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Abby Powell is a native of Northeastern Massachusetts who splits her time between commuting into Boston for work and caring for and riding her rescue Mustang x Arab mare, Maggie.

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Sunday Links

It’s always fun to see a US rider head overseas to further their education and experience! Avery Klunick, who you might remember for riding her long time partner In It To Win It a.k.a. “Winston” from Young Riders though the five-star level, has recently landed in the yard of UK-based Australian Kevin McNab wiht her new mount, Pisco Sour. Have an amazing time, Avery!

Major International Events:

Longines Luhmühlen: [Website] [EN’s Form Guide] [CCI5* Live Scores] [CCI4* Live Scores] [Live Stream] [EN’s Coverage] [EN’s Instagram] [EN’s Twitter]

U.S. Weekend Action:

Flora Lea Farm YEH and Mini Trial (Medford, Nj.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Full Gallop Farm June H.T. (Aiken, Sc.): [Website] [Entry Status]

Honey Run H.T. (Ann Arbor, Mi.): [Website] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Horse Park of New Jersey H.T. (Allentown, Nj.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Kent School Spring H.T. (Kent, Ct.): [Website] [Ride Times]

Shepherd Ranch Pony Club H.T. (Santa Ynez, Ca.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Silverwood Farm H.T. (Camp Lake, Wi.): [Website] [Live Scores]

Sunday Links:

Crossing Oceans with U.S. Olympian Tiana Coudray

British dressage and eventing Tokyo squads to perform Olympic tests at Windsor

Caterpillars Determined To Be Cause of Cardiac Events In Canadian Horses

Heat Advisory for Horses

New scoring system assesses chronic pain in horses

Sunday Video: You think your dressage test is hard to memorize? Try finding your way through the mazes that are combined driving marathon obstacles. Sure, you’ve got a navigator to help out, but as you can see (or hear!) from this video this sport takes some incredible communication between the whole team.

Juneteenth Saturday Links

Wakey wakey bright and early if you want to watch Luhmühlen cross country! Today’s action kicks off with the CCI5* at 5:00 AM Eastern (11:00 AM local time/10:00 AM BST) and then the CCI4*-S gets underway at 7:05 AM Eastern (13:05 local/12.05 BST). Here’s how to watch via Horse & Country TV. Honestly, I’m probably going to opt for getting my beauty sleep (ha) in and will catch the replay on-demand later thanks to my H&C+ account.

National Holiday: Today is Juneteenth, a day that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States as it was finally announced in Texas two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation. Like many things, that’s something I never learned about in school. Earlier this week President Biden signed a law making Juneteenth a federal holiday — the first new federal holiday since Martin Luther Jr. Day was established in 1983. Now that’s something to celebrate, but also to remind us how much work we all still need to do further fight for equality and equity.

If you’re looking for a fun way to celebrate Juneteenth (and get a kick of adrenaline if you missed watching cross country this morning!) try tuning in to CBS at 1:00 PM Eastern/noon Central time for the Bill Picket Invitational Rodeo — the first all-black touring rodeo — as they may their broadcast television debut.

Major International Events:

Longines Luhmühlen: [Website] [EN’s Form Guide] [CCI5* Live Scores] [CCI4* Live Scores] [Live Stream] [EN’s Coverage] [EN’s Instagram] [EN’s Twitter]

U.S. Weekend Action:

Flora Lea Farm YEH and Mini Trial (Medford, Nj.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Full Gallop Farm June H.T. (Aiken, Sc.): [Website] [Entry Status]

Honey Run H.T. (Ann Arbor, Mi.): [Website] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Horse Park of New Jersey H.T. (Allentown, Nj.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Kent School Spring H.T. (Kent, Ct.): [Website] [Ride Times]

Shepherd Ranch Pony Club H.T. (Santa Ynez, Ca.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Silverwood Farm H.T. (Camp Lake, Wi.): [Website] [Live Scores]

Saturday Links:

The Importance Of Barn Culture

You Are Not a Bad Person for Selling Your Horse

What kind of XC rider are you? Take the quiz!

Mexico Names Olympic Show Jumping Team

Just in on Jumper Nation: Riding, Fast and Slow

Saturday Video: Sir Mark Todd made his Royal Ascot debut as a trainer yesterday. His horse Tasman Bay, owned by Sir Peter Vela who is also an owner of Tim Price’s Ascona M, finished a solid second place in the King Edward VII Stakes.

Friday Video from SmartPak: Peep Some Team USA Tokyo Prep

They days are ticking down until Team USA horses will be taking off for Tokyo. First they’ll head to the mandatory team outing at Great Meadow at the end of this month and then they’ll hang out for a bit at the USET headquarters in Gladstone, New Jersey as they get ready for their flight. When they board their plane, they’ll first be headed to Aachen, Germany for a nine day quarantine before finally heading to Tokyo.

As for right now, team members are honing their skills in jumper land at various shows. Down in Upperville, Virginia at the Loudoun Benefit Horse Show Phillip Dutton and Team SmartPak rider Boyd Martin are enjoying some coaching from Peter Wylde. Here’s Boyd aboard the Tokyo-bound Luke 140:

Luke 140 hopping around the course at Upperville like a champ this morning!

Posted by Boyd Martin on Thursday, June 17, 2021

Phillip also took Z out for a spin in a handful of 1.20m and 1.30m classes:

Peter Wylde also hopped aboard Boyd’s reserve horse, Tsetserleg, for a couple rounds:

Meanwhile, both Liz Halliday-Sharp and traveling reserve Doug Payne have been competing in Lexington, at the Split Rock Jumping Tour at the Kentucky Horse Park. Liz brought Deniro Z for a rock around some of the tour’s offerings and she’s back this weekend getting some additional reps in with her non-Olympic bound horses.

Doug brought his string of jumpers out to Split Rock, so’s he’s gotten lots of reps in too, of course. Vandiver made the trip as well and in addition to getting in some practice (and a win!) in the 1.30m classes enjoyed being back in the bluegrass at the Kentucky Horse Park and keeping his conditioning up with super groom Courtney Carson in the irons while he was at it:

The Queen of Soul accompanied Tokyo bound Quinn on his gallop sets this morning.

Posted by Mary Guynn on Saturday, June 12, 2021

Take a look at Vandiver’s winning 1.30m round at Split Rock:

OTTB Wishlist: Bold, Beautiful Bays

We all know there’s a stereotypical assumption about chestnut mares (for the record, I don’t buy into it!) but what about bay mares? I’ve never heard any axiom around them, so let’s make one up right now! When I think about a bay mare, I picture a horse who is beautiful and bold with a kind eye. Here are three off the-track Thoroughbred mares who fit right that description to a too.

