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Meet the Rising Stars in Tiana Coudray’s Yard

UK-based U.S. eventer Tiana Coudray recently had a huge weekend at Badminton — not over four-star fences, but in the 4- and 5-year-old Dubarry Young Horse Qualifiers hosted earlier in the week.

Her first win was with Donna Sion, by Don Diarado, in the 4-year-old class, followed by a claiming of the top spot in the 5-year-old class with Royaldik son Hullabaloo.

Tiana has a gift for identifying and producing young talent. In 2015 she won the 5-Year-Old Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse final with Cavalier Crystal.

As for this year, she is off and running, In addition to her stellar Badminton results with the youngsters, she is aiming the talented 6-year-old G and 7-year-old Cancaras Girl at the FEI World Breeding Championships for Young Horses at Le Lion d’Angers in France in October. Tiana extends her gratitude to the horses’ owners, whose support is so critical to the development of these rising stars.

She recently took the time to introduce us to the brightest up-and-comers in her yard. Here are five to keep your eye on in 2017 and beyond!

Tiana Coudray and Cancaras Girl. Photo courtesy of Golden Eye Photography.

Donna Sion

“DD is a beautiful 4-year-old by Don Diarado who was bought from the Brightwells sale last December by Lucinda Campbell. We got her going for a few weeks under saddle and then turned her away in the field to be a baby for a while longer.

“Since coming back into work she has proved to be incredibly brave and level headed making her such an easy baby to work with. She is so balanced and developed for a 4-year-old that she finds the work easy and has been a real star in every way. She will do a few events and the 4-year-old championships later this year but otherwise have a fairly easy year.

“Since she finds it all so easy and has a ‘been there, seen that’ attitude, the temptation would be to do lots with her. As much as youngsters need to get out and see lots of things for their education, I believe it’s really important with the ones that are ‘ahead of the class’ that you don’t take it for granted and keep going for more and more. Although they are keen to work and excelling at every turn, they are still growing and mentally they need to be allowed to be babies some of the time. Once she has done a bit, she will go back out on holiday for a few weeks or a month and carry on like that until next year.”

Tiana Coudray and Hullaballoo. Photo by Top Shots Photography.


“Baloo is a 5-year-old gelding by Royaldik out of a Burgraff mare owned by Nicola Burton who owns Wrestow Stud. He is a really handsome, big horse who attracts attention everywhere he goes. He has the breeding and the looks of a proper event horse. Nicola has sent him to us to give him a solid foundation for her son to take over the ride down the road.” 

Tiana Coudray and Happenstance. Photo by Golden Eye Photography.


“‘The Prawn’ is a 5-year-old mare by Quality Time and owned by Annabelle James. She is a scrappy little whippersnapper who thinks she runs the show and knows it all! Annabelle bought her sight unseen last year in memory of her good friend Karen Hughes who sadly lost her battle with cancer. Annabelle decided that life is short and she wanted to take a chance and enjoy it.

“She arrived a completely feral, scrawny little thing and hence we started calling her Scrawny-Prawny, which eventually became The Prawn. We backed her last autumn and she was turned away in the winter. She has been quietly coming on this spring and just did her first event last weekend, scoring a 29 double-clear to win so we’re excited for her season ahead.”

Tiana Coudray and G. Photo courtesy of Tiana Coudray.


“Rupert we bought together with Diana Chappell as a raw 3-year-old as a project to get going under saddle and then sell. As it turned out he took a long time to back and have riding away reliably and in that time we became quite enamored with him and so he still hasn’t been sold!”

“He’s made child’s play of everything so far and in only six runs last year had already gotten to Novice (Preliminary in America) scoring a 21 double-clear! That was in July and I said, that’s it, he’s going on holiday as he was still only a 5-year-old and he didn’t need to do anything more for his age! He has continued to excel this season at Novice and will hopefully do a 1* this summer with the 6-year-old World Championships at le Lion in mind for this October.”

Tiana Coudray and Cancaras Girl. Photo courtesy of Tiana Coudray.

Cancara’s Girl

“Cara is a 7-year-old mare that I saw advertised on Facebook having done a little bit of show jumping. I wasn’t at all in a position to buy a horse but something about her just struck a cord and I was on a plane to Aberdeen the next day. With the help of Diana Chappell we bought her that week.”

“A week after that, and with Cara having no clue what dressage was or why you would ever be ridden on grass in an open field, I took her to her first event which she jumped around like a legend! She has taken everything we’ve thrown at her like a champ and is proving me right for thinking she was something special. While she is very green in some ways and still catching up on parts of her education, she’s proving to be a very good horse, and a natural at cross country. She will go Intermediate at her next event and aim for a 2* later this summer. If she continues to succeed we will aim her also for le Lion in October.”

Go Eventing.

Weekend Instagram Roundup: All Around the Eventing Nation

There was plenty enough going on out there in the great sovereign state of EN this weekend. Here are a few citizen snapshots from Kent School Spring H.T., Fair Hill May H.T., Chattahoochee Hills H.T. and Otter Creek Spring H.T.

Don’t forget to tag your event photos on Instagram and follow EN!

Ooooh, pretty ribbons! Good luck to all our competitors!

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Go Eventing.

Monday News and Notes from Fleeceworks

You might recognize some of these Tough Mudders! Photo by Cuyler Walker.

Boyd Martin and Ryan Wood traded their riding boots for sneakers and accepted the Tough Mudder challenge this weekend at Plantation Field in Pennsylvania. It’s an obstacle race that’s all about teamwork and rising above the struggles, which sounds a lot like eventing! It looks like they had a great time at the race, and Ryan somehow found the time and energy to go win a couple divisions at Fair Hill, too. #workhardplayhard

U.S. Weekend Action:

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

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

Fair Hill May H.T. [Website] [Results]

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

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

CCC Spring Gulch H.T. [Website] [Ride Times]

Monday News and Notes:

The second annual USEA Intercollegiate Championships are coming up this week at the Virginia Horse Trials. Participation has more than doubled over the inaugural Championships in 2016; this time nearly 90 riders and 22 teams are hitting the road to represent their college or university in a team Championship. University of Georgia swept the leaderboard last year, winning both the Championship and the Spirit Award. Can they defend their title or will they be overtaken? [Prizes and Free Entries to Claim at USEA Intercollegiate Championships]

Three champions were crowned yesterday at the Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions hosted by the USET Foundation at Gladstone Headquarters. After watching many quality rides throughout several days of competition, President of the Ground Jury Gary Rockwell commented, “We can see some good young horses and young riders coming up, so that is our future; we need to support and encourage them and give them a chance.” [Big Winners at Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions]

The Strzegom CICO3* in Poland kicked off the 2017 FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing series, and Germany is looking to claim a second consecutive victory this year. They’re on the right track with a team win this weekend and as a nation claiming six of the top 10 placings. [Germany Dominates Strzegom Nations Cup CICO3*]

Eventers have long looked to the racetrack to find their next partner in crime. Thoroughbreds are already a popular breed in polo, but OTTBs are becoming more popular on the field of play. Here are eight benefits and challenges to retraining an ex-racehorse for polo.  [Why Polo Can Be the Ideal Second Career for Racehorses]

We love nothing more than a sunny day at the barn, but the sun’s summer rays may be harmful to your horse or pony’s skin, particularly on their sensitive little noses. There are several ways to prevent sunburn, which is painful and could become infected. Listen in to this podcast to learn how!  [How to Prevent Sunburn on a Horse’s Nose and Lips]

Monday Video: The Intermediate winners from Texas Rose Horse Park.

Germany Dominates Strzegom Nations Cup CICO3*, Karin Donckers Wins CCI3*

Andreas Dibowski (GER) and FRH Butts Avedon. Photo by Leslie Wylie. Andreas Dibowski (GER) and FRH Butts Avedon. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Germany came to win in this weekend’s Nations Cup CICO3* at Strzegom in Poland, claiming six out of the top 10 individual spots on the leaderboard after the show jumping finale early on today.

It was Germany’s Kai Ruder and Colani Sunrise who took home the individual honors — this pair was, in fact, not a part of the German Nations Cup team this weekend — finishing on a final score of 51.9 to lead from start to finish.

Colani Sunrise, an 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding owned by Anne Diener, made his first three-star start of 2017 this weekend. His 2016 highlights include a top-10 finish at Luhmühlen, and this weekend boasted a personal best FEI dressage score for this horse, whose previous record low was a 43.9 at the CIC2* level.

In second place in the CICO3* and the highest placed German team rider are Andreas Dibowski and FRH Butts Avedon, who completed their weekend on a final score of 57.4. FRH Butts Avedon, who is 14 this year, last competed in a Nations Cup event at Boekelo last year, where he came second individually. He is no stranger to Nations Cup competition, though, as this weekend is his ninth completion in such an event during his career.

Rounding out the top three in the individual Nations Cup standings are Falk-Filip-Finn Westerich and FBW Gina K, 10-year-old Württemberger mare who finishes her highest placing at the level to date. This is the third Nations Cup appearance for this pair, who previously completed individually at Vairano as well as this same venue, Strzegom, in 2016.

Germany finishes another strong weekend on a final team score of 179.1, handily ahead of second placed Great Britain, who placed one rider in the top 10 (Alex Bragg and Redpath Ransom, fourth place) on a score of 246.9. Sweden completes the top three on the team podium with a final score of 247.5.

Karin Donckers and Fletcha van’t Verahof. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Looking to the CCI3* at Strzegom, it was Belgium’s Karin Donckers and Fletcha van’t Verahof, rerouting after retiring on cross country at Badminton earlier this month. This pair, who is very experienced at the three- and four-star levels (they finished fifth individually at WEG in 2014), bounced back in style to complete the weekend on a final score of 53.2 with just about 30 seconds of time on cross country.

Merel Blom (NED) and Rumour Has It N.O.P. finished their CCI3* weekend in second position on a three-day score of 52.4. This pair moved into second following cross country on the wings of the quickest run of the division and added no penalties in show jumping to solidify their finishing position. This is this pair’s first Advanced run since finishing in Rio in the top 20 individually last summer.

And completing the top three in the Stzegom CCI3* are the Swiss pair Eveline Bodenmüller and Waldmann, a 13-year-old Holsteiner gelding. These two completed the CCI3* here in 2014 in the top 20 and make a big improvement on that finish this year on a final score of 55.3.

We now look ahead to the next Nations Cup leg, which will be held this weekend at Houghton Hall in Great Britain. This leg will feature our two young guns, Caroline Martin and Mackenna Shea, who are beginning their European trip on the heels of the Karen Stives Eventing Endowment Fund.

Strzegom CICO3*: Website, Results>

Upset Alert: Cloud Computing Wins Preakness Stakes, No Triple Crown This Year

Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming dashed our dreams of a Triple Crown winner this year, fading quickly in the stretch during the 142nd Preakness Stakes at Pimlico yesterday afternoon. Instead, it was lesser backed Cloud Computing, trained by Chad Brown, who stormed down the stretch to close powerfully over Classic Empire.

It was a great race, with Classic Empire finishing in second and a hard closing Senior Investment getting up for third. Always Dreaming faded to finish in eighth place in the 10-horse field.

Next for racing fans, we’ll look ahead to the Belmont Stakes to be held on June 10 at Belmont Park in New York. Cloud Computing’s connections have yet to comment on whether or not the colt will compete.

Best of JN: ‘Pony App’ Will Change Equine Bookkeeping Forever

This article originally appeared on our sister site, Jumper Nation. Each week, we feature our favorite headline from Jumper Nation right here on EN. Be sure to bookmark JN for all of your jumper needs!

Palo Alto, Calif. – May 16, 2017 – Tired of writing checks? Chasing down payment? Wondering when was the last time your horse saw the dentist?

At last, there is a solution for all your problems: The PonyApp!

US Olympian Lucy Davis and partner Lindsay Douglass launched Ponyapp this winter to provide an easy solution for horse care clients and professionals across the globe.

“None of us got hooked to this lifestyle to camp out in an office. Ponyapp makes managing your stable and/or business more efficient, so we can all spend more time on the ground with the horses,” Davis explained. “Our goal is to funnel the daily horse care services, news, and records into one place.”

What does it do? It is an iOS application for iPhone and iPad (Android and Desktop platforms coming soon) that helps you manage your business and stable in a centralized location:

1. Log important horse activities.
2. Set reminders for things like vaccinations, farrier visits, registration renewals, etc.
3. Upload vet reports, x-rays, or any other important documents.
4. Read articles, watch videos and review results from the top sport.
5. Invoice on its direct (and secure) payment platform…Pay and get paid!!

Who is it for? EVERYONE. PonyApp was designed specifically for the equine industry. No matter your level of involvement with horses, PonyApp has something for you

Where can you find it? In the App Store, by searching “the Ponyapp.”

Should you take the risk? ALWAYS. Check it out! It’s free, and we guarantee you won’t regret it!

Check it out.


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