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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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Monday Video from CLM DOWN: The Legacy of Lexington and the 2010 World Equestrian Games

Story Behind the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2010

See the story of how the Alltech Fédération Equestre Internationale World Equestrian Games™ 2010 changed the Games, Lexington and Alltech forever. Featuring interviews w/ Mrs. Deirdre Lyons, Dr. Mark Lyons & friends who helped make the Games a success, join us in a look back at one of our most memorable events.

Posted by Alltech on Saturday, October 10, 2020

As the first WEG held outside of Europe the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games were destined to be groundbreaking occasion, but the host city of Lexington, Kentucky took it to the next level and truly made it a WEG to remember.

With a determination to put their best foot forward and show their city off on a world stage, the people of Lexington rallied around the event and funneled infrastructure improvements not only to the venue, the Kentucky Horse Park, but the city proper as well. The opening ceremony showcased the rich culture of the city and particularly focused on the arts. The title sponsor, Alltech, introduced an impressive number of schoolchildren to equestrian sports and to the concepts of sustainable agriculture.  And of course, the competition itself was as spectacular as ever, but the ability to hold the events for all of the equestrian disciples at a single venue allowed even the already “horsey” person to broaden their horizons and experience something new.

It’s been a decade since the “Horse Capital of the World” welcomed to world to experience everything they have to offer and this tribute video depicts everything that made it so special. Beautifully summarized by current President & CEO of Alltech, Dr. Mark Lyons, “The word that always comes to me when I think about [the WEG], it’s inclusion. This was about making equestrian sport, it was about making agriculture, it was about making Kentucky accessible to a much broader audience and that’s really I think the thing that is the most special about what we achieved.”

Fair Hill Flashback: The (Unintentionally) Unreleased 2019 Full Photo Gallery

Sara Gumbiner and Polaris approach the final water. Photo by Abby Powell.

Thank goodness that we have Tilly’s coverage of the FEI World Breeding Championships for Young Horses in Le Lion d’Angers in France to glue our eyes right now, because with all the memories of Fair Hills past popping up on social media this week — the week that historically had hosted the Dutta Corp Fair Hill International Three-Day and was supposed to host the inaugural Maryland 5-Star at Fair Hill this year — I think there is a good chance we would all been driven mad by the ‘could have, would have, and should haves’ of the proper 2020 eventing season that never came to be.

2019 saw the final running of the four-star at Fair Hill, which played host to the USEF CCI4*-L National Eventing Championships for many years. It was bittersweet for many as the end of the long-standing event that had served as a year-end  or even bucket list goal for many riders. It was a beloved fixture, but the sweet part is that it’s elimination served to make way for North America’s second ever five-star event which would be held just up the road at the newly constructed Fair Hill Special Event Zone.

Of course, we all know how things have played out this year and now we have neither Fair Hill International nor the Maryland 5-Star happening this weekend. But seeing  those flashback posts popping up on social media did remind of one thing — I never did post an entire photo gallery from FHI cross country day 2019, just winner’s photos in the end of day report. I had always intended to post my entire haul of photos I just … never got around to it … until now that is!

You see, Fair Hill International was the second ever event I reported on in-person for EN so I hadn’t totally figured out the workflow of a boots-on-the-ground photojournalist yet and I’ve never been the quickest writer anyway. By the time I had finished the day-end reports for each division and had edited and uploaded photos of just the leaders, it was time for an average of 5 hours of sleep before enthusiastically waking up to do it all over again.

Leaders and winners photos are great, sure. But I’ve found that those aren’t always the photos I’ve enjoyed looking at the most. The ones that I enjoy the most and the ones I am the most proud to have captured, are the ones where I was fortunate enough to release the shutter at just the right millisecond to capture a moment of joy or pride. Having not been to a single event this year — neither a schooling horse trials with my own pony nor a high performance showdown to cover for EN — I realize that what I miss the most about eventing right now is the utter joy that it brings.

That joy can come from a job well done in dressage:

It can come mid-way (even mid-jump!) around the cross country course during the split second that you realize you’re having the ride of your life:

And of course, if your dues have been paid and the stars have aligned, that joy can come at the conclusion of the final phase when a completion ribbon (or perhaps even a ribbon a little more grand!) serves as the cherry on top of a weekend to remember:

If you’ve been able to Go Eventing recently, make sure you count your lucky stars (and let’s all pray that they’ll be five of them here on this continent next year.) If you haven’t, then I hope you can catch a glimpse of joy in the photos above — I think it’s contagious through the biggest of smiles, even through a computer screen and even a year later — and hang on to it until the next time you get out.

Until then, take a little walk down memory lane with these photos from the 2019 Dutta Corp Fair Hill International Three-Day — the majority of which we haven’t posted before —  remember a fabulous (if wet) weekend that was, and look forward to what is sure to be an epic inaugural Maryland 5-Star at Fair Hill next year.

Relive all of EN’s 2019 #DuttaFHI coverage here. And here’s a little something to tide you over until 2021: The Fair Hill Organizing Committee (FHOC), an affiliate of the Sport & Entertainment Corporation of Maryland, is hosting the Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill 2020 Virtual Event Oct.15-18 in place of the postponed event.

Be sure to tune into @Maryland5Star on Facebook and YouTube at 12 PM ET each day to join the fun! For more details and to sign up for notifications of all the latest updates visit Maryland5Star.us/VirtualEvent.

