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About Kate Samuels

Kate Samuels is an avid 3-Day Eventer who currently competes at the Advanced/3* level with her wonderful Selle Francais gelding, Nyls du Terroir. A rider since the tender age of three, she is a young professional in the sport learning as much as she can from various mentors, both equine and human. Kate has worked for Eventing Nation since 2011, and has enjoyed every minute of it. She brings a lifetime of experience with horses as well as a wealth of knowledge gained through competing at the top levels of the sport. When not riding through the boiling hot, freezing cold, rain or snow, Kate enjoys baking pies, photography, and finding ridiculous videos on the internet.

Eventing Background

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Area Area II
Highest Level Competed Advanced/CIC3*

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Friday News & Notes from World Equestrian Brands

Eventers. We crazy! Photo courtesy of Karlee Dumont.

I’m not sure if this is just a horse person thing, but I do feel like it’s a particularly eventer thing: cramming wayyyy too many people on some sort of transport vehicle. How many people have you seen before at an event hanging onto a golf cart in so many ridiculous ways? Three people and a dog on a child’s motorbike? Yeah, that all seems totally normal. Holly, you should really make your working student bike YOU around though, c’mon dude.

National Holiday: National Coming Out Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Maryland at Loch Moy H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Hitching Post Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Radnor Hunt H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

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

Fleur de Leap H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Las Cruces H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

Despite her young age, Caroline Martin has been a noteworthy name in U.S. eventing for some time now. Starting at the age of four, Caroline was involved with horses, and simply never thought about doing a sport other than Eventing. Now, with a change in family finances, Caroline has had to restructure her business in 2019 to include a massive sales program in order to support her personal horses and hopes of Olympic competition in 2024. [Caroline’s Getting Down to Business]

Several top international riders spoke out yesterday to show their support for World Mental Health Day. Carl Hester, who has long been an advocate for mental health awareness, wrote a poignant message to his followers on social media: “Because it’s OK not to be OK; as long as we keep the conversation going. And if you’re not already talking, try to begin, because we’re all in this together.” [Riders Speak for World Mental Health Day]

Ahh fall. The air is crisp, the leaves are changing, and it’s SPOOKING SEASON. Yeah, there are people who think this is spooking season because of halloween, but horse people know better. It’s spooking season for HORSES, because leaves, brisk air, wind up their freshly clipped butts, weird lighting, monsters in flower boxes, monsters in the corner of the arena, and probably even some monsters in the shadows. [The Many Monsters You’ll See in Spooky Season]

Best of Blogs: Studies Show Some Therapeutic Drugs Do More Harm Than Good

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Thursday News & Notes from Taylor Harris Insurance Services (THIS)

Photo courtesy of Jillian Scott Clipping Services FB.

It has begun: clipping season! This time of year a lot of people are not excited, but I am because number one, fall is my favorite time of year and I am 10000% over summer, but two, I actually enjoy clipping. I know, it’s weird, but it’s extremely satisfying and I always have a good audiobook, and I’m super OCD so I like everything to look perfect. Holla at your girl if you need some fresh cutz, I’ll be ready with my full body rain suit.

National Holiday: World Mental Health Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Maryland at Loch Moy H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Hitching Post Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Radnor Hunt H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

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

Fleur de Leap H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Las Cruces H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

We are so heartbroken to report that a beloved member of Area II eventing died while schooling cross country at Morven Park this week. Nicolle Villers Amatt suffered a fatal fall while schooling over a Preliminary log on Tuesday, and received immediate medical care and was transported to a local hospital. Her horse suffered only superficial injuries. Nicolle was an extremely accomplished rider, having competed through the Advanced level and developed many horses through the levels her whole life. She leaves behind her husband Neil and her 2-year-old daughter, Zara. [Fatal Fall at Morven Park]

Emily King has lost four of her top horses, along with six youngsters as her main owner has decided to leave the sport. While the split was amicable, Jane Del Missier has decided that owning horses for Eventing doesn’t suit her current lifestyle, and has thus ended the partnership. Emily competed at Pau and Badminton with Brookleigh, and was part of the gold medal winning team for the European Young Rider Championships with Dargun, both owned by Mrs Del Missier. [Emily King Loses Top Horses]

Sometimes Unicorns look more like bedraggled donkeys in the beginning, but that didn’t stop Mellisa Davis Warden from paying $400 for an ugly little 15.2 hand chestnut gelding she spotted in a field. Fred is certainly unassuming in looks, but makes up for it in heart and willingness to do the job. Now he competitively competes at Preliminary level, as well as the occasional hunter show and husband horse trail riding. [Warden Saw A Diamond in the Rough in Deadpool]

 

 

Friday News & Notes from World Equestrian Brands

Hunt pony life! Photo by Tiffany Snell.

A few weeks ago, my young horse jumped around his third and ostensibly last Training level. One week ago, he clobbered a specific jump in my ring, and was pretty mad at himself, but went on fine for the rest of the jump school. Tuesday, I entered him in a Modified. Yesterday, he suddenly remembered clobbering said jump in my arena, and decided he was positively petrified of going anywhere near it, and I had to spend an hour getting him to walk over poles in that specific location without blowing his brains. Young horses are great, right?

National Holiday: National Scarf Day

Major Weekend Events:

#Stable View: WebsiteScheduleEntriesTimesLive ScoringEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Preview:

FEH East Coast Championships [Website] [Live Scores]

Jump Start H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

University of New Hampshire H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

Sundance Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

ESDCTA New Jersey H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

Who doesn’t love a rags to riches story? Kathryn Currey has experience with the heart of a diminutive thoroughbred mare, as her family owned the immortal Touch of Class. She found herself a new age version with a small chestnut mare she bought for $400 off the track, and A Lil Evil has now proved her worth by winning at the Hampton Classic in the jumpers. And boy can she jump! [Racetrack Reject to Hampton Classic Tricolor]

Hellooooo clipping season! It’s… nice? To see you again? Whether you don’t mind clipping or it’s your worst nightmare, it’s good to know about the different options. You don’t have to simply take it all off! There are varying states of nudity that might be more appropriate for your horse and his workload. Check out the styles! [What Type of Clip is Right For You?]

Hot on Horse Nation: Does Your Horse Need a Vacation?

Look, horse people are weird and we also find very strange things satisfying. When your life is in the barn, you find small pleasures in daily things like pulling mane, perfectly sweeping an aisle, or … finding the bean …. Whatever it is, we know you, because we are you. [9 Things Equestrians Find Satisfying]

Celebrating the Life of Winsome Adante

Kim and Dan at the Athens Olympics. Photo courtesy of Kim Severson.

One of the most celebrated eventing horses in history passed away this week at his home of Plain Dealing Farm at the age of twenty-six. Winsome Adante, known in the barn as “Dan,” was a legend for the sport of eventing, and a life changing force for many who knew and admired him.

Imported from England in 1999 by Jan Byyny, he was quickly purchased by Linda Wachmeister, and became the horse of a lifetime for so many people. Paired with Kim Severson as his rider, they were well known for being formidable in all three phases, placing in the top after dressage, following it with a fast and clear cross country, and topping it off with an invariably clean show jumping.

Dan and Kim have almost too many accomplishments to list, but certainly winning Kentucky three times (2002, 2004, 2005) when it was still a long format ranks amongst the most impressive. They also competed at the 2002 WEG in Jerez, earning individual 6th place and team gold, the 2004 Athens Olympics, garnering an individual silver medal as well as a team bronze medal, and the 2006 WEG in Aachen for a team fourth place finish.

Dan was the second American horse ever to win Blenheim in 2001 and placed third at Badminton in 2007, cementing his place as a winner against any competition from around the world. He was, of course, inducted into the U.S. Eventing Hall of Fame in 2015, was subsequently made into a Breyer horse, and his illustrious career kept him at the top of the USEA’s Historic All Time High Point Horse Leaderboard for more than ten years.

Linda Wachmeister, Dan and Kim. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

Kim readily admits that he was her horse of a lifetime, and speaks from the heart about his passing. “My once in a lifetime opportunity came in the form of a 16.1H bay gelding from England; his name was Winsome Adante, otherwise known as Dan, and sometimes lovingly referred to as Danimal the Wild Animal. So many of my firsts in the world of eventing came from my partnership with Dan: Badminton, Olympics, World Equestrian Games, Burghley, and more.”

“Now, when I think back about our time together, two words come to mind: opportunity and gratitude. What an amazing, once in a lifetime opportunity to find Dan, and then be supported in our partnership by many amazing people.”

Kim was not the only one to feel the life changing effects of this bay gelding, and his owner Linda Wachmeister shared with us her own story of Dan. “The main thing for me when I think about Dan was that he was always a very handsome horse, but when you saw him in the field he didn’t look particularly striking.  Under tack was where he became the magnificent creature that he was. He completely transformed and it never ceased to amaze me. He knew it was his time, what he was doing and he loved his job.”

“I had no idea where he would take me and my family,” says Linda. “From the first time I entered the winners circle with him I told myself  ‘this is a special, once in a lifetime moment for you Linda. Look around and take it all in.’ Then I got to repeat it because he just kept winning. It was incredibly special and none of us had any idea that’s where he would take us.”

“Through Dan and Kim, as a family, we learned about this sport called eventing and were completely immersed. It’s affected my whole family in such a positive way and without him and Kim, we would have never had any idea. I’m so very thankful for what he gave us.”

Dan in happy retirement at his farm in Virginia, Plain Dealing. Photo by Lindsay Johnson.

Dan had the special privilege to be ridden and cared for by the same small group of dedicated people for the vast majority of his life, including his grooms Molly Bull and Lili Bennett, his owner Linda Wachmeister and her daughters Lucia and Benita Strini, and of course Kim. After his retirement in 2007, Dan went to live the life of luxury at Plain Dealing Farm in Scottsville, Virginia, regularly visited by his human family with his favorite treat: peppermints.

Molly Bull groomed for Kim and Dan for several years, including his win at Blenheim in 2001, and remembers him fondly as a horse who always had an incredible sense of humor and a strong spirit. “If he had his mind set on something, he was going to do it, no matter what,” says Molly. “He was not the kind of horse you could ever hug and kiss on, but he was so amazing to ride and care for.”

Lili Bennett was Dan’s right hand girl for the majority of his career, and was even in England with Kim when they tried him. “He seemed nice enough, but nobody knew what he would become,” says Lili. “I think the first person to recognize his talent was Bruce Davidson, who came up to us after the show jumping at Millbrook and told Kim to hang on to him.”

Dan was well known around the barn for having distinct opinions, and in many ways Lili says it made caring for him almost easier, because his routine was minimalistic. He was not interested in being fussed over with therapeutic blankets, he preferred not to wear hind leg wraps, and clipping him was an adventure to say the least.

Over The Limit (Jake) and Winsome Adante (Dan) at home at Plain Dealing Farm. Photo by Lili Bennett.

Dan also greatly preferred Kim as his rider, and their partnership was what made their success truly special. “He was not terribly tolerant of us riding him,” laughs Lili. “It just wasn’t something he felt he needed to put up with, and I don’t think he really took any of us seriously.” While he may have bucked off his fair share of grooms, all of them agree that being a part of his storied success at the very top levels of the sport was completely worth it.

“I just feel incredibly lucky to have been a part of it. There really wasn’t anything all that special about him at first glance; he wasn’t the flashiest mover or biggest jumper, but their partnership was just something magical.”

Go Dan. Go Eventing.

 

 

Thursday News & Notes from Taylor Harris Insurance Services (THIS)

A very good model boy. Photo by Kate Samuels.

In my life, I take a lot of photos of horses, and I’ve learned a few things along the way. First, the key is to take a lot and weed out the best ones. Second, there are some horses that are good at modeling, and some that just straight up suck at it, no matter what you try. If it was possible to teach horses to do the ears-pricked-faraway-glance pose, I would be so very happy. In the meanwhile, enjoy this photo of a recent natural model I found.

National Holiday: National Dumpling Day

Major Weekend Events:

#Stable View: WebsiteScheduleEntriesTimesLive ScoringEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Jump Start H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

University of New Hampshire H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

Sundance Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

ESDCTA New Jersey H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

As the Retired Racehorse Project competition begins next week, they’re debuting a new intake exam. In keeping with the organization’s goal to better serve the Thoroughbred and continue to educate the owners, trainers and farms who seek to help transition these horses to second careers, the Retired Racehorse Project’s new arrival exam at the 2019 Thoroughbred Makeover emphasizes soundness, body condition and microchipping. “The aim of the arrival exam is to not only verify each horse’s identity and ensure he or she is healthy and sound for competition, but to also set the standard of horsemanship associated with off-track Thoroughbreds,” said RRP executive director Jen Roytz. [RRP Debuts New Standards for Care]

Speaking of ex-racehorses, lets bust some myths about retraining them. If you’ve ever had some preconceptions about the thoroughbred breed, or horses with a previous racing career, you simply haven’t ridden enough of them! If any breed has variety, it’s the Thoroughbred. [Myth Busting Common Misconceptions About Thoroughbreds]

A miraculous story proves that a broken leg doesn’t always mean the end for a competition horse. Last year during a jump-off in Aachen, Yuri Mansur and Vitiki suffered a horrific fall, and the horse was taken off the premises in an ambulance. It was revealed that he had broken a front pastern, but went quickly into surgery and a cast. Now, after a year, the pair have returned to competition feeling better than ever. [Olympic Dream for Horse with Broken Leg]

Did you catch the THIS stadium jump at Plantation Fields this past weekend? Taylor Harris Insurance loves supporting Eventing and our great sport, and wants to see more of you join the THIS Eventing Team, and find out why riders at the top level prefer working with THIS. [Request a Quote Today]

Friday News & Notes from World Equestrian Brands

Our favorite Pan American Gold Medallist. Photo by Lisa Thomas.

Plantation weekend! And Blenheim weekend! It’s so exciting on so many levels! I wish everybody lots of fancy prancy, just enough bravery and speed on cross country, and careful tippy toes in show jumping. Bring the best competition you can, friends!

National Holiday: National String Cheese Day

Major Weekend Events:

Plantation Field: WebsiteSchedule, Entries, TimesLive ScoringEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

Blenheim: WebsiteRide TimesLive ScoringLive StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

Equestrians’ Institute H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

Feather Creek Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Apple Knoll Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Cedar Ridge H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

Surefire Horse Trials is still accepting entries through today! Entries this year were low due to a misprint in the omnibus stating that it was cancelled, so they’re hoping a fair few want to attend one of the best events of Area II next weekend. Don’t miss this opportunity to add it to your calendar. [Enter Surefire Horse Trials]

Where are previous winners of the Blenheim 8-9 year-old CCI4*-S these days? Celebrating it’s tenth anniversary this year, this class for young horses is lauded as an excellent predictor of success later in life. The previous ten winners are definitely rocking out at the highest levels, including horses like NZB Land Vision, Oslo, Fernhill Pimms, Faerie Dianimo and London 52. That’s a pretty good list to say the least. [Previous Winners at Blenheim]

Every single event rider has been eliminated by missing a fence. That’s why they say that you do it once, and you never do it again. Another popular one is leaving your horse’s boots on from warmup and going into dressage. Uh, maybe just read this list and make a mental note not to copy the rest of us. [13 Mistakes We’ve All Made At a Competition]

Best of Blogs: Are You Willing To Be Your Own Coach?

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Thursday News & Notes from Taylor Harris Insurance Services (THIS)

Just some ponies on Corolla having a seaside nap. Photo via Corolla Wild Horse Fund.

Fun fact relating to this photo: one of my first ponies was actually from the wild herd in Corolla. They adopt a few out occasionally, if they are removed from the wild herd from one reason or another. I got Moonstar when she was a yearling and I was seven, as her mother was hit by a car and she was taken in as a very young foal and basically domesticated. Not many parents would get their seven-year-old a yearling from a wild herd, but, here we are.

National Holiday: National Talk Like A Pirate Day

Major Weekend Events:

#Plantation Field: WebsiteSchedule, Entries, TimesLive ScoringEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

Equestrians’ Institute H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

Feather Creek Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Apple Knoll Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Cedar Ridge H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

What’s Sam Griffith’s Happy Times up to now that he’s retired? The 20-year-old Oldenburg gelding certainly had a storied career, with many years at top international level and wins and placings at four and five star events. He retired last year, and now lives with his 2012 Olympic groom, Mouse Berry, and his girlfriend, a 12-hand pony named Bluebell. He still hacks about and does a bit of work here and there, and he’s richly spoiled. [Happy Times Retirement Days]

As many of you know, one of eventing’s bright lights went out prematurely last month with the loss of Ann Haller. Ann touched so many lives through this sport around the country, and her family and friends have extended an open invitation to any who are willing to come celebrate her life at Ashland Farm in Covington, GA. [Celebrating Ann Haller]

Real talk: Is there such a thing as a woman’s horse? We hear all the time that horses are either a man’s ride or a woman’s ride, but how much of this is true? Personally, I think a lot of it is tied into our preconceptions about the behavior of men and women, but horses can also definitely differentiate between the two, and if they’ve had a bad experience with one or the other, can remember it for life and generalize against that gender. [Woman’s Horse vs. Man’s Horse]

Warming up the excitable or hot horse is basically an art form at this point. For me, it’s just about figuring out the perfect formula that keeps him with enough energy to perform a nice dressage test, but not bubbling over the top and exploding out the sides. Five-star rider Lisa Barry lends her tips in this article on how she approaches warm up with these types of horses for the best results. [Warm-Up the Excitable Horse]

What did you do this summer? Nothing as cool as Sarah Bartlett and her Fell pony Billy, who rode across England from coast to coast to raise over £6,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support. Sarah and Billy went along the challenging Trans Pennine Trail, which took eight days of 25-30 miles a day riding. Inspired by her father’s cancer diagnoses last Christmas, Sarah is a hero to us all. [Riding Across England for Cancer]

Ready to see Taylor Harris Insurance at Plantation Fields? Don’t miss the THIS jump in stadium — it’s hard to do so with the splashy red colors! Returning this year as a sponsor, THIS is proud to participate in the highest levels of eventing, and is excited to see some of their riders galloping across the countryside. Learn more about Taylor Harris Insurance Services and how you can join the team! [THIS Horse Insurance]

Best of Blogs: In The Beginning, There Was A Red Filly

Video: Watch the Adequan North American Youth Championships at Rebecca Farm on demand here.

Friday News & Notes from World Equestrian Brands

From humble beginnings … Kate Chadderton and her pony Bluey! Photo courtesy of Kate.

So, it’s Friday the 13th, and if you put stock in that kind of thing be careful today! Also it’s a full moon tonight so I guess werewolves and stuff too? I’m only superstitious about things like a lucky necklace for competitions, but I know horse people are a superstitious lot in general. Lucky socks, anyone??

National Holiday: National Peanut Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Otter Creek Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Flying Cross Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

The Event at Skyline [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

GMHA September H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Blue Ridge Mountain H.T. at TIEC [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

Flora Lea Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Stone Gate Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

News From Around the Globe:

There is another opportunity to qualify your YEH entry for the Championship at Fair Hill International! Flora Lea H.T. in Medford, New Jersey, was asked by several competitors to hold another qualifier this Friday, Sept. 13th. For those interested in participating, entries may still be made to Debbie Adams at Flora Lea. Email [email protected]. [Flora Lea Farm]

More Burghley you say? We’re not sick of it yet! This time it’s a little throwback to the last time Pippa Funnell won the competition, a mere 16 years ago aboard Primmore’s Pride, cementing her place in eventing history by being the first rider ever to win the Eventing Grand Slam. [Flash Back Friday: Pippa Funnell Wins Grand Slam]

Is your horse a picky eater? We’ve all had that horse at one point or another, the one that you desperately need to keep weight on, but they just pick at their food. You’ve tried everything, and you’re at your wits end. How about flavoring with fenugreek? A new study shows that fenugreek rates the highest with horses in terms of making feed more palatable, over all other possible additions. [Flavoring with Fenugreek]

Best of Blogs: Building Character Through Farm Sitting

Hot on Horse Nation: 8 Questions with Para Dressage Star and Draper Therapies Ambassador Rebecca Hart

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Thursday News & Notes from Taylor Harris Insurance Services (THIS)

An eventer’s view. Photo via Plain Dealing Eventing FB.

So, we’re about halfway through September and stupid me thought I could quit checking the weather in Virginia, because I thought I was safe into the short period of fall where it’s actually pretty predictable and pleasant. But no, just in time for Friday the 13th, we had 97 degrees of actual hell this week, and I’m sporting a super cool new sunburn. Thanks Mother Nature!

National Holiday: National Chocolate Milkshake Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Otter Creek Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Flying Cross Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

The Event at Skyline [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

GMHA September H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Blue Ridge Mountain H.T. at TIEC [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

Flora Lea Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Stone Gate Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

News From Around the Globe:

News busting the racing world yesterday arrived with evidence of a positive drug test from Triple Crown winner Justify. According to reports, Justify tested positive for scopolamine just weeks before the Kentucky Derby, and the inquiry into the drug tests did not end in any disqualifications from his lead-up races. The jury decided that it was possibly due to contaminated feed, despite being well over the quantity that is deemed reasonable for that kind of environmental contamination. [Justify’s Failed Drug Test]

No, we’re still not over Burghley, why should we be? The grueling cross country course claimed many experienced pairs, but we were super impressed by several young horses and their performances at such a young age. Shout out to two U.S. horses Leamore Master Plan and Deniro Z for making the list. [8 Young Horses Who Impressed at Burghley]

Do you know what a “sacrifice show” is? Lindsey Partridge wrote for Horse Nation this week about sacrifice shows, i.e.: a show you take a young horse to not aiming to win, but just for the experience and training. Using local competitions this way is key to building a confident horse for the future, and just forget about the ribbons today. [Horsemanship with Lindsey Partridge]

Aaaand back to Burghley. Fun facts about MGH Grafton Street? Yes please. His name in the barn is Squirrel, which is amazing, and he was originally produced by Padraig McCarthy, as well as ridden by Andrew Nicholson for a year. Burghley was his first international win, at only eleven years of age! [Fun Facts about Burghley Winner Squirrel]

Video: The 2019 Event Rider Masters Finale (Oct. 5-6) is hosted by the Lignieres en Berry Eventing Show in France. [ERM]

Friday News & Notes from World Equestrian Brands

Concours Complet Équilibre 2 H.T. in Dudswell, QC. Photos by Jessica C / Photographe Animaliere.

Quebec is summer eventing paradise: moderate temperatures, picturesque terrain, beautiful accents that make you wish you’d paid better attention in high school French class …. We’re always glad to report on the thriving Canadian eventing scene, and were happy to receive a report that Concours Complet Équilibre 2 H.T. (Aug. 31-Sept. 1) was a success. It’s the third official horse trial hosted by Centre Équestre Équilibre located in Dudswell, QC, close to the U.S. border and the state of Vermont.

From Grasshopper to Preliminary levels, including the new EV105 level, 74 horse-rider duos showed up from all over Canada as well as some riders from Northeastern U.S. Exceptional footing, expert course design by Jeff Kibbie ad Dylan Barry, rider hospitality, and excellent organization have all contributed to the appeal of the event. Learn more and view a calendar of future events at the Centre Équestre Équilibre website. Allez Eventing!

National Holiday: National Coffee Ice Cream Day

Major Weekend Events:

#LRBHT19: WebsiteEntriesLive ScoringLive StreamCourse PreviewEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Course Brook Farm Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Seneca Valley Pony Club H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

Chardon Valley H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

Aspen Farms H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

Dressage may have just started at Burghley, but a lucky few have already run around the cross country course. Oh, you didn’t know? The Shetland ponies and their tiny jockeys galloped around the course last week and made the huge jumps look even more enormous! If you’re there, they will also be contesting a Shetland Grand National on Saturday morning before the actual cross country starts, and if you’re not there, please enjoy this video. [Shetlands Take On Burghley XC]

Event riders in England can now go train cross country at Hickstead. Thanks to a massive initiative to add this feature to the already incredible facility, you can now train on two arenas as well as an all weather track, and about 60 cross country obstacles ranging in size as well as a water complex. It only cost £500,000, so it should be pretty nice! [Eventers Train Cross Country at Hickstead]

How important is your at-home arena surfacing for conditioning your horse’s legs? With so many new and exciting surfaces available, it’s easy to have arena envy these days. However, this vet believes that training exclusively on perfect footing might not be the best option for preparing your horse. [How Does Arena Footing Affect Your Horse?]

Selling your horse: a minefield to say the least. In the beginning, it’s just about creating the media and then writing the right description. That part can go wrong, what if you say something that doesn’t represent them correctly? For instance, don’t say your horse is beginner safe, because not all beginners are the same. [Things Not To Say When Selling Your Horse]

Hot on Horse Nation: The Wild Mustangs of Onaqui Mountains: Cooper & The Old Man

Best of Blogs: The Long Road Back

Video: I’m not crying — you’re crying. We heart this happy-tears interview with Burghley day one dressage leader Eliza Stoddart, plus Tim Price and Sarah Bullimore who are tied for second.

The multi-award winning Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials (September 5 – 8) has been established as a major international equestrian and social event in the Autumn Sporting Calendar for over 50 years. For more information visit burghley-horse.co.uk.

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A little mid-week motivation from Taylor Harris Insurance Services. Photo via THIS FB.

Wow you guys I am so so so excited to see so many American riders contesting Burghley this year! It’s gotta be a record amount, and it’s so amazing. It’s such a huge effort for each pair to get a horse and rider and the whole team over seas and be prepared for an incredible event like Burghley, I’m just in awe of each one of them. I’ll be tuned in hardcore to the action all week, and nobody ask me to do anything on Saturday because I’ll be busy glued to my livestream.

National Holiday: National Cheese Pizza Day

Major Weekend Events:

#LRBHT19: WebsiteEntriesLive ScoringLive StreamCourse PreviewEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Course Brook Farm Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Seneca Valley Pony Club H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

Chardon Valley H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

Aspen Farms H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

Get to know our honorary American rider at Burghley, Dom Schramm! Dom and Boly made their 5* debut this spring at Kentucky but unfortunately incurred some cross country penalties, and they’re at Burghley looking for some redemption. Fun fact: Boly got his name because as a foal he was quite short and fat, a bit roly-poly Boly, but now he’s big and handsome and very fit! [Burghley First Timers]

Charlotte DuJardin might be the reigning Dressage Queen of the world, but she’s not afraid to take a day off and jump some hedges. How many dressage riders can say that?! She went for a quick pop around some show jumps and then went straight to some sizable hedges at Tim Price’s yard with her friend Rory Gilsenan, and despite her slightly long stirrups (old habits die hard) she does a very impressive job! Don’t worry, videos are included. [Charlotte Goes Hedge Hopping]

Good news following Kevin Babington’s surgery. Kevin came through his five hour surgery to stabilize the vertebrae in his neck following a nasty fall at the Hampton Classic Horse Show last week. He is currently out of his neck collar and breathing on his own, which is great news. Kevin is an incredibly generous and kind person, and many have stories of him helping in a variety of ways. His family has set up a GoFundMe to help with the astounding medical costs, already upwards of $300,000. [Kevin Babington Out of Surgery]

Every rider’s nightmare: a SKUNK ATTACK! Sara Bradley lived to tell the tale where not only did a skunk invade her barn and lay waste to everything, but one of her horses stomped it to death in their stall. It was only 6:30 in the morning on a Monday, and her lovely older lesson horse was a murderer, and the barn was stinking to high heaven. Read more to find out about literally the worst Monday in history. [The Skunk Debacle]

Thinking of overseas adventures with your horse? Taylor Harris Insurance Services is there to help! As one of the leading international equine insurance agencies, THIS is uniquely equipped to cover your horse no matter where your travels may take you, even Burghley 2020! [Request a Quote from THIS]

Video: One of the coolest ponies in the game! Meg Pellegrini and Ganymede came east from California to contest the AEC and finished 11th in the Preliminary Junior/Young Rider Championship.

 

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Our eventing world is still feeling rocked by the sudden loss of Ann Haller, who touched so many lives all across the country. Her memorial service will be held tomorrow in Maryland, and in lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please consider a donation to the United States Pony Club Annual Fund, or to the Roger Haller Education Fund in her name.

Shelley Page is putting together a book of messages from friends to present Ann’s family at tomorrow’s service, and we’d love to invite our readers to share. You can email them to [email protected].

National Holiday: National Trail Mix Day

Major Weekend Events:

#AEC2019: WebsiteScheduleRide TimesLive ScoringLive StreamEN’s CoverageUSEA’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

North American Weekend Preview:

Foshay International CCI [Website][Entry Status][Ride Times][Live Scores]

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

Woodland Stallion Station H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Silverwood Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times] [Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

Boyd Martin lived up to our EN predictions by winning the dressage yesterday in the AEC Advanced class. He scored a 25.6 with Long Island T (Ludwig) to sit comfortably ahead of second placed Mara Depuy and Congo Brazzaville on a 29.6. However, it seems like Derek is practicing for Burghley with the cross country course for this class, and today is a new day. [Boyd Leads AEC Advanced After Day 1]

If you’re looking for some warm-up tips for dressage, look no further than current leader at the European Championships, Laura Collett. She scored a 25.5 yesterday with London 52, or Dan as he’s known around the barn. She spoke with Horse & Hound about her warmup strategy with Dan, and how she’s been bringing the exciting young horse along to this level. [Warmup with Laura Collett]

Speaking of picking up tips from experts, how about a Burghley course walk with none other than Mark Todd? He may be retired from Eventing, but he’s still one of the greatest riders out there, and he certainly knows Burghley better than most. This year’s course is nothing to scoff at, as per usual, and we’re lucky to have Mark walk us through some of the more complicated complexes. [Walk Burghley with Mark Todd]

Ready for some insanely beautiful photos of mustangs? Lucky for you, we’ve got photographer Kisa Kavass doing a multi-part photo essay on Horse Nation of the wild mustangs of the Onaqui Mountains in Utah. [Behold Freedom]

Featured video: Bring on the AEC helmet cams! Here’s one from Anna Pierce and River King, who jumped clear with time around the Intermediate cross country course. Have a helmet cam to share? Send it to [email protected]

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Oh, just the President of the USEA Carol Kozlowski wearing a pink tutu at the American Eventing Championship. Photo courtesy of Julie Sebring.

I feel like this is almost heretical to say, but, I’ve never actually been to the AEC. I know, I know, but it just never ended up happening for me for whatever reason. Maybe one day I’ll have a horse that I know will be competitive and not blow a gasket in one of the phases, and then I’ll make the trip. One day, AEC, I’ll see you!

National Holiday: National Toasted Marshmallow Day

Major Weekend Events:

#AEC2019: WebsiteScheduleRide TimesLive ScoringLive StreamEN’s CoverageUSEA’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

Woodland Stallion Station H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Silverwood Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times] [Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

Rain, rain, go away at Foshay International! Be sure to keep an eye on the event’s Facebook page for an updated schedule, which has been adjusted due to the soggy forecast — all dressage has been moved to Friday, while the Saturday and Sundays schedule remains the same. [Foshay International Facebook page]

Does your horse have asymmetry? All horses have a little bit of crookedness somewhere, but a new Danish study suggests that an easy way to help them build muscle on weaker side is to put a single bell boot on that foot. Putting something light on the foot increases the horse’s proprioception, thereby helping them use it a little more. I mean, I’m gonna try it and report back. [Crooked Horse Under Saddle? Try This.]

Jump the cross country course at the European Championships! On your computer anyway. Here we have a jump-by-jump breakdown of all the challenging questions on the European Championship course at Luhmühlen … would you jump around it? [European Champ Cross Country]

We don’t often talk about the good parts of selling horses. Selling a horse, whether it’s what you do often or not at all, can be fraught with complications, disappointments, and frustrations. However, finding the perfect home for a horse and seeing it thrive and be loved it also beautiful and extremely rewarding. [The Beauty Behind Selling A Horse]

Up to 93% of performance horses suffer from gastric ulcers. That’s a huge percentage! If you think your horse is one of them, it’s important to have the right management program not only to treat, but to prevent and protect for the future. Constant forage is the no-brainer here, with optional supplementation of alfalfa to provide calcium and protein to buffer stomach acid. [Tips for Managing Ulcers]

Video: The first AEC helmet cam videos are already rolling in! Elisa Wallace and Munson Slew posted a clear round inside the time and sit 6th heading into today’s Preliminary Horse Championship show jumping finale.

 

 

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Photo by Matt Brown.

Want to be a working student for one of the top riders in the country! Now is your chance to be that girl sweeping hay out of the loft! Matt Brown is looking for an enthusiastic young person to join his team in Pennsylvania, just a few days a week. You can part time it there and learn a ton, while still doing your own thing. Don’t miss this opportunity!

National Holiday: National Sponge Cake Day

Major Weekend Events:

MARS Great Meadow International [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Millstreet International Horse Trials – Ireland [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores] [Event Rider Masters]

Land Rover Blair Castle Horse Trials – Scotland [Website] [Schedule] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Town Hill Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Shepherd Ranch SYVPC H.T. II [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Caber Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

The Event at Archer [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

Sadly due to lack of entries, Five Points Horse Trials has been cancelled. The event announced yesterday that they will still be providing combined tests for all of the levels, and a derby cross event for select levels, as well as their FEH and YEH classes, but no horse trials this year. [Five Points HT Cancelled]

Equestrian pursuits are often labelled as being only for the super rich, but is that really true? A recent study into the socioeconomic status of equestrians across five countries (US, UK, New Zealand, Canada & Australia) found that almost all of the respondents identified as middle class, with only 10% reporting more than $100,000 a year income. Three quarters of respondents said they feel emotionally supported by family and friends, but not financially. [Socioeconomic Status of Equestrians]

Who is *officially* the world’s most handsome horse? I mean obviously I think it’s my horse, but apparently it’s this Friesan stallion Frederik The Great, who resides in Arkansas and competes in dressage. Known as the Real Life Black Beauty, Frederik has insanely long mane that reaches his fetlocks, and has also appeared on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. His earnings from media appearances, social media ads, and photoshoots are about $20,000 a month, which is certainly more than I can say for any of my lazy bum horses. [The Most Handsome Horse in the World]

Best of Blogs: TB Makeover: The Intersection of Courage and Fear

 

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Bit of a size difference here. Photo by Kate Samuels.

Why is it that at the end of August, when it’s supposed to be entering into the delightful fall weather, that I am not experiencing a terrible second summer from hell? I don’t need to be this hot anymore, I feel like I’m too old for it. Can I start a protest against sweating for twelve hours every day? Will anybody join my picket line for that?

National Holiday: National Tooth Fairy Day

Major Weekend Events:

MARS Great Meadow International [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Millstreet International Horse Trials – Ireland [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores] [Event Rider Masters]

Land Rover Blair Castle Horse Trials – Scotland [Website] [Schedule] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Town Hill Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Shepherd Ranch SYVPC H.T. II [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Caber Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

The Event at Archer [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

Two young rising stars were announced yesterday as recipients of Jacqueline B. Mars Travel Grants. Ariel Grald was given the international travel grant with Leamore Master Plan, and the two are using it this weekend to compete at Millstreet. Ellie O’Neal was given the national travel grant, and plans to use it at Fair Hill later this fall for her mare Zeta. [Jacqueline Mars Travel Grant Recipients]

Charlotte DuJardin was eliminated from the European Championships this week. The latest in riders to fall prey to the blood rule, Charlotte’s horse Mount St John Freestyle was found to have blood marks on her side following her test. The test was a personal best, scoring a 81.91% but the stewards found blood and eliminated her thereafter. [Charlotte DuJardin Eliminated from European Championships]

Showing horses can be stressful, even under the best of circumstances. No matter what your discipline or how big/small the show, packing up and preparing feels a lot like a cross-country move. Dealing with showing nerves is one of the biggest goals of any rider, and learning to do so is a life long work in progress. [Getting a Grip: Dealing with Pre-Show Nerves]

Best of Blogs: A Horse and His Therapist

Best of Blogs Part II: An Auction Horse Goes To His First Event

Video: Millstreet International Horse Trials kicks off today in Co. Cork, Ireland, hosting CCI2*-S to CCI4*-L level competition as well as the fifth Event Rider Masters leg. Lots of USA representation! Liz Halliday-Sharp is tackling the ERM with Fernhill By Night; in the CCI4*-L we’ve got Caroline Martin with Islandwood Captain Jack and Will Faudree with Pfun; and in the CCI4*-S Ariel Grald with Leamore Master Plan, plus Liz with Deniro Z, Cooley Quicksilver and Carpe Diem IV.

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Motivation for your weekend.

I like to mix my riding with my other hobbies, one of which is baking. I had three birthdays this week of family and friends, so I’m really on overdrive for baking. If anybody here has heard of Momofuku Milk Bar, I’m embarking on making one of her famous multilayered birthday cakes, and since I ride all day, I have to make several pieces each night and then assemble on the birthday. Yesterday I made two parts, today I’ll make two more, and tomorrow I’ll make the cake and assemble! It’s good to have hobbies.

National Holiday: World Honey Bee Day

Major Weekend Events:

Bromont CCI & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Genesee Valley Riding & Driving Club H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

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

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

Huntington Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

Unfortunately we won’t get to see the great Classic Moet rock around Burghley this fall. Molly picked up a small puncture on her knee during cross country at Gatcombe earlier this summer, and it required surgery to flush the joint to ensure her recovery. She’s doing well and on the mend, but won’t make it to Burghley, which is too bad because it’s a course made for a mare like her! [Classic Moet to Miss Burghley]

Michael Barisone was denied bail in his recent attempted murder court case. The judge ruled that he was a threat to both himself and the community, marking that he was disturbed by Barisone repeating “I’ve had a good life” on the day of his arrest. Lauren Kanareck’s family released a statement yesterday saying that she was in stable but serious condition. [Olympic Rider Remains in Jail]

Boarding your horse is a constant struggle in many areas of the country. Not having your horse at home means you’re trusting other people with the daily care of your beloved friend, and sometimes it’s not quite the right match. Knowing how to determine if the care is good quality is an important skill, and seeing the signs of a bad boarding situation is imperative to your horse’s wellbeing. [8 Warning Signs You’re In A Bad Boarding Barn]

Has your horse used Kinesiology tape yet? Mine has! Kinesiology tape is more than just a way to look like an athlete; it has a number of therapeutic properties. It decreases pain, increases muscle strength, improves blood and lymph circulation and adds stability to joints by increasing proprioception. Unlike conventional athletic tape, which applies pressure and acts like a brace, kinesiology tape stretches along the longitudinal axis of the muscles, which allows it to provide support during exercise without restricting motion. [How to Use Equine Kinesiology Tape]

Video: Kristin Starr sent us this video of her student, 17-year-old Jr. Novice Rider Hannah Boucher, doing the viral “The Git Up Dance” challenge at a cross country derby this past weekend. Git it, girl.

 

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Is there anything better than a baby’s first cross country school? Photo by Kate Samuels.

I took my horse with a student and her new OTTB down the road this week for a little cross country schooling. This OTTB has been in retraining for about two or three weeks, and he’s popped a caveletti in the ring, but he’s pretty unflappable and brave, so I figured why not go cross country and see what he thinks? This little guy blew me away and was so brave about ditches, banks, water, all the different kinds of baby jumps. He walked INTO the ditch a few times happily before we explained that he had to go OVER it. Is there anything better than baby horses?? No.

National Holiday: National Relaxation Day

Major Weekend Events:

Bromont CCI & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Genesee Valley Riding & Driving Club H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

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

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

Huntington Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

Don’t let anybody tell you a one-eyed horse won’t do the upper levels, as we’ve got one heading to the European Championships. Irish eventer Tony Kennedy will make his senior championship squad debut at this month’s Europeans on a one-eyed horse he has produced from a three-year-old. Tony, 25, received the call-up last week with his father Con Kennedy’s Wisteria Lane due to Clare Abbott’s ride Euro Prince sustaining an injury. [One Eyed Horse Competing in European Championships]

The science behind feeding horses has made leaps and bounds over the years, and with more choices than ever, it’s important to learn what is right for your horse and your program. How do you balance fats, proteins, minerals, probiotics and prebiotics, to name a few? We got it all explained here. [The Science Behind Your Horse’s Nutrition]

Scientists are exploring the relationship between horses and their memories relating to sound, specifically particular voices. Researchers showed that horses not only discriminate between individual human voices, but have a recollection of whether their past experiences centered around each voice was positive or negative. In other words, past experiences dictate whether your horse is happy to hear you, and presumably see you, each day. [Happy Horses Need Positive Relationships]

Actually knowing how to ride a horse is literally only half the battle: the other half is mental. Building your confidence is a life-long battle, and knowing the sports psychology behind the work is helpful for your whole career. Horse & Hound compiled eight quick exercises you can use on a daily basis to build your confidence on the horse. [8 Easy Ways to Build Confidence]

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Photo via Lynn Symansky.

USEA Groom of the Year Kendyl Tracy is saying goodbye to the grooms life after six years with Lynn Symansky, and saying hello to starting her own training and sales business. Kendyl has groomed at the top level ever since I’ve known her, and is impeccable in her dedication to the sport, but is also a very talented rider and trainer herself, and I know I’m not alone in wishing her the best with her new ventures!

National Holiday: National Book Lovers Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Feather Creek Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

GMHA Festival of Eventing H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Otter Creek Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Woodside Summer H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

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

WindRidge Summer H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

Applewood Farm FEH/YEH & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times] [Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe: 

The dressage world was rocked yesterday as Olympic veteran Michael Barisone was charged with attempted murder after shooting client Lauren Kanarek twice in the chest at his barn in New Jersey. Newest reports say that Lauren has emerged from emergency surgery but still remains in critical condition. Michael represented the US in the 2008 Olympics and helped coach riders to achieve the bronze medal in 2016 in Rio.  [Michael Barisone Charged with Attempted Murder]

More interesting research emerges on the use of stem cells in healing tendon injuries in horses. Canadian researchers are about to begin clinical trials using allogeneic umbilical cord blood stem cells to treat superficial digital flexor tendonitis or bowed tendons in horses. The goal of the team from the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) is to develop a readily available treatment to prevent the formation of scar tissue and create good quality tendon tissue to replace the damaged tissues, which are less prone to re-injury. [Tendon Injuries and Stem Cell Treatment]

If you’re in Florida this month, go be a volunteer in Ocala!  Volunteers are needed for our Ocala Summer Horse Trials II, August 17-18th. Dressage and Show Jumping will be running Saturday, and Cross Country will run exclusively on Sunday. Signing up is easy with Eventing Volunteers online, just a few easy steps and you’re on your way. [Volunteer for Ocala Horse Trials]

What happens when you cross one Olympic gold medallist with the full sibling of the winningest dressage horse in history? You get U-Genius, the son of Carl Hester’s Olympic mount Uthiopia out of Valegro’s full sister, Weidyfleur II. Is he this best bred horse in the world? Quite possibly. [Dressage Superstar in the Making]

 

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Pony friends! Photo by Balmoral Farm.

It doesn’t matter if you’re an eventer, you should be paying attention to Pony Finals this week in Kentucky. If you don’t, you’re missing out on probably the highest dose of cute you’ll get all year, and that would truly be a crying shame. When I was a kid I fantasized about being small enough to ride ponies forever, and honestly I get that feeling every time Pony Finals come around. WHY are they so darn cute?!

National Holiday: National Frozen Custard Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Feather Creek Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

GMHA Festival of Eventing H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Otter Creek Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Woodside Summer H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

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

WindRidge Summer H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

Applewood Farm FEH/YEH & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times] [Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe: 

After taking team silver in eventing and bronze in dressage, Brazil capped an unforgettable two weeks at the 2019Pan American Games with a gold medal for its jumping squad. Mexico and Canada also clinched Olympic qualification slots, finishing in 2nd and 4th place respectively. The U.S. squad won bronze. [Pan American Games Lima 2019: Brazil punches ticket to Tokyo with team gold]

Tony Kennedy and Westeria Lane have been added to the Irish Eventing squad for the upcoming 2019 European Eventing Championships which take place in Luhmühlen from Aug. 29 to Sept. 1. The news comes after it was confirmed that Clare Abbott will miss the championships after her horse Europrince picked up an injury. The updated squad is Cathal Daniels riding Rioghan Rua, Sarah Ennis riding Woodcourt Garrison, Ciaran Glynn riding November Night, Tony Kennedy riding Westeria Lane and Sam Watson riding Imperial Sky. [Horse Sport Ireland]

Speaking of Pony Finals, one entry this week has a completely different background than most. Brownie Points, ridden by Samantha Hulbert, is a mustang from Bald Mountain, Nevada who was picked out of a field by head trainer Beanie Cone on a whim. Not only that, but 11 months after Duck arrived in the barn, she gave birth to a surprise foal, who they named Duckie! After her unusual beginnings in the hunter ring, Duck and Samantha have qualified for Pony Finals this week, ready to ride with the best of them. [Hulbert & Her Mustang Have A Wild Ride]

Unfortunately, Julia Krajewski and Samourai du Thot are out of contention for the European Championships. The pair was a strong bet for individual medals in the upcoming championships, but Sam was withdrawn from Aachen with a stone bruise a few weeks ago, and hasn’t recovered in time to be prepared. Despite this, Germany has named a squad of 12 that should have anybody quaking in their boots. [Germany Names European Championship Squad]

If you’ve been in the horse world for a while, either you or somebody you know has been affected by kissing spines. A horse with this condition feels consistent, low-grade pain because the spinous processes, or sections of bone attached to the vertebrae, are too close together and impinge on each other. Sometimes this can impede their ability to do certain jobs, and sometimes it’s manageable and these horses go on to compete at the highest levels. Learning more about this condition will definitely help you in the now and maybe in the future. [All You Need to Know about Kissing Spines]

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Jennie Brannigan supporting Thomas the Tank Engine at the Pan Ams. Photo by Jennie.

OK so the eventing portion of the Pan Ams start today and I honestly don’t think I’m the only one who is bummed that there isn’t a live stream, but luckily for you guys, EN has it locked and loaded for the fastest reports we can manage.

National Holiday: National Ice Cream Sandwich Day

Major Weekend Events:

Pan American Games: WebsiteEntriesTechnical ManualDressage Individual Live ScoresDressage Team Live ScoresUltimate GuideEN’s Coverage

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

River Glen Summer H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times] [Scoring]

Catalpa Corner Charity Horse Trial [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Scoring]

Olney Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Scoring]

News from Around the Globe: 

Oh did you want more photos of the jogs at the Pan Ams from yesterday? Ask and ye shall receive, my friend. Keep tuned to the U.S. Eventing site and their social pages for photos and updates throughout the competition, they take pretty good photos I guess. [All Horses Through First Jogs]

We’ve heard of event riders getting weird and becoming FEI level Dressage riders, but have you heard of one going the OTHER way? I’m pretty sure that Lauren Chumley is one-of-a-kind, as a USDF Gold Medal Dressage rider with a business in the dressage world, but also secretly eventing on the side. Lauren just won her first CCI2*-S in fact at the Horse Park of New Jersey, riding Rita Reynolds’ mare Atlanta B. [Lauren Chumley Dances on the Dark Side]

Everybody loves their trainer, but here are some things you need to know that they may not have told you. Number one personal pet peeve: please be on your horse and warmed up at the start of the agreed upon lesson time. Do not still be brushing your horse off! Early is on time. Riding with other people is fine, but be honest about it so you can work on a cohesive training program all together. [8 Things Your Trainer Will Never Tell You]

Best of Blogs: Who You’d Find in the Nine Equine Circles of Hell

Thursday News & Notes from Taylor Harris Insurance Services (THIS)

I got goats. Photo by Kate Samuels.

So, at one point I had only two horses in my barn, and I needed a companion so you could take one horse away to a show and the other one wouldn’t be lonely. So I got a miniature donkey, because he seemed to be the lowest cost companion alternative, and he worked great for a few years. Now, however, I have a group of horses who are NOT nice to the donkey, and the poor donkey has to live alone in a paddock and he is quite sad. Also, side note, this donkey does not like other donkeys, so obviously he has to now have goats for companionship. Hence how I ended up with three goats as companions for my companion animal.

National Holiday: National IPA Day

Major Weekend Events:

Pan American Games: WebsiteEntriesTechnical ManualOrder of Go for First Horse InspectionLive Scores, Ultimate GuideEN’s Coverage

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

River Glen Summer H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times] [Scoring]

Catalpa Corner Charity Horse Trial [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Scoring]

Olney Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Scoring]

News from Around the Globe: 

Heading to New York’s Millbrook Horse Trials? On Thursday evening at around 5 p.m., Emerald Valley Equine Nutrition, a Gold Medal MHT Sponsor, will host a Novice level course walk with 5* rider Ariel Grald. Open to all, and attendees will receive a free goodie bag of fantastic Emerald Valley samples. Walk your course and get advice on how to ride the course from Ariel! [Millbrook Horse Trials]

Oh, Mark Todd. How will we ever pay proper tribute to you? A storied career that spanned six Olympic medals, four World medals, five Burghley wins and four Badminton trophies, what can we really say? Nothing except treasure the times we’ve seen you in action, and maybe look at some really great photos from long ago when eventing was an entirely different sport and you still kicked ass. [Photo Tribute to Mark Todd]

Team USA is putting in good work already at the Pan Ams, with the dressage team landing team silver this week. The U.S. Dressage Team posted strong performances on the final day of team competition at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games, earning team silver with an overall score of 437.791 after two days of intense competition. Canada was presented with the gold medal after finishing on a 440.111, securing a coveted qualification for Tokyo 2020, alongside Brazil, who collected bronze with a score of 408.696. [US Team Garners Silver]

Ahhh … the Pre-Purchase Exam. Has there ever been anything so controversial in the world of horses? Probably not. While getting a PPE is recommended in all cases, the use of context, common sense, and perspective are all active ingredients in getting what you need out of the examination. Don’t go into the experience as a buyer without reading this article. [Putting the Perspective in the PPE]

Featured Video:

Millbrook Horse Trials 2019 from Marion Latta de Vogel on Vimeo.

Friday News & Notes from World Equestrian Brands

Just another wild and crazy OTTB at 6 a.m. coming in from turnout. Photo by Kate Samuels.

National Holiday: National Get Gnarly Day

Major Weekend Events:

The Event at Rebecca Farm CCI, 3DE, & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

Hunt Club Farms H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

News From around the Globe:

A handful of nations are sending riders to the test event in Tokyo next month to scope out the scene for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Dubbed “Ready Steady Tokyo”, the event runs on August 12-14, and participation will allow those countries to enter into their final preparations with more information about the climate, the facility, and other factors. England is sending William Fox-Pitt on Summer at Fernhill as well as Georgie Strang riding Halltown Harley. [British Team Sends 2 Top Riders to Tokyo]

How many horses can say they started eventing in 2018 and by 2019 are set to represent their country internationally? I think probably just one: Starr Witness. The “Ginga Ninja” began her life in the hunter ring, but it wasn’t really to her liking, so she went to Doug Payne last spring to try out eventing, and her career bloomed from there. With 1.20 meter jumper experience under her belt already, she was quick to move up the levels, and now is aimed to go to the Pan American Games in just a few weeks. [Pan Am Profile: Starr Witness]

Hickstead Eventing Challenge first-timers Nicky Hill and Kilrodan Sailorette went out of the box first and set a blistering pace that nobody else could catch. Though she is little, at 15.1 hands tall, the chestnut mare ate up the ground and has a huge jump. Unfortunately for previous winner Paul Tapner, he had to settle for second place as he came in 1.15 seconds behind the girl power pair. [Hickstead Debutante Wins it All]

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Video of the Day: Tis the season to get abscesses!

Thursday News & Notes from Taylor Harris Insurance Services (THIS)

Ready for NAYC! Photo by Earl McFall

If your farrier comes and does all the horses in the barn, and you agree that the new horse doesn’t need to be done for another two weeks, the general rule is that of COURSE the next day you bring the horses in and find that the exact same horse is missing a shoe. So, while I love seeing my farrier twice within twenty four hours, and he definitely doesn’t have better things to do, I find yourself texting him at 6:30 am. Thus, I also find myself going to town to pick up a pizza and a six pack of beer to thank my endlessly patient farrier for coming at the end of his day to tack a shoe on this dumb animal. Pizza and beer really does make the world go ’round.

National Holiday: National Wine and Cheese Day

Major Weekend Events:

The Event at Rebecca Farm CCI, 3DE, & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

Hunt Club Farms H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

News From around the Globe:

The stage of the European Championships has changed quite a bit, with the withdrawal of three big British names. The very promising Little Fire partnered with William Fox-Pitt has been withdrawn due to an unfortunately timed bone bruise, and Harry Meade’s Away Cruising has missed too much fitness to make it to the event as well. Nicola Wilson withdrew her ride Bulana due to her own multiple neck fractures from a fall a few weeks ago on a young horse. [Three Top Riders Withdraw from European Championships]

When you are doing your first Advanced horse trials, your main goal is to jump all the jumps in the right order on cross country. What you would never expect is for your horse to lock on to the wrong fence, and in the process jump a seated photographer. That’s exactly what happened to Madison Penfound riding QEH Ocean Voyage, when the horse leapt into the water a little too enthusiastic and then decided a photographer was a good ground line. This is a photo you don’t want to miss. [When a Photographer Becomes a Jump]

Can Paul Tapner win a record third consecutive Hickstead Eventer’s Challenge today? Paul won the challenging class the past two years with the impressive grey Bonza King of Rouges, and the pair are returning this year for another crack, having practiced hard at home for the weeks leading up. Also entered is Gemma Tattersall and Chico Bella P, who won the Bolesworth Eventing Challenge this spring, and were runner-up last year at Hickstead. [Hickstead Eventer’s Challenge]

Best of Interviews with Pan Am Riders: Free Rein with Tamie Smith