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All Horses Accepted at Ocala Jockey Club CCI Final Inspection

CCI2* leaders Alex O’Neal and Fury H. Photo by Jenni Autry.

All pairs that presented in the CCI3*, CCI2* and CCI* at the final horse inspection were accepted this morning at the Ocala Jockey Club International Three-Day Event here in Reddick, Florida.

Laura VanderVliet’s CCI* mount Lady Colina was the only horse sent to the holding box during the inspection and was accepted after re-presenting.

Nilson Moreira Da Silva withdrew RF Nouveau Riche from the CCI* prior to the inspection. Briggs Surratt did not present Bright Water in the CCI2*. Alexis Helffrich did not present London Town in the CCI3*.

Show jumping starts at 10:30 a.m. EST with the CCI*, followed by the CCI3* at 1:30 p.m. and the CCI2* at 2:30 p.m. All show jumping will stream live here on EN and on EQTV Network’s Facebook page.

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CIC3* Clubhouse Water:

Action is underway the Ocala Jockey Club International Three-Day Event in Reddick, Florida. EN is on the grounds to bring you wall-to-wall coverage, and we also have the scoop on the live stream.

All three phases of the CCI3* will be live streamed on EQTV Network, as well as cross country and show jumping for the CCI2* and CCI*. You can watch live at this link and right here on EN. The live stream and all replays are also on Facebook.

Friday, Nov. 16
1-3 p.m. EST: CCI3* dressage

Saturday, Nov. 17
8:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. EST: CCI* cross country
12:55-1:33 p.m. EST: CCI3* cross country
2:10-4:10 p.m. CCI2* cross country

Sunday, Nov. 18

10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. EST: CCI* show jumping
1:30-1:56 p.m. EST: CCI3* show jumping
2:26-3:52 p.m. EST: CCI2* show jumping

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Hazel Shannon Captures Second Adelaide CCI4* Win in Historic Finish

Hazel Shannon and Willingapark Clifford. Photo by Julie Wilson Photography.

Hazel Shannon and Willingapark Clifford made history Sunday at the Australian International Three-Day Event when they became the first pair to pick up a second CCI4* win at Adelaide (2016 & 2018).

Girl power has bee the theme of 2018 (Ros Canter, double world champion; Jonelle Price, back-to-back four-star winner), and Hazel continued the trend at Adelaide, leading the charge of the first ever all-female top ten in a CCI4*.

“It feels great, as good as the first time,” Hazel said. “I’m still in disbelief.  Willingapark Clifford performs best when he’s fresh, and he loves Adelaide.”

In second place after cross country, Hazel and Terrence Snow’s 13-year-old Thoroughbred had two poles down, making Hazel the fourth rider to ever have 8 penalties in the final phase of a four-star and still win. They finish on a score of 59.5.

Amanda Pottinger and Just Kidding. Photo by Julie Wilson Photography.

Overnight leader and CCI4* first-timer Amanda Pottinger had four down with Just Kidding, a 12-year-old Thoroughbred (Fusaichi Pegasus x Gypsy Princess, by Sadler’s Wells) owned by the Pottinger family. She ended in second place on a final result of 63.2.

Two rails and three time penalties moved Sonja Johnson and Misty Isle Valentino, a 10-year-old Arabian Warmblood (Tani Mani Dances With Wolves x Valuka, by Stirling Lukas) owned by the rider and Phoebe Johnson into third. They had a final score of 78.8.

Of the 24 starters, 11 — all women — finished the Australian four-star. Emily Gray and Jocular vision were 4th after having two down and five time penalties (80.3), and Hayley Frielick was fifth with Class Action JP on 90.3.

Click here to see the final results.

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[History is made]



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JJ Silliman captured this amazing photo yesterday at the Ocala Jockey Club start box, and I’m having trouble picking my favorite part. Maybe it’s the determination in the horse’s eye that he will make the decisions. Or the look on Lauren’s face — I’m assuming she’s coming to the realization that she has to pilot this thing around the course once he lands on the ground. But I think really it might have to be that the timer looks like he’s shielding his eye from the drama. What a fantastic photo!

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Major Weekend Events:

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Sunday Links:

World Equestrian Games: Is this the end of the line?

Winning racehorse with only one ear captures public’s imagination

Horses, Hotels And Casinos! Behind The Scenes At The Las Vegas National

O’Neal and Fury H Blaze Around Ocala Jockey Club CCI**

Plans For Horse Park In West Virginia Put Into Action

Amanda’s Adelaide after cross country!

Five Things The Great British Baking Show Has Taught Me About Riding

Sunday Video: 

Katherine Coleman Powers to CCI3* Lead at Ocala Jockey Club

Katherine Coleman and Monte Classico. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.

Katherine Coleman could have run Monte Classico in his first CCI3* at Boekelo in The Netherlands last month, but she chose to postpone his debut at the level until the Ocala Jockey Club International Three-Day Event so she could run him on home soil. The decision paid off on cross country day today, with a clear round and 4.8 time penalties rocketing them to the top of the leaderboard.

Katherine has produced “Monte,” a 9-year-old German Sport Horse gelding (Monte Bellini X W-Sally, by Saami xx) she owns, from a 6-year-old after he was originally sourced through Bettina Hoy in Germany. No pairs caught the optimum time of 10 minutes on Clayton Fredericks’s CCI3* course, but Monte’s round was one of the fastest.

“He answered all the questions. He was really good through those angled brushes. I thought they walked quite hard — especially in comparison to the rest of the course — but he was just on it everywhere. After those two corners (at fence 13) it was like he was flagging a bit, but he really picked up coming back up the hill. He got his second wind and then was really good the rest of the way,” Katherine said.

“I want to start getting my horses out and seen on U.S. soil because I feel like I’m abroad so much that they don’t really get seen,” she said. “I think it’s key for him — especially this year to be competing in the U.S.”

A Louisiana native, Katherine is based in England for six months of the year and in Ocala for the winter season. With all attention now turning to the 2019 Pan American Games, where the U.S. must secure qualification for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Katherine — like her fellow team riders — are firmly focused on next season.

If we are looking to the future, then Monte Classico absolutely has to be a horse firmly in the conversation. He has impressed across the board as he’s moved through the levels, and definitely turned heads when he finished 15th in the Blenheim CIC3* 8- and 9-year-olds class in September.

“He’s really grown up this year. I think he’s a really serious horse on an international level — under any competition. He was second going into cross country at Blenheim 8- and 9-year-olds behind that lovely horse of Laura Collett’s (the winner, London 52) and I just had, again, some time around that course — but really answering all the questions and super to all the fences. I do have that in mind — that I’m producing this horse for that future.”

Katherine said her fingers are crossed for show jumping tomorrow, as she will not have a rail in hand over Lauren Kieffer and Jacqueline Mars’s Paramount Importance. Lauren and “Louie,” an 11-year-old Holsteiner (Pasco X Gesche II, by Louis), delivered the fastest time in the division, coming home with 4.0 time penalties to move up to second place on 37.1.

Joe Meyer and Johnny Royale are in the hunt for a chunk of the $5,000 in prize money allotted to the top placing Thoroughbreds in the division thanks to a speedy clear round around Clayton Fredericks’s course. The 10-year-old New Zealand Thoroughbred (His Royal Highness X Chivaney, by Tights) skipped around with 5.6 time penalties to sit in third place on 41.8.

Of the 11 combinations that started on the CCI3* course, seven completed clear without jumping penalties. Dressage leaders Kristen Bond and Enough Already had a gutting runout at the double brushes at fence 20B. Leslie Law and Voltaire de Tre and Jacob Fletcher and Atlantic Domino also came to grief at the brushes.

Alex O’Neal and Fury H. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.

Looking to the CCI2*, Alex O’Neal could not afford a single time penalty with Fury H to hold his overnight lead after dressage, and he cruised around 28 seconds inside the time to hold first place on 29.5.

“Marvin,” an 8-year-old KWPN gelding owned by Sally Cox, was one of 22 horses in the CCI2* field to make the optimum time of 10 minutes, with his natural galloping stride easily eating up the ground. We had absolutely perfect going for cross country day today thanks to the diligent effort of the grounds crew. Coupled with the fact that Clayton designed a a flowing, open track that really invited horses to settle into a cruising rhythm right out of the start box, the CCI2* track rode beautifully.

“I think the first couple minutes you had to come out and ride really positive and forward because there were some big tables, and by the time you got to the first water you wanted to be moving, so I think everyone came out really positive,” Alex said.

“He’s a total beast, and that’s something I’ve had to get used to because I’m used to pushing horses along the whole way. But (with him) once I get out and jump five fences, I just kind of stay there. He’s such a big horse that you just have to trust that rhythm, take your time in the combinations and know that he’s going to keep traveling. He ends up being really efficient.”

