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About Kate Samuels

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

Eventing Background

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Highest Level Competed Advanced/CCI4*

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Winter, in a nutshell. Photo courtesy of Walnut Lawn Farm.

Its January, and I’ve now had TWO really good flat schools in a row on Turkey. For those of us who don’t go south, this is big, because it means I’ve left the road hacking stage of winter fitness and moved into the arena. I even texted a dressage friend of mine to tell her the good news, and let her know that I was feeling ready for her to yell at me to sit back and make my horse do real work. She gets it, and was excited about the lack of exuberant bucking this week as well.

U.S. Weekend Preview

Full Gallop Farm January H.T. (Aiken, SC): [Website] [Volunteer]

Rocking Horse Winter I H.T. (Altoona, FL): [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Scoring] [Volunteer]

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I love this New Event Horse series from the USEA! The USEA NEH Program was created to be an introduction to the sport of eventing for both horse and rider, and the 2023 NEH Calendar is now available here. Adapted from the YEH program, NEH classes are intended to assess a horse’s capability for eventing and provide a steppingstone to recognized eventing by focusing on education and preparation to begin competing in a correct and progressive manner. Horses are asked to compete in two sections: the dressage phase and the jumping test/gallop/general impression phase. The ultimate goal of the NEH is to choose the horse that possesses the talent and mind set and who, with proper training, would be the horse most likely to become a competent, safe, and fun adult amateur, junior, or young rider horse at the Preliminary levels and below. [2023 Debuts NEH Program]

If you’re feeling adventurous, working abroad can offer equestrian and life opportunities that are unrivaled. However, it’s not for the faint of heart, and especially if you are a young working student, the challenges come fast. Blogger Valentina Martinez is a Mexican teenager who left at the age of sixteen to start working abroad with horses, and tells frankly of her experiences. [The Reality of Working Abroad]

Do you know how you get really, really good in a horse sport? There are some truisms: Just keep doing it; take lessons; hopefully have your coach help with your horse occasionally. But here’s the thing a lot of people miss: Even if you’re a novice dressage rider, getting basics from a coach who genuinely feels the training scale in their bones will change the trajectory of your riding. It doesn’t speed you through the levels faster (in some cases, it is the opposite, actually) but for the goal of making elegant, happy horses who can score well in competition, there is no way around it. If you can’t ride in a clinic, auditing is 1000% worth it, for any level. [Audit Clinics with the Best]

Best of Blogs: Five Development Training Session Questions with Leslie Law

Seriously, what is with that one corner of death in the arena? I’ve ridden many horses in many different arenas, and almost every one has The Corner which terrifies even the most sensible of horses. Horse Network asked Equine ethologist Renate Larssen explains why some horses spook at one corner of the arena—and how to re-train their response. [What’s With The Corner of Death?]

Thursday News & Notes

Horse courtesy of William Funnell, photo courtesy of Carl Hester.

I love that Eventing has gotten so competitive that many of our riders worldwide are branching out into other disciplines in order to hone their craft. What I’d really like is for other disciplines to catch on to the trend as well! Carl Hester is best known for his dressage success, obviously, but good riding is good riding, and he can look perfect over a jump as well. We can all learn something from riding different horses in different situations, and even Olympians aren’t exempt.

U.S. Weekend Preview

Full Gallop Farm January H.T. (Aiken, SC): [Website] [Volunteer]

Rocking Horse Winter I H.T. (Altoona, FL): [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Scoring] [Volunteer]

News From Around the Globe:

It was the year of Will Coleman in 2022, with Dondante bringing home the USEA Horse of the Year title. Will Coleman had a huge 2022 with his string of horses, including a team silver medal at the FEI World Eventing Championship in Italy on Off The Record and top four-star placings with Chin Tonic HS, but it was Dondante whose consistency paid off to earn the USEA Horse of the Year title. While “Al” doesn’t always get the spotlight due to his stablemates’ accomplishments, he firmly established himself as a five-star contender in 2022. He won Carolina CCI4* in the spring, and was 7th at Kentucky and cruised around Maryland easily. [Dondante Brings Home the Awards]

Podcast of the Day: Emma Lomangino & The Journey to 5*

Finishing as the highest placed American in FEI rankings at number five isn’t a bad way to cap off your season. If you’re not sick of hearing about all of Will Coleman’s success yet, COTH caught up with him to learn about his reflections on the season, his hopes for 2023, and how he spends his winter “relaxing”. [Questions for Will Coleman]

Best of Blogs: What Makes a Horse Gaited?

The Virginia Horse Center has secured the date for their spring horse trials! They announced that national and FEI level eventing continues at the VHC under the name of Virginia Horse Center Eventing (VHC Eventing) May 25-28th, 2023. Through the leadership efforts of VHCF Board President Roxanne Booth and CEO Glenn Petty, VHC Eventing has received unanimous approval from the USEF to hold Beginner Novice through Intermediate level horse trials plus CCI 1*L, CCI2-S, CCI3-S and CCI2-L. Leading the team of industry experts is Event Organizer Joanie Morris and the course building team of Tyson Rementer and Levi Ryckewaert, who are busy constructing over 100 new cross-country jumps. [The Future of VHC]

 

 

 

 

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Gallop tracks getting ready for Paris 2024!!! Photo courtesy of Château de Versailles.

Preparations to host the Olympic Games should be an Olympic event itself….the logistics and preparation are astounding to say the least. Since we can’t exactly run cross country down the cobblestone lanes of Paris itself, Eventing will be featured at Château de Versailles. They kindly shared several photos of the galloping lanes being protected and turfed, and honestly this one looks like a fairy dream land. What I would give to gallop down a tree lined green path in France!

U.S. Weekend Preview

Stable View Aiken Opener H.T. (Aiken, SC): [Website] [Entries] [Scoring] [Volunteer]

Grand Oaks H.T. (Weirsdale, FL): [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Scoring] [Volunteer]

News From Around the Globe:

The USHJA is joining the diversity conversation! They are hosting a series of webinars, designed to promote greater understanding and acceptance of diversity within the equestrian community and to foster an inclusive environment for all.  A diverse lineup of speakers and panelists, including riders, trainers, industry professionals and DEI experts, will lead the webinars throughout the year. Upcoming topics will include mental health, body positivity and allyship, with a focus on how these issues affect the equestrian community. [USHJA Launches Diversity Webinar Series]

Driving isn’t something that many of us riders investigate as an alternate mode of partnering with our horses. I myself do a fair amount of ground driving with young or green horses, but I’ve never driven from a cart. Recently blogger Tracy Gold took a driving lesson from FEI level driver Jessica Tanglao, and learned a lot that she can reapply to her work from the saddle. [7 Reasons to Try Driving]

Podcast of the Day: Eventing Safety Roundtable 

The uncatchable horse: everyone’s least favorite thing. From having a series of naughty ponies who most definitely did not want child Kate latching on to them and galloping them around for hours, I had to learn some serious stealth and trickery. Take it from me and others who have endured this horse, we have techniques, and we can teach them to you. [The “Ain’t No Way” Catch]

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The Aiken Opener Horse Trials are this weekend! From January 21st to the 22nd, compete in everything from Beginner Novice through Prelim. Check your ride times here. Also featuring this weekend will be the unveiling of the Joannah Glass Arena in honor of an important fixture in the sport and the community:

 

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Best of Blogs: Celebrating The Golden Years

Thursday News & Notes

An unrepentant failure of a retired horse. Photo by Kate Samuels.

