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Monday Video from Total Saddle Fit: Carolina International 2019 Intermediate Water

All eyes were on the Cloud 11~Gavilan North LLC Carolina International CCI4*-S, CCI3*-S and Advanced over the livestream courtesy of EQSportsNet, but we can enjoy some of the national Intermediate divisions too thanks to this compilation that RNS Videomedia put together of the Intermediate water complex.

Lynn Symansky and Mary Ann Ghadban’s Under Suspection, a 15-year-old Holsteiner mare, added only six cross country time penalties to their dressage score to take home the win in the Open Intermediate division on 27.4. You can watch them tackle the water at 0:17 in the above video.

The Intermediate Rider division was won by Katie Lichten (2:37 minute mark) and 13-year-old Hanoverian gelding RF Luminati owned by Harold Lichten. The pair also added only cross country time to their dressage score and their double clear show jumping round on Sunday clinched them the win on 38.2.

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Jennie Brannigan Recovering from Broken Jaw Sustained in Carolina Fall

Jennie Brannigan and FE Lifestyle at Carolina 2017. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Jennie Brannigan is recovering from a broken jaw after falling from FE Lifestyle on the CCI4*-S cross country course on Saturday, March 23, at Carolina International in Raeford, North Carolina.

FE Lifestyle, a 9-year-old German Sport Horse gelding owned by Tim and Nina Gardner, left a leg jumping into the coffin at Fence 7A on Ian Stark’s course, and Jennie fell into the ditch. The horse was uninjured in the incident.

She had surgery yesterday at UNC Medical Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, to repair her broken jaw. Her doctors are planning for her to return home to Pennsylvania later this week.

Jennie extended her thanks to all who have reached out with well wishes. The EN team sends her all the best for a speedy recovery.

Click here to read all of EN’s coverage from Carolina International.

Event Horse March Madness: Sweet 16!

EN Event Horse March Madness: Sweet 16! Who should advance to the Elite 8 … you decide! Photos by EN.

Who is the fiercest event horse in the land? Our NCAA college basketball inspired March Madness showdown marches on today with the Sweet 16!

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

Determination of winner: Popular vote!
Round of 32, Part 1: Monday, March 18
Round of 32, Part 2: Wednesday, March 20
*Sweet 16: Monday, March 25*
Elite 8: Monday, April 1
Final 4: Friday, April 5
Championship: Monday, April 8

Today’s match-ups: Some tough calls to make out there. Heavy-hitters going head-to-head on the North American front, the French have their work cut out for them over in Europe, Irish favorites are up against a World Champion and last year’s Kentucky winner in the UK/IRE bracket, and the AUS/NZL bracket is a recipe for divorce!

Sweet 16 voting is open through midnight on Sunday, March 31, with the Elite 8 to be announced the following day. Go vote, and Go Eventing!

#DogsOfEN: Carolina International Edition

Working hard, or hardly working? There’s a healthy representation of both in these canine candids from the weekend that was at the Cloud 11 ~ Gavilan North Carolina International.

Check ’em out!

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KER Weekend Winners: Carolina International, Poplar Place, Southern Arizona

Watching eventers douse one another with champagne on a podium just never gets old. What a weekend for U.S. eventing!

An extra congrats to our lowest scoring finisher in the country this weekend, Nobie Cannon and Isabeau VT, who won the Open Training-A division at Carolina International on their dressage score of 19.3.

Your weekend winners:

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CCI4*-S: Liz Halliday-Sharp & Fernhill By Night (27.9)
CCI3*-S: Will Faudree & Caeleste (28.9)
CCI2*-S: Andrew McConnon & Bossinova (24.3)
Advanced: Buck Davidson & Carlevo (38.3)
Intermediate Rider: Katie Lichten & RF Luminati (38.2)
Open Intermediate: Lynn Symansky & Under Suspection (27.4)
Open Preliminary: Tim Bourke & Lennard (26.0)
Preliminary Rider: Austin Skeens & Rocmaster (31.7)
Open Training-A: Nobie Cannon & Isabeau VT (19.3)
Open Training-B: Adriana Nannini & Tall Tale (25.2)
Training Rider: Natalie Epstein & Fanta (30.9)

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Poplar Place March Horse Trials: Final Scores
Intermediate/Preliminary: Werner Geven & L’Avventura (35.0)
Open Preliminary: Melanie Smith & Shakedown Street (31.1)
Preliminary Rider: Amy Cobb & FGF Mr. Montificent (57.1)
Preliminary/Training: Cari Budny & Solo (39.9)
Jr. Training Rider: Lara Roberts & Nimbalina (33.6)
Open Training: Emily Renfroe-Dailey & Point of It All (38.3)
Sr. Training Rider: Isabel Franklin & Moonstruck (27.6)
Training Horse: Blake Fortson & Quiana AF (41.2)
Jr. Novice Rider: Julia Smolinski & Czarina (28.8)
Novice Horse: Maris Barden & Lots of Gusto (27.6)
Open Novice: Mary Bess Davis & Crimson Clover (29.5)
Sr. Novice Rider: Carrie Stryker & Just For Today (30.2)
Beginner Novice Horse: Angela Gottler & Caan’s Man In Black (25.6)
Jr. Beginner Novice Rider: Alexis Poe & Frankly My Dear (27.8)
Open Beginner Novice: Amanda Farmer & Boyd Marden (42.2)
Sr. Beginner Novice Rider: Angela Gottler & Icaan (32.1)
Intro: Elle Warnett & Jake (33.1)
Starter: Ashley Lansaw & Pleasantly Persist (53.3)

Southern Arizona Eventing Association Horse Trials: Final Scores
Preliminary/Modified: Deirdre Orcelletto & Got Rugged (99.9)
Modified: Jordan Crabo & Black Gold (31.1)
Open Training: Jaclyn Thomas & Aella (34.1)
Open Novice: Frederic Bouland & A Beautiful Promise (26.5)
Sr. Novice Rider: Lisa Jacobs & Kung Fu Slew (35.0)
Y.R. Novice Rider: Ruth Mock & Wodie (30.7)
Beg. Novice Rider A: Erica Zaborac & Dundee (31.4)
Beg. Novice Rider B: Ginger Desbiens & Twizzler (31.1)
Open Beg. Novice: Anika Bronfman & Commander Express (34.2)
Introductory A: Olivia O’Donnell & RO Millenium Image (32.5)
Introductory B: Amy Whipple & Pistolera Nic (33.1)

Congrats to all! Go Eventing.

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Monday News & Notes from Fleeceworks

Buck Davidson and Carlevo at Aachen 2018. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Buck Davidson and Carlevo LLC’s Carlevo quietly returned to competing this spring after a minor injury sidelined his fall campaign to compete at the Blenheim Palace CCI4*-L. Carlevo completed his first Advanced event since Aachen last month at Rocking Horse with a second-place finish, and yesterday he went one better to win the Advanced at Carolina International on 38.3, the only sub-40 finishing score in the division. Welcome back, Carlevo!

National Holiday: National Tolkien Reading Day (and all of The Lord of the Rings fans rejoiced!)

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U.S. Weekend Action:

MDHT March Starter Trial [Final Scores]

Poplar Place March Horse Trials [Final Scores]

Full Gallop March Schooling Show II [Final Scores]

Southern Arizona Eventing Association HT [Final Scores]

Your Monday News & Notes:

While we are anxiously awaiting the entry list for the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event, we can confirm that Australia’s Hazel Shannon and Willingapark Clifford will be competing. Hazel and Clifford are two-time winners of Adelaide CCI5*-L and have never competed outside of Australia. We look forward to showing them Kentucky hospitality! [Hazel Heading to Kentucky]

We are keeping a close eye on the FEI Sports Forum, which will take place April 15-16 at FEI Headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. Topics slated to be discussed include gender equality; an update on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, including climate mitigation planning; eventing risk management sanctions and measures; and an all-day forum on the future of endurance. [FEI Sports Forum 2019]

Many U.S. eventing fans will know the story of Lendon Gray and her Connemara/Thoroughbred Seldom Seen. If you aren’t familiar with the tale of how the “average-moving horse everyone said was too small” launched Lendon’s career in pure dressage, this piece is absolutely worth the read. [Lendon Gray: I Made My Career On An Average-Moving Horse Everyone Said Was Too Small]

