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About Kate Samuels

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

Eventing Background

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Area Area II
Highest Level Competed Advanced/CCI4*

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Friday News & Notes

When you’re trying to gallop into the water but there are ducks in the way. Photo by Mike McNally.

You guys, I almost don’t want to mention this, because I need to knock on a ton of wood while I do, but it’s mid-June and I haven’t gotten heat stroke yet this year, which is almost unheard of in Virginia. It was 55 last night! I wore a sweater in the morning! I turned off my air conditioning yesterday! It’s so wild, and I’m loving it. Is this what it’s like to live in California all the time??

Major International Events:

Longines Luhmühlen: Website, EN’s Form Guide, Entries, Timing & Scoring, CCI5* Friday Dressage Ride Times, CCI4* Thursday Dressage Ride Times, CCI4* Friday Dressage Ride TimesCCI4* Live ScoresLive Stream, EN’s Coverage, EN’s Instagram, EN’s Twitter

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Flora Lea Farm YEH and Mini Trial (Medford, Nj.): [Website] [Entry Status]

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

Honey Run H.T. (Ann Arbor, Mi.): [Website] [Ride Times]

Horse Park of New Jersey H.T. (Allentown, Nj.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Kent School Spring H.T. (Kent, Ct.): [Website] [Entry Status]

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

The U.S. Equestrian Federation announced today, June 17, the four athlete-and-horse combinations selected to represent Team USA at the Tokyo Olympic Games, as part of the U.S. Dressage Olympic Team. Adrienne Lyle and Salvino, a 14-year-old Hanoverian stallion owned by Betsy Juliano LLC, Steffen Peters and Suppenkasper, a 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Four Winds Farm and Akiko Yamazaki, Sabine Schut-Kery and Sanceo, a 15-year-old Hanoverian stallion owned by Alice Womble. Nick Wagman and Don John, a 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Beverly Gepfer have been named as the traveling reserve. [US Dressage Team Announced]

Best of Blogs: Pride Belongs in Equestrian Spaces

Ready to do some deep cleaning of your barn during the hot summer months? Time to power wash the stalls and spend the day doing organizational stuff that you neglected over the winter. Check out these top ten tips for making your barn sparkle again, and trust me, you won’t regret it when you’re done. [Top 10 Tips to Spruce Up Your Barn]

A new study shows that withholding feed from your horse can decrease their water intake. Especially during the summer months, it’s important to make sure that your horses are drinking as much as possible, so you might rethink your feeding program and when you withhold hay or grain from them. [Withholding Feed Affects Water Intake]

Hot on Horse Nation: Philadelphia Urban Riding Academy: Building Futures from the Legacy of the Fletcher Street Cowboys

 

Thursday News & Notes Presented by Stable View

Diet is going well. Photo by Gail Smith.

Is there anything more satisfying than seeing a horse in your care explode into dapples? My personal horse is currently having a really good dapple season, and I’ve got to take photos of him just because I feel somehow personally responsible for how pretty he looks. Maybe it’s just me being slightly neurotic, but I’m always obsessed with getting my horses super glossy and silky soft, and if I can get dapples I’m positively delighted. Also why I keep buying plain bays, because otherwise this isn’t possible.

Major International Events:

Longines Luhmühlen: Website, EN’s Form Guide, Entries, Timing & Scoring, CCI5* Friday Dressage Ride Times, CCI4* Thursday Dressage Ride Times, CCI4* Friday Dressage Ride TimesCCI4* Live ScoresLive Stream, EN’s Coverage, EN’s Instagram, EN’s Twitter

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Flora Lea Farm YEH and Mini Trial (Medford, Nj.): [Website] [Entry Status]

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

Honey Run H.T. (Ann Arbor, Mi.): [Website] [Ride Times]

Horse Park of New Jersey H.T. (Allentown, Nj.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Kent School Spring H.T. (Kent, Ct.): [Website] [Entry Status]

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

Andy Kocher has received a ten-year ban from the FEI Tribunal regarding his use of electric shock equipment attached to his spurs. More details have been made available following the trial, including testimonies from various witnesses in the form of grooms, riders, and previous owners throughout the years associated with Kocher. His only defense was to say that the device found in numerous photos was a clicker used for positive reinforcement, and called no witnesses to his defense. [Andy Kocher Details Emerge]

Ready to learn a simple exercise to help you feel your distances instead of counting them? Riding your horse in a good balance and a good rhythm will always help, and Andrew McConnon shares a simple yet challenging exercise that he learned through both Bobby Costello and William Fox Pitt. He focuses on feeling the canter and riding it to help each individual horse stay straight and forward, rather than aiming for a specific distance by counting strides. [How to Feel Strides Instead of Count Them]

Our horses and sport provide us with an endless array of amazing opportunities and experiences, but sadly our brains are sometimes really good at thinking really bad things. Even though we love our horses, riding peers, classes, and competitions; our thoughts don’t always match the greatness of our experiences. Sometimes we just get stuck thinking bad things when good things are happening. The next time your thoughts and emotions don’t match the greatness of your experiences give the following three-part positive-thinking tip a try. [Daniel Stewart’s Brain Babble]

Best of Blogs: Horses Shouldn’t Always Be Expected to Jump

 

Friday News & Notes

Is there a better feeling? Photo by JJ Sillman.

Can we talk about the horse market for a hot minute? I don’t know what is happening, or if anybody could have predicted that the result of a year of pandemic was that the sales of horses would absolutely become fire. This is wonderful news for sellers, of course, but as a regular person trying to find some horses for students, it’s crazy that by the time I text the owner, there is already a waitlist and we can hardly even get out to see a horse! Hopefully it calms down soon, and I can actually, you know, sit on a horse and maybe buy it.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

Golden Spike H.T. (Ogden, Ut.) : [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

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

Queeny Park H.T. (St. Louis, Mo.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

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

Valinor Farm H.T. (Plymouth, Ma.): [Website] [Entry Status]

Woodland Stallion Station H.T. (Woodland, Ca.) : [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Major International Events:

Bicton International (Devon, United Kingdom): [Website] [Schedule and Ride Times] [Scores] [Live Stream]

News From Around the Globe:

Improve your mental focus with my personal favorite and longtime dressage guru, Ali Brock. Ali is the master of controlling and understanding your mental game, and we all know that is at least half of the battle in learning to ride effectively and competitively. Read and take these five tips to heart, and you won’t regret it. [5 Tips to Improve your Mental Game]

Want to learn more details about Phillip Dutton’s WEG and future Olympic partner, Z? Practical Horseman has you covered with this in depth interview about everything Z, from where he came from, what his personality is like, and what challenges Phillip faces in training this athletic and intense horse. [Sporthorse Star: Z]

The USEA has announced a request for expressions of interest to host the AEC for two years, in 2023 and 2024. In 2021, the USEA AEC will again be held at the Kentucky Horse Park, and in 2022 the AEC will move to Kalispell, Mont. at Rebecca Farm. Host site(s) should; be attractive and presentable venues, have consistently good footing, have the ability to promote to and accommodate large numbers of spectators, and have a demonstrated record of a media plan with demonstrated ability to successfully work with local media. [New AEC Venue Requested]

Is reconciling your accounts on your monthly list of things to do? Between feeding the horses, teaching lessons and keeping everything at your farm organized, you should also be verifying your checking and saving accounts, plus any credit cards, as well as your PayPal or Venmo account each and every month. Learn how to integrate this into your monthly activities for better business and less headache with this article. [Reconciling Your Accounts and Becoming a Better Business Person]

Thursday News & Notes Presented by Stable View

Dressage in Austraya. Photo by Calico Pony.

Sweet, blessed rain came to Virginia this week after several weeks of concrete ground and wondering if we’d get a second cutting of hay this year. I never thought as a kid I would be happy for a rain day in the summer, but here I am, living the dream. Of course, now all my sensitive skinned thoroughbreds have hives because god forbid they get rained on, but you can’t have everything I suppose.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

Golden Spike H.T. (Ogden, Ut.) : [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

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

Queeny Park H.T. (St. Louis, Mo.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

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

Valinor Farm H.T. (Plymouth, Ma.): [Website] [Entry Status]

Woodland Stallion Station H.T. (Woodland, Ca.) : [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Major International Events:

Bicton International (Devon, United Kingdom): [Website] [Schedule and Ride Times] [Scores] [Live Stream]

News From Around the Globe:

We know that the physically fitter we are, the better we ride – and the better our horses perform, but actually getting on and doing the exercise necessary rarely happens. Life is busy, and there are many demands on our time – particularly work, of course, be that in the saddle or behind a desk – and exercise often gets put to the bottom of the priority queue. Get fit with Will Faudree and follow his daily workout for hot tips on improving your riding. [Feeling Fit with Faudree]

Best of Blogs: Selecting A Team Isn’t An Easy Matter

The Fair Hill Organizing Committee, announced yesterday tickets for the inaugural Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill will go on sale Monday, June 14 at 10 a.m. EDT. Ticket information and purchasing options will be available at Maryland5Star.us/Tickets.

Looking for a jump exercise to inspire you this weekend? Look no further than Doug Payne’s Oxers and Angles exercise from Practical Horseman. A great mental challenge for both horses and riders, the exercise here consists of an oxer with placing rails before and after it, followed by five strides to a vertical, then a wide turn to another oxer and a bending line to an angled in-and-out. Unless you and your horse are very experienced, introduce it one section at a time, repeating each step until it’s riding well before putting all the elements together. [Doug Payne’s Oxers & Angles]

Best of Blogs Part II: Controlling Your Emotions While Competing

Peter Wylde has a go at cross country:

Friday News & Notes

I have literally no words. Photo courtesy of Chip the Lamb.

More happy Pride Month from Chip the Lamb! Here at EN we’ve been championing diversity and inclusion from all angles for some time now, and we are delighted to be able to celebrate Pride during this month of June, and beyond. Also, does anybody have this outfit in a horse size? Because I would pay money to see that.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

IEA H.T. (Edinburgh, In.): [Website] [Entries/Ride Times] [Volunteer]

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

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

The Middleburg H.T. (The Plains, Va.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer] [Live Scores]

New Jersey Region’s H.T. (Allentown, Nj.): [Website]

Ocala Summer I H.T. (Ocala, Fl.): [Website] [Volunteer]

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

Unionville H.T. (Unionville, Pa.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer]

News From Around the Globe:

Will the postponed Tokyo Olympics open despite rising opposition and the pandemic? The answer is almost certainly “yes.” Tokyo is under a COVID-19 state of emergency, but IOC Vice President John Coates has said the games will open on July 23 — state of emergency, or no state of emergency. But why? What’s at stake, and what are the considerations preventing cancellation? [Tokyo Olympics a Go Despite Opposition]

A celebration of life will be held for the late Patrick “Packy” G. McGaughan on Saturday, June 19, at 4 p.m. EST. The celebration will be held in the jump field of Banbury Cross Farm, 26315 Haines Rd, Clarksburg, MD 20871. All who wish to honor Packy’s life are invited to attend to tell their stories, pat Bandit, and toast a well-lived life. [Celebrate Packy]

As equestrians, we all know we’re suckers for a good horse movie. For us, they’re all tear-jerkers, but they also remind a lot of us about what made us fall in love with horses in the first place. After all, if it weren’t for some of these scenes, we may not have begged our parents to let us ride. So here it is, Horse Nation — a compilation of 12 of the greatest horse movie scenes that we just can’t stop watching. [Hot On Horse Nation]

It’s common for defense mechanisms and coping strategies to be used interchangeably, but they’re actually quite different. Coping mechanisms are mental strategies that resolve stressful thoughts and feelings, while defense mechanisms are behaviors that attempt  to avoid or hide from them. Learn four coping mechanisms from Coach Daniel Stewart in this impeccable article. [Your Ego Still Isn’t Your Amigo]

Best of Blogs: Why Are So Many American Owned Young Horses Growing Up Abroad?

Video: So cool to see Rosie Napravnik, who broke gender barriers as a jockey and has done some much to champion OTTBs, out and about and crushing it.

Thursday News & Notes from Ecovet

Guys, a pro tip here: never ever ever dislocate your ankle. I thought I was the ankle sprain champion of the world, and I’ve sprained my right ankle about a million times at this point and I don’t even know how it’s still functional. However, two months ago I dislocated my GOOD ankle (the left one), and did some damage to my achilles tendon and some other fun tendons, and I’ve never felt so much sympathy for a horse on stall rest with a suspensory before in my life. WHY. Just heal already!

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

IEA H.T. (Edinburgh, In.): [Website] [Entries/Ride Times] [Volunteer]

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

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

The Middleburg H.T. (The Plains, Va.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer] [Live Scores]

New Jersey Region’s H.T. (Allentown, Nj.): [Website]

Ocala Summer I H.T. (Ocala, Fl.): [Website] [Volunteer]

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

Unionville H.T. (Unionville, Pa.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer]

News From Around the Globe:

Wondering what an average day in the life of Boyd Martin looks like? Starting at 5:15 in the morning and finishing work around 7:30 at night, it’s surely not a life for the faint of heart. Coffee, foam rolling, flatwork, more coffee, lessons, more riding, child wrangling, tractor driving, more coffee, and passing out on the couch. Riding is glamorous. [A Day In The Life: Boyd Martin]

We’re giving away a Cambox V4 Pro helmet cam! In partnership with our friends at Cambox, we’re doing a social media giveaway for one lucky winner – to learn more, visit this Instagram post.

And while you’re in the contest mood, be sure to vote for the winner of our SmartPak #MudMadnessGiveaway winner by hitting the “like” button on your top photo – click here to view the album on Facebook.

Following the second positive test result from Medina Spirit, Churchill Downs has banned Bob Baffert for two years. The suspension prohibits Baffert, or any trainer directly or indirectly employed by Bob Baffert Racing Stables, from entering horses in races or applying for stall occupancy at all CDI-owned racetracks. “Reckless practices and substance violations that jeopardize the safety of our equine and human athletes or compromise the integrity of our sport are not acceptable and as a company we must take measures to demonstrate that they will not be tolerated. Mr. Baffert’s record of testing failures threatens public confidence in Thoroughbred racing and the reputation of the Kentucky Derby.”  [Bob Baffert Banned from Churchill Downs]

Popular Brazilian rider Ruy Fonseca has officially withdrawn from Olympic contention. He announced yesterday on Instagram that he will not be participating in Olympic selection trials for what would be his 4th Olympics. “With the recent personal private events and my focus is completely in support my family brothers and sisters , we decided to withdraw from targeting the Tokyo Olympic Games qualification and selection process.” [No Olympics for Ruy Fonseca]

 

 

Friday News & Notes

Just a stunning horse at VHT for no reason other than eye candy. Photo by Kristin Schmolze

Well obviously the big news of the week is the announcement of the US Eventing Team for Tokyo, and congratulations all around to the riders who made it, and those who were listed as alternates. While trepidation continues about the running of the games in the midst of the pandemic, plans continue towards the goal with the assumption that everything in Japan will be sorted out in time.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Virginia International H.T. (Lexington, Va.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Live Scores]

Spring Coconino H.T. (Flagstaff, Az.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Equestrians’ Institute H.T. (Elum, Wa.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Live Scores]

May-Daze at the Park H.T. (Lexington, Ky.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Live Scores]

Mystic Valley Hunt Club H.T. (Gales Ferry, Ct.): [Website]

The Spring Event at Woodside (Woodside, Ca.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

Speaking of the Olympic Games, there is still a lot of talk about if it should be held at all this year. In May, a 350,000-siganture petition calling for Olympic cancellation was submitted to organizers, as the Japanese government extended the COVID state of emergency until at least the end of that month and a poll showed 60 percent of the Japanese public wanted the Games called off. Only 3 percent of Japanese citizens had been vaccinated by mid-May and the head of online retailer Rakuten, Hiroshi Mikitani, believed holding the Games would be “a suicide mission.” [Summer Games: Is It a Go?]

When Liz Halliday-Sharp was the only elite event rider who also competed as a professional race car driver she had two goals:  Make the podium at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and make the U.S. Olympic equestrian team. Halliday-Sharp, 42, just missed the podium at Le Mans in 2006, finishing fourth in the LMP2 Class and 19th overall with Intersport Racing in a Lola-AER. Now she’s accomplished her second goal by making the US Eventing Olympic Team. [Liz Halliday-Sharp Poised for Olympic Debut]

Time is running out to submit your entry to our #MudMadnessGiveaway in partnership with SmartPak! Up for grabs is nearly $500 in rain-and-mud-ready gear for both you and your horse. To learn how to enter, click here.

While you’re at it, enter to win a YETI EN-branded coffee mug as a token of our thanks for taking a few minutes to fill out our 2021 Gallop Poll to learn more about our readers. Click here to learn more.

Phillip Dutton is already taking home some records for the Olympics with his name added to the team list. At age 57, and attending his 7th Olympic Games, he’s the oldest U.S. Olympian since John Dane in the 2008 Olympics, and the second oldest U.S. Olympian since the 1952 Helsinki Games. [Phillip Dutton]

Cosby Green leads the charge for the USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships, scoring a 28.7 in the CCI3*-L at the Virginia Horse Trials yesterday. The 2021 USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships kicked off today, Thursday, May 27 at the Virginia Horse Park in Lexington, VA. This year’s event marks the fifth year of the Championships, which began in 2016. This year there are 105 entries, 29 teams, and 15 schools entered to compete for the 2021 Championship title. [USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships]

Thursday News & Notes from Ecovet

Paulank Brockaugh’s first filly! Photo by Paula Cullen.

Summer is here folks, and I know this because last night I had to wait until 9 p.m. to turn out my horses to avoid the horrible awful sweltering humid hot Virginia heat. Yesterday was the first day where just existing outside for more than 20 minutes left you drenched in sweat for literally no reason, and I was not about it. Florida people, I honestly don’t know how you do it.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

Spring Coconino H.T. (Flagstaff, Az.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

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

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

Mystic Valley Hunt Club H.T. (Gales Ferry, Ct.): [Website]

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

News From Around the Globe:

As a coach, clinician, rider and trainer, Kyle Carter emphasizes process and horsemanship over all else. Throughout his career, the World Equestrian Games Silver Medalist, Olympian, Pan American Games athlete, and five-star competitor has sought to understand better the programs and theories that lead to the success of great horses and great riders. [Featured Clinician: Kyle Carter]

The nomad McLain Ward is back, and he’s thrilled about it. After being forced to slow down and get comfortable with his sedentary side last year, he’s happy to back on the road at last. The Chronicle of the Horse caught up with him May 24, as he was en route to the airport, bound for Rome and the CSIO5* Nations Cup where he will continue his journey to earn a spot on the Tokyo Olympic team. Before he jetted off, he reflected on living life despite uncertain times, a pandemic Olympics, and his star mare Sapphire. [McClain Ward Reminisces & Ponders the Future]

Time is running out to submit your entry to our #MudMadnessGiveaway in partnership with SmartPak! Up for grabs is nearly $500 in rain-and-mud-ready gear for both you and your horse. To learn how to enter, click here.

While you’re at it, enter to win a YETI EN-branded coffee mug as a token of our thanks for taking a few minutes to fill out our 2021 Gallop Poll to learn more about our readers. Click here to learn more.

Do you have a product or brand you’d like to get in front of more potential customers this year? We are opening up partnerships to accompany us on our event coverage at a star-studded list of events happening throughout the remainder of 2021 and into 2022. If you’d like to learn more about these exciting opportunities, email Sally at [email protected].

Best of the Blogs: A Murder the World Witnessed — How Sport Joined the Fight for Change

Video: Grace Conde sent us this helmet cam video she took with her Cambox V4 Pro. She is riding her 13-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding, Kipper. “We are training for our first recognized Novice in a few weeks,” Grace says. You can follow them on Instagram at @gmceventing. Best of luck, Grace and Kipper!

Friday News & Notes

Helping??? Photo by Susan Skene. Helping??? Photo by Susan Skene.

Helping??? Photo by Susan Skene.

Sometimes in the horse world, you have to take pleasure in the small things of every day life, because the never-ending daily work of it can get tiring. Right now, and I know this sounds silly, but in Virginia it’s been cool and we’ve had what I call a blackberry spring, and at the moment, all the blackberry bushes and the honeysuckle are blooming at the same time. I’m lucky enough to have access to a few thousand acres of wilderness hacking, and there is nothing more satisfying than taking a ride down by a river in the shade and smelling the honeysuckle and the blackberries. Like I said, it’s the little things.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

MCTA H.T. at Shawan Downs (Hunt Valley, Md.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer]

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

Spring Gulch H.T. (Highlands Ranch, Co.): [Website]

News From Around the Globe:

Seven horses are in the running for the Holekamp/Turner Grant for Le Lion Championships this fall. Camarillo is the only horse in the U.S. with full qualifications already under his belt, but six more horses are on his heels looking to get that travel grant. American-bred horses receive $17,500 to travel to Le Lion, while horses bred outside of the US receive $8,000, thus incentivizing U.S. breeding programs for promising young horses. Read about each horse here.

Have you heard? We just launched an epic giveaway in partnership with SmartPak to get you all kitted out in rain/mud gear. For your chance to win over $400 worth of rain-ready gear, you’ll definitely want to check out this fun contest here.

Holly Hudspeth has been around some of the biggest eventing tracks in the world, but now she knows the real meaning of nerves as she watches her 9-year-old daughter Hailey tackle eventing at the lower levels. Paired with the unicorn Cookies N’ Cream, the duo recently picked up their first win at the maiden level at the Carolina Horse Park for the War Horse Series. For some seriously cute photos and an adorable story, look no further. [Young Eventer Follows in Five Star Mom’s Footsteps]

Gypsy Vanner horses aren’t something we usually think about in the eventing world, but now they’re a subject in the equestrian community at large. The Gypsy Vanner horse has become the subject of recent online debate as the sensitivity of the term “Gypsy” faces a cultural reckoning. But getting to the bottom of the name—and whether it harms or helps the people it describes—is a thorny issue with an extraordinary history at its heels. [Is It Time for Gypsy Vanner’s To Find a New Name?]

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Thursday News & Notes from Ecovet

Trick pony? Photo by Lorie Gillies.

Oh boy I have been spoiled this spring with some lovely cold weather at night, and the most wonderful 70-degree days, but I’m about to pay for it with at least a whole week in the 90s. The alarm clock gets earlier, my arms get browner, and my legs look vastly more pale in comparison. Such is the glamorous life of a horse girl.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

MCTA H.T. at Shawan Downs (Hunt Valley, Md.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer]

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

Spring Gulch H.T. (Highlands Ranch, Co.): [Website]

News From Around the Globe:

The Tokyo Medical Practitioners Association has thrown its weight behind calls to cancel the Tokyo Olympics, saying hospitals are already overwhelmed as the country battles a spike in coronavirus infections less than three months from the start of the Games. A jump in infections has stoked alarm amid a shortage of medical staff and hospital beds in some areas of the Japanese capital, promoting the government to extend a third state of emergency in Tokyo and several other prefectures until May 31. [Tokyo Doctors Call for Cancellation of Olympic Games]

Have you heard? We just launched an epic giveaway in partnership with SmartPak to get you all kitted out in rain/mud gear. For your chance to win over $400 worth of rain-ready gear, you’ll definitely want to check out this fun contest here.

Meet the 2021 Intercollegiate Eventing Teams! The 2021 USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships will take place on May 27-30 at the Virginia Horse Trials in Lexington, Virginia and over 18 teams will be making the trip to Virginia to compete. Auburn University is looking to reclaim its championship title for the third year in a row, but James Madison University, Randolph Macon College, University of Kentucky, University of Virginia, and Virginia Tech University will all be bringing multiple teams for their chance to be crowned Champions. [Get Hyped for Intercollegiate Eventing]

The abdominal muscles play a vital role in stabilising a horse’s pelvis, spine and back and those horses with poor core strength will struggle with their movement and balance and be unable to reach peak performance. Functional anatomist and biomechanist Gillian Higgins from Horses Inside Out shared some of the best exercises to help strengthen these all important muscles. [4 Exercises to Build Your Horse’s Core Strength]

Best of Blogs: For Young Riders, A Guide to Growing Up

Friday News & Notes

Is this real life? Photo by Kate Samuels.

 

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Galway Downs Spring H.T. (Temecula, Ca.): [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Live Scores]

Fair Hill International H.T. (Elkton, Md.): [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Live Scores] [Volunteer]

Hitching Post Farm H.T. (South Royalton, Vt.): [Website] [Entries/Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Hunt Club Farms H.T. (Berryville, Va.): [Website] [Entries] [Volunteer] [Live Scores]

Majestic Oaks Ocala H.T. (Ocala, Fl.): [Website] [Volunteer] [Live Scores]

Mill Creek Pony Club H.T. (Kansas City, Mo.): [Website] [Entries/Ride Times] [Live Scores] [Volunteer]

Spokane Sport Horse Spring H.T. (Spokane, Wa.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times] [Live Scores] [Volunteer]

Texas Rose Horse Park H.T. (Tyler, Tx.): [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Live Scores]

Winona H.T. (Winona, Oh.): [Website] [Entries] [Live Scores] [Volunteer]

Woodland Stallion Station H.T. (Woodland, Ca.): [Website] [Entries/Ride Times] [Live Scores] [Volunteer]

Major International Events:

Aston-Le-Walls International (UK): [Website] [Ride Times and Live Scores] [EN’s Coverage]

New Zealand Three-Day Event Championships at Taupo: [Entries]

News From Around the Globe:

With selection trials now complete, the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team expects to name its team for the Tokyo Olympic Games in less than three weeks. The team set a June 1 deadline for naming a three-member squad, direct reserves and a traveling alternate to compete in Tokyo. Under the new Olympic format approved in 2016, teams are reduced to three members, with no drop score, but substitutions allowed under certain circumstances. Individual medals will be determined by a second show jumping round among the top 25 finishers in the team event. [US Olympic Team Named by June 1st]

We’d like to thank you for your support of our Ultimate Form Guide to the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day event. We are proud to present a portion of our sales to two deserving nonprofits, each nominated by EN readers: Freedom Reigns in Thompsons Station, Tn. and Renew Therapeutic Riding Center in Holland, Mi. We’ll have much more to come on these two awesome programs very soon!

Have you submitted an application for the Strides for Equality Ever So Sweet Scholarship? It’s a brilliant opportunity! Check out the details here.

A dressage rider using cows to enhance her training? There’s a sentence I never thought I would type. But Kasey Perry-Glass’ husband Dana specializes in colt starting and groundwork, and has been asking Kasey to try working cattle with one of her upper-level prospects, Hutopia Van Bergsham, who struggles with confidence. The end result was taking her dressage horse to a western clinic, and finding out that it was incredibly helpful. [Working Cattle with a Dressage Horse for Confidence Building]

Best of Blogs: Against Fearlessness

Twenty-five years ago, Kerry Millikin and her off-the-track Thoroughbred gelding, Out and About won the individual Olympic bronze medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, making her one of five females to have earned an individual Olympic medal for the United States. Outie was only 8 years old at that time, and the Atlanta Olympics were the first Olympics with a new format of separate team and individual competitions for eventing. The individual competition had a different cross-country track and show jumping course than the team competition. Atlanta Olympics were the first Olympics with a new format of separate team and individual competitions for eventing. The individual competition had a different cross-country track and show jumping course than the team competition. [Memories from the Vet Box]

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Thursday News & Notes from Ecovet

Deep breath Lauren, it’s only dressage. Photo by Mike McNally.

The Great Gas Panic of 2021 has finally reached my area of Virginia, and it’s absolute pandemonium. I actually had to get gas today, and luckily I didn’t leave it until the light was blinking like I usually do, because I went past eight gas stations before finding one that actually had gasoline available. Then it was just a short thirty minute wait and I filled up, but I’m definitely judging how much I really need to take each trip over the next few days. How is the gas shortage affecting your horse show plans?

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Galway Downs Spring H.T. (Temecula, Ca.): [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Fair Hill International H.T. (Elkton, Md.): [Website] [Entries] [Volunteer]

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

Hunt Club Farms H.T. (Berryville, Va.): [Website] [Entries] [Volunteer]

Majestic Oaks Ocala H.T. (Ocala, Fl.): [Website] [Volunteer]

Mill Creek Pony Club H.T. (Kansas City, Mo.): [Website] [Entries/Ride Times] [Volunteer]

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

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

Winona H.T. (Winona, Oh.): [Website] [Entries] [Volunteer]

Woodland Stallion Station H.T. (Woodland, Ca.): [Website] [Entries/Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Major International Events:

Aston-Le-Walls International (UK): [Website] [Ride Times and Live Scores] [EN’s Coverage]

New Zealand Three-Day Event Championships at Taupo: [Entries]

News From Around the Globe:

We’d like to thank you for your support of our Ultimate Form Guide to the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day event. We are proud to present a portion of our sales to two deserving nonprofits, each nominated by EN readers: Freedom Reigns in Thompsons Station, Tn. and Renew Therapeutic Riding Center in Holland, Mi. We’ll have much more to come on these two awesome programs very soon!

Have you submitted an application for the Strides for Equality Ever So Sweet Scholarship? It’s a brilliant opportunity! Check out the details here.

You’ve seen a horse you like. You’ve ridden it; you love it. The money’s right; you’ve agreed to buy it. What happens next? Pre-purchase veterinary examinations are one of those topics that a roomful of horsey people could discuss – and argue amongst themselves about – for hours. Get the lowdown from Dr Shauna Spurlock and her husband Gary Spurlock, who between them have more experience than any other veterinary super couple. [Pre Purchase Exams]

Best of Blogs: Serviceably Lame: Learning that I, Not My Horse, Have The Soundness Issue

Let’s talk about body image in the equestrian sports. Let’s be real, a community based around tight pants and judgement isn’t exactly the ideal place for an inclusive ideology. Only recently have we been more open in discussing weight discrimination in horse sports, from availability in sizes for clothes, to judging bias. It’s time to grow. [Breeches That Fit]

 

Friday News & Notes

Horses! I swear! Photo by Brit Gegenbach

Horses just have a special way of finding the one way to do something ridiculous. You could turn a horse out in the most perfect paddock with no danger, and they would still climb their way halfway over the fence, like this horse belonging to Brit Gegenbach. Enjoying her vacation in Mexico, her husband sends her this photo of a new horse at the farm. Don’t worry, the horse was fine. The fence, however, was not.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Jersey Fresh International: [Website] [Entries] [Drawn Order] [Schedule] [Live Scores] [Volunteer] [Show Photographer]

Apple Knoll Farm H.T.: [Website]

The Event at Skyline: [Website] [Ride Times] [Live Scores] [Show Photographer]

Miami Valley H.T.: [Website] [Entries/Ride Times] [Live Scores] [Volunteer]

Poplar Place Farm H.T.: [Website] [Entries] [Live Scores] [Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Unionville H.T.: [Website] [Entries] [Show Photographer] [Volunteer]

WindRidge Farm H.T.: [Website] [Entries]

News From Around the Globe:

Valerie Vizcarrondo Pride didn’t plan to be at Jersey Fresh this weekend. She and her horse Favian were supposed to be on vacation following Kentucky, but unfortunately the pair had a fall on cross country at their first 5* together. Favian is her only Advanced horse – something which is vanishingly rare among CCI5* competitors these days. It is of great benefit to Vizcarrondo Pride, therefore, that riding isn’t the only string to her eventing bow. She is also an FEI judge at the CCI4* level and is seeking promotion to Level 3, which would enable her to officiate at the CCI5* level. [Humbled by Horses]

In eventing, we love a good thoroughbred. No discipline understands the versatility and tenacity of OTTBs better than eventers. Perhaps it’s because they appreciate a scrappy horse, but regardless of the reason OTTBs are plentiful throughout the levels. This is even true at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day 5*, one of the toughest and most prestigious events in the world. [OTTBs Can]

Best of Blogs: Make Showing More Accessible to Make it More Affordable 

Grand Prix show jumper Dani Waldman is no stranger to controversy. With her flying feathered hair, Dani is well known across disciplines for her flamboyant style. However, she recently sparked a new flurry of comments on social media with her post on Instagram about never turning her horses out. What’s your take on this issue? [To Turn Out or Not to Turn Out?]

 

Horse girls for life!

Thursday News & Notes from Ecovet

#neverforget Tim Price’s dance moves at Badminton 2019. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

We’re all missing Badminton this year, and it feels quite odd to not have another week of five-star madness right after Kentucky. However, we will always have this photo of Tim Price heroically stopping Izzy Taylor’s Springpower from making a run for it during the jogs of 2019. Hopefully the horses at Jersey Fresh were more well behaved and mild than this.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Jersey Fresh International: [Website] [Entries] [Drawn Order] [Schedule] [Live Scores] [Volunteer] [Show Photographer]

Apple Knoll Farm H.T.: [Website]

The Event at Skyline: [Website] [Ride Times] [Live Scores] [Show Photographer]

Miami Valley H.T.: [Website] [Entries/Ride Times] [Live Scores] [Volunteer]

Poplar Place Farm H.T.: [Website] [Entries] [Live Scores] [Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Unionville H.T.: [Website] [Entries] [Show Photographer] [Volunteer]

WindRidge Farm H.T.: [Website] [Entries]

News From Around the Globe:

She does her intermediates like a scope-less yak. He tries hard, but is built like a wheelbarrow. I do torture myself a lot. What’s the theme of all these statements?? Quotes from Badmintons past, of course! Read more hilarious and memorable quotes about horses and riders who have all done quite well at the lauded event, despite riding yaks. [Ridiculous Badminton Quotes]

Settle down for your weekend of action from Jersey Fresh, and get up to date with some of these fast facts about the entrants. As the CCI4*-L is the final selection trial for the Olympic Games in Tokyo, the stakes couldn’t be higher for some. [Jersey Fresh Fast Facts]

Keep an eye on Alyssa Phillips and Oskar this weekend in their CCI4*-L debut. You may recognize the name as the pair won the inaugural Kentucky CCI4*-S just a few short weeks ago, but Alyssa also coming off an incredible winning streak this spring on multiple horses. Training with Jennie Brannigan has brought the one-time barrel racer’s eventing game to the next level, and she’s got her eyes on big things for the future. [Five Minutes with Alyssa Phillips]

Are you as strong as your horse? Obviously not. So why are many of us training our horses to be accustomed to so much force? A well-trained horse will move away from the leg, either forward or laterally, whichever is asked for, without exhausting the rider. If your horse will move away only from Arnold Schwarzenegger’s leg or the equivalent, then he needs to be trained. Read more on how to better educate your horse to your aids here.

Applying Ecovet isn’t like spraying any other fly spray, there’s a special technique to it:

 

Friday News & Notes

The newest fashion in hacking attire! Photo by Kate Samuels.

My horses might never stop being embarrassed of me, especially when I get a bee in my bonnet to start riding in rope halters (and funny Zorro masks). However, as long as I don’t make him go in public like this, I suppose he will forgive me, because turns out being ridden in a halter is a great way to snack-n-hack, which everyone thoroughly enjoys with the wild spring grass.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Barnstaple South H.T.: [Website]

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

River Glen Spring H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status]

Waredaca H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Show Photographer] [Volunteer] [Volunteer]

News From Around the Globe:

EEI has responded to queries about the logistics about running the Kentucky 3-Day Event. When questioned about the involvement of the USEF and the exclusion of spectators, EEI has given some much needed clarification on the matter. [EEI Responds]

Ready for the Kentucky Derby tomorrow? Bone up on all your stats of the twenty 3-year-old entrants, find your favorite, and pick your underdog. We’ve got the ultimate cheat sheet right here. [KY Derby Cheat Sheet]

As we’re winding up for the Kentucky Derby, we’ve got an interesting story coming from Kentucky. A horse named after Breonna Taylor and owned by the lawyer who represented her family against the Louisville Metro Police Department, won the fourth race Thursday at Churchill Downs during Kentucky Derby week. Breonna, trained by Steve Margolis, rode to victory in the six-furlong race under jockey Corey Lanerie on a muddy track as rain pelted Louisville. [Breonna Taylor Victorious]

Ten years ago, YEH competitors were just making their marks. What became of them? Who made it to the upper levels and fulfilled their potential? Who is still competing today? Meet the YEH graduate class of 2011. [YEH Graduates]

Did you catch all the cool quarter marks at Kentucky? We’ve got an entire article dedicated to them, and they’ve truly evolved into a crazy art form. No longer do we just have the small squares or even just the shark’s teeth, but intricate designs representing different riders and even different countries. [It’s In the Details]

Thursday News & Notes from Ecovet

TBT to LAST WEEK! Photo courtesy of LRK3DE

We’re all still kinda reeling from Kentucky, and personally I feel like it’s been a month since last week. Can you believe we had snow in Kentucky in April?? Just when you think the world can’t get any wilder, it always does. And this week, at least in Virginia, we’ve promptly left spring and gone right into July in the 90’s with humidity out the wazoo. My favorite season, over too soon.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Barnstaple South H.T.: [Website]

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

River Glen Spring H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status]

Waredaca H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Show Photographer] [Volunteer] [Volunteer]

News From Around the Globe:

We ran several contests over the week of Kentucky in partnership with FLAIR Equine Nasal Strips, VIP Equestrian North America and Kentucky Performance Products. Please join us in congratulating our winners!

FLAIR Equine Nasal Strips Pick ‘Em: Hannah Reed is our winner after picking Oliver Townend and Ballaghmor Class to win on a score of 27.1. Hannah’s pick was the closest, without going over, to Oliver’s actual winning score of 27.5.
LRK3DE Daily Digest – FLAIR Equine Nasal Strips: The Bjornstrom family, Jimmy T., Kimberly Rushton
LRK3DE Daily Digest – Kentucky Performance Products: Hannah Hoehn, Wendy Southam
Flyest Horse at Kentucky Groom’s Award: 1st: FRH Butt’s Avondale (Ayleen Stuhr) 2nd: Favian (Paige Ansaldi)
VIP Equestrian LRK3DE Top Dog: Vote here!

The Olympic Committee has announced new regulations for the upcoming Games, to further precautions against COVID-19. The new rules involve rigorous testing before flying to Japan, and at least daily testing while on location. Regulations on interactions as well as eating in proximity to other athletes and generally doing anything not exceptionally pertinent to your rules as an athlete are prohibited. [Tokyo Regulations Update]

Best of Blogs:  8 Things I Don’t Understand About the USEF

With summer coming, it’s time again to think about the hard ground. As somebody with several crummy-footed thoroughbreds, it’s almost always at the forefront of my mind. The concussive forces generated as a horse moves at speed on a very firm surface are largely absorbed by the structures of the hoof, before being dissipated further up the limb into the bones, joints and soft tissues. [Hard Ground: Why It’s A Problem and How To Help]

British rider Sam Ecroyd is in hospital with multiple injuries following a rotational fall. Sam, 24, was riding the nine-year-old gelding Langford Take The Biscuit in an open novice section at Kelsall Hill on Sunday when they fell on the cross-country. He was airlifted to Aintree University Hospital with multiple fractures to his face and skull, and bleeding on the brain. He is recovering well though and thanks everyone for their support. [Sam Ecroyd Recovering From a Fall]

Danny Moguel still finds the humility to post her fall at the HOTL, complete with sound:

 

 

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Thursday News & Notes from Ecovet

The setting! Photo courtesy of Kentucky Three Day Event.

What a week it’s been already….oh wait, it’s only Thursday! Between finalizing our super amazing unbelievable Ultimate Form Guide and preparing for everything Kentucky, our EN team is already feeling a little hallucinatory. Never fear, dear reader, that only means our work gets better! Stay tuned for everything you need to know, and don’t forget to get a Form Guide to follow along! Highly recommend downloading the Issuu app for easy swiping as you watch the live stream.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

#LRK3DE21: Website, EN’s Ultimate Form Guide, 5* Entries, 4* Entries, Schedule, North America Live Stream, Worldwide Live Stream, EN’s Coverage, EN’s Instagram, EN’s Twitter

Loudoun Hunt Pony Club Spring H.T.: [Website] [Entries]

Stable View Spring H.T.: [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times]

News From Around the Globe:

Heartbreak for Canadian eventer Holly Jacks-Smither from a vet check prior to entering Kentucky. More Inspiration, the OTTB gelding ridden with great success by Ontario native Holly Jacks-Smither at some of the biggest 4* and 5* events in the world, has been retired from upper-level competition. Vets at the check-in for Kentucky found a small heart murmur, and Holly decided to retire him at that moment for the best interest of his health. During their 13-year partnership the pair completed their first 5* at Kentucky in 2017, were 12th at Les Etoiles de Pau CCI5*-L in France in 2019 with a personal best dressage score, and this year placed 4th in the CCI4*-S at Stable View. [More Inspiration Retires]

Congrats to previous multiple Kentucky winner Michael Jung, as he tied the knot this week with longtime girlfriend Faye Füllgraebe. If you’re not to celebrate this week with another CCI5* win, why not with a wedding? [Michael Jung a Married Man]

Horse & Hound beat us to the punch with a fence-by-fence cross country course tour. Can’t wait for another two days to see the course? Don’t worry, you can see every fence here, and some of it in it’s snowy glory of yesterday morning. [Land Rover Kentucky Cross Country Course]

The FEI finally took action against Brazilian dressage rider Leandro Aparecido Da Silva, who was filmed violently jerking on a small pony’s face last summer. Da Silva represented his country at the 2008 Olympics and the 2018 World Equestrian Games, and defended himself by saying he was applying a half halt to the pony, who was not obedient for his children. Any idiot watching this video can tell that’s a whole load of BS. He has been suspended for three years. [Three Year Abuse Ban for Olympic Rider]

Friday News & Notes

Tim and Jonelle are bringing a literal herd to Kentucky. Photo courtesy of Team Price.

It’s Fridaaaaayyy! One day closer to Kentucky, y’all and I cannot tell you how excited the whole team and I are about the upcoming festivities. While most of us won’t be attending in person, the EN team is going to do our absolute darnedest to bring ou even more information and action from the front lines than ever before, to make this truly the Best Weekend Ever.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Ocala International Festival of Eventing: [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer]

F.E.N.C.E. H.T.: [Website] [Entries]

Holly Hill H.T.: [Website] [Entries] [Show Photographer]

Longleaf Pine H.T.: [Website] [Entries] [Show Photographer] [Volunteer]

Sporting Days Farm April III H.T.: [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Show Photographer] [Volunteer]

Unionville H.T.: [Website] [Entries] [Show Photographer] [Volunteer]

News From Around the Globe:

Have you shopped EN’s 2nd Annual Virtual Village yet? New deals are dropping daily through this Saturday, April 17, and there are some really great discounts available that you won’t want to miss out on. Click here to shop today’s deals.

As we are full steam ahead into Kentucky next week, we’re looking forward to bringing you our famous EN coverage in a whole new way. Early next week, we’ll be launching the first-ever EN Ultimate Form Guide to Kentucky, available as a download for a small fee. We’re also launching the LRK3DE Daily Digest (click here to sign up – it’s free!), a daily email sent out early each morning during competition full of coverage links, predictions, giveaways/contests, and more. Finally, it’s a great time to become an EN Patreon supporter – we’ll be doing some exclusive content in our private Facebook group just for Patrons all week long.

A heroic effort from horsemen, the Elmont Fire Department and New York Racing Association, Inc. security personnel saved the lives of 58 horses following a quick response to Tuesday’s active fire in Barn 60 at Belmont Park. A team of horsemen rendered immediate assistance in conjunction with NYRA security to the horses stabled in Barn 60, which holds stalls for horses trained by Wayne Potts and Jeffrey Englehart. Two Potts trainees, American Sailor and Beastie D, succumbed in the fire. Three workers were treated onsite for minor issues. [Horsemen Save Lives in Fire at Belmont]

Phillip Dutton heads to Kentucky next week with two very different horses: Fernhill Singapore for his first attempt at th level, and the very experienced Z. While Z has been to Kentucky twice before as well as competing at the WEG, Singapore is just now coming into his power and will be a new face galloping across the bluegrass. Phillip discusses his training, and his mental preparation for an event like Kentucky in this article. [Countdown to Kentucky]

Oliver Townend has confirmed his two horses for Kentucky, leaving one off the list. Originally entered on Ballaghmor Class, Cooley Master Class, and Tregilder, Oliver has narrowed it down to the first two, with Tregilder headed to Burgham this weekend instead. Ballaghmor Class is certainly the hot favorite to win the class, despite his stablemate being a previous winner in the bluegrass state. [Oliver Townend’s Final Entries]

 

Get a sneak peek at the upcoming 5* course!

Thursday News & Notes from Ecovet

Oratorio “Rio” looking relaxed for his flight to Kentucky! Photo via Fox Pitt Eventing.

This time next week, you’ll all be waking up to the start of the first day of the Land Rover Kentucky Three Day Event. While traditionally Thursday dressage isn’t the most anticipated day of competition, we’re all so starved for some 5* action worldwide, I have a feeling that we’ll all be glued to our livestreams for the entire four days. The foreign horses just started their flights yesterday, and it’s beginning to feel really serious! Stay tuned for our incredible first-ever EN Ultimate Form Guide to Kentucky…you’re not even going to know what hit ya when you see it.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Ocala International Festival of Eventing: [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer]

F.E.N.C.E. H.T.: [Website] [Entries]

Holly Hill H.T.: [Website] [Entries] [Show Photographer]

Longleaf Pine H.T.: [Website] [Entries] [Show Photographer] [Volunteer]

Sporting Days Farm April III H.T.: [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Show Photographer] [Volunteer]

Unionville H.T.: [Website] [Entries] [Show Photographer] [Volunteer]

News From Around the Globe:

Have you shopped EN’s 2nd Annual Virtual Village yet? New deals are dropping daily through this Saturday, April 17, and there are some really great discounts available that you won’t want to miss out on. Click here to shop today’s deals.

As we are full steam ahead into Kentucky next week, we’re looking forward to bringing you our famous EN coverage in a whole new way. Early next week, we’ll be launching the first-ever EN Ultimate Form Guide to Kentucky, available as a download for a small fee. We’re also launching the LRK3DE Daily Digest (click here to sign up – it’s free!), a daily email sent out early each morning during competition full of coverage links, predictions, giveaways/contests, and more. Finally, it’s a great time to become an EN Patreon supporter – we’ll be doing some exclusive content in our private Facebook group just for Patrons all week long.

The USEF has announced that as of May 3rd, competitions will be allowed to welcome a limited number of spectators back to equestrian sports. Outdoor facilities will be allowed to have 40% of ticketed spectators or 400 people, and indoor events will be allowed to have 30% or 300 people, whichever number is greater. [USEF Changes Spectator Rules]

What kind of Olympic fan are you? Silly question, an equestrian fan! This simple questionnaire from NBC Sports helps you vote for more equestrian coverage, so everyone do it! Also you’re entered to win some Olympic prizes, so that’s cool. [Equestrian Olympics FTW]

Get to know Sydney Elliott’s 5* entry, QC Diamantaire. Q might not fulfill the requirements of fire breathing dragon that is usually expected at the upper levels, but having a mellow and quiet personality works just fine for him. What doesn’t work for him is having his head bathed in any way, so good thing he’s not grey! [Behind the Stall Door with QC Diamantaire]

Ecovet really is the shiz. Don’t believe me? Check out this not sponsored, totally honest blog and review from one user who tried it and realized it was a game changer. [Fly Spray That Actually WORKS!]

 

Friday News & Notes

Photo courtesy of Dragonfire Farm FB.

Can we please talk about these adorable jump fillers that Earl and Jen McFall are making for the winners of Twin Rivers as fun prizes? Our whole EN team agrees that we would be delighted to win a souvenir such as this to take home and put in our arena, or give to our coaches as a thank you for all their hard work and lessons. The artistry too! Anybody on the east coast want to give them a run for their money?

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

Fair Hill International April H.T. and CCI-S: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Twin Rivers Spring International: [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores] [Live Stream]

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

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

News From Around the Globe:

THIS is my favorite article all month. I’m always trying to explain how I train myself and my horses to accommodate my “lazy rider” habits, but Lara Graves explains it much better than I have been doing, and I’m going to steal her phrases! Graves asked each rider, “On a scale of 1 to 10, how hard are you working—10 being that you’re working so hard you’re going to pass out from the exertion, and a 1 being that you could sing a song while trotting.” Adding that she was looking for a 2 or 3 at most on the scale, Graves explained that when she first picks up a trot, she is working at a 1. Ideally, the less she works, the more responsive her horse is. “If I’m working at an 8 and my horse is giving me a 5, my ability to make that 5 a 10 doesn’t exist.” In contrast, she said, “If I, as the rider, am working at a 1 and getting a 6 from my horse, now I have room to move up. Ask yourself, ‘How hard am I working?’” [Less Work, Bigger Reward]

Sometimes you’ll do everything right but your ride will still go wrong. You’ll ride balanced, make your changes, see your distances, and clear all your fences, only to have your horse throw a shoe causing him to trip and spook at a butterfly causing you to fall! Daniel Stewart wants you to know that you’re just going to have to be okay with not always being okay. And being okay with not always being okay is the KEY to always being okay. He says his method is pout, park, and progress. [Pout, Park, & Progress]

You might see a different name riding Boyd’s 5* horses at Fair Hill this weekend…but don’t worry, she’s not doing the jumping phases. Boyd seems to have wrangled a deal with Fair Hill to allow his lovely dressage wife Silva to school his three mounts heading to Kentucky in the Advanced Combined Test, but they’ll be practicing the 5* test. Guess he’s really hoping to blow back some international entries in the first phase this year! [Boyd & Silva Competing at Fair Hill]

The next time you take your horse on a long trailer trip, don’t forget to accommodate for their recovery. Trailering uses huge amounts of energy from your horse, from the vestibular system, the somatosensory system, body temperature regulation, and anxiety can all take a big toll. Studies show that trailering can be a proper workout for your horse, so don’t always expect him to be immediately ready to go when you arrive. [Trailering Is A Workout]

Ride around the Tryon 4* with Elisa Wallace:

Thursday News & Notes from Ecovet

Ringwood Magister still competing in dressage at age 20 with young rider Morgan Evenett. Photo courtesy of Tiana Coudray.

There’s nothing quite like jumping off a fence casually only to land on your ankle bent at a 90 degree angle to your leg. The crunching sound alone is enough to set your goosebumps off. Luckily for me, I have easy access to a stock of bandages, ice boots, a PEMF machine, and all kinds of topical anti-inflammatories. These, of course, are intended for my horse, but work great for bum ankles too! Don’t worry, I’m not at the point of taking bute just yet.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

Fair Hill International April H.T. and CCI-S: [Website] [Entry Status?] [Volunteer]

Twin Rivers Spring International: [Website] [Ride Times] [Live Stream] [Photographer] [Volunteer]

CDCTA H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer]

Spring Bay H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times] [Volunteer]

News From Around the Globe:

The age-old question: what is more important, physical skill or mental strength? We all watch upper level riders and see how flawlessly they execute very difficult tasks, and go home and try to replicate those skills we have seen. But what you can’t see is the work they’ve done on their mental game. From controlling emotions, to manufacturing relaxation in stressful situations, I’m inclined to say that’s the hardest part. [Mental vs Physical Game]

People from marginalized groups are often subjected to frequent micro-aggressions. These statements, actions, and instances make them uncomfortable or unwilling to remain and participate in horse related activities. In order to increase diversity in equestrian sports we need to educate people to understand and recognize these things as being a problem. One of the biggest problems in equestrian sports is we don’t talk often enough about what micro aggressions look like in our sport. Reading a definition is not always enough to understand what this looks like for minorities and under-represented communities. [Micro Aggressions in Horse Sport]

What, you didn’t see enough cool pictures from The Fork? It’s hard now that we don’t always have direct access as spectators to competitions, but we media folks know what you really want. Pretty pictures. [Scenes from The Fork]

Doug Payne brings one very experienced horse, and one newbie to Kentucky in a few weeks. Vandiver is 17 this year, and to say he knows the game is an understatement. Quantum Leap is a young first-timer at the 5* level, and was picked out by Doug as a weanling. With two very different rides, his goal is the same: finish on the dressage score. [Doug Payne Dishes on Vandiver and Quantum Leap]

Did you know that Ecovet believes in their product so much that if you don’t love it, they have a money back guarantee? Whenever I see a company that has that offer in place, I know they’ve got something good. I didn’t believe the hype until I tried it, after all, the bottle is so tiny compared to all the others! But the key is that you use much less, and it works much longer. Try it today or get your money back! [Ecovet is the Best]

Friday News & Notes

Carl Hester is training for a jumping career…just not in the way you imagined. Photo courtesy of Carl.

Congrats everyone! You survived April Fools Day! How many articles caught you out? I certainly spent most of the day looking at headlines and seriously wondering which ones were jokes and which were not. In this day and age, it’s hard to tell anyway and I ponder curiously which articles are coming from The Onion and which ones are real life. At least we got to have some light-hearted fun for one day, but seriously, we are searching for one more Ameristralian.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

The Fork at TIEC: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Live Scores]

Pine Hill H.T.: [Website] [Volunteer]

Rocking Horse Spring H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Live Scores]

International Preview:

🇬🇧 Aston-Le-Walls Elite: [Website]

🇦🇺 WAYER International CCI: [Website] [Entries]

News From Around the Globe:

Get to know California cutie Woodford Reserve, a delightful bay that Erin Kellerhouse fell in love with six years ago when she found him in Ireland as a four-year-old. The pair have since then progressed through CCI4*-L level, recently winning the CCI4*-S at Galway Downs in March. A pretty low-key guy at home, Woody lights up at shows and knows how to perform when needed. [Behind the Stall Door: Woodford Reserve]

Hold on to your (cowboy) hats, folks, because the western riders and quarter horses are coming. The USEA is pleased to announce a new parallel set of levels offering western eventing in the United States. To be held in conjunction with existing national levels up through Advanced, competitors will compete over the same course and tests offered at the traditional competition but will be able to do so while competing in western attire and western stock saddles. [Welcome Western Eventing]

Madeleine Scott has taken Crosby’s Gold from the racetrack to the four-star level, but it hasn’t been a smooth journey. However, she took the break from competition in 2020 and put it to good use, getting Crosby some extra time to recover from splint surgery and now they’re ready to do work at The Fork CCI4*-S this weekend. Originally from British Colombia and a non-horsey family, Madeleine eventually found her way to Florida to work for Kyle and Jen Carter in 2019, and hasn’t left yet. [OTTB Crosby’s Gold Takes Madeleine Scott Up the Levels and Across the Country]

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all? In sport psychology mirroring refers to the tendency for people to reflect – or copy – the actions, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors of those around them. The idea behind mirroring is that everyone we meet is a mirror, and if we’re not careful, our actions and reactions might begin to reflect what we see in others… even if those traits are negative. Learn how to surround yourself with positive thoughts and people in order to mirror them and make progress with your mental game and your riding game. [Daniel Stewart’s Mirror Mirror]

Thursday News & Notes from Ecovet

Honey, we’ve all been there. Photo by Kayleigh Taylor.

I’m a big podcast person, in fact I consume them at an unreasonable rate all day every day. Like horse movies and television shows, it’s hard to find horse podcasts that are accurate, informational, and entertaining without being annoying. Recently I’ve been really digging the Journey On podcast with Warwick Schiller, and highly recommend it for anybody who is interested in thinking about our relationships with horses in a little different light. So often we are just consumed with our achievements and competition results, but there is so much more to horsemanship and alternative modalities within the equestrian world, I personally find it fascinating!

U.S. Weekend Preview:

The Fork at TIEC: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Pine Hill H.T.: [Website] [Volunteer]

Rocking Horse Spring H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Volunteer]

International Preview:

🇬🇧 Aston-Le-Walls Elite: [Website]

🇦🇺 WAYER International CCI: [Website] [Entries]

News From Around the Globe:

Why is winning a certain event not necessarily as “big a deal” as winning another event? Winning Aachen is not the same as winning some of the other CCI4*-S events. Winning Badminton holds a special prestige because it’s not the same as winning some of the other five-stars. One of the reasons why winning one competition could be considered more satisfying than winning another has to do with field strength. Who is coming to these events? Who are you beating? The EquiRatings Eventing Elo points us to the most-competitive CCI4*-S, CCI4*-L and CCI5* venues in the world. [The World’s Most Competitive Events]

If you’ve ever felt frustrated that you weren’t born with killer confidence in the saddle, fear not: confidence is a skill like any other, which means you can learn it. By using some relatively simple practices every day and at competition, you can train your brain and your body to feel and act more confident. Constantly reliving mistakes can dent your confidence by continuing to keep you in a negative space, but focusing on the positives takes work. [Confidence Training]

Does your horse have bit lesions? Bruises and open sores from bit use are common even in competition horses, although many riders are unaware they’ve occurred. In a study carried out at national and international cross-country events, researchers found more horses with bit-related lesions than horses without—and most of the riders had no idea. Out of 208 horses examined after cross country, 52% had at least one fresh lesion, meaning it was new and probably just happened. About 39% of the all the horses had bruising, and 19% had one or more open wounds. Lesions were mild in 22% of the horses, moderate in 26%, and severe in 4%. [Bit Related Lesions Common in Event Horses]

The Kentucky Horse Park opens Wednesday for its spring season. Everyone is excited to open on time this year and bring back some activities they couldn’t hold during the pandemic. Along with having the theater, museum and barns open, this year’s spring season means the return of some activities that weren’t held last summer, like trolley rides, which begin in May, and getting more time with horses. Don’t miss the mares and foals in the Clydesdale barn! [KY Horse Park Reopens]

Did you know that Ecovet is the only insect repellant that improves insect related skin sensitivity? Nothing is worse than waking up and realizing your horse rubbed half his tail out overnight, or scratched all his mane out on the fence. Ecovet lasts all day, and provides insect repellant like you wouldn’t believe. It’s truly worth the hype. [Ecovet Fly Spray]