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Tuesday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

Whistle was luckily saved from the Aiken Equine Rescue fire last Saturday. Photo courtesy of Aiken Equine Rescue.

The Aiken Equine Rescue suffered a devastating fire last Saturday, April 3rd. No humans were injured, but one pony, named Whistle, is still currently recovering from burns to his back and belly. The entire main barn did burn to the ground, and the loss of it and all its contents will be difficult for the non-profit. If you can help this organization get back on its feet, please visit their website for more information about donations.

National Holiday: National Caramel Popcorn Day

Events Opening This Week: Otter Creek Spring H.T.Chattahoochee Hills H.T.MCTA H.T. at Shawan DownsSpring Gulch H.T.Flora Lea Spring H.T.

Events Closing This Week: Loudoun Hunt Pony Club Spring H.T.Stable View Spring H.T.

Tuesday News: 

MARS Equestrian wants you to lace up your running shoes. Even though we can’t all be at the event together, they’ve set up a remote 4* and 5* course walk challenge. All you need is a distance tracking app, and you can walk or run your way to big prizes. [2021 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event Course Walk!]

Is it ok that my horse dunks his hay in his water bucket? Apparently, yes. [Why Does My Horse Dunk His Hay?]

What we’re listening to: [Whole Horse | What horses teach us about systemic oppression with Julia Alexander]

The USEA has created a task force to evaluate the Appendix 3 Rule Change Proposal, that would alter the number of training runs necessary to move up to Preliminary. The proposal was tabled until the 2023 competition year after significant feedback from membership. [Task Force Members Appointed for Appendix 3 Proposed Rule Change]

Tuesday Video: 

#EventerProblems Vol. 252: Prepare for Takeoff

The perfect distance? I don’t know her. Sometimes you just have to go out there and measure that distance with your heart ❤️. Some of you feel the same from the looks of it! Here’s the latest roundup of your #EventerProblems:

Tuesday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

Boyd Martin and Leo. Photo by Tod Marks/National Steeplechase Association.

Boyd Martin’s youngest son, Leo, competed in the Chesire Foxhounds Point-to-Point Leadline race this weekend with the pony named Emma. The race was off to a bumpy start, and Leo unfortunately toppled early, but he and his pony sure look adorable. Speculation remains to the cause of the fall, but Silva says it “might or might not be the handler’s fault!” We’re sure you’ll be at the front of the pack next time, Leo!

Events Opening This Week: Hitching Post Farm H.T.Hunt Club Farms H.T.Fair Hill International H.T.Majestic Oaks Ocala H.T.Mill Creek Pony Club Horse TrialTexas Rose Horse Park H.T.Galway Downs Spring H.T.Woodland Stallion Station H.T.Spokane Sport Horse Spring H.T.Winona Horse Trials

Events Closing This Week: Unionville H.T.Longleaf Pine H.T.USEA MDHT FEH/YEH/NEH QualifierOcala International Festival of EventingFENCE H.T.Sporting Days Farm April H.T. IIIHolly Hill H.T.

Tuesday News:

Our hearts are heavy to hear of the passing of China Doll, a 15-year-old Irish Sport Horse evented by James O’Haire. The mare suffered a colic this week and could not be saved despite surgical efforts. This pair completed numerous CCI5*-L together. Our hearts go out to the entire team. [Angelica]

Equestrians are bred to be tough, but sometimes that leads us to fighting battles alone. After breaking her collarbone, show jumper Karrie Rufer found herself chanting the familiar lie, “I’m fine.” [Karrie Rufer: Why I Struggled to Admit I Wasn’t Okay]

A lower leg puncture was nearly career ending, but former bankruptcy attorney Lara Gardner never gave up on her Thoroughbred, Well Spoken. Now he’s back, better than ever, and eyeing a climb up the levels of dresage. [Back From The Brink: A Tale Of Tendon Triumph]

What we’re listening to: USEA Podcast #280: Top Tip from Top Grooms #2

Hot on Horse Nation: 10 Things Good Trainers Do

Tuesday Video: Cross country footage and tips from Alex Bragg:

We enjoyed a wonderful day xc schooling at Pontispool Equine Sports Centre. I’ve added a few xc tips on the voiceover which you may find interesting. We are all very excited that our sport is resuming. Good luck at your first events and enjoy 😊 DevoucouxEquilibrium ProductsSsangYongGBEvent CollectionProtexin Equine PremiumConnolly's RED MILLSCarr & Day & MartinDengie Horse FeedsEquiclass BootsGatehouse HatsBetter4HoovesEqui-TrekCannington Enterprises Ltd

Posted by Team Bragg Eventing on Thursday, March 25, 2021

Sunday Links

Cambalda enjoying his first official day of retirement. He deserves it… sound and in a field… nothing better ❤️

Posted by Jennie Brannigan on Friday, March 26, 2021

The legendary Cambalda was officially retired this week at age 19. Nina Gardner’s “Ping” had an illustrious career that spanned 13 years. He and Jennie Brannigan traveled the world together before he stepped down to teach up-and-coming young riders the way around the sport. He’s now home in Pennsylvania sound and happy in his field. Congratulations, Ping!

National Holiday: National Something on a Stick Day

U.S. Weekend Action:

Galway Downs International H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores] [EN’s Coverage]

Stable View Spring 1*/2*/3*/4*: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores] [EN’s Coverage]

Full Gallop Farm March II H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

March H.T. at Majestic Oaks: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Morven Park H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Poplar Place Farm March H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Texas Rose Spring H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Sunday Links: 

Countdown to Kentucky: Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp and Deniro Z

A Whole Lot Of Heart

Grooming At My First FEI Show

H&M Chilli Willi Euthanized After Injury At WEF

Kellerhouse, Patterson, and Billys Top Galway Downs International Divisions

Despite Delays the Second Day of the Stable View FEI Spring Event is in the Books

Sunday Video:

Tuesday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

Yesterday was busy for British riders at Oasby where five Open Intermediate divisions kicked the off the start of the season for many top competitors. The Elite Event, put on by BEDE Events, hosted five Open Intermediate classes. Horse & Country TV hosted the live stream, and if you missed any, subscribers can watch back the event here. For full results, click here. Congratulations to the winners:

  • Open Intermediate A: JL Dublin & Nicola Wilson
  • Open Intermediate B:  Ballaghmor Class & Oliver Townend
  • Open Intermediate C: Brookfield Inocent & Piggy March
  • Open Intermediate D: London 52 and Laura Collett
  • Open Intermediate E:  Fonbherna Lancer & Piggy March

National Holiday: Happy National Puppy Day!

Events Opening This Week: Apple Knoll Farm H.T.Jersey Fresh InternationalUnionville May H.T.WindRidge Farm H.T.Poplar Place Farm May H.T.Miami Valley H.T. at Twin TowersThe Event at Skyline

Events Closing This Week: Fair Hill International April H.T. and CCI-SCDCTA Spring H.T.Chattahoochee Hills H.T.Twin Rivers Spring InternationalSpring Bay H.T.Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event

Tuesday News: 

British Eventing was rocked when five Internationals announced they couldn’t run in 2021, but now other venues are stepping up. Bicton in Devon, which will run in June, has taken on all the CCI4*-L/S and under-25 classes that were due to be held at Bramham, among many others. [Eventing calendar bounces back as venues step up to host cancelled internationals]

USEA Future Event Horse competitions are more a reflection of thoughtful breeding, and less on actions the day-of, but there are still things you can do to make a great impression. Having a well turned out handler is one, and many owners choose to use professional handlers who can best turn out their young horse. [Top 10 Tips for Presenting Your Horse in a USEA Future Event Horse Competition]

Tuesday Video: Piggy’s nieces have a fun school with what they can find around the yard:

Sunday Links

We are excited to learn there are five entries from Jonelle and Tim Price who are slated for the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event next month. Jonelle shared the above post, but their names have not yet been added to the entry list. Recognize any familiar faces?

U.S. Weekend Action:

Carolina International CCI and H.T.: [Website] [Schedule] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Orders of Go] [Live Stream] [Live Scores]

Ocala Winter II H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Pine Top Farm Spring H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Southern Arizona Eventing Association H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

International Eventing Action:

Oasby Elite H.T. (UK): [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times/Live Scores] [Live Stream]

Sunday Links: 

US eventing rule aimed to improve safety put on hold until 2023

Winners Declared After Cross-Country Shuffles Leaderboards at Carolina International

British breeding comes together to support mental health in Matthew Wright’s memory

BFFs Wallace And Ashker Share A Bond Over OTTBs

From A Humble Beginning, Off The Record Steps Up Again For Carolina International CCI4*-S Win

Dani G. Waldman: My Tipping Point

Sunday Video: Ride around Carolina with Lainey Ashker and Call Him Paddy:

Tuesday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

Clayton Fredericks and FE Stormtrooper. Photo by Shelby Allen.

We’re up to 44 pairs entered in the Land Rover Kentucky Three Day CCI5*-L. Three have joined since our last update: Clayton Fredericks with two entries, FE Stormtrooper and Ophelia, and Phillip Dutton added Sea of Clouds to his roster. Entries close March 23, but with EHV-1 causing quite a stir in Europe, overseas entries still remain unknown.

Check out the complete list of entries here.

National Holiday: National Freedom of Information Day

Events Opening This Week: Waredaca H.T.River Glen Spring H.T.Barnstaple South H.TFresno County Horse Park H.T.,

Events Closing This Week: Rocking Horse Spring H.T.Pine Hill Spring H.T.The Fork at TIEC

Tuesday News:

Our weekly email newsletter is getting a facelift! Starting this Friday, we’ll transition to our all-new weekly email, the EN #ICYMI (In Case You Missed It)! Catch up on news you may have missed from the week, as well as useful links for the upcoming weekend’s events. It’s free to sign up – you can do so here.

If you’ve spent any time on Facebook, you’ve probably come across a video of Ingrid Klimke gliding through intricate cavaletti. If I’m being honest, all these exercises are a bit mind boggling, but it’s a gold mine of information, and a handy reference to bookmark. [Cavalletti Training for Every Horse and Discipline]

Aachen has moved their date from July to September 10-19 this year. At this point, organizers are unsure if spectators will be allowed, but hope to have an answer when tickets go on sale in June. [Aachen CHIO Moved From June To September]

Buckle up because it’s time for a canter crash course. If you’ve got five days, International show jumper Kama Godek has a program to create a more adjustable canter. [5 Days to More Adjustability at the Canter]

We are delighted to hear that Harry Meade is set to go eventing again this month. After sustaining a nasty fall last October, Harry has been carefully recuperating from a head injury.  [Harry Meade to return to eventing after a ‘grim’ few months following head injury]

Tuesday Video: Check this out — a clone of Chilli Morning having a jump day:

Tuesday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

Zara Tindall and Class Affair. Photo by Nico Morgan Media.

Eventing sadly lost another major event yesterday as the organizers of Bramham Horse Trials, June 10-13, announced the cancellation, saying it would be “irresponsible” to run. The UK has laid out a detailed roadmap to reopening the country this summer — one which made riders hopeful, but due to the size and scope of the property, organizers said they didn’t feel they could successfully comply with safety regulations.

[Bramham Horse Trials 2021 cancelled: ‘It would be irresponsible to run’]

National Holiday: National Barbie Day

Events Opening This Week: Loudoun Hunt Pony Club Spring H.T.Stable View Spring H.T.,

Events Closing This Week: Morven Park Spring H.T.Stable View Spring 1/2/3/4*March Horse Trials at Majestic OaksPoplar Place Farm March H.T.Full Gallop Farm March II H.T.Texas Rose Horse Park H.T.Galway Downs International H.T.

Tuesday News: 

A possible third case of EHV-1 has now been tied to Barn D at the World Equestrian Center. Sunday, March 6, a horse in Barn D presented with a high fever, and was sent to the University of Florida for treatment and isolation. Barn D has now been quarantined until test results of the third horse are revealed. [Third Suspected Case Of EHV-1 Connected To WEC Ocala]

‘Well, girls can’t be farriers.’ ‘You’re too pretty to be a farrier.’ ‘Where’s the real farrier?’ Rebecca “Beck” Ratte attacks these comments head on. As a former event rider and Cavalia performer, she’s done about everything, but shoeing always called her, and now she’s the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team farrier. [From Untacked: Beck Ratte Isn’t Deterred]

Neville Bardos is one of the most iconic horses in U.S. eventing. After a 10th place finish at the World Equestrian Games in 2010, he is possibly most well known for surviving a deadly barn fire at True Prospect Farm, after which he spent significant time recovering from smoke inhalation. It couldn’t hold him back, though, and just three months later he finished seventh at Burghley. While most of his top finishes are with Boyd Martin, he’s spent the last several years showing Boyd’s students the ropes, and his next rider might even be one of Boyd’s kids. Either way, at 22, Neville isn’t ready to slow down yet. [Horse Heroes: Neville Bardos]

Hot on Horse Nation: International Women’s Day: Strong Women Aren’t Born, They’re Made

Tuesday Video: Doug Payne and Starr Witness’ ride at Bruce’s Field:

Sunday Links

Look, look, look! Chattahoochee Hills has some gorgeous new cross country fences on display this weekend — outfitted with frangible technology. These beauties were made possible because of the frangible technology fund. This purse reached it’s $500,000 goal earlier this year, but we can build even more safe tables, oxers and gates with your generosity. Click here to donate.

U.S. Weekend Action:

$50,000 Liftmaster Grand Prix Eventing at Bruce’s Field: [Website] [Entry Status] [Course Preview] [Live Stream] [EN’s Coverage]

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

Full Gallop Farm March H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Stabling] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Rocking Horse Winter III H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Sporting Days Farm March H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Southern Pines H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Sunday Links

RuleGate from Bad Eventer

Why Are So Many Veterinarians in America Being Pushed to the Point of Suicide?

Is It My Horse, or Is It Me?

A Few Of My Least Favorite Things

‘We were getting faster and faster… I had to address this braking problem’: Nicola Wilson on building a partnership with Bulana

Sunday Video: Watch Tamie Smith win in Aiken this weekend:

Tamie Smith Next Level Eventing with Mai Baum win the 2021 LiftMaster Grand-Prix Eventing Festival at Bruce's Field

Posted by Horse & Country TV on Saturday, March 6, 2021





Who Jumped It Best? Pine Top Advanced Edition

This edition of Who Jumped It Best? Takes us to Pine Top Farm in Thomson, Georgia. Advanced competitors stormed around Derek di Grazia’s beefy track on Saturday with an impressive 88% finishing without jump penalties.

Now it’s time for you, dear readers, to be the judge. Here’s a collection of the Advanced riders dropping into the lower frog pond at fence 19A. The last combination on course, this drop is followed by a skinny chevron out on the other side of the water.

Cast your vote in the poll at the bottom of this post for the combination who you think presents the best overall picture.

Pine Top Advanced H.T.WebsiteEntry StatusRide TimesLive Scores, EN’s Coverage

Mallory Hogan and Clarissa Purisima. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Cindy Anderson-Blank and Windchase Phoenix Star. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Doug Payne and Starr Witness. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Sydney Solomon and Early Review C. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Meaghan Marinovich Burdick & Riviera Lu. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Jenny Caras and Trendy Fernhill. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Sally Cousins and Truly Wiley. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Allison Springer and Business Ben. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Lillian Heard and CharmKing. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Use the Typeform poll below to cast your vote. Once you click Submit, you’ll be given a link to view current results.

Tuesday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

Photo courtesy of Saddle Up and Read.

Happy National Read Across American Day! Books are such a powerful tool and no one knows that better than Caitlin Gooch, the founder of Saddle Up and Read. Shocked at her home sate of North Carolina’s abysmal literacy rates, Caitlin set out to encourage more kids to read. First she teamed up with a local library where she offered a day a her father’s horse farm as a prize for checking out three or more books.

This project, which earned 501(c)(3) in 2019, also champions representation of minorities in equestrian media. With the help of the community and supporters around the country, SUAR has created a library of books that feature Black equestrians.

SUAR accepts monetary donations and book donations. Books featuring diverse characters or horses are accepted and SUAR has an Amazon wishlist which can be found here. Monetary donations can be made through – simply click the donate button and it’ll take you to PayPal. They’re also running a GoFundMe. Those based near Wendell, NC who wish to volunteer can email Caitlin Gooch at [email protected] to coordinate.

Events Opening This Week: Unionville April H.T.Longleaf Pine H.T.USEA MDHT FEH/YEH/NEH QualifierOcala International Festival of EventingFENCE H.T.Sporting Days Farm April H.T. IIIHolly Hill H.T.

Events Closing This Week: Carolina International CCI and H.T.Ocala Winter II H.T.Pine Top Spring H.T.Southern Arizona Spring H.T.

Tuesday News:

Badminton Horse Trials has been canceled. After coordinating with local public health officials, the organizers determined that, “due to the scale and location of the horse trials, it is not possible to secure the surrounding area in the proximity of the event site.” [Badminton Horse Trials 2021 cancelled: ‘Everyone is desperately disappointed’]

Cancellations continue as FEI has pulled the plug on International events in 10 countries due to an EHV-1 outbreak. The outbreak, which originated in Spain, has already proved deadly and is the most serious strain seen in decades. The event cancellation has extended through March 28th. [FEI Cancels European Mainland Events Due to EHV-1 Outbreak]

Mark your calendars! Top female equestrian athletes are sitting down in International Women’s Day, to discuss participating in the only Olympic sports where men and women compete alongside one another.  The panel will talk about the challenges, benefits and idiosyncrasies that these leading female show jumpers navigate in this elegant, demanding and uniquely gender neutral sport. Featuring riders such as Laura Kraut and Georgina Bloomberg, the panel is to feature Women’s Sports Foundation. [Women in Show Jumping: A Panel in Honor of International Women’s Day]

Tuesday Video: Donna Smith was the first rider on a CCI4* course in 2021 Matamata Horse Trials in New Zealand.

Our first rider is out on course in the Randlab Pty Ltd 4*. Donna Smith through the Dunstan Splash with ease.

Posted by Matamata Equestrian Group on Saturday, February 20, 2021

Photo Gallery: Intermediate & Advanced Riders Tackle Pine Top

Congratulations to the many, many Intermediate and Advanced riders who competed this weekend at Pine Top. Large entry numbers this year forced the Advanced division to be spread between two days, and the Intermediate was brimming with heavy hitters, too. We close out our weekend in Georgia with a sunny cross country photo gallery:

Click here to catch up on our Pine Top coverage.

Pine Top Advanced H.T.WebsiteEntry StatusRide TimesLive Scores

Sunday Video: Ride Around Pine Top with Tim Bourke & Quality Time

You couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day than what we saw yesterday at Pine Top Farm in Thomson, Georgia. Family owned for eight generations, Glenn and Janet Wilson’s slice of paradise attract snowbirds and locals alike to their top class events each spring and fall. For this weekend’s Advanced competitors, the conditions were idyllic, and riders jumped at the opportunity to ride over a Derek di Grazia course at this point in the season. Ireland’s Tim Bourke was among them.

“It’s a good Derek [di Grazia] course – big and bold and strong,” he said. “I just bridged my reins and let her just pick off the exercises. To be honest I didn’t look at my watch once going around. I just let her canter, but she’s so adjustable and easy to ride that she just makes the time easily without having to go fast.”

Tim finished second in the A division with Carla Abramcheck’s Quality Time, a 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse (Guidam x Ruby Roller, by High Roller), and he’s brought us along for the ride through key combinations with his helmet cam, filmed on Cambox isi3 (which he wears in his signature green, of course).

Click here to catch up on our Pine Top coverage.

Pine Top Advanced H.T.WebsiteEntry StatusRide TimesLive Scores

Live from Pine Top: An Advanced Recap

Jenny Caras and Fernhill Trendy. Photo by Shelby Allen.

The first Advanced of the season is always a mélange that includes a mix of entries — from experienced campaigners to first timers. For many, the first blue numbers of the year set the tone for performances to come, and a good result is a boost of confidence any rider would want. The beneficiaries of that good fortune at Pine Top Advanced are Jenny Caras Roberts and Phillip Dutton.

Jenny Caras Roberts lead the 34-entry Advanced A division from start to finish with Elyse Eisenberg’s Trendy Fernhill. The Pine Top blue ribbon was familiar for Jenny and “Joey,” a 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse (Ars Vivendi x Cruising’s Girl, by Cruising). They picked up one just two weeks ago winning the Open Intermediate here. Today the combination had a 26.1 on the flat and added 8.4 time penalties on the cross country for a final result of 34.5.

“He did his first Advanced here last year, and this was just his fourth Advanced. I think it was the best round I’ve had on him. He was really brave and really confident. It felt pretty easy – I was just trying to have a good rhythm and not go too fast, so I was really, really happy with him,” Jenny said.

After moving up to the level in 2020, Jenny had her sights set high, but Joey’s diagnosis of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and a global pandemic set him on the sidelines for most of the year. Now with his diet sorted, this pair is guns blazing toward a CCI4*-L this spring.

Tim Bourke and Quality Time. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Tim Bourke and Carla Abramcheck’s Quality Time took second place. This was the first run of the year for the 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse (Guidam x Ruby Roller, by High Roller) who is back after recovering from an injury sustained at Tryon last November.

“At Tryon we finished the cross country double clear in the four-star long, and she had a little knick on her knee. It unfortunately had gone into the joint, so she went over to Tryon Equine Hospital and those people were incredible – they had her on the table that night and flushed the joint,” Tim said. “This is her first run back since, so she hasn’t done anything in a little while, but she’s just brilliant. She just rocks around, and you can just come out here after not running in months.”

This pair started the competition in 20th place, and they added only 8 cross country time penalties to finish on a score of 41.6.

Valerie Vizcarrondo Pride and Favian. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Valerie Vizcarrondo Pride and her own Favian, a 13-year-old Oldenburg (French Kiss x Risiko, by Relevant) were third. They were the fastest combination of the day, finishing in 6 minutes and 19 minutes for a final score of 41.7.

Doug Payne and Starr Witness. Photo by Shelby Allen.

The Pan American partnership of Doug Payne and Starr Witness, a 10-year-old Dutch mare (Chello II x Carmen, by Veneur) owned by Laurie McCree, Doug and Catherine Winter, shared a tied lead for first place until the cross country phase where a nice and easy trip in 16 time penalties moved them into fourth place (42.1).

Matt Flynn and Wizzerd. Photo by Shelby Allen.

A final score of 43.2 put Matt Flynn and Wizzerd, 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Wizzerd WV x Oklund) owned by Patrick Flynn, Kathleen Flynn, and Merry Go Round Farm, in fifth place after a clear cross country trip.

Colleen Loach and Vermont finished sixth. Colleen stepped Peter Barry’s 9-year-old Hanoverian up to the level last fall, and this weekend the combination added an educational 17.2 time penalties to their dressage score of 27.9 for a final result of 45.1. Colleen was also 8th with longtime partner Qorry Blue D’Argouges.

Alex Baugh and Mr Candyman sailed around Derek di Grazia’s track for seventh place. Eighteen cross country time penalties had them finish on 47.8 points.

Jon Holling was ninth with Advanced first-timer Prophet, an 8-year-old Trakehner owned by Jon and Chuck McGrath, finishing on a score of 51. Rounding out 10th place is Amanda Beale Clement and Carlson 119 on a score of 51.6.

Phillip Dutton and Carlchen. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Eventing magician Phillip Dutton pulled another trick out of his hat Friday, earning a 15 on the flat to set a new Advanced record. He did this with Caroline Moran’s Carlchen, an experienced campaigner in his own right. The 13-year-old Oldenburg (Clinton x Sunshine, by Lordanos) came stateside in 2019, but this is his first presentation at the level with Phillip.

Their record-breaking dressage gave plenty of breathing room for a breezy 18 time penalties on an otherwise clear cross country to finish on 34.2. Take a look at their mic drop dressage:

Very proud of Caroline Moran's Carlchen, who set a new USEA Advanced dressage record today at Pine Top Eventing with a…

Posted by Phillip Dutton Eventing on Friday, February 26, 2021

“I’ve been in Wellington, so I haven’t actually gone cross country much. I wasn’t sure how he’d be, but he did very well.He’s a real quality horse. He’s so athletic, and this was a great course to be able to just ride at. It’s big enough and it’s just an ideal run,” Phillip said.

Phillip Dutton and Sea of Clouds. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Phillip was also second with Sea of Clouds, a 10-year-old Thoroughbred owned by the Sea of Clouds Partnership on a score of 34.8. “He’s just come leaps and bounds in the last six months,” Phillip said. “I’m really excited about him actually – he’s a proper five-star horse if the other phases get competitive because him being a Thoroughbred he’s able to go fast and quick.”

Phillip’s other Advanced entries, Z and Fernhill Singapore, completed only the dressage and will have a run next week at Grand-Prix Eventing at Bruce’s Field.

Waylon Roberts and Lancaster. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Waylon Roberts and Michelle and John Koppin’s Lancaster, a 14-year-old Canadian Sport Horse gelding by Yavari, were third on a score of 36.6.

As usual, Derek di Grazia’s course elicited bold, forward riding. No combinations caught the time, but 88% of the field finished with no jumping penalties.

Pine Top also had a beefy intermediate lineup. Join us in congratulating these winners:

  • Intermediate Horse: Tim Bourke & Lennard (33.2)
  • Intermediate Rider: Isabelle Bosley & Night Quality (40.9)
  • Open Intermediate A: Daniel Clasing & MW Gangster’s Game (31.1)
  • Open Intermediate B: Phillip Dutton & Quasi Cool (21.9)

Pine Top Advanced H.T.: WebsiteEntry StatusRide TimesLive Scores

Sunday Links

James Alliston & RevitaVet Elijah. Photo by Ride on Photo.

Twin Rivers saw a big day of cross country action with Training through Advanced competitors leaving the start box. James Alliston & RevitaVet Elijah lead the Open Intermediate as the only double clear round in the division. Helen Alliston and Ebay remain atop the Advanced division after fault free cross country, with Emilee Libby & Jacobi hot on their heels. Click here for scores.

National Holiday: National Tooth Fairy Day

U.S. Weekend Action:

Pine Top Advanced H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Three Lakes Winter II H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

Sunday Links: 

I Am a Black Equestrian: Kaitlyn Nicely-Harvey

Traumatic Horse Training: Can You Spot Abuse?

Condemning abuse in public is the only way to stop it 

4 Takeaways From USEF’s First ‘Community Conversation’ On Diversity

Top 10 Tips for Leather Care with Bates Saddles

‘Like death with a heartbeat’: eventer who came back from the brink speaks out on mental illness

Jumping Clinic with Beezie Madden

Sunday Video: Tim Bourke and Quality Time at the big water at Pine Top.


#EventerProblems Vol. 251: Snow Days Off

Whoever called snow a winter wonderland definitely did not ride horses.  The weather has put y’all through the wringer these last few weeks, so this roundup of #EventerProblems is dedicated to all the winter warriors out there.

Tuesday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

Colleen Loach and Qorry Blue d’Argouges are among those we look forward to seeing in Kentucky this April! Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.

Entries for the 2021 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event CCI Five Star presented by MARS Equestrian are officially OPEN. After a massive crowdfunding effort, the landmark event will go ahead April 22-25 at the Kentucky Horse Park. This event will host both CCI5*-L and CCI4*-S and classes. From seasoned veterans to five-star first-timers, this is a always a big day in the spring season. Now we anxiously refresh the website until entries are posted.

Events Opening This Week: Fair Hill International April H.T. and CCI-SCDCTA Spring H.T.Chattahoochee Hills H.T.Ocala International Festival of EventingTwin Rivers Spring InternationalSpring Bay H.T.Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day EventTwin Rivers Spring International

Events Closing This Week: Red Hills International H.T.Full Gallop Farm March I H.T.MeadowCreek Park – The Spring Social EventCopper Meadows Eventing, LLC H.T.

Tuesday News: 

The Olympic dream is looking more possible as COVID is finally moving toward being more contained in Tokyo. For the first time since November, daily cases have dropped below 200. While the International Olympic Committee remains adamant that the Games will go on, this public health crisis continues to threaten that. [Tokyo reports fewer than 200 new COVID-19 cases for first time since November]

Arena inspo! Sinead Halpin Maynard has something new to add to your jump day. It might look simple at first glance, but the best exercises are. She says this one will help teach rider responsibility, while giving the space to focus on equitation. [Grid Pro Quo with Sinead Halpin Maynard]

It was a small, plain bay mustang who lit a fire in 23-year-old Sam Goione’s heart. When she bought the mare from U.S. Bureau of Land Management, a partnership was cemented in stone. [Amateur Showcase: A BLM Mustang Makes All The Difference For Goione]

Tuesday Video: Advanced event pair Nita Sanfilippo and Alarmabull are now a Prix St George combination too:

Bully PSG 2-21

Here's a bit of our Prix St George debut this morning! Bully was tense today, so it was difficult to navigate through the test. We made lemonade, and it was still good experience! We had many 7's on our score sheet… we also had a 3! Life with horses is always humbling.Bully the Advanced Horse is now also Bully the Prix St George Horse, and I am so proud of that. Looking forward to having another go next month!

Posted by High Tide Eventing on Sunday, February 21, 2021

Sunday Links

Vivian Montgomery and the legendary Loughan Glen. Photo courtesy of Clark Montgomery.

Welcome to the horse show club, Vivian! Daughter of upper level eventer Clark Montgomery here made her leadline debut with the legendary Loughan Glen. Olympic Games or in hand classes — this guy does it all. Cant wait to see you at your first event Vivian!

U.S. Weekend Action:

Paradise Farm H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Rocking Horse Winter II Advanced H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

USEA Area 4 is organizing an online auction to help fundraise for some of their programs. They are in need of donations to put up for auction. Any donation is welcome. Sport related items are always welcome, but non-equine items that would appeal to all are also extremely welcome. If you have anything you’d like to donate, please email [email protected] USEA Area IV is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Sunday Links: 

Meet the Senegalese jockey racing to fame

The Young Horse Search

Save the Date for the 2021 USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships

Campaign for more diversity in equestrian brands and media

Revised concussion guidelines found to shorten duration of symptoms in adolescents

Sunday Video: Helmet cam season continues in Florida!


Thursday News & Notes

Our hearts go out to our friends in Texas this week as they battle deadly winter storms that have left millions without power. Managing a farm is difficult enough when the temps dip this low, but in a state with systems not built to withstand storms of this duration, making do for humans and horses has been dangerous. With even more snow on the horizon for many, keep the people of Texas in your thoughts.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Holland Eventing at Holly Berry Farm YEH: Website

Paradise Farm H.T.: WebsiteEntry StatusRide TimesVolunteer

Rocking Horse Winter II Advanced H.T.: WebsiteEntry StatusRide TimesVolunteer

Thursday Reading List:

One in six women in the U.S. are sexual assault victims, and those statistics exist even within the walls of our sport. As this author says, that part of their lives doesn’t “disappear” when they put breeches on. I have been proud to see many in our sport step forward to offer words of support when our fellow equestrians speak out, and though it may feel like a small gesture, solidarity can go a long way. [Opinion: When You Speak Out Against Toxic Horse World Behavior, You’re Helping More Than You Know]

We’re looking forward to our first extra “perk” for EN Patrons: a live Q&A with Sarah Carlan, MSW tackling the topic of mental wellness as it pertains to our riding. It’s not too late to sign up to become a Patron; upon sign-up, you’ll receive an invite to our private Facebook group just for Patrons and will have access to the Q&A at 6 p.m. EST this evening. The video will also be made available to Patrons after conclusion. Learn more about EN’s brand-new Patreon here.

The flying change is often the stickiest part of an upper level dressage test. There are a few key elements of your training that must be in place before moving onto teaching flying changes to ensure success. [Checklist: Is Your Dressage Horse Ready To Learn Flying Changes?]

Add this to your video playlist today: Judging the Young Event Horse’s Gaits

Hot on Horse Nation: Candy Hearts From Your Horse

Thursday Video: Look ma no hands

Tuesday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

So many incredible people deserve shoutouts after a successful horse trial, but today lets give a round of applause to these folks. Emily Holmes spearheaded Ocala Winter I which included managing a 600+ entry circus. She is an absolute superstar. This weekend also saw some first time volunteers, Zach Brandt and Audrie Stanka both kindly spent time volunteering in addition to competing to ensure the event could continue smoothly. Well done, y’all!

National Holiday: Fat Tuesday

Events Opening This Week: The Fork at TIECRocking Horse Spring H.T.Pine Hill Spring H.T.

Events Closing This Week: Southern Pines H.T.Full Gallop Farm March H.T.Rocking Horse Winter III H.T.Sporting Days Farm March H.T. IIChattahoochee Hills H.T.

Tuesday News: 

Japan’s Health Ministry has officially approved Pfizer Inc’s COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccinations will begin next week for healthcare workers as the country is still under a state of emergency as a third wave hit the county late last year. The government hopes to secure enough supplies for the entire population, an estimated 126 million people, by “mid-year” as we move closer to the Olympic Games. [Japan Health Ministry says it has approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine]

Headed to Bromont this year? Canada will now require negative COVID-19 test results in order to cross the border. Tests must have been taken within three days, and individuals would then be required to quarantine for 14 days once in the country. [New rules requiring a negative COVID-19 test at Canadian border now in effect]

Where does your entry fee go? Cost breakdowns for running an event can be overwhelming and the costs associating with hosting an event are probably more than you think. [The Entry Fee is Only the Beginning: Part One]

Things to ponder today: Can you be a good rider if you aren’t a good horseman? [From The Magazine: Do Riders Need To Be Horsemen?]

One of the best, and most difficult, parts of riding is the partnership with another creature. This is no bicycle you can put back in the garage when you’re finished with it, and that comes with a great deal of responsibility. [My Message for Fellow Young Equestrians: Horses Are Not Machines]

Tuesday Video: Learn how to best cool out an unclipped horse.

Tuesday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

Chris and Billy out of the Head of the Lake at Kentucky. Photo by Miranda Akins/Photography In Stride.

The fate of North America’s five-star event remains undecided as the fundraising deadline has been extended until 6 p.m. EST on Wednesday, February 10. Riders stateside and beyond have been championing this cause and have made incredible progress — up to $162,720 in grassroots donations as of yesterday at 5 p.m. This does not include the $300,000 additional private donations.

To make a tax-deductible donation to Equestrian Events, Inc., click here. To read more about the circumstances surrounding this unique situation, click here and here.

National Holiday: National Pizza Day

Events Open This Week: Morven Park Spring H.T.Stable View Spring 1/2/3/4*March Horse Trials at Majestic OaksPoplar Place Farm March H.T.Full Gallop Farm March II H.T.Texas Rose Horse Park H.T.Galway Downs International H.T.,

Events Closing This Week: Full Gallop Farm Mid February H.T.Pine Top Advanced H.T.Three Lakes Winter II H.T. at Caudle RanchTwin Rivers Winter H.T.

Tuesday News: 

British Eventing saw a huge decrease in horse falls over the 2020 season. They were down a whopping 33% to be exact. Of course, there was also a massive reduction in events held due to the pandemic, but these findings remain encouraging. The causation is not completely understood, but it is believed riders practicing more at home and the introduction of the continuing performance requirements (CPRs) have played a part. [Huge drop in horse falls at British events sparks questions and theories]

This year’s FEI rider seminar put the onus on riders for the safety of our sport. A few of the delegates have even recommended “vigilante-style” solutions including “alerts” when certain courses produce over a threshold of falls and spotters who could report dangerous riding to officials. [Eventing Riders Must Face Up to Their Own Unreadiness to Upgrade]

Brb giving my horse a rainbow tail. After installing her own weaves for years, one year for Black History Month, equestrian Chanel Rhodes got a little extra creative by crocheting braiding hair into her horse Lady’s mane. Her invention of colorful, easy-to-install hairpieces for horses is an amazing example of thinking outside the box and using innovation to make a mark in the equine industry. [SmartPak Monday Morning Feed: Living With Passion]

The USEA Instructors’ Certification Program’s 20-year-old mission statement has gotten a facelift. They’ve also update the ICP levels of certification to recognize the most current levels of competition. [USEA Instructors’ Certification Program Introduces Updates to Levels and Mission]

This rider has completed 10 five-star events, won 80 national competitions and was the 2012 BE Foundation Points Champion. Can you guess who it is? [Five minutes with: Simon Grieve]

Tuesday News: 

USEF Eventing High Performance Training Camp

Our Elite and Pre-Elite #USAEventing athletes just finished up a successful week of lessons with Peter Wylde at the USEF High Performance Training Camp! Time to take 2021 by storm. 💪🥇

Posted by USA Eventing on Monday, February 8, 2021

Sunday Links

Jennie Brannigan and FE Lifestyle. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Last spring was my first time at Red Hills, and I absolutely loved it. In the spirit of “supporting what you wish to keep,” riders like Jennie Brannigan and John Holling want you to get those entires in! The last 12 months have weighed heavily on events around the country, but now Red Hills is looking for support. If you are planning to go, don’t delay — send your entry. They usually operate thanks to local spectatorship, but without that this year, they’re planning ahead based on entries. [Red Hills International H.T.]

National Holiday: National Send A Card to A Friend Day

U.S. Weekend Action:

Sporting Days Farm February H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Three Lakes Ranch H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Want your very own EN Yeti mug? Make sure you Become an EN Patreon by February 14th!

Sunday Links: 

Mark your calendars! Bromont has four events to pencil in for 2021. [Bromont Three-Day Event]

7 Tips for Navigating the Warm-Up Ring

Meet the Winners of the USEA Virtual ATC Challenge

‘Neutrality Is Racism’: How a Teenage Horse Riding Champion Called Out Inequality in the Equestrian World

Competitive Success with Kissing Spines

A 30-Year-Old Show Horse Proves Longevity Is Not “Wishful Thinking”

Sunday Video: The Kentucky Horse Park weighs in on tonight’s Super Bowl outcome.

Who will win Super Bowl 2021???

🏈🐴 Presenting the 2nd annual Big Horse, Big Barn, Big Game Super Bowl Prediction! This year’s predictor is Kaiser the Clydesdale standing at 18 hands tall and weighing in at 2,000 lbs! #SuperBowlLV #KansasCityChiefs #TampaBayBuccaneers

Posted by Kentucky Horse Park on Friday, February 5, 2021

Tuesday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

Jim Wofford and Chinch share a moment. Photo via EN’s Instagram.

The Illinois Dressage & Combined Association is giving you the opportunity to pick the brain of expert rider and horseman Jimmy Wofford. On Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. Central time, Eric Dierks will interview Jimmy via livestream which is open at all. Please be sure to register for the stream beforehand. [IDCTA Presents: A Live Stream with Jim Wofford]

National Holiday: National Groundhog Day

Events Opening This Week: Carolina International CCI and H.T.Ocala Winter II H.T.Pine Top Spring H.T.Southern Arizona H.T.

Events Closing This Week: Holland Eventing at Holly Berry Farm Young Event HorseRocking Horse Winter II Advanced H.T.Paradise Farm H.T.

Tuesday News:

Want even more insanity in the middle? Join our Patreon! With memberships as low as $5, you can get access to insider editorial details, and surprise details that you won’t want to miss. Sign up before 2/14 to get a EN Yeti mug or wine tumbler. [EN Patreon]

In celebration of Black History Month, SmartPak is sharing stories of riders and equestrians of color who are making an impact in our sport.  [SmartPak Celebrates Diversity]

What we’re listening to: The season can’t properly start without a base level of fitness for your horse, Nicole Brown, five-star eventer Sam Watson and FEI veterinarian Tim Randle gather to talk strength and conditioning in the latest USEA Podcast. [USEA Podcast #276: Horse Fitness: Building a Base]

Love working with your hands? Want to create some of the most impressive cross country fences in the country? Eric Bull is hiring. These guys work hard, but they’re loads of fun too. Only requirement: “Must love bulldozers, power tools and trucks – horse experience optional.” [Job Listing: Horse Jump Builder]

Tuesday Video: Cuteness to start your Tuesday

FE Lifestyle and his mini me Hank. Sound on for full effect 😂

Posted by Jennie Brannigan on Saturday, January 30, 2021