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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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Photo via Jonelle Price on Instagram.

Jonelle Price posted this video of a little squirrel climbing Tim Price like a tree to her Instagram story yesterday and I can’t get over it. The video may be gone from her stories by the time you read this, unless you’re up pretty early, so I felt it needed permanent documentation right here on EN. If anything, it’s proof that Tim is actually a Disney princess.

U.S. Weekend Action

Bouckaert Equestrian H.T. (Fairburn, GA) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times]

Fair Hill International Recognized H.T. (Elkton, MD) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

Hitching Post Farm H.T. (South Royalton, VT) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

Hunt Club Farms H.T. (Berryville, VA) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

Otter Creek Spring H.T. (Wheeler, WI) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

Spokane Sport Horse Spring H.T. (Spokane, WA) [Website] [Entries][Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

Spring Gulch H.T. (Highlands Ranch, CO) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

The Vista Spring YEH/NEH Qualifier (Aiken, SC) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Scoring]

European International Events

LONGINES Whitsun Tournament Wiesbaden (Germany) [Website] [Times] [Scoring] [Live Stream]

Links to Start Your Weekend:

Disputed Bit Causes Costly Elimination for Canadian Rider

After 10 Years, Tiana Coudray Made It Back To Badminton

Fox-Pitt says Farewell, Next Stop Paris!

2024 Preakness Stakes Field Preview & Poll

Fair Hill is a Hidden-Gem State Park Brimming with Pastoral Beauty

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Morning Viewing: On honor of the Preakness Stakes today, let’s take a look back at one of the great OTTB ambassadors of our time, Icabad Crane. Icabad Crane ran third in the 2008 Preakness Stakes and later went on to have a successful career in eventing with both Phillip Dutton and later on daughter Olivia in the irons, all while owned by race trainer Graham Motion. Along the way he won the title of America’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred in the very first Thoroughbred Makeover competition in 2014. After retiring from eventing, Icabad found himself a third career as he returned to Graham to be ridden as his own personal track pony.

Video Break: Farrier Abby Bunyard Breaks Glass Ceilings

You know we love a good girl power story here at EN! In this newest video from the FEI’s RIDE series, presented by Longines, we get to meet farrier Abby Bunyard who knew from the tender age of 6 that shoeing horses was her dream career.

But even with knowing from such a young age what she wanted to be when she grew up, she still had to overcome some immerse hurdles in order to break into the male-dominated industry. Hear from Abby how one mentor risked “career suicide” by hiring her and how she’s since made her way to the verge of being named the first female president of the British Farrier and Blacksmiths Association. Plus, she’s got some great advice for girls trying to enter an industry where they feel unwelcomed.

Saturday Links from World Equestrian Brands

Good morning citizens of Eventing Nation! And a good morning indeed, as it’s another morning of jam-packed cross country action!

First off, if you’re located stateside, you’ll want to pour yourself a hefty cup of coffee if you’re planning to catch MARS Badminton cross country live. Especially so if you’re looking to catch leading American pair Boyd Martin and Tsetserleg — they leave the start box at 11:49am BST / 6:49am ET / 12:49pm CEST. Catch up on all our Badminton coverage and all the need-to-knows right here in our Ultimate Guide.

Next up, there’s a little thing called Tryon International on this side of the pond and there are some impressive pairs fighting for the top of the leaderboard in the 4*-L. There is no live stream, but you can results-watch here starting at 8:30am ET. The 4*-L action begins at 10:20am ET.

And finally, don’t forget to show some love to eventing as it’s aired on mainstream TV when a recap of this year’s Defender Kentucky airs on ESPN2 this Saturday and Sunday! The more viewers that tune in, the better the ratings, and then just maaaaaybe we can get some more eventing on TV someday to reach and inspire the next generation of riders.

U.S. Weekend Action

Galway Downs Spring H.T. (Temecula, CA) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

Majestic Oaks Ocala H.T. (Reddick, FL) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

Unionville May H.T. (Coatesville, PA) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

Queeny Park H.T. (St. Louis, MO) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

River Glen Spring H.T. (New Market, TN) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

Tryon International Three Day Event (Mill Spring, NC) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

Winona Horse Trials (Hanoverton, OH) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

UK International Events

MARS Badminton Horse Trials (Gloucestershire, UK) [Website] [Entries] [Timetable] [Tickets] [Radio Badminton] [Livestream] [Cross Country Course] [EN’s Coverage]

European International Events

International Marbach Eventing (GER) [Website] [Timetable] [Entries] [Scoring] [Live Stream]

Links to Start Your Weekend:

Clinic Report: Eventer Monica Spencer Is All About The Set-Up

Who’s Responsible For Horse Safety? Badminton 2024 Cross Country

‘Not a $1 Horse’: Changing the Narrative of the Thoroughbred Beyond Racing

Dismantling Whitewashed History: Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions to Produce Documentary Series on Black Cowboys

Connemara Wil’Ya Love Me’s Seen Waskiewicz Through All of Life’s Ups and Downs

Sponsor Corner: Who doesn’t want their horse to have a more squishable nose?? World Equestrian Brands‘ Vespucci bridles offer enhanced communication and style.

