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John and Jess Got Married! (And Yes, We Live Tweeted the Wedding)

Massive congrats are in order to EN founder/publisher John and his beautiful wife Jessica, who were wed yesterday in Charlottesville, Virginia. As per EN tradition for big events, our team had boots (er, kitten heels) on the ground, bringing live updates to our readers via Twitter. Here’s the recap!

Go Love. Go Eventing!

Relive the 2018 LRK3DE on NBC Sports This Weekend

Oliver Townend and Cooley Master Class. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

What programming do you sandwich between American Ninja Warrior and Badminton (the sport, not the four-star, sorry) on NBC Sports on a random Sunday afternoon in May? How about a one-hour recap of the 2018 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event!

We actually have not one, but two (2!) chances to catch the LRK3DE recap on television this weekend: it airs on Saturday, May 26, at 3-4 p.m. EST on the Olympic Channel and Sunday, May 27, 4-5 p.m. EST on NBC Sports.

Check your local listings here.

#LRK3DE Links: WebsiteLive StreamFinal ScoresEN’s CoverageEN’s Ultimate GuideEN’s InstagramEN’s Twitter

 

Riders Given One-Year Suspensions for Positive Prohibited Substance Tests [Updated]

The FEI Tribunal has ruled on sanctions for the three riders who competed at the Ocala Jockey Club International Three-Day Event held November 16-20, 2017 in Reddick, Florida, and tested positive for prohibited substances under the FEI Anti-Doping Rules for Human Athletes.

Alyssa Phillips, Hannah Sue Burnett and Jennie Brannigan each received one-year suspensions from FEI and USEF competition backdated to the date of their testing. They may resume competing on November 18, 2018.

“All three athletes were able to prove no significant fault or negligence and the circumstances of the cases show that none of them had the intention to dope,” FEI Legal Director Mikael Rentsch said in a statement.

“In light of this, and the fact that the athletes have subsequently been granted Therapeutic Use Exemptions for these medications, the parties agreed that the period of ineligibility should be reduced to 12 months, and the FEI Tribunal has approved that.”

The USEF released a statement noting that the riders “are suspended from participating in any FEI and USEF sanctioned activities in an official capacity, but can spectate, in accordance with FEI General Regulations Article 169.5.1.”

Under the terms of the settlements, all three riders received a one-year period of ineligibility from the date of the sample collection at the Ocala Jockey Club on Nov. 18, 2017. All three riders will also pay a fine of CHF 1,500, and their results from the competition will be disqualified.

The riders will also be “required to support the FEI in its anti-doping campaign and to actively engage in athlete education, including providing testimonials for FEI education material,” as well as complete an anti-doping education course within one year of the FEI Tribunal’s final decision.

The full decisions from the FEI Tribunal are available at this link.

Alyssa tested positive for Amfetamine and Canrenone. Hannah tested positive for Amfetamine. Jennie tested positive for Amfetamine, Methylphenidate and Ritalinic Acid.

Amfetamine is a stimulant used in the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy and commonly sold under the brand name Adderall in the U.S. Methylphenidate is a stimulant used in the treatment of ADHD and narcolepsy and commonly sold under the brand names Concerta, Daytrana and Methylin in the U.S. Ritalinic acid is an inactive, major metabolite of methylphenidate. Canrenone is a diuretic commonly sold under the trade names Contaren, Luvion, Phanurane and Spiroletan in Europe.

The riders released statements to EN in response to the sanctions.

Hannah Sue Burnett: “It is with the utmost passion and commitment that I will be returning to the competitive world of eventing. I have taken full responsibility for my actions and am grateful for the opportunity to return to the sport I so deeply love.

“Abiding by the rules that have been placed to ensure fair competition within the sport of eventing is important to me. While I am taking a doctor prescribed medication, I acknowledge and regret that I began taking the medication before submitting a Therapeutic Use Exemption. I have since gone through the FEI process and been granted a TUE going forward.

“I am humbled by the support and forgiveness of those closest to me despite my mistakes. To everyone who fought for me and believed in me when I couldn’t do so for myself—from the bottom of my heart, thank you. I know it will take time to rebuild the trust of many of my fans and supporters, but I am committed to doing exactly that.”

Jennie Brannigan: “I’m incredibly happy to know that I will be able to come back to compete again this November, and while this situation has been tough on my sponsors, students, owners, and support team I am truly thankful that I have learned how to love the sport even from the sidelines. I am grateful to everyone who has stood by me and I am extremely sorry to have let our sport, country, and my supporters down.

“That being said, I am appreciative to the FEI for recognizing I wasn’t taking the medication to try to improve my performance and that indeed I will be allowed to compete on this medication going forward. I know I have learned a lot from this experience, and I hope it has helped others be more educated on anti-doping as well.”

Alyssa Phillips: “Today FEI made public that I have been given the minimum sanction possible of 12 months for my ingestion of two prescribed medications, that are banned substances. As most of you may recall, I tested positive for the two prescribed medications at a competition back in November. At the time, I didn’t understand that riders were subject to an anti-doping program, I thought only horses were.

“I should’ve known to apply for a TUE for my two medications, but I was not aware I needed to. However, I have since applied and both medicines have received a TUE. With that being said, the FEI understood I was not trying to enhance my performance in any way and has granted me a sanction of 12 months backdated to when I was tested in November. So, I will be eligible to compete again on November 18, 2018.

“Despite my ineligibility to compete, I am grateful to be surrounded by people that have supported and continue to support me during this time, along with three happy and healthy horses. I have taken advantage of my time off to really focus on the training and ride-ability of my horses. I am staying positive and using this unfortunate situation as an opportunity to learn and grow as a rider.”

Jenni Autry contributed to this report, which was updated on May 28, 2018 with official statements from the FEI and USEF.

[Settlements Agreed in Three Human Anti-Doping Cases]

[USEF Statement on Suspension of U.S. Athletes at 2017 CIC3* Ocala-Reddick]

Meanwhile in France … Watch the Saumur CCI3* Live Stream

Live stream addicts, rejoice! French EN reader Florence Langer-Helffrich reminded us yesterday that we have not just one (Equestrian Festival Baborówko in Poland), but two (2!) international events live streaming this weekend. The Saumur Complet CCI3* in France is also broadcasting all three phases of the event, which kicked off with dressage yesterday and continues today.

Gonazalo Blasco Botin of Spain is the overnight leader, having scored a 29.2 with Sij Veux D’Autize. Kazuma Tomoto of Japan is second with Brookpark Vikenti (29.6) followed by Aurelie Riedweg of France and Rohan Du Maneix (31.4) in third. Dressage continues today from 2:30 – 4:50 p.m. local time (8:30 – 10:50 a.m. EST) and there are some heavy-hitters in the mix, including Mark Todd, Christopher Burton and Sam Griffiths.

Watch the live stream via the website here or video below:

Saumur Complet: Website, Dressage Times, ScheduleLive Scores, Facebook, Twitter

Houghton CICO3* Cross Country Course Preview + Team USA Dressage Ride Times

Fence #23, the Investec Olympic Diamond. Photo courtesy of CrossCountry App. Fence #23, the Investec Olympic Diamond. Photo courtesy of CrossCountry App.

The second leg of the 2018 FEI Nations Cup series takes place May 24-27 at Houghton Hall in England, and we have a preview of Alec Lochore’s CICO3* cross country course thanks to CrossCountry App.

As announced last week, our U.S. Nations Cup team for Houghton International is:

  • Katherine Coleman and Monte Classico, Kalai, LLC’s 9-year-old German Sporthorse gelding. She is also competing Billy Bandit, her 10-year-old Anglo European gelding.
  • Hallie Coon and Celien, her own and Helen Coon’s 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare.
  • Caroline Martin and Danger Mouse, her own and Sherrie Martin’s 10-year-old Dutch gelding. She is also competing The Apprentice, Sherrie Martin’s 14-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding.

They’ll be facing off against Nations Cup teams from Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Sweden and New Zealand. CICO3* dressage begins today and continues through Saturday morning, followed by show jumping Saturday afternoon and cross country on Sunday. There is no live stream, but you can follow live scoring on bdwp.co.uk.

U.S. ride times for dressage:

Katherine Coleman and Monte Classico: Thursday 4:22 p.m. BST/11:22 a.m. EST
Katherine Coleman and Billy Bandit: Friday 11:15 a.m. BST/6:15 a.m. EST
Caroline Martin and Danger Mouse: Friday 3:15 p.m. BST/10:22 a.m. EST
Caroline Martin and The Apprentice: Saturday 8:52 a.m. BST/3:52 a.m. EST
Hallie Coon and Celien: Saturday 11 a.m. BST/6 a.m. EST

Best of luck, ladies! EN’s Tilly Berendt will be heading to Houghton tomorrow to bring us all the latest throughout the event.

Many thanks to Alec Lochore of Musketeer Event Management for recording the course preview. View in full screen mode to scroll through all the fences. You can also click here to view on CrossCountry App’s website. Download CrossCountry App to access more maps like these from events all around the world. Go Eventing.

Saracen Horse Feeds Houghton International and FEI Nations Cup: Website, Dressage Ride Times, Dressage Live Scores

Watch the Equestrian Festival Baborówko 2*/3* Live Stream

Baborówko dressage starts at 2:30 a.m. #EventingLiveStreamProblems

By this point in the season, if I don’t have a tab open on my computer that is live streaming some event somewhere, I feel lost. It’s like having the radio on while you’re driving or the television on while you’re folding laundry — I don’t even really care what I’m watching or listening to, it’s just habit, something to fill the void.

In the event that no live stream is available, night cheese IS a viable alternative.

Lucky for live stream/night cheese addicts like me, Equestrian Festival Baborówko will be live streaming all three phases of its CIC2* and CIC3* divisions this week.

What is Equestrian Festival Baborówko? Don’t care. (Answer: It’s a Polish event.)

Who is competing? Zero flips given. (Answer: Actually, there are quite a few big-names competing, like Maxime Livio of France, Andreas Dibowski of Germany, Sara Algotsson Osstholt of Sweden, Tim Price of New Zealand, and Oliver Townend of Great Britain.)

The broadcasts will be available on the event website, on Facebook, on YouTube, or on the Świat Koni website. Dressage for both classes will start on Thursday and Friday at 8:30 a.m. local time (2:30 a.m. EST), cross country begins on Saturday at 12:15 p.m. local time (6:15 a.m. EST), and show jumping follows on Sunday at 10:45 a.m. local time (4:15 a.m. EST).

Equestrian Festival Baborówko: Website, Start List, Schedule, Facebook, Instagram

#DogsOfEN: An Eventing Doggumentary

Where there are horse people, there are dogs … and we love to show them off! Here are a few of the best pup pics you’ve posted on Instagram lately. Don’t forget to tag yours #DogsOfEN for inclusion in a future edition!

Tweed bow tie…my life is complete ???? #jackrussell #farmdog #dogsofen #eventing

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Go Eventing!

#TripleAmputeeEventer Jessica Thoma Is Determined to Return to the Start Box

Once a horse girl, forever a horse girl. Jessica Thoma, shown here before a rare disease forced the amputation of both her legs and one arm, is now determined to return to the sport she loves. Photo courtesy of Jessica Thoma.

Up until a few months ago, Jessica Thoma was living a pretty normal — if horse-crazy — life. She was 24 years old, happily engaged, and recently promoted to Team Leader at Tractor Supply Co. in Crossville, Tennessee. She started riding at age 5 and loved horses even before that, and grew up surrounded by animals, also raising and showing rabbits and Boer goats.

“I fell in love with eventing when I was around 10 years old,” she recalls. “My parents had gotten me a computer game called ‘Lucinda Green’s Equestrian Challenge.'”

Virtually through the game, she tackled four-star cross country tracks around the world — Adelaide, Kentucky, Badminton and Burghley — and dreamed of experiencing the same rush in real life. When she got her horse Albert, a 15-year-old Thoroughbred with glossy brown eyes and an athletic jump, she knew for sure that she wanted to event.

“Albert loves eventing!” she says. “Jumping is in his blood. If you point him at a cross country question, he will take you to it.”

The pair has done schooling shows but not a recognized event — “always the hopes and the dreams, but never could make it happen,” she sighs — but that was the goal they were working toward … before Jessica got sick last year.

Jessica and Albert at a schooling show in her signature purple. Photo courtesy of Jessica Thoma.

Jessica in her element. Photo courtesy of Jessica Thoma.

Brandon’s proposal to Jessica in 2016 — awwww! The ring is a heart-shaped horseshoe. “He’s the love of my life,” she says. Photo courtesy of Jessica Thoma.

A Mystery Illness

It started with a rash. Jessica wondered if she was allergic to the baby chicks Tractor Supply sells in the springtime. But multiple allergist and dermatologist appointments proved inconclusive. “Then I started feeling weak all the time and my bones and muscles would ache constantly,” she says. “I had to quit Tractor Supply on Oct. 22 because at that point I could barely walk. I couldn’t eat, either, and I lost 30 pounds in a month.”

Photo courtesy of Jessica Thoma.

Misdiagnosis continued until she developed a huge skin lesion on her side. From a biopsy doctors were able to diagnosis Jessica with Polyarteritis Nedosa (PAN), a rare disease that results from vasculitis, or blood vessel inflammation, causing injury to organ systems.

On Dec. 3, 2017, two days before her 25th birthday, Jessica was admitted to Centennial Hospital in Nashville. “It was pretty shocking. I woke up on my birthday with tubes going in every part of me,” she says. The doctors had needed to intubate her because she couldn’t breathe on her own. “That was scary. I couldn’t talk, and I couldn’t move my left arm or my legs. They progressively died as a result of my severe case of PAN.”

Jessica’s PAN affected her small and medium blood vessels, threatening to attack her larger vessels as well. She nearly died three times over the course of her hospitalization. On Jan. 3, Jessica underwent surgery to amputate both of her legs and her left arm.

“I basically made medical history because they’ve never seen it attack all four limbs before,” Jessica said. “My right hand, I still have it, but it’s very damaged.”

Support and Strength of Will

Jessica had about two weeks between having her intubation tube removed and the amputations. Despite barely being able to talk or eat, and knowing that she was about to about to lose three out of four limbs, her spirits improved: “I am really lucky that I had my family and wonderful fiancé Brandon with me basically 24/7. They really kept me sane and kept me going.”

But there were some dark hours, too: “I had my bad days, and some of those days were especially horrible. I felt like such a burden to everyone. I was a person who always did everything for myself. Now I had to depend on my family, Brandon and my nurses to help me do the tasks that were once so simple for me. Eating, drinking bathroom — I couldn’t do those things myself anymore and it hit me very hard.”

During that time, and especially post-surgery, she found support from Facebook. “I remember waking up from my surgery being in excruciating pain, but when I got back to my room my brother and Brandon were there. I asked them to take a picture of me and I posted it to Facebook ….”

The new me. ????

Posted by Jessica Thoma on Thursday, January 4, 2018

“I also had a friend set up a GoFundMe account to help me pay for hospital bills, which blew me away at how much people donated! I received so many letters, I have a huge stack of them at the house, I’ll keep them forever! My wonderful friend I get my hay from for my horses donated $600 worth of round bales to keep my horses fed while I was gone. It all brought me to tears, my faith in humanity was completely restored with how much love I received!”

A chemotherapy drug called Cytoxan stopped the spread of PAN in her body, but she’ll need to manage it via medication for the rest of her life. As for managing her emotional well-being, she immediately turned to her horses.

Back in the Saddle

“I always knew I would ride again, I was determined to do so,” Jessica says. “I didn’t see my horses for five months while I was hospitalized, but I did get to see my precious dog a couple of times! Of course I got to see pictures of my horses, but of course that’s never enough for a horse crazy girl. I went home on April 5th, and the first thing I did was go see my horses!”

Jessica working on the lunge with Brandon, riding Sugar, a 20-year-old Spotted Saddle Horse mare she rescued from starvation in 2009. “She is my heart pony,” Jessica says. “I wouldn’t give her up for anything. I haven’t shown her much but we did take first place in a dressage schooling show at River Glen a few years back!” Photo courtesy of Jessica Thoma.

Jessica is already back in the saddle, albeit on the lunge line, but no doubt she’ll be riding independently soon. Depending on insurance, she could have prosthetic legs in a couple of months, although the arm prosthetic is going to take longer. As an animal lover, she is tickled to be going through Hanger clinic, known for making the tail prosthetic for Winter the Dolphin, whose tail was amputated after she got caught in crab trap lines. Despite overwhelming odds against survival, Winter was able to adapt to her new physical form, embrace a new swim pattern and recover completely.

Feels good to be home again, especially when home is the back of a horse. Photo courtesy of Jessica Thoma.

Likewise, Jessica aims to not only survive but to thrive, and ultimately make her way back to the cross country start box. Longterm, she says her goal is to teach kids and hopefully get a degree in riding instruction. She keeps supporters posted on her progress via Instagram (@TripleAmputeeEventer) and Facebook (Jessica Thoma).

“I have some really big dreams and plans and I have a HUGE support team cheering me on!,” she says. “I will do eventing again soon! Hopefully next year! #TripleAmputeeEventer isn’t just a tag I put on my photos — it is my dream.”

How to Use the Tryon WEG Lodging Referral System

Need WEG accommodations for yourself and 33 of your closest friends? Rented in full (for a cool $7,000/night), The Horse Shoe Farm in Hendersonville, NC, is one of the largest listings on the WEG lodging referral system. It includes five houses (14 bedrooms and 11 bathrooms) on over 80 acres of river front farmland. Photo via The Horse Shoe Farm — see listing here.

Seeking lodging for the 2018 World Equestrian Games, or want to list your own Tryon-area property? Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) recently announced a lodging referral system provided through Tryon Resort Realty LLC.

This WEG specific listing service works similarly to the Airbnb/VRBO platform, except that communications and transactions take place between WEG attendees and lodging establishments directly. Listings are being added on a continuous basis and include apartment, lakeside, cottage, farm, luxury home, inn and bed-and-breakfast options. There’s even glamping, some funky listings like this “retrovated” motor court and lodging that includes stabling for your horse. A portal to hotel reservations is also available.

Click HERE to view available listings.

Homeowners are able to submit listings to the platform. The listings are subject to approval and require a nonrefundable $25 application fee to Tryon Resort Realty LLC at time of application. Once approved, if rented, homeowners are subject to a listing fee of 7% of the total rental fee. Terms and conditions apply.

Click HERE to submit your listing.

Here’s the eventing schedule:

Thursday, September 13: Eventing Dressage Day 1 – Team & Individual Competition
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Friday, September 14: Eventing Dressage Day 2 – Team & Individual Competition
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 15: Eventing Cross-Country – Team & Individual Competition
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, September 16: Eventing Show Jumping – Team & Individual Medals
2:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

The 2018 World Equestrian Games will be held Sept. 11 through Sept. 23 at Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, N.C. For more information and ticketing, visit the website here.

 

#EventerProblems Vol. 143 from Ecovet: Tell Us How You Really Feel About Dressage

Griping about dressage is an #EventerProblems classic and just never gets old. Tell us how you really feel about ye olde sandbox, Eventing Nation!

Cathartic. And now, for the rest of your #EventerProblems!

First jump lesson in months ???? #eventerproblems #c4belts

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Go Eventing.

Weekend Winners: Hitching Post, Kent School, Chatt Hills, Otter Creek, Spring Gulch

Lots going on around the Eventing Nation this weekend!

First things first, we must give a shout-out to Chattahoochee Hills Training level competitor Sophie David, of Moreland, Georgia, who brought THIS ADORABLE BABY GOAT with her to the event.

Goatie goin’ cross country! . . . . . . . #Goatie#xc#eventing#chatthills

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Its name is Goatie. Thank you for the joy you have brought us all, Sophie!

Also, this random chicken, as seen at Chatt Hills.

A couple notes, and then we’ll count down the winners.

  • The lowest finishing score in the country belonged to Tik Maynard and Santiano, who scored a 22.5 in Open Beginner Novice at Chattahoochee Hills. Tik also had the second lowest finishing score, a 23.1., with Galileo in the same division. Well done, Tik! Did you hear he has a book, In the Middle Are the Horsemen, coming out in June? We shared excerpts from it last week — check them out here and here.
  • The winningest rider of the weekend was Chelsea Kiernan, who won both divisions of Novice at Kent School with Calypsos Dream and KC’s Michelangelo. A blue for each hand, Chelsea!

Hitching Post Farm H.T. [Website] [Results]

Preliminary: Kylie Lyman & Sacramento (28.4)
Jr Training: Madison Dasti & Ringmaster (44.2)
Training 1: Cristin Roby & Fernhill Dragonfly (30.2)
Training 2: Barbara Fitch & Donte (27.4)
Junior Novice: Hannah Smith & Bittersweet Aurora (35.0)
Novice 1: Shannon Wallman-Hatch & Glidawn Master (27.1)
Novice 2: Brianna Janson & H.b. Mars (30.8)
Beginner Novice 1: Chelsea Sprague & Burton (30.3)
Beginner Novice 2: Elizabeth Pelis & Bay State Yankee (33.4)
Junior Beginner Novice: Claire Nickels & Magic Mouse (29.6)

Kent School Spring H.T. [Website] [Results]

Preliminary/Training: Ava Anderson & Tell ‘ M Nothin (39.8)
Training: Isabel Finemore & Craig Mor Tom (32.9)
Training/Novice: Paige Beliveau & Pippen McGee (40.6)
Novice A: Chelsea Kiernan & Calypsos Dream (26.9)
Novice B: Chelsea Kiernan & KC’s Michelangelo (33.7)
Novice C: Teagan Lapuk & My Blue Heaven (28.3)
Beginner Novice-A: Jo Blackmore & Ballinamurra Destiny (30.3)
Beginner Novice-B: Laura Voorheis & Kildare’s Buster Keaton (31.7)
Beginner Novice-C: Maye Stichter & Know Direction (26.9)
Introductory-A: Hope Schlageter & Uptown Girl (38.9)
Introductory-B: Devyn Merritt & Johnnie Walker Red (30.0)

Chattahoochee Hills May H.T. [Website] [Results]

Open Intermediate: Joe Meyer & Clip Clop (32.4)
Open Preliminary: Julie Richards & CS Carrera (28.5)
Preliminary Rider: Maxine Preston & Shannondale Magnum (26.5)
Open Training: Charles Plumb & Westwinds Navigator (28.8)
Training Rider: Alayna Backel & Phantom of the Oscar (39.8)
Novice Rider-A: Solomon Edwards & My Valentine (28.8)
Novice Rider-B: Nicole Andrews Kees DVM & Fernhill Stateside (32.4)
Open Novice: Erica Addison & Fire For Effect (34.3)
Beginner Novice Rider: Breeana Robinette & Velvet Brown (26.7)
Open Beginner Novice: Tik Maynard & Santiano (22.5)

Otter Creek Spring H.T. [Website] [Results]

Open Preliminary: Elizabeth Weber & Vanity’s Revenge (49.0)
Junior Training Rider: Lauren Kersten & Fun In The Sun (39.7)
Open Training: Kristine Burgess & Malvasia Istriana (28.4)
Preliminary/Training: Natalie Johnson & Brother Louie (37.9)
Senior Training Rider: Elizabeth Sauter & Giana (26.6)
Junior Novice Rider: Carly McGown & Finnegan (32.9)
Open Novice: Bonnie Bowman & La Ferrari (28.6)
Senior Novice Rider-A: Erica Templeton & Strider Can Fly (31.7)
Senior Novice Rider-B: Christine Mack & Free at Lass (26.9)
Junior Beginner Novice Rider: Claire Ristow & Five oclockmoonspots (29.5)
Open Beginner Novice: Kailey Giancola & Saturday Night Clive (26.0)
Senior Beginner Novice Rider: Virginia Stockburger & Sharp Dressed Man (30.5)
Starter-A: Britt Ardakani & Egypts Black Heart (36.7)
Starter-B: Ella Koski & Prosecco (33.8)

CCC Spring Gulch H.T. [Website] [Results]

Training: Madison Collins & Pippin (32.8)
Novice-A: Daina Kaugars & Re D’Feined (36.7)
Novice-B: Erin Contino & Handsome Ransom (28.6)
Beginner Novice-A: Keelan Kenny & Eight of Hearts (36.3)
Beginner Novice-B: Dulce Wassil & Spencer (31.7)
Beginner Novice-C: Rochelle Costanza & Captain (28.3)
Intro-A: Isabel Wilson & Fair Storm (52.2)
Intro-B: Christopher Littlewood & Chocolate Soldier (29.7)

And the award for prettiest backdrop of the weekend goes to…

Go Eventing!

#EventerSolutions: We Get It Done

When it comes to solving #EventerProblems, determination coupled with creativity goes a long way. Here are a few more of your most clever solutions to your most real struggles!

Go Eventing.

Tik Maynard: His New Book, His Path to Here, and Finding a Balance

Photo by Kathy Russell, courtesy of Trafalgar Square Books.

Tik Maynard is one of those people you look at and think: How does he do it all? He and four-star eventer wife Sinead Halpin run a bustling operation out of Copperline Farm in Citra, Florida, are readying themselves for their first child, due in September, and now he’s gone and written a book, In the Middle Are the Horsemen, due in June!

Writing is among Tik’s not-so-secret skills. In addition to having been a contributor to equestrian publications, he has written a children’s story, published by REAL magazine, won the Malahat Review Open Season Award, and has twice been shortlisted for the CBC Literary Awards for his nonfiction works.

Tik’s new full-length work from Trafalgar Square Books, In the Middle Are the Horsemen, is a memoir that faces both inward and outward. To write, one must have a story to tell, and Tik’s story is a poignant one. Both his parents were Grand Prix riders — his mother in dressage and his father in show jumping, in addition to being an Olympic coach of the Canadian modern pentathlon team. Horses were in his blood and he grew up riding with the Vancouver Pony Club, in Southlands, British Columbia, earning his “A” rating.

He began competing in modern pentathlon, eventually representing Canada at three World Championships and the 2007 Pan American Games, but his quest to make the 2008 Olympic team was fraught. Some obstacles are meant to be overcome, while others are meant to point you in a different direction, and sometimes it can be difficult to distinguish between the two. At age 26, simultaneously facing a career-ending injury and a painful breakup, Tik found himself adrift. At this crossroads, he began a journey to improve his riding that would ultimately bring his life purpose into view.

In the Middle Are the Horsemen chronicles that journey, which took him from Germany to Florida, from Alberta to Texas, and from Florida to New Jersey, from show jumping to eventing and beyond. Along the way, he learned as much about people as he did about horses, and discovered his own path. Its guiding principle: horsemanship.

Image courtesy of Trafalgar Square Books.

In a two-part series in the coming days, we are excited to bring you sneak preview excerpts from Tik’s book, which is currently available via pre-order here. In the meantime, we catch up with Tik himself via this interview from Rebecca Didier of Trafalgar Square Books:

 

RD: Your book In the Middle Are the Horsemen chronicles several years you spent “on the road,” trading labor for an equestrian education in the role of “working student.” How would you describe what a working student is to someone outside the equestrian industry?

TM: It is a trade. Instead of trading work for money, it is a trade of work for knowledge. It is like an apprenticeship or internship. Every working student position tends to be a bit different, but they are inevitably a lot of work. And that is because horses are a lot of work.

RD: How did you first hear of what being a working student could offer? Was it something you always planned to do?

TM: Being a working student is a pretty common thing in the riding world. Many top riders went through a phase of being a working student, and although I could have skipped it and just rode more, because my parents own horses and a horse business, I felt like it was sort of a rite of passage. From a business perspective I wanted to earn my way, work my way up, not just enter a management position. And now having said that I could have skipped it, I’m glad I didn’t! I have learned more, in so many ways, by being a working student than I would have dreamed possible.

RD: Before you set off on your horsemanship adventure, you were a modern pentathlete. How did you discover modern pentathalon? Do you still practice all five events that make up the sport?

TM: Many kids that ride are introduced to Pony Club at a young age. I was, and my brothers were, too. In Pony Club there are all kinds of interesting activities, like something they call Quiz, and Prince Phillip Games, which is like mounted relay races. There is also tetrathlon, which is riding, running, swimming and shooting. Many kids that start in tetrathlon go on to modern pentathlon, which includes fencing as the fifth sport. Modern pentathlon is practiced all over the world and is a part of the Pan American Games and the Olympic Games. I was even lucky enough to go to the Pan Am Games in Brazil in 2007.

And no, I do not still practice all the events. I run a little bit still to stay in shape. And I ride of course. I do miss it, but I also love what I am doing now.

RD: Your time as a working student spanned three years and sprawled across Canada, the United States and Europe. How did the places you visited influence your evolving goals? What is one specific place you journeyed to that you feel had a profound impact on you?

TM: What surprised me was how different Florida, and the South in general, felt to me. Even though Germany has a different language I felt relatively at home in their culture. Of course I had a few issues in Germany, but they were to do with personal relationships, not the culture. I was unprepared coming to Florida to see billboards advertising Jesus and gun shows, or the lack of recycling. Lots of little things like that. But the people are so friendly! I live in Florida now and love it, but it is definitely different than Vancouver!

RD: Your desire to record your experiences in writing was as strong as your interest in becoming a better rider. How did writing about your struggles, your successes, what you learned, what you didn’t, affect your journey? Did it dictate the outcome ever, or was it simply a manner of processing?

TM: It was mostly a matter of keeping balance in my life and giving me some perspective.

I love horses, but if they are the only thing in my life I lose some of the enjoyment. I love writing, but if I were to write full time I would go crazy—and I would have nothing to write about.

The perspective comes from thinking about my experiences and how they fit into the bigger picture. No matter how tough it can feel, and how many ups and downs there are, working with horses is a choice, and if it ceases to be fun there are many things that are more profitable.

RD: Your wife is a top international rider. Is it difficult to find balance when you both are in the same profession? Or when it comes to having horses and riding being part of the relationship equation, do you feel it is plain old necessary?

TM: Working with horses, and trying to be the best at something, takes so much passion and commitment. We have arguments about things for sure, but as time goes on we find out what is important to each other and it gets easier. For example we have this game where we will ask each other “How important is going to the rider party, out of 10?” If she wants to go eight out of 10, and I’m tired and I don’t want to go six out of 10, then we go, even if I’m tired. And I make the best of it. Of course the game only works if we are honest, and in the end it balances out.

Also, we have different strengths at the barn so we can help each other. She is great at dressage and cross country. She is amazing at stable management. I have a strong show jumping background, and I end up working with all the young horses and complicated horses. I love having a complicated horse problem to think about. They are like riddles!

In the end I think it’s tough, but we get each other, and I wouldn’t trade her!

RD: What is one lesson you hope readers will take away from your book?

TM: When I hear this question, I think, God, I just hope they make it past the first chapter. If they even finish the book I’ll be happy.

But a lesson? Let me think. Maybe don’t judge people too harshly when they are in a different place on their horsemanship journey than you. A lot of riders see somebody doing something different and they don’t ask why, or have the patience to see things from another point of view.

Also, I see a lot of gray area in how we treat horses. For example people often say it is wrong to abuse horses. That is great to say, but abuse is sure open to interpretation. Some people might say it is abuse to even own a horse. Some people pay more attention to physical abuse, and some people are very aware of emotional abuse. I try never to say never or always. Instead I try to think: “I thought that was true, but maybe there is a better way.”

Many thanks to Trafalgar Square Books for allowing us to share. Learn more about In the Middle Are the Horsemen here

WEQx Games Competition List Announced, Athlete Inquiries Due Today

Gladiator Polo™ is one of the nine competitions planned for the inaugural WEGx Games™ to be held this September at Tryon International Equestrian Center. Photo courtesy of TIEC.

New for the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Tryon is the WEQx Games™, a showcase of nine spectator-friendly equestrian competitions that will run alongside the nine FEI WEG disciplines at Tryon International Equestrian Center. These accessory events are aimed at highlighting the accessibility, diversity, athleticism and passion for horses and horse sport for athletes of all ages.

Equestrian athletes interested in competing in any of the events must register their interest in participating by May 15, 2018.

The planned competitions include:

U-25 U.S. Open Championship™ – The two class competition over two days during the 2018 WEG and will highlight the Show Jumping world’s up and coming riders under 25 years of age. Total prize money over the two days will be $50,000. The U-25 U.S. Open Champion™ will be crowned. Click here to express interest in competing.

U.S. Open Speed Horse™ – A 1.40m, two-team relay featuring 32 two-person teams will navigate an Alan Wade course to compete for $100,000. Riders can create their own 2-person teams. Qualifying course and the final course will be the same and will be available for practice. Click here to express interest in competing.

DERBYx™ – A derivative Hunter competition will be open to 24 competitors that will compete for a $100,000 prize. The optimum time competition will have 15 jumps and be objectively scored based on a set criteria. Click here to express interest in competing.

Battle of the Sexes – A three-event jumping competition featuring a 1.30m match race, speed class and relay with 10 men versus 10 women from the U.S. Ranking List among non-WEG participants or non-WEG reserves. The competition will highlight the only Olympic sport where men compete with women as equals. The teams will compete for $75,000 in prize money. Click here to express interest in competing.

Match Race – A 1.30m competition where two riders face off in the ring over a mirrored course. Standard FEI rules to apply – two second faults converted, open to 24 competitors. Riders compete for a $50,000 prize. Click here to express interest in competing.

Puissance – A horse and rider’s ability to clear a single fence that increases in height after each round – to as much as seven feet and is limited to four rounds. Riders compete for a $50,000 prize. Click here to express interest in competing.

Six Bar – A challenge where the horse and rider jump a series of six vertical fences placed in a straight line with two strides between each fence. The six fences are progressively higher from fence one through six and are all raised after each round. Riders will compete for a $50,000 prize. Click here to express interest in competing.

Pony Jumpers –  A competition where the top children of the sport compete for a $10,000 prize. Click here to express interest in competing.

Gladiator Polo™ – A professional three-on-three arena polo match with modified rules that keep the play fast. The event is played in a ring with all-weather footing that is approximately 310-feet x 250-feet, which is one-tenth the size of a typical grass polo field. Four international teams will compete for $100,000 in prize money.

The WEQx Games™ concept and competitions have been approved by the FEI and the USEF Board of Directors with the intent to grow interest in horse sport.

Organizer will assess the final competition schedule and qualifying information based on interest from exhibitors. All Jumping competitions are national classes and as such, entries are restricted by the provisions of FEI General Regulations Article 101 (maximum of four National Federations and/or a maximum of 15 foreign athletes). Entry fees will vary based on prize money of competitions and will not exceed all inclusive $1,250.

Following the response to this expression of interest, the organizer will submit the full details of the WEQX Games™ to the USEF Board of Directors for approval. Details of the competition and qualifying information will be available soon at www.Tryon2018.com/WEQxGames.

[WEQx Games™ Competition List Announced; Athlete Inquiries Now Open and Must Be Received by Tuesday, May 15]

American Eventers to Contest 2018 Mongol Derby

Eventers have historically fared pretty well in the Mongol Derby, not because we know the first thing about endurance riding but because as a lot we’re generally tough, scrappy and just psychotic enough to think we can pull it off. Lucinda Green’s niece, Lara Prior-Palmer, won the race in 2013, and several more have found their way to the finish line over the years including (by the skin of my teeth) yours truly.

The 10th annual race, a sort of 1,000-kilometer Hunger Games on horseback, takes place Aug. 5-18 somewhere in Mongolia and will be contested by 45 riders from 13 countries. North America is sending its biggest ever contingent — a whopping 13 riders from the U.S. and two from Canada — and once again there will be a few eventers in the mix.

Let’s break down the American field!

Nicolette Merle-Smith and Ratatouille at Virginia Horse Trials in 2017. Photo by Brant Gamma Photography.

Nickie Merle-Smith, 30, and fiancé Joel Scholz, 44, are racing as a package deal. I sat down with them at the AECs last year and tried to talk them out of it, because I love them, why not just go enjoy a nice Caribbean honeymoon like normal newlyweds?, but they are a hard-headed and adventurous couple which will serve them well on the steppe. Set to get hitched in October, they are dedicating their entire wedding registry to official Mongol Derby charity Cool Earth in support of land conservation. Who needs a bunch of crap from Bed, Bath & Beyond, anyway! Learn more and follow their journey via FB page Married to the Mongol Derby 2018.

Joel Scholz and Sterling at Southern Pines in 2010. Photo by Brant Gamma Photography.

It’s been a hot minute since Joel left a start box but he spends plenty of time in the saddle; Nickie competes at the Intermediate level and is a cross country natural. They are based in Ocala, Florida, training up young homebred sport horses and riding out with hounds on a regular basis all over the country. Nickie’s grandmother told them, “If you can survive the Mongol Derby together, then you must deserve each other.” Awwww!

Just to heap on one more layer of sweetness, racing the Derby had long been a dream of Nickie’s foxhunting father Grosvenor, but since he broke his neck a few years back, it is not to be. So Nickie and Joel are carrying the torch for dad, too.

Tissue, please…

Jocelyn Pierce and her pony Treya at Loch Moy. Photo by GRC Photo.

Jocelyn Pierce, 31, of Rockville, Maryland, is an eventer and self-described adventure freak as well as an editor at Practical Horseman magazine, where she’ll be chronicling her road to the Derby — check out her first entry here.

Love her bio: “Jocelyn believes her horse-crazy childhood of pool-noodle jousting, crude attempts at skijoring and ill-fated trail rides in search of ice cream cones have aptly prepared her for partnering with the Mongolian horse. She is eager to immerse herself in one of the last surviving nomadic cultures, but a misguided assurance that her time in the concrete jungle as a U.S. letter carrier will parallel Genghis Khan’s ‘pony express’ route may prove problematic.”

I predict the best PH cover story ever! I caught up with Jocelyn at Kentucky and it sounds like she’s doing all the right prep stuff, and bonus points for being outdoorsy and gifted at sitting a buck. You can keep up with Jocelyn’s journey and fundraising efforts via her Derby Facebook page here.

A few others to keep your eye on …

Photo courtesy of Jeannette Lazzaro.

I had the pleasure of meeting Jeannette Lazzaro, 29, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, when she stopped by the EN cross country tailgate party at Kentucky last month. Jeannette grew up riding in Pony Club and eventing, and now works in aviation, but still squeezes horses in — in her spare time she trained a rescue quarter horse. Work took to her to live in Japan last year, so she’s adept at navigating other cultures, and she’s been preparing for the Derby by riding anything she can and “doing lots of squats.” Check out her blog and GoFundMe. Best of luck, Jeannette! Hang in there, Jeannette’s mom!

Maddie Smith in the 2016 Mongol Derby. Photo by Richard Dunwoody/Mongol Derby.

Madison Smith, 28, of San Francisco, California, is a hunter/jumper rider who is taking her second whack at the Derby after a bump on the head and some breaks in 2016. I interviewed her on the Horses in the Morning podcast last year about her sudden “game over” moment:

“The race was going great, the pacing was great, and it was the last leg of the second day, so going from station six to seven,” Maddie explained. “I don’t remember what happened, I think I crashed but I’m not exactly sure. When I came to, woke up, the doctor had already come — I’d pushed my SOS button (which sends an emergency signal from the riders’ tracking device), although I don’t remember pushing it. I had an IV in my arm, they’d taken my shirt off, my helmet was to the side. And my horse was there, which was cool because my horse didn’t run away. I’d thrown up on myself. It was kind of surreal.”

The “adventure ambulance,” as she called it, drove her five hours through the night back to Mongolia’s capital city, Ulaanbaatar, where she was treated at the hospital. Maddie says it was a bummer to drop out of the race so early in the game but, on the bright side: “It was nice that I didn’t have to be airlifted.”

Every day that you don’t end up in a medevac during the Derby is a good day, I guess. And she’s been training every day for the past year for her rematch. Go get ’em, Maddie! Check out her GoFundMe here.

Devan Horn in the 2015 Mongol Derby. Photo by Saskia Marloh/Mongol Derby.

My money is on Devan Horn, 24, of Houston, Texas, who is contesting her third Derby after very nearly winning it in 2013 (she crossed the finish line first but her horse’s heart rate was slow to go down) and then falling violently ill (read: her kidneys were shutting down) during the 2015 race. Still the fastest ever competitor, this will be her fifth ride over 500 miles, and physically she’s in top form — she ran (not rode, RAN ON HER OWN TWO FEET) a 100-mile ultra-marathon in February … I can’t even.

Devan was my Derby mentor, and she has been so generous in sharing her experiences and knowledge with other competitors. Such an ambassador for the sport, and an inspirational human being overall. I would not have made it through the Derby without her guidance and support (or at least not with my calves intact — fenders not stirrup leathers, people!) and I can’t wait to cheer her on to the win this year! Third time’s a charm, girl.

Other North American bios:

Tamara Beckstead, 54, Rockwood, Canada
A small animal vet who feels most alive atop a horse. Eventing has earned Tamara the nickname “Teflon Girl” by her coach. Hunting satisfies her thrill of speed; Dressage, her desire for beauty and perfection; and Side Saddle got her and her horse, Modesty, onto a movie set. She looks forward to the Derby providing an escape from her current reality and was inspired to take this adventure by the Doris Day song “Enjoy Yourself” (look it up and sing along!).

Carol Federighi, 58, Takoma Park, Maryland, USA
Government lawyer, endurance rider, Ride and Tie competitor (whatever that is?!). Always wondered if she could ride the day after a 100-mile ride, now she will find out. Convinced a friend to sign up, will also find out how far the friendship goes …. “Looking forward to the wide-open spaces, the gutsy horses, and living by my wits rather than my phone”.

Heather ‘Flash’ Accardo, 37, Prairieville, Louisiana, USA
“My mom always made sure I had a horse to ride while growing up — for that I am eternally grateful.” Flash grew up showing Arabs in every event possible and now endurance is her love. Her motto in life is: “If you want something bad enough you’ll find a way, otherwise you’ll make an excuse.” She has been blogging her preparations on Facebook at Flash’s Journey To The Derby and is raising money for her charity Heroes and Horses.

Michael Gascon, 28, Poplarville, Mississippi, USA
Fifth generation horse trainer who has dedicated his life to the way of the horse. “Ready to go on an adventure for the ages!!”

Matthew Graham, USA
Mechanical engineer, yoga teacher, freelance outdoors and adventure writer. Hang glider pilot, paraglider pilot, SCUBA diver, rock climber, skier, sailor, paddler and cyclist. Started riding horses 25 years ago because it was his wife’s favourite sport. They rode together in fox chases, played polo together for over a decade and took equestrian vacations throughout Europe. He then tragically lost her in a freak hang gliding accident two years ago. Is “competing in this race in honour of her and her love of horses and her spirit of adventure.”

Dori Hertel, 48, Kingwood, Texas, USA
Vet for 23 years. Done mainly what she calls “pleasure adventure” riding including endurance and polo. Owns and breeds quarter horses.

Pamela Karner, 64, Ithaca, New York, USA
Recently retired large animal veterinarian. Has practiced for over 30 years in Ithaca, New York. Is an endurance rider, veterinarian and ride manager in both the US and more recently in Australia as well. “I have felt drawn to Mongolia since I was a little girl AND I thrive on challenges! I can’t think of a better way to satisfy both of those than racing across the steppes. I wake up every morning ridiculously excited and equally frightened by the upcoming race. I don’t feel 64 but ask me that after the race!”

Kelsey Opstad, 27, Anchorage, Alaska, USA
A commercial fishing captain and paramedic who grew up showing dressage, but has since found a love of travel and other sports (backcountry snowboarding, speedflying, snowmachining, paragliding, biking, climbing). The Derby is “an opportunity for me to immerse myself in horseback riding once again, and a challenge to combine riding skills with those of navigation and survival. I wanted a reason to bring horses back into my life in a big way, and this was the one which excited me most.”

Kelsey Riley, 29, Lexington, Kentucky, USA (Canadian)
Having not ridden a horse for two years prior to applying, Kelsey decided the Mongol Derby would be a good excuse to get back in the saddle (no, seriously). After she was, shockingly, actually accepted to participate, Kelsey has discovered that (thankfully) she has not forgotten how to ride. A rigorous training schedule should hopefully see her ship-shape in August. She is an editor of the Thoroughbred Daily News, and is riding to raise money for the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s Second Chances Program at the Blackburn Correctional Complex in Lexington, KY.

Christine Roberts, 29, Dallas, Pennsylvania, USA
Growing up with three brothers on a farm in Colorado did not cultivate a weak person. Instead it created an independent, tough-as-nails woman who enjoys martial arts, competitive shooting, travel, and horses. Christine has been riding since in the womb and has never been without a horse. She grew up riding in Competitive Trail and made the switch to Endurance Racing in 2007. Easy going yet highly competitive, she cannot wait to breathe in the Mongolian air on the back of a galloping horse taking on the Derby!

May the good lord have mercy on all their souls. Go Eventing!

#EventerProblems Vol. 142 from Ecovet: A Case of the Mondays

I don’t care if Monday’s blue / Tuesday’s gray and Wednesday too / Thursday I don’t care about you … we eventers live for the weekend, and Mondays can be extra tough especially if we’re coming off an event or other fun outing.

This horse, I think, speaks for us all:

Here’s a fresh batch of #EventerProblems to help get you through!

Forgot to halt. I was so confident ???? #eventerproblems #eventersinthesandbox

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Koda learning how to jump ditches a little dramatically #eventerproblems

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Go Eventing.

Weekend Results! WindRidge, Plantation, Mill Creek, Texas Rose, Galway, Spokane, Winona, Woodland

Happy Mother's Day!

Today is Cross Country Day!

Posted by Texas Rose Horse Park on Sunday, May 13, 2018

What a busy weekend! In addition to Jersey Fresh (see EN’s coverage here), we saw a second FEI event at Texas Rose Horse Park H.T., which offered CIC2* and CCI1* divisions, plus a slew of USEA horse trials around the country:

First up, some special shout-outs!

Four riders at four different events came home double-fisting blue ribbons. The winningest riders in the country this weekend: At WindRidge, Laine Asher won both the Prelim and Training divisions; at Plantation Field, Lauren Chumley topped Open Training B and Training Rider; at Winona, Madeline Bletzacker won Novice A and B; at Spokane Sport Horse, Kelsey Horn won Open Novice and Open Beginner Novice.

The lowest finishing score of the weekend in the country went to Gabriella Ringer and Get Wild, who won the Junior Novice Rider division at Galway Downs on a score of 20.2.

And now, a full roster of your weekend winners:

WindRidge Farm H.T. [Website] [Results]

Preliminary: Laine Ashker & Call Him Paddy (35.9)
Training: Laine Ashker & Dealin’ Diamonds (32.1)
Novice A: Becky Brown & Missile Mist (32.4)
Novice B: Margaret Lewis & Black Tie Affair (33.1)
Novice C: Laine Ashker & Suite One (25.5)
Beginner Novice A: Karen Mahaffey & Woodford (27.2)
Beginner Novice B: Mikayla Rebholz & Carlingford Castle (26.4)
Starter: Kinsey Jamerson & Dark Cielo (23.6)

Plantation Field May H.T. [Website] [Results]

Open Intermediate: Daniel Clasing & MW Gangster’s Game (32.6)
Junior Young Riders Open Preliminary: Rachel Ziemann & Highland Storm (46.0)
Open Preliminary: Sydney Solomon & Qui Luma (34.4)
Preliminary Rider: Janelle Phaneuf & Strattonstown Lewis (28.0)
Junior Open Training: Lakyn Harlow & Gunnar (35.4)
Open Training A: Ryan Wood & Ben Nevis (34.1)
Open Training B: Lauren Chumley & Atlanta B (29.5)
Training Rider: Lauren Chumley & Nikolas (31.7)
Junior Open Novice: Lucy Arnold & Lapin Rouge (31.2)
Novice Rider: Cindi Cauffman & Lamondale Florinia (23.3)
Open Novice: Janelle Phaneuf & Carrowgar Cannagh Hugo (27.9)
Beginner Novice Rider: Holly Morey & Nikita (30.2)
Junior Open Beginner Novice Rider: Cayla Rubin & Celtic Lass (29.7)
Open Beginner Novice: Skyler Decker & Excel Star Eminem m2s (29.7)

Plantation also ran a Starter H.T. on Sunday with Elementary through Training divisions — check out those results here. Love this post from a proud daughter — happy birthday, happy Mother’s Day, and congrats on your blue ribbon, Anne Luke! Anne won her division of Elementary Rider A on an impressive score of 18.8 with her horse Seaweed.

Mill Creek Pony Club at Longview H.T. [Website] [Results]

Preliminary: Riley Kemna & CNT Shiloh Tails (32.6)
Training Amateur: Rebecca Hunt & Snowflake Lane (30.0)
Open Training: Cynthia Wiseman & Varsity Blues (27.5)
Novice: Gail Knoffloch & Your Ex Boyfriend (29.8)
Novice-Jr: Kaleena Dudek & Zeek (26.2)
Novice-Sr Rider: Kristina Whorton & Finnigan (28.1)
Beginner Novice: Zach Hoover & Millenium Falcon (35.9)
Beginner Novice-Jr: Meredith Payton & Paid Gun (31.5)
Beginner Novice-Sr-Horse: Lauren Schiller & Unzip My Chip (28.3)
Beginner Novice-Sr-Rider: Beth Fernandez & Sage (33.5)
Beginner Novice CT: Lila Entwistle & Encore (28.5)
Green CT: Morgan Gestes & Jet (39.7)
Starter-CT: Addison Hagan & Level Best (31.3)
Starter-JrA CT: Gracie Pendley & Kiev (33.1)
Starter-JrB CT: Amelia Jean Lang-Fallon & The Muffin Man (27.5)
Starter-Open CT: Jill Wagenknecht & Merlin Monroe (29.9)

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

CIC Two Star: Katherine Rivera & Royal Lufttanzer (37.7)
CCI One Star: Rebecca Brown & Dassett Choice (32.8)
Advanced Intermediate: Sydney Conley Elliott & Cisko A (38.1)
Open Preliminary: Mike Huber & Calliope (34.0)
Preliminary Rider: McKinsey Wickman & Dassett Profile (32.8)
Junior Training Rider: Sunny Courtwright & Around Midnight (32.0)
Open Training: Paige Hewlett & One Step Closer (26.1)
Senior Training Rider: Chloe Irwin & High Maintenance (29.6)
Training Horse: Julie Norman & Secret Agent Man (30.9)
Junior Novice Rider-A: Jillian Clark & Harper (27.4)
Junior Novice Rider-B: Christine Johnson & Wajir On Me (30.5)
Novice Horse: Reilly Wren & Be Fooled (26.9)
Open Novice: Angela Bowles & That’ll Do The Trick (28.7)
Senior Novice Rider: Allison Anson & Celeste (27.6)
Junior Beginner Novice Rider-A: Elise Marshall & Ladies Man (31.3)
Junior Beginner Novice Rider-B: Lauren Garcia & Park Avenue 111 (31.5)
Open Beginner Novice: Nicole Hatley & Aspen (24.8)
Senior Beginner Novice Rider: Sherry Pound & Gestalt (23.8)
Introductory-A: Grace Williams & Over It (34.3)
Introductory-B: Reagan Peralta & Counting Stars (32.8)

Galway Downs Spring H.T. [Website] [Results]

Open Intermediate: Hilary Burkemper & Undercover (47.5)
Open Preliminary: Emilee Libby & Sunsprite’s Fleurette (28.9)
Preliminary Rider: Molly Gibbons & Calico (31.0)
Junior Training Rider: Jordan Crabo & Over Easy (29.1)
Open Training: Gina Economou & Swizzle (28.1)
Senior Training Rider: Rebecca Huth & Tiger III (27.9)
Junior Novice Rider: Gabriella Ringer & Get Wild (20.2)
Open Novice: Emilee Libby & Toska (26.9)
Senior Novice Rider: Eric Courtney & Guinness (29.3)
Junior Beginner Novice Rider: Shaeleigh O’Brien & A Beautiful Promise (29.2)
Open Beginner Novice: Elisabeth A. Mehner & Good Day Gali (29.2)
Senior Beginner Novice Rider: Cheryl F. Reynolds & Roxabelle (27.9)
Introductory: Megan Gastel & Mozart II (33.7)

Spokane Sport Horse Farm H.T. [Website] [Results]

Advanced/Intermediate: Sandra Donnelly & Belshazzar (45.7)
Intermediate: Stephanie Cooper & Sketchy Past (42.5)
Preliminary: Lilly Linder & Codigo (30.6)
Modified: Andora Tutvedt & Sugar and Spice (31.4)
Training Amateur: Karen Lounsbery & Stewart (30.7)
Training JRYR: Madison Langerak & Normandy’s Kivalo (24.9)
Training-Open: Marc Grandia & Rubel (24.8)
Novice Amateur: Kathryn Daniel & de la Renta (26.4)
Novice JRYR: Makenna Henry & Hungarian Villian (32.1)
Novice-Open: Kelsey Horn & Swingtown (21.9)
Beginner Novice Amateur: Michelle Cameron Donaldson & Danny Boy (30.8)
Beginner Novice JRYR: Isabella Montana & Athens (31.9)
Beginner Novice-Open: Kelsey Horn & Cleared For Take Off (29.7)
Intro-JRYR CT: Natalie Barlow & Texas Persuasion (33.1)
Intro-Open CT: Tara Dunford & Heycutiepatootie (37.8)
FEH 2-Year-Old: Sarah Haff & In Play (68.5)
YEH 4-Year-Old: Martina Storey & Backtalk Jones (69.7)
YEH 5-Year-Old: Nikki Ayers & Lordanna (78.2)

Winona H.T. [Website] [Results]

Preliminary: Dan Kreitl & Eezy Cruise Lad (31.9)
Training: Elliott Timmons & Foothill’s Field Marshall (28.6)
Novice A: Madeline Bletzacker & Drummer Boy (22.4)
Novice B: Madeline Bletzacker & Landtino S (34.3)
Novice C: Campbell Jones & Aura Cf (25.0)
Beg Novice A: Zoe Deems & Monterey (37.9)
Beg Novice B: Veronica Escude & Crocodile Roc (25.8)
Beg Novice C: Ellie Celarek & Fwf Princess Shatka (29.4)
Starter A: Judy Lorimer & Tazym (28.9)
Starter B: Bridget Urie & Shimmer S.R. (27.5)

Woodland Stallion Station H.T. [Website] [Results]

Open Prelim: Elizabeth Meehan & Marco Q (38.5)
Training A: Mauri Anderson & Releve (32.6)
Training B: Bella Mowbray & Vif d’or (30.0)
Jr/YR Novice: Adison LoPiccolo & Favoloso (33.8)
Open Novice: Lauren LoPiccolo & Hilfinger (28.8)
Beginner Novice A: Miranda Olagaray & Tanqueray (28.9)
Beginner Novice B: Jennifer McFall & Columbia BF (31.2)
Open Introductory: Haelie Tweet & Mr Gladstone (34.2)
Pony Club Starter: Kayla Riesberg & Clanfair Whiskey River (39.4)

WOW!! Could not have asked for a better first event on Oli! • • • We competed at woodland getting a dressage score of 28.9. We managed to end on that score and getting first????!! • • • Along with the USEA event, we did the Sierra Pacific Region Eventing Rally. I was on a fun team with @panache_pony_club and @deercreekponyclub_dcpc. I guess scratch teams destroy cuz we got overall first, as well as first in horse management. Oli was awarded best conditioned horse, because of his excellent recovery in the vet box! • • • So exciting for the future with this horse!! Thank you @sunfireequestrian for putting on such a great one day event, and @unitedstatesponyclubs for the eventing rally!! #Teamoliforlife #getsfirstatfirstevent

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Go Eventing!