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Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: 5 Prospects Ready to Go!

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.

It’s a new year and the eventing season is officially back under way! If you’re looking for a young prospect to move up the levels, here are five horses for sale with some experience at the lower levels.

Ibiza. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Ibiza~ 5yo Event Prospect

Ibiza is a 2013 16.2h Grey Zangersheide Mare. Registered American warmlodod but very good Zangersheide bloodlines. Ibiza has done the jumpers to 1.0m and has xc schooled. She would make a terrific jumper or eventer. Very brave, smart, mature for her age, easy on the flat, quality gaits. Excellent balance and terrific work ethic with a lot of blood to her. She would suit a Jr, AA or a Pro. Located in South Carolina.

Cor Adagio. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Cor Adagio: Lovely Young Eventer, Ready for More!

Cor Adagio: 2009 16.1h bay Oldenburg gelding by Corlando. This lovely young eventer has competed successfully at the Novice level, and has scope for more! He is easy on the flat and fun to jump, making him a great partner for someone looking to enjoy this competition season. Cor Adagio is suitable for a junior, young rider or adult amateur. Located in South Carolina.

Suzy. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Extraordinary talented flashy jumper, eventer, Fox Hunter

10-year old Thoroughbred mare Ocean Thunder aka Suzy. 16.1hh, very sweet horse with impeccable ground manners, freely loading into trailers (slant and straight load), clips, bath easily without any issues, good for farrier. Big nice hooves, which is not typical for her breed, can be bare foot, currently having front shoe due to her workload. Very sweet and quiet with other horses, can be turnout out with mares or geldings.

Schooling and competing in jumpers, eventing (Novice), dressage shows. I boarded her at the dressage barn last year for intensive dressage training, currently being used as a schooling horse at a well known eventing farm for lessons (walk, trot, canter, show jumping, cross country, fox hunt). This horse is versatile! Suzy has been regularly fox hunting with 5 different people (one of them is 14-year old girl), in the 1st field with no problems.

Beautiful mover and jumper, sweet personality; you will be noticed in the show ring with this horse, guaranteed! Suitable for advanced beginners with trainers, intermediate and above. Has a big scope to go higher (Training level in eventing). You can meet Suzy any time for a test ride, will be fully available to leave the eventing barn by the end of January 2018 as there are some jumping shows already scheduled for her to attend (Albion College). Grab this rock star before next show season comes! A good loving home is a must. Located in Michigan.

PS Gandhi. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

PS Gandhi 16.1 (2011) Dark Bay KWPN Gelding by Warrant. (Numero Uno)

Peachstone Sport Horses offers (2011) PS Gandhi AKA G-Monkey is a 16.1 Dark Bay KWPN Gelding by Warrant. (Numero Uno) Big Fancy Mover and easy to do in all ways. Shown straight 1st level dressage (schooling 2nd) and low levels eventing in Holland. Superb Canter, easy to jump, happy mouth & ready to go on. Really a joy to ride everyday! Dressage scores of 28 & 29 at last 2 Novice shows. Will be ready for Training soon or will rack up as a straight dressage horse as well! Super YR/AR mount that will win and finish on his dressage! Located in Florida.

Powerful. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Flashy, Athletic, Jumper or Eventer with Incredible Jump!

Powerful. 2010 16.2 Thoroughbred Gelding. Powerful is a coming 8 y/o OTTB gelding. The son of AP Indy, he sold for 1.4 million as a yearling. His last race was in April of 2015. He has beautiful conformation and an absolutely incredible jump. Honest and brave, he is confidently schooling BN/N courses with endless potential to move up. Has schooled cross country and is still green but willing. Great on trails, not spooky, and can be galloped in a group. No vices.

Powerful would excel as an eventer, jumper, or in the hunter ring. He’s quiet to and from the fences, and always jumps with great technique. He has three correct gaits with an especially lovely, rhythmic canter. He is more of a kick ride and is obedient and willing in the dressage. Would be perfect for a confident YR/AA with a trainer to bring up the levels. Full set of x-rays available from PPE done earlier this year. Only for sale due to owner’s time constraints.

Powerful recently went to a local dressage schooling show and won both his Training 2 and Training 3 classes! He was a true professional the entire time, and wasn’t phased by tinsel along fences or Santa in the judge’s booth. He has a fantastic brain for any AA or YR! Located in Alabama.

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.

What’s Happening This Winter? EN’s Guide to Clinics, Lessons & Shows [Updated 1/14]

Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

What’s Happening is EN’s guide to lessons, clinics, schooling shows and other riding and educational opportunities during the winter. 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 IVArea V | Area VI | Area VIII | Canada

Area I

January 6-7: World Class Grooming Clinic with Emma Ford
Oakendale Farm, Harwinton CT, [email protected]8609444460. Click here for more information.
January 7: Ride A Test with Lainey Johnson
JH Eventing Fix-A-Test at Baile Hill Farm (Sutton, MA). Get a jump start on the 2018 dressage tests with a Ride-Critique-Ride of the NEW dressage tests with Lainey Johnson, judge and dressage trainer extraordinaire! Click here to register.
January 20-21: Lesson with Daisy Trayford
New students welcome! Daisy will be in the Elmira area on the 20th (Contact Cat Hill to book in Elmira – 716 863 0442) and on the 21st she will be in Geneseo – call Daisy direct 352 425 7767 / [email protected].
January 27-28: Ride with Hawley Bennett-Awad

True North Farm, Harwich MA. Hawley has represented Canada multiple times at the Olympics, Pan Ams and WEG and is a USEA ICP Level IV Instructor. $350/weekend or $250/day. Limited Stabling $40/night. Auditors welcome (no dogs please). [email protected] for info! www.truenortheventing.com

February 17-18: Lesson with Daisy Trayford
New students welcome! Daisy will be in the Elmira area on the 17th (Contact Cat Hill to book in Elmira – 716 863 0442) and on the 18th she will be in Geneseo – call Daisy direct 352 425 7767 / [email protected].
March 10-11: Lesson with Daisy Trayford
New students welcome! Daisy will be in the Elmira area on the 10th (Contact Cat Hill to book in Elmira – 716 863 0442) and on the 11th she will be in Geneseo – call Daisy direct 352 425 7767 / [email protected].

Area II

January 6: Ride with Sally Cousins
Kealani Farm, West Grove, PA. Contact Sally, [email protected].
January 7: Ride with Sally Cousins
Bit of Woods Farm in Hainesport, NJ. Contact Megan, [email protected].
January 13: Bandaging and Leg Care Clinic
Bandaging Clinic with Professional Equine Grooms’ Founder Liv Gude at Sprieser Sporthorse in Marshall, VA. Click here to register.
January 14: Mitchell Dressage Series Winter Schooling Shows
Vintage Valley Sporthorses in Catlett, VA. Featuring 2018 Eventing Tests!) Very professionally run, but provide a great atmosphere for young horses/ green riders (and, they’re FUN, too!). Click here to register.
January 14: Bascule Farm Dressage Schooling Show
Poolesville, MD. TWO indoors allow for excellent warmup. Both rings rubber/sand/fibre mix. Click here to register.
January 20-21: Clinic with Kate Chadderton 
Sunset Hill Farm, Woodbine, MD. For more info and clinic details contact: Amy Gaynor, ASAP while spaces are available! You can also register on Event Clinics. $95 per rider. More dates available.  Sign up for three clinic days & get free coaching at a USEA Area 2 event (a $100 value)!
January 20: Ride with Sally Cousins
Kealani Farm, West Grove, PA. Contact Sally, [email protected].
January 21: Ride with Sally Cousins
Horse Park of New Jersey, Stone Tavern, NJ. Contact Sally, [email protected] or register on Event Clinics.
January 24: Clinic with Jim Wofford
Waredaca, Laytonsville, MD. www.waredaca.com
January 27-28: Clinic with Clayton Fredericks
Clayton Fredericks will be at Kingfisher Park Equestrian on January 27th & 28th, 2018, for a two-day Stadium Jumping and Cross Country clinic. The clinic is open to riders from Beginner Novice to Advanced levels. A hot lunch and beverages (coffee, tea, hot chocolate, soda, and water) will be provided on both days of the clinic. Click here for more information.
January 27-28: Adult Dressage Camp
Two fun days of lessons, lectures and socializing at the beautiful Sprieser Sporthorse facility in Marshall VA. Taught by Assistant Trainers Lisa Hellmer and Lauren Fisher, riders will get two private lessons as well as a choice of group cavaletti with Lisa or private lunge lesson with Lauren. Click here to register.
January 27-28: Clinic with Lainey Ashker
Two Tales Stables (Summerville, SC). Click here to register.
February 3-4: Clinic with Kate Chadderton 
Sunset Hill Farm, Woodbine, MD. For more info and clinic details contact: Amy Gaynor,  ASAP while spaces are available! You can also register on Event Clinics. $95 per rider. More dates available.  Sign up for three clinic days & get free coaching at a USEA Area 2 event (a $100 value)!
February 10-11: Ride with Your Body Clinic
Waredaca, Laytonsville, MD. www.waredaca.com
February 11: Ride with Sally Cousins
Horse Park of New Jersey, Stone Tavern, NJ. Contact Sally, [email protected] or register on Event Clinics.
February 11: Mitchell Dressage Series Winter Schooling Shows
Vintage Valley Sporthorses in Catlett, VA. Featuring 2018 Eventing Tests!) Very professionally run, but provide a great atmosphere for young horses/ green riders (and, they’re FUN, too!). Click here to register.
February 17-18: Clinic with Kate Chadderton 
Sunset Hill Farm, Woodbine, MD. For more info and clinic details contact: Amy Gaynor,  ASAP while spaces are available! You can also register on Event Clinics. $95 per rider. More dates available.  Sign up for three clinic days & get free coaching at a USEA Area 2 event (a $100 value)!
February 20: Stephen Bradley Clinic
Waredaca, Laytonsville, MD. www.waredaca.com
February 28: Jim Wofford Clinic
Waredaca, Laytonsville, MD. www.waredaca.com
March 9-11: Erin Smiley Clinic
Waredaca, Laytonsville, MD. www.waredaca.com
March 10-11: MDHT Cross Derby
Loch Moy Farm in Adamstown, MD: Get a jump start on the competition season with the MDHT Cross Derby on all-weather footing. Levels from Preliminary to Elementary, obstacles to include ditches, banks and water as appropriate for the level. This is a popular event so plan to sign up early!  More information will be available at www.themarylandhorsetrials.com
March 10-11: Clinic with Kate Chadderton
Sunset Hill Farm, Woodbine, MD. For more info and clinic details contact: Amy Gaynor,  ASAP while spaces are available! You can also register on Event Clinics. $95 per rider. More dates available.  Sign up for three clinic days & get free coaching at a USEA Area 2 event (a $100 value)!
March 18: Ride with Sally Cousins
Horse Park of New Jersey, Stone Tavern, NJ. Contact Sally, [email protected] or register on Event Clinics.
March 31-April 1: Clinic with Kate Chadderton 
Sunset Hill Farm, Woodbine, MD. For more info and clinic details contact: Amy Gaynor,  ASAP while spaces are available! You can also register on Event Clinics. $95 per rider. More dates available.  Sign up for three clinic days & get free coaching at a USEA Area 2 event (a $100 value)!
Area III
January 10: Stable View Schooling Dressage Show
The Stable View Schooling Dressage show offers both USDF and USEA tests. Show begins at 12:00pm unless entries warrant. For more information, visit www.stableviewfarm.com.
January 13: Paul Belasik Clinic
DSDCTA/Joint Venture Farm (Madison, FL). Visit dsdcta.org for more info.
January 13-14: Jennifer Marchand Dressage Clinic
Poplar Place (Hamilton, GA). Visit poplarplacefarm.com for more info.
January 13-14: Sinead Halpin Clinic
Can’t make it to Florida this year? Let Florida come to you in a two-day show jumping clinic in East Tennessee with Sinead Halpin January 13th – 14th! Rain or shine as we have a lovely covered arena! Contact Katherine at [email protected] Click here for more information.
January 13-14: Exmoor Eventing Schooling Show
Reddick, FL. Click here for more information.
January 16-18: Gemma Tattersall Clinic
Gemma needs no introduction; having just been announced the NUMBER 3 Rider in the World on FEI Standings. Notting Hill Stables, Reddick FL for show jumping days, Horse Power Equestrian for upper level xc and lower level xc TBA. Novice through Advanced. Groups will be 60-90 mins and semi privates 45-60 mins. $475 for two day SJ and XC groups Jan 16th and 17th. $275 for semi privates Jan 18th and $225 if additional SJ groups are added on Jan 18th. Lunch and beverages included! NO CHARGE FOR AUDITORS! Gift bags for each participant and for anyone signing up for 2 or more of our clinics this winter, you will be entered into a prize draw for a grand prize TBA. WE EXPECT THIS CLINIC TO FILL VERY QUICKLY SO PLEASE SIGN UP ASAP. A non refundable deposit of $200 is required to secure your spot. Please email entries to: [email protected] including your name, contact details, horses name, level of experience and whether you require stabling. Stabling fees will be announced shortly but will be available.
January 17: Paradise Farm Schooling Show
Paradise Farm, Aiken, SC will have it’s first show of 2018 on January 17. A Combined Test and Dressage Show. Entry forms can be found on our website at www.paradisefarmaiken.com. For more info, contact Cindy at 803-507-4577 or email [email protected]
January 29-30: Clinic with Peter Gray
International Coach/Rider and Judge – Peter Gray will be teaching dressage one day and one day of gymnastics/course riding at Wentworth Farm in Reddick, FL. All weather rings and great footing. Some cross country training available as well. Book through email: [email protected]
February 7: Stable View Schooling Jumper Show
The Stable View Schooling Jumper shows are held on the first Wednesday of every month. The 2018 start time is 10:00am and competition will be held in the Outdoor Arena. Classes available 2’3″ – 3’9″. Clear round classes and stake classes are offered, with up to $1,500 in prize money awarded. For more information, visit www.stableviewfarm.com.
February 10: Dressage Schooling Show
TAGDEA/Tri State Exhibition Ctr. (Cleveland, TN). Visit tagdea.org for more info.
February 24-25: Stable View Eventing Academy
The Stable View Eventing Academy is a new series offering a schooling day on Saturday, followed by a full Schooling Horse Trials on Sunday. This is a unique opportunity for horses and riders. Sprouts – Training levels offered. For more information, visit www.stableviewfarm.com.
March 7: Stable View Schooling Jumper Show
The Stable View Schooling Jumper shows are held on the first Wednesday of every month. The 2018 start time is 10:00am and competition will be held in the Outdoor Arena. Classes available 2’3″ – 3’9″. Clear round classes and stake classes are offered, with up to $1,500 in prize money awarded. For more information, visit www.stableviewfarm.com.
March 14: Stable View Schooling Dressage Show
The Stable View Schooling Dressage show offers both USDF and USEA tests. Show begins at 12:00pm unless entries warrant. For more information, visitwww.stableviewfarm.com.
Area IV
February 24-25: Clinic with Dom Schramm
Dom Schramm Eventing Clinic at Hummingbird Stables in Rochester, IL. 2 days Starter Level – Int/Adv. Stadium Day 1, XC Day 2. Small groups inside, or outside if weather is amazing! Details at facebook.com/hummingbirdstables Email [email protected] for a sign up form. Entries due 2/1/18
Area V
  January 14: Schooling Horse Trials
GHCTA affiliated. Pine Hill (Bellville, TX). More info at pinehilltexas.com.
January 14-15: Boyd Martin Clinic
Texas Rose Farm (Tyler, TX). More info at texasrosehorsepark.com.
January 21: Schooling HT, Dressage and Western Dressage
Feather Creek Farm (Norman, OK). ODS affiliated. More info at feathercreekfarm.com.
January 20-21: Clinic with Will Faudree
Will Faudree will be teaching a two-day clinic open to riders of all ages and levels on January 20th and 21st at Sterling Silver Stables in Maurice, LA. Fee: $350/rider for both days. $175/rider for one lesson. $25/horse for overnight stabling. Flexible Format: Cross-Country Lessons and Dressage or Stadium Jumping. Registration forms need to be returned by mail. Contact Jennifer Mosing to reserve your spot: [email protected] Or visit www.sterlingsilverstables.com for more info!
February 18: Schooling Combined Test
Celtic Cross Equestrian Center (Norman, OK). More info at celticcrossequestriancenter.com.
February 18: Schooling Horse Trials
Pine Hill (Bellville, TX). More info at pinehilltexas.com.
February 24-25: Buck Davidson Clinic
Holly Hill (Benton, LA). More info at hollyhillfarm.net.
February 24-26: Lainey Ashker Clinic.
Texas Rose Farm (Tyler, TX). More info at texasrosehorsepark.com.
Area VI
January 6: Boyd Martin Masterclass
US Olympic Eventer Boyd Martin is teaching a Masterclass at Galway Downs in Temecula, California as a part of the Adequan West Coast Dressage Festival. Tickets include seating to the Dressage Freestyle and cost $39.95. The Masterclass and Freestyle will be streamed over Facebook Live on the Adequan West Coast Dressage Festival Facebook page. Follow them on Facebook @adequanwestcoastdressagefestival and on Instagram @adequan_westcoast_dressagefest. For more information and tickets, visit https://us.westcoastdressagefestival.com/new-adequan-west-coast-dressage-festival-masterclass-series/
January 20: Laura Graves Masterclass
US Olympic Dressage rider Laura Graves is teaching a Masterclass at Del Mar Fairgrounds in Del Mar, California as a part of the Adequan West Coast Dressage Festival. Tickets include seating to the Dressage Freestyle and cost $39.95.The Masterclass and Freestyle will be streamed over Facebook Live on the Adequan West Coast Dressage Festival Facebook page. Follow them on Facebook @adequanwestcoastdressagefestival and on Instagram @adequan_westcoast_dressagefest. For more information and tickets, visit https://us.westcoastdressagefestival.com/new-adequan-west-coast-dressage-festival-masterclass-series/
February 3: Helen Langehanenberg Masterclass
German Olympic Dressage rider Helen Langehanenberg is teaching a Masterclass at Del Mar Fairgrounds in Del Mar, California as a part of the Adequan West Coast Dressage Festival. Tickets include seating to the Dressage Freestyle and cost $39.95.The Masterclass and Freestyle will be streamed over Facebook Live on the Adequan West Coast Dressage Festival Facebook page. Follow them on Facebook @adequanwestcoastdressagefestival and on Instagram @adequan_westcoast_dressagefest. For more information and tickets, visit https://us.westcoastdressagefestival.com/new-adequan-west-coast-dressage-festival-masterclass-series/
February 17: Charlotte Dujardin Masterclass
British Olympic Dressage rider Charlotte Dujardin is teaching a Masterclass at Del Mar Fairgrounds in Del Mar, California as a part of the Adequan West Coast Dressage Festival. Tickets include seating to the Dressage Freestyle and cost $39.95.The Masterclass and Freestyle will be streamed over Facebook Live on the Adequan West Coast Dressage Festival Facebook page. Follow them on Facebook @adequanwestcoastdressagefestival and on Instagram @adequan_westcoast_dressagefest. For more information and tickets, visit https://us.westcoastdressagefestival.com/new-adequan-west-coast-dressage-festival-masterclass-series/
Area VIII
January 16: Competition and Member Summit
New in 2018, US Equestrian will be offering an opportunity to all members to attend the free Competition and Member Summit: Facing Challenges Together, just prior to the 2018 Annual Meeting in Lexington, Ky. The Summit will be held on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. EST at the Hyatt Regency. The Summit is open to all members free of charge and does not require registration at the Annual Meeting. Moderated by US Equestrian board member Tom O’Mara, the Summit’s goal is to encourage an open dialogue between members, affiliates, competition managers, experts, and staff regarding a variety of topics that affect the equine competition landscape. The Summit will include a series of expert panels, each exploring a separate topic.  Each panel will provide a presentation followed by discussion and Q&A with attendees. For more information on the Competition and Member Summit: Facing Challenges Together, please contact Lisa Owens at [email protected].
January 20-21: Clinic with Charlotte Dujardin
Charlotte Dujardin CBE Masterclass Jan 20-21 at Kentucky Horse Park. This two day class will focus on young horses to developing Grand Prix and the fundamental formula behind Charlotte’s winning system. Applicants to ride in this masterclass should email: [email protected] with video and short description of ability and achievements. All classes of horses and riders considered. Click here for more info.

January 24-28: Equine Symposium & Convention, hosted by USPC
Connect face to face with our active youth equestrians and leaders at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, KY! Join us for the 2018 Equine Symposium & Convention, hosted by USPC, in Louisville, KY. Our Trade Fair and Sponsor opportunities provide memorable ways to connect with our active equestrian community of leaders, instructors, parents, youth and young adult Pony Club members, all at affordable rates. Click here to learn more and to register.

Canada

January 27-28: Harmony Horsemanship Clinic with Lindsey Partridge
Sprucehaven Farm in Mt Elgin ON Canada. For more information visit www.sprucehaven.com or https://www.facebook.com/eventingdressage/.

February 17-18: Dressage Clinic with Cindy Ishoy
Sprucehaven Farm in Mt Elgin ON Canada. For more information visit www.sprucehaven.com or https://www.facebook.com/eventingdressage/.

March 17-18: Jennifer Pejic Eventing Prep Camp
Sprucehaven Farm in Mt Elgin ON Canada. For more information visit www.sprucehaven.com or https://www.facebook.com/eventingdressage/.

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

Wednesday Video from Kentucky Performance Products: Ingrid Klimke, Parmenides Earn Style Points at Gahlen Indoor Eventing

 

Das hat wieder riesig Spaß gemacht! Gahlen ist einfach immer wieder ein spannender Jahresauftakt!

Posted by Parmenides on Sunday, January 7, 2018

While arena eventing is gaining popularity worldwide, it still garners some criticism for the fact that a timed round may encourage riders to run too fast at solid fences. However, the organizers at Reiterverein Lippe-Bruch Gahlen in Germany may be on to something.

Best I can tell from the German to English translation of this report, their indoor eventing competition last weekend was judged on both time and style, as demonstrated by Ingrid Klimke and Parmenides in the above video. Former German eventing coach Martin Plewa and announcer Volker Raulf discussed each performance, informing the audience on what the judges were looking for and how they might score.

It’s a new format for indoor eventing–an inherently spectator friendly showcase of the sport–that still has some development ahead. Rider Jens Hoffrogge commented, “We riders were also a bit unsure how and if a short turn will be rewarded or not. This then affects the pace and the mood among the spectators.”

Vanessa Bölting ultimately found the new format agreeable and took the top two placings with Carlson B 2 and Comtesse 208 on scores of 8.5 and 8.3, respectively.

Ingrid’s lovely, smooth and controlled trip with Parmenides was rewarded with an 8.2 for third place. Ingrid and the 14-year-old Trakehner gelding owned by his breeders Marion and Eric Gottschalk have been longtime partners. They competed up to the CIC3* level in eventing are are now competitive in pure show jumping. Ingrid tugs at our heart strings when she shares that with Parmenides, “every round is a gift.”

[Gahlen 2018 – Double Success for Bölting]

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Tuesday News and Notes from Cavalor

Sigh. I don’t think he’ll ever grow up. Photo by Crystal D, our amazing barn manager who puts up with Beau’s shenanigans.

OK so we’re a week into 2018 and already my “resolutions” are falling slightly apart. Part of that I feel like can be blamed on the horrendous winter weather. No sooner did I put myself and my horse back to work did the ground, the arena footing, all the water troughs and buckets, and my fingers and toes turn into solid blocks of ice. Ugh.

National Holiday: National Poetry at Work Day (your co-workers will love that!)

Events Opening This Week: Three Lakes February II H.T. at Caudle Ranch (FL, A-3) Pine Top Advanced, CIC2*, CIC1* & H.T. (GA, A-3)

Events Closing This Week: Full Gallop Farm January H.T (SC, A-3)  Fresno County Horse Park Combined Test (CA, A-6)  Rocking Horse Winter I H.T. (FL, A-3)

Tuesday News and Notes:

Coach Daniel Stewart says the most important goal for creating lifelong success is a legacy goal. A legacy goal is the pinnacle of meaningful things you want to accomplish in life–the thing your friends in the sport look back on say, that’s what she did well and that’s where she made an impact. [What is your legacy goal?]

Former Fair Hill International Executive Director Charles Colgan passed away on January 2. He was also the former Executive Director of the National Steeplechase Foundation, the former Racing Director with National Steeplechase Association, and a current board member with Fair Hill International. [In Memoriam]

What advice would you give to a young woman wanting to begin a career in the show horse industry? What advice would you give your younger self? Some of the hunter/jumper world’s most successful women answer these two questions. [Women Mentoring Women]

Atrophy is the wasting away of muscle tissue. For horses, muscle atrophy can be caused by underuse or ill-fitting tack. Know how to identify the beginnings of muscle atrophy so you can avoid and reverse the consequences. [Spotting muscle atrophy]

“Oh my god, Princess, what did you do?” [‘Oh Crap’ Monday, Nation Media Edition]

Tuesday Video: This is genius!

They say time is money…that’s why I made our DIY hay net feeders quick and easy to fill with hay.

Chris can fill…

Posted by Brian Lamb on Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Electronic Logging Devices Mandate Waived Until March 18

Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

For the last few months, livestock owners have been reeling over a government mandate requiring commercial motor vehicles to be equipped with electronic logging devices (ELD) as part of the “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century” bill enacted by Congress in 2012.

The purpose of an ELD is to log a driver’s hours on the road. It records drive time and alerts the driver when he or she has been on the road the legally allotted 11 hours in a 14-hour stretch. Once a driver has reached the time limit, they are required to take a mandatory 10-hour rest period. Infractions are recorded by the ELD and a driver in violation can be fined.

There are some exemptions to the rule, but if you are a professional rider, compete for prize money, or even give your buddy and her horse a trailer ride and split the gas, you’ll be affected by this mandate.

Not surprisingly, horse folks are furious. Equestrians of all disciplines frequently drive long distances to compete. A primary concern of this new mandate is animal welfare; mandatory 10-hour breaks means a longer trip and added stress on the animals.

The mandate was supposed to go into effect on December 18 but the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) granted a 90-day waiver for the agricultural industry to comply. According to Equiery, “The waiver was granted in response to a petition last September from the American Farm Bureau, the American Horse Council and several other livestock organizations.

“In their request, the groups explained their two biggest concerns about the requirement: livestock haulers’ readiness to comply and the effect on the transported animals’ well-being.”

The DOT’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) website explains the waiver is part of an effort “to further facilitate transition to the rule by motor carriers” and states “the Agency will be providing guidance related to enforcement procedures during the ELD transition.”

FMCSA Deputy Administrator Cathy F. Gautreaux said, “FMCSA has listened to important feedback from many stakeholder groups, including agriculture, and will continue to take steps to ease the transition to the full implementation of the ELD rule.”

The waiver expires on March 18. Now is the time to act. If you have comments or concerns about this mandate, contact your Congressional Representatives and let them know or join the petition on change.org.

[Electronic Logging Devices & CMVs: What New Regulations Mean For Horse Owners]

[FMCSA To Announce Additional ELD Transition Guidance]

[DOT Waives Mandate for Livestock Haulers for 90 Days]

Monday News and Notes from Fleeceworks

As of this week, the eventing season holiday break is over! Hard to believe, considering the snow fall and frigid temps we’ve been experiencing thanks to Winter Storm… whatever they’re calling it this week. The Stable View Aiken Opener in Area III officially kicks off the 2018 eventing season this coming weekend. We realize some areas of the country won’t get back underway with competition for a few months yet and we feel for you. We promise, spring will be here soon!

National Holiday: National English Toffee Day

The agriculture industry is reeling over the federal mandate requiring installation of electronic logging devices in commercial motor vehicles. A 90-waiver to comply has been granted which ends on March 18. [DOT Waives Mandate for Livestock Haulers for 90 Days]

Just one week left to enter the 2018 Retired Racehorse Project’s Thoroughbred Makeover competition. January 15th is the last day to submit a trainer application. Well over 400 applications from all over the U.S. and Canada have been received so far. Accepted trainers will be announced on February 1. [Apply Now]

How has the short format and longer eventing season affecting our horses? Top international groom and stable manager Max Corcoran suspects horses are being competed too often without sufficient time to recover, leading to unseen injuries that may be detrimental over time. [How Much Is Too Much?]

From water and forage to transportation, a little preparation goes a long way to surviving winter. [Barn from the Ground Up]

Monday Video: Snow + sled + mini horses = most fun you’ll have all winter

Watch Boyd Martin’s Masterclass at Adequan West Coast Dressage Festival

Eventing’s own Boyd Martin joined natural horsemanship trainer Monty Roberts at Galway Downs last night to teach a Masterclass following the day’s competition at the Adequan West Coast Dressage Festival.

Boyd rode a couple of Erin Kellerhouse’s experienced event horses, working with them over a series of fences to tune up adjustability, rideability and accuracy. He talks us through each exercise and explains what he’s trying to achieve.

Boyd’s section starts around 3:24:00 in the first video (the first three hours of the clip are part of the dressage competition and Monty’s masterclass—well worth watching!). Due to technical difficulties the feed in the first clip cut out for a few minutes but the session picks up at about 16:00:00 in the second clip. Enjoy!

Dressage Festival and Masterclass

Live from the Adequan West Coast Dressage Festival

Posted by Adequan West Coast Dressage Festival on Saturday, January 6, 2018

Boyd Martin’s Masterclass

Final 15 minutes of Boyd Martin’s Masterclass – From the Adequan West Coast Dressage Festival

Posted by Adequan West Coast Dressage Festival on Saturday, January 6, 2018

The Masterclass Series includes educational sessions with experts of various disciplines taking place each Saturday throughout the festival. U.S. Olympic Dressage rider Laura Graves will be teaching the next masterclass at the Del Mar Fairgrounds on January 20. Keep an eye on the Adequan West Coast Dressage Festival Facebook page for more info. If you’d like to be there in person, click here for tickets.

Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: 5 Preliminary Eventers Ready for a New Rider

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.

Preliminary is the word of the week on Sport Horse Nation. We have several new listings for experienced Preliminary event horses ready to kick off 2018 with a new jockey.

Bacardi. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Flashy Prelim Event Horse

Bacardi III aka Paris is a 2010 16.1 Chestnut Hanovarian/TB mare by Rotwing out of Graceful Mary. She is currently competing Preliminary and is always in the ribbons. She has great gaits, a very athletic jump, and is very adjustable. She goes in a snaffle in all 3 phases. Located in Florida.

My Royal Cooley. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Experienced Prelim/1* horse

My Royal Cooley, “Roy”, 10yr old 16.3hh ISH gelding, imported from Ireland. Successfully competed up to intermediate, has qualified for a 2*. Superb cross country horse that would be perfect for someone looking to gain experience at the preliminary and 1* level, could easily go beyond with the right rider. Hacks out alone or in groups. Easy in the barn, can go out with other horses, clips, ties, and stands perfectly for the farrier. Located in North Carolina.

Seraphina. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Seraphina: Successful WINNING Preliminary Eventer

Seraphina: 2009 16h pinto Oldenburg mare by Sempatico. This lovely mare is a successful eventer with experience through Preliminary. She has won at every level and is ready for her next rider! Seraphina is easy to make round, and gives confidence at the lower levels. She is well bred, with three nice gaits, and always gets noticed wherever she goes. Suitable for a junior, young rider or adult amateur. Located in South Carolina.

Senna. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Proven Preliminary Level Eventer!

2012, 16.1 H Thoroughbred Mare by Malibu Moonshine out of Alluring Elixir by Cure the Blues. Like her namesake, the Brazilian Formula 1 legend, Ayrton Senna is a bold, brave, determined mare. She just finished up her 5 year-old year with 5 Preliminary events with no XC jump penalties. She typically scores in the mid- to low-30s in dressage but did score a 26.5 (8th of 21) at Jersey in a division where scores ranged from a 23.5 to a 43 so she has winning scores in her.

Her show jumping isn’t perfect yet but, as with her dressage, I think as she gains more wisdom, strength, balance, and focus with age she will definitely be a force to be reckoned with. Senna did one 4YO YEH class and one 5YO YEH class and finished 2nd both times scoring a 73.5 and 77.8, respectively. Senna is a registered, but unraced Thoroughbred that has been at Dodon since she was 2. Located in Maryland.

Catapult. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Unbelievable WINNING Preliminary Event Horse with Intermediate Mileage!

Catapult – 2010, 16H, Bay Westphalian Gelding. This horse is your 2018 NAJYRC winner! This lovely gelding is confirmed at the Preliminary level, and has experience at Intermediate. He is a young riders dream horse and could easily go and win at the 1* level this summer, and then move up to the 2* level the following year. Catapult is rideable, fancy and correct on the flat, and often scores well with the judges–including a 19.1 at one of his last Preliminaries. He is equally as lovely over fences, and would excel at the 1- and 2-star level. Located in Virginia.

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: 10 Useful Items You Need in the Barn

We all know that when it comes to balancing a riding, work, family and social life, efficiency is paramount. Sometimes making small investments in products and tools to help you work smarter and not harder makes a big difference. Elisa Wallace compiled her 10 favorite handy-dandy items to have in the barn that help make her days run smoother whether she’s doing chores, riding or competing. She’s got some great ideas so snag your shopping list and listen up!

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Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: Personality to Boot

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.

Everyone looks for something different in their next event horse: a competitive powerhouse, a teachable youngster, a forgiving schoolmaster. But for some riders, their horse’s personality is just as important as their talent and potential. Here are four horses for sale with a particularly fun personality, great brain or sweet demeanor.

JC Doctor Action. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

2011 16.3hh TB Gelding **Fancy, Talented, Sane**

JC Doctor Action, 6 year old 16.3hh OTTB Gelding, Located in Trumansburg, NY. This stunning guy just came home from the 2017 Thoroughbred Makeover were he placed 5th in Dressage out of nearly 80 horses! He also put in an impressive Show Jumping round and earned a great placing!

“Wilson” is a tall, handsome gelding that just oozes quality and has a great brain. This guy has serious potential as an upper level event horse or Show Jumper. He has the scope and bravery to get you through XC and stadium and the lovely movement and finesse to earn the best dressage scores. With 3 stunning, powerful gaits, that are just being developed, he will be a knockout in the Dressage arena. He has been successful shown in 2’6 Jumpers and has schooled XC and competed in a Cross Derby without batting an eye at anything.

Wilson would be perfect mount for an ambitious rider looking for a horse to bring up the levels. He hacks out like a gentleman on trails, alone or with a group, and loves to play in and walk through puddles, ponds, and creeks. Wilson is a solid citizen; he has wonderful ground manners both on and off the farm, stands for vet and farrier, loads and rides well. Located in New York.

Doc Daneka. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Doc Daneka; Flashy 6 yr old OTTB. Fancy with a lovely jump

Doc daneka; aka Dan is a 16.2H Gelding with lots of flash and chrome and a personality to match.
Started in a professional training program last year in Aiken SC, Dan has spent the year getting many schooling miles. Dan is schooling well and has taught some lessons in our schooling program.

He has been very brave schooling and jumping but also enjoys the flat and could be a competitive flat horse. Priced to sell before we travel back south. Ready to start competing 2018 with the right new owner. Located in Tennessee.

FR’s Check It Out Now. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Solid Training Horse w Prelim Experience

FR’s Check It Out Now “Billy” is a 2009 15.3h mostly TB gelding (some KWPN) with a desire to please and a puppy dog personality. He has a solid record at training and some prelim experience. He’s been ridden by an amateur since he was 5. He could pack around the lower levels with a kid or adult amateur or be taken back up the levels by a more experienced rider. Consistently scores in the mid/low 30s. Placed in the Top 20 at AEC’s in 2016. Jumped clear around his first prelim in 2016. If I were able to keep him I’d plan on moving him back up to prelim very soon.

Plenty of scope and floaty movement makes him stand out to the judges. He has a sensitive mouth and does not get strong on cross country, easily adjustable to the fences. He’s very forgiving and won’t hold a grudge when his rider makes mistakes. Knows his job and takes you to the fences. Could be a great horse for a kid coming off a pony and looking for their first horse. Billy is an absolute sweetheart in the barn and wants to be your best friend. He loads, clips, ties, and stands for the farrier.

I would keep this horse forever if I were able to, but new job forces sale. Motivated seller but good home an absolute must. Located in Birmingham, AL.

PS Billy Allegro. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

* Flashy & SWEET 5 Yr Imported Gelding By Billy Congo / Billy Stud!

PS Billy Allegro “Leggo” is as sweet as they come! He was imported in August of 2017 & enjoys his work and all the attention! Super easy to do in all ways. Schooling courses now and will start showing soon.

(2012) 16.2 Bright Bay AES with stripe & 4 socks by Billy Congo. Superior breeding, this fella is a love bug & super FANCY! Sweet, easy & super future ahead of him. Amazing jumper, easy to do in all ways. Snaffle mouth and loves his job! Should easily go on to 2*/3* level. Price to increase with show miles. Located in Florida.

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.

7 Eventers We Were Inspired By in 2017

Every year the EN team looks back on the last 12 months and tries to narrow down the many remarkable stories of hardworking, determined, passionate eventers to include in the annual list of eventers who inspired us. If it were possible to fit into one post, we’d put every single one of you on our list. You are an incredible bunch and we are so honored to follow along as you chase your dreams.

In case you missed it, read Leslie Wylie’s list of stories that made her proud to be an eventer in 2017. Here are seven more stories of eventers who inspired the EN team this year. Go Eventing.

Photo courtesy of Amanda Gantz.

Amanda Gantz

‘It’s About How Horses Helped Me Beat Cancer’: Amanda Gantz’s Road to Recovery Leads to AEC

Two years ago, hunter jumper rider turned eventer Amanda Gantz was diagnosed with breast cancer at just 30 years old. Chemotherapy was hard on her, but the support of her husband Zack and love for her three horses at home motivated her to keep fighting. She was determined to handle the horses and climb into the saddle as often as possible through her recovery. By June 2016, Amanda was cancer free and one year later trotted down centerline at the American Eventing Championships. This is an incredible story of the healing power of horses. Bring the tissues.

Allie Knowles and Sound Prospect. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Allie Knowles

Allie Knowles is Back and Stronger Than Ever

Four-star eventer Allie Knowles suffered a terrible rotational fall on cross country at Red Hills International in March leaving her with a laundry list of injuries including a shattered pelvis, broken ribs and a broken collarbone. She was soon back at the barn teaching lessons and back in the saddle just six weeks after the accident.

After a careful and controlled rehab, Allie returned to competition in June and she and Sound Prospect finished 21st at the Pau CCI4* in France in October. To top off the year, Allie piloted Business Class to a win at the Ocala Jockey Club CCI*. This is a story of a rider pushing through the pain and taking care to come back better than before.

Kelly Beaver and Sempre Fino. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Kelly Beaver

Ambitious Amateur Kelly Beaver Tackles Advanced While Balancing Career

Amateur riders worldwide know the struggle of balancing their work and family life with barn time. Kelly Beaver has it down to a science, as she works anywhere from 50-70 hours a week at her non-horsey job, includes her husband and mother in her eventing dreams and competes at the Advanced level with her Thoroughbred Sempre Fino. She’s an inspiration to hard-working amateurs everywhere!

Madeline Backus and P.S. Arianna. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Madeline Backus

Madeline Backus on Bake Sales, the Color Pink and Perseverance

Madeline Backus and her Anglo-Trakehner mare P.S. Arianna have grown up together, rising through the levels from Beginner Novice to their first CCI4* last spring. We all know how expensive an eventing life is and Madeline worked hard to pay her way to Kentucky, hosting a bake sale as a fundraiser.

In addition to finishing in 20th place at their first four-star, Madeline and P.S. Arianna finished fourth at the Red Hills CIC3* and second at the Rebecca Farm CIC3*. To close out a stellar year, Madeline was named to the 2018 Emerging Athletes Eventing 25 list, won the $10,000 Rebecca Farm National Developing Rider Grant and the inaugural $45,000 Wilton Fair Grant. We can’t wait to see what this duo will accomplish in 2018. Girl power!

Lee Lee Jones. Photo by Lisa Thomas.

Lee Lee Jones

In December 2016, Lee Lee Jones suffered a traumatic brain injury in a riding accident. She spent over seven weeks and intensive care and months at Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Center. She is home and making great strides in her recovering alongside her beloved family and animals. A year after her accident, her determined progress continues to inspire us. We are also inspired by the eventing community rallying around Lee Lee and other equestrians in need this year.

Leslie Wylie all smiles on Day 1 of the Mongol Derby. Photo by Julian Herbert/Mongol Derby.

Leslie Wylie

Wylie vs. the Mongol Derby

We’re biased, of course, but we think everyone will agree that EN’s own Leslie Wylie is pretty darn inspirational. Having entered the famous Mongol Derby on a whim, she embraced the danger and challenges of the 620-mile race across Mongolia on half-wild ponies. Along the way she lost her gear, her pony and, famously, her stirrups, but nothing could stop our Wylie. She ran the entire race with a mile-wide smile and proved to us all what we are capable of if we employ perseverance, grit and heart. Thanks for helping us believe we can do anything we set our minds to.

Eric and Trayce Dierks. Photo courtesy of ErikOlsenPictures.

Eric Dierks

Eric Dierks has had a tough year. In February he sustained second- and third-degree burns to his face and right hand after a water heater exploded at his and wife Trayce’s Renovatio Farm in Tryon, NC. By May, Eric was back to competing (we got used to seeing him ride in protective mask!). He was back to competing in May and later in the year went to the American Eventing Championships.

The universe has now thrown Eric a very unfair curveball and he is recovering from severe facial and ocular injuries sustained from being kicked in the face by a horse earlier this month. We know that no matter what, Eric’s spirit will remain strong.

“Obviously the only way to get through this is by the fortress of love and prayer that has been blanketed over us,” Trayce said. “I truly hope our calling is to just be a living example of safety first, everywhere, at all times.”

Now it’s your turn. Let us know, who were you inspired by in 2017? Comment below or email [email protected]

New Year’s Day News and Notes from Fleeceworks

Just an expectant mother posing for pictures. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Welcome to the New Year! Thanks for riding along with us for another year in the best sport ever. Cheers to an amazing 2018!

National Holiday: New Year’s Day and National Hangover Day (fitting)

Monday News and Notes:

Donner the deer is officially the 2017 EquiRatings Horse of the Year! Great job, vote troops! Lynn Symansky’s Donner beat out a seriously impressive group of event horses. Donner and Lynn had a stellar year, totally deserve this and we are SO proud. [Donner Crowned 2017 EquiRatings Horse of the Year]

The ladies of the USEA media team are talented, hardworking and dedicated to promoting the sport we all love. They’ve produced some incredible content this year from event coverage to highlighting Association member successes. Look back on some of their favorite stories and let them know what kind of content you’d like to see in 2018. [A Look Back and a Look Ahead]

There are plenty of reasons why you might apply a bandage but it’s definitely a task you don’t want to do wrong. Know the various materials and rules of thumb to safely and effectively place a bandage. [Bandaging Fundamentals]

A new documentary chronicles the story of Dorothy Brooke, the founder of the Old War Horse Memorial Hospital in Cairo to care for World War 1 war horses. The Brooke charity is now the world’s largest equine welfare charity. [The real story behind equine charity founder Dorothy Brooke]

Monday Video: So magical!

Winter Horse Run

From our herd to yours, have a very Merry Christmas!

Posted by Cran-Hill Ranch on Monday, December 25, 2017

Best of 2017 Video Countdown #4: A ‘Sound of Silence’ Freestyle

Each day between now and the New Year we’re counting down the most popular videos shared on EN in 2017. The #4 spot goes to “A ‘Sound of Silence’ Freestyle,” which garnered 4,871 views when it was posted on October 4, 2017.

Prepare to be mesmerized. During Dressage at Devon last week, Jacqueline Brooks and D Niro, an 18-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding owned by Mary Brooks and Brookhaven Dressage Inc., performed an FEI Grand Prix Freestyle to Disturbed’s powerful cover of the Simon and Garfunkle original, “The Sound of Silence.”

The performance earned them a 70.875 for third place. More notably, their performance was a contrast of the typical freestyle, which is often a mix of different songs or sounds spliced together to match a pattern.

Jacqueline worked with a professional to adjust the tempo of the music but otherwise performed through an entire song that spoke to the heart and soul of the audience and the performer herself.

If you’d like to know more about the development of this freestyle and the story behind it, Heels Down Magazine got the scoop: “I Think It’s the Future” Jacquie Brooks Brings Innovative Freestyle to Dressage at Devon.

Wednesday Video from Kentucky Performance Products: Haley Carspecken Is Going to the Top

The Young Rider – Haley Carspecken

Tuscarora Senior, Haley Carspecken, selected for prestigious Eventing 18 program.

Posted by The Official Loudoun County Public Schools on Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Haley Carspecken, 17, has her sights set on a professional career in eventing. As a talented young rider named to the 2018 Emerging Athletes Eventing 18 Program, she is well on her way.

In 2016, her first year at the FEI level, Haley won the Plantation Field CIC* riding True Grace. She had another big year in 2017. Riding Caroline Martin’s former three-star horse Center Stage, she picked up two top ten finishes at the one-star level. Haley will be heading to Florida to train with Leslie Law this winter. Watch the video to learn more about her journey!

We’re excited to see what Haley and the other Eventing 18 participants will accomplish in 2018. Keep it locked on EN. We’ll soon be featuring the riders who have been named to the Emerging Athlete Eventing 25 list for the first time.

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New Zealand Names 2018 High Performance Squad

Jonelle Price and Faerie Dianimo move into the top ten. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

With the World Equestrian Games coming up next summer in Tryon, NC, National Federations the world over will be carefully monitoring the training and competition activity of their top eventing combinations.

Equestrian Sports New Zealand (ESNZ) has recently named their 2018 High Performance Eventing Squad:

Blyth Tait and Bear Necessity V, owned by the rider and Ronnie Bartlett

Clarke Johnstone and Balmoral Sensation, owned by the Johnstone Family

Jonelle Price and Classic Moet, owned by the rider and Trish Rickards, and Faerie Dianimo, owned by the rider and Trisha Rickards

Sir Mark Todd and NZB Campino, owned by the rider and New Zealand Bloodstock, and Leonidas II, owned by the rider and Diane Brunsden and Peter Cattell

Tim Price and Ringwood Sky Boy, owned by the rider, Robert Taylor, Varenna Allen and selwood.com, Bango, owned by Numero Uno Syndicate, and Xavier Faer, owned by the rider and Trisha Rickards and Nigella Hall.

Blyth, Toddy and husband and wife dream team Tim and Jonelle are based in Great Britain while Clarke is based in New Zealand. Eventing High Performance Manager Graeme Thom said, “It is extremely encouraging that many names of New Zealand-based riders have been added (across the squads), which portends for continued strength and success in the upcoming years.”

ESNZ has developed a pipeline for eventers with varying levels of riders recognized on several official lists each year. Click here to view the 2018 ESNZ High Performance Futures Squad, Future Potential Recognition Squad, Talent Development and Talent ID Squad.

[Plenty of Talent Tagged in New HP Eventing Squads]

Social Media Roundup: Equestrians Show Their Holiday Spirit

Social media is chock full of eventers feeling festive this holiday season. We love seeing your decorations at the barn and subjecting the horses to wearing reindeer horns and Santa hats. Here are some of our favorite moments of equestrians from all across the horse nation getting into the holiday spirit. Happy Christmas to all!

Photo courtesy of Lauren Drew.

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Merry Christmas everyone!

A post shared by Oliver Townend Official (@olivertownendofficial) on

Photo courtesy of Nicole Hetzel.

Smile! It’s Christmas!!!! Merry Christmas to friends new and old, or near and far!

Posted by Kate Chadderton on Sunday, December 24, 2017

Last but not least: my mom’s mailbox, subjected to a new outfit every holiday.

Christmas Day News and Notes from Fleeceworks

Doug and Jessica Payne welcomed their first child, Hudson William, into the world on Christmas Eve. The most perfect gift! Congratulations to the new parents! Photo via Facebook.

Happy Christmas, Eventing Nation! We wish you and your loved ones (two-legged and four!) a magical day of merriment and joy.

National Holiday: Christmas Day

When the ground freezes this winter, be sure and take extra precautions to protect your horse during riding or turnout. [Pro Equine Grooms]

When your horse’s winter vacation comes to an end, be sure to give him a slow but effective return to work in order to maximize his preparation for the first event of the season. [Post-Season Vacation and Pre-Season Training]

Stirrup length will affect your balance and the effectiveness of your leg aids, but did you know that horizontal stirrup placement also has an effect on a rider’s biomechanics? Adjustable stirrup bars are the next big thing in customizing a saddle for each individual rider. [Stirrup Placement and Rider Biomechanics: What’s the Link?]

Are horses as smart as humans?

Monday Video: I’m not crying, you’re crying.

The Horse Mafia®-Budweiser Clydesdales and Purina Surprise Far…

This is amazing. The Budweiser Clydesdales Horses and Purina surprised Far View Horse Rescue with a special delivery. You don’t want to miss this. <3
Source: https://youtu.be/8_IMkmY045w

Posted by The Horse Mafia on Saturday, December 9, 2017

Best of 2017 Video Countdown #7: Brett Kidding Performs ‘Sideways Things’ and More in His First Grand Prix Freestyle

Each day between now and the New Year we’re counting down the most popular videos shared on EN in 2017. The #7 spot goes to “Brett Kidding Performs ‘Sideways Things’ and More in His First Grand Prix Freestyle,” which garnered 4,381 views when it was posted on January 14, 2017.

Tristan Tucker of TRTMethod is back with another hilarious video featuring his alter ego Brett Kidding working through trials and tribulations in the dressage arena. This time Brett performs his first Grand Prix Freestyle as test rider at the Olympia Horse Show in London. Get ready for a good laugh and to fall completely in love with his horse, who is so very very well behaved (and clearly well trained) but obviously has a great sense of humor himself.

What’s In Your Arena? Presented by Attwood: A Grid with Limited Jump Standards

Grid work is a fun way to practice your horse’s footwork and your own position, especially in the winter when the footing outside the arena isn’t ideal (we’re knee deep in mud at the moment). Oftentimes grids require many standards and rails to build, however, and not everyone has that much equipment.

Lainey Ashker to the rescue!

In her latest Grid of the Day (#GOTD), Lainey builds an exercise that uses limited jump standards and rails: three oxers (six standards) and four additional ground rails. That’s all you need to set up this grid designed to improve your horse’s shape over the fence. You can also ride this exercise in both directions which is great for barns with limited arena space.

Show us how it’s done, Lainey.

Be sure to follow @laineyea for more great exercises and ride along on her adventures in eventing and dressage.

Do you have an exercise to share or is there an eventer you would like to nominate for the “What’s in Your Arena?” series? Email [email protected]

Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: 5 Eventers Ready for 2018

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.

Christmas is right around the corner and the New Year following closely. If you’re like most eventers you’re already itching for the 2018 eventing season begin. Here are five horses for sale and ready to compete next year.

Jameson. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Safe, Quiet, Sound Proven Winner! 16.3hh 11y.o. Oldenburg Gelding for Sale

This fantastically talented horse would make the perfect partner for a Junior/Young Rider or Adult Amateur that wants to enjoy winning in the Jumpers, Hunters, Big Equitation, Eventing or Dressage.

Tons of show ring experience with a Junior rider in the 3’6″ Hunters. Competed through Training Level Eventing, consistently wins the dressage, brave and honest on cross country, and easily floats around the show jumping.

He ready to move up to Preliminary and has the attitude and ability to keep moving up the levels successfully and safely or continue to win at the lower levels with an amateur, junior or young rider.

Trustworthy on the trail in a group or alone with no spook or misbehavior of any kind. No Vices. Loads, Clips, Ties. Recent vetting available. Located in California.

Sultry Cat. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Sultry Cat

Sultry Cat is a 16hh 2012 OTTB. Sultry Cat loves his new job and is ready to do beginner novice eventing, training level dressage or small hunter courses. He loves to go on adventures especially if they include going through water.

He has three lovely gaits with a very well balanced canter. Sultry Cat has been to a hunter pace and an eventing derby. He was very brave and careful at both of these events.

Sultry Cat hacks out in a group or alone on a loose rein as well as has been ridden bareback. Sultry Cat is very athletic and looks forward to finding a person that will enjoy him as well as take him to the “big kid” shows. Located in Kentucky.

Clydesdale Cross. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

SAFE, BOMBPROOF Clydesdale Cross

Proudly offered for sale, beautiful and athletic Clydesdale Cross. Thor is a 13 y/o, 17.1 hands gentle giant. Amateur friendly and will literally do whatever you ask. He is a perfect babysitter as well as a get up and go for a more advanced rider.

Always in the ribbons and throws down a lovely dressage test. He has also been fox hunting and never bats and eye at anything while keeping up with all of the thoroughbreds. Loves the hounds!

Has been used in a lesson program as well for the Indiana University Equestrian Team.Thor would make and excellent dressage, low level eventer and/or fox hunter.

He is always getting attention for his good looks and friendly demeanor. Stands for farrier, clips, baths, ties to trailers. You name it, he will do it. Don’t let this guy get away, he is the whole package! Located in Indiana.

Sweet Georgia Brown. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

WINNING BN Packer! Proven record – with talent for MUCH more!

Sweet Georgia Brown is a 14.2hh Mustang Gelding ~10 yo. He has evented through Novice, consistently placing in the top 3 at every event! He started competing at recognized horse trials in March of 2016 and qualified for the American Eventing Championships where he finished 3rd in the Junior Beginner Novice division with a rider in her first year of eventing as well.

Sweet Georgia Brown is an absolute pleasure to ride – especially to jump! Point, and shoot. This guy will carry you around a course. He knows his job, and absolutely loves it! Perfect for an Adult Amateur looking to stay at the lower levels and be very competitive, or a young rider that would like to move up the levels – he’s got plenty of scope with a high jump record of 4’9,” so far!

Sweet Georgia Brown also excels on the flat with 3 very correct, rhythmic gaits. He is schooling second level movements. He is ready for a Training level eventing move up as soon as his new rider wants to take him there. He has schooled much of the Intermediate cross country course at Poplar Place and is absolutely game.

When not competing and jumping the moon, Sweet Georgia Brown is an excellent lesson horse. He has taught beginner riders the basics and helped adult riders gain confidence jumping. Prior to 2016, he did a little of everything from being an adult riders dressage horse, teaching IEA kids to ride and jump, and being a family pony.

He travels perfectly and stands quietly for the farrier. He also loves a long bareback trail ride in his halter alone, or with friends. Super sound and has great feet. He can go barefoot or shod, depending on your preference. An easy keeper in every way. Up to date on all shots and coggins. Located in Georgia.

Trendy. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Young Imported Gelding Ready for His USA Debut!

This flashy 5 yr old, 16.3hh Irish Sport Horse gelding, sired by Future Trend, has a bright future ahead of him with upper-level talent! Trendy has experience foxhunting, eventing, and show jumping in Ireland.

He has a swinging walk, expressive trot, and an uphill and ground-covering canter. His jump is catty, with a forward but adjustable way of going to his fences.

Trendy has a very willing temperament and a great work ethic, making him ideal for a young rider, adult amateur, or professional. He goes all three phases in a snaffle, and is well-mannered in the barn. Located in New Jersey.

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Mackenna Shea Awarded Amanda Pirie Warrington Grant

Mackenna Shea and Landioso. Photo by Jenni Autry.

The USET Foundation awarded 25-year-old Mackenna Shea with the 2017 Amanda Pirie Warrington Grant. This award is given in memory of Amanda to an emerging athlete with the talent and ability to represent the U.S. on the world stage.  Mackenna will receive up to $5,000 to use towards training expenses over the next year.

“It’s a huge honor and I was totally surprised,” Mackenna said. “I had a really good year, but I had a lot of support and I have a really great horse. It’s very rewarding to be considered for something like this and I hope next year is even better!”

Mackenna spent the summer competing in Europe thanks to the Karen Stives Eventing Endowment Fund Grant. While there, she and her 15-year-old Bavarian Warmblood, Landioso, competed at the Barbury Castle CIC2* and finished 24th at the Burghley CCI4*.

The pair has been competing at the three-star level since 2011 with numerous top finishes. They completed their first four-star last year in Kentucky where they finished 29th. Mackenna plans to return to the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event in the spring.

“I am planning to going out Florida in late February and I hope to use the grant to help me get out there and pay for lessons,” Mackenna said. “That’s going to be a huge benefit for me, not having to worry about how I am going to make it work. I am going to use that as preparation for Kentucky, hopefully.”

[USET Foundation Awards 2017 Amanda Pirie Warrington Grant to Eventing Athlete Mackenna Shea]

Best of 2017 Video Countdown #9: Chincoteague Island Pony Swim Drone View

Each day between now and the New Year we’re counting down the most popular videos shared on EN in 2017. The #9 spot goes to “Chincoteague Island Pony Swim Drone View,” which garnered 3,568 views when it was posted on August 30, 2017.

Made famous by the endearing “Misty of Chincoteague” novel by Marguerite Henry, the annual Chincoteague Island Pony Swim is a well-known and much loved tradition.

Every summer, the Saltwater Cowboys swim the wild ponies of Assateague Island across the channel to Chincoteague Island on the Virginia coast. The roundup and subsequent auction helps to control the overall size of the herd and is fundraiser for the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company.

Attending the event, which can really be more described as a festival, to watch the swim and potentially bid on a pony during the auction is a childhood dream that many of us have likely carried to adulthood.

2017 marked the 92nd Chincoteague Island Pony Swim. Check out this incredible drone footage that gives us a birds-eye view!

Have you every been to the Chincoteague Pony Swim, EN?

Wednesday Video from Kentucky Performance Products: How Michael Jung Spends the Eventing Off-Season

 

FischerSolution erreicht den 11. Platz im Rolex Grand Prix über 1,60m💪🏼✨🎉
Es war ein wahnsinns Gefühl diesen Parcours mit ihr zu reiten 🚀
fischer group

Posted by Michael Jung on Sunday, December 10, 2017

One might be fooled into thinking Michael Jung would take time off from being completely amazing and enjoy a quiet winter break, but you don’t become World Number 1 by laying on the couch and drinking hot chocolate until spring.

While the eventing season is on a short holiday, Jung has been honing his skills in the jumper ring. It’s no secret he competes regularly in pure show jumping, but lately he’s appearing on some of the sport’s biggest stages.

At the 1.60m Rolex Grand Prix of Geneva in Switzerland earlier this month, where Kent Farrington won the star-studded division aboard Gazelle, Jung and the 8-year-old Westphalian mare fischerSolution finished 11th after a gorgeous round with just one rail down at the second to last fence. Watch their round above and click here to watch the entire class.

What could be next for Jung? Do you think he might tackle an Olympic path in show jumping?

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