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Monday Video from Tredstep Ireland: Your Adrenaline Fix from ERM

Day 2 at Wiesbaden – The Best Bits

What a day at Internationales Wiesbadener PfingstTurnierHere are the Best Bits 👇🏻

Posted by Event Rider Masters on Saturday, May 19, 2018

Ah, well, we can’t have an FEI event here in the States every weekend, you know. Good thing the Event Rider Masters (ERM) is underway, this week at Wiesbaden in Germany for Leg 2, so we can get our eventing adrenaline fix!

If you want the quick run-down of how the competition played out, check out the video of the ‘best bits’ above and/or read up on it in Shelby Allen’s recap. If you’ve got an hour or two to spare though, you can catch up on the full day of cross country from course-preview to nail-biting finish right here:

ERM Cross Country

Posted by Event Rider Masters on Saturday, May 19, 2018

Wiesbaden 2018 – Cross Country

Posted by Event Rider Masters on Saturday, May 19, 2018

So You Want to Get An OTTB, Part I: Swipe Right or Left

Off-track Thoroughbreds are becoming increasingly popular as versatile sporthorse projects that are often fairly inexpensive — but finding the perfect partner can be intimidating. Clare Mansmann, an OTTB professional, brings us a new series to help you get started! As seen on Horse Nation

Finding a horse is not unlike entering the dating scene (except it is a bit more fun, because horses). Before online dating took off, the steps were rather simple, albeit on the risky side: you saw someone you liked, you got your friends to attract attention, you gave your phone number, waited maybe three days, and went on a date while said friends knew your timing, location, and outfit choices. Pretty much everything after that was a bit of a gamble and the odds were not in your favor.

But today, we have tremendous resources and information at our fingertips. There are filters and algorithms and free background checks. You can apply the same standards of modern dating to decide if an OTTB is the right horse for you, which one is THE one, and the best way to get started on your search.

Clare and five-year-old Tiz Solo Vino, day one off the track. All photos courtesy of Clare Mansmann.

Start with this food for thought:

What are your goals for the relationship?

Goals are wonderful, but you can’t rely on one horse to necessarily fulfill them all. Consider breaking them into steps and begin with step one.

What attributes are most attractive to you?

Pretty is as pretty does. Look at suitability before worrying about size, color, gender and even worrying too much about conformation.

What are your hard limits and what can you be flexible about?

Properly rehabbed injuries are not future killers. We have seen tendon injuries, chips, soft feet — even old fractures heal well and strong and may not limit horses for even significant athletic careers.

What are your own experiences, strengths, and weaknesses?

You may want to date the Navy pilot who enjoys mountain climbing, para-sailing, and triathlons, but the reality is that you’re afraid of heights, don’t like the ocean, and don’t enjoy long walks … not even a little bit. Choose wisely and realistically. You don’t have to marry everyone you date and opposites only kind of attract. You do need some common ground.

Will your horse be coming home, to a trainer, or to a boarding barn?

If you’re reading this in order to educate yourself, you need a qualified trainer. Even trainers need trainers. If you think you don’t need a trainer, then you really really need a trainer. Websites such as www.retiredracehorseproject.org can assist in finding said trainer.

Do you have a trainer experienced with off-track horses?

There are a lot of great trainers out there, and while the OTTB is not a mythical creature and is not unlike any other horse, they are intelligent, active individuals, and a trainer sensitive to their needs and experienced in knowledge of their first career with be a definite asset.

Tiz Solo Vino, two weeks off track.

What is your budget not only for purchase/adoption price, but for continued education and care?

This question is a bit loaded and relates to whether you are ready for a fresh off-the-track prospect or one that has had the initial transitioning done. I have had beginner riders ask if an OTTB is the right way to go, and my answer is always the same: there is nothing wrong with any type of horse as long as that horse is appropriate for the rider. The OTTB factor isn’t a part of the suitability. It’s individual.

Should a green rider get a green horse? With a qualified trainer assisting until the pair is ready, there really is no problem with this. Should the horse come off the track and head to an inexperienced rider’s backyard? No. That is not good horsemanship. And it all comes back to reasonable, common-sense horsemanship. The OTTB can be a wonderful and affordable option in that initial purchase price, but know that you have acquired a green horse that needs training. So you trade that initial price for time and training. This is not to turn you off. That process can create a bond like no other.

Also, there is a bit of a stigma that these horses need to be rescued, and this is simply not always the case. Are there OTTBs in rescue situations? Of course. And there are other types of horses in the same situations. We are all helping to get those horses into the best hands and lives. But there is a deeper root to that problem and that is what we need to (and are working to) provide an avenue to ensure these horses don’t end up in the wrong pipeline in the first place.

Please do not think that by purchasing a horse from a trainer who has already transitioned a horse that you are not doing a service to the industry. Professional trainers are regularly adopting or pulling horses straight from the track, giving them a beautiful transition, and are very much in need of matching those horses with their perfect human before being able to repeat the process and help the horses and the industry. Groups like the Retired Racehorse Project have links to trainers and organizations who specialize in finding and starting these fabulous horses and their work is well worth taking advantage of.

Tiz Solo Vino, one month off the track.

Should you vet your prospect?

Sure! Purchase price does not negate gathering information — but use your vetting as just that. There is no such thing as pass or fail, but simply that gathering of information to decide if the horse is physically capable of your goals and what management would be necessary. A “good” vetting does not guarantee your horse will reach your goals, and a “bad” vetting does not necessarily rule those goals out. You’re evaluating and keeping the data to help make decisions, but in the end, the decision and commitment are yours to make as to if this is the horse for you and if you are willing to see it through.

Now that you have this plan in mind, you can get started scanning the interwebs and reputable sources. Going straight to the track is possible, but not recommended without connections and assistance. Utilizing non-profit aftercare organizations or intermediaries who are experienced and have extensive connections in finding appropriate horses and evaluating the prospects are the way to go. If you see someone with an OTTB you like, ask them how they found him or her. Get references of the sources and recommendations. Again, the Retired Racehorse Project website has an entire directory of non-profits, farms and trainers, and racetrack contacts.

Always remember that you don’t need to (and shouldn’t) go it alone. To be set up for success, both you and the horse need help and direction as you find each other and undertake this journey together. If you’re willing to put in the time, and you have the adequate training opportunities, you can work together to become the dream team you envision.

Step back, look at your options, get great advice, heed said advice, and only then should you get ready to swipe right.

Go riding!

Clare Mansmann started riding racehorses in her teens to get fit and ready for an upper level eventing career. It worked, and in the process, she fell completely in love with the breed and the sport. Together she and her husband, Tom, run Pacific Farms, Inc., where they focus their training and lessons on the fundamentals of classical riding in all disciplines, and are passionate about providing the best, most comprehensive education to the transitioning off-track Thoroughbred in order to best serve them and their futures.

Clare and Tom with Noosh’s Tale at the 2017 Retired Racehorse Project Thoroughbred Makeover.

#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.

Baby Finny loves him some baby Goatie 💕🦄🐐

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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!

Monday News and Notes from Fleeceworks

🏃🏻‍♂️💨#jumpanddrive #winner #fast #running #speed #stayfit 📸@tomspic.de

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The ring is flooded. The trails are flooded. The fields are flooded. Even roads are shut down for high water. So basically, we’re all living in water wings. Oh, and my horse has decided he just can’t be in the barn during thunder, so his new action plan is to stay outside and do what Michael’s doing in that photo. It’s fine. Everything is fine.

National Holiday: American Red Cross Founder’s Day

Major Events:

Event Rider Masters @ Wiesbaden WebsiteStart TimesResultsLive Stream

U.S. Weekend Action:

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

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

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

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

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

Monday News and Notes:

The third annual USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championship is this week! Meet the team members from Texas A&M who will be traveling all the way from College Station, Texas, to Lexington, Virginia, to compete. They’ve been working hard all year to fundraise for the trip and bond as a team through social activities. Gig ‘Em! [Fightin’ Texas Aggies Gear Up for the 2018 Intercollegiate Championship]

How many times have you wished that your horse could just tell you where it hurts? A new study won’t be able to sort out exactly that, but Chilean researchers are working to identify lameness biomarkers in spinal fluid that could help scientists develop treatments to prevent chronic pain. [Biomarkers: The Future of Equine Pain Diagnosis and Prevention?]

