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Tuesday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

Who needs a bridle? Photo by Jane Allen.

Quarantine seemed like the perfect opportunity to try something new, so I’ve ditched my bridle. At first, I did it like a fun party trick, but now I’m really exciting about using this to help strengthen my other aids and my relationship with my horse. All was well when I first started in the area. I (mostly) had breaks and could turn. Next, I introduced hacking around the farm, and he was cool with that too. When I threw some cross rails into the mix, I wasn’t sure what Justin would think. Would I get bucked off? Thankfully not the case yesterday. What new things are you guys trying this spring? Let us know.

Tuesday News:

US Equestrian is now offering Fan Memberships at $20. Fan Membership gives access to all member benefits  including health and insurance discounts. Click here for more information.

British eventer Panda Christie is recovering from COVID-19, and wants to share her symptoms with the equestrian community. She and her family started feeling ill two weeks ago, and aside from the fevers and headaches, they all showed a loss of taste and smell. [Rider recovering from coronavirus urges others to be aware of symptoms]

The FEI has welcomed the news of new dates for the Tokyo Olympics. With the date nailed down, they report that they’re prepared to rework the international calendar due to recent cancellations. The European Championships is one event they are specifically reconsidering the dates for. [FEI President Welcomes Speedy Decision on Rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Dates]

We are sad to hear of the passing of Tricia Boone. Tricia was a tremendous supporter of the sport, and specifically Boyd Martin. She has been involved with some of his most successful horses including Blackfoot Mystery, Long Island T, Luke 140, Wabanaki and Maya. Our thoughts are with all of Tricias connections.  [Remembering Tricia Boone]

Tuesday Video: Kyle Carter taking his old friend Madison Park out for a lark.

Posted by Kyle Carter on Thursday, March 26, 2020

Summer Dates in 2021 Under Consideration for Tokyo Olympics

Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

Officials are considering a summer start date for the Tokyo Olympics in 2021. The New York Times reported that the opening ceremony will likely be held July 23 of next year.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced Tuesday their decision to officially postpone the Games due to the coronavirus pandemic, but didn’t nail down rescheduling options.

The proposed start would put the Olympics almost exactly one year after their original dates, as the opening ceremony was scheduled for July 24 of this year. The IOC executive board planned to meet Sunday to discuss this possibility.

Spring was originally floated as a possibility, but that has reach opposition from many major sports as well as NBC Universal, which owns broadcast rights to the Olympic Games.

“On a call within the past week with Thomas Bach, the IOC president, some federations, including those representing swimming, table tennis, triathlon and equestrian, had voiced a preference to hold the Olympics in the spring,” the New York Times reported. “That, though, would have led to a clash with the seasons for major soccer leagues and many of the richest U.S. sports leagues.”

While a July start date fits into the calendars of the 30-odd sports participating, it still leaves athletes facing Tokyo’s hottest season. The FEI conducted a research study at the Ready, Steady Tokyo Test event last year that found despite the heat, horses handled conditions well and remained in good health, thanks to implementations made by the host site. You can read more about that study here.


What’s In Your Arena? 5 More Exercises to Keep You Motivated This Quarantine Season

Between practicing social distancing and hearing of what feels like endless event cancellations, it would be easy to feel a little blue right about now. But eventers are made of tougher stuff, and we’ll come out stronger on the other side. To keep the momentum going, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite exercises that we’ve shared on EN. Set these up in your arena and enjoy!

Triple of Barrels 

As you know from previous editions of “What’s in Your Arena?” that I have authored because I didn’t get it together in time to enlist someone more qualified, I am the world’s laziest course builder. (See also “Wylie’s Short-on-Time Shamrock” and “Another Great Exercise for Eventers Who Have Nothing Left to Give.”)

Did I mention that barrels are cheap AND easy? Go splurge on a few via Craigslist. The hard part, of course, is actually jumping them — but you won’t find a better test of accuracy, straightness and honesty. Click here to read more.

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Ride The Rhythm

This week’s What’s In Your Arena is brought to you by Lainey Ashker’s popular #GOTD series. This collection of gymnastics in a course-like setting utilizes the whole arena and is an effective training tool for horses and riders at every level.

Lainey’s exercise has everything: canter poles, cavaletti, related distances, cross rails, square oxers, turns and changes of direction. Plus it looks like a ton of fun and a real thinker! Click here to read more.

Posted by Lainey Ashker on Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Up Your Circle Game 

Have you gotten dizzy practicing Werner Geven’s Circle of Hell that we shared a few weeks ago? You’re in luck because we’ve got an even bigger challenge for you today: Meet the Circle of Hell’s big, bad brother.

Lainey Ashker shared this gem as part of her #GOTD series. Like Werner, she describes the task as “deceptively simple,” but if you tried the Circle of Hell in your arena, then you know that it’s anything but!

Essentially, you start on the circle with four rhythmical strides in each of the ‘slices,’ then you take it out to surrounding oxers, which are set on an outside line with two of the verticals set on the circle. Click here to read more.

Simple Gymnastics to Start the Season

A deep dive in the Evention TV archives unearthed this simple, three-part gymnastics exercise that incorporates trot poles, a low, easy bounce and a one-stride to a vertical. This is a great grid to get the jumping muscles working, get your horse thinking about where he’s putting his feet and allow you to practice your position. It can be built up or down for any level and jumps added to it as time goes on. Click here to read more.

Lainey Ashker’s Latest #GOTD

Lainey’s latest #GOTD has everything: bounces, combinations, bending lines and one of those super fun but slightly intimidating wide oxers.

“So the main focus here is the grid in the center with the X-vertical bounces but figured I would lay out the whole course for your added viewing/riding/entertainment pleasure,” Lainey said. “This grid focuses on straightness, teaching the horse to slowdown and to react off the rider’s leg to make the distance to the oxer all the while engaging the hind legs.

“The ride each direction over the grid gives a different feeling which makes it really fun and informative for both horse and rider. Remember the primary focus in influencing a horse’s speed/balance over jumps is not use of a hand, stronger bit or magic but correct rider position. The use of the wide oxer in the latter part of the course is to teach the horses to push from behind.” Click here to read more.

Photo and diagram by Lainey Ashker.

Sunday Links from One K Helmets

Boyd Martin and Tsetserleg at the March Pine Top H.T. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Like anyone, Boyd Martin is disappointed to not take his shot at the Olympic Games this year, but in a blog post, he shared that he’s looking on the positive side. Here’s what he had to say:

“We were half expecting this news as the terrible Covid-19 virus continues to spread around the world. This pandemic is bigger than the Olympics, and it didn’t make sense to push through with much of the world fighting for survival.

“On a personal level, I have a horse in top form that could have really given the Olympic Games a good crack this year. But later this year we will also have massive events like Burghley and Fair Hill, events I’ve always dreamed of winning – so personally I’m fired up and dialed in to get the horses going as best I can.

“Also on the positive side, the postponement will give some of  the younger horses coming up more time to develop and give them a chance of slipping in there and being competitive next year.

“The pandemic is out of our control, but the key for us as horsemen is to keep the horses and ourselves working and in good health. During this year I’ve lost a fair bit of weight and stayed healthy and kept up the physio after my last surgery; there’s no reason for me to fall back into the slump of being drunk and fat, because you never know what’s around the corner. I am enjoying waking up each day feeling fresh and fit. We have all the horses in top shape at the moment so it’s just a matter of maintaining all of our fitness to be ready when the competition season starts up again.”

Click here to read the complete blog post.

National Holiday: National Mom and Pop Business Owner Day

Sunday Links: 

Coronavirus: British Equestrian Federation urges individuals ‘not to ride’

Event rider who recently gave birth recovering from serious injuries after fall

Missing event horse found after six days alone in the woods

Appreciating Privilege And Perspective Amidst Coronavirus Anxiety

Equestrians should be using social media in positive ways

Conformation Critique with Chris Ryan: At The Moment

Sunday Video: Sit in on a lesson with Beezie Madden.

#EventerProblems Vol. 220, Presented by Haygain: Social Distancing, As Told by Horse People

It’s our responsibility to practice social distancing during this time. Here’s how eventers are doing it, with a few #EventerProblems along the way:


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Mia Farley Receives USET Foundation’s Amanda Pirie Warrington Grant

Mia Farley and BGS Firecracker finishing second in The 2019 Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International CCI4*-L. Photo by Abby Powell.

