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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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Meg Kepferle and Anakin at Bromont in 2017. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

I’m starting to get really amped up to head across the border to cover the MARS Bromont CCI in two weeks time. Bromont has been one of my bucket list events to get to for a long time — the area looks simply gorgeous and I won’t lie, I’m pretty excited to get my hands on some poutine. Check out the entries here — looks like a great field!

U.S. Weekend Action:

VHT International & H.T. (Lexington, Va.): [Website] [Schedule] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Scoring] [Volunteer]

Spring Coconino H.T. (Flagstaff, Az.): [Website] [Entries/Ride Times/Scoring] [Volunteer]

Equestrians’ Institute H.T. (Cle Elum, Wa.): [Website] [Entries/Ride Times/Scoring] [Volunteer]

Flora Lea Spring H.T. (Medford, NJ): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Scoring]

May-Daze at The Park H.T. (Lexington, Ky.): [Website] [Entries/Ride Times/Scoring] [Volunteer]

Mill Creek Pony Club H.T. (Kansas City, Mo.): [Website] [Entries/Ride Times/Scoring] [Volunteer]

Mystic Valley Hunt Club H.T. (Gales Ferry, Ct.): [Website]

Willow Draw Charity Show (Weatherford, Tx.): [Website] [Entries/Ride Times/Scoring]

The Spring Event at Woodside (Woodside, Ca.): [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Scoring] [Volunteer]

Major International Events:

Barefoot Retreats Houghton Hall CCIO4*-S: [Website] [Info Hub] [Entries] [Scoring]

Saturday Links:

Play versus Work: A Mindset and a Process for Improving the Relationship with Your Horse

Ask Us: When and How Should I Intervene With the Vet/Farrier?

Feed to Reduce Ulcer Risk Before Riding

Is your bridle a proper fit for your horse? Find out in free webinar

NSAID Safety In Horses

Saturday Video: Get ready for a few good groaners

 

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World Equestrian Brands Pick of the Week:

Monday Video: Meet the Fisherman Horses of Belgium

Let’s learn about something a little different on this fine Monday. We all know that many of our equestrian sports have evolved from the use of horses in daily-life over the course of history. From cavalry to farming to logging, horses have a hoof in the development of civilization as we know it. But have you ever heard of horses being used to go fishing?

Now you have. In this latest installment of the FEI’s RIDE video series, we meet a family who has kept the tradition of shrimp fishing using horses alive on the southwestern coast of Belgium for generations. While shrimp fishing draft horses might seem like a far cry from the event horses that we’re used to, we can always learn from appreciating other forms of equestrianism. After all, there are always commonalities when it comes to horsemanship and giving horses a job.

For example, one particularly relevant similarity between these fishermen and anyone looking to do right by their sport horses is their attention to the care of their horses in a way that supports their longevity and ability to comfortably do their job — whether it’s dragging a shrimp net or jumping big solid fences. Anyone with a love of horses and a passion for keeping a long-standing tradition alive can appreciate that.

Sunday Links from Fairfax & Favor

 

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Looks who’s got some new kicks! Emily Hamel received a very special delivery of a certain blue box containing her chosen prize from winning our coveted Golden Chinch style award for Badminton. Now she’s rocking a pair of mahogany leather heeled Regina boots from Fairfax & Favor out and about! Looking good, Emily!

U.S. Weekend Action:

Chattahoochee Hills H.T. / USEA Intercollegiate Championships (Fairburn, Ga.): [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Scoring] [Volunteer]

Fair Hill International H.T. (Elkton, Md.): [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Scoring] [Volunteer]

Hunt Club Farms H.T. (Berryville, Va.): [Website] [Entries] [Scoring] [Volunteer]

Otter Creek Spring H.T. (Wheeler, Wi.): [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Scoring] [Volunteer]

Spring Gulch H.T. (Littleton, Co.): [Website] [Entries/Ride Times] [Scoring] [Volunteer]

Sunday Links:

Former Intercollegiate Champion Auburn University on Track for 2022 Champion Title

What is your horse afraid of? Noise anxiety examined in study

Black rider laments horse sport’s lack of diversity

‘Beautiful When A Plan Comes Together’: Early Voting Defeats Favored Epicenter In 147th Preakness

Journey to the Mongol Derby: Mental Preparation & Growth throughout COVID

Sunday Video: Ian Stark is all of us.

Fairfax & Favor Find of the Week:

 

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Saturday Links from World Equestrian Brands

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If I could do my whole college experience over again, I think there’s a strong chance I’d seek out a school with an Intercollegiate Eventing team — everybody always looks like they’re having the BEST time at Championships. I hear there’s a graduate student division now though so hmmm … maybe I’ll find myself there someday after all if I get the itch to go back to school!

U.S. Weekend Action:

Chattahoochee Hills H.T. / USEA Intercollegiate Championships (Fairburn, Ga.): [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Scoring] [Volunteer]

Fair Hill International H.T. (Elkton, Md.): [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Scoring] [Volunteer]

Hunt Club Farms H.T. (Berryville, Va.): [Website] [Entries] [Scoring] [Volunteer]

Otter Creek Spring H.T. (Wheeler, Wi.): [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Scoring] [Volunteer]

Spring Gulch H.T. (Littleton, Co.): [Website] [Entries/Ride Times] [Scoring] [Volunteer]

Saturday Links:

Fast Facts: 2022 USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships

Three Disciplines, Three Takes on the North American Youth Championships (And Why They’re Still Worth the Hype)

It’s About the Relationship: Managing Your Horse-Time

What’s Up With My Horse’s Hooves?

Push to create an easy, affordable test to identify racehorses at risk of breakdown

Saturday Video:

World Equestrian Brands Pick of the Week:

Monday Video: Ride the Pratoni Test Event With Andrew Hoy

Are you ready for a romp through the Italian countryside? Take a ride on Bloom des Hauts Crets, who was piloted by Australia’s Andrew Hoy in the World Championships test event at Pratoni del Vivaro this weekend.

“Bloom”, an 11-year-old Selle Francais mare owned by Odaria Finemore and Andrew, continued a streak of clear cross country jumping rounds and is now 15 for 15 in all of her FEI starts (thanks to some incredible riding by Andrew at a corner early on this course!) The pair finished their weekend in 28th position out of 56 competitors. You can check the full results here.

Our own Tilly Berendt was on site in Italy this weekend to cover the competition and take a good look at what course designer Giuseppe della Chiesa‘s World Championship course might have in store come September. The property, which was also the site for eventing at the 1960 Rome Olympics, is filled with undulating hills steep enough that the rolling terrain is easily visible through Andrew’s helmet cam video. You can also catch a few glimpses of the marathon obstacles being constructed, as Pratoni will also serve as the venue for Combined Driving!

Catch up on our full slate of Pratoni Test Event coverage here.

Pratoni 2022 Test Event: WebsiteScoresLive StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram, EN’s Coverage

Sunday Links from Fairfax & Favor

 

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We haven’t reached the solstice yet or even Memorial Day, but summer started yesterday in my world! My trainer has returned north from a winter in Aiken and I’m looking forward to the next few months being filled with sweat, fly spray, margaritas, and good horse and human company as my barn mates and I tackle the short Area I eventing season.

U.S. Weekend Action:

Tryon International Spring Three-Day Event (Mill Spring, Nc.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Scoring] [Volunteer]

Galway Downs Spring H.T. (Temecula, Ca.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Scoring] [Volunteer]

Hitching Post Farm H.T. (South Royalton, Vt.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Scoring] [Volunteer]

Majestic Oaks Ocala H.T. (Ocala, Fl.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Scoring] [Volunteer]

Spokane Sport Horse Spring H.T. (Spokane, Wa.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Scoring] [Volunteer]

Texas Rose Horse Park H.T. (Tyler, Tx.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Scoring] [Volunteer]

Unionville May H.T. (Unionvilla, Pa.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Scoring] [Volunteer]

WindRidge Farm Spring H.T. (Mooresboro, Nc.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Scoring] [Volunteer]

Winona H.T. (Hanoverton, Oh.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Scoring] [Volunteer]

Major International Events

FEI Nations Cup CCIO4*-S/WEG Test Event (Pratoni del Vivaro, Italy): [Website] [Schedule] [Entries] [Scoring] [EN’s Coverage] [Live Stream]

Sunday Links:

Equine Fatality at the Majestic Oaks Ocala H.T.

Erik Duvander is Back!

Eventing Fact: You Will Sometimes Fall Off

Human vaccine for dangerous mosquito-borne viruses shows promise in clinical trial

We can’t wait for you to get your hands on our new #goeventing merchandise line that’s just launched in collaboration with Dapplebay. You may have gotten a sneak peek at Kentucky, and now you can snag your own online! New to the collection are baseball caps, a sticker pack and a limited-edition tote bag that’s a collaboration between EN and Ride iQ. We’ll be adding to the collection throughout the year, so stay tuned for much more to come. In the meantime, you can start shopping here.

Sunday Video: Because we can all use a little reminder sometimes.

Fairfax & Favor Find of the Week:

 

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And she’s off! Caroline Martin is headed overseas for the summer, basing and training with Andrew Nicholson in Wiltshire, England thanks to being honored as the 2021 recipient of the Wilton Fair Grant. We have such an exciting group of American riders training in England this summer — it’s going to be fun to keep an eye on the fall season overseas!

U.S. Weekend Action

Tryon International Spring Three-Day Event (Mill Spring, Nc.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Scoring] [Volunteer]

Galway Downs Spring H.T. (Temecula, Ca.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Scoring] [Volunteer]

Hitching Post Farm H.T. (South Royalton, Vt.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Scoring] [Volunteer]

Majestic Oaks Ocala H.T. (Ocala, Fl.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Scoring] [Volunteer]

Spokane Sport Horse Spring H.T. (Spokane, Wa.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Scoring] [Volunteer]

Texas Rose Horse Park H.T. (Tyler, Tx.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Scoring] [Volunteer]

Unionville May H.T. (Unionvilla, Pa.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Scoring] [Volunteer]

WindRidge Farm Spring H.T. (Mooresboro, Nc.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Scoring] [Volunteer]

Winona H.T. (Hanoverton, Oh.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Scoring] [Volunteer]

Major International Events

FEI Nations Cup CCIO4*-S/WEG Test Event (Pratoni del Vivaro, Italy): [Website] [Schedule] [Entries] [Scoring] [EN’s Coverage] [Live Stream]

Saturday Links:

Texas Rose Horse Park For Sale

Gumption, Talent and Serious Hard Work – Find Out More About Laura Collett’s Early Riding Career

Breeder of Badminton runner-up announces the end of its breeding programme

Why Black and White is Better Than Gray In Horse Riding

Seven Horsemanship Hacks that You Need to Know

Hot on Horse Nation: Four Things to Consider to Build or Boost Your Lesson Program

We can’t wait for you to get your hands on our new #goeventing merchandise line that’s just launched in collaboration with Dapplebay. You may have gotten a sneak peek at Kentucky, and now you can snag your own online! New to the collection are baseball caps, a sticker pack and a limited-edition tote bag that’s a collaboration between EN and Ride iQ. We’ll be adding to the collection throughout the year, so stay tuned for much more to come. In the meantime, you can start shopping here.

Saturday Video: Watch and learn, mares.

 

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World Equestrian Brands Pick of the Week:

Monday Video: Beast Around Badminton XC with Laura Collett

Ladies and gentleman, this is a helmet cam for the ages! Laura Collett‘s win at Badminton yesterday is the stuff dreams are made of, literally, and thanks to Equine Productions’ Jockeycam we get to take a ride with her on London 52 over Eric Winter’s cross country track.

If you watched any of the live coverage during Saturday’s cross country phase, you’ll have heard rider after rider mentioning what a change it was to have the return of such large crowds lining the ropes and you can really get a feel for how impressive the crowds were from Laura’s vantage point. Just think, is there a little kid amongst the crown somewhere who will go on to dream of being Laura Collett winning Badminton someday and then make that ream come true? Maybe we’ll find out in another 25 years or so.

Badminton Links: WebsiteEntriesLive StreamScoresEN’s Ultimate GuideThe Form GuideCourse PreviewEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

Sunday Links from Fairfax & Favor

Lillian Heard an LCC Barnaby. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

It’s it funny how much of time the most talked about fences on a course end up being the most benign. Those rider-frightener fences sure do make for some amazing photos, though!

It was a crazy influential day of cross country yesterday at Badminton, so make sure you catch up on Tilly’s fantastically detailed report here. Tomorrow’s jog takes place bright and early at 8:30 AM local/3:30 AM Eastern (or you know, just catch our jog report!) and then showjumping begins at 11:30 AM local/ 6:30 AM Eastern for the first batch of competitors, followed by the top twenty starting at 3:30 PM local, 10:30 AM Eastern.

Badminton Links: WebsiteEntriesLive StreamLive ScoresRide TimesEN’s Ultimate GuideThe Form GuideCourse PreviewEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Action:

Catalpa Corner May Madness H.T. (Iowa City, Ia.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer] [Scores]

The Event at Skyline (Mt. Pleasant, Ut.): [Website] [Ride Times/Scores] [Volunteer]

Miami Valley H.T. at Twin Towers (Yellow Springs, Oh.): [Website] [Ride Times/Scores] [Volunteer]

Poplar Place May H.T. (Thomson, Ga.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Photography Sign-up] [Volunteer] [Ride Times] [Scores]

Waredaca H.T. (Gaithersburg, Md.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Photographer] [Scores] [Volunteer]

Sunday Links:

Former $30,000 Claim Rich Strike Stuns Kentucky Derby Field At 80-1

FEI World Championships 2022: Looking ahead to Herning, Pratoni and Verona…

EHV-1 in 2022

The tale of the domesticated horse

For retired thoroughbreds, a Kentucky farm offers a serene final furlong

T.I.P. Non-Competition Award Applications Due June 30

Sunday Video: Take a look some highlights from Laura Collett’s leading cross country round:

Fairfax & Favor Find of the Week: Emily Hamel was our Badminton Golden Chinch Award winner! She gets to take home a brand new pair of Fairfax & Favor footwear.

Emily Hamel and Corvett. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

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By the time you read this, we might be well underway or even finished with a big day of cross country at Badminton! The actions starts (or, started) at 11:30 AM British time, which, being five hours ahead of the U.S. East Coast, is 6:30 AM ET. To watch the live stream you’ll need to purchase a Badminton TV pass for a nominal price and you’ll also get access to boatloads of on-demand replays from previous year as well.

Badminton Links: WebsiteEntriesLive StreamLive ScoresRide TimesEN’s Ultimate GuideThe Form GuideCourse PreviewEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

If you’re tuning in live, here are start times for all North American and U.S.-based pairs plus the top 5 leaders after dressage:

Tom McEwan and Toledo De Kerser (2nd after dressage): 11:42 PM local/ 6:42 AM Eastern/ 3:30 AM Pacific

Lillian Heard and LCC Baranby: 12:14 PM local/ 7:14 AM Eastern/ 4:14 AM Pacific

Phillip Dutton and Z: 12:18 PM local/ 7:18 AM Eastern/ 4:18 AM Pacific

Tamie Smith and Mai Baum (5th after dressage): 12:26 PM local/ 7:26 AM Eastern/ 4:26 AM Pacific

Ariel Grald and Leamore Master Plan: 12:38 PM local/ 7:38 AM Eastern/ 4:38 AM Pacific

Mollie Summerland and Charly Van Ter Heiden (4th after dressage): 1:22 PM local/ 8:22 AM Eastern/ 5:22 AM Pacific

Kitty King and Vendredi Biats (3rd after dressage): 1:26 PM local/ 8:26 AM Eastern/ 5:26 AM Pacific

Will Faudree and Mama’s Magic Way: 1:34 PM local/ 8:34 AM Eastern/ 5:34 AM Pacific

Matt Flynn and Wizzerd: 2:02 PM local/ 9:02 AM Eastern/ 6:02 AM Pacific

Dom Schramm and Bolytair B: 2:18 PM local/ 9:18 AM Eastern/ 6:18 AM Pacific

Karl Slezak and Fernhill Wishes: 2:22 PM local/ 9:22 AM Eastern/ 6:22 AM Pacific

Mike Winter and El Mundo: 2:38 PM local/ 9:38 AM Eastern/ 6:38 AM Pacific

Laura Collet and London 52 (1st after dressage): 2:42 PM local/ 9:42 AM Eastern/ 6:42 AM Pacific

Emily Hamel and Corvett: 4:02 PM local/ 11:01 AM Eastern/ 8:01 AM Pacific

U.S. Weekend Action:

Catalpa Corner May Madness H.T. (Iowa City, Ia.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer] [Scores]

The Event at Skyline (Mt. Pleasant, Ut.): [Website] [Ride Times/Scores] [Volunteer]

Miami Valley H.T. at Twin Towers (Yellow Springs, Oh.): [Website] [Ride Times/Scores] [Volunteer]

Poplar Place May H.T. (Thomson, Ga.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Photography Sign-up] [Volunteer] [Ride Times] [Scores]

Waredaca H.T. (Gaithersburg, Md.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Photographer] [Scores] [Volunteer]

Saturday Links:

2022 Kentucky Derby Cheat Sheet: Get to Know the Horses

Celebrating the Ride – LRK3DE 2022

German Sporthorse Studbook Event Horse Auction takes place Tuesday, May 10

Badminton 2022 – A scientific perspective of the Badminton cross country course

The Volunteers of LRK3DE

Ask Us: My Trainer Said Something/Did Something That Made Me Uncomfortable. Now What?

Calling all college students in Area I! Town Hill Horse Trials will host Area I’s first Intercollegiate Team Challenge on August 28, 2022. All levels are welcome and your school does not need an official eventing team to participate. To enter Town Hill’s Intercollegiate team challenge, enter the competition as an individual like you normally would, then get to work forming your team! Email your team roster to the event secretary. And have fun! Learn more about the USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Program here.

Saturday Video: Need even more eventing action in your life? You can tune into the Marbach CCI4* via H&C+ this weekend:

Monday Video: The Michael Jung Masterclass

It’s really a sight to behold, watching an athlete that has raised their game so high that it’s on another level altogether. That’s what Michael Jung and his horses have done for eventing and it’s treat to watch every time. A picturesque dressage test, a fast and flowing ride across the country, and a foot-perfect jumping round on the final day — it’s just what MJ does.

This year Michael and fischerChipmunk FRH set records: the lowest-ever 5* finishing score, the most Kentucky 5* wins, and the largest ever margin of victory at Kentucky. Enjoy these videos of their performances in all three phases of their wire-to-wire win courtesy of USEF Network and catch up on all the details in our full report here.

Liz Halliday-Sharp and Cooley Quicksilver Capture Lexington 4*-S Win

Liz Halliday-Sharp and Cooley Quicksilver. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Watch out world: Liz Halliday-Sharp and Cooley Quicksilver are coming for you. The pair steadily crept up the leaderboard one place at a time over the weekend after having sat third after the dressage and second after cross country. Today in the final phase they jumped a stylish double clear round to clinch the win in the Lexington CCI4*-S with a final score of 29.7.

Liz also finished her younger mount, nine-year-old Irish Sport Horse, Cooley Be Cool, in the top 10 as well finishing sevent on a score of 46.5 after jumping clear with a single time fault today.

“Both of my horses just jumped phenomenally today, which I couldn’t have really asked for more,” Liz said. “They both really rose to the atmosphere which is fun and and it’s so great to have so many people here … which is what we’ve all be waiting for after COVID. It’s wonderful to have the crowds back.”

Liz Halliday celebrates her 4* will with Cooley Quicksilver. Photo by Shelby Allen.

“I feel like he really deserves this, he gave me everything this weekend and jumped one of the best rounds he’s ever jumped today.”

The “weird and wonderful” 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding, who goes by the name “Monster” in the barn, for which his ownership syndicate is named, has been with Liz since he was a “really, really green” five-year-old and made his five-star debut at this venue a year ago before flying to France to contest Pau CCI5* last fall. It was therefore a bit surprising to find him on the four-star entry list at Kentucky this year, but Liz confirms that it’s all part of a bigger plan as they head to contest Luhmühlen in June over a track which they believe will be well-suited to the horse.

“This is a great place to get him in a big atmosphere before going off to another five-star. He was certainly a little green at Pau, so it’s great to get him in this big stadium in front of a crowd again.”

Phillip Dutton and Quasi Cool. Photo by Shelby Allen.

A familiar name earned second place at the end of the weekend, as Phillip Dutton and up-and-comer Quasi Cool, an 11-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Quo Vados x B-Estelle, by Lord) owned by Caroline Moran, will take come the red ribbon after jumping clear today and adding 1.2 time penalties. Overall, they moved up from 15th position after dressage to finish with a score of 38.6.

Even with a storied career in this sport, Phillip says that it’s always exciting to have a horse like “Quasi” stepping into the spotlight, especially with incredible venues and events to take him to.

“A lot of our sport is all about the dream,” Phillip said. “A lot of the time there’s so much disappointment but you’re always dreaming what could happen and [Quasi Cool] looks to have all the makings of a really good horse. I think this weekend was a great education for this horse.

“I’m so glad that the Kentucky event put this on for us. To have a strong cross country course like that and then to show jump in an atmosphere like this big arena it’s invaluable”

James Alliston and Nemesis. Photo by Shelby Allen.

James Alliston admits that his entry of Nemesis, an eight-year-old Canadian Warmblood gelding (Novalis x Maesy, by Musing xx) owned by himself and his wife, Helen, into the four-star here was a bit of a gamble, but it’s one that paid off hugely. The pair rose from 26th place after dressage to end their weekend with a surprise third place podium finish on a score of 43.4. They jumped clear with 9.2 time penalties over yesterday’s cross country track and again and jumped another clear round again today just one second over time.

James and Helen made the long drive from California to Kentucky with trailer in tow and James said that they mainly brought Nemesis along as company for their other horses that would be competing.

Helen also rode in this division, finishing in the top 25 with Ebay, and Jame contested the five-star with Paper Jam though they unfortunately had to withdraw after the dressage.

“I’m thrilled with him,” James smiled. “He’s a bit green to come and do this I think — he’s only done two Advanced before it and everyone said this is quite a hard four-star … he’s very brave naturally so I was hoping I wasn’t being stupid and it wouldn’t faze him so I was really really happy with the weekend.”

We caught up with James and Helen earlier this week to hear about their spring, which was truncated by an EHV-1 outbreak in California that cancelled the majority of spring preps:

 

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Dan Kreitl and Carmango. Photo by Shelby Allen.

It wouldn’t be the winning weekend that perhaps a lot of fans had hoped for for the Indiana amateur rider, Dan Kreitl and Kay Dixon’s Carmango (Chirivell x Taramanga, by Templer xx), who led the way in this division following the only double clear cross country of the day yesterday. With no rails in hand ahead of Liz and Cooley Quicksilver, “Fritz” took a peek at the Twin Spires fence and balked as they made the turn to approach the diagonal line that included the triple combination in Rolex Stadium, costing them penalizes for a runout and for time.

The pair lowered an additional two rails as well, but Fritz, who is just nine this year, wouldn’t be the world’s strongest show jumper — he had a similar experience at Tryon in the 3*-L in 2021, lowering two rails to drop out of the lead. However, this weekend wasn’t about the win for Dan.

For Dan, a fourth place finish in just his third 4*-S, is the icing on the cake — it’s the highest placing he’s achieved in his brief tenure at the level to date, and we’ve got a sneaking suspicion this won’t be the best we’ve seen of this pair who certainly earned themselves a whole lot of new fans this weekend.

“This is a dream come true for him,” Dan’s coach, Sharon White told us. Dan has a unique system in which he’ll often send his horses to Sharon to keep them tuned up when his personal life gets hectic. It’s difficult, he told us yesterday, to have to come back and pick right up ahead of a competition. But thanks to the well-run system Sharon’s instilled in her program it’s as simple as it can be to step back in to the stirrups after some tune-ups.

Sharon White cheers for Dan Kreitl. Photo by Shelby Allen.

“It’s easy for Dan, and anything we can do to make his life easier we will do,” Sharon said. “I think the way I ride the horse is very complementary to the way he rides and I do try to keep things uncomplicated.”

“I think he enjoyed his time in the show jumping more than anyone I’ve ever seen,” Sharon said. “He’s worked hard to be here and deserves every moment of it. His partnership with his horses is just fantastic.” That partnership was demonstrated in the show jumping after “Fritz” Dan kept his cool, calming presenting the horse to the fence and making it work the rest of the way down the line.

At the press conference, the top three riders concurred that they all would have enjoyed seeing Dan have a podium finish as well.

“I want to just mention one part of the sport that’s not fun,” said Phillip, with Liz and James nodding in agreement. “I think we all would have liked Dan being up here and being a part of this and we’re also glad that Liz has done well, but I just wanted to mention that because he seems like such a great guy and I think we’ll see a lot of him and his horses in the future and I certainly hope so.”

FE Mississippi and Dana Cooke. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Dana Cooke enjoyed a successful weekend with the talented FE Mississippi (Cassini II x Liastra, by Legaat), a 12-year-old Württemberger mare owned by the FE Mississippi Syndicate, finishing in the top five with one rail added for a final score of 44.5.

This partnership has traveled to Lima for the 2019 Pan American Games, representing Canada, and they most recently won the 4*-S at Chatt Hills on their way to this event. Dana’s been busy preparing to head overseas to compete in Ireland, aiming for the 4*-L at Millstreet in June. The end goal for Dana is to represent Canada at the FEI World Championships for Eventing in Italy this fall, but “Missy” will remain in the UK and Dana will plan to compete in the 4*-L at Blenheim should she not get the call up for the Canadian team.

Colleen Loach and FE Golden Eye. Photo by Shelby Allen.

On the same score as Dana but just a hair farther away from the optimum time yesterday are fellow Canadian’s Colleen Loach and FE Golden Eye (Goldfever 3 x Cascade, by Contendro), one of two very exciting young talents on Colleen’s Advanced string, owned by Peter Barry, Amanda Bernhard, and Colleen. This horse also traveled to Lima for the 2019 Pan American Games and finished in the top five in the Morven Park 4*-L last fall.

That’s all from the Lexington CCI4*-S — an addition to this event that seems to be most appreciated by the fans and the competitors alike. Stay locked on EN, because we’ll be along with the conclusion of the five-star tonight!

Sunday Links from Fairfax & Favor

Photoshopped photo by Amy Dragoo.

First and foremost: this is FAKE NEWS. Boyd Martin and Tsetserleg did not actually jump a group of spectators. This is photoshopped. All the fence judges and officials did a fantastic job of keeping the lanes clear and everybody safe throughout the day.

But this is the kind of fun eventing karma you might get if you help out your friendly neighborhood equestrian photographer Amy Dragoo. Busy photographer that she is, Amy was in need of some assistance operating her remote camera at the 5* ditch and wall and several groups of spectators throughout the day volunteered to assist. Their reward? A selfie-sesh with her camera after the division had concluded and a masterful bit of photoshopping. Quite the souvenir!

Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event (KY): WebsiteEN’s Ultimate GuideCCI5* EntriesCCI4*-S Entries5* Ride Times4*-S Ride TimesLive ScoringLive Stream (North America)Live Stream (Outside of North America) TicketsEN’s CoverageEN’s Ultimate GuideEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

Ram Tap H.T. (CA): Website, Scoring

Stable View Spring H.T. (SC): WebsiteScoring

University of New Hampshire Spring H.T. (NH): Website

Loudoun Hunt Pony Club Spring H.T. (VA): WebsiteScoring

Horse Park of New Jersey Spring H.T. (NJ): WebsiteScoring

Sunday Links:

The Quarter Marks of LRK3DE 2022

‘I’ll Be Cheering For Him’: CDI Chairman Bred One Of Land Rover’s ‘Very Unique’ Four-Star OTTBs

Can (Or Should) Your Ulceric Horse live on Gastrogard/Ulcergard?

A Weenie Amateur Hunter Rider Reviews LRK3DE Cross Country Jumps – 2022 Edition

Fatal Cardiac Events And Horses: What’s The Connection?

Sunday Video: It was the ride of the day for sure — here’s Michael Jung and fischerChimpunk FRH’s leading cross country round.

Fairfax & Favor Find of the Week: Yasmin Ingham rocked a pair of Fairfax & Favor ankle Rockingham Boots at Wednesday’s jog and she also happens to be our fan-voted Golden Chinch Award!

Yasmin Ingham and Banzai du Loir. Photo by Abby Powell.

A 5* Personal Best for Michael Jung + Second Lowest Kentucky Score Takes Control After Dressage

Michael Jung and fisherChipmunk FRH. Photo by Shelby Allen.

He’s back, baby. The meister of Kentucky, three-time winner here Michael Jung, has claimed the top spot at the conclusion of dressage with fischerChipmunk FRH owned by Sabine and Klaus Fischer, Hilmer Meyer-Kulenkampff and the DOKR, on a score of 20.1.

And he’s back in a big way too: that score of 20.1 is the lowest dressage score at this event since 2009 when Bettina Hoy and Ringwood Cockatoo scored a 19.2 and it’s a personal best at the five-star level for Michael, including his Olympic and WEG appearances.

“I have a real superstar. He’s very nice to ride. Today it was just enjoying riding him,” Michael said. “He was really powerful, but also really relaxed so that was a very good balance. I am very happy to have him, and I am very thankful to the fischer group for this amazing horse. I’m very happy to be here with him.”

Michael Jung and fisherChipmunk FRH. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Superstar, indeed. Though 20.1 is a five-star personal best for Michael, it’s not for the 14-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Contendro I x Havanna, by Heraldik xx) bred in Germany by Dr. Hilmer and Sabine Meyer-Kulenkampff — he scored a 19.9 with former rider Julia Krajewski at the 2018 World Equestrian Games, which runs a five-star dressage test, but four-star cross country. That means that tomorrow will be the gelding first test across the country at the five-star level, and what better place to do it than at Michael’s favorite event?

Sarah Bullimore and Corouet. Photo by Shelby Allen.

We saw a hefty shuffle across the top of the leaderboard today, and now sitting in second place are Great Britain’s Sarah Bullimore and her homebred Corouet, a “mighty big mover in a small package” owned by the Kew Jumping Syndicate, who scored a 25.7.

Corouet is a special little horse for Sarah (and I mean little: he’s 15.2 hand tall). Sired by Balou de Rouet, who also sired Sarah’s long five-star partner Reve du Rouet, “Elfie” is the first born out of Sarah’s European Championships mare Lilly Corinne. They’ll tackle the horse’s first-five star together here in Kentucky, an event the Sarah has travelled to just once before back in 2014.

“It’s an absolute privilege to be back here — it’s so hospitable and such fun to come here,” she said. “We don’t always get the opportunities to come here, and I’m not getting any younger, so I grabbed this with both hands. I’m over the moon to be back here … It’s a lovely atmosphere and a lovely, lovely event.”

Buck Davidson and Carlevo. Photo by Shelby Allen.

As delighted as we are to see so many fantastic international riders join us here in Kentucky, we’re also delighted to see a U.S. rider, Buck Davidson, sitting in third place with Carlevo (Caresino x Ramatuelle, by Levernois) owned by Katherine O’Brien.

As consistent a performer as the 15-year-old Holsteiner gelding is, Buck was especially pleased with today’s performance which scored 27.4. Buck has been adjusting his horses’ nutrition, which seems to be paying off.

“He feels to me better than he ever has. I’m working with my racehorses at home, and we started training and feeding him like a racehorse, so hopefully it shows up tomorrow.”

But back to the dressage: “He’s pretty good at that bit,” Buck said. “David [O’Connor] helped me a bit with a few thing to make sure I was in the right frame. I actually just rode him with only two or three fingers off the reins just to keep him out. He’s been there now a few times, and he always delivers.”

Yasmin Inham and Banzai du Loir. Photo by Shelby Allen.

25-year-old Yasmin Ingham may be the youngest rider in the field, but she comes with two previous five-star experiences. A rising star on the British scene, Yaz has won every national age title she could aboard Jeanette China and Sue Davies’ Banzai du Loir (Nouma d’Auzay x Gerboise du Cochet) and now she’s narrowing in on a competitive finish in the horse’s first five-star. Their dressage score of 28.1 partnered with the horse’s natural athleticism and phenomenal jump will should keep them in the hunt.

“We got him from France in 2019. We’ve very slowly gone up through the levels and not rushed anything. He’s such a young and special horse that we think it’s good to take it slow and educate him properly and always confidence first with him,” Yaz said.

Pippa Funnell and Maybach. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Five-star debutante Maybach may sometimes stand in the shadows of some of Pippa Funnell’s other top horses, but today he’s earned his own spotlight. S.H.E Eventing’s Swedish Warmblood (Jaguar Mail x Lady Micra), who hasn’t score outside the 20s since 2018, sits on 29 for fifth place.

Boyd Martin and Tsetserleg. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Previous USEF CCI5* National Champions Boyd Martin and Tsetserleg (Windfall x Thabana) slot into sixth place. “Thomas,” who has already represented the United States at the Pan American Games and the Tokyo Olympics, earned on a score of 29.3.

Will Coleman and Off The Record. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Will Coleman is looking forward to the jumping challenges ahead after a dressage effort where he believes he left “points on the table” with Off The Record (Arkansas VDL x Drumagoland Bay). “It wasn’t maybe the best the horse can do, which is sort of what you shoot for at these big, long, five-star events. I think I did the best I could with what we had today and we’ll just try to finish on it,” he said. The pair is in seventh on 32.5 points.

Thursday’s leaders Tamie Smith and Fleeceworks Royal have found themselves in eight place at the conclusion of the first phase.

Jonelle Price and McClaren. Photo by Shelby Allen.

New Zealander Jonelle Price sits in ninth place. She earned a score of 33.4 with the 15-year-old Holsteiner McClaren (Clarmio x Toni), who was previously campaigned by Mark Todd.

“It’s a bit harder when you get an older horse in life no matter who they’ve come from. It’s more difficult tuning an old horse to your thinking. When I get something a little bit older down the track I always think I’ll improve it quickly, but the benefit of hindsight is that it takes at least 12 months to truly cement that partnership and get them more in tune with your aids. He’s been a joy to take over from no better man than Mark Todd,” she said.

Looking to the scoring, of the 45 competitors, just six snuck in under the 30 mark, in a year that rider’s have called “tough judging.” Across both days dressage trends remain consistent across judges, with Gretchen Butts scoring the harshest on average at H, Christian Steiner giving the best marks from B, and Nick Burton consistently falling in the middle from C.

The judges disagreed about leader Michael Jung, giving him a nearly five-point spread. Gretchen had him on 77.96% while Christian was more favorable with 82.59%. Kiwi Jonelle Price also lost favor from Gretchen, who gave her a 62.59% compared to Christian’s 69.07%. Pippa Funnell also saw a similar mixed bag with Majas Hope (61.3%, 66.3%, 66.7%) Those can be compared to their agreement on Sarah Bullimore, for whom they scored 72.59%, 74.63% and 75.56%.

Kentucky, as always, won’t be a dressage competition, but for the first time the first phase leader has a pole in hand, meaning at least a four-point lead, after the first phase, giving Michael plenty of room to play with a few time errors tomorrow if necessary.

We now look ahead to Derek di Grazia’s task at hand tomorrow. Luckily the weather forecast for Saturday has improved significantly, lowering the chance of rain to 24% at the time of publication, with no storms in the forecast. We previewed Derek’s track earlier today, you can click here to read it. The 4*-S will be the first to take to the cross country at 9 a.m. EST, followed by the first 5* horse on course at 12:50 p.m. You can watch live on USEF Network in North America here or on H&C+ internationally here.

Shelby Allen and Tilly Berendt contributed to this report.

#LRK3DE: WebsiteCCI5* EntriesCCI4*-S EntriesLive ScoringLive Stream (North America)Live Stream (Outside of North America) TicketsEN’s CoverageEN’s Ultimate GuideEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

Monday Video: How the Riders Really Feel About the Head of the Lake

Behind the Barn 2022: Riders share what they really think about the Head of the Lake from Kentucky Three-Day Event on Vimeo.

One could argue it’s the biggest moment of every competitor’s entire weekend at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event: that jump into the famous Head of the Lake on cross country day. It’s the splash heard ’round the world for eventing fans, but what do the riders really think of Kentucky’s most iconic fence?

In the latest installment of Behind the Barn presented by Athletux and Amberway Equine, some of our favorite riders are asked just that and as you might imagine there are a variety of feelings and insights! Hear what they have to say straight from the horses’ (riders’) mouths in today’s featured video.

Sunday Links from Fairfax & Favor

Photo via Kyle Carter.

Our thoughts are currently with fellow eventer, Jennifer Weidrick who suffered a fall during a cross country lesson earlier this month that resulted in severe spinal cord injury and paralysis. Jenny will have long road to recovery ahead of her, but her positive attitude and her tribe of friends are helping her persevere. A GoFundMe has been set up to help offset her some of her medical and future rehabilitation bills. We’d tell you to stay strong, Jenny, but we already know you will — you’re an eventer after all.

Want to stay in the know for all things revolving around the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event and Badminton Horse Trials? We’ll be sending out our Daily Digest email beginning Monday, April 25 for Kentucky and Tuesday, May 3 for Badminton. It’s the best place to keep up with our coverage and all of the latest news from the big spring 5* events — and, it’s free! We’ll also be giving out prizes (think exclusive EN merch and sponsor goodies!) throughout each event, so you definitely don’t want to miss out. Sign up here.

U.S. Weekend Action:

River Glen Spring H.T. (New Market, Tn.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Scores] [Volunteer]

Sporting Days H.T. (Aiken, Sc.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Scores] [Volunteer]

Unionville Spring H.T. (Unionville, Pa.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Scores] [Volunteer]

Sunday Links:

Eventing is Ready to Go

FEI Sports Forum To Tackle Dressage, Eventing, Para-Dressage Rule Revisions

New book shows animals “through the eyes of a vet”

Perfecting the Leg Yield with ICP Instructor Jim Graham

New veterinary school will be a first for Arkansas

Sunday Video: April is Autism Awareness Month, but Pegasus Therapeutic Riding Center outside of Philadelphia find that their horses and their students have a special connection every day.

Fairfax & Favor Find of the Week: (and by the way, we can’t wait to see the trot up fashion this Wednesday!)

 

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Saturday Links from World Equestrian Brands

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Friends, we are officially ONE WEEK away from our most favorite day on the calendar, the best day of the best weekend all year: Kentucky cross country day. I have to say I’m a little (OK, a lot) extra excited this year, as I’ll be there in person for the first time (that’s right — I’ve never actually been to the Kentucky Three-Day Event) to help bring you the very best coverage around.

Want to stay in the know for all things revolving around the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event and Badminton Horse Trials? We’ll be sending out our Daily Digest email beginning Monday, April 25 for Kentucky and Tuesday, May 3 for Badminton. It’s the best place to keep up with our coverage and all of the latest news from the big spring 5* events — and, it’s free! We’ll also be giving out prizes (think exclusive EN merch and sponsor goodies!) throughout each event, so you definitely don’t want to miss out. Sign up here.

U.S. Weekend Action:

River Glen Spring H.T. (New Market, Tn.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Scores] [Volunteer]

Sporting Days H.T. (Aiken, Sc.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Scores] [Volunteer]

Unionville Spring H.T. (Unionville, Pa.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Scores] [Volunteer]

Saturday Links:

Alex Martini: The Heart of an Eventer

One To Watch: Head-Down, Hard Work Punches Ashlynn Meuchel’s Ticket To Kentucky

New Badminton Horse Trials trophy unveiled… complete with special secret drawer

EHV-1 outbreak’s effect on horse events explored in FEI report

Equine Library Donated to Cal Poly Pomona

Saturday Video: And we can’t forget about Badminton coming up — we’re gearing up for that too! As are Karl Slezak and Fernhill Wishes:

 

World Equestrian Brands Pick of the Week:

 

Where Are They Now? Blackfoot Mystery Goes Beginner Novice

This article is brought to you with support from Zoetis.

We last saw Boyd Martin’s 2016 Olympic mount, the fan favorite OTTB Blackfoot Mystery, out at a USEA event in November of 2020 competing in the CCI4*-L. Boyd was hoping to get the gelding back up to the five-star level after a few years off following the Olympics, but ended up making the tough decision to have “Red” move on to a second career at the lower levels.

But Red wasn’t ready to completely retire, so Boyd was able to find him the perfect new home in Texas with adult amateur Amber Clark. Red, who is now 14, and Amber tackled their first USEA horse trials together last month at the Texas Rose Horse Park and you can tell by his pricked ears the whole way around the course that he’s still having the time of his life out on cross country.

In the spirt of Kentucky coming up, here’s a bonus video flashback to Boyd and Red’s 2016 round, narrated by Boyd, that helped secure them that Olympic spot:

A long career (and, more importantly, a long and healthy life) is always a goal for our horses. Ask your veterinarian about Zoetis’ line-up of health support options that can help support your horse for a long-lasting and comfortable career and life.

Easter Sunday Links from Fairfax & Favor

If you’ve got a few spare minutes between egg hunts and dinner today you might want to check out An American Story, an anthology of short (sub 10-minute) episodes celebrating remarkable people across the country. Among them in episode 5, para show jumper Wren Blae Zimmerman, who you can also see at the Kentucky Horse Park over Land Rover Kentucky weekend participating in para showjumping demonstrations in the Walnut Ring on Friday and Saturday afternoon and opening for the $225,000 Invitational Grand Prix in Rolex Stadium on Saturday evening.

An American Story is available here and via Amazon video but requires a subscription, though you can sign up for a seven day free trial. It sounds well worth it — horses appear to be featured in several episodes including Wren’s, as well as episode 10 which shares the stories of three generations of African American cowgirls involved in the Texas rodeo scene.

U.S. Weekend Action:

Ocala International Festival of Eventing (FL) [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]
Twin Rivers Spring International (CA) [Website] [Entry List/Ride Times/Live Scores]
Fair Hill International April H.T. & CCI-S (MD) [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]
FENCE H.T. (SC) [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]
Longleaf Pine H.T. (NC) [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]
Spring Bay H.T. (KY) [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Sunday Links:

Racing’s ‘Most Loveable Loser’ Zippy Chippy Dies at 31

Are you attending this year’s Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event? Join EN and Ride iQ for a ridiculously epic course walk led by Kyle Carter and Buck Davidson on Friday, April 29. If you register ahead of time, you’ll be entered to win prizes such as a limited edition signed tote bag and goodies from our sponsors. Click here to learn more!

Sunday Video: Fair Hill was bustling this weekend!

Fairfax & Favor Find of the Week: 

 

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The big winners at Twin Rivers Spring International have some really neat prizes to take home courtesy of the McFall family! Not only are Jen, Earl, and Taylor all excellent horse people, but they really have some talent for painting poles and fun fillers. Scroll through the Dragonfire Farm Instagram for more works of art.

U.S. Weekend Action:

Ocala International Festival of Eventing (FL) [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]
Twin Rivers Spring International (CA) [Website] [Entry List/Ride Times/Live Scores]
Fair Hill International April H.T. & CCI-S (MD) [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]
FENCE H.T. (SC) [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]
Longleaf Pine H.T. (NC) [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]
Spring Bay H.T. (KY) [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Saturday Links:

The VIP Volunteer: Janice Holmes

Why the Canter Probably Needs to Be a Bigger Focus in Your Training

Children with cerebral palsy benefited from a riding simulator coupled with virtual reality

To Boost Omega-3s, Focus on Supplement Dose, Not Duration

Are you attending this year’s Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event? Join EN and Ride iQ for a ridiculously epic course walk led by Kyle Carter and Buck Davidson on Friday, April 29. If you register ahead of time, you’ll be entered to win prizes such as a limited edition signed tote bag and goodies from our sponsors. Click here to learn more!

Saturday Video: T minus two weeks until there are horses galloping around the Kentucky horse Park! Here’s the Lucky Horseshoe on its way to its place on course.

World Equestrian Brands Pick of the Week:

Monday Video: What LRK3DE Job Would You Most Want to Try?

As with so many things concerning horses, it takes a real village to make an event happen — especially one as big as the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event. In episode three of the beautifully produced Behind the Barn series, this time presented by Southern California Equestrian Sports, some of our favorite riders were asked which of the many jobs at LRK3DE they would most like to take if they weren’t riding.

Which rider would like to be the Saturday night entertainment? Who wishes they could re-live their Pony Club years and get to open the arena at A? Who wants to still be be in the saddle on Saturday as an outrider? And who would most like to be behind the bar in the VIP tent? Find out in this video!

How about you, EN fam? What job would you want to do at LRK3DE? Let us know in the comments!

Sunday Links from Fairfax & Favor

Dirk Schrade and Hop and Skip at the European Championships in Sweden in 2013 where they placed 6th individually and earned the team gold medal for Germany. Photo by Julia Rau.

We are saddened to share the news of the passing of Dirk Schrade’s championship partner, Hop and Skip a.k.a. “Baxter”, at the age of 23.

Baxter was purchased by Freya Rethmeier for Dirk in 2010 from Japan’s Kenki Sato, who piloted the British-bred gelding around the World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Lexington that year. Together, Dirk and Baxter completed eight Nations Cup legs, four five-stars, two European Championships, and the 2014 WEG where their double clear show jumping round helped to secure the team gold medal for Germany. After retiring in 2016, Baxter was able to enjoy a number of years retirement in Freya’s yard.

Rest in peace, Baxter.

Are you attending this year’s Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event? Join EN and Ride iQ for a ridiculously epic course walk led by Kyle Carter and Buck Davidson on Friday, April 29. If you register ahead of time, you’ll be entered to win prizes such as a limited edition signed tote bag and goodies from our sponsors. Click here to learn more.

U.S. Weekend Action:

The Fork at TIEC (Tryon, Nc.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Live Scores] [EN’s Coverage]

Chattahoochee Hills International H.T. (Fairburn, Ga.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Live Scores] [EN’s Coverage]

CDCTA Spring H.T. (Berryville, Va.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer] [Live Scores]

Pine Hill Spring H.T. (Bellville, Tx.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer] [Live Scores]

Major International Events:

Strzegom Spring Open CCI4*-S (Poland): [Website] [Sunday XC Live Stream]

Sunday Links:

Behaviour of Retrained Thoroughbred Racehorses Studied

‘He’s a big, sexy, athletic lunatic!’ – the former problem horse getting set to tackle his first Badminton

Rule Refresher: Wait What Did that Bell Mean?

Strength, balance and athleticism of elite Eventing riders assessed in pilot study

From a coma to the World Cup Finals – the extraordinary story of Dressage rider Juan Matute Guimon in his own words….

Sunday Video: Take a ride with Dirk and Hop and Skip at Aachen in 2013:

Fairfax & Favor Find of the Week:

 

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Saturday Links from World Equestrian Brands

A classy show of support from Chattahoochee Hills, the Ukrainian flag is flying about the main arena this weekend. Never forget how lucky we are to be able to go eventing!

Are you attending this year’s Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event? Join EN and Ride iQ for a ridiculously epic course walk led by Kyle Carter and Buck Davidson on Friday, April 29. If you register ahead of time, you’ll be entered to win prizes such as a limited edition signed tote bag and goodies from our sponsors. Click here to learn more.

U.S. Weekend Action:

The Fork at TIEC (Tryon, Nc.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Live Scores] [EN’s Coverage]

Chattahoochee Hills International H.T. (Fairburn, Ga.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Live Scores] [EN’s Coverage]

CDCTA Spring H.T. (Berryville, Va.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer] [Live Scores]

Pine Hill Spring H.T. (Bellville, Tx.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer] [Live Scores]

Major International Events:

Strzegom Spring Open CCI4*-S (Poland): [Website] [Sunday XC Live Stream]

Saturday Links:

Horse who was placed at Tokyo among four early withdrawals from Badminton

Meet the USEA Areas: Area IV

Symptoms of Asymmetry and Why Straightness Matters for Soundness

Poor Saddle Fit Can Cause Lameness, Shoeing-Related Problems

New lung function testing device for horses a potential game-changer

Saturday Video: Hear Tamie Smith talk about her dressage tests at Tryon:

World Equestrian Brands Pick of the Week: