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Tuesday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

Photo via @dragonfirefarm on Instagram.

It doesn’t get much more fun than the mom and daughter duo of Jen and Taylor McFall. Jen was a proud mom this weekend as she watched her five-star horse take her daughter to her first Intermediate. The pair finished fifth. Jen didn’t do too bad herself either! She and Stoneman were sixth in the CCI3*-S. Congratulations to the Dragonfire Farm crew!
National Holiday: Voter Registration Day!
Tuesday News: 
Virginia Horse Trials International has announced that they will include an Intercollegiate & Alumni Team Challenge for their Oct. 28-Nov. 1 event. This is open to current undergraduate students, graduate students and alumni. Teams may be mixed between schools and levels.
VHT (Virginia Horse Trials) International is pleased to include an Intercollegiate & Alumni Team Challenge during the Oct 28-Nov 1 VHT International & H.T. Current undergraduate students, graduate students, and alumni are invited to participate. Send your team roster and any questions to Team Coordinator, [email protected].
Spiral staircases got their start in the firehouse, but did you know it’s because of horses? The firefighters slept upstairs while the horses, who pulled the engines, lived downstairs. With traditional stairs, these stations found that hungry horses would scale the stairs. So turns out hungry horses are to blame for this unique design. [Spiral Staircases, Fire Poles, & Fire Stations]
Talking about money can be … awkward. Noelle Floyd has opened up the floor for rider to anonymously talk about finances and how that affects their relationship with the sport. [An ER Nurse with a Trust Fund Navigates Horse Expenses After a Divorce]
The New York Times explores the Unionville event name discussions: Estate’s Racially Divisive Name Threatens Future of Premier Equestrian Event
Tuesday Video:

Sunday Links from One K Helmets

Bubby Upton and Cola III. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

The British team is well known for their breadth and depth of talent, and here’s another pair chomping to climb the senior ranks. Bubby Upton and Cola III are tracking to finishing their CCI4*-L debut this weekend at Burnham Market. They’re ninth ahead of the show jumping after a clear cross country inside the time. This is a horse that Bubby produced herself, and their ascent to this top level is certainly something to celebrate!  You can read even more in Tilly’s cross country report. 

Major Overseas Action:

Burnham Market: Entries & Ride Times | Live Scores | Website | Live Stream | EN’s Coverage | EN’s Twitter | EN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Action:

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

Meadowcreek Park Fall Social Event: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

Twin Rivers Fall International: [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Sunday Links: 

Why There Will Never Be Another Valegro

Pakistan’s Olympic-bound horse Azad Kashmir passes away from heart attack

West Palm residents fume over proposed equestrian waste recycling plant

‘The best photo I ever took’: husband’s last cross-country picture of his wife wins national prize four years after her death

Judy Murray rides Valegro as sporting icons meet to film exciting new series

Beyond the Black Square: Horse Shows Aren’t Doing Enough to Support BLM

Sunday Video: Don’t miss this intimate interview with Charlotte Dujardin

Explore the Infamous Cross Country Course from The Sydney Olympic Games

It’s been twenty years since the Sydney Olympic Games where Australia took home team gold (with our now-stalwart Phillip Dutton as a member) and David O’Connor and Custom Made snagged individual gold. The 2000 Games where monumental, not just for the grueling competition, but it was also the long format’s last appearance at the Olympics. By 2004, the FEI shifted to the current short format, excluding phases A-C on the endurance phase.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary, CrossCountry App have released a digital recreation of the cross country course. Tour the interactive map from the view of the competitior, with fence-by-fence insights from greats like Mary King, Blyth Tait, Stuart Tinney and Amanda Ross who remember their ride and their incredible horses. Audio overlay includes narrative from course designer Mike Etherington-Smith who explains how the venue and course came into being over three years.

“One great thing that has come out of the Sydney Olympics is the legacy of the venue” explains Blyth Tait who is now designing courses at Sydney. “It is a world class facility which must contribute to the preparation for Australian teams when going overseas. It is such a credit that it is such a great venue twenty years later.”

The Sydney International Equestrian Centre continues to regularly host eventing competitions where riders from 60cm to four-star can experience the thrill of riding over the same terrain and galloping through the Olympic water jumps.

“It has been an engrossing and fun project” says CrossCountry App co-Founder Jose Diacono who was herself a volunteer Team Liaison Officer – or Ollie Vollie as they were called. Mike Etherington-Smith, Competition Manager Franz Venhaus and Deputy Competition Manager Vince Roche supplied documents and photographs and many others contributed photos of the competition and fences. The digital course includes the fascinating stories behind the fence names which celebrate the aboriginal heritage and history of the site.

The Anniversary Course includes audio extracts from a highly entertaining zoom panel in which Mary King, Blyth Tait, Stuart Tinney and Amanda Ross relived the excitement by watching their rounds with Mike Etherington-Smith. Hosted by former Australian Olympic coach Prue Barrett and Eventing commentator Fiona Hughes of SitTightRadio.

Find the 20th Anniversary Sydney 2000 course at and on CrossCountry App.

Wildfires Devastate California, Oregon, Washington: How You Can Help [Updated 9/17]

Fires turn skies blood orange. Photo courtesy of Madison Flanders.

Wildfires continue to ravage the West Coast, killing 35 and burning nearly five million acres of land. These fires are leaving thousands displaced across California, Oregon and Washington State. Officials in California are saying that three of the fires currently burning are the largest in state history. Last week Washington lost more acres in a single day than in the past 12 seasons combined, according to Governor Jay Inslee.

Fire alone is not the only danger to residents, smoke inhalation has become a major concern for horses and humans alike. As air quality across the western United States continues to tank, UC Davis has compiled a guidelines for horses exposed to wildfire smoke. A windy weather system is expected to move in throughout the week, and could dissipate some of the smoke, but experts fear it could also fan the flames.

The USEF released a statement this week leaving the decisions of cancellation be left to individual competitions because “venue conditions can vary and can change rapidly depending upon weather, geography, and other factors.” The governing body has recommended that, in situations where the Air Quality Index (AQI) reaches 151 or above, an organizer consider suspending or cancelling competition. In cases of cancellation, organizers must inform competitors about refund or credit policies. You can read their entire statement at this link.

With hundreds of fires ranging, residents are forced to prepare for evacuation. Eventers Shannon Lilley and Lauren Billys Shady both were forced to relocate their horses last month amid approaching flames. Thankfully, both barns were able to escape to safety.

Equestrians have banned together to help those in need, with many turning to Facebook for assistance with hauling or stabling relocation. Here are regional groups with options: PNW Equine EvacuationNorCal Equine Emergency EvacuationSouthern California Equine Emergency Evacuation.

As you likely know by now, Oregon, California and Washington are currently experiencing an unprecedented wildfire…

Posted by American Association of Equine Practitioners on Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Here is a running list of resources that have been brought to our attention, which we will keep updated. Please email [email protected] with additional listings.

American Association of Equine Practitioners, or AAEP, has created The Foundation for the Horse, which is delivering supplies quickly to those in need including care, medical supplies, hay, feed, and more. Visit their website to learn more, and be sure to select “Disaster Relief” when donating.

Cowgirl 911 is an animal evacuation and assistance group made entirely of community-driven volunteers. Right now they are focusing their efforts on the Pacific Northwest and connecting those who can help with those who need help. If you can offer transport or donations, click here.

The UC Davis Emergency Veterinary Response Team has been working tirelessly to rescue animals of all sizes affected by the fires. So far they’ve treated over 1,000 animals impacted by the Lightning Complex Fire. This team is made entirely of volunteers. If you’d like to donate, you can find more information at this link.

The Oregon State University’s Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine is providing care tho animals affected in Oregon. Click here to donate to their Wildfire Response.

Sound Equine Options, a nonprofit in Gresham, OR, is working to re-home and care for horses affected by wildfires. Click here to donate. For those with barn space to share, especially in the northern Willamette Valley, please email [email protected] with your name, barn location and contact information and they will be in touch to connect you with those needing safe haven.

USEF Disaster Relief Fund is accepting donations via its website.

Our thoughts and prayers are with our West Coast friends. Stay safe!

This story is ongoing and updates will be posted here as they become available. Most recent update: 9/17 8:20 a.m. eastern. 


#DogsofEN: Quarantine Doggos

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Weeble following the rules…not willingly! 😂

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Possibly the only good thing about 2020 is that many of us have had more time at home with our doggos. Here’s your latest collection of four-legged friends. Keep tagging them with #DogsofEN for a chance to be featured.

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Into cross country today… may the rain gods be kind…

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Tuesday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

Spent the weekend photographing at Flora Lea Farm LLC. Today started off a little exciting– enjoy this "save of the day…

Posted by I{mpack}t Studio on Sunday, September 13, 2020

Tuesday News & Notes has become the platform to showcase the save of the week. She nearly — erm, pretty must did — went for a swim at Flora Lea Farm with . Last week we showcased Megan Jones’ stickability at the Wirrina Cover Derby Day in Australia. Now stateside, sink or swim, eventers get it done! Do you have an epic save? Send it to me to be featured! [email protected]

National Holiday: National Linguine Day

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

Events Closing This Week: Genesee Valley Riding & Driving Club Spring H.T.Morven Park Fall International H.T. & CCISWindRidge Farm Fall H.T.Poplar Place Farm H.T.Horse Trials at Majestic OaksHeritage Park H.T.Spokane Sport Horse Sixth Annual Fall H.T.

Tuesday News: 

Listen Up! US Equestrian High Performance Director Erik Duvander and US Equestrian Developing and Emerging Rider Coach Leslie Law join the USEA Podcast to discuss what postponement means for Team USA. [USEA Podcast #266: Team Talk #2]

Kamille Marcussen was making her biggest break since leaving her home in Iowa to be a working student in Florida at 15 years old, she had the opportunity to move to Europe to work for Kristen VanderVeen. Just days before her flight, she got the devastating news that her pesky lump was in fact papillary thyroid cancer. She fought like hell and only a few weeks post op, she found herself back in competitions. [Back From The Brink: Marcussen Fights For New Normal Following Cancer Treatment]

The London International Horse Show, fondly called Olympia, has been cancelled. Despite hours, days and weeks of hard work from the staff, it was decided the show could not move forward. This will include the cancellation of the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup, the Olympia Grand Prix, the puissance, the FEI Dressage World Cup and the FEI Driving World Cup qualifiers all held at the event. [‘Great regret’ as coronavirus forces Olympia cancellation]

Do you spend time out at the barn and think, I bet there’s a better way to do this? Maybe that’s your inner entrepreneur speaking. Developing your own project in the equestrian space is a daunting task, you aren’t alone there, but it’s far from impossible. [I Left Corporate America to Create My Own Equestrian Product. Here’s What I Learned.]

A digital passport is the latest proposal aimed at easing equine travel post-Brexit in 2021. Proponents believe it would offer a level of identification and biosecurity far beyond what’s in use now. Digital passports would include up-to-date vaccination records. For now, EU still requires paper documents, but this could be a step toward the future. [‘Digital passports’ cited as future in post-Brexit international equine travel]

For a dose of gridspiration: Mavis Spencer’s Favorite Jumping Exercise

Tuesday Video: Ride-a-long from Tryon!

Last Chance to Take Home A Winner from Inaugural A.D. Auction!

At 8PM CET tonight (2 p.m. eastern), Monday, 14th of September, the first edition of The AD Auction will come to an end. All the horses presented by Cooley Farm, Wrenwood Stables and Babes Horses have had tremendous success among bidders. Don’t miss your chance to buy your next champion!

One featured Cooley horse in the Alex Delazer Auction this weekend: Cooley Rules. Photo courtesy of The A.D. Auction.

Only few hours left until the end of the first edition of The AD Auction. The Celtic Collection has been successful from the beginning and there have been many bids starting from a few minutes after the opening of the auction.

So far, the highest bid has been placed for Cooley Rules, a 2014 gelding by Beachball. Beachball is by OBOS Quality, who is a sire that has been hugely influential in breeding top horses in Ireland including horses such as Mark Q, who has been campaigned by Kevin Babington. The dam of Beachball competed very successfully at CSI5* level with Cian O’Connor. 

Cooley Rules has evented to 1m10 level being a winner in his first run and 3rd in his second. He has show-jumped successfully to 1m25. He shows huge potential for top level sport. He has huge scope carefulness and quickness in his jump, combined with brave and fearless attitude to the cross country and a top-level gallop.

Among the horses presented by Cooley, Countess Cooley has also attracted a lot of attention. This mare is a full sister to Cooley Earl who has evented successfully at CCI5* level. She was placed 4th in the 4yo final at Cavan Winter Showjumping Championships in 2019. She has the potential to compete at the top level of either showjumping or eventing. She was bred at Cooley Farm and has been extremely trainable from the start and has always had a great attitude. She is a pleasure to work with and always wants to please.

Wrenwood Phoenix (2020, ISH, Chacoon Blue x Quidam de Revel II Z). Photo courtesy of The A.D. Auction.

The top price among the foals in the auction is Wrenwood Phoenix, born on July 17, 2020 by Chacoon Blue x Phia de Regor. Phia is a young daughter of Centa De Muze is showing all the attributes and quality to follow in the footsteps of her brothers and sisters. Grand dam Centa de Muze is recognised as being one of the most influential mares in modern breeding. Offspring from this family are highly sought after all over the world. To give an example, Todos De Regor, by Chacco Blue, topping the 2019 Flanders summer foal auction, selling for a whopping €73,000 euros!

Among the Babes Family’s horses, Philo is the current top price. This stunning yearling colt is by Balou Du Rouet and his mother, Ma Fleur JS, has competed so far to 1.45 level as a 7-year-old. Ma Fleur is a prolific winning mare and a beautiful model. She was the National 5 years old champion, also winning many international classes, including spring 6 years old Grand Prix in Bonheiden, both summer and winter 6 years old Grand Prix’s in Sentower Park and many more victories all across Europe, culminating in her finishing her 6 year old year in 2nd place on the FEI world ranking list. Ma Fleur is a daughter of Emerald and from a Cassini II dam. She is now competing very successfully in Young Riders classes. Her stunning son will be as successful as his forefathers.

These are only four of the twenty horses part of the Celtic Collection of  The AD Auction. 

Check out the entire collection and place a bid for your future star on The auction will end today, Monday 14th of September at 8PM CET/2PM Eastern. 

From September 11 to September 14 on the innovative online auction “The Alex Delazer Auction” will launch its first edition. The Celtic Collection is a unique opportunity to enter the stables of Cooley Farm, Wrenwood Stables and Babes Horses, who will present 20 horses in the showjumping, eventing and American hunting disciplines. 

Matt Flynn & Doug Payne Take Home Blue Ridge Mountain H.T. Advanced Wins

Matt Flynn and Wizzerd. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.

Cross country day at the 2019 Blue Ridge Mountain H.T. at TIEC proved to be influential. Doug Payne closed out a wire-to-wire win the in the B division, but he relinquished the A division to Matt Flynn.

Matt Flynn and Wizzerd were the first Advanced pair to come through the finish flags, and they made every second of their trip around the White Oak cross country course count. Their success this weekend, including finishing on a score of 40.9 has been the product of determined training in an unprecedented year.

The partnership started the weekend with a personal best on the flat, for which Matt credits Erik Duvander. “Dressage was great for him. Erik Duvander was kind enough to help warm me up, and he’s been working with the horse a lot this year. He’s really getting stronger and he put in a personal best for him at that level, so that was really exciting to start off with.”

Doug Payne has not been the only one bumping up his show jumping practice, Matt has joined him here for a few trips under the lights. “Show Jumping last night was really super. I was really happy with him in the Tryon Stadium. I came here a couple weeks ago with my buddy Doug [Payne] and have been doing some jumper shows on the road with his gang and working on that phase the past month or so, which felt really paid off, and I was happy with his round,” he said.

Of course no event is complete without the exhilarating cross country phase, and this pair will certainly be ones to watch when they return for the CCI4*-L in November. “Obviously it’s great to have the horses gallop on the terrain and see what it felt like. This was my first time running the event here in general, so that’s extremely valuable, and I think also in November I will continue to work to even ride more forward,” he said. “I thought it was a good track. It was definitely challenging, but it was sizeable enough that it was rewarding to a good, forward ride, which I think is good preparation for these horses coming back to do the CCI 4*-L here in November. My goal was to do my best to ride the forward lines and stay out of Wizzerd’s way and travel on more than I tend to, which is a goal I’ve been working to improve.”

Bobby Meyerhoff and Fortuna. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.

Bobby Meyerhoff and Fortuna, the 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare (Balou du Rouet x Consul) owned by Robert D. Meyerhoff, improved from sixth to second after cross country, ending on a score of 45.80. The mare left the box on fire, making sure Bobby had his hands full, but improved over each fence.

“It started out very nice, until fence five where I had a little hiccup, and the mare did an amazing save there, and we kicked on and got our groove back,” Bobby said. “From then on, the course jumped fairly nice. It was big and bold, and I felt the mare change her way of galloping and jumping the big tables, and she took me and felt great.”

Katherine Brown and Victor Z. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.

Katherine Brown only added 2.40 to her score to end up in third on a total of 52 riding her own Victor Z, the 9-year-old Zangersheide gelding (Vittorio x Concorde).

“My horse has a tremendous gallop, and I never looked at my watch,” she said, “but he just covers the ground so easily. I have a better mental image now. I’ll keep truckin’ along with some more fitness work and hopefully we’ll be back here in the fall a little bit later.”

Doug Payne and Vandiver. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.

Today did not start as Doug Payne expected. His first- and second-placed horses both saw trouble out on course, but as expected the experienced Vandiver stepped up to win in the B division. The 16-year-old Trakehner gelding (Windfall 2 x Mystic Replica XX) owned by Debi Crowley in partnership with Doug and Jessica Payne, ended on a score of 33.50.

In second place overnight, Doug came to grief at the B element, a skinny brush, with his first ride, Quantum Leap. He did not clear the flags, though he continued on course, and was eliminated. His A division leader, Starr Witness, misread the bank and skinny elements of the Lighthouse Water, picking up two stops to drop them out of the ribbons.

Speaking of experienced, the Olympic gold medalist Leslie Law finished up in second with Voltaire de Tre’, the 11-year-old Selle Francais gelding (Gentleman IV x Socrate de Chivre) owned by Tre’ Book, on 39.10. Rounding out the top three, Nilson da Silva and his own 9-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Spirit House x Clonakality Hero), Rock Phantom, finished on a score of 49.

Across both divisions, no one could catch the time. With recent rains and footing that leaned toward slippery, this isn’t entirely surprising. Katherine Brown and Victor Z came the closest at 7:02, just six seconds over.

Of the 21 starters, 11 finished without jumping penalties for a clear rate of 52.4%. Issues on course focused around the Chimney Rock Complex (12ABC) and the White Table to Corner (18AB). The Chimney Rock Complex produced some gritty riding as the divisions continued when word traveled back that the slick ground made a tricky job even harder.

For all the nitty gritty details, check out our live updates.

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Blue Ridge Mountain H.T. Advanced XC Live Updates: Doug Payne & Matt Flynn Win

Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.

Good morning, EN! We are very excited to bring you live updates from the Advanced cross country at Blue Ridge Mountain H.T. at TIEC. Doug Payne remains the one to beat as he’s leading both of these feature divisions, so we will keep a close eye on him this morning. Click here to catch up on our coverage.

Advanced competitors are up against 26 numbered fences over 3950 meters. The time to beat is 6 minutes and 56 seconds.

We will be here  keeping record of all the action as it happens, but you can also tune in and watch it live yourself at this link. The first rider leaves the box at 11 a.m., so join us then and keep refreshing this page for all the latest.

12:44 Doug Payne wins the Advanced division with Vandiver! Check back on EN for a full report later today.

12:34 Nilson finishes clear with a time of 7:33.

12:28 Nilson is clear through 4.

12:26 Nilson and Rock Phantom have left the startbox. He has the opportunity to finish in second place of the Advanced B division. He’s got about 12 seconds of wiggle room.

12:25 Matt Flynn and Wizzerd our our provisional winners of the Advanced B division.

12:23 Nilson has one final ride. He had to do a tack change, so he’s just warming up now. He’ll be the final Advanced rider on course.

12:22 Leslie Law finishes in 10.8 time penalties for a provisional score of 39.1. That should move him into second place of the B division.

12:18 Daniela finishes with no jumping faults in a time of 7:21.

12:17 A big jump nearly unseated Leslie at the middle element of the Chimney Rock, but the veteran competitor stuck it to jump clear.

12:16 Leslie Law and Voltaire De Tre are now with us on course. He’s clear through 10.

12:15 If you see Daniela this today make sure to wish her a Happy Birthday!

12:13 Ah, what a shame, Ann has missed fence 19 The Sunburst Table. This is actually her second time missing this table — she was eliminated for doing the same with her first horse — so I’d venture to say this one was skipped on the course walk.

12:12 Madeleine finishes clear with a time of 7:54.

12:11 Lovely trip through the water for Ann Goodwin.

12:11 Now we welcome Daniela Moguel and Cecelia riding for Mexico.

12:10 Madeleine and Crosby’s Gold are clear through 20.

12:08 Ann Goodwin is back with Fedarman B. She has a stop at the trakhener at 7A. She takes her time to determine her options, and she’s clear on the second try.

12:06 Madeleine Scott and Crosby’s Gold have a strong start. They’re clear through 10.

12:05 Ellie has a refusal at the corner at 17.

12:04 Doug Payne and Vandier finish clear with a time of 7:22. That gives a provisional 10.4 time penalties. 33.5 is his final score and right now it keeps him on top of the leaderboard.

12:03 Ellie elects to take the option in the Lighthouse water to give the green horse some time to see his surroundings. It’s a good choice for them and they have a great ride out.

12:01 Darn! Ellie misses the line at 7 and has a runout at the skinny after the trakhener.

12:01 Ellie O’Neal and Zick Zack are clear through 4.

12:00 Doug has conquered his demons from earlier rides. He and Vandiver are easily through the Chimney Rock and Lighthouse Water.

11:59 Doug and Vandiver clear through 8.

11:58 Hallie and Clien have a miscommunication at the boat in the Lighthouse Water. They just get there on a slightly off stride with an angled approach. Clien tries to find a way to get over it, but it doesn’t quite work. Hallie did pop out of the tack, but was up immediately and seems to be ok.

11:56 Doug Payne is out with division leader Vandiver. He did not have the finishes he wanted with his first two horses, so I’m sure he’ll leave the box more determined that ever.

11:55 Hallie Coon and Clien are off and away. They’re clear through 7.

11:54 Bobby Meyerhoff finishes just 18 seconds over for a current score of 45.8. He’s been one of the fastest so far.

11:50 Allison Springer and Business Ben finish with no jumping faults in a time of 7:39.

11:48 Nilson finishes with 20 jumping and a time of 7:48.

11:47 Fortuna is full of energy for Bobby Meyerhoff. They have a sticky moment at fence five, but make it a great save.

11:45 Nilson has had a runout at the corner at 18. This one is catching quite a few competitors today.

11:45 Allison Springer and Business Ben are out on course. They’re clear through 6.

11:44 Nilson with a great shot at this stone wall:

11:44 Megan Sykes finishes clear in a time of 7:25

11:42 Wow! Really lovely ride for Megan and Classic’s Mojah through the Blue Table + Corner at 18.

11:42 Ashlynn and Emporium finish in a time of 7:52.

11:41 Nilson is back with his second ride, Lady Colina.

11:39 Ashlynn has a sketchy moment but gets it done at the tricky corner at 18.

11:39 Megan Sykes and Classic’s Mojah are our next starters.

11:38 Ashlynn is the first rider to take the option in the Lighthouse Water. They have a very classy ride through there.

11:38 Katherine Brown finished with a clear round aboard Victor Z in a time of 7:02.

11:37 Ashlynn Meuchel and Emporium have had a strong start here.

11:35 Whitney and Military Mind have a second runout at 24, the MIM table. That’s disappointing just two from home.

11:35 Katherine Brown and Victor Z are having a cracking ride. They’re clear the Lighthouse Water.

11:34 Whiney has one runout at the corner at 18.

11:33 Ann Goodwin unfortunately did not jump fence 19, the Sunburst Table. She’s been pulled up at fence 23 and will be eliminated.

11:31 Military Mind is full of run for Whitney, and she works hard to be successful through the Lighthouse Water.

11:30 Ann Goodwin has a runout at the Blue Table Corner at 18

11:29 Now we welcome Whitney Mahloch and Military Mind on course.

11:28 Ann and Mettraise have one of the best rides through the tricky Chimney Rock complex.

11:26 Ann Goodwin is clear through four with Mettraise.

11:21 Doug has had another stop at the D element after making it up the bank. He is clear over the option. Looks like he’s opting to continue.

11:20 Doug has had a stop at the C element at the Lighthouse water, a bank up.

11:19 Leslie Law and First Class finish with 20 jump penalties in a time of 8 minutes and 21 seconds.

11:18 Doug Payne is out with division leader Starr Witness.

11:15 Leslie Law and First Class have a bobble through the final element of the Chimney Rock complex. He circles to represent.

11:06 Matt Flynn is the first through the finish flags in 7:30, 34 seconds over.

11:05 Nilson has a runout on the final element of the Chimney Rock Complex. He’s successful on the second attempt.

11:03 Nilson da Silva and Magnum’s Martini starting strong around the lake. It also looks like Doug has heard about his elimination and has pulled up.

11:02 Matt Flynn and Wizzerd are clear through the water.

11:02 Doug Payne has jumped outside the flag at middle element of the chimney rock complex with Quantum Leap. Because he continued, he will be eliminated.

10:43 Looks like we’ve had two riders withdraw before cross country: Kyle Carter with Reddy or Not and Gaby Ruane with Lismakeera Brewski. Both of these pairs were in the Advanced B division.

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Doug Payne Still on Top in Blue Ridge Mountain H.T. Advanced Divisions

Doug Payne and Starr Witness. Photo by Shannon Brainkman Photography.

Double overnight leader Doug Payne looks like he’s gotten quite comfortable at the top of both Advanced divisions at Blue Ridge Mountain Horse Trials at TIEC presented by EquiSafe Global. After three clear rounds in the show jumping, it doesn’t look like he has any plans to leave here without two blue ribbons.

Starr Witness, the 9-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare (Chello III VDL x Veneur) owned in partnership with Catherine Winter and Laurie McRee, added nothing to her Dressage score to remain first in the A division with a 25.70 heading into cross country. The same was true for Quantum Leap, the 9-year-old Zweibrücker gelding (Quite Capitol x Corporate Report) owned by Doug and Jessica Payne, adding nothing to their 26.10 Dressage score to hold onto second place.

“These two are both stepping up to the level,” he said of his Advanced A mounts after touring the Chris Barnard course design. “Quantum [Leap] has had a little more experience than Starr Witness, but both of those guys responded really well and I think they benefited from the time we spent here in the summer.”

Matt Flynn and Wizzerd. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.

Matthew Flynn improved from fourth to third, riding Wizzerd to a clear round to keep his original score of 27.30 aboard Patrick Flynn, Kathleen Flynn, and Merry Go Round Farm’s 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Wizzerd WV x Oklund).

Doug Payne and Vandiver. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.

Doug’s untouched score of 23.10 with Vandiver, the 2004 Trakehner gelding (Windfall 2 x Mystic Replica XX) owned by Debi Crowley in partnership with Doug and Jessica Payne kept them atop the Advanced B division.

The remainder of the leading trio also remained unchanged after Show Jumping, with Hallie Coon (Ocala, FL) on 26.90 aboard Celien, the 2007 Dutch Warmblood mare (VDL Tenerife x Hamlet) owned in partnership with Helen Coon, and Ann Goodwin (Aiken, SC) in third on a score of 28.00 after two phases with her own Fedarman B, the 2010 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Eurocommerce Washington x Fedor).

“Vandiver has never jumped better, honestly,” Payne emphasized. “He just keeps getting stronger and stronger, and he’s just got about the biggest heart of any horse I’ve ever had. It’s getting to be a lot of fun with him, actually, because he’s so reliable and jumping great.”

The Advanced divisions head out on Capt. Mark Phillips’ cross country course today beginning at 10:57 a.m. We will have live updates right here on EN, so check back for minute-by-minute action. For more information on how to watch ALL divisions live, click here.

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Sunday Links from One K Helmets

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After a week of testing and monitoring Ellie, we received the wonderful news that everything appears “normal”. We are really surprised that they can make such a bold statement considering her parents. 🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️She has no significant abnormalities. Although they can't promise she won’t have any problems, they basically think she should not have any developmental issues 👏👏👏 This was the best information ever! She truly is a miracle. Thanks to everyone for their prayers, calls, and texts. Much love and we are extremely thankful for everyone’s care and support. Hopefully Ellie will be home in time for plantation field to cheer on her dad! Buck and Andrea

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Congratulations to Andrea and Buck Davidson on the arrival of their daughter Emelia Elizabeth Davidson. “Ellie” has spent some time at Children’s Healthcare of Philadelphia after her birth last week, but we are so pleased to see that healthcare providers have said her results are currently “normal.” Our thoughts and prayers are with the family as they continue to celebrate this most special addition.

National Holiday: National International Helmet Awareness Day

U.S. Weekend Action:

Blue Ridge Mountain H.T. at TIEC: [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Live Scores] [Live Stream]

CDCTA Fall H.T.: [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Flora Lea Fall H.T.: [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Flying Cross Farm H.T.: [Website] [Entries/ Ride Times/ Live Scores]

GMHA Summer H.T.: [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Ocala Summer H.T.: [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Otter Creek Fall H.T.: [Website] [Entries] [Live Scores] [Live Scores]

The Event at Skyline: [Website] [Entries] [Live Scores]

Stone Gate Farm H.T.: [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Sunday Links: 

Mind Your Melon AND Do Good: SmartPak’s Buy a Helmet, Give a Helmet Event

What I’d Tell My Younger Self: Life With Post-Concussion Syndrome Isn’t Worth the Ribbons

Nation Media Awards $5,400 in Diversity Scholarships

Making Eventing Work For You

Arena Eventing with Gemma Tattersall

How To Encourage Proper Bend In The Horse

From Board Bills to Babies on Board: The Real Scoop On Riding After Kids

Snag These Sweet Deals to Celebrate International Helmet Awareness Day

Allison Springer was the first five-star rider to compete while wearing a helmet in the dressage phase. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Wearing a properly fitted helmet is more than a fashion statement, it’s protecting your most important asset: YOU!

If you are looking to add to your rotation, or maybe you need to replace an older one (If you had a fall recently — consider this your sign to buy a new helmet!), this weekend is the time to do it. Held September 12-13, International Helmet Awareness Day is here to encourage all riders to mind your melons.

Our friends at SmartPak are celebrating with discounts of up to 20% off your favorite helmet brands including Charles Owen, One K, Uvex, Samshield and more! In addition, they’re offering their first-ever Buy a Helmet, Give a Helmet event. For every helmet purchased, SmartPak will donate one to a deserving organization like Ebony Horsewomen, CBC Equine, UpReach Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Inc., Hearts & Horses (PATH Certified), Philadelphia Urban Riding Academy (PURA), and Horse SenseAbility.

Shop SmartPak here.

For a refresher, here’s how you can make sure you’re buying a properly fitted helmet:

How to Shop for a Helmet

Are you ready for International Helmet Awareness Day? We sure are! To help you find the best helmet for your head shape and hairstyle, we even have a new video for you: How to Shop for a HelmetWant to learn more about helmet fit? Read more here:

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Double Duty for Doug Payne in Blue Ridge Mountain H.T. at TIEC Advanced Divisions

Doug Payne and Starr Witness. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.

Doug Payne has the Advanced divisions cornered at the Blue Ridge Mountain Horse Trials at TIEC presented by EquiSafe Global. Two first placed spots and one second place position makes him the man to beat after the first phase.

Doug grabbed the top two spots in the Test A section with his Pan American Games partner Starr Witness, the 9-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare (Chello III VDL x Veneur) owned in partnership with Catherine Winter and Laurie McRee, receiving a 25.70. Quantum Leap, the 9-year-old Zweibrücker gelding (Quite Capitol x Corporate Report) owned by Doug and Jessica Payne, earned a 26.10 to slot just behind.

Doug Payne and Vandiver. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.He scored 23.10 with Vandiver, a 16-year-old Trakehner (Windfall II X Visions of Grandeur, by Mystic Replica xx) owned by Debi Crowley, Doug and his wife Jessica Payne, to top the Test B section.

In striking distance behind Payne, Whitney Mahloch (Ocala, FL) rode Military Mind, her own 14-year-old Thoroughbred gelding (Military x Beau Genius), to a 26.60 in the A section, with Hallie Coon (Ocala, FL) also coming in sub-27 with a 26.90 aboard Celien, the 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare (VDL Tenerife x Hamlet) owned in partnership with Helen Coon, in the B section.

Doug has become a regular at Tryon in both the eventing and show jumping disciplines.  “We were planning to go to the AECs before that got canceled, and they’ve been here jumping. Vandiver was the 1.30m champion and Starr Witness was the 1.20m champion here recently. We try to bring them places – we may be a little bit different probably from a lot of eventers in that we don’t go to all that many events. We try to pick the best quality of competitions with good venue, courses and footing, and then we supplement that by taking them on the road with the jumpers. I think there’s a lot of value in putting them into a bigger environment more frequently. Then, as they get more comfortable with that, I think you’re more likely to get what you can get at home in a competitive environment.

Doug Payne and Quantum Leap. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.

“I really couldn’t be much happier with any of them. You’ve got to look at the bright side, and I think the time that we had during the COVID suspension of competition obviously worked well for our horses. Quinn [Vandiver], the older one, just keeps getting stronger and better as we go. And the two younger horses, I think in a little bit of time are going to be superstars. It’s a lot of fun to see them start to be able to put it all together, which we’ve been working towards for a while,” he said.

This event was a strategic stop for Payne as he’s using it to prep for November’s international competition at TIEC. “In a perfect world, I don’t want to add anything to those scores,” he said. “They haven’t done cross country in a while, but I think all are capable of being near to the time. I’m not trying to go totally crazy. All these guys and Baymax, who’s in the Intermediate, are all aiming to come to the Tryon International Three-Day Event in November to do the CCI3*-L and CCI4*-L. We will go reasonably fast, and jumping-wise, we will try and just knock the rust off and go from there.”

The Advanced group picks up again tomorrow evening starting at 5:29 p.m. local for show jumping under the lights. For more information on how to watch ALL divisions live, click here.

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Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: Thoroughbred Power

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 want a horse with the athleticism of 2020 Kentucky Derby winner Authentic? Then find a Thoroughbred. They are suited to the rigors of eventing, and cross country is simply their bread and butter. Here are six Thoroughbreds looking for their new partner on Sport Horse Nation.

Metzy. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Athletic, Fancy Training Level 2015 OTTB

Metzy: Five year old OTTB gelding 17.1h. He is bold, brave, and fancy. Just moved up to training level successfully. Restarted carefully and slowly. Not suitable for a kid or amateur as he is big, strong, and quirky. He shows serious upper level potential and could go very far in the right program. Located in Ocala FL. Video by request. Located in Florida.

Little Cat’s Hat. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

2011 OTTB Dressage, Show Jump, Eventer For Sale

Little Cat’s Hat AKA as Owen is a 2011 OTTB gelding. Owen is light, uphill, and athletic with plenty of scope. Owen is easy on the flat with wins in both USDF(1st level)and USEA shows. Owen has show miles through the preliminary level but is happiest with lower level eventing. He is also competitive in the dressage ring and would excel in straight show jumping. Owen would be a great fit for competent YR or AA. Videos of YR and junior riding Owen. Located in Texas.

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Amateur Friendly TB

“Good Save” aka Theo: 7 yr old, 16.2, Bay, TB, G, raced about 5 weeks ago. He had two weeks of T/O post race and was re started about 2 weeks ago. Easy to have in the barn & wants to please. Truly an old, kind soul! Straightforward to ride, more woah than go – had his first field trip off the farm this week and was the same quiet horse off the property as he is at home! Could go in any direction – amateur friendly! Priced at $4,000 but will increase as he progresses. Video and pictures available. Located in Florida.

Recurrent. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Experienced Novice Eventer or Dressage Prospect

Recurrent is an 11 yr old bay TB gelding, 16.2H that has competed extensively and successfully through Novice level eventing. Remi has completed 2 TNs this year and could move up to Training with a bold rider but he is happiest at Novice and would make an adult amateur / teenager very happy at that level. He is amateur friendly and has been ridden by a number of riders as he has occasionally been used for lessons. He has lovely gaits and often wins / is in top 3 in dressage. He would make a wonderful dressage prospect as well. Remi is extremely well behaved and very consistent to ride on the farm or off – whether schooling, trail riding or at shows as well as in cold weather or after having time off (I travel extensively for work). He is a very kind horse who is more than willing to please. He is uncomplicated on the flat and prefers a rider who uses lower leg for jumping. A good home is the most important factor as he is so kindhearted and appreciates attention. Serious inquiries only, no leases or trials off the farm. Located in Kentucky.

Niner’s Blaze. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Training Packer-Young Rider Potential!

“Niner’s Blaze” 16.1 hh 11 yo Unraced Chestnut TB Gelding
Niner is a training packer, and just finished his first Modified with his junior rider at IEA. Has been brought through the levels by a junior rider. Many top 5 placings at events in Kentucky, Florida, and surrounding areas, including 1st at Midsouth Pony Club at KHP and Cobblestone in MI last summer. Competed at AECs at training level in 2019. Niner is a very personable gelding who tries hard for his rider. He will jump his heart out even from a tough distance and moves like a warmblood on the flat, consistently scoring in the low 30s. Niner has extreme potential for upper-level eventing, and would be an awesome Young Rider horse. Only selling because the rider is going to college. Located near Lexington, KY. Videos and more info available upon request. Located in Kentucky.

Twice As Good. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Brave & Talented YR Mount for Sale

Twice As Good aka “Elkie” is a 2007 15.2 unraced Thoroughbred mare. Competition experience through CCI*(now 2*) level and 1.20 jumpers. Due to owner time constraints, she did not compete for the last few years, so LOW miles!! She is now competing again most recently finishing on her dressage score at Chatt Hills in the modified division with plans to step back up to Prelim at 5 Points in September.

She is a serious competitor, extremely handy, talented and very fun! Perfect mount for a young rider or a professional looking for a serious horse.

Low maintenance, sound and sane. Located in Southern Pines, NC. Contact Jasmine at [email protected] for more info!

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.

How to Watch The Blue Ridge Mountain H.T. at TIEC Live Stream

Allison Springer and Sapphire Blue B. Photo by Christine Quinn Photography.

The Tryon International Equestrian Center plays host to this weekend’s feature event, the Blue Ridge Mountain H.T. and we’ve got all the details on how you can watch at home. This event includes Beginner Novice through Advanced classes, and the show jumping and cross country phases from ALL divisions will be streamed live.

Live Streaming will be free and available to watch at this link. We will also host live updates here on EN for the Advanced cross country Sunday beginning at 10:57 a.m.


Cross Country 
Modified: 10:30-11:40
Training: 12:12-2:00
Novice: 2:22-4:08
Beg Novice: 4:30-6:00

Show Jumping
Preliminary: 12:58-2:46
Intermediate: 3:18-4:54
Advanced: 5:29-6:43


Cross Country
Intermediate: 9:00-10:30
Advanced: 10:57-12:36
Preliminary: 1:04-2:54

Show Jumping
Modified: 8:00-9:10
Training: 9:40-11:34
Novice: 12:01-1:43
Beg Novice: 2:08-3:40

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Two Wrenwood Stables Stallions Up for Grabs in Inaugural A.D. Auction

The AD Auction countdown has started. Today at 6 p.m. (european time) the auction for the 20 horses in the catalog will open. From September 11 to September 14 on Cooley Farm, Wrenwood Stables and Babes Horses will kick off the first edition of The AD Auction with the Celtic Collection. This exclusive online auction brings together show jumping and eventing horses and American hunters from two Irish stables and one Scottish stable of ages 0 to 7 years. They have top-level pedigrees with very important mare lines that have produced several international 160 jumpers. You can read more information about the AD Auction and its innovative virtual format in our coverage here

Wrenwood Phoenix (Chacoon Blue x Quidam de Revel II Z). Photo courtesy of The A.D. Auction.

Dan Walsh and Stacey Babes’ Wrenwood Stables has produced and sold many horses at the top levels of show jumping and eventing.

In show jumping, one of the most special horses they have sold is certainly Peder Fredricson’s H&M Sibon (KWPN, 2004, Sibon W x Baloubet du Rouet). “I purchased H&M Sibon from Wrenwood Stables as a 7 year old. Sibon was everything and more that Dan and Stacey promised he would be. We jumped successfully at the highest level of our sport, including the World Equestrian Games in Normandy. Sibon loved to be competitive and I believe his early years of education at Wrenwood taught him to believe that he could be a winner”, are the words used by Fredricson to describe Sibon.

Another star they have sold is Coco Bongo (2005, Rhein, Caretino x Calido 1), Eric Lamaze’s super horse. “Through Dan I purchased Coco Bongo, who turned out to be the superstar Dan told us he would be,” says Stacy Willsone “When we tried him, Dan told me that he was very special and he was certainly right. He won his first Grand Prix we jumped him in, and jumped clear in his first ever World Cup in Leipzig. I am certainly forever grateful”.

Coco Bongo went on to represent Canada at the 2015 Pan American games and also jumped a double clear for Canada’s gold medal effort in the 2018 Nation’s Cup, Ocala, Florida. “I met Dan and Stacey in Spain many years ago”, says Alan Waldman, husband of Danielle G Waldman. “I was impressed with the quality of their horses and care. Luckily, Dani and I got to know them, and we started doing business. That’s how we found Lizziemary. Every time they have tipped us on a horse, we have been lucky, there are not many people around with such a good eye for horses.” And what a partnership Dani and Lizzie became… To date they have won 3 Longines Global Champions Tours and two five-star Grand Prix. Their winnings totalling an astonishing €1.370 million euros. Along with these amazing victories, they have also jumped a European Championships and a World Equestrian Games.

These are only some of several 5* success stories Dan and Stacey were involved in. For many years Dan and Stacey have been doing business with Richard Sheane, Cooley Farm. In that time, they have sold him some really successful eventers, one being ‘Cooley Showtime’ who subsequently went on to win a bronze medal in the 7-year-old Eventing World Breeding Championships for Young Horses at Le Lion d’Angers. With their combined passion for the sport and love of horses, their breeding programme was born.

Through this, there are offspring from mares that are currently competing in today’s top sport, along with mares from proven 1.60m families, including the mother of ‘H&M Sibon’ and two wonderful daughters from super mare ‘Centa de Muze,’ ‘Phia de Regor,’ and ‘Kerly de Regor,’ who is currently Stacey’s top Grand Prix mare.

Wrenwood Stables have two stallions in the collection for this unique auction.

Wrenwood Phoenix was born on July 17th, 2020, and is a beautiful stallion son of Chacoon Blue and Phia De Regor. This young offspring of Centa De Muze is showing all the attributes and quality to follow in the footsteps of his brothers and sisters. Grand dam Centa de Muze is recognised as being one of the most influential mares in modern breeding. Centa De Muze has bred multiple top-level Grand Prix horses (1.55m-1.60m); Freestyle De Muze, Horizon De Regor, Kerly De Regor, to name a few! It looks quite probably that the best is yet to come from this amazing family, with Edwina Tops Alexander’s current top horse, Latisha De Regor being a grand-daughter of Centa De Muze. Offspring from this family are highly sought after all over the world. To give an example, Todos De Regor, by Chacco Blue, topping the 2019 Flanders summer foal auction, selling for a whopping €73,000 euros! Phoenix is a beautifully balanced, modern type, with striking facial features and being a stallion son of this wonderful family, he is sure to have a very bright future ahead of him.

Wrenwood Hitchcock, also known as “Buster,” is a stallion son of Zirocco Blue Vdl and Diamant de Semilly. Dam Legaland de Semilly (Diamant de Semilly x Goodtimes) is a young mare with an immense amount of talent. She displays a high level of carefulness, makes a fantastic shape and is extraordinary behind over the jump! With her impressive stature and conformation, her very powerful canter and most perfect balance, she shows all the ingredients to breed a top-level performer.

To discover more about the horses presented by Wrenwood Stables for the Celtic Collection of the AD Auction visit

From September 11 to September 14 on the innovative online auction “The Alex Delazer Auction” will launch its first edition. The Celtic Collection is a unique opportunity to enter the stables of Cooley Farm, Wrenwood Stables and Babes Horses, who will present 20 horses in the showjumping, eventing and American hunting disciplines.

#EventerProblems Vol. 241, Presented by Haygain: Red on Right, White on Left

Gabrielle Ruane and Lismakeera Brewski. Photo by Shelby Allen.

There are horses who really love going cross country, and then there’s Lismakeera Brewski. He and his rider, Gabrielle Ruane, parted ways in the Chattahoochee Hills Advanced, but the gelding knew exactly where he was supposed to go next. You can’t fault a horse with so much try. He leads the way for this week’s edition of #EventerProblems:

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Just an absolute donkey this one is.

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Guys how cute is this widdle elephant from @pupsnponiestreatery?! 🥰 Scarlett just likes that they’re super tasty. 😂 What’s your horse’s hooves down most favorite treat? Scarlett loves most snacks but definitely will look extra cute for a sweet cookie! . #HeelsDownHeartLifted 💚🧡 . 📸 @isaaclauphoto . . . . . . . #redheadscarlett #chestnutmare #chestnut #mare #ottb #horsesofinstagram #ottbsofinstagram #thoroughbred #thoroughbredsofinstagram #equestrian #equestrianlife #equine #dressage #eventingnation #eventerproblems #horsebackriding #instahorse #jumping #horse #horses #equestrianphotography #equestriansofinstagram #equestrianstyle #eventing #northcarolina #hillsboroughnc

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Tuesday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

This photo sequence gives me life. Australian eventer Megan Jones got a little more than she bargained for at the Olympics at Wirrina Cover Derby Day. Riding for owner Robyn Mullane, Megan stuck the landing. Well done!

National Holiday: National Ants on a Log Day

Events Opening This Week: Waredaca Classic Three Day Event & H.T.Grand Oaks H.T.Chattahoochee Hills H.T.Windermere Run H.THolly Hill H.T.West Coast Championships at Twin Rivers Ranch,

Events Closing This Week: Larkin Hill H.T.FEH Qualifier at Loch Moy FarmFEH Championships at Loch Moy FarmThe Middleburg H.T.ESDCTA New Jersey H.T.Stable View Oktoberfest 1/ 2/3/4* and H.T.Central FEH Championships at Haras HaciendaFleur de Leap H.T.The Event at ArcherThe Event at Isaacks Ranch

Tuesday News:

Would you like to get your hands on Amerigo’s new safety stirrups? Our friends at World Equestrian Brands are giving a pair away FREE. The best part? They come in an array of colors, perfect for eventers. The raffle ends Friday, September 11th at midnight. [Fab Freebie: Win a Pair of Amerigo’s New Safety Stirrups]

The Vice President of the International Olympic Committee says the Tokyo Olympics will be held next year “with or without Covid.” They are dubbing the event “The Games that conquered COVID” and insist that they will not be postponed beyond 2021. The VP sites the enormous financial investment and thousands of employees as the catalyst for moving forward. [The postponed Tokyo Olympic Games will go ahead next year “with or without Covid”, the vice-president of the International Olympic Committee says.]

Ah, the joys of a lazy horse. It’s tough work when you’re on more of a ‘kick ride.’ There are so many strategies to make your riding easier and more enjoyable.  [Warm Up Strategies for Hot Horses and Lazy Horses]

Tuesday Video: Doug Payne taking blue ribbons in jumper land.

#EventerProblems Vol. 240, Presented by Haygain: Horse Shows, as Told by A Former Cow Horse

Dane’s version of Saturday’s Beginner Novice 2 phase at Lynnleigh:-oh goody, you’re feeding me lunch early!-wait a…

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EN, meet Dane. He’s a former cow horse turned eventer. His partner in crime, Alex Sundberg, took him out for a spin at the Lynnleigh Farm Combined Test earlier this month, and Dane certainly had a lot to say of the whole ordeal! Alex recounts the experience in her hilarious retelling (in the post above).

My favorite takeaways:

“Oh Christ, I thought you said un-square halt”

“VICTORY LAP. Didn’t I just win? Oh, it’s because once I canter, I can’t stop. RHINO 🦄VICTORY LAP!!!”

“I’m just going wait here while you get situated after I very nearly dumped you. And I shall reflect that I did a nice slide stop. You said you wanted my haunches under me.”

Dane, welcome to the party! And thanks for leading off our latest batch of #EventerProblems:

Alex shows her stickability with Dane. Photo courtesy of Alex.

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Dressage shirt!!! Rep your passion😊

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What does the word ‘unite’ mean to you? 💬 The word ‘unite’ is defined as “to come or bring together for a common purpose or action”. Equestrians are a diverse group of people. Some of us shine up glossy tall boots while others kick it in dusty ropers. Some of us have a need for speed and power while others would rather master the art of grace. Some of us live for the thrill of chasing the blues while others are content with simply hanging out with their pone watching the sunset. Some of us were fortunate enough to be born into the horse world while others had to fight tooth and nail to just take lessons. . While our differences sometimes seem to divide us, we all love our equines so much that we call them our best friends. Regardless of discipline, race, orientation, social status, religion, opportunity, or ability…we are all equestrians and we all share one commonality that is stronger than any sort of divide…and that is our passion. At the end of the day this is WHAT unites us but perhaps even more important is WHY we need to be united. With all the negativity and hurt in the world today, each of us needs to continue to shine kindness and truth. We must bolster our community with a foundation of joy, respect and acceptance. Only when we open our hearts to treat those with different opinions, backgrounds and interests with respect can we truly be united. That is my why. Tell me your why. #EquestriansUnite . #HeelsDownHeartLifted 💚🧡 . 📸 @isaaclauphoto . . . . . . . #redheadscarlett #chestnutmare #chestnut #mare #ottb #horsesofinstagram #ottbsofinstagram #thoroughbred #thoroughbredsofinstagram #equestrian #equestrianlife #equine #dressage #eventingnation #eventerproblems #horsebackriding #instahorse #jumping #horse #horses #equestrianphotography #equestriansofinstagram #equestrianstyle #eventing #northcarolina #hillsboroughnc #ourunfilteredequestrianlifebtn

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Tuesday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

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Boyd Martin for president! This is a ticket I think we could all get behind. Audriana Ellis was spotted at a Jimmie Schramm clinic sporting this fun hoodie over the weekend. Talk about uniting people!

National Holiday: National No Rhyme (Nor Reason) Day

Events Opening Today: Hunt Club Farms H.T.Tryon Riding & Hunt Club “Morris the Horse” TrialsPine Hill Fall H.T.Hagyard Midsouth Three-day Event & Team Challenge H.T.

Events Closing Today: Apple Knoll Farm H.T.MeadowCreek Park H.T – The Fall Social EventTwin Rivers Fall International, Sundance Farm H.T.

Tuesday News: 

I promise that you have never read a headline like this before. People urinating in their horse’s stall is causing failed drug tests. The FEI Tribunal has said this has occurred a number of times. So, maybe find a porta loo next time? [Concern at number of positive dope tests caused by humans’ stable wees]

The USEF CCI3*-L and CCI4*-L Eventing National Championships have found new homes for 2020. The three-star championships will go west to the Galway Downs International Three-Day Event and the four-star will be held at the Tryon International Three-Day Event. [US Equestrian Announces New Dates and Locations for CCI3*-L and CCI4*-L Eventing National Championships]

Protests have always found a home among sporting events. Muhammad Ali, John Carlos, Tommie Smith and Colin Kaepernick used their platform as athletes to stand up for what they believed in. “Protests have always involved sports. They’ve always been uncomfortable to some people.” Keep this in mind as we approach the Kentucky Derby this weekend. [The Outside Rail]

All my Pony Club friends out there agree: barn rat life can change your life. Spending that extra time grooming, cleaning and caring for your horse gives you an irreplaceable education that can last a lifetime. [‘Horsemanship Can’t Be Allowed to Die Out’: An Argument for The Barn Rat]

Tuesday Video: A ride around Chattahoochee Hills:

All Eyes on Alex O’Neal & Pauldary’s Arctic Tiger in Chatt Hills CCI3*-S

Alex O’Neal and Pauldary’s Arctic Tiger. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Alex O’Neal was the man to beat in the Chattahoochee Hills CCI3*-S. He was on top of the 21-entry class from start to finish with at least one horse, but it was Gayle Davis’ Pauldary’s Arctic Tiger who took home the blue ribbon.

Third after dressage on a 29.5, “Harley,” an 8-year-old Anglo European (Pauldary’s Funky Tiger x Pauldary’s Tigers Touch of Fro), went penalty in the show jumping to lead the pack overnight, and on cross country day, he stepped up to the plate, coming through the finish flags double clear as the first pair on course.

“In the show jumping I was just trying to go a little quieter. He can get a little frantic, so I tried to ride him really level. Then, on the cross country, the ground is really nice, so I did go out to win. He’s a really fantastic horse — he’s fast and efficient and he covered the ground well,” Alex said of the three-star debutant. “After the first two phases went so well, I thought he deserved to win it, and his owner has been so generous, she deserved to own a winning horse.”

Harley landed in Alex’s barn earlier this year as a resale project, but his owner, Gayle Davis, saw the brimming potential in the new partnership.

“He was quite tricky to start, but I’ve gotten to know him and figured how he likes to go. He’s a nervous horse and you have to hold his hand, but I feel like I’ve created a good partnership with him. He’s got a heart of gold and he really does try his heart out,” he said.

“He’s only eight, and I feel like he’s just starting to figure it out. He’s probably the best cross country horse I’ve ever ridden. He’s so brave — as long as you keep the lid on him, he’s just incredible. Maybe next year he can go Advanced and see what he can do. It’s an unbelievable opportunity. [Gayle has] really gotten behind this horse and me and I’m so thrilled she’s on board to keep him going.”

Alex O’Neal and Miss MoneyPenny V. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Alex was also 5th with Miss MoneyPenny V. Winners of the dressage, Alex and the 8-year-old Anglo European (Talan x Dime, by Irco Mena) dropped two rails in the show jumping and had a clear round with 3.2 cross country time penalties for a final result of 40.1.

“She won the dressage, and I didn’t give her a very good ride in the show jumping. She’s still green, so she definitely stepped up for the cross country. I was almost a little surprised at how easily she took me around,” Alex said.

This ride is very much the fruit of the family’s labors. Alex’s mother-in-law, Sally Cox, owns the mare, and his wife Ellie has been instrumental in fine tuning the young horse.

“It’s great. Ellie’s mom is here and she’s helping us with our baby and she loves the sport,” he said. “She was really generous in helping me find and buy her. She has given us some amazing opportunities.”

Leslie Law and Typically Fernhill. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Craigh McCallum’s Typically Fernhill earned second place with Leslie Law in the tack. Fourth after dressage, The 8-year-old Irish Sport Horse (Dondoctro Ryal K x Castlefield Sarah) added only 5.6 time penalties over the two-day competition for a final score of 37.2.

Elisa Wallace and Let It Be Lee. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Elisa Wallace and Let It Be Lee, a 12-year-old Thoroughbred (Bernstein x Sugaree, by Broad Brush) owned by Donna Briggs and Rosemarie Spillane, finished in third place. This partnership used the jumping phases as a ladder, moving from 14th to 3rd thanks to two double clear jumping efforts for a final result of 38.5.

The experienced combination of Joe Meyer and Clip Clop cleaned up fourth place. The 17-year-old Irish Sport Horse (Crosstown Dancer x Terrific Star, by Wolverlife), who is owned by Madison Foote, Theresa Foote & Joe Meyer, finished on his dressage score of 39.4.

Devon Brown and Hickstead. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Devon Brown and her own 8-year-old KWPN Hickstead finished 6th. This partnership saw only 3.6 penalties added for a final score of 44.9. Zoe Crawford and K.B.S. Quick Strike were 7th on a score of 45.3. Maxine Preston and Shannondale Magnum were 8th on 45.4 points.

Briggs Surratt and Ultimate Victory. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Briggs Surratt and Ultimate Victory wrapped up in 9th place with a score of 48.1, and Nilson Da Silva and Lady Colina were 10th on a result of 50.6.

Go eventing.

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Who Jumped It Best? Chattahoochee Hills CCI3*-S Edition

Welcome, friends to another edition of Who Jumped It Best? This one takes us to Chattahoochee Hills in Fairburn, Georgia where we check out the CCI3*-S class. We catch this group at 15A, the Iron Arcs, a boat in the main water. This comes only a handful of strides after the airy drop in and is followed by a narrow fence at B.

Now you be the judge. Take a look at the photos below and vote for who you think presents the best overall picture.

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Liz Halliday-Sharp and Cooley Stormwater. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Zoe Crawford and K.B.S. Quick Strike. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Gabrielle Hutchison and Straight Moonshine. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Elisa Wallace and Let It Be Lee. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Jonathan Holling and Pioneer Archibald. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Nilson Da Silva and Lady Colina. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Briggs Surratt and Ultimate Victory. Photo by Shelby Allen.


Who Jumped It Best? Chattahoochee Hills CCI3*-S Edition

Liz Halliday-Sharp and Cooley Stormwater
Zoe Crawford and K.B.S. Quick Strike
Gabrielle Hutchison and Straight Moonshine
Elisa Wallace and Let It Be Lee
Jonathan Holling and Pioneer Archibald
Nilson Da Silva and Lady Colina
Briggs Surratt and Ultimate Victory
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