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Andrew Hoy has sadly reported the passing of one of his well-known partners, Master Monarch, this week. Andrew paid tribute to Master Monarch on social media, touching on many of the incredible moments they shared together:

“Master Monarch, owned by Tom Attwood, passed away at the wonderful age of 29 today.

He has been an incredible horse and we have enjoyed many fabulous events & successes together, with 2006 certainly being the ‘standout year’ in our partnership:

We started the season on winning the CCI4* (now CCI5*-L) at Kentucky / USA [Kentucky Three Day Event] and then won Bronze with the Australian Team at the [CHIO Aachen] World Equestrian Games later that year.

Our journey took us around many of the major events and alongside top 3 placings at both Badminton and Burghley he also won the World Cup Event in Fontainebleau and Marbach.

I am so very thankful to his owner for giving me the chance to ride such a wonderful horse and for the very special times we had together.
So many beautiful memories.

Rest in peace, my friend.”

National Holiday: April Fool’s, which almost seems cruel at this point. However, April Fool’s is one of EN’s most revered holidays. In honor of this day, here’s a look at a story that I had a lot of fun writing a few years back.

What’s the story behind the medals U.S. Eventing has collected? Take a deep dive into the history books, starting with the 1912 Olympic Games in Stockholm, and learn about each medal won through the years by the American team. [History of U.S. Eventing Medals]

Need resources to navigate the coronavirus pandemic? US Equestrian maintains a robust guide and resource list for equine professionals and riders affected by the outbreak. Keep this page bookmarked. [US Equestrian Coronavirus Resources]

Maryland 5 Star Competition Director Mary Coldren certainly knows her way around a three-day event. A huge supporter of the sport through her work at Fair Hill International and elsewhere, Mary was recently featured in the Maryland Sports Commission newsletter as a recognition of her ongoing efforts. [Women In Sports: Mary Coldren]

Badminton Horse Trials Director Jane Tuckwell is no stranger to cancellations. Faced with the coronavirus pandemic and the forced cancellation of this year’s Badminton, Jane reflects on the difficult decision that comes at no small cost to anyone involved. [Director’s Blog: Jane Tuckwell]

Wednesday Video: Since this week would be The Fork week, let’s relive 2019 with Doug Payne and Quantum Leap in the CCI4*-S.

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Canceled/Postponed Events: Virginia H.T., Groton House Farm H.T., Intercollegiate Eventing Championships

Two more events have announced cancellations or postponements today due to conditions surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. Both Virginia Horse Trials and Groton House Farms will not run their previously scheduled events:

Virginia Horse Trials (May 21-24, 2020 in Lexington, VA):

Following an order issued by Governor of Virginia declaring a ban on all gatherings of 10 or more people and stay-at-home orders, Virginia Horse Trials has announced the postponement of its May horse trials, scheduled to run May 21-24. The event will now look to move the event to July, if possible. The organizing team issued the following statement:

Following the Executive Order of the Governor of Virginia yesterday banning gatherings of greater than 10 people until 10th June 2020, and in the best interests of everyone’s health and safety, it is with great regret we have to announce that we will not be able to run Virginia Horse Trials on 21-24th May 2020.

It is our intention to work with USEF, FEI and Virginia Horse Center to find a new date in July if possible to run the event. It is likely that it will run during the week as we have so many events already running at the weekends however we will be as flexible as possible in finding a solution.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for your support and I hope that during these unknown times everyone stays safe,” said VHT Organizer Andy Bowles. “We look forward to seeing you once we get through this.”

Groton House Farms Horse Trials (June 6 and June 21 in South Hamilton, MS):

The situation with the Coronavirus definitely seems to be escalating and will not be over soon. This leads to the clear, yet disappointing reality that after 40+ years GHF 2020 will not be able to run this year. This will also include the Spring Two-phase and the Summer Classic.
We can now focus on getting through this crisis and looking forward to GHF 2021 with renewed energy and enthusiasm !
Stay well everyone!
Intercollegiate Eventing Championships (May 16-17 at Chattahoochee Hills in Fairburn, GA):
The USEA has announced the cancellation of its Intercollegiate Eventing Championships, which were scheduled to be held May 16-17 alongside Chattahoochee Hills Horse Trials. At this time, Chattahoochee Hills’ May event is still scheduled to run.

The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is disappointed to announce that due to COVID-19, the 2020 USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships on May 16-17 at Chattahoochee Hills Horse Trials are canceled.

“I am so very sorry for the students, especially the seniors, who have been looking forward to the Championships. They have worked incredibly hard all year to train and fundraise, but in the interest of a level playing field, I believe this is the right decision. I urge our students now to remember the spirit of the intercollegiate program and show their utmost camaraderie and friendship during this difficult time for our sport, our community, and our world. We will come back from this better than ever,” said the USEA Intercollegiate Committee Chair Leslie Threlkeld.

 To stay abreast of the most recent updates to the equestrian competition schedule during the coronavirus pandemic, follow this continuously updated post.

Equestrian Canada Suspends Sanctioned Events Through June 1

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In its most recent update during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Equestrian Canada has announced that it will continue to suspend sanctioned events through June 1, 2020. Any competitions that are run during this time period will not serve as points accumulators or qualifiers, nor will riders achieve any ranking movement as a result of competing.

“All EC sanctioned competitions are suspended until June 1, 2020. For competitions that do run, there will be no accumulation of points, scores, qualification or rankings towards any EC awards program or team selection, and there will be no posting of results starting March 16, 2020. EC will continue to monitor the state of the pandemic and asses the need for further extensions to the suspension timeline.

EC also strongly recommends that equestrians refrain from participating in or attending competition during this time.”

This continued suspension follows other precautionary measures taken by Equestrian Canada, including the cancellation of all meetings and programs. The federation has also encouraged Canadians outside of the country to return home with the horses in order to avoid border closures and other complications; many Canadian riders, however, permanently base in the U.S. and other parts of the world.

[Equestrian Canada Statement on Coronavirus (COVID-19)]

Today is the Final Day to Apply for the 2020 Wilton Fair International Grant

Woodge Fulton and Captain Jack. Photo by Nico Morgan Media.

Developing international talent continues to be a top priority for the eventing community, and it was the vision of David and Cheryl Lenaburg that brought the Wilton Fair Grant to life. A donation of $1,000,000 was made, earmarked for grants to be given out each year to riders who have not yet ridden for a senior team.

Owners of Wilton Fair for David O’Connor, the Lenaburgs watched as David’s then-blooming career flourished — he would go on to partner with “Wilbur” to win Rolex Kentucky in 1990, among numerous other career highlights. Truly, opportunity presented often opens the doors to change a rider’s life. And so, Wilton Fair’s legacy lives on, the grant born as a way to continue providing those opportunities to deserving and talented riders.

Today (March 30) is the final day to apply for the 2020 Wilton Fair International Grant. In order to apply, riders must meet the following criteria:

  • The Wilton Fair International Grant is available to U.S. citizens through the year of their 27th birthday.
  • Riders must not have ridden on an international senior team.
  • Applications are invited from riders competing successfully at the CCI4* level and above.
  • Applicants must be willing and able to apprentice with an approved rider/trainer in Europe within 12 months of receiving the grant.
  • Riders who have already trained overseas for an extended period of time are ineligible.
  • Must submit a Declaration of Interest by March 30.

If awarded, the Wilton Fair International Grant must be used to offset training, travel, living, and stabling costs. Ongoing reports on progress and how the grant is being used will also be required from the recipient.

The Declaration of Interest is the first step in the application process, which is followed by interviews should the applicant be moved forward. The decision will be made by the USEA Foundation along with recommendations from the United States Equestrian Emerging Athletes Group.

Best of luck to all applicants!

[USEA: Now Accepting Applications for the 2020 Wilton Fair International Grant]

Canceled/Postponed Events: The Event at Skyline, Poplar Place, Coconino

Three more USEA recognized events will join the list of competitions affected by the coronavirus, COVID-19, pandemic. US Equestrian recently extended its competition suspension recommendations through May 3, and the remainder of the spring and summer still remains very much in question. Here are the most recent events who have released statements regarding their status:

The Event at Skyline (May 1-3, 2020 in Mount Pleasant, Utah) – canceled

In accordance with the most recent statement issued by the United States Eventing Association, Skyline Eventing is canceling our Spring Horse Trial on May 1-3. A Skyline committee member will be reaching out to all that have entered and paid entry fees. Entry fees will be fully refundable, or any fees paid can be used towards cross-country schooling, future shows, etc.

We are currently working with both Area IX and the USEA for flexibility on additional dates for both recognized and unrecognized showing opportunities. Please stay tuned to Skyline’s Facebook and Instagram pages for any updates. Also, our cross-country course is currently open for schooling at $35 per horse. We ask that anyone who chooses to school at this time uses their best judgement.

Thank you all for your continued support!

Poplar Place Farm May H.T. (May 2-3, 2020 in Hamilton, GA) – canceled

Coconino Spring H.T. (May 24-25, 2020 in Flagstaff, AZ) – postponed, tentatively rescheduled for September 12-13, 2020)

To view an continuously updated list of competitions, both eventing and otherwise, affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, click here.

2021 Dates Announced for Tokyo Olympics Postponement

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After the announcement that the 2020 Summer Olympics would be postponed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, new dates in 2021 have been announced. The Olympics, still to be held in Tokyo, will now commence on July 23, 2021 and close on August 8, 2021, nearly exactly one year after their originally scheduled dates of July 24, 2020 through August 9, 2020. The Paralympics will follow suit, running from August 24, 2021 through September 5, 2021.

This announcement comes after IOC President Thomas Bach, Tokyo 2020 President Mori Yoshirō, Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko and Olympic and Paralympic Minister Hashimoto Seiko came to a mutual agreement on the best path forward for the Games.

“The new dates, exactly one year after those originally planned for 2020 also have the added benefit that any disruption that the postponement will cause to the international sports calendar can be kept to a minimum,” the IOC said in a statement. “Additionally, they will provide sufficient time to finish the qualification process. The same heat mitigation measures as planned for 2020 will be implemented.”

The decision of new dates now allows athletes and their federations to move forward with a training plan. With any hope, the uncertainty that has surrounded the Olympic sports and the qualifying schedule that leads up to the Games can now be put to rest and we can set our eyes on what is shaping up to be an unexpectedly action-packed 2021.

 

FEI Grooms Rally to Campaign for Groom Representation at Events

Courtney Carson puts the finishing touches on Vandiver with Doug Payne. Photo by Abby Powell.

As a groom, sending your horse out of the start box on cross country day is all at once one of the best and one of the worst feelings in the world. You’ve spent countless hours by this horse’s side, caring for their every need and losing sleep over their routine, lest they fall off of it and suffer a drop in performance as a result. When that horse gallops out of the start box, the groom’s heart goes with it.

When Doug Payne and Vandiver came to grief at the Malting’s Oxers, a question that wreaked havoc on the field at Burghley last fall, head groom Courtney Carson found herself in the vet box area, lost with zero information on how to find her way to her horse and rider, the status of whom was also unknown.

You can hear the frustration at the memory seeping back up as Courtney recounts the tale of frantically looking for a modicum of guidance as to how to attend to the fallen horse and rider. There were no updates on whether or not there were injuries, and there was no information on how Courtney was to find the pair if they were in fact able to walk back to the barns. By the time Courtney was able to get the information she needed, she had to sprint back to the barns to meet Doug and “Quinn,” who were luckily no worse for the wear.

“That year at Burghley, there were a ton of horse falls, and yet back in the vet area we were given no information on the status of our horses and riders,” Courtney recalled. “Not only was it frustrating not to have the information, it’s also unsafe. What if the horse had gotten loose? Not just anyone could manage to get a five-star fit horse safely off the course and back to the barn.”

The experience left a bad taste in Courtney’s mouth, and it was far from the sole occasion that something of this nature had happened.

Tom McEwen, Figaro van het Broekxhof, and groom Lucy Seddon. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

As a groom, you are tasked with the exceptional care of the horses in your charge. In many cases, grooms act as the rider’s right hand, helping them manage their time at shows and ensuring that every “i” is dotted and every “t” is crossed when the pressure is on.

And yet, grooms receive exactly zero representation in the majority of environments surrounding equestrian sports. No groom representative at shows. No organization dedicated to groom support. No recognition or accreditation through any governing bodies or federations.

So Courtney started thinking: How can events provide the best avenue of support for the hardworking grooms that, in the current state of affairs, often receive the least amount of help? Her short term answer came in the form of a Groom Liaison at, to start, FEI events.

“I talked to Marilyn Payne about the idea, and she suggested that I write a proposal that she could take to the FEI for discussion,” Courtney said. “So I wrote up the specifics of a Groom Liaison and what all this position would cover. I think it’s a great starting point for getting more support for grooms.”

You may have seen a survey floating about last month soliciting input from competition grooms. Many of the questions focused on the concept of a liaison or representative at shows. Early sentiments around the idea are positive, Courtney says, and had the spring eventing schedule not seen massive cancellations there would have been test runs of this position at Carolina International the The Fork. Now, these plans will move forward once the competition schedule is back in tact.

Super groom Emma Ford and Mighty Nice. Photo by Jenni Autry.

The Groom Liaison would attend rider meetings, meet with the Technical Delegate, and lead a groom’s meeting prior to competition to over important information. “Even just things such as where to find ice, where you can hand walk, and where to meet your rider if something goes wrong — these are all things that we need to know,” Courtney explained. “With group messages and WhatsApp, there is no reason why we can’t all be in communication and working together at each event.”

At the Ocala Jockey Club’s international event in the fall, Courtney and organizer Shelley Page did an initial test run. “I ran a quick groom meeting with Max (Corcoran), and about 12 grooms showed up,” Courtney said. “The next day, the start of dressage was delayed and the organizer sent me the text so I could start alerting people in the barns. It worked great — no one got on too early, there were no complaints, everyone was communicating.”

It’s encouraging progress for Courtney, who just wants to see more grooms getting the proper communication and information that they need to do their jobs well. Together with the British Grooms Association, which distributed the aforementioned survey, Courtney is continuing to work with event organizers and other grooms to determine the best course of action going forward.

Grooming is a tough life, and it’s not the best choice for everyone. Courtney has a vision for a better world for the industry – a job that’s easy to love but in many cases is not sustainable. The lack of proper training, advancement opportunities, and balance are things that make it difficult to attract more professional grooms.

“In this country, it’s such a rat race because there is not a lot of money behind it so unfortunately it means the riders work insanely long hours. Everyone has too many horses and not enough time and the people who are good at it do what three people should be doing,” she said. “How do you sell that to someone?”

By implementing better conditions and an organization that truly supports and nurtures grooms, Courtney sees a light at the end of the tunnel. A former upper level rider herself, Courtney gave up riding to work just as hard, just for another rider’s dreams. It’s tough, she says, but it’s work that she loves. And she wants others to love it, too. Just in a more healthy way.

Thursday Video from FLAIR: Isolation Olympics?

When life gives you lemons, sometimes you just need to get creative to entertain yourself. At least that’s what British hockey player Sam Ward did when faced with a sudden and large amount of free time.

Sam decided to take one for the team and create some entertaining content for us, and in the wake of the postponement of the 2020 Summer Olympics, we could all use a bit of fun. The “Isolation Olympics” were born, in which Sam tackles various Olympic sports…in the comfort of his living room. And you guessed it: he decided to throw some “riding” into the mix.

As voted for by our Twitter followers, here’s Sam Ward’s latest #IsolationOlympics video… 🤣🤣Honestly, we have no words 🤷‍♂️🙈

Posted by Great Britain Hockey on Sunday, March 22, 2020

Here are a few other of Sam’s attempts:

Thanks for the laughs, Sam! If you ever want to try out this Olympic sport for real, for real…you know who to call.

Tattersalls International H.T. is Canceled

Tattersalls International Horse Trials, scheduled for May 27-31, 2020, will not run this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a press release sent out this morning:

Following on from the Government’s increasing COVID-19 public health restrictions we are sorry to announce that it is no longer possible to stage the Tattersalls International Horse Trials in any capacity between 27 and 31 May 2020.

These are extraordinary and demanding times for everyone and the health and safety of all those that attend and are involved with Tattersalls remains our overriding priority. Please be assured that the Tattersalls International Horse Trials operates a refund policy and we will be in contact in due course with more information on how these will be processed accordingly.

This decision has not been taken lightly and we are conscious at all times of our dual responsibility to the requirements of the many stakeholders involved in the Tattersalls International Horse Trials and the wider public health issues which have overtaken normal daily life throughout the world.

Tattersalls International Horse Trials would like to take this opportunity to thank and wish all of our regular participants, sponsors, exhibitors, supporters and volunteers well through this challenging time.

The Event Team is now operating remotely. Please therefore direct all further enquiries via e-mail to:

Event Coordinator: [email protected]
Event Director: [email protected]
Event Secretary: [email protected]
Tickets/Village: [email protected]

We will continue to provide the most recent updates on event postponements and cancellations. Please reference this list for the most current updates to horse shows and events around the world.

Hope Springs Eternal: A Glimpse at Maryland CCI5* Updates on Cross Country

Photo via Major League Eventing on Facebook.

While the fate of summer and fall eventing hangs very much in flux right now due to the coronavirus pandemic, we still hold onto a pinky full of hope that we’ll yet see the first running of the new Maryland CCI5* at Fair Hill in Elkton, Md. The event, scheduled for October 15-18, currently stands alone as the only North American five-star to run in 2020, should things return to some semblance of normalcy in time.

In the meantime, Rob and Karen Bowersox of Major League Eventing went out for a spin around the developing cross country track, designed by Ian Stark and built by Eric Bull/ETB Construction, treated us to a glimpse at the latest updates:

Top secret spy photos of the new Maryland 5* at Fair Hill! After walking this course the terrain will be a great test…

Posted by Major League Eventing on Sunday, March 22, 2020

The terrain will undoubtedly play a hefty role for riders on course:

A little glimpse of how the undulating terrain at Fair Hill will test the competition and will surely make the Maryland…

Posted by Major League Eventing on Sunday, March 22, 2020

The USEA’s Jessica Duffy recently sat down with Ian Stark to discuss the development of the track, which will contain plenty of “rider frightener” fences (this quote should give you a hint: “To put it bluntly – frighten the **** out of the riders and make it safe for the horses”).

Take a look at some other recent development and construction updates from Fair Hill:

It was a beautiful day in Fair Hill to wander about, checking out the new Maryland 5 Star cross country features built…

Posted by Fair Hill International on Saturday, February 22, 2020

Awesome aerial photos taken THIS MORNING by Steve Horah!!

Posted by Maryland 5 Star on Friday, January 31, 2020

Organizers have released a statement informing followers that, as of now, plans continue full steam ahead for the inaugural event with full precautions being taken in the meantime. We hope to see you all in Maryland this fall!

From the Archives: Ballynoe Castle RM, Training Level Packer

While we’re experiencing the downtime that is the forced cancellation of the foreseeable show season, we here at EN want to help keep you entertained. With that in mind, we’ll be republishing some of our most popular stories in the coming weeks. Do you have a favorite story from EN? Tip us by emailing [email protected] so we can add it to our list.

Team Reggie! Buck Davidson, Kathleen Murray, Cassie and Carl Segal. Photo via Kathleen Murray.

This post was originally published on January 31, 2017.

Buck Davidson’s head groom of many years, Kathleen Murray, has had the ride of a lifetime with Ballynoe Castle RM. The USEA’s all-time leading points earner and the holder of countless eventing accolades, “Reggie” is a fan favorite and a much loved pet at BDJ Eventing.

Because of the dedication Kathleen showed to the Irish Sport Horse gelding throughout his career, both Buck and owners Carl and Cassie Segal thought it fitting to say “thank you” by giving her the ride on Reggie this winter.

Kathleen and Reggie’s first competition together came this past weekend at Rocking Horse Winter I, where they competed in the Training Rider division. Leading through the first two phases, Kathleen’s watch unfortunately failed to start when she left the box on cross country, causing her to pick up some time penalties. Nonetheless, it was a great weekend (and a weird role reversal!) for the whole BDJ camp who came to cheer this pair on.

Like a pro! Photo courtesy of John Clarke.

Like a pro! Photo courtesy of John Clarke.

“I was pretty nervous,” Kathleen recalled. “But I also feel like I know Reggie so well that even though I haven’t ridden him as much, aside from trotting and hacking, I could know what to expect. As soon as he goes in that ring, he knows his job. I think the work in our test was probably better than anything at home — at home, he just trots around like a pony!”

In a twilight zone worthy role reversal, it was Buck who stepped up to pick up the grooming backpack for Kathleen this weekend, even coming to the show early on dressage day to take Reggie for one of his “nature walks” that Kathleen always did before dressage for Buck.

Put (my studs in), Coach! Photo via Kathleen Murray.

Put (my studs in), Coach! Photo via Kathleen Murray.

“He took it very seriously,” Kathleen laughed. “We have a lot of different things we do, and he nailed all of them. He even put my studs in for me and got my horse ready for cross country. For dressage, he knew exactly who was in front of me and what ring I was in, so I think he had been studying the program.”

On cross country, Kathleen said Reggie came out of the box like he was going Advanced. “He definitely thought we were going Advanced, but once we got over the first jump you could feel him say, ‘Oh, OK. Training level. Got it,'” she said. “Unfortunately, my watch never started and because we’d started off quick, by the time I realized my watch hadn’t started I thought maybe I would come in too fast so I slowed down.”

The BDJ crew follows Kathleen and Reggie on cross country. Photo courtesy of John Clarke.

The BDJ crew follows Kathleen and Reggie on cross country. Photo courtesy of John Clarke.

Regardless of the time penalties, Kathleen still came off the course with a big smile on her face — and she gets to do it all over again at the Ocala Horse Properties Horse Trials next month. Once the winter season comes to a close, it’s time for the grand finale: the test ride at Rolex Kentucky. How has that practice been going?

“Well, we’ve been focusing more on the Training level frame,” Kathleen said. “Obviously, the CCI4* test is much different, but we will definitely be practicing it.”

Kathleen and Reggie would also go on to ride the test ride at Kentucky that spring, the same weekend Reggie was honored with a formal retirement ceremony. Reggie now enjoys his full retirement with occasional nature walks and is looking forward to the release of his very own inspired Breyer model

Safety Matters: Four More EquiRatings Stats You Can Calculate

Michael Jung and La Biosthetique Sam. Photo by Nico Morgan Photography.

Earlier this month, EquiRatings began posting a series of metrics that each rider can calculate for themselves. By making these data points easy to understand and calculate, the idea is to use the information to encourage rider responsibility and safety.

We started with the 6 Run Average, which is used to calculate a horse and rider’s average dressage performance as a benchmark.

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This week, we'll be introducing each of our five DIY metrics that you can put to work for yourself. It's our philosophy that in order to manage improvement, you must measure progress, starting with where you are now. We've developed, honed, and challenged this set of five metrics to help YOU take ownership of your journey and confidently manage your progress, regardless of whether you’re a grassroots rider or aiming for Olympic gold. We start with the 6RA. You've heard us talk about this metric before and it's become the first tool in our set. Check out our stories to see #SleepingSam tell you all about it. #equiratings #eventing #simplemetrics #6RA @ingridklimke @sapsports @julia_krajewski @michaeljungofficialnews @olivertownendofficial @andrewsmcconnon

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Let’s move on to the jumping phases and some metrics you can tabulate using your competition record. Take a moment to click through each slide on the Instagram posts embedded below for a deeper dive:

Cross Country Jumping: XCJ10

This metric is once again quite simple, intended to put hard numbers in front of us. The XCJ10 is a gauge of your clear jumping rate. EquiRatings has identified a sample size of 10 as a more accurate data set from which to pull your jumping rate.

To calculate your XCJ10, take a look at your last 10 cross country rounds (or use whatever you have on your record, if less than 10). Add up the number of rounds you finished with no jumping penalties, and convert that number to a percentage by multiplying it by 100. If you’ve jumped 10 cross country rounds with no jumping penalties, your XCJ10 score is 100%.

Cross Country Time: True Speed Rating (TSR)

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Day 3 of Simple Metrics week and we’re evaluating cross country time. The True Speed Rating (TSR) captures your speed across the country. We know riders don’t push for the time on every run, for tactical and training reasons, and this metric takes that into account. Know this number to gain valuable clarity on how you’re consistently performing against the clock, stay keen to inefficiencies, and track improvement. Get started with your TSR – it’s simple, tested, AND informative – but, once again, check out our stories to hear #SleepingSam dig a little deeper into analyzing your speed. (And don’t worry, we’ll be saving this week’s content, including the videos, as a story highlight.) #equiratings #eventing #simplemetrics #TSR

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Now let’s talk about time and speed on cross country. Educating riders on riding safely at increased speeds is a crucial step in an eventer’s education. Developing a “feel” for speed will help riders understand better how to efficiently manage the clock and ride smartly, not just mach 5.

The EquiRatings True Speed Rating (TSR) is designed to track your performance against the clock and track improvements in speed as well as efficiency. For this measurement, you’ll want to look at your best six times from your last 10 runs. Add up the time penalties from those six runs, then divide that number by six. A lower number is better here.

Let’s say a horse collects 4, .4, 2.8, 6, 4.4, and 3.2 time penalties in its last six fastest rounds. These numbers give that horse a TSR of 3.5. By calculating your TSR periodically, you can track trends in your riding and make adjustments accordingly.

Show Jumping: SJ6

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Day 4 of Simple Metrics week and we’ve arrived at the show jumping phase. The SJ6 measures your show jumping performance by averaging your recent jumping penalties. Like the 6RA, it sounds especially simple and that’s because we’ve worked to keep it that way without compromising accuracy. Find out where you are with this number now. Then, as you train and gain experience, track this metric over time to evaluate the results of your efforts. Take hold of the SJ6 to get a strong start and then watch our stories to hear #SleepingSam explain how we expand on this metric to capture variance in course difficulty. (And yes, we’ll be saving this week’s content, including the videos, as a story highlight so you can always check back.) #equiratings #eventing #simplemetrics #SJ6

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Next, we move on to show jumping metrics. This is a similar metric to the 6RA, taking the average of jumping penalties over your last six rounds. Once again, six is designated as an ideal sample size so that accuracy is not compromised. To measure your SJ6, add up the number of jumping penalties you’ve accumulated in your last six runs, and divide by six. Similar to the other metrics, your SJ6 can be tracked to monitor trends in your riding and performance.

Overall Performance: OBP6

Last but not least, we end with an all-encompassing metric that gauges horses’ and riders’ overall capability and performance. The Opponents Beaten Percentage (OBP6) measures your performance by stacking it against that of the opponents you’ve bested. Once again, this measure will look at your previous six runs. If you’ve got less than six, just use what you do have (the recommended minimum from EquiRatings is three).

To calculate your OBP6, add up the total of opponents that you placed higher than in your last six runs in which you started cross country. Divide this total by six, then multiply by 100 for a percentage, to get a clearer picture of your OBP6.

For more data focused content such as this, be sure to follow EquiRatings here.

Thursday Video from FLAIR: Neville’s Back, Back Again

Back in January, a post popped up on my social media feed from Boyd Martin. A familiar chestnut horse was pictured with a beaming rider — but it was that bold white face of Neville Bardos that caught my eye. We’ve never forgotten about the horse who stole our hearts and who will always have a special spot in Boyd’s.

The king (Bardos) is back out of retirement for one more hoorah with new pilot Shelby Fromm

Posted by Boyd Martin on Thursday, January 9, 2020

Now, Neville has found a new pilot to rock around the lower levels right in Shelby Fromm. Shelby was kind enough to post her helmet cam video, and we’re thrilled to see Neville out enjoying himself at Pine Top. Thanks for sharing the ride, Shelby!

Fun fact: We spotted another of Boyd’s former upper level rides, Pancho Villa, in the Senior Training Rider A with Eric Sampson. Both Neville Bardos and Pancho Villa placed third in their respective divisions, and we hear that Boyd was ringside offering words of encouragement and a bit of running commentary!

USEF Eventing Department: Latest Updates on COVID-19 Monitoring

US Equestrian and other national governing bodies continue to monitor the spread and effects of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. In the latest update letter, US Equestrian outlines its ongoing initiatives concerning competitions and equestrian sport as a whole. Read below for the latest on Tokyo as well as championships such as the North American Youth Championships (NAYC):

“With eventing facing numerous competition cancellations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our top priority remains the safety and welfare of all involved in the sport. The USEF and USEA understand the urgency to stabilize the calendar for all levels, the importance of relaunching the sport at the right time and the need to address the cancellation of Olympic selection trials. Please join me in thanking the 100+ USEF and USEA committee members who have participated in emergency meetings over the past week to develop viable solutions. We are in the process of finalizing an action plan to address areas of impact across the sport and will communicate this information publicly as soon as possible. As we continue to adapt to new developments occurring on a daily basis, we sincerely appreciate your patience.

The USEF Eventing Department will send updates via email to communicate directly to our members. Please email Taylor Rea at [email protected] to be added to the eventing distribution list. All COVID-19 news, updates and information relating specifically to eventing will be posted directly to the USEF Eventing Homepage (Scroll to the bottom of the page to access links). Please check the Eventing News & Updates page daily for updates. The USEF has also launched a USEF General COVID-19 Resource Center and High Performance COVID-19 Resource Center, which will include updates from the USOPC and FEI, as well as USEF medical staff.

Tokyo 2020: The IOC remains fully committed to holding the Olympics. Following the cancellation of the two remaining U.S. selection trials, the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Selection Procedures are currently under review and will be amended. Once the updates to the Selection Procedures are approved, the updates will be posted on the Tokyo 2020 page and distributed via email and social media.

Calendar & Competitions: All competitions that cancelled will have the opportunity to request to reschedule their date. We are working closely with the USEA and USEF Competitions and Licensing Departments to develop a timeline and process to submit bids and develop an amended calendar. The timeline, deadlines and process to submit requested date changes will be announced as soon as possible. Check the U.S. FEI Eventing Competitions page for updates on FEI eventing competitions. Check the USEA Calendar for updates on National competitions. Questions about the calendar and rescheduling competitions can be directed to Shealagh Costello at [email protected].

NAYC: Following the cancellation of competitions to qualify for the North American Youth Championships, the NAYC Selection Procedures are currently under review. Any changes to the NAYC Selection Procedures will be distributed via email and social media. Area Coordinators will communicate regular updates to athletes seeking to qualify for NAYC. All questions pertaining to NAYC can be directed to Christina Vaughn at [email protected]ef.org.

The USEF Eventing Department is working from home through Friday, March 27 and continuing to provide all usual services and support to our members. Our office phones are forwarded to our mobile phones during this time, so please continue to use the phone numbers below to reach us. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions, comments or concerns. Our top priority remains the safety and welfare of our athletes, members, staff and their families.”

For more information and to stay abreast of the latest news from USEF Eventing, use the below links:

USEF Eventing Homepage
USEF Eventing News & Updates
Coronavirus Resources and Updates
COVID-19 High Performance Resource Center

Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: Three CANTER Cuties

If nothing else, right now is as good a time as ever for some good old-fashioned virtual window shopping. Despite orders to stay at home, many of us are passing the time by taking our horse shopping online. We’re also beginning to see some inklings of tracks that may be forced to vacate or otherwise suspend operations in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. This means more horses in need of second chances.

Thankfully, plenty of resources for would-be OTTB shoppers exist online, and we’re perusing the CANTER listings for this week’s window shopping wishlist. Which OTTB would you prefer to see in your stable? Here’s one CANTER cutie from each region the nonprofit operates in for your perusal:

CANTER California: Strongman

This big and strong colt is all class, with excellent breeding and nice solid bone structure. Strongman is a 2016 model standing 16.2-17 hands high and was unplaced in his three starts — lightly raced to boot! Strongman is available through CANTER California, and you can view a video of his movement here.

Photo via CANTER Chicago.

CANTER Chicago: Blackhawk Warrior

Hockey fans and war horse fans, assemble! This handsome fellow is an ultra-war horse with 60 starts to his name. The 11 year old gelding is in fact still owned by his breeder, who is now seeking a suitable second home for him as he finally shows signs of wanting to step away from racing. Blackhawk Warrior is said to be retiring sound.

CANTER Pennsylvania: Semaya

There’s a lot of athletic potential in this 4 year old mare, Semaya, who stands at 15.2. This girl is said to be retiring sound, as she’s just seemed to show lessening interest in racing competitively. A.P. Indy appears on the sire side of Semaya’s pedigree, for any fans who are searching for their next horse. You can view a movement video of this classy mare here.

Jersey Fresh Will Postpone 2020 International Event

The COVID-19 shockwaves continue with the announcement that Jersey Fresh International will postpone its upcoming event, scheduled to be held May 6-10, 2020 in Allentown, NJ. The organizers released the following statement this evening:

“Due to the latest updates and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), State of New Jersey and Local Officials, it is with great sadness and frustration that the Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event (JFI) will suspend competition scheduled for May 6-10 at the Horse Park of New Jersey due to the COVID-19 Virus.

The JFI Organizing Committee, along with the International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI), United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and United States Eventing Association (USEA), will be looking for a future date to run JFI 2020, as soon as Federal, state and local authorities deem it safe to do so.

It is our commitment to reschedule JFI 2020 – if we are able, to help our Competitors gain qualifications for future international competitions. In the meantime, the JFI Organizing Committee and the Horse Park of New Jersey wish everyone in the Eventing community good health and a speedy end to this challenging time.”

Jersey Fresh now joins the long and growing list of horse shows and other sporting events that have been forced to postpone or cancel altogether, including the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event. You can find the latest updates to that list here.

Twin Rivers Ranch to Postpone April FEI Event

Beautiful Twin Rivers Ranch. Photo courtesy of Twin Rivers Ranch.

More news of the COVID-19 ripple effect continues to hammer the eventing community, and Twin Rivers Ranch is the latest to make a statement regarding changes to its schedule. Long has the West coast waited to add another CCI4*-L event to its calendar, and the excitement surrounding the inaugural CCI4*-L at Twin Rivers in Paso Robles, Ca. has been palpable.

Now in light of the most recent updates and recommendations in managing the spread of COVID-19, Twin Rivers has stated that it is in the process of postponing its April FEI and national event to, pending final approval, June 4-7:

“Since the statements from FEI and USEF on March 13 and USEA on March 14 regarding COVID-19, Twin Rivers CCI & HT is currently working through the process of postponing our event to June 4-7. We are awaiting final approval from FEI, USEF and USEA. We would offer the same levels as before, Advanced-Beg. Novice nationally and international levels of CCI4*L, CCI3*L, CCI2*L, CCI4*S, CCI3*S. We are offering two options to our competitors: you can ask for a refund less the office fee or you can have your entry remain for this postponed date. Please email Christina at [email protected] with your entry requests.

We are also cancelling the Fundraiser Combined Test on April 4-5, refunds less the office fee will be issued.

We are actively trying to do what is best for the health and safety of our competitors, staff, officials and volunteers at this point. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you and look forward to seeing you in June or another future event at Twin Rivers.

The Baxters & Staff”

We will continue to provide the latest updates on event schedules and/or cancellations — and you can find a rolling list of events and shows affected by the virus in this post.

As an additional piece of food for thought, it’s important to remember that event organizers are working tirelessly to come up with the best, most plausible solution for their show. Cancelling or even postponing a show has massive and potentially devastating effects for all involved, and there is no better time for us to stick together as a community and remember what matters the most. Thank you to all organizers, volunteers, officials, and everyone else involved with rolling with these punches!

Nupafeed Weekend Winners: Ocala, Pine Top, MeadowCreek Park

I can’t quite believe that this is to be my last Weekend Winners post for…the foreseeable future. Just when things should be the perfect amount of chaotic here at EN, we’re entering into an unprecedented period of downtime instead. Never fear, though, as we’ll have plenty of content coming your way to help you keep your sanity. In the meantime, let’s celebrate our final weekend of winners. Until next time, y’all!

This weekend’s lowest score award goes to Liz Halliday Sharp and Shanroe Cooley, who won their Open Training division on a finishing score of 20.5. Liz Halliday Sharp ended her abbreviated spring season on a high note, winning four divisions at Ocala II Winter Horse Trials at Florida Horse Park.

Ocala Winter II H.T. [Website] [Results]

Advanced CT: Liz Halliday Sharp and Fernhill By Night (27.9)
Advanced/Intermediate: Liz Halliday Sharp and Cooley Quicksilver (29.3)
Intermediate Horse: Liz Halliday Sharp and Cooley Stormwater (27.4)
Intermediate Rider: Kimberly Be’gin and Ballinagore Rock Quality (51.6)
Open Intermediate: Hannah Sue Burnett and Lukeswell (35.1)
Open Intermediate Jackpot: Buck Davidson and Copper Beach (33.0)
Open Preliminary: Joe Meyer and Kindred Spirit II (28.4)
Open Preliminary Friday A: Kelly Prather and Catch Me Cooley (23.9)
Open Preliminary Friday B: Alex Green Kerby and Maximum Fernhill (20.8)
Open Preliminary Jackpot: Leslie Law and MTH Shannondale Khaleesi (24.6)
Preliminary Horse: Jennie Brannigan and Amazing Anthem (32.6)
Preliminary Rider A: Makayla Rydzik and Fluorescent Adolescent (35.9)
Preliminary Rider B: Kiersten Miller and Mama Mia (25.2)
Modified A: Lauren Yeagy and Bacardi III (29.5)
Modified B: Kendal Lehari and Iron Lorde (26.7)
Modified C: Emily Coulter and Artibella (27.8)
Open Modified Jackpot: Leslie Law and Shirsheen Ice (29.8)
Jr. Training Rider: Emeline Gilbert and Herr Winzig (21.2)
Open Training A: Mia Farley and VC Caalif Elmy (24.3)
Open Training B: Hannah Sue Burnett and Leo Distinction (31.4)
Open Training Friday: Liz Halliday Sharp and Shanroe Cooley (20.5)
Open Training Jackpot: Mia Farley and Northern Victory (21.7)
Sr. Training Rider: Rebecca Puglisi and Rosie’s Little Miss Liberty (33.6)
Training Horse A: Kurt Martin and Miss Peny Lane (28.6)
Training Horse B: Beth Murphy and Jimba (25.5)
Training Horse C: Maxine Preston and Wants To Be Cooley (25.7)
Jr. Novice Rider: Olivia Iskra and Princeton Pride (31.0)
Novice Horse A: Alex Green Kerby and J-Truman (30.5)
Novice Horse B: Lee Maher and Redfield Escape (23.3)
Novice Horse C: Megan Edwards and The Immigrant (22.6)
Open Novice A: Jane Musselman and Engapore (21.9)
Open Novice B: Jennie Brannigan and FE Subiaco (22.9)
Open Novice Jackpot: Lillian Dobat (22.4)
Sr. Novice Rider A: Alyssa Cairo and Paddington (24.5)
Sr. Novice Rider B: Erin Walker and Rock On Cooley (31.7)
Jr. Beginner Novice Rider: Ella Marinucci and Close Watch (35.9)
Open Beginner Novice: Michelle Mercier and Tullibards Chance Taken (24.7)
Open Beginner Novice Jackpot: Savannah Fulton and Cash Point (22.5)
Sr. Beginner Novice Rider: Robin Barr and Tout Fini (22.5)

Pine Top Spring H.T. [Website] [Results]

Open Intermediate: Boyd Martin and On Cue (35.4)
Open Intermediate B: Daniel Clasing and Greek Empire (32.2)
Open Intermediate C: Nicole Parkin and Lander (38.3)
Open Preliminary A: Ashley Adams and Charly (27.8)
Open Preliminary B: Elizabeth Bortuzzo and Royal Archie (26.1)
Preliminary Rider A: Laura Douglas and Sophia Fab (34.6)
Preliminary Rider B: Meghan Marinovich Burdick and London ROF (40.1)
Jr. Training Rider: Sophia Kager and Little Miss (39.7)
Open Training A: Ryan Wood and Ben Nevis (29.3)
Open Training B: Boyd Martin and Penhill Celtic (27.6)
Open Training C: Lillian Heard and Cooley Greystones (26.2)
Preliminary/Training: Daruish Keyhani and B.E. Cruiseland (36.1)
Sr. Training Rider A: Will Englehardt and WEC Emperor of Hope (45.3)
Sr. Training Rider B: Lyndsay Poole and Celtic Forte (39.7)
Jr. Novice Rider: Avery Grantham and BeauJeste (30.5)
Open Novice A: Matt Brown and Sunsprite’s Huatulco (22.8)
Open Novice B: Matt Brown and RH Independence (24.8)
Sr. Novice Rider A: Stephanie Counts and Emillion To One (35.7)
Sr. Novice Rider B: Caroline Gregory and Forever June (31.9)
Training/Novice: Isabel Brunker and Allia (30.5)
Jr. Beginner Novice Rider: Emma Potts and Boomtown II (30.8)
Open Beginner Novice: Jennifer A. Scherrens and RME Brave (33.6)
Sr. Beginner Novice Rider: Chacea Sundman and Blew By You (31.4)

MeadowCreek Park H.T. [Website] [Results]

Open Preliminary: Chloe Johnson and I Spy HX (30.5)
Open Training: Amanda Merritt and Flat Gone (33.4)
Preliminary/Training: Carson Crowel and Levity (27.7)
Training Rider: Julianna Pohoski and Lil Jet Setter (30.9)
Jr. Novice Rider: Avery Daigle and Fernhill Fierce (27.1)
Open Novice: Christine McCarter and Glenlord’s Laralie (27.9)
Sr. Novice Rider: Debra Dealcuaz and Fernhill Flyer (32.4)
Jr. Beginner Novice Rider: Avery Wagner and Shamrock Sherman (36.5)
Open Beginner Novice: Brittany Caflisch and When Stars Align (29.0)
Sr. Beginner Novice Rider: Casey Locklear and FLS Major Bounce (31.3)
Starter: Kaetlyn Perkins and Blye Eyce (34.2)

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Pan American Gold Medal Winner Absolute Liberty Passes Away at 17

Buck Davidson and Absolute Liberty, photo by Bill Olson

We are saddened to report that former Buck Davidson ride Absolute Liberty, owned by Sharon Will, has passed away at the age of 17. Buck posted a statement on his Facebook page explaining that “Libby” was struggling with “medical issues that could no longer be maintained to keep her comfortable”.

It is with great sadness that I share that Absolute Liberty had to be put down the other day due to some medical issues…

Posted by Buck Davidson Eventing on Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Absolute Liberty was an Oldenburg mare (Chestnut Lady x Aberjack) who was partnered with Buck for the entirety of her international career. Buck and Libby represented the U.S. on the 2011 Pan American Games team in Guadalajara, Mexico, bringing home an individual bronze and a team gold medal.

The team here at EN extends its condolences to the Will family, the Davidson team, and everyone who knew and loved Absolute Liberty.

Volunteer Nation: 3 Events That Need Helpers This Weekend

Another perk of volunteering? Photo ops like this. Photo via Kristina M. on Facebook.

There are three recognized events happening all around Eventing Nation this weekend, and although we face some uncertain times with the effects of the coronavirus COVID-19 felt all over the world, we will continue to provide updates on the events that are running.

If you’ve been considering volunteering but are nervous about doing a task for the first time, that’s OK! The USEA has put together a helpful guide that collects training video links into one place for all potential volunteers. This information can come in handy as you gear up for your shift. And don’t worry about trying something new! That’s one of the best parts about volunteering — the opportunities are endless.

Here are the events seeking volunteer help this weekend:

Event: Pine Top Spring HT
Dates: Friday, March 13 through Sunday, March 15
Address: 1432 Augusta Hwy, Thomson, GA, 30824
Position(s) Available: XC Jump Judge, Dressage Bit Check, SJ Jump Crew, SJ Scribe

Event: MeadowCreek Park Spring Social Event
Dates: Friday, March 13 through Sunday, March 15
Address: 1342 Hwy. 14 , Kosse, TX, 76653
Position(s) Available: Event Prep – General, General Announcer, Parking Steward, Dressage Bit Check, Dressage Score Runner, Dressage Warm-up, Floater, SJ Jump Crew, SJ Warm-up, XC Finish Timer, XC Jump Judge, XC Warm-up

Event: Ocala Winter II HT
Dates: Today through Sunday, March 15
Address: 11008 S Highway 475, Ocala, FL, 34480
Position(s) Available: XC Decorator, Dressage Score Runner, SJ In Gate, XC Finish Timer, XC Jump Judge, XC Score Runner, Dressage Check-in, XC Warm-up, SJ Score Runner, SJ Scribe

Events Coming Up Next Week:

Majestic Oaks Recognized HT (FL)
Poplar Place Farm March HT (GA)
Carolina International CCI (NC)
MDHT Starter Horse Trial (MD)

Audrie Stanka and Zach Brandt to Host Monthly Fundraising Clinics for Frangible Fences

Photo courtesy of Audrie Stanka.

The day took a devastating turn on Saturday, March 7 at Rocking Horse Stables in Altoona, FL. After a tragic accident took the lives of both Katharine Morel and her mare, Kerry On, the eventing community was spurred to action. A fundraiser supporting the installation of frangible technology on every cross country course has gained momentum thanks to the power of social media.

Audrie Stanka and Zach Brandt were competing at Rocking Horse the weekend of the accident. After Audrie watched one of her best friends gallop out of the start box after the accident, she knew she needed to do something, anything, to help.

“I’m guilty of this too, but every time something terrible happens, it seems that it gets talked about for a few days, and then nothing,” Audrie said. “I wanted to do more than that, so I started thinking of a way we could help raise money for frangible fences.”

The resulting project is a monthly fundraising clinic, slated to be held at Sweet Dixie South in Ocala, will kick off on Saturday, March 21 and is currently accepting participants. Both Audrie as well as Zach are offering dressage, show jumping, and cross country lessons at all levels for a donation of $40 for a lesson with Audrie and $60 for a lesson with Zach. All participants need to do is show proof of donation to the Frangible Fence Fund, as 100% of the proceeds from these clinics will be donated directly to this initiative.

Our #FRANGIBLEFENCEFUND clinic Sweet Dixie South in March 21 has a handful of spots left! Come for a really fun,…

Posted by Audrie Stanka on Monday, March 9, 2020

“I’m not a super top rider, and I don’t have a ton of money I can donate, but what I do have a lot of is time,” Audrie explained. “And this felt like a way to keep this topic fresh in our minds. With this clinic, you can learn to ride safer and more effectively while also supporting safety in the sport. This needs to stay a part of our conversation.”

Audrie and Zach have high hopes for the clinic, which may expand to having different clinicians if there is enough interest and demand. There are still spots open for the first clinic on March 21. To sign up or obtain more information, you can contact Audrie Stanka directly on Facebook or through the Zachary Brandt Eventing page.

Do you have a creative fundraiser for the Frangible Fence Fund? Share it with us by emailing [email protected].

In Memory of Patrick ‘Packy’ McGaughan

The USEA is very sad to share the news of Packy McGaughan’s sudden passing.

Posted by United States Eventing Association, Inc. (USEA) on Thursday, March 12, 2020

We are greatly saddened to report the sudden passage of Patrick “Packy” McGaughan, who passed away in his sleep at age 56. Well known and widely respected for not only his accomplishments in the saddle but also for his coaching and analysis of the sport, Packy was a stalwart presence in our community.

Packy McGaughan was a member of the gold medal winning U.S. eventing team at the 1987 Pan American Games in Indiana, where he also finished third individually aboard Tanzer. Packy’s contributions to the sport as a rider, a mentor, a coach, and many other roles will continue to have a lasting impact on future generations of event riders. He will leave a large hole, and our condolences are with his family and friends during this time.

[Patrick G. McGuaghan: 1963-2020]

Thursday Videos from FLAIR: Two More Badminton Throwbacks

Michael Jung and La Biosthetique Sam FBW. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

The Badminton Horse Trials social media team has been treating us to some throwback videos of past winners on cross country. If you missed the recent release of William Fox-Pitt and Chilli Morning’s winning round, click here to watch it.

Andrew Nicholson and Nereo. Photo by Nico Morgan Media.

This week, we have two more winner’s rounds for you to relive from the archives: Michael Jung’s 2016 win with La Biosthetique Sam as well as Andrew Nicholson’s win in 2017 aboard Nereo. These two legends of the sport will most certainly never be replaced, and it’s a privilege to have seen rides such as these during these two incredible horses’ careers. Enjoy!

Looking back: Andrew Nicholson gets his much deserved Badminton title 2017

This week our Wednesday lunchtime video treat is the 2017 winner's cross country round – a brilliant round featuring an all-star commentary team to boot! Partnered with Nereo, Andrew Nicholson finally won his first #BadmintonHorseTrials title after 36 attempts. What a performance it was and made for a truly memorable Badminton.If you want to come and witness the incredible atmosphere of Badminton for yourself this year, make sure you buy your tickets before our Early Bird Discount ends at the end of March. You can book online now via: bit.ly/BHT_tickets2020

Posted by Badminton Horse Trials on Monday, March 9, 2020

Looking back: Michael Jung makes Badminton history in 2016

Last week we shared William Fox-Pitt Eventing's fantastic 2015 cross country performance with Chilli Morning.Today's Wednesday lunchtime treat is a return to German rider Michael Jung's 2016 storming cross country round with La Biosthetique-Sam FBW.They went on to jump a superb clear in the final Show Jumping phase to not only secure the Badminton trophy, but also the ROLEX Gram Slam – the most valuable prize in Eventing – for consecutively winning Burghley, Kentucky and then Badminton Horse Trials. Not only is it wonderful to watch 'Michi' and Sam's breathtaking round but it is lovely to hear the wonderful voice of our much missed friend, Mike Tucker.

Posted by Badminton Horse Trials on Wednesday, February 26, 2020