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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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Saturday Links from World Equestrian Brands

Are you looking for the 2023 USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Champions? Take a left! The members of the University of South Carolina Aiken eventing team — Alexa Duncan, Heidi Gyselinck, Carson Langenberg, and Sydney Shinn — have been honored with a token that I would presume not many eventers can say they have: a road sign! When you head down to Aiken this winter, keep your eyes peeled for this unique trophy of sorts.

U.S. Weekend Action

Rocking Horse December H.T. (Altoona, FL) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

Links to Start Your Weekend:

The Mia Farley And Phelps Story

‘Breaking down barriers’ as dark breeches to be allowed in British Dressage competition

2024 ECP Symposium to Be Held at the Florida Horse Park on Jan. 30-Feb. 1

You Are Going To Die; What Happens To Your Horse When You Do?

Horses for All: Diversity, inclusion key to equestrian world’s future

Sponsor Corner: Cosby Green can check her first 5* off her to-do list. The World Equestrian Brands‘ rider finished in the top 20 at Pau with her talented chestnut, Copper Beach. Hear about her experience at Pau and what’s it like to work with Team Price.

Cosby Green and Copper Beach. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Morning Viewing: Buckle up and join Boyd Martin for a winning ride at Sweden International Agria Indoor Eventing!

Monday Video: On Tour with Piggy

What off-season? Not long after unpacking from Pau (which wasn’t all that long after unpacking from Maryland), Piggy March took her literal show on the road with Piggy TV On Tour! Piggy TV On Tour has already brought three live demonstrations to arenas around the UK, with two more on tap (you can grab tickets for those here, if interested!) Each demo features a different top-level rider sharing their own wisdom in addition to Piggy’s as they work with an assortment of horses from former five-star mounts to fresh-off-the-track Thoroughbreds.

The first Piggy TV Demo took place at Hartbury Equine’s arena and featured none other than fellow five-star and Team Great Britain rider Laura Collet. The ladies who vlog at The Eventing Journey, were in attendance at this demo and have put together a bunch of snippets to share. Enjoy!

Saturday Links from Word Equestrian Brands

US Dressage riders Laura Graves, Ashley Holzer, Kasey Perry-Glass, Katherine Bateson-Chandler, Anna Buffini, and Susie Dutta recently made their primetime TV debut alongside Megan Thee Stallion in a new commercial promoting NBC’s coverage of the 2024 Paris Olympics. Watch above! Hopefully this heralds more widespread coverage of the equestrian events!?

US Weekend Action:

Pine Top Thanksgiving H.T. (Thompson, GA): [Website] [Live Scoring]

Links to Start Your Weekend:

Meet Dr Koffi, Ivory Coast’s First-Ever Specialist Equine Vet

The Perfect Way to Conclude a Childhood Dream: Joan Harper is the Newest USEA Century Ride Award Recipient

Conference explores environmental sustainability in the horse world

Pathway laid out for future-proofing horse sports

Best of Blogs: Get ready to light your wallet on fire with the annual Black Friday deals list you’ve come to know and love courtesy of Breed. Ride. Event.

Sponsor Corner: “There’s no great rider that hasn’t broken some bones and wondered, ‘What on Earth are we doing here? Why am I trying so hard?’ and ‘What are we doing this for? How am I ever gonna be good enough to get there?’’

World Equestrian Brands‘ rider Allie Knowles talks to us about seeking balance and striving for perfection.

Allie Knowles and Morswood. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Morning Viewing: That moment you sport yourself on TV!

Monday Video: We Are Not Werthy!

Raise your hand if you’re bracing yourself for a winter full of flatwork! (🙋‍♀️.) Many of us who don’t flock south for the winter are bound to an arena for the off-season and I don’t know about you, but sometimes I need a little inspiration to keep me motivated through the cold months ahead. And boy do I love watching a dressage freestyle to get me geared up to work on my fancy prancing!

This latest masterpiece from German superstar Isabel Werth and 17-year-old Westphalian gelding Emilio just secured them the victory in the third leg of the FEI Dressage World Cup Western European League which took place in Stuttgart, Germany. This routine is a real toe-tapper, so bookmark this video for when you need a little jolt of energy during the bleak midwinter.

Saturday Links from World Equestrian Brands

I keep seeing a meme floating around Facebook and Instagram that just says “How is Thanksgiving next week when November just started two days ago” and honestly I feel that in my bones. Actually, I feel that about this entire year too, not just this month! That said, I’m savoring every last bit of the US eventing season and am tuning into some of the last live streaming of the year from Terranova. Here’s everything you need to know to watch along too.

U.S. Weekend Action

Ram Tap H.T. & Classic 3-Day (Fresno, CA)[Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

The Event at TerraNova (Myakka City, FL) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring][Live Stream]

Links to Start Your Weekend:

Judge Rules Lamaze Owes $1.4M For Fraud

Retired Racehorse Project Discontinues Publication of Off-Track Thoroughbred Magazine

Interscholastic Eventing Competition Heats Up in 2023

An Equine Affaire to Remember

Most US owners not too worried about disease risk at horse shows – study

Sponsor Corner: Are you subscribed to the World Equestrian Brands‘ email list? If not, sign up ASAP! Their biggest sale of the year only goes to their email subscribers. 👉 Sign up here.

Morning Viewing: If you’re not at Terranova, you’re missing quite the party!

Saturday Links from World Equestrian Brands

Photo via CrossCountry App.

Meanwhile in Australia, the Sydney International Three-Day Event is well underway! In fact, by the time this post goes up the cross country should be nearly over, but you might be able to catch a little bit here on H&C+ if you’re a night owl. In addition to numerous national classes, Sydney offers long formats at the 2, 3, and 4-star levels which, given Sydney’s late-spring position on the Aussie eventing calendar, means that this is a big season finale event down under! Check out the beautiful four-star course on CrossCountry App and click through the scores right here.

U.S. Weekend Action

Full Moon Farm’s Fall HT (Finksburg, MD) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

Horse Trials at Majestic Oaks (Reddick, FL) [Website] [Entries][Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

River Glen Fall H.T. (New Market, TN) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

Links to Start Your Weekend:

Veterans and Horses

A magic start to the 2023 Sydney 3DE

DVMs vs. VMDs: Vets Cut Loose In Friendly Eventing Rivalry

USEA Intercollegiate Where Are They Now: UK Grad Ivie Cullen-Dean Has Big Dreams for the Future

Top equestrian coach Caroline Moore launches new scheme to help next generation

A Bold Clip Job Is Turning Heads At The U.S. Dressage Finals

Sponsor Corner: World Equestrian Brands‘ rider Cosby Green and Copper Beach officially earned their CCI5* status at Pau! They gave it an amazing go for their first 5*, finishing in 16th place.

Morning Video: Just a quick snippit from one of Phillip Dutton’s clinics at Equine Affaire in Massachusetts yesterday.

Monday Video: Reflecting on a Jumping Round with Michael Pollard

It’s been a hot minute since five-star eventer and 2011 Pan Am gold medalist Michael Pollard has jumped the big twigs, but it’s a delight to see him out schooling Carl Bouckaert‘s “Eton” and even more of a delight that he’s shared an analysis of one of his rounds. I think I’m preaching to the choir here so I’ll refrain from going on and on about the benefits of reviewing video footage of your own riding, but Michael has given us a great example here of how to self-critique.

Prior to this video Michael and Eton had jumped a Mini Prix as their first round and Michael has reviewed the video of that round and planned to make some changes for this second round. Read through Michael’s commentary below and then watch the video above, or pause the video while you read!

He writes:

“After reviewing my first round, I thought I needed to get back into the saddle earlier, and shorten the reins a bit to put things back together after the jumps. I prefer a lighter half seat normally, but Eton generally jumps better with his hind legs if you are closer to the saddle. My lighter thoroughbred types wouldn’t have been as happy with that, so it feels a bit foreign to me still.

“I started this round with those changes in mind. The first and third jumps were vertical fences-I rode both off the turn sitting. I was worried I’d eat too much ground on the related distance after each, so I waited for a closer distance to make him land shallow. I was attempting to put him in a place where I could move forward to the oxers in each line. The plan worked out well in each case, but I’d have liked the verticals to be more fluid. I think I could have come with a bit more pace and stayed out on the turns a touch to improve those lines.

The line from 3 to 4 was smooth., and I wanted to get him back prior to the turn to 5 which he obliged. I was able to put him together well in the turn to the double, so I rode forward and had a nice ride there. That allowed me to hold a bit and stay straight to the oxer out…I was happy with that as well. I always tell my students to stay focused on the first rail of the first fence in a line because that’s the only one that matters, and that looking down the line guarantees a bad distance to that crucial first fence. So…I had to tell myself the same thing. It still works;)

“I let him get a little low around the turn after 7, but I was able to use the turn to prepare decently for the vertical. I did not do a good enough job shaping that turn so I landed on left lead after 8.
The line to 9 was barely bent so I held the left lead and was still able to go forward into the combination…nice to ride a really good jumper because that wasn’t perfect on my part.

“I was a little disheveled and not as accurate as I’d have liked at 10, but he still jumped well. I was able to get him back pretty nicely for both 11 and 12 but I probably over corrected the shaping of the jump at 11 because I shouldn’t have moved that much over the jump.

“All in all I was really pleased with Eton(obviously, because he’s awesome)… I stuck to my plan as well, and despite being a little tight in a couple places in the beginning I was happy that I rode a bit better than the previous round.

“So…things to improve, but pleased:)”

Saturday Links from World Equestrian Brands

If you missed the cross country for the USEF CCI4*-L Eventing National Championship at Galway Downs yesterday then you missed one hell of a topsy turvy day. Out of 12 pairs to leave the start box and set out on the Clayton Fredericks-designed course, seven will move on to the second horse inspection tomorrow, four came home with no jumping penalties, and none caught the optimum time.

After all the dust had settled, Liz Halliday and Cooley Nutcracker remain at the top of the leaderboard after delivering the fastest round of the day, which will see them lead by a large five rail margin. Ocala Horse Properties and The Nutcracker Syndicate’s “Bali” not only delivered the only sub-30 dressage score, but was one of the lucky few to make it around what seemed to be a particularly challenging track. Check out the whacky post-cross country scores here.

Of course, there’s boatloads more action happening at Galway this weekend with four different championship events taking place at once. Find the full scores in our links below and brace yourself for a massive edition of Weekend Winners on Monday!

U.S. Weekend Action

Rocking Horse Fall H.T. (Altoona, FL) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

The Eventing Championships at Galway Downs (Temecula, CA) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times][Volunteer] [Scoring]

Texas Rose Horse Park H.T. (Tyler, TX) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

Virginia Horse Center Eventing Fall (Lexington, VA) [Website] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

Links to Start Your Weekend:

Halliday Increases Her Lead in USEF CCI4*-L Eventing National Championship at Galway Downs

Pan American Games 2023: USA, Canada and Mexico secure equestrian jumping’s Olympic quotas

Young Riders Take the Stage At Galway Downs

Call for an evidence-based welfare charter for sport horses

Lights On: LED Lighting Encourages Stress-Free Shipping

Sponsor Corner: Check out this amazing shot of World Equestrian Brands’ rider Allie Knowles and Jerry in the YH3* at the Stable View Oktoberfest! Jerry is wearing the Tri-zone Airlight Open Front Boots. Get your own pair of Airlight boots right here.

Morning Viewing: Watch Liz Halliday and Cooley Nutcracker wind their way through the Galway Down CCI4*-L track to keep their lead.

Monday Video: Boyd and Bruno Beat the Clock at Pau

I unfortunately couldn’t watch Les 5 Etoiles de Pau cross country livestream this Saturday, but I could tell from the pinging of messages flying through the EN team Slack channel that it was an absolute doozy.

Thanks to EN team superhero Cheg Darlington running live updates, I was able to fully catch up with all the drama on course but my first real glimpse of the action has just come via this video of Boyd Martin and the Goodwin family’s Federman B‘s catty and FAST run across Pierre Michelet’s bold course.

Boyd and “Bruno” were the only pair to meet the optimum time out of all 54 pairs to leave the start box that day. While they did trigger a MIM-clip at fence 13B, their quick round still saw them climb from 16th to 9th after this phase, and then a double clear jumping round the following day would see them complete the event in 8th — that’s two for two top ten five-star finishes for Bruno now.

Enjoy their full cross country round above!

Les 5 Etoiles de Pau: [Website] [Results[Live Stream] [EN’s Coverage]

Monday Video: Mia Mic’d Up at Maryland

As a sports fan, I absolutely love it when athletes get “mic’d up” and we get a little glimpse behind the scenes and into a moment of their lives. So you better believe I was delighted to follow along with these videos from USA Eventing and a mic’d up Mia Farley as she made her CCI5* debut at the MARS Maryland 5 Star aboard Phelps this weekend.

And what sweet serendipity that it was Mia who agreed to be mic’d up! The 23-year-old would go on to be the only rider to make the time across Ian Stark’s cross country track (and on an off-the-track Thoroughbred!) and then ultimately finish as the competition as the highest placed rookie. I think Mia has made a few new fans around this world this weekend due in part both to her achievement as well as her candor.

Consider this a petition for #MicdUpMia at all her future events, please.

MARS Maryland 5 Star: [Website] [Results] [EN’s Coverage]

Great Scot! Maryland 5 Star Cross Country Live Blog

It’s very nearly go time for the main event at the MARS Maryland 5 Star presented by Brown Advisory. Our first pair, Austin O’Connor and Colorado Blue leave the startbox at 1:35 PM ET to set out on Ian Stark’s 2023 iteration of the Maryland 5 Star cross country course.

Riders seem to agree that the course looks a little bigger this year! Check out our roundup of rider reactions here and a full course preview here.

MARS Maryland 5 Star: [Website] [Entries, Schedule & Times] [Live Scores] [Live Stream (North America)] [Live Stream (Outside North America)] [Tickets] [5* Form Guide] [Digital Program] [XC Maps] [5* XC Order of Go] [EN’s Coverage]

EN’s coverage of MARS Maryland 5 Star is brought to you by Kentucky Performance Products.

4:20 PM: PHEW I needed to catch my breath there after all that. I don’t think there will be any grumbling about this track not being up to five-star standards this year. Stay tuned for a full report on the day’s action from the EN team. Here’s a look at the top of the leaderboard as things now stand:

Out of 25 starters, 16 completed the course and just ONE made the optimum time. Mia Farley, you’re a hero!

4:16 PM: Lexi and Sprout trigger and frangible at fence 12 and Lexi opts to retire. That brings our cross country day to an abrupt end!

4:13 PM: Gah, Lexi and Sprout stop at fence 9, the Brown Advisory Chesapeake Bay Canoe. Looks like he might have taken a peek at the waterfall feature and spooked himself!

4:11 PM: OK Lexi and Chicos Man VDF are indeed on course and clear through the arena. They went out of order because “Sprout” threw a shoe in the warmup.

4:10 PM: Oh my goodness, hang on the last few minutes have been chaos. Here’s what happened:

  • We didn’t get to see much of Zach Brandt and Direct Advance on the live stream since they followed Oliver, but they had two problems on course first a 20 at the MagnaWave Hollow and then again at the Cecil County Corners where Zach puts a hand up and calls it a day.
  • The camera then suddenly pans to Boyd Martin who is on the ground and then to Contessa who is galloping in the direction of the main arenas.
  • Now Frankie Theriot Stutes is handing Oliver a box of Altoids and I totally missed why??
  • OK, phew, Boyd is up and looks OK. He must have gotten the wind knocked out of him. Contessa pecked on landing after the last element of fence 3AB, the Maryland Sports Commission Splash and Boyd got ejected out the side door.

4:03 PM: They’re home! Oliver and Rosie cross the finish flags with 6 time faults, but plenty of breathing room in the standings such that they’ll hang on to first place headed into dressage. There’s no sign of a frangible penalty on their scorecard.

4:01 PM: Oh goodness, “Rosie” takes an extra but non-existent step with her hind legs and off the Fair Hill drop and hind end collapses a bit on landing, but she stands up gain without issue and continues easily.

4:01 PM: Quite the growl from Oliver as he sees a stride from waaaaay away to the Foxcatcher Ditch:

4:00 PM: Hmm, might have a little bit of drama on our hands? The front clip of the second of the Cecil County Corners releases as “Rosie” lifts off over the fence. I’m sure the ground jury will take a look.

3:56 PM: Barnaby is still full of running after fence 24, the Fox Catcher Ditch. He and Lillian tackled the Crab Water with ease, even jumping nearly the large part of the brush on the way out of the complex.

3:55 PM: Cooley Rosalant has just the most delightful pricked ears. Oliver was a little worried about her spooking at fence 9, the Brown Advisory Chesapeake Bay Canoe.

3:52 PM: Alright, our leaders after dressage, Oliver Townend and Cooley Rosalent are on course! Oliver had her on a really nice soft rein through the arena and she makes the Kelso Question look like a walk in the park. Sidney Solomon and Early Review C unfortunately ran into more trouble up at the Crab Water, picking up another 20 and opting to retire.

3:50 PM: We have times in for both Erin and William: both have 11:23 on their scorecard which seems a little sus so we’ll consider those unofficial times for now. But those 5.2 time penalties would still see William move into first on the clubhouse leaderboard.

3:49 PM: Aw darn, Early Review C doesn’t get his eye on the first of the Cecil County Corners and picks up a 20. Meanwhile, Lillian and Barnaby make easy work of the sunken road.

3:48 PM: Woooo another tight, tight turn in the arena, this time by Lillian and Barnaby! They take a flag with them, but are clear. We’re also getting glimpses of Oliver Townend and Cooley Rosalent circling the startbox.

3:46 PM: Early Review C does a brave one stride between fence 10AB, the Brown Advisory C&D Canal Barges. Lillian Heard and LCC Barnaby are officially out on course for their 13th start at this level!

3:44 PM: William and Lillie cross the finish flags and we’re guessing that they’re going to be within the optimum time, but we won’t actually know until after their hold time is calculated!

3:42 PM: Easy peasy for William through the Cecil County Corners and then the Crab Water. Sydney Solomon and Early Review C are now out on course as well. Jennie Brannigan and Twighlightslastgleam were slated to go between these two but have withdrawn before cross country.

3:38 PM: Alright, we’re getting underway again. Erin Kanara and Camground are off to finish up the last couple fences on course for them. William and Lillie have now resumed as well, picking things up at fence 17.

Editor’s Note: We have updated this article to correct an incorrect statement that Arielle was pulled up by officials. This was untrue, and she pulled up on her own to attend to Dutch Times. She reported last night that he was resting comfortably at New Bolton and would hopefully be able to return home soon. We’re thinking of you, Arielle!

3:32 PM: We’re still on hold and have word from our team on the ground that Dutch Times is being loaded onto the horse ambulance with his right front leg wrapped. He’s showing lameness, but standing and loading of his own accord. I’m just gutted for Arielle and her team. The EN team will certainly be wishing them our very best healing vibes.

3:28 PM: We still have a hold on course.

3:25 PM: William and Lillie have now been pulled up and are being held on course right after the fence 15, Bodgie’s Fox Covert. We’ve confirmed that Arielle and Dutch pulled up right before fence 27AB, Fox Mill Farm Turn For Home and their scorecard lists them as retired.

3:24 PM: We have word that Arielle and Dutch times have pulled up near the end of the course. We see Erin and Campground also now being pulled up after the Fair Hill Drop. William is still out on course and have a lovely ride through the Baltimore Barricades.

3:21 PM: William makes some tight turns in the arena, which gives the crowd a little thrill! Here’s a still:

3:19 PM: William Fox-Pitt and Grafennacht aka “Lillie” are freshly out on course now!

3:18 PM: Strong ride for Erin and Campground through the Sunken Road. Meanwhile Arielle takes the not-so-long long route at the Cecil County corners.

3:15 PM: Dutch loses a little momentum over the last two elements of the MaganaWave Hollow and scrambles a bit to make it over. Arielle then makes a super smart decision to take the option at the Select Event Group Baltimore Barricades. Erin Kanara and Campground are next out on course and clear through the arena.

3:13 PM: Oh damn, I spoke too soon! Mr. Cash speeds right past fence 15, Bodgie’s Fox Covert, which is after those huge barricades. Sarah goes on to jump the next couple fences and the first of the Cecil County Corners but then pulls up and calls it a day.

3:11 PM: Caroline Powell crosses the finish and stops the clock with 12.8 time and the 20 on their scorecard for the drop has already been removed. Sarah and Mr. Cash are through fence 17, the Visit Harford Podium Boxes, without any additional problems.

3:09 PM: Another first-timer, Arielle Aharoni and Dutch Times are now on course. Shout out to Arielle’s mom Christine, who owns the horse and actually bought him in utero. Basically she’s watching her two kids go tackle their first five-star together, can you imagine? We also have word that apparently Sarah had two stops in the arena, unfortunately.

3:07 PM: Oh my! Greenacres Special Cavalier grinds to a halt at the big Fairhill Drop. We’re betting this stop will be reviewed – the horse certainly came to a stop but it’s questionable whether they took a step backwards. We don’t think so.

3:06 PM: Sarah Kuhn unfortunately picks up an early 20 penalties in the arena. We weren’t able to see what exactly happened.

3:05 PM: Caroline was up on the clock coming into Cecil County Corners but takes a wide 9 strides to the second element which now puts them down on the clock by a few seconds.

3:03 PM: Our trot up fashionista Sarah Kuhn is out of the start box now with Mr. Cash van de Start. Caroline is fast through the MagnaWave Hollow. Rain has now picked up, and this is really the first time anyone has had to tackle this five-star course in any kind of weather since the event’s inception.

3:00 PM: We’re back underway! Caroline Powell and Greenacres Special Cavalier are through the Timber Rails now where they were held. Spencer reports that Jacob actually fell at the next fence after the brush fence 12, the Armstrong Unnamed Trib Oxer, and that he’s OK!

2:55 PM: We’re still at a hold on course as the brush is being rebuilt. Our livestream commentator Spencer Sturmey confirms that Jacob and Fabian ran straight though it and we have word from our team on the ground that Jacob fell. We’ll keep you posted on their status.

2:50 PM: We have a hold on course now as the building team is replacing brush at fence 11, the Dubarry Flying Scot where word is Jacob and Fabian ran through it a bit and have since been pulled up. Caroline Powell and Greenacres Special Cavalier are being held at fence 6AB, the Cecil County Timber Rails.

2:50 PM: Frankie Theriot Stutes reports that David O’Connor burst into tears after Mia and Phelps crushed the Crab Water. Mia is also a bit understandably emotional in her post cross country interview!

2:48 PM: Bobby is having FUN and HIGH FIVING FANS after successfully tackling the Fair Hill International Rollercoaster & Drop where the ropes come quite close to the track after those angled houses.

2:46 PM: HUGE jump over the crab for Lumumba and she and Bobby make easy work of the direct route. He punches he air in celebration and the crowd goes wild!

2:45 PM: Bobby and Lumumba are the first to take the long route at fences 18 and 19AB, the Cecil County Corners, which honestly doesn’t add too much time.

2:42 PM: WHAT A RIDE! Five-star first-timers Mia Farley and Phelps are our first to make the time! They are bang on the optimum, too! Nothing runs like a Thoroughbred!

2:41 PM: Bobby Meyerhoff and Lumumba have left the start box and are clear so far as well as the second half of our husband-wife duo: Jacob Fletcher and Fabian who are just starting out on course now. Cornelia finished with 11 penalties and just under 30 time faults. Meanwhile Mia is trucking on to the finish — she and Phelps could be out first inside the time!?!

2:40 PM: Quick screen grab of Mia and Phelps at the Crab Water. They went direct and clear and are really FLYING.

2:37 PM: Go Phelps! The gelding crawls a little over the C element at the MagnaWave Hollow and then demonstrates some fancy footwork to get over the D element cleanly.

2:34 PM: Gah! Daytona Beach triggers a frangible on the first of the Cecil County Corners. Looks like the mare gave the back rail a good rub with her front end. Next, they take the long route through the MARS Maryland Crab Water. Andrew and Ferrie’s Cello completed with 30 and change time faults, plus their score is also showing faults for a frangible at fence 12, the Armstrong Unnamed Trib Oxer.

2:33 PM: Here’s another five-star first-timer on course! Mia Farely and Phelps absolutely attack the Kelso Question in the arena. Andrew also takes the long route through fence 25 ABCD, the Fair Hill International Rollercoaster & Drop.

2:30 PM: We get word from Spencer Sturmey on the live stream that Booli was actually pulled up by the ground jury up near the Crab Water after she had those two refusals and he says the horse seemed to be slipping a little. Andrew takes the full long route through the Crab Water now. Ferrie’s Cello is looking a little tired, but he’s giving his horse a wonderfully compassionate ride. Haven’t seen Cornelia lately, but the scoreboard says she’s clear through the first half of the course.

2:28 PM: Andrew has to make a quick decision to take the long route at the MagnaWave Hollow after a big jump in. Cornelia and Daytona are fast through the arena!

2:25 PM: Really nice positive riding by Andrew though the Canal Barges. We didn’t get to see it, but Booli has had a third runout at the last element of the Crab Water which means their day has ended. Cornelia Fletcher and the spicy Daytona Beach 8 join us on course now as well. Emily and Corvett complete with a total of 44.8 penalties.

2:22 PM: Another problem for Booli and Lance, this time at fence 15 Bodgie’s Fox Covert, where they have a run out.

2:21 PM: Our first five-star first-timer of this event is now on course! It’s Andrew McConnon and Ferrie’s Cello.

2:18 PM: Woo! We get our fish look at Booli Selmayer and Millfield Lancado, who gets a little close to the last element fo the Kelso Question in the arena and pops over it. Haven’t seen much of Emily and Corvett on the live stream, but the scoreboard shows they’ve had a refusal at 13C, which is the MagnaWave Hollow. We have word that Booli and “Lance” also picked up 20 penalties at 10A, the Brown Advisory C&D Canal Barges just now. Lance just ground to a halt at the first barge in the water.

2:17 PM: Piggy is nearly 30 seconds over time now as they approach the finish, which sees her drop below Auston O’Connor in the standings.

2:15 PM: Piggy senses she might not make the striding in the Crab Water and opts to take the long route after the bounce in.

2:12 PM: Brookfield Cavalier Cruise is really flying — maybe a little too much, as he’s running through the bridle and Piggy is forced to take the long route through the MagnaWave Hollow. Hannah Sue completes cleanly with 7.2 seconds of time faults giving Chito a big hug as they trot out. We are also just now getting our first glimpse at our next pair on course, Emily Hamel and Corvett, who are clean through the combination in the arena, fence 5ABC, the Kelso Question.

2:10 PM: Another one nails it! Hannah Sue and “Chito” have a beautiful ride through the MARS Maryland Crab Water and give the crowd a huge wave to thank them for their cheers.

Here’s Piggy through the sunken road. Sadly our GIF software is no longer functional ad we;ll be looking for new one before Pau next week, but I think I can manage some screeenshots today!

2:07 PM: Here goes Piggy March and Brookfield Cavalier Cruise out on course, our second placed pair after dressage. Buck and Sorocaima finish 30 or so second over time. No one has caught the time yet!

2:05 PM: Buck chooses the long route through the MARS Maryland Crab Water, which will eat up a good bit of time. They also knocked a flag at the second of the Cecil County Corners which might end up showing up as 15 penalties — that one will be up to the video review!

2:04 PM: I had to gather my wits after Monica’s joyous round, but we’ve got Hannah Sue Hollberg and Capitol HIM on course now with a nice ride through the combination in the arena, and Buck Davidson and Sorocaima further along on course.

1:59 PM: OH NO! They were having a cracking round and were even up on the clock at this point, but Phillip and Azure never quite find the line to the second of the Cecil County corners and the mare drifts right, catching the corner with a leg and they both take a tumble. They’re both up and walking off course.

1:58 PM: Monica crosses the finish flags with 15.2 time faults and a HUGE smile on her face and big waves to the crowds! That’s what it feels like to nail your first five-star cross country!

1:56 PM: We’re catching up with Phillip Dutton and Azure now who are already through fence 13, the MagnaWave Hollow, where Azure is leaping like there’s no tomorrow. Phillip is cutting his turns tight and gunning for the time.

1:55 PM: PERFECT ride for Monica and Artist through the whole crab water complex! They nail a perfect two strides from the brush at the top of the bank to the one at the bottom and Monica punches the air in triumph!

1:54 PM: A kiss from wife Jess and a hug from mom Marilyn for Doug, who’s home with 13.6 time faults!

1:51 PM: Beautiful ride for Doug and Quantum into the Crab Water and they get a great shot up the bank and a beautiful stride to the brush on top. Now they have a little too much momentum, though, so Doug guides Quantum over to left nearly to the ropes and they come to a stop, very careful not to cross their tracks as they then turn to jump the last brush.

1:49 PM: Quantum knocks a flag at the first of the Cecil County Corners, but seem just fine. Artist is so keen through the sunken road. He says, ‘Let me fly, mom!’

1:47 PM: Our trailblazing pair cross the finish line 6 seconds over time! What does this mean for the rest of our competitors?

1:46 PM: New Zealand’s Monica Spencer and Artist join us on course next. We haven’t seen much of Doug and Quantum on the live stream, but the scoreboard shows they’re still clear through the first half of the course.

1:44 PM: No problems so far for Doug or Austin, who is now approaching fence 21ABCD, the MARS Equestrian Crab Water… they bounce in easily and get a great stride to the up bank. Salty slows a little and just crawls a bit over the brush D element. Austin knows they need to pick up a little momentum now to make it over the last element and takes a little squiggle approach .. well done, they make it through handily!

1:41 PM: Doug Payne and previous CCI5*L National Champion Quantum Leap are our next out on course. Austin and “Salty” are up on their minute markers as they make their way though fence 13, the MagnaWave Hollow.

1:37 PM: Austin and Salty are going nicely so far and they’re the first ones through the brand new complex at fence 7ABCD, the YANMAR Sunken Road. No problem at all!

1:35 PM: And we’re off! Austin O’Connor and Colorado Blue are out of the startbox and on course. This is a super strong pair across country, so they’ll be very exciting trail blazers for us to watch.

1:30 PM: Need a quick little refresher on what the course looks like before we begin? Here’s a lovely flyover video:

Saturday Links from World Equestrian Brands

While we’ve been largely focusing on Maryland this week and we’re ultra excited for cross country to kick off today, let’s take a moment to check in with the goings on at the FEI WBFSH Eventing World Breeding Championships at Mondial du Lion.

Great Britain’s Mollie Summerland leads the 6-yeard-old division aboard tall, dark, and handsome Mojo after turning in a neat 25.1 in the dressage, while Nicolas Touzaint and Gauguin du Busson have given the home nation a thrill after scoring 23.5 to lead the 7-year old division.

Chris Talley and Gina, who made the trek to France thanks to The Dutta Corp and the USEA’s Holekamp/Turner Grant, took to the sandbox yesterday (where thank goodness it seems to have dried up a bit since arena familiarization and yesterday’s tests), scoring a 33.7 for 36th place in the very large 7-year-old division. Chris and Gina won the 5-year-old division of the YEH East Coast Championships hosted alongside the inaugural Maryland 5 Star in 2021. How fitting to watch the culmination of their young horse journey alongside Maryland this weekend!

Chris and Gina leave the startbox today at 4:54 PM CET/ 10:54 EST and live streaming of Le Lion is available on the FEI YouTube channel! Watch the 6-year-old cross country here and the 7-year-olds here. Ride times for each division are here and here, respectively.

Here’s a look at how the rest of our American contingent at Le Lion faired between the boards and what time they’ll tackle the always beautiful Pierre Michelet track today:

  • Quidley Kellerman and Blakeneys Cruise posted a 34.9 to sit 31st in the 6-year-old championships. XC ride time: 11:42 AM CET / 5:42 AM ET.
  • Chris and his business partner Hannah Heritage have also brought Loughtown Cici over to contest the 7-year-old division. They scored 40.8 to sit in 69th. XC ride time: 1:24 PM CET / 7:24 AM ET.
  • Also representing the USA in the 7-year-old championships are Hallie Coon and Lucky Fortuna, who sit in 51st on a score of 36.0. XC ride time: 2:24 PM CET / 8:24 AM ET.

I hope you’ve braced yourself for a long day of live streaming! When you’ve finished watching Le Lion, cross country at Maryland today kicks off at 9:05 AM ET with the CCI3*-L and then the 5* starts at 1:35 PM ET, both brought to you via ClipMyHorse.TV/USEF Network in the US and via Horse & Country TV for those abroad. I’ll also be bringing you live updates from the 5* right here on EN!

Major International Events

MARS Maryland 5 Star: [Website] [Entries, Schedule & Times] [Live Scores] [Live Stream (North America)] [Live Stream (Outside North America)] [Tickets] [5* Form Guide] [Digital Program] [XC Maps] [EN’s Coverage]

Young Horse World Championships (Le Lion D’Angers, France): [Website] [Schedule] [Entries][Live Stream] [Scoring]

#Santiago2023: [Website] [Sport Schedule] [FEI Info Hub] [Live Stream] [EN’s Coverage]

Hagyard Midsouth Three-day Event: [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

U.S. Weekend Preview

Hagyard Midsouth Three-day Event (Lexington, KY) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer][Scoring]

Ram Tap National H.T. (Fresno, CA) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

SAzEA Fall H.T. (Tucson, AZ) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

Willow Draw Charity Show (Weatherford, TX) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer][Scoring]

Windermere Run H.T. (Grandview, MO) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

Links to Start Your Weekend:

Watch Why They Won: Knockemdown Knocks Them Out At Thoroughbred Makeover

Vogue India: India’s equestrians dreamed of gold. Then they defied the odds to get it

What’s Really Causing Bad Rides?

The lame game: Diagnostic improvements lead shift in equine injury treatment

Barn Buddies At The Thoroughbred Makeover: Mini Horses Make The Haul Easier

Sponsor Corner: World Equestrian Brands‘ Trainer Team Rider Lea Adams-Blackmore and her horse, Frosty, are looking good! Cheer them on in the CCI3* at the Maryland Five Star Event.

Morning Viewing: Here’s a flyover of this year’s course at Mondial du Lion!

Monday Video: Get Pumped for MD XC with this Throwback Ian Stark Video

It’s MARS Maryland 5 Star week, baby! We’re absolutely pumped to be bringing you loads of coverage this week from America’s fall five-star and as always, we’re excited to see what course designer, Olympian and European Champion Ian Stark, has up his sleeve for this year’s cross country course in his third year of five-star design.

If you’re headed to Maryland this week and have a bit of pre-cross country jitters, this little (hour long) 40-something year old video might be just the thing to help. Not only will young Ian remind you of the basics of horse care and conditioning, but you can revisit the basics of course walking and cross country riding with him too. And if your nerves this weekend have you feeling like you might yodel your groceries, we reckon you should just picture your course designer pumping iron and jogging Rocky-montage style. That should help you crack a smile!

MARS Maryland 5 Star: [Website] [Entries] [Schedule] [Live Stream] [Tickets] [EN’s Coverage]

EN’s coverage of MARS Maryland 5 Star is brought to you by Kentucky Performance Products.

Maryland 5 Star Drawn Order Goes Live: One Previous Champ Leads the Pack, Another Withdraws

Boyd Martin and Luke 140. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

This headline shouldn’t come as too big of a surprise. As the only rider competing two horses in the CCI5*-L division at the MARS Maryland 5 Star presented by Brown Advisory this year, we knew that Boyd Martin, winner of the inaugural event here in 2021, would be both the first out of the metaphorical gate as well as the rider to close out this year’s action. The question was just which horse would serve which role.

With the drawn order for next week’s event now live, we know that Boyd will ride the Luke 140 Syndicate’s Luke 140 as pathfinder. He’ll then close out the 27 strong field aboard Club Contessa’s Contessa. Both horses made their five-star debuts this spring: Luke 140 at Luhmühlen, where he finished a spectacular fourth place overall, and Contessa at the Kentucky Three-Day Event where she surprised Boyd himself with her maiden run at the level.

We will also see a handful of our international competitors early on in the order, giving spectators plenty of reason to show up for dressage early on Thursday as well as stake out their spot on cross country on Saturday. Austin O’Connor and cross country machine Colorado Blue, who placed third at Badminton this spring, ride second in the order. New Zealand’s Monica Spencer and her little Thoroughbred Artist as well as Piggy March and Brookfield Cavalier Cruise have also been drawn early in the order.

Oliver Townend and Cooley Rosalent. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Friday’s dressage session will certainly be exciting with the legendary William Fox-Pitt aboard Grafennacht drawn late in the order as well as FEI world number one Oliver Townend and young horse champion Cooley Rosalent as fourth last down the center line and out of the start box.

You can view the full drawn order for the 5* here as well as the drawn order for 49 competitors contesting the CCI3*-L Eventing National Championships here.

Very sadly, we will not see last year’s winner Tim Price return to Maryland to defend his title. His mount Falco recently underwent colic surgery and the veterinary team discovered a non-malignant tumor which they were able to remove. Falco will now enjoy some rest and recovery on an extended off-season holiday and we’ll look forward to seeing the gutsy gelding out and about again next year.

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MARS Maryland 5 Star: [Website] [Entries, Schedule & Times] [Live Scores] [Live Stream (North America)] [Live Stream (Outside North America)] [Tickets] [5* Form Guide] [Digital Program] [EN’s Coverage]

EN’s coverage of MARS Maryland 5 Star is brought to you by Kentucky Performance Products.

Saturday Links from World Equestrian Brands

I’ve never been to Morven Park and have yet to see the gorgeous grounds in person so I’m a little extra excited that they’re offering a live stream this year produced by RNS Videomedia! You too can watch for free right here on Morven Park’s YouTube channel. Morven is a a venue that I have heard many riders speak highly of over the years and it’s always a big year-end goal event for many as well, so what a treat to be able to enjoy the action live from afar. Cross country for 4*-L and 4*-S divisions begins at 9 a.m. EST, a change made earlier in the week due to forecasted rain. The 3*-S will follow the 4* divisions.

And if you’re in the mood for some additional live action, there’s also the Thoroughbred Makeover Finale streaming right here on the Retired Racehorse Project’s website beginning at 8:00 AM EST. Eventing is the first discipline in the order of go for the finale though, so you’ll have to tune in right at 8 sharp if you want to catch Jhett Jenkins and Smokeonthehorizon do their thing!

U.S. Weekend Action

Morven Park International & Fall Horse Trials (Leesburg, VA) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times][Volunteer] [Scoring]

Pine Hill Fall H.T. (Bellville, TX) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

Poplar Place Farm October H.T. (Hamilton, GA) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

Radnor Hunt H.T. (Malvern, PA) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

Redefined Equestrian Horse Trials (Fort Collins, CO) [Website] [Entries] [Volunteer] [Entries] [Scoring]

Coming up next week: Maryland 5 Star! We’ve go SO MUCH content coming your way, so eyes on EN 👀 and go eventing!

Maryland 5 Star: [Website] [Entries] [Live Stream] [Volunteer] [EN’s Coverage]

Links to Start Your Weekend:

Hay feeders vs. free choice: What is best for horses?

How Healthy Horse Hooves Help Arthritic Joints

Eight New Champions Rise to the Occasion at USEA Area II Championships

What You Need to Know About Your Horse’s Hunter’s Bump

Wearable Technology, Regional PET Scan Centers Among AAEP’s Recommendations For U.S. Thoroughbred Racing

Sponsor Corner: Will you be following the action at the Maryland 5* this week? Keep an eye out for World Equestrian Brands‘ rider Allison Springer and her up-and-coming mare, No May Moon. Meet the horse Allison describes as, “She’s little, she is fierce, and she’s fabulous. She’s on a roll.” Read more:

Allison Springer and No May Moon. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Morning Viewing: This video wouldn’t allow us to embed it here, but check out this local news spot about the Maryland 5 Star for a little look at the brand new complex on the cross country course! (It’s a sunken road!)

Monday Video: Reminiscing About Red Hills, Circa 2005

Ah, the early aughts of our dear sport … these were the years I personally had had been bitten by the eventing bug so I always recall watching and reading about the top horses and riders of this era with great nostalgia. Whenever I come across a highlight video from this area it’s always a real treat!

