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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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Highest Level Competed Advanced/CIC3*

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Friday News & Notes from World Equestrian Brands

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.

 

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

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]

Friday News & Notes from World Equestrian Brands

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]

 

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

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]

Friday News & Notes from World Equestrian Brands

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]

Best of Blogs: 7 Skills Every Horse Should Have

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

 

Beat the Heat: 8 Life Hacks to Summer Survival

With most of the country facing a dangerous heat wave this weekend, we take a look back at this 2014 list of pro summer survival tips from Kate Samuels. Stay safe this weekend, EN!

A benefit to summer wake up times? Sweet sunrises.

Remember a few short weeks ago when we were all moaning and groaning about the cold, the snow and the unseasonably long winter weather? Well, no worries because Mother Nature knows just how to be hilarious and is officially here with summer. It’s not that I don’t like summer, it’s just that I would prefer to not be coated in sweat for 18 hours of every day, and I feel bad for my horses when they are dive-bombed by vicious green or black flies, and my tan lines are literally the worst thing you’ve ever seen in your life right now.

Summer survival is nothing fancy … when you have a normal life. When you have a horse life, it’s a little more complicated. You have to worry about dehydration, heat stroke (hey-o!), cruelty to animals, cruelty to children, sunburns to end all sunburns and general hatred towards the sun. I think I must genetically be ill adapted toward hot weather, so I’ve come up with a pretty essential list of how to properly survive the hot months when you’re outside all day.

1. Get Up Early: Look, I have narcolepsy and I can manage to drag my butt out of bed a little earlier in the summer months, so there is no reason why you can’t too! In all seriousness, while those first 10 minutes might be the worst 10 minutes of your day, you’ll thank me when you experience one or two hours of relative cool weather. Your horses will be ready to come in from a night’s worth of grazing, and they will also delight in the idea of not sweating ten billion gallons every time you ride them. I ride the horses I love most big competition horses in the morning because they work the hardest. Then, they can nap all day. Bonus: Sunrises are awesome, and you will rule Instagram with them.

Photo courtesy of The Pioneer Woman.

2. Iced Coffee: This is integral to success of step one, getting up early and not hating your life. Who doesn’t love iced coffee? Except it’s totally gross when you get it and it’s just hot coffee that somebody added ice to and now it’s all watery and blegh. So here’s a life-changing strategy: cold brew it overnight! I don’t care that you know the secret to my success — it’s this recipe for cold brew coffee. So easy a monkey could do it, AND it totally decreases the amount of time you spend on your coffee production in the morning AND it’s the most delicious and refreshing thing ever. Get your paws on this recipe here.

3: Hydration — Electrolyte Pills & Horsey Thirst: This one’s kind of a no brainer, but sometimes there just isn’t enough water in the world to keep up with the kind of sweating that is going on. I find that a half and half mix of gatorade and water keeps me feeling good, but sometimes I almost feel like my stomach is bloating from liquid consumption, which is where my electrolyte pills come in handy. I use Hammer Endurolytes, and I take one in the morning to keep me going strong all day. You can get them at athletic shops or online.

While we’re at it, don’t forget to keep your poor ponies hydrated! Make sure that no matter where they are, they  have a fresh and clean supply of water, nothing with dead bugs in it because I hear that makes it taste nasty. Summer months mean electrolytes for the working horses (I like Summer Games from Kentucky Performance Products) and even sometimes for the oldies too.  For those who have trouble with regular drinking at shows or at home, Horse Quencher is a godsend. Get you some.

Go ahead: be jealous of my awesome sun hat.

4. Hats (#Mindyourmelon and Otherwise): I learned from Kim Severson that if you’re going to be spending any time in an arena, in the boiling hot sun, you better get yourself a sweet sunhat. Bonus points if you look stylish as hell in it. Also, don’t be ashamed to go pure nerd and buy an EquiVisor because although you might look dorky, secretly everybody is jealous of your shady face. Let’s be real here, there are already plenty of really leathery, wrinkly old horse people out there. Do yourself a favor and don’t add to that number. Also, you know, it’s pretty bad for you.

Editors note: we tried the EquiVisor for ourselves! Check out our product review here

5. Dunking Your Head In A Bucket of Water: When all else fails, here’s a tried and true (if a bit messy) method for you. When you feel like your head is going to explode and your face is the color of a tomato, this will make you feel like a whole new person. Take your sweaty, gross, sticky head and dunk it in a bucket of cool water. Now, for the next little while, you can have cool water dripping down your back (let’s face it, your shirt was soaking wet anyway) and it’s actually a great way to emergency cool. Almost as good as …

6. Popsicles: Listen, this is real life — if you don’t have popsicles in your freezer right now, I don’t know how to deal with you. I’m not even sure how to explain this obvious answer to the heat, other than it feels like an icy, arctic, delicious party in your mouth and nothing can be better after a day in the hot sun.

Leo says, stay cool in the river if you can!

7: Fly Control: While this might not be directly related to the hot hot heat, it’s certainly amongst the most disgusting side effects of summer months. I swear to god, if another deer fly bites me on the cheek while I’m enjoying a relaxing hack through the woods … There are, sadly, not a lot of ways to deter those buggers when you’re away from home, but keeping your barn in proper fly killing condition is important. Fly Predators, if you have a muck heap near the barn, are totally amazing. They eat flies — what more could you ask for? Also, I have these things that I hang in the aisle called Trap ‘N Toss Fly Traps that hold up to 10,000 flies and suck them into their watery deaths with fly sex pheromones. Take that, nasty barn flies!

8: Don’t Be A Dummy: If you can avoid it, try not to ride at the peak heat times of the day. If you absolutely have to, schedule the horses that can go on a hack, or ride indoors if you’re lucky enough to have that option. I’ve had heat stroke enough times to tell you that it really sucks, and feeling generally concussed for a while just isn’t that cool. Make sure you take enough walk breaks during rides to avoid overheating for both you and the horse. Survive! Don’t be afraid to give the horses a day off if it’s too hot…

Friday News & Notes from World Equestrian Brands

Honestly I still do this. Photo courtesy of Horse Humor FB.

Ok outside workers here is my pro-tip for surviving what is turning out to be the worst season of 2019: electrolyte capsules. You know that feeling when you’ve literally had so much to drink and you still feel dehydrated but also super full and kinda sick from chugging water? Get yourself some electrolyte pills online, and take them when you wake up, in the middle of the day, and even right before bed. This will change your life, I promise. Sincerely, a person who has had heat stroke a few too many times and had to learn the hard way.

National Holiday: National Daiquiri Day

CCIO4*-S Aachen: Website, Ride Times/ResultsEN’s Coverage

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Silverwood Farm Summer H.T. [Website] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

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

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

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Are you a mare person? If you have had the honor of being owned by a mare, you’ll know that it’s not quite like other equine relationships. Mares don’t tolerate ego in the saddle, and they have an innate sense of intuition about who is on their back. There are certainly people who swear off all mares, and personally I think they’re just afraid of a girlfriend holding them accountable for their mistakes, but a good mare is hard to beat. [I Am a Mare Person]

Speaking of heat survival, it’s not just about you! Even if you think you can cut it during the worst temperatures, it’s important to think about your horse’s heat tolerance as well, and provide him with an environment and post-ride rituals to help him feel his best. Even the most enthusiastic horse can feel unwell when it’s terribly hot, and longterm exposure to heat without respite can really sap them of their will to live. [How to Help Your Horse Beat The Heat]

Can my horse read my mind?? Yeah, I’m pretty sure mine can. A rider’s intentions are telegraphed from mind to muscle, even when the rider isn’t consciously aware of it. From the moment the rider’s brain thinks about changing speed or direction, that message is automatically transmitted through the nervous system to the muscles in preparation for action. Small changes in the position and tension of the rider’s muscles anywhere in the body—legs, hands, arms, seat, rhythm, and breathing—can get the horse’s attention and foreshadow a specific action. The more experienced the rider is, the more automatic the unconscious the intention movement will be. [Telepathic Horses]

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Get pumped for Great Meadow!

 

 

Chris Talley and Unmarked Bills: The Fairytale Continues

Chris and Billy out of the Head of the Lake at Kentucky. Photo by Miranda Akins/Photography In Stride.

The story of Chris Talley and Unmarked Bills is a fairytale come true, and we all watched this spring as they tackled their first CCI5* together at Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event, turning in a spectacular clear cross country to capture hearts across the nation. 

For the uninitiated, their partnership is everything we all dream of when we find a plain brown Thoroughbred ready for their next career off the racetrack. Unmarked Bills (Posse x Kellis Ransom) retired as a 6-year-old, having run 24 races all over the U.S. but only winning three times and $64,250. His owner at the time is a family friend of mine, and knew he would make a nice sport horse, so I looked him over and connected him to Chris Talley, as I knew he would make a great partner for the horse. Chris promptly picked him up from the track, and within four months “Billy” had run his first horse trial, at Training level no less. 

They rapidly moved up the ranks, thanks in large to Billy’s innate talent and bravery on cross country, and within two years they moved up to Advanced together, a first for both of them. Two years later they entered and completed their first CCI5* in Kentucky, making us all fangirls along the way. 

Bills on the first day I saw him, fresh off his racing career. Photo by Kate Samuels.

Chris is still a little shocked that it actually happened, a dream come true in the most realistic way possible. “Leading up to Kentucky, I wasn’t sure that I could even do it. Being able to complete the event on him was very reassuring and gave me a lot of personal confidence,” says Chris. “I said all along that I thought he was a five-star horse, but a lot of people didn’t see it. He just stepped up to the plate and tried his heart out for me.”

Chris is quick to thank the incredible dedication of all his supporters and syndicate owners in making Kentucky a reality, but in particular Hannah Salazar and the team at Zaragoza Acres, where Chris is based. Hannah is a dressage rider and works closely with Chris and Billy in the never-ending pursuit of improved flatwork, but also has become an avid eventing enthusiast through her partnership with Chris over the years. 

Billy came away from the biggest competition of his life feeling better than ever, and looking fantastic. He enjoyed five weeks off, turned out as much as possible with his group of gelding friends, who he enjoys bossing around as the king of the field. He’s back in work now, and focusing on the next big goal. 

What’s bigger than Kentucky? What’s the ultimate feather in your hat as a three-day event rider at the top levels? Burghley. Big bad Burghley. This is where Chris and Billy are headed next, with a little help along the way. 

Chris gives Hannah Salazar a hug after their dressage in Kentucky. Photo courtesy of Hannah Salazar.

For a big, grueling cross country course that requires not only talent but incredible heart, what better partner than an OTTB? “A few people who saw him at Kentucky mentioned that they thought Burghley would suit him, and it kinda stuck in my mind. He’s looking fantastic, and we’re working hard on his dressage and show jumping, and I figured while he’s at his peak we might as well give it a shot!” 

“I’ve always been a huge advocate of the OTTB. Ever since I was 15 years old, I’ve brought them along, and I truly believe that they’re the best cross country horses out there. It’s nice to know that three-quarters of the way around a five-star, you still have plenty left in the tank, and at Kentucky Billy still had plenty of gallop left at the end.”

Burghley is a big goal, and Chris is lucky to have a fantastic base of supporters including Billy’s syndicate members and clients who believe in this dream. However, in order to fully fund the travel from Virginia to the UK, Chris is hoping to get some support from Billy’s larger audience and become part of the journey along the way. 

“I set up a GoFundMe to let people know about the #BillsToBurghley movement, and I’ve also set up private Facebook and Instagram pages for anyone who makes a donation,” says Chris. 

Chris and Billy on the catwalk. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

While any donation is helpful, Chris has set up three levels of membership, each with its own unique insight into Billy’s world. The private social media pages will include the helmet cam footage from Kentucky, which has not been released to the general public, as well as photos and videos from daily life as Chris and Billy prepare for the Big Event. 

You can also get autographed photos from Kentucky, Bills to Burghley polo shirts, and an exclusive meet and greet cocktail party at Zaragoza Acres with the whole team prior to them leaving for England. 

“He’s my horse of a lifetime — without him coming into my life, I wouldn’t be where I am today. He’s brought me up the levels and put me on the map giving me exposure and experience,” says Chris. “He’s just such an incredible cross country horse, he’s given me so much confidence. I don’t know if I’ll ever find another horse like him, he has so much heart and so much try.”

“People question why I put so much time into the horse, he’s not that great on the flat or great in the show jumping, but there have also been people who have helped me with those, he’s given me his all, and he’s shown me around the country and hopefully the world.”

To become part of the journey and get Bills to Burghley (Chris needs to book Bills’ flight by August 10), check out Chris’ GoFundMe page here.

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#ride4Ashley

We are deeply saddened to report the loss of a bright young eventer among us. Ashley Stout was a 13-year-old eventer who was getting ready to compete for Area II in the Young Rider Training Three-Day at The Event at Rebecca Farm in just two short weeks, when her horse, Avant Garde, took an unexpected tumble over a fence at home, resulting in a rotational fall that was fatal for both horse and rider. Please hold Ashley and all her family and friends in the light for the coming days. [Area II Young Rider Dies in Riding Accident]

National Holiday: National Pecan Pie Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Coconino Summer II Classic 3DE & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

Champagne Run at the Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

The FEI has released more proposals to rule changes for cross country next year. Included in the proposal includes mandating that certain fences on course have frangible pin devices, changes to the 11-point pin activation rule, and, popularly, revoking the new flag rule. The proposal also includes new penalties for dangerous riding, including 25 penalties or possibly elimination. [New FEI Cross Country Rules]

More and more equestrians are turning to turmeric to supplement their horse’s diets, but what can it do for you? Turmeric has long been used in ancient asian medicine as a powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant, and horse owners find that it is beneficial for joint support, healthy skin, and good digestion in their equine partners. However, some scientific research is still needed to establish the dosage and clinical effects for horses. [What’s The Deal with Turmeric?]

The operators of Del Mar Thoroughbred Club (DMTC), in Southern California, have announced a series of initiatives to enhance safety protocols and procedures as the track prepares to begin its 80th season of racing on July 17. Last year, DMTC was recognized as one of the safest tracks in the US, according to the Jockey Club, and they’re keen to go even further. The new security includes extensive review of each horse before allowing entry to races, restrictions on medications, out-of-competition random drug testing, stable security, increased veterinary supervision during morning workouts, and a ban on the use of crops. [Del Mar Takes Safety Seriously]

If you think your horse is high maintenance, wait until you meet The Gambler. Gambler is an eight-year-old Gypsy Cob, and his mane and tail simply won’t stop growing. Owned by Andy Curtis and Caroline Barrett, Caroline says it can take up to TEN HOURS to properly bathe and braid all of Gambler’s hair. Once she took him for a hack with his locks flowing and he scared the bejesus out of other horses, so now she keeps it braided most of the time. [High Maintenance Hair]

 

 

 

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Photo via Taylor Harris Insurance Services FB.

So, I’m going through a stage with my young horse where his bit for dressage is fine, but it’s not quiiiite as great as it used to be, and I think he would like something a little different and more wiggly to play with. This means I’m going through my fairly massive collection of bits and trying them one at a time to narrow it down, and OF COURSE the bits he likes best aren’t legal, because why should they? They’re all the snaffles that are illegal for silly reasons, so now I’m on a hunt to find the vaguely similar but legal versions. Ugh.

National Holiday: National Mojito Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Coconino Summer II Classic 3DE & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

Champagne Run at the Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

This week we said goodbye to one of the most incredible event horses of our time, Armada. With a whopping 16 CCI5* completions on his record (and six of those top ten), this horse was nothing if not a beast. He was a cross country legend, and I feel honored to have been able to see him in action. Horse & Hound gathered some of their favorite photos of him throughout his 12 year career. [Remembering Armada]

Ready to get some cool stuff and support your fellow equestrians at the European Maccabi Games? In this auction, you can win (amongst other things): 8 tickets to Churchill Downs, an autograph from Laura Graves, a Hylofit, a Cee Coach System, sun shirts from Anique, dressage girths, equestrian jewelry and more! [Maccabi Games Fundraiser Auction]

When your prelim horse goes lame, and you’ve got a Dom Schramm clinic coming up, who do you call? Your friend with the small green Andalusian that’s trotted a few cross rails before, and plop him in a Beginner Novice group. Not only that, but this little horse came from an auction not too long ago, but he’s happy to participate anyway! [Auction Horse Meets Dom Schramm]

Seeking a job in the horse industry that lets you set your own schedule and go to shows? You could be an agent for Taylor Harris Insurance Services! With a time to ride your own horse, you can make your living in the horse industry without mucking stalls. Call them today to find out more about this unique opportunity! [THIS Horse Insurance]

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Doug & Quinn at Pan Am practice sessions. Photo via US Eventing.

Hope your horses and dogs survived July 4th and all the fireworks! I celebrated America the best way I know how, by riding a whole pile of American thoroughbreds!! I did dressage, jumping, hacking, trotting, and splashing in rivers with all the Thoroughbreds, and it was a great holiday.

National Holiday:  National Apple Turnover Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

Coconino Summer I H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

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

Powder Basin H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe: 

Tamie Smith knows a thing or two about the highs and lows of the sport. This year she’s had a horse go magically lame walking to the jogs at Badminton, go sound two days later, re-routed to Burghley, been named to the Pan Am and Nations Cup Teams, withdrawn her Pan Am horse for a minor injury, substituted her previous 2016 Olympic horse after he’s come back from injury two years ago. A whirlwind to say the least. How does she deal with the mental game? [Learning To Let Go Has Changed The Way I Deal with Disappointment]

Paulank Brockagh galloped into our hearts at the 2014 Badminton, where she won in some of the worst conditions in recent memory. Brocks is a war horse of a mare, finishing in the top ten of all of the European five-star events, and she’s not slowing down at the age of 16, adding a 7th place recently at Luhmühlen. Her rider, Sam Griffiths, is keeping his eyes on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as her final goal, and treats her like the queen she is. [Behind the Stall Door: Paulank Brockagh]

Is scraping water off your horse *really* that important to cooling them down? One scientist says no, and you’re not going to make your horse boil by leaving water on them after you wash them off. In fact, he says that continuous application of cold water will do more to cool off a horse than washing and scraping. [Popular Washing Myth Busted]

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Give your geldings a big field, they say. Geldings say they’ll all eat the same plant at once. Photo by Kate Samuels.

Happy Fourth of July! For those of you lucky to have the day off work, I hope you enjoy a cookout, a pool, maybe some waterskiing, and most of all, the company of friends. Horses don’t know it’s a holiday though, so have a beverage in my name as I spend my day sweating and chugging water while covered in dirt.

National Holiday: Independence Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

Coconino Summer I H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

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

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

Powder Basin H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe: 

The Retired Racehorse Makeover Marketplace is open! As a previous competitor of the RRP and real lover of everything they do, I highly suggest you check it out if you’re horse shopping. You will find every size, shape, age, and experience level of thoroughbred on there, located all over the US! [Makeover Marketplace]

With the summer heat in full effect, it’s important to monitor your horse’s electrolyte intake with exercise. Electrolytes are minerals dissolved in the blood and tissues of the body, which carry a positive or negative charge and can bind with another ion to make a ‘salt’. They help to preserve the correct balance of fluids in the body’s cells and are involved in muscle function and the processing of wastes. You can mix electrolytes with your horse’s water, or feed it regularly with concentrated feed, or give tubes during competition. [Why Electrolytes are Important]

How does the best dressage rider in the world school at home? Charlotte DuJardin never schools her tests at home, and barely even schools her extensions except at the competitions. She also doesn’t believe in drilling, unlike many other dressage riders. [Be Like Charlotte]

This week we said goodbye to a 15h Connemara gelding who completed Badminton in 1992. Well Done was competed by Frances Hooper, and the diminutive chocolate dun also completed Blenheim and Bramham during his career, and retired at the age of 17. He passed away this week at the age of 38 after a long and happy retirement. [15 hand Badminton Pony]

Figuring out how to approach equine insurance can be daunting, but not so with THIS! With agents who are also horse people, and international experience across all disciplines, THIS knows how to protect your horse through anything life may bring. In five minutes, you can fill out their online quote request form, and be well on your way to peace of mind. [Request a Quote from THIS]

 

Friday News & Notes from World Equestrian Brands

Troll loves her son, can’t you tell? Photo via Lauren Kieffer Eventing.

Guys, I was just checking out my mid-summer tan lines today, and dang they are rocking so hard. The criss-cross design across the top of my back is so clean and tidy, it’s really a marvel. You can always tell a horse girl by their tan lines, no matter how hard we try to conceal them, we’re just doomed to be multicolored forever.

National Holiday: National Paul Bunyan Day

U.S. Weekend Action:

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

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

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

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

Loudoun Hunt Pony Club Summer H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

Looking for a last minute entry to a horse trials in July? The Genesee Valley Hunt Horse Trials will be accepting post entries after Tuesday, June 25 until Tuesday, July 2, with a $50 late fee.  This event boasts a team challenge with levels from Intro through Modified, as well as a town festival, so get your entries in! [Enter Genesee Valley Hunt H.T.]

Getting an 11.3 in dressage just shouldn’t be allowed. However, one rider in a BE100 class did just that, much to her own astonishment. Laura Fenwick and Rustenberg Diamond finished on a 12.1 at Alnwick Ford HT this week, adding just .8 too-fast time penalties to clear a win in their division. This gives Laura the lowest finishing score in British Eventing since 2017. [Rider Wins on a 12.1]

What’s it like to clinic with Olympian Will Coleman? Will recently travelled to Emerald Isles Eventing Center in Massachusetts to give a two-day clinic. He emphasized how the rideability on the flat for all horses and riders would greatly improve their ability to jump accurately, and gave them all simple exercises to practice at home to keep their horses attuned to their aids. [Teach Them The ABCs With Will Coleman]

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

When it’s not ten thousand degrees, Virginia is really nice in the summer. Photo by Julia Reynolds.

We’ve been really lucky here in Virginia this summer, as it’s been pretty mild so far, but this week came in strong with weather in the nineties all week long with no sign of stopping. It’s the kind of week where you get up extra early and hope to god you get all your riding done before midday because either you or the horse will melt otherwise, and if you have a choice, you choose hacking in the woods over riding in the ring. Welcome to (almost) July!

National Holiday: National Sunglasses Day

U.S. Weekend Action:

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

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

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

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

Loudoun Hunt Pony Club Summer H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

Looking for a last minute entry to a horse trials in July? The Genesee Valley Hunt Horse Trials will be accepting post entries after Tuesday, June 25 until Tuesday, July 2, with a $50 late fee.  This event boasts a team challenge with levels from Intro through Modified, as well as a town festival, so get your entries in! [Enter Genesee Valley Hunt HT]

Britain is leading the way with increasing punishments for animal abusers. In a move I wish the US would copy, a new bill is set to work it’s way through parliament this week which increases the maximum prison sentence for animal abusers from six months to five years. In creating one of the toughest punishments in Europe for animal abuse, they hope to send the message that it will absolutely not be tolerated at all. [Tougher Sentences for Animal Abuse in England]

Concussions: learn all about them, because as equestrians, it’s something you need to know. According to the US National Library of Medicine, “head and brain injuries are responsible for the majority of serious equestrian injuries and deaths, with the rate of concussion estimated to be between 3% and 91%.” Like all athletes who have suffered a concussion or other serious head injury, failure to report the injury for proper concussion treatment, or immediately returning back to play poses a significant health risk. Unfortunately incorrect knowledge regarding concussions is perpetuated in equestrian sports. [Top 9 Concussion Myths Debunked]

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Sorry, have you not seen this ridiculous winning ride from Hickstead yet?

 

 

Friday News & Notes from World Equestrian Brands

Three friends waiting to compete at the Area VII Championships. Photo by Aaron Sonego.

I’ve decided to give my poor baby thoroughbred his nightmare summer: a summer of dressage shows. He doesn’t know it yet, but he’s gonna be pretty bummed when he goes to a show and there isn’t jumping and galloping to follow his dressage test. It’s gonna be followed by more dressage tests! That’s what you get though when you have tantrums in the little white box, sir, sorry not sorry.

National Holiday: National Selfie Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Midsouth Pony Club H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Abbe Ranch H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

Celebrate summer with an exclusive EN contest!! Summer officially starts on Friday, and we are celebrating the change in season by teaming up with EN’s amazing sponsor World Equestrian Brands to give away the new Equilibrium Field Relief Fly Sheet. This fly sheet has a slew of features to help protect your horse from sun, dirt and pesky insects this summer.[Win This FlySheet!!]

Do whorls really have a correlations with temperament? One Japanese scientist went on a mission to find out. He found that the number and positioning of whorls was highly heritable, meaning that genetics played a huge part in whorls on the forehead of the horse. 81% of the horses had only one whorl, 18% had two whorls, .25% of the horses had three whorls, and only one horse out of the 4845 studied had four whorls. They did not find verifiable evidence of consistent temperaments with whorls though. [Whorl Study for Japanese Horses]

The summer heat is here, and it’s time to start being careful about heat stress with your horse. In order to properly protect your horse against medical distress while working out in the summer heat, it’s important to know the signs of heat stress, and be able to respond appropriately. When in doubt, be smart and don’t do extreme exercise during the worst heat of the day! [Know Heat Stress & What To Do]

 

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Photo of my dog looking like a snack.

Today is National Take Your Dog To Work Day, but as horse riders, a lot of us are really lucky in that EVERY day is take your dog to work day. My dog follows me literally everywhere (OK maybe not the grocery store) and is a total fitness buff from going on trot sets and long hacks every day. Also, his favorite place to go off the farm is Dover, because all of the girls that work there get on the floor and squeeze his little face and tell him how handsome he is.

National Holiday: National Take Your Dog to Work Day

Major Events:

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Midsouth Pony Club H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Abbe Ranch H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

The next time somebody tells you that your horse is too small, please refer them to this moment in time when a 14.2 hand pony won the Hickstead Derby. 52 years ago, a pony named Stroller made history by winning the hardest and biggest jumping class in the world, against a ton of bigger and fancier horses. Not only did he win, but he was the only competitor to post a clear round. [Amazing Pony Wins Hickstead Derby]

What do top riders across disciplines say are their best tips for training horses? No, we don’t have caveletti exercises or position tips, but more along the lines of how you control your mindset, be consistent and simple in your training schedule, and gems of wisdom they’ve received from legends in the equestrian world. [Top Tips from Top Riders]

Looking for a steamier life? I have great news for you with the Summer Madness sale from Haygain! Equine respiratory health is a year-round concern for horse owners but the risks can be higher in the summer, due to dust and dry conditions that come with the season. Haygain puts equine respiratory health within reach of more owners this month with the Summer Madness campaign. “Steaming hot” offers include up to $115 in free product and a payment plan enabling installments over six months. [Haygain Summer Madness Sale]

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A friend of mine recently requested my help in sourcing a young horse, and of course she and I have the exact same type to it’s been both easy and very tempting for me. We both like sporty, short coupled geldings that are ridiculously athletic and maybe a little bit spicy, and sending out feelers to my friends in the racing world has been an exercise in restraint, to say the least. I mean, what would happen to me if I had unlimited financial freedom? I would be a 100% hoarder of horses, that’s what would happen.

National Holiday: National Bourbon Day

Major Events:

Luhmühlen: WebsiteEntries & Start TimesLive ScoresLive StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Golden Spike H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

England is catching on to the Eventing Grand Prix bug, with Gemma Tattersall and her quirky mare Santiago Bay winning the class at Bolesworth this week. The funny little mare is not without her peculiarities, but Gemma rates her as a top star because she loves the sport so much. The course was designed by Mark Phillips, who seems to have a dab hand at this new sport, and was challenging for all the competitors. [Gemma Tattersall Wins Eventing Grand Prix]

Jonty and Art: the movie?? A film company has expressed interest in the story we all know and love, that of Jonty Evans and his miraculous recovery and love for his crowd funded Olympic partner, Cooley Rorkes Drift. In true style, the film is now applying for more crowd funding, and we support it 100%! [Jonty & Art: The Movie]

Hot on Horse Nation: 7 Ways Riding Changes from Training to Competition: Expectations vs Reality

When you think of Clydesdales, you probably just think of the Budweiser commercials. However, Jessica Crannell-Menard is hoping to change the perception that the breed can only pull a cart. She does a little bit of everything with the breed that she loves, including dressage and jumping, as well as trail obstacles. “We shouldn’t always confuse brilliance with correctness. Just because he might not have the loftiest trot or an explosive canter, doesn’t mean he isn’t a great riding horse.” [Clydesdales FTW]

 

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

Why are you like this. Photo of Turkey by me.

I can’t be the only one who obsessively refreshes the official photographer page after an event, especially when I know my horse had some quite, uh, interesting jumps a few times on course. Then, once they’re posted, I maybe buy a few for online use, and then I’m busy obsessively refreshing my email waiting for them to arrive. Am I insane? Maybe. Am I obsessed with my horse? Definitely.

National Holiday: National Strawberry Shortcake Day

Major Events:

Luhmühlen: WebsiteEntries & Start TimesLive ScoresLive StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Golden Spike H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

Luhmuhlen kicks off today, and if you wanna watch the live stream, you can watch the whole thing through Horse & Country. Yes, you have to subscribe, but it’s the cost of a fancy coffee, so what are you waiting for? [Watch Luhmuhlen Live]

Do you ever dream of the perfect horse world? A world that is more diverse, a world where trainer certification is standardized, and all horse competition and medical records are recorded and searchable? Well, COTH came up with 15 idealistic proposals for the future of the horse world, and we like them. Which ones can we make come true? [The Perfect Horse World]

Mid Week Self Improvement: 9 Tips To Help You Ride Like Zara Tindall

Blueberry may be retired, but Charlotte DuJardin is still coming for all your gold medals. After a nine-month hiatus from competing, Mount St John Freestyle (weird name tbh) returned under the guidance of Charlotte in a Grand Prix class at Bolesworth International yesterday to score a PB of 80%. The 10-year-old mare is a double bronze medallist from the WEG last year and shows signs of being the next great thing. [Charlotte & Mrs Valegro]

Video of the Day: “Well, it’s better than walking ….”

83yo Joan Sinclair is still in the saddle

Meet Joan Sinclair. She is one of the best horse and cattlewomen in the High Country and at the age of 83, she is still at it. #BackRoads #Victoriaab.co/backroads

Posted by ABC Rural on Sunday, November 26, 2017

Friday News & Notes from World Equestrian Brands

Nothing like some good post dressage pony love. Photo by JJ Sillman

I say this every year, but I’ve still never been to Bromont. Honesty at this point it just sounds like the weather would be a welcome relief from June in Virginia, not to mention the ridiculously pretty views and the apparently awesome cross country courses. I *almost* went one year and was thwarted by an abscess, so I’m waiting for my next big horse to earn the privilege of the long drive. NO PRESSURE, Turkey.

National Holiday: Best Friends Day

Major Events:

#BromontCCI: WebsiteEntriesScheduleDressage Start TimesLive ScoresEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

Balancing riding at the Advanced level with a full time nursing job? No problem for Caitlin Henderson, who is competing in the CCI4*-L this weekend at Bromont with her OTTB Creative Dreamer. Based in Michingan, Caitlin trains with her mother Cathy who runs Henderson Equestrian Services in Pinckney. She credits a lot of her focus on training her horse with her experiences with intercollegiate soccer, and balances her work life efficiently to do the best job she can. [Balancing Nursing with Advanced Eventing]

What to do with the horse you can’t sell: keep it and kick butt! Samantha Erwin met her mare Adora four years ago, and was unsuccessful at selling her due to her penchant for bucking and refusing to jump when clients came to try her. Samantha lives in North Carolina and is a postdoctoral research scholar at North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, where her focus is on antibiotic resistance. She is also now winning at the Preliminary level with the mare that was un-sellable! [Horses Are Always Worth The Effort]

Going to a competition this weekend? Nevermind the actual event, you gotta prepare for Monday too! Yes your horse needs to rest and recuperate, but you do too! Luckily Horse Nation compiled a list of must-do recovery activities to rejuvenate you after a weekend of hard work. [5 Post Horse Show Rituals You Need]

 

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

 

Midweek motivation from Taylor Harris Insurance Services FB page.

Ok quick rant time: when did show jumping warmup in the lower levels become such a maniacal time? I’ve been away from the lower levels for a hot second, and I’m surprised that Training level is a situation where I need to bring 1-2 people with me to the ring in order to have a jump that I can use that isn’t being owned by another rider. I learned my lesson at VHT, and this weekend I’ll be sure to bring a helper, but PSA to everyone out there, please be nice and share your jumps with me even though I don’t have a ground crew following me around!

National Holiday: National Yo Yo Day

Major Events:

#BromontCCI: WebsiteEntriesScheduleDressage Start TimesLive ScoresEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

Hey friends across the pond, are you heading to Bramham this weekend? If you’re not already planning on attending the 2019 Equi-Trek Bramham Three Day Event, clear your schedule because it’s a bucket list item. With both senior and under-25 divisions of the CCI4*-L, the event boasts some of the biggest names in Eventing in the world. [8 Reasons to Go to Bramham]

We love hearing Mark Todd tell us about the happy retirement of his longtime partner, NZB Campino. “Kinky” as he is known around the barn, has stepped away from competition at the age of 17, but remains in Mark’s yard enjoying his retirement by being pampered out of his mind. A quirky boy but highly successful with several FEI wins on his record, Kinky is definitely one for the record books. [Mark Todd Reflects on Olympic Partner]

With no Triple Crown in sight this year, the Belmont Stakes is a wide open field with a big win at stake. Ten top class contenders will duke it out this Saturday, and my pick is Everfast for three reasons. He just had a great Preakness with a second place, he’s got a good inside post position, and also he has a perfect name for racing. [Belmont Stats & Odds]

Best of Blogs: Minding the Rider’s Body & Mind

ALL the jogs from Bromont from The Horse Pesterer!