And please do mark your 2021 calendars for Oct. 14-17, when we’ll get to see the inaugural Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill in its real-deal glory! We can’t wait.

Saturday Links

McKenzie Cumbie and Regiment at Fair Hill in 2019. Photo by Abby Powell.

SIGH. It should have been cross country day North America’s first ever fall five-star, but we’ll just have to wait another 364 days. The weekend isn’t a total loss at least, as the organizers of the Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill are hosting a virtual event with educational videos throughout the weekend. I watched dressage day and thought it was really neat to get a glimpse of judges’ assessment during a test. I’m interested to see what they have in store for today and I’ll be keeping my eye on their Facebook page.

National Holiday: National Black Poetry Day

U.S. Weekend Action:

Hagyard Midsouth Three-Day Event & Team Challenge: [Website] [Entries/Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Hunt Club Farms H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Pine Hill Fall H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Tryon Riding & Hunt Club “Morris the Horse” H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Major International Events:

FEI WBFSH Eventing World Breeding Championship for Young Horses – Mondial du Lion: Website | Start Times and Live Scoring | Live Stream | EN’s Coverage | EN’s Instagram | EN’s Twitter

Saturday Links:

Nominate a Fellow Eventer for a 2020 USEA Appreciation Award

Keep Your Horse Soft, Supple & Happy

US Equestrian Announces Eventing Competition Grant Recipients for 2020

Get The Most Out of Your Weirdo: 3 Tips for Quirky Horses

Induced Lactation in Mares: A Viable Option, Free Of Nurse Mare Foals

National survey explores the management and health of older horses in the US

Saturday Social Media Spookiness:

Weekly OTTB Wishlist: Second Chances for Horses and Humans

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, October 20th for an uplifting and educational evening on behalf of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) Second Chances program, which pairs vocational training in horse care for prison inmates with off-track Thoroughbreds in need of a soft landing. The TRF Second Chance program has been going strong for over 20 years and spans correctional facilities in eight different states.

Next Tuesday at 8 PM Eastern, TRF will live stream a “horse show unlike any other” from the Blackburn Correctional Complex in Lexington, Kentucky where inmates will demonstrate their knowledge of horse handling and equine health care. With a global livestream, the positive impact that these horses and men have on each other will be on display for the world to see. For a glimpse at the passion that participants and advisory committee have for this program just watch the short video above and to read a little more about the impact of this program on its participants check out this article from the Paulick Report published in the lead up to their 2019 show.

Of course you can make an impact on the life of a retired racehorse as well. Here are our three adoptable OTTB picks of the week:

One More Thing Sir. Photo via Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds.

One More Thing Sir (JAPAN – KAPSIKI, BY DANZIG): 2017 16.2-hand New York-bred gelding

Could this be one of the most drop-dead-gorgeous horses we’ve ever featured here on OTTB Wishlist? It’s possible — because holy cow is this one stunning three-year-old! “Sir” has only raced twice, finishing at the back of the pack both time, so it was clear to his trainer that he would be better suited to another discipline. With his impressive uphill build, forward attitude, desirable bloodlines, and, oh, not to mention a fabulous head of hair, we think Sir is going to get scooped pretty quickly!

Located at Finger Lakes Race Track in Farmington, NY.

View One More Thing Sir on Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds.

Harp of Gold. Photo via Mid Atlantic Horse Rescue.

Harp of Gold (PETIONVILLE – GOLDEN INNIS, BY YARROW BRAE): 2017 15.1-hand Maryland-bred gelding

Does Harp of Gold heave a heart of gold? It sure seems like it, as this three-year-old has been an easy restart for the experienced folks at Mid Atlantic Horse Rescue (MAHR). Prior to making his way to MAHR through Maryland’s Beyond the Wire program, Harp of Gold raced four times with no notable finishes. This gelding is big-bodied and takes up a lot of leg despite his smaller stature, though as a youngster he still has room to grow. He’s a quiet, easy-going guy with no physical limitations and will make somebody a lovely partner.

Located in Warwick, Maryland.

View Harp of Gold on Mid Atlantic Horse Rescue.

Once A Thief. Photo via CANTER Michigan.

Once A Thief (BODEMEISTER – CRY CRY CRY, BY JUMP START): 2016 16.0-hand Kentucky-bred gelding

I think we really struck gold this week because rounding out our three picks is yet another good-looking uphill gelding! Once A Thief is a son of 2012 Kentucky Derby and Preakness runner-up Bodemeister and has made 12 career starts himself with varying degrees of success. As a new addition to CANTER Michigan’s program having just begun being restarted as a riding horse, we don’t have much for information on him at this time, but we sure couldn’t resist that cute face!

View Once A Thief on CANTER Michigan.

Monday Video from CLM DWN: ‘Yes, Ma’am!’ It’s Good to be Back on Course

We think this is a really fun helmet cam to cap off your Monday! Take a ride around the Preliminary cross country course at Poplar Place Farm in Georgia with Stephanie Tyler-Wright and Madison Avenue, a 17-year-old  OTTB Thoroughbred mare (who raced under the name Diamond Digger) as they make their return to recognized eventing competition this fall. The pair finished in 4th place in the Open Preliminary division, adding a rail and cross country time to their dressage score.

Like many of us, Stephanie and “Maddie” had a long gap in their competition season in 2020 —  their last outing at a USEA event was at Chattahoochee Hills in February prior to their start at Poplar Place this month. Be sure to watch this video with your sound on; you can hear Stephanie and Maddie’s confidence grow after each fence  and it completely encapsulates the joyous feeling of being back out on course!

Saturday Links

Masks: they’re the must-have accessory for the foreseeable future, that’s for sure. So here’s to having a little fun with it, like Bethany Humphries and Rich Maximus K are doing during their first trot-up at the Thoresberton International Horse Trials in the UK.

I recently read a super review of current literature available on the efficacy of cloth masks published online by the journal Nature. It’s a long but informative and easy read and you can find it here if you’re interested. The long and short of it is essentially that there is sparse research currently available, but there are some larger studies which should be fairly informative commencing soon. The limited research on cloth masks that was previously done prior to the pandemic or hastily performed during the spring still to points towards double-layer cloth masks providing protection for both the wearer and others. Keep that in mind when you’re out eventing with your mask and remember: it’s not just a good thing to do, it’s also the rule!

U.S. Weekend Action:

Woodside International H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Maryland H.T. at Loch Moy Farms: [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Ocala Fall H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer][Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Radnor Hunt H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Show Photographer] [Volunteer][Ride Times] [Live Scores]

St. John’s H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

War Horse Event Series H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Glenarden Farm H.T.: [Website] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Saturday Links:

Start Your Engines: 4 Tips for Working With Lazy Horses

Orange on Blue: How the Modified Level is Bridging the Gap

World’s oldest Olympic medalist, showjumper John Russell, dies at 100

Suspected feed contamination: ‘significant progress’ made in investigation by supplier

What is Correct Arm Position for Dressage Riders?

Just in on Jumper Nation: I Have Another Sport

Saturday Video:

Weekly OTTB Wishlist: It’s Virtual Makeover Week!

It’s a bummer that the Retired Racehorse Project Thoroughbred Makeover can’t happen in person this year, but the two-for-one Makeover that will showcase both 2020 and 2021 eligible horses next year sure is something to look forward to. Plus, we’re not totally going home empty-handed this year since we have some cool Virtual Makeover events to look forward to this week including webinars, a virtual vendor fair, and a Makeover Master Class. Take a look at the full schedule here.

Oh, and of course you can shop the Makeover Marketplace for the OTTB of your dreams all week! Check out our three picks of the week below:

Dazzling Deputy. Photo via RRP Makeover Marketplace.

Dazzling Deputy (GIANT GIZMO – CAM’S COUSIN, BY SILVER DEPUTY): 2013 16.1-hand Ontario-bred gelding

“Kind, attentive & brave gelding, which gives him the potential to excel in many directions. His training has focused on Dressage and Competitive Trail; however, he has also been started over fences and is schooling up to 2’. His level head would make him an excellent prospect as a Field Hunter or Eventer, and his eager-to-please temperament makes him suitable for a junior or adult amateur rider. He has both leads, but his right lead transition is currently a work in progress as he prefers to get into it through a flying change. We were planning on taking him to some historical reenactments this Fall, which is why you will notice a clip of us gun training him; he is literally bomb-proof! UTD on everything and microchipped. Big, strong feet. Has been approved to compete in RRP 2020 classes in Oct. 2021. Gets along well with other geldings. No vices.”

View Dazzling Deputy on the Makeover Marketplace.

Sevennotrump. Photo via RRP Makeover Marketplace.

Sevennotrump (DISCREETLY MINE – VICTORY RIDE, BY SEEKING THE GOLD): 16.2-hand Kentucky-bred gelding

“The sky is the limit for this exceptional, athletic young horse. Tricks has expressive, correct gaits with natural uphill balance. He is soft in the bridle and incredibly comfortable to ride. Tricks jumps confidently around 2’6 courses both at home and off property, demonstrating tons of scope and natural jumping ability. Tricks has been cross-country schooling several times, including ditches, banks, water and more. He successfully completed his first event in July, and is being aimed at a few more in the coming months. He hacks out alone or with company. Tricks is clean-legged and has no known injuries. He trailers like a gentleman and has been off property numerous times. He is a serious prospect and would be ideal for a competitive home in any discipline. Price will increase this fall with further training and horse showing.”

View Sevennotrump on the Makeover Marketplace.

Barwin. Photo via the RRP Makeover Marketplace.

Barwin (SCIPION – PELELIU, BY KELLY KIP): 2015 16.2-hand Pennsylvania-bred gelding

“Barwin (or Pepper as he is known at the barn) came off the track in December 2019 without injury and went straight into retraining. Pepper has extensive groundwork and wonderful manners. Pepper stands tied in the cross ties or to the trailer without issue and hauls like a gentleman. Pepper is quiet and easy to work around on the ground with no issues clipping or with farrier/vet work. Pepper has traveled to various trailheads in Michigan and Ohio and has shown at BN level at a USEA rated show so far. Pepper is open minded and willing to try ANYTHING. Pepper is still finding his specialty, but is leaning towards polo or barrel racing. He is quick and very responsive to light cues. Pepper will travel extensively to trailheads and small shows/barrel races this summer with polo work to begin on the polo fields this fall of 2020.”

View Barwin on the Makeover Marketplace.

Monday Video from CLM DWN: Through the Ears of a “Ginger Unicorn”

Andrew Hoy seems to be having the time of his life aboard Vassily de Lassos, or as Andrew has recently called him, his “ginger unicorn.” Over the weekend, the pair finished third overall in the CCI4*-S at Luhmühlen in Germany thanks to another completion on their dressage score. Fly around cross country with them courtesy of Andrew’s trusty hat cam!

As a 9-year-old, Vassily de Lassos was Andrews’s mount for the World Equestrian Games in Tryon representing Team Australia and finishing in fourth place individually — a very impressive finish for a young horse on the world stage. Andrew and Vassily de Lassos were one of four pairs to finish on their dressage score (FOD) at the WEG. Since the WEG, Vassily de Lassos, owned by Paula and David Evans, has now achieved an FOD in four out of his six starts at the four-star level. That consistency has seen the now 11-year-old Anglo Arab gelding finish no lower than 6th place at any of those events.

We know Andrew has his sights on Tokyo 2020, ahem, 2021 with this exciting horse and we look forward to going along for the ride!

Saturday Links

Photo via Windsor Equestrian Centre on Facebook.

My goodness, it looks like foliage is at peak up in Quebec. I was hoping to get up to Bromont for the first time this year, but alas, it was not to be since of course cross-border travel has become a bit complicated. I’ll have to wait another year to get a glimpse of this gorgeous view!

U.S. Weekend Action:

Morven Park Fall H.T.: [Website][Show Photographer] [Online Program] [Volunteer] [Entry Status/Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

Heritage Park H.T.: [Website][Volunteer] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Horse Trials at Majestic Oaks: [Website] [Entry Status] [Show Photographer] [Volunteer] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Poplar Place Farm H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Show Photographer] [Volunteer] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Spokane Sport Horse Sixth Annual Fall H.T.: [Website] [Show Photographer] [Volunteer] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

WindRidge Farm Fall H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

International Events this Weekend: 

Bromont CCI Horse Trials: [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

German Eventing Championships at Luhmühlen: [Website] [Schedule] [Dressage Order of Go] [Live Scores] [Live Stream]

Saturday Links:

“We Belong Here”: Black Equestrians on Loving a Sport That Doesn’t Love Them Back

Air Quality and Horse Care During Wildfires with Flying Tail Farms

8 things you should never say to an event rider

Are Fallen Leaves Toxic To Horses?

How to Unlock Your Wrists to Create Softer Contact with Your Horse

Breaking Down the Prepurchase Exam

Saturday Video:

Monday Video from CLM DWN: Get to Know Astier Nicolas

France’s five-star, Pau, (which, heck, is the only CCI5*-L of 2020 now) is right around the corner so this seems like an opportune time to get to know one of the stars of the French eventing team, Astier Nicolas.

Astier is of course the reigning Olympic individual silver-medalist and a member of the reigning gold medal team from Rio 2016. The FEI caught up with Astier to ask how he got into riding, why he chose eventing, and more.

Saturday Links

In addition to the seven other USEA-recognized events running this weekend, the young guns get their time to shine this weekend as the East Coast Future Event Horse Qualifiers and subsequent Championship takes place at Loch Moy Farm this weekend. The Central Championships were crowned on Thursday this past week and the West Coast Championship are coming up at Twin Rivers at the end of October. I don’t know why but seeing yearlings all dolled up strutting their stuff kind of reminds me of that show Toddlers and Tiaras. Remember that? I say we get event horse version going called Babies and Blue Ribbons — who’s on board?

National Holiday: National Save Your Photos Day

U.S. Weekend Action:

The Event at Archer: [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times] [Show Photographer]

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

Fleur de Leap H.T.: [Website] [Ride Times] [Live Scores] [Show Photographer]

The Event at Isaacks Ranch: [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

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

Stable View Oktoberfest: [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

Saturday Links:

2020’s only five-star event to go ahead with limited masked spectators

FEI suspends UAE National Federation for Rules violations

Tips to Improve Your “Virtual Showmanship” for Digital Dressage Competitions

New Standing MRI Has Already Helped Diagnose Nearly 70 Horses At Santa Anita

Ask Us: Should I Offer Boarding at My Farm to Make Extra Income?

Dreadhead Cowboy Facing Animal Cruelty Charges After Protest Ride On Chicago Expressway

Hot on Horse Nation: Weekend Wellness: Smoke Coping Strategies

Saturday Video: File this under ‘Don’t Try This at Home’:

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Posted by Ranch Tenuta Peluso on Friday, September 11, 2020

Monday Video from CLM DWN: Jump Around!

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Posted by Horse on Instagram on Monday, September 7, 2020

Though today’s featured video lacks in length, it sure packs a real punch of ridiculousness into a short amount of time. The mornings are turning crisper and cooler as we approach fall and I’m sure the sight of frolicking horses in a field is familiar to many, but these turn out buddies are taking their excitement to a whole new level.

Turn your sound on and enjoy a laugh!

Saturday Links

Photo by Abby Powell.

Horses bring me a lot of peace, generally. Even throughout a week as tumultuous as this one, I still found a trip to the barn and a quiet hack to be just what the doctor ordered. I hope you all have been able to get out and enjoy your horses as well.

National Holiday: National Talk Like a Pirate Day (Argh.)

U.S. Weekend Action:

Apple Knoll Farm H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Meadowcreek Park Fall Social Event: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

Twin Rivers Fall International: [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Major Overseas Action:

Burnham Market: Entries & Ride Times | Live Scores | Website | Live Stream | EN’s Coverage | EN’s Twitter | EN’s Instagram

Saturday Links:

An Eventer’s Path to Safety During the West Coast Wildfires

Beyond the Black Square: Horse Shows Aren’t Doing Enough to Support BLM

Horses, Fire and Evacuation in Los Angeles

Perfecting Your Horse’s Plaits

Eventer kicked in the face calls for riders to consider hats on the ground after ‘lucky’ escape

Cognitive tests don’t always pick up concussion effects, study finds

Why There Will Never Be Another Valegro

Blog Nation: I Stand with Eventing Nation. Enough is Enough.

Saturday Video: Take an up close and personal peek at some of the 4*-L fences on Burnham Market’s course:

Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: Autumn Colors

Has anyone else begun to notice just a hint of fall color peaking out from the tree tops? The cooler evenings and ever-so slightly fuzzier ponies are a sure sign that summer is signing off and autumn is on the way. Pretty soon we’ll be enjoying blazing fall foliage and sipping some hot PSL.

The dazzling bright orange of fall foliage is our theme as we round up our three OTTB picks of the week. Check out these chestnuts!

Great Gret. Photo via CANTER Illinois.

Great Gret (WELL POSITIONED – GRETA’S RAP, BY CHEROKEE RAP): 2016 15.3-hand Illinois-bred gelding

This gelding just has the sweetest face and looks like all he wants is his very own person to love on him. Great Gret raced 19 times in his career and earned $37,049. He’s built on a slender frame, but is nicely put together and has a particularly lovely strong shoulder. Great Gret connections say he is sweet, calm, and has a great brain. He sounds like he could potentially be a good choice for someone looking to restart their own OTTB while under the tutelage of a trainer.

Located at Fairmount Park Race Track in Collinsville, Illinois.

View Great Gret on CANTER Illinois.

Jardin De Giverny. Photo via Mid Atlantic Horse Rescue.

Jardin De Giverny (SUPERFLY – ASHLEY M., BY MR. GREELEY): 2016 16.0-hand Kentucky-bred mare

Jardin De Giverny is one of four OTTBs that Mid Atlantic Horse Rescue (MAHR) pulled from kill pen earlier this year. “Lily” was only lightly raced, having just 6 career starts, and last racing 11 months ago. Though she’s green as she’s being newly restarted under saddle and is re-entering work, this lovely liver chestnut is balanced, athletic and has shown herself to be a quick learner who tried hard for her rider. She is currently eligible for the 2021 RRP Thoroughbred Makeover and the folks at MAHR think she’d make a great Young Event Horse Prospect!

Located in Westminster Maryland.

View Jardin De Giverny on Mid Atlantic Equine Rescue.

Lorri’s Candy. Photo via CANTER Pennsylvania.

Lorri’s Candy (SIDNEY’S CANDY – LOVING LORRI, BY TALE OF THE CAT): 2016 16.1-hand New York-bred gelding

This gelding just isn’t into the racing scene. Despite working well in the morning, his trainer can tell (and you can see by his race record of 8 starts and no top-three finishes) that his heart just isn’t in it during the real deal. Racing’s loss is the sport horse world’s gain though, as Lorry’s Candy has a desirable uphill build and some flashy chrome as icing on the cake. Just add some new muscling and Lorri’s Candy is going to be an absolute stunner.

Located in Grantville, Pennsylvania.

View Lori’s Candy on CANTER PA.

Monday Video from CLM DWN: Ground Poles for Dayz

Have you been feeling a little stir crazy lately? Do you have a boatload of poles hanging around your arena? Have you also got the patience of a saint?

If yes to all of the previous questions, then perhaps you’d fancy setting up this giant crazy pole exercise courtesy of Australia’s Amanda Lewer and Amanda Ross. This exercise has so much going on that it may very well give you enough to work on until the pandemic is over. If you can’t set up the entire thing due to your arena size or a lack of poles, surely there are a few pieces you can isolate and utilize on their own.

Have at it, EN, and let us know how it goes!

Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: Make 2020 Over

Photo courtesy of the Retired Racehorse Project.

You’ve got to give the fine folks at the Retired Racehorse Project (RRP) some major props for embracing the misfortune at is the entirety of 2020 and making the best of it. Their biggest event of the year, the Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium, was scheduled to be held this October but fell victim to the flurry of event cancellations asa result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet with an important mission still to accomplish — that of promoting finding second careers for ex-racehorses — the RRP has had, like many other organizations, to adapt and overcome the hurdles of 2020.

RRP has already announced that next year’s Thoroughbred Makeover will be double the fun and will include classes for both 2020 and 2021 eligible horses, the Makeover Marketplace will take place in a virtual format this year, they recently wrapped up an OTTB themed meme contest (check out the winners here for a laugh), and most recently they have announced their Make 2020 Over Virtual 5k which features the best race T-shirt that I’ve ever seen, frankly. You can receive the T-shirt by registering for the virtual race by October 7th. Not a runner, but still want the shirt? Heck, register anyway. It’s 2020 and we’re not going to judge! You’ll still be supporting the RRP’s mission after all.

You don’t have to wait until October to shop the Makeover Marketplace, though. Checkout these three eye-catching OTTBs who are currently listed:

Dazzling Deputy. Photo via RRP Makeover Marketplace.

Dazzling Deputy (GIANT GIZMO – CAM’S COUSIN, BY SILVER DEPUTY): 2013 16.1-hand Ontario-bred gelding

“Kind, attentive & brave gelding, which gives him the potential to excel in many directions. His training has focused on Dressage and Competitive Trail; however, he has also been started over fences and is schooling up to 2’. His level head would make him an excellent prospect as a Field Hunter or Eventer, and his eager-to-please temperament makes him suitable for a junior or adult amateur rider. He has both leads, but his right lead transition is currently a work in progress as he prefers to get into it through a flying change. We were planning on taking him to some historical reenactments this Fall, which is why you will notice a clip of us gun training him; he is literally bomb-proof! UTD on everything and microchipped. Big, strong feet. Has been approved to compete in RRP 2020 classes in Oct. 2021. Gets along well with other geldings. No vices.”

Located in Indianapolis, Indiana.

View Dazzling Deputy on the Makeover Marketplace.

Straightaway May. Photo via RRP Makeover Marketplace.

Straightaway May (HIGH COTTON – MAY RIVER, BY GULCH): 2014 16.1-hand Florida-bred gelding

“This sweet guy could easily step into any ring you ask him to. He will jump anything you put in front of him without hesitation, whether it’s in the hunter ring, jumper ring, or hacking out on the cross country course. He leads the way out on trails and enjoys a good snuggle. Incredibly brave, a quick learner, and always willing to please. Has local show miles, currently showing in 2’-2’6″ hunters, and has been schooled over starter height cross country jumps.”

Located in Archer, Florida.

View Straightaway May on the Makeover Marketplace.

Beat Yesterday. Photo via RRP Makeover Marketplace.

Beat Yesterday (MISSION IMPAZIBLE – RAH RAH, BY RAHY): 2015 15.3-hand New York-bred gelding

“Meet Beat Yesterday, who will be competing in the hunters/jumpers. But don’t let that fool you, this boy’s movements would get him noticed in the dressage ring as well. He hacks out alone, trail rides, goes bitless or in a rubber nathe. He has been started over jumps, participated in beginner walk/trot lessons, bathes and stands for the farrier. His sweet disposition would be an asset to any barn. He is our kids’ favorite snuggle bug and trail mount. Beats has gone in western and english tack although he is being trained predominantly hunter/jumper.”

Located in Bedford, Pennsylvannia.

View Beat Yesterday on the Makeover Marketplace.

Saturday Links from Nupafeed USA

Photo via Colleen Rutledge Eventing on Facebook.

Houston, we have lift off! Check out Paul Just Paul, ridden by 12-year-old Ciana Rutledge, taking a long spot at a schooling show at Waredaca earlier this week. I don’t know about you, but I think I would toppled off of this rocket ship backwards. Meanwhile Ciana here is sitting perfectly chilly. You go, Ciana!

National Holiday: National Day of Encouragement

U.S. Weekend Action:

Blue Ridge Mountain H.T. at TIEC: [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Live Scores] [Live Stream]

CDCTA Fall H.T.: [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Flora Lea Fall H.T.: [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Flying Cross Farm H.T.: [Website] [Entries/ Ride Times/ Live Scores]

GMHA Summer H.T.: [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Ocala Summer H.T.: [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Otter Creek Fall H.T.: [Website] [Entries] [Live Scores] [Live Scores]

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

Stone Gate Farm H.T.: [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Overseas Livestream Hookup:  Cornbury House Horse Trails Live Stream

Saturday Links:

Mind Your Melon AND Do Good: SmartPak’s Buy a Helmet, Give a Helmet Event

How To Encourage Proper Bend In The Horse

The Lameness Exam: What to Expect When Your Veterinarian Arrives

Nation Media Awards $5,400 in Diversity Scholarships

‘It’s okay not to be okay’: Cold Feet star teams up with equine film company in new project

Stronach Group To End Playing Of ‘Maryland, My Maryland’ At Preakness Stakes

Just in on Jumper Nation: Maintenance Programs: How Do You Balance Hope with What Really Works?

Saturday Video: Doug Paynes leads both Advanced section after dressage at Blue Ridge Mountain H.T.

Monday Video from CLM DWN: Go Eventing in Sweden

You may recognize Pontus Hugosson from such viral video such as this one where he rollerblades behind a mini horse while wearing his dressage tails. Pontus’s Instagram is full of similarly silly skits and he regularly vlogs on his YouTube channel as well. Pontus is also an upper-level event rider and in his most recent vlog he takes us to the Swedish National Championships in Segersjö. Before the competition get’s cracking, however, there’s time for some shenanigans at what looks to be a delightful little Swedish campsite with adorable cabins and a sauna. When in Scandinavia, I guess?

Pontus rode two horses in the CCI3*-S at the national championships: 8-year-old Swedish Warmblood mare, All Of Me (Camaro M X Lavita E Bella, by Cortez) who placed 17th, and Gilbert O.A., and nine-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Cardento 933 X Unea, by Marlon) who placed 20th.

Enjoy the peek into Swedish eventing!