Besides the medals and prestige, what else do the top finishers of the World Equestrian Games receive for their achievements? Turns out, quite a bit of prize money. Interestingly, the amounts vary between disciplines. [What is winning worth in Tryon?]

USEA Photo Gallery: Through the Lens: Jersey Fresh International

Monday Video: Justify won the Preakness Stakes this weekend. Could we be looking at another Triple Crown winner?

Sunday Video from Total Saddle Fit: Cheeky Pony Goes Cross Country

Ponies are equal parts adorable and naughty, and no one knows that better than this young rider. Hang on tight, Emma, because it looks like “Basil” has his own plans on this cross country field. Kudos to her for never giving up, even in the face of a very hungry pony.

Specifically for eventers, the StretchTec Shoulder Relief Girth now comes in two shades of brown to match monoflap jump saddles! Let your horse move more freely and breathe easier by using the same girth as Tamra Smith. See them all here: totalsaddlefit.com

USEF President, CEO Deliver Safe Sport Updates

Logos via US Equestrian and U.S. Center for Safe Sport.

As US Equestrian continues compliance and education of the SafeSport Initiative, USEF President Murray Kessler and CEO Bill Moroney sent a letter to members this week saying:

“As you know, safe sport has been a topic of national conversation recently and we take this issue very seriously. USEF has been proactive for several years under the leadership of our General Counsel Sonja Keating to develop and implement safe sport programs and today we wanted to share with you additional steps we are taking to ensure our children and young athletes are safe while practicing and competing in the sport they love.

“US Equestrian is dedicated to bringing the joy of horse sports to as many people as possible and part of that joy is making sure you have the resources available to assist you in making safe choices for our children.  In the same way that our members look to US Equestrian, US Equestrian looks to the Center for the answers to our questions so that we do all we can to make your experience safe and fulfill our responsibilities as an NGB.”

To read the letter in its entirety, click here.

Safe Sport Training

  • Safe Sport training is FREE to all US Equestrian members. Safe Sport training is an online program that takes approximately 90 minutes, with the followup annual refresher course taking 30 minutes.
  • US Equestrian Board of Directors is set to discuss requiring all participants in USEF licensed competitions take Safe Sport training. Currently the training is only required for designated individuals that the USEF, “formally authorizes, approved or appoints to a position of authority over athletes.”
  • US Equestrian has created a full time staff position dedicated to Safe Sport compliance and education.
  • US Equestrian is strongly emphasizing Safe Sport education so that members, coaches and parents can be knowledgeable about how and when to report, but also to recognize signs of potential abuse. Free resources (available here) include Safe Sport training, parent toolkits, a banned list and 24-hour victim hotline information.

Bully, Harassment and Unsportsmanlike Behavior

US Equestrian stresses that not all misconduct is sexual. Bullying, harassment and unsportsmanlike behavior all fall under Safe Sport policy. These are defined as follows:

  • Bullying – Repeated and/or severe (a) aggressive behavior (b) among Minors, (c) that is intended or likely to hurt, control, or diminish another person emotionally, physically, or sexually. Such misconduct between adults does not constitute bullying; the conduct must be directed toward someone under 18 years of age to be actionable as bullying under the Center’s Code or our Safe Sport Policy.
  • Harassment – Repeated and/or severe conduct that (a) causes fear, humiliation or annoyance; (b) offends or degrades; (c) creates a hostile environment; or (d) reflects discriminatory bias in an attempt to establish dominance, superiority or power over an individual athlete or group based on age, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, race, ethnicity, culture, religion, national origin, or mental or physical disability; or (e) any act or conduct described as harassment under federal or state law. Whether conduct is harassing depends on the totality of the circumstances, including the nature, frequency, intensity, location, context, and duration of the behavior.

Reporting

  • The new Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 went into effect in February of this year. This requires amateur sports organizations and its members to report sex abuse allegations to the U.S. Center for Safe Sport and to law enforcement within 24 hours of such knowledge.
  • Report all sexual misconduct directly to the U.S. Center for SafeSport by phone at 720-524-5640 or online at www.safesport.org.
  • All non-sexual Safe Sport policy should be reported to US Equestrian. Reports can be viathe USEF Incident Report Form, or directly to Sonja Keating, General Counsel, [email protected], 859-225-2045, Sarah Gilbert, [email protected], 859-225-2022, or Emily Pratt, [email protected], 859-225-6956.

