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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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Highest Level Competed Advanced/CIC3*

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Friday News & Notes from SmartPak

Obos O’Reilly and Cooley On Show are bestest buds now that they went to Luhmuhlen together. Photo courtesy of Will Coleman.

Today is National Hydration Day, which is a good reminder for the summer sun (#nomoreheatstroke) but it’s ALSO National Take Your Dog To Work Day, which if you’re a horse person like me, every day is take your dog to work day! Do you even know a horse person who doesn’t also have a dog? Do they even exist?

Editors Note: Yes, those people do exist. Some of them own three cats. – Jenni

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

Surefire H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Honey Run H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

Want to work for EN? We are now accepting entries to our 7th Annual Blogger Contest, which is your opportunity to show us your writing chops for a chance to work for us. This is your time to shine, so let’s see what you’ve got! Entries are due this Friday, June 23. [7th Annual Blogger Contest]

For anyone interested in traveling from the East Coast to compete at Rebecca Farm, Max Corcoran is organizing a plane! The flight would leave on Monday, July 17 from Allentown, Pennsylvania, stop in Lexington, Kentucky to pick up more horses, and land in Kalispell, Montana. Max has 11 horses confirmed and needs 21 to fill the plane. Estimated cost is $9,000 per horse. If interested, please contact Max at [email protected].

Eventer Hillary Moses took a tumble while schooling cross country this week, and her friends are getting together to help her get through the long recovery. After a bad rotational fall on Tuesday, Hillary was rushed to the hospital where they found that she had a collapsed lung and a lacerated spleen, along with many other bumps and bruises. Her recovery is only partially managed with health insurance, and her time out of the saddle will be long. Friends have started a GoFundMe which they admit that Hillary will hate, but it all goes towards helping her back on her feet. [Hillary Moses Medical Donations]

Hot On Horse Nation: This Ridiculously Hilarious Photo Challenge

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday News & Notes from Nupafeed

Well, the longest day of the year has come and gone, so it’s all downhill from here folks. Just kidding! The first day of summer means it’s now officially time for you to be hot whenever you’re outside of a contained building! Now you can really get that riders tan going, and embrace the fact that your legs will be blinding from miles away, while your top half looks like a different species entirely. Yay, summer!

Also, for interested parties, today is National Onion Ring Day as well as National Chocolate Eclair Day, two causes that I can really get behind.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

Surefire H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Honey Run H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

Keep both hands on the reins at all times during FEI dressage tests, or you could be eliminated. Tristan Tucker found out the hard way during an Intermediate I test at Uggerhalne in Denmark this past weekend, as he was eliminated for patting his horse during the test. FEI rules state that the rider must have both hands on both reins during the entire test, or face elimination. This can be problematic if you need to adjust your hat, swat a fly, or pet your horse, right, FEI? Rules blunder #4,589. [Eliminated For Patting]

In case you didn’t get your Luhmuhlen fill….check out this stunning photo gallery on Noelle Floyd Style from Shannon Brinkman! [NF Style Photo Gallery]

Friends of James Alliston are raising money to sponsor a cross country jump in honor of his dad, John. John passed away unexpectedly last week, and they are hoping to raise enough money to sponsor a cross country jump at The Horse Park at Woodside in his memory. Donate if you can, to honor a kind, generous, and wonderful man. [Jumps for John]

For anyone interested in traveling from the East Coast to compete at Rebecca Farm, Max Corcoran is organizing a plane! The flight would leave on Monday, July 17 from Allentown, Pennsylvania, stop in Lexington, Kentucky to pick up more horses, and land in Kalispell, Montana. Max has 11 horses confirmed and needs 21 to fill the plane. Estimated cost is $9,000 per horse. If interested, please contact Max at [email protected].

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Hot on Horse Nation: 12 Parks & Rec Gifs That Encapsulate Equestrian Life


Product Review: Horseware Rambo Fly Buster Vamoose Fly Sheet

The Horseware Rambo Fly Buster Vamoose looks stylish, and works fabulously. Model is also sporting the Rambo Plus Flymask Vamoose. Photo by Kate Samuels.

Flies: a fact of life in the horse world, and there’s no getting around them. Even if you live far away from any cattle, in a pristine environment with no overpopulation and a muck heap miles away from your barn, you’ll have flies, and they will attack your horses. That’s why we have Horseware to come to our rescue, and save us from the madness.

With the Rambo Fly Buster Vamoose Fly Sheet, Horseware has really stepped up the fly sheet game. All of my previous complaints about the design, fit, and fabric of fly sheets in general have been addressed, suitably modified, and then they went further and gave it little details that really matter for overall functionality.

Let’s start with what I consider to be the coolest feature: the self healing blanket fabric. How many times have you brought a horse in from the field only to find that he has rolled on a stick and ripped his fancy new fly sheet in half? Once is too many times, but with this blanket, you don’t have to worry, because holes and indents are easily fixed, and the fabric remains as strong as ever.

Charlotte Dujardin uses the Rambo Fly Buster Vamoose sheet for Blueberry and all her other horses, and loves them so much, she took some time to make this video for her Instagram account. This video perfectly shows how the blanket self heals, so you won’t be irritated with little holes in your blanket every time your horse goes to roll in the field.

Secondly, this blanket has Horseware’s patented Vamoose technology, which means that the fabric has been treated with Permethrin. This is odorless and invisible, but has been proven to repel mosquitos, ants, ticks, flies, midges and chiggers. This treatment is long-lasting on the fabric, so it will survive being washed 70 times, and it won’t bleed off onto your horse’s skin if they sweat.

Getting into the fit of the blanket is really exciting, because as usual, Horseware has gone above and beyond. The Rambo Fly Buster has extra deep sides, a belly flap to protect against gnats, an extra long tail flap, and it fit my horse’s curves in all the right ways without being restrictive in the least. I genuinely felt like he was the most protected he could possibly be without actually being wrapped in material like a Christmas gift.

The Horseware Rambo Fly Buster Vamoose keeps your horse fly-free from every angle. Photo by Kate Samuels.

The neck cover is removable, and tapered at the top for an expert fit which you can see smoothly goes right into fly mask coverage. He’s wearing the Rambo Plus Flymask with Vamoose (review coming soon!), which makes a very nice picture.

The material of the fly sheet is actually very soft, and incredibly lightweight. This means that you can turn your horse out during the day and know that he won’t have any issues with chafing, and the addition of a sheet won’t make him unduly sweaty. There are silky soft swaths of fabric around the neckline and lining the shoulder area that also prevent unsightly blanket rubs or hair loss.

The extra long tail flap combined with the leg arches keep your horse protected front to back. Photo by Kate Samuels.

This particular horse runs very hot, and actually hates all blankets, even in the winter. I turned him out during the day for a few hours while wearing this blanket, and was pleased to see when I brought him in, that he looked neither grumpy nor sweaty, which is a great improvement upon all of our previous endeavors into the realm of fly sheets.

Even if your horses go out overnight, like mine do, the flies are out and about as long as the sun is up, and as soon as it peeks out in the morning. I can bring my horses in at 6am and they’re already stomping and shaking their heads from flies, so a fly sheet is necessary for the ones that are a little more sensitive.

This fly sheet has three straight surcingles attached to a belly guard, so you don’t have to worry about the stomach getting eaten by gnats. Photo by Kate Samuels.

The Rambo Fly Buster Vamoose sheet is on sale right now though Horseware, and you can take it home for only $200. It comes in an oatmeal color with black accents, and is available in all sizes from 60-87.

And there’s more! Horseware just launched a fly sheet trade-in for U.S. and Canadian residents. If you trade in a clean, used flysheet from ANY blanket brand, you can get $30 off any Rambo fly sheet. The trade-in runs through July 21. Click here to find a participating retailer near you.

Friday News & Notes from SmartPak

Yesterday, I was doing some work around the barn, and decided to go grab a rake. It was a large, metal rake, and as luck would have it, was facing away from me. So, being a smart person, I said, I’ll just really slowly step on the teeth of this rake and have it come upright towards me. I thought I could manage it. I thought I was smarter than the cartoon character that steps on a rake. I was not, and today I’m sporting a very large egg on my forehead, and struggling to wear my helmet. #glamorouslife #equestrianstyle

Events This Week:

Luhmühlen Links: WebsiteEntriesScheduleFriday Starting OrderLive ScoresFEI TVEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

Feather Creek Farm HT: [Website] [Ride Times & Live Scores]

Golden Spike HT: [Website] [Ride Times & Live Scores]

Come Again Farm Fathers Day HT: [Website] [Ride Times & Live Scores]

Bucks County Park HT: [Website] [Ride Times & Live Scores]

Silverwood Farm Spring HT: [Website] [Ride Times]

Seneca Valley Pony Club Spring HT: [Website] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Full Gallop Farm June HT: [Website] [Ride Times]

Great Vista HT: [Website] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

War Horse Event Series June HT: [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

News & Notes:

What to do when you’ve got a really slow moving young horse? I’ve got one right now (pictured above), and he’s lovely and safe and dead quiet to ride. Downside is, he can barely trot around the ring for a few times in a row, he’s so tired by moving his giant body around. He needs some long slow miles to build strength to move a little faster, but it will come! Horse & Hound has some suggestions for teaching a young horse to go forward properly. [H&H]

It’s no secret that horses shaped our world into what it is today, even if they aren’t part of everyday life for everyone anymore. From being major assets in war times, to lending a hand to the economic boom in cities, and still supporting rural towns around the world, horses have worked alongside humans for as long as we can remember. If you’re into history, check out this history of the horse. [When Horses Ruled]

Casually looking for a multi-million dollar equine haven just outside L.A.? Don’t worry, we got you covered. You’ll be rubbing elbows with the most famous celebrity horse owners in no time, for just $6.9 million you can own a forty acre show jumping paradise! [Horse Nation]

Holy cow, SmartPak is throwing a summer party with deals to knock your socks off. I mean, SmartPak always has your back with great prices on amazing products, but they’re really doing it up right now with some serious summer savings. Check out the necessities of summer survival here today! [SmartPak Product of the Day]

I couldn’t NOT post this:

Friday News & Notes from SmartPak

Pebbly Maximus isn’t so sure about this handler…..Photo by Lesley Grant Law.

Do all horse trainers wonder constantly if they have seasonal allergies? But then I realize that instead it’s just the dry season of summer and I’ve been standing in a dusty arena for several hours and I have a thin film of sand and rock dust coating both the outside and inside of my body. Is this just me? Washing off a “tan” at the end of the day is normal, right?

Bromont Links: Website, Entries, Ride Times, Live Scores, EN’s Coverage, EN’s Twitter, EN’s Instagram

Bramham Links: Website, Entries & Live Scores, XC Live StreamEN’s Coverage

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Larkin Hill H.T. [Website]

Valinor Farm H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

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

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

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

Roebke’s Run CCI/CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

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

Camelot Equestrian Horse Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

Derbyshire Farms H.T. [Website]

News From Around the Globe:

Thoroughbred junkies around the US grieved the loss of the great Holy Bull yesterday, euthanized at the age of 26. Holy Bull succumbed to the infirmities of old age, and was put down at Jonabell Farm, his home as a stud horse for the past 22 years. Holy Bull was an incredible racehorse, retiring with 13 wins in 16 races, and won the title of Champion 3-year-old, accumulating over $2 million in his career. He was an incredibly prolific and successful sire, and the thoroughbred world will miss him greatly. [Holy Bull Euthanized at 26]

Michael Owen announced yesterday that he was retiring his four-star partner, The Highland Prince, from upper level competition. “Darcy” competed for 12 consecutive years with Michael, never missing a competition due to a lameness, but came up a bit off at the jogs at Tattersalls this month. At 17  years old, Darcy jumped clear at 83 of his 88 competitions, including four CCI4* rounds. He will now drop down and do a few BE90’s with Michael’s girlfriend, Ashleigh. [Four Star Horse Retires]

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Hot on Horse Nation: Waltzing Matilda Breathes New Life Into Leather

The USEF Town Hall at Upperville Colt & Horse Show is heating up around issues of possible new drug regulations. USEF President Murray Kessler, USEF CEO Bill Moroney, and USHJA President Mary Babick offered a free-for-all Q&A at Upperville this week, and competitors certainly didn’t hold back. The possibility of regulating and/or banning Depro-Provara was certainly first and foremost on their minds, as many trainers are using it not only for mares, but for geldings and stallions as well. [USEF Opens Questions About Drug Regulations at Upperville]

Remembering Holy Bull:

Thursday News & Notes from Nupafeed

The king of jog strip fashion himself, Chris Talley with OTTB Wonderhorse, Unmarked Bills. Photo courtesy of Chris

There is a LOT of eventing going on this weekend, as you might be able to tell from the extensive links list below. I still haven’t made it up to Bromont, but it’s on my bucket list. I’ll just have to find a friend to drive with, because holy cow that’s a long haul. Every year I think about the eventers in Florida who make the trek, and think that they might be a little extra insanity in the middle.

Bromont Links: Bromont Links: Website, Entries, Ride Times, Live Scores, EN’s Coverage, EN’s Twitter, EN’s Instagram

Bramham Links: Website, Entries & Live Scores, XC Live StreamEN’s Coverage

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Larkin Hill H.T. [Website]

Valinor Farm H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

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

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

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

Roebke’s Run CCI/CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

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

Camelot Equestrian Horse Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

Derbyshire Farms H.T. [Website]

News From Around the Globe:

In case you missed it….[Photo Gallery & Notes from Bromont CCI First Inspection]

Irish Show Jump rider Kevin Thornton has been fined and suspended for 4 months following an FEI Tribunal that found him guilty of horse abuse. On October the 10th of 2016, Kevin was seen to be taking a grey horse, Flogas Sunset Cruise, out on the racetrack at the Hippodrome de la Cote d’Azur and whipping and spurring it repeatedly as it galloped and attempted to stop. The horse collapsed and died of unrelated causes on the same day, but the abuse was bad enough that the FEI was able to produce eight eye-witness testimonials to the severity of the situation. [FEI Tribunal Finds Show Jumper Guilty]

Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) can help treat tendon injuries in horses, but recent research has revealed that laser dosing is definitely not “one-size-fits-all.” Scientists found that the amount of laser light reaching the tendon depends substantially on the horse’s hair and skin—in particular its thickness and color. A recent study found that the darker the horse’s skin, the less laser light that gets through to the underlying tissues. That was also true for the horse’s hair color—the darker the hair, the less laser light that gets past the melanin “barrier.” While shaving the hair off certainly improved the penetration rate, the base color of the skin under the shaved hair could still hamper the laser light. [Laser Therapy: Not the Same For All Horses]

The entry date for the Surefire Horse Trials has been extended until Wednesday, June 14It’s a fun, well-run, fantastic summer event … get your entries in today! See website for entry status as well as information on how to post-enter. [Surefire Eventing]

Hot on Horse Nation: An Open Letter to Classic Empire, Who Just Can’t Seem To Catch A Break This Year

Phyllis Dawson is a household name in eventing, and holds popular jump clinics at her Windchase Farm in Virginia during the winter months. As a veteran of the U.S. Eventing Team, her list of rider accomplishments includes top placings at four-star events all over the globe, as well as the highest-placed U.S. rider at the Seoul Olympic Games in 1988, where she finished 10th. The USEA stopped by to ask her about her teaching philosophy, and how she likes to talent spot for the next generation of riders. [Featured Clinician: Phyllis Dawson]

Friday News & Notes from SmartPak

Horses are super majestic. Photo by Kate Samuels.

Everyone’s all pumped up about Tattersalls this weekend, meanwhile I’m back at home just thrilled that my 4-year-old moose baby head has stopped being a turd about standing still for the mounting block, and after one long hack, has really settled into his work and seems to be enjoying himself. It’s always nice with young horses when you get over that little hump where they feel like “work” is unfair in theory and practice, and they start to do the job with you. This is what I live for!

There’s also plenty of eventing around the world to watch this weekend. You can check out Tattersalls live here, which will be showing parts of the CICO3* Nations Cup dressage today as well as CCI* cross country starting at 5:30 a.m./10:30 a.m. EST. The second leg of Event Rider Masters is also live streaming at Wiesbaden here, with dressage starting at 8:30 a.m./2:30 a.m. EST.

Tattersalls Links: WebsiteEntries & Live ScoresCIC3* Ride TimesLive StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

Wiesbaden ERM Links: Website, Order of Go, Live Scores, Live Stream

U.S. Weekend Preview:

GMHA June H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

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

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

Poplar Place June H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

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

Colorado Horse Park CCI/CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

The Australian International 3-Day Event (Aus3DE) announced yesterday that Mitsubishi Motors will partner with the iconic international equestrian event as Naming Rights sponsor for the next three years. The Mitsubishi Motors Australian International Three Day Event is one of only six CCI four star (Olympic standard) events to be held across the world, and attracts over 25,000 spectators in Adelaide over the three days. Mitsubishi Motors Australia CEO, Mutsuhiro Oshikiri announced “Mitsubishi Motors has an international company with a head office in Adelaide, is proud to be the official naming sponsor of the Mitsubishi Motors Australian Three Day Event and to show its support for this major event in the Australian sporting calendar.” [MMAI3DE Is The New Moniker]

The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is pleased to announce longtime sponsor, Nutrena, will be returning as a Corporate Sponsor and the “Official Feed of the USEA.” Nutrena has shown its support for the USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) for several years and will be a Presenting Sponsor of this year’s event. The USEA American Eventing Championships, presented by Nutrena, will be held August 30-September 3, 2017 at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, North Carolina. [Nutrena Returns as Top Sponsor to USEA]

Best of Blogs: Be the Tortoise: Win at the Upper Levels by Losing at the Lower Ones

Sometimes the internet offers up an article that isn’t about horses, but is still incredibly relevant to our lives. This time, it’s about an 11-year-old boy and his audition for Julliard, and his mother’s view of how much time and effort and practice and learning how to practice it takes to get to that one, single audition. Read this, you’ll like it. [How Top Performers Practice]

You’re gonna wanna watch this entire video. You can thank me later.


Thursday News & Notes from Nupafeed

Kim Severson’s groom Andi Lawrence really enjoying Ireland with Cooley Cross Border! Photo via Andi.

I’ll make a bold statement today, before anybody can beat me to it: I think Cooley Cross Border will return to his homeland and make a big statement this weekend, and bring home a top five placing for the USA. I’ve got him on my Eventing Podcast Pod Picks Team, but sadly I’m not even close to the top of the leaderboard, so I’m calling on you, Kim, help me out! You can watch live here.

North American ride times at Tattersalls:

Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Revelation: 10:30 a.m./5:30 a.m. EST
Katherine Coleman and Back to Business: 11:55 a.m./6:55 a.m. EST
Kathryn Robinson and Let It Bee: 1:52 p.m./8:52 p.m. EST
Kim Severson and Cooley Cross Border: 2:20 p.m./9:20 a.m. EST
Phillip Dutton and Z: 3:24 p.m./10:24 a.m. EST
Buck Davidson and Carlevo: 3:38 p.m./10:38 a.m. EST

Tattersalls Links: Website, Entries & Live Scores, CCI3* Ride Times, Live Stream, EN’s Coverage, EN’s Twitter, EN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Preview:

GMHA June H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

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

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

Poplar Place June H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

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

Colorado Horse Park CCI/CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

Noelle Floyd Style, popular blog from the Hunter/Jumper world, has dipped her toe into the Eventing crowd. Now that we’ve invaded Devon, there is no looking back. Sara Kozumplik Murphy hit the big time with her win at the inaugural Devon Arena Eventing on her sparkly unicorn, and now she gets her own NF Style interview. [Eight Questions for Sara Murphy]

I don’t care what world you’re from, if you’re not looking at Devon right now, we need to talk. I’ve been following Devon on Instagram (@devon1896) all week, and the crew over at Horse Nation has been right there with me. A few things to shamelessly enjoy: shetland pony races, perfect hunter braids, tiny children on tiny perfect ponies, and Ladies’ Day. Ladies’ Day is where everyone gets dressed up in the most incredible outfits with the most insane hats you’ve ever seen. You gotta check it out. [Ladies’ Day At Devon]

Drama in the Hunter world as Kelley Farmer and Larry Glefke file a complaint against the USEF regarding their positive drug tests and subsequent suspensions. Glefke and Farmer were suspended in January following positive tests for the substance, GABA, a naturally occurring amino acid that is also given to horses to promote calmness. Glefke was suspended for 24 months and fined $24,000 and Farmer was suspended for 12 months and fined $12,000, and the pair claim that there was intentional mishandling of the evidence. [Glefke & Farmer Lodge Complaint Against USEF]

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Friday News & Notes from Kentucky Equine Research

Skyeler Voss and Argyle accepted at the VA CCI*. Photo courtesy of Skye.

Cheering for my buds at VAHT this weekend, I sadly won’t be able to attend, but I’ll be stalking the scoreboard with the rest of you. VAHT is my hometown event, and the place where I did my very first Eventing competition, so it holds a special place in my heart. Good luck this weekend everyone!

International Events Going On:

[Saumur Live Scoring]

[Houghton Hall Live Scoring]

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Mystic Valley Hunt Club H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

Virginia CCI/CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Flora Lea Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

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

Willow Draw Charity H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

The Spring Event at Woodside H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

May-Daze at the Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

News From Around the Globe:

The second annual intercollegiate eventing championships kicked off yesterday at the beginning of VAHT. Last year, the University of Georgia red team took home the gold, but this year there are 17 colleges, 21 teams, and 81 riders vying for the top prize. The riders range from Beginner Novice to CIC2*, with a coefficient scoring system to account for differing levels. [Intercollegiate Eventing Championships]

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Hot on Horse Nation: Fantasy Farm: French Castle Edition

These days, prepurchase exams are considered normal for all budgets of horses. Not only are you looking for lameness concerns, but there are lots of other potentially performance affecting issues that might not be deal breakers when making a purchase. But what are the major things that riders and owners look for in a pre-purchase examination? [Pre-purchase Exams for Horses]

Put this feed cart on your pinterest wish list for the perfect barn. We just got one of these Burlingham Feed Carts at the barn where I work and it is straight up luxury. It’s HUGE and can hold 240 lbs of grain in three separate containers, but it’s also really easy to wheel up and down the aisles to feed all the horses with maximum efficiency. [SmartPak Product of the Day]

Use KER ClockIt™ Sport to Bring Technology Into Your Horse’s Fitness Routine

The KER ClockIt Sport mobile app is currently used in a wide variety of riding disciplines in 71 countries across the globe. ClockIt is a universal tool that riders can use to track heart rate, speed, and altitude to make assessments about the fitness of their horses and how they should proceed with training. Take a look at the following ClockIt sessions to get a glimpse into how riders are using the latest technology in equine fitness.

Discipline: Dressage

Discipline: Endurance

Discipline: Eventing (CIC2* horse doing hill work)

Discipline: Eventing (XC school)

Discipline: Foxhunting

If you are interested in learning more about the app, contact the ClockIt team by checking out the KER ClockIt website or emailing [email protected].

 

Thursday News & Notes from Nupafeed

I just can’t. Photo by Kate Samuels.

I was just sorting through some old photos the other day, looking for some gems from years ago, and I found this photo. Captured in Holland, on a rainy day, out visiting the neighbors with some friends of mine and their daughter looked at this adorable Dutch pony with what we can ALL recognize as “the look.” Unsurprisingly, her mother reports that she asks for a pony every night before she goes to sleep now.

International Events Going On:

[Saumur Live Scoring]

[Houghton Hall Live Scoring]

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Mystic Valley Hunt Club H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

Virginia CCI/CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Flora Lea Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

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

Willow Draw Charity H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

The Spring Event at Woodside H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

May-Daze at the Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

News From Around the Globe:

William Fox-Pitt has a new four star mount in his barn. With Jock Paget deciding to move back home to New Zealand, owners Frances Stead and Russell Hall wanted to keep Clifton Signature with a top rider in England, and chose the top rider himself to take over the ride. “Signature” completed two Pau CCI4*’s and one Rolex Kentucky CCI4*, and William has long term hopes of syndicating the horse and retaining the ride for a hopeful slot in the WEG 2018. [WFP’s New Four Star Horse]

Heading to Devon? We’ve got you covered. Not only is there Eventing at Devon for the very first time ever, but there’s also, like, some other cool stuff there, so I hear. It’s gonna be live streamed (yay!) and Jumper Nation will be covering the entire thing, so get at it! [2017 Devon Horse Show Stats]

Oh. My. Squeeee! The first four foals by Tamarillo’s clone have been born. Tomatillo, the stallion clone of the great WFP ride Tamarillo, stood at stud last year for the first time, and has six expected foals for 2017. Four of which have arrived, and let me tell you, they’re stinkin’ adorable. [Tamarillo/Tomatillo Babies]

Hot on Horse Nation: Filly Gets Loose, Heads to Cafeteria

 

Friday News & Notes from Kentucky Equine Research

No words. Photo courtesy of Jennie Brannigan.

Ugh, the first real horrible summer heat wave hit Virginia this week. I’m like 90% sure that five days ago I was turning on the space heaters in my room, and then suddenly its 95 degrees during the day and so muggy you feel like you’re walking through soup. Welcome to Virginia in the summer, you never really quite get used to how horrible it is!

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

Kent School Spring H.T. [Website]

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

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

Otter Creek Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

CCC Spring Gulch H.T. [Website] [Ride Times]

News From Around the Globe:

With seventeen British riders entered at Luhmuhlen, hope is strong for the first GB win since 2010. Heading the pack is Pippa Funnell with her Rio ride Billy the Biz, Nicola Wilson with Bulana and Oliver Townend on four horses. Four! Ros Canter is also bringing a four-star first-timer after her brilliant round at Badminton, and Flora Harris, Harry Meade and Alex Bragg are all entered as well. [British Luhmuhlen Entries]

Canadian singer/songwriter Elyse Saunders and Roar Records have released a song in honor of Jessica Phoenix! Rise is all about Jessica’s comeback following her injury at Jersey Fresh ahead of the 2015 Pan American Games. Jessica got back in the tack in time to win an individual silver medal with Pavarotti. [Download Rise]

Breeding horses: not for the faint of heart. It’s every little girl’s dream to breed their own baby horse, and to snuggle it and grow up with it and have it become the champion of the world. But, for sport horse breeders who do that as a business, it’s a tough world to bring a horse all the way to three years of age and get it under saddle before selling it, and it’s not always profitable. [The Cost of Breeding: Is It Worth It?]

The Preakness is running tomorrow at Pimlico, are you all read up on the entrants? This year’s Preakness field is ten horses strong, including Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming along with some other colts that ran that race, and some fresh faces who are challenging from outside the Triple Crown Bid. [Horse Nation Preakness Preview]

Okay, tail cords on blankets might not be a glamorous topic, but hear me out. First of all, nobody likes a poopy tail string on a blanket, its just a disaster for everyone involved. The horse gets poop on his butt, you get poop on your hands when you touch it, and its just gross and smelly and cruddy. If you have these Rambo Replacement Tail Cords, not only does poop tend to not stick to it quite as much, but you can just hose that sucker off and be done with it. Get you one. [SmartPak Product of the Day]

KER Service of the Week – Educational Newsletters

Owners can sometimes find themselves in uncharted territory when it comes to feeding and managing horses. The experts at Kentucky Equine Research (KER) are here to help guide you through the process with Equinews.com, a reference site for all of your horse feeding and management questions. Updated daily, the site contains the latest in equine nutrition and health news.

You can also get the latest in equine nutrition, health, and management delivered straight to your inbox every week with KER’s award-winning newsletter, The Weekly FeedSee an example issue and subscribe today.

 

 

Thursday News & Notes from Nupafeed

Lee Lee Jones. Photo via World Class Grooming FB.

The eventing community has gone above and beyond in raising money towards Lee Lee’s recovery, with everyone from riders and trainers to local tack stores donated their time and services towards helping Lee Lee. EN raised money at the Rolex tailgate, funded by regular people just wanting to help out. The grand total is over $33,000 towards her rehabilitation and care, and the generosity of the community is just outstanding! We are so lucky to be in a world where kindness like this happens, I can’t even process it truthfully. Thank you to everyone who helped out!

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

Kent School Spring H.T. [Website]

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

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

Otter Creek Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

CCC Spring Gulch H.T. [Website] [Ride Times]

News From Around the Globe:

Boyd Martin was a keynote speaker at the International Forum for the Aftercare of Racehorses yesterday in Washington, D.C. “It was a real and wonderful honor to get invited to talk at such a huge event, and it’s even more special for me because I am a big racehorse fan and have had a lot of success with off-the-track Thoroughbreds changing their careers to be three-day event horses,” said Martin. “In America, we have a massive pool of top-class, athletic Thoroughbreds that need another job after they finish their racing careers, and I’m a big believer that the Thoroughbred is still the ultimate event horse.” [Boyd Martin Keynote Speaker for Thoroughbred’s Second Careers]

Introducing your young horse to trakehner jumps can be daunting if not approached in a systematic manner. Sharon White lends her voice on how she teaches young horses to jump trakehners, which now show up very early in their competitive careers. While Sharon has a cross country schooling field in her back yard, she knows ways to make it work at home when you can’t easily access a ditch on a regular basis. Read more at the USEA. [How To Introduce a Young Horse to Trakehners]

A filly in Scotland sired by one of the Queen’s horses is seeking a name. Interested in naming one of the Queen’s horses? You can submit your proposal to HorseBack UK, a Scotland-based charity that uses horsemanship to improve the lives of the injured and sick of the military community. This beautiful little girl has looks to die for, with both American Quarter Horse and Highland Pony for bloodlines. Send your name today! [Name the Queen’s Filly]

Hot on Horse Nation: I Am The Horse In The Fantasy Film

 

Friday News & Notes from Kentucky Equine Research

The Eventing Family is awesome! The Dragonfire Farm team threw a surprise party for Jen McFall to celebrate her achievement at Rolex with High Times.

Our winter in Virginia was the driest in the whole world, which was great because no mud! But now it’s spring, and I literally don’t get a single week without several days of rain. What is this, England!? We are not built to handle such things! I want warm spring weather and chirping birds and grass that doesn’t need to be mowed every five days, darn it!

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Jersey Fresh International Three-day Event [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Spokane Sport Horse Farm 2nd Annual Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

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

Galway Downs Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

Plantation Field May Horse Trials [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

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

WindRidge Farm Horse Trials [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

News From Around the Globe:

Derby winning trainer Todd Pletcher has donated the value of his Derby prize to TB rehoming organizations. Pletcher is keeping the Dodge Ram truck, but he donated the value of the new truck to the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance and New Vocations, two well known organizations that help racehorses find new homes and new careers. Aside from this big donation, Pletcher has been a supporter of both organizations for several years, and has always been involved in the racehorse rehoming movement. [Derby Winner Donates to TB Charities]

Clark Montgomery is giving back some of what he learned in his years abroad now that he’s back based in the US. Clark is based in Lexington, Kentucky now but he is traveling to many different states to give clinics for dressage, show jumping, and cross country. The USEA has a new series with featured clinicians, including videos, photos and direct quotes from a recent clinic with Clark in Maryland. [Featured Clinician: Clark Montgomery]

Erik Duvander is on a clinic tour of the US right now, and your next opportunity to get in on the action is Sandy River Equestrian Center on July 20-21. Erik is the ex High Performance Team Coach for New Zealand, and has over 30 years experience coaching at the highest levels with the top performers from all across the world. This clinic is in Axton, Virginia, and will focus on show jumping the first day, and cross country the second day. [Erik Duvander July Clinic]

There comes a time in a girl’s life when she realizes that ALL her saddle pads are pretty gross and need to go into the trash. I’ve been holding on to a few saddle pads way past their legitimate lifetime, just because they’re not obviously trashed yet. Saddle pad hoarding, anyone? However, my conscience was cleared when I saw that SmartPak has an AP saddle pad that comes in eleven different colors, and costs just $18. Time to refresh the inventory in the barn! [SmartPak Product of the Day]

Cutting-Edge Research Supports KER Products

When you choose a product from Kentucky Equine Research (KER), you can be confident it’s supported by real research and contains the highest quality ingredients.

KER’s research is conducted in-house at our 150-acre farm in Versailles, Kentucky. KER has the laboratory capabilities, trained research horses, and experienced technical staff necessary to develop innovative products. A high-speed treadmill, mechanized horse exerciser, indirect calorimeter, and other mechanisms are all on site for use in research. Take a look behind the scenes here!

KER supplements are expertly formulated based on our own research, along with insights from other leaders in the research community.

If you are in the market for feed, look for a KER partner feed that includes KER’s micronutrient ingredients. To evaluate your current feeding program and get recommendations for your horse, contact a KER nutrition advisor today.

Thursday News & Notes from Nupafeed

When your horse is just this relaxed at competitions. Photo courtesy of Kate Brown.

Ah, horses. Always keeping you humble and reminding you that plans are nice, but nobody cares. I’ve been working with a young horse on standing still at the mounting block this week, and he thinks this is absolutely the worst possible request I could make. He’s lovely and very willing otherwise, but try to make him stand still and he gets SO mad. Yesterday, I spent 45 minutes asking him to stand still after I mounted. FORTY FIVE MINUTES. He relented his pawing, kicking out, backing up, fake rearing, snorting and general hissy fit for about a minute at the end, and I called it a day. Oh, sorry, you had plans to do things today? Whoops.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Jersey Fresh International Three-day Event [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Spokane Sport Horse Farm 2nd Annual Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

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

Galway Downs Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

Plantation Field May Horse Trials [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

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

WindRidge Farm Horse Trials [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

News From Around the Globe:

Get ready for Jersey Fresh with some fast facts and a cross country preview. With four divisions (CIC2*, CCI2*, CIC3* and CCI3*) being offered, the biggest is the CIC2* with 31 entrants. The classic cross country course has been designed by John Williams for the last fourteen years, but Capt. Mark Phillips has taken over for 2017, so we’re excited to see what changes he’s made. [Jersey Fresh Fast Facts]

Top hits of Andrew Nicholson’s storied career….where do we start? To the man who had to wait 37 completions of Badminton to finally win, he’s certainly had his fair share of career highlights before this past weekend. He’s been to the Olympics almost every year since the 90’s and has seven WEG rounds under his belt. The man is an iron horse! [Andrew Nicholson’s Eventing Career]

In the quest for increased safety over cross country, the USEA is exploring collapsible fence technology. Frangible pins have now become a constant in both national and international competition course design, and have saved many lives with their effective deployment. What would happen if a solid table was connected all the way around with MiM clips so that it collapsed with the right kind of force? USEA has compiled this excellent guide to frangible fences, and you should definitely read it. [Exploring Collapsible Technology]

Balancing your horse’s diet is a never ending struggle. SmartPak is here to help you with finding the right balance between Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, from all different sources. Omega-3 promotes anti-inflammatory responses, and Omega-6 promotes inflammatory responses, both of which are important for your horse in a lot of different ways! Check out this handy chart on how to balance the two. [Is Your Horse’s Diet Off Balance?]

You know you always want to know how to do this:

Friday News & Notes from Kentucky Equine Research

Willberry Wonder Pony will be riding the Badminton cross country course with Sam on Saturday! Photo via Kitty King Eventing. Willberry Wonder Pony will be riding the Badminton cross country course with Sam on Saturday! Photo via Kitty King Eventing.

Willberry Wonder Pony will be riding the Badminton cross country course with Sam on Saturday! Photo via Kitty King Eventing.

Sorry, don’t try to make plans with me for tomorrow, I’ll be too busy glued to my live stream (if it works FINGERS CROSSED) of Badminton cross country. There’s nothing like a little adrenaline rush from watching four-star cross country rides, and two weekends in a row! Today we have the three final riders from the US, as well as some pretty highly rated riders from other countries as well.

Elisa Wallace and Simply Priceless: 10:10 a.m. BST/5 a.m. EST
Kathryn Robinson and Let It Bee: 10:42 a.m. BST/5:42 a.m. EST
Lauren Kieffer and Veronica: 3:54 p.m. BST/10:54 a.m. EST

#MMBHT Links: WebsiteEntriesRide TimesScheduleLive ScoresCourse PreviewEN’s CoverageWatch LiveEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Preview:

MCTA H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Results]

Heart of the Carolinas 3DE & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

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

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

The Event at Skyline H.T. [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

Top quality photos from Shannon Brinkman and quotes from the leaders and US riders? Don’t mind if I do! [COTH]

Andrew Hoy doesn’t think Fence 22, a bullfinch, belongs on the course at Badminton. What’s a bullfinch, you ask? Good question, as it’s a rather old style fence that we don’t really see anymore on courses anywhere. It’s a fence with a big tall soft brush, not trimmed, that the horses have to push through over the main jumpable obstacle. Some riders are rather concerned about it, and others not so much. [Does the Bullfinch Have a Place on Cross Country?]

Figuring out what bits are permitted for FEI and USEF/USEA competitions is a constant source of headache for all riders. With all the new and cool technology coming out these days with bits and bridles, it can seem a little daunting. It’s a good idea to brush up on your rulebook, and check out the illustrations before heading to your big show. Due to an uptick in inquiries, the USEA has provided clarifications here for your perusal. [Legal Bits for Dressage]

Hot on Horse Nation: How To Be The Best Adult Amateur You Can Be

 

KER ClockIt™ Sport Session of the Week – Interval Training

In this week’s KER ClockIt Sport session, an eventer is using interval training to increase his horse’s level of fitness. He starts with a warm-up to lead into higher speed work. As you can see, the horse’s heart rate increases every time the rider increases speed.

KER researchers have performed numerous treadmill studies to measure work intensity as measured by oxygen consumption, heart rate, and lactate production. These studies have shown that increasing speed by 35m/min on a level treadmill increases a horse’s heart rate by 6 bpm. You can get the same effect by adding a 1% grade.

To see a detailed report like the one above, go to the KER ClockIt website and log in to your account. Once you are signed in, you can view your detailed sessions under the “Sessions” tab.

 

Thursday News & Notes from Nupafeed

I can’t even right now. Photo via Michael Jung’s Instagram.

AHHHHH it’s actually happening! It has begun! Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event 2017! I haven’t been since 2010 when I drove for both Rolex and the WEG to the Horse Park, so I’m super pumped to be going again. Also, let’s just take a moment to appreciate that Michael Jung, World/Olympic/European/Universe champion, was at one point standing in the arena taking selfies while lunging his horse. Celebrities, they’re just like us.

Events This Week:

#RK3DE Links: WebsiteScheduleEntriesEN’s CoverageLive StreamEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram, Live Scores

Fresno County Horse Park HT: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

University of New Hampshire Spring HT: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Loudoun Hunt Pony Club Spring HT: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

News From Around the Globe:

For real. Download the EN App. I can’t believe I have to remind you. It sends you reminders when we post a new article! So you don’t miss a thing!! [App for iOS] [App for Android]

What does it take to get a horse ready for the Rolex jogs? Elbow grease, baby oil, sooooo many baths in purple shampoo, some hoof oil on your face, and the tiniest neatest braids you’ve ever seen. Just kidding (kinda). Max Corcoran shows us around the Rolex stables and tells us what’s up with turnout at this level. [Show Turnout 101]

Allison Springer will be sporting a royal blue pin for her last ride at Rolex with Arthur in support of young equestrian Jess Smart. Allison taught Jess and her spunky Paint/Saddlebred cross many times during her stays in Aiken, and Jess was always available to help jump crew at clinics. Taken by both horse and rider’s game attitude, Allison didn’t hesitate to represent Jess on this occasion. Jess was attacked by a mysterious and aggressive disease this spring, and doctors are still trying to find a diagnoses, meanwhile she is trying to recover the use of her body and voice. [Help Jess Smart]

I can’t believe we’re introducing Shane Rose as a Badminton first-timer … but here he is!

 

Wednesday News & Notes from SmartPak

Sharon White’s mount, Cooley On Show, gets some snuggles after hacking around for his first visit to Rolex Kentucky. Photo via Sharon.

Let’s get right to business: have you downloaded the EN App yet??? If not, WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR LIFE!!!?? Get on it. It’s super fun and easy and a great way to keep up with all the happenings at Rolex this week without refreshing your browser every few minutes. You can get it on iOS and Android, so hop to it!

Download the EN app for iOS: apple.co/2q1Phaw

Download the EN app for Android: bit.ly/2q25359

Events This Week:

#RK3DE Links: WebsiteScheduleEntriesEN’s CoverageLive StreamEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

Fresno County Horse Park HT: Website, Entry Status, Ride Times

University of New Hampshire Spring HT: Website, Entry Status, Ride Times

Loudoun Hunt Pony Club Spring HT: Website, Entry Status, Ride Times

News From Around the Globe:

Unfortunately Waylon Roberts had to withdraw Kelecyn Cognac from Rolex at the last minute. During the trip from Pennsylvania to Kentucky, the horse contracted shipping fever, and while they tried everything they could and hoped he would bounce back, ultimately the decision was made to take him to the Hagyard Institute to better insure his recovery. We wish “Dan” a speedy recovery and hope to see him and Waylon at a four-star very soon! Waylon Roberts Sporthorses

Don’t forget to enter our Rolex Pick ‘Em Contest from Omega Alpha! All you have to do is pick the winning rider and their overall score, easy enough right? Entries close before the first test on Thursday and you win a big old goody bag from Omega Alpha if you’re a magical wizard and you get it right! Enter Pick ‘Em

Best of Blogs: Carrie Childs’ Road to Badminton

Competition nerves can get the best of us, but some good old fashioned sports psychology can get you on the horse and into the ring. Horse & Hound spoke with Danielle Olding, an expert in performance coaching and sports psychology, about ten top tips to help anybody overcome a bout of nerves. 10 Tips To Banish Competition Nerves

If April showers bring May flowers, I better wake up next week to an entire FIELD of daisies. I’ve been drizzled on, I’ve been stuck in a downpour, I’ve been up to my knees in mud, but what I haven’t been is drenched to the bone. That’s because I know about rain jackets, and I always have one in my car. You can bet I’m brining one to Rolex! Check out this new jacket from Outback, it looks stylish as hell and you can bet your bottom dollar that it’s waterproof to the hilt. SmartPak Product of the Day

 

 

On the road to Rolex!

 

Product Review: Ice Vibe Boots from Horseware Ireland

The Ice Vibe X-Full Boots. Photo by Kate Samuels.

I’ve been dying to try the Ice Vibe Boots from Horseware almost since the day they came out on the shelf of my local Dover. This is not an exaggeration. Therefore, when I was presented with the opportunity to try them and review them, my immediate answer was yes of course. Since I’ve had them, they’ve quickly worked their way into my regular equine therapy repertoire and probably won’t ever leave.

The basic idea of these boots is to offer a combination of cooling and massage therapy to the horse’s legs. The ice packs slow down blood flow to prevent swelling, while the vibration effectively encourages lymph to move, thereby draining inflammation and stimulating repair to damaged tissue.

Your Ice Vibe Boots come in a lovely bag for organizing and transporting. Photo by Kate Samuels.

You can use the boots with or without the ice packs, and before or after exercise, all to great effect. Using the boots with just vibration before exercise can help reduce the risk of injury, as increasing blood flow to the tendons and ligaments using the vibration makes them more elastic. On the other side of the spectrum, using them for rehabilitating an already damaged tendon or ligament is also achieved more quickly with daily therapy.

I tried the Ice Vibe X-Full boots, which offer the most coverage from right below the knee all the way down under the fetlock. You can also get the same great product in the form of knee wraps or hock wraps. For horses with joint stiffness, these are an excellent option, and you can even integrate warm packs with massage into your therapy repertoire.

There are four pockets to choose from when inserting your vibrating panels. Photo by Kate Samuels.

So, in your Ice Vibe bag you get two boots, two cold packs, two integrated vibrating panels, and a battery charger with four universal adapters (for your international lifestyle, when you go to Badminton and still need your Ice Vibe Boots). The vibrating panels charge on a USB port, so you can even charge them on your computer or in your truck at a show, which is super convenient. They charge up really quickly, in just a few hours, and last for six uses per charge.

When you unfold the boots, you can see that there are four pockets to choose from when you insert your vibrating panel. This enables you to specifically choose an area of the leg that you would like to focus on, if, for instance, there is an interest in boosting circulation to an old or current injury. The vibrating panels have three settings: setting 1 is the lowest frequency vibration, and turns off after 10 minutes, setting 2 is slightly higher level of vibration and lasts twenty minutes, and setting three is for exceptionally large boned horses or a situation with a lot of old excess scar tissue.

The cold packs fit snugly around the leg. Photo by Kate Samuels.

The ice packs are some of the nicest I have come across, because when you freeze them, they don’t become literal blocks of ice that are impossible to mold to the shape of the horse’s leg. They stay cold for up to 40 minutes, and a soft and pliable enough that you can really get a good fit around the leg of the horse, providing top notch coverage and no gaps. No need to crack and smash and stamp on them to get them to fit around the leg.

The boots themselves go directly over the ice packs, which independently velcro onto the leg, so you can be assured that they stay in place. The boots are extremely durable, as you might expect from Horseware, and they have four very sturdy velcro straps that go straight, and one that loops around and under the feltlock.

Once these boots are strapped into place, you can activate the vibrating panels on the setting of your choice, and go about your activities. This is one of the great advantages of these boots; you can literally set it and forget it. You can put your horse in the stall, in the cross ties, in the trailer, and these boots will continue to provide therapy while you tend to other stuff in the barn for 20 minutes.

The Ice Vibe X-Full Boots provide full coverage from below the knee all the way around the fetlock. Photo by Kate Samuels.

Overall, these boots are incredibly easy to use, effective, multi-functional, and well designed. There is a reason why top riders worldwide swear by them, including Michael Jung, Carl Hester and Phillip Dutton. Horseware is, above all others, a brand that I personally trust to the hilt, and after trying these boots as well as reading testimonials from many top riders in every discipline, I can only give these Ice Vibe Boots a review of two thumbs up.

Friday News & Notes from Kentucky Equine Research

Hellooooo black beauty! Photo by Kate Samuels

What is it about black horses and grey horses that just make us swoon? I just picked up Nyls’ “little” brother, who is just about to be four and already a hair over 17.1 hands, so not very little at all. He’s also about the opposite personality type, which is hilarious. He is extremely laid back, calm about everything, and super friendly like a dog. So, not really like Nyls at all. But I can’t wait to get started with him!

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Longleaf Pine H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

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

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

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

Holly Hill Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

US Eventing Show Jumping course design is doing cool things this year.  In 2017, Richard Jeffery will review show jumping courses for all FEI eventing competitions in the U.S. following the event. Course designers will be asked to submit their courses as posted at the competition to Jeffery with all technical details (distance, time allowed, etc.) within five days of the completion of the competition. Each course, along with the technical details provided by the course designer, will be posted on the US Equestrian website with Jeffery’s critique. This will allow course designers to review other courses and consider Jeffery’s input when designing their own courses. [USEF: Eventing Show Jumping Enters Next Stage]

Got a horse that is unpredictable with loading into the trailer? Inevitably this happens when you’re loading up early in the morning for an important show or clinic, and it’s a nightmare. Troubleshooting how to deal with different trailer loading problems is important, and I find it is most important to determine why your horse has the undesired behavior in the first place. Read more to become a better trailer trainer. [Troubleshooting Trailer Loading]

Like you even needed reminding, but a new video from England highlights racehorses in their second careers. Shot in Newmarket by Equine Productions, it features horses in eventing, show jumping, dressage and polo, and includes the Queen’s champion 2-year-old racehorse who is now competing at Prix St Georges. [Retraining of Racehorses]

Best of Blogs: Around In Circles vs Over Fences

Want to embarrass dress up your horse for the summer season? The incredible can’t-go-wrong Cashel Fly Masks now come in six differently colored patterns, so your pony can stand out in a crowd. Or complain to his friends how he is wearing pink sparkles on his ears and doesn’t think it’s very manly. [SmartPak Product of the Day]

 

KER Service of the Week – Educational Resources

New horse? Different barn? Change in workload? Things can get complicated when it comes to feeding and managing horses. Kentucky Equine Research (KER) wants to help make it easier for you to stay up-to-date with the latest in equine nutrition and management. From new articles daily on Equinews.com to a library that includes technical resources and our own published research—you can find the answers at KER.

Equinews.com is a reference site for all of your horse feeding and management questions. You will find articles that cover topics in nutrition, health, and general information regarding horses. You can also get these articles delivered to your inbox weekly with KER’s award-winning newsletter, The Weekly FeedSee an example issue and subscribe today!

Would you like to dig deeper into the science behind proper equine nutrition and management practices? Check out the KER Library which includes numerous research reports and conference proceedings, as well as the full text of all four volumes of Advances in Equine Nutrition. This information is fully searchable and is readily available to browse, download, or email.

Product Review: Omega Alpha Equine AntiFlam and Sinew-X Plus

A whole host of Omega Alpha products, made to make your horse feel like a million bucks. Photo by Kate Samuels.

A whole host of Omega Alpha products, made to make your horse feel like a million bucks. Photo by Kate Samuels.

Let’s face it: Soundness is our highest priority for our horses. It doesn’t matter if they’re weekend trail buddies or four-star champions, what we all want is for our horses to feel comfortable and avoid any pain that their lifestyle, career or body in general might induce. This is why the market for supplements that help heal and maintain joints, ligaments, muscles and everything in between is so large, but only a few actually work.

 I was lucky enough to sample several of Omega Alpha supplements on a variety of horses over a period of several months, and I was pleased with my findings for all of them. Included in my samples were Equine AntiFlam and Sinew-X Plus with Hyaluronic Acidtwo highly regarded supplements intended for the maintenance of sound competition horses.

To begin, all Omega Alpha products are herbal formulations, which means that they are all-natural but also have been thoroughly tested and evaluated by master herbalists, pharmacists, veterinarians, medical doctors and naturopathic doctors. All of the OA products are also safe for horses to consume while under the scrutiny of the ever increasing FEI drug regulations, which makes it a handy product to have in a high-level competition barn.

AntiFlam helps with recovery from injuries and also manages body aches in the back, joints, legs and feet. Photo by Kate Samuels.

AntiFlam manages body aches in the back, joints, legs and feet. Photo by Kate Samuels.

AntiFlam is an all natural formula that really promotes circulation and reduces discomfort in the hooves of your horse, which is integral to your success in the show ring. My top level horse, Nyls, has notoriously flat and thin-soled feet that have been carefully managed but are constantly in the back of my mind as I choose events and condition him in between. There was a year where he got six bruises that effectively halted any progress or competing, and that was a nightmare.

Therefore, I was highly intrigued to try a supplement that was specifically created to help him with his lingering issues. Most hoof supplements that we find on the market are created to encourage growth, and most topical treatments either harden or moisten the outer portion. Omega Alpha AntiFlam is unique in that it targets the real issue, and that is sensitivity and discomfort. Feeling uncomfortable on his feet can cause your horse an entire host of issues with joints, legs, muscles and even their back, and through treatment with AntiFlam, studies have shown that these issues decline.

AntiFlam is administered in a 60cc dose twice a day for a loading period of one to two weeks, and then only once a day thereafter. It comes with a handy pump which squirts 30cc each time, and can be added into your horse’s daily grain. It has passed the equine taste tests of all my picky eaters.

Sinew-X Plus with Hyaluraonic Acid is formulated to maintain healthy joints, muscles and ligaments. Photo by Kate Samuels.

Sinew-X Plus with Hyaluronic Acid is formulated to maintain healthy joints, muscles and ligaments. Photo by Kate Samuels.

Sinew-X Plus with Hyaluronic Acid is a complementary supplement to AntiFlam, designed to maintain healthy joints, muscles, and ligaments. At a certain point in their careers or at a certain age, almost all sport horses do consume an oral joint supplement, as some have been proven to be quite effective. Sinew-X Plus has been shown to reduce joint inflammation, but also promote faster and stronger soft tissue regeneration during healing from an injury.

Hyaluronic acid is a member of a group of compounds called glycosaminoglycans. These substances are what give skin its elasticity, cartilage its give, and fluids their lubricating properties. Hyaluronic acid is found both in joint fluid and the cartilage itself. It is a major factor contributing to the slippery feel of joint fluid. In inflamed joints, breakdown of HA makes the joint fluid more watery and less able to keep the joint greased. In combination with the D-Glucosamine Sulphate that is contained in Sinew-X Plus, which has a higher bioavailability than regular glucosamine, this makes for a powerful joint supplement. 

I used both of these supplements in conjunction for my fall season this year, and Nyls is 15 (don’t tell him though), so he is beginning to experience some of the regular age-based joint issues. I have been very lucky with him, and he is relatively low maintenance and more or less feels like a young lad most of the time.

However, once he was on these supplements for a month, I can tell you that he was suddenly the master of a brand new spring in his step. He was fresher than ever, felt much more bouncy and powerful in our flat movements, and had another level of spring to his jump schools. Sadly, some of this was to my detriment at some times, as I was underestimating how good he felt, and he ended up being a bit naughty. However, if the worst I can say is that my horse felt so good in his body that it was a flashback to his 6-year-old year, perhaps that’s even more of a testament to the functionality of the supplements.

All Omega Alpha products reviewed for Eventing Nation come with the Nyls stamp of tasty approval. Photo by Kate Samuels.

All Omega Alpha products reviewed for Eventing Nation come with the Nyls stamp of tasty approval. Photo by Kate Samuels.

All Omega Alpha products can be perused online at their website, and purchased online through four different dealers listed therein. You can also search for a store near you on their search engine, with many options available through the United States and Canada. Tune in to Eventing Nation product reviews for a continued exploration into the Omega Alpha product line, as I go through everything that I sampled this fall.

 

Thursday News & Notes from Nupafeed

Photo courtesy of Taylor Harris Insurance Services Facebook page.

I’ve got a very exciting announcement this week … but you’ll all just have to wait to see what it is! Mwahahaha! Let’s just say it comes as a sequel to my infamous Nyls, and it’s one of my favorite things. This can be called “making something out of nothing,” or taking a scraggly ragamuffin and transforming it into a wondrous beast of many talents. Wait and see!

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Longleaf Pine H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

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

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

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

Holly Hill Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

Developing young horses into confident upper level mounts is a talent all to its own. Two-time leading lady rider Lauren Kieffer is a super four-star rider, but also incredibly lucky to have experience in bringing along a string of young horses from the ground up. She’s not above riding four-year-olds at Novice. Lauren has a great blog with the USEA chronicling her adventures with her current string, all of whom have different paths on their way to success. Bonus: videos of exercises for young horses! [Young Horses Take Their Own Courses]

I never imagined this headline, but top event riders tried their hand at Camel Racing at Burnham Market over the weekend. Lissa Green, Jonty Evans, Laura Collett, Bill Levitt and Sarah Cohen along with ten other riders all participated in  a spot of camel racing for charity at the event. Decked out in cross country attire, there was more than enough hilarity to go around. The races will recommence at Houghton Horse Trials next month, and god help us, I hope they come to the US. [Camel Racing Event Riders]

Ah, the horsey engagement. It’s what all horse crazy girls dream of, right? Your man, your horse….your man embracing the batty horse side of you and acknowledging that you probably want the horse to be part of the wedding… Horse & Hound collected three of the best horse engagement stories and compiled them for your pleasure. [Horsily Ever After]

 

 

 

 

 

 

Product Review: Horseware Maya Ladies Padded Vest

The Maya Ladies Padded Vest is perfect for the spring weather coming our way. Photo by Erica Stevens.

The Maya Ladies Padded Vest is perfect for the spring weather coming our way. Photo by Erica Stevens.

With the weather leaping from unseasonably warm to below freezing and back again on a regular basis, your wardrobe for surviving the unpredictability of spring is incredibly important. A cozy vest is just what the doctor ordered, as it keeps your core warm, but allows you to breathe during exercise. I was lucky enough to test out this Horseware Maya Padded Ladies Vest, and found it to be well suited to my needs in the barn and out riding.

Like all Horseware products, this vest has been designed with durability in mind, and I really appreciate that. As somebody who does everything from mucking stalls to stacking hay to riding 8 horses a day, my clothes have to keep up, or else they’re out the door. The Maya Padded Ladies Vest is water repellant, which helps keep it dry and clean all day, and has a rugged feel to the nylon outer shell that seems like it would be good for many years to come.

While it is hard wearing, the comfort factor of the vest is also balanced well. The inside of the vest is a soft and silky polyester, with a  soft flannel-like detail at the nape of the neck, for added comfort against your skin. It has two zippered pockets that are nice and roomy, as well as an inner breast pocket on the left side, which I really like to use for my phone and headphones.

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The Maya Ladies Padded Vest also has a hidden hood packed into the collar. Photo by Erica Stevens.

The design of this vest is flattering, with nips at the waist line and a slightly curved hemline that provides coverage for your lower back when you ride. Nothing is more frustrating than a great piece of clothing that changes the way it fits when you get on the horse and sit down, which is why design by a team like Horseware is so important. They understand that a gust of wind blowing up your shirt from behind is less than desirable, and have constructed this vest to avoid that uncomfortable situation.

Not only is the fit nicely done, but the details are also an added value to the vest. This product is trimmed with a cute leather accent all the way around the edges, as well as the pockets. The front is a sturdy double zip, and the pockets zip as well, to keep your stuff from falling out on trot sets. Let me also mention that this vest is machine washable, which is extremely important when it comes to barn clothes, as they tend to get quite dirty on a regular basis.

The Maya Ladies Padded Vest has a poofy and upright collar that I was initially suspicious about, but grew to enjoy as I wore the jacket more. The collar protected me against windy days, and really increased the warmth factor when zipped all the way up. In addition, there is a hidden hood that is folded up inside the back of the collar, which you can easily unzip and unfold. This comes in handy if you are caught in a spring shower, or if you just want a little more wind protection for your head. The hood is also large enough to fit over a helmet, should you decide to rock that look.

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The Maya Ladies Padded Vest comes in “blue jean” color and goes quite well with a variety of outfits. Photo by Erica Stevens.

The Maya Ladies Padded Vest comes in only one color, blue jean, but I found it to be easily paired with a variety of other outfit pieces. For my photo shoot, I was unwittingly wearing fifty shades of blue, but it worked out okay in the end. I found that the sizing chart ran true to form, and I fit into a size small wonderfully. I was able to wear several thin layers underneath the vest very comfortably, and though that it fit me snugly in all the right ways.

You can find Horseware products such as this vest at a variety of vendors across the U.S. and other countries, and their website has a handy “Where To Buy” link for your convenience. Horseware is carried by almost every local tack store, as well as Dover and SmartPak, so you shouldn’t have any trouble locating a local place to find the Maya Ladies Padded Vest.

 

 

Friday News & Notes from Kentucky Equine Research

Magical Unicorn! Work by Mike Roe.

I’m here at Fair Hill, bunking in a trailer with one of my oldest friends from the terrors of working student days, and even though the event is only two days long for me, it feels like a mini vacation. Well, minus the fact that everyone on their way to this event got stuck in the most god-awful traffic on 95 (regardless of northern or southern origin). I was stuck for over an hour standing still! People saw trucks ablaze the side of the road! Madness!

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Fair Hill CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

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

Twin Rivers CCI, CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

Can you remember David O’Connor’s big ride Wilton Fair? By big I mean literally too, this Irish gelding was a stocky 17.3 hands, and while he proved too much horse for several people before David, this pair was very successful at the upper levels together. Relive the glory days of David and “Wilbur” with this Throwback Thursday from the USEA. [Wilton Fair & David O’Connor]

Best of heartfelt-letter-to-a-horse blogs: Lainey Ashker Writes to Anthony Patch

Badminton Badminton Badminton!!

Hot on Horse Nation: Fantasy Farm = Narnia

Sore No More Liniment is a must-have for your trunk at shows and at home. This wonderful little bottle is proven to help reduce deep tissue and soft tissue discomfort, and improve the performance of equine athletes. I actually do notice the difference between a leg wrapped with Sore-No-More and a leg dry wrapped. This Performance Ultra Liniment also is specifically formulated so that it is FEI legal. [SmartPak Product of The Day]

Looking for a first-show experience for your baby event horse? Silver Fern Farm’s Young Horse Series features three shows (April 29, June 10 and Sept. 2) in Earleville, MD. Bring all of your greenies out — there will be in-hand classes for all disciplines and breeds, as well as baby green under saddle and crossrail classes,” explains series founder MaryAnn Luke. “My goal is to make this show series well run and mimic a rated type show, but be a relaxed venue for all involved to learn and become more adjusted in a safe inviting environment.” [Silver Fern Farm Young Horse Series]

Put Your Best Hoof Forward with Bio•Bloom™ PS

Shine down the centerline with Bio•Bloom PS! Developed by Kentucky Equine Research (KER), Bio•Bloom PS is a dual-action supplement designed to promote and maintain healthy skin, coat, and hoof condition from the inside out.

Bio•Bloom PS contains biotin, methionine, iodine, and chelated zinc at levels shown to improve hoof growth, including development of strong hoof wall to keep those shoes on! If you are looking for a soft, shiny coat, dapples for days, and healthy growth of mane and tail, choose Bio•Bloom PS for its essential amino acids and fatty acids. Learn more here.

To help you get show-ring ready, KER is offering 15% off of the KERx hoof and coat collection in April with code SHINE417. Shop now.