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Tuesday Video: Ian Stark’s West Coast Cameo

If you were carefully stalking watching event results this month, you may have recognized someone special. Ian Stark took Robert and Erin Kellerhouse’s Sir Elijah Craig for a spin around the Open Preliminary at the Galway Downs Winter H.T. The pair finished in 8th place after a masterful cross country ride, and you can watch it in its entirety thanks to Ride on Video.

For full results, click here.

Tuesday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

Otis welcomes baby sister Abel. Photo via Equestrian Sports NZ.

It’s a big week for baby announcements around Eventing Nation, and we’ve got another special bundle of joy to add to the mix. Please join us in welcoming Able Price! Jonell Price gave birth Monday, February 10th to a healthy baby girl. Luckily, no C-section was needed in this case — the recovery time would delay spring competition plans of course. Congratulations to Tim, Jonelle and big brother Otis!

National Holiday: National Drink Wine Day

Events Opening This WeekThe Fork at TIECCDCTA Spring H.T.Chattahoochee Hills H.T.Pine Hill Spring H.T.Spring Bay H.T.

Events Closing This Week: Southern Pines H.T.Red Hills International H.T.Full Gallop Farm March H.T.Red Hills International H.T.

Tuesday News: 

Did you ever have an inspiration board growing up? If not, now’s the time to invest, and we’ve got just the stuff to stock it with. Start with Andreas Dibowski’s words of wisdom from the first day of the USEA Educational Symposium. [Andreas Dibowski’s Words of Wisdom From Day 1 of the 2020 ICP Symposium]

Speaking from clinicing with the best, riders in Aiken, S.C. were in for a treat last week with lessons from 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games individual and team silver medalist Padraig McCarthy. [Know Your Track And Your Canter: Lessons From Padraig McCarthy In Aiken]

An Olympic eventer and top tier steeplechase jockey walk into in educational forum … No really though, Andrew Nicholson and Robbie Power were presenters at the recent International Eventing Forum at Hartpury College in England and each talked about the essentials for the perfect showjumping round. Robbie is a former show jumper as well, and the two athletes found many parallels between their respective sports. [Andrew Nicholson and Robbie Power on what makes the perfect jumping round]

Tuesday Video: I don’t know about you, but I truly can’t get enough of these Madden Method videos:

Photo Gallery: Snapshots from Rocking Horse Winter II

What better way to spend a weekend than with a few hundred of your closest friends at Rocking Horse? Lucky for us, the talented Lisa Madren was on site to capture shots of all the action. Enjoy her photos below and give Lisa a big thank you when you see her out at the next one! Click here to catch up on our Advanced coverage.

Go eventing.

Rocking Horse Winter II: WebsiteEntry StatusRide TimesLive Scores

Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: Find Your Next Valentine

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.

Love is in the are this Valentine’s Weekend. If you’re looking for your next horsey partner, look no farther than Sport Horse Nation. Here are five listings that you’ll love:

Something Saintly. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Something Saintly “Sarah”

Sarah is a confident and bold 9 year old OTTB mare. She has completed several Novice horse trails and could easily move up the levels. Sarah stands well for the farrier, clips and loads. Stands at 16.2 hands. More video available on YouTube channel. Located in Virginia.

Edison. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.


Edison: 2012 16.1h bay Trakehner gelding. By Lord Cosmo out of Empress.

This talented young horse is already a winner at First Level dressage, and is ready to start eventing. He’s a good mover and brave to the jumps. Would be suitable for a junior, young rider or adult amateur looking to have some fun! Located in South Carolina.

Old Boy. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Eventing Schoolmaster

Ole Boy (“Bobby”) is a 2004 17hh Thoroughbred. In perfect health, no current maintenance. Produced to Intermediate by Will Coleman before being competed by a young adult, taking her to Prelim and instilling confidence in eventing until she graduated from college.

He is currently competing at Preliminary level and fit for CCI2-S or CCI2-L. Frequently scores in the 20’s, extensive competition record with many wins. Multiple year end awards received from Area V and USEA for himself and his rider at Training and Prelim – Most recently, he was the 2019 Area V Training Horse of the Year.

His last event was February 2020 at the Three Lakes Horse Trials in Florida, placing 5th in the OP with no jumping and a dressage score of 28.

Bobby schools dressage competently at 4th level. As an ex-steeplechaser, he is a natural cross country horse and will show you the ropes. He won the Plantation CIC* in 2011 (now CCI2-S), and would be a great young rider horse for a rider on a budget looking for an experienced horse at the level.

Well behaved, snaffle ride, very elegant. He is always friendly and adores attention.

Only to a good home with great trainer program. Located in Texas.

Lute and Sweet. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Beautiful 6 Year Old Mare with Prelim Experience

Zaragoza Acres offers for sale ‘Lute and Sweet’ (Midnight Lute xx – Alphabet Soup xx).

Lute and Sweet is a stunning 2014 16.3h Thoroughbred Mare. “Lute” has already established an impressive resume: In 2018, she won her 4-year Old YEH Qualifier with an 82.2% and went on to be the Reserve Champion at the East Coast YEH Championship with an 81%. In 2019, Lute has competed and finished in the top placings at Training Level and even stepped around her first Modified and Preliminary maintaining an impeccable cross country record. Most recently, Lute placed 5th in her first event of the 2020 season in the Open Prelim at Pine Top HT. She is a lovely mover with a beautiful outline on the flat with a wonderful willingness for lateral work. Over fences, Lute is brave, confident and has great technique. This stunning mare with her quiet demeanor and exceptional attitude and work ethic, would be an ideal horse for a young rider or adult amateur!

Located in Jeffersonton, VA. Inquire for price.

Take Your Guns. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Fancy OTTB with Upper Level Potential

Henry aka Take Your Guns is a 16.3 hh 2014 ottb. He raced and won at the lower level of racing but when bumped up to the next class of racing he did not continue to win so he retired sound from racing. He had 6+ months of let down time out in a giant Kentucky pasture with other retired geldings prior to me acquiring him. He was started back under saddle on November 22nd and has been a gentleman under saddle since day one. Henry loads, clips, bathes, and is great for the farrier. Henry has upper level potential and loves to work/have a job. He is ready to go do a BN or Novice dressage test and his jumping is really coming along for only having jumped a handful of times. His canter is to die for and is getting stronger with the addition of jumping. He hacks out alone or in a group and over bridges. He is naturally a very brave horse. He is going to make someone a really amazing horse. I wish I could keep him myself but unfortunately I won’t have time for two with going back to school. Eleven Thousand and RRP Eligible. Located in Washington.

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.

Sunday Links from One K Helmets

Photo courtesy of Jordán Linstedt Granquist.

Jordán Linstedt Granquist and her husband had some very special news to announce on Valentine’s Day: They are expecting their first baby! Jordán and her husband Brad married in 2019 and have said they are expecting this exciting new addition in August 2020. Congratulations to the happy couple!

National Holiday: National Almond Day

U.S. Weekend Action:

Rocking Horse Winter II: [Website][Entry Status][Ride Times][Live Scores]

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

Fresno County Horse Park H.T.: [Website][Entry Status][Ride Times][Live Scores]

Sunday Links: 

Now On Course: Cindy Rawson Returns from Across the Pond

New Addition to VIP: The Volunteer Medal Program

Madden To Change Sport Career Direction After Tokyo

Be a Good Friend: 5 Ways to Improve Your Relationship with Your Horse

Sunday Video: Time for the salon! Go behind the scenes at William Fox-Pitt’s farm for clip day:

Buck Davidson, Lisa Marie Fergusson Top Rocking Horse Winter II Advanced Divisions

The second of Rocking Horse’s Winter Series is always a key competition in the winter circuit. With nearly 50 Advanced competitors amongst the hundreds entered, you’re sure to see an assortment of big names out laying the groundwork for a home run season ahead. Lisa Marie Fergusson and Buck Davidson were the most successful of those Advanced riders, winning the A and B divisions respectively. We catch up on the results, which are brought to life by David Frechette’s video coverage.

Tali was brilliant today at Rocking Horse for a 31.3 in Dressage! Now onto jumping tomorrow!!!

Posted by Lisa Marie Fergusson on Thursday, February 13, 2020

Lisa Marie Fergusson proudly took the leading spot in the Advanced A division with her longtime partner Honor Me. The 14-year-old Welsh Sport Horse moved steadily up the standings through each phase, beginning in 7th place on a 31.3 result in dressage. A double clear show jumping moved them to fifth and 5.6 time penalties on cross country — the quickest Advanced ride of the day — finally gave them the win.

Allie Knowles took home second and third place with Katherine B. O’Brien’s Ms. Poppins and Business Class, respectively.

Ms. Poppins, a 9-year-old Westphalian, had a final score of 39.8, which was closely rivaled by stablemate Business Class on a result of 41.

Abigail Niles and Carrick Finest Lad made the massive leap from 19th to fourth by the final phase, finishing on a score of 45.9 in their debut at the level.

Rebecca Brown and Dassett Choice were fifth on a score of 47.6. Bobby Meyerhoff and Fortuna finished sixth with 50.2 points. Dana Cooke and FE Mississippi took seventh (51.4).  Kimberly Steinbuch and PDQ Leigh earned 8th place (61.4), Melissa Boutin and EWSZ Jalando were ninth (61.9), and Zoe Crawford and K.E.C. Zara were 10th (62).


Buck Davidson has come out guns blazing with Carlevo this season. He very nearly took the win in the MARS Wellington Eventing Showcase last weekend, finishing second by the slimmest of margins. The pair have run into luck twice now this season at Rocking Horse. The 13-year-old Holsteiner owned by Carlevo LLC won the Open Intermediate at Winter I and now the Advanced B at Winter II.

This weekend’s triumph was wire-to-wire. After earning 24.4 in the first phase they added time in the jumping phases, 0.4 in show jumping and 14 penalties in cross country, for a final result of 38.8.

Buck doubled down in division B, also taking second place aboard Eroll Gobey, a 10-year-old Holsteiner owned by Cassie Segal, Lisa Darden and Natalie Sandler. They added just 9.2 time penalties for a final score of 40.6.

Buck also piloted Copper Beach to fourth place, having one rail down and 13.2 cross country time penalties to finish on a 45.6 for his first Advanced of the season.

Third place went to Joe Meyer and Buccaneer, a 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse owned by Light Speed Equestrian on a final score of 40.7. Clark Montgomery and Caribbean Soul were fifth with a 49-point result.

Go eventing.

Rocking Horse Winter II: WebsiteEntry StatusRide TimesLive Scores


#EventerProblems Vol. 215, Presented by Haygain: Falling for You (Literally)

Happy Valentine’s Day, EN! 💕 We know that you spent it with your four-legged BFF. We can tell, on account of the overflowing surge in #EventerProblems. Here’s your latest batch:

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Happy Valentines Day everyone! I spent time with this one that I love today, this pretty princess who was looking for alligators in the bucket. tried so hard to get her foot in a bucket before I arrived which resulted in Cisco saying “hell no” and dumping the water. It was a team effort of a fake out with a front leg stretch which she likes, and then into the bucket. She then leaned back as far as she could while we patted and praised her. ⠀⠀ I held her while Stef fed her treats the whole 10 minutes. As soon as the treats stopped that leg started to shake and she would shift her weight to move. 🤪 In the end she was fine and I was probably overreacting to some warmth in her hoof that felt yesterday. ⠀⠀ She put her bum to the door and wouldn’t look at us when she want into her stall. Just to make sure her moms knew she was pissed. Cisco is such a good girl and soooo expressive in her face when she’s happy or scared or pissed or tired. Typical girl! 😂 I told the Barn Husband about it and his first response was that she gets being dramatic from him. I guess I’ve told him he’s dramatic s time or two? 🤷‍♀️ Do you have to torture your horse often or regularly? What horrors do you inflict on them for their wellbeing? ⠀⠀ #equinefirstaid #epsomsalt #princess #footsoak #myhorsehatesme #draftcross #mare #horseyexpressions #humanvendingmachine #dramallama #eventerproblems #valentinesdate

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Rest in Peace, No It ‘Tissant

Lynn and Fergus at Rolex. Photo by Dana Voorhees.

We are sad to share that No It ‘Tissant, Lynn Symansky’s first four-star partner was laid to rest last month at the age of 28.

“Fergus” was an off-the-track Thoroughbred by Admiral’s Flag and out of Yes Tis. Racing at Charles Town, Philadelphia Park, Garden State and Laurel Park, the handsome grey had 24 starts. He won three of those and ended his first career with earnings of $16,675.

Julia Gomena then introduced him to eventing, taking him through Training level. Lynn met Fergus when she was 14 and he was five. Both young and full of fire, they learned the sport together, leaping from Novice to Advanced in only four years.

Lynn & Fergus sharing a moment. Photo by Dana Voorhees.

For Lynn, Fergus was a horse of many firsts. The pair hit it big in 2003, earning a spot on the USEF Winter Training List and 10th place at the Pan American Games in the Dominican Republic. Lynn and Fergus tackled their first five-star at Kentucky in 2007 where they finished 19th. The following year they also snagged a top 20 result and Fergus was recognized as the best-conditioned horse.

Lynn shared these touching thoughts with US Eventing:

“Fergus was never lacking in personality and had the strongest opinions of any horse I’ll know. His emotions were never hard to read, and his dramatic hatred of dressage and discipline was only rivaled by his obsessive love for cross-country and dirt. We would likely never win a single thing in the modern-day sport, but I can’t think of a better horse to have learned from.

“Fergus was a tried-and-true long format horse—he taught me the importance of showing up and kicking on no matter how far down the leaderboard we found ourselves on the first day. What he lacked in classic technique over fences he made up for in scope and heart. As a kid I had little understanding of his exceptional bravery and power, but it was that feel which instilled a confidence in me nearly impossible to teach without the right partner. It’s what most of us work our lives towards cultivating.

“For every bit of success he helped me realize, we saw even more disappointment. He taught me lifelong lessons in patience, a strong work ethic, compromise, respect, and friendship. I learned that a horse’s most frustrating flaw can also be their best attribute. Whether bruising my mom’s arms in the ‘D’ box as his heart rate rose in direct proportion to the excitement still out on course, or scaring away the barn help from the only place that tolerated him, he would gladly push anyone around in pursuit of his own self-interest. Even in full retirement he would gladly plow one over to escape his stall or the perceived threat of a bath. He acted like this up until the day I had to say goodbye.

“Fergus, thank you for giving me my foundation, keeping me humble, and solidifying my love for OTTBs and eventing. He was my best friend from my early teens, helped me survive college and adulthood, gave me a taste of breaking into the top, and granted me the joy of paying it forward as I watched him teach (and terrorize) others. He was my most frustrating rival, my best professor, and responsible for changing the course of my life.”

Fergus enjoying retirement. Photo by Lynn Symansky.

Fergus stepped back from the top of the sport in 2008, where he went on to teach Lynn’s students Retsy Holliday and Cara Goode. He enjoyed his twilight years ruling the roost at the Symansky’s Handlen Farm in Middleburg, Virginia.

Rest in Peace, Fergus.

[No It ‘Tissant (1992-2020)]


Tuesday Video: Charlotte Dujardin’s Dreamy Horse Holiday

After ensuring we kept back to a distance that he was comfortable with, the giraffe was later happy to show us his lands, but at his pace. How incredible they are! 😍#siraistud #siraihouse #kenya

Posted by Charlotte Dujardin on Thursday, February 6, 2020

Charlotte Dujardin recently took the trip of a lifetime to Kenya where she saw some of the world’s most beautiful creatures. Her view was especially unique as she toured the landscape from the top of her borrowed horse, Kyoto, a Boerperd/Friesian.

Our favorite part? Charlotte took the opportunity to school some cross country:

Photo via Charlotte Dujardin.

Go Charlotte. Go eventing.

Life is….

Posted by Charlotte Dujardin on Saturday, February 8, 2020

Tuesday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

Charlotte Collier and Clifford M. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

We can’t stop dreaming of Wellington, especially after looking through Tilly Berendt’s photos from the weekend. For even more fab photos, be sure to read through our final report and check out the gallery at the end of the story at this link. Go eventing.

National Holiday: National Make A Friend Day

Events Opening This Week: Morven Park Spring H.T.Full Gallop Farm February II H.T.Rocking Horse III H.T.Chattahoochee Hills H.T.

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

Tuesday Links:

Breeders this one’s for you! The USEA has released the 2020 Future Event Horse Calendar: [The 2020 Future Event Horse Calendar is Now Available]

Thoroughbreds really can do it all. Galley Light, bred to race, found a second career in eventing, where he succeeded through the five-star level. Now 17, he’s decided to tack on another career in the hunt field.  Retrained racehorse who found his forte at Badminton retires to the hunting field

If you haven’t had enough of the MARS Wellington Eventing Showcase, then catch up on The Chronicle’s coverage: [Little Earns A Big Win At $50,000 MARS Eventing Showcase] [Three Disciplines, One Weekend: Favorite Photos From Wellington]

Tuesday Video: Doug Payne piloting around the MARS Wellington Eventing Showcase

Instagram Roundup: Final Snapshots from the MARS Wellington Eventing Showcase

Cloud dotted skies with a high of 76 — we’re all green with envy of our friends in Wellington for the MARS Wellington Eventing Showcase. Thankfully, you guys shared snippets of your day on instagram, and we’ve got them all right here:

$50k MARS Eventing Showcase: WebsiteEntriesLive ScoresShow Jumping Live StreamXC Live Stream EN’s Coverage, EN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

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I couldn’t be happier with both Z and Fernhill Singapore this weekend. Z finished on his dressage score to finish in 3rd place, and Singapore just added the one rail in show-jumping and 0.4 time cross country to take 10th place. I think it’s obviously very early in the season but it’s great to get out in some atmosphere and doing the 5* dressage test is an advantage. The show-jumping was unique in that we don’t see many show-jumpings around the cross country course like that but all the horses have to get used to different scenarios. The cross country didn’t walk super big but keeping in mind it’s early February and the horses haven’t done much yet. I tried to set out on both horses to give them a good run, you can’t just coddle them all year round, you’ve got to try and get them out and give them a run without stretching them too much at this stage of the year and I was really pleased with both horses. I didn’t push them too hard or stress them too much and they felt well within themselves and had a good experience. It was a conscious decision to come to this Showcase with these two boys and then to take them to the Aiken Grand Prix, especially Z being a hotter horse. I wanted to get them in some atmosphere and I believe that the cross country will be not dissimilar to this in Tokyo – a shorter course, a lot of jumping efforts and a lot of turning. These will be their first two runs and then I’ll probably just do one more event if everything goes to plan, and then hopefully Z will go to Badminton. We owe our owners Caroline Moran, Tom Tierney, Annie Jones, Dave and Patricia Vos, Simon Roosevelt and Suzanne Martin Lacy an enormous thank-you for their support both this weekend and throughout the year; they only tend to get mentioned when we’re picking up prizes but we are grateful always. On that note we’d also like to thank the sponsors and organizers of the event who have looked after us all so well all weekend, it’s been an absolute pleasure to be back.

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#EventerProblems Vol. 214, Presented by Haygain: I Got 99 Problems…

…But a ditch ain’t one! Here’s your roundup of all your other #EventerProblems:


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

Sunday Links from One K Helmets

Photo by JJ Sillman.

You can tell that eventers have descended on Wellington when signs like this start popping up around the Adequan Global Dressage Festival grounds. Maybe one day all the disciplines can coexist in perfect harmony. A girl can dream!

It’s Day 2 of the MARS Eventing Showcase in Wellington, and the sun is shining. Show jumping begins at 10:30 a.m. ET followed by cross country at 1:30 p.m. Your top three after dressage:
🥇Marilyn Little & RF Scandalous (19.4)
🥈Boyd Martin and Long Island T (26.6)
🥉Selena O’Hanlon and Foxwood High (27.4)

We’ll be running live updates during cross country so be sure to tune in!

National Holiday: National Pizza Day

Major Events:

Mars Eventing Showcase: WebsiteEntriesDressage Order of GoLive ScoresShow Jumping Live StreamXC Live Stream EN’s Coverage, EN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Action:

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

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

Sunday Links: 

All things Wellington! Don’t miss the coverage from our friends at US Eventing and The Chronicle. [Dressage Sets the Stage for Comebacks at the $50,000 Mars Eventing Showcase] [Little Leaps Ahead At $50,000 MARS Eventing Showcase]

Earlier this week storms had a heavy impact at Stable View. Leveling temporary barns and 40 established longleaf pine trees, the storm leaves Stable View with quite a lot of clean up, but their team has ensured that they will not cancel upcoming shows, including their first spring CCI in March. [Strong Storms Damage Stable View]

Tips from the Top: 13 lessons from Pippa Funnel [13 tips from Pippa Funnell: take your time, steer with your eyes and repeat, repeat, repeat]

Best of HN: 10 Things Skiers and Riders Have in Common

Sunday Video: Watch the leading dressage test from Wellington via our friend David Frechette.

Wonderful Wellington: Showcase Day One Social Media Roundup

Insights from riders after the first phase, previews of the cross country course and horse snuggles from the one and only Max Corcoran. What more could you ask for from your social news feed? We’ve compiled the highlights from day one of the MARS $50,000 Eventing Showcase:

$50k MARS Eventing Showcase: WebsiteEntriesDressage Order of GoLive ScoresShow Jumping Live StreamXC Live Stream EN’s Coverage, EN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

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Today was a good day at the office for our dressage at the Mars Equestrian $50,000 Wellington Eventing Showcase. Both horses sit handily inside the top 10 going into the jumping phases tomorrow with Z scoring a 28.7 for fifth place, and Fernhill Singapore in 9th place on 29.7. There’s room for improvement as there always is but this is a good way to start the year off with them both. Z went well – I didn’t have him quite prepared enough so we started off a little tentative. It’s always a balance and I sat a little quiet on him in the beginning but he’s a nervous horse and being able to go in there and do a nice test like that was great. Singapore really stepped up today, that was by far the best test he’s done and hopefully that will keep improving. Fernhill Singapore jumps at 11:14 tomorrow morning and Z at 11:34am with cross country starting at 1:30pm. Both phases will be live streamed, the links are available via

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Honor Me, More Inspiration, and Foxwood High just a casual evening spent staring at Canada’s finest 😍

Posted by Jj Jayhawk Sillman on Friday, February 7, 2020

Intercollegiate Goes West: Fresno to Offer 2021 Championship

Fun at Fresno. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

The USEA Intercollegiate Program is going west. After four successful championships on the East Coast, Fresno County Horse Park has stepped forward to host a West Coast Championship in 2021. But for this effort to take hold, they need your help.

John Marshall and his team have generously stepped forward to offer this opportunity to West Coast riders, and to prepare, he’s hosting an intercollegiate team challenge at his spring event, held April 17-19, 2020. This will serve as a pilot event, and the USEA Board of Governors has requested that six colleges or universities must participate in order for a 2021 USEA Intercollegiate Eventing West Coast Championship to be considered.

So far two schools have shown interest, which means four more colleges or universities are needed to make this dream become a reality. 

“The prospect of an Intercollegiate Eventing West Coast Championship has long been on our minds,” said the USEA Intercollegiate Committee Chair, Leslie Threlkeld.

“In order to make the program truly national, we need to expand the participation to the West Coast, and a dedicated Championship will boost that initiative. It’s awesome that John Marshall is interested in supporting a Championship at his horse trials. It will be important now for the students to step up and get it done. The foundation is set for them, but they have to be the catalyst to make it happen. Once it’s off the ground, momentum will carry it, just like we saw on the East Coast.”

Is your school ready to commit? Here’s what you need to do:

Email show secretary Christina Gray at [email protected] and let her know the name of the school and a roster of students planning to participate.

If your school isn’t affiliated with the USEA, have an eventing team representative fill out the Affiliate Application Form. This can be submitted to USEA Senior Director of Membership Services Jennifer Hardwick at [email protected].

Any accredited university or college may register as an affiliate organization of the USEA. Once the institution is registered as an affiliate, all current undergraduate students of that school will be eligible for a discounted USEA Collegiate Membership.

Click here for a list of affiliate schools.

[Here’s Why You Need to Compete in the 2020 Fresno Intercollegiate Team Challenge]

Want to Compete Modified in 2020? What You Need to Know

Alice Roosevelt and Get It Together competing in the country’s first Modified division at The Fork at TIEC in 2017. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

The U.S. Eventing Association announced this week that Modified level has changed from being USEF Endorsed to USEF Recognized. This will officially go into effect April 1, 2020.

The main takeaway here is that riders, owners and trainers will now need to be registered as Competing Members with US Equestrian or pay the $45.00 non-member fee at each event taking place after April 1. Don’t forget, US Equestrian membership includes mandatory SafeSport training. You can find more information about that here.

Riders competing at the Modified level will also be responsible for paying the $8.00 USEF Administration Fee when entering an event.

Horses do not have to be registered with the USEF to compete at the Modified level.

“We are working with our colleagues at US Equestrian to spread the word to eventers about this change and we appreciate the general public’s help,” said USEA CEO Rob Burk.

“When the Modified level was first proposed in the U.S., it was primarily intended to bridge the transition for horses and riders into the Preliminary level. The volunteer leaders of eventing in the U.S. were also aware that the FEI would be eventually offering a level below CCI2* equivalent to Modified. With the recent changes to the US Equestrian General Regulations the inclusion of Modified as a recognized level became official. The Beginner Novice through Training levels will remain endorsed levels of competition and no changes will occur to entering those levels of competition.”

Here are events listed to host a Modified division in 2020:

Area I

Valinor Farm H.T., June 14
Kent School Spring H.T., June 21
Genesee Valley Hunt H.T., July 11-12
Genesee Valley Riding & Driving Club H.T., Aug. 15-16
Kent School Fall H.T., Oct. 4

Area II

The Fork at TIEC, April 2-5
MCTA H.T., Inc, May 2-3
NJ Region’s H.T., May 31
Seneca Valley Pony Club Spring H.T., June 13-14
The Maryland International + Horse Trials, July 3-5
Olney Farm H.T., Aug. 2
Waredaca Farm H.T., Aug. 15-16
Seneca Valley Pony Club H.T., Sept. 5-6
Blue Ridge Mountain Horse Trials at TIEC, Sept. 12-13
MDHT at Loch Moy Farm Classic BN3 Day Event and H.T., Oct. 9-11
Waredaca Classic Three Day Event & H.T., Oct 22-25
The VHT International & H.T., Oct. 29-Nov 1

Area III

Ocala Winter I H.T., Feb. 6-9
Chattahoochee Hills H.T., Feb. 29-March 1
Ocala Winter II H.T., March 12-15
Chattahoochee Hills H.T., April 3-5
Ocala International 3-Day Festival of Eventing, April 8-12
Chattahoochee Hills H.T., May 16-17
Ocala Summer H.T. I, May 30-31
Stable View Summer H.T., June 19-21
Chattahoochee Hills H.T., June 27-28
Chattahoochee Hills H.T., July 4-5
Ocala Summer H.T. II, Aug. 15-16
Chattahoochee Hills H.T., Aug. 29-30
Poplar Place Farm September H.T., Sept. 12-13
Ocala Fall HT, Oct. 10-11
Chattahoochee Hills H.T., Oct. 24-25
Grand Oaks H.T., Oct. 24-25
Grand Oaks H.T., Nov 21-22

Area IV

Catalpa Corner May Madness H.T., May 2
Queeny Park H.T., June 13-14
Catalpa Corner Charity H.T., Aug. 1-2

Area VII

Spokane Sport Horse Farm 5th Annual Spring H.T., May 7-10


Spring Bay H.T., April 4-5
IEA Horse Trials, Classic Training & Novice 3-Day Event, May 28-31

Area X

Southern Arizona H.T., Nov. 21-22

Questions about the Modified level should be directed to USEF Director of Eventing National Programs Shealagh Costello at [email protected].

[Modified to Change from US Equestrian Endorsed to Recognized Level]

Wednesday News & Notes

Photo courtesy of Pine Top Farm.

Pine Top Farm is expecting up to three inches of rain between Wednesday and Thursday of this week and that means the ground will be very well saturated. The organizers have kindly asked that all competitors and spectators refrain from driving cars and other motorized vehicles around the farm to prevent mud accumulation. Pack your good wellies and get some steps in to keep Pine Top in pristine condition this weekend.

National Holiday: World Nutella Day

Midweek U.S. Action: 

Full Gallop Farm February H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

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

Wednesday News:

If you’re heading to Florida for the USEA Educations Symposium, then you’ll want to bookmark this page: [Two Weeks Away! Everything You Need to Know About the 2020 USEA Educational Symposium]

The introduction SafeSport into the US Equestrian culture has been polarizing. An organization called Athletes For Equity was subsequently founded in opposition to many SafeSport policies. Diane Carney and Patrick McGaughan, representatives of the group, have collaborated to clarify the purpose and beliefs of Athletes For Equity. [Athletes For Equity In Sport Responds]

In horse sports, the common mentality is that every success credits to the horse, but every failure is earned by the rider. But we shouldn’t be too hard on ourselves, and here’s why. [Do You Suffer From “Good Horse, Bad Rider” Syndrome?]

Wednesday Video: This year we traded Clydesdales in for Frisians in the Super Bowl:

Tuesday Video from Flexible Fit Equestrian USA: Meet William Fox-Pitt’s First Homebred, Under Oath

Here’s a unique opportunity to go inside William Fox-Pitt’s stable to meet his very first homebred, Under Oath. The coming 7-year-old, known as “Crunchie” to his friends, was a “first child” for the Fox-Pitts — of the four-legged variety, of course. He’s currently competing at Novice (U.S. Preliminary) level, but he’s aiming for the 7-year-old FEI World Breeding Championships at Le Lion this fall.

Give a warm EN hello to up-and-coming star, Crunchie.

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Tuesday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

Will Faudree and Caeleste, the winners of the 2019 Cloud 11 ~ Gavilan North LLC Carolina International CCI3*-S. Photo by Jenni Autry.

There was big news out of The Carolina Horse Park yesterday. The Cloud 11 ~ Gavilan North LLC Carolina International has ponied up prize money to the tune of $100,000 for this year’s event. Though the four-star class will get the lion’s share of the purse, money will be distributed among all divisions, down to Training level. This event is a staple on the Area II calendar, and it opens today, so be sure to get those entries in pronto if you want a piece of the prize.

National Holiday: National Homemade Soup Day

Events Opening This Week: Carolina International CCI and H.T.Horse Trials at Majestic OaksPoplar Place Farm March H.T.Southern Arizona H.T.

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

Tuesday News: 

Time to welcome the new and improved USEA podcast with new hosts and a totally new feel. EquiRating’s Nicole Brown and Diarm Byrne have now taken the helm of the podcast, so be sure to check it out today. [USEA Podcast #250: The One Where We All Meet]

Applications are now available for those interested in volunteering at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. All that’s required is a bit of equestrian experience and a birthday after April 1, 2020. [Apply now to volunteer at the Tokyo 2020 equestrian events]

Add this one to your podcast rotation. The Horse explores all things horse blankets. How often you should wash them, detergent and more. [Cleaning Horse Blankets]

Tuesday Video: Teaching your young horse over their first jumps with John and Beezie Madden:

Carolina International Announces $100,000 Purse for 2020 Event

2019 CCI4*-S winners Liz Halliday-Sharp and Fernhill By Night. Photo by Jenni Autry.

The Carolina Horse Park announced today that their featured spring event, The Cloud 11 ~ Gavilan North LLC Carolina International, held March 19-22, 2020 in Raeford, N.C., will see a whopping $100,000 in prize money — a $35,000 boost matching the event as one of the best paying four-star competitions in the United States.

The six-figure purse will be distributed among both FEI and national divisions. A total of $50,000 will go toward the Setters’ Run Farm CCI4*-S with the winner cashing a check for $16,500. The CCI3*-S will award $25,000, with the winner receiving $8,000. The CCI2*-S winner will take home $5,000 of their division’s $15,000 prize. The remaining $10,000 will be spread among the national divisions from Training through Advanced levels.

“The Carolina International has been a staple on the East Coast’s Spring calendar for the past six years and we are once again looking forward to hosting North America’s best horses and riders in 2020. Thanks to our amazing sponsors, we are pleased to be offering $100,000 in prize money this year,” said Carolina International Co-Chair Robert Costello.

“Carolina has always strived to be one of the premier events in North America and this record amount of prize money demonstrates our clear commitment to the sport. We look forward to seeing everyone in March for a great weekend of competition.”

Carolina has positioned themselves as one of the most competitor friendly events in the country, but it’s equally luxurious for spectators. The place to watch all the action is the Carolina Club, a ringside VIP tent. Tickets are available at this link.

Is Carolina on your spring schedule? Let us know in the comments.

[Carolina International Announces $100,000 in Prize Money for 2020 Competition]

Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: Five Superstars in Ocala

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.

Florida is the place to be in the winter season. Mild weather and nearly limitless schooling and showing opportunities… we wish we were there now! Here are five horses who are and want YOU to come try them.

Diablo. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Top 9 Year Old w/ 2* Experience

Diablo is a 2011, 16.2hh, Oldenburg Gelding (Diarado x Sandro Hit). ‘Diablo’ was produced by 5* event rider Sydney Elliot and has experience in both eventing and show jumping. Very flashy with talent to go all the way. Perfect for both an Adult Amateur or a Young Rider, yet talented enough for a professional. Most recently, he finished 2nd in the Open Training at the first event of 2020 at Majestic Oaks on his dressage score, 26.8, 6th at Grand Oaks on his dressage score, 29.8, in the Training, and in the top 10 at Rocking Horse in the Open Prelim division.

MTH Shannondale Khaleesi. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Amateur winner or YR special.

MTH Shannondale Khaleesi. 16.1 +, bay, stunning, Irish imported 8-year-old mare by Shannondale Sarco out of an Irish Sports Horse mare.

Very correctly started by Sarah Ennis, ‘Kali’ was a winning 6-year-old when we bought her for an adult amateur client of ours to fulfill her dream of being competitive at the AECs.

In Ireland, Kali won a number of events at the prelim level and placed at a CCI2*-S.

Our amateur client placed 2nd at the AEC in 2019 with her, also won a few other events with her and secured Adult Amateur Rider of the year due in large part to her.

Now our client has decided to sell her on to a YR home or for a more experienced adult amateur to take on as she has a few older horses that can take her training as the rider is a little ways off prelim. Kali could easily win the AEC with an experienced prelim amateur rider and has the scope to take a YR intermediate.

Having just got her back about 5 weeks ago Leslie put her straight into two trainings and was 6th at one (sadly due to 3 speed faults and change, but scored a 27 dressage and clear SJ), and then went out last weekend to win on I believe a 23 dressage and no faults. She will be entered up soon in prelim at which point when she wins there again her price will increase.

Her dressage scores both with amateur and professionals prove she is both talented and easy on the flat with very good gaits. She is a good jumper that is very adjustable and jumps like an equitation horse. She is unimpressed by xc jumps and knows her job. Goes in a snaffle all phases. She is a great find for some amateur or youth that wants to win on a safe jumping, fancy dressaging horse. She is snuggly. She is a great age, vets well, no injuries, no vices, lovely to have in the barn, great to hack. Videos available if you Google Leslie Law and her name. Please contact Lesley for more information or to arrange at time to come try her. 352-410-9734 $65,000.

BT Jump The Gun. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Two Star Winner!

BT Jump The Gun is a 16hh, 2012, Bay ISH Gelding. He was imported from Ireland in Sept. 2018. He is competing at the Intermediate level now with several Preliminary wins. He was also the winner of the CCI2*-S at Chatt Hills in April 2019. Super jumper that is also competing successfully at 1.20-meter jumpers. He would suit both a Young Rider or an Adult Amateur. Fit and ready to go!

Tia. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Quality horses for sale in Ocala!

5o1 Sporthorses has a number of quality horses for sale this winter!

Tia is a 2009 16.1 mare who is a branded Oldenburg and was recently accepted into the Hanoverian mare book. Tia competed in our program up through training level and she showed scope for more. She has recently taken time off to have a lovely foal and is now going back into training. She is a very fancy mare and could go back to being an event horse, a dressage horse or could continue on as a very nice broodmare. And more…

Roma. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Roma- athletic, easy, competitive

Roma is a coming 8 year old 16.2 hand Dark Bay Canadian Warmblood Gelding. He is by the Canadian Thoroughbred “A Fine Romance,” out of a Dutch Warmblood mare. Roma has competed through the Preliminary Level in eventing but would be happier winning at training level and below. He took his rider from beginner novice to a confident training level competitor. Roma is flashy and simple on the flat and easy to the jumps. He seeks the flags on cross country and is a blast to ride. Roma would be well suited for an adult amateur or junior rider looking to have fun and gain experience at the lower levels of eventing, jumpers, and dressage.

Roma has finished in the top three at every training level he has done, all on his dressage score. He won his last Training Level in the Open Division at Holly Hill. Roma has perfect manners on the ground and under saddle. He clips (even his ears), loads, ties, and would stand all day if you asked him to for the vet and farrier. Goes out alone or in a group. Will pass a vet check.

Careful, forgiving, safe. Really kind and easy horse all around. Fit and fresh off a win, he’s ready to win for you too! Sadly for sale because his rider cannot afford the sport anymore.

Roma is located in Ocala, Florida and is in a program with Sydney Elliott being ridden by an adult amateur. Show Record available by searching “Reilly Fenton” on USEA. Serious inquires only. 40k negotiable. Email for more photos and video.

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.

Sunday Links from One K Helmets

Competition comeback! Photo by Kody Laseter.

Yesterday was a very special day for me: my first horse show in nearly four years! Between lameness issues, financial strain and time limitations, it just wasn’t in the cards for me. But my retired-now-not-so-retired buddy, Justin, made it feel like not a day had passed. Thank you to Caroline Templeton of Big Cheese Eventing for organizing an incredible schooling show at Ashland Farm in Walnut Grove, Ga. Metro Atlanta peeps — keep an eye out for even more upcoming competitions on her Facebook Page.

National Holiday: Happy Groundhog Day!

U.S. Weekend Action:

Galway Downs Winter H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

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

Sunday Links: 

The YEH Yearbook: Class of 2004

Longines Masters Of Hong Kong Canceled Due To Coronavirus Outbreak

50 ways to live your best horsey life

A Day In The Life With: Liz Arbittier, Large Animal Vet And Small Dog Enthusiast

Eventing in America: Take a Ride Down Memory Lane

Sunday Video: Doug Payne and Quintessence placing 8th in the HITS Ocala $25k Grand Prix.

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