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Tuesday Video from SmartPak: Switzerland Punches Ticket to Tokyo

Team Switzerland | Olympic Team Eventing Qualification

Pow to the wow! 💥➡️😱As the action hit an all time high at Military Boekelo – Enschede, Team Switzerland, SVPS – FSSE stormed ahead of the game to take the very final ticket on grabs for Tokyo 2020! A tremendous feat, get ready to watch the dazzle in Japan! 🇨🇭✈️🇯🇵

Posted by Fédération Equestre Internationale on Monday, October 14, 2019

The final team spot in the 2020 Olympic Games was on the line last weekend at Boekelo, and three countries went neck to neck for it. Edging just ahead by a razor thin margin was Swiss team of Robin Godel and Grandeur de Lully CH, Caroline Gerber and Tresor de Chignan CH, and Tiziana Realini and Toubleau du Rueire. And just like that, teams are set and we close in on another Olympic season.

Go Switzerland. Go eventing.

Military Boekelo: WebsiteEntriesRide TimesLive StreamLive ScoresEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

Tuesday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

Anyone else feel foggy this weekend while following the new Olympic format at Boekelo? If so, your first stop should be this article. Tilly Berendt breaks down the team format with easy to follow examples. So if you’re wondering: why are they jumping after being eliminated? How did that team get 100 points? Where’s the fourth rider? Then read up. You’ve got 10 months until Tokyo.

[Much Ado About Boekelo: Your Essential Guide to the New Format and the Golden Ticket]

National Holiday: National Cheese Curd Day

Events Opening This Week: Pine Top Thanksgiving H.T.

Events Closing This Week: The VHT International H.T.Rocking Horse Fall H.T.Galway Downs International Event & H.T.

Tuesday News: 

Our thoughts continue to be with French rider Thibault Fournier, who is in a coma after suffering a serious fall at an event in Pompadour, France over the weekend. 24-year-old Thibault memorably won Pau CCI5*-L last year in his first attempt at the level. His family posted to Facebook yesterday: “Thibault thanks you all for your support and your friendly thoughts. He can’t do it himself because he’s in a deep coma. He is in good hands and fights as usual to come back to your side. He still has so much to tell you, so much love, advice and attention to you.” [Thibault Fournier Eventing]

Horse owners can breathe a sigh of relief as they’ve officially gotten the green light for equine travel in the event of a no-deal Brexit on October 31. EU members granted the UK listed status, which recognizes high biosecurity and animal health standards. [Horse movement receives green light post-Brexit]

Those decorative alligators seen at water complexes around the country? Well Maryland International Horse Trials took that one step further with a living, breathing alligator on grounds last weekend. [The Great Loch Moy Gator Caper]

New in the equine science community: Zebra-like stripes on cattle deter biting flies, say researchers

Hot on Horse Nation: The 7 Trainers You’ll Encounter in Your Life

Tuesday Video:

In Memory of Melanie Tallent

Photo by AK Dragoo Photography.

We are extremely sad to report that Area II eventer Dr. Melanie Tallent passed away Friday, October 11, 2019 due to a traumatic brain injury sustained in a horse related fall the week before.

Melanie was a neuroscientist. She and her husband Gordon Lutz together co-founded the company LifeSplice Pharma, a biotech firm that develops RNA-based drugs to treat neurological disorders. In her field, she was well known for her work in the epilepsy research.

Melanie’s life was made sweeter through her connection with horses, especially her own Gadwall, a dutch harness horse, and Dunlin, a Paint/Percheron. Through her riding career, she embraced her educational opportunities to learn and grow her craft, and many friends have shared fond memories of her contagious work ethic. She also carved time to give back to the animals and sport she loved through volunteering with local events and with CANTER.

Today I lost my amazing friend and long time client, Melanie Tallent, to a TBI from a fall a week ago. Looking back, I realize Mel probably didn’t take lessons with me every single week on her horses because she thought she needed lessons from a Grand Prix Dressage rider for lower level eventing. I think she did that to support me so I could be successful. I am going to miss teaching her and riding her fabulous horses every week, but most of all her jokes and her incredible support. I am so devastated and heartbroken. I am going to keep living my life boldly like she did and as she would want me to. Miss and love you Mel 💔

Posted by Kymmy Pullen on Friday, October 11, 2019

“Melanie Tallent was one of the most genuine, kind hearted people I have ever met. She deeply cared for and loved her horses; her work ethic, passion for the sport, and tenderness shone through her interactions across friends, family and fellow eventers,” said Sara Gumbiner, who was a friend and coach to Melanie.

“Melanie was an outspoken advocate for human rights, and along side her husband, Gordon, was working on developing treatment options for neurologic disease and brain injury. Her passing has left a void in my heart, a place in my soul that was filled with the presence of strong woman, and close friend. I am blessed that she was a part of my life, the past 10 years has brought me great joy, and fulfillment in my work, to watch her grow with her horses as a team, the effort she poured into science and advocated for the respect and dignity of people: always seeking continual improvement.”

On behalf of the eventing community, we extend our deepest condolences to Melanie’s friends and family.

Sunday Links from One K Helmets

Bec Braitling & Dassett Ricochet. Kim Miller Photo.

It’s hard to believe, but we’re closing in on the end of the 2019 season. The final West Coast long format of the year at Galway Downs, Oct. 31 – Nov.3, is right around the corner, and entries close on Tuesday. Robert Kellerhouse is always whipping up new amenities for competitors at the Southern California venue,  and this event is no exception with the state-of-the-art stables and arena surfaces plus fun for the whole family. Find our more here.

Major Events this Weekend:

FEI Nations Cup at Military Boekelo: WebsiteEntriesRide TimesLive StreamLive ScoresEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Action:

Maryland at Loch Moy H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Hitching Post Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Radnor Hunt H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

Ocala Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Fleur de Leap H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Las Cruces H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Sunday Links:

Auffarth and Let’s Dance 73 Maintain Military Boekelo CCIO4*-L Lead; Smith and Mai Baum Best of U.S.

Festive Oasis Graces Galway Downs International: Entries Close Tuesday

Three world gold medallists among Britain’s 20 entries for Pau five-star

US Equestrian To Reconvene MPA Panel Following Reports Of Equine Fatalities

Safety improvements in Aust eventing to follow coroner’s report

Sunday Video: 

Photo Gallery: Boekelo Cross Country Day for Team USA

Liz Halliday-Sharp and Cooley Quicksilver. Photo by Sherry Stewart. Liz Halliday-Sharp and Cooley Quicksilver. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

It was an action packed day for our four American riders at Boekelo. Before you continue, you absolutely must read Tilly Berendt’s report that breaks down the individual and team competition. Sherry Stewart, one of Team USA’s most fervent supporters, was on site and has been kind enough to share some highlights with EN. Enjoy!

Military Boekelo: WebsiteEntriesRide TimesLive StreamLive ScoresEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

#EventerProblems Vol. #198, Presented by Haygain: Dirty Jobs

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It’s no secret that some barn responsibilities are just… unpleasant (See: sheath cleaning day), some are oddly satisfying (pressure washing literally anything), and some are plain messy. This latest batch of #EventerProblems would make Mike Rowe proud. Go eventing.

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Oliver Townend Tops FEI World Rankings, Lauren Kieffer Fourth

Oliver Townend and Ballaghmore Class. Photo by Nico Morgan Media.

With September points now calculated, Oliver Townend has officially cemented himself as World No. 1 again in the FEI Eventing World Athlete Rankings. At last count, Oliver was second, but with points from the 2018 World Equestrian Games dropping from the tally, a third place finish from Burghley — among other results — boosted Oliver to the top again on 554 points.

He takes over from New Zealand’s Tim Price, who held the title for the last four months. Tim dropped to third place on 468 points.

Piggy French and Vanir Kamira. Photo by Nico Morgan Media.

In the Year of the Pig, it should be no surprise that fan favorite Piggy French moved up one spot to be ranked second. As of last weekend — which doesn’t officially count toward these points until next month — Piggy has had the most successful International season on record, picking up a whopping 14 International wins in 2019. Incredible as that is, she’s currently got 504 points, and she’s not finished yet.

Great Britain has a third rider in the top ten with Gemma Tattersall, who moved from 10th to 7th with 419 points.

Lauren Kieffer and Vermiculus. Photo by Nico Morgan Media.

Lauren Kieffer is the highest-ranked American as World No. 4. She moved up five spots after finishing in ninth place at Burghley last month with Vermiculus.

The stars and stripes have three other riders in the top twenty: Boyd Martin is ranked 6th (420 points), Caroline Martin is 18th (303 points), and Doug Payne is 19th (303 points).

Chris Burton is 6th on 421 points, and Michael Jung remains ranked 8th with 393 points. The Netherlands’ Tim Lips is 9th with 363 points, and Ireland’s rising star Cathal Daniels is 10th with 355 points.

Jessica Phoenix is 65th on 201 points as the highest ranked Canadian rider.

Click here to view the current FEI Eventing World Athlete Rankings. Go Eventing.

Rider Suffers Fatal Accident at Morven Park

We are deeply saddened to report that there was a rider fatality Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at the Morven Park International Equestrian Center in Leesburg, Va. Nicolle Villers-Amatt suffered a fatal accident while cross country schooling, the United States Eventing Association confirmed.

She fell while jumping a Preliminary level log fence and received immediate medical attention before being transported to a local hospital. The horse was not seriously injured.

“It is with great sadness that me and my daughter lost my wife and mother yesterday due to a catastrophic riding accident,” her husband, Neil Amatt, said in a statement on Facebook. “Nicolle died doing what she loved. It was quick and painless, and she was not alone – I thank Katie MacSwain for being with her. She was the best mother and wife any man could ask for.”

Morven Park released this complete statement:

“Morven Park is deeply saddened to announce that a rider fatality occurred during cross-country schooling on Tuesday, October 8, 2019.

“A rider suffered a fall while jumping a log fence at the Preliminary level. The rider received immediate medical attention and was transported to a local hospital. The horse suffered superficial injuries.

“‘The staff and Trustees of Morven Park are devastated to hear of the accident that occurred on course today,’ said Sheryl Williams, Morven Park’s Executive Director. ‘We join everyone in the equestrian community in sending our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the rider involved.’

“The USEA sends its deepest condolences to the rider’s family, friends, and connections. More information will be released as it becomes available.”

Nicolle, age 40, competed through the Advanced level and ran her own Five Point Performance Horses which focused on eventing and fox hunting. She is survived by her husband, Neil and her 2-year-old daughter Zara. A Go Fund Me page has been created to aid Neil and Zara.

Our thoughts are with Nicolle’s friends and family during this difficult time.

[Rider Fatality at Morven Park International Equestrian Center]

This post has been updated. 

Tuesday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

Ian Stark catch riding Erin Kellerhouse’s Sir Elijah Craig. Photo by Kim Miller.

Ian Stark was out competing stateside this weekend at The Event at Woodside in Northern California. He took the ride on Erin Kellerhouse’s Sir Elijah Craig in the Open Preliminary. Though he was HC in the class, the pair did earn a 29.1 on the flat before a double clear cross country.

National Holiday: American Touch Tag Day

Events Opening This Week: Grand Oaks Horse TrialsSouthern Arizona H.T.,

Events Closing This Week: Waredaca Classic Three Day Event & H.T.Chattahoochee Hills H.T.Windermere Run H.T. and Area IV ChampionshipsHolly Hill H.T.

Tuesday News: 

Still feeling foggy about the new Olympic format for eventing? You aren’t alone, and Pippa Roome has kindly explained it out for us. [The 2020 Olympic eventing format — all your questions about penalties and substitutions answered]

Thinking of making a trip to Maryland for the Fair Hill International Three-Day Event? Time to jump on it — online ticket sales end October 12th. Tailgating passes are sold out, but there’s still some general admission and sponsor level options available. [Tickets]

Irish show jumpers are feeling especially proud today after the team won the FEI Nations Cup Final, and in doing so secured Olympic Qualification. [‘Beyond proud’: Ireland wins the Nations Cup Final — and Olympic qualification]

Hot on #TBT: The 7 Trainers You’ll Encounter in Your Life

Tuesday Video: 

#EventerProblems Vol. 198, Presented by Haygain: Start ‘Em Young

For a few lucky souls, the horse bug bites early and we enjoy this addiction as long as possible. Then we can enjoy a lifelong saga of #EventerProblems, like those seen in this latest batch:


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

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

Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: What’s In A Name?

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 each week. We include the ad copy provided; click the links for videos, pricing and contact information.

When you’re horse shopping, of course the name should be the least of your concerns, but a horse that fits your wishlist and has a really cool name is the full package. We’ve got quite a few and then some on Sport Horse Nation:

Ginny Weasley. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Ginny Weasley

Ginny is a 2013, 15.2hh TBx mare. She is well suited for a small junior or amateur who is looking to bring on an exciting event prospect. She is currently showing BN and finished third at her last event. She has scope to move up the levels and is brave and bold cross country. Hacks out alone or in company. Currently asking $8k but will increase with more training and competing. Located in South Carolina.

Knox My Socks Off. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Knox My Socks Off~Scopey and Brave BN Gelding!

Knox My Socks Off, a 2011 16.1h Bay TB Gelding.

Knox is a super jumper with potential for at least training level eventing- likely more!. He has gone BN with a Jr and is super honest and fun to jump. Could make a super jumper with his quick knees and lead change. He has quite a lot of punch off the ground but such a good personality that he can happily stay at the lower levels. Hacks out on the buckle and is very pleasant in the barn! Very suitable Jr/AA. Located in South Carolina.

Mr Bojangles. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Mr. Bojangles- JR/YR Dream horse

Mr Bojangles (Bo) is a 2008 16.1 TB gelding brought up by Bruce Davidson. He has successfully competed through the intermediate level with wins at Prelim and a 4th place finish in the Intermediate. Bo has scored as low as 25 on the flat, and is very safe, kind, and patient on the ground. He took his current rider from her first beginner novice to her first 2* at the age of 14. He is very willing on the flat and a scopey jump make him an ambitious young riders dream horse. He is sound and healthy. Bo has placed top three at numerous events. He is a huge confidence builder on course and took his rider to Young Riders in 2018. Bo just recently finished 6th at AECS. Located in Florida.

Radio Silence. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Radio Silence (War Front – Maryfield, Elusive Quality)

Radio Silence (War Front – Maryfield, Elusive Quality) 2014 – 16h OTTB gelding.

Ralphie is a safe, flashy, and very athletic Thoroughbred by 2019 leading sire War Front and out of multiple graded stakes winning mare, Maryfield.

Ralphie would be suitable for an amateur working with a trainer and has the elasticity and gaits desirable for a professional. This is a great opportunity for someone who wants to bring an already restarted young horse through the levels. Clips, loads, ties, good for farrier/vet, hacks out on the buckle alone or with a group. Same horse off property than he is at home.

Showing great talent for dressage, eventing, jumpers. Smart, safe, and careful over fences with quick front end and strong hind end. Currently piloted by an amateur working with a professional. Low five figures and will increase with further training and showing. Contact for more info and videos. Open to offers.

Competing in dressage and eventing (beginner novice) at 2019 Retired Racehorse Project Thoroughbred Makeover. Located in Kentucky.

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.

Tuesday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

That’s a (partial) dream team right there. The Pan American Games gold medal winning team was celebrated over the weekend at Stable View Oktoberfest. Unfortunately Boyd Martin and Tamie Smith were unable to attend, but teammates Doug Payne and Lynn Symansky made sure they didn’t “miss” any of the action.

National Holiday: National Homemade Cookies Day

Events Opening This Week: Fresno County Horse Park Horse Trials,

Events Closing This Week: Hunt Club Farms H.T.Tryon Riding & Hunt Club H.T.Pine Hill Fall H.T.Fresno County Horse Park H.T.Hagyard Midsouth Three-day Event & Team Challenge H.T.

Tuesday News: 

Mark your calendars: Tickets for the 2020 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event go on sale October 15th. The event will be held April 23-26, 2020 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. Don’t miss out on the best weekend all year. [Tickets]

The deadline for the USEA Worth The Trust Scholarship is creeping up. If you’re interested, make sure you’ve got all your information submitted by October 5th. [Deadline Approaching: Apply for the 2020 Worth the Trust Scholarships]

British Eventing took a beating over the weekend with rain forcing cancellations. Some events were able to run Saturday, but by Sunday all were abandoned. Next weekend’s events are keeping a keen eye on the ground as further rain is expected. [Ground conditions ‘great’ but further rain expected as BE resumes after washout weekend]

Tuesday Video: If little ponies can just 2* and 3* fences, what excuse does YOUR full-sized horse have? [Crickets.] Exactly. Here’s a recap video from the FEI European Pony Eventing Championships from Team Great Britain’s Freya Partridge and Master Macky, who earned team gold and individual fourth.

Sunday Video: An Eventer’s View from Dressage at Devon

Posted by Lainey Ashker on Sunday, September 29, 2019

Lainey Ashker has been splitting her time between eventing and dressage worlds, and this weekend she was busy taking names at Dressage at Devon. Of course, Lainey brought her own unique flair to the occasion because if you’re going to make it to the awards ceremony at Dressage at Devon, you might as well live stream it!

Go Lainey. Go eventing. (Go dressage??)

The Future Looks Bright: USEA Crowns Newest FEH Champions

Who run the world? Baby horses — those four and younger, to be exact. They’ve taken the spotlight over the past week with three USEA Future Event Horse Championships being held across the country. To keep the evaluations consistent from coast to coast Peter Gray and Chris Ryan have judged each competition.

Read on to meet your champions, and make sure to check out the USEA’s coverage for more stories and even more gorgeous photos.

USEA FEH West Coast Championships

 Twin Rivers kindly hosted the USEA FEH West Coast Championships in Paso Robles, California. The coolest part about these winners is that they are all U.S. bred with dams who are successful event horses in their own right.

Peter Gray, Chloe Smyth, Linda Paine, and Chris Ryan with the 4-year-old Champion Nite Life. USEA/Kate Lokey Photo.

4-year-old Champion: Nite Life, a Thoroughbred gelding (Blaur Vogel and out of Happy Hour) owned by Chloe Smyth and bred by Linda Paine. Nite Life won on a score of 78.

3-year-old Champion: Iluminada, an Irish Sport Horse (Mighty Magic x La Patrona) mare owned and bred by Ann Patton. Iluminada was also the 2-year-old Champion last year, and this year won on a score of 74.1.

2-year-old Champion: Nsf Bye The Way, an Oldenburg Mare (The Twain x R-Star) owned and bred by Randy and Kristi Nunnink. She’s the product of an eventing dynasty with a five-star eventer for a dam and Earl and Jen McFall’s increasingly sought after stallion for a sire.

Yearling Champion: Ferao DFEN, a Hanoverian cold (Flexible x Bella Patriot) owned by Sarah McCarthy. He had the highest score of the day: 78.1.

[FEH West Coast Championships Crown the Next Generation]

USEA FEH Central Championships

5o1 Kiva Han. USEA/Claire Kelley photo.

The baby horse championship parade moved next to Haras Hacienda in Magnolia, Texas, where once again all victors were U.S. bred.

4-year-old Champion: 5o1 Kiva Han, and Oldenburg (Soprano x Adelaide) gelding owned by  Erin Jameson and Jacob Fletcher who scored 81.25.

3-year-old Champion: Dark Shadows d’Avalon, an Oldenburg mare (Dracula d Avalon x Chanel d’Avalon) owned by Marcella Pinell and bred by Avalon Equine. She earned a score of 81.69.

2-year-old Champion: AMP Chantilly Lace, a Trakehner filly (Platinum vom Rappenhoff x Cast a Glow) owned by Anna Pierce who scored 75.6.

Yearling Champion: At The Moment, a Thoroughbred (Saketini x Shezagreatgal) colt owned by Audrea Dyer. He scored an 81.

[The Future Looks Fine at the 2019 USEA FEH Central Championships]

USEA FEH East Coast Championships

Revel In Soul. USEA/Jessia Duffy Photo.

The grand finale of the FEH Championship tour takes place this weekend at Loch Moy Farm in Adamstown, Maryland.

4-year-old Champion:Revel In Soul, a Holsteiner/Anglo-Arab gelding (Riverman x Shadais China Moon) owned and bred by Andrea Manley.

3-year-old Champion: Wise Lolita Linda, an Ango-Arab/Belgian Warmblood filly (Caraminal Del Jaral x Kwin Wise Christine), owned and bred by Ronald Zabala-Goetschel. She earned a score of 82.9.

2-year-old Champion: Royal Casino, an Oldenburg gelding (Rosenthal x Lady Logan) owned and bred by Cynthia McNemar. He’s now a double champion, winning this year on 85.38 after being crowned the East Coast Yearling Champion last year.

Yearling Champion: Arden Nike, a Trakehner/Thoroughbred filly (Songline x Noblest Yet) owned by Anita Antenucci won on a score of 85.3.

[Wise Lolita Linda Wins Big at the USEA FEH East Coast Championships]

[Royal Casino Comes Up Aces at the USEA FEH East Coast Championships]

Click here to learn more about the USEA Future Event Horse Program.

9/30/19: This post was updated to include the East Coast 2-year-old and Yearling Champions. 

#EventerProblems Vol. #197, Presented by Haygain: Started From the Bottom… Now We’re Here?

The lower levels are the heart and soul of eventing. This is where people get their first taste of our sport, where they leave the startbox for the first time and where they fall in love with eventing. But that doesn’t mean they don’t have issues, from first-timers to five-star veterans we all have #EventerProblems.

Let’s keep ’em coming! Share yours with the hashtag #EventerProblems for a chance to be featured in the next edition.

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.

Who Jumped It Best? Stable View CCI3*-S Edition

It’s time for another edition of Who Jumped It Best? Where you, our dear readers, get to play judge and decide which of the selected pairs below present the best overall picture. These three-star riders are all seen clearing fence 16b, a brush corner which immediately followed a beefy double brush table at 16A.

You know the drill: use your best judgement and vote in the poll at the bottom of the post for who you think deserves to win EN’s coveted Who Jumped It Best?

Stable View CCI & HT: WebsiteScheduleEntriesTimesLive ScoringEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

Kristen Buffamoyer Hurry Murray. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Leslie Law and First Class. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Savannah Blackstock and GarryNdruig Albie. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Lynn Symansky and SpectraVET Tempranillo. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Jenny Caras and Trendy Fernhill. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Jorgen Olijslager Northern Quest Lady’s Man. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Doug Payne and Cascor. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Laura Szeremi and Atrax Robustus. Photo by Shelby Allen.


Sunday Links from One K Helmets

Sydney Conley Elliott and QC Diamantaire jump in front of the VIP pavilion. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Yesterday was a super day of competition at Stable View’s Oktoberfest. The track spreads some distance, but you could watch so much just from the comfort of shade from the Pavilion. If you were on the fence about spectating, put this one on your calendar for next year — I would also personally recommend their signature drink!

National Holiday: National Coffee Day

Major Weekend Events:

#Stable View: WebsiteScheduleEntriesTimesLive ScoringEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Action:

FEH East Coast Championships [Website] [Live Scores]

Jump Start H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

University of New Hampshire H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

Sundance Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

ESDCTA New Jersey H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Sunday Links: 

The Future Looks Fine at the 2019 USEA FEH Central Championships

The Power of Strength Training with Shelley Thomas

Z Brings His ‘A’ Game To Win Stable View CCI4*-S

How ‘Cooley’ Became One Of The Most Desired Prefixes In Eventing

Sunday Video: 

Phillip Dutton and Z are your CCI 4* -S winners! Through the FITS water complex!

Posted by Stable View on Saturday, September 28, 2019

Phillip Dutton Dominates Stable View Oktoberfest CCI4*-S

Phillip Dutton and Z. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Phillip Dutton and The Z Partnership’s Z came full circle today at Stable View Oktoberfest. They won the inaugural Advanced together here in 2016, and today they were winners once again in the CCI4*-S, but with a partnership transformed by years of practice.

“We know each other really well now so it’s pretty nice – I know how he’s going to think and I think he anticipates what I want as well,” he said.

The Z Partnership’s 11-year-old Zangersheide (Asca X Bellabouche, by Babouche VH Gehucht Z) moved into second place after a clear show jumping round before galloping to the win on a double clear cross country result that secured a final result of 30.6.

“Today was probably his best cross country round ever. He was really good and it couldn’t be a better prep for him for Fair Hill. I didn’t actually know that I was in first and second going into cross country. I knew Singapore was in the lead, but I didn’t that Z had come up,” he said. “They’re both horses that galloping wouldn’t be their natural strength so getting them fit, and getting them hard and learning to go fast is something that I have to work on so I wasn’t planning on just going round and going really slowly, no matter where I was sitting.”

Lynn Symansky and Under Suspection. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Lynn Symansky and Under Suspection’s hot streak continues with a second place finish at Stable View. Mary Ann Ghadban’s 15-year-old Holsteiner (Contender x Naomagic I, by Exorbitant xx) joined Z in coming home inside the time across the Captain Mark Phillips designed track.

“Pippy’s” only faults this weekend were 1.6 time penalties in the show jumping phase, which ultimately cost her a second four-star win this season, to finish on a score of 32.

“I had a marathon few rides before that (3 in the three-star!), so I didn’t get to walk her show jumping track. Some of the lines were the same and some were different, but I did have the advantage of at least riding in the ring already today,” Lynn said. “Because of my schedule I didn’t get to pre-ride her either. I thought she was a bit more on the muscle, so I went a little quieter than normal to make sure she had a clean ride. In hindsight, I gave up a few costly penalties for the win, but I thought she went well in there.”

Lynn admits she’s not as familiar with Stable View, but after visiting for the Pan American Games team training sessions, she made it her plan to return.

“I saw everything they were doing with the facility and track. I was so impressed with their commitment, which is why I decided to come back,” she said. “A track like this is harder for her to make time with all the trees than at Great Meadow, which is quite open, so you have to be very good at finding the most efficient line possible and using her where she’s good: opening up and running.”

Sydney Conley Elliott and QC Diamantaire. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Sydney Conley Elliott was focused on achieving a successful final outing before Fair Hill next month, and she achieved that goal today, finishing third with QC Diamantaire, a 9-year-old Oldenburg (Diarado x Lantana, by Sandro Hit) owned by Carol Stephens. Benefiting from team training sessions as alternates for the 2019 Pan American Games, the pair added only 3.2 time penalties for a final result of 34.

“He was full of fire today, which was great. I’ve been waiting to feel that and get him out in front of the leg. He’s a horse that would rather be in the ring for his job, so we when get out on cross country I’m not always sure what’s going to be leaving the box that day. But today was great. He was forward and ready to do the job,” Sydney said.

Today was a big fitness test for “Q” as he prepares for his first CCI4*-L, and he passed with flying colors.

“We have completely revamped his fitness. It’s been in the works for about a year now — he’s almost doubled the fitness work. I am feeling really positive about Fair Hill. I think he showed me today he can put all the pieces together,” she said.

Will Faudree and Caeleste. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Will Faudree and Caeleste, a 12-year-old Holsteiner (Contender x Happygolucky, by Lucky Lionell) owned by Jennifer Mosing and Sterling Silver Stables, settled into fourth place, adding only 4 cross country time penalties for a final result of 37.1.

Overnight leaders Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Singapore kept control of the class after show jumping, performing a clear round across Chris Barnard’s track, but 8.8 cross country time penalties dropped them down into fifth place. He and the 10-year-old KWPN (Singapore x Riedellia, by Animo) owned by Ann Jones, Thomas Tierney and David Vos had a final score of 38.2.

“We misjudged our entrance into the startbox and I had a little trouble with him there so we wasted a bit of time, but his cross country was good,” Phillip said. “When I walked the second water I misjudged his stride length so I added too much there but apart from that it felt like a perfect round. I could have gone a bit quicker I but overall I was really pleased.”

Clark Montgomery and Caribbean Soul. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Only one rail marred the weekend for Clark Montgomery and Caribbean Soul, who finished in sixth place. The Caribbean Soul Syndicate’s 12-year-old (Cimarron Secret x Ogygian’s Desire, by Ogygian) was the third and final horse to produce a double clear result in the final phase to finish on his dressage score of 38.9.

Despite falling from Cooley SOS late in the course, Hallie Coon was on her next horse, Celien, in time for a clear cross country round with 6.4 time penalties. They finish in seventh place on a score of 42.2.

Coming home just one second too slow, Waylon Roberts and Lancaster finished in eighth place on a score of 43.5. Kate Brown and Victor Z 54 jumped from 18th to 9th place over the course of two days, finishing with a clear cross country that added 4.4 time penalties. Leslie Law and Voltaire De Tre’ earned 10th place on a result of 44.1.

Doug Payne was the big winner in the CCI3*-S class with Vandiver, who is getting back on track after falling at Burghley. They finished on their dressage score, a 27.6, before they reroute to Fair Hill. Jacob Fletcher and 5o1 Mischief Managed follow in second place after picking up 2 cross country time penalties for a final score of 29.2. Will Faudree was third with FRH Ramona, finishing on his dressage score of 29.4.

Chinch is off to take an ice bath after a sweltering day on site. Many thanks to Stable View for all their efforts to keep the grounds, the horses and the people happy at Oktoberfest this weekend. Go eventing.

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Stable View Midday Report: Leslie Law Wins CCI2*-S

Lynn Symansky and RF Cool Play. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Stable View Oktoberfest is firing on all cylinders today with show jumping and cross country running simultaneously through most of the day. We’re right in the heat of it now, but here’s your fast-and-dirty recap of the action so far.

Lynn Symansky and RF Cool Play are still leading the CCI3*-S division after a double clear round over Chris Barnard’s show jumping course. The Donner Syndicate’s10-year-old German Sport Horse (Condors Champion x Roxana, by Radscha) was first to go, making the track look deceptively easy as he sailed around bang on the time allowed to remain on a score of 24.8.

They’ll be the first out on cross country at 12:03 p.m., but Lynn says she’s looking for a positive run in their first outing since the Pan Ams, so she doesn’t have plans to chase the clock.

Phillip Dutton and Carlchen. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Phillip Dutton also kept his second place position after jumping clear with Carlchen, an 11-year-old Oldenburg owned by Caroline Moran. They’ll carry 26.9 points to the final phase.

We’re only a little over halfway through the three-star show jumping, so the top two are decided, but all the rest is still up for play.

Leslie Law and Tout de Suite. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Leslie Law secured a win in the competitive CCI2*-S class with Tout De Suite. Beatrice Rey-Herme’s 12-year-old British Sport Horse (Catherston Liberator x Welton Edwina, by Welton Crackerjack) added nothing to his dressage score across either jumping phase for a final result of 23.

Doug Payne and Baymax. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Doug Payne earned second place with Baymax, both still on their dressage score of 23.9. Will Faudree moved up one spot after cross country with Hans Dampf, ending the weekend on a score of 24.3.

The CCI4*-S division will show jump at 1:17 p.m. and their cross country phase will begin at 2:47 p.m.

We’ve got much more coming at you from Stable View, so keep it locked on EN for all the latest.

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Phillip Dutton & Fernhill Singapore Sail to Stable View CCI4*-S Dressage Lead

Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Singapore. Photo by Christine Rhodes.

A pulled hamstring sustained at Brandywine Polo Clubs’ Chukkers For Charity earlier this month put Phillip Dutton on the sidelines for his hometown event at Plantation Field last weekend, but he’s back in the saddle, and just in time, too, as he’s leading the feature CCI4*-S class at Stable View’s Oktoberfest in Aiken, South Carolina aboard Fernhill Singapore.

“Singapore,” a 10-year-old KWPN (Singapore x Riedellia, by Animo) owned by Ann Jones, Thomas Tierney and David Vos, started on a four-star personal best of 29.4 for judges Kelli Towers (CAN) and Valerie Vizcarrondo (USA).

“He’s obviously a great mover and a pretty impressive horse in the way he goes. It’s just a case of getting the training into him and making it so that this level looks easy. He’s starting to get pretty seasoned now, so his scores are starting so show that,” Phillip said.

“I’m just trying to make it so that he can stay through and forward and be able to get the movement down and coordinated. There’s no magical remedy there — just the day to day training is what it boils down to.”

He can also credit a few other riders for additional help while he was out of the saddle. Boyd Martin competed both Singapore and Z in the dressage and show jumping phases at Plantation Field, Emily Hamel schooled him at home, and Tamie Smith polished the flying changes while Phillip was overseas at Aachen this summer. Teamwork makes the dream work!

Phillip Dutton and Z. Photo by Christine Rhodes.

Not to be completely outshined, stablemate Z, an 11-year-old Zangersheide (Asca X Bellabouche, by Babouche VH Gehucht Z) owned by the Z Partnership, secured fourth place on a score of 30.6.

“I was really pleased with Z. I though he went particularly well. He didn’t change his demeanor from warm up to the ring, so I was pleased with that. Boyd did him at Plantation last weekend as well, so it’s been good to get him out a lot this fall. I think we’re starting to see the benefit of that,” he said.

Second place is set to be fiercely contested across tomorrow’s jumping phases as it’s shared between Sydney Conley Elliot and Lynn Symansky, who are tied on a score of 30.4.

Sydney Conley Elliot and QC Diamantaire. Photo by Christine Rhodes.

Sydney Conley Elliot and QC Diamantaire, a 9-year-old Oldenburg (Diarado x Lantana, by Sandro Hit) owned by Carol Stephens, are riding the momentum of their appointment as team alternates for the 2019 Pan American Games, and carrying it straight into their autumn performances, starting here at Stable View.

“This year has been pretty exciting with him being named to the Pan Am team and stepping up to the four-star level as well,” Sydney said. “We have really worked on lighting him up because he gets so quiet. He’s so obedient and lazy, so the test can be boring. All spring we have been working on getting him forward and in front of my leg. I do feel that all the help preparing for the Pan Ams has just pushed us that extra step. He was actually a little more expressive than he usually is, so I was very happy. A few mistakes in there, but overall he’s always just so lovely to ride.”

Lynn Symansky and Under Suspection. Photo by Christine Rhodes.

Fresh off their win at Great Meadow one month ago Lynn Symansky and Under Suspection, Mary Ann Ghadban’s 15-year-old Holsteiner (Contender x Naomagic I, by Exorbitant xx), posted a strong test, but not without a little extra flair from the mare despite the heat of the day.

“I thought she was a little hotter in the ring than she was a few weeks ago, so it wasn’t the absolute best test. It was a clean test though. She didn’t do anything wrong, she was just a little more tense than normal,” Lynn said.

Clayton Fredericks and and his own FE Always In Time sit fifth on a score of 31.5 — the 8-year-old Trakehner’s best FEI score to date. Jacob Fletcher follows in sixth place after scoring 31.6 with Fletcher Farms’ Van Gough, and 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse (Wivollet Vanbeek x Woodlands Flight, by Laughton’s Flight).

Will Fuadree and Caeleste. Photo by Christine Rhodes.

Seventh place goes to Will Fuadree and Caeleste. He and the 12-year-old Holsteiner (Contender x Happygolucky, by Lucky Lionell) owned by Jennifer Mosing and Sterling Silver Stables, sit on 33.1 penalty points.

Less than four points separate the first seven placings, which means even one pole in tomorrow’s show jumping could prove influential.

The rest of our top ten positions are filled by: Leslie Law and Tre’ Brooks’ Voltaire De Tre’ (8th; 34.5), Clark Montgomery and the Caribbean Soul Syndicate’s Caribbean Soul (9th; 34.9), and Waylon Roberts with Michelle & John Koppin’s Lancaster (10th; 35.1).

Lynn Symansky and RF Cool Play. Photo by Christine Rhodes.

Lynn Symansky also had a banner day with her Pan American Games partner RF Cool Play. In their first outing since team gold, the pair top the CCI3*-S standings on a score of 24.8.

“Coolio just came back from the Pan Am games. I was planning on coming here and playing around with a few tack changes and having a school around because he hasn’t really done that much since Lima — so not planning to run him in a very competitive position,” she said.

Phillip Dutton and Carlchen. Photo by Christine Rhodes.

Phillip Dutton is second with his newest import, Carlchen, an 11-year-old Oldenburg owned by Caroline Moran. This is Carlchen’s US debut, but he’s got miles of experience through the top levels of the sport with riders such as Francis Whittington and Stuart Tinney. This weekend is a “get to know you” experience for the pair, Phillip said, and they’ve begun on a score of 26.9.

Jenny Caras and Trendy Fernhill sit third on a score of 27.

The CCI2*-S was extremely competitive on the flat today, with the top three separated by less than one point. Leslie Law was the best of the bunch after the first phase with Tout De Suite, a 12-year-old British Sport Horse (Catherston Liberator x Welton Edwina, by Welton Crackerjack) owned by Beatrice Rey-Herme, on a score of 23.

Clayton Fredericks is second with FE Money Made on a score of 23.5 and Doug Payne sits third with Baymax on a score of 23.9.

Here’s your schedule for the rest of the weekend:

Saturday, September 28: The International competitors move on to show jumping in the outdoor stadium arena. The two-star will go first at 8 a.m. followed by the three- and four-star divisions. Cross country is then set to kick off at 9:30 a.m. with divisions running in the same order. Check out our fence-by-fence cross country preview at this link.

Sunday, September 29: All national levels — Novice, Training and Preliminary — will run as a one-day on Sunday. Preliminary will lead the way with dressage at 7:30 a.m., show jumping at 9:30 a.m., and cross country at 9:50 a.m. with the Training and Novice divisions following after.

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Stable View Oktoberfest CCI4*-S Course Preview

Aiken’s only CCI4*-S is back and competitors have a lot to look forward to come Saturday. Captain Mark Phillips returns again as course designer with his track build by Eric Bull and beautifully decorated by Millie Maney.

The course takes a similar route to previous years, including the stretch added in 2018 that brings riders through the additional fields where the schooling series Eventing Academy is run. No one should get too comfortable, though, as CMP has carefully tweaked a few key combinations — a corner changed to a chevron, a boat relocated, etc.

Take a look around fence-by-fence and let us know what you think. First CCI4*-S rider is scheduled to leave the starbox at 2:47 p.m. on Saturday. We’ll be there to bring you all the latest.

Many thanks to Sammy Keats for the photos from this virtual course walk.

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