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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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Monday Video: ‘Shifting the Paradigm of How We See Lameness’

An important new documentary from world-renowned equine orthopedic specialist Dr. Sue Dyson has just been released for free on YouTube. The 24 Behaviors of the Ridden Horse in Pain: Shifting the Paradigm of How We See Lameness introduces the viewer to 24 observable behaviors of a ridden horse that Dr. Dyson’s research has found to be indicative of musculoskeletal pain in horses.

Those behaviors make up the Ridden Horse Pain Ethogram (RHpE), a tool developed by Dr. Dyson and colleagues to reliably predict lameness in horses before overt unsoundness is observed. These behaviors are ten times more prevalent in lame horses than in sound horses — even if the horse does not look traditionally un-sound. The ethogram and the 35-minute film are the result of six study phases over three years and over 400 observed horses, and build upon Dr. Dyson’s already enormous body of work on equine lameness.

Dr. Dyson specializes in lameness and poor performance in sport horses and has over 40 years of experience in clinical work and research, has published over 370 peer-reviewed papers on lameness and diagnostic imaging, and has co-authored several veterinary textbooks. She also knows a thing or two about managing top-level horses from a practical standpoint, having ridden and produced horses to the top levels of eventing and show jumping herself. Additionally, Dr. Dyson will be this year’s USEA Annual Meeting & Convention keynote speaker.

This film, produced by Padma Video in association with the Train With Trust Project, will take you on an emotional ride through the eyes of a young show jumper and her beloved mare, as she employs Dr. Dyson and Dr. Jim Myers of Gold Coast Equine to find the root cause of why her mare has become increasingly unhappy under saddle.

Does this film make make you look at your own “naughty” or “lazy” horse in a different light? More information can be found at 24horsebehaviors.org and a Field Guide to the 24 Behaviors of the Ridden Horse in Pain is coming soon.

Monday Video: Corvett Conquers the Leaf Pit

Scrolling through Instagram over the weekend I came across this video of Emily Hamel and Corvett, a.k.a big-jumping “Barry” tackling the Leaf Pit, a part of their course we didn’t get to see on the live stream at their Burghley debut. I’ve already watched this slo-mo video again and again, I don’t know how many times now, because it’s just jaw-droppingly impressive.

Barry looks a bit unsure about the major drop off at first, sliding his front over the edge and giving us major Pippa Funnell and MGH Grafton Street vibes, before lowering the landing gear and launching Emily towards the rest of the fences in the complex. (“I definitely got whiplash” Emily discloses in a Burghley recap episode of her and Tyler Held’s The Whole Equestrian podcast.)

Ugh. It’s only been two weeks, but now I’m having Burghley withdrawals already!

Sunday Links

Well, here’s one of the strangest trends I’ve seen in a while. I don’t know if more explanation has been given in other sports for where this came from, but basically it seems that the point is to photoshop athletes to look like their little bobblehead counterparts? I’m still on the fence whether it’s funny or simply unsettling. If it’s the latter for you, then I deeply apologize for leaving you with this image today.

U.S. Weekend Action:

Stable View Oktoberfest (Aiken, SC): [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

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

ESDCTA New Jersey H.T. (Allentown, NJ): [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Scoring]

Larkin Hill Fall H.T. (North Chatham, NY): [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Scoring]

Meadowcreek Park Fall Social Event (Weatherford, TX): [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Scoring]

Old Tavern H.T. (The Plains, VA): [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Scoring] [Volunteer]

University of New Hampshire H.T. (Durham, NH): [Website] [Entries/Ride Times/Live Scores] [Volunteer]

Major International Events

Ballindenisk International CCI4*-L: [Website] [Entries/Times]

Links to Start Your Sunday:

Sports Psychology: When Affirmations Aren’t Enough

The Impending Equine Health Care Crisis

Believing in the Horse Nobody Believed In: Cooley Quicksilver

Road Ready: Traveling With Horses

Sunday Video Break: It was marathon day in Pratoni yesterday, i.e. the combined driving equivalent of cross country day!

Saturday Links from World Equestrian Brands

Jessa and McKinsey Lux present Ride iQ at the Pitch Competition at Denver Startup Week. Photo via Ride iQ.

We love to see equestrian sports go mainstream for all the right reasons and so we have to give a shoutout today to Jessa and McKinsey Lux, co-founders of Ride iQ. This week they competed in the 2022 Pitch Competition at the the annual Denver Startup Week against nine other companies, some of which won their way into the finals by winning other pitch competitions and some have previously been featured on Oprah’s favorite things and the Today Show. Jessa and McKinsey must have absolutely rocked their presentation and deftly conveyed the intricacies of the equestrian athlete’s needs, because they WON!

Huge congratulations go out to the entire Ride iQ team! Never tried the app or not convinced it’s for you? Here’s what it’s all about.

U.S. Weekend Action:

Stable View Oktoberfest (Aiken, SC): [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

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

ESDCTA New Jersey H.T. (Allentown, NJ): [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Scoring]

Larkin Hill Fall H.T. (North Chatham, NY): [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Scoring]

Meadowcreek Park Fall Social Event (Weatherford, TX): [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Scoring]

Old Tavern H.T. (The Plains, VA): [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Scoring] [Volunteer]

University of New Hampshire H.T. (Durham, NH): [Website] [Entries/Ride Times/Live Scores] [Volunteer]

Major International Events

Ballindenisk International CCI4*-L: [Website] [Entries/Times]

Links to Start Your Weekend:

A Warming Climate May Bring Horse Owners New Health Worries

Real Rider Cup Champion Determined in a “Who Jumped It Best?” Virtual Jump-Off

Morris Animal Foundation Provides Over $100K In Scholarships To Vet School Students

Therapeutic riding program shown to benefit young people with anxiety

US university offers new equine degree course

Best of Blogs: Worthy

World Equestrian Brands Pick of the Week: Sergio Grasso is at is again with another drool-worthy boot design.

Saturday Video Break: You through circles were tough in ridden dressage? Try getting the geometry right behind a four-in-hand! The combined driver has taken over Pratoni and things have kicked off with driven dressage:

Monday Video Break: Just a Whole Bunch of Horses Down the Pratoni Slide

GIF via ClipMyHorse.TV.

Few slides have captured the attention of the human race so raptly as the Goo Goo Dolls song, this giant one in Detroit that went viral last month for yeeting its passengers airborne, and of course — well, at least for our eventers — the Pratoni Slide, also known as the KEP Italia Target at this World Championships.

We’ve relived the complex as it stood on the 2007 European Championships course, now we get to relive it’s modern incarnation over and over again as well via fellow eventing enthusiasts’ Instagram posts and the GIFs we captured during our live updates yesterday. As much as I wish I could have seen it in person, I don’t envy our on-site reporters, Tilly and Shelby, for being covered in layers of that red dirt!

Enjoy the slide …

GIF via ClipMyHorse.TV.

GIF via ClipMyHorse.TV.

GIF via ClipMyHorse.TV.

GIF via ClipMyHorse.TV.

GIF via ClipMyHorse.TV.

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GIF via ClipMyHorse.TV.

GIF via ClipMyHorse.TV.

Monday News & Notes from FutureTrack

They deserve medals too, but it looks like they’ll settle for champagne! Let’s start the week off by also singing the praises of the hardworking grooms, whose care and careful management of these equine athletes (and, to be fair, the humans ones too sometimes) have played an integral role is Team USA’s success this weekend. Three cheers go out to, from left to right: Hailey Burlock (Off the Record), Stephanie Simpson (Tsetserleg TSF), Meredith Ferraris (Leamore Master Plan), USEF Eventing Team Facilitator Max Corcoran, Alyssa Dobrotin (Mai Baum) and Sally Robertson (Vermiculus) — click the links to get to know a few of them, and stay tuned for more in our #supergroom series!

Think about this for a second: this year, 2022, has been the first year that international grooms have had a formal voice prior to a major championship, thanks to a partnership signed by the FEI and the International Grooms Association (IGA). That’s not a lot of recognition for a lot of hard work, but we’re delighted to be seeing steps in the right direction.

FEI World Championships for Eventing: [Website] [FEI TV] [ EN’s Ultimate Guide ] [EN’s Form Guide] [Final Individual Scores] [Final Team Scores] [EN’s Coverage]

U.S. Weekend Results

Aspen Farm H.T. (Yelm, WA): [Website] [Results]

The Event at Skyline (Mount Pleasant, UT): [Website] [Results]

Flying Cross Farm H.T. (Goshen, KY): [Website] [Results]

Marlborough H.T. (Upper Marlboro, MD): [Website] [Results]

Otter Creek Fall H.T. (Wheeler, WI): [Website] [Results]

Stone Gate Farm H.T. (Hanoverton, OH): [Website] [Results]

Tryon Fall H.T. (Mill Spring, NC): [Website] [Results]

Unionville H.T. (Unionville, PA): [Website] [Results]

UK Weekend Results:

Munstead (2): [Results]

Allerton Park: [Results]

Pontispool (2): [Results]

Monmouth: [Results]

Blenheim Palace International (Oxfordshire, England): [Website] [Results] [Live Stream]

Your Monday Reading List:

There was a very important guest on the Pratoni grounds on cross country day: International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Dr. Thomas Bach. As equestrian sport — eventing in particular — teeters on the brink of Olympic exclusion, we’ll keep out fingers crossed that Dr. Bach was as mesmerized by the incredible day of sport as we all were. The impression he gave seems promising. IOC President Bach impressed with “amazing facilities” at World Championship

Fancy yourself a real eventing nerd? Prove it! We’ve extended our FEI World Championships Trivia through the end of today and if you’re one of the top scorers then you could win a bundle of Sterling Essentials all-natural leather care goodies. Test your mettle here, against ten questions. Need a little help? You can find many of the answers within our Ultimate Guide or our Form Guide 😉

What exactly is ‘good welfare’ for a sport horse? That’s the core question that a team of researchers set out to study this year. The researchers have now reached the first milestone of their study, which included surveying a wide range of equine professionals, but there’s a long ways to go yet before the project is completed. Next steps include voting and rating final topics as well as the creation of welfare assessments. [Study seeks to establish a practical blueprint for sport horse welfare]

Pain is often the culprit of “naughty” behavior in horses. We’ve all bee. told this and we all know it intellectually, but in practicality we’re not always great at truly listening to our horses and instead we brush “bad” behavior off as normal. A new 35-minute film builds upon a six-phase and three-year-long study performed by world-renowned expert in equine orthopedics Sue Dyson and seeks to teach equestrians how to spot the earliest signs of pain. [24 Pain Behaviors of the Ridden Horse Documentary Trailer Released]

The FutureTrack Follow: One of my favorite things about these big international competitions like the World Championships and Olympics and Pan Ams is, truly, learning about new horses and rider pairs from around the globe. I’ve really enjoyed following Korntawat Samran, Thailand’s sole representative, on Instagram as he made his World Championship debut this weekend.

Morning Viewing: You thought yesterday’s save of the day at Blenheim was good? Here, have another:

Sunday Links

Oh the things we find on the internet (and course walks). Photo via shiteventersunite on Facebook.

I was intending to lead today’s Links with something mushy about being so, so incredibly proud of how all of Team USA performed across country yesterday, but — now don’t get me wrong, I am still absolutely lit up about their performances! — in the spirit of ‘Insanity in the Middle’ that we like to live by here at EN, I instead present you with the above.

As someone from the famed shiteventersunite (SEU) Facebook group astutely spotted, SOMEBODY LEFT THEIR UNDIES ON THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS COURSE. Did they lose them before or after walking the Slide? The world may never know. Then again, Tamie did say she was “a little bit pooping [her] pants” after seeing it for the first time…

Want more Pratoni news? Head over to our Ultimate Guide to FEI World Championships for Eventing, and be sure to sign up for the #Pratoni2022 Daily Digest email, which will be delivered straight to your inbox each day through Sunday, September 18.

FEI World Championships for Eventing: [Website] [Definite Entries] [FEI TV] [ EN’s Ultimate Guide ] [EN’s Form Guide] [Timing & Scoring] [Daily Digest Email] [EN’s Coverage]

U.S. Weekend Preview

Aspen Farm H.T. (Yelm, WA): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Scoring] [Volunteer]

The Event at Skyline (Mount Pleasant, UT): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Scoring]

Flying Cross Farm H.T. (Goshen, KY): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Scoring] [Volunteer]

Marlborough H.T. (Upper Marlboro, MD): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

Stone Gate Farm H.T. (Hanoverton, OH): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Scoring] [Volunteer]

Tryon Fall H.T. (Mill Spring, NC): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

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

Major International Events

Blenheim Palace International (Oxfordshire, England): [Website] [Schedule] [Entry Status] [Timing & Scoring] [Live Stream]

Your Sunday Morning Links:

The history of World Championship breeding

Equine Fatality at The Event at Skyline in Warm-up

Develop a Strong Galloping Position • Diagnosing Arthritis

Area 1 Riders Rise to the Top in Area 1 Championships

Tough times ahead for war-torn Ukraine’s equestrian industry

Sunday Video Break: Here’s the save of the day from Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials!

Saturday Links from World Equestrian Brands

The pagoda question at 14. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

It’s very nearly go time for cross country at the World Championships in Pratoni! Or perhaps it already is go time depending on when you’ve woken up and are tuning in. We’ll be running our famed live updates throughout the day — Sally is taking the early shift and then handing it over to me in the afternoon — and you can find those at this link as soon as the we go live. You can also find a whole bunch of other helpful notes and links in there including ride times for all top 10 and North American pairs, links to the course map and rider reactions, and everything thing you need to catch up on after dressage. We’re super excited to see how things shake out today and hope you’ll join us for the ride!

And if you haven’t had your fill of adrenaline after cross country at Pratoni has wrapped, there’s also a free livestream from Blenheim that you can enjoy!

Want more Pratoni news? Head over to our Ultimate Guide to FEI World Championships for Eventing, and be sure to sign up for the #Pratoni2022 Daily Digest email, which will be delivered straight to your inbox each day through Sunday, September 18.

FEI World Championships for Eventing: [Website] [Definite Entries] [FEI TV] [ EN’s Ultimate Guide ] [EN’s Form Guide] [Timing & Scoring] [Daily Digest Email] [EN’s Coverage]

U.S. Weekend Preview

Aspen Farm H.T. (Yelm, WA): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Scoring] [Volunteer]

The Event at Skyline (Mount Pleasant, UT): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Scoring]

Flying Cross Farm H.T. (Goshen, KY): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Scoring] [Volunteer]

Marlborough H.T. (Upper Marlboro, MD): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

Stone Gate Farm H.T. (Hanoverton, OH): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Scoring] [Volunteer]

Tryon Fall H.T. (Mill Spring, NC): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

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

Major International Events

Blenheim Palace International (Oxfordshire, England): [Website] [Schedule] [Entry Status] [Timing & Scoring] [Live Stream]

Links to Start Your Weekend:

Try Your Hand at FEI World Championships Trivia for a Chance to Win Sterling Essentials Goodies

Fast Facts: 2022 FEH East Coast Championships

Fouaad Mirza Breaks 20-year-old National Record in Dressage

Open Yard with Piggy March at Maidwell

Queen Elizabeth II remembered at Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials

How to Apply Liniment

World Equestrian Brands Pick of the Week: Massage vs. Magnetic: Which one is right for your horse? Find out!

Saturday Video Break: Sir James Fox-Pitt the Shetland takes in Blenheim!

Let’s Finish This: Pratoni Friday Afternoon Dressage Live Updates

Tamie Smith and USEF’s Carly Weilminster celebrate after a smashing test. Photo by Tilly Berendt.


Alright let’s wrap this fancy prancing thing up, shall we? We have 22 more pairs lefts to complete their dressage tests at the 2022 FEI World Championships before we move on to all the running and the jumping. Among those pairs riding in this afternoon session? A few familiar names:

  • Alex Hua Tian (CHN) and Don Geniro — 2:24 p.m. local/ 8:24 a.m. EST — 23.7
  • Michael Jung (GER) and fischerChipmunk FRH — 2:48 p.m. local/ 8:48 a.m. EST — 18.8
  • Michael Winter (CAN) and El Mundo — 3:19 p.m. local/ 9:19 a.m. EST — 33.3
  • Tim Price (NZL) and Falco — 4:30 p.m. local/ 10:30 a.m. EST — 26.2
  • Boyd Martin (USA) and Tsetserleg TSF — 4:38 p.m. local/ 10:38 a.m. EST — 26.2
  • Oliver Townend (GBR) and Ballaghmor Class — 4:54 p.m. local/ 10:54 a.m. EST — 24.3

We’ve already had a leaderboard-shuffling morning with great rides from some big names including Tamie Smith, Tom McEwen, and more. You can catch up on this morning’s action with our live updates thread for the first session of the day here and a full lunchtime report (don’t forget, it’s already after 1 o’clock in Italy right now!) right here.

Our dressage finale will be underway shortly, with this session starting 2:00 p.m. local/ 8:00 a.m. EST.

Want more Pratoni news? Head over to our Ultimate Guide to FEI World Championships for Eventing, and be sure to sign up for the #Pratoni2022 Daily Digest email, which will be delivered straight to your inbox each day through Sunday, September 18.

FEI World Championships for Eventing: [Website] [Definite Entries] [FEI TV] [ EN’s Ultimate Guide ] [EN’s Form Guide] [Live Scoring] [Friday Dressage Times] [Daily Digest Email] [EN’s Coverage]

To use this live update thread, start from the bottom. I’ll be adding updates as they happen to the top!

11:25 a.m. EST: Well! That was exciting. At the conclusion of dressage, Michael Jung will lead the field heading into cross country. Laura Collett and Yasmin Ingham, who rode yesterday, keep the next two spots but the rest of the top ten was completely shuffled today:

The top ten going into tomorrow’s cross-country at Pratoni.

And EquiRatings has confirmed that Michi and Chip’s test is the second best dressage score in Eventing World Championships history:

Great Britain will retain the lead in the team standings with an incredible (and record breaking) sub-70 score. Germany lie in second and USA is hot on their heels in third.

Team standings going into tomorrow’s cross-country at Pratoni.

11:22 a.m. EST: Glenfy, a 17-year-old Thoroughbred, has a clean second flying change but seems to take a little spook at the judges box a few strides after! They end the day with a provisional 38.5.

11:19 a.m. EST: And we now have our final rider of this phase in the ring! Marcelo Tosi and Glenfy of Brazil will bring it home for us.

11:14 a.m. EST: Lea was the youngest event rider at the Tokyo Olympics and wowed the world with a 15th place finish with this horse. They’ve done exceptionally well here today too and have actually bested their Olympic dressage score, a 32.6, and have thrown down a 29.4 here today!

Gif via ClipMyHorse.TV

11:10 a.m. EST: Andrew and Vassily finish with a provisional 28.1 for 26th individually. They improve Team Australia’s score and barely knock Team France out of 5th place by 0.1! Young Lea Seigel and DSP Fighting Line are in the ring now for Austria.

11:06 a.m. EST: Vassily de Lassos was trending in the mid-20s after his trot work but seems to maybe be carrying a bit more tension in the canter. His changes are hit or miss (here’s a hit one below!) But I think they’re still going to nail down another sub-30.

Gif via ClipMyHorse.TV

11:03 a.m. EST: We’ve got Andrew Hoy and Vassily de Lassos doing their test now. I just love this horse– he may not finish at the top of the leaderboard after dressage, but he’s still scores reliably sub-20 and has so many completions where he’s finished on or super close to his dressage score. It’s kind of insane.

10:59 a.m. EST: Ballaghmor Class had eeked up to around 27 in the walk, but his canter scores are bringing his average right back down again. They finish below 25 now, on a score of 24.3 which puts them just behind Tamie Smith in 6th individually. We get the fist pump from Oliver so you know he’s pleased with that!

Gif via ClipMyHorse.TV

10:57 a.m. EST: They’re trending just above 25 after their trot work.

Gif via ClipMyHorse.TV

10:53 a.m. EST: No rest for the weary, here comes another very big test. Oliver Townend and Ballaghmor Class are in the ring.

10:52 a.m. EST: Daaang, you go Kazuma! He’s cracked the top ten with a provisional 25.9! That brings Team Japan into 6th place up from 10th!

Gif via ClipMyHorse.TV

10:48 a.m. EST: Japan’s final team rider, Kazuma Tomoto and Vinci de la Vigne JRA have started their test and are looking very strong, trending sub-30.If they keep it up, they’ll also be able to improve Japan’s team score. Boyd’s score does improve the US’s team score as well, but they we’ll stay just barely in third place behind Team Germany!

10:45 a.m. EST: Gah – c’mon Thomas! The little gelding just kicks up a bit in the last flying change and gets 5s across the board for that movement. That’s a little bit costly, but they’ve just tied Tim and Falco’s score of 26.2.

Gif via ClipMyHorse.TV

10:41 a.m. EST: Boyd and Thomas are stalking the top 10. Part of the way through their walk work they’re trending 25.7. Fabulous.

Gif via ClipMyHorse.TV

10:32 a.m. EST: That’s a 26.2 provisional score for Tim Price and Falco! an excellent score for this pair and put them 12 individually buuuuut it will NOT bump Team USA out of third place! It’s Thomas time now and Boyd and the little Trakehner go around the ring. Can Boyd help Team USA steal back second place from Germany and widen the margin ahead of New Zealand a bit?

10:32 a.m. EST: Falco is capable of a mid to upper twenties dressage score. If he betters Clarke’s score of 27.4 then he’ll better Team New Zealand’s score as well – they’re currently sitting in fourth behind the U.S. So far so good — they’re trending around 25 after their trot work!

Gif via ClipMyHorse.TV

10:30 a.m. EST: It’s the final countdown! Tim Price and Falco will be first out in this final session and looking to bring it home for Team New Zealand. Karin Donkers has seen a lot of changes to the World Championships over the years:

10:12 a.m. EST: Box Leo is one of those horses who’s very easy to picture running cross country — especially as Frida asks him to extend the canter. They end with a provisional score of 34.5 as we enter our next ring drag break. We’ll resume the very last session of the day at 10:30 a.m. EST and oh my gosh I’m so excited for this session — we’ve got Tim Price, Boyd Martin, Oliver Townend, and Andrew Hoy all coming in.

While we wait, check out the lapel pin that Mike Winter is wearing this weekend: it honors Canada’s First Nations, and was designed by Kwakwaka’wakw artist Curtis Wilson. It’s part of a push for a unified Canada that sees indigenous peoples enjoy the same rights and representation as their compatriots.

“I think it’s really important that sport is involved in social action and picking the causes that are important,” says Mike.”Our sport is wonderful but we’re not always engaged with diversity and equality issues. The pin I’m wearing represents the role that First Nations play in Canada. It’s important that we recognise Canada’s history of wrongs in the building of the country and how still today, that affect the human rights of those indigenous people. There are opportunities in equality — things like clean drinking, water, education, health care. I think those things need to be talked about, and being Canadian, if I can do a small bit to make people aware of then, I hope that helps.”

10:08 a.m. EST: That’s a fabulous finale for the Italians! Giovanni and Duke of Champions crack the top 20 individually with a score of 27.7. Team Italia goes into 9th. Frida Andersen and Box Leo of Sweden now enter at A as the last horse before the next short break.

10:05 a.m. EST: Duke of Champions lost some marks in the walk work, but made it back up with some nice changes. This is actually a fairly young partnership, as Duke of Champions just came to Giovanni’s yard last year from Kiwi rider Dan Jocelyn.

10:01 a.m. EST: Yup, I knew there would be a graphic incoming. Meanwhile, Giovanni and Duke of Champions have laid down some really lovely trot work that has trended around 26.

9:58 a.m. EST: Next up is our last pair for the home nation, Giovanni Ugolotti and Duke of Champions head down centerline.

9:57 a.m. EST: Felix’s ride now bumps Switzerland up one place in the team standings and into 8th place. They’ve joined the massive cluster of pairs who’ve scored in the low thirties, with a 31.5.

Gif via ClipMyHorse.TV

9:51 a.m. EST: Switzerand’s Felix Vogg now joins us with Cartania II. Felix actually was able to choose which horse he wanted to ride at this Championships, as he was named to the team with both Cartania II and his Luhmühlen CCI5*-winning gelding Colero. He chose to ride this younger mare who shows lots of promise in long format events.

9:49 a.m. EST: I really like this little horse and will look forward to watching him the future — Taraje CP 21.10 just looked really happy and willing throughout that test and they’ve scored a 32.5 for now. That’s not too shabby at all for such a young horse at this level! That improves Team Spain’s score and they now take 11th place over from Ireland.

9:45 a.m. EST:Carlos Diaz Fernandez and Taraje CP 21.10 now join us for Spain. Their score is hovering just round that 30 mark. Taraje CP 21.10 is a sweet-looking Anglo-Arab gelding and is just 9-years-old.

9:37 a.m. EST: Check out that toe flick! That is an EXCELLENT score for Karin and Fletcha — they’ve just cracked the top 10 with a provisional 25.8. That bumps Team Belgium up from 10th to 6th in the team standings.

Gif via ClipMyHorse.TV

9:37 a.m. EST: We have a very experienced pair in the ring now: Karin Donkers and Fletcha van’t Verahof of Belgium. Karin herself has competed in six Olympics and seven World Championships! A sub-30 score, which this pair is capable of, could move the Belgian team up in the standings. Nicolas Touzaint and Absolut Gold HDC earned 34.4 for Team France, which will be their drop score for now, leaving them in fifth place currently.

9:29 a.m. EST: Mike and El Mundo score a 33.3 and Team Canada takes 12th place for the moment with a score of 100.5. Our final French rider Nicolas Touzaint is now in the ring with Absolut Gold HDC, who is unfortunately just a bit unsettled in the walk but nevertheless nails the halt square.

Mike Winter and El Mundo finish their test. Gif via ClipMyHorse.TV

9:22 a.m. EST: El Mundo just likes to hold his head a bit behind the vertical, which will keep him from getting even better marks. They have a wonderful rhythm and I really like the look of them as a pair.

9:20 a.m. EST: UK-based Mike Winter and El Mundo now join us to anchor Team Canada! They’re trending around a 33 at the conclusion of their trot work.

9:17 a.m. EST: Austin and Colorado Blue finish up with a score of 32.2 which means Team Ireland will sit no higher than 11th place in the team standings heading into cross country. And speaking of team standing, Michi’s score puts Team Germany on 76.1 and they squeeze into second place, just ahead of the U.S. We’ll find out soon enough if Boyd and Tsetserleg can lay down a low enough score to steal second place back.

9:14 a.m. EST: I’m going to have to issue my sincerest apologies to Austin, as I’ve been leafing through Michi’s previous scores during his test. We’ve confirmed that Michi and Chip’s 18.8 is equal to their best ever dressage score at any level — they also scored an 18.8 in the CCI3*-S at Radolfzell in Germany in 2021 — and it’s a 5* PB for them.

9:11 a.m. EST: OK, we’re back and Ireland’s Austin O’Connor and Colorado Blue are starting their test.

8:55 a.m. EST: WOW. Well OK then, Michi watched Laura Collett’s test yesterday and said, hold my beer stein. While he was trending just above 20 for most of the trot and walk work, fischerChipmunk FRH’s ridiculously smooth changes and beautiful canter work drop them sub-20 and INTO THE LEAD with a provisional 18.8. We’re on a ring drag break now until 9:11 a.m. EST which is great timing, because I need to recover from that test. The on-site commentator has said something about that being a personal best at the level — possibly even a World Champs record? — and I’m chuckling as I picture the EquiRatings team rushing to get a graphic out.

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8:52 a.m. EST: “If ever I rode as well as this I think I’d be crying.” Same, Lucinda, same.

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8:49 a.m. EST: Michael and Chip finish up their trot work and it’s foot perfect so far, trending around 22 which would slot them right up there in the top three.

8:47 a.m. EST: Oooookay we are now starting our final team rider rotation and we’re starting off with a bang: here comes Michael Jung and fischerChipmunk FRH, who anchor the German team!

8:45 a.m. EST: Solid test from Martin and Gravin van Cantos. They had been hovering around that 31 mark for most of the it, but some late changes drop them a smidge to a 33.8.

8:42 a.m. EST: Jan scores a 31.2 for now and Belgium’s Maarten Boon and Gravin van Cantos join us next.

8:35 a.m. EST: Our second Polish representative, Jan Kamiński and Jard are in the ring now and trending just around a score of 31. Our two Polish riders at this event, Jan and Małgorzata Korycka, who we saw ride yesterday, are actually an engaged couple. We love an eventing power couple!

8:30 a.m. EST: WOW. And that’s a 5* personal best for Alex and Don Geniro! They’ve earned a provisional 23.7 and knock Tamie and Mai Baum out of the top 3. Alex and Don have been such a fun partnership to watch and this is their third Championship level appearance together.

8:28 a.m. EST: Alex and Don Geniro are having a cracking test and they have the potential to crack top five. Don Geniro has his fancy feet on!

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8:25 a.m. EST: Miroslav earns a 34.0 and we now welcome Alex Hua Tian and Don Geniro into the ring, China’s sole representative this weekend.

8:17 a.m. EST: Our second of pair representing the Czech Republic, Miloslav Příhoda Jr and Ferreolus Lat are in the ring now and through their trot work.

8:13 a.m. EST:Thanks to our massive form guide, I’ve just learned that Jordy is a bit of a YouTube star in his home country. So of course I went and found his channel! I can’t understand a word of it, but it looks delightful. He and Burry Spirit lose some points in their flying changes, but they’ve still bettered their 4*/5* average and earned a provisional 34.6.

8:08 a.m. EST: Jordy Wilkin and Burry Spirit, one of two individual pairs for the Netherlands are next up in the ring and trending just around 30.0 so far in his trot work.

8:07 a.m. EST: Regal Bounty is looking a bit nervous and green on the flat (which is fair! He’s 11-years-old) though Lucinda Green said he has “a cracking lovely walk” from the commentary box. Felicity is doing a great job riding him through and looks pleased with him after their salute. They’ve scored a 40 provisionally.

8:00 a.m. EST: Here we go! Our first of this session, Felicity Ward and Regal Bounty, Ireland’s individual pair are cantering around the ring and ready to kick things off.

Dressage Divas: Pratoni Thursday Afternoon Live Updates

Laura Collett and London 52 after their leading test. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Good morning — again! We’re back with the afternoon session (or for North Americans watching, the slightly less early morning session) of day one of dressage at 2022 FEI World Championships for Eventing.

If you’re just pouring your first cup of coffee and joining us, you can catch up on the today’s first session via Sally’s live updates here and via Tilly’s mid-day report here.

Germany’s Sandra Auffarth and Viamant du Matz will be kicking this session off for us at 8:00 a.m. EST. Here’s a couple other notable ride times this session:

  • Karl Slezak and Fernhill Wishes (CAN): 2:16 p.m. local/ 8:16 a.m. EST — 37.8
  • Lauren Nicholson and Vermiculus (USA): 3:35 p.m. local/ 9:35 a.m. EST — 27.1
  • Laura Collett and London 52 (GBR): 3:51 p.m. local/ 9:51 a.m. EST — 19.3
  • Dana Cooke and Mississippi (CAN): 4:02 p.m. local/ 10:02 a.m. EST — 34.3

To use this live update thread, start from the bottom. I’ll be adding updates as they happen to the top!

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11:40 a.m. EST: Well that was an excellent first day of dressage, indeed! The top ten is chock-full of super competitive scores, and we still have a lot to look forward to tomorrow. Great Britain’s Laura Collett and London 52 lead the way with the only sub-20 score so far — will we see another before the first phase is over?

The top ten at the end of the first day of dressage at the 2022 FEI World Championships of Eventing.

Great Britain, New Zealand, and the U.S. all have two riders in the top ten are therefore hold the top three spots in the team competition.

Thanks for hanging out with us this morning! Tilly and Shelby will be along later with a full end of day report and much more.

11:33 a.m. EST: Cyrielle Lefevre and Armanjo Serosah have earned a provisional 35.0 and that’s officially a wrap on day one of dressage!I’ll bring you a little roundup of the scores as they stand in a second.

11:25 a.m. EST: Armanjo Serosah simply will not put his ears up for this test! He’d like us all to know that he’s here for the running and the jumping, thanks very much. Even so, he’s playing nice and Cyrielle is riding a relaxed test.

11:25 a.m. EST: Cyrielle Lefevre and Armanjo Serosah of France will bring things home for us today. Armanjo Serosah just holds herself just above the bit and lacks a bit of connection, though she has a nice cadence.

11:19 a.m. EST: Solid test from Sanne de Jong and Enjoy, who’s a homebred of hers. They score a 33.2 and now we’re down to the last rider of the day!

11:19 a.m. EST: Nicolas has scored a 39.4 and it looks like there’s a storm a brewing in Pratoni. The sky has gotten noticeable darker and the wind gusts are still present. We’re now joined by Sanne de Jong and Enjoy for the Netherlands.

11:13 a.m. EST: Ecuador’s Nicolas Wettstein and Meyer’s Happy, who bases in Switzerland, are doing their test now. Lucinda is noting over the commentary that the horse has an interesting way of going so while Nicolas may be riding accurate, he won’t get the highest of scores. Meyer’s Happy just looks a bit disconnected back to front, which gives him a fittingly jaunty look about him.

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11:09 a.m. EST: Nice test from Dana and Mississippi! They’ve scored a 34.1 which slots them just ahead of Canadian team rider, Hawley Bennett-Awad.

11:02 a.m. EST: Mississippi is sporting a super short summer haircut. Ma’am, your piebald is showing.

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11:02 a.m. EST: Here’s our last north American of the day! It’s Dana Cooke and Mississippi, who were called up to replace Colleen Loach and Vermont after Vermont sustained an injury in their final outing. Evelina earned a really respectable 30.0 for her nice test.

10:56 a.m. EST: This is a really super looking pair and they’re putting in a strong test! They look connected and accurate to my eye and they’ve earned some great scores for their walk, halt, and rein back in particular.

Screenshot via ClipMyHorse.TV

10:52 a.m. EST: Italy’s individual pair, Evelina Bertoli and Fidjy des Melezes, a really gorgeous dark bay mare, now enter the ring.

10:52 a.m. EST: Malgorzata and Canvalencia earn a 35.7 provisionally. They lost out on a couple of points in some of the later canter work.

10:47 a.m. EST: Malgorzata Korycka and Canvalencia for Poland are in the ring now. Canvalencia is a super cute mover:

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10:44 a.m. EST: Mia is getting a classical rendition of Lead Zepplin’s Kashmir as background music, which I kind of love. She’s happy with her test! They’ve earned a 36.9 provisionally.

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10:40 a.m. EST: The next seven riders that we’ll see today are all riding as individuals for their countries. Now in the ring is Mia Hastrup, one of two pairs for Denmark, riding Shjabrina.

10:37 a.m. EST: Marcio and Kit Kat put a 33.6 on the board for the moment for Brazil. With three team members now they’ll have no drop score at the end of the weekend.

10:31 a.m. EST: We’re back with the final session for the day. We have 8 pairs left to go, the first of which is Marcio Carvalho Jorge and Kilcoltrim Kit Kat for Brazil. In case you missed the news from earlier today, Brazil is now down to three team members after Ruy Fonseca withdrew Ballypatrick SRS this morning.

10:14 a.m. EST: Alright, we’re on another drag break for the next 15 minutes. Katrin and Oklahoma 2 have earned a 36.9.

10:12 a.m. EST: Oklahoma 2 and Katrin just had the nicest stretchy canter circle. Their rhythm didn’t change a beat and Oklahoma 2 just looks happy.

10:10 a.m. EST: Katrin Khoddam-Hazrati is now between the boards with Oklahoma 2, who just looks like a real sweetheart for some reason. He’s got a real kind eye and looks like he’s trying super hard for his mum. Let’s also take a moment of appreciation for the Austrian tailcoats:

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10:06 a.m. EST: A little bobble in the last flying change will just barely keep Hazel and Clifford from scoring sub-30. They earn a provisional score of 30.3.

10:04 a.m. EST: Hazel is a really lovely rider with virtually imperceptible aids. You can tell this pair really know each-other — as they should, considering they’ve been together for over ten years!

10:00 a.m. EST: Well, that’s a tough act to follow, but between the board now we have another 5*-winning pair, Australia’s Hazel Shannon and Willingapark Clifford, three-time Adelaide winners

9:57 a.m. EST: Picture perfect! That was a heck of a test as expected — accurate, expressive, just everything we’ve come to expect this Badminton-winning pair. And we have a SUB 20 SCORE ALERT! They’ve earned a provisional 19.3, and she takes over the lead from her countrywoman Yasmin Ingham, who’s riding for GB as an individual.

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9:52 a.m. EST: Yep, this is going to be a big one. London 52 looks his usual big-moving, fabulous self in the trot work and their score is trending in first place.

9:50 a.m. EST: Yoshi and Cale show their experience and lay down a really solid test earning a 28.0. Next in the ring is a can’t miss test — it’s Laura Collett and London 52!

9:45 a.m. EST: Next up in the ring and already through their trot work are Yoshi Oiwa and Calle 44 for Japan — this is their second World Games as a pair, as we saw them in Tryon.

9:42 a.m. EST: This is looking goooood! Little Bug looked so attentive throughout their test and Lauren looks happy as she salutes the judges … and YES they score a 27.0! They’ll slot into 6th place provisionally, just behind Will and Clarke. That means Team USA also has two in the top ten, thankyouverymuch.

9:37 a.m. EST: Bug and Lauren both are looking super relaxed and accurate through their trot work. They’re trending around 27 penalties at the moment.

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9:34 a.m. EST: Alright, here we go with Lauren Nicholson and Vermiculus! Let’s go Bug!!

9:33 a.m. EST: That’s an excellent start for Team New Zealand! Clarke scores a provisional 27.4, which means that both they and Team GB now have two pairs in the top ten at the moment.

9:31 a.m. EST: Clarke looks as if he’s just enjoying a nice pony ride aboard Menlo Park. He’s got reason to smile too as they’re trending sub-30.

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9:27 a.m. EST: The fly or whatever it was has buzzed off and Bryjamolga van het Marienshof Z has settled down within her canter work. Sofia looks so pleased as they finish their test! They’ve scored a provisional 32.8. New Zealand’s Clarke Johnstone is up next.

9:23 a.m. EST: Uhoh, Bryjamolga van het Marienshof Z has got a figurative bee in her bonnet, more likely a literal fly or something, just before they do their halt and rein back. She’s now shaking her head quite a bit but Sofia is so, so patient with her as she waits for her to settle before taking those steps backward. The mare is still head shaking throughout their transition to canter, but Sofia is riding through it.

9:21 a.m. EST: Sofia is another youngster within the field, at 24 years old. She’s got a great smile on her face throughout her test.

9:17 a.m. EST: I would totally take Uter home. He’s not the flashiest horse, but he really listened to Marco the whole way through and tried his very best. Marco salutes the judges and gives him a kiss on the neck! Next up in the ring will be Sofia Sjorborg.

9:14 a.m. EST: A nice test so far for Marco and Uter. They won’t be challenging the top of the leaderboard, but they’re putting in a super workmanlike test.

9:11 a.m. EST: We’re back underway with Marco Cappai and the gorgeous grey, Uter, riding for the home crowd. We also got an updated/finalized score for Tom Carlile during the drag break and he doesn’t actually slot into second place like we thought — he earns a 26.4 which puts him in equal fourth place with our own Will Coleman. Lucinda notes that the judges likely reviewed one of the flying changes during the break.

8:54 a.m. EST: Melody finished her test and looks happy to have that done! We’re now entering a short break to drag the ring. The next test will start at 9:09!

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8:51 a.m. EST: Spoke too soon! Toubleu de Rueire throws in what is essentially a capriole after the rein back and there’s an audible gasp from the spectators. Melody has a good head on her shoulders (and a good seat in the saddle too!) though and has brought him right back to work.

8:50 a.m. EST: Lucinda notes that Toubleu de Rueire really enjoyed himself at yesterday’s horse inspection and had a great time showing off how sound he is. So far he’s keeping a lid on his enthusiasm within the boards, though.

8:48 a.m. EST: Gonzalo will score a 33.0 provisionally as we welcome Switzerland’s Melody Johner and Toubleu de Rueire — who’s looking quite fit as he enters the arena!

8:42 a.m. EST: Here’s Gonzalo Blasco Botin and the French-bred Sij Veux d’Autize in the ring now. They’re looking quite relaxed and accurate, but Lucinda notes that the horse doesn’t have as big movements as some of the other competitors.

8:38 a.m. EST: That really was quite a test from Tom Carlile and Darmagnac de Beliard! He’s just slotted into second place on a 25.5. Jamo now wraps up his test and looks so happywith Mahali, giving her big pats and a kiss on the neck after their salute. They’ve just scored an even 30.0 and should be rightfully pleased with that!

8:34 a.m. EST: All the flower boxes have now been removed from the ring and the youngest competitor in the field at just 21-years-old, Jamo Verwimp of Belgium, are now in the ring and performing their test.

8:28 a.m. EST: This is one impressive 9-year-old. Darmagnac de Beliard is a gorgeous mover and has a great brain to boot! A couple of the flower boxes at the letters have been knocked over thanks to a gust of wind during his test, but the horse didn’t bat an eyelash.

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8:23 a.m. EST:Tom Carlile and Darmagnac de Beliard are now in the ring and have already impressed Lucinda with a super straight centerline.

8:23 a.m. EST: We have just a small pause in action after Karl finishes his test — the wind has picked up again and it’s all hands on deck for a moment to secure some of the flower boxes. Karl has scored a 38.0 also, the same score as his predecessor in the ring — he and Susie will share an equal 19th place as it stands.

8:20 a.m. EST: Lucinda Green, who’s back in the commentary box, notes that “Chocy” has a slightly different way of going than other horses we’ve seen so far today. He carries himself a bit more round and with a bit “stabbier” gaits. That doesn’t stop him from getting it done and he’s also just thrown down the best halt and rein back that Lucinda says she’s seen yet today .

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8:18 a.m. EST: Canada’s Karl Slezak and Fernhill Wishes are in the house! I’m slightly disappointed that they’re still piping nice classical music into the arena and not Nickelback. I mean, could we at least get a Bridgerton-esque arrangement of Photograph?

8:17 a.m. EST: Susie and Monbeg By Design finish their test and earn a 38.0 — she looks pretty pleased and maybe a little relieved too!

8:08 a.m. EST: Sandra and Viamant du Matz will score a respectable 31.8 and Ireland’s Susie Berry enters the rings now on Monbeg By Design to make her senior championships debut.

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8:06 a.m. EST: Viamant du Matz is not making things the easiest for Sandra — he’s looking fit and spicy as he’s taking a few peeks here and there at some of the flower boxes and giving an extra hop at Sandra’s aids for one of the flying changes.

8:00 a.m. EST: And we’re back underway! Sandra Auffarth and Viamant du Matz are down the center line for Germany.

Monday Video: All Things Burghley and Pratoni with Jon and Rick (& Special Guests!)

It’s a Burghley and World Championships bonanza on the latest episode of The Jon and Rick Show! Hosts Jon Holling and Rick Wallace welcome two fantastic guests this week.

Cornelia Dorr, fresh off her top ten finish a her 5* debut at Burghley, tells our hosts how she’s adapted to Daytona Beach 8’s spicy style and gives us a play-by-play of how her Burghley weekend went. Daniela Moguel, who’ll be representing Mexico at the World Championships later this week, then joins the show and tells us about preparing for her second World Championships (including all the things that have made her want to bubble wrap Cecelia!).

Jon and Rick also have some interesting talking points at the beginning of this episode, including discussing Derek di Grazia’s course design and the use of brush fences and frangible devices, the value of a horse who might not be competitive on the flat but can jump clear around the biggest tracks in the world, as well as some thoughts on structuring a World Championship or Olympic team.

Watch the episode above or listen to it here or wherever you listen to podcasts!

 

#RoadToPratoni Social Media Roundup: In Transit to Italy

The time is nigh! Most of the horse and rider pairs that will be representing their countries at the FEI Eventing World Championships have departed their training camps across Europe and are currently en route to their final destination: Pratoni, Italy. Let’s take a peek at who’s on the move.

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Get an Early Look at Entries for the Maryland 5 Star

Fence 28 Maryland 5* Final Fence. Photo by Abby Powell.

While we have an exciting week ahead of us with the 2022 FEI Eventing World Championships literally just around the corner, we can’t forget that we’re in for another real treat later this fall as we’ll witness the second annual running of the Maryland 5 Star, freshly dubbed the MARS Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill presented by Brown Advisory, which is set to take place October 13-16 at the Fair Hill Special Event Zone in Cecil County, MD.

Entries close this Tuesday, September 13, so it’s certainly still early days as far as the competition line-up is concerned, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start getting pumped about who we’ll be seeing galloping across Fair Hill in October.

Will Coleman and DonDante. Photo by Abby Powell.

CCI5*-L

Of course our eyes will always be scanning the list of entries for the marquee event first, so let’s start there. There are currently seven entrants in 5*, but again, we’ll expect to see a much longer list after entries close this week.

Last year Will Coleman and DonDante were the very first pair to ever cross the 5* finish flags in Maryland, and they’ll be back for another run this year. The 12-year-old gelding has improved his finishing place with each 5* start (this will be his fourth) most recently finishing seventh at Kentucky this spring. But Will won’t have his mind on Maryland right now, no — he’s currently en route to Pratoni alongside teammate Lauren Nicholson, who also has a Maryland entry in Landmark’s Monte Carlo, who finished 6th here last year. Another strong pair who’ll be running the course for the second time are Hannah Sue Hollberg and Harbour Pilot.

As it currently stands, Jennie Brannigan will ride two horses in this division: FE Lifestyle, who’ll make his third start at the level, and Twilightslastgleam, who’ll be making his first.

We’re delighted to see Woods Baughman and C’est La Vie 135 on the entry list after their Burghley debut didn’t go to plan. The pair were eliminated roughly a third of the way around the course and appear to be rerouting for another shot at a fall five-star.

We’ve also spotted our first 5* first timer to grace this year’s entry list in Zach Brandt, riding fellow 5* debutante Direct Advance.

Arden Wildasin and Apogee. Photo by Abby Powell.

CCI3*-L

The USEF CCI3*-L Eventing National Championship will once again run alongside the Maryland 5 Star, providing a thoroughly action-packed and exciting weekend of eventing. There are currently 34 pairs signed up to vie for the title. Will Coleman and Jennie Brannigan have horses entered in this division as well: Will on Cold Red Rum and Jennie on Amazing Anthem, a half-sibling to Twilightslastgleam.

A number of riders currently have multiple horses entered in this division: Dana Cooke, Courtney Cooper, Andrew McConnon, Cassie Sanger, Briggs Surratt, Elisa Wallace, and Arden Wildasin.

Boyd Martin, who won the inaugural CCI5*-L here last year with On Cue, currently has one entry in this division with Miss LuLu Herself.

Boyd Martin and On Cue at Sunday’s horse inspection. Photo by Abby Powell.

Once again, entries close on Tuesday so riders have a couple more days to declare their fall plans for Maryland. We’ll be very much looking forward to sharing a complete entry list with you later on. What other top Americans will try to follow in Boyd’s footsteps for another home-turf 5* win? Who’ll be making the trip from across the pond? What other 5* first-timers might we get to cheer on? We’ll have to wait to find out!

Sunday Links

Photo via Equestrian Sports New Zealand.

It’s flashback … Sunday, I guess. As we usher in the week of the 2022 FEI Eventing World Championships, it seems fitting to share this photo of the 1998 New Zealand eventing team who won gold the last time Pratoni hosted eventing for the World Championships. This motley crew was made up of a young Blyth Tait (middle left) who won individual gold, Vaughn Jefferis (middle right) who finished fourth, Sir Mark Todd (far right) who won individual silver, and Sally Clark (not pictured). Andrew Nicholson (far left) also represented New Zealand individually and finished 5th.

Will history repeat itself and will New Zealand bring home the gold in Pratoni again? We’re going to find out this week!

U.S. Weekend Action

CDCTA Fall H.T. (Berryville, VA): [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Scoring] [Volunteer]

Chardon Valley H.T. (Decatur, MI): [Website] [Entries/Ride Times/Scoring]

Five Points H.T. (Raeford, NC): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Scoring] [Volunteer]

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

GMHA September H.T. & Area I Championships (South Woodstock, VT): [Website] [Entries] [Scoring] [Volunteer]

Saturday Links from World Equestrian Brands

Photo by FEI/Martin Dokoupil.

There’s been an unfortunate plot twist for endurance athletes, as it was announced yesterday that the FEI Endurance World Championship that was set to take place in Verona, Italy this October has been canceled. Everyone at EN nearly had a heart attack when we saw the words ‘FEI’, ‘Italy, and ‘canceled’ all together in a sentence, but eventers have nothing to fear — the road to Pratoni continues! — though we are majorly disappointed for our fellow equestrian athletes who have been preparing for this opportunity.

FEI Board confirmed the termination of the Host Agreement over concerns “including but not limited to track readiness, athlete safety, and the lack of detailed planning schedules in the lead up to the Championship.” A rescheduled championship will take place no later that April 30, 2023 and the bid process will be reopened.

U.S. Weekend Action

CDCTA Fall H.T. (Berryville, VA): [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Scoring] [Volunteer]

Chardon Valley H.T. (Decatur, MI): [Website] [Entries/Ride Times/Scoring]

Five Points H.T. (Raeford, NC): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Scoring] [Volunteer]

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

GMHA September H.T. & Area I Championships (South Woodstock, VT): [Website] [Entries] [Scoring] [Volunteer]

The Work to Ride Equestrian Scholarship Program

World Equestrian Brands Pick of the Week: 

Saturday Viewing: I’m sure sure there’s some background to this video, but I don’t know it. Here’s Joe Meyer’s pet pig stealing a trash bag:

 

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Monday Video: Can We Fangirl Over Cornelia Dorr a Little More?

Pardon us while we fangirl over our top-placing American at Burghley, Cornelia Dorr, just a little bit more. Not only was the 24-year-old and her mare, Daytona Beach 8, one of the 47% of combinations that completed the cross country clear of jumping faults, they were also only one of 8 pairs to complete it with less than 10 time penalties. Their exceptional cross country round rocketed them from 50th position after dressage up to 16th ahead of show jumping. But wait there’s more: out of the 28 combinations to jump on Sunday, Cornelia and Daytona were one of just 6 to show jump double clear. They put an exclamation point on their weekend by earning a 10th place finish, climbing 40 places in the overall standings throughout the weekend and once again proving that eventing — and Burghley in particular — is not a dressage show.

Cornelia and Daytona’s partnership has developed over the last few years. Prior to Cornelia’s ride on Daytona, the mare had been competed through the former 2* level with Sandra Auffarth.

We managed to find videos from Cornelia and Daytona’s first event together in the Open Training at the Florida Horse Park in early 2019. Take a look at the first cross country round for this superstar pair below!

Now, in 2022, Cornelia and her groom, Claire, have been working and training hard with UK-based Australian Kevin McNab since January this year. Follow along with this pair by checking out Cornelia’s Instagram here!

Monday News & Notes from FutureTrack

Team USA is officially en route to Italy. Photo via Max Corcoran on Facebook.

On to the next! Now that Burghley and the are AECs done and dusted, it’s all cylinders firing for the a little event called the World Championships.  At this point, we’re just a week and half away and Team USA is officially in transit. The team has been hosted at the farm of fellow eventer, Erika Nesseler, for a bit after their final mandatory outing at Great Meadow and they’ve now touched down in Vittel, France where they’ll base prior to the start of of the competition in Pratoni, Italy.

North American Weekend Results

USEA American Eventing Championships (Kalispell, MT): [Website] [Results]
Park Equine Kentucky Classique H.T. (Lexington, KY): [Website] [Results]
Course Brook Farm Fall H.T. (Sherborn, MA): [Website] [Results]
Silverwood Farm Fall H.T. (Camp Lake, WI): [Website] [Results]
Chattahoochee Hills H.T. (Fairburn, GA): [Website] [Results]
Seneca Valley PC H.T. (Poolesville, MD): [Website] [Results]
Bucks County Horse Park H.T. (Revere, PA): [Website]
Foshay Horse Trails (Jemseg, NB): [Website] [Results]
UK Weekend Results
Burghley:  [Website] [Results] [EN’s Coverage]
Sapey (2): [Results]
Epworth: [Results]

Your Morning Reading List:

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then here is your 10k ‘in a nutshell’ summary of Burghley results! Have a glance at these great photos for sure, but if you want the full picture of the day then all 4880 words of Tilly’s final Burghley report sum things up quite nicely. [Burghley final top 10 in pictures: Piggy March is victorious on ‘special’ 17-year-old mare]

Let’s look back at how it all went down in Tryon. It’s been four years after all — do you remember how the last World Championships shook out? It was a come from behind win for Great Britain’s Ros Canter, who has a shot at defending her title this year. [Looking Back… Eventing at Tryon 2018]

Let’s hear it for the Beginner Novice champions! It was their time to shine this weekend at the American Eventing Championships held at Rebecca Farm. [A Lasting Impression Lands Beginner Novice Winners in the Ribbons at #AEC2022]

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Alice Casburn: she’s 20 years old, she just rode a homebred to 5th place in her first Burghley, and she’s just made our list of coolest people on the planet.

Morning Viewing: Horse & Hound’s Lucy Elder caught up with some of Burghley’s top finishers:

Sunday Links

What an incredible day of cross country we watched at Burghley yesterday! This kid is headed into showjumping in 16th place — the highest placed American — after rocketing from 50th after dressage thanks to a clear and speedy round. Alright, alright, she’s not exactly a kid anymore (the flashback photo above by Flatlandsfoto is from a local event in 2009) but 5* rookie Cornelia Dorr is still one of the youngest in the competition this weekend. Her beautiful round yesterday made Area I and beyond very proud!

Today’s second horse inspection begins at 9.30 AM BST/4.30 AM EST and I’m guessing it’ll be completed by the time most are reading this! Click here for the latest.

Burghley 2022: Website | Live Scores | Burghley TV | Form Guide | EN’s Coverage | EN’s Twitter | EN’s Instagram

North American Weekend Preview

USEA American Eventing Championships (Kalispell, MT): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores] [Livestream] [Shannon Brinkman Photography] [Ride On Video]
Park Equine Kentucky Classique H.T. (Lexington, KY): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]
Course Brook Farm Fall H.T. (Sherborn, MA): [Website] [Live Scores]
Silverwood Farm Fall H.T. (Camp Lake, WI): [Website] [Live Scores]
Chattahoochee Hills H.T. (Fairburn, GA): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]
Seneca Valley PC H.T. (Poolesville, MD): [Website] [Scoring]
Bucks County Horse Park H.T. (Revere, PA): [Website]
Foshay Horse Trails (Jemseg, NB): [Website] [Live Scores]
Sunday Links:

Sunday Video: How about a helping of cross country day highlights for breakfast?

Saturday Links from World Equestrian Brands

Route options through the Maltings complex.

The above image is an actual diagrammatic representation of my brain trying to understand the alternate route options on Derek di Grazia’s Burghley cross country course. You know, just spinning in circles! This isn’t even the craziest of the complexes either. Make sure you check out the course map here and take a little peek at at those ABCDE and ABCDEF complexes. That’s right — there’s two complexes with six whole letters go the alphabet!

The Burghley cross country action begins as 11:30 AM local / 6:30 AM Eastern / 3:30 AM Pacific time. Sally will be getting up at an ungodly hour to run live updates, so you can follow along with minute-by-minute updates that way. Or, if you haven’t already, you can subscribe to Burghley TV at watch it all. Here are all the links you need for XC day at the biggest baddest 5* of them all:

Burghley 2022: Website | Live Scores | Burghley TV | XC Ride Times | Form Guide | EN’s Coverage | EN’s Twitter | EN’s Instagram

North American Weekend Preview

USEA American Eventing Championships (Kalispell, MT): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores] [Livestream] [Shannon Brinkman Photography] [Ride On Video]
Park Equine Kentucky Classique H.T. (Lexington, KY): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]
Course Brook Farm Fall H.T. (Sherborn, MA): [Website] [Live Scores]
Silverwood Farm Fall H.T. (Camp Lake, WI): [Website] [Live Scores]
Chattahoochee Hills H.T. (Fairburn, GA): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]
Seneca Valley PC H.T. (Poolesville, MD): [Website] [Entry Status]
Bucks County Horse Park H.T. (Revere, PA): [Website]
Foshay Horse Trails (Jemseg, NB): [Website] [Live Scores]

Links To Start Your Weekend:

Casburn delighted after being youngest rider at 2022 Burghley Trials

A Magical Finish to the Modified Championship at #AEC2022

Cooley – a stud that doesn’t breed horses…

World Equestrian Brands Pick of the Week: A very special shoutout and wish for good luck today goes out to two World Equestrian Brands #trainerteam riders looking to conquer the Burghley cross country course for the first time: Woods Baughman and Cornelia Dorr!

Saturday Video Break: Don’t miss yesterday’s wrap-up:

Wednesday News & Notes from Haygain

With all the hubbub surrounding the return of Burghley this weekend and the FEI World Championships of Eventing in Pratoni in two weeks time, don’t forget — it’s time for the American Eventing Championships! Competitors have made (or are perhaps still making) the long drive to beautiful Kalispell, Montana where there will be five full days of eventing beginning today with dressage for the Advanced, Intermediate, Preliminary, and Modified divisions. Here’s everything you need to know to follow along with the competition.

North American Weekend Preview

USEA American Eventing Championships (Kalispell, MT): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores] [Livestream]
Park Equine Kentucky Classique H.T. (Lexington, KY): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]
Course Brook Farm Fall H.T. (Sherborn, MA): [Website] [Live Scores]
Silverwood Farm Fall H.T. (Camp Lake, WI): [Website] [Live Scores]
Chattahoochee Hills H.T. (Fairburn, GA): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]
Seneca Valley PC H.T. (Poolesville, MD): [Website] [Entry Status]
Bucks County Horse Park H.T. (Revere, PA): [Website]
Foshay Horse Trails (Jemseg, NB): [Website] [Live Scores]
Major International Events
Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials: [Website] [FEI Schedule] [Entries] [Live Stream]
Wednesday News & Reading
Some later breaking news yesterday, ICYMI: Dana Cooke and FE Mississippi were named to Canada’s World Championship team following the withdrawal of Colleen Loach and Vermont. Here’s the scoop and don’t forget to check out EN’s Ultimate Guide to #Pratoni22 while you’re at it.
Imagine your farm is located across the road from Burghley. Each year, atmosphere builds up for the historic event which you dream of one day riding in yourself. That’s the situation for Stamford-based event rider Phil Brown, and this year his dream is coming true. [Scarborough’s Phil Brown can’t wait to make Burghley Horse Trials debut]
Enrollment in the next session the Lucinda Green XC Academy closes today! This web-based learning platform was born out of Lucinda’s passion for keeping cross country at the core of  eventing and helping rider to become more confident and competent in this phase. Enrollment opens twice a year. [Lucinda Green’s academy aims to give cross-country skills to horse and rider]
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Sponsor Shoutout: Haygain

A hoof pick, a sweat scraper, some shampoo … those are the only prizes I’ve ever won at a horse trials. Can you imagine winning a Haygain hay streamer?! Lisa Niccolai did when she won the American Eventing Championships Training Amateur division last year. Now that’s one heck of a size. Haygain is proud to sponsor the AECs again this year. Thank you, Haygain!

 

Wednesday Video Break: Girthing your horse is more complicated than it seems. Han Equestrian and Olympic Event rider Amanda Ross are here to help.

 

 

Monday Video: Big Burghley Fences, Teeny Tiny Bicycle

The whole EN team is completely keyed up and excited for the return of The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials this week (yeah, it’s basically September already! Can you believe it?) and after a two year COVID-induced hiatus I wasn’t sure if anything else could could get me looking forward to streaming Burghley cross country this Saturday even more than I already am. Oddly enough though, this video has done just that — and there isn’t even a single horse in it!

This video features professional Trials Rider, Duncan Shaw of Scotland, as he tackles some of the biggest Burghley fences on his teeny tiny bicycle. Trial Biking is extreme sport where competitors navigate an obstacle course and penalties are awarded for setting foot or hand on the ground. The lowest score at the end of the competition wins. Sounds a little familiar, no?

These fences always look enormous even with a 16.3-hand Warmblood in the frame for reference, but get ready to appreciate their size and scale on a whole new level thanks to this video.

P.S. My sincerest apologies to any Trials Riders out there reading this — I’ve literally just Googled your sport, but I see you and I appreciate you as a fellow participant in a sport of insanity. Come jump more cross country courses!

MARS Great Meadow International 4*-S Live Updates

The dimensionally imposing Brush Table at fence 9A. Photo by Sally Spickard.

Good afternoon from MARS Great Meadow International! We’re anxiously awaiting the start of the CCI4*-S class, where we’ll see our potential Pratoni World Championship pairs strut their stuff in the hopes of team selection, along with many many other top combinations looking to start their fall season off in style.

Our fearless leader Sally Spickard is on the ground in Virginia and I’ll be bringing you a play-by-play of the action remotely. If you missed the previous two days of action, check out yesterday’s report here.

#MARSGMI: [Website] [Schedule] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Order of Go] [Scoring] [Live Stream] [Volunteer] [Tickets] [Erin Gilmore Photography] [EN’s Coverage]

3:27 PM: Here are your top ten pairs at MARS Great Meadow International! Stay tuned for the full report from Sally a bit later.

3:22 PM: Through the finish flags for Tamie and Lexus aaaannnnd…. they pick up 6.4 time penalties, which means the race car driver Liz Halliday-Sharp and the The Monster Partnership’s Cooley Quicksilver clinch the win! What a fantastic season this pair is having. Tamie wasn’t exactly wasting time, but she’s got a little thing called the World Championships next month to be keeping in mind. These two highly competitive female riders gave us a tense finish to #MARSGMI, that’s for sure.

3:20 PM: A piece of cake through the coffin at fence 17 for Tamie and Lexus — they’re in the home stretch now.

3:19 PM: Argh, one little second over time for Liz and Monster! Tamie is likely going for a nice positive outing before Pratoni, but she’s got 11 seconds in hand over Liz so it’ll still be down to the wire for the win today.

3:18 PM: Liz totally looks like she’s going for it as she encourages Monster on through the MARS Sustainability Bay. Tamie and “Lexus” are easily through 11AB.

3:16 PM: Liz and “Monster” make the 12ABCD complex look like child’s play. With Will and Chin Tonic HS withdrawn, our final pair and leaders after the show jumping, Tamie Smith and Mai Baum are also out on course now! Time sure does fly when you’re watching cross country.

3:13 PM: Now we have Liz Halliday-Sharp and Cooley Quicksilver on course as well. This pair won the Lexington 4*S held in conjunction with the Kentucky Three-Day Event this spring and then earned a top 5 finish at Luhmühlen 5* the following month. They’re flying so far!

3:12 PM: Boyd Martin and Federman B are also out fo the box and already through 11AB.

3:09 PM: Buck and Carlevo were so fast, they’ve already finished by the time I was catching up typing scores! They’re home clear with 4.4 time penalties. That slots them into 4th provisionally. And whoa! Phillip Dutton and Carlchen, also on course now, slide over the log at 12A. Phillip sits it and they complete the rest of the complex.

3:04 PM: We’re back underway now with Buck Davidson and Carlevo — another alternate pair for Pratoni. This team had such an excellent showing at Kentucky this spring.

3:01 PM: Plot twist! We’ve just heard that second placed Will Coleman and Chin Tonic HS have withdrawn and will not run XC. Ever the consummate horseman, Will is likely saving the young horse’s legs for bigger things this fall. We have a couple other score updates for you too:

  • Tamie Smith and Solaguayre California: 20 jumping penalties, 17.6 time penalties.
  • Ariel Grald and Leamore Master Plan: clear jumping, 8 time penalties.
  • Kaelen Speck and Charmed Victory: 20 jumping penalties, 30.8 time penalties.
  • Hannah Sue-Hollberg and Carsonstown: 20 jumping penalties, 24.8 time penalties.
  • Lillian Heard had a frangible pin at 4A and then a runout at 4B before retiring.

2:59 PM: Hmm. We’ve just heard that there’s a hold on course for a fence repair at 4AB and Lillian  Heard and Cooley Gentlemen appear to be walking off course at that spot. We didn’t see hat happened, but it looks like the pair is OK but will not continue on course.

2:55 PM: Shoot! Carsonstown doesn’t lock on to the B element of 4AB and Hannah will pick up a 20 there. Ariel and Simon are still going easy but having a great ride andSimon’s tail is still acting like a propeller!

2:54 PM: Hannah Sue-Hollberg and Carsonstown are on course now. Ariel and Simon are having a great steady ride and are through the first water at 11AB.

2:50 PM: Kaelen Speck and Charmed Victory are our newest on course, but they’ve just picked up a refusal at 9B. We’ve also got Ariel Grald and Leamore Master Plan fresh out of the box, with “Simon” swishing his tail in anticipation of the fences to come. If they go double clear they’ll slot into the clubhouse lead with a 30.9. It’s been a real joy watching this pair blossom and we can’t wait to see them in Pratoni next month.

2:46 PM: Dang! Tamie Smith and Solaguayre California have an early runout of course as well — we haven’t seen them on camera yet. They were the ones tied for fourth with Will, but that won’t be true anymore, sadly. Shannon Lilley and Ideal HX are home with 20 jumping faults from the corner complex plus 19.2 time penalties.

2:44 PM: Liz and Deniro Z ping easily through the GIANT picnic table while Will and Timmy make easy work of the water at 11AB.

2:42 PM: Another exciting pair is on course with us now: it’s Will Coleman again, this time with Pratoni-bound Off The Record. He’s riding a bit out of order, as “Timmy” is currently tied for fourth on a score of 27.9.

2:41 PM: Liz Halliday-Sharp and Ocala Horse Properties’ Deniro Z are on course now and have made easy work of the 9ABC corner complex. Phillip and Z are home with 16.8 time penalties. Shannon Lilley and Ideal HX are through the MARS Sustainability Bay

2:38 PM: Also on course now are Shannon Lilley and Ideal HX, but darn, they pick up a runout at the last of the corners at 9ABC. Boyd indeed gave Thomas a nice easy run: they’re home with 12 time penalties. Phillip and Z are nearing the end of the course and also don’t look to be in a particular rush.

2:34 PM: Our traveling reserve pair for Team USA, Phillip Dutton and Z, are now on course. Heather Gillette and Vincent Chase are home clear with 23.2 time penalties.

2:30 PM: Boyd doesn’t look in a rush to complete the course. He’s just out there have a nice gallop and and easy pre-championships run. Meanwhile, uh-oh, Jennie Brannigan and Global Ex have an early runout on course and Jennie puts her hand up. This is a new partnership — Jennie is temporarily in the irons for Hallie Coon — so Jennie decides to save things for another day.

2:28 PM: Close, but no cigar! Lauren and Patrick take home 2.8 time penalties on top of their lovely clear round. It sure looked like they might have been going for the time. Heather Gillette and Vincent Chase now join us on course while Boyd and “Thomas” near the back third of the course — looking good and clear so far. Doug and Camarillo are home clear with 22 time penalties.

2:25 PM: Here comes a round to watch: Pratoni-bound pair Boyd Martin and Tsetserleg are on course now and through fence 6. Lindsay Traisnel and Bacyrouge are home clear with 21.2 time penalties.

2:23 PM: Whoa! Looks like Camarillo stepped on a bell boot or something in the MARS Sustainability Bay and got a little tripped up — like stepping on your shoelaces. He and Doug scramble a bit over the fence on the way out of the water, but they make it and Doug puts the gas pedal down on the other side. Lauren and “Patrick” are FLYING and get the most beautiful ride through the giant brush and double corners at 9ABC.

2:21 PM: Fresh out of the box, its Lauren Nicholson and Landmark’s Monte Carlo. I’m gassed after a single Beginner Novice course, I don’t know how these riders manage multiple rides, especially at this level.

2:19 PM: Doug Payne is back already — this time with the striking grey Camarillo, this is one of Doug’s younger horses at the level and they’ve already made easy work of the first water . Lindsay and Bacyrouge make easy work of the MARS Sustainability. Tamie and Danito have finished clear with 3.6 time penalties — what an exciting round for that pair! They have the clubhouse lead now on a score of 33.0, ahead of Will and DonDante on a 34.8.

2:15 PM: Tamie and Danito give us a masterclass through the MARS Sustainability Bay and Canada’s Lindsay Traisnel and Bacyrouge are now on course as well.

2:12 PM: Tamie Smith and Danito have joined us and are about halfway around the course already. They’re looking completely on form. Mia Farley and Phelps are home clear and gather just 1.6 time penalties for the second fastest round of the day. OTTB power! Zach Brandt and Direct Advance have also completed the course with their 20 penalties and some time.

2:11 PM: Eek! Our newest on course, Daniel Poulsen and Capability Brown have retired after the horse padded the ground and slid over the log ahead of the down bank at fence 12. They then run by the other elements of this combination and Danielle calls it a day. Bummer!

2:08 PM: Mia Farley is on course now with a very strong and eager Phelps. This is a young horse she’s quite excited about, and I can see why! He’s totally in the zone and locked onto every fence. Mia is getting a real arm workout though, trying to hold him back. He is a former racehorse after all!

2:03 PM: We have our first double clear of the day! Phillip Dutton and OTTB Sea of Clouds have come home bang on the optimum time. I’m a little behind on reporting scores so here’s a couple more:

  • Jennie Brannigan and FE Lifestyle: clear with 2.8 time penalties.
  • Sarah Kuhn and Mr. Cash van de Start: clear with 27.6 time penalties.
  • Doug Payne and Quantum Leap: clear with 5.6 time penalties.
  • Lauren Nicholson and Vermiculus: clear with 7.2 time penalties.
  • Holly Jacks-Smither and Candy King: clear with 16 time penalties.

2:01 PM: We’ve just had word that Zach Brandt and Direct Advance have had an early runout on course — not sure where, as we haven’t seem him on the livestream yet.

1:59 PM: We’ve got Phillip Dutton and Seas of Clouds out on course now and about halfway through, plus Buck Davidson is back with his second ride of the day, Erroll Gobey.

1:55 PM: Ahh! Holly gets tipped forward over the first element of fence 12, but she get’s back in the driver seat just in time for the drop at the B element.

1:53 PM: Holly Jacks-Smither and Candy King, a Pratoni-bound pair for Team Canada, are also on course now and Candy King is another horse excited to get out there today! He’s a bit on the muscle starting out.

1:52 PM: One of our Pratoni-bound pairs Lauren Nicolson and Vermiculus a.k.a. “Bug” are now on course and they’re pinging easily over everything so far! You can tell Bug is pretty stoked to be getting to run and jump — his little Anglo-Arab tail is flying high! Katie Lichten and Yarrow unfortunately pick up a refusal at the jump into the MARS Sustainability Bay and Katie decides to call it a day.

1:48 PM: Our newest pair on course now are Katie Lichten and Yarrow. I have to give Katie and her family a little shout out — they own the beautiful Aquila Farm is Hamilton, Massachusetts which has an amazing cross country schooling field that they keep open to local riders. It’s an incredible resource to have in my area!

1:45 PM: On course now we have Sarah Kuhn and Mr. Cash van de Start along with our CCI5* National Champions Doug Payne and the young Quantum Leap. Erin Kanara and Campground are home clear with 17.6 time penalties, as are Jill and Obos Darko.

1:40 PM: Oh dear, we just caught up with Alina Patterson and Flashback who were our newest on course, but Alina has popped off at, I believe, the fence 12 complex. Alina is up, but visibly bummed and Flashback is taking himself on a little walk back to the stables.

1:36 PM: Jill Thomas and Obos Darko are on course and catch a funky stride to the A element of 9ABC. They then have a runout at the corner B element but they get it on the second try. Meanwhile, Jennie has a bit of a flyer into the MARS Sustainability Bay, but she pops herself back into the tack quickly like the pro she is and carries on.

1:32 PM: Sydney and Q are home with 5.2 time penalties and now we have two additional pairs on course: Erin Kanara and Campground, who are already through the coffin complex at fence 17 cleanly, as well as Jennie Brannigan and FE Lifestyle, another alternate pair for Pratoni.

1:28 PM: Sydney Elliott and QC Diamantaire, one of the alternate pairs named for the World Championships team, are now on course and looking good so far. Both Will and Buck have now finished the course and picked up some time: 4 time penalties and 12.4 time penalties respectively.

1:22 PM: Will Coleman and his direct reserve horse for Pratoni, DonDante, are out the box and on course now — this pair is in 12th place, so they’re riding out of order since Will has two other rides in this division. Buck and Sorocaima are having a lovely clean ride so far.

1:18 PM: And we’re underway with Buck Davidson and Sorocaima, an 11-year-old Thoroughbred gelding who made his 5* debut with Buck at Kentucky this spring. First out was initially supposed to be Ariel Grald and Forest Gump 124, but they’ve withdrawn. Also withdrawn ahead of XC are Hannah Sue Hollberg and Lukeswell along with Daisy Trayford and Ermintrude.

The actions kicks off at 1:15 PM and in the meantime, let’s review the course:

The cross country track is designed by David O’Connor and takes the 4*-S combinations over a total of 3740 meters with 32 jumping efforts set at 22 numbered questions. The optimum time is 6 minutes, 34 seconds. Well be interested to see if anyone guns for catching the optimum time today over Virginia’s rolling hills especially, as seems to be the case everywhere in the country, over some hard ground. You can view the course below or, if the embedded post does not show up, here. Plus, take a sneak peak and get a little extra insight from Sally’s course preview here.

Sunday Links


Here at EN you know we LOVE it when our hard-working eventing grooms get some of the recognition they deserve. Local Virginia lifestyle brand Gillian Valentine has been generous to sponsor a Ride of the Day award for each competition day starting on Friday. The winning ride is named by the livestream commentators on Horse & Country TV and the recipient of the prize is the groom of the horse selected. Our winner for Friday was Sara Kelson, head groom for Sara Kozumplik’s Otta B Quality in the CCI2* and yesterday’s winner was Meredith Ferraris, head groom for Ariel Grald’s Diara in the CCI3*. Who’ll be the winner today?

U.S. Weekend Action

MARS Great Meadow International: [Website] [Schedule] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Order of Go] [Scoring] [Live Stream] [Volunteer] [Tickets] [Erin Gilmore Photography] [EN’s Coverage]

Shepherd Ranch Pony Club H.T. (Santa Ynez, CA): [Website] [Entries/Ride Times/Scoring]

Town Hill Farm H.T. (Lakeville, CT): [Website] [Rid Times] [Scoring]

Major International Events

Land Rover Blair Castle International H.T. (Pitlochry, UK): [Website] [Schedule] [Timing & Scoring]

Millstreet International H.T. (Cork, Ireland): [Website] [Timing & Scoring]

Your Sunday Links:

Watch Laura Collett walk the Burghley Horse Trials course: ‘it will require proper cross-country riding’

Price eager to unleash Classic Moet on returning Burghley Horse Trials

The Road to the AEC: Heather Norman is Grabbing Opportunities

Sarah Clark to fulfil lifelong dream when she competes at Burghley Horse Trials

Summer Coat Care

A Healthy Gut Microbiome Might Improve Your Horse’s Vaccine Response

Sunday Video: Tamie Smith and Mai Baum jump a flawless round to keep the lead into today’s CCI4* cross country at Great Meadow International! Stay tuned for more on EN today!