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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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Wednesday News & Notes from Haygain

Is there much better of a feeling than returning to the saddle after some time off? Our team here at EN is a mixed bag of current and former riders, and we love to cheer each other on as we wrangle with life, babies, jobs, and words about horses. EN’s Maggie Deatrick returned from a competition hiatus earlier this month with Cthulhu (or as he’s affectionately know, “Squid”), finishing 11th in her first Prelim since 2019. Welcome back, Maggie!

U.S Weekend Preview

Your only assignment this weekend is to enjoy the holiday break!

Wednesday News & Reading

Don’t forget to enter our Ultimate LRK3DE Giveaway! You and three friends could win tickets, premium tailgating for cross country, a travel voucher valued at $750, and Dubarry gear for the trip. Entries are open until 12/31, so don’t delay! [Fly Away to LRK3DE]

Part of competitive success is the ability to “get in the zone” — but this is, of course, much easier said than done. Daniel Stewart is back in his latest column with some thoughts on “mojo-mantras” and how they can encourage us to go into a flow state. Super interesting stuff. [Pressure Proof with Daniel Stewart]

Have provisions intended to protect racehorses from falling through the cracks failed? Is aftercare really at the top of the priority list for most stakeholders? Writing for Thoroughbred Daily News, Nicole Forbes makes the case that the system has, in fact, failed. “To be frank, it might be too late,” she writes. “I’m honestly not sure if we can act fast enough on an industry-wide solution to eliminate this crisis.” [Op/Ed: The System Has Failed]

A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Edinburgh has sought to identify whether or not dressage judges’ marks are indicative of “conflict behaviors” and “horse antagonistic responses”, Horse Sport reports. With more attention being paid to horse body language, this study and its results will provide useful information that can be used to improve judging. [Conflict Behaviors and Dressage Scoring]

Not all candy canes are created equal — and your horse doesn’t actually need all the sugary treats this holiday season. As knowledge of equine nutrition continues to expand, sugar content comes under higher scrutiny in terms of its effects on overall health. Should you let your horse indulge this winter? [Sugars and Peppermints: Not Safe Treats for All Horses]

Best of the Blogs: A Good Ride on Good Horses

Tack Facts with Sterling Essentials: Can you use Sterling Essentials on buffalo leather? Find out here.

Sponsor Corner: “Not all steam is created equal.” That comes early in the story of Haygain’s development of high-temperature hay steaming. This Business of Horses podcast host Amanda Watson elicited that knowledge nugget from Royal Agricultural University professor Meriel Moore-Colyer in a recent edition. [Read more + listen]

Wednesday Video Break

I love a good horse-y vlog, and this one’s been a favorite to watch!

Tuesday Video: All the Highlights from Maryland 5 Star

This year’s MARS Maryland 5 Star was one for the books, and if you’re anything like me you came home from the event and immediately tuned in to the replay coverage to catch up on any moments you might have missed in person (if you haven’t done this yet, or you’re just looking for something to do over the holiday break, USEF Network has all the on-demand your heart desires!)

I’m getting definite FOMO from this highlight reel, and I was there! If you missed out on this year’s event, you’ll definitely not want to miss it in 2023. Save the date for October 19-23, 2023!

Saturday Video: A 90% at London International

Charlotte Fry (GBR) riding Glamourdale – winners of the FEI Dressage World Cup™ 2022/23 – London Excel (GBR). Photo: ©FEI/Jon Stroud

The recently-crowned double world champions, 26-year-old Lottie Fry and the fabulous 11-year-old stallion Glamourdale (Lord Leatherdale – Thuja, by Negro), stormed to victory with a massive score of 90.995% at the fifth leg of the FEI Dressage World Cup™ 2022/2023 Western European League series on home ground at the London International Horse Show last night. You won’t want to miss the video!

Announcing the 2022 EN Blogger Contest Winner!

Only here at EN do Blogger Contests take six months. We could say it simply adds to the suspense, but the reality is: we owe you an apology! Our finalists have been patiently waiting to hear the results of the 2022 EN Blogger Contest, and we are pleased to — at very long last — announce the winners who will be joining the team in 2023!

We received an overwhelming number of initial entries as well as reader votes on the eventual finalist pieces. While we’ve identified our official winner and runners-up, who will each receive cash prizes, we have also extended offers to continue writing for EN to two other finalists.

Without further ado, your Blogger Contest results are:

Winner: Diana Gilbertson

Photo courtesy of Diana Gilbertson.

Diana, a UK resident and adventure junkie, has displayed the highest level of enthusiasm throughout the entire Blogger Contest process, despite our clunky delays in wrapping this contest up. Her writing exudes a passion for the sport and we’re thrilled to give her a crack at continuing on this path she’s found herself on. Diana now joins Tilly Berendt (winner: 2017) as our second winner from the UK. Welcome to the team, Diana!

Runner-up: Allie Heninger

Photo courtesy of Allie Heninger.

Also known as the Autoimmune Equestrian on social media, Allie is an amateur rider who brought her deep perspectives to her writing and whose passion for horses and perseverence is evident in everything she does. We look forward to adding her viewpoint to our roster of writers from all types of backgrounds!

Runner-up: Sydney Steverson

Photo courtesy of Sydney Steverson.

Sydney had us absolutely rolling when she sent in her first entry (which we’ll share here on EN soon) depicting the conversations we have with our horses on cross country. Her second entry, The Terror and Hope of Cross Country Day, accurately sums up the eventing experience for approximately 99% of us. Sydney hails from the midwest and is also an avid TikToker (is that the right term? I’m old) with a sense of humor and a perspective that lends itself well to inspiring as well as entertaining. We can’t wait to see what else Sydney has up her sleeve — welcome to the team!

Other writers who have been extended offers to continue writing for EN are: Cheg Darlington and Cassidy Oeltjen.

Congratulations to all of you, and thank you to all who submitted pieces for this year’s Blogger Contest. If this wasn’t your year, we encourage you to re-submit during our next contest — you never know!

Go Eventing.

Friday Video: 5 Steps to Introducing Spooky Jumps

Slow and steady always wins the race when it comes to introducing new or “scary” concepts to our horses. In partnership with Equestrian Masterclass, Tik Maynard has broken down the steps horses go through when encountering something frightening:

⭐️ Denial (your horse might refuse to look at the jump or acknowledge it’s there)

⭐️ Fear (your horse wants to move backwards or run away from it)

⭐️ Curiosity (your horse will look at the object, sniff it, or fee it)

⭐️ Play (Touching or sniffing with their nose or touching with their legs)

⭐️ Acceptance (Understanding what the object is and feeling familiar around it)

Now, how to translate this into working with spooky jumps? Let’s take a dive in with these short videos from Noelle Floyd:

Preview the 2023 FEI Eventing Nations Cup Calendar

Jonelle Price’s Grappa Nera. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

A new year brings a new international calendar for eventing, and though there are no major worldwide championships on the docket it’s still stacking up to be an action-packed year of sport. Highlights for 2023 include the FEI European Eventing Championships, to be held at Haras du Pin in August (and also to be designed by incoming Paris Olympic cross country designer Pierre le Goupil), as well as the Pan American Games in Santiago, Chile in late October (also designed by Pierre le Goupil). Among the most notable revisions to the calendar is the change to the UK’s Nations Cup leg, which will now be hosted at Chatsworth the week after Badminton, rather than the now defunct Houghton International Horse Trials later in the month.

The FEI Eventing Nations Cup is a highlight of the international calendar, and while this year will see no legs hosted in North America — a usual challenge given the distance required to travel and the resulting difficulty of forming enough teams — a total of eight stops will make up the schedule.

The 2023 FEI Eventing Nations Cup schedule is as follows:

CCIO4*-NC-S Montelibretti (ITA) – March 9-12, 2023
CCIO4*-NC-S Chatsworth (GBR) – May 13-14, 2023
CCIO4*-NC-S Millstreet (IRL) – June 1-6, 2023
CCIO4*-NC-S Strzegom (POL) – June 21-25, 2023
CCIO4*-NC-S Haras de Jardy (FRA) – July 13-16, 2023
CCIO4*-NC-S Avenches (SUI) – July 20-23, 2023
CCIO4*-NC-S Arville (BEL) – August 17-20, 2023
CCIO4*-NC-L Boekelo (NED) – October 5-10, 2023

Wednesday News & Notes from Haygain

I somehow missed out on National Day of the Horse yesterday like a dummy, so I’ll just share one of my favorite posts from yesterday here to make up for it. I’ve really enjoyed following the McFall family adventures as they tackle the sport with several of their own homebreds. This family is one that does it all, from breeding sport horses to competing at the upper levels to providing coaching to riders in northern California — they’re fun to follow!

U.S. Weekend Preview

We have arrived at that weird time of year in which there aren’t many events to be found. Enjoy a weekend off, friends!

Wednesday News & Reading

One of the greatest services we can do for our horses is to seek to understand them. In his new book, For the Love of the Horse, Mark Rashid muses on the concept of understanding horse behavior and how these clues can give us a broader picture of how our partner is feeling. [Read more here]

After the Virginia Tech Helmet Lab released its first helmet rankings, opinions swirled. One voice added to the mix is that of the group behind the MIPS technology that has become commonplace in our helmets. They’ve issued a statement addressing the results of the study, and you can read more about it here.

If you’re a fan of the Equestrian Voices podcast, you can show your support by voting for it as the best Sports podcast in this year’s 1st Annual Listener’s Choice Signal Awards. [Cast your vote]

We can all relate to the…er…fun…that is a winter riding lesson. This play-by-play from The Plaid Horse had me rolling (and feeling extremely called out, if I’m being honest…).

Several rule changes were approved or moved forward to the USEF for final consideration at last weekend’s USEA Annual Meeting & Convention in Savannah, GA. More information on the pending rule changes will be released in the coming days, but you can read a summary of the final USEA Board of Governors meeting here.

I’m getting pretty pumped for the London International Horse Show, which kicks off in earnest this week and always signals the true beginning of holiday season, in my opinion. Our friends at Horse & Country will carry the live stream from this year’s competition, and you can view the schedule, subscribe, or buy a one-time pass to watch the action here.

Tack Facts with Sterling Essentials: I think this review from Anna S. of Sterling Essentials (and honestly, what the brand teaches in terms of how to actually care for tack) puts how we feel perfectly: “I have to say, Sterling Essentials will forever change the way I care for my saddles. I was taught to use oils to care and condition my tack, which I never tried anything else because that’s how I was taught! When I tried this… My mind was blown! The cleaner pulled off all the oils that were just sitting on the top of my saddles. Then when I used the conditioner… It truly works itself into the leather to make it soft and restore it and no residue remains. I’m so impressed with this that I will never use anything else on my tack. Thank you for creating an amazing product!”

Sponsor Corner: Don’t forget to snag your holiday deal from Haygain!

Wednesday Video Break

K, I want to see the full camera footage from this — talk about cross country with even more adrenaline, if that was even possible!

12 Days of Giveaways, Day 12: Win a Private Lesson with Liz Halliday-Sharp

We’re celebrating the final month of 2022 with some free stuff — everyone’s favorite! This year, we’ve partnered with a whole slew of brands for these 12 (or more!) giveaways. There will be plenty you won’t want to miss out on, so remember to check back on Eventing Nation (and also, there are giveaways happening daily over on Horse Nation!) each day through December 12.

It’s the grand finale of our 12 Days of Giveaways, and we’ve saved a very special prize for last! We’ve teamed up with Ocala Horse Properties and Liz Halliday-Sharp to give away a private lesson with Liz at either her Lexington or Ocala home base!

One lucky winner will win the opportunity to take their horse to HS Eventing’s beautiful Ocala, FL or Lexington, KY facility at a mutually agreed upon date for a private lesson with Liz. With the most international wins in the world for three years running, Liz is one of the best riders to learn from. For those unable to transport their horse to Liz in person, a video lesson may also be coordinated.

Congratulations to Leslie M. — you’re our winner!

12 Days of Giveaways, Day 11: Win a Set of Horseware Ice-Vibe Boots

It’s time to kick off the final month of 2022 with some free stuff — everyone’s favorite! This year, we’ve partnered with a whole slew of brands for these 12 (or more!) giveaways. There will be plenty you won’t want to miss out on, so remember to check back on Eventing Nation (and also, there are giveaways happening daily over on Horse Nation!) each day through December 12.

Today (December 11), we’re teaming up with Horseware to give away a pair of always-popular Ice Vibe® Boots! Ice-Vibe® therapeutic horse boots combine the effects of cooling and massage therapy to reduce soreness and swelling, help boost circulation and stimulate healing.

Congratulations to Emma H. from MD — you’re our winner!

12 Days of Giveaways, Day 10: Win a Pair of Amerigo Aluminum Stirrup Irons from World Equestrian Brands

It’s time to kick off the final month of 2022 with some free stuff — everyone’s favorite! This year, we’ve partnered with a whole slew of brands for these 12 (or more!) giveaways. There will be plenty you won’t want to miss out on, so remember to check back on Eventing Nation (and also, there are giveaways happening daily over on Horse Nation!) each day through December 12.

Today (December 10), we’re teaming up with World Equestrian Brands to give away a pair of Amerigo Aluminum Stirrups!
Amerigo Stirrup Irons are made from aluminum and the special design of the surface holes creates a self-cleaning tread, as well as excellent grip for all types of boots. Furthermore, the 30 degree inclination of the hole through which the stirrup leathers are threaded allows the stirrups themselves to be constantly in the correct position therefore enhancing the grip further on the riders boots. The new Amerigo stirrup iron combines hi-tech qualities and comfort, in keeping with Amerigo’s philosophy aimed at innovation and attention to detail for both horse and rider.

Congratulations to Sarah B. from CA — you’re our winner!

12 Days of Giveaways, Day 10: Win a Haygain Forager Slow Feeder

It’s time to kick off the final month of 2022 with some free stuff — everyone’s favorite! This year, we’ve partnered with a whole slew of brands for these 12 (or more!) giveaways. There will be plenty you won’t want to miss out on, so remember to check back on Eventing Nation (and also, there are giveaways happening daily over on Horse Nation!) each day through December 12.

Today (December 10), we’re teaming up with Haygain to give away a Haygain Forager Slow Feeder! As grazing animals, horses have digestive systems that are designed to process forage in small quantities over several hours. The Forager Slow Feeder facilitates this in modern horse management by extending mealtimes without frustrating your horse. More time eating equals less time for boredom behaviors and food scarcity stress, especially for horses on restricted diets.
Use this form to enter and check back here tomorrow (12/11) for the winner announcement! Winners will also be contacted via email.
Please note: This giveaway is shared between EN and HN, and one winner will be drawn from the total pool of entries.

Congratulations to Jaclyn P. — you’re our winner!

Celebrating the 2022 USEA Year End Award and Grant Winners

The 2022 recipients of the Rebecca Broussard Charitable Foundation Developing Rider Grants. From left to right: Sarah Broussard, Chris Talley, James Alliston, Rebecca Brown, Kaylawna Smith-Cook, Valerie Pride, Jerome and Beth Broussard. USEA/Meagan DeLisle photo.

The drinks were flowing and the mid-afternoon Friday party at the USEA Annual Meeting and Convention was in full swing today at the Year End Awards Luncheon, hosted by Max Corcoran and Jim Wolf. This year’s USEA Annual Meeting is hosted in the positively lovely Savannah, GA, and while I’ll have to book another trip to see the famous green river for St. Patrick’s Day, I’m not sure there could be a better spot to cap off the year in eventing land.

The Year End Awards Luncheon is a festive event, with nearly 30 recipients given USEA Foundation Awards and the end of year leaders in each division and category honored. Development grants for horses, riders, and event support were also given, which means we’ve got a whole list of winners to celebrate. Let’s jump right in — and stay tuned for more stories on some of these award recipients in the coming weeks.

First up, please join us in congratulating the USEA Leaderboard winners from 2022:

Boyd Martin and Tsetserleg represent the U.S. at FEI World Championships. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Overall
World Equestrian Brands Rider of the Year: Boyd Martin (PA)
Bates USEA Lady Rider of the Year: Tamie Smith (CA)
RevitaVet USEA Young Rider of the Year: Cassie Sanger (CT)
Capital Square USEA Adult Amateur of the Year: Kevin Keane (SC)
Standlee Premium Western Forage Horse of the Year: Dondante/Four Star Eventing Group (FL), Team Rebecca, LLC (MT)
Bates USEA Mare of the Year: Lady Chatterley/Lesley Grant-Law (FL), Stephen Brown (FL)
SmartPak USEA Stallion of the Year: Geluk HVF/Bethany Hutchins-Kristen (FL)
Pony of the Year: Coud’Poker/Donna Miller (GA)

Beginner Novice
Junior Rider: Madison Zgutowicz (GA)
Young Adult Rider: Maya Chinana (DE)
Intercollegiate: Gillian Stover (KY)
Adult Rider: Kristen Mumme (FL)
Master Rider: Carla Jimmerson (GA)
Adult Amateur Rider: Lindsay Parsley (KY)
Master Amateur Rider: Carla Jimmerson (GA)
Horse: Delilah’s Boy/Hedgerow Farm (MD)

Novice
Junior Rider: Quidley Kellermann (TX)
Young Adult Rider: Jenna Alland (TX)
Intercollegiate: Emilia Sweeny (CT)
Adult Rider: Kyla Tovar (IL)
Master Rider: Madeline Bletzacker (OH)
Adult Amateur Rider: Kyla Tovar (IL)
Master Amateur Rider: Madeline Bletzacker (OH)
Horse: Paddington/Alyssa Cairo (MI)

Katie Malensek and Landjaeger. Photo by Lisa Madren.

Training
Junior Rider: Ella Eisenbarth (WA)
Young Adult Rider: Sarah Ross (NV)
Intercollegiate: Cora Severs (KY)
Adult Rider: Ashley Kehoe (VA)
Master Rider: Katie Malensek (FL)
Adult Amateur Rider: Amber Pearson (CA)
Master Amateur Rider: Kirsten Hiles (MN)
Horse: Daktaris/Ashley Kehoe Eventing (VA)

Modified
Junior Rider: Chloe Paddack (FL)
Young Adult Rider: Kalli Core (TX)
Intercollegiate: Dorothy Dreelin (GA)
Adult Rider: Megan Tardiff (ME)
Master Rider: Brooke Kahl (SC)
Adult Amateur Rider: Abby Foltz (VA)
Master Amateur Rider: Brooke Kahl (SC)
Horse: Nata Montada SCF/Brooke Kahl (SC)

Eileen Galoostian and Ardeo Living The Dream. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.

Preliminary
Junior Rider: Cassie Sanger (CT)
Young Adult Rider: Kalli Core (TX)
Intercollegiate: Kiersten Miller (MI)
Adult Rider: Caroline Martin (PA)
Master Rider: Liz Halliday-Sharp (FL)
Adult Amateur Rider: Marley Stone Bourke (VA)
Master Amateur Rider: Eileen Galoostian (UT)

Will Coleman and Dondante. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Advanced
Adult Rider: Boyd Martin (PA)
Intercollegiate: Cosby Green (KY)
Adult Amateur Rider: Katie Lichten (MA)
Master Amateur Rider: Kevin Keane (SC)
Horse: Dondante/Four Star Eventing Group (FL), Team Rebecca, LLC (MT)

Next up were the grants given to fund development of horses and riders for future championship competition:

Caroline Martin receives the Connaught Grant in honor of Bruce O. Duchossois. Photo by Red Bay Stock.

Connaught Grant: Caroline Martin and HSH Blake
The Connaught Grant, in honor of the late R. Bruce Duchossois, will give $25,000 to a CCI* or CCI2* horse in the U.S. that is seen as a potential candidate to represent Team USA on an international level. The Grant, which helps offset the cost of competitions, travel in relationship to competitions, training and horse care, is the brainchild of Phillip and Evie Dutton and longtime supporter Caroline Moran.

Wilton Fair Fund: Hallie Coon
The Wilton Fair Fund allows up to $100,000 in grants to be given each year for a variety of educational opportunities for riders ages 29 and under who have not yet ridden on a senior team.

Essex Horse Trials Grant: Cornelia Dorr
The Essex Horse Trials Grant is available to a developing rider aged 25 and under who is competing successfully at CCI4*-S and above and who is working towards representing the U.S. in international team competition. The grant is intended to assist the recipient develop the essential horsemanship skills required for a successful transition from the Young Rider ranks to the Senior Rider ranks. The grant may be used for expenses related to equestrian education, coaching, training, and competing.

Haller Educational Scholarships: Heather Gillette and Ashley Johnson
The USEA has established two educational scholarships in memory of the late Roger Haller and his wife Ann Haller. Designed to provide financial assistance to those licensed officials who are working towards promotion to the “R” license, the “S” license, or the FEI licenses. The Scholarship may be used to offset the costs involved in gaining the necessary education and practical experience required to attain promotion. The sport is in urgent need of well-trained and committed officials who can serve at the highest international levels of the sport.

Seema Sonad Junior Rider Grant: Julia Crandon
The Seema Sonnad Junior Rider Grant is for riders 14-18 years of age who are competing successfully at the Preliminary/two-star level and who are working towards representing his or her Area at the NAYC CCI3*-S team competition in the following year. The grant is intended to assist the recipient in developing the essential horsemanship skills required for a successful transition from the Junior Rider ranks to the Young Rider CCI3*-S level. The grant may be used for expenses related to equestrian education, coaching, training, and competing.

Peter Gray receives the inaugural Packy Prize in honor of Packy McGaughan. Photo by Red Bay Stock.

Mike Huber Award: John Bourgoin
Donated by friends of Mike Huber, this prize is awarded annually to any NAYC coach, chef d’equipe, or team support person who best exemplifies Huber’s enthusiasm, sportsmanship, and dedication to the youth of the sport. This special trophy was earned for the first time at the 2016 NAYC. Each winner will take home their own trophy to keep as well as have their name engraved on a plaque for a perpetual trophy.

Packy Prize: Peter Gray
An award in Packy McGaughan’s honor was established through the USEA Foundation. That award will include a beautiful bronze trophy and award recipients will be recognized at the USEA Annual Meeting and Convention. 2022 is the first year this award is given.

Tremaine Cooper Cross Country Design: Derek di Grazia, John Michael Durr, Jeff Kibbe, Carsten Meyer, David O’Connor, Beth Perkins, Morgan Rowsell, John Williams
The Tremaine Cooper Fund for Cross-Country Design will be awarded annually to support the attendance of FEI Level 2 or higher course designers who are U.S. citizens at FEI Eventing Continuing Education Seminars/Clinics that are held overseas (i.e. outside of North America).

Broussard Charitable Foundation Trust Going Forward Grants: Janice Binkley, Rebecca Caulfield, Allison Eastman Lawler, Colleen Rutledge, Mallory Stiver
This educational opportunity provided the possibility to transforming members’ lives, careers, and horsemanship, along with enriching the sport of eventing. The Broussard Charitable Foundation Trust generously donated a one-time gift of $25,000 to the USEA Foundation for the Going Forward USEA Members Grant. The Grants were intended as a one-time opportunity and were offered only in 2020. However, the reception they received and the success achieved by the grant recipients inspired the Broussard family, through their Charitable Foundation Trust, to offer them each year for the next three years.

Next up were the Event Riders of North America (ERA of NA) Awards:

Above & Beyond Event Personnel Award: Jane and Tim Murray
This award is to be presented to an individual employed in a supporting career such as an event organizer, official, secretary, or other staff members who throughout the year went “above and beyond” their duties.

Amateur Impact Award: Stephanie Tassos-Reimers
This award is to be presented to an Adult Amateur that embodies a dedication to the sport of eventing, outstanding sportsmanship, and has made a direct impact on eventing in North America.

As You Like It Owner’s Award: Nancy Winter
The award is to be presented to an outstanding owner who has had a large influence on a rider’s career. Additionally, nominees will also be recognized for having made an exceptional contribution to the sport of eventing.

Liz Cochran Memorial Groom’s Award: Hailey Burlock and Erin Jarboe (#supergrooms to Will Coleman Equestrian)
This award recognizes an outstanding groom who has had a large influence on their rider’s career and the health and well-being of the horses under their care.

Last but most certainly not least came the USEA Appreciation Awards:

Vintage Cup: John Meriweather (OR), Sally Holman (IN), Suz Roehl (CA)
The Vintage Cup is awarded to members 60 years of age and over who are competing at any level in recognized USEA competitions and who show good sportsmanship.

Ironmaster Trophy: Sandra McDonald (SC)
The Ironmaster Trophy is presented to the individual that exemplifies fortitude and courage. Open to anyone associated with the sport: volunteer, spectator, official, trainer, competitor, groom, or grounds-keeper.

Cornerstone Instructors Award: Natalie Hollis, Sue Berrill
The Cornerstone Instructors Award honors the lower level instructor who has inspired riders in the sport of eventing with their encouragement and long-term dedication teaching basic horsemanship skills.

Eventing Coaches Program Sue Hershey Award: Christian Eagles
The Sue Hershey Award honors an ICP certified instructor who exemplifies the values, commitment, and character of the ICP program and who has inspired students in the sport of eventing, with their instruction, encouragement, and long-term dedication to teaching correct horsemanship and stable management skills. Sue Hershey dedicated over 20 years to the development and continued progression of the Instructors’ Certification Program.

Posthole Digger Award: Tyson Rementer
The Posthole Digger Award is presented to a builder who has exhibited exceptional ability and dedication to the sport through their work.

Neil Ayers Course Designers’ Award: Derek di Grazia
The Neil Ayer Course Designers’ Award is presented to a cross-country course designer in recognition of their innovation and vision.

Wofford Cup: Jo Whitehouse
The Wofford Cup is presented by Jim Wofford to an individual that has made an outstanding contribution to the sport.

I’m always keen to talk to some of these award recipients to find out how they feel about this recognition, so stay tuned for more stories yet to come!

For more on this year’s USEA Annual Meeting and Convention, click here.

12 Days of Giveaways, Day 9: Win a Care Bundle from Sterling Essentials

It’s time to kick off the final month of 2022 with some free stuff — everyone’s favorite! This year, we’ve partnered with a whole slew of brands for these 12 (or more!) giveaways. There will be plenty you won’t want to miss out on, so remember to check back on Eventing Nation (and also, there are giveaways happening daily over on Horse Nation!) each day through December 12.

Today (December 9), we’re teaming up with Sterling Essentials to give away a bundle full of goodies for both horse and rider, including:
  • Leather Cleaner (16 fl oz. – choice of scent: Lavender, Citrus, Eucalyptus)
  • Leather Conditioner (8 oz. – choice of scent: Lavender, Citrus, Eucalyptus)
  • Breathing and Affirmations for a More Calm and Confident Ride – A Guided Meditation for the Nervous Rider

[Read our review of Sterling Essentials here]

Congratulations to Casey L. from MA! You’re our winner!

12 Days of Giveaways, Day 9: Win a One-Year Membership to Ride iQ

It’s time to kick off the final month of 2022 with some free stuff — everyone’s favorite! This year, we’ve partnered with a whole slew of brands for these 12 (or more!) giveaways. There will be plenty you won’t want to miss out on, so remember to check back on Eventing Nation (and also, there are giveaways happening daily over on Horse Nation!) each day through December 12.

Today (December 9), we’re teaming up with Ride iQ to give away a one-year membership! Transform your schooling days with on-demand audio lessons taught by world-class equestrian coaches. Listen while you ride and unlock your potential!

Congratulations to Helen B. from Durango — you’re our winner!

Sessions We’re Looking Forward to at the USEA Annual Meeting & Convention This Week

It’s time to kick things off at the USEA Annual Meeting & Convention, this year hosted in picturesque Savannah, GA at the Hyatt Regency Savannah Hotel. The Annual Meeting & Convention is an opportunity for all USEA stakeholders to gather and connect over the past year’s endeavors. It’s a time to hand out a few awards and grants, to meet on important topics and proposed rule changes, and to give riders of all backgrounds the opportunity to share their thoughts.

It’s a full schedule of informative action this week, and I’ll be on the ground beginning Friday to bring you some reports from key sessions. I’ve got a few ideas of what my days will look like, but here are a few sessions that look particularly interesting. The full Convention schedule can be found here.

Friday, December 9

8:00 a.m.: Proper Warm-up and Cool Down for Riders with Coach Tony Sandoval
Rider fitness is imperative to safe and effective riding. Tony Sandoval is based in Kentucky and works with multiple riders, so it’s safe to say he knows how to get a rider feeling and performing their best! Tony will also be leading an “Age is Just a Number!” session on Saturday morning at 8 a.m.

10:00 a.m.: Incident Management with Rob Burk, Cindy Deporter, Tim Murray, Sarah Broussard, Rusty Lowe, and Dr. Kimberly Keeton

Managing a risk-heavy sport is a big responsibility, and how we respond to incidents matters. This panel discussion should yield some interesting insights into how risk is managed at competitions.

10:00 a.m.: How Tech Can Supports the Best Eventers of the Future, with Kyle Carter, Jessa Lux, and McKinsey Lux

Technological advances are coming — but how we can we make the most of it to improve our sport and inform ourselves as riders?

5:00 p.m.: Development and Uses of the Ridden Horse Pain Ethogram: A Performance Checklist, with Dr. Sue Dyson

I’m super keen to learn more about Dr. Sue Dyson’s research. She’ll be giving a presentation on her Ridden Horse Pain Ethogram that’s sure to be well worth attending to better understand our horses.

12:00 p.m.: USEA Year End Awards Luncheon

Always a popular event, the Awards Luncheon is hosted by Jim Wolf, who celebrates the achievements of all recipients for the season. It’s a festive one, well worth attending if you’re in town for it!

Saturday, December 10

8:00 a.m.: Safety Committee Open Form, with Max Corcoran, Jonathan Holling, Sarah Broussard, and Dr. Jennifer Miller

Hear from members of the USEA Safety Committee on statistics and developments in the sport’s safety-conscious initiatives.

10:00 a.m.: Making Strides for Equality and Growing the Sport, with Dr. Anastasia Curwood and Heather Gillette

Learn about diversity, equity, and representation within our sport — and why this is so important.

11:00 a.m.: Rule Change Open Form, with Malcolm Hook

Get the latest on upcoming and proposed rule changes that can affect competition and qualifications.

12:00 p.m.: USEA Annual Meeting of Members Luncheon and Keynote Presentation

Hear from USEA leadership on the 2022 season + more from Dr. Sue Dyson, this year’s keynote speaker.

2:00 p.m.: FEI World Championship Riders Recap, with Bobby Costello, Max Corcoran, Will Coleman, Tamie Smith, Lauren Nicholson, Boyd Martin, and Ariel Grald

Hear from the Pratoni silver medalists themselves as they recap a banner year for US Eventing and look ahead to what’s coming next: Pan Ams and Paris 2024.

6:30 p.m.: USEA’s Eventing Hall of Fame Gala

The USEA is proudly presents the 8th edition of the USEA’s Eventing Hall of Fame induction gala. This year, five new inductees will join this esteemed group of eventing legends: Janie Atkinson, Col. Harry Chamberlain, Trish Gilbert, Sally O’Connor and Eagle Lion.

Sunday, December 11

9:00 a.m.: Incoming USEA President Louise Leslie will lead her first Board of Governors meeting, which will be open to the public.

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[More Convention Fast Facts]

There is no live stream from the Annual Meeting & Convention this year, so be sure to follow along on USEA’s website and Instagram for more, and of course I’ll be bringing you reports from on the ground. I’m curious: what do you want to know about? I’d love it if you would fill out the survey below (or here if the embedded survey doesn’t display in your browser), and I’ll do my best to do some digging for you!

12 Days of Giveaways, Day 8: Win a Delaire Backpack from Veltri

It’s time to kick off the final month of 2022 with some free stuff — everyone’s favorite! This year, we’ve partnered with a whole slew of brands for these 12 (or more!) giveaways. There will be plenty you won’t want to miss out on, so remember to check back on Eventing Nation (and also, there are giveaways happening daily over on Horse Nation!) each day through December 12.

Today (December 8), we’re teaming up with Veltri to give away a ring-side ready Delaire Backpack! Constructed sustainably and designed to fit everything you need (including your helmet!) without sacrificing style, the Delaire Backpack is perfect for the organizer in all of us. Winner can choose color of Regular size Delaire Backpack.

To enter, use the form below to submit your information, or click here if the embedded form is not usable or visible in your browser. We’ll announce the winner tomorrow in this post and will also notify the winner via email.Want a bonus entry? Give @veltrisport a follow on Instagram!

Disclosure: This form collects email addresses, which will be shared with EN as well as the sponsor of the day’s giveaway. You may receive a few emails from EN and the sponsor, from which you’re free to unsubscribe at any time (but you’ll miss the fun!).

12 Days of Giveaways, Day 8: Win a $100 Shopping Spree at Horse & Rider Books

It’s time to kick off the final month of 2022 with some free stuff — everyone’s favorite! This year, we’ve partnered with a whole slew of brands for these 12 (or more!) giveaways. There will be plenty you won’t want to miss out on, so remember to check back on Eventing Nation (and also, there are giveaways happening daily over on Horse Nation!) each day through December 12.

Today (December 8), we’re teaming up with Horse & Rider Books/Trafalgar Square Press to give away a $100 gift certificate to line your bookshelves! Study up and pick out your wishlist of books here.

Congratulations to Jenavieve F. from MD — you’re our winner!

12 Days of Giveaways, Day 7: Win a Saddle Pad from Success Equestrian

It’s time to kick off the final month of 2022 with some free stuff — everyone’s favorite! This year, we’ve partnered with a whole slew of brands for these 12 (or more!) giveaways. There will be plenty you won’t want to miss out on, so remember to check back on Eventing Nation (and also, there are giveaways happening daily over on Horse Nation!) each day through December 12.

Today (December 7), we’re teaming up with Success Equestrian, to give away a winner’s choice of saddle pad from the following options:

Deluxe Dressage Pad
Dressage Friction Free Pad
Deluxe XC Monoflap Pad
Deluxe Dressage Correction Half Pad

Congratulations to Erin K. from IL — you’re our winner!

Wednesday News & Notes from Haygain

A fun #waybackWednesday for you: a glimpse at Phyllis Dawson and Albany competing in the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. After seeing this on my Instagram feed last week, I wanted to go down memory lane — luckily Phyllis maintains a blog that contains little nuggets such as this one all about Albany and that trip to Seoul. It’s well worth a read!

[Phyllis Dawson’s Olympic Memories]

U.S. Weekend Preview

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Wednesday News & Reading

Looking for a few gifts for your barn friends? Our Holiday Gift Guide has a few ideas + some deals from our sponsors to take advantage of! We’ve also created more specific guides inside geared toward the organizing freak, the bookworm, the barn manager, and more. Click here to start shopping!

Diversity in intercollegiate equestrian sports is the topic of discussion in an upcoming panel hosting by Black in the Saddle on December 15. Geared toward prospective collegiate riders and their families, the Increasing Diversity in Collegiate Equestrian Sports will feature perspectives from current students and coaches. Sign up to attend here.

No, it wasn’t a nightmare. It is, in fact, clipping season. To prepare yourself, The Plaid Horse republished this excellent amateur’s guide to clipping. Step 1: Think to yourself, this costs how much? I can totally do that myself! Famous last words, I say… [Read the “guide”]

Caroline Martin had a heck of a year with several horses, one of which is the up-and-coming HSH Blake, who impressed through his 7-year-old season to earn the USEA’s Turner/Holekamp Le Lion d’Angers Grant to compete among the best 7-year-olds in the world. Get to know HSH Blake and what’s on the horizon here.

Tack Facts with Sterling Essentials Use these tips to prevent mold on your tack without using harsh chemicals:

Sponsor Corner: For the whole month of December, receive a free starter pack with every purchase of a Haygain Hay Steamer AND Haygain will donate a portion of the sale to World Horse Welfare.

Wednesday Video:

Hang on tight and ride around the 2*-L cross country at Tryon International with Elisa Wallace and Tullymurry Fifi:

Tuesday Video Break: Just Ingrid Klimke on a Haflinger…

Nothing to see here, just the leading lady of eventing herself, Ingrid Klimke, taking a spin on everyone’s favorite smaller-statured breed: the Haflinger!

This was a different type of experience for the German Olympian, who can often be found at the top of her game in both eventing as well as dressage. During a recent SAP Sports Day at the Reit-u. Rennver. Walldorf e.V. riding club, Ingrid got to take a dabble in the discipline known as Working Equitation. Paired with the 9-year-old Haflinger, Angelo, Ingrid put her skills to good use taking a spin around a demo equitation course.

Personally, I’m 100% here for Ingrid’s pro WE debut. We think she’d just look so stately cantering around doing one-handed turns like in this video:

Let’s make it happen!

Pippa Funnell is Coming to Ocala! How to Register to Ride or Audit

Pippa Funnell and Majas Hope. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

British 5* winner and Rolex Grand Slam winner Pippa Funnell is headed to the U.S. this winter! The offseason is a prime time to find educational opportunities, and there are sure to be plenty this year with the announcement of Pippa’s Ocala clinic kicking things off. Other dates/locations for clinics with Pippa in the U.S. will be shared as information is made available.

Pippa will teach in Ocala, FL at a combination of Overlook South and Barnstaple South, both located near HITS, January 23-24. Lessons are available for riders from Beginner Novice through Advanced, with each group riding over two days. A limited number of private lessons will also be available earlier in the week. Auditing passes will also be available if you don’t plan to ride but still want to soak in some knowledge!

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Pippa will also be hosting a lecture during a group dinner on January 23, included with entries and available for additional purchase for auditors.

To sign up, use this form to register — a payment will hold your spot. You can also email Rhonda Sexton at [email protected] with additional questions or inquiries. The clinic cost is $600 for two days. Auditing passes are $60/day or $130 for both days including a ticket to the dinner and lecture.

12 Days of Giveaways, Day 6: Win an Iconic Equestrian Original 2-in-1 Saddle Pad from Achieve Equine

It’s time to kick off the final month of 2022 with some free stuff — everyone’s favorite! This year, we’ve partnered with a whole slew of brands for these 12 (or more!) giveaways. There will be plenty you won’t want to miss out on, so remember to check back on Eventing Nation (and also, there are giveaways happening daily over on Horse Nation!) each day through December 12.

Today (December 6), we’re teaming up with Achieve Equine to give away an Iconic Equestrian™ Original 2-in-1 Saddle Pad, a versatile pad designed with your horse’s anatomy and your lifestyle in mind.

[Read our review of the Iconic Equestrian 2-in-1 Saddle Pad]

To enter, use the form below to submit your information, or click here if the embedded form is not usable or visible in your browser. We’ll announce the winner tomorrow (12/7) in this post and will also notify the winner via email. Want a bonus entry? Give @iconicequestrian a follow on Instagram!

Disclosure: This form collects email addresses, which will be shared with EN as well as the sponsor of the day’s giveaway. You may receive a few emails from EN and the sponsor, from which you’re free to unsubscribe at any time (but you’ll miss the fun!).

12 Days of Giveaways, Day 5: Win a Custom Pedigree Report from Breed.Ride.Compete.

It’s time to kick off the final month of 2022 with some free stuff — everyone’s favorite! This year, we’ve partnered with a whole slew of brands for these 12 (or more!) giveaways. There will be plenty you won’t want to miss out on, so remember to check back on Eventing Nation (and also, there are giveaways happening daily over on Horse Nation!) each day through December 12.

Today (December 5), we’re teaming up with Breed.Ride.Compete to give away a Custom Pedigree Report! Ever wanted to know more about your horse’s breeding, but not sure how or where to start? Let our expert pedigree researchers do all the work for you! You will receive a 6-8 page PDF report with information about your horse’s ancestors, other related horses, what the bloodlines are known for, their history, the mare family, photos, etc.

These reports are geared toward horse owners who are interested in learning more about their horses, but they have also been popular for sale horse packages as well. If you have any follow-up questions related to any of the information included in your report, we’ll be happy to discuss those with you too.

Please note: The Custom Pedigree Report is limited to warmbloods, Thoroughbreds, sport horses, or sport ponies.

Congratulations to Emily S. from OK — you’re our winner!