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About Sally Spickard

Sally Spickard is a Korean adoptee living in San Diego, California. Sally joined the Eventing Nation team in 2013 and has subsequently written for Noelle Floyd, Heels Down Mag, and other publications both in and out of the equestrian world. Sally is an eventing fan through and through and enjoys telling the stories of riders who are not well-represented within equestrian media.

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Tilly Berendt’s Luhmühlen Diaries Earn Finalist Recognition at American Horse Publications Equine Media Awards

No, seriously. You cannot underestimate the importance of the schnacks, nor the sunny positivity of this cool horse. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

We are proud to be American Horse Publications members, and earlier this year we learned that Tilly Berendt’s Luhmühlen Tour Diaries series had been named as a finalist it the Equine-related Editorial Series division. The series placed third overall, receiving commendation for its humor, charm, and conversational qualities.

Fancy a look back through the Tour Diaries? See below! Want to see a new edition this year? Let us know which event you’d like a Tour Diaries series from!

A full list of AHP Award winners for 2022 can be found here — congratulations to all!

The Luhmühlen Tour Diaries, Part One: The Long, Hard Road out of Plague Island

The Luhmühlen Tour Diaries, Part Two: The One With the Border Police Kerfuffle

The Luhmühlen Tour Diaries, Part Three: The BeNeLux Sausagefest

The Luhmühlen Tour Diaries, Part Four: A Heartbreaking Tale of Unrequited Love

The Luhmühlen Tour Diaries, Part Five: In Which the Price is Right

The Luhmühlen Tour Diaries, Part Six: Two Girls, One Five-Star

The Luhmühlen Tour Diaries, Part Seven: In Which We Lead a Five-Star

The Luhmühlen Tour Diaries, Part Eight: That Time We Won a Five-Star

Wednesday News & Notes from Haygain

Happy Wednesday! A few more positive-feeling missives from Ukraine to start the day off…

There is still help very much needed, however, and you can always learn more on how to do so on the Ukrainian Equestrian Federation Charity Foundation website here.

U.S. Weekend Preview

Chattahoochee Hills H.T. / USEA Intercollegiate Championships (Fairburn, Ga.): [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Scoring] [Volunteer]

Fair Hill International H.T. (Elkton, Md.): [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Scoring] [Volunteer]

Hunt Club Farms H.T. (Berryville, Va.): [Website] [Entries] [Scoring] [Volunteer]

Otter Creek Spring H.T. (Wheeler, Wi.): [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Spring Gulch H.T. (Littleton, Co.): [Website] [Entries/Ride Times] [Scoring] [Volunteer]

Wednesday News & Reading

We’re excited to be attending the USEA Intercollegiate Championships, happening at Bouckaert Farm / Chattahoochee Hills in Georgia this weekend. Shelby Allen will be on site for EN all weekend, so keep an eye out here for more. In the meantime, you can get all the must-know info here.

It was a summer to remember for Ever So Sweet scholarship recipient Sierra Lesny. Relive it with her in this wrap-up blog looking back on her time spent in Florida training with Sara Kozumplik.

Lauren Sprieser might be one of my favorite bloggers, as her writing offers a frank view at life as a pro rider with a good dose of humor added for good measure. Her latest blog is a tale of buying a horse sight unseen during the pandemic. As we all know, it’s not an experience for everyone, but in this case — with some smart thinking — it worked out quite well. Read the story here.

The Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse competition will make its return alongside the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, happening September 1-4 for the first time in three years. This exciting showcase of exceptional young horses has undergone a few updates this year, including an increase in prize money, format tweaks, and addition of judges such as Capt. Mark Phillips and new CEO for British Eventing, Helen West. Read up on the updates here.

Allergy season is upon us and somehow it seems this is my year to remember how incredibly fun they can be. Horses suffer from them too, so it’s good to keep up on what can be done to mitigate them. More from Haygain here.

Natalia Neneman went from desert camping to 4* eventing, and she’s managed to do these things while maintaining a busy coaching business, too. She’s the latest guest on the Major League Eventing podcast and you can listen here.

Watch This on H&C+:

All events carried on the H&C+ live stream can always be found on replay shortly after they are live. Here’s a clip from Chatsworth International last weekend, and winner of the 2*-S with the, in all likelihood, aptly named Brookfield Future News:


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Wednesday Video Break: Anyone familiar with riding babies/spooky horses/horses can probably relate to this one…

Copper Meadows Will No Longer Host Recognized Event

Photo via Copper Meadows Eventing on Facebook.

Some sad news out of Area VI and Ramona, Ca. as the Hoffos family has announce that it will no longer run recognized events at Copper Meadows. A staple training, schooling, and competition facility in southern California, Copper Meadows had hosted recognized eventing up through the Advanced/4* level for over 20 years. The venue hosted its first event in 2000.

“It is with sadness but also a bit of relief that we have decided to cancel the Copper Meadows recognized horse trials indefinitely,” Taren Hoffos told the USEA. “Our team has enjoyed serving the Eventing community for over 20 years: thank you to the riders who supported us for so many years! Unfortunately the cost of running these events has proved to be unsustainable, and we need to do what is best for our facility and for our family. We will continue to offer schooling, clinics, and unrecognized events, and will of course see all our wonderful friends at other Area VI Events.”

Copper Meadows has been a family affair for Carolyn, Robin and Taren Hoffos. Carolyn, a San Diego-area native who grew up riding and dreaming of one day owning her own competition and training facility, shared the horse bug with Taren, who would later grow up to run Copper’s training program while also maintaining her own string of competition horses. After the purchase of the Copper Meadows property in 1999, it was all business for the Hoffos family: at their first event, it was Robin in the announcer’s booth, Taren on concessions, brother Drew Hoffos on the water truck.

From that point on, Copper Meadows hosted yearly recognized events and also grew its unrecognized and educational opportunities to the point where it’s now one of the most popular schooling events in the area. Never fear, local riders: the Sun Series and Look B4 You Leap clinics are here to stay, as are multiple other clinic opportunities and other events at Copper Meadows.

Thank you to the Hoffos family and the crew at Copper Meadows for all the dedication, hard work, and incredible memories. We’d love it — and we know the Copper Meadows family would love it that much more — if you’d share some of your favorite memories from over the years — post them in the comments and/or on social media! Enjoy a few photos we’ve collected in past seasons:

Remembering the Life and Legacy of Kim Meier

The team here at EN was deeply saddened to learn of beloved eventer Kim Meier’s passing earlier this month. We were honored to make Kim’s acquaintance and were lucky that she shared some of her countless stories with us. We’ll be sharing some of these stories each day this week in tribute. Do you have a memory or story about Kim to share? Please send it to us at [email protected].

Kim Meier and Test Run at Rolex. Photo courtesy of Kim Meier.

From the word go, Kim was a horse girl through and through, sitting astride her first horse as a young girl and quickly picking up lessons and competing as she grew. Her mother enrolled her at the toughest Pony Club she could find: GMHA in Vermont, where she would eventually begin working with Denny Emerson. Kim would go on to be, among many other things, a successful eventer whose career spanned from 1969 to 2007.

She favored producing and competing her own homebreds, making six Advanced horses from the ground up — four of them were bred by her, five of them were first broken by her, and all of them began their careers with her.

In 2004, Kim competed at what was then known as the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event as a first-timer with the homebred Test Run (she had also bred Test Run’s sire, Test Pilot, and dam, Iron Gal, in addition to the dams of both parents), where she finished tenth, won the Bank One Trophy as top owner/rider, and Best Conditioned to boot.

“Merle and I had never been more in sync,” Kim wrote about the experience. “We didn’t argue about left-hand turns, I didn’t pick (maybe once early on) and if he saw an awkward question, the wheels upstairs just turned faster. It was a dream sequence, the kind you don’t want to end, but when it did you realized you were only two seconds over, so your dream had come true.”

Kim and “Merle” would also complete Burghley that same year, and had her sights set on Badminton to complete the trio of classic three-day events before the gelding came up with an injury in 2005.

A freak riding accident in 2007 left Kim paralyzed from the C5 vertebrae down. After the accident, her love for the horse never wavered, and she remained and friend and student of the sport for the rest of her days.

“Needless to say we weren’t at Rolex, but a year later I did ride him again, with someone behind me holding my limp body up,” Kim wrote in 2016. “He didn’t care if we were galloping down to the Head of the Lake or if we just walked around the indoor for 15 minutes. He was always there for me, and this time he came back to help me feel alive again.”

Take a deeper dive into the life of Kim Meier in this profile from the USEA in 2008.

Luhmühlen Entry List Preview: 38 5* Entries Feature a WEG Champion, Tokyo Olympians, Former Winners

Jonelle Price and Faerie Dianimo, winners at Luhmühlen in 2018. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Hot off of two back-to-back 5* events in April and May, our attentions now turn to Germany, where the Longines Luhmühlen Horse Trials are set to commence on June 16. Entries for both the 5* as well as the 4*-S also hosted at Luhmühlen that serve as German Championships have been released this morning, featuring representatives from both Canada as well as the U.S. and a slew of world champions, Olympians, and former winners to boot.

Liz Halliday-Sharp and Cooley Quicksilver. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.

The North American contingent for Luhmühlen includes:

  • Matt Flynn and Kathleen & Patrick Flynn & Merry Go Round Farm’s Wizzerd, re-routing from Badminton
  • Liz Halliday-Sharp and The Monster Partnership’s Cooley Quicksilver
  • Lauren Nicholson and Ms. Jacqueline Mars’ Vermiculus
  • Karl Slezak and Kirk Hoppner’s and his own Fernhill Wishes, also re-routing from Badminton
  • Will Coleman will also compete with Hyperion Stud’s Chin Tonic HS in the 4*-S.

We know the family Price are big fans of Luhmühlen: Jonelle won here in 2018 with Faerie Dianimo, who will return to the event this year, and Tim has won this event twice, in 2014 with Wesko as well as in 2019 with Ascona M.

Tim Price and Vitali. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

The Prices return in 2022 with four rides between them: Jonelle returning with Faerie Dianimo and Tim entered with 2021 Pau winner Falco as well as two debuatant horses in Spartaco and Tokyo partner Vitali.

2018 World Champion Ros Canter, hot off a podium finish at Badminton with the stunning Lordships Graffalo, has entered the 13-year-old Pencos Crown Jewel, who was fourth at the “pop-up” 5* at Bicton in 2021.

We’ll see the return of Ireland’s Cathal Daniels with his pocket-rocket Olympic and WEG partner, Rioghan Rua in their first trip to Luhmühlen since 2019.

Sophie Leube takes a well-deserved victory in her second-ever CCI4*-L with Jadore Moi, at Boekelo in 2021. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Also highlighting this year’s entry list are a handful of 5* debutant riders, including:

  • Sophie Leube and BG Jadore Moi’s and her own Jadore Moi for Germany
  • Max Gordon and Richard Gordon’s Redwood Clover for Great Britain
  • Alex Donohoe and his own Guidam Roller for Ireland
  • Felicity Ward and James O’Callaghan’s Regal Bounty for Ireland

This will also be the first 5* event in five years for South African Olympian Victoria Scott-Legendre, who last competed at Luhmühlen in 2017 and finished 15th with Song du Magay. It will be a debut at the level for the 13-year-old Valtho des Peupliers, who traveled to Tokyo with Victoria in 2021.

Will Coleman and Chin Tonic HS. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Highlights of the the CCI4*-S Meßmer Trophy (German Championships) field include:

  • Will Coleman with Hyperion Stud’s Chin Tonic HS
  • German WEG champion Sandra Auffarth with Tokyo partner, Nikolaus Prinz von Croy’s Viamant du Matz
  • Kentucky winner Michael Jung and Anette Schmid and the Jung family’s Highlighter
  • Anna Siemer and Prof. Dr. Volker Steinkraus’ FRH Butts Avondale

“In just a few weeks we will be welcoming some of the best international horses and riders. We are very much looking forward to seeing these exceptional athletes shine again in front of an audience on a big stage,” Luhmühlen event director Julia Otto said.

We’ll be on site once more as the final spring/summer 5* kicks off beginning June 16. In the meantime, take a look at the full 5* entry list below. Full nominated entriess can be found here. The event will once more welcome spectators after running behind closed doors in 2021 — if you’re hankering for some travel and some German eventing action, click here to grab tickets.


NF Rider Horse Owner Division
Canada Slezak, Karl Ferhill Wishes Kirk Hoppner & rider CCI5*
Denmark Flarup, Peter Fascination Jan Juul & Rider CCI5*
France Astier, Nicolas Baladin de L’Ocean LA Etienne Grivot & Marielle Grivot Bize CCI5*
Germany Leube, Sophie Jadore Moi BG Jadore Moi & Rider CCI5*
Germany Schrade, Dirk Casino Freya Rethmeier CCI5*
Great Britain Canter, Rosalind Pencos Crown Jewel Kate James & Annie Makin CCI5*
Great Britain Chabert, Kirsty Classic VI John Johnston & Carole Somers CCI5*
Great Britain Cross, Philippa Scoop de Ferbet Tina Hayward, The Scoop Sydicate & Rider CCI5*
Great Britain Doel, David Dunges Don Perignon Alice & Tim Page CCI5*
Great Britain Doel, David Ferro Point Christine Lees CCI5*
Great Britain Dunn, Danielle Grandslam Anne Chapman & Rider CCI5*
Great Britain Gordon, Max Redwood Clover Richard Gordon CCI5*
Great Britain Hobday, Ben Shadow Man Jane Chambers, Stephen Hobday & Rider CCI5*
Great Britain McEwen, Tom Bob Chaplin Penny & Fred Barker CCI5*
Great Britain McEwen, Tom Braveheart Barbara Cooper CCI5*
Great Britain Roddy, Kylie Carden Earl Grey Madelaine White CCI5*
Great Britain Roddy, Kylie SRS Kan Do The Fox Family CCI5*
Great Britain Tattersall, Gemma Jalapeno Christopher Stone CCI5*
Great Britain Upton, Isabelle Cannavaro Rachel Upton CCI5*
Ireland Daniels, Cathal Leb Lias Jewel Jo Breheny CCI5*
Ireland Daniels, Cathal Rioghan Rua Margaret & Frank Kinsella CCI5*
Ireland Donohoe, Alex Guidam Roller Rider CCI5*
Ireland Ryan, Michael Barnahown Corn Hill Carol & Tom Henry CCI5*
Ireland Ryan, Michael TR Kaygraff Carol & Tom Henry CCI5*
Ireland Ward, Felicity Regal Bounty James O’Callaghan CCI5*
Lithunia Vitkauskas, Aistis Commander VG M.&B. Kloeve-Mogensen & Rider CCI5*
New Zealand Campbell, Jesse Diachello Kent Gardner & Rider CCI5*
New Zealand Philpott, Bundy Tresca NZPH Brian Philpott & Rider CCI5*
New Zealand Price, Jonelle Faerie Diamond Trisha Rickards, Jacky Green & Rider CCI5*
New Zealand Price, Tim Falco Sue Benson & Rider CCI5*
New Zealand Price, Tim Spartaco Rider CCI5*
New Zealand Price, Tim Vitali Alexander & Joseph Giannamore & Rider CCI5*
Republic South Africa Scott-Legendre, Victoria Valtho des Peupliers Rider CCI5*
Sweden Lindback, Niklas Focus Filiocus Tun Albertson CCI5*
Switzerland Vogg, Felix Colero Jürgen Vogg CCI5*
USA Flynn, Matthew Wizzerd Kathleen & Patrick Flynn & Merry Go Round Farm CCI5*
USA Halliday-Sharp, Elisabeth Cooley Quicksilver The Monster Partnership CCI5*
USA Nicholson, Lauren Vermiculus Jacqueline Badger Mars CCI5*

Longines Luhmühlen: [Website] [Nominated Entries] [Tickets] [EN’s Coverage]

Weekend Winners: 9 Events, 120 Winners

Whew, that was quite a weekend you all had! We’ve got a lot of winners to congratulate this week, including our Unofficial Low Score Award recipients Brooke Guarnera and Pocket Full of Sunshine, who won their Starter division at Winona H.T. in Ohio on a score of 19.4. Close second and lowest of recognized divisions this weekend was Olivia Putrino and Winsome Willow, winners of their Open Beginner Novice at Galway Downs on a score of 20.0. Nicely done!

Tryon International Spring Three-Day Event (Mill Spring, Nc.): [Website] [Scores] [EN’s Coverage]

CCI4*-L: Boyd Martin and Fedarman B (29.0)
CCI4*-S: Jacob Fletcher and Fabian (39.7)
CCI3*-L: Julie Wolfert and SSH Playboy (33.5)
CCI3*-S: Liz Halliday-Sharp and Shanroe Cooley (28.5)
CCI1*-S: Sinead Maynard and I-Quid J (28.1)

Galway Downs Spring H.T. (Temecula, Ca.): [Website] [Scores]

Open Intermediate: Gina Economou and Exclusive (51.0)
Open Preliminary: Emilee Libby and Toska (32.2)
Open Training: Megan McIver Sabo and Galliard’s Lancer (25.6)
Training Rider A: Laurei Murphy and Zuvenir (31.1)
Training Rider B: Jessica Jones and Jameson (30.3)
Jr. Novice Rider: Jillian Newman and Ada Mammas Affair (28.6)
Open Novice: Whitney Tucker Billeter and Redhawks Ambiance (26.5)
Sr. Novice Rider: Caitlin Mulvihill and Cabela (32.3)
Jr. Beginner Novice Rider: Brooke Kalaitzian and Puzzle Piece (30.6)
Open Beginner Novice: Olivia Putrino and Winsome Willow (20.0)
Sr. Beginner Novice Rider: Courtni Bonnello and That One Fine Day (26.8)
Starter: Skye Kahenjoo and Thermonuclear (27.7)

Hitching Post Farm H.T. (South Royalton, Vt.): [Website] [Scores]

Modified: Megan Tardiff and Vindakova (29.7)
Training: Barbara Fitch and Donte (28.1)
Novice 1: Janelle Day and Power Fixture (36.4)
Novice 2: Anneka Paelinck and Maleficent (34.4)
Novice 3: Julie Howard and Isn’t She Sweet (28.6)
Beginner Novice: Susan Kissel and Michabou Kt Jeanie Fred (30.0)

Majestic Oaks Ocala H.T. (Ocala, Fl.): [Website] [Scores]

Open Preliminary: Jennie Jarnstrom-Dennis and Splash Dance (32.6)
Preliminary Rider: Jesse Reagin and RCA Society Law (32.8)
Training Rider: Tanya Miller and Churros (29.7)
Open Training: Melissa Schielein and Little Indian Boy RSF (29.7)
Open Novice: Kelly Prather and Ballyneely Soldier (26.1)
Novice Rider: Penny Welsch and Mr. Poppers (24.7)
Open Beginner Novice: Cindy Rawson and Truly Stellar (27.9)
Beginner Novice Rider: Hannah Catsulis and Solo Mio Amor (30.0)
Starter Intro: Samantha Porter and Rosie (35.3)

Spokane Sport Horse Spring H.T. (Spokane, Wa.): [Website] [Scores]

Advanced/Intermediate: Nicole Aden and Truckee Bash (67.4)
Open Intermediate: Stephanie Cooper and Sketchy Past (48.6)
Open Preliminary A: Tommy Greengard and Leonardo Diterma (26.1)
Open Preliminary B: Nicole Aden and Illustrator (35.2)
Open Modified A: Devin Robel and Gilou (23.3)
Open Modified B: Madison Langerak and Normandy Kivalo (22.2)
Jr. Training: Greylin Booth and Extra Eager (33.2)
Open Training: Courtney Jade Benton and MJ Samba (29.2)
Training Amateur: Kylie Cemulini and Eddison (30.3)
Jr. Novice: Michaela Aulicino and Nottingham Hill (30.3)
Novice Amateur: Bobbie Smith-Ede and HS Cool River Jane (31.1)
Open Novice A: Meika Decher and Verily (28.9)
Open Novice B: Marc Grandia and Sunsprite Chiasso (29.7)
Beginner Novice Amateur A: Jordan Raska and JB Red in Rohm (35.0)
Beginner Novice Amateur B: Kimberly Johnson and Ascendance (29.1)
Jr. Beginner Novice: Evelynne Ockner and The Diceman (27.1)
Open Beginner Novice: Sarah George and Centerfield Linux (28.5)
Open Introductory A: Jessica Heidemann and Barracuda (28.3)
Open Introductory B: Amelia Linnemann and Remington Steele (29.5)
FEH 4 Year Old: Michelle Pestl and Tristan (79.6)
FEH 3 Year Old: Janice Maurer and Omari (79.0)
FEH 2 Year Old: Erin Storey and Prachtige Schat (77.6)
FEH Yearling: Katie Blanchard and Kleary’s Big Dreaming (77.1)
YEH 4 Year Old: Jordan Linstedt and LS Crown Royal (76.2)
YEH 5 Year Old: Emily Pestl-Dimmitt and Aventinus (73.6)

Texas Rose Horse Park H.T. (Tyler, Tx.): [Website] [Scores]

Advanced/Intermediate: Megan Sykes and Classic’s Mojah (46.2)
Intermediate/Preliminary: Laura Vello and English Rose (56.2)
Open Intermediate: Vienna Allport and DHI Zatopek B (54.9)
Open Preliminary: Nicole Hatley and BT Jump the Gun (40.6)
Preliminary Training: Chloe Johnson and Chilli Bean (34.7)
Jr. Training Rider: Kate Bell and Daphne AS (34.3)
Open Training: Megan Sykes and Spiro P (27.6)
Sr. Training Rider: Laura Sparks and Get Ready (24.1)
Jr. Novice Rider A: Willow Schwartz and Flashy Bandit (31.7)
Jr. Novice Rider B: Sarah Talcott and Phlying Phoenix (27.9)
Novice Horse: Anna Pierce and Dreamweaver (25.3)
Open Novice: Ellen Doughty-Hume and Don’t Split Tens (28.7)
Sr. Novice Rider: Emily Wilson and King Pony (30.0)
Jr. Beginner Novice Rider A: Carter Jackson and O-K Jaxx (29.1)
Jr. Beginner Novice Rider B: Caroline Ballotta and Abendgold (27.8)
Open Beginner Novice: Scottiann Evans and Chance Encounter (30.0)
Sr. Beginner Novice Rider A: Cate Engle and Chili Pepper (31.8)
Sr. Beginner Novice Rider B: Joan Cleveland and Parade in Brazil (31.6)
Starter A: Megan Correia-Bittner and Antonio Z (28.3)
Starter B: Melissa Rickman and Sammy’s Flashback (32.3)
Tadpole: Eliza Lane and No Hesitation (37.0)

Unionville May H.T. (Unionville, Pa.): [Website] [Scores]

Open Intermediate: Cassie Sanger and Fernhill Zoro (34.6)
Open Preliminary A: Kirsten Schuitema and One Sly Fox (34.7)
Open Preliminary B: Chris Talley and Rappahannock (23.7)
Preliminary Rider: Lauren Hoover and Atlanta VII (31.1)
Open Training: Mike Pendleton and Clarkes Sweet Music (25.8)
Training Rider A: Christa Schmidt and Monbeg Odyssey (30.3)
Training Rider B: Morgan Miller and Kira Rose (29.4)
Jr. Open Novice: Lainey Phillips and Global Excellencia Z (27.5)
Novice Rider: Bailey Yablonovitz and Fiddler’s Choice (34.8)
Open Novice: Jennie Brannigan and FE Flint (26.4)
Beginner Novice Rider: Jen Grant and Lavendel (22.7)
Jr. Open Beginner Novice: Kendal Fansier and Curioso (25.3)
Open Beginner Novice: Emilija Zygelyte and Carriage House Dirk (33.5)

WindRidge Farm Spring H.T. (Mooresboro, Nc.): [Website] [Scores]

Intermediate: Leila Cluff-Ryan and Grand Finale (46.2)
Preliminary: Kristi Foresman and Kingston Reuvekamp’s (57.0)
Preliminary CT: Jennarose Ortmeyer and Primrose (49.1)
Training A: Riley Elizabeth Lorenz and Cracker T (45.1)
Training B: Bonnie Mosser and Wilburn’s Angel (37.9)
Novice A: Asher Quinn and Miracle (39.4)
Novice B: Margret Stiles and Megnog (31.0)
Beginner Novice A: Jill Oliphant and Explorationist (34.1)
Beginner Novice B: Katelyn Thomas and Call Me Waylon (32.9)
Beginner Novice C: Cynthia Holbrook and Sweet Pea (32.1)
Beginner Novice CT: Shaina Gilger and Casanova (38.2)
Introductory A: Daniel Palmer and Buckeye Duke (36.9)
Introductory B: Sadler Smith and Jesse James (46.3)
Introductory CT: Georgia Arnall and Justine The Queen (40.3)
Starter A: Logan Harris and Marc MM (35.0)
Starter B: Helen Kaiser and JJH Gallatin (39.3)
Starter C: Teddy Basl and B.E. Isabella (37.9)
Starter CT: Jennarose Ortmeyer and Marvel’s Project Pegasus (29.3)

Winona H.T. (Hanoverton, Oh.): [Website] [Scores]

Preliminary: Brooke Burchianti and Ballaghmore Castle C (47.6)
Training: Kerry Varble and Happy Eloise (26.5)
Novice A: Nicole Zelenak and N’Pressive (26.9)
Novice B: Amy Burrows and Chant de Ciel (28.6)
Novice C: Madeline Bletzacker and Drummer Boy (25.0)
Beginner Novice A: Taylor Reis and Strong Royalty (24.1)
Beginner Novice B: Grace Ransom and Bright Prince (25.9)
Beginner Novice C: Jenny Smalley and MtStHelensSpirit (25.6)
Starter A: Cori Garcia and Lyric (21.3)
Starter B: Brooke Guarnera and Pocket Full of Sunshine (19.3)

Take a look around Instagram for our favorite #goeventing posts from a very busy weekend!

Nicola Wilson Remains in Stable Condition at Southmead Hospital ICU [UPDATED: May 15]

European Champions Nicola Wilson and JL Dublin. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

[UPDATE: May 15, 8:00 p.m. EST] Nicola Wilson’s team has shared the latest update on her condition on social media:

“An update on Nicola, she is still in the icu at Southmead Hospital in Bristol following her fall from JL Dublin at Badminton Horse Trials on Saturday 7th May.
Nic is still in intensive care, and is expected to remain there for the next week to ten days, before being moved to a spinal unit closer to home. She remains comfortable and in good spirits.

Dubs is happy and content, and is enjoying the sunshine and the spring grass.

Nic, Alastair and Mary would like to thank everyone at Southmead Hospital for the outstanding care and attention she is getting from the expert team there. They would also like to say how grateful they are for all of the messages of support they have had.”


British Eventing has reported the latest update on Nicola Wilson, who had a scary fall on cross country at Badminton with JL Dublin. The pair fell at fence 27, a boxy corner after the Mars M, and Nicola was taken to Southmead Hospital for observation following. JL Dublin was reported to be resting comfortably in his stable.

British Equestrian today released the following update on Nicola’s condition:

Nicola Wilson was taken to Southmead Hospital in Bristol following her fall from JL Dublin at Badminton Horse Trials on Saturday 7 May where she has received outstanding care and attention from the expert team.

Nicola is in intensive care and will be for the next week or so. She is able to breathe independently and is talking. She sustained no head injury.

There are several spinal fractures but these are all stable and will not require any surgical intervention but will be managed conservatively.

Other acute symptoms from the trauma are being managed in intensive care by the specialists at Southmead.

British Equestrian’s Athlete Health Lead Ashleigh Wallace and Chief Medical Officer Anna-Louise Mackinnon have been working with Nicola’s family and the team at Southmead to ensure all medical information is shared fully across the teams so that care and appropriate support is optimised.

Her horse, JL Dublin, owned by James & Jo Lambert and Deirdre Johnston, is now back at Nicola’s base in Yorkshire and will be monitored by the team but appears none the worse for his fall.

Nicola, her husband Alastair and mother Mary Tweddle would like to thank the team at Southmead for everything they have done so far. They feel incredibly supported by their eventing family and appreciate all the well wishes and messages received.

We will continue to provide updates on Nicola and wish her a safe and quick recovery — we’re so relieved to hear that she’s making progress and under supreme care.

Tales from Tryon: A Win for Annie, Rising Stars, and Triumphant Returns at Spring International

The 2022 spring season is effectively capped off after this weekend’s spring FEI event at Tryon International in Mill Spring, Nc. It’s been an intense period of back-to-back 5* events followed by Pratoni and Tryon this weekend, but it was a weekend full of storylines. Let’s dive right in!

Boyd Martin and Fedarman B take the top honors in the 4*-L. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.

Boyd Martin Wins Another for Annie

Boyd Martin was looking for confirmation that his and the Annie Goodwin Syndicate’s Fedarman B’s (Eurocommerce Washington – Paulien B, by Fedor) relationship was really coming along — and this weekend he got it, clinching the win in the 4*-L this weekend. He’s had a good feeling about “Bruno”, who is 12 this year, but it’s been an adjustment period after Boyd took over the ride last year. Beginning this season, particularly at the Grand-Prix Eventing at Bruce’s Field in March, Boyd says he’s felt the partnership begin to come along, and thanks to support from Annie family as well as a group of owners who came into support the syndicate he’ll continue to build for the future with one more feather in his cap.

“He was absolutely brilliant in all three phases,” Boyd said. “He impressed the heck out of me on cross country with his speed and his endurance and his bravery. And then to come out today and show jump like he did — I’m just blown away by the quality of him.”

This weekend was intended to be more on the focus of building and confirming, so the win — on the pair’s dressage mark of 29.0 — is icing on the cake. “This is, to be honest, a stepping stone event,” Boyd commented. “We’ve still got a little bit of building and improving to do, but I’m very excited and I think he’s going to be a superstar in the future.”

Colleen Loach celebrates a clear round with Vermont. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.

Colleen Loach On the Map for Team Canada

Canada’s Colleen Loach knew she could be competitive this weekend with Peter Barry’s Vermont (Van Helsing – Hauptstutbuch Hollywood, by Heraldik xx), one of the exciting 10-year-olds in her stable who’s in all likelihood got the attention of the Canadian selectors as they plan for this fall’s World Championships. “I was aiming to be top three,” Colleen said. “I knew if I could get competitive in the dressage and jump clear we’d be right up there.”

It was some warm-up tension that carried over into cross country that would ultimately end Colleen’s weekend early at Kentucky last month, but “Monty” was no worse for the wear, earning his second top-10 finish at the 4*-L level this weekend with a second place, also on his dressage mark of 29.3. Colleen’s also pleased with stablemate FE Golden Eye — she’s had both horses since they were four and has gotten much fulfillment out of producing them up the levels — who also produced a double clear show jumping round this afternoon.

Leslie Law and Lady Chatterley step up to the plate to finish third in the 4*-L. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.

A Class String for Leslie Law

Leslie Law is another with an exciting batch of horses that are gaining more confirmation at this level; Lesley Grant-Law, Jackie Brown and Steve Brown’s Lady Chatterley (Connor x Jucy) wound up third in her first 4*-L, adding nothing to her dressage score of 31.0.

“She’s been going very well so you obviously go in with high hopes, but it was her first four Long, and you never know how they might take to it,” Leslie explained. This mare, who is 11 this year, was originally ridden through 3* by Lesley Grant-Law, but some inconsistent results prompted her to tap her husband to try out the ride. “Lesley thought maybe she needed a stronger ride,” Leslie explained. “I took over the ride at that point and quite honestly I was still getting inconsistent results. I would either do rather well or I wouldn’t finish.”

This encouraged Leslie and Lesley to take a closer look — was the mare acting out because of a physical issue? As it turned out, she was. “We had the vets check her out, and we found out that she was producing a large follicle which could be really painful,” Leslie continued. “We had the mare on Regumate and the vets suggested taking her off and letting her re-cycle naturally. We’ve never put her back on and since we’ve done that, the results started to get more and more consistent.”

Consistent, indeed: Lady Chatterley was the 2020 USEA Mare of the Year and was also the 2021 Intermediate Champion at American Eventing Championships. She’s rarely found outside of the top five, even as she’s stepped up to the Advanced level, and despite perhaps a lighter prep schedule than Leslie would have liked ahead of this weekend, the mare answered every question put in front of her with confidence.

Together with a class result from Voltaire de Tre (5th in the 4*-L) and Typically Fernhill (17th in the 4*-L with just a one-off of a drive-by on cross country yesterday), Lady Chatterley’s win is hard work paying off for Team Law, who typically tries to purchase horses as four- or five-year-olds and produce them on. It’s a proper system, but it’s always a bit of a gamble no matter which way you look at it. “We like to produce them and obviously some of them, they’re not all going to go all the way,” Leslie explained. “It’s very rewarding that what we’ve put together over the last few years is now really starting to come through and give us a great string of horses.”

Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to correct an error that named Banjo as a ride of Leslie Law’s (Leslie Lamb piloted Banjo to a fourth-place finish in the 3*-L!).

Mia Farley and BGS Firecracker return to the 4*-L level with a “crackin'” fourth plate finish. Mia also won this weekend’s Markham Trophy as top-placed young rider. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.

Patience Paying Off for Mia Farley

If there is one thing Mia Farley has learned since leaving California to join the O’Connor Event Team program four years ago, it’s patience.

Mia was on cloud nine in 2019, when she achieved a runner-up finish in her first 4*-L at Fair Hill aboard BGS Firecracker. But just when it seemed the sky was the limit, an injury (and a pandemic) put some of that progress on hold. The resulting gap between Advanced rides was a test for Mia, who describes herself as more competition-focused when she was younger.

“I know it doesn’t sound big but the biggest thing I’ve learned, and its huge for me, is patience,” Mia commented. “I’m competitive and impatient, so being away was really hard for me. And training horses, impatience is never a good thing.”

David O’Connor has been instrumental on shifting Mia’s philosophy away from so much focus on competition and more on producing for the long run. “To be honest, I’ve learned how to actually train horses — I’ve always just been worried about competing them. I didn’t look at the long term before, I always looked at things short term. And now I know patience, I know long term, I know to trust to the program, which has been really helpful with [Firecracker].”

It’s a goal she always reiterates any time we catch up: “I just want to be a good horsewoman, and I want to have my horses happy at the level and able to do this for a long time.”

Mia had a triumphant first 4*-L in three years, finishing fourth with BGS Firecracker with just that pesky last show jump down to end the weekend on a 35.4. She’s also enjoyed producing David’s Phelps, a 9-year-old off-track Thoroughbred, to his first 4*-L this weekend. Phelps came to Mia somewhat by accident, after Joanie Morris tipped David off that she had a line on a nice Thoroughbred that needed a new job. “We basically got him from Kentucky for a dollar,” Mia laughs. “And he’s just been that kind of horse that keeps stepping up the levels.”

Mia’s potentially eyeing a trip abroad later this year — perhaps a run at Blenheim in the 4*-L — but above all she’s grateful to have been able to get back to this level. “I learned a lot and grew a lot in my mind as a result [of the setbacks], and to come back after two years and actually have two horses going at the level has been incredible. I just want to keep them going and have them last for a long time.”

Jacob Fletcher and Fabian. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.

Jacob Fletcher Triumphs in 4*-S

Jacob Fletcher said he was a good bit nervous heading out on cross country yesterday in the 4*-S. Fabian (Up To Date – Ineke, by Beaujolais) has been with Jacob since 2019, but the pair has really not had a chance to get out and gain some mileage together since the now-12-year-old KWPN first came over from the UK. He was originally produced from his young horses days on through the 4* level by British rider Millie Dumas, ending his campaign with her in 2019 at Blenheim, where the pair finished 30th. After just a couple of runs with Jacob, Covid hit.

“Covid struck, so we just turned all of our horses out,” Jacob explained. In the field, Fabian picked up an injury, which meant it wouldn’t be until July of last year that they were able to pick back up.

“So we’re still a new partnership,” Jacob said. “I’m still really getting to know him, but he was super this weekend. I was nervous…I kind of just went cautiously for the first five or six, and he was really good so then I kind of went for it.”

Their efforts paid off, and they’ll take home the top honors in the 4*-S on a final score of 39.7. The goal was not to end the spring season with a 4*-L, this being the first major season the horse has done since his injury, so Jacob says he’ll likely aim for the 4*-L here at Tryon in November.

Julie Wolfert’s long hours in the truck traveling from her base in Kansas pay off with a win in the 3*-L with Team Pivot’s SSH Playboy. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.

Julie Wolfert Reps Area IV with 3*-L Win

Area IV’s Julie Wolfert is back with a bang — and what she calls a surprising win — this weekend with a top finish in the 3*-L with Team Pivot’s (Sheri Gurske and Renee Senter) SSH Playboy (Cit Cat – Stomeyford Black Pearl) after starting off in seventh place and working her way up. A double clear show jumping — “my last event I got eliminated in show jumping because I jumped a few extra jumps, so I was a bit more nervous than normal!” — sealed the deal, moving her up to the top on a score of 33.5.

Anyone hailing from an area less populated with events knows how much time spent in the truck is required to campaign at the upper levels. While juggling a full-scale training business in Kansas with prep for a little race this summer called the Mongol Derby, Julie now adds qualification-collecting to her busy schedule as her partnership with “Jaego” continues to build.

Nine years ago, Julie was climbing the ranks — and getting noticed — with her former Advanced horse, Buenos Aires. But when “Aires” passed away suddenly in 2014, Julie found herself in the midst of a struggle to find the next horse to potentially take her all the way. It’s something that frequently plagues talented up-and-coming riders without a ton of existing backing: the loss of their horse of a lifetime often leaves them in limbo. She’s had a few other horses come up through the Intermediate level to date, but for one reason or another they’ve not wound up being the ones to take her farther.

“Sheri and Renee are two really close friends of mine,” Julie explained. “I taught their daughters how to ride and they saw me struggling trying to find a horse to get back to the upper levels. So they approached me one day and said ‘we’ve seen you struggle and we want to help you’.” It was here that Team Pivot was born, uniting a group of people who wanted only to support a rider they believed in.

“She’s a part of our family,” Sheri Gurske explained. “It was so hard to see her struggling, and Renee and I and our husbands were in a position to say ‘you know what? We can do this’. We just wanted to launch her. And the hope is to build on this for her.”

“You have to do it because you love the sport and the horses — and it really helps if you love the person,” Renee Senter echoed. “This has definitely grown out of personal relationship — it is very non-traditional. Sheri and I both said all along that we have known she is an amazing rider — a phenom — and it was time for other people to see that too. All we did was launch her, she’ll do everything else on her own.”

Liz Halliday-Sharp Collects 3*-S Win with Bromont-Bound Shanroe Cooley

Liz Halliday-Sharp is using this weekend as set-up as she looks ahead to MARS Bromont next month, but in the process she collects a win in the 3*-S with the 7-year-old Irish Sport Horse Shanroe Cooley (Dallas VDL – Shanroe Sapphire), adding a bit of time (added primarily because a jump judge tried to hold Liz on course despite the fact she was first on course) to end on a 28.5.

“The horse is just an incredible horse,” Liz said. “He’s only seven and he made it feel so easy. It didn’t feel like he over-stretched himself — I opened him up on the hill at the end and he just said ‘how fast do you want me to go?’.”

This is the seventh FEI start for Shanroe Cooley and his fifth win — in fact, he’s never finished lower than third in his international career to date. “He just finished so well and inside himself,” Liz said. “There’s not many young horses that are like that. He’s just kind of a freak.”

Liz also finished sixth in the 3*-S with HHS Cooley Calmaria and third in the 4*-S with The Monster Partnership’s Cooley Moonshine. The Monster Partnership’s Cooley Be Cool also wrapped up his first 4*-L with a top 20 finish, though Liz feels he could’ve made the time on cross country had it not been for some, ahem, young horse educational moments that prompted her to bridge her reins and go a bit slower than originally intended. “He’s going to be a weapon for the future,” she described. “I just had to try and teach him not to beat his fist against his chest quite as much as he was. But I think he’s a real Burghley, Badminton horse, which is exciting.”

“It’s nice to win everything, but I came here with a plan,” Liz continued. “I think that’s what a lot of this is about is prep for the future.”


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Sinead Maynard’s Back with a Bang and a 1*-S Win

It’s a new partnership for Sinead and the 9-year-old Dutch gelding I-Quid J (Quirado – O Juliana-Imoo, by Come on), who was originally sourced by Dirk Schrade and began his U.S. career with Sharon White. Sinead purchased I-Quid just a few months ago, just before giving birth to her second baby, Violet.

“He’s just a lovely, lovely horse,” Sinead said. “He’s a fancy little guy, has tons of presence, and he seems like he really likes to compete. Sharon’s obviously done a wonderful job with him, and he was with Dirk Schrade before that, so he’s been really well-produced.”

Sinead calls herself a little rusty — baby Violet is only five weeks old, after all! — but “Squid” stepped up to the plate in all three phases. “I just felt a little rusty all weekend, but he was a champion.”

A technical elimination saw Sinead end her weekend early with another exciting young horse, Icytonic (a 7-year-old originally produced by Julia Krajewski), but she was able to sort out the line she missed on cross country in time for her ride on I-Quid (with some help from a kind official who took her back between rides to see the question she missed).

“Nothing like getting back to it,” Sinead laughed. “So I felt like it was a great weekend, I got what I needed to. I definitely made mistakes throughout, but I got to know the horses better and felt pretty optimistic about them moving forward.”

The spring season now wraps up for many of the combinations here, and we’ll next look ahead to the much-anticipated return of Bromont next month. You can catch up with more results from Tryon here, and as always many thanks to Shannon Brinkman for providing competition photos throughout the weekend.

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SAP Hale Bob OLD Sustains Tendon Injury at Pratoni del Vivaro

Germany’s Ingrid Klimke provided an update on her stalwart partner, SAP Hale Bob OLD, whom she pulled up while on cross country at the FEI Nations Cup/WEG test event CCIO4*-S at Pratoni del Vivaro yesterday.

“After a confident first half off-road, he injured a tendon on the stretch between the obstacles,” Ingrid wrote on her social media (translated from German). “I immediately noticed that something was wrong and immediately stopped the exam. Fortunately, Bobby is with our team vet Dr. Matthias Niederhofer is in the best of hands and will be taken care of and spoiled by us.”

Ingrid Klimke and SAP Hale Bob OLD. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

We’ll continue to monitor for further updates on “Bobby”, who is 18 this year but showed no signs of slowing down as he came back to competition this spring, picking up a win in the 4*-S at Oudkarspel last month. Ingrid and SAP Hale Bob have traveled to the Rio Olympics in 2016 (14th individually + team silver) as well as the 2018 World Equestrian Games at Tryon (individual bronze), adding to countless other accomplishments including a win at Pau in 2014, a second at Badminton in 2015, and a European Championship win at Luhmühlen in 2019.

Catch the NBC Recap of the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event Today!

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My post-Kentucky routine goes a little something like this: sleep for as long as possible, then re-watch the USEF Network live stream, then settle in for the hourlong NBC recap that follows two weeks after the event.

Yours is probably similar, I imagine, and today is the day! The NBC Land Rover Kentucky Highlight Program will air at 1:00 p.m. EST today on NBC, or if you’re a Peacock subscriber it’s available already. The show will be available on Peacock until June 14, and will also air on CNBC May 29 at 2:00 p.m. EST.

Want to relive Kentucky in its entirety? You can still enjoy the archived footage on demand over on USEF Network. If you don’t have access to USEF Network yet, you can use code LRK3DE22 to receive 50% off a Subscriber Membership.

A Weekend for the Young Guns: Doug Payne and Starr Witness Lead Tryon 4*-L

Doug Payne and Starr Witness. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.

Big picture is the name of the game for Doug Payne, who invariably seems to have a slew of horses stepping up the levels in succession; after the announcement of Vandiver’s retirement over Kentucky weekend, it was Quantum Leap who stepped up into the spotlight and earned the top American prize in the 5*. If Doug’s strategy continues to pay off, it might be Starr Witness who’s next to be tapped as the horse of the future. At the conclusion of dressage at Tryon’s May 4*-L, she’s found herself once more in command after earning a 24.9 from the judging panel of Robert Stevenson (USA), Katarzyna Konarska (POL), and Valerie Pride (USA).

You could hear the groans of dismay all the way from the rider’s tent in the vet box as Doug pitched over Starr Witness’ shoulders coming into the influential Park Question on cross country at Kentucky last month. It was primarily a fluke: the 11-year-old mare by Chello III VDL and owned in partnership with the Paynes as well as Laurie McRee and Catherine Winter just seemed to stop in mid-air over the rail into the coffin, and the landing side was steep enough to pitch both horse and rider off balance after the sudden loss of momentum. Neither was worse for the wear as the mare calmly grabbed a snack of bluegrass and Doug dusted off his britches, and at any rate, Kentucky was never the main goal for this spring.

“We came to be as competitive as we can,” Doug said of this weekend at Tryon. “She’s starting to get more and more consistent — just stronger and more confident and it’s super exciting.”

But this weekend is still a part of a bigger plan; Doug’s working backwards from the Pan American Games in Chile next year and, ultimately, the 2024 Olympics in Paris. This is a mare that only began eventing in 2018, having spent the first part of her career as a show hunter with Emil Spadone. And while didn’t exactly need to learn how to jump when her career path changed, she still needed to learn the tricks of the trade on cross country as well as establish a foundation of fitness — and it’s the latter that’s been Doug’s primary focus given her later start to the sport.

“She wouldn’t have as much blood a Quantum or Vandiver and wouldn’t have done any real galloping before the age of seven,” Doug pointed out. “So I do think the horses that, say, we start as four year olds — not that you’re doing a bunch of wicked fitness that young, but you’re doing a lot more of that type of work. I think their fitness progressively builds if you lay a good foundation early on, so I would consider that to be her biggest challenge.”

Nonetheless, she’s stepped up to every assignment placed in front of her; Courtney Carson even noted in one interview that she felt perhaps “Gin” was under-stimulated in the hunters. The technicality of eventing, then, would be right up her alley. “If you were to pull her record, it looks quick but you didn’t fundamentally have to teach her how to jump,” Doug notes. “And the flatwork just takes time. It just was about introducing her to the tricks of cross country, and now she’s getting to be pretty reliably competitive.”

So despite the fact that she conceivably could and would have gone around a 5* this spring, it’s the attention to the end goal that has kept Doug from stepping up — she’s qualified, but there’s not much point to upping the ante this early, and there’s plenty of time to finish confirming her, competitively, at this level.

Of course there remains an entire weekend ahead for the Payne crew, which also includes Doug’s as well as Patrice Rado’s Camarillo in his first 4*-L as well as the stallion Quiberon in the 3*-L, and this track is walking tougher than the last time Doug was here for a long format in 2020. It’s a 10 minute, 9 second Capt. Mark Phillips track with 40 jumping efforts set across 28 numbered obstacles, and of course competitors will test their fitness with a run up “The Hill” at the end.

If you want a little peek behind the scenes with Doug, #supergroom Courtney Carson has taken over EN’s Instagram today — click here and watch our story to catch up!

You can view the full map of the course here.

Boyd Martin and Fedarman B. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.

Boyd Martin has the Annie Goodwin Syndicate’s Fedarman B (Eurocommerce Washington – Paulien B, by Fedor) out for this relatively young partnership’s first 4*-L together, and they’ll take second place after the first phase on a score of 29.0. Boyd has always described the 12-year-old KWPN gelding as “mega-talented”, but as with any new partnership — especially one in which a horse has been produced by one rider since the age of three, as “Bruno” was by the late and great Annie Goodwin — there is a learning curve, even with Boyd’s depth of experience.

It was Bruce’s Field, the eventing showcase in Aiken earlier this year, that gave Boyd the feeling that his partnership with Bruno was beginning to gel. But, as he looks ahead to two more phases this weekend, he says he’s remaining fixed on what’s best for the building blocks.

“Probably our big turning point was Bruce’s Field,” Boyd said. “It was sort of a go-kart course, but he was just so brave and confident and really enjoyed it and I think that was sort of the first event where we both started to click. I don’t think we’re completely in sync yet, but definitely getting on the same page. I’ve sort of been a little cautious to go too fast on him but I feel like we’re building that partnership together and I’m sort of more looking at him as along term horse.”

Over the winter, a group of owners came together to officially form the Annie Goodwin Syndicate in Annie’s honor, and the plans have been laid to produce the horse to the best of his abilities, with confidence. “It’s a bit of a two-year plan where 2022 is getting him very confident around this four-star level,” Boyd explained. “And then if that all goes well, I believe the sky is the limit.”

This will be the biggest test this pair has seen so far, though Fedarman B has jumped around this track before, in 2020 with Annie. Boyd won’t be looking to hang about tomorrow, but another 4*-L toward the end of the season emerges as the goal where he’ll look to push the buttons a bit harder.

Colleen Loach and Vermont. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.

Third overnight in the 4*-L is Canadian rider Colleen Loach, whose talented rising stars I’ve probably waxed too much on at this point but not without reason. It’ll be Peter Barry’s Vermont (Van Helsing – Hauptstutbuch Hollywood, by Heraldik xx) who’ll be higher up ahead of stablemate FE Golden Eye to kick things off, earning a 29.3. Colleen called it a day after some trouble early on course in the Lexington 4*-S, but he’s jumped around plenty of 4* tracks as he’s progressed, including a clear round at Jersey Fresh last year that would lead him to a top-10 finish.

Colleen and Monty are in first place after the first round of dressage. Check out their lovely ride!

Posted by Colleen Loach Equestrian on Thursday, May 12, 2022

Liz Halliday-Sharp and Cooley Moonshine. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.

In command of the 4*-S running this weekend is Liz Halliday-Sharp, who’s got four horses here, three of which are in the top two in their respective divisions, and The Monster Partnership’s Cooley Moonshine (27.2). The 10-year-old Irish gelding by Cobra also ended his Lexington 4*-S weekend early at that pesky Park Question, but he’s got a clear show jumping to add to his weekend here at Tryon so far and will likely look for a confidence-building rebound tomorrow on cross country.

Lynn Symansky and Global Cassaro 3. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.

Leading the way in his first 3*-L is Global Cassero 3, piloted by Lynn Symansky and owned by The Jerry Syndicate. The 11-year-old German Sport Horse gelding by Conteur has been partnered with Lynn since 2019. He stepped up to the 3* level in 2019, but in the two years following primarily focused on national competition before coming back out at 3* in March of this year.

Liz Halliday-Sharp sits first and second in the 3*-S with Shanroe Cooley (25.3) and Cooley HHS Calmaria (27.6) following dressage and show jumping.

Sinead Halpin with her happy support crew and her new ride, I-Quid J. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.

Leading the 1*-S is Sinead Maynard with her newest partner, I-Quid J, who was recently purchased out of Sharon White’s program. This is also Sinead’s first competition back post-second baby, Violet — welcome back! She and I-Quid added no show jumping penalties to their dressage mark of 27.3 to hold their lead ahead of cross country tomorrow.

It’ll be a busy day of cross country tomorrow, beginning with the 3*-S at 8:30 a.m. EST. The schedule is as follows:

CCI 3*-S: 8:30am – 10:30am
CCI 3*-L: 11:05am – 12:00pm
CCI 4*-L: 12:35 – 2:50pm
CCI 4*-S: 3:20 – 4:06pm
CCI 1*-S: 4:30 – 5:15pm

The is no live stream of cross country tomorrow, but you will be able to tune in for Sunday’s show jumping here. We’ll be back tomorrow with more updates from North Carolina! Keep scrolling for a few more images from the always-wonderful Shannon Brinkman and team — you can click here to order your own photos from this weekend.


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An Ode to the #supergroom: A Kentucky & Badminton Lookback Album

Sarah Charnley cheers on Ros Canter, who finished second at Badminton with the debut horse Lordships Graffalo. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Behind every event horse is a groom who cares for them as if they were their own. Every rider worth their salt will tell you that the team running the show behind the scenes is an integral part of any success — rare as it can be in this sport — found. They’re the first at the barn and the last to leave at night, they’re the one waiting for you at the finish line, and they know their charges inside and out thanks to so much time spent together.

We spend a lot of time talking about the big moments, the winners, and the riders — but here at EN we also do our best to celebrate the #supergrooms at every turn. As our team rifled through the endless photos captured from Kentucky and Badminton, we pulled out a few favorite shots of support crews — family, grooms, working students, volunteers, and riders themselves — behind the scenes at the two spring 5* events.

And we’re also thrilled to see grooms gaining higher recognition and representation in governing bodies; the FEI announced in April that it would recognize the International Grooms Association, a professional organization for FEI grooms designed to support, educate, and provide a voice for grooms who have for so long going without formal recognition in our sport and others.

Want to learn more about the #supergroom life? Click here to catch up on our groom profiles, and stay tuned for more to come in the series!

Team Jung attends to fischerChipmunk. Photo by Sally Spickard.

Dan Krietl helps his pit crew. Photo by Sally Spickard.

Super boy pats for Sarah Bullimore’s Courouet.

Josh Ellington, groom for Fiona Kashel, with Creevagh Silver de Haar. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

One last time up the ramp! Photo by Sally Spickard.

Only a #supergroom can pull off quarter marks like Corouet’s! Photo by Sally Spickard.

Adam Short, groom to Tom McEwen, after a stellar Badminton dressage test. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Photo by Sally Spickard.

Photo by Sally Spickard.

Emma Grange looks after Milchem Eclipse for James Rushbrooke at Badminton. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Marilyn Payne helps out with Quantum Leap in the vet box. Photo by Sally Spickard.

Tilly Hughes: professional London 52 sitter. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

All hands on deck for Team Payne. Photo by Sally Spickard.

Those Kentucky finishing feelings — Yasmin Ingham’s team celebrates after a clear show jumping that solidified her runner-up spot on the podium in Kentucky. Photo by Sally Spickard.

Thursday Video: Go Team Chasing on an OTTB

Parker hat cam 📸 Bicester Open Team Chase 2022 – 2nd place🥈😍😁 finished in less than 4 minutes!!! 😱😍

A beautiful round for Team Ride Away to finish the season 😍😍

The whole team ride ex racehorses;
🐎 Charlotte Alexander in front on Saphir Du Rheu
🐎 Myself on Parker (Soir D’Estruval) in 2nd
🐎 Susannah Stanning on Grouse Lodge in 3rd
🐎 Joe Stevenson on San Cassiano in 4th

Thank you so much to my other half James for giving me the ride on Parker this season. I’ve loved every minute and I’m so grateful to be trusted with him especially when James is out of the country ❤️

What a fabulous end to a crap week 🤣 and this is precisely the reason I keep smiling, no matter how bad everything is going, it always ALWAYS gets better 🥰🦄

Now for a summer of unaffiliated competitions and building confidence with Tom and Simba 😁 plus I finally have a plan for Wrigley 🤞🏻😍😍

Enjoy the ride behind Parker’s ears, and following the legend that is Saphir Du Rheu 📸🥰

#teamrideaway #teamchasing

Posted by Sophie Seymour Equestrian on Sunday, April 24, 2022

If you’ve spent any time following Team Chasing, which in Great Britain consists of over 20 British Team Chases finishing with a championship, you know that it’s an immensely popular sport that even gives eventers an adrenaline-fueled kick in the pants.

We’ve got an exciting ride-along for you this week from the second-placed Open team at last month’s Bicester Team Chase. A fun fact, the whole Team Ride Away was sat on ex-racehorses!

Enjoy the ride with Charlotte Alexander out in front on Saphir Du Rheu and Sophie Seymour on Soir D’Estruval; also on Team Ride Away were Susannah Stanning on Grouse Lodge and Joe Stevenson on San Cassiano.

Get Your #goeventing Gear: EN x Dapplebay’s Online Store is Live!

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We can’t wait for you to get your hands on our new #goeventing merchandise line that’s just launched in collaboration with Dapplebay. You may have gotten a sneak peek at Kentucky, and now you can snag your own online!

New to the collection are baseball caps, a sticker pack and a limited-edition tote bag that’s a collaboration between EN and Ride iQ. We’ll be adding to the collection throughout the year, so stay tuned for much more to come. In the meantime, you can start shopping here.

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Jog Day Kicks Off Tryon Spring International CCI4*-L

Andrew McConnon presents Wakita 54 and D’Luxe Steele. Photo by Alison Green for Shannon Brinkman Photography.

We’re not done yet! The spring season continues this weekend with a CCI4*-L hosted at Tryon International. For some this is a move up or a confirming test, others have rerouted here from other spring three-days. The event is also running all other FEI levels, including a 1*-S and a 4*-S.

A total of 30 horse and rider combinations have entered the 4*-L this weekend, and we’ll see several pairs who contested the 4*-S at Kentucky last month cap off their spring seasons here.

The full entry list and ride times for all divisions can be found here. There is no live stream for the majority of this event, but you will be able to tune in the 3*-L and 4*-L show jumping on Sunday beginning at 10:30 a.m. EST with the 3*-L and continuing at 1:00 p.m. EST with the 4*-L.

Today we saw the 4*-L horses trot up for the Ground Jury, which this weekend includes President of the Ground Jury Robert Stevenson (USA) as well as Katarzyna Konarska (POL) and Valerie Pride (USA). Many thanks to Alison Green of Shannon Brinkman Photography for the lookbook from today’s action!

Stay tuned for much more from Tryon all weekend long right here on EN.

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Arena Eventing is Returning to Devon Horse Show! Get Your Entries in By May 16

Boyd Martin and Contestor. Photo by The Book LLC.

Always a popular fixture on the summer eventing calendar and making its return for the first time since 2019 will be the $50,000 Arena Eventing at the iconic Devon Horse Show. The Arena Eventing class will take place on Sunday evening, May 29 in the historic Dixon Oval as well as the adjoining Wheeler Ring. Riders who are interested in competing must submit their entries here by Monday, May 16.

The cross country course will be designed by Captain Mark Phillips, and the event has been designated as Intermediate level/Arena Eventing. If you’re unsure of qualifications for this event, you can review the USEF Rules here.

We’re looking forward to this event as ever and also have a sneak peek of one entry: EN’s own Ema Klugman and Bendigo (who has been enjoying his role as eventing professor lately) are currently preparing to compete in the Devon Arena Eventing and looking sharp as ever!

Wednesday News & Notes from Haygain

Photo Courtesy of Nora Huynh-Watkins.

I was so excited to hear that Nora Huynh-Watkins was named as the Summer 2022 Ever So Sweet Scholarship recipient from Strides for Equality Equestrians. Since the Ever So Sweet Scholarship’s creation in 2020, two riders have benefitted from the education and exposure gained with help from the program. Honestly, it’s made me quite envious, but all of these riders have ambitions to help serve the greater equestrian community as they move forward and I think it’s so important to have opportunities like this available to open those pathways. After all, our sport is only as big as the number of people it reaches, and I have no doubt that the ESS graduates will go on to help grow our community!

To learn more about ESS and learn when you’ll be able to apply for a future round, please click here.

U.S. Weekend Preview

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Galway Downs Spring H.T. (Temecula, Ca.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Hitching Post Farm H.T. (South Royalton, Vt.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Scoring] [Volunteer]

Majestic Oaks Ocala H.T. (Ocala, Fl.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Scoring] [Volunteer]

Spokane Sport Horse Spring H.T. (Spokane, Wa.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Scoring] [Volunteer]

Texas Rose Horse Park H.T. (Tyler, Tx.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Unionville May H.T. (Unionvilla, Pa.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer]

WindRidge Farm Spring H.T. (Mooresboro, Nc.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Scoring] [Volunteer]

Winona H.T. (Hanoverton, Oh.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Scoring] [Volunteer]

Major International Events

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Wednesday News & Reading

He did it! Dom Schramm completed a lifelong goal of finishing Badminton and he’s done just that with Bolytair B. ICYMI, Dom’s been blogging for The Chronicle during his time overseas, and his last installment is a reflection on the final phases of competition. Read it here.

We loved running into our buddies at Haygain at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event! If you visited the trade fair indoors, chances are you followed the delicious smell of steamed hay right to the Haygain booth. Read the recap of Haygain’s weekend in Kentucky here.

I really appreciated this candid reflection on Badminton from Pippa Funnell, who’s no stranger to success but experienced a down weekend this year at the British 5*. Pippa had the unfortunate luck of being held while her close friend, Nicola Wilson, was attended to after a bad fall, and the weekend never really got right in the end. We always idolize these top riders for their high moments, but Pippa’s candor here is even more valuable in my opinion.

Have a horse dealing with ulcers? Two keys that might be useful: forage and starch/sugar intake. Read more on this topic over on

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This definitely looks right up my alley: Frankie Thieriot-Stutes has teamed up with Will Faudree for the new H&C+ show “Frankie Feasts With”:

Tuesday Videos: Badminton in the Rearview

Horse show hangovers are a very real thing, and none quite so heavy as those that come after a big 5* — two, to be exact this year! We’re still on that Badminton high, and thankfully the production team at Badminton seem to feel the same way as they’ve served up video highlight reels from each day of competition.

If you want to relive the competition in full, you can still watch the replays from each phase on Badminton TV. A one-time fee of $25 will get you access to the programming for a whole year, and you’ll even have access to replays from 2018 and 2019 to boot.

Badminton definitely worked its way up toward the top of the bucket list for many of us this year, myself included, and it’s no wonder, with nearly 200,000 spectators on site throughout the weekend and plenty of good vibes to go around. We’re already ready for 2023!

Take a look back at our coverage from Badminton here.

Nicola Wilson Stable at Southmead Hospital Following Fall on Badminton Cross Country

Nicola Wilson and JL Dublin took an early spot in the top ten during dressage at Badminton. Photo by Nico Morgan Media.

After suffering a crashing fall on cross country at Badminton Horse Trials on Saturday, British Equestrian has provided an update on the condition of reigning European Champion Nicola Wilson. Both Nicola as well as JL Dublin fell at fence 27, a corner following the MARS M; the fence was subsequently removed from the course.

British Equestrian released the following statement this morning:

Following her fall from JL Dublin at Badminton Horse Trials on Saturday 7th May, Nicola Wilson has had a comfortable night in hospital, and is conscious in a stable condition and awaiting further tests. She is receiving the best possible care from the team at Southmead Hospital.

Her husband, Alistair, and the rest of the family are very grateful for all of the messages of support and these are being shared with Nicola. ‘Dubs’ is in good form and will be making his way back to Yorkshire later today. We will bring you further updates as and when we can.

Badminton Social Recap: A Very Social Cross Country Day

From the perspective of someone who’s never been to Badminton, I’ll tell you my main takeaway: it looks like an absolute party. I think it’s heightened this year with the event not running since 2019 — horses are an integral part of culture here, and it shows. The food and drink set-up at Badminton looked incredible, and even once the last horse had jumped around throngs of people remained, drinks in hand and settled in to enjoy the rest of the afternoon.

Enjoy some scenes from the social event of the season — and some updates from riders as they settle in for a night of recovery after a hard, scrappy day of cross country riding!

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The Big Bad Badminton Cross Country Live Update Thread

Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.

It’s time! One I got done grumbling at my alarm this morning (which was honestly quite a bit later than the 12:30 a.m. alarms for dressage days) it was time to get excited about Badminton cross country. The day looks to have dawned in perfect weather and we are all settled in for what is sure to be an excellent day of action.

I’ll be providing live updates here, but I strongly encourage you to pick up a Badminton TV pass to watch for yourself. No, they aren’t paying me to say that (I wish!), but I just appreciate the efforts made to put the live stream on. I know that not everyone can comfortable pay the $25 for the pass, but if you can manage it, it makes a difference. You can sign up here and you’ll receive access to the live stream plus on demand replays for a full year.

Refresh this page for updates if you can’t follow along live! Our first pair will be out on course at 11:30 a.m. BST / 6:30 a.m. EST / 3:30 a.m. PST. I’m thinking SAFE, clear and fast thoughts for all!

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12:16 p.m. EST: And that is a wrap on a very dramatic cross country day at Badminton. It’s a bit of a blur, so I’m probably going to scroll through my own live updates now! The full replay will be available on Badminton TV if you couldn’t watch live — check it out here. Tamie Smith is the top-placed American, in 15th after a clear cross country with time. The remainder of the top 10 has shuffled, except for Laura Collett and London 52 who will retain their lead. Live scores can be found here. Tilly will be along later with the full report, but in the meantime thank you for following along with our updates and Go Eventing.

12:15 p.m. EST: What a bummer — Kylie Roddy has to end her day early after it seems SRS Kan Do maybe lost a shoe or otherwise had some trouble just before the Vicarage V. He seems fine but a big bummer to end her ride, which was going fantastically to that point — the horse comes first though and she gives him a big pat.

12:12 p.m. EST: Well, if you were concerned at any point about what will happen once some of these top British horses step down, I don’t think there’s any reason for it. CHF Cooliser comes home 42 seconds over time but absolutely full of running after a brilliant run with Tom McEwen. She’s been around some tough tracks and showed her talent, but this confirms it: she’s a true competitor at the toughest event in the world. And just look at her gallop home:

GIF via Badminton TV.

12:09 p.m. EST: Tom channels his inner Kyle Carter and flaps his elbows at CHF Cooliser through the Solar Farm bounce, helping lift her shoulders with quick reaction to avoid the same trouble he ran into with Toledo de Kerser.

12:07 p.m. EST: Tom opts to go around for a long presentation to the final Nyetimber Corner. It didn’t look like the mare was going to see it in time with how bold she jumped in. Meanwhile we’re going to have a very strong finish from Davide Doel, whose horse looks full of run coming home. Just three seconds of time for this pair.

12:06 p.m. EST: CHF Cooliser is just keen as anything, I think she’s mostly said “just hang on up there” to Tom, though she’s survived a couple of overeager moments. Our final starter is Kylie Roddy and she’s on course and clear through the Huntsmans Close.

12:05 p.m. EST: David survives a very hairy moment at the LeMieux Leap and scraps his way through clear. Tom has a great ride with CHF Cooliser through the KBIS Brush Village and is now safely over the Footbridge, in the thick of the more intense portion of the course (as if there is a portion that ISN’T intense, to be fair).

12:03 p.m. EST: A bit of showmanship, which surprises no one with this one, from Oliver as he comes home clear inside the time with Ballaghmor Class:

GIF via Badminton TV.

12:02 p.m. EST: We’ve now got David Doel with Galileo Nieuwmoed as well as Tom McEwen with CHF Cooliser on course now. Bill Levett will not run Lates Quin, so we’ll just have one more: Kylie Roddy and SRS Kan Do, left to see.

12:00 p.m. EST: Oliver’s pushing Ballaghmor Class home and he’s going to be several seconds inside the time.

12:00 p.m. EST: A look at Ros finishing with Lordships Graffalo.

GIF via Badminton TV.

11:59 a.m. EST: Ah, man not the weekend for Pippa Funnell. She’s fallen from 2019 Burghley winner MGH Grafton Street RDA Fundraiser fence very early on, at fence 5.

11:58 a.m. EST: Oliver and Ballaghmor Class pop through the bounce at Solar Farm, which has ridden considerably better as the day has gone on and riders have talked/watched the stream.

11:56 a.m. EST: Oliver sets up for four in the MARS water with Ballaghmor Class. Ros Canter is going to bring Lordships Graffalo home clear inside the time — on his 5* debut, finishing with ears pricked! Wow what a superstar made today!

11:54 a.m. EST: Man, how great for William with two fantastic clear rounds today. It was just a few years ago William had his bad fall and suffered a severe head injury as a result. For awhile, William wasn’t sure he’d return to riding, nevermind at this level. Even this morning, he wasn’t sure — but we sure are glad he’s back and showing us all how to ride cross country.

11:52 a.m. EST: Lordships Graffalo is looking mature beyond his experience through the KBIS brushes. Oliver Townend is on course and clear through the Huntsmans Close.

11:51 a.m. EST: Little Fire is just getting a bit backed off as he progresses but William’s using his experience to inject some confidence back into the 13-year-old. Meanwhile, Padraig finishes to a roar from the crowd with HHS Noble Call.

11:49 a.m. EST: Little Fire stretches and shows his scope at the out of the KBIS Brush Village:

GIF via Badminton TV.

11:47 a.m. EST: Ros Canter returns now with her second ride, Lordships Graffalo who is in 10th currently after dressage. This is a 5* debut for this 10-year-old. Meanwhile, Harry Meade comes home about 28 seconds slow with Away Cruising.

11:45 a.m. EST: A look at William with his first ride, Oratorio:

11:44 a.m. EST: A few big heavy hitters to help close out the day here: William Fox-Pitt is away with Little Fire, and we’ll have Ballaghmor Class and three-time Kentucky winner Oliver Townend up soon as well.

A cool statistic on the great Classic Moet:

11:43 a.m. EST: A happy Selina Milnes finish their second 5* together and just Selina’s second since 2012.

GIF via Badminton TV.

11:40 a.m. EST: Such a gutting decision for Sarah, but I have so much respect for this:

11:39 a.m. EST: An update from Mollie Summerland who ended her day at the MARS water earlier on:

11:37 a.m. EST: Selina Milnes does a good job to set Iron back on his hind end ahead of the bounce at Solar Farm. Harry Meade schools through the Quarry at 4 with Away Cruising, and we’re also joined by Lauren Innes with Global Fision M.

11:35 a.m. EST: Emily will be absolutely kicking herself for the little blip in the water as she’s just come home clear from that point on and totally full of run still with Corvett. He’s a Badminton horse, girl!

GIF via Badminton TV.

11:32 a.m. EST: One of the better rides through the Nyetimber Corners for Tom Jackson and Capels Hollow Drift. Emily makes short work of the MARS M question.

11:30 a.m. EST: A nice finish for Jean Lou Bigot and a fresh-looking Utrillo du Halage. Meanwhile Emily and Corvett have a huge jump into MARS Sustainability Bay and can’t quite make it to the B element after Emily loses her stirrups.

11:29 a.m. EST: Emily Hamel has a great shot through the KBIS Brush Village as well as the Footbridge. Tom Jackson with Capels Hollow Drift navigates the Badminton Lake safely.

GIF via Badminton TV.

11:27 a.m. EST: Laura calls this course more like a 6*, which is definitely true! “If anything we thought it would ride tough and intense, and it certainly did do that. You just had nowhere to even think, you just got on to the next fence, on to the next fence. This whole Vicarage line happens so quickly and the horses have to be so trusting and so brave and just take everything on that’s in front of them. There’s no breather. It’s not just physically exhausting, it’s mentally exhausting as well and I definitely felt like London came to the Vicarage Vee and he definitely questioned my sanity!”

11:25 a.m. EST: Emily Hamel are on course and clear through the Huntsmans Close!

11:23 a.m. EST: “It’s a little bit of a blur at the moment,” Laura Collett, overnight leader, says. “But the horse was just absolutely phenomenal and he dug so deep. I have never ridden a cross country like that before and he’d never seen one like that before. It was relentless, there were no let up fences. It was definitely not the most stylish round but he was amazing, he just kept answering every question and was very brave.”

11:21 a.m. EST: Big finish feels for Ugo Provasi!

GIF via Badminton TV.

11:19 a.m. EST: Jean Lou Bigot and Utrillo du Halage are on course now and we’ll next see U.S. rider Emily Hamel and Corvett. Also Phillip Dutton says Z lost a shoe all the way back at fence 4 today, according to Ian Stark on commentary.

11:17 a.m. EST: Sammi Birch will now be restarted ahead of the Footbridge. She’s got to give Finduss PFB a bit of a tap on the back end of the Footbridge to get him switched back on. It’s a very tough mental challenge for a horse to be held, and they’ve got some tough questions to come.

11:14 a.m. EST: Yikes, a bit of a logistical mess at the hold as Sammi Birch moves off the lane to let Ugo Provasi through to the Footbridge. She looks pretty displeased at the turn of events, and now they’ll have to hold her a bit longer so she doesn’t overtake Ugo. Tough call for the stewards who likely didn’t need to hold Ugo but couldn’t restart Sammi in time.

11:11 a.m. EST: Sammi Birch and Finduss PFB are held just before the Footbridge while the crew makes repairs to the frangible pin.

11:08 a.m. EST: King of the Mill has a peek as he’s taking off at the Footbridge and breaks the back pin when he put his hind legs down. Then at the LeMieux Leap the pair comes to grief at the brush element. Luckily they’re on their feet and don’t look like they’ve been injured.

11:07 a.m. EST: An update from Dom Schramm, who went around clear with time earlier:

Well – we made it around! Thanks for all the awesome messages. Boly has pulled up absolutely perfect. I had a new bit…

Posted by Dominic Schramm on Saturday, May 7, 2022

11:05 a.m. EST: King of the Mill’s got an excellent ground eating gallop, showing off en route to the Badminton Lake:

GIF via Badminton TV.

11:04 a.m. EST: On course now are Arthur Chabert with Goldsmiths Imber, Richard Jones with Alfies Clover, and Alex Bragg with King of the Mill, all clear to this point.

11:03 a.m. EST: Tim Price is going to be into time penalties with Ringwood Sky Boy but is going to finish clear and looking still full of run. The two oldest horses here this weekend are Classic Moet, who went double clear earlier, and Ringwood Sky Boy, who are both 19 and look fitter coming home than many of their counterparts. Props to the program at Team Price!

11:00 a.m. EST: Love this update from Team Tamie Smith, posted by Bec Braitling:

10:59 a.m. EST: Just going to keep GIF-ing finish line reactions for the rest of the day, k thanks.

GIF via Badminton TV.

10:57 a.m. EST: Brilliant through the MARS Sustainability Bay for Tim and Ringwood Sky Boy.

10:54 a.m. EST: We’re joined now by Tim Price and Ringwood Sky Boy, who’ve won Burghley and done approximately 750 other 5* events in their storied career. Also on course are Nicky Hill with MGH Bingo Boy.

10:54 a.m. EST: Big feels for Cyrielle Lefevre who finishes clear with just a bit of time aboard Armanjo Serosah, riding for France:

GIF via Badminton TV.

10:51 a.m. EST: Wowwwww Joris Vanspringel just made an epic save after he nearly came to the same end as Cathal Daniels and Emily King did at the Seville Hay Feeder question. Nicely sat!

GIF via Badminton TV.

10:49 a.m. EST: My burning question here is can we have more ice cream trucks on the Kentucky cross country course? Badminton’s doing it right here.

GIF via Badminton TV.

10:46 a.m. EST: Now taking the course is Becky Heappey and DHI Babette K, coming forward on a score of 39.1 after dressage. She’s clear through the Quarry. Joris takes the red flag at the Nyetimber Corners but he’s clear through it and shouldn’t have a scoring issue.

10:45 a.m. EST: And back underway for Belgian rider Joris Vanspringel and Creator GS, who are now clear and clever through the MARS Sustainability Bay.

10:42 a.m. EST: The MIM clip at the Vicarage Vee does its job as Cedric Lyard’s horse just doesn’t quite read the question correctly. Cedric’s going to call it a day and will likely need to ice his knee tonight. They’re now going to hold the course just to reset the clip on the Vee.

GIF via Badminton TV.

10:41 a.m. EST: Tom is going to come home clear with Zanzibar, about 30 seconds over the time to finish his first 5* cross country.

10:38 a.m. EST: Cedric Lyard and Unum de’OR nearly have a pin at the Footbridge but I think they’ve gotten over it without incurring the 11 penalties.

10:36 a.m. EST: My live feed has gotten behind so I apologize if you’re watching live and following along with these updates, I’ll try to get up to speed but I’m a bit at the mercy of what I’m being shown. And we also are joined by Tom Carlile and Zanzibar Villa Rose Z.

10:33 a.m. EST: Another French rider, Arthur Duffort, has a big jump into Badminton Lake and has to scrap through the rest of the question, including a long route, with Toronto D’Aurois. We’re also joined by Clare Abbott and Jewelent, riding for Ireland.

10:32 a.m. EST: Gireg is having a great round as he comes to the final few fences. He’s going to go into time penalties as he heads for the main arena but will make it home clear it appears.

10:29 a.m. EST: Oh my gosh, what a bummer for Bubby Upton who just have a runout at the final fence. I think Cola is a bit tired for sure and lost concentration.

10:26 a.m. EST: A great shot through the Nyetimber Corners for Gireg, who now comes to the Vicarage Vee.

10:22 a.m. EST: French rider Gireg Le Coz had an excellent dressage test with Aisprit de La Loge, scoring a 26.7 a a jumping off point to start cross country. I’d love to see a competitive run here today.

10:20 a.m. EST: Bubby Upton has to ride strong to the Broken Bridge with Cola, and they just are a little unsteady but totally fine through it.

10:17 a.m. EST: Rosie Fry and True Blue Too are having a cracking round, full of run coming home. They’ll be a little over the time but what a ride!

10:15 a.m. EST: An elated Laura punches the air as she finishes with London 52 — she will keep her lead overnight.

GIF via Badminton TV.

10:14 a.m. EST: Next to see are Libby Seed with Heartbreaker Star Quality, who are making their 5* debut here this weekend. They have a lovely straight trip through the tricky Huntsmans Close.

10:12 a.m. EST: Laura looks like she’ll be well up on the clock as she comes home (remember they’ll have to confirm the final time with the hold) and comes home inside the time! I think the break might have done them well, London 52 was a bit backed off ahead of it and looked a little fresher coming home. I’ll be keen to see what she says after her ride!

10:11 a.m. EST: Rosie Fry and True Blue Too become the latest to have trouble at the KBIS Brush Village, which twists you around in an S curve and comes up quick. Laura safely navigates the Seville Hay Feeders and is getting closer to home. The Hay Feeders ride well if you’re able to sit up and balance, if the horse gets rangy and flat and unresponsive here you’re going to have a big problem.

10:10 a.m. EST: Well a blessing indeed as Mike finishes full of run with El Mundo! Just the one bummer of a problem at that MARS water for this pair but he’ll be pleased to have gotten it done. We’ll now see Laura and London 52 as they restart.

10:08 a.m. EST: So we’ll be going onto a restart shortly as we see the riders getting ready to go again. It’s always a question of whether or not a hold benefits a horse or not — I think for Mike it could be a blessing in the sense he got his wind back but also a curse since he was so close to home.

10:05 a.m. EST: Ok, happy to report Maxime’s horse is up and walking. Poor guy.

I have to say, and I know I’m not a designer or a 5* rider, but I’m not a huge fan of the violence we’re seeing on this course. I realize we’re going to have incidents, but I am not okay with the level of intensity with which some of these horses are crashing. I think we can do better than this as a sport, and we need to do better than this because those who do not participate in the sport are watching.

10:02 a.m. EST: So on the hold currently will be Mike Winter and El Mundo, Laura Collett and London 52 as well as Rosie Fry and True Blue Too.

9:59 a.m. EST: We’re now going to go on a hold as we’ve been told Maxime Livio’s horse is still down. We’ll keep you updated as we know more.

9:57 a.m. EST: London 52 is not quite looking as keen as he started, really backing off from the Vicarage Vee. But he’s clear through the Lightsource bp Solar Farm.

9:57 a.m. EST: London 52 nimbly makes the Nyetimber Corner despite not quite locking on to it.

9:55 a.m. EST: We haven’t seen a ton of Maxime, and now Vitorio du Montent just can’t quite make the final jump work on account of his lack of energy. He’s stayed down after falling but I hope he’s just getting a second to get his wind back. Don’t like to see that.

9:53 a.m. EST: Canadian pair Mike Winter and El Mundo are also on course and clear through the Footbridge but run into some trouble after a giant leap into the MARS Sustainability Bay that steers them past the B in the water.

9:52 a.m. EST: Whoaaaaa Laura Collett almost ends her day early with a caught knee at the Quarry. That’ll wake them up!

GIF via Badminton TV.

9:50 a.m. EST: If you’re still looking for the Badminton TV live stream, don’t forget you can pick it up here! It’s about $25 and is good for a whole year with access to replays from 2018 and 2019 as well. Trust me, my little updates don’t replace watching it live — and it is no small feat to put on a live stream, so they could use the support!

9:48 a.m. EST: Maxime’s horse just catches a hoof at the Broken Bridge and causes my heart to stop but they’re safely through. I tell you, that Bridge is riding fairly well but I think it’s also surprised quite a few as this wouldn’t be a question you’d commonly see (though I do hear there was one on the Grassroots Championship course here. Remind me never to do Grassroots in England).

9:45 a.m. EST: Dom is home clear! He’ll add about 44 time penalties but he should be just over the moon to tick off this bucket list, and Boly looks fairly fresh finishing thanks to saving some energy around the course. Susie Berry and John the Bull as well as Maxime Livio with Vitorio du Montet are also on course. Sarah Way withdrew Dassett Cooley Dun prior to cross country.

Way to go, Dom! GIF via Badminton TV.

9:44 a.m. EST: Dom and Bolytair B are nearly home, and honestly Dom is slow but it would’ve been his plan to go out and prioritize confidence and safety first. I think Dom will be thrilled with this round!

9:43 a.m. EST: Well it’s not the day for Karl and Fernhill Wishes, who just sort of quits at the C element of the KBIS Brush Village. Not the feeling you want and Karl does the horseman’s thing and calls it a day. A real bummer for this pair.

9:41 a.m. EST: Dom and Bolytair B get a little close to the second element of the bounce at the Solar Farm, good boy Boly! Here’s a lovely ride for this pair over the Footbridge earlier on:

GIF via Badminton TV.

9:40 a.m. EST: Dom is taking his time with Bolytair B who can be a bit of a dragon on cross country. They’re having a nice round but are not going to get clear of time penalties at this pace — but that’s ok!

9:39 a.m. EST: Ah, man! Karl and Fernhill Wishes run into trouble at the Huntsmans Close, Chocy just didn’t quite get his line to C and didn’t see the question well. They’re clear on second attempt. Dom is clear through the MARS Sustainability Bay.

9:38 a.m. EST: All clear at the Broken Bridge for Dom and Bolytair B.

9:36 a.m. ET: Also joining us is Canadian rider Karl Slezak and Fernhill Wishes, clear at the Quarry.

9:35 a.m. EST:DSP Cosma loses a shoe on landing from the first Clarence Court Egg Box and can’t make the second one work. They’ll end their day here, and DSP Cosma appears to be a little lame — hopefully just a sting. Dom Schramm is now on course and comes to the Badminton Lake.

9:32 a.m. EST: Yikes, Hazel Shannon and Willingapark Clifford just hesitate too much at the Broken Bridge and land in a heap on the other side. Luckily they seem ok, that could have been a bad one.

9:28 a.m. EST: Even Reve du Rouet has a bit of a look at the drop into the MARS Sustainability Bay. James Rushbrooke is absolutely over the moon to finish his very first Badminton/5* cross country!

That finishing feeling! GIF via Badminton TV.

9:24 a.m. EST: Ah, Wizzerd also halts in front of the water at MARS Sustainability Bay. He says no again on the second attempt and Matt will end his day here.

9:23 a.m. EST: Matt Flynn is showing as clear through fence 12 on the fence report. James Rushbrooke lives very dangerously at the bounce out of the BP Solar Farm. Matt now shows up on the feed clear through the KBIS Brush Village at 14.

9:22 a.m. EST: What a ride for Alice!! She’s only just over the time and she’s home clear! Such a great story for this one. You can read more about Alice and Topspin here.

9:20 a.m. EST: Alice Casburn and Topspin are very nearly home – this is a homebred horse that she’s produced herself. Also on course are James Rushbrooke with Milchem Eclipse, as well as American rider Matt Flynn with Wizzerd.

9:18 a.m. EST: Jonelle Price is coming home clear with Classic Moet and is well within the time, six seconds clear!! What a great partnership.

9:17 a.m. EST: Love a good finish shot — here’s one of Felicity Collins:

GIF via Badminton TV.

9:14 a.m. EST: Not a fan of the Seville Hay Feeders question, which pitches the horses downhill on a very forward, flat stride. When a horse has been galloping for 11 minutes at this point, I imagine it’s nearly impossible to pick them up for this question. Emily King and Valmy Biats also crash in similar fashion to Cathal Daniels and Barrichello. Emily’s foot got caught in the stirrup momentarily but thankfully they both appear to be ok right now.

9:10 a.m. EST: A really bold ride for Emily King so far. It’s crazy to think she’s just 25, she’s riding with so much skill and maturity.

9:09 a.m. EST: Next out will be 2018 Badminton winners Jonelle Price with Classic Moet — keep an eye on this pair to perhaps show us how to make the time. Fiona Cashel has finished with Creevagh Silver de Haar and looks thrilled.

9:07 a.m. EST: Felicity Collins has a really lovely ride through the KBIS Brush Village, never wavering from her line and keeping RSH Contend OR between her for this challenging S turn:

GIF via Badminton TV.

9:05 a.m. EST: Another competitive dressage score, Emily King and Valmy Biats bring forward a score of 28.5 to start with as she heads out to cross country. She’s clear through the HorseQuest Quarry at 4. Will Faudree is going to be home clear with 27 seconds of time!

9:03 a.m. EST: An update on Lillian, she’s listed with a Fall on Flat at fence 26, which leads to the MARS M. A big bummer for Lillian, we hope she’s only got bruised pride!

9:02 a.m. EST: Fiona has a bit of an issue at the final element of fence 14, the KBIS Brush Village and just ducks out to the left. She’s clear on the second attempt, while Will is clear through the MARS M at 27.

9:01 a.m. EST: Also on course are Felicity Collins with RSH Contend OR as well as Fiona Kashel with Creevagh Silver de Haar. Hector Payne is coming to the finish with Dynasty, I believe they’re clear so far just slow.

9:00 a.m. EST: A really nice ride for Will and Mama’s Magic Way over the coffin question, the LeMieux Leap at 18ABC.

8:58 a.m. EST: Kitty King and Vendreti Biats are home with about 20 seconds of time! Also, I’d like to start a petition for Piggy March to be in the commentary booth at all times!

8:56 a.m. EST: Hector Payne and Dynasty are clear through the MARS Sustainability Bay at 17.

8:56 a.m. EST: Now on course is our next American, Will Faudree with Mama’s Magic Way.

GIF via Badminton TV.

8:55 a.m. EST: Kitty King is really having a scrappy round, and Vendredi Biats is a very genuine horse who just keeps galloping and jumping. Meanwhile, Sofia Sjoborg has finished with DHI Mighty Dwight with a good bit of time.

8:53 a.m. EST: Piggy, now in the commentator box, says the course feels old-fashioned and plays on both rider and horse fitness as well as mental strength. “It felt like I was in a tumble dryer for 11 minutes!” she says.

8:51 a.m. EST: Whewwwww..Kitty King comes flying into the Badminton Lake and gets very very close to the B element in the water, but she uses her experience and they’re through it and now over the Ford Broken Bridge.

GIF via Badminton TV.

8:50 a.m. EST: Rats. Mollie and Charly have ground to a halt in front of the in to the MARS Sustainability Bay. After two there she’s put her hand up. A real bummer, but Charly was giving the jumps so much berth it could well have shaken his confidence a little.

8:49 a.m. EST: Christoph was evidently restarted and is now coming to the finish. Well over time but likely to be adjusted. Meanwhile, Charly is still giving these massive jumps plenty of room — hang on tight, Mollie!

8:47 a.m. EST: Big air for Charly Van Ter Heiden at the Badminton Lake but all good! Sofia Sjoborg and DHI Mighty Dwight are also on course and we catch up with them at the MARS Sustainability Bay. We are also joined by Kitty King and Vendreti Biats, who start the day in third place on a score of 24.8.

8:46 a.m. EST: Ok, it was the Nyetimber Corner at 20 for Tom, sorry!

8:44 a.m. EST: I think Christoph’s been held for fence rebuild from when Tom went through I believe the KBIS Brush Village. Apologies that I’m not doing a great job of being more specific, it’s hard to not have the fence report live and things are happening quickly!

8:43 a.m. EST: We’ve just been told on the live stream that Nicola Wilson is stable and has been transferred to the hospital for more evaluation. We’ll keep you further posted as we can.

Now joining us are Luhmühlen 2021 winners Mollie Summerland with Charly Van Ter Heiden.

8:42 a.m. EST: Hm, we appear to maybe be going on a hold…Christoph Wahler has just pulled up but I can’t tell if he did that or if he was held.

8:39 a.m. EST: Christoph Wahler and Carjatan S are now tackling the Badminton Lake. They’re the sole German pair here this weekend, coming forward on a dressage mark of 32.5.

8:38 a.m. EST: Helen Wilson comes in with a bit too much heat to the bounce at the Solar Farm and sadly will end her day here with My Ernie. Bummer!

8:36 a.m. EST: No! Ben Hobday just pops off over the right shoulder of Shadow Man after he just clips a leg on the first element leading to the MARS M. That’s one where you wish the fall rule was still in place, he could just pop back on if it was! Meanwhile, Helen Wilson has another problem at the MARS Sustainability Bay with a drive-by of the B element. Tom Rowland has a big jump into the big Lake but he stuck it and navigates his way through.

GIF via Badminton TV.

8:34 a.m. EST: Tom Rowland and Possible Mission are on course, and Helen Wilson with My Ernie are quickly through the KBIS Brush Village. My GIF maker is taking up a bit much CPU so I’m going to cool it on GIFs for awhile (plus it’s more fun to watch the live stream anyway — pick up your pass here.)

8:32 a.m. EST: A brilliant round for Arianna Schivo, clear with just about 15 or 18 seconds of time! Wonderful.

8:30 a.m. EST: Rats, Helen Wilson and My Ernie have an early drive-by at the final element of the HorseQuest Quarry where Oliver almost came to grief earlier today. Ben Hobday and Shadow Man are also on course and clear through the Badminton Lake.

8:28 a.m. EST: Sarah and Woodcourt Garrison miss the final corner at the Nyetimber Corners and have to pull around for the re-attempt. Italy’s Arianna Schivo and Quefira de L’Ormeau are now on course.

8:26 a.m. EST: Oh man, Cathal and Barrichello just completely chest the downhill Rolltop at fence 29, the Seville Hay Feeders. Quite a nasty fall but they are both immediately up and we’ll hope they’re no worse for the wear.

8:24 a.m. EST: Woodcourt Garrison just slips a bit on the way to the final brush of the KBIS Brush Village at 14, but he keeps his lock and makes the C happen. Whew!

8:23 a.m. EST: Gosh, I’m obsessing over this Just Kidding horse, who is a Thoroughbred sired by Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus. Thoroughbreds for the win! He just motored right around and finished very strong.

GIF via Badminton TV.

8:21 a.m. EST: Now on course also is Sarah Ennis with Woodcourt Garrison. Cathal Daniels has made it through the Nyetimber Corners at 19.

8:20 a.m. EST: Amanda Pottinger pulls out to go long at the Nyetimber Corners — they’re separately numbered so this is fine, just time-consuming.

8:19 a.m. EST: Esib Power had a cracking round with Soladoun, coming home 16 seconds over time. So we’ve had just the two clears inside the time, with Oliver and Austin’s rounds.

8:18 a.m. EST:Amanda Pottinger is so quick through the MARS Sustainability Bay that you’d probably miss her if you blinked!

8:16 a.m. EST: Now we’re joined by Cathal Daniels and Barrichello, currently on a score of 32.7. Now we catch up with Ariel as she gets to the last fence about 20 seconds over. Nicely done! 8 time penalties to add for this pair.

8:16 a.m. EST: Amanda having a blast out there on Just Kidding, safely through the Badminton Lake and now the Clarence Court Egg Boxes right out of stride.

8:14 a.m. EST: Amanda Pottinger with the brilliant OTTB Just Kidding are now on course and through the Huntsmans Close. I’m also seeing that Sarah Way has withdrawn Dassett Cooley Way ahead of cross country. Haven’t seen Ariel in a moment, so will update when I do!

8:13 a.m. EST: Rose Nesbitt and EG Michaelangelo are still full of run as they finish their first Badminton — well done! Meanwhile, Oliver is now showing as un-eliminated — we’ll have more on this later, but there must have been some sort of video review.

8:11 a.m. EST: Ariel’s decently down on the clock as she tackles the MARS Sustainability Bay. Here’s a shot of her through the KBIS Brush Village:

GIF via Badminton TV.

8:10 a.m. EST: Esib Power and Soladoun are now on course, and Ariel navigates the Ford Broken Bridge safely.

8:08 a.m. EST: Rose Nesbitt and EG Michaelangelo had an early fly-by at the Huntsmans Close, but what a clever horse you can see learning as he goes. This is a debutant pair — I can’t imagine doing my first 5*, period, let alone doing it at Badminton. Meanwhile, Austin O’Connor brings home Colorado Blue clear inside the time!

8:07 a.m. EST: Now on course and clear through the Voltaire Design Huntsmans Close is our next American pair, Ariel Grald and Leamore Master Plan.

8:05 a.m. EST: Tamie stops the clock 28 seconds over to add 11.2 time penalties to their dressage mark. This would’ve been the biggest track this horse has seen and what an achievement!

8:04 a.m. EST: Tamie is going to go well over the time, but she’s still clear as she heads for the main arena and the finish.

8:04 a.m. EST: Joining us on course are Austin O’Connor with his Tokyo partner, Colorado Blue, as well as Rose Nesbitt with RG Michaelangelo.

8:02 a.m. EST: Tamie has a strong ride at the Nyetimber Corners and is now safely through the Solar Farm at 24. Come on, Mai Baum!

Clever Tamie and Mai Baum at the Nyetimber Corners. GIF via Badminton TV.

8:00 a.m. EST: 10.8 time for Z, who’s pretty tired coming home but has another clear round under his belt. Tamie comes to the MARS Sustainability Bay.

7:59 a.m. EST: Bundy runs into trouble and retires after two stops at the Nyetimber Corners where Kirsty had her difficulty. Z is into the main arena!

7:58 a.m. EST: We now catch up with Phillip, who’s heading for home with Z. Z is looking a bit tired but he’s still galloping away from everything and hasn’t lost his jump. I apologize I’m not quicker with exact scores — my live fence report is not working at the moment!

7:58 a.m. EST: Tamie has a wonderful ride through the Badminton Lake — Lexus is looking really keen and rideable so far.

7:56 a.m. EST: Bummer! Lillian has fallen from LCC Barnaby….not quite sure which fence but maybe the MARS M? She looked almost able to save it but can’t quite hold on. Tamie is clear through the Huntsmans Close.

7:55 a.m. EST: Now on course and safely through the HorseQuest Quarry at 4 are Tamie Smith and Mai Baum.

7:54 a.m. EST: Phillip Dutton and Z are safely through the LeMieux Leap at 18.

7:53 a.m. EST: Lillian holds her line and gets LCC Barnaby through the Solar Farm at 24, nice ride! Bundy Philpott navigates the Huntsmans Close with Tresca NZPH.

7:51 a.m. EST: Oliver Townend is now listed as Eliminated on live scores. When he climbed over the out of the Quarry there were a lot of questions as to whether or not he’d made it over that fence, so this might be the reason. We now have Phillip Dutton and Z on course and at the Badminton Lake, fence 10. Piggy is home clear with 1 second of time aboard Vanir Kamira.

7:50 a.m. EST: Lillian Heard is safely over the Ford Broken Bridge — LCC Barnaby’s the first one to give that one a bit of a peak but they’re over it!

7:47 a.m. EST: Bill Levett is home clear with just some time aboard Lassban Diamond Lift. Piggy’s clear through the Vicarage Vee question at 23 and she’s now through the bounce at the Lightsource bp Solar Farm, fence 24.

7:46 a.m. EST: The Ford Broken Bridge has, as anticipated, ridden quite well today. Here’s a great shot from Piggy and Vanir Kamira:

GIF via Badminton TV.

7:45 a.m. EST: Our first U.S. rider is on course: Lillian Heard and LCC Barnaby will be the American trailblazers.

7:42 a.m. EST: Now on course is Australia’s Bill Levett with his first right, Lassban Diamond Lift. 2019 winners Piggy March and Vanir Kamira are clear through the Huntsmans Close at 6.

7:39 a.m. EST: Bummer, Billy Walk On may have lost a bit of his confidence with this hairy moment at the 14, the KBIS Brush Village. He then grinds to a halt at the drop into the MARS Sustainability Bay at 17 and Pippa puts her hand up.

GIF via Badminton TV.

7:37 a.m. EST: Well, Oliver seems to have made the time coming home about 13 seconds inside the time. The hold may have benefitted this horse a bit, but we also know Oliver’s got a good clock running in his head.

7:36 a.m. EST: Pippa and Billy Walk On are clear through the Badminton Lake. The middle section of this course is fairly intense, with a lot of turning and twists. The time today is going to be really difficult to make with this in mind.

7:34 a.m. EST: A very nice ride through the bounce at the Solar Farm for Oliver and Swallow Springs — the horses will read this fine if they can have a moment to suss out the fact that there’s a bounce there and Tom’s ride will have informed the riders to use some caution here.

7:33 a.m. EST: Pippa Funnell and Billy Walk On quietly pop the HorseQuest Quarry, while Oliver navigates the Nyetimber Corners at 20.

7:30 a.m. EST: Allstar B is looking keen after his break to catch wind, and they’re coming back into the main arena to finish. It’ll be a clear round, she definitely early on looked to be close to or on the time. We’ll see what her final time is.

7:29 a.m. EST: We’re back underway and will next see Pippa Funnell with her first ride, Billy Walk On.

7:24 a.m. EST: It looks like they’re taking the fence Nicola fell at off the course, so it’ll be just the MARS M and not the corner at fence 27 going forward. Oliver is back on Swallow Springs so I think we should be getting back underway shortly. I’m doing my best to have ears on the ground to find out a status on Nicola and will provide that as soon as I know more.

7:22 a.m. EST: While we’re on the hold, here are some remarks from William Fox-Pitt, who put in a cracking clear with just about seven seconds of time:

“I’m getting quite emotional. It was quite exciting. I was dreading it, of course, in my old age, thinking what the hell am I doing? Do I really want to be here today on Saturday morning, I’d like to be at home in my bed!”

“I was very lucky, he’s a lovely, classic horse and you’ve experienced now he’s done Badminton the last time around and many horses here haven’t, so he’s got that in his belt.”

7:10 a.m. EST: Regarding Nicola, both she and JL Dublin went down at the corner that comes after the MARS M. They looked to get there on just a slightly off stride and just seemed to slide over the top, causing the horse to fall and roll over. The horse was up right away, Nicola was not. That’s the only thing we know so far.

7:09 a.m. EST: Here’s a look at Ros Canter navigating the bounce at the Solar Farm, where Tom came to grief:

GIF via Badminton TV.

7:06 a.m. EST: Now Oliver will go onto a hold after the Lake. We’re on a hold for Nicola’s fall, which I apologize as I got the fence wrong — it happened at fence 27, the MARS M. We’ll keep you updated on Nicola as we know more. Oliver is off his horse walking it around.

7:05 a.m. EST: Ros Canter growls at Allstar B at the corner out of the Nyetimber Corners at 20 and gets the job done.

7:03 a.m. EST: Oliver survives a crazy save at the HorseQuest Quarry when Swallow Springs didn’t quite read the C element. They climb all over and almost go down but Oliver manages to keep his seat. We’re not on a hold at this point which is a good sign for Nicola..

6:59 a.m. EST: Nicola Wilson and JL Dublin have had a bad fall at the Lake. We’ll try to keep you updated.

6:58 a.m. EST: A brilliant clear round for William Fox-Pitt, who collects a bit of time but not much to go onto a 34.4 overnight. This will not be a bad score at the end of the day!

6:57 a.m. EST: Nicola Wilson is just about bang on the optimum time as she comes to the MARS Sustainability Bay at 17. Reigning World Champions Ros Canter and Allstar B safely navigate the Huntsmans Close.

6:55 a.m. EST: Honestly it looked like William might make the same blip as Tom did at the Solar Farm, but Oratorio manages the bounce stride. This will be informing the riders watching in the tent.

6:55 a.m. EST: Nicola Wilson and JL Dublin, reigning European Champions, are now on course and have made it to the Badminton Lake at 10. Man, the wind just went out of my sails a bit after that crash from Tom and Toledo! I’ll try to keep you updated on them, I’m hoping he’s been caught.

6:50 a.m. EST: *@&$*$#($*! Bless Toledo de Kerser, who just came in way too hot to the bounce at 24, the Lightsource bp Solar Farm. They both take a big tumble and Toledo runs off — hopefully he’s caught. Man what a shame. It was a brilliant round.

6:47 a.m. EST: William Fox-Pitt is now on course and safely navigates the HorseQuest Quarry with Oratorio. Tom McEwen takes a much more efficient line over the World Horse Welfare Lakeside table with running water on top of it.

GIF via Badminton TV.

6:46 a.m. EST: Joseph Murphy coaxes Cesar V into the water at 17, MARS Sustainability Bay. Tom has made it to the Lake at 10.

6:45 a.m. EST: “Wow…that was exceptional,” says Ian Stark as Tom navigates the Voltaire Design Huntsmans Close at 6 — this is another that gave us the weird vibes when looking at the line, but the first few riders have made a straight forward line look very doable.

6:44 a.m. EST: Toledo de Kerser makes the HorseQuest Quarry make like a gymnastic exercise as we’d anticipate with a horse of his experience level. It’s been really cool to watch this horse mature — he’s always been keen and genuine, but he’s gotten even smarter about knowing where he’s going.

6:42 a.m. EST: Now on course, Tom McEwen and Toledo de Kerser who were your early leaders all the way through yesterday and could still threaten to win with a clear round today.

6:42 a.m. EST: Padraig is then the farthest around the course, now at the same area where Kirsty has his trouble. He just hangs on to make that corner work and is through!

6:39 a.m. EST: Ah! Rats! Kirsty’s day sadly comes to an end at the corner at fence 20, the Nyetimber Corners. It’s a dip that puts you on the line to the corner at 20 — a tough approach that demands accuracy. Meanwhile, Joseph Murphy runs into a bit of trouble early on at the HorseQuest Quarry, as Cesar V just dips out to the left over the C element.

6:37 a.m. EST: Kirsty sees a strong shot over the corner leaving the lake earlier on — quite a turn coming after that if you find a big spot!

GIF via Badminton TV.

6:36 a.m. EST: On course and through the HorseQuest Quarry at 4 is Padraig McCarthy and Fallulah. Kirsty safely navigates the big Ford Broken Bridge easily — I think this will ride quite well today despite its imposing look.

6:33 a.m. EST: Kirsty makes fence 6ABC: Voltaire Design Huntsman’s Close look a lot simpler than the lines looked to be walking on the ground. Classic VI is really letting her ride him forward and turn him when needed. A nice trailblazing round for the riders to see back in the tent so far.

6:28 a.m. EST: Ian Stark, former designer here, comments that this might be Eric Winter’s finest track in his four years of designing Badminton. It’s intense, but the general feeling from the riders is that everything is jumpable and fair to the horses, which is the most important part of a designer’s job.

Our first to see will be Australia’s Kirsty Chabbert with Classic VI, coming forward in 37th on a score of 32.8. And we are underway!

Hear from Friday’s North American (and U.S.-based Aussie!) Riders at Badminton

Mike Winter and El Mundo. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.

Mike Winter / El Mundo – 34.6 – 51st

On his dressage test today: “That would be my worst score at the level so I don’t know. I thought it was an alright test. He was a bit shy at the end by the judges in the end of those shoulder-ins. I’m happy with him. I’m happy with myself, maybe not totally happy with the score.”

His thoughts on the cross country course: “I’ve walked it twice. It’s probably what I was hoping for, but that doesn’t make it any less calming on the nerves. It probably suits him. It’s quite big and bold and maybe I can take advantage of his big stride and his scope and use that to my advantage. That’s plan A and if that goes to plan and I have good ability to maneuver him at pace and stuff, I think it could be a lot of fun.”

“If I can keep him looking down the down the rein looking for his fences. He’s honest when he gets there, and he’s scopey across the widths of the fences. I think what [course designer Eric Winter] is doing a bit is where he has you come off a short turn and he then tempts you to take away, but then it’s always a scopey thing to get into the line on a scopey stride when you land. So I think he’s just daring us to be brave off the turn, isn’t he?…I mean, he’s a lot of fun to ride, and he loves his job. So just let him do his job, and hopefully give him the best guidance I can.”

Karl Slezak and Fernhill Wishes. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.

Karl Slezak / Fernhill Wishes – 37.8 – 68th

On his dressage test: “I was very happy with him. He felt energetic which is a hard thing for him — he’s usually a little on the lazy side, so I was thrilled. If anything, he got a little bit exuberant especially to the first change. Even in the half passes I thought ‘oh boy, he wants to change, he’s anticipating it’ which he doesn’t normally do. He’s usually relaxed and waiting for me, but no, I’m pleased. I was very happy.”

On the cross country course: “Looks great. I’m very excited about it. It looks all doable right now — we’ll see what it looks like when there’s a million people watching.”

On the decision to run Badminton as his spring 5*: “He is not a good galloper — he’s all about flatter ground. He loves the cold temperatures, so coming from Florida to here is perfect. I wanted that temperature change. And I trust him. How often would you have a horse that you can trust around jumps like this?”

Dom Schramm and Bolytair B. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.

Dom Schramm / Bolytair B – 39.0 – 75th

On his dressage test: “He’s such a big, powerful horse, Bolytair B. I’ve actually been thrilled with him. I thought we were about to go and smoke it, but soon as I went around the short side, he started getting a hand taller. When he gets like that, I was just trying to keep riding him not just abandon him and so I’m actually not that disappointed in that — of course I wanted a lower score and I know he’s capable of it, but at the same time you’ve got to ride the same horse you’re sitting on in the ring…Of course, I was hoping to beat my personal best but honestly, it’s an electric ring, and I’m just thrilled to be here to you know — it’s such a special experience.”

On the cross country: “That’s what we come here for, right? And it’s a big, powerful strong horse and he’s a good cross country horse. I’m honestly actually really happy with the course for a couple of reasons. Main reason is that all the hard jumps I wanted to be on the course are there — I didn’t want to come to Badminton and not jump the Vicarage Vee! So I’m kind of pleased about that. And the other thing I like about it is I think Eric has made it really straightforward what he wants. It’s hard lines, they’re big jumps, but there’s no tricky business. There’s no wondering what number of strides you’re going to get, you know, or know half distances. So I think if you’ve got a big brave horse and you execute well, it’s there to be jumped. And we’re going to have great conditions, so I think it’s going to be awesome.”

On his fundraising efforts to get to Badminton: “So you know, unfortunately, this can’t happen — I can’t foot the bill myself. So there’s the option to do a GoFundMe, which I never really was about, because it’s kind of felt like I was asking for a handout. I wanted to find a way to be able to recognize the people that that supported me, so I came up with this big cooler and people were able to buy a patch or an embroidery spot on the cooler. I have this big, beautiful cooler he wears that’s got a lot of people’s names on it that supported us to get us here.”

Emily Hamel and Corvett. Photo by Nico Morgan Media.

Emily Hamel / Corvett – 39.5 – 77th

On her dressage test: “I was just excited to be in the ring and I tried to take it all in and also ride well. He was feeling pretty fresh, but overall I’m pretty happy and excited for tomorrow.”

On her trip to Badminton and how it compares to the other 5* events she’s done: “It’s a whole different thing — this is a completely different atmosphere and it’s so many spectators and it just feels like such a big deal. The American events too feel pretty big, but it’s just different. I don’t know how to explain it. It’s just different.

On tomorrow’s cross country: “He’s pretty bold and brave and everything seems jumpable, I just need to ride it well, and I think we’re going to have a good time.”

On her knee after having surgery four weeks ago: “It’s pretty good. I have tape on it right now. And I try to wear a brace and I’m not on.”

On fundraising to get here to Badminton: “I kind of made this plan like in the fall and I just decided that I had to figure out how to save money and make money to make this trip possible. So renting out my house, that was a big help — no mortgage for a year. And then I have a really good group of supporters and owners and friends, family that have done their little bits and every little bit adds up and that’s why I’m here.”

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Badminton Social Recap: Mostly Just Some Photos of That Broken Bridge…

If you go and look at the Badminton Horse Trials location tag this fine Friday afternoon, you’re going to see approximately 100 images of the Ford Broken Bridge that has everyone buzzing ahead of tomorrow’s cross country.

Of course, despite it’s imposing look it’s mostly a fence that’s intended to frighten the riders (and the fans, probably more than anyone!), but it should generally ride fairly well. It’s a cool throwback addition to the course that was built for the 2020 event prior to its cancellation — see more on how it was built below:

But, it still makes for a cool photo — we can’t wait to see some action shots tomorrow! Here’s a look at the rest of the social media chatter as dressage wraps up and we fully focus on the task that lies ahead.

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