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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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The Best. Event. Ever. has the Best. Commentators. Ever! Dom Schramm and EN’s own Jenni Autry are behind the mic this weekend for the Plantation Field CIC3*** live stream. Photo via Plantation Field Horse Trials on Facebook.

There’s a whole lot going on this weekend with Plantation Field here on American soil, Blenheim Palace across the pond, plus eight other USEA events across the country. The Fall season is officially in full swing, y’all!

Let’s also not forget that today begins International Helmet Awareness Day! If you’re in the market for a new helmet (which you should regularly be replacing) now is a fantastic time to buy because many fine equestrians retailers are offering great discounts both in-store and online. #MindYourMelon!

Major Events This Week:

Blenheim: WebsiteEntries & ScoringLive StreamERM Live StreamBE TV Live StreamEN’s CoverageTwitterInstagram

Plantation FieldWebsiteScheduleRide TimesLive ScoresUSEF NetworkEN’s CoverageTwitterInstagram

U.S. Weekend Preview:

GMHA September H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Results]

Marlborough H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Poplar Place Farm CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Results]

Otter Creek Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

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

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

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

Colorado Horse Park Trials [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Saturday Links

International Helmet Awareness Day Participating Retailers

PODCAST: #AEC17 Round-Up with Current Champions and Event Organizer

KitKat The Donkey Has Become A Teacher For Ryan Hall

Plantation Field International Adequan USEA Gold Cup CIC3* Course Preview

Thoroughbred and eventing worlds meet in Real Rider Cup

How to Keep White Saddle Pads White

Saturday Video:

In honor of International Helmet Awareness Day, let’s flashback to the start of the #MindYourMelon movement with this Evention classic:

Saturday Links from Tipperary

Winner winner! Photo via Glen Oro Farm on Facebook.

Glen Oro Farm hosted the Ontario Horse Trials Association Championships for Training, Preliminary & Intermediate levels over past the weekend. Jessica Phoenix and Abbey GS took top honors in the Open Intermediate Championships.

Other big news for Jessica this week includes being names the Star Tipperary Ambassador for 2018. Congratulations, Jessica!

National Holiday: National Teddy Bear Day

U.S. Weekend Action:

Grindstone Mountain Farm H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

CDCTA Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

Bucks County Horse Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

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

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

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

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

Saturday Links:

VIDEO: Hurricane Irma – Info for Horse Owners 

10 Severe Weather Preparation Resources on TheHorse.com

The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International Increases Prize Money to $50,000

VIDEO: Meet the team who build the famous Burghley cross-country course

Now on Course: Nan Schumaker and La Cosa Nostra

Grooming Your Horse: Deep Down Clean

Best of HN: ‘Where Do You Keep a Gun on that Saddle?’ My First Fox Hunting Experience

Saturday Video:

Here’s Jessica and Abbey GS tackling a big ‘ol ditch and brush on the Intermediate XC:

 

Schooling Horse Trials Spotlight: Scarlet Apple Horse Trials

Here at EN, we know that a big part of the heart and soul of this sport lies with local amateur eventers. That’s why we’re featuring awesome local eventing organizations and events that are recognizing and celebrating low-level eventers in our Schooling Horse Trials Spotlight series. Know of a great local organization or schooling horse trials that deserves some love? Tip us.

Photo by Don MacIntosh/TurtlesWay.

Seven years ago, Alison Eastman-Lawler of Apple Tree Farm in Hollis, New Hampshire and Meredith Scarlet of Scarlet Hill Farm in Groton, Massachusetts joined forces to create the Scarlet Apple Horse Trials, now one of the best-loved schooling events in Area 1. Born out of a desire to help fellow eventers in need, the event still thrives today.

In 2011, the Green Mountain Horse Association and Huntington Farm which both host USEA events were forced to cancel their fall events after Hurricane Irene passed through. The storm washed out roads across the state of Vermont and both events would need to undergo costly rebuilds.

As eventers generally do, people and organizations across New England poured out support with their money and their time to help these two venues rebuild. Prior to the creation of the horse trials, Alison used to host a two-phase at a student’s farm in New Hampshire while Meredith ran a cross country derby at her farm in Massachusetts. It was at this time that Alison and Meredith thought to combine their two shows to create a three-phase event to serve two purposes: to offer competitors a substitute show to compete at in lieu of the canceled events and also to fundraise to help their efforts to rebuild.

The event was a hit and years later the Scarlet Apple Horse Trials are still going strong, often filling and maintaining a waitlist. The event now funds both Alison and Meredith’s respective businesses, but the elements of camaraderie and joy for the sport remain.

“We said, hey this was popular, it went really well, and we worked well together, so we kept it going,” Alison recounted.

Photo by Don MacIntosh/TurtlesWay.

The event is a great avenue to get young eventers started in the sport and to get already active competitors additional competition experience or practice at a new level. The show offers a ‘Tadpole’ level two-phase while the three-phase offers divisions from Elementary through Preliminary/Training. The Elementary cross country has a unique element on course: a mandatory halt, which acts as a test of control for the riders and horses just getting started in eventing.

Alison thoroughly enjoys organizing the event and performs the secretarial duties: promoting the event, soliciting sponsors and prizes, hiring the judges, as well as designing the show jumping course. Meredith takes care of the all the aspects relating to cross country including setting up the course, mowing, decorating, and even building some of the jumps. Alison calls the event a well-oiled machine; being so well-versed in their own duties, the two are able to run the event like clockwork with minimal communication, 

“I’ve always loved being an organizer,” said Alison. “I’ve always wished I’d be able to have the facilities to run a sanctioned event, but I don’t. This is closest I’ve gotten.”

Though there isn’t enough available space at the farm to accommodate a recognized event, Alison and Meredith still try to simulate the experience as closely as possible while still creating an environment where all competitors can have a positive learning experience at the end of the day.

Photo by Don MacIntosh/TurtlesWay.

The environment is relaxed — coats are always waived and braiding is not required — but the judging and elements on course are what one would expect at a rated event. Though the course length is truncated, a wide variety of fence types and questions are packed into the small space offering challenge and practice. Though competitors may be riding their dressage tests in neat schooling attire, they’re still riding in front of (r) judges who are hand-picked by Alison to foster the positive learning environment she seeks to create.

“It’s important to me to have good judges that are encouraging and give positive feedback,” Alison said. “The ones I pick don’t sugarcoat the test, they are going to give you a realistic score, but are still positive in their remarks.”

Stadium and cross country courses are not timed, and though the courses are run in accordance with USEA rules concerning the number of refusals allowed constituting elimination, Meredith doesn’t kick people off the course if they reach the limit unless it’s a safety concern. If a rider is having particular trouble, she’ll send their coach out on the course to help them work through it.

Alison and Meredith have picked unusual dates for their biannual event — the first Wednesday in July and the Monday of Labor Day in September. Both women are active competitors in Area 1 during the summer and wanted to avoid conflict with any sanctioned events on the weekend.

“We’ve had good success with the days we’ve picked and we realize not everybody is available, but many are,” explained Alison.

Photo by Don MacIntosh/TurtlesWay.

Alison sees schooling horse trials to be a huge benefit to the long term health of eventing as a way to introduce new people to the sport in a positive and encouraging way. In particular, she finds the cost to be a big hurdle in getting kids started in the sport.

“I totally understand why the events have to be so expensive, but it’s hard to send a kid to their first event when it costs so much,” said Alison. “For a kid without their own horse they’re going to pay a fee for that plus trailering, coaching, and the entry. It adds up quickly and can be very off-putting. The lower cost of the schooling shows helps get them into it, then once they get hooked we encourage them to move into the sanctioned world.  

“We want to provide a really good, fun, educational event with the Scarlet Apple Horse Trials so everybody walks away feeling good about what they did, having had a positive experience with the sport of eventing, and wanting to come back,” Alison explained.

Go Eventing.

Special thanks to Don and Marina Macintosh of TurtlesWay, who photographed the horse trials prior to 2014, for the lovely images!

Town Hill Farm Takes Over Area I Championships

Crystal Santos and Eef Sampson won the Beginner Novice Horse Championship. Photo by Brian Wilcox/ ConnecticutPhoto.com.

It has been a big year for Town Hill Farm in Lakeville, Connecticut. Not only did they host divisions for the USEA Young Horse Programs for just the second time, but they also took over the honor of hosting the Area 1 Championship in conjunction with their regular horse trials. Over the weekend of August 25-27, the farm brought together more than 260 competitors across all divisions. 

“We lucked out with beautiful weather and saw some really great rides in all divisions,” said Town Hill Farm’s Head Trainer Missy Miller, who has been with the farm for two years. “The show this year was much more organized and had so many great prizes from so many generous sponsors.”

Originally from Alabama, Missy said she’s still getting acquainted with Area 1, but being part of Town Hill Farm and the organizing crew of a large event on the area’s calendar has been a great way to meet people.

“It’s a smaller area, but the enthusiasm and support here makes it exciting for the future in my eyes,” Missy said.

Megan Tardiff and Cabana Boy won the Preliminary Championship. Photo by Brian Wilcox/ ConnecticutPhoto.com.

Missy credits Ward Belcher, the owner of Town Hill Farm, for going above and beyond in preparing the facility for the event by enlarging the show jumping arena and constantly maintaining the footing.  “He also built several new cross country fences for the Championship divisions and has plans to add more each year,” Missy said.

Ward added: “For our first year sponsoring the Area 1 Championships, it went very well. Our entire crew has worked hard to produce the best event in our short history. It was a wonderful day with great results.”

Also among the crew that make the event possible are organizer Ray Denis, “the most positive and involved person, pumping us all up,” Missy said, “and he truly loves the farm and the shows and Area 1”; along with Susan Beddingfield, who as the farm manager is the behind-the-scenes person who gets it all done; volunteer extraordinaire Steve Whitney, whose non-stop hard work kept everything running smoothly; and Meredith Marsh Tiedemann, who coordinated many of the fabulous prizes.

Jocelyn Hawe and Cabury Vt won the Novice Horse Championship. Photo by Brian Wilcox/ ConnecticutPhoto.com.

If you ever plan on competing at the Town Hill Farm August Horse Trials, you better be prepared to lay down a competitive dressage score. Of the 18 divisions that ran over the weekend, all but four had winning scores in the 20s. The highest winning score of the weekend was 33.6, which came from the Preliminary Championship division.

Clear cross country runs inside the time across Jeff Kibbie’s course were the key to top finishes in the Preliminary Championship. Megan Tardiff and Cabana Boy added a rail to their dressage score of 29.6 to clinch the win with the aforementioned score of 33.6. The only other clear round inside the time came from Mia Colman and Downtown Getdown, who landed just off the lead by two-tenths of a mark.

Ann Grenier and Almost Famous won the Training Championship. Photo by Brian Wilcox/ ConnecticutPhoto.com.

Nearly all finishers in the Training Championship jumped clear rounds inside the time in both jumping phases, but Ann Grenier and Almost Famous led the division from start to finish to win on their dressage score of 28.4. Emily Glidden and Chevy took top honors in the Novice Championship, the most competitive division of the weekend, while Jocelyn Haw and Cadbury Vt won the Novice Horse Championship.

There were three separate Championship divisions at the Beginner Novice level, and it was a tight race in the Beginner Novice Horse Championship. Crystal Santos and Eef Sampson edged out the competition by 0.5 marks to take the win, but Madison Haney and Revelation ran away with the Beginner Novice JR/YR Championship, winning by 6 marks. Stephanie Roy and Have Faith rounded out the division as the winners of the Beginner Novice Championship.

Congratulations to all the competitors! Special thanks to Brian Wilcox of ConnecticutPhoto.com for generously supplying photos of the Championship winners. Be sure to check out the entire gallery here.

[Town Hill Farm H.T. Final Scores]

Young Horse Programs Take Root at Town Hill Farm

Winners of the NEH division, Kathryn Wakeman riding Boracay Wonder. Photo by Brian Wilcox/ ConnecticutPhoto.com.

Aug. 25-27 was a busy weekend for pastoral Town Hill Farm in Lakeville, Connecticut. Horse Trials and Area 1 Championships ran on Saturday and Sunday, but the fun actually kicked off on Friday with the area’s only Young Event Horse (YEH), Future Event Horse (FEH), and New Event Horse (NEH) divisions.

Andrea Manley has been the driving force behind these divisions in Area 1 for the past few years, “Purely for selfish reasons at first,” she admitted. “I had this very handsome yearling that I really wanted to do FEH with but there were no events remotely close by, so last year I started bugging people in the area asking if someone would host it.”

After being persistant all summer, Andrea was finally able to convince Ray Denis, organizer for the Town Hill Farm Horse Trials, to host the divisions. YEH events had previously and sporadically run at several farms in the area, but none of them had stuck. Ray agreed to run FEH and YEH divisions that year if Andrea could get at least 12 entries. She got 25.

The divisions were tacked on to the event’s schedule just a month before the horse trials were to take place, but Andrea and the Town Hill Farm crew were able to piece together the divisions as a dizzying pace and run them successfully. Andrea called it an “interesting but super positive experience.”

Ronan Maloney and KC’s Dream Girl had the highest score of the day (82.7) and won the FEH-2 Year-Old division. Photo by Brian Wilcox/ ConnecticutPhoto.com.

Last year’s inaugural running at Town Hill Farm hosted FEH divisions for yearlings, two-year-olds, and three-year olds, and YEH divisions for four and five-year olds. Those divisions were run again this year, plus the NEH division was added to try and grow the reach of the event and participation in the sport. Andrea sees the NEH division as a promising way to grow membership, because it provides the opportunity for people and their horses from other disciplines to dip their toes into eventing in an encouraging and low-key way.

The divisions outdid themselves this year, with the number of competitors nearly doubling to over 40 this go-around. YEH judge Marilyn Payne thought that Town Hill’s turnout may have been that largest she’s seen at an FEH/YEH/NEH event. It was additionally promising and enjoyable to have several repeat competitors who showed in a lower age group division last year return to compete in a higher age group this year.

Andrea finds these divisions exciting and valuable for a number of reasons.

“The most important thing for me was exposure. I wanted to get my young horse out to a show where there are many different things going on and I wanted him to experience stabling overnight so that when I’m riding him one day at an event it’s not a big deal because he’s done it all before,” Andrea explained. “And I love having something in my discipline to take him to — it means a lot more to me than just taking him out to local hunter/jumper shows.”

Randy Ward riding Riddles In The Dark. Photo by Brian Wilcox/ConnecticutPhoto.com.

As always, it was also very rewarding to receive positive feedback from the judge. Andrea’s now two-year-old homebred, Revel In Soul (“Indy”), is out of her Anglo-Arab mare with whom she competed to the Preliminary level and out of the Holsteiner stallion, Riverman.

“It was wonderful to hear that I made a good decision in choosing that stallion and that I made a nice horse.”

Andrea and Indy placed second in the FEH-2 Year Old division with a score qualifying them for the East Coast YEH Championships. Not only is she hoping to make the trip down to the East Coast Championships at Loch Moy in Maryland later this fall, but she’s hoping to get a team of other qualified Area 1 competitors and their young horses to join her.

The feedback obtained in these divisions can be equally valuable to professional breeders as well. For instance, both last year’s and this year’s FEH-Yearling divisions were won by Eric Carlson, of Stix and Stones Sporthorses.

“For them it must be very rewarding to have two wins with different horses and know that you must be doing something right,” said Andrea.

Andreay Manley and Revel in Soul. Photo by Brian Wilcox/ ConnecticutPhoto.com.

Andrea is passionate about these divisions and would like to continue to see them flourish. She’s hoping to jet out the USEA Annual Meeting and Convention this winter to further her education and bring her knowledge back to Area 1. She also welcomes anyone else interesting in helping these programs thrive in Area 1 to get in touch with her

Despite the slow start of the FEH/YEH/NEH divisions in Area 1, they seem to have found their place with Town Hill Farm’s August event. Andrea hopes to increase the awareness of these divisions and continue to grow participation in the program in the coming years. Next year may see the addition of jump-chute for certain divisions and Andrea also hopes that the number of competitors will continue its upward trend.

“I told Ray I wanted to get 60 entries for next year and I think he just about had a heart attack!”

Special thanks to Brian Wilcox of ConnecticutPhoto.com for the gorgeous photos. Be sure to check out the rest of the gallery from the Town Hill Farm FEH/YEH/NEH divisions!

Saturday Links from Tipperary

Photo via Boyd Martin.

Did you know that one of the many jobs of a super groom is to check the spread of fences? Here, Mike Pendleton, super groom for Boyd Martin, helps us put the width of this “dirty great big sloping table” (in the words of Jonty Evans) into perspective. Kick on everyone! Here’s to safe and fast rides for all!

USA cross country ride times:

  • Hannah Sue Burnett and Under Suspection (25th on 48.4) – 1:10 p.m. BST/8:10 a.m. EST
  • Andrea Baxter and Indy 500 (47th on 56.9) – 1:18 p.m. BST/8:18 a.m. EST
  • Mackenna Shea and Landioso (14th on 46.1) – 1:22 p.m. BST/8:22 a.m. EST
  • Woodge Fulton and Captain Jack (60th on 68.9) – 1:26 p.m. BST/8:26 a.m. EST
  • Boyd Martin and Steady Eddie (21st on 48.0) – 1:54 p.m. BST/8:54 a.m. EST
  • Lauren Kieffer and Veronica (2nd on 37.0) – 2:02 p.m. BST/9:02 a.m. EST
  • Lynn Symansky and Donner (11th on 45.5) – 2:18 p.m. BST/9:18 a.m. EST
  • Lillian Heard and LCC Barnaby (49th on 58.0) – 3:18 p.m. BST/10:18 a.m. EST

National Holiday: C’mon it’s Burghley and AEC Saturday, what more could you want?

Major Events This Week:

Burghley: WebsiteEntriesScheduleXC Ride TimesLive Scores, Course PreviewEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

AEC: WebsiteScheduleRide Times & Live ScoringEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Seneca Valley Pony Club H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scoring]

Silverwood Farm H.T. [Website]

Woodland Stallion Station H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Park Equine Kentucky Classique H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Saturday Links:

USEA Advanced Gold Cup Cross-Country Rescheduled to Begin Sunday Due To Inclement Weather

No Stirrup, No Problem For Chris Talley At The AEC

$750 Rolex Horse Leads to Two More Champs in the Making For Leah Lang-Gluscic

Just Vet Wrap It: Jen Garutti Defines ‘Eventer Tough’ With Pony Mare At American Eventing Championships

Jill Treece: From a Stable of Stuffed Animals to Life as An Eventer

Disinfecting 101: Brushes, Buckets, and Stalls

Saturday Video:

What are you hanging around here for? Get on over to the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials Official Page on Facebook to watch the cross country live stream!

Saturday Links from Tipperary

Where’s Brannigan? This GINORMOUS brush is just one of the many gorgeous but beefy fences on the Millstreet CCI3* course. Photo via Sara Kozumplik Murphy.

While there’s much eventing fun to be had across Eventing Nation this weekend, our thoughts are also with the Texans in the path of Hurricane Harvey, which has made landfall overnight. We hope that humans and horses alike who are in the storm’s path are able to evacuate if need be or safely ride it out. Stay safe EN!

National Holiday: National Dog Day!

Major Events This Week:

Richland Park: WebsiteScheduleRide TimesLive ScoresEN’s Coverage

Millstreet: WebsiteEntriesScheduleRide Times & Live ScoringEN’s CoverageXC Saturday Radio

Blair Castle ERM: WebsiteRide TimesLive StreamERM Leaderboard

U.S. Weekend Action:

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

Loudoun Hunt Pony Club H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

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

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

The Event at Archer H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Saturday Links:

Texas Horse Owners Prepare for Hurricane Harvey

Preview the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Cross-Country Courses at Richland Park Horse Trials

Jonty and Art set to compete at Blenheim

Blair dressage results: nailing the warm-up and being a madam, plus lost bridle drama

FAQs: Horse Welfare and Safety Penalty Guidelines

Colorado Horse Park Comes Alive with the USEA Classic Series

Winterizing Pastures Starts in Fall

Saturday Video:

Catch a peak behind the scenes at Richland Park with CIC1* leader Elisa Wallace:

Saturday Links from Tipperary

Charlie Smith and Poptart. Photo by Jessica Halliday.

The next generation of riders are in the house and are “dabbing” their way to an independent seat! Charlie Smith and Poptart show us how’s it’s done at a recent Pony Club Camp at Adrienne Iorio’s Apple Knoll Farm in Millis, Mass.

Back in my pony camp days, I just recall doing the basic ‘hands on hips’ and ‘arms to the side’ during no-hand jumping. This is much more impressive, though it makes me feel significantly older and less cool!

National Holiday: National Aviation Day

[European Eventing Championships]

#FEIEuros2017: WebsiteRide Times & Live ScoresFEI TVEN’s Coverage

U.S. Weekend Action:

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

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

Waredaca Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

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

Saturday Links:

USEF Horse Welfare & Safety Penalty Guidelines Effective September 1, 2017

World Record Team Score Puts Germany In Front After European Championships Dressage

European Eventing Championships dressage: British team in the hunt

PODCAST: From the Judge’s Box: Dressage Test + Cross-Country Riding Tips

“Nine-Foot-Tall Cops”: Here’s the 411 on Kentucky’s Four Legged Police Officers

In Middletown, these amazing horses help veterans cope with PTSD

Saturday Video:

Area 1ers have their own Championships on the calendar the week before the American Eventing Championships down in Tryon, NC. Some will be competing locally, some will be saving their steeds for the long trip the following week, and some may contest both!

The Sport Thrives at GMHA Festival of Eventing

Jessie Hayes and FMF Liesl won the Beginner Novice Rider B division. Photo by Joan Davis/Flatlandsfoto.

With so much to offer, the Green Mountain Horse Association (GMHA) Festival of Eventing draws large crowds of competitors to the picturesque foothills of South Woodstock, Vermont each August. This past weekend, over 300 competitors contested 27 divisions  spanning from Beginner Novice through Intermediate horse trials plus a CIC1*, Area 1’s only FEI event.

Competition began on Friday with Beginner Novice and some Novice divisions running in a one-day format. Competitors in the Intermediate and CIC1* divisions also got started on Friday, riding their dressage tests that evening. Preliminary, Training, and the rest of the Novice divisions followed a two-day format with dressage and stadium of Saturday and cross-country on Sunday.

Cornelia Dorr and Louis M won the Open Intermediate division. Photo by Joan Davis/Flatlandsfoto.

Tremaine Cooper’s Intermediate course saw some changes this year, including a renovated coffin complex and a newly built mound and keyhole question, which added a bit of extra terrain to the course. While the majority of riders jumped clear, none were able to come in under the optimum time.

Cornelia Dorr and her own Louis M took the top spot in the hotly contested Open Intermediate division. Cornelia and Louis led after dressage on a score of 23.3, but after pulling one rail in show jumping they were overtaken by Buck Davidson and Christine Turner’s Halimey who jumped double clear. Unfortunately, these two ran into trouble on cross country, picking up two stops and dropping them down the order, putting Cornelia and Louis back on top for the win.

Randy Ward and his and Donald Devine’s Grando, an 8-year-old Westfalian gelding, also took one rail in show jumping, but clinched second place after laying down the fastest time on cross country, picking up 5.2 time faults. Area 1 Young Rider Maddie Lichten and Yarrow rounded out the top three with a 41.0, narrowly edging out Daryl Kinney and Rosie’s Girl on a 41.8.

Buck Davidson and Harry won the CIC1* division. Photo by Joan Davis/Flatlandsfoto.

Despite running into trouble in the Intermediate division, Buck came out on top in the CIC1* with Kerry Blackmer’s Harry. The 7-year-old Irish Sport Horse stalked the leaders all weekend, moving up from third after dressage to second after show jumping, and turning in the second fastest run on cross country in order to snag the win.

The only double clear cross country run in the division was turned in by Ryan Keefe and Flintstar. The pair not only went double clear on cross country, but also in show jumping, helping them to leapfrog from eighth after dressage to ultimately take second place at the end of the weekend in Ryan’s first FEI event. Flintstar may be a familiar name – the now 17-year-old New Zealand Thoroughbred was the Olympic mount of Jonelle Price in London 2012 and has also completed Burghley and Luhmühlen CCI4*s.  

Ryan had a particularly good weekend, leading start-to-finish in the JYOP division on her other ride, Hoodwink, and ultimately winning it on their dressage score of 33.0.

 

Ryan Keefe and Hoodwink won the JYOP division. Photo by Michelle Matschke/Flatlandsfoto.

Out of over 300 horse and rider combinations at the event, only one was able to achieve a sub-twenty dressage score. That pair was Nancy Read and Caribe PCH, who finished on that score of 17.5 to win the Novice Rider A division.

The Beginner Novice, Novice, and Training riders – who made up nearly 75% of the competitors over the weekend – had a smashing time riding over Janine Preece McClain’s cross country course. Many of these divisions were particularly hotly contested, with less than one mark separating the top few placings in several divisions.

We’d like to send an extra special thank you and a big dose of EN karma out to Joan Davis of Flatlandsfoto, renowned Area 1 photographer, who has been burning the midnight oil to edit photos from the competition as well as the preceding clinic despite an untimely laptop malfunction. Thank you, Joan!

Click here to view the final scores.

Broken Leg to Blue Ribbon: Caribe PCH’s Comeback Story

Nancy Read and Caribe PCH. Photo by Joan Davis/ Flatlandsfoto.

Last June, Nancy Read walked out to the pasture at her New Hampshire farm and found her then 6-year-old Oldenburg gelding, Caribe PCH, had broken his leg in an apparent pasture accident. A career-ending injury at best and a fatal one at worst, a broken leg is a nightmare scenario for any horse horse, but this story has a better than best-case-scenario ending.

Defying all odds, “Baby” returned to eventing just eight months after his injury. Last month, Nancy and Baby won the Amateur Novice Masters Challenge at Fitch’s Corner Horse Trials in Millbrook, New York.

Nancy met Baby in 2010 when her sister sister purchased him as a 2-month-old colt from Plum Creek Hollow Farm in Larkspur, Colorado, which imports, breeds, trains and competes German Sport Horses for dressage and show jumping. With offset eyes and buck teeth, the colt found himself for sale, and Nancy’s sister snagged the crooked-faced foal on the cheap, hoping he might still make a good dressage prospect.

As was somewhat expected however, with a sire like Grand Prix show jumper Con Capilot, Caribe PCH loved to jump, so it was only natural that Nancy, the eventer in the family, obtained the coming 4-year-old from her sister.

“The joke in the family is if they don’t like dressage they send them to me,” Nancy laughed.

Nancy Read and Caribe PCH. Photo by Joan Davis/ Flatlandsfoto.

Bringing Up Baby

Nancy began his education as an event horse with the help of her friend and trainer Nicole Carroll, who is based in Brentwood, California. Nancy boards her horses with Nicole during the winter months while living with her husband in California from late October to early June. She and the horses travel back to New Hampshire, where she grew up, for the summer months.

It was during Caribe PCH’s first time cross country schooling at Fresno County Horse Park that he earned his barn name. As Nicole was riding him toward a small log, the young horse got distracted by the water behind it, causing him to trip and stumble over the jump. Nancy and Nicole laughed it off as a “Baby Go Boom” moment and the gelding was henceforth known as Baby.

Baby soon found his stride on cross country, successfully progressing to Novice level with both Nicole and Nancy competing him, winning four out of his first six events. But the gelding’s eventing career was put on an indefinite hold last June when Nancy found Baby in his field three-legged lame.

A fracture high up on the horse’s left foreleg was obvious. Feeling instantly sick at the sight of the injury, Nancy called her veterinarian for immediate assistance. She knew they needed to get Baby to an equine hospital for treatment, and she wondered if it would even be possible to load him on a trailer and make it to Myhre Equine Clinic in Rochester, New Hampshire without doing further damage to the leg.

Baby had gone down before Nancy and the vet were able to load him on the trailer, but with some sedatives in his system plus a makeshift cast he miraculously got up, loaded onto the trailer, and safely made the ride to the clinic.

Upon first inspection Dr. Grant Myhre gave the break very little hope of healing enough for Baby to compete again, but the hope was he could be pasture sound. Nancy told Dr. Myhre to do everything and anything he could to help her horse.

It was a rough road to recovery for Baby initially, and Dr. Myhre cautioned Nancy during the first few weeks post-injury that things weren’t looking particularly good. Nancy made frequent trips to the clinic to groom and visit Baby, hoping that a good curry would at least make him feel a little better given that he couldn’t roll while hooked up to a line to keep him from laying down and re-fracturing the healing bone.

Baby Makes His Comeback

Gradually, each day Baby started looking a little brighter. Nancy and Dr. Myhre both gained a little more hope with each passing day that the horse would make a recovery.  

Baby was able to be taken off the line at the beginning of September and finally able to return home to Nancy’s farm at the end of that month. The rehabilitation was daunting, but Nancy started slow and diligently, wanting to be absolutely certain that Baby was handling the process well and taking everything slower than even the doctor’s orders.

First came hand-walking, then walking under saddle in November. Nancy incorporated a lot of slow hill work in order to rebuild muscle. Short bouts of trotting were slowly incorporated into the routine, gradually becoming longer. Cantering was finally incorporated in January this year after migrating back to California for the winter. After months on stall rest in the hospital, it also took Baby a long time to get back to normal horse life, particularly trusting people entering his stall.

“Once he started getting fitter and more confident, he started showing he was interested in getting out to shows again,” Nancy said.

Baby’s first outing back was at a schooling jumper show over crossrails just to get him out in a show setting again. Having been more atmosphere than the gelding had seen in seven months, Baby was a little excited and overstimulated, but clearly enthusiastic about being there. His first event back, going Beginner Novice at Twin Rivers Winter HT, was much the same as the normally lazy and laid back gelding bounced his way around the cross country course.

“He was so excited and so happy to be back,” Nancy said. “It’s an absolute miracle — he’s an absolute miracle.”

Nancy Read and Caribe PCH. Photo by Joan Davis/Flatlandsfoto.

Amateur Novice Masters Challenge at Fitch’s Corner

With Baby running so well this spring after his recovery, Nancy decided to make the Fitch’s Corner Amateur Novice Masters Challenge a goal for the summer. The Novice Masters Challenge is open to riders age 40 and older who have not completed an event at Training level or above within the past two years. The class is run over a championship style course with show jumping in reverse order of standing as the last phase.

“The Amateur Novice Masters Challenge was very exciting for me to work towards. To get to jump in reverse order of standing in the evening — when do we get to do that?” Nancy said.

“I’m so grateful to Fernanda Kellogg (Fitch’s Corner owner and organizer) for opening up her farm. It’s a privilege to be able to do this sport in a world where events are dropping and land is disappearing, and the fact that she offers something special for the Novice riders is very sweet of her. It’s very motivating to have something like this to work towards.”

Nancy and Baby won the Novice Masters on a score of 19.2, blowing the competition out of the water and beating his own personal best Novice dressage score by nearly 9 marks. Nancy also took home second in the same class with her other horse, Carolina PCH, on a final score of 27.30.

Despite Baby’s fantastic dressage scores and his continued winning ways, Nancy is quick to stay humble and point out his greenness. There’s still some confidence-building to do on cross country, as there’s still always at least one fence on course that takes him by surprise.

“I actually haven’t had a jumping round yet with him that’s felt totally solid,” she said. “He missed a year due to his injury and he’s still green and still learning. I went to Fitch’s just happy to have a horse that was able and was lucky to have a judge that liked him and we got it done.”

For Nancy, the rewards of potentially progressing up the levels pale in comparison to the enjoyment she finds competing at Novice with her two horses. With Baby, the enjoyment is amplified by the feeling of appreciation she has just to still have him.

“When I go into the arena on him, I’m not even nervous. I’m just thinking ‘I’ve got you and we’ve got nothing to lose’ so whatever happens, it doesn’t matter,” she said.

Nancy and Baby bested their dressage score from Fitch’s Corner with a 17.5 at the GMHA Festival of Eventing in Woodstock, Vermont this past weekend, which they finished on to win their division. Next on the calendar will be a trip to Tryon for the American Eventing Championships.

“I think with these horses you just enjoy the moment,” Nancy said. “To me, it means just as much as when Neville Bardos made a comeback with Boyd Martin. For me it feels the same. I adore this horse and if he can still do a level we’re comfortable at then I’m happy.”

Here’s wishing Nancy and Baby continued success and happiness! Special thanks to Joan Davis of Flatlandsfoto for providing photos from Fitch’s Corner.

Go Eventing.

Saturday Links from Tipperary

Photo via Jenni Autry.

If you’re at Millbrook Horse Trials this weekend, say ‘Hi’ to EN’s fearless leader, Jenni! She has her reporter hat off this weekend and her riding boots on, as she pilots Jimmie Schramm’s Bellamy in their first event together. #IBelieveInBells!

U.S. Weekend Action:

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

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

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

Catalpa Corner Charity H.T. [Website]  [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Saturday Links:

No Shoes Required: LandLunar Jumped Around Horse Park Of New Jersey CIC** Barefoot

Amateurs Like Us: I Sat Up And Rode!

The Three Best Stretches For Your Pre-Ride Routine

PODCAST: Equine Welfare with Dr. Catherine Kohn and Dr. Stephanie Davis

Study: Winter Foals Smaller Than Spring, Summer Foals

Saturday Video:

Get a bird’s eye view of this year’s Advanced course at Millbrook Horse Trials with this drone fly-over. Course designer Tremaine Cooper also walks us through the major combinations that the riders will face today.

Saturday Links from Tipperary

Three amigos! Photo via Boyd Martin.

A couple of big-name event riders are doing some cross-discipline training and taking stage at The Kentucky Summer Classic hunter/jumper show throughout the weekend. Phillip Dutton, Boyd Martin, and Will Coleman are all there with several horses getting some jumps in during the summertime event lull. They’re seizing the opportunity to take some of their up-and-coming horses out for some good exposure as well as get in a few practice rounds on some seasoned campaigners before the fall season begins.

National Holiday: National Lasagna Day and National Chicken Wing Day. Take your pick!

U.S. Weekend Action:

Stoneleigh-Burnham Summer H.T. [Website] [Ride Times]

Horse Park of New Jersey II H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

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

Cobblestone Farms H.T. [Website]  [Live Scores] [Ride Times]

Saturday Links:

Tamie Smith’s Letter to Her Partner Dempsey: “You had a heart as big as the Grand Canyon”

USEF Board of Directors Approves Strict Horse Welfare Penalties; Recommended guidelines approved unanimously

The Road to NAJYRC: A Weekend to Remember

Humans Might Be to Blame for Some Horse-Related Injuries

Hot on Jumper Nation: Florida Rider Finds Alligator in Jump Arena Puddle

Totally Random: Can the Horses in ‘Planet of the Apes’ Support All Those Apes?

Saturday Video:

Horses, hounds, classic cars, derby hats, shopping, whisky…Fitch’s Corner Horse Trials in Millbrook, NY has it all! Look back on a weekend that was:

Monday News and Notes from Fleeceworks

Allie Sacksen and Colleen Rutledge take an alternate route through the Head of the Lake. Photo by Brian Rutledge.

While many eyes were on The Event at Rebecca Farm and The Nations Cup at Aachen, two four-star riders, Colleen Rutledge and Allie Sacksen have been busy coaching students during the Pony Club Championships at the Kentucky Horse Park. While there, they made a quick trip over to the four-star cross country course to try and conjure up some good mojo for next year.

From Brian Rutledge: “So for the last two years Colleen and Allie Sacksen have had a rough time at Rolex or getting to Rolex so they decided it was time to appease the Kentucky gods and sacrifice libations in the Head of the Lake!”

Major Events This Week:

Rebecca Farm: WebsiteResultsEN’s CoverageEN’s Instagram

NAJYRC: WebsiteResults

Aachen CICO3*: WebsiteResults

USPC Eventing Championships: Results

U.S. Weekend Action:

Fitch’s Corner H.T. [Website] [Results]

Full Moon Farm H.T. [Website] [Results]

Silverwood Farm Summer H.T. [Website] [Results]

Monday News and Notes:

How did the Aachen CICO3* course ride? Oliver Townend said it rode “fantastically”, winner Ingrid Klimke was thrilled with Horseware Hale Bob’s performance out on cross county, and Michael Jung said La Biosthetique Sam FBW was focused. [“Aachen Is Somewhere We All Want to Be”: Ingrid Klimke, Michael Jung, Oliver Townend and More on Eventing at Aachen]

The FEI European Eventing Championships for Young Riders & Juniors also took place this weekend in Millstreet, Ireland. British rider Bubby Upton led wire-to-wire to take individual gold and the German team clinched gold for the Juniors. For the Young Riders, Germany’s Hanna Knuppel took home individual gold and her countrymen took home team gold as well. [‘I’m in a dream world’: Bubby Upton takes individual gold at junior Europeans — team win silver] [British girls fight hard for medal haul at YR Europeans]

Sugars and starches are an important part of our horse’s diet, though owners have become increasingly wary of them in commercial feeds. While it’s important to acknowledge the role they can play in muscle and metabolic disorders, it’s important to know that horses can’t thrive without them either. [Sugars and Starches: They’re Not All Bad!]

Monday Video:

ICYMI, take a look back at some highlights from Day 4 of The Event at Rebecca Farm including the conclusion of the Novice and Training 3-Days and cross country day for the FEI divisions:

Saturday Links from Tipperary

Two 4* riders, Allie Sacksen and Colleen Rutledge, relaxing after coaching all week at the Pony Club Championships. Photo by Brian Rutledge.

You ever have one of those weeks where nothing really goes according to plan? That was my week. My commute has been a mess, my job has been stressful, my pony has been a touch ill-behaved, and my riding hasn’t been stellar either. I like to use opportunities like these to remind myself that the short-term adversity is always worth the long-term payoff.

Even though things were rough this week, it shouldn’t be for naught because everything that’s going on is really just a step in the right direction, setting things up for success in the future. Next week my commute will be smoother, things will slow down a bit at work, and pony and I should be back on the same page. Whatever you may be working through right now, just stay chill and keep plugging at it. You’ll come out stronger on the other side.

Major Events This Week:

Rebecca Farm: WebsiteScheduleRide Times & Live ScoresLive StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s Instagram

NAJYRC: WebsiteRide Times & Live Scores

Aachen CICO3*: WebsiteRide Times & Scoring, Live Stream

USPC Eventing Championships: Ride Times & Live Scoring

U.S. Weekend Action:

Fitch’s Corner H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

Silverwood Farm Summer H.T. [Website] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Saturday Links:

Young Equestrians Fly, Drive, and Gallop into the Flathead

Hannah Sue Burnett On RF Demeter at Aachen: “Every Time I Get to Ride Her, I Smile”

The USEA Classic Series Thrives at Rebecca Farm

PODCAST: The New Olympic Format for Eventing and the Future of the Sport

Aachen eventing: Leading Brit takes a tumble in the showjumping as team slip down the placings

Four Back Exercises to Help Strengthen Your Core in the Saddle

Transitions for Throughness

Saturday Video:

Looks like the Rutledge family has been having a blast at Pony Club Championships this week! Here’s one of daughter Cassie’s show jumping rounds:

How NAJYRC Teams Funded the Trip to Rebecca Farm

When it was announced that the eventing portion of the Adequan/FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships would be held at Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, Montana, riders were thrilled to get the chance to compete at one of the most scenic venues in the country.

In the months leading up to the Event at Rebecca Farm and the coinciding NAJRYC, young riders and their friends, families and coordinators from eight USEA areas and Ontario have been hard at work across the country to secure the funds needed to send their teams of talented youth to this pinnacle event.

Area I “Mega Muckers” celebrate a successful day with a jump into the muck pit at GMHA. Photo by Deb Meek.

Area I

Area I set a goal of raising $50,000 to send seven riders and eight horses out west to compete this year. In addition to fundraising, the young riders and their families and friends also campaigned throughout the area to promote their programs by holding bake sales and giving away carrots and peppermints at local schooling shows and early season sanctioned events.

“The candidates and their families gave from their hearts,” Margaret Potorski, Area 1 Parent Volunteer and Fundraising Coordinator, said.

A strong showing of support from the New England eventing community helped the Young Riders exceed their ambitious fundraising target, raising enough not only to help fund the trip to NAJYRC this year, but to contribute to the area’s other Young Rider programs and leave a starter fund for next year. Support from additional members of the Area 1 community, especially Carol Mayo, George Cheney and Brenda Jarrell, were also pivotal, Young Rider Program Coordinator Deb Meek explained.

At two very popular events, the GMHA Spring and Groton House Farm horse trials, the young riders provided a stall cleaning service and stripped more than 60 stalls at the conclusion of each event.

At Groton House, which served as the fundraising finale, the young riders also held a silent auction with items generously donated by local businesses, members of the eventing community, and friends and family of the riders. The young riders also hosted a Barnyard BBQ, a meet-and-greet event with the NAJYRC candidates attended by nearly 100 people, all of whom were treated to good food and fun lawn games.

How many Young Riders can you fit into a pickup truck? Photo via Mary Dembosky‎ on Facebook.

Area II

Area II coordinated an array of successful fundraisers this year to send five one-star combinations to compete. Starting with an early-season day of cross country schooling at Loch Moy Farm, donated by Carolyn MacIntosh of Maryland Horse Trials, all the schooling fees went directly to the Area II Young Riders account.

“Area II is a large area with lots of eventing, and you might think it’s easy to fundraise here, but actually there are so many upper-level riders, all of whom either have major and minor sponsors and are constantly gaining new sponsorships and support from equestrian businesses, so there is quite a bit of competition for any supporting dollars for eventing here,” Holly Covey, a member of the fundraising committee, said.

“Most of our contributors give generously all year round to many other 501(c)3 charities in this very competition-rich region, so we are challenged to make sure young riders are included.”

Throughout the spring the entire Area II community banded together to hold an online silent auction of more than 60 items from generous donors, including the young riders and their families, upper-level riders and local businesses.

“It really takes a village to get these talented young riders to NAJYRC,” said Kimberly Horn, the fundraising committee chair, “and many of the young riders themselves also held their own fundraisers and clinics as well as solicited donations from local businesses.”

A benefit night held at Waredaca Brewing in June served as the grand fundraising finale where the team selection was announced. Details were also unveiled about one more extraordinary auction item — a seven-night horseback safari in Botswana — coordinated by Carolyn Tett, whose daughter, Alexandra Tett, is a one-star team member for Area II. Jay and Kris Ennis, longtime supporters of eventing in Area II, won the trip.

“We’ve plugged away all year, working together on all the donations by email communication, to find the best way to use them for the kids’ benefit,” Holly said. “We bounce ideas off each other and never say no to a donation, finding a way to leverage each one — from the smallest, a pair of tiny cubic zirconia earrings, to a large cross country jump!”

Goodies! Photo via MP Eventing.

Area III

Area III has five riders and horses contesting the one-star and three making up a two-star team. Catharine Clayton, Area III’s Young Rider Coordinator, said the area enjoyed an especially successful fundraising effort this year.

More than $10,000 was raised through an online silent auction coordinated and managed by Lisa Shurtz, even after her own daughter’s NAJYRC quest was cut short due to injury.

Fellow Area III eventer Mikki Johansen, who runs Performance Horse Training & Rehabilitation, supported the riders by raffling off a Yeti cooler filled with goodies. The program also sold Area III logo T-shirts and tote bags to benefit the young riders and launched a GoFundMe campaign to help cover transportation costs.

Jennifer and Melanie Rousseau. Photo via Area IV Young Riders on Facebook.

Area IV

Area IV is being represented by two riders, both competing in the two-star. They will be placed on a team along with the sole Area I two-star rider.

At the Inaugural Area IV Young Rider’s Trainer Challenge at the Fox River Valley Pony Club HT, attendees cast a vote for for the trainer they wanted to see wear a funny outfit by placing cash donations in the container associated with that trainer. Jennifer Rousseau, whose daughter Melanie is competing at NAJYRC, won the honor of donning of a yellow fellow boa by having the most cash in her container at the end of the contest.

Area IV Chairperson Kathy Kerns also offered to donate $25 to the Young Rider Program for each young rider who volunteered to scribe or assist with timing and help put away jumps at the Mid-America Combined Training Association schooling shows this year, supporting both the local schooling show organization and the Young Rider Program at the same time.

Area V Young Riders enjoy some downtime at the Will Faudree summer clinic. Photo via Area V Young Riders on Facebook.

Area V

For Tayler Owen, the Area V Young Rider Coordinator, it was important to focus on having the rider’s earn the money they raised to send their six combinations to Montana, rather than soliciting in-kind donations.

“It gave these kids the opportunity to meet others in our area as well as allowed some of the adult riders to meet these kids and see where their financial support was going,” she said. “I am a firm believer that you need to work for things to build appreciation rather than have things just be given to you. I know more people are willing to give financial support or donations when they see these kids work for it.”

Tayler made a point to have a fundraiser set up at each of the early-season events. At one show, the riders set up a tack-cleaning service and asked for donations in exchange for dropping off tack to be cleaned. As the riders had time in their schedule at the event, they would drop by the booth to clean tack.

Other events offered braiding and stall-stripping services, which eventually became so popular that some competitors interested in the service had to be turned down because there weren’t enough hands on deck to meet the demand.

At out-of-state events the riders manned a merchandising table and sold donated used tack, homemade saddle soap, horse treats, fly spray, and Area V logo watches and dog bandanas. Tayler worked alongside the riders throughout the season, setting a good example for work ethic.

“It let them see that I was with them in this journey helping lead and support them, rather then sitting back and watching them do the work,” Tayler said. “It gave me an opportunity to really get to know some of these kids as well as them to get to know me better.”

What better way to cap off a great time at Younger Rider camp than with cake? Photo via Area 6 Young Riders on Facebook.

Area VI

Eight Area VI horses and riders made the trip from California, with six in the one-star and two in the two-star, thanks to an extensive online auction that benefitted many of the area’s rider programs.

A pancake breakfast fundraiser held on Easter Sunday at the Twin Rivers CCI, CIC & Horse Trials also donated all proceeds to the Area VI Young Riders Program. Who can resist tasty pancakes?

A competitor at the 2016 Area II Young Rider Benefit Horse Trials. Photo via Precision Stride Eventing on Facebook.

Area VII

Unique to the nation, Area VII holds a sanctioned horse trials annually to benefit the area’s young riders. This year the benefit horse trials raised the funds to send three horses and riders to compete as a team in the two-star.

Run for 30 years and currently held at Lincoln Creek Farms in Centralia, Washington, the benefit horse trials offers Starter through Preliminary levels. Because the event is a fundraiser for the Young Area VII Rider Program, the young riders themselves are particularly encouraged to volunteer and support the event.

A sold-out crowd enjoys ‘An Evening of Beautiful Horses’. Photo courtesy of Miranda Atkins/Photography In Stride.

Area VIII

Angela and James Hambrick’s River Edge Farm in Ohio hosted An Evening of Beautiful Horses last month, a benefit exhibition to raise money for the young riders of Area VIII eventing and Region 2 dressage.

Co-organized by River Edge Farm’s resident trainer Therese Evans, the sold-out evening successfully raised more than $20,000 to help fund the riders’ journeys to their respective competitions. The evening featured local riders and horses showing off their skills, with dressage freestyles and cross country derby-style jumping rounds.

“The riding was a wonderful showcase of the equestrian talent in northeast Ohio,” Jeni Gaffney said. “The eventers had fun going cross country to rock music.”

Brooke Burchianti, who is competing on the one-star team for Area VIII, served as one of the exhibition riders. Area VIII has four combinations in the one-star and one in the two-star.

They made it! The Ontario 2* riders celebrate after the trot-up. Photo by Lisa Thompson.

Ontario

The Ontario Horse Trials Association (OHTA) initially announced it would not be sending a team to NAJYRC this year due to the distance and cost to get to Montana. Despite this declaration, a determined pack of young riders banded together to make their dreams of representing Canada at NAJYRC a reality. An impressive eight riders — four one-star and four two-star — have made the journey to Rebecca Farm.

Among the fundraisers OHTA organized were two that proved particularly fruitful. An online silent auction, with a website built by a team member and all donations solicited by team members, touted an assortment of generously donated prizes, including a helicopter ride and lessons with Nationally Certified coaches. OHTA also hosted show jump schooling days at venues in both Florida and Ontario to raise funds.

“As a team, the young riders were very active and focused on raising the funds they needed to get their horses from Ontario to Montana for NAJYRC,” Helen Richardson, OHTA’s Young Rider Program Coordinator, said.

Helen credits the young ladies on the team with doing all the hard work to raise the funds for their big trip. EN salutes all the young riders who worked hard to both qualify to compete and fund their trip to NAJYRC. Go Eventing.

Saturday Links from Tipperary

Elisa Wallace is a busy lady this weekend, competing several horses at Champagne Run at the Park H.T. and also signing autographs alongside Hwin at BreyerFest 2017. Photo via Breyer Model Horses on Facebook.

YOU GUYS, it’s National I Love Horses Day! That’s right — apparently July 15th is the official day “we recognize the love of one magnificent creature,” as the website says. But really I think ‘I Love Horses Day’ is actually every day for us nutty equestrians, am I right?

U.S. Weekend Action:

Genesee Valley Hunt H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Riga Meadow H.T. [Website] [Ride Times]

Maryland at Loch Moy II CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

Champagne Run at the Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Aspen Ridge H.T. [Website] [Ride Times]

Coconino Summer I H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Saturday Links:

How a small town in western NC is prepping for the ‘Olympics for horses’

Announcing Boyd Martin as Keynote Speaker at the 2017 USEA Annual Convention

In Response: McLain Ward Believes Show Jumping Is Evolving, Not In A Downward Spiral

The Fearful, Talentless Amateur: A Response

Request for Expressions of Interest: USEA American Eventing Championships Host Sites

USEF Announces Definite Entries for the 2017 FEI North American Junior/Young Rider Championships

Jonty Evans ‘overwhelmed’ as fans donate £63k in first 24 hours

Saturday Video:

That’s a wrap on Great Meadow International 2017!

Saturday Links from Tipperary

Photo by Anthony Gibson via Great Meadow International on Instagram.

Evan Coluccio and Fluttershy cleared 5’5″ to win the bareback puissance at Great Meadow International, which took place after yesterday’s FEI Nation’s Cup dressage rides. I imagine that in order to successfully compete in a bareback puissance, horse an rider must each possess two key qualities. For the horse, it would be (1) the willingness to try and clear these impossibly tall fences , and (2) non-shark fin-esque withers. For the rider, those qualities would be (1) impeccable balance, and (2) cajones of steel.

National Holiday: National Chocolate with Almonds Day

Great Meadow CICO3* Links: WebsiteScheduleEntriesRide TimesLive ScoringUSEF NetworkFEI TVEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Action:

Huntington Farm H.T. [Website] *CANCELLED DUE TO FLOODING*

Old Chatham H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Maryland at Loch Moy I H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

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

Roebke’s Run H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

41st Annual Whidbey Island H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Coconino Summer I H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Saturday Links:

Fast Facts: Great Meadow International, Presented by Adequan® CICO3*

One To Watch: Woods Baughman Will Be Making His Dreams Come True At Great Meadow

Ringside Chat: Inmidair Is Back With Jan Byyny At Great Meadow International

PODCAST: The Event at Rebecca Farm + NAJYRC: A Match Made in Heaven

Toytown’s early years: ‘He was lethal and came back to the yard every day without me’

Getting a Second Wind: Helping Equine Athletes Breathe

Recycling on the Farm

Saturday Video:

Ponies gonna be ponies, even when meeting the Queen of England. This pony, Lance Corporal Cruachan IV (which coincidentally will also be the name of my next pony), is the regimental mascot of the Royal Regiment of Scotland and has a twitter account, by the way.

Saturday Links from Tipperary

Accurate description of my pony. Photo by Abby Powell.

I think I may finally have a weekend of sort-of downtime on my hands. This is exceptionally unusual and I’m not 100% sure what to do with myself. I have no show this weekend, no volunteering…maybe I’ll wash all the dishes in the sink? Or fold the laundry that’s been sitting in the basket all week? Or vacuum all the dog hair off the living room floor? Maybe…but not until after my cross country lesson this morning!

National Holiday: National Postal Worker Day (An excellent day to celebrate the good folks who deliver your SmartPaks!)

U.S. Weekend Action:

Horse Park of New Jersey I H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

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

South Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

Saturday Links:

US Equestrian Names Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team for Great Meadow International presented by Adequan® CICO3*

USEA Foundation Proudly Announces the Recipients of the 2017 Rebecca Broussard Travel Grants

19 British pairs long-listed for eventing Europeans — Zara Tindall not included

The Countdown is on: 60 Days to AEC! What You Need to Know to Plan Your AEC Vacation

Amateurs Like Us: Eventing Gives Gail Keys An Extra Set Of Wings

How Do You Handle Colic?

Boyd Martin: Three Cross-Discipline Exercises to Build Fitness and Strength

Larry Glefke and Kelley Farmer Penalized for Doping Violations by The USEF Hearing Committee

Saturday Video:

Take two spins around the Novice course at last weekend’s Groton House Farm with riders from nearby Flying High Stables. Notice a difference in the footing between the two? Yeah, there was a nice little mid-morning downpour to make the day interesting!

Jane Kreppein and Cracked Pepper:

Lisa Tylus and Mac:

Road to NAJYRC: Catching Up With Cornelia Dorr

Cornelia Dorr and Louis M. Photo by Shelby Allen.

When we last caught up with 19-year-old Cornelia Dorr in January, she had just shipped down to Ocala to to take part in the USEF Eventing 25 Developing Rider training camp. Cornelia was talent-spotted into the program, having not yet met the requirement of completing a two-star event.

Since then, Cornelia has had a busy and fruitful spring and much has changed. She has now completed several two-stars, including winning the Jersey Fresh International CCI2* on her 12-year-old Rheinlander Louis M and most recently taking fifth in the Bromont CCI2* with her 11-year-old Zweibrucker Sir Patico MH (“Hugo”).

She competed this past weekend at Groton House Farm in Hamilton, Mass., which could be considered Cornelia’s backyard event, having grown up in nearby Manchester-by-the-Sea and boarding Hugo just around the corner at Gathering Farm during her grade school years. Having spent the last yearat Sharon White’s Last Frontier Farm in West Virginia, Cornelia made her homecoming by bringing Louis to Groton House compete in the Intermediate/Preliminary division.

After clinching the win in the division, Cornelia was kind enough to catch up with EN to share how things have changed in the past few months and what it was like bringing the fabled Louis M to Massachusetts.

EN: What was your decision making process in making the trip back to Groton House Farm this year?

Cornelia: “I was originally planning to bring both my horses to Groton House to do the Intermediate/Preliminary after completing Jersey Fresh, but I didn’t actually end up completing it on Hugo. He was spun at the second horse inspection because of a very small heel grab. Once we brought him back home and started trotting him again, he just seemed really hungry and wanted to do something else. We decided to try running Hugo at Bromont instead of bringing him to Groton House with Louis.”

EN: Your coach, Sharon White, was overseas at Luhmühlen while you were at Bromont. How was it traveling and competing without her?

Cornelia: “Rachel Wilks, Woods Baughman and I planned the whole trip out and went up together. Sara Kozumplik Murphy and Brian Murphy took us under their wings while we were there, and it was really great to have their support and mentorship.”

Cornelia and Louis turn for the final fence at Groton House. Photo by Abby Powell.

EN: What was it like bringing Louis M back home to your old stomping grounds?

Cornelia: “It’s like bringing a boyfriend home for the first time! Hugo and I were born and raised together in the area. Bringing Louis here was like bringing someone home and and showing him where I grew up. We did a lot of hacking before Groton House and went places that Hugo and I used to ride all the time, and I’d say, ‘Look, Louis — this is where I used to do trot sets!’ or ‘This is where we did all our hill work!’

“Louis stayed with Katie and Maddie Lichten (fellow Area 1 Young Riders), who I’m really good friends with, for the week but I did walk him over to Gathering Farm at one point to get a shoe reset. All the ladies and the kids there saw me walk him into the barn and were like, ‘Ooh, is this Louis?’ and wanted to meet him. He loves all the attention — he thinks it’s the greatest thing.”

EN: Since you’ve had Louis for a year now, was it difficult at first to get used to balancing the workloads of two horses?

Cornelia: “It’s interesting to have two horses. I did worry about how I was going to make it work at first, but I figured it out as we went along and learned how to fold everything into a schedule that works.

“I love having two horses going the same level because whatever horse I go out on first in competition, I’m then curious to see how I ride it on the second horse and I want to see if I can improve on it.”

EN: Which phase is your biggest challenge?

Cornelia: “The hardest thing continues to be show jumping. I’m working to really try and improve that and also fine-tuning everything between the two horses.”

Cornelia and Louis M at Groton House. Photo by Abby Powell.

EN: What has been the most beneficial thing about having two horses?

Cornelia: “I’ve noticed an immense difference in my dressage since getting Louis. He’s really helped me improve; everything makes more sense and I’m able to translate it to Hugo better, so he’s been able to improve as well. Hugo got a 48 in dressage at Bromont, which I was so pleased with.”

EN: What are your upcoming competition plans?

Cornelia: “Right now we’re back in West Virginia at Sharon’s. We left Massachusetts two days after Groton House, and we’ll be leaving again for NAJYRC in Montana in a week and a half. I’ll be riding both horses in the CICO2* there. One will be on a team and the other will be as an individual, but I don’t know which will be which yet.

“We have no short-term plans for after Montana, but then my goal is to do the CCI2* at Fair Hill with both horses in October.”

We’re wishing the best of luck to Cornelia in the rest of her season and beyond!

Saturday Links from Tipperary

Groton House Farm dressage warmup gang was ready for action! Photo courtesy of Kristie Gill.

I played hooky from work yesterday (though I’m not sure I can technically call it hooky when I actually used a vacation day) to volunteer on dressage day at my local event, Groton House Farm. I’d call dressage day at GHF a five-ring circus, but I don’t think circus is really the right word. While yes, with five rings running at once there was a LOT going on, but the GHF organizers and coordinators have created a well-oiled machine and it was easy for a warmup steward newbie such as myself to step in and successfully contribute.

Oh, and bonus: my day of volunteering earned some points for my Area 1 Virtual Team Challenge team and I got to meet one of my teammates!

U.S. Weekend Action:

Groton House Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Surefire H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

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

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

Fox River Valley Pony Club H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

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

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

Midsouth Pony Club H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Honey Run H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

Saturday Links:

Eventer Hillary Moses Recovering From Rotational Fall

Dr. Laura Werner: How to Manage Your Horse Before, During & After Intensive Competition

Charlotte Dujardin to appear in children’s TV show

PODCAST: Which Event Will be Home to the Next U.S. Four-Star?

Eventer who broke both arms to take on 24-hour ride

The Healthy-Backed Horse

Saturday Video:

Sydney Conley Elliott’s mount, Cisko A, with whom she made her four-star debut at Rolex in 2016, has been on the mend from a tendon injury sustained last September. This neat video talks abut how kinesio tape therapy is helping him in his recovery:

What’s Happening This Weekend: Names to Watch Across the Country

Courses are prepped and ready to go for the weekend! Photo via Midsouth Pony Club Horse Trials on Facebook.

This weekend offers some respite from the FEI calendar, but that doesn’t make it any less busy for U.S. eventing. There’s plenty happening at the National levels, and with a number of horse trials around the country offering Intermediate and Intermediate/Preliminary divisions, it’s a fun opportunity to be on the lookout for some up-and-coming riders and horses. Here are a few to watch out for around the country.

Maya Black and Mowgli at Galway Downs. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Inavale Farm HT – Philomath, OR (Area VII) – Intermediate

The only USEA event in the state of Oregon, Inavale Farm celebrates its 20th year this weekend with divisions running from Intro to Intermediate. Having spent the spring running Preliminary, Maya Black’s Mowgli will be stepping up to the Intermediate level for the first time. Mowgli’s biggest test thus far has been the Galway Downs CCI* last fall, where the pair placed second.

Another familiar name in the Intermediate division is John Camlin, resident owner and trainer at Caber Farm in Onalaska, Washington, which is also home to an Area VIII USEA horse trials. Having ridden up to the CCI2* level over 10 years ago, this will be John’s first start at Intermediate again in a number of years. He’ll be riding Armed Services, a horse who stepped up to the Preliminary level in 2015.

Cornelia Dorr and Louis M at Jersey Fresh. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Groton House Farm H.T. – Hamilton, MA (Area I) – Intermediate/Preliminary

This destination event in the heart of Area I is celebrating its 40th anniversary, kicking off with dressage today as they continue the tradition of running a three-day event. This will be something of homecoming for two Area I natives, Jeanie Clarke and Cornelia Dorr, who are both contesting the I/P division along with nine other strong competitors.

Jeanie grew up riding Groton, Massachusetts (about an hour away from Groton House Farm — don’t let the names confuse you!) and moved to Florida permanently in 2012. Jeanie hasn’t competed in Area I since 2013, but she’s making the trek up north with Head for More. Cornelia grew up riding in Hamilton and is bringing her new mount, the legendary Louis M, to Groton House for the first time.

Anna Loschiavo and Prince Renan have returned again this year to defend their title as last year’s I/P winners. Anna is riding two horses in the division this year, the other being Fernhill Swatch, who has had an excellent spring with Anna as well, placing in the top three of their last three events.

Waylon Roberts and Bill Owen at the Pan Am Games. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Fox River Valley Pony Club Horse Trials – Barrington, IL (Area IV) –Intermediate/Preliminary

Fox River is hosting the smallest I/P division with four entries this weekend, and among the entrants are Elizabeth Scheltema and Bill Owen. Bill Owen is a former ride of Waylon Roberts, who competed the horse on the Canadian team that won bronze at the 2015 Pan American Games. Now Bill Owen is showing his new rider the ropes, taking her up to Preliminary last spring and now testing the waters of the upper levels this weekend.

Melanie Rousseau and Sullivan should give them a run for their money; this pair finished in the top 10 in the CIC2* at Fair Hill this April.

Alex Baugh and Ballingowan Pizazz at NAJYRC in 2016. Photo by JJ Sillman.

Midsouth Pony Club H.T. – Lexington, KY (Area VIII) – Intermediate/Preliminary

Thirteen competitors will be leaving the startbox to gallop through the bluegrass and contest this division, of which two riders have previously tackled four-star fences over the same grounds.

Sydney Conley Elliott has spent the past year getting to know Carol Stephens’ QC Diamantaire, and the pair have achieved good results at the Prelim level and at Intermediate, which they stepped up to at Rocking Horse earlier it the year. Consistently scoring in the low 30s at the National level and with very few jump penalties on their record, they’ll be a pair to watch in the future.

The second four-star rider in this division is Allie Knowles, who will be piloting Katherine O’Brien’s Ramsey as she continues to make her comeback from injuries sustained in a fall at Red Hills in March. This pair is the most experienced pair of the bunch, as Allie acquired the ride on Ramsey over the winter from Emily Hamel, who competed the horse to the CCI3* level.

Also in the mix are Alexandra Baugh and Ballingowan Pizazz, who won this division last year, placed fourth overall in the 2016 NAJYRC CH-J*, and also already have two Intermediate wins this year.

Phillip Dutton and I’m Sew Ready at Rolex Kentucky. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Surefire H.T. – Purcellville, VA (Area II) – Intermediate

The Intermediate division at Surefire Horse Trials is easily the most competitive this weekend with 30 entrants, many of whom are professional riders. While there are too many to note, a few stick out. Phillip Dutton has two rides in this division, Fernhill Singapore and I’m Sew Ready, who is returning to competition after a 10th-place finish at Kentucky CCI4* earlier this year.

Boyd Martin has three rides in the division: Barry, Contessa and Polaris. This will be Polaris’ first competitive run with Boyd in the irons, having been competed to the CCI3* level by Sara Moore.

Morgan Rowsell leads guests on a walk of brand new course at Moorland Farm. Photo via Essex Horse Trials on Facebook.

Also of note this weekend is the return of the Essex Horse Trials, which is being revived after a nearly 20-year hiatus. The new event will take place at Moorland Farms in Far Hills, New Jersey, and a number of well-known riders will be competing. Stay tuned for more coverage from Essex.

No matter where you are in the country, there are plenty of reasons to go eventing this weekend! Check today’s News & Notes post for all the links to entries, ride times and results at every USEA horse trials running throughout the country.

#FantasyFarmThursday: Boyd Martin’s Former Aiken Training Base on the Market

Photo courtesy of bridlecreekfarm.com

You may be familiar with our sister site Horse Nation’s #FantasyFarmThursday, and this week we’re bringing you a very special EN Fantasy Farm right here in the form of Bridle Creek Farm in Aiken, SC.

Bridle Creek Farm was established in 2008 and was designed with the active equestrian competitor in mind. The 44.7 acre facility boasts a gorgeous nine-stall main barn along with two other shed row barns for a total of 14 stalls on the property in addition to ample turnout. For human living space, the main house is divided into a 2,200 square-foot owner’s apartment and an 800 square-foot guest apartment, which could be used for a resident trainer.

Photo courtesy of bridlecreekfarm.com

What will truly catch an eventer’s eye, however, is the riding space. With both a dedicated jump ring and a dedicated dressage arena (with mirrors!) you’ll never have to worry about making sure your grid doesn’t encroach on someone else’s 20 meter circle again.

The real crown jewel of this property may well be its very own cross country course designed by the one-and-only Eric Bull in collaboration with Boyd Martin. The 10-acre irrigated field offers beautifully constructed fences with questions for all levels of training. And just when you think you’ve seen everything the property has to offer, you’ll find that it backs up to miles of trails for hacking as well as a community gallop lane.

Photo courtesy of bridlecreekfarm.com

Bridle Creek Farm was the winter base for Boyd’s operation for several years and has since been home to other notable riders including Lillian Heard, Caitlin Silliman and Megan Perry. Many more familiar names of the eventing community have trained out of the facility as it has hosted Developing Rider and High Performance training sessions in past years.

Photo courtesy of bridlecreekfarm.com

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Saturday Links from Tipperary

A summer evening well spent. Photo via @bri.eventing on Instagram

Well I was probably a little overdue to take a digger, frankly. I don’t actually remember when the last time I fell off was, but I forgot how stiff I’d be the next day. No worries though, I am otherwise no worse for the wear and at least I gave my trainer a good laugh! I gave my pony a little pop with the crop as we were going over a little 2’3″ barrel and I’m not sure if I surprised her or offended her, but she blasted off over that jump and launched me right over her neck. Can’t say the pony doesn’t have some springs!

Luhmühlen Links: WebsiteEntriesScheduleXC Starting OrderLive ScoresFEI TVEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Action:

Feather Creek Farm HT: [Website] [Ride Times & Live Scores]

Golden Spike HT: [Website] [Ride Times & Live Scores]

Come Again Farm Fathers Day HT: [Website] [Ride Times & Live Scores]

Bucks County Park HT: [Website] [Ride Times & Live Scores]

Silverwood Farm Spring HT: [Website] [Ride Times]

Seneca Valley Pony Club Spring HT: [Website] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Full Gallop Farm June HT: [Website] [Ride Times]

Great Vista HT: [Website] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

War Horse Event Series June HT: [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

Saturday Links:

Angela Bowles: Let’s All Work As A Team To Make Our Sport Of Eventing Better

Announcing 2017 USEA Young Event Horse Championships Details

William Micklem: Unshrouding Misunderstood Dressage Terms (H&H VIP and worth the subscription!)

Riders react to Mike Etherington-Smith’s first Luhmühlen cross-country course: ‘Not the most testing, but you can still trip up’

An Open Letter to My Horse Dad

Addressing Unwanted Behavior in Performance Mares

Heat Advisory for Horses

Saturday Video:

Holy. Cuteness.

#crosscountrymachines #BarbieandLuciaTakeSpringRun ❤️#eventingnation #horsenation #ponypower

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