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Abby Powell is a native of Northeastern Massachusetts who splits her time between commuting into Boston for work and caring for and riding her rescue Mustang x Arab mare, Maggie.

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Wednesday Videos from Kentucky Performance Products: Peep Riders’ Final Ocala Jockey Club Preparations

The last long format event in the U.S. is upon us this weekend in the form of the Ocala Jockey Club Three-Day Event, which kicks off in Reddick, Florida today with the first horse inspection. Whether riders have been planning for this event as a year-end goal or they’re rerouted from Fair Hill, here’s a behind the scenes look at some of the hard work that has gone into preparing for this 2019 season finale event.

#OJC3DE: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Mexico’s Daniela Moguel and Cecelia had a last gallop in prep for the CCI4*-L:

Cecelia getting ready for Ocala Jockey Club International Three-Day Event 😎 #lovemymare #top #nextchallenge #eventing #3dayeventing #ocala #eventinglife

Posted by Daniela Moguel on Thursday, November 7, 2019

The second iteration of the Mars Bromont Rising Program wrapped up at Mardaza Farms:

The last day of the Mars Bromont Rising U25 was a complete success and I owe a huge thank you to everyone at Mardanza that helped us to pull this off while also running their own businesses and preparing for the Jockey Club International.I know I must make the people in my life a bit mental when we decide to take on things like this on top of of already hectic schedules, but I am so grateful to be in a position to host something like this due to great people in my own life. In turn I’m inspired by people like Peter, Valerie, Steve, Sue, Chris, Max, Leslie, Jim, Jackie, Brian, and so many others that give their time to developing future riders and horsemen.So many people love to be frustrated with the direction our sport is going. They especially love to point out all the things others are doing wrong. That’s only ok if you roll up your sleeves and jump in to do something about it. Steve, this program is your brainchild and you are the example of a busy successful person paying it forward. From the North American Eventing community, THANK YOU!

Posted by Sara Kozumplik Murphy on Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Kyle Carter is got in some skinny-schooling with CCI4*-S entrant Reddy or Not:

Posted by Kyle Carter on Monday, November 11, 2019

CCI4*-L competitors Valerie Vizcarrondo Pride and Favian got some lessons with Brian Murphy in:

Favian #flying over some 4* fences today in a lesson with @brianconormurphy 🤩 Wonderful week of prep at Mardanza Farms getting ready for OJC 🏆 #grateful #perfectpracticemakesperfect #justdoit

Posted by Valerie Vizcarrondo Pride on Monday, November 11, 2019

Elisa Wallace made time for some bareback and bridleless practice on her Mustangs Fledge and Rune. They’ll be performing a demo on Saturday. 

A little practice with the bestest boys ❤️❤️. #fledgeandrune #saveahorserideamustang #ojcdemo

Posted by Elisa Wallace Eventing on Sunday, November 10, 2019

Jessica Phoenix tuned up CCI4*-S entrant Humble GS over fences:

Perfect boy – Humble GS – ❤️🇨🇦

Posted by Jessica Phoenix – Phoenix Equestrian Team on Tuesday, November 12, 2019

And FEI first-timer Kirsten Schuitema serenaded One Sly Fox while icing his legs after a gallop:

How do you ice your horse after galloping ….. with serenading of course!!! So proud of these two who are about to contest their first FEI competition at the Jockey Club!!! Friends say she is so lucky to have found Tango!! I say he is so lucky he found her! No one else would have put up with his Demon antics!! #velcrobutt

Posted by Shanon Baker on Sunday, November 10, 2019

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  • Supports the restoration of normal GI tract function in horses challenged by diarrhea. 
  • Supports complete digestion of starch and sugar in the foregut, lowering the risk of hindgut upset and pH imbalances (acidosis) that can lead to colic and laminitis.
  • Supports reduced inflammation levels in GI tract tissues.
  • Supplies nutrients to the gastrointestinal tissues that support the healing of stomach and colonic ulceration.
  • Supplies polyphenols, nucleotides, and polysterols—antioxidants that contribute to the maintenance of healthy intestinal cell membrane function.

For more information, visit KPPvet.com.

Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: Finger Lakes Finest For You

With just three weeks left of the 2019 meet at the Finger Lakes Racetrack in Farmington, New York, owners and trainers are beginning to think about their impending moves south to warmer climates. Before the track closes for the season, they’ll often asses each of their charge’s potential as a racehorse and if they don’t seem promising enough to continue their training down south they will opt to list them for sale.

Lucky for you, that means there are a large number of fabulous horses that the volunteers of Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds have been busy listing. Come and get ’em!

Queen Alexandrina. Photo via Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds,

Queen Alexandrina (AFLEET ALEX – RAGIN CAJUN, BY EL CORREDOR): 2016 16.1-hand New York-bred mare

Not all queens have to be divas, and Queen Alexandrina proves it. Her super sweet temperament easily won over the FLF volunteers and her handler called her just a “cool horse” who is great to work around, chill, and had not bad habits. Queen Alexandrina won one race and that remains the only time she has hit the board in her 14 starts. Her calling may not be at the racetrack, but her nicely sloped shoulder and powerful hind end suggest that she may have some innate jumping ability. Maybe she could be a cross country queen?

View Queen Alexandrina on Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds.

English Manor. Photo via Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds.

English Manor (TOCCET – RUNAWAY FIELDS, BY RUNAWAY GROOM): 2010 16.2-hand Kentucky-bred gelding

Who is in the market for a fantastic war horse? (The answer to that should be: Everyone!)

When you think of an English manor, what kind of adjectives does it conjure? Classy and regal to name few, perhaps? This gelding is just that. “Manor” is a gentleman and a scholar of the track, racing a total of 113 times and winning an impressive $343,450 over his career. He’s been a durable, reliable athlete for his connections who have decided that he’s paid his dues on the track (even though he won his most recent race!) and it’s time for him to find a second career while he still has a lot left to give.

Located at Finger Lakes Racetrack in Farmington, New York.

View English Manor on Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds.

Sarah’s Rainbow. Photo via Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbred.

Sarah’s Rainbow (SHACKLEFORD – DISTINCTIVE FLAG, BY DISTINCTIVE PRO): 2016 16.2-hand New York-bred mare

Even on a chilly and blustery day, Sarah’s Rainbow was the picture of sweetness and politeness. Her trainer introduced her as “The quietest, sweetest, most easy going, innocent, 3-year old filly I ever met. A doll!” and she certainly didn’t disappoint! Sarah’s Rainbow began her racing career late last fall at more competitive tracks like Aqueduct and Belmont Park, but even after making the move to Finger Lakes she still hasn’t been able to hit the boards. While racing may not be her preferred sport, Sarah’s Rainbow is a lovely athletic type with endless potential once she finds her calling.

Located at Finger Lakes Racetrack in Farmington, New York.

View Sarah’s Rainbow on Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds.

Monday Video from CLM DWN: Recreating an Iconic WWI Photo

No doubt you’ve seen the photo: an aerial shot of soldiers standing at attention to form the shape of a horse’s head and neck. It is shared heavily on social media around Veteran’s Day and Remembrance Day each year, but what’s the story behind the photo? On the photo’s 100th anniversary last year, a regiment of the British Army’s Royal Engineers recreated the picture and told it’s story.

To all who have served — both human and equine — we thank you.

Recreating an iconic WW1 photo from 100 years ago

Today, we not only remember the soldiers who sacrificed their lives in WW1 but also the horses, mules and donkeys.#RemembranceDay 🐴

Posted by World Horse Racing on Saturday, November 9, 2019

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Veteran’s Day News & Notes from Fleeceworks

Tim and Cheryl Holekamp. Photo by Jutta Bauernschmitt – Fotografie, via Facebook.

Yesterday during the 57th Trakehner Stallion Licensing in Neumünster, Germany, Tim and Cheryl Holekamp were named German Trakehner Verband Breeders of the Year for the achievement of breeding and starting Tsetserleg (Windfall x Thabana, by Buddenbrock). This is the first time American breeders have received this distinction. Christine Turner purchased “Thomas” from the Holekamps as a 5-year-old, eventually paired him with Boyd Martin, and, as they say, the rest is history!

National Holiday: Veteran’s Day

U.S. Weekend Results:

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

River Glen H.T. [Website]  [Final Scores]

Texas Rose Horse Park H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]

Full Moon Farms H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]

Your Monday News & Notes:

The U.S. Dressage Finals took place at the Kentucky Horse Park this weekend and The Chronicle of the Horse‘s Lindsay Berreth was on hand to document the action. From amateurs to professionals, an Amish Auction pony to a flashy Friesian cross, stop by COTH to catch up on all the coverage. [U.S. Dressage Finals]

How does one rack up the penalties on cross country? Let me count the ways … Brush up on how penalties are scored during the cross country phase in the USEA’s latest edition of Rule Refresher. Don’t forget: it can differ between the levels! [Rule Refresher: Cross-Country Scoring]

Blanketing. It feels it it should be simple, but it’s so not. Is my horse too hot? Too cold? What exactly is “Denier” anyway? TheHorse.com has your one-stop-shop article to answer all your blanketing questions. [Horse Blanketing FAQs]

Monday Featured Video: In honor of the horses who have served our country:

Saturday Links from Nupafeed USA

France’s Thibault Fournier and Siniani de Lathus. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Some fabulous news from France came yesterday evening: Thibault Fornier, who was injured during a fall on cross country at Pompadour Horse Trials last month resulting in several days spent in a coma, is continuing to make excellent progress. A recent post to Thibault’s Facebook page revealed that he was hemiplegic on the right side upon waking from the coma, but has begun to regain use of his right arm and is beginning to walk again. You’ve got this, Thibault!

National Holiday: National Louisiana Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

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

Full Moon Farms H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Saturday Links:

Andrew Nicholson to head line-up at International Eventing Forum 2020

Featured Clinician: Sinead Halpin

No Stirrup November Longe-Line Tips With Lendon Gray

From A Near-Death Injury To A Winning International Debut: An Equine Lesson In Perseverance

Noseband Tightness Study: The Two-Finger Rule Is Just About Right

Saturday Video: Oh hey, it’s … these guys:

Posted by Franco Volpi on Thursday, November 7, 2019

This Week in Horse Health News Presented by MediVet Equine

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!

This Week in Horse Health News …

Horses may be able to smell your fear … and your happiness too. Human body odors contain chemical signals which are important in species-specific communication. When another human is exposed to a “fearful” chemosignal produced by another human, they will have a fearful emotional response themselves. Researchers wanted to find out if animals who have evolved alongside humans, like dogs and horses, produced the same emotional responses to human chemosignals. It looks liked dogs definitely did, and it looked like horses may have too! [HorseTalk]

Antibiotic resistance is a real thing to be concerned about, but as we know horses are really good at getting into trouble and getting themselves scratched up. What can we use to treat a horse’s wounds without contributing to antibiotic resistance? Fortunately, there are a host of options that your veterinarian can take into account when treating your horses. There’s also good news in that some of the most common treatments that horse owners reach for, like silver dressings and triple antibiotic ointment, haven’t seen much resistance develop over the past few decades. [The Horse]

Bute appears to be a risk factor in breakdowns on the track. The reasons why are as you’d expect: if a horse is racing or working out on bute it’s likely masking pre-exisitng injuries or pain which are then worsened by further hard exercise. Thanks to results from a recently published study which quantifies this risk, epidemiologist Tim Parkin, who has studied the Jockey Club Equine Injury Database for 10 years, will be calling for policies to be put in place that require a horse’s system to be completely clear of the drug before it races. Currently a race-day presence of bute up to 2.0 micrograms per milliliter in blood is allowed at tracks in all states except California. California already has a zero-tolerance policy for bute before races and workouts and Parkin is calling for other states to adopt this policy as well. [BloodHorse]

Wednesday Video from Kentucky Performance Products: Reliving Fair Hill Cross Country Day (Again!)

To be totally honest, we’re still not ready to be done reliving Fair Hill 2019. Luckily, we’ve got fabulous eventing enthusiasts and spectators who have uploaded their own angles on the competition to YouTube for all to enjoy!

Young rider Grace Gorham was there on Saturday (don’t miss her interview with three-star rider Cosby Green, as well!) and captured a great overview of cross country day. She takes us around the tracks, including visits to the most influential questions on the four-star course, and gives us an up-close look at the vet box. Thanks for sharing, Grace!

#DuttaFHI: WebsiteCCI ResultsYEH ResultsEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

Need to sustain a healthy hindgut?

Ask your vet about ProbioticWise™.

ProbioticWise:

  • Maintains the healthy population of beneficial bacteria throughout the GI tract.
  • Supports the restoration of normal GI tract function in horses challenged by diarrhea. 
  • Supports complete digestion of starch and sugar in the foregut, lowering the risk of hindgut upset and pH imbalances (acidosis) that can lead to colic and laminitis.
  • Supports reduced inflammation levels in GI tract tissues.
  • Supplies nutrients to the gastrointestinal tissues that support the healing of stomach and colonic ulceration.
  • Supplies polyphenols, nucleotides, and polysterols—antioxidants that contribute to the maintenance of healthy intestinal cell membrane function.

For more information, visit KPPvet.com.

Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: A Winner Once Again

Success is what everyone is after, isn’t it? But success takes on so may different forms that sometimes it isn’t obvious what it looks like. At the racetrack, it seems pretty cut and dry: winning races or finishing in the money equals success and the more the better, of course. Some Thoroughbreds find a moderate amount of success at the track by placing well in a handful of races. Some manage to win one and then are never able to replicate that feat.

One of the beautiful things about taking in a Thoroughbred off the track is that it gives them the chance to be a winner once again in a second career. This week we’re featuring three OTTBs who have clocked at least one win during their racing career. Could one of them win your heart as well?

Frogman Mel. Photo via Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center.

Frogman Mel (STORMY ATLANTIC – STOLEN HUMOR, BY DISTORTED HUMOR): 2011 17.0-hand Kentucky-bred gelding

Don’t pass over this special warhorse! Named after a family friend who served in the US Navy, Frogman Mel’s career on the track spanned over 69 races, many of which where Claiming races and he did change hands several times, but his connections kept track of him. He was claimed for the final time by his longtime trainer and his namesake’s son who wanted to secure his future. “Froggie” went on to race several more times before his connections decided to retire him sound find him a home through MMSC.

As warhorse who remained successful throughout much of his career, Froggie is the type of horse who loves to have a job. He’s already enjoyed some letdown time, but it happy to be back under saddle and in work. It will take time for Froggie to learn a whole new way of carrying himself as a riding horse and developing the musculature to do so, but he has unlimited potential and a real drive to go to work every day.

Located in Lexington, Kentucky.

View Frogman Mel on Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center.

Mighty Might. Photo via CANTER Chicago.

Mighty Might (FORT PRADO – NEAT, BY MIZZEN MAST): 2016 16.0-hand Florida-bred gelding

This mighty looking three-year-old hit the board a couple of times in his 18 race career, including a single first-placed finish. However, his recent spat of back-of-the-back finishes signals to his trainer that he’ll likely be better suited to another career. Mighty Might has no physical limitations and his only vice is that he sometimes cribs mildly only after eating peppermints, which are of course his most favorite treat! Don’t let that stop you though — Mighty Might will make up for it by being your best friend. His connections say he has one of the biggest personalities in the barn and truly loves people.

Located at Hawthorne Race Course in Stickney, Illinois.

View Mighty Might on CANTER Chicago.

Honeydukes. Photo via CANTER PA.

Honeydukes (BIRDSTONE – ABOUND, BY SMART STRIKE): 2013 15.3-hand Pennsylvania-bred mare

After earning $106,471 in 35 career starts, Honeydukes was brought back to the farm for some downtime in June. This sweet girl is absolutely adored by her connections and has turned into a barn favorite off the track as well. The farm manager has enjoyed riding “Dukes” around the farm, including though open fields. She’s been free-jumped as well and doesn’t bat an eyelash at whatever new challenge is presented to her. Her connections think that her sweet and sensible nature would make her an ideal choice for a young rider or amateur’s first restart project.

Located in York Springs, Pennsylvania.

View Honeydukes on CANTER PA. 

Monday Video from CLM DWN: Virginia Horse Trials CCI3* Water

In addition to hosting the USEF Two-Star Eventing National Championship, the Virginia Horse Trials ran a wealth of other divisions this weekend including both a CCI3*-L and CCI3*-S. Our friends at RNS Videomedia were there to catch all the action and they put together a montage off all the three-star pairs through the first water on Andy Bowles’ cross country course. Enjoy!

Virginia 3DE & H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]

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Monday News & Notes from Fleeceworks

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The only kind of beach season I care about

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Nearly all of the leaves are off the trees, it’s going to be dark by the time I get in my car to leave work this evening, and the mornings are getting ever chillier. There is one good thing about this time of year, however, which is that it’s horsey beach season! Which is honestly the only beach season I care about actually.

Holiday: National Broadcast Traffic Professional’s Day

Major Weekend Results:

Galway Downs 3DE & H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]

U.S. Weekend Results:

Virginia 3DE & H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]

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

Full Gallop H.T. [Website]

Your Monday News & Notes:

US Equestrian has a shiny new headquarters located at the Kentucky Horse Park. The headquarters hosted its grand opening this weekend and will be home to over 30 organizations. As part of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee family, the official designation of the Olympic rings and the Paralympic symbol are proudly displayed on the building. The new structure, which replaces the organization’s previous home in a leased building in the Horse Park, is estimated to generate more than $200,000 in annual savings. [US Equestrian Hosts Official Grand Opening of New Headquarters at the Kentucky Horse Park]

‘Tis the season for creative clip jobs, but here’s one serving a purpose. A young woman in England, Liffie Fowler, has clipped a semi-colon onto her horse’s hindquarters in order to show solidarity with those suffering mental illness and addiction and she’s encouraging others to do so as well. The punctuation mark references Project Semicolon, which is a suicide prevention charity that was founded in the US. [Clipped semi-colon supports those with mental health issues]

The marquee race of Breeder’s Cup weekend, the Classic, was marred by a catastrophic breakdown. Just after the turn for home, 4-year-old gelding Mongolian Groom suffered an injury to his left hind and was pulled up by his jockey. He was vanned off the track and was then x-rayed, revealing multiple fractures in the bottom of the cannon bone and top of the pastern. Due to the severity of the injury, his connections opted to euthanize him. This marks the 37th death at Santa Anita Park this year [Vino Rosso Pulls Clear Late In Injury-Marred Breeders’ Cup Classic; Mongolian Groom Euthanized]

Monday Featured Video: Take a ride with Andrew Hoy and Basmati, owned by John and Louise Ayre, on cross country at Montelibretti in Italy.

Saturday Links from Nupafeed USA

I hear folks mention venues like Bromont and Rebecca Farm as bucket list events that they want to compete or spectate at someday and, don’t get me wrong, those are amazing places that I want to go also, but high up on my list of places as well is actually The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto.

Now, now … I know it’s an indoor event and not a real horse trials, but I’m a real sucker for a fair and the more agricultural the better! The Royal really sounds like just my kind of place. I can completely do without a midway full of cacophonous and rickety steel rides and carnies hawking cheap prizes — give me some horses to watch, some baby goats to pet, some maple syrup to sample and my week will be made!

We’ll be keeping our eye on The Royal’s indoor eventing this weekend as well as Galway Downs International. Stay tuned!

National Holiday: National Deviled Egg Day

Major Weekend Events:

Galway Downs 3DE & H.T. [Website]  [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

U.S. Weekend Action:

Virginia 3DE & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

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

Saturday Links:

Tucker Billeter and Bill’s Midnight Magic Maintain the Lead in the Hylofit USEA Classic Series Training Three-Day at Galway Downs

How To Do No Stirrup November The Right Way (And Keep Your Horse’s Back Happy)

Charlotte Dujardin beats world number one to win World Cup grand prix

Can Horses Eat Pumpkin?

Saturday Video: But seriously, tell me you wouldn’t want to go watch the Royal Canadian Mounted Police perform.

This Week in Horse Health News Presented by MediVet Equine

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!

This Week in Horse Health News …

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has developed a CT scanner that can be used on standing sedated horses. The machine can be used to scan a horse’s leg while standing, unlike a conventional CT machine which requires a horse to be under general anesthesia and recumbent. This makes the scan, which can be more advantageous than x-rays, a much more accessible and feasible option for horse owners and veterinarians alike. This scanner can also be set in a horizontal position and be used to scan a sedated horse’s head and neck as well. [BloodHorse]

You get your horse’s teeth regularly floated, but do you really understand why? When it comes to understanding why those hooks have to get filed down, it helps to understand the anatomy of the horse’s teeth and how they chew. Dr. James Brown, Clinical Associate Professor of Equine Surgery at Virginia Tech, explains why horses’ teeth grow like they do, what dental issues can arise, and how taking care of them will improve their welfare. [USEA]

Chia seeds: you put them in your smoothie, but what about in your horse’s feeds? Dr. Juliet Getty believes they can be a helpful supplement to a horse’s diet. Chia seeds are best known for being high in Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids and they are present in a similar ratios as in pasture grasses. There are a host of potential benefits that mainly stem from promoting a healthy immune response and lessening inflammation (which MediVet ACS can help with too!) in the body. [HorseTalk]

Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: It’s Breeder’s Cup Week

It’s the unofficial end of the 2019 Thoroughbred racing season, as the Breeder’s Cup takes place this Friday and Saturday, Nov. 1-2, at Santa Anita Park in California.

Like the Triple Crown races in the spring, the Breeder’s Cup weekend in the fall is a highlight event for the racing industry. Many trainers aspire to have a horse run in a Breeder’s Cup race; but many, many Thoroughbreds bred for racing will never achieve that prestige.

They could, however, achieve prestige in another discipline. Could you give one of these horses looking for a new career a chance?

Iampoe. Photo via Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds.

Iampoe (FROST GIANT – EXTRA IMPACT, BY HONOUR AND GLORY): 2014 16.1-hand New York-bred gelding

Hi Poe, welcome to Eventing Nation! Iampoe is an exceptionally cute gelding who has been very loved by owner, who also acts as his groom and exercise rider. She calls him a ‘Cadillac ride’ and with his great build and the nice movement he shows in his jog video, we can certainly believe it. Iampoe hasn’t been finishing at the top of the pack since earlier this summer so his owner is regrettably offering him sale now and wants him to find only the very best home. She would love to see him shine in a new discipline and could really go in any direction!

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

View Iampoe on Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds.

Stormy Bray. Photo via CANTER Chicago.

Stormy Bray (STORMY ATLANTIC – FINE SPUN, BY HARD SPUN): 2015 15.3-hand Kentucky-bred mare

Yes, she’s definitely a Thoroughbred! It’s not everyday you see a flaxen mane in this breed, so we really couldn’t help but feature this filly despite her slight downhill build. Even so, it doesn’t necessarily make or break her future. She didn’t have it in her to be a racehorse, having no terribly notable finishes in her eight starts, but perhaps eventing is more her style? If she’s your style, take her home and find out!

Located at Hawthorne Race Course in Stickney, Illinois.

View Stormy Bray on CANTER Chicago.

Discreet Ransom. Photo via Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbred Adoption.

Discreet Ransom (DISCREET CAT – REDMOND, BY RED RANSOM): 2016 16.0-hand Florida-bred gelding

From his good muscling to shiny coat, you can tell that Discreet Ransom has been well-cared for by his race connections. He’s an easy horse to love as well and was described as a ‘good boy’ by his handler who was very affectionate towards him. Discreet Ransom hasn’t performed too poorly in his nine career starts, all of which were Claiming races, but his connection focus their business on Allowance and Stakes quality horses and decided that this guys doesn’t make the cut. It sure looks like he could make the cut as an event horse though!

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

View Discreet Ransom on Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds.

Wednesday Video from Kentucky Performance Products: ‘Riding For The Team’ is Out Now!

Reaching the highest levels of the sport and representing the USA at a pinnacle competition like the Olympics is not an uncommon goal of many young riders. It is, of course, an honor that few end up achieving. So what’s it like to don that pinque coat and ride for your country.

Riding For The Team, a new book from Trafalger Square Books and the United States Equestrian Team Foundation, edited by Nancy Jaffer, explores just that. The book shares the experiences of athletes from all eight FEI sports, and includes stories from household-name eventers Phillip Dutton, Boyd Martin, David and Karen O’Connor, Kim Severson, Gina Miles, Derek di Grazia, Kerry Millikin, and Amy Tryon. And of course, the horses who gave them the wings to reach their dreams take centerstage as well.

Get excited for a good read by watching the book trailer above and order your copy of Riding For The Team here.

Poor hooves causing lameness?

Ask your vet about FootWise™.

FootWise:

  • Aids in the elimination of dry, flaky hair coats and brittle manes and tails.
  • Maintains healthy hoof tissues so they are less susceptible to developing hoof problems such as thrush and white line disease.
  • Sustains a strong, resilient hoof wall, reducing the incidence of cracks, chips, and lost shoes.
  • Supports the regrowth of healthy hoof after injury or surgery.

For more information, visit KPPvet.com.

Riders Announced for 2019 Horseware Indoor Eventing Challenge at The Royal + Other Highlights

Lauren Kieffer and Glendening Avis, winner of the 2018 iteration of the event. Photo by Ben Radvanyi.

Now in its 12th year, the $20,000 Horseware Indoor Eventing Challenge is the marquee evening event for the opening weekend of the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair (RAWF) in Toronto, Ontario. As in previous years, the Indoor Eventing Challenge will take place on the first two nights of the fair, with a preliminary competition on Friday night November 1st, followed by the finals on Saturday November 2nd.

Previously, the invitation only event has been capped at 10 riders, but 11 will compete for a piece of the prize money this year. Competitors include the entire Canadian 2019 Pan American Games team, a member of the World Equestrian Games silver medal-winning Irish team, and a host of other top Canadian event riders. This year’s participating riders are:

  • Lindsay Beer
  • Diana Burnett
  • Dana Cooke
  • Selena O’Hanlon
  • Holly Jacks-Smither
  • Kendal Lehari
  • Colleen Loach
  • Brandon McMechan
  • Jessica Phoenix
  • Karl Slezak
  • Sam Watson

In addition to the Indoor Eventing Challenge, there is plenty of additional excitement for equine enthusiasts over the course of the The Royal, which runs through November 10th.

For anyone attending The Royal from out of country in particular, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Musical Ride is a can’t-miss performance as the group only makes a select number of appearances outside of Canada throughout the year. The RCMP Musical Ride is one of the most impressive drill teams you’ll see, featuring 32 riders and their horses performing traditional cavalry exercises set to music. All of the riders are active duty police officers and have at least two years experience doing active police work before volunteering for duty with the Musical Ride. And what’s even more impressing — most participants have no previous equine experience prior to joining the Musical Ride.

Back for a second year — but this time with a twist — is the Royal Dressage Derby, which will take place on Tuesday, November 5th. The Derby will see four riders go head to head riding borrowed horses in a ‘knock-out’ format. This year, Team Canada event riders will be pitted against Team Canada dressage riders.

In round one Lindsay Kellock and Naima Moreira Laliberte, members of the 2019 gold medal-winning Pan American Games dressage team, will face off against one another and each ride a Grand Prix test on the same horse. In round two, Jessica Phoenix and Dana Cooke will compete against each other riding a Third Level on another horse. The winning dressage rider and winning event rider for each preliminary round will compete against each other in the final round on new, borrowed horses and, similar to IHSA-style, they will only have minutes to get to know their mounts before performing their final tests.

Tickets are still available for both nights of the Indoor Eventing competition as well as all other days of the Royal Horse Show and can be purchased at this link. More information about The Royal is available on the show’s website. All horse show tickets include general admission to the The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.

Monday Video: Chasin Tail at Hagyard Midsouth

Earlier this year we welcomed Jumper Nation editor Meagan DeLisle over to the dark side of fancy prancing, sans-arena running and jumping, and colored-stick hopping otherwise known as eventing. Meagan found herself in need of switching things up a bit from her native jumper land and found the perfect partner in Bear, a 19-year-old grade Appendix Quarter Horse with no tail. If you haven’t already read their story in Meagan’s own words, do yourself a favor and catch up on that first.

We post a lot of helmet cams from upper-level competitions, but the truth is we love a good ride-along behind pricked ears at any level. No matter what size fences are being jumped, a ride where you’re having fun every stride of the way is the best kind of ride. Ride along with Maegan and Bear above, but if you want to watch the cutest tail-less bum in eventing canter ’round then here’s their RNS Videomedia footage as well:

Are You Up For The Challenge? Carolina Horse Park Races to Raise Funds

Andrew McConnon, a 2019 Ambassador, and Bossinova. Photo by Brant Gamma Photography.

If you’ve been in the eventing world for a hot minute, then you’ll likely recognize the Carolina Horse Park (CHP) as the spectacular facility that plays host to early season goal event, the Cloud 11~Gavilan North LLC Carolina International CCI and Horse Trial.

But the word class facility, dedicated to the preservation of open space for equestrian and recreational purposes, remains active year round. In addition to hosting a plethora of other horse trials throughout the year including the War Horse Event Series and Southern Pines Horse Trials amongst others, there are also schooling opportunities and many other equestrian events in other disciplines.

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the continued success of the CHP depends in large part on the generosity of its supporters. Fundraising efforts for the season ahead are well underway in the form of their creative Anniversary Challenge, a race to raise funds between members of the community with close ties to park.

“The CHP Ambassador program, now in its second year, is a critically important part of the Park’s overall development and fundraising strategy. We are so fortunate to have such a dedicated and charitably inclined group of Ambassadors again this year,” said Jane Murray, Executive Director of the Park.

“The financial support that these individuals generate goes a long way to maintaining and preserving the Carolina Horse Park and for that we are most appreciative.”

From a young woman who began eventing less than three years ago and did her first event at CHP, to a member of the Canadian 2019 Pan American Games team who bases her business in North Carolina; each ambassador has a special connection to CHP and has committed to raising $5,000 and awareness of the facility. The 2019 Ambassadors are:

  • Jayna Biggs
  • Dana Cooke
  • Lisa Gubenia (who is the defending champion of the 2018 challenge!)
  • Aaron Stuckey Hill
  • Jasmine Hobart
  • Colette Leber
  • Alex Martini
  • Andrew McConnon
  • Heidi Grimm Powell
  • Lei Cluff-Ryan
  • Lindsay Staiano Williams

Each ambassador has their own unique online giving page accessed via the main landing page of the challenge where gifts to the Park can be made on their behalf and progress towards their goal can be tracked. The first Ambassador to reach $5,000 raised will be handsomely rewarded with a Grand Prize Package which includes an entry and stall to all 2020 CHP sponsored events and schooling days.

Generous donors will be in the running for a prize as well: anyone that gives a gift of $100 or more to any ambassador is automatically entered in a raffle for an entry and stall to one of the events of the 2020 Adequan War Horse Event Series presented by Southern Pines Equine Associates.

Not only is the fundraiser a race against the other ambassadors, but it’s also a race against the clock: the Anniversary Challenge concludes on Saturday, November 9. Get giving and go eventing!

[Carolina Horse Park Anniversary Challenge]

Monday News & Notes from Fleeceworks

Benjamin Massie displays his orange armband, as does Arnaud Boiteau, pictured in the background. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

It was hard not to think of 24-year-old French eventer Thibault Fournier yesterday during the final phase at Les 5 Etoiles de Pau, the event he most memorably won last year in his first attempt at the level. Thibault, who suffered a catastrophic fall on cross country at a horse trials earlier this month, is on the long road to recovery after awakening from a six-day-long coma. Most recently he’s been able to eat some food after coming off of respiratory assistance. Thibault’s French teammates brought him along for their rides during yesterday’s show jumping in the form of orange armbands — a touching tribute to their friend.

National Holiday: National Chocolate Day

Major Events:

5 Etoiles de Pau: WebsiteForm GuideFinal ScoresEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Results:

Waredaca 3DE & H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]

Windermere Run H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]

Chattahoochee Hills H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]

Holly Hill H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]

Your Monday News & Notes:

In the midst of another devastating wildfire, Northern California needs help. Hurricane force winds have stoked the flames of the Kincade Fire, which now covers 30,000 acres and are only 10% contained. The Northern California Association of Equine Practitioners has issued an official request for assistance, particularly from California-licensed veterinarians and technicians with large animal or livestock/ruminant experience. Volunteers and supplies are also needed at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. [North California Association of Equine Practitioners]

Remember Colleen Rutledge’s mount Escot 6? He’s a show jumper now! Over the weekend, “Monkey” won the $10,000 Adult Amateur Jumper Championship at the Washington International Horse Show with his new rider Charlotte Powers. [Former Event Horse Finds New Fame At WIHS]

With the conclusion of Pau, we can look back on a wild season of European upper-level eventing. Horse & Hound recounts some of the most bizarre and unexpected thing that happened during the 2019 season. [From comeback wins to falls to errant pedestrians: 12 surprises of the 2019 eventing season]

Monday Featured Video: The Headless Horseman made his annual appearance at Keeneland over the weekend.

Headless Horsemen 2019

An unusual sighting at Keeneland this afternoon! The Headless Horseman made a spooky appearance on the track. Happy early Halloween!

Posted by Keeneland on Saturday, October 26, 2019

Watch Pau CCI5*-L Cross Country Live (in French!)

Cross country action is underway at Les 5 Etoiles de Pau, the final European five-star of the year, and while you need a subscription to Horse & Country TV to watch today’s phase with English commentary, the event is live streaming its French broadcast on YouTube (player embedded above.)

Make sure you familiarize yourself with the track via Tilly Berendt’s course preview as well. Amusez-vous bien!

5 Etoiles de Pau: WebsiteEntriesForm GuideLive ScoresLive StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

Weekly OTTB Wishlist Presented by Cosequin: FHI Winner Paddy the Caddy Is an Aftercare Success Story

Frank McEntee proudly poses with Paddy the Caddy, a horse he originally bred for racing, after their big Fair Hill win. Photo by Abby Powell.

Still owned by one of his original breeders, Frank McEntee, and having previously been race trained at the Fair Hill Training Center, 12-year-old Paddy the Caddy‘s story came full circle this weekend when he and Erin Sylvester won the 31st, and final, running of the CCI4*-L at the Dutta Corp./ Fair Hill International Three-Day Event.

Bred in Ireland by Frank McEntee and David O’Reilly, “Paddy”(Azamour – Slamy, by Grand Slam) was too small to be a sales prospect as a yearling, so Mr. McEntee chose to import him to the U.S. and placed him in training with Graham Motion who bases his program at the Fair Hill Training Center. Paddy only ended up clocking in a handful of timed workouts and never started in a race, so Mr. McEntee took him home and turned him out for a few months before asking Erin Sylvester, who his daughter was taking lessons with, if she could restart him and eventually turn him into a mount for his daughter.

After a fews months working with Paddy, Erin had other ideas: she saw the makings of an event horse in him. Paddy made his Novice level debut  in 2012 and his Advanced debut in 2016 with Erin as his sole rider and with Mr. McEntee supporting him through his entire career.

In honor of Paddy the Caddy, this week we’re featuring three unassuming bay geldings you could call your own. Who knows what they could eventually achieve?

Robbie Jones. Photo via CANTER IL.

Robbie Jones (SHACKLEFORD – SILVER BLOSSOM, BY BERNARDINI): 2014 16.0-hand Kentucky-bred gelding

Robbie Jones is coming off the track after 19 starts and $14,662 in earnings. He had a few good finishes early in his career, but lately he’s been at the bottom of the pack so it’s time for him to move on and see if he has a different athletic calling. His lovely uphill build, shoulder, and neck paired with powerful hindquarters make it look like he has all the makings of an event horse.

Located at Fairmount Park Race Track in Collinsville, Illinois.

View Robbie Jones on CANTER Illinois.

Medical Marvel. Photo via Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds.

Medical Marvel (POSSE – ROLLICKING AFFAIR, BY BLACK TIE AFFAIR (IRE)): 2015 16.2-hand New York-bred gelding

Don’t worry — this guy isn’t actually a medical marvel! He’s retiring sound after a few published workouts, but remains unraced. He’s been aptly nicknamed “Big Dude” around the barn, but he’s really a gentle giant. Big Dude is already getting to know what life off the track if all about and has been enjoying some turnout time on the farm with a group of other horses. He’s also already being taught to lunge, including over ground poles which he found to be no big deal, and appears to have a great attitude about going to work.

Located near Rochester, New York.

View Medical Marvel on Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds.

Drewmisterio. Photo via New Vocations Racehorse Adoption.

Drewmisterio (REDDING COLLIERY – WINLOC’S SUNSHINE, BY DISTINCTIVE PRO): 2014 17.0-hand Louisiana-bred gelding

You need to check out Drewmisterio’s under saddle photos, because after just five rides the folks at New Vocations have pegged him as a serious upper-level prospect due in part to his spectacular canter. This big, uphill-built, and athletic guy and can be a bit exuberant under saddle, but never in a bad way. On the ground, “Drew” is a total gentleman and loves soaking in attention. After making 2 starts and earning a respectable $74,620 on the track, Drew is already happily hacking out on the trails, walking through water, and trotting over ground poles.

Located in Covington, Louisiana.

View Dremisterio on New Vocations Racehorse Adoption

This Week in Horse Health News Presented by MediVet Equine

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!

How can we better recognize horses with mild or moderate asthma? The increased respiratory rate and cough of a severely asthmatic horse is fairly easy to spot, but mild and moderate cases may only present as poor performance. Veterinarians maybe have been underestimating the number of horses that suffer from asthma for that reason. Currently, equine asthma is diagnosed by a physical exam plus a bronchoalveolar lavage (commonly called a “lung wash”). Asthma is caused by inflammation (something MediVet CAS can help with!) in the airways and veterinarians are now looking for biomarkers in the blood that are indicative of lung inflammation. Future research could create a simple blood test for asthma diagnosis. [The Horse]

Future veterinarians will soon have two new options for schools to attend. The American Veterinary Medical Association’s Council on Education recently issued “Letters of Reasonable Assurance” of accreditation to new veterinary medicine programs at Long Island University and the University of Arizona. Both programs will welcome their inaugural class in 2020 and will issue Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degrees. Long Island University’s program will be a traditional four-year program, while the University of Arizona will offer an accelerated three-year program. [Today’s Veterinary Business]

What can a horse owner do about thin soles? Horses with thin soles can be tough to keep sound, as they tend to develop sole bruises more easily. While breed and hoof conformation can play an inherent role in sole thickness — hot-blooded horses like Thoroughbreds and horses that have less of a “cup” shape to the underside of their hoof tend to have thinner soles — but there are a few things horse owners can do to help their horses grow thicker soles. Most ways have to do with methods of trimming and shoeing, but supplements and topical products can help too. [Paulick Report]

Wednesday Video from Kentucky Performance Products: Off to Ocala Jockey Club!

Fair Hill International is in the rearview mirror now, so the East Coast eventing community will turn their attention to the next long-format offered on this side of the country: the Ocala Jockey Club International 3-Day Event which will be held November 14-17 in Reddick, Florida.

In this promotional video, you’ll hear from locally-based eventing superstars Clayton Fredericks, Katie Ruppel, Leslie Law, Lesley Grant Law, plus renowned course designer Mike Etherington-Smith. They share what makes OJC such a great event and you might even catch a few hints about what to expect on course as well!

Poor hooves causing lameness?

Ask your vet about FootWise™.

FootWise:

  • Aids in the elimination of dry, flaky hair coats and brittle manes and tails.
  • Maintains healthy hoof tissues so they are less susceptible to developing hoof problems such as thrush and white line disease.
  • Sustains a strong, resilient hoof wall, reducing the incidence of cracks, chips, and lost shoes.
  • Supports the regrowth of healthy hoof after injury or surgery.

For more information, visit KPPvet.com.

Who Jumped It Best? Fair Hill International CCI3*-L Edition

With the dawning of cross country day at the 2019 Dutta Corp./ Fair Hill International Three-Day Event in Elkton, Maryland, came the usual pre-cross country excitement and tension. Riders warmed up and found their zen while officials, volunteers, and media shuffled about the course on the sunny morning staking their spots and waiting with bated breath for the first rider on course. I’m sure all said a silent prayer that it would be a safe and beautiful day of sport — I know I did.

As a photographer, the light was a bit difficult to work with during the early parts of Saturday (though there were no complaints given the previous few days weather!) casting shadows in the wrong direction of some of the more desirable fences to shoot. Despite being primarily back lit, I couldn’t help parking myself on the downhill side of Fence 7AB, the Duane Morris Open Oxer and Corner, for a few early riders on course because it lent itself to capturing the horses’ impressive leaps over the A element, the big open oxer set with MIM clip technology. Frankly, it just looked [email protected]$$!

This combination did, however, cause a few problems for some riders: mostly glance-offs at the B element, a right-handed brush corner a sloping six strides away, but also a few falls (all horses and riders are fine!) The riders below were able to tackle it with total finesse.

While we invite you to vote for who you think presents the best overall picture over the jump, all of these horses and riders deserve massive credit for a job well done and a jump well-ridden!

Alyssa Peterson and R-Perfect Storm. Photo by Abby Powell.

Ashley MacVaugh and Latino H. Photo by Abby Powell.

Babette Lenna Gonyea and Marketscan. Photo by Abby Powell.

Booli Selmayr and Millfield Lancado. Photo by Abby Powell.

Cosby Green and Highly Suspicious. Photo by Abby Powell.