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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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Sunday Links

Gosh, there’s a lot to keep track of this weekend isn’t there? It’s quite the opposite of what was happening — or what wasn’t happening — this time last year and it feels good to have this semblance of normalcy. That said, however, I’m not the one doing all the work of keeping tabs on everything! EN Editor Sally Spickard is doing a bang-up job of following the THREE four-stars happening this weekend and bringing us all-in-one roundups to help keep us plebeians on top of everything too.

U.S. Weekend Action:

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

Fair Hill International April H.T. and CCI-S: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Twin Rivers Spring International: [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores] [Live Stream]

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

Spring Bay H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Sunday Links:

Rachael Blackmore becomes the first ever woman to win the Grand National

2021 Devon Horse Show and Country Fair Canceled

Free webinar: Experts discuss the future of equine sports medicine

Countdown to Kentucky: Doug Payne Dishes on Vandiver and Quantum Leap

Competition-related horse businesses hit hardest by Covid-19 restrictions

Best of Blogs: Sale Ad Translations

Sunday Video:

Saturday Links

Photo by Shana Rantala.

I honestly love rooting for and cheering on all the five-star first-timers at Kentucky every year, but this year is a little extra special because one of Nation Media’s will be making her five-star debut! I’ve never met Jumper Nation Ema Klugman or her event horse Bendigo in person, but that doesn’t matter, I am STOKED to cheer them on and proud to don some apparel to support them. Ema’s friend, Britt Gillis, designed some sweet swag (the shirts are super soft, I can confirm) and you can get some of your own here. (Note, however, that arrival is no longer guaranteed by the start of the event, but they might come earlier than the estimated timeframe did — mine did!)

As usual we’ll be featuring more about Ema and all the other five-star first-timers as we get closer to the big weekend, don’t you worry.

U.S. Weekend Action:

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

Fair Hill International April H.T. and CCI-S: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Twin Rivers Spring International: [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores] [Live Stream]

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

Spring Bay H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Saturday Links:

Horse Riders, a City Street and a History Now Captured on Film

Biosecurity for Show Horses

Remembering Prince Philip, an Equestrian Pioneer

From Untacked: A Closer Look At Saddle Up And Read

Countdown to Kentucky: Will Faudree on Mama’s Magic Way and Pfun

Techniques to Improve Contact

Saturday Video: Beat the Heat — Episode 2! This episode covers acclimation, nutrition and hydration.

Monday Video: Doug Payne’s Winning Weekend

Tomorrow will bring a bunch more photos and videos but I had to get a pic of the two top horses of the weekend. On the…

Posted by DPEquestrian LLC on Sunday, April 4, 2021

I had a pretty good Easter weekend, thanks for asking, but I didn’t have as good a weekend as Doug Payne did at Tryon International Equestrian Center!

Tryon was a pretty hopping (pardon the pun) place this past weekend, not only running The Fork at TEIC horse trials, but Hunter/ Jumper competition as well, plus offering show jumping schooling rounds under the lights and dressage fix-a-test rides. Doug brought horses from both his eventing and straight show jumping strings out to play this weekend and came out the other side as the big winner in both disciplines.

After winning the $5,000 Horseware Welcome Stake earlier in the week, Doug and show-jumper Quintessence won the 1.40 meter $15,000 Grand Prix:

Quick diversion from #dressage day to jump in the 1.40m $15k #jumper prix #Quintessence jumped in his typical freakish fashion for the win! Botanja also jumped well to finish 11th. #showjumping #backtodressage

Posted by DPEquestrian LLC on Saturday, April 3, 2021

And of course, Doug also took home top honors in the The Fork CCI4*-S with longtime-partner Vandiver. They finished on their dressage score of 27.5, and Doug finished his two other mounts in the division, Quantum Leap and Starr Witness, in the top ten as well. Here is Vandiver’s dressage test, followed by a mash-up video of his event horses jumping under the lights:

What a great group of #horses! We were 4 for 4 #doubleclear tonight in the Fork CCI**** #showjumping. Currently Vandiver sits in 3rd, Starr Witness in 6th and Quantum Leap in 8th! Camarillo moved up to 12th in the CCI***! #showjumping #eventing #jumping #beastsall

Posted by DPEquestrian LLC on Saturday, April 3, 2021

Easter Sunday Links

Happy Easter, EN! Whether you’re out competing, working hard as usual, or enjoying some downtime this Sunday we hope have a an enjoyable holiday, whatever that means for you! Every year I see a few photos of lucky kids doing their annual Easter egg hunt on their ponies and I have a pang of nostalgia for the good old days of being a kid on Easter. Sure, I can buy my own Cadbury eggs now, but given the opportunity I’d still grab a basket and scour the the yard for eggs again if someone hid them for me. I always did love a bit of competition! And if I could ever get someone to set up a horseback egg hunt for me, well, that would just be *chef’s kiss*.

U.S. Weekend Action:

The Fork at TIEC: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

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

International Action:

🇦🇺 WAYER International CCI: [Website] [Entries] [Scores]

Sunday Links:

Three five-star winners, a medallist and an unusual mare: 17 top horses have fun in the sun at Aston-le-Walls elite event

Taking the Edge Off: Calming Supplements for Horses

$2m goal to build new facility for Philly’s real-life “Concrete Cowboys”

The Jockey Club Releases 2020 Data From Equine Injury Database

EHV-1 relief fund aims to help devastated showjumping community

Just in on Jumper Nation: Paradise in Maryland: Dream Farm Presented by Stable View

Sunday Video: Piggy March had 5 horses in the Advance section at Aston-le-Walls, which took place this past Wednesday. She recaps her day — just her second competition of the season so far — in her latest vlog:

Saturday Links

Not to toot our own horn or anything (OK, but actually to do exactly that) but we publish so many awesome stories and pieces of eventing news every week that it can be hard to keep up sometimes, right? I mean, I write for EN and sometimes I can’t keep up with everything we’ve got going on. Thankfully, we’ve found a solution in our newly redone weekly email newsletter. Instead of hitting your inbox on Monday morning, we’re now coming at you on Fridays and highlighting some of the cool stuff you may have missed throughout the week, as well as letting you know what’s on tap for the weekend. So if you haven’t resubscribed to our eNews yet, click here now and don’t miss another week!

U.S. Weekend Action:

The Fork at TIEC: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

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

International Action:

🇦🇺 WAYER International CCI: [Website] [Entries] [Scores]

Saturday Links:

Cottongim’s Legacy Lives On In Prophet

Quiz: What’s Your Mental Blindspot?

Countdown to Kentucky: Sharon White and Cooley On Show

A Virus Races Through the Horse World. No, Not That Virus.

Enhance Collection with Positive Tension

Best of Blogs: Introducing Spring Pasture

Saturday Video: Polo star Kareem Rosser got to cross one off the bucket list recently! Don’t forget to check out Kareem’s newly-released memoir.

GREAT JOB by our special guestKareem Rosser who fulfilled a personal dream this morning on a very cold and windy day at Fair Hill. Kareem galloped a Thoroughbred racehorse on the track for the first time. We are so glad we could play a part in that for him!! 🏇👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

Posted by Herringswell Stables, Ltd on Friday, April 2, 2021

Volunteer Nation: Trade Your Beach Day for Some Service to Your Sport

Doing my eventing duty and loving a beach day!

Posted by Suzanne Adams on Saturday, March 27, 2021

Beach day, indeed! Well, minus the fog at Stable View the other weekend. Honestly though, I’d prefer fence judging over hanging out at the beach any day. There might still be a risk of sun burn if you don’t get a nice shady fence to look after, but it’s much more socially acceptable to wear long sleeves and pants and you (probably) won’t get sand in weird places.

There are three events this weekend that are still in need of volunteers, with fence judging and a bunch of other jobs still available. Sign up and pitch in!

We’ve compiled some resources on volunteering with COVID-19 regulations in mind. We’ll reference this list each week in Volunteer Nation, so take a few moments to familiarize yourself with what’s new and different.

COVID-19 Resources for Eventers
Volunteers Adapt to the New Normal
Volunteers Weigh In on New COVID-19 Protocols

As always, you can earn merit points when you donate your time through the USEA’s Volunteer Incentive Program. Registering to volunteer through makes it easy and seamless to both find a job and shift as well as learn what your role will entail.

Event: The Fork at Tryon 2021
Dates: Thursday, April 1st through Sunday, April 4th
Address:25 International Blvd, Mill Spring, NC
Positions Available: Vet Scribe, Dressage Warm Up, Dressage In Gate Steward, Dressage Score Runner, Dressage Scribe, XC Crossing Guard, XC Finish Timer, XC Jump Judge, XC Jump Videographer, SJ Scorers, SJ Warm Up

Event: Pine Hill Spring Horse Trials
Dates: Saturday, April 3rd
Address: 1720 Hwy 159 East, Bellville, TX
Positions Available: Dressage Warm Up, XC Crossing Guard, XC Jump Judge, Event Takedown – XC

Event: Rocking Horse Spring H.T.
Dates: Friday, April 2nd through through Sunday, April 4th
Address: 44200 S.R. 19 N, Altoona, FL
Positions Available: General Help

Monday Motivation Video: Four Weeks Until Kentucky!

The EN team is counting down the days until the 2021 Land Rover Kentucky 3-Day Event and we’re very excited to bring you the wall-to-wall coverage that you know and love, plus some very cool extras this year. I can’t give anything away just yet though, so that’s all going to have to wait! Until then, we just have to keep pressing forward with the promise that our five-star drought will soon be over and this high-energy montage of moments from the last iteration of the event should help.

Relive some of the highs, lows, and erm … dicey moments from the last time riders blazed across the bluegrass in 2019 with this video montage put together by adult amateur eventer Juliana from Alabama. Juliana is also an ICU nurse and a registered nurse anesthetist who has been working tirelessly through the COVID pandemic. Much love to you, Juliana, for your work — hang in there! Check out her YouTube channel and learn more about her here.

Saturday Links

Julia Krajewski and Samourai du Thot. Photo by Mariusz Chmieliński.

Germany’s Julia Krajewski announced via Instagram yesterday that her decorated five-star partner Samourai du Thot —  winner of numerous four-stars, the 2017 Luhmühlen five-star, and back-to-back German eventing championships — will be retired from competition following the loss of one of his eyes due to an infection. Though the 15-year-old gelding will be able to enjoy a healthy retirement, we’re devastated for Julia and for all of Sam’s connections who are surely mourning the truncation of a superstar career which very well could have included the Tokyo Olympics.

U.S. Weekend Action:

Galway Downs International H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores] [EN’s Coverage]

Stable View Spring 1*/2*/3*/4*: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores] [EN’s Coverage]

Full Gallop Farm March II H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

March H.T. at Majestic Oaks: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

Poplar Place Farm March H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Texas Rose Spring H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Saturday Links:

A Shetland called TJ and a five-star debut at 20: nine things you didn’t know about Will Coleman

Countdown to Kentucky: Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp and Deniro Z

Deonte Sewell: Grooming At My First FEI Show

Maryland: EHV-1 Positives Up To 26, Racing Cancelled Next Weekend

Wearable Helmet Tech Could Improve Horseback Rider Safety

A Whole Lot Of Heart

Saturday Video: We don’t have to worry about this quite yet, here in the Northern hemisphere, but here are some things to keep in mind when riding in hot and humid weather:

Monday Video: Relive Red Hills Cross Country

Red Hills International Horse Trials is already over a week in the rearview mirror, but without spectators allowed at the event due to COVID-19 protocols and since we unfortunately didn’t get a livestream I’ve still been thirsty for more media! Fortunately for us, the good folks at RNS Videomedia were onsite filming competitors and they recently posted a compilation video of all the CCI4*-S pairs through the water at fences 15 and 16AB (check out the course here) which you can watch above.

You can also find some full rounds from various divisions, including 4* winner Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous, who are Kentucky 5* bound, on their YouTube channel.

Red Hills International: WebsiteResultsCourse MapsEN’s Coverage

Saturday Links

It really seems like forever since there’s been a solid day of live streaming cross country, but today is the day! Starting at about 9:00 AM EST today and running through at least 2:30 PM, the 3*, 4*, Advanced and 2* cross country from the Carolina International will be streaming on Horse & Country TV. At least if we can’t be there to spectate in person, a good live stream is the next best thing for sure. Pour yourself some coffee and get comfy!

U.S. Weekend Action:

Carolina International CCI and H.T.: [Website] [Schedule] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Orders of Go] [Live Stream] [Live Scores]

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

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

Southern Arizona Eventing Association H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

International Eventing Action:

Oasby Elite H.T. (UK): [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times/Live Scores] [Live Stream]

Saturday Links:

One To Watch: Scovil’s Brought Home Countless Lessons From Her U.K. Adventure

Featured Clinician: Karen O’Connor

Riders should apply Covid principles at shows to also protect against spread of EHV

Dani G. Waldman: My Tipping Point

Q&A: Can You Insure a Horse During an EHV Outbreak?

Postural effects of different hay-net heights examined in study

Saturday Video: You have to admit it — this is pretty accurate:

Monday Video from Cambox: Power Through Pine Top Aboard Quality Time

We really struggled to put together our Eight Mares We Can’t Wait to Watch in 2021 list and knew we’d be unintentionally snubbing some lovely horses in narrowing down our list. Quaility Time, known around the barn as “Lily”, is one of those mares who certainly would have fit right in on that list were we not narrowing it down to one horse per nation. This mare is a really exciting mount for American-based Irishman Tim Bourke, so consider this an official honorable mention!

The 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse (Guidam x Ruby Roller, by High Roller) owned by Carla Abramcheck easily powered through the Pine Top Farm Advanced course late last month to finish second in the A division and we’re really looking forward to see what other events she’ll be tackling in 2021. We already brought you a preview of this ride, recorded with the Cambox Isi3, now here’s the full round!

Pine Top Advanced H.T.WebsiteFinal Scores

Cambox is currently on sale for up to 30% off! Click here to score a deal.

Saturday Links

After welcoming her daughter, Harper, into the world earlier this year it’s fun to see Holly Payne Caravella back in the saddle and looking great with her upper-level mounts Never Outfoxed and CharmKing. Both horses were being ridden by Lillian Heard and haven’t missed a beat throughout Holly’s maternity leave. Now they just have to get used to their new role as big brothers, which Fox is clearly taking very seriously!

U.S. Weekend Action:

Red Hills International H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores] [EN’s Coverage] [EHV-1 Precautions]

Copper Meadows H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores] [EHV-1 Precautions]

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

MeadowCreek Park Spring Social Event: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Saturday Links:

EHV-1 Updates: Latest Reported Cases, Biosecurity Measures at Events

Appendix 3 Rule Change Proposal Tabled Until 2023 Competition Season

Erin Gilmore: Capturing Form And Emotion

Another major horse trials lost as Covid-19 uncertainty continues

The best horses who haven’t won a 4* or 5*…yet

Podcast Pick: Plaidcast 220: Dr. Linda Mittel talks about the EHV-1 outbreak

Saturday Video: Sometimes you just need a little nudge to help you get camera ready:

Hendricks “I’ll Have Another” preps Lauren for her interview with Art Meyers of WCTV.tvLauren Kieffer Eventing

Posted by Red Hills Horse Trials on Friday, March 12, 2021

Thursday News & Notes from Ecovet

Photo via Red Hills Horse Trials on Facebook.

Now that Kentucky entries are rolling in, it’s extra exciting to have the last couple big prep events rolling on and beginning to get underway. Competitors have begun to arrive at Red Hills Horse Trials ahead of this weekends competition, and next weekend we’ll have Carolina International to keep us entertained. We’re sending our best wishes to all humans and horses both to stay safe and healthy!

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Red Hills International H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Show Photographer] [Volunteer] [EHV-1 Precautions]

Copper Meadows H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times] [EHV-1 Precautions] [Volunteer]

Full Gallop Farm H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer]

MeadowCreek Park Spring Social Event: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Show Photographer]

News From Around the Globe:

British Eventing is hoping to fill the holes in the competition calendar left by the cancellation of four internationals all announced within the past two weeks. With Badminton and Bramham off the calendar, there is no Advanced long-format competition on the British calendar until August. [Plans for replacement three-day following cancellation of major horse trials]

Everybody get nervous or anxious before a big class or event, but there’s a difference between regular anxiety and panic attacks. Show jumper Daniel Bluman has dealt with panic attacks since he was a kid, but has found strength in overcoming that encompassing anxiety though therapy and medication. [My Journey with Anxiety and Panic Attacks]

Calling all Cambox helmet cam users! Did you pick up a new Cambox during their Black Friday sale last year? Are you a huge fan of snapping on your helmet cam for a cross country run? We’d love to feature your helmet cam video right here on EN! If you use a Cambox Isi3 or V4, we want to hear from you! Please email [email protected] with your video link and description.

He’s an Irishman based in Virginia and his horse loves peanut butter sandwiches. Can you guess who? It’s Tim Bourke and his five-star partner Luckaun Quality! Catch up with Tim in the latest Practical Horseman Podcast as he talks training philosophies, inspirational mentors, and horsemanship. [Practical Horseman Podcast Transcript: Tim Bourke]

Hot on Horse Nation: Horses as Healers of Women’s Health and Intuition

Your Ecovet Extra:

Did you know that Ecovet is long lasting? You typically only need to apply it every one to three days depending on ambient temperature, fly pressure and rain.#ecovet #flyspray #flysprayforhorses

Posted by Ecovet on Monday, March 8, 2021

Monday Video: Karen Stives Made Olympic History in Los Angeles

With it being an (unusual) Olympic year, it feels prudent on this International Women’s Day to spotlight a woman who made Olympic Eventing history by being the first female rider to win an individual silver medal: Karen Stives. That Games, the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, was actually the first Olympics in which a woman won any individual eventing medal, and both Karen Stives and Great Britain’s Virginia Holgate, who won the bronze that year, can both lay claim to the title of being the first women individual medalists in our sport. The U.S.’s Torrance Watkins (neé Fleischmann) also finished in fourth place that year.

The video above begins part of the way through Karen’s fabulous double clear cross country round aboard Ben Arthur, which left her in the lead heading into the final phase the next day. Unfortunately, Ben tipped a rail at the second element of a triple combination, three jumping efforts from home, which lost Karen the individual gold. More importantly to Karen, however, was that just the single rail still meant that USA would take home the team gold medal. (You can also watch Karen’s show jumping round here, though the audio and video quality is not the best.)

“When I went into the show jumping arena, I knew both the team and individual gold medals were within our reach. But I couldn’t let myself think about that,” Karen said in an interview with Horse Illustrated in 2008.

“Show jumping was always Ben’s weakest phase, so I was incredibly relieved to have just one rail down, even though that meant losing the individual gold medal. It was the team medal that mattered most. The Brits, Australians and Germans fielded incredibly strong teams that year, so we really had our work cut out for us to win any medal, much less the gold.”

As we know, equestrian disciplines are the only Olympic sport where men and women compete directly against each other, which superficially makes equality in this sport seem like a moot point. But given that fact, and given that there are so many women competing in eventing, it seems impossible to have never had a female individual gold medalist in the sport, yet that’s the reality. Several women, Karen, being the first and Gina Miles in Beijing 2008 being the most recent, have won individual silver medals — but we still have yet to break that gold ceiling, so to speak.

Karen Stives was also the most recent woman to be named USEA Rider of the Year in 1981, 39 years prior to Liz Halliday-Sharp earning the title in 2020. Despite the number of fierce female competitors in the sport, it appears that we still have a ways to go in order for success as a female rider in this industry to be truly on a level playing field — and I, personally, don’t believe that’s due to a lack of tough, driven female competitors out there.

After the conclusion of Karen’s round in the above video, there’s an interview with her and Mike Plumb, with whom Karen was working and training with at the time. Mike Plumb is an extremely accomplished horseperson in his own right, having won individual silver himself two Games prior at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, and was a member of 1984 gold medal winning team alongside Karen, finishing 10th individually himself. It would be neglectful of me, especially on International Women’s Day, not to point out Karen’s great poise throughout this interview.

Saturday Links

Tim Price and Xavier Faer at Kentucky 2019. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.

The EN team is keeping a close eye on EHV-1 news both in North America and abroad. While we’re dealing with a few currently isolated cases on this side of the pond EHV-1 is throwing a big wrench in the European calendar, most recently cancelling the Sunshine Tour in Spain. We know that Tim and Jonelle Price, who’ve been getting in some show jumping miles there, had Kentucky on their calendar for a few of their 5* horses and this could very well cramp their plans.

Some U.S. events next weekend — so far Red Hills and Copper Meadows — are implementing extra biosecurity measures and requirements for competitors, so if you’re competing next weekend make sure to double check these. As we’ve all experienced in our own lives this past year, good hygiene and biosecurity measures are never a bad idea so remember to wear your mask, wash your hands, and don’t let your horses touch noses.

You can familiarize yourself with useful biosecurity tips here and learn more at a US Equestrian live webinar on EHV-1 outbreak information on Monday, March 8 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

U.S. Weekend Action:

$50,000 Liftmaster Grand Prix Eventing at Bruce’s Field: [Website] [Entry Status] [Course Preview] [Live Stream] [EN’s Coverage]

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

Full Gallop Farm March H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Stabling] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

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

Southern Pines H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Saturday Links:

How To Feel Strides Instead of Counting Them

European EHV-1 Outbreak: Six Horses Dead, Nearly 100 Sick

Success of Bruce’s Field in Aiken has exceeded the expectations of its founders

Be Sure To Check (and Fix) This Common Horse Blanket Issue

The Entry Fee is Only the Beginning: Part Two

Hot on Horse Nation: 2021 Equine Affaire Goes Virtual: Learn, Shop & Play for Free

Saturday Video: Some suggested reading courtesy of show jumpers (and husband to Kaley Cuoco), Karl Cook:

Monday Video: ICYMI Watch Phillip Dutton’s Record-Breaking Dressage Test

Phillip Dutton and Carlchen. Photo by Liz Crawley Photography.

As the first pair to Enter at A in front of judge Janis Linnan in the Advanced B division at Pine Top, Phillip Dutton and Carlchen set the bar quite high (or low, if we’re talking dressage scores) for the day. Their score of 15.0 sets a new record at the level, previously held by Tamie Smith and Mai Baum who scored a 17.7 at Rebecca Farm last July. Prior to Tamie’s test last summer, the previous record of 17.9 had been held by Darren Chiacchia and Windfall II since 2008.

Very proud of Caroline Moran's Carlchen, who set a new USEA Advanced dressage record today at Pine Top Eventing with a…

Posted by Phillip Dutton Eventing on Friday, February 26, 2021

Carlchen, a 13-year-old Oldenburg (Clinton x Sunshine, by Lordanos), is a semi-new ride of Phillip’s. Imported stateside in 2019 by Caroline Moran, this was their first start at the Advanced level as a pair. Phillip credits their success on the flat to a winter in Wellington:

“This winter in Wellington served him well, as I had Scott Hassler and Erik Duvander training me in dressage every week to 10 days,” Phillip said in a press release. “Being in the Wellington environment where you are exposed to great horsemanship and top dressage riders on a daily basis also makes you aim that much higher and expect that much more.”

In case you missed Phillip’s test, here it is! To catch up on Shelby’s Pine Top coverage, click here.

Pine Top Advanced H.T.WebsiteFinal Scores

Saturday Links

Sara Kozumplik Murphy and Rubens D’Ysiuex won the inaugural $50,000 Devon Arena Eventing in 2017. Photo by The Book LLC.

Next weekend we’ll be able to enjoy some special eventing action as the $50,000 LiftMaster Grand-Prix Eventing at Bruce’s Field takes place March 5 & 6, and we’ll have some more eventing showcase excitement to look forward to later this spring as the $50,000 Devon Arena Eventing class will return to the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair this year!

The Arena Eventing class is scheduled for the evening of Sunday, May 30th and competitors will show their stuff over a Captain Mark Phillips designed course of both stadium and cross country fences set inside the Dixon Oval and the Wheeler Ring. Entires are now open and will be accepted through May 17th. 30 horse and rider combinations will be selected to compete.

We’re off and running with EN’s Patreon, a dedicated eventing super-fan hub that we created in January. To say thank you to our Patrons, we’ve teamed up with Horse & Rider Books for a giveaway this week. Want to enter? Consider joining the party on Patreon!

U.S. Weekend Action:

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

Three Lakes Winter II H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

Saturday Links:

Update on Appendix 3 Rule Change Proposal

Neither Hemiplegia Nor Seizures Can Stop This Young Rider

4 Takeaways From USEF’s First ‘Community Conversation’ On Diversity

How to form a fitness plan for your horse

Is There An Equine Gene For Gentleness?

Details Announced for the 2021 USEA FEH Championships

Infographic: Scratches in Horses

Saturday Video:

Meet The Elite: Doug Payne and Vandiver

Get to know more about #USAEventing’s top combinations and how they made it on the Elite List! First up: DPEquestrian LLC and Vandiver. 👇

Posted by USA Eventing on Thursday, February 25, 2021

Volunteer Nation: Lend a Hand at These 3 Events This Weekend

We’re still a ways from the start of eventing season here in my Northernly neck of the woods, so kicking back in a camp chair and fence judging or picking up poles in stadium sounds particularly phenomenal to me right now. Lending a hand at a nearby event should sound phenomenal to you all the time though, but a little added nice weather sure doesn’t hurt. If you’re looking enough to be within driving distance to any of the events running this weekend, get yourself out there and enjoy it!

We’ve compiled some resources on volunteering with COVID-19 regulations in mind. We’ll reference this list each week in Volunteer Nation, so take a few moments to familiarize yourself with what’s new and different.

COVID-19 Resources for Eventers
Volunteers Adapt to the New Normal
Volunteers Weigh In on New COVID-19 Protocols

As always, you can earn merit points when you donate your time through the USEA’s Volunteer Incentive Program. Registering to volunteer through makes it easy and seamless to both find a job and shift as well as learn what your role will entail.

Event: Pine Top Advanced H.T.
Address: 1432 Augusta Hwy, Thomson, GA, 30824
Dates: Thursday, February 25th through Sunday, February 28th
Positions Available: SJ Jump Crew, XC Jump Judge, Dressage Bit Check

Event: Three Lakes Winter II H.T.
Address: 18543 State Road 19, Groveland, FL, 34736
Dates: Saturday, February 27th through Sunday, February 28th
Positions Available:SJ Jump Crew, SJ Scribe, XC Jump Judge, Dressage Bit Check, Dressage In Gate Steward

Event: Twin Rivers Winter H.T
Address: 8715 N River Rd, Paso Robles, CA, 93446
Dates: Thursday, February 25th through Sunday, February 28th
Positions Available: SJ In Gate, Dressage Scribe, Dressage Bit Check, Dressage Score Runner, Dressage Warm Up, XC Jump Judge

Monday Video: An Update on Red Hills International Horse Trials

Red Hills International Horse Trials, held annually each March, is a neat example of a successful partnership that can be built between equestrian organizations and municipalities. The event, which is sponsored in part by various entities of the city of Tallahassee, Florida and Leon County is a hugely popular springtime outing for locals, attracting both horsey and non-horsey spectators alike, and an important early-season options for riders.

Red Hills draws an estimated 20,000 spectators each year and makes an estimated $4.8 million impact on the local economy. But this year, like all other events, they’ll be taking a hard hit due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With the health and safety of the local population in mind, no spectators will be allowed onsite during this year’s competition, scheduled for March 11-14, per the US Equestrian COVID-19 action plan. Red Hills is unique in its local appeal, often attracting non-equestrians and doing community outreach with organizations such as the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.

Despite these economic losses to the organization and without the benefit of stimulating the local economy, Red Hills is pushing forward and very much hopes to run their year’s event but they still need more entries in order to do so. In this video, eventer Jon Holling speaks with Libby Henderson, the Operations Support Committee Chair for Red Hills, about what to expect from this year’s event. 200 entries are needed in order for the event to go forward. According to Libby, entries now stand at 193, so keep them rolling in to help Red Hill beat its goal of 200! Closing date is tomorrow: Tuesday February, 23rd. 

[USEA Calendar] [Entry Forms]

Saturday Links

Valegro, the horse that captured a generation and elevated the sport of Dressage to new heights, now stands as a…

Posted by Piaffe on Thursday, February 18, 2021

Not all of our horses will be immortalized in bronze in a village center, but then again not all of our horses are the great Valegro! The final instillation of this sculpture, created by local artist and sculptor Georgie Welch, has been a long time coming after the project was first conceived in 2017. The bronze was completed last year and earlier this week it was placed in it’s forever home in Newent, Gloucestershire in England atop a plinth listing the dressage legend’s great many achievements.

U.S. Weekend Action:

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

Rocking Horse Winter II Advanced H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

USEA Area 4 is organizing an online auction to help fundraise for some of their programs. They are in need of donations to put up for auction. Any donation is welcome. Sport related items are always welcome, but non-equine items that would appeal to all are also extremely welcome. If you have anything you’d like to donate, please email [email protected] USEA Area IV is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Saturday Links:

Spectators or No Spectators: Who is allowed to attend the 2021 LRK3DE?

Featured Clinician: Tim Bourke

Exercise Rider Becomes TikTok Sensation

Critter Fixers’ Veterinarians on Inspiring Future Black Vets: ‘See it, Believe it, Achieve it’

In Memoriam: Sue Hershey

Saturday Video: Is your horse quick to the jumps? Try these tips from Jay Halim.


Monday Video: A Greenie’s First Cross Country School

From formerly wild Mustangs to off-the-track Thoroughbreds and lots in between, five-star eventer Elisa Wallace knows a thing or two about introducing a green horse to jumping. She recently took one of her newest OTTB prospect, I Reckon So a.k.a. Ricky, a 2014 gelding (Redeemed – Thrilled N Delighted, by Friendly Lover for his first cross country school. From the first steps into a water complex, through refusals at spooky fences, to Ricky’s first look at a ditch, Elisa walks us through the learning processes and the successes of their excursion.

Saturday Links

Photo via Polk County Division of Public Health on Facebook.

Equestrian areas like racecourses, The Kentucky Horse Park, and, above, the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) have been able to play a role in the fight against COVID-19 in their use as vaccination sites. Organizers of the vaccination clinic at TIEC  have been able to utilize the indoor arena and allow recipients of the vaccine to drive to drive on in and remain in their car throughout the process. Polk County Health Director Josh Kennedy, who has been essential in mobilizing the community to volunteer for the vaccine rollout, believes that TIEC would make an excellent site to host a mass regional vaccination event that could potentially administer 5,000 doses per day.

U.S. Weekend Action:

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

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

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

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

Saturday Links:

Low risk of Covid-19 spread via sporting equipment, research shows

Don’t Forget Your Mask and Social Distancing at the Barn

Four Reasons to Join EN on Patreon Right Now

How Did The Kentucky Three-Day Event Nearly Fall Through The COVID Cracks? An Interview With EEI Executive Director Lee Carter

Rule Refresher: Extraordinary Rule Changes Taking Effect April 1, 2021

15 Riding Exercises to Correct Common Leg, Seat and Hand Problems

10 Soft Tissue Injury Resources on

Saturday Video: What’s it like to watch cross country from inside the rider’s tent at Badminton? Well, here’s what it sounds like:

Monday Video: Keep Busy In The Arena With The ‘Block Exercise’

‼️THE BLOCK EXERCISE ‼️ Here is the next part of our online videos … please share and join us at 7 pm on Saturday evening for another live Q and A session

Posted by Andrew Williams on Thursday, February 4, 2021

Need another arena exercise to keep you moving this winter? Andrew Williams and Vicky Tuffs of GHF Equestrian have us covered.

You’ve probably seen various pictures of this fun set-up before, but I’ll bet you probably haven’t heard as thorough an explanation about how to ride it and what to work on while riding it than the one given in this video. This exercise can be used by all levels, as the height of the fences can be easily adjusted, and Andrew starts the video off by demonstrating and describing how to warm up and prepare to jump this arrangement. It will have you working on turning from the outside aids, maintaining forward momentum, and straightness both before and after the fence.

Bookmark this one, because you’ll want to keep it in your training toolbox!