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About Abby Powell

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

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Monday News & Notes from Fleeceworks

Photo by Alison Green for Shannon Brinkman Photo, shared via Ocala Jockey Club International Three-Day Event on Facebook.

Smartphones have oodles of megapixels and “nice” cameras are no longer found only in the hands of professionals. ‘Anyone can be a photographer these days’ is a lament that I’ve heard more than once from professionals and hardcore hobbyists alike. It’s easy to point, shoot, and get a decent snap when you have a user-friendly dSLR in your hand. Despite the pure quantity of pictures floating around, I hope that quality is still appreciated.

Shannon Brinkman, who was the official event photographer at the Ocala Jockey Club International Three-Day Event this weekend, and her second shooters all produce incredible quality photos. Their eye for framing and composition makes sports photography look like portraiture; I am constantly in awe of their talent and could spend hours admiring their art. You can check out more of their photos shared on the Ocala Jockey Club Facebook page.

National Holiday: National Peanut Butter Fudge Day

Major Events This Weekend:

Mitsubishi Motors Australian International Three-Day Event [Website] [Results]

Ocala Jockey Club 3-Day International Event [Website] [Results]

U.S. Weekend Action:

Fresno County Horse Park H.T. [Website] [Results]

Monday News & Notes:

We continue to remember Australian eventing trailblazer Gillian Rolton, who passed away on Saturday after battling cancer. Gillian was the director of the Australian International Three-Day Event, which took place this weekend, and the video tribute to her was presented at the event. [Gillian Rolton honoured at Australian International Three Day Event after death from cancer]

Anne Kursinski is a popular clinician in the jumper world, but the techniques she preaches can apply across disciplines. In a recent clinic in Frenchtown, New Jersey she emphasized the important of rider position, effectiveness, and correct flatwork. [Anne Kursinski Clinic Day 1: Control Your Position To Control Your Horse][Anne Kursinski Clinic Day 2: Clear Communication Is Key]

Gym memberships are expensive, but that’s not an excuse to slack on fitness. There are already plenty of everyday objects around the barn that you can use to step up your exercise program and get strong for the saddle. [Equipment for At-Home Exercise | Be Equestrian Fit]

Saturday Video: Ain’t no party like a Stutttgart German Masters party. Spot anyone familiar in the crowd?

Party-Time beim STUTTGART GERMAN MASTERS mit DJ Thommy im Saal 1.

Party-Time im Saal 1: STUTTGART GERMAN MASTERS mit DJ & Entertainer Thommy. Mach die Nacht zum Tag! 🍾🎉

Posted by Stuttgart German Masters on Saturday, November 18, 2017

Saturday Links from Tipperary

Photo via Booli Selmayr – Fox Valley Sport Horses on Facebook.

We’re sending heaps of healing vibes and well wishes to Booli Selmayr, who has been in the ICU since Sunday with a myriad of internal injuries after a freak accident on one of her horses. It’s been a very tough year for Booli, but she continues to maintain a positive outlook as she soldiers forward in her healing. Get well soon, Booli! EN is looking forward to seeing you back on course!

National Holiday: National Adoption Day

Major Events This Weekend:

Mitsubishi Motors Australian International Three-Day Event [Website] [Entries] [Live Scores]

Ocala Jockey Club 3-Day International Event [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Fresno County Horse Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Saturday Links:

New Vocations Pony Club Challenge Gives Off-The-Track Thoroughbreds And Pony Clubbers A Chance

Linstedt Clinches Wire-to-Wire Win in USEA Classic Series at Galway Downs

10 Things I Learned from Jack Le Goff’s Autobiography

New Zealand’s Clarke Johnstone says Adelaide International critical for World Champs selection

PODCAST EXCERPT: How Does Forage Keep Horses Warm?

Heartbreak as top rider Olivia Wilmot loses four-star eventer to injury

Riding in Fear? You Don’t Have to Anymore

Saturday Video:

Liz Halliday-Sharp and Fernhill By Night are the overnight leaders in the CIC3* and thanks to EQSportsNet, you can watch their lovely test here!

Liz Halliday and Fernhill By Night

Liz Halliday-Sharp – HS Eventing and Fernhill By Night are the leaders after the CIC3* dressage at the Ocala Jockey Club International Three-Day Event! CIC3* competitors will show jump tomorrow afternoon!

Posted by EQSportsNet on Friday, November 17, 2017

Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: Lucky Pennies

See a penny, pick it up. All day long, you’ll have good luck!

I’d be willing to bet that most folks have heard this old adage or some variation of it. I have a very clear memory of my mom stooping down in the grocery store parking lot and retrieving a worn penny off the asphalt, then handing it to my 8-year-old self and reciting the saying. It’s always stuck with me, and to this day I still occasionally duck down to pick up a lone coin off the sidewalk. (I must admit though, the higher the denomination, the more likely I am to expend the effort to collect it — horses gotta eat, you know.)

This week, these three OTTBs with penny-colored coats caught my eye. You may very well be one lucky person if you pick one of them up!

You Tarzan (Utopia (JPN) – Overextended (FR), by Entrepreneur (GB)): 2010 16-hand New York bred gelding

You Tarzan, me a fan of this horse’s build!  He’s had a moderately successful racing career, with over $50,000 in winnings in 37 starts, but it’s time for him to move on to a second career. Someone’s needs to put that nice hind end and shoulder to use and get him in training as a sporthorse. He’s reported to be sound and with no vices. His owner is fond of his sensibility and is sad to see him retire!

View Me Tarzan on CANTER PA.

Mr. Awesome Act (Awesome of Course – Catnandu, by Lion Heart): 2013 15.2-hand Florida bred gelding

Mr. Awesome Act sadly did not make such an awesome race horse, but that doesn’t mean he can’t make a terrific event prospect for someone out there! He’s been deemed not competitive enough keep over the winter to race again next season, so his owners are retiring him sound. His connections report that he’s a true gentleman to handle and work around.

View Mr. Awesome Act on Finger Lakes Finest Inc.

Amaoldfashiondgirl (Old Fashioned – Amature Night, by Marquetry): 2011 15.1-hand Indiana bred mare

“Emma” came off the track earlier this year and has already had several months of let down before being restarted under saddle. She may be a chestnut mare, but her trainers say she’s as sweet and uncomplicated as they come. Emma is already working under saddle on the flat and over fences and even placed second in her very first show this summer!

View Amaoldfashiondgirl on Friends of Ferdinand Inc.

Monday Video from Tredstep Ireland: James Alliston and Happenstance, Galway Downs CCI3* XC

Last weekend, James Alliston rode Mary McKee’s Happenstance to a wire-to-wire victory in the CCI3* at Galway Downs. Thanks to Ride On Video you can watch their handy, double-clear cross country run here!

This was Eric Winter’s first time designing on U.S. soil and he did not disappoint! Riders jumped at the chance to ride a course by the same man who designed for Badminton in 2017, and for Blenheim through 2016. The Galway Downs terrain is a neat thing to behold as well — taking riders over soccer fields, winding through brush, and down the home stretch of the racetrack. Looks like fun to me!

Veterans Day Saturday Links from Tipperary

The legendary Lucinda Green. Photo by Samantha Clark.

‘Tis the season for clinicing! Full Gallop Farm in Aiken is hosting a clinic this weekend with eventing legend Lucinda Green. This weekend’s sessions are chock full (auditing is welcome though!), but a second weekend with Lucinda has just been added due to the overwhelming demand. There are still 10 spots to fill in the newly-scheduled clinic which will be held Sunday and Monday November 19th-20th. Click here for information on how to register.

Also of note – yesterday Military Boekelo added their name to the growing list of organizations encouraging the FEI to mandate the use of frangible technology on certain fences. Read their statement on Facebook here.

National Holiday: Veterans Day – to all who have served, both human and animal, we thank you!

U.S. Weekend Action:

Full Moon Farms H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

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

Poplar Place Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

Texas Rose Horse Park Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Saturday Links:

Cambalda – The King of Consistency

PODCAST: FEH Championship Winners + USEA Convention Preview

We Need To Stop Lying To Ourselves

Annoyed by rise in entry fees? Here’s what it really costs to run a horse trials

Championing the Champion: Why La Biosthetique Sam Is the “Greatest Event Horse That’s Ever Lived”

Troubleshooting Horse Arena Hazards

Saturday Video:

Equine Affaire is happening this weekend in Springfield, Massachusetts and I am totally bummed out not to be there!

2017 MA Equine Affaire

Equine Affaire is in full swing at the Eastern States Exposition! Don't miss out on all things equine this weekend. #ea17ma

Posted by Equine Affaire, Inc. (Official) on Friday, November 10, 2017

Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: Those Grey November Days

I’ve always considered November to be the greyest month of the year. It’s colder out, it’s darker out, it always seems to be cloudy, and the blazing yellow and orange of autumn leaves have faded — it’s just dreary. Thankfully, a visit to the barn to see my horse instantly brightens up my day without fail. (Even if it is dark out at 4:30 p.m., ugh.)

You know what does look great in grey though? (I think you can guess where I’m going with this!) This week we’ve picked out three cloudy-colored prospects who, if you bring one home, are sure to brighten up your barn even on the darkest of late-fall days.

My Italian Rule (Road Ruler – My Italian Rose, by Solar City): 2011 16.0-hand Illinois bred mare

Doesn’t every grey-lover wish for a horse who stays dark and dappled? This six-year-old girl’s color is reminiscent of an impending thundercloud and isn’t showing any signs of lightening up! She’s also a real athlete, running in 47 starts and earning almost $100,000 on the track. After four seasons of racing, she’s not as competitive as she once was so her trainer is ready to find her a second career to shine in again which shouldn’t be too difficult — her pedigree traces back to several good sport horse lines.

View My Italian Rule on Finger Lakes Finest.

Bully Song (Unbridled’s Song – Teton National, by Forestry): 2009 15.3-hand Kentucky bred gelding

Something about the look of this horse just oozes class. Maybe it’s his proud posture? His swoon-worthy dapples? Or his noble face? Whatever it is, he has also been a real winner on the track with $134,000 earned in 39 starts. Despite his success, “Bully” is ready to retire soundly from the track and start his new career. His trainer reports that he has no vices and is a favorite to handle as he’s polite and pleasant.

View Bully Song on CANTER PA.

Get Ready Freddie (More Than Ready – Tazmon, by Maria’s Mon): 2014 16.1-hand New York bred gelding

Even with a well-known trainer such as Todd Pletcher, some horses just don’t wanna run. Freddie is one of those horses, having shown no promise as a racehorse after two starts. However, this young gelding has already been restarted under saddle and despite banal performances on the track, is showing a good aptitude as a riding horse. Unfortunately he is a cribber, but if you can look past that vice you’ll find forward, level-headed, and quick-learning partner.

View Get Ready Freddie on New Vocations.

Monday Video from Tredstep Ireland: When Dressage Riders Jump

Cross training can be so beneficial for athletes, horses included. (That’s one reason eventing rocks, am I right?) Matt Baker, of Southhampton, England, and Katie Lawrence seem to think so, but their gridwork didn’t end quite as anticipated.

In the words of Matt Baker himself: “…Oh, wow.”

Posted by Mat Baker on Saturday, November 4, 2017


Saturday Links from Tipperary

Photo via Mardanza Farm on Facebook.

Ah, the rolling hills of Florida… Now that’s something you don’t hear very often, huh? As someone from the north who’s getting ready to be relegated to an indoor for the next several months, heading down to Florida would be a real treat. Those that are lucky enough to be headed south soon are also lucky to have a place such as Mardanza Farm in Marion County to work on their horse’s fitness. Mardanza Farm’s grounds manager has been hard at work this summer making the footing the best it can possibly be and the gallop lanes are now open for the season!

National Holiday: National Bison Day

Major Events This Weekend:

Galway Downs: WebsiteScheduleRide Times & ScoresLive StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Action:

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

Full Gallop Farm November H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

Saturday Links:

Jane Sleeper’s UN Spreads Her Legacy

Criteria Developed for the Wilton Fair Grant

British Eventing entry fees and prize money to increase

For Para-Dressage Athlete Mary Jordan, Riding is “Spiritual Medicine”

Emily King: Three Horses That Made Me

Study: Many Riders Don’t Groom Horses Properly or Safely

Daniel Stewart’s Tip of the Month: Reframing for Resilience

Saturday Video: 

Clayton Fredericks gives us a closer look at Mardanza Farm’s footing and gallop hill.

Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: SoCal Breeder’s Cup Edition

The 34th annual Breeder’s Cup World Championships take place this weekend at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in California. The racing kicks off on Friday, November 3rd as over 150 horses vie for a piece of the $28 million in purse money during “the richest weekend in sports”.

From Santa Anita, to Los Alamitos, to Del Mar, Southern California is hot spot for Thoroughbred racing. If you’re headed out that way for the Breeder’s Cup festivities and also happen to be in the market for your next equine partner, there are lots of options to check out. Here are three SoCal horses waiting to start new careers:

Atila’s War (Bamaha BreezeMarwah (GB), by King’s Best): 2014 16.1-hand California bred gelding.

Clean legs, solid build, and no vices — this sparkling chestnut may not have placed in any races, but he’s ready for a second chance at a new career. His connections say he’s very mature and classy for a three-year-old and will make someone a nice sport horse prospect. Volunteers who have seen him say he’s a doll and has a very kind eye!

View Atila’s War on CANTER California.

Cali Gold (Dixie ChatterAta Dynaformer, by Dynaformer): 2015 15.3-hand California bred filly

The name says it all! This young one is a total blank slate, having never been started under saddle for race training or otherwise. She’s still young and could grow beyond her current 15.3-hand stature. According to her owners, she has an even temperament and a great brain so starting this girl up should be enjoyable.

View Cali Gold on CANTER California.

Summers Dignity (Unbridled ManAnn T, by Siberian Summer): 2010 16.1-hand California-bred mare

This mare has only just come off the track after earning almost $50,000 in 25 starts. Her owner and trainer has enjoyed riding her and says she’s “ready to take on anything.” A sound, solid girl with no vices — this almost-war horse could be your next event partner.

View Summers Dignity on CANTER California.

Monday Video from Tredstep Ireland: Lainey Ashker’s Virginia Horse Trials CCI1* Helmet Cam

“I wouldn’t sell this horse for a million dollars,” said Lainey Ashker after stripping the saddle from Call Him Paddy, having just ridden double clear across country in the horse’s first CCI1*.

Lainey’s mom, Valerie, found “Patrick” for her as a Thoroughbred Makeover project for the 2015 competition. Since then, he’s moved up the levels with Lainey and just finished 8th in the CCI1*-B division at the Virginia Horse Trials this weekend after adding just 3 time penalties from show jumping onto their dressage score.

The little 15.3-hand gelding has scope to spare and cockiness to match his athleticism. Lainey has dubbed him her “Five-Star Hamster” given his ‘I’ve got this’ attitude and small stature. She has said previously that Patrick very much reminds her of her now-retired Advanced and CCI4* partner, Anthony Patch (better known as “Al”).

We hope to see Lainey and Patrick up at the top levels someday! In the meantime, enjoy their helmet cam from this weekend:

Monday News and Notes from Fleeceworks

EN’s own Leslie Threlkeld was on hand to capture the autumnal scenery at VHT. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

The nomination period is now open for the Eventing Riders Association of North America (ERA of NA) Year End Awards. There are four different accolades, each of which celebrates a special individual who has made contributions to the sport of eventing. New for this year is the Amateur Impact Award! You can read more about the criteria for each award and how to nominate someone here.

National Holiday: National Publicist Day

Pau Links: WebsiteResultsEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Action:

Virginia CCI, CIC & H.T. [Website] [Results]

Chattahoochee Hills H.T. [Website] [Results]

Holly Hill Fall H.T. [Website] [Results]

Monday News and Notes:

We’re still reeling from the loss of Lucy Boynton’s Crackerjack after a misstep on the Pau CCI4* cross county course shattered the horse’s pastern. In remembrance, his rider, Boyd Martin, shared this article from the spring, which is a look back on the horse’s journey and how his partnership with Boyd came to be. Our continued condolences go out to Crackers’ connections, for whom we are heartbroken.  [“He’s Not an Ordinary Horse”: Team Effort Brought Crackerjack to #RK3DE Presented by Land Rover]

Emily Ashburn and Ellie Brown won Charles Owen Technical Merit Awards at the Colorado Horse Trials in September. Let’s get to know these riders whose technique set them apart from the rest of the field. [Ashburn and Brown Claim Charles Owen Technical Merit Awards at Colorado]

Finou 4 is blind in one eye but that didn’t stop him from clearing 6’7″ to win the Puissance at the Washington International Horse Show with Aaron Vale in the irons. [Aaron Vale’s Mount Finou 4 Has Won the WIHS Puissance Twice—& He’s Done it With One Seeing Eye]

Monday Video: The Washington International Horse show wrapped up yesterday, so it’s time to take a look back on a week that was. How do we get a jumbotron at events? That could be fun.

Saturday Links from Tipperary

El oso de Pau

A post shared by Manuel Carlos Villa (@manuelcarlosvilla) on

Good morning, EN! Rise and shine and get your live stream and cup of coffee set up for one of the last major events of the year. Caution: watch out for rouge bears and icebergs on course…?


Pau Links: WebsiteScheduleEntriesScoringLive StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Action:

Virginia CCI, CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

Holly Hill Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

Saturday Links:

PODCAST: Get to Know the New USEF Eventing Performance Director + Fair Hill International CCI3* Winner

Izzy Taylor’s Winning Strategy For Developing a Young Horse’s Stamina

Pau horse trials: riders react to ‘intense’ cross-country course

The Annual Goresbridge Go For Gold Sale Highlights Potential Eventing Stars

Here’s How “Good Horses…as Simple as That” Have Made Cooley Farm the Toast of Eventing Sport

Six Steps to Keeping Aging Performance Horses Healthy

Saturday Video:

Horses have invaded downtown D.C. this week at the Washington International Horse Show. This show has it all: hunters, jumpers, puissance, costume classes, and PONIES. Race 1 of the Shetland Pony Steeplechase took place on Thursday and race 2 is later tonight!

Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: Friends of Ferdinand Edition

This week we’d like to introduce you to Friends of Ferdinand Inc. (FFI), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Indiana that specializes in retraining and rehoming former race horses.

The organization’s namesake is the 1986 Kentucky Derby and 1987 Breeder’s Cup winner Ferdinand who, after a lackluster career at stud met his end likely at a slaughterhouse in Japan, as reported by The Blood Horse. A champion and a gentle horse with a sweet disposition, Ferdinand didn’t deserve the fate that he came to. His story spurred the founders of FFI to help other thoroughbreds find new homes and avoid the slaughterhouse pipeline

Friends of Ferdinand’s motto is “the right home, the first time” and they have a 95% success rate in matching the right horse with the right rider initially. The horses taken in by FFI each have a veterinary exam upon arrival, have at least 30 days of retraining, are available for test rides, and have a 30 day trial period.

Here are three nice prospects currently available through Friends of Ferdinand. Is your’s the right home for one of them?

Indy Tower (Ocean IndyIrish Tempest, by Irish Tower): 2011 16.1-hand Indiana bred gelding

The FFI staff says there’s a lot to like about this big-bodied bay. After only 13 starts, he’s a blank canvas with good movement and has been accommodating of whatever he’s asked to do. Indy’s training thus far has been focused on flatwork, but the staff plans to start him over fences soon.

View Indy Tower on Friends of Ferdinand.

Upon A Prayer (SongandaprayerAudacity, by Chief’s Crown): 2007 16.3-hand Kentucky bred gelding

This leggy guy is looking for a rider with a work ethic to match his. For his short racing career of only nine starts, he actually did quite well – winning three and placing in one.  “Bill” is the type of horse that wants a job and would thrive in a steady program. He’s well-suited to event and has loved his cross country schooling sessions!

View Upon A Prayer on Friends of Ferdinand.

Step Rightly ( Spanish Steps – Hope for a Change, by Strong Hope): 2012 16.3-hand Indiana bred mare

According to the staff, this unraced lady is “easily one of the most versatile, athletic and talented horses” that has come through the Friends of Ferdinand facility in a while. “Sweet Pea” has great gaits and has been started over fences, showing lots of potential for an ambitious young rider or adult.

View Step Rightly on Friends of Ferdinand.

Monday Video from Tredstep Ireland: Ride Around Mondial du Lion

Giant spiders, owls, and a chess board … It might sound like we’re talking about Harry Potter, but it’s actually the ever-whimsical cross country course at Mondial du Lion where the Six- and Seven-Year-Old World Championships took place over the weekend.

Le Lion is known for having an immaculately groomed and imaginative cross cross country course. The track designed by Pierre Michelet is so stunning decorated that walking the course must feel like walking straight into a fantasy novel.

If you weren’t able to catch the live stream this weekend — don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a look back at the seven-year-old CCI2** top four after cross country, respectively: James Avery and Vitali, Mary King and King Robert, Chris Burton and Lawtown Boy, and eventual winner, Astier Nicolas and Alertamalib’or. Be sure to admire the horses, the riding, and the course as you watch these pairs!

Saturday Links from Tipperary

It me. Photo by Tilly Berendt

I dunno about you all, but that felt like a long week. I’ve been really looking forward to the weekend – sleeping in, nursing a mug of coffee, eating something for breakfast other than a protein bar…you know, weekend stuff. Too bad I’m an equestrian which means I’m a glutton for punishment and signed myself up for morning chores today. Protein bar and travel mug again it is! You know, I really wouldn’t have it any other way though.

National Holiday: National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day

Major Events this Weekend:

Le Lion: Website & Live StreamEntries & ResultsEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Action:

Waredaca Classic N/T3DE & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Tryon Riding & Hunt Club H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

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

Pine Hill Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Fresno County Horse Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Hagyard Midsouth Classic 3DE, CCI, & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Saturday Links:

Hutchins-Kristen Maintains Lead after Cross-Country in the USEF CCI1* Eventing National Championship; Pierce Remains on Top in USEF CCI1*-JR/YR Eventing National Championship

2-on-1 with Boyd Martin

Marilyn Little and Clearwater Gallop Away With Win in $130,000 Suncast Commercial Welcome Stake CSI 5*

Trophy Tales: A History of U.S. Eventing Awards – Young Rider of the Year

Want to Get Tougher? Here Are 10 Things Mentally Strong Riders Don’t Do

Piecing Together the Performance Horse 

Saturday Video:

I’m a total sucker for a dapple grey, so I simply can’t get over the stunningly gorgeous Cooley Quicksilver. The gelding is contesting the Six Year Old World Championships with Liz Halliday-Sharp and the pair is sitting in 36th position going into cross country today. Don’t forget you can watch via live stream here!

Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: Tall, Dark and Handsome

Short, tall, blonde, brunette, redhead … chrome or no chrome … everyone has a type! If tall, dark and handsome is your thing then here are three CANTER USA horses who might just be exactly what you’re looking for in your next equine partner.

Lincecum (OnebadsharkP R’s Princess, by Surachai): 2008 16.0-hand California bred gelding

Hello, gorgeous! This fella has no white markings whatsoever and looks like he galloped straight out of Black Beauty. With 54 career starts, this ‘War Horse’ earned over $77,000 on the track and is now looking to retire to a new career. The CANTER volunteer who visited him said he’s got clean-looking legs and was a personable and all-around happy guy.

View Lincecum on CANTER USA.

Dark and Beau (Polish MinerMemo Lady, by Memo (CHI)): 2014 16.0-hand California bred gelding

With a name like “Dark and Beau” how could we not include this guy in this listing? This three-year-old was trained to race and showed boldness and good work ethic but just wasn’t fast enough to ever actually earn a start, according to his trainers. He does have an old popped splint on the inside left, but it sound and has great-looking feet and a lovely athletic build.

View Dark and Beau on CANTER USA.

Hanky Doodle (Cherokee’s BoySlow and Steady, by Malibu Moon): 2010 Maryland bred gelding

Not only is this guy a serious cutie, he really did well for himself on the track! Don’t let his goofy personality fool you — “Doodle” is a serious competitor and earned over $200,000 in 69 starts. His gentle and sweet personality made him a barn favorite, particularly of the trainer’s kids. Doodle has no known vices or issues and though he’s well-loved by his connections, this sporty gelding is ready for his next career!

View Hanky Doodle on CANTER USA.

Monday Video from Tredstep Ireland: Selena O’Hanlon & Foxwood High Jump to Victory

Selena O’Hanlon and John and Judy Rumble’s Foxwood High turned in a tidy round yesterday as the penultimate pair to show jump in the Dutta Corp Fair Hill International CCI3*.

Selena said afterwards that the main goal with “Woody” was to jump clear of penalties in the final phase, even if it were at the cost of time on the clock. The pair did just that and added only 3.0 time penalties to ultimately clinch the win on a final score of 44.0.

“I’ve started to work on inside turns and taking the tightest lines possible,” Selena said. “I was determined to get a clear round at the cost of the time today, and I will keep working on that at home and working toward getting the strides, getting the time and jumping clear.”

Lucky for us, David Frechette, aka “The Horse Pesterer” was on hand to capture the much of the action at Fair Hill this weekend and you can check out the plethora of videos on his YouTube page. For now, here’s Selena’s winning moment!

Saturday Links from Tipperary

Volunteers ROCK! Photo by Suzanne Adams.

Lemme give a real quick shoutout to all you volunteers out there today and throughout the season. You, yes, you. Sitting in your camp chair with your clipboard and radio; getting sunburned or soaked or maybe, if the stars are aligned, you’re enjoying a rare mid-seventies with a gentle breeze perfect day. You’ve givin up your time and energy all so that the riders galloping past can enjoy this crazy sport. EN salutes you, volunteers. You ROCK!

National Holiday: National Dessert Day

Major Events This Week:

Fair Hill: WebsiteScheduleXC Ride TimesCCI Live ScoresYEH Final ScoresEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Action:

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

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

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

Fleur de Leap H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

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

Saturday Links:

Evacuated Horses Escape Northern California Wildfires

Owner’s devastation as wrong horse put down

Equine Stereotypies: Vice or Coping Mechanism?

PODCAST: Meet the Winners of the First Qualifiers in the 2018 Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series

Our understanding of colic has improved, but the cases keep coming

“Grooms Minds”: Spotlight on mental health in the equestrian industry

Saturday Video:

As wildfires continue to spread and devastate regions of Northern California, barns and equestrian facilities. In this interview from WeatherNation, Lauren Mitchell, Head Trainer at Le Cheval Sport Horses near Anaheim, discusses what it was like evacuating a large number of horses in a short amount of time.

In Memory of Aimee Witherspoon: Friend and Adventurer

Photo courtesy of Maggie Rickard.

Area VII and the eventing community at large tragically lost a beloved member last week. Dr. Aimee Witherspoon, 64, fell from her horse last Thursday and sustained an irrecoverable brain injury despite wearing a helmet. She passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 8th with her four children by her side.

Aimee grew up riding and had been a lifelong lover of animals. She graduated from Washington State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1979, and later became certified in both acupuncture and chiropractic therapy. A career change from Veterinarian to Veterinary Acupuncturist allowed Aimee to further pursue riding and to take up eventing.

A diligent student of the sport, Aimee competed in her first Intermediate at the age of 59. After waiting years for the right horse to come along, Aimee and Worth the Wait progressed together from Novice up through Intermediate in a matter of four years. “Marshmallow” was retired from upper-level competition sound at the age of 15 and Aimee had previously shared his story.

Good friend and fellow Adult Amateur, Lou Leslie, describes Aimee as “the ultimate plan maker” who was “fiercely independent, fiercely smart and fiercely adventuresome.” The two enjoyed countless hours planning, riding, and competing together — most recently at the Fall Spokane Sport Horse Farm H.T. the last weekend of September.

Photo courtesy of Maggie Rickard.

“The sudden shock of Aimee leaving comes with the notion that accidents happen when things don’t happen as planned,” writes Lou. “Aimee had an accident riding the plans.”

“It was no accident that Aimee was a great friend. Our first shared timed together was planning an adventure to Californian horse trial. We spent more than 50 hours sharing the ride, overanalyzing all aspects of eventing, family and life. Some of our many conclusions: How incredibility fortunate to have amazing people as our children. How fortunate we are to have the ability to enjoy eventing. How fortunate we are to live this adventure. Our biggest conclusion being, that’s all well and good, but let’s get back to planning the next adventure, creating the opportunities to learn more and to get better.”

“It was no accident that Aimee’s last event of the season was successfully planned. Our fiercely independent, intelligent and adventuresome Aimee achieved the eventing goal with her horse, as to plan. And once again, we shared hours of talking family, friends and eventing.”

Area VII Adult Rider Coordinator, Maggie Rickard, shared: “Aimee was my friend, my hero and my inspiration. Horse shows and camp will never be the same. I will try to honor her spirit and continue to strive to be a better rider and horsewoman as she always did.”

Aimee was a familiar face to many, having organized the Area VII Adult Camp for several years, and she was a treasured friend that will be sorely missed.

Photo courtesy of Maggie Rickard.

Madison Langerak, an Area VII Young Rider who knew Aimee well has kindly allowed us to share her tribute:


Not only were you taken too soon, but there were far too many things I didn’t have the time to tell you. Here are a few things I loved about knowing you:

I loved that, with you in my life, I had a 64-year-old best friend. How many 19-year-olds are so lucky?

I loved how you would stop everything to help someone in need, no matter how much time it took.

I loved how, when you came into town, it never failed that our animals would get a new diet plan, and I would be taken on new adventures.

I loved that you would go to watch clinics with the best of our sport, then come back to me and tell me everything you learned.

I loved your independent, maybe slightly stubborn nature, because all of us need a bit more of that in ourselves.

I loved when you offered me advice, ranging from where to go to school all the way to what I should do with my life. It was all heard and appreciated.

I loved how you always said you wished to live life like your dog Tucker, able to find joy in the smallest of things, but boy, oh boy, Aimee — didn’t you?

But most importantly, I loved the way you called me your ‘grasshopper’ because there is nothing more I could want from life than to grow up and be half the woman you were.

–Madison Langerak

A memorial service for Aimee will be held on October 21st. Further details will be posted on the Area VII Adult Riders Facebook page.

Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: ‘Fall Foliage’ Edition

Ah, October, the magical time of the year where the burning colors of changing leaves grace the horizon. Many people make a pilgrimage up north throughout this month for some ‘leaf peeping’, but we think it’s also a great time of year to seek out your next OTTB event prospect.

In fact, why not kill two birds with one stone? Here are three nice horses located at the Finger Lakes Race Track in Farmington, New York. You can make a trip Upstate to check them out and catch a glimpse of the fall foliage at the same time!

Photo via Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbred.

Sky Guy (NoonmarkSky Streaker, by Sky Mesa):2013 16.3-hand New York bred gelding

This big, solid guy is reported by his trainer to have a nice strong gallop that would take well to a cross country course. His gigantic sloping shoulder suggests he should have a nice jump as well. In addition to his solid build, he seems to be a solid citizen as well, standing and posing nicely and jogging politely for his photo session. Despite having an abscess drained on his left front the week before and missing a shoe on his left hind that day, he totted up soundly.

View Sky Guy on Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds.

Photo via Finger Likes Finest Thoroughbreds.

Copy Writer (Read the FootnotesGood Listener, by Honor Grades): 2010, 16.1-hand New York bred gelding

Aptly named to be featured on a blog, Copy Writer ended his racing career after 61 starts and earned over $111,000. His trainer described him as having “a great, goofy personality without a mean bone in his body” and as a horse who shone in the longer distance races. His sire, Read the Footnotes, has been praised for producing good sport horse prospects.

View Copy Writer on Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds.

Photo via Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds.

Zeppole (BelieveinmenowSouffle, by Distinctive Pro): 2013 16.2-hand New York bred filly

This filly has sentimental value to her connections, having been bred and raised by her trainer’s brother. Her trainer would love to get regular updates from her new owner! With great manners, clean legs, no stable vices, and the potential to excel in any disciple, what more could you want in a fabulous filly?

View Zeppole on Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds.

Who Jumped it Best? Course Brook Farm Preliminary Debut

Course Brook Farm in Sherborn, Massachusetts has been holding USEA Recognized events since 2010. Previously holding Beginner Novice up through Preliminary/Training levels only, this year saw the debut of a bonafide Prelim division.

The plan for the Prelim track has been long in the making and was initially laid out in 2013 by designer John Williams. Since then, the rideable area on Matt Mayo’s 60-acre property has been carefully and diligently excavated and expanded to lay host to a beautiful course winding through both forest and field.

Photo by Abby Powell.

Thirteen competitors contested the inaugural Preliminary division and eight completed. Hallie Coon and Captain Chacco added 9.60 time faults to their dressage score to win on a 44.80.

This edition of “Who Jumped it Best?” comes at the A element of the brand new coffin complex. You know the routine, EN: Use the poll at the bottom of this post to vote for who you think presents the best overall picture.

Course Brook Farm H.T.  [Website] [Results]

Betsy Bodner and Regal Cadence. Photo by Abby Powell.

Anthony Han and Benny. Photo by Abby Powell.

Troy Wing and Mystician. Photo by Abby Powell.

Erin Risso and Bluegrass Talisman. Photo by Abby Powell.


Monday Video from Tredstep Ireland: Here Comes Chalupa

Citizens of EN, get ready for an off-the-charts level of cuteness.

Meet Chalupa Batman (yes, Chalupa Batman, a la The League) and his rider Abbey Clark, who contested the Junior Starter Novice division at the Heritage Park Horse Trials in Olathe, Kansas over the weekend. Chalupa is a 7-year-old Shetland Pony owned by Kris Wallace, head trainer and owner of Columbia Equestrian Center in Missouri.

Just look at how those tiny knees snap to his tiny nose over the fences, look at those little bitty lead changes, and check out how he takes those fences right out of stride. What a great team!

BONUS: Tiny dressage! I give them a 10 for cuteness.

Exceeding the cuteness factor today #tiny #eventingnation #heritagepark #kansas @goeventing

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Fly, Chalupa, fly — and may you impart a love of eventing upon all the children that you teach.

Saturday Links from Tipperary

It’s a bittersweet weekend for me as I head to my last event of the season today. I’m hoping to end on a high note and if I can just remember to kick my horse and go forward, then I believe we can do just that! I’ll be sad that our season will be over, but it will be nice to relax and enjoy the fall before we resume the grind in the indoor over the winter.

National Holiday: National LED Light Day

Major Events This Week: 

Boekelo: WebsiteRide Times & Live ScoringXC Order of GoLive StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Action:

Course Brook Farm H.T.  [Website] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Kent School Fall H.T. [Website] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

WindRidge Farm Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Maryland at Loch Moy H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

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

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

Willow Draw Charity H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Woodside International CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

The Event at Skyline H.T.  [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Saturday Links:

From the Racetrack to the RRP Thoroughbred Makeover, Jockey Rosie Napravnik Stands By Her Horse

2017 Woodside International Horse Trials Adequan USEA Gold Cup CIC3* and Advanced Course Preview

A Look Around The 2017 Retired Racehorse Project Thoroughbred Makeover

Allison Thomas: USEA’s Volunteer of the Month Presented by Athletux

Q&A with a 3-Day Winner: Carol Kozlowski – Part 1

Warm up this winter with British Eventing

Conditioning Through the Seasons: Fall and Winter

Saturday Video:

Elisa Wallace is at the Kentucky Horse Park this weekend with two horses. This lovely grey, Sir Teddy, owned by Mike, Maddie and Michele Chisholm finished the eventing competition in 12th out of 97 competitors and is tied for first in the freestyle competition. They’ll be returning for today’s finale and you can watch on the livestream  beginning at 9 a.m. EST and vote for your favorite around 5 p.m. EST! Here are some highlights from their routine yesterday: