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#EventerProblems Vol. 249: Wheels Up

Even on lockdown, so many of you are taking flight. Thanks for flying with #EventerProblems. Be sure to tag us in your future adventures with #EventerProblems.

Sunday Links

Many celebrities are passionate riders, and now another one may have caught the horse bug. I’ll speak for horse people everywhere when I say welcome, Chrissy Teigen! Chrissy hasn’t shared which discipline she’ll settle into, but she definitely has the sense of humor for eventing. First up, finding the right equipment… a.k.a. breaking in your boots.

Everyone and their mother (and Gigi Hadid) weighed in. I’ve always heard to get them wet and ride a bicycle. If you have a better trick, go ahead and tweet at Chrissy @chrissyteigen.

U.S. Weekend Action:

Horse Trials at Majestic Oaks: [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Fresno County Horse Park Combined Test: [Website] [Schedule] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Sunday Links: 

Enjoy the word as Murphy puts 1st winner on the board

Announcing the 2021 USEA Interscholastic Eventing League Calendar

Rebranding With Confidence In 2021

Fecal microbial transplants hastened recovery from severe diarrhea in horses

What You Say About Your Horse Says More About You

From Eventing To Mongol Derby To The Racetrack: Young Trainer Neasham Takes Aim At Magic Millions With All-Female Team

Hot on Horse Nation: Top 5 Mistakes People Make When Buying a New Horse

Sunday Video: Hang on tight, Colleen!

Tuesday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

Photo courtesy of the Carolina Horse Park.

The Carolina Horse Park is always working tirelessly to improve competitor experience, and they’ve got a big addition to announce for the 2021 competition season, a new additional 160 x 250 arena. This has been completed with all weather footing and will debut at the Pipe Opener I CT this upcoming weekend. Many thanks are due to the Carolina Horse Park team and the unnamed donor who made this possible!

National Holiday: National Marzipan Day

Events Opening This Week: Full Gallop Farm Mid February H.T.Pine Top Advanced H.T.Three Lakes Winter II H.T. at Caudle RanchTwin Rivers Winter H.T.

Events Closing This Week: Galway Downs 2021 Kickoff H.T.Rocking Horse Winter I H.T.Full Gallop Farm January H.T

Tuesday News: 

Ground poles offer limitless opportunities in the arena, but sometimes too many options leaves riders wondering where to begin. These 7 pole exercises are a good place to start, and with easy diagrams, anyone can set it up. [7 polework exercises to keep your horse interested]

If you feel lost when visiting the U.S. Eventing Website, then this guide is for you. This is a fool-proof guide to navigating the site and its many amenities. [10 Secrets of the USEA Website Every Eventer Should Know]

Any Yellowstone fans out there? The Dutton Ranch may be calling your name for your next vacation destination. [Book Your Stay At Yellowstone‘s Dutton Ranch]

Time for some self-reflection with this quiz. [Are You a Resilient Rider?]

Tuesday Video: Yoga for equestrians.

Tuesday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

Photo courtesy of Barnstaple South.

This past year has crippled many events across the country, but we are excited to highlight a new addition to the USEA calendar, Barnstaple South, which will be hosting their first recognized horse trial this weekend, January 9-10. They are located in Morriston, Florida, just outside of Ocala and boast 40 acres of cross country. Follow the live scores this weekend.

National Holiday: National Whipped Cream Day (Also election day if you live in Georgia!)

Events Opening This Week: Rocking Horse Winter II Advanced H.T.Paradise Farm H.T.

Events Closing This Week: Grand Oaks H.T.Stable View Aiken Opener H.T.

Tuesday News: 

Event horses are so much more than what you see galloping past you at big events. They’ve got big personalities. Pfun is among this variety. Between his quirky name, his favorite person and his inner celebrity, “Teddy” is a lot more than a handsome grey horse. [Behind The Stall Door With: Pfun]

As eventers I’m sure we’re all familiar with dropping the F-bomb a time or two. The F word here of course is failure. Competitors have long said they learned much more from their failures than their successes, but it’s a lot more difficult to accept that in our day-to-day riding. Set goals for every ride, fail sometimes, and learn. [The F Word]

What exactly is a “flake.” That’s part of the problem — they can all be so different. Despite the convenience of flaked hay, your Pony Club instructor may have been onto something when they told you to feed by weight. [Don’t Flake Out: Feed Horse Hay by Weight, Not by Flake]

What to listen to this week: The newest USEA Podcast episode. Coach Tony Sandoval talks the often overwhelming New Year’s resolutions. Listen in for tips on goal setting and achieving.

Tuesday Video: 

 

#EventerProblems Vol. 248, Presented by Haygain: Nice and Easy

New Year, new us…? Hopefully? Let’s not get to ahead of ourselves. Everyone come in nice and easy. All 2021 needs to do is be better than 2020, so the bar is pretty low. While some things may change this year, we know #EventerProblems won’t! Keep ’em coming by sharing yours the hashtag #EventerProblems.

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Haygain is a science driven company with the horse’s health as the primary focus.

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

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

Sunday Links

We’re now three whole days into 2021 and that means eventers are beginning their mass exodus south for the first few months of the season. While most head to Aiken or Ocala, many eventers take this opportunity to sharpen their dressage and show jumping skills in Wellington. Phillip Dutton has used this strategy in the past, and we will look forward to seeing him back at events come March.

National Holiday: National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day

Sunday Links: 

Ian Millar on How to Always Be a Successful Student

Get to Know the 2020 Standlee Premium Western Forage USEA Horse of the Year

Final tributes paid to five-star eventer who beat the odds to reach the top

US woman’s Christmas surprise – her first horse in 40 years

Going Boldly Forward

Dream Farm: Escape to Aspen, Colorado: Presented by Stable View

Oh, The Stories That Tack Trunk Could Tell

Sunday Video: Cooley Be Cool having way to much fun during his first jump of the year.

EN’s Top 10 Videos of 2020, #2: Bomb-proofing with Andrew Hoy

We are counting down the top 10 most-viewed videos shared on EN in 2020. To view videos 3-10, click here.

Bomb proofing your horse for the dressage ring is simple. According to Andrew Hoy all you need is a toddler and a very tiny car. The result is equal parts inspired and adorable.

And if that’s not cute enough, take a look at Andrew’s daughter Philippa ready to follow in her dad’s footsteps:

Photo courtesy of Andrew Hoy.

Go Philippa! We can’t wait for you to take the headlines on EN someday.

Tuesday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

Boyd Martin and Blackfoot Mystery. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Member of the U.S. Team at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games has been sold to a new rider. Boyd Martin announced on his blog that Blackfoot Mystery will now partner with a Dallas-based rider. He and Boyd had their last outing together at Tryon where Boyd says, “He was pushing himself too hard to get the job done.” Big Red will certainly always be remembered for his trying heart at the Olympics and finishing strong for the U.S. team. We look forward to following his career with a new rider.

National Holiday: National Pepper Pot Day

Events Opening This Week: Horse Trials at Majestic Oaks

Events Closing This Week: Full Gallop Farm February I H.T.Ocala Winter I Horse TrialsPine Top Intermediate H.T.

Tuesday News: 

Planning out your competition starts at the end. First, you’ll pick your season-ender. Perhaps a CCI-L or a long format? From here, you’ll want to work backwards and fill it out. Planning your season is almost more of an art than a science, taking experience to help hone your skills. Will Faudree shares his best tips.  [Top 10 Tips for Planning Your Season with Will Faudree]

The Przewalski breed of wild horses have crawled farther and farther away from extinction, though they are still endangered. Living in a reserve in Hungary, these horses have been observed to study their unique herd dynamics. They live as a group of females, a harem, with one dominant male. But the latest study revealed that although horses remain incredibly social animals, there is a limit to the size of these harems. [Back from the brink: A Przewalski’s horse success story]

As a professional groom, Sarah Charnley has cared for one of the best event horses in the world, Allstar B. With him, she’s ticked the box of every ‘B’ event: Badminton, Burghley Bramham, and Blair. Though farther down the alphabet, she also boasts his beautiful presentation at the 2018 World Equestrian Games. [Groom Spotlight: Sarah Charnley Filled The Gap And Never Looked Back]

Tuesday Video: Leslie Law or Tony Hawk? We’ll let you decide.

Posted by Lesley Leslie Grant-Law on Sunday, December 27, 2020

#EventerProblems Vol. 247, Presented by Haygain: Jingle All The Way

Hear that? Sleigh bells? Jingle bells? Nah, it’s just $hit hitting the fan. Here’s your most recent holiday #EventerProblems:

Haygain is a science driven company with the horse’s health as the primary focus.

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

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

Sunday Links

It wouldn’t be a proper eventing holiday without well wishes from our favorite reindeer Donner! For the last several years we’ve re-shared the story of Donner and Comet leaving their eventing careers in the dust to take it up with Mr. Claus for a big Christmas Eve. This is a tradition I always look forward to, and even this year when things are so different, it’s nice to see something very familiar. I hope you and yours enjoyed whatever kind of holiday season you had this year!

Don’t forget to enter this week’s giveaway of Stride Control, by Jan Marsden Hamilton – a Fab Freebie brought to you by Horse & Rider Books. Click here to enter.

Sunday Links: 

Rule Refresher: Am I Qualified?

Top eventers back plans to build school in remote African village

Pace picked up on Tokyo plans and preparations 

Smartphone-based ECG tech a useful tool for horse vets in the field – study

Jock’s amazing save

HN Christmas Carols: ‘The Horse’s Song’

Sunday Video: Still seeing reindeer!

 

Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: One More for Your Christmas List

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.

We are cutting it down to the wire, but there’s still time to snag your dream horse in time for the holidays. These five listings ~might~ even fit under your tree.

Ardeo Rocketman. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

ARDEO ROCKETMAN- TOP 14.2HH EVENT PONY

Dark Bay/ Gelding/ 2009/ 14.2hh

Ardeo Rocketman is an excellent opportunity for a pony rider or small adult. He has all the movement, jump and character of a winner. He is kind natured, very straightforward to ride, extremely safe, clever and willing. Successfully competing at Preliminary level.

Call Neil on +353 86 806 6169 or email [email protected] Located in Ireland.

Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Do it all! Jumpers Eventing Dressage

Stunning 9yo 16.1h Oldenburg Mare. Shown in jumpers and eventing, also very well schooled in dressage. Latest dressage scores 30.0 and 26.9. Very easy to put on the bit, super comfortable like a couch. Jumps around like a machine, super brave and confident, and smart out of a miss. Snaffle mouth, auto changes. Likes to jump so not for a total beginner, but this is a horse who will be a horse of a lifetime for a junior or amateur who wants a horse they can trust and win on. So fun to ride!!!! Located in Kentucky.

Mr. Cooper. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Mr. Cooper, Novice experience with scope for more!!

Mr. Cooper is a 9, turning 10 year old OTTB. He has was thoughtfully restarted off the track as a 4 year old and has been carefully produced to Novice by a young rider in a very good program. He is as brave as they come and equally as kind. Mr. Cooper is located in Ocala, FL and is ready to move up to training level! He would be suited for a brave young rider or good riding amateur looking for a longterm, brave, smart and kind eventing partner. Located in Florida.

Faralli’s Flame. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Petite Prince Charming

Faralli’s Flame is a 5 year old 15.1Hand New Forest TB/Conn cross. Sired by Forrest Flame, Faralli is bred to be a true FUN small sporty fellow. This horse is wise beyond his years and has had a perfect start to be a competent, educated and sane event horse. He’s had loads of experience going to competitions as well as pure life education riding out solo and in groups.

Plenty of experience at the novice level in eventing and is currently schooling 3’3″. He has even competed in a 3’3″ hunter derby. Faralli is quite laid back but has plenty of jump for the higher levels. He is a very straightforward ride over fences and on the flat. Faralli has recently had a full set of xrays taken which will be available to serious buyers. Priced in the low mid 5’s. Located in Pennsylvania.

Scattered Acres Horizon. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Lovely 3yr Old Prospect!

Scattered Acres Horizon aka “Zen” is a lovely 16.1hh (and growing) 3 year-old dark bay Oldenburg gelding. He is by the successful show jumper Herald III (Heralik) and out of Razz Matazz. Zen has been under saddle for 3 months and has taken everything thrown at him in stride. He trailers well, has great ground manners, and hacks out like a pro! No buck/bolt/spook. Zen has had very correct professional training. He is confident in all three gaits, has started basic lateral work and popped over small jumps with ease. Incredibly talented with a great brain, Zen could truly go in any direction. Price to increase with training. Low Five Figures.

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

Tuesday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

Equestrian photographer Amy Dragoo may have had her most fun shoot yet. Many on the East Coast were pummeled with snow this week, but June Hillman and Becca Kaplan knew how to make the most of it. This brings new meaning to dashing through the snow, huh?

National Holiday: National Date Nut Bread Day

Events Opening Today: Sporting Days Farm February H.T.Three Lakes Winter I H.T. at Caudle Ranch

Events Closing Today: Barnstaple South H.T

Tuesday News: 

If you use Marstall feed, be aware that the latest batch has been contaminated with caffeine, a Controlled Medication and Specified Substance on the FEI Equine Prohibited Substances List. Marstall found the ingredient apple pomade to the be culprit. [FEI Warning Regarding Contaminated Batches of Feed – Caffeine]

Many riders struggle with the quiet of the off season, but Jimmy Wofford thinks that’s where the magic happens. This is where you can really achieve a tune up and focus in on your soundness and fitness. Spoiler alert — there’s going to be a lot of walking. [Jim Wofford: Now’s Your Chance]

It was certainly a weird year for eventing, but there was still some International eventing action. The Netherlands ultimately FEI Nations Cup Series, followed by Italy and Poland. [2020: A Year in Eventing & Driving]

The US Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) has officially approved mules to compete in affiliated competition. This has been an hard-fought effort for many mule riders and owners, and riders are delighted for their four-legged friends. [Delight as US rule change means all systems go for showjumping mules]

Headphones, in. The latest U.S. Eventing Podcast is out. [USEA Podcast #273: A #TeamTalk Look Back at 2020]

Tuesday Video: Instagram vs. Reality

EN’s Top 10 Videos of 2020, #5: Can You Master a Single Pole?

We’re counting down the top videos shared on EN this year! To see videos 6-10, click here.

With extra time on our hands, Andrew Hoy has decided to spend it wisely! On Twitter, he’s re-sharing a few at home exercises. First, he starts with the something basic, like really basic — a single pole. It’s harder than it looks.

Sunday Links

Talk about a before and after. There’s so much to be said for a gold ‘ole Thoroughbred, but sometimes the brains on them just blow you away. Laura Collett shows what a difference three days can make in one horse’s education. It’s true the transformation isn’t always that instant, but experiencing their willingness to learn is always a pleasure.

National Holiday: National Sangria Day

Have you entered our latest Fab Freebie? We’re partnering with Horse & Rider Books to give away a copy of Yoga for Riders – just in time for the off-season, where you can introduce some new fitness habits! Click here to enter before Tuesday, December 22.

Sunday Links: 

Increasing Inclusion in Equestrian Sports

Now on Course: From the Driving Course to the Cross-Country Course

European Eventing Championships back on the cards following FEI U-turn

Badminton dressage and showjumping move to new spectacular location

Karen O’Connor: Reflections and Regrets of an Eventing Superstar

Hot on Horse Nation: Editorial: In Defense of the American Thoroughbred

Sunday Video: Liz Halliday-Sharp’s former UK base, Chailey Stud, is officially on the market. Check it out!

Looking to buy an INCREDIBLE 🤯 Equestrian Centre… Just look at that indoor Arena 😍… …and a stunning 2575 sq ft…

Posted by Perry Power on Tuesday, December 15, 2020

 

 

#EventerProblems Vol. 246, Presented by Haygain: We’re All in This Together

Two hundred and forty six! 246! Y’all have some serious issues. The good news is that we’re right in there with you. Here’s a roundup of your latest #EventerProblems:

Haygain is a science driven company with the horse’s health as the primary focus.

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

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

Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: Dear Santa…

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.

Right now there are so many wonderful horses listed for sale on Sport Horse Nation, it was hard to choose a category for this week’s spotlight. There’s everything from unbroke 3-year-olds to four-star winners with a lot in between. Here are five that simply caught my eye — bet you can find something to add to your Christmas list.

Meet Virginia. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Meet Virginia~ AA Dream mount!

Meet Virginia
2011 15.1h Tobiano Paint/Draft Mare

Virginia is a wonderful BN Eventer! She was 5th out of 40 horses as a 5yo in the 2016 BN division of the AECs. She is very well trained and easy in her flatwork, and a very honest, uncomplicated jumper. She is super to hack out alone and with company, and is a pleasure in the barn. She would love a job with variety including hunter paces etc. She would suit an AA looking for a fun, consistent and well-educated partner! Price is neg to the perfect AA home!

Paddington. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Paddington~Jr/AA Eventer

Paddington 2014 16.3h Chestnut Oldenburg Gelding

Paddy is a great option for Eventing as he is very brave, has plenty of step, balanced, willing, and loves to jump. He would also make a 3 ring horse as well. He as been very easy and uncomplicated XC schooling. Does not pull, stop, or spook. He is a packer over fences!

Hacks out alone and with company and has some mileage at schooling HJ and dressage shows. Such a nice guy! Very suitable for Jr/AA. Plenty of talent to go thru Training Level at least. Located in South Carolina.

Osito. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Experienced Training Level Eventer

OSITO – Stunning 11 YO 16.3-17 h Dark Bay OTTB. Successfully competing at Training level with DR scores in the mid 20s to low 30s. No XC faults. Recent 1st place finish on DR score of 25.7 Qualified for AECs in 2019 and 2020. He has good ground manners, stands for the farrier, loads and unloads from the trailer nicely. Has made several 2-3 week trips without any issues. He is an energetic guy with a playful personality. Has the talent for more, but happy to be a TR level packer. Currently in NM.

Moose. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Gentle Giant Looking for a Step Down

“Moose” is easy going in the barn and has a complete “in your pocket” personality. He goes out by himself or with others. He is extremely easy to ride and has three very comfortable gaits. Moose has done a little bit of everything – dressage shows, jumper shows, hacking and eventing. He is junior and amateur friendly and looking for a step down in life- can’t say enough great things about this horse! Located in Florida.

Low Key Obsession. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

***Flashy BN/Novice Packer***

****Buyer’s Steal*****

LKE Offers For Sale in Middleburg, VA, Low Key Obsession is a 2010,16 hand, Irish TB, who has competed through the Training Level. “Rico” is a cute mover, typey/athletic jumper, with a great brain and a heart of gold! He is straightforward and flashy on the flat, careful and tidy in the show jump, brave and confident cross country. He feels most comfortable and confident being a Beginner Novice/Novice packer. He is suitable for any adult amatuer or young rider.

Contact Lindsay Kelley- call/text-703.431.0830 or email [email protected] $18,000. Located in Virginia.

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.

#EventerProblems Vol. 245, Presented by Haygain: That’s A No From Me, Dawg

Have you ever asked your horse to do something and they just objectively said “No ❤️.” This week’s #EventerProblems is dedicated to all those times our partners decided that we just didn’t know best.

Haygain is a science driven company with the horse’s health as the primary focus.

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

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

Tuesday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

Sunrise through the ears. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Sunday morning had some fabulous views for those of us at Ashland Farm in Walnut Grove, Georgia. It was the perfect amount if chill without being too cold, and the golden hue made my ride feel extra magical — so magical in fact that my ex-racehorse decided we could in fact manage a right lead canter. Small miracles are all around us.

National Holiday: National Cat Herders Day

Events Opening This Week: Rocking Horse Winter I H.T.Full Gallop Farm January H.TGalway Downs 2021 Kickoff H.T.,

Tuesday News: 

Deonte Sewell may have a dream job, but he’s still pushing for more. He’s been working for Phillip Dutton since September, and says that every day is an offer for a wealth of opportunity from a masterclass rider. In this blog, Deonte shares an honest reflection of his experiences (and his nerves). [Settling In At True Prospect Farm]

Must competition horses be stalled for a healthy lifestyle? Or is more time in the pasture best? These are questions that have passionate answers from many horse owners. Dr. Janet Greenfield Davis breaks down the risks and benefits. [Let’s Settle It: Do All Horses Need to Be Stalled?]

We are saddened to learn of the passing of course builder Daniel Starck at the age of 69. Daniel entered into the event building sphere in 1985 when he was among the team of builders at the Kentucky Three-Day Event. Our thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family.  [In Memoriam: Daniel Starck]

Dashing through the snow is fun, but first let’s make sure your horse is all set. Let you farrier know if you have plans to ride frequently in the snow. Don’t forget your layers, too, to keep warm while you’re at it! [Tips for Winter Riding in Snow and Ice]

Tuesday Video: Mia we aren’t laughing at you, we are laughing with you.

Sunday Links

Photo courtesy of Tik Maynard.

Our friends at Noelle Floyd have an epic sale going on right now. You can get a year’s access to their Masterclass series for 50% off full price. This is 12 months of unlimited access to all Masterclass courses. This is an incredible resource. Of course I think the ones from our eventing friends like Tik Maynard and Max Corcoran are super, but Rich Fellers and Archie Cox have some exercises and tidbits that can really change your riding. If you want to focus on the mental aspect of riding, then Dr. Jenny Susser’s Masterclass is a must watch. Click here to learn more.

National Holiday: National Cocoa Day

U.S. Weekend Action:

Full Gallop Farm December H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Sunday Links:

VIDEO: 2020 USEA Annual Meeting & Keynote Address

A Historic Year for the USEA as Annual Meeting Held Virtually

Sports Psychology with Dr. Darby Bonomi: Frustration — A Guide Out of the Cloud

2020 FEI Awards Winners Revealed

Lucinda Green named worthy winner of Horse & Hound lifetime achievement award

Zara Buren Memorial Foundation

What does your stall-cleaning technique say about you?

Sunday Video: 

Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: Four-Star Horsepower

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.

Seasoned campaigners often make appearances on Sport Horse Nation, but right now there are a few celebrities on board looking for their next partner. These three listings have experience through the four-star level:

Big Berry Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Competitive four star horse with unparalleled jumping record

Big Berry is for sale, and due to some unforeseen circumstances, his price has been dropped. Biggie is one of the most exciting horses in the country, and the kind of horse that doesn’t come up for sale very often. Experience up to 4*s, a perfect career xc jumping record, and an almost perfect career SJ record. His dressage gets better and better, currently scoring mid 30’s at the A/4star level and should come down more with experience and strength. This horse is on the up swing as a 10 year old horse with 2 seasons of advanced miles. Should have done 4L this year but his rider broke his leg in the fall, and COVID broke the season…

You will not find a horse like this for sale often. Sound, honest, full of potential, and easy easy easy to jump. Goes xc in a snaffle and is completely genuine. Owners are motivated to sell and considering offers. Located in Pennsylvania.

Cash. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Cash – Super Young Rider Opportunity

Cash is not only the sweetest horse in the barn. He is a 12 year old, 16’2 hand, Tb gelding who has competed through the CCI4* level here in the US and in England. At 12 years of age, Cash knows his job and is ready to take a serious junior or young rider back up the levels. He has been sound without vet issues, he is quiet to ride, and currently competing at the 2* level with a new rider and is ready to go. He can be seen this fall in Aiken, SC. Additional videos and information available for serious inquiries. Nilson Moreira Da Silva 717-435-0920 or Laura VanderVliet 717-682-8042.

Jessica Phoenix and Bentley’s Best. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Bentley’s Best

Bentley’s Best is a stunning 13yo trk gelding imported from Germany. He has competed up to the 5* level and was direct alternate for Team Canada’s Jessica Phoenix at the Rio Olympic Games and the Toronto Pan American Games. He has multiple top placings at FEI and National level competitions and he has a clean vetting. He is a young rider or adult amateur’s dreamboat! He is spectacular on the flat and over fences. Contact Jessica for further info! www.jessicaphoenix.ca. Located in Canada.

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

 

Tuesday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

Photo by Libby Head.

Can you guess which former five star horse this is giving a lesson? It’s the one and only Sir Rockstar who has stepped gracefully into the roll of teacher in the last several months. From Libby: “Kenzie’s second lesson off the lunge line and she has him on the bit better than me 🙄☺️☺️ way to go 👏🏼👏🏼.” Go Rocky! 

National Holiday: National Brownie Day

Events Opening This Week: Grand Oaks H.T.Stable View Aiken Opener H.T.

Tuesday News: 

The brain and the body often find themselves at odds when training horses. Your horse’s brain will begin to process information about how they are feeling even before a certain sensation. A lot like feeling satisfied after the first few bites of a meal — you haven’t had the time to adequately digest, but your brain knows that’s what’s upcoming, so you get a gratifying sensation. As does the horse, when they are facing something they know was challenging before, they might begin to display anxiousness before you even ask for the movement. [Understanding the Brain’s Relationship to the Body to Help Us Train]

Liz Halliday-Sharp has accomplished many things, now including becoming the first woman to win the USEA Rider of the Year award since 1981. The last time a woman took the title was Karen Stives 39 years ago. This year Liz won nine international and 16 national competitions among a host of other impressive finishes. Congratulations, Liz! [First Female Wins USEA Rider of the Year Since 1981]

While stall enrichments can be a nice addition to your horse’s home, research shows that they don’t quite do enough to improve their overall welfare. “The horse, which has lived in open spaces for the last several millennia with unrestricted access to forage and especially while establishing strong and complex social relationships with other horses, just isn’t made for living alone, isolated in a box, regardless of how well-set-up it is.” [Enrichments Aren’t Enough to Make Box Stalls Better]

Hot on Horse Nation: #TBT: How to Stay on Your Barn Owner’s Nice List

Tuesday Video: More insider tips from William Fox-Pitt

EN’s Top 10 Videos of 2020, #9: Charlotte Dujardin’s Dreamy Horsey Holiday

We’re looking back on the wild year that has been 2020 and counting down the top-viewed videos shared on EN this year. Here’s #9!

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.

Nope, not arguing with this giraffe 😂

Posted by Charlotte Dujardin on Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Sunday Links

Photo courtesy of Jordán Linstedt Granquist.

First ride alert! Three month old Payton Granquist had her very first ride with upper level eventer and mom Jordán Linstedt Granquist this week. She looks right at home on the back of a horse. Now the only question is, will she follow in her mom’s shoes as an eventer?

National Holiday: National Microwave Oven Day

U.S. Weekend Action:

Rocking Horse December H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status]

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

Major International Events:

Portugal Winter Tour Week 3: [Website] [Entries]

Sunday Links: 

Black Lives Matter: Diversity in Equestrian Sport

Horse of a Lifetime: Valegro

My 3 Toughest Horses, and How I Addressed Each One

Helmet Research and Advancements in Design Aim to Improve Rider Safety and Education

Looking Past Netflix: The Real-Life Riding Career Of The Princess Royal

Sunday Video: The latest from The Jon and Rick show: