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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 DWN: Tamie Smith Talks Fresno County Horse Park and Tokyo Dreams

Future Olympic Hopeful at Fresno County Horse Park

Tamra Smith hopes to ride on the U.S. Olympic 3 Day Eventing team in Tokyo this summer. Watch her interview at Fresno County Horse Park

Posted by Fresno County Horse Park on Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Fresh off her performance in the Nations Cup at Military Boekelo in the Netherlands, Tamie Smith was back on home turf a week later at the Fresno County Horse Park. Despite having seven horses to compete that weekend, Tamie still found time to talk to an anchor from the local CBS news station for this interview which was aired locally last fall.

The Fresno County Horse Park holds a special place in Tamie’s heart, since she rode her first event there at the age of eight. In addition to discussing her Fresno roots in this interview, Tamie talks about her first year representing the Team USA, what she loves most about this sport, and her Olympic hopes.

Fresno County Horse Park has another busy schedule in store for 2020 chock full of clinics, combined tests, and horse trials with both national and international levels.

Monday News & Notes from Fleeceworks

#nofilter and all that. Photo by Abby Powell.

I capped off the weekend with a really lovely sunset beach ride yesterday. I may complain about the snow and the cold a good bit this time of year, but honestly, if I ever begin to take for granted how fortunate I am to live where I do and be able to ride a horse in a setting like this I hope someone will come over and knock some sense into me! How was your weekend, EN?

National Holiday: National Bubble Wrap Day

U.S. Weekend Results:

Rocking Horse Winter I H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]

Full Gallop Farm H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]

Monday News & Notes:

Eight Olympics, four different decades, and five medals: there’s no denying Sir Mark Todd is an Olympic legend. With six months until the start of the next Olympic Games, has begun a new series which will interview past Olympic Champions as they count down to this year’s Games. First up: none other than Toddy the Magnificent. Enjoy this recap spanning his not so successful early Olympic bids, to his partnership with the great Charisma, his comeback from his initial retirement, and more. [Golden Greats #1: Mark Todd]

EN’s sister site, Jumper Nation, is on the hunt for a new part-time editor. We are going to miss Meagan DeLisle, who has taken a position with Phelps Media — best of luck, Meagan! The ideal candidate has excellent writing/editing skills and is plugged in to the hunter/jumper community. Email us at [email protected]. [Jumper Nation]

Kissing spine is no longer the career-ending diagnosis it once was. Less than 1% of horses with kissing spine actually show symptoms, but if a pain response and poor performance are plaguing your horse there are now two options for surgery to correct the issue. This article from The Fence Post discusses those two surgery options and their recovery processes un detail. [Kissing spine no longer a career ending diagnosis for performance horses]

Monday Featured Video: Lillian Heard’s LCC Barnaby stretched his legs on cross country last week for the first time since Burghley.

LCC Barnaby had his first XC school since Burghley today. Master coach Boyd Martin gave us some great excercises to practice. B is feeling top notch and ready for a big year. 🤞🤞🤞

Posted by LillianJHeard Eventing on Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Saturday Links from Nupafeed USA

Chinch, where is your chute?! Photo by Dave Taylor.

Say a few prayers for our very own Tilly Berendt, kids. She’s somehow agreed to jump out of a plane for a good cause: sending Team Great Britain to Tokyo. Fancy tossing a few bucks her way to help her reach her fundraising goal? Click here. You better believe she’ll bring home some good tales to tell!

National Holiday: National Opposite Day

U.S. Weekend Action:

Rocking Horse Winter I H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

Saturday Links:

Fitness and Mindfulness Practice with Emily Hamel and Tyler Held

‘I Didn’t Know How Much It Meant To Be A Para Rider – Until I Became One’

The countdown is on: 15 signs the eventing season is just around the corner

What My Dressage Horse’s Spine Taught Me About Her Heart

Shoeing for Sport Horse Injuries

Saturday Video:

Wednesday Video from Kentucky Performance Products: The Anatomy of Passage

We aren’t asked for piaffe and passage in eventing dressage (phew!) but we can certainly still admire the athleticism it takes to perform these highly collected movements correctly!

British dressage rider Laura Tomlinson, who earned an individual bronze medal and team gold medal in the London 2012 Olympics, recently donned an excellent paint job to help Horses Inside Out with a little something. We’re not sure what exactly that something is yet, but it sure looks pretty cool. It’s really quite amazing to see how much the joints, particularly the stifles and hocks, flex during these movements, isn’t it?

Fight back against colic and digestive upset.

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Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: Jockey Club Scholarship Applications Open

Calling all college-bound Thoroughbred-lovers! Two academic scholarships are up for grabs from The Jockey Club for college students planning to pursue a career in the Thoroughbred industry. The $15,000 Jockey Club Scholarship is awarded to a student who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree or higher at any university and The $6,000 Jockey Club Jack Goodman Scholarship is awarded  to a student at the University of Arizona’s Race Track Industry Program (RTIP).

The deadline for applications is March 31, 2020 and the recipients will be announced this summer. Click here for more information and to get those applications in! In the meantime, check out these three ex-racers who are looking for a different career path:

Stelia. Photo via Second Stride.

Stelia (SKIPSHOT – HEMERA, BY MARIA’S MON): 2017 16.0-hand Kentucky-bred mare

Stelia is a relatively clean slate project, having only had three starts and finishing at the very back of the pack each time. She came to Second Stride with a reported right knee issue in the past, but appears completely sound to the crew there thus far. Stelia looks like a a bright, pricked-ears type and has a super sweet disposition and loves to soak up attention. Her nice solid build is nothing to ignore either!

Located in Prospect, Kentucky.

View Stelia on Second Stride Inc.

Tiptappinblues. Photo via Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center.

Tiptappinblues (CONCORD POINT – CARTER’S LADY, BY BANKER’S GOLD): 2012 16.0-hand Indiana-bred gelding

Tiptappinblues is MMSC’s first arrival of 2020! “Jax” retired from racing in 2016 and went on to become a first horse for a teenager, but that teenage recently moved on to college so now Jax is looking for a new person to enjoy time with him. Before coming off the track, he had 25 starts and $21,625 in earning and has no history of injury. Jax has a great training foundation already, some experience jumping, and naturally big, floaty gaits. He’ll make someone new very happy for sure!

Located in Lexington, Kentucky.

View Tiptappinblues on Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center.

Rey Mago. Photo via CANTER KY.

Rey Mago (HAT TRICK (JPN) – PLANETA, BY GIANT’S CAUSEWAY): 2016 15.3-hand Kentucky-bred gelding

Rey Mago is a race-trained but unraced youngster who’s being sold because his owner is downsizing his herd. He’s described as a quiet and gentle gelding who pays attention to his handler — he has a great temperament and a good brain. As he awaits a new home and a new job, he’s been enjoying some relaxing turnout time on his owners farm.

Located in Lexington, Kentucky.

View Rey Mago on CANTER KY.

Monday Video from CLM DWN: Why is Ingrid Klimke Dressed as a Milkmaid Riding a Purple Cow?

Spoiler alert: We’re still not really sure, to be honest.

Here’s what we do know:

  1. This costume contest puts the popular one at the Washington International Horse Show to shame.
  2. This horse, Weisse Düne (who Ingrid also rode in the Stuttgart German Masters,) is a total saint and an absolute doll. The mare is jumping a meter-whatever in an arena full of a screaming, singing crown with a fake udder taped to her … udder. She is a GEM and I would like purchase five of her right now, please.
  3. We do also know that their costume is a reference to the Kraft Milka Alpine Milk Chocolate bar:

    They did a pretty good job with the paint, eh?

  4.  And also, thanks to my sister who has retained a medium-level competency with the German language from high school, we know that the song that they enter the ring to, and later sing along with, is the theme from a, of all things, Japanese anime cartoon called “Heidi, Girl of the Alps.”
  5. Finally, again thanks to my sister, we know that the winner of the contest was decided by an audience vote based on the roars of the crowd and that our dear Ingrid Klimke made it to at least the top three.

Did she win? We may never know because I don’t speak German, I can’t find the results anywhere, and my sister has now cut me off from sending her weird horse videos and asking for translations.

Monday News and Notes from Fleeceworks

Photo via 4xFAR Music & Adventure Festival.

US Equestrian and Land Rover celebrated a ten year partnership together and the launch of a new #WhatsYourRide campaign over the weekend at 4xFAR, a two-day music and adventure festival in Coachella Valley, California. Tamie Smith, Frankie Thieriot Stutes, and Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team Chef d’Equipe Erik Duvander were on hand participating in live demonstrations. We’re thankful for the continued support of Land Rover in our sport!

[US Equestrian and Land Rover Celebrate Ten Years of Partnership with Launch of #WhatsYourRide Campaign]

National Holiday: Martin Luther King Jr Day

U.S. Weekend Results:

Grand Oaks H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]

Stable View H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]

Monday News & Notes:

21 people sit on the USEA Board of Governors and it’s these folks who run the organization by voting on important matters. That a simplistic way to describe their function, but it’s an important role they serve in our sport’s governing body, so let’s get to know them! Among them is our new USEA President of course, plus a representative from each of the 10 USEA Areas, plus another 10 people representing various demographics of the sport. [Meet the 2020 USEA Board of Governors]

Claire Lomas was training for Burghley in 2007 when she was knocked out of the saddle by a low-handing brach and left paralyzed. In 2012, she completed the London Marathon. Claire wore a robotic suit that allowed her to walk and it took her 17 days to complete the course, but the former practicing chiropractor was used to focusing on goals and achieving them. Today, she makes a living as a motivational speaker and she’ll be tackling the marathon again this year. In 2007 Claire raised money for spinal research; this year she’s raising money for an organization that helps disabled kids lead active lives. She’ll be racing in her wheelchair this time and plans to wear motorcycle gear because she recently achieved her licensure to become a competitive motorcycle rider. Oh, and her husband and another friend will run alongside her dressed as pit crew girls. [‘I plan to shave my London Marathon best by days’ – wheelchair athlete Claire Lomas on why she will attempt this year’s event in motorcycle gear] [Donate to Claire’s Fundraiser]

Monday Video: Ride up tiki bar?

Sunday Video: Let Lainey Ashker Show You How to Start a Horse Over a Grid

Here’s a vocal explanation on how to start your greenies over yesterday’s #GOTD courtesy of Snitch!

Posted by Lainey Ashker on Thursday, January 17, 2019

Lainey Ashker‘s Grids of the Day, a.k.a. #GOTD, are a perennially popular source of inspiration for many riders. She’s often demonstrating the grid over what the majority of amateurs out there might consider some pretty sizable fences, though her exercises are adaptable to many levels. But what if you have a horse who is completely new to the concept of a grid?

In this video, Lainey demonstrates how she starts her young horses over grids aboard one of her mom’s new off-the-track Thoroughbreds who is quite new to jumping. You’ll see that she presents the grid to them in four stages and encourages them to seek to forwardness over the poles and offer to jump on their own, all while reminding them to take their time and not rush.

Thank you for sharing, Lainey. Watch and learn!

Podcast Pieces: Three Episodes to Get You Motivated for the Year Ahead

There’s a statistic floating around out there in the world that the majority of people who made New Years resolutions will have failed or given them up by February. We don’t want that to be you! We’re two-thirds through January and many of us could use a little burst of inspiration during one of the darkest and coldest months of the year.

These three podcast episodes are a few of the most inspirational ones we’ve listened to so far this year. Give them a listen, then get going on those goals!

Sam Watson and Horseware Ardagh Highlight at WEG. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

EquiRatings Eventing Podcast — New Year, New Targets | Aired Jan 1, 2020

[Listen Here]

If you’re looking for a podcast episode specific to goal setting then this one is the most classic of bunch that we’ve gathered; it could even be construed as a bit cliche this time of year, as Sam Watson readily points out to host Diarm Byrne, his EquiRatings co-founder. However, this is truly no run-of-mill  ‘New Year, New You’ podcast.

Being an eventing podcast, this goat setting discussion is directly applicable to this sport. Not only that, but Sam grants us an absolutely fascinating look into how he went from considering a retirement from upper-level competition earlier this decade to completely changing his training methods and becoming a key member of the WEG 2018 silver medal-winning Irish Team. It’s really a fantastic and through-provoking story

From there Sam and Diarm go on to discuss measuring your progress via their 6RA and Zone Analysis tools which, yes, they utilize in their work with Federations and High Performance squads, but are just as important tools for an amateur rider looking improve as well.

Quotable: “One of the first parts of what we have used in our tagline across 2019, which is ‘Measure, Improve, Repeat’. One of the things for people who are starting the year now is this concept of measure. The beginning of a journey or a process of improvement … whether it’s sporting or whether it’s business, measuring and understanding where you are now is that really key, crucial first step to improvement. You’ve got to know where you are now.” — Diarm

Jenni Autry and Imperial Striker. Photo by Xpress Foto.

Major League Eventing Podcast — Jenni Autry: Get to know the USEF Managing Director of Eventing | Aired Jan 8, 2020

[Listen Here]

We’re all familiar with our former Eventing Nation Managing Editor turned USEF Managing Director of Eventing, Jenni Autry, but we’re not just featuring this podcast episode because we love her (though we do!) Jenni is someone who has hustled hard for many years, has plenty to show for it, and her story will fuel you to keep chipping away at your own hopes and dreams.

The Major League Eventing Podcast hosts Karen and Rob Bowersox interview a new eventer each week and in this episode we hear Jenni’s backstory including how she got involved with eventing in the first place, how she pursued journalism and found herself at Eventing Nation, and finally her new position with US Eventing. Jenni sheds light on what the job of Managing Director of Eventing entails, some of the projects that she’s currently working on, including revamping and strengthening the E18 and E25 programs, and of course some insights on the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.

Quotable: “You have to always believe that someone is going to work harder than you. And then you have to prove yourself wrong by being the person who does work the hardest. I always believed that hard work creates opportunities, and that’s one hundred-percent what happened to me … I didn’t think about the things I couldn’t control, I thought about what I could control. You can control the way you treat other people. You can control your attitude. When you think less about the things you can’t control and more about the things you can control, that’s something that’s really powerful and that’s ultimately how you make a better life for yourself.” — Jenni

Photos courtesy of Gamecock Photo and EN’s Instagram.

USEA Podcast — The History of Eventing with Jim Wofford | Aired Dec 27, 2019

[Listen Here]

Jimmy Wofford was one of three Keynote speakers at the USEA Annual Convention this past December and he spoke alongside Max Corcoran and Woodge Fulton on eventing’s past, present, and future respectively. If you didn’t attend Convention, you can watch a recording of the Keynote here and read our recap here, but if you want an even deeper dive into eventing history, this podcast episode is for you.

Jimmy gives an overview of how eventing has evolved from its roots as an exercise open only to members of the military to the sport we know today. We also get a particularly interesting lesson in the evolution of cross country course design — you may be surprised to know that skinnies aren’t a new invention. It’s easy to see only the current changes happening in the sport, but we shouldn’t forget about the key transformations that eventing has undergone in the past that has brought us to where we are today.

So why is a podcast episode giving a history lesson relevant to New Year-style inspiration you ask? Because yet again, here in 2020, we find ourselves in the midst of another re-design and defining period of our beloved sport and, circling back to our EquiRating Eventing Podcast episode, it’s important to know where you’ve started in order to make progress.

Quotable: “History, properly studied, is the study of the accumulation of wisdom. And we should be as wise as we can in what we ask our horses to do, how we care for them, how we train them, how we equip them, and we have a great deal of history now to rely on. There’s a great deal of trial and error involved in history and that means if we study the history we no longer make so many errors.” — Jimmy.

Now that you’ve gotten a crash course in eventing history and you know where you come from, get out there and create the future.

Have you listened to any other motivating podcasts recently? Let us know in comments, and Go Eventing!

Where Are They Now? An Update on Sir Mark Todd’s Former Upper-Level String

The eventing world was pretty rocked when Sir Mark Todd’s retirement was announced on the Nation’s Cup Podium at the Camphire International Horse Trials in Ireland last summer. As a little more time has now passed, perhaps we’ve all come slightly more to terms with the fact that we won’t be seeing the lanky Kiwi legend in the irons at events anymore, treating each and every spectator to a masterclass with his riding.

Not that we’re really okay with this fact, it’s just more of a begrudging acceptance at this point. Truly though, we are incredibly grateful that such a legend has graced our sport and we very much hope he that he thoroughly enjoys his next endeavor, Thoroughbred racing, to its absolute fullest.

We know what Sir Mark will be up to in the next chapter of his equestrian career, but what became of his string of event horses? In no particular order, here’s where they are now:

Mark Todd and NZB Campino at Kentucky 2016. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

NZB Campino

Let’s start by talking about NZB Campino, known as “Kinky” around the barn, who was Sir Mark’s mount at the 2012 London Olympics where they were members of the bronze medal-winning team for New Zealand. After the Olympics, which was essentially the horse’s first five-star, the Hanoverian gelding (Contendro I X Pink Dame, by Pinkus) went on to complete six more five-stars with Mark in the irons including a 4th place finish at Badminton 2018.

Kinky was retired on course at last year’s Badminton after “pulling himself up,” as Mark puts it, and after some follow-up work the decision was made to retire him from international competition. Kinky has been enjoying the pampered retired life ever since, but hadn’t enjoyed the fanfare of proper sendoff until Mark’s official retirement ceremony after Burghley where horse and rider enjoyed one last lap of honor together.

Mark Todd and Leonidas II. Photo by Nico Morgan Media.

Leonidas II

It was Leonidas II that Mark was riding in the Nation’s Cup at Camphire International Horse Trials, his last eventing competition, and it was fitting that his mount was a horse of such accomplishment and his last Olympic Games mount, placing 7th individually at Rio in 2016. But where does a horse who has competed in five Badminton Horse Trials plus an Olympic Games go next?

The yard of a World Silver Medalist seems fairly fitting. After a meet and greet at Mark’s yard and the blessing of owners Diane Brunsden and Peter Cattell, the Holsteiner gelding (Landos X Nairobi III, by Parco XX) made the move to Padraig McCarthy‘s stable in early August last year.

With Leonidas just getting back into the full swing of things on the competition front, Padraig has wasted no time in getting the 15-year-old gelding back out and about. They made their first competition appearance together at Millstreet International Horse Trials later that month, adding only time to their dressage score and finishing 6th in the CCI4*-S. We saw then again out and about at Boekelo in October, but they were sadly eliminated on cross country. Big plans for the horse are still up in the air, though Padraig has said he’d love to get the gelding qualified for a five-star this year.

Cool Tide

Also owned by Diane Brunsden and Peter Cattell, one of Mark’s up-and-comers, a 7-year-old British-bred gelding (Chili Morning X Samphire, by Deanes San Ciro HIT) by the name of Cool Tide, will be also now be campaigned by Padraig McCarthy.

This is Cool Tide’s second season of British Eventing competition and has been ridden through the CCI3*-S  level by Mark. Padraig also brought Cool Tide to Millstreet International for his first spin on him, competing in the CCI2*-S. Later on in the season they also popped around the Open Intermediate at Bicton Arena in October.

Sir Mark Todd and McClaren (NZL) at WEG 2018. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

McClaren

McClaren was Mark Todd’s mount for the 2018 World Equestrian Games at Tryon International Equestrian Center. The pair helped New Zealand finish 7th overall in the team standings, just edging out Team U.S.A. for a coveted ticket to Tokyo 2020. Last fall it was announced that the 12-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Clarimo X Toni 1, by Landjunge) will be staying on Team New Zealand as owners David and Katherine Thomson have offered the ride to fellow world-class Kiwi eventer, Jonelle Price. Mark describes both the horse and his new rider as “super talented and feisty.”

“Mac” began his international career just two years ago under Mark. It’s a bit fitting that Jonelle will take the gelding’s reins since Mark had originally tried to sell him to her before changing his mind and keeping the horse for himself. Jonelle gets a twofer this time around though: supergroom Jess Wilson — who you may recognize from her blogs about caring for Egypt’s woking horses during her off-season vacation — has accompanied Mac to the Price’s yard.

Mark Todd and Kiltubrid Rhapsody led after the first phase at Burghley 2018. Photo by Nico Morgan Media.

Kiltubrid Rhapsody

The last time we last saw Kiltubrid Rhapsody out and about at an FEI event was at Burghley in 2018. Sir Mark and the stunning gray nailed a 26.4 in the first phase and for the second year in a row they would be the clubhouse leaders heading into cross country day. Most unfortunately, it would also become the second year in a row that Mark would fall on cross country after leading the dressage. Just two fences after the Leaf Pit, where the pair had made a heart-stopping save and practically defied physics to complete the direct route (go to 1:43:38 here if you need a reminder,) the pair parted company at a relatively innocuous fence. Neither horse nor rider were injured, but a collective heartbreak of eventing fans around the world could be felt.

“Raps” made three starts at British Eventing horse trials early last year, the most recent of which was in the Advanced/Intermediate class at the Rockingham International Horse Trials in May. Since then, we hadn’t heard much regarding the 13-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Cascaletto St Ghyvan Z X Kiltubrid Heather, by Lombardo) other than finding a sale ad for him after Mark’s retirement. It didn’t take too long to find him a new rider, and we’re tickled to report that Kiltubrid Rhapsody is now a resident of the United States. West Coast eventers will be in for a real treat, watching this eventing legend tackle the Area VI scene with his new jockey, young rider Kathryn Canario. They’ve already gotten one event under their belts as a new team, having completed Open Training at the Fresno County Horse Park H.T. this past November.

Cool Reign

There’s one last Toddy horse to cover and you may not have heard of him since he’s more of an up-and-comer rather than an established campaigner. We think he’s worth mentioning, however, because — oh hey, he’s for sale! Billed as “Sir Mark Todd’s last remaining eventer” in his sale ad, he could be yours for a cool £80,000/$101,000. Cool Reign is a 8- or 9-year-old (depending on which database you’re looking at) Oldenburg gelding (Calrimo X Wegatta, by Wolfram) and a half-brother to McClaren by the same sire. “Caspar,” as he’s known around the barn, jumped from the BE100 level to CCI2*-L competition last year, his first year eventing.

Come on now, who else wants to bring a Sir Mar Todd trained horse stateside? Pretty please?

RNS Videographer Jenifer Kloss is Taking the Reins and Making Her Eventing Dreams Come True

Jen and Linka at FRVPC Mini Event in May 2019. Photo courtesy of Jenifer Kloss.

If you’ve ridden anywhere up and down the East Coast over the past 25 years then you’ve most likely been filmed by RNS Videomedia and as you’ve galloped past there is a decent chance that behind one of those cameras has been Jenifer Kloss. Jen had never heard of eventing before working with RNS, but now she’s living her own eventing dream.

Jen has been a horse lover since a young girl, first taking lessons at the age of seven and continuing to ride for a few years, though during her high school and college years horses would be out of the picture as she pursued other interests. She attended college at Western Illinois University, graduating with the BA in Communications with an emphasis in TV and video production in 1991. Knowing those facts, it would make sense that Jen would end up working with an equine video company, but how she ended up doing so is an unusual story. 

Of all things, Jen’s relationship with RNS Videomedia and re-involvement with horses after college began when her cousin, an officer with the Chicago Police Department, responded to a reported robbery at a Chicago apartment. While assessing the scene, Jen’s cousin noticed a number of photographs of horses and riders decorating the apartment of the woman who lived there. They began conversing as the police work was winding down and it turned out that the woman worked for a business called Captain Edgar’s Videos, which provided event riders with competition footage. She gave Jen’s police officer cousin a business card which, knowing her cousin’s interest in both videography and horses, was passed along.

(A small aside: Captain Edgar’s Videos is the original name of the company that would eventually evolve into RNS Videomedia as we know it today. Captain Edgar was the the very first horse of the company’s founder and owner, Louann Franicich. Louann would ask a friend to attend all their shows to video their tests and eventually other competitors began to ask if they could get their tests videoed too. Captain Edgar’s Videos was born and later the business name changed to Rockin’ Stud Videos which eventually evolved into the abbreviated RNS Videomedia that we know and love today.) 

Photo courtesy of Jenifer Kloss.

A few days later, Jen drove down to the far south side of Chicago where the Captain Edgar’s Video/ RNS Videomedia headquarters was based at the time to interview with Louann. Despite having ridden as a child, Jen had never heard of three-day eventing before this point and was invited to accompany the team to their last show of the season: the CDCTA Horse Trials at Commonwealth Park in Culpeper, Virginia. After watching a day of dressage and getting behind the lens to shoot cross country for the first time, Jen was hooked and she spent the following year, 1992, on the road full-time with the RNS crew.

“It was an amazing adventure for a twenty-five-year-old,” Jen said. “I just like going on the road trips and going different places.”

A few notable events among the multitude of places that she visited that year were the Virginia Horse Trials, Bromont, and the (then) Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event which, in particular, was an impressive and inspiring yet slightly overwhelming experience.

“There was so much pomp and circumstance; ladies in fancy hats, people with their dogs, all the activities around, the huge trade fair, and the spectacular horse athletes who you just know that they know they’re hot stuff by the look in their eye as they trot by,” Jen recalled.

“The amount of spectators was just overwhelming — I’m only 4-foot-nine! But to get to see the course and huge jumps ahead of time and be that close, it was crazy fun and super. But as a side note, for about three or four years in a row it would rain every single year so everyone else would groan about going to Kentucky!”

Jen at Kentucky. Photo courtesy of Jenifer Kloss.

Flash forward 25 years and Jen is still filming for RNS, now as a freelancer while she works a full-time job as an Administrative Assistant for the City of Chicago, Department of Aviation which she’s worked for just as long. At the beginning of each year she takes a look at RNS’s show schedule and arranges her vacation days around those she wants to go to and which they need her help with.

The 25-year relationship with RNS has continued to be an adventure; taking her around the country to different venues, creating enduring friendships with the company’s founder Louann and Mark Fallon (he’s the guy with the hat!) who started out as a crew chief and is now a co-owner, and of course, introducing her to the sport of eventing which she’s held a passion for ever since. As Jen evolved as a videographer over the years, so did her love of eventing and knowledge of the sport. 

“As time went on I wanted to know so much about the sport, as these were the amazing days of Bruce Davidson, Michael Plumb, Karen Lende (O’Connor,)” she said. “I tried to soak in as much as possible by walking the courses, learning rules and regulations, listening to the judges during dressage tests, and I always had books with me about the different riders. I loved trying to look at a competitors view as far as what we were filming.”

“We shoot in all conditions whether it’s 110 degree or snowing or we’re standing out there in the rain. Because of my love of the sport I would always give 110% to give that rider the best footage I could give them despite the conditions.”

“I just like being out in the middle of nowhere like that.” Jen films Buck Davidson at Millbrook in 2019. Photo by Abby Powell.

Up until relatively recently Jen had only enjoyed the sport from behind the lens, as financial constraints meant no money to get back into a barn for lessons. For about six years, Jen worked her full-time job and another part-time job in addition to freelancing for RNS. 

“I finally got to a point where I could crack down on finances, so I buckled down and paid everything off. I did that in my mid-forties and by the time I hit 48 I could say I’m done with the part-time job. As I was getting older, I was talking a lot about getting into lessons and eventing was just something I needed to do,” Jen recalled. “By the time I was 50 I was in lessons.”

Jen had talked about her desire to get back into the barn and take lessons with her good friends and RNS founder, Louann, who found a way to kickstart Jen’s dream of riding again.

“After we were done filming at the AECs in Tryon in 2016, Louann handed me a business card along with my paycheck for the week and said, ‘You’ve got two lessons coming up. I know that this is something you’ve wanted to do for a really, really long time.”

The business card was for ICP instructor Jennifer Rousseau of L’Esprit Equestrian which is based at Snow Angels Farm in Barrington, Illinois. Louann had bartered a few videos of Jennifer’s L’Esprit students for lessons for Jen.

“I’m a crier, so I started crying!” Jen laughed.”Louann asked me, ‘Are you ready for lessons?’ and I said, ‘I sure am!’ It was the start of a new life and a whole new adventure.”

Jen and Linka. Photo courtesy of Jenifer Kloss.

Later that year, Jen cashed in her lessons with Jennifer and got back in the saddle aboard an older Thoroughbred named Truman with whom she re-learned the basics. At the beginning of 2018, she moved on to her current mount, Linka, a Haflinger mare who has previously taken several different riders through Beginner Novice eventing and Pony Club C1 level dressage and will turn 22 years old this year, but shows no signs of slowing down. Jen was able to ride Linka about once a week that year, but then at the beginning of 2019 she had the opportunity to share board for her and ride 3-4 times a week and lesson regularly with Zoe Zanides, who is also a student of Jennifer’s.

Jen competed in her very first horse show last May, doing the pre-starter combined test at the Fox River Valley Pony Club Mini Event and took the top spot in the division out of six competitors. Mark even came our to video and support her. Despite having attended decades worth of events through her work with RNS, being an actual competitor was a whole new experience for Jen.

“I learned everything from trailering the horses in, getting the stalls ready, equipment ready, and attire set, to making sure the horse is all set and warmed up. It’s an experience to have all those people around you. I’ve been to so many horse shows, but I’ve never had the in-the-barn experience. To be there with my teammates — it was fun and the day went by so fast, I was like, ‘OK, I’m ready for more.'”

Plus, being a part of a barn family has brought yet another dimension to her work behind the video camera: “Now that I’m part of L’Esprit when my teammates are going to the same show that I’m videoing at it’s a lot more fun. You get a little giddy when you hear your team member is coming through and just to be able to wander through the barns and say, ‘Hey, how’s it going?’ is a treat.”

Jen displays her first ribbon of her career alongside Zoe Zanides. Photo courtesy fo Jenifer Kloss.

Jen is hoping to make a return trip to the FRVPC mini event this May and then her sights are set on a move-up to the Starter level which is offered at Silverwood Farm in conjunction with their USEA- recognized horse trials in June. Jen’s ultimate goal is to someday compete Beginner Novice at a venue she holds dear: the Kentucky Horse Park.

Like many of us, Jen has found her happy place in the barn amongst horses and like-minded equestrians.

“Being at the barn juts makes my heart happy. There are so many different levels of rider, different age groups, and different personalities, but everybody just comes together as a family and you just help each other out and you hang out in the barn aisle and chat. Any time that I’ve been in a lesson I’ve never had anybody not be encouraging to somebody else.”

“Being 52 years old and working on connection, balance, strength and my jumping — I just love my life. I’m so blessed to have this opportunity. Not many people can say they are truly making their dreams come true.” 

Saturday Links from Nupafeed USA

It’s super fun seeing so many fan-favorite upper-level event horses getting back into work early this season. We saw Lauren Kieffer out with her super mare, Veronica, in the Open Preliminary at Majestic Oaks last weekend, and now heeeeeere’s Johnny (Simply Priceless) showing Elisa Wallace that he can still take the long spot, no problem! Elisa says this is still minimal effort for him: “He’s barely trying. Mind you this horse made Cottesmore Leap feel like a Novice fence.”

National Holiday: National Thesaurus Day

U.S. Weekend Action:

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

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

Saturday Links:

Featured Clinician: Sara Gumbiner

How Well Do Horse Owners Recognize Colic?

Interactive site tracks strangles diagnoses in near real-time

Behind the Breeder’s Brand: C Square Farm

Even looser nosebands apply significant pressure, study findings show

Breeders’ Cup Issues Report on Mongolian Groom Injury

Saturday Video: The Olympic Rings have arrived in Tokyo! Apparently they’re just going to chill on the water until August.

Wednesday Video from Kentucky Performance Products: Your Midwinter Klimke Fix

What’s that you say? You need more Ingrid Klimke in your life? Excellent, so do we! And lucky for us all, ClipMyHorse.TV just released a video of her ride in the indoor eventing class at the Stuttgart German Masters from November. Ingrid rode her own and Marion Drache‘s 10-year-old Holsteiner mare, Weisse Düne, to a top-three placing behind the one-two Irish finish of Cathal Daniels and Padraig McCarthy, respectively. You can read a recap of the event here and then sit back and watch the master at work.

Fight back against colic and digestive upset.

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The horse that matters to you matters to us®. Not sure which horse supplement best meets your horse’s needs? Kentucky Performance Products, LLC is here to help. Contact us at 859-873-2974 or visit our website at KPPusa.com.

Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: Nothing Plain About These Bays

You don’t have to have flashy chrome to be eye-catching — just take one look at these three available off the track Thoroughbreds and you’ll see that their beauty is more than skin-deep. These three plain bays have not a hint of a sock or star on them, but they’ll stand out from the crowd nonetheless. Take one home and make them your new partner:

Veronas Victor. Photo via CANTER PA.

Veronas Victor (OFFLEE WILD – OPHIUCHUS, BY AFLEET ALEX): 2015 16.1-hand Pennsylvania-bred gelding

Lightly raced, a nicely uphill build, and no history of any issues makes Verona’s Victor a very desirable sport horse prospect. This gelding, who’s by a Derby runner and Grade 1 winner, can be described as a good egg who tries to do everything right, but just isn’t showing the interest in racing needed to win. He’s a homebred and has been with the same connections his whole life, who have taken care to give him breaks to relax on the farm throughout his training. Perhaps he liked life on a farm too much to much to have wanted to be back at the track!

Located in Grantville, Pennsylvania.

View Veronas Victor on CANTER PA.

Win the Shake. Photo via New Vocations Racehorse Adoption.

Win the Shake (SHAKIN IT UP – HEDY HOPPER, BY VICTORY GALLOP): 2016 16.2-hand New York-bred mare

“Winnie” might just be the whole package! In addition to being athletic, she’s a sweet, level-headed, and easy-going girl. Despite her young age, she’s a quiet and confident under saddle and does her very best to listen to her rider. Winnie raced just three times and won $43,460. After winning her second race, she was bumped up to tougher competition and her race trainer may have thought she wouldn’t be a competitive racer at that level. Their loss is your gain for this sweet mare! After having the fall to just relax, she’s ready to find her person.

Located in Lexington, Kentucky.

View Win the Shake on New Vocations Racehorse Adoption.

Rafter. Photo via CANTER PA.

Rafter (PADDY O’PRADO – WAR EAGLE LADY, BY WAR CHANT): 2016 16.2-hand Kentucky-bred gelding

Rafter had a decent go on the track with 20 career starts and a couple hits on the boards for $44,202 career earnings. He’s finished at the back of the pack in his last few races, so his connections have decided to more him on to something new. Paddy O’Prado is said to be a popular sport horse line and given his great build we could definitely picture him galloping out of a start box someday.

Located in Grantville, Pennsylvania.

View Rafter on CANTER PA.

Monday Video from CLM DWN: A Bouncy Fun Thoroughbred Makeover Sneak Peak

First things first, congratulations to the winner of our Fab Freebie for  CLM DWN Transdermal Recovery Gel: Jennifer Thayer of Aiken, South Carolina! This innovative product helps our hardworking partners achieve optimal recovery of both body and mind.

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Keep an eye out for future Fab Freebies on EN.

Mr Wild Kitty is way to much fun. This guy is my next Thoroughbred Makeover horse and although I have barely had any time with him due to winter weather and lack of safe footing he is coming along so fast. I have decided to call him Tigger for his barn name, can you guess why? 😂 He is one bouncy guy. Despite only having a few liberty sessions this guy never left me once today, he has got such a high play drive I cannot wait to see what he is going to learn in the next year.

Posted by Amy Bowers on Sunday, January 12, 2020

We have a ways to go yet before the 2020 Retried Racehorse Project Thoroughbred Makeover in October, but here’s a little sneak peak of what we might look forward to courtesy of Amy Bowers and her 2020 Makeover hopeful Mr Wild Kitty.

Amy is an eventer and Thoroughbred Makeover veteran who’s been particularly successful in the Freestyle division. Last year, she and her 2019 Makeover horse Grande Warrior made it to finale and were crowned Freestyle champions. It looks like she’s aiming for a repeat this year, with this nine-year-old Colorado-bred gelding that she found through CANTER.

Amy has decided to call this bouncy chestnut “Tigger” around the barn for reasons that will become immediately obvious upon watching the video above, which is a neat glimpse into an early-stage liberty training session. Amy is excited about Tigger’s potential because he has a high play drive and shows such good connection, never averting his attention from his person despite only a few training sessions under his belt at this point. Good luck on your journey Amy and Tigger, we can’t wait to see what you accomplish!

Have your sights set on the Thoroughbred Makeover? There’s still time to apply! Trainer applications close this Wednesday, January 15. Trainers will be notified of acceptance by February 15 and accepted trainers must declare their horses by July 31.

Monday News & Notes from Fleeceworks

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One rail in his first prelim!

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Phew, it’s been a while since we’ve been able to write “Weekend Results” here on a Monday morning! It feels pretty good to be back in the swing of things in that respect, though it’ll still be a little while longer before I personally go eventing in 2020. But hey, living vicariously through others and keeping everyone in the loop part of what EN is here for and we are happy to be of service!

National Holiday: National Sticker Day

U.S. Weekend Results:

Majestic Oaks H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]

Monday News & Notes:

There were certainly plenty of news and notes from the US Equestrian Annual Meeting, which took place this weekend. From new rule change formats, to the USEF offering insurance and health benefits, and dispelling myths about SafeSport here are some key takeaways courtesy of The Chronicle of the Horse. [2020 USEF Annual Meeting In A Nutshell: Need-To-Know Takeaways]

The path to becoming a top-level competition groom is a familiar one, with the best roles hard-won through working student positions. But are these roles an invaluable education — or just exploitation? This piece, authored by our own Tilly Berendt was originally published in June 2019 in print in Noelle Floyd, explores the blurred line between working student and professional groom along with the benefits and pay, or lack-thereof, that go along with the jobs. [Education Or Exploitation? The Alarming Financial Realities Of Grooms And Working Students]

Do you have a panic attack when you land on the wrong lead after a jump? Would you like to keep that from happening? Irish event rider Austin O’Connor explains a simple exercise to help teach horses to land on the correct canter lead after a jump. [#SundaySchool: how to teach your horse to land on the correct leg]

Monday Video:

Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: From 14.2 (Yes, 14.2) to 15.2-Hands

Yes, you’ve read that correctly. This week, one of our featured horses measures up to just 14.2-hands tall! Though it’s a rarity, pony-sized full Thoroughbred have been documented before including this one that went on to become a champion pony jumper.

We couldn’t help but show off a sassy “pony” we found this week, plus two other Thoroughbreds on the smaller side who are also waiting for their new homes:

Eliz’s Hope. Photo via CANTER Chicago.

Eliz’s Hope (FLAT OUT – JABBER DABBER DOO, BY PLEASANT TAP): 2016 14.2-hand Illinois-bred mare

Here she is, 14.2-hand high Eliz’s Hope. The CANTER volunteers who listed her said she’s “one of the nicest put-together racehorses we’ve ever seen — in the tiniest of packages!” The photos included in her listing appear to make her neck look a bit short (in this author’s humble opinion), but it looks more proportional in her videos. Eliz’s Hope raced nine times, but her little legs just weren’t quite long enough to keep up with the other horses though she did manage two third place finishes. Her racing contacts gushed over her sweet temperament, but judging by her videos she looks like she has a bit of sass in there as well. What else would you expect from a pint-sized young mare though?

Located at Hawthorne Racecourse in Illinois.

View Eliz’s Hope on CANTER Chicago.  Since publication, Eliz’s Hope has been spoken for, so she is no longer available. But be sure to check out these other two on the smaller side:

Big Ragu. Photo via Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds.

Big Ragu (DROSSELMEYER – CALL ME SWIFT, BY BERNARDINI): 2014 15.2-hand New York-bred gelding

This handsome gelding is so nicely proportioned, you wouldn’t know know he’s just 15.2-hands if there wasn’t anyone standing next to him. Though Big Ragu be but little, his connections say he has a big, long stride. He’s also a quiet, sensible guy and has made 28 starts, hitting the board a handful of times to earn $52,465 in his career. Since Big Ragu’s last win, he’s only eligible to race against tougher competition so his trainer figures now is a good time for him to move on to a new career. Big Ragu is reported to have no injuries or vices and is also currently barefoot behind.

Located at the Finger Lakes Race Track in Farmington, New York.

View Big Ragu on Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds.

Lord Valian. Photo via CANTER.

Lord Valian (Chicago Six x Valiant Glory): A 2016 15.2-hand gelding.

 

When a racing contact tells you a horse is “very sound” you write that down. When you see an on-track 3 yo that is filled out with a solid barrel and topline, you take note. And when you find out that horse is unraced, you start imagining the endless career prospects and possibilities for that horse’s future.

The scenario described above is LORD VALIANT in a nutshell. This 3 yo gelding never raced, nor does he have a published workout. In fact, since he never showed promise as a racehorse, you won’t find Lord Valiant in Equibase or with a Jockey Club registration. So what does the future hold for Lord Valiant if racing isn’t his thing? His breeder/owner thinks he’d make an excellent polo pony. But as he was described as being sound and suitable for all careers, it will be up to his new owner and Lord Valiant to make that decision!

In terms of personality and other characteristics, Lord Valiant was described as “sweet, quiet, well behaved and likes people.” He was also described as easy to ride. (Again, folks, keep in mind this is stated by people who are used to handling/riding on-track racehorses!) According to his contacts, Lord Valiant does crib mildly, but only when eating.

Currently located at Arlington Park.

View Lord Valiant on CANTER Chicago

Saturday Links from Nupafeed USA

Alex:Maryland 5 Star: "What is Jumping, Alex?"How many of you yelled the answer before Brad Rutter on last night's…

Posted by Maryland 5 Star on Friday, January 10, 2020

“What is: None of the Jeopardy! producers consulted an actual eventer when writing this question, Alex?”

If you watched the Jeopardy! Greatest of All Time special tournament on Thursday, January 9th then you probably shouted when you saw this question come up in the Double Jeopardy round under a category called “It Comes Third.” They definitely got the concept of eventing right, but we don’t really call it endurance day much any more and I would consider endurance riding a whole other sport. ‘A’ for effort though, and a fist pump for main stream media coverage.

National Holiday: National Step in a Puddle and Splash Your Friends Day

U.S. Weekend Action:

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

Saturday Links:

Demo Horses and Riders Needed for the 2020 USEA Educational Symposium with Andreas Dibowski

International Equestrian Community Comes Together to Support Australian Fire Relief

Not Sure How To Help Australian Fire Victims? These Equestrian Brands Are Making It Simple

My Toughest Dressage Training Challenge: Curing a Tongue Problem

Rule Refresher: Qualifications

Above-Ground Burial for Horses

Saturday Video: One of our favorite super mares is back in the ring!

This Week in Horse Health News Presented by MediVet Equine

Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

This week in horse health news, we’re focusing our attention on the devastating and heartbreaking brushfires that are ongoing in Australia. It’s been estimated that over one billion animals, primarily wildlife and livestock, have already lost their lives as a result of these fires. Health concerns from fire are pretty obvious, but the massive amount of smoke produced from these fires poses a health concern as well. Here are a few articles about both and how we can help treat and protect our equine charges.

An article on the treatment of horses burned in a major grass fire has been made available for free. Many peer-reviewed journal articles are only available with paid access to the journal, but in the midst of the devastation of the current brushfires in Australia Equine Veterinary Education is giving open access to the article “Findings and strategies for treating horses injured in open range fires” by Elizabeth Woolsey Herbert so that it can be easily referenced by veterinarians who may be dealing with similar injuries currently. The article was originally published in September 2017 and describes the treatment of horses with significant burn injuries from the Pinery brushfires in South Australia in November 2015. [Equine Veterinary Education]

Where there’s smoke there’s fire, and vice versa. Though fire is the more imminent threat, smoke inhalation can be detrimental to health too.  While the fire itself poses an immediate threat to the lives of any being in its path, the smoke produced in these brushfires contains particles that can irritate and damage the lungs after it is breathed in. Horses, even with their huge lung capacity, are of course not immune to the respiratory distress caused by smoke. One previous study found that horses who continued to exercise in an area affected by wildfires exhibited coughing both at rest and during exercise and showed signs of inflammation in their respiratory tract similar to that of asthma. In order to avoid respiratory damage from its advisable to keep animals inside when possible and keep outdoor exercise to a minimum. [How wildfire smoke affects pets and other animals]

Smoke is just one cause of air pollution and air pollution in general may be linked to Exercise-Induced Pulmonary Hemorrhage (EIPH) in horses. Researchers from the Ontario Veterinary College are beginning to investigate the link between air pollution and EPIH in racehorses running at Woodbine and Woodbine Mohawk Park. Over the next two years, they will scope thousands of horses and draw samples from track veterinarians while monitoring the air quality data from weather stations close to the track. EIPH can shorten the career of racehorses and sporthorses or, at worst, lead to death from a hemorrhage. [Air pollution’s link to pulmonary hemorrhage in horses under scrutiny]

As horse owners and competitors, we want to give our equine athletes every opportunity to feel and perform their best. Keeping up to date with the latest news in horse health and medicine is an important part of that, and it’s why Medivet Equine is bringing you the latest in horse health news each week.

Following the medical model of “do no harm”, MediVet Equine develops scientifically based therapeutics enabling the horse to call on its own healing ability, thus achieving its full performance potential. MediVet Equine provides effective, all natural, drug free products and lab services designed to optimize the overall health of performance horses. They specialize in regenerative treatments that help the body heal itself to get stronger naturally. Boyd Martin has several of his top competitive mounts on MediVet ACS, and has had terrific results!

Wednesday Video from Kentucky Performance Products: A Christmas Miracle in the Australian Brushfires

Kiwi a Christmas miracle after surviving bushfires

Jessie Smith thought she had lost her best friend in the devastating bushfires that took over 80-acres of her families property in South Australia.Her horse Kiwi, an Off The Track thoroughbred had other plans. #LoveTheHorse ❤️

Posted by Racing.com on Saturday, January 4, 2020

20-year-old South Australia native Jessie Smith was diagnosed with auto-immune disease at 14 years old which left her right leg partially paralyzed. Since then, she’s looked to horses to keep her happy and active. She found the perfect partner in “Kiwi,” a Thoroughbred who came off the track in 2014 and has since taken her Dressage Nationals with the help of her trainer, five-star eventer Megan Jones, who lost her farm in a recent brushfire.

Just before Christmas, Jessie’s family farm was put in sudden peril when a change of wind brought flames from a nearby brushfire, which wasn’t initially headed their way, within sight from their property in less than two hours. The South Australian Country Fire Service (CFS) wasn’t able to get to them before the flames so the family was ordered to evacuate. They were able to load three horses onto a two horse trailer, but Kiwi wouldn’t load and they had to make the heartbreaking decision to leave him behind. They turned him out in a paddock hoping but not believing that he would somehow survive.

Jessie and her family were convinced that once they were able to return to their property, they would find that everything, including Kiwi, would be gone. When Jessie’s dad returned to the farm he found that 80 acres of land plus their herd of cattle were gone, but to everyone’s surprise he found that their house was still standing and so was Kiwi, waiting in his paddock without a scratch or burn on him for someone to bring his feed bucket.

The Smith family would later learn that their house was saved by three men who took shelter there after becoming trapped, but no one knows exactly how it happened that Kiwi’s paddock escaped destruction. However it happened, they’re forever thankful for their miracle horse.

This horse is the bravest little soldier ❤️We’ve just met Sam, Dougal and Ned. The guys who got trapped by a falling…

Posted by Jessie Smith on Monday, December 23, 2019

 

Fight back against colic and digestive upset.

Neigh-Lox® Advanced provides a scientifically advanced blend of ingredients that work synergistically to maintain your horse’s digestive tract in peak condition by supporting both the gastrointestinal tissues and the beneficial bacteria that populate the gut. Maintaining a healthy digestive tract reduces the risk of colonic and gastric ulcers, colic, laminitis related to hindgut acidosis, and oxidative stress that damages digestive tract tissues themselves. Horses with a well-balanced GI tract have good appetites, absorb more nutrients from their diets, maintain a strong immune system, and stay healthier.

 

The horse that matters to you matters to us®. Not sure which horse supplement best meets your horse’s needs? Kentucky Performance Products, LLC is here to help. Contact us at 859-873-2974 or visit our website at KPPusa.com.

Monday Video from CLM DWN: An Eventful Life in 2019

Here in the U.S. we mainly look to our friends at RNS Videomedia and Ride On Video for our ever-important competition footage. Over in the U.K. as well as in Australia, eventers rely on An Eventful Life to film them across country. The folks at An Eventful Life were kept pretty busy this year, as they filmed more than 23,000 cross country rides over 500,000 fences at 58 events throughout three countries during 2019!

This 9-minute compilation video shows one pair from each of the 58 events that they filmed. From pom-pom capped kids on ponies to the pros at five-star level, we bet you’ll be able to spot at least one pair that you recognize. Bonus points if you can name the events!

Monday News & Notes from Fleeceworks

🏆 Auction Item 🏆2012 London Olympics Rug AND framed, signed photo with personal note from Andrew Hoy.Kindly donated…

Posted by Equestrian Fundraising for Fire Relief on Sunday, January 5, 2020

Here’s your chance to own a pretty cool piece of eventing memorabilia AND, most importantly, help the victims of the Australian brushfires. Andrew Hoy has very generously donated Rutherglen’s official 2012 Olympic blanket plus a signed photo and personal note from Andrew. The auction is currently active and bids can be placed by clicking here and commenting on the post on Facebook. The auction closes on Sunday, January 12th at 9 PM Sydney/Melbourne time. Keep your eye out for more items on the Equestrian Fundraising for Fire Relief Facebook page which has been set up specifically to raise money for  Blaze Aid, a volunteer driven organization that works with farmers and people in rural areas to rebuild fencing and other infrastructure after catastrophic fires.

National Holiday: National Thank God It’s Monday Day

Your Monday News  Notes:

Speaking of the Australian bushfires, ICMYI we posted a summary over the weekend of what’s happening, why you need to be paying attention to it, and how you can help. Please join us in sending good thoughts and useful contributions to the people and animals in the affected areas. [The Australian Bushfires: An Update from Eventer Megan Jones, and How to Help]

Areas I and II hosted their annual meetings and year end awards banquets this weekend. Congratulations to everyone who went home with a big shiny end of year ribbon! [Area I] [Area II]

The first foal from 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify was born on January 3 at  at Amaroo Farm near Lexington, Kentucky and it’s a girl! The darling bay filly is out of Foreign Affair by Exchange Rate and, in a bit of a full circle story, the darling bay filly is owned by Audley Farm Equine, who were the first to stand a Triple Crown Winner after Sir Barton won in 1919. And yes, there’s a cute baby picture in this article! [It’s a Girl: First Foal by Justify Born in Kentucky]

Monday Featured Video: The FEI is counting down their top 15 moments of 2019. Oliver Townend’s Kentucky win aboard Cooley Master Class takes the #12 spot.

 

Saturday Links from Nupafeed USA

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Hudson loved meeting his new little sister Abby!

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Congratulations to Jessica and Doug Payne who welcomed their second child, a baby girl by the name of Abigail Adams Payne yesterday afternoon. Best wishes to Jessica, Doug, and newly-minted big brother, Hudson, and I must say, what a great name you’ve chosen!

National Holiday: National Trivia Day

Your Saturday Links:

The Art Of The Half-Halt: Day 1 Of Robert Dover Horsemastership Week

‘After A Custom Saddle Sidelined My Horse, I’m Unsure If My New Saddle Clears Her Withers Enough.’

The Smart Equestrian’s List to Brightening the Winter Blues

2020 Vision: 6 Steps to Define Your Dressage Goals for This Year

New Zealand High Performance squads – January 2020

Saturday Video: A sneak peak at some of the complexes under construction for the Maryland 5* later this year!

Preparing for the Maryland 5 Star

2020 is going to be a big year for Fair Hill, highlighted by the Maryland 5 Star in October. Construction of the new cross-country course is well underway, as well as for the new arenas and updated oval track.Here are some key features. #Eventing #ProudPastInfinateFuture #FairHill

Posted by Fair Hill Foundation on Thursday, January 2, 2020