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Chris Burton and Polystar Cruise to Victory in Arville ERM CIC3*

From left: Bill Levett, Chris Burton, Laura Collett. Photo courtesy Anna Franklin/Event Rider Masters.

The jumping phases seriously switched up the final leaderboard in the Event Rider Masters Series CIC3* at  Concours Complet D’Arville in Belgium. Three of the top four after yesterday’s dressage phase ultimately retired after refusals on a very technical, influential cross country. Australia’s Chris Burton and Trisha Rickards’ Polystar I, however, rose to the challenge and, as the only pair in the field to finish on their dressage score, won the class on 23.6.

The live stream commentators weren’t sure if Chris knew leaving the start box that he had nearly ten points in hand, but they went out like a shot and were one of only two pairs to make the time, the other being sixth place finishers Sarah Cohen and Treason.

Chris said of the 13-year-old Westfalen (Polytraum X Waldbeere, Waldstar): “I’m thrilled. He gave me such a lovely ride in all three phases. He’s a fast horse and he loves galloping so I figured there was no point in two of us pulling!”

Chris Burton and Polystar I. Photo courtesy Anna Franklin/Event Rider Masters.

Laura Collett of Great Britain piloted the 9-year-old German gelding she owns with Keith Scott and Karen Bartlett, London 52 (Landos X Vernante, Quinar), to an immaculate clear in the show jumping this morning followed by a clear round just three seconds over the optimum time on cross country to finish second on 32.2.

“I’m a bit shocked to be honest. The horse is incredible and I’m very lucky to have some seriously exciting young horses in my stable,” Laura said, and expects they’ll now make the trip to the ERM Leg 5 at Jardy.

Laura Collett and London 52. Photo courtesy Anna Franklin/Event Rider Masters.

In his 13th ERM appearance, Australia’s Bill Levett was absolutely delighted to finally find himself standing on the final podium for the very first time. He and his longtime partner Shannondale Titan, a 15-year-old Irish Sport Horse (Limmerick X Rocklea, Leabeg) he owns along with the Prentice family, finished in third on the same score as Laura, who won the tie for being closest to the optimum time.

“I’m really pleased with the horse. He gave me everything out there today,” Bill said.

Bill Levett and Shannondale Titan. Photo courtesy Anna Franklin/Event Rider Masters.

Our sole U.S. representatives, Liz Halliday-Sharp and Deborah Halliday’s Fernhill By Night, jumped clear with three time penalties in show jumping but withdrew before the final phase.

The top three at Arville are also the top three in the Series after three legs. Laura leads with 52 points, Chris is second with 49 points and Bill sits on 44 points. We’re halfway through the 2018 Series with plenty more fences left to jump. The next ERM event will be at Barbury Castle July 7-8.

Remember you can watch all the ERM action LIVE and for FREE as well as replays of every phase on Go Eventing.

ERM Arville: WebsiteResultsLive StreamVirtual Course Walk

Watch: William Funnell Makes History at Hickstead Derby

Today Great Britain’s William Funnell joined an elite group of jumpers who have won the Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby an incredible four times, bringing the tally to five riders in history to win the Derby so many times. William had previously won three times (2006, 2008 and 2009) with the same horse, Cortaflex Mondriaan.

Riding his homebred and product of the famous Billy Stud, Billy Buckingham, a 10-year-old Anglo European gelding (Billy Congo X Dusky Queen, Clover Hill), William posted one of only two clears in the first round. They added four faults for a foot in water during the jump-off, but Holly Smith and Quality Old Joker added penalties at two fences and retired into second place.

Check out full results here and learn more about Hickstead on the event’s website.

Thomas Carlile and Upsilon Lead the Way After Dressage at Arville

The third leg of the 2018 Event Rider Masters Series is under way in Belgium at Concours Complet D’Arville. Frenchman Thomas Carlile and the 10-year-old Anglo Arab stallion Upsilon (Canturo X O’Vive, Fusain Du Defey) are no strangers to the series but are making a big impression at their first stop on the 2018 tour. The pair narrowly took the lead after dressage on 23.3.

“He was his usual self. He’s got that spark that others don’t and he’s on his job,” Thomas said of Upsilon, owned by Ecuries Carlile Complet Eventing and Scea De Beliard. “He’s such a partner. I can really count on him. I try not to let him down.” Thomas wasn’t so bad himself, earning multiple 9s for the rider in the collective marks of his test.

Chris Burton and Polystar. Photo courtesy Event Rider Masters.

Australia’s Chris Burton and Polystar (Polytraum X Waldbeere, Waldstar) were the leaders at the lunch break but ultimately had to settle for second on a 23.6. “I love the horse,” said Chris of the 13-year-old Westfalen owned by Trisha Rickards. The pair improved their dressage score by more than 10 points from the ERM event at Weisbaden a month ago, where they placed eighth.

This horse is careful and quick and with a much improved initial score will certainly put the pressure on Thomas and Upsilon. Chris said tomorrow’s cross country track is tough but beautifully built and he’s looking forward to having a crack at it.

Oliver Townend and Cillnabradden Evo. Photo courtesy Event Rider Masters.

This place is currently a tie between 2016 ERM Series Champion Oliver Townend (GBR) and Luhmühlen CCI4* winner Jonelle Price (NZL) on 24.7.

Oliver said of Cillnabradden Evo (S Creevagh Ferro X Willow Garden, King Henry), a 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse owned by Sally-Anne Egginton, “He’s getting more and more reliable and his way of going is becoming more and more established every time.”

The second place finisher in the ERM CIC3* at Weisbaden “knows the test quite well now which is a bit of a problem. But I couldn’t be happier really. He’s close enough and hopefully we’ve got two more good bits to come.”

Jonelle Price and Cloud Dancer. Photo courtesy Event Rider Masters.

Jonelle’s mount, Cloud Dancer (San Remo X Urelja, Sandro Hit) is aptly named as the Marley and Me Syndicate’s 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood positively floats across the ground. “He’s a talented horse in this phase. He went out there and was really rideable today.”

For a time it looked as though Jonelle and Cloud Dancer would break the ERM dressage record, trending at 19 on the scoreboard. A few bobbles cost them the lead but as Jonelle said, “It just shows the quality of the field when a test I thought was very good wasn’t even in the top 3.”

That’s frustrating enough, but ERM journalist Hannah White-Adventurer recruited Jonelle’s husband and fellow Olympian, Tim Price, to critique her test in person and on camera. Tim kindly pointed out the annoying little mistakes that hurt their score and while Jonelle was a good sport, Tim might pay for his “constructive criticism” later.

Our sole U.S. representative at Arville is Liz Halliday-Sharp and Fernhill By Night (Radolin X Argentina XII, Argentinus). Liz took a tumble in the water complex on her one-star horse earlier that morning. Horse and rider were both fine but she had to rush to the dressage warm-up. A 30.5 put them in 14th place for the day.

“He needed a little more pizazz today,” Liz said of Deborah Halliday’s 15-year-old Irish Sport Horse. “He’s a notoriously lazy horse on the flat but today was extra lazy. I felt like I was working very hard and it definitely affects the scores on the movements because you end up chasing the test rather than being able to really ride the test. I know we can do a lot better.”

As we know, however, all can change in a blink at an ERM event and tomorrow is a new day. “He’s a great jumper so we’re just going to capitalize on that and enjoy it.”

The show jumping tomorrow begins at 10:20 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. CET (4:20 – 6:25 a.m. EST) followed by cross country at cross country at 1:05 – 3:55 p.m. CET (7:05 – 9:55 a.m. EST). You can watch live and for free at Go Eventing.

ERM Arville: WebsiteStart TimesLive ScoresLive StreamVirtual Course Walk

What’s Happening This Summer?

Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

What’s Happening is EN’s guide to lessons, clinics, schooling shows and other riding and educational opportunities during the summer. It’s free to post a listing. Just email the date, location, contact information and any other details to [email protected]. (Note: This is a list generated solely from submissions. If no one sends us the details of your event, it won’t be included.)

Location Quick Links: Area I | Area II | Area III | Area IV | Area V | Area VII | Area VIII | Area IX | Canada

Area I

June 29-July 1: Clinic with Karen O’Connor
Sandy River Equestrian Center in Axton, Virginia is pleased to offer an outstanding event clinic with Karen O’Connor! Clinic participants should plan to arrive on Friday and be ready to ride on Saturday and Sunday. Lectures will be held at 8AM both days followed by personalized lessons in gymnastics, show jumping and cross country. Breakfast and lunch will be offered daily and dinner will be served on Saturday. Registration is easy! Download and complete the registration form found on our website,, then scan and email it to [email protected] or mail the form to Sandy River Equestrian Center. Participation cost for riders is $550, stabling is $20/night, Auditing is $50 daily (pre-register to receive all meals and swag. Swag will include products from our sponsors and the Equine Management Training Center.

July 7-8: Clinic with Bill Levett
Bill Levett, Olympic and 4* rider for Team Australia, is coming back to Town Hill! He is one of the best teachers we know – clear, encouraging, sophisticated and ambitious for all levels, with successful students of his own competing through the 4* level. Dressage, Show Jumping and Cross Country lessons are available. Dressage rides will be private sessions, jumping phases in small groups. All levels are encouraged to join us. Auditors are welcomed and stabling is available. [Register on Blue Horse Entries]

July 14: Hitching Post Farm Schooling Trial
Hitching Post Farm Schooling Trials are a fun, educational way to enjoy every aspect of eventing. A great beginning for new riders or new horses, an excellent place to for every move up and a very coach friendly facility. Our courses are all USEA standard set in an approachable way over some terrain. Jump courses are not timed. New this year, we will be offering an elementary division with a jump height maximum of 2’3″. The intro(Grasshopper!) division will be offered as a combined test with a few small logs as part of the show jump course. [Register on Blue Horse Entries]

Area II

July 21: Elysian Hills Starter Horse Trial
Flexible entry options allow you to select from the eventing disciplines of dressage, stadium jumping and cross country. If you are technically eliminated in stadium or cross country, we will allow you to continue as long as you and your horse are considered safe. Time permitting, horse trial competitors will be allowed to ride the cross country course and stadium a second time. We want you and your horse to have a positive learning experience. Elysian Hills offers introductory (18″), Elementary (2 ft), Beginner Novice, Novice and Training level as well as Preliminary combined tests. [Register on Blue Horse Entries]

July 27-29: Dressage Clinic with Pierre Cousyn
Experience Classical Dressage with Pierre Cousyn and enjoy the opportunity to work with an experienced professional from Europe. Pierre Cousyn travels the US, giving clinics to Dressage riders of all levels. His teaching style unites the bio-mechanics of the horse with the classical principles of dressage. Five Fillies Farm offers a 80×160 foot indoor arena with Premier Equestrian Master’s Blend Footing, wall-to-wall mirrors, LED lights, and plenty of seating for riders and auditors. Additionally, there is a separate outdoor 20×40 meter outdoor arena for warm-up and lunging. Stalls and paddocks are on site with limited availability. Light breakfast, lunch, and drinks will be provided for all riders and auditors. [Register on Blue Horse Entries]

July 29: VHT Starter Horse Trials, Combined Test, and Dressage Schooling Show
A fantastic and fun horse trial, combined test, and dressage schooling show, held at a beautiful venue. Invite your friends to join you, and come show your progress for this year! Riders of all levels welcome. Classes and riding opportunities offered include horse trial, different combined test options, and USEA/USEF/FEI dressage tests. Multiple rides encouraged, and discounts available for immediate family members, Pony Club, and 4-H riders. [Register on Blue Horse Entries]

Area III

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Area VII

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June 30-July 1: Flying Cross Farm “Big” Mini Trial
Join us and invite all your friends for a fun and casual show experience at our “Big” Mini Trial and Ride a Test in Goshen KY! Perfect welcoming environment for green horses and riders, as well as those more experienced looking for an educational and fun schooling opportunity. Mini Trial Divisions Offered: Baby Starter through Novice. Ride a Test Offered: any USEA or USDF Test – small and standard rings available. ALL DIVISIONS RUN OVER ONE DAY. Divisions will run Smallest to Largest with Dressage Ride A Tests at the end of the day. $10 discount for 42 Fleur De Lis Members! $20 discount to compete in Mini Trial both days! XC schooling available after the show upon approval by show Organizer. [Register on Blue Horse Entries]

July 4: Last Frontier Farm’s JUMP!
This annual show, hosted by Sharon White and her Last Frontier Farm, is always so much fun! All JUMP! courses are a combination of stadium-style and cross-country jumps designed to be ridden at appropriate division level speeds. The day will start with Elementary and move up to Preliminary in order to facilitate riding at multiple levels and allow the option to practice moving up. Riders are encouraged to enter multiple divisions, based on ability. A lead horse will be available! Sharon will be on hand throughout the day to provide course walks at the start of each division, and to discuss best practices for both cross-country and stadium jumping.  Riders may choose to repeat any regular round on the same horse by entering for a Repeat Round of any division. You must ride a regular, first round first before riding a repeat round, and the repeat round must be on the same horse. [Register on Blue Horse Entries]

July 28: Horse Aid Live Combined Test and Dressage Show
Combined Training & Dressage Show at Masterson Station Equestrian Park in Lexington, KY. Dressage (Intro-4th Level). Combined Test (Greenie-Prelim). Jumping Schooling After Stadium per Level. Relaxed Schooling Show. MSEDA + KDA Sanctioned. [Register on Blue Horse Entries]

August 11: Ends Meet Equestrian Mini Trial
Ends Meet Equestrian is hosting a Mini Trial, Combined Test, and Dressage Show in Centerville, Ohio. This show is part of the MVEA Mini Trial Series. Qualified riders are eligible for year end awards. Riders will experience inviting courses with top notch fences and footing. [Register on Blue Horse Entries]

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Want to see your lesson, clinic or schooling show listed here? Email [email protected].

Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: 5 OTTBs Ready to Tackle a New Career

In the market for a new four-legged partner? You may find your unicorn on our sister site, Sport Horse Nation. To help with the search, we’re going to feature a selection of current listings here on EN each week. We include the ad copy provided; click the links for videos, pricing and contact information.

There are many things to love about off-track Thoroughbreds. They know how to work hard — they got up early every day for morning workouts. They are travelers — many have trailered all over and seen more atmosphere than most youngsters do before they’re four years old. They are athletes. They are soldiers. Best of all, they are all heart. Here are five ex-racers looking for their next jockey.

Margo’s Cricket. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Super young prospect great for AA or Young Rider

Margo’s Cricket is an incredible young horse for the future. Cricket is a 2014 OTTB by Wilko. Race trained, but never raced as she was too slow. She has 3 lovely relaxed gaits and scores in the upper 20s and low 30s on the flat. Easy and rhythmic in the jumping with plenty of scope and is super brave. She has an easy in your pocket personality acting more like a gelding than the stereotypical mare. This sweetheart stands at a compact 15.1 and is currently barefoot. Already has show experience at BN and Novice, free jumps 4 foot with ease, and has plenty of potential to move up the levels. Located in Pennsylvania.

Island Jet. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Prelim Packer with Scope for more

Regretfully For Sale: Island Jet. Currently located in Morrow, OH, and will be back in Georgetown, KY near Lexington in September. 2004, 17hh, OTTB gelding, experience through prelim with scope for more.

Price will increase with possible one star experience (Depending on rider’s availability). No maintenance.
Easy on the flat, hacks alone or in a group, clips, ties, loads, hot shoes etc. No vices, super easy on the ground

Currently eventing with a young rider at prelim on an intercollegiate team. Brave and honest to all the fences, teen and amateur friendly. Passed a full PPE with X-rays in July 2014. Selling as owner is going to grad school in 2019. Located in Ohio.

Theory. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

2014 Thoroughbred Gelding: Theory

Anyone looking for that horse who has it all? Handsome looks, fantastic brain, floating movement and brilliant scope? Then look no further, he is here.

Theory (Gemologist x Gem Sleuth (Officer)) is a 4 year old thoroughbred gelding who last raced February 14th, 2018. Purchased in partnership by the same people as Justify for $335,000, he was a graded stakes winner under the tutelage of Todd Pletcher. In an article in the TDN, Todd was quoted as saying Theory was “a very good-minded horse. He’s got a great disposition and he’s not headstrong in any way” and thats exactly the dreamboat we’ve experienced in our retraining.

Theory was letdown until May 1st, and since then has just taken to eventing like a fish to water. With three beautiful and fluid gaits, scope to spare and zero stop, he is truly a horse for the future. Has competed at local jumper shows and schooled XC off property, including water/banks/ditches. A fantastic brain that could be finished by a competent teenager or adult amateur, but brilliant enough for a professional to take to the top. Stands slightly over 16.1hh with chrome to spare. Entered in his first event at Beginner Novice and price will increase as he moves up the levels. Located in Kentucky.

Cat Humor. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Willing and eager to please!!

2012 OTTB 15.2 JC name Cat Humor. He is a solid citizen! Loves the attention and learning his new job. Very sensible and just wants to please. Located in Pennsylvania.

Glory. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Lovely 3yr OTTB

Glory is a Ottb mare that has just turned 3 this last February, and has been started off the track since March. Great bloodlines with lovely confirmation. Would excel in any direction as an eventer, dressage, jumpers, ect. Big mover very accepting of the bridle and rides naturally on the bit. Jumped over multiple logs in a cross country field without hesitation (video available). She needs an experienced rider only. Available clean bill of health with full x-rays of hawks, knees, ankles, ect. Located in Ohio.

Listings included in this article are randomly selected and confirmed to be current and active before inclusion. Sport Horse Nation features user-generated content and therefore cannot verify or make any warranty as to the validity or reliability of information.

Wednesday Video from Kentucky Performance Products: Luhmühlen’s Slow Motion Cross Country Replay

The air is palpable on cross country day at a CCI4*. The intensity and nerves press against you like humidity but somehow you still feel light and alert, seeing every detail of the rolling wave of movement with mounting anticipation. It’s like watching a slow motion film, and this recap of cross country day at Luhmühlen captures that feeling exactly. Go Eventing.

#Luhmühlen: Website, ResultsEN’s CoverageEN’s InstagramEN’s Twitter

Summer Games® Electrolyte
Fight back against electrolyte imbalance and dehydration.

Don’t let electrolyte imbalances and dehydration take a toll on your horse’s performance this show season. Developed for the equine athletes competing at the 1996 Olympic Games, Summer Games is a unique blend of both electrolytes and trace minerals specifically formulated to replenish critical electrolytes in the proper ratios. Summer Games supports healthy electrolyte balance so horses stay hydrated, perform at optimal levels, and recover faster after exercise.

Just a few of the benefits of Summer Games Electrolyte:

• Adjustable serving rates let you easily meet your horse’s individual electrolyte needs.
• Affordable price allows you to consistently replenish key electrolytes in appropriate ratios all season long.
• Concentrated, low-sugar formula replaces both key electrolytes and critical trace minerals in the actual amounts that are lost from sweating.
• Research-proven ingredients stimulate the thirst response and keep horses drinking.

The horse that matters to you matters to us®. Not sure which horse supplement best meets your horse’s needs? We are here to help. Contact Kentucky Performance Products, LLC at 859-873-2974 or visit our website at

Wednesday Video from Kentucky Performance Products: Luhmühlen Cross Country Flyover

A star field of 50 is set to compete at the Luhmühlen CCI4* in Germany this week including two Americans, Boyd Martin with Shamwari 4 and Liz Halliday-Sharp with four-star first-timer Deniro Z. Jenni Autry is EN’s boots on the ground in Germany this week, so stay tuned for all coverage you can handle and then some.

Meanwhile, take a walk around the 11-minute Luhmühlen CCI4* cross country course in just 4.5 minutes through this drone flyover.

Beautifully built and presented by designer Mike Etherington-Smith and his team, there are several challenges to making the course at Luhmühlen. This year, Mike has attempted to open up the track more for spectators without affecting the flow of the course. Watch this video to hear more about his design process.

Go Eventing.

#Luhmühlen: WebsiteEntries & ScoringTimetableEN’s CoverageEN’s InstagramEN’s Twitter

Summer Games® Electrolyte
Fight back against electrolyte imbalance and dehydration.

Don’t let electrolyte imbalances and dehydration take a toll on your horse’s performance this show season. Developed for the equine athletes competing at the 1996 Olympic Games, Summer Games is a unique blend of both electrolytes and trace minerals specifically formulated to replenish critical electrolytes in the proper ratios. Summer Games supports healthy electrolyte balance so horses stay hydrated, perform at optimal levels, and recover faster after exercise.

Just a few of the benefits of Summer Games Electrolyte:

• Adjustable serving rates let you easily meet your horse’s individual electrolyte needs.
• Affordable price allows you to consistently replenish key electrolytes in appropriate ratios all season long.
• Concentrated, low-sugar formula replaces both key electrolytes and critical trace minerals in the actual amounts that are lost from sweating.
• Research-proven ingredients stimulate the thirst response and keep horses drinking.

The horse that matters to you matters to us®. Not sure which horse supplement best meets your horse’s needs? We are here to help. Contact Kentucky Performance Products, LLC at 859-873-2974 or visit our website at

Who Jumped It Best? Bromont CCI* Edition

Lynn Symansky said during the post-cross country press conference that Derek di Grazia’s courses at the MARS Incorporated Bromont Three Day Event gave competitors lots of practice with open oxers, and that was true for all levels!

Check out these combinations from the CCI* division over the open oxer, fence 8. Keep in mind this jump was set off a turn and how that may impact your selection for which horse and rider present the best overall picture. Vote in the poll at the bottom of this post!

Bromont CCI: WebsiteFinal ScoresEN’s Coverage

Shelby Brost and Bo Brown. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Jeanie Clarke and Famos 71. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Sam Colt and Calle. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Annie Goodwin and Fedarman B. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Nikki Negrea and Liberty. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Natalia Neneman and Electric Lux. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Caroline Teich and Kingslayer. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Monday News and Notes from Fleeceworks

Matt Flynn and Wizzerd at Bromont. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

This was my fourth year attending the Bromont CCI Three-Day Event and I think it was the best. The venue is just stunning, for one thing, and a total dream for a photographer. The sun was also shining and it was just cool enough (cold Quebec rain is a stark and unhappy contrast not unfamiliar to Bromont CCI). Then there’s the people, the food, the atmosphere. And the chocolate. Holy moly. Thanks to title sponsor MARS, I’ve had my fill of Mars Bars and Maltesers to last me until next year.

National Holiday: National Corn on the Cob Day

Major Events:

Bromont CCI: WebsiteLive ScoresEN’s Coverage

Bramham CCI: WebsiteResultsLive StreamEN’s Coverage

U.S. Weekend Results:

Valinor Farm H.T. [Website] [Results]

Plantation Field H.T. [Website] [Results]

The Middleburg H.T. [Website] [Results]

River Glen June H.T. [Website] [Results]

Queeny Park H.T. [Website] [Results]

Feather Creek Farm H.T. [Website] [Results]

Camelot Equestrian Horse Park H.T. [Website] [Results]

Aspen Farms H.T. [Website] [Results]

Monday News and Notes:

While the eventing world’s eyes were on Bromont and Bramham, the 3-year-old Thoroughbred Justify easily cruised to the win in the Belmont Stakes to become the 13th Triple Crown winner in the history of racing. [Now He’s Just Immortal]

British eventer, Alicia Wilkinson, worked for William Fox-Pitt during her gap year before college. There’s a lot to learn from one of the greatest eventers of our time. [10 Lessons Learned from WFP]

Meet the Florida State Eventing Team! An effort that began with one rider and one coach has grown into a team full of Seminole Spirit. They love appaloosas, volunteering and learning together. [Fun in the Sun]

You’re familiar with the monoflap saddle, but what about a no-flap saddle? Research suggests that saddles without leg flaps provide the rider with better stability and more control. [Read more about it]

Monday Video: Just Doug Payne and Getaway trotting a three-star fence. No big deal.

A Day of Firsts for Bromont CCI3* Winners Jenny Caras and Fernhill Fortitude

Jenny Caras and Fernhill Fortitude. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

In nearly 70 career USEA and FEI competitions, Jenny Caras’s 14-year-old Irish Sport Horse Fernhill Fortitude (Courage II X Misty Matilda, by Clover) has never won an event. They made their first win count today with a hard-fought CCI3* victory in the MARS Incorporated Bromont CCI Three-Day Event.

“Forty” has not consistently show jumped clear but today left all the rails up to put the pressure on overnight leader Lynn Symansky. Jenny has been incredibly focused on her show jumping, working with both Richard Picken and Phillip Dutton. She said today’s success has been a combination of hard work and “a really genuine horse.”

“It wasn’t the prettiest round I’ve ever jumped on him but he was trying really hard, and I think he knew that he wasn’t supposed to have one down today,” Jenny said. “I found myself in a similar position at Jersey (Fresh) a few weeks ago and it didn’t go my way there. You do it long enough and some days you win and some days you don’t. I couldn’t be happier with how he jumped today.”

Jenny Caras and Fernhill Fortitude. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Jenny and Forty opted not to make a second appearance at the Kentucky Three-Day Event this year. “The plan was to come and try to win Bromont. I didn’t actually think that would happen but it feels great.” Of her longtime partner, with whom she achieved her first CCI3* win today, Jenny said, “He’s like putting on an old shoe. He’s my best buddy.”

As the winner of the CCI3* division, Jenny received $3,300, a cooler from Sandridge Saddlery and the Todd Sandler Perpetual Trophy, given in honor of Todd Sandler, an aspiring young Quebec event rider who tragically passed away in a car accident.

Jenny would like to thank her owners, coaches Phillip Dutton and Richard Picken, and boyfriend Waylon Roberts — “he’s actually a really good groom.” She’d also like to thank her parents, Paula and David, as well as grooms Bronwyn Watts and Emma Ford for all their help and support.

Lynn Symansky and Under Suspection. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Lynn Symansky and Under Suspection (Contender X Naomagic I, by Exorbitant xx) entered the ring without a rail in hand and unfortunately added 4 penalties to their score to finish second.

“She won the warm-up. She was jumping out of her skin,” Lynn said of Mary Ann Ghadban’s 14-year-old Holsteiner mare. “Honestly I really can’t be too upset. I don’t know her very well. It was a last-minute decision to come here and she hasn’t run since Tryon (in April).”

In only their third appearance as a pair at the three-star level, Lynn and “Pippy” are now qualified as a combination for the 2018 World Equestrian Games. The mare has previously competed to the CCI3* level with Sharon White and the CCI4* level with Hannah Sue Burnett. In Germany, she also competed at the CCI2* level with Dirk Schrade and CCI* level with Philipp Kolossa. 

“She’s a pretty amazing horse to have gone from rider to rider, and she puts in 100 percent,” Lynn said. “I cannot take all the credit for her success this weekend, and she’s made it pretty easy to form a relationship with her in a pretty short amount of time.”

Felix Vogg and Colero. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Felix Vogg and Colero (Captain Fire X Bonia, by Bormio xx), a 10-year-old Westphalian owned by Jürgen Vogg, added 1 time penalty to an otherwise faultless round to finish third on 40.4. Colero typically jumps better indoors than out, Felix said, but he was pleased with his performance today. They are now qualified for WEG as a pair, and Felix feels confident they will be selected for the Swiss team.

“It was really a good event because he learned a lot and made a huge step up. He’s not that experienced so for me it was a perfect event,” Felix said. Of his thoughts on Bromont, he said, “I like Bromont a lot because of the cross country, as well the ring here. It’s good for the horses. They learn something.”

Boyd Martin and Contessa Win CCI2*

Boyd Martin and Contessa. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

It was down to the wire in the CCI2* as the last four to jump — all mares — show jumped fault-free. Leading after cross country and with no room to spare a mistake in the final phase, Boyd Martin and Club Contessa’s Contessa (Contender X Veritas, by Esteban) produced a beautiful clear under pressure to win in the mare’s CCI2* debut.

“Today confirmed my belief that this is a real future star in my string,” Boyd said of the 9-year-old Holsteiner mare. “She still needs to spend some time at this level but she just has that ‘wow’ factor.”

He’s confident Contessa has what it takes to go eventing at the highest level: “Gallop, jump, presence, attitude, soundness. She’s one of those horses I look forward to sitting on every day.”

Dana Cook and FE Mississippi. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Clark Montgomery and Caribbean Soul finished second on 32.4. Dana Cooke was thrilled with FE Mississippi’s gorgeous clear for third on 33.6. They placed third and also received the Best Presented Horse Award for the division, sponsored by Akka Legacy. Shelby Brost and Crimson moved up from 10th after dressage to finish fourth on their dressage score of 33.7.

Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Mystery were double clear in the final phase, moving up from sixth place to fifth. They switched places with Anna Loschiavo and Spartacus Q, who dropped a single rail.

Daniel Clasing and MW Gangster’s Game added four penalties to finish seventh on 39.3. Charlotte Collier and Clifford M vaulted up the leaderboard with two fault-free jumping phases to move from 29th after dressage to eventual eighth. Likewise, Will Coleman and Don Dante went from equal 24th to ninth with one rail down in show jumping.

Jessica Phoenix and Bentley’s Best Take Hometown CIC2* Win

Jessica Phoenix and Bentleys Best. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Will Coleman and Off the Record could afford a few time penalties but not a rail today. Unfortunately they had one down, which meant Jessica Phoenix and the Bentley’s Best Group’s 11-year-old Trakehner Bentley’s Best (Hirtentanz 2 X Hauptstutbuch Baronesse XIII, by Eichendorff) took the CIC2* win by 0.1 penalty points, finishing on their dressage score of 30.0.

“To have our family here and win in front of the hometown crowd and hear our anthem on Canadian soil is pretty awesome,” Jessica said.

“I was really proud of him all weekend. He was a little bit unsettled in dressage but his movement I thought was the best he’s ever had. Cross country he just ate it up. Show jumping is always so fun on him. He’s such an athletic horse and really loves doing that job.”

Although Bentley’s Best has competed at the three-star level, Jessica said he is her top horse for the Pan American Games next year, so she wants to get him really solid at the two-star level. She has her eyes on the Fair Hill International CCI2* in October but will return to Bromont to run the CIC2* on August 17-19, which is a new FEI date for this venue.

“I wish we had a Bromont every month,” Jessica said. “It’s so awesome to be able to compete FEI in your own country, and it’s really important to develop our horses — being able to drive a short time and have this level and caliber of competition is what we need more in this country.”

Will Coleman and Off the Record. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Anna Loschiavo and Prince Renan, fresh off a CIC2* win at Jersey Fresh, put in three good phases, finishing on their dressage score of 30.8 for third place. Lauren Kieffer and Paramount Importance added just 0.8 time penalties on cross country and finished fourth on 32.5. Allie Knowles and Sound Prospect round out the top five on their dressage score of 33.5.

Greta Schwickert and Matchless moved up from 18th after dressage to finish sixth. Will Coleman and Soupçon du Brunet unfortunately picked up 11 penalties on cross country for activating a frangible pin, but they were otherwise foot perfect to finish seventh.

Allie Knowles and Business Class had two down today, finishing eighth. Ariel Grald and Monbeg Nola show jumped clear, finishing ninth. Boyd Martin and Contestor had three down, dropping out of the top five to place 10th.

Annie Goodwin and Fedarman B Jump Under Pressure to Win CCI*

Annie Goodwin and Fedarman B. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Only one rail separated the top eight after cross country and with rails flying, the pressure was on the top placed riders. Annie Goodwin said yesterday that her 8-year-old Dutch Warmblood Fedarman B (Eurocommerce Washington X Paulien B, by Fedor) is a “phenomenal jumper” but she wasn’t sure how tired he would be after cross country. As it turned out, she had no reason to worry. “Bruno” jumped a super clear to win the Bromont CCI* and the Law Family Perpetual Trophy.

“We pulled him out of the stall this morning and he was very happy to be moving and grooving,” Annie said. “It’s an honor to be here. It’s always been a dream and especially to walk home with the win, I can’t ask for anything more.”

The pair have experience at Intermediate but backed down a level to reboot their confidence. “I think we did that today. He’ll have a good break and then come back out for Intermediate and hopefully back up to Bromont for the (August) CIC2*.”

Holly Jacks-Smither and Candy King were tied for second heading into the final phase and jumped clear to finish on their dressage score of 27.2. Will Faudree and the lovely FRH Ramona likewise finished without additional penalties, moving up one place each phase to end up third on 29.4.

Colleen Loach had a banner week with all four of her CCI* horses finishing in the top 10. Three of them finished on their dressage score. Foreign Quality finished fourth on 30.0. Vermont added one rail to finish sixth on 31.2. FE Golden Eye was seventh on 32.3, and Rune Stone was eighth.

Katlyn Hewson-Slezak and Fernhill Choco Royale added one rail today to finish ninth on 35.5. Jimmie Schramm and CCI* first-timer Eclaire round out the top 10 with just one rail to add today for a final score of 36.0.

Colleen Loach and Vermont. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

The Ledger Family Award is given to the top placed amateur rider in the CCI* division who has a full-time job outside of the equestrian world. The winner this year, receiving a trophy, commemorative cooler and a check for $1,000, was Abby Maude, an interior designer in New York by day and devoted eventer by night. She and Stonehaven Dream finished 11th in the CCI*.

The Best Groom Award was also given in the CCI* and awarded to Jeannie Lussier, the groom for Colleen Loach. The ground jury noted that all four of horses ridden by Colleen were impeccably prepared for presentation. Jeanie received a $200 gift certificate from Laura’s Tack Room.

It’s been another incredible week in Bromont, Quebec. This is hands down one of my absolute favorite competitions and I look forward to it every year, as do the riders.

“We don’t have a lot of venues like this,” Lynn said. “It’s a proper test on fantastic footing at a great venue.”

Thank you to the sponsors, especially title sponsor MARS Incorporated, for their support and to the generous contributions from the Government of Canada, Government of Quebec and City of Bromont. Thanks also to the organizing committee and their staff for their generosity, hospitality and the incredibly hard work they put in to making this event great. Au revoir!

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Several Holds But All Pass Bromont Final Horse Inspection

Ariel Grald and Leamore Master Plan, fourth after cross country in the CCI3* debut. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Yesterday’s long, undulating cross country course was a big test for competitors at the MARS Incorporated Bromont Three Day Event. The ground jury held five horses in total to take a closer look and make sure they were fit to compete, but ultimately all horses presented were accepted to move on to show jumping.

First to present this morning was the CCI*. Alexandra Knowles was asked to jog Kilcannon High Society twice. Lacey Ogden was asked to do the same with Cooley Renegade before being sent to the hold box.

In the CIC2*, Alexandra Scannell and Faolan were sent to the hold box. Matt Flynn did not present Get Lucky, who was sitting fourth overnight.

Charlotte Collier and Clifford M bringing the bling to the jog strip. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

The hold box got busy during the CCI2* with three horses held: Joe Meyer’s Buccaneer, Holly Payne Caravella’s CharmKing, Phillip Dutton’s Fernhill Mystery, who jogged twice before being sent to the hold box. Holly did not present her second CCI2* horse, Bruisyard Hall.

After all that, we were holding our breath for the CCI3*, but the division looked fit and fabulous and there were no holds or second passes down the jog strip. Whew.

Show jumping is already under way. The divisions will compete in the following order: CCI*, CIC2*, CCI2*, CCI3*. Stay tuned!

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Bromont Leaders Reflect on ‘Big and Technical’ Cross Country Day

Lynn Symansky and Under Suspection. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

We knew the MARS Incorporated Bromont Three Day Event wouldn’t be a dressage show. The undulating terrain requires an incredibly fit horse with enough experience to negotiate the questions presented by designer Derek di Grazia.

Boyd Martin said Derek “is by far the best designer we’ve got” but felt the CCI3* was pushing four-star difficulty. “It’s big and grueling with lots of combinations. But maybe for this country it really shows horses that are ready to get ready for a championship.”

“It was big and technical,” Lynn Symansky agreed. “You would want to have an experienced horse coming here and be an experienced rider … They really feel more like the end of a Kentucky track when getting home.”

Read on for more thoughts from today’s leaders.

Lynn Symanksy and Under Suspection. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Lynn Symansky and Mary Ann Ghadban’s 14-year-old Holsteiner mare Under Suspection (Contender X Naomagic I, Exorbitant xx) were the first CCI3* combination to get home clear and with only 2.4 time penalties to add, they moved up a few places to lead before the final phase. A good result here would mean Lynn moves provisionally into seventh place on the FEI Eventing World Rankings (this stat brought to you by EquiRatings) and have three horses qualified for the World Equestrian Games (Under Suspection, Donner, RF Cool Play).

“The mare is such an amazing cross country horse. She’s a beast. She did feel a bit tired coming home in the end and it sounds like a lot of them were. It’s a real fitness test here. I really couldn’t be happier with her today,” Lynn said. “It was a tough track out there. It walked hard. Derek is a fantastic designer. He definitely made you work and I think he asked all different kinds of questions.” 

This was only Lynn’s third FEI event with “Pippy” and first CCI. The mare has successfully completed at the level with three different riders: Sharon White, Hannah Sue Burnnet and Lynn. “It’s a true testament to what an amazing horse she is. She comes out and gives it her all. She’s such a fighter.”

Jenny Caras and Fernhill Fortitude. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Jenny Caras and her longtime partner, Fernhill Fortitude (Courage II X Misty Matilda, Clover), a 14-year-old Irish Sport Horse owned by a syndicate of his same name) produced the fastest round in the CCI3* to add just 2.0 time penalties and move up several placings to second. 

“I had a bit of a rocky year last year with Kentucky and Fair Hill not going to plan, but he’s very experienced and there wasn’t one combination on the course that I was super concerned about,” she said. “I had a great prep run at the Jersey Fresh CIC3* and it carried over to today. He was a little tired at the end but he knows himself when he’s tired. He knows how to keep jumping well and stay honest and he was on it the whole way.

“We all know ‘Forty’ finds show jumping a little bit tricky and it’s not the phase I succeed in the most either. I’ve jumped clear in a three-day on the last day before so I’m trying to think about that and how I can ride him the best. The outcome will be the outcome and I’ll be happy as long as I ride well because I know he’ll put in a good effort. But he was great today and I can’t take anything away from him for that. I’d rather be on a cross country horse than a show jumper any day.”

Boyd Martin and Contessa. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Boyd Martin piloted Club Contessa’s Contessa (Contender X Veritas, Esteban) to a double-clear round in her CCI2* debut to move up from equal second to first. “I’ve spent a couple of years bringing her along and I think she’s got a huge amount of quality. She’s a mover, jumper, real trier, good galloper and I’m very pleased with the way she went today.”

Boyd said he could have taken the 9-year-old Holsteiner mare to Fair Hill International CCI2* last year but felt she was too green. “Rather than scraping around and completing and qualifying for the next level I thought I’d give her six more months and try and win (the CCI2* at Bromont). The plan has worked out so far.”

While he felt the three-star was particularly difficult, Boyd felt the two-star was a good test of endurance and scope. “The Intermediate level is a very crucial level in a horse’s career to build it up to four-star,” he said. “It really makes you understand if they’re ready to go on with the sport. I’d say (Bromont) is on the more difficult side and if you get one around here you know you have a good horse for the future.”

The CCI3* didn’t go Boyd’s way as he retired Kyra when she “ran out of puff” and picked up two stops at the sunken road at 25AB. Steady Eddie “went like a bullet” but overjumped into the second water and then picked up 20 at the skinny brush in the water. 

“Eddie went really well around the whole course except for that one jump,” Boyd said. “I love that horse and he’s done a lot for me. I felt like the stars were aligning and we were ready to pounce, but there will be another day.”

Will Coleman and Off the Record. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Will Coleman piloted the Off the Record Syndicate’s 9-year-old Irish Sport Horse Off the Record (VDL Arkansas X Drumagoland Bay, Ard Ohio) to a double clear round in the CIC2* to retain their lead on a 26.1. “He stormed around. He’s become a really fast horse and did the time easily. I wanted to give him a good go but he likes the job. I think he’s quite fit and he really couldn’t have been much better for me today.” 

Will said the courses were challenging enough but the two-star is all about developing horses for the future. “Hopefully if you finished with a horse that you learned a lot about,” he said. “Derek sometimes sets things that can be done a few different ways and you have to know your horse and make decisions based on that knowledge.”

Annie Goodwin and Fedarman B. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Annie Goodwin and her 8-year-old Dutch Warmblood Fedarman B (Eurocommerce Washington X Paulien B, Fedor) moved up to first place when overnight leader Arden Wildasin and Watch Out picked up a refusal on course. Annie and “Bruno” added nothing to their dressage score to move ahead to the final phase on 27.1. 

“He is a big warmblood and he does get tired on me. He did not get tired today which was nice. I’ve been doing a lot of fitness. I have a farm in Aiken but I’ve been training with Boyd (in Pennsylvania) recently. That’s played a huge role in how today went.”

Annie imported Bruno from Holland as an unbacked 3-year-old. “So we’ve been through it all together. He’s a bit quirky but I think that makes the relationship stronger. I know him well.”

Looking ahead to tomorrow she said, “He’s a phenomenal jumper but it was a lot out there today so we’ll see how he feels in the morning.”

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Lynn Symansky and Under Suspection Move Into Bromont CCI3* Lead

Lynn Symanksy and Under Suspection. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Only seven of the 19 CCI3* combinations to start cross country at the MARS Incorporated Bromont Three Day Event came home without jumping penalties, and time was the ultimate factor in determining the leaders.

Lynn Symansky and Under Suspection were clear with just 2.4 added time penalties to move into first place on a two-phase score of 34.6.

The fastest ride of the division belonged to Jenny Caras and Fernhill Fortitude. They added 2.0 penalties to move up from eighth to second on 36.9.

The leader after dressage, Felix Vogg of Switzerland, piloted Colero to a clear round, but with 9.2 time penalties added, they dropped to third on 39.4.

Jenny Caras and Fernhill Fortitude. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Ariel Grald and Leamore Master Plan made a big move from 13th after dressage to fourth, adding 8.0 time penalties to sit on 46.3.

Will Faudree and Hans Dampf held their fifth place position, adding 13.6 time penalties for a two-phase score of 47.0.

Doug Payne gave CCI3* first-timer Getaway a masterful ride. 17.6 time penalties dropped them from second to sixth but Doug is absolutely delighted with this promising young horse.

Mara DePuy and Congo Brazzaville C were sixth going into cross country and only dropped one placing with 17.6 added time.

Felix Vogg and Colero. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

As we mentioned in the course preview, Derek di Grazia set a track that would test whether competitors could hold an accurate line or risk a fly by.

Six horses finished with 20 penalties, one finished with 40, and another three retired on course after multiple refusals or runouts.

The new combination at 14ABC was the most influential jump on course, with one horse refusing the log off a turn at B and four horses ducking out of the corner at C.

Fence 14ABC

The sunken road at 25AB also caused a few problems, with several horses running out of the brush corner at B including Sara Kozumplik Murphy and Rubens D’Ysieux, who had been in second place after dressage.

Fecne 25B

Competitors went through the first water complex twice, once at 4AB and again at 10ABC. Buck Davidson got tipped off Erroll Gobey over the drop in at 4A. He was up right away and fine other than being a bit soaked. Cartender de Nyze launched over the A element and Kaitlin Clasing couldn’t quite get reorganized in time for B. They picked up 20 penalties there.

At least two horses had problems at the second water, with Boyd Martin’s ride Steady Eddie running out at the brush wedge in the water. Cornelia Dorr and Sir Patico MH had an amazing save over 4A but then an awkward line to the angled duck at 10C resulted in 20 penalties.

Ema Klugman fell from Bendigo late on course but she was reportedly up and okay. [Update: Ema’s score has been updated from Rider Fall (RF) to Mandatory Retirement (MR) for a horse fall. Bendigo is reportedly uninjured.]

Check out our Twitter @eventingnation for a play-by-play of the CCI3*. The two-star is still under way on cross country so stay tuned for more from Bromont!

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‘Not a Cupcake Course’: Preview the Bromont Cross Country Tracks

CCI3* leader Felix Vogg, of Switzerland, said the MARS Incorporated Bromont Three Day Event cross country course “is one of the most beautiful places in the world” and “perfect for eventing.” We couldn’t agree more.

There are many things to love about the Parc Équestre Olympique de Bromont.

The hack loop…

…the serenity…

…the lush green gallops…

…and of course, the views.

Peaceful though it may be, Will Coleman rightly stated, “It’s not a cupcake course.” Known to be a challenging but fair test of horse and rider, competitors finishing well here will go home better educated and brimming with confidence.

This year’s course follows the same path we’ve seen the last couple of years but with some new technical questions asked by Derek di Grazia. Accuracy will be paramount and there are plenty of opportunities to fly by a B or C element and pick up 20 penalties.

It’s a good galloping track allowing the horses to move on and get into a good rhythm. Fitness is critical, however, as there is plenty of terrain to negotiate along the way.

Derek talks us through the first combination on course, the water complex at 4AB:

Here’s a look at the coffin:

At the halfway point, check out the new combination at 14ABC:

And another potentially influential accuracy test at 18AB:

We’ve witnessed some weird course walks around Bromont with Le Chinch over the years. Yesterday morning, however, we let the little guy sleep in while we took an early morning look.

Beautifully presented by builders Jay Hambly and Dylan Barry, the course looks stunning, the footing feels absolutely perfect, and the riders know what they have to do to get the job done. Keep scrolling for previews of the CCI3*, CCI2* and CCI1* tracks thanks to CrossCountry App.

The action begins at 8:30 a.m. Follow live scores at the link below and keep it locked on EN for more from Bromont.

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‘It’s Perfect for Eventing’: Felix Vogg Extends His Stay in USA, Leads Bromont CCI3*

Felix Vogg and Colero. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Switzerland’s Felix Vogg initially came to the U.S. to spend the winter and early spring season preparing to compete at the WEG Test Event at The Fork in April. After the Carolina International in March, however, he decided to stay through the summer in anticipation of hopefully competing at the World Equestrian Games with his top horse, Colero (Captain Fire X Bonia, Bormio xx), a 10-year-old Westphalian owned by Jürgen Vogg.

During the last several months, Felix has experienced the best of U.S. eventing, competing all over the East Coast while basing out of Boyd Martin and Phillip Dutton’s farms in Unionville, Pennsylvania. He made the trek up to Quebec, Canada to compete this week at the MARS Incorporated Bromont Three Day Event, an excursion that is so far going his way, as he and Colero lead the CCI3* division after dressage on 30.2.

Felix Vogg and Colero. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Felix said he like the trot work but the horse “got a bit weak” in the canter. “But the lead is the lead and I was happy that he was quiet.” Almost too quiet, however. Felix said Colero was fresh in the warm-up but backed off once he entered the ring.

“In a three-star test they have to want to do it and you have to attack it a little bit more,” he said. “He’s still a little bit of a green horse and when a lot of things come together in a test or a big ring, he gets a bit — not scared — but a little bit shy.”

Felix is loving his first trip to Bromont. “The cross country is one of the most beautiful places in the world. It’s perfect for eventing.” He’s also enjoyed the trademark friendliness of Canadian culture combined with the closeness of the eventing family. “It’s a little bit you’re with your own family here. It’s not against each other, it’s with each other.” Indeed, he’s felt very welcomed everywhere he’s gone throughout his North American journey. “That’s why I stayed here.”

Sara Kozumplik Murphy and Rubens D’Ysieux. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Sara Kozumplik Murphy and Rubens D’Ysieux (Balougran X Davidoff Silver Shadow, Mr Blue) tied Doug Payne and Getaway for second place on 31.2. While pleased overall with their performance, Sara felt as though she left some points on the table while trying to contain the 13-year-old Selle Français gelding’s enthusiasm in the ring.

“Cantering down the centerline I thought he wasn’t going to halt.” She said the lateral work felt rushed and there were small mistakes such as jigging in the walk and taking only four steps instead of five in the rein back. “It’s a great thing to be such a princess that I can do a test like that and feel like it wasn’t a very good test for where we are. That’s a nice place to be in but I wanted it to be a little better.”

Sara attributed Rubens’ energy to his high level of fitness which won’t come amiss in the second phase. “If he’s going to be one thing today I’d rather he was too up than too dull with what they have to do out there tomorrow.”

The pair finished second in the 2017 Bromont CCI3* but added 13.6 time penalties on cross country. She walked the course this year with time in mind and feeling that she has a stronger, fitter horse to get the job done.

“It’s going to be interesting to go out there and feel the difference between this year and last year,” she said. “I had good course walk thinking about hugging the rope and being neater and efficient. Rubens is not a massive striding horse but he’s rideable and a good jumper so I can be tidier.”

Doug Payne and Getaway. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Doug said that Lisa Wall’s 11-year-old Oldenburg Getaway was the “best he’s been” in dressage. “This spring he’s become more and more relaxed every outing. I think he’s just starting to full understand what the game is. As he becomes more comfortable he becomes more rideable, and I think there is a lot of room for him to continue to improve.”

The main arena at Bromont has a big atmosphere and is a good challenge for young horses. Doug dropped his reins while circling the ring and let Flynn have a few moments to stretch his neck and relax before starting the test. “This was a very good indicator for where he’s at. He’s an exciting horse to have.”

Named for his previous rider, Matthew Flynn, “Flynn” had run Preliminary before coming to Doug in 2016. They spent a full year at 2017 and this year have finished in eighth and sixth at the Carolina International CIC3* and The Fork WEG Test Event CIC3*. This is the son of Contendro’s first CCI3*. 

“If he’s feeling really good then we’ll take a shot at (time),” Doug said of tomorrow’s cross country plan. “He has a very good gallop and his shortcoming is if he starts to get a tired he takes longer to adjust.” Fitness will be the big test and they had a good prep run on the hills at Virginia Horse Trials two weeks ago. “It’s a pretty challenging course. It will be great for the horses. It’s very fair and the ground is really good.”

With only one horse in the entire competition, Doug has been able to enjoy all that Bromont has to offer, from the food to the other sporting activities. “I haven’t played this much golf in a long time.”

Lynn Symansky and Under Suspection. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

In fourth place after dressage is Lynn Symansky and Mary Ann Ghadban’s 14-year-old Holsteiner mare Under Suspection (Contender X Naomagic I, Exorbitant xx). They are the pair picked to win by both EN and EquiRatings, who crunched the numbers to discover that victory here would move Lynn into seventh place provisionally on the FEI Eventing World Rankings ahead of Luhmühlen.

Will Faudree and Jennifer Mosing and Sterling Silver Stables’ 12-year-old Oldenburg Hans Dampf (Heraldik xx X Look CR, Looping) round out the top five with a 33.4. Mara DePuy and her and Mary Clark and David Regamey’s 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood Congo Brazzaville C (Tangelo van de Zuuthoeve X Mexico M, Highline) are close by in sixth with 34.4.

Matthew Flynn and Wizzerd (Wizzerd X Amai, Oklund), a 9-year-old Dutch Warmblood owned by Flynn Sport Horses, are just a 0.1 penalties behind in seventh. Jenny Caras and the Fernhill Fortitude Syndicate’s 14-year-old Irish Sport Horse Fernhill Fortitude (Courage II X Misty Matilda, Clover) scored 34.9 for eighth place.

Boyd Martin and Steady Eddie (Jetball X Tudnela), a 15-year-old Australian Thoroughbred owned by Pierre Colin, Denise Lahey and Gretchen and George Wintersteen, placed ninth with a dressage score of 35.8. Alexandra Sacksen and her 15-year-old Connemara/Thoroughbred Sparrow’s Nio (Grange Finn Sparrow X JB) round out the top ten with 36.3.

Jenny Caras and Fernhill Fortitude. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

As is becoming standard with the new scoring system that disregards the 1.5 FEI coefficient, the scores after dressage are tightly packed. Tomorrow’s cross country course designed by Derek di Grazia features no small amount of accuracy questions combined with long gallops and hefty terrain. It will be a true test of fitness and time penalties will have a heavy influence on the scores.

“It’s not a dressage competition,” said Felix, whose horses have added swimming to their fitness routine while Stateside. “The questions they built are really nice but you have to ride it and it’s a little bit tricky. I think the biggest or hardest thing will be the fitness. The fittest horse will be quite happy tomorrow.”

“I’ve always loved Derek di Grazia’s courses. Bromont just gets better every year,” Sara said. “That is a seriously beautifully built (course). It’s going to be perfect footing. It could not be any better.”

Will Coleman and Off the Record. Photo by Cealy Teltey.

Will Coleman claimed the CCI2* lead yesterday with TKS Cooley and today took command of the CIC2*, scoring a 26.1 with the Off the Record Syndicate’s Off the Record (VDL Arkansas X Drumagoland Bay, Ard Ohio).

“He’s slowly becoming more professional in his attitude and his work ethic,” Will said of the 9-year-old Irish Sport Horse. “He’s coming along. I’m really pleased with the horse’s progress particularly over this spring. He’s had a pretty consistent year and we just hope that can continue.”

“Timmy” moved up to Advanced this year, winning his debut event at the level at Carolina International and finishing second in his first CIC3* at Fair Hill. Had Bromont offered a CIC3* this week, Will said he likely would have run Timmy in that division, but the CIC2* is still a good test as he builds towards a fall CCI3*.

“You come up here and know you’re going to get a good course, you’re going to get good ground and you’re going to get a great dressage and show jumping phase. Even though it’s only a CIC2* I think it will still be a good run for the horse,” Will said.

“There is still plenty to do out there. It’s not a cupcake (cross country) course. Hopefully it will just give them a good positive start to the fall campaign.”

Matt Flynn and Get Lucky. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Will is also sitting fifth in the CIC2* with the Conair Syndicate’s 12-year-old Anglo Arab Soupcon du Brunet (Zandor Z X Bikadine, Neouredine du Lirac). He’s coming back from an injury and Will said he was a bit more nervous in the ring, but a 30.2 is not far from the top.

Matthew Flynn and Flynn Sport Horses’ 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood Get Lucky (Van Gogh X Ranna, Wagennar) were close behind Will and Timmy with a 26.7 for second place. In their first two-star as a pair, Jenny Caras and her 7-year-old Irish Sport Horse Trendy Fernhill (Ars Vivendi X Cruseings Girl, Cruising) tied Jessica Phoenix and the Bentleys Best Group’s 11-year-old Trakehner Bentleys Best (Hirtentanz 2 X Hauptstutbuch Baronesse XIII, Eichendorff) for third place on 30.0.

We’re looking forward to a full day of cross country tomorrow starting with the CCI* at 8:30 a.m. The CCI3* will start at 11:15 a.m. followed by the CCI2* and ending the day with the CIC2*. A preview of the CCI3* course is coming soon. Stay tuned!

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Will Coleman, Arden Wildasin Win the Day at Bromont CCI

Will Coleman and TKS Cooley. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

As the penultimate pair to head down centerline in the MARS Incorporated Bromont Three Day Event, Will Coleman and TKS Cooley (Vivaldo Van Het Costersveld X Badgerhill Cruise, Cruising) threw down a 31.7 to take over the CCI2* lead.

“We were aiming for right around 30,” Will said. “He has a lot of quality and I think really highly of the horse … He’s got miles to go but he’s got a lot of the right ingredients and now it’s up to me to produce him.”

Will said “Tommy,” an 8-year-old Irish Sport Horse owned by the TKS Cooley Syndicate, is capable but green, having undergone colic surgery that set him back some months. He completed two CIC2* events this spring and is making his CCI2* debut this week.

“It’s nice to be in a good position heading into Saturday, but he’s young and this whole event is going to be about his development. We’d love to win but we really have the future in mind with him. We’ll go out there and be competitive and try to give him a good go, but we’re really excited about this one for down the road.”

Will Coleman congratulates TKS Cooley on a job well done. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Will has been jet setting between the U.S. and the U.K. as he prepares OBOS O’Reilly for Tattersalls CCI3* and he said it’s been a challenge having only sporadic rides on the young horses. Will’s wife, Katie, and their staff have been keeping the horses going at home when Will is overseas. “It’s a team effort” that’s paying off.

Will and Tommy will have little room to spare going into cross country, and Derek di Grazia’s courses here at Bromont are always a good challenge.

“(Bromont) is a really special place for developing your horses. I know it is a challenging course and this horse is a bit green, but they grow up a lot from doing something like this,” Will said. “It’s a real test. If you really want to take a horse potentially to a four-star one day they’ve got to see a test at every level. I think you get that here. That’s why we come.”

William Ward and Grando. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Boyd Martin with Club Contessa’s 9-year-old Holsteiner mare Contessa (Contender X Veritas, Esteban) and William Ward with Donald Devine’s 9-year-old Westphalian Grando (Grasco X Queen Live, Quo Vados I) jointly led the division for most of the day but will settle for equal second on 32.0.

Jenny Caras and her 9-year-old Irish Sport Horse Fernhill Full Throttle (Cyrano X Euro Glory, Euro Clover) are fourth after dressage on 32.3. Sitting in fifth on 32.4 is Clark Montgomery and the Caribbean Soul Syndicate’s 11-year-old Thoroughbred mare Caribbean Soul (Cimarron Secret X Ogygian’s Dasier, Ogygian).

Only two points separate the top ten CCI2* combinations, and the remaining division scores are incredibly close. With such little separation, time will be a huge factor on Saturday’s cross country.

Arden Wildasin and Watch Out. Photo by Cealy Tetley.

The leaders changed throughout the day in the highly competitive, 44-horse CCI* division, and the top eight all scored under 30. Arden Wildasin and Watch Out (Concorde X Henske P, Lorenz) were the first to go in the last group of the day. Whereas some horses couldn’t shake their tension through the wind gusts and waving flags, Arden and “Walter” thrived on the atmosphere. They earned a 26.8 to take over the lead.

“I never thought that I would be on top. I am very much surprised, but he’s a horse that always tries and always loves to perform,” Arden said of the 15-year-old Dutch Warmblood owned by her father, James Wildasin. “It’s always so much fun going into any ring with him because he’s a true partner.”

Annie Goodwin and Fedarman B. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Arden has a strong partnership with Walter having ridden him since 2009. In fact, Bromont was their first competition together at Training level. They competed through the CIC2* level before Arden took a couple years off eventing and focused on dressage. During that time, she competed Prix St. Georges and went to the 2014 NAJYRC with Phillip Dutton’s 2012 London Olympic mount, Mystery Whisper.

Walter also spent some time in pure dressage, competing up to Third Level. When Arden returned to eventing, Walter came, too. “He’s always been a fantastic horse to do eventing. He’s always put the foot forward and told me what he wanted to do,” Arden said.

Bromont is on Arden’s calendar each year and she said it is worth the 13-hour drive. This year she brought a “string of chestnuts” with three CCI* entries. “This venue is fantastic for the horses. I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to come back every single year, and we’re very fortunate to have something like this.”

Hear! Hear!

Colleen Loach and Vermont. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

In second place after dressage is Annie Goodwin and her 8-year-old Dutch Warmblood Fedarman B (Eurocommerce Washington X Paulien B, Fedor) on 27.1.

Tied for third on 27.2 are Colleen Loach with Peter Barry’s 6-year-old Hanoverian Vermont (Van Helming X Hauptstutbuch Hollywood, Heraldik xx) and Holly Jacks Smither with Candy King (Grafenstolz X Eye Candy, Moothyeb), an 8-year-old show jumper turned eventer.

Rounding out the top five on 29.4 is Will Faudree with Jennifer Mosing’s 8-year-old Hanoverian mare FRH Ramona (Royal Classic X Sunny Santana, Sunlight xx).

Like the CCI2*, the scores in the CCI* are tightly bunched, with 10 points separating the top 30.

The CCI3* and CIC2* horses will hit the sandbox tomorrow. Stay tuned for more from Bromont!

Bromont CCI: WebsiteEntriesRide TimesLive ScoresEN’s Coverage

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Wednesday Video from Kentucky Performance Products: Go Behind the Scenes at Badminton

Behind the Scenes with Eventing Team NZ – Badminton 2018

Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at a big Eventing competition? Well check out this clip from Badminton 2018 on what goes on behind the scenes of Eventing Team NZ to get through a 4* competition

Posted by Equestrian Sports NZ on Monday, June 4, 2018

If you’ve ever wondered what happens back at the barns during a major international competition, now is your chance to see what it takes to get horses and riders through a CCI4*. Go behind the scenes at Badminton 2018 with the Eventing Team NZ grooms and vets. They’ll walk you through every phase of competition, from packing for travel to the vet box to the celebrations.

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Bonjour, Bromont! Notes from the First Horse Inspection

Jessica Phoenix and Dr. Sheldon Cooper, representing Canada at the Bromont CCI3*. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Ah, Bromont. From the mountain views to the quaint downtown to good food (yes, poutine!) and friendly atmosphere, the MARS Incorporated Bromont CCI Three Day Event in Bromont, Quebec, Canada is a special destination.

This year I managed not to get lost on backroads with nothing but French road signs to guide me and swooped into town just in time for the first horse inspection which saw all horses presented in the CCI*, CCI2* and CCI3* pass with little drama.

All 19 CCI3* horses were accepted with no holds, although the ground jury did ask Lynn Symansky and Under Suspection to jog twice. The CCI3* and CIC2* horses will have an extra day to settle in before dressage on Friday. In the CCI2*, 32 horses were presented and passed with flying colors.

In the 45-horse CCI* division, three horses were held but accepted on reinspection: Bruce Lamb’s Gamble, Jessica Ruppel’s Hippique Abu, and Nikki Negrea’s Liberty. The CCI* along with the CCI2* will kick off the competition tomorrow  at 9:00 a.m. EST.

Bromont CCI: WebsiteEntriesRide TimesLive ScoresEN’s Coverage

Monday News and Notes from Fleeceworks

Beau and his girlfriend, Brooke, enjoying a bit of sunshine. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

The rain stopped and the skies cleared for like, a minute, this weekend and I finally managed to squeeze in a couple rides between thunderstorms. Considering so much of the area has flooded from overflowing rivers, the farm has faired okay and we can only consider ourselves lucky compared to others forced to evacuate or facing damage from water and mudslides. Through it all, the barn staff has made incredible efforts to manage the mud, drainage, and crazy weather patterns. If you board your horses, remember to thank the barn staff for all they do, rain or shine!

National Holiday: Hug Your Cat Day!

Major Events:

Tattersalls: WebsiteResultsLive Streaming

Renswoude: WebsiteResults

U.S. Weekend Preview:

GMHA June H.T. [Website] [Results]

Genesee Valley Riding & Driving Club Spring H.T. [Website] [Results]

Waredaca H.T. [Website] [Results]

NJ Region’s H.T. [Website] [Results]

IEA H.T. & 3DE [Website] [Results]

The Spring Event at Archer H.T. [Website] [Results]

Monday News and Notes:

Please join us in sending well wishes to Ireland’s Jonty Evans, who fell from Cooley Rorkes Drift at cross country fence 19B, the second element of Water Complex, in the CIC3* competition at Tattersalls International Horse Trials. Cooley Rorkes Drift was uninjured, but Jonty was transferred to Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown for further evaluation. Following initial evaluation, Jonty was transferred to Beaumont Hospital for further treatment. [Jonty Evans in Neuro Intensive Care Unit Following Fall at Tattersalls]

The rain has been relentless and Waredaca HT in Maryland was forced to cancel their Sunday schedule. In consideration, they will roll over Sunday entries to their June 9th starter event, or a $100 voucher towards any 2018 Waredaca activity ( for Sunday Novice/Training entries only). Waredaca organizer Gretchen Butts said in a statement: “Making this decision is never easy but the well being of the horses, riders and our volunteers staffing the event is always foremost in our minds. We thank everyone for their understanding.”

Welcome, Cal Poly Eventing Team, to the USEA Intercollegiate Eventing family! The 8-rider eventing team is the newest Cal Poly equestrian team, which also hosts an English and Western show team, dressage team, rodeo team, and polo team. Cal Poly just competed in their first eventing team challenge at Woodside. It’s great to see intercollegiate eventing gaining ground on the West Coast! [West Coast Intercollegiate Eventing Welcomes Cal Poly Eventing Team]

Go behind the scenes of the racing world and get a first hand account of what it’s like to be a stable lass. Gemma Hogg’s book Stable Lass, Riding Out and Mucking In — Tales from a Yorkshire Racing Yard gives us an inside look at the ups and downs of working in a top racing yard. [Read an excerpt here]

Monday Video:


Patrick’s debutante intermediate xc GoPro! I definitely needed my sidekick Carina to adjust the angle of my camera for better viewing but you guys will get the picture. Watching this makes me think of Winston Churchill’s famous quote, “When you are on a great horse, you have the best seat you will ever have.” (Especially THIS one????????????????)

Posted by Lainey Ashker on Saturday, June 2, 2018

Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: Yaaass Queen!

In the market for a new four-legged partner? You may find your unicorn on our sister site, Sport Horse Nation. To help with the search, we’re going to feature a selection of current listings here on EN each week. We include the ad copy provided; click the links for videos, pricing and contact information.

This one is for the girls who never hold back, fight to the finish and look dang gorgeous doing it. Here are six fit, fierce and fabulous mares looking for their next partner in crime.

Harry. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Talented Mare For Sale

Harry Cotter, “Harry”, 2011 16h Bay TB Mare. Harry is our resident beauty queen, as she looks like she stepped out of a Breyer box. She is a lovely type with exceptional talent. She started her event career April of 2017, she quickly moved up the levels culminating with a 4th in a competitive division at Virginia Horse Trials at training level.

Harry has continued at training level this Spring and is now ready for her preliminary move up. She is a beautiful mover with a lovely way of going on the flat, her worst ever score is a 32, and is a super jumper in both show jumping and cross country. She is as honest as the day is long, goes in a snaffle all three phases. She is a very mild cribber, only does it on metal in her stall.

Harry is a horse that has all the parts to take her to the top, or continue being very competitive at the lower levels! We love having her in the barn as she is sweet, easy going, and very level headed. She will make a fantastic partner for a lucky person! Located in Florida.

Nahla. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Beautiful, Flashy Mare

Nahla is a 8 year old, 16.2 hand, paint x TB mare. She is an affectionate, easy to work with mare. She has been in eventing training with an HA/B pony clubber for the past 10 months and has successfully completed BN, ready to move up to Novice. She has three lovely gaits, a willing attitude and is not spooky. Hacks alone or in a group. Travels well, performs as well at shows as she does at home.

Clips/ties/bathes/ current on everything. Easy keeper. Nahla is best suited for a youth or amateur adult or a D3 or above pony clubber who will continue to take lessons, or an adult with some experience. She is an honest jumper but is still learning the more challenging questions. Located in Wisconsin.

Whaddaday. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Training Level Schoolmaster

WHADDADAY – 2002 bay Thoroughbred mare, 15.2 hands, experienced Training level schoolmaster. This classy forward thinking mare is athletic and smart, a super nice horse to gain competition mileage on. Well-schooled and willing, she would be a great mount for an amateur or younger rider who wants to learn the ropes and move up through the levels. Sound and fit, she is ready to take you out Eventing. Located in Purcellville.

7yo OTTB. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.


7YO OTTB mare. TARRAH’S TALE x UTOPIA. Completed CCI1* at Ocala in April. Honest and brave over fences. Can take a joke from an amateur, but has every ability to move up to Int/2** in the fall. Trained by a 9-5 rider, and not in full-training program with a BNT, but has easily flowed up the levels.

Very simple, point to fences. Forward-thinking, but amateur friendly. Lovely mover and incredible work ethic. A great UL prospect for someone wanting 100% blood with good quality movement in a smart, hard-working horse. Sale is only for financial reasons. A hard sale on owner’s part whose brought up from YEH series to their own first CCI1*. Located in Georgia.

Top Gear. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Top Gear: Super Pony Prospect

Top Gear: 2012 14.1h bay Connemara-cross mare. This talented young pony is a scopey jumper with show experience in the hunters and jumpers. She is not only fancy on the flat, but she is schooling 4’ fences with ease. Top Gear is suitable for a junior, young rider or adult amateur rider. Located in Pennsylvania.

Wayana K. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Perfect Amateur horse

St. Premium Wayana K is a 16.1 hand,14 year old Hanoverian mare who is the perfect horse for an adult amateur looking to compete successfully at novice and training level eventing or lower levels in dressage. Wayana is athletic, forward moving and totally honest. Always scores high in dressage (7-9’s!) winning at first level and is keen, brave and happy to jump clean. Absolutely no issues on cross country, jumps ditches, banks and into water without hesitation.

Wayana was imported from Germany as a three year old and has had 4 high quality foals. Having been brought back into training in 2017 she has impressed with her character, manners and natural ability. While older, she has very low mileage on her and no health issues or vices. Wayana is excellent on trails, versatile and a pleasure to work with in the barn.

She will be competing at events in Area VI and VII this summer. Our May/June/July eventing schedule is as follows:

May 10-13: Spokane Washington Novice
May 25-27: Woodside California Novice
June 8-10: Aspen Farms Washington Novice
July 6-8: Whidbey Island Washington Training
July 18-22: Rebecca Farms Montana Novice 3 day

We are seeking a forever home for Wayana and her quality of life is an important consideration. Located in British Columbia.

Listings included in this article are randomly selected and confirmed to be current and active before inclusion. Sport Horse Nation features user-generated content and therefore cannot verify or make any warranty as to the validity or reliability of information.

Wednesday Video from Kentucky Performance Products: This Beauty and the Beast Pas De Deux Will Blow You Away

Grab the tissues. You may find yourself crying buckets of tears, which was an apparent reaction by spectators to this incredibly well done “Beauty and the Beast” pas de deux. The performance by Molly Ryan and Katherine Abrams also earned them a win at the 2016 USPC Championship, a standing ovation from the judge, and an invite to perform a demo at the Kentucky Three-Day Event.

Katherine’s mom, Terry Abrams, says this magical pair doesn’t just go through the motions; they always strive to tell a story through their paired performances. In this test they tell a breathtaking tale as old as time with their well-matched grays, Zodiaco dos Pinhas and Big Bears Royal Finnigan, in a carefully choreographed and costumed (they even exchange a real rose) production of your favorite songs from the Disney classic. Enjoy!

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Must Read Quotes + Photo Gallery from Intercollegiate Championship

The 2018 USEA Intercollegiate Championship at Virginia Horse Trials last weekend was the largest in the program’s three-year history, with 18 colleges and universities making up 23 competing teams. The students arrived in droves, traveling from as far as Texas and Florida. They shouted battle cries, decked out in logowear and moved in buzzing packs behind their riders. The Championship creates a lively atmosphere but is undoubtedly an intense competition with small margins of error. Read on to hear what the riders had to say about the experience.

Comments on the Competition 

Sallie Johnson and Aubrey Wagner for the Auburn Eventing Team. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Auburn University, which has placed third the last two years, finally pulled off a victory, with the Auburn Orange team edging out the Clemson University Tigers by less than two points. The Auburn Blue team finished fourth.

“As fun as it can be just to come and be in the top three, winning is a completely surreal feeling because we’ve all worked so hard to get here with our individual horses,” said Auburn student Sallie Johnson.

Clemson team president April Crawford answered the EN challenge and wore the tiger onesie on cross country with Tatham! Chinch is so proud. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Clemson, which has earned both Intercollegiate Reserve Champion and Champion titles, fielded three teams. They added another Reserve Champion title to their trophy case as well as a sixth place finish.

“Sarah (Pyne) and I have been on all three teams,” Alex Peterson said. “Last year after winning champion and knowing how that felt and the work it took to get there, we laid down the schedule, we said we need x, y, z and we made it happen. We had fabulous [fundraising combined tests], and we had a lot of team competitions to get each other ready for this.”

Randolph-Macon College: “It’s a great day to be a YJ!” Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Ringing in third place was the small but mighty team from University of Aiken, SC. With a few bobbles on the final day they were unsure if they would hold on to their overnight placing but were overjoyed to discover they had a point-and-a-half to spare.

“I don’t even have words to describe how proud I am. Last year we were 18th,” said USCA team president Brooke Webb. “This is my first year being president, my first year being on the team, and I said we’re going to make an appearance and all I want is for them to know we’re there. We decided to absolutely blow it out of the water this year and I am so proud of everyone who has been here.”

University of Kentucky team rider Shannon McCall’s TC Drummer Boy says, “Go Cats!” Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

The Spirit Award, sponsored by VHT, is a hard fought competition itself. Students bring an incredible amount of swag, uniforms, tiger onesies, mascots (real ones!) and more shakers than you can, well, shake a stick at. But the Spirit Award is about more than decorating skills. It’s about upholding the spirit of eventing. It’s about supporting, assisting, and celebrating your fellow competitors. The four-person University of Kentucky Wildcats met this criteria and more to earn the Spirit Award (they also finished seventh in the team event!).

“We wanted to show that we’re a team with a lot of spirit and we have a lot of fun and we wanted to bring that here,” Jackie LeMastus said. “Our eventing team at our university has helped make our best friendships. I didn’t know any of these girls before going in. It’s been really cool to get to know everybody. We just have a lot of fun.”

Comments On the Intercollegiate Championship

Morgan Boswell and Caroline Flower with the JMU Eventing Club team mascot, Rory. That pony has some sass! Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Auburn student Meredith Kramer, a rising senior and double major in agricultural communication and horticulture: “To do something so fun with such a good atmosphere instead of going to a show on your own is exciting. It makes it much more fun.”

Auburn student Aubrey Wagner and Championship first-timer: “I knew it was a big deal but I didn’t realize how big a deal it actually was. All the teams showing their school spirit and the camaraderie that we all had was a really special feeling.”

University of Maryland mascot Terpretariat and his handlers. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Clemson student Sarah Pyne: “I am so excited to see what it looks like in ten years. Each year it gets crazier and wilder. It’s really cool to watch not only how it’s progressed but the USEA has embraced it and that’s amazing. A lot of us don’t have the opportunity to go to Young Riders and I’ll never make it on the U.S. team. We’re not doing crazy upper level stuff. We’re not used to being people that make it on the USEA (web)page.”

University of Florida third year animal science major, Kelly Clark: “It’s scary!”
Coach Ashley Johnson: “We didn’t bring balloons.”

Veronica Escude and Mickey Mantle for University of Findlay. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Jessica Wymbs, an English equestrian and equine management major at University of Findlay: “It’s a big environment but it’s awesome to see eventing be more collegiate. Typically we’re out competing against other people but it’s so nice to be here and compete against other schools and individually. It’s something really unique.”

Veronica Escude for Findlay: “We’re making friends. It’s college kids that love to event.”

Findlay Coach Sue King: “This really convinces the kids that it’s out there. It’s not just us. It’s a national movement.”

Comments on Eventing Teams and Riding During College

Jessi Hart’s Southern Pride after a double clear cross country round. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Sarah Pyne just graduated from Clemson University with a degree in architecture. She brought three horses to the Championship – one for each Clemson team – and has been actively competing throughout college besides the one semester she studied abroad in Barcelona. How does she manage to do it all?

“I believe you can make anything happen if you set you’re priorities. It was academics and then (the horses),” Sarah said. “I didn’t have quite the social life that a lot of people go through college having. For me I think (the horses) made me do better in school. I couldn’t lounge around on the couch (after class).”

Rock on NC State. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Elizabeth Silva-Chandley rides for University of Kentucky: “The University of Kentucky Dressage and Eventing Team is the reason that most of us chose UK so we’re here to show that UK is where it’s at and that’s where you want to ride and represent.”

Edward Britten-Kelly is team captain of the new-ish University of Florida team that made its Championship debut this year. He transferred to the eventing team from the hunt seat team and is learning the ropes of the sport from Coach Ashley Johnson’s seasoned two-star horse Monte Carlo. Edward just graduated with a degree in electrical engineering and said riding on the team really added to his college experience.

“The eventing team gets people from other teams because they enjoy it better and feel like they can get more out of it [compared to larger hunt seat team],” Edward said.

Lauren Nunn and We’er Not in Kansas Anymore getting ready to leave the start box representing Transylvania University. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

The University of Findlay also made its Championship debut this year. At their facility in Ohio, the equestrian program is actually part of the curriculum and the students get credit for riding. And the program is thriving. They have 15 event horses and Coach Sue King is always accepting donations. Veronica Escude, and english equestrian and equine management major, competed at Championship on a horse donated by Phillip Dutton.

“Our program has grown so much I need more horses. I have more students than horses!” Sue said.

Findlay brought along Colton Cook, who rides for the hunter/jumper team at Findlay, as a groom and cheerleader. His only visit to an event had been the Kentucky Three-Day. We asked if he was ready to come over to the dark side. “Cross country is pretty wild,” he said.

Go Hokies! This horse is serious about Virginia Tech pride. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Brooke Webb, a rising senior studying business at University of South Carolina, Aiken: “We don’t have a centralized barn or very many roles. We have a very tight knit group of girls that go everywhere together and hang out a lot.”

Clemson’s Sarah Pyne managed to sum up the feeling of the intercollegiate program in just a few words: “I love my team. They made college perfect.”

University of Florida: Edward Britten-Kelly, Jordan Vann, Kelly Clark and Coach Ashley Johnson. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Teams received ribbons through sixth and prizes from sponsors USEA, USEF and World Equestrian Brands through fourth. Congratulations to the top six and to all competitors! Click here for full team results.

Champions: Auburn Orange (92.125): Sallie Johnson / Looking Rosey, Aubrey Wagner / Clooney MS, Lydia Kennedy / Subtle Dream Unveiled, Meredith Kramer / Kentucky Gentleman. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Reserve Champions: Clemson Tigers (93.73): Sarah Pyne / Quintessential, Alex Peterson / Captain Crunch, Kaitlyn Bardos / The Myth of Arion, April Crawford / Tatham. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

3rd: University of South Carolina, Aiken (108.245): Grace Fulton and Yippee Ki Yay, Kirsten LaVassar and Into Thin Air, Keileigh McMurray and Fitz, Brooke Webb and Pelear Por Oro. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

4th: Auburn Blue (109.715): Lydia Kennedy / Double Dare, Sallie Johnson / Things to Ponder, Aubrey Wagner / Fernhill Valarchin, Cari Budney / Solo. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

5th: University of South Carolina / Texas Christian University / University of Kentucky (116.52): Barrett Phillips / Whole Nine Yards, Nicole Miller / Finnick, Caroline Madden / Kilpatrick Orlanda, Jackie LeMastus / Exmoor Denver. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

6th: Clemson Orange (117.14): Sarah Pyne and Call Me Commander, Alex Peterson and Willie Wiggins, Jessica Ruffa and Magical Dreamer, Molly Micou and Navajo Ca Lo. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Virginia CCI/CIC & H.T. [Website] [Results] [Championship Final Scores]

Chattahoochee Hills, Virginia Horse Trials Selected as Future Intercollegiate Championship Host Sites

2018 USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Team Champions: Auburn Orange!

The USEA announced yesterday the the next two host venues of the USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championship. The team Championship will move to Chattahoochee Hills in Fairburn, Georgia for 2019-2020. It will then return to Virginia Horse Trials in Lexington, Virginia for 2021-2022.

Chattahoochee Hills organizer Hugh Lochore has long supported the intercollegiate program, hosting team challenges well attended by Southern colleges and universities. The 2019-2020 Championship will be held during the Chattahoochee Hills May horse trials.

Virginia Horse Trials has hosted the Intercollegiate Championship for the first three years of the program, which saw participation grow from 10 teams in 2016 to 23 teams this year. After two years in Georgia, the Championship will return to Virginia for another two years during the Memorial Day weekend horse trials.

With a north to south rotation in mind, Virginia organizer Andy Bowles submitted a joint expression of interest with Hugh which was accepted by the USEA Board of Governors and USEA Intercollegiate Committee.

“The USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championship competitor numbers have grown each and every year since its establishment,” said USEA CEO Rob Burk. “We feel privileged to be able to continue to grow this program at two beautiful facilities with proven organizing teams led by Hugh Lochore and Andy Bowles.

“We are seeing growing numbers of colleges and universities establish eventing clubs and teams across the country especially in the South, the Mid-Atlantic, the Midwest, and Southwest. The rotation from Georgia to Virginia should enable even more student athletes the opportunity to compete.”

Click here to learn more about the USEA Intercollegiate Program and here to read our coverage from the 2018 Intercollegiate Championship at Virginia Horse Trials.

[Future Venues Announced for the USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Team Championship]