The USET Foundation has named Mia Farley as the recipient of the 2020 Amanda Pirie Warrington Grant.

Awarded annually, the grant is given in honor of Amanda to provide financial assistance to an up-and-coming rider who has the talent and determination to one day represent the United States in competition. Mia will receive $5,000 to go toward training expenses. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, funds will be available this year or next year.

Mia Farley popped up on EN’s radar back in 2014, and her performance has only improved since. She was named Emerging Athlete Eventing 18 Program in 2014 and is currently on the US Equestrian Emerging Athlete Eventing 25 Program. Originally from San Clemente, California, Mia now trains on the East Coast with the O’Connor Event Team.

Her 2019 season secured her this distinction. She had eight top-15 finishes at International events, culminating with a second place result — on her dressage score — at The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International Three-Day Event CCI4*-L with BGS Firecracker, a 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse owned by Mia and Paddy Byrne.

“It is an honor [to receive this grant],” said Farley, of San Clemente, Calif. “The fact that they recognized me and what [I accomplished] last year is huge. This is a big deal for me and really special. I have talked to a couple people [about how to use it], and the most beneficial thing would be to possibly go overseas and get some experience and see how it all works.”

Congratulations, Mia!


USEA Suspension of Recognized Events Extended Through May 3

Photo courtesy of the USEA.

Following the lead of US Equestrian, The U.S. Eventing Association has suspended all recognized events through May 3, 2020.

This applies to all events with divisions that fall under USEA jurisdiction (Training level and below) as well as USEA recognized educational activities, Young Event Horse, Future Event Horse, and New Event Horse competitions.

“The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a historic and unprecedented impact on all aspects of lives around the world and the U.S. eventing community is no different. The USEA is closely monitoring the recommendations of the CDC as well as federal, state, and local guidelines and will continue to communicate with our members throughout this trying time.

“The USEA strongly recommends competitors NOT attend events before May 3 and that organizers NOT offer any type of competitions or activities at this time. Competitions that choose to run before May 3 will do so without USEA recognition or liability insurance coverage. Competitors attending those events will not be able to earn year-end or leaderboard points, USEA Classic Series qualifications, or USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) qualifications.”

Read the complete statement here.

The USEA Board of Governors is monitoring the situation and will continue to assess as the May 3 deadline approaches. A formal process is also in the works to reschedule competitions affected, and organizers will be notified when that process becomes available.

The USEA will refund organizers’ registration fees to all organizers that were already paid to the USEA for events that were scheduled to take place between March 16 and May 3. USEA starter fees are to be refunded to entered competitors by competition organizers.

[USEA Extends Suspension of Recognizing Events]


Tuesday Video from Flexible Fit Equestrian USA: Using Downtime to Your Advantage with Jon Holling

Just as we were getting into the swing of the season, it’s all come crashing down and we’re facing a new, forced off season period. It’s leaving a lot of us, myself included, wondering what we can work on with our horses in the meantime. Jon Holling to the rescue! In the most recent episode from his new YouTube show, The Long and Short of It, Jon takes a viewer question, and gives us some real life application.

Listen for some advice, and some visuals on exercises that you can set up in your arena today.

Don’t forget to subscribe to Jon’s channel here for more videos, both fun and informative. We appreciate these types of resources that are invaluable for riders of all levels to consume.

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Tuesday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

Doug Payne and “Kenny.” Photo via Marilyn Payne.

This week the Payne family said goodbye to a very beloved horse, Kensington III, who lived to the age of 31. “Kenny” was born at their Applewood Farm, and was considered the King of the property. Kenny took Doug Payne to his first event, the Preliminary at Pleasant Hollow, where they finished second. From there, he went through Fourth Level dressage before becoming a schoolmaster to dozens of riders.

Marilyn shared: “He was an amazing teacher who not only gave confidence to beginner riders but also showed advanced riders how to do flying changes, piaffe and passage, even when they didn’t realize they asked for it! But what Kenny really enjoyed most was showing off in our annual Christmas Gymkhana where he and my husband Dick ( who rode once a year!) would beat everyone including Holly and Doug in almost every event! I doubt there will ever be another horse who has had such a positive influence on so many people! We were so lucky to be a part of his life!

Rest in Peace to this special horse.

National Holiday: National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day

Tuesday News:

We’re all working hard to stay positive, but here’s a few tips to keep you motivated. [Top 10 Tips for Staying Positive During the Pandemic with Melissa Stubenberg]

Have you recently transitioned to remote working? Feeling lost and confused? Here are some solid strategies to be your best self, while adjusting to a new home office. [Welcome To My Life: 6 Work-From-Home Tips For A New World]

Phillip Dutton shares his experience with the pandemic and planning for a very uncertain future. [Planning And Perspective With Phillip Dutton]

Hot on Horse Nation: Advice for Equine Business Owners During COVID-19

Tuesday Video: Hylofit tips from Lainey Ashker:

IOC Sets Four-Week Deadline for Decision on 2020 Olympic Games

Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

As countries grapple with the growing threat of the coronavirus pandemic, questions have swirled about the 2020 Olympics Games in Tokyo. With the July 24th Opening Ceremony looming, the executive board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced that they’re exploring alternatives, and they have given themselves a deadline of four weeks to come to a final decision.

As of March 17, the IOC was “fully committed” to holding the Olympics as planned, explaining that “with more than four months to go before the Games there is no need for any drastic decisions at this stage; and any speculation at this moment would be counter-productive.” Now, five days later, they’ve changed their tune to consider alternatives, postponement being among them.

Currently, cancellation is not an option, according to the executive board, but a scaled-down version of the Games may be considered.

A timely, but watered down Olympic Games raises concerns among the equestrian community. As a sport that’s faced the IOC chopping block before, could eventing be cut out once and for all in 2020? And if it were, could it ever be brought back into the Olympic program?

The eventing portion of the Games is set to be held July 30-August 3, but athlete preparations remain up in the air. Competition has been suspended across nearly all of the United States, at least through mid-April, and the three final selection trials — Kentucky, Badminton, and Jersey Fresh — have all been canceled or postponed. The 2020 calendar remains fluid as the progression of COVID-19 changes day-by-day, with team announcements currently expected no later than June 1.

These theory crafters will no doubt face challenges over the next month as they decide the fate of the Games while balancing the interests of the International Federations and athletes from 33 different sports. In a message to athletes, IOC President Thomas Bach encouraged patience in the uncertainty and assured readers that safety continues to be the IOC’s highest priority.

“Human lives take precedence over everything, including the staging of the Games. The IOC wants to be part of the solutionTherefore we have made it our leading principle to safeguard the health of everyone involved, and to contribute to containing the virus. I wish, and we all are working for this, that the hope so many athletes, NOCs and IFs from all five continents have expressed will be fulfilled: that at the end of this dark tunnel we are all going through together, not knowing how long it is, the Olympic flame will be a light at the end of this tunnel,” he said.

[Health and safety paramount as IOC Executive Board agrees to step up scenario-planning for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020]

[Letter from President Thomas Bach OLY to athletes]


Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: Flashy & Fancy

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.

“Flashy” and “Fancy” are among the most popular descriptors used on Sport Horse Nation, so we’ve rounded up some of the latest listings with a lot of promise. Click the links below their photos for the full listing.

Arctic Tiger. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Fancy 2star gelding with Advanced potential!

“Arctic Tiger” is a 16.1h 8 year old British Sport Horse gelding ready to take his next rider up the levels! He is very confirmed at the preliminary level, finishing every event this year in the top 3 and was most recently 2nd in the two-star at Red Hills. He has also placed well in pure show jumping through the 1.20m level. “Harley” has tons of scope and is very trainable in all three phases, and would be ideal for an ambitious young rider to take up the grades. This horse is not to be missed and will contest intermediate soon if not sold. Located in Florida.

The African Queen. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Flashy Prelim Mare

The African Queen, “Africa” is a 2008 Irish Sport Horse x Thoroughbred cross by Formula One out of a three star mare. Competed successfully through Preliminary. Responsive and forward ride. Three solid gaits, fantastic jump, very brave. Consistently scores well in dressage. Hacks well alone and with others. Only for sale due to rider going to graduate school. Located in Ocala, FL. $35,000. Please contact Rachel Kiczuk. (603) 732-3291 or [email protected]

UPDATE: Just finished fifth in Ocala II Training Jackpot division on her dressage score. Located in Florida.

On The Verge. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

On The Verge – flashy talented OTTB

On The Verge “Virgil” — 16.3 hh

2012 Thoroughbred (Pulpit X Check/Unbridled) JC Verger

Virgil is currently competing BN and is moving up to Novice when horse shows start back up again. Flashy and talented mount. Does all three phases in a loose ring snaffle. Good mover that stays focused in the ring. Virgil is a brave jumper who truly loves cross country. He is an easy keeper; loads, ties, clips, stands, no issues with water/ditches/banks. Brought along slowly by a college student. Upper level potential. Priced in the low five figures. Located in Ocala, FL and will continue to compete this season.

Eli Surprise. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Fancy and Fun AWB

Eli Surprise — 16hh 11 yo AWB gelding.

Eli is very easy and very fancy on the flat. Built round with easy lateral work. Unflappable to the fences. More of a kick ride but has his own motor. Competed recognized and unrecognized at starter last year (no more due to owner injuries unrelated to horses). Schooled beginner novice and novice in Aiken this year. Been schooled cross country by an amateur in only her third ride on him.

Easy to handle with a great personality. Very smart. Could be easily be brought along by a teen or amateur in a program. Could have a future in almost any direction or as an all arounder! Would love to sell before I leave Aiken! Price neg to a great home. Message for video-Have video of AAs and kids riding him!

In Aiken til the end of March. Then in Pittsburgh text (630)723-4077.

Manni. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

R n B ~Fancy Event Prospect

Manni is a 2011 17h Black Imported Hanoverian Gelding

Manni has not yet shown as an Eventer but is very promising! Beautiful paces, quality, careful jump with a lot of scope. He’s not a kick ride, but not silly or stupid. He’s ambitious with out being crazy. Has xc schooled and proved to be very brave and a good generalizer- a fence is a fence is a fence to him! Super for Jr/YR or anyone who wants a talented and fun horse- not a packer type yet, but a really good boy needing a little production! Located in South Carolina.

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

What’s In Your Arena? Five Exercises to Keep You Motivated This Quarantine Season

Between practicing social distancing and hearing of what feels like endless event cancellations, it would be easy to feel a little blue right about now. But eventers are made of tougher stuff, and we’ll come out stronger on the other side. To keep the momentum going, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite exercises that we’ve shared on EN. Set these up in your arena and enjoy!

Another Great Exercise for Eventers Who Have Nothing Left to Give

Graphic by Leslie Wylie.

The scenario: You get to the barn after work, your brain is in tatters and you have zero energy left in your body to set a course, but you really need to squeeze in a jump school. (Sorry to map the story of my own everyday life onto yours, but stay with me here, people.)

Two questions:

Do you have at least six jumps to work with?

Do you have approximately a 20-meter circle’s worth of decent footing?

If you answered yes to both questions, there is hope for you yet! Click here to read more.

Werner Geven’s Circle of Hell

Anyone who has ever ridden with Poplar Place Farm’s resident trainer, the four-star flying Dutchman Werner Geven, has likely been regularly subjected to his aptly named “Circle of Hell”. It is a staple of his program and an exercise he uses for horses at all levels. This exercise looks simple, but don’t be fooled! It is surprisingly complex and will help you develop a more independent seat, greater balance, adjustability and a keener eye.

“This exercise gives you the knowledge of where you are in front of the jump and how many strides it takes to get there at what speed,” Werner said. “It will give you independence from the horse and put the horse in a good balance. If people can do it well (in practice) they can find their striding every time (on course). If they can’t, they seem to find the unbalance and miss.” Click here to read more.

A Grid with Limited Jump Standards

Grid work is a fun way to practice your horse’s footwork and your own position, especially in the winter when the footing outside the arena isn’t ideal (we’re knee deep in mud at the moment). Oftentimes grids require many standards and rails to build, however, and not everyone has that much equipment.

Lainey Ashker to the rescue! Click here to read more.

Intro to Corners

But every journey begins with a single step, and every horse that has ever sailed over a three-star corner was likely introduced to them with an exercise like the one featured in this video from Bernie Traurig’s excellent online training site Equestrian Coach.

In it, California-based four-star rider Olivia Loiacono explains the importance of introducing young horses to this obstacle in the correct way. She goes on to demonstrate the skills required for the successful negotiation of a corner jump, which remain the same whether it’s two-feet tall or nearly taller than your head! Click here to read more.

Lucinda Green’s Versatile V

If you’ve ridden in or audited a Lucinda Green clinic anytime within the span of the past couple decades, maybe more, you’ve seen this exercise. The point, literally, is teaching horses to stay straight between the aids and hold their line, whether it’s back and forth across the point, jumped as a corner or one rail at a time on an angle.

It’s a Lucinda classic and suitable for horses ranging from green-as-grass to upper-level — and I’ve seen it throw a handful of FEI-level horses for a loop! For the inexperienced ones, the V end can be placed on a wee bucket; for the more advanced horses, it can be hoisted onto a barrel. Click here to read more.

Go eventing.



Sunday Links from One K Helmets

Lindsay Pfeffer McMahan Photo.

I can tell without asking that we all need this shirt right? Lindsay Pfeffer McMahan demonstrates how it can best be used. Happy Sunday. Hang in there, EN.

National Holiday: National West Virginia Day

Sunday Links: 

Teenager hunts bareback for a full day in support of friend diagnosed with cancer

H&H eventing editor’s blog: a love letter to a lost Badminton – and is the Olympics next?

Horse Heroes: Mastercraft

From the Ground Up with Tik Maynard: Part One

Horse Show Service Providers Want You To Know: They’re Not OK

Olympic bosses: “No need for drastic decisions” over Coronavirus

Sunday Video: Get leg yielding advice from the best:

#EventerProblems Vol. 219, Presented by Haygain: Quarantined

Well, here we are. Day six of the quarantine for me. For the record, I’d like to say it’s especially rude for the weather to be perfect while all the events are canceled.

Please… I beg of you keep sending us your #EventerProblems. Chinch needs entertainment while he’s quarantined at EN HQ.

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Grail and Emmanuel hanging out at the in-gate while the kid rides DJ.⁣ ⁣ My horses spend most of the year living at home with me, but when we board out for the winter we are so blessed to have great guys to take care of them. When an eventer girl shows up at a hunter jumper barn with dressage saddles and crazy 5-point breast plates I become a “learning opportunity”. I am so lucky to have been the token eventer at several wonderful hunter jumper barns where they let me prance around in my black tack and improve my jumping skills.⁣ (I also spent one winter with the dressage girls, cantering around in my brown saddle doing fitness work before heading south to get in some spring horse trials.) ⁣ #ottb #ottbsofinstagram #ottbsrock #ottblove #warmbloodsofinstagram #warmbloods #hunterjumper #hunterjumpersofinstagram #dressage #dressagehorse #horsemomlife #eventersofinstagram #eventer #eventerproblems #equestrian #equestrianmom #equestrianlife #barnmom #horseshowmom

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Missing Carolina International? Watch the 2019 Cross Country Stream Re-Airing Today

Enjoy the 4* Cross Country from the 2019 Carolina International!United States Eventing Association, Inc. (USEA)

Posted by EQSportsNet on Saturday, March 21, 2020

It’s officially the season of what could have been — today was planned to host the cross country finale of the 2020 Cloud 11 ~ Gavilan North Carolina International CCI & H.T. Unfortunately Carolina as well as much of our spring season has unraveled due to COVID-19, but we’ve got something to keep your spirits up today. EQSportsNet will be re-airing the CCI4*-S cross country today at 3 p.m. on Facebook Live.

Just because we know the outcome, doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the ride. We’ll be sharing the stream right here on EN, so come back and visit this post at 3 p.m. to get your live stream fill this weekend.

Go eventing.

Wednesday News & Notes from Ecovet

Amidst all the chaos, let this photo bring you some joy today. Kate Chadderton’s daughter Mia getting in some pony time. While she’s only a little over a month old now, we’re sure she’ll be up on horse in no time.

Go eventing.

National Holiday: National Awkward Moments Day

Wednesday News: 

When she’s not in the saddle, Kelli Temple looks to running to maintain her fitness. She’s a marathon runner who has qualified for the Boston Marathon four times with careful preparation. Much like her horse’s fitness, Kelli says less can be more. [Long Distance Running for Fitness with Kelli Temple]

The International Olympic Committee is still pushing forward toward a goal of hosting the Tokyo Games in July. [Coronavirus: ‘No need for any drastic decisions’ on Tokyo, say International Olympic Committee]

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has encouraged all citizens to return home if desired, as border restrictions with the United States are expected to become more strict. If you are in the process of transporting horses back to Canada, please fill out this form in order to help EC track its out-of-country individuals [Registration of Out-of-Country EC Sport Licence Holders  ]

Hot on Horse Nation: The Best Horse Related COVID-19 Memes on the Internet

Wednesday Video: Pre-season cross country training with William Fox-Pitt

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Tuesday Video from Flexible Fit Equestrian USA: Quarantine Like Arnold Schwarzenegger (& His Mini Donkey)

Let’s all try to be a little more like  Arnold Schwarzenegger — stay home and love on your pets. He’s quarantining with miniature pony Whiskey and miniature donkey Lulu.

We can all fulfill our personal responsibility to our friends and neighbors by spending more time at home. Hang in there, EN. We will all come out stronger on the other side of this.

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Tuesday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

Tracey Bienemann and Geoni. Photo by Amy Flemming-Waters / AFW Photography.

We are very sad to share the news that yesterday, March 16, Tracey Bienemann’s four-star horse Geoni passed away. “Geno,” a Thoroughbred by Grand Reward and out of Vopo, was 12. Together they competed through the CCI4*-S level. Our thoughts are with Tracey in this difficult time.

National Holiday: St. Patrick’s Day

Tuesday News: 

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has encouraged all citizens to return home if desired, as border restrictions with the United States are expected to become more strict. If you are in the process of transporting horses back to Canada, please fill out this form in order to help EC track its out-of-country individuals [Registration of Out-of-Country EC Sport Licence Holders  ]

British Eventing has made the decision to cancel all upcoming competitions, effective immediately. While events close down, racing will continue without spectators, The British Horseracing Authority says. [Coronavirus: all eventing cancelled and racing goes behind closed doors]

As we stare into the face of hard times ahead, Sara Bradley shares a few touching thoughts on how we can support one other in order to come out stronger on the other side. [Horse People: Let’s Get Creative In Helping Each Other]

Tuesday Video: Meet another friendly face from William Fox-Pitt’s team:

Chattahoochee Hills, Stable View Will Not Run Upcoming Horse Trials

Following the Center for Disease Control’s recommendation to halt any events of 50 people or more for the next eight weeks, both Chattahoochee Hills as well as Stable View elected to cancel their upcoming horse trials.

Chattahoochee Hills released the following statement regarding its April 3-5 event:

“Following the latest announcement from CDC it is with a heavy heart that Chattahoochee Hills must announce that the April International Horse Trials will in fact not run. For the good of all mankind we must adhere to protocol set out by the worlds leading authorities and help with the movement to get COVID-19 under better control.

“There has been a lot of positivity shown towards Chatt Hills and Stable View hanging in there as long as possible, but also a fair amount of negativity. I hope the masses can understand that our determination comes out of a positive outlook on life and that inevitably this decision was coming. We had time to take a deep breath and make decisions in a timely manner, whereby other events did not have this luxury.

“We are working with the USEF and the FEI towards salvaging some positive sport, made in a responsible manner, hopefully starting with our May 16-17 Horse Trials — 8.5 weeks from now.

“Best of luck to all, in getting through the next 8 weeks,

Hugh Lochore”

Stable View also released its own statement regarding the Designer Builders’ CCI-S 1*, 2*, 3* and 4* that was to run March 28-29:

“As a result of advice from the CDC, Stable View has decided to postpone the Designer Builders CCI-S 1*, 2*, 3*, 4* that was to be held on March 28th and 29th. We feel that in spite of overwhelming support from Riders at all levels, the CDC’s advice is unequivocal in a manner that was not present with previous guidance.

Riders will be repaid in full, all entry, stabling, bedding and accommodations fees ASAP.

Unlike certain other facilities, Eventing at Stable View is not crowd sourced, thus with few spectators it was considered unlikely that contamination would occur.

At this time we would like to thank many Riders, Owners, Grooms and those in the Eventing Community who supported our stand. We will run future dates on our Eventing Calendar ASAP.

We will be continuing with our full refund policy which we would suggest corrects a legacy issue within the Eventing industry that brings it into disrepute – Riders being charged for services not rendered.

The Boyd Martin, ETB Schooling Field at Stable View will remain open – cost $60 per horse. The new Rider Lounge with toilet and shower facilities will be available for use.

Please contact 484-356-3173 or email [email protected] with further questions.”

The USEA has suspended all recognized events from March 16-30. Additionally, the FEI and USEF have issued a recommendation that all competitions be suspended for the next 30 days (through mid-April).

The following events have been fully or partially canceled, postponed or modified in format as of 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 16.

Click here for a rolling list of equestrian events that have been canceled or postponed.

#EventerProblems Vol. 218, Presented by Haygain: When It Rains, It Pours

We’re not talking a little drizzle here — #EventerProblems typically come like a monsoon. Keep sending us yours with the tag #EventerProblems.

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Happy leap day to me 🐸….what did I get to do today on my extra day of the year?? Well I got to drain my lovely (lemon of a) horse's seroma/hematoma that she got from a penicillin injection that she needed for her mastitis 😭😭 . Seriously, she's a lemon 🍋. I love her, but come on! . I really need a social life that doesn't involve poking animals with needles in my time off 💉👩‍⚕️ – maybe I need to get on top of the leap year tradition that allows women to propose to men on leap day and they can't be refused 🤔 (Though I did read they can refuse, they just owe you 12 pairs of gloves 😂 and I'm all for free clothes too) . . #thoroughbreds #thoroughbredsofinstagram #ottb #horse #vettechlife #vettech #veterinarymedicine #eventerproblems #eventersofinstagram #leapday #putaringonit

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Who Jumped It Best? Pine Top Preliminary Edition

There’s no place happier than a sunny cross country day at Pine Top Farm, and that’s the next stop on EN’s worldwide “Who Jumped It Best? Tour.” You be the judge now and help us decide which of the pairs below deserves distinction.

Cast your vote in the poll at the bottom of this post for the combination who you think presents the best overall picture. Click here for our coverage from Friday.

Pine Top Spring H.T.: WebsiteRide TimesLive Scores

Lindsay Majon and That Wascalie Wabbit. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Sierra Shurtz and Zach Eyed Pea. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Payne Murray and Baron. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Phillip Dutton and California d’Horset. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Doug Payne and Camarillo. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Ashley Adams and Charly. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Ryan Wood and Ruby. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Alison Chubb and Wakeup. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Sunday Links from One K Helmets

Frank on jump judge duty at Pine Top Farm. Photo by Shelby Allen.

My dog Frank and I had a brilliant time jump judging at Pine Top Farm on Friday. You couldn’t have asked for nicer weather or nicer riding at my fences. As an equestrian journalist, my time spent at events is often on staff, so it’s been a while since I’ve had the opportunity to give back. Thank you to Volunteer Coordinator Melissa Rundt and Glenn and Janet Wilson for welcoming me into the fold. Can’t wait to be back at my favorite event.

National Holiday: National Everything You Think Is Wrong Day (Yes, this freaks us out too)

U.S. Weekend Action:

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

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

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

Sunday Links: 

EN is putting our best effort forward to collect all updates regarding cancellations or modifications of equestrian competitions in light of the coronavirus pandemic. You can find our list here. If you know of any additions or updates, please email [email protected]

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Sunday Video: Congratulations to Will Coleman for winning the Ocala Horse Properties Eventing Prix earlier this month.

In light of the current stress in our world, this highlight reel from the Ocala Horse Properties Eventing Prix may…

Posted by Ocala Horse Properties Eventing Prix on Thursday, March 12, 2020