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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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This true. Photo courtesy of Equestrian Memes.

December?! It’s December already. HOW?!?! If 2020 was the slowest year in the world, 2021 seems to have gone by in a total flash. I feel like yesterday it was March, and now it’s almost the holiday season, which means next time I blink, it will be 2022 and I’ll be filling out all of my checks incorrectly for a few months. Everyone is heading down south earlier and earlier every year, so Virginia is starting to feel a bit quiet, and I am excited next spring for the action to start back up!

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Rocking Horse December H.T. (Altoona, Fl.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer]

News From Around the Globe:

An Andalusian might not be your first pick when selecting an eventing prospect, but Romeo has proven to be a very successful one. Eventing is a discipline well-known for being inclusive of many unique and unfamiliar breeds. While dressage and show jumping tend to favor warmbloods and various western disciplines feel the same with the quarter horse, event riders are famous for competing on horses of different breeds and varying ages. Since the discipline asks so many individual questions, it seems to be an area where there is no stigma on what horse you ride in on. One such horse is a 9-year-old Andalusian PRE gelding named Romeo. [A Breed Apart]

Is your horse getting a little wild on cross country? Maybe you’ve got an OTTB, or even just a very enthusiastic warmblood, but we’ve all ridden horses that get strong at the gallop in various situations, but outside of exercising at the track, it’s hard to figure out the right way to handle it. Luckily for you, we’ve got some excellent tips on how to control and communicate with your horse at the gallop. [Control a Galloping Horse]

Silly Quiz of the Day: What Horse Breed You Are Based on Your Zodiac Sign

Ready for your weekend horse entertainment? Appalachia Last Chance Rescue is a docuseries that features the Heart of Phoenix as they prepare for their annual training challenge event. The West Virginia based equine rescue group organizes the ATFO each year to help solve the problem of abused and neglected horses in the severely economically challenged regions of Appalachia and beyond. Equal parts harrowing and hopeful, this series closely follows the group’s progress as they take in horses found in heartbreaking conditions, while working to gain their trust as well as restore their health. [Hot on Horse Nation]

 

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Eoghain wore his Thanksgiving feast on his face (like many of us). Photo by Afton Stables.

Every year, my biggest question for November is, why oh why do we NOT eat stuffing and gravy and mashed potatoes all year ’round? Honestly, Turkey is fine, and all the other stuff is great too, but my favorite is stuffing, mashed potatoes, and gravy. After Thanksgiving, I promise myself that I’ll make stuffing more often, but somehow it never occurs to me by the time I get through the holidays, but 2022 is going to be different, I swear!

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Pine Top Thanksgiving H.T. (Thompson, GA): [Website] [Ride Times] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

We know what you’re all here for this morning, and that is equestrian Black Friday sales. In fact, I even tried to count the number of equestrian links with sales for today, but I gave up after I got into the nineties, so let’s just say there are more links than you could ever desire. So many are from our amazing sponsors here at EN, so eat your little capitalist heart out and shop till ya drop! [2021 Equestrian Black Friday Sales]

What happened to serviceably sound horses? For lower level pursuits, and with proper management, horses with imperfect vetting records can still have perfectly good lives. Vetting a horse with a specific purpose in mind makes more sense than vetting a horse to do Novice level with five-star qualifications, but not everyone does that. One vet explains how she sees the issue in this blog. [What Happened to Serviceably Sound?]

Are you practicing enough trot jumps? Many people don’t realize just how beneficial they can be. Even if you don’t do them in the show ring they can be a valuable part of your training program. In fact, I’ve seen many horses grow a 5th leg and trot jumps on cross country at a high level.  Trot jumps are also excellent for working on a young horse’s balance and timing over small jumps while his canter is still developing. [Take Advantage of Trot Jumps]

Now that Thanksgiving is over, we can officially talk about Christmas, right? Get a little DIY this winter with some equestrian themed tree decorations. [9 Ideas for a Horsey DIY Christmas]

Thanksgiving Day News & Notes Presented by Stable View

An idyllic start to the morning. Photo courtesy of Silva Martin.

As the baker of the family, it’s more or less required that I bake several pies for Thanksgiving. So every year, I have to dream up something that’s more incredible than last year, which means the pressure builds and the expectations are high. This year, I decided to kill the competition and make Christina Tosi’s “crack pie”. Why is it called that? The ingredients are inexplicable, I couldn’t describe what it tastes like if I tried, but it has earned it’s name honestly. If you have a chance, make it, and you’ll fall in love. And be addicted, and unable to stop eating it.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Pine Top Thanksgiving H.T. (Thompson, GA): [Website] [Ride Times] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

The incoming Burghley Horse Trials course-designer and director have shared early thoughts on what fans and riders can expect as plans continue “full steam ahead” for next year’s event. Derek di Grazia, whose designing credits include the Tokyo Olympics and 10 years of Kentucky CCI5* tracks, will be the brains behind Burghley’s 2022 course as the fixture prepares to return following a two-year hiatus. [Burghley Horse Trials Full Steam Ahead]

Alexandra “Alex” Philpin says she needs to get a real job. She’s been an eventing and dressage competitor, an instructor for 30 years, a barn manager, a British Horse Society instructor, and a groom for eventers, dressage and para-dressage horses at the international level. Originally from Wales, she was teaching and competing clients’ horses in England when the opportunity arose to move to the United States. She took a teaching job to Mill Creek Equestrian Center in Topanga, California, and while working there, received a phone call from Karen O’Connor asking if she’d like to groom and manage the O’Connors’ barn. There began her journey into international grooming, and it hasn’t stopped. [Philpin Travels the World In Search of a “Real Job”]

Best of Blogs: How the Equestrian Community Can Be More Size Inclusive

Jim Wofford thinks that dressage training with event horses is great…up to a point. Modern riders completely understand the need to use dressage to train their jumpers on the flat; that’s not the problem. The problem arises when riders try to apply the principles of dressage directly to jumping. Read on to see his thoughts on the matter. [What’s The Point?]

Ginny Leng narrating her winning 1985 Badminton round with Priceless? The perfect way to start the day!

Friday News & Notes

Paradise Farm under new ownership! Photo courtesy of Babette Lenna.

The famous Paradise Farm in Aiken, South Carolina, is now under new ownership! The lovely Babette Lenna and a group of investors have purchased the 88-acre property well known in the eventing community and hope to continue it’s positive influence as they progress. They plan to continue to build on the foundation created at the farm over the past 30 years. With a full cross-country course from BN to Preliminary, three competition rings, amazing riding terrain, close proximity to dirt roads to hack on, and 18 stalls with huge paddocks the farm has everything. While they do not plan to host a recognized event for now, they look forward to expanding the property’s role as a solid resource and venue for the entire Aiken equestrian community.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

SAzEA Fall H.T. (Tucson, Arizona): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores] [Volunteer]

Fresno County Horse Park H.T. (Fresno, California): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores] [Volunteer]

News From Around the Globe:

Are you transitioning a racehorse into a sporthorse this winter? While you’re not alone, and this may not be your first time, some tips from the co-founder of Mid-Atlantic Horse Rescue may be helpful. Beverly Strauss rehomes about 100 racehorses every year through her organization, starting in 2002, so she has some pretty good ideas about how to properly turn a racehorse into an event horse, or any other kind of sport horse. [7 Tips for Transitioning Horses Off The Track]

Good grooming tips from a top groom never go awry. Denise Moriarty grooms for  Olympic show jumper Kent Farrington now, but her horsey upbringing had far more humble roots. She got her start caring for lesson ponies at Turlough Equestrian Center, an Irish riding school, and roaming the countryside aboard young horses. She moved into young rider classes with her Connemara pony Prince Owen before giving up riding while she studied veterinary nursing and earned her masters in agricultural science. Her first job in the United States was grooming Marilyn Little’s show jumpers and event horses, but with show jumping her first passion, Moriarty found a job with Farrington and has been by his side for nearly a decade. [Grooming Tips With Denise Moriarty]

Best of Blogs: Learning Lessons, Keeping Perspective At Dressage Finals 

Winning a CCI4*-L on your dressage score is no mean feat. But Woods Baughman and C’est La Vie 135 did just that at Tryon last week. On the strength of the only double-clear cross-country round in their division, Woods Baughman and C’est La Vie 135 on Sunday won the Dutta Corp./USEF CCI4*-L National Championship, held at Tryon International Equestrian Center. Despite being held on cross-country and Baughman losing track of where they were against the clock, the pair ultimately were the only ones to finish Capt. Mark Phillips’ track without time penalties, moving them from third after dressage to first after cross-country Saturday. Another double-clear round in Sunday’s show jumping competition secured their win on their dressage score of 29.4. [Watch Why They Won]

Jana Flagler was a horse-loving child born into a non-horsey family. While her parents dreamed Flagler would one day be a concert pianist, which she wholeheartedly admits she is not, Flagler wanted to ride and jump horses from the first time she saw someone jumping on television. As a teenager, Flagler got that opportunity thanks to the Huber family who ran Tipasa Farm in Oklahoma at the time. “I did anything that needed doing around the barn to get opportunities to ride,” Flagler shared. “And I would ride anything. I only cried once— the day my newest ‘project horse’ was a 15h Appaloosa polo pony who was five feet wide with a stringy tail and no forelock.” [VIP Volunteer: Jana Flagler]

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SEU accurate as always. Photo by Hannah Mulliner.

Unofficial promotion for my favorite Facebook Group, Sh*t Eventers Unite, as they’re raising money for the holiday season for World Horse Welfare by selling really fun branded goodies like sweatshirts, bumper stickers, hats, rucksacks, and even really nice thermal coats. Get one for you, and definitely one for a friend, and benefit horses worldwide by contributing to the charity efforts!

U.S. Weekend Preview:

SAzEA Fall H.T. (Tucson, Arizona): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores] [Volunteer]

Fresno County Horse Park H.T. (Fresno, California): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores] [Volunteer]

News From Around The Globe:

Quiet hands are key for athletes who reach the top of any equestrian sport. Their hands follow the horse’s head movement, maintaining the same amount of contact on the reins at all times. It’s no wonder that Beezie Madden can tell us how this can be achieved. “For the most part, it comes down to three things,” Madden said – basic position, basic flatwork and trusting the horse. [Riding With Quieter Hands: Beezie Madden]

How do you stay on top of your biomechanics at home riding alone? What if you don’t have a trainer on the ground? What are some ways you can pick up on little asymmetries or bad habits in the saddle? For part 2 of this short series on rider biomechanics with Noelle Floyd, you’ll get some excellent cues that will come in handy for building on the observations of Part 1. [How Do You Feel Asymmetry In The Saddle?]

Team GB’s Olympic eventers have been shortlisted for Great Britain’s Choice Award for their gold medal-winning performance in Tokyo. The award honours the “most memorable moment” from this summer’s Games, with 14 nominations in the running. Oliver Townend and Ballaghmor Class, Laura Collett and London 52 and Tom McEwen and Toledo De Kerser led throughout in Tokyo to take Britain’s first eventing team gold since 1972, ahead of Australia in silver and France in bronze. [Vote Now for Team GB Eventers]

Is your horse girthy? When tacking up many horses over my career, horses acting girthy has always made me suspicious. It’s not just a weird behavioral thing, it’s an expression of pain that we haven’t sorted out. I’ve long held the theory that girthy behavior correlates to either front end lameness, or ulcers, and now I’ve finally been vindicated by a study by researchers at the University of California, Davis. If your horse is girthy, don’t just ignore it, instead, you might consider looking into it more thoroughly. [Reasons for Girthiness]

Worrying about losing to a rider, or being beaten by another, is a common mistake many riders make. Wondering if you’re going to beat someone or be beaten by someone else is just as common. Together this kind of worrying and wondering is called the opponent effect and is one of the most obvious – and overwhelming – causes of show jitters and performance anxiety. [Pressure Proof with Daniel Stewart]

Video: Cathy Wieschhoff shares her process for trailer self-loading. Good boy, Waffles!

Friday News & Notes

HUEY. Photo by Kate Samuels.

Honestly, I think fall might be my favorite time of year. I’m going to put my head on a chopping block and say that I don’t hate daylight savings (this one anyway), and I really really love the crisp weather that comes along with it. That, and the colors are just insane right now with green grass and bright foliage. I mean look at this picture! I will never apologize for slowly turning EN into a Huey fan page, but the fall colors and the sly side-eye totally do it for me here.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Tryon International Three-Day Event (Tryon, Nc.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Stream] [Volunteer]

Horse Trials at Majestic Oaks (Reddick, Fl.): [Website] [Volunteer]

River Glen H.T. (New Market, Tn.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

News From Around the Globe:

If you’re not obsessed with Laura Collett after this year, what are you even doing?? Now that she’s been part of the British Gold Medal Olympic Team with her unbelievably handsome London 52 (who also won Pau 5* last year), she’s been thrown onto a bigger stage of interest. FEI caught up with her for some questions about her life, and found some facts you may not know about her as a person, and a rider. Also, one of her side gigs is schooling racehorses over jumps, so please enjoy the video below of all the outtakes, and I dare you not to laugh. [5 Things To Know About Laura Collett]

Remington XXV has lived a lot of lives in his 25 years, and he’s not done quite yet. Originally a foxhunter, Remi completed four five-star tracks with Boyd Martin in the irons, and was his reserve horse for the 2012 Olympics and the 2010 WEG. After that, he competed through Advanced with Caitlin Silliman, and competed at the 2015 NAYC with Camilla Grover-Dodge. He’s been turned out for a few years on retirement, but now he’s been called up to the big leagues: trying to tame Nox Martin. [Three Careers, Two Martins, One Remington]

Are you a horseless rider in need of a fix? Luckily for you, we’ve found an expert on the matter, and she’s discovered a few ingenious ways to keep your sanity in check with horse time even if you don’t own one. From virtual lessons, to book recommendations, and even virtual master class subscriptions, you can spend plenty of time this winter getting pony miles. [How To Keep Horseless Riders Learning]

Jayven Kilgore has been selected for the Metropolitan Equestrian Team’s Equine Opportunity Program. The Equine Opportunity Program allows riders across the country to become as creative as they want through our educational and equestrian programs. Students have the ability to ride in any discipline and work towards their goal no matter their riding level or location in the country. The EOP riders have the drive and ambition to make their dreams a reality. [EOP Grant Winner Jayven Kilgore]

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Dreaming of Ireland right now tbh. Photo by Carrie Meehan.

There are two things that set my I-need-a-new-horse-but-not-really senses tingling: the annual fall thoroughbred sales off the track for the winter, and this week’s Goresbridge Go For Gold Sale in Ireland. One is clearly more in my theoretical budget (aka not much) and another is more like a daydream. Maybe one day, I’ll have a horse that is purpose bred and fancy, but so far, I’ll continue drooling online over the pretty free jumping photos and daydream for another year.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Tryon International Three-Day Event (Tryon, Nc.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Stream] [Volunteer]

Horse Trials at Majestic Oaks (Reddick, Fl.): [Website] [Volunteer]

River Glen H.T. (New Market, Tn.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

News From Around the Globe:

The last long-format of the season runs this weekend at Tryon. Over 200 entries have flocked to the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, North Carolina for the annual Tryon International Three-Day event which will run CCI*-L, CCI2*-L, CCI3*-L, CCI4*-S, and CCI4*-L divisions over the course of four days November 10-14. [Tryon Fast Facts]

The Area IX Championships took place in Mount Pleasant, Utah at the Event at Skyline in September of this year. The showgrounds were busy with five Championship divisions in addition to their nine horse trial divisions running over the course of the weekend, but competitors were thrilled with the atmosphere and experience at the competition. Five new Area IX Champions were crowned for 2021, and the USEA caught up with each of them to chat about their victories. [Riders Reflect: Area IX Championships]

Ready to pump up your winter training with some online XC training courtesy of Lucinda Green? She’s offering an incredible opportunity to learn how six of the best cross country riders in the world train their horses for confidence and cleverness at different levels. Starting this month, each month will have a different webinar with a different rider. Tune in for tips from Piggy March, Boyd Martin, Ingrid Klimke, Shane Rose, Pippa Funnell, and William Fox-Pitt! [Lucinda Green’s XC Academy]

Read up on your rules: US Equestrian Eventing has several standard rule changes approved for the 2022 competition year coming into effect on December 1, 2021. A complete list of the approved rule changes can be found here. Also, effective December 1, 2021, is the addition of an Annex 5 which will house the USEF/USEA Eventing Competition Standards — they can be viewed here. The current USEF Eventing Chapter can be found on the USEF website here. The Eventing Annexes can be found here. The complete 2022 USEF Rule Book can be found here. [USEF]

Hot on Horse Nation: Of Veterans And Horses, Part 1

 

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Throwing it back to RRP. Photo by Nicole Patenaude.

Winter has arrived this week in Virginia, in true Virginia style with no warning whatsoever. We went from wearing t-shirts last week to digging out all of the apparel for the deepest of winter. I’m now suited up in my walking sleeping bag, which is actually a riding sleeping bag, thank you very much, and everyone can make fun of me all they want because I’m cozy and that’s my priority. Funny profession for somebody who would really rather be snuggled up on the couch with a few blankets all winter, but here we are.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Galway Downs International (Temecula, Ca.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Schedule] [Volunteer]

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

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

Rocking Horse Fall H.T. (Altoona, Fl.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Texas Rose Horse Park Fall H.T. (Tyler, Tx.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Volunteer]

News From Around the Globe:

Longtime Area I event trainer, Chronicle of the Horse advertising account manager, and founder of “Buck Off Cancer” Jess Halliday died on Oct. 26 after a hard-fought battle with colon cancer. Here, her friend, fellow eventer and Chronicle colleague, Caitlin Calder, shares her memories of Jess and the legacy she leaves. “While no amount of time with Jess was ever going to be enough, she did more, taught more and loved more in her short 33 years than most would be able to in a hundred. She showed me and so many others what it means to be an amazing person, incredible friend and to live life with abandon. Jess’ motto was always, “Be the person you needed when you were younger.” She was that and so much more to the countless kids who came through her lesson program: a coach, a friend, a role model. Her barn became a haven to so many young riders who shared her same passion.” [Remembering Jessica Halliday]

Remembering Ragtime Rebel: We have been following the exciting partnership of Jon Holling and the OTTB Ragtime Rebel on EN via their blogs on EN for some time, and are sad to report his loss due to a tragic accident earlier this week. [RIP Ragtime Rebel]

Stable View has committed to run a Modified division at December, February, and March’s Eventing Academies. November as well with enough entries. In the past, this division was left out due to zero entries. Please email [email protected] with any further questions.
The Jockey Club is offering a variety of scholarships targeted for horse farm and backstretch employees and family members, low-income students, students studying for a career in the Thoroughbred industry, and more. The Jockey Club Vision Scholarship may be of particular interest to BIPOC equestrians who will be enrolled in a college or university for the 2022-2023 school year. Click below for more details on all of their scholarship opportunities. [Apply for Scholarship Here]
Stefan Duma and the Helmet Lab team at Virginia Tech are developing a system to evaluate equestrian helmets. Ultimately, they want to reduce injuries for riders by providing helmet manufacturers with a blueprint for how they can develop the best helmets. Check out the cool video below!

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THE CUTEST. Photo by Kate Samuels.

This week, while the fall colors were at their peak, I did a photo shoot with my friend and her magical unicorn, Huey. He was the perfect model with maximum snuggling and a lot of posing and gazing into the distance. His sparkling white coat, while something I do not envy on a daily basis, looked amazing for the photos and I truly had such a good time creating some fun images for her to look back on for years to come. Look at that photo, can’t you just feel the pony love??

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Galway Downs International (Temecula, Ca.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Schedule] [Volunteer]

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

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

Rocking Horse Fall H.T. (Altoona, Fl.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Texas Rose Horse Park Fall H.T. (Tyler, Tx.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Volunteer]

News From Around the Globe:

The final FEI event in Area VI gets underway this week in Temecula, California. For the 11th year, Galway Downs International is offering their CCI4*-L in addition to a CCI3*-L, CCI2*-L, a Modified/Training Challenge, Training/Novice Challenge, and Novice/Beginner Novice Challenge, and Beginner Novice, Novice, Training, and Preliminary horse trial divisions. [Galway Downs Fast Facts]

Icabad Crane is on to his third career at the age of 16. After a 33-race career on the track for Graham Motion, Icabad went to Phillip Dutton, won America’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred in 2014 at RRP, competed through CCI2*, gave Olivia Dutton a few years of training, and even became Evie’s at home schoolmaster. However, after a pasture accident in 2018, his career as an event horse was winding down, and now he’s loving life as a pony horse for Graham himself. [Icabad Crane Starts New Career]

Debbie Adams is the woman behind the many successful “DA” horses out on the eventing circuit, but you may not know her.  Debbie has done just about everything in the sport from riding at the advanced level, Event organizer, judge, trainer, & more.  Listen in to hear all about Debbie and the many hats she wears in the equestrian world. [Podcast with Debbie Adams]

Best of blogs: Every Equestrian Has Opinions about Pentathlon

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Oh okay, Thibault Fournier, we see you. There’s clipping for a five-star, and then there is literally clipping the five-star’s logo onto your horse. Thibault isn’t competing at Pau this weekend but that didn’t stop him from showing a little pride in France’s only five-star, and hopes that his skilled clip job will bring luck to the home team all weekend long.

U.S. Weekend Preview

The VHT International & H.T. (Lexington, Va.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Volunteer]

FEH & YEH Young Event Horse Last Chance Qualifier & West Coast Championship (Paso Robles, Ca.): [Website] [Entry Status/Times] [Volunteer]

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

Course Brook Farm Fall H.T. (Sherborn, Ma.): [Website] [Entry Status]

Major International Events

Les Etoiles de Pau CCI5* (France) : [Website] [Schedule & Start Lists] [Live Stream]

News From Around the Globe:

As winter approaches, it’s time to evaluate your equestrian goals for next year. We should take a moment and think about what we want out of the next few months with our horses. Do we want a blue ribbon or do we want our horses—and our riding—to improve? Are we just riders or are we horsemen? For sure, all of us are drawn together by our love of horses. It amazes me how my life is guided by my consuming love for horses. If you are like me, it is a rare day that goes by that you don’t pause for a moment and lovingly stroke a horse standing next to you or touch that warm velvet just above his muzzle. [Are You A Rider, or a Horseman?]

We have a big week ahead at Les Etoiles de Pau CCI5*, which kicks off with the first horse inspection on Wednesday. Tilly Berendt is on the grounds at Pau for EN and will be bringing you full reports each day. An additional asset for those of us following from afar: Horse&CountryTV will be exclusively broadcasting all three phases of the competition. For H&C+ and H&C+ Gold Members: The event is free to watch– simply log in to your account to gain access. Non-Members: Click here to purchase a pass, good for 90 days, for just $7.99. OR click here to sign up to H&C+ from as little as $9.99 to watch the entire event and enjoy all the benefits of a membership.

Dressage riders have failed a second time to persuade the FEI to allow top hats to be worn at major shows. Despite formal proposals from stakeholder groups and the European Equestrian Federation, the FEI has decided the multi-discipline, pro-helmet vote of the 2019 General Assembly will stand. Fans of the top hat suggest it should be allowed for over-25s only, at 4* and 5* level shows, major championships and the Olympic Games. It would be worn during the test only by those who prefer it, with the safety helmet worn at all other times including prize-givings. My personal hot take? Don’t you dressage riders have anything more important to care about than an ancient fashion ritual? [Mind Your Melon]

Podcast of the Day: Interview with Jessica Halliday + Tribute 

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Yesterday the eventing community lost another amazing individual, and we all mourn Jessica Halliday. Jess was a role model, a coach, a big sister to many young riders, an incredible equestrian, and a true force of nature. Her family has formalized Buck Off Cancer as a non-profit, and will provide information later regarding how to donate to this foundation in lieu of flowers. As Jess would say, 3…2…1… Have a great ride! And Buck Off Cancer!!

U.S. Weekend Preview

The VHT International & H.T. (Lexington, Va.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Volunteer]

FEH & YEH Young Event Horse Last Chance Qualifier & West Coast Championship (Paso Robles, Ca.): [Website] [Entry Status/Times] [Volunteer]

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

Course Brook Farm Fall H.T. (Sherborn, Ma.): [Website] [Entry Status]

Major International Events

Les Etoiles de Pau CCI5* (France) : [Website] [Schedule & Start Lists] [Live Stream]

News From Around the Globe:

“We’re here today because we want to bring the joy of horse sports to as many people as possible, and we want to work together to make that a reality.” With those words, Hadley Zeavin set the tone for a bridge-building workshop that helped equestrians recognize biased or harmful language and gave them a range of scripts to interrupt it. The Monday night webinar, titled “Interrupting Bias and De-Escalation Techniques for Equestrians,” was an installment in the U.S. Equestrian Federation’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity Community Conversation series. [USEF Diversity & Inclusivity Webinar]

We have a big week ahead at Les Etoiles de Pau CCI5*, which kicks off with the first horse inspection on Wednesday. Tilly Berendt is on the grounds at Pau for EN and will be bringing you full reports each day. An additional asset for those of us following from afar: Horse&CountryTV will be exclusively broadcasting all three phases of the competition. For H&C+ and H&C+ Gold Members: The event is free to watch– simply log in to your account to gain access. Non-Members: Click here to purchase a pass, good for 90 days, for just $7.99. OR click here to sign up to H&C+ from as little as $9.99 to watch the entire event and enjoy all the benefits of a membership.

When David Silver, the founder of Detroit Horse Power, was an elementary school teacher with Teach for America in Detroit, he regularly found himself telling his class stories about horses. The equine-centric vignettes provided a way to communicate the values and social-emotional development that research has linked to success. Perseverance, empathy, responsible risk taking, confidence, self-control… all of this was easy for him to convey — if he used stories about horses. The challenge, though, remained that most of Silver’s inner-city students had never interacted with horses. As he explained, “It felt incongruous that horses taught me these lessons, but the kids in Detroit were not able to even imagine interaction with horses, let alone in a deep and meaningful way.” [Hot On Horse Nation]

If you were involved in equestrian sports at all last year, you probably noticed how COVID incentivized the industry to make a few changes in day-to-day business operations. The United States Eventing Association (USEA) caught up with the STRIDER leadership team to learn more about recent industry trends after their trip earlier this month to EQUITANA USA at the Kentucky Horse Park. [Post-COVID Horse Industry Trends]

 

Yoga with Jonelle Price? Yes please. 

 

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Halloween came early at Stable View! Photo by Sparky Photography courtesy of Stable View.

Oh boy, this week the clipping requests came in hard. I returned from Fair Hill to find that every horse in Virginia (apparently) grew a huge fluffy coat when the temperature dropped, and since then, I’ve clipped two horses each day, and I’m basically booked for the next few weeks to keep doing that. Gonna get some good use out of my cute rain suit!

U.S. Weekend Preview:

The Event at TerraNova (Myakka City, Fl.): [Website] [Livestream] [Entries/Scores] [Volunteer]

Fresno County Horse Park H.T. (Fresno, Ca.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Hagyard Midsouth Three-Day Event (Lexington, Ky.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Holly Hill H.T. (Benton, La.): [Website] [Entry Status]

Tryon Riding & Hunt Club “Morris the Horse” Trials (Landrum, Sc.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Waredaca Classic Three-Day Event & H.T. (Gaithersburg, Md.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer]

Windermere Run H.T. (Kansas City, Mo.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times] [Volunteer]

News From Around the Globe:

Looking for some excellent tips for improving your dressage tests? Marilyn Payne is one of the most experienced and respected ground jury members in eventing. She has adjudicated at every top event in the world, including two Olympic Games. Here are her top tips on how to impress the dressage judges – at any level. [10 Tips to Ace Your Dressage Test with Marilyn Payne]

Since the Modern Pentathlon at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, a photograph of Annika Schlue riding Saint Boy has been circulating the internet. It shows her shoulders tensed, eyes scrunched closed as she sobs in distress at the loss of her Olympic dream. The horse’s head is up in the air, teeth barred, eyes white with fear. It’s a terrible image, a snapshot of a woman and a horse sharing a moment of torture. But how can we learn from that, and help the modern pentathlon evolve into a better sport for horses? [Learning from Saint Boy]

Is your horse really in front of your leg? Like, really? This concept can be tough to wrap the mind around because it’s one of those things in riding that is better felt than explained. Once you feel it – and especially, once you feel a horse that isn’t – you’ll know it. But think of being in front of the leg as a horse that is self-propelled – a horse that maintains his gait and energy without nagging from your leg. This is the prerequisite for the “leg to hand” connection as Equestrian Masterclass instructor, Mette Larsen, explains in her course, “Dressage Fundamentals for All Disciplines”. [How To Test if Your Horse is in Front of Your Leg]

On Cue’s baby, On Cue Too is ready to start her eventing career this weekend at Waredaca!

Dressage Day Two News & Notes

Custom FLAIR! Photo courtesy of Maryland Five Star.

I’ll see you all later today at the Maryland Five Star! I’m bringing ten pounds of custom trail mix (don’t @ me, you’re just jealous) and maybe like, a few gallons of margaritas for my hardworking media team, my best walking shoes, and some serious camera gadgets so I can keep you all updated live on Instagram through the weekend.

Also, check out these custom Maryland Five Star FLAIR strips courtesy of our wonderful sponsor FLAIR! Each competitor was given one of these custom strips so they can rock around cross country on Saturday in style, and more importantly, while improving their breathing and reducing fatigue during intense exercise.

Don’t forget to check out our Maryland Form Guide, filled with all the info about every single horse in the 5*, and useful if you’re watching from home, or lucky enough to witness it in person.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill: [Website] [Tickets] [Schedule] [Entries] [Friday 3* Dressage Start Times] [Friday 5* Start Times] [Digital Program] [Volunteer] [EN’s Coverage] [Daily Digest Email Sign-up] [EN’s Twitter] [EN’s Instagram]

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

Pine Hill Fall H.T. (Bellville, Tx.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

News From Around the Globe:

Did you know we’re running some awesome giveaways and other activities this week at Maryland? A course walk this afternoon with Ema Klugman, a giveaway on Instagram for Fairfax & Favor as well as an Athletux ear bonnet (Frilly Fillies) and jump pad (Fleeceworks) bundle. Click here to learn more!

Dressage is already underway at the inaugural Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill, but what everybody is most excited to see is the cross-country. Longtime attendees of the venue’s previous four-star long won’t recognize much on Ian Stark’s course. It’s an entirely new route in a new location, running from Fair Hill’s steeplechase track out to the Sawmill Road Field, where cross-country is held for national-level horse trials, before looping back to finish at the steeplechase course. Stark has said he likes to build horse-friendly courses with “rider frightener” fences, and there are plenty of those to be found on the 11-minute track. [Walk the Maryland Five Star Course]

We aren’t in Kansas, anymore Toto. And Fair Hill doesn’t look like the Fair Hill of yesteryear. If you’re lucky enough to attend the event this weekend, you’ll see that the changes are massive. And if you’re staying tuned remotely, COTH has kindly provided a virtual walk around the new fantabulous facilities.From plentiful shopping to a dog jump course, there’s nothing you’ll want to miss. [Take A Walk Around MD5*]

Alongside the 5* and 3* action at Maryland this week, there’s also the East Coast Young Event Horse Championships running. Yesterday, the 4-year-old winners were crowned, and you can catch up on that action here.

A fundraising campaign has been launched aiming to create “a lasting memorial” for the four event horses killed in a road collision. The Archie Legacy, founded by Pammy Hutton and Islay Auty, with support from eventer Nick Gauntlett, will raise funds towards an ongoing breeding project using frozen semen from Nick’s stallion Party Trick, who died in the accident on the way to Blair Castle International Horse Trials on 24 August, along with Sophie Hulme’s Ice Cool Cooley, Charisma TH and Farytale Cooley. The aim is to breed a son or daughter of Party Trick, a Sports Horse Breeding (GB) champion stallion by Chilli Morning, who could go on to compete at future Olympic Games. [The Archie Legacy]

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Check out this cool video from MD5* with some of the leading riders this weekend!

Dressage Day One News & Notes Presented by Stable View

Kentucky serving lewks in the morning at the RRP Mega Makeover. Photo by Allison Howell.

It’s here! It’s happening! We’ve been waiting for over a year for this folks, and it’s finally happening! The possibilities that come with North America having two competitions at this level, and of this quality positively excite me. We will have more opportunities for our riders to practice this level, and compete against the baddies from across the pond. I’ll be there Friday, and I can’t wait to hook up with my girls from EN and take a million pictures on cross country.

Don’t forget to check out our Maryland Form Guide, filled with all the info about every single horse in the 5*, and useful if you’re watching from home, or lucky enough to witness it in person.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill: [Website] [Tickets] [Schedule] [Entries] [Volunteer] [EN’s Coverage] [Daily Digest Email Sign-up] [EN’s Twitter] [EN’s Instagram]

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

Pine Hill Fall H.T. (Bellville, Tx.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

News From Around the Globe:

You need more facts and graphs and fun facts about the Maryland Five Star? Don’t worry guys and gals, you know I got you. After being selected as the fall location for a second CCI5*-L in the U.S. in 2017, the inaugural Maryland 5 Star will take place at Fair Hill in Elkton, Md. this week starting with the first horse inspection today. There are 48 horse and rider pairs in the five-star field hoping to bring home the first Maryland 5 Star victory. Who do you think will be leading the victory gallop? [Maryland Five Star Fast Facts]

The distracted horse: an issue that plagues us all. Whether your horse is nervous, afraid, or more motivated by other interests, keeping a distracted horse on task is an important skill. The infamous Tik Maynard lends his advice on how to identify the source of the distracted behavior, and slowly help your horse resolve the issue. This will make your life so much better! [Dealing with the Distracted Horse]

Need a podcast to keep you going and keep your Maryland Five Star Fever at bay? Check out this special edition of the USEA podcast. Nicole is joined by Rob Burk, Irish Olympian Sam Watson, and some very special guests to look forward to a big week ahead in the Maryland 5 Star Preview Show. [Maryland 5* Podcast]

If you can’t wait for Saturday, check out this quick coursewalk and photo gallery from H&H. You’ll find some old classics, and some new artistic, and terrifying jumps for this premier event. When is the last time we saw a brand new 5* course??? [Maryland Five Star Course]

Friday News & Notes

Friendship and camaraderie goals. Photo by JJ Sillman.

Whenever a non-eventer asks me why I chose the sport of Eventing, aside from the obvious adrenaline rush of cross country, I always say it’s because of the people and the attitude at competitions. When you are walking out to cross country, it doesn’t matter if you’re at a 5* or a Beginner Novice, somebody on their way back from riding the course will tell you good luck, and nine times out of ten, give you tips on how the course rode. What other sport would offer competitors helping others? Not many, and certainly not many in the horse world. But in Eventing, you congratulate the winner and you mean it.

U.S. Weekend Preview

Morven Park International CCI4*-L (Leesburg, Va.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Schedule] [Volunteer]

Woodside International H.T. (Woodside, Ca.): [Website] [Volunteer] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Heritage Park H.T. (Olathe, Ks.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Hitching Post Farm H.T. (South Royalton, Vt.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Poplar Place Farm H.T. (Hamilton, Ga.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer]

Radnor Hunt H.T. (Malvern, Pa.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Volunteer]

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

Major International Events

Military Boekelo Enschede CCIO4*-L & FEI Nations Cup of Eventing: [Website] [Info Hub] [Entries] [Live Stream] [EN’s Coverage]

News From Around the Globe:

Ready to take a walk around the brand new Morven Park International CCI4*-L cross-country course? Derek di Grazia designed the 5,700-meter course set on the grounds of the historic Morven Park property. With 44 jumping efforts across 26 numbered fences and an optimum time of 10 minutes, di Grazia has built a true four-star test. [Fence by Fence Cross Country Walk at Morven 4*]

Sorocaima might have re-routed to Morven CCI4*-L instead of debuting at the 5* level in Maryland, but he still has a pretty cool story. Purchased as a four-year old out of Parx Racetrack by Matthew Bryner, then found his way to Nilsson Moreira de Silva’s barn, and after that to Jill Henneberg’s program for a young rider. Competing at the training level with that young rider, Jill called Buck Davidson in 2019, and told him that the horse had too much talent for her student, and he should seriously consider the gelding. Cam quickly climbed the levels with Buck, and within two years was competing competently at the Advanced level. [Ex-Racehorse Sorocaima Climbs the Levels]

The Maryland Horse Trials at Loch Moy Farm hosted the 2021 Area II Championships over the October 1-3 weekend. With nine different championship levels offered in addition to their regular horse trial divisions, Loch Moy was bursting at the seams with horse and rider pairs all weekend long. Reporters from the USEA caught up with some of the Area II Champions to recap their experience at this year’s season finale and to share their thoughts on their equine partners that helped make their victory gallops possible. [Riders Recap: Area II Championships]

We want your spooky halloween horse stories! From the haunted steed of the Headless Horseman to the ghost riders in the sky, horses have always figured prominently in our favorite hair-raising tales we love to tell this time of year. Horses have the power to invoke our deepest emotions, and when you take a horse with mane and tail a-blowing in a chill October breeze as the sun dips down beneath the horizon and the air grows suddenly cool, the shadows playing tricks on your eyes, you have the perfect recipe for a ghost story for the ages. And we want to hear yours! Whether you have an old tale that’s been passed down in your barn family or you conjure up the best spooky story in your mind and put it down on paper, we’re calling for your best horsey Halloween tales for our second annual short story contest. We’ll publish the best around Halloween. [Fifth Annual Horse Nation Halloween Short Story Contest]

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Photo by Jamie Gornall.

Morven Park this weekend will feel a little emptier without the usual sight of Tremaine Cooper zooming around the cross country course. Tremaine designed the courses at one of our oldest eventing venues in Area II for over 30 years, until we lost him tragically earlier this year. He was also frequently seen mentoring fellow course designers, always nodding to those who came before him and spent the time teaching him the craft. He was also a staunch supporter of safety, putting his experience behind emerging concepts such as frangible technology and the Modified level as a stepping-stone between Training and Preliminary. Indeed, a true list of every accomplishment, accolade, kind word, and time spent from a person who was a true integral part of the eventing community would take up hundreds of pages. A plaque to remember him by is now by the infamous Leaf Pit at Morven.

U.S. Weekend Preview

Morven Park International CCI4*-L (Leesburg, Va.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Schedule] [Volunteer]

Woodside International H.T. (Woodside, Ca.): [Website] [Volunteer] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Heritage Park H.T. (Olathe, Ks.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Hitching Post Farm H.T. (South Royalton, Vt.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Poplar Place Farm H.T. (Hamilton, Ga.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer]

Radnor Hunt H.T. (Malvern, Pa.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Volunteer]

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

Major International Events

Military Boekelo Enschede CCIO4*-L & FEI Nations Cup of Eventing: [Website] [Info Hub] [Entries] [Live Stream] [EN’s Coverage]

News From Around the Globe:

Maryland 5* might be Ian Stark’s first five-star design, but he’s no stranger to the level. Ian hardly needs an introduction, but I’ll just leave this here: over the years, he rode 18 horses at the five-star level, winning Badminton three times—twice on Sir Wattie and once on Jaybee, and in 1988 performed a feat that has yet to be replicated by finishing 1st and 2nd at Badminton. He also made appearances at five Olympic Games resulting in three team silver medals and one individual silver; a team gold, team silver and individual silver in world championship competitions; and six team golds plus an individual gold, silver and bronze medal at European Championships. So, he takes this 5* stuff pretty seriously, you could say. [Five-Star Winner to Five-Star Designer]

The FEI has announced the opening of the voting period for the 2021 FEI Awards, and we want to congratulate the members of the American equestrian community who have been named finalists, including Boyd Martin’s groom Stephanie Simpson, The Compton Cowboys, and Beatrice Delavalette. In the Best Groom category, Stephanie Simpson has been nominated for her role as groom for Boyd. Paralympian Beatrice de Lavalette is a finalist in the Against All Odds category, in recognition of her journey from losing her legs in the March 2016 terrorist attack at the Zaventem Airport in Brussels, Belgium, to becoming a world-class athlete in the sport of para dressage. The Compton Cowboys are a collective of lifelong friends who have made it their mission to uplift their community through horses while drawing on the rich legacy of African American cowboy culture. [Vote Now for 2021 FEI Awards]

Do you ever read Day In The Life articles about famous riders and wonder how they seem so organized and hardcore? Yeah, you’re not alone. Basically any day in my life could look like an absolute crap show, or possibly like a gang of squirrels with ADD got together and made my schedule. Blogger Allison Kavey takes us on a much, much more relatable day in her chaotic life. [ADITL: An Inferior White Board]

We want your spooky halloween horse stories! From the haunted steed of the Headless Horseman to the ghost riders in the sky, horses have always figured prominently in our favorite hair-raising tales we love to tell this time of year. Horses have the power to invoke our deepest emotions, and when you take a horse with mane and tail a-blowing in a chill October breeze as the sun dips down beneath the horizon and the air grows suddenly cool, the shadows playing tricks on your eyes, you have the perfect recipe for a ghost story for the ages. And we want to hear yours! Whether you have an old tale that’s been passed down in your barn family or you conjure up the best spooky story in your mind and put it down on paper, we’re calling for your best horsey Halloween tales for our second annual short story contest. We’ll publish the best around Halloween. [Fifth Annual Horse Nation Halloween Short Story Contest]

 

Friday News & Notes

Flashback Friday, can you name them all? Photo courtesy of Dorothy Crowell.

I love a good flashback photo, and Dorothy Crowell provided the perfect one to head today’s news post. The hardened gang of 90’s fashionistas above were all preparing for the 1994 WEG by training in England. Left to right, this photo includes Michael Godfrey, Marcia Carabelle, Dorothy herself, Bruce Davidson, Louise Merriman, Stephen Bradley, Jim Graham, Jill Walton, David and Karen O’Connor, and Mark Phillips. Did you guess the right names?

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Fleur de Leap H.T. (Folsom, La.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer]

Jump Start H.T. and Area VIII Championships (Lexington, Ky.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Larkin Hill H.T. (North Chatham, Ny.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer]

The Maryland H.T. at Loch Moy Farm + Area II Championships (Adamstown, Md.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer]

Middle Tennessee Pony Club H.T. (Nashville, Tn.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Moqui Meadows H.T. (Greeley, Co.): [Website]

Spokane Sport Horse Seventh Annual Fall H.T. (Spokane, Wa.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Sundance Farm H.T. (Plymouth, Wi.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Willow Draw Charity Show (Weatherford, Tx.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

News From Around the Globe:

As the first American to ever win CHIO Aachen, Will Coleman certainly has earned a little rest. However, he has returned to the states to prepare for the upcoming Maryland 5*, and in the meantime getting interviewed by everyone who can track him down. Nicole Brown managed to chat with him for a whole podcast, and they relive the glory of Aachen, talk about his daily motivation in training horses, and also offer listeners a chance to name his baby on the way!  [When Nicole Met Will]

The USEA has announced that Cole Horn’s MBF Cooley Permission To Land is the 2021 recipient of the Holekamp/Turner Grant and The Dutta Corp. prize! MBF Cooley Permission To Land (Cobra x Deeply Dippy K) is a 7-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding ridden and owned by Cole Horn and bred by Knightfield Stud. The pair will represent the U.S. at the 2021 FEI Eventing World Breeding Championships for Young Horses in the 7-year-old CCIYH3*-L Championship. The Championship will take place at Mondial du Lion in Le Lion d’Angers, France on October 21-24, 2021. [Mondial du Lion Travel Grant Winner]

Are you a half pad addict? Some riders always, always use a half pad, but in reality, they aren’t always doing as much good as you think they are. In a new study, gel-filled half-pads increased pressure at the withers, potentially causing discomfort and interfering with horses’ movement. Meanwhile, new wool and medical-grade foam half-pads appeared somewhat helpful, reducing pressure under the rider’s seat during sitting trot and canter—at least under the saddles used in the study, said Russell MacKechnie-Guire, PhD, of Centaur Biomechanics and The Royal Veterinary College. The findings suggest not all half-pads are helpful—although some can be—and that it’s critical riders discuss half-pad options with their saddle fitters to make the right choice for their horse and saddle. [Half Pads Aren’t Always Helpful]

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Hardly anything pleases me more than looking at talented young horses. Winners were crowned in four age groups across each of the Olympic disciplines at the 2021 NEXGEN young horse championships, which has proved hugely popular since it launched last year. “This is a new series showcasing the very best of British-based equine talent in the three Olympic disciplines, and we have big plans and high hopes for the future,” said NEXGEN director Victoria Wright. “We’d like to emulate Germany’s Bundeschampionat, and we will keep working towards producing an event of that significance.” [NEXGEN Young Horse Champions]

 

Thursday News & Notes Presented by Stable View

The best XC fence ever. Photo courtesy of Horse-Events.

It’s clipping season! I’ve already done my first few body clips from my usual September hairy boys, with more lining up behind them. Most people really hate clipping, but I’ve never minded it. It has the satisfaction of detail oriented work with a beautiful finished product, and also I get to log some great audiobook hours. Am I a nerd? Yes. Do I apologize for it? Absolutely not.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Fleur de Leap H.T. (Folsom, La.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer]

Jump Start H.T. and Area VIII Championships (Lexington, Ky.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Larkin Hill H.T. (North Chatham, Ny.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer]

The Maryland H.T. at Loch Moy Farm + Area II Championships (Adamstown, Md.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer]

Middle Tennessee Pony Club H.T. (Nashville, Tn.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Moqui Meadows H.T. (Greeley, Co.): [Website]

Spokane Sport Horse Seventh Annual Fall H.T. (Spokane, Wa.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Sundance Farm H.T. (Plymouth, Wi.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Willow Draw Charity Show (Weatherford, Tx.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

News From Around the Globe:

For a victim, reaching out to SafeSport can feel like an impossibly hard step. They first must recognize what has happened and understand that bringing it to the light of day helps them begin to move forward but also helps protect other potential future victims. The idea of going to SafeSport can feel like a scary cliff that they are jumping off. Carrie Kehring shares her experience alongside her daughter Maggie, who recently brought a SafeSport complaint against her former coach Rich Fellers. She hopes that her tell-all will educate and inform others about the process. [One Journey Through the SafeSport Process]

Kurt Martin and his farrier Darryl Mattern made a winning team at the USEA East Coast FEH this fall.  When Kurt took on Anna Bella as a sales horse, the barely broke, nearly feral 5-year-old Holsteiner probably seemed an unlikely prospect for the foundation of a future breeding program.v But a decade later her first foal, a gray named Record Year by Upsilon, took top honors in the filly section of the FEH East Coast 2-Year-Old Championships at Loch Moy Farm. The filly placed third overall among the 2-year-olds with a score of 83.5. [Martin & Mattern Win Big at FEH Championships]

Bringing a horse to the Advanced level from the very beginning is no mean feat. Jimmie Schramm did just that this year, six years after her last Advanced start with her retired mount Bellamy, with her mare Eclaire. The pair met in Germany when Eclaire was just four, and Jimmie fell in love immediately. The path hasn’t always been straightforward, but the mare is a beast on cross country, which has made the transitions up the levels easier. [The Stars Aligned for Jimmie & Eclaire]

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In December of 2020, Allison Springer purchased and began a few updates on her own Deerfield Farm in Upperville, Va. which boasts a cross-country course with questions for combinations working anything from Beginner Novice through Advanced as well as quality footing in the sizable indoor and outdoor arenas. These updates have paved the way for Springer to host a popular at-home clinic series which provides regularly scheduled opportunities for riders local to Area II. [Featured Clinician: Allison Springer]

 

Friday News & Notes

Friday feelings. Photo by Jen Burgess.

Tomorrow, my friend is getting married to my vet of the past 16 years, and it is going to be the most horse-person filled wedding of all time. The horse community is strong in my area of Virginia, and I really can’t wait to see all the super tan arms and the super pale legs as we all pretend to know how to dress up outside of jodhpur pants and tall boots. We know how to walk in heels, right?

U.S. Weekend Preview

Stable View Oktoberfest 2/3/4* and H.T. (Aiken, Sc.): [Website] [Ride Times] [Live Scores] [Volunteer]

Twin Rivers Fall International (Paso Robles, Ca.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times] [Volunteer]

ESDCTA New Jersey H.T. (Allentown, Nj.): [Website] [Volunteer]

Old Tavern H.T. at Great Meadow (The Plains, Va.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Volunteer]

University of New Hampshire H.T. (Durham, Nh.): [Website] [Entries]

Major International Events:

FEI Eventing European Championships: [Website] [Entries] [Start List & Scores] [Live Stream] [EN’s Coverage]

News From Around the Globe:

The biggest news of the week is obviously the retirement of the great Andrew Nicholson. The UK-based New Zealand national is one of the world’s most successful event riders of all time. He has ridden at six Olympics, winning two team bronze and a silver in the process, and seven World Championships, with team gold and both team and individual world medals to his name. Please enjoy this photo gallery from H&H of Andrew in years past. [Celebrating Andrew Nicholson]

Being efficient and skilled in your turns isn’t just for show jumpers anymore. The new competitive modern eventing means it’s crucial for any rider to master their technique when it comes to riding a turn and specifically through flatwork. Twenty-eight-year-old Swiss Olympic Show Jumper, Martin Fuchs, shares his advice, strategies and techniques for more balanced, efficient turns for all types of jumping courses. [Martin Fuchs’ Top Tips For Mastering Turns]

With the horse market going crazy and travel to Europe tricky at this time, more people are buying horses sight unseen. However, this is not a task for the uninitiated or uninformed. Following six simple rules from an equestrian law firm familiar with the proceedings will help you in your endeavors to find the perfect horse on the internet. [Six Rules For Buying A Horse Sight Unseen]

Amateurs competing in hunter/jumper, eventing and dressage, among others, will not be allowed to teach beginner lessons under proposed changes to the USEF’s so-called “amateur rule”—a reversal of course a task force studying the issue made in response to member feedback. Allowing amateurs to teach introductory lessons was one of five proposed rule changes discussed Wednesday during a USEF Amateur Task Force Rule Change Update And Survey Results webinar. As a result of the survey and member feedback, four of the five proposed changes will go to the Nov. 21 USEF board of directors meeting for approval. [Four Amateur Rule Changes Move Forward]

 

Thursday News & Notes Presented by Stable View

Wedding in a barn, but make it fancy. Photo courtesy of Stable View.

While you’re thoroughly enjoying Stable View’s Oktoberfest this weekend, imagine yourself (or a friend!) getting married there! That’s right, you can have the barn wedding of your dreams, but also super fancy. The main barn and the pavilion are fully equipped for indoor and outdoor rehearsal dinners, ceremonies, and receptions. With accommodations for up to 75 guests, check out the full details on the Stable View Wedding site!

U.S. Weekend Preview

Stable View Oktoberfest 2/3/4* and H.T. (Aiken, Sc.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer]

Twin Rivers Fall International (Paso Robles, Ca.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times] [Volunteer]

ESDCTA New Jersey H.T. (Allentown, Nj.): [Website] [Volunteer]

Old Tavern H.T. at Great Meadow (The Plains, Va.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Volunteer]

University of New Hampshire H.T. (Durham, Nh.): [Website] [Entries]

Major International Events:

FEI Eventing European Championships: [Website] [Entries] [Start List & Scores] [Live Stream] [EN’s Coverage]

News From Around the Globe:

Ingrid Klimke is looking to win a third individual title in a row at the FEI European Eventing Championships in Switzerland, a feat achieved by only two other riders. Only Britain’s Ginny Elliott and Klimke’s compatriot Michael Jung have won three-in-a-row from 1985 to 1989 and 2011 to 2015, respectively. Klimke is teaming up with her 17-year-old gelding SAP Hale Bob again, having excelled on the horse at the 2017 Championships in Strzegom in Poland and on home ground two years later in Luhmuehlen. SAP Hale Bob has also won European team gold in 2015 and an Olympic team silver medal at Rio 2016. [Ingrid Looks for Three-In-A-Row]

We all strive for greatness. Regardless of your age, level, or discipline; your horse and sport are just too important for you to give anything less than your best. But what happens when mistakes or missed opportunities interfere with your ability to achieve that greatness? What happens when disappointments make you mess up or feel let down? Well, for most riders the answer is simple. Regret. Regrets happen when you give 100% but it’s not good enough – when you do your best but your best isn’t enough. It happens when you should’ve done something different, should’ve done something better, or should’ve beat someone else. Learn how to remove regret from your mental game with Daniel Stewart. [Pressure Proof: Forget the Regret]

On the @blackequestrians Instagram page, a Sept. 14 post did not match the others: the photo was missing a horse. But make no mistake, Sabrina Lewis, 24, is most definitely an equestrian. She’s also the newly minted Miss California USA. Dressed in a dazzling gown with a sparkling crown, dangling earrings, sash and bouquet of flowers in hand, Lewis did not look like she’d been spending much time in a barn. But hey, we riders can clean up okay sometimes. Lewis rode at Berkely and was the captain of the Cal Equestrian Team, competing in IHSA competition. She began riding at age five, and in 2017, she was even accepted into the USHJA Emerging Athletes Program. While she spends less time in the saddle now, she wrote in a post last year, “To me, confidence is beautiful, and I feel my most confident on the back of a horse.” [Miss California USA Is An Equestrian]

Attention all USEA Intercollegiate Eventing teams, do you want to show off your school spirit while watching five-star competitors tackle cross-country? The USEA and Maryland 5 Star invites you to decorate a table with your eventing team on cross-country day, Saturday, October 16, at the inaugural Maryland 5 Star. They will also be offering an opportunity for USEA Interscholastic Eventing League members to learn more about colleges or universities that might suit them. [Exclusive Event for Intercollegiate/Interscholastic Eventing League]

As we head into winter, it’s time to think about care for our senior horses. After the age of 18, some senior horses may struggle to maintain weight, especially in the winter. As horses age, the wear and tear of a lifetime of exposure to parasites and other damaging events negatively affect the efficiency of their gastrointestinal tract. Even horses on stringent deworming schedules can have some damage from parasites. Combine that with worn teeth and aging digestive tissues, and you have a horse that can no longer maintain his or her weight. In this case, addressing dental problems, maintaining healthy digestive tract tissues, and adding easy-to-digest, energy-dense calories to the diet are your goal.[Choosing Supplements for Senior Horses]

Friday News & Notes Presented by Horse First

Photo courtesy of Horse First.

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]