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Tuesday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

Pony Clubbers meeting Olympian Phillip Dutton. Photo by Nancy Jones.

One of the best parts about our sport, in my opinion, is the interconnectedness of it all. If you got into swimming, it’s not as if you’d expect to rub elbows with someone like Michael Phelps. But in eventing, you might share a warmup with Phillip Dutton. Here he is for a photo op with a few Pony Clubbers who volunteered at the Seneca Valley Pony Club HT this weekend.

National Holiday: National Megaladon Day

Events Opening This Week: Hunt Club Farms H.T.Olney Farm H.T.Catalpa Corner Charity Horse Trials

Events Closing This Week: Larkin Hill H.T.The Maryland International + Horse TrialsChattahoochee Hills H.T.Twin Rivers Summer H.T.Cobblestone Farms H.T. ICoconino Summer I H.T.

Tuesday News:

Thailand will have their first ever equestrian team this summer at the Olympic Games for the sport of eventing. This is a huge milestone in this budding equestrian program.  [Thai Equestrian Team Prepares For First Olympic Games]

If your talent radar sounding off? Keep an eye on this flashy selle fracais gelding, Banzai Du Loir, ridden by Yasmin Ingham [‘I got on and didn’t want to get off’: will this horse be at Paris 2024?]

What can’t a happy hack cure? It can definitely help fitness and bravery. Not to mention it’s just plain fun. [Lauren Nicholson’s Top Tips for Successful Hacking]

Castle Larchfield Purdy continues to defy aging and keep showing up for Lauren Billys. Does he have another Olympic Games in his future? [Behind The Stall Door With: Castle Larchfield Purdy]

Video: “Be brave for me, OK? … Focus now, bud, you’ve got this.” Bobbie Jones coaxes Proud Royal around Training cross country at River Glen Horse Trials, which took place over the weekend in New Market, Tennessee.

 

Tuesday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

Photo by Shelby Allen.

The thoroughbred pout is real, y’all. That’s the face of a baby Thoroughbred asked to lunge (both ways — gasp!) out in the fun cross country field. My version of hot girl summer has been groundwork and strengthening my relationship with my horse. What are your summer goals?

National Holiday: National Best Friends Day

Events Opening This Week: Course Brook Farm Summer H.T.Horse Park of New Jersey Horse Trials IISilverwood Farm Summer H.T.The Event at Rebecca Farm

Events Closing This Week: Loudoun Hunt Pony Club Summer H.T.Stable View Summer H.T.Fox River Valley Pony Club H.T.Inavale Farm HTArrowhead H.T.Midsouth Pony Club H.T.

Tuesday News: 

Show jumper Rich Fellers was arrested yesterday four counts of second-degree sexual abuse by the Tualatin Police Department in Oregon. He was temporary suspension by the U.S. Center for SafeSport in February for “allegations of misconduct.” [Updated: Fellers Arrested On 4 Counts Of Sexual Abuse]

One day when there’s a Michael Jung question at trivia, you’ll be glad you clicked this link. [Everything you need to know about one of eventing’s greatest riders — Michael Jung]

If the thought of navigating and online horse auction freaks you out, you’re in good company. There’s a lot to unpack there, but this guide can give you a head start.[I Went Behind the Scenes of an Online Horse Auction. Here’s What I Learned.]

Tuesday Video:

Olympic show jumper Peter Wylde takes a spin around Windurra’s cross country course.

Tuesday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

Photo courtesy of Jennie Brannigan. Photo courtesy of Jennie Brannigan.

Photo courtesy of Jennie Brannigan.

Can your five-star horse go on bareback hacks? Cambalda can. To be fair, what can’t Ping do. Although he’s now retired from competition, he’s not finished showing riders the love of horses. From Jennie Brannigan:
“Cambalda might be retired from competition but he still has a little girl to love and appreciate him ❤️ Sterling Pollard is the newest member of the Cambalda fan club. Some bareback trail rides and attention from this cutie are in his future.”

National Holiday: National Visit Your Relatives Day

Events Opening This Week: Larkin Hill H.T.The Maryland International + Horse TrialsChattahoochee Hills H.T.Twin Rivers Summer H.T.Cobblestone Farms H.T. ICoconino Summer I H.T.

Events Closing This Week: The Event at ArcherGMHA June H.T.Genesee Valley Riding & Driving Club Spring H.T.The Middleburg H.T.Unionville Field H.T.New Jersey Region’s H.T.Ocala Summer I Horse TrialsPoplar Place Farm June H.T.Carriage House Farm Combined TestIEA Horse Trials

Tuesday News:

A horse’s first cross country school is a big deal. You want to make it a confident experience for you and your horse. Laura Collett shares her 8 biggest takeaways to keep in mind. [Eight Ways to Make Sure Your First Cross-Country Schooling Session is a Success]

If you’ve ever seen me jump head on toward you… I’ve likely had a massive drift (oops). As Dom Schramm says “Tokyo Drift.” Sometimes stopping the drift can be as easy as putting a little more weight in your outside stirrup. [Learning To Drive—And Not Drift—With Dom Schramm]

Following a failed drug test of Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit, The New York Racing Association has temporarily suspended trainer Bob Baffert from entering horses in races and occupying stall space at Belmont Park, Saratoga Race Course and Aqueduct Racetrack. [NYRA suspends Baffert from Belmont, Saratoga, Aqueduct]

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Tuesday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

Do we have another future world champion on the horizon? Yesterday, Michael Jung and his wife Faye announced the arrival of their son Lio. Many congratulations to this special couple. Now, we eagerly await Lio’s first pony ride — fortunately he’s got plenty of talented options in the barn.

Events Opening This Week: Loudoun Hunt Pony Club Summer H.T.Stable View Summer H.T.Fox River Valley Pony Club H.T.Inavale Farm HTArrowhead H.T.Midsouth Pony Club H.T.

Events Closing This Week: Mystic Valley Hunt Club H.T.VHT International & H.T.USEA MDHT FEH/YEH/NEH QualifierThe Spring Event at WoodsideEquestrians’ Institute H.T.May-Daze at the Park H.T.Spring Coconino H.T.

Tuesday News: 

New USEF mandates go into effect May 17, 2021. By that date, vaccinated individuals will not be required to wear a mask/face covering at USEF competitions while outdoors. When indoors, face coverings are still required. [USEF Will Implement New Protocols Regarding the Use of Face Coverings/Masks at USEF-Licensed Competitions]

There must be something in the water in Germany, because they hold the record for most wins across Olympic equestrian disciplines. Turns out, it’s mostly to do with how riders are brought up around horses. [The Golden System: How Germany Consistently Produces Top-Ranked Riders]

Pull out your muzzles! Spring has sprung. The key to managing your horses on lush spring grass is all about the transition.  [Transitioning Horses To Spring Pastures]

Twenty-one picograms have caused a big stir in the racing community. News dropped this weekend that Kentucky Derby winner failed a drug test due to 21 picograms of betamethasone. Trainer Bob Baffert denies the colt’s use of the medication, which until last fall was allowed as small doses in post-race tests. [Report: Why Regulators Test For Picograms Of Betamethasone]

Tuesday Video: Checking in with Piggy March.

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Tuesday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

Photo courtesy of Katherine Coleman.

“White on your right, red on your left!? Right!?” Er… kind of! We’d like to give Katherine Coleman and ‘A’ for her effort over this fence (?) at Cirencester Park.

As Kyle Carter astutely said, “Nice position while on the fastest line.” Go eventing.

National Holiday: National Star Wars Day

Events Opening This Week: Kent School Spring H.T.Horse Park of New Jersey H.T.Flora Lea Farm YEH and Mini EventFull Gallop Farm June H.T.Silverwood Farm Spring H.T.Shepherd Ranch Pony Club H.T. IHoney Run H.T.Shepherd Ranch Pony Club H.T. ISilverwood Farm Spring H.T.

Events Closing This Week: MCTA H.T. at Shawan DownsFlora Lea Spring H.T.Chattahoochee Hills H.T.Otter Creek Spring H.T.Spring Gulch H.T.

Tuesday News: 

When Allison Smith brought home a plucky little chestnut from the kill pen, she had no idea how much he would change her life. A horse professional with eventing and show jumping experience, “Colby” gave her a new outlook on horses and life. [Now On Course: The Power of Love]

“Breonna” won her fourth race last week at Churchill Downs. Owned by Sam Aguiar, the the lawyer who represented Breonna Taylor’s family against the Louisville Metro Police Department, named the filly after Breonna Taylor. “‘My wife named the filly Breonna because she was beautiful, strong and resilient,'” he said. Sam says he will be donating the  $10,000 winnings to the Breonna Taylor Foundation [Filly named after Breonna Taylor, owned by family’s lawyer, wins Kentucky Derby week race]

The old saying “go to the hospital or get back on” might not be the best advice. Shocking, right? [UVa neuropsychologist: Getting right back on after a fall may not be best idea for riders]

Some end up in my backyard! Others make their way to the Thoroughbred Makeover [Kentucky Derby 2021: What happens to racehorses after they retire from the track?]

Shout out to Canada’s most loved horse and insta hero, Pavarotti and Jessica Phoenix! They’re our two eventers represented as Canada’s heroes, but they’ve got four more from other disciplines that you should have on your radar. [Local Heroes: Canada]

Tuesday Video: Let’s take a sneak peak at the most magical cross country course in the world:

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Who Jumped It Best? The Inaugural Kentucky CCI4*-S

With an event this nice, we’re going to do a Who Jumped It Best? twice! This time we take a look at the inaugural CCI4*-S class through the Rolex Grand Slam water complex. This comes after the halfway mark at fence 13 abc. Here, riders drop in before a tricky right bend to a duck in the water. After this, riders had to keep fighting to get to an angled brush.

You be the judge. Take a look through the competitors below and cast your vote for the pair who presents the best overall picture.

#LRK3DE21: WebsiteEN’s Ultimate Form GuideCCI4*-S Final ScoresCCI5* Final ScoresEN’s CoverageEN’s InstagramEN’s Twitter

Kimmy Cecere and Landmark’s Monaco. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Tamie Smith and En Vogue. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Bobby Meyerhoff and Lumumba. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Caitlin Henderson and Creative Dreamer. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Colleen Loach and Vermont. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Alyssa Phillips and Oskar. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Zach Brandt and Direct Advance. Photo by Shelby Allen.

The Teeny, Tiny Saddle That Made A Big Difference for Bobby Meyerhoff

Bobby Meyerhoff’s unique tack approach. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Bobby Meyerhoff has found a new training tool that takes his riding to the next level, and it comes straight from the racetrack.

“It’s a racing training saddle,” Bobby says after dressage in the CCI4*-S at the Kentucky Three-Day Event. When he’s riding, something seems a bit… different, but you can’t quite put a finger on it. Then, he dismounts, leaving onlookers wondering, where’s the rest of his saddle?

It’s a tactic he began to employ last fall with his petite, upper level mare Fortuna. “An owner of mine had this really old saddle in her tack room and I thought I wanna try that, so I took it home and then two years later, finally, I took it out for my mare. She had been really sore in the back, and I put it on her and she got way, way better,” he said.

This was right before the Tryon CCI4*-L, where he did use the saddle for the first time in competition.  “I used it for dressage and show jumping, but I didn’t do cross country with it because [my team] thought I would fall off.”

Bobby Meyerhoff and Lumumba. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Once he sat on Fortuna with the teeny slip of leather, he realized it gave him an entirely different feel. “It helps me feel a lot more what’s going on before it happens. It actually makes me ride a lot better because there is only one place you can be. I can feel every vertebrae down there back because there’s no tree there. It’s almost like riding bareback with stirrups,” he described.

A saddle with such close contact give him a major advantage of close contact, but at the price of little stability. He can’t rely on knee blocks, or even a solid seat to hold him steady. “It’s tough. There’s nothing really there to keep you on,” he said. “Your balance has to be in one little place and it’s very specific. It’s tricky to ride in it because of that, but I like the feeling that I get.”

Bobby Meyerhoff and Lumumba. Photo by Shelby Allen.

It’s one thing to use a racing saddle on the flat, but it’s another to use it over fences. Bobby is straightforward in saying it can be challenging, especially on the cross country.

It’s much trickier in the air,” he said. “You have to be right there in the air and on landing and away from the jump.”

In many ways, this tack choice is a testament of Bobby’s commitment to really tuning in to what each horse needs from a rider. And no, he hasn’t quite ditched his traditional saddles all together (yet).

 

 

 

Tuesday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

Boyd keeping busy between cross country rides. Photo courtesy of Boyd Martin.

With three horses entered in the Kentucky CCI5*-L, Boyd Martin had a busy weekend ahead of himself. With a few unexpected and unfortunate bobbles on cross country added on, he was left working harder than ever to keep his mind and body sharp. But this is why he’s one of the top competitors in the world. When the going gets tough, but you’ve got a ride time coming up, you dip yourself into an ice bath and find your zen.

National Holiday: National Babe Ruth Day

Events Opening This Week: Valinor Farm H.T.Seneca Valley Pony Club H.T.Bucks County Horse Park H.T.River Glen June H.T.Queeny Park H.T.Woodland Stallion Station H.T.Aspen Farms H.T.Golden Spike H.T.,

Events Closing This Week: Hitching Post Farm H.T.Hunt Club Farms H.T.Fair Hill International Recognized H.T.Majestic Oaks Ocala H.T.Mill Creek Pony Club Horse TrialTexas Rose Horse Park H.T.Galway Downs Spring H.T.Woodland Stallion Station H.T.Spokane Sport Horse Spring H.T.Winona Horse Trials

Tuesday News: 

The British Eventing fixtures calendar has taken another hit with the cancellation of Festival of British Eventing 2021 at Gatcombe Park. The event cited financial risk as a main deciding factor. [Another major summer horse trials cancelled: ‘The financial risk is too great’]

The USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships returns in just four short weeks. This year it moves to the Virginia Horse Trials in Lexington, VA. [One Month Until the 2021 USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships]

Still not ready to move on from Kentucky? It’s ok, me either. Enjoy more beautiful snapshots from our friends at Practical Horseman. [LRK3DE CCI5*-L and CCI4*-S Day 4 Show Jumping Photo Gallery]

Tuesday Video: 

This week's #MotivationMonday is brought to you by this weekend's CCI4*-S winner, Alyssa Phillips Eventing and Oskar…

Posted by USEF Network on Monday, April 26, 2021

Who Jumped It Best? LRK3DE Head of the Lake

The Head of the Lake is one of the most iconic jumps in our sport. When you see a rider go through here, then it’s almost like at that point they’ve really been to Kentucky.

This year’s edition had riders facing the massive log drop in, then three — maybe four — strides to a mound in the water. Check out these competitors giving it a go. Then vote in the poll at the bottom of this post for the pair that you think presents the best overall picture.

Go eventing.

#LRK3DE21: WebsiteEN’s Ultimate Form GuideCCI4*-S Final ScoresCCI5* Final ScoresEN’s CoverageEN’s InstagramEN’s Twitter

Jennie Brannigan and FE Lifestyle. Photo by Shelby Allen.

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

Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Singapore. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Emily Hamel and Corvette. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Will Coleman and Off The Record. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Boyd Martin and Tsetserleg. Photo by Shelby Allen.

William Fox-Pitt and Oratorio II. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Lauren Kieffer and Vermiculus. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Doug Payne and Vandiver. Photo by Shelby Allen.

*Editors note: Jennie Brannigan’s entry in the poll has been incorrectly labeled “Stella Artois.” Right gal, wrong horse. 

