Classic Eventing Nation

Riders Given One-Year Suspensions for Positive Prohibited Substance Tests

The FEI Tribunal has ruled on sanctions for the three riders who competed at the Ocala Jockey Club International Three-Day Event held November 16-20, 2017 in Reddick, Florida, and tested positive for prohibited substances under the FEI Anti-Doping Rules for Human Athletes.

Alyssa Phillips, Hannah Sue Burnett and Jennie Brannigan each received one-year suspensions from FEI and USEF competition backdated to the date of their testing. They may resume competing on November 18, 2018.

While the FEI case status table has not yet been updated, all three riders confirmed to EN that they received one-year suspensions.

Alyssa tested positive for Amfetamine and Canrenone. Hannah tested positive for Amfetamine. Jennie tested positive for Amfetamine, Methylphenidate and Ritalinic Acid.

Amfetamine is a stimulant used in the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy and commonly sold under the brand name Adderall in the U.S. Methylphenidate is a stimulant used in the treatment of ADHD and narcolepsy and commonly sold under the brand names Concerta, Daytrana and Methylin in the U.S. Ritalinic acid is an inactive, major metabolite of methylphenidate. Canrenone is a diuretic commonly sold under the trade names Contaren, Luvion, Phanurane and Spiroletan in Europe.

The riders have released statements in response to the sanctions.

Hannah Sue Burnett: “It is with the utmost passion and commitment that I will be returning to the competitive world of eventing. I have taken full responsibility for my actions and am grateful for the opportunity to return to the sport I so deeply love.

“Abiding by the rules that have been placed to ensure fair competition within the sport of eventing is important to me. While I am taking a doctor prescribed medication, I acknowledge and regret that I began taking the medication before submitting a Therapeutic Use Exemption. I have since gone through the FEI process and been granted a TUE going forward.

“I am humbled by the support and forgiveness of those closest to me despite my mistakes. To everyone who fought for me and believed in me when I couldn’t do so for myself—from the bottom of my heart, thank you. I know it will take time to rebuild the trust of many of my fans and supporters, but I am committed to doing exactly that.”

Jennie Brannigan: “I’m incredibly happy to know that I will be able to come back to compete again this November, and while this situation has been tough on my sponsors, students, owners, and support team I am truly thankful that I have learned how to love the sport even from the sidelines. I am grateful to everyone who has stood by me and I am extremely sorry to have let our sport, country, and my supporters down.

“That being said, I am appreciative to the FEI for recognizing I wasn’t taking the medication to try to improve my performance and that indeed I will be allowed to compete on this medication going forward. I know I have learned a lot from this experience, and I hope it has helped others be more educated on anti-doping as well.”

Alyssa Phillips: “Today FEI made public that I have been given the minimum sanction possible of 12 months for my ingestion of two prescribed medications, that are banned substances. As most of you may recall, I tested positive for the two prescribed medications at a competition back in November. At the time, I didn’t understand that riders were subject to an anti-doping program, I thought only horses were.

“I should’ve known to apply for a TUE for my two medications, but I was not aware I needed to. However, I have since applied and both medicines have received a TUE. With that being said, the FEI understood I was not trying to enhance my performance in any way and has granted me a sanction of 12 months backdated to when I was tested in November. So, I will be eligible to compete again on November 18, 2018.

“Despite my ineligibility to compete, I am grateful to be surrounded by people that have supported and continue to support me during this time, along with three happy and healthy horses. I have taken advantage of my time off to really focus on the training and ride-ability of my horses. I am staying positive and using this unfortunate situation as an opportunity to learn and grow as a rider.”

Jenni Autry contributed to this report.

Saturday Links from Tipperary

Photo via Tipperary Equestrian on Facebook.

Can you guess who the rider in the picture above is? Here’s a hint: she’s Tipperary’s 2018 Star Ambassador. Need another? She has a book written about her, from which the above picture was reprinted, authored by Julie Fitz-Gerald. For anyone who’s still stumped – it’s Jessica Phoenix! Anyone else have a little equitation envy for their past selves?

National Holiday: National Blueberry Cheesecake Day

Major Events:

Houghton Hall CICO3*:  WebsiteStart TimesResults

Saumur: Website & Live StreamStart Lists and ResultsCCI3* Live Scores

Baborówko: Website & Live StreamStart Lists & Results

U.S. Weekend Action:

Mystic Valley Hunt Club H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

Virginia CCI/CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Flora Lea Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Paradise Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Willow Draw Charity H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

The Spring Event at Woodside H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Equestrians’ Institute H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

May-Daze at the Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Coconino Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Saturday Links:

Bold Banners, Dressage Divas, and Spirit Squads: Day One at 2018 Intercollegiate Championship

Del Mar Eventing Welcomes New Event Secretaries

Behind the Breeder’s Brand: Phyllis Dawson and Windchase, Part II

British eventer fined after false vaccination records found

Photo Gallery: Royal Wedding – Behind the Scenes at Combermere Barracks

Saturday Video: That’s a lotta air!

Horse's lungs

By Elena Crowley: "Senior quarter horse gelding donated as necropsy horse for undergrad anatomy class. Heart and lungs removed and attached to gas tank. Thought people might appreciate just how much a horse’s lungs can expand."

Posted by I Love Veterinary Medicine on Monday, March 19, 2018

Friday Video and UK Notes from World Equestrian Brands: A Save in a Sundress

It’s Friday, the sun has been (mostly) shining, and your UK notes and video this week come to you directly from a dodgy AirBNB in a very questionable little town in Norfolk. I’ve been advised to lock the door, for my own protection. This can only mean one thing: it’s an eventing weekend! I’ll be bringing you all the news you need from the Nations Cup competition at Houghton Hall (if I survive Thetford, that is) — tune in and give our Team USA gals a virtual cheer!

There’s lots going on this weekend all around the UK (and apparently in Poland, too) — we’re certainly making up for lost time after losing much of the early part of the season to unprecedented levels of rainfall. Now it already feels like there’s hardly anything left. Please remind me that I said that when October rolls around and I’m dragging myself around the British Young Horse Championships, asking who I am, what I am, and where I am. I will give you a filthy glare through my droopy eyelids, but you’ll be doing me a favour, really.

UK Weekend Preview:

Saracen Horse Feeds Houghton Hall International Horse Trials [Website] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Bishop Burton (1) [Website] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Scotsburn [Ride Times]

Borde Hill (1) [Ride Times]

Pontispool (1) [Website] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Shelford Manor (1) [Website] [Ride Times]

Events Opening This Weekend:

26th: Brightling Park International – BE90-CIC2* – [EnterEast Sussex

26th: Eland Lodge (2) – BE80-N, plus 4y/o class – [EnterDerbyshire

26th: Offchurch Bury – BE80-BE105 – [EnterWarwickshire

26th: Hopetoun – BE80-N – [EnterWest Lothian, Scotland

Events Balloting This Weekend:

26th: Catton Park – 5yo/BE100-I – [EnterDerbyshire

26th: Rackham – BE90-BE100, plus 5y/o class – [EnterWest Sussex

27th: Burgie – BE80-N – [EnterMoray, Scotland

27th: Farley Hall – BE100-AI – [EnterBerkshire

Friday video: the save of the century

Okay, okay, so it’s not strictly speaking eventing-related — but we all love a good Thoroughbred, and we all REALLY love a good bit of madness and heroism. At the Races presenter Hayley Moore served up some Calamity Jane realness when racehorse Give Em A Clump (yes, really) played a great game of Dodgems at Chepstow Racecourse earlier this week. Don’t try this at home, kids.

Need a pair of breeches that will hide the evidence when you’re ignoring our advice and executing similar catching tactics? We love the Equetech denim grip full-seat breeches, available from World Equestrian Brands — they’re rugged, they’ll hide the telltale grass stains, AND they’ll make your bum look great. Win, win, win.

Friday at Houghton: Home Team Leads Nations Cup

Overheard at Houghton today: “Blimey, that’s a really big…”

Do you ever stop and think about what eventing must look like to an outsider? I do — rather regularly, actually. Never more so than when covering an event at a stately countryside manor, the sort that remains open for tapestry admiring and marble-bust-coveting even when the eventing fraternity and their many unwashed dogs move into the grounds. How delightful, and how utterly baffling, for these groups of civilians to find themselves on the front lawn, watching a fit and well-muscled horse dance (however interpretively) across the grass.

It’s all a bit different this weekend at the Saracen Horse Feeds Houghton International Horse Trials, though. The horses aren’t the only novel surprise to biddies triumphantly waving their Historic Houses Association membership cards — zenith of modern art (and/or zenith of controversy) Damien Hirst has moved some of his most serene and subtle pieces of artwork onto the grounds.

Nope, those aren’t small and well-manicured hedges. Those are tall trees. That is how appallingly big this thing is. Welcome to eventing in the UK, where everything is weird, just because.

Anyway, for the group of approximately 40 schoolchildren visiting Houghton Hall with their long-suffering teachers today, the horses barely warranted a second glance. It was all about the junk in the trunk, and they made sure everyone knew it.

Some of us are grown-ups, though, and actually watched the dressage. (Not me. I’m not a grown-up. From here on out is just guesswork.) Here’s your run-down of what happened between the boards.

Ireland’s Michelle Kenny and RLE Aspe. Photo by Tilly Berendt.


The CICO3* section is comprised of the Nations Cup competition as well as an ordinary CIC3*, so we’ve got a jam-packed field to keep an eye on this week. After full days of dressage today and yesterday, we just have 19 remaining tests to slot into the first-phase leaderboard tomorrow before we move onto the showjumping.

Despite boasting a big entry list (um, among other things), the competition is lacking in many of the major names we’d usually see here — with Saumur in France and Baborówko in Poland also taking place this weekend, as well as Tattersalls in Ireland next weekend, we’re missing some of the ‘obvious’ choices for a win. There’s still plenty of serious competition, but we’re enjoying the chance to focus on some up-and-coming talent, as well as fledgling team riders in the Nations Cup competition.

Pippa Funnell and MGH Grafton Street lead overnight after the second day of dressage. Photo by Tilly Berendt.


As is becoming her habit this spring, Pippa Funnell currently occupies the top two spots on the leaderboard, with MGH Grafton Street sitting on top on a score of 23.7, and dressage supremo Billy Beware in second on a 24. Billy Beware reroutes here after an early refusal and subsequent retirement put paid to his Badminton campaign earlier in the month. We’re yet to see him come good on his return to the top level — his first planned outing at Burnham Market was abandoned, though he led the dressage easily, and at his pre-Badminton prep run in Belton’s CIC3* he once again proved his consistency in the first phase, only to notch up a run-out and a considerable helping of time penalties across the country. MGH Grafton Street, on the other hand, finished 5th in the CIC3* at Chatsworth, so confidence will be on his side as we look towards the jumping phases.

Laura Collett and Mr Bass — ever-improving in the first phase. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

She’s not the only experienced British rider in the top 10 — Laura Collett and Mr Bass sit in 4th place on a score of 26.3, and European bronze medalists Nicola Wilson and Bulana slot into equal 7th with Kiwi Jesse Campbell, on their score of 26.8. But neither of these riders, nor Pippa, is on the home team for the Nations Cup — instead, we have a team of young guns, ably aimed at their targets by coaches Dicky Waygood and Chris Bartle. Pippa’s student, and daughter of longtime owners Jane and Jonathan ClarkeChuffy Clarke makes her senior squad debut after moving up to this level last year. She rides Second Supreme, a former ride of Pippa’s, with whom she has been diligently expanding upon her education. They perform their dressage test tomorrow morning.

Team GB’s Katie Bleloch partners Bulano (no, not Bulana, but yes, she also competed – just to confuse us all!) Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Where are any of us without our best friends? Chuffy is lucky enough to make her team debut alongside hers — and Holly Woodhead has set a high standard, posting a 26.6 aboard Parkfield Quintessential to sit in 6th place currently. Fellow teammates Katie Bleloch (Bulano) and Matthew Heath (One of a Kind II) sit in 21st and 25th place, respectively.

It’s not just UK representatives in the top 10, though — Sweden’s Therese Viklund currently sits in 3rd place with Diabolique, on a score of 25.4, and New Zealand’s Jesse Campbell has two in the upper echelons, with Cleveland sitting 5th on a 26.5 and team horse Amsterdam in 7th on a 26.8. Germany’s Hanna Knueppel and Carismo 22 are currently 9th on a score of 27.5, and 10th place is occupied by British fan favourite Ben Hobday and Shadow Man II (28.6). There isn’t even a rail to spare between 3rd and 10th place, so tomorrow afternoon will shake things up quite dramatically.

Caroline Martin and Danger Mouse post a 33 in the CICO3*. Photo by Tilly Berendt.


Competing countries can field a team of three to four riders for a Nations Cup bid, with the worst score acting as a discard — but only if you have a fourth rider. The US team brings forward just three riders, which means that each of our all-female team will have to deliver the goods across all three phases in order to be competitive.

Two members of the team have completed their dressage tests already: Katherine Coleman and Monte Classico sit in equal 54th place on a score of 35.8, and Caroline Martin and Danger Mouse are in 33rd on a 33.

“This is Monte Classico’s first three-star, and only his second Advanced, so he’s really green at the level, and it showed in his test,” says Katherine. “He had nice movements, but he’s still green in the changes. It’s all a process. He does a really nice two-star test, and now I just need to establish that at this level.”

It’s no small ask to debut a horse at this level while also representing your country, but Katherine is pragmatic: “He’s pretty straight and pretty honest, so I won’t rag him around for the time, but I’ll aim to give him that experience for the future,” she explains. The nine-year-old gelding will be aimed at the prestigious 8/9yo CIC3* class at Blenheim this autumn.

“Hopefully, he’ll peak then,” grins Katherine.

Caroline Martin and Danger Mouse. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Caroline Martin opted to ride Danger Mouse for the team, rather than her experienced campaigner The Apprentice, and cites a lack of match practice as her reasoning.

“Because I broke my foot earlier in the season, The Apprentice lost some of his planned runs, and he actually hasn’t run at this level since Carolina,” she explains. “Danger Mouse has done a bit more this season and so we decided he’d be more prepared.”

Coached by Leslie Law, Caroline and her 10-year-old gelding produced a good test that saw them lose marks in places because of tension.

“He got a bit nervous going into the canter, and then he touched the boards and got even more nervous. He’s come a long way in this phase, but he’s always been nervous in the dressage because he’s a big mover.”

Both Danger Mouse and The Apprentice will contest Bramham next month, and Caroline is enjoying revisiting her old haunts at Rodney Powell‘s Wiltshire yard. Both she and teammate Hallie Coon are based there while they compete in England.

“It’s so nice to know the routine there and get straight back into it,” says Caroline.

Katherine Coleman and Billy Bandit perform their CIC3* dressage test. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Both riders bring forward two horses to this week’s CIC3* competition. Today, Katherine rode her second horse, Billy Bandit, who, after a slightly argumentative test, posted a score of 42.8, which puts him in provisional 81st place. The former Flora Harris ride will be using this week’s competition run as preparation for Bramham CCI3* in a fortnight. Caroline will ride The Apprentice tomorrow morning.

Germany’s Peter Thomsen and Sir Boggles. Photo by Tilly Berendt.


There are six teams in the Nations Cup competition, and three of them — GermanyIreland, and Great Britain — have four riders. This means that three of their riders have already completed the first phase, and so we know what their highest possible score will be. Assuming each of these teams’ final riders posts a discard score tomorrow, we’re looking at a maximum post-dressage team score of:

  • Ireland: 107.3
  • Germany: 89.2
  • Great Britain: 88

Of course, these can go lower — Ireland’s worst score currently is 36.7, Germany’s is 31.4, and Great Britain’s is 31, so if the final riders better those scores, the discard will change and the collective mark will drop even further. It’s looking unlikely that anyone will catch the home team in this phase — but there’s plenty left to come in the competition.

So where do the three-rider teams stand?

  • United States: 68.8
  • New Zealand: 60
  • Sweden: 59.8

This means that if any of these three teams wants to be in a podium placing after the first phase, they’ll want to get as close to sub-30 as they can. A sub-100 collective mark is valuable currency in a Nations Cup.


8.52am GMT/3.52am EST: Caroline Martin and The Apprentice

10.22am GMT/5.22am EST: Chuffy Clarke and Second Supreme (Team GB)

10.30am GMT/5.30am EST: Aidan Keogh and Pride of Tredstep (Team IRE)

10.37am GMT/5.37am EST: Caroline Powell and Sinatra Frank Baby (Team NZ)

10.45am GMT/5.45am EST: Ben Leuwer and BGS Urlanmore Prince (Team GER)

10.52am GMT/5.52am EST: Pontus Hugosson and Cut the Cuteness (Team SWE)

11.00am GMT/6.00am EST: Hallie Coon and Celien (Team USA)

The CICO3* showjumping will commence after the lunch break, so we’ll be back with an updated look at the scores and what, exactly, our competitors will have to do to earn those valuable series points then. In the meantime, pour yourself a drink and indulge in a little coursewalk: it’s Friday. You made it through another week. The Nations Cup for Surviving Adulthood goes to YOU, my friend.

Go eventing!

The top ten after day two of dressage at Houghton Hall.

Houghton: [Website] [Entries][EN’s Coverage][Live Scores]

Welcome to Woodside! 10th Annual Preliminary Challenge Preview + Course Walk

Photo by Shelby Allen.

This weekend Woodside Horse Trials is celebrating a decade of hosting the Preliminary Challenge at their Spring Event. For those who aren’t familiar, this Challenge pits the best horses and riders at this level together for huge prizes and $15,000 in cash money. There really isn’t another event like it—even with divisions running through Advanced, all the focus is on this special competition.

What: $15,000 Annual Preliminary Challenge

Where: The Horse Park at Woodside, Woodside, California (Area VI)

When: Friday, 24 May (dressage) – Saturday, 25 May (cross country and show jumping)

Who: 40 top Preliminary combinations (24 in the Rider challenge division and 16 in the Horse division)

All the action starts today in the dressage arena. Both the horse and rider divisions will perform their tests beginning at 10:15 a.m. for judges Robert Stevenson (USA) and Robyn Fisher (USA). Ian Stark’s cross country then kicks off on Saturday morning. Take a virtual course walk below:

The penalties become extremely influential in Saturday night’s show jumping phase over Marc Donovan’s course. Woodside’s Grand Prix Arena is flanked by a bustling patrons’ tent filled with friends and fans enjoying a drink as they watch (tickets are still available here). This atmosphere, plus running in reverse order of standing, puts the pressure on.

While the Preliminary Challenge is takes center stage this weekend, we haven’t forgotten about the Advanced division. This year 15 pairs are entered, and you can see who EN’s Stats Queen Maggie Deatrick has pegged to win here. These guys also start with dressage today, followed by cross country on Saturday at 12:40. They show jump Sunday at 3:25.

The Preliminary Challenge is hailed as a perfect prep as young riders and professionals with young horses gear up for summer CCIs. That makes these divisions very competitive, so stay tuned for much more from Woodside.

The Spring Event at Woodside: Website, Schedule, Ride Times, Live Scores, EN’s Coverage


Meanwhile in France … Watch the Saumur CCI3* Live Stream

Live stream addicts, rejoice! French EN reader Florence Langer-Helffrich reminded us yesterday that we have not just one (Equestrian Festival Baborówko in Poland), but two (2!) international events live streaming this weekend. The Saumur Complet CCI3* in France is also broadcasting all three phases of the event, which kicked off with dressage yesterday and continues today.

Gonazalo Blasco Botin of Spain is the overnight leader, having scored a 29.2 with Sij Veux D’Autize. Kazuma Tomoto of Japan is second with Brookpark Vikenti (29.6) followed by Aurelie Riedweg of France and Rohan Du Maneix (31.4) in third. Dressage continues today from 2:30 – 4:50 p.m. local time (8:30 – 10:50 a.m. EST) and there are some heavy-hitters in the mix, including Mark Todd, Christopher Burton and Sam Griffiths.

Watch the live stream via the website here or video below:

Saumur Complet: Website, Dressage Times, ScheduleLive Scores, Facebook, Twitter

Friday News & Notes from Kentucky Equine Research

Finally, Eventers can appreciate this Devon madness. Photo via Taylor Harris Insurance FB.

VAHT is this weekend! One of my favorite events, my hometown event if you will, which attracts a huge amount of competitors from around the country. There is really nothing like it, with rings and rings of action all up and down the hillside, and all three phases running at different levels at any given time. I love the Virginia Horse Center, and I feel very privileged to have it so close, it’s such an excellent venue for everyone in the area. See you guys this weekend!

National Holiday: NATIONAL WINE DAY

Major Events:

Houghton Hall CICO3*:  WebsiteStart TimesResults

Saumur: Website & Live StreamStart Lists and Results, CCI3* Live Scores

Baborówko: Website & Live Stream, Start Lists & Results

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Mystic Valley Hunt Club H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

Virginia CCI/CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Flora Lea Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Paradise Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Willow Draw Charity H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

The Spring Event at Woodside H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Equestrians’ Institute H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

May-Daze at the Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Coconino Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

The big question on horse enthusiasts’ minds: will Justify win the Triple Crown? The undefeated big red colt, trained by Bob Baffert, is on the path to perhaps becoming the 13th horse in history to win all three legs of the Triple Crown, but can he equal American Pharoah? There are lots of things going against him, with no career as a two-year-old, and six races in 110 days, not to mention two races in deep mud that would suck the life out of any young athlete. People are optimistic though, so anything is possible. [Will He Win? Experts Weigh In]

PONY POWER! 13.2 hand Lakevale Toyman (Tommy) is entered in the CCI* next month at the Melbourne International Three Day Event. He is the smallest pony to ever contest this class. He has already completed seven Preliminary events, and two CIC* competitions. Holy cow, there is even a video of his cuteness and fierceness on cross country. And a fan page. [Small But Mighty]

Eventing training video alert! If you’re not competing this weekend, but looking for some inspiration in your arena, be sure to check out this video from William Micklem. William coaches riders on the importance of maintaining softness in the rein so as not to interfere with the horse while he’s jumping. He instructs a rider with a nervous horse through an exercise to keep the horse from rushing the fence by circling left and right in front of the fence. [Eventing Training Online]


Join the Schramms and Gain Insight Into Your Horse’s Fitness

Jimmie and Dom Schramm teamed up with Kentucky Equine Research over the past couple of months to provide an inside look into their conditioning program using KER ClockIt Sport. Through this series we have shown examples of cross-country schools, hill conditioning, interval training, gymnastic exercises, and more.

Equestrians all over the world use KER ClockIt Sport for a variety of disciplines and within those disciplines, many different types of work. This summer, join the global KER ClockIt Sport community and gain valuable insight into your horse’s fitness. The free app helps take the guesswork out of equine
fitness by monitoring heart rate, speed, distance and altitude during rides.

Learn more about KER ClockIt Sport.

Thursday Video from Nupafeed: Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Six Rules for Success

Arnold Schwarzenegger is many things: actor, filmmaker, former professional bodybuilder, politician, businessman, philanthropist…the list goes on. Equestrian is generally not included on his CV (though there is that great chase scene from True Lies) but when it comes to sports psychology and motivation we can still learn a thing or two from high achievers in other areas and apply them to our own discipline.

Since graduation season is currently upon us and competition season is in full swing, it’s a perfect time to throw it back to this commencement address delivered by the then-Governor for the University of Southern California in 2009. Listen to Mr. Schwarzenegger’s speech in the video above, which was edited over music and equestrian video by YouTuber Roxykavallina, for his six rules for success. You can also read the full transcript of the speech here.

By the Numbers: Woodside Advanced

While Bromont is looming close for those based on the East Coast, Woodside Advanced marks the beginning of the summer season out west, leading up to the Rebecca Farm CCI3* in July. This division has grown every year over the last four runnings, with 15 pairs slated to start over Ian Stark’s cross country course this weekend.

Photo courtsey Sherry Stewart.

The Field

  • In the past three years, about 85% of the field at this show has finished cross country … but no one has finished inside the time.
  • Because it is difficult to make the time over this course, two of the last three winners have come from behind after dressage.

Heather Morris and Charlie Tango. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Dressage Divas

  • Charlie Tango and Heather Morris hit the 70% or better mark in 5 of their 8 starts last year, including a sensational personal best of 22.4 at the Copper Meadows Advanced. These two are one of only two pairs in the field to have an average dressage score in the 20s.
  • Chatwin joins Charlie as a regular at the top of the dressage leader board, having hit the 70% mark twice in his two starts already this year. He and Frankie Theriot-Stutes have also clocked in a personal best already this year, with a 22.7 at the Twin Rivers Advanced in March.

Lauren Billys and Castle Larchfield Purdy at Great Meadow. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Show Jumping Powerhouses

  • Charlie Tango continues to maintain his position as one of the best show jumping horses in North America, having incurred only one rail in 11 show jumping rounds at this level.
  • Castle Larchfield Purdy and Lauren Billys stepped up their show jumping game in the run up to the Rio Olympics, and have maintained that prowess at the A/CIC3* levels since, with a 60% clear rate in this phase.

Frankie Thieriot Stutes and Chatwin. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Cross Country Machines

  • Chatwin doesn’t just have the moves, he also has the speed, being crowned our Top Cross Country Horse for Eventing Nation in 2017 due to accumulating only two totals seconds over optimum time in three runs last year, including a CCI3*. In the last two calendar years, this pair has an average pace of 0.33 seconds under optimum time.
  • Revitavet Elijah has only two starts at this levels, but he’s already made the time once, coming within 10 seconds of optimum time at the second. He benefits from being piloted by James Alliston, who is a well known speedster in the cross-country phase.

PREDICTED WINNER: Frankie Theriot-Stutes and Chatwin

Frankie Thieriot Stutes and Chatwin. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Keep Your Eye On…

  • James Alliston and Revitavet Elijah
  • Helen Bouscaren and Ebay
  • Lauren Billys and Castle Larchfield Purdy

Potential Spoilers

  • Heather Morris and Charlie Tango
  • Tamie Smith and Fleecework Royal

The Spring Event at Woodside H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Houghton CICO3* Cross Country Course Preview + Team USA Dressage Ride Times

Fence #23, the Investec Olympic Diamond. Photo courtesy of CrossCountry App. Fence #23, the Investec Olympic Diamond. Photo courtesy of CrossCountry App.

The second leg of the 2018 FEI Nations Cup series takes place May 24-27 at Houghton Hall in England, and we have a preview of Alec Lochore’s CICO3* cross country course thanks to CrossCountry App.

As announced last week, our U.S. Nations Cup team for Houghton International is:

  • Katherine Coleman and Monte Classico, Kalai, LLC’s 9-year-old German Sporthorse gelding. She is also competing Billy Bandit, her 10-year-old Anglo European gelding.
  • Hallie Coon and Celien, her own and Helen Coon’s 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare.
  • Caroline Martin and Danger Mouse, her own and Sherrie Martin’s 10-year-old Dutch gelding. She is also competing The Apprentice, Sherrie Martin’s 14-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding.

They’ll be facing off against Nations Cup teams from Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Sweden and New Zealand. CICO3* dressage begins today and continues through Saturday morning, followed by show jumping Saturday afternoon and cross country on Sunday. There is no live stream, but you can follow live scoring on

U.S. ride times for dressage:

Katherine Coleman and Monte Classico: Thursday 4:22 p.m. BST/11:22 a.m. EST
Katherine Coleman and Billy Bandit: Friday 11:15 a.m. BST/6:15 a.m. EST
Caroline Martin and Danger Mouse: Friday 3:15 p.m. BST/10:22 a.m. EST
Caroline Martin and The Apprentice: Saturday 8:52 a.m. BST/3:52 a.m. EST
Hallie Coon and Celien: Saturday 11 a.m. BST/6 a.m. EST

Best of luck, ladies! EN’s Tilly Berendt will be heading to Houghton tomorrow to bring us all the latest throughout the event.

Many thanks to Alec Lochore of Musketeer Event Management for recording the course preview. View in full screen mode to scroll through all the fences. You can also click here to view on CrossCountry App’s website. Download CrossCountry App to access more maps like these from events all around the world. Go Eventing.

Saracen Horse Feeds Houghton International and FEI Nations Cup: Website, Dressage Ride Times, Dressage Live Scores