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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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Millbrook Advanced Cross Country Photo Gallery, Presented by Kentucky Performance Products

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Need a little kickstart to your Sunday morning? We’re here to help with this gallery of the Advanced competitors tackling Morgan Roswell‘s cross country course yesterday at the beautiful Millbrook Horse Trials and #jumpingitforTremaine. Click here to catch up on yesterday’s report.

There’s more to come from Millbrook, as Preliminary show jumping is now underway and the Intermediate and Advanced divisions will also wrap up their weekend by jumping the colored poles shortly. Stay tuned for more photos from other divisions and a wrap-up report of the Advanced!

#MHT2021: [Website] [Entry Status] [Order of Go] [Ride Times] [Live Scores] [EN’s Coverage]

Sunday Links

I know we’re a touch Millbrook-centric right now, but that’s because we’re like, physically there in New York! But don’t worry, we shan’t forget about the many other recognized eventing happening this weekend and we’re looking forwards to having a simply booming Weekend Winners post for you tomorrow.

U.S. Weekend Action:

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

Hoosier Horse Trials: [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Area VII Young Rider Benefit H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Cobblestone Farms H.T. II: [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

Fair Hill International Recognized H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

Sunday Links:

Andrew Hoy’s mum still gets a thrill out of watching her son

Davis Equine + Ride Safe To Offer the Inaugural Groom’s Award at 2021 MARSGMI

German modern pentathlon coach thrown out of Olympics for punching horse

‘Rare and unbelievable’: meet the horse who jumped clear in every Olympic showjumping round

Behind The Lens: Tokyo 2020

Sunday Video: Who said Mustangs couldn’t be competitive?

 

Catch Up with the Millbrook Advanced Cross Country, Presented by Kentucky Performance Products

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Holly Payne Caravella and CharmKing. Photo by Abby Powell.

Saturday at Millbrook Horse Trials was filled with the buzz that only a big cross country day can bring. While there was much to be excited about this year — long awaited reunions between members of the eventing community, some beautiful cool and dry weather (for a change), ground that wasn’t rock-hard, and a bustling trade fair and vendor village featuring familiar names and new local business alike — hearts were somber in remembrance of course designer Tremaine Cooper.

The Millbrook Horse Trials organizers and course designer Morgan Roswell, who stepped into the roll this year, and builders Jamie Gornall and Tyson Rementer dedicated the cross country courses in his honor and competitors celebrated his legacy by jumping it.

Photo by Ema Klugman.

Scores in the Advanced division were packed tightly after dressage, with less than a point separating the top six competitors and less than a pole separating the top fourteen of the thirty five combinations in the division. Holly Payne Caravella and CharmKing topped the leaderboard on a score of 27.3 after the first phase and they remain in pole position at the end of the day today, adding a single time fault to their score.

“It wasn’t really intentional, but I ended up being only one second over the time,” said Holly. “I just really wanted to have a great round. I thought it walked a really tough track and walked very forward and committing. He’s definitely green at the level and he likes to add strides when he gets worried, so I thought it’s gonna be a really tough track for him.”

Holly Payne Caravella and CharmKing. Photo by Abby Powell.

Despite indeed adding some strides in early combinations on course, Holly’s forward riding paid off and helped the 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding to build confidence and get smoother all the way around the track.

Holly’s friend and fellow professional Lillian Heard stepped CharmKing up to the Advanced level late last year while Holly was pregnant with her daughter, Harper, who was born in January. Since then, Holly has gracefully juggled her business of riding, teaching, and coaching alongside the challenges of new motherhood. Thankfully her daughter’s natural affinity for animals and the help of her husband, Eric, make the job a touch easier: “She loves being at the shows and she loves the horses,” Holly said.

Indeed, earlier in the day while Holly was coaching students in the show jumping for the Training divisions, Harper could be seen reaching out from her front-facing carrier strapped to Eric to pat the nearest horse’s nose or dog’s head.

“It’s a little stressful trying to figure out how to manage a kid and ride at the same time, but my husband is so awesome. It’s so nice to have him here. I wouldn’t be able to do it without him helping.”

Elizabeth Bortuzzo and Belongs To Teufer. Photo by Abby Powell.

Two new names to the Advanced entry list now sit in second place after cross country: Elizabeth Bortuzzo and 12-year-old off-the-track Thoroughbred Belongs To Teufer, both making their first start at the level. They jumped clear and clocked 1.2 time penalties to sit on a score of 29.1 heading into show jumping.

25-year-old Elizabeth, who operates her own booming business in Pittstown, New Jersey, is as surprised as anyone to be sitting close to the top of the leaderboard after a testing cross country track. Ask her and she’ll tell you that the road to this level with “Teufer” has not been an easy one at all.

“Slowly but surely, we got this pony here,” Elizabeth said. “Actually not surely. Just slowly. It was a rough track to get here.”

“I started him up when he was six years old and he’s had his fair share of hardship. He was not easy to ride. I think he bucked me off at the first dressage show. The first show jumping thing he did he stopped at jump number one. I think the first event he messed it all up. But he’s slowly been learning the ropes and he had a few injuries that were not at all eventing related.”

Their partnership wasn’t one that Elizabeth initially expected either, and it happened a bit by chance when Elizabeth boarded a previous horse at the barn of Thoroughbred racehorse breeder John Arnold Witte.

“I actually met Arnold Witte about two years after [Teufer] came off the track. He was raced until four years old and then he sat in a paddock for two years because he was just tough enough that nobody really wanted to play with him.”

Arrnold asked Elizabeth if she would hop on him one day, which she did, but she was not particularly smitten at first impression. After another couple rides, however, Elizabeth’s mind was changed. She offered to buy Teufer, but Arnold told her he wasn’t for sale. Try as she might to convince him, Arnold refused to sell the horse but he did offer her the ride on him.

“[Arnold] likes all his Thoroughbreds and he’s a fierce supporter of all of them. So I ended up riding a Thoroughbred and I really enjoy him.”

Buck Davidson and Erroll Gobey. Photo by Abby Powell.

Sitting in third and fourth positions with Erroll Gobey and Jak My Style, respectively, is Buck Davidson. Buck masterfully piloted both horses clearly and quickly — garnering 2 time faults with Erroll and none with Jak — to move them up from the middle of the leaderboard after the dressage with scores of 29.8 and 32.1.

Buck ran both these horses at Kentucky earlier this year. Erroll Gobey, the younger of the two at 11-years-old, was retired on course after a runout so it was fun to see them rock around this course with ease and continue to develop at this level.

Having just completed fist first five-star at Kentucky, Jak My Style also easily stepped back up to the Advanced level after getting back into the swing of competition a few weeks ago by taking his owner, Kat Cuca, around the Beginner Novice at Essex Horse Trials a few weeks ago.

Business Ben and Allison Springer round out the top five with a score of 34.3 after they jumped clear and added 5 time faults to move up the leaderboard from 10th.

This pair is back in business after their weekend at the Kentucky Three-Day Event came to an unfortunate end early on the cross country course. After Kentucky, Alison had the 11-year-old Thoroughbred checked out via bone scan and discovered an aggravated tooth. A CT scan then revealed that the tooth was healthful, but an increase in bone deposits in the region was likely making him uncomfortable. Alison has since had his bit and bridle custom fitted to him, and it has helped immensely.

“The comfort level of his face and all that is huge,” Allison told EN. “He went cross country at Loch Moy and here in a double bridle. The new titanium bits just really comforted him. He loves it. So he’s much more rideable. He’s always gonna be a galloping fool.”

It was really a beautiful day of sport in the rolling hills of Dutchess County, New York. Take a look through the lens of videographer Marion de Vogel and see for yourself!

#MHT2021: [Website] [Entry Status] [Order of Go] [Ride Times] [Live Scores] [EN’s Coverage]

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#MHT2021: [Website] [Entry Status] [Order of Go] [Ride Times] [Live Scores] [EN’s Coverage]

Saturday Links from Trefonas Law

I will never not stop to take a sunset photo. Photo by Abby Powell.

Gosh, it’s been a while. I’m out and about at Millbrook Horse Trials this weekend in my first boots on the grounds reporting role for EN since 2019. It feels excellent to be getting back out there and I’m looking to what I hope will be a very safe and fun day today. If you see someone carrying around a camera and a stuffed chinchilla, come say hi!

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Millbrook H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Hoosier Horse Trials: [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Area VII Young Rider Benefit H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Cobblestone Farms H.T. II: [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

Fair Hill International Recognized H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Spring Gulch H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Saturday Links:

GoFundMe Olympics: equestrians hustle to survive in the Games’ most expensive sport

Chinese Olympic horse rider Hua Tian sets sights on future

Hoof and arena care: Behind the equestrian scenes at Tokyo 2020

Here Are The 25 Youngest And Oldest Olympians Competing In Tokyo

Let’s dive into Olympic half-brothers’ DNA! Tsetserleg vs. Vandiver Genetic Deep Dive

The Dressage Foundation’s Century Club Passes 500-Member Mark

Saturday Video: a glimpse from the final Olympic eventing press conference

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Meet Me at Millbrook: Beloved Area 1 Event Returns for 2021 and Plans for the Future

Millbrook couldn’t be more picturesque if it tried! Photo by Abby Powell.

Telltale white tents line the distinctive striped cornfield landscape of Dutchess County. It can only mean one thing: Millbrook Horse Trials, one of Area I’s biggest events — and the only one offering an Advanced level horse trials — is back in action. The event, which takes place on the beautiful Riga Meadow at Coole Park Farm property is welcoming competitors back to Amenia, New York for its 20th anniversary.

Competition officially kicked off on Thursday with many Beginner Novice, Novice, and Training level competitors riding their dressage tests. Friday’s schedule consisted of the completion of the dressage phase from Novice through Advanced competitors, and the beginning of cross country for Beginner Novice through Training divisions. Get a taste of the event’s atmosphere on Thursday and Friday with these gorgeous videos shot and produced by local videographer Marion de Vogel:

Like so many other venues and organizations, Millbrook is getting back into the swing of things after last year’s hiatus and is happy to welcome the eventing community back. The gap year did, however, make it a little bit more difficult than one might think to simply pick up where everything left off in 2019.

“It is great to be back, but it’s amazing how much harder it is after missing a year,” board member and organizing committee member Louise Meryman told EN. “Some people dropped off, new people came in and people need time to learn the ropes. Cross country jumps rot in two years. And everybody just got a little bit out of the swing of it. But we are really enjoying having people back together and doing it all together.”

Whether it’s due to a hesitancy to travel because of COVID, a conflict with the Olympics for a few top riders, or a packed weekend on the eventing calendar this year; Millbrook’s 2021 entry list is a bit shorter than it has been in previous runnings, which has frequently been near capacity at 450 pairs.

While the stables may not be quite as full as previous years, it’s the sudden and sad loss of long-time course designer Tremaine Cooper this past March that is the biggest blow and cause for emptiness at this year’s horse trials, though his presence is still felt throughout the venue.

“He’s everywhere here,” said Louise, who has known Tremaine since becoming involved with the Millbrook Horse Trials in the 1980s. As Louise’s daughter’s godfather, Tremaine was a member of her family.

In order to carry on with this year’s event, Louise reached out to many of the builders and course designers that Tremaine had mentored over the years who had worked with him at Millbrook: “I pled with them to please come and help us be able to carry on this year and to put his stamp on it. And just, you know, honor what he did.”

Despite already having a full calendar, including taking on much of Tremaine’s other work, course designer Morgan Roswell answered the call along with course builders Jamie Gornall and Tyson Rementer.

“I was really grateful that Morgan agreed to do it because we needed somebody with the great credentials and we wanted somebody that was mentored by Tremaine,” said Louise. “I like the stuff he’s done and he’s incorporated Tremaine’s jumps and he’s built a few more, but basically it’s the old tracks and the jumps  but in a new way that has his stamp.”

With some desperately sad times in the rearview mirror, yet not forgotten, Millbrook Horse Trials is looking forward to introducing some exciting and long planned-for changes within the coming years. A capital campaign is in the works which will serve to raise money to redo the property’s infrastructure, including the building of brand new rings with state of the art footing, as well as a resign of the site to incorporate a country fair feel for the vendor area. The site plan was previously developed by Tremaine and Louise, and has recently received the blessing of Captain Mark Phillips.

“I just I want everybody to know that there are good things in the works,” said Louise.

RNS Videomedia is on site and recording all cross country rides. Photo by Abby Powell.

Tomorrow’s schedule consists of cross country for the Preliminary, Intermediate, and Advanced divisions and we’ll be back tomorrow evening with a breakdown of the upper-level action and a photo gallery.

Go Eventing.

#MHT2021: [Website] [Entry Status] [XC Order of Go] [Ride Times] [Course Maps] [EN’s Coverage]

Wednesday News & Notes from Haygain

Now that eventing is finished, jumping kicked off in Tokyo yesterday with the individual qualifiers. The top 30 from qualifiers advance to the medal-deciding final round which takes place at 7:00 p.m. JST/6:00 a.m. EDT today. Unfortunately, none of the Team USA horses and riders were able to qualify for individual final. They’ll have another chance in the team competition, which will begin at  7:00 p.m. JST/ 6:00 a.m. EDT Friday, August 6. [A Costly Day for Team USA in Individual Jumping Qualifier]

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Millbrook H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Hoosier Horse Trials: [Website]

Area VII Young Rider Benefit H.T.: [Website]

Cobblestone Farms H.T. II: [Website]

River Glen Summer H.T.: [Website]

Fair Hill International Recognized H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Spring Gulch H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Your Wednesday News & Notes:

Steffen Peters and Suppenkasper, now known across the internet as Rave Horse, continue to main stream media waves. From dressage freestyles to women’s artistic gymnastics floor exercise routines to, new this year, skateboard parks, music has played an interesting role in the Olympics and has an equally interesting history. [At the Tokyo Olympics, it’s gymnasts, skateboarders and even horses turning up the volume]

We all know who Jessica Springsteen is, but have you met her horse? Don Juan van de Donhoeve was bred in Belgium by Gustaaf Quintelier and originally sold to a Belgian show jumper before being imported to the US and arriving at Jessica’s farm in New Jersey. While the Quintelier family kinda-storta knew Bruce Springsteen’s music, it’s not the peripheral fame that their horse has landed in that delights them, but what a wonderful horsewoman their horse ended up with. [Born to jump: The story of Don Juan van de Donkhoeve, Jessica Springsteen’s equestrian horse]

That old adage of getting back o the horse after you fall off probably isn’t that great for your noggin. While we all understand sentiment behind it and the importance of resiliency in equestrianism, your brain needs time to safely recover after concussion or the next fall could result in worse damage. [For brain health, don’t get straight back in the saddle after a horse fall]

Wednesday Video: Here’s your quick primer on all the nations with teams competing in jumping:

Saturday Links from Trefonas Law

Fence 16A the Mt. Fuji Drop. Photo by Sally Spickard.

Today is the day! Or, well, I guess tomorrow is the day if you’re in Japan and are reading this before you go to bed. We’ve really lost track of the concept of time over here, but we are 100% sure that wherever you are there are now less than 24 hours until cross country in Tokyo kicks off.

For handy reference, here are the XC ride times for the top five placed pairs and all North American based pairs in chronological order. There’s no time to waste in planning your watch parties now:

  • Oliver Townend & Ballaghmor Class (2nd): 7:48 am JST/11:48 pm BST/6:48 pm EDT/3:38 pm PDT
  • Doug Payne & Vandiver (30th): 7:51 am JST/11:51 pm BST/6:51 pm EDT/3:51 pm PDT
  • Alex Hua Tian & Don Geniro (3rd): 8:03 am JST/12:03 am BST/7:03 pm EDT/4:03 pm PDT
  • Julia Krajewski & Amanda de B’Neville (4th): 8:03 am JST/12:03 am BST/7:03 pm EDT/4:03 pm PDT
  • Colleen Loach & Qorry Blue d’Argouges (42nd): 8:33 am JST/12:33 am BST/7:33 pm EDT/4:33 pm PDT
  • Lauren Billys & Castle Larchfield Purdy (53rd): 8:39 am JST/12:39 am BST/7:39 pm EDT/4:39 pm PDT
  • Laura Collet & London 52 (5th-T): 9:00 am JST/1:00 am BST/8:00 pm EDT/5:00 pm PDT
  • Phillip Dutton & Z (16th): 9:03 am JST/1:03 am BST/8:03 pm EDT/5:03 pm PDT
  • Boyd Martin & Tsetserleg TSF (20th): 10:15 am JST/2:15 am BST/9:15 pm EDT/6:15 pm PDT
  • Tim Price & Vitali (5th-T): 10:45 am JST/2:45 am BST/9:45 pm EDT/6:45 pm PDT
  • Michael Jung & Chipmunk FRH (1st): 10:51 am JST/2:51 am BST/9:51 pm EDT/6:51 pm PDT

Here is the full cross country order of go and our global guide on how to watch.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics: WebsiteLatest News, The Ultimate Guide to Eventing at Tokyo 2020EN’s InstagramEN’s Twitter
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Saturday Links:
Saturday Video: Dressage double gold medalist, Germany’s Jessica von Bredow-Werndl got a welcome home fit for a champion!

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Need-to-Knows: The Tokyo 2020 Eventing Line-Up At a Glance

When it comes to lengthy soliloquies to the competitors at major events, you know EN’s got you covered. But sometimes, you just need something quick and thorough to service all your needs – and fortunately for you, we’re no one-trick pony. We’ll be bringing you comprehensive form guides on both the teams and the individual competitors lining up at Tokyo this week, but first, we’ve broken down the field, with its 65 combinations, 15 teams, and 29 flags, into some delicious, easy-to-gobble bitesize factoids. Only got five minutes to spare on Olympic information-absorbing this evening? Use it wisely and have a skim through these golden nuggets.

(Editor’s note: We’ve included the substitute combinations in our calculations for these stats. They’re denoted by an asterisk (*) anytime they’re specifically named.)

Tokyo 2020 Olympics: WebsiteLatest NewsEN Olympic Digest Newsletter SignupEN’s InstagramEN’s Twitter, EN’s Coverage, The Ultimate Guide to Tokyo

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Sunday Links

The Games have begun at the Baji Koen Equestrian Park in Tokyo, as the dressage riders got their competition started yesterday with their qualification Grand Prix tests. Team USA’s Sabine Schut-Kery and Sanceo rode their test yesterday and finished second in their group, qualifying them for a spot in the Grand Prix Freestyle.

If you’re up early this morning, you’ll be able to catch the other two US riders today: Adirenne Lyle rides at 5:21 AM EDT and Steffen Peters rides at the more reasonable hour (in the Eastern time zone at least) of 8:42 AM EDT. Catch a detailed recap of the first day of dressage competition here!

U.S. Weekend Action:

The Event at Rebecca Farm: [Website] [Ride Times/Live Scores] [Live Stream] [Halt Cancer at X] [EN’s Coverage]

USPC Festival Eventing Championships: [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Course Brook Farm Summer H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Horse Park of New Jersey II H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Silverwood Farm H.T.: [Website] [Live Scores]

Sunday Links:

‘Yellow for Tiggy’ in Tokyo – all Irish athletes will wear yellow ribbon

Surreal spectacle of a superbly set up Olympics with no one here to enjoy it

Australian Jumpers Will Compete As Individuals Following Teammate’s Removal

Covid restrictions a real struggle for some in horse community, but others did OK

Hard Work Isn’t Enough to Show Successfully—It’s About Privilege

Sunday Video: Here’s the who’s who of dressage for Tokyo 2020:

Saturday Links from Trefonas Law

Watching the Olympic opening ceremony is a surefire way to give me the goosebumps. Every. Single. Time. Something about that whole message of unity and all the national pride from all around the world really gives me the feels. I just wish that message of unity and kindness were more consistently prevalent outside of the Olympics as well.

U.S. Weekend Action:

The Event at Rebecca Farm: [Website] [Ride Times/Live Scores] [Live Stream] [Halt Cancer at X] [EN’s Coverage]

USPC Festival Eventing Championships: [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Course Brook Farm Summer H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Horse Park of New Jersey II H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Silverwood Farm H.T.: [Website] [Live Scores]

Saturday Links:

Harry deLeyer, 93, Dies; He Saved a Horse and Made Him a Legend

A Puzzle Before The Games: How Equestrian Teams And Their Horses Get To The Olympics

Eventing group focuses on inclusivity

Chasing the Elusive Olympic Dream – But at What Cost?

Liz Halliday-Sharp: A Change of Pace

Saturday Social Media: You really need to check out Alex Hua Tian’s Instagram story as he and the Chinese delegation gather for and make their entrance at the opening ceremony.

Saturday Video: Andrew Hoy has been to an Olympics or two (actually nine to be exact) before, but one was extra special as he was selected to be the flag bearer for Australia at the 1996 Games in Atlanta:

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Monday Video: Alex Hua Tian on the Emotional Impact of Horses

“There’s nothing in this world that can let you down like a horse can let you down at times. But at the same time on the converse side, nothing can surprise you in its generosity like a horse can as well.”

We’re really living for all the video content that the FEI is churning out right now leading up to the Olympics, particularly this poignant conversation with Alex Hua Tin, an Olympic and five-star event rider who has not only dedicated himself to competing at the highest level of the sport, but also growing the sport from the grassroots and breaking down some of the barriers to the sport’s accessibility in China, the country that he rides for. In this video we’re are treated to a sit down with Alex, who masterfully verbalizes some of what makes equestrian sport so enticing to those who compete in it and the emotions that go along with it.

We’re also treated to a mini tour of Pinfold Stables, a facility which Alex and his girlfriend, British dressage rider Sarah Higgins both operate out of. There we get to meet of few of Alex’s horses including one of the clones of Badminton winner Chili Morning and of course the 14-year-old Hanoverian gelding Don Geniro, who was Alex’s mount for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. The pair finished in the top ten individually at Rio and they will be making a return to the Olympics together in Tokyo later this month.

Sunday Links

Hmm, which seat bone do you think I put more weight on? Photo by Abby Powell.

I have a single pair of riding tights with silicone grips in my riding wardrobe (I love everything about them, by the way, except I’m discovering that I’m just not really a silicone full seat person) and a little while ago I started noticing little silicone remnants left of the seat of my saddle after each ride. I didn’t think too much of it, as it wasn’t damaging my saddle at all of anything, but yesterday I looked at the bottom of my breeches after taking them out of the wash and lo and behold: the most telling sign of my own riding asymmetry that I could have ever asked for. No wonder my trainer keeps having to remind me in lessons to use less @$$!

U.S. Weekend Action:

Champagne Run at the Park H.T. (Lexington, Ky.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Summer Coconino Western Underground Inc. H.T. (Flagstaff, Az.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Essex H.T. (Fair Hills, Nj.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Full Moon Farms H.T. (Finksburg, Md.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Genesee Valley Hunt H.T. (Geneseo, Ny.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Sunday Links:

Flying Cross Farm Announces ‘Developing Thoroughbred’ Competition For 3-Day Eventing Prospects

Road to Tokyo with Technical Delegate Philip Surl

A Look Back At The World War II-Era All-Black Horse Shows

Are Negative Core Beliefs Holding Your Riding Back?

Best of Blogs: After Life-Changing Surgery, Finding New Ways To Horse Show Is Part Of Rehab

Sunday Social Media: Turns out that Chris Hemsworth is a pretty good Pony Club dad! He must have picked a few things up during his time on The Saddle Club.

Saturday Links from Trefonas Law

While we have been enamored with watching the our Tokyo-bound riders polish their Olympics prep during their layover in Aachen, Germany, we’ve also been following the reports of the devastating floods that are currently ongoing in Europe and have so far, at the time of this writing, left over 125 people dead and many more unaccounted for.

The closest flood to CHIO Aachen is near the town of Neerhhem, the Netherlands, roughly 12 miles/ 20 km northwest of the equestrian venue, but, thankfully, we have not heard that that particular area is in any apparent danger. While we’re certainly thankful for the safely of all the athletes and support staff that we know and love who are currently in Aachen, our hearts go out to the many lives affected by this disaster.

U.S. Weekend Action:

Champagne Run at the Park H.T. (Lexington, Ky.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Summer Coconino Western Underground Inc. H.T. (Flagstaff, Az.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Essex H.T. (Fair Hills, Nj.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Full Moon Farms H.T. (Finksburg, Md.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Genesee Valley Hunt H.T. (Geneseo, Ny.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Saturday Links:

Crowdfunder launched to help support European Eventing Championships

Sporthorse Star: Mai Baum

What you should know for the 2021 USEA Adult Team Championships

“Working Harder” Isn’t Always Enough

Why I’m Packing Up My Whole Life to Ride in Germany

Saturday Video: Need some motivation? Look no further…

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Monday Video: Sam Watson’s Road to Tokyo

Sam Watson – The Journey

Today the actual to journey to Tokyo began but really it started a long time ago. Here is the first of a series of videos chatting to Team Ireland Member Sam Watson Eventing – Enjoy 🎬 #FeedYourDesireToWin #WhereverYouGoWeGo

Posted by Connolly's RED MILLS on Friday, July 9, 2021

You know him as the co-founder of EquiRatings, a member of the 2018 WEG silver medal-winning Irish team, the rider of that cute dun, Tullabeg Flamenco, and soon enough, you’ll also know him as an Olympian. While you may be familiar with Sam Watson‘s accolades and accomplishments, you might not know about the hand-me-down homebred that kicked off his high performance career or his unique approach to his competitive mindset.

Learn a little about Sam straight from the horse’s mouth, so to speak, and get ready to cheer him on in Tokyo.

Sunday Links

Tracy Bowman, Jolie Wentworth and pony Bella in 2018. Photo by Laura Howland.

As you know, we really like to embrace all sorts of insanity in the middle here at Eventing Nation and we certainly appreciate Eventing’s sister sport, Combined Driving. The hallmark of Combined Driving is its marathon phase — akin to Eventing’s cross country — that has teams weaving their carriages in and out and around solid obstacles at high speeds so it’s no surprise to see an eventer attracted to the sport as well!

Five-star eventer Jolie Wentworth will once again be the navigator for Tracy Bowman and her Welsh Pony Albrecht’s Hoeve’s Lars, who will represent the U.S. at the FEI Para Driving World Championship for Singles in Le Pin au Haras, France this fall. This will be the second World Championship for this pair, who also represented the U.S. in 2018. We’re wishing this team the best of luck!

U.S. Weekend Action:

Chattahoochee Hills H.T. (Fairburn, Ga.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Huntington Farm H.T. (South Strafford, Vt.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

The Maryland Horse Trials at Loch Moy Farm (Adamstown, Md.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Round Top H.T. (Castle Rock, Co.): [Omnibus] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Major International Events:

Barbury International Horse Trials: WebsiteRide Times and EntriesLive ScoresLive StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s InstagramEN’s Twitter

Sunday Links:

Rule Refresher – Attire and Equipment at the Championship Level

Everyday Habits You May Have That Drastically Affect Your Riding

Competition Dressage: Is Your Mindset Holding You Back?

Best of Blogs: Balancing Your Passions

Bad Ideas: Woman who took horse bute for back pain ended up in hospital – case report

Sunday Video: Here’s Tracy and her pony, Albrecht’s Hoeve’s Lars, in action with Jodie last spring. Hang on tight!

Saturday Links from Trefonas Law

The Olympic countdown is in full force now and while many pairs have begun their travels and quarantines, some are still putting the finishing touches on their final prep runs. Take the Olympic-bound pair Tim Price and Vitali for example — they’re contesting the CCI4*-S at Barbury Horse Trails this weekend and, yeah, they’re leading the division! Our own Tilly Berendt is on the grounds at Barbury this weekend and she spoke to Tim about his and Vitali’s performance at Luhmühlen. Get the scoop here and stay tuned for more Barbury coverage all weekend. Plus, if you’re an H&C+ subscriber you can enjoy the livestream!

U.S. Weekend Action:

Chattahoochee Hills H.T. (Fairburn, Ga.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Huntington Farm H.T. (South Strafford, Vt.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

The Maryland Horse Trials at Loch Moy Farm (Adamstown, Md.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Round Top H.T. (Castle Rock, Co.): [Omnibus] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Major International Events:

Barbury International (Wiltshire, United Kingdom): [Event Hub] [Live Stream]

Saturday Links:

Pressure Proof with Daniel Stewart: Going For The Goal

Paulank Brockagh’s filly named with nod to dam’s former rider Aussie Eventer Sam Griffiths

Embracing Telehealth in Equine Medicine

Even With Cardboard Beds And Recycled Medals, Olympics Take Flak Over The Environment

Helgstrand’s Global Equestrian Group, Waterland Private Equity, and Wellington Equestrian Partners Join forces

Saturday Video: Here’s what British soon-to-be Olympian Tom McEwan is up to just before setting of on his road to Tokyo:

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Monday Video: Step Back to the Nations Cup at Strezgom

The return of many competitions this year also means the return of FEI Eventing Nations Cup. Leg two of the 2021 series took place in Strzegom, Poland the other week and the home nation’s team battled it out with Germany, the reigning Nations Cup champions. It was a down to the wire finish in show jumping and if you missed the action last week, just watch this video to see how it all unfolded.

LOTTO Strzegom Horse Trials and Nation’s Cup: [Website/Live Stream] [Results] [EN’s Coverage]

Fourth of July Sunday Links

In case you missed it, we got some big news on Friday: despite the cancellation of both Badminton and Burghley, there will indeed be a British five-star this year as Bicton Arena in Devon, England has stepped up to host a one-off CCI5* event in September over the would-have-been Burghley dates. That means that this year we’ll be seeing a five-star at not one, but two (the other being Maryland) venues where there has never been one held before. Looks like we’re in for another unprecedented year, in a way. Tickets will go on sale soon, so mark your calendars for September 2-5!

U.S. Weekend Action:

Larkin Hill H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

The Maryland International + Horse Trials: [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

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

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

Cobblestone Farms H.T. I: [Website] [Live Scores]

Great Meadow Mandatory Outing: [Results]

Sunday Links:

Volunteer at the Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill

Eventing With Boyd Martin

Tales from Windsor: former five-star eventer Happy Times takes show ring by storm

The 2021 AEC is Two Months Away: Prizes, Parties, and More!

Versatile Michael Jung Reigns in CSI4* at Hubside

Sunday Video: Let’s revisit the Bicton 4*-L course and perhaps get a little glimpse of what’s to come.

Saturday Links from Trefonas Law

2019 Larkin Hill H.T. Training A winners Cassie Sanger and Ultra Violet. Photo by Joan Davis / Flatlandsfoto.

Alert! Alert! We have a schedule update for this weekend’s Larkin Hill Horse Trials in North Chatham, New York. Due to the nasty weather forecast for Sunday the 4th, the event will instead be held on Monday the 5th. The intro horse trials and dressage schooling show that was scheduled for today will be postponed to next Saturday, July 10th. For the most up-to-date details including course walk, refund, and stabling information check the Larkin Hill Facebook page.

U.S. Weekend Action:

Larkin Hill H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

The Maryland International + Horse Trials: [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

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

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

Cobblestone Farms H.T. I: [Website] [Live Scores]

Great Meadow Mandatory Outing: [Results]

Saturday Links:

US Equestrian Announces U.S. Para Dressage Team for Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020

Replacement British five-star event to run over Burghley weekend

Andrew McConnon: Risk and Reward

5 Questions With Equine Anesthesiologist Dr. John Hubbell

Hot on Horse Nation: Standing Ovation: Radical Inclusivity at B.O.K. Ranch

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Saturday Video: It’s mustang time! Our favorite mustang whistering event rider, Elia Wallace, stormed around the Beginner Novice at the Area III Championships held at Stable View last weekend. They finished on their dressage score in 5th place.

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Thursday News & Notes Presented by Stable View

Need a little extra schooling? (Who doesn’t, honestly?) Stable View’s next Eventing Academy weekend is coming up fast, July 10 & 11! It’s the perfect opportunity to get a little bit of extra education under your belt (or your horse’s girth )with an opportunity to school the courses on Saturday and then compete in an unrecognized horse trial on Sunday. You can register easily online right here!

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Larkin Hill H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

The Maryland International + Horse Trials: [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

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

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

Cobblestone Farms H.T. I: [Website] [Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

Equestrian sports have had not one but TWO major viruses to deal with year. While COVID-19 has rightfully taken centerstage as biggest hurdle that the Tokyo Olympics has had to contend with, the EHV-1 outbreak that hit Europe earlier this year was also a cause for concern while planning for the Olympic equestrian disciplines. [Battling two deadly viruses, equestrian sports brace for Tokyo]

Ready for some TBT Olympic nostalgia? The USEA has unearthed some vintage footage from the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games. Enjoy this video and take a trip back to the time of shag carpet, corduroy pants, and double gold medals for the Team USA. Those were the days, huh? [Team Gold at the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games]

It has been nearly two years since show jumper Kevin Babington suffered serious spinal injuries in a fall at the Hampton Classic. While his initial prognosis was not particularly uplifting, Kevin’s acceptance into stem cell therapy clinical trial from the Mayo Clinic is beginning to show results and giving them hope. As Kevin and his family fight for the best possible scenario for recovery, they also fight to keep their business going. [“Our Family Has Never Been More United”: The Babington Family Inches Bravely Forward as Kevin’s Recovery Progresses]

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Thursday Video: You gotta love it when a rider just gushes about their horse. Here’s what Australia’s Andrew Hoy has to say about his Olympic mount, Vassily de Lassos:

Monday Video: ‘Test the Best Without Annihilating the Rest’

Bicton 4* XC – How do you test the best without annihilating the rest?With Helen West (Bicton 4* Course Designer/Organiser), William Fox-Pitt and Eric Winter (Badminton Course Designer and Bicton TD) we discuss the future of XC in our sport and how the challenge that Bicton presented the riders is just what is needed.

Posted by Lucinda Green MBE on Thursday, June 24, 2021

The cross country phase is the heart and soul of eventing. Without cross country, or without it influencing the standings of a competition, what’s the point of eventing anyway? However, the sport has to find a way to make cross country at the highest level of the sport challenging for even the most experienced horses and riders without making it potentially perilous for the rest of the field.

This is a question that many eventers and patrons of the sport, including the one and only Lucinda Green, are curious to explore and invested in answering. She recently sat down with fellow rider William Fox-Pitt; course designer for the recent Bicton four-star, Helen West; and Badminton course designer and Bicton Technical Delegate, Eric Winter, to explore this very conundrum.

The four-star track at Bicton was one recent event that seemed to have struck the balance of being a true test of stamina and training without being overly hazardous. At that event, 80 combinations left the startbox in the senior CCI4*-L and 34 more starters ran the under-35 CCI4*-L. At the end of the day the leaderboard was wholly shuffled as 35.7% of starters came home without jumping penalties, 25.9% incurred jumping penalties, and 38.4% did not complete. Of those who did not finish, the majority of pairs elected to retire, some were eliminated due to refusals or rider falls, and there were minimal horses falls.

Tilly Berendt said it best in her post-cross country report: “It might sound like, well, total carnage – but perhaps this is what we’ve been missing. Not horse or rider falls, per se, because those certainly aren’t one of the indicators of great sport; but this kind of stamina and technical challenge feels so unfamiliar now that, perhaps, it’s a sign that we need to start on the path towards rebuilding those skills around progressively tougher courses, ready for the resumption of something like normal.”

Together, these masterminds discuss why the design of the Bicton course was so influential and ponder several other lingering questions about modern eventing including: How do we design courses that educate horses and riders as they ascend the levels? Where did all the cross country elements like sunken roads and quarries go? How do showcase events fit into the sport as a whole? And, should we really be painting cross country fences colors like bright yellow or keep them naturally colored?

Thank you for sharing this conversation, Lucinda! As a sport, we all sure have a lot to think about.

Sunday Links

I can’t believe it’s nearly the end of June already. The spring has absolutely flown by and soon enough we’ll all be sweltering under the summer (that is, if you’re not already depending on where you live!) The excitement of the Olympics will be upon us in the blink of an eye and then the fall eventing season will be practically right around the corner. Where does the time go?

Major International Weekend Action:

Strzegom Horse Trials and Nation’s Cup: [Website/Live Stream] [Schedule] [Starting Order/ Leaderboard] [EN’s Coverage]

U.S. Weekend Action:

Arrowhead H.T. (Billings, Mt.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Fox River Valley Pony Club H.T. (Barrington, Il.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Inavale Farm H.T. (Philomath, Or.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Loudoun Hunt Pony Club Summer H.T. (Leesburg, Va.) : [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Midsouth Pony Club H.T. (Lexington, Ky.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Stable View Summer H.T. and Area III Championships (Aiken, Sc.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Sunday Links:

Eventing Safety with Andrew Hoy

Tokyo Olympics: Thomas Heffernan Ho set to make eventing history for Hong Kong after sealing place in Games

Penn Vet New Bolton Center, Royal Veterinary College Launch New MARS EQUESTRIAN™ Veterinary Scholarship Program for Equine Research

Strong horse? How to work with him rather than against him over fences

New master’s degree in Britain aims to enhance physical therapies for horse riders

Just in on Jumper Nation: Growing Up with the Team – Jimmy Wofford Book Excerpt

Saturday Video: Nothing to see here, just a turkey wearing a tiny saddle…

When you run out of horses so you have to improvise 😂

Posted by Amanda Smith on Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Saturday Links from Trefonas Law

We are extremely excited to have boots on the ground to once again bring you the best Olympic Eventing coverage you’ll find. Our Managing Editor, Sally, will be credentialed, vaccinated and working hard to bring you the detailed reports and fantastic photos that you know and love all the way from Tokyo. As we prepare our plan for coverage of the event, we’d love for you to help us out by filling out this single-question poll. Thank you, dear readers!

Major International Weekend Action:

Strzegom Horse Trials and Nation’s Cup: [Website/Live Stream] [Schedule] [Starting Order/ Leaderboard] [EN’s Coverage]

U.S. Weekend Action:

Arrowhead H.T. (Billings, Mt.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Fox River Valley Pony Club H.T. (Barrington, Il.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Inavale Farm H.T. (Philomath, Or.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Loudoun Hunt Pony Club Summer H.T. (Leesburg, Va.) : [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Midsouth Pony Club H.T. (Lexington, Ky.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Stable View Summer H.T. and Area III Championships (Aiken, Sc.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Saturday Links:

Lucinda Green: how to assess your horse’s fitness

Grandmother of three to represent Australia at Tokyo Olympics

The Memories of Steeplechase from USEA Classic Series Competitors

Tendonitis in the Superficial Digital Flexor Tendon

IOC set to relax complete ban on athlete demonstrations at Tokyo 2020

Saturday Video: All-around good guy, the Netherland’s Tim Lips, leads the CCIO4*-NC-S at Strezgom.

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