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Grand Oaks H.T. Video Roundup

Fences underneath the Spanish Moss at Grand Oaks. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Grand Oaks H.T. welcomed eventers to stretch their legs beneath the Spanish Moss and Florida sunshine this weekend at their Weirsdale, Florida venue. Now in its second year, the event is becoming a favorite of the winter season. David Frechette was on site to ring in the new season, and he’s shared videos of the weekend! You can see even more on his YouTube page, The Horsepesterer.

Grand Oaks H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Lauren Kieffer and Landmark’s Mochachino won the Open Preliminary. Jaqueline Mars’ 8-year-old Thoroughbred cross added nothing to his dressage score of 29.4. Ellie O’Neal and Zick Zack, a 10-year-old Swedish Warmblood owned by Sally Cox, finished second on 30.2. Lauren also won the Open Training division with Jaqueline Mars’ Hindine.

David’s commentary is often the highlight of these videos — no offense to the riders! His insights made our top videos of 2018 (See: That’s Just a Well Trained Horse)

Maya Black and Miks Maseter C, a 7-year-old Swedish Warmblood owned by Laurie Cameron, won the Preliminary Horse on a score of 29.6. Kylie Lyman was second with Xuanatu, an 8-year-old Irish Sport Horse owned by Joan Nichols. on 30.4, and Clayton Fredericks came third aboard his own FE Coldplay on a final score of 31.4.

Take a look at the picturesque landscape and excellent riding with a few more from David:

I’d also like to give a shout out to EN’s Lead Writer and the wearer of many hats, Jenni Autry! She and her own Imperial Striker finished 6th in the Modified division.

Best of HN: Missed Connection in the Grocery Store

Photo by Pixabay/CC.

I was browsing salad dressings when she walked by: unmistakably an equestrian.

Honestly, the first thing I noticed was the super-cute pair of red Noble Outfitters muck boots. That’s not an “over the counter” brand that anyone can just pick up at Tractor Supply or Wal-Mart. That’s an equestrian brand. If boots like that walk by you, take note.

Those, and the breeches, and the vest, and the deliberate trajectory she was taking through the store. She walked with purpose, and in the brief glimpse I got of this equestrian before she vanished into the frozen foods, I imagined that surely she had just come from the cold barn, needing to pick up a few things at Wegmans before warming herself back up at home.

“Did you see that?” I said out loud to my husband, while he inexplicably put two different kinds of mustard into the cart.


“That was an equestrian. That was a horse girl!”

He blinked. “How do you know?”

See above. It was like being part of a secret club.

But we did not live in a region known for harboring equestrians. We were a county in which it seemed that everyone had horses, but no one actually rode them. Maybe they pulled them out of the field every now and then for a little trail ride, or hauled them down to the game show for laughs. But a real, live, breeches-wearing equestrian? Now that was a rare thing.

He continued to look at me strangely as I kept my head on a swivel, striking up the courage to say hello, ask her where she rode, strike up a friendship, should our paths cross again, our carts colliding in the bakery section. I did not see her again. Perhaps she was never there at all.

Wegmans equestrian, if you’re reading this, I want to be your friend.

Go riding.

This article was originally posted on our sister site, Horse Nation.

Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: More Than a Plain Brown Package

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.

Some of the best gifts come in a plain brown package, like these five talented horses currently listed for sale on Sport Horse Nation. These guys and gals don’t want to get lost in a sea of bays, so they stand out in their own way. And the best part: they are easy to keep clean! Make sure to give these listings a gander if you’re looking for your next unicorn.

Second Amendment. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Two quality eventers available in Ocala

16.3hh 10 yr old bay Holsteiner x TB gelding and a full brother to Magnum Martini who competed for Brazil at the WEGs this past summer. “Gunnar” has competed extensively at both Training and Prelim throughout Canada and the USA. With the bravery and scope for the upper levels, Gunnar is a true athlete who would suit both a capable junior or amateur looking for experience or a professional looking for an upper level mount. Located in Florida.

Easy to clip, shoe, load and do in every way. X rays available. $35,000 USD

Jump schooling

Sparwar. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Talented Novice/Training Packer with Prelim Potential

Sparwar aka Tucker is an 8 year old, 16.1 hand, OTTB gelding. Plenty of miles at Novice and he just kicked off the winter season with a third place finish, on his dressage score, in his first Training! Easy, easy, easy. Goes all 3 phases in a snaffle. He’s the same horse at home and away. Give him some time off, and he picks up right where you left him without any shenanigans. In the barn, he’s an absolute snuggle bug with no vices! Sound, up to date on everything, and ready to compete tomorrow! Currently located in Citra, FL and will be competing this season at Training. Asking $30,000.

