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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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Weekly OTTB Wishlist From Cosequin: Thoroughbreds Take on Kentucky

The Retired Racehorse Project has once again graciously teamed up with Eventing Nation to bring us everything we need to know about the Thoroughbreds that will be taking on the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event this year. You can learn all about the 16 full Thoroughbreds who’ll be galloping across the bluegrass in Erin Harty’s Meet the Thoroughbreds of Kentucky CCI4*, 2018 Edition.

Looking for your own potential sporthorse star? Our three OTTB picks of the week are all Kentucky-bred geldings who could be your next eventer:

Photo via CANTER Illinois.

Grand Ali (Champali – Pardonable, by Magesterial): 2009 16.2-hand Kentucky-bred gelding

Age is nothing but a number — Grand Ali is a soft but confident gentleman with plenty left to give. For his age, Grand Ali is relatively lightly raced and has no known soundness issues. He has a gorgeous swinging walk and a floaty trot which will only get better with some added muscle and conditioning. His trainer loves him and says he “has a head-full of sense.” He’s the first one to want to be greeted in the morning and is always eager to get to work.

View Grand Ali on CANTER Illinois.

Photo via Second Stride.

Sammy Mandeville (Rock Hard Ten – Nadadora, by Carson City): 2011 16.1-hand Kentucky-bred gelding

Sammy Mandeville has earned an impressive $246,697 in his 33 starts, including placings in graded stakes races. He’s since retired soundly and it looking for a second career where he can be equally successful! Under saddle “Sammy” is focused on his work and on his rider and displays a nice tracking up trot and a balanced canter.

View Sammy Mandeville on Second Stride.

Photo via CANTER KY.

Jonmil Johnny (Forest Danger – My Scarlet Lady, by Out of Place): 2009 16.2-hand Kentucky-bred gelding.

“Johnny” may be nine years old already, but don’t you dare count him out! After retiring sound from racing in 2015, Johnny was restarted under saddle and has had many off-property schools and even competed in dressage and jumper schooling shows up to 2’6″. His connections say he’s the same horse off-property as he is at home and he truly loves jumping. Johnny was already adopted out once, but sadly his current owner’s time constraints and other responsibilities force his sale. He’s an all-around good citizen with loads of potential, so scoop him up while you can!

View Jonmil Johnny on CANTER KY.

Area 1 Fundraises for NAYC Through Acts of Kindness

Coach Buck Davidson and Area 1’s 2017 CH-J1* team. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

The ride of a lifetime awaits young riders once again, as the eventing portion of the FEI North American Youth Championships (NAYC) is slated to be held at Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, Montana. Held in July in conjunction with The Event at Rebecca Farm, Young Rider Programs in the USEA Areas will be fundraising in full force to send teams to compete in Big Sky Country.

In most Areas, fundraising is already in full swing to help cover the cost of travel for the riders, grooms and horses. We saw an array of approaches to fundraising last year, but one in particular has stood out thus far this year and it is based on the premise of giving back in addition to receiving support.

After two years of involvement with the Area I Young Rider program as a parent, Brenda Jarrell is now in her first year as Young Rider Coordinator for the region. Two of Brenda’s children have ridden for Area 1 in the CH-J1*: Erica made the team the past two years and William made the team last year as well. The incredible experiences that the program has given her kids have inspired her to take up the mantle this year and pay it forward, encouraging connections among the kids and spreading the love of eventing.

In addition to riding and hoping to represent Area 1 at NAYC once again, Erica is now in her freshman year at Harvard University and has taken up playing Division 1 Rugby. She and her mom have been watching rugby movies together (“In no small part to learn the game she is now playing!” admits Brenda) and one in particular, Forever Strong, highlighted team building via volunteering and community service. Brenda saw the value in this and wanted to put something similar together for her NAYC rider and groom candidates starting with a day of volunteering at the Aiken SPCA, but while driving home from work one day she had the idea take community service a step further and turn it into a fundraiser.

Troublemakers or altruists? Area 1’s Carina Erickson and William Jarrell at the Aiken SPCA. Photo courtesy of Brenda Jarrell.

“While I was thinking about ‘acts of kindness’ the candidates could do for team building, the idea of encouraging acts of kindness rather than just asking for money from donors would be a fun and meaningful way to request support while also engaging the community,” Brenda explains.

The premise was simple: Donors would pledge an amount of money in exchange for the promise of one or more NAYC candidates doing a good deed. Brenda fields these challenges and matches them with a rider or groom willing to do the task and provide evidence of its completion.

The response was nearly immediate as soon as the first email about the fundraiser was sent out. In the month and a half since that initial email, the team has met around 20 challenges, all of which have been accomplished within one of two days of the request. Requests have ranged from performing an act of kindness to benefit their parents, to tutoring a friend at a school subject in which they themselves excel, to pampering elderly horses at their barn with a massage.

One of the most memorable challenges offered thus far, has been from a donor who offered $100 dollars on behalf of up to five candidates who gave $20 of their own money to a homeless person and spoke kindly to that person. This donor had been homeless herself for a period of time while hiding from an abusive father. With the donor’s permission, Brenda shared her story with the candidates who chose to accept the challenge and each of them in turn shared their stories of their interaction with the person that they gave to.

The challenges have been met with gusto by the kids: “They’ve been very enthusiastic and excited to share their good deeds,” says Brenda.

Phoebe Niland is a groom candidate this year and she has jumped in to the program and eagerly accepted challenges. One donor offered $150 if a candidate would bring flowers and edibles to someone they observed was having a bad day. Phoebe chose to deliver an orchid and bottle of wine to someone she knew who’s son has undergone many rounds of chemotherapy and has another big medical appointment coming up soon.

She’s also spent time tutoring a classmate who has dyslexia and ADHD. “The classmate’s mother has told me how much it has improved his attitude toward school,” reports Phoebe’s mother, Karen. “While I don’t know how much intensive academic instruction is happening, it has been emotionally valuable for both kids.”

Phoebe’s mom is delighted to be on the receiving end of some acts of kindness as well. Phoebe spent several hours helping organize the family’s receipts and invoices for their taxes plus an additional few hours reorganizing her mother’s closet and sorting clothes to send to Goodwill.

“It was not pretty, but very appreciated!” says Karen.

The Area 1 riders, grooms, horses and supporters have a long journey from New England and New York to Kalispell, so raising money to pave their way has been a big endeavor and focus of the candidates over the last few years. The Area has had strong showings of support in prior years and with this new outlook on fundraising the trend is sure to continue.

Interested in inspiring kindness amongst Area 1? Drop Brenda an email.

Go Eventing!

Monday Video from Tredstep Ireland: The Age Old Question

So, what’s the difference between CCI and CIC?

If you’ve been eventing for a hot second, you’ve no doubt been posed this question by a friend or family member trying to decipher the lingo of this thing we do. You probably even had this question yourself at some point. Maybe you still do! And no, the answer is not that show jumping runs before cross country in a CIC, though it often does …  And yes, I did think that was it myself up until very recently (please don’t fire me Jenni and Leslie!)

In her latest vlog, Elisa Wallace takes a quiet moment while hand grazing “Johnny” at Ocala International to explain to us plebeians what the real difference is between CIC and CCI.  Of course though, thanks to the recent FEI rule changes, beginning in 2019 we’ll have to get used to all-new names for the levels. CIC will be “Short” and CCI will be “Long.” As annoying as it will be to have to get used to the new categorizations, they might actually make a little more sense after listening to Elisa’s explanation.

Saturday Links from Tipperary

Lauren Billys and the Purdy Syndicate’s Castle Larchfield Purdy at the 2015 Pan American Games. Photo by Carmen Barrera.

Today is National Pan American Day! This holiday reminds me what an amazing thing sport is and how it has such an incredible knack for bringing people from different nations together. Sure, everyone is competing against one another, but at the end of the day we’re all just part of one big happy family that loves our horses and loves this crazy thing we do.

National Holiday: National Pan American Day

Major Events:

Belton International H.T. [Website] [Entries & Ride Times] [Results]

Ocala International CCI & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

U.S. Weekend Action:

Fair Hill CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

Twin Rivers CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Fence H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Results]

Saturday Links:

Teams Set for Dubarry of Ireland Nations Team Challenge

Featured Clinician: Sally Cousins

8 things you forget when you take a break from eventing

Four [Dressage] Exercises I’m Loving Right Now

Newborn Foals: What to Watch For

Saturday Video: Catch up with Elisa Wallace as she and “Johnny” prepare for Kentucky.

Thursday Video from Nupafeed: The Excitement of The Event at Rebecca Farm

Excited for Summer? Here's a preview of The 2018 Event at Rebecca Farm!

Gorgeous views, friendly fans, incredible horses, and summer fun all at Rebecca Farm! Check out Eventing's Western Wonderland located in beautiful Kalispell, Montana.

Posted by Rebecca Farm on Wednesday, April 11, 2018

The popular and picturesque Event at Rebecca Farm, which will also play host to the newly rebranded FEI North America Youth Championships for Eventing, released a teaser video yesterday for their 2018 event which is coming up on July 18-22. This beautifully done video highlights the incredible facilities, stunning cross country course, family-friendly activities, and gorgeous natural landscape. If watching this doesn’t make your heart skip a beat and ache for summer then I don’t know what to tell you. Give it a watch — you won’t be disappointed!

Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: CANTER PA Kentucky Derby Party

Dust off your fancy hats — CANTER Pennsylvania is hosting a Kentucky Derby party! What better way to enjoy the Derby action than while supporting racehorse after-care in the process? The party will be held on Derby Day, May 5th, at the rustic-chic Blue Hound Farm in Lewisberry, Pennsylvania.

More information, including ticket purchase, is available here. And don’t worry, the event doesn’t begin until 4:00 PM — long after the Badminton cross country action has concluded — so you can enjoy an entire day of equestrian sport without missing anything!

Another way to support CANTER PA? Adopt an OTTB! Here are some currently available through this CANTER affiliate:

Photo via CANTER PA.

Banzee (Banachek – Pamela’s Pet, by Duckhorn): 2015 Pennsylvania-bred mare

This 3-year-old filly is a completely clean slate — she’s unraced and has been with her current trainer since she was very young. Though she certainly has a youthful, playful side which will require an experienced person so start her training, she’s a sweet and polite youngster. There is no mention of Banzee’s height in her CANTER listing, but from her photos and videos she certainly seems upwards of well-built 16.0-hands.

View Banzee on CANTER PA.

Photo via CANTER PA.

Stripes in Chek (Banachek – Sanguinaria, by Royal Academy): 16.0-hand Pennsylvania-bred gelding

“Stripes” is a super-cute gelding with a puppy-dog personality. He always aims to please and is a lovable in-your-pocket type. He did have on old tendon injury in his right front, which his trainer reports has fully healed, so he never did start in any races. He is still fully race-trained and is certainly ready to run: CANTER has videos of him trotting and breezing under saddle.

View Stripes in Chek on CANTER PA.

Photo via CANTER PA.

You Tarzan (Utopia (JPN) – Overextended (FR), by Entrepreneur (GB)): 2010 16.2-hadn New York-bred gelding

We’ve actually featured this gelding on OTTB Wishlist before, and we can’t believe no one has scooped him up yet! You Tarzan has had a moderately successful racing career, with over $50,000 in winnings in 37 starts, but it’s time for him to move on to a second career. Someone needs to put that nice hind end and shoulder to use and get him in training as a sporthorse. He’s reported to be sound and with no vices. His owner is fond of his sensibility and is sad to see him retire!

View You Tarzan on CANTER PA.

Tuesday News & Notes from Chillax

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Today is National Encourage a Young Writer Day! We here at EN may be a little biased, but we think that riding and writing go together like peanut butter and jelly. Know of a young rider (or an adult rider for that matter!) who likes to put pen to paper or finger to keyboard? Tell them to submit to Eventing Nation! We love reader submissions!

National Holiday: National Encourage a Young Writer Day

Events Opening This Week: Mystic Valley Hunt Club H.T. (CT, A-1) Virginia CCI/CIC & H.T. (VA, A-2) The Spring Event at Woodside(CA, A-6) Equestrians’ Institute H.T. (WA, A-7) FEH/YEH/NEH Qualifier (MD, A-2) Flora Lea Spring H.T.(NJ, A-2) Paradise Farm HT (SC, A-3) Willow Draw Charity Show (TX, A-5) May-Daze at the Park H.T.(KY, A-8)  Coconino Spring H.T. (AZ, A-10)

Events Closing This Week: Loudoun Hunt Pony Club Spring H.T. (VA, A-2) Fresno County Horse Park H.T. (CA, A-6) University of New Hampshire Spring H.T. (NH, A-1)

Tuesday News:

The Tryon International Equestrian Center offers many different vantage points for photographers and spectators. From the George Morris Arena to the White Oak property, a former golf course, there were Kodak moments abound over this past weekend as the property hosted The Fork Horse Trials and WEG test event. [Galloping On A Golf Course: Favorite Photos From The Fork]

Introducing the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event’s “Best Weekend” blog! The blog will be sharing fan memories, tips and things to know about the event. The initial entry gives us a look at a 1978 Time Magazine article about the inaugural event. [‘It was destined for greatness …’]

Fan-Favorites Ben Hobday and Mulrys Error have made it off the waitlist! The pair were eighth on the wait-list, which they didn’t make it off of last year, but following withdrawals by those already accepted into the 2018 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, Ben and ‘Mr Mulry’, will now be able to compete. [‘We’re buzzing to go’: Ben Hobday and Mulrys Error will compete at Badminton]

Tuesday Video: Doug Payne’s secret to supple horses:

Which product does Olympic medalist Phillip Dutton trust to keep his horses calm and focused at the biggest events in the world? ChillaxLearn more.

Monday Video from Tredstep Ireland: The Fork Advanced & 3* Show Jumping On Demand

If you’re a fan of classic rock and/or country music as well as show jumping, then you’re in for a real treat. The Chronicle TV live streamed the final phase Advanced and CIC3* divisions yesterday and they had some dynamite playlists streaming in the background. If you missed it — fear not! You can replay it on demand here.

The action kicks off at the 26:12 mark with Leslie Law and Voltaire de Tre’s lovely double clear round set to Under Pressure by Queen, which clinched them second place in the Advanced A division. Another particular favorite  round of mine was Boyd Martin and Steady Eddie’s (38:09) set to slow Foghat’s Slow Ride — I bet you can’t help but nod your head along!

Once the Advanced tests have finished and after a break in coverage, the show resumes and we switch over to a country soundtrack at 1:24:13 with Colleen Loach and Qorry Blue D’Argouges, the first to go in the CIC3*. Phillip Dutton and Z enter the ring at 2:33:54 to throw down their winning double-clear ride. You can also catch the prize giving at 2:46:38. Enjoy!

Saturday Links from Tipperary

Surely I can’t be the only one that loves planning, can I? I just sat down and mapped out my horse’s conditioning plan for the next couple months. Trot sets, dressage days, jump days, hacking – I love it! A beautiful color-coded calendar full of horsey plans just makes heart so stinking happy.

National Holiday: The inaugural National Handmade Day

Major Events:

The Fork: WebsiteScheduleRide TimesLive ScoresLive StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s InstagramEN’s Twitter

WEG Test Event: WebsiteScheduleXC Starting OrderLive StreamLive ScoresEN’s Coverage

Chattahoochee Hills CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

U.S. Weekend Action:

CDCTA H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Results]

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

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

Saturday Links:

PODCAST: Get the Scoop on the USEA Educational Activities Program

Ringside Chat: Andrew Hoy Talks Young Talent, WEG Test Event And Fatherhood

Scientists Study the Perception, Usage of Horse Training Aids

‘We tried’: controversy rages over one-day event cancellation

The Trouble With Mud

From Dinky Trot to Fancy Trot with Mica Mabragaña

Saturday Video: A silly stubborn Mustang!

Thursday Video from Nupafeed: Olivia Dutton and Mr. Medicott Tackle Intermediate

Under the watchful eye of her Olympic bronze-medal winning father, Olivia Dutton made the step up to the Intermediate level at Carolina International last weekend. Her mount? None other than the reigning USEF National CCI4* Champion, Mr. Medicott.

The 19-year-old Irish Sport Horse, owned by the Mr. Medicott Syndicate, still has plenty left in the tank following his fourth place finish with Phillip at Kentucky last year, and has been happily showing Olivia around the upper-levels since she took over the ride last summer.

Olivia carefully piloted a very keen “Cave” around the Intermediate Rider division, adding just cross country time onto their dressage score and finishing 9th in a large contingent. Check out their cross country round courtesy of RNSvideomedia!

Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: It’s Almost Kentucky Time

The Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event entry list has only been out for a week, but we can already see that the OTTB will once again be well-represented amongst contenders. Last year, the Thoroughbred was the second most represented breed and over half of them were former racehorses. 

What do you think — will we see even more OTTBs strut their stuff down the centerline and gallop across the bluegrass this year? We’ll find out soon! In the meantime, check out these available OTTBs. Could we see one of them at Kentucky one day?

Photo via CANTER Arizona.

Charismic (Gio Ponti – Honour Colony, by Honour and Glory): 2014 16.3-hand Kentucky-bred gelding

It’s difficult to argue with the good looks of this shiny bay gelding, but despite the success of his sire, who earned over 6-million dollars, Charismic isn’t making the cut as a racehorse. After 15 starts, his connections are retiring sound with the hopes he’ll find his calling elsewhere. Charismic is described as a gentile giant with lots of potential — he’s clearly well-bred for sport and has a very athletic look.

View Charismic on CANTER Arizona.

Photo via CANTER Maryland.

Goldie’s Tale (Petionville – Granny’s Tale, by Tale of the Cat): 2013 15.2-hand Florida-bred mare

If you’re looking for a horse on the smaller side, but still with presence, then this regal-looking mare could be for you! Goldie is a very dark, nearly black bay who’s described as having a gentle way about her. After 25 starts, she’s retiring sound and with clean legs and no stall vices.

View Goldie’s Tale on CANTER Maryland.

Photo via Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center.

Candy Naples (Eye of the Leopard – Primed, by More Than Ready): 2014 15.3-hand Kentucky-bred mare

There’s no two ways about it — Candy is a diva. She’s gorgeous and she knows it and expects her adoring fans to appreciate her good looks as well. But there’s more to her than what meets the eye — she’s also a smart mare who enjoys work. She’s already been restarted under saddle and is proving to be a quick learner. Plus, in free-jumping she’s already very bold to the fences!

View Candy Naples on Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center.

Monday Video from Tredstep Ireland: A Peek at Eventing in Portugal

Did you know that European and European-based eventers head south to get in early-season competitions too? C.H. Barroca d’Alva in Portugal is a favorite early FEI event that riders from many different nations use to get their feet wet for the season. One only needs to take a peek at the 2018 results to get a feel for the diversity of competitors.

The riders and their horses may have gotten their feet a little too wet this year, however, as several of the competition days saw particularly windy and rainy weather.

But the show went on! Take a look at the video below courtesy of EquusPix Photography for a look around the C.H. Barrocca grounds and scenes from the competition:

Barroca 2018

Had a fabulous time at Barroca – even if the weather was not the best at times! C.H. Barroca d'Alva

Posted by EquusPix Photography on Wednesday, March 14, 2018

April Fool! USEA Announces Partnership with AHARC

Just in time for Easter, the USEA announced today, that based on the growing popularity of rabbit show jumping, they are expanding their leadership in partnership with the American Hopping Association for Rabbits and Cavies (AHARC) to create Rabbit Eventing. This groundbreaking effort aims to broaden the horizons of eventing and bring it to a larger audience.

The sport of rabbit show jumping or “Bunny Hopping” was first developed in Sweden in the 1970s, but it wasn’t until 2013 when the AHARC was established that the sport took the country, and the internet, by storm.

“Bunny Hopping was actually based on equestrian show jumping when it was initially created back in Sweden, so in a way it’s like we’re taking it back to its roots,” said USEA CEO Rob Burk. “But we’re also going to take it to the next level by making it a three-phase sport.”

Given that rabbits are generally more affordable for a larger number of people, Rob anticipates that rabbit eventing will help to bridge some of the socioeconomic gap that equestrian eventing creates. The events, “Rabbit Trials,” would also require significantly less land which means locations for hosting them will be easier to come by which, again, would increase their reach.

Those knees! Photo via Imgur.

“We’re always talking about building the sport of eventing and making it more accessible to larger numbers of people,” said Rob. “We think this will be a great way to do that.”

“Once folks dip their toes into rabbit eventing and get involved, we’re hoping they’ll be hooked on the sport and want to take the next step and get involved in the equestrian version,” he explained. “After all, there are many similarities between both species–they’re both hindgut fermenters and they both love carrots.”

While the exact rules and procedures are being ironed out, the USEA confirmed to EN that the three phases of rabbit eventing will be named for their equestrian counterparts. Clearly they’ll look a little different considering that rabbits won’t be under saddle, but the spirit of combined training will remain.

As she did for the creation of the 2018 eventing dressage tests, Marilyn Payne will lead the committee charged with designing the rabbit dressage tests. The committee is considering a similar format to the FEH/YEH conformation judging, where the handler leads the animal in a pattern and scoring is based on conformation, movement, and general impression.

“There’s still a lot of research to do–each rabbit breed has a little uniqueness in their way of going, I’m learning a lot about it,” she said. Marilyn has also been very involved in the existing FEH/YEH programs, and expressed her excitement at eventually developing FER and YER programs in the future: “Baby bunnies! How adorable!”

Some rabbits have impressive scope. Photo via Rabbit Jumping Great Britain.

Similar to equestrian eventing, the cross country phase of rabbit eventing will feature natural fences to be jumped over, but will also include some additional obstacles suitable to the species such as burrows and culverts. Fitness and stamina will be paramount to the handlers as well, as they will be required to run the course alongside their rabbit.

“For anyone involved in eventing both species, working with the rabbits should be a great way to stay in shape and crosstrain for riding,” Rob said.

The final phase, show jumping, will be very similar to the existing sport of rabbit show jumping.

“We know that there’s already a cohort of very accomplished Bunny Hoppers out there,” Rob said. “But what will really be interesting and different from the existing sport is to see how the bunnies handle the show jumping course on tired legs after having completed cross country. Just like the horses, it will be a real test of their endurance.”

The official Rulebook and Omnibus will be finalized over the next year, with the aim of being issued on April 1, 2019.

As precious as rabbit eventing sounds……..

……..April Fool!

Saturday Links from Tipperary

Photo by Abby Powell.

No, the above photo was not taken on a tropical island – it’s just regular old Massachusetts. Instead of a warm breeze and sun on your skin it’s more like a frozen nose and wind whipping past your ears until you can’t hear anything. But despite the struggle and sometimes discomfort, the equestrian beach season is still a major highlight of the winter. Sadly though, the beach off-season in my area ends this weekend so I’ll be making one last pilgrimage out to the surf today while the horses are still allowed!

National Holiday: National Bunsen Burner Day

Burnham Market International [Live Results]

U.S. Weekend Action:

Morven Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

Rocking Horse Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

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

Texas Rose Horse Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

Galway Downs CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

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

Saturday Links:

Life after the Dressage Multiplier

Through the Lens: Carolina International

Ask Your Veterinarian: How Much Can Diet Really Improve Hooves?

‘You’d be mad not to enter’: £700 top prize at 90cm event

How a Lost, Lonely Pony Became a Grand Prix Dressage Prospect


Saturday Video:

Thursday Video from Nupafeed: Hairdo How-To With Lainey Ashker

#LÆ how to: dressage hair care

Posted by Lainey Ashker on Saturday, March 24, 2018

Are you a rider who hates wearing your hair tucked up under your helmet? I am! And I’m a little embarrassed to admit it, but I often still struggle with getting my hair to look halfway decent under my helmet, especially when I’m already running late to the warm-up ring. I also have my helmet fitted such that tucking my hair up could compromise the fit, which certainly is not ideal or safe, but that’s where a neat low bun comes in. It’s functional and stylish without being too showy.

Now we (or maybe just I …) can struggle no more! Thanks to Lainey Ashker, our patron saint of eventing and dressage style, we have this great how-to video to help us get the perfect style every time. Now you can #LongHairDon’tCare for real, y’all.

Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: News from New Vocations

New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program has been a stalwart champion of Thoroughbred and Standardbred racehorse aftercare since it was founded in 1992. After its launch, New Vocations has placed over 6,000 racehorses from 40 different tracks in homes around the country and has expanded to locations in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and Kentucky.

If you’ll be in town for the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event, consider dropping by New Vocations at Mereworth Farm in Lexington for their third annual Open Barn and BBQ on Friday, April 27th. There will be tours, meet-and-greets with the horses, educational demonstrations and of course, food!

Some additional news for you Thoroughbred Makeover trainers: New Vocations also recently announced that they will honor the top-scoring junior, amateur and professional RRP 2018 trainers partnered with a New Vocations graduate with a trophy cooler, because who doesn’t like to win swag?

Without further ado, here are three available OTTBs from New Vocations:

Photo via New Vocations Racehorse Adoption.

Kauai Kid (K One King – Magic School, by In Excess (IRE)): 2014 15.2-hand Pennsylvania-bred gelding

This young’un has a super cute face and possibly the most interesting sock ever. For someone looking for an athletic pocket-rocket type, here’s a prime candidate! “Kid” is a curious and confident young horse who flunked out on the track in his three starts and needs a new job. He’s a playful type with a good work ethic who enjoys new challenges and doesn’t seem to be phased by much.

View Kauai Kid on New Vocations Racehorse Adoption. 

Photo via New Vocations Racehorse Adoption.

Dance Faster (Dance Master – Candy Wood, by Baederwood): 2007 16.1-hand Pennsylvania-bred gelding

“Dancer” was actually already a New Vocations graduate and was adopted out in 2014, so is not RRP 2018 eligible. He was recently returned because his family is moving and sadly couldn’t take him with them. His previous family rode English pleasure with some low-level dressage and says he’s a sweet, lovable guy. Prior to initially landing at New Vocations after being retired sound, Dancer was a steeplechaser so he’d likely take to eventing just fine. The New Vocations staff has run him through some grid work since his return and it’s clear he certainly remembers jumping!

View Dance Faster on New Vocations Racehorse Adoption.

Photo via New Vocations Racehorse Adoption.

Ease His Pain (Tizway – Dirty Rush, by Wild Rush): 2014 16.0-hand Kentucky-bred mare

Ease His Pain is an easy-going mare. She may be quiet on a ground and a bit timid in turnout, but she loves to work. Being that she’s low in the pecking-order of her turnout group, she’ll be best suited to a rider whom she really bonds with. Once she trusts her rider she settles into whatever is being asked of her and will be capable of anything,

View Ease His Pain on New Vocations Racehorse Adoption.

Monday Video from Tredstep Ireland: Why You Should Look Before You Leap

Like a siren’s song, eventers are drawn to obstacles we think can be jumped (Exhibit A: #EventerProblems Vol. 135). But a word of caution: check your footing first!

On a recent trip to the beach, British event rider Dan Sibley was enticed by this fun-looking drop into water. He canters toward it at a good clip and his horse, Chief, takes a brave leap off the bank and then … watch and see!

So…life lesson well and truely learnt today: …Things are not always what they seem…

Posted by Harriet Mcgeorge on Thursday, March 22, 2018

Thankfully, both horse and rider are A-OK, if a bit damp.

Dan’s Facebook page posted: “We were very lucky this time! Will defiantly not be jumping into beach puddles anytime again without checking first!”

Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: Born in the Bluegrass

If you follow any thoroughbred breeding farms on Facebook or Instagram, you’re probably delightfully inundated with adorable foals pictures this time of year. What better way brighten up what cane be a dreary Newsfeed at times than with photos of newborn foals and their mamas cuddling together in their stalls or frolicking out in turnout.

Of course, Kentucky is where the vast majority of thoroughbreds are bred and born each year and this year will be no exception. Here are former-foals born in the Bluegrass State for your consideration this week:

Photo via CANTER Kentucky.

Guitar Man (Americain – Dramatic Actress, by Theatrical (IRE)): 2014 16.1-hand Kentucky-bred gelding

This tall, dark, and handsome hunk has a very apt barn name to go along with his Jockey Club registration. “Elvis” raced just once and finished at the back of the pack. Since he didn’t show much promise on the track, his owners retired him sound right away. Now as a CANTER-owned horse, he’s been restarted under saddle, including over cross rails, but remains 2018 RRP eligible. His CANTER connections call him a sweet, fun-loving guy who loves attention and wants to please.

View Guitar Man on CANTER Kentucky.

Photo via CANTER Pennsylvania.

Nicky C (Limehouse – The Perfect Crime, by Honour and Glory): 2013 16.1-hand Kentucky-bred gelding

We don’t have a ton of information on this handsome chestnut, but we do know that he has a nice big-boned, athletic look about him. With that nice long shoulder, Nicky C sure looks like he has some potential as a future sporthorse. According to the CANTER volunteers who met him, he seems to have a good head on his shoulders as well given he stood very politely for his photoshoot on a very blustery day. Nicky C has 17 career starts with a mediocre record and his connections say he has no issues.

View Nicky C on CANTER Pennsylvania.

Photo via CANTER Kentucky.

Baytown Debutante (Corinthian – Hilda’s Legacy, by Istan): 2014 16.1-hand Kentucky-bred mare

I don’t know what this mare’s barn name is, but I’m pretty sure it should be “Queen Bay.” Well, she’s chestnut though — but that’s OK! Baytown Debutante has a flashy look about her and she’s sure to be a head-turner once she’s fed and fit. Plus, she has some regal bloodlines which include Pulpit, A.P Indy, Gone West, Seattle Slew, Alydar and Mr.Prospector. This young mare is a sound with no vices and is unraced so she’s a clean slate!

View Baytown Debutante on CANTER Kentucky.

Saturday Links from Tipperary

Hungry? Get yourself to Barn O stalls 19 and 20 at Carolina International for some scrumptious-looking bread, muffins, and cookies (if there are any left!) We all know eventers are a resourceful bunch, and demonstrating that this weekend is Genevieve Faith who’s hosting a bake sale to help fund the recent surgery of one of her horses. Her other horse, Burned You Too (“Maggie”), was set to compete in the one-star this weekend, but wasn’t feeling quite right upon arrival so Genevieve opted to withdraw. Talk about some tough luck – hope your ponies feel better soon, Genevieve!

National Holiday: National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day

Saturday Links:

Charlotte Dujardin: why cross-country terrifies me and hard work matters

One To Watch: Ashley Kehoe Brings A Wealth Of Knowledge To Her Carolina International Return

PODCAST: USEA Classic Series Continues to Grow

Badminton Horse Trials cross-country course: all you need to know

The Evolution of Dressage Equipment

The Japanese Are Coming! Five Things We Learned from the First International Events of the European Season

Saturday Video: Don’t miss the top stadium rounds from the three- and two-stars leaders.

Kim Severson and Cooley Cross Border

Kim Severson Eventing and Cooley Cross Border hold the lead in the Setters' Run Farm CIC3* at the Carolina International CIC and Horse Trial heading into tomorrow's cross country.

Posted by EQSportsNet on Friday, March 23, 2018

Will Faudree and Caeleste

After jumping a clear round this afternoon Will Faudree Eventing and Caeleste are the Attwood Equestrian Surfaces CIC2* leaders.

Posted by EQSportsNet on Friday, March 23, 2018

Thursday Video from Nupafeed: Elisa Wallace’s Red Hills Recap

Elisa Wallace and Simply Priceless in the Red Hills CIC3*. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

In her latest vlog, Elisa Wallace recaps her rides at Red Hills International a couple weekends back. Elisa’s two mounts gave her very different performances in the first phase and she talks us through how these rides set the tone for the weekend with each of the horses.

While her top mount, Simply Priceless (“Johnny”), didn’t give her the CIC3* test she had hoped for in the sandbox, she walks us through her mindset during the ride and how she rides through tension with patience and empathy. Her up-and-coming horse, Riot Gear, who made his two-star debut, had a very different weekend and stepped up to the plate over a challenging cross country course.

We’ll see Elisa again this weekend with both these horses again at Carolina International plus with her Breyer-famous Mustang, Hwin, and her most recent RRP Thoroughbred Makeover success, Fly With Me, in the Training divisions. Best of luck, Elisa!

After Near Heartbreak, Colin Gaffney’s 2017 Concludes in Triumph

Colin Gaffney and Timaru. Photo by Miranda Akins/ Photography in Stride.

2017 was a rollercoaster year for 18-year-old Colin Gaffney of Akron, Ohio. There were the highest of highs, including a move up to the one-star level and to Intermediate plus and a top finish in a championship division; and the lowest of lows – his horse’s near-death experience due to an unexpected allergic reaction.

Colin grew up around horses – both parents also rode and participated in Pony Club. Colin’s mom, Jeni, an equine and small animal veterinarian, is still an active rider and competes in dressage at the Grand Prix level and competed in eventing during her Pony Club days.

“She likes the dressage, I like the jumping,” Colin explained.

Colin has been partnered with “Moldy” since the Spring of 2016. The now 12-year-old Thoroughbred (whose registered name is Timaru) was purchased from Canadian rider Momo Laframboise, who has remained good friends with the Gaffneys. The fungal barn name “Moldy” was bestowed upon the horse by the owner prior to Momo, who, when he got dirty, reportedly found the grey gelding to be a similar color to the mold that grows on bread, and as a grey, get dirty he often did.

Colin says that many people have lobbied him to have the horse’s name changed, but he has remained steadfast in keeping it. “It just fits him and fits his personality,” said Colin. “He’s the king of the barn and he knows it and if he doesn’t like something he lets you know.”

After an outing at Training level their first spring together, Moldy and Colin solidified their partnership at Preliminary over the rest of the season, finishing strongly with a win in the JYOP at the Virginia Horse Trials that fall.

Colin set his sights on qualifying for a one-star the following season and made it to the Virginia CCI1* last May, but nerves got the better of him and the event didn’t pan out as hoped.

“We had a bad cross country round,” he recounted. “I was really nervous because it was my first FEI event.” Colin opted to end their weekend early, retiring after a refusal.

Though initially feeling dejected, Dorothy Crowell, who coaches the Area 8 Young Riders, encouraged Colin to still try and qualify for NAJYRC. Bromont was in just a few weeks and there was time to try their hand at a one-star again there.

Encouraged to give it another shot, Colin and Moldy shipped up to Canada a week in advance of Bromont and lessoned with Momo ahead of the event. Since making the trip to Bromont was a last minute thing, Colin’s parents weren’t able to take time off of work to make it up as well.

The day after they arrived at the event, Colin and Momo noticed that Moldy had a boot-rub on his right foreleg when they took him out of his stall and that it was causing a bit of swelling. Colin called his veterinarian mother and her advice was to give some SMZs. They also presented Moldy to the FEI veterinarians on the grounds who recommended giving an injection of Gentocin, a trade-name for the antibiotic gentamicin, to get the swelling to recede in hopes of being able to pass the trot-up the next day. The Gentocin was given intravenously and Colin and Moldy were sent back to the barns to relax.

Colin Gaffney and Timaru. Photo by Miranda Akins/ Photography in Stride.

As Colin led his horse back to the barns, he started to notice that Moldy was acting a little funny, but didn’t think anything of it immediately. “He was just kind of lackadaisical and was really swinging his head while we walked,” Colin said.

Colin’s attention soon turned to himself as Moldy swung his head right into Colin’s, hitting him just above the eyebrow with a metal piece on his halter, gauging him and drawing blood. As Colin tried to tend to his own wound, Moldy began to tremor and grow weak. Colin grabbed a towel for himself and turned Moldy around in his stall and headed right back to the FEI vet as quickly as they were able. Moldy had no known allergies previously, but he was having an apparent allergic reaction to the Gentocin.

Momo was at the end of the barn aisle on the phone with one of her stable hands and when she saw Colin hurrying back toward her with a towel clutched to his head and an ataxic Moldy in tow she knew something was very wrong. Hanging up on her stable hand and dialing Jeni, she helped Colin to rush Moldy back to the vets.

“It was quite scary for me as well as Momo called to say she thought Moldy might die,” Jeni recounted.  

Though the attending veterinarians knew they needed to act quickly, they initially debated administering dexamethasone, a corticosteroid commonly given to counteract allergic reactions, as it would preclude Colin and Moldy from competing in the event the next day. Fully understanding that they would surrender competing, Colin didn’t hesitate in asking the veterinarians to go ahead with the dexamethasone.

Thanks to the quick action of the veterinarians once Colin made the call, Moldy mercifully began to improve almost instantaneously once the dexamethasone was administered. After a few hours and some additional fluids, they were cleared to head back to the stabling area.

Colin was finally able to get himself taken care of later on and went to the ER to get the cut above his eyebrow stitched up, but due to a cross-border insurance snafu, he wasn’t able to get the stitches and resorted to simply bandaging it up. He still has the scar above his right eyebrow to go along with the tale.

The next day, the swelling on Moldy’s leg was almost completely gone and Colin took it easy for the rest of their time at Bromont. Two days later he had Moldy back under saddle for a hack and a little work around the competition grounds.

“Sticking around for the competition was a good experience even though I didn’t get to run,” Colin recounted. “It was really gorgeous up there and probably one of the nicest places I’ve been. It was awesome watching everyone run around.”

“All the officials and organizers were wonderful to Colin and Moldy,” said Jeni. “The vet staff saved Moldy’s life.”

When the pair returned home from their misadventure, they took it easy for a couple days and then got right back to work. Moldy was no worse for the wear by the time he and Colin headed to the Area 8 Young Riders camp where they had a blast. The next stop was Richland Park for a run in the CIC1* to get them back in competition.

“He was spectacular there and had awesome cross country and stadium jumping round. After that, it felt like we were back to where we were before.”

Next up was Stone Gate Farm Horse Trials for another confidence-building run in the Open Preliminary Division, which they won, before a move-up to Intermediate at the Maryland Horse Trials at Loch Moy in early October. Colin was decently happy with their dressage there (“It was better than our one-star at Richland”), he says stadium was a little “rough” though it was still a double clear round, but on cross country Moldy was a machine. “He was awesome, and I was awesome, and it was a good comeback from what happened earlier in the year.”  As icing on the cake, they took home a second place finish out of eighteen starters.

Colin Gaffney and Timaru. Photo by Miranda Akins/ Photography in Stride.

All of this led up to their final outing of the season: a take-two of their CCI1* debut at the Hagyard Midsouth Three-Day event. For all the trouble they experienced at Bromont, the trip to Hagyard was the complete opposite.

“It just went well from the start,” said Colin. “I remember after the first day just thinking how happy I was to be there because of what happened earlier in the year.”

The pair turned in a respectable dressage score and jumped double clear in both cross country and stadium to clinch a second place win in the USEF CCI1*-JR/YR Eventing National Championship.

“It was amazing how everything changed going from one event to another,” Colin recalled. “Before Bromont, it was just about going out and having fun, but now when I go out I realize how lucky I am because you never know when it’s going to change. It definitely put everything into perspective.”

Not only was Moldy’s allergic reaction at Bromont a memorable experience for Colin, Momo, and Jeni, it was also a unique experience for the staff at Bromont.

“We ran into the Bromont organizer and secretary at Richland while walking the course and she came up to Colin and wished him better luck!” Jeni said. “The FEI delegates at both Richland and Hagyard also recognized them. Colin was asked at Richland if this was the horse with the allergic reaction at Bromont – it must have been a memorable experience for them!”

Moldy gets lots of time off over the winter once the competition season is done as Colin focuses on school and swim team. Colin is a high school senior and is in the process of choosing which college he’ll attend next year. He hopes to study engineering and to be able to bring Moldy with him if it works out. Until then, they have one more competition season coming up and they’re planning a do-over trip to Bromont.

Best of luck this year Colin – Go Eventing!

Special thanks to Miranda Akins of Photography in Stride for the lovely photos!

Monday Video from Tredstep Ireland: Carolina is Coming!

One Week Until The 2018 Cloud 11~Gavilan North Carolina International

We are one week away from the start of the 2018 Cloud 11-Gavilan North LLC Carolina International CIC & Horse Trials! Join us March 22-24 at The Carolina Horse Park🐎🎉

Thanks to EQSportsNet, our live streaming partner, for the exciting promotional video!

Posted by Carolina International CIC and Horse Trial on Thursday, March 15, 2018

We’re just days away from the start of the 2018 Cloud 11-Gavilan North LLC Carolina International CIC & Horse Trials! The excitement kicks off on Thursday, March 22nd and runs through Sunday and incase you haven’t heard, USEA members can now watch the action for half price on EqSportsNet! Plan ahead to park yourself in front of you computer and enjoy the first glorious livesteam of the season. In the meantime, whet your appetite with this video!

St. Patrick’s Day Saturday Links from Tipperary

Senan Bourke meets his new BFF. Photo via Bourke Eventing on Facebook.

The newest member of Bourke Eventing is not a four-star prospect, but he’ll be one of the most treasured horses on the farm just the same. Tim and Marley Bourke welcomed their newest addition, Peanut, to the farm yesterday and their son, Senan, couldn’t wait to get ahold of his lead rope! We can’t wait to see more adorable photos of this dynamic duo!

National Holiday: St. Patrick’s Day!

U.S. Weekend Action:

Pine Top Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

Ocala Winter II H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

MeadowCreek Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

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

Saturday Links:

Kentucky CSI3* Invitational Grand Prix Accepted Riders

Featured Clinician: Kelley Williams

Will This Be Mark Todd’s Final Fling?

The Art of Design: The B & C Jumping/Course Design Training Program

What Does My Trainer Actually Mean When She Says ‘Engage Your Core’?

Winner of highest division at Red Hills talks horses, imagination and her broken foot

Saturday Video: Morning yoga, anyone?

Morning yoga

Posted by Julie Rogers on Sunday, March 11, 2018