Elite Appeal. Photo via MidAtlantic Horse Rescue.

Elite Appeal (UNCAPTURED – ALOTOFAPPEAL, BY TRIPPI): 2016 16.0-hand Florida-bred mare

This girl could appeal to a lot of different buyers as she seems to have the temperament for just about any discipline. Though green, the folks atMidAtlantic Horse Rescue (MAHR) call her easy to ride and describe her as a lovely mover. The icing on the cake? She goes barefoot! One of the great things about adopting  horse from MAHR, if you’re unfamiliar with them, is that all their adopted horses receive $200 toward lessons and training thanks to the ASPCA On the Right Track Voucher program.

Located in Warwick, Maryland.

View Elite Appeal on MidAtlantic Horse Rescue.

Boston Girl. Photo via Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds.

Boston Girl (WICKED STRONG – JUST SAY HEY, BY ROCKPORT HARBOR): 2017 15.3-hand New York-bred mare

This lightly raced young filly could be a real catch for someone looking for an athletic and spirited mare who just couldn’t quite find her stride as a race horse. Though she didn’t win any races, she did seem to prefer the turf over the dirt, which never seems like a bad thing for an event prospect. Her trainer has enjoyed exercising “Emma” herself and says she’s good to ride and a nice mover.

Located in Farmington, New York.

View Boston Girl on Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds.

Rewarded. Photo via Friends of Ferdinand.

Rewarded (CENTRAL BANKER – BEST REWARD, BY GRAND REWARD): 2017 16.0-hand New York

Rewarded is a spirited filly who can be a little bit of a handful at times, but she loves to work and is ready and willing to learn. She had a couple of decent finishes in her career as a racehorse, and last set foot on the track in November. Take her home, put the work in and, yes, this super cute mare could become a rewarding partner!

Located in Moorseville, Indiana.

View Rewarded on Friends of Ferdinand.

Monday Video: Mark Todd Reflects on Racing, Event Riding and Royal Ascot

While we miss seeing the great Sir Mark Todd out and about at events nowadays, the Kiwi event rider turned racehorse trainer is clearly enjoying his new line of work. This Friday, he’ll reach a milestone accomplishment in his new career as he saddles his first horse at Royal Ascot, one of Britain’s biggest flat racing meets.

BBC broadcaster Clare Balding recently sat down with Toddy to relive some of his eventing glory days, discuss his career transition, and of course chat about the horse of the hour, Tasman Bay, owned by Sir Peter Vela, who will be running in the Group 2 King Edward VII Stakes. Clare also finds out which piece of his former eventing equipment Mark has worn to the races before!

Weekend Winners: Aspen, Bucks County, Golden Spike, Seneca Valley PC, Queeny Park, River Glen, Valinor, Woodland Stallion Station

The rosette rat race continued this weekend over another beautiful couple of days across the country. This weekend’s calendar of events took place in seven out of the ten USEA Areas and literally spanned coast to coast.

Our Unofficial Low Score Award winner was Kris Greenway and Ash B’dash (I have to shout it out, I think that’s such a cute name!) who brought home the blue in the Training-Open A division from Utah’s Golden Spike H.T. on a score of 21.4. This pair aren’t strangers to success at this level — they are the reigning Training champions, having earned the title at last year’s Area IX Championships held at The Event at Skyline. Well done!

Here are all of this weekend’s big winners, but ribbon or not congratulations to everyone who go out there this weekend and went eventing — you’re all winners in our book!

Aspen Farms H.T.: Final Scores
CI3*-S: Marc Grandia and Campari FFF (39.8)
CCI2*-S: Marc Grandia and Sunsprite Seryndipity (29.3)
Open Intermediate: Anna Collier and Resolve It (85.7)
Preliminary Rider: Madison Langerak and Normandy Kivalo (34.5)
Open Preliminary: Anna Stein and Zaboomafoo (38.9)
Jr. Training: Dane Padgett and Cafe Noir (24.5)
Training Horse A: Amber Birtcil and Kingston V.E. (27.1)
Training Horse B: Kelsey Devoille and Cute Casalita (28.6)
Training Rider A: Karin Saltzman and Wesson (31.7)
Training Rider B: Kate Helffrich and Coquette (25.5)
Jr. Novice: Kate Vorobieff and True North (29.1)
Novice Amateur: Olivia Murphy and Navigator (33.1)
Novice Horse: Erin Grandia and Last of the Luck (24.3)
Novice Rider: Adelaide Rudkin and Confetti 42 (30.2)
Beginner Novice Horse: Sarah Lorenz and HiLite STF (22.1)
Beginner Novice Rider: Alisa Sprouffske and Trick Silver (33.1)
Jr. Beginner Novice: Hayden Brown and Cooley Merrywell Mint (30.6)
Open Beginner Novice: Heather Feinstein and Spaceman Spiff (26.9)

Bucks County Horse Park H.T.: Final Scores
Training/Prelim: Caroline Martin and Hsh Redfield Poynstown Marshall (31.7)
Training I: Lee Maher and HSH Redfield Kazou (26.1)
Training II: Lee Maher and Redfield Out Of The Blue (29.3)
Novice I: Lee Maher and HSH Rare Diamond (28.8)
Novice II: Adam Glas and Clever Soul (30.2)
Beg Novice I: Elizabeth Kelly and Prince Charming (31.5)
Beg Novice II: Lee Maher and Redfield Kylian A (28.3)

Golden Spike H.T.: Final Scores
Preliminary-Open: Rosie Smith and Seamus (33.8)
Training-Open A: Kris Greenway and Ash B’dash (21.4)
Training-Open B: Lindsay Wagner and Ardeo Elton (25.5)
Novice Jr: Kara Miller and Chesterland’s Knockout (35.0)
Novice Open A: Kirsten Freed and Jasper (25.5)
Novice Open B: Jennifer Haglin and Socke B (26.2)
BN Jr: Avery Calder and Lismore (33.3)
BN Open A: Michelle Cameron Donaldson and Danny Boy (33.3)
BN Open B: Libby Sanders and So Gone (34.3)
Intro Jr A: Lucy ODoherty and Lavender (37.8)
Intro Jr B: Evelyn Johnson and Rhett (40.6)
Intro Open: Aimee Walters and Fancy Cami (31.0)

Seneca Valley Pony Club H.T.: Final Scores
Open Intermediate: Boyd Martin and Catarina (33.5)
Open Preliminary: Boyd Martin and Mystic Fair (24.6)
Open Modified 1: Cassie Plumb and Excel Star Eye Candy (31.1)
Open Modified 2: Phillip Dutton and Hachi (26.7)
Modified Rider: Sarah Greenway and LF Jagger (32.7)
Open Training: Juli Sebring and Ulises (27.9)
Training Sr: Erin McElhone and Mamoobil (38.1)
Training Jr: Kelly Bahrs and Bojangles (31.4)
Open Novice: Curran Simpson and RF Cosmos (28.7)
Novice Horse: Savannah Fulton and Miss Carrera (26.9)
Novice Amateur: Curran Simpson and Fernhill Flame (34.5)
Novice Junior 1: Donald Ruths and K2 (28.6)
Novice Junior 2: Delaney O’Neil and Ocean Ready (32.4)
Novice Senior: Megan Smallwood and Kilronan’s Countess (24.5)
Open Beginner Novice: Kelli Temple and Excel Star Saint Nick (30.2)
Beginner Novice Amateur: Christine Raymer and Dobby is a Free Elf (29.5)
Beginner Novice Junior 1: Carla Lindsay and Paint Misbehavin’ (26.9)
Beginner Novice Junior 2: Megan Zalesak and Just Dash (29.0)

Queeny Park H.T.: Final Scores
Modified: Brit Vegas and Slew the Zodiac (36.1)
Training: Christina DeMauro and Jude Moon (31.9)
Open Novice A: Jamie Hill and Amaretto (27.4)
Open Novice B: Leah Jill Goff and Castall (27.6)
Open Beginner Novice A: Cassie Bethea and Irish Pub (34.3)
Open Beginner Novice B: Judi Dietz and Rearcross Clover Q (30.3)
Open Beginner Novice C: Aaron Hartley and Corocotta (33.8)
Open Starter A: Jean Mutrux and Such A Flirt (31.1)
Open Starter B: Allison Stewart and Graceful Antics (35.6)

River Glen June H.T.: Final Scores
Open Intermediate: Julie Wolfert and Cloud Nine (42.6)
Open Preliminary: Liz Messaglia and Greenfort Carnival (34.2)
Preliminary Training: Molly Laird and Doc Charlie (54.0)
Training Open: Emily Brooks and Lord Darby (29.3)
Training Rider: Cora Severs and Cuervo (26.8)
Training Novice: Chelsea Kolman and Dauntless Authority (45.0)
Novice Open: Chelsey Sawtell and Toto’s Weather Tamer (25.5)
Novice Rider: Hadley Cunningham and Henry Higgins (40.2)
BNovice Jr Rider: Kylee Casey and Dani (24.0)
BNovice Open: Melinda Thomas and WF Dashing Super Star (27.8)
BNovice Sr Rider: Sheridan Meier and Mariska (29.0)
Starter Test A: Megan Correia-Bittner and Shooting Stars (27.5)
Starter Test B: Riley Jones and Endgame (33.8)

Valinor Farm H.T.: Final Scores
Modified: Fiona Hazel and Menue rendezvous (34.4)
Open Training: Katie Murphy and Joshua Tree (33.3)
Training Rider: Lanie Mourgenos and Fit & Frisky (30.0)
Novice Jr: Gigi Gerbick and Oidhre Leir (31.0)
Novice Rider A: Melissa Alaimo and Fascinating Rhythm (31.4)
Novice Rider B: Julie Howard and Isn’t She Sweet (28.1)
Open Novice: Alison Eastman-Lawler and Lexington II (31.4)
Beginner Novice Jr: Alexa McKersie and FH Morning Daddy (33.9)
Beginner Novice Rider: Leslie Padoll and Merry Melody (32.2)
Open Beginner Novice: Katie Castellani and Prinz S.W.(23.6)
Introductory: Alexa Dawley and Ambition (33.1)

Many thanks to Flatlandsfoto, Joan Davis and Kate Servais for providing these awesome win shots from Valinor!

Gigi Gerbick and Oidhre Leir (Novice Jr). Photo courtesy of Joan Davis/Flatlandsfoto.

Lanie Mourgenos and Fit & Frisky (Training Rider). Photo courtesy of Joan Davis/Flatlandsfoto.

Leslie Padoll and Merry Melody (BN Rider). Photo courtesy of Joan Davis/Flatlandsfoto.

Alexa Dawley and Ambition (Intro). Photo courtesy of Kate Servais/Flatlandsfoto.

Fiona Hazel and Menue Rendezvous (Modified). Photo courtesy of Joan Davis/Flatlandsfoto.

Woodland Stallion Station H.T.: Final Scores
Open Training: Jordan Ballenger and Louie14 (32.1)
Open Novice: Hailey Hawthorn and london’s Charm (27.1)
Jr Beginner Novice: Cassidy Burke and Pride (33.6)
Open Beginner Novice: Anne Morgan and Sonic (27.2)
Jr Introductory: Alexa Papahadjopoulos and Tully Mac’s Happy Cinders (33.0)
Open Introductory: Keri Simpson and Rocket Man (30.6)
Open Starter: Pia Tucker and Raudi Gandi (34.1)

Sunday Links

Screenshot via Australian Olympic Committee video.

All eyes are on Tokyo right now, true, but let’s look to the future for just a second. In all likelihood, 2032 will see the return of the Olympics to Australia for the first time since 2000 as it’s been reported that IOC Executive Board will propose the city of Brisbane as host for that year. The Brisbane Showgrounds, a popular venue for festivals and concerts, would be used for the in-arena equestrian events while the cross country portion of eventing would be held at Victoria Park. [Brisbane to be recommended for 2032]

Major International Events This Weekend:

Chedington Bicton International: [Website] [Ride Times/Live Scores] [Livestream] [EN’s Coverage]

Bromont Horse Trials and CCI-S: [Website] [Live Scores]

U.S. Weekend Action:

Aspen Farms H.T. (Yelm, Wa.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Bucks County Horse Park H.T. (Revere, Pa.): [Website] [Ride Times/Live Scores]

Golden Spike H.T. (Ogden, Ut.) : [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Seneca Valley Pony Club H.T. (Poolesville, Md.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Queeny Park H.T. (St. Louis, Mo.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

River Glen June H.T. (New Market, Tn.) : [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Valinor Farm H.T. (Plymouth, Ma.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Woodland Stallion Station H.T. (Woodland, Ca.) : [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Sunday Links:

The Frangible Technology Fund Expands Across the United States

Herd of future equine superstars born in eventing royalty baby boom

Impressions of the U.S. Dressage Olympic Games Observation Event

Effects of Covid-19 pandemic on health of horse riders investigated

Hot on Horse Nation: The Philadelphia Urban Riding Academy: Building Futures from the Legacy of the Fletcher Street Cowboys

Sunday Video: Who needs a big crowd of spectators when you have your own cheering squad?