Morning Viewing: Join Sydney Steverson for her own version of a Badminton course walk! Click here!

Saturday Links from World Equestrian Brands

Sorocaima won $82,396 on the track and just completed his fourth CCI5* with Buck Davidson last weekend, securing their best placing yet. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

It’s another big day for horse sport in the state of Kentucky: it’s Kentucky Derby Day! Similar to Defender Kentucky cross country day, I always like to wish the athletes safe and speedy rides. It’s a big year for the Derby, too — 2024 marks its 150th running.

If you, like me, haven’t actually followed any of the lead-up races to the Derby yet still enjoys watching the most exciting two minutes in sports, don’t worry! EN’s sister site Horse Nation has the cheat sheet that we need to get up to speed and pick a favorite before post time (post time for the Derby is 6:57 p.m. ET, by the way.)

And if you, like me, also have some mixed feelings about Thoroughbred racing, you might find it heartening to read about some of the advances and research into safety measures such as footing (Yes, I did link this article earlier this week, but I found it so interesting I’m linking it again!) And of course there are the wonderful organizations such as the Retired Racehorse Project that help to get the word out and facilitate finding these ultimate equines athlete second careers that they’ll excel at. There have even been a few past Derby contenders that have gone on to have second careers not at stud, but as sport horses.

U.S. Weekend Action

Riga Meadow at Coole Park Combined Test (Millbrook, NY) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Scoring]

Stable View Local Charities H.T. + USEA Interscholastic/Intercollegiate Eventing Championships (Aiken, SC) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

Texas Rose Horse Park H.T. (Tyler, TX) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

The Event at Skyline (Mount Pleasant, UT) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

Waredaca H.T. (Laytonsville, MD) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

Windridge Farm Spring H.T. (NC) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Scoring]

UK International Events

Osberton International I (Nottinghamshire) [Info / Schedule] [Entries / Scoring]

European FEI Events

Jardy Standard Show (France) [Info / Entries]

Pratoni del Vivaro Standard Show (Italy) [Info / Entries]

Sopot Standard Show (Poland) [Info / Entries]

Links to Start Your Weekend:

Myler Bits responds to elimination at Defender Kentucky Three-Day Event

Keeping Pace: What To Say To Your Friends At This Year’s Derby Party

Comfort, Connection And Compassion: Takeaways From An Extraordinary Thoroughbred

Fast Facts: 2024 USEA Intercollegiate & Interscholastic Eventing Championships

Larkin Hill Horse Trials Adds More Divisions After Kent Horse Trials’ Cancellation

What To Expect Once You’ve Made the Hardest Decision

Sponsor Corner: The World Equestrian Brands team of riders put in the work at the Kentucky Three Day Event! Check out these awesome action shots of World Equestrian Brands’ riders in action, featuring Buck Davidson, Sharon White, Andrew McConnon, Allison Springer, and Woodge Fulton. All of these riders put their trust in World Equestrian Brands’ collection of tack. Shop here.

Morning Viewing: There was a bit of a hairy moment on cross country last weekend at Defender Kentucky when Susie Berry had a little trouble steering Clever Trick after a. big jump into the Head of the Lake. Amy Dragoo captured the sequence through her lens!

Wednesday Video Break: Navigating the Unjumpable

Have you ever wondered why course designers put an unjumpable object like a bush or a gate right in the middle of a line to the jump? Well, as FEI course designer and builder Alain Ponsot explains, it’s because that’s not the line to the jump that they want you to use!

‘Non-jumpable’ or ‘unjumpable’ elements are not used by course designers simply to frustrate riders or throw them off. They’re actually used to help the rider ride the line to the fence in the way that the course designer has intended. You can think of them as little hints or cheat sheets, if you will — they’re guiding the rider on how to answer the question that the course designer is asking.

In this video, the last in a series of cross country videos safety videos produced by Tiggy’s Trust, Irish Olympian Sam Watson sits down with Alain to talk all about the various purposes of unjumpable elements on a cross country course, including how they can affect the type of MIM clip used on a fence.

You can watch all of the videos in the Tiggy’s Trust ‘Cross Country at it’s Best’ series right here on YouTube.

Tuesday News & Notes from Kentucky Performance Products

Meanwhile during Defender Kentucky weekend, there was one other international event running: Ireland’s Ballindenisk International 1. The feature class, the NutriScience CCI4*L, was won by British 24-year-old StormStraker with Fever Pitch. Also riding in this division was what could very well be this year’s Japanese Olympic team in Ryuzo Kitajima (who finished second), Yoshiaki Oiwa, and Kazuma Tomoto. Plus, Great Britain’s Mollie Summerland and new-to-the-level Flow 7 rounded out the podium.

You can check out the results from all the divisions here and visit the Irish Eventing Times Facebook page for lots of great photos.

Events Opening Today:Kent Horse Trials, Horse Park of New Jersey H.T. I, Seneca Valley Pony Club H.T., Full Gallop Farm June H.T., Silverwood Farm Spring H.T., Shepherd Ranch Pony Club H.T. I, Aspen Farm H.T

Events Closing Today: Hitching Post Farm H.T., Hunt Club Farms H.T., The Vista Spring YEH/NEH Qualifier, Bouckaert Equestrian H.T., Otter Creek Spring H.T., Spokane Sport Horse Spring H.T., Spring Gulch H.T.

Tuesday News & Notes from Around the World:

Eventers aren’t the only ones who obsess about footing. Not by a long shot (I know a couple footing snobs from an assortment of other disciplines, in fact) but you can add Thoroughbred horse racers to the list, too. In fact, there’s a whole lab in Kentucky called the Racing Surfaces Testing Laboratory, a non-profit company, dedicated to keeping racetrack surfaces consistent and making them safer for horses. They’re in the process of establishing federal standards for racetrack safety. As they test surfaces they also collect a boatload of data which have helped to inform researchers about how track surfaces affect Thoroughbred bone health and longevity.

We all make a lot of joke about dressage being, ugh, the worst. But in the next breath anyone who’s worth their salt as an event rider will also sing it’s praises and knows exactly how it all plays into the fun jumping phases. That said, you don’t aways have to be practicing your twenty meter circles inside the sandbox — you should be working on your flatwork out in the field too. That’s called … you guessed it … fieldwork. Here’s a guide on fieldwork from Olympian Phyllis Dawson to get you started.

HorseHubby.com is back with a refreshed website and Mr. Horse Hubby himself, Timothy Harfield, husband of five-star eventer Elisa Wallace, has published a helpful blog post to guide future horse hubbies on how to survive their first horse show. Send this to your new beau.

Sponsor Corner: Oliver Townend and Cooley Rosalent tackled the Defender Kentucky Three Day Event and came out on top. Read all the details in this report sponsored by Kentucky Performance Products.

Oliver Townend and Cooley Rosalent. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Watch This: While Doug Payne ultimately withdrew Quantum Leap from the holding box at the second horse inspection, we can still re-live their ride across country from Doug’s point of view! Check out his helmet cam recapping the big complexes on this year’s Defender Kentucky cross country course:

Saturday Links from World Equestrian Brands

Today’s the day, the one we wait for all year! It’s the best day of the Best Weekend All Year: cross country day at the 2024 Defender Kentucky Three-Day Event. As always, I like to wish everyone speedy and safe rides. May you attack the course with the gusto of Chris Hemsworth’s daughter and her tiny pony.

If you’ve got some time before you sign on to watch the live stream, grab your morning brew and give the post-dressage EquiRatings Eventing Podcast a listen, where EquiRating’s Diarm Byrne and our own Sally Spickard breakdown the dressage performances in both divisions and then discuss what we can expect during today’s cross country test.

Get all the links you need to keep tabs on the Kentucky action today right here below and stay tuned for much, much more today! Cross country actions begins at 9:00am ET with the CCI4*-S and then the CCI5* takes the stage at 1:30pm.

U.S. Weekend Action

Defender Kentucky Three-Day Event [Website] [Entries] [Schedule] [Tickets] [Scoring] [Live Stream] [Ultimate Guide] [EN’s Coverage]

Horse Park of New Jersey Spring H.T. (Allentown, NJ) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

Loudoun Hunt Pony Club Spring H.T. (Leesburg, VA) [Website] [Entries][Ride Times] [Volunteer][Scoring]

The Event at Archer Spring Fling YEH and NEH (Cheyenne, WY) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer]

University of New Hampshire Spring H.T. (Durham, NH)[Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

International Events

Ballindenisk International (Ireland) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Timetable] [Eventing Ireland Facebook Page]

Links to Start Your Weekend:

Bronte Beach Has A Team Of Women In Medicine Behind Her

Opening The Door to the Future: Volunteers Help 2024 Defender Kentucky Three-Day Event to Succeed

Son Of Tiznow, Unraced And Sold For $1, Achieves Pinnacle Of Eventing Sport

Focusing on Kentucky and Looking Ahead to Paris 2024 Olympic Games

Leaders urged to be bold and ambitious at ‘crucial moment’ for horse sport

Sponsor Corner: Sharon White & Jaguar Duendes look amazing in their Vespucci bridle from World Equestrian Brands! Did you see Sharon compete in the 5* at the Kentucky Horse Park this weekend? Shop for a Vespucci bridle of your own here or at booth #109 if you’re in attendance at Kentucky!

Morning Viewing: In case you missed it, here’s Tom McEwan and DL Dublin’s leading five-star test. And yes, you can hear the bird of prey and the commotion it caused right in the middle of the canter work! If you don’t know what Im talking about, make sure you catch up on yesterday’s 5* dressage report.

Saturday Links from World Equestrian Brands

Screenshot via Ema Klugman’s brother and personal hype-man, Josh.

Ema Klugman had a nice day in the office yesterday. She rode two horses at Fair Hill: Bronte Beach, who is headed to Kentucky next week practiced the five-star dressage test, while Chiraz put down a very competitive first phase score in the Intermediate division. AND Ema, who is a law student in addition to being a busy upper-level event rider and also contributor for EN, passed the Virginia Bar Exam! Congratulations, Ema! We still don’t know how you do it all!

U.S. Weekend Action

Fair Hill International April H.T. & CCI-S (Elkton, MD) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times][Scoring]

Masterson Equestrian Trust YEH/NEH Qualifier (Lexington, KY) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

Meadowcreek Park – The Spring Social Event (Kosse, TX) [Website] [Entries][Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

Ocala International Festival of Eventing (Ocala, FL) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

Sporting Days Farm April H.T. III (Aiken, SC) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer][Scoring]

Major International Events

Adelaide Equestrian Festival [Website] [5* Entries] [Schedule] [Scoring] [Live Stream]

UK International Events

Kelsall Hill International [Website] [Entries] [Scoring]

European International Events

Strzegom Spring Open II [Website] [Entries] [Timetable] [Scoring] [Live Stream]

Links to Start Your Weekend:

Susie Berry’s Irish Wish

Sharon White: Become A Self-Confident Leader for Your Horse

Top Tips for Defender Kentucky Three-Day Event First-Timers from USEA Members

AMA: How Do I Keep My Horse From Getting Bored With Arena Work?

How to Treat and Prevent Summer Sores in Horses

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Morning Viewing: The more you know … about brush. (I swear, this is actuallyr really interesting!)

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Saturday Links from World Equestrian Brands

I started following North Carolina-based artist Larissa Ann on Instagram a few years ago after seeing that she was the artist in residence at Carolina International. Frankly, I thought it was seriously cool for an event to have an artist in residence and very much enjoyed watching Larissa’s progress on her live painting over the weekend.

One of Larissa’s specialties is painting saddles — she just did one for the Equestrians in Paris gala last month to raise funds for the USET Foundation — and her next will be painted live over the weekend at Kentucky. You can find her in the Stübben tent!

I was the kind of kid in school who really enjoyed art class and worked hard at it for a while, but truly just did not have the innate talent for it. So I mega-respect those that do and I love getting my hands on local artists work when I’m able! Her most recent piece to really catch my eye is this 5 Star Eventing tapestry/ blanket, which goes on sale Tuesday. I might have to snag one for myself!

U.S. Weekend Action

F.E.N.C.E. H.T. (Tryon, SC) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

Longleaf Pine H.T. (Raeford, NC) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

Unionville Horse Trials (Unionville, PA) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

Spring Bay H.T. (Lexington, KY) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

Twin Rivers Spring International (Paso Robles, CA) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring] [Live Stream]

International Events

Barefoot Retreats Burnham Market International (Norfolk, UK) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring] [Live Stream]

North Holland Horse Trials (The Netherlands) [Website] [Entries] [Scoring] [Live Stream]

Links to Start Your Weekend:

The horse wars of Stormy Daniels

Injured Olympic equestrian Shane Rose confident in recovery ahead of Paris 2024

Understanding the Way Adults Like to Learn, Both In and Out of the Saddle

The Making Of A Horse Husband

Thoroughbred Incentive Program Announces Winners Of 2023 Performance Awards

Sponsor Corner: World Equestrian Brands’ Sponsored Rider Allison Springer put in a strong performance in the Stable View Intermediate division last weekend, coming in in third place with a 28.0. Allison trusts her Amerigo saddles with her horses’ health and performance. Shop now!

Morning Viewing: Freelance groom Debbie Carpenter shares some expert tips for post-XC leg care.

Monday Video: Take a Peek at the Paris Equestrian Venue Progress

It seems like the venue for this summer’s Olympics and Paralympics in Paris, France is one of the most hotly anticipated given its location at the iconic Palace of Versailles. Everyone is waiting with bated breath to see how the facilities, which will host all Equestrian disciplines and the Modern Pentathlon, will intertwine with the iconic grounds.

About that construction — it’s well and truly underway! This video from the Associated Press gives us a peek at the current progress of the main arena and grandstands, which will ultimately be able to seat 16,000 spectators, and offers a few soundbites from the Versailles Venue Director for the Paris 2024 organizing committee, Anne Murac, along with Christophe Leribault, the President of the Palace of Versailles Estate.

The top equine athletes around the world aren’t the only horses getting ready for the Olympics. Did you notice in the video above how shiny horses and humans of the Fountain of Apollo are now? They were looking a little brown before, but ahead of the Olympics have undergone a two-year restoration process to polish up the gilded lead statues as well as shore up the plumbing underneath. You can check out a video of the restoration process and a few additional glimpses here.

Can you imagine cross country day when there will be horses galloping across the canal in the background? Quel rêve!

Saturday Links from World Equestrian Brands

Eleven months ago at Kentucky she made a real splash in her first five-star and this year Boyd Martin’s former mount, the super mare Contessa, has a new jockey in the irons! Tori Miller of Paragon Eventing welcomed the mare to her string a few months ago thanks to new owner Tom Aronson. Tori and Contessa made their debut together in the Open Training at Morven Park last weekend. Here’s wishing them all the best as they develop their new partnership!

U.S. Weekend Action

Stable View Spring 2/3/4* and H.T. (Aiken, SC) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

CDCTA Spring H.T. (Ruckersville, VA) [Website] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

Pine Hill Spring H.T. (Bellville, TX) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

Rocking Horse Spring H.T. (Altoona, FL) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

Links to Start Your Weekend:

Will Coleman: Father, Eventer, Olympian

Andrew Nicholson: ‘Everyone is upping their game ahead of the Olympics’

Thrown off Course: Social Media’s Influence on the Equestrian World

Gretchen Butts and Waredaca Celebrate 20 Years of the Classic Three-Day

Horse Farms and Climate Change: Reducing Your Carbon Footprint

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Morning Viewing: Jon Holling and Rick Wallace talk to Tik Maynard and Sinead Halpin about their recent Road to the Horse win and pans for the rest of the year.

Wednesday Video from KPP: Tour the Furlong Soundness Center with the Duttons

After suffering an injury at Pau last year and retiring from the highest levels of competition, Phillip Dutton sent his Tokyo Olympic mount, Z, to Furlong’s Soundness Center to begin his treatment and rehabilitation. Z has resided there for the past three months or so and has been a model patient. Now it’s time for him to come home!

Phillip and Evie Dutton recently took a trip up to Oldwick, New Jersey to pick up their boy and bring him back to their farm in Pennsylvania for the next stage of his rehab. Before loading him up, Dr. Brendan Furlong and Dr. Aja Harvey gave them a tour of the facilities and showed them what Z had been up to.

After such a heart wrenching injury, it’s wonderful to see Z looking happy and healthy and exciting to hear that he’s been doing so well — it sounds like Phillip is hopeful that he’ll be able to eventually have a lower-level career and I envy the young rider who may eventually get to pilot his around a course! Here’s wishing Z continued health and happiness in the next stage of his rehab!

Saturday Links from World Equestrian Brands

You can really trust The Event at TerraNova to bring the fun. They seem to have a penchant for some really creative relay races (I remember Karl Slezak running one last year in an inflatable unicorn costume) and they’ll be hosting an Easter Egg Hunt this morning at 9am in Tiny Town — don’t let your kiddos be late!

Of course, that’s not the only action happening at TerraNova today — it’s cross country day for the Advanced, Intermediate, and FEI levels! Action starts at 8:30 AM with the CCI2*-S. The CCI4*-S, which is being led by Alyssa Phillips and Oskar after two phases, begins at 11:32 AM. A free live stream is available, just use the link below.

And speaking of four-stars, over on the west coast a certain Tamie Smith and Mai Baum took the win in that division at Galway Downs by over 10 points! Plus, it was actually SUNNY across the pond at Thoresby dressage yesterday! What a glorious weekend for spring eventing.

U.S. Weekend Action

Bouckaert Equestrian H.T. (Fairburn, GA) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Scoring]

Galway Downs International H.T. (Temecula, CA) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer][Scoring] [Live Stream]

Jumping Branch Farm Spring H.T. (Aiken, SC) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

Morven Park Spring H.T. (Leesburg, VA) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

The Event at TerraNova (Myakka City, FL) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring] [Live Stream]

International Events

BEDE Events’ Thoresby Eventing Spring Carnival (UK) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Scoring] [Live Stream]

Links to Start Your Weekend:

Eventing Seeks More Proactivity to Stop Struggling Horses

What Goes Into Designing a Cross-Country Course?

We Showed On Sunday, He Died On Tuesday: An Outbreak Story

‘You have to prove your worth’: British Olympic hopefuls among Kentucky five-star entries

Conformation Critique with Chris Ryan: Teagan Van’t Jordenshof

Sponsor Corner: World Equestrian Brands‘ sponsored Rider Allie Knowles had a podium finish with Leo Santos in the Advanced division at Carolina International! Check them out here.

Morning Viewing: Finally, a little eventing love on the US Equestrian YouTube Channel. They’ve dropped Tamie Smith and Mai Baum’s full Kentucky cross country run from last year!

Saturday Links from World Equestrian Brands

There’s all kinds of action happening this weekend that you should be following! First of all, in case you haven’t heard, Tik Maynard is competing in The Road to the Horse Colt-Starting Challenge this weekend as just the second English-discipline rider ever to be selected for this competition. And he’s making us VERY proud! Tik earned the highest score during round one yesterday (which came with a nice little chunk of change!) Check out this clip of some of his work with his colt Capera Catt and follow along on @goeventing for a little behind the scenes action as Gillian Warner, who is there this weekend, takes over the EN ‘gram!

As for FEI action this weekend, Tilly Berendt is on the ground in the Netherlands at Kronenberg, where a number of elite riders and their horses are stretching their legs in their first CCI4*-L of the season as they begin their Olympic campaigns. After dressage, Tim Price and Falco are leading the way with an enviable score of 23.6, a decent margin ahead of second placed pair Susannah Berry and Wellfields Lincoln. You can catch the livestream via ClipMyHorse.TV!

U.S. Weekend Action

Full Gallop Farm March II H.T. (Aiken, SC) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer]

March Horse Trials at Majestic Oaks (Reddick, FL) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

Texas Rose Horse Park H.T. (Tyler, TX)[Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

European Events

Outdoor Horst (Kronenberg, Netherlands) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Schedule] [Scoring] [Live Stream]

Other Events

Road to the Horse (Lexington, Kentucky) March 21-24 [Website] [Schedule] [Competition Format] [Live Stream]

Links to Start Your Weekend:

Elite Dressage Horse Head-and-Neck Angles Associated With Scores

Rule Refresher: Rules You Should Know for Competing at the Starter Level

‘It’s the end of an era for everyone involved’, much-loved horse trials loses venue

Scholarship Alert: The Ed Brown Society

Emma Uusi-Simola: “Less is more when it comes to horses”

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Morning Viewing: You heard it straight from the horse’s mouth!

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Friday Video from Kentucky Performance Products: Some Fancy Footwork for You

Is there ever a bad time to work on your horse’s footwork? Given it’s importance for all three phases of eventing, I think probably not! Granted, you don’t need oodles of ground poles to work on some useful exercises but footwork grids like the one in this video sure do make for some fun spectacles.

British equestrian Katie Lewis recently attended a clinic at Fancy Footwork Equestrian and was met with this massive grid that was ultimately fun and useful for both her and her horse. If you need some ground pole inspiration, watching this video should help!

Saturday Links from World Equestrian Brands

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As Cheg mentioned on Thursday, the FEI Eventing Nations Cup series has officially kicked off in Montelibretti, Italy this weekend! The CCIO4* Nations Cup class has a whopping 43 entries and as things stand after dressage, home team Italy leads the charge after claiming four of the top seven places. Topping the leaderboard is Italy’s own Evelina Bertoli aboard her own Fidjy des Melezes with the only sub-30 score of the division.

Montelibretti is also hosting a CCI4*-L alongside this weekend’s Nations Cup and that division is currently being led by Thailand’s Korntawat Samran and the very aptly named for this Olympic year, Chateau de Versailes M2S.

Cross country for these four-star divisions takes place today! Keep up with all the action around the world, from Montelibretti to Carolina, with our handy links below!

And DON’T FORGET to nominate a resilient rider (or yourself!) competing at Carolina for the Ride EquiSafe Crappiest Weekend Award!

U.S. Weekend Action

Carolina International CCI & H.T. (Raeford, NC) [Website] [Schedule] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Cross Country Maps] [Live Scores] [Live Stream] [EN’s Coverage]

Ocala Winter II (Ocala, FL) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

Pine Top Spring H.T. (Thomson, GA) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

Ram Tap National H.T. (Fresno, [Scoring]CA) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer]

International Events

FEI Eventing Nations Cup Leg 1 (Montelibretti, Italy) [Website] [Timetable] [Entries] [Show Jumping Live Stream] [Cross Country Live Stream]

Links to Start Your Weekend:

Survey: Most Horse Owners Aren’t Worried About Disease Risk From Mingling At Events

Now On Course: A Letter to My Horse

Retired Racehorse Project Launches 2024 Thoroughbred Makeover Fundraising Initiatives

Sponsor Corner: Spring season is nearly in full swing! Are you prepared for the 2024 competition season? If not, World Equestrian Brands has your back with this comprehensive list of everything you need to succeed this season.

Morning Viewing: Jessica Phoenix’s very special partner Pavarotti made the trip down to Florida this year to train a very special little rider: Jessica’s daughter Jordan!

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Tuesday Video Break: Helmet Cam! Beautiful Bouckaert Farm 2* XC

Jennarose Ortmeyer, her supermare Primrose, and their trusty helmet cam are back in action for the 2024 season! This past weekend they, along with 20 other competitors, contested the CCI2*-S at Bouckaert International. Adding just a smidge of cross country time plus a stadium rail to their dressage score saw them earn a top 10 finish in their first FEI event of the season – off to a good start! Join them as they tackle the beautiful Bouckaert cross country course in the video above!

Bouckaert Equestrian H.T. International (Fairburn, GA) [Website] [Results]

Saturday Links from World Equestrian Brands

The FEI season is officially underway here in the U.S. with the Bouckaert Equestrian H.T. International kicking things off in Fairburn, Georgia. Weather scares and flooding on the cross country course as late as Thursday probably triggered a little PTSD from last season for many competitors, but all is well and the Advanced, Intermediate, and FEI divisions all did their dressage and cross country tests yesterday.

As usual this early in the season competitors took things slow across country, all gathering handfuls of time penalties, but it will still be fun to see how things shake out during today’s showjumping. There’s a tight race for top of the 4*-S division for example, with Hannah Sue Hollberg and Capitol HIM leading on a score of 43.3 and Phillip Dutton with his new ride Jewelent nipping at their heels just 0.3 penalties points behind. Use the handy links below to follow along with the event yourself and stay tuned for a full final report early next week!

U.S. Weekend Action:

Bouckaert Equestrian H.T. International (Fairburn, GA) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Scoring]

Full Gallop Farm March I H.T. (Aiken, SC) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer]

SAzEA Spring H.T. (Tucson, AZ) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

Southern Pines H.T. I (Raeford, NC)[Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

International Events

Land Rover Horse of the Year (Hastings, New Zealand) [Website] [Program] [Equestrian Schedule] [Eventing Schedule] [Eventing Live Scores] [Live Stream]

Links to Start Your Weekend:

Piggy March: ‘It’s vital we keep eventing in the Olympics – even if that means putting cross-country last’

Now On Course: Ava Chase is Back in the Saddle with 24-year-old Kingston

Participate in Noelle Floyd’s Market Research Study

Do Horses & Humans See Eye to Eye?

How To Find Harmony In The Warm-Up Ring

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Morning Viewing: Selena O’Hanlon and MS Thunderbolt won the Advanced dressage at Bouckaert Farm yesterday (but unfortunately retired on cross country.) Check out their lovely test!

Tuesday Training: Selena O’Hanlon’s Sessions in the William Fox-Pitt Clinic

One thing that’s super attractive to me about Ocala in the winter (besides the weather, of course) is that it seems to have really grown to be clinic-central over the colder months. And with a venue like Barnstable South to host, what’s not to love?

William Fox-Pitt was in town again at the end of February for the third year in a row for his now-annual clinic. Canada’s Selena O’Hanlon was lucky enough to participate with MS Thunderbolt, and gracious enough to upload her sessions to YouTube. Watch their show jumping above and their cross country session (harder to heard) below:

Saturday Links from World Equestrian Brands

Photo via Athletux on Instagram.

Usually at a highlight event that I’ve never been to before I’d wax poetic about how I wish I were there, but you know what? I think I’m okay with being home at the moment (sorry Sally and Shelby!) Of course I’d love to be there for the cross country action today especially, but dang, am I happy to have been able to stay dry yesterday. Like we always say: eventers are a tough bunch. You better believe that includes the eventing media! And let me tell you, trying to keep you camera equipment dry is no joke!

U.S. Weekend Action

2024 $100,000 Conceal Grand-Prix Eventing Showcase at Bruce’s Field (Aiken, SC) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Ride For Charity Teams] [Ride For Charity Online Vote] [Volunteer] [Live Stream] [EN’s Coverage]

Full Gallop Farm March Wednesday H.T. (Aiken, SC) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

Rocking Horse Winter III H.T. (Altoona, FL) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

Sporting Days Farm March H.T. II (Aiken, SC) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

Twin Rivers Winter H.T. (Paso Robles, CA) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

International Events

Portuguese Spring Tour (Mata do Duque) [Timetable] [Entries] [Scoring] [Portuguese Eventing Association Facebook Page] [More Info]

Links to Start Your Weekend:

Amateur Showcase: After 18-Year Hiatus, Young Rider Turned Dentist Is An Upper-Level Eventer Again

Here to Help: new campaign to encourage more riders into eventing

Black Girl Equestrians aims to diversify horseback riding

Topline Dysfunction in Sport Horses

American Horse Council: What National Horse Protection Day Means For Horse Owners

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Morning Viewing: About that rain though…

Monday Video: Boyd Goes Beginner Novice

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Sometimes we spot a horse on an Advanced results list and think ‘Whoa, where did that horse come from?’ — making it seem like a top horse suddenly comes out of nowhere. In a passing glance at a results sheet, it can be tempting to view these horses like an overnight success story and forget that, like in most sports, it takes years and years of training and partnership building to make it to the top.

So when we see Gold Czar with Boyd Martin on an Advanced start list in a handful of years, let’s not forget that this is where it all started: out and about at Sporting Days Farm a couple weekends ago tackling his first recognized Beginner Novice.

Gold Czar (Medaglia d’Oro – Pleasant Review, by Pleasant Trap) a.k.a. “Remi” is 6-year-old off-the-track Thoroughbred who last raced in February 2022. Remi caught Boyd’s eye while he was teaching the Cheshire Fox Hunt Adult Camp last year and he purchased the horse from the field master, who had taken him off the track about a year ago and given him a good restart with about a year of rest, hacking, and some basic flatwork.

Boyd has been chronicling his work with the youngster on Facebook and you can listen to him further introduce Remi here and watch as Boyd introduces him to his new career step-by-stephere. Will young Remi make it to the top of his new sport one day? We look forward to following along!

Saturday Links from World Equestrian Brands

Photo via Alison Eastman-Lawler on Facebook.

Alison Eastman-Lawler added a little twist to her most recent schooling show at Apple Tree Farm South in Windsor, South Carolina by hosting a ‘Bald is Beautiful Beauty Pageant’ to raise support for Locks of Love, a nationwide non-profit that provides real hair wigs to children suffering hair loss as a result of a medical condition.

The Bald is Beautiful Beauty Pageant saw three brave men — Ronan Maloney, Mike Pendleton, and Shawn Lawler — come forward as contestants to shave their head. A $10 donation to Locks of Love bought one vote to cast for the winner of the pageant, which ultimately raised an impressive $3,000!

And the winner was … the man who got his head WAXED: Ronan Moloney! If you fancy watching the painful chaos, you can do so right here. And it’s not too late to donate to the cause either!

U.S. Weekend Action

Full Gallop Farm Mid February H.T. (Aiken, SC) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

Pine Top Advanced (Thomson, GA) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

Three Lakes Winter II H.T. at Caudle Ranch (Groveland, FL) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

Links to Start Your Weekend:

Reviving the Spirit: Jamaican Eventing Soars with the FEI Solidarity’s FEI Eventing World Challenge Series

Laughter and Learning at the 2024 Ocala Horse Properties USEA YEH Symposium

Am I Crazy? I Bought An Unbroke Small For My Kids

A Quick Look at the Amazing Equine Heart

The Big Picture Presented By Excel Equine: Are Influencers The Answer?

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Morning Viewing: Are you a chronic looker downer when you ride? Here’s a quick top from Amelia Newcomb on how to fix your it!

Monday Video: Views from Ram Tap

Fancy a good look at the Ram Tap XC course? You’re in luck, as usual East Coaster Emma Hinke seems to have stopped by the Fresno, California venue while out west this past weekend. She captured many pairs in the Advanced/Intermediate and Intermediate divisions tackling their cross country course.

You can catch a debrief of the action from this important West Coast prep event in EN’s new column, The Weekend Update.