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I Have Another Sport

“How was your weekend?” is the prompt that usually begins Nation Media’s Monday morning team calls. Jumper Nation editor Lynn Mueller always surprises us with her spare-time feats (recent example: 100-mile run race on Saturday followed by a jump lesson on Sunday), always relayed with nonchalance and an enthusiasm to just get back to work already. For Lynn, as for many of us, sports can double as self-therapy. The trick is figuring out how and where to channel our energies. 

Note: This piece contains words or imagery regarding eating disorders and suicidal tendencies that may be triggering. If you feel you may be triggered, do not read this piece. If you are reading and feel triggered, seek help and call 911.

Photo by Bruno Nascimento/Unsplash/CC.

I used to think that being involved with horses, being an equestrian, was an “all-in” thing. In order to identify myself as someone who rides, has her own horse, competes occasionally, and correspondingly spends inordinate amounts of hard-earned cash, I thought this horse thing had to be “all or nothing.” Life all about the barn. A ride making all the troubles go away. Blitzing gracefully around the show ring.

When I do compete, though, we usually go clear. But we don’t often place.  No, it’s not all about the ribbons. I come away from a show satisfied that we even made it around a course sometimes, or if my horse and I learned something (or if she saved my butt). However, there’s quite a bit of luck (and money) involved in making it to higher levels of this sport.  I’m kind of throwing a random height out there, but let’s say, once you get to the high adult jumpers (about 1.10m), you’re talking typically nicer horses, tougher competition, and more time spent in training when you go to a show and get beat by a hundredth of a second.

Don’t get me wrong. I like riding. It’s hard to see myself without a horse in the picture. I do enjoy being at home more than a show, though, especially when I’m a single-income person working two jobs (one primary, one part-time) to fund this hobby.  And yes, I make six figures at my primary job, but when taxes, Medicare, 401(k), and everything else comes out, there’s enough to cover basic bills, some savings, the horse, and a little extra. Most days, I’m sucked dry of time and energy. And at that point when I go to the barn in the morning, I want it to be a place where I can ride my horse and just turn my brain off. Well, you can turn a decent amount of your brain off and relax for a trail ride, but for flatwork or a lesson, the answer for me personally is no.

I actually have a sport that does the brain thing, though, and one that I am far better at. It’s running. But having two sports doesn’t make me any “less” of an equestrian.

I started running back in high school and did cross country and track. I wasn’t that good, likely because there were plenty of other varsity girls to get intimidated by, and my nutrition was primarily based on Little Debbie Cosmic Brownies and Zebra Cakes, so it was really hard to be fast.  Cross country was your standard 5k race (3.1 miles), and in track, I did the 3200m (two-mile).  In 2006, our cross country team volunteered to pass out water at one of the aid stations for the Chicago Marathon. Refilling cups and passing them to runners, I marveled at the whole 26.2 mile thing (it seemed really far), and ran it the following year in a (looking back now) painfully slow time of 4:29 (4 hours, 29 minutes). I had an eating disorder at the time, so you can imagine why everything was slow. No food going in, no running going out.

I went to China to study abroad the following year and went through a phase where I got addicted to running. The danger about running is that you can get really, really obsessed with it – especially for those of us with Type A personalities. I tore the meniscus in one knee and would run on it seven miles every single day with no breaks, and sometimes I would go out twice a day. My roommates noticed that I was hobbling around, so I started sneaking out in the middle of the night to go run. I never got it operated on, either, because I was afraid that if I stopped running, I would gain weight back (and granted, I was barely 115 lbs. back then).  When I came home to the States and made a plea to graduate a year early, I took mostly graduate classes that were more time-consuming, so the running died down a little.  It did pick back up here and there, but nothing major until after a business trip in November 2019. I found quieting outlets in the horses and occasional shows.

I’m pretty open about the fact that I’ve got plenty of mental health fun going on upstairs. I have massive social anxiety, to the point where some would call it “antisocial.”  I haven’t traveled in over eight years – too many people in planes and airports. Also, “but wait, there’s more!” — there’s “traditional” anxiety, depression, general mood disorder, ADHD, PTSD, a history of self-harm (cutting), and three suicide attempts. Ending up in the middle of San Francisco during a gigantic conference (that I would have rather not attended) wherein 170,000 attendees stormed a two-mile square chunk of the city led to that third suicide attempt and a lovely stay in the psych ward.  Actually, the stay wasn’t that bad because the food was pretty good (Chinese food day!), you got nice, fluffy, warm blankets, and the doctors all intoned to get the hell back to Illinois.

After some more intensive therapy from one doc and some more drugs from another, I received instruction to channel some of the extra frantic energy. I started running again, but of course I wasn’t going to just RUN. Nooo, silly question. Needed to actually go push the self, win something, and go after it. Whatever “it” was. So, I signed up for a half marathon to start easily but actually did it right this time. I read articles about nutrition, subscribed to Runner’s World Magazine, actually bought proper shoes that encouraged a correct footfall and speedier gait, changed out my shoes every 300-400 miles, and followed a weekly schedule based on performance and experience.  I PR’d (set a personal record) the half marathon in April 2020 in 1:11 (one hour, 11 minutes) and was first in my age group (early 30s).  Next, it was time to set eyes on another regular marathon. I PR’d that one in May 2020, in 2:56 and then said, “OK, self, now we are bored of these, what’s next out there?”

I was discovering several things: a) Running was helping to quiet the brain, and b) Competing was fantastic as it satisfied that gnawing urge to get out there and go, but it’s infinitely less expensive than horse showing. It filled that void that riding and/or competing can’t solve for me, the void where you can push yourself until you reach your physical breaking point. Horse shows can’t fill that drive to succeed when I physically can’t afford to attend them all that often — and/or would rather allocate funds to savings. Imagine: OK yes, I replace my shoes every month and a half due to mileage (I run about 50 miles a week, depending on what’s coming up in the schedule) and my shoes are $114.95 a pop, BUT an ultra marathon is about $95-295 to enter all inclusive — whereas a show, even if there’s no hotel, is about $1,000 per week and that doesn’t include your hauling and day fees. The leftover funds? Stick ’em in your 401(k). Pay off debts.

Run more. Do more. Obviously (haha), I looked for longer races, got into ultra-marathoning, and the story goes on from there. I ran a 100k in June 2020 and got 8:25 (eight hours, 25 minutes), 1st place female, 1st in age group, and 8th overall. Followed that up with my first 100-miler (that was a bear…) in August 2020 and did it in 10:58. Then came the second 100 miler and I was determined to PR that 10:58 time, striking out with a “run or die attitude.” I flew in at 10:04 (2nd place overall).

There’s a fun run planned for later this December, and next year I’ll get some more practice with 100 milers before trying to go for the Grand Slam (you run 5 select ultramarathons and get a trophy. And I think another free shirt).

Meanwhile, while I collect all the free shirts from these races, I think of how both horses and running keep me sane. But it’s OK that I can’t do massive amounts of competing with the horses…and you know what?  It’s OK that for me, riding doesn’t satisfy that gnawing urge to power through, push yourself to the limit, and see how far you can go before you break. I do two sports. I’m better at the running rather than the horses. But I’m still an equestrian.

What’s your other sport?

National Disability Independence Day: Equestrian Version

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Yesterday (Sunday, July 26, 2020) was National Disability Independence Day. It marks the day that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law by George H.W. Bush in 1990.

By definition of the ADA website, the Act is “a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public.  The purpose of the law is to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else.”

If there weren’t already plenty of fantastic things about equestrian sport, it’s also home to strong Paralympic competition across the globe, along with numerous other organizations with competition for individuals with disabilities. In addition, horseback therapy is incredibly beneficial for individuals.  Here are a just a few awesome programs and organizations!

Photo by Emily Peak/AQHA.

American Quarter Horse Association

The American Quarter Horse Association has an entire division called Equestrians with Disabilities, with over 20 classes. Classes include reining, trail and hunter seat equitation. That’s more classes offered than the last jumper show I attended!

Photo by Beaming, Inc.

Beaming, Inc.

Beaming, Inc., based in Wisconsin, offers therapeutic riding to promote physical and mental health for children, teens and adults. The organization offers an entire camp, as well as ongoing programming. Examples of adult attendees include those with diagnoses of: amputations, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, stroke, anxiety, depression and PTSD.

Photo by Move United.

Move United

Move United is a national organization with over 60,000 athletes supported nationwide across multiple chapters and sports, from skateboarding to taekwondo to kayaking.  Of course, we can’t forget equestrian sports, either! Lessons are offered, as well as specific military programs, and participants do not have to compete.

Photo by Liz Gregg/FEI.

Paralympics (Para-Dressage)

We can’t forget about the Paralympics, either – the pinnacle of competition.  It’s absolutely incredible with athletes can accomplish while showing — and they show with essentially the same dressage tests that we’re all riding ourselves!  Watch the video below to see the gold medal winners for Para-Dressage Grades II, IV, and V from the Tryon World Equestrian Games 2018 in action:

Let’s celebrate our sport and its inclusiveness of disabilities, both visible and invisible.

Go Riding!

SmartPak Product Review: SmartTherapy Mesh Sheet

SmartPak launched an entire line of unique SmartTherapy products on June 15. I had the opportunity to review the SmartTherapy Mesh Sheet.  Here are my observations!

The SmartTherapy line includes sheets, wraps, pads, and more that use Ceramic far infrared radiation (cFIR) technology.  Ceramic particles are embedded in the fabric to absorb body heat and reflect it back to the horse as soothing far infrared rays that activate blood flow, which may help to decrease inflammation, improve recovery, and protect from oxidative stress.

Full view of the SmartTherapy Mesh Sheet.  Photo by Lynn Mueller.

The SmartTherapy Mesh Sheet itself contains the ceramic fabric on the chest, shoulders, back, and hindquarters (the key muscular areas that often need the most warm up or recovery from a ride).  The rest of the sheet is made of a light mesh.  The product itself is easy to put on and remove, as it’s lightweight.  Once the front chest straps are adjusted, it’s also easy to use the quick clips instead of fiddling with buckles.  It comes with belly surcingles and a tail cord like a “regular” blanket would. However, because of the mesh and the therapeutic nature of the product, I wouldn’t recommend using this for turnout.  Furthermore, my mare isn’t destructive in her stall, but if you have a blanket chewer, he or she might be able to make a meal out of the mesh.

The sheet I reviewed was a size 78.  My mare, Classy, is a slightly narrow Thoroughbred and typically takes a size 75, but with the adjustability options and the nature of the sheet (the fabric breathes and isn’t so heavy that it pulls like it would be if she was wearing a 78 winter turnout), she didn’t experience any rubbing.

Front adjustable panel. Photo by Lynn Mueller.

Classy is turned out all night, so she wore the sheet during the day in her stall.  She started off wearing the sheet for two hours per day, as she’s never had any experience using a cFIR product before.  I’ve heard of horses getting rare allergic reactions to cFIR technology fabric, so I wanted to play it safe by not leaving it on all day.  After a couple of days of the two-hour trial, we moved her up to wearing it for four hours per day, then six.  Though the sheet is mesh and the item description indicates that it can be worn during hot weather, I was still hesitant for her to wear it when it was exceptionally hot out (over 80 degrees and humid, in Illinois), as I didn’t want her to overheat.  It’s not terrible in the barn as there is a lot of air flow and we have giant aisle fans, but especially for her well-being as well as with her being up for sale, I wanted to really play things safe.  She wore the sheet most days for our two week testing period but did go a few days without it.

Close up view of therapeutic material. Photo by Lynn Mueller.

After a few days of wear, Classy seemed to be able to move into more strenuous work more quickly, rather than taking a longer time to warm up.  Typically, she doesn’t come out stiff (usually this only happens in the winter when she’s not turned out nearly as much due to the weather), but sometimes it can take a bit of persuasion to get her to move forward.  I also was able to jump her around some low fences after a short warm up, and she felt great, especially having not jumped in a couple of weeks.  She did have a few days off and wasn’t ridden every day, as I was at a show with my other horse, but other than that she performed well.  I took her for a long trail ride with another boarder and she put out a nice, marching walk that’s hard to get her to do sometimes (maybe that’s an attribution to my riding, but still…) Meanwhile, she continued all-night turnout, which certainly helps with keeping things flowing.

Close up view of mesh. Photo by Lynn Mueller.

All in all, I’d say that this sheet would be beneficial for anyone looking to add a little “extra” to help their warm up or recovery, and I think it will be even more useful in the late fall or winter as opposed to the summer when I was a little worried about the heat.  Together with turnout, ample warm up, and appropriate days off/work load, it could be a great addition to your horse’s wardrobe and your own program.

To purchase the SmartTherapy Mesh Sheet, click here!

Fight Against Inequality: Resources from Readers

Jumper Nation editor Lynn Mueller is, to mince no words, a boss. In addition to being an accomplished jumper of jumps, she is a runner of ultramarathons, conqueror of spreadsheets, and hobby tamer of all things creepy-crawly (her spiders and reptiles make regular guest appearances during our team conference calls).

Lynn is also Korean, and has endured her fair share of racism. She penned an editorial yesterday, Editor’s Reflection: Part of the Greater Community, that is well worth a read. Today, she follows that essay up with a post that is equal parts personal and pragmatic. 

We are all on a learning curve here. I know that the events of the past week have shaped, and then reshaped, and then reshaped again, my understanding of the nuances of democracy and equality — and I still have questions. As Kate Samuels wrote in Thursday News & Notes this morning: “Take a moment today to sit with your discomfort over current events. What a privilege it is to get to educate yourself on racism, instead of experiencing it yourself throughout your life. Now go use that privilege and actually educate yourself on how to actually help.” -LW

These resources offer an excellent jump start. Thank you for sharing, Lynn. 

Lynn Mueller and Oliver James. Photo by Andrew Ryback.

I’m Korean, though it’s still up for debate whether Asians are “really” BIPOC or POC.  Regardless, I’ve experienced racism when living in China for study abroad (Caucasian students broke into my Taiwanese roommate’s and my apartment, dumped water all over our beds, and threw all our clothes out the window into a dumpster; I was also let go from a freelance weekend English teaching gig after parents reported to the principal that there was no way I could competently speak English well enough so teach the kindergartners “Hello” and “Good bye.”)

I have really dark skin, though Ancestry.com says I’m 100% Korean, and when I lived in Korea 10 years ago, there was still quite a bit of stigma against dark skin. As a VERY broad look back in history, thousands of years ago, if you worked in the fields farming, you would naturally become tan from the sun — whereas if you were a noble, you’d be inside (and therefore, no sun, very pale).

Times may have changed now, as 10 years was a long time ago, but I’ve been pulled into an alley in Seoul by a random guy and also threatened with a crowbar at the back gate of Yonsei University where I did some of my Master’s work.

I don’t mean to tell these as “sob stories,” but rather to say that though I have experienced acts of inequality, and I can begin to understand what it feels like … but these acts and some of the ones that other minorities experience day by day pale in comparison to oppression and even crueler acts that have been faced by African Americans for centuries in the U.S. and continue now.

Some of our readers have shared resources on inequality, racial justice, and youth programs. I’ve compiled them below so the resources aren’t lost in the Facebook comments.

Equality and Racial Justice

  • Racial Equality Tools: An enormous site with tools and research. A good site to find background on how the legislative system has been affecting past and current events, too.
  • Actions to Promote Racial Justice: Aside from this article, reader suggested actions also include simply asking a friend, “What do you need? How can I help?”  The wording in which we ask can be tough.

History

  • Letter from a Birmingham Jail: The full letter from Martin Luther King, Jr. Reader reflection is that really, not much has changed since this time in 1963.

Publications or Collectives:

  • Black Reins: A premier publication for black cowboys and horse enthusiasts.  Facebook is a good place to learn about how African Americans are responding to and discussing about events (in the comments).
  • Compton Cowboys: A collective uplifting the community through the equestrian lifestyle, while highlighting African Americans in both English and Western disciplines.

Youth Programs:

  • Compton Jr. Equestrians (Formerly the Compton Jr. Posse until the retirement of founder Mayisha Akbar): A youth program teaching riding, community, diversity to keep youth off the streets.
  • Ebony Horsewomen: An organization with equine assisted therapy, therapeutic riding, and educational programs to cultivate youth leaders and encourage academic achievement.
  • Chamounix Equestrian Center Work to Ride Program: A community-based prevention program that aids disadvantaged urban youth through equestrian-centered activities.

If you have another great resource that could be added, please let me know in the Facebook comments, and I’ll add it to the list.

Jumper Nation Clinic: Emily Beshear & Deep Purple Eventing

Emily Beshear and Olney Uncle Sam. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Jumper Nation Clinic continues with a new exercise to try at home. Jumper Nation has teamed up with top, respected riders who we love for both their horsemanship and their creativity with exercises they use at home.  Each week, we’ll be bringing you a new grid or exercise to try at home.  You’ll be primed and ready for the show ring when we are able to get out there again!

This week’s featured grid is courtesy of Emily Beshear and Deep Purple Eventing. Emily Beshear is a 5* event rider who also specializes in training and sales of sport horses for all disciplines.

Course designed by Nick Beshear. Diagram courtesy Emily Beshear.

This exercise consists of:

  • Bounces set 12′ apart, 45′ to a hogsback, followed by 45′ to another set of bounces
  • Two oxers set on a curve 60′ to the hogsback
  • A set of verticals on the side of the arena set 18′ apart
  • A line of 4 angled verticals across the middle of the arena set 35′, 60′, and 35′ apart
  • Single vertical in the middle of the ring with a line of verticals set 24′ apart
  • 60′ line of oxers

There are many ways this exercise can be put together:

  • It is always OK to start out with parts of the course and put things together as you go, or reduce the jumps to single rails on the ground
  • Jump the bounces to the hogsback, straight to the bounces
  • Jump the oxers to the hogsback on a curve
  • Ride the angled jumps straight across the arena (keeping your horse straight is very important!)
  • Jump the bounces, roll back to the oxer and ride the 60′ curve to the hogsback
  • Jump the 24′ line in the middle of the ring to the outermost angled jump
  • Jump the oxers at the top of the ring straight across (you will be jumping them on an angle)
  • Ride the bounces down to the single vertical in the middle of the ring, then turn left or right to jump one of the oxers in the 60′ line at the bottom of the ring
  • Have fun with this and play!  The goal is to get the horse focused and listening to you — your horse won’t be able to anticipate what’s coming up next.

Emily Beshear explains: “What I like most about having the different lines and sequences is how it makes the horses really tune into the riders’ aids and focus on where the rider is directing them to go since there are so many options.  All of the exercises can start with a straightforward version and can be made more challenging as the horse becomes confident in [its] balance.  And in all cases, there are beneficial ‘exit strategies’ — meaning, places where you can turn a bending line into a leg yield or a circle to help keep the flatwork correct in between the jumps.”

Emily offers the following additional suggestions:

  • Going from the oxer to hogsback to oxer on a curve helps to keep horses from getting flat when they have to push harder.
  • The line from the oxer to hogback to bounce helps to teach the horse to sit and balance after the bigger efforts.
  • All of the angled jumps across the middle of the arena help to show the riders whether they can have the horse truly straight between the aids off a short approach.
  • By building on each line gradually and adding more challenging turns with each session, the horses become very sharp and attentive.

About Emily Beshear

Emily Beshear is a CCI 5* rider and winning Advanced level competitor.  She also is a USEA Level 4 certified instructor and has coached riders from local starter competitions all the way through top international events.  Emily operates Deep Purple Eventing at Brickland Farm, based in Somerset, VA, offering training, sales, and rehabilitation services for horses of all disciplines.  To learn more about Emily Beshear and Deep Purple Eventing, click here and be sure to “like” and follow on Facebook, and subscribe on YouTube.  #trainthehorsenottheevent

Missed previous weeks’ grids?  Check out them out here:

Go Jumping!

Jumper Nation Clinic: Fancy Footwork with Doug Payne

Diagram courtesy of Doug Payne.

EN’s sister site Jumper Nation has teamed up with top, respected riders who we love for both their horsemanship and their creativity with exercises they use at home. Each week, they’ll be bringing us a new grid or exercise to try at home. You’ll be primed and ready for the show ring when we are able to get out there again! This week’s exercise comes from Doug Payne. Want even more? Click here.

This exercise consists of:

  • Trot poles set on the side of the arena
  • A low (approximately 18″) oxer in the middle of the ring, with ground poles set 8′ to either side
  • Bending line, approximately 54′ with some flexibility from the oxer to a set of 3 verticals set 9′ apart (bounces)
  • On the other side of the oxer, two bending lines: One approximately 54′ to a set of verticals 18-21′ apart; another to a vertical-oxer line set also 18-21′ apart
  • It is okay to start with all rails on the ground instead of jumps.  Keep the jumps low for confidence

Doug Payne explains: “This exercise is all about the angles and footwork.  It can be either mentally challenging and physically easy, or mentally easy and physically challenging – that way, you won’t get into trouble.  You can do the exercise in parts and put it together as you go.  I have the oxer set up in my ring every day and like to do a figure 8 over it or a circle, then move on to other parts of the exercise.  You can also start with even just the trot rails, then move on and do the trot rails to the bounces.

“When setting up the angled jumps, use less angle with young horses.  Also, if you’re using placing rails and the oxer is very small, you may need to roll them in to 7′ instead of 8′.  You can even bring all of these jumps down to be completely rails on the ground.”

The beauty of this exercise is that when the horses, land, they have something to do.  They learn that it is to their advantage to land in a good shape, go straight, and listen to the rider.  They also quickly learn that they need to be aware of their feet.  This exercise won’t prevent the horse from making mistakes; it encourages him to be careful and to focus.  The horses learn that the rider is there to help them out, but if they run through the rider or aren’t listening, there is a price to pay (an uncomfortable jump, a rail, etc).  The overarching goal is for the horse to focus without losing confidence (hence why the jumps should be kept on the lower side).

Doug offers the following specific additional suggestions:

  • Hot horses. Jump the oxer from the canter, then go straight to the bounce, then to the trot poles.
  • Lazy horses. Throw things at them quickly.  Be mindful if they pause or stall off the ground.  You can even “bait” them into being lazy (just sit there), and then give them a tap with a dressage whip at the base.
  • Unimpressed horses. Do a small warm up, then go right into a course.  Incorporate a rollback to the bounces.  Make a course out of the whole exercise rather than doing it in parts so they keep seeing new things and maintain focus.

Doug Payne and Starr Witness (USA). Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

About Doug Payne

Doug Payne is a 5* event and Team USA PanAm gold medalist.  He also competes in Grand Prix show jumping and has won numerous Grand Prix classes most recently at HITS Ocala.  Doug additionally is an FEI dressage and USDF silver rider.  He is a USEF judge, author of The Riding Horse Repair Manual, and clinician.  He is also a mechanical engineer and a pilot.  DP Equestrian is based in North Carolina in the summer and South Carolina in the winter.  To learn more about Doug Payne and DP Equestrian, click here and be sure to “like” and follow Doug on Facebook and Instagram.

EN Virtual Vendor Village: Sunday’s Deals!

Been missing out on shopping the vendors of spring events? We are very excited to present the inaugural Eventing Nation Virtual Vendor Village, a week-long online opportunity to score fantastic deals and discover new products from our favorite brands. It’s also a great way to show our support for equestrian businesses that have had to close down shop due to coronavirus restrictions. It truly does take a “village”!

The Virtual Vendor Village is taking place right here on EN from Monday, April 20 through Sunday, April 26. Throughout the week, over 30 companies are offering a “Deal of the Day” on their products — which means you’ll want to check in on their “booths” daily to make sure you don’t miss a sale! Expect deep discounts, special promotions and product giveaways. PLUS! We’ll be hosting live Q&As with top five-star riders and flashback watch parties.

Here’s a roundup of everything happening today:

WIN THIS:

WATCH PARTY: USEF Network is rolling out its Land Rover Kentucky archives this week! If you’re not already a USEF member, use promo code ENLRK3DE to access. Check out an archive of Kentucky show jumping footage here. And, in lieu of Sunday brunch, take a cue from Tilly Berendt‘s five-star inspired cocktail recipe menu here!

TODAY’S DEALS: Welcome to Sunday’s Deals! Click on each brand’s “booth” tile to be taken directly to the featured item or brand website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday’s Deal Summary!

  • AtelierCG: 15% off with code BEYOU
  • Banixx: 10% off + free shipping at Valley Vet
  • C4 Belts: Buy any belt + buckle combo, get a free chrome or metal buckle with code METAL20 (excludes engraved buckles)
  • Ecovet: 30% off with code Virtual30
  • ENO: 10% off with code Fest2020
  • Equine Therapy International: 15% off special
  • FITS Riding: 20% off with code ENFITS20
  • FLAIR Strips: Special discount at checkout with code LRK3DE
  • Fleeceworks: 10% off all orders all week with code LRK3D10; Free Easy Care Bamboo Slippers with orders over $100; 15% off Therawool Quilted Square Pad (All Purpose/Close Contact) with code LRK3D7; additional deals here
  • Hats by Katie: Free shipping with code LRK3DE
  • Horse & Rider Books: 20% off + free shipping with code KYBK20
  • Hound & Hare: 20% off all in-stock heeled and flat Regina boots by Fairfax & Favor
  • Hylofit: 20% off heart monitor with code HYLOEN
  • Ice Horse: Free HoofWraps Soaker with purchase with code HWS
  • Jane Heart Jewelry: 15% off all rings with code ring15
  • Kerrits: Tent sale deep discounts + $69 Competitor Koats + free saddle pad with all orders over $250
  • Kentucky Performance Products: 20% off + free shipping with code LRK3DE2020 (excludes Equi-Jewel)
  • Legends: Save $5 on Legends GastroCare
  • ProElite Senior: Save $2 per bag
  • Martin Collins: 15% off CLOPF Fiber May through July with code KY2020
  • Nupafeed: 15% off with code LR2020
  • Nutrena: $10 off 1 bag SafeChoice Perform (click on tile for coupon)
  • Omega Alpha: 10% off orders over $40 + free shipping with code EN10
  • Perri’s Leather: $25 off rubber reins (regularly $46.50-$55.95) with code REINS
  • HandsOn Gloves: 20% off with code KY20
  • Ride Heels Down: 20% off “Heels down, hold on” tee (coupon not required)
  • SmartPak: Enter to win a $500 gift card (click tile to enter)
  • Sport Horse Nation: 50% off classified ads with code VENDORVILLAGE
  • Stable View: $5 William Fox-Pitt DVDs – recorded schooling session at Stable View (click on tile above to purchase)
  • Tapestry Equine Products: 10% off + free shipping with code LR2020
  • Voltaire: 20% off accessories + free shipping
  • I Love My Horse Eventing Boutique: Need any other apparel or equipment?  Email [email protected] or text 727-871-5729 for your needs
  • World Equestrian Brands: 30% off (see website)

EN Virtual Vendor Village: Saturday’s Deals!

Been missing out on shopping the vendors of spring events? We are very excited to present the inaugural Eventing Nation Virtual Vendor Village, a week-long online opportunity to score fantastic deals and discover new products from our favorite brands. It’s also a great way to show our support for equestrian businesses that have had to close down shop due to coronavirus restrictions. It truly does take a “village”!

The Virtual Vendor Village is taking place right here on EN from Monday, April 20 through Sunday, April 26. Throughout the week, over 30 companies are offering a “Deal of the Day” on their products — which means you’ll want to check in on their “booths” daily to make sure you don’t miss a sale! Expect deep discounts, special promotions and product giveaways. PLUS! We’ll be hosting live Q&As with top five-star riders and flashback watch parties.

Here’s a roundup of everything happening today:

WIN THIS:

FACEBOOK LIVE: 

  • Join us live for a chat with Canadian Olympian Selena O’Hanlon and enter for a chance to win a prize from Omega Alpha at 11 a.m. ET on Saturday, April 25. [EN’s Facebook Page]
  • Get to know Savannah ‘Woodge’ Fulton in our final World Equestrian Brands Q&A! Be sure to tune in to hear trivia questions for a chance to WIN a Leather Care Package. Join us live at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 25! [EN’s Facebook Page]
  • Join Wanja Gerlach of Performance Sporthorses, LLC for an Instagram LIVE Q&A at 6 p.m. EST on choosing the right stallion for your mare and other breeding information, presented by Athletux.

WATCH PARTY: USEF Network is rolling out its Land Rover Kentucky archives this week! If you’re not already a USEF member, use promo code ENLRK3DE to access. For cross country day, Virtual Kentucky takes us back to 2012 with the full cross-country program, with fresh interviews by commentator extraordinaire John Kyle and special guests including Boyd Martin and Allison Springer. Tune in here — and take a cue from Tilly Berendt‘s five-star inspired cocktail recipe menu here!

TODAY’S DEALS: Welcome to Saturday’s Deals! Click on each brand’s “booth” tile to be taken directly to the featured item or brand website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday’s Deal Summary!

  • AtelierCG: 15% off with code BEYOU
  • Banixx: 10% off + free shipping at Valley Vet
  • C4 Belts: 20% off all dog collars with code DOG20
  • Ecovet: 30% off with code Virtual30
  • ENO: 10% off with code Fest2020
  • Equine Therapy International: 15% off special
  • FITS Riding: 20% off with code ENFITS20
  • FLAIR Strips: Special discount at checkout with code LRK3DE
  • Fleeceworks: 10% off all orders all week with code LRK3D10; Free Easy Care Bamboo Slippers with orders over $100; 15% off Therawool Quilted XC Pad (Contour or Shaped) with code LRK3D6; additional deals here
  • Hats by Katie: Free shipping with code LRK3DE
  • Horse & Rider Books: 20% off + free shipping with code KYBK20
  • Hound & Hare: 20% off in-stock Explorer boots by Fairfax & Favor (colors oak, mahogany)
  • Hylofit: 20% off heart monitor with code HYLOEN
  • Ice Horse: Free HoofWraps Soaker with purchase with code HWS
  • Jane Heart Jewelry: 15% off all rings with code ring15
  • Kerrits: Tent sale deep discounts + $79 GripTek II breeches + free saddle pad with all orders over $250
  • Kentucky Performance Products: 20% off + free shipping with code LRK3DE2020 (excludes Equi-Jewel)
  • Legends: Save $5 on Legends GastroCare
  • ProElite Senior: Save $2 per bag
  • Martin Collins: Arena Master Maintenance Machine (both sizes) 5% off May through July with code KY2020
  • Nupafeed: 15% off with code LR2020
  • Nutrena: $10 off 1 bag SafeChoice Perform (click on tile for coupon)
  • Omega Alpha: 10% off orders over $40 + free shipping with code EN10
  • Perri’s Leather: Suede zip half chaps only $30 (regularly $50.95) with code ZIP
  • HandsOn Gloves: 20% off with code KY20
  • Ride Heels Down: 20% off “Eventer” tee (no coupon required)
  • SmartPak: Enter to win a $500 gift card (click tile to enter)
  • Sport Horse Nation: 50% off classified ads with code VENDORVILLAGE
  • Stable View: 20% off property rental (call 484-356-3173 and mention EN Virtual Vendor Village)
  • Tapestry Equine Products: 10% off + free shipping with code LR2020
  • Voltaire: 20% off accessories + free shipping
  • I Love My Horse Eventing Boutique: Up to 30% off select styles SanSoleil tops (email [email protected] or text 727-871-5729)
  • World Equestrian Brands: 30% off (see website)

EN Virtual Vendor Village: Friday’s Deals!

Been missing out on shopping the vendors of spring events? We are very excited to present the inaugural Eventing Nation Virtual Vendor Village, a week-long online opportunity to score fantastic deals and discover new products from our favorite brands. It’s also a great way to show our support for equestrian businesses that have had to close down shop due to coronavirus restrictions. It truly does take a “village”!

The Virtual Vendor Village is taking place right here on EN from Monday, April 20 through Sunday, April 26. Throughout the week, over 30 companies are offering a “Deal of the Day” on their products — which means you’ll want to check in on their “booths” daily to make sure you don’t miss a sale! Expect deep discounts, special promotions and product giveaways. PLUS! We’ll be hosting live Q&As with top five-star riders and flashback watch parties.

Here’s a roundup of everything happening today:

WIN THIS:

MEET & GREET: Tune in to EN’s Facebook at 4 p.m. EST for a Facebook LIVE session with World Equestrian Brands rider Buck Davidson. WEB is giving away an Amerigo leather care package to one viewer everyday, so submit a question to Buck for a chance to win! While you’re at it, be sure to check out World Equestrian Brands’ Virtual Kentucky Store for some amazing discounts on products from Amerigo, E.A. Mattes, Equilibrium and Vespucci!

WATCH PARTY: USEF Network is rolling out its Land Rover Kentucky archives this week! If you’re not already a USEF member, use promo code ENLRK3DE to access. Watch top dressage tests from the past decade and vote for your favorite here.

TODAY’S DEALS: Welcome to Friday’s Deals! Click on each brand’s “booth” tile to be taken directly to the featured item or brand website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday’s Deal Summary!

  • AtelierCG: 15% off with code BEYOU
  • Banixx: 10% off + free shipping at Valley Vet
  • C4 Belts: Spend $100, get a free solid belt + buckle of your choice with code CHOICE20
  • Ecovet: 30% off with code Virtual30
  • ENO: 10% off with code Fest2020
  • Equine Therapy International: 15% off special
  • FITS Riding: 20% off with code ENFITS20
  • FLAIR Strips: Special discount at checkout with code LRK3DE
  • Fleeceworks: 10% off all orders all week with code LRK3D10; Free Easy Care Bamboo Slippers with orders over $100; 15% off Easy Care Bamboo Quilted Pads with code LRK3D5; additional deals here
  • Hats by Katie: Free shipping with code LRK3DE
  • Horse & Rider Books: 20% off + free shipping with code KYBK20
  • Hound & Hare: 20% off all in-stock heeled and flat Regina boots by Fairfax & Favor
  • Hylofit: 20% off heart monitor with code HYLOEN
  • Ice Horse: Free HoofWraps Soaker with purchase with code HWS
  • Jane Heart Jewelry: 15% off all rings with code ring15
  • Kerrits: Tent sale deep discounts + 50% off winter tops and jackets + free saddle pad with all orders over $250
  • Kentucky Performance Products: 20% off + free shipping with code LRK3DE2020 (excludes Equi-Jewel)
  • Legends: Save $5 on Legends GastroCare
  • ProElite Senior: Save $2 per bag
  • Martin Collins: 15% off CLOPF Fiber May through July with code KY2020
  • Nupafeed: 15% off with code LR2020
  • Nutrena: $10 off 1 bag SafeChoice Perform (click on tile for coupon)
  • Omega Alpha: 10% off orders over $40 + free shipping with code EN10
  • Perri’s Leather: 1″ leather turnout halter only $49.95 (regularly $69.95) with code LEATHER
  • HandsOn Gloves: 20% off with code KY20
  • Ride Heels Down: 20% off “X, halt, salute, breathe” tee (coupon not required)
  • SmartPak: Enter to win a $500 gift card (click tile to enter)
  • Sport Horse Nation: 50% off classified ads with code VENDORVILLAGE
  • Stable View: 25% off Stable View short sleeve t-shirts (click on tile above to purchase)
  • Tapestry Equine Products: 10% off + free shipping with code LR2020
  • Voltaire: 20% off accessories + free shipping
  • I Love My Horse Eventing Boutique: Buy 2, get 10% off Goode Rider show shirts + free shipping (email [email protected] or text 727-871-5729)
  • World Equestrian Brands: 30% off (see website)

EN Virtual Vendor Village: Thursday’s Deals!

Been missing out on shopping the vendors of spring events? We are very excited to present the inaugural Eventing Nation Virtual Vendor Village, a week-long online opportunity to score fantastic deals and discover new products from our favorite brands. It’s also a great way to show our support for equestrian businesses that have had to close down shop due to coronavirus restrictions. It truly does take a “village”!

The Virtual Vendor Village is taking place right here on EN from Monday, April 20 through Sunday, April 26. Throughout the week, over 30 companies are offering a “Deal of the Day” on their products — which means you’ll want to check in on their “booths” daily to make sure you don’t miss a sale! Expect deep discounts, special promotions and product giveaways. PLUS! We’ll be hosting live Q&As with top five-star riders and flashback watch parties.

Here’s a roundup of everything happening today:

WIN THIS:

MEET & GREET: 

  • 10 a.m. EST: Taylor Harris Insurance Services (THIS) is hosting an “Ask the Athlete” Q&A with Kentucky winner Phillip Dutton on Instagram here and on Facebook here — post your questions and Phillip will weigh in via a video later.
  • 4 p.m. EST: EN is hosting a Facebook Live with top Kentucky finisher Sharon White, sponsored by World Equestrian Brands.
  • 4 p.m. EST: Join Chelsa Kolman of Dauntless Performance Horses for an Instagram LIVE Q&A on horsemanship, presented by Athletux
  • 7 p.m. EST: Tune in to top Kentucky finisher Lauren Kieffer’s Facebook page LIVE at 7 p.m. EST as she reviews post-ride icing procedures, presented by Ice Horse

WATCH PARTY: USEF Network is rolling out its Land Rover Kentucky archives this week! If you’re not already a USEF member, use promo code ENLRK3DE to access. Rewind to previous dressage days here.

TODAY’S DEALS: Welcome to Thursday’s Deals! Click on each brand’s “booth” tile to be taken directly to the featured item or brand website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday’s Deal Summary!

  • AtelierCG: 15% off with code BEYOU
  • Banixx: 10% off + free shipping at Valley Vet
  • C4 Belts: Watch bands BOGO 50% off with code WATCH20
  • Ecovet: 30% off with code Virtual30
  • ENO: 10% off with code Fest2020
  • Equine Therapy International: 15% off special
  • FITS Riding: 20% off with code ENFITS20
  • FLAIR Strips: Special discount at checkout with code LRK3DE
  • Fleeceworks: 10% off all orders all week with code LRK3D10; Free Easy Care Bamboo Slippers with orders over $100; 15% off Therawool Quilted Dressage Pad with code LRK3D4; additional deals here
  • Hats by Katie: Free shipping with code LRK3DE
  • Horse & Rider Books: 20% off + free shipping with code KYBK20
  • Hound & Hare: 20% off all in-stock Fairfax & Favor loafers and ankle boots
  • Hylofit: 20% off heart monitor with code HYLOEN
  • Ice Horse: Free HoofWraps Soaker with purchase with code HWS
  • Jane Heart Jewelry: 15% off all rings with code ring15
  • Kerrits: Tent sale deep discounts + $59 tights and breeches + free saddle pad with all orders over $250
  • Kentucky Performance Products: 20% off + free shipping with code LRK3DE2020 (excludes Equi-Jewel)
  • Legends: Save $5 on Legends GastroCare
  • ProElite Senior: Save $2 per bag
  • Martin Collins: Arena Master Maintenance Machine (both sizes) 5% off May through July with code KY2020
  • Nupafeed: 15% off with code LR2020
  • Nutrena: $10 off 1 bag SafeChoice Perform (click on tile for coupon)
  • Omega Alpha: 10% off orders over $40 + free shipping with code EN10
  • Perri’s Leather: Nylon fleece girths only $25 (regularly $39.95) with code GIRTH
  • HandsOn Gloves: 20% off with code KY20
  • Ride Heels Down: 20% off “Good studs are hard to find” tee (no coupon required)
  • SmartPak: Enter to win a $500 gift card (click tile to enter)
  • Sport Horse Nation: 50% off classified ads with code VENDORVILLAGE
  • Stable View: 25% off Stable View baseball hat in pink, navy, or green (click on tile above to purchase)
  • Tapestry Equine Products: 10% off + free shipping with code LR2020
  • Voltaire: Purchase a saddle, receive a free girth and stirrup leathers (mention EN Virtual Vendor Village)
  • I Love My Horse Eventing Boutique: RJ Classics Harmony mesh show coat only $145 + free shipping (email [email protected] or text 727-871-5729)
  • World Equestrian Brands: 30% off (see website)

Go Shopping. Go Eventing!

EN Virtual Vendor Village: Wednesday’s Deals!

Been missing out on shopping the vendors of spring events? We are very excited to present the inaugural Eventing Nation Virtual Vendor Village, a week-long online opportunity to score fantastic deals and discover new products from our favorite brands. It’s also a great way to show our support for equestrian businesses that have had to close down shop due to coronavirus restrictions. It truly does take a “village”!

The Virtual Vendor Village is taking place right here on EN from Monday, April 20 through Sunday, April 26. Throughout the week, over 30 companies are offering a “Deal of the Day” on their products — which means you’ll want to check in on their “booths” daily to make sure you don’t miss a sale! Expect deep discounts, special promotions and product giveaways. PLUS! We’ll be hosting virtual “autograph signings,” live Q&As with top five-star riders and flashback watch parties.

Here’s a roundup of everything happening today:

WIN THIS:

MEET & GREET: Join Robin Moore of World Equestrian Brands and three-time Kentucky champion Kim Severson at 1:30 p.m. EST for a Facebook live on saddle fitting. While you’re at it, be sure to check out World Equestrian Brands’ Virtual Kentucky Store for some amazing discounts on products from Amerigo, E.A. Mattes, Equilibrium and Vespucci! Tune into EN’s Facebook page at 1:30 here, and watch the replay here.

TODAY’S DEALS: Welcome to Wednesday’s Deals! Click on each brand’s “booth” tile to be taken directly to the featured item or brand website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday’s Deal Summary!

  • AtelierCG: 15% off with code BEYOU
  • Banixx: 10% off + free shipping at Valley Vet
  • C4 Belts: Sock bundles 15-23% off (no coupon required)
  • Ecovet: 30% off with code Virtual30
  • ENO: 10% off with code Fest2020
  • Equine Therapy International: 15% off special
  • FITS Riding: 20% off with code ENFITS20
  • FLAIR Strips: Special discount at checkout with code LRK3DE
  • Fleeceworks: 10% off all orders all week with code LRK3D10; Free easy care bamboo slippers with orders over $100; 15% off + free memory rear inserts included with purchase of ANY sheepskin Perfect Balance half pad with code LRK3D3; additional deals here
  • Hats by Katie: Free shipping with code LRK3DE
  • Hound & Hare: 30% off all in-stock Sporting Hares blazers, vests, and puffer jackets
  • Hylofit: 20% off heart monitor with code HYLOEN
  • Ice Horse: Free HoofWraps Soaker with purchase with code HWS
  • Jane Heart Jewelry: 15% off all rings with code ring15
  • Kerrits: Tent sale deep discounts including $9 bargains + free saddle pad with all orders over $250
  • Kentucky Performance Products: 20% off + free shipping with code LRK3DE2020 (excludes Equi-Jewel)
  • Legends: Save $5 on Legends GastroCare
  • ProElite Senior: Save $2 per bag
  • Martin Collins: 15% off CLOPF Fiber May through July with code KY2020
  • Nupafeed: 15% off with code LR2020
  • Nutrena: Big coupon coming soon! Learn more about Empower Topline Balance
  • Omega Alpha: 10% off orders over $40 + free shipping with code EN10
  • Perri’s Leather: Cotton leads with snap only $5 (regularly $8.50) with code LEAD
  • HandsOn Gloves: 20% off with code KY20
  • Ride Heels Down: 20% off “Heels down, bottoms up!” tee (coupon not required)
  • SmartPak: Enter to win a $500 gift card (click tile to enter)
  • Sport Horse Nation: 50% off classified ads with code VENDORVILLAGE
  • Stable View: 50% off accommodations (call 484-356-3173 and mention EN Virtual Vendor Village)
  • Tapestry Equine Products: 10% off + free shipping with code LR2020
  • Voltaire: 20% off accessories + free shipping
  • I Love My Horse Eventing Boutique: 20-50% off select breeches + free shipping (email [email protected] or text 727-871-5729)
  • World Equestrian Brands: 30% off (see website)

EN Virtual Vendor Village: Tuesday’s Deals!

Been missing out on shopping the vendors of spring events? We are very excited to present the inaugural Eventing Nation Virtual Vendor Village, a week-long online opportunity to score fantastic deals and discover new products from our favorite brands. It’s also a great way to show our support for equestrian businesses that have had to close down shop due to coronavirus restrictions. It truly does take a “village”!

The Virtual Vendor Village is taking place right here on EN from Monday, April 20 through Sunday, April 26. Throughout the week, over 30 companies will be offering a “Deal of the Day” on their products — which means you’ll want to check in on their “booths” daily to make sure you don’t miss a sale! Expect deep discounts, special promotions and product giveaways. PLUS! We’ll be hosting virtual “autograph signings,” live Q&As with top five-star riders and flashback watch parties.

Here’s a roundup of everything happening today:

WATCH PARTY: Today we’re flashing back to the first leg of the 2019 FEI Eventing Nations Cup series at the UK’s Houghton International Horse Trials. Do you remember which team topped the podium? (Hint: It was their fifth consecutive win!) Watch the replay FREE on Horse & Country TV at 8 p.m. EST here

WIN THIS: 

MEET & GREET: 

  • Chat with Allison Springer LIVE at 4 p.m. EST via  Nupafeed’s Instagram page. While you’re at it, save 15% on your Nupafeed order with promo code LR2020. 
  • Join John Michael Durr at 7 p.m. EST for an Instagram LIVE Q&A on course design, training exercises and more, presented by Athletux

TUESDAY DEALS: Welcome to Tuesday’s Deals! Click on each brand’s tile “booth” to be taken directly to the featured item or brand website. Check out our Editor’s Choice daily picks for Tuesday here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Deal Summary!

  • AtelierCG: 15% off with code BEYOU
  • Banixx: 10% off + free shipping at Valley Vet
  • C4 Belts: Free white belt strap with $50 purchase with code WHITE20
  • Ecovet: 30% off with code Virtual30
  • ENO: 10% off with code Fest2020
  • Equine Therapy International: 15% off special
  • FITS Riding: 20% off with code ENFITS20
  • FLAIR Strips: Special discount at checkout with code LRK3DE
  • Fleeceworks: 10% off all orders all week with code LRK3D10; Free Easy Care Bamboo Slippers with orders over $100; Easy Care Bamboo Dressage Baby Pads buy one, get one free MD and LG (select pads) with code BOGO; additional deals here
  • Hats by Katie: Free shipping with code LRK3DE
  • Hound & Hare: 20% off all in-stock shirts by Hartwell
  • Hylofit: 20% off heart monitor with code HYLOEN
  • Ice Horse: Free HoofWraps Soaker with purchase with code HWS
  • Jane Heart Jewelry: 15% off all rings with code ring15
  • Kerrits: Tent sale deep discounts + 15% off Animals to Wear exclusives + free saddle pad with all orders over $250
  • Kentucky Performance Products: 20% off + free shipping with code LRK3DE2020 (excludes Equi-Jewel)
  • Legends: Save $5 on Legends GastroCare
  • ProElite Senior: Save $2 per bag
  • Martin Collins: Arena Master Maintenance Machine (both sizes) 5% off May through July with code KY2020
  • Nupafeed: 15% off with code LR2020
  • Nutrena: Big coupon coming soon! Learn more about ProForce
  • Omega Alpha: 10% off orders over $40 + free shipping with code EN10
  • Perri’s Leather: Crystal jump bats (all colors) only $20 (regularly $26.50) with code CROP
  • HandsOn Gloves: 20% off with code KY20
  • Ride Heels Down: 20% off “Everything hurts and I’m dying” tumbler (no coupon required)
  • SmartPak: Enter to win a $500 gift card (click tile to enter)
  • Sport Horse Nation: 50% off classified ads with code VENDORVILLAGE
  • Stable View: Eventing Academy Schooling – receive one phase FREE (call 484-356-3173 and mention EN Virtual Vendor Village)
  • Tapestry Equine Products: 10% off + free shipping with code LR2020
  • Voltaire: Purchase a saddle, receive a free girth and stirrup leathers (mention EN Virtual Vendor Village)
  • I Love My Horse Eventing Boutique: 10% off breeches + free number pinny (email [email protected] or text 727-871-5729)
  • World Equestrian Brands: 30% off (see website)

EN Virtual Vendor Village: Monday’s Deals!

Been missing out on shopping the vendors of spring events? We are very excited to present the inaugural Eventing Nation Virtual Vendor Village, a week-long online opportunity to score fantastic deals and discover new products from our favorite brands. It’s also a great way to show our support for equestrian businesses that have had to close down shop due to coronavirus restrictions. It truly does take a “village”!

The Virtual Vendor Village is taking place right here on EN from Monday, April 20 through Sunday, April 26. Throughout the week, over 30 companies will be offering a “Deal of the Day” on their products — which means you’ll want to check in on their “booths” daily to make sure you don’t miss a sale! Expect deep discounts, special promotions and product giveaways. PLUS! We’ll be hosting virtual “autograph signings,” live Q&As with top five-star riders and flashback watch parties.

Here’s a roundup of what is happening today:

WATCH PARTY: Go back in time to the 1990 Burghley Horse Trials where Sir Mark Todd claimed his second Burghley title. Watch the replay FREE on Horse & Country TV at 8 p.m. EST here

FEATURED CONTEST: 

EDITOR’S CHOICE: These are a few of Wylie’s favorite things from Monday’s Virtual Vendor Village: vouchers for 50%-off stabling from Stable View, 30%-off Kate Middleton-approved puff jackets/vests from Hound & Hare, 30% off my summer stockpile of fly spray from Ecovet, 30% off Kastel Denmark sun shirts PLUS signed Buck Davidson Eventing caps from I Love My Horse Eventing Boutique, and $5 off Legends Horse Feed GastroCare. View Wylie’s complete picks here.

MONDAY DEALS: Welcome to Monday’s Deals! Click on each brand’s tile to be taken directly to the featured item or brand website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday’s Deal Summary!

  • AtelierCG: 15% off with code BEYOU
  • Banixx: 10% off + free shipping at Valley Vet
  • C4 Belts: 20% off eventing styles with code EVENT20
  • Ecovet: 30% off with code Virtual30
  • ENO: 10% off with code Fest2020
  • Equine Therapy International: 15% off special
  • FITS Riding: 20% off with code ENFITS20
  • FLAIR Strips: Special discount at checkout with code LRK3DE
  • Fleeceworks: 10% off all orders all week with code LRK3D10; Free Easy Care Bamboo Slippers with orders over $100; 15% off all halter fleece sets with code LRK3D1; additional deals here
  • Hats by Katie: Free shipping with code LRK3DE
  • Hound & Hare: 30% off all in-stock Guinea London down puffer jackets and vests
  • Hylofit: 20% off heart monitor with code HYLOEN
  • Ice Horse: Free HoofWraps Soaker with purchase with code HWS
  • Jane Heart Jewelry: 15% off all rings with code ring15
  • Kerrits: Tent sale deep discounts + free saddle pad with all orders over $250
  • Kentucky Performance Products: 20% off + free shipping with code LRK3DE2020 (excludes Equi-Jewel)
  • Legends: Save $5 on Legends GastroCare
  • ProElite Senior: Save $2 per bag
  • Martin Collins: 15% off CLOPF Fiber May through July with code KY2020
  • Nupafeed: 15% off with code LR2020
  • Nutrena: Big coupon coming soon! Learn more about Empower Topline Balance
  • Omega Alpha: 10% off orders over $40 + free shipping with code EN10
  • Perri’s Leather: Economy leather safety halters only $15 (regularly $24.95) with code SAFETY
  • HandsOn Gloves: 20% off with code KY20
  • Ride Heels Down: 20% off “When is my ride time?” tee (coupon not required)
  • SmartPak: Stay tuned for a special surprise starting tomorrow!
  • Sport Horse Nation: 50% off classified ads with code VENDORVILLAGE
  • Stable View: 50% off stabling (call 484-356-3173 and mention EN Virtual Vendor Village)
  • Tapestry Equine Products: 10% off + free shipping with code LR2020
  • Voltaire: 20% off accessories + free shipping; special saddle pricing; Virtual Vendor Village exclusive – buy a saddle, receive a free girth and stirrup leathers (mention EN Virtual Vendor Village)
  • I Love My Horse Eventing Boutique: Up to 30% off select styles Kastel Denmark sun shirts + first 6 customers receive Kastel baseball cap signed by Buck Davidson (email [email protected] or text 727-871-5729)
  • World Equestrian Brands: 30% off (see website)

Go Shopping. Go Eventing!

Jumper Nation Clinic: A Do-Try-This-at-Home Exercise from Phillip Dutton

Phillip Dutton and Z at the Wellington Eventing Showcase in February 2020. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

EN’s sister site Jumper Nation has teamed up with top, respected riders who we love for both their horsemanship and their creativity with exercises they use at home. Each week, they’ll be bringing us a new grid or exercise to try at home. You’ll be primed and ready for the show ring when we are able to get out there again! This week’s exercise comes from Phillip Dutton.

Missed last week’s grid?  Check it out here, courtesy of Caitlyn Shiels and True North Stables.

 This exercise consists of:
  • Oxer, set 18 yards on a curve to vertical, 18 more yards on a curve to another oxer
  • Note that the vertical is perpendicular to both oxers
  • Ride your horse on the line that you decide: Direct-three, four-strides, or five-strides
  • The distance between each vertical and oxer is set at 18 yards total (54′), on a “square” curve/turn, which will help you fit either the four or five-strides in
  • Note that the direct three-strides requires careful direction so you avoid a run out and the horse doesn’t get confused

Phillip explains: “This exercise helps in training of the horse and rider to control and balance on a turn, using leg yielding through leg to hand communication. Practice being able to ride your horse on the line you decide. Each turn can be ridden on three, four, or five strides. Three strides is very direct. Four strides is a nice, square turn. Five strides is a very wide, leg-yielding-out turn.”

About Phillip Dutton Eventing

Phillip Dutton Eventing is based out of True Prospect Farm in West Grove, Pennsylvania and Red Oak Farm in Aiken, South Carolina.  With his vast experience in both eventing and also competing in show jumping, Phillip coaches numerous adult amateur, High Performance riders, and upper-level professionals.

About Phillip Dutton

Originally from Australia, Phillip Dutton moved to the United States in 1991 to train in a more internationally competitive environment and to prepare for the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, where he rode on Australia’s gold medal eventing team. In total, Phillip represented Australia in three Olympics and four World Championships after his move to the US.  He became an American citizen in 2006 and changed his competitive nationality so that he would be eligible to represent his adoptive home, the USA.  As of 2019, Phillip has ridden in every Olympic Games since his first team appearance for Australia at Atlanta in 1996, winning individual bronze at Rio in 2016. He additionally has won the USEA Leading Rider of the Year title 13 times and has held numerous top world rankings (FEI #1 World Eventing Rider in 2005, #2 in 2016, and #4 in 2017).

To learn more about Phillip Dutton, click here and be sure to follow him on Facebook and Instagram.

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Best of JN: Turning the Next Page: Joining the Nation Media Team as Editor

It was a typical Tuesday when, like clockwork, the Eventing Nation daily newsletter popped up in my inbox. I’m a former eventer who used to eat, sleep, and breathe cross country. With a prior horse, I had a rotational fall at a down bank that left both of us mentally scarred. I ended up carrying some of that mental baggage over to my current mare, and the anxiety started hurting us on cross country. Three years ago, I decided that it would be safer for both of us to switch disciplines to showjumping — a decision where we ended up thriving. I became more ingrained in the likes of a new set of favorite jumper riders and sites such as Jumper Nation.

Lynn Mueller on Miss Hot Rod. Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography.

I never did completely leave the eventing world behind, though, thanks to the camaraderie of the sport, and I still keep up with happenings and favorite riders around the nation. Hence, the Eventing Nation newsletter still holds a near and dear place in my inbox.

A particular line in said newsletter caught my eye. Jumper Nation, one of Eventing Nation’s sister sites at Nation Media, was looking for an Editor. I was intrigued as I’d long harbored the writing bug and at the time had a release fast approaching for my second book on mental health awareness. Being involved in both the editing/writing and equestrian worlds would be a truly special way to combine both passions — not to mention that I’d always been a fan of Jumper Nation’s style, both in writing and aesthetics. I typed up an email to inquire about the role and hit “send.”

A series of conversations with the Nation Media team followed. Conversation flowed easily, a rarity in some of today’s social encounters. Maybe it was because we’re all equestrians at heart, or maybe it was because the Nation Media team is simply comprised of some of the most dedicated individuals I’ve met. Accepting the offer to become Jumper Nation’s new Editor felt like I’d at last found my niche.

Lynn Mueller on Miss Hot Rod. Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography.

I’m an adult amateur through and through. I started riding when I was a little kid, taking lessons once a week in my soccer uniform and a borrowed helmet. My parents had simply wanted me to become more “well rounded” with my sports repertoire. The horse bug bit, much to their chagrin (as we all know that horses can be very expensive). It took me three years to learn how to post the trot because “up, down” was harder than “up, down, up, up, down, down,” but any time spent on the school horses at the stable was well worth it.

When I was 10 years old, I became a working student and learned how to wrangle ponies and Pine-Sol an entire barn to make the wood shine. I wasn’t able to afford my own horse until I was in my mid-20s and showed up (possibly unwisely) at Hawthorne Racecourse with a trailer, poking around asking random trainers if anything was for sale. I brought my “heart horse” home on that same day. He’s been gone for five years now, but I still miss him.  My current mare is a former racehorse, as well. I call her my “wild woman” because now that we do the jumpers, she is always itching for a jump-off…even if we’re at home doing ground poles.

Like the rest of us in the equestrian world, I’ve shed plenty of blood, sweat, and tears (quite literally) over my horses. Sometimes when (not if) I wind up in the dirt, I wonder why we even do this every day. I’m in awe of the glittering lights at the big horse shows but also enjoy just hacking on the trails and going to visit the neighboring cows — maybe even more so than the shows at times.

Lynn Mueller on Fahris. Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography.

Thank you to John, Leslie and Meagan for our reflections on where Jumper Nation can (and will!) go. There is a TON to look forward to. Also, please join me in sending outgoing Editor, Meagan, the best of wishes in her next life chapter as she moves on to Phelps Media. I have no doubt that she will be a stunning asset to her new team.

I’m thrilled to join the Nation Media team and hope to truly grow our hunter/jumper community. After all, we’re all in this together: Amateurs, professionals, and everyone in between. We’re horse people.

Lynn Mueller with Miss Hot Rod. Photo by Juan Ramirez.

Go Jumping!