Doug Payne and Starr Witness, a 7-year-old KWPN mare Doug owns with Catherine Winter and Laurie McRee, also caught the optimum time with a classy clear round to remain in second place on 29.6 in the horse’s debut at the level.

Gabrielle Ruane and her own Lismakeera Brewski, a 9-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding, cruised around 16 seconds inside the time to move up to third place on 29.9.

You can catch up with ALL the action in the CCI3* and CCI2* in EN’s cross country live updates, AND you can rewatch all the cross country action from the CCI3*, CCI2* and CCI* on EQTV Network’s Facebook page.

Looking to the CCI*, the top of the leaderboard remained unchanged. Tamie Smith and Ruth Bley’s Danito easily caught the optimum time of 8 minutes, 52 seconds, coming home 21 seconds inside to remain on their dressage score of 22.6.

“I went out of the box and I felt like I was loping, and I didn’t have to pull on the reins. It was a long track but also feels like old-school eventing. It was gallopy and open and the footing was fantastic. This venue is just unbelievable. I can’t say enough about it.”

Ellie MacPhail O’Neal and Sally Cox’s Zick Zack jumped clear and 38 seconds inside the time to remain in second place on 26.0. Liz Halliday-Sharp and Pru Dawes’s Gorsehill Cooley cruised around 20 seconds inside the time to remain in third place on 26.9.

Liz Halliday-Sharp and Fernhill By Night. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Liz Halliday-Sharp also held her lead today in the CIC3* division with Deborah Halliday’s Fernhill By Night, who jumped a super clear show jumping round over Chris Barnard’s course to keep first place on 27.2. She also led after the first two phases last year and is on a mission to seal the deal on the win this year as we look ahead to tomorrow’s cross country.

“He’s had a really great season and he’s on the best form he’s ever been on this year,” Liz said. “He’s capable of doing everything out there. There are a few difficult questions, and they require serious, accurate riding, so I need to go out and attack it.”

Felix Vogg and Jürgen Vogg’s Colero jumped a clear round to move up to second place in the CIC3* on 30.8. Liz Halliday-Sharp also has a second ride in the top three in The Deniro Syndicate’s Deniro Z, who delivered a super clear to move up to third on 31.9.

The CIC3* will go cross country tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. The first horse inspection for the CCI division starts at 8 a.m. CCI* show jumping will start at 10:30 a.m., followed by the CCI3* at 1:30 p.m. and the CCI2* at 2:30 p.m. All show jumping will stream live here on EN and on EQTV Network’s Facebook page.

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The Future of WEG In Question as FEI Opens Bidding Process for Individual Championships

WEG 2018 may be over and out, but there’s still plenty to contemplate as we look back on the Games. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Today the FEI quietly acknowledged the potential abandonment of a central World Equestrian Games in favor of  individual discipline championships. This was agreed upon during discussions held at the in-person FEI Bureau meeting of the FEI General Assembly in Manama, Bahrain.

The FEI confirmed that they have opened the bidding process for the 2022 FEI World Equestrian Games twice, but this did not produce any “realistic” bids.

Because of this, the Bureau unanimously agreed to open a bidding process for individual world championships in all divisions for 2022. They also included that multi-discipline bids would receive preference, and that dressage and para dressage should be combined.

This decision comes as both 2014 and 2018 World Equestrian Games have received criticism, calling the sustainability of a 7-discipline world championship into question.

In an FEI document, FEI President Ingmar de Vos was attributed as saying that this decision, “does not necessarily mean the end of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ and bids to host the full seven-discipline Games for 2022 and 2026 will be considered.”

The statement continued in addressing the importance of world championships as part of the Olympic movement: “Securing world championships for 2022 in the Olympic and Paralympic disciplines was crucial as these serve as qualifiers for the Paris 2024 Games.”

Also discussed at the Bureau meeting today was the 2018 WEG at the Tryon International Equestrian Center. Tim Hadaway, the FEI Games Operations Director, provided the Bureau with a detailed report that has not been made available to the public.

According to the document summarizing the Bureau’s meeting, the report weighed the successes and failures of WEG by, “highlighting the quality of the sport delivery and the sport itself (with the exception of Endurance), but also the areas of concern, particularly late delivery of the venue facilities.”

Going forward from here, all interested hosts should submit expressions of interest by February 2019. Workshops with bidders would follow, and the bids would be considered throughout 2019. Decisions based on bids received can be expected by the in-person Bureau meeting next November.

[Main Decisions From FEI Bureau Meeting, Manama (BRN), 17 November 2018]


Ocala Jockey Club CCI3*/CCI2* Cross Country Live Updates

Fence 23ABC – Clubhouse Water. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Welcome, EN, to cross country day at Ocala Jockey Club! We’re pleased to be bringing you all the action from both the CCI3* and the CCI2*.

Kristen Bond and Liz Bond’s Enough Already are your three-star dressage leaders, and they are slated to run at 1:23 p.m. Meanwhile, Alex O’Neal and Fury H lead the two-star group.

Both the CCI3* and the CCI2* are streaming live on EQTV Network with commentary from our own Jenni Autry, and we’ll be bringing you live updates here, so keep updating this page for all the latest.

Update 2:04: We’re about to get started with the CCI2*, so If you missed the CCI3* keep scrolling to the bottom to catch up on the action.

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Katherine Coleman and Monte Classico have taken over the lead of the CCI3*, and Alex O’Neal kept his lead of the CCI2* with Fury H. Stay tuned for the report soon!

CCI2* Live Updates 2

4:13 The time was easy to catch, and the top of the CCI2* remains relatively unchanged.

4:13 Nilson is home clear with Cash.

4:12 Little close for Nilson at the corner out of the final water, but the horse’s shoulder was inside the flags.

4:11 John Holling and Dushi Terma finish clear inside the time.

4:10 Nilson Moreira Da Silva and Cash having a runout at the angled brush. They’re the final pair on course.

4:09 Dushi Terma gives Jon Holling a wild ride into the water, but they’re clear through the corner out.

4:07 Final rider, Allie Knowles has fallen from Business Class at fence two. Arden Wildasin also had an issue there, so we are suspecting that the light is making that tricky.

4:06 Don Dante again with a bold jump into the final water.

4:05 Leslie Law and First Class home 5 seconds inside the time.

4:02 Jon Holling and Dushi Terma off to a good start! We’re nearing the end of this division.

4:00 Don Dante with a big beautiful jump into the first water. He looks very keen!

4:00 Leslie did the angled brush in a beautiful two, where many have done three.

3:58 Leslie Law just loosing his balance into the first water with First Class, but to be fair to him, he’s ridden a lot of horses out here today!

3:58 Will Coleman off and away with Don Dante

3:57 Jade Anderson and Fernhill Oreo with a beautiful three strides in the angled brush.

3:55 Katie Ruppel has decided to retire Greek Empire on course.

3:55 Leslie Law is on course with First Class.

3:53 Katie Ruppel and Greek Empire have had a runout at the brush at 13.

3:52 Alex O’Neal and Fury H are clear! They’ll hold their lead into the final phase.

3:51 BT Just a Rebel is happy to just lave one out at the Elephant Trap. Hang on Lila!

3:51 Alex is clear through the final combination. He’s one from home and is looking good on the time.

3:50 Lila Gendal and BT Just A Rebel are sailing around this track

3:49 Katie Ruppel and Greek Empire are off and away.

3:48 Arden has a very positive ride through the final water. You can see the shadows changing on course, so it’s possible the light affected visibility where she had her early stop.

3:46 Kim Liddell is home clear inside the time.

3:46 Lila Gendal and BT Just A Rebel have a great ride through the elephant trap.

3:44 Kim Liddell hasn’t gotten a lot of screen time, but the snippets have been very impressive riding.

3:43 Overnight leader Alex O’Neal is on course with Fury H. He has to make the time to keep his lead.

3:42 Robin Walker and SBT Barolo are continue to have a very confident round in the horse’s debut at the level.

3:41 Hallie is home clear. She’s had a super cross country day in Florida.

3:40 Arden Wildasin has picked up a stop at the second fence with Il Vici.

3:38 Robin Walker and SBT Barolo take the long route at the first water.

3:36 Hallie Coon has a super ride through the offset hedges, and she’s been pulled up on a hold as they repair the frangible pin at 19.

3:34 Ashley Johnson and Firefly have picked up 11 penalties for activating the frangible pin at the Elephant Trap.

3:34 Hallie Coon and Cooley SOS have a big jump into the first water.

3:33 Lindsay has a great ride through the final water.

3:31 Ashley Johnson and FireFly making the double wedges look easy.

3:29 Lindsay has had a runout at fence 13, those have caused a lot of issues today.

3:27 Lindsay Traisnel and Bacyrouge clear through the first water.

3:25 Joe Meyer shares a few reminders with Gortglas Crazy Love, and they’re clear through the first water.

3:23 Allie and Casarino have continued to go clear. I should add that this grey horse is absolutely sparkling! Shout out to her groom!