Established in 1997, the Red Hills International Horse Trials is one such event that now lives on in the memories of eventing fanatics alongside the local community. Since the event’s inception, the organizers of the event worked alongside the City of Tallahassee to make Red Hills weekend a date that was circled annually on the calendars of competitors and residents of Tallahassee and neighboring communities alike. Red Hill ran it’s last event in 2022 before the re-shuffling of the USEF eventing calendar for 2023-2027 which saw them lose their long-standing CCI4*-S division.

While we may not have Red Hills on the calendar anymore, at lease we can get a few peeks into the past thanks to YouTube. Join local Tallahassee TV-personality Anna Johnson-Reidel and the late great and beloved Roger Haller as they host this TV segment, originally aired on Comcast Sports Southeast, on the 2005 Red Hills International CIC***.

Saturday Links from World Equestrian Brands

Photo by Abby Powell.

I can’t be the only one who feels as if they’re about to enter into some enchanted forest when hacking through a little tunnel of trees like this, right? Please tell me I’m not alone in this silly little daydream!

And don’t forget that you can enjoy some live action from Boekelo this morning! Click here for a course preview and here for how to tune in. The girls on the ground are killing it with their reels too, so make sure to follow along on EN’s Instagram as well!

U.S. Weekend Action

Apple Knoll Farm H.T. (Millis, MA) [Website] [Volunteer] [Ride Times]

Middle Tennessee Pony Club H.T. (Nashville, TN) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Scoring]

The Maryland Horse Trials at Loch Moy Farm (Adamstown, MD) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times][Volunteer] [Scoring]

WindRidge Farm Fall H.T. (Mooresboro, NC) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Scoring]

Woodside Fall International (Woodside, CA) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer][Scoring]

Major International Events

Military Boekelo CCIO4* [Website] [Schedule] [Live Stream] [EN’s Coverage]

Links to Start Your Weekend:

2 Grooms Shot After Hours At Sacramento International

Blood changes reveal challenges of Eventing cross country courses

EC Welcomes Input on Proposed Rule Changes

Ringside Chat: Springer’s Talented String Earns Two FEI Wins At Stable View

Establish Good Ground Manners

Sponsor Corner: 20% off custom Mattes pads until 10/9! Have a crazy color combination in mind or something classic? The possibilities are endless! Design the Mattes pad of your dreams on the online configurator.

Morning Viewing: What happens when a top-level dressage rider tried to keep up with a hall of fame jockey in the gym?

Monday Video: Eventers Invade Dressage at Devon

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Dressage at Devon, one of the premier shows held annually at the historic Devon Horse Show grounds in Devon, Pennsylvania wrapped up yesterday after a fun-filled six days of very fancy prancing. While we tend to see a strong number of event riders frequently moonlight in the show jumping ring, it feels fair to say that we see fewer end up dabbling in pure dressage so it’s exciting to see a few familiar names from our eventing work wind up in the Dixon Oval this weekend!

One such event rider who has done much more than merely dabble in dressage is non other than five-star eventer Lainey Ashker. Over the past several years Lainey has developed a string of dressage horses and has competed through the Grand Prix level. This weekend she brought forward Ann Wilson’s 2014 Oldenburg Gelding, Zeppelin, (Blue Hors Zack — Hardenberg Donnerschwee) to contest the CDI1* Intermediate at Devon. They qualified for thefreestyle finale last night and scored rocking 71.033%, a personal best at the level, earning a fabulous third place overall with their Led Zeppelin themed musical freestyle. Who knew “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You” pairs perfectly with an extended trot?!

And that’s not all — earlier this week we mentioned that Boyd Martin filled in for his wife, Silva, as a demo rider in the Cathrine Laudrup-Dufour masterclass, and now Boyd has shared some video highlights from his time with the Dutch Olympian in the Dixon Oval. We know Boyd as quite a brave rider (he does have a whole Noelle Floyd Masterclass on the subject, after all) but I think it’s a whole different kind of bravery to bring an event horse — he rode his own Commando 3 who just won the CCI4-S at The Fork last month — into an arena with stands full of pure dressage riders for a clinic! Well done, mate.

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Saturday Links from World Equestrian Brands

Photo via Dressage at Devon on Facebook.

Spot the eventer amongst the dressage divas! While Silva Martin was originally slated to ride in the Dressage at Devon 2023 Master Class with Dutch Olympian Cathrine Laudrup-Dufour, she wound up being a little busy this week giving birth to her and Boyd’s third child. Boyd ended up getting the best seat (saddle) in the house and taking Silva’s place as a demo rider, gracing the Dixon Oval aboard one of his eventing mounts, Commando 3, on Thursday night. We’re still waiting on word of how many changes Cathrine made them do!

U.S. Weekend Action

Course Brook Farm Fall H.T. (Sherborn, MA) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer][Scoring]

ESDCTA New Jersey H.T. (Allentown, NJ) [Website] [Volunteer]

Fleur de Leap H.T. (Folsom, LA) [Website] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

Jump Start H.T. (Lexington, KY) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

Ocala Fall Horse Trials (Ocala, FL) [Website] [Volunteer]

Old Tavern Horse Trials (The Plains, VA) [Website] [Entries] [Volunteer]

Spokane Sport Horse 9th Annual Fall H.T. (Spokane, WA) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times][Volunteer] [Scoring]

Stable View Oktoberfest 2/3/4* and H.T. (Aiken, SC) [Website] [Entries] [Volunteer]

Sundance Farm H.T. (Plymouth, WI) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Scoring]

Tomora Horse Trials (Greeley, CO) [Website] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

Major International Events

2023 Asian Games (Hangzhou, China) [Equestrian Schedule and Info]

Links to Start Your Weekend:

Shoto Targets Double Gold for Japan

Nominations for 2023 USEA Appreciation Awards Now Open through October 29

Behind The Photo: Bridle Mishap Tests Decade-Long Partnership

George Morris Said…

Bit chewing aids gut motion in horses, study findings suggest

Sponsor Corner: I recently saw a video on social media of someone taking a hose to a gorgeous leather saddle… Please don’t do this, you’ll make team EN cry! Instead, take the advice of World Equestrian Brands. Use a high-quality tack cleaner/conditioner like Amerigo Leather Care. And please. Put the hose down.

Morning Viewing: Bently or Shetland?

Monday Video: Flashback to Maryland + Update on 2023 Entries

Just in case you haven’t made the trip to the MARS Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill yet, allow us to remind you of what you’re missing out on with this recap from the event’s sophomore running last year. In addition to the spectacular competition there’s food and drink, activities for all ages, shopping galore, a CORGI RACE, and did we mention the food and drink?!

This year’s event, which runs from October 19th through the 22nd , is shaping up to be just as epic in every way. Check out everything on the schedule here where you can toggle in between the competition and everything else (a pretty neat web feature if I do say so myself!)

Last week we got a our first look at this year’s CCI5-L entries and since then we’ve got one new addition to share with you: Cornelia Fletcher (neé Dorr) and her own Daytona Beach 8, who wowed the world at Burghley last fall, now bring the total five-star entries up to 29. And #cutealert: that means we’ll have a husband and wife team competing side by side in this division, as Jacob Fletcher is entered to make his five-star debut aboard Fabian. I just love love and especially I love eventing love, don’t you?

Of course — do I even need to say it? — keep it locked on EN for all your Maryland 5 Star updates!

Saturday Links from World Equestrian Brands

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Check out this sneaky save from Anni Grandia-Dodson! Anni jumped three fences aboard HSH Bold Decision sans right stirrup in the Open Intermediate at Aspen Farm last weekend before she was able stealthily slip her foot back into it. If you were watching her round as a spectator or watching a zoomed-out video not knowing to look at the stirrup, would you even notice that something had gone wrong? Likely not. And that is how you know all that no-stirrup work paid off bigtime. Oh yeah — and they went on to win their division!

U.S. Weekend Action

Heritage Park H.T. (Olathe, KS) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Meadowcreek Park H.T – Fall Social Event (Kosse, TX) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times][Volunteer] [Scoring]

Unionville H.T. (Unionville, PA) [Website] [Entries] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

Twin Rivers Fall International (Paso Robles, CA) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer][Scoring]

University of New Hampshire H.T. (Durham, NH) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer][Scoring]

Links to Start Your Weekend:

What do sunrises and equine joint health have in common?

Bill to End Transport of Live Horses to Japan

Real Rider Cup Wraps Up In Fair Hill With $140,000 Raised In 2023

‘Various people have tried to talk me out of it’: Ian Stark plans his ‘semi-retirement’

$75K study to assess effect of equine therapy on stroke sufferers

Sponsor Corner: Have you met World Equestrian Brands‘ rider Sharon White’s new up-and-comer? Jaguar Duende has a nearly unheard of eventing record for a young horse and most recently won the Preliminary Horse Championships at the USEA American Eventing Championships. Read more:

Sharon White and Jaguar Duende collect their winnings in the Preliminary Horse Championship at AEC. Photo by Sally Spickard.

Morning Viewing: Take a quick walk around last weekend’s Blenheim 4* course with Laura Collett:

Monday Video: A Morgan Takes on Modified

You can consider today’s video a little bit of a #spoileralert because I had the pleasure of chatting with Kathleen Bailey this past Friday afternoon for an upcoming article. Fresh of a successful trip to the AECs with her two Morgan geldings, we spoke at length about the incredible versatility of the Morgan horse and why they’d make a great sport horse for so many riders, even if they’re not a “typical” sport horse breed.

Kathleen was on the road to the Green Mountain Horse Association (GMHA) September horse trials when we spoke, trailering Kennebec Rugby to contest their first Modified together and their trip sure didn’t disappoint. Those little Morgan legs simply flew and the pair clocked the fastest time in whole Open Modified division, moving the pair up from sixth place after show jumping to finish second overall. They might even have been a little faster too had Kathleen not almost forgotten a fence on the latter half of the course (you’ll hear some colorful and hysterical language!)

While we’ll be getting to know Kathleen and Rugby (along with Rugby’s half brother, fellow eventer and jack-of-all trades Kennebec Echo) much more in a future article, I thought this helmet cam video deserved a little feature of it’s own since it honestly might just be one of the most fun ones I’ve ever watched!

Saturday Links from World Equestrian Brands

Good morning, EN! To get our day started, we’re checking in on the action at The Fork at Tryon, presented by Yammer America. The Fork features a CCI4*-S horses prepping for their respective fall destinations, a CCI2*-L, CCI1*-S, and National levels from Beginner Novice through Advanced.

Boyd Martin and Yankee Creek Ranch LLC’s Commando 3 are currently in command-o of the 4*-S after dressage and show jumping. More than half of the field, which will send 19 forward to Capt. Phillips’ cross country test tomorrow, lowered at least one rail in the show jumping, with two pairs incurring Compulsory Retirement.

The top three, however, remain untouched: Boyd and Commando, who’s aiming at the CCI4*-L at Morven Park next month, took the early lead on a dressage score of 28.7 and missed out on the time allowed to add 1.2 time penalties. Jacob Fletcher and Fletcher Farms’ Fabian — who should very much be on your radar this fall with several strong finishes at this level under their belt — are in second on a score of 33.9 with one rail. Phillip Dutton and Boekelo-bound Denim, owned by Ann Lapides, Caroline Moran, and Neill Sites, are in third with a 35.1. Fourth-placed Julie Wolfert, bouncing back after an injury this spring forced her to truncate the first part of her season, notched one of just two clear rounds inside the time with her own, Sheri Gurske, and Renee Senter’s SSH Playboy to sit on a score of 35.4.

You can check in on all scores from The Fork here. There is no live stream of the cross country today, but we’ll provide another update on the final results this weekend. Stay tuned!

Also on Our Radar:

Photo via Green Mountain Horse Association on Facebook.

The mornings have turned crisp, the grass is lush from a (very) wet summer, and pumpkins are a must-have for fence decorations: this is eventing in Area 1 in the fall! I’m betting that there are few venues more thankful to see the other side of this summer than the Green Mountain Horse Association (GMHA) in South Woodstock, Vermont.

With their cross country fields now fully recovered from two major flooding events in July — thanks to the generous help of donors and volunteers alongside the tireless work of the grounds crew — the venue is excited to see horses and riders galloping across their beautiful pumpkin-laden course this weekend!

U.S. Weekend Action

Aspen Farm H.T. (Yelm, WA) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

Flying Cross Farm H.T. (Goshen, KY) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer][Scoring]

GMHA September H.T. (South Woodstock, VT) [Website] [Entries] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

Marlborough H.T (Upper Marlboro, MD) [Website] [Entries] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

Otter Creek Fall H.T. (Wheeler, WI) [Website] [Entries] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

The Event at Skyline (Mt Pleasant, UT) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

The Fork at Tryon (Mill Spring, NC) [Website] [Entries] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

Major International Events:

Blenheim Palace International: [Website] [Entries] [Live Stream]

Links to Start Your Weekend:

‘He’s the gift that keeps on giving’: meet the Blenheim first-timer and her ‘pride and joy’ campaigner on an incredible journey

Sixteen factors increase likelihood of a successful Eventing cross-country – study

EC Releases Socio-Economic Impact Report

It Takes A Villa: An Eventer Tackles A Carriage Classic

Hot on Horse Nation: 20 Top Gun Quotes That Apply to Riding Horses

Sponsor Corner: With Sergio Grasso boots by World Equestrian Brands, you can be as wild or as understated as you’d like. This pair that features silver glitter leather with crocodile texture and silver piping is for those equestrians who want to live life on the wild side 🐊

Morning Viewing: Walk the 4* course for The Fork at Tryon with Selena O’ Hanlon: