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Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: 5 Shades of Grey

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.

Do you love bathing? Does the wash stall feel like home away from home? Do you love having your hands stained with purple shampoo? You’re in luck. These five gorgeous horses listed for sale on Sport Horse Nation are all grey! Keep scrolling to find your next unicorn:

One & Only. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

One & Only- Perfect Safe and Fun NAYC horse!

One & Only, aka Cooper, is a 2008 16.3 hand English sport horse. Cooper has a lot of experience at the intermediate CCI 2* levels in eventing and has show jumped up to 1.40 meters when he was younger. He has plenty of potential for being competitive at the upper levels of eventing or show jumping. Lovely mover, careful stadium and super bold and forgiving xc. He would be perfect for a young rider or adult amateur who wants to come up the levels on a super safe and fun horse! He has a heart of gold, and will do absolutely anything you ask of him. Has perfect manners and is an absolute puppy on the ground. No vices, clips, loads, perfect for vet and farrier, hacks out alone and in groups. Absolute no buck, bolt, rear, or spin. Has fantastic feet and is super sound. Only for sale due to financial reasons, I would love nothing more than to keep him. Located in South Carolina.

Rain Dancer. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Proven Prelim Schoolmaster w/Intermediate Experience

Rain Dancer: 2007 16.3h grey Oldenburg gelding

Rainy has successfully introduced several riders, including most recently two young riders, to the preliminary level including a double clear cross country at the 2019 NAYRC. He is an honest jumper and can step down to teach the ropes to his next young rider, or continue at the FEI levels with a AA or professional. He has been well schooled through 3rd level dressage including half pass and clean changes and could earn scores for USDF bronze medal.

Shanbally Fergus. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

DREAM horse for FUN eventing, hacking, hunting

2011 Irish Draft 16.2 hands. Shanbally Fergus is an imported Irish Draft that has become one of our barn favorites and is sure to become one of yours.

Fergus is currently a very solid novice level event horse with plenty of ability to move up to training level this spring. He has consistently been placing in the top of his classes. Super honest and simple to jump, at home, xc schooling and events. Fergus is now very well traveled and takes it all in stride.

Fergus is lovely in the barn, super easy keeper and is happy to turn out with friends or solo. He also LOVES to go on hacks- again he is well behaved in groups and out solo. He will lead or follow.

Fergus was a side-saddle hunt horse in Ireland before coming to the states. This is the UNICORN you’ve been looking for! Located in Pennsylvania.

Morrison. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Stunning Upper Level Prospect with Exceptional Brain, Suitable for an Amateur

Morrison is a 2015, 16.3+h American Thoroughbred Sporthorse prospect. This exceptional gelding shows a fantastic attitude and an admirable work ethic. He has been through a jump chute just once, showing his athleticism and and crafty feet. He hacks out quietly and confidently alone or in company. Morrison has recently been introduced to flat work and has proven to be a quick learner with a great attitude. He gives a first impression that screams for the upper levels and yet he possesses that unbeatable brain that we’re all after. This one checks all the boxes. He could easily be restarted by an amateur who works with an experienced trainer. Morrison is an uncomplicated ride, easy to work with, and a pleasure to have in the barn. He was retired from racing sound and is ready to continue his transition from racehorse to sport horse. He is currently for sale with Rosie Napravnik Off-Track Sporthorses. Appropriately priced in the upper four figures. He is 2020 RRP TB Makeover eligible. Located in Kentucky.

Superman. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Preliminary Packer

“Superman” offered for sale. 2009 17h gray Holsteiner/Connemara. This is an opportunity for someone who wants to ride competitively at the upper levels . Superman is a uncomplicated proven preliminary horse who is ready to move up to intermediate. He has successfully shown 3rd level dressage and 1’20 jumpers . He is so versatile that he’s won 2 hunter derbies as well. Superman is sane ,sound and very amateur friendly . Don’t miss out on this opportunity .
Contact Andy Amato . Located in Aiken South Carolina.

Listings included in this article are randomly selected and confirmed to be current and active before inclusion. Sport Horse Nation features user-generated content and therefore cannot verify or make any warranty as to the validity or reliability of information.

#EventerProblems Vol. 211, Presented by Haygain: Eyes Wide Open

Will you guys ever run out of #EventerProblems? Unlikely, but at least you know what you’ve gotten into.

Here’s your latest batch. Tag yours with #EventerProblems for a chance to be featured in a future edition.

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Me every Christmas/birthday: "I just want cash for horse stuff." Family: "that's what you always ask for." Me: "yes." . This year some of them finally listened. 🤣 My mom gave me $100 cash, and I also got a $25 Amazon gift card. Now, for a #poorhorsegirl this cannot be spent willy nilly. I actually wanted to save some back for summer activities, but it couldn't be stretched that far. I absolutely needed a new helmet (my current one has lived well past its expiration date). I opted for the more affordable tipperary, because despite looks it has great reviews, and is very safe. Plus going cheaper meant more money for other things. $89 I had been wanting long lines, so went ahead and purchased those. I can't wait to utilize those on all our hills to build some muscle. $40 The bit was a last minute decision. Lexi has been in a Mullen happy mouth for quite some time now. She does well in it, but when she gets anxious she grinds the bit. It doesn't happen often anymore, but you can imagine how much more often you need to replace those if they've been gnawed on. I had been thinking of trying something else for awhile when I came across this. It will be slightly stronger than the happy mouth, but I think it will help me better ride her and balance her, instead of her bracing on me. It's exciting to try anyway. $30 If your math skills are good you'll notice I'm over budget. I had some leftover cash from the horse budget in December and used that. Unfortunately, that's a little less saved towards summer activities… but who knows what the summer is going to look like anyway.

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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: A ‘Majestic’ Season Opener

It’s baaaaaack. Eventing Nation let out a collective sigh of relief this weekend as the 2020 season officially began at Majestic Oaks H.T. in Reddick, Florida. These early season events are often a who’s who of the sport, and this event definitely did not lack in celebrity (like Veronica competing for the first time since 2018!). With riders from newbies to the most seasoned competitors, and David Frechette got nearly all of them on tape. Make sure you subscribe to TheHorsepesterer on YouTube so you have all the action through his viewfinder. Thank you, David!

Here are your Open Prelim and Open Training winners:

Find all of David’s Majestic Oaks videos at this link.

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 courtesy of Pine Top Farm.

The Pine Top team was busy this winter! They gave us a sneaky look at some new cross country additions on their Facebook page. Keep an eye out for these at their February events Feb. 7-9 and Feb. 21-23.

National Holiday: National Dress Up Your Pet Day

Events Opening This Week: Full Gallop Farm February II H.T.Rocking Horse III H.T.Chattahoochee Hills H.T.Sporting Days Farm March H.T. IITwin Rivers Winter H.T.

Events Closing This Week: Three Lakes Winter I H.T. at Caudle RanchSporting Days Farm February H.T.Galway Downs Winter H.T.

Tuesday News: 

There are a whooping 23 Intercollegiate events on the calendar for this year. The Championship returns to Chattahoochee Hills May 16-17, and Fresno Park will be hosting a team challenge April 17-19 to test the potential for a West Coast Championship in 2021. [Announcing the 2020 Intercollegiate Team Challenge Calendar]

US Equestrian wrapped up its Annual Meeting over the weekend. If you missed any of the action, here at the top seven takeaways you need to know: [2020 USEF Annual Meeting In A Nutshell: Need-To-Know Takeaways]

Your MUST read today: Education Or Exploitation? The Alarming Financial Realities Of Grooms And Working Students

Tuesday Video: Congrats to Majestic Oaks Horse Trials Open Training A winners, Leslie Law and Rock On Cooley. They took the blue on a score of 20.5, the lowest finishing score of the weekend. View final results here.

Sunday Video: ‘Bomb Proofing’ with Andrew Hoy

Bomb proofing your horse for the dressage ring is simple. According to Andrew Hoy all you need is a toddler and a very tiny car. The result is equal parts inspired and adorable.

And if that’s not cute enough, take a look at Andrew’s daughter Philippa ready to follow in her dad’s footsteps:

Photo courtesy of Andrew Hoy.

Go Philippa! We can’t wait for you to take the headlines on EN someday.

 

#DogsofEN: Winter Woolies

We trudge to the barn all through the winter, followed closely by your canine companions. Barn dogs are ready to run, play and eat unspeakable things in any weather. That’s why dog blankets exist right?

Here’s your latest collection of four-legged friends. Keep tagging them with #DogsofEN for a chance to be featured.

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Scary jockey . . . .#dogsofen #equestrian #farmdog

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Drop Your Stirrups, It’s Hell Week at Sharon White’s Last Frontier Farm

The cherry on top of Hell Week with Sharon White? A backflip dismount. Photo by Mary Pat Stone.

This was no ordinary week at Sharon White’s Last Frontier Farm, the last five days were filled with circus inspired, seat strengthening, courage testing exercises, or as Sharon prefers to call it: Hell Week. This delightful idea is the brainchild of Jimmy Wofford, and though all though all the exercises are wildly different, the goal is the same: achieving a more independent seat.

“This is Jimmy Wofford all the way. Hell week is his thing. I’ve done it with him the past four years. This is the first year I’ve done it on my own. Each year it has helped me so much with my position and the ability to know you can sit on a horse and do just about anything,” Sharon said.

“It’s such an important part of your work with horses: how your skeleton affects their skeleton. It’s amazing what you can do with just your seat and balance. That’s what it’s all about.”

Photo by Mary Pat Stone.

Hell Week riders forfeit their reins and stirrups for the week as they are put on the lunge line. From here, they work through a collection of exercises that test their balance and strength at all three gaits.

Some examples: Windmill (arm circles), Body Twisters (arms out to the side, palms up as you twist side to side. Start slowly, then pick up the tempo), Sit ups (cross your arms, lean all the way forward to touch your head to the neck, then all the way back to touch your head to the rump), and Sharon’s personal favorite, Side Saddle (hold cantle and the pommel, then lift a leg and swing it over to one side and then the other).

Besides the physical exertion required, perfecting these exercises is just as much a brain game. “It’s a mental issue at first, and then overcoming that is huge. The sheer since of accomplishment is really satisfying for the riders too. To overcome fears is always a wonderful feeling,” Sharon said.

Photo by Mary Pat Stone.

“It’s intense. You get sore doing it. That’s why it’s called hell week. It’s also great for the horses because it’s January, so some are pretty fresh from their holiday. It’s a good way for you to really make more of a bond with your horse. I can’t recommend it enough – even just having your coach lunge you. It’s a super, super start to the beginning of the year to get your position stronger.”

Do you incorporate exercises like this in your training? Let us know in the comments.

Go eventing.

Calling All Floridians! Demo Horses & Riders Needed for USEA Educational Symposium

Jenni Autry working on her dressage skillz in the 2019 USEA Educational Symposium. Photo by Leslie Mintz/USEA.

If you’ve ever dreamed of riding with German eventing great Andreas Dibowski, then this is your lucky day. The USEA is looking for demo horses and riders for their Educational Symposium, held February 17-20 at Barnstaple South in Ocala, Florida.

The USEA Educational Symposium is a mega event hosting experts for the Young Event Horse, Future Event Horse and Instructors’ Certification Program portions. Read on to see the demo positions they are looking for.

ICP Symposium

Who: Riders with experience at Beginner Novice – Advanced.

When: Feb 17-18

What: Andreas Dibowski will teach dressage on Monday followed by show jumping and cross country on Tuesday.

How: All interested riders should fill out an ICP Demo Rider Registration Form and send to Lauren Gash at [email protected]. The ICP demo rider fee is $125 per ride/lesson.

YEH Symposium

Who: Horses at any skill level and at any age, though they prefer five years or older AND proven Advanced/five-star horses to demonstrate a successful gallop.

When: Feb 19

What: The YEH symposium will be split into three portions: dressage, jumping and gallop. All horses — from amateur friendly to upper level — are welcome to sign up. Yours might even be selected by Dibowski to ride himself.

How: Interested owners please fill out this form and send to Claire Kelley at [email protected]. There is no fee for YEH demo horses, but riders must register themselves for the Symposium here.

FEH Symposium

Who: Younger horses, preferred age 1-4.

When: Feb 20

What: Susan Graham White and Robin Walker will be the lead clinicians for Thursday, February 20 with the main focus being on judge testing and the assessment of a future event horse.

How: For anyone interested in signing up their young horse (ages 1-4) as a demo horse for the FEH Symposium, please fill out this form and send to Claire Kelley at [email protected]. There is no fee for FEH demo horses, but owners must register themselves for the symposium here.

[Demo Horses and Riders Needed for the 2020 USEA Educational Symposium with Andreas Dibowski]

Sunday Links from One K Helmets

Courtesy of US Equestrian.

Let’s give a big congratulations to Boyd Martin who was honored Friday night at the US Equestrian Annual Meeting with the William C. Steinkraus Trophy as an International Equestrian of Honor. Aside from the bling he picked up at the Pan American Games, he also earned 17 top ten finishes with eight different horses in FEI competition last year. Congratulations to Boyd and his team!

National Holiday: National Kiss a Ginger Day

U.S. Weekend Action:

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

Sunday Links: 

‘It feels like the end of the world’: Australian equestrian’s plea for support during devastating fires

After 31 Years in Eventing, Diane Bird Earns National Recognition

International Equestrian Community Comes Together to Support Australian Fire Relief

Becoming A Gazebo Mom

Sunday Video:

In Open Preliminary at Majestic Oaks H.T. in Reddick, Florida, Lauren Kieffer Nicholson and her veteran five-star and Olympic partner Veronica were the overnight leaders after dressage and show jumping on a penalty score of 26.7. David Frechette AKA The Horse Pesterer was on hand to capture many of the riders on film, and for Lauren’s test his commentary made us giggle.

“The rider’s name on this list is Lauren Nicholson … not sure … oh that’s Lauren Kieffer! And this must be her young … oh this is Veronica!”

Congrats on your marriage, Lauren!

Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: Experience Pays

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.

Experienced horses are incredible teachers with a wealth of knowledge to share. Here’s five horses listed for sale on Sport Horse Nation who could teach you a thing or two:

Boyd Martin and Contestor at Jersey Fresh in 2019. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Contestor

Contestor, who has competed up to the 4* level, is a 16.3, 2007 KWPN Oldenburg Gelding by Contango (by Contender) out of a thoroughbred mare, Jer’s Princess. He is the perfect horse for a young rider or adult amateur who wants to move up the levels with a very experienced, easy to ride horse that can win. He is soft to ride in dressage consistently receiving scores in the 20’s and low 30’s. And he is brave to the jumps, Boyd Martin trained him from a 5-year-old to the 4* level. He is currently with a dressage rider focusing on his dressage and would also make a great dressage horse. Located in Aiken, SC.

Elbaran. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Amateurs Dream Horse: Packer with 2* Experience

“Elbaran” is a 16.2, 11 year old KWPN gelding. He is very fancy on the flat with the ability to do straight dressage. A careful yet brave jumper, he will help you out in a miss. He has successfully competed up to the 2* level and is now looking to teach someone the ropes at the lower levels. Located in Ocala, Fl.

Second Amendment. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Experienced competitive Prelim gelding

SECOND AMENDMENT
16.3hh 2007 bay Holsteiner x TB gelding and a full brother to ‘Magnum Martini’ who competed for Brazil at the WEGs 2018.

‘Gunnar’ has competed extensively at Prelim throughout Canada and the USA most recently finishing 2nd in the Open Prelim at Oakhurst. With the bravery and scope for the upper levels, Gunnar is a true athlete who would suit both a capable junior /amateur looking for experience or a professional looking for an upper level mount. Easy to clip, shoe, load and do in every way. X rays available. Price will increase as he goes up the levels with Selena O’Hanlon this year. Located in Ocala, Fl.

Romolos Friar. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Upper level event horse Looking for a great home with ambitious Rider

Romolos Friar aka Tucker is a proven 2* and 3* horse with multiple riders. 11 YR old gelding with tons of scope he’s perfect for a young rider or any ambitious rider looking to learn and compete and move up the levels. Smart and talented gelding very careful and safe over fences. Tucker has also spent time show jumping at the 1.15 and 1.2 m events this fall in Ohio and GA with great success. Friendly and fun horse in the barn. Great to clip, ship, and enjoy his fun personality, he’s also very Sound, and has great feet. Looking for a great home with lots of love and time to keep him in a strong program. Price neg to the right home; asking 30,000 for sale, will also consider a lease at 12,000 or lease to own to find him the best home. Horse with a lot of potential and fun. More video and pic available to whatsapp. Located in Tennessee.

Could’ve Ben and Jerry’s. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Experienced 3*** Eventer

Could’ve Ben and Jerry’s is a 2006 Zangersheide Gelding with experience through 3***. Super fancy on the flat, a careful jumper and bold XC he would be an ideal partner for Young Riders or someone wanting to compete at the FEI levels. A super horse on the flat with scores in the low 20’s, Newton has multiple placings at Intermediate. He is fit sound and ready to compete. All the talent to compete at Advanced/4****.

Listings included in this article are randomly selected and confirmed to be current and active before inclusion. Sport Horse Nation features user-generated content and therefore cannot verify or make any warranty as to the validity or reliability of information.

International Horse Community Rallies to Aid Australian Fire Relief

Photo courtesy of EFRA.

Devastating bushfires continue to burn in Australia as two of the largest blazes merged into one Thursday night, creating a new “megafire” that spans 1.5 million acres. The death toll has risen to include at least 25 people, and at least 14.5 million acres have been destroyed. The University of Sydney has estimated that up to 1 billion animals have been affected or killed by the blaze.

Many Australian eventers have suffered from the summer bushfire, including five-star eventer Megan Jones, whose Hallmark Farm facility burned shortly before Christmas. In an effort to aid the affected equestrian community, a fund, The Equestrian Fire Relief Australia fund was launched fundraise for emergency relief.

Riders from around the world have heralded the creation of the Fund. EFRA Ambassadors include esteemed equestrians such as Martin Fuchs (SUI), Christian Ahlmann (GER), Patrick Kittel (SWE) and his wife Lyndal Oatley (AUS), Michael Jung (GER), Ingrid Klimke (GER), Edwina Tops-Alexander (AUS), Andrew Hoy (AUS), Chris Burton (AUS), William Fox-Pitt (GBR), Sam Watson (IRL), David O´Connor (USA), Astier Nicholas (FRA), Carl Hester (GBR) and Charlotte Dujardin (GBR).

Australian Olympic gold medalist Andrew Hoy has been especially supportive of the initiative. “To see my home country going up in flames, to see the suffering of people, wildlife, and all other animals is just devastating. I have received so many messages from people suffering losses across the affected areas and I am heartbroken for all of them,” he said.

“The Australian Equestrian Community so urgently needs the help of the international equestrian community – financially, but also morally! I hope with this campaign we will be able to make a difference, show our support, and get much-needed finances to the people affected.”

Phillip Dutton and Boyd Martin have also extended support and heartfelt messages to their home country.

“For anyone that has horses in their life, they can truly understand the absolute devastation that is being felt by the fires in Australia. There is an absolute helpless feeling across a sunburnt country. I have personally been through the horrors of fire, and it is something that can truly destroy the spirit. In my experience, the only thing that kept me going was the support of the equestrian community that is worldwide. I urge anyone to contribute to this heartfelt fund.” Boyd said.

Fundraising is the EFRA’s primary goal, but they also have hopes of providing moral support during this distressing time. All funds raised by the EFRA will be dispensed via local emergency and recovery committees in Australia.

Based in Canberra, Jocelyn King, a Canberra local equestrian, will act as the EFRA Coordinator supported by volunteers nationally and internationally along with Kiah Consulting and Kiah Equine and the Advisory Board for the Fund, John Glenn (Chairman), Mike Etherington-Smith, Stuart Tinney, and Stefanie Hoy.

How You Can Help

Donations of any size are welcomed at this link. To date, the Fund has raised $57,803.55.

Want to help with the rehabilitation of wild animals? WIRES Wildlife Rescue is on the ground helping injured wildlife, while WWF Australia has pledged to restore the homes of koalas, giving the species a chance of survival. Finally, the Australian Red Cross is providing emergency relief for those affected by the devastation.

[International Equestrian Community Comes Together to Support Australian Fire Relief]

#EventerProblems Vol. 210, Presented by Haygain: An Ode to Blankets

“This is why we can’t have nice things ” — every person who has ever put a blanket on their horse.

To horses, blankets are like ordering hash browns at Waffle House. Smothered, covered, chucked or diced? Coming right up! But we don’t have to tell y’all twice. Here’s your latest batch of blanket (nightmare) inspired #EventerProblems:

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: Badminton’s Newest XC Addition, The ‘Broken Bridge’

This time of year, the formidable Badminton cross country track goes from laid on on paper to physically constructed on site. Course designer Eric Winter and course builder James Willis and his team begin to make dreams a reality, and this year they’ve decided to bring something old school to the modern era with a completely new fence called the “Broken Bridge.” Normally, the Badders team prefers to keep all changes under wraps until closer to the event, but they’ve given us this little preview, as a treat.

“The creative thinking behind the bridge as well as some of the other new fences is that they will offer a trip down memory lane for spectators and competitors, whilst also creating a challenge for the modern day event horse,” Eric said.

“Presenting a track that is a real spectacle for the many people who don’t understand the technicalities of strides, but love watching Badminton’s cross country phase is really important too. That’s what I think big, iconic, show stopping fences like the Broken Bridge will do. It’s dramatic looking fences like this that really make a course exciting to ride as well as watch.”

Hang onto your hats, Badminton hopefuls.

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

First Look at Entry List for $50,000 Grand-Prix Eventing at Bruce’s Field

William Fox-Pitt and Sandro’s Star. Photo by Shelby Allen.

After a tremendously successful inaugural year, the $50,000 LiftMaster Eventing Grand-Prix at Bruce’s Field returns February 28-29, 2020 at the Aiken Horse Park. It’s the area’s only eventing showcase, and EN has a sneak peek of the entry list.

The United States and Canada once again claim a healthy proportion of entries, including 2019 winner Liz Halliday-Sharp, who has confirmed she plans to defend her title with Deniro Z. We also welcome two British entries in William Fox-Pitt, who placed third last year with Sandro’s Star, and first-timer Tom Crisp.

Check out the provisional entry list for the 2020 competition. Please note that this does not reflect the final entry list.

  • Jennie Brannigan (USA)
  • Dana Cooke (CAN)
  • Tom Crisp (GBR)
  • Buck Davidson (USA)
  • Phillip Dutton (USA)
  • Jacob Fletcher (USA)
  • William Fox-Pitt (GBR)
  • Clayton Fredericks (AUS)
  • Liz Halliday-Sharp (USA)
  • Lillian Heard (USA)
  • Holly Jacks-Smither (CAN)
  • Lauren Kieffer (USA)
  • Colleen Loach (CAN)
  • Boyd Martin (USA)
  • Doug Payne (USA)
  • Jessica Pheonix (CAN)
  • Waylon Roberts (CAN)
  • Allison Springer (USA)
  • Ryan Wood (AUS)

The showcase is USEF recognized held at the Advanced level. Dressage is scheduled for the morning of Friday, February 28. Show jumping will follow on Friday afternoon with a course set at Advanced height and designed by Michel Vaillancourt. Cross country will be held Saturday, March 2. On Saturday you can also enjoy a beer fest which will double in size at this year’s event, as well as live music following cross country.

Capt. Mark Phillips will again design the track, which is promised to carry an Aiken theme throughout again this year. Organizers have also confirmed that we can expect two new jumps constructed by Eric Bull.

Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners has stepped up to sponsor the High Point Thoroughbred Award, which includes a $5,000 purse for the top three placing Thoroughbreds.

Ride for Charity will be a major aspect of the event again in 2020, and riders will have the opportunity to represent and benefit local charities.

A $25 General Admission ticket will give you access to the event over both days. Click here to purchase general admission tickets.

VIP tickets cost $400 and include VIP parking, access to the ringside VIP tent, drinks and food, and tickets to Thursday’s welcome party. Click here to purchase VIP tickets.

Learn more about the Aiken Horse Park here.

Grand Prix Eventing at Bruce’s Field: Website, TicketsEN’s CoverageEN’s InstagramEN’s Twitter

Tuesday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

Kazuma Tomoto and Brookpark Vikenti. Photo by William Carey.

Eventers are buzzing as we are less than 200 days away from the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, but none more so than the Japanese fans, eager to cheer on their riders. And Team Japan intends to give them quite a show with their eyes on a team medal. With riders such as Kazuma Tomoto, Atsushi Negishi and Yoshiaki Oiwa, they’ve got a god shot. Click here to read more about the team’s leadup. [Japan’s Olympic Medal Dreams]

National Holiday: National Bobblehead Day

Events Opening This Week: Pine Top Advanced H.T.Three Lakes Winter II H.T. at Caudle Ranch

Events Closing This Week: Rocking Horse Winter I H.T.Full Gallop Farm January H.TFresno County Horse Park Combined Test,

Tuesday News: 

Known by only one letter, Z, the 11-year-old Zangersheide gelding, has been named USEA’s Horse of the Month for January. [USEA Horse of the Month: Z]

If it’s a comprehensive list of major equestrian events you want, then it’s a comprehensive list you’ll get at this link: [Horse & Hound’s guide to major equestrian events 2020]

The latest on the Michael Barison case: [Barisone Pleads Not Guilty To Attempted Murder]

Tuesday Video: 

Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: More Than Just Horses

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 know Sport Horse Nation is the place to find your next horse, but we’re more than that! Listings include campers, saddles, professional services and more. Here’s a few listings you might not have expected:

Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Camper- Sunline Solaris in Ocala FL

2003 Sunline Solaris T280SR. 28′ with one slide out. Sleeps 4. Everything works great and she’s ready to roll. New tires last year. Original Owners Booklet. Well cared for and always winterized. Located in Ocala, Florida.

Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Let us sell your horse in Aiken this winter!

Our sales barn is gearing up for the move to Aiken for the winter season, and we have room to take in more horses into our sales program. Aiken is a great place to sell horses, and we typically sell upwards of 12 each year while we’re there for the 3 months.

With 3 horses sold this week alone, and in an average of 60 days over the past 10 years, Courtney Cooper and her C Square Farm team are one of the leading sales barns in the country. If you are frustrated with the sales process, but also want the best home for your horse … Courtney can help!

We pride ourselves on being transparent in our sales process, economical, and values driven. We try to set ourselves apart by giving individual attention to both the seller, buyer AND horse, and making the process uncomplicated and straightforward. Our barn has placed a variety of horses ranging from young off-the-track Thoroughbreds to select imported horses, and we’d love to add your horse to our program.

From youngsters just starting out to experienced competitors, from eventers to hunters and jumpers, we have success selling a wide range of horses and we look forward to being of service to you.

Contact Courtney Cooper at [email protected] or (610) 932 – 5832 or here on Facebook to learn more about her sales program today!

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CWD Jumping Saddle 2015

Great saddle with few “miles”, used on client horses. Buyer pays shipping and PayPal fees. Final Price negotiable, make an offer! 🙂

Saddle model: SE02 (semi deep seat saddle). Seat depth: TR. Flaps: 2C. Panel configuration (PA): 705 210 305 (pro panel) 2015 16”. Located in California.

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Black Country Quantum Saddle 17.5 MW

Selling this nice saddle since I no longer own the horse it was fitted for. It’s in really good condition and very comfy. It has seen very little use over the last few years. It was originally fitted for a horse with significant withers and large shoulders. Since it’s wool flocked with wither gussets, it can easily be customized for your horse. Located in Florida.

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Windchase – Full service Eventing facility in VA

Does your horse need schooling? Would you like to be more competitive? Do you have a green horse that needs experience? Do you have a horse you need to sell? Windchase offers top quality training and schooling for Event horses of all levels, under the supervision of Olympic rider Phyllis Dawson. We also sell horses on consignment; we can sell your horse for you, or help you find a new one. We have top notch facilities and a professional staff, and can help your horse reach his top potential. We are located in the heart of Virginia eventing and hunt country.
Visit www.teamwindchase.com for more information about Windchase. Contact me at [email protected] Phyllis Dawson, Windchase, Hillsboro, VA (540} 454-3834 cell, (540) 668-6548 – home, (540) 668-6024 – stable, E-mail: [email protected]

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Sunday Links from One K Helmets

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Aachen doesn’t just deal in top-end equestrian sport – it’s a display of theatrics, as well. From the novelty ride and drive class, which teams up showjumpers, eventers, and combined drivers under the lights in the cavernous main arena to the opening and closing ceremonies, it’s all designed to be a spectacle. • Instead of leaving after the eventing wrapped, I stuck around for the final day of the show – after all, who can resist the opportunity to stand in that main arena for the Aachen Grand Prix, one of the most coveted prizes in showjumping? Not could I resist the inherent madness of the closing ceremony, in which dozens of excitable competition horses are piled into the arena and everyone – riders and spectators alike – is given a hanky to wave in order to bid the show farewell for another year. Truly odd but absolutely excellent. • Honestly, when I finally cork it – probably as a result of too much caffeine, too little sleep, and a wildly overexciting five-star result – chuck a handful of my ashes out at Aachen. And then tip a free mojito over them, just for good measure. • (Worth noting, I think, that Aachen provided plenty of worthy additions to “To All the Sausages I’ve Loved Before”, though I did find I was starting to base my diet around increasingly ludicrous-looking bratwurst. The jewel in Aachen’s culinary crown was surely the half-metre of meat tube, a sausage so visually repellent that I sent photos of it to approximately everyone I’ve ever met, before merrily wolfing it down – avoiding eye contact, of course.) • #chioaachen #tillygetshergrooveback #justhashtaggedmyselfinthethirdperson #someonestopme #journoontour #eventinglife #nikond500 #eventersofinstagram

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Looking for more colorful stories on your Instagram feed? Follow our UK correspondent, Tilly Berendt. Right now she’s chronicling her experiences traveling around the UK and Europe covering eventing with her signature captivating, colorful tone. Behind the scenes insights and beautiful photos — what more could you want?

National Holiday: National Whipped Cream Day

Sunday Links: 

The Art Of The Half-Halt: Day 1 Of Robert Dover Horsemastership Week

Farewell to Olympic stallion of ‘indescribable importance’

Daniel Stewart’s Tip of the Month: Resolution Reminders

‘I feel like Eddie the Eagle!’ Geoff Billington recovering after breaking heel

What Top Riders Said About Failure Will Change the Way You View Your Next Round

Sunday Video: 

#EventerProblems Vol. 209, Presented by Haygain: New Year, Same Problems

Eventer Problems have been along since the start of our sport, but in 2015 our dodgy pack of chinchillas decided to chronicle them, and thus #EventerProblems was born. Five years later, and you guys are still keeping it going strong!

Here’s your latest batch. Keep ’em coming! (We know you will.)

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As I look back at the last decade…so much has changed! Here is just a tiny example: 2010 I had ONE ottb – ♦️Hummingbird's First Commander – doing 3'6 jumpers. He is now semi retired and leased by a Beginner Novice student. 💖💖💖 2019 I campaigned 4 of my other horses (at what point do you go from "trainer" to "hoarder?" 🤔) L-R 👑Trail horse reject TB Cross gelding Hummingbird's Paradox 🌵Rescue Hanoverian mare Hummingbird's Mendacium ⚓1000 craigslist OTTB Hummingbird's River 🍖Canter IL OTTB Hummingbird's THE Meatloaf #eventer #eventing #eventerproblems #horses #equestrian #horsetraining #showjumper #amynelsoneventer #hummingbirdstables #devoucoux #chibertalab @devoucouxmidwest

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No one does eventing for the dressage! It’s the hardest part but I appreciate how it really taxes the brain of both horse and rider- especially an amateur rider on a green horse.Yesterday I learned how to feel her fishtail her rear end as she wanted to move her haunches out (second video) and more importantly how to correct it (first video). It takes patience and tact – especially on the part of the trainer! And a willingness to learn on both the horse and rider’s part. And remember the horses only do this for us. Such a rewarding day and a real breakthrough moment. I also tried a micklem bridle for this session as we have struggled with bits and bridles and her head and neck were so much steadier. So yet another purchase is on its way to me! #goforbroke #beginnersmind #student #dressage #greenhorse #eventer #eventerproblems #eventinghorse #greenhorse

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Tuesday Video from Flexible Fit Equestrian USA: Paidraig McCarthy Blazes to Win Liverpool Eventing Grand Prix

Padraig McCarthy wins the Eventing Grand Prix at LIHS2019

😱🐴 The atmosphere was amazing last night for the Eventing Grand Prix at TheraPlate UK Liverpool International Horse Show. 🇮🇪Congratulations to Padraig McCarthy & the 14-year old AES mare Rosemaber Lancuest for ending up in first place after a super speedy round 🥇👏▶️ Tune in to the live stream here: watch.clipmyhorse.tv/liverpool2019

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Padraig McCarthy put the burners on over the weekend, winning the Liverpool International Horse Show Eventing Grand Prix. Partnered with Tatiana Brent’s 14-year-old mare Rosemaber Lancuest, he crossed the finish line in a time of 91.37 seconds for victory. Watch their entire exciting round above.

Click here to find full scores. Go eventing.

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New Year’s Eve News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

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Dear Eventing Family in Australia and all over the world, Australia, it’s people and wildlife are currently suffering terrible devastation from the bushfires. These fires have burnt thousands of hectares, destroyed homes and taken lifes of humans and animals. Our fellow Olympian Megan Jones and her family, who are based near Adelaide in South Australia, had a terrible bush fire going through their property. Luckily Megan, James and their team were able to evacuate the property in time so no humans or animals got hurt. Nevertheless, the fire destroyed large parts of the property and paddocks. Many friends, neighbours and the local equestrian community have been around to help and support them, which is wonderful! True Aussie spirit! 💪 Megan and James created a large Cross Country schooling facility at Hallmark Farm which enabled riders of all levels – from Grassroots to top level – to train and receive education. This facility has been burned to the ground – so Megan needs the support of the Eventing family to rebuild it. Have a look at their ‘Go Fund Me’ Page (Please find the link in my bio) – every dollar helps! 👍 Thank you so much! Happy new year!

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Bush fires have been ravaging Australia over the last few weeks. Olympian Megan Jones found herself in the path of the fires, and thankfully all humans and horses were safely evacuated, but her facility was completely burned, including their all levels cross country schooling which enabled many riders to receive an education over fences and terrain. A GoFundMe page has been created to help Hallmark Farm back on its feet. You can find that page at this link.

National Holiday: New Year’s Eve

Events Opening This Week: Rocking Horse Winter II Advanced H.T.Paradise Farm H.T.Fresno County Horse Park CCI & H.T.

Events Closing This Week: Grand Oaks H.T.Stable View Aiken Opener H.T.

Tuesday News:

Five-star spit fire Novelle has taken on a new role since retiring from the upper levels, now she’s showing new up-and-coming riders the ropes. [2020 Worth the Trust Adult Amateur Scholarship Winner: Brandy Savarese]

One of the most fun features The Chronicle does is their Behind The Stall Door series where they meet larger than life horses and share their likes, dislikes and fun quirks. A few even tears made the list of the top ten most popular for 2019. [Dressage Stars, Hunter Heroes And Jumping Royalty: Best Behind The Stall Doors Of 2019]

Padraig McCarthy is the latest victor of a high-profile indoor eventing derby. He took the win in the John Oates Horseboxes Eventing Grand Prix at the Liverpool International Horse Show riding Tatiana Brent’s mare Rosemaber Lancuest. [McCarthy races to eventing grand prix victory at Liverpool][Final Results]

Sunday Video: 

Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: New Year, New Horse!

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.

Looking for a new riding partner? Ring in the new year with one of these these five fabulous horses listed for sale on Sport Horse Nation:

Gamble. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Accomplished CCI 1* & OEA Preliminary Division Champion Eventer

“Gamble” is a forward ride that truly enjoys his job. Great for an intermediate rider wanting to come up from Pre-Training Division, or Young Riders prospect.

Pre-purchase vet examination can be arranged at your expense. Trial available at neighboring arena or paid short term off-site trial can be discussed.

Price: Best offer above $18,750 U.S. ($25,000 Canadian). Foaled: April 30, 2006. Breed: Off-the-Track Thoroughbred (racing name was Bounding Bug). Size: 16.1 hands. Current location: London Ontario Canada.

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Flashy Training Packer for Sale

Rendezvous is a 12 y/o 1/4 Clydesdale, 3/4 TB mare standing 15.3hh. She has just completed a very successful season at the Training level with multiple top 3 finishes, including a win at Glen Oro Fall HT in September. She recently ran Midsouth in Kentucky and finished with a double clear cross country run. “Vous” is very flashy on the flat and is often top 5 after dressage and schools leg yield, shoulder-in and counter canter successfully. Super snappy jumper with her knees up and together every time. Very safe to ride, happy to hack out on the buckle, safe on the road and quiet in different environments. Versatile, smart and always happy to try new things. Would be suitable for a kid looking for their first horse or for someone looking to have fun at the lower levels of eventing or dressage.

Asking price is 25k CDN, negotiable to a perfect home. Located in Caledon, ON.

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Miss Adorable~Event Prospect!

2013 15.3h Grey ISH/Connemara Mare

Dori is truly as cute as they come! 3 quality paces, a very stylish jump, and a good mind! She won at BN eventing at 4yo and could also walk into the Hunter or Dressage rings with her easy balance and great cadence. Loves to hack out and is very well mannered and sweet in the barn. Suitable for Jr/AA. Located in South Carolina.

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SAS Mojo Rising

SAS Mojo Rising: 2013 16.1h bay Thoroughbred gelding

This horse has serious upper level potential, but also has the personality suited to a young rider or adult amateur. He is easy on the flat, and often scores in the mid to high 20s. He is brave to his fences, and has competed through Novice, showing scope to keep moving up the levels. Located in Pennsylvania.

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Super fun pony, great pony club prospect

Klondike, 7 y/o, 14.2 hand chestnut pony. Klondike has a solid and correct dressage foundation, brave on cross country, and careful and willing in stadium. He is a quick learner and is up for anything. Currently showing beginner novice and schooling novice. Schooled water, ditches, and banks with no issues. Trailers, lunges, ties, etc. Trail rides alone or in a group. No buck, kick, or rear. Goes barefoot and is an easy keeper.

Competes first recognized at Rocking Horse Fall HT Nov 2019- 4th on a double clear XC and stadium.

Klondike is not a kick ride so is better suited for an intermediate rider or someone with a trainer as he is still green and needs to continue his education. Located in Cocoa, FL. Contact Mim Strote with Equity Farms for more information and video. Priced in high 4 figures.

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Sunday Links from One K Helmets

Photo via Thibault Fournier’s Facebook Page.

We are so happy to share news that Thibault Fournier was able to get back in the tack last week. Thibault was injured in a fall at Pompadour horse trials in October, after which he remained in a coma and has been steadily recovering since. Please join us in sending him good vibes as he continues his progress.

National Holiday: National Tick Tock Day

Sunday Links: 

FEH Continues Young Horse Education with Release of New Videos

When famous riders collide: welcome to the H&H face-smash quiz

PODCAST: The History of Eventing with Jim Wofford

Piggy French crowned top event rider after ‘phenomenal’ year

Just In From Jumper Nation: 10 Things Equestrian Professionals Do On Vacation

Sunday Links: 

#EventerProblems Vol. 208, Presented by Haygain: Ho Ho Ho!

Whether your winter season has been holiday happiness or holiday hell, at least we’ve got our horses right? Here’s your latest roundup of Christmas inspired #EventerProblems:

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Merry Christmas 🎄🎁

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