3:21 Stephanie Goodman and Drs Resolute have had a runout at fence 7. She’s clear on second attempt.

3:20 Maya has a super ride through the final water.

3:19 Allie Knowles is back with fifth-placed Casarino.

3:18 Maya Black and FE Black Ice clear through the offset hedges.

3:17 MGH Heartbeat looking full of running for Justine.


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3:15 We’re getting out first sighting of Justine Dutton and MGH Heartbeat, who has quite the incredible gallop.

3:13 We can confirm that Doug and Starr Witness did make the time, so he’s our provisional leader. Alex O’Neal is the only rider who could beat him now.

3:12 Uprising does a flyby at the offset hedges with Waylon.

3:10 Gabrielle Ruane has jumped clear, and becomes the provisional leader as we wait for confirmation on Doug’s time.

3:10 Hang on there Waylon! Uprising jumps like a rocket into the first water.

3:09 Starr Witness plops a big into the final water, but makes it to the corner out easily.

3:07 Rebecca Hoos and Little Cruz are clear through the tricky combination at 13.

3:06 We’re watching Doug cut corners in his usual style to gain some time.

3:05 4.4 time penalties for Lesley and Lady Chatterley.

3:05 Will Coleman currently leads, but Gabrielle Ruane and Doug Payne, who are both on course, could go ahead of him with a clear round.

3:03 Lesley and Lady Chatterley keep looking more and more confident after each fence. A really great round!

3:01 Second-placed Starr Witness and Doug Payne are off to a good shot with a textbook performance through the first combination.

2:59 We finally get a view of fence 13 that’s caused so much trouble, and we saw Lesley Grant-Law and Lady Chatterley tackle it easily.

2:58 Crimson has put the breaks on at the jump in of the final water. She and Shelby are clear on second attempt, but now have 40 penalties.

2:56 Oh no! Clark Montgomery and Caribbean Soul have had a run out at fence 13. He decided to call it a day.

2:54 Shelby and Crimson have had a stop at those pesky brushes at 13.

2:52 Shelby Brost and Crimson just skip through the first water.

2:52 Clark Montgomery off to a super start with this exciting Thoroughbred Caribbean Soul.

2:50 Natasha has been eliminated with a third refusal at fence 17.

2:49 Natasha has had a second runout at fence 14.

2:48 Natasha Erschen and FE Gran Torino become another pair to have a runout at the brush at 13.

2:47 Now we’re hearing Arden game home clear 41 seconds inside the time. I would agree with our commentators, she didn’t look too fast, so I think the time is proving easy today.

2:46 Arden Wildasin is having a very efficient round.

2:46 Sinead Halpin has picked up 20 jumping penalties with Cutty Sark. Not sure where yet.

2:45 A beautiful ride for Briggs Surratt and Bright Water at fence 14.

2:42 Sinead gets a great shot over the running rails.

2:41 Will Coleman and TKS Cooley come home in an incredible 9 minutes and 31 seconds. The optimum time is 10 minutes.

2:29 Arden Wildasin and APOGEE get just a little quick to the B element of fence four.

2:38 Sinead Halpin is clear through the first water with Cutty Sark.

2:37 La Paz jumping the high side of the angled brush, but getting it done.

2:36 Sara Mittleider and La Paz have a runout at 13, the same spot where Leslie had his runout.

2:35 Jon Holling and Dalanteretto finish 20 seconds inside the time.

2:25 I missed this earlier, but now can confirm that Allie Knowles and Princess B did make the time. With two already going double clear, we can expect many more to do the same.

2:33 We haven’t seen much of her, but Dalanteretto looking really super through the water with Jon Holling in the mare’s CCi2* debut.

2:30 Sara Mittleider  and La Paz shows off his impressive scope over the third fence.

2:29 Nilson Moreira Da Silva  and Rock Phantom are off and away. They’re clear through the first combination.

2:27 Jade Anderson and Fernhill Q home 14 seconds inside the time.

2:26 TKS Cooley is looking very game at the first water!

2:24 Unfortunately Leslie Law and LCC Vogue have had a runout at fence 13. They were placed third after dressage, so we may be looking at a leaderboard shuffle today.

2:23 Allie and Princess B are home clear. Will Coleman and TKS Cooley have started.

2:22 Jade Anderson and Fernhill Q are making their CCI2* but have been looking brilliant around this track.

2:20 Third-placed Leslie Law and LCC Vogue are on course.

2:19 Allie and Princess B with a confident ride through the Elephant trap.

2:17 Jade Anderson and Fernhill Q are now off and away.

2:17 Allie gets a little stuck at the first water, but definitely responds afterward with forward riding.

2:24 We’re looking at a 10 minute course for this division, which is on the longer side for the two-star level, but with the ground being so good I am looking forward to seeing how that may affect times.

2:13 Pathfinders Allie Knowles and Princess B are off onto Clayton Frederick’s cross country course.

CCI3* Live Updates 

2:03 Your CCI3* Top Ten after cross country:

1:54 What a great day for the three-star riders! We’re just waiting on Lauren’s official time. Stay tuned as the two-star will start at 2:10!

1:52 Probably 10 or so seconds above the time for Lauren. That means Katherine Coleman and Monte Classico are your new CCI3* leaders!

1:51 Lauren has an absolutely beautiful ride through the final water, but she’s not looking like she’ll be quite fast enough to take the lead.

1:50 Lauren goes for a long one at the angled brush, and Paramount Importance steps up for her.

1:49 Joe Meyer and Johnny Royale pick up 5.6 time penalties.

1:47 Johnny Royale is another to hang a leg at the final water, and again his rider, Joe, sits strong to go clear.

1:46 Joe Meyer takes a careful look at his watch after the log to skinny brush combination at 22. He’s sitting on a Thoroughbred, so we’re hoping he can make the time.

1:46 Just lovely through the first water for Lauren Kieffer and Paramount Importance.

1:45 Kristen Bond seemed to be taking a bit of a detour before the last combination. It’s unclear if she took a wrong turn or potentially was having control problems.

1:44 Now the only rider who could take the lead from Katherine Coleman, Lauren Kieffer, is on course. It will be a race against the clock for her.

1:43 Ugh! A devastating runout for Kristen Bond at the brush at fence 20B. Katherine Coleman now currently take the lead in the division.

1:42 Joe Meyer and Johnny Royale taking a flying leap into the water. This horse is very keen!

1:41 Kristen sees a great shot through the Elephant trap, but she’s got to put the pedal down a little more to keep her lead.

1:40 Kristen is clear with the double corners.

1:39 We’ve only seen a few shots of Kristen and Enough Already, but they’re clear so far and looking quick!

1:39 Leslie Law has a runout at the angled brushes, the same fence where Jacob had a runout.

1:38 Jacob and Atlantic Domino clear through the final combination. We’re so bummed for him having that runout on course.

1:36 Hallie Coon and Lansdowne pick up just 4.4 time penalties. They’ve got the fastest ride of the day so far.

1:36 Oh dear. A runout at fence 20 for Jacob Fletcher and Atlantic Domino.

1:35 Overnight leaders Kristen Bond and Enough Already are on course!

1:35 Leslie has a beautiful ride through the first water!

1:33 Lansdowne is yet another horse to hang a leg in the clubhouse water. Hallie hangs on and jumps the C element with no stirrups. Good save!

1:32 Atlantic Domino proves how clever he is through the first water. They’re off to a great start.

1:31 Olympian Leslie Law now comes forward with Voltaire De Tre

1:30 Erin Sylvester and Paddy The Caddy have definitely had the best ride through the final water by the clubhouse so far.

1:29 Jacob Fletcher and Atlantic Domino are off to a very strong start!

1:28 Hallie Coon and Lansdowne looking scrappy, but super through the first water.

1:27 Oh dear. London Town hangs a leg over the middle element of the final water, and trips after, nearly unseating Alexis. They save it to go clear over the C element. Way to get it done!

1:26 Erin and Paddy The Caddy get a little too close for comfort to the middle element of the first water, but they get it done.

1:25 Official time in for Katherine Coleman. She and Monte Classico add 4.8 time penalties for a score of 34.5.

1:25 Hallie Coon is away with Lansdowne

1:24 London Town made the Elephant Trap look easy.

1:22 We’re also seeing our first sighting of Erin Sylvester and Paddy The Caddy. This is the only pair in the group who have previously won a CCI3*.

1:22 West coasters Alexis Helffrich and London Town clear through the first water, though just a little underpowered.

1:21 Katherine and Monte Classico home in what I’m expecting to be a quick time.

1:20 Kate Chadderton coming to grief at the corner at 13A with VS McCuan Civil Liberty. She retires after two run outs.

1:19 Monte Classico gets a little tied up with the middle element at the final water, but recovers very quickly.

1:18 Ellie and Zeta finish 39 seconds over the optimum time of 10 minutes.

1:17 Ellie is clear through the final water, but down on the clock at the moment. Meanwhile, Katherine is speeding up toward the end.

1:16 Beautiful going for Monte Classico! Easily tackles the double brush at 15ABC.

1:15 VS McCuan Civil Liberty is making his return to the CCI3* level for the first time since 2015 with Kate Chadderton riding.

1:14 Katherine kept a beautiful quiet balance through the first water. She’s clear so far.

1:12 Ellie is clear through the double corners at 13AB. This was a hugely influential combination last year, taking out some of the best.

1:11 Ellie and Zeta have a textbook performance through the first water at 11ABC.

1:11 Wow! The gallop on Monte Classico is enough to make you drool!

1:10 Katherine Coleman is circling the box now with Monte Classico, who is making his CCI3* debut.

1:08 Ellie makes quick work of the Turf Table Combo at fence 6ABC.

1:07 Ellie and Zeta are looking super across the first few fences.

1:05 Ellie O’Neal and Zeta are circling the box! Here we go.

1:01 Jenni Autry and Karen O’Connor are leading the way on the live stream with brilliant commentary. Check it out for some cool drone footage of the course as we await the start.

12:58 Looks like we’re just a few minutes delayed as we wait for the live stream to pick back up!

12:40 p.m. Click here for an order of go. First horse is off at 12:55 p.m.

Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: Take a Gamble with Finger Lakes Finest

Ain’t no rest for the weary. After the Thoroughbred Makeover in Kentucky one weekend and Rocking Horse H.T. the next, Elisa Wallace headed back up north to the Finger Lakes Racetrack with her friend Rebecca Bowman to pick up a couple prospects for the 2019 RRP Thoroughbred Makeover. What happens when two horse professionals head to the track with an empty six horse trailer? Needless to say, the pair travelled back to Georgia with a full load for themselves and their clients.

Elisa herself has two new prospects, Frosty Martini and Play Big. Prior to heading up to New York, Elisa had found and purchased “Frosty” via Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds online. In her latest vlog she takes us to the backside of Finger Lakes Racetrack where she picks up Frosty and to a nearby farm where another prospect, whom she’s calling “Gamble”, catches her eye. It’ll be a treat to watch her bring along these two 2019 RRP hopefuls!

Frosty Martini (left) and Play Big (right). Consider these the “before” pictures. Photos via Elisa Wallace Eventing on Facebook.

The meet at Finger Lakes will be wrapping up in a two and a half weeks so many horses who are retiring from racing are looking for new homes and careers before their trainers head south for the winter. Finger Lakes Finest volunteers saw 21 horses this past weekend who’ll be looking for new homes and they’ll be listing them on their Facebook page. If you’re ready to take a gamble on your own OTTB, now is an excellent time to do so. Here are three from Finger Lakes ready to move on to their next career:

Candy Road. Photo via Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds.

Candy Road (SOCIANO – RUNINTHEFASTLANE, BY PIKEPASS): 2014 16.1-hand New York-bred mare

Hmm, notice any similarities between this lovely lady and Elisa Wallace’s Frosty Martini above? The resemblance is uncanny, and it makes sense considering they are half-siblings out of the same mare! Candy Road additionally has a Fappiano sire line, making for a truly covetable sporthorse pedigree.

This four-year-old is nicely put together and has beautifully clean legs. Her jog video shows a lovely floating trot with good reach. According to her trainer, she can get a little strong when she’s in full race training, but when she’s off the track and on the farm she’s a mellow sweetheart.

View Candy Road on Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds.

Bellelarama. Photo via Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds.

Bellelarama (GIROLAMO – BOCA BELLE, BY SILVER DEPUTY): 2014 16.1-hand New York-bred mare

There is a lot to like about this solidly-built mare — her lovely shoulder, strong hindquarters, and proudly-set neck just to name a few things. With some hoof care to remedy that long toe/low heel often seen in racehorses, she could possibly be the perfect prospect!

As it is, Bellelrama has done decently for herself on the track earning just shy of $68,000 in 26 starts but that’s not quite enough for her trainer to bring her back for next season. Bellelrama trotted politely for her groom who couldn’t trot very well himself due to a recent injury, but she showed promising movement and was sound without hind shoes. In addition to having good ground manners even on a blustery chilly day, this sweet mare also enjoyed being adored and groomed in her stall.

View Bellelarama on Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds.

Funny Surprise. Photo via Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds.

Funny Surprise (GIANT SURPRISE – EMILY HA HA, BY BRIGHT LAUNCH): 2014 16.1-hand New York-bred mare.

