novice Horse-A: Nicole Hatley & Aspen (26.4)
Novice Horse-B: Laura McEvoy & Ratrod (29.1)
Open Novice: Lynne Partridge & Independence (31.9)
Senior Novice Rider: Erin Walker & Cinerescent (32.1)
Beginner Novice Horse: Alexandra Du Celliee Muller & Hypnos RC (30.8)
Junior Beginner Novice-A: Taylor Tiberg & Bluebonnets Valedictorian (31.8)
Junior Beginner Novice-B: Elle Snyder & You Have A Friend In Me (27.0)
Open Beginner Novice: Kadi Eykamp & Legend (29.0)
Senior Beginner Novice Rider: Kelly Green & Woodstock Classic Rock (27.8)
Starter – Junior: Makena Junkin & War Glory (37.3)
Starter – Sr: Jennifer Burk & Fyrst Hooligan (39.2)

Congrats to all! Go Eventing.

Pau Cross Country Instagram Roundup: Zut Alors!

That’s French for “dang it to heck!,” “fudgesicle!” or whatever else is your expression of choice in moments of surprise/duress which we are unable to publish here because EN is a family website. Being an eventer, it’s useful to keep a wide range of swear word alternatives in your vocabularian pocket; strapping oneself to horses’ backs on the reg, we tend to encounter moments of surprise/duress with a higher-than-average frequency. “Zut alors!,” a turn of phrase you vaguely remember from 8th grade French, conveys an effective ratio of alarm and worldly sophistication. We approve.

And it’s an appropriate caption for the following Instagram photos and videos from cross country day at Pau. (Please note that all horses and riders pictured, whether they had a long walk back to the barn or kicked on and found the finish flags, were OK.)

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Petit fail.

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Cross Country #4etoilesdepau #horse #cheval

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Two in Top 10 Out After Sadly Not Halloween-Themed Pau Final Horse Inspection

The American revolution — um, we mean revelation — that is Hallie Coon. Tricorn hat unfortunately mislaid. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

We are sorry to report that Tilly’s determined campaign to convince riders to show up for Pau’s final horse inspection in Halloween costume was a bust, although Hallie Coon did appear to be dressed as Paul Revere. The red coats are coming, indeed. But however you dress them these things are never really plain-vanilla, and today’s jog was no exception — with a couple horses sent to the hold and three not presented, two of which were in the top 10, it’s already been the sort of morning that makes you want to stress-eat a crêpe. Which I am going to do as soon as I get this thing posted.

One of us! One of us! One of us! Ryan Wood and Woodstock Bennett pass the final horse inspection at Pau. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

First things first, our three ‘American’ pairs sailed right through (we have adopted formerly Australian Ryan Wood against his will after his stellar cross country performance yesterday). Ryan can skip the gym today as he did double-duty, first presenting Woodstock Bennett and then subbing in for Kim Severson with Cooley Cross Border. Kim is a bit lame this morning but no worries; the vets flexed her back at the barn and report that with coffee and a couple grams of bute she should be fine.

It’s too early for some — Ryan and Cooley Cross Border look less than impressed by the early start. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Hallie Coon looked boss in her 18th-century chic, and Celien appeared keen for another day of earning her official four-star princess tiara.

Hallie Coon and Celien at the final horse inspection. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

If you too are drooling over Hallie’s outfit, note that it was provided by Holland Cooper, with incredibly sassy boots by Fairfax and Favor. Who, coincidentally, were the victims of a sass overload this weekend…

Great Britain’s Izzy Taylor did not present Be Touchable, who was 3rd after cross country; Germany’s Andreas Ostholt did not present So Is Et, who was 8th; and fellow German Bettina Hoy let Designer 10, who was 33rd, sleep in back at the barn as well. That does a number on the scoreboard, boosting Ryan into 8th, Hallie into 18th, and Kim into 23rd.

The real Queen of England: Ros Canter moves into third with Zenshera. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

This seismic shift also, notably, moves our World Champ Ros Canter into third with Zenshera — as noted yesterday by EquiRatings, if she finishes in this spot or better she becomes world number one as well, taking the throne from Oliver Townend. This would give us our first female world number one since Mary King all the way back in 2011.

British rider Tom Crisp moves into the top ten with one of our favourite horses of the week — feisty mare Liberty and Glory is obviously delighted with the news. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Two pairs were sent to the holding box but passed upon reinspection: Belgium’s Christian Chabot with Barlison, and Germany’s Andreas Ostholt with Corvette 31. The esteemed ground jury was comprised of Christina Klingspor of Sweden, Nathalie Carriere of France, Katrin Eichinger-Kniely of Austria.

Andreas Ostholt and Corvette 31 are held but pass upon reinspection. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

35 CCI4* horses will move on to show jumping, which begins at 2:45 p.m. local time/1:45 p.m. BST/9:45 a.m. EST. Click here for the show jumping starting order. Allez Concours Complet!

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Pau Track Topples Best in the World as French Rise to Occasion on Home Soil

Thibault Fornier and Siniani de Lathus. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

It takes a course with a lot of nerve to push the likes of William Fox-Pitt, Oliver Townend, Tim Price and Phillip Dutton out the moon door, but on Pau cross country day, nothing and nobody is sacred. As usual, Pierre Michelet’s take-no-prisoners course laid waste to the dressage leaderboard today — as quick to knock off unlucky giants as it was to reward deserving rookies.

When dressage leader Oliver Townend went overboard at #31A, a double of brushy swans, the door was thrown wide open for mutiny. Enter, to replace the world #1, four-star rookie Thibault Fournier. The 23-year-old Frenchman turned in one of just four fault-free cross country trips today with Siniani De Lathus, a 12-year-old Selle Français gelding (Volchebnik x Elia de Bunouviere, by Tenor de la Cour) owned by the rider and Isabelle Fournier.

“You never know when you have a step up like that how the horse is going to respond, but he went really well,” Thibault says.

Asked to account for all the trouble on course (21 out of 59 starters — over a third of the field — retired or were eliminated), he says, “It was one of those courses where you had to stay concentrated from start to finish. There were a lot of horses who got tired and riders were losing maybe a little bit of concentration and not taking that into account, so maybe that was the reason why there were so many incidents at #34B and #35 which caused a lot of problems.”

Indeed, many riders were on their merry way to the finish flags until the final combination caught them out. #34AB, a big brush atop a mound on a downhill dogleg turn to a triple brush skinny, is enough of an ask, but then #35, another triple brush skinny, pops up in your face another couple strides out. Thibault wouldn’t know anything about that — he was so up on the clock by the time he arrived there, he opted to spare the risk and take the long route.

French riders have won Pau the last three years running (and have three riders in the top 10) and Thibault may well extend the streak tomorrow (not bad for one’s four-star debut). Siniani De Lathus is a one-or-none rail horse — he jumped clear at Bramham and Aachen this year but has had a rail down in his last two runs. He has a rail in hand tomorrow, but Thibault says he’s giving himself no budge room: “I’m going to ride it as if we have no points to spare and stay focused until the end of the competition.”

Gemma Tattersall and Pamero 4. Photo by William Carey Photography.

On Thibault’s heels are Gemma Tattersall of Great Britain and Pamero 4, an 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Perigueux x Rita, by Perpignon) owned by Clive Smith. “When I walked the course I thought it was a tough four-star cross country with lots of accuracy questions, and I thought the time would be really tight,” she says.

Pamero’s first four-star was Badminton earlier this year, and Gemma intentionally took her time around the course, coming home with 26 time faults but a confident horse. Today, however, she stepped on the petrol and Pamero delivered, and their double-clear moved them from 13th after dressage into the penultimate spot.

“I think that decision to not go fast at Badminton paid off here,” Gemma says. “He gave me the most wonderful ride around. His jumping was pretty incredible and he was extremely straight to all his skinnies and listening to me, and he finished full of running because we’ve been working on his speed and stamina at home.”

Izzy Taylor and Be Touchable. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Sitting 3rd is another Brit, Izzy Taylor, who had three trips around the course today. It was with Be Touchable, a 12-year-old Dutch gelding (Untouchable 27 x Ureka, by Indoctro) owned by Sophie Dodds, that she rose from 7th into the top three.

“His round was very, very smooth,” she says. “He was good through all the combinations, very good at the water and then just toward the end, coming out of the water he chipped in at the swans, went on two and nearly threw me out the door but luckily stayed upright. That knocked the wind out of him a bit and so he was a little tired for 30 seconds, it took him a minute or two to get his breath back.”

Ros Canter and Zenshera. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Next down the list is Ros Canter and Zenshera, her own 14-year-old Dutch gelding (Guidam x Telvera, by Matterhorn). Fun fact: EquiRatings has confirmed that if Ros finishes in the top three tomorrow, she will become the new FEI World #1 — the first female to be world #1 since Mary King in 2011. For that to happen, she has to jump clear and Izzy or Gemma need to have one down, or Thibault could have two down.

“I’m absolutely over the moon — I’m very proud of Zenshera,” Ros says. “It was a tough old course out there. He’s not the speed machine that some of the others are. He has to dig deep really from the word go, so it was a long slog for him today, but he just kept trying, and he tried, and he tried again, and at the end he had to try really hard. All he wants to do is go through the flags for me, so I’m really delighted with him.”

Ryan Wood and Woodstock Bennett. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

On behalf of the Eventing Nation, we would like to formally extend American-based Aussie Ryan Wood an invitation to just come on over to the dark side and ride with Team USA already. We’re fun, we have good team outfits, your accent fits right in, it’ll be grand.

Ryan and Woodstock Bennett, an 11-year-old gelding (Shannondale Sarco St Ghyvan x Ponail Belle, by Beau Royale) owned by Curran Simpson and the rider, were legends out there today, collecting just 5.2 time penalties to move from 36th to 10th place.

“Yeah, it was pretty awesome!” Ryan says. “We set out there kind of conservative and just got into a good rhythm. It’s his first four-star so I didn’t know what exactly to expect, but he stepped up and did everything I asked. He’s a special horse; we’ve had him since he was four years old so we’ve got a good partnership. He came home really strong and I couldn’t be happier.”

Look at ’em go:

“I probably walked it six or eight times, and had a good plan about how to ride each combination and knowing my horse. There were certain jumps, like the ducks coming out of the last water that we walked in one but thought might ride in two, and we were ready for that. He actually did two little ones there, and then the last difficult combination before the arena (#34AB-#35), we thought it would be a bending three or four to a two, and the original plan was three there — after putting in the second stride at the ducks we decided to stay out for four.”

Hallie Coon and Celien. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

We also couldn’t be prouder of Hallie Coon and Celien, an 11-year-old Dutch mare (Tenerife Vol x R Quicksilver, by Hamlet) owned by Helen Coon and the rider. (See Tilly’s sweet post-dressage feature on the pair here.) They followed up a personal best dressage score of 29.1 with a clear cross country round in their first four-star, with 24.4 time faults owing to the horse getting a bit tired and Hallie making the good horsemanship decision to take a couple options.

“She jumped through the corners in the infield well and then galloped down to the ditch-and-brush and just came down a little short on the landing side of that,” Hallie recounts. “I kind of punched her into the water in the infield and she just didn’t quite have the step to carry across the distance, so I jumped the B and then circled around and took the option out.” They also opted for the option at the #34AB-#35 booby trap, jumping #34AB in a careful four then circling around to the #35 option.

Hallie Coon and Celien. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

The pair will head into show jumping in 20th place. Hallie’s got a competitive streak a mile wide — she told us she didn’t come to Pau to “complete” — and initially she looked a little bummed at the finish about the time penalties, which shuffled her down the scoreboard a bit. (“I set the bar real high for myself, don’t I.”) But then she glanced over her shoulder at her mare in the vet box, steam rising from her dark body and a satisfied glimmer in her eye, and it all shifted into perspective: “I have a happy horse. She has the biggest heart in the world and she tries so hard.”

