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Morgan babies are their own special kind of cute. Photo from Leslie Arnold's Facebook page Morgan babies are their own special kind of cute. Photo from Leslie Arnold's Facebook page

It’s foal season and I have to admit, it’s starting to get to me. Much of my Facebook feed is filled with cute foals. Some are just minutes old, still covered in goop. Others are venturing out for their first days in grassy paddocks. All of them are painfully cute. I can’t wait to scratch baby butts and watch shy faces peek out from behind mares who are very grateful to no longer be carrying such a load.

U.S. Weekend Action:

The Fork CIC & H.T. [Website] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

CDCTA Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

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

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

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

Saturday Links:

Does your horse have an inspiring story about coming back from a serious injury or illness? OCD Pellets wants to hear all about it! Send in your rehab to [email protected]for a chance to win an OCD prize pack (2-month supply of OCD Pellets, 1-month supply of COS Canine, and an OCD Pellets hat and T-shirt). Entries close Monday, May 2, 2016, and the story that receives the most views on EN will win. [Contest Details]

Zenyatta Foal Watch – Day 17

USEA Town Hall Meeting Series to start in Ocala, April 15th

British horse breeder and wife of Rolling Stones member, Shirley Watts, threatens to sue Polish stud farm over mare deaths

Nine year old girl left disfigured after horse bites off her thumb, mistaking it for a carrot

Grand National runners: 2016 horse-by-horse guide

Saturday Video: 2015  Grand National Helmet Cam

Sunday Links from One K Helmets

 Kimmy Steinbuch and EnVogue 3rd and Marissa Nielsen and Vinetta M 11th. Both horses Double clear xc!  From John Michael Durr's Facebook page
Kimmy Steinbuch and EnVogue 3rd and Marissa Nielsen and Vinetta M 11th. Both horses Double clear xc! From John Michael Durr's Facebook page

Confession time, EN. I love awards dinners. I love awards plaques. Even though I’m perfectly happy buzzing around the Beginner Novice and Novice tracks for the rest of forever, the amount of effort that goes in to the awards at the upper and FEI levels is sometimes enticing.   Pair that with getting fancied up for the jogs and the distinct possibility of being done in TWO days and I find myself daydreaming. Of course, I quickly get to the part of the daydream where I realize exactly how much WORK it would take and I run out of steam. Those of you that have chosen to take it to the upper levels, I salute you. Keep on being the hard working awesome people that you are. I’m gonna keep on slacking, but just remember – that means I’ll probably have time to grab you a bottle of water or hit the concession stand for you.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Morven Park Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

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

Full Gallop Farm April H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

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

Galway Downs CIC & H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

Sunday Links:

Fleeceworks Fernhill is having a baby, and we want you to guess the due date! We’re teaming up with Fleeceworks to give away a brand new Bamboo Contour Cross Country Pad to the winner of this contest. Entries close on April 5, and you can find more information here

Nyquest wins in Florida, establishes himself as the favorite in Kentucky

Immobilized horse prompts emergency response from officials

Police appeal for witnesses after horse is shot in head

Neighbors push back against miniature horse in Chanhassen

FilmRise buys horse documentary ‘Harry and Snowman’

Sunday Video:

It’s in German, but here’s a peek at Michael Jung at home.

Saturday Links from Tipperary

Redefining Redefining "busy." Photo from Tamie Smith's Facebook page

One of the expressions that used to make me laugh as a kid is “busier than a one-legged man at an ass-kicking contest.” I’d have to say Team Next Level Eventing is giving that one-legged man a run for his money when it comes to being busy. I’m exhausted just thinking about the logistics of making all of those rides happen.

I mean, they’re at Galway Downs — when will Tamie Smith and Heather Morris have time to go to the FOOD TRUCKS?! I know that even managing two horses at a show dramatically increases my caffeine intake. With that many, I’d probably drink enough coffee and soda to stop my heart.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Morven Park Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

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

Full Gallop Farm April H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

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

Galway Downs CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Saturday Links:

Fleeceworks Fernhill is having a baby, and we want you to guess the due date! We’re teaming up with Fleeceworks to give away a brand new Bamboo Contour Cross Country Pad to the winner of this contest. Entries close on April 5, and you can find more information here

Horse riding is leading cause of sport-related traumatic brain injuries, study finds

Johnny Cueto’s prancing horse is glorious

Man charged after horse pelted with more than 100 paintballs

Virginia horse woman held in jail pending bond hearing next week

Family asking for help after horse loses eye to gunshot

Saturday Video: Ahem… ARE YOU READY FOR SOME ROOOOOOLEEEXXXXXX????

Easter Sunday Links from One K Helmets

Happy Easter. I hate to ask, but... how exactly do you milk a Peep? Photo from Tyler Schrameck's Facebook page Happy Easter. I hate to ask, but... how exactly do you milk a Peep? Photo from Tyler Schrameck's Facebook page

Happy Easter, EN! I’m looking forward to heading out to the barn today and spoiling my pony and myself rotten with Easter candy. The majority of Team DF has been spending the weekend at Twin Rivers doing some prep before next weekend’s event at Galway Downs, so I’ll likely have the whole barn to myself. It sounds like a perfect day to grab a sandwich from the fancy grocery store along with a bag of carrots, some Peeps and jelly beans. I might even have to put on some sunscreen.

Events This Weekend:

#2016CI Links: WebsiteEntriesRide TimesScheduleLive ScoresLive StreamEN’s CoverageTwitterInstagram

Poplar Place Farm CIC & H.T. [Website] [Live Scores] [EN Coverage]

Stable View Winter II H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

MeadowCreek Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Saturday Links:

Does your horse have an inspiring story about coming back from a serious injury or illness? OCD Pellets wants to hear all about it! Send in your rehab to [email protected]for a chance to win an OCD prize pack (2-month supply of OCD Pellets, 1-month supply of COS Canine, and an OCD Pellets hat and T-shirt). Entries close Monday, May 2, 2016, and the story that receives the most views on EN will win. [Contest Details]

Horse to be put down due to injuries sustained in drive-by shooting

Zara Tindall back in action

9-year-old Arkansas boy dies after being trampled by horse

Suspected purse-snatcher chased by man on horseback

Los Zetas Cartel horse racing scheme lands Mexican business man in US Prison

Sunday Video:

Saturday Links from Tipperary

All roads lead to rolex. Photo by Samantha Clark All roads lead to rolex. Photo by Samantha Clark

Happy Easter Weekend, EN! I must admit, I am looking forward to Monday for the awesomeness that is half-priced Cadbury Creme Eggs. As if that wasn’t enough, Rolex is right around the corner. Last year saw the start of a new tradition at Rolex, the MSEDA Party at the Park, presented by Park Equine Hospital. This year the event will take place Friday, April 29th, approximately 45 minutes after the final dressage ride of Rolex. The funds raised by the event will be used by MSEDA to help contribute toward worthy charitable projects such as improvements made to the Kentucky Horse Park by the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation. Previously, MSEDA supported the new dressage complex at the Kentucky Horse Park, contributing toward a laser level for the maintenance of the rings and improvements ot the barns. Online registration is available now! [More information here]

Events This Weekend:

#2016CI Links: WebsiteEntriesRide TimesScheduleLive ScoresLive StreamEN’s CoverageTwitterInstagram

Poplar Place Farm CIC & H.T. [Website] [Live Scores] [EN Coverage]

Stable View Winter II H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

MeadowCreek Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Saturday Links:

Does your horse have an inspiring story about coming back from a serious injury or illness? OCD Pellets wants to hear all about it! Send in your rehab to [email protected]for a chance to win an OCD prize pack (2-month supply of OCD Pellets, 1-month supply of COS Canine, and an OCD Pellets hat and T-shirt). Entries close Monday, May 2, 2016, and the story that receives the most views on EN will win. [Contest Details]

Oklahoma man and horse shot in drive by shooting

Police horse at the Krispy Kreme drive thru

California Chrome looks to make racing history

Glen Ellen man killed after being crushed by horse trailer

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid: Horse racing has come home

Saturday Video:

It’s almost Rolex time!!

Daylight Saving Time Sunday Links from One K Helmets

Little wet at Woodside Horse Park. Photo from Tayside Sporthorses on Facebook Little wet at Woodside Horse Park. Photo from Tayside Sporthorses on Facebook

Rain. Lots and lots of rain. I’m sure you guys on the East Coast are like “Erin, this is no big deal. Water falls from the sky sometimes”, but I can’t begin to stress how apocalyptic this rain has been over the past four days. Yes, we’ve had a few breaks here and there. In fact, yesterday, there was a long enough storm break go for a quick hack before the deluge returned. My windshield wipers finally gave up and started peeling due to how hard they’ve been used recently. On top of that we lost an hour last night. Did you remember to change your clocks? Ugh. Worst. Day. Ever. Fortunately there’s only two more days of the wet stuff and then we’re back to mid-70s. But there’s no getting that hour back until Fall.

U.S. Weekend Action:

Southern Pines H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Schedule] [Live Scores]

Red Hills International CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

Sunday Links:

Kentucky Equine Research and EN are teaming up to host the Great KER Fitness Challenge this spring! Download the free KER ClockIt Sport app for your phone and record your rides for a chance to win a $100 gift card to shop.kerx.com, an EcoGold Secure XC Saddle Pad, a lesson with your choice of Bruce Davidson, Liz Halliday-Sharp, or Dom or Jimmie Schramm; and feature story about you and your horse on EN. [Contest Details]

Does your horse have an inspiring story about coming back from a serious injury or illness? OCD Pellets wants to hear all about it! Send in your rehab to [email protected] for a chance to win an OCD prize pack (2-month supply of OCD Pellets, 1-month supply of COS Canine, and an OCD Pellets hat and T-shirt). Entries close Monday, May 2, 2016, and the story that receives the most views on EN will win. [Contest Details]

Activist chronicles wild horse roundups to guard against mistreatment

Man hospitalized after horse kick

The weird world of Cheltenham festival

‘War Horse’ closes in Britain but it’s influence gallops on

Horse Girl Georgina Bloomberg tries to make it all about her

Sunday Video:

Saturday Links from Tipperary

Even though you can see the storms rolling in, you have no idea how excited this picture makes me. A mare I'm a fan of in a friend's barn. Awesome! Photo from John Robertson's Facebook page, by Liz Hall. Even though you can see the storms rolling in, you have no idea how excited this picture makes me. A mare I'm a fan of in a friend's barn. Awesome! Photo from John Robertson's Facebook page, by Liz Hall.

It’s a rainy, wet weekend in California. We have been getting hammered by storms since Thursday night. I suspect that I will be stuck indoors all weekend. If you’re looking for something to watch on YouTube, check out Elisa Wallace’s video blog series from Red Hills; episode one is here and episode two is here. That’s what I’ll be doing this weekend. Oh, and waiting for the rain to stop. Please send a boat.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Southern Pines H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Schedule] [Live Scores]

Red Hills International CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

Saturday Links:

Kentucky Equine Research and EN are teaming up to host the Great KER Fitness Challenge this spring! Download the free KER ClockIt Sport app for your phone and record your rides for a chance to win a $100 gift card to shop.kerx.com, an EcoGold Secure XC Saddle Pad, a lesson with your choice of Bruce Davidson, Liz Halliday-Sharp, or Dom or Jimmie Schramm; and feature story about you and your horse on EN. [Contest Details]

Does your horse have an inspiring story about coming back from a serious injury or illness? OCD Pellets wants to hear all about it! Send in your rehab to [email protected]eventingnation.com for a chance to win an OCD prize pack (2-month supply of OCD Pellets, 1-month supply of COS Canine, and an OCD Pellets hat and T-shirt). Entries close Monday, May 2, 2016, and the story that receives the most views on EN will win. [Contest Details]

The surprising resurgence of side-saddle

9 steps for composting horse manure

50 years ago, John Longden went out of horse racing in style

Researchers breakdown horses’ IBH reactions

These animated riffs on 1870’s galloping horse footage are delightful

Saturday Video:

Sunday Links from One K Helmets

Newly minted Intermediate pair, Megan Traynham and Lord Lombardi. Photo from Megan's Facebook Page Newly minted Intermediate pair, Megan Traynham and Lord Lombardi. Photo from Megan's Facebook Page

One of the things I really like about our sport is that hard work pays off. If you put in the time and make intelligent decisions, you will reap the rewards. Success tends to come in the form of steady progress and it is so very nice to see. A huge congratulations is in order for one of my favorite West Coasters – Megan Traynham. The hard work she’s put in between NAJYRCs and now is quite apparent as she stepped up to the challenge of Intermediate this weekend at Twin Rivers. It isn’t easy to be a junior and step in to the ring at that level. Add in the fact that you’re going toe to toe with some of the best in the sport and it is an incredible amount of pressure. Hooray Megan!

U.S. Weekend Action:

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

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

Sporting Days Farm II H.T. [Website] [Entry Status][Live Scores]

Twin Rivers Winter H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

News From Around The Globe:

Kentucky Equine Research and EN are teaming up to host the Great KER Fitness Challenge this spring! Download the free KER ClockIt Sport app for your phone and record your rides for a chance to win a $100 gift card to shop.kerx.com, an EcoGold Secure XC Saddle Pad, a lesson with your choice of Bruce Davidson, Liz Halliday-Sharp, or Dom or Jimmie Schramm; and feature story about you and your horse on EN. [Contest Details]

Do you know of a great local eventing organization? EN wants to show them some love! Email [email protected] and tell us about your local organization. We’re looking to spotlight associations that run low level and schooling horse trials in upcoming feature articles. Go Local Eventing! 

Does your horse have an inspiring story about coming back from a serious injury or illness? OCD Pellets wants to hear all about it! Send in your rehab to [email protected] for a chance to win an OCD prize pack (2-month supply of OCD Pellets, 1-month supply of COS Canine, and an OCD Pellets hat and T-shirt). Entries close Monday, May 2, 2016, and the story that receives the most views on EN will win. [Contest Details]

High Street retailers in a lather over horse shampoo

Horse mad girl won’t let a smashed spine end her dreams

Changing lives: Prisoners train wild horses in Arizona

Judge finally gets some horse sense in Hoskins saga

Horse rescued from overturned trailer on I-295 in Virginia

Sunday Video:

Lets go for a gallop.

Saturday Links from Tipperary

Your Twin Rivers CIC 3* winners! Photo from Lauren Billys' Facebook page Your Twin Rivers CIC 3* winners! Photo from Lauren Billys' Facebook page

The CIC 3* is all wrapped up at Twin Rivers and Lauren Billys is your winner. Also of note, the Twin Rivers CIC 3* Silent Auction has been extended. The online auction supports Lauren’s quest to compete at the 2016 Rio Olympics. The online auction is currently running and will end on Tuesday March 8, 2016 at 7pm PST. There are amazing items to bid on such as a Mary Kay Beauty Basket, an opportunity to harvest an egg from Rolex, Burghley, and Pau CCI4* veteran R-Star, a beautiful SNÖ of Sweden Necklace and Earrings, lessons with several top riders like Tamie Smith, James Alliston, and much more. Click here to visit the auction page. Lauren and her team extend a huge thank you to everyone who has already bid and supported! If you are interested in donating an item please contact [email protected].

U.S. Weekend Action:

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

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

Sporting Days Farm II H.T. [Website] [Entry Status][Live Scores]

Twin Rivers Winter H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

News From Around The Globe:

Kentucky Equine Research and EN are teaming up to host the Great KER Fitness Challenge this spring! Download the free KER ClockIt Sport app for your phone and record your rides for a chance to win a $100 gift card to shop.kerx.com, an EcoGold Secure XC Saddle Pad, a lesson with your choice of Bruce Davidson, Liz Halliday-Sharp, or Dom or Jimmie Schramm; and feature story about you and your horse on EN. [Contest Details]

Do you know of a great local eventing organization? EN wants to show them some love! Email [email protected] and tell us about your local organization. We’re looking to spotlight associations that run low level and schooling horse trials in upcoming feature articles. Go Local Eventing! 

Does your horse have an inspiring story about coming back from a serious injury or illness? OCD Pellets wants to hear all about it! Send in your rehab to [email protected] for a chance to win an OCD prize pack (2-month supply of OCD Pellets, 1-month supply of COS Canine, and an OCD Pellets hat and T-shirt). Entries close Monday, May 2, 2016, and the story that receives the most views on EN will win. [Contest Details]

Olympic level Dressage trainer jailed over horse porn

Allegations of neglect at animal sanctuary

Mounted patrol horse dumps officer and runs wild through Times Square

Neglected horses rescued from Maryland farm are on the road to recovery

From JumperNation: Off Course! Your most random and ridiculous photos

Saturday Video:

Sunday Links from One K Helmets

100% Truth 100% Truth

Sometimes all you need is a weekend at the barn to recharge. Even when it’s a horse-show weekend, there is still a regenerative quality that I can only find out at the barn. Maybe it’s the company of my friends, both two and four legged, who always “get me” that make the barn such a restorative place. Maybe it’s the fresh air and  adventures that make it a place I need to be. Regardless of what it is, I appreciate it. The barn makes Mondays bearable. Thankfully, today is only Sunday. Better go charge my batteries so I can do battle with the week ahead.

Pine Top CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

Sunday Links:
Does your horse have an inspiring story about coming back from a serious injury or illness? OCD Pellets wants to hear all about it! Send in your rehab to [email protected] for a chance to win an OCD prize pack (2-month supply of OCD Pellets, 1-month supply of COS Canine, and an OCD Pellets hat and T-shirt). Entries close Monday, May 2, 2016, and the story that receives the most views on EN will win. [Contest Details]
Sunday Video:

Saturday Links from Tipperary

What I miss most about being able to be a barn-rat is that I was always busy and never had time to eat. Easiest way to stay fit ever! What I miss most about being able to be a barn-rat is that I was always busy and never had time to eat. Easiest way to stay fit ever!

I promised myself I’d get back to my gym routine on March 1st. I had a great plan. I’d go ahead and start putting in the miles on the treadmill and make sure to ride every day after work now that sunset happens around 6pm. The riding will be the easy part. It’s nice to have somewhere to go turn off my brain after a long day at the office. However, with March 1st right around the corner, I’ve been eyeballing my running shoes questioning if I will actually go ahead and lace them up in the near future. There’s a quiet dread about restarting the gym routine and I find myself wishing I could just go back to being a 15 year old barn-rat. What sorcery made it possible for me to goof about at the barn all day as a teenager, eat like garbage, and still stay fit? I guess I best make my own magic. I’m just glad it’s a leap-year. One extra day until I have to get myself fired up and hit the gym.

Pine Top CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

Saturday Links:
Does your horse have an inspiring story about coming back from a serious injury or illness? OCD Pellets wants to hear all about it! Send in your rehab to [email protected] for a chance to win an OCD prize pack (2-month supply of OCD Pellets, 1-month supply of COS Canine, and an OCD Pellets hat and T-shirt). Entries close Monday, May 2, 2016, and the story that receives the most views on EN will win. [Contest Details]

Sunday Links from One K Helmets

Hawley and Nikki, two of my favorite Hawley and Nikki, two of my favorite "Canadifornians". Photo from Nikki Ayers' Facebook page

You know it’s a good weekend when you are saying “What a weekend” and you’ve STILL got all of Sunday to enjoy. A huge congratulations is in order for Nikki Ayers of British Columbia. She and Rubicon are a newly minted Advanced pair, finishing third in their first outing at the level at Fresno County Horse Park. Moving up and making it around successfully is exciting, but to finish third in great company is even more exciting. Rocking Horse, Paradise Farm and Fresno County Horse Park all continue today with the remainder of the divisions wrapping up.

U.S. Weekend Action:

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

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

Fresno County Horse Park CIC & H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

Sunday Links:

Woman upset after horse attacked by two dogs

Accident injures two at Gulfstream, one horse euthanized

Truck with horse trailer catches fire

Central Texas woman killed after car collides with horse

Horse goes for a morning run in Ohio

iPads for horses? Touch screen technology in equine research

Sunday Video:

Saturday Links from Tipperary

Winnie makes her eventing debut at FCHP. Photo from Maralee Paul's Facebook page. Winnie makes her eventing debut at FCHP. Photo from Maralee Paul's Facebook page.

The early season events are some of my favorite. After the winter yuckiness, everyone comes back bright eyed and ready to make it a great season. New pairs make their debuts, and everyone gets to whip out all of the shiny new things they picked up at the holidays. I am especially fond of seeing what a winter has done for some of the green horses that got their first outings at the end of the season last year. It’s amazing what you can do in one dedicated winter, assuming you aren’t under 10 feet of snow or knee deep in mud!

U.S. Weekend Action:

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

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

Fresno County Horse Park CIC & H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

Saturday Links:

Broke and love showing horses? You’re not alone

South Africa: Horse racing in rude health

This new extreme sport brings horsepower to a whole new level

Firefighters help horse tangled in fence

Equine herpes quarantine lifted at Arizona race track

East Bay city adopts baby horse rescued on Valentine’s Day

Saturday Video: Some naughty language, but still funny because it’s true.

Sunday Links from One K Helmets

An early spring? Photo from Christina Underwood's Facebook page An early spring? Photo from Christina Underwood's Facebook page

Happy Valentines Day, EN! It has been a gorgeous week here in Northern California. The weather has been in the low 70s and it’s almost been enough to make you forget that we’re supposed to get absolutely pummeled with storms this winter. It’s been so warm that I’ve been able to leave my pony naked at night. Yes, you read that right – naked, at night, in February! As much as I enjoy these days, it still frightens me that we’re not getting the rain they said we would. I am very seriously expecting some of our events and schooling shows to start adding a “water truck fee” of some sorts, just because it takes a huge amount of water to keep the tracks rideable. For now though, I’m going to enjoy the pretty day.

U.S. Weekend Action:

Full Gallop Farm February H.T. [Results]

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

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

Sunday Links:

Georgia horse struck by 4 vehicles

Show Jumper Vicki Wilson falls from horse during rehersal

Kennewick’s Meeneelys hope for more success from Heza Dasha Fire

University of Tennessee to host conference for horse owners

Horse and owner reunited after a decade

Horse racing canceled in NYC because of bitter cold

Sunday Video: So cheesy it’s cute.

Saturday Links from Tipperary

Our USEF Eventing Team Show Jumping Coach Silvio Mazzoni came to the dark side this weekend and completed Training at Ocala! Photo from Hannah Sue Burnett Our USEF Eventing Team Show Jumping Coach Silvio Mazzoni came to the dark side this weekend and completed Training at Ocala! Photo from Hannah Sue Burnett

One of the big challenges for someone involved in any sort of sporting endeavor is choosing the right coach. On top of having the required knowledge, the teaching style of the coach has to mesh well with your learning style. Also, a good coach absolutely should be able to walk the walk. The USEF Eventing Team’s Show Jumping Coach Silvio Mazzoni is doing just that. Yesterday, Mazzoni competed at Training in the Ocala HT today putting down an impressive 24.3 in Dressage. Even better, the score was obtained on a Show Jumper. The score was good enough to put Silvio in to a close 4th, in very good company. Go Silvio!

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Full Gallop Farm February H.T. [Results]

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

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

Saturday Links:

Lonely horse forms bond with rescue dog

Horse racing kicks off at Rillito Park today

Take a peek! Oprah buys horse farm in California

Health Alert: Okeechobee County, Florida: Horse tests positive for EIA

Drunk man takes horse on a night time visit to a chip shop in Manchester

How to help a cast horse

Saturday Video:

Treats for your one true love?

Sunday Links from One K Helmets

Lets hear it for the Grooms! Photo from USEF High Performance Eventing on Facebook Lets hear it for the Grooms! Photo from USEF High Performance Eventing on Facebook

What a weekend – and it’s only Sunday! After the huge success of the Wellington Eventing Showcase this year, I’m even more hopeful that we’ll start to see similar events pop up in other regions of the country. I was especially excited to see the Grooms Awards. Grooms really are such an essential part of keeping a top program running that I feel like we need Grooms Awards at every competition. So much depends on what these dedicated people do. Galway, Poplar and Sporting Days all continue today with guaranteed excitement for riders of all levels. Hopefully you’re off to have some fun as well, EN!

U.S. Weekend Action:

Wellington Final Scores

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

Sporting Days H.T. [Website] [Entry Status][Live Scores]

Galway Downs H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

Sunday Links:

Deal on New York City’s Horse Carriages Eludes Mayor Bill de Blasio

Skin Grafting Options for Horse Wounds

Officials identify Texas woman hit and killed by truck while riding horse

Need an App for your next long haul? Get ready for some fun horse racing action in Turbo Trot

Old horse Abigail is rescued after icy fall near Slatington

On the market: Horse Properties in Oregon

Sunday Video: The Wellington winner at Fair Hill last year.

Saturday Links from Tipperary

Muddy toes. Photo from Stacy Meredith's Facebook page Muddy toes. Photo from Stacy Meredith's Facebook page

It’s funny how fast the show season and mud season both just sort of sneak up on you. A solid number of my friends are off at Galway Downs for the season opener. Those of us that stayed home are planning to tinker around at a local jumper show tomorrow. It honestly feels like New Years Day was just last week and now we’re fast approaching Valentine’s Day. Speaking of which, do you think I can convince my husband that new muck boots are actually a romantic gift? There’s nothing that says I love you like ensuring warm, dry feet at the barn.

Daily Wellington Live Stream Links:

Show Jumping at 10:30 a.m. Eastern, Saturday, Feb. 6
Cross-Country at 1:00 p.m., Eastern  Saturday , Feb. 6

Wellington Live Scores

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

Sporting Days H.T. [Website] [Entry Status][Live Scores]

Galway Downs H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

Saturday Links:

California horse that fell in to canyon died during rescue

Kaley Cuoco spent almost $4000 on horse themed wallpaper

Oprah Winfrey buys 28m horse farm at auction

Face of “Oklahoma Heritage Horse” allegedly stolen from pasture

New Mexico succeeds in bid to ban horse slaughter

Managing the anxious horse

Saturday Video: Will we see anything as iconic as this at Wellington this year?

Sunday Links from One K Helmets

What a thoughtful birthday present for Liz from Taress! Photo from Liz Hall's Facebook page
What a thoughtful birthday present for Liz from Taress! Photo from Liz Hall's Facebook page

One of the things I love about horse-stuff is how much of it we can get logo-ed, monogrammed or otherwise personalized. West Coast wonder-woman Liz Hall recently had a birthday and received this totally swanky boot-scraper from Taress Hsu. Not going to lie. I’m totally jealous. There’s something very satisfying about pretty and practical items. With how much mud we’re getting buried in out west, I’d almost be hesitant to put such a nice boot-scraper out for use. Cheers Liz!

Weekend Action:

Rocking Horse Winter I HT: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times][Live Scores]

Full Gallop Farm January HT: [Website] [Entry Status][Live Scores]

Sunday Links:

Volunteers describe horrific horse starvation

Innovations in confinement area horse keeping

Special Brazilian horse breed honored in Olympic year by Breyer

Judge issues split decision in horse track regulatory fight

Lady Gaga takes a break from a busy awards season to saddle up in Malibu

Florida man punches police horse in the bum

Sunday Video: Are you snowed in? A new trick for your horse.

Saturday Links from Tipperary

Phase 1 of the Phase 1 of the "Getting Your Pony Tuff Mudder 2016"

I’ve certainly missed the rain, but I haven’t missed the mud. Last winter, the West Coast was dry as a bone. I got complacent and completely forgot the arduous slog it can be out to the back pasture to retrieve my pony. This is the time of year that I realize how lucky I am to have a pony who meets me at the gate. While the hike out to the pastures is often a mini-Tuff-Mudder challenge, we all know how pasture-gate areas get after even the tiniest bit of rain. Having a pony who meets me at the gate is worth every dollar I have ever spent on horse cookies.  It prevents me from having to cross the treacherous muddy section of the pasture that sucked my boots off three winters ago. I still shiver when I remember the feeling of boot-socks sinking in to pasture glop.

Weekend Action:

Rocking Horse Winter I HT: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times][Live Scores]

Full Gallop Farm January HT: [Website] [Entry Status][Live Scores]

Saturday Links:

Phoenix horse track under quarantine after herpes outbreak

Horse Racing: California can’t afford to let its horses get away

Illinois farms guard against virus that has killed horses in Bartlett

New York Council may vote on raise and horse-carriage bill on same day

Horse drawn buggy driver killed in crash in Wisconsin

Anger as historic horse-drawn tram axed in cost-cutting exercise after 140 years

Saturday Video:  If your ring is a mud-bog, this technique from the Polo crowd might be useful!

Sunday Links from One K Helmets

Nice ribbons, Sue Church! Photo from Chloe Smyth's Facebook page Nice ribbons, Sue Church! Photo from Chloe Smyth's Facebook page

I have to admit, my favorite thing about this time of year are all of the awards banquets.  There’s something very special about coming together to celebrate the accomplishments of the season gone by. Seeing everyone all dolled up is especially fun and the inspiration for the upcoming season that these year end awards provide is second to none. Time to kick it in to high gear for the 2016 season, if only so we can drink wine in the elevator on the way back from the awards banquets next year!

U.S. Weekend Action:

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

Sunday Links:

All horses safe after barn roof collapse in Maryland

Memorial horse ride held for Chicago-area ABC7 executive producer Anne Swaney

Car crashes in to horse in Maine

Training helps firefighters rescue horse from icy pond

Ward departs post as executive director of Kentucky Horse Racing Commission

Animal cruelty charges dropped in horse shooting case

Sunday Video:

Saturday Links from Tipperary

Ryder's pony Marshmellow Fellow politely using the steps to exit the back patio! Photo from Wendy Schmitt Ryder's pony Marshmellow Fellow politely using the steps to exit the back patio! Photo from Wendy Schmitt

Despite the weather’s best effort to keep us all home bound this weekend, it’s still a good time to get out and have some fun. I’ve been grinding through a bit of the winter blues and even though it will be wet and cold, I know time with my pony will make me feel better. Something else that makes these grey days a little brighter are the reports that we are getting from various places about how MASSIVE the early season entry lists are. I took a quick glance at some of the early season events for the West Coast and found that there are 21 entries in the upcoming Intermediate at Galway Downs. Also, a little bird told us that Rocking Horse Winter I HT has 577 entered and a robust wait list!  We haven’t even finished January yet and we are seeing impressive entry numbers all over the place. Maybe these days aren’t so grey after all!

U.S. Weekend Action:

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

Saturday Links:

Next Level Eventing is very excited to announce a new joint partnership between Tamie Smith and fellow upper level eventer and trainer, Heather Morris! NLE will continue to be run out of the beautiful Tucalota Creek Ranch, and clients will now have the opportunity to train under both Tamie and Heather, benefiting from their combined wealth of knowledge and experience. [More at Next Level Eventing]
Saturday Video: I’m so used to our big open spaces for XC out west that I always love watching through-the-woods XC tracks.

Sunday Links from One K Helmets

Photo by Erin Critz Photo by Erin Critz

What a fantastic weekend in Lexington for the USEF Annual Meeting!  Last night the Horse of the Year Awards dinner took place and a few Eventers were honored as part of the Silver Stirrup Awards. Eric Smith’s Winchexter and Carina HGF took home the National Champion ribbon for the Beginner Novice division and Novice division respectively. Chelsea Kolman’s Dauntless Courage took home the National Champion ribbon for the Preliminary division. Stephanie, Chinch and I have had far too much fun this weekend and now it is time to sleep in before we head back to California. Later this week, expect to see some information about the USEF’s Town Hall on Coaching. It sounds like some very exciting stuff is in the works, especially if you are in to continuing education!

Weekend Eventing Action:

Three Lakes January at Caudle Ranch H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

Huckleberry the horse was lucky to survive starvation

Who is Australia’s hottest horse?

Stable Pathways horse therapy program finds new home

New Jersey horse owners invited to attend meeting on equine herpes virus

Pre Olympic Dressage event coming to Georgia

Georgia Horse Racing Coalition unveils 21st century track design

Sunday Video: Any time you feel discouraged, take sage advice from George Morris.

Saturday Links from Tipperary

Getting a little wild at the USEF Pegasus Awards. Getting a little wild at the USEF Pegasus Awards.

We’re having a bit too much fun at the USEF Convention. Last night was the Pegasus Awards dinner, where much wine was consumed at the media table and many awards were handed out to fabulous equestrians from a variety of disciplines. The highlight of the night was the honoring of Lana DuPont Wright with the 2015 USEF Lifetime Achievement Award. She was the trailblazer for every woman in eventing, being the first woman to compete at the Olympics on an eventing team. She has continued to be a major force in eventing by her efforts at Fair Hill International.

Weekend Eventing Action:

Three Lakes January at Caudle Ranch H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

Saturday Links:

New police task force to crack down on horse abuse, neglect

Deal on horse-drawn carriages in NYC may not be imminent

Hurricane Katrina survivor becomes top trick horse

Top European horse St. Jovite dies at age 27

Judge finally gets it half-right in Hoskins horse ‘circus’

American Pharaoh should be unanimous Horse of the Year

Saturday Video: Lana duPont Wright is featured in this video from 2012.