Smart Moves. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.


FOR SALE: Smart Moves, 2006 15.3h TB gelding. Smarty has successfully competed through CCI* with Prelim scores as low as 27. He is very safe, kind, and patient. He took his current rider from her first HT all the way through P/T. He tries his hardest and takes good care of his rider; a parent and trainer dream horse! He is sound, healthy, and without vices. Sadly for sale as his rider is off the college. $35,000 serious inquires only and good home a must. [email protected] 214.924.7571. Located in Texas.

Sibon Rose. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Sibon Rose

Sibon Rose: 2012 16.2h bay Irish Sport Horse mare

This talented young horse is ready to start her competition career! She has the talent and scope to go up the levels in either eventing or the hunter/jumper world. Imported from Ireland, this classy mare is well bred with both Cavalier Royale and Heartbreaker in her pedigree. She’s a good jumper and would suit a junior, young rider or adult amateur. Located in South Carolina.

Velocity. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Experienced Training Level Gelding

2010 16.3 hand Thoroughbred gelding. Velocity has had lots of experience at Training level with multiple top 6 finishes. Straight forward on the flat with scores typically in the 20s/low 30s, bold on cross country without being strong, and a scopey jump. Has a huge heart and really tries. Very good ground manners: loads, bathes, clips, stands quietly in the cross ties, for the farrier, on the trailer, etc. Collar controlled cribber. Would be an excellent partner for someone wanting to gain some experience and be competitive, and scopey enough to continue moving through the levels.

Currently in Ocala, Florida.

Contact Ashley at [email protected] for more information, videos, and to arrange and appointment to try him.

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

Barn cats are a different breed. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Barn cats are NOT to be underestimated. These kitties have much more in common with their lion and tiger relatives than any ordinary house cat. Our barn cat rules the roost and has no issue with bossing the horses around. As a rule, I don’t wear shorts to feed because she has been known to scratch up a few ankles if you’re late giving her dinner — despite her hunting critters all day.

National Holiday: National Cheese Lovers Day

U.S. Weekend Action:

Grand Oaks H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Sunday Links: 

USEF Updates Rulebook with Extraordinary Rule Changes

‘Chase Your Dreams at a 2019 Hylofit USEA Classic Series Event!

Check out this exuberant event horse with invisible wings

Top British rider aims for Olympics after move to US

Groom Spotlight: Anne-Marie Duarte Is Living Her Pony Club Dream

Punishment Or Encouragement? The Discussion We Must Have About Why We’re Whipping Our Horses

5 Non-Riding Barn Activities to do This Winter

Hot on Horse Nation: Missed Connection in the Grocery Store

Sunday Video:

Best of JN: Why This Jumper is Giving Eventing a Whirl

Flash and I at our first eventing derby, Photo by Jen Robertson.

As we all know, showing hunter jumpers on the A-circuit isn’t exactly known for being budget-friendly, but lately Facebook has been full of turmoil as show fees seem to be rising across the country. Just yesterday I saw where USEF had raised the fee for lifetime recording of a horse from $200 to $300 in one year. Meanwhile, class fees, stall fees and nomination fees are rising, while prize money is staying the same. Here I am, scrolling through my phone and thinking: how the heck am I supposed to get time off work and save up the funds to attend more than two shows this year?

A few weeks back, my trainer and I had a heart-to-heart about my riding goals versus my budget. It has always been my goal to be as successful as possible, all the while growing through the levels at a decent pace. I had big dreams of hauling to some of the most dreamy venues like WEF, Devon or Live Oak and showing against top amateurs across the country, but with each check I write it becomes increasingly obvious that I can’t keep up with the Joneses on the A-circuit. As I rattled off some ideas of ways I could cut costs or bring in supplemental income to afford my habit, my trainer piped up and said, “or you could try eventing.”

The unique thing about my barn, Altamonte Show Stables, is that they focus on both jumpers and eventing. I have gone on a few cross-country schooling opportunities and competed in an eventing derby in the past, but have never been brave enough to make the switch. In truth, I am horribly stubborn and once I set my sights on one day competing in the upper echelons of show jumping, I didn’t want to defer from that dream.

Initially, I brushed the idea off. I wasn’t interested in a discipline switch. I could figure it out. And then one afternoon while I sat at home staring at my projected budget and realized I couldn’t force the numbers to add up, I did some research.

Costs related to showing in the hunter jumper ring on the A-circuit include (but are not limited too):

  • Membership for the USHJA is $85 for one year, $240 for three years or $1,500 for lifetime membership.
  • Membership for US Equestrian is $80 yearly or $2,500 for a lifetime membership.
  • Stabling fees range from $75-1,000 a week depending on the show.
  • Class fees for one division will typically add up to be around $150-300, depending on the show.
    • Also keep in mind that jumpers have nomination fees of around $100+ per class.
  • Office fees, medic fees, zone fees, ticketed schooling, etc will add up to be another $150-300, depending on the show.

If you are calculating on the low-end, I have found that I need to save around $1,500 for each show and that number does not count trainer fees, hauling fees, hotel or food. If I did one show at around $2,500 a month, every other month, I would spend $15,000 alone in show-related expenses. As supportive as my husband is, there is no way I can convince him to support that number on top of other horse related expenses.

Costs related to attending a USEA sanctioned horse trial include (but are not limited too):

  • Membership for USEA is $95 for one year, $1,500 for lifetime.
  • Membership for US Equestrian is $80 yearly or $2,500 for a lifetime membership (it is important to note that this is only required for preliminary and up).
  • Class fees range from $150-400 per weekend.
  • Stabling ranges from $80-200 per weekend, but it is important to note that many shows that charge higher class fees include the cost of stabling in that fee.
  • Some shows have additional fees such as grounds fees, medic fees or office fees. Typically these fees are less than $100.

I did the research on the USEA sanctioned horse trials in my area and after paying my membership fees, I am only looking at around $600 a show INCLUDING my trainer fees and other expenses. And another perk? Most events are Saturday and Sunday, while some are stretched out over three days. One day of vacation every other month versus one week of vacation every other month is definitely more realistic for a working amateur rider. (Note: the cost of an FEI Three-Day event does go up some in comparison to horse trials. My research placed an average weekend at around $1,200 a weekend in total for my expenses.)

Showing at the Kentucky Horse Park had always been a dream of mine. Thankfully, my participation in the Retired Racehorse Project made that dream come true! Who knows, maybe I will be able to return either as a jumper or an eventer. Photo by Meagan Delisle.

In the long run, if I wanted to go back to the schooling show circuit I could definitely afford to show quite frequently in the jumper ring. There are many tiers to the hunter jumper circuit and it can be quite feasible to show at the lower levels. However, with the practical non-existence of B-Rated shows anymore, my only alternative would be the local schooling circuit. One of my life goals has been to qualify for some sort of final but, in reality, I cannot afford to compete enough to even qualify for finals like the North American League. I can, however, throw all of my funds into trying to qualify for the American Eventing Championships and have a much better shot, financially, at being able to show enough to qualify.

There is no doubt that the eventing community is doing something right. The affordability and flexibility of schedule is definitely attractive for this jumper lover potentially gone rogue. But what does this mean for the USHJA and the other riders who share my pain? When will enough be enough and the powers that be realize they are pricing the majority of their competitors out of the game?

I challenge the members of the USHJA committee to think about their stance on the “grassroots” of the organization a little differently. Think about your working amateurs who are maxing out the time clock to afford to show, your hungry junior riders who are working off the cost of their lessons, the professionals who are scraping up every penny just to get by and get their young horse seen. There is this awful saying that my parents recite to me every chance they get, “how do you make a million dollars in horses? Start with a billion.” But I challenge you to ask yourself: does it HAVE to be that way? Or have we just made it that way? How are we impacting our industry by doing that? Are we killing it?

I have to think that in some way, we might be.

So what do we do? We make our voices heard. We remind the governing bodies of our sport that affordability and accessibility is key. We remind them that, for the majority of us, this is a hobby and if it becomes a hobby we can’t afford, we may have to turn elsewhere thus resulting in a decline of membership numbers. We remind the leaders of our industry that we are present and that our concerns should mean something to them.

For now, I am going to don a cross-country vest, grab a little mane and give a few horse trials a go. I won’t give up on the jumper ring completely, but I definitely aim to supplement my show schedule with eventing throughout the year. Who knows, maybe along the way I will find that my wallet and I love it and that my riding benefits from crossing disciplines.

Experience the Thrill of the ‘Chase at A 2019 Hylofit USEA Classic Series Event

A Rebecca Farm T3D competitor. Photo by Shelby Allen

Is a long format event on your bucket list? 2019 is your year!

The days of the long format may be long gone, but the Hylofit USEA Classic Series keeps the history of our sport alive. A three-day event is the pinnacle of old fashioned eventing endurance and horsemanship — the culmination of months of preparation. The USEA has released the dates and locations of this year’s long format events.

Click here to learn more about the Hylofit USEA Classic Series, and click here to find out if you are qualified for an event.

With their introduction of the only equine wearable to offer in-ride feedback for horse and rider, Hylofit stepped up to sponsor the USEA Classic Series this year. Their state-of-the-art training tool marries perfectly with the needs of a competitor preparing for a three-day event. Plus: all USEA Classic Series competitors can enjoy a 10% discount on Hylofit products!

Read on to find a Hylofit USEA Classic Series event near you:

Preliminary Three-Day Events

Hagyard Midsouth | October 16-20, 2019 | Lexington, KY (Area VIII)

Waredaca | October 24-27, 2019 | Laytonsville, MD (Area II)

Training Three-Day Events

Fresno County H.T. | April 26-28, 2019 | Fresno, CA (Area VI)

Indiana Eventing Association (IEA) | May 30 – June 2, 2019 | Edinburgh, IN (Area VIII)

Coconino | July 10-13, 2019 | Flagstaff, AZ (Area X)

The Event at Rebecca Farm | July 24-28, 2019 | Kalispell, MT (Area VII)

Spokane Sport Horse Farm H.T. | October 3-6, 2019 | Spokane, WA (Area VII)

Hagyard Midsouth | October 16-20, 2019 | Lexington, KY (Area VIII)

Waredaca | October 24-27, 2019 | Laytonsville, MD (Area II)

Galway Downs | October 31 – November 3, 2019 | Temecula, CA (Area VI)

Novice Three-Day Events

Fresno County H.T. | April 26-28, 2019 | Fresno, CA (Area VI)

Indiana Eventing Association (IEA) | May 30-June 2, 2019 | Edinburgh, IN (Area VIII)

Coconino | July 10-13, 2019 | Flagstaff, AZ (Area X)

The Event at Rebecca Farm | July 24-28, 2019 | Kalispell, MT (Area VII)

Spokane Sport Horse Farm | October 3-6, 2019 | Spokane, WA (Area VII)

Waredaca | October 24-27, 2019 | Laytonsville, MD (Area II)

Beginner Novice Three-Day Events

Coconino | July 10-13, 2019 | Flagstaff, AZ (Area X)

Spokane Sport Horse Farm | October 3-6, 2019 | Spokane, WA (Area VI)

The Maryland H.T. at Loch Moy | October 11-13, 2019 | Adamstown, MD (Area II)

*This is a tentative calendar and updates or changes will be made to the Hylofit USEA Classic Series page.

The Hylofit system tracks both horse and rider heart rates with real-time feedback, post-ride insights, overall well-being observations, zone training, sharing and video features, weather impact features and much more. Riders can access this all in real-time thanks to an app that is available for iOS (including iWatch) and Android devices.

“Eventers build a significant bond with their horses through hours spent together preparing for the rigors of competition, both in and out of the saddle. Hylofit, an innovative wireless heart rate tracking system, allows riders to delve a layer deeper into understanding their horse’s response to training and to quantify fitness level,” said Hylofit co-founder Kate McGuinn.

“It also provides insights into other indications of heart rate like stress and pain; sources that might not be apparent otherwise. Given the particular focus on conditioning and the time spent training in the saddle that the long format demands, we think Hylofit is a perfect fit for this partnership. We hope to provide classic series competitors and all eventers, beginner novice through advanced, the opportunity to “know your ride” like never before.”

[Chase Your Dreams at a 2019 Hylofit USEA Classic Series Event!]

[Hylofit Signs as Official Title Sponsor of the USEA Classic Series]

USDA Temporarily Closes Miami Animal Import Center

Photo by FEI/Jon Stroud.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has closed the Miami Animal Import Center to new arrivals after quarantined horses became sick at the facility. The closure began Saturday Jan. 19, and will last until March 31, 2019.

So far six horses have fallen ill and three have died of what officials believe to be salmonella. Symptoms include diarrhea, fever and lameness. APHIS is currently investigating to determine the cause, and the shutdown is an effort to stop any possible spread.

Salmonella is a bacteria that causes intestinal disease in many mammals. According to the AAEP Infectious Disease Guidelines, it is easily transmitted through both horse-to-horse contact as well as through other vehicles of transport such as pitchforks, water buckets, etc.

The facility currently is undergoing environmental testing, with the samples being sent to the National Veterinary Services Laboratories for evaluation. Officials have not yet released the status of the three horses with symptoms. Other horses still under quarantine are being closely monitored.

The APHIS and the import center have begun to increase biosecurity and disinfection efforts. In addition to a complete disinfection of the 95 quarantine stalls before reopening, the facility will also have its operating procedures reviewed. APHIS also confirmed that employees of the import center are exempted from the furlough due to the government shutdown.

[USDA Temporarily Closes Miami Animal Import Center to New Arrivals of Horses]


Ryan Keefe Receives USET Foundation’s Amanda Pirie Warrington Grant

Ryan Keefe and Flintstar. Photo by Shelby Allen.

This week the USET Foundation named 18-year-old Ryan Keefe as the recipient of the 2019 Amanda Pirie Warrington Grant.

Awarded annually, the grant is given in honor of Amanda to provide financial assistance to an up-and-coming rider who has the talent and determination to one day represent the United States in competition. Ryan will receive $5,000 to go toward training expenses.

“It’s a really big honor to be chosen for because I know that a lot of other great riders before me have received it,” Ryan said. “It definitely feels good to have the support of the USET Foundation and other people behind the grant who believe in me.”

Aboard the Olympic veteran Flintstar, Ryan has made a name for herself in the eventing world. The pair won the Virginia CCI2*-L (formerly CCI*) in 2017 before tackling the move up to the two-star level last year. The pair finished second in the the CCI3*-S (formerly CIC2*) at Fair Hill in April and won team gold at the Adequan/FEI North American Youth Championships before their season culminated with an 11th place finish in the CCI3*-L (CCI2*) at the Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International.

“The grant will help me a lot with our winter training in Ocala,” she said. “Since [Flintstar] is getting older, I would like to get some Advanced Level experience out of him this year. He has been such a good teacher so far for me. A big thanks again to the people behind the grant for all of their support!”

Congratulations, Ryan!

[USET Foundation Awards Amanda Pirie Warrington Grant to Ryan Keefe]

Saturday Links Presented by Nupafeed USA

Photo via Nupafeed USA on Facebook.

Those lucky enough to be out competing at Grand Oaks H.T. in Weirsdale, Florida have some really super swag to look forward to as prizes! I’m extra jealous this weekend because my region is bracing for what looks to be our first big pounding of snow this season. How is it that Massachusetts has had less snow than Virginia at this point in the season?

National Holiday: National Popcorn Day

U.S. Weekend Action:

Grand Oaks H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Your Saturday Links:

USDA Temporarily Closes Miami Animal Import Center To New Horse Arrivals

Groom Spotlight: Anne-Marie Duarte Is Living Her Pony Club Dream

Featured Clinician: Kim Severson

Laminitis Prevention: British Veterinarians Issue Alert to Prevent Spring Laminitis in Obese Horses

Want to Learn About Course Design? Attend the B & C Jumping/Course Design Training Program!

A Better You Starts Here: 5 Tips From The Equestrian Businesswomen Summit

‘I Want To Save The World’: Love Her Or Hate Her, Papp Is Determined To Change Horse Racing For The Better

Punishment Or Encouragement? The Discussion We Must Have About Why We’re Whipping Our Horses

Saturday Video: Well, well – look who it is! EN’s own Jenni Autry was out and about at Grand Oaks this weekend. Please join the rest of the EN family in cheering Jenni on this season! #OneStarOrBust (ahem…CCI2*-L now, actually)

Nupafeed® is proud to be a small part of the success of Frankie Thieriot Stutes’ mount Chatwin, who was voted the 2018 EN Horse of the Year by the readers of Eventing Nation. Chatwin and Frankie won their last four events in a row ending with the USEF National Championships at the Fair Hill International CCI3* finishing on a score of 27.3, the lowest 3* score in North America in 2018. Frankie has been a long time customer of Nupafeed and we couldn’t be more excited for the success she has had with Chatwin!

Photo courtesy of Sherry Stewart.

Friday Video from SmartPak: Can’t Catch This

7 ways to catch a horse… plus a bonus, how it all started…

And here it is, all 7 ways to catch a horse, to better help you choose a method that may work for you (we'd be surprised 🤔) … plus a bonus one, how it all started.

Posted by Brookby Heights International on Thursday, January 17, 2019

Just in case your horse is the lone sadomasochist who delights in whizzing away from you across the field (presumably to spend an extra hour or two clenching his bumcheeks against misplaced gusts of wind), the fabulous folks of Brookby Heights International in New Zealand have treated us to this very educational video. (You may remember the Brookby crew — and remarkably bombproof denizens Pumba and Kevin — from their brilliant sales ads, which quite rightly earned owner Karen Teague the unofficial title of Sales Ad Queen.) Can’t catch the quick-heeled little bugger? There’s every chance you just haven’t stumbled upon the right method yet. Don’t worry: there’s seven to choose from.

(An EN disclaimer: maybe leave this one to the pros, eh?)