Nyls, as many of you may remember, was my partner at the Advanced/4* level for many years, and this year he turns 22. This seems impossible, as I’ve had him from the age of 4, and he’s defined my life. However, semi-retirement is not to his liking (he would prefer to be doing Advanced still) so he’s rediscovered an old beloved habit from his younger days: jumping out of the field. In the new year of 2023, he decided January 15th was a good night, and escaped once again. Look at him, does he look like he regrets his decisions? Like he’s sorry in any way for continuing to terrorize me? No. He does not.

U.S. Weekend Preview

Stable View Aiken Opener H.T. (Aiken, SC): [Website] [Entries] [Scoring] [Volunteer]

Grand Oaks H.T. (Weirsdale, FL): [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Scoring] [Volunteer]

News From Around the Globe:

Ariel Grald has rocketed to the top of the eventing world, thanks to fantastic partnerships with her horse and owner. A horse-crazy kid, a microbiology degree, a chance encounter with the owner of a lifetime, and a whole lot of hard work and humble grit. Just ten short years after Annie Eldridge partnered with Ariel, they were competing at the World Equestrian Games. Ariel has been quietly picking away at 5* events with Leamore Master Plan, her first horse at that level, and finished last year with an 11th place finish at the WEG in her first Team appearance. [Ariel Grald’s Fast Moving Career]

Your bodyworker wants you to know that it’s super easy to spot horses that are trained with too much compression of the neck. The parotid gland is the hidden indicator of training quality and we just weren’t paying attention. When you don’t see them, it is most likely a good sign. Parotid glands are usually clearly visible on horses that tend to move in a short, tense, and compressed frame. This can be caused by bad training, and some horses may offer this frame themselves – in both cases the horse needs to learn to trust the rider and reach to the bit in a soft and balanced way. [The Invisible Gland]

The revamped USEA Eventing Coaches Program (ECP — formerly known as ICP) is hosting an educational symposium at Barnstaple South in Ocala, FL this week. Participants are certified or pending certified coaches who participate in seminars, lessons, and demos from world-renowned pros in order to bolster their tool box for students. [Keep Up with ECP Symposium Coverage]

Best of Blogs: Unboxing Old Breyer Horses

Riding along with your vet is invaluable experience. I did it during the summer in my high school years, and besides getting to snoop in other people’s barns (my favorite!), you learn so much. Not just medical stuff, but you learn about horses, owners, riders, managers, and so much husbandry to help you on your way as a horseman. [6 Non-Medical Things I Learned From My Vet]

Friday News & Notes Presented by Stable View

Cold but committed! Photo by Anna Payne.

My horse got me off this week for the first time in years, and whenever I fall off, everything goes in slow motion. We were trotting up a hill which becomes steep at the top, so I decided to stand in my stirrups to help him with the last bit. Mistake. He immediately decided to have some fun and throw his head down between his legs and buck, but then make it more fun by doing his signature move: the repeating 180° spin while broncing on the spot. I had a good hold of my grab strap, and it’s not the first time, and I thought I had it. However, halfway through, he decided going counterclockwise was for chumps, and quickly switched to clockwise! I saw myself slowly losing purchase and falling down the hill, realizing my sticky seat streak was over. Start counting all over again!

U.S. Weekend Preview – First Events of 2023!

Horse Trials at Majestic Oaks (Ocala, FL): [Website] [Scoring] [Volunteer]

Ram Tap Horse Park Combined Test (Fresno, CA): [Website] [Entries/Ride Times/Scoring] [Volunteer]

News From Around the Globe:

Buying horses on the internet has gotten interesting…for both buyer and seller. I am not unsympathetic to the plight of Sellers. People kick tires, look at horses they can’t afford, window shop, and have unreasonable expectations. So, I get it. Sellers are suspicious. However, buyers need to be cautious and sometimes even suspicious as well. You are likely purchasing off of videos and the seller’s description—without a trial—and then having a strange DVM do the PPE for you. That is nerve-wracking at best and disastrous at worst. Here are a few things to watch out for as you are shopping. [Internet Shopping for Horses 101]

Winter is here and with it comes the rain and mud and boggy fields. The reality is in the wild horses would never choose to stand in saturated ground, they would roam and find more suitable grazing areas. As we enter these wetter months what should we know about the effects of the wet and often wet-dry cycles, on our horses feet? To answer this we need to have a basic understanding of the composition of the hoof wall and then explore its response to hydration. [Wet-Dry Cycles & The Effect on Horse Hooves]

Best of Blogs: The Great Bertalan de Némethy

Madeline Bletzacker wasn’t really looking for a horse in 2008 when she came across Landtino S at a local farm near her home in Ohio.The Danish Warmblood gelding (Solos Lantinus x Chess S) had been imported from Europe as a dressage horse when he was 5 and decided he didn’t like dressage. “He would rear, buck, spin and was very angry. He was real, real sour about dressage,” Bletzacker recalled. “He was turned out, and then a friend of mine was a school student of the owner and suggested I come try him.” Together, they turned to eventing, and now they are Novice champions! [Failed Dressage Horse to Novice Champion]

 

 

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Thursday News & Notes

If Olympians can volunteer, you can too! Photo courtesy of Lauren Nicholson.

Lauren Nicholson and longtime friend Hannah Sue Hollberg got together last week before the official start of the eventing season to volunteer at a schooling show at the Florida Horse Park. Volunteering at an event is a great way to get more involved in your area while giving back to the sport! It takes a large number of volunteers to make each event happen and without them we wouldn’t get to keep doing what we love. Head to Eventingvolunteer.com to find out what events in your area need some extra help this year!

U.S. Weekend Preview – First Events of 2023!

Horse Trials at Majestic Oaks (Ocala, FL): [Website] [Scoring] [Volunteer]

Ram Tap Horse Park Combined Test (Fresno, CA): [Website] [Entries/Ride Times/Scoring] [Volunteer]

News From Around the Globe:

We all have grand plans, but sometimes life gets in the way. At least that’s how I feel about keeping my tack trunk organized. There are always 1,000 things to accomplish at the barn, and the day is never long enough. But some equestrians have managed to keep everything nice and tidy—at least long enough to take a picture. For the rest of us, here’s some inspiration and relaxing photos for us Type-A folks who feel more at peace with the world when everything is in its place. [Relax with Pictures of Perfect Barn Organization]

Get ready to laugh and cry with this podcast from Major League Eventing devoted to remembering Rob Bowersox. With riders and coaches from all reaches of the United States joining the podcast to share stories of their time with Rob and Karen. [Podcast of the Day]

As eventers, most of us are side-experts on the thoroughbred industry, or at least getting an OTTB and retraining it. Knowing how to train them for a new career is one thing, but you have to also understand what their bodies went through as a racehorse. With lots of miles on the track, even young thoroughbreds may need special attention, and knowledge about common areas of concern. [Experts Weigh in on OTTB Joint Care]

Best of Blogs: Grieving For What Might Have Been

Grooms have been sharing the huge positives of what they do, “the best job in the world”. We’ve all heard reports on the industry’s staffing crisis, and many grooms have got in touch about bad experiences, and what needs to change for equestrianism to attract and keep the best employees. But grooms across the world are speaking out about how much they love their job, and encouraging others to think about it seriously as a career. [Grooms Speak Out]

 

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F’real though.

Yesterday I had the most amazing ride on a three-year-old I’m starting for a friend, complete with all three gaits nice and relaxed in a rope halter. The sun was shining, it was unrealistically nice for January, and I had a great afternoon. Then, I returned to my barn to blanket and turn out, and while leaning down to do some belly straps, my horse spooked and damn near took out my brain bucket against the wall. Whenever those things happen, I always feel like time slows down, and I could see each flailing leg and hoof flying about my body as I was tossed on the ground. Luckily, said horse tried very hard to not step on me too hard, and I’m just a little bruised. Life with horses, ups and downs!

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Back in her young glory days, Lara Bricker was nicknamed “velcro butt”. Then she took a hiatus from riding, only to return to the saddle at the age of 46. She thought she was in good shape, but riding fitness isn’t the same as regular fitness, and her middle-aged body revolted. Returning to the saddle is different at that age, and conquering the challenges that come with it is a feat of commitment. [In Which Middle-Aged Ladies Get Back in the Saddle]

I keep telling all my students, if they’re looking for more fitness, they’re always welcome to muck stalls with me! Mucking out, walking courses and heaving bales of hay about, not to mention riding itself, all counts as exercise, helps build fitness and muscle and burns off some calories, although maybe not as many as you’d hope. However, it does make you strong and give you core muscles like no other! [What’s In a Workout: Barn Work]

As the Winter Equestrian Festival kicks off this week in Wellington, Florida, we’re looking back to 1984, when the annual winter series was still in its infancy. The show report from the March 9, 1984, issue of the Chronicle painted a very different picture of the area nearly four decades ago. [Flashback Friday: When WEF was Young]

Best of Blogs: The Strange and Beautiful Way Horses Bring Out the Best in Us

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Steady Eddie makes his lower level career debut!

 

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Just a pupper watching over the barn. Photo courtesy of Christine Price Ruffin.

Last week, we were all freezing our butts off and breaking ice out of buckets in Virginia. This week, my horses went out naked overnight (big mistake, much mud), and I’ve been sweating in a t-shirt. Honestly, I don’t know if it’s quite as unpredictable in other states, or if Virginia just has to keep us on our toes, but it’s a wonder we survive any of it. Florida next year, I keep telling myself.

One more week before you see scores here!!!

News From Around the Globe:

A USEA year-end honor was never the specific goal, but it came about organically as Donna Miller checked off each box on her training list with her Connemara stallion, Coud’Poker Tartifume. On a rapid ascent from unstarted 7-year-old to FEI two-star competitor in three years, “Cooper” ended 2022 by bagging the Theodore O’Connor trophy as the Smartpak USEA Pony of the Year. “He’s like a little sports car. He’s amazing on cross-country,” she said. “We can make time because he is not only fast, but as I walk the course, I look for shortcuts. We can literally come off a turn, sit up and jump without a huge set up. He’s really quick and has really figured it out. I had to learn how to go with it and trust.” [USEA Pony of the Year]

What are your “riding pain points”? Noelle Floyd’s Equestrian Masterclass is gearing up for some new content this year and wants to know what you want to see. [Take the Quiz]

Perhaps one of the most quoted lines from The Princess Brideand there are many, so that’s saying something — is Iñigo Montoya‘s response to Vizzini’s overuse of the word “inconceivable.” In the equestrian world, we find ourselves thinking this A LOT. There are a ton of terms that equestrians — or wannabe “equestrians” — use on a regular basis that don’t quite mean what they think it means. [I Do Not Think That Means What You Think It Means]

Best of Blogs: A Horse By Any Other Name

Best of Blogs Pt 2: The Connecting Power of Talking About Hard Things

Acquiring a working student position is a rite of passage for serious equestrians. I learned more in my year of working for a 5* eventer than ever before, and formed life long relationships. Becoming a working student is an exciting step in a young equestrian’s riding career. These positions provide great opportunities to learn both in and out of the saddle. As in any new job you may be a little nervous at first, so BarnManager came up with some helpful suggestions. [Top Tips for Being a Working Student]

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It’s called Fashun, look it up. Photo courtesy of Boyd.

Only two more days of 2022! I don’t know about everyone else, but this has been an odd year for me, and I’m looking forward to accomplishing much more in 2023. I don’t really do resolutions, but there is always something exciting about starting a new year, and a new season of competition. I’m sadly not heading south this year, but I am already planning to do it next year, and hopefully that will help me endure the next two months of horrid weather.

News From Around the Globe:

Only two more days to enter our Ultimate LRK3DE Giveaway! You and three friends could win travel funds for your trip to The Best Weekend All Year, general admission to each day plus premium cross country tailgating, and Dubarry gear — all you need to do is enter by December 31 for a shot at winning. [Fly Away to LRK3DE]

Best of Blogs: Being Enough

It’s now been more than 10 months since Russia invaded Ukraine. Amid almost incomprehensible hardship and destruction, the Ukrainians who remain in the country (14 million are estimated to have fled) continue trying to survive and maintain some semblance of normalcy. For some, that includes continuing to look after their horses. For horse owners, this means more difficulties and troubles. Stables are looking for generators to be able to produce electricity during blackouts and water buckets to create and store an emergency water supply. Horse owners are asking in addition to hay and feed also for blankets to keep horses warm. Before the war, putting a blanket over a horse during winter was not very common in Ukraine. During the times of feed insecurity, blankets became essential to lower the feed expenses. [Ukranian Relief for Horses]

2022 Photo Collection of the Day: COTH’s Favorite Photos

As a complete book nerd, my childhood days were filled with books on horses. The Black Stallion, Misty of Chincoteague, Billy and Blaze, the list goes on. These writers shaped my childhood, and quite honestly my adult life as well. Learn more about these authors in this article. [Famous Horse Authors]

You’ve been training hard, putting in the hours at the barn and the gym – but could you actually be doing more harm than good? Scheduling in time for a bit of R&R – that’s rest and recovery – is one of the smartest things you can do for your body. [Rest & Recovery: Your Secret Weapon]

Thursday News & Notes Presented by Stable View

A frosty pony!! Photo by Sam Elsenaar.

Welcome back to the land of the living, those of you who, like me, are just emerging from the post-holiday madness. It’s like a hangover, but for your emotions and your physical energy, and it lasts for days after. All that work and buildup, all the time outside of our normal routines, it’s delightful and exhausting at the same time. I’m excited to get back to the daily grind, and remind my horses that they are not professional vacationers.

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Time is running out to enter our Ultimate LRK3DE Giveaway! You and three friends could win travel funds for your trip to The Best Weekend All Year, general admission to each day plus premium cross country tailgating, and Dubarry gear — all you need to do is enter by December 31 for a shot at winning. [Fly Away to LRK3DE]

Millfield Lancando may look like a big, brave cross-country horse in competition, but at home, he’s more of a gentle giant and a worrywart, according to his rider Booli Selmayr. The Millbrook, New York-based rider has been partnered with “Lance” for six years, and this spring, they completed their first five-star at Land Rover Kentucky. Lance wouldn’t be one you would pick out of the field to compete at the top levels, but he makes it work just fine with Booli at his side. [Behind the Stall Door: Millfield Lancado]

December is the best time to look back at all the feel-good stories of the year. With horses, there is so much joy to balance out the disappointments, and I’m choosing to focus on the good stuff as I look back at 2022. [COTH Best Stories of the Year]

Don’t miss the most recent episode of Major League Eventers! Karen and Rob catch up with 5* Eventer, Cornelia Dorr. Cornelia talks about her time in England with Kevin McNab, her first 5* and her wedding plans with Eventer Jacob Fletcher. You’re not going to want to miss this fun episode! [Podcast of the Day]

Studies have shown that owners are often unable to recognise lameness in their own horses. Identifying whether a horse experiences musculoskeletal pain, resulting in lameness, can be very difficult, especially for inexperienced riders, they said. On the clinical side, veterinary experience influences subjective lameness evaluations. Veterinary students and recent graduates often exhibit difficulties in identifying the affected leg. So, researchers have developed artificial intelligence to identify lameness in horses and pinpoint the affected limb based on analysis of cellphone videos. [AI Identifies Lameness in Horses]

 

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The Christmas we all dream of. Photo courtesy of Equestrian Coach FB.

Yesterday I woke up at 3am so I could bring my horses in before the horrible freezing rain hit. I bundled up and walked out with my headlamp and my reluctant dog, and grabbed them all and tucked them into their heavily bedded stalls full of hay and lukewarm water. This seems like a crazy thing to do, for a non-horse person. Why didn’t I just leave them in, you ask? Because I have three horses that stall walk if they stay in overnight, and this terrible weather is predicted to keep going for a few days, so I figured they could use one last night of freedom. Be kind to your barn managers/horse butlers this season as they balance caring for your horse with the regular holiday stress!

News From Around the Globe:

Many top results from program graduates in 2022 have once again proven that the YEH program is meeting its mission of identifying future four- and five-star horses. With three of the four Team U.S.A. horses at the FEI Eventing World Championships in Pratoni del Vivaro, Italy being graduates of the YEH program, as well as top placings at the FEI WBFSH Eventing World Breeding Championships, the Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill, the Kentucky Three-Day Event and the year-end USEA leaderboards, the YEH program is making its mark as a major talent spotter for top athletes in the sport of eventing. [Leading YEH Horses of 2022]

Don’t forget to enter our Ultimate LRK3DE Giveaway! You and three friends could win tickets, premium tailgating for cross country, a travel voucher valued at $750, and Dubarry gear for the trip. Entries are open until 12/31, so don’t delay! [Fly Away to LRK3DE]

Best of Blogs: Let’s Talk About That Kalinka Video

Jingle Bells is a Christmas favorite, but it was not written with yuletide merriment in mind. It clearly states in the song “sing a sleighing song tonight” and we have no one to blame but ourselves for this misunderstanding. The song, written 164 years ago, was a “sleighing song” and its jolly cadence mimics that of a trotting horse. The wool has been pulled over our eyes since 1945 when Bing Crosby and the Andrew Sisters took the song mainstream. There are verses that have been hidden from us that involve drag racing, picking up girls, a high-speed crash and an unneighborly man. [The Hidden History of Jingle Bells]

Do horses prefer warm water to cold? With liquid intake one of the biggest concerns in winter for our equine companions, it’s critical to know what is scientifically proven to keep them drinking, and keep their guts moving. [Water Temps & Equine Drinking Behavior]

Actually, I’ll never complain again about winter weather:

Thursday News & Notes Presented by Stable View

The grinch came to the barn! Photo by Kim Green

Yesterday I had my personal Christmas miracle, when after frantically grocery shopping at four different stores for my ambitious holiday dinner plan, I stopped at a gas station before heading home. At which point I put my wallet on the roof of my car, and drove home. Three hours later, I realized the disaster, and drove back to the gas station to ask if anybody had found it. No luck. However, several miles down the road on my way home, was my sweet little wallet on the side of the highway. Apparently karma decided to swing my way, and I’ve never been more thankful.

News From Around the Globe:

Don’t forget to enter our Ultimate LRK3DE Giveaway! You and three friends could win tickets, premium tailgating for cross country, a travel voucher valued at $750, and Dubarry gear for the trip. Entries are open until 12/31, so don’t delay! [Fly Away to LRK3DE]

The biggest determining factor of getting around a course successfully is having the horse in front of the leg, and thereby having the quality of canter to indeed tackle all of the obstacles with both power and balance. In this episode of Thoroughbred Logic with Aubrey Graham, she discusses what it really means to be in front of the leg, something you maybe didn’t consider a problem with thoroughbreds, but most definitely is an issue. [In Front of the Leg]

The 2022 MARS Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill led the way in collecting and keeping horses’ medical records secure and organized this year. The competition’s veterinary team used Equine MediRecord (EMR) to collect required health information for horses competing in the U.S. Eventing Association’s Young Event Horse East Coast Championship. The EMR system helped the veterinary team at the Maryland event determine which of the horses entered in the Young Event Horse East Coast Championships were compliant with vaccination requirements and other health paperwork. Ninety horses were listed on the starting orders for both the 4- and 5-year-olds. [Equine MediRecord Digitizes Equine Health Records]

Nicola Wilson said she is delighted to join the coaches on the Wesko Equestrian Foundation, which is expanding to benefit more young riders. The European eventing champion joins top names including Pippa Funnell and World Class performance manager Dickie Waygood to provide coaching, advice and support. The foundation, set up in memory of eventing owner Christina Knudsen to support eventers from all backgrounds, has announced its expansion, aiming to support 60 young riders. [Nicola Wilson’s Next Steps]

Suppose your Christmas stocking contained a ride on the horse of your dreams… Which superstars of yesteryear this top rider would love to try? Mary King, a six-time Olympian who counts Badminton, Burghley and Kentucky wins on her record – along with a seriously impressive medal haul – admired a certain grey superstar who took the showjumping world by storm. [Mary King’s Horse Wishlist]

 

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Just some horsey Christmas cheer Photo by JJ Sillman.

Like many equestrians, I have one full-time partner: my dog. He’s extremely smart, well behaved, adorable, and loyal, but when you ask him to suffer through the absolute animal abuse that is early morning chores when it is both cold and rainy???? Multiple coats must be applied to the dog, and then he must wrap up in both a fleece and wool cooler on the raised fancy dog bed while he whines every so often and peaks out of the blankets to glare at me. I mean…honestly I don’t disagree with him, it’s just part of the farm dog life and he better toughen up!

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Kentucky is JUST around the corner (yes, it’s December, and yes, we already have our hotels booked and yes, we know we’re crazy – but we know you are too), and if you’re a diehard eventing fan like us you’ve already been making plans for the #BestWeekendAllYear. Allow us to level up your plans! Beginning today, entries are now open for The Ultimate LRK3DE Giveaway, presented by Eventing Nation, Athletux, Ocala Horse Properties, and Dubarry of Ireland. If you’re planning to attend Kentucky next year (April 27-30) – keep reading! [Ultimate LRK3DE Giveaway]

Commentators play a key role in how horse sport comes across to the general public – and the language used needs to reflect this, stakeholders agree. As the horse world continues to look at what can be done to improve public acceptance of equestrian sport, it has been discussed that everyone has a part to play. Commentator John Kyle, who covered the Rio and Tokyo Games for Olympic Broadcasting Services, told H&H he believes the broadcaster and commentators’ role in social licence has been “somewhat overlooked”. “In a way, we’re on the front line and we’re part of the sport that is going to be exposed to people who don’t understand it – for example, the people flicking through the television during the Olympics,” he said. [The Role of Commentators in Eventing]

Podcast of the Day: The Plaidcast with Boyd Martin

Nerdout Link of the Day: Top Ten Riding Tips in 2022 from FEI

Feeling bored already of all the dressage work? Good for you, we’ve got the solution. Dickie Waygood offered some jumping exercises “you can do with dressage horses to beat the winter blues” at the London Horse Show yesterday, with Olympic gold medal-winning eventer Laura Collett as demo rider on the eight-year-old Outback. [Jump Exercises for Winter Blues]

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Mini’s need peep-holes too! Photo by Jaclyn Burke.

Today is the first truly horrible day of winter. A full 24 hours of freezing rain just about kills my spirit in every way, and I will make a full argument that the worst part of winter isn’t the cold, or even the snow, but frozen rain. And mud. I live on the side of a hill, and while my horses learn extraordinary coordination in their turnout, the slip-sliding mud fest that happens is my least favorite thing. Also, WHY do they have to stand in one area and turn it into a pit?? Please stop.

No events this weekend! Have fun sleeping in!

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The saying goes that the most talented horses have the biggest personalities, and Harbour Pilot is no exception. Retiring this year at the age of 19, Jacqueline Mars’s Irish Sport Horse gelding leaves the upper-level scene with one of the most decorated and lengthy careers in the sport, including in his credits ten CCI5*-L starts and the 2011 team gold and individual silver at the Pan American games. His partner in all of these endeavors has been Hannah Sue Hollberg, who took over the ride on “William” from David O’Connor in 2010. [Farewell to Harbour Pilot]

For keen-eyed fans of The Crown, there is a memorable scene through a recognizable water complex. Season 5 puts the focus on Prince Philip’s passion for Driving, which developed after the late Queen’s husband decided he was too old to play polo. In one scene, Prince Phillip takes a friend on a gallop through none other than the Burghley water complex, under the famous bridge. I’ll admit, I squealed aloud. [The Crown Celebrates Royal Horse History]

Podcast of the Day: US 2022 Performance in Review with EquiRatings

Show jumping: there is so much more to it than just setting out a set number of jumps in a ring. Professional course designers Marc Donovan and Chris Barnard broke down the fine details that come with show jumping course design during the Show Jumping Building Seminar which kicked off the 2022 USEA Convention in Savannah, Georgia. With an in-classroom session discussing rules, regulations, theory, and more, followed by a practical hands-on course building session held at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Ronald C. Waranch Equestrian Center where participants were able to put all of the morning’s education to work, this year’s Show Jumping Course Building Seminar was full of useful information for both eventing lovers and course design hopefuls alike. [USEA Show Jumping Seminar Tidbits]

The first thing many owners may worry about with respect to horses eating frosty/frozen grass is that it will cause colic due to the temperature. This really isn’t a concern. Whilst there is an increase in colic in cold weather, this is almost entirely due to impaction colic due to reduced water intake (horses drink less water in winter when the water is cold than if it’s warmed). By the time it is in the stomach, its at the same temperature as the rest of the body, and it still had a long way, both in time and distance, before it gets to the hindgut. So cold grass will not cause colic due to temperature. However, when the grass is stressed, for example, by cold, sugars made during the day remain in the blades (leaves), which means the sugar content is higher. This can be an issue for those managing laminitic prone horses and ponies. [Managing Frosty Grass Consumption]

 

 

 

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Mud pig! Photo by Kate Samuels

PSA for all you winter warriors: blanketing your horse is absolutely no guarantee of cleanliness, helpfully demonstrated by my pocket rocket Beep here. The skill it requires to roll in a relatively non-muddy field and scrounge around enough and get the mud packed up underneath a full blanket is truly just amazing. However, upon posting this photo, many of my friends made me feel better by posting pictures of their non-blanketed horses, who more resembled the bottom of my muck boots than actual horses. Winter! We love it! (*sarcasm*)

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Our new USEA President Louise Leslie brings a fresh perspective to the role for the upcoming years. Growing up in a military family, Louise Leslie was never afraid to walk up to someone and make friends in whatever new city was her home. Over the past two decades, many of those new friends have been eventers. She’s been involved with the U.S. Eventing Association Area 7 Council from her home in Redmond, Washington, and she’s become an integral part of U.S. Eventing Association at all levels. She’s set to take on the USEA presidency in 2023 and has spent this year shadowing current president Max Corcoran. [Meet New President Louise Leslie]

As one of the few U.S. training programs open to riders age 25 and under, the Eventing Emerging Athlete Program is used to identify and support a wider field of up-and-coming horse and rider combinations with the potential to develop into future Team candidates. From January 16–20, 2023, selected athletes will have the opportunity to work with U.S. Eventing Development and Emerging Coach Leslie Law in Ocala, Florida. Both on the ground and in the irons, these 12 riders will build the knowledge and skills necessary to one day compete at the top of the sport for their country. [Meet the Riders for 2023 Eventing Emerging Athlete Program]

It only takes one horse with difficult feet to inspire a horse owner to learn more about hoof care. Alicia Harlov’s passion for hoof care began after acquiring a BLM mustang who was quickly diagnosed with deteriorating navicular disease. On a mission to keep her dreams for him alive, she sought to learn more about hoof rehabilitation and the multitude of elements involved in hoof management and maintenance. A visit to Rockley Farm in England pushed her to pursue more knowledge on the subject, and in the years since she has gone on to study a variety of trimming philosophies and methodologies, as well as learn from nutritional webinars. [Prevalent Hoof Issues & Prevention]

Hot on Horse Nation: Thoroughbred Logic: Have a Plan

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Horses are majestic. Photo by Afton Stables.

Stable View is celebrating their 10th anniversary in 2023 since hosting their first recognized event in 2013! To properly celebrate you and your horse(s), the venue is offering a training incentive for competitors who complete all three schooling shows in January leading up to the new USEA/USEF Aiken Opener on January 21-22. On January 4th, they’re hosting a schooling jumper show, on January 11th, a schooling dressage show, and on January 14th, a winter combined test! It looks like the perfect way to practice your skills, and they’re offering half price entry on the CT for competitors who compete in all three.

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Full Gallop Farm Jingle Bells H.T. (Aiken, SC): [Website] [Entries] [Volunteer]

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It’s USEA Convention week! USEA members from near and far are getting ready to converge on the historic city of Savannah, Georgia this week for the 2022 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention! With four full days jam-packed with educational seminars, committee meetings and social gatherings, the convention is sure to excite all members of the eventing community that will be in attendance. [USEA Convention Fast Facts]

We’re sad to report that Salinero, Anky van Grunsven’s 2004 and 2008 double Olympic champion, passed away this week. Originally started as a show jumper, the gelding showed promise on the flat, and was trained by a few riders until finding his match with Anky in 2002. They made their Grand Prix debut that year, and Salinero rose to the occasion to fill the shoes of the great Bonfire in Anky’s barn. Despite controversy surrounding her use of rolkur in her training, Salinero helped her become the first dressage rider to win three Olympic individual gold medals. [RIP Salinero]

Best of Blogs: Equine Roots of Idioms to Surprise 

The famous Endo the Blind has made history with three Guinness World Records. At 22-years-old, the Appaloosa gelding and his owner Morgan Wagner have trained for years to compete alongside sighted horses and do extensive liberty work. He has garnered the titles for the highest free jump by a blind horse (3ft 5in), the most flying changes by a horse in a minute (39), and the fastest time for a blind horse to weave five poles (6.93 sec). Endo was diagnosed with recurrent uveitis at eight years old, and Morgan worked hard to build his trust and his confidence. [Endo The Blind Wins Guinness World Records]

 

Please enjoy Cambalda rocking around Training level in his “retirement”!

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Photo courtesy of Team Brakewell.

We’re saddened to report that the great Over To You passed away this week at the grand age of 34. Jack was a stalwart competitor on the British Eventing Team for many years, and was spicy up till the end of his very long and beloved life with Jeanette Brakewell and team. He won an astounding eight championship titles, including an individual silver at the 2002 WEG, and made an appearance at seven total British championship team events, making him the most capped British eventing horse of all time. We loved watching you years ago, and we’re glad you got to live an incredible retirement, Jack!

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Peeked inside our Holiday Gift Guide yet? It’s packed full of gift ideas for all types of riders, plus more than a few shopping deals to take advantage of! Click here to view the Guide — and don’t forget to support Give Back Week through December 4.

Fans of the FIFA World Cup, now is your time. The most popular sport in the world, soccer, could have something to offer equestrian sport: feedback on footing. Many soccer fields and stadiums utilize a tool that looks similar to a lawnmower for objective feedback in five areas: shock absorption, hardness, energy resistance, rotational resistance, and vertical displacement. Soccer professionals seek to assess these areas in an effort to address injury prevention, ball performance, and promotion of surface uniformity. The HiPSter machine also may be of use to help assess the quality of riding surfaces, said Dr. Menke Steenbergen of Ipos Technology in the Netherlands. The information the machine offers may lead to better equine performance and fewer musculoskeletal injuries. [How Can Soccer Teach Us More About Horse Footing]

Horse Nation writer Katelin Parsons reflects on her experience with kissing spines surgery and shares what she’s learned since having her horse undergo the procedure. It has been almost two years since her horse had surgery to correct kissing spines. In that time, she learned so much. If she could go back, she would not put her horse through surgery again. Surgery is extremely invasive and it is much more likely to be successful if a horse is rehabilitated slowly and correctly. If a horse continues to move in the same manner that it did before surgery, the kissing spines can redevelop. On the other hand, if a horse is taught proper movement on the lunge line and under saddle, kissing spines can be prevented and even reversed without surgical intervention. [Why I Regret Putting My Horse Through Kissing Spine Surgery]

There was a standing ovation as Nicola Wilson took the HorseDialog Inspiration of the Year title at the 2022 Horse & Hound Awards. The eventing European champion walked on to the stage this week, with her husband Alastair, nearly seven months after she was seriously injured in a fall at Badminton Horse Trials. Nicola spent more than four months in hospital undergoing intensive physiotherapy and rehab, and returned home in September. This week, she shared a video of herself walking at home. [Nicola Wins Well Deserved Inspiration of the Year Award]

Best of Blogs: Helping Old Horses Gain Weight Before Winter

 

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Tis the season to get baking! Photo courtesy of SmartPak.

Tis the season to bake tasty treats for those you love in your life….your horses of course! It’s like kismet, actually, as I was looking for a quick and easy to make for my horses and my clients horses, and our friends at SmartPak popped up on my Facebook feed with this wonderful cookie recipe. Don’t worry, you barely need any skills in the kitchen, and just a few basic ingredients. Check out this recipe for No Bake Maple Banana Oat Horse Cookies.

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Rocking Horse December H.T. (Altoona, FL): [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

Sporting Days Farm H.T. IV (Aiken, SC): [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

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Peeked inside our Holiday Gift Guide yet? It’s packed full of gift ideas for all types of riders, plus more than a few shopping deals to take advantage of! Click here to view the Guide — and don’t forget to support Give Back Week through December 4.

In an ever-changing world, we must constantly reevaluate what we consider “normal.” This is particularly applicable to equine practitioners who are now routinely asked to appreciate situations previously thought to be atypical that have now become standard, usual, or expected. What is abnormal for one animal may well be acceptable in another. It is the job of vets to help muddle through the murky waters to ultimately decide if the patient in front of us is normal. Abnormal is just a term to describe something that deviates from usual, is viewed as undesirable or worrying in some way, or is simply uncharacteristic of a particular patient. [What is Normal in Today’s Sporthorse?]

Horse & Hound has announced their 2022 award winners for a variety of categories. We’re delighted to see Vanir Kamira top the horse of the year list, buoyed by Piggy March’s win on her at Burghley this fall. Laura Collett unsurprisingly wins rider of the year, and best of all, Nicola Wilson won for the Inspiration of the year. [H&H 2022 Year-End Awards]

Terry West added another accolade to her most lengthy and diversified resume when she was announced as one of the newest inductees into the Maryland Horse Show Association Hall of Fame Sunday. West, one of the first black female jockeys, was a competitor on the racetrack for more than two decades before transitioning to the hunter-jumper industry, in which she continues to compete today. She has served as a board member of the MHSA and has been active in retraining off-track Thoroughbreds for the hunter and jumper rings, competing on numerous occasions in the Totally Thoroughbred Horse Show at Pimlico Racecourse. [Terry West Inducted into MD Hall of Fame]

Equine nutritionists and veterinarians have long been preaching the importance of forage in our horses’ diets. We know ample, good-quality forage is crucial to their digestive health, but why? The horse family Equidae adapted extremely well to grassland as they evolved from browsers to grazers over millions of years. This is evident in their rich fossil record, which reveals equids’ teeth, feet, and more adapted to give them an evolutionary advantage over other herbivores. [Why Forage First?]

 

Boyd Martin Riding School is back in session!

 

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Thanksgiving at Windurra! Photo by Silva Martin.

 

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Hello Black Friday, our Holiday Gift Guide has landed! We’ve picked out a few of our favorite gift ideas for all types of riders and partnered with some awesome brands to bring you special deals and promotions. [Start shopping]

In 2018, There were 42 young horses contesting YEH 5-year-old Championships between the East and West Coast Championships which were held in Elkton, Maryland, and Woodside, California, respectively. Following 2018’s YEH finale, many of the graduating class of the 2018 USEA Young Event Horse Championships have worked their way up through the rankings as they establish themselves as upper-level event horse prospects. [YEH Yearbook: Class of 2018]

Winter is the perfect time to work on some details with your riding, one of which is certainly position and rider biomechanics. Mary Wanless, an internationally renowned dressage coach and rider biomechanics specialist, shares some useful advice on how correct biomechanics can positively affect performance. [13 Facts About Rider Biomechanics]

Best of Blogs: Thankful For A Thoroughbred

After watching the annual Presidential Turkey Pardon earlier this week, a Florida trainer was inspired to grant clemency of a different kind. On Wednesday, Alice Abrahams led her fleet of multi-colored lease ponies, three in each hand, to the largest, nine-acre field on her Ocala-based Palm Lane Farm property. There, she removed their halters, handed each a jumbo carrot, and sent them on their merry way.“Nobody’s earned it more,” Abrahams said. “No more little heels banging them in the sides, or pulling on their mouths over cross-rails. No more having to wait out the waterworks when the kiddos take second place, or when they throw a tantrum when it’s time to apply more sunscreen at the show ring. From now until January 1, 2023, my ponies are officially unclipped and off the payroll!” [Ponies Pardoned for Thanksgiving]

 

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Happy Snoot Day! Photo by Kate Samuels

Happy Turkey Day! I hope that everybody gets to spend today with some pony nose kisses, maybe a little stall mucking for cardio, and then an absolutely unreasonable amount of food. Turkey is great and all, but honestly I live for mashed potatoes and stuffing, I mean I could survive on that for at least a month and be totally happy. I might not fit into my riding pants afterwards, but you know, there are trades to be made.

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Pine Top Thanksgiving H.T. (Thomson, GA): [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

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Our Holiday Gift Guide has landed! We’ve picked out a few of our favorite gift ideas for all types of riders and partnered with some awesome brands to bring you special deals and promotions. [Start shopping]

Did you know that the jump on course that gives you nightmares is named after a drainage ditch in Prussia? Yeah, me neither, but apparently the Trakehner comes from the Trakehnen area of East Prussia in the 17th and 18th centuries, and the jump design comes from teaching war horses to leap over fenced drainage ditches on the battle field. You too can learn fascinating and ridiculous stories about eventing fences to bore your family with today at dinner. [Jump Names Demystified]

Horses very rarely misbehave simply to be bad, and more equine professionals are coming to realize that. Oftentimes what people perceive as “naughty” behavior is the horse trying to tell his owners and riders that he’s hurting. Many owners and trainers underestimate how much pain a horse is actually feeling – even when they aren’t performing up to their usual standard. When called out to assess a horse that is “grumpy,” “lazy,” or even “misbehaving,”. [Decoding Poor Performance: Lameness, Behavioral, or Something Else?]

As somebody with a firmly NOT retired 21-year-old in my barn, I am coming to love these super senior horses who just love their work. Eye Candy (Escudo II x Goldstern by Grenadier), a 1999 Hanoverian began his classical dressage training in Vechta, Germany, with Catherine Haddad Staller in early 2003.  Eye Candy was purchased by Robin Mattson in October of that year.  Eye Candy remained in Germany in training with Staller until the fall of 2005, when Robin  imported him to the United States.  Over the next 17 years, Robin and Eye Candy progressed through the levels to Intermediare I, earning their USDF Bronze and Silver Medals. Although in perfect health, Robin felt Eye Candy had earned his retirement at 21, but after visiting him in his field, she found that he was far from ready to hang up his bridle. [Ageless Eye Candy]

Movie recommendation of the week: EO. Kinda like Eyore but EO. The donkey’s name is EO, and as the action begins, he is part of a small circus act with a loving young woman trainer. But when the circus goes broke, EO is sold off to farmers. They don’t treat EO badly but the donkey remembers a happier, earlier life and soon escapes, beginning a journey across modern Europe that carries EO from forests and towns, to villas and scrap heaps the size of small Alps. [Donkey Movie For the Holidays]

 

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Haven’t we all been there? Photo courtesy of FHC.

Several of my horses have, ahem, winter girths and summer girths. Why, you ask? Well, just the reason most girls have pants that aren’t always the same size. When you’re fighting fit and ready for a competition, you might slip into your little black girth, but in the winter when you’re a bit puffy and you’re mostly hacking after vacation, you’ll need some kind of comfortable elastic girth that’s maybe a size or two larger. I’d rather have fat winter horses than the type that requires a thousand calories a day, but it does make my tack room a bit full.

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Ram Tap H.T. (Fresno, CA): [Website] [Entries/Ride Times/Scoring] [Volunteer]

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Establishing a soft yet effective position requires repetition, hard work, diligence, and a lot of patience. Remember that when you see riders with incredible body control from upper level riders that position and effectiveness is the product of years (sometimes decades!) of work and practice. We’ve got ways to help you better understand how you can make progress in your own position, which is one of the biggest assets a rider can have, no matter their goals. [Strong Core, Still Leg, Soft Hands]

Good feel is key to much of what you do with your horse. It’s that, often seemingly magical, ability that the best riders possess to really sense what is happening underneath them, and, as Geoff Teall shares in his book, “You must immediately start developing an awareness of the concepts, if you ever want to ride effectively, effortlessly and invisibly.  Feel and lightness are closely related to each other. In order to be an effective rider, you need to learn to feel just the right amount of hands, legs, seat and weight. The more you can feel what that right amount is, the more lightness you will have in your riding.” [Developing Lightness & Feel]

Though muscle is recognized and appreciated for its importance in the physical prowess of horses, the role of muscle in maintaining normal protein metabolism throughout the body is likely undervalued. The horse’s body is composed of thousands of proteins that are in a constant state of turnover, breaking down and synthesizing simultaneously. Because muscle is the main reservoir of amino acids in the body, and amino acids are the building blocks of proteins, basic knowledge of protein and amino acids is essential for all horse owners interested in nutrition. Using a simple Q&A format, here’s your chance to learn more about protein in equine nutrition. [Protein, Amino Acids, and Exercise]

Best of Blogs: In Defense of Unmounted Lessons

Our community is mourning the sudden loss of Rob Bowersox this week, and everyone in Eventing will miss his infectious enthusiasm for the sport of Eventing and everyone he met. A memorial mass will be held next Tuesday for those who are able to attend, and in lieu of flowers contributions can be made to Fair Hill International Green to Gold. [Robert John Bowersox]

 

 

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Photo courtesy of Nicola Wilson.

It’s so absolutely lovely to see updates of Nicola Wilson out and about, and her regular videos on her progress make my heart smile. She must be an astoundingly positive and hard-working person to progress as she has following her accident at Badminton this spring. We all know that eventers are tough and resilient, but Nicola really seems to never stop smiling, which is extremely admirable. Keep a look-out for an exclusive interview with her from Eventing Nation soon!

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Dutta Corp. Tryon International Three-Day Event (Mill Spring, NC): [Website] [Entries] [Volunteer] [Shannon Brinkman Photo] [Live Stream] [Scoring] [YR Team Scoring]

Horse Trials at Majestic Oaks (Ocala, FL): [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

River Glen Fall H.T. (New Market, TN): [Website] [Entries/Times/Scoring]

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The warm-up ring is often the busiest and sometimes most nerve-wracking area of any given competition. With riders and horses of all levels sharing the same space, it can appear as either a finely-orchestrated, balletic ensemble or a chaotic, three-ring circus designed to jangle the tight nerves of a novice competitor. While the warm-up is an essential part of every ride, its techniques can be difficult to master as they can vary greatly, depending on the needs of each individual horse. Allie Knowles has horses of various ages, breeds, and capabilities in her program, and she knows a thing or two about designing an effective warmup. [Warming Up with Allie Knowles]

Have a brand that NEEDS to be on everyone’s holiday list this year? We’ve just opened up spots for our 2022 Holiday Gift Guide with Horse Nation. Info/book your spot here.

We are just days away from one of the biggest events on the global equestrian calendar, with the 2022 FEI Awards Gala on Sunday. The FEI Awards nominations are as impressive as ever, with the winners selected by fans who cast their votes for the Peden Bloodstock FEI Best Athlete, Longines FEI Rising Star, Cavalor FEI Best Groom, FEI Against All Odds and FEI Solidarity Awards. The 20 shortlisted candidates from 15 countries include World champions, highly accomplished up-and-coming young athletes, grooms, inspirational equestrians, judges and charities. Who will win this year?? [Nominations for 2022 FEI Awards]

Finding that a particular horse (or maybe all horses!) are jumping you out of the tack, making it difficult to stay with them over fences? Perhaps you’re even falling off? A horse with a powerful or unusual jumping technique can sometimes make it really tricky to stay secure in the saddle, especially as the jumps get higher.  Although improving your jumping technique takes time and dedication, there are a few things you can do to help you stay firmly in the tack. [Stick In The Tack Over Jumps]

 

I’ve never had so much ASMR pleasure from watching a real custom western saddle made:

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A fun jump into the water at Tryon CCI4*-L! Photo courtesy of USA Eventing.

The eventing season wraps up this weekend, with our last major event at Tryon already underway. November always brings mixed feelings for me, because each year with horses is such an extraordinary journey of learning, failing, succeeding, and muddling about searching for a way to become a better horseman. This year for me hasn’t been much in terms of competition, but a lot in terms of learning, so overall I consider it a success. I’m looking forward to turning that improved knowledge into competition success next year, and can’t wait for the spring season to arrive!

U.S. Weekend Preview

Dutta Corp. Tryon International Three-Day Event (Mill Spring, NC): [Website] [Entries] [Volunteer] [Shannon Brinkman Photo] [Orders of Go] [Live Stream] [XC Course Maps] [Scoring]

Horse Trials at Majestic Oaks (Ocala, FL): [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

River Glen Fall H.T. (New Market, TN): [Website] [Entries/Times/Scoring]

Major International Events

Montelibretti CCI4*-L: [Website] [Schedule/Scoring]

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Have a brand that NEEDS to be on everyone’s holiday list this year? We’ve just opened up spots for our 2022 Holiday Gift Guide with Horse Nation. Info/book your spot here.

It’s the final CCI4*-L of the 2022 season and 18 horse and rider pairs have made the trip to North Carolina for the Tryon International 3-Day Event and The Dutta Corp./USEF CCI 4*-L Eventing National Championship. In addition, the TIEC will also host an additional 196 competitors for their CCI1*-L, CCI2*-L, CCI3*-L, CCI4*-S, and the three USEF Eventing Young Rider Championships presented by USEA divisions- the CCIJY2*-L, the CCIJ1*-L, and the CCI3*-L. [Tryon Fast Facts]

It’s often said that four-leaf clovers bring good luck, and Valerie Vizcarrondo Pride is particularly adept at finding them. The Maryland-based FEI five-star rider, trainer and “S” judge—and owner/operator of the aptly-named Blue Clover Eventing—is chasing dreams and creating her own luck as she excels in the grueling sport of eventing. “I guess if I had a super-power, it would be x-ray vision,” Valerie says. “I can actually look in a field and spot a four-leaf clover anywhere.” [Chasing Dreams, One Step at a Time]

If you’re in Florida this winter, don’t miss the Winter Wonderland at WEC. This family friendly event is back for the second year, and the WEC Grand Plaza will be covered in the glow of more than a million lights. Starting November 25, Winter Wonderland will spread Christmas cheer Thursdays through Sundays from 5pm to 9pm leading up to Christmas Eve. The halls of the Grand Plaza will be decked with all the traditional regalia of the season, along with larger-than-life ornaments and a Christmas tree maze, dedicated kid’s zone and a 45-foot walk-through Christmas tree. Families can meet Santa Claus, send letters to the North Pole, and even get tickets to share breakfast with Jolly Old Saint Nick. [Winter Wonderland at WEC]

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Heading to Aiken this winter? You’ll be the envy of your barn buddies back home with venues like Stable View so close by. Check out the pro schooling option below, and if you’re in the area don’t miss the next Eventing Academy and Schooling Day, November 18, 19 (Schooling Days) and November 20 (Eventing Academy Horse Trials)

 

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