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It was great to be back showing in Europe for the first time in 2020 at CSI Opglabbeek in Belgium and it also marked my…

Posted by Eric Lamaze on Wednesday, July 8, 2020

If Eric Lamaze can wear a mask to jump around a CSI2* show jumping course… then you can wear one to the grocery store.

Take care of those around you. Wear a mask (over your nose too…). Spread some joy to your friends. Go eventing.

National Holiday: National Pecan Pie Day

U.S. Weekend Action:

Champagne Run at the Park H.T. [Website][Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Maryland HT II at Loch Moy Farm: [Website][Entry Status][Ride Times][Live Scores]

Poplar Place HT: [Website][Entry Status][Ride Times][Live Scores]

Genesee Valley Hunt HT: [Website][Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

War Horse Event Series HT: [Website][Entry Status][Ride Times][Live Scores]

Sunday Links: 

Volunteering at the 2020 AEC

The Essentials of First Aid

9 Things I’ve Learned During My Years Selling Horses

Dear Shutterfly, You Are The Horse of a Lifetime

From The Magazine: Drumming Up Good Vibes

Pandemic the biggest challenge ever confronted by horse sport – FEI president

Sunday Video: Cross training at its best! Sara Kozumplik Murphy’s husband Brain traded the colored poles for some cross country fun.

Brian says he thinks he made time? We love to cross train our jumpers but it’s usually me doing the logs since Murph…

Posted by Sara Kozumplik Murphy on Friday, July 10, 2020

#EventerProblems Vol. 234, Presented by Haygain: Horses, the Most Honest Teachers

Horses just love to call us on our bull crap. Just yesterday, while riding with a friend, I said, “I’m going to pop over a few fences without stirrups for practice.” She warned me against it, reminding me that my horse loves to buck. It was noon, and in the high 80s in Georgia, so I said “He’s way too hot and lazy to buck!!”

I’m sure you can guess how this played out. Cross rail … then BUCK! My horse was just really trying to make sure I took full advantage of my no stirrup work. Horses really are the best teachers.

Anyway, enjoy our latest batch of #EventerProblems, on the house.

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🏇🤕 Im Falle eines Falles … 🧐🤕 Im neuen @racebetsgermany Blogbeitrag habe ich mir einige Unfallstatistiken aus dem #Reitsport angeschaut – was sind die häufigsten und gefährlichsten Verletzungen? – und danach auf die Suche nach der perfekten #Schutzausrüstung gemacht. Mit manch einer Überraschung: 🤔🤭 Habt ihr zum Beispiel gewusst, dass die EU Norm EN 1384 für Reithelme bereits vor 6 Jahren abgeschafft wurde? Und dass, mangels einer neuen, trotzdem noch mit dieser Norm gearbeitet wird? Oder dass @stiftungwarentest eine stolze Fallhöhe von 1,5 Metern simuliert hat? Das mag Shetty-Reiter beruhigen, doch wer nicht gerade auf dem Weg zur Aufsteigehilfe stolpert, fällt tendenziell etwas höher … https://blog.racebets.de/risikosport-reiten-unfallpraevention-schutzkleidung #EinRennpferdegehtinRente #VonderRennbahnindenBusch #Unfall #sturz #Unfallprävention #Verletzung #Krankenhaus #Schutzkleidung #Reithelm #Schutzweste #Airbag #Steigbügel #eventersdoitbetter #eventerproblems #safetyfirst #sicherheit

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🏇🤕 Im Falle eines Falles … 🧐🤕 Im neuen @racebetsgermany Blogbeitrag habe ich mir einige Unfallstatistiken aus dem #Reitsport angeschaut – was sind die häufigsten und gefährlichsten Verletzungen? – und danach auf die Suche nach der perfekten #Schutzausrüstung gemacht. Mit manch einer Überraschung: 🤔🤭 Habt ihr zum Beispiel gewusst, dass die EU Norm EN 1384 für Reithelme bereits vor 6 Jahren abgeschafft wurde? Und dass, mangels einer neuen, trotzdem noch mit dieser Norm gearbeitet wird? Oder dass @stiftungwarentest eine stolze Fallhöhe von 1,5 Metern simuliert hat? Das mag Shetty-Reiter beruhigen, doch wer nicht gerade auf dem Weg zur Aufsteigehilfe stolpert, fällt tendenziell etwas höher … https://blog.racebets.de/risikosport-reiten-unfallpraevention-schutzkleidung #EinRennpferdegehtinRente #VonderRennbahnindenBusch #Unfall #sturz #Unfallprävention #Verletzung #Krankenhaus #Schutzkleidung #Reithelm #Schutzweste #Airbag #Steigbügel #eventersdoitbetter #eventerproblems #safetyfirst #sicherheit

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We are committed to improving equine health through scientific research, product innovation and consumer education in respiratory and digestive health. Developed by riders, for riders, we understand the importance of clean forage and a healthy stable environment in maintaining the overall well-being of the horse.

Our Haygain hay steamers are recommended by the world’s leading riders, trainers and equine vets and ComfortStall® Sealed Orthopedic Flooring System is used and recommended by leading Veterinary Hospitals, including Cornell University.

Tuesday Video from Flexible Fit Equestrian USA: A Tribute to the Queen of Dressage

I think I can speak for all eventers when I say that dressage is objectively the least fun of our three phases. But when done correctly it’s truly a thing of beauty, and no one does it better than Isabell Werth. Riding for Germany, Isabell is the most decorated dressage rider in the history of equestrian sport. In a 30+ year career, she’s picked up over 50 major medals. This video takes you through her success story.

Can you say GOAT?

Just this once, Go Dressage.

Flexible Fit Equestrian: Redefining Comfort & Quality at an Affordable Price. Learn more at www.ffequestrian.com.au.

Tuesday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

New jumps coming to The Carolina Horse Park!

Some new fences are slated to make their debut at The Carolina Horse Park in Raeford, N.C. Think this looks a little familiar? That’s because they have been generously given from Brad Turley at Southern 8th’s Farm, which hosted the Heart of the Carolinas Three-Day Event. Though the much loved HOTC event is no longer held, the fences can continue to be a part of eventing. Thank you Brad for all you have done for our sport.

National Holiday: National Dive Bar Day

Events Opening This Week: Town Hill Farm H.T.Great Meadow InternationalFlora Lea Farm YEH and Mini EventWar Horse Event Series August H.T.Feather Creek Farm H.T.Shepherd Ranch SYVPC H.T. IICaber Farm H.T.The Event at Archer

Events Closing This Week: VHT International & H.T.Horse Park of New Jersey Horse Trials IIHunt Club Farms H.T.FENCE H.T.Mill Creek Pony Club H.T. at LongviewEvent at Rebecca Farm

Tuesday News: 

The ever present conversation in eventing is safety. How can we make cross country safer? This is a puzzle with many interlocking pieces, but riders can be accountable, too. Heading out on course, you’re entering into a contract with your horse where you are responsible for setting them up for success. [Key Steps to Safe Cross-Country Riding, Part Two: Horse and Rider Contract and Going Faster]

What I’m Listening to Today: Remember that planner you bought in January? The joke was on us, huh? Well now things are starting to slowing get back going, which means many are going to start planning what’s left of the 2020 season. Nicole Brown, Diarm Byrne, Will Coleman and British high performance veterinarian Spike “The Vet” Milligan talk through the steps you can take efficiently plan your season. [USEA Podcast #261: Planning Your Season]

A love of horses is a lifelong condition with no treatment, but fortunately there are many support groups available. [Still Horse Crazy After All These Years]

Tuesday Video: Congratulations to this weekend winner from Chatt Hills!

Finally! Watch the Strzegom CCI3*/4*-S Cross Country Live Stream

We have waited ever so patiently, and today offers a little something to feed our hunger for equestrian sports — we have a honest-to-God cross country live stream for you to watch! Grab a cup of coffee and settle in to watch the first leg of the Strzegom Summer Tour in Poland.

The CCI3*-S and CCI4*-S cross country divisions begin at 12:50 p.m. local/6:50 a.m eastern. The CCI*-S and CCI2*-S classes kicked off at 9 a.m. local/3 a.m. eastern, and you can rewatch their efforts at this link.

Due to sanitary restrictions, the event is taking place without audiences and media.

Live video schedule:
Show Jumping – Saturday, July 4, 12 – 6 p.m. local time (6 a.m.-12 p.m. EST)
Cross Country: Sunday, July 5, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. local time (3 – 9 p.m. EST)

You can view the entry list here, results here and the program here.

Go eventing.

Sunday Links from One K Helmets

Georgie Spence wrangles a fit Wii Limbo down the strip. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Georgie Spence has retired her five-star horse Wii Limbo from competition. Owned by Suzanne Doggett, Lucy Fleming, Sam Wilson and Georgie’s father Russell, the the 17-year-old Dutch Warmblood boasts six finishes at the toughest level of our sport including 12th at Burghley in 2015. Georgie bought “Woody” as a 3-year-old and produced him all the way.

She said, “He is 17 and owes me nothing, it’s just the right time. I will keep him and jump him, do some indoor cross-country events, and just let him be a horse. He’ll stay with me until the day he dies.”

Happy retirement Woody!

National Holiday: Happy Birthday to my sister, Margaux!

Weekend Action:

Twin Rivers Summer H.T. : [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Winona H.T: [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

The Maryland International + H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

Chattahoochee Hills H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Spring Gulch H.T.: [Website] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Larkin Hill H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Sunday Links: 

‘Letter to My Horse’ Contest: Get Published on NoelleFloyd.com and Win Prizes! — tomorrow is the deadline!

The Tough Conversations We Need to Have: Reflections of an Old Horse Caretaker

Reset Your Riding: Two Exercises for Staying Balanced Through the Turn from Sloane Coles

Bromont CCI and FEI Eventing Nations Cup August Dates Set To Change

USEA Horse of the Month: Zydeco Nights

Extra international classes to give ‘much-needed’ boost to 2020 eventing calendar

HITS-On-The-Hudson Cancels First Week Of Shows After New York State Issues Cease-And-Desist

Sunday Video: Here’s a look at the cross country at Chattahoochee Hills this weekend:

Chatt HIlls Cross Country course flyover

Chattahoochee Hills Eventing cross country course flyover. Still time to sign up for a XC drone video this weekend! We will be there Saturday and Sunday. See our page for more details 4 Props Aerial LLC

Posted by 4 Props Aerial LLC on Friday, July 3, 2020

#EventerProblems Vol. 233, Presented by Haygain: Baby You’re A Firework

This latest edition of #EventerProblems is dedicated to all those horses who really know how to put on a show with quite a bang! Hang in there all you horse owners/barn managers tonight, the night of nervous horses and loud noises.

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I'm sorry for the poor video quality. I forgot my tripod, so my oldest was videoing. She's very supportive though. 😊 . Yesterday's ride wasn't our best. We both felt a bit off. I felt like my shoulders kept coming forward, and I just wasn't riding my best. Lexi was relaxed, but just wasn't quite herself. Maybe a little stiff, maybe just and off day for us both. . This exercise was incredibly difficult for Lexi, but needed. Going through the one stride and to the bending line rode well, but coming back into it, Lexi kept getting strung out and I struggled to get her to compress her stride. If you caught my stories you'd see at one point out miscommunication landed with us hitting a jump standard. My knee currently has an indent on it. 😣 . After releasing my child from video duties we went through one last time. During the 2nd bending line I half halted so strong we almost halted, but it was enough to get her balanced and end on a good note. We will be returning to more exercises like this. 💪

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Our Haygain hay steamers are recommended by the world’s leading riders, trainers and equine vets and ComfortStall® Sealed Orthopedic Flooring System is used and recommended by leading Veterinary Hospitals, including Cornell University.

Rest in Peace, Aspen

Jonathan Elliott and Aspen. Photo via Johnathan Elliott.

We are sad to share the news that Jonathan Elliot and Suzy Pettman Elliott’s Aspen has been laid to rest at age 34.

Aspen was a roan Swedish Warmblood (Callaghan x Annika) owned by Gail Elliott. His spirit was the inspiration for the Elliott’s idyllic property, Aspen Farms, in Yelm, Washington, which hosts US Eventing horse trials through the Advanced level.

Aspen was Jonathan’s first Advanced horse, and together they attained many career accolades including 4th at the 1998 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event at the now four-star level, a silver medal at Young Riders and Advanced wins from coast to coast.

Suzy Elliott and Aspen. Photo via Jonathan Elliott.

The pair spent five years at the Advanced level before Jonathan’s wife, Suzy took over the ride. Suzy and Aspen galloped around Advanced horse trials across the country and culminated their partnership with the Foxhall CCI3* (Now CCI4*-L) in 2001.

Jonathan posted this tribute:

“Yesterday we laid to rest our beloved Aspen at 34 years young. He gave me numerous experiences and taught me so much. He was my first Advanced horse, we got to leave the box 17 times over those magical blue numbers.

“Our 3 kids got to play with and get to know this amazing little Monkey. He taught us all so much, Aspen Farms will not be the same without him but he will always be fondly remembered.”

Aspen and the kiddos. Photo via Jonathan Elliott.

Rest in Peace, Aspen.

Tuesday Video from Flexible Fit Equestrian USA: Horse Breeds in Water, Explained

How different horse breeds walk through water brought to you by @taylordstory and me.

Posted by Jeanette Estelle on Sunday, June 28, 2020

Our horses are an enigma. Sometimes it’s hard to capture their complex behaviors, but Jeanette Estelle’s demonstration of how each breed walks in water is pretty spot on.

Tag yourself, I’m the Arabian.

Flexible Fit Equestrian: Redefining Comfort & Quality at an Affordable Price. Learn more at www.ffequestrian.com.au.

Tuesday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

Photo by Equus Pix via 2020 Portugal Winter Tour.

Something special is on the horizon for European eventers this winter. The Portuguese Eventing Association (ACCE) and the Portuguese Equestrian Federation (FEP) have just announced the launch of the 2020 Portuguese Eventing Tour with the goal of beefing up what’s left of the 2020 International calendar. The competitions will take place the last two weeks of November and the first week of December, pending FEI approval.

Key Dates:

Week 1 19-21st November at Ota (CCI1*-S, CCI2*-S, CCI3*-S, CCI4*-S plus a national programme)

Week 2 26-28th November at Barroca d’Alva (CCI1*-S, CCI2*-S, CCI3*-S plus the National Championships)

Week 3 2nd-6th December at Barroca d’Alva (CCI1*-S, CCI2*-S, CCI3*-S, CCI4*-S, CCI2*-L, CCI3*-L, CCI4*-L (Olympic qualifier)

Much is still up in the air as they wait for a green light from the FEI, but the organization has pledged to strictly adhere to any appropriate COVID-19 restrictions at the time of competition. You can read more about it here.

National Holiday: National Social Media Day

Events Opening This Week: Genesee Valley Riding & Driving Club H.T.Waredaca Farm H.T.Full Gallop Farm August HTOcala Summer H.T. IIOcala Summer H.T. II

Events Closing This Week: Full Moon Farms H.T.Full Gallop Farm July H.T.Silverwood Farm Summer H.T.Galway Downs July H.T.

Tuesday News: 

Our sport is a game of inches and those are arguably the most important during the final show jumping phase of a three-day competition. Your preparation begins weeks before the event — when you’re building your horse’s fitness. Then day-off, think short and sweet. [How to Show Jump Clear at a Long Format Event with Doug Payne]

Blast from the past! To celebrate Carl Hester’s 50th birthday yesterday (June 29) here’s a roundup of his rise to the top. [Blast from the past: 50 photos of Carl Hester to celebrate his birthday]

Being a working student requires tremendous sacrifice. While many head off in this intense working agreement to learn how to ride, your best bet would be to do it with the goal of learning how to become a better horse person. [Don’t Become A Working Student To Learn How To Ride]

In Memory: Andrew Temkin’s old 3* event horse, Bucephalus, was laid to rest last Thursday at the age of 26 years old. He was owned by Leslie Manville for the last eight years of his life and was very loved until the end. A lot of people who knew/rode this special horse, and we send our condolences.

Tuesday Video: Lainey Ashker shares a refreshing take on making mistakes:

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“Show me a guy who’s afraid to look bad, and I’ll show you a guy you can beat every time.” -Lou Brock 👊🏽👊🏽👊🏽 PSA: Even professionals make mistakes guys…that’s how we become professionals…by testing the limits and pushing ourselves. If you would have been out in my jump ring yesterday you probably would have counted over 500 jumps I took (cumulatively) on all the horses I rode and I didn’t stop until I felt each horse had accomplished what I felt he or she needed to. I post this “fail” to show you that I make mistakes and this was NO FAULT OF TORO’S in fact he was a blessed Saint sent from the stars above to be honest and continue down the line for me like he did. Truth is I COMPLETELY missed my striding into the line and it sucked but we were no worse the wear and came back and corrected the mistake I made. The point of this post is quite simple: don’t be afraid to make mistakes because that means you’re pushing the envelope; you’re striving for progress. And when you do make that mistake because undoubtedly you will make one, do your best to make the most of it in that very instant so you can take away all the positive so you come back even better from it the next time! #LÆsquad #failfrenzy #goodboytoro #ottbaward #holdyourline #nowthatsaneventinghorse #mindgym #eyesontheprize #trainhard

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#EventerProblems Vol. 232, Presented by Haygain: Summer Shenanigans

We had our longest day of the year over the weekend. Since the sun doesn’t set until around 9 p.m., that means there’s even more time for some our usual horsey shenanigans. We’re sharing a few of yours with this week’s roundup of #EventerProblems:

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How To Train Your Dragon With Samantha Bogan 🐉 On days you’d like to school your baby dragon through some water, be prepared for anything. I literally mean anything. Nothing is too extreme when it comes to imagining what you should be prepared for. Once you’ve got your baby dragon by your water source, mine was a giant lake, proceed to spend an hour convincing your dragon to just put one foot in. After that hour, your dragon will walk through a bit of water, once in the water, they may panic a bit like mine did. After you’re back on dry land with your dragon, spend another 30 mins convincing the dragon to do the exact same thing he had just done. They will be using a different side of their brain, so don’t expect them to retain much & just hop on in. Suddenly they will put a foot in the water, at this point they realize they’re invincible and will take off straight into the lake with no thought of you on their back. Once they have reach the halfway point of your 15 acre lake they will look you straight in the eye and realize that they had truly fucked up. Now it’s your job to guide your 1,300lb dragon back to shore. It may be challenging as your dragon still has the aftershocks of being invincible and can go anywhere. It will take you about 10 mins of swimming about the lake next to your dragon in boots that are too big, so they’re dragging you down, to get back to shore. Once you have reached the shore proceed to vomit repeatedly because you’re exhausted. Then, walk your exhausted water logged ass over 50 acres to bring your dragon back to the barn. Hand your dragon off to you amazing interns and lay on the ground. Congratulations, you have now trained your dragon to get through water! In case anyone was wondering… yes, IPhone 11’s are waterproof. #equestrianlife #horselife #eventerproblems #horse #horses #horsesofinstagram #horseofinstagram #horseoftheday #horsesofinsta #paard #paarden #hollandequestrianfarm

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Found a few goblins and ghouls in the ditches but they couldn’t reach him 😂. What a good man! Finn went cross country schooling yesterday and was a 🌟! I also may or may not have mis-judged the height on one of the jumps and sent him over a training level one 😅🙈. It was one of those as you get closer and closer on the approach, you go “oh crap” but you’re too dedicated to pull him off of it. 🤷🏼‍♀️ oh well! He jumped it beautifully anyway! 🦄 . . . . . #eventer #eventersofinstagram #eventhorse #horse #ottb #ottbsofinstagram #horsesofinstagram #equestrian #equestriansofinstagram #dressage #dressagehorse #jumper #showjumping #jumpersofinstagram #eventerproblems

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Haygain is a science driven company with the horse’s health as the primary focus.

We are committed to improving equine health through scientific research, product innovation and consumer education in respiratory and digestive health. Developed by riders, for riders, we understand the importance of clean forage and a healthy stable environment in maintaining the overall well-being of the horse.

Our Haygain hay steamers are recommended by the world’s leading riders, trainers and equine vets and ComfortStall® Sealed Orthopedic Flooring System is used and recommended by leading Veterinary Hospitals, including Cornell University.

Tuesday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

Photo via Sinead Halpin.

The USEF COVID-19 Action Plan had specific instructions about masks, but I didn’t see anything about pants. Baby Brooks Maynard took advantage of this gap in regulation for a little fun in the sprinklers at Stable View over the weekend. To Tik and all you horse show dads out there, we appreciate you!

National Holiday: National Pink Day

Events Opening This Week: War Horse Event Series July H.T.Genesee Valley Hunt H.T.The Maryland H.T. at Loch Moy Farm IIWar Horse Event Series July H.T.Poplar Place Farm May (July) H.T.Champagne Run at the Park H.T.,

Events Closing This Week: Millbrook H.T.WindRidge Farm Summer H.T.Fair Hill International H.T.Otter Creek Summer H.T.The Summer Event at WoodsideArea VII Young Rider Benefit H.T.IEA Horse Trials, Classic Training & Novice 3-Day EventSpring Gulch H.T.

Tuesday News: 

Beezie is one of the most iconic show jumpers of our time, but she’s been hinting at retirement. So, who will fill her shoes when she does? She’s outranked men time and time again, but oftentimes she finds herself the only woman at the top of the field. Noelle Floyd explores just how she got so good. [Will There Ever Be Another Beezie?]

There’s a place for everyone in horse sport, and no group believes that more than the International Gay Rodeo Association (IGRA). “… it doesn’t matter if you’re a man or a woman, a butch or nelly — everybody can find a place within our community, within our rodeo circuit.” [A Place Within Our Community: The International Gay Rodeo Association]

We cannot keep using the excuse that a financial barrier is the only limiting factor in our sport. There is a blatant lack of diversity, and the first step to becoming more inclusive is for each and every one of us to take some time for self reflection on our own biases. Whether you consciously acknowledge it or not we all have these, and they could be creating an unwelcoming environment. Together, we can make eventing a better space for everyone. [The Limits Of Diversity: Horsemanship, Race And Inclusion]

Listen: USEA Podcast #260: Team Talk

Tuesday Video: Behind the scenes with British eventing legend Nick Skelton.

Sunday Links from One K Helmets

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Wrapping things up here at StableView.

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The big guns were out stretching their legs this weekend at Stable View in Aiken South Carolina for our very first Advanced level competition since March. Buck Davidson and Carlevo ultimately won the whole shebang on a 34.9. Click here to follow the live scores.

National Holiday: National Turkey Lovers’ Day

U.S. Weekend Action:

If you’re out and about, make sure you read the latest Update to COVID-19 Competition Action Plan for USEF-Licensed Competitions.

Texas Rose HT — [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Surefire HT — [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Stable View HT — [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Sunday Links:

A Black Horseman’s Perspective On Our Current Climate

Trimming the Fat: Weight Loss Strategies for the Overweight Horse with Dr. Amy Burk

Finding Positives In The Downtime

Dear Anthony Patch: You Loved Me When I Didn’t Love Myself

1 chip off the old block and 11 other great bits of horsey social media this week

Eventing given green light to restart after initial plans delayed

Sunday Video: 

Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: 5 Trusty Packers

In the market for a new four-legged partner? You may find your unicorn on our sister site, Sport Horse Nation. To help with the search, we’re going to feature a selection of current listings here on EN. We include the ad copy provided; click the links for videos, pricing and contact information.

You just can’t go wrong with a packer — that’s why they’re always desirable on Sport Horse Nation. Here’s 6 of our latest listings:

Forrest Gump. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

⭐️TRAINING PACKER⭐️

⭐️For Sale!⭐️ Forrest Gump. 11 year old TB gelding. Forrest has plenty of prelim and training miles, but would rather be more competitive at the lower levels. He has a great personality and is the same horse where ever you take him. He is very forgiving, can take a joke and safe as can be. He would suit a young rider or amateur learning the ropes of eventing. Asking 40k.  Message for videos: (803) 443-5526. Located in Aiken, South Carolina.

B.E. Favored Ferro. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Low Level Packer – Upper Level Prospect

B.E. Favored Ferro, or Felix as we call him, is a 16.2 2013 Irish Sport Horse gelding. He is a very special horse with an in your pocket personality. Suitable for a young rider or professional to take up the levels. Great mover, easy to jump and a pleasure to ride. Felix has completed four prelims successfully with a professional while still being ridden by his young rider at the novice level. Located in Pennsylvania.

We Were Kings. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Flashy Novice / Training packer

We Were Kings is a seven year old, 16.1h, Thoroughbred gelding. With four white socks and a blaze he is as flashy as he is talented! King is easy to ride and goes in a snaffle in all three phases. He has been in a program with a five star event rider since coming off the track two years ago. He has successfully completed multiple Novice and Training level events. King has been competed by a professional as well as a junior rider and is always a perfect gentleman! He is a solid Novice/Training level horse and would be ideal for a young rider or adult amateur. Located in Ocala, Florida. Contact me, Danielle Beaver, for more info, at [email protected], or 573-291-0622.

Busy Bea. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Your Dream Preliminary Packer

Are you looking for a horse to take you confidently from BN-Intermediate? Look no further. Busy Bea or “Busy” (2007 Clydesdale/Hanoverian/TB) has experience up to the Intermediate level. She has taken her kid off of a pony, helping her win her first Area Championship at Preliminary, and will soon be helping her complete her first Intermediate. At 15.3 hands, Busy is the perfect manageable size, but still takes up your leg. She is great on the ground, clips, loads, ties to the trailer at horse shows, and is a very easy keeper. She can take a joke in the jumping, and doesn’t bat an eye at a bad distance. If you’re looking for a safe first horse, or something that is just plain old fun to jump around, this is your horse. Pretty, smart, and an absolute blast— Busy is one of a kind. Priced in the mid/upper five figures (reasonable offers considered), and located in Lexington, KY. Contact Alexa Ehlers (940)597-0747 with any questions.

Spartan Strength. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Preliminary Packer

Spartan Strength is an eight-year-old Thoroughbred gelding who has an extensive record with a young rider. He would make a super Preliminary packer for any Young Rider or adult looking to gain great experience and have fun! Ready to go intermediate. Winner of the Open Preliminary at Fresno County Horse Park in October 2019! He is easy in the barn and clips, ties, stands for farrier. Located at Chocolate Horse Farm in Petaluma.

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Steamed Hay Stars in USEF Learning Center Video on Respiratory Health

The latest addition to the United States Equestrian Federation’s Learning Center video library covers a topic close to Haygain’s heart: respiratory health in competition horses.

In the video, veterinarian, dressage rider and USEF member Wren Burnley, DVM, shares actionable information about the importance of respiratory health, the prevalence of respiratory challenges and the small changes in barn management that can make big changes in a horse’s health.

As an athlete with asthma herself, Dr. Burnley is keenly aware the uncomfortable and performance limiting effects of a compromised respiratory system. In horses, the most common of these is Inflammatory Airway Disease. IAD affects over 80% of active sport horses, even though it is “amazingly asymptomatic,” Dr. Burnley explains.

“Whenever we scope a horse, we often have owners think their horse doesn’t have IAD at all,” she shares in the 14-minute video. “Yet, we often find signs of it.”

Additional Key Points

  • Horses have a 1-1 ratio of stride to breath at the canter or gallop. “Whenever we affect their breathing, we affect their stride.”
  • Subtle signs of IAD include:
    • Cough — especially when warming up. “It’s often thought the horse is coughing to clear its airway, but that’s not normal for a horse.”
    • Slower respiratory recovery rate after exertion.
    • Clear or colored nasal discharge
    • “Your horse is not exactly right, and you just can’t pinpoint why.”
  • “Simple changes in how we keep our barn can make a big effect on our horses and can prevent many cases of IAD.”

How Steamed Hay Helps

Haygain Steamed Hay is a top preventative measure taken at Dr. Burnley and her husband JT Burnley’s training facility, Wrenwood Dressage, in Fulton, Kentucky. Inhalable irritants are everywhere in the equestrian environment and are one of the biggest causes of non-infectious respiratory disease. Haygain high-temperature steaming rids up to 99% of the breathable bits of dust, mold, bacteria and other allergens found even in hay of good nutrient quality.

Dr. Burley recommends it for her clients’ horses in all stages of life, and not just for respiratory health.  Skin allergies, lack of appetite and a tendency toward colic are additional conditions for which she’s seen steamed hay work wonders. “Since I started to use a Haygain hay steamer, I have seen many changes in horses for the better.”

Existing USEF members can find this informative video under the “Learning Center” tab on www.usef.org. And, free fan memberships are available using this promo code: “freefan20!” on the USEF website.

As the Federation’s Official Hay Steamer and Official Supporter of Equine Respiratory Health, Haygain offers USEF members another benefit: a 5% Member Perk discount on any of its three hay steaming models. The Haygain check-out code for this can be found on the “Member Perks” page at www.usef.orgFor more information about Haygain, visit www.Haygain.us

#EventerProblems Vol. 231, Presented by Haygain: We’re All Mad Here

“But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked.
“Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat. “We’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”
“How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.
“You must be,” said the Cat, “or you wouldn’t have come here.”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

How do we know y’all are mad? Because you’re here! Here’s your latest batch of #EventerProblems:

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Boing ➡️➡️ oops! . So, FYI I fell this weekend. I didn’t hit my head or anything I just kind of fell after this jump and knocked my front teeth out from clenching my jaw. The next time through we fared a little better (last slide), but I definitely still have to figure out my position for this kind of leaping situation? . I felt stupid at first but then I thought more about it. I’m not that experienced at this sport yet, and if my horse didn’t even get a scratch and my body feels fine, I’ll take a couple broken teeth… Courtenay of 10 years ago would be freaking the hell out right now, funny how age (and a healthy horse) changes your perspective on your appearance! . Big thank you to @athorn for finding my tooth in a haystack of gravel, @love.laugh.ride for tracking Bam down on his grand tour of the property, @audvan22 for reminding me that other than my little tumble we had a great lesson, our coach Sandra for helping me and Bam finish the day on a positive note, and my husband for the photographs! Obviously we are going as joe exotic and his first husband for Halloween this year. . #oops #failfriday #onatuesday #whynot #eventerproblems

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Day 2 of our eventing clinic Phrases that came out of my trainer's mouth today: "She needs to listen!" "She's a head case." "She's stupid bold." (Not a compliment 😂) . Positives: It was still a much improved cross country school from previous, and wasn't our worst ride. Lexi doesn't look at a thing, she jumped anything I pointed her at. Negatives: She doesn't LOOK at a thing, and steering/breaks are no longer necessary. Lexi somehow became a bonded pair with the mare next to her overnight. She was anxious, excited, and just uninterested in my opinion of how things should go. . . I'd be lying if I didn't say I was a tad disappointed in today's ride. I was hoping to have a relaxed mare so I could really jump some things and see what we could do, instead we had to go back to basics and walk up to jumps so she'd stop taking off with me. I got blisters on my fingers through my roeckl gloves. She was a tad strong. 😒 . . All that being said, I'm still pleased with her bravery, and my own courage. She is stupid brave. Stupid in the fact that she doesn't take into account her own self preservation while freight training around. 🤦 However, even with her wildness, I wasn't really nervous. Normally I get nervous jumping even small cross country fences, but today I trusted her to get us over. I only got nervous over a cabin jump, mainly because I was concerned I wouldn't have any control before/after it; but she was fine, and eventually I got her stopped. 😅 Oh, and we got one pretty picture out of it. Look at my position! Woot! #horseblog #horseblogger

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Haygain is a science driven company with the horse’s health as the primary focus.

We are committed to improving equine health through scientific research, product innovation and consumer education in respiratory and digestive health. Developed by riders, for riders, we understand the importance of clean forage and a healthy stable environment in maintaining the overall well-being of the horse.

Our Haygain hay steamers are recommended by the world’s leading riders, trainers and equine vets and ComfortStall® Sealed Orthopedic Flooring System is used and recommended by leading Veterinary Hospitals, including Cornell University.

Tuesday Video from Flexible Fit Equestrian USA: Try This Laura Collett-Inspired Grid

We had a play down a fab grid (pinched from Laura Collett Eventing) with some of the horses last week – this exercise is great for improving their athleticism & technique as well as sharpening up their reactions…(The raised poles are 2.5 – 2.75 yards from each jump. There is approx 11 yards distance from jump to jump so a good yard short of what it would be for a comp)

Posted by Gemma Tattersall Eventing on Saturday, June 13, 2020

Saturday was gymnastics day for the horses at Gemma Tattersall’s yard. She worked through one of Laura Collett’s grids with the goal of “improving their athleticism & technique as well as sharpening up their reactions.”

There are three fences that are each 11 yards apart to give you a short two stride. She’s then set raised poles 2.5-2.75 yards ahead of each fence. Those ascending vees will give you a little extra pop, as well.

Happy jumping!

Flexible Fit Equestrian: Redefining Comfort & Quality at an Affordable Price. Learn more at www.ffequestrian.com.au.

Hunt Club Farms Growing Bigger & Better in 2020

Hunt Club Farms’ Preliminary course is brand spankin’ new and features a Viking theme throughout. Photo courtesy of HCF.

Hunt Club Farms (HCF) has proudly announced they have added a Preliminary course that will debut at their July 25th one-day event in Berryville, Va.

“We decided to make the most of our downtime”, said HCF owner Tracy Zack, “With our spring shows cancelled, we really threw ourselves into making the summer recognized event the best it can be. We’ve moved fence lines and paddocks, created a new dressage ring, improved the parking area, improved the footing and completely moved the cross country course around.”

Photo courtesy of HCF.

Thanks to course designer, Morgan Roswell and course builder Craig Haynes, competitors can look forward to new courses and new jumps across all levels, including the brand new Preliminary course which features frangible pin technology. The courses feature a Viking theme — a nod to Tracy’s Norwegian heritage — with shields, helmets and hammers and of course the Viking Ship jump, placed throughout the grounds.

“I’m really excited to welcome our community back and have them out to compete,” said Tracy, “I love being able to support this sport and offer a friendly, fun and safe venue for competitors.”

HCF is offering prizes for all divisions and a cash prize for the lowest score of the day. HCF is working closely with local, state and federal officials to ensure the safety and well-being of all who attend and to adhere to all COVID restrictions. Entries are open! For more information visit www.huntclubfarms.net

Tuesday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

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😳😂 I do my stirrup irons and bits when mums not 👀 looking 😂 would you if you could get away with it? ✨Credit @randomhorsememesandothermemes ❤️ #poniesofinstagram #horsesofinsta #ponysofinstagram #horsesofinstagram #ridersofinstagram #equestriansofinstagram #equestrian #equestrianlife #equestrianproblems #equine #horse #horses #pony #ponies #ponys #horserider #horsebackrider #horseriding #horsebackriding #horsegirl #ilovemyhorse #horsememes poniesofinstagram #horsesofinsta #ponysofinstagram #horsesofinstagram #ridersofinstagram #equestriansofinstagram #equestrian #equestrianlife #equestrianproblems #equine #horse #horses #pony #ponies #ponys #horserider #horsebackrider #horseriding #horsebackriding #horsegirl #ilovemyhorse #horsememes

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Please don’t show my SO this picture. There’s rain in the forecast this week, what questionable at-home #EventerSolutions do y’all have in mind? Make sure to use the tag if you try something new!

National Holiday: National Fudge Day

Events Opening This Week: Millbrook H.T.Olney Farm H.T.River Glen Summer H.T.Cobblestone Farms H.T.

Events Closing This Week: Larkin Hill H.T.The Maryland International + Horse TrialsChattahoochee Hills H.T.Twin Rivers Summer H.T.Winona Horse TrialsSpring Gulch H.T.Winona Horse Trials

Tuesday News: 

Seattle Slew trainer Billy Turner, a racing legend and oldest living Triple Crown trainer, has had an accident and a GoFundMe has been started to assist with medical bills. Billy was at Ocala Jockey Club International last November for the prize-giving of the Seattle Slew Award, and is much beloved by the equestrian community. Can you help? [Donate Now]

Are you running Preliminary and want to know how competitive you are nationwide? EquiRatings has crunched the numbers and broken down each phase to see where you fall. [How Strong is Your Preliminary Game?]

I want to be like Brianna Noble when I grow up. She’s become the poster child for championing the Black Lives Matter movement from atop her gorgeous Appaloosa Dapper Dan. She’s working to get more people of color in the saddle. [Brianna Noble Addresses Inclusivity, Socioeconomics And Racism In Equestrian Sport]

Strzegom and Sopot are just a few of the equestrian gems offered in Poland. The FEI is featuring them on their website this week. [Equestrian Nation: Poland]

Best of the Blogs: 3-Phase Strong: How to Turn Your OTTB Into a Well-Rounded Event Horse from Retired Racehorse Project

Hot on Horse Nation: SmartPak Monday Morning Feed: Tie-Dye Saddle Pads

Just in on Jumper Nation: Thoughts on Inequality and Racism

Tuesday Video: 

#EventerProblems Vol. 230, Presented by Haygain: Eventers, Meet Ground

Oof… today’s lead photo hurts. Brace yourself, we’re comin’ in hot with the latest batch of #EventerProblems:

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Lesson number 2 for hubby and this time he took Harley our. I went to get Joey and noticed a bit of swelling in his fetlock. It was nothing major but enough to keep him home. ⁣ ⁣ So, Harley. Our favourite hot mess at the moment. My husband hasn’t jumped him properly in over a year except for small things at home. He took him out expecting some ordinary behaviour. But he was exceptional. Hot and my husband said his hands felt like they were ripped to shreds by the end of it but he went super! ⁣ ⁣ ⁣#horse #horsesofinstagram #horses #horselove #showjumping #showjumper #showjumpinghorse #showjumpersofinstagram #showjumpers #eventersofinstagram #eventer #eventers #eventersdoitbetter #eventerproblems #eventerinthemaking #dressagehorse #warmbloodsofinstagram #warmblood #equestrianhorse #equestrian #equestrianlife #equestrianstyle #equestriansofinstagram #horseridinglesson #twoheartsandtwobodies #twohearts ⁣

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Haygain is a science driven company with the horse’s health as the primary focus.

We are committed to improving equine health through scientific research, product innovation and consumer education in respiratory and digestive health. Developed by riders, for riders, we understand the importance of clean forage and a healthy stable environment in maintaining the overall well-being of the horse.

Our Haygain hay steamers are recommended by the world’s leading riders, trainers and equine vets and ComfortStall® Sealed Orthopedic Flooring System is used and recommended by leading Veterinary Hospitals, including Cornell University.

Sunday Links from One K Helmets

The world right now feels like a pretty continuous stream of bad news, so I just want to take a second to share this ray of sunshine: even more new frangible fences making their competition debut! Here’s a frangible Preliminary table now in use at Waredaca Farm. This is your effort at work!

National Holiday: National Flag Day

U.S. Weekend Action: 

Waredaca H.T. (MD): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

War Horse Event Series June H.T. (NC): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Full Gallop Farm June H.T. (SC): [Website] [Entry Status] [YEH Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Silverwood Farm Spring H.T. (WI): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Sunday Links: 

There Is No Such Thing As a Silent Ally

Life As A Black Equestrian

Former racehorses help thwart poachers to save rhinos

Delight as competitive showjumping to restart next week

Get Ready…Get Set…Shop! ShopUSEA Back Open for Business

Read the Latest Issue of Eventing USA Today!

Whether Hunt Field Or Cross-Country, This Appaloosa-Akhal Teke Shines

Sunday Video: 

Tuesday Video from Flexible Fit Equestrian USA: Go Forward with Lainey’s Latest #GOTD

Posted by Lainey Ashker on Monday, June 8, 2020

Lainey Ashker, our patron saint of grids, is back with another golden exercise. She says this one will really help get your horses moving forward off your leg. Set it up and give it a whirl today!

Flexible Fit Equestrian: Redefining Comfort & Quality at an Affordable Price. Learn more at www.ffequestrian.com.au.