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About Abby Powell

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

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Wednesday News & Notes

Mmmm … Irish grass. Photo via Will Faudree Eventing on Facebook.

Best wishes are in order for Will Faudree and Pfun, who are making their competition debut in Ireland this week at the Millstreet International Horse Trials. They’ll be contesting the  CCI4*-L alongside fellow Americans Caroline Martin and Islandwood Captain Jack. We also have some fellow countrywomen to cheer for in the CCI4*-S sections as well in Ariel Grald and Liz Halliday-Sharp. Between this overseas action and everything going on stateside (we see you, Great Meadow International!) it’s going to be a jam-packed weekend of eventing and we can’t wait!

National Holiday: National Spumoni Day

Major Weekend Events:

MARS Great Meadow International [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Millstreet International Horse Trials [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

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

The Event at Archer [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Your Wednesday News & Notes:

Going eventing and raising money to help cancer patients at the same time? Sounds like a win-win! Now in it’s fifth year of running, the Eventing for the Cure Starter Horse Trials at Hunt Club Farms in Berryville, Virginia is open for entries. All proceeds from the event benefit the Angel Trust of the Oncology Foundation at Winchester Medical Center which helps pay the bills of those who cannot afford their cancer treatments. The event offers Intro through Preliminary/Training levels and entries close August 27th. [Starter Horse Trials Eventing for the Cure]

Charlotte Dujardin was eliminated from the Grand Prix competition at the FEI Dressage European Championships due to the FEI “blood rule”. During a routine post-test inspection by the FEI stewards a small trace of blood on the flank of her horse, Mount St John Freestyle, was found thus resulting in elimination in accordance with Article 430.7.6.2 of the FEI Dressage Rules. Britain was in silver medal position with Charlotte’s score, but her elimination dropped them to fourth place. [British Dressage Statement on the elimination of Charlotte Dujardin] [Statement from Charlotte Dujardin on Facebook]

Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) will once again be the title sponsor of the Retired Racehorse Project (RRP) Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium, which will take place at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, on October 2-5, 2019. The TCA’s mission is to raise and distribute funds to Thoroughbred-related non-profit organizations for the benefit of the horsed and people involved with the Thoroughbred racing industry. [Thoroughbred Charities of America Named Title Sponsor of 2019 Thoroughbred Makeover]

Wednesday Video:

Monday Video from Total Saddle Fit: #GOTD for Balance and Boldness

#GOTD 🚨 I set up these three square cross rail oxers with the intention of making myself ride in a forward yet relaxed rhythm and focus on building their strength in their backs and bums with this exercise. The ground poles give you a gage of your pace (if you begin to hit the NON-ELEVATED ground poles then your horse is not in the correct balance) and the crosses help you stay centered through the grid. Always keep a quiet, tall position and a forgiving release to let your horse work his or her magic! This is a canter in exercise but with the green ones can be broken down to small crosses and trotted in of course then you’d want to shorten up the distances hence why I have the “greater than” sign. As the jumps get larger you’ll want to have a HEALTHY 9 feet distance in between each pole to jump to encourage forward riding. Enjoy my friends! #LÆSquad #fallprepsinorder #eyesontheprize

Posted by Laine Ashker Eventing and Dressage on Sunday, August 18, 2019

Jump right into the week thanks to Lainey Ashker and her newest Grid of the Day (#GOTD)! This three jump line uses a series of square oxers and ground poles to invite a forward ride while working to build your horse’s strength. It can be modified for the lower levels by changing the oxers to crossrails and trotting into the exercise. Get jumping!

From Lainey:

“I set up these three square cross rail oxers with the intention of making myself ride in a forward yet relaxed rhythm and focus on building their strength in their backs and bums with this exercise. The ground poles give you a gage of your pace (if you begin to hit the NON-ELEVATED ground poles then your horse is not in the correct balance) and the crosses help you stay centered through the grid. Always keep a quiet, tall position and a forgiving release to let your horse work his or her magic! This is a canter in exercise but with the green ones can be broken down to small crosses and trotted in of course then you’d want to shorten up the distances hence why I have the “greater than” sign. As the jumps get larger you’ll want to have a HEALTHY 9 feet distance in between each pole to jump to encourage forward riding. Enjoy my friends!”

Screenshot via Laine Ashker Eventing and Dressage.

Monday News & Notes from Fleeceworks

One of my favorite places in the world! #Burghleytair B is wondering if all this galloping will come in handy for his dressage test!#begoodBoly🤫🤫😴😴😴😴😴😈😈😈

Posted by Dominic Schramm on Friday, August 16, 2019

With Bromont behind us and Great Meadows and Millstreet coming up this weekend plus the European Championships in quick succession the week after, we’re really gearing up and getting excited for the Burghley, the next five-star on the calendar. Our own Tilly Berendt has already put together a big, bad course preview — don’t miss it!

National Holiday: National Aviation Day

Major Weekend Events:

Bromont CCI & H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]

U.S. Weekend Results:

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

Waredaca H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]

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

Ocala Summer H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]

Huntington Farm H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]

Your Monday News & Notes:

Blue-green algae has been in the news lately for its toxicity, but how does it affect horses? The algae, which is poisonous, has recently been the culprit of a number of deaths of dogs across the country after they have swam in affected bodies of water. Blue-green algae is toxic to horses and humans as well, so use caution when leading your horse to water. This older article from The Horse gives excellent information on the algae and tips on avoiding it. [Blue-Green Algae Poisoning in Horses]

Help show that eventing is alive and well in Area I by signing up for a combined test at the Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, Connecticut on September 15th. A group of locals are trying to revive the Ethel Walker School USEA Recognized Horse Trials, which last successfully ran in 2011, and need to demonstrate to the school that there is enough interest from the community, starting with a combined test. Elementary through Preliminary levels will be offered, as well as extra dressage tests and jump rounds. Proceeds from the combined test will go toward rebuilding the cross country course. [Ethel Walker School Combined Test]

Eventers know a thing or two about horse care that other disciplines can learn a lot from. Dr. Laura Werner of Haygard Equine Medical Institute talks us through the types of injuries most frequently sustained by event horses, the preventative measure taken to avoid said injuries and other therapies commonly used to help keep our horses feeling their best. [Take It From The Eventers: How To Manage Your Horse Before, During, And After Intensive Competition]

Monday Video: Time lapse of a jump judge:

Time lapse of a jump judge.

Posted by Tiffany Bennett on Saturday, August 10, 2019

Saturday Links from Nupafeed USA

I’ve thought a lot about what to write about my friend, Jeffie Chapin, and I feel like I still don’t have the right things to say. So, simply, I’ll just say: barn friends are the best friends. No matter how short a time you have known them they quickly become a part of your extended family. I was incredibly lucky to have gotten to know just a fraction of Jeffie over the past few years and this past winter in particular. She’ll always be a part of my barn family and I’m a better person for having known her. I’ll carry her with me each ride and in particular when I keep my eyes up over a jump.

National Holiday: National Massachusetts Day

Major Weekend Events:

Bromont CCI & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

U.S. Weekend Action:

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday Links:

Badminton winner ruled out of Burghley due to injury

Sporthorse Stars: Donner

Five-star rider ‘humbled’ by support after breaking leg in fall at Hartpury

The Road to AEC: Getting to Know Each Other

Where Real Dressage Begins: Shoulder-In

Saturday Video: Your Burghley course walk:

Posted by The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials Official Page on Friday, August 16, 2019

Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: Big Money for Kentucky-Breds

We’re inching ever-closer to 2019 Retired Racehorse Project (RRP) Thoroughbred Makeover, which will be held October 2-5 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY. As always, there are various monetary prizes up for grabs to top-placing horses in various categories.

This year’s biggest prize, $6,500 cash sponsored by the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders, Inc. (KTOB), will be awarded to the highest-placed Kentucky-bred at the competition. It’s fitting that the largest special award will be a highly competitive one — Kentucky-breds typically make up about one-third of all Makeover entries, according to RRP. Similarly, Kentucky-breds typically make up the largest percentage of North American Thoroughbreds born each year. Of the 20,800 Thoroughbreds born in 2019, a whopping 41% can call the Bluegrass State their Old Kentucky Home.

In that vein, this week our OTTB Wishlist brings you three Kentucky-breds looking for their next gig:

Cardinal Coach Mac. Photo via New Vocations Racehorse Adoption.

Cardinal Coach Mac (POINT OF ENTRY – ASPEN WHISPER, BY MR. GREELEY): 2016 16.3-hand Kentucky-bred gelding

This tall and flashy guy goes by “Big Mac” around the barn — a fitting nickname for the 16.3-hand gelding. This three-year-old raced 7 times and earned a respectable $54,395 in those few starts. Despite winning his maiden and placing respectably in his other starts, Big Mac actually has a little more ‘whoa’ than ‘go’ under saddle so he is retiring without any known issues so that he can hopefully find a career that he likes a little better.

Big Mac is a goofy but polite gelding who is the low man on totem pole in the field. He has adjusted to life off the track seamlessly and even though he’s not an alpha horse, that doesn’t stop him from playing and having a good time in turnout. Despite being young and still very green, Big Mac is already very relaxed while working under saddle, giving to the bit, and brave.

Located in Lexington, Kentucky.

View Cardinal Coach Mac on New Vocations Racehorse Adoption

Souperfast. Photo by Second Stride Inc.

Souperfast (BROKEN VOW – PLAYA MAYA, BY ARCH): 2011 16.0-hand Kentucky-bred gelding

Souperfast was indeed that for a good while, winning 7 out of his 29 career starts and earning just over $288,000. Since his racing performance started to drop off recently, his owners wanted to give him a chance to also be successful off the track as well and are looking to rehome him while he is sound and has unlimited potential for a second career. Souperfast arrived very recently to Second Stride and hasn’t had  full entry evaluation yet, but so far he seems to have no limitations. He was extremely well-behaved for his first ride off the track and looks like a kind-eyed gentleman who aims to please.

Located in Prospect, Kentucky.

View Souperfast on Second Stride, Inc.

Tuaandtwentysix. Photo by Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center.

Tuaandtwentysix (GIANT’S CAUSEWAY – SEA OF SHOWERS, BY SEATTLE SLEW): 2016 16.0-hand Kentucky-bred gelding

Another easy-going chestnut gelding, “Tua” came to the Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center straight off the track in June and has never looked back. While Tua simply loves being the center of attention and being pampered, he’s also curious and willing to work. He is just as happy being under saddle and learning how to be a riding horse as he is being cuddled in the barn. Tua raced just six times, never with any remarkable placings.

Located in Lexington, Kentucky.

View Tuaandtwentysix on Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center.

This Week in Horse Health News Presented by MediVet Equine

We have an eclectic mix of tidbits for you this week in Horse Health News brought to us by our friends at MediVet Equine. Let’s get to it:

A half-brother to the late great Theodore O’Connor was saved by the surgical team at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine’s Equine Hospital earlier this year. Three-year-old “Henry,” who is by the Cornell Equine Park’s Dutch Warmblood stallion Waterford and out of the 13.1-hand Chelsea’s Melody, who was also Theodore O’Connor’s dam, somehow impaled himself on a fence shortly after being turned out one day. His owner, Dr. Sonja Lawlis, herself a Cornell-educated veterinarian, immediately called the team at Cornell’s Equine Hospital. After removing the piece of wood, they performed surgery to clean and repair the wound, then provided months-long intensive supportive care and fought an antibiotic-resistant infection. [Cornell Chronicle]

Equine influenza has wreaked havoc in several areas of the world this year, but the hardest hit is likely West Africa. The outbreak, which spanned from January through June of this year, took the lives of nearly 60,000 in the countries of Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Burkina Faso. The outbreak was initially thought to be strangles, but veterinarians from the international animal charity Spana were able to finally submit samples to the Animal Health Trust in June leading to a confirmed diagnosis of equine flu. The diagnosis should help veterinary professionals and local communities better manage the aftermath of the epidemic and future outbreak scenarios. [HorseTalk]

Aloe vera is commonly used in barns as a supplement to help soothe and/or prevent ulcers, but is it really safe and is it really effective? Dr. Anthony Blikslager, a professor of equine surgery and gastroenterology at North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, weighs in and says maybe not, but really it’s hard to know since there have been no peer-reviewed studies involving the use of aloe vera in horses. [The Horse]

Monday Video from Total Saddle Fit: Tamie Smith’s Pan Am Dressage

Media blackout lifted! With the conclusion of the Pan American Games comes the lifting of the iron curtain on video coverage, so let’s take a look back. Tamie Smith and Mai Baum absolutely dazzled in the first phase, gliding to an incredible 22.8. Watch “Lexus” in Lima:

Catch up on all of EN’s 2019 Peru Pan American Games coverage here.

Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: Size and Serendipity

Brooke Massie and Serendipity at Millbrook H.T. 2019. Photo by Abby Powell.

Size doesn’t matter when your horse is full of heart — just ask Brooke Massie, who just completed her first Advanced H.T. aboard her own Serendipity (Vibank – Gail’s Gal, by Naskra) a 2009 Ontario-bred mare who is only 15.1-hands tall.

Brooke purchased “Scarlet”, who raced under the Jockey Club name Sister Gail, from a neighbor who had gotten the mare from Second Start Thoroughbreds in Quebec. Scarlet made 13 career starts at Woodbine and Fort Erie racetracks and earned a little over $35,000 before being retired and rehomed. Brooke’s neighbor tells her that she purchased the mare off a picture and a pretty face, but due to her spiciness she lasted less than a week before landing with Brooke.

Who knew a little Thoroughbred mare down the street would eventually be an Advanced mount? Serendipitous indeed.

“She’s all heart and has the best personality, she will do anything to please,” said Brooke. “There really is no better breed than a Thoroughbred!”

The horses we are featuring this week may be small, but they are mighty. Looking for your own pint-sized powerhouse? In honor of Serendipity, here are three currently available OTTBs all under 16.0-hands:

Absolute Paradise. Photo via New Vocations Racehorse Adoption.

Absolute Paradise (ANY GIVEN SATURDAY – GENTLE GRACE, BY WOODMAN): 2010 15.2-hand New York-bred mare

A well built mare with a great attitude, Absolute Paradise lives up to her name in so many ways. This ten-year-old spent seven season at the track and has made 84 career starts banking $208,311 in lifetime earnings. “Kiwi” comes off the track with a good work ethic and no vices or known injuries. As she adjusts to a slower lifestyle, she is showing that she is a kind, quiet to handle horse who is aims to please. Kiwi is sensitive to the aids and needs an experienced rider to help restart her as a riding horse, but shows an eagerness to learn and will surely gain confidence as she goes along. She gets along well with other and enjoys hacking out in a group.

Located in Xenia, Ohio.

View Absolute Paradise on New Vocations Racehorse Adoption.

Bustin Trudeau. Photo via Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds.

Bustin Trudeau (BUSTIN STONES – ARCTIC OCEAN, BY CONCORD POINT): 2017 15.0-hand New York-bred gelding

Here’s a youngster that’s just not showing enough potential to make it as a racehorse, so remains unraced. This two-year-old is still growing, but it likely to remain under 16.0-hands. He’s currently got a bit of a Quarter Horse look going one, but it might just be the way he’s standing in the picture and he’s likely to grow to be a little more uphill as well. Bustin Trudeau has a compact yet strong build that could be a desirable conformation once he grows into himself a bit more. As young one, he is still learning his manners, but will certainly improve with some time to mature and some consistent handling. Additionally, he has published workouts from June so he’s eligible for the 2020 RRP Thoroughbred Makeover. And how can his name not give you a laugh?

Located in Farmington, New York.

View Bustin Trudeau on Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds.

Lady Gritt. Photo via CANTER MN.

Lady Gritt (WORLD RENOWNED – BRANDI BRAZEAU, BY SILIC (FR)): 2016 15.3-hand California-bred mare

This little lady is absolute sweetheart and the CANTER volunteer who saw her really wanted to take her home herself! She’s the kind of mare that will give her person her whole heart. Lady Gritt is retiring sound but slow after only 3 career starts as a racehorse, but other horses that have come from this trainer have gone on to make excellent event horses.  She has A.P. Indy on her sire’s side, plus French and Irish breeding on her dam’s. Lady Gritt is ready to find her person and learn something new!

Located in Minnesota.

View Lady Gritt on CANTER MN.

Sunday Links Presented by One K Helmets

Photo by Robin Hanover.

If there’s anywhere on this planet that’s pretty darn close to heaven on earth it’s the Green Mountain Horse Association grounds in Woodstock, Vermont. Their Festival of Eventing every August is a must-do for anyone looking for the perfect show-cation destination. Time just seems to slow down while you’re there, even in the midst of a busy world-class competition. Happy cross country day to everyone there! Check out our course preview here.

National Holiday: National Presidential Joke Day

U.S. Weekend Action:

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

GMHA Festival of Eventing H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

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

Area VII YR Benefit H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

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

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

Applewood Farm FEH/YEH & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Sunday Links:

PODCAST: Pan Am Recap with Team USA

20 Questions With Hall Of Fame Jockey Mike Smith

How to Feed Horses With Gastric Ulcers

An Open Letter to the 2019 Mongol Derby Competitors

Hot on Horse Nation: 159 Horses Seized From Texas Rescue in June, How Readers Can Help

Sunday Video: Take a little flyover the Green Mountain Horse Associate Grounds.

Who Jumped it Best? Millbrook Intermediate Coffin Edition

Fence 11abc. Photo by Abby Powell.

We’re a week out from Millbook Horse Trials 2019, which took place August 1-4 at the beautiful Coole Park Farm in Amenia, New York, and boy, do I have a boatload of photos to make use of still. Let’s start with an EN favorite: a good ‘ol Who Jumped it Best?

This edition features horses and riders in the Open Intermediate A division last weekend as they tackled the coffin complex at Fence 11abc. Riders jumped the A element situated on top of a mound, made two strides to the B element ditch, and then took one stride to the skinny C element out.

The Intermediate cross country course was actually the course that designer Tremaine Cooper made the most changes to this year, similar to how the Advanced course was revered last year; this year the Intermediate course was reversed to mirror the Advanced track, making the best use of all the flat ground available over the undulating Coole Park Farm terrain.

Now, a little disclaimer: we love to play this game of Who Jumped it Best? because honestly it’s a great excuse to share as many awesome jumping pictures with you as possible, but we always keep in mind that each picture is simply a single moment of the jumping effort. With that, I want to say that this complex rode absolutely beautifully and frankly, each horse and rider that tackled it did a fabulous job. I spent a good, very enjoyable chunk of time sitting on the Advanced trakhener jump next to this complex, shooting photos and admiring the riding whilst chatting and making friends with, Karri, the jump judge for this complex.

Alright, you know the drill: Take a look at the photos and vote in the poll at the bottom of the post for which horse and rider you think present the best overall picture over the jump!

Millbrook: WebsiteFinal ScoresEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

Mike Pendleton and Carlsburg. Photo by Abby Powell.

Sara Kozumplik Murphy and Devil Munchkin. Photo by Abby Powell.

Cornelia Dorr and Daytona Beach 8. Photo by Abby Powell.

Holly Payne Caravella and CharmKing. Photo by Abby Powell.

Colleen Rutledge and C Me Fly. Photo by Abby Powell.

Christina Hendrikson and JTH Jest. Photo by Abby Powell.

Marley Stone Bourke and Quality Pop. Photo by Abby Powell.

Bridgette Miller and Special Agent. Photo by Abby Powell.

Saturday Links Presented by Nupafeed USA

Photo by Abby Powell.

Chinch couldn’t make it to Millbrook H.T. last weekend – he was so stressed over the Pan Ams that he could barely move from his dust bath – but that’s ok, there was a different small, beady-eyed creature there making the rounds.

Meet Maze, a female hedgehog, owned by Lee Cotton who works as a technician at Millbrook Equine Veterinary Clinic. Maze is quite sociable, really captivating this young animal lover in particular, and Lee likes to take her out on the road wherever she can. Add that to the list of things you don’t see every day at a horse show.

National Holiday: National S’mores Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

GMHA Festival of Eventing H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

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

Area VII YR Benefit H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

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

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

Applewood Farm FEH/YEH & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Saturday Links:

World eventing champion bounces back one month after giving birth

Groom Spotlight: Rachael Livermore Believes In Going Back To The Basics

Heart Of A Lion And Eye Of An Eagle: The Full Circle Journey Of Z

When the Best Riders Meet Great Course Design

George Morris SafeSport Ban—What Happens Next?

Saturday Video: Sara Kozumplik Murphy & Devil Muchkin at Millbrook H.T.

This Week in Horse Health News Presented by MediVet Equine: Get Well Soon, Patrick!

How brave my boy was to come out of recovery and stand to be taken out of the harness! He even announced his arrival back in the barns to all the horses as he walked soundly back to his stall! New Bolton and the great Dean Richardson never cease to amaze! #patrickliterallyflying

Posted by Lainey Ashker on Thursday, August 8, 2019

We’re wishing Lainey Ashker‘s Call Him Paddy a speedy recovery after undergoing surgery yesterday to repair an injury to his splint bone. The surgery, performed by the under the hands of world-renowned large animal surgeon Dr. Dean Richardson at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center, removes a portion of the injured splint bone, replaces it with a graft taken from the hip bone and then uses a metal plate and screws to fortify the area.

Patrick also to got for a little swim in New Bolton’s recovery pool, which is used to reduce the risk of injury during the horse’s recovery from anesthesia. Dr. Richardson sent the above video of Patrick being raised out of the pool and into a recovery area to Lainey. Patrick will spend a few more days recovering at New Bolton before Lainey takes him home early next week to continue his recovery.

Lainey’s “five-star hamster” will have a long road to recovery, but the prognosis after this procedure is good and it’s hopeful that Patrick will be able to return to full soundness and work. We look forward to his triumphant return to #GOTDs!

Veterinary medicine is a pretty incredible field and new techniques help keep refining the field are being researched all the time. Here are a few more headlines fin horse health news from the past week, presented by MediVet Equine:

This simple device could save a life. As you can see from the video above, it generally takes quite a contraption to lift and move a horse. It’s one thing to have a sling inside a veterinary hospital, but it’s a whole different ballgame when you’re working in a rescue situation in the field. Not to mention any contraption that can lift a horse is generally pretty expensive and cost-prohibitive.

Researchers at the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis have developed an easy to use, low cost system that can be used to move or briefly lift horses in rescue situations. The device is essentially a series of straps that can easily be positioned on a downed horse in orientations tired and tested by trained equine technical rescuers. The kit is lightweight, portable, only costs $350 and comes with a manual that give step-by-step instructions for use. [Horsetalk]

You may have thought you knew all about white line disease, but are you ready to have you mind blown? Here are two paradigm-shifting facts right off the bat: white line disease doesn’t actually affect the white line and it may not even be a disease, per se. White line disease always occurs after some separation of the hoof wall which allows bacteria and fungi to enter the sensitive inner layers of the hoof. Those sensitive layers of the hoof wall, which sit right above the delicate laminae that suspend the coffin bone, then become infected. This infection eats away at the inner structures of the hoof and degrades the  hoof wall, creating what we’ve come to know as white line disease.

And as far as it being a disease, no one is really sure yet whether there is a singular cause of disease or if there are several syndromes that cause a common endpoint. This article by Nancy S. Loving, DVM, sets the record straight on what we know about white line disease and how horse owners can combat it. [The Horse]

Monday Video from Total Saddle Fit: The Essence of Millbrook

Throughout our weekend coverage of Millbrook Horse Trials, we’ve been featuring daily video recaps from photographer/ videographer Marion de Vogel. Marion is local to the equestrian community surrounding the Millbrook Horse Trials and she volunteers her time to put together these productions. Her creative eye captures the essence of this event; from Beginner Novice to Advanced, from the stables to the show ring and everything in between.

As another weekend of incredible sport closes it’s important to reflect on everything and everyone that make this whole equestrians thing possible. Marion’s video of the final day at Millbrook 2019 features not only the show jumping action of the day, but a voiceover of Simon Roosevelt, president of the Millbrook Horse Trials Board of Directors, speaking at the patron’s luncheon on Sunday. His words perfectly capture how beneficial a strong equestrian presence is to the area, and how with without the support of the local community it would not be possible.

And in case you missed them before, below are Marion’s video recaps of days one through three:

Millbrook: WebsiteScheduleRide TimesLive ScoringEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

Personal Best for Faudree and Pfun to Take Millbrook Advanced Win

Will Faudree and Pfun. Photo by Abby Powell.

Despite a severe thunderstorm yesterday afternoon and evening (more on that below), it was a beautiful day today to conclude another weekend at the Millbrook Horse Trials.

Our leaders after cross country, Will Faudree and Jennifer Mosing and Sterling Silver Stables’ Pfun jumped inside the time and kept all the poles up over Marc Donovan’s Advanced show jumping course this afternoon to win the division on their dressage score of 29.10.

That score is a personal best for Will and the 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding, plus it marks their first time cracking the 20s at the Advanced level. They’ll be headed to Ireland later this month to contest the Millstreet International CCI4*-L.

“It was a good final run for him before Millstreet in a couple weeks,” Will said after his cross country course yesterday. “I’ve never competed in Ireland so I’m excited to go. He’s an experienced horse and with horses you’re always trying to get better and be better. You change little things and you talk to everybody, because anybody could offer advice that might help.” 

Here’s wishing Will and Pfun the best of luck in their journey overseas!

Allison Springer and Business Ben. Photo by Abby Powell.

Our second and third place finishers traded places on the leaderboard as a result of the final phase.

Allison Springer told EN that she has been working on putting the pieces together in show jumping for the Business Ben Partnership’s Business Ben, and it looked like those pieces came together today as they finished on their dressage score of 30.70. Their double clear round saw them slot in to second place after Colleen Rutledge and her own Covert Rights pulled a single rail.

Allison is aiming Ben for the Fair Hill International CCI4*-L, an event that the nine-year-old Thoroughbred gelding has yet to contest — he was entered last year, but turned up with an abscess two days before the jog. Ultimately, she’s hoping to qualify the horse for Kentucky.

“He’s the horse I’ve always been dreaming about doing that level on and he just loves this cross country stuff,” Allison said. “I always say that’s what he was dreaming about in the womb and you can tell when he’s out there for sure.”

Colleen Rutledge and Covert Rights. Photo by Abby Powell.

Despite the unfortunate rail, Colleen’s 13-year-old Thoroughbred/Clydesdale gelding looked in top form over fences this afternoon and they finished their weekend on a score of 33.50. Colleen is also aiming her homebred for Fair Hill this fall in a continuation of the Covert Rights comeback tour de force. “Hopefully everything goes according to plan and we can tick all the boxes,” she told EN. 

Kimmy Cecere and Landmark’s Monaco. Photo by Abby Powell.

Also finishing on a score of 33.50 were Kimmy Cecere and Jaqueline Mars’ Landmark’s Monaco. They jumped a double clear show jumping round today, but finished a just a few seconds further away from the optimum time  than Colleen and Covert Rights across the country yesterday so they keep their fourth place position.

Buck Davidson finished the weekend with three of his horses in the top ten. Double clear rounds aboard Natalie Sander, Lisa Darden, and Carl and Cassie Segal’s Erroll Gobey along with Kat Cuca’s Jak My Style saw both horses move up two places to fifth and sixth respectively, less than a tenth of a point apart on 35.80 and 36.20. A third double clear for Buck saw Carlevo LLC’s Carlevo move up to 10th.

Will Coleman and Dondante. Photo by Abby Powell.

Will Coleman and Team Rebecca, LLC’s Dondante jumped a double clear round as well to clinch seventh place. Will had originally hoped to bring the nine-year-old Irish Sport Horse out to the Event at Rebecca Farm last weekend, but when other horses dropped off the flight it became too expensive.

“The Broussards own half of this horse, so they’ve been tremendous supporters of mine and I wanted to support their event, but next year!” Will said. “Fair Hill will be a good event for this horse too.”

Brooke Maisse and Serendipity. Photo by Abby Powell.

Big congratulations are in order for Brooke Maisse who piloted her own ten-year-old Thoroughbred mare Serendipity, who is a diminutive 15.1-hands, to a top ten finish in their both of their first Advanced. Brooke hails from Quebec and was particularly nervous this weekend as her regular coach, Colleen Loach, was away representing Canada in the Pan American Games, but that didn’t stop her from smiling throughout each and every phase. With some pinch-hit coaching thanks to Caroline Martin they finish the weekend in 8th place on their dressage score, having moved up from 32nd after dressage.

The end of the Millbrook Horse Trials means the unofficial beginning of the fall eventing season. Many of the horses in this division are making their first start after their post-Kentucky CCI5* summer vacation and their riders are looking towards big events later this year. We were delighted to see Jak My Style, LCC Barnaby, Tight Lines, and Leamore Master Plan all looking super and stretching their legs this weekend. They are all a cohort of the strong U.S Bughley-bound contingent.

And would it be the Millbrook Horse Trials without a little weather drama? It was a foggy morning on show jumping day in Amenia, New York after a severe thunderstorm rolled in yesterday afternoon. While the Intermediate and Advanced cross country ran smoothly yesterday morning – unlike last year, when weather forced upper-level cross country to be moved to Sunday – the late afternoon Preliminary divisions fell victim to torrential rain, thunder and lightning, and even a bit of hail for good measure.

Mike Pendelton was the last rider to complete cross country on Saturday, riding Wabanaki in the Open Preliminary B division during an incredibly heavy downpour while the remaining five riders in the division were held. Ultimately, cross country did not resume on Saturday and the remaining five riders in the division rode across country early Sunday morning. Unfortunately, stadium jumping for Open Beginner Novice, the last Beginner Novice division of the weekend, which was being held at that same time, had to be canceled. The storm knocked out power throughout Amenia for some time and we’re grateful to the organizers for making the very best out of a tricky situation.

Thank you all for following along with our coverage of Millbrook 2019! Stay tuned for some extras, including a Who Jumped It Best, coming up sometime this week. ‘Til next time, Go Eventing.

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What. A. DAY. Am I right? So how’s your stress level? Has it returned back to normal yet after such a nerve-wracking day of sport? We’re two phases down and one left to go now. Let’s catch up with a look around social media while we wait with bated to see which two teams will clinch qualification for Tokyo.

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Pfun Times on Millbrook Advanced Cross Country

Will Faudree hasn’t been to Millbrook Horse Trials since 2013, but that didn’t stop him from storming around the Advanced cross country this morning. At the end of the day, he leads the division on his seasoned partner, the 12-year old Irish Sport Horse called Pfun owned by Jennifer Mosing and Sterling Silver Stables.

And a fun time they had indeed: “It’s fun to be back and I was really happy with my horse today,” said Will. “He was great on cross country — it was a good course and he’s not the fastest horse in the world and I’ve changed a little bit how I’m training him to go. I went out and I wasn’t even kicking him and he was able to come in inside the time. So I was really happy.”

Having scored a personal best in the dressage yesterday, Will and Pfun moved up to the top spot from 6th. Will credits his and Pfun’s good showing in the first phase to having spent the last week in Aiken, South Carolina training with USEF Performance Director Erik Duvander as one of the reserves for the Pan American team. The pair will stay on their dressage score heading in to tomorrow’s show jumping.

Will is looking ahead to competing in Ireland for the first time this fall; he and Pfun are entered in the Millstreet Internationl CCI4*-L this fall.

Colleen Rutledge and Covert Rights. Photo by Abby Powell.

A double clear round for Colleen Rutledge and her homebred Covert Rights, a 13-year-old Thoroughbred/Clydesdale gelding, sees them move up the leaderboard into second place just four-tenths of a penalty point behind Will. After an extended time off, Colleen is happy to have her longtime partner in such good form.

“I’m just incredibly pleased with how he has come back and how he’s feeling,” she said. “I’m just happy that he’s back feeling actually better than before.”

Allison Springer and Business Ben. Photo by Abby Powell.

Rounding out the top three is Allison Springer and the Business Ben Partnership’s Business Ben, a young horse she believes was simply born to run cross country. 

“I typically don’t go very fast on short courses because he curls and it’s kind of hard for me to get him up so it takes a longer time to set him up, even though he’s probably one of the fastest horses I’ve ever sat on,” Allison said of the nine-year-old Thoroughbred owned by the Business Ben Partnership.

“I wasn’t trying to make time today, but he’s just fast and he was really rideable so I’m psyched. He’s so brave and he loves it, so I’ve just been kind of still figuring out the pieces with him and how to make him totally rideable.”

Kimmy Cecre and Landmark’s Monaco.

The time has been historically tricky to make on this course, but today we saw a total of eight pairs come home inside the optimum time of 6 minutes, 15 seconds. Kimmy Cecere and Jaqueline Mars’ Landmark’s Monaco made a big jump up the leaderboard from eleventh to fourth place. Their double clear round sees them stay on their score of 31.30.

Whitney Mahloch and Military Mind. Photo by Abby Powell.

Whitney Mahloch and her own Military Mind, a thirteen-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, also moved up seven spots, and now sit in sixth place with 31.80.

Kylie Lyman and Da Vinci Code. Photo by Abby Powell.

The biggest mover award after cross country may go to Kylie Lyman and Da Vinci Code. The pair were 22nd after dressage, but their double clear moved them into seventh place. 

Despite the grounds crew’s best efforts, the earth remained very firm this morning and, even though there were more time fault-free rounds than usual, we still subsequently saw time faults create a big shift in the leaderboard. As expected and as he intended, Buck Davidson took it easy over the course, accruing time penalties with each of his five rides.

His highest placed horse, who sits in seventh place, is now the youngster: nine-year-old Erroll Gobey owned by Natalie Sander, Lisa Darden, and Carl and Cassie Segal. He’s closely followed by his stablemate, the Burghley-bound Jak My Style, owned by Kat Cuca.

Three riders picked up 20 penalties along the course. Alexandra Baugh and Mr Candyman, who were tied for equal third with Buck Davidson and Park Trader after dressage had a runout of the B element of fence 14, a left-handed corner. Both Kevin Keane and Sportsfield Candy along with Mallory Hogan and Clarissa Purisima ran in to trouble at fence 20, the first jump into water complex.

There was one rider fall in the division: Cornelia Dorr and her own Sir Patico MH were tied for equal eighth after dressage, but unfortunately parted ways in the fence 10abc complex. We’re very happy to report that Cornelia and “Hugo” are both fine.

Be sure to check out Marion de Vogel’s day three recap below and stay tuned for the conclusion of the event tomorrow. Less than a rail separates the top four places and two rails separate the top eight, so it’s possible that we could see another leaderboard shuffle again tomorrow.

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Mix’n’Match on Millbrook’s Advanced Track: Course Preview & Gallery

Fence 3, Bar Top Barrels. One out of one EN reporter surveyed would definitely picnic here. Photo by Abby Powell.

You may recall that course designer and builder Tremaine Cooper gave Millbook’s Advanced cross country course a little bit of a facelift last year, reversing the direction the track traveled. Riders in the Advanced division this year won’t be in for quite as much of a shock this time around (though riders in the Intermediate divisions will — we’ll have more on that later, as that track now runs parallel to the Advanced); this year’s course runs clockwise again and is quite similar to last year’s overall, save for some key combinations on course where Tremaine has swapped the elements.

“Last year I changed the track for Advanced — it had always run counter-clockwise in the past, so I moved it to give it a totally different feel,” Tremaine told EN. “This year I’m playing with the combinations because I like the track the way it is currently.” 

Fences 1 through 9 remain the same as last year, save for a bit of earthwork here and there to improve the angle of the ground in places. Riders encounter their first difference in the course at the 10abc combination. The 10a element, a ditch and brush, remains the same but this year riders will have slice and dice their way through two steeply angled cabins.

Fence 10abc, Brush Rail & Green Roof Cabins – looking back at the A element. Photo by Abby Powell.

The fence 14abc complex is the next place riders will see a difference in the course: they’ll first jump the A element, a large square table, then choose their line to a left-handed corner, followed by the skinny C element out.

Fence 14abc, 8X Table to Corner & Pine Narrow. Photo by Abby Powell.

There is actually one fewer combination on course this year. Instead of an additional abc element in the farthest back field, riders will instead enjoy a bit more of a gallop over the fences leading up to the water complex, where they’ll slash into pond twice before looping behind the patron’s tent and heading for home.

In walking the course it’s very apparent that the property’s terrain is what packs an extra punch over this track.

“You shouldn’t underestimate the terrain because it changes the horses balance quite a bit,” says Tremaine.

Buck Davidson echoes the sentiment: “There’s not really ever a flat piece of ground here and so having the jumps in the right place is a trick and I think Tremaine’s done a good job. Keeping the horses balanced as you ride is not easy here.”

While this Advanced course may not be as massive as those seem later in the year, riders will still need to be on their toes and ready for the challenge in order to go around clean.

“It’s an overall test, it’s not one single thing (that would catch a horse and rider out.) You need to be able to steer and go forward and come back and balance, and sort of a little bit of everything. So hopefully it will be fun,” Tremaine said.

“The idea is to ask the question and when it rides the best, it’s usually when the rider trusts the horse. Once you line it up at that level, hopefully they should focus on it and go.”

EN caught up with Sarah Gumbiner to get her thoughts on the track: “This is my first run back with ‘Larry’ since Kentucky and after walking today I am pleased to see that the course is big but inviting,” she said. “Millbrook puts on a super event every year and I am excited for a good, clean, and confident run tomorrow.”

While riders may be more familiar with the track as is it is this year, the ground is unfortunately a little firmer than everyone had hoped for this weekend. Thunderstorms passing through the area and the greater New England area overall managed to completely miss the Coole Park Farm property.

“We were out here working on the course on Wednesday and we could see a sheet of rain and clouds off in the distance, not far, but it wouldn’t move this way,” Tremaine said.

With the ground so dry, Tremaine’s team has been hard at work doing everything in their power to improve the footing. The upper-level tracks were aerated twice during the day on Saturday, with another one planned for that night.

“They’ve done a great job trying to aerate everything and try to get it as good as possible, but they just haven’t had any rain so the ground is firm,” said Buck. “So I won’t be going fast tomorrow, that’s for sure. All these horses are seasoned, they all know how to do it so if I feel it’s a bit too firm I won’t go for it. It would be great to do this, but at the same time I want to have them for years and years and years. But they have done a great job of doing everything they can and hopefully it goes well.”

The optimum time on the Advanced course is 6 minutes, 15 seconds and has a total of 35 jumping efforts over 3,560 meters. Time tends to be a factor over this course — only three pairs caught the optimum time last year and no one made it under the year before. Cross country at Millbrook starts today with Open Intermediate divisions at 8:00 A.M. (click here for the Intermediate course map!) Advanced starts at 11:10 a.m. Check out the gallery of the Advanced track below as well as the course map via CrossCountry App.

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It’s cross country day around the word and it’s time to go eventing, people!  Keep it locked here on EN for everything Pan Ams and Millbrook H.T.

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It’s the Buck Davidson Show After Dressage at Millbrook Horse Trials

Buck Davidson gives Copper Beach some big pats! Photo by Abby Powell.

The Pan Ams may be the marquee event this weekend, but you didn’t think we would forget about eventing right here in the Northern hemisphere, did you? While we’re certainly keeping a close eye on the Pan American Games, EN is also brining you lots of action from Millbrook Horse Trials this weekend.

And a beautiful weekend for a horse trials it is here in Amenia, New York, home of Coole Park Farm, where 52 horse and rider pairs are contesting Millbrook’s Advanced division, or perhaps we should call it the Buck Davidson Show?

Millbrook, which is now in its 19th year of running, is generally the first stop for many upper-level pairs ahead of their big fall events. That’s certainly the case for Buck, who brought eight total horses out to stretch their legs in preparation for some exciting things this fall. Five of Buck’s herd are all contesting the Advanced division this weekend and four of those sit in the top five at the conclusion of dressage.

Advanced dressage here at Millbrook runs over two days and Buck took a commanding lead of the division on Thursday, sweeping the top three by the end of the day. The top two spots remain unchanged at the conclusion of the division on Friday and are occupied by his pair of Holsteiner geldings: Carlevo LLC’s Carlevo, who leads with a 26.10; and Natalie Sander, Lisa Darden, and Carl and Cassie Segal’s Erroll Gobey, who sits just nine-tenths of a point behind on a 27.0.

Buck Davidson and Carlevo at Bromont 2019. Photo by Jenni Autry.

They were all really good,” Buck said. “It’s kind of the first event of the fall season, but they are fairly established horses now. They sort of went in and did the test that they wanted to do. There’s nothing fancy about it, they don’t get worked up about it, they just kind of go in there and do what they do.”

Carlevo is obviously fairly established. if he got over 30 there would be something really wrong — he did what he does. Erroll Gobey — I decided to try a double bride on him and that made a huge difference. He’s hugely talented, he’s just only 9 and he’s just a big force but he’s starting to understand the movements better, so I was really proud of him.”

Kat Cuca’s Jak My Style, a 14-year-old off-the-track Thoroughbred gelding, had occupied third place at the conclusion of day one with a 28.6, but was ultimately bumped to fifth by his stablemate, the seasoned 17-year-old ISH gelding Park Trader, owned by Carl and Cassie Segal. Jak is on the entry list for Burghley five-star this fall, while Park Trader is being aimed at the Blenheim Palace CCI4*-L.

“With Jak, you can now do the little things to get better scores. He’s not a big mover, but you can lengthen his neck in the extension and then shorten him and his changes are very good. He really doesn’t make any mistakes,” Buck commented. “And I thought Park Trader was really, really good today.”

Buck Davidson and Park Trader. Photo by Abby Powell.

Buck and Park Trader are sitting equal third on 27.7 with Alexandra Baugh and  Mr Candyman — the only pair to break up Buck’s domination of the leaderboard. Mr Candyman, a 12-year-old Holsteiner who was previously campaigned by Phillip Dutton, has been with Alexandra since early 2018. The pair have gotten to know each other through the levels and are now stepping up to Advanced for Alexandra’s debut at the level, and what a lovely debut they had!


Alexandra Baugh and Mr Candyman. Photo by Abby Powell.

Looking slightly down the leader board, two other horses snuck in under the 30s. Will Faudree and his longtime partner Pfun, owned by Jennifer Mosing and Sterling Silver Stables, hold the sixth spot on 29.1. Colleen Rutledge and her own Covert Rights, another longtime partnership, are just behind them with 29.5.

Rounding out the top ten are equal the equal eighth place Cornelia Dorr and her own Sir Patico MH and Alison Springer with the Business Ben Partnership’s Business Ben, both on a 30.7. Sitting just two penalty point behind is Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Singapore, owned by Ann Jones, Tom Tierney and David Vos.

Videographer Marion de Vogel is also onsite this weekend, putting together beautiful cinematic recaps of each day’s happenings. Check out Thursday and Friday’s videos below:

Keep it locked on EN for more from Millbrook throughout the weekend. We’ll be bringing you a course preview of the Advanced cross country bright and early. Go eventing.

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This Week in Horse Health News Presented by MediVet Equine

Boyd Martin and Tsetserleg at the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Tryon. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.

This weekend we’ll all be cheering hard for Boyd Martin to help lead Team USA to victory at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru and clinch an all-important 2020 Olympics qualification for the country.

Boyd has previously remarked how much more seasoned his mount Tsetserleg feels this year, and perhaps some of that success is thanks to trusting MediVet Equine’s revolutionary product, MediVet ACS (Autologous Conditioned Serum), to keep “Thomas” in top form.

“About a year ago we began talks with Medivet Equine regarding their regenerative product, MediVet ACS, and my curiosity was piqued,” Boyd said. “After a member of my team treated her 17-year-old horse with the serum for six months, with excellent results, we decided to put two of my top competitors on the protocol. Leading up to Kentucky, both Tsetserleg and Long Island T were on the serum, and I was highly impressed with the improvement in their soundness, endurance, condition and overall fitness.”

When given regularly, MediVet ACS manages inflammation the horse’s whole body — effectively assisting the horse’s own body in healing itself and fighting lameness. The serum is an all-natural product which which is created using a sample of the horse’s own blood. Boyd also plans to put two more of his top horses on MediVet ACS and is positive he’ll see equally impressive results.

It’s never a bad thing to pay attention to the latest in equine health — you never know what helpful new information or technology you could benefit from! With that, here are some of the top headlines in horse health from the past week:

One factor that may contribute to making strangles so dang difficult to get rid of are face flies. Strangles is a highly contagious viral disease that affects a horse’s respiratory system. It’s an absolute nightmare for horse owners and barn mangers not only because it’s a serous disease, but also because it’s notorious for being very hard to get rid of. The strangles virus can be spread directly, such as via nose-to-nose contact between horses, or indirectly, such as on a barn worker’s clothes.

Researchers from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine have recently found that face flies may also be able to spread the virus. They tested 1,856 face flies caught at a farm with a confirmed strangles outbreak and tested them to see if any carries the virus. A small number tested positive. [Paulick Report]

Add this to the list of things you should NOT do: try to cool out your horse using dry ice. Video of a Spanish endurance rider trying to do just that after a 120km race earlier this year has triggered the FEI veterinary department to issue an official advisement strongly recommending that dry ice not be used as a cooling agent. The incident was further investigated and it was found that the horse was standing in buckets of water mixed with dry ice. Because of this, the temperature did not drop below freezing and therefore no disciplinary action was taken. Dry ice mixed with water does not provide any benefit and it can be very harmful should dry ice come in contact with skin. [Horse & Hound]

The first case of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) in 2019 was confirmed in New Jersey. EEE is a mosquito-borne viral disease that can cause fever, depression, lack of appetite and neurologic signs. The disease can progress very quickly and a high percentage of cases are fatal. Vaccination can significantly reduce the risk of contracting the disease if exposed. The horse in New Jersey that contracted EEE was a 12-year-old mare who had been previously vaccinated in April. She was euthanized in late July. [The Horse]

About MediVet Equine:

MediVet Equine‘s mission is to bring state-of-the-art science, and principled stewardship, to performance horses, their owners and the equine industry. Following the medical model of “do no harm,” MediVet Equine, the original creators of the breakthrough MediVet Autologous Conditioned Serum (MediVet ACS), develops scientifically based biological therapeutics, enabling the horse to call on its own healing ability to achieve its full performance potential.

Specializing in regenerative treatments that help the body heal and regain strength, MediVet Equine’s products are designed to activate specific cells and growth factors within horses to encourage and enhance healing. As a result, their products are safe and suitable for all performance horses.

Pan Am Jog Day Social Media Roundup

Let’s get this show on the road! The first horse inspection for eventing at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru was held this morning and everyone seems eager to get the competition underway. From the jogs, to arena familiarization, to walking around the beautifully decorated cross country course, let’s a take a first hand look at the day’s happenings.

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Todos integrantes da Equipe Brasileira de CCE 🇧🇷passaram pela inspeção Veterinaria essa manhã em Lima – Peru 🇵🇪 . Segue horários e ordem do Time Brasil para prova de adestramento nesta sexta-feira 2/8/2019. Ruy Fonseca- 9.24 am ( horário 🇵🇪) 11.24 am (🇧🇷) 15.24(🇬🇧) Rafael Losano – 11.22am (🇵🇪) 13.22(🇧🇷) 17.22 (🇬🇧) Marcelo Tosi – 13.47 (🇵🇪) 15.47 (🇧🇷) 19.47 (🇬🇧) . Carlos Parro – 15.45 ( 🇵🇪) 17.45 (🇧🇷) 21.45 ( 🇬🇧) 🍀🍀🍀🤞🤞🤞🙏🙏🙏 💪 🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷 @timebrasil @cbhoficial @ruyfonseca @rafa_losano @marceloequestrian @carlos_parro_bra #timebrasil #somostodosbrasil

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Um sonho adiado. Eu que depois de todas as seletivas e observatorias fui convocado como cavaleiro titular para os Jogos Panamericanos, ontem fui desconvocado e colocado na reserva. Meu cavalo chegou com febre da longa viagem até aqui e essa foi a brecha para me tirarem do time, já que nas pistas éramos sem dúvida o conjunto mais experiente, mais regular e um dos que tinha melhores resultados. Fico muito triste com tudo isso, pois tenho certeza que poderia ajudar muito o time a trazer a medalha e a vaga para as Olimpíadas de Tokyo. O sonho de carregar no peito uma medalha Panamericana foi adiado em pelo menos 4 anos. O que me conforta é saber que fiz tudo o que podia dentro das pistas. Não foi facil disputar as seletivas com minha égua no Brasil e com o Iberon na Europa. Foram periodos longe da família e do trabalho, mas toda minha equipe sabe que em momento algum faltou empenho máximo rumo a esse objetivo. Obrigado Iberon por me trazer ao topo do esporte mundial. Poucos cavalos chegaram em Olimpíada, Campeonato Mundial e Panamericano. Você é um guerreiro e que me surpreende a cada dia. Mesmo depois de chegar aqui com febre e todos te condenarem antecipadamente, em pouco dias já estava 100%, apto a competir e corcoveando a cada salto. Deus sabe o que faz e tudo deve ter um motivo maior, que hoje ainda não consigo entender. Admiro e respeito meus companheiros de equipe e tenho certeza que todos os conjuntos estão muito bem preparados para brigar pelo nosso objetivo maior que é a vaga Olímpica. Desejo toda sorte e estarei ao lado deles para torcer e ajudar no que for possível. Obrigado à minha família, minha equipe, a todos da Bom Sabor que me apoiaram e seguraram a onda nesse periodo. Agradeço aos amigos pelo apoio, pela torcida e pelo carinho! #panlima2019 #iberonjmen #gratidão @abcch_oficial @cbhoficial @chsa_oficial @samtonello

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Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: OTTB Sets Record in YEH Program

Cornelia and her OTTB Brush Dance may have made history today as the highest scoring 5 year old Young Event Horse when…

Posted by Sharon White on Friday, July 12, 2019

You don’t need a fancy young import to do well in the USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) programs — Cornelia Dorr and her five-year-old OTTB Brush Dance (Dance With Ravens – Phyxius, by Broad Brush) proved just that at the Maryland Horse Trials a few weeks ago. The Maryland-bred gelding – who ran five career races and never finished higher than 6th – earned a nearly perfect score of 95.5 (with the maximum score being 100) which, as far as anyone is able to tell, is a record high YEH score.

For anyone out there fearing an OTTB will be overshadowed in the YEH program: put those doubts aside and pick up an all-American sport horse prospect! The three horses on our wishlist this week will be eligible for the YEH classes next year:

My Bitcoin. Photo via New Vocations Racehorse Adoption.

My Bitcoin (PIONEEROF THE NILE – BELLA FAFA (BRZ), BY ELUSIVE QUALITY): 2016 16.1-hand Kentucky-bred gelding

This unraced three-year-old, My Bitcoin, could be a smart investment for you as a riding horse A half-brother to American Pharoah, “Milo” sold for over a half-million dollars at the Keeneland September auction when he was a yearling. While it didn’t work out for him as a racehorse, you could really hit the jackpot if you’re the lucky one to take him home.

As a youngster, Milo is very green under saddle so he is still learning to balance himself and engage his hind end. He is a confident guy who seems willing to learn and his flashy gaits are only going to get fancier as his training progresses. In the barn, Milo friendly and playful.

Located in Lexington, Kentucky.

View My Bitcoin on New Vocations Racehorse Adoption.

Wise Feature. Photo via CANTER Delaware.

Wise Feature (WISED UP – ALLISON’S ALIBI, BY THE DADDY): 2016 15.3-hand Florida-bred gelding

Wise Feature may be as quiet as they come. He never made it to the track since he showed no interest in racing. In fact, he showed so little hustle his trainer didn’t even bother recording any workouts! Perhaps a different career will be more to his liking and will pique his interest. Wise Feature has a lovely balanced frame and a kind eye. If you can get him motivated, he looks like a really nice prospect!

Located at Delaware Park.

View Wise Feature on CANTER Delaware.

Raziela. Photo via CANTER Minnesota.

Raziela (LINE OF DAVID – JENIIGOTYOURNUMBER, BY SHANIKO): 2016 16.0-hand Kentucky-bred mare

Lovely filly alert! Raziela is a sweetheart who thoroughly enjoys snuggling with her handler. She has run three career races and earned a measly $660 total, so she’s clearly not cut out to be competitive racehorse. She was retired with a foot bruise, but is otherwise sound and the bruise is already nearly healed. Her walk is nicely cadenced with a good swing and over-track. Razeiela seems to be the in-your-pocket type who will simply blossom once she finds her person.

Located at Canterbury Park.

View Raziela on CANTER Minnesota.

Pan Am Social Media Roundup: Livin’ It Up in Lima

The event horses and riders are all settled in at the Equestrian Club Militar La Molina in Lima, Peru ahead of the start of the Pan American Games. Their travels weren’t without a touch of drama, however, as the U.S. team horses’ flight from Miami was delayed. Luckily, supergroom Stephanie Simpson was there to look after them and see that they all arrived safely!

Now that everyone has had a chance to make themselves at home at the venue, the Games are about to begin as the first jogs take place tomorrow morning. It’s a major bummer that there isn’t a livestream of this pivotal event, but at least we can still have a look around thanks to the magic of social media. Here are some scenes from the teams’ first couple days in Peru:

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There is a lot of high headed activities going on here at @lima2019juegos @mai.baum1 is very interested at the party that is getting set up for him this weekend. Day 2 went great! We were much safer riding around today and had a nice long and low school this morning and hack on the gallop this afternoon. It’s quite chilly here as it’s foggy and Peru’s winter this time of year so the horses are feeling fresh and ready for some competing. @lynn.symansky.equestrian and I went for a little walk around the perimeter of the venue and then a lot of waiting around. Tomorrow afternoon we get to walk the XC course and we also start to work on the finishing touches to perfect our dressage. There is an app with live scores so you can follow play by play of each person. It is very quick to upload scores and since their won’t be any live stream or long videos able to be posted this might be a good way to follow along. Also @usaeventing will be on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for quick updates and some footage for anyone wanting to keep updated. Trot up is Thursday at 9am and Dressage starts at 9am on Friday. Team USA Eventing will go 5th in the Nations order and the team will be riding in the following order: @lynn.symansky.equestrian @tsmitheventing @dpequestrian @boydmartin007 All of the horses are looking in great form and ready to tackle the job! Thanks everyone who is following along and who keep sending messages and liking our posts! Excited for our cheering squad to start arriving tonight and tomorrow. Catch up tomorrow 🇺🇸❤️💪 @ellenahearn @alexahearn9 @b_beventing @mecoston @k_smitheventing @bethikens @erhofmann @dianepitts44 @christinehaughturner @donnaphillips3715

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PERU Eventing Team

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