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Monday Video from Tredstep Ireland: Ingrid Klimke’s Winning XC Round

Ingrid Klimke and Horseware Hale Bob stormed around clear and inside the time on Rüdiger Schwarz’s stiff Strzegom course, one of only four combinations to catch the optimum time at the European Championships. That cracking round moved them into first place and set the stage for Ingrid and Bobby to take individual gold with a flawless show jumping round on Sunday.

Watch the full replay of Ingrid and Bobby’s round above courtesy of ClipMyHorse.TV. Click here to catch up on all of EN’s coverage of the European Championships.

2017 Burghley Cross Country Course Sneak Peek

The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials are nearly here! On Sept. 2 more than 80 top horses and riders, including eight American combinations, will tackle Capt. Mark Phillips’ legendary cross country course in Stamford, England.

The course runs in the clockwise route for the third time this year, which makes the optimum time significantly more difficult to catch. Mark said he expects no more than 10 pairs to make the time. He included 11 alternate routes on the course this year, significantly more options than in previous years.

Burghley released the course preview video today, so be sure to watch above. Here’s a look at the map of all 34 fences on the course:

Courtesy of Burghley

Click here and scroll down to view photos of each fence, as well as Mark’s notes on the course. “Riders are going to have to determine the best ‘game plan’ for their own particular horse,” he says. “This is a classic Burghley track and whoever wins will be a true champion and certainly deserve to take home the Land Rover prize money.”

We can’t wait to cheer for our American combinations: Andrea Baxter and Indy 500, Hannah Sue Burnett and Under Suspection, Woodge Fulton and Captain Jack, Lillian Heard and LCC Barnaby, Lauren Kieffer and Veronica, Boyd Martin and Steady Eddie, Mackenna Shea and Landioso, and Lynn Symansky and Donner.

Go Burghley! Go Eventing.

[2017 Burghley Cross Country Preview]

Who Jumped It Best? GHMA Novice Rider Edition

We are all about supporting lower-level riders here at EN, so we’re excited to present a special edition of Who Jumped It Best from GMHA’s Festival of Eventing. Take a look at these photos of horses and riders tackling a fence on Janine McClain’s Novice course and vote in the poll at the bottom of the post for which pair you think presents the best overall picture.

Thank you to Joan Davis/Flatlandsfoto for providing beautiful images from the event. If you missed EN’s full event report from GMHA, click here to catch up. Go Eventing.

Amy Atkins and JEF Finn Lad. Photo by Joan Davis/Flatlandsfoto.

Julia Grella and Hard Honey. Photo by Joan Davis/Flatlandsfoto.

Marc Griffith and Austin. Photo by Joan Davis/Flatlandsfoto.

Madison Hinman and Wellsworth. Photo by Joan Davis/Flatlandsfoto.

Hanna Kingston and Renorie. Photo by Joan Davis/Flatlandsfoto.

Kathrin Midgley and The Minnick Verse. Photo by Joan Davis/Flatlandsfoto.

Mickey Rathbun and Bramble. Photo by Joan Davis/Flatlandsfoto.

Liza Teich and Moonstruck. Photo by Joan Davis/Flatlandsfoto.

#EventerSolutions: Making Do With What We’ve Got

Where there are #EventerProblems there are #EventerSolutions, as horse folks tend to be a pretty crafty, resourceful and frugal (read: broke) bunch.

In this spin-off series we spotlight some of your most inventive problem-solving masterpieces and determined DIY efforts — even if you don’t ALWAYS achieve the desired result. Be sure to tag your photos with the hashtag #EventerSolutions on social for inclusion in future editions!

It seemed to work #eventerproblems #eventersolutions #dressageishard #IamCanadian

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When an eventer gets prego cankles…. #icevibes #eventerproblems #bartendingdoesnthelp

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Thank you Walmart for the cheap poultice paper!! #eventerhacks #groomhacks #schoolsupplies #groomtips #eventerproblems

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It’s hot. It’s beer-thirty. No barn fridge, but Cairo’s water is cold … #eventerproblems

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When Daddy doesn’t like cleaning tack inside you use the bath #kiwiingenuity #eventerproblems

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#tbstallion #balls #ballswiffer #swiffer #eventersolutions #eventerproblems #blackstallion

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When you’d rather spend $4 on duct tape than $100 on new boots for #eventercharlie #eventerproblems

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Go Eventing.

William Micklem: Friendship and Bravery and a USA Superhero

EN is excited to bring you a new series from William Micklem: Breadth As Well As Depth. The series addresses the need for breadth in eventing education and also includes his thoughts on event horse breeding, plus gives added value from the inimitable Harry Potter. Today we bring you Part 7: Friendship and Bravery and a USA Superhero. Be sure to read Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5, Part 6.

A Bold Minstrel painting by Richard Stone Reeves.

Hermione got it totally right in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone as she talked about the qualities of a person that were really important. “I’m not as good as you,” said Harry … “Me!” said Hermione. “Books! And cleverness! There are more important things — friendship and bravery …” Without doubt these are two key qualities, shown in abundance by those who have gone into battle for their country, not just by those in a sporting arena but also in war.

Many in Europe have recently been honoring the almost 500,000 who died in the mud at the battle of Passendaele a hundred years ago in the First World War. It was a terrible and largely senseless waste of life and the effects are still being felt today. Huge potential and possibilities were lost in this battle, and in addition who knows how these men may have impacted each of our lives if they had lived. So as we strive hard to do well in our sport it is good to have some perspective.

A sense of perspective

To have a breadth of perspective is a powerful tool for any competitor as they work to handle the successes, failures and varied challenges of their life. Part of this perspective is also appreciating how many people, usually totally unknown, play a part in our progress and achievements.

I was reminded of this by one aspect of the huge response to my recent article about the best event horses of all time. I had left out some heroic horses that had a huge breadth of ability and fully deserved to be in any list of exceptional event horses. There were three in particular: Kim Severson’s Winsome Adante and Rachel Bayliss’s wonderful pair Mystic Minstrel and Gurgle The Greek.

What neither Kim Severson nor Rachel Bayliss knew was that indirectly their successes owed much to my Father, Dick Micklem, or more precisely his collection of Weatherby Thoroughbred stud books, which before the days of electronic communication were a vital aid for breeders. When I was 9 years old a local Cornish baker, Jimmy Snell, came to our home for many evenings over a period of about a month, searching within these books with my Father.

The result of these meetings was the arrival in 1962 of two Hunter Improvement Society (HIS) Thoroughbred stallions at Redruth station. In those days it was still normal to travel horses by train. I had never seem such muscling on horses. Both were magnificent chestnuts, one called Fair Gledhill and the other one I cannot remember or discover. But how well I remember the site of these two striking stallions being ridden through the middle of the town by my brother John, just 13, and my 16-year-old sister Marianne, to our home four miles away.

The reason for this story is that Jimmy Snell went on to stand a number of successful Thoroughbred stallions, including Saunter, the sire of Winsome Adante, and Derrick, the sire of Mystic Minstrel. And it all began with a set of Weatherby’s stud books in our very small sitting room!

The wonderful Winsome Adante

Winsome Adante is the second highest points winner of all time in the USEA and held the title himself for nearly a decade. Brilliantly produced and ridden by Kim Severson, he was an extraordinarily consistent winner at the highest level for six years and a cornerstone for the USA team during this time.

Having won Blenheim CCI3* in 2001, Winsome Adante took the first of his three Rolex CCI4* wins the following year. Then it was team gold and sixth individual at the World Equestrian Games in Spain, and team bronze and individual silver in the Athens Olympics in 2004, followed by another WEG appearance in Aachen, where the team finished fourth, and a classy third at Badminton in 2007.