Any other Safe Sport inquiries should be directed to Sonja Keating at [email protected].

[Safe Sport Updates from USEF President and CEO]

[Safe Sport – Keeping Our Sport Safe for All]

[Time Is Up: SafeSport Polices Sexual Abuse in Olympic Sports]

[USEF President, CEO Issue Direct Address on Sexual Abuse and Misconduct]

 

Happy Hale Bob Day! Ingrid Klimke Takes ERM Win at Wiesbaden

From left: Julia Karjewski (GER), Ingrid Klimke (GER) and Oliver Townend (GBR). Photo by Benjamin Clark/Event Rider Masters.

Germany’s Ingrid Klimke clinched her first Event Rider Masters win this weekend in the second leg of the 2018 series aboard her own SAP Hale Bob OLD. The newly-crowned queen of Wiesbaden, Ingrid was pegged as an Equiratings favorite to win, and she delivered with the 14-year-old Oldenburg from start to finish.

They began the weekend on a score of 22.2—just higher than their personal best of 18.2 at this venue— and a clear show jumping round on Friday afternoon kept them out front, but just barely. FEI World Number 1 Oliver Townend was hot on their heels with Cillnabradden Evo, a 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse owned by Sally-Anne Eggington, on a score of 22.8 – and ERM personal best for the British rider.

Ingrid Klimke and SAP Hale Bob OLD. Photo by Benjamin Clark/Event Rider Masters.

Ingrid and Oliver were two of six pairs to master a double clear show jumping result. They were joined by Julia Krajewski, Tim Lips, Andreas Ostholt and Ludwig Svennerstal.

Wiesbaden produced both the highest ERM completion and cross country clear jumping rates, so the pressure was on as the top riders entered the start box. Ingrid and “Bobby” rose to the challenge, finishing two seconds quicker than Oliver to secure the 18,000 Eruo prize on a final score of 23.8.

“Bobby did such a wonderful job today. It was the best feeling to ride through the Schloss Park with so many people cheering us on,” she said.

Though he dropped one level on the podium, the 2016 ERM series champion still finished the weekend with only 2.4 time penalties added for a three-phase score of  25.2. “I am thrilled with the horse,” Oliver said. “To get so close to Hale Bob is very special and I couldn’t be happier with how he has performed.”

Also riding for the home nation, Julia Krajewski (GER) secured a third place finish with Samourai du Thot. They added just .8 cross country time penalties to finish on 29.1 points.

Julia Krajewski and Samourai du Thot. Photo by Benjamin Clark/Event Rider Masters.

“’Sam’ loves it here and he’s always been really comfortable in front of all of the people watching him,” Julia commented. “I was maybe a bit conservative at the start but by the end I could let him run and jump. He really loves his job and I love riding him. I am very proud to share the podium with two legends.”

Fourth place went to dutch rider Tim Lips aboard Bayro (31.7). Germany took a third top five spot with Andreas Ostholt and Pennsylvania 28 (37.3).

Finishing results really were record breaking this weekend, with 21 of the 24 cross country starters finishing without jump penalties. Despite this, the time is notoriously tough at Wiesbaden, and this year was no different. Only two pairs— Tim Price (NZL) with Cekatinka and Ludwig Svennerstål (SWE) with El Kazir SP—finished within the optimum time.

A special shout it is also due for our own Liz Halliday-Sharp. She and Fernhill by Night earned a top ten finish in this ERM division after 2 show jumping time faults and 7.2 cross country time faults for a final score of 42.2. Liz also smashed a second place finish in the regular CIC3* class with Deniro Z on a final score of 36.5.

Ingrid’s win this weekend currently ties her with Leg 1 winner Piggy French (GBR) in the overall standings, both with 30 points. For full rankings, click here. There’s still a lot left in this ERM season, and next we look to Arville, June 23 & 24. As always, you can watch all the action for free at eventridersmasters.tv.

Event Rider Masters @ WiesbadenWebsiteResults, Season Rankings 

 

 

Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: Training Talent Ready to Move Up

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.

A little experience goes a long way, and the horses featured in this week’s Spotlight have already proven themselves at Training level. They have their eyes on the Preliminary start box and are waiting for the right rider to join their big adventure.

