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Photo Gallery: Team USA Tackles Boekelo Show Jumping

Team USA capped off a great weekend in the Netherlands with some show jumping action yesterday for all team riders plus our traveling reserve, Matt Flynn and Wizzerd. If you missed out on all of Tilly’s excellent reporting, you can catch up with EN’s Boekelo coverage here. In the meantime, we’re not quite ready to leave Boekelo behind, so please enjoy these images from our good friend Sherry Stewart.

Military Boekelo: WebsiteScoresEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

Nupafeed Weekend Winners: Ocala Fall Photo Gallery, MDHT & More!

Yet another busy weekend is in the books for eventers nationwide. As we gear up for a big week at Fair Hill and look ahead to a few more busy weekends to close out the 2019 season, let’s take a look at the results from the weekend, all the way from Ocala to New Mexico and everywhere in between!

Major Event Results:

FEI Nations Cup at Military Boekelo: WebsiteFinal ScoresEN’s Coverage

U.S. Weekend Results:

Maryland at Loch Moy H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]

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So proud of my entire #teambascule and the #glittersquad from this weekend!! Isabel and Rascal clinched their 7th place standing as well as 3rd in the Young Riders program with a #doubleclear show jumping round in the #BN3DE to finish on their dressage score!! So proud of this awesome pair, and huge thanks to Carolyn and the AMAZING crew and volunteers at Loch Moy for putting on such an incredible event and learning experience!!Izzy and Rook had a steady dressage test and super clear SJ round in their move up to training, with just a green moment as a stumbling block out XC, but they will be competitive with some more experience!! Sophie and Luna had a super consistent Novice dressage test and really got into the groove in the jumping, really figuring each other out!! Can’t wait for the winter boot camp with all my phenomenal students and their unicorns!! #loveallmykids #andtheirunicorns #sparklepower #fods #learningexperience #everytime #turninggreentopro #wooh #werkwerkwerk #getitgirl #slayqueen #dathindendtho #noscopenohope #werideunicorns #wedontsweatwesparkle #soproud

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Open Intermediate: Phillip Dutton and Carlchen (39.2)
Open Preliminary: Phillip Dutton and Quasi Cool (25.3)
Preliminary Rider: Megan Tardiff and Vindakova (37.0)
Modified A: Kimmy Cecere and Carrowgar Crannagh Hugo (28.5)
Modified B: Kevin Keane and HH Ontario (30.7)
Modified Championship: Elizabeth Stewart and Innsbruck VDO (31.2)
Junior Open Training: Olivia Dutton and Icabad Crane (32.4)
Open Training A: Caitlin Kuczynski and Fernhill Blueprint (27.9)
Open Training B: Megan Loughnane and Flamenco Ping (33.1)
Training Rider: Jackson Dillard and Layla Q (30.5)
Junior Open Novice: Olivia Dutton and Iniesta (19.8)
Novice Rider A: Christina Feaga and In The Mick of Time (31.2)
Novice Rider B: Lindsay Berreth and Oh So Extreme (27.6)
Open Novice A: Francesca Broggini and Cooley High Flyer (21.4)
Open Novice B: Rose Agard and Oberon Van Heiste (28.6)
Beginner Novice Three-Day: Lisa Hannan and Lowenbrau (28.0)
Beginner Novice Rider: Shannon Bower and Tale as Old As Time (32.2)
Junior Beginner Novice: Cierra Miller and Denis the Menace (28.3)
Open Beginner Novice: Suzannah Cornue and Karerra (29.2)

Hitching Post Farm H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]

Preliminary: Anna Loschiavo and Fernhill Holeshot (30.1)
Junior Training: Annabelle Sprague and Meadowlark (31.0)
Training: Mickey Rathbun and Bramble (27.4)
Junior Novice: Ryleigh Doyle and Encore Brulant (26.4)
Novice: Katherine Cooper and Gigi (23.6)
Beginner Novice: Alyssa Birt and Jack (28.6)
Junior Beginner Novice: Hannah Williams and Turnup (24.7)

Radnor Hunt H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]

Open Preliminary A: Ryan Wood and MK’s Concord Dawn (26.3)
Open Preliminary B: Kira Statue and Goodtimes (35.1)
Open Preliminary C: Dominic Schramm and Quadrocana (25.7)
Junior Training Rider: Maggie Buchanan and 3,2,1, Blastoff (30.5)
Open Training: Ryan Wood and The Optimist (30.5)
Training Rider: Drew Wicas and Killernan Prince (31.5)
Junior Novice Rider: Emma Humble and My Painted Princess (28.3)
Novice Rider: Teresa Martinoli and Loughnatousa Caprice (27.4)
Open Novice A: Jane Jennings and Larano 5 (28.6)
Open Novice B: Emily Lehman and Cooley On The Con (28.1)

Paradise Farm H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]

Open Preliminary: John Michael Durr and Perkunos (30.5)
Preliminary Rider: Kristen Schuitema and One Sly Fox (30.2)
Open Preliminary/Training: Kristen Schuitema and Reginald McDougal (35.0)
Open Training: Kimberly Steinbuch and Classiro (26.3)
Training Rider: Kerry Tracey and Excel Star Kate (41.9)
Novice Rider: Finley Habenicht and Aleta NSF (27.9)
Open Novice: Rebecca von Schweinitz and Sky Road (32.6)
Beginner Novice Rider: Danielle Moore and Tenth Rendition (26.8)
Open Beginner Novice: Mary Carol Harsch and Theodore alCoda (31.5)
Starter: Annie Goodwin and Judicious (31.4)

Ocala Fall H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]

Many thanks are in order for Lisa Madren, who sent in these great photos from a busy weekend in Ocala. Enjoy!

Advanced/Intermediate: Leslie Law and LCC Vogue (36.6)
Open Intermediate: Jonathan Holling and Prophet (31.5)
Open Preliminary: Leslie Law and Typically Fernhill (28.1)
Preliminary Rider: Sydney Rovira and Oakdale (37.8)
Modified: Rain Anderson and Wimpy Kid (31.1)
Open Training A: Clayton Fredericks and FE Clooney (24.1)
Open Training B: Lesley Grant-Law and Fernhill Finalist (22.9)
Training Rider: Amelia Ebhardt and Fernhill Celebrity (23.3)
Novice Rider: Erin Walker and MTH Shannondale Khaleesi (22.1)
Open Novice: Justine Dutton and Super Steve (27.6)
Beginner Novice Rider: Sophia Carattini and Artax (23.3)
Open Beginner Novice: Brenda Hutton and WYO Dun Maid (27.5)

Fleur de Leap H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]

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Talk about a comeback! Tiny led his division start to finish on a 21.8 (that’s a 78.2% for you dressage folks), going clean xc and fault free in stadium to take the win in a competitive Beginner Novice division! Proud does not even begin to cover how I feel. It’s absolutely insane to think that this time last year, I was so close to selling him and leaving the eventing world. We couldn’t get over fences, we couldn’t steer, and I couldn’t stop him no matter how hard I tried. I am so, so, so incredibly grateful to the ladies that have been willing to take on my little kracken and I: @harrison_eq , @dmdressage81 , and @thoroughbredcharmschool . The hard work is finally paying off and I am so in love with my horse. Tiny will be taking a well deserved quiet week while I die my way through midterms, and then it’s back in swing for our next recognized dressage show in November. #releasethekracken #irishsporthorsesofinstagram #irishsporthorsesdoitbest #howtotrainyourkracken #eventing #goeventing #eventersofinstagram #eventhorsesofinstagram #dressagehorsesofinstagram #bestirishhorseintheworld #krackenrider #teamtiny #teamharrisoneq #sweett #everythingscomingupkracken #tinygoestotexas #bronzemedalorbust #dmdressage

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Preliminary/Training: Stephanie Tyler Wright and Madison Avenue (34.6)
Training: Madeleine Snell and Flagmount’s Rebel (28.9)
Novice A: Sierra Fishell and Regal Reagan (22.9)
Novice B: Kelley Kays-Everett and Falconwood’s Good Karma (31.2)
Beginner Novice A: Isabella Rodwig and Dempsey (21.8)
Beginner Novice B: Allison Gill and Island Girl (34.3)
Beginner Novice C: Kalie Beckers and Madoc Mari (23.8)
Starter: Lynn Quast and My High Roller (33.6)

Las Cruces H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]

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This weekend went very well to say the least! Blue and I got a 33 in dressage because he was a little tense and didn’t feel like listening but made up for it with an AMAZING xc and finished the weekend with one of our most confident sj rounds yet to finished in third! Peter was entered VERY last minute and he was amazing! This was his first event and his third time on xc and he handled himself so well! We scored a 31 in dressage which is way better than I thought considering he was trying to take off with me for most of it😅 he was a little spooky on xc but after the first few jumps he was perfect and then had a double clear sj round to finish in second at his very first show! Now on to my first training three day at Galway!

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Open Preliminary: Heather Drager and Noblesse Oblige (31.5)
Open Training: Jennifer Miller and Bon Bon (26.2)
Open Novice A: Laura Worl Kober and Sterling Impression (25.7)
Open Novice B: Ashley Armijo and Encore RC (30.2)
Open Beginner Novice A: Donna Hayden and FlynnStone (30.8)
Open Beginner Novice B: Denise Aamodt and Spotlight II (22.0)
Pre-Competition: Stacey Cameron and Sucre De Carlier (27.5)
Starter: Bella Albersons and Striking Compadre (29.7)

Thursday Video: Preview the Boekelo Cross Country Course

A star-studded lineup of horses and riders are hotly contesting the FEI Nations Cup at the Boekelo CCIO4*-L this weekend, and we’ve got a preview of new designer Adrian Ditcham’s cross country track here for you to study up before Saturday’s action. Take a video tour, or check it out in photos with recorded commentary from Adrian below via CrossCountryApp — many thanks to Willy Leysen for the recording!

Need to read up on the new Olympic format that will be tested this weekend? Catch up with Tilly’s well-researched guide here.

One more day’s worth of dressage rides will come forward tomorrow, and then we’re surely in for a treat this weekend (anyone else absolutely over the moon that fischerRocana is officially back in action?) — set those early alarms, everyone!

Military Boekelo: WebsiteEntriesRide TimesLive StreamLive ScoresEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

Volunteer Nation: These 5 Events Need Help This Weekend

From the the Marlborough Horse Trials Facebook page: “Getting our volunteers started young! Big th anks to these pony clubbers (and more) for helping with jump painting today! We ❤️our volunteers!”

Time to firm up those weekend plans, EN! One of my favorite experiences volunteering came a few years ago when I got to work in dressage warm-up for the first time. I love watching riders warm up as it is, and this provided an awesome opportunity to really soak it all in while doing a small part to help keep things running smoothly.

One of the best things about volunteering is that there are so many different aspects of event organization and execution that you could almost always try something new and learn about a new part of the sport. So get out there, do your part, and learn something this weekend. Here are five events that need some extra hands in the next few days:


Event: Radnor Hunt Horse Trials
Date(s) volunteers needed: Friday, October 11 – Saturday, October 12
Address: 826 Providence Rd , Malvern, PA, 19355
Positions available: Sponsor Hospitality, Event Prep – Dressage, Event Prep – XC, Event Prep – SJ, Dressage Bit Check, Dressage In-Gate, Dressage Score Runner, Dressage Warm-up, SJ In-gate, SJ Score Runner, SJ Warm-up, Horse Ambulance Driver

Event: Paradise Farm October Horse Trials
Date(s) volunteers needed: Saturday, October 12
Address: 4069 Wagener Rd., Aiken, SC, 29805
Positions available: XC Jump Judge, Dressage Bit Check, Dressage Score Runner, Dressage Warm-up, Floater, SJ Jump Crew, SJ Warm-up

Event: Ocala Fall Horse Trials
Date(s) volunteers needed: Saturday, October 12 – Sunday, October 13
Address: 11008 S HIGHWAY 475, OCALA, FL, 34480-6505
Positions available: Dressage Bit Check, Dressage Check-in, SJ Jump Crew, XC Finish Timer, XC Jump Judge, XC Warm-up

Event: 2019 MDHT USEA Recognized Horse Trials #3 & BN 3 Day Event
Date(s) volunteers needed: Today through Monday, October 14
Address: 1235 Park Mills Road, Adamstown, MD, 21710
Positions available: Event Prep – General, Event Prep – XC, Dressage Scribe, XC Finish Timer, XC Jump Judge, Shuttle Drivers, Dressage Steward, Phase A & C Checkpoint Judges, Phase A Start Timer, Phase B Judge & Phase B Finish/C Start Timer, SJ In-gate, SJ Out-gate, Vet Box Assistant, XC Crossing Guard, XC Finish Timer, XC Warm-up, Shuttle Drivers, Dressage Bit Check, SJ Warm-up

Event: October War Horse Series
Date(s) volunteers needed: Today through Sunday, October 13
Address: 2814 Montrose Road, Raeford, NC, 28376
Positions available: Dressage Steward, SJ In-gate, SJ Jump Crew, XC Score Runner, Crossing Guard

First Look at the 2019 Goresbridge Go for Gold Sale Catalog

Buck Davidson and Copper Beach. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

One of the most hotly anticipated sales of event horses each year, the line-up for this year’s Goresbridge Go for Gold sale is unsurprisingly robust. Boasting top young as well as proven talent, the Select Event Horse Sale will take place November 11-12 at November at Barnadown and the Amber Springs Hotel in Wexford, Ireland.

Each year, top riders from the world over make purchases from this collection of future eventing stars (take a look at who picked up horses from this sale last year here). Notable graduates of the Go for Gold sale include horses such as Copper Beach, Carlsburg, Cooley SRS, November Night, and Cooley Rorkes Drift.

This year, 74 horses ranging from ages 3 to 5 are available for purchase, and the catalog is now available for perusal online. Performance videos of all available horses will shortly be available on the Goresbridge Go for Gold website.

Here are some early highlights from this year’s catalog. Stay tuned for a preview of the performance videos from the available horses!

Screenshot via the Go for Gold 2019 catalog.

Lot 61 is a yet-to-be-named 3-year-old full sibling to Baymax, a Doug Payne ride who recently picked up a second place finish in the CCI2* at Stable View. Hint: another full sister to Baymax can be found in lot 30!

Screenshot via the Goresbridge Go for Gold 2019 catalog.

Another relation to a top horse can be found in lot 57, a 3-year-old half-brother on the dam side to Tim Price’s 5* horse, Bango.

Screenshot via the Goresbridge Go for Gold 2019 catalog.

This 3-year-old has exceptional siblings, most notably Nicola Wilson’s Annie Clover.

Whether you’re seeking an amateur friendly horse or one who has the makings of the next Olympic superstar, chances are you can find a fit for your needs in this catalog. Click here to view the catalog in its entirety.

Nupafeed Weekend Winners: One Big Happy Eventing Family

The Stiver family sporting their matching t-shirts made especially for Ginger’s eventing debut. Photo via Mallory Stiver on Facebook.

Top of the morning to you, EN! Before we dive headfirst into another jam-packed edition of Weekend Winners, I’ve got a little story to tell you. It’s Monday, right? We could all use some good feels to get us through the upcoming week.

Many of us have at least one long-suffering, ever-loving horse show parent who has worked tirelessly to get our foot in the proverbial stirrup. Long hours at work, countless checks written, multi-day road trips to horse shows, family events postponed or scheduled around horse shows — the list goes on and on. Somewhere, a small child is sitting on their first horse and another parent is making mental plans to stop at nothing to make those big dreams a reality.

Area IV’s Ginger Stiver is one of those horse show moms. I’ve watched her support her two daughters, Lauren and Mallory, for the last few years alongside her husband, Greg. And after decades of supporting the kids and helping them succeed, Ginger finally did her very first USEA event this weekend at Heritage Park in Olathe, Ks. Piloting Lauren Stiver’s Brementown, Ginger not only completed her first event but did it in style, collecting a fourth place ribbon and finishing on her dressage score in the Beginner Novice division.

So this morning, let’s all say a big thank you to the moms, dads, aunts, uncles, grandparents, or whoever in your life was brave enough to nurture that stubborn horse bug. We’re glad to welcome you, officially, to the dark side, Ginger!

Congratulations are also in order to Madison Lloyd and Callaway, who earned our lowest finishing score of the weekend with a 22.7 in the Senior Training Rider division at Woodside. Well done!

As always, our events couldn’t run without the dedication of the organizing crew and countless volunteers on the ground. Don’t forget to support your show photographers and videographers and volunteer when you can!

And now, let’s get to the rest of those results from around Eventing Nation:

Kent School H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]

Introductory: Margaret O’Brien and Diamond Alexis (34.4)
Beginner Novice Jr/YR: Justine Allyn and The Brown Horse (29.8)
Beginner Novice: Nancy Cerniglia and Remi (36.0)
Novice Jr/YR: Paisley Narra and Huckleberry (37.9)
Novice: Rick Caldwell and Izzy Leo (33.3)
Training: Lourie Yelton and Ripleigh (27.7)

Morven Park CCI & H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]

CCI2* A: Jackie LeMastus and Lup The Loop (28.0)
CCI2* B: Jane Jennings and Kontessa M (27.8)
CCI3*: Phillip Dutton and Fernhill PickPocket (27.9)
CCI4*: Colleen Rutledge and Covert Rights (37.3)
Advanced: Alexandra Baugh and Mr Candyman (74.8)
Intermediate A: Ryan Wood and Rembrandt (47.4)
Intermediate B: Cindy Anderson-Blank and Windchase Phoenix Star (34.5)
Junior Young Rider Open Preliminary Championship: Caitlin O’Roark and Lucky Devil (33.0)
Open Preliminary: Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous (32.5)
Preliminary Championship: Mikki Kuchta and Calle (32.8)
Junior Young Rider Training Championship: Brynn Hershbine and Cadenza Aria (32.7)
Junior Young Rider Training Rider: Lindsay Woods and QLE Positron (32.7)
Open Training: Leslie Lamb and Young Lad (31.4)
Training Championship: Katherine Knowles and Cillnabradden Ceonna (31.4)
Training Horse: Christina Henriksen and Cierra (30.5)
Training Rider: Jessica Chappell and Excel Star Atlantic (32.3)
Junior Young Rider Novice Championship: Megan Smallwood and Kilronan’s Countess (31.9)
Novice Championship: Woods Baughman and Lord Calegro (27.3)
Open Novice: Caitlin Kuczynski and Fernhill Blueprint (26.2)
Beginner Novice Championship: Emily Beshear and Calla Lily (30.0)
Beginner Novice Championship: Hannah Higgs and Tutuola (23.9)

WindRidge Farm Fall H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]

Preliminary A: Robert Meyerhoff and Gasparo van de Falieberg (29.4)
Preliminary B: Rachel Sledzik and Fernhill Symphony (39.5)
Training: Megan Stauch and Full Gallop’s Woo Pig Sooie (48.4)
Training A: Kendall McNeill and Emmett (33.1)
Training B: John Michael Durr and Perkunos (32.8)
CT Training: Amanda Miller and Little Lion Man (65.5)
Novice A: Jennarose Ortmeyer and Primrose (32.4)
Novice B: Laura Duhamel and Fate’s Patriot (31.4)
Novice C: Isabella Sparks and Full Gallop’s Struck By Luck (30.2)
Beginner Novice A: Robert Meyerhoff and Chico (31.9)
Beginner Novice B: Sydney Langley and Pocket Change (36.2)
Starter: Sandra Bailey and Will I Am (28.3)

Middle Tennessee Pony Club H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]

Training Open A: Jacob Fletcher and 5o1 Hollywood Legend (32.1)
Training Open B: Breeana Robinette and Velvet Brown (36.4)
Novice Junior A: Ainsley Slicker and Horizzon (26.7)
Novice Junior B: Amelia Kremer and Delgado (35.2)
Novice Open A: Megan Moore and Master Plan (31.2)
Novice Open B: Hannah Miller and Dynamic Knight (26.0)
Novice Open C: Erica Mitchell and Shaniko Star (35.0)
Beginner Novice Junior A: Faith Newman and Jumble (32.3)
Beginner Novice Junior B: Riley Jones and Senor Santana (31.0)
Beginner Novice Open A: Susannah Lansdale and Four Star (35.3)
Beginner Novice Open B: Amanda Schardt and Spanish Alarm (33.0)
Starter Junior A: Larkin Albarado and Sf Lil Bit O Texas (28.8)
Starter Junior B: Olivia Marsh and Decadence (28.8)
Starter Open: Laura Shipman and Secret (33.8)

Heritage Park H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]

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Merlin and I had a fantastic weekend at our very first event. We not only completed all three phases but we ribboned, finishing out in 6th place! . I'm so impressed and happy with this horse. Despite being quite anxious and having strong feelings about the strange stall and surroundings (which he told us about loudly) he really brought his A game when it was time to work. . It was all I could have imagined and more. I'm so grateful to Aleina, Kris, and Emily for all their help and support this weekend. Sometimes when I get nervous I lash out a little at the people who are trying to help me (sorry Aleina!) I think I'm getting a little better each time but I still am very appreciative for their patience and grace with stressed out Lauren. . There are so many emotions involved in the whole experience and while yes that can be overwhelming and hard to deal with, it's also one of the things that makes it all so great. I'm still processing it all but I'm hoping to put together a blog post about the experience. . I also want to throw a big thank you shout out to my husband James, his parents, and my own parents for my early birthday present of a cambox helmet cam. Assuming I poked the buttons right, I should have videos from both xc and stadium. #merlin #meridasfatetrain #firstevent #usea #sixthplace #bigfancyribbon #onesillywoodenpoleandsomemuddyfootingkeptusfromthirdplace #stillsothrilled #hessopretty #rockingthexccolors #poleinthewayofjumpphoto #matchingthejumpangles #bestdressagescoreyet #soproudofhim #allthefeels #waterworks #criedaftereveryphase #teamcec

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Open Preliminary: Rebecca Hunt and Snowflake Lane (33.8)
Open Training: Meaghan Marinovich Burdick and Giana (31.7)
Junior Novice: Michaela Frye and Sugar Sam (31.9)
Senior Novice: Laura Rietveld and Mario Kart (33.8)
Junior Beginner Novice A: Brooke Wathan and Breath-taking Pleasure (30.0)
Senior Beginner Novice A: Julie Wolfert and Fiona Daula (28.0)
Senior Beginner Novice B: Judi Dietz and Rearcross Clover Q (30.5)
Pre-Beginner Novice: Brooke Babcock and Lenny (31.7)

Willow Draw Charity H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]

Open Training: Kadi Eykamp and Ole Boy (25.7)
Training Rider: Chloe Johnson and I Spy HX (34.3)
Novice Rider Junior: Taylor Tiberg and Valedictorian (26.7)
Novice Rider Senior: Sherry Pound and Gestalt (28.8)
Open Novice: Katherine Rivera and HVL Hocus Pocus (27.4)
Beginner Novice Junior: Anna L. Berry and Nocturne’s Luna (32.0)
Beginner Novice Senior: Courtney Kuriger and Eagle Rising (26.0)
Open Beginner Novice: Brittney Caflisch and When Stars Align (25.5)
Starter Test A: Darragh Stevens and Orange Crush (34.6)
Starter Test B: Parker Cage and Pipe Creek Beckham (32.8)

Woodside CCI & H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]

CCI2*-S: Rebecca Braitling and Dassett Ricochet (25.6)
CCI3*-S: Kaylawna Smith-Cook and Passepartout (36.0)
CCI4*-S: Helen Bouscaren and Ebay (44.5)
Open Intermediate: Stephanie Goodman and Carolina Morning (33.6)
Open Preliminary A: David Adamo and Solaguayre California (24.6)
Open Preliminary B: Shannon Lilley and Ideal HX (25.2)
Junior Training: Olivia Doman and The Pied Piper (27.1)
Open Training: Gina Miles and Denfer Du Banney (27.3)
Senior Training Rider: Madison Lloyd and Callaway (22.7)
Training Amateur: Steve Roon and Lismakerra Bilbo (25.2)
Training Horse: Lauren Billys and Twilight 54 (25.5)
Junior Novice A: Anya Mason and Mairin (28.1)
Junior Novice B: Ella Flodh and Bold n Royal (26.2)
Novice Amateur: Catherine Treseler and Gaelic Gold (28.8)
Open Novice: Joe McKinley and Duke HW (26.7)
Senior Novice Rider: Rachael Little and Irish Park’s Caraway Crispin (33.8)
Open Intro A: Elizabeth Stohlmana and Degas (28.0)
Open Intro B: Kate Vorobieff and Mr. Perfect (29.0)
Junior Beginner Novice: Kylee Pierce and Slewth (26.1)
Open Beginner Novice: Yves Sauvignon and Native Heart (30.8)
Senior Beginner Novice: Eileen Morgenthaler and Chicago GS (28.3)

Spokane Sport Horse H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]

Advanced CT: Marc Grandia and Campari FFF (37.9)
Open Intermediate: Sabrina Glaser and Last Call (40.3)
Open Preliminary: Kiera Carter and Corinthoz (27.5)
Preliminary Three-Day: Sonya Françoise and Two Tickets (29.0)
Open Modified: Karen O’Neal and Clooney 14 (30.2)
Junior Training: Caitlyn Sutherland and Chatur (36.5)
Open Training: Sarah Palzkill and Tullamore (33.3)
Training Amateur: Michelle Ingall and Gull River (35.5)
Training Three-Day: Jodie Willow Maguire and Flint And Steel (36.5)
Junior Novice: Ava Holmes and Argentine Gaucho (31.4)
Novice Amateur: Sandy Flowers and Reno’s Lad (27.4)
Open Novice: Jordan Linstedt and Lovely Lola (29.1)
Novice Three-Day: Lorilee Hanson and Hypnotik (24.9)
Beginner Novice Amateur: Alice Burrows and Orion’s Valentino (25.0)
Junior Beginner Novice: Ashley Widmer and Renegade (35.8)
Open Beginner Novice: Jessica Heidemann and Burlesque (29.8)
Beginner Novice Three-Day: Jhett Jenkins and Carnage Minstrel (35.9)
Introductory: Paula Cudd and Latte (35.3)
Future Event Horse 2 Year Old: Regan Childs and Maverick (75.6)
Future Event Horse 3 Year Old: Sonya Françoise and Glendalough’s Dahlné (79.7)
Young Event Horse 4 Year Old: Rebecca Buehler and Patriot (76.3)
Young Event Horse 5 Year Old: Rebecca Buehler and MFS High Octane (80.3)

Thursday Videos: An OTTB Lover’s Paradise at The Thoroughbred Makeover

Elisa Wallace and Reloaded, 2018 Thoroughbred Makeover Eventing Champions and “America’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred.” Photo courtesy of the RPP Thoroughbred Makeover.

Massive props are in order to the myriads of people who have worked tirelessly to pull off one of the biggest events promoting off-track Thoroughbreds in the world. The 2019 Thoroughbred Makeover is in full swing at the Kentucky Horse Park this week, and OTTBs are showing off their newly acquired training in various disciplines ranging from western disciplines, polo and field hunter to the traditional Olympic trifecta of dressage, show jumping and — our favorite around these parts — eventing.

If you’re looking for inspiration in working with your own Thoroughbred or if you’re hoping to compete at the Makeover one year, you’ll want to follow along with the Retired Racehorse Project on Facebook. Their social media team is hard at work bring us coverage from the event — take a look at a few of the OTTBs competing this week. If you’re unable to attend, be sure to catch the Finale live stream on the USEF Network this Saturday as the top scoring horses will battle it out for the crown of Thoroughbred Makeover Champion.

Catch up with a few of the Makeover contestants in these videos:

Thoroughbred Makeover links: WebsiteScheduleEntriesStall AssignmentsRide TimesMarketplaceSeminarsFinale Live StreamLive Scores

Volunteer Nation: 6 Events That Need Your Help This Weekend

Jump judge briefing at O’Dark:30, at Plantation several years ago. Photo by Holly Covey.

If you’re looking for a way to spend some time at a show even if you don’t have a horse, wanting to watch an event run in real life and be a part of making that a reality, or you simply want to find a way to do some good this weekend, we’ve got just the ticket! Events all over the country are seeking volunteers just like yourself this weekend. Even if you are riding or coaching, consider offering up a couple hours to volunteer — even a small contribution of time can be invaluable for making an event run smoothly.

We gathered the needs for volunteers from, where you can sign up for spots or find ways to help out in your area. Get out there and volunteer, y’all!

Event: Woodside Eventing Fall International Horse Trials 
Date(s) volunteers needed: Friday, October 4 – Sunday, October 6
Address: The Horse Park at Woodside, 3674 Sand Hill Road, Woodside, CA, 94062
Positions available: SJ Timer, Dressage Paddock, Dressage Scribe, SJ In Gate, SJ Warm-up, XC Cart Runner, XC Jump Judge, XC Crossing Guard, General Help (Lunch pick-up)

Event: Kent School Fall Horse Trials 
Date(s) volunteers needed: Sunday, October 6
Address: 30 Westwoods Road, Kent, CT, 06757
Positions available: XC Crossing Guard, XC Finish Timer, XC Score Runner, XC Starter, XC Steward, XC Warm-up, Dressage Test Runner, Scorers, Parking Steward, SJ Jump Crew, SJ Score Runner, SJ Warm-up

Event: Spokane Sport Horse Farm Fall Horse Trials 
Date(s) volunteers needed: Today through Sunday, October 6
Address: 10710 S Sherman Rd, Spokane, WA, 99224
Positions available: FEH Conformation In-gate Steward, YEH In-gate Steward, YEH Jump Crew, YEH Score Runner, Parking Steward, Office Help, SJ Warm-up, Dressage Bit Check, Dressage Check-in, Event Takedown – Dressage, XC Crossing Guard, Phase A & Checkpoint Judges, Phase A Start Timer, Phase A Finish Timer, Phase B Judge and Phase B Finish / C Start Timer, Phase B Start Timer, Hospitality Steward, SJ In-gate, SJ Scribe, Vet Box Check In, Vet Box Scribe, Vet Box Timer

Event: Heritage Park Horse Trials 
Date(s) volunteers needed: Today through Sunday, October 6
Address: 16820 Pflumm Rd, Olathe, KS, 66062
Positions available: Event Prep – Dressage, General Help, Dressage Score Runner, Dressage Warm-up, Parking Steward, XC Jump Judge, XC Warm-up, Dressage Bit Check, Dressage Score Runner, Dressage Scribe, Dressage Warm-up, Event Takedown – Dressage, Event Takedown – SJ, Jump Crew, Secretary – Awards, SJ Additional Help, SJ In-gate, SJ Scribe, SJ Warm-up

Event: Morven Park Fall International Horse Trials 
Date(s) volunteers needed: Friday, October 4 – Sunday, October 6
Address: 41580 Sunday Morning Lane, Leesburg, VA, 20176
Positions available: Dressage Bit Check, XC Jump Judge

Event: Majestic Oaks 3 Phase Schooling Show 
Date(s) volunteers needed: Saturday, October 5
Address: 17500 N US Highway 441, Reddick, FL, 32686
Positions available: XC Steward, XC Warm-up, Dressage Check In, Dressage Scribe, Hospitality Steward, Floater, SJ Jump Crew

Be sure to keep an eye on​ for more upcoming volunteer opportunities!

A Picture Worth a Thousand Words: Bobby Meyerhoff and Fortuna

Bobby Meyerhoff and Fortuna. Photo by JJ Sillman.

Bobby Meyerhoff has learned a lot from the smallest horse in his barn. Perhaps one of the greatest lessons a horseman or woman can learn is that of empathy. Without this all-important skill — one that doesn’t always come naturally, at that — it can be difficult to tap into the deepest, most locked away talents a horse possesses.

There is no handbook for empathy and horsemanship. All we have is the concept of feel, our own instincts, and our knowledge of how horses operate. Sometimes, we learn the most valuable lessons when we’re least expecting them.

This idea is what made Bobby chuckle to himself as he galloped through the finish flags aboard Fortuna, a 9-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare he’s produced from the ground up. The diminutive mare, who stands just 15.2 hands, had just completed her first CCI4*-S at Plantation Field. And while the pair came away with perhaps the most memorable photo of the event, artfully captured above by JJ Sillman, the story behind the photo is one that speaks volumes — if we’re willing to listen and dig deeper.

Fortuna (Nova Keur x Balou de Rouet) was feisty and hot-headed when Bobby first acquired her as a two year old. Right away, it was a lesson in patience for Bobby, who knew that he would need to listen to the mare in order to obtain her trust. Somewhere under that tough exterior was a careful and freakishly talented horse.

“It’s been a lot of slow and steady like a turtle,” Bobby explains. “I just have to keep telling her the same things: everything is ok, work your body side to side and let go, trust me. I’ve come to realize that she can be a little insecure — she has all this bravado and attitude, but underneath it she’s got some insecurities.”

Trust is something we all strive to achieve with our horses. Fortuna is “crazy brave and bold”, but sometimes this creates a potential for trouble out on a cross country course. We often discuss at length the shape a horse’s body should take over a jump. The distance we find to an obstacle dictates the shape and the efficiency of the jump. Bobby’s learned how to ride Fortuna forward to the base, which helps her tame the careful exuberance she displays. This carefulness and exuberance makes for an awesome photo, Bobby says, but the important thing to learn here is that this type of jump needs to be treated with caution.

“I had a sense that she would jump super high over that oxer at fence six,” Bobby recalls. “When she sees something she doesn’t know — and that was one of the bigger fences she’s seen — her instinct is to jump crazy high. And sometimes that power doesn’t carry over because she dedicates her inertia to getting up in the air but not necessarily over.”

By moving slowly with the mare, Bobby’s been able to smooth out her jumping technique over time. But it’s a constant question of balance for Bobby, who at 5’11 says he’s really had to fine tune his own balance in order to allow Fortuna to do her job. “If I move my upper body an inch, she moves,” he says. “So it’s actually made me have to ride better. I know she’s a super quality and has a lot of jump and scope, but I also know she’s giving me her all. So I know I have to be right there with her and everything has to be that much tighter.”

A newly minted Advanced horse, Bobby knows that with more time and experience Fortuna will continue to develop her jump. After that bold jump at the open over on Mike Etherington-Smith’s course last weekend, Bobby knew he needed to pay attention to his mare during the remainder of the course, which is certainly no slouch for even the most seasoned horses.

“The pictures are impressive, but they also mean she’s harder on herself,” Bobby explains. “I want her to be more efficient, and I think with more experience she’ll learn to use her talent more positively. You just have to be careful with horses like this and take your time with them.”

“She wasn’t scared, but she was impressed,” he continues. “I had to ride carefully at the next few fences after that just to make sure she hadn’t lost confidence after that big effort. And she really started to get better — she let me ride her to a better distance and listened to and trusted me rather than just looking at the size of the jumps and reacting on instinct.”

Bobby knows he’s sitting on a star. He knew it before he set foot out on Plantation’s cross country. And over the last seven years of creating a bond with the sensitive Fortuna, he’s been able to fine tune his sense of empathy and of knowing exactly what type of ride his horse needs on that day. That day, Fortuna grew up a little, and Bobby felt that much closer to cracking the code.

“Walking to the cross country warm-up, I had a little chat with her,” Bobby says with a laugh. “I said, ‘Ok, I’ll make you a deal. I’m going to trust you and go with you out there, but you have to trust me too. So let’s meet in the middle.’ And she went out, she got a bit impressed, but she listened to me and she took that and got better and better.”

Crossing the finish flags, Bobby was overcome with an emotion that elicited a chuckle from him. “It was something like, I can’t believe we just experienced that together.”

Bobby says he’s not concerned with ticking off goals at a specific point in time with his and his wife, Danica’s, talented mare. “I think it’s easy to say ‘Ok, they’ve done this level, now it’s time to move up,’ but I think that’s where you can get into trouble. If you don’t take the time to look beyond the qualifications on paper and ask yourself if the horse is truly ready for the next challenge, you may end up with a horse or a rider that has lost confidence.”

They say that if you can get a mare on your side, the sky may just be the limit. Even though Fortuna hasn’t been easy to get close to, he says every bit of this journey has been worth it and a testament to the idea of patience and empathy for the horse and what it needs. Horses, after all, aren’t so complicated, at the end of the day. They just need someone willing to listen.

Nupafeed Weekend Winners: Area VIII Championships, FEH East Coast Champs & More

While I spent my weekend moving (highly do not recommend), many of my friends were out and about doing much more interesting things like rocking it at the Area 8 Championships or tackling move-up courses elsewhere. As we wind down into the tail end of the 2019 eventing season, it’s time to start thinking about what we’ll be working on over the winter and what we want to accomplish next season. Congratulations to all competitors from this weekend, and a special shout-out to Emily Brooks and Lord Darby, our lowest scoring finishers this weekend who earned a 22.4 in the Novice Rider A at Jump Start!

Major Weekend Events:

#Stable View: WebsiteFinal ScoresEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Results:

FEH East Coast Championships [Website] [Final Scores]


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Nothing like a little subtle color coordination to polish off your look #itsallinthedetails #useventing #bettertogether

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FEH 4 Year Old: Revel In Soul and Andrea Manley (81.4)
FEH 3 Year Old: Wise Lolita Linda and Ronald Zabala-Goetschel (82.9)
FEH 3 Year Old Filly: Wise Lolita Linda and Ronald Zabala-Goetschel (82.9)
FEH 3 Year Old Colt: Quaden AF and Matthew Bryner (82.7)
FEH 2 Year Old: Royal Casino and Cynthia McNemar (85.38)
FEH 2 Year Old Filly: Wise Ravissante Du Defey and Ronald Zabala-Goetschel (84.83)
FEH 2 Year Old Colt: Royal Casino and Cynthia McNemar (85.38)
FEH Yearling: Arden Nike and Ivan Espada (85.3)
FEH Yearling Colt: Moto and Silene White (84.68)
FEH Yearling Filly: Arden Nike and Ivan Espada (85.3)

Jump Start H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]

Intermediate Championship: Jackie LeMastus and Indian Mill (50.9)
Open Intermediate: Alexandra Knowles and Morswood (40.3)
Preliminary Championship: Dan Kreitl and Horales (34.4)
Open Preliminary 1: Ryan Keefe and Point Nemo (29.5)
Open Preliminary 2: Rachel Miles and Zane (37.5)
Preliminary Amateur Championship: Shannon Risner and Motor Patrol (35.4)
Preliminary Jr/YR Championship: Lauren Harris and Busy Bea (41.7)
Open Training: William Barclay and Stormn Hudson KD (33.4)
Open Training Championship: Elissa Gibbs and Voltaire’s Masterclass (39.8)
Training Amateur Championship: Amanda Richard and Count Julian (26.8)
Training Horse: Ciaran Thompson and Ooh La La SCF (25.9)
Training Junior Championship: Ruth Rosendaul and Kaloosh (33.4)
Training Rider 1: Megan Northrop and Harrison (29.8)
Training Rider 2: Skylar Davis and Prescient (35.7)
Novice Amateur Championship: Jane Musselman and Engapore (26.9)
Novice Horse: Ciaran Thompson and Paraselene SCF (27.5)
Novice Junior Championship: Adalee Ladwig and Diego (25.5)
Novice Rider 1: Emily Brooks and Lord Darby (22.4)
Novice Rider 2: Nicole Miller and Almost Voodoo (32.4)
Novice Rider Junior: Ellie Teasley and Quintessential (34.7)
Open Novice: Megan Moore and Master Plan (31.0)
Open Novice Championship: Madeline Bletzacker and Drummer Boy (24.5)
Beginner Novice Amateur Championship: Hannah Reeser and Ltl Ireland Summr Soldier (23.5)
Beginner Novice Horse: Corinna Garcia and Simply I Suppose (23.0)
Beginner Novice Junior Championship: Megan Szymczak and Excellence Defined HOF (25.8)
Beginner Novice Rider 1: Katherine McDonough and Irish Red (31.0)
Beginner Novice Rider 2: Casey Balloch Johnsey and Little Miss Tennessee (24.8)
Beginner Novice Rider Junior: Riley Jones and Senor Santana (30.5)
Open Beginner Novice: Dorothy Crowell and Hour’s Truly (33.0)
Open Beginner Novice Championship: Corinna Garcia and P.H. Lev Livet (33.0)
Open Starter 1: Jennier Evancic and Independence (32.3)
Open Starter 2: Rachel Nusbaum and That’s a Cat (37.8)
Starter Junior: Natalie Woodie and Soul Blues (43.7)

University of New Hampshire H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]


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Open Preliminary: Adrienne Iorio and FH Bea Tastick (48.1)
Jr/YR Training: Nyah Butler and Happy Days (39.9)
Open Training: Jillian Middaugh and Miss Behaved (32.1)
Jr/YR Novice: Analise San Clemente and Sky Blue Dakota (31.7)
Open Novice: Sally Davis and ToffyPops (30.7)
Jr/YR Beginner Novice A: Ashlan Borsari and Devon Fantasie (38.0)
Jr/YR Beginner Novice B: Erin Cole and Sebastian (31.3)
Open Beginner Novice: Jocelyn Hawe and Jager Schnitzel (23.8)

Surefire Farm H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]


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What a day! So much fun at Surefire Farm HT. I love going to this event. It’s always well run and an excellent test of the horses without being unfair. Twig started off the day with a lovely dressage test. She felt amazing. With more strength in the suppleness, will come better scores. I am super pleased with her. She was lovely and rideable in the sj. We didn’t always have the perfect spot, but she handled it well and didn’t get frazzled. I rode a lot better than I normally do with show nerves. Show jumping is my nemesis without Bug! 😂 we had one rail that was totally my fault, as I turned too shallow and didn’t have her straight soon enough. The XC course was very hilly, if you weren’t going up and You were going down. Between that and the uncharacteristic heat, it took a lot out of the horses. I’m proud to say that Twig went double clear likE a boss. She did they a bit tired at the end but she powered through and we were double clear to finish 4th!!! I am so happy and proud of her. She’s getting her well deserved pampering. A huge thanks to Christina Stamos Johns and Michael Johns for their help today with Twig after XC and getting video and pics. 💖💖💖🦄👑💪🏻💪🏻

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Open Intermediate: Lisa Takada and Wishbone (39.5)
Open Preliminary: Arden Wildasin and Il Vici (30.0)
Junior Training: Cierra Miller and Well Done Son (35.0)
Open Training A: Lauren Kieffer and I’ll Have Another (28.3)
Open Training B: Allison Springer and Lickity Split (22.9)
Training Rider: Shannon Ellis and Royal Alyance (36.7)
Junior Novice: Olivia Dutton and Iniesta (24.1)
Novice Rider A: Lisa Edinger and Woodstock Checkmate (25.6)
Novice Rider B: Nancy Wise and Monarts Diamond Lad (30.3)
Open Novice A: Aisling Carroll and Asthore (26.4)
Open Novice B: Gabby Dickerson and Cheeky Girl (31.2)
Open Novice C: Mia Farley and Haiana (25.7)
Beginner Novice Rider: Jacqueline Lopour and Quianna (33.3)
Junior Beginner Novice: Cierra Miller and Denis the Menace (35.0)
Open Beginner Novice: Brooke Bayley and CH Farms Teddy (33.6)

Sundance Farm H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]

Open Preliminary: Todd Wulf and Kilcannon Max (46.4)
Open Training: Anna Sornberger and Mr. Shenanigans (40.5)
Training Rider: Olivia Caspers and Carisma (24.1)
Novice Rider Junior: Kaylee Blazeniak and Caballo Oscuro (33.8)
Novice Rider Senior: Paula Shook and Graceland’s Liebchen (27.6)
Open Novice: Jenna Sack and Fernhill Imperial Flight (30.0)
Beginner Novice Rider Junior: Elle Kennedy and Wayward girl (28.3)
Beginner Novice Rider Senior: Jane Mortensen and Bounty Hunter (36.8)
Open Beginner Novice: Brad Hall and All Aboard (30.5)
Starter Test A: Sheena Wenzel and Maximus of Elysium (40.5)
Starter Test B: Alexandra Kube and Flaming Raven Man (28.5)

Larkin Hill H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]

Many thanks are in order for Joan Davis and Flatlandsfoto for providing more win shots from Larkin Hill this weekend! Visit the Flatlandsfoto website to place your show photo orders.

Prelim/Training: Heidi White and Captain Fernhill (26.3)
Training: Andrea Waldo and TCF Quantum Leap (32.0)
Novice A: Cooper Madden-Hennessey and Dancing Kodachrome (29.1)
Novice B: Brianna Sotnick and Sir Ferghus (27.4)
Novice C: Heidi White and Patrick Kilkenny (28.8)
Intro: Amelia Pitts and KC’s Spellbound (27.8)
Beginner Novice A: Laura Voorheis and Kildare’s Buster Keaton (33.8)
Beginner Novice B: Courtney LaBarbera and Gatling (31.3)
Beginner Novice C: Alexandra Paris and Nacho (34.5)
Beginner Novice D: Marcia Kulak and Who Can Charm (26.5)

ESDCTA New Jersey H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]


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Open Preliminary A: Hannah Sue Burnett and Capitol HIM (31.2)
Open Preliminary B: Julia Strawbridge and Balmoral Oakey (32.6)
Open Training A: Amanda Beale Clement and San Suki (26.8)
Open Training B: Hannah Sue Burnett and Monbeg Odyssey (27.3)
Training Rider A: Patty Clucas and Lookover Erin (33.2)
Training Rider B: Lulu Moore and Sportsfield Goodwell (33.0)
Novice Rider A: Abby Fodor and Great Wheels (34.8)
Novice Rider B: Zachary Leamer and Keltic Junebug (31.2)
Open Novice: Holly Payne Caravella and Dito 16 (29.1)
Beginner Novice Rider A: Julie Worting and B.E.Excalibur (28.3)
Beginner Novice Rider B: Meagan Hennessy and Mansfield Park (32.3)
Open Beginner Novice: Kelly Beaver and Excel Star Pluto (28.3)

Thursday Video: The Madden Method of Stall Cleaning

Even all of us here in our eventing corner of the world are familiar with show jumping legend Beezie Madden. Running one of the busiest and most successful show barns in North America requires a high level of attention to detail — and this is a duty that Becky Huestis takes seriously. In the latest “Madden Method” video, Becky takes us behind the scenes at the Madden home facility in Cazenovia, Ny. Here are some top takeaways from behind the scenes at the Madden home base:

  • Water buckets are favored over automatic waterers
  • Feed buckets are fastened at the back corner to give caretakers an additional opportunity to walk into the stall to check on each horse
  • Straw is used in lieu of shavings or sawdust
  • It’s bad luck to put picks and shovels away dirty!
  • Shavings underneath the straw in areas where a horse uses the bathroom in the same spot can help absorb wet spots
  • Using straw helps save on plastic
  • Use your broom to do a quick cobweb and dust sweep after you clean the stall #multitasking
  • “Remember, if it’s not comfortable for you, it’s probably not comfortable for them.” – wise words from Becky

Want more Madden Method videos? Check out the main YouTube page for many more helpful tips!

Volunteer Nation: These 7 Events Need Your Help This Weekend

USEA CEO Rob Burk, a frequent eventing volunteer himself, stops to thank jump judges at the 2017 AEC in Tryon. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

If you have some spare time this weekend between rides or if you have a rare horse show-free weekend ahead of you, you might consider putting in some volunteer hours at your local event. At any given event, your time will always be useful and appreciated. Plus, with resources such as, you can find opportunities to help all in one spot. If your local event isn’t listed on, chances are they may still need help! Reach out via the event or facility’s Facebook page or keep an eye out for volunteer coordinators hustling the troops on social media.

Here are seven events and clinics coming up this weekend that could use your help. Remember, the USEA wants to reward you for putting in volunteer hours! Not only do events run on the backs of volunteers, but there are some serious perks up for grabs for volunteers through the Volunteer Incentive Program!

Here are seven USEA events that need your help this weekend. Click on the event name for more info, and keep an eye on for future listings in your area.

Event: 2019 FEH Qualifier/Jump Chute Clinic at Loch Moy Farm
Date(s) volunteers needed: Friday, September 27
Address: 1235 Park Mills Road, Adamstown, MD, 21710
Positions available: Office Help, Scorers

Event: 2019 FEH East Coast Championship at Loch Moy Farm
Date(s) volunteers needed: Saturday, September 28 – Sunday, September 29
Address: 1235 Park Mills Road, Adamstown, MD, 21710
Positions available: In Gate Steward, Jump Chute Assistant, Score Runner, FEH Conformation Scribe

Event: Surefire Horse Trials
Date(s) volunteers needed: Saturday, September 28 – Sunday, September 29
Address: 20490 St. Louis Rd., Purcellville, VA, 20132
Positions available: Jump Judges, XC Warm Up, Dressage Bit Check, Dressage In Gate Steward, Dressage Score Runner, Dressage Scribe, Parking Steward, Jump Crew, SJ Timer, SJ Scribe

Event: Stable View Aiken Oktoberfest Horse Trials
Date(s) volunteers needed: Today through Sunday, September 29
Address: 117 Stable Dr, Aiken, SC, 29801
Positions available: Event Prep, Merchandise Sales, Shuttle Drivers, Parking Steward, Vet Box Assistant, Vet Scribe, Dressage Gate Opener, Dressage Warm Up, Floater, Hospitality Helper, Pooper-Scooper (hey, someone has to do it!), Parking Cars, SJ Warm Up, XC Jump Judge

Event: Larkin Hill Autumn Horse Trials
Date(s) volunteers needed: Thursday, September 26 – Monday, September 30
Address: 515 County Route 312, North Chatham, NY, 12132
Positions available: Event Prep – Dressage, Stadium Set-up, XC Prep, Competitor Dinner Set-up, Hospitality Prep, General Help, Stabling Check-in and Trailer Parking, XC Finish Timer, XC Jump Judge, XC Steward, XC Water Distribution, Dressage Bit Check, Dressage Score Runner, Dressage Steward, Hospitality Helper, Volunteer Check-in and Information, Parking Steward, SJ Jump Crew, SJ Score Runner, SJ Steward, Event Takedown – XC, Event Takedown – SJ, Event Takedown – Dressage

Event: Pine Hill GHCTA Schooling Horse Trials
Date(s) volunteers needed: Saturday, September 28 – Sunday, September 29
Address: 1720 Hwy 159 East, Bellville, TX, 77418
Positions available: XC Crossing Guard, XC Jump Judge, XC Pinney Collector, Scoring Steward, Secretary, SJ Jump Crew, SJ Scribe

Event: Marlborough Unrecognized Starter Trials
Date(s) volunteers needed: Sunday, September 29
Address: Rosaryville State Park, Upper Marlboro, MD, 20772
Positions available: XC Jump Judge, XC On-Course Timer, XC Score Runner, XC Starter, XC Warm-up, Dressage Scribe, Dressage Steward, Hospitality Helper, Safety Steward, Parking Cars, SJ Announcer, SJ Jump Crew, SJ Out Gate, SJ Scribe

Nupafeed Weekend Winners: Twin Rivers, Equestrians’ Institute & More!

It’s the first day of fall, which means those early horse show mornings are more likely to be chilly and your horse is more likely to attempt to buck you off in warm-up. Hang on tight, here are your winners from the weekend around Eventing Nation!

A shout-out is in order for this weekend’s lowest finishing score, David Adamo and Solaguayre California, who finished their weekend in the Twin Rivers Open Training on a score of 21.4.

Twin Rivers Fall H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]

CCI4*-S: Tamie Smith and Mai Baum (28.4)
CCI3*-S: James Atkinson and Fleur de Lis (37.3)
CCI2*-S: Holly Jones and Speed Bonnie Boat (38.1)
Advanced: Ryleigh Leavitt and MoonLight Crush (58.7)
Open Intermediate: James Alliston and Lilly (30.1)
Open Preliminary: Lauren Burnell and Freedom Hill (28.3)
Preliminary Rider: Sarah Ertl and Global Showtime (37.6)
Jr. Training Rider: Pip Hayes and Peridot (28.0)
Open Training: David Adamo and Solaguayre California (21.4)
Sr. Training Rider: Allyson Hartenburg and Mucho Me Gusto (28.2)
Jr. Novice Rider A: Anya Mason and Mairin (31.9)
Jr. Novice Rider B: Grace Campion and Fire and Rain (32.6)
Novice Horse: Lisa Sabo and Infinity (26.4)
Open Novice: Kristen Merala and Sportsfield Neverland (27.4)
Sr. Novice Rider: Meghan Lewis and Rayastrada (30.5)
Jr. Beginner Novice A: Sarah Bonfield and Indigo (27.8)
Jr. Beginner Novice B: Sloan Bryson and Petite Pavarotti (29.5)
Open Beginner Novice: Ludger Thole and Rudy (22.0)
Sr. Beginner Novice Rider: Meghan Dayka and Fianna (28.0)
Introductory A: Anna Olsen and My Zippers Undone (34.2)
Introductory B: Bunnie Sexton and Mister (26.7)
Future Event Horse Four Year Old: Jill Jamison and Tiny Dancer (75.1)
Future Event Horse Two Year Old: Jillian Terzian and NSF R-Twain Star (77.7)
Future Event Horse Yearling: Jennifer McFall and Power Play DF (76.2)
West Coast Future Event Horse Championship Four Year Old: Chloe Smyth and Nite Life (156.0)
West Coast Future Event Horse Championship Three Year Old: Earl McFall and Iluminada (148.2)
West Coast Future Event Horse Championship Two Year Old: Jillian Terzian and Nsf Bye The Way (76.5)
West Coast Future Event Horse Championship Yearling: Max Gerdes and Ferao DFEN (78.1)
Young Event Horse Four Year Old: Amber Levine and Keep Calm (82.1)
Young Event Horse Five Year Old: Tamie Smith and Fleeceworks Quinn (84.2)

Equestrians’ Institute H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]

Open Intermediate: Karen O’Neal and Ebenholtz (31.0)
Open Preliminary: Alina Patterson and Flashback (28.8)
Junior Training: Avery Jacob and Little Miss Sunshine (28.9)
Open Training A: Rosie Lutz and Believe It Or Not (34.3)
Open Training B: Karen O’Neal and Clooney 14 (28.0)
Jr/YR Novice: Madelyn Floyd and Arms War (27.1)
Junior Novice: Sylvia Bran and Northern Expectation (29.3)
Open Novice A: Sandy Flowers and Reno’s Lad (28.8)
Open Novice B: Jordan Linstedt and Cafe Noir (24.1)
Junior Beginner Novice: Harper Padgett and Jess Because (30.5)
Open Beginner Novice A: Renee Wang and Partly Cloudy (23.5)
Open Beginner Novice B: Whitney Spicher and Sagewind Alexa (32.5)

Marlborough H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]


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So unbelievably proud of #teambascule and the #glittersquad today!! All three of my girls rode to the absolute best of their abilities and gave their three #unicorns phenomenal goes!! Maya and Ribbons took a commanding lead in the dressage (by nearly 5pts!!) and held it with a #doubleclear XC and SJ, winning her division!! Isabel and Rascal had a solid score after dressage and moved up to third place after another double clear go round!! Sophie and Luna had their most consistent event yet, finishing with a hard fought for seventh place!! All three girls rode the hair off their ponies and were like #littleprofessionals going around, makes my heart happy!!! #atgeventing #RRA #rhythm #relaxation #accuracy #yourshouldersdonthaveeyes #alldisconopanic #rockstarstatus #soproud #forward #intocontact #uphill #lovethesekids #beststudentsever

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Open Preliminary: Charlotte Stillfried and Palma D (29.4)
Preliminary Horse: Jackson Dillard and Layla Q (27.4)
Open Training: Greer Melville and V S McCuan Civil Liberty (31.7)
Training Rider: Holly Covey and Tully Cross Hamish (34.8)
Junior Novice: Lucy Nelson and Second Chance (32.1)
Novice Horse: Stephanie Sills and Salt (24.3)
Novice Rider: McKenna Martinez and Commitment (24.1)
Open Novice: Danielle Beaver and Take A Chance (29.1)
Beginner Novice Rider: Mary Perry and Cozmos (27.0)
Junior Beginner Novice: Maya Kozauer and Rhapsody In Red (27.4)
Open Beginner Novice: Courtney Cooper and Excel Star Tick Tock (28.3)
Starter: Alise Shotwell and FMF SOL (36.7)

Feather Creek Farm H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]

Open Preliminary: Samantha Tinney and Glenbrook Cooley (31.5)
Training: Ellen Doughty-Hume and Two Step Program (29.0)
Open Novice: Becky Roper and Emerald Breeze (31.0)
Novice: Kendall Miller and Elliot GS (28.8)
Beginner Novice A: Grace Williams and Over It (30.0)
Beginner Novice B: Maci Finley and Voodoos Lil Leaguer (31.5)
Open Beginner Novice: Hannah Miller and Dynamic Knight (28.5)
Starter: Aurelia Jesse and Plain Brown Wrap (34.5)
Introductory: Hailey Uriate and Samac’s the Magician (26.9)

Apple Knoll Farm H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]

Training A: Amanda Gardiner and Finn McCool (33.4)
Training B: Rachel Laliberte and Mr Rockin West (31.6)
Novice A: Jennifer Eddy and Poker Run (26.9)
Novice B: Savnnah Audet and Sweet Secret (31.9)
Novice C: Polly White and Ready or Not (33.8)
Beginner Novice A: Corrinne Lauze and Anam Cara (30.0)
Beginner Novice B: Carol Geremia and Mattie (32.3)

Cedar Ridge H.T. [Final Scores]


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me and vincent are OFFICIALLY a novice pair, completing our first recognized novice event (and second novice in general)! with a fantastic test to show off his foundation we’ve been building over the past couple weeks, we sat in second. through xc we only suffered very minimal time faults due to my own over-preparation of the scary bank (which he barely looked at) and the soul-sucking ditch (which he also was quite unbothered by) and had a double clear round in stadium. very pleased with our accomplishments this season overall and can’t wait to keep venturing further in our journey together ❤️ #novice #eventing #moveup #crosscountry #stadium #dressage #bigboypants #allgrownup

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Training Open: Isabella Novak and Dreamliner (44.9)
Novice Open: Brooklynn Lyos and Valiant Sir Vincent (35.8)
Beginner Novice Open: Jordan Riske and Match Play Jojo (31.0)
Starter Open: Corrinne Pepper and Speight The Devil (28.6)

Tamie Smith Takes the Podium in Twin Rivers CCI4*-S

Tamie Smith and Mai Baum. Photo courtesy of Marcus Greene Photography/Athletux Press Release.

Massive amounts of work are involved in putting on any event, and pulling off an event with the magnitude that is fall Twin Rivers certainly deserves an award of its own. The Paso Robles, Ca. facility hosts several events throughout the year, and their fall finale is one of their biggest with divisions ranging from the West Coast Future Event Horse Championships, to Intro level all the way up to CCI4*-S. Many props and thanks are in order to all involved with ensuring one of the marquee events on the West coast calendar runs without a hitch!

Twin Rivers also welcomed Hugh Lochore for the first time as course designer — look for more changes to the track as time goes on. “I have really enjoyed being here for the first time,” Hugh said in a press release. “After getting to know the terrain and team behind the event a bit better, I very much look forward to putting forth a plan for the future.”

It was a banner weekend for Tamie Smith, who finished off her final prep for the Boekelo CCIO4*-L next month with a handy win in the CCI4*-S with the Alex Ahearn’s Mai Baum. Finishing on a final score of 28.4, “Lexus” was once again in prime form and looks to be raring to go with a busy fall season coming down the pipe.

“We’ve been doing quite a bit of homework since the Pan American Games and I was thrilled with the result this weekend,” Tamie said in a press release. “We were fortunate to have training sessions earlier this week here at Twin Rivers with US Team Coach Erik Duvander and he was able to help me polish some final details before we head abroad again to contest Boekelo at the Nation’s Cup in just a few weeks.”

Not to be outdone, however, Tamie also went on to collect the other two podium spots in the CCI4*-S, finishing second and third respectively with Ruth Bley’s En Vogue  and Danito. You may recall this dynamic duo who finished first and second in the Intermediate division at AEC! This was a move up for these two budding stars, and Tamie is thrilled to have added to her Advanced string with this solid start.

Marc Grandia collected another solid 2019 placing in the CCI4*-S with Team Rebecca LLC’s Campari FFF, finishing fourth on a final score of 42.0. Gina Economou rounds out the top five in the CCI4*-S aboard her own Exclusive, an exciting younger horse who just stepped up to the level this year and earned a finishing score of 51.2.

Carvaggio II shows off his winnings. Photo via Bec Braitling on Facebook.

James Atkinson took home a win in the CCI3*-S aboard Fleur de Lis, a 14-year-old KWPN gelding formerly campaigned by Tamie Smith. This pair added just four time penalties on Hugh Lochore’s cross country course to finish on a score of 37.3. Hot on James’ heels was Bec Braitling aboard Arnell Sport Horses’ Caravaggio II. The 8-year-old British Sport Horse gelding most recently finished in the top five in the CCI2*-L at Rebecca Farm, and his step up to the CCI3* level resulted in a finishing score of 39.9. Rounding out the top three are another CCI3*-S debutante pair, Asia Vedder and her own Isi, who finished on a final score of 41.2.

The West coast also crowned the champions of the Future Event Horse divisions this weekend, and several young stars on the rise have put themselves firmly on the radar with great finishes from the weekend. You can read the full recap of these divisions thanks to the USEA here.

Twin Rivers Fall H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]

Jess Wilson’s Mission to Help Working Horses and Donkeys Continues: How to Help

Last year, former head groom to Sir Mark Todd, Jess Wilson, embarked on a journey to Egypt to work with Animal Care Egypt and Egypt Equine Aid. The efforts of these nonprofits help working horses and donkeys who are in need of medical care and support. It’s tough and heartbreaking work, but Jess returned again this year to contribute more time.

For this go-round, Jess has started a fundraiser to auction off a Burghley t-shirt signed by none other than Sir Mark himself. You can bid on the shirt through Friday, September 20 here.

You can read Jess’ blog from last fall here. We asked Jess to share her experience from this year’s trip:

The accommodations for carriage horses. Photo by Jess Wilson.

This time, I was there at the end of summer so got a small taste of how hot it gets!! It was 43 degrees Celcius (in mid-summer it gets up to 49 degrees) and on the East Bank where the carriage horses are it’s really stuffy in the city with no breeze off the Nile and NO SHADE. There is one water trough for hundreds of horses and no washing off facilities. So it’s actually really difficult for owners to keep them cool if they wanted to!

It’s the same in Cairo at the pyramids – there’s no water at all at the horse stand up there. Animal Care Egypt’s (ACE) policy is that horses must be untacked, offered water and thoroughly hosed off before being presented to the vets (unless there is an emergency). Secondly, in the summer there are much fewer tourists because of the heat so the pressure to get business is increased. Last November we would get harassed in the streets to buy carriage rides for 120LE (about £6), whereas last week we were getting hassled to buy rides for just 20LE (95p).

This man was really lovely and was stroking his great conditioned and very clean horse and chatting to him whilst hand feeding him his barseem grass. So to me it’s frustrating that there are caring owners out there but there are no rewards for looking after your horse well!

For me the real issue and thing that’s preventing any progress is still the lack of legislation and provision of better facilities by the government. Owners really need to be accountable in some way for their animals and punished for any abuse. And there need to be regulations to level the playing a bit so that the poor owners who actually do care and are really trying to do their best for their animals get rewarded with enough business. Also, it was great to see two student vets working at ACE – there are no practical elements to the vet med courses in Egypt so great that ACE is offering this opportunity.

Skinny horse with bleeding knees. Photo by Jess Wilson.

At some point, veterinary care will always be needed for these horses. So it’s important that organizations such as ACE are able to serve these areas. Funding continues to be an issue, as does awareness. The more we can all do to help and bring much-needed assistance to these horses, the better.

Nupafeed Weekend Winners: Nine (9!) USEA Events Across the Eventing Nation

Grab your pumpkin spice, y’all — this week’s edition of Weekend Winners is a big one! Fall eventing is one of the best times of the year, and we saw nine recognized horse trials running this weekend all over Eventing Nation.

A shout-out is due for this weekend’s lowest finishing score, an 18.3 scored by Karli Wright and Master Eli in the Novice Rider at Blue Ridge. Congratulations and well done!

Without further ado, let’s get to this week’s roundup of winners!

Otter Creek Fall H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]

Open Intermediate: Nita Sanfilippo and Alarmabull (49.5)
Open Preliminary: Todd Wulf and Kilcannon Max (46.1)
Junior Training: Mya Poulos and Sir Duke (27.5)
Open Training: Sam Kelly and Cobra King (27.5)
Preliminary Training: Elly Bates and Bold Move (34.8)
Senior Training Rider: Chris Heydon and Is He A She (32.1)
Junior Novice: Abby Oldham and Donkey Hodie (28.3)
Open Novice: Todd Wulf and Kando (26.9)
Senior Novice A: Rose Kelly and Kitty’s Irish Diamond (33.3)
Senior Novice B: Camber Sannes and Charlie Parker (32.6)
Junior Beginner Novice: Elle Kennedy and Wayward Girl (30.5)
Open Beginner Novice: Ellen Grady and Deshi CR (29.5)
Senior Beginner Novice A: Cecilia Emilsson and Blazing Angel (29.3)
Senior Beginner Novice B: Linda Pozanc and Caesar Armani (36.3)
Starter Beginner Novice A: Emily Haug and LA Top Gun (30.8)
Starter Beginner Novice B: Jane Griggs and Arthur (31.8)

Flying Cross Farm H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]

Open Preliminary A: Dan Kreitl and Carmango (28.4)
Open Preliminary B: Emma Drury and Aberlour (25.0)
Open Training A: Emily Hansen-Palmus and FireFox (26.7)
Open Training B: Erin Pullen and Koko Chanel (24.3)
Training Rider A: Hannah Maloney and Phoenyx (33.6)
Training Rider B: Ruth Rosendaul and Kaloosh (33.4)
Novice Rider A: Madelyn Leahey and Pursuit of Perfection (30.7)
Novice Rider B: Megan Northrop and Harrison (29.5)
Open Novice: Sydney Ayres and Be Cool MEC (24.1)
Beginner Novice A: Anne McMillin and Shoshone (29.8)
Beginner Novice B: Sierra Thomas and Chambery (30.3)
Beginner Novice C: Sally Smedley and Golden Ticket CR (28.8)
Open Beginner Novice: Susannah Lansdale and Four Star (29.3)

The Event at Skyline [Website] [Final Scores]


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So much hard work lead our team to such great results this last weekend at The Event at Skyline!!!! Taisyn Johnson/Atkinson on Ferrari Ari finished on their dressage score in 6th place in the Jr. beginner novice! Lilli Killpack on scarlet with a great performance finished 8th in the Jr. beginner novice! Amelia Hall on Absolute at their first recognized show finished 3rd with a score of 31.8 in the Jr. beginner novice! Carly Atkinson on Unbridled Gambler finished on their dressage score for 4th in the Open beginner novice!! Travis Atkinson on Ruger finished 1st with a 27.3 in the Open beginner novice!! Kathleen Boyle on Awfully Lucky finished on their dressage score for 5th in the Open novice!! Steph Whitlow on Abigail had a great show finishing 4th in the Open Novice! Alli Duffy on Relevance finished 2nd in the Open Training with a 28.8 in their training level debut! Tatiana Larson on Eloquent finished 2nd in the Jr. training! Carly Atkinson on Ironie finished 7th in their first Training/prelim! Travis Atkinson on Don Darco were 1st with a 26.7 in the Open preliminary! It is so exciting to see everyone’s hard work pay off!! We are so proud of our whole team and their impressive performances!! On to the next one!! . . . . . . @littlerelevance @skylineeventingpark @lilliandscarlett @_amelia_hallll @kathyboyleottb @steph_snuffy @horsesrule99 @carly3atkinson #bestweekendallyearinseptember #skylineeventing #dynamicequestrian #bestteamever #barnfullofunicorns #hardworkpaysoffs #eventing #finishedondressagescore #youngriders #equine

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Open Intermediate/Preliminary: James Atkinson and Fleur de Lis (31.4)
Open Preliminary: Travis Atkinson and Don Darco (26.7)
Open Preliminary/Training: Vicki Baker and Got the Last Call (39.4)
Junior/YR Training: Jodie Willow Maguire and Flint And Steel (31.8)
Senior Training: Erin Contino and Handsome Ransom (28.6)
Junior/YR Novice: Cate Lowham and CJ Thunder (30.7)
Senior Novice: Lindsay Wagner and Jenson (29.7)
Junior/YR Beginner Novice: Analise Christensen and Happy Boy (26.5)
Senior Beginner Novice: Travis Atkinson and Ruger (27.3)
Junior/YR Starter: Kyla Tovar and Moylough Dapple (27.8)
Senior Starter: Paula Cudd and Latte (32.8)

GMHA September H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]


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My prelim pony 💙🧡 #triplecrowncustom #psofsweden #ifthebonnetfits #neuschulebits

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Open Preliminary: Anna Loschiavo and Fernhill That Guy Jack (27.6)
Preliminary Rider: Megan Tardiff and Vindakova (28.5)
Junior Training: Anna Dias and Le Vent Noir (43.6)
Open Training: Lakiesha Varney and Kolor Me Gone (26.1)
Training Rider: Shannon Wallman-Hatch and Glidawn Master (27.5)
Junior Novice A: Isabel Estes and Fernhill Blue Moon (25.7)
Junior Novice B: June Clark and Dealin’ Diamonds (29.1)
Novice Rider A: David Cornell and Fernhill Sinatra (28.6)
Novice Rider B: Pamela Bolek and Well Decorated (29.3)
Open Novice: Michelle Kulak and Pantheon (25.2)
Beginner Novice Rider: Marion Pomeroy and Romance II (25.5)
Junior Beginner Novice: Whitney Lewis and Meadowlark (38.3)
Open Beginner Novice: Jennifer Fitch and Caraway Dairein Romance (25.5)

Blue Ridge Mountain H.T. at TIEC [Website] [Final Scores]

Advanced A: Doug Payne and Quantum Leap (40.6)
Intermediate/Preliminary: Magdalena Valenti and Wish I Am (43.6)
Open Intermediate: Lucienne Elms and Mistralou (46.4)
Open Preliminary: John Michael Durr and Casofino (29.1)
Preliminary Rider: Maddie McElduff and Spring Easy (32.9)
Modified: Erin Kimmer and Jude (32.7)
Open Training: Tiffani Loudon-Meetze and Mini Cooper (29.5)
Preliminary/Training: Alison Smith and Irish Blend (51.2)
Training Rider: Karli Wright and Sorocaima (34.7)
Novice Rider: Karli Wright and Master Eli (18.3)
Open Novice: Jessica Schultz and FGF Peri Whan (23.1)
Beginner Novice Rider: Lynn Welles and Quiet Love (23.7)
Open Beginner Novice: Keileigh McMurray and Rapport (29.8)

Poplar Place Farm September H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]

YR Intermediate: Savannah Blackstock and Garryndruig Albie (80.4)
Open Intermediate: Werner Geven and L’Avventura (33.2)
Intermediate/Preliminary: Jenny Caras and Trendy Fernhill (35.5)
Open Preliminary: Werner Geven and Double Dare (32.4)
Open Training: Lizzie Chamberlin and Theodora (33.6)
Preliminary/Training: Jorja Miller and Calypso Girl (34.7)
Training Horse: Jessica Shull and Free Radical (29.8)
Training Rider: Katarina Midgley and Blaze of Charm (29.1)
Novice Horse: Carden Burdette and Stay Frosty Oscar (33.2)
Novice Rider: Maisie Wagner and Hokuloa (26.1)
Open Novice: Zach Ketelboeter and TN Anonymous (37.9)
Training/Novice: Skylah VinZant and The Black Pearl (35.0)
Junior Beginner Novice: Reagan Walter and Ideal Design (31.40)
Open Beginner Novice: Lara Roberts and Boukoo Round Trip (28.6)
Senior Beginner Novice: Lee Fairchild and Leprechaun Lane’s Drumgrey (38.4)
Starter: Alice Moran-Tilles and Wyatt (25.3)

Flora Lea Fall H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]


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After A little more than a year of not showing, Salsa and I had a fabulous day at Flora Lea Horse Trials!

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Open Preliminary: Tiffany Wandy and CV Outlaw (39.2)
Preliminary Rider: Cassie Sanger and Born Ready (39.5)
Open Training: Caroline Martin and FE Sergio Grasso (30.0)
Training Horse: Erin Sylvester and MHF Scottie (28.6)
Training Junior: Olivia Barone and Wexford Wonder Boy (40.4)
Training Senior: Jill Macauley and Take Your Time (33.8)
Novice Horse: Lillian Heard and Cooley Gentleman (29.3)
Novice Junior: Emma Humble and My Painted Princess (30.6)
Novice Senior: Leighanne Sadley and Licorice (30.4)
Open Novice: Jane Jennings and Larano 5 (30.2)
Beginner Novice Rider: Jennifer Garutti and Labras Leannon (30.6)
Open Beginner Novice: Courtney Cooper and Excel Star Tic Tock (31.5)

Stone Gate Farm H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]

Preliminary: Sarah Erbes and Chili Infused (38.9)
Training: Kathleen Neuhoff, DVM and Swiss Mystique (36.6)
Novice: Madeline Bletzacker and Landtino S (24.8)
Beginner Novice A: Vanessa Miller and Obvious Diamond Article (36.0)
Beginner Novice B: Kyle Smith and KSE Modest Mouse (33.3)
Starter A: Amanda Gantz and My Bugatti (25.3)
Starter B: Elliana Sanchez-Muir and Jabez (32.2)

CDCTA Fall H.T. [Website] [Live Final Scores]

Open Preliminary 1: Dominic Schramm and Quadrocana (23.7)
Open Preliminary 2: Jimmie Schramm and Imperial Striker (29.7)
Open Training 1: Woods Baughman and Lord Calegro (31.9)
Open Training 2: Adriana Nannini and Tall Tale (29.5)
Open Training 3: Arden Wildasin and HelloHello (30.7)
Open Novice 1: Lynn Symansky and Ramiro’s Magic (24.5)
Open Novice 2: Lindsay Berreth and Oh So Extreme (30.2)
Open Novice 3: Arden Wildasin and Tokyo Drift (25.5)
Open Beginner Novice 1: Sarah Bernat and Inci’s Sweet Vice (33.0)
Open Beginner Novice 2: Erin Murphy and Papa Pablo (27.8)
Introductory: Robin Bickel and Black Sea Baron (34.2)

Who Jumped It Best? GMHA Junior Training Edition

It’s time to vote on another edition of Who Jumped It Best?, EN! This time, we’re bringing you some talented junior riders captured by our good friend Joan Davis of Flatlands Foto.

If you competed at GMHA (or any show that Flatlands has shot), you can look for your show photos here. In the meantime, let’s vote for the winner from the GMHA Junior Training division!

GMHA September H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]

Anna Dias and Le Vent Noir. Photo by Joan Davis/Flatlands Foto.


Maggie Sheehan and Practically Perfect. Photo by Joan Davis/


Genevieve Morel and One Cool Devil. Photo by Joan Davis/


Abigail Steinberg and Infinity. Photo by Joan Davis/


Sophia Midgley and Aries. Photo by Joan Davis/


Emerson Bergan and Can’t Stop Coyote. Photo by Joan Davis/

Vote below – the poll will close on Friday, September 20!

A Horse of a Different Color: Lyrical Lightning

Dorothy Hall and Lyrical Lightning. Photo by JJ SIllman.

I always love watching the live streams of events other than the big international events like Kentucky or Burghley because these give us such a good view at the variety of horses that we see competing at all levels.

We all know that many horses can defy their genetics or their conformation to accomplish things we never thought possible. It’s these stories that often fuel our fire. After all, isn’t life really about making the most of what you’re given?

It was during the live stream of Rebecca Farm that I came across a pony named Lyrical Lightning competing in the CCI2*-L with owner Dorothy Hall. I always love seeing ponies jumping fences seemingly bigger than them, and this little mare — one of the smallest I can recall seeing in recent memory — was no different.

Naturally, I had to call up Dorothy and get the scoop on her sassy little Ferrari of a pony.

Not everyone can say that their first pony is the horse that took them on to their first international competition. Dorothy is one of these, having worked off the cost of purchasing “Lyri”, as the mare is known at home, during summer camp at the barn when she was just 12.

As is so often the case, Lyri didn’t just hand over the keys to the kingdom right off the bat. “She definitely was not easy,” Dorothy recalled with a laugh. “She bucked me off almost every ride, would bulldoze me in the cross ties, wouldn’t load in the trailer, and just overall wasn’t very nice.”

But the pony, who stands just 13.3 and is 75% Connemara and 25% Thoroughbred, was what Dorothy had to work with. After obtaining her C2 rating in Pony Club, Dorothy turned her attention to eventing.

Dorothy is a petite girl, but she has still had to adjust her riding to account for Lyri’s short stature. Standing 5’5, Dorothy says the biggest factors are her stirrup length and the resulting balance. “I’m quite light on her, and I put my stirrups up quite a bit to be able to be light,” she explained. “I do have other horses that I ride for clients and for my trainer, so I have to adjust to her after riding them.”

Adding to the challenge is the fact that Lyri is built slightly downhill, which makes dressage come less naturally to her. But there’s been marked improvement — Dorothy credits her time working with coach Sabrina Glaser for transforming the pair’s dressage from mid-pack and climbing to top five-worthy scores.

“The canter has always been especially difficult with her,” Dorothy said. “But Sabrina has been so helpful with us, teaching her to sit more and get her off the forehand.”

Lyrical Lightning took to eventing like a fish in water, quickly showing that her fiery, sassy personality gave her an extra rocket boost over jumps that should have been too big for her.

It even took Dorothy awhile to really buy in to the mare’s talent and unbelievable scope. “It has been on my mind to try to sell her for years,” she said. “In 2016, I went to Florida with her and worked with Sinead (Halpin) and Tik (Maynard), and when I came back and took the job with Sabrina I was prepared to sell her as a Training level horse.”

But the mare just kept saying yes, with much enthusiasm. In the spring of 2018, Dorothy experimentally moved Lyri up to the Preliminary level at Woodside. It wasn’t the ideal start at the level, and there were some kinks to work out over the first few shows at the level. Eventing is a learning process, and both Dorothy and Lyri were learning together.

The pair regrouped and gained some confidence back at Training level and in 2019 attempted Prelim again — this time, there was no looking back.

Attempting the CCI2*-L at Rebecca Farm was a lofty goal for the little mare, but the runs she’d had to start the 2019 season gave Dorothy confidence. “I wasn’t sure how she’d do on a longer course,” she recalled. “But I followed Sabrina’s training program, working on hills and lots of hacking before our rides. And it really paid off. At the end of the course, she still felt really good and she came out of the vet box early.”

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So what’s next for the little red mare that could? Dorothy says that’s up to her, but at the end of the day the preservation of her special pony is what matters most. “She’s so bold that she will get to the other side of the fence somehow, even if it was Advanced size,” she said. “But I don’t want to put her in that situation.”

For now, Dorothy is enjoying ticking off her bucket list with the pony she never imagined she’d come this far with. “I tried putting kids on her to sell her before,” she laughed. “But no one really liked her, so here we are!”

We think you should hang onto this one and enjoy the ride, Dorothy! Go Eventing.

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Nupafeed Weekend Winners: Area VII Championships, Course Brook, Seneca Valley & More

Madeline Hartsock and Global Innocenzo DHI.

Grab a pumpkin spice latte and get ready because fall eventing season is upon us! We’ve got lots of results to cover from a busy weekend all over Eventing Nation.

Many congratulations to the Area VII champions who were crowned at Aspen Farms in Yelm, Washington this weekend, as well as to our lowest weekend score earned by Martin Douzant and BSF Ducati 696 at Seneca Valley in the Open Novice. This pair finished their weekend on a score of 20.7.

BSF Ducati 696 looking quite proud of himself after his cross country round!

Let’s get to this week’s edition of Nupafeed Weekend Winners!

#LRBHT19: WebsiteEntriesFinal ScoresLive Stream ReplaysEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Results:

Course Brook Farm Fall H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]

Preliminary: Betsy E. Bodner and Regal Cadence (48.2)
Prelim/Training: Madlen Fields and Ballynoe Bruce (49.1)
Training A: Madeline Hartsock and Global Innocenzo DHI (37.5)
Training B: Sally Davis and MFF Manhattan Affair (37.7)
Novice A: Lanie Mourgenos and Fit & Frisky (32.9)
Novice B: Julia Hurlburt and Havanna (36.0)
Novice C: Karen Inouye and Appollo (35.7)
Novice D: Alison Eastman-Lawler and Lexington II (30.0)
Beginner Novice A: Margaret Doherty and Shadow Fax (34.5)
Beginner Novice B: Linnea Ackerman and Farrington’s Rothaarige (29.3)
Beginner Novice C: Karen Lorenzo and Fernhill Fly By (31.3)

Many thanks, as always, are due to Joan Davis and Flatlandsfoto — you can order your show photos here.

Seneca Valley Pony Club H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]


Open Intermediate 1: Colleen Rutledge and C Me Fly (34.4)
Open Intermediate 2: Alyssa Peterson and R-Perfect Storm (42.5)
Open Preliminary 1: Boyd Martin and Miss LuLu Herself (30.7)
Open Preliminary 2: Phillip Dutton and Toute Va Bien (32.4)
Open Preliminary 3: Lynn Symansky and Global Cassero 3 (21.3)
JYR Open Preliminary: Makenna Rold and Excel Cool Quality (33.2)
Modified 1: Emily Beshear and Charly (36.3)
Modified 2: Mary Schwentker and Cactus Dazzler (30.7)
Open Training 1: Holly Covey and Tully Cross Hamish (24.3)
JYR Training: Greer Melville and VS McCuan Civil Liberty (38.1)
Open Training 2: Phillip Dutton and Iniesta (33.0)
Open Training 3: Savannah Kilpatrick and FE Painted Black (28.9)
Open Training 4: Cindy Anderson-Blank and Reveille (33.2)
Open Novice 1: Lynn Symansky and Ramiro’s Magic (30.0)
Open Novice 2: Martin Douzant and BSF Ducati 696 (20.7)
Novice Junior: Caitlin O’Roark and What the Devil (28.1)
Novice Senior: Ashley Gross and Chocolate Pearl (24.3)
Novice Rider: Mckenna Martinez and Commitment (34.0)
Open Beginner Novice 1: Gabby Dickerson and Kwibus (26.8)
Beginner Novice Junior: Catherine Dennehy and Fenian (27.8)
Open Beginner Novice 2: Briana Yetter and Martini Please (27.0)
Starter: Molly Kinnamon and Faralli Flame (34.3)
Elementary Junior: Kristin Wagner and Styled By Deuce (44.5)

Bucks County Horse Park H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]

Prelim/Training: Caroline Martin and Redfield Dexter (30.4)
Training: Caroline Martin and Redfield Bajall (28.4)
Novice I: Caroline Martin and Farfadet De Barbereau (26.2)
Novice II: Mikayla Meek and East Of Heaven (33.8)
Beginner Novice I: Monica Gallen and Rule Five (30.8)
Beginner Novice II: Megan Berthiaume and Dooligan (29.5)

Chardon Valley H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]

Open Training: Erika Fichter Erlandson and SBT Rynca (33.8)
Novice A: Lucia Menozi and Fernhill For Luck (26.9)
Novice B: Sara Ann Merrifield and Trotty Veck (34.1)
Novice Jr.: Miriam Bolyard and Quest in Time C (26.2)
Beginner Novice Jr.: Hayden Owens and Chips A Hoy (51.3)
Open Beginner Novice: Valerie Johnson and Henson (31.9)
Starter: Margo Smith and Shaken Not Stirred (45.0)

MeadowCreek Park H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]

Preliminary Rider: Chloe Johnson and DaVinci (46.7)
Jr. Training Rider: Sunny Courtwright and Around Midnight (30.0)
Open Training: Kadi Eykamp and Ole Boy (28.4)
Sr. Training Rider: Henley Fletcher and Goody Two Shoes (41.3)
Jr. Novice Rider: Hannah Elbert and Deanfield Teddy Edward (32.6)
Open Novice: Katie Carney and Tuie’s Image (29.3)
Sr. Novice Rider: Kelli Gruss and Lil Miss Thing (33.6)
Jr. Beginner Novice Rider: Elle Snyder and You Have A Friend In Me (28.8)
Open Beginner Novice: Georgia Phillips and Mighty Mississippi (32.5)
Sr. Beginner Novice: Kristin Wirges and Jos Estoico (33.0)
Starter: Abbie Chappell and Good As Gold (38.9)

Aspen Farms H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]

Advanced: Sara Mittleider and La Paz (43.6)
Area VII Open Intermediate Championship: Brennan Kappes and Amistoso (42.9)
Open Intermediate: Amber Levine and Carry On (32.9)
Area VII Open Preliminary Championship: Cassie Weber and Minnie (31.1)
Open Preliminary: Lois James and Whiskey Business (38.1)
Area VII Jr. Training Championship: Jadyn Silver and Bro A Bryn Gellan Goch (31.6)
Area VII Open Training Championship: Karen O’Neal and Clooney 14 (23.0)
Area VII Training Rider Championship: Carolyn Sufit and Kapowsin (26.8)
Open Training A: Lilly Linder and Mia San Mia (28.6)
Open Training B: Samantha Bergin and Rainland Gabriel (31.8)
Area VII Jr. Novice Championship: Connor Black and Jewel (26.9)
Area VII Novice Rider Championship: Anne Marie McSwiggan and Cavalier Locked For Joy (31.4)
Area VII Open Novice Championship: Jordan Linstedt and Lovely Lola (24.1)
Open Novice A: Jordan Linstedt and Cafe Noir (25.2)
Open Novice B: Amber Levine and Keep Calm (27.1)
Area VII Jr. Beginner Novice Championship: Beth Ward and Quanta (32.3)
Area VII Open Beginner Novice Championship: Tara Tangney and Gone With the Wind (26.5)
Open Beginner Novice A: Megan Robinson and Just A Little Renegade (31.0)
Open Beginner Novice B: Marc Grandia and Derry Connorsseur (29.5)

One Last Time: Sir Mark Todd and NZB Campino Retire Together at Burghley

Sir Mark Todd and HRH Duchess of Wessex. Photo via Nixon Photo/Burghley Media.

Not a dry eye could be seen in the stands as Sir Mark Todd took to the famed arena at Burghley one last time — this time for a retirement ceremony he shared with his London Olympic partner, NZB Campino. After announcing his formal retirement from the sport last month, Sir Mark fittingly bid farewell to the sport he’s helped shape at the site of his top-20 finish the year before with “Kinky”. He has collected the win at Burghley five times.

“It has been an amazing 40 years,” Sir Mark, now 63, said during the ceremony. “I know there’s a lot of people here who were probably little then and have grown up since I first rode here. You are an amazing crowd and have always got behind me and made me feel very welcome.”

Sir Mark will now return fully to racing but will continue to help with mentoring and coaching of the next generation of up-and-coming event riders. We will surely miss you, Sir Mark, and we feel it’s safe to say that racing just collected a few more fans.

Go Eventing.

The American Invasion Continues: Blenheim Entries Live with 5 U.S. Combinations

Cornelia Dorr and Sir Patico MH. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Just like that, it’s a wrap on yet another exciting Burghley. What’s the next stop on America’s fall semester abroad? That’ll be the SsangYong Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials, which will run September 19-22. Blenheim plays host to a CCII4*-L as well as a CCI4*-S for 8- and 9-year-olds. The CCI4*-L entry list is live with 90 entries and another seven on the waitlist.

Once again, North America is strongly represented with six North American pairs in the CCI4*-L as well as two pairs in the CCI4*-S.

Blenheim Palace International: Website | Entries

The following North American pairs will contest the CCI4*-L:

Katherine Coleman and Monte Classico
Buck Davidson with both Carlevo and Park Trader
Cornelia Dorr and Sir Patico MH, making their overseas debut
Lexi Scovil and Chico’s Man VDF Z

UK-based Canadian Mike Winter and El Mundo

These pairs will tackle the Morelands Celebration CCI4*-S for 8- and 9-year-old horses:

Katherine Coleman and Monbeg Senna
Liz Halliday-Sharp and Cooley Quicksilver

The fall season is upon us, and we’ve got several other overseas events yet to look forward to in the coming weeks:

• Boekelo (October 9-13)
• Le Lion (October 16-20)
• Pau (October 23-27)

Keep it locked right here on EN as we cheer on our compatriots across the pond!

Nupafeed Weekend Winners: Chatt Hills, Foshay, Silverwood, Woodland Stallion Station

Katie Ruppel and A Sportsfield Diamond, winners of the CCI2*-L at Foshay International. Photo via Katie on Facebook.

Whew! What a weekend it was. With all the hustle and bustle that was AECs and European Championships, we can’t forget about the other events happening around Eventing Nation. We saw great results all around and plenty of highlights to share, so let’s get to this week’s edition of Weekend Winners!

If you missed out on any of our coverage of #AEC2019 or #FEIEuros2019, check the links below. We also must give a shout-out to the Nupafeed sponsored riders who killed it in Kentucky this weekend:

Tamie Smith – 1st and 2nd, Intermediate
Bobby Meyerhoff – 1st, Preliminary Horse
Courtney Cooper – 1st, Novice Horse

And a big congrats to this weekend’s lowest finisher, Isabella Rodwig and Dempsey, winners of the Beginner Novice Rider division at Chatt Hills on a score of 23.1, aka roughly half the score that I usually manage to grab in the little white box. Well done!

#AEC2019: WebsiteFinal ScoresEN’s CoverageUSEA’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

Foshay International CCI [Website][Final Scores]
Chattahoochee Hills H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]
Woodland Stallion Station H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]
Silverwood Farm H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]

Chatt Hills:

CCI2*-S: Kimmy Steinbuch and PDQ Leigh (32.4)
CCI3*-S: Jon Holling and Prophet (37.2)
Advanced: Rebecca Brown and Dassett Choice (46.9)
Open Intermediate: Beth Perkins and Handsome Harry (40.2)
Open Preliminary: Sinead Halpin and Stakkato Bronx (33.6)
Prelim Rider: Emily Szokol and Franco SSF (43.1)
Open Training: Sinead Halpin and VC Attila D’Allou (24.8)
Training Rider: Anna Martin and Furstina (30.5)
Novice Rider: Nicholas Cardamone and Rocky Balboa (37.3)
Open Novice: Sydney Elliot and Jockamo Z (25.7)
Beginner Novice Rider: Isabella Rodwig and Dempsey (23.1)
Open Beginner Novice: Alex Martini and Momma’s Gift (39.8)

Foshay International:

CCI1*: Ella Marquis and Finely Brewed (32.9)
CCI2*-L: Katie Ruppel and A Sportsfield Diamond (30.7)
Preliminary: Rob Stevenson and Sportsfield Two Doors Down (39.1)
EV.105: Abbey Alexander and Peakatti (60.8)

Silverwood Farm:

Training: Monica Pagani and Cool Decision (25.9)
Novice-A: Morgan Risseeuw and Farina (33.1)
Novice-B: Grace Ejnik and Maverick (25.7)
Open Beginner Novice-A: Amy Roberts-Werner and Margo’s Cricket (33.8)
Open Beginner Novice-B: Ella Wegerich and Falynah B (31.5)
Starter Novice-A: Pamela Seaman and Apollo’s Sun (32.0)
Starter Novice-B: Lily Hamilton and Fallo e basta (26.8)

Woodland Stallion Station:

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Open Preliminary: Alicia Swinton and Napoleon (54.0)
Open Training: Krysten Cholewinski and Capital Asset (33.2)
Open Novice: Katie Komnenich and Gabriel (29.7)
Junior Beginner Novice: Maeve Delaney and D Christina BF (33.8)
Open Beginner Novice: Laura Hardin and Kodie (29.0)
Open Intro: Emma Silva and For Pity Sake (34.8)
Open Starter: Reagen Castelli and Pluto (32.4)

Congratulations to all on another great weekend. Go Eventing.

All in the Details: How the USEA and Equestrian Events, Inc. Nailed #AEC2019

Julia Spatt & 501 Macintosh, winner of the Bates Preliminary Rider division. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

I was chatting with a friend a few weeks ago while stalking perusing the entry list for the 2019 edition of the American Eventing Championships. My friend competes at the Preliminary and Intermediate levels, and she lamented her decision not to head to Kentucky after also going to Montana (adulting and bills and such). I lamented my decision not to stow away in a friend’s trailer and be there for moral support.

We resolved to follow along with all things #AEC2019 to stave off the FOMO. And I have to say: I was utterly blown away by the efforts made by all to pull off an epic weekend of eventing. Let me list the little things that truly impressed me this weekend (and I’m sure the list would be twice as long had I actually been there!).

#AEC2019: WebsiteFinal ScoresEN’s CoverageUSEA’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

Social media: If you’ve followed along with the USEA on social media this weekend, you may notice that they really went hard on storyboarding their Instagram stories and producing high-quality video highlights. This may seem small or labor-intensive (spoiler alert: it is!), but it really increases the quality of coverage and brings a whole new level of esteem to the AECs. Well done, mysterious USEA social media person.

Live feeds: The live stream, graciously manned primarily by Rob Burk, ran smoothly all weekend thanks to the hard work of RNS Video. Putting on any live stream is hard work, especially for cross country, so we thank each and every individual who made the live feed happen. Those of us at home thank you!

Rolex Stadium: Ok, seriously? The photos of everyone going down that rubber bricked path leading into Rolex Stadium gave me epic chills. Can you just imagine the emotions every single rider felt heading into that stadium for show jumping? I truly appreciated that, rather than reserving the big arena for the upper levels, everyone got to enjoy this experience of a lifetime. I assume pure logistics played a role in this decision, but I have to tip my hat to the efforts made to make this experience unforgettable in every way.

Iconic cross country courses: And while we’re talking about this hallowed ground concept, let’s just talk about how the lower levels also got to jump through iconic cross country questions like the Head of the Lake. For the training level riders, I even felt a bit of nostalgia for the big kids’ course a few years ago that featured a very similar entrance into the Lake. That will surely make for some epic photos (hint: don’t forget to visit Shannon Brinkman to purchase your show photos!) and even more unforgettable memories.

Interviews of every winner: Everyone loves to feel like a winner, and when you’ve just beat out dozens of your fellow riders to take home the ultimate prize, you absolutely deserve some press coverage. Mad props to all the media members doing their absolute best work to give each and every one of these winners their due.

Putting on the biggest horse trial in North American eventing history is no small feat. It takes the massive efforts of hundreds of people and the support of many, many sponsors to pull this off. A round of applause for Equestrian Events, Inc., who have working tirelessly over the past many months, assembling the bags for volunteers, placing those fabulous misting fans, making sure the course designers were superstars, and so many other things that were making the AEC rival the “Best Weekend All Year,” the Kentucky Three-Day Event, which they also organize.

From all of us here at EN, we’d like to thank everyone who made #AEC2019 as magical as it was. What a wonderful reminder of how incredible our sport is at all levels, and what a true celebration of the grassroots that make our sport complete.

Go Eventing.

Want more feels? This one really got me:

And That’s A Wrap On The Largest Event Ever in North America

23 Champions – 6 Days – The largest event in North American history! Relive all of the best moments of #AEC2019 #BetterTogether #USEventing

Posted by United States Eventing Association, Inc. (USEA) on Sunday, September 1, 2019