Winsome Adante was bred in England, by Saunter out of a mare that was barely 15.2. He was 84.5% Thoroughbred, 6% Irish Draught and 9.5% Anglo Arabian. The Arabian genes come from the grandsire of his dam, Carbrooke Surprise, who also sired a little 15.3 that I once worked with and adored called Carbrooke Charles. He first show jumped internationally with Caroline Bradley, before changing to eventing at Junior level. Then when he was 19 he partnered his 19-year-old rider, Sonya Duke, around Badminton in long format days, jumping a wonderful clear show jumping round to finish.

Kim Severson is a wonderful example of someone who leaves no stone unturned in her preparation. She is also a great student, who is skilled at ‘standing on the shoulders of giants’ and fitting what she needs into one cohesive whole. As a result she has no obvious weakness in any of the phases. As Jimmy Wofford says, “Kim has incredible feel, and the extremely unusual ability to never repeat a recognized error.”

Rachel the remarkable

Rachel Bayliss was cut from the same mould as Kim. She was originally spotted as a potential international dressage rider and as a result of a scholarship was given help by some of Europe’s best dressage trainers. But her heart was always in eventing and cross country riding and she always proved difficult to beat having inevitably established a solid lead in the dressage.

Rachel is probably most famous for sliding under the trakehner fence at Badminton on Gurgle The Greek in 1973 without fault. They changed the rules after this! It took Rachel two years to get his confidence back with ditches but she persevered and he became a great champion.

Gurgle was a full Thoroughbred who at the beginning used to buck Rachel off with great regularity. He also had an extraordinary gallop and Rachel still has the postcard, from champion steeplechase trainer Fred Winter, asking her when she was going to put Gurgle in training with him as he thought he could make a 2 mile chaser!

Mystic Minstrel was 75% Thoroughbred by Derrick, whose sire Persian Gulf was the very successful sire and half brother of Precipitation, who was the sire of both European super sire Furioso and Irish show jumping legendary sire Prefairy. Derrick’s dam was by My Babu, by Djebel, by Tourbillon — all extraordinary influences on successful sport horse breeding.

As part of the British team Rachel and Mystic Minstrel won gold in the 1982 World Championships in Luhmühlen, and then the following year individual gold at the European Championships. That same year they represented Britain in pure dressage at Prix St George and Intermediare level.

Rachel says that Mystic Minstrel got a few strange looks when her very fit horse worked with the rather rotund dressage horses! Rachel still coaches and is still what she describes as being very purist. “I find it offensive to see horses strapped down in gadgets or doing rolkur.”

The best eventing dressage test I have seen

People talk of dressage standards in eventing rising each year. In general it is true but there are many exceptions, including Mystic Minstrel, who regularly scored over 80%. The best dressage test I have seen in eventing was in 1977 in Aschselschwang, Germany, when a stallion called Habicht, ridden by Martin Plewa, produced an 86% test. Not surprisingly he won the whole event, which was at three-star level. The interest here for USA breeders is that Habicht was the sire of Ingrid Klimke’s prolific winner, the stallion Windfall.

Tim Holekamp made the inspired decision to bring Windfall to the USA, where he was competed so successfully by Darren Chiacchia that he is currently third in the all time USEA points list. He has been a very special addition to the USA breeding world with his outstanding performance and genes.

However, it is important to understand that although registered and approved as a Trakehner stallion, Windfall is in fact 62% Thoroughbred, 12.5% Arab and just 25% Trakehner. So as I pointed out with the German event horses, it is important for breeders to realize that the genetic recipe for each brand of sport horse can vary enormously. Another example would be William Fox-Pitt’s Badminton and Burghley winner Tamarillo, who is often described as Arab, but was actually 58% Thoroughbred.

The superhero known as ‘Fatty’

I have an addition to my list of ‘best of all time’ event horses, and also an apology. The horse I forgot was a champion conformation hunter, eventer and show jumper. He was twice part of the event team that won team gold in Eventing at the Pan American Games and then went on to the Tokyo Olympics, where he was part of the silver medal winning team.

Following that, he became a USET show jumper, competing on many Nations Cup teams, winning team silver in the Pan Games, and finishing 9th individually at the World Championships. He was the totally beautiful horse whose stable name was Fatty, because he did himself well. He was of course the grey legend Bold Minstrel, and he was big (16.3), beautiful, brave, and blessed with huge talent.

Bill Haggard rode Bold Minstrel initially, taking him to two Pan American Games, finishing ninth and fourth individually and winning many conformation hunter championships on the A circuit. While Haggard never had any formal training, he competed at the highest levels of sport. From steeplechasing to show hunters to eventing, Haggard proved himself over and over again as one of the top riders of his time.

They were selected as non-travelling alternates for the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo, but when Mike Plumb’s horse had to be euthanized on the flight to Japan and left the top rider without a mount for the Olympics, a phone call was placed to Mr. Haggard asking for the use of Bold Minstrel.

Although Mr. Haggard had hoped that the team wanted him in addition to his great horse, he generously loaned the team Fatty and flew on the plane with him to Tokyo. Mike Plumb only got to ride Bold Minstrel for two weeks before competing in the Olympics, but their excellent dressage ride, clear round in jumping, and good round on cross-country combined for a 15th place finish individually and a team silver medal.

After the ’64 Olympics, Bill Steinkraus pleaded with Mr. Haggard to let him turn Fatty into a Nations Cup horse. After three years, Mr. Haggard gave in and Steinkraus picked up the ride on Bold Minstrel. Starting in 1967 when he was 15 and continuing until Bold Minstrel was 18 they had huge international success as members of the US show jumping team.

Bold Minstrel even won three classes at Lucerne in 1970 when he was 18-years-old. At the 1967 Pan Am Games, Steinkraus and Bold Minstrel finished ninth individually and were part of the silver medal US team. They were also ninth individually at the World Championships in La Baule in 1970.

The breeding of a superhero

Bold Minstrel was 75% Thoroughbred and bred for the job. By the Thoroughbred stallion Bold and Bad, whose sire Blue Larkspur is in the four generation pedigree of 37 champion jumping horses, he was out of a half-bred hunter mare by the Thoroughbred Royal Minstrel. Royal Minstrel’s sire was Tetratema, the undefeated champion sprinter, whose sire was the extraordinary spotted stallion The Tetrarch, also unbeaten on the racecourse.

The Tetrarch

The Tetrarch was one off the first Thoroughbred horses I was aware of as a child because of the white spots all over him. By a strange coincidence when I first came to Ireland I worked for a time just a mile from where he was born and is buried at Ballylinch Stud in Co. Kilkenny, and as every year goes by I am increasingly aware of his importance in both racing and sport horse breeding.

The Tetrarch and Tetratema’s stallion boxes at Ballylinch Stud in Co. Kilkenny are architectural gems with mosaics of their names on the floor and glazing in the roof so they could see the moon and stars at night, or perhaps see Harry Potter flying by! The Tetrarch was plagued by infertility and only sired 130 foals in his life, but still enough to put him in the list of top four sires three times. He has left a lasting legacy with horses on the racecourse and in eventing.

The Tetrarch was voted the best British-trained 2-year-old of the 20th century according to the National Horseracing Museum in the UK, and in the USA the Thoroughbred Heritage website calls The Tetrarch “probably the greatest two-year-old of all time” and “possibly the greatest runner ever.” In addition his daughter, Mumtaz Mahal, went on to become one of the most important broodmares of the 20th century. 

Friendship and bravery

Bill Steinkraus, who had cherished Bold Minstrel ever since her first saw him as a 5 year old, said, “Bold Minstrel had everything I look for in a jumper — courage, intelligence, a phenomenal jumping mechanism, and scope to spare.” But what does scope to spare mean? My ‘best of all time’ horses all had the scope to jump over 6-foot-6 (2 meters), but Bold Minstrel did better.

By all accounts his most thrilling victory with Bill Steinkraus was the International Puissance indoors at the National Horse Show in Madison Square Garden in 1967, when he jumped a record equaling height of 7-foot-3 (2.21 meters). Bill Haggard had a bookshelf built in his home to the exact dimensions of the 7-foot-3 wall and placed the trophy on top of it, just to remind himself of Bold Minstrel’s huge ability and bravery.

Harry Potter said, “There are some things you can’t share without ending up liking each other” and jumping a 7-foot-3 Puissance wall must be one of those things, and another must be just completing an international three-day event. So we are back to friendship and bravery again. Great challenges require friendship and bravery, especially in the horse world, and it has to be a two-way street.

As John Ledingham once said to me as a first response when I asked him about his long time Derby and Grand Prix show jumping partner, Kilbaha:“God I loved that horse.”

Next time: BREADTH AS WELL AS DEPTH and Lessons from Harry Potter

Part 8 – The Unheralded USA Superhero and Grit & Simplicity

Monday News and Notes from Fleeceworks

Photo via Sara Kozumplik Murphy.

Just when we finish up one event, it’s on to the next! We have two U.S. riders in Ireland for the Millstreet CCI3*, Sara Kozumplik Murphy with Rubens D’Ysieux and Jennie Brannigan with Stella Artois. We are channeling chinchilla power to them this week. Go team!

National Holiday: Brazilian Blowout Day *cue hair flip emoji*

#FEIEuros2017: WebsiteFinal Individual ScoresFinal Team ScoresEN’s Coverage

U.S. Weekend Action: 

Genesee Valley Riding & Driving Club H.T. [Website] [Results]

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

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

Full Gallop Farm August H.T. [Website] [Results]

Monday News: 

‘The most beastly and wild thing you can do.’ What could that be? Burghley of course! Lillian Heard introduces LCC Barnaby to Horse & Hound and talks about what she thinks as a Burghley first-timer. She says she is somewhere between terrified and excited, but we’re sure she will be brilliant. [Burghley first-timers: Lillian Heard – ‘It’s The Most Beastly and Wild Thing You Can Do’]

Gymnastics are at the heart of McLain Ward’s training program. He keeps at least one set at all times, and says that many of his horses “live in gymnastics.” He shares a few secrets of his success at The Royal Canadian Riding Academy including a few gymnastic lineups, game plans for strong horses and controlling your mental game. [McLain Ward Clinic Day 2: Gymnastics For Mind And Body]

Not many would be confident enough to long line via longboard, but it’s no problem for Emma Massingale. She’s traveled the Outer Hebrides in Scotland with her Eriskay ponies, Noah and Storm. These Scottish islands are where the Eriskay ponies hail from, though they are the most endangered native UK ponies. Of course this feat wouldn’t be complete without a dog too – that’s where Inka the dachshund comes it. [Trainer’s Horseboarding Adventure with Rare Ponies and a Sausage Dog]

Monday Video: A good link to keep handy when you explain to your friend again what eventing is all about.

Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: 5 (Not Mongolian) Ponies

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.

Eventing Nation’s very own Leslie Wylie just traversed 1020 km across the wild Mongolian steppe riding over 20 semi-feral Mongolian ponies, many of which we’d like her to bring home with her (she always seemed to pick the cutest ones!).

The ponies featured in this week’s spotlight are not Mongolian but they are super duper cute (and also trained and domesticated)!

Pele. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Dream Eventing Pony

Are you looking for a large pony that is solid in the show ring and a blast on the trails? One that is an amazing eye catching mover, fancy tight scopey honest jumper, sweet affectionate and well mannered on the ground, competitive in any ring, and a all around fun pony? Sounds like the perfect pony, right? Well she is.

After you clean up in the show ring, this pony has the mind for you to jump on and rideback with your friends when your done. DON’T PROCRASTINATE, because this pony will not be on the market long. Pele is for sale folks!!!!!…… Consistently places in the very low 20’s (upper 70’s, 80’s) for you dressage people. Jumps up to 3’6″ clean. Brave and bold XC. Has won or placed in the top 3 consistently over the years. Located in Washington.

Dynamite. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Super Special Eventing Pony

“Dynamite” is 13.2 hands.13 years old, competed through novice eventing and three foot jumpers. Safe, kind, sound and uncouple cated, ride her bare back in halter or take to a show. Fantastic babysitter, can give up/down lessons as well as compete. Exceptional home a must!!! Located in California.

Spoonful of Sugar. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Fancy Dressage or Event Pony

Event or Dressage Pony Prospect – SF Spoonful of Sugar is a 2013 14’2 hand German Riding Pony. Bred by Solomon Farm (Smoketree Snapdragon x SF Lilah), he is lifetime USEF and USDF registered. Started slowly and correctly “Shug” has an excellent foundation in dressage. He is soft and supple and a pleasure to flat.

While green over fences he is extremely willing and has yet to have a stop. He is unfazed by solid fences and is the same at a show as he is at home.He is a pleasure to have in the barn. He has been ridden and jumped by a D3 pony clubber. Shug is currently in professional training and will be competed until sold. He would make an excellent dressage, event, or pony club horse. Located in Virginia.

Skye. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Large Pony for Low Level Eventing and Pony Club

Celestial “Skye” is an 11 year old 14.1 hand Welsh cross. She has done maiden level eventing and pony club. Can easily do Beginner Novice or Novice, but my older daughter has outgrown her. She is athletic, forward, and brave. Shines on cross country, always looking for the next jump.

She is a solid citizen with no buck, rear, or bolt, and she is not spooky. We have trail ridden, taken her swimming, and she even walked in our neighborhood 4th of July parade. Easy keeper, no vices, good feet (barefoot). Good home a must. Sweet, wonderful pony! Located in North Carolina.

Ennis. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

2012 Ard Celtic Art Mare

Knockmas Ennisfree “Ennis” is an exceptionally bred 14’1” Connemara mare by Ard Celtic Art, who competed through intermediate/CCI** eventing and 4th level dressage. She has a willing attitude and a sweet personality. Her basic training has her easily riding WTC and jumping up to 2’3”, all in a snaffle, with loads of potential to do more.

Trained by a professional, she has been ridden by both adults and juniors, and is currently continuing her training with a teen. She has competed in two horse trials and one CT, several small open shows, and recently attended a week long 4-H camp with a 12 year old girl. This mare can go any direction from hunter/jumper to eventing to fox hunting. She will continue in training and be shown at different venues until the perfect fit is found.

No vices, wonderful ground manners, easy keeper, clips, loads, ties, etc. Ennis is an “in your pocket” pony who needs her own person, great for a junior or an adult. She gets along well in a herd and lives out 24/7 and has good stall manners. Current on everything, barefoot and sound, good with vet and farrier. Green but willing, ready to please, this pony will make a phenomenal partner for the person willing to put in the time. Located in North Carolina.

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Great Britain and Ingrid Klimke Earn Gold at European Championships

Ingrid Klimke and Horseware Hale Bob. FEI/Jon Stroud Photo.

As Equiratings‘ Diarm Byrne would say, Happy Hale Bob Day! Ingrid Klimke and Horseware Hale Bob OLD have won individual gold at the FEI European Eventing Championships, an accomplishment that has long eluded this decorated rider.

“This is our first individual gold medal that I’ve won,” Ingrid smiled. “I’m so pleased because Horseware Hale Bob did such a wonderful job in all three phases. He couldn’t be better. He really deserved it.”

They had no rails in hand going in, and while one rub had the entire arena holding their breath, the ultimately left all the poles in their cups to finish on their dressage score of 30.3.

“You just have to keep going and after 20 years it will happen! I always want to be a team player, but this was my dream,” she continued.

Michael Jung and fischerRocana FST. FEI/Jon Stroud Photo.

Though Michael Jung’s efforts to be the first rider to earn four consecutive wins at Europeans were thwarted, he still ends the weekend with a silver medal. He and fischerRocana FST kept the pressure on Ingrid adding nothing to their dressage score (32.8) in either jumping phase.

Great Britain’s gold medal team: Nicola Wilson, Rosalind Canter, Oliver Townend and Tina Cook. FEI/Jon Stroud Photo.

If this weekend is any indication of future results, Great Britain looks to be the new team to beat. The first championship with Chris Bartle at the helm, Team GB clinched team gold with all three team riders jumping clear and standing in the top five individually.

Nicola Wilson and Bulana won individual bronze. They rose through the ranks starting in seventh after a 35.5 in dressage to fourth after finishing one second above the time on cross country, and finally to third after a clear show jumping round.

Nicola Wilson and Bulana. FEI/Jon Stroud Photo.

Fourth place belongs to Tina Cook and Billy The Red. Three positive performances had them finishing on their dressage score of 38.2. “We are very excited to be back on top,” Tina said of her gold-medal winning team. “We’ve got some amazing riders and horses and we’ve worked hard for this”

Team debutant Ros Canter is fifth with Allstar B on a score of 40.2. 1.6 time penalties are the only mark on their otherwise faultless weekend.

Kai Rüder and Colani Sunrise, individuals for Germany, landed in sixth place with 40.3 after a double clear show jumping trip. Despite having one down, Ireland’s Sarah Ennis and Horseware Stellor Rebound remain in seventh place for Ireland on 43.4.

Two rails moved Gemma Tattersall and Quicklook V to eighth place with a finishing result of 44.7. Overnight third-placed Sara Algotsson Ostholt and Reality 39, who were members of the Swedish team, picked up 12 penalties to drop to ninth. France’s Thibaut Vallette’s clear round earned him a tenth place result with Qing du Briot.

Great Britain’s gold medal result rests on their team score of 113.9. Germany’s European rein ended and they settle for silver on 123 points. Though Sweden missed a chance at an individual medal, they secured their spot on the world stage with team bronze on 148.4. They were also the only nation who had all four team members complete yesterday’s tough cross country.

Of today’s 56 finishers, only 15 achieved clear rounds including the top six riders. In a sport where men and women have the opportunity to compete as equals, it was ladies day at Strzegom. We saw two on the podium, and the gold medal winning team scores were from women riders. #GirlPower

EN is proud to have our Europeans coverage powered by EquiRatings, who are also the official statistics provider for the championships. Be sure to follow EquiRatings on Twitter @EquiRatings for real-time data, analysis and commentary as the action unfolds. Go Eventing.

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Best of JN: Forward, Forward, Forward: Katherine Newman & Dandelion Impress at Hunter Incentive Championship

Katherine Newman and Dandelion have taken over the lead in Round 2 of the Platinum Performance/USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Championship with a 265! There are just 30 remaining in the 3'3" before we wrap-up Round @.

Posted by EQSportsNet on Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Katherine Newman and Dandelion displayed spritely, forward momentum over Wednesday’s course at the Platinum Performance / USHJA Hunter Incentive Championship, and the round seemed to sway the whole week in a new direction, with all the day three rounds mysteriously seeming much more energetic after their high score on day two.

An 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare, Dandelion looked absolutely deadlocked on the course from the first fence, and moved through the course with significantly more energy and momentum than the slower style that often typifies top hunters, and the judges rewarded it handsomely.

The mare likely owes this forward style to hunters being her second career – she was previously competing in the jumpers in Europe before coming to America and switching gears to the judged ring.

“She’s very personable and people-oriented,” said Katherine about Dandelion. “We imported her at the end of 2015 from England, then we sort of started slow. She showed for the first time as a hunter a year ago in July. Now I think we have to re-evaluate what we’re doing because this was our end goal so we’ll see what’s next!”

Katherine Newman and Dandelion. Photo by Phelps Media

For their spectacular round, they skyrocketed from 14th after round one to second place after round two. The following day, the pair came back on a clean slate score for the championship, and once again put in a top notch performance, ultimately earning the reserve championship behind Scott Stewart and Playbook – who rode much more forward in their final round than they had on Tuesday or Wednesday. But it may be this forward, engaging round that people remember for years to come.

“I was really excited,” said Katherine after securing the reserve championship. “It’s been a goal of mine this entire year for this horse to do this class and the win yesterday really meant a lot. Even today it was amazing and it was fun just to do it because I’ve never gotten to do this before. I knew [Dandelion] could win it if I gave her a good shot so it was nice to have one that I had a good chance with.”

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Rider Fitness: Farm to 5K

Photo via Susan Thomas.

Rider fitness has become a major topic of conversation as amateurs and professionals alike search for ways to further strengthen their riding. Susan Thomas, who operates her own Charbonnet Sport Horses in Commerce, Georgia, takes her own fitness as a rider very seriously, and encourages her students to do the same.

A lifelong runner, Susan and her boyfriend George Daigh created a fitness initiative called “Farm to 5K” to promote cross training and a healthy lifestyle to the students in her program. The fitness challenge lays out an eight week running/walking program which consists of four workouts per week.

Why did you create your Farm to 5K initiative?

I laid the Farm to 5k plan out for two main reasons. I believe that rider fitness is taken far too lightly by many riders. We have very high expectations of our horses to be top athletes, so why are more riders not training to be top athletes? Have you ever heard of a sport in which cross-training for fitness wasn’t seriously advised or required? Being fit improves motor skills, balance, and confidence which makes riders more successful in training and competition.

And the second reason?

I also wanted my riders to take up running so that they could better understand horse care, conditioning, and recovery. In order to be the best rider that you can be, I firmly believe that a strong emphasis needs to be put on horsemanship and basic horse care education. Many young riders know that we give horses light days or weeks after a big event or that we ice legs and feet after a jump school, but they don’t always truly understand why…or how the horse may feel if we skimp on those recovery practices! It’s also tough to understand why some horses struggle so much more to show jump cleanly at an event where show jumping runs after cross country. However, when you get into a fitness routine and begin to feel the challenges of several different types of workouts, as well as the environmental challenges such as temperature and air quality, it becomes much easier to understand the toll that training can take on horses. 

Susan Thomas and George Daigh. Photo via Susan Thomas.

Why did you choose running as your cross training activity?

I chose to encourage my friends, family, and students to try out running (or walking) because it is an activity that can be done anywhere and with very little required equipment. I am also a runner, so I had some background knowledge to help validate my basic plan that I laid out. I believe that improving fitness directly improves riding, both in the saddle, as well as making us more understanding of our athletic partners and their needs as athletes!

#Farmto5K Program:

30 Minutes Hill Day

  • 3 minute jog, 2 minute walk x5
  • 5 minutes run uphill (controlled sprint) and jog down

30 Minutes Speed Day

  • 1 mile easy warm up
  • speed workout (Listed below for each week)
  • half mile cool down

30 Minutes Long Run

  • easy pace
  • walk-jog intervals until up to 30 minutes jogging (starting at jog 5 minutes, walk 1 minute)

Core Day

  • 5 planks, 30 seconds each
  • 5 side planks, 30 seconds each
  • 5 6” leg lifts, 30 seconds each
  • 20 “goblet” squats (holding a 5 lb weight)
  • stretch and relax!

Speed Workouts

Week 1: 2 x 800m at a fast but comfortable pace, 1 x 800m as fast as you can do it! (This will help us target a race goal!)

Week 2: 6 x 400m. A 400 is 1/4 of a mile. Try to do this at your 5K goal pace!

Week 3: 2 x 1200m, 1 x 800m

Week 4: 1 mile at 5k pace.

Week 5: 4 x 800m at 5k pace. (An 800m run is a half mile!)

Week 6: 8 x 400 at slightly faster than 5k pace.

Week 7: 2 x1 mile at 5k pace.

Week 8: 2 x 800m at 5k pace and 2 x 400m at slightly faster than 5k pace!

Susan has plans to kick off another #Farmto5k this fall. If you’d like to get involved follow the Farm to 5K Facebook Page where she posts the weekly program. Happy running or walking!