[Segersjö final results]

Saturday Links from Nupafeed USA

The Maizey team at Burghley. Photo via the EN Archives.

Today would have been cross country day at Burghley Horse Trials, and while we unfortunately won’t get to watch a set of horses tackle a new 2020 Big Bad Burghley course it’s the perfect opportunity to take a look back and relive a bit of Burghley history. For starters, if you haven’t already, you need to read the story of how Allison Springer and Sinead Maynard turned the disappointment of not being selected for the 2012 London Olympics into the ride of their lives at Burghley a few weeks later, as it is superbly told by Sally Spickard.

Need more of the Burghley cross country fix? Check out a number of specially released videos of rounds from years past.

National Holiday: National Cheese Pizza Day

U.S. Weekend Action:

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

Caber Farm September H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status/ Ride Times/Live Scores]

Chardon Valley H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Copper Meadows H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Course Brook H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Five Points H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

Saturday Links:

Derby History: Ansel Williamson, The Former Slave Who Trained The First Kentucky Derby Winner

Dressage Solutions: Achieve an Uphill Half-Halt

A Box Of Ribbons

Diversity on the track: history of Black jockeys

Rocket Man (2014-2020)

Heroes on horses: Unity ride to help homeless communities

EHC Digital Event Recap: “Chronicle of African Americans in the Horse Industry”

Saturday Video:

Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: Plenty to do During Derby Week

It’s Derby week! Gosh, that’s weird to say in September isn’t it? But hey, here we are in a really weird year so let’s just embrace the fact that Kentucky Derby has finally arrived. The race is just around the corner at this point, with NBC Sports televising the event including the Kentucky Oaks on Friday and beginning their Derby coverage at 2:30 PM ET Saturday. Post time for the Derby is 7:01 PM.

There is plenty to do leading up to the event to get you in the mood for this very different Derby. Horse Country, an organization that promotes equine-related attractions in Kentucky, has been live streaming farm visits all week on their Facebook page (and you can check out any you missed here) and remaining visits this week include tours of Claiborne Farm, WinStar Farm, and, one of our favorite organizations here, New Vocations Racehorse Adoption! If you’re local to the area, a few farms are offering in-person tours again, but the above live streams are a super way to explore some of these famous properties from the comfort of your own home.

Like the Belmont Stakes, which was run relatively on schedule in June and serves as the first leg of the Triple Crown this year, the Kentucky Derby will run without fans in the stands this weekend, and it was just announced that the Preakness Stakes in October will follow suit as well. But more than just the pandemic will be affecting the Run for the Roses this year, as the wrongful death of Breonna Taylor at the hands of Louisville police has brought Black Lives Matter protests and demands for police reform to the front door of Churchill Downs. While Breonna’s case is finally under investigation, there’s still much more to fight for to demand justice. By all means enjoy the farm tours and races this week, but take a moment to acknowledge your humanity and do what you can to fight against social injustices.

And now without further ado, our OTTB picks of the week. They may not have run for the roses, but they’ve got the potential to be your next best buddy and eventing partner:

Kissthebutterflies. Photo via Second Stride.

Kissthebutterflies (GET STORMY – MORIGAMI, BY ORCHARD PARK): 2014 16.1-hand Kentucky-bred mare

Kissthebutterflies is a recent arrival at Second Stride, so we don’t have much information on her, other than that she last raced in 2017 and “since retiring from racing, she has been shown in eventing.” A previous history of eventing isn’t something we come across on the websites of Thoroughbred-rehoming organizations often, but a quick Google search of her name show that this nice mare has indeed completed a few starter trials in Maryland previously. We’re not sure of her other history, but she looks sound from her videos and like a cute mover. Who knows, she could be a real steal of a deal!

Located in Prospect, Kentucky.

View Kissthebutterflies on Second Stride.

Orbiting the Moon. Photo via New Vocations Racehorse Adoption.

Orbiting the Moon (ORB – SWEETNSHARPPATTI, BY MORE THAN READY): 2016 15.1-hand Kentucky-bred mare

The staff at New Vocations call Orbiting the Moon, a.k.a. Molly, “a star in the making!” This four-year-old may stick a bit on the shorter side, coming in just under 15.2-hands high, but she’s well built and has no problem taking up the 5’11” rider’s leg who is in the irons in her videos. Molly seems to be the whole package: a sweet horse who’s easy to handle and happy to greet you in the barn, and a sporty mare who is a great balance of whoa and go under saddle. Molly retired from racing this summer with no known injuries after 18 starts and $37,455 earned.

Located in Hummelstown, Pennsylvania.

View Orbiting the Moon on New Vocations Racehorse Adoption.

Cashmere Bliss. Photo via CANTER Minnesota.

Cashmere Bliss (NARRATIVE (IRE) – PETITE JETE, BY GRAND SLAM): 2015 15.2-hand Maryland-bred mare

How cute is this face?! Cashmere Bliss has been a good worker, earning $21,550 in 24 career races, but she’s all fitted up with no where to go next since her Trainer/Owner winters in Arizona and Turf Paradise’s meet, which normally runs from October through May, has been canceled. This mare is athletic, smart, and does best when she’s in work so her owner would love to find her a new home and career before she heads South. Cashmere Bliss is entered to race once more at Canterbury Park in Minnesota on Sept. 9, but needs to be bought and picked up by Sept. 10 when her owner heads out.

Located in Shakopee, Minnesota.

View Cashmere Bliss on CANTER Minnesota.

Monday Video from CLM DWN: Elisa Wallace Has a New Mustang to Make Over

There’s a new Mustang in town … err, or on the farm as it were. Our favorite five-star eventer/Mustang whisperer Elisa Wallace picked up her newest herd member recently and has begun the process of training him for the 2020 Georgia Mustang TIP Challenge which will take place from November 19 – 22 at Chattahoochee Hills.

Elisa’s newest acquisition is a three-year-old gelding out of Desatoya, Nevada whom she’s calling Escher (after favorite artist M.C. Escher) for this neat marking and his tipped ear. In Elisa’s latest vlog, she welcomes Escher off the trailer into his new home and we get a front row seat into her first interactions with the formerly feral horse. We’re looking forward to following along with Elisa and Escher’s journey and hope to see her out eventing with him at some point! You can follow along with their progress on Elisa’s YouTube Channel and for early access to videos you can support her by becoming a Patreon.

Saturday Links from Nupafeed USA

Photo courtesy of LOTTO Strzegom Horse Trials.

Itching for a live stream today? If you’re up bright and early  — and we mean early — you can catch nine and a half hours of cross country action out of Poland from the LOTTO Strzegom Horse Trials. The card includes a CCI4*-L in which the Price family currently holds the top four places and the second leg of the 2020 FEI Eventing Nations Cup series. Cross country phases will be running from 3 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. EDT on the event websiteFacebook, and for the Nation’s Cup leg, FEI TV (which is free through the end of September.) Click here for more info on the schedule and how to watch.

National Holiday: National Chop Suey Day

U.S. Weekend Action

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

Silverwood Farm H.T.: [Website] [Live Scores]

Strzegom Links: WebsiteTimetableStart TimesLive ScoringEN’s Coverage

Saturday Links

Not Today, Apocalypse: Today, We Ride!

Paul Tapner in ‘good spirits’ as he leaves hospital following brain bleed

From race car driver to championship level eventer, Halliday-Sharp has a need for speed

Chilli Morning clones being prepped for competition and breeding: ‘It’s Chilli’s DNA’

With COVID-19 Staring Them Down, How Do Event Organizers Make Cancellation Decisions?

Archery history: Horseback archers of the East, Orient and ancient world

Saturday Video: Catch up with Ingrid Klimke who has two horses in top 10 of the Strzegom CCIO4*-S Nations Cup after the first two phases.

Ingrid KLIMKE – interview after jumping

An interview with Ingrid Klimke, the leader after two trials in the CCI4*-S class.

Posted by Strzegom Horse Trials on Friday, August 28, 2020

Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: Back to Business for Finger Lakes Finest

It was a quiet couple of months for Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds Inc., a non-profit organization that has been helping trainers rehome racehorses at the Finger Lakes Race Track in Farmington, New York since 2012. Like many, the COVID-19 pandemic put a halt to their usual operations of taking prospective buyers to the track to see horses and visiting and photographing horses to list on their website and Facebook page.

We’re delighted to see that the good folks at Finger Lakes Finest are back in action in some capacity — volunteers are not currently allowed at the track, but they’re still helping trainers to place horses by receiving listings from them and sharing them on their very active Facebook page. See something you like? Scoop ’em up quick!

Yankee Noodledandy. Photo via Finger Lakes Finest.

Yankee Noodledandy (HEAVY BREATHING – NICKERDOODLE, BY HAT TRICK (JPN)): 2016 15.3-hand New York-bred mare

Here’s a really cute filly with an extra cute nickname: “Moostash” is called such because of a little white marking on her upper lip that dots her otherwise nearly black coat. Moostash is sweet and sound, but was bred for the turf rather than dirt. Finger Lakes doesn’t run turf races, but this four-year-old isn’t showing enough speed anyway for her trainer to bother shipping her out to a different track to try it and figures she may as well find her a different career instead. Hmm, I can think of at least one other equestrian discipline that might fit the bill …

View Yankee Noodledandy on Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds.

Wise Nobility. Photo via Finger Lakes Finest.

Wise Nobility (WISEMAN’S FERRY – SWEET NOBILITY, BY ABAGINONE): 2015 16.0-hand New York-bred mare

After two starts where she showed no talent for racing, Wise Nobility is looking for a second career away from the track. Her trainer reports that she’s on the higher energy side, but gallops in a snaffle. She can be slow to warm up to new people at first, so she’ll do best in a situation where she can have her own person. Many know that when you gain the trust of a good mare they will jump the moon for you and Wise Nobility seems like she could be that sort.

View Wise Nobility on Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds.

Toyshop. Photo vis Finger Lakes Finest.

Toyshop (ALPHABET SOUP – HAUNTED HONEYMOON, BY EASTERN ECHO): 2013 16.1-hand New York-bred gelding

Grey lovers are sure to be swooning over this guy! Toyshop is a beautifully built an eye-catching seven-year-old who has made 16 career stars and hit the board a few times to earn $34,325 for his connections. “Ghost,” as he’s aptly nicknamed, is a lively and spirited ride as well as a beautiful mover according to his exercise rider. He’s a homebred of his owner too, so a good second home is a must for this well-loved guy!

View Toyshop on Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds.