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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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Wednesday News & Notes Presented by Attwood Equestrian Services

Photo courtesy of Walter Vargas.

“I pledge allegiance to the flags, red and white with insanity in the middle…”

We don’t call it Eventing Nation for nothing — love of this crazy sport is a universal language and knows no borders. Check out this scenic glimpse from a recent event at Club Hípico La Caraña in Costa Rica sent to us by Walter Vargas of Prueba Completa Ecuestre.

National Holiday: National Ice Cream Cake Day

U.S. Weekend Action:

Groton House Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

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

Horse Park of New Jersey H.T. I [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Loudoun Hunt Pony Club Summer H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

Cobblestone Farms H.T. I [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Your Wednesday News & Notes:

As a 15-year-old, Bridgette Miller was awestruck by Sally Cousin’s five-star veteran Tsunami III. Twelve years later she’s still enamored with the mare, only now she also has the ride on her! Bridgette piloted “Sue,” a  notoriously hot and opinionated OTTB, to her first Advanced completion this past weekend at the MARS Essex Horse Trials. [At 20, Tsunami III Shows No Signs Of Slowing Down]

An article on EN helped Bronwyn Watts find her purpose. The former five-star event groom was in search of her next calling when she scrolled through an article about nurse mares and knew she needed to get involved. Now Bronwyn is running her own business which provides an ethical solution to supplying nurse mares for orphaned or rejected foals. [‘I’m The Phone Call That No One Wants To Make’: In Emotional Chaos, Nurse Mares Bring Peace]

Twin horses aren’t very common. Even less common? The odds of them both going on to become successful event horses and each winning their respective divisions with just 0.2 penalty points separating their scores? Now that’s next-level twinning. [‘Identical’ twin event horses both win on the same day]

The Genesee Valley Hunt Horse Trials has announced they will accept late entries through July 2nd. There will be a $50 late fee for the July 13-14th event, but take you pick at levels from Intro through Modified. [Omnibus]

Attwood Wisdom of the Week: 

We post so many pictures of Olympians and champions of all sorts training on our surfaces. It's quite the compliment…

Posted by Attwood Equestrian Surfaces on Tuesday, June 25, 2019

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Monday Video from Total Saddle Fit: Watch the Youngest Ever Hickstead Derby Winner

Michael Pender wins the Al Shira'aa Derby 2019

🥇🏆 3 horses in the jump-off and the youngest ever Derby winner rode to victory: Congratulations to Michael Pender & Hearton Du Bois Halleux on this amazing win!! 🏵😱👏 Catch the first round here. #Hickstead Al Shira'aa Stables ▶️ The Al Shira’aa Derby was thrilling right to the end – You can catch up on all the action at

Posted by The All England Jumping Course, Hickstead on Sunday, June 23, 2019

There aren’t a lot of obstacles that will make an eventer’s eyes bug out, but the ultra-steep Hickstead Bank is generally one of them. It’s seriously impressive any time a horse and rider descend that monstrosity, but a 19-year-old? Holy smoke. And as a first-time Derby competitor? Wow. Oh, and even more impressive: HE WON.

Ireland’s Michael Pender — just three months shy of his 20th birthday — became the youngest winner of the Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby yesterday. Facing off against Derby veterans Shane Breen and Harriet Nuttall in a jump off, Michael rode Hearton Du Bois Halleux, a 12-year-old Belgian Warmblood stallion, to post the only double clear. Watch their round above!

Saturday Links Presented by Nupafeed USA

Ready to feel kind of old? Remember when little Taylor McFall made headlines with her fundraising efforts to purchase her pony? Five years later that girl has just been named to the traveling squad representing Area VI at the 2019 North American Youth Championships (NAYC)! Taylor will ride High Times in the CCI2*L along with teammates Charlotte Babbitt and 2AM, Sarah Ertl and Global Showtime, Savannah Gwin and Glock Pullman, and Meg Pellegrini with RF Eloquence and Ganymede. (Check out some footage of the team here). Congratulations to all! Get ready to have the time of your lives!

National Holiday: Summersgiving (Is this actually a thing?)

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Kent School Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday Links:

You’re Stronger Than You Know

Michael Jung, Phillip Dutton, Anne Kursinski — Felix Vogg’s Mentor List Is Strong

Featured Clinician: Boyd Martin

10 Summer Horse Care Resources on

Can’t Miss Contest: Fill out this form to enter for a chance to win a Rambo Fly Buster Vamoose with No-Fly Zone from Horseware. [Rambo Fly Buster Vamoose with No-Fly Zone Sweepstakes]

Saturday Video: Entries for Millbrook Horse Trials are now open!

It's one of our favorite days of the year, opening day for entries!! We are hard at work getting the event in tip top shape. Don't miss competing in the premiere event in the Northeast by getting your entry in early! Thank you to the wonderful Marion de Vogel for creating this gorgeous round up of some of the highlights from 2018! We are ready for you 2019!

Posted by Millbrook Horse Trials on Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: Bay Mare Don’t Care

Mares. It’s love ’em or hate ’em, apparently. I’ve met numerous people who have claimed that they’ll never own one. They’re just too opinionated, or moody, or sensitive, they say.

I say that’s ridiculous. Get a good mare on your side and you’ll have a trusted partner for life. Not to mention they’re just as tough and athletic as the boys — may I reminded you that two out of the last three five-star winning horses have been mares?

This week we’ve found three bay mares all described as being completely lovely and kind. Bring any one of these ladies home and give them a chance — they might just turn you into a mare person!

Red Brook Road. Photo via Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds.

Red Brook Road (BELLAMY ROAD – ESSA BRILHA (BRZ), BY ROI NORMAND): 2014 16.3-hand New York-bred mare

This daughter of Bellamy Road is a true barn favorite — not a single person present at her Finger Lakes Finest photoshoot had anything even remotely negative to say about her. “Brook” is impeccably well-mannered, a very good thing given how tall she is, which she displayed during her photoshoot by standing like a rock during the windy, rainy weather while her photo as being taken. Her groom reports that she is very kind and doesn’t even need to be tied for grooming and tacking.

Brook has enjoyed a fairly light racing schedule of just a couple races per year and has enjoyed turnout time at her owner’s farm, which she is reported to love, during her downtime. This is the kind of easy-going mare that should adjust to life in a stable as a riding horse just swimmingly.

Located at Finger Lakes Race Track in Farmington, NY.

View Red Brook Road on Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds, Inc.

Cubbie Girl North. Photo via CANTER Illinois.

Cubbie Girl North (AMERICAN LION – ICY LAND LADY, BY NEWFOUNDLAND): 2016 16.0-hand Illinois-bred mare

This filly is ready to put all your preconceived notions about young OTTBs to rest. Hot and unmanageable? Nah. Don’t let that lead shank fool you: It looks like this three-year-old needs it more to get her to trot rather than than to keep her under control. Once she gets going, she shows some very cute movement though!

Perhaps unsurprisingly, given her limited hustle to jog out, Cubbie Girl North has no interest in racing. She has clean legs and minimal wear and tear with just four career starts. With such stellar conformation, solid feet, and a great brain, Cubbie Girl North is sure worth a shot as your next sport horse prospect.

Located at Fairmount Park Race Track in Collinsville, Illinois.

View Cubbie Girl North on CANTER Illinois.

Shanghai Spring. Photo via New Vocations Racehorse Adoption.

Shanghai Spring (LIAISON – SHANGHAI PRINCESS, BY PRIVATE VOW): 2015 16.0-hand Ohio-bred mare

This regal plain bay just screams show horse. She’s already very mature and well-balanced for a three-year old, displaying three nice gaits and a soft mouth. As a two-year old, Shanghai Spring has two starts and placed third in both, but then a non-racing related puncture wound sidelined her. She’s recovered perfectly, but by the time she was ready to race again her owners had other more prospects to focus on.

“Mei” has shown that she is well-mannered and confident. She stands quietly when asked — whether it be on the crossties, in her stall, or at the mounting block  — and she enjoys attention. Though still very green under saddle, she tries hard to do what she’s asked and shows no hesitation in trying new things.

Located in Xenia, Ohio.

View Shanghai Spring on New Vocations Racehorse Adoption.

Monday Video from Total Saddle Fit: Tim Price vs. Andrew Hoy, Who is the Best (Worst) Braider?

Plaiting Challenge of Tim Price and Andrew Hoy

Um die Zeit bis zum Geländetstart um 12.15 Uhr ein wenig zu überbrücken, schaut Euch an wie sich Tim Price und Andrew Hoy eine knallharte Einflecht-Challenge liefern.Just so you won’t get bored until the cross-country starts at 12.15 watch the incredibly tough and competitive plaiting challenge of Tim Price and Andrew Hoy. Team PriceJulis Eventer

Posted by Turniergesellschaft Luhmühlen on Saturday, June 15, 2019

The severe weather overnight from Friday into Saturday caused a delay to the start of all divisions of cross country at Luhmühlen, so everyone had a little time to kill on Saturday morning. German blogger Julis Eventer put together a challenge to help keep everyone entertained before the real competition resumed, and she pit Tim Price and Andrew Hoy against each other in an intense battle of skill.

The test? Who can complete the most braids in three minutes. 

The winner? Honestly, no one really. And it seems Andrew Hoy’s groom nearly died of embarrassment in the process — poor girl. Watch the video above to be absolutely utterly appalled at the braiding skills of these top competitors and in the process gain even more of an appreciation for super grooms everywhere.

Sunday Links Presented by One K Helmets

Photo by Abby Powell.

Every single time I come out of the dressage ring at a show my dad looks up at me from the ground and says, “Looked good to me.”

It’s funny (and he knows it – he’s full of those patented “Dad jokes”) because he has no idea what dressage is supposed to look like — he’s not a horse person. Yet despite not being a horse person, he’s been to almost every single one of my horse shows I’ve ever competed in, including many that have fallen on Father’s Day. Thanks Dad, for being the best non-horsey horse show dad around. But really, thanks for just being the best Dad.

National Holiday: Father’s Day

Major Events:

Luhmühlen: WebsiteEntries & Start TimesLive ScoresLive StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Action:

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

Woodland Stallion Station H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

Full Gallop June H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday Links:

Time to Get Qualified For the YEH Championships!

Tips for Greener Horse Trails

Correct Use of the Dressage Whip

Dressage horses opt for lower rein tensions than those used by their riders – study

Hot on Horse Nation: How to Fill Your Hay Net the Easy Way

Sunday Video: Tamie Smith for the win! She wrangled up a bunch of clips of Frankie and Chatwin out of course!

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@frankietstutes & Chatwin clips from today at Luhmuhlen!!

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Saturday Links from Nupafeed USA

Jonty Evans and Cooley Rorkes Drift at Badminton 2018. Photo by Will Baxter.

Jonty and Art: the dramatic story of how one rider crowd funded his way into keeping the ride on his beloved horse. Can you imagine it as a movie or tv show? You may soon not have to, as the project is in the very early stages of development and the producers are looking for some help to get the fledgeling film off the ground with international production company, Studio KS1.

The first step is to secure a development fund and Studio KS1 is raising the money needed for the early stages of production through – you guessed it – crowd funding! A development fund is required to set the earliest stages of production into motion, but is actually reimbursed to the producers when filming begins. Those putting together the development package have pledged to donate the proceeds from the development fund to four meaningful charities once filming begins. You can help support the screen adaptation of Jonty’s story and donate to a worthy cause by contributing to the development fund. You’ll also get some cool rewards as thanks for doing so!

National Holiday: Nature Photography Day

Major Events:

Luhmühlen: WebsiteEntries & Start TimesLive ScoresLive StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Action:

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

Woodland Stallion Station H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

Full Gallop June H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday Links:

Major General Jonathan R. Burton (1919-2019)

Don’t Panic When The Bell Rings. Nail Your Final Warmup In 45 Seconds Or Less.

9 tips to help you ride like Zara Tindall

How to Overcome Riding Injuries

Top 7 Tips for Staying at a Horse Motel

Saturday Video: Kazuma Tomoto and Brookpark Vikenti are your Luhmühlen 5 * after dressage:

Nupafeed® Customer Extraordinaire Frankie Thieriot Stutes and Chatwin are sitting in third at the Luhmuhlen’s CCI5* and they have two other Nupafeed® Team Riders helping and cheering her on, Tamie Smith and Kelly Prather. West Coast girls are taking on Germany!

Frankie Thieriot Stutes and Chatwin. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: $100k Club, Part II

Last week our OTTB Wishlist featured three horses whose earnings exceeded the $100,000 mark and you know what? We’re running with the same theme again this week! It’s not so common that we find so many wealthy war horses looking for their second careers within in such a short span of time, so why not show them all off?

Here are three more lovely high-earning horses than you can take home for dirt cheap:

Hirschbein. Photo via CANTER Delaware.

Hirschbein (POSSE – F SHARP, BY KRIS S.): 2012 16.2-hand New York-bred gelding

Sometimes you just can’t judge a horse by a still photo, so I implore you to check out Hirschbein’s jog video. The photo above might lead you believe that there may not be all that much athleticism to this seven-year-old, but the pictures absolutely do not do this horse justice. He actually has a really lovely way of going — it’s uphill and floaty with nice hock action to boot!

Hirschbein (Maybe you can call him “Hershey” or something for short?) did well for his connections in claiming and allowance races, winning $128,328 in 37 career starts. He raced as recently as last week, which means he’s eligible for the 2019 RRP Thoroughbred Makeover, but since he’s barely hit the board this racing season his connections figure he’d rather find a new career at this point in his life.

Located at Delaware Park.

View Hirschbein on CANTER Delaware.

Mountain Cry. Photo via CANTER PA.

Mountain Cry (STREET CRY (IRE) – MOUNTAIN BIRD, BY MT. LIVERMORE): 2012 15.3-hand Kentucky-bred gelding

Light-boned and athletic, Mountain Cry is a classic Thoroughbred type with the added bonus of a lovely sloped shoulder suggesting good jumping ability. He’s also a bit of a fiery redhead, but if you can channel his energy in the right direction he’s clearly a very talented athlete having been in the money in enough claiming races to earn over $100,000. Mountain Cry is retiring in good condition and last raced just at the end of May.

Located in Grantville, Pennsylvannia.

View Mountain Cry on CANTER PA.

Life No Parole. Photo via CANTER CA.

Life No Parole (MINISTERS WILD CAT – MATRIMONY, BY NOT FOR LOVE): 2011 15.3-hand California-bred mare

Alright I admit, I’m cheating a little bit: Life No Parole didn’t quite make it into the $100k Club. But she’s less than $500 short so that’s close enough, right?! Plus, how could we pass her by when she’s just so adorable and beautifully built. This short-coupled and clean-legged lady is an absolute doll and her trainer, who has had her for the past five years, is he biggest fan. He calls her a “sound, sweetheart of a horse, who loves to work” and wants to find the very best home for her. This mare has raced a total of 82 times, running consistently over the past five seasons, making her one of those worth-their-weight-in-gold war horses. She’s ready to be your new best friend and partner!

Located at Golden Gate Fields in California.

View Life No Parole on CANTER California.

Monday Video from Total Saddle Fit: Your Horsey Weekend Highlights

The next best thing to going eventing yourself is watching it in person (maybe even via volunteering!) The next best thing to watching it in person is watching it on livestream. This weekend there were four major events with livestreams to keep up with on various days — all phases of the second leg of the Event Rider Masters series at Wiesbaden in Germany, dressage and show jumping from the FEI Eventing Nations Cup at Pratoni Del Vivaro in Italy, a whole day of cross country on Saturday from the Bramham International Horse Trials in England, and finally the Sunday show jumping from Bromont CCI in Canada.

It was truly a great weekend for eventing around the world, but if you’re like me then you were lucky enough to miss a lot of it because you were outside doing some eventing yourself! Have no fear: here are some video highlights from the action you may have missed:

David Frecette a.k.a. The HorsePesterer captured eventual Bromont CCI4*-L winners, Boyd Matin and Ray Price, out on cross country. (Plus TONS more from all phases on his YouTube page.)

#BromontCCI: WebsiteFinal ScoresEN’s Coverage, Show Jumping Replay

What a spectacular weekend! Are you missing the action already?Enjoy the day 2 highlights from Longines PfingstTurnier…

Posted by Event Rider Masters on Sunday, June 9, 2019

The Event Riders Masters always has superb coverage and creates fantastic recap videos. Check out the one from Wiesbaden.

Wiesbaden: ERM WebsiteEvent WebsiteResultsEvent Replay

The winning show jumping round! Kitty King Eventing and Vendredi Biats go clear to win the 2019 Equi-Trek CCI-L4*! #EBHT

Posted by Bramham International Horse Trials on Sunday, June 9, 2019

Kitty King turned in a super clear round with just one second over time to take the win in the CCI4*L at Bramham.

Bramham: Website, ResultsEN’s Coverage, Cross Country Livestream Replay


La squadra svizzera vincitrice della II tappa della Fei Nations Cup! #pratonieventing #feinationscup #feieventing

Posted by Pratoni Eventing – Centro Equestre Ranieri di Campello on Sunday, June 9, 2019

The all-female Swiss team took the win at the FEI Eventing Nations Cup at Pratoni Del Vivaro. Hear what the ladies had to say about their big win.

Pratoni: Website, Results, Dressage Replay, Show Jumping Replay

Saturday Links Presented by Nupafeed USA

Photo courtesy of Frankie Thieriot Stutes.

Frankie Thieriot Stutes gave the Nupafeed® office a laugh this week with the above picture and comment: “Nupafeed MAH® on my shirt, but ready to roll!”
Frankie is putting her USEF National CCI4* (née CCI3*) Champion winnings from the Dutta Corp Fair Hill International last fall as well as the Rebecca Broussard International Developing Rider Grant to good use as she is heading off to Germany to make her five-star debut at Luhmühlen with Chatwin. We can’t wait to cheer them on!
National Holiday: National Rosé Day

Major Events:

Bromont CCI: WebsiteEntriesScheduleDressage Start TimesLive ScoresEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

Bramham International HT: WebsiteEntries and Ride TimesCross-Country Live StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s InstagramEN’s Twitter

Wiesbaden ERMERM WebsiteEvent WebsiteStart TimesLive ScoresLive Stream

U.S. Weekend Action:

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

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

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

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

Saturday Links:

Feather Creek Farm Horse Trials Delayed Due to Rain

‘I didn’t really ride him, I just hung on’: top riders on their (memorable) first ponies

What’s The Best Advice Your Trainer Has Given You?

Carl Hester’s final farewell to the Olympic horse who ‘proved everyone wrong’

Free-Jumping Fun

Saturday Video: Take flight for a trip around the breathtakingly beautiful Bromont CCI4*-L cross country course:

Drone footage of the cross-country course at the 2019 MARS EQUESTRIAN Bromont CCI Three Day Event. / Images parcours du cross-country du CCI Bromont 2019 MARS EQUESTRIAN

Posted by Bromont CCI Three Day Event on Thursday, June 6, 2019

Weekly OTTB Wishlist Presented by Cosequin: $100k Club

You’ve got to love a war horse. With these horses you know that you’re getting a horse with heart, athleticism and toughness. They gave it their all on the track and did very well for their connections. Recognizing this, the connections of these horses want the best for their charges and are rehoming them through wonderful organizations across the country and giving them the chance to show their heart in a second career as well.

The horses we are featuring today have earned their connections over $100,000 in winnings at the track. Will winning your heart be their next great feat?

Husky Clipper. Photo via CANTER IL.

Husky Clipper (PURE PRIZE – MIKI’S MELODY, BY APTITUDE): 2012 16.3-hand Kentucky-bred gelding

This seven-year-old is beautifully built and extremely well bred; he fetched $350,000 in the Ocala Breeder’s Sale as a two-year-old. He only made back about a third of that for his connections, however, earning $127,732 in 44 starts.

Husky Clipper is more of marathoner as opposed to a sprinter: he likes the longer races, which aren’t held as commonly. Therefore the reason he’s being sold, despite his relative success as a racehorse, is that it’s getting harder for his connections to find races to enter him in. This is too bad for Husky Clipper’s connections, but it’s great for anyone looking for an event horse prospect! Husky Clipper raced just last week and looks sound as a pound. He’s eligible for the 2019 RRP Thoroughbred Makeover.

Located at Fairmount Park Race Track in Collinsville, Illinois.

View Husky Clipper on CANTER Illinois.

Golden Causeway. Photo via Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center.

Golden Causeway (GIANT’S CAUSEWAY – IN THE GOLD, BY GOLDEN MISSILE): 2008 16.0-hand Kentucky-bred gelding

Golden Causeway has been well-cared for by the same owner/trainer for the majority of his 63 race and $116,075 career. He stayed quite competitive through his ten-year-old year, but as an eleven-year-old he’s now beginning to drop back in the standings, signaling to his connections that it’s time to for him to begin a new chapter.

Just because Golden Causeway is a smidge slower on the track than he used to be, doesn’t mean he’s ready to slow down overall. Now under saddle at Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center (MMSC) “Causeway” shows up to work everyday eager to please and learn new things. The MMSC staff are finding him to be a brave and quick leaner – he’s even already mastered crossrail courses — and think that he’s truly a good event horse in the making due to his bravery and quick learning style. Plus, he’s a sweetheart on the ground! Causeway’s last race was in September 2018 which makes him 2019 RRP Thoroughbred Makeover eligible as well.

Located at MMSC The Ranch in Frankfort, Illinois.

View Golden Causeway on Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center.

Chesapeake Bay. Photo via Second Stride.

Chesapeake Bay (NOT FOR LOVE – BACCATA, BY BAEDERWOOD): 2015 16.0-hand Maryland-bred gelding

If you’re looking to give a really deserving solid citizen a great home, while still also being able to enjoy a riding horse then Chesapeake Bay is the one for you. This now fourteen-year old earned a total of $125,373 in a 54-start racing career which spanned from 2009 through 2011. Chesapeake Bay had some foot issues in 2018 which are now resolved, but will require some continued long-term care. The right adopter who is willing to give him the care he deserves will benefit from a waived adoption fee! Despite his feet needing some TLC, he’s being ridden regularly at all gaits in an arena and is doing very well.

Located at Moserwood Farm in Prospect, Kentucky.

View Chesapeake Bay on Second Stride, Inc.

Monday Video from Total Saddle Fit: Like Father, Like Son

Like father, like son 🥰

Posted by Team Price on Sunday, June 2, 2019

If you caught Tilly Berendt’s super write up of the results for the Tattersalls International George Mernagh Memorial CCI4*-S then you’ll have seen the adorable photo series of little Otis Price stealing his dad’s spotlight atop the podium. If you haven’t, go do yourself a favor. (Oh yeah, Tim won the class by the way.)

Thanks to Otis’ mum, Jonelle, eventing superstar in her own right, we have video of the whole affair as well and yes, it’s just as cute at the stills make it out to be. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen anyone more proud to stand atop a podium and my heart is MELTING.

#Tatts2019: WebsiteResultsEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

Monday News & Notes from Fleeceworks

It me. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

But actually though, isn’t Toby Watson all of us when we get to come home with a pretty ribbon after a long weekend? With a fourth place overall finish, Sam Watson took home the trophy for the best-placed Irish rider in the CCI4*-S at Tattersalls International and his son Toby was positively stoked to get his hands on his dad’s winnings. Catch up on results of the 4*-S here and stay tuned for Tilly’s take on the 4*-L!

National Holiday: National Repeat Day

Major Events:

Tattersalls: WebsiteFinal ScoresLive Stream ReplayEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Action:

Poplar Place Farm June H.T. [Final Scores]

Equestrians’ Institute H.T. [Final Scores]

IEA H.T. & Classic 3DE [Final Scores]

Colorado Horse Park H.T. [Final Scores]

Genesee Valley Riding & Driving Club Spring H.T. [Final Scores]

GMHA June H.T. [Final Scores]

NJ Region H.T. [Website]

Waredaca H.T. [Final Scores]

Ocala Summer I H.T. [Final Scores]

Your Monday News & Notes:

Lucy McCarthy, former five-star rider and wife to Irish eventer Padraig McCarthy, does it all … except compete. It was Lucy (née Wiegersma) who brought Mr Chunky, Padraig’s WEG silver medal winning mount, to the five-star level. Though she’s currently no longer competing, Lucy is the lynchpin of the family breeding, training and sales business. [Lucy McCarthy Went From Top Rider To Supportive Wife And Mum — And Why That’s Totally Okay]

Tattersalls: it’s not just a competition, it’s a sale! A group of nicely-bred mostly four-year-old event prospects were ooh’d and ahh’d over during the Goresbridge Tattersalls Ireland Select Event Horse Sale. Six of the fourteen horses presented were sold and Oliver Townend bought two. [Top lot at Tattersalls event horse sale fetches €37,000 as Oliver Townend buys two]

Today in random celebrity equestrian news, Wayne Newton offered to give Lady Gaga a horse. Arabella, a horse of Lady Gaga’s horses who passed away earlier this year, was apparently related to one of the stallions in Wayne Newton’s Arabian breeding program. When he heard of Gaga’s horse passing, he invited her to come to his stable and see if she might like another. Isn’t that nice? [Lady Gaga Offered One of Wayne Newton’s Arabian Horses]

Monday Video: Water complex slow-mo of CCI4*-S winners Tim Price and Ascona M.

Our overnight leader Tim Price riding Ascona M retains his lead and wins the George Mernagh Memorial CCI4*-S finishing 5 seconds under the time. #tatts2019 #seeyouthere

Posted by Tattersalls International Horse Trials & Country Fair on Sunday, June 2, 2019

Saturday Links from Nupafeed USA

The fields of Ledyard Farm. Photo by Abby Powell.

It’s said that Memorial Day is considered the unofficial start of summer, but for me it’s my first cross country school of the year (which as luck would have it more-or-less coincided with Memorial Day this year) that marks the beginning of my summer season. After a winter in an indoor and then another month or two or three confined to an outdoor arena while the grounds dry up, it’s that first taste of galloping across the country that really brightens me up and gets me pumped for the months ahead.

Major Events:

Tattersalls: WebsiteEntries and Live ScoresLive StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Action:

Poplar Place Farm June H.T. [Website]  [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Equestrians’ Institute H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

IEA H.T. & Classic 3DE [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Colorado Horse Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Genesee Valley Riding & Driving Club Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

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

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

Ocala Summer I H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Saturday Links:

Eventing legend and horse recovering well after cross-country fall

13 things you might not know about Piggy French

The AEC is 90 Days Away! Preview the Horse Capital of the World

A ‘Lightbulb Moment’ In The Quest To Teach A Horse To Accept Contact

Saturday Video:

Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: Back With a Vengeance

Pam and Eddie. Photo by Lisa Madren.

When I grow up I want to ride like Pam Paulk, seen here on her OTTB gelding With A Vengeance a.k.a “Eddie.” Pam is 64 years old and purchased Eddie as a lightly-restarted eventing prospect a few months ago from Trillium Sport Horses in Anthony, Florida.

“Hard to believe I’m taking on another OTTB at my age, as I can’t afford regular lessons so I’m doing my best on my own farm and meet up with trainers when able. We have so many fortunate to have many wonderful venues in Central Florida to school,” says Pam.

“I rode hunters for decades and jumpers for a year, but I started eventing when I was 56 and wish I’d started sooner. I have never had so much fun in my life and have made many wonderful friends.”

Here are three available OTTBs who could be your next eventing partner:

Scientist Kat. Photo via CANTER PA.

Scientist Kat (COURAGEOUS CAT – COLOR CODE, BY TOO MUCH BLING): 2015 16.0-hand New York-bred gelding

Nicely balanced and athletically inclined with Storm Cat and Fappiano sire lines, Scientist Kat is ready to rocket himself into a new career. He’s lightly raced and has minimal wear-and-tear with only eight career starts. Kat last raced at the end of April and has since been turned out on his owner’s farm so he’s already had some letdown time away from the track. From his jog video, Kat looks like a nice springy mover who’ll be really eye-catching when he learns to carry himself.

Located in Grantville, PA.

View Scientist Kat on CANTER PA.

Flying Bird. Photo via Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center.

Flying Bird (STREET BOSS – CAGED GLORY, BY HONOUR AND GLORY): 2010 16.1-hand Kentucly-bred gelding

Don’t count Flying Bird out just because he’s not a total youngster — he’s the same age as Pam’s horse above and might have just enough gusto for his new job! “Bird” came to Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center (MMSC) with some dressage training already put on him and the MMSC staff are thrilled to report that he’s already enthusiastically taken to jumping as well. Bird is a forward-thinking mount, but also a kind-hearted partner and could be a really fun prospect for an young rider or amateur.

Located in Lexington, KY.

View Flying Bird on Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center.

Forest Breeze (OLD FORESTER – CLASSIC BLONDE, BY REGAL CLASSIC): 201116.2-hand Ontario-bred gelding

If you have a thing for athletic chestnuts with chrome then Forest breeze is for you. This war horse earned over $166,000 and has plenty left in the tank for a second career. He’s actually still racing and just made his 71st start on Memorial Day this week! Forest Breeze loves to have a job and is a been-there-done that type who’d love to be your faithful partner.

Located in Ohio.

View Forest Breeze on CANTER Ohio.


Monday Video from Total Saddle Fit: Lainey Ashker’s Call Him Paddy Saves the Day at VHT

If this doesn’t demonstrate what a partnership is all about then I’ve been doing it wrong for decades now. Today Patrick gave me his best efforts on the VAHT Intermediate XC and as you’ll see (pardon the language) at fence 21 A I thought I had balanced enough for a quite difficult question coming so late in the course with two upright narrow boxes on a very short one stride after two galloping efforts downhill. Needless to say I failed at my job, causing Paddy to hit a knee sending me forward onto his neck and by George that horse held the line WITHOUT my help and jumped the second out of a perfect distance and a lovely shape (Mary Brant Gamma has pics to prove) pushing me back into the saddle and away we went fault free and full of confidence! I am not condoning mistakes here people but what I am encouraging you “next generation riders” to do is to take that extra time to groom your horse, clean his stall, take him on hacks and become his friend. In moments like these you’ll sure be glad that you did. What a horse! #callhimpaddy #poweredbyottb

Posted by Lainey Ashker on Saturday, May 25, 2019

Lainey Ashker has a string of serious up-and-comers in her stable right now, one of them being Call Him Paddy, a 2010 off-the-track Thoroughbred gelding (Alymagic X Woodford Princess, by Candi’s Gold) with whom she competed in the 2015 Retired Racehorse Project Thoroughbred Makeover.

Lainey ran “Patrick” in the hotly-contested Open Intermediate division at Virginia Horse Trials over the weekend and made easy work of the course up until a late-course question, when a rider error caused a hairy moment that Patrick could have easily opted to run out from the second element. Instead, his training and relationship with his rider kicked in and brought them both home free of jumping faults.

Hear what happened from Lainey herself:

“If this doesn’t demonstrate what a partnership is all about then I’ve been doing it wrong for decades now. Today Patrick gave me his best efforts on the VAHT Intermediate XC and as you’ll see (pardon the language) at fence 21 A I thought I had balanced enough for a quite difficult question coming so late in the course with two upright narrow boxes on a very short one stride after two galloping efforts downhill. Needless to say I failed at my job, causing Paddy to hit a knee sending me forward onto his neck and by George that horse held the line WITHOUT my help and jumped the second out of a perfect distance and a lovely shape (Mary Brant Gamma has pics to prove) pushing me back into the saddle and away we went fault free and full of confidence!

“I am not condoning mistakes here people but what I am encouraging you ‘next generation riders’ to do is to take that extra time to groom your horse, clean his stall, take him on hacks and become his friend. In moments like these you’ll sure be glad that you did. What a horse! #callhimpaddy #poweredbyottb”

Lainey and Patrick added a rail in stadium and a handful of time across country to their score to move from 12th place after dressage to finish the event in 4th place.

Saturday Links Presented by Nupafeed USA

Abby Blackburn and Dior HH. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Abby Blackburn, captain of Transylvania University’s eventing team, was named as a finalist for her school’s Female Athlete of the Year award alongside soccer players, basketball players, golfers, and other athletes competing in more “traditional” school sports. On her way home from competing at the USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championship at Chattahoochee Hills Horse Trials last weekend Abby and the team’s coach, Tanya Davis, and tuned in to the annual all-sport athletic banquet via live-stream when it was announced that she had won the honor! As far as anyone is yet aware, this is the first time in history that a University has given an Athlete of the Year award to an event rider. [Transylvania University Names Abby Blackburn Female Athlete of the Year]

National Holiday: National Wine Day! Red on right and white on left, my friends.

Major Events this Weekend:

Houghton CCI4O*-S: WebsiteLive Scores, Live StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

Baborówko CCIO4*-L: WebsiteEntriesSchedule, Live Stream, Live Scores

Saumur CCIO3*-L: WebsiteEntriesScheduleLive StreamLive Scores

U.S. Weekend Action:

Mystic Valley Hunt Club H.T. [Website] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Virginia Horse Trials International & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Flora Lea Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

*CANCELLED* Willow Draw Charity Show [Website]

The Spring Event at Woodside [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

May-Daze at the Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

Maryland Horse Trials FEH/YEH/NEH Qualifier [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Saturday Links:

Horse Heroes: Copycat Chloe

Top eventer back on the podium two weeks after baby’s arrival

War of Will Brings Attention to Stringhalt

How to Keep Your Dressage Horse Focused Despite Distractions

A Lost American Girl Goes On A Big Adventure At Brownland Farm

Saturday Video: Just Ingrid being Ingrid

#kannnichtjeder Ingrid Klimke

Bereits 5️⃣ Teilnahmen an Olympischen Spielen – das #kannnichtjeder!😱 Ingrid Klimke 🏇 hat uns Einblicke in ihren Trainingsalltag gewährt 👉 das ganze Video gibt's hier: Deutsche Reiterliche Vereinigung e.V. (FN) Stiftung Deutscher Spitzenpferdesport SAP

Posted by Deutsche Sporthilfe on Friday, April 26, 2019

Wednesday News & Notes from Attwood Equestrian Services

Photo via Willow Draw on Facebook.

Last year it was the east coast and England who suffered an abundance of event cancellations due to heavy rainfall. Those regions have been much luckier this year with regards to weather, but after a bout of heavy rainfall in northern Texas and more on the way, Willow Draw announced the cancellation of its May 25th event. The organizers are working to issue refunds for paid entries less office fees. [Willow Draw Charity Show Cancelled]

National Holiday: National Craft Distillery Day 🥃

U.S. Weekend Action:

Mystic Valley Hunt Club H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Virginia Horse Trials International & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Flora Lea Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

*CANCELLED* Willow Draw Charity Show [Website]

The Spring Event at Woodside [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

May-Daze at the Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

Maryland Horse Trials FEH/YEH/NEH Qualifier [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

You Wednesday News & Notes:

A five-star veteran and stalwart of Buck Davidson’s barn, Park Trader is an eventing rockstar. Frankly though, he’d really rather be left alone than be fussed over. Get to know “Kobe” who, despite having been successful at the top level of the sport actually kind of hates to work. [Behind The Stall Door With: Park Trader]

Canadian show jumper and 2008 Olympic gold medalist Eric Lamaze recently broke his silence on the health concerns that he has dealt with over the last year and a half and sidelined him from international competition for six month: a brain tumor. Please join us in wishing Eric and his family the very best throughout his recovery. [‘I Didn’t Know How To Tell Them’: Eric Lamaze Speaks Out About His Brain Tumor]

Don’t lie — you’ve dreamed of quitting your day job and moving far, far away to ride horses for a living. Meghan Laffin did just that, quitting her New York City network news job and moving to California to manage a dressage barn. There she encountered Jasper, a feral Mustang who had been the victim of a Mexican rodeo tradition that involves roping and tripping horses, who after gaining his trust, has earned her a USDF Bronze medal and taken her to Third Level. [A Leap Of Faith And The Mustang Who Landed It]

Goss Dodge and Lake Champlian Ferries have been announced as co-title sponsors of this year’s Green Mountain Horse Association (GMHA) Festival of Eventing. The ever-popular destination event Woodstock, Vermont hosts Area I’s only FEI divisions every August. [GMHA]


Attwood Wisdom of the Week: 

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Monday Video from Total Saddle Fit: Eventing Marbach with Michael Jung and Andrew Hoy

Demo Cross Country CCI4*-S Marbach Eventing 2019

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Posted by Eventing Marbach (Internationale Marbacher Vielseitigkeit) on Saturday, May 18, 2019

Last weekend, while our eyes were on Jersey Fresh and Chatsworth ERM Leg 1, another contingent of top international riders on WEG 2018 horses were out in force in Marbach, Germany contesting the four-star levels at the Internationale Marbacher Vielseitigkeit.

Michael Jung had three rides in the CCI4*-S including fischerChipmunk FRH, the eleven-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Contendro I X Havanna, by Heraldik I) owned by Dr. Hilmer Meyer-Kulenkampff who was previously very successfully campaigned by Julia Krajewski. The pair came out with a bang in their first appearance together at the CCI4*-S level earning a dressage score of 21.7 and adding four time penalties across the country. Michael and “Chip” were leading the division going into the show jumping, but pulled a single rail to give fellow German Andreas Dibowski and half-sister FRH Corrida, a 10-year-old Hanoverian mare (Contendro I X Expo, by Espri) owned by BG Corrida, the win by one-tenth of a penalty point.

The other two horses that Michael rode in the CCI4*-S were making their debut at the level. Michael took seventh place with Corazon, a nine-year-old Hanoverian mare (Casillas 2 X Skyline, by Sir Donnerhall) owned by Maria Stein and he guided his youngest ride, eight-year old Irish Sport Horse gelding Highlighter (Caretino 2 X Traumerin, by Landgraf I) owned by the Jung family and Anette Schmid to 31st place after picking up 20 penalties.

You can watch Michael and Highlighter’s cross country round in the video above — just prepare to be delighted by the techno remix of Pirates of the Caribbean that accompanies it. Honestly, if it doesn’t make your Monday then I don’t know what to tell you.

Andrew Hoy and the 10-year-old Anglo-Arab Vassily de Lassos (Jaguar Mail X Illusion Purdue, by Jalienny) owned by Paula and David Evans and Andrew were the only pair in the four-star to finish on their dressage score and their stellar clear rounds rocketed them from 28th place after dressage to third place overall. You can ride along with them in the helmet cam video below.

View full results of Eventing Marbach here.

EDITOR’S NOTE: An earlier version of this post incorrectly identified the video of Michael Jung as him riding fischerChipmunk FRH. This has not been corrected.

Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: Three ‘Stark’ Thoroughbreds to Give You ‘Game of Thrones’ Closure

We’ve made a few Game of Thrones references here on the Weekly OTTB Wishlist before, mostly through horses with GoT-inspired names, but are you ready for an all-out anthropomorphism of OTTBs to some of our favorite characters from the series? I mean, after that finale anything goes, right?

This week we’ve found three Thoroughbreds who embody several of the Starks. OTTBs are coming, my friends:

Five Arches. Photo via Second Stride.

Five Arches (ARCHARCHARCH – DEVOTED GAL, BY GREELEY’S GALAXY): 2016 15.3-hand Kentucky-bred gelding

He’s got gorgeous dark locks and he’s handsome as heck: yup, Five Arches is Jon Snow in horse form. (And listen, I know full well that Jon Snow isn’t technically a Stark, but like he basically is and did you really want me to write about Bran instead?)

Five Arches is young and with only seven races to his name he basically knows nothing, but he’s RRP 2019 eligible if you want to teach him something! His sire is no Targaryen prince, but he does have some racing royalty bloodlines in that his sire is a multiple Grade 1 stakes winner and 2011 Kentucky Derby runner. Unlike his father, Five Arches was too slow of a racehorse so his connections opted to retire him while he is still sound. He’s a recent acquisition to Second Stride Inc.’s Moserwood Farm so his full evaluation is still pending, but it’s looking like he’ll have no limitations to a second career. So far he has been a kind and quiet horse to handle and work with. Just like Jon, it seems like he just wants to do the right thing.

Located in Prospect, Kentucky.

View Five Arches on Second Stride Inc.

Rare Tale. Photo via New Vocations Racehorse Adoption.

Rare Tale (TALE OF EKATI – RARIA, BY RAHY): 2013 16.1-hand New York-bred mare

The picture is a little dark so it’s a bit hard to see (but hey, hasn’t that been this whole season?), but make no mistake this chestnut mare is a queen. Rare Tale is our Sansa Stark, and, given that she’s located at New Vocation’s upstate New York location, she really is Queen in the North!

Rare Tale has the kind of regalness about her that will turn heads and command respect anywhere she goes. Her conformation is lovely for dressage and eventing and after a year off trainer’s farm where she was turned out with a herd of other mares, she’s already had ample letdown time and is ready for a new career.  She has no known injuries and the New Vocations staff have already restarted her under saddle and are impressed by her beautifully balanced gaits and natural lead change. Perhaps unlike Sansa, who we honestly can’t really blame for being a bit hardened to the world, Rare Tale has an in-your-pocket personality and absolutely just wants to do what she can to please.

Located in Gansevoort, New York.

View Rare Tale on New Vocations Racehorse Adoption

Knockout Girl. Photo via Second Stride Inc.

Knockout Girl (MIZZEN MAST – BOXER GIRL, BY TWO PUNCH): 2013 16.0-hand Kentucky-bred mare

With a name like Knockout Girl this mare is obviously our Arya Stark of the bunch. She seems relatively quiet and unassuming, but with 29 career starts Knockout Girl is the most experienced out of our three OTTBs today. 19 of those starts were in-the-money finishes, including 7 wins, which serves as a testament to the fighter that this mare is.

Knockout Girl also has the same connections (owner and trainer) as Five Arches (our equine Jon Snow) above. Though they’ve been temporarily reunited at Second Stride Inc., Knockout Girl is ready to take off on a new adventure and enjoy a second career.

Located in Prospect, Kentucky.

View Knockout Girl on Second Stride Inc.

Saturday Links Presented by Nupafeed USA

Photo via UNH Equine Program on Facebook.

It’s that time of the year for convocations, graduations and, oh, the USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championship which is taking place at Chattahoochee Hills Horse Trials in Georgia this weekend! The University of New Hampshire (UNH), who’s student’s mortar board is pictured above, doesn’t actually have an eventing team, but they do have the only recognized horse trials hosted by a college or university in the United States.

Good luck to all the students and teams competing in the Championship this weekend, and congratulations to anyone graduating over the next few weeks!

National Holiday: Armed Forces Day

U.S. Weekend Action:

Otter Creek Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

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

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

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

Saturday Links:

Fast Facts: 2019 USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championship

Honor, Duty And Horses: Perspectives From Military Equestrians

Frankie Thieriot Stutes: Sometimes the Universe Has Other Plans

Back From The Brink: Kiss Prints Takes Accident-Prone To New Heights

Wherever Life Takes Us, Barn Friends Are Forever

PODCAST: Meet Jersey Fresh CCI4*-L Champion Fylicia Barr and her $500 Craigslist Mare

Hot on Horse Nation: 2019 Preakness Stakes Field Preview & Poll

Saturday Video: Check out this slide show from Jersey Fresh XC day!

Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: Welcome Back to Finger Lakes

Welcome back to the Finger Lakes Race Track in Farmington, New York! As one of the northernmost Thoroughbred race tracks in the United States, Finger Lakes has recently resumed live racing after their annual winter break. With the return of horses, trainers, and competition, so follows the local Thoroughbred rehoming organization Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds Inc.

Volunteers from Finger Lakes Finest (FLF) recently posted their first group of available horses this season. Here are three that we think could make nice eventing prospects:

Holly’s Halo. Photo via Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds.

Holly’s Halo (COMEONMOM – CHANCED, BY AMERICAN CHANCE): 2013 15.3-hand New York-bred mare

Can you call a mare hunky? This muscly girl is a homebred who’s very well-loved by her connections and has had the same owner and trainer her entire life. She has raced solely at Finger Lakes and has enjoyed time off from racing with turnout at her owners farm each winter before heading back to the track in the spring. Holly has raced once so far this year and in that race she dwelt at the gate and lagged behind the field, letting her connections know that she wasn’t particularly interested in this racing business anymore. She remains sound and clean-legged, though seems a bit foot sore in her jog video.

Holly has a full sister, Mom’s Chance, who we featured in a 2016 edition of OTTB Wishlist and has gone on to compete in the 2007 Retired Racehorse Project Thoroughbred Makeover and be a lovely dressage mount for her owner. With the exception of being almost two hands shorter, Holly looks very similar to her sister both in their coloring and conformation.

View Holly’s Halo on Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds on Facebook.

Power Fixture. Photo via Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds.

Power Fixture (POWER BROKER – FASHION FIXTURE, BY WESTERN EXPRESSION): 2016 16.2-hand New York-bred gelding

This three-year-old is just back from his trainer’s farm where he spent the winter. He didn’t show a ton of aptitude for racing during his training last year and his connections were hoping that he’d come back from vacation this year ready to rock. However, it’s clear now that he just doesn’t like the environment at the track and therefore isn’t thriving. For this reason, Power Fixture remains unraced and ready to find a second career.

With his long legs and flashy movement, Power Fixture is going to be quite impressive-looking once he’s off the track and fills out. With the Pulpit and A.P. Indy sire line, this is your chance to get a great deal on a good-looking horse with sporty bloodlines.

View Power Fixture on Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds.

Dr. Sin Dee. Photo via Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds.

Dr. Sin Dee (DR LARGE – NOBODY’S A SAINT, BY QUIET AMERICAN): 2016 15.2-hand New York-bred mare

Dr. Sin Dee has a single career start on her record and she finished the race in dead last. She has remained on the racetrack since then, however, as a safe and easy mount for newcomers to learn how to exercise racehorses. Therefore despite not having raced since last November, “Cindy” still has official workouts on record as recently as last week.

Cindy may yet grow a bit taller, but even so, she’d make a great mount for someone looking for an in-your-pocket partner. This young filly has a sweet personality to match her cute face and petite structure and the FLF volunteers were impressed by how polite and quite she was.

View Dr. Sin Dee on Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds.

Monday Video from Total Saddle Fit: Small Ponies, Big Race

Happy Monday, Eventing Nation. You’ve made it through the first day of a another week and, likely, you’ve been dealing with a bit of horse show hangover (and maybe some Game of Thrones letdown) today. Thankfully, we have just the thing to perk you up this afternoon: PONIES.

Yes, it’s the smallest ponies in one of the biggest races — the Shetland Grand National at the New Zealand Agricultural Show. In this adorable video we meet some of the pint-sized jockeys and ponies who raced in the 2018 edition last fall, along with Lesley Lewis who has served as steeplechase manager and pony trainer for 20 years. They take us through their race day preparations and then along for the ride in the big race. Grab mane and kick on!