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By the Numbers: Millbrook Advanced

New York’s Millbrook Horse Trials has been the kick-off to the U.S. fall season for many years now, with riders using it as a key run for horses headed to long-format events in the coming months. As the only Advanced event on the East Coast in this timeframe, Millbrook consistently draws a large field with plenty of big names.

Two days of Advanced dressage kick off at 10 a.m. Thursday, followed by cross country on Saturday and show jumping on Sunday. EN’s own Abby Powell will be bringing us all the latest from Millbrook 2019, so keep it locked here!

#Millbrook: WebsiteRide TimesLive ScoresEN’s CoverageEN’s Instagram

Millbrook as seen from above. Photo by Dan Cohen.

The Event

  • Only 2.1% of starters (five pairs) have finished on their dressage score in the last five runnings of this event, out of 229.
  • Only 10 pairs have made the time on cross country out of 209 cross-country starters over five years.
  • The winner of the Advanced hasn’t been worse than fifth after dressage since before 2014.

Buck Davidson and Carlevo. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Dressage Divas

  • Carlevo is the horse to beat in the first phase, ridden by Buck Davidson. This pair has scored in the 20s in every Advanced and 4*-S/L start since the fall of 2017. They own the best two-year dressage average in the field at this level of 28.0 penalties.
  • Buck Davidson also brings a heavy hitter forward in Copper Beach, who is less consistent than his stablemate but can get closer to the 75% mark. Although he’s had some scores in the low 30s this spring, he clocked in a 26.7 at Rocking Horse Advanced earlier this year.
  • Buck really performs well at Millbrook typically, and his Burghley-aimed ride Jak My Style should step up to the plate as well. In three starts at A/4*-S/L in 2019, the Thoroughbred has dropped his score with each progressive outing and sits on an average of 31.2 penalties for the level under Buck.
  • Business Ben and Allison Springer are another pair that prove Thoroughbreds can get top scores on the flat; in eight starts at the level since 2018, Business Ben has averaged only 31.9 penalties and cracked the 70% mark at Fair Hill earlier this year.
  • Whitney Mahloch and her (Thoroughbred!) Military Mind have been no stranger to the top of the leaderboard after the first phase as well; he’s cracked 70% in three of his five starts at the level over the past two years and rarely scores worse than a 33.

Whitney Mahloch and Military Mind. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Cross Country Machines

  • Military Mind is the one to watch for the fastest round of the day; he and Whitney Mahloch have clocked in the fastest time of the day in six of their eight career clear cross-country rounds. In the two finishes that they weren’t the fastest of the day, they still finished inside the time.
  • Fylicia Barr and Galloway Sunrise have garnered three top three finishes at this level in part thanks to their quick turn of foot; they have clocked in the fastest round of the day or made the time in four of their seven clear rounds at the level.
  • Buck Davidson has used Jak My Style‘s speed to good effect; for their three Advanced starts in the past two years they have finished within five seconds of the fastest time in two of them.
  • Will Coleman with DonDante and Phillip Dutton with Sea of Clouds have both shown quick paces in the horses’ first starts at the top level.

Will Coleman and Tight Lines. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Show Jumping Powerhouses

  • Tight Lines is a very good show jumping horse at A/4*-S level; under Will Coleman he has never had more than one rail at these levels and they have jumped clear in their last five consecutive A/4*-S rounds.
  • Phillip Dutton has another crack jumper in his stable in Fernhill Singapore, who has now jumped clear in all five of his starts at the A/4*-S level.
  • DonDante under Will Coleman has added nothing in the show jumping phase in his first two starts at the level.
  • Ms. Poppins has added only one rail in four rounds at this level with Allie Knowles.

Buck Davidson and Jak My Style. Photo by Jenni Autry.

PREDICTED WINNER: Buck Davidson and Jak My Style

Keep Your Eye On:

  • Will Faudree and Pfun/Michel 233
  • Buck Davidson and Carlevo/Copper Beach/Park Trader
  • Will Coleman and Tight Lines/DonDante
  • Ariel Grald and Leamore Master Plan

By the Numbers: Rebecca Farm CCI4*-L

An event perpetually on my bucket list, Rebecca Farm is the ultimate destination event, with long hauls for almost everyone and vistas to make the drive worth it. The Broussards’ incredible support for the sport includes travel grants to offset the costs to get there — one of many things the family goes above and beyond for.

THE FIELD

Rebecca Farm in the Flathead Valley. Photo by Chesna Klimek.

  • The completion rate at the Rebecca CCI4*-L has averaged only 60.4% since its inception in 2015, compared to a North American completion rate of 68.6% over the same time period.
  • However, a full 25.0% of cross country starters have made the time on cross country, compared to 16.0% for other events of the same time.
  • In four runnings, all of the winners have been in the top three after dressage.

DRESSAGE DIVAS

Jennie Brannigan and Stella Artois. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

  • Stella Artois returns to this level for the first time since 2017, but as her recent Advanced dressage test at Essex indicates, she hasn’t skipped a beat. She and Jennie Brannigan average a 33.6 in the first phase which is equal best in the field.
  • Clark Montgomery returns to the level with a new ride, the Thoroughbred mare Caribbean Soul. In five outings they have also averaged 33.6, although their scores have floated upwards in their last two outings.

CROSS COUNTRY MACHINES

James Alliston and Pandora. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

  • Another young horse paired with an experienced rider will be expected to finish with the quickest time this weekend; in four outings with James Alliston, the mare Pandora has finished as the fastest round of the day in three of them.
  • Clark Montgomery and Caribbean Soul had a stop in the mare’s first attempt at the level last fall but have since made quick work of three big east coast tracks. They have finished within 10 seconds of optimum time in each of their three runs and had the fastest run of the day last time out at The Fork, with only four seconds over optimum.

SHOW JUMPING POWERHOUSES

Leah Breakey and Master Class. Photo by Aaron Sonego.

  • The majority of the field this weekend tends to have a rail, with Leah Breakey and Master Class having the best show jumping average, largely due to lack of opportunity. In only two runs at the A/CCI4*-S level, this pair has had only one rail.

PREDICTED WINNER: Clark Montgomery and Caribbean Soul

Clark Montgomery and Caribbean Soul. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography courtesy of TIEC.

 Keep Your Eye On:
  • James Alliston and Pandora
  • Jennie Brannigan and Stella Artois
  • Lauren Billys and Castle Larchfield Purdy

The Event at Rebecca Farm: WebsiteScheduleThe Event at Rebecca Farm Ride Times & Live ScoresNAYC Ride Times & Live ScoresThe Event at Rebecca Farm Live StreamNAYC Live StreamEN’s Coverage

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Pre-Rebecca vibes. Photo via Madeline Backus’ FB page.

Rebecca Farm has been on my bucket list probably since 2009, when my then-trainer and another boarder trekked up there after the now-defunct Maui Jim and came back with tales of lake swims and mountain hacks and blue skies as far as you can see. Having moved even further away since that time and now balancing a full-time job means that item on my bucket list is not terribly likely to be fulfilled, so I just have to live vicariously through the social media posts of my friends.

National Holiday: World Emoji Day

Major Weekend Events:

The Event at Rebecca Farm CCI, 3DE, & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Horse Park of New Jersey II CCI & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Hunt Club Farms H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Your Wednesday News & Notes

For anyone who thinks you have to make a team by the time you’re 25 or your career will be over, take a hard look at Tamie Smith. Now 44, Tamie started out as a corporate career type, hoping to be CEO of some Fortune 500 company. Her non-horsey husband eventually urged her to go pro and she’s now realizing her dream of representing the U.S. for the first time. [Free Rein with Tamie Smith]

A missed deadline will result in the Royal Windsor losing its CSI5* status for 2020. The paperwork for the level was submitted late, and as a result the other two CSI5* fixtures held on the same date rejected the Royal Windsor’s request for an exception. Royal Windsor expects to regain the status for 2021, and the British Equestrian Federation has put guidelines in place to prevent the mistake from happening again. [Royal Windsor Loses Five Star Status]

Don’t try this at home! Madison Penfound had quite a scare when her horse QEH Ocean Voyage locked onto a fence at his first Advanced that was actually on the Intermediate course and jumped it…despite a photographer sitting in front of it. Luckily all parties involved were totally unharmed and the photographer Tracey Wilkinson even managed a head-on shot [Behind the Photo]

Attwood Wisdom of the Week: 

Great News!Attwood Equestrian Surfaces AnnouncedOfficial Footing Supplier at Fair Hill InternationalAttwood…

Posted by Attwood Equestrian Surfaces on Wednesday, July 17, 2019

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Lovely Lexus. Photo via Tamie Smith’s FB page.

Mai Baum is just one of the most photogenic creatures I have ever seen and Tamie Smith gave us all a treat by sharing some lovely photos of Lexus on a summer evening in Chester County. Tamie and Lexus are hanging out at True Prospect until Pan Ams camp begins, and taking advantage of the copious greenery.

National Holiday: World Emoji Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Silverwood Farm Summer H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Penny Oaks H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Larkin Hill H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Full Moon Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Your Wednesday News & Notes

Sometimes the grind is much more difficult than the challenge of riding itself. How many people do you know who have been grounded for a year or more because their one horse got hurt? Who battled back from injury only to incur a freak accident or a major life change or then injured themselves? Blogger Mara Santiz salutes those who grind away no matter the setback. [I See You]

If you’re investing in a visit to the AECs, know you’re in good hands. The team at the Kentucky Horse Park is making every effort to ensure that the cross-country footing doesn’t suffer from either heat or rain. With the irrigation system available from 2010, competitors can look forward to carefully managed turf no matter the challenges. [I’ve Never Ridden One Like Him]

Most people going through med school have to give up almost everything else in their life. Karley Koch refused to give up on horses though, and while she’s often short on sleep, she now balances showing her hunter mare Silvia with her job as a second year resident at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. [Koch Is Proving You Can Have It All]

Attwood Wisdom of the Week: 

Want to know more about the most advanced footing solutions on the market today? Please call Attwood Equestrian Surfaces at 888-461-7788.

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Welcome to the world, wee one! Did you know your mama is a World Champion? The current reigning one? Of course not, you only know she’s your source of comfort and warmth right now. Congratulations to Ros and Chris on their new baby girl.

National Holiday: Cheer up the Lonely Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Coconino Summer II Classic 3DE & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Maryland Summer II H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Champagne Run at the Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Huntington Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Genesee Valley Hunt H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Your Wednesday News & Notes

For many, the hours spent getting fit out of the saddle are just as important as those in the saddle. Many turn to activities such as Barre or Crossfit but Kathy Davidson found success with an activity called Nia, which stands for ‘non-impact aerobics’. [How Nia Changed the Game]

We’ve lost one of the greats, as we wish godspeed to Armada. A former CCI4* ride of both Andrew Nicholson and Oliver Townend, Armada made his mark on the sport, particularly on the cross-country. Although his show jumping record didn’t quite equal his cross-country and dressage prowess, he still had multiple top finishes at the top level. [I’ve Never Ridden One Like Him]

Despite being low-key at home, Tsetserleg becomes bigger than life on the showgrounds. Thomas has grown into the attention of being a big time horse, enjoying the hoopla that other of Boyd’s top horses have found trying. A bit unassuming, Tsetserleg took about three months to get into Boyd’s good graces and has firmly ensconced himself as top dog. [Behind the Stall Door]

Attwood Wisdom of the Week: 

Want to know more about the most advanced footing solutions on the market today? Please call Attwood Equestrian Surfaces at 888-461-7788.

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Madison and Analise at age seven. Photo courtesy of Laura Haney.

Madison Haney and Analise SanClemente of Massachusetts first met when they were seven years old and decided to take up eventing. Fast forward seven years, the best friends were so pleased to be competing together at Groton House this weekend. They finished 1st and 2nd in a very competitive Junior Training division, making their dream a reality!

Madison and Analise finishing one-two in the Junior Training division at Groton House. Photo courtesy of Laura Haney.

National Holiday: Stay Out of the Sun Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Maryland CCI & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

Coconino Summer I H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Twin Rivers H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

South Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Round Top H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Powder Basin H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Your Wednesday News & Notes

It’s been five years since Paulank Brockagh won Badminton and she hasn’t slowed down. Now 16, ‘Brocks’ just added to her accolades with a top ten finish at Luhmühlen. The queen of Sam Griffiths’ yard is not exactly a cuddler but if you dangle a carrot in her general direction, she’ll make an effort to win you over. [Behind the Stall Door]

After the surprise loss of the Belton venue earlier this spring, British Eventing has found a replacement venue. With four well-prepared venues ready to step up and assume the important date as the final prep run before Badminton, the selectors had quite a challenging task to determine the best location. Thoresby Park will now assume the date and planning is well underway. [Belton Replacement Welcomed]

One of the best parts of horse show hangover is the residual excitement of show proofs being posted. I experienced this yesterday, hitting the refresh button every half hour as soon as I noticed other divisions were uploading. [Thought Riders Have Viewing Competition Pictures]

Attwood Wisdom of the Week: 

#tuesdaytipdayYour footing will last much longer if you keep it clean. Meaning picking the manure off of it in a timely…

Posted by Attwood Equestrian Surfaces on Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Want to know more about the most advanced footing solutions on the market today? Please call Attwood Equestrian Surfaces at 888-461-7788.

By the Numbers: MARS Essex Advanced

The return of the Essex Horse Trials is upon us and quite a robust contingent has turned out to contest the revival of the historic show grounds. Although Essex has been hosting a Preliminary Challenge every year, this is the first iteration of their Advanced course.

THE FIELD

  • A fifth of the field will be horses who are stepping up to the level for the first time.
  • Three of those riders are making their first Advanced attempt as well.
  • On the other side of the spectrum, 12 horses in the field have completed five-stars in their career.

DRESSAGE DIVAS

Buck Davidson and Copper Beach. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

  • OBOS O’Reilly and Will Coleman have the best A/4* average in the field over the last two years, sitting at 30.2. In the spring of 2018 they were on fire, scoring sub-25 at The Fork and clocking in two more sub-30 scores right after. But their last two starts have seen their dressage scores float up to the 34 range.
  • Buck Davidson and Copper Beach are another pair who were killing it in the first phase in 2018 and early 2019, scoring over 70% in three of four A/4* starts. However their last three starts have raised their overall average to 30.4.
  • Fernhill Revelation hasn’t been out at this level for two years but in his five starts under Phillip Dutton, he averaged 30.9 and scored above 70% twice.

SHOW JUMPING POWERHOUSES

Phillip Dutton and Z. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

  • With his last outing fresh in our minds, it may be easy to disregard Z in the stadium phase but the reality is that this is still one of the best horses in the country over the colored poles. Under Phillip Dutton, he has jumped clear rounds in 17 of 20 stadium rounds at the top and hasn’t had a rail at A/4*-S since early in 2017.
  • Islandwood Captain Jack is another to keep an eye on, with Caroline Martin having guided him to a solid clean show jumping record. They have never had a jump penalty in nine rounds at this level.
  • A plethora of young horses in this division have also jumped clear in their first one or two Advanceds; Fortuna, TKS Cooley, DonDante, Newmarket Jack, and I Bella have all been clear in their first couple attempts at the level. Meanwhile both Hannah Sue Burnett and Lukeswell and Bridgette Miller and Tsunami III have made new partnerships and clocked in clear rounds thus far with their experienced partners.

CROSS COUNTRY MACHINES

Whitney Mahloch and Military Mind. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

  • Military Mind and Whitney Mahloch have a reputation for speed and at this level — they are almost certain to get the job done. In eight career completions at this level they have either made the time or finished with the fastest round of the day in every single one of them.
  • OBOS O’Reilly is another horse who could make the time this weekend with Will Coleman in the irons. In his five completions at A/4*-S dating back through 2015, he either made the optimum time or was the fastest round of the day in four of them.
  • Jak My Style has shown a turn of speed under Buck Davidson. He’s finished within 10 seconds of the fastest time of the day in three of their five joint runs at this level.
  • In three completions at this level with Clark Montgomery, Caribbean Soul has never finished more than 10 seconds over the optimum time.

PREDICTED WINNER: WILL COLEMAN AND OBOS O’REILLY

Will Coleman and OBOS O’Reilly. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Keep an eye on:
  • Buck Davidson and Jak My Style
  • Clark Montgomery and Caribbean Soul
  • Sharon White and Cooley On Show
  • Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Revelation/Z

MARS Essex H.T.: Website, Entry StatusRide TimesLive Scores

Wednesday News & Notes from Attwood Equestrian Surfaces

Future event rider of America! We love this photo from Area II adult amateur eventer Melissa Fox, who explains: “My son Jack, 2 years old, loves going to events to help his mommy. Here he’s helping with my horse Command Approval’s ice boots at Seneca Pony Club Spring H.T. on Saturday after a great cross country run in the Training.”

We’ve had Mother’s Day and Father’s Day but now that those are behind, we should take some time to thank those patient kids of ours who show up to the shows with their parents and find endless ways to entertain themselves. For that matter we should also thank the patient horses who tolerate these knee-biters despite that patently not being what they were bred or trained for.

National Holiday: National Kissing Day

Major Events:

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Kent School Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Essex H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Surefire Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Stable View Summer H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Fox River Valley Pony Club H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Shepherd Ranch SYVPC H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Midsouth Pony Club H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Abbe Ranch H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Your Wednesday News & Notes

Best of the Blogs: The Pain of Rehab. Camilla Mortensen knew something wasn’t quite right with Cairo last fall but thought she got to the root of the problems when her mare was diagnosed with a minor strained check ligament and ulcers. In the midst of a rehab though, Cairo went lame and after the dust settled, it seems that the hind proximal ligaments were the actual culprit. [It’s Not Over Until the Fat Mare Sings]

Nana Dalton had quite the trip to Tattersalls with her young horse. Between a dead car battery, running short on fuel for both the generator and the lorry, broke lorry steps leading to a crashing fall and some unexpected jet lag for a homebred mare, Nana had her hands quite full on what was supposed to be a quiet trip. [It Could’ve Been Worse]

Does this sound like movie magic? A rider develops a horse from the beginning up through the Olympics, then almost loses the ride. Pioneering a new method of funding, he raises a record breaking amount to keep the ride, only to fall and suffer a catastrophic head injury a year later that leaves him in a coma. Fighting back to ride again, he and the horse go on to (fill in the blank…). [Jonty and Art: The Film]

Attwood Wisdom of the Week: 

#tuesdaytipdayWhen you are up against the clock to get your horse show arena perfect, call Attwood. Last week the…

Posted by Attwood Equestrian Surfaces on Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Want to know more about the most advanced footing solutions on the market today? Please call Attwood Equestrian Surfaces at 888-461-7788.

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Papa Coleman shows his support for Will at Tattersalls. Photo via Will Coleman Equestrian FB page.

Show moms seem to get a lot of shout-outs but let’s not forget the show dads out there! My parents are both great at holding things and handing me things on a hot day but my father always had a special knack for being led around by my horse (who only needed someone nominally connected to him at a show if there was grass in his range) and doing his damndest to brush a tail. Life pro tip: never ask a man who never had long hair to brush the tail of a horse without specific instructions.

This Sunday is Father’s Day so make sure to thank the special Horse Show Dad in your life!

National Holiday: National Peanut Butter Cookie Day

Major Events:

Luhmuhlen: WebsiteEntriesScheduleLive ScoresEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Aspen Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Woodland Stallion Station H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Seneca Valley Pony Club H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Full Gallop June H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Silverwood Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Honey Run H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Golden Spike H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Valinor Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Bucks County Horse Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Larkin Hill H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Your Wednesday News & Notes

Many riders dream of Badminton but few are dreaming of the Grassroots Division. British rider Kira Simpson had that exact goal in mind when breeding her Fjord mare to a Thoroughbred stallion. Kira is hoping that the resulting foal, Winnie, is her ticket to ride on hallowed grounds, in the championship BE100 division. [Owner’s Badminton Dream]

Another pair of Hylofit Classic Series winners were crowned at IEA last weekend. Amateurs and off track thoroughbreds ruled the day at IEA, with Erin Walsh and Notice the Trick taking home top placing in the Training 3Day and Caroline Charette and Moondance claiming the title at the Novice level. [Classic Series Visits Hoosier State]

What would you do if you won a CCI4*-L and the prize was a yearling? Stuart Tinney is probably well equipped to handle an extra equine mouth and will take home a nicely bred yearling colt by Roaldik out of Falvelon, bred by Melbourne International sponsor Davidson Equestrian. [Stuart Tinney Wins Melbourne CCI4*-L]

Surefire has extended extended their closing date to June 12! The competition will be held June 21-23 in Purcellville, Va. It’s always a favorite on the Area II summer calendar. Get those entires here! Click here for more information.

Attwood Wisdom of the Week: 

#tuesdaytipdayIf you have to build a 40,000 square foot arena to FEI standards in 36 hours… you better call Attwood Equestrian Surfaces. The Upperville Colt and Horse Show made one call and the rest is history. #oneforthebooks #nochallengetoogreat #thehorsescomefirst #safety #performance #innovation

Posted by Attwood Equestrian Surfaces on Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Want to know more about the most advanced footing solutions on the market today? Please call Attwood Equestrian Surfaces at 888-461-7788.

By the Numbers: MARS EQUESTRIAN Bromont CCI4*-L

With the MARS EQUESTRIAN Bromont CCI Three-Day Event serving as the last CCI4*-L of the North American spring season, the competitors are a mixture of newcomers to the level, experienced horses taking a crack at a Pan American Games qualifier, and combinations re-routing after hiccups at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event or the Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event. With an unusually large percentage of seasoned horses here, it’s likely that the winner will be an experienced combination.

THE EVENT

Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

  • No one has ever broken the 75% mark (25.0 penalties) in dressage in the CCI4*-L at Bromont.
  • With the jumping phases always proving influential at Bromont, recent winners have won the CCI4*-L from as low as eighth place after dressage.
  • In the last four runnings of this division, only two pairs have finished on their dressage score, both in 2016: Ryan Wood and Woodstock Bennett and Kylie Lyman and Sacramento.

DRESSAGE DIVAS

Buck Davidson and Carlevo. Photo by Jenni Autry.

  • Carlevo and Buck Davidson hold the best two-year dressage average at the Advanced/4* levels; they haven’t scored below 70% since 2017. They hold the only two-year average in the field that sits in the sub-30 range.
  • Copper Beach is hot on the heels of his stablemate though, averaging 30.0 over the same time period. He’s scored sub-30 in each of his Advanced tests in 2018/2019 but hasn’t cracked that threshold in his 4* starts.
  • Boyd Martin hit the 20s in two of On Cue‘s first three Advanced starts but has only achieved low thirties in her two 4*-S starts.
  • Lauren Kieffer and D.A. Duras achieved the 75% mark at Little Downham in the Advanced division in 2017, but haven’t quite broken 70% in the horse’s six starts since.
  • Katherine Coleman and Monte Classico have been chipping away at the first phase. Although their two-year average sits at 32.5, they’ve scored in the 20s in their last three consecutive starts.

CROSS COUNTRY MACHINES

Sabrina Glaser and Rembrandt. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

  • Sabrina Glaser and Rembrandt have been quietly gaining experience on the West Coast. In eight career runs at the level, they’ve never had a cross country penalty. Over the last year, they’ve finished within 10 seconds of the optimum time or the fastest time of the day in every single run.
  • Landmark’s Monte Carlo has a reputation for fast rounds at the long format. In six clear career runs at the 4/5*-L levels, he and Lauren Kieffer have finished within five seconds of either optimum time or the fastest time of the day in every single one of them.

SHOW JUMPING POWERHOUSES

Jennie Brannigan and I Bella. Photo by Shelby Allen.

  • I Bella has been lightly competed at the Advanced/4* level, but in three show jumping rounds at the top level, she and Jennie Brannigan have yet to have a rail.
  • D.A. Duras has jumped clean in nine of his last 10 consecutive stadium rounds at the Advanced/4* levels. He and Lauren Kieffer have had only one rail since 2016.
  • Jakobi and Emilee Libby had one rail in the horse’s first Advanced and have since jumped clear in four consecutive Advanced/4* rounds.
  • In nine rounds at Advanced/4* together, Katherine Coleman and Monte Classico have only tipped a rail on two occasions.

PREDICTED WINNER: BUCK DAVIDSON AND COPPER BEACH

Buck Davidson and Copper Beach. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Keep an eye on:
  • Buck Davidson and Carlevo
  • Katherine Coleman and Monte Classico
  • Lauren Kieffer and Landmark’s Monte Carlo
  • Lauren Kieffer and D.A. Duras

#BromontCCI: WebsiteEntriesScheduleDressage Start TimesLive ScoresEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

Wednesday News & Notes from Attwood Equestrian Surfaces

The rabbit hole I disappeared into yesterday. Pedigreequery.com

Have you ever gone down the rabbit hole of searching through your horse’s family tree to find available relatives still racing? Presuming your horse is a JC registered TB, you can really get in the weeds finding half sibs, 3/4 sibs, similar looking horses by the same sire, and of course pestering the farm who stands the stallion if they’ll offer frozen semen doses. Spoiler alert: it’s live cover only.

National Holiday: World Environment Day

Major Events:

#BromontCCI: WebsiteEntriesScheduleDressage Start TimesLive ScoresEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Plantation Field H.T. [Website]  [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

The Middleburg H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

River Glen H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Queeny Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Your Wednesday News & Notes

Have you ever heard of a disqualification being overturned well after the fact? The very rare occurrence happened at the CCI4*-S at Poland, which ran in early April, when Romanian eventer Viorel Bubau was disqualified for having boots that were longer than 20 cm in the stadium round. Not only did officials take photos of the incorrect boots, mistakenly documenting Viorel’s cross-country boots instead of his stadium, the rule in question did not even apply to eventing. [FEI Rule Disqualification Overturned]

In times of wet weather, everyone needs to do their best to stay civil. Last year was Area II and IV that saw torrential downpours and multiple cancellations; this year Area V has already had two events cancelled and another abandoned for the UL. In the age of social media, it’s all too easy to let frustrations boil over. [Show Cancellations and Refunds]

Would you ever get in an unmarked van in a pub parking lot in hopes of seeing a potential 5* horse? Feena Machin did exactly that, going with a stranger who overheard her conversation in an Irish pub on a horse search. The result was a horse later dubbed ‘Chance Remark’, whom Willa Newton competed up through five-star for Feena, and is now retiring. [Chance Remark Retired]

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Curly hair, don’t care. Photo by Maggie Deatrick.

My patience finally paid off this past weekend when, three years after I bought him, I got to finally run Prelim on my second OTTB. My first OTTB was precocious and ran Prelim at the end of his six-year old year; this one is now nine and finally at the level. I’m so glad I’ve taken my time though, because it’s resulted in a bold, confident horse charging around cross country like it’s no big deal.

National Holiday: Learn About Composting Day

Major Events:

Tattersalls: WebsiteEntries and Live ScoresLive StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Poplar Place Farm June H.T. [Website]  [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Equestrians’ Institute H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

IEA H.T. & Classic 3DE [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Colorado Horse Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Genesee Valley Riding & Driving Club Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

GMHA June H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

NJ Region H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Waredaca H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Ocala Summer I H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Your Wednesday News & Notes

Fitness is a battle we all fight in the horse world; often riding just isn’t enough. Sinead Halpin gives a candid look into what it was like to give birth and then struggle to return to the fitness level she needs to be at for career success. It’s something more of us can identify with. [Making Time for Fitness Outside the Saddle]

Deborah Burell, mother of five, uses riding to relieve stress. She competed two horses at the Houghton Festival of Eventing this part weekend, participating in her first three-day event. Horses have helped her stay balanced after her family went through a leukemia scare with one of her sons last year. [Mother of Five Contests First Three-Day]

An equine vet also had their first three-day experience at Houghton. As a vet, Jo Gynne doesn’t have much time to spare and after losing two horses close together, had almost given up riding all together. Enter Sublime Talent, and OTTB warhorse whose body needed her as much as Jo needed him. [The Vet Who Nearly Gave Up Riding]

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Filly by Upsilon out of Anna Bella. Photo via Kurt Martin Eventing’s FB page.

It’s officially spring now that my social media feed is littered with photos of foals. I love seeing their spindly legs and tiny faces. We’ve got a few superstars in the making landing this spring, including this adorable Upsilon filly out of Anna Bella, Kurt Martin’s 4* mount.

National Holiday: National Chocolate Chip Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Otter Creek Spring H.T. [Website]  [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Hitching Post Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Fair Hill H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

Spring Gulch H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Your Wednesday News & Notes

On Wednesday, May 15th, there will be an Open House Informational Session held at Fair Hill, to present information about the proposed projects and improvements to the Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area. This will include information about the enhancements to the steeplechase track. The Open House is from 6 – 8 p.m. [Fair Hill Improvements Open House]

Speaking of Fair Hill, they are still looking for volunteers as jump judges for this weekend’s horse trials. Come out and enjoy the sunshine for what should be a beautiful weekend … unlike the last two weekends. Bonus is being entered in a raffle for a free Starter Horse Trials entry! [Fair Hill Looking for Volunteers]

Vanir Kamira has won Badminton. Chilli Morning has won Badminton. Meet their offspring, a filly born via embryo transfer due to a prize offered at Burghley to the highest placed British-based mare inside the top twenty. The prize offers two embryo transfer breedings so that these high performing mares can continue to compete while simultaneously passing on their talent. [Vanir Kamira’s Offspring]

 

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By the Numbers: Jersey Fresh International CCI4*-L

As one of six CCI4*-L events in North America, the Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event is one of the few opportunities for riders to get those all important 4*-L qualifiers needed to move up to the 5*-L level. With Fair Hill both adding a 5*-L and losing their 4*-L in 2020, Jersey Fresh’s significance will become extremely important in the spring schedule.

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The famous Jersey Shore at Jersey Fresh. Photo by Jenni Autry.

The Field

  • Since Capt. Mark Phillips took over the course design two years ago, no one in the 4*-L division has made the time.
  • The dressage leader has gone on to win this division in three of the last four runnings. Every winner this decade has been inside the top five after the first phase.
  • The winner has had a rail in the final phase four times this decade.

Allison Springer and Business Ben. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Dressage Divas

  • Allison Springer has been no stranger to the dressage leaderboard over the years. Under her tutelage, the Thoroughbred Business Ben holds the best two-year Advanced/4* average in the field. He has scored as low 28.0 but more importantly has never scored worse than 34.0 at this level.
  • Anna Loschiavo and Spartacus Q have only started twice at the Advanced/4* level, but in two tests, they’ve averaged 31.7.
  • Caroline Martin has Danger Mouse ticking along well in the first phase. In the horse’s first year at the level in 2018, he broke the 70% barrier twice and has never scored worse than a 34.5 at Advanced/4* level.

Nilson Moreira da Silva and Magnum’s Martini. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Cross Country Machines

  • Nilson Moreira da Silva and Magnum’s Martini are a pair to keep an eye on for fastest of the day. They had the fastest round in this division last year and haven’t finished more than 15 seconds behind the fastest in five clear runs in 2018 and 2019.
  • Fylicia Barr and Galloway Sunrise jumped to a third place at Plantation Field last fall on the basis of their speed, posting the quickest round on a day when the mud slowed everyone down. In their four clean runs last year, they either made the time or were the fastest pair of the day in three of them.
  • Olney Uncle Sam hasn’t yet actually made the time at Advanced/4*, but he’s been within 10 seconds of either optimum or the fastest run in four of his five clean runs at this level under Emily Beshear.

Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Singapore. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Show Jumping Powerhouses

  • Fernhill Singapore has quietly become another show jumping superstar for Phillip Dutton. In five rounds at Advanced/4* level, the horse has yet to have a rail and has posted four consecutive rounds inside the time.
  • Doug Payne has started Quantum Leap in three Advanced/4* competitions this year in the horse’s first season at this level and has yet to have a single penalty — rail or time — in this phase.
  • Il Vici and Arden Wildasin have one start this year and two back in 2016 at Advanced/4* level. In their three rounds at this height, they have yet to have a rail.

PREDICTED WINNER: Caroline Martin and Danger Mouse

Caroline Martin and Danger Mouse. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Keep Your Eye On…

  • Anna Loschiavo and Spartacus Q
  • Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Singapore
  • Fylicia Barr and Galloway Sunrise
  • Doug Payne and Quantum Leap

Wednesday News & Notes from Attwood Equestrian Surfaces

Bedtime snack. Photo by Maggie Deatrick.

Now that the weather is good, it’s been a huge benefit to have my Thoroughbred turned out all night instead of fighting the flies and the sun all day. Not only am I thrilled that his bay coat won’t get bleached by sun and sweat but I generally think giving as much turnout time as possible to the horses is the best possible thing for them.

National Holiday: No Socks Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Jersey Fresh CCI [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Spokane Sport Horse Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Texas Rose Horse Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Galway Downs H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

Plantation Field H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

WindRidge Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Mill Creek Pony Club H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Woodland Stallion Station H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Your Wednesday News & Notes

One of the horses I was most excited to see in Kentucky was Quarrycrest Echo. I’ve been a fan since his top finish at Tattersalls and knowing he is a ‘crafty bugger’ as Piggy fondly puts it just makes me love him more. Because he was cut late, this horse has oodles of personality. [Behind the Stall Door]

We jokingly refer to a tough Novice course as the ‘Novice Olympics’ but Britain legitimately has something similar. The Mitsubishi Motors Cup is a BE90 (the equivalent of Novice) championship course running concurrently with Badminton. Check out the course to see what these competitors face. [Mitsubishi Motors Cup BE90 Course Walk]

Vanir Kamira actually started her career with Piggy French but spent some time in other riders’ yards as well. Izzy Taylor rode the mare for a year before Paul Tapner took her on, bringing her to the top levels. Piggy only regained the ride in 2017, when Paul Tapner took a step back from the full-time competition scene. [Vanir Kamira in Photos]

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Planking an oxer at KY is a great way to workout. Photo courtesy of Lara Miller.

One of the great traditions of Kentucky is that the course opens up at the end of the cross-country day to allow the thousands of spectators to walk the course, climb up on the fences and indeed, plank the oxers. Social media is filled with people lying on giant tables, clambering over the wooden ducks, and generally having fun on a course that was pristine only hours earlier.

National Holiday: May Day

Major Weekend Events:

#MMBHT: WebsiteDrawn OrderScheduleDressage TimetableLive ScoresLive StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s Course PreviewEN’s Form GuideEN’s InstagramEN’s Twitter

U.S. Weekend Preview:

The Event at Skyline H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

MCTA H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Poplar Place H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Your Wednesday News & Notes

One of the posts I most look forward to after a big event like Kentucky is the photographers gallery afterwards. I love seeing the quiet moments between horse and rider amidst the atmosphere, the look of pure joy or grit or focus on a rider’s face and the look of eagles the horses have. [Scenes from Land Rover Kentucky]

The 5* at KY wasn’t the only event turning heads. The Kentucky Invitation Grand Prix, held in the evening on Saturday after a long day of cross-country, in the rain and during dinner-time, was an absolute rousing success, with a sold-out stadium and spectators lining the rails. The crowd was responsive and eager to watch the horses jump fences larger than themselves. [What Show Jumping Could Be]

David Britnell is determined not to forget a single thing as he heads to his first Badminton with Continuity. He has a long laundry list of items he needs to pick up in the trade fair, a plan for who is handling the horses at home, and a bunch of young horses who are getting drilled in the parts of the test that they can do. [Badminton First Timers’ Blog]

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The Fate of the Five: Show Jumping Powerhouses of Kentucky

It’s the final day of Kentucky, our servers are fried (not this year!), our chinchillas are hysterical giving birth (seriously!), and yet coverage soldiers on.

After yesterday’s cross country, the stage is set for a repeat win. Oliver Townend and Cooley Master Class find themselves sitting in an enviable position, with a rail’s advantage over every horse but one. There’s a good chance he will canter into the stadium with a rail in hand, period.

Chasing him are a few horses who are almost incapable of jumping anything but a clear, as well as several others who have a good shot of adding nothing. It will all come down to who can handle the pressure in this moment.

A reminder that the scoring for time penalties has changed. Instead of one penalty point per second over optimum, it is now 0.4 penalties per second.

THE FATE OF THE FIVE

Oliver Townend and Cooley Master Class. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Oliver Townend (GBR) and Cooley Master Class

Pros: It’s hard to make an argument against a clean round for this horse and it’s even more difficult to argue they’ll have more than one rail. In their last 13 rounds at Advanced/4/5*, these two have jumped clear rounds in 11 of them. They’ve jumped four clear consecutive rounds at this level. They haven’t had a rail in 2017, and then prior to that they last had a rail in 2014. They haven’t had more than a rail since early in 2014.

Cons: In two long format events at 4/5*, he did have a rail at one — the CCI4*-L at Boekelo back in 2014. That and Kentucky are his only two runs where show jumping was last. And once upon a time, back in 2013, he had multiple rails (8, 16 and 16) at three consecutive events. Those days appear to be long gone, however.

Prediction: No rails. (But even one rail will hold the win if Tsetserleg has one down).

Boyd Martin and Tsetserleg. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Boyd Martin (USA) and Tsetserleg

Pros: Tsetserleg is certainly capable of a clear round, jumping clear in seven of his 15 rounds at Advanced/4/5* and clear in three of seven rounds when show jumping was last. He and Boyd also put in a clean round to finish third at the Fair Hill CCI4*-L in 2017, so he has proven the ability to put in a clean round at the long format.

Cons: Boyd and Tsetserleg have yet to jump clear over a 5* stadium course; last year at Kentucky they had one rail and then suffered an uncharacteristic three down at WEG. In the horse’s career at Advanced/4/5*, they have been a one or none horse in all but two rounds, but in the 4/5*-L format, they’ve had one or more down in three of four attempts.

Prediction: One rail

Tim Price and Xavier Faer. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Tim Price (NZL) and Xavier Faer

Pros: Xavier Faer has jumped clear in 50% of the stadium rounds at Advanced/4/5* he has done with Tim Price in the irons, and he notably has done it when it matters, jumping clear at Badminton in 2017 to clinch a spot on the podium in third. In three of the five 4/5*-L rounds they have jumped together, three have been clear, while the other two each have only one rail.

Cons: Despite his strong long format record in show jumping, he has only jumped clear once in his last five runs, most recently at Burnham Market CCI4*-S.

Prediction: One rail

Phillip Dutton and Z. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Phillip Dutton (USA) and Z

Pros: This horse is a supremely good show jumper and I fully expect them to put the pressure on those above. This horse last had a rail in his first start of 2017 and last had a time penalty in mid-2017. In nine rounds where show jumping was last, they only had a rail back in 2016, which also happened to be the horse’s first attempt at Advanced level. Z has also jumped clear in four of four 4/5*-L rounds.

Cons: The only con is that his record isn’t 100% perfect.

Prediction: No rails.

Piggy French and Quarrycrest Echo. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Piggy French (GBR) and Quarrycrest Echo

Pros: This horse has literally never had more than one rail in his entire Advanced/4/5* career and that includes several rides under Tina Cook while Piggy was out for maternity leave. Piggy and Quarrycrest Echo have jumped clear in nine of 15 rounds at these levels.

Cons: Quarrycrest Echo has had one rail at 50% of his 4/5*-L attempts. The rails both came in team situations; one at Strzegom for the 2017 European Championships and the other at WEG last fall.

Prediction: Clear

THE CLIMBERS

Felix Vogg and Colero. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Felix Vogg (SUI) and Colero

Pros: Colero hasn’t had a super long career at this level, but in nine rounds at 4/5* he’s been clear in six of them. He has also never had more than a rail at these levels.

Cons: Colero did have a rail in the horse’s only 5* round, at WEG last fall. They also have the possibility of time penalties, having had them in four of their nine rounds. They had time penalties in both of Colero’s 4/5*-L finishes.

Prediction: Clear round, with a time penalty or two.

Doug Payne and Vandiver. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Doug Payne (USA) and Vandiver

Pros: Doug has totally turned around the show jumping form of this horse. In 23 rounds at Advanced/4/5*, they have only once had more than one rail. They’ve jumped clear rounds 65.2% of the time, and are clear in four of their seven runs when show jumping was last.

Cons: Their form has faltered a bit lately, as they’ve only been clear in one of five rounds in 2018 and 2019 and had a rail in each of the others. In three 4/5*-L finishes, they’ve been clear in only their first CCI4*-L, had a rail in their only CCI5*-L round, and their only career finish with more than one rail came at Blenheim CCI4*-L in 2017.

Prediction: One rail.

Ariel Grald and Leamore Master Plan. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.

Ariel Grald (USA) and Leamore Master Plan

Pros: In 13 career stadium rounds at Advanced/4/5*, this pair has jumped clean in 10 of them, and only once had more than one rail down. They jumped clear in both of their CCI4*-L rounds and clear in four of six rounds when show jumping was last.

Cons: This is their first attempt at CCI5*-L, and two of the three times they did have rails did occur when show jumping was last.

Prediction: Clear round.

OTHERS OF NOTE

Paddy the Caddy will almost certainly jump a clear round and could be the first to do so in the order. Wizzerd, Pfun and Voltaire de Tre all stand a strong chance of jumping clear as well.

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Cross Country Powerhouses of Kentucky

It’s cross country day at #LRK3DE! The cross country consists of 28 numbered obstacles (45 total jumping efforts when taking all the direct routes) across 6,452 meters of the Kentucky Horse Park. The horses will have to cover the distance under the optimum time of 11 minutes, 20 seconds, or they will incur time penalties, 0.4 added to their score for each second they are over. Click here for a full course preview.

Derek di Grazia of the United States has been the course designer here since 2011. Derek currently designs many courses in North America, including both Bromont CCI4*-L and Fair Hill CCI4*-L, two key qualifiers for this event. He has also been designated as the course designer for the Tokyo Olympics next year. In years where the weather was nicer and the ground was good at Kentucky, as it was 2012-2014 and then again in 2018, the course averaged 24.2% of the field making the time. From 2015-2017, when the horses ran through rain or mud or both, only 5.53% of the field made the time.

The horses listed below fall into four different categories: horses who have been proven both consistent and fast at the CCI5*-L level, horses who are very fast when clear but could pick up a jump penalty, horses who consistently are clear cross-country and are fast at the 4*-S level but haven’t yet replicated that speed at 5*, and horses who have stellar 4* form and speed but the 5* is a bit of a question mark. With the weather being clear, there will almost certainly be a larger percentage of horses who make the time compared, similar to last year.

At five-star level, a cross country run that is clear and inside the time could potentially move you up many places, especially with the dressage losing some weight due to the removal of the coefficient in scoring. Here are the projections of horses who will make the biggest moves up the leaderboard tomorrow … or maintain their place at the top.

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THE STALWARTS

Piggy French and Quarrycrest Echo. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Piggy French (GBR) and Quarrycrest Echo: This horse has been stronger than ever since re-debuting at this level after Piggy returned from maternity leave. His only blips have come when he was fairly green to the CCI4*-L level at the 2017 Europeans at Strzegom, which had an enormous amount of trouble, and at Luhmuhlen in his first CCI5*-L, where it was judged he missed a flag but still finished within the time. In his last five cross-country runs, he has finished inside the time or as the fastest time in four of them. The fifth was his warm-up run for this event at Belton, where Piggy took her time across the country.

Potential Hiccups: In four CCI4/5*-L runs, Quarrycrest Echo has only two clear runs and he’s never seen a Derek di Grazia course. Piggy will need to be on her game to tackle his course, which can have a unique flavor to those who have never ridden around them.

Ride Time: 12:10 PM

Erin Sylvester and Paddy the Caddy. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Erin Sylvester (USA) and Paddy the Caddy: Erin Sylvester and Paddy the Caddy have stormed around four CCI4/5*-L cross-country courses and been inside the time at two of them and no more than ten seconds over at the other two. The two inside the time rounds have both coincidentally been over Derek di Grazia courses; Fair Hill in 2017 and Kentucky last spring.

Potential Hiccups: A couple of time penalties (less than ten seconds worth) is a possibility, but a stop is unlikely. This pair hasn’t had a blemish on their cross-country jump record at A/4*/5* since way back in 2016.

Ride Time: 12:30 PM

Oliver Townend and Cooley Master Class. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Oliver Townend (GBR) and Cooley Master Class: This horse had a sparse record last year and despite clocking in a clear round and winning Kentucky last year, it isn’t much more robust. In fact, Cooley Master Class hasn’t run cross-country at the A/4/5* level since Kentucky last year. Still, he won off even fewer credentials, and in his career has only two stops in thirteen runs at A/4/5*.

Potential Hiccups: Fitness. In case you missed it, his last top-level run prior to this was winning Kentucky last year. That didn’t exactly stop him from winning last year, though.

Ride Time: 1:56 PM

Phillip Dutton and Z. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Phillip Dutton (USA) and Z: This horse has an incredibly clean record at A/4/5*, with no jump penalties and only one rider fall in his first year at the level. In four CCI4/5*-L completions, he has never had a time penalty save for WEG. At WEG Phillip had to ride clean for team purposes, so sacrificed some speed in favor of accuracy. When left to his own devices, the horse will make time because Phillip wills it to be so.

Potential Hiccups: Possibly a potential for time, depending on how much team orders contributed to WEG time penalties.

Ride Time: 1:20 PM

Boyd Martin and Tsetserleg. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Boyd Martin (USA) and Tsetserleg: It’s difficult to look past a high-profile stop sometimes. Boyd and Tsetserleg have a very clean cross-country record; aside from an early career parting of the ways, these two have a completely clean record save for that one hiccup at WEG. The likelihood of them going around clean is pretty high.

Potential Hiccups: Time is this pair’s Achilles heel as they’ve only once made the time at A/4*/5* and never at the CI-L format. But when the weather is good, they have twice been within five seconds of the optimum time.

Ride Time: 2:44 PM

THE HEARTBREAKERS

Felix Vogg and Colero. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Felix Vogg (SUI) and Colero: Colero has been Felix’s main partner during his time in the States, and they’ve had great success over here…but also some problems. WEG in particular didn’t go their way, with a missed flag and two stops placing them well down the order. A stop at their subsequent event at Ocala Jockey Club didn’t help but they seem to have sorted the issues this spring, with clean runs at Carolina and The Fork

Potential Hiccups: Consistency over the jumps and time. This pair has only once made the time, at Carolina this spring where an unusually large number of pairs made the time, and their most recent run at The Fork marked the first time they even came within ten seconds of the fastest time of the day. Other than Carolina they’ve never been within ten seconds of optimum time, either.

Ride Time: 11:10 AM

Will Coleman and Tight Lines. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Will Coleman (USA) and Tight Lines: This is a horse who will likely either have the fastest round of the day on a clear round or will have stops. Tight Lines has no career stops at the A/4* level and has twice run clear and inside the time at CCI4*-L. He’s also run clear inside the time once at CCI5*-L, at Kentucky last year, and in fact has never had a time penalty at CI/4/5*-L when running clear. However, in three CCI5*-L attempts, he has twice had two stops; in his first attempt and at WEG last fall.

Potential Hiccups: Consistency over the jumps.

Ride Time: 12:25 PM

Tim Price and Xavier Faer. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Tim Price (NZL) and Xavier Faer: Xavier Faer can be a brilliant cross-country horse, proving it with his Badminton run in 2017 that ultimately landed him third place. His record with Tim Price is fairly strong but the occasional stop and a rider fall have marred it. He’s struggled overall at the CI-L format at 4/5*; they have had issues at 50% of their six start in that format and only run clear once in three 5* starts. Having said that, if Tim goes clear on this horse, he goes fast; he’s only had four seconds of time over optimum in those three clear CI-L runs.

Potential Hiccups: Consistency over the jumps.

Ride Time: 1:05 PM

Others in this Category: Cooley On Show, Harbour Pilot, and Johnny Royale

THE WANNABE SPEEDSTERS

Liz Halliday-Sharp and Deniro Z. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Liz Halliday-Sharp (USA) and Deniro Z:  These two had a lot of hype around them coming into this event and for good reason. Both Liz and the horse were on absolute fire this spring season. However looking at the numbers it’s hard to make an argument that this horse will make the time today. In his two CI-L 4/5* runs he has averaged 18.5 seconds over optimum and prior to this season had only occasionally finished even within ten seconds of optimum. But Deniro Z cantered around easily at Carolina and not only made the time but finished with the fastest round of the day, nineteen seconds under the time.

Potential Hiccups: Fitness allowing the horse to make the time.

Ride Time: 10:40 AM

Doug Payne and Vandiver. Photo by Libby Law.

Doug Payne (USA) and Vandiver:  Doug Payne has really made this horse a contender in all three phases but their success at the A/4*-S level hasn’t quite translated to the CI/4/5*-L levels yet. This pair has two clear runs around Kentucky and while they have consistently made time at A/4*-S, their best pace at the CI4/5*-L format has been thirteen seconds over optimum.

Potential Hiccups: Fitness allowing the horse to make the time.

Ride Time: 1:35 PM

Others in this Category: Glenfly, Honor Me

THE UNKNOWNS

Caroline Martin and Islandwood Captain Jack. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Caroline Martin (USA) and Islandwood Captain Jack:  This horse has struggled on the flat in his first year at the level and Thursday was no exception but he’s excelled in the jumping phases. In his two career CCI4*-L finishes he has finished within ten seconds of the fastest time of the day or under the optimum time and he’s never had a jumping penalty at A/4*.

Potential Hiccups: Experience. This is not only the horse’s first 5* but only Caroline’s third time leaving the start box at this level. She’ll also be the first to leave the start box today, and won’t have the advantage of seeing how the combinations are riding.

Ride Time: 10:00 AM

Buck Davidson and Jak My Style. Photo by Valerie Durbon Photography.

Buck Davidson (USA) and Jak My Style:  Buck and Jak My Style have an abbreviated career together but it’s been increasingly successful. In their only CCI4*-L together, they finished only one second over the time and have finished either with the fastest time of the day or within ten seconds of optimum in four of their six A/4* runs together.

Potential Hiccups: Experience. This is the horse’s first 5* and his career with Buck is not that long.

Ride Time: 12:00 PM

Lauren Kieffer and Paramount Importance. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.

Lauren Kieffer (USA) and Paramount Importance:  Paramount Importance is a new partner for Lauren as of last year but he has been around the blocks, having previously been to the 2017 European Championships at Strzegom with Ludwig Svennerstal. Despite his experience, this is his first 5*-L, so he’ll be relying on Lauren to help keep his perfect A/4/5* cross-country jump record intact.

Potential Hiccups: Experience and time. This is the horse’s first 5* and he’s never made the time; it’s unlikely today is the day for that.

Ride Time: 12:05 PM

Others of Note: Leamore Master Plan, Lancaster

Dressage Powerhouses of Kentucky: Day Two

Lauren Kieffer and Vermiculus. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Welcome back to the 2019 edition of the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event! Yesterday we watched as half of the horses put on their dancing shoes and today the second half of the field will get their chance. Quite a few of the heavy hitters ended up in the Friday sessions, so this preview will be a bit longer than yesterday’s. Click here to see the order of go with ride times and here for all the details on how to watch live.

In case you missed the action yesterday, here’s a quick recap. The competitors will be performing the 2017 FEI 5* Test A. In case you only tune in for North America’s biggest event, don’t forget that we have transitioned to a new scoring system for dressage. Starting last year, we no longer utilize the 1.5 multiplier on the penalty marks for dressage, making the scoring a straight conversion to penalties. An average of 70.0% from the ground jury will translate into 30.0 penalty points, instead of 45.0 as it would have prior to 2018. This clusters the competitors closer together after the first phase, making the jumping phases more influential.

Judging the competitors will be Christina Klingspor of Sweden, who presides over the ground jury. Martin Plewa of Germany and Mark Weissbecker of the United States join her as members of the ground jury.

THE FIELD

The chart below visually shows the range of each pair (in draw order). The pale orange demonstrates the range that each pair scores in 67% of the time while the black mark shows their average over the last twelve months. A narrow orange bar denotes a pair of very high consistency in the dressage phase; Quarrycrest Echo is one of of the most predictable horses in the field, for example. A wide orange bar shows a pair who have varied greatly in their scores and thus make it much more difficult to predict with any certainty.

The pairs who went yesterday have their actual score marked as a black dot with their score labeled, so you can see how they did compared to their typical scoring range.


FRIDAY

Piggy French (GBR) and Quarrycrest Echo: Quarrycrest Echo and Piggy French come into the arena holding the best dressage average at A/4/5* of the entire field over the last twelve months. They also tie for the best 5* average (from multiple 5* tests) in the field and have proven to be one of the most consistent pairs. There is a 95% likelihood they will score between 25.48 and 31.67.

Aiming for: Top of the Leaderboard

Ride time: 10:08 a.m.

Tim Price (NZL) and Xavier Faer: Tim Price will have a crack at the Grand Slam next week if he wins with Xavier Faer here, and so he’s brought a horse who is no slouch on the flat. Although Xavier Faer’s best test at 5* is only a 31.0, he’s averaged 29.43 in his tests over the last 12 months and he laid down a personal best of 26.3 at Weston Park Advanced earlier this month.

Aiming for: Top Five

Ride time: 1:16 p.m.


Oliver Townend (GBR) and Cooley Master Class: Oliver Townend has brought back last year’s winner Cooley Master Class for a chance of a back-to-back win. This horse’s score of 28.7 last year doesn’t quite crack the top five of 5* personal bests in the field but he does own the best 4* personal best in the field, a 22.4 at the 2014 Ballindenisk 4*-S. Still, a score more in line with his A/4* average of 28.3 is most likely.

Aiming for: Top of the Leaderboard

Ride time: 1:32 p.m.

Phillip Dutton (USA) and Z: Next up is perennial favorite Phillip Dutton, who brings Z to his second Kentucky as a more seasoned competitor. This horse owns the second best 5* score in the field, a 27.6 laid down at WEG last fall and his twelve month average of 29.68 is almost a full four points lower than his overall A/4* average, demonstrating how far this horse has come in this phase.

Aiming for: Top Five

Ride time: 1:40 p.m.

Doug Payne (USA) and Vandiver: Doug Payne has clearly been doing some homework with Vandiver; in their last four tests they’ve broken 70% three times whereas prior to that they had only broken that mark twice in twenty tests at the A/4/5* level. They are likely to score a new 5* personal best and will only be aided by being in the last session today.

Aiming for: Top Five

Ride time: 2:36 p.m.

Boyd Martin (USA) and Tsetserleg: Boyd Martin and Tsetserleg own the best 5* score in the field, having achieved a 27.1 at WEG last fall. This pair sit equal with Quarrycrest Echo and Piggy French for best 5* average in the field and seem to really step up when it matters, as their 5* average is three and a half points better than their A/4* average.

Aiming for: Top of the Leaderboard

Ride time: 2:44 p.m.

Buck Davidson (USA) and Copper Beach: Copper Beach and Buck Davidson have had a long career together at the top levels by now, and they’ve been no stranger to the leaderboard. Copper Beach has laid down one of the top three 4* personal bests in the field but has yet to replicate his 4* success at this level. With their time slot in the very last session, this pair have a great shot to best their 5* PB of 30.7 and end up near the top contenders.

Aiming for: Top Ten

Ride time: 2:52 p.m.

Lauren Kieffer (USA) and Vermiculus: Vermiculus is now making his third start at Kentucky with Lauren Kieffer and having the last slot of the day could make a big difference in this cheeky horse’s score. This horse burst onto the 5* scene with a bang in 2017, laying down a 29.2 that not many expected out of him. Although he hasn’t broken the 70% barrier since early in 2018, Lauren will squeeze every point out that she can.

Aiming for: Top Ten

Ride time: 3:00 p.m.

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Dressage Powerhouses of Kentucky: Day One

Hannah Sue Burnett and Harbour Pilot. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Welcome to the 2019 edition of the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event! Yesterday marked the beginning of the competition, with the first horse inspection occurring in the afternoon and today we’ll have the first half of dressage. Click here to see the order of go with ride times and here for all the details on how to watch live.

The competitors will be performing the 2017 FEI 4* Test A. In case you only tune in for North America’s biggest event, don’t forget that we have transitioned to a new scoring system for dressage. Starting last year, we no longer utilize the 1.5 multiplier on the penalty marks for dressage, making the scoring a straight conversion to penalties. An average of 70.0% from the ground jury will translate into 30.0 penalty points, instead of 45.0 as it would have prior to 2018. This clusters the competitors closer together after the first phase, making the jumping phases more influential.

Judging the competitors will be Christina Klingspor of Sweden, who presides over the ground jury. Martin Plewa of Germany and Mark Weissbecker of the United States join her as members of the ground jury.

THE FIELD

The chart below visually shows the range of each pair (in draw order). The orange demonstrates the range that the pair scores in 67% of the time while the black mark shows their average over the last twelve months. A narrow orange bar denotes a pair of very high consistency in the dressage phase; Deniro Z and Quarrycrest Echo are two of the most predictable horses in the field, for example. A wide orange bar shows a pair who have varied greatly in their scores and thus make it much more difficult to predict with any certainty.

Orange bar represents 67% of scores, black line is 12 month average.

THURSDAY

Liz Halliday-Sharp (USA) and Deniro Z: This horse has turned quite a few heads since he first stepped up to Advanced eighteen months ago, finishing inside the top ten in all but two of his twelve finishes at the Advanced/4*/5* levels. Part of this pair’s success has been due to the consistency in the first phase; their worst score for those levels is a 31.9 and they’ve beaten the 70% threshold in ten of fifteen starts. The only downside is their early draw of third in the competition, which means the judges might be a little reluctant to be generous with their marks.

Aiming for: Top Three

Ride time: 10:16 a.m.

Hannah Sue Burnett (USA) and Harbour Pilot: This veteran pair is no stranger to the leaderboard after day one, with scores breaking 70% in their last three consecutive 5* starts. These two have come out strong in 2019, with a twelve month dressage average that ranks second in the field. However like Liz, Hannah Sue’s early ride time may hamper her quest to lead at the end of the first phase.

Aiming for: Top of the Leaderboard

Ride time: 11:08 a.m.

Hallie Coon (USA) and Celien: Hallie Coon threw down the gauntlet with this mare in their first 5* start last fall at Pau, breaking the 70% mark for the first time in their A/4/5* career. These two have since broken that personal best again, clocking in a 26.3 at the beginning of the year. Their scores have regressed since then to just under 70% but these two have already proven the ability to be cool under pressure.

Aiming for: Top Five

Ride time: 11:24 a.m.

Felix Vogg (SUI) and Colero: Felix Vogg and Colero have broken the 70% mark in only three of the horse’s nine career starts at the A/4/5* levels, but they picked an exceptionally good time to lay down a personal best for the horse, the World Equestrian Games. Felix Vogg is no stranger to pressure, having represented Switzerland a few times already, and Colero has stepped up to perform when it matters.

Aiming for: Top Five

Ride time: 11:24 a.m.

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Jog Wednesday’s News & Notes from Attwood Equestrian Surfaces

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Posted by Jimmie Holotik Schramm on Monday, April 22, 2019

I take great pleasure in bringing you the very first post of Kentucky, every year since 2015. I get to peruse all of the riders posting their first photos on ground and decide which one gets to lead the action. This week is one of the biggest weeks of the year for the EN team and we’ve got all hands on deck ready to bring you the latest news.

National Holiday: JOG Day

Major Events:

#LRK3DE: WebsiteScheduleEntries & Drawn OrderHow to Watch LiveUSEF NetworkHorse & Country TVEN’s CoverageEN’s InstagramEN’s Twitter

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Fresno County Horse Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

University of New Hampshire Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Loudoun Hunt Pony Club H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

St. John’s H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Your Wednesday News & Notes

With Kentucky and Badminton back to back, they often get compared to one another. Horse and Hound points out that Badminton is the older event but admits that Kentucky’s naming of an official vodka is something that Badminton could use more of. [Differences Between KY and Badminton]

Let’s meet our cross-country trailblazer, Islandwood Captain Jack. As a horse that Caroline Martin has brought along from the ground up, Islandwood Captain Jack has blossomed, particularly in the jumping phases. A horse who is extremely food-oriented, ‘James’ will insist on being first to his stall for every meal. [Behind the Stall Door]

As we edge into May, the heat starts to rise and good ground can be hard to find. The Brits are notorious for scratching when the ground gets too hard, something we generally don’t have the luxury of doing over here. British -based Kate Honey has some tips on how to take advantage of schooling cross-country riding in an arena. [How to XC School in An Arena]

Attwood Wisdom of the Week: 

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By the Numbers: Fair Hill CCI4*-S

After a couple of years serving as the final prep event prior to Kentucky, Fair Hill has moved back to its traditional date just one week before. This means that the majority of Kentucky entrants local to the area have chosen to compete in the Advanced combined test, leaving the CCI4*-S division open to the up-and-coming horses aiming for a CCI4*-L later this spring.

Photo by Sally Spickard.

Division Stats

  • In the last four years, not one pair has gone clear inside the time on cross country.
  • The last two runnings have seen the third-placed pair after dressage finish on top.
  • The dressage leader hasn’t won this division since 2015.

Boyd Martin and On Cue. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Dressage Divas

Percentage of pairs expected to score in the 20s — 4.76% (one of 21)

  • Boyd Martin and On Cue hold the strongest dressage average at this level from multiple runs and have dipped into the 20s in two of the mare’s four starts.
  • Cayenne is another horse new to the level but piloted by an experienced rider. Under Felix Vogg, she scored sub-30 in her first two starts at the level.
  • Fernhill Singapore also has dipped into the 20s in 50% of his first four starts at the level under the guidance of Phillip Dutton.
  • The final pair to keep an eye out for is an experienced horse with a new-to-the-level jockey. Alexa Lapp makes her CCI4*-S debut with Cambalda, who executed a strong 29.5 in the rider’s first Advanced at Carolina.

Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Singapore. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Show Jumping Powerhouses

Percentage of pairs expected to go clear in show jumping — 47.6% (10 of 21)

  • In four show jumping rounds at this level, Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Singapore have yet to have a rail down.
  • Arielle Aharoni and Dutch Times have had four Advanced and 4*-S starts since June of last year and have only incurred one rail thus far.
  • Katherine Coleman and Monte Classico have racked up a solid show jumping record, incurring a rail only twice in eight starts.
  • Lindsay Kelley and Cooley Cruise Control also only have a total of two rails on their record in eight starts.

Erin Sylvester and Campground. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Cross Country Machines

Percent of pairs expected to come within 10 seconds of optimum time — 9.5% (two of 21)

  • Erin Sylvester and Campground have finished either inside the time or with the fastest time at their last three consecutive cross country runs, one of which was in the Advanced at Fair Hill. The horse had a hiatus but was back at the level at Carolina recently.
  • Fylicia Barr and Galloway Sunrise have made a mark in their seven starts at this level, clocking in times that were the fastest of the day twice and within 15 seconds of the fastest time of the day on two other occasions.
  • Felix Vogg and Cayenne have run into trouble in the horse’s first two 4*-S outings, but at the beginning of the year, Felix guided her to the fastest round of the day in her first Advanced run at Rocking Horse.

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

Jack of All Trades

  • Olney Uncle Sam and Emily Beshear are a pair to really keep an eye on. These two will likely make it into the top five after dressage, and their one-or-none record in show jumping shows they more often jump a clear round than not. Although they aren’t the fastest overall on cross country, they started to pick up the pace last fall and could climb into a top placing this weekend with a fast round.

PREDICTED WINNER: Emily Beshear and Olney Uncle Sam

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

Keep Your Eye On

  • Boyd Martin and Ray Price
  • Boyd Martin and On Cue
  • Alexa Lapp and Cambalda
  • Katherine Coleman and Monte Classico

Fair Hill CIC & H.T. [Website] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

Wednesday News & Notes from Attwood Equestrian Surfaces

Spring has sprung. Photo by Maggie Deatrick

Between studying for a professional exam and a nagging back injury, I still haven’t had a chance to get on my horse even though he has been home for two weeks now. I’ll have my first taste of playing owner at Fair Hill, and while I’ve had my trainer compete my horse before, it’s always been for events that I myself cannot attend.

National Holiday: National Cheeseball Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Fair Hill CCI & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Holly Hill H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Longleaf Pine H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Sporting Days H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

River Glen H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Your Wednesday News & Notes

I happened to venture to a T3D last fall and I’m sharing my (mis)adventures. The long and short of it is read the rules three times, then don’t overthink it! I had a few obstacles that kept me out of the ribbons but the good news is my young horse had no idea and loved getting a neck ribbon for Fittest Horse. [The Miscalculations of Endurance Day]

If you’re under 25 and headed to Bromont in June, pay close attention. Bromont is hosting the inaugural Bromont Rising Program, which will award a $3,000 (CDN) grant to 10 U.S. and Canadian riders under the age of 25 who are headed to compete at Bromont this June. Riders will also have the opportunity to participate in a training camp, receive coaching at the event, and have dinner with Jessica Phoenix and Boyd Martin. [Bromont Rising Program Supports U25 Riders]

Sara Gumbiner is headed to Kentucky for the second time with her long-time partner Polaris. Polaris has a scheduled nap time every day, and if you mess with it, it messes with him. He would also like some green apples (plzkthx) and a a stall in which he can oversee the goings-on at the barn. [Behind the Stall Door]

Attwood Wisdom of the Week: 

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Posted by Attwood Equestrian Surfaces on Wednesday, April 10, 2019

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