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William Fox-Pitt Elected to FEI Athletes’ Committee

William Fox-Pitt and Bay My Hero. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Great Britain’s William Fox-Pitt has been elected to the FEI Athletes’ Committee, which brings together a representative from each of the sanctioned disciplines. The role of these athletes is to “provide a voice to the athlete community within the global FEI decision-making process,” as well as serve on their discipline’s technical committee, over the course of a four-year non-renewable term.

The committee was introduced in 2014, with Daisy Berkeley acting as the first eventing representative. Elections were held online from the 29th of July until the 23rd of September, and 52 athletes from 26 countries put in a bid for the spot that Fox-Pitt would ultimately claim. Promisingly, there was a 100% increase in voter participation and a 160% increase in flag representation in the second iteration of these elections.

“The athletes’ viewpoint is central to the global decision making process,” said FEI Secretary General Sabrina Ibáñez. “This is a committee made up of athletes and voted for by athletes. The calibre and experience of the newly elected Athletes’ Committee is impressive and will ensure that the global athletes’ community has its say and actively contributes to the development of equestrian sport. I also want to take this opportunity to thank the outgoing Athletes’ Committee members for their tremendous work and support these past four years.”

William Fox-Pitt and Oratorio II. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Fox-Pitt is, perhaps, an obvious choice to represent his fellow eventers: he’s acted as rider representative innumerable times at three-day events, and has never shied away from speaking up in the face of adversity. With a degree in French — the official language of the FEI — and a continued competitive interest that’s paired with a smaller string of horses, there’s no time like the present for him to step into such a role.

In his letter of motivation for election, Fox-Pitt said, “I have been involved in the sport at a high level for many years and have seen it evolve over the decades. I understand the challenges that all equestrian sport — and especially eventing — faces in the coming years in order to develop and grow. I care passionately about eventing and want to see it continue to grow into a truly global sport that is appealing to new audiences, whilst maintaining its integrity, horsemanship and values.”

“Throughout my career I have developed a healthy relationship with those involved in the sport from a wide range of nations, both established and emerging, and in both hemispheres. […] I therefore believe I would be able to provide input that is broad in view and representative of the global rider base. I will be committed to working closely with riders of all nationalities, representing their voices over my own. Most of all, I want to see a cohesive and active relationship between riders and the FEI, and I feel that I would be well-placed to work positively with the eventing committee so that together we can serve the sport that we love.”

The complete list of elected athletes is as follows:

  • Jumping: Cian O’Connor (IRL)
  • Dressage: Beatriz Ferrer-Salat (ESP)
  • Eventing: William Fox-Pitt (GBR)
  • Para-Dressage: Angelika Trabert (GER)
  • Endurance: Tarek Taher (KSA)
  • Vaulting: Kristina Boe (GER)
  • Reining: Francesca Sternberg (GBR)

Further information on the Athletes’ Committee and the elections is available here.

Tuesday Video from SpectraVet: Plantation Field CIC2* Water Complex

With 84 riders across two divisions, there was a lot of action on the CIC2* cross country course this weekend at Plantation Field. RNS was onsite to catch all of it, and they’ve compiled footage of the first water jump. See who you can spot!

Visit RNS Video’s YouTube channel for more great clips or go to their website to order video of your ride.

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Water Horses Make a Splash at MeadowCreek Park H.T. & Area V Novice/BN Championships

Is it snowing? Rene Rios and One Lark One Legend enter at A in a torrential downpour. Photo by Kate Boggan.

It seems every eventer across the country had to break out their swimsuits and snorkels these past few weeks. From the hurricane at WEG to the downpour at Plantation Field and the monsoon at the MeadowCreek Park H.T., our cross country horses had to become water horses.

Area V venue MeadowCreek Park in Kosse, Texas, hosts two USEA Horse Trials a year. Owned and organized by Robbie Peterson, their Fall Social Event is usually met with scorching heat and humidity as the Texas summers usually last well into October. The weather in Texas can be very unpredictable though and this year competitors needed their water wings instead of sunscreen. This year’s Fall Social Event also played host to the Area V Novice and Beginner Novice Championships, held a fundraiser for the Texas A&M Eventing Team, and put on the always popular competitor’s dinner on Saturday night.

Young Rider Coordinator, Tayler Owen, reps her Area V pride in her dressage test. Photo by Kate Boggan.

Saturday morning started off with a splash, literally, and many riders opted for rain jackets instead of show coats. Kimberly Stafford and her Oldenburg gelding Pik Coeur D’Or led the way from start to finish in the Novice Championship division, adding only 3.2 time faults from their cross country run to their dressage score of 24.8 to end on a very respectable 28.0. Different division same verse as the Beginner Novice Championship division winners Taylor Tiberg and the Connemara x Thoroughbred gelding Valedictorian sat in first place after dressage and finished on their score of 28.0 to take home the blue.

Kimberly Stafford and Pik Coeur D’Or out on course. Photo by Kate Boggan.

To give the event a real championship feel, dressage and cross country ran Saturday and show jumping was held Sunday morning. Competitors did their show jumping rounds in reverse order of standings and awards ceremonies were held in the drizzly morning fog.

And that’s how you end a first place dressage test! Photo by Kate Boggan.

Congratulations to the following horse trial division winners! See complete results here!

Open Preliminary: Lauren Lambert & Cooley Renaissance Man (39.8)

Open Training: Camdyn Rahe & Orange Crush (36.6)

Preliminary/Training: Stephanie Reimers & That’s What She Said (48.3)

Training Rider: Katie Grace Bond & High Class (30.5)

Novice Championships: Kimberly Stafford & Pik Coeur D’Or (28.0)

Novice Rider: Lawsyn Clements & Russell’s Reserve (23.9)

Open Novice: Jennifer Biles & Bad as Bandini (40.2)

Beginner Novice Championships: Taylor Tiberg & Valedictorian (28.0)

Jr. Beginner Novice Rider: Grace Thompson & Excessive Assault (34.4)

Open Beginner Novice: Rick Urban & Morally Flexible (35.5)

Sr. Beginner Novice Rider: Julianne Foody & Step Right Up (37.5)

Starter: Aynsleigh Fettig & Aisling Dugan (28.6)

Aynsleigh and The Doog show off their first place ribbon. Photo by Diane Rice.

One of the great things about eventing is how inclusive the sport is. If you can teach your horse to jump you can enjoy eventing no matter what breed your trusty steed may be. Proving this point are Aynsleigh Fettig and her 12 year-old Gypsy Vanner, Aisling Dugan. “The Doog,” as he is lovingly known around the barn, was purchased three years ago by the Fettigs to be Aynsleigh’s mother’s dressage horse. Aynsleigh stole the ride when her Prelim horse retired and started taking the flashy, feathered fiend to events. They competed in the Starter division at MeadowCreek and their score of 28.6 landed them in first after dressage and they never looked back. The pair plan to move up to Beginner Novice soon and keep proving that eventing is for everyone.

Big hugs from Katie Grace Bond for her horse High Class after crossing the finish line of their first place cross-country ride. Photo by Kate Boggan.

Despite the wet conditions everyone came home safe and had a wonderful time at one of Area V’s favorite events. As always events couldn’t be run without the enormous efforts of our organizers and volunteers. Thank you to all who came out and helped the MeadowCreek Park H.T. Fall Social Event run swimmingly!

Weekend Winners: Twin Rivers, Aspen, Marlborough, Flora Lea, Sundance, Meadowcreek, Cedar Ridge, Loch Moy

Fall eventing has officially begun! Temperatures are starting to slightly drop and days are getting a bit shorter. There were a few Championship divisions and Young and Future Event Horses showing off this weekend — we’ve highlighted those results with asterisks.

Shout out to Courtney Cooper and Caia Z for having the lowest finishing score in the country of 21.9 in the Open Training at Flora Lea H.T.

The next thing you know, the dreaded winter coats will start growing in earnest. Until then, we all can appreciate a lack of intense summer heat and slightly fresher horses in the morning.

Aspen Farms Fall Horse Trials [Results]
Tin Men Supply Advanced: Sabrina Glaser & Rembrandt (45.2)
Intermediate: Marc Grandia & Campari FFF (41)
*Intermediate Championship: Leah Breakey & Master Class (40.1)
Open Preliminary A: Molly Gibbons & Calico (29.6)
Open Preliminary B: Lilly Linder & Tucker Too (28.5)
*Preliminary Championship: Jordan Linstedt & Staccato (28.5)
*Jr. Training Championship: Makenna Henry & Hungarian Villian (31.4)
Open Training A: Tracey Trewin & Film Noir (34.4)
Open Training B: Sara Mackenzie & Cowboy Casanova (32.1)
*Open Training Championship: Erin Grandia & Indio BMW (24.3)
*Training Rider Championship: Madison Langerak & Normandy’s Kivalo (30.9)
*Jr. Novice Championship: Dane Padgett & Little Sure Shot (27.1)
Novice Rider Championship: Jackie Wich & Master Miller (31.9)
Open Novice A: Julia Ellison & Grady (30.7)
Open Novice B: Emilie Everett & Yankee Bay (29.3)
*Open Novice Championship: Lindsey Scharmach & Killswitch (25)
*Jr. Beginner Novice Championship: Makayla Watterson & Foxwood Belle (31.3)
Open Beginner Novice A: Anni Grandia-Dodson & Mr. Fluffy (27.3)
Open Beginner Novice B: Kate Suggs & Dragon Fly (31.8)
*Open Beginner Novice Championship: Sabine Prince & Donnerwein (28.8)

Twin Rivers Fall Horse Trials [Results]
Advanced: Frankie Thieriot Stutes & Chatwin (35.6)
Intermediate: James Alliston & Kilmountain Oreo (38.9)
Jr. Preliminary: Madison Temkin & Dr. Hart (37.4)
Open Preliminary: Alexis Helffrich & M Creme De La Creme SE (31.5)
Preliminary Rider: Kate Lathrop & Worth The Wait (36.5)
Jr. Training Rider A: Maya Clarkson & Snappy Comeback (28.2)
Jr. Training Rider B: Lauren Gillis & Under the Spotlight (23.6)
Open Training: Alexis Helffrich & Dexter (28.5)
Sr. Training Amateur: Camille Brewer & Cooley Rock Star (22.1)
Sr. Training Rider: Debbie Davis & Real Genius (25.2)
Jr. Novice Rider A: Sarah Ross & Murcielago (32.6)
Jr. Novice Rider B: Sloan Bryson & Red Cloud’s War (26.5)
Open Novice: Hannah Warner & Viva Apollo (31)
Sr. Novice Amateur: McKenzie Miller & Another Saturday Night (28.6)
Sr. Novice Rider: Cat Dubbs & Ballynoe Castleross (30.5)
Jr. Beginner Novice A: Halina Thole & Roma (23)
Jr. Beginner Novice B: Mia Boillot & Phoenix Belissima (26)
Open Beginner Novice: Olivia Loiacono & Eloquence (22)
Sr. Beginner Novice Rider: Debbie Fosmark & Larapin II (23.8)
Intro A: Pryce Chrisman & Tahoe Blue (31.7)
Intro B: Reagan Hammond & My Golden Ticket (34.7)
YEH-5: Madison Temkin & MVP Madbum (81.4)
YEH-4: Andrea Baxter & Melkenna (85.6)
FEH-4: Andrea Baxter & Coronado (85)
FEH-3: Michlynn Sterling & Kosmic Twist S (84.3)
FEH-2: Dede McCoy & Iconic (77.0)
FEH-Yr: Earl McFall & High Five DF (84.4)
*West Coast FEH-4 Championship: Andrea Baxter & Coronado (165.5)
*West Coast FEH-3 Championship: Jennifer McFall & Hallelujah DF (180.4)
*West Coast FEH-2 Championship: Earl McFall & Iluminada (88.4)
*West Coast FEH-Yr Championship: Earl McFall & Twain’s Fireflight DF (81.6)

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Marlborough Horse Trials [Results]
Open Preliminary: Jan Byyny & Volcan de Caverie (27.2)
Preliminary Rider: Morgan Cillo & Benevolence (39.2)
Open Training: Jan Byyny & Kortina (29.3)
Training Rider A: Gabriella Rogers & Epona’s Mighty Warrior (32.6)
Training Rider B: Sofie Harangozo & Rain Dancer (29.5)
Novice Horse: Mary Clare & Furl The Main (35.9)
Novice Rider A: Francoise Marshall & Luray (32.4)
Novice Rider B: Sarah Crocker & Liberty River (26.9)
Open Novice: Ariana Freeman & Piper Saratoga (26.1)
Beginner Novice Horse: Suzy Gehris & Watch Me (31.7)
Beginner Novice Rider A: Hillary Marnane & Diablo Guapo (31.1)
Beginner Novice Rider B: Logan Yff & Mosey On Over (29.7)
Open Beginner Novice: Carley Taylor & Buck Naked (36.8)
Starter A: Lily Wyatt & Bento Box (34.4)
Starter B: Hana Hawthorne & Sonny (31.9)

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Flora Lea Fall Horse Trials [Results]
Open Preliminary: Macee Morgan & Maldini (30.9)
Open Training: Courtney Cooper & Caia Z (21.9)
Training Rider: Amanda Monahan & Slow Heart Break (39.1)
Novice Rider: Stephanie Swites & Clonshire Le Roy (33.6)
Open Novice: Avonlea Mitchell & Red and White (25.2)
Open Beginner Novice: Avery Cascarino & Marine Hymn (28.3)

Sundance Farm Horse Trials [Results]
Preliminary/Training: Brynna Gang & Wise Guy (80.6)
Open Training: Kristin Kubsch & CMF Royal Diamond (30.4)
Jr. Novice Rider: Lily Allen & Cherry On Top (31.9)
Sr. Novice Rider: Jessica Doering & Jax (28.1)
Open Novice: Bernard Morauw & VC ATTILA D’ALLOU (27.6)
Open Beginner Novice: Bonnie Bowman & Steel Driven Dreams (33.2)
Beginner Novice Rider: Rebecca Roth & Brazilian Tommy (33.1)
Starter: Jessie Ackley & Ghost (37.2)

Meadowcreek Park – The Fall Social Event [Results]
Open Preliminary: Lauren Lambert & Cooley Renaissance Man (39.8)
Preliminary/Training: Stephanie Reimers & That’s What She Said (48.3)
Open Training: Camdyn Rahe & Orange Crush (36.6)
Training Rider: Katie Grace Bond & High Class (30.5)
*Novice Championship: Kimberly Stafford & Pik Coeur D’Or (28.0)
Novice Rider: Lawsyn Clements & Russell’s Reserve (23.9)
Open Novice: Jennifer Biles & Bad as Bandini (40.2)
*Beginner Novice Championship: Taylor Tiberg & Valedictorian (28.0)
Jr. Beginner Novice: Grace Thompson & Excessive Assault (34.4)
Sr. Beginner Novice: Julianne Foody & Step Right Up (37.5)
Open Beginner Novice: Rick Urban & Morally Flexible (35.5)
Starter: Aynsleigh Fettig & Aisling Dugan (28.6)

Cedar Ridge Horse Trials [Results]
Open Training: Alicia Harbin & Crowd Signal (35.2)
Open Novice: Kate Coleman & Tallawah (31.9)
Open Beginner Novice A: Harper Holland & Chips Ahoy (37.1)
Open Beginner Novice B: Mary Clare Owdziej & Deal Me In (35.6)
Starter: Aubrey Whalen & Gold Snatcher (40.8)

Loch Moy – Future Event Horse [Results]
FEH-4: Ashley Beheler & Jubilee (75)
FEH-3C: Lauren Welsh & Solo Hit (78.3)
FEH-3F: MaryAnn Luke & SF Rama (74.25)
FEH-2: Jordan LaPlaca & J-Low (77.2)
FEH-Yr: Emeraude Sharer & Knuit d’Emeraude (79.95)

Congrats to all. Go Eventing!

Tuesday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

Tesla Parker and Bristol Indian. Photo by Shelby Allen.

For me, the highlights of a big event are the small moments where a movement really clicks on the flat, or in the case of Tesla Parker, you and your horse nail a tricky combination on the cross country course. Her smile says it all. Well ridden!

National Holiday: National Lobster Day

Events Opening This Week: Poplar Place Farm November H.T. (GA, A-3) Texas Rose Horse Park Fall H.T. (TX, A-5) Full Moon Farms H.T. (MD, A-2) River Glen Fall H.T. (TN, A-3)

Events Closing This Week: Radnor Hunt H.T. (PA, A-2) Paradise Farm H.T. (SC, A-3)  Galway Downs International Event & H.T. (CA, A-6) Fleur de Leap H.T. (LA, A-5) Las Cruces H.T. (NM, A-10) Hitching Post Farm Horse Trials (VT, A-1) MDHT at Loch Moy Farm Classic BN3 Day Event and H.T. (MD, A-2) Majestic Oaks H.T. (FL, A-3) Hagyard Midsouth Three-day Event & Team Challenge H.T. (KY, A-8)

Tuesday News: 

It’s no secret that WEG didn’t go completely to plan. Mark Bellissimo admitted that the team made ‘a ton of mistakes,’ but is extremely proud of the effort. He also believes that the structure of WEG isn’t sustainable, and would be better run across multiple venues. There are currently no bids to host the 2022 Games. [‘We made a ton of mistakes’ admits WEG boss]

The USEA went coast to coast over the weekend with both East and West Coast Future Event Horse Championships. Solo Hit (Sagnol x Arista GS) reigned supreme at Loch Moy Farm, and Hallelujah DF (Mighty Magic x Columbia BF) topped at Twin Rivers. [Mares Make Magic Happen at the 2018 FEH West Coast Championships] [Solo Hit Strikes a High Note at the 2018 USEA FEH East Coast Championships] [Colts Come Out on Top on Day Two at the 2018 USEA FEH East Coast Championships]

Clinta is a real life unicorn. And yes, she’s even got a stuffed animal lookalike that travels with her. She was relatively unproven going into WEG, but helped make U.S. team gold history. [Behind The Stall Door With: Clinta]

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Tuesday Video: 

Monday Video from Tredstep Ireland: Feathers and Flying with Danielle Goldstein

Jumping Rider Cam | FEI World Equestrian Games, Tryon 2018

Up, Up & Away….Most of us can only dream of riding a mare like Lizziemary around a World Championship track so Danielle Goldstein/Starwyn Farms LLC is taking us along with us as she jumps into the final!

Posted by Fédération Equestre Internationale on Sunday, September 23, 2018

We’ve already ridden around the WEG cross country with Brazil’s Marcio Carvalho Jorge thanks to Equine Productions Ltd‘s JockeyCam technology; now let’s switch gears and take a spin around the massive WEG show jumping course with Israel’s Danielle Goldstein. Here at EN we’re all a little more used to staring down massive cross-country obstacles via helmet cam, but cantering up to 1.60-meter fences (compared to 1.30-meter for a four-star) and being under pressure inside the gargantuan U.S. Trust Arena, this impressive in its own right (and this video is also a fabulous reminder to look your turns on course.)

The name Danielle Goldstein might not sound familiar to you, but the sight may be; Dani’s show ring look has gained some attention during her performances at the WEG as she’s outfitted her hair with a dazzling assortment of feathers that fly streaming behind her helmet as she rides. Speaking of things that would make George Morris roll over in his grave, her hair isn’t the only style statement that Dani makes — she also frequently rides in yoga pants, snakeskin-outlined boots, and a crop top under her show jacket.

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

But Dani, who operates Starwyn Farms in Wellington, isn’t just here to make a fashion statement; she means business, too, and she and her super mare Lizzymary are formidable competitors. The pair made it to yesterday’s individual round of the show jumping competition, ultimately finishing 20th out of 124 total competitors, and Dani donned the JockeyCam (seen on her helmet in the photos below) during her final round.

Feathers? Yep! You see that right. We caught up with show jumper Danielle Goldstein before she heads into today's…

Posted by Tryon International Equestrian Center on Sunday, September 23, 2018

My Experience Competing Modified at Five Points H.T.

Photo by High Time Photography.

The new Modified level was created as a stepping stone between the Training and Preliminary levels. It made its debut in USEA recognized competitions beginning in 2017. Many have argued that the step up from Training to Preliminary is one of the largest in the sport, and introduces many new challenges including fence height, fence width and increased complexities in all three phases.

Modified qualifications: 

  • The Modified level is open to horses 4-years-old and older.
  • Riders must achieve two NQRs at Training level to compete at Modified.

Modified test:

  • Max height of both cross country and show jumping fences: 3’5”
  • Cross country course distance: 2200m-3000m with 22-28 jumping efforts
  • Cross country speed: 490mpm
  • Show jumping speed: 325 mpm with 10-13 jumping efforts
  • Flags are numbered with an orange number on a blue background
  • Cross country courses can include angled lines, corners, varied terrain and combinations with water or narrow fences.
  • The show jumping course will include two doubles, or a double and a triple combination.
  • The dressage test will be held in a small ring and will include leg yield, medium gaits and changes of lead through the trot. See 2018 Modified Test A and Modified Test B.

Carolina Horse Park offered the Modified level at Five Points H.T. on September 8, 2018, with two divisions and more than 30 competitors.

Photo by High Time Photography.

The Decision to Compete Modified

I compete as an amateur. My horse Highly Discreet (“Milo”) and I have been competing at the Training level for two years. After a successful spring season, we were looking to move up to Preliminary. We completed a couple of combined tests at the Preliminary level over the summer, but had not been to a recognized event since May. Competing Modified at Five Points seemed like the best choice prior to making the leap into the Preliminary level.

Modified is its own unique division. The event organizers at CHP did an excellent job of following the standards set by USEA. As per the rules, the fences are set at 1.05 meters (1.0 meters for Training and 1.10 meters for Preliminary) and the cross country speed is 490 m/min (420-450 m/min for Training and 520 m/min for Preliminary). I had the opportunity to walk both the Preliminary and Modified cross country courses and felt that they were both a true technical representation of the level. The Modified course offered a greater challenge than a championship Training course, but was less difficult than the Preliminary course.

Photo by High Time Photography.

The Modified Experience

I could not have asked for a better experience in preparation for moving up to Preliminary. After a good dressage test, Milo had no jumping penalties and only added a little time on cross country for a 3rd place finish in our division. Although I was happy with our placing, the experience gave me both improved confidence and a good indication of what we needed to continue to focus on prior to our first Preliminary event. Milo is the first horse that I have brought up through the levels, and I would not be successful without the coaching of Mike Plumb. His guidance and expertise have been instrumental in our success.

Thank you Carolina Horse Park for offering the Modified division at Five Points H.T. I hope that more events will offer the division as a stepping stone between the Training and Preliminary levels.


Julia Krajewski and Team GB Top Nations Cup at Waregem

Julia Krajewski bounced back following a disappointing result at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games to win the FEI Nations Cup at Waregem CICO3* in Belgium with Samurai du Thot on a final score of 29.4.

Julia and “Sam,” a 12-year-old Selle Francais gelding (Milor Landais x Melitos du Thot, by Flipper d’Elle), sat in second after the first two phases and delivered the fastest cross country round in torrential rain to take the win.

With Germany drawn first in the order and Julia and Sam serving as pathfinders for the team, they had the very best of the footing on Tom Ryckewaert’s cross country course and stormed home with 4.8 time penalties.

With rain pouring down and conditions deteriorating on cross country, Waregem quickly became a tough mudder. Overnight leaders Michael Jung and Lennox 364 added 28.0 time penalties to drop to 21st place on 51.8. Frank Ostholt and Jum Jum added 8.4 time penalties to move up from 22nd to finish second on 40.0..

While only 13 of the 101 starters in the Nations Cup withdrew before cross country due to the heavy rainfall at Waregem, 44 combinations withdrew from the CIC2*.

Waregem posted a statement on Facebook addressing the weather: “A grateful thank you to all riders that competed under the difficult weather conditions at the cross country in Waregem. A big thank you to all officials, volunteers and especially the fence judges who were working under heavy rain.”

Germany topped the Nations Cup leaderboard at Waregem through the first two phases, but with their team racking up time penalties on cross country, the door opened for Great Britain to take the win on a final team score of 130.4.

France has been on fire this season with four wins in the Nations Cup, but settled for second place in Waregem with a final team score of 136.4. Germany finished third on 148.1.

With one leg to go in the 2018 FEI Nations Cup Eventing series, France still tops the overall standings with 490 points, followed closely by Great Britain with 480 points — well out in front of the other countries.

The stage is set for a thrilling finale in the Nations Cup final at Boekelo in the Netherlands next month as France and Great Britain battle for the 2018 series title.

Waregem Links: Website, Final Results, Team Results, Nations Cup Standings

Norwegian Eventer Heidi Bratlie Larsen Receives Yellow Card at WEG

Heidi Bratlie Larsen and Euforian at WEG. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Norway’s Heidi Bratlie Larsen received a yellow card on Sept. 15 during cross country at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games for “abuse of horse / riding an obviously lame horse.”

The ground jury stopped Heidi on course after fence 21 when Euforian, her 13-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding she calls “Grålle,” was visibly lame.

“At the last water jump I had a suspicion that something was not right and considered stopping, but did not manage to do it before I was stopped shortly after,” Heidi said on her Facebook page.

“That I was stopped was absolutely right, and I would have done it myself. That the World Championships did not end as planned now means little. Grålle is the most important thing to me.”

Euforian was transported off course in the equine ambulance to the on-site veterinary treatment center at Tryon International Equestrian Center. He was diagnosed with a soft tissue injury and treated on-site.

Euforian boarded his flight home on Sept. 18 and is now back in Norway and continuing his recovery. The EN team sends continued speedy healing wishes to Euforian.

No other yellow cards or verbal warnings were issued during the eventing competition at WEG.

The FEI’s list of yellow cards and sanctions is updated weekly during the eventing season and can be viewed on the FEI’s website.


Monday News and Notes from Fleeceworks

Tommy Neneman spreads gravel between riders. Photo courtesy of AK Dragoo Photo.

It takes a village to run a horse trials and there are a lot of jobs that frequently go unsung. At Plantation Field International, the grounds crew were working triple time tending the footing on cross country. Thanks Tommy Neneman, Dylan Barry and Eric Bull for making sure the way of going was the best it could be for the horses in this wet weather!

National Holiday: National Bluebird of Happiness Day

Major Events This Weekend:

Plantation Field: WebsiteScheduleXC Start TimesSJ Start TimesLive ScoresCourse PreviewLive StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Action:

Twin Rivers Fall H.T. [Website] [Results]

Aspen Farms H.T. [Website] [Results]

Marlborough H.T [Website] [Results]

Flora Lea Fall H.T. [Website] [Results]

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

MeadowCreek Park H.T – The Fall Social Event [Website] [Results]

Cedar Ridge H.T. [Website] [Results]

FEH Qualifier at Loch Moy Farm [Website] [Results]

FEH Championships at Loch Moy Farm [Website]

Monday News and Notes:

You’ve probably seen photos of ‘the girl with the feathers’ in her hair competing in show jumping at WEG. That’s Danielle Goldstein and she rides for Israel. She wear crop top shirts walking courses, rides in yoga pants, and turns heads with the plume of feathers billowing behind her in the arena. Danielle describes herself as ‘left of center’ and she’s going to reach her goals her way. [Rebel With A Cause]

Germnay’s Simone Blum just jumped her way into the history books as the first female individual show jumping gold medalist since the inception of the World Equestrian Games in 1900. At just 29 years old, Simone and her chestnut mare DSP Alice turned in a 5-round score of 3.47, meaning they incurred only time penalties all week! [She’s the Show Jumping World Champion We’ve Been Waiting For]

Over 50 young horses competed in the FEH East Coast Championships at Loch Moy Farm this weekend. From yearlings through 4 year olds, the future stars of our sport showed off for the judges. Every colt and filly was judged on conformation. The 3 year olds were sent through the jump chute, and the 4 year olds were ridden under saddle as well as sent through the jump chute. [Day 1] [Day 2]

Relive the excitement and drama of WEG 2018 in pictures [Through the Lens]

Monday Video: You have to watch this gold medal pas de deux!

Winning Round – Vaulting Pas Des Deux | FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018

One word to describe this display…Stunning 👏 👏A performance that fully deserved a gold medal. Having been out over the last year with a broken leg, Lorenzo Lupacchini comes back strong to join his partner Silvia Stopazzini to show an energetic and incredible show. 🥇 Silvia Stopazzini & Lorenzo Lupacchini 🇮🇹🥈 Jasmin Lindner & Lukas Wacha 🇦🇹🥉 Janika Derks & Johannes Kay 🇩🇪

Posted by Fédération Equestre Internationale on Thursday, September 20, 2018