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#EventerProblems Vol. 147 from Ecovet: Happy Hump Day!

Wednesday got you feeling like…?

HoW DaRe YoU uSe YoUr LeG #MySensitiveSally #ecogold @ecogold pc: @bbthany

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Well, you know what they say:

Hang in there, EN! Let’s ride out this hump together. Here are a few of your photos for inspiration:

When an eventer goes to a dressage show… #eventerproblems

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#mancrushmonday 🚀

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Go Eventing!

Little Bromont H.T. Allows Lower Levels to Share in the Bromont Magic

Little Bromont Open Prelim winners Melissa Boutin and EWSZ Jalando. Photo by Cealy Tetley.

When we think of Bromont its flagship June CCI Three Day Event event comes to mind, but two weeks later the venue opens its gates once again to the eventing community. Little Bromont Horse Trials, held June 16-17, hosted Entry through Preliminary divisions for a lively weekend of competition beneath the summer sun in the emerald folds of this charming Canadian ski town.

Horses and riders from the provinces of Ontario, Quebec and Prince Edward Island came out to vie for top prizes, with the home provence of Quebec ultimately dominating all divisions.

Mélissa Boutin and EWSZ Jalando of Ascot Corners, QC, led the Open Preliminary division from start to finish. They added eight cross country time penalties and a clear show jump round to their dressage score of 27.5 to finish on a 35.5.

The 9-year-old RPSI gelding (Daimler D’Adriers x Calanda, by Calando) just completed his first CCI2* in April at Ocala International, finishing in the top 20 in a highly competitive field. “This was his his first show back after a well deserved break!,” Mélissa says. “He is aiming for Fair Hill this fall.”

EWSZ Jalanda handily answered the cross country questions presented by course designer Jay Hambly, and Mélissa speaks fondly of the event and the venue.

“Although I was sad that Bromont CCI didn’t fit in my calendar this year, I am so happy that I was able to show at Little Bromont,” Mélissa says. “It’s a local event — I live about one hour away — and it’s an amazing opportunity to get the horses in those big rings, gallop on a cross country course where there is a lot to look at and show at a world class facility in a little bit more relaxed atmosphere! Perfect prep for bigger goals! Looking forward to go back for the CIC in August!”

Pearl Macgregor and Odin contesting the Open Training division. Photo by Cealy Tetley.

Open Training was won by Mireille Bilodeau of Gatineau, QC, and her own Canadian Sport Horse gelding Make My Day. The pair finished on a final score of 29.5.

Jay and Philippa Hambly with Captain Midnight after a crack at Open Entry cross country. Photo by Cealy Tetley.

Twenty-year-old Pénélope Haguette of Quebec City, QC, and Ivanhoe came out on top in the Open Pre-Training to finish ahead of a large field. Their score from start to finish was just 26.

Elisabeth Boisclair and Sea Breeze, winners of the Open Entry division. Photo by Cealy Tetley.

The Open Entry division was dominated by Quebec’s Elisabeth Boisclair riding Sea Breeze, who finished on their dressage score of 31.

Final results can be found here.

Little Bromont follows closely on the heels of the MARS Incorporated Bromont CCI Three Day Event held June 7-10. Coming up next for the Bromont Eventing calendar is the Bromont CIC on August 17- 19, which includes Training, CIC1*, CIC2* and CIC3* divisions. For more information please visit the Bromont website and follow Bromont on social media.

Go Eventing!


Wednesday News & Notes from Attwood Equestrian Surfaces

Sunrise near the summer solstice. Photo by Maggie Deatrick.

There are times when I genuinely don’t know why I do this sport and 3:45 a.m. is one of those times. Every time. But when I’m hitching up my trailer at 5:00 in the morning on a day just before the summer solstice and I pull up my truck just in time to see the sunrise … well, I still kind of hate it but at least I see the benefits. And I know as soon as that coffee kicks in, I’ll be ready to attack my dressage test with gusto.

National Holiday: National Bald Eagle Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

Stable View Summer H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Fox River Valley Pony Club H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Shepherd Ranch SYVPC H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

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

Midsouth Pony Club H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Honey Run H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Abbe Ranch H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Your Wednesday News & Notes

Tom Crisp had the unexpected unpleasant surprise of a lifetime while competing at Luhmuhlen. On Saturday night, he received a call that his upper barn was on fire, and actually ended up receiving a FaceTime of the incident as the building burned to the ground. Very luckily, no horses were present inside due to being turned out during Tim’s absence but our thoughts are with the Crisp family as they work through the damages. [Eventer’s Yard Devastated by Barn Fire]

Zara Tindall might be out and about again in the near future. Zara and husband Mike Tindall welcomed a second daughter recently. After the loss of a pregnancy in 2016, this comes as very welcome news to the Tindall family. EN sends congratulations to the star eventer and her family! [Mike and Zara Tindall Have a Baby]

Best of the Blogs: A Whole New World. Jessica Pye took a break from the life of a full-time horse pro to get her masters and work her way up to the director of a mental care facility in a whirlwind year. After feeling the itch, she’s back at the game, this time with a whole new perspective on what the industry should aspire to. [A Whole New World]

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Tuesday Video from SpectraVet: Event Rider Masters Heads to Arville

The 2018 Event Rider Masters Series continues this week with Leg 3 at Concours Complet d’Arville, held June 23-24 in Belgium. With every event the competition gets more and more exciting, and the lineup at Arville does not disappoint. Michael Jung, Oliver Townend, Gemma Tattersall and many more heavy hitters. Read on to see which horses and riders will appear, and don’t forget you can watch all the action for free at

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  • Maxime Livio & Tina de la Fieffe 🇫🇷
  • Donatien Schauly – Page Officielle & Pivoine des Touches 🇫🇷
  • Nils Trebbe & Montina 4 🇩🇪
  • Ebba Adnervik & Carlos 🇸🇪
  • Marcio Carvalho Jorge & JCR Winner 🇧🇷
  • Christoffer Forsberg & Hippo’s Sapporo 🇸🇪
  • Paweł Spisak & Banderas 🇵🇱
  • Jan Van Beek & Vamp du Monselet 🇳🇱
  • Team Opposition & WTTL Opposition Sky Law 🇬🇧
  • Katja Weimann & BP Cosmopolitan 🇦🇺
  • Therese Viklund & Diabolique 🇸🇪
  • Sarah Cutty Cohen & Treason 🇬🇧
  • Vittoria Panizzon Eventing Page & Borough Pennyz 🇮🇹
  • Bill Levett eventing & Shannondale Titan 🇦🇺
  • Francis Whittington Eventing & Hasty Imp 🇬🇧
  • Thomas Carlile & Upsilon 🇫🇷
  • Griffiths Eventing Team & Happy Times 🇦🇺
  • Liz Halliday-Sharp – HS Eventing & Fernhill By Night 🇺🇸
  • Jonelle Price Event Rider & Cloud Dancer 🇳🇿
  • Laura Collett & London 52 🇬🇧
  • Ludwig Svennerstal & Balham Mist 🇸🇪
  • Clarke Johnstone & Balmoral Sensation 🇳🇿
  • Astier Nicolas & Vinci de la Vigne 🇫🇷
  • Karin Donckers & Jalapeno 🇧🇪
  • Chris Burton & Polystar I 🇦🇺
  • Tom McEwen Eventing & Figaro van het Broekxhof 🇬🇧
  • Mark Todd Eventing & Leonidas 🇳🇿
  • Izzy Taylor Eventing & Director Tullyoran Cruise 🇬🇧
  • Michael Jung & Corazon 🇩🇪
  • Tim Price & Kincooley Cruising 🇳🇿
  • Gemma Tattersall Eventing & Chico Bella P 🇬🇧
  • Oliver Townend (Official) & Cillnabraden Evo 🇬🇧

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Aiken to Host $50,000 Grand Prix Eventing Showcase in March 2019

Doug Payne competing in the $25,000 City of Aiken Grand Prix in May 2017. Photo courtesy of the Aiken Horse Park Foundation.

The Aiken Horse Park Foundation has announced that Bruce’s Field will play host to Aiken’s first Eventing Showcase on March 1-2, 2019. Invitations will be extended to the top 40 riders in the world to compete in Grand Prix Eventing, a fast-paced and spectator-friendly two-day competition featuring a morning of dressage and an evening of show jumping followed by an afternoon of cross country.

The Showcase will run at Advanced level with a shortened cross country course of approximately 2,500 meters with 25-30 jumping efforts. Captain Mark Phillips has been named cross country course designer and Michel Vaillancourt as the show jumping course designer. Shelley Page will serve as competition manager. The organizing committee is chaired by Phillip Dutton and also includes Doug Payne, Mike Laver, Evie Dutton, Jack Wetzel, Fernanda Kellogg, Shelley Page and Tara Bostwick.

“The Grand Prix Eventing Showcase will be a great addition to the eventing calendar and the Aiken horse community,” Phillip Dutton says. “Added to this – Bruce’s Field is a world class venue to host this exciting new event.”

Doug Payne adds, “We are extremely lucky to have such a prestigious competition that will draw the best international horses and riders to Aiken. The shortened format and the great atmosphere will make it a fabulous opportunity for spectators and riders alike. The unique layout allows people to get up close to all the action and to appreciate the shear athleticism and speed of the horses. Certainly this will be a can’t miss date on everyone’s calendar.”

Visit the Aiken Horse Park Foundation website here, and of course we’ll bring you updates as they develop!

Weekend Winners: Larkin Hill, Seneca Valley, Bucks County, Full Gallop, Silverwood, Golden Spike

Temps were blazing and the competition was smoking out there in the Eventing Nation over the weekend. Six USEA-recognized horse trials took place around the country, and a big heaping pile of glossy blue ribbons were distributed to deserving horse and rider combinations.

Each week we give a shout-out to the horse and rider who post the lowest finishing score in the country, and this week there’s a tie! Congrats to both Paige Montague with I Candy SCF and Carol Kozlowski with Wild For Summer, who both scored a 25.0 to win their respective Novice divisions at Larkin Hill H.T.

Carol Kozlowski and Wild For Summer, Novice D division winner at Larkin Hill Summer H.T. Photo by Jasmine Jencks / Flatlandsfoto.

Scroll down for more photos of Larkin Hill winners courtesy of the talented Joan Davis of Flatlandsfoto. Hats off to all of this week’s winners!

Larkin Hill H.T. [Website] [Results]

Prelim/Training: John Roach & Royal View (37.5)
Training-A: Cassie Sanger & Ultra Violet (31.4)
Training-B: Booli Selmayr & Luxury Don (31.9)
Novice-A: Katerina Garcia-Chope Samba Dromo (29.3)
Novice-B: Booli Selmayr & Urania (25.2)
Novice-C: Paige Montague & I Candy SCF (25.0)
Novice-D: Carol Kozlowski & Wild For Summer (25.0)
Novice-E: Marcia Kulak & Gran Torino (25.5)
Beginner Novice-A: Emily Abbati & Rebecca (31.4)
Beginner Novice-B: Devyn Merritt & Johnnie Walker Red (30.0)
Beginner Novice-C: David Cornell & All Dassett (26.7)
Beginner Novice-D: Rachael Piggott & Tourjours Elite (30.6)
Intro-A: Margot Slade & Ophelia (33.3)
Intro-B: Iris Wainston & Charlie’s Tuff Summer (25.8)
Intro-C: Alexandra Paris & Nacho (31.5)

Seneca Valley Pony Club H.T. [Website] [Results]

Open Training: Kelli Temple & Carmella (29.5)
Training Rider: Leigh Boyd & Curraheen Skyy (33.3)
Training Senior: Alison Chubb & Wake Up (33.1)
Training Junior: Kelsey Ann Quinn & Dandy Longlegs (30.0)
Open Novice 1: Lindsay Berreth & Oh So Extreme (27.4)
Open Novice 2: Helen Casteel & Unapproachable (31.2)
Novice Rider: Heather Krysty & Renoir (25.9)
Novice JrYr: Mackenzie Grove & Waquoit’s Diamond (30.2)
Open Beginner Novice 1: Courtney Cooper & R River Star (31.5)
Open Beginner Novice 2: Kelli Temple & Sommersby (27.2)
Beginner Novice Rider: Melanie Schaefer & Unlawful’s Image (30.3)
Beginner Novice Junior: Karlee Duda & Silver Lining (28.3)
Starter Senior: Kathleen White & Chillax (34.2)
Starter Junior: Jillian Dean & Queen Of The Fairies (32.8)
Starter: Abigail Fulmer & State of Reverence (30.0)

Bucks County Horse Park H.T. [Website] [Results]

Prelim-Training: Stephanie Cauffman & Luna (32.0)
Training I: Stephanie Cauffman & Lamondale Florinia (26.6)
Training II: Stephanie Cauffman & International Anthem (27.7)
Novice I: Amanda Beale Clement & Nikita (30.2)
Novice II: Ryan Wood & Cooley Flight (25.2)
Beginner Novice I: Lindsay Hafer & Reflecktions (31.8)
Beginner Novice II: Jackson Dillard & Layla Q (32.8)

Full Gallop June H.T. [Website] [Results]

Intermediate/Preliminary: Mikayla Rebholz & Runaway Charm (51.4)
Preliminary: Caroline Dannemiller & Tops (29.1)
Training: Jodi Hemry & Lucky Luciano (38.2)
Novice: Mikayla Rebholz & Carlingford Castle (29.5)
Beginner Novice A: Catherine Coxwell & FGF Ghost In The Attic (33.8)
Beginner Novice B: Barbara Stelling & Holy City (31.8)
Starter: Sarah Anderson & Cassie (94.4)

Silverwood Farm Spring H.T. [Website]  [Results]

Training: Kirsten Hiles & Wisencrazi (26.2)
Novice-A: Abigail Brawley & Work of Art (31.0)
Novice-B: Laura Bernardoni & Playmaker (25.2)
Beginner Novice-A: Elizabeth Fisher & Almost Voodoo (27.7)
Beginner Novice-B: Megan Farkos-Bailey & Covert Operations (25.6)
Starter Novice: Emily Grant & Allegretta (33.9)

Golden Spike H.T. [Website] [Results]

Preliminary – Open: Mia Edsall & True Story (36.3)
Training – Open: Mindy Groth-hussey & Fendi (32.1)
Novice A Junior: Jhett Jenkins & Pedernales Cat (33.5)
Novice B Senior: Andrea Wilcox Brown & Clark (AKA Superman) (35.7)
Beginner Novice A Junior: Rosie Smith & Peppered Peregrine (32.8)
Beginner Novice B Senior: Anika Bronfman & Sidecar (40.0)
Beginner Novice C Senior: Jennifer Powers & DD Stakki (37.7)
Intro: Michelle Liss & Oreo (40.2)

Show us those ribbons, EN!

Larkin Hill Summer H.T. winners:

@ahb.eventing is cleaning up at Silverwood Horse Trials with the beautiful Artie 💜

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Larkin Hill went well and Nora Foxx thinks “Sonny” looks good in blue! ( he thinks she’s nice too). Tied for lowest…

Posted by Carol Kozlowski on Monday, June 18, 2018

Go Eventing!

Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: #ForTheHorse

Last week we highlighted #ForTheHorse, a social media campaign started by Carleigh Fedorka, who blogs at A Yankee In Paris. While some thoroughbreds do wind up in tough situations when their racing days are over, there are many owners and trainers out there who do right by their horses by letting them down when they come off the track and finding them good homes. #ForTheHorse aims to put those people — the good guys — in the spotlight.

More good guys in the industry include those who run and volunteer for thoroughbred aftercare organizations, facilitating the transition from racehorse to riding horse. CANTER USA is one such organization and this week we’re spotlighting three horses available through their network:

Cape Town Treasure. Photo via CANTER Delaware.

Cape Town Treasure (EUROSILVER – DERBYDAYGIRL, BY DEVIL HIS DUE): 2014 16.0-hand New Jersey-bred mare

This super-fancy filly is very lightly raced at only four starts. In those four starts she does have one win, but she’s just not fast enough to win again according to her owner/trainer. Cape Town Treasure is beautiful mover and has a lovely uphill build. This filly has lots of potential to be really flashy! She’s sounds and has clean legs and has also been recently scoped and is all clear. Her owner/trainer is also her breeder and would really like to see her go to a forever home where she’ll be treasured.

Located in Wilmington, Delaware.

View Cape Town Treasure on CANTER Delaware.

Man U. Photo via CANTER MN.

Man U (SILVER HAZE – POMEROY GIRL, BY POMEROY): 2014 15.3-hand Oklahoma-bred gelding

This four-year-old is actually doing pretty decently as a racehorse. He has 6 in-the-money finishes over his 11 career starts and he just started racing last July. The problem is there just aren’t enough conditions at Canterbury Park for him. Man U is super sound and has a great future ahead of him in any sport. His owners could sell him as a racehorse, but would really like to see him move on and find success in a different career.

Located in Shakopee, Minnesota.

View Man U on CANTER Minnesota.

Starship Aquarius. Photo via CANTER KY.

Starship Aquarius (WITH DISTINCTION – CONECTIS (IRE), BY RIVER FALLS (GB)): 2012 15.3-hand Florida-bred mare

This near-black mare very nearly reached war horse status with her 47 career starts. After a good long race career, her owners this she’s ready to find a new home and a new career. She’s retired sound and has been enjoying some let down time since her last race in May. “Star” has a sweet personality, has no vices, and has a been-there-done-that kind of attitude. Her trainer thinks highly of her and says that with her mind she could easily transition into a new job.

Located in Louisville, Kentucky.

View Starship Aquarius on CANTER Kentucky.

Tuesday News & Notes from Chillax

No additional words needed. #truth #eventerproblems #horseshowsaremyvacation

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Temperatures have officially reached the hellish range in Georgia this summer. The heat and humidity have me asking myself, why do I live here again? One of the only redeeming aspects is taking horses swimming. How are you staying cool?

National Holiday: Juneteenth, National Garfield The Cat Day

Tuesday News:

The Area III Adult Riders were in for a treat this month as they went to an adult “camp” with Kim Severson! Five days of lessons (including one private!) all at the sprawling Vista Farm in Aiken, South Carolina, which has literally everything you could want for schooling. Learning and fun for all! [Camping, Clinics, and Camaraderie: Area III Adult Rider Camp with Kim Severson]

We knew The Chronicle of the Horse was good, but this proves it again! Congratulations to our friends at The Chronicle on 12 American Horse Publication awards. [The Chronicle And Untacked Magazines Earn 12 AHP Awards]

The USEA is hiring! They are looking for a Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) Coordinator to work on a contractual basis. [Employment Opportunity: USEA Instructors’ Certification Program Coordinator]

Hot on Horse Nation: Two-Way Roads: On Fathers, Daughters and Horses

Best of Blogs: Soapbox: Routine

Tuesday Video: 

Which product does Olympic medalist Phillip Dutton trust to keep his horses calm and focused at the biggest events in the world? ChillaxLearn more.

Monday Video from Tredstep Ireland: Ride Around Luhmühlen CCI4* with Liz Halliday-Sharp

At least for North Americans, it was either just too darn early to wake up or there were technical difficulties while trying to watch the live stream from Turniergesellschaft Luhmühlen. Thankfully, we can catch a ride around the CCI4* course courtesy of Liz Halliday-Sharp, who finished eighth with Deniro Z — an incredibly strong result in the horse’s four-star debut for America. The 10-year-old KWPN (Zapatero VDL X Zonne-Trend, by French Buffet xx) owned by the Deniro Syndicate and Ocala Horse Properties collected just 4.4 time penalties and looked to be having a blast around Mike Etherington-Smith’s cross country track, as evidenced by his pricked blue-bonneted ears!

One trip around the course not enough? German blogger Julis Eventer teamed up with competitor Jörg Kurbel to bring us another round of helmet cam footage. Jörg rode a stellar round clear of jumping penalties, coming home with 10.4 time, aboard the 10-year-old Hanoverian gelding Josera’s Entertain You (El Bundy X Fiama by For Pleasure) in the horse’s first four-star.

3, 2, 1 … haben ein gutes reiten!

Jörg Kurbel mit der Helmkamera durch den 4-Sterne Kurs in Luhmühlen

LUHMÜHLEN 2018 CCI4*-Strecke // Jörg Kurbel, der ohne Hindernisfehler ins Ziel kam, hat meine Helmkamera mit durchs Gelände genommen !!! Und schaut bis zum Ende: Das ist Vielseitigkeit, das ist Zusammenhalt! Jörg wird herzlichst empfangen, mit Jubelrufen, die anderen Top-Reiter herzen und beglückwünschen ihn, kaum dass er abgestiegen ist 💙💛❤️Was für eine Ehre – und dann noch mit so einem erfolgreichen Ergebnis. So springt er von Platz 38 nach Dressur auf Platz 14 nach Gelände! Ein tougher Kurs, den er mit seinem Pferd Josera’s Entertainment You gemeinsam gemeistert hat. Toll toll toll 🎉Vielen vielen Dank Jörg Kurbel & seinem Team!!

Posted by Julis Eventer on Saturday, June 16, 2018

#Luhmühlen: WebsiteStart Times & ScoringTimetableEN’s CoverageEN’s InstagramEN’s Twitter

#EventerProblems Vol. 146 from Ecovet: ‘Horse Not Helping Today’

Horse not helping today?

You’re not alone. Here are a few of your latest, greatest #EventerProblems. Don’t forget to tag yours on Instagram for inclusion in a future edition!

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No additional words needed. #truth #eventerproblems #horseshowsaremyvacation

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Rainy day fun at Dappir Ridge #eventerproblems ☔️

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Go Eventing!