Saturday Links

Photo via Brannigan Eventing on Instagram.

And they’re off! Our American contingent, which now only consists of Ariel Grald with Leamore Master Plan and Jennie Brannigan with Stella Artois, is now en route to the Luhmühlen CCI5*. A few more Americans were originally entered, but COVID travel restrictions and quarantine requirements have made the trip quite tricky (you can read more about this in Tilly Berendt’s travel blogs, which are both educational and entertaining). We’re glad to see these ladies and their exceptional mounts have found a way to make the trip and we wish them the very best!

Major International Events This Weekend:

Chedington Bicton International: [Website] [Ride Times/Live Scores] [Livestream] [EN’s Coverage]

U.S. Weekend Action:

Aspen Farms H.T. (Yelm, Wa.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Bucks County Horse Park H.T. (Revere, Pa.): [Website] [Ride Times/Live Scores]

Golden Spike H.T. (Ogden, Ut.) : [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Seneca Valley Pony Club H.T. (Poolesville, Md.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Queeny Park H.T. (St. Louis, Mo.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

River Glen June H.T. (New Market, Tn.) : [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Valinor Farm H.T. (Plymouth, Ma.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Woodland Stallion Station H.T. (Woodland, Ca.) : [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Saturday Links:

A Conversation with Erik Duvander

The Olympic Challenge

Grooms to Get Long-Overdue Recognition From FEI

Dream Job Alert: Executive Director of the Kentucky Horse Park

Kaitlyn Boggio is Out & Proud in the Horse World

Saturday Video: Always mild your melon … even if you’re a Viking warlord.

Weekend Winners: Genesse Valley, IEA, Archer, GMHA, Middleburg, NJ Region PC, Ocala, Poplar Place, Unionville

Phew! It was a really doozy of a weekend for eventing with nine recognized events taking place throughout the country, from Florida to Vermont to Wyoming and what feels like everywhere in between. We’d like to send a special shoutout the very patient competitors of the Area I Championships that took place at GMHA this weekend. These were the postponed 2020 championships — the 2021 Area I Championships will take place later this year in conjunction with GMHA’s September H.T.

This weekend’s Unofficial Low Score Award was earned by Maya Chinana and Popstar, who won the Open Beginner Novice at Unionville on a score of 21.1. Way to go, Maya!

Genesee Valley Hunt Club H.T.: Final Scores

Training Novice A: Erica Plazony and Mr Mac N Reddy To Rap (40.1)
Novice A: Kari Roberts and Dakar (33.3)
Novice B: Claire Mulligan and Silent Glider (32.9)
Beginner Novice A: Eden Dedrick and Excel Star Darcy (31.1)
Beginner Novice B: Jennifer Treacy and Jolly Harbour (28.9)
Intro A: Suzanne Chang and Brogan (32.8)
Intro B: Joy Tomlinson and Sam’s Alive (34.2)
Intro C: Aubrey Dickens and Jane Doe (36.1)

IEA H.T. (Edinburgh, In.): Final Scores

Intermediate/Preliminary-Open HT: Dan Kreitl and Horales (31.1)
Preliminary-Open HT: Carrie Mulks and Riddle Master (28.8)
Modified-Open HT: Julie Bryer and Fernhill Dynamic (26.5)
Open Training A: Jane Papke and Robinstown Ballivor (32.1)
Open Training B: Hannah Boyd and Billy Mcclusky (29.3)
Open Training C: Christina Kelly and Real Deal Lady (34.7)
Training 3 Day: Brooke Kahl and Nata Montada Scf (31.9)
Novice Junior: Ashley Fern and Silver Sprite (26.4)
Open Novice A: Gina Pletch and Wapz Too Legit (24.1)
Open Novice B: Katie Wainscott and Battle Ready (28.3)
Open Novice C: Shannon Austin and Southern Violence (32.6)
Open Novice D: Renee Senter and Regina (27.6)
Novice 3 Day: Madeline Bletzacker and Drummer Boy (25.2)
Beginner Novice Junior A: Libbey Shellenberger and Chibi (27.8)
Beginner Novice Junior B: Emma Buckley and Olivander GS (30.0)
Open Beginner Novice A: Megan Edwards and Global Dynasty (28.5)
Open Beginner Novice B: Corinna Garcia and Lyric (21.8)
Open Beginner Novice C: Corinna Garcia and Cratus (27.0)
Open Beginner Novice D: Katherine Rutherford and Amazingly Lucky (30.6)
Open Beginner Novice E: Madeleine Vonfrankenberg and Monet’s Masterpiece (28.8)
Open Starter A: Rachel Miles and Casanova (22.5)
Open Starter B: Christy Schlough and Vanquish (28.3)
Open Starter C: Heather Kuenzi and Teddy (33.9)

The Spring Event at Archer: Final Scores

Intermediate/Preliminary: Travis Atkinson and Don Darco (51.4)
Open Preliminary: Rebecca Mortensen and International Anthem (25.7)
Modified/Training: Erin Hofmann and UBQuiet (31.8)
Open Training: Rose Schild and Acording to Morgan (32.4)
Open Novice A: Victoria Poulton and Starlingh (23.3)
Open Novice B: Lindsay Wagner and Jenson (22.6)
Open Beginner Novice A: Ashley Carr and Mercury Rising (25.6)
Open Beginner Novice B: Madeline Backus and Baratheon (33.4)
Starter A: Shelly Graham and Thumbelina (33.9)
Starter B: Wendy Williams and P.S. King of Hearts (35.6)

GMHA H.T. and Area I Championships: Final Scores

Junior Young Riders Open Preliminary: Annabelle Sprague and Da Vinci Code (48.2)
Open Preliminary: Lila Gendal and Honor Society (38.2)
Open Preliminary – Championships: Booli Selmayr and Quality Touchdown (30.6)
Junior Training: Analise San Clemente and Delight (28.3)
Open Training: Danielle Downing and Caribe PCH (32.6)
Training Horse – Championships: Katie Murphy and Joshua Tree (30.9)
Training Rider: Audrey Littlefield and Prince Renan (28.6)
Training Rider – Championships: Mickey Rathbun and Bramble (32.4)
Junior Novice: Eliza Quigley and Kwibus (27.6)
Novice Horse – Championships: Alyssa Birt and Jack (31.0)
Novice Rider-A: Nancy Read and Carolina PCH (33.3)
Novice Rider-B: Mary Bielefeld and Swan’s Starry Starry Night (35.2)
Novice Rider – Championships: Melissa Alaimo and Fascinating Rhythm (30.0)
Open Novice-A: Marcia Kulak and Gran Torino (27.9)
Open Novice-B: Marcia Kulak and Nimbalina (24.1)
Beginner Novice Horse – Championships: Jennifer Fitch and Caraway Daireng Romance (27.3)
Beginner Novice Rider-A: Gabriella Curtin and Oceana (30.3)
Beginner Novice Rider-B: Amelia Pitts and KC’s Spellbound (30.8)
Beginner Novice Rider – Championships: Anneka Paelinck and Maleficent (30.0)
Junior Beginner Novice: Margaret Doherty and Bring It On (30.0)
Open Beginner Novice-A: Leigh Casaceli and Mina (28.3)
Open Beginner Novice-B: Chelsea Canedy and Little Einstien (24.7)
Open Beginner Novice-C: Cali Oliver and Primitive Promise (30.8)

The Middleburg H.T.: Final Scores

Open Preliminary 1: Kurt Martin and D.A. Shannondale Cushla (27.8)
Open Preliminary 2: Martin Douzant and Olympus (31.7)
Preliminary Rider: Kiera Kenny and FE Chardonnay (35.4)
Open Training 1: Daniel Clasing and Butts Arthur (32.9)
Training Rider: Susan Gehris and Steddy Eddy (27.5)
Open Training 2: Martin Douzant and Harthill Diamond (26.4)
Open Training 3: Adelaide French and Rockview Mr. Diamond (31.9)
Open Training 4: Arden Wildasin and Il Vici (28.1)
Open Novice 1: Skyeler Voss and Black Sea Baron (23.3)
Open Novice 2: Brittany Hebets and Westwoods (30.5)
Open Novice 3: Sara Schulman and Cooley Chromatic (28.8)
Novice Senior: Stephanie Senserini and Monbeg Icon (26.9)
Novice Jr: Samantha Homeyer and Sparrow’s Galway Bay (30.2)
Open Beginner Novice 1: Lisa Hannan and Lowenbrau (25.3)
Open Beginner Novice 2: Emily Beshear and Waffle (32.6)
Beginner Novice Junior: Brooke McColl and Chastian’s Morning Mocha (26.1)
Beginner Novice Rider 1: Stephen Fulton and DB Cooper (26.1)
Beginner Novice Rider 2: Nikki Thomas and Kinsale (37.5)

New Jersey Region’s H.T.: Final Scores

Modified: Caroline Martin and HsH Redfield Poynstown Marshall (26.5)
Open Training: Lee Maher and Redfield Opium of the Paddocks (28.6)
Training: Abby Maude and Lucky Bucky (36.4)
Novice: Aimee Carson and HMF Christine (27.4)
Open Novice: Kira Cibak and October Tryst (25.7)
Beginner Novice: McKenzie Jones and Creekland’s Chaco Canyon (30.0)
Open Beginner Novice: Rosemary Lauezzari and A Pennie For Your Thoughts (32.3)

Ocala Summer I H.T.: Final Scores

Intermediate/Preliminary: Elisa Wallace and Riot Gear (26.2)
Open Preliminary: Jonathan Holling and Juczt My Style S (32.5)
Preliminary Rider: Jackson Dillard and Layla Q (28.7)
Open Modified: Tik Maynard and Galileo (29.2)
Modified Rider: Stephanie Sills and Mille Neuf Cent (29.8)
Open Training: Joe Meyer and Ardeo Harlequin (29.5)
Training Rider: Tracey Corey and Byrnwyck West (32.6)
Novice Rider: Katia Martynuk and Adiesta Moon (27.1)
Open Novice: Jonathan Holling and Fernhill Copain (22.9)
Beginner Novice Rider: Audrey Bennett and Bad to the Bone (26.7)
Open Beginner Novice: Lily Barlow and Frolic (30.6)

Poplar Place June H.T.: Final Scores

Open Intermediate: Kiersten Miller and Mama Mia (32.5)
Open Preliminary: Heidi Hewlett Crowell and Tinraher Diamond (31.5)
Modified: Waylon Roberts and CS Carrera (30.9)
Junior Training Rider: Breeana Robinette and Cape Kimberly (28.5)
Open Training: Waylon Roberts and Beaulieu’s Cecelia (32.9)
Senior Training Rider: Molly Peavy and Clearly It’s Dublin (33.4)
Training/Novice: William Hoos and Jacey’s Humble Boy (37.3)
Junior Novice Rider: Tessa Geven and Vintage Bhoy (25.7)
Open Novice: William Hoos and Metalbridge Prince (24.8)
Senior Novice Rider: Malin Eriksson and WHF Wilhelmina (30.7)
Junior Beginner Novice Rider: Hudsyn Bagwell and Ardeo Mermus Hill (32.2)
Open Beginner Novice: Julie Lingle and Bourbon Flight (24.2)
Senior Beginner Novice Rider: Ashley Vance and Cloudline Rugby (31.7)
Starter: Alexandria Clenney and Checkmate Z (35.5)

Unionville H.T.: Final Scores

Open Intermediate: Jennifer Brannigan and Twilightslastgleam (30.5)
Junior Young Open Preliminary: Cassie Sanger and Redfield Fyre (31.4)
Open Preliminary: Jennifer Brannigan and Keepsake (25.0)
Preliminary Rider: Anne Hambleton and Should Expect (36.4)
Junior Open Training: Elle Stephenson and VS McCuan Civil Liberty (32.4)
Open Training A: Phillip Dutton and Lincoln’s Address (27.1)
Open Training B: Bruce Davidson and Sambuko (28.1)
Training Rider: Casey Poe and HHS Tiger Lily (28.1)
Junior Open Novice: Marina Cassou and Castleturvin Mungo (49.7)
Novice Rider: Gail Rockwood and Indigo Blue (34.5)
Open Novice A: Phillip Dutton and BE Capricorn (25.7)
Open Novice B: Maddie Lichten and EHF Casiro Royale (24.8)
Beginner Novice Rider: Megan Nock and Breezy (35.0)
Junior Open Beginner Novice: Isabel Lopez and Beau’s Emergence (31.1)
Open Beginner Novice: Maya Chinana and Popstar (21.1)

Monday Video: Scorch the Ocala Cross Country with Elisa Wallace and Riot Gear

Seems like it was quite a hot weekend out there for pretty much everyone. I’m based up near Boston, Massachusetts and as we say around here it was a real scorcha’, so I can’t imagine what it was like down in Florida for the Ocala Summer I Horse Trials. All you riders and horses down there must be well acclimated to this kind of weather!

For today’s featured video, we’re treated to a spin around the Ocala Intermediate/Preliminary cross country course courtesy of Elisa Wallace and one of her rising stars, Riot Gear (who Elisa affectionately calls Rye Bread) a 12-year-old Oldenburg gelding owned by Steve Sukup and Vicki Larson Sukup. While the goal of the weekend was mainly to further build theirs partnership and have an educational ride — even forgoing her watch on cross country in order to focus on the gallop — Elisa and Riot Gear still handily won the division. Turns out she had the fastest round anyway!

Ocala Summer I H.T. (Ocala, Fl.): [Website] [Results]

Sunday Links

It’s proving no easy feat to get to a five-star this year. Turniergesellschaft Luhmühlen CCI5* is coming up from June 17-20th and some combinations are already in transit. This is due to COVID regulations requiring any British-based folks headed to the event to quarantine in a European country prior to arriving at the competition. This has severely truncated the number of entrants, but some intrepid competitors are finding ways to make it work.

Among them, our own Tilly Berendt has hitched a ride with British competitors Mollie Summerland and Charly van ter Heiden who are looking to contest their second five-star. The rest of the EN team are very excited to have Tilly as our boots on the ground at Luhmühlen and we’re extra excited to read the upcoming blogs of her adventures getting there!

U.S. Weekend Action:

Genesee Valley Hunt Club H.T. (Geneseo, Ny.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

IEA H.T. (Edinburgh, In.): [Website] [Entries/Ride Times/Live Scores]

The Spring Event at Archer (Cheyenne, Wa.) : [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

GMHA H.T. (South Woodstock, Vt.) : [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

The Middleburg H.T. (The Plains, Va.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times] [Live Scores]

New Jersey Region’s H.T. (Allentown, Nj.): [Website] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Ocala Summer I H.T. (Ocala, Fl.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

Poplar Place June H.T. (Hamilton, Ga.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Unionville H.T. (Unionville, Pa.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Sunday Links:

Prices March on in Ireland

Expect the Unexpected: A Weekend at the New England Spring Symposium

Observing Pain in Elite Event Horses at Badminton and Burghley

I Went Behind the Scenes of an Online Horse Auction. Here’s What I Learned.

Essential Quality Prevails in Belmont Stakes

Sunday Video: ICYMI, the 153rd running of the Belmont Stakes took place yesterday

OTTB Wishlist: Back in the Tack

Just like a Thoroughbred coming off the track, sometimes a little downtime can be very beneficial! OTTB Wishlist has been on hiatus — just hanging out in the paddock on holiday, if you will — for the first quarter of the year, but now it’s time to leg back up and get back to work.

As usual, we’re spotlighting three off-the-track Thoroughbreds that are available for adoption at various aftercare organizations across the country with the hopes that someone out there in Eventing Nation will find their match. Meet this week’s featured horses:

Karma Reigns. Photo via CANTER Illinois.

Karma Reigns (ACCLAMATION – PASSIONATE, BY VRONSKY): 2015 16.0-hand California-bred mare

Everyone could use a little good karma and this kind come is the form of a pretty bay mare! After a race career consisting of 10 starts and zero podium placings, it’s time for Karma Reigns to move on to a new situation. She seems to be a sensible girl and has no noted vices or soundness issues.

Located in Collinsville, Illinois.

View Karma Reigns on CANTER Illinois.

Lonesome Pine. Photo via Second Stride.

Lonesome Pine (INCLUDE – JUST LIKE LUCY, BY MAJESTICPERFECTION): 2018 15.3-hand Kentucky-bred gelding.

Tall and leggy reminiscent of his namesake, Lonesome Pine looks taller than his 15.3-hands. At just three years old, however, he could actually end up a little taller! Lonesome Pine has a nice floaty way of carrying himself, seen in this video. This youngster is unraced, but has a few published workouts, which makes him eligible for a future Thoroughbred Makeover. While Lonesome Pine has no known soundness issues, he did previously have a laser throat surgery. Don’t let that deter you from taking him on as your next sport horse prospect, as he’s probably breathing better now than he did when he was in race training!

Located in Prospect, Kentucky.

View Lonesome Pine on Second Stride Inc.

Son of Ga Ga. Photo via Secretariat Center.

Son of Ga Ga (ALGORITHMS – LADY DIVA GA GA, BY EXCHANGE RATE): 2017 16.3-hand Kentucky-bred gelding

You want a really tall horse? Here’s a really tall horse. Clocking in at almost seventeen hands, Son of Ga Ga is going to catch everybody’s eye wherever he goes. I’d call him tall, dark and handsome, but you know he’s going to grey out eventually! He’ll still be a looker though — especially with that adorable face and floaty trot. “Sonny” is lightly raced with 7 career starts, retired sound, and is ready for a new career.

Located in Lexington, Kentucky.

View Son of Ga Ga on The Secretariat Center.

Saturday Links

The Prices are continuing their tour of world eventing domination this weekend with NINE total horses contesting three divisions at the Millstreet International Horse Trials this weekend, and of course they’re leading those three divisions. After dressage, Jonelle leads the 3*-L with Faerie Magnifico while Tim is out front in the 4*-L and 4*-S with Falco and Ascona M, respectively. His score of 20.1 with Ascona M is a new career best dressage score. Cross country kicks off at 11:30 AM local time/ 6:30 AM Eastern and you should be able to catch some live stream action on the Millstreet Facebook page.

U.S. Weekend Action:

Genesee Valley Hunt Club H.T. (Geneseo, Ny.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

IEA H.T. (Edinburgh, In.): [Website] [Entries/Ride Times/Live Scores]

The Spring Event at Archer (Cheyenne, Wa.) : [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

GMHA H.T. (South Woodstock, Vt.) : [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

The Middleburg H.T. (The Plains, Va.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times] [Live Scores]

New Jersey Region’s H.T. (Allentown, Nj.): [Website] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Ocala Summer I H.T. (Ocala, Fl.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

Poplar Place June H.T. (Hamilton, Ga.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Unionville H.T. (Unionville, Pa.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Saturday Links:

Are You Interested in Joining a USEA Committee? Here’s How!

Dealing With Equine Colic: Here are 33 Do’s and Don’ts

Transport-related stress shows in the faces of horses, findings suggest

The Haiku Handicapper: 2021 Belmont Stakes

Just in on Jumper Nation: Horse People Are—and Have To Be—Relentlessly Optimistic

We’re giving away a Cambox V4 Pro helmet cam! In partnership with our friends at Cambox, we’re doing a social media giveaway for one lucky winner – to learn more, visit this Instagram post.

And while you’re in the contest mood, be sure to vote for the winner of our SmartPak #MudMadnessGiveaway winner by hitting the “like” button on your top photo – click here to view the album on Facebook.

Saturday Video: Valuable cargo heading to Luhmühlen!

Monday Video: Millbrook Horse Trials is On the Horizon

Save the date! August 5-8 2021, The Millbrook Horse Trials returns after the cancellation of the 2020 Trials due to COVID-19. Relive the action of the cross country from 2019, and make sure you put the event on your calendar! We can't wait to see you there! #MHT2021Thank you Marion de Vogel for the video!

Posted by Millbrook Horse Trials on Wednesday, May 26, 2021

We’re so excited to hear that Millbrook Horse Trials, which runs out of Riga Meadow at Coole Park Farm in Millbrook, New York will be returning this year, August 5th through 8th!After holding out hope of running last year, they too fell victim to the myriad of event cancellations caused by  COVID-19.

This is an event that we always look forward to and try to get boots on ground at as it’s the often the first Advanced run back for many of the horses that ran Kentucky earlier in the year and their next step on the way to the big year-end events later in the season. This year’s event is sure to be a joyous reunion after last year’s cancellation and a celebration of the event’s 20th anniversary, but we’d be remiss not to mention the hole that will also be felt by the loss of long-time course designer Tremaine Copper

Mark your calendars for Thursday, August 5th through Sunday, August 8th and keep an eye out on their website and their Omnibus listing here as more details become available. Enjoy this video of 2019 footage from local videographer Marion de Vogel.

Sunday Links

For the most part we tend to lead off our daily News & Notes posts with some personal anecdote or note about a current event and leave the links to your own perusing, but today I’d like to highlight a link in particular. If you read one link this weekend make it this New York Times article about Cheryl White, the first Black female licensed jockey. I didn’t know her name, and you likely don’t either, but more people should. Why? See above.

U.S. Weekend Action:

Virginia International H.T. (Lexington, Va.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]  [Live Scores]

Spring Coconino H.T. (Flagstaff, Az.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Equestrians’ Institute H.T. (Elum, Wa.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

May-Daze at the Park H.T. (Lexington, Ky.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Mystic Valley Hunt Club H.T. (Gales Ferry, Ct.): [Website]

The Spring Event at Woodside (Woodside, Ca.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Sunday Links:

Athletes and journalists rely on each other: why we should think about the Naomi Osaka affair

Thinking the Unthinkable: Will Badminton and Burghley Ever Return?

Eventers battle poor weather at Poland’s Baborówko horse trials

What Happens When a Horse Undergoes General Anesthesia?

Gait analysis technology in horses: What do equine veterinarians think?

Sunday Video: Palomino and pink power!

Saturday Links

Here she is, the stadium at the Equestrian Park in Setagaya City, Tokyo! This arena, which sits in a rather metropolitan area alongside the Tokyo University fo Agriculture, will play host to the Olympic Equestrian events (with the exception of the cross country phase, of course). The stadium actually already has an Olympic legacy, as it was originally built for the 1940 Olympics, which were canceled because of World War II, and then were used for the 1964 Olympics. In 2019 the park was completely overhauled in preparation for 2020 2021 and in the future it will be used for events by the Japan Racing Association.

As excited as we are to finally be able to get these Olympics underway, our excitement is dotted by trepidation over the COVID situation in Japan. Just yesterday, it was announced that the country’s state of emergency would be extended until a month before the Olympics are scheduled to begin. We very much hope that the Games go well, but out thoughts are with the people of Japan also.

U.S. Weekend Action:

Virginia International H.T. (Lexington, Va.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]  [Live Scores]

Spring Coconino H.T. (Flagstaff, Az.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Equestrians’ Institute H.T. (Elum, Wa.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

May-Daze at the Park H.T. (Lexington, Ky.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Mystic Valley Hunt Club H.T. (Gales Ferry, Ct.): [Website]

The Spring Event at Woodside (Woodside, Ca.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Saturday Links:

Will Faudree Opens Up About Antigua, His Horse Of A Lifetime

A Course for All Seasons

Tamarillo’s clone takes his first eventing win: connections feel he has five-star potential

Three Days Left to Enter SmartPak’s Mud Madness Giveaway!

The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team Withdraws From Compiègne Nations Cup

Have You Filled Out the 2021 Eventing Nation ‘Gallop’ Poll Yet? Win a YETI EN Mug!

Saturday Video: Happy 100th Birthday, FEI!

Monday Video: Don’t Be a Nag!

Raise your hand if your horse thinks you’re a nag! As the rider of a naturally lazy horse, I know for a fact that I’m guilty of letting my heel creep up and nag as I try to keep her forward. It’s a work in progress trying to install a “cruise control” into a lazy horse, but it’s an important part of instilling rideability and eventually self carriage.

For the most part, keeping yourself from nagging your horse takes a lot of thoughtful riding and correct training over time, but dressage rider Amelia Newcomb has a few tips, tricks, and reminders up her sleeve that may help you out.

Sunday Links

We can’t wait to see May Coldren zipping around in her brand new Gator at the Maryland Five-Star this fall! Mary is the competition director of Maryland, which will run for the first time later this, and has been a long time, very dedicated volunteer at Fair Hill for many years. Out of many deserving nominees of the John Deere “Share How You Care” Contest which celebrated positive impacts made  through horses and equestrian sports, Mary was selected as the winner. Congratulations, Mary!

Have you heard? We just launched an epic giveaway in partnership with SmartPak to get you all kitted out in rain/mud gear. For your chance to win over $400 worth of rain-ready gear, you’ll definitely want to check out this fun contest here.

U.S. Weekend Action:

Chattahoochee Hills H.T. (Fairburn, Ga.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Flora Lea Farm H.T. (Medford, Nj.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

MCTA H.T. at Shawan Downs (Hunt Valley, Md.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Otter Creek Spring H.T. (Wheeler, Wi.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Spring Gulch H.T. (Highlands Ranch, Co.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Sunday Links:

Apply now for the 2022 Worth the Trust Scholarship!

‘Celebration of equestrian sport’ planned as new host found for 2021 eventing championships

Study: Elite Dressage Horses Are ‘Reasonably Comfortable’

Equine rehabilitation: Review highlights a lack of research on outcomes

Your Questions About Split Sample Testing (And More), Answered

Sunday Video: Jon Holling caught up with Bobby Myerhoff to ask why he events in a racing saddle and take a closer look at his saddles:

Saturday Links

Stopping for a mid-hunter pace snack. Photo by Shana Rantala.

From an equestrian perspective, this past week has looked a lot different for me than from this time last year. I’m sure many of you can say the same! After over a year with nothing much to work towards and nowhere to go, it felt so nice to recently be able to get out and about not once but twice. First, all that hacking we’ve been doing in the off season paid off as my pony and I easily completed a hunter pace and had a blast doing so. Then a couple days later we had our first lesson back with our trainer in over a year! Little by little, things are getting back to normal.

Have you heard? We just launched an epic giveaway in partnership with SmartPak to get you all kitted out in rain/mud gear. For your chance to win over $400 worth of rain-ready gear, you’ll definitely want to check out this fun contest here.

U.S. Weekend Action:

Chattahoochee Hills H.T. (Fairburn, Ga.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Flora Lea Farm H.T. (Medford, Nj.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

MCTA H.T. at Shawan Downs (Hunt Valley, Md.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Otter Creek Spring H.T. (Wheeler, Wi.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Spring Gulch H.T. (Highlands Ranch, Co.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Saturday Links:

Knowledge Is Power

Horse Heroes: Cool Mountain

Principles of Horsemanship: Self Carriage

White Oak Stables Show Division Sponsorship Application

Copper Meadows Eventing 2021 Fundraiser

Saturday Video: Sometimes baby horses just … see things? Or think they do at least. Megan Sykes channels a spider monkey to sit this spook!

Monday Video: Elisa Wallace Wraps Up Jersey Fresh

The aim of many riders who competed in the inaugural Lexington CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event was to then tackle the CCI4*-L at Jersey Fresh two weeks later. Of those riders taking on the Kentucky-Jersey quest was Elisa Wallace and Let it be Lee. Like others entered in the Lexington CCI4*-S, Elisa and Lee also battled the elements that day over a tough track (relive their helmet cam here), so Elisa’s goal for Jersey Fresh was to give Lee a confidence-building ride for his first four-star long.

From taking a dump down the centerline to beautiful half passes, and from feeding Built bars to everyone in the barn to getting multiple camera angles of them from friends and family on cross country, you can relive their weekend in Elisa’s latest vlog! I’d say they had a great weekend!

Sunday Links

After essentially a whole spring season away from home, Tamie Smith has finally returned back to her home base in California. While Mai Baum got to fly home in style after his five-star debut at Kentucky,  Tamie still had a little work left to do at Jersey Fresh last weekend with two horses in the 3*-L and another two in the 4*-L. Once that was over, she made the 40+ hour trek back to the west coast. Now that’s a road trip!

U.S. Weekend Action:

Galway Downs Spring H.T. (Temecula, Ca.): [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Fair Hill International H.T. (Elkton, Md.): [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Hitching Post Farm H.T. (South Royalton, Vt.): [Website] [Entries/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Hunt Club Farms H.T. (Berryville, Va.): [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Majestic Oaks Ocala H.T. (Ocala, Fl.): [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Mill Creek Pony Club H.T. (Kansas City, Mo.): [Website] [Entries/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Spokane Sport Horse Spring H.T. (Spokane, Wa.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Texas Rose Horse Park H.T. (Tyler, Tx.): [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Winona H.T. (Winona, Oh.): [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Woodland Stallion Station H.T. (Woodland, Ca.): [Website] [Entries/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Sunday Links:

Horse of a Lifetime: Custom Made

Can You Make Progress With No Horse or Limited Ride Time?

Rombauer Upsets 146th Preakness With Powerful Stretch Run

How do the world’s elite riders relate to their horses?

ICYMI: CDC Announcement & Update to USEF COVID-19 Action Plan for Fully-Vaccinated Participants

Just in on Jumper Nation: Experience, an Open Mind, and Purpose: What Horses Teach Us About People

Sunday Video: Enjoy a quick masterclass in equitation and balance courtesy of Jonelle Price:

Saturday Links

Yesterday we learned of the passing of the celebrated show jumper Judgement ISF, Crown who was laid to rest at the age of 29 at Iron Spring Farm where he was bred. “Judgey” broke barriers for North American-bred jumpers and with Beezie Madden in the irons he represented the US on 10 Nation’s Cup teams, winning gold in 2007 and 2008, among many other accolades. When he retired back to Iron Spring Farm at the age of 18 he had garnered nearly $1.5 million in prize money. Our hearts go out to all who loved this incredible athlete. [A Tribute to Judgement ISF (1991-2021)]

U.S. Weekend Action:

Galway Downs Spring H.T. (Temecula, Ca.): [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Fair Hill International H.T. (Elkton, Md.): [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Hitching Post Farm H.T. (South Royalton, Vt.): [Website] [Entries/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Hunt Club Farms H.T. (Berryville, Va.): [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Majestic Oaks Ocala H.T. (Ocala, Fl.): [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Mill Creek Pony Club H.T. (Kansas City, Mo.): [Website] [Entries/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Spokane Sport Horse Spring H.T. (Spokane, Wa.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Texas Rose Horse Park H.T. (Tyler, Tx.): [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Winona H.T. (Winona, Oh.): [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Woodland Stallion Station H.T. (Woodland, Ca.): [Website] [Entries/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Saturday Links:

After A Year Away, Fans Return To Shows At First Opportunity

Olympics, Europeans and multiple international wins: retirement for British mare with ‘heart of gold’

Is your Eventer Fit Enough?

Last Two Tests On Medina Spirit Clear, Colt Is Cleared To Run in Preakness Stakes

ICYMI: TODAY Is the Last Day to Apply for the ‘Ever So Sweet’ Diversity Scholarship

Best of Blogs: How I Came to Love the Unconventional Event Horse: Skyeler Voss

Saturday Video: Relive this flawless round from Spruce Meadows in 2008.

Sunday Links

#nofilter, just some beautiful evening backlighting. Photo by Abby Powell.

I spent some time at the barn yesterday packing away all my blankets and reorganizing my trunks so mow it truly feels like spring to me. I think May is one of my favorite months for riding in New England. We’re getting some lovely high 60s/ low 70s temps, the mud is dry, the bugs aren’t out yet, and the summer heat and humidity haven’t set in yet. If only it would stay this way!

U.S. Weekend Action:

Jersey Fresh International: [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Apple Knoll Farm H.T.: [Website] [Results]

The Event at Skyline: [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Miami Valley H.T.: [Website] [Entries/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Poplar Place Farm H.T.: [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Unionville H.T.: [Website] [Results]

WindRidge Farm H.T.: [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times]

Sunday Links:

Practical Horseman Podcast Transcript: Liz Halliday-Sharp

The origin story of Medina Spirit, a Derby winner born on a patch of Florida dirt and sold for $1,000

Howell: The High Maintenance Moniker Is Unfair — And Untrue — For OTTBs

Many youngsters oblivious to dangers of animal-human pathogens

Breathing Techniques to Stabilize and Stay Supple

Sunday Video: It’s just another day at the office for Tamie Smith.