Funny Surprise is described by her trainer as “a sweetheart with wonderful ground manners, a classy mare and just an all around good egg.” She also did decently for herself as a racehorse with just over $86,000 earned in 32 starts. Those 32 starts included 13 second place finishes, which meant she brought in a steady paycheck for her connections and could keep running in some of the easier conditions throughout her career. Her success also means she’s a talented athlete with a good work ethic. Now that the racing season in New York is ending, she needs to find a new home and a career where she can excel.

View Funny Surprise on Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds on Facebook.

Amanda Pottinger Leads Adelaide CCI4* After Dramatic Cross Country

Amanda Pottinger and Just Kidding. Photo courtesy of the Australian International Three-Day Event.

Amanda Pottinger and Just Kidding lead the Adelaide CCI4*after an exciting and somewhat controversial cross country day at the Australian International Three-Day Event.

Coming off the course, Amanda and the 12-year-old Thoroughbred (Fusaichi Pegasus x Gypsy Princess, by Sadler’s Wells) had 50 penalty points added to their score for jumping outside of the flag on fence 9C, a  brush corner, according to a report from New Zealand Horse & Pony. Second-placed Hazel Shannon was also given the same penalty at the same fence.

After reviewing video, the Ground Jury ultimately decided to remove the penalties for both riders giving us a sense of déjà vu after last year’s penalty controversy.

Four-star debutants, Amanda and “Ferg,” who is owned by the Pottinger Family, were in 8th place yesterday after scoring a 34.8 on the flat. The kiwi pair picked up 12.4 time penalties to go (almost) straight to the top as the second fastest of the day. They carry a score of 47.2 into the final phase.

Hazel Shannon and Willingapark Clifford. Photo courtesy of the Australian International Three-Day Event.

2016 winners Hazel Shannon and Willingapark Clifford, a 13-year-old Thoroughbred owned by Terrence Snow, are looking confident in second place on a current score of 51.5. They added 17.6 time penalties around Mike Etherington-Smith’s track to move up from fifth.

Emily Gray and Jocular Vision. Photo courtesy of the Australian International Three-Day Event.

Though they didn’t finish the day in the very top spot, Emily Gray and  Jocular Vision, a 14-year old Warmblood/Thoroughbred (Jubliee Bay x Pocohontas, by Domingo) made the incredible leap from last place to the top three after a challenging cross country test. They were the very fastest pair of the bunch in 11 minutes and 51 seconds for a two-day result of 67.3.

“I knew this wasn’t going to be a dressage competition for us, we were definitely looking ahead to the Cross Country,” Emily said. “I had my plan in my head. It was a tough track, I didn’t know what had happened out there, and I wanted to stick to my own plan.”

Mike Etherington-Smith’s track received rave reviews from competitors and fans. If you missed it, check out a fly-by at this link. Only half of the 24 starters finished. None finished within the time, but Emily Gray was the closest to the optimum time of 11 minutes 27 seconds.

Adelaide Links: Website, Cross Country ResultsDressage ResultsSchedule

[What a difference a day makes (4* Cross Country results)]

Saturday Links from Tipperary

Halt, salute, snack. Photo by JJ Sillman.

Week by week, the number of horse trials dwindle as fall creeps towards winter. It’s pretty hard to deny Winter is Coming and that 2018 really is waning now that much of the East Coast (and beyond – I see you Texas and Oklahoma) has had their first snowfall. Even sunny Florida can’t escape the cold front; spectators are bundled up in puffy coats in all the pictures I see from Ocala!

National Holiday: National Take a Hike Day

Major Weekend Events:

Ocala Jockey Club CIC & CCI: WebsiteEntry Status, XC Start TimesScheduleLive StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Action:

Fresno County Horse Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Saturday Links:

Ringside Chat: Sinead Halpin Is Juggling Motherhood And Career Aspirations

‘It Restores Your Faith In Humanity’: How Equestrians Showed Up For California Wildfire Evacuees (And How You Can Help, Too)

30 Years of Equine Nutrition Research: What Have We Learned?

Plans For Horse Park In West Virginia Put Into Action

Before You Breed Your Horse: Costs and Considerations

PODCAST: Unpack the New FEI Star System + Preview the 2018 USEA Convention

Five Things The Great British Baking Show Has Taught Me About Riding

Saturday Video: Ah, eventers in the off season!

Snow Day at Bourke Eventing! #offseason

Posted by Bourke Eventing on Thursday, November 15, 2018