Kim Severson and Cooley Cross Border. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Kim Severson and Cooley Cross Border were the third combination out of the box and the first out for the U.S. They looked absolutely super and poised for a successful result. “The course rode well,” Kim says. “Crossy tried, he jumped, he was good, he was on it, but then…”

But then … they had a runout at #35, ultimately picking up the 20 jumping penalties plus 9.2 time.

“I rode him really well right up until the end,” Kim says. “I thought I was in there really well and he just didn’t try. He tried everywhere else, he was really, really good, he pulled up well — it’s just very unfortunate.”

At the finish Kim was already examining and cross-examining that stretch of three seconds, trying to figure out what went wrong. “He was on (the line), he was right there. I went right by the tree and I almost felt like he kind of just turned away from the tree for just a second, and then he wasn’t on it anymore.”

Despite the blip, and as a testament to the course’s slash-and-burn influence on the dressage scoreboard, the pair still moved from 28th to 25th.

Phillip Dutton and I’m Sew Ready. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Phillip Dutton and Boyd Martin fell onto hard times earlier on course.

Phillip and I’m Sew Ready, a 14-year-old Dutch gelding (Lupicor x Jarda, by Elcaro) owned by Kristine and John Norton, missed their stride jumping up the bank at #7B and belly-flopped. Phillip went out the side door to the left. Both horse and rider walked off course OK.

Boyd Martin and Steady Eddie. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Boyd and Steady Eddie, a 15-year-old New Zealand Thoroughbred gelding (Jetball x Tudnella) owned by Pierre Colin, Denise Lahey, and George and Gretchen Wintersteen, were given 50 penalties for missing a flag at the corner at fence #5B, then retired after a runout at the brush corner at #22.

Pau Top 10 After Cross Country: 

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In Praise of Pau’s Shameless Frenchness

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One thing I love about Pau is that you never 100% know what’s going on, or what is going to happen next.

That unknowing is owed in large part, I think, to a language barrier that neither side seems that excited to scale. But little breakdowns in communication can be fun or frustrating, depending on your sense of humor. Maybe they hand the winner a ribbon, send ’em on a victory gallop, and everybody packs up and goes home, or maybe tiny men in horse suits gallop out and the next thing you know everybody around you is line dancing. Frankly, I’d prefer the latter. Je ne sais quoi. 

We have some tools for bridging the gap. Take Google Translate, for instance. It tries so hard to be a smart technology, yet has a tendency to turn perfectly normal phrases into steaming hot piles of hilariously random speech.

Exhibit A: Google Translate’s stab at translating the Pau CCI4* dressage test. Mixed results, I’d say.

Medium walk = no way! Or this adorable Facebook translation:

And then there’s the culture itself. I do not mean to engage in undue cultural stereotyping, but there is a lot of cliché Frenchness happening around here. Like the jog-side smoking section:

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I wish I’d taken a photo of it, but I swear I saw a mustachioed man smoking a cig while biking the cross country course.

And I’ve gotten honked at a LOT while driving — I’m sure I deserved most of it but come on, throw the clueless American a tiny bone. Your roads are hard.

And you, mademoiselle, are cranky.

The last time I was here in 2015, I tried to capture Pau’s French vibes in this music vid:

Foux du fafa. Go Eventing.

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Pau Day 2 Instagram Roundup: Dressage in the Rearview

Is Pau dressage over already? At some events Thursday and Friday seem to drag on forever, but here in France they seem to be flying by. Is time collapsing in on itself, or are we just having that much fun?

Who is to say, really. As a fleeting memento of the dressage good times we’ve shared, and a tease for the cross country action soon to come, here are a few of your snapshots:

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Some of the 38 4* cross country fences here @4etoilesdepau

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Pour commencer la journée je suis allée à la visite vétérinaire des chevaux du CCI 4**** puis avec les 3 autres filles de mon groupe (Apolline, Sixtine et Ophélie), nous avons rejoint les #grooms pour commencer à toiletter les chevaux présentés à la vente. Nous sommes ensuite allées faire un tour du côté des épreuves (aujourd’hui du dressage). A 11h nous avons préparé les chevaux de la vente et nous mettre chacune à notre poste, moi j'étais dans le rond d’havrincourt avec une Chambrière pour aider à faire avancer les chevaux pour sauter pendant que les filles amènent les chevaux et s'occupent de la porte du rond. Après avoir terminé la présentation nous avons brossé les chevaux, rangé les affaires, puis nous avons été manger. En début d'après-midi je suis allée voir le dressage du 4**** avant d'avoir été placé sur un poste pour la porte qui consistait à ouvrir le passage des chevaux quand ils arrivaient et fermer le passage des piétons. Le reste de la journée j'ai continué à regarder le dressage et à me balader autour des stands et du site. En fin de journée nous avons fait une petite répétition pour notre flashmob de dimanche avant d'aller manger. Solène

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Pour commencer la journée, nous avons regardé la visite vétérinaire du CCI **** ensuite nous avons fait le poste de lapin (récupérer les protocoles de notation des juges) du CIC**. Puis à 12h00, nous avons mangé des pâtes et du poulet avec de la mayonnaise, du ketchup et en dessert une Danette. Puis à 12h30 nous sommes retournés à la carrière d'honneur pour nettoyer la lisse de dressage, puis Canelle a ratissé la piste de la carrière, ensuite Nostalgie à Vins et Gilles Pons ont fait ouvreur pour le dressage du CCI **** ! Et avec Canelle nous étions " ultra " synchronisés lors des déplacements pour l'ouverture et la fermeture du carré de dressage A la fin des épreuves de dressage d'aujourd'hui nous avons commencé à apprendre le flashmob, puis nous sommes allés manger. Enzo

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4**** PAU

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Go Eventing.

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#FlashbackFriday Video from World Equestrian Brands: Joseph Murphy vs. Pau 2016

Joseph Murphy and Sportsfield Othello at Pau 2018. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Ireland’s Joseph Murphy and his longtime partner Sportsfield Othello are the old pros of the 2018 Pau field. This is their fourth crack at the event together, having finished 27th in 2011, 5th in 2014, and 24th in 2016 with a hat trick of clear cross country rounds. Coincidentally they picked up the exact same number of time penalties — 2.4 — in 2011 and 2014, and 5.6 in 2016.

On other horses, Joseph finished 5th in 2015, and 8th and 41st in 2013. All total, in six trips around the course, Joseph has had just 20 jump and 18 time penalties. He’ll add two more tours of the course to his résumé tomorrow when he tackles the track once more with Sportsfield Othello (“Franky”), now 17-years-young with more stars in his crown than we can count, as well as four-star first-timer Fernhill Frankie.

Joseph Murphy and Sportsfield Othello at Pau 2018. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Clearly Joseph has a handle on navigating Pau swiftly and successfully, and he’s been much sought after for course advice this week — you can have a virtual wander around Pierre Michelet’s track with him and Nick Turner via Cross Country App here. You can also take some tips in person stateside next month, as he’ll be teaching a cross country clinic on Nov. 5-7 at Boyd Martin’s Windurra USA in Cochranville, Pennsylvania. Click here for details.

To tide us over until the action begins tomorrow, take a spin around the 2016 course with Joseph and Franky.

What a partnership, and what a tremendous run this pair has enjoyed together over the past decade. Here’s to safe, happy trips for all tomorrow! Go Eventing.

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Townend Powers to Pau Lead, Coon Shines for USA in CCI4* Debut

Oliver Townend and Cillnabradden Evo. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Each passing day of the Pau CCI4* is like one of those Etch A Sketch toys that you erase by turning it up upside down and shaking it. Like, go ahead, spend the better part of your day creating a perfect lineographic Eiffel Tower, we’re just going to disappear it tomorrow and draw something else in its place. 

Who was leading dressage on Thursday? I barely remember. Only two of yesterday’s top 10 riders are still in the top 10 after today’s competition — overnight leader Izzy Taylor of Great Britain with Be Touchable, who’ve been relegated to 7th, and formerly 2nd placed Dutchman Peter Flarup with Frankie, who now sit 10th.

Our top positioned American pair, Hallie Coon and Celien, did their part to pull the tablecloth out from yesterday’s scoreboard; the mare conveniently chose her first four-star to crack the 20s for her first time ever (29.1) at an FEI event, propelling them into 8th. Phillip Dutton and I’m Sew Ready sit 18th on a 31.0, Kim Severson and Cooley Cross Border are now 28th on a 32.8, Boyd Martin and Steady Eddie are 33rd on a 33.9, and U.S. based Aussie Ryan Wood and Woodstock Bennett are 36th on a 34.1. More on this lot further down the page.

First, let’s unveil our fresh new set of leaders. The Pau dressage leaderboard has been sketched and re-sketched, and while it’s certain to get shaken into a dim resemblance of itself again tomorrow, we’ll take a moment to recap Friday’s plot twists.

Great Britain’s Oliver Townend and Cillnabradden Evo, a 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (S Creevagh Ferro x Willow Garden, by King Henry) owned by Sally-Anne Egginton, swooped in with a score of 22.7 to take the lead. It’s the second most frightening dressage score they’ve posted all year, bested only by a 19.0 in the CIC3* at Gatcombe Park in August.

“He’s very good; he’s become very professional over the past year in this department,” Oliver says. “It felt like I was in control of pretty much every stride in there, and then it was my job just to press the right buttons in the right places. He was beautiful to ride and he gave me his complete brain and body.”

This is the horse’s four-star debut. Over the past few months Oliver and ‘Gary’ have tended to end their weekends on either a win or an R, but likewise Pau is a go-big-or-go-home sort of course so it may well suit them.

“I’ve worked on him a lot in the different departments, and this week’s just a find-out mission. I’m here on holiday with Gary, who’s done an awful lot for us. We’ve worked on an awful lot of different things in terms of stamina, and so it’s really just a find-out mission on whether we can do this bit or not, but I’m happy enough so far.”

Of Pierre Michelet’s cross country course, Oliver describes it as “very, very serious. It’s a long way, very skinny, and a lot of questions from beginning to end. It’s a proper four-star.”

Ros Canter and Zenshera. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

In second is reigning world champion Ros Canter of Great Britain and Zenshera, her own 14-year-old Dutch gelding (Guidam x Telvera, by Matterhorn), on a score of 24.1.

“I’m delighted with him,” Ros says of his test. “In the last two years he’s really become very consistent in the dressage. He’s often gotten a bit tense in this phase, but he’s really settled and grown up. I’m very proud of him.”

Ros says she was particularly over the moon with his flying changes. “I get them very well in three-star tests now when there are only two, but this is the first time I’ve gotten every single one when there are four. He really waited for me today, which is good. His walk is always his weakest, and always will be, and he wanted to have a little bit of a jog by the end of the walk today, but he held it together OK.”

Pau marks Zenshera’s fourth four-star — they placed 7th here in 2017, and were 9th at Luhmühlen last year and 3rd there this summer. Ros points out that there are a lot of boxes to tick tomorrow: “There are really big bits, and there are really technical bits, and some bits are big and technical. Every single fence is jumpable; it’s just a long way around with a lot of intensity, and keeping rider and horse on the ball all the time — I think that’s the real test.”

Andreas Ostholt and Corvette 31. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Today saw a case of same place, different horse for Andreas Ostholt. The German was 3rd yesterday on So Is Et, but that horse has since been jostled out of the top 10 and replaced by Andreas’ second ride Corvette 31. The 10-year-old Westphalian mare (Chacco-Blue x Love Me Picture XX x Mytens XX), owned by Rudolf Westmeyer, scored a 25.0. Might they flip-flop once again tomorrow? So Is Et has two top-10 four-star finishes on his record, while Pau marks Corvette 31’s debut at the level.

Tim Price and Ascona M. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Fourth-placed Tim Price and Ascona M were among the earliest tests of the day and were quick to turn the leaderboard on its head with their score of 25.3.

“It’s a bit early for me, really, this time of day!” Tim says. “She’s actually been really hot in the mornings here because of the racehorses, but each day she’s gotten a little better, and today I was able to just come in and ignore them, and she did as well, thankfully. She was really good; she’s an edgy mare, and people have seen her do some amazing stuff and some not-so-amazing stuff — she’s outrageously good or just plain outrageous!”

For her debut four-star, Ascona M opted for the former. “It’s a new level of test for her, and for her it’s always just been about allowing her to go the way she goes naturally,” Tim says. “There’s nothing fake about it. If she has a big mistake it’s costly, so I just try to get her in a place where she can go about her business and then hopefully it’s a good score.”

The only glitch in their test came at the walk, and Tim calls it a “genuine mistake. I went for it a bit in the first part, which is the extended walk, and gave her a little tap, and she reacted with a trot step, but she came straight back into a nice extended walk.”

Ascona M, a 10-year-old mare (Cassaro x Naomi, by Carpaccio), owned by Suzanne Houchin, Lucy and Ben Sangster, and Sir Peter Vela, is a hand-me-down from wife Jonelle, who had Tim riding the horse while she was pregnant.

On how he managed to keep the ride: “She literally shook Jonelle off her back! There was Cekatinka, who was literally just an outright gift from Jonelle, my beloved — but this horse was a troublesome mare, and her and Jonelle simply didn’t see eye-to-eye. That’s just a mark of Jonelle’s professionalism, that she has a very talented mare and it would be very easy to sit there and work away, but she saw an opportunity to give her to me.”

Thibault Fornier and Siniani di Lathus. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Rounding out the top five on a score of 25.5 is Frenchman Thibault Fournier with Siniani de Lathus, a 12-year-old Selle Français gelding (Fadigo Du Hill SF x Galice) owned by Marie-Caroline Barbier. “The horse was really relaxed,” Thibault says. “It was only my second test with a simple snaffle, so I have a few more things to change, some things that can be better, but I’m happy about this test.”

Hallie Coon and Celien: The toes of a true princess — crown emoji non-negotiable. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Now, circling back to our side of the pond: We’re terribly proud of top placed U.S. pair Hallie Coon and Celien, for whom a four-star debut at Pau is the grand of finale of a summer spent abroad on a 2018 Karen Stives Eventing Endowment Fund Grant. Hallie and the 11-year-old Dutch mare (Tenerife Vol x R Quicksilver, by Hamlet), owned by Helen Coon and the rider, threw down a personal best score of 29.1 which saw them into 8th place.

“I don’t usually try something new at a four-star, but I took a risk and it paid off!” Hallie says. “I got her a bit fired up and active in the hind end and pushing — I’m always a bit scared of it, because she can get a bit hot in the arena, so I decided to take a risk. I was sick of being mediocre, and I thought I’d either be really wonderful or really terrible! So we took a risk and obviously it paid off.”

The story of Hallie and Celien is a neat one, and you’ll want to check back by this afternoon for a full feature on this pair.

“I bought her off a video as a coming 6-year-old, jumping around as a blur in the rain, and had to have her,” Hallie says. “She’s extraordinary; she went from nothing to Advanced in about a year, because no challenge was great enough, and she just had to have it thrown at her or she’d get bored. So now she’s been at three-star level for a while now and she’s really experienced there, so here we are!”

Phillip Dutton and I’m Sew Ready. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Phillip Dutton and I’m Sew Ready, a 14-year-old Dutch gelding (Lupicor x Jarda, by Elcaro) owned by Kristine and John Norton, sit 18th on a 31.0. ‘Jackson’ averages around the 30 mark in the first phase but has shown himself to be quite capable of dipping midway into the 20s.

“Obviously I’d like to do better, but he really tried hard and it’s close to as good as we could have done, I think,” Phillip says. “He’s a talented horse; he’s a little bit laid-back and quiet and not that into working all the time, so I’ve got to try to encourage him to get a bit motivated all the time, but he’s a cool horse and he’s really well-balanced. He’s a good jumper and I’m really lucky to have him.”

Jackson has a competitive record and four-star experience, including a 10th place result in his four-star debut at Kentucky last year and a 13th this spring. But Pau cross country is a different ballpark from the bluegrass.

“It’s obviously a lot different to what we’re used to,” Phillip says. “It’s not super big or anything like that, but there are a lot of tricky lines and you need the horse to be thinking forward but still listening to the rider and expecting what’s coming up in front of them.”

Boyd Martin and Steady Eddie. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Boyd Martin and Steady Eddie, a 15-year-old New Zealand Thoroughbred gelding (Jetball x Tudnella) owned by Pierre Colin, Denise Lahey, and George and Gretchen Wintersteen, delivered a score of 33.9, good for 33rd place.

Boyd says the horse has been working well all week and called the test “typical Steady Eddie.”

“He’s a real Thoroughbred,” he says. “He got in there and managed the trot really well, but as soon as I struck into canter he was thinking about going to the racecourse next door, so I just had to hang in there and do my best to get through the canter work. That saying, it’s not a bad score, and I think the judges were quite kind to me.”

Certainly, though, Pau is no dressage show. Tomorrow will be a good day to have a bit of four-star mileage in one’s pocket, even better a top 10 finish at Burghley, where the pair added just two time cross country time penalties to a dressage score of 32.0 last year.

“It’s an unbelievably difficult cross country course and come tomorrow I think the dressage will be long forgotten,” Boyd says.

Ryan Wood and Woodstock Bennett. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

U.S.-based Aussie Ryan Wood and Woodstock Bennett, an 11-year-old gelding (Shannondale Sarco St Ghyvan x Ponail Belle, by Beau Royale) owned by Curran Simpson and the rider, are 36th on a 34.1.

“It was our best score at a three-star let alone a four-star, so it was great,” Ryan says. “All around he was very obedient, he got the changes, he was pooping in the extended and broke to canter, which was his only mistake, but you can’t blame him for that.”

Indeed you cannot. Since man domesticated horses in 3000 BC, we have trained them to perform all manner of nonsense trickery, yet pooping on command remains elusive.

Pau is Bennett’s first four-star and, as many riders have pointed out, Pierre Michelet’s course is the deep end of the swimming pool — sink or swim. Ryan’s take: “I think it looks like the most difficult course I’ve ever seen. It will be interesting.”

Fortunately Bennett, with whom Ryan was named as reserve for the 2018 Australian World Equestrian Games squad, is an old cross country soul with nary a single FEI cross country jumping penalty on his record. “He’s a good, honest horse, and he’s had a good preparation.”

Here’s to safe, happy cross country rounds for all tomorrow. Until the Etch A Sketch is shaken again ….

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Friday News & Notes from Kentucky Equine Research

Fence #33 on the Pau CCI4* cross country course, “Palette de peintre L’Eperon.” Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Bonjour! Something to look forward to today: our forthcoming preview of Pau’s “parcours du cross,” a true four-star gauntlet guaranteed to separate the field’s Veuve Clicquot from its J Roget and render dressage an ancient memory. It’s as tough as it is beautiful — a real work of art, per jump #33 pictured above.

The land is flat as a crêpe but there are plenty of man-made mounds on course to ensure that horses can stomach terrain, and enough twists and turns to make a rider carsick. Lots of opportunities to get yourself in trouble out there, or jump your way straight up the leaderboard. Stay tuned!

Holiday: National Pumpkin Day

Major Events This Week:

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U.S. Weekend Preview:

Waredaca Classic 3DE & H.T. [Website] [3DE Entries] [HT Entries] [3DE Ride Times] [HT Ride Times] [3DE Live Scores] [HT Live Scores]

Chattahoochee Hills H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Windermere Run H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

Your Friday News & Notes:

Area VIII Young Riders is looking for a new coach starting in 2019. The position is for a three-year term (pending annual reviews and
approval from Area VIII). For a position description, information on how to apply and further details please contact Laura Miller, 2018 Area VIII Young Rider Coordinator, at [email protected]

The USEF Safe Sport Sanctions list has been updated. The list includes individuals who are prohibited from participating in any activities and competitions that USEF licenses, endorses or sponsors. [Safe Sport Sanctions]

Entebbe De Hus, ridden by Frenchman Karim Laghouag to team gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics, has died from colic. “I will remember him as an exceptionally confident, easy-going horse. He was always ready to go to battle and give his best. I’ll miss him.” [Rio Olympic team gold medal-winning horse dies, aged 13: ‘He was my faithful friend’]

In the latest edition of the USEA’s “Events A-Z” series, we visit Area I’s Larkin Hill Horse Trials. The North Chatham, New York, venue hosts horse trials twice a year in mid-June and late September as one-day events, offering Introductory through Preliminary/Training levels. [USEA Events A-Z: Larkin Hill Horse Trials]

Groom softly and carry a gentle curry comb. A French research study has shown that most horses prefer a nice, gentle grooming in all the right places, as opposed to an all-over brush-down. [Horses prefer gentle grooming over brisk brushing, study finds]

Hot on Horse Nation: Simply the Science — Blanketing

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Pau Day 1 Instagram Roundup: What a Ditch

Some people visit the Grand Canyon or stare out across the vast ocean to experience the truth of mankind’s ultimate smallness and put one’s own life into perspective.

Eventers just crawl down into a ditch. And have someone snap their picture.

Every big event around the world has its own unique Big Ditch. Which one is the biggest ditch of them all, who can say. But Pau’s new-for-2018 ditch-and-brush, “La Palois,” at #23 is at least a contender.

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A few more of your snaps from the day that was:

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Celien accepted! #les4etoilesdepau

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Go Eventing.

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Thursday Video from Nupafeed: In the Dressage Warmup With Bettina Hoy

Bettina Hoy and Designer 10. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Bettina Hoy and Designer 10 have slapped down some of the lowest dressage scores in the biz over the summer: a 21.2 in the CIC3* at Luhmühlen, followed by a 22.3 at Aachen. Tilly swears she spotted the German Olympic/WEG medalist and her longtime partner, a 14-year-old Westphalien gelding (Dali X x Caesy, by Conception xx), schooling piaffe and passage earlier this week, and smart money was on the pair to challenge if not outright take the day one Pau lead. We’ve certainly seen them boss everyone around in the first phase of a four-star before.

They were trending to do just that until some tension at the canter resulted in a matching set of botched changes, which pushed their score from a woulda-been shoulda-been 20-something to a 30.8. Good enough for 6th place at the conclusion of day one, but likely not the number that Bettina was hoping for.

Watching the warm-up is, IMO, oftentimes more interesting than watching the tests themselves. So we wandered out to stalk this experienced partnership — with 42 FEI events under their belt together, Bettina obviously knows the horse like the back of her hand and has worked out a successful system for getting the best out of him.

The next-to-last movement in the 2018 4* Test B, the prescribed test at Pau, is a 20-meter stretchy canter circle, a challenging test of the horse’s ability to retain rhythm, balance and relaxation from start to finish. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

This time around they laid off the Grand Prix showboating, favoring instead a firm refresher course on fundamentals. Lateral and longitudinal adjustability was a cornerstone of their warm-up; Bettina pushed the horse forward and back, at one point collecting the canter until it was nearly on the spot before sending him forward again with a pat. She arranged his body parts in various positions — half-pass, shoulder-in, haunches-in — and shape-shifted him into a variety of outlines. (His changes in the warm-up were, for the record, flawless.)

In the five moments or so while she was on deck, after her groom removed the horse’s boots, Bettina put the horse to work in an extra-deep, round frame at the rising trot and sent him on a couple robust lengthenings, giving him a good final stretch over his back and a forward mindset before heading to the stage. While the strategy might not have had 100% carry-over into the ring, she clearly knew her horse well enough to know what warmup he needed for the optimum opportunity to perform at his best.

Here’s some video of that final trotwork — they spent another moment or two afterward in a similar manner at the canter before trotting into the ring.

Keep it here for all the latest from Pau 2018!

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Sunrise Sights & Sounds from a Misty Morning at Pau

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Sunrise at Pau is like something out of a dream. The full moon was still dangling high above like a giant paper lantern even as the first horse inspection got underway and the sun was just peeking up over the horizon. “It’s going to be a pink one,” predicted Tilly Berendt, one-third of EN’s two-woman, one-stuffed animal 2018 Pau coverage squad, as we drove onto the grounds.

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

But first, a showing of luminescent rose-gold, and a gauzy pillow of mist plopped down over everything. As Tilly trotted off to the jog, I wandered onto the adjacent racetrack, a moth to the flame of catlike Thoroughbred silhouettes. The Hippodrome de Pau is nearing its busy winter racing season, which includes a total of 154 steeplechase and 62 flat races held from December through the end of February. As stateside eventers waft south for the colder months, so does the snowbird racing scene here, reconvening in the south of France where winters are wet but mild.

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

The quiet tension of a racetrack at dawn — wasp-waisted Thoroughbreds tossing their heads, waiting impatiently for their turn on the track, riders balanced lightly on their backs — is not so different than the start of an event. Over at the four-star jog equine athletes fuss and fidget, ready to stretch their legs, too fit to feel satisfied at being led around on a tether.

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

The sun is higher now, casting everything in gilded bronze light. Photo opp!

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

A quick turn on the runway …

Hallie Coon and Celien. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

… and then it’s onto dressage, which has just begun. Here’s to a safe, happy competition for all! We’ll report back soon.

Go Eventing.

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Hagyard Midsouth Recap: Robin Walker Wins CCI1*, Jackie LeMastus Tops YR/JR CCI1*

Hagyard Midsouth YR/JR CCI1* winners Jackie LeMastus and Indian Mill. Photo by Lori Ebert Thompson.

It was a brisk fall weekend at the Kentucky Horse Park, where Hagyard Midsouth Three-day Event & Team Challenge H.T. crowned a number of new CCI1*, Prelim and Training Three-Day and horse trials winners.


After steadily jumping up the leaderboard throughout the week, Robin Walker and Srs Picasso turned in a double-clear show jumping round to clinch the CCI1* win. The pair was fourth heading into the final phase, but rails down from the top three left the door open for them to overtake the lead.

“I couldn’t be happier overall with him,” Robin says of the 7-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Passion x God Mother, by Ghareeb) owned by Sue Martin.

Their partnership began in the fall of Srs Picasso’s fifth year. Robin’s three-star horse, Freedom’s Light, was resting after sustaining an injury at Plantation Field. It be his final competition, as he was ultimately retired, and Robin’s gratitude to Sue for “Sue has been an incredible supporter for me for a very long time. She was very kind to tell me that I could go look for a replacement.”

Robin tried Picasso in Ireland and it clicked. The horse had been lightly produced in Ireland, and Robin was careful to take his time since he’s a big horse and needed time to mature. He also has a big personality and big opinions.

“He’s quite an arrogant character and self-assured, and he knows he’s got a big jump, so that’s why I’ve been taking my time with him. There’s no doubt he can jump a big fence, so that’s why I’ve been taking my time with him. There’s no doubt he can jump a big fence, he just needed to learn his trade.”

Three years later, the horse has yet to add a cross country jump penalty to his record and completed three CIC efforts before Midsouth. Robin knew the Kentucky Horse Park would suit Picasso’s ground-covering gallop. “He jumped very well all the way around. I didn’t know what horse I’d have on Sunday — I’ve never asked him to go fast properly, and I was very happy that I had a very fresh horse.”

Robin has his eye on Ocala Jockey Club to finish out their season next month. “I’ll go back to putting miles on him now,” he says.

Jackie LeMastus and Indian Mill. Photo by Lori Ebert Thompson.

Young Rider/Junior Rider CCI1* 

Show jumping proved influential for the YR/JR CCI1* as well, with the leader of the first two phases felling three rails, leaving the door open for second placed Jackie LeMastus and Indian Mill to take the win.

Yes, it’s that Indian Mill, whom Paul Tapner competed through the four-star level before Phillip Dutton took over the ride in 2016. The 13-year-old English Thoroughbred gelding (Millkom x Charwelton, by Indian Ridge), purchased by James Lemastus at the beginning of this year, has plenty of stars to his name but is no push-button ride. “It’s definitely been a learning process, some ups and downs,” Jackie says. “He’s an incredible horse, the coolest guy I’ve ever met, but he demands a certain level of riding. I’ve had to figure out how to ride to his ability.”

Jackie and “Monkee” were second after dressage on a score of 30.5, and Jackie says she was thrilled with their performance. “He is one of the most well trained animals on the flat, but if you don’t ask for it, he’ll be like, ‘no, I’d rather not.’ And you can Pony Club kick him all day long but it has to come from the seat. I’m 5’1″ so that’s been a little bit of a struggle.”

Jackie was first out of the cross country start box with her younger horse, Denver, and after a blow-by at the coffin’s C element she set out with Monkee on a mission for redemption.

“He just flew around,” she said — but in a good, everybody-on-the-same page way. “He’s funny because if you really try to slow down his gallop and fight with him, he’ll basically give you the middle finger and run away with you.”

Jackie has a big grin on her face in her cross country pictures, and she says it was a special moment to come around the final turn and see friends and teammates from the University of Kentucky eventing team cheering her on to the finish. They gave her a hand in the vet box; Jackie says that having a community of fellow riders to share college with has been an incredible experience.

In the show jumping warm-up, Monkee dispensed with an untimely riding lesson, sending Jackie sailing when she saw a big gap to a fence — a distance that Monkee deemed not acceptable. She was next in the ring, so the first-place rider headed on in while she got checked out by the medics. There was some confusion: the announcer said over the loudspeaker that Jackie had withdrawn, which sent Jackie into a panic. “When we went into the ring I was already half crying, thinking ‘did I do something wrong?’ But he was walking around like a prizefighter, and I was like, ‘OK, we got it.'”

Their double clear moved them into first, their first win after four Midsouth CCI1* attempts. “He was just incredible,” Jackie says. “When I heard that we won, I heard my groom shrieking and I started crying and I looked at my mom and she’s bawling and my vet’s crying and my trainer [Elissa Gibbs] is crying. It was incredible to be at the Horse Park because it’s our home base, and to be surrounded by all these people who are your hometown people.”

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More Midsouth winners: 

Open Preliminary A: Colin Gaffney & Timaru (41.8)
Open Preliminary B: Kristine Burgess & Twoggeron (33.7)
Preliminary 3 Day: Arden Wildasin & Hellohello (44.9)
Open Training A: Hailey Patno & Fulleigh Armed (26.8)
Open Training B: Kayleigh Leavell & Branching Out (31.2)
Open Training C: Kara Andrew & Sbt Clover Road (22.7)
Open Training D: Sheri Thornley & Toga (33.9)
Training 3 Day: Kiersten Miller & Pierre (23.7)
Open Novice A: Robin Walker & Watermill Rain (23.8)
Open Novice B: Campbell Jones & Aura Cf (20.5)
Open Novice C: Alston Kerr & Sir Earl Grey (21.9)
Open Novice D: Madeline Bletzacker & Drummer Boy (24.5)
Open Beginner Novice A: Marianna Bernardi & Full Circle (28.5)
Open Beginner Novice B: Barbara Lightner & BT MacDiamond (24.0)
Open Beginner Novice C: Jamie Mcallister & Juczt My Style S (25.8)
Open Beginner Novice D: Mary Clare Owdziej & Deal Me In (30.0)
Prelim Team: The Eventing Association of Michigan (Maxine Preston & Shannondale Magnum, Jordan Riske & Redemption Song, Carrie Mulks & Zara, Holly Zecchin & Spare)
Training Team: Lambert Training Team (Jane Musselman & Duke Of Diamond, Martha Lambert & Sutton, Sara Blackwell & Brig’s Swift Arrival, Sara Millett & Phat True Dat)
Novice Team: Robin’s Walkers (Alston Kerr & Sir Earl Grey, Robin Walker & Watermill Rain, Chloe Miller & No Nottings Nest, Taylor Gibson & Art I Pleasant)
Beginner Novice Team: Columbus Event Team (Barbara Lightner & BT MacDiamond, Paige Liptak & Miss Dynamic, Amber Vannoy & Highlander, Ruth Siegfried & One of Equine Express)

CCI1* Final Top Five: 

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Prelim Three-Day Final Top Four: 

Training Three-Day Final Top Five: 

A Retirement Salute to the Legendary La Biosthetique-Sam FBW

Michael Jung and La Biosthetique Sam over the Vicarage Vee at Badminton 2016. Photo by Shannon Brinkman with assistance from Leslie Wylie.

After announcing that 2018 would be La Biosthetique-Sam FBW’s final season, Michael Jung has confirmed that his longtime partner is now retired from competition.

“He is good, he is being ridden four or five times a week and goes in the field — he is fit and looks well,” Michael told Horse & Hound on Friday. “He will stay on our farm, nothing changes for him.”

Retirement on Michael’s farm is a well-earned final chapter for the 18-year-old equine legend, who may well be the greatest event horse of our time. His storied career spanned 63 FEI competitions over the course of a dozen years, finishing in the top three in 47 (75%) of them, and his accolades number too many to list. In addition to winning individual gold at the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games, Sam also won individual gold at the 2010 World Equestrian Games. He has Olympic team gold and silver medals, won individual and team gold at the 2009 European Championships, and was 7-year-old Reserve World Champion at Le Lion d’Angers in 2007. Sam won Badminton in 2016, which also clinched the Rolex Grand Slam for Michael, with other four-star wins to include Burghley in 2015 and Luhmühlen in 2009. The pair’s final performance on the world stage was Badminton in May, where they finished 10th.

Their resume is a testament to the strong partnership between Michael and Sam, and its longevity a reflection of Michael’s dedication to horsemanship and correct training. Sam may be the horse that first established Michael’s stature as a world champion, but his affection for Sam has always extended well beyond their accomplishments.

“He is a special personality and a very good friend of me,” he said, memorably, at the final press conference at the 2015 Kentucky Three-Day Event. Even after Sam was jostled into third place by his up-and-coming stablemate fischerRocana FST, Michael made it clear to the room that Sam remained his favorite. “I think no horse is better than him.”

Thank you, Michael and Sam, for raising the bar of what is possible in our sport.

(And to Michael, who broke his arm in a fall during the young horse World Championships at Le Lion d’Angers on Saturday, feel better soon!)

Go Sam. Go Eventing.

Weekend Winners: Fair Hill, Midsouth, Tryon, Pine Hill, Fresno County

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

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

And now, for your weekend winners:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Congrats to all! Go Eventing.

Fair Hill Instagram Roundup: The Professional Lens

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

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

Shannon Brinkman (Shannon Brinkman Photography)

Erin Gilmore (Erin Gilmore Photography)

Lindsay Berreth (The Chronicle of the Horse)

Patty Franklin O’Brien (Summer Crow Photos)

Cassandra Ingles (Entice Design)

Juli Phillips (Vispera Productions)

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

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

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

2018 Galway Downs CCI3* Canceled Due to Lack of Entries

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

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

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

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

Visit the Galway Downs website here.

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

Frankie Thieriot Stutes and Chatwin. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

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

CCI3* optimum time: 10 minutes, 7 seconds

CCI3* cross country course preview

Cross country start times

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CCI1* Leaders Maintain Edge Through Cross Country at Hagyard Midsouth

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Third-placed Arden Wildasin with Kineo:

Eighth-placed Nicole Parkin and Lander:

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

Ninth-placed Hillary Irwin and By A Hundredth:

13th-placed Julia Spatt and 501 Macintosh:

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

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

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

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

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

CCI1* Top 5 After Cross Country:

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

Classic Format Prelim Three-Day Top 5 After Dressage:

Classic Format Training Three-Day Top 5 After Dressage:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CCI1* Top 5 After Dressage:

CC1* Young Rider/Junior Top 5 After Dressage:

Classic Format Prelim Three-Day Top 5 After Dressage: 

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

Friday News & Notes from Kentucky Equine Research

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

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

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

National Holiday: National Kentucky Day

Major Events This Week:

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

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

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

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

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

Your Friday News & Notes:

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

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

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

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

Hot on Horse Nation: The 10 Stages of Horse Shopping

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Accepted CCI1*! #bossinova #trotup #mcconnoneventing

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

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Dinner at Malone’s accepted. PC: @rachellynncreative

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

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Bad Moon Rising accepted✔️

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Title Contender accepted into the 3 Day ✅

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5o1 Macintosh accepted 😊☑️

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