Goldriverdancer. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Athletic Eventing TB Mare with Upper Level Potential

Beautiful and athletic 10 year old chestnut tb mare with upper level potential, JC reg. Goldriverdancer. Dancer is a talented and compact athlete (15.3hh) but do not let her size fool you. Currently competing at training level eventing (3’3”) and schooling preliminary (3’6”) with talent for more. Dancer runs all three phases in a snaffle and is not mareish. She is a scopey jumper and would cross over nicely into the jumper ring! Lovely movement and plenty of aptitude and bravery for eventing.

Clips, hauls, bathes, good for farrier. Dancer may not be suitable for a beginner as she can be sensitive, but perfect for the young rider on a budget or an adult amateur looking to move up. Owner would prefer to keep her but finances force the sale. Price will increase with training and show progress. A fabulous opportunity to purchase a talented athlete to take you to the top! Located in California.

Burger. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Training Level Eventer With Potential For More

Stevie Ray Burger AKA Burger is a 2008 OTTB gelding. Has been in a consistent lesson program with a CCI 4* eventer. Burger is quiet on the flat with 3 comfortable gaits. Very brave in the jumping phases. Has never had a cross-country jumping penalty. Burger has successfully completed training level in the ribbons and has the potential to move up the levels. Located in Kentucky.

Cobalt. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Price reduced! Fun & Flashy Jr/Am Horse – Happy going BN-Prelim

This is a rare find! “Cobalt” (aka Blue) 2009 15.3H Paint Gelding. Successfully moved up to the Preliminary Level in September 2017. Lots of good novice/training miles with a Junior Rider. Blue is a very eye-catching horse with a kind, laid-back, go with the flow type personality. Well schooled in the dressage with comfortable gaits. The same at shows as at home. Good jumper that keeps getting even better. Very reliable cross-country.

Brave yet happy to lope around the lower levels. Blue could easily be ready for a 1* in 2018 with an experienced rider or will happily cruise around the lower levels. Very easy in every way – hacks out quietly, happy to be in but can live out, turn out with anyone or alone, easy to clip, will hang out in the cross-ties – a no fuss type horse. Full vetting from November 2016. Located in Virginia.

Hermione. Photo vis Sport Horse Nation.

Training Level Mare

Hermione GS is a talented 8 year old Trakehner mare. She has a competitive record at training level in Canada and the US and is ready to upgrade to prelim. If not sold, Hermione will be aimed at a Fall CCI*. Hermione is not “marish” and is the sweetest horse in the barn. Located in Ontario.

Atlantic Spring. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Elegant 7yr Dk Bay TB G Ready for Prelim.

Atlantic Spring: beautiful dk. bay TB geld. , 7yrs., amazing performer; solid training level: 1st Fair Hill; 3rd Waredaca; 4th Plantation May HT. Ready to go Prelim; could go all the way to the top! Located in Pennsylvania.

Listings included in this article are randomly selected and confirmed to be current and active before inclusion. Sport Horse Nation features user-generated content and therefore cannot verify or make any warranty as to the validity or reliability of information.

Sunday Links Presented by One K Helmets

Sierra Schurtz and Zach Eyed Pea. Photo by Shelby Allen.

It’s graduation season! Sierra Schurtz (pictured above) graduated from high school this weekend and is headed to my alma mater, The University of Georgia this fall (Go Dawgs!). She and “Zach” were also the big winners at The Heart of the Carolinas Training Three-Day earlier this month. To Sierra and all the recent grads, congratulations from the EN team!

National Holiday: National Rescue Dog Day

Major Events:

Event Rider Masters @ Wiesbaden WebsiteStart TimesResultsLive Stream

U.S. Weekend Action:

Hitching Post Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Kent School Spring H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

Fair Hill May H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

Otter Creek Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

CCC Spring Gulch H.T. [Website]

Sunday Links:

Let Your Horse Be Your Anchor

$15,000 Preliminary Challenge Celebrates 10 Years at The Spring Event at Woodside

The Mongol Derby: 600 Miles in 10 Days (or Less)

One eyed wonder at Rockingham

Tim Price and Jonelle Richards’ Wedding

Blood and whip rule changes in store after high-profile cases

New approach improves quality of frozen horse sperm

NY’s Morrisville Equine Program Seeking Students

Sunday Video: