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Weekend Winners: Apple Knoll Farm, Meadowcreek Park, Sundance Farm, Twin Rivers

From coast to coast, we round up the winners from the weekend that was at recognized events around the country. Congratulations to all!

Our Low Score Award this week was earned at Twin Rivers by Ava Chase and Made You Look. This pair finished on their dressage score of 18.6 in their Introductory division. Well done!

Apple Knoll Farm H.T.: [Results]

Training A: Lanie Mourgenos and Fit & Frisky (24.6)
Training B: Emily Holmes and Hurricane Bay (37.9)
Novice A: Eloise Plante and Mr. Lickety (24.8)
Novice B: Gwendolyn Braglia and Oveta (32.6)
Novice C: Jennifer Bagley and Intrinsic (21.2)
Beginner Novice A: Isabella Day and Twilight (37.5)
Beginner Novice B: Devon L Champlain and Champagne Event (35.8)
Beginner Novice C: Caroline Teich and Lyrical (26.5)

Thank you to Joan Davis / Flatlandsfoto for providing a few win shots from Apple Knoll this weekend. Don’t forget to view and order your show proofs here.

Meadowcreek Park Fall Social Event: [Results]

Open Preliminary: Carson Crowell and Levity (34.2)
Open Training: Katherine Rivera and HVL Hocus Pocus (23.0)
Preliminary/Training: Ellen Doughty-Hume and Summer’s Due (34.2)
Training Rider: Brooke Harris and Sir Oberon (30.5)
Jr. Novice Rider: Ella Robinson and Winter Colony (30.7)
Novice Championships: Brittney Caflisch and When Stars Align (25.9)
Open Novice: Nicole Hatley and Biscotti (21.0)
Sr. Novice Rider: Julie Bishop and Malibu Knight (32.1)
Beginner Novice Championships: Casey Locklear and FLS Major Bounce (30.0)
Jr. Beginner Novice Rider A: Brett Youssi and Xena (34.8)
Jr. Beginner Novice Rider B: Avery Eisenman and MDS Marigold (31.8)
Open Beginner Novice: Tracy Hewlett and Pixie Dancer (33.6)
Sr. Beginner Novice Rider: Cathy Jennings and Lucky Imagamblingman (32.3)
Starter: Jaeli Uselding and My Little Rebel (33.1)

Sundance Farm H.T.: [Results]

Open Preliminary: Brynna Jovanovich and Arthur (39.4)
Preliminary Championship: Rebecca Roth and Chapter Two (41.8)
Open Training: Alexis Anderson and Symphony (28.6)
Training Championship: Chris Heydon and Is He A She (41.5)
Novice Championship: Leah Lang-Gluscic and Bollywood (28.8)
Novice Rider: Aspen Duffin and Tag You’re It (33.3)
Open Novice: Leah Lang Gluscic and Concatulations (34.1)
Beginner Novice Championship: Sophie Schroeder and Fernhill Prada (33.8)
Beginner Novice Rider A: Janessa Shillingstad and Dante (30.3)
Beginner Novice Rider B: Abigail Haydam and C-Note (34.8)
Beginner Novice Rider C: Hannah Stuewar and BFF Tiara (36.1)
Open Beginner Novice: Ashley Butteris and Star De Warrior (28.3)
Starter A: Alexandra Carlson and Zahara (37.3)
Starter B: Maria Novotny and FGF Kingslayer (40.9)

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#mistymorningfarmlessons went eventing again! 6 riders plus 5 show mom's and grooms went to Sundance Farm HT to wrap up our dynamic 2020 eventing season. Most riders went clear on XC, clinching a second score for PC Champs 2021. One rider error resulted in no score, but an "I'll be back" attitude. #themmfgreyturtle and I got to compete again! Our dressage still needs a lot of help, and our SJ was messy, but we jumped all the things, and didn't finish last; a win for me in a busy year on a new-to-eventing horse. Now to improve during the upcoming less busy season. We all also competed in the simultaneous Lake Shore Region Eventing Rally to qualify for champs in KY for 2021, with 5 riders now qualified from #mmfpcrc. Kentucky, here we come! Shout out to @slbersell Julie @sophiaamcguire @mimilevinson @raebirr As horse show moms extrodinaire! And @xanbethson for again being a phenomenal stable manager and show groom! Shows aren't the same without you wonderful ladies! #mmfeventing #mmfwilbur #jumpingthings

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My dear Wolfred led on a 28.6 start to finish in the OT. The win is icing on the cake as I was simply thrilled to be back competing after baby #2. So thankful for this boy, his breeder and supporter Kathleen, and the extensive family it takes to make this all work. Fred was not the only one to bring home a blue, Hannah and Tiara won the BN, Allie and Zoey won the starter, Ellie and Oliver placed 3rd in the BN, and Tania and Tempi placed 8th in the BN. As always the high have lows, or rather less than highs but my students/team seems to find the positive even in the hard times, ahem @wayward_eventing @trieckx , Lauren and Sarah which is the true test of class and grit. Thankful for @sssf_countysaddlerymn @equinekneadsmassage for keeping them team happy and comfortable, @jennaroth.eventing for wrangling Freddie, and the kiddos and for the army that helped make this weekend possible with a baby and a toddler! Finally thank you to @sundancefarmhorsetrial for putting on a first class event, can’t wait for next year! #teamwool #lovethevibeofmytribe #areaiveventing #adastraeventing

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Twin Rivers Fall International: [Results]

CCI4*S: Tamie Smith and Passepartout (32.3)
CCI3*S: Tamie Smith and Cheers (38.3)
CCI2*S: Haley Turner and Shadow Inspector (26.8)
Advanced: Hilary Burkemper and Undercover (102.1)
Open Intermediate: Derek di Grazia and Ringwood Justice (42.5)
Open Preliminary: Emilee Libby and MaiTānzer (35.2)
Jr. Training Rider: Sophia Merz and Claro Bō (29.8)
Open Training: Rebecca Braitling and Liam’s Guinness (25.5)
Sr. Training Rider: Sarah Moseley and Earl of Foxpoint (35.9)
Training Horse: Nick Cwick and Toulano von Worrenberg (29.8)
Jr. Novice Rider A: Chloe Kischuk and London Calling OHF (29.3)
Jr. Novice Rider B: Lauren Crabtree and Nabouco De Lessay (27.0)
Open Novice: Toora Nolan and Even More Impressive (23.5)
Sr. Novice Amateur: Gilan Read-Bailey and BF Fernando (26.7)
Sr. Novice Rider: Shayna Silcox and Zoltaire (27.9)
Jr. Beginner Novice Rider: Rylan Tucker and My Box of Crayons (25.0)
Open Beginner Novice: Olivia Miller and Convince Me (24.0)
Sr. Beginner Novice Rider: Leslie van der Wal and Doonhill Dancer (26.5)
Intro A: Ava Chase and Made You Look (18.6)
Intro B: Toora Nolan and Santino II (25.0)
FEH 2 Year Old: Earl McFall and Jungle Love DF (84.5)
FEH 3 Year Old: Sarah Moseley and Twain’s Firelight DF (85.8)
FEH 4 Year Old: David Koss and Fendi (87.9)
FEH Yearling: Christine Jones and Graciella GWF (83.2)
YEH 4 Year Old: David Koss and Fendi (87.9)
YEH 5 Year Old: Julie Anne Boyer and Truly Enchanted (88.8)

What’s Next? Six North American FEI Events Still to Come in 2020

Sydney Conley Elliott and QC Diamantaire. Photo by Shelby Allen.

It’s been an up and down year filled with uncertainty, and the eventing calendar has been a shapeshifting work-in-progress with lots of moving parts. If you’re anything like me you’ve been left scratching your head wondering what, exactly, the North American eventing calendar looks like through the remainder of 2020. Here is a list of FEI events, including 2*, 3* and 4* USEF National Championships, we still have to look forward to this fall.

AREA II

Virginia Horse Trials International & H.T. – October 29-November 1 in Lexington, Virginia

FEI Divisions Offered: CCI1*L, CCI2*S, CCI2*L, CCI3*S, CCI3*L. Host the USEF Two-Star Eventing National Championships and the FEH/YEH East Coast Championships. Omnibus Listing

Notes: We are grateful to this fall favorite event for picking up the YEH East Coast Championships, which were previously scheduled to be held at the inaugural Maryland Five-Star at Fair Hill. The YEH West Coast Championships will take place at Twin Rivers on October 23-24.

 

Tryon International Three Day Event – November 15-20 in Mill Creek, North Carolina
FEI Divisions Offered: CCI2*L, CCI3*L, CCI4*S, CCI4*L. Host of the CCI4*-L Eventing National Championships. Omnibus Listing

Notes: When Ocala Jockey Club, new host of the 4* Championships, was canceled, TIEC picked up the reins and we are sure this experienced, top-notch venue will do a great job with it.

 

AREA III

Stable View Oktoberfest – September 24-27 in Aiken, South Carolina

FEI Divisions Offered: CCI1*S, CCI2*S, CCI3*S, CCI4*S. Omnibus Listing

Notes: The 5th annual edition of Stable View’s banner event promises to be well-run and bigger than ever with 385 entries on the roster. It’s an exciting lineup with several fan-favorite five-star veterans to cheer — check out our preview here.

 

AREA VI

Galway Downs International – October 29-November 1 in Temecula, California

FEI Divisions Offered: CCI2*L, CCI3*L, CCI4*L. Host of the the USEF Three-Star Eventing National Championships. Omnibus Listing

Notes: Galway’s team led by Robert Kellerhouse has put a lot of shine on this southern California venue and fresh new updates await competitors coming for the event this fall.

 

AREA VIII

Hagyard Midsouth  – October 16-20 in Lexington, Kentucky

FEI Divisions Offered: CCI2*L, CCI3*S, CCI3*L. Omnibus Listing

Notes: Changes have abounded as the organizing team behind the staple Kentucky event have added a CCI3*S and a CCI3*L, along with an Intermediate division. The usual Classic Three-Day divisions, however, will not run this year.

 

CANADA

Bromont CCI-S – October 3-4 in Bromont, Quebec

FEI Divisions Offered: CCI2*S, CCI3*S, CCI4*S. Website

Notes: We’re bummed that Bromont wasn’t about to host its FEI Eventing Nations Cup leg in August but glad they were able to work out a fall date for the CCI.

Go Eventing.

How to Tune In to Twin Rivers Fall International All Weekend

The new “Burghley Flyover” at Twin Rivers. Photo by Kim Miller.

We’re thrilled to see Twin Rivers Ranch in Paso Robles, California hosting the first FEI event of the 2020 season for our friends on the West coast. Heavy hitters such as Andrea Baxter, Jennifer McFall, Tamie Smith, and many others will be out and about competing this weekend alongside hundreds of riders in divisions ranging from Intro all the way through CCI4*S.

If you’d like to stay in tune with the action this weekend, beginning today, Ride On Video is providing a free live stream each day. Ride On Video, run by Bob and Debbie Ravenscroft, has gone to great lengths this year to support the sport despite having limited resources. Even though they’ve had to pare down their offerings, we’re still so grateful for their efforts and encourage all competing this weekend to order their competition video. You can do so by texting 916-412-8382 emailing [email protected].

There will be a live stream camera on both dressage arenas today. For Friday through Sunday’s activity, one camera will focus on cross country while the other will bring you show jumping action each day. You can tune in to the live stream here and check division ride times here.

Twin Rivers Fall International: [Website] [Ride Times/Live Scores]

Tamie Smith and Danito Lead Twin Rivers CCI4*S

No rust evident from COVID's long break for Twin Rivers' top contenders after today's international dressage. Tamie…

Posted by Twin Rivers Ranch, Equestrian Events on Thursday, September 17, 2020

The first FEI event of the 2020 season for the West coast contingent of eventers kicked off this week at Twin Rivers Ranch in Paso Robles, California. Twin Rivers, owned and operated by the Baxter family, has been a staple on the Area VI calendar and was slated to host its first CCI4*L this spring. Sadly, the coronavirus pandemic forced the cancelation of multiple events worldwide, and the Twin CCI4*L was one such victim.

Nonetheless, eventers can enjoy the fresh new cross country track and multiple other facility upgrades that are always ongoing at Twin this weekend, were FEI divisions from CCI2*S through CCI4*S are running in conjunction with National and Future/Young Event Horse classes.

Tamie Smith and Danito were the cream of the crop on day one of the CCI4*S, earning a 25.1 from judges to secure the overnight lead ahead of second placed Erin Kellerhouse and Woodford Reserve (28.8). Tamie rounds out the top three aboard her daughter’s horse, Passepartout (29.1).

Owned by Ruth Bley, the 11 year old Hanoverian gelding Danito stepped up to the Advanced level at this venue in September of 2019. Tamie and Danito began their partnership in 2018, making steady progress through the levels and picking up a second place finish in the Intermediate division at the American Eventing Championships in 2019. Competitive dressage scores seem to be the chestnut’s jam – each of his Advanced scores this year have come in below 24.0.

EN talent-spotted Woodford Reserve awhile back when the eye-catching Irish Sport Horse gelding was picking up top placings at the Preliminary level. This is another horse newer to the Advanced level, having made the move up earlier this year and finishing second in his debut at Woodside. Piloted by Erin Kellerhouse throughout his American career, the 9 year old gelding also has a prowess for low dressage scores. Be sure to keep an eye out for this one on tomorrow’s cross country (don’t forget to check out the Twin Rivers live stream provided by Ride On Video here).

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Posted by Twin Rivers Ranch, Equestrian Events on Friday, September 18, 2020

Kaylawna Smith-Cook’s Passepartout, piloted by Tamie during Kaylawna’s maternity leave, made his Advanced debut at Twin Rivers this past February and also picked up a win here in the Advanced/Intermediate in July. “Pasco” is also a strong cross country contender who should be competitive in both jumping phases.

Looking to the CCI3*S division, it’s Australia’s Rebecca Braitling leading the charge aboard Arnell Sporthorses’ Caravaggio II on a score of 30.6. This is a personal best score at the CCI3*S level for Caravaggio II, a 9 year old British Sporthorse gelding. Rebecca also holds second place aboard Pamela Duffy-Trotter’s Sunsprite Kirschblute 3 on a score of 31.7 in the 11 year old Trakehner mare’s debut at the level.

Rounding out the top three in the CCI3*S are Tamie Smith and Solaguayre California, owned by Julianne Guariglia. This pair earned a 32.3 from the judges in the 9 year old Argentine Sporthorse/Holsteiner mare who is always striking to watch.

Finally in the CCI2*S, Haley Turner and Shadow Inspector lead the way on an FEI personal best score of 26.8 in their third start at the level. Lauren Burnell and her own Counterpoint take second into today’s show jumping on a score of 29.0, followed by Olivia Loiacono-Putrino and Petey Pablo (29.7).

To learn more about who EN’s number-cruncher, Maggie Deatrick, has identified as pairs to watch this weekend, don’t miss our By the Numbers for the CCI4*S here. You can also watch the live stream and, if you’re competing at Twin this weekend, order your own competition video from Ride On Video here. Finally, please support your show photographers who will be out shooting en masse this weekend! Twin Rivers riders, you can visit MGO Photography for your show photo needs this weekend.

Twin Rivers Fall International: [Website] [Ride Times & Live Scores]

Who Jumped It Best? GMHA Junior Training Edition

Our latest edition of Who Jumped It Best?, provided generously as ever by Joan Davis of Flatlandsfoto, comes to us from GMHA’s September Horse Trials.

Located in South Woodstock, Vermont, GMHA is a much loved event for Area I eventers and other equestrians alike, hosting several events in various disciplines throughout each year. Joan Davis and Flatlandsfoto are another Area I staple – don’t forget to view and order your show proofs here.

Here’s your latest selection of riders to vote for the best overall impression presented by horse and rider. Cast your vote in the poll below, which will close in one week. Best of luck to all riders.

Madison Blodgett and Molto Al Dente:

Madison Blodgett and Molto Al Dente. Photo courtesy of Joan Davis/Flatlandsfoto.

June Clark and Dealin’ Diamonds:

June Clark and Dealin’ Diamonds. Photo courtesy of Joan Davis/Flatlandsfoto.

Sydney Gallien and Beau Voyager:

Sydney Gallien and Beau Voyageur. Photo courtesy of Joan Davis/Flatlandsfoto.

Amanda Gardiner and Miller’s Law:

Amanda Gardiner and Miller’s Law. Photo courtesy of Joan Davis/Flatlandsfoto.

Samantha Morse and Fionnghuala:

Samantha Morse and Fionnghuala. Photo courtesy of Joan Davis/Flatlandsfoto.

Annabelle Sprague and All In:

Annabelle Sprague and All In. Photo courtesy of Joan Davis/Flatlandsfoto.

Thursday Video: Relive the Sydney Olympics

The 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia were one for the books. Team Australia would take home team gold that year, followed by Great Britain in silver and Team USA in gold. Team USA rider David O’Connor would take home individual gold as well as team gold alongside teammates Nina Fout, Karen O’Connor, and Linda Wiesman.

I dug up this little documentary from the Olympic Channel that focuses the lens on the equestrian portion of the Games that year. Settle in and enjoy a piece of eventing history.

 

Volunteer Nation: These Events Need Your Help This Weekend

Volunteers at Rebecca Farm. Photo via Rebecca Farm on Facebook.

It’s time to check out volunteering opportunities once again. Spectators may be limited from most events, so volunteering comes with an additional perk this year: having the option to take in top quality riding no matter where you are. To that end, volunteers are that much more crucial this season since there are already a smaller number of people on the grounds to pull from. Here’s a look at where you can help this weekend.

We’ve compiled some resources on volunteering with COVID-19 regulations in mind. We’ll reference this list each week in Volunteer Nation, so take a few moments to familiarize yourself with what’s new and different.

COVID-19 Resources for Eventers
Volunteers Adapt to the New Normal
Volunteers Weigh In on New COVID-19 Protocols

As always, you can earn merit points when you donate your time through the USEA’s Volunteer Incentive Program. Registering to volunteer through EventingVolunteers.com makes it easy and seamless to both find a job and shift as well as learn what your role will entail.

Event: Meadowcreek Park Fall Social Event H.T.
Dates: Friday, September 18 through Sunday, September 20
Address: 1342 Highway 14 South, Kosse, TX, 76653
Positions Available: General Event Prep, Parking Steward, Dressage Score Runner, General Announcer, SJ In Gate, SJ Jump Crew, SJ Timer, XC Finish Timer, XC Jump Judge, XC Start Timer

Event: Twin Rivers Fall International H.T.
Dates: Thursday, September 17 through Sunday, September 20
Address: 8715 N River Rd, Paso Robles, CA, 93446
Positions Available: Dressage Score Runner, Dressage Steward, XC Jump Judge, Dressage Steward, SJ Scribe, SJ In Gate, SJ Scribe

Other Events That May Need Volunteers (please contact directly):

Apple Knoll Farm
Sundance Farm

Wednesday News & Notes from Ecovet

Diversity: The state of being diverse; variety. Brittney Chambers says she loves both interpretations of the word. Photo courtesy of K.Paz Studios.

I absolutely fell in love with this image shared by K.Paz Studios of Brittney Chambers, who you may know from her work with her program, CBC Therapeutic Horseback Riding Academy. Brittney, who appears in the shot above, says that the image perfectly captures the essence of diversity in every sense of the word. Brittney herself dabbles in both English and Western riding and instruction and has become a champion for the mental health benefits of riding through her work. Recently, Brittney and CBC Equine were recognized as California’s Congressional District 8 2020 Small Business of the Year. You can read more about Brittney and her work in the most recent SmartPak blog here.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Apple Knoll Farm H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status]

Meadowcreek Park Fall Social Event: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Sundance Farm H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Twin Rivers Fall International: [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Wednesday Reading List:

Do you want to support the Optimum Youth Equestrian Scholarship? This program was designed to “provide opportunities for youth aged 17-27 from marginalized communities to become involved or stay involved in horse sports through financial awards and mentorship focusing on not only horsemanship and equestrian pursuits, but also career planning and education”. Now’s your chance to pitch in and grab a new pair of lucky socks for cross country in the process. Purchase a pair of the specially designed OYES Dream & Do Socks from Dreamers & Schemers and $5 from your purchase will go directly into the scholarship fund. Dreamers & Schemers has a whole collection of “Dream & DO!” products, each supporting a different organization or cause. You can shop the collection here.

Patricia Jackson founded the Oakland, CA based nonprofit We Ride Too out of a desire to bridge the diversity and inclusion gap within the equestrian community. We Ride Too was launched in January of this year and is dedicated to providing the equestrian experience to riders who may not have access to sufficient funding to get their foot in the stirrup. You can learn more about We Ride Too and find out how you can be involved here.

Want to win some FLAIR strips? We’re giving away two six-packs to a lucky winner this week. All you need to do to enter is submit a photo of your favorite FLAIR strip color – details can be found here.

The USEF has issued guidelines having to do with the West coast wildfires and resulting dangerous air qualities. This can have an impact on both horses and humans, so it’s important to stay aware and educated. Read more from the USEF here.

Wildfires continue to ravage the West coast, displacing many animals and their humans in the process. This harrowing account from Chronicle of the Horse blogger Camilla Mortensen tells the story of evacuation in Oregon and the aftercare needed for horses exposed to smoke.

“Why is my horse bucking?” If I had a dollar for every time I asked myself this in my life… Lucky for you, though, this new article from the FEI addresses some background behind bucking. Remember: most behavior is symptomatic of something internal. This is a good place to start when faced with any behavioral issues.

Wednesday Video: Radoine Elhaoussa started his own riding access program in Morocco in 2011. The idea was to provide “fulfilling” experiences with horses so that the horse bug could take root and grow within the student. This program is dedicated to encouraging the love of horses and horse riding in children. With the help of animal communicator Anna Twinney, the program intends to develop and improve the awareness to a natural partnership between horses and riders.

Ecovet is an entirely different type of fly spray … and you apply it to your horse in a different way, too. With fly season upon us, we’re sharing some tips for how to best apply Ecovet:

Tip Tuesday Video from Horseware: Courtney Cooper on Purchasing a New Horse

“Our main goal is always to have happy clients and happy horses so that they go on to do great things,” Courtney Cooper says in the intro to part two of her horse sales video series. “And to that end, we’ll go to extra lengths…We try to be very honest and transparent and take pride in the matches that we make so that our horses and our riders become the testament to who we are.”

Buying a new horse can feel a lot like buying a used car in some instances. Ads aren’t always accurate, horses aren’t always what they’re represented to be…and sometimes, even if all the boxes are ticked on paper, you just don’t feel a “click” when you sit in the saddle. Sometimes, it can be hard to nail down what, exactly, you’re looking at and for when trying a horse. This is where this second video in Courtney’s series really comes in handy.

From body language cues as you’re walking the sales horse to the arena, to understanding that it’s perfectly acceptable to ask to see other horses, to takeaways from each ride, Courtney talks in detail about how the trying process works and what buyers should be aware of. We’ll be back next week with the third and final part of this educational series from Courtney and C Square Farm.

Take 5 with Phillip, Presented by Equilume: Hall of Fame House Doctor

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Today marks 20 years since the Opening Ceremony at the Sydney Olympic Games. Team Australia would win gold for the home team that year, followed by Great Britain in silver and the U.S. team in bronze. It’s not often that an 8 year old horse is tapped to take on the Olympic Games, but if you’re going to put fate in any rider’s hands it may as well be Phillip Dutton. This was the story as the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia loomed closer and an untimely lameness took Phillip’s top ride, Show Of Heart, turned the spotlight to the still learning House Doctor.

It’s Thursday again and time to travel halfway across the world to Sydney, Australia for the 2000 Olympic Games. House…

Posted by Phillip Dutton Eventing on Thursday, July 23, 2020

Originally bred for racing by Tim and Nina Gardner, the Thoroughbred gelding by Inca Chief out of Night House Rock was sent to Phillip as a three year old. He showed his prowess for eventing in the lead-up to Sydney with a second place finish in the Foxhall Cup CCI3*. House Doctor would go on to be the youngest horse (8 years old) at the Sydney Olympics, finishing as a member of the gold medal winning Australian team. He would also go on to finish fifth individually in the World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain in 2002.

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Want to hear more about Phillip’s career and life with horses? You’re in luck! Phillip was the most recent guest of Nicole Browns on the Equiratings Eventing Podcast. Take a listen here.

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Show Us Your Favorite FLAIR to Win 2 Packs of Strips!

Charlotte Collier and Clifford M. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Our Fourth of July contest in partnership with FLAIR Equine Nasal Strips was a rocking success, so we thought it was high time to do another. We’re giving away two six-packs of FLAIR Equine Nasal Strips to a lucky winner this week. FLAIR strips are available in a wide array of colors (you can even customize them with your own design for the ultimate marketing hacks) and themes; for example, they’ve just released a Kick Childhood Cancer strip, proceeds from which will be donated to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in recognition of Childhood Cancer Awareness this month.

If you’re a regular FLAIR user, you know the value of aiding your horse’s hard-working respiratory system with these simple-to-use strips. If you aren’t already a FLAIR fan, now is the time to have a chance to see the benefits for yourself!

Here’s the skinny:

To enter, simply post a photo of your favorite color FLAIR strip in the comments on this post and you’ll be entered to win. If you’re not already a FLAIR user, that’s ok! Find a photo of your favorite rider using FLAIR.

Alternatively, you can send your photo to [email protected]. Want a bonus entry? Post a photo on your social media and be sure to tag both Eventing Nation (@eventingnation on Facebook, @goeventing on Instagram) as well as FLAIR Equine Nasal Strips (@flairstrips) (note: we’ll only be able to see your post if it is publicly viewable)!

This contest will run through Friday, September 18 so don’t wait to enter! Good luck to all!

Update 9/21: Congratulations to Anna Pierce, the winner of our giveaway! Anna, please email [email protected] to claim your prize.

Nupafeed Weekend Winners: Blue Ridge, CDCTA, Flora Lea, Flying Cross, GMHA, Ocala, Otter Creek, Skyline, Stone Gate

When all you ride are #Thoroughbreds ❤️☺️ at an event. #SimplyPriceless •TIP…

Posted by Elisa Wallace Eventing on Sunday, September 13, 2020

I always feel a bit wistful as I pull up the weekend’s results each Sunday evening. I love sharing a tiny part of these riders’ successes and only wish I knew more back stories to share. If you have a cool one, I’m always looking for story tips. You can contact me by emailing [email protected] to share your tip. In the meantime, here are a couple of fun stories from this weekend:

While Doug Payne was busy picking up a win in the Blue Ridge Mountain Advanced at Tryon, his mother Marilyn was also having a winning weekend of her own at Flora Lea, taking home the blue in her Training division aboard SF Double Entendre. When they say talent runs in the family, they weren’t kidding with this bunch.

We have a tie this week for our Low Score Award; both winners competed at Flying Cross Horse Trials in Kentucky. Congratulations to Lauren Yeagy and Sound Prospect (Training) and Ainsley Slicker and Horizzon (Novice) on finishing their weekend on an impressive 20.2. And yes, that’s the Sound Prospect, Allie Knowles’ five star partner, you see! “Sounder”, who is 18 years young this year, has competed at the Training, Modified, and Preliminary levels this year with Nicole Aden, Madeline O’Brien, and now Lauren. What a treat to learn from such an experienced horse!

This finishing score was also a personal best for Ainsley Slicker, who has been partnered with Horizzon since 2017. Well done!

Lauren Yeagy getting to ride on Allie Knowles’s ride Sound Prospect is my favorite thing rn 🥺❤️

Posted by Jj Jayhawk Sillman on Saturday, September 12, 2020

Congratulations to all of this weekend’s winners! Here’s a look at winning scores from around the country:

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

Advanced A: Matt Flynn and Wizzerd (40.9)
Advanced B: Doug Payne and Vandiver (33.5)
Open Intermediate A: Will Coleman and Chin Tonic HS (32.7)
Open Intermediate B: Sarah Kuhn and Mr. Cash van de Start (32.7)
Intermediate/Preliminary: Rachel Sledzik and Fernhill Symphony (44.3)
Open Preliminary A: Liz Halliday-Sharp and Marysville Sir Henry (28.5)
Open Preliminary B: Leslie Law and Castle Howard Romeo (29.0)
Preliminary Rider: Morgan Booth and OBOS O’Reilly (31.2)
Modified A: Morgan Batton and I’m Sew Ready (32.7)
Modified B: Allison Springer and No May Moon (28.9)
Open Training A: Liz Halliday-Sharp and Shanroe Cooley (25.9)
Open Training B: Cindy Phillips and Third Times The Charm (28.4)
Training Novice: Lauren Alexander and Excel Star Over the Moon (32.3)
Training Rider A: Meigs Rutherford and Foreign Affair (32.1)
Training Rider B: Brayden Edmonds and Jay of Diamonds (33.0)
Novice Rider A: Jennifer Wright and Wind Hill Debonair (27.8)
Novice Rider B: Marissa Griffin and Conguistador (27.4)
Open Novice: Mary Bess Davis and Imperio Magic (25.5)
Beginner Novice Rider A: Taylor Little and Miss MoneyPenny (29.3)
Beginner Novice Rider B: Kylee Narron and Denali (25.3)
Open Beginner Novice: Mary Carol Harsch and Theodore alCoda (29.5)

CDCTA Fall H.T.: [Final Scores]

Open Preliminary: Alexandra Wikstrom and Change Order (27.2)
Open Training 1: Ema Klugman and RF Redfern (27.4)
Open Training 2: Martin Douzant and Olympus (31.2)
Open Training 3: Woods Baughman and AJ’s Little Man (32.1)
Open Novice 1: Kimmy Cecere and Carbon Copy Z (32.6)
Open Novice 2: Olivia Devening and Maximus (26.4)
Open Novice 3: Leslie Lamb and Castella MVF (28.8)
Beginner Novice 1: Mary Schwentker and Smittys Razrhawk (29.8)
Beginner Novice 2: Edward Ewbank and Street Fighting (33.8)
Intro 1: Michaela Yowaiski and Made of Honour (34.2)
Intro 2: Brook Pittinger and Incognito (34.7)

Posted by Commonwealth Dressage and Combined Training Association: CDCTA on Saturday, September 12, 2020

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

Open Preliminary A: Jennie Brannigan and Cornelius Bo (32.3)
Open Preliminary B: Jennie Brannigan and FE Celestino (31.0)
Preliminary Rider: Emily Tincher and Bluegrass Baron (37.8)
Open Training A: Anna Honeycutt and Fernhill Chico (22.8)
Open Training B: Marilyn Payne and SF Double Entendre (24.3)
Training Rider A: Kathleen Bertuna and Excel Star Harry (29.3)
Training Rider B: Gianna Minghenelli and Ladybug Traveler (35.2)
Novice Rider A: Aimee Carson and MHF Christine (29.8)
Novice Rider B: Isabella Craft and Marcato (31.4)
Open Novice: Courtney Cooper and Excel Star Darcy (25.2)
Beginner Novice Rider A: Elisabeth Davis and Glendale’s Katie Belle (33.7)
Beginner Novice Rider B: Alicia Jonsdottir and My Man Thirsty (32.2)
Open Beginner Novice: Lynette Wakefield and Rathmoylan Bay (28.1)

Spent the weekend photographing at Flora Lea Farm LLC. Today started off a little exciting– enjoy this "save of the day…

Posted by I{mpack}t Studio on Sunday, September 13, 2020

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

Open Preliminary A: Erin Pullen and Foreign Affair (25.0)
Open Preliminary B: Dan Kreitl and Carmango (27.8)
Open Training A: Jane Papke and Robinstown Ballivor (23.0)
Open Training B: Collyn Smitherman and New Dealer (23.9)
Training Rider A: Megan Northrop and Harrison (27.7)
Training Rider B: Lauren Yeagy and Sound Prospect (20.2)
Novice Rider A: Nicole Stewart and Dale (23.6)
Novice Rider B: Ainsley Slicker and Horizzon (20.2)
Novice Rider C: Nicole Stewart and Bright Prince (24.5)
Open Novice: Amanda Richard and Andy Po Po (29.3)
Beginner Novice Rider A: Michelle Lovell and My Way or the Highway (24.0)
Beginner Novice Rider B: Hayden Owens and Chips A Hoy (22.5)
Beginner Novice Rider C: Larkin Albarado and SF Lil Bit O Texas (28.5)
Open Beginner Novice: Kelly Rover and Fifth Avenue (22.0)
FEH 2 Year Old: Stacy Durham and Furst Aquaman SS (81.4)
FEH 3 Year Old: Sterling Graburn and Mblem (87.4)
FEH Yearling: Sterling Graburn and Olenna WF (83.6)
YEH 4 Year Old: Ryan Keefe and Jump for Sally (84.1)
YEH 5 Year Old: Alexa Ehlers and Parlez Clear (92.5)

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GMHA Summer H.T.: [Final Scores]

Open Preliminary: Kylie Lyman and Da Vinci Code (30.2)
Preliminary Rider: Laurie Seely and One Of The Girls (41.6)
Jr. Training: Amanda Gardiner and Miller’s Law (32.3)
Open Training: Stephanie Jackson and Drumloman Lad (30.5)
Training Rider: Ann Grenier and Almost Famous (40.2)
Jr. Novice A: Maggie Sheehan and Absoroka (35.5)
Jr. Novice B: Emma Armstrong and Newman (35.9)
Novice Rider A: Melissa Alaimo and Fascinating Rhythm (26.2)
Novice Rider B: Jennifer Lingeman and Marana Samson Jaydun (31.2)
Open Novice A: Alison Eastman-Lawler and Lexington II (28.6)
Open Novice B: Susan Berrill and Lally Move On (29.8)
Beginner Novice Rider A: Gabriella Curtin and Oceana (33.3)
Beginner Novice Rider B: Anneka Paelinck and Maleficent (43.8)
Jr. Beginner Novice A: Molly Czub and Penguin (31.8)
Jr. Beginner Novice B: Lydia Foster and Oidhre Leir (30.0)
Open Beginner Novice: Alexandra Naja and Who Can Charm (29.5)

Joan Davis of Flatlandsfoto sent in photos of a few of the GMHA winners this weekend. Remember to support your show photographers and videographers – you can view and order GMHA proofs here.

Ocala Summer H.T.: [Final Scores]

Advanced/Intermediate: Karl Slezak and Fernhill Wishes (34.2)
Open Intermediate: Ronald Zabala-Goetschel and Wundermaske (34.5)
Open Preliminary: Joe Meyer and PS Gran Torino (34.6)
Open Preliminary – Jackpot: Karl Slezak and Hot Bobo (29.6)
Preliminary Rider: Maya Wentz and FE Bail Me Out (28.5)
Open Modified: Rylee Gailey and Dukes Up (28.3)
Modified Rider: Skyler Norris and What Law (33.1)
Open Training: Karl Slezak and Chevalier (25.2)
Training Rider: Kara Radford and Honover McN (55.4)
Novice Rider: Hattie Clark and FGF Gray Cozzene (29.9)
Open Novice: Ashton Benefiel and Libris Charlotte (32.9)
Beginner Novice Rider: Brenda Hutton and Bridget (32.2)
Open Beginner Novice: Laura Welsh and The Noble King (30.6)

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

Open Intermediate: Jordan Riske and Redemption Song (64.2)
Intermediate/Preliminary: Lisa Borgia and Silmarillion (52.2)
Open Preliminary: Madeline Batchelor and Stormm Blitz KD (52.0)
Preliminary/Training: Maura Daugherty and Hat Trick (50.5)
Jr. Training Rider: Emily Hedberg and Quasar (31.1)
Open Training: Hannah Ross Jungling and Lucina (28.9)
Sr. Training Rider: Morgan Taylor and Cat’s Causeway (33.8)
Jr. Novice Rider: Sabrina Hagstrom and Linus (37.4)
Open Novice: Kristine Burgess and Cliff (28.1)
Sr. Novice Rider A: Cecilia Emilsson and Blazing Angel (31.9)
Sr. Novice Rider B: Julia Davies and Wheels Up (31.2)
Jr. Beginner Novice: Ava Friese and CMF Diamond Promise (30.8)
Open Beginner Novice: Meaghan Marinovich Burdick and Autograph (28.0)
Starter Beginner Novice A: Audriana Ellis and CMF Diamond Trinity (33.8)
Starter Beginner Novice B: Jenna Roth and Laureate (26.5)
Sr. Beginner Novice Rider: Dani Miller and Spirit (35.7)

The Event at Skyline: [Final Scores]

Preliminary Championship: Rosie Smith and Seamus (32.5)
Preliminary Open: Erin Contino and Handsome Ransom (32.8)
Preliminary/Training Open: Claire Jan and Hornberg W (108.4)
Training A: Travis Atkinson and Don Darco (21.9)
Training B: Ron Stephens and Froggy (25.4)
Training Championship: Kris Greenway and Ash B’dash (25.2)
Novice A: Danielle Olson and Jim Beam (31.1)
Novice B: Kirsten Freed and Jasper (25.0)
Novice C: Allison Murphy and Magna Warrior (27.6)
Novice Championship: Ashley Carr and Fernhill Me and You 2 (23.8)
Beginner Novice A: Cece Mcelwee and Irish (28.9)
Beginner Novice B: Michelle Liss and Tanqueray (30.9)
Beginner Novice Championship: Madeline Backus and Piper’s Sonatina (21.0)
Intro Championship: Daina Kaugers and Jalepeño Hippo (35.5)
Intro Jr/YR: Brooke Blevins and Tesoro Dorado (30.0)
Intro Open: Ingrid George and Mighty Appeal (31.6)

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

Preliminary: Brooke Molde and Groundwork (44.2)
Training: Erin Neville and Bluestone (31.4)
Novice A: Christina Lockhart and I’malreadythere (26.9)
Novice B: Ashley Brush and Rhythm & Blues (29.5)
Beginner Novice A: Emily Hummel and Lucy’s Alexia WRF (30.8)
Beginner Novice B: Kelly Cooper and Stardust of Excellence (38.0)
Starter: Amanda Michael and Cash Bonanza (29.7)

Thursday Video from FLAIR: Jump Henny, Jump!

Henry Jota Hampton looking spry at 19 years young. Photo courtesy of Peter Atkins.

Now here’s a face we haven’t seen in quite awhile! That’s right, Peter Atkins’ Henry Jota Hampton made a social media appearance this week, showing off his experience at 19 years young to one of Peter’s students, Katie.

Henry had an awesome week, last week he got to XC school with Katie, XC is his favorite game! He hasn’t jumped a XC…

Posted by Run Henny Run on Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Nevermind that the last time “Henny”, Peter’s partner for the 2010 World Equestrian Games and multiple other five-stars, saw cross country was at Badminton six years ago. Trustworthy as ever, Henny clearly relishes his job of confidence boosting professor to Katie, who is getting back into riding after having a baby a few months ago.

Posted by Run Henny Run on Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Posted by Run Henny Run on Wednesday, September 9, 2020

What a special opportunity to learn from these schoolmasters. It’s a true win-win for horses who love their jobs and riders who are eager to learn from them. We’ll always miss riding along with Peter and Henny as they joyfully tackled the big tracks, but this is a very suitable alternative. Go Henny!

Throwback time! Relive Peter and Henny’s cross country run at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. You’ll want to watch this one with sound!

Did you know that September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month? In honor of this and in an effort to further educate more about childhood cancer, FLAIR Equine Nasal Strips has created a Kick Childhood Cancer strip, 25% of proceeds from which will benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

Three Babes Horses We’re Eyeing in This Weekend’s A.D. Auction

The AD Auction countdown has started. Tomorrow at 6 p.m. (european time) the auction for the 20 horses in the catalog will open. From September 11 to September 14 on www.theadauction.com Cooley Farm, Wrenwood Stables and Babes Horses will kick off the first edition of The AD Auction with the Celtic Collection. This exclusive online auction brings together show jumping and eventing horses and American hunters from two Irish stables and one Scottish stable of ages 0 to 7 years. They have top-level pedigrees with very important mare lines that have produced several international 160 jumpers. You can read more information about the AD Auction and its innovative virtual format in our coverage here

North Star Nisty Blue (Nistria x Zirraco Blue). Photo courtesy of The A.D. Auction.

Let’s learn more about the Babes family breeding and sales operation:

The Babes family has been breeding and dealing high quality horses for over thirty years, from world-class horses to ponies. Babes Horses was established with the aim of breeding and selling top level horses that can take their riders to the top of international rankings. To do so, they have set up a breeding program based on the use of the best bloodlines in the world. For The AD Auction, they are presenting seven top horses.

“I have been involved with horses all of my life. I was brought up in a riding school. I started competing at a young age and have always had a passion for show jumping”, explains George Babes, founder and owner of Babes Horses. “My wife Muriel was a very successful show jumper and subsequently we started our business together in 1985. We have as a family produced many top-class horses and ponies, many of whom have went on to be European medalists. The team gold medalist pony Dollar Girl ridden by our son Graham Babes in 2011. The individual gold medal winner Cassandra Van Het Roelhof, ridden by Ireland’s Harry Allen in 2017. 2018’s Young Rider team silver medalist Boucheron with Graham Babes. Eccosse, bred and produced by us to 5* International level. These are just a few on an endless line of championship winning equines that have been produced by my family”.

“Our goal as a professional show jumping and breeding yard is to produce top class horses worthy of carrying riders from all over the world to international success. We have established a breeding program based on using the worlds best bloodlines. Diamant De Semilly, Cornet Obolensky, Chacco Blue, Baloubet Du Rouet etc all feature in our youngstock. We have bred three wonderful four year old stallions from the exceptional mare Golden Du Maurai, who has already given five international show jumpers, three of them competing at 1.60 level. We are extremely excited about these young stallions, by the outstanding Diamant De Semilly. Utilising these bloodlines with careful selection provides us with top quality offspring. All with type, scope, carefulness and bravery, all of which we need in international winning horses. For the Celtic Collection, we are very proud to present seven carefully selected horses with these characteristics, ranging from foals, yearlings, two-year-olds and three-year-olds.”

The youngest of the lot, North Star Nisty Blue is an absolute eyecatcher. She was born in April and is by European Champion Zirocco Blue and Nistria (Zamiro). Nistria has competed up to 1.40 level in international competitions. Nisty Blue has a fabulous character, with amazing movement and top-quality model.

Quatro, a well grown gelding “has the heart of a lion and the grace of a swan”. Just broken, he is showing top class paces, carefulness and scope. Without a doubt, he is destined to be a world class event horse.

Another horse to watch among those presented by Babes Horses is for sure Philo. This stunning yearling colt is by Balou du Rouet and his mother, Ma Fleur JS has competed so far to 1.45 level as a seven-year-old. She was the National 5 year old champion, also winning many international classes, including spring 6 year old Grand Prix in Bonheiden, both summer and winter 6 years old Grand Prix’s in Sentower Park and many more victories all across Europe, culminating in her finishing her 6 year old year in 2nd place on the FEI world ranking list.

Along with providing this exceptional colt in the same year. Ma Fleur is a daughter of Emerald and from a Cassini II dam. She is now competing very successfully in Young Riders classes. Surely Philo will be as successful as his forefathers and make his future owner very proud.

To find out more about the horses presented by Babes Horses in the Celtic Collection of The AD Auction: www.theadauction.com

From September 11 to September 14 on www.theadauction.com the innovative online auction “The Alex Delazer Auction” will launch its first edition. The Celtic Collection is a unique opportunity to enter the stables of Cooley Farm, Wrenwood Stables and Babes Horses, who will present 20 horses in the showjumping, eventing and American hunting disciplines.

Volunteer Nation: 9 Events That Need Your Help This Weekend

You never know who might be watching the next time you’re out on a cross country course. Take this example, captured by Amy Dragoo at the Fair Hill Starter Trials last weekend – none other than Tim Gardner, a longtime supporter of the sport as an owner, breeder, and volunteer along with his wife Nina. Thank you for all you do, Tim and Nina! Our sport is better because of you.

If you’d like to get out and help this weekend, there are plenty of positions still available at the events listed below. Happy volunteering!

We’ve compiled some resources on volunteering with COVID-19 regulations in mind. We’ll reference this list each week in Volunteer Nation, so take a few moments to familiarize yourself with what’s new and different.

COVID-19 Resources for Eventers
Volunteers Adapt to the New Normal
Volunteers Weigh In on New COVID-19 Protocols

As always, you can earn merit points when you donate your time through the USEA’s Volunteer Incentive Program. Registering to volunteer through EventingVolunteers.com makes it easy and seamless to both find a job and shift as well as learn what your role will entail.

Event: Blue Ridge Mountain H.T.
Dates: Friday, September 11 through Sunday, September 13
Address: 4066 Pea Ridge Road, Mill Spring, NC, 28756
Positions Available: Dressage Ring Steward, Dressage Score Runner, Dressage Scribe, Dressage Warm-up, Sector Steward, XC Crossing Marshal, XC Jump Judge, Dressage In-Gate, Dressage Lead, Hospitality Assistant, Volunteer Check In, SJ Scribe, SJ Warm-up, XC Crossing Marshal, XC Jump Videographer, XC Warm-up, SJ Timer

Event: CDCTA Fall H.T.
Dates: Saturday, September 12 through Sunday, September 13
Address: 927 Kimble Rd, Berryville , VA, 22611
Positions Available: General Event Prep, XC Jump Judge, Temperature/Waiver Checker, SJ Jump Crew

Event: Florida Horse Park Ocala Eventing Series September H.T.
Dates: Thursday, September 10 through Sunday, September 13
Address: 11008 S Highway 475, Ocala, FL, 34480
Positions Available: XC Decorator, Dressage Bit Check, Dressage Check-in, XC Jump Judge, XC Score Runner, XC Start Timer, XC Warm-up

Event: Flying Cross Farm H.T.
Dates: Thursday, September 10 through Sunday, September 13
Address: 9500 West Hwy 42 , Goshen, KY, 40026
Positions Available: Safety Assistant, Event Takedown – SJ, SJ Jump Crew, General Help

Event: GMHA September H.T.
Dates: Friday, September 11 through Sunday, September 13
Address: 5491 South Road, South Woodstock, VT, 05071
Positions Available: Parking Steward, Dressage Steward, Score Runner, SJ Warm-up, XC Jump Judge

Event: Otter Creek Fall H.T.
Dates: Friday, September 11 through Sunday, September 13
Address: E5847 1170th Ave, Wheeler, WI, 54772
Positions Available: SJ Jump Crew, XC Jump Judge, SJ Warm-up

Event: The Fall Event at Skyline H.T.
Dates: Thursday, September 10 through Sunday, September 13
Address: 995 W 1000 S, Mount Pleasant, UT, 84647
Positions Available: Event Prep – Dressage, Volunteer Check-In & Information, Dressage Announcer, Dressage Bit Check, Dressage In Gate, Dressage Score Runner, Dressage Scribe, Event Takedown – Dressage, Office Help, XC Jump Judge, Event Prep – SJ, Event Takedown – SJ, SJ In Gate, SJ Jump Crew, SJ Scribe, SJ Timer, SJ Warm-up

Event: Stone Gate Farm H.T.
Dates: Friday, September 11 through Sunday, September 13
Address: 31407 Schneider Rd, Hanoverton, OH, 44423
Positions Available: General Event Prep, XC Decorator, Greeter, FEH Scorer, XC Jump Judge, XC Starter Scribe, XC Warm-up, Floater, Health Steward, SJ Out Gate, Scorers

Other Events That Need Volunteers:

9/12 & 9/13 volunteers for dressage, show jumping and cross country… time to show yourselves!!!

Posted by Flora Lea Farm LLC on Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Life of Mike Winter Honored With New Jump at IEA H.T.

The new Mike Winter Wedge on course at IEA H.T.. Photo courtesy of Liz Messaglia.

The eventing community lost a light last April when Mike Winter lost his courageous battle against ALS. An active supporter of eventing and former Area VIII and USEA Board of Governors member, Mike will forever be remembered as a true servant of the sport. In memorial of Mike and his legacy, and in homage to his hometown event run by the Indiana Eventing Association, a new jump at IEA Horse Trials was unveiled at the event last month.

Mike was heavily involved in many facets of eventing, but poured a large chunk of his passion into Hoosier Horse Park, the site of the 1987 Pan American Games where the eventing team took gold. He was a part of the team that helped turn vision into reality, transforming the Games site into an eventing venue that all could enjoy.

A community fundraising effort collected enough money to build a new brush chevron fence, dubbed the Mike Winter Wedge, for the Modified cross country course. It was Mike’s wife, Rhonda, who selected the jump designer and course designer Rob Mobley brought the vision to life.

“Mike would have loved the intimidating skinny brush wedge, which was sufficiently scary and definitely the coolest fence on the course,” Indiana Eventing Association president Liz Messaglia told EN. She then tells us of the dedication ceremony held, a party she’s sure he would have loved to attend.

The Mike Winter Wedge at Hoosier Horse Park. Photo courtesy of Liz Messaglia.

“Mike’s friends, family and fellow eventers shared their favorite Mike stories, from his hard work and vision that lead to the creation of the cross country courses at the Hoosier Horse Park for the inaugural IEA event in 1988 with fences and terrain still in use today … winning the USEA Governor’s Cup in 2013 and Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018, to his ‘unique’ braiding techniques,” she wrote. “A rousing game of Blind Man’s Bluff Poker was played in his honor and no one cheated, we think.”

Mike first became enamored with the sport of eventing in similar fashion to many of us: with a trip to what was then known as the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. From that moment on, neither he nor Rhonda looked back as they embarked on the eventing journey of their lives. Mike will forever be remembered for his contributions to the sport and for his epitomization of the amateur rider: someone who falls in love so deeply with a sport that they spend the rest of their life improving it for and sharing it with others. It’s only fitting, then, that he be best remembered on a cross country course.

“Mike would have been proud as the jump rode beautifully – no one wanted to be THE ONE who fell off at Mike’s fence as he would have been so disappointed!” Liz wrote. “We miss you Mike.”

Take 5 with Phillip, Presented by Equilume: Wonderful Woodburn

We’re back to throwing it back on a Thursday, one of our favorite features. Today we want to remember a very special…

Posted by Phillip Dutton Eventing on Thursday, August 27, 2020

It was hard to miss the striking chestnut gelding as he effortlessly floated across the Kentucky Bluegrass at the 2010 Alltech World Equestrian Games. I remember Woodburn being later in the order of go, and I turned to watch the television showing the live feed in the booth we were shopping in the trade fair. We’d spent the whole day out on cross country after pulling an all-nighter to drive from St. Louis on a last minute WEG whim. I was mesmerized by the rhythm of the New Zealand Thoroughbred gelding – it had to be one of the most memorable gallops I’d ever seen.

Sadly, Phillip’s time with Woodburn was cut short when the gelding was euthanized following acute internal bleeding. Just over a year past his top 20 finish at the World Equestrian Games, his star was extinguished.

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But his memory and legacy lives on, and Woodburn is still one of our favorites to revisit even today. After being imported from New Zealand by Liz Millikin, Phillip eventually acquired the ride with the help of owners Jess and Sharon Sweeley, Annie Jones, and Maddy Fawcett. “I loved the horse from the first time I sat on him and thought he had the makings of a world-class horse,” he recalled on his Hall of Fame web page.

Phillip and Woodburn collected a slew of admirable placings (10th in his then-CCI4* debut at Kentucky in 2008, 12th in 2009, 2nd in 2010). “I have no doubt that I will never ride a better cross-country horse in my life,” Phillip told The Chronicle after the gelding’s passing.

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Who Jumped It Best? Course Brook Farm Novice Edition

We love showcasing events from all around the country, and Course Brook Farm is the latest in our Who Jumped It Best? series, with photos generously provided by Joan Davis of Flatlandsfoto. Don’t forget to support your show photographers – if you rode at Course Brook last weekend, you can view and order your photos here.

Located in Sherborn, Massachusetts in Area I, Course Brook Farm plays host to recognized events, schooling shows, and clinics year round. With cross country courses through Preliminary, riders have a wide array of choices when it comes to competing. It’s a family farm that started off in the dairy industry in the 1920s, making the transition to horses over time.

The Horse Trials came about as a sensible option, and Course Brook has also expanded into a full service boarding and training operation for riders of all levels. To learn more about Course Brook Farm, click here.

And now, here are a smattering of Novice riders for you to select from for this latest edition of Who Jumped It Best? Remember: you want to vote for the pair that presents the best overall picture caught in a moment of time. Best of luck to all!

Emma Armstrong and Newman:

Emma Armstrong and Newman. Photo courtesy of Joan Davis/Flatlandsfoto.

Gabriellia Chevalier and Chambersburg Pike:

Gabriellia Chevalier and Chambersburg Pike. Photo courtesy of Joan Davis/Flatlandsfoto.

Barrett D’Orio and Sweepstakes:

Barrett D’Orio and Sweepstakes. Photo courtesy of Joan Davis/Flatlandsfoto.

Fiona Hazel and Menue Rendezvous:

Fiona Hazel and Menue Rendezvous. Photo courtesy of Joan Davis/Flatlandsfoto.

Kathryn Rhatigan and Concarena Z:

Kathryn Rhatigan and Concarena Z. Photo courtesy of Joan Davis/Flatlandsfoto.

Cadence Theroux and Hot Toddy:

Cadence Theroux and Hot Toddy. Photo courtesy of Joan Davis/Flatlandsfoto.

Wednesday News & Notes from Ecovet

Stephanie Kallstrom and Tigger. Photo by Arinn Westendorf.

I was lucky enough to “meet” Stephanie Kallstrom this week through our mutual membership in an Equestrians of Color Facebook group. Stephanie proudly shared her photo with us, and I’ll let her do the talking on the perspective behind it:

“In the horse world we need to embrace change, inclusion and diversity,” Stephanie said. “As horse people we can relate to our one commonality is which is the love for horses. This picture is taken on my homebred 10 year old Oldenburg gelding. He is a show horse a hunter most specifically and has never in his life carried a flag. This picture represents how proud I am to be the no longer silent black equestrians, my gratitude for those who are taking anti racism education seriously and who wholeheartedly care about other human beings and equality.”

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Blue Ridge Mountain H.T. at TIEC: [Website][Entries] [Ride Times]

CDCTA Fall H.T.: [Website] [Entries]

Flora Lea Fall H.T.: [Website] [Entries]

Flying Cross Farm H.T.: [Website] [Entries]

GMHA Summer H.T.: [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times]

Ocala Summer H.T.: [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times]

Otter Creek Fall H.T.: [Website] [Entries]

The Event at Skyline: [Website] [Entries]

Stone Gate Farm H.T.: [Website] [Entries]

Wednesday News & Notes:

The Kentucky Derby has come and gone, but our continuing education on the history of Black riders and trainers in racing as well as the effects of racism has only just begun. While much has been done, work still remains on bringing racing more to its roots and giving the exposure and respect that Black horsewomen and men deserve. This two-part series, “Racism In Racing”, is a great read for anyone looking for insight on the past, present, and future of the industry.

The International Olympic Committee and International Federations have released a webinar series dedicated to gender equality across Olympic disciplines. These sessions will tackle topics such as “leadership (governance, coaches and technical officials), safeguarding, and removing gender bias from all aspects of portrayal”, according to the program description. Learn more about this and other gender equality initiatives here.

“We need to talk about breasts.” I absolutely loved this article by Noa Leibson for The Plaid Horse addressing the need for taboo removal when it comes to our bodies. The reality is that every rider has a unique body, and conversations about how to best use that body for equestrian sport should never be considered taboo. Have a read here.

Bucks County Horse Park still has some openings for those wanting to compete in its Friday Evening Eventing series. Entries are due today by noon E.T. for consideration. [2020 Friday Evening Eventing]

Would you like to get your hands on Amerigo’s new safety stirrups? Our friends at World Equestrian Brands are giving a pair away FREE. The best part? They come in an array of colors, perfect for eventers. The raffle ends Friday, September 11th at midnight. [Fab Freebie: Win a Pair of Amerigo’s New Safety Stirrups]

California is in the throes of wildfire season, which means a lot of displaced or otherwise affected animals need our help. Many eventers have been affected by the fires burning in both northern and southern California – anyone local who may be able to assist with temporary animal care and housing can contact their local Humane Society or animal rescue for ways to help.

Access Copperline Equestrian and Holling Eventing have teamed up to offer an eventing camp in Ocala, October 27 through November 1. The camp will include riding sessions, ground work, lectures and demos, as well as coaching at the Rocking Horse Horse Trials following the camp. This is a great opportunity for anyone seeking an immersive learning experience. Click here to see more information.

Caroline Martin has fine tuned her final phase with the help of show jumping legend Anne Kursinski. From adjusting her eye to get closer to the base to using driving reins, here are some takeaways Caroline shared with Nöelle Floyd on improving jumping.

Wednesday Video: Here’s Johnny! Elisa Wallace’s five-star partner, Simply Priceless, was out to stretch his legs in a recent Advanced CT at Florida Horse Park. Check out their rides in Elisa’s vlog:

Ecovet is an entirely different type of fly spray … and you apply it to your horse in a different way, too. With fly season upon us, we’re sharing some tips for how to best apply Ecovet:

Tip Tuesday Video from Horseware: Courtney Cooper on the Sales Process

Courtney Cooper knows a thing or two about selling horses. Through her successful sales operation, C Square Farm, Courtney is well-known for providing quality sales and consignment services to clients around the world.

We’re in luck over the coming weeks, as Courtney has done a three-part video series on the horse sales process and what to expect. Covering things such as pre-purchase exams, negotiations, to what to expect during a sales visit, Courtney provides some valuable insight as a professional that buyers and sellers alike can benefit from.

We’ll be sharing this series each Tuesday over the next two weeks, so stay tuned for more.

Nupafeed Weekend Winners: Bucks County, Caber Farm, Chardon Valley, Copper Meadows, Course Brook, Five Points, Seneca Valley

It was a hot one out there this weekend! Out here on the West coast, riders tackled the tracks at Copper Meadows in Ramona, California, where organizers ran an efficient event that factored in the extreme heat typical of California desert country. Events were scattered all around the country this weekend, and we’ve got a big round-up of winners for you below.

Dana Cooke knocked it out of the park this weekend at Five Points, where she scored a 16.9 in the dressage aboard FE Whole Lotta Rosie, a personal best score for the 9 year old Wurttemberg mare owned by Kingfisher Park. These two pick up our Low Score Award for the weekend, finishing at the top of their Preliminary division on a final score of 18.9. Way to go!

And congratulations to the rest of our winners this weekend! Go Eventing.

Bucks County: Results

Open Preliminary Training: Caroline Martin and Farwest De Barbereau (28.7)
Open Training 1: Caroline Martin and Redfield Galway Blake (26.1)
Open Training 2: Amy Peloquin and Frankie (33.7)
Open Novice 1: Caroline Martin and Redfield Haras (27.9)
Open Novice 2: Sydney Hagaman and Newsham Diamond (27.1)
Open Beginner Novice 1: Lillian Heard and B’s Bundle of Joy (29.5)
Open Beginner Novice 2: Emily Warren and Whoop Whoop De Do (39.8)
Open Beginner Novice 3: Caroline Martin and Redfield Cassidy (24.8)

The horses were all super at Bucks County today! We have a phenomenal group of sales horses in the barn and they all are…

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Great day playing the eventing game again. Poppet did her first recognized beginner novice finishing on her solid dressage performance in a competitive division to finish 6th. I am so proud of the lessons learned by our team. Everyone left with a smile and horses left safe and sound. #success Thank you @lizglow for coming out to support us and take some videos. It was much appreciated! Thank you to all of the amazing volunteers that make these events possible! **for your comic relief: note the candid pre-show picture thanks to mom 😂 the outfits I put together for the barn 🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️I’m cool like that Once again I was so glad to be sporting my @freerideequestrian white breeches to stay cool and fashionable 🥰 #eventers #equestrianlife #superpony #ponies #teamcounty #teamworkmakesthedreamwork #squareoneequestrian #progressnotperfection

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Caber Farm H.T.: Results

Open Intermediate: Momi Henne and Severe Flying (35.7)
Open Preliminary: Karen Lounsbery and Stewart (36.4)
Jr. Training: Nicolas Portillo and I Saw The Light (27.5)
Sr. Open Training A: Erin Grandia and Indio BMW (22.1)
Sr. Open Training B: Louise Leslie and Souvenir (29.9)
Jr. Novice: Coulter Verharen and Jammer (26.0)
Sr. Open Novice A: Karen O’Neal and Reddy To Play (25.0)
Sr. Open Novice B: Delaney Emerson and Bakhtiari (29.3)
Sr. Open Novice C: Kristen Holderman and Rubia (21.7)
Jr. Beginner Novice: Kendal Smith and Gusto (26.8)
Sr. Open Beginner Novice A: Chris Gianini and Athena (24.5)
Sr. Open Beginner Novice B: Kady Ellifritz and Yankee Bay (29.8)

Chardon Valley H.T.: Results

Modified/Training: Heather Lawson and IKO Wrise (40.2)
Jr. Training: Lauren Tucker and Lopster (30.5)
Open Training A: Kathleen Keuhoff, DVM and Swiss Mystique (33.6)
Open Training B: Cecilia Lundberg and Cascor (29.1)
Jr. Novice: Slater Boos and Breaking the City (28.1)
Open Novice A: Madeline Bletzacker and Drummer Boy (24.3)
Open Novice B: Alyssa Cairo and Paddington (32.6)
Jr. Beginner Novice: Olivia Cannizzaro and Mahogany Dancer (33.3)
Open Beginner Novice A: Hannah Hoehn and Seattle Grace (27.2)
Open Beginner Novice B: Jessica Gallucci and Willoughby (25.6)
Jr. Starter: Evie Clare and SF Lonely Heart (27.8)
Open Starter: Lorenza Savini and Jackanapes (31.1)

Course Brook Farm H.T.: Results

Preliminary: Ferial Johnson and Great Recession (42.6)
Modified/Training: Paige Beliveau and Pippen McGee (70.2)
Training A: Emma O’Lone-Higgins and Carlsburg (31.7)
Training B: Katie Murphy and Joshua Tree (34.1)
Novice A: Audrey Littlefield and Whinny (30.0)
Novice B: Isabelle Blair and Izzabella (30.5)
Novice C: Alison Eastman-Lawler and Lexington II (30.4)
Beginner Novice A: Sydney Smith and Stormy’s Got The Blues (35.0)
Beginner Novice B: Anneka Paelinck and Maleficent (29.0)
Beginner Novice C: Babette Lenna Gonyea and Kennebec Elegance (33.0)
Starter: Amy Kuo and Wintermist Irish Fairy (32.8)

Many thanks to Joan Davis of Flatlandsfoto for sending along these winner shots. If you competed at Course Brook this weekend, make sure to support Joan by ordering your photos here.

Copper Meadows H.T.: Results

Advanced: Charlotte Babbitt and 2 A.M. (41.1)
Advanced CT: Tamie Smith and Passepartout (26.7)
Intermediate: Bunnie Sexton and Phiero SR (38.4)
Area VI Open Preliminary Championship: Avery Noblitt and Cumani (29.6)
Open Preliminary: Cara Julian and Wunder Schon (36.4)
Preliminary Rider: Miranda Olagaray and Tanqueray (34.2)
Area VI Open Training Championship: Erin Kellerhouse and Bon Vivant GWF (29.5)
C2 Financial Area VI Training Rider Championship: Lorelai Goolsby and Collin 144 (30.0)
Open Training: Megan McIver and Dasset Whisper (30.2)
Training Rider: Mackenzie Davison and Balla Ruan (31.8)
Area VI Novice Rider Championship: Sophia Merz and Clara Bō (28.1)
Area VI Open Novice Championship: Robyn Fisher and Livdon (23.8)
Novice Rider A: Chloe Kischuk and London Calling OHF (27.4)
Novice Rider B: Shelby Murray and Reverie GWF (25.3)
Open Novice: Tamie Smith and Fleeceworks Quinn (28.9)
Area VI Open Beginner Novice Championship: Stacia Lloyd and Pale Fire (28.8)
Beginner Novice Rider: Julie Garella Williams and Just Benny (31.8)
Open Beginner Novice: Amber Levine and Kremer VD Falieberg (22.5)
Introductory: Stefanie Gladen and Columbus (25.6)

Five Points H.T.: Results

Advanced: Sharon White and Cooley On Show (30.6)
Advanced CT: Nobie Cannon and Bust A Groove (45.6)
Intermediate CT: Lindsay Kelley and Cooley Cruise Control (42.4)
Intermediate Rider: Sarah Pyne and Call Me Commander (50.7)
Open Intermediate: Laine Ashker and Call Him Paddy (32.6)
Open Preliminary: Dana Cooke and FE Whole Lotta Rosie (18.9)
Preliminary CT: Emily Beshear and Plumpjack (30.0)
Preliminary Rider: Mikaela Kantorowski and Ringfort Swan Song (31.6)
Modified Rider: Kaley Crosby and Valentino (33.4)
Open Modified: Jennifer Treacy and Bene (40.9)
Open Training A: Will Faudree and Carli 13 (29.1)
Open Training B: Daryl Kinney and Moneyball (24.0)
Training CT: Bonnie Mosser and Beetrap (45.5)
Training Rider: Lulu Malinoski and Coulson (32.7)
Novice Rider: Julie Cayer and Great Moments (29.3)
Open Novice: Sophie Miller and Quarlotta C (25.5)
Beginner Novice Rider: Stephanie Bristol and Ballenger (31.3)
Open Beginner Novice: Lindsay Staiano Williams and Quiet Love (25.3)

Argyle through the Advanced water today at Five Points in his first try at the Blue numbers!…

Posted by Skyeler Icke Voss on Saturday, September 5, 2020

My hamster won for me this morning (and top TIP award) with a super clear jump round in the Open Intermediate class…

Posted by Lainey Ashker on Sunday, September 6, 2020

Seneca Valley Hunt P.C. H.T.: Results

Open Intermediate 1: Daniel Clasing and Greek Empire (36.3)
Open Intermediate 2: Katherine DeLaney and Canto Royale (45.3)
Open Preliminary 1: Chris Talley and My Atlantic Spark (27.4)
Open Preliminary 2: Phillip Dutton and Iniesta (32.8)
Open Preliminary 3: Delaney O’Neal and An Irish Blessing (35.5)
Modified 1: Courtney Cooper and R River Star (33.2)
Modified 2: Kelli Temple and Dr. Diamond (32.4)
Open Training 1: Meghan O’Donoghue and Rapid Romero (27.5)
Open Training 2: Daniel Clasing and Sportsfield All Out (29.1)
Open Training 3: Daniel Clasing and Mastermind (33.6)
Open Training 4: Ashlyn Hemelgarn and England (30.7)
Open Novice 1: Jan Byyny and Beautiful Storm (26.4)
Open Novice 2: Cindy Anderson-Blank and Windchase Lionstar (29.8)
Open Novice 3: Hannah Hawkins and Quality Beach (24.5)
Jr. Novice: Izzy Lenk and George 43 (28.8)
Sr. Novice: Lindsay Berreth and Oh So Extreme (29.8)
Beginner Novice 1: Lauren Sumner and Slick Moves (31.8)
Beginner Novice 2: Stephen Fulton and Raniki (31.8)
Jr. Beginner Novice: Caitlyn Crosby and Book Of Eli (29.0)

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Quick Weekend Roundup from Seneca Valley Pony Club! We had: Three winners 🥇 Greek Empire owned by Clasing Equestrian -Intermediate Mastermind owned by Steplin Sporthorses-Training Sportsfield All Out owned by the Swayze Group-Training One 2nd 🥈 Gary Angie Francart @sleepingfoxfarm and Toby The Coal Man-Training (wooohooo!!!) Three 3rds🥉 Limelight LF owned by @selzerml -Novice-check her out in the video! Butts Arthur owned by the Butts Arthur Syndicate-Novice Storm is Due owned by Clasing Equestrian-Modified Two 4ths 🏆 Greenhall Master Cruise owned by Clasing Equestrian-Training @jaxmax13 and Milo Diamond-Preliminary (awesome job!!) And one little 💩-Et Cetera (of course our homebred 😂) It was also rewarding to see former sales horses bringing in super results! Congratulations to @meghan_odonoghue_eventing and Rapid Romero winning their training division and @robyn.e.weaver and Broadway Act finishing third in their training division! And as always thanks to @kmays93 for keeping this traveling circus on the road and all the organizers at Seneca for holding a fantastic event.

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Bromont Adds FEI Level Offerings to Fall Calendar

Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

For those still seeking an FEI event for the fall, Bromont has added an international event to its calendar for October 3-4, 2020. Located in Quebec, the event hopes to also play host to any international riders who may want to venture north for the offered CCI2*S, CCI3*S, CCI4*S divisions. An Open Training division will also be run in conjunction with the FEI levels. Entries are now open through September 25.

While travel restrictions between the U.S. and Canada are slated to continue for now, the organizers at Bromont hope to establish protocol for competitors coming from the States.

“The MARS Equestrian Bromont CCI Organizing Committee is working with the Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec to include international participants as part of this competition,” the event description states. “The COVID-19 mitigation plan has been built for inclusion of international participants with a modified quarantine process, and is being reviewed by the governments for approval. Notification will be given to international riders once approval has been granted. This event will run regardless of whether international participants are eligible to attend with a modified quarantine process.”

We were sad to see the spring CCI at Bromont canceled this year due to COVID-19 and look forward to seeing who will contest this new addition next month.

Go Eventing.

Fab Freebie: Win a Pair of Amerigo’s New Safety Stirrups

Image courtesy of World Equestrian Brands.

It’s high time for a fresh new Fab Freebie giveaway! And we’ve got a great one for you this week. Amerigo, a brand distributed by our friends at World Equestrian Brands, has just released a new Safety Stirrup in a rainbow of color options.

Image courtesy of World Equestrian Brands.

Design, quality materials, and skillful manufacture come together to create the new Amerigo Safety Stirrup, which features a safety release in the event of an accident. The stirrup also features classy black tread with grip and a scratch-proof finish while the main body, made of Ergal, is lightweight and stronger than an aluminum alloy.

Now you don’t have to choose between style expression and safety! If you’re chomping at the bit to get your hands on a pair, we’re giving you a chance to win your own this week. To enter, simply use the Rafflecopter below. We will announce the winner in Friday’s News & Notes, so enter before midnight on Friday, September 11 to be considered. Good luck!

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