Equitana, the world’s largest equestrian trade fair and exhibition, is coming to the U.S. for the first time in autumn 2020 at the Kentucky Horse Park. Taking place over three full days, Equitana USA will offer shopping, instruction, education, entertainment and more. [Equitana to Make US Debut in 2020]

Monday Video: Holly Payne Caravella and CharmKing LLC’s CharmKing jumped a lovely clear show jumping round in the Carolina CCI3*-S to take the lead following the second phase. They ultimately finished sixth after cross country.

Social Media Roundup: Best of Cloud 11 ~ Gavilan North Carolina International

That’s a wrap on the Cloud 11 ~ Gavilan North Carolina International. Now in its sixth year at the Carolina Horse Park in Raeford, North Carolina, the event has absolutely gone from strength to strength thanks to a dedicated team who are committed to running one of the best events in the country.

We had absolutely picture-perfect weather for cross country day yesterday, and spectators and competitors alike enjoyed the beautiful sunshine. Scroll down to see the event through their eyes.

Thank you to all who followed along with EN’s coverage of Carolina International. Click here to catch up on all of our reports. Go Eventing.

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Absolutely fabulous day 3 at Carolina International!!! Lucia and Clark started the day off with an awesome XC! This is both of their first run back at the Intermediate level since Lucia got pregnant a little less than 2 years ago and they both were amazing!!! Chloe then was a beast around the CCI3-S track! She jumped a little over exuberantly into the second water and I nearly went swimming, but managed to cling on! She has impressed me so much this weekend 💕 Dawson finished the day with a super double clear show jump round! One more day of competition tomorrow with Dawson running XC in the morning and Clark show jumping in the afternoon! Huge thank you to @skceventer for being an amazing groom this weekend and always ❤️ #eventing #carolinainternational #guardianhorseproducts @eqyss @equinecomfortproducts @triplecrownfeed @stubbenna @revitavetofficial

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Sunday Videos: Watch Liz Halliday-Sharp’s Winning Carolina CCI4*-S Rides

Liz Halliday-Sharp and Deborah Halliday’s Fernhill By Night led the Carolina International CCI4*-S from start to finish and won on their dressage score of 27.9, the lowest finishing score since the event started in 2014, according to EquiRatings.

EQSportsNet posted videos of Liz’s winning dressage test and clear show jumping round. Scroll down to watch those videos, and we will update this post with her cross country round once it’s available.

All live stream footage is now available to watch on demand. The USEA partnered with EQSportsNet to offer a 50% discount on subscriptions through the end of the year. Use the code EQUSEA2019 to receive a Silver Access subscription for $5 per month, which allows you to watch the on-demand footage.

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Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: Geldings Galore!

In the market for a new four-legged partner? You may find your unicorn on our sister site, Sport Horse Nation. To help with the search, we’re going to feature a selection of current listings here on EN each week. We include the ad copy provided; click the links for videos, pricing and contact information.

“Ask a Gelding. Tell a Stud. Discuss it with a mare.”

Geldings may be more agreeable, but there’s nothing wrong with that! Geldings can be willing, teachable and loyal partners. Here’s six of our latest geldings listed for sale on Sport Horse Nation:

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Handsome TB 16.3hh 8 YO. Show mileage to 1.10 meters

8 YO 16.3 TB. This big handsome boy has looks and jumping talent. An uphill build with super form and scope, he is easy to jump, carries a great rhythm in the canter and has show mileage at the 1.10 meter level. Has had 2 seasons in Florida. Showed at HITS Ocala 2019 in Week 3 – clear in all 4 classes with ribbons in 3. Doesn’t need a 6 day a week schedule, he can have a week off and be the same horse. Well schooled on the flat, he has counter-canter and changes. Stands quietly at the ringside or in lessons. Excellent barn manners and an absolute self-loader and good shipper. Hacks out in company or alone. Video available. Lower five figures as we are heading back home soon. Located in Florida.

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Want to go to AECs this September? Come try Millye’s Mojave!

Millye’s Mojave: 2005 16.1h chestnut Thoroughbred gelding

This is your ultimate Novice packer! “Morris” is an experienced eventer and was the 2017 Beginner Novice Champion at the American Eventing Championships. He has already qualified for the 2019 AECs at Novice with two 1st place finishes this year. This brings his total win count to 7 throughout his career, all with his amateur owner. Morris is easy on the flat and over fences, and has a good lead change. He has scored as low as 20.5 in the dressage phase at competitions. Not only is he great to ride, but he is also a lovely personality in the barn. He is the PERFECT horse for a junior or amateur looking to have fun! Located in South Carolina.

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Ready for Modified

2010, 16.2H TB gelding. He has done 6 training level events since Dec., placing 5th and 6th in the last few. These could have been wins and top 3 placings if his rider didn’t always mess up in show jumping. This horse is a super star, better than your average TB. He will probably finish the Florida season with a modified in prep for prelim and if that happens the price goes up considerably. He is a lovely mover, a nice round jumper, has auto changes, is brace cross country and very straightforward and easy going. Basically a very cool dude which anyone would be lucky to have. In Ocala until April then he heads back to Ontario.

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Winning Preliminary Gelding

aka “Teal” is an 11 yr old 16.1 h Irish Sport Horse that has competed up to the CCI**-L. Multiple recent wins at the Prelim level but just as happy to jump around the lower levels. Perfect horse for amateur or young rider! Easy ride and over all great brain. Clips without sedation, loads, not spooky, ties. One owner since imported as a coming 5 yr old sourced through Law Eventing.

Only selling because I am a young financially independent professional and the only way to continue to bring more nice horses such as Teal into my barn is by selling them as well. Located in Florida.

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Uncle Eddy: fun, fun, fun!

Uncle Eddy: 2009 16.1h bay Thoroughbred gelding

Looking to have fun this year? Then come try Uncle Eddy! This experienced event horse has competed through Training level, but schooled through Preliminary. He has top placings with his junior rider at Novice and Training, and is perfectly suited for a junior or adult amateur. Eddy is easy to be around, and would be a welcome addition to any barn. He has a super personality and is just as happy to go on a trail ride as he is to go to a show. A really fun horse! Only selling due to owner being in college with no time to ride.

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Lovely Upper level Event Prospect

Bahian Macadamia-16.3h, 8yr old, Cleveland Bay/TB, gelding. Wonderful disposition, excellent mover and jumper, brave, and super work ethic. Would be great for an adult amateur, young rider, or professional. In the 20’s at every show, and won his last Trainong level. No vices. Located Mansfield, Ga. Mid five figures.

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Hometown Heroes: Faudree and McConnon Take Carolina CCI-S Wins

Will Faudree and Caeleste. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Will Faudree and Liz Halliday-Sharp both set out of the start box in the Carolina International CCI3*-S in equal third place on 28.9 following show jumping, so whomever finished closer to the optimum time would break the tie.

Liz went out right before Will aboard Pru Dawes’ Flash Cooley, a 7-year-old Irish Sport Horse (CSF MR Kroon X Castlefield Ruby) making his CCI3*-S debut, and came home 5 seconds inside the optimum time.

As Will was approaching the end of the course with Caeleste, he heard Liz’s time announced and was able to ease up just enough to finish 1 second closer to the optimum time. When overnight leaders Holly Payne Caravella and second-placed Colleen Loach both picked up time penalties as the final two on course, Will and Caeleste took the win, with Liz and Flash Cooley finishing second.

This is the second time “Mouse,” a 9-year-old Holsteiner mare (Contender X Happygolucky, by Lucky Lionell) owned by Jennifer Mosing and Sterling Silver Stables, has won the CCI3*-S at Carolina, as she also topped the leaderboard in 2016. The following year she bowed both of her front tendons.

“It’s fun to have her back. She’s been plagued with a bit of bad luck, and we thought it was career-ending, but it turned out after a year off we brought her back. Last year I ran her all year but didn’t do any long formats,” Will said. “She feels really strong, and her aim is going to be Jersey Fresh this year. If things work out, I think she’d be a strong contender for the Pan Ams.”

Liz Halliday-Sharp and Flash Cooley. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Finishing second was a special result for Liz Halliday-Sharp and her team, as the horse’s owner, Pru Dawes, was at the event to watch “Casper” seriously impress in his debut at the level. “I produced that horse from a 4-year-old, and it’s amazing that she bought him and let me keep the ride,” Liz said. “He’s a 7-year-old and literally did his first CCI2*-L in October. He’s an incredible little machine.”

Sydney Conley Elliott and Carol Stephens’ QC Diamantaire, a 9-year-old Oldenburg (Diarado X Lantana, by Sandro Hit), jumped clear and inside the time to finish third on 29.0. (They were members of Erik Duvander’s winning North American Futures Challenge team — stay tuned for more on that.)

Alyssa Phillips and her own Oskar, a 10-year-old Holsteiner (Coriando X Nicole, by Marlo), had the save of the day at the big brush corner coming out of the Cloud 11 Montrose Pool water complex and ultimately beat the clock to move up to fourth on 29.1.

Dressage leaders Kristen Bond and I’m Sew Ready, a 15-year-old KWPN (Lupicor X Jarda, Elcaro) owned by John and Kristine Norton, delivered the second fastest trip of the division to round out the top five on 29.6.

Just 10 of 54 combinations (18.5% of the field) in the CCI3*-S jumped clear rounds inside the time on Ian Stark’s track. Click here for final results.

Andrew McConnon and Bossinova. Photo by Brant Gamma Photography.

Andrew McConnon Bests CCI2*-S

Like Will Faudree, Andrew McConnon also hails from the Southern Pines area, and taking the first international win of his career aboard his own Bossinova in the CCI2*-S in front of a hometown crowd made the result that much more special.

EN readers will be familiar with “Hugo,” a 9-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Bonifatius x Dawina, by Der Lord), we featured on EN’s Got Talent last year. He added one rail to his dressage score to win on 24.3.

“He was a 7-year-old when I got him. I looked for a quite awhile during my time in England, and I got him in the last 24 hours I was there. He’s excellent in the dressage and really steady. I can trust him to go in, but this year he feels stronger and is taking me down centerline instead of me pushing him, which I think is where those extra marks came from,” Andrew said.

“On the cross country, the footing was fantastic and the course was great — the horses stormed around. Marc Donovan did an incredible jump with the show jumping course, too. I saw horses that jumped better than I’d ever seen them jump before, and the footing (from Attwood Equestrian Surfaces) is also amazing. It led to a great show jumping round for us.”

Kyle Carter and Gaillards Lancer, an 8-year-old KWPN gelding (Diarado X Urlanta, by Flemmingh) owned by Brandon and Savannah Blackstock, jumped clear to finish second on 27.5.

Hugh Wrigley and his own FE Santos, an 8-year-old Hanoverian gelding, jumped clear to round out the top three on 28.9.

Click here for final scores in the CCI2*-S.

Praise for Carolina International

Will Faudree praised Organizing Committee co-chairs Jane Murray and Bobby Costello for their dedication to running a top notch event, particularly in regards to improving the footing on cross country and widening the galloping lanes.

“It was really an effort from the Carolina Horse Park and the Organizing Committee of the Carolina International that pushed for things that aren’t always so important for spectators, but with the ground and the footing they just did an unbelievable job,” Will said.

“Jennifer Mosing is the ‘Cloud 11’ behind this event and deserves a huge shout-out. Her support of this event gives us the ability to stand up in the meetings and say ‘you have to do the footing better.’ Without Jennifer I wouldn’t be here, but really without Jennifer none of us would be at this event.”

Andrew McConnon echoed the same sentiment: “Marc Donovan’s father, Jack Donovan, was instrumental with Lefreda Williams in really starting the park. I came down in 2002 for the first time and competed in the American Eventing Championships here in 2005. To go from there to what it looks like now, they’ve really done a great job. It’s great to have the home crowd, and it adds that bit of pressure, too.”

The action at Carolina International concludes Sunday with cross country and show jumping in the National divisions. Click here to catch up on all of EN’s Carolina coverage. Go Eventing.

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