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Wednesday Video from Kentucky Performance Products: Meet the 2018 FEI Awards Winners

2018 FEI Awards Winners. Photo by FEI/Liz Gregg.

Equestrians were honored last night at the 2018 FEI Awards presented by Longines in Manama, Bahrain. Congratulations to everyone for their well earned recognition for their excellence, commitment, dedication and courage. Let’s meet the winners.

World Champion Simone Blum, who became the first woman in the history of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ to win individual gold, received the Fosun Best Athlete Award.

“I am very proud to be the Fosun best athlete, I think it’s a dream of every rider,” Simone said. “A lot of really good riders got it before and to the people I want to say thank you a lot. It was a pleasure for me and I have the best fans and supporters. Thank you.”

USA’s Lee McKeever took the award for FEI Best Groom. Lee has groomed for McLain Ward for 30 years and shared some of his biggest victories including team gold at WEG in Tryon.

French eventer Victor Levecque received the Longines Rising Star Award. At only 20 years old, he already has a long list of accolades, including with European medals, including two gold medals and five French national champion titles to his name.

Ten years after winning the Rising Star Award, Alex Hua Tian of China, along with Philip Wong, accepted the FEI Solidarity Award for the Horsemanship charity programme in China.

The Against All Odds Award was presented to Leila Malki from Palestine. She is a role model to young women in her country and encourages women and girls to get involved in equestrian sport.

Go Equestrians.

[FEI Awards 2018]

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BoneWise:

• Maintains optimal levels of bone density when horses are confined to their stalls.
• Delivers a readily digestible, natural source of calcium and trace minerals necessary for optimal bone development.
• Supports enhanced bone mineral content and bone turnover that encourages the swift repair of microdamage.
• Supplies yeast cultures that support improved mineral and vitamin digestibility.
• Sustains vitamin D at levels necessary for healthy bone development.

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Monday News and Notes from Fleeceworks

Is it ever too early to get into the Christmas spirit? Nah. But let’s all take a second and admire the fact that Lainey Ashker’s lipstick matches her bowtie. We expect no less. Happy holidays!

National Holiday: Equal Opportunity Day

Major Weekend Events:

Ocala Jockey Club: WebsiteResultsLive StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Action:

Fresno County Horse Park H.T. [Website] [Results]

Monday News and Notes:

Eventer Mackenzie Rollins and the team at Mill Creek Equestrian Center in Topanga, Calif. were faced with evacuating 70 horses due to raging wildfires. Jane Arrasmith Duggan was in Kentucky at the USDF Finals while the barn she works out of, Ironhorse Ranch, burned down. These riders and many others have stayed strong in the wake of tragedy thanks in large part to the support of their community. [‘It Restores Your Faith In Humanity’: How Equestrians Showed Up For California Wildfire Evacuees]

Erm, okay. I know horses do dumb stuff. But eating wire? Apparently that’s a thing. An action once considered a death sentence, researchers now say that if caught early and treated surgically, horses who ingest wire could survive the ordeal. The question I suppose then is, how do you stop a horse who ate wire from doing it again? [Surgery Can Save Horses That Eat Wire]

Sarah goes to the barn, loves on her horse, grooms him, picks his feet, sits down to enjoy a lunchtime sandwich while watching her horse graze in the field. But wait! Sarah forgot to wash her hands. Does she care? Nope. Have you probably done the same? Yep. [Girl Picks Out Horse’s Hooves…]

It’s the thick of foxhunting season, and while we all like to think the winter months will be full of tallyhos, stirrup cups and hearty post-hunt breakfast (arguably my favorite part), inevitably foxchasers experience a few, err, inconveniences as penance for playing hooky to go hunt on a Thursday morning. [7 Problems We All Encounter Hunting]

The Horse Radio Network Radiothon is one week away. Tune in on Monday Nov. 26 from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. EST. You can listen live here  or on the free Horse Radio Network Phone App — just search Horse Radio Network in the IOS or Google Play store. Call in for a chance to win over $4,000 in Prizes on Radiothon Day: 435-272-1997. [HRN Radiothon]

Monday Video: Looking for something else fun to do this winter ?

Horse racing, on skis, on a frozen lake

Horse racing on skis. On a frozen lake. http://cnn.it/2mfEQy2

Posted by CNN International on Thursday, February 23, 2017

Wednesday Video from Kentucky Performance Products: James Koford and Adiah HP Get In the Groove at USDF Freestyle Champs

Put on your dancing shoes and get down to this jazzy freestyle by James Koford and Adiah HP. For the second consecutive year, they won the Grand Prix open freestyle championship at the U.S. Dressage Finals in Kentucky last weekend (they also won the Grand Prix open championship). Their freestyle music was a last-minute change, but you wouldn’t have known it as Sherry Koella’s 11-year-old Fresian mare grooved around the arena. In fact, the tune was an homage to Adiah’s owner, who once made her living as a magician and performed to this very music!

“I am so pumped! She’s getting so mature – now she goes in the ring and gets excited, but I can channel that energy,” James said. “I saw her in a clinic four years ago and thought she was the most fun horse I’d ever seen, and I had to sit on her. Now she’s gone on to do everything I’ve asked and more. She’s like my dirt bike: I just get to run around and have fun, without stress or drama. It just gives me goosebumps because it’s so much fun to get on a horse like this that loves to go in the show ring.”

And here’s a fun fact: James is a former eventer who ran around Kentucky twice. Check out this incredibly entertaining recollection of that experience in an interview with James from the EN archives.

[Adiah HP Makes Magic At U.S. Dressage Finals]

[USDF Press Release]

[Jim Koford – Onward and Upward]

Need to support strong, sound bones in layups or young horses?

Ask your vet about BoneWise™.

BoneWise:

• Maintains optimal levels of bone density when horses are confined to their stalls.
• Delivers a readily digestible, natural source of calcium and trace minerals necessary for optimal bone development.
• Supports enhanced bone mineral content and bone turnover that encourages the swift repair of microdamage.
• Supplies yeast cultures that support improved mineral and vitamin digestibility.
• Sustains vitamin D at levels necessary for healthy bone development.

For more information, visit KPPvet.com.

Monday News & Notes from Fleeceworks

From left: Gail Mink, Jimmie Schramm, Joseph Murphy and Trebuchet after during the clinic at Kealani Farm last week. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Irish Olympian Joseph Murphy is returning to Kealani Farm in West Grove, Pennsylvania, on Dec. 1-2 to teach another of his highly popular clinics utilizing indoor cross country and show jumping exercises. The clinic also coincides with the USEA Area II Annual Meeting in nearby Kennett Square. Joseph will speak about how he got his start in eventing during the afternoon training symposium on Saturday. Check out Event Clinics for all the details.

National Holiday: Happy Hour Day. Also my mom’s birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!

U.S. Weekend Action:

Full Moon Farms H.T. [Website] [Results]

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

Poplar Place Farm H.T. [Website] [Results]

Texas Rose Horse Park H.T. [Website] [Results]

Monday News and Notes:

Horses and mules were the primary means of achieving military mobility during the First World War. The British Army alone employed over a million equine throughout the conflict; the American military employed over 1.25 million equines. Check out the FEI’s tribute to these soldiers who served alongside the British and Allied forces. [The Unsung Heroes of WWI]

Loch Moy Farm in Adamstown, Maryland hosted their first Beginner Novice Three-Day Event at the Maryland Horse Trials in early October. Ella Lucas, who won with her mount Truthful Saint, pointed out that all 12 entries completed the competition. “This was a richly rewarding experience for everyone that took part.” [Memories Made in Maryland]

Nearly 16 years after he was rescued from a pregnant mare urine facility in Canada, Cheval Noir went down centerline in the Grand Prix freestyle open championship at U.S. Dressage Finals. Rider Pam Wangenheim-Hawkins gave him more than one second chance at life and he has returned the favor in spades. [From PMU Rescue Foal To Grand Prix Dressage]

Keeping insurance on your horse can mean the difference between, well, the worst case scenario and the opposite of that. But horse insurance isn’t the same as people insurance. There are major differences in what is and isn’t covered. So if you’re considering insurance for your horse or don’t totally understand what it covers, read this! [‘But I Thought My Insurance Covered That!’]

Monday Video: A beautiful partnership in action.

Bridless Reining – Dan Huss & Ms Dreamy

The #AQHAWorldShow is full of excitement and success, but this moment from the senior reining finals is sure to warm the hearts and spirits of horse-lovers everywhere.

In the middle of Dan Huss’ run with Ms Dreamy, the bridle broke. Instead of stopping, Dan scooped up the hardware and kept on trucking – making this a once-in-a-lifetime moment on a once-in-a-lifetime horse.

This is also Ms Dreamy’s final run before her retirement. What a way to go out – ears up and all.

Posted by American Quarter Horse Association on Saturday, November 10, 2018

Let’s Discuss: Your Favorite Winter-Wear

Working students in the wild have been known to search out sources of warmth in the winter months. Photo via Destination Farm FB page.

There’s no getting around it now — winter is coming. In fact, for some of our readers, it may have already arrived. We think a lot about dressing our horses for cold weather, but what about us? It’s no fun doing barn chores in with frozen fingers and toes, but it’s equally miserable being so bundled up you can barely move your arms and resemble the Michelin man, or worse, whatever this is:

 

Poate aveti nevoie de o geaca de iarna!

Posted by Ade Andreea on Tuesday, October 23, 2018

My go-to OOTD on the coldest days of the year is a thermal base layer, an insulating fleece layer, and then a really good quality, heavy winter coat. Add a cozy scarf and some kind of ear cover that fits under my helmet (I have a thin balaclava that I love. It keeps my nose and cheeks warm in the worst of the wind), and it’s not so bad.

But in all honesty, I may live in the mountains and we don’t have an indoor, but it still doesn’t get that cold here. We have readers who deal with feet of snow for months on end and literally frigid temps. So let’s here it from the people who really know — how do you layer up for comfortable (as possible) riding in winter? How do you stave off frozen fingers and toes?

Let us know in the comments (Your fellow readers will thank you).

Sunday Video from Total Saddle Fit: In Honor of the Horses Who Have Served

As you know, eventing’s roots are in the military. A sport once reserved for cavalry officers and their mounts is now a worldwide hobby and profession for people from all walks of life. On this Veterans Day, as we remember the men and women who have served our country throughout history, let us also remember the horses who served along side them, for they are heroes, too.

Never forget.

Specifically for eventers, the StretchTec Shoulder Relief Girth now comes in two shades of brown to match monoflap jump saddles! Let your horse move more freely and breathe easier by using the same girth as Tamra Smith. See them all here: totalsaddlefit.com

Be A Hero: Get CPR Certified

It’s likely that every one of us knows a friend or family member who has suffered a heart attack, and it may have been life-saving Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) that gave them a second chance at life. Luckily you don’t have to be a medical professional to administer CPR, but it is important to learn how to do it properly.

The USEA has partnered with Trio Safety CPR + AED Solutions to educate members during the USEA Annual Meeting & Convention at the Sheraton New Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana, December 6-9, 2018. There they will offer a session that will serve as a skill check for the completion of the American Red Cross First Aid CPR and AED course.

“Stop Heart Attack powered by Trio Safety CPR + AED is proud to work with the members of the USEA to provide special pricing for equipment and training that can be lifesaving when seconds count,” said Rusty Lowe, an Emergency Preparedness Consultant for Stop Heart Attack + Trio Safety. “Please consider registering for the American Red Cross First Aid CPR + AED class conveniently offered online prior to the Convention, allowing you to complete training and written testing online and have practical skills tested on site (approximately 30 minutes) in New Orleans, saving you valuable time!”

If you want to to get certified, complete an online class prior to Convention and then be sure to attend the practical skills portion during Convention. Click here to register for the online class. It only costs $50 and it could mean life or death for someone who needs your help in the future.

If you’re are not going to be at Convention, don’t worry. Stop Heart Attack + Trio Safety can teach all over the country! Visit www.triosafety.com for more information.

[Trio Safety CPR + AED Solutions Signs on as Contributing Level Sponsor of the 2018 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention]

Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: Young Prospects Ready to Take on the World

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.

One item on my bucket list is to go to a young horse sale in Europe. I don’t necessarily want to come home with a horse, I just want to go and see one of these sales — experience the excitement, the possibilities, the auction (don’t cough, don’t move, don’t even blink!). But honestly, I don’t have to go very far to see a nice selection of youngsters. In fact, here’s five right now!

Jake. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Fancy 4 yo Cruising ISH with show miles

Imported 16.2h, 4yo ISH/TB (Cruising & Clover Hill). “Jake” has all the right pieces to be a competitive upper level horse, yet easy and chill enough for a YR or Ammy to bring along. Brave, Scopey, and can take a serious joke. Good in the mouth and sound. Competing Novice level Eventing, has shown up to 1.0m jumpers. Nice enough to be an Eq horse. Comes with clean X-rays. **Placed 3rd in a big Novice Horse group at VAHT November 3/4th finishing on his dressage score of 31. Located in Kentucky.

Silver Dollar’s Cruiser. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Exceptional Young Prospect

Silver Dollar’s Cruizer is a stunning coming 2 year old gelding. Foaled 5/1/17, He is sired by Blue Ridge Monroe (Connemara) out of a grade Tobiano mare. He should finish out at around 15’2′. Cruizer has 3 lovely gaits and is sure to be eye catching as he continues to mature. Cruizer has had a wonderful up bringing clips, loads, ties, bathes and is up to date on all vaccinations and coggins. He placed first at The National Dressage Pony Cup in yearling geldings/colts and was Reserve Champion young horse gelding/colt. He would excel in any direction but with his movement his calling may be in Dressage or he will be the one to get you the dressage score in eventing. He has his lifetime USEF number. Located in Ohio.

Hold On To Me. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Fantastic Young Sport Horse Prospect

Hold On To Me 2014 17 + Hd Reg. TB Gelding – Danzig grandson with other impressive sport horse bloodlines. “Holden” is a handsome, uncomplicated prospect and could go in any direction or discipline; dressage, eventing, hunter/jumper or fox hunter. He has three lovely gates, large stride and a lovely jump. Classic and correction conformation with fantastic large feet and bone. This guy is something! Great in the arena or the field and hacks alone or with a group. Great to trailer, shoe, clip, tack, etc. Wonderful prospect for serious amateur or professional. Located in North Carolina.

Bella. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

MHC Reba Joe Jack: All-Around Fun!

MHC Reba Joe Jack: 2015 14.2h bay Quarter Horse mare. Are you looking to have some fun? Look no further than “Bella!” This cute mare is a quiet, easygoing ride that can do a little bit of everything. She hacks out quietly and is jumping 2’ courses with scope for more. She would be a super Pony Club or 4-H horse, or for the petite adult that’s looking for something safe and fun to ride. Located in Pennsylvania.

Shegotmorethaneven. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

5 year old Thoroughbred Mare

For your consideration: Shegotmorethaneven; 2013 Thoroughbred Mare; 16.1 hands. Uphill, naturally balanced Mare with unlimited potential and possibly one of the most athletic horses I have been able to sit on. She is 60 days restarted after a year of down time from the track with a strong base in dressage. Walk, trot, canter, and jumping small courses. Easy to have around the barn, easy keeper, and no vices. 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.

What’s Happening This Fall? [Updated 11/21]

Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

What’s Happening is EN’s guide to lessons, clinics, schooling shows and other riding and educational opportunities during the fall. 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 VIArea VII | Area VIII | Area IX | Canada

Area I

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Area II

Dec. 1-3: Clinic with Irish Olympian Joseph Murphy
Indoor clinic combining show jumping and cross country exercises at superb venue Kealani Farm in West Grove, Pennsylvania. The afternoon session on Saturday, Dec. 1 will also serve as the training symposium for the USEA Area II Annual Meeting. A portion of clinic fees will be donated to the David Foster Injured Riders Fund to support Jonty Evans’s ongoing recovery. Sign up on Event Clinics.

Dec. 1-2: Phillip Dutton Clinic at Quail Roost Farm in Rougemont, NC
Click here to view the flyer. Please contact Holly Hudspeth ([email protected] OR 703-727-2753) for more information.

December 16: Phillip Dutton Jumping Clinic
Hosted by Trevi Manor, Lothian, MD (Anne Arundel County, just south of Annapolis). Start your winter riding goals off right with challenges and homework from Phillip Dutton — learn the secrets of the training program of a six-time Olympian with multiple medals! Small groups of 2-4 riders; Beginner Novice up to Advanced levels are anticipated (pending rider interest). Contact Cherie at [email protected] for more information and to sign up.  Free to Audit! More information about Trevi Manor available at www.trevimanor.com and check Facebook page for clinic ride times the week before the clinic.

Area III

 

December 5: Stable View Schooling Hunter & Jumper Show
These shows are held the first Wednesday of every month! The show begins at 10:00 AM. Fences start at 2’3” and work up to 3’9” for the Jumpers, and the Hunter divisions run 2’ through 3’3” . These shows are a great opportunity to practice your stadium rounds!  Class entry fees range from $30-$50 with up to $2,000 in prize money awarded. Please contact Stable View at (484) 356-3173 or [email protected] for more information. Enter online via www.stableviewfarm.com.

December 12: Stable View Schooling Dressage Show
This show is the perfect chance to practice both USDF and USEA tests! The show begins at noon unless entries warrant. Each test is $35. Please contact Stable View at (484) 356-3173 or [email protected] for more information. Enter online via www.stableviewfarm.com

December 10-13: Kai-Steffen Meier Clinic
Kai-Steffen Meier, the 2018 USEA ICP and YEH featured clinician is returning to Ocala December 10-13 for an exclusive clinic offering private and semi-private lessons only in all three phases. No big, impersonal groups – lessons revolve around what you and your horse need to succeed in training and competition. Great environment for problem horses or professionals who have no free time. Sessions are available from one to all four days to cater to you schedule. Stabling can be arranged as well as lodging.  Please contact Kimberly Kojima at [email protected] or 802.238.2360 to reserve a spot.

December 15-16: POP 3Phase Schooling Show
Florida Horse Park, www.flhorsepark.com

December 28-30: Bringing Safety to the Forefront Clinic Series, Ocala, Florida
Buck Davidson, LandSafe Equestrian and Mike Pilato have merged for an upcoming series of clinics nationwide! Join us for 3 days of excitement in Ocala December 28-30th 2018. Buck Davidson- Known worldwide for his accomplishments at international competitions. He is equally as well known for his grittiness, determination and ‘stickability’. This clinic will focus on the latter of these skills that he has developed over a lifetime of riding. LandSafe Equestrian- The fastest growing equestrian clinic in the country that provides participants with exercises to develop their muscle memory to reduce their rider risk in a fall scenario. Mike Pilato- 28 years practicing NATA certified Athletic Trainer. In 2002 Mike started research and developing the concept of the ‘equestrian as an athlete’. Athletes in other sports have had long term access to sports medicine and conditioning professionals who can evaluate them as an athlete. Now the same level of care and knowledge is available to the equestrian. Clinic Price Includes
– 2 Lessons with Buck Davidson
– Level 1 LandSafe Clinic
– A customized program for each rider developed by Mike Pilato
– A simple Breakfast & Lunch Friday and Saturday
– One Dinner Saturday night prepared by Chef BDJ
– Shavings and Stabling from Thursday evening (12/27) through Monday morning (12/31)
For more detailed information about this clinic please visit www.landsafeequestrian.com and click on the clinic tour dates tab. [Register on Event Clinics]

 

Area IV

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Area V

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Area VI

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Area VII

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Area VIII

December 15-16: MSEDA Annual Meeting
MSEDA Annual Meeting, Awards Banquet and a clinic with Lynn Symansky. The Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet will be on the 15th in Cincinnati at the Holiday Inn Eastgate. Lynn Symanksy will be the speaker. Discount Hotel rooms for members until 11/23. On Sunday the 16th Lynn will be our clinician at Majestic Farm. Details can be found at www.MSEDA.org.

Area IX

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Canada

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

Wednesday Video from Kentucky Performance Products: Tallyho! A Jaunt With The Massbach Hounds

People think I’m crazy when I tell them I foxhunt my event horse, but it’s been the very best thing for him as he grows into himself and learns where his feet are. Hunting has made him braver, sharper, more focused. Plus, if a horse can foxhunt first flight, they have no excuse to be afraid of anything they encounter on a manicured cross country course.

Don’t take my word for it. Following the Virginia Horse Trials last weekend, Boyd Martin said he was looking forward to spending some time riding with the Cheshire Foxhounds near his home base in Pennsylvania this winter.

“The warmblood-y ones that are foreign to the cross country go out. I usually go out on the quieter days [during the week] and stick in the back ,” Boyd said. “It’s tough because the event horses are worth so much money now and it’s terrifying riding them for hours in knee deep mud, but they still have to have this toughness and ruggedness and will to fight through adversity. The hunting teaches them that.”

Obviously, you have to pick the right horse for the job. Not all event horses are appropriate to hunt, or even enjoy it. But some truly DO. But listen. Not all hunts have you galloping headlong over massive hedges and sketchy ditches a la Wylie’s Ledbury experience. Many hunts across the U.S. maintain a slower pace, with optional small coop fences, thrilling yet relatively tame gallops through the countryside, and lots of long breaks (aka checks, aka snack/hip flask time).

Exhibit A: Massbach Hounds in Illinois. This hunt looked to have had a beautiful, sunny day fox chasing in the above video. Nothing too crazy, but with enough of a challenge to keep everyone interested. Almost right away they’re negotiating water crossings and fitness-testing terrain, and you get an up-close-and-personal look at the hounds as they work. Not to mention the stunning views! What a wonderful way to spend a day on a horse!

Need to support strong, sound bones in layups or young horses?

Ask your vet about BoneWise™.

BoneWise:

• Maintains optimal levels of bone density when horses are confined to their stalls.
• Delivers a readily digestible, natural source of calcium and trace minerals necessary for optimal bone development.
• Supports enhanced bone mineral content and bone turnover that encourages the swift repair of microdamage.
• Supplies yeast cultures that support improved mineral and vitamin digestibility.
• Sustains vitamin D at levels necessary for healthy bone development.

For more information, visit KPPvet.com.

Martin and Wood Take CCI Wins at Virginia; Rutledge Crowned National Champion

Boyd Martin and Contesor. Photo by Brant Gamma Photography.

The Virginia CCI/CIC & Horse Trials (VHT) wrapped up today at the Virginia Horse Center. The final phase of show jumping altered the top of the CCI leaderboards and the results of the 2018 USEF CCI1* Eventing National Championships. 

Boyd Martin picked up a second international win, having already won the CIC2* on Saturday. Today he entered the show jumping arena sitting first and second in the CCI2*. A rail down for Barry, a 9-year-old Canadian Sport Horse he owns with Nancy Hathaway and Kathleen Crompton, dropped the horse to third place. A clear round meant victory for Denise Lahey and Pierre Colin’s homebred Contestor. Boyd was pleased for Contestor’s connections but disappointed in himself for taking a rail on Barry.

“Barry deserved to win because he was jumping really well. I made a major error turning him in the air over a vertical. I heard him just tick it behind so that rail was definitely my fault. He wanted to jump clear,” said Boyd, who owns the horse with Windurra, USA. 

The 11-year-old KWPN Contestor has now added a second two-star victory to his record, having won the Bromont CIC2* in the summer. “I find a lot of pleasure in riding horses for owners that really love their horse. Denise Lahey and Pierre Colin bred the horse and love the horse like it’s their child. A win at this and Bromont is a thrill for me because it’s so satisfying for those guys that backed me for many years,” he said.

Ryan Wood and Ruby. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Australia’s Ryan Wood and Ruby, a 9-year-old Oldenburg mare owned by Summit Sporthorses Ltd., commanded the CCI1*-A division throughout the competition. They had one rail in hand for show jumping, which they used up at the very first fence on course, but they finished without additional penalties and won by less than a point. 

“I tried to not think about the rail and just be efficient as time could be a factor. She woke up after that first fence and really came off the ground. It was really nice to see her lead from start to finish,” he said. “Thanks to her breeder, Ilona English, for breeding another top class horse. It’s great to have them coming through. Her half-brother Powell won this same event a few years ago.”

Colleen Rutledge and C Me Fly. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Finishing in second place in the CIC1*-A division and taking home the USEF CCI1* Eventing National Championship title as the highest placed American rider was Colleen Rutledge and 6-year-old Westphalian mare, C Me Fly, who started the competition in a three-way tie.

“She is a recent import from Germany and she has exceeded every expectation I have had for her this year,” she said. Tackling the mare’s first CCI1* this weekend, Colleen didn’t know how she would show jump after cross country. “She felt the terrain from yesterday and I had to be a little more aggressive with my leg and she just answered everything in spades. I couldn’t have asked for her to be any better across this entire  weekend.” 

Colleen acknowledged that show jumping is a difficult phase for her and she’s been determined to get better. “I’ve been working really hard not only to improve my eye but to improve my horses’ elasticity and flexibility and their ability to stay on a 12-foot step. C Me Fly is naturally an exceptionally good show jumper and I’m so fortunate to be able to keep working on myself with something like her that is just starting her career. She gives me so much more confidence to know that even if I screw up she’s going to be there and help me out.”

Boyd Martin and Ringo Star. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Adding another accolade to his performance  this weekend, Boyd Martin and Ringo Star, an 8-year-old Thoroughbred owned by Helle Goodrich, were named USEF CCI1* Eventing National Reserve Champions and finished third overall in the division. 

Isabel Finemore and Rutherglen. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Looking to the CCI1*-B division, 15-year-old Isabel Finemore took top honors in her very first one-star riding Rutherglen, a 15-year-old Hanoverian. They also won the USEF CCI1*-JR/YR National Championship. Isabel had two horses in the division so had already gotten a shot at Chris Barnard’s show jumping course with her pony, Craig More Tom. 

 “With the pony it’s very different. I made some mistakes and having that practice round really showed me that I needed to get my act together and go do what I’m actually capable of doing,” she said. “Rutherglen was great. Just calm and steady and slow. My trainer, Booli Selmayr, was absolutely fantastic; she’s always there and helps me. She told me when I was walking up, ‘stick to the plan, and don’t change anything.’ And she was right as she always is.” 

Rutherglen competed at the 2012 London Olympics with Australian eventer Andrew Hoy, so he brings a ton of experience to this relatively new partnership. Isabel said, “He is a four-star horse so I wasn’t sure if I was going to be big enough or strong enough but he’s so kind to me. He’s very thoughtful and it was very easy to build a great partnership with him.”

Coming second in the USEF CCI1*-JR/YR National Reserve Championship and in the CIC1*-B division was Kelsey Ann Quinn and Julie Quinn’s 12-year-old Thoroughbred, Dandy Longlegs. They led the division through the first two phases but unfortunately added faults in show jumping.

There were several special awards given in the FEI divisions. The  winners are: 

Best Turned Out CCI2*: Valerie Vizcarrondo Pride and Favian.
Best Conditioned CCI2*: Jeff Beshear and Say Cheese
Best Conditioned CCI1*: Claudia Sarnoff and Callan Quinto
Kildonan Tug Memorial Trophy: Dylan Philipps and Fernhill Fierce

Eight teams participated in the Intercollegiate and Alumni Team Challenge. Although Randolph-Macon College led after the first two phases, the University of Virginia edged ahead to win. Full team challenge  results are available here. 

Virginia CCI, CIC, & H.T.: WebsiteEntry StatusRide TimesLive Scores

Wednesday Video from Kentucky Performance Products: Up, Up, and Over a 7-Foot Wall

The Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) is unique for two main reasons. 1) It’s smack in the middle of Washington, D.C.; the stabling is literally set up in the street. 2) It takes place in The Capital One Arena, which is an actual shape shifter. Throughout the year, the venue transforms from an ice rink to a basketball court, an indoor football field, a concert hall, and more. Right now, it’s an indoor horse show arena complete with pristine all-weather footing.

One of the most popular classes at the WIHS is also one of the last of its kind: the $25,000 Land Rover Puissance. This year’s epic battle came down to two riders still in the hunt after four rounds of competition. In the fifth and final round, Andrew Kocher and Blaze of Glory II went head-to-head with Aaron Vale and Finou 4 over a wall that stood 6’11 ½”.

In the end, Aaron and Finou 4 cleared the wall at a height of nearly 7 feet, securing their third consecutive win at the WIHS Puissance. The incredible 12-year-old Hanoverian owned by Thinks Like a Horse looked as though he could have kept going higher. Besides his remarkable talent over fences, Finou 4 has one more special quality — he’s blind in his left eye.

“He’s got a lot of ability,” Aaron said. “He’s very limber, plus he’s got a lot of power, so it just seems to be easy for him. I think they could keep raising it, and I’d keep riding him to it.”

Aaron says he’s had an interest in the puissance ever since he was a kid and rode in his first one at age 13. “I’ve always had a love for the class. It’s about the only one left in the country, so it’s special to come do it, and they always get a great crowd. It’s always a fun night — especially when you have a horse that’s pretty good at it.”

[Bloomberg and Vale Lead the Way with Victories During Military Night at WIHS]

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Monday News and Notes from Fleeceworks

That moment when you win your very first four-star. Totes relatable, yeah? Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Just getting to a four-star is a remarkable achievement. Finishing on a number instead of a letter at your first four-star — wow. WINNING your four-star debut? We. Are. Speechless. What an incredibly happy result! All the congratulations to Thibault Fournier (and his horse Siniani de Lathus) for becoming Pau’s youngest victor at only 23 years old.

National Holiday: NATIONAL CAT DAY

Major Events This Weekend:

Pau Links: WebsiteResultsLive StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Action:

Waredaca Classic 3DE & H.T. [Website] [3DE Results] [HT Results]

Chattahoochee Hills H.T. [Website] [Results]

Windermere Run H.T. [Website] [Results]

Holly Hill Fall H.T. [Website] [Results]

Monday News and Notes:

Area VIII Young Riders is looking for a new coach starting in 2019. The position is for a three-year term (pending annual reviews and approval from Area VIII). For a position description, information on how to apply and further details please contact Laura Miller, 2018 Area VIII Young Rider Coordinator, at [email protected].

The cost of entry fees is a hot topic here in the States and inevitably comes up at nearly every USEA Annual Meeting and Convention. Turns out we aren’t the only ones having a heated debate over the cost of competing. Find out why one Horse & Hound editor supports the cost of increased entry fees. [An Unfashionable View]

“He is the reason why I stuck with eventing.” Meet the winners of the Charles Owen Technical Merit Award given to Training level riders at Area VI’s Shepherd Ranch Horse Trials. [Technical Merit Award]

With the soft Autumn light and vivid fall colors (not to mention incredible sport) Fair Hill International is hands down one of the most photogenic venues in the country. USEA shares some of their favorite moments from this year’s competition that may not have made it into their regular coverage. [Through the Lens]

Personally, I love fall. And winter, even. But with chilly temps comes frisky horses, and combine the frustration of an unpredictable ride on a proverbial loony toon with frozen fingers and toes, and it doesn’t sound like such a good time. Luckily, Emily Daily is here to help get you through spooky-leaf season relatively unscathed. [A Wimpy Rider’s Guide to Surviving Chilly Weather]

Monday Video: 

Wednesday Video from Kentucky Performance Products: William Fox-Pitt, The Eventing Maestro

William Fox-Pitt. You know the guy – five Olympic Games, four World Equestrian Games, SIX Burghley titles. Throughout his glittering career, what does he consider his biggest triumph (you might be surprised!) and his most memorable moment? Watch to find out why he didn’t retire when he’d originally planned, his thoughts on WEG and the British team as well as what’s next on the horizon (hint: he’s still hunting down individual gold).

 

Fight back against vitamin E deficiencies that can cause muscle soreness and stiffness

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Vitamin E requirements vary from situation to situation. Multiple research studies have shown that vitamin E is often deficient in the diets of horses that do not have access to continual grazing on fresh green grass, or those grazing on winter pasture. Performance horses with demanding workloads, growing horses and seniors can be exposed to increased levels of oxidative stress and therefore require higher levels of vitamin E in their diets. Studies reveal that horses challenged by neurological disease benefit from natural vitamin E supplementation.

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Monday News and Notes from Fleeceworks

Frankie Thieriot-Stutes and Chatwin, 2018 USEF National CCI3* Champions. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

Frankie Thieriot-Stutes is proof that you can do it all — be a supermom, run your own business(es) and ride at the top levels of the sport… as an amateur! If you need some motivation and inspiration, look no further! Huge congrats to Frankie and Chatwin for their incredible start to finish win at Fair Hill International CCI3* this weekend.

Major Events This Weekend:

Fair Hill: WebsiteYEH ResultsCCI ResultsLive StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

Hagyard Midsouth Three-day Event & Team Challenge H.T.: WebsiteResultsEN’s Coverage

Le Lion d’Angers: Website6-year-old Entries7-year-old EntriesResultsEN’s CoverageLive Stream

U.S. Weekend Action:

Tryon Riding & Hunt Club H.T. [Website] [Results]

Pine Hill Fall H.T. [Website] [Results]

Fresno County Horse Park H.T. [Website] [Results]

Monday News and Notes: 

Talk about a rags to riches story. A freezing foal found abandoned with his emaciated mother was rescued by World Horse Welfare in 2013. At age 2, he found his perfect forever home in Colleen and today they enjoy eventing together. [Meet Lucas]

Just because a horse can do something, should we ask him to do it? What shortcuts are we taking with bitting and headgear? Are we preparing our horses properly for the questions modern course designers ask? Jim Wofford ponders these and other tough questions. [Cross Country with Jim Wofford]

Avery Whisman left eventing behind for an even bigger adrenaline rush – to become a racehorse jockey. Hooked on the need for speed, Avery is following a newly found dream despite the naysayers. And when it’s all said and done – he doesn’t want to be remembered for wins, but for horsemanship above all. [‘I Want to Prove Them Wrong’]

Hot on Horse Nation: The 10 Stages of Horse Shopping

Monday Video:

Wednesday Video from Kentucky Performance Products: Clipping Season Is Upon Us

There’s a saying that you shouldn’t body clip a horse before Halloween or after Valentine’s Day. It’s a good thing we’re getting close to October 31 because the horses are already getting awfully fuzzy!

My personal favorite clip is the Irish Clip. It’s quick and easy — basically a straight line from the stifles to the ears. This clip is good for horses that live out or don’t get worked so hard in winter that they sweat all over. A trace clip accomplishes much the same thing, but it takes a bit more precision to get the shape right on both sides of the horse.

Then again, you can say to heck with symmetry and take all the hair right off. But if you do this, of course, you have to prepared to blanket appropriately for the next several months.

There are endless videos online with tips and tricks to a good clip job. Check out the full body clip video above or, if you’re a USEF member, log into your account to watch this tutorial with professional groom Shannon O’Hatnick of Radiant Clips. She covers what type of body clip your horse needs, the equipment to use, and more. Here’s a sneak peek:

Learning Center: Body Clipping with Shannon O'Hatnick

How would you rate your body clipping skills? Clipping expert Shannon O’Hatnick of Radiant Clips shares her tips to get your horse looking his best as the weather cools down ❄️Full video 👉 https://www.usef.org/learning-center/videos/body-clipping-your-horse

Posted by US Equestrian on Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Find more great educational videos at the USEF Learning Center.

Fight back against vitamin E deficiencies that can cause muscle soreness and stiffness

Elevate® Maintenance Powder was developed to provide a highly bioavailable source of natural vitamin E to horses. Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant, limits the damage caused by everyday oxidative stress. It maintains healthy muscle and nerve functions so horses are more likely to perform better and recover faster after training or competing.

Vitamin E requirements vary from situation to situation. Multiple research studies have shown that vitamin E is often deficient in the diets of horses that do not have access to continual grazing on fresh green grass, or those grazing on winter pasture. Performance horses with demanding workloads, growing horses and seniors can be exposed to increased levels of oxidative stress and therefore require higher levels of vitamin E in their diets. Studies reveal that horses challenged by neurological disease benefit from natural vitamin E supplementation.

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

Monday News and Notes from Fleeceworks

Tamie Smith and Fleeceworks Royal. Photo by Libby Law Photography.

Affectionately known as “Rory,” Fleeceworks Royal, owned by Judith McSwain, earned a top ten finish at the Boekelo CCIO3* this weekend with Tamie Smith in the irons. They were absolutely brilliant start to finish. It’s been a pleasure following this talented mare’s journey in eventing! #girlpower

National Holiday: National Cheese Curd Day

Major Events This Weekend:

Boekelo CCIO3*: WebsiteFinal ScoresLive StreamEN’s Coverage

U.S. Weekend Action:

Hitching Post Farm H.T. [Website] [Results]

Maryland at Loch Moy H.T. [Website] [Results]

Radnor Hunt H.T. [Website] [Results]

Majestic Oaks H.T. [Website] [Results]

Paradise Farm H.T. [Website] [Results]

Fleur de Leap H.T. [Website] [Results]

Las Cruces H.T. [Website] [Results]

Monday News and Notes:

Belgian rider Julia Schmitz fell from her horse Lady Like on cross country at Boekelo this weekend. The horse was uninjured, but Julia was transported to the hospital for further evaluation. We are pleased to hear that Julia was released from the hospital Saturday night without injury.

Massachusetts eventer Jessica Halliday was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer. Throughout aggressive treatment she has continued teaching and running her business JH Eventing to the best of her ability. To help, her friends have organized a fundraiser where products may be purchased sporting the slogan ‘Buck Off Cancer’. [Click here to help Team Jess]

The Professional Horseman’s Council is composed of active USEA members who are also eventing professionals. The council’s purpose is to facilitate communications between the professionals and the eventing community and to assist in the further development, growth and safety of our sport. This year they have taken action on topics such as blood rules, footing and warm up areas. [PHC Puts the Horse First]

Think you’ve got a great leg position? Think again. The juniors competing in the Dover Saddlery/US Hunter Seat Medal Final seem to have super glue on the insides of their boots. 17-year-old Brian Moggre was crowned this year’s winner after his flowing, effortless rounds aboard Efendi. Jealous of his equitation? No Stirrup November is right around the corner. [Moggre Makes His Own Dreams Come True]

Monday Video: 

Julia Krajewski Wins Boekelo, Tamie Smith and Fleeceworks Royal Finish 9th

Julia Krajewski and Samourai du Thot. Photo by Anja Veurink.

It all came down to the final round today at the Military Boekelo CCIO3* in Enschede, Netherlands. Germany’s Julia Krajewski, second after cross country with Samourai du Thot, said she intended to jump clear and put the pressure on overnight Dutch leader Tim Lips and Bayro, and she did just that.

Sadly, Bayro couldn’t afford a rail and ultimately lowered two, dropping them to third place overall and handing the win over to Julia and the 12-year-old Selle Francais (Milor Landais x Melitos du Thot, by Flipper d’Elle), who finished on their dressage score of 22.8.

Laura Collett and London 52, for Great Britain, left all the rails up and finished second on 24.7 in the 9-year-old Holsteiner’s (Landos X Vernante, by Quinar) debut at the level. Tim, for the Netherlands, and Bayro, a 12-year-old KWPN (Casantos X Vanya, by Corland) finished close behind on 27.2.

Niklas Bschorer, of Germany, and Tom Tom Go 3 show jumped clear, moving up four places to finish fourth on 29.8. Japan’s Kazuma Tomoto and Brookpark Vikenti‘s double clear round moved them up from 11th to fifth on a final score of 30.7.

Besides Julia, three other combinations finished on their dressage score. Sweden’s Malin Josefsson finished fault-free and in the top 15 on both her rides: Allan V finished 6th and Golden Midnight finished 15th. Ireland’s Sam Watson and Tullabeg Flamenco finished on their dressage score of 36.5. They also earn the big movers award, going from 56th after dressage to finish tenth. Wow!

Tamie Smith and Fleeceworks Royal. Photo by Libby Law Photography.

America’s own Tamie Smith and Judy McSwain’s Fleeceworks Royal jumped an impeccable clear round, adding a single time penalty for a final score of 34.6 and a top 10 finish. Their final phase performance moved them up from 16th to ninth.

“She has turned into a very rideable and dependable partner,” Tamie said of “Rory,” a 9-year-old Holsteiner mare (Riverman X Marisol, by Corofino I). “Now I have to just do my job right and she will do hers 110 percent and I’m absolutely thrilled with her. I couldn’t have asked her to be better. She didn’t touch a thing. She is such a professional!

“I feel so grateful to Judy, Rory’s owner, and my team that has helped me get here. I called Judy and Heather (Morris) the second I was finished to scream with excitement! Then I called Dave, my husband, who told me he woke up at 3 a.m. to watch the show jumping because he knew it started then. Poor guy was tortured for a few hours before I went but he told me that he was happy and it was worth the wait.”

Doug Payne and Getaway. Photo by Libby Law Photography.

Doug Payne and Getaway, an 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding (Contendro X Ladula, by Lady’s King) owned by Lisa Wall, had an uncharacteristic four fences down in show jumping. A final score of 59.2 finished them in 40th place.

“To say today was frustrating is an understatement. Flynn and I did not have the round expected,” Doug said. “With so many great aspects this weekend, the future is bright. Following a well-deserved vacation we will be back to work. Huge thanks to Lisa and Bob Wall for their continued support as well as the USET Foundation for the opportunity. Flynn now heads home and we head to Le Lion in France with Quantum Leap.”

In the FEI Eventing Nations Cup, Germany won the team competition at Boekelo, which served as the Series Final. However, when the results over the entire season were tallied, Great Britain came away with the win with 570 series points. France was second with 540 points, followed by Germany with 420 points.

Thanks for following along with our coverage of Boekelo. We’re heading next to the USEF CCI3* and CCI2* Championships and USEA Young Eventing Horse East Coast Championships coming up at Fair Hill International next week. Keep it locked right here on EN. Go Eventing.

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Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: Calling All Pocket Rockets

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.

I’m 5’3″ on a good day. Tall horses with ground covering strides are fancy and all, but any horse pushing 17.0 hands literally towers above me. I’ve never owned a horse taller than 16.0 hands (even if I fudged it once on a USEA record) and I’m here to tell you – bigger is not always better. Give me a 15.1-hand little sports car of a horse any day and we’ll show you how to pat the ground and make the step. Hairpin turn? Tight distance? No problem. Looking for something sharp, clever and quick with movement to boot? You got it. Check out these five “honies” standing 15.2 hands or less.

Bobbie. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

FANCY 15.2 7year old Imported Purebred Connemara Gelding!

Bobbie is an absolutely stunning imported 15.2 7yo Connemara gelding that we have available by Monaghanstown Pat (Kilmullen Fionn) out of a Glencarrig Prince dam with fabulous and expressive movement! He is legitimately the nicest moving connie I’ve ever seen! He is very special both in his talent and brain!

He has done a bit of everything, hunted, xc, jumper shows, dressage. He is definitely one we would love to keep but need to sell some horses this fall! Very exciting YR/AA candidate as he will win dressage, super scopey in stadium and brave xc! Loves to hack and try new things! He does have more go than whoa & keen to the jumps so not necessarily suitable for a complete beginner but ideal for someone wanting a fancy competitive partner! He has competed in Novice/training shows both here is U.S, Ireland and England and cross country schooled extensively. Located in Florida.

Connemara/TB mare. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

STUNNING IMPORTED CONNEMARA X EVENTER/JUMPER FOR LEASE OR PURCHASE

15.2 dun 7yo Connemara x Tb mare available for lease or purchase. Many miles in the jumper ring up to 1m20 and is almost unbeatable, rarely having a pole, never stops and has won multiple classes and championships. Very forgiving and careful with scope for bigger tracks. Evented to training level both in the UK and USA with top placings and wins. Schooled prelim xc easily; very brave and catty. Would be ready to move up this fall. Would suit a yr or aa wanting to win prizes in the jumper ring or someone aiming for NAYC one star and beyond. She is quite a forward ride so wouldn’t suit a timid rider but equally is very safe and a lot of fun. Located in Florida.

Bohen. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Super All rounder Irish Sport Mare.

Bohen is a fantastic jumper with lots of scope . She has a great temperament, is safe and sensible. She would suit a small competitive/leisure adult rider or a teenager. She competes in the disciplines of eventing, showjumping, cross country etc
A true all rounder that loves to jump, she is forward going and locks on to her fences. She is so much fun, gives a great feel when jumping. She is a favourite in the yard. She is a 15hh, 12 y/o, Irish Sports Mare. She is fantastic out cross country where she is brave and again careful. She jumps everything in her path, ditches, water, coffins, banks etc. Has competed in Showjumping, Eventing. Hunter trials, Charity rides, Riding club and Sportsman Classes. She is good to hack alone or in company, box, clip, shoe ect. Located in Ireland.

Annie. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Le Vent Noir – Proven Prelim Mare

“Annie” is a 7 year old, 15 hh, dutch warmblood mare. She has competed successfully through the preliminary level. She is a cross country machine, never having a jump penalty in her career from beginner novice through preliminary. She is flashy with lots of chrome on the flat and always gathers fans and attention, usually scoring in the low 30s in the dressage. She is a large gorgeous warmblood in a small sporty package. Perfect to take a smaller adult through the levels or a child through to young riders. Located in Florida.

Cherry. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Low level Eventing or H/J

Cherry is a very pretty & sweet 15.2 11yr old quarter horse. She has been a wonderful first horse for my daughter. Together they have competed through Novice. Would make nice hunter/jumper horse. Good feet, no vices, no required maintenance. Super easy keeper. 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.

Boekelo Final Horse Inspection: Getaway, Fleeceworks Royal Accepted

Doug Payne’s with Lisa Wall’s Getaway and Tamie Smith with Judith McSwain’s Fleeceworks Royal were both accepted this morning at the final horse inspection at the Military Boekelo CCIO3* in Enschede, Netherlands. In total, 67 horses will move on to show jumping, which gets underway at 11:00 a.m. local time (5:00 a.m. EST). For the early birds out there, you can watch the final phase live at this link. The scores are close at the top and there will be pressure on overnight leader Tim Lips to jump Bayro around clear and secure his place in history as the first Dutchman to win Boekelo. Can he do it? Stay tuned!

Boekelo CCIO3*: WebsiteEntries, Show Jumping Order of Go, Live Scores, Live StreamEN’s Coverage

Boekelo From the Spectator’s Point of View

The sun was shining and the spectators were out in droves today at the Military Boekelo CCIO3* in the Netherlands. What does Boekelo look like from the point of view of one of the thousands (and thousands) of spectators? Walk around the venue with Soofshorseriding and get a glimpse of what went on between the galloping lanes and behind the ropes, from the vet box to the vendor area to the course-side bars.

Boekelo CCIO3*: WebsiteEntriesLive ScoresLive StreamEN’s Coverage

Tim Lips and Bayro Hold Boekelo Lead; Tamie Smith, Doug Payne Jump Clear

Tim Lips and Bayro. Photo by Ashley Claus.

Tim Lips is one step closer to becoming the first Dutchman to win the Military Boekelo CCIO3* in Enschede, Netherlands. He and Bayro, a 12-year-old KWPN (Casantos X Vanya, by Corland), remain on their record score of 19.2 after posting a superb double clear round on cross country today.

“The fact that I [finished] the cross in exactly ten minutes was a bit of luck, and I hope that I will have this luck on my side tomorrow, too! The fact that I can be the first Dutchman to win this [event] tomorrow gives me a little extra pressure, but Bayro is a good jumping horse and has proven it several times,” Tim said. “Bayro not only felt great, but was also really sharp, so I was able to make that pace, and the enormous encouragement from the crowd along the route gave me and my horse wings.”

The top three placings remain unchanged. Less than a rail back from Tim and Bayro sits Germany’s Julia Krajewski and Samourai du Thot, a 12-year-old Selle Francais (Milor Landais x Melitos du Thot, by Flipper d’Elle). They clocked the second fastest round of the day, posting a time of 9 minutes, 49 seconds. They move ahead to show jumping in striking distance of the win on 22.6, and Julia is feeling confident for tomorrow.

“My horse has shown several times that it has no problems with the courses in the final jumping test, and I intend to stay faultless and put all the pressure on Tim’s shoulders,” Julia said.

Julia is also seventh after cross country with BG Amande’s 8-year-old Amande de B’Néville, having moved up 10 places after a clear round 1 second over the time in the mare’s first attempt at the level.

Julia Krajewski and Samourai du Thot. Photo by Ashley Claus.

Great Britain’s Laura Collett and London 52 eased the pressure off the leaders just a bit, adding 1.6 time penalties for a two-phase score of 24.7 for third place in the CCI3* debut for the 9-year-old Holsteiner (Landos X Vernante, by Quinar). They’ll have little room for error tomorrow as Izzy Taylor (GBR) and Springpower, Astier Nicolas (FRA) and Alertamalib’Or and Dirk Schrade (GER) and Unteam de la Cense are all within a rail of third place.

“This is a relatively young horse that has made a huge step in his development here in Boekelo,” Laura said. “The way he approached the cross country and kept on galloping gives me the confidence that we can continue to work for my ultimate goal in the coming year: Tokyo.”

Tamie Smith and Fleeceworks Royal. Photo by Libby Law Photography.

Looking to the American contingent, we are thrilled to report two beautiful clear rounds. Tamie Smith and Fleeceworks Royal added just 6.8 time penalties to sit 16th overnight.

“It all went basically to plan. She was foot-perfect everywhere,” Tamie said of “Rory,” a 9-year-old Holsteiner mare (Riverman X Marisol, by Corofino I) owned by Judy McSwain. “You always have a ton of pressure coming overseas to perform, especially on a grant. She answered all the questions spectacularly and I couldn’t have asked her to be better. … She was smart and paying attention and rideable. The two chevrons caused quite a bit of trouble, and she was textbook through there. The water was great. The double corners was a hard line. I didn’t have one bobble.”

Tamie commented yesterday that the ground was a bit firm and there was concern that the sand-based footing could get deep as the day progressed. Tamie confirmed the footing in the turns was in fact quite deep by the time they were on course, and while Rory handled it like a pro, she’s is sure that’s one reason they lost some time.

“I really wanted to go double clear. I was a bit disappointed coming through the finish (with time penalties) then thought, ‘No, she’s 9. This is the process,'” Tamie said. “She just rocked around Boekelo like it was nothing, so I should be doing back flips!”

Doug Payne and Getaway. Photo by Libby Law Photography.

Doug Payne and Getaway, an 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding (Contendro X Ladula, by Lady’s King) owned by Lisa Wall, added 6.4 time penalties in their cracking clear round and are currently lying in 33rd place. “Flynn” absolutely cruised around the track, and the live stream commentators agreed they would “quite like to take him home in their lorry.”

“I couldn’t have asked for more. This was a massive step forward for him in his development,” Doug said. “He handled the course easier than expected and except for one overzealous jump five from home, we were on or ahead of the clock the whole time. I’ve got to thank the USET Foundation and Ms. Mars as well as his owners, Bob and Lisa Wall for the opportunity. He is a horse that will certainly make his mark in the future.”

It was a sunny, beautiful day and the normally buzzing atmosphere of Boekelo was heightened by increased spectatorship. “When it’s raining there’s a ton of people, but today they looked like ants swarming the course!” Tamie said. Doug was wearing his helmet cam and we look forward to seeing the action through the horse’s ears ourselves.

“We have had incredibly beautiful weather, we had fantastic sport and I think no more people have found their way to the cross than this year,” said Boekelo Chairman Robert Zandstra of the much needed foot traffic following difficult weather conditions and low ticket sales last year.

Seventy-seven horses left the start box today and all but five completed the course designed by Sue Benson. Whereas last year only one pair finished inside the time, today 14 competitors made the optimum time of 10 minutes — four finished right on it.

Kai-Steffen Meier fell from Eiskönig after the stallion tripped up the bank out of water at fence 16. They both walked away unharmed. Julia Schmitz fell from Lady Like at fence 22A in the main arena. There was a hold on course while medics tended Julia, who was transported off site for further evaluation, but she was reportedly awake and talking. The horse was uninjured. Rebel de Beaumont, ridden by Michel Duval Violton BCH, fell at fence 18. There have been no reports of an injury for horse or rider.

The final horse inspection will be completed before most of us are out of bed in the morning. But for now, it’s time to take a deep breath and enjoy the party that is Boekelo. Proost!

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Wednesday Video from Kentucky Performance Products: A Groom’s Life

Grooms are integral to top equestrian programs around the world. While the riders focus on training and performance, grooms tend to the needs of their charges around the clock. Not only do they make sure the horses are all spiffed up and looking their best, they also ensure the horses are relaxed, happy and healthy whether they are at home, at a show, on a trailer or on an airplane.

“I think [the horses] take security in having the same person caring for them all the time,” said British Eventing Team groom, Siobhan Sharples. “I wouldn’t change it for the world. I absolutely adore what I do. It’s a way of life and a complete passion for me.”

Watch the video to get a closer look at Siobhan’s busy life during an event week.

While we’re on the topic, there were thousands of nominations for the 2018 FEI Best Groom Award but there are only four finalists. Meet the incredible grooms that contributed to the success of the horses and riders they help and cast your vote.

Fight back against vitamin E deficiencies that can cause muscle soreness and stiffness

Elevate® Maintenance Powder was developed to provide a highly bioavailable source of natural vitamin E to horses. Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant, limits the damage caused by everyday oxidative stress. It maintains healthy muscle and nerve functions so horses are more likely to perform better and recover faster after training or competing.

Vitamin E requirements vary from situation to situation. Multiple research studies have shown that vitamin E is often deficient in the diets of horses that do not have access to continual grazing on fresh green grass, or those grazing on winter pasture. Performance horses with demanding workloads, growing horses and seniors can be exposed to increased levels of oxidative stress and therefore require higher levels of vitamin E in their diets. Studies reveal that horses challenged by neurological disease benefit from natural vitamin E supplementation.

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