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

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Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: Times are Tough for OTTBs

Like many other industries across America, Thoroughbred Racing is taking a hard hit from the effects of COVID-19. Several tracks across the country have cancelled their spring seasons and with fewer races to run horses in, owners and trainers have a diminished earning potential. Because of this we expect to see an uptick in horses looking for new homes and second careers as connections may be looking to offload some horses from their string in order to cut costs.

That means that Thoroughbred Aftercare is going to be under some extra stress during this time as well. With an influx of new horses to take in expected, now is a great time to take home an OTTB and give then a fresh start. Here are three adoptable horses looking for their person:

Kid Holiday. Photo via Friends of Ferdinand.

Kid Holiday (MAJESTICPERFECTION – LOTTA CANDY KISSES, BY LEMON DROP KID): 2016 15.2-hand Kentucky-bred gelding

Kid Holiday came to Friends of Ferdinand last fall as an unbroken 3-year-old colt. He’s been gelded and has been started on the long line and under saddle all within the past couple of months.He’ll need to be taken on by someone with experience starting young, green horses, but having never been raced trained he’s a true blank slate with the potential to do anything his adopter wants to.

Located near Dayton, Ohio.

View Kid Holiday on Friends of Ferdinand Inc.

O’Prado Ole. Photo via Second Stride.

O’Prado Ole (ENGLISH CHANNEL – MEXICAN MOONLIGHT, BY EL PRADO (IRE)): 2010 17-hand Kentucky-bred stallion

We don’t have a ton of information on this handsome horse at this time, but he clearly exudes class and athleticism. His race record backs that assumption up as a Multiple Graded Stakes Placed horses with $234,073 earned in 25 career starts. O’Prado Ole hasn’t raced since 2016, but appears sound upon arrival at Second Stride and show fabulous movement as well. O’Prado Ole is still intact at this time, but is scheduled for gelding.

Located in Prospect, Kentucky.

View O’Prado Ole on Second Stride Inc.

Hunca Rock. Photo via New Vocations Racehorse Adoption.

Hunca Rock (ROCK SLIDE – HUNCA MUNCA, BY YARROW BRAE): 2014 16.0-hand Maryland-bred gelding

Hunca Rock, or “Bubba” as he’s known around the barn, definitely makes for some good eye-candy! He’s more than just a good-looking dude though, he’s a sweet, well-mannered guy and is an in-your-pocket type who loves attention and treats. Bubba retired from the track with a mild bow after his last race in January, but has a very good prognosis and is available for adoption for a very reduced to a qualified person who’s willing to continue the rest of his rehab. Once he’s healed, he should be well-suited for anything — even eventing!

Located in Hummelstown, Pennsylvania.

View Hunca Rock on New Vocations Racehorse Adoption.

Saturday Links from Nupafeed USA

Baking is a very popular hobby being taken up by many people right now, likely thanks to the many baking competition shows available on Netflix mixed with a whole lot of new-found time stuck at home. Apparently, so many people are newly taking it up as a hobby that pantry staples like yeast and flour are also flying off store shelves and selling out online!

Andrew Hoy’s team is taking it to the next level with their own in-house competition, dubbed the Great Somerby Stables Bake Off and they’re finding out that some members of their staff have been hiding some latent cake decorating talent. Check out this awesome feed room inspired cake made by Team Hoy member Emily Hankinson.

National Holiday: National Vitamin C Day — Long thought to ward off colds and boost the immune system, this vitamin is probably on a lot of people’s minds right now! Eat an extra orange today to celebrate.

Saturday Links:

A Letter from Max Corcoran: Keeping The Glass Half-Full

Olympic Dreams Postponed: Sam Watson

Fair Hill Foundation Appoints Bruce Davidson and Frank McEntee to its Board of Directors

COVID-19 Economics Challenge the Horse Industry

Kentucky Governor: Need To See Virus Slow Down Before Considering Spectatorless Racing

Carl Hester, Scott Brash and Zara Tindall among host of stars baking, planking and painting for NHS

Just in on Jumper Nation: 5 Tips for Helping our Community Survive COVID-19

Saturday Video: So you think you have steady hands?

Little challenge for you equestrian in that boring timeHope it cheers you upI’d like to see you all doing that !!! Not that easy with 3 😂#StackingchallengeThanks Alisha Coombes for the name

Posted by Gaspard Maksud on Friday, April 3, 2020

Monday Video from CLM DWN: A Virtual Lesson with Beezie Madden

We can always learn a lot from our friends in other equestrian disciplines, particularly if that friend is a  our-time Olympian and four-time medalist in show jumping.

We’ve been enjoying Beezie Madden‘s The Madden Method videos here on Eventing Nation, and we’re delighted that Beezie is now inviting us to virtually sit in on some of the lessons she teaches. Beezie has long been a proponent of good flatwork and dressage basics as the best foundation for work over fences. If you’re missing lessoning on your own horse, which I’m sure you are, then take a peek into this group lesson which focuses on seat and hip angle on the flat and over cavalettis.

Of note: The lesson participants are members of Beezie’s crew who all have similar housing conditions. They are following applicable state and federal guidelines for social distancing.

Saturday Links from Nupafeed USA

Photo by Shana Rantala.

Back several years years ago when I first began eventing my horse, I stressed a lot about missing a day of riding and it felt like the end of the world if I wasn’t going to be able to keep to the training schedule I painstakingly planned to prep us for our first show of the season. But living in New England, it was just the nature of the beast that my training plan would nearly always be disrupted in the spring by a late-season Nor’Easter that dumped feet of snow or me catching a bad cold or the flu and being totally out of riding commission for a bit. I would stress and stress that my horse was going to forget everything she had ever learned during that week off, and every single time I got back on I’d be absolutely tickled that it felt like she hadn’t forgotten a thing and picked up right where we left off. Frankly, sometimes she felt even better than where we had left off!

If you’re dealing with having to give your horse an extended period of time off right now, sure, you might have to do a little extra low and slow work when you start back up to regain their fitness. But rest assured that they’ll still be there, ready and willing to work, maybe even with a bit of extra pep in their step, when the time comes to get back on. Take a deep breath. Not being able to ride right now isn’t the end of the world.

National Holiday: National Something on a Stick Day

Saturday Links:

When Your Barn Closes, Be Kind to Your Barn Owner

USEA Extends Suspension of Recognizing Events

A War Sans Cavalry: Horse Ownership in the Age of COVID-19

Mia Farley Awarded Amanda Pirie Warrington Grant

Appreciating Privilege And Perspective Amidst Coronavirus Anxiety

Event rider who recently gave birth recovering from serious injuries after fall

Featured Clinician: Lucinda Green

Saturday Video:

Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: New Vocations in the New Age

Creative solutions are the name of the game right now, as many of us responsibly abide by stay-at-home orders. We can’t do a lot of the things we’d like to do such as go out to dinner with friends, hit the mall or even go horse shopping. But, as we’re all discovering, all of these things are all still possible thanks to the wide world of technology that we have available to us today! And yes, even horse shopping is still possible!

New Vocation Racehorse Adoption is ready and willing to utilize FaceTime, Facebook Chat, Zoom, etc. to chat with potential adopters. They also recently slashed the adoption fees for many of the horses that they currently have, hoping to make some room to welcome more horses into their program as the COVID-19 situation continues.

Mira. Photo via New Vocations Racehorse Adoption.

Mira (RICHTER SCALE – OUR GIFT, BY GIFT OF GIB): 2015 16.0-hand Louisiana-bred gelding

Look at this handsome five-year-old! Nicknamed “Chad,” this good-looking gelding seems to be the total package in a plain bay wrapper. Chad will still need a little time to wind down and rest after his time on the track, where he made 10 career starts, but looks like a promising athlete ready to tackle whatever you put in front of him after he’s had a little let down. Chad has excellent ground manners and has been started with basic lunging and groundwork. He appears to be a clever horse with a zest for learning.

Located in Covington, Louisiana.

View Mira on New Vocations Racehorse Adoption.

Unnamed ’17 Winslet. Photo via New Vocations Racehorse Adoption.

Unnamed ’17 Winslet (TAPITURE – WINSLET, BY FIVE STAR DAY): 2017 16.0-hand Kentucky-bred gelding

Here’s a real blank slate for you — so much so, this gelding doesn’t even have a Jockey Club registered name. He’s been dubbed “America” by the staff at New Vocations and has quickly become a barn favorite thanks to his easy-going personality. He seems to be a steady mount under saddle so far and seems like a really fun young one to bring along.

Located in Ganesvroot, New York

View “America” on New Vocations Racehorse Adoption.

Infatuation. Photo via New Vocations Racehorse Adoption.

Infatuation (MISSION IMPAZIBLE – PINK LOLLIPOPS, BY SILVER DEPUTY): 2016 15.2-hand New York-bred mare

There’s a lot to love about Infatuation. This 15.2-hand girl is going to be the perfect pocket rocket type. “Maggie” has shown the New Vocations staff that she’s a forward ride with more ‘go’ than ‘whoa’ and she’s ready to blaze her way into a new career since coming off the track after eight career starts. She’s a sweet mare who gets along with others and loves having a job as well. Sounds like a perfect combination, really!

Located in Ganesvoort, NY.

View Infatuation on New Vocations Racehorse Adoption.

Monday Video from CLM DWN: Who Bucked it Best? With Laura Collett

Who doesn’t need a little laugh this afternoon? British five-star eventer Laura Collett had some pretty spicy horses when she legged her string back up and schooled them over fences for the first time after their winter break. Watch the video and then vote on which of Laura’s three mounts — London 52, Cleomina and Dacapo — displayed the most impressive acrobatics. Honestly though, the real winner of this contest is Laura’s incredible seat!

Monday News & Notes from Fleeceworks

Photo via Rocking Horse Stables on Facebook.

Right now it feels like we’re all having to reinvent ourselves just a little bit — even cross country courses, apparently! The folks at Rocking Horse Stables found a brilliant alternative use for their ditch, repurposing it as a way to do a little mechanic work without needing a car jack. Pretty brilliant, really!

National Holiday: National Puppy Day!

Monday News & Notes:

We will know the fate of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics within the next four weeks. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has given itself this deadline for making a decision. It seems that postponement is the most likely outcome rather than an outright cancelation, but holding a ‘scaled-down’ version of the Games is another option. [Tokyo 2020: IOC sets deadline for decision on Games amid coronavirus]

Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine has joined the fight against COVID-19. Dr. Gary Whittaker, a professor of virology in the College of Veterinary Medicine, is an expert on coronaviruses and is setting up a core of laboratories that seek to further the understand the virus with the home of creating future treatments and containment. [COVID-19 working group gears up]

Aiken is adjusting to a new normal as COVID-19 has disrupted some aspects of daily life. While Aiken Training Track continues to function mostly normally, the Equine Rescue of Aiken is taking a big hit as they field calls about taking in new horses while donations are dropping. Of course, many of the annual events that folks look forward to and stimulate the economy have had to be canceled or postponed as well. [Local equine community adjusting to, coping with new coronavirus reality]

We’d really like John Kyle to get in on this commentating action. With no live sports to cover, this commentator is using his skills to bring a little color to some everyday activities. Can we get an everyday equine life version, John, pretty please? [This commentator’s got no live sport so he’s commentating on everyday life and it’s brilliant]

Monday Featured Video: A message and update from Elisa Wallace:

Dealing with Coronavirus

Be safe and do your part as a citizen of the world.

Posted by Elisa Wallace Eventing on Sunday, March 22, 2020

Saturday Links from Nupafeed USA

Spoiler alert: 2019 Carolina International CCI4*-S winners Liz Halliday-Sharp and Fernhill By Night. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Thirsty for some eventing action? Yeah, we are too. Thankfully here’s a little something, kind of a consolation if you will: EQSportsNet will be re-airing the CCI4*-S division of the 2019 Carolina International today at 3 PM EST via Facebook Live. It may not be the live-action eventing we were all originally planning on this weekend, but it’s a great little treat right now!

National Holiday: Common Courtesy Day

Saturday Links:

Horse Show Service Providers Want You To Know: They’re Not OK

H&H eventing editor’s blog: a love letter to a lost Badminton – and is the Olympics next?

Japanese Olympic Committee official calls for postponement of 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Horse Owner Help During COVID-19

From the Ground Up with Tik Maynard: Part One

Just in on Jumper Nation: COVID-19: Is Your Barn Closed? Part One

Saturday Video: I think think sums up how things are going right now rather well:

Posted by Doug Aoki on Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Monday Video from CLM DWN: A Mare’s Guide to Social Distancing

The perfect description of a mare’s “love language” 😅Allyson Lockhart Thomas Armstrong

Posted by Ashley Wyss on Saturday, March 7, 2020

Social distancing is hard and unnatural, but necessary right now. It’s the one thing we all have control over that will help #flattenthecurve and slow the spread of COVID-19, buying our healthcare system time to adapt and treat patients to the best of their ability without being totally inundated all at once. For a fabulous explanation of why and how social distancing works, check out this Washington Post article.

Since social distancing can be a bit awkward for us humans, let’s take our cues from creatures who already have a healthy regard for personal space: mares. This mare, in particular, is happy to show you exactly how close you’re allowed to to get. Six feet, please!

Saturday Links from Nupafeed USA

Photo via MM Events, LLC on Facebook.

Pine Top knows what prize the people really want! Seriously, I can understand why hand sanitizer is such a hot commodity right not, but I truly do not understand the stockpiling of toilet paper. I think anyone who has ever peed in a stall will tell you, going without isn’t going to kill you. I’m not saying it’s great, but it just seems like there are more important things to worry about.

National Holiday: Pi Day

U.S. Weekend Action:

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

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

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

Saturday Links:

Rolling Updates: Equestrian Events Canceled/Modified Due to COVID-19

A Letter from the USEF President and CEO Regarding USEF Licensed Competitions – Updated with Clarification for Eventers

The Horse World Should Do Its Part To Help Slow The Spread Of Coronavirus

Safety Concepts for Every Ride: Simulations for Reducing Cross-Country Rotational Falls

British Eventing admits problems with new online entries system

Flags, Falls And Frangible Pins: Thoughts From The FEI Eventing Risk Management Seminar

Saturday Video:

Wednesday Video from Kentucky Performance Products: The Buzz About Manuka Honey

We’ll take every opportunity to learn from the best, so we love that Jackie Potts, award-winning Head Groom to William Fox Pitt, is sharing some of her trick of the trade via the Fox Pitt Equestrian YouTube Channel.

This week she talks to us about Manuka honey, which is a honey native to New Zealand and Australia and well-regarded for its antibacterial properties. Jackie finds its use for treating wounds particularly useful for two reasons: First, she’s noted that the hair over the wound tends to grow back pigmented as opposed to white. Second, it can safely be used at the corners of the mouth if you notice a horse is starting to get bit rubs.

Thanks for sharing, Jackie!

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Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: Horses with a Head Start

Interested in an off-the-track Thoroughbred without actually taking them off the track yourself? This week’s OTTB Wishlist is for you! Our three featured horses this week all have a jump on their training for their second career. They’ve gotten an excellent start to their retraining thanks to the aftercare programs or current homes that they are with and are ready to show you what they’ve got! Bring one of them home and leave the start box with them sooner rather than later:

Diamond Junior. Photo via MidAtlantic Horse Rescue.

Diamond Junior (OVERANALYZE – MS GOOD CAT, BY TALE OF THE CAT): 2015 16.0-hand Kentucky-bred gelding

The folks at MAHR honestly can’t figure out how this great gelding is still available! Diamond Junior, known around the barn as “Jack,” came to MAHR straight from his racing connections last year and is a 2019 Thoroughbred Makeover graduate, where he competed in the show hunters division. Jack has a great brain and is just as rideable out in a field as he is in an arena. He handled the atmosphere of the Makeover wonderfully, but is a little bit too keen to the fences make for a hunter — he’d definitely prefer to be an eventer or show jumper! Just from one picture you can see the he’s allergic to wood and hates to touch a rail. Be sure to check out the most recent video of him in a jump school.

Located in Warwick, Maryland.

View Diamond Jack on MidAtlantic Horse Rescue.

Heading to Boca. Photo via Friends of Ferdinand.

Heading to Boca (MAJESTIC WARRIOR – CROSSTOWN TRAFFIC, BY GOOD AND TOUGH): 2011 16.3-hand Indiana-bred gelding

This handsome tall hunk of a gelding needs someone to give him a job! Boca is an athletically gifted guy who enjoys working, but he can be hard on himself if she doesn’t answer the question right the first time. He’ll therefore flourish best with a rider who can be a confident, tactful and encouraging. On the ground, he’ll try to get away with some naughty behavior if you let him, but if you present yourself as the leader and gain his trust then he’ll be a perfect gentleman. The Friends of Ferdinand staff say this horse is real trier and will excel in whatever he’s asked if you can show him patience and dedication. Check out his most recent jumping video!

Located near McCordsville/ Fortville, Indiana.

View Heading to Boca on Friends of Ferdinand.

Olympic Thunder. Photo via New Vocations Racehorse Adoption.

Olympic Thunder (DURBAN THUNDER (BRZ) – CUTE LITTLE BEAR (BRZ), BY ROY): 2008 16.1-hand Brazilian-bred gelding

Olympic Thunder was originally adopted from New Vocations in 2015, but unfortunately is seeking re-homing due to allergies he is experiencing in the coastal South Carolina region. “Thunder” developed an allergy to biting gnats (“no-see ums”) about three years ago, which is now affecting him year round and his veterinarian recommended that he live in an area where these insects are not as prevalent. His adopter is very regrettably searching for a new home for her beloved horse, but knows it’s the right thing to do for him. In their time together, they have done hunter/jumpers, evented, and even ridden trails through the mountains in Dupont Forest. Thunder has no vices, is sound and has no other health issue aside from the insect allergies. He still has loads of potential as an athletic partner, but also the temperament to enjoy a slower lifestyle. He is currently being used in an equine-assisted psychotherapy program working with at-risk youth.

Located in South Carolina.

View Olympic Thunder on New Vocations Racehorse Adoption.

Monday Video from CLM DWN: Ride Red Hills (and Hear the Post-Ride Analysis) with Elisa Wallace

Elisa Wallace and Susan Day’s Sharp Decision made easy work of the CCI2*-S cross country at Red Hills over the weekend, finishing 16th overall in a competitive division. As always, Elisa had her GoPro on for the ride, and let’s just take a moment to marvel at how far the helmet cam technology has come in recent years. This has to be some of the smoothest helmet cam footage we’ve ever seen!

This helmet cam is a bit of a treat, as we also get to hear Elisa break down her ride with Briggs Surrat, who also contested the CCI2*-S with Corture, as the GoPro keeps rolling.

Red Hills International: WebsiteRide TimesLive ScoresEN’s Coverage, EN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

Monday News & Notes from Fleeceworks

Double trouble! Photo via Annelies van den Broek on Facebook.

Looks like it’s going to be double trouble on the dressage circuit in the next decade. Late last week, Dutch dressage trainer and breeder Annelies van den Broek welcomed KWPN twins by the dressage legend Totilas out of her mare D. Obertje. Both foals, one colt and one filly, and their mother are doing well so far. Fingers crossed for these little ones!

National Holiday: National Get Over It Day

U.S. Weekend Results: 

Red Hills International H.T. (FL) [Website] [Final Scores]

Full Gallop Farm March H.T. (SC) [Website] [Final Scores]

Southern Pines H.T. (NC) [Website] [Final Scores]

Monday News & Notes:

The eventing community continues to mourn the death of Kat Morel and her horse Kerry On, and her home community in particular is still is state of shock and grief. Those close to her remember her as a goal-driven woman who was “the life of the party and was always helping people.” Kerry On’s stall at Sherwood Park Sandridge Stables has been filling with flowers in memorial for the pair. [‘Still in shock’ over death of rider Kat Morel]

15-year-old eventer Finley Hughes from New South Wales, Australia share her story about mental health. After the death of her beloved first horse, Finley found her anxiety spiraling out of control. Throughout her recovery, she drew support from the equestrian community and found that it was OK to enjoy time with her current horse without the pressure of taking lessons or competing. [Junior Rider Speaks Out About Mental Health]

Another opportunity to contest a CCI1*-L is coming to the Ocala International 3-Day Festival. Their jam-packed FEI lineup at the Festival of Eventing, which takes place April 8 – 12, also already includes CCI2*-L and CCI3*-L. And not to leave the national levels out of the fun, there’s prize money offered in the jackpot classes! Jackpot classes are offered at every national level, which for the Festival is Novice through Advanced/Intermediate. [Ocala International 3-Day Festival of Eventing]

Monday Featured Video: So close to the first benchmark goal of 100k!

Saturday Links from Nupafeed USA

Don’t forget to mind your melon today and every day! Photo via EN archives (because why wouldn’t we have an archived photo of a cat with a melon on its head?)

March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month and the Jockeys’ Guild will be raising awareness for this super-relevant cause by declaring today Brain Injuries Awareness Day and having jockeys in major stakes races across the country wear blue arm bands. Here at EN, we’re strong proponents of wearing your helmet every ride, every time. We also hope that the research being done to increase the safety of our sport will extend to further develop even safer, more effective helmets. Mind your melons, everyone!

National Holiday: It’s also National Flapjack Day, which is what your brain will be if you don’t wear your helmet.

U.S. Weekend Action: 

Red Hills International H.T. (FL) [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Full Gallop Farm March H.T. (SC) [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Southern Pines H.T. (NC) [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Saturday Links:

USEF Letter to the Members Regarding the Coronavirus Outbreak

US eventing community acts to improve safety after rider’s death

Coronavirus: Smaller FEI Sports Forum goes online; what about the Olympics?

Revealed: The secret to getting your horse on the bit, naturally

Mary Quarles: USEA’s Volunteer of the Month presented by Athletux

New grassroots eventing team competition introduced

From Untacked: From Stable To Shelf (Breyer Animal Creations)

Saturday Video:

Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: Another Herd of Bays

They may all share that (mostly) plain brown wrapper, but they come in all shapes and sizes and from all over North America, from Ontario to Louisiana! There’s something for everyone here in this edition of OTTB Wishlist: a high-earning stakes-placed professional, a still-on-the-track five-year-old, and an unraced filly. Come and get ’em!

Smooth Talk. Photo via CANTER PA.

Smooth Talk (COURT VISION – SEDUCTION, BY VICE REGENT): 2015 16.1-hand Ontario-bred gelding

Photos don’t do this gorgeous gelding justice (even though it’s still visible that he’s hunk) but you really need to watch his jog video because WOW — that walk and trot! Smooth Talk is a horse that has that sought after natural hind end engagement, which means he’ll probably be a stunner in the first phase. It’s not all about the dressage though, of course, and his naturally powerful hind end paired with a lovely should makes it look like Smooth Talk could have some excellent jumping talent as well.

“Vinny,” as he’s known around the barn, isn’t a bad race horse — he’s earned $65,746 in 13 starts — but he prefers to run on synthetic tracks, which don’t operate for another few months in Pennsylvania. Rather than hang on to him until then, his trainer is offering him up for sale. Her loss could be your gain!

Located in Grantville, PA.

View Smooth Talk on CANTER PA.

Zapperini. Photo via New Vocations Racehorse Adoption.

Zapperini (GHOSTZAPPER – BOBBY’S BABE, BY SMART STRIKE): 2013 16.0-hand Kentucky-bred gelding

Zapperini has already proven himself as an athlete with lots of heart. This son of the famous Ghostzapper has ran in Stakes races up and down the east coast, winning $261,471 in 32 starts. On the ground, “Zane” has that been-there-done-that unflappable attitude that well-traveled race horses tend to have. He retired from racing sound and with know known injuries and he’s also a horse that really enjoys work and always has some pep in his step under saddle. Also described as a forward-thinking horse who’s curious and does well with new challenges, we can really see Zane excelling in eventing as a second career!

Located in Lexington, Kentucky.

View Zapperini on New Vocations Racehorse Adoption.

Charming Roberta. Photo via Second Stride Inc.

Charming Roberta (STAY THIRSTY – MUGWUMP, BY PLEASANT TAP): 2017 16.0-hand Louisiana-bred gelding

This young filly looks sweet and charming, indeed! Charming Roberta is un-raced, but does have published workouts, the most recent being February 29th of this year, so she is eligible for the RRP Thoroughbred Makeover if you’re an accepted trainer still looking for your horse. We don’t have too much information on this filly at this time since she’s a very new arrival at Second Stride, but we can see that she has a nice neck and shoulder and a very kind look in her eye.

Located in Prospect, Kentucky.

View Charming Roberta on Second Stride Inc.

Wednesday Video from Kentucky Performance Products: A New Kind of Jump Crew

Schaubild Asagao xx 👏

Posted by Stefanie Löhmann on Saturday, February 29, 2020

Who needs standards when you have a jump crew that can learn choreography?

There isn’t a lot of information to go along with this video, and I don’t speak German, but from what we can tell it appears that this horse is Asagao xx, a Thoroughbred stallion owned by Markus Hoffrogge who stands at stud at Krüsterhof in Voerde, Germany. Asagao xx has evented through the CCI2*-S level and seems to also have a penchant for showcases wherein he display a calm, cool and collected talent for jumping poles with human standards. That’s one focused horse and rider, along with a very brave and organized jump crew!

Fight back against an energy crisis that can impact condition and performance.

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Whether you have a hard keeper that needs extra calories to maintain his weight, or a top performance horse that needs cool energy to perform at her peak, Equi-Jewel can meet your horse’s energy needs. Equi-Jewel reduces the risk of digestive upset, supports optimal muscle function, maintains stamina, and helps horses recover faster after hard work, all while providing the calories your horse needs to thrive.

The horse that matters to you matters to us®.

Not sure which horse supplement best meets your horse’s needs? Kentucky Performance Products, LLC is here to help. Call 859-873-2974 or visit

Weekly OTTB Wishlist Presented by Cosequin: Rest In Peace, A.P. Indy

The racing — and sport horse — world lost a legend last month, with the passing of A.P. Indy at the age of 31. If you’ve ever looked up a Thoroughbred’s pedigree on Equineline, chances are that you’ll have seen his name a generation or two back. The stately stallion, who won close to $3 million in 11 races, has been an influential sire for many other race horses and sport horses alike.

There are a number of his progeny running around cross country courses across the nation; for example, if we take a quick look at the Retired Racehorse Project’s user-driven database the Thoroughbred Sport Tracker, there are 60 horses who have A.P. Indy for a grandsire out of the 991 registered as eventers. Of course, we can point out a few particularly recognizable event horse names as well such as Andrea Baxter’s Indy 500 (My Gifted Indyanna), Phillip Dutton’s Sea of Clouds, Leah Lang-Gluscic’s AP Prime, and Jon Holling’s Ragtime Rebel.

In honor of A.P. Indy, this week we’re featuring three geldings who can trace their lineage to one of the most notable stallions of all time:

Shipsandgoods. Photo via New Vocations Racehorse Adoption.

Shipsandgoods (PATRIOT ACT – AIR MAIL, BY GULCH): 2013 16.0-hand New York-bred gelding

With A.P. Indy as his grandsire, Shipsandgoods made 30 career starts over the last four years though he only earned a modest $55,731 in total. Known around the barn as “Captain,” this came to New Vocations through NYTHA’s TAKE THE LEAD Program and they’ve found him to be a friendly and personable horse who enjoys attention. He’s also a forward moving and forward thinking ride who has the making of a great sport horse with consistent training.

Located in Gansevoort, New York.

View Shipsandgoods on New Vocations Racehorse Adoption.

Garey Park. Photo via Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center.

Garey Park (TRAPPE SHOT – EVANGELICAL, BY SPEIGHTSTOWN): 2014 15.3-hand New York-bred gelding

Garey Park made his way to the Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center directly from his owner and race trainer, who wanted to be sure their horse had only the best opportunity at a second career after his 21 races and $50,243 in winnings. Being a Tapit grandson, A.P. Indy is four generations back in his pedigree. This six-year-old is described as having a “busy mind.” He doesn’t have a lot of confidence in his new environment yet, but his caretakers can tell that eventually he’ll thrive in an environment with lots of interesting new questions and challenges as he’s naturally curious and loves learning.

Located in Lexington, Kentucky.

View Garey Park on Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center.

Total Access. Photo via CANTER Maryland.

Total Access (FREEDOM CHILD – MORE EVERYTHING, BY GHOSTZAPPER): 2017 16.1-hand Texas-bred gelding

Total Access looks like the total package with his fun flashy chrome and lovely sport horse type. According to his connections he’s completely sound and has no injuries as he “doesn’t run fast enough to hurt himself.” He earned $24,640 in his 12 career starts. Total Access’ grandsire, Malibu Moon, who is a son of A.P. Indy, is said be a sought after event horse sire.

Located in Maryland.

View Total Access on CANTER Maryland.

Monday News & Notes from Fleeceworks

Megan Sykes and Kaylawna Smith-Cook both completed their first Advanced at Twin Rivers this weekend. Congratulations, ladies! Photo via Heather Morris.

There are numerous reasons that we chose to pursue this crazy sport, and each and every one of us has our own. Primarily, I think it’s a love and a deep respect for the amazing, trusting animals that are our partners, but the human friendships are another very beautiful thing that come from this sport. Many of the friendships that I have made through eventing and through horses in general are ones that I’ll carry with me forever.

I lost a friend last year to a cross country accident, so I’m thinking especially of Katharine’s friends and family right now. It’s very hard, if not impossible to find solace at this time, but may it be a very small consolation to know that the greater eventing community stands by you right now and even though we have experienced several horrible, heartbreaking tragedies within the past year, there is still beauty to be found in this sport.

National Holiday: World Teen Mental Wellness Day

U.S. Weekend Results:

Grand Prix Eventing at Bruce’s Field [Website] [Final Scores]

Twin River Winter H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]

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

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

Sporting Days Farm March H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]

Your Monday News & Notes:

We want the mainstream news to shine the limelight on our sport more, but not for this reason. USA Today reports on the death of Katharine Morel and her horse Kerry On, who passed away as a result of a rotational at Rocking Horse this weekend and we are deeply mourning. They spoke with Equestrian Canada high performance director James Hoold. [Canadian equestrian rider Katharine Morel, horse Kerry On die following fall in competition]

Last chance to show your support for Kailey Giancola with a #RideForKailey shirtsaddle pad or C4 belt! Ordering closes on Monday, March 2, at midnight. We are all rooting for 25-year-old Kailey, who is in rehabilitation at The Shepherd Center in Atlanta after suffering a severe brain stem injury in mid-December. We are very thankful for the daily updates via her CaringBridge online journal here. Other ways to support Kailey and her family in this difficult time include making a donation to her medical expense fund GoFundMe here.

The 2020 Land Rover Horse of the Year Show, one of New Zealand’s largest equestrian events, kicks off at the beginning of next week. Three kiwi Olympic great will be taking part in the competition — Blyth Tait, Jock Paget and Clarke Johnstone — will all be competing, but only Clarke will be making a push to represent his country in Tokyo. Clarke has already qualified Balmoral Sensation, and will be looking to qualify a second mount: High Aces. [Kiwi eventer Clarke Johnstone launches Olympic campaign from Land Rover Horse of the year show]

Monday Featured Video: Because who could resist a horse named Appletini? Great ride, Anna!

Saturday Links from Nupafeed USA

Libby Head and Sir Rockstar fly over the Cottesmore Leap — the most famous leap we can think of! Photo via Libby on Facebook.

It comes around once every four years — Happy February 29th, a.k.a. Leap Day! Do we have any citizens of Eventing Nation out there celebrating birthdays today? What about event horses born on this date? Let us know and allow us to be the first to wish you the happiest of birthdays!

National Holiday: Leap Day

Grand Prix Eventing at Bruce’s Field: WebsiteLive ScoresEntry StatusTicketsLive StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s InstagramEN’s Twitter

U.S. Weekend Action:

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

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

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

Sporting Days Farm March H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Saturday Links:

Sir Mark Todd to race against Irish Eventing riders at Dundalk Stadium in Event Riders Challenge Race

How horses see the world: Jump colours need a rethink, say researchers

The Value of Preventive Performance Exams for Your Sporthorse

A Comparison of Smartphone-Based ECGs for Horses

New joint approach for British Olympic equestrian disciplines

Saturday Video:  Tokyo is the first Olympics and Paralympics to create animated pictograms for each sport. You can check out each Equestrian discipline starting at 1:23 in the video below!

Wednesday Video from Kentucky Performance Products: Introducing Let It Be Lee

Five-star eventer Elisa Wallace has a new upper-level partner in her string. Introducing Let It Be Lee, a 12-year-old Thoroughbred gelding (Bernstein X Sugaree, by Broad Brush) owned by Donna Biggs and Rosemarie Spillane. “Lee” raced under his Jockey Club name Leerider, making 12 career starts and earning almost $13,000 before coming off the track in 2011, and has previous eventing experience with Kyle Carter who produced him up to the Intermediate/ CCI3* level.

After first trying out Lee in December, the new team got their first run together under their belts with an outing at the Preliminary level at Three Lakes Winter I H.T. before stepping up to Intermediate at Rocking Horse Winter II where they finished in 10th place on a score of 50.4. Elisa shared this video of their first Intermediate together and walks us through each phase and how she’s working on building a relationship with her new partner. Good luck Elisa and Lee — we can’t wait to see you out and about more this season!

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Monday Video from CLM DWN: Getting Glam Squad with Amanda Ross

Who’s ready for a spa day? Many of us may still be pulling our horses out of fields after a nice long off-season vacation and after this well-earned downtime they can sometimes look just a bit, erm, feral.

That’s where many of these quick grooming tips from Amanda Ross, an Australian eventer whose season is currently in full swing, come in. Starting with touch ups on the bridle path, whiskers, tail, saddle patch (I didn’t realize there was a name for this!) and dealing with an unruly mane with various thicknesses, she shows us her number one tips for going glam squad on a horse who’s just coming back into work. Plus, she shares tricks of the trade on creating everyone’s favorite fancy fanny art: quarter marks, of course!

Monday News & Notes from Fleeceworks

The littlest volunteer was put to work as official divet-stomper of Fence 6! Photo via Kimberly Neumeyer on Facebook.

I’d like to take a moment to send a shoutout to all of the organizers and volunteers at Pine Top Farm this weekend who played a part in running their annual Advanced H.T. A massive event, which hosts Novice through Advanced levels, and many sections within those levels, over the course of three days — I was getting tired just writing the event recap, I can hardly imagine what it takes to actually run the show. Plus, everyone had the rainy weather over the proceeding week to deal with and some schedule shuffling (no easy feat!) was necessary to make sure all divisions were able to run safely on good footing. We salute you, Pine Toppers!

National Holiday: National Tortilla Chip Day

U.S. Weekend Results:

Pine Top Farm Advanced H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]

Three Lakes Winter II H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]

Midweek U.S. Action:

Full Gallop February II [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Your Monday News & Notes:

The name of an Olympic-qualified horse has put its country in jeopardy of losing their spot. Usman Khan would be the first ever Pakistani equestrian to compete the in Olympics, having qualified with Azad Kashmir, a 13-year-old New Zealand Thoroughbred, to earn one of two individual spots in Group F (Africa and the Middle East.) The horse shares its name with the territory of Kashmir, which is currently under Pakistan’s control, but is disputed to belong to India. The Indian Olympic Association may lodge a formal complaint with the IOC, as they find the horse’s name politically sensitive. [What’s in a Name? Plenty, it would appear, if you ride for Pakistan]

Grant application for Badminton CCI5*-L and Luhmühlen CCI5*-L are now open for U.S. FEI Registered Eventing Athletes. Applications are due by March 27, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. EST. (though be mindful that the closing date for Badminton is March 19) and can be accessed through the USEF Athlete Dashboard. The grants are generously funded through the USET Foundation’s Jacqueline B. Mars Competition and Training Grants and Karen E. Stives Endowment Grants. [Grant Opportunities now available]

Monday Featured Video: Take a quick little escape from reality and picture yourself here …

Riding on the beach in Saint Thomas, US Virgin Islands while on vacation. I am riding Ultra(after the beer, Michelob), part of a horse sanctuary on this small beautiful island. All the horses here are rescues, mostly thoroughbreds from the track that can no longer race. Wonderful experience

Posted by Rana Kelton Hasman on Sunday, February 23, 2020