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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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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!

Saturday Links

Assuming you haven’t been living under a rock, you’ll have heard by now that a big push to crowdfund enough money to run the 2021 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event is underway. Equestrian Events, Inc has until 11:59 PM EST Sunday, February 7 to raise $750,000 in order for the event to run. They’re releasing updates on the amount raised at 8 AM, 12 PM, 4 PM, and 8 PM. You can make a donation here and if you’d like to have your donation refunded if the goal is not reached you can submit this form.

U.S. Weekend Action:

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

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

Don’t Forget! Become an EN Patreon by February 14th and receive an EN Yeti mug or wine tumbler!

Saturday Links:

Horse of the Month: London 52

Equine Depth Perception

Not ‘That’ Kind of Amateur

Technical stirrups — what’s on the market?

New York Poised To Pass Legislation To Make Transfer Of Thoroughbreds For Slaughter Illegal

Hot on Horse Nation: Stepping Out for America’s Horses Campaign

Saturday Video: Eventers continue to impress at the WEC!

The magical Mr. Rubens jumping a clear just now around a serious 1.30 at WEC. 💗🦄Got lucky to the last when I got him too deep, but otherwise I rode fairly normally 🤦‍♀️

Posted by Sara Kozumplik Murphy Equestrian on Friday, February 5, 2021

Monday Video: Run, Don’t Walk, to See Historic Runnymede Farm

You know we love to ogle over a gorgeous farm every once in a while, and here’s the latest: the beautiful and historic Runnymeade Farm located in North Hampton, New Hampshire.

Originally built in the 1920’s to be a dairy farm before transitioning to an equestrian estate under the Fuller Family, Runnymeade’s history is rooted in Thoroughbred racing and was home to 45 stakes-winning horses in it’s hey-day, including the disqualified winner of the 1968 Kentucky Derby, Dancer’s Image, and the champion 3-year-old filly of 1985, Mom’s Command.

This 6+ acre property boasts expansive paddocks, a twelve stall barn with additional out buildings, an outdoor ringing ring, and some infrastructure already in place for a future indoor arena (which, trust me, you’re going to want in New Hampshire) all for a cool $5.2 million. Surely you could squeeze a few cross country jumps onto the property somewhere as well.

It’s real estate listings like these that make those Mega Millions tickets so darn enticing! You can check out the full listing and photo gallery here.

Saturday Links

This saddle rack is one of the items up for auction and I can’t be the only one who thinks it’s really neat! Photo via CDCTA.

I always like to practice and preach shopping locally and I believe that the sentiment is the same for supporting local organizations as well. If you happen to be located in Norther or Central Virginia, the Commonwealth Dressage and Combined Training Association (CDCTA) is running a silent auction through 9 PM this Sunday (Tomorrow, 1/31!) which is a great opportunity to support eventing locally. There are lots of gift certificates for lessons up for grabs as well as other neat items — take a look!

U.S. Weekend Action:

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

Galway Downs Winter H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

Saturday Links:

Looking for More Insanity In the Middle? Meet the New EN Patreon!

The Kentucky Horse Park Will Serve as a Regional Vaccine Site

An Update on the 2021 Ocala Jockey Club International 3-Day Event

Area Declaration Extended for 2021 Adequan®/USEF Eventing Youth Team Challenge

Empowerment Happens When You Own Your Labels: Dr. Auriel August’s Journey Back to the Ring

Monarts Masterpiece Made 2020 Look Easy

Researchers, Veterinarians Still Learning About The Capabilities Of Sensors To Detect Injury In Racehorses

Saturday Video: “‘For the Love of Equestrian’ is actually not looking at it from only the horse point of view, but actually the whole community that is around the horses.” Wise words from Namibian show jumper and veterinary student, Salom Nghinamito.

Monday Video: Magic Michi Wins Big at Amadeus Horse Indoors

Is there really an off-season for Michael Jung? While his event horses have been enjoying their post-season downtime complete with adorable winter woolies, Michi has his jumpers fully legged up and has been busy taking on the European show jumping scene.

On Saturday, Michael took home the big win of the competition at the Neuro Socks Amadeus Horse Indoors CSI 4* & 2* in Salzburg, Austria with the 13-year-old Westphalian mare Fischerchelsea (Check In 2 X Argentia E, by Argent) owned by Klaus and Sabine Fischer alongside Michael parents, Brigitte and Joachim Jung. The pair beat out 65 total entrants in the €45,000 Travel Charme Championship of Salzburg CSI 4*, 13 of which qualified for the jump-off over 1.55 m.  Watch their round above!

[Salzburg CSI 4* Full Results]

Saturday Links

US Equestrian announced the members of their 2021 Competition Task Force yesterday, with the spots for active athletes still t be named. We’re interested to see how the Task Force comes together as we await the finalization of the 2021 competition calendar. If you have any feedback for the Competition Task Force, you can directly access their online feedback form here.

U.S. Weekend Action:

Grand Oaks H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Stable View Aiken Opener H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Saturday Links:

Technology in the Era of COVID-19: Connecting Eventers Like Never Before

Equestrian Canada Moves Forward With New Leadership

Get Your Horse Off Your Inside Leg: A 5-Day Training Program

Creating Power With Circles

Dressage sheet adding error costs eventer national championship title

Infographic: How Does a CT Scan Work on Horses?

Saturday Video: It’s hard to find good help these days!

Monday Video: Beware the Flower Monsters

I’m not very good at this whole tiktok thingy but luckily Georgie Newton is! I haven’t laughed this much in forever! It’s a good job we love him ❤️ watch with volume up!

Posted by Jess Roisin Dunn on Saturday, January 16, 2021

Sometimes you’ve just got to wonder what the heck is running though your horse’s head. This video hazards a guess and this hilarious voiceover seems like it could be pretty darn accurate!

British dressage rider Jess Roisin Dunn recounts this ride, which took place about two and half years ago at the Hartpury Festival of Dressage Premier League, by saying “I feel like that day will be engrained in my memory forever! [The horse’s] owner had driven the three hours to come watch. He had never been bothered by flowers up until that day. Unfortunately … he’s had a problem with flowers ever since! He was obviously hugely offended by the wispy ones 🤣🤣

When asked is she has any advice for riding through such moments, Jess told EN: “Mostly try to ignore it! I won’t ever win that battle with him so lots of big pats and scratches seems to lessen the reaction but not eradicate it!”

Thanks for sharing, Jess!

Saturday Links

Ariel Grald and Leamore Master Plan at the 2019 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

There has been a bit of doom and gloom surrounding the conversations about the future of the Kentucky Three-Day event this week and while it’s true that there’s a long road to economic recovery ahead (a statement not exclusive to equestrian events) I think it’s important to note that all is not lost. Make sure you check out EN’s latest conversation with Lee Carter, the Executive Director of Equestrian Events, Inc.

U.S. Weekend Action:

Horse Trials at Majestic Oaks: [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Fresno County Horse Park Combined Test: [Website] [Schedule] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Saturday Links:

‘We’ll miss him so much’: five-star horse retires to compete at lower levels

The Armed Forces Equestrian Center: Changing Lives Outside the Box

Horses in Art Throughout the Ages

Rule Refresher: 2021 FEI Rule Changes

Sesamoid Bones: They Take A Lot Of Pressure And Raise A Lot Of Questions For Researchers

Just in on Jumper Nation: Stressed Out, Perfectionistic Junior Riders: Let’s Help Them Put It in Perspective

Saturday Video:

Monday Video: A Training Level Super Pony at Twin Rivers

You know we love to see young riders out there loving the sport and loving their horses, so we love this video of a Californian young rider on her super pony rocking around Training level at Twin Rivers! Meet Lucy Leff and her 14.1-hand Welsh Pony X Quarter Horse gelding Amarillo, a.k.a Milo around the barn. The pair completed their first recognized event at Training level at the Twin Rivers November Horse Trials with no jumping penalties. With that big white blaze and bright yellow coat that Milo sports, you can tell why this video initially caught our eye. Press play and you’ll be delighted by this pair who both are clearly having a blast out there!

Saturday Links

It’s been at least a decade since I taught a riding lesson and only then did I ever teach up-down lessons to super litte kids, but yesterday I did my best to give my friend, a former saddle seat rider, a lesson in basic dressage on my pony who she is half-leasing. I discovered two things: 1) It turns out I can really ramble on about dressage even when I can only ride it at a largely rudimentary level myself and, 2) Teaching dressage is hard, which really I already knew, but this just reenforced. Once again, I have to give mad props to all the instructors and trainers out there!

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Barnstaple South H.T.: [Website] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Saturday Links:

Frangible tech now mandatory for international cross-country jumps

COVID-19: Navigating a New Normal at the Barn

Dover’s 7 Dressage Fundamentals For Every Rider At Every Level

Kristin Harms Matthews: USEA’s Volunteer of the Month

What Makes A Positive [Drug] Test: An Explanation Behind The Figures And Thresholds

RIDE: Helping our Veterans with Horses

10 MRI Resources on

Saturday Video:

Monday Video: What’s New for Elisa Wallace

2020 didn’t turn out the way anyone thought it would, but despite the hardships faced and the lack of competition many eventers made the best of their stay-at-home situations for the majority of the year. Among those eventers who turned some lemons into lemonade was five-star eventer Elisa Wallace.

For Elisa’s 2020 saw the purchase of a new farm in Ocala, Florida and, since the COVID-19 pandemic meant that much for time was spent at home this year, lots of work that went into said new property. With a dearth of major competitions lots of time was also spent building connections with some of her newer horses and a few of her mustangs were even able to complete their first events.

Here’s an update straight from Elisa about her horses and her hopes for 2021! You can also look forward to new content from Elisa coming out on Wednesdays (think, “Wallace Wednesdays!”) on her YouTube channel this year.

Saturday Links

Posted by Charlotte Collier on Thursday, December 31, 2020

What a way send off 2020 and kick off a new year! EN would like to send our congratulations and best wishes to four-star eventer Charlotte Collier and her now-fiancé Brandon McDonald who got engaged on New Year’s Eve. Brandon gets a gold star for popping the question with the help of her horses, who wore “Will You Marry Me?” signs around their necks.

National Holiday: National Science Fiction Day

Saturday Links: 

Breeders, It’s Time To Step Up: Good Stewardship Means A Commitment To Aftercare

What does your stall-cleaning technique say about you?

A Look in the Rear View Mirror: The Top 10s of 2020

Final tributes paid to five-star eventer who beat the odds to reach the top

Running the curves: Thoroughbred limb dynamics explored

Hot on Horse Nation: 2020 Readers’ Choice Award Winners!

Saturday Video: Happy New Year from Piggy March and Badminton Horse Trials!

EN’s Top 10 Videos of 2020, #1: Who Bucked It Best?

We are counting down the top 10 most-viewed videos shared on EN in 2020. To view videos 2-10, click here. It’s time to unveil our most-viewed video of 2020!

Who doesn’t need a little laugh this afternoon? British five-star eventer Laura Collett had some pretty spicy horses when she legged her string back up and schooled them over fences for the first time after their winter break. Which of Laura’s three mounts — London 52, Cleomina and Dacapo — displayed the most impressive acrobatics? Leave your comment below! Honestly though, the real winner of this contest is Laura’s incredible seat!

Monday Video: Who Wants to be an Equestrian-naire?

Just in time for a little end-of-year fun, the FEI gives us this ultimate equestrian sport quiz Who Wants to be an Equestrian-naire? a riff on the classic game show Who Wants to be a Millionaire? now with 100% more horse questions, but sadly 100% less actual money to be won. Your prize instead will be bragging rights across all FEI disciplines if you’re able to score well!

If you have a little downtime during this funny still-2020-but-almost-2021 week, or maybe you’re having a virtual New Year’s party amongst horsey folk (this quiz would be a perfect game to play via Zoom!) download the scoresheet here and test your equestrian mettle. Let us know how you do! (Once you’re done, you can find the answers here.)

EN’s Top 10 Videos of 2020, #3: Watch Tamie Smith’s Record-Breaking Dressage Test

We are counting down the top 10 most-viewed videos shared on EN in 2020. To view videos 4-10, click here.

It’s no secret that Tamie Smith and Mai Baum can d-a-n-c-e DANCE. Tamie and 14-year-old German Sport Horse gelding owned by Alex and Ellen Ahearn and Eric Markell, have been topping first phase leaderboards for a while now — perhaps most notably doing so on their way to winning the Fair Hill CCI4*-L (then CCI3*) in 2015 and then making a splash in their Team USA debut at the 2019 Pan Ams — and it was no different in the Advanced division at Rebecca Farm this year. “Lexus” and Tamie led wire-to-wire to pick up the win, adding just a few cross country time penalties onto their stellar dressage score of 17.7.

If a 17.7 at the Advanced level sounds really low and impressive to you that’s because yes, it is! In fact the USEA confirmed that it’s the lowest dressage score at the Advanced level since 2006, besting Darren Chiacchia and Windfall II’s 17.9 scored at the Richland Park Horse Trials in August 2008.

And what does a 17.7 scoring Advanced test look like? Watch and learn courtesy of Ride On Video!