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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/CCI4*

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U.S. Weekend Preview:

Alhambra Fall Event (Alberta, Canada): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Aspen Farms International H.T. (Yelm, Wa.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Flying Cross Farm H.T. (Lexington, Ky.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

GMHA September H.T. (South Woodstock, Vt.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

MeadowCreek Park H.T. (Kosse, Tx.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Otter Creek Fall H.T. (Wheeler, Wi.): [Website] [Entry Status]

Stone Gate Farm H.T. (Hanoverton, Oh.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Unionville CCI4*-S (Unionville, Pa.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

The Event at Skyline (Mount Pleasant, Ut.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Major International Events:

CHIO Aachen CCIO4*-S (Aachen, Germany): [Website] [Schedule and Scoring] [Entries] [Live Stream] [EN’s Coverage]

Blenheim Palace International CCI4*-L/CCI4*-S (Oxfordshire, UK): [Website] [Entries] [Live Scores] [Live Stream] [EN’s Coverage]

News From Around the Globe:

Tamie Smith hasn’t seen much of her home in California this year. She left in mid-February to campaign a string horses on the East Coast eventing circuit in the run-up to the Tokyo Olympic Games. After a brief trip home, she was selected as a Tokyo alternate for the U.S. Eventing Team with her top horse Mai Baum. That selection sent her back east for a mandatory outing, then on to Aachen, Germany, for training and quarantine before heading to Tokyo as the team’s traveling alternate. Since then, she’s been back and forth to California and Europe with more horses, including Danito and Solaguayre California. Now she’s representing Team USA at Aachen with Mai Baum. [Ringside Chat with Tamie Smith]

Cool job alert! ReedPop is looking for someone to work in their marketing department specifically for Equitana. Equitana USA is the premier North American forum that promotes the exchange of ideas, information, and experiences to enhance the horse and the equine industry; all while providing a high-quality event for those with a passion for horses. The event features education, entertainment, and a trade fair featuring riding equipment and apparel, horse care supplies, gifts, and more products and services. They’re looking for somebody to work directly with the Marketing Director and Event Director to develop and execute the marketing strategy to drive brand awareness and attendee acquisition for Equitana USA. Their ideal candidate is a positive, dynamic, results-driven marketing expert with knowledge/expertise in the equine industry. [Apply Now]

Just 15 Super Satisfying Horse Care Videos

Horses don’t sleep much, but that doesn’t mean they don’t need it. Horses that don’t get enough deep sleep—the kind that requires lying down with the whole body or at least the head against the ground—can collapse from fatigue. Horses spend about six hours sleeping every 24 hours, and most of that sleep happens during the night. All equids have a soft tissue “stay apparatus” that locks their legs so they can sleep standing up, but that only allows a light, slow-wave sleep, Houpt said. Horses also spend about 25% of their sleeping time in rapid eye movement (REM) or dream sleep—around an hour and a half a day in many short bouts, she added. When they enter REM sleep, they need to be lying down, because all their muscles—including the stay apparatus—relax. [What Happens To Sleep Deprived Horses?]

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HORSE FIRST know that finding the right supplement can be difficult. Whether you’re looking for a calmer horse, stronger hooves or supple joints, you’ll be sure to find what you’re looking for within our product range. Horse First uses only the highest quality active ingredients and are renowned for being some of the most tailored and advanced supplements on the market – “Made by horse people for horse people.” [Learn More About Horse First]

Thursday News & Notes Presented by Stable View

Lynn Symansky and the Deer! Photo by Mike McNally.

This week, my horse celebrated his gotcha-day by brewing an abscess, and gimping around rather pathetically. I pulled the shoe and used my PEMF machine as well as liberal amounts of Epsom salts packs, and blew that sucker in 48 hours, and it was deeply satisfying. Except the part where yesterday when poking it, the abscess ejected everywhere, and horse people all around the world will know what a horrible smell it emits. The smell of an abscess is such a distinctive scent, you’d know it immediately. Anyway, highly recommend PEMF if you want to blow that sucker out of the water quickly.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Alhambra Fall Event (Alberta, Canada): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Aspen Farms International H.T. (Yelm, Wa.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Flying Cross Farm H.T. (Lexington, Ky.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

GMHA September H.T. (South Woodstock, Vt.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

MeadowCreek Park H.T. (Kosse, Tx.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Otter Creek Fall H.T. (Wheeler, Wi.): [Website] [Entry Status]

Stone Gate Farm H.T. (Hanoverton, Oh.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Unionville CCI4*-S (Unionville, Pa.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

The Event at Skyline (Mount Pleasant, Ut.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Major International Events:

CHIO Aachen CCIO4*-S (Aachen, Germany): [Website] [Schedule and Scoring] [Entries] [Live Stream] [EN’s Coverage]

Blenheim Palace International CCI4*-L/CCI4*-S (Oxfordshire, UK): [Website] [Entries] [Live Stream] [EN’s Coverage]

News From Around the Globe:

Woods Baughman and C’est La Vie 135 made their names known in 2019 when they won a competitive CCI3*-L at the Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International. Woods, now 25, works as an assistant trainer to Sharon White at her Last Frontier Farm in West Virginia, and also spent 2018 working for Dirk Schrade in Germany, which is where he found Contendro. The pair moved up to advanced in late 2019 and last year finished third at the MARS Equestrian Tryon International CCI4*-L. Most recently, they finished fifth at the Maryland International CCI3*-S. But what is Contendro like at home? A bit of a donkey, turns out! Go behind the stall door to learn more. [Behind The Stall Door with C’est La Vie]

Strides for Equality Equestrians is offering a second round of the Ever So Sweet Scholarship (ESS) this fall, and applications close on October 15 so be sure to get yours in! The purpose of the scholarship is to provide education, experience, and networking opportunities for diverse young people interested in careers in competitive horse sports, particularly in the disciplines of eventing or show jumping. To learn more about ESS, click here.

The USEF Amateur Task Force is requesting your valuable feedback on several USEF Amateur Rule changes under consideration by the USEF Amateur Task Force. This survey addresses the first phase of rule changes developed to address member feedback received by the task force and to achieve the goals of providing more access, flexibility, and opportunity for amateurs and increased participation in the sport. It closes at the end of the day today! [Take The USEA Survey]

It is championship season and Area VI held their annual Area Championships Copper Meadows. Championships classes were offered at the Beginner Novice, Novice, Training, and Preliminary level. All championship divisions competed separate dressage tests from the regular horse trial entries and there were several additional cross-country questions on the championship tracks. Winners received an embroidered cooler from Professionals Choice, a leather halter from Elston Hay and Grain, a Fleeceworks gift certificate, a Ride On Video gift certificate, an Equestrian Habits prize, a free equine massage courtesy of CJ Equine Massage, and a set of Scrubbies from the Scoring Chix. Following the weekend’s battle royale,the USEA caught up with the riders who rose to the top to gather their thoughts! [Rider Reflections on Area VI Championships]

 

Stable View getting ready for Oktoberfest!

Never underestimate the power of trotting jumps with young horses! 

Friday News & Notes Presented by Horse First

Photo via Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials FB.

We are delighted to announce that Burghley 2022 is officially on! Block out your calendar for Thursday September 1st through Sunday September 4th next year, and while you’re at it, enter to win a membership for the 2022 event! Simply by visiting this post on Facebookand tagging a friend, you can be entered in the drawing. Competition ends on the 16th of September, and the winners will be notified.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Tryon Fall H.T. (Tryon, Nc.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Volunteer]

CDCTA Fall H.T.: (Berryville, Va.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer]

Chardon Valley H.T. (Decatur, Mi.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Copper Meadows Fall H.T. (Ramona, Ca.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Flora Lea Fall H.T. (Medford, Nj.): [Website] [Entry Status]

News From Around the Globe:

The USEA Foundation is now accepting applications for the Essex Horse Trials Grant, the Seema Sonnad Junior Rider’s Grant, and the Haller Scholarship for Eventing OfficialsThe Essex Horse Trials Grant is a $10,o00 grant for riders 25-and-under who compete successfully at the CCI3* level or above, and is intended to help young riders transition to senior rider ranks. The Seema Sonnad Junior Rider’s Grant is $5,000 for riders 18 and under competing successfully at the Preliminary and CCI2* level working towards representing their area at the NAYC CCI3* competition. The Haller Scholarship for Eventing officials offers $5,000 of financial assistance to licensed officials who are working towards promotion to the “R”, “S”, or FEI licenses. [Apply for Grants Here]

Are you a perfectionist rider? Do you struggle with your competitive side, and tend to only see the negative parts of each ride, particularly at a show? You’re not alone my friend, and this mental struggle is an ongoing learning process for riders across all sports. A hypercritical mindset is counterproductive to long term success, and learning a positive, growth-oriented way of perceiving your riding is critical to maintaining your sanity and your love of the sport. [Helping the Hypercritical]

Clinic Review: The Magic of Tik Maynard and Andrea Waldo

In an effort to support the owners of equine athletes and other animals visiting Ocala’s new world-class World Equestrian Center, the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine has embarked on a strategic alliance with the center to provide leading-edge patient care in a new 40,000-square-foot hospital facility located on center grounds. The new facility will be known as the UF Veterinary Hospital at WEC. Construction of the hospital is currently underway, with the opening estimated to take place next spring. [New Veterinary Hospital next to WEC]

Jane Dotchin set off on her latest expidition on August 31 from her home in Hexham in Northumberland, with her trusty steed, Diamond and her disabled Jack Russell, Dinky, for company. Carrying everything she needs for her seven week adventure including her tent, food and just a few belongings, she is continuing a series of epic journeys which began in 1972. Almost 50 years ago, Ms Dotchin rode the 300 miles to Somerset to see a friend and has been hooked on the open road ever since, completing a yearly pilgrimage to visit friends near Forth Augustus. At the age of 81, and with only partial sight, Jane shows no signs of slowing down. [81-Year-Old Pensioner Goes on 600 Mile Trek]

HORSE FIRST know that finding the right supplement can be difficult. Whether you’re looking for a calmer horse, stronger hooves or supple joints, you’ll be sure to find what you’re looking for within our product range. Horse First uses only the highest quality active ingredients and are renowned for being some of the most tailored and advanced supplements on the market – “Made by horse people for horse people.” [Learn More About Horse First]

 

Thursday News & Notes Presented by Stable View

Being the king of the castle is exhausting. Photo by Kate Samuels.

My “retired” advanced horse, Nyls, turned 20 this year, and so I figured it was time to pull his hind shoes and officially try to retire him. However, nobody told him that he is retired and old, and he is rejecting this idea. So, after enduring his escaping escapades for a few months where he runs around the property with his tail in the air, I finally put his hind shoes back on and put him back to work. The level of excitement about wearing tack and going to the ring again was so hilarious and heartwarming. So, we return to work!

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Tryon Fall H.T. (Tryon, Nc.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Volunteer]

CDCTA Fall H.T.: (Berryville, Va.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer]

Chardon Valley H.T. (Decatur, Mi.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Copper Meadows Fall H.T. (Ramona, Ca.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Flora Lea Fall H.T. (Medford, Nj.): [Website] [Entry Status]

News From Around the Globe:

Stable View has instituted a new volunteer rewards system, Very Important Volunteers, in which you can earn points whenever you sign up and help out. We love our eventing volunteers! Click here to learn more.

We all want to know more about On Cue, the surprise success story of 2021. After her impressive performance in Kentucky where she was the dark horse entry for Boyd Martin, she once again exceeded expectations at the AEC just last week. In the barn, Cue isn’t a diva, and isn’t a prissy mare. However, she takes great pleasure in evading capture in the field, to the chagrin of her grooms. [Behind the Stall Door: On Cue]

Sallie Johnson and her Irish Sport Horse gelding, Fernhill DiCaprio were named the reserve champion combination in the Preliminary Rider division at the AEC in which the pair managed to come in only 0.3 points behind the winner. But just in March of this year, Johnson was making an impossible decision – whether or not it was in his best interest to put the gelding to sleep. An aggressive bout of acute enteritis, either having presented bacterially or virally, landed the gelding at the University of Georgia equine medical center for an undetermined amount of time as he was placed in what the clinic deemed to be supportive care. His story of recovery is nothing short of miraculous. [A Modern Day Miracle: One Horse’s Rebound from Near-Death to Near-Champion]

We have a not-so-secret shame in the horse world. Filled with celebrities, and longly considered a sport only for the rich, the backbone of our sports isOur industry is built on the labor of an exploited work force, primarily undocumented immigrants from Central and South America. You see them at every barn and horse show, filling water buckets, wrapping legs, lunging horses in the pre-dawn hours or standing quietly with them as they wait for their rider. While some of these workers are well-paid employees, with compensation befitting their skills and experience, the vast majority are poorly paid, housed in shabby barn apartments, and offered no overtime pay, workman’s comp, paid time off, or health insurance. [The Not-So-Secret Shame of the Horse World]

Friday News & Notes Presented by Horse First

The real behind-the-scenes of the AECs. Photo courtesy of Fylicia Barr Eventing.

Inspired by the week of championship riding, I’ve scheduled some lessons for myself over the next few days and I’m honestly so excited. I don’t actually often get to take time out for my own lessons, but recently the weather has changed so I can ride after 11 a.m. without wanting to die, so that’s a huge bonus. Dressage lesson today, jumping lesson this weekend! And maybe some cross country schooling too. Why not do it all, right?

U.S. Weekend Preview:

#AEC2021 (Lexington, Ky.): [Website] [Ride Times/Live Scores] [Live Stream] [Volunteer]

Bucks County Horse Park H.T. (Revere, Pa.): [Website]

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

Equestrians’ Institute H.T. (Cle Elum, Wa.): [Website] [Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Silverwood Farm H.T. (Camp Lake, Wi.): [Website]

Major International Events:

Bicton Arena CCI5*: [Website] [Schedule] [Entries] [Live Stream]

News From Around the Globe:

Derek di Grazia’s challenging cross-country course shuffled the leaderboard in the $60,000 Adequan® USEA Advanced Final, with Fylicia Barr emerging as the new leader Barr, a West Grove, Pa. resident, was one of the quickest rides on a day when no one made the time with her own Galloway Sunrise, a 13-year-old American Warmblood mare, who she bought for $500 off Craigslist. “She was a feral 2-year-old when I got her. Like, wasn’t even halter broke at the time. You know, it’s been a really, really long journey. And obviously, as a kid, my dream was always to go Advanced with her. And now she’s here. And it’s a little bit of that dream come true moment,” Barr said. [Fylicia Barr Leads Advanced Championship]

This is the first year that the U.S. Eventing Association American Eventing Championships have offered a modified division, and 36 competitors took advantage of the new offering. Modified division dressage leaders Julie Wolfert and Namibia added no cross-country penalties to maintain their lead on their dressage score of 25.2. Wolfert’s had the gelding for two years. “I am very fortunate that he’s not one of those Thoroughbreds that gets very anxious. He’s spooky, but he’s not anxious. He’s always very relaxed in the trot—he’s almost a kick ride,” she said. [Kansas Native and an OTTB Lead Modified Division]

If you’re not competing this weekend at the AEC, perhaps you’re just inspired by four days of cross country action. Most cross-country courses these days ask us to take jumps off turns. A typical version of such a question, one you may encounter from Novice level on up, is a drop—where your horse has to jump down from one level to a lower one—followed by a fairly short, bending line to a narrow fence. This means you have only a few seconds after the drop to reestablish your position, focus your horse on where he’s going and make sure he keeps his energy forward through the turn. Let Phillip Dutton walk you through how to ride and train this particular question. [Master The Drop with a Bending Line to a Narrow]

Thinking about reseeding your pastures this fall? Good grass cover in your fields is important to your horse’s health, and can save you a lot of money by providing great nutrition. However, you have to know which seeds to use for cold weather, and which seeds are more suitable for the warm spring weather. [Reseeding Horse Pastures in the Fall]

HORSE FIRST know that finding the right supplement can be difficult. Whether you’re looking for a calmer horse, stronger hooves or supple joints, you’ll be sure to find what you’re looking for within our product range. Horse First uses only the highest quality active ingredients and are renowned for being some of the most tailored and advanced supplements on the market – “Made by horse people for horse people.” [Learn More About Horse First]

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Thursday News & Notes Presented by Stable View

Jon Holling used up one of his nine lives yesterday at the AECs. Photo by JJ Sillman.

I know this seems insane, but in my twenty years of competing in three-day eventing, I’ve never competed or even witnessed the American Eventing Championships. I know so many people who make it the main event of their calendar year, but somehow even when I qualified, I just never went. Now, watching all the action in Kentucky, I’m pretty jealous and maybe I’ll attend somewhere in the next twenty years.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

#AEC2021 (Lexington, Ky.): [Website] [Ride Times/Live Scores] [Live Stream] [Volunteer]

Bucks County Horse Park H.T. (Revere, Pa.): [Website]

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

Equestrians’ Institute H.T. (Cle Elum, Wa.): [Website] [Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Silverwood Farm H.T. (Camp Lake, Wi.): [Website]

Major International Events:

Bicton Arena CCI5*: [Website] [Schedule] [Entries] [Live Stream]

News From Around the Globe:

Stable View has instituted a new volunteer rewards system, Very Important Volunteers, in which you can earn points whenever you sign up and help out. We love our eventing volunteers! Click here to learn more.

Strides for Equality Equestrians (SEE) is proud to partner with the USEA this week for the 2021 American Eventing Championships, presented by Nutrena Feed. Be on the lookout for SEE stickers and this awesome jump adorned with the SEE banner! To learn more about and donate to Strides for Equality Equestrians’ efforts to increase diversity, equity and inclusion in equestrian sports, click here.

We’re celebrating #AEC2021 all week long with a new contest from our friends at Kentucky Performance Products! We thought it appropriate to share our love of the horse and of the sport in the form of a nomination contest — so, we ask you EN, who at AEC has inspired you this year? Nominate them, and you could win too! [Enter to WIN!]

Want to take a look at what the AEC competitors will be tackling on cross country this week?Check out a preview of each level’s track here.

While you’re at it, check out some Fast Facts curated by the USEA for this week’s American Eventing Championships — and there are a lot of them!

Corvett won all of us over at Kentucky this year with his unique jumping style. Originally brought in to Phillip Dutton’s barn as a sales project, “Barry” was just too quirky for most people to ride, so working student Emily Hamel got him for a good price. Emily was able to be flexible enough to accommodate his flamboyant jumping style, and together they reached the 5* level together this spring. [Behind the Stall Door: Corvett]

Rosie Napravnik currently sits in the sixth place position after the dressage and cross-country phases in the Preliminary Rider division at the AEC. The 2021 event is both her and her horse, Sanimo’s, first eventing championship ever. However, she is no stranger to standing in the winner’s circle aboard a Thoroughbred. At only 33 years old, Napravnik is one of the most decorated Thoroughbred horse racing jockeys of her time having achieved the status of highest-ranked woman jockey in North America by 2014 and had lifetime earnings of $71,396,717. [Napravnik Competes at Her First Eventing Championships]

 

Friday News & Notes Presented by Horse First

Winner of the Groom’s Award at Great Meadow, Sydnee Ledyard posing with Emma Ford. Photo courtesy of World Class Grooming.

As we roll in to September, I can honestly say that I’m well and fully ready for fall and quite possibly even winter. Since I don’t go south for the winter, it represents a little lull in my busy schedule, and I definitely won’t miss the Virginia summer weather, I can tell you that much. Basically, I can’t wait to stop complaining about hot weather, so soon I can complain about freezing my butt off. Isn’t that what it really means to be a horse person?

U.S. Weekend Preview

Five Points H.T. (Raeford, Nc.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer]

Seneca Valley Pony Club H.T. (Poolesville, Md.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer]

Shepherd Ranch H.T. (Santa Ynez, Ca.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Town Hill Farm H.T. (Lakeville, Ct.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Major International Events:

Land Rover Blair Castle International H.T. (Atholl, Scotland): [Website] [Schedule] [Entries/Times/Scores] [EN’s Coverage]

Millstreet International H.T. (Millstreet, Ireland) : [Website] [Scores]

Wooroloo Bates Saddles International H.T. (Perth, Australia): [Website]

News From Around the Globe:

USEA is proud to announce the partnership with Strides for Equality Equestrians (SEE) for the 2021 USEA AEC to help promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the sport of eventing. SEE is an allyship program for the eventing and wider equestrian communities and represents a first step towards growing racial and ethnic diversity in our discipline. The goals of SEE align closely to those of the USEA’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee and include promoting a more inclusive culture within the equestrian community that values the participation, voices, and contributions of Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC), while educating others on how to be effective allies. This includes not just riders, but also volunteers, officials, grooms, and everyone who loves horses and horse sports. [USEA AEC Partners with SEE]

Want to have your show jumping round critiqued by a pro? Submit a video for Jumper Nation’s ‘Go Jumping With’ series and you could be featured in a future column! Visit this edition for more info. [Go Jumping With Doug Payne]

Over £1,100 has been raised for eventers Nick Gauntlett and Sophie Hulme after the death of four horses in a lorry crash this week — but Nick said they would like the money to go to charity. Nick’s friend Sarah Ettridge set up a GoFundMe page after the accident on Tuesday in which Nick’s top stallion Party Trick and Sophie’s Charisma TH, Fairytale Cooley and Ice Cool Cooley died. However, after learning of the page, Nick says he would like the money to be split between the British Horse Society’s road safety campaign and British Breeding. [Fundraiser in Honor of Horses]

It’s been a long road to Kentucky for the Retired Racehorse Project (RRP) Mega-Makeover classes of 2020 and 2021, between the event’s postponement in 2020 and the constantly-changing landscape as a result of the global pandemic. Let’s take a closer look at that deep field of registered horses! Folks from the RRP broke down height, sex, year foaled, sired by, dam lines, state where they were foaled, auction histories, and even racing records for the 1,027 horses registered to compete. Incredible statistics and graphs for all you thoroughbred junkies out there! [Horses of the Mega-Makeover]

HORSE FIRST know that finding the right supplement can be difficult. Whether you’re looking for a calmer horse, stronger hooves or supple joints, you’ll be sure to find what you’re looking for within our product range. Horse First uses only the highest quality active ingredients and are renowned for being some of the most tailored and advanced supplements on the market – “Made by horse people for horse people.” [Learn More About Horse First]

Thursday News & Notes Presented by Stable View

Who jumped it best? Photo courtesy of Sh*tEventersUnite

It’s not even September, and yesterday I body clipped my first horse. Granted, he is Irish, and hasn’t gotten the memo about living in Virginia, so his “summer” coat is basically a fall coat anyway, but it was truly gruesome. Clipping when it’s about 100 degrees outside is less than ideal, and all the itchy hair sticks to you like mad. Blegh!

Don’t forget: the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics are happening now! Dressage officially kicked off on Wednesday, Tokyo time, with the First Horse Inspection, and the competition will open today very early, with Grade II riders leading off. Click here to view the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic schedule and results.

Let’s catch up a bit with the U.S. team. Be sure to give them all a follow and support their efforts this week. Good luck to all!

U.S. Weekend Preview

Five Points H.T. (Raeford, Nc.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer]

Seneca Valley Pony Club H.T. (Poolesville, Md.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer]

Shepherd Ranch H.T. (Santa Ynez, Ca.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Town Hill Farm H.T. (Lakeville, Ct.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Major International Events:

Land Rover Blair Castle International H.T. (Atholl, Scotland): [Website] [Schedule] [Entries/Times/Scores]

Millstreet International H.T. (Millstreet, Ireland) : [Website] [Scores]

Wooroloo Bates Saddles International H.T. (Perth, Australia): [Website]

News From Around the Globe:

The USEA introduced the new Modified Trophy, in Remembrance of Ashley Stout. The perpetual trophy will be presented to the Modified Champion at the AEC’s this year, and each year moving forward. Artist Jean Clagett produced a bronze trophy replica of Ashley Stout and her mount Avant Garde that will remain as a perpetual trophy at the USEA headquarters and each year’s AEC Modified Champions will be engraved onto brass plates and mounted on the trophy base. Ashley Stout and her Westphalian gelding Avant Garde both passed away in a tragic cross-country schooling accident in July 2019 when Ashley was just 13 years old. Stout had been a member of the USEA since 2016 and quickly earned success in 2017 when she won the JBN Under 14 division at the AEC, riding her horse at the time Deo Volente, finishing on their dressage score of 19.8. Stout then began riding Avant Garde in the spring of 2018 and the pair had zero cross-country penalties in their 15 USEA starts together. [Ashley Stout Modified Trophy]

Fun jog outfits from Classic Series competitors? Yes please! The classic three-day-event format continues to gain popularity and enthusiasm from riders of all levels, and everyone gets really into their two jog outfits. The USEA picked their favorites from this year already. [Favorite Jog Outfits from Classic Series]

With their newly upgraded safety systems, Stable View is at the top of your list for schooling opportunities. The Boyd Martin ETB Cross Country schooling field and 330 ft. x 230 ft. outdoor arena is open for $100 per horse/day, 7 days a week. There are 30 jumps and 6 fixed assets including a water complex. The obstacles are built by Eric Bull and start at Training level. Rider and Trainers at Training Level and above only.  [Schedule Your Schooling Day]

Martin Fuchs’ Olympic mount Clooney remains in the hospital a week after his pasture accident that ended his sporting career. Fuchs updated everyone on his instagram, saying that Clooney is in a sling due to a fracture of his humorous on his right side, and is getting the best care possible at a hospital in Zurich, with daily visits from both his groom and his owner. We wish you the best on your recovery and retirement, Clooney! [Clooney Recovers in Zurich]

One more week to stock up on your favorite EcoVet fly spray! Take 40% off in their GALLON SALE! Shop now and get stocked up for the rest of the year. Use code ECOGAL40 at checkout and never see a fly again. [EcoVet Sale]

Ian Stark makes his comeback: first FEI trot up in 10 years!

First time in 10 years doing a 3DE trot up!!!! Blair Castle 2021

Posted by Ian Stark on Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Friday News & Notes Presented by Horse First

Who jumped it best….Kevin McNab barefoot, or Kevin McNab on horseback in Tokyo? Hard to tell honestly, we think his form is pretty great on foot, but the benefit of the doubt probably goes to Don Quidam, mostly because he’s a damn handsome horse. Sorry Kevin, we can’t help it if we love your horse slightly more than your barefooted self!

For those of you in Virginia, tickets are still on sale for Great Meadow International to come and spectate — you can purchase yours here. If you’re not local, the live stream of the CCI4*-S and CCI3*-S will be carried on H&C+.

#MARSGMI: [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Live Stream] [Volunteer] [Show Photographer]

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Caber Farm H.T. (Onalaska, Wa.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times] [Volunteer]

The Event at Archer (Cheyenne, Wy.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Full Gallop Farm H.T. (Aiken, Sc.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer]

Genesee Valley Riding & Driving Club H.T. (Geneseo, Ny.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

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

Metamora Hunt II Pony Club H.T. (Metamora, Mi.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Ocala Summer II H.T. (Ocala, Fl.): [Website] [Entry Status]

Major International Events:

Arville International CCIO4*-S: [Website] [Entries] [Schedule] [Cross Country Maps]

News From Around the Globe:

Not finished with Tokyo yet? Enjoy this course walk with silver medallist Shane Rose as we do a video birds-eye view of the Olympic cross country course a few weeks ago in Tokyo. Shane was double clear four seconds under the time with his mount Virgil, so he’s a decent one to listen to do a course walk. [Walk Tokyo with Shane Rose]

Chances are pretty high that you’ve experienced show-jitters before. Maybe it was before an important competition, a clinic with an unknown clinician, your first group lesson, or riding in front of a friend or family member for the first time. Regardless of the situation, you’ll probably agree that performance anxiety is one thing you’d rather avoid. The problem with show-jitters is that it creates pressure: pressure to avoid messing up or letting people down, or the pressure to look good or risk having others think you’re bad. Check out Daniel Stewart’s blog this month on how to handle the jitters. [Pressure Proof with Daniel Stewart]

In the summer of 2019, Mellisa Warden was balancing her career as a USEA technical delegate and “R” judge with a job working for a local FEI veterinarian. She was also preparing to move up to the Intermediate level of eventing with her Thoroughbred gelding, Deadpool, and running marathons in her free time when she and her daughter flew from their home in Aiken, S.C. to Germany to visit Warden’s husband, who was stationed there while serving in the military. On a Sunday morning in Berlin, the sun peeking through the clouds, Warden and her family were bicycling through the city when Warden hit a set of tram tracks in the center of a street, flying off her bike. “I thought, okay, my ankle’s sprained. I’ll tape it up, it’ll be fine,” Warden said. “People were running up to pull me out of the road. They got me up, and when I put my foot down so I could balance a little bit, my ankle detached from my leg.” [Mellisa Warden’s Decision After A Traumatic Injury Led To A New Beginning]

HORSE FIRST know that finding the right supplement can be difficult. Whether you’re looking for a calmer horse, stronger hooves or supple joints, you’ll be sure to find what you’re looking for within our product range. Horse First uses only the highest quality active ingredients and are renowned for being some of the most tailored and advanced supplements on the market – “Made by horse people for horse people.” [Learn More About Horse First]

Thursday News & Notes Presented by Stable View

Multiple talents: goat wrangling Jennie Brannigan. Photo courtesy of Jennie.

Last week, everything in my part of Virginia was brown and crispy and I wondered if I would ever see green stuff ever again. Then, the holiest of rainstorms blew through, and it’s rained a little bit every day, and even though it’s revoltingly humid and sweaty outside, I’ve never been more thankful. The grass is green again, and nobody feels the same kind of joy about green grass as horse people after a draught, let me tell you.

Don’t forget, tickets are still on sale for Great Meadow International to come and spectate — you can purchase yours here. If you’re not local, the live stream of the CCI4*-S and CCI3*-S will be carried on H&C+.

#MARSGMI: [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Live Stream] [Volunteer] [Show Photographer]

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Caber Farm H.T. (Onalaska, Wa.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times] [Volunteer]

The Event at Archer (Cheyenne, Wy.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Full Gallop Farm H.T. (Aiken, Sc.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer]

Genesee Valley Riding & Driving Club H.T. (Geneseo, Ny.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

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

Metamora Hunt II Pony Club H.T. (Metamora, Mi.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Ocala Summer II H.T. (Ocala, Fl.): [Website] [Entry Status]

Major International Events:

Arville International CCIO4*-S: [Website] [Entries] [Schedule] [Cross Country Maps]

News From Around the Globe:

The USEA ICP Committee announced the return of the USEA ICP Symposium, which will be held on February 8 – 9, 2022 at Barnstaple South in Ocala, Florida. This year’s clinicians will include ICP Faculty members: Mary D’Arcy, Phyllis Dawson, Jim Graham, Eric Horgan, Dayna Lynd-Pugh, David and Karen O’Connor, Mark Phillips, Jerry Schurink, and Robin Walker. Additional speakers/presenters will be announced in the future. The 2022 Symposium will follow the traditional symposium format of instruction of dressage, show jumping, and cross-country, at all levels. New this year will be the introduction of the nationwide standards for each competition level, basics of sports psychology, teaching to all learning modalities, and essential coaching knowledge. [ICP Symposium Returns for 2022]

Hot Off The Presses: Great Meadow International Fast Facts

The illustrious dressage stallion Sandro Hit has died aged 28, after suffering from an infection. Sandro Hit died at the Schockemöhle stallion station in Germany, where he has been based throughout his life. Sandro Hit’s influence on dressage breeding cannot be underestimated – he can be credited as being behind a whole dynasty of modern dressage horses. He has more than 200 licensed sons, and was himself world champion and bundeschampion as a six-year-old under Ulf Möller. His bloodlines even entered the eventing world, and our equestrian world will be a little dimmer without him.  [RIP Sandro Hit]

Best of Blogs: Things I Saw In Tokyo That Will Inspire Me Forever

Professional grooms definitely have the craziest inside stories of the equestrian world. However, some stories from top grooms are more ridiculous than others. Most of these stories are concerned with traveling to very important events and having absurd travel complications with big time horses, and a few remembrances of long format insanity running from steeplechase to the ten-minute box. [It Shouldn’t Have Happened But…]

Video: Safety devices were devised in the 1930s. What took us so long to bring them to this time?

Friday News & Notes Presented by Horse First

Sharks in the water? Photo by Ashley Claus.

After weeks of terrible draught here in Virginia, I spent several days watching thunderstorms literally pass within a mile of my farm while all my grass fried in the fields. Then yesterday, it finally dumped rain for an hour, and honestly I’ve never been more excited for anything in my life. I got to drag my arena without dying of dust inhalation, I got to do more than walk on hacks because the ground was no longer concrete, and my life is complete. Rain is life!

U.S. Weekend Preview:

The Woodside Summer Event (Woodside, Ca.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Volunteer]

GMHA Festival of Eventing H.T. (South Woodstock, Vt.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Otter Creek Summer H.T. (Wheeler, Wi.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer]

Waredaca H.T. (Laytonsville, Md.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer]

Windridge Farm Summer H.T. (Mooresboro, Nc.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Major International Events:

NAF Five Star Hartpury International H.T. (Glocestershire, United Kingdom): [Website] [Start Times and Scores]

FEI European Championships for Ponies (Strzegom, Poland): [Website] [Entries]

Bromont Horse Trials (Montreal, Quebec): [Website]

Le Grand Complet FEI Nations Cup – Haras Du Pin (Le Pin-au-Haras, France): [Website] [Scoring and Timing] [Live Stream]

News From Around the Globe:

The world modern pentathlon governing body is to conduct a “full review” of the riding element of the women’s competition in Tokyo after “distressing” scenes at the Games. The sport, in which competitors have to take on a showjumping course of up to 1.20m on borrowed horses, as well as fencing, swimming, running and shooting, has sparked debate over the standard of riding at every recent Olympics. The sport had already agreed on a new format for the 2024 Games; it will run as a single 90-minute event with equestrian first, and an elimination system that might encourage better horsemanship. [Modern Pentathlon Facing Review]

Striking the right tone in the warm-up is key to producing the ride you’ll have in the arena, whether you’re schooling upper level work at home or about to go into the show ring. Heels Down Mag selected five different warm-up routines from professionals on how to get the most out of the beginning of your ride, and how to instill confidence, forwardness, and relaxation in the horse. [Relaxing Warmup Techniques]

Young, promising event horses are beginning to gear up for the 2021 Future Event Horse Program Championships, which will take place in the next two months. The 2021 USEA FEH East Coast Championships will be held September 25-26 at Loch Moy Farm, the FEH Central Championships will take place at Haras Hacienda on October 9-10, and the FEH West Coast Championships will be held at Twin Rivers Ranch from October 29-30. Let’s check in on the previous winners of FEH championships! [Where Are They Now?]

History, Heroics, and Horsemanship. Looking back at the Tokyo Games, nope, we aren’t over it yet. [Top Ten Tokyo Moments]

Best of Blogs: Road to the AEC: Leaving The Startbox with Faith, Not Fear

A new concept to top-up eventing prize money from live-streaming sales will make its debut at the Chedington Bicton Park CCI5* Horse Trials. The five-star fixture organized to replace the cancelled 2021 Burghley Horse Trials, will be live-streamed by Elite Eventing TV. The Event Rider Master series team is behind the new Elite Eventing TV channel, which will be broadcast via Horse & Country TV’s streaming service. Access to watch the Bicton live-stream will cost £25, or £20 for Horse & Country members, and content will also be available on-demand for 90 days after the event. [Bicton 5* Live Stream Plans]

HORSE FIRST knows that finding the right supplement can be difficult. Whether you’re looking for a calmer horse, stronger hooves or supple joints, you’ll be sure to find what you’re looking for within our product range. Horse First uses only the highest quality active ingredients and are renowned for being some of the most tailored and advanced supplements on the market – “Made by horse people for horse people.” [Learn More About Horse First]

Thursday News & Notes Presented by Stable View

Eventing royalty with Nicola Wilson. Photo by 1st Class Images.

Honestly, I love almost nothing more than a young horse with royal Eventing bloodlines, and as we so rarely have super successful 5* stallions, it’s not a common sighting! Some of you may remember Nicola Wilson’s lovely Beltane Queen, who won the British Open as well as finishing in the top 20 at Badminton in 2015, and very few of you will forget Chillie Morning, who won Badminton that same year. Above is their royal progeny, Beltane Chillie Prince (an apt name), a four-year-old of striking appearance and obvious talent!

U.S. Weekend Preview:

The Woodside Summer Event (Woodside, Ca.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Volunteer]

GMHA Festival of Eventing H.T. (South Woodstock, Vt.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Otter Creek Summer H.T. (Wheeler, Wi.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer]

Waredaca H.T. (Laytonsville, Md.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer]

Windridge Farm Summer H.T. (Mooresboro, Nc.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Major International Events:

NAF Five Star Hartpury International H.T. (Glocestershire, United Kingdom): [Website] [Start Times and Scores]

FEI European Championships for Ponies (Strzegom, Poland): [Website] [Entries]

Bromont Horse Trials (Montreal, Quebec): [Website]

Le Grand Complet FEI Nations Cup – Haras Du Pin (Le Pin-au-Haras, France): [Website] [Scoring and Timing] [Live Stream]

News From Around the Globe:

Ingrid Klimke is back in the saddle after her fall this spring, which resulted in serious injuries that put her out of commission for a while. She broke her collarbone, and it pressed back into her body cavity onto vital organs, and she could barely breathe, talk, or swallow for weeks. After surgery and 8 weeks recovery, she’s slowly getting back to it. With lots of physiotherapy, she’s able to ride two or three horses a day now, and is dipping her toes back into jumping and other activities with trusted horses like Bobby. [Ingrid Klimke On the Road to Recovery]

Tamie Smith and Mai Baum hardly need any introduction, but did you know that Lexus is also a graduate of the 2011 class of USEA Young Event Horses? Currently, Tamie has a string of upper-level event horses, most of which have graduated from the YEH program, including Mai Baum, Fleeceworks Royal, Ruth Bley’s Hanoverian gelding Danito (Dancier x Wie Musik), Linda Paine’s Thoroughbred gelding, Cheers (Blauer Vogel x Qtrapastree), and Valerie Ferraro’s Thoroughbred gelding, No App for That (Chelokee x No Approval). In this article, she provides helpful tips on preparing young event horses for the future. [YEH Training Tips with Tamie Smith]

We love this Equestrians of Color photography project. This week we meet Jovān Daniel, an ambitious and competitive young lady who competes in Hunter Jumpers with her mare, and also enjoys some very rad fashion. She speaks candidly about racism in the equestrian world, how she embraces her black culture while inhabiting a largely white world, and talks passionately about what she loves about horses. [Jovān Daniel: Equestrians of Color]

Full disclosure, I own the most prissy princess horse of all time. And he always protests loudly and thoroughly when anything isn’t to his liking, especially tack. That’s why I was so delighted (and honestly surprised) when he loved this VIP Saddle Pad that I got for a product review. If you have a prissy princess, or just fancy some seriously scientific impact protection for your horse’s back, you gotta check it out. [VIP Saddle Pad Satisfies My Picky Horse]

Novice winner at Millbrook!

Product Review: The VIP Equestrian Pad Made My Picky Horse Happy

Photo by Kate Samuels.

Every once in a while, you get really lucky in the vast world of equestrian products and find something new that you really, really love. I feel passionately that saddle fit and equine back health are two of the most important factors that riders can be diligent about, and I also happen to possess a horse that is literally the princess and the pea about all of his tack. These two factors combined make me an extremely discerning reviewer for this VIP Saddle Pad.

When I was approached about testing out the VIP Saddle Pad, my first question was about the science behind the development, because I adore quantifiable results from proper experiments. After all, if you’re going to make claims about your product being the best, I want to see the proof.

Luckily for all of us, VIP Equestrian really delivered on this front, so you don’t have to just take my review into consideration. Every assertion made by this company has been backed up by laboratory experiments, as well as field testing by top riders around the world.

However, let’s just start at the beginning with initial impressions.

Photo by Kate Samuels.

At first, this pad seems like a lot of other gel pads, but a main advantage is that there is no filling along the spine. This means that when you put the pad under your saddle, it doesn’t interfere with wither clearance or air flow along the gullet of the saddle. Studies have repeatedly shown that dispersing heat from the horse’s back along the spine is integral to lessening muscular back soreness, so this is an important feature of the pad.

However, it’s important to point out here that it isn’t just another gel pad. The blue gel bubbles you see are actually something called VEteq, a proprietary polymer that has been used for over 50 years to prevent and treat pressure sores and ulcers in humans. This polymer is used in other applications, including the military, in gun recoil pads, in spaceship harnesses, by stunt actors, in football helmets, motorcycle seats, and several other sporting uses.

Photo by Kate Samuels.

Needless to say, VEteq is above average when it comes to providing better cushioning to the horse’s back, and is known as the universal gold standard for impact protection. This polymer does not leak, flow or bottom out under pressure. The material behaves just like fat and skin, so when using the VIP, you’re effectively adding a thin layer of fat to your horse’s back to offer better cushioning.

Most half pads are made from foam, memory foam, wool, gel, or sheepskin, all of which carry their own problems. Most of these can deform over time due to the rider’s weight and the horse’s back shape. Sheepskin is thick and bulky, and almost impossible to keep clean. When foam is compressed, it takes a long time to bounce back, and never does under the weight of the rider. Most gel pads simply move away from pressure, and don’t disperse it evenly along the horse’s back.

Another factor that was very important to me was that using the VIP Saddle Pad does not effectively change the fit of your saddle. Why would I spend all the money on a custom saddle that fits my horse perfectly just to throw a half pad on there and make the fit too narrow? I can assure you that my horse would instantly inform me of the ignorance of such a decision, and not politely.

Photo by Kate Samuels.

I’m delighted to report that the VIP Saddle Pad passed my horse’s rigorous princess test, and at only 8mm thick, it doesn’t affect his saddle fit. I tried the saddle pad on multiple other various horses with custom saddles, and they all seemed to enjoy it, and a few went remarkably better with the pad than without.

One horse in particular enjoyed the VIP Saddle Pad so much, that my student who owns him immediately bought her own, as she was able to feel how much softer he was over his topline when we rode him in the pad. He is a nine-year-old thoroughbred who doesn’t naturally tend towards supple flatwork, so this was a remarkable difference.

The final factor of the VIP Saddle Pad that I really appreciate is that it is hypoallergenic, dead easy to clean, and does not support bacterial growth. In the humid summer of Virginia, and using the pad on multiple horses every day, you can simply wipe it down with a wet cloth and hang to dry, and it’s as good as new. Without a staff of grooms, ease of daily cleaning and durability rank high on my list of important factors.

I’m happy to say that the VIP Saddle Pad is one of my new favorite barn accoutrements, and based on the results I felt from many horses, I would easily recommend it. For horses that are sensitive, prone to back soreness, or riders simply looking to add some protective cushioning to their ride, the VIP Saddle Pad is definitely worth your time.

Friday News & Notes Presented By Horse First

Photo courtesy of Jackie Potts.

While at the Olympic Games, five of the Best Groom Award winners gathered together and had a little photo shoot at the five rings with the FEI President Ingmar De Vos. Pictured above is Madeleine Broek (NED) who won in 2019, Lee McKeever (USA) who won in 2018, Alan Davies (GBR) who won in 2017, FEI President Ingmar De Vos, Jackie Potts (GBR) who won in 2014, and Jose Eduardo Garcia Luna (USA) who won in 2015. What a power group! Recognition of grooms at the Olympic Games is a big step in the right direction of showing just how important that role is to the success of equestrians worldwide.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

Dr. Steve Berkowitz, DVM, has lived with his wife Sue Berkowitz and a couple of dogs in Pennsylvania, in the midst of Amish country, for the past 20 years. He has worked with Unionville Equine Associates since 1985, when the practice was just him and two other veterinarians. As the horse industry has grown, so has the practice, which is now up to about 10 veterinarians. Steve, 65, plans to retire after this year. Something of a Renaissance man, he’s known locally for his baking and photography skills, both of which grew out of being the vet at area horse shows. [A Day In The Life: Steve Berkowitz]

Flashback Friday: Michael Page Reports on the 1964 Tokyo Olympics Three Day Eventing

Most horses are considered beloved partners by their owners. So, why do so many scientific studies point to a high prevalence of welfare problems? They set out in their paper to disentangle the possible factors explaining such a paradox, exploring the impact of anthropomorphic and cultural biases and popular beliefs. As horses are non-verbal, current management practices rely upon what people think is good for them. This opens the way to subjective interpretations and projections, based perhaps on experience but probably more on cultural/social norms and influences, traditions and beliefs. “There are many reasons why people may not actively promote their own horse’s welfare through appropriate management: They may not perceive that there is a problem; they may misinterpret signals; they may follow erroneous advice; and/or they may be influenced by culture, social networks and media.” [Horse Welfare Paradox]

Best of Blogs: Did A Safety Pin Determine The Outcome of Olympic Eventing?

 HORSE FIRST know that finding the right supplement can be difficult. Whether you’re looking for a calmer horse, stronger hooves or supple joints, you’ll be sure to find what you’re looking for within our product range. Horse
First uses only the highest quality active ingredients and are renowned for being some of the most tailored and advanced supplements on the market – “Made by horse people for horse people.” [Learn More About Horse First]

Millbrook Horse Trials is back!

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

Thursday News & Notes Presented by Stable View

Grazing in Tokyo? Sorted. Photo courtesy of Lourie Bonnard.

Big tip of the hat to Stable View, who took a real initiative recently in improving the safety of their cross country schooling facility, following the tragic loss of Annie Goodwin. Not only have they upgraded their security cameras to show people riding on cross country, but they installed a blue light in the parking area that connects directly to 911, and trained all their staff in CPR and AED. This is definitely a step in the right direction, and more major cross country schooling locations should take note.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

Hoosier Horse Trials: [Website]

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

Cobblestone Farms H.T. II: [Website]

River Glen Summer H.T.: [Website]

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

World Equestrian Center announced yesterday that it has acquired the iconic Ocala Jockey Club. The nearly 1000-acre facility has a rich history in hosting top equestrian events and in hospitality with an event space that offers unparalleled views of the rolling hills and incomparable Ocala sunsets. Moving forward, the facility will be known as The World Equestrian Jockey Club. The Ocala Jockey Club has been host to a favorite stop on the United States’ eventing calendar with the annual international Ocala Jockey Club CCI4*L 3-Day Event. Plans are underway now to continue this tradition of top sport by transitioning the facility to the future site of World Equestrian Center eventing cross-country competition. [WEC Acquired Ocala Jockey Club Facility]

Martin Fuch’s sensational 15-year-old gelding is unquestionably one of show jumping’s very, vest best. But even on the world’s biggest stage—the day of the individual jumping final at the Tokyo Olympic Games—Clooney was allowed to be a horse. Please enjoy photos of just another grey horse, living his life and scrounging in the mud and water on the Tokyo schooling cross country course. [Even Olympians Roll In The Mud]

In the 18th century, the French riding master François Robichon de La Guérinière was looking for an exercise that created more shoulder freedom in the horse, enabling him to move laterally in an easier and more beautiful way. As a result, he invented the shoulder-in, which has become one of the most fundamental exercises in the training of a dressage horse. The rider who is able to ride his horse in a correct and controlled shoulder-in will later find all other lateral movements easy. [How To Ride & Utilize Shoulder In]

Steffen Peters is officially on TikTok. Not just for the young’uns anymore, TikTok now features the 56-year-0ld dressage rider and his beloved Mopsie, dancing to “What Is Love” and other jams. We shouldn’t be surprised, as it turns out Steffen used to moonlight as a DJ at parties. Of course, he was inspired to make some clips after watching the viral video of Snoop Dogg and Kevin Hart reacting to Isabell Werth’s freestyle. [Steffen on TikTok]

 

 

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Friday News & Notes Presented by Horse First

No reason for this except it’s stinkin’ cute. Photo by Erin Ford.

I’m trying to write this News & Notes while simultaneously watching the first session of Olympic dressage for our Eventing competitors, so heads up please excuse any random spelling mistakes or weird links. So far, I’m very impressed with the quality of the dressage this year, and this test is so fast and furious it’s quite demanding! To score well, you have to really be able to pull out all the stops right and instantly, with no room for a spook or an error. Also, don’t forget to check out our full Form Guide for all the facts about all the competitors!!

Tokyo 2020 Olympics: WebsiteLatest NewsEN Olympic Digest Newsletter SignupEN’s InstagramEN’s Twitter, EN’s Coverage
Want to stay in the know with all things Olympic eventing? We’re sending out daily Olympic Digest updates, and you can sign up for free right here.

Yesterday in Tokyo:

U.S. Weekend Preview

Coconino Summer H.T.: [Website] [Live Scores and Times]

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

Catalpa Corner Charity H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Olney Farm H.T: [Website] [Entry Status/Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

Here’s a question: how is it possible that a woman has never won individual gold in show jumping or eventing? We dominate in dressage, but since 1964 when women were officially allowed to compete in eventing, we’ve had 14 consecutive male individual gold medal winners. The current world champions in all three disciplines are women, so why not the Olympics? My feminism is riled up. [Why No Female Gold Medal Winners?]

WHO will win individual gold? The question on all our minds, to be honest. We all have our personal picks, and of course we have our score predictor extraordinaire Maggie Deatrick sharing her numerical predictions, but the FEI has it broken down in a unique way. Who do you think will win? [Who Wins Gold??]

Germany’s Isabell Werth revealed after winning the Olympic individual silver medal that her “dream horse” Bella Rose 2 will now retire from competition, aged 17. The Westphalian Belissimo M x Cacir II mare, who is the reigning world and European champion having won double gold in 2018 and 2019, will not be seen at future competitions, but may now be used for breeding. At just 10, she and Isabell competed at the 2014 WEG, where they posted 81.53% in the grand prix to finish second to Valegro in Normandy. But then, disaster struck, and the mare was withdrawn from the rest of the Games due to laminitis, not to return to the sport for four years. [Bella Rose 2 Retires]

One can never have too many grids in your back pocket, right? I’m always looking for inspiration in my ring, since designing a whole new course can sometimes be daunting without help. This little beauty of a grid is useful for all types of horses, all levels, and all riders. Which is my favorite kind! [A Grid For All Reasons]

You can hardly think of the Olympics without thinking of Abdullah. I grew up with a poster of him in my tack room, because he was simply so impressive that I didn’t care he was from a different sport. He was one of the most successful horses showjumping has ever seen, with amazing performances at the 1984 Olympics as well as the 1986 WEG. Fun fact: he did event in his early career, but excelled in show jumping. [Hall of Fame: Abdullah The Great]

 HORSE FIRST know that finding the right supplement can be difficult. Whether you’re looking for a calmer horse, stronger hooves or supple joints, you’ll be sure to find what you’re looking for within our product range. Horse
First uses only the highest quality active ingredients and are renowned for being some of the most tailored and advanced supplements on the market – “Made by horse people for horse people.” [Learn More About Horse First]

 

Thursday News & Notes Presented by Stable View

It’s the first day of Olympic dressage for the Eventing crowd! Don’t forget to check out our Ultimate Form Guide for the schedule, order of go, information on the new Olympic format, and much much more. Also, with the time differences, and the competition running at weird hours due to the heat in Tokyo, it’s important that you check out our handy-dandy guide to times so you can be near a TV (or at least try to). I’m not sure I have it in me to wake up at 4am to watch dressage…but we shall see. Also, in case you are curious, here is the order of jogs for bright and early this morning.

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

Want to stay in the know with all things Olympic eventing? We’re sending out daily Olympic Digest updates, and you can sign up for free right here.

Yesterday at Tokyo: 

U.S. Weekend Preview

Coconino Summer H.T.: [Website] [Live Scores and Times]

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

Catalpa Corner Charity H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Olney Farm H.T: [Website] [Entry Status/Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

Fouaad Mirza is the third-ever Indian rider, and first to qualify in 21 years, and he’s competing in Eventing this week. Partnered with his double Asian Games silver medallist Seigneur Medicott (Micky), Fouaad is confident that he can do well for his country due to Micky’s technical precision over the jumps as well as his previous experience with hot weather. [Two Hearts & One Soul]

Oh, did you want full replays of all the action you missed this week? Never fear, EN is here with your links to everything you wanted and more. Catch up on the dressage action, and save this link for when you don’t wake up at 4am to watch Eventing dressage. [Equestrian Olympics Full Replays]

Fancy a chat with McLain Ward prior to the Olympics? Listen to this podcast and find out everything you wanted to know and more about the man/myth/legend, his preparations with his horse Contagious, and his vibe going into the Olympics. The episode focuses on the struggle of dealing with the postponement of the Olympics last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. He also discussed the massive operation to get the horses ready to travel across the world. Plus, he discussed the makeup of the equestrian and his teammates Laura Kraut, Kent Farrington, and newcomer Jessica Springsteen. [Sports With Friends Podcast]

Best of Blogs: It’s Not Hard Work vs Privilege: It’s Fighting For Your Own Success

Equestrian themed sun shirts with an Olympic discount? Sign me up! RemiLee & Co is offering a buy-one-get-one-50%-off deal on their incredible sun shirts, emblazoned with personalized power words and kitted out to be the perfect riding companion for the summer months. [Olympic Deals]

 


Friday News & Notes Presented by Horse First

Montana sunset. Photo by Bec Braitling.

One day, I keep telling myself, I’ll make it out to Rebecca Farms for their summer horse trials. Maybe I won’t have the gumption to drag my horse halfway across the country (especially as my current horse has a tendency to scalp himself on long journeys) but perhaps next year I’ll go for the reporting. And the sunsets. And the overall vibe. Rebecca Farms 2022!

U.S. Weekend Preview

The Event at Rebecca Farm: [Website] [Entries & Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Halt Cancer at X] [Live Stream] [Show Photographer] [EN’s Coverage]

USPC Festival Eventing Championships: [Website] [Entries & Ride Times]

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

Horse Park of New Jersey II H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer]

Silverwood Farm H.T.: [Website] [Volunteer]

News From Around the Globe:

Michael Jung made Eventing history by becoming the first to hold the European, Olympic, and World Championship titles at the same time. Now, he has his sights set on an individual hat-trick in Tokyo, partnered with Fischer Chipmunk, and we all know he won’t leave anything on the table. Only two other riders have won two Olympic titles in Eventing, Charles Pahud de Mortanges won both Amsterdam 1928 and Los Angeles 1932 riding Marcroix, and Mark Todd won Los Angeles 1984 as well as Seoul in 1988 with the legendary Charisma. Can Michael Jung beat ANOTHER world record and win three Olympic gold medals?? [Tokyo 2020 Eventing Preview]

Lack of riding time is a common complaint among adult amateur equestrians. Between professional careers, family commitments, and an often-overwhelming number of other responsibilities, riding for a short time, even a few days a week can be tough to fit in. But, even if you only have a short time to devote to working with your horse, there’s a lot that can be accomplished in less than an hour with some longeing and riding exercises. [7 Riding & Longeing Exercises For A Time Crunch]

 Does Phillip Dutton feel extra pressure with the added mantle of being the oldest American at the Olympics? Nah. Pretty much standard stuff for him. In his seventh Olympic appearance, Phillip won an individual bronze at Rio in 2016, making him the oldest American medallist since 1952. He credits his longevity to his dedication to core strength and balance. [Team USA’s Oldest Olympian]

Best of Blogs: We Have To Fix Our Audience Problem Before We Can Fix Our Sponsorship Problem

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Thursday News & Notes Presented by Stable View

Photo via Jennie Brannigan.

If you’re at Rebecca Farm this week, track down Jennie Brannigan or grab one at check-in and get one of these ribbons she’s made in honor of Annie Goodwin, who was preparing to compete there this weekend, and will be terribly missed. Annie touched so many lives within our sport, and was known for her vivacious smile and positive attitude. Tag EN in your photos of competition this weekend with the striped ribbon.

U.S. Weekend Preview

The Event at Rebecca Farm: [Website] [Entries & Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Halt Cancer at X] [Live Stream] [Show Photographer] [EN’s Coverage]

USPC Festival Eventing Championships: [Website] [Entries & Ride Times]

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

Horse Park of New Jersey II H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer]

Silverwood Farm H.T.: [Website] [Volunteer]

News From Around the Globe:

Time for some fast facts about The Event at Rebecca Farm! The 2019 CCI4*-L winner Jennie Brannigan returns this year to defend her title, this time with Nina Gardner’s 11-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, Twilightslastgleam. 549 riders will compete in 26 divisions across 10 levels. Novice is the most popular level with 208 riders entered, while the CCI2*-L has the most entries across the FEI divisions. [Rebecca Farm Fast Facts]

Doug & Quinn have arrived in Tokyo! Doug and Vandiver were first named as the traveling reserve but, due to Elizabeth Halliday-Sharp and Deniro Z sadly withdrawing from the team, the pair are now going into Tokyo as part of the three-person Olympic team. While Quinn doesn’t have a favorite treat, he does have some weird quirks. [US Olympic Horse: Vandiver]

Best of Blogs: Olympic Judges, Please Mark What You See, Not Who You See

We’ve had Olympic horses in Tokyo before, for the 1964 Olympics. Things were a little different then, with Australian horses coming in by ship, but some of the equestrian events were held in Baji Koen Park—the same location in which the equestrian sports will be contested this year— and Japan also provided a sprawling eventing course at Karuizawa, a forested area 90 miles from Tokyo. [Throwback Thursday: Tokyo 1064]

Brisbane has been announced as the site for the 2032 Olympics. The Australian city and surrounding South-East Queensland region were approved as the Games hosts at an International Olympic Committee (IOC) session in Tokyo on Wednesday. “Brisbane 2032 is the first future host to have been elected under, and to have fully benefited from, the new flexible approach to electing Olympic hosts,” said IOC President Thomas Bach in a statement. The approach encourages Olympic projects which make use of existing and temporary venues. [Brisbane 2032]

Just a post full of excellent equestrian Olympic Instagram posts. [What Else Could You Want]

YouTube: The 2021 Thoroughbred Makeover is feeling closer than ever. Join RPP for a panel discussion with Makeover veterans to learn some do’s and don’ts to help the final months of Makeover preparation go smoothly for you and your horse!

Friday News & Notes Presented by Horse First

Faudree really leaning in to the local culture in Germany. Photo by Boyd Martin.

You know, I had a whole cute story about a horse I rode yesterday in my mind for this leader paragraph, but then I saw this….delightful photo of Will Faudree on my Facebook feed and literally everything else in my mind dissipated immediately. The lederhosen, the clogs, the knee-high socks, and of course, the hat so you know he’s from Texas, it’s all just pure magic. You’re so, so welcome.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

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

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

In the FEI’s centenary year it is perhaps fitting that this year’s Olympic Games will be staged by one of its founding members, Japan. The Tokyo 2020 host has a long history in equestrian sports, although achievements on the biggest stage have been rare. This year could change that with a talented squad including an Eventing team that challenged for the podium at the most recent FEI World Equestrian Games. [FEI 100 Years]

The world’s tallest horse, who held a Guinness World Record, has died aged 20. “Big Jake” died last month at Smokey Hollow Farm in Wisconsin, United States. The Belgian gelding stood 2.75 inches over 20 hands, without shoes. Jake broke the record for the tallest living horse on 19 January 2010 and first appeared in the 2011 edition of the Guinness World Records book. The record was formerly held by a 20hh Clydesdale in Texas, called Remington. [RIP Big Jake]

Hot on Horse Nation: Why Invoice? What It Means To Your Business

Best of Blogs: Working Hard Isn’t Always Enough

Olympic Beat:

A piece of history was made this week when 36 horses flew into Japan – the first full cargo load of horses ever to land in Haneda, the waterfront airport that serves the greater Tokyo area and which is now welcoming a very different group of Olympic athletes. The four-legged time travellers are all dressage horses and include some Olympic superstars, among them Bella Rose, the mare ridden by Germany’s Isabell Werth, the most decorated Olympic equestrian athlete of all time. [Dressage Horses Land in Tokyo]

Bookmark this page: Tokyo Equestrian Live Streaming Schedule

Want to get all of the latest Olympic eventing news in your inbox? Sign up for our free Olympic Digest newsletter, sent each Monday and then daily beginning July 28. Upon sign-up, you’ll receive a welcome message containing links to any editions that were already released. Sign up here.

Confused about rules with alternates and substitutions for Tokyo? You’re not alone. And Equestrian sports are not the only ones trying it out this year, with artistic swimming, BMX racing and freestyle, track cycling, fencing, handball, hockey, football, rowing, rugby, table tennis and water polo joining the ranks. Learn more about how it all works here [Understanding Alternates & Substitutions for Olympics]

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Thursday News & Notes Presented by Stable View

When your 4-year-old really loves the water complex. Photo courtesy of Mikayla Mather Carlton

With a whole week of continuous brutal hot Virginia weather, I finally cracked and decided to ride my last horse in a bareback pad, shorts, and flip flops. We went for a happy little jaunt through the woods and down into the river for some splashing, which is honestly the only respectable choice in July in Virginia. However, luckily my horse did not make the choice that Mikayla’s did when she tried to school the water complex!

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

Essex H.T. (Fair Hills, Nj.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer]

Full Moon Farms H.T. (Finksburg, Md.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer]

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

News From Around the Globe:

Tina Cook is one of Britain’s most successful event riders, with a numerous wins, placings and team call-ups to her name, including individual and team bronze at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, followed by team silver at the London 2012 Olympics. Looking back to 2008, Tina remembers being a late call up to represent her country in Hong Kong aboard Miners Frolic. Doing dressage at 10pm due to the heat, completing a tricky cross country course, and jumping her way up the leaderboard to individual bronze, Tina and Henry had a magical trip. [Tina Cook Reminisces]

Hot Take: Why Dressage Is Like The Great British Bake Off

Allyson Felix, one of the most decorated athletes in women’s track and field, has announced plans to pay it forward with a new partnership that will cover childcare costs for mothers participating in the Summer Games. The mother has teamed with her primary sponsor, Athleta, and the Women’s Sports Foundation (WSF) to launch The Power of She Fund: Child Care Grants. The program will commit $200,000 to childcare costs for nine mom-athletes competing and participating in the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo. [Girl Power]

International equestrian judge Helen Christie, of Waikaia, is off to her sixth Olympics, where she’ll officiate as the chief steward at the eventing for the first time. She previously worked Sydney, Athens, Hong Kong, London, and Rio, but being the chief steward is the highest you can go, and she’s positively delighted despite the year delay. [Six Olympics for Helen Christie]

An online public-awareness campaign launched this week takes aim at sexual misconduct and abuse in equestrian sport, and changing how these issues often are ignored, minimized or wrongly blamed on the victim. Announced Monday, the collaboration among Horse Network, the Wrigley Media Group and the Kehring family, who are involved in SafeSport and criminal allegations against show jumper Rich Fellers, has launched #WeRideTogether, a  series of  digital PSAs and an in-depth microsite designed to empower, inform, and unite the equestrian community. [We Ride Together]

Friday News & Notes Presented by Horse First

Horse girl challenge: accepted. Photo by Amanda Hjert.

Nobody knows how to multi-task and get stuff done like horse girls. Take Amanda here, who is walking her dogs, feeding her horses, and lulling her baby down to a nap all in one very organized trip. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, but nothing can teach you how to get a million things done in one efficient trip like working in a barn.

U.S. Weekend Preview

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

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

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

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

Major International Events

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

News From Around the Globe:

You may think you know everything about Tsetserleg, but we’ve got a few more juicy deets. Thomas has long been a stalwart competitor at the top levels and in international competition for Boyd Martin, representing the US at the WEG, the Pan American Games, and coming 2nd at Kentucky in 2019. He’s a cuddly barn favorite, and performs well in all three phases, but cross country is definitely his favorite. [Sporthorse Stars: Tsetserleg]

Best of Blogs: A Black Horseman’s Perspective on our Current Climate

As riders, we all have past injuries or weird features about our bodies that continue into our riding career. Learning about how your body works (or doesn’t work), and understanding your everyday habits that give us asymmetry in the saddle is a lifelong journey. Awareness of your body and knowledge of these daily habits and how they give us tension and weird behaviors in the tack is a necessary point of personal education. [Everyday Habits You May Have That Drastically Affect Your Riding]

What the heck is going on with the horse market right now? That’s a question on a lot of minds, and as I’ve spent this spring searching for a few client horses, I can tell you it’s pretty wild. Horses sold within four hours of posting, horses selling for double the normal asking price, and all of it happening at an alarming pace. Who would’ve thought that a pandemic would send us into a horse buying frenzy? [WTH Horse Market??]

Olympic Beat:

We’re eagerly awaiting the finalized entry list for Tokyo, nominations for which were due to each country’s respective Olympic committee and the FEI earlier this week. We’ll update you with a final and complete list as soon as it becomes available! In the meantime, don’t forget to sign up for EN’s Olympic Digest email, which is sent each Monday and will begin daily editions on July 28.

In response to the declared state of emergency in Tokyo, Olympic minister Tamayo Marukawa has announced that the Olympics will run without spectators. The state of emergency due to the coronavirus will run from the 12th of July through the 22nd of August, encompassing the entire games. Japan’s vaccination rate has been low all year, with only 15% of the population vaccinated, and cases suddenly rising again in just the past week. [No Spectators for Olympics]

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FIRST use only the highest quality active ingredients and are renowned for being some of the most tailored and advanced supplements on the market – “Made by horse people for horse people.” [Horse First]

Thursday News & Notes Presented by Stable View

Deniro Z made light work of the cross country at the Mandatory Outing at Great Meadow. Photo by Kate Samuels.

Obviously the biggest news of the week for the eventing world is the last-minute switcharoo of the team bound for Tokyo, with the withdrawal of Deniro Z. All of us at EN want to send our hugs to Liz Halliday-Sharp, as we can’t imagine the heartbreak she’s feeling, and the disappointment of getting so so close to a lifetime goal. However, a rider like Liz with a string of horses like she’s got will definitely be back on Team USA very soon, and we look forward to that day very much.

U.S. Weekend Preview

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

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

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

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

Major International Events

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

News From Around the Globe:

Any good horseman will tell you, management and simple decisions under saddle are your best weapons against injury. From employing cross-training over varied terrain, to properly managing your warm up and cool down, equine and human physiotherapist Sasha Chelin knows how to keep horses sound. They’re also no guarantee of soundness, but are good measures to put in place for better horse management and to minimise your risk of an unnecessary muscle or soft tissue pull, tear, or strain. [3 Tips for Injury Prevention in Horses]

Gary Snyder has been involved with horses for about 50 years, and has spent many of those volunteering at USEA events. Over the years, Snyder has done several different volunteer positions, but startbox is definitely his favorite. “I’ve been startbox, I’ve scribed, I like sit-down jobs because my feet are old, and I’ve been steward,” commented Snyder. “My goal in startbox is to give everyone a blue ribbon. What they do with that after they leave my start box is up to them. The nice thing about the start box is that your life is easy if you get a good steward. Also, being in startbox allows you to meet everybody.” [VIP Volunteer Gary Snyder]

Breathing exercises can really help in stabilizing your core and strengthening your position. But we hardly think about breath when we’re riding. Meanwhile, the horse is continuously moving forward, and it is important for the rider to keep moving the chest and shoulders forward together with the horse’s movement. The horse moves the rider’s pelvis forward, and the rider needs to balance the upper body into this forward motion. Get some breathing tips here to improve your riding at the core. [Breathing Techniques for Stability and Suppleness]

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Olympic Beat:

We’re eagerly awaiting the finalized entry list for Tokyo, nominations for which were due to each country’s respective Olympic committee and the FEI earlier this week. We’ll update you with a final and complete list as soon as it becomes available! In the meantime, don’t forget to sign up for EN’s Olympic Digest email, which is sent each Monday and will begin daily editions on July 28.

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