Photo Gallery: Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Five-Stars, Can’t Lose

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then we might have hit the jackpot with this gallery.

There’s magic all around the Kentucky Horse Park on one of the last Saturdays in April each year, and we are delighted to share a bit of that magic with you with this photo gallery from one of the most jam-packed cross country days in recent memory.

Go eventing.

#LRK3DE21: WebsiteEN’s Ultimate Form GuideCCI4*-S Live ScoresCCI5* Live Scores5* Dressage Ride Times4* Dressage Ride TimesScheduleNorth America Live StreamWorldwide Live StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s InstagramEN’s Twitter

1,162 Reasons to Be Thankful on Cross Country Day at the 2021 Kentucky Three-Day Event

Kentucky in springtime. Photo by Sally Spickard.

After what feels like a very, very long time, here we are on the morning of cross country at the Kentucky Three-Day Event. It’s hard to believe just a few months ago the event was nearly coming off the calendar. At the time, it felt like an impossible dream, but a few very special people in our sport stepped up to keep Kentucky in 2021.

On this, the best day of the year, we want to take a moment to recognize the hundreds of people who donated toward the running of the 2021 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event. To those whose names are included below, thank you. We quite literally wouldn’t be here without you. Go eventing.

#LRK3DE21: WebsiteEN’s Ultimate Form GuideCCI4*-S Live ScoresCCI5* Live Scores5* Dressage Ride Times4* Dressage Ride TimesScheduleNorth America Live StreamWorldwide Live StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s InstagramEN’s Twitter

PRESIDENTIAL DONORS

Manton Foundation

PLATINUM DONORS

Anita Annatucci / David Voss, Nina Bonnie, Supporters of Will Coleman: Wade Coleman, John Burgess, Rimora Foundation, Gilbert Thompson, Lyda White, Annie Eldridge, Supporters of Will Faudree: Kirkland and Jennifer Mosing, Sandra Anne Frazier, Gloria Callahan Gaines, Anne & Mike Hampton, Alston Kerr, Mason Lane LLC/Harrods Creek Farm, Austin & Janie Musselman, Edith Rameika, Reinberger Foundation, Stonehall Farm, Jenny Sutton

GOLD DONORS

Sharon Anthony, Holiday Banta, Dave Baugh, Andrea Baxter, Beardsley Foundation, Lynne Bjornstrom, Beatrice Cassou, LuLu Davis, Donna Donaghy, Sophie DuPont, Harold and Nanette Eichell, Kathleen Elliott Ellington, Jana Etheridge, Nina Gardner, Denis Glaccum, Charlotte Harrixs, Mark Hart, Timothy Holekamp, Kimberly Iuele, Brenda Jarrell, Kelly Langerak, Carla MacLeod, Marin Community Foundation, Dan Michaels, Pavla Nygaard, Katherine OBrien, Justin Osborne, Lynne Partridge, Molly Pellegrini, Cheryl Quick, Elizabeth Reagan, Susanne Richey, Meaghan Richmond, Patricia Ruppel, Colleen Rutledge, Katherine Scovil, Barb Skelton, Joy Van Noy, Lynne Vettel, Louise Whittet, M. Robert Willmarth, C. Dianne Young

SILVER DONORS

Ellen Ahearn, Sharyn Antico, Christine Aytug, Marissa Baderschneider, Gretchen Baumgardner, Dionne Benson, Jane Beshear, Carmen Bowles, Wende Briggs, Karen Bristing, Meaghan Burdick, Caroline Champagne, Cherie Chauvin, James Chiapetta, Amy Click, Sarah Cundith, Susan Day, Derek and Bea di Grazia, Melanie Fransen, Kristie Gill, Michele Haman, Jeffrey Haynie, Demmi Hersh, Mary Hinton, Lauren Jorgensen, Lynne Kaye, Annette Kenny, Chip Klunick, Nathan Larson, Leslie Law, Don and Anita Leschied, Kimberly Loveless, Michele McCarty, Sara Mittleider, Howard Moore, Jonelle Price, Melissa Protigal, Christine Quinn, Suzanne Quinn, Edith Rameika, Brandye Randermann, Terry Randolph, Emery Reagan, Amelia Renkert-Thomas, Shelley Ryan, Heather Scott-Molleda, Alexandra Scovil, Lynne Shamay, Margie Shoop, Jebb Simpson, Katherine Smith, Paul Sprague, Tamatha Stevens, Chris Talley, Elizabeth Thieriot, Jon Thompson, Russell Tucker, Laura VanderVliet, Laura Werner, Mike & Jan Whitehouse, Glenn Wilson

BRONZE DONORS

Who Said What: Riders Reflect on Kentucky Dressage, Presented by SmartPak

Valerie Vizcarrondo Pride and Favian. Photo by Shelby Allen. Valerie Vizcarrondo Pride and Favian. Photo by Shelby Allen.

With two full days of dressage, there’s just so much to unpack here. You can find the meat and potatoes in our five-star dressage report, but there’s still so many cute stories and reflections. Find your favorite riders below!

#LRK3DE21: WebsiteEN’s Ultimate Form GuideCCI4*-S Live ScoresCCI5* Live Scores5* Dressage Ride Times4* Dressage Ride TimesScheduleNorth America Live StreamWorldwide Live StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s InstagramEN’s Twitter

Anna Siemer and FRH Butt’s Avondale — 10th (28.1)

Allison Springer and Business Ben — 38th (34.5)

Tim Price and Xavier Faer — 11th (28.2)

Tamie Smith and Mai Baum — 2nd (21.8)

Jesse Campbell and Diachello — 14th (29.1)

Daniel Clasing and MW Gangster’s Gang — 17th (29.6)

Ema Klugman and Bendigo — 61st (41.5)

Valerie Vixcarrondo Pride and Favian — 42nd (34.8)

Will Coleman and Tight Lines — 25th (31.9)

Jonelle Price and Classic Moet — 46th (35.2)

Zoe Crawford and K.E.C. Zara — 62nd (44.9)

Emilee Libby and Jakobi — 37th (34.3)

Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous — 1st (21.7)

Fylicia Barr and Galloway Sunrise — 26th (32.4)

Sharon White and Cooley On Show — 48th (35.6)

Mike Pendleton and Steady Eddie — 57th (38.4)

Tim Price and Bango — 24th (31.5)

Phillip Dutton and Fernhil Singapore — 45th (35)

Boyd Martin and Long Island T — 11th (28.2)

Doug Payne and Vandiver — 38th (34.5)

Familiar Faces and Fabulous First-Timers: Kentucky Thursday Dressage Photo Gallery

In a year when the entire competition feels different, it’s nice to have a few things that feel the same, like Marilyn Little skipping to the top of the leaderboard. But of course, some things were also new, like first-timers who came out swinging (👀Fylicia Barr and Galloway Sunrise) and William Fox-Pitt wearing a helmet instead of a top hat. Here’s your bite sized snack of what we saw where on the first day of dressage at the 2021 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event, featuring photos from Shelby Allen, Shannon Brinkman and Sally Spickard.

#LRK3DE21: WebsiteEN’s Ultimate Form GuideCCI4*-S Live ScoresCCI5* Live Scores5* Dressage Ride Times4* Dressage Ride TimesScheduleNorth America Live StreamWorldwide Live StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s InstagramEN’s Twitter

Reporter’s Notebook: A Different Kind of Kentucky

Celebrity Sighting! Photo by Shelby Allen.

Pinch me! I can’t believe we are actually on site at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event. Thursday dressage is Rolex Stadium is normally quiet as spectators trickle in, but today was a different kind of eerie white noise. Without the massive VIP and rider tents nearby, the surroundings of the area look bare, too, leaving us with flashbacks of when this event had grass seating.

We’ve been pleased to see the Kentucky Horse Park and this event go above and beyond in managing strict COVID-19 policies. Our numbers are limited in the media center, and we sit between panes of plexiglass to work. Temperature checks are required and they have staff members dedicated to doing random checks to see if folks have the appropriate armbands indicating they’ve been screened before entry. It’s a weird year, but as always, our eventing nation is taking the requirements seriously.

There’s three of us on site this weekend, which is an absolute treat compared to the last time I was here as the lead reporter in 2019 going solo. I had a hell of a team working remotely to keep me afloat, and we do again this year, but these events are always more fun with friends (even if we sit six feet apart).

That said, there’s still one person who isn’t with us this year. Press Officer Marty Bauman gave tribute to Ann Haller before this afternoon’s press conference, and I realized I have never been here in Kentucky without her. Growing up riding with her, I came to Kentucky in 2009 at her suggestion as a bright-eyed spectator and then spent many years interning for her and Marty in the Media Center. While coming to events like this fills my heart with joy, realizing she won’t be here rips the scab off the slow-healing wound of my grief. Last week, we memorialized Ann locally at the farm where I met her, in the cross country field that Roger Haller designed. Their memorial stays nestled in a shady spot with a great view. Be like Ann.

Sara Kozumplik Murphy and Rubens D’Ysieux. Photo by Shelby Allen.

I feel very grateful to be here, and I have to credit Sara Kozumplik Murphy for that. She spearheaded the fundraising effort, with the help of many, many others, to keep this event alive, so it was an extra special treat to watch her have a lovely test with the dreamy Rubens D’Ysieux in the CCI4*-S. Thank you, Sara!

That gratitude permeated my entire day. I didn’t complain (as much) about being cold, and I felt like I soaked in more of each test as a more active viewer. That let me appreciate tiny details that I might have missed before, like seeing the tiny, quick pat that Jonelle Price gave Grappa Nera after a trot lengthening.

As usual, it’s a pleasure to photograph these incredible athletes, and I look forward to doing it again tomorrow. Can someone beat Marilyn’s bomb 21.7? Spoiler alert: statistically, there is/are one(s) who can. To find out who, crack open our Ultimate Guide:

Holly Jacks-Smither Retires More Inspiration

Holly Jacks-Smither and More Inspiration. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

Holly Jacks-Smither announced last night that she has retired her five-star partner, More Inspiration, from upper level eventing.
This pair were set to compete this weekend at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event when when a heart condition was discovered. At the in-barns, veterinarians picked up on a heart murmur, and after follow up testing, Holly said the decision was made to pull “Morris” from the competition.
In their 13-year partnership, the off-track Thoroughbred (Inspired Prospect x Gentle Buck) took Holly to the top of the sport, debuting at CCI5*-L in 2017. They had another Kentucky start in 2018, followed by a career high, finishing 12th at Les Etoiles de Pau the following year.
Holly posted this tribute today:
“Morris, thank you for being my constant. You have been with me through thick and thin. You took me from a gallop girl to a 5-star event rider.
“We travelled the globe attending Aachen Nations cup, the 5-star at Pau France and of course the Rolex Kentucky.
“You taught me that 5-star horses don’t need to be fancy and well bred. They can have crooked legs, sway backs and huge hearts.
“To say I’m totally heartbroken is an understatement , however I am so thankful that the team at Kentucky found this and he is going to be ok. Thank you to everybody who has been part of this 13 year journey, what a wild ride it has been!”
Please join us in wishing Morris a happy retirement.

Tuesday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

Photo courtesy of Vanessa Coleman.

It’s nearly go time for the annual gathering of chinchillas to cover the Kentucky Three-Day Event! Most of our team will touch down today ahead of a very exciting week. If you read anything in the lead up, I suggest you follow our Land Rover Rookies series. It highlights our Kentucky first-timers and their journey to reaching this career high. We have stories from Ema KlugmanFylicia Barr, and Emily Hamel, and Valerie Vizzcarondo Pride.

National Holiday: National Lima Bean Respect Day

Events Opening This Week: GMHA June H.T.Genesee Valley Riding & Driving Club Spring H.T.The Middleburg H.T.Unionville H.T.NJ Region’s H.T. – Pending USEF ApprovalOcala Summer I Horse TrialsPoplar Place Farm June H.T.Carriage House Farm Combined TestIEA Horse TrialsThe Event at Archer

Events Closing This Week: Apple Knoll Farm H.T.Unionville May H.T.WindRidge Farm Spring H.T.Poplar Place Farm May H.T.Miami Valley H.T. at Twin TowersThe Event at SkylineJersey Fresh International,

Tuesday News: 

As we are full steam ahead into Kentucky this week, we’re looking forward to bringing you our famous EN coverage in a whole new way. Early next week, we’ll be launching the first-ever EN Ultimate Form Guide to Kentucky, available as a download for a small fee. We’re also launching the LRK3DE Daily Digest (click here to sign up – it’s free!), a daily email sent out early each morning during competition full of coverage links, predictions, giveaways/contests, and more. Finally, it’s a great time to become an EN Patreon supporter – we’ll be doing some exclusive content in our private Facebook group just for Patrons all week long.

Will Coleman says the best way to achieve success with your horse is to give clear instruction, and be fair. He shares this plus nine of his favorite training tips.  [10 Training Tips from Will Coleman]

I think everyone’s collective thoughts about the 2020 Olympics this summer is ??? Are the Olympics happening? Technically, on paper that’s the plan, but even four months out it still feels uncertain. [(Maybe) Preparing For The (Maybe) Olympics]

Kentucky Week is here! Let’s check out the roster: [The 2021 #LRK3DE Roster]

Tuesday Video: Hop around the CCI2*-S at Gelände

Land Rover Rookies: Emily Hamel and Corvett

Welcome to EN’s annual series celebrating the first-timers making their five-star debut at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event! We’re excited to spotlight these exciting pairs as they head toward their first crack at this prestigious event. To read more of EN’s Kentucky coverage, click here.

Emily Hamel and Corvett. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Emily Hamel’s Kentucky dream began in the spring of 1995. Emily traveled with a group of her 4-H buddies to the Kentucky Three-Day Event. She saw David O’Connor and his iconic partner Custom Made win the event, and her fate was sealed – Emily wanted to be an eventer at the highest level.

“I was in 4-H – we didn’t have Pony Club. We went to Kentucky one year, and I had never been. I didn’t know too much about eventing, but I went and I was hooked – I knew that’s what I wanted to do. I’ve been chasing after it ever since then,” she said. 

Growing up in Wisconsin, Emily wasn’t exactly in an eventing mecca, but she broke onto the scene and eventually relocated to Lexington, Ky., where she established a teaching and training operation. She began chipping away at her dream with a number of horses, but it was her horse Ramsey who finally took her to the Advanced level. She campaigned him up and down the East Coast when she was offered the job of a lifetime at Phillip Dutton’s True Prospect Farm.

“I had a pretty successful business in Lexington. I started riding with Phillip one year in Aiken, and then he would come to my farm and teach clinics. My situation in Lexington changed, and Phillip offered me a job and I took it. He has a lot of wisdom to give. I’m really thankful for his guidance in my lead up to Kentucky, and for the past 5+ years that I’ve been here,” she said. 

Kentucky seemed like a possibility with Ramsey, but an injury in his spring lead up dashed those dreams. Right around that time, Emily met a sporty grey named Corvett.

“I met him in the fall of 2015. He had come to Phillip’s with a young rider, and he was a super good jumper, but he was really quirky. He had done one or two Novices in England before they imported him. Phillip helped her, and then I helped her a little bit, but Phillip said, ‘This isn’t the right horse for her.’ He went to get sold as a jumper, but nobody could ride him there, so he came back to Phillip’s,” she said. 

At this point, Emily started riding “Barry” and the two seemed to click.

“Because he was a bit difficult, I was able to get quite a good deal on him. I convinced my parents to buy him. I said, ‘This will be a great investment! I’ll train him up, then I can sell him,’ but then I fell in love with him.”

Of all the starters, Barry, a Holsteiner gelding (Corrido x Tina XI, by Clearway) may have the most iconic jumping style. His preferred method is leaving roughly a foot of breathing room between himself and the fence. While it may give the spectator a fleeting feeling of whiplash, it’s never fazed Emily. Instead of trying to fit Barry into a certain mold, she worked with her horse to make his jumping style successful. 

“It’s just the Barry style. It’s unique for sure, but it gives me a great feeling. I feel like you could just jump anything, but it takes some getting used to,” she says. “He’s done that over every height, but he’s actually started to flatten out a little bit. I’m hoping he doesn’t create more height over five-star because they’re big enough as it is! Hopefully he’s happy enough with their size.”

Emily Hamel and Corvett. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.

Heading toward their CCI5* debut, Emily and Barry, who is owned by the Black Flag Option, will rely on their rock-solid partnership to guide them through the experience. “We always had a connection from the very beginning. There’s no other horse I would want to be doing my first five-star on. He loves the job and as silly as it sounds, I think he wants to make me happy and do the right thing.”

She describes Barry as a “mama’s boy” and everyone at True Prospect would agree – she’s the only one who can catch him from the field. He will eventually concede to outsiders, but only if they’re armed with carrots.

By her side throughout the weekend will be longtime friend Maxine Preston. “We met when I was living in Lexington and became friends because she groomed for me at my old Advanced horse’s first two-star. We got really close through that and we’ve just stayed in touch. We kind of made a pact at that first two-star that she would come to groom for me at Kentucky when I finally got there,” Emily said.

Best of luck to Emily and Barry this week!

Tuesday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

William Fox-Pitt and Oratorio II. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

We’ve got good news and bad news. The bad news is that William Fox-Pitt withdrew Little Fire from the Kentucky CCI5*-L, but the good news is that he’s got another one coming instead! He elected to bring Oratorio instead, stating that this horse was more likely to be ready by the time of the competition. [William Fox-Pitt switches Kentucky rides – and explains elimination in final run before the five-star]

National Holiday: National Peach Cobbler Day

 

Tuesday News: 

Not all horses who are bit by ticks will develop Lyme disease, but what can you do to mitigate the chances? And what are the chances anyway? [Lyme Disease in Horses: Expanding Tick Range Causes Concern]

Jamie Kah oozes #girlpower. She won a historic $3 million Doncaster Mile (1600m) on Saturday in Melbourne. This gives her the title of first in many respects including the first female jockey to ride the Doncaster winner, and the first female jockey to win a Group 1 race for the Godolphin stable anywhere in the world.[Super Kah: Jamie shows Sydney why she’s a Mile ahead]

Farewell FischerRocana FST! Michael Jung announced yesterday that the mare would retire from competition. Michael hinted that he may next try to breed Rocana, and what a little champion she would produce! [FischerRocana FST Retires From Competition]

Tuesday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

Whistle was luckily saved from the Aiken Equine Rescue fire last Saturday. Photo courtesy of Aiken Equine Rescue.

The Aiken Equine Rescue suffered a devastating fire last Saturday, April 3rd. No humans were injured, but one pony, named Whistle, is still currently recovering from burns to his back and belly. The entire main barn did burn to the ground, and the loss of it and all its contents will be difficult for the non-profit. If you can help this organization get back on its feet, please visit their website for more information about donations.

National Holiday: National Caramel Popcorn Day

Events Opening This Week: Otter Creek Spring H.T.Chattahoochee Hills H.T.MCTA H.T. at Shawan DownsSpring Gulch H.T.Flora Lea Spring H.T.

Events Closing This Week: Loudoun Hunt Pony Club Spring H.T.Stable View Spring H.T.

Tuesday News: 

MARS Equestrian wants you to lace up your running shoes. Even though we can’t all be at the event together, they’ve set up a remote 4* and 5* course walk challenge. All you need is a distance tracking app, and you can walk or run your way to big prizes. [2021 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event Course Walk!]

Is it ok that my horse dunks his hay in his water bucket? Apparently, yes. [Why Does My Horse Dunk His Hay?]

What we’re listening to: [Whole Horse | What horses teach us about systemic oppression with Julia Alexander]

The USEA has created a task force to evaluate the Appendix 3 Rule Change Proposal, that would alter the number of training runs necessary to move up to Preliminary. The proposal was tabled until the 2023 competition year after significant feedback from membership. [Task Force Members Appointed for Appendix 3 Proposed Rule Change]

Tuesday Video: 

#EventerProblems Vol. 252: Prepare for Takeoff

The perfect distance? I don’t know her. Sometimes you just have to go out there and measure that distance with your heart ❤️. Some of you feel the same from the looks of it! Here’s the latest roundup of your #EventerProblems:

Tuesday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

Boyd Martin and Leo. Photo by Tod Marks/National Steeplechase Association.

Boyd Martin’s youngest son, Leo, competed in the Chesire Foxhounds Point-to-Point Leadline race this weekend with the pony named Emma. The race was off to a bumpy start, and Leo unfortunately toppled early, but he and his pony sure look adorable. Speculation remains to the cause of the fall, but Silva says it “might or might not be the handler’s fault!” We’re sure you’ll be at the front of the pack next time, Leo!

Events Opening This Week: Hitching Post Farm H.T.Hunt Club Farms H.T.Fair Hill International H.T.Majestic Oaks Ocala H.T.Mill Creek Pony Club Horse TrialTexas Rose Horse Park H.T.Galway Downs Spring H.T.Woodland Stallion Station H.T.Spokane Sport Horse Spring H.T.Winona Horse Trials

Events Closing This Week: Unionville H.T.Longleaf Pine H.T.USEA MDHT FEH/YEH/NEH QualifierOcala International Festival of EventingFENCE H.T.Sporting Days Farm April H.T. IIIHolly Hill H.T.

Tuesday News:

Our hearts are heavy to hear of the passing of China Doll, a 15-year-old Irish Sport Horse evented by James O’Haire. The mare suffered a colic this week and could not be saved despite surgical efforts. This pair completed numerous CCI5*-L together. Our hearts go out to the entire team. [Angelica]

Equestrians are bred to be tough, but sometimes that leads us to fighting battles alone. After breaking her collarbone, show jumper Karrie Rufer found herself chanting the familiar lie, “I’m fine.” [Karrie Rufer: Why I Struggled to Admit I Wasn’t Okay]

A lower leg puncture was nearly career ending, but former bankruptcy attorney Lara Gardner never gave up on her Thoroughbred, Well Spoken. Now he’s back, better than ever, and eyeing a climb up the levels of dresage. [Back From The Brink: A Tale Of Tendon Triumph]

What we’re listening to: USEA Podcast #280: Top Tip from Top Grooms #2

Hot on Horse Nation: 10 Things Good Trainers Do

Tuesday Video: Cross country footage and tips from Alex Bragg:

We enjoyed a wonderful day xc schooling at Pontispool Equine Sports Centre. I’ve added a few xc tips on the voiceover which you may find interesting. We are all very excited that our sport is resuming. Good luck at your first events and enjoy 😊 DevoucouxEquilibrium ProductsSsangYongGBEvent CollectionProtexin Equine PremiumConnolly's RED MILLSCarr & Day & MartinDengie Horse FeedsEquiclass BootsGatehouse HatsBetter4HoovesEqui-TrekCannington Enterprises Ltd

Posted by Team Bragg Eventing on Thursday, March 25, 2021

Sunday Links

Cambalda enjoying his first official day of retirement. He deserves it… sound and in a field… nothing better ❤️

Posted by Jennie Brannigan on Friday, March 26, 2021

The legendary Cambalda was officially retired this week at age 19. Nina Gardner’s “Ping” had an illustrious career that spanned 13 years. He and Jennie Brannigan traveled the world together before he stepped down to teach up-and-coming young riders the way around the sport. He’s now home in Pennsylvania sound and happy in his field. Congratulations, Ping!

National Holiday: National Something on a Stick Day

U.S. Weekend Action:

Galway Downs International H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores] [EN’s Coverage]

Stable View Spring 1*/2*/3*/4*: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores] [EN’s Coverage]

Full Gallop Farm March II H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

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

Poplar Place Farm March H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Texas Rose Spring H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Sunday Links: 

Countdown to Kentucky: Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp and Deniro Z

A Whole Lot Of Heart

Grooming At My First FEI Show

H&M Chilli Willi Euthanized After Injury At WEF

Kellerhouse, Patterson, and Billys Top Galway Downs International Divisions

Despite Delays the Second Day of the Stable View FEI Spring Event is in the Books

Sunday Video:

Tuesday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

Yesterday was busy for British riders at Oasby where five Open Intermediate divisions kicked the off the start of the season for many top competitors. The Elite Event, put on by BEDE Events, hosted five Open Intermediate classes. Horse & Country TV hosted the live stream, and if you missed any, subscribers can watch back the event here. For full results, click here. Congratulations to the winners:

  • Open Intermediate A: JL Dublin & Nicola Wilson
  • Open Intermediate B:  Ballaghmor Class & Oliver Townend
  • Open Intermediate C: Brookfield Inocent & Piggy March
  • Open Intermediate D: London 52 and Laura Collett
  • Open Intermediate E:  Fonbherna Lancer & Piggy March

National Holiday: Happy National Puppy Day!

Events Opening This Week: Apple Knoll Farm H.T.Jersey Fresh InternationalUnionville May H.T.WindRidge Farm H.T.Poplar Place Farm May H.T.Miami Valley H.T. at Twin TowersThe Event at Skyline

Events Closing This Week: Fair Hill International April H.T. and CCI-SCDCTA Spring H.T.Chattahoochee Hills H.T.Twin Rivers Spring InternationalSpring Bay H.T.Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event

Tuesday News: 

British Eventing was rocked when five Internationals announced they couldn’t run in 2021, but now other venues are stepping up. Bicton in Devon, which will run in June, has taken on all the CCI4*-L/S and under-25 classes that were due to be held at Bramham, among many others. [Eventing calendar bounces back as venues step up to host cancelled internationals]

USEA Future Event Horse competitions are more a reflection of thoughtful breeding, and less on actions the day-of, but there are still things you can do to make a great impression. Having a well turned out handler is one, and many owners choose to use professional handlers who can best turn out their young horse. [Top 10 Tips for Presenting Your Horse in a USEA Future Event Horse Competition]

Tuesday Video: Piggy’s nieces have a fun school with what they can find around the yard: