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Lauren Billys Collecting Supplies for Puerto Rico’s Horses

Photo courtesy of Lauren Billys.

In the wake of the devastation brought upon Puerto Rico by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, Lauren Billys has started a fundraiser to aid the hundreds of horses on the island who are in dire need of assistance.

Lauren, who has represented Puerto Rico in the Olympic and Pan Am Games, explains, “When Puerto Rico was hit with back-to- back hurricanes, the island’s power, water and necessities to live have become nonexistent. As the island works through this time, there are so many places in need.

“I am Puerto Rican and have been competing under this flag for seven years. Most immediately, our friends in Puerto Rico have reached out to receive basic needs for horses that are also struggling through this time.”

Lauren has started a registry of basic horse care items that can be purchased for Lauren to ship to Puerto Rico. Alternatively, cash donations to offset the cost of shipment are welcome. Donors are instructed to purchase items off of the registry and have them shipped directly to Lauren.

Click here to view the registry.

A post-hurricane photo of a stable belonging to Lauren’s friend and fellow Puerto Rican team member for the show jumping team, Israel Lopez, and his wife Roxana Royo. Lauren notes that their roughly 60 horses need supplies to help them combat the effects of standing water and the desolation of their barn. Photo courtesy of Lauren Billys.

We applaud Lauren’s effort and urge the eventing community to help, whether through the registry or a fundraising effort such as the USEF Equine Disaster Relief Fund.

Through a joint fundraising effort with Equestrian Canada, the Pan American Equestrian Confederation, and the Cayman Islands Equestrian Federation, U.S. Equestrian has helped contribute to over $100,000 in aid to horses in Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands. Tens of thousands of pounds of hay and feed have been sent via shipping containers to the affected islands, helping to address immediate nutritional needs, as well as veterinary supplies.

Click here to make a donation to the USEF Equine Disaster Fund.

Eventers Take Top Honors on Hunt Night at Pennsylvania National Horse Show

Boyd Martin and Right On Que, winners of the Gentlemen’s Hunter Under Saddle class. Photo by Al Cook (www.alcookphoto.com).

The versatility of eventers was on display yesterday during the Pennsylvania National Horse Show‘s Hunt Night, when a handful of our own showed up and helped Mr. Stewart’s Cheshire Foxhounds to the championship.

Boyd Martin, who moonlights with the Cheshire in the off-season, won the Gentlemen’s Hunter Under Saddle class. Fresh off a 3rd place finish in the Fair Hill International CCI3*, Boyd drove up to Coatesville, Pa., the following day to compete upon the suggestion of one of a fellow hunt member.

“In November and December I pretend to be a foxhunter with the Cheshire and somehow I got roped into competing in the Hack,” Boyd says. “I had no idea what it involved, but it was brilliant! I’ve never been to anything like this before. I got lent a horse and had a bit of training in the collecting ring and went in there and had a crack at the class. It was great fun.”

Boyd Martin Wins the Gentlemen's Hunter Under Saddle

It was a nice and fun surprise to see Boyd Martin representing Mr. Stewart’s Cheshire Foxhounds in the Gentlemen's Hunter Under Saddle class last night at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show!

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His catch ride was Right On Que, owned by Cheshire member Tanya Emslie of Unionville. The horse also won the Ladies’ Hunter Under Saddle title with Emslie in the saddle.

“It’s very exciting. I am so proud of my horse,” Tanya says. “It’s a great honor because there are so many beautiful horses and great riders. It’s so amazing to win and to have an Olympian ride your horse is pretty phenomenal. I am overwhelmed.”

Mr. Stewart’s Cheshire Foxhounds Team Two, winner of the Hunt Team competition, included eventer Erika Nesler. Photo by Al Cook (www.alcookphoto.com).

The highlight of Hunt Night is the Hunt Team competition. The three riders in each team ride over a series of fences, one behind the next, mimicking a hunt. The grand final is the final obstacle, which is jumped in unison.

Twenty teams from 13 Hunt Clubs contested the class, with Mr. Stewart’s Cheshire Foxhounds Team Two coming out on top. The team: Joy Slater, Skylar McKenna and … three-star eventer Erika Nesler!

Erika also placed 5th out of 34 riders in the 35 & Under jumping class, riding her Intermediate mare No Doubt DSF. She called it a “crazy fun night.”

Erika Nesler and No Doubt DSF. Photo courtesy of Erika Nesler.

Other eventers representing the Cheshire: Cindy Buchanan, winner of the Prelim Amateur division at the 2017 AECs. She and The Lone Spy placed 3rd in the 36 & Over Field Hunter. Daughters Maggie and Audrey, who also event, placed 3rd and 4th in the 35 & Under class, and the three Buchanans finished 8th in the Hunt Team competition.

Well done, ladies! Photo courtesy of Erika Nesler.

Go Eventing!

 

 

Let’s Discuss: An Open Letter to My Non-Pregnant Horse Friend

Each week in “Let’s Discuss” we open a different topic up for discussion. Have a discussion starter? Email it to [email protected]

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This week’s prompt arrived in the form of an open letter from an EN reader, who wishes to remain anonymous. She’s pregnant, and feeling alienated from her eventing buddies: “I feel like in the horse world, pregnancy is looked at as the end of the world sometimes. My ‘friends’ have definitely treated it that way.”

An open letter to my non-pregnant horse friend:

Dear Horse Friend,

I saw your weekend was full of triumphs and ribbons! That’s amazing! I tried to call you when I thought you might be on your way (since it’s a long drive and I know you have Bluetooth), but to no avail. I was surprised because this used to be a time when we caught up, but that’s OK, I know you’re busy.

Instead I stalked your weekend on EventEntries. I didn’t think you’d mind. You used to call me sometimes if you had a good round, or a bad one, and I’d like to think that I was a good listener but I didn’t expect a call. It’s funny, I didn’t expect one last weekend either.

Here’s the thing, Horse Friend: The minute I told you I was pregnant it was like a switch went off and all of a sudden you could not talk to me about anything. We all of a sudden couldn’t talk about life, not even the horses. Sure I’m not riding right now, but I still support your dream. I’m still the same human except right now I’m petting my beloved unicorn instead of competing in fall events.

So here it is. I’ve tried to text you about your horse. I’ve tried to call you to see how you’re doing. I never mention that you don’t even attempt to reach out or to ask how I’m doing or how I’m feeling. You’ve never asked how I’m handling not riding (for your information it’s killing me softly). I never needed your sympathy; I needed you to remember that I’m not broken. I’m just pregnant. In a few months, I won’t be. I’ll have a baby and I’ll have two horses and through some sort of controlled chaos I’ll hopefully find time to get back in the saddle and back competing in my subterranean division.

The difference, however, won’t only be that I’ll juggle all that with a kid on my hip like SO MANY OTHERS already do, but you will not be a part of it in any way shape or form. I’ll hopefully have found a different network of *gulp* horse MOM friends who are also somehow managing to do what I’m doing. And so help me if six months, a year, two years, 10 years down the road you call me with THAT phone call telling me YOUR wonderful news. I will wholeheartedly congratulate you, but also tell you goodbye and if you catch me on a bad day, probably give you a little piece of my mind as well.

Goodbye, horse friend. I’m sorry I seem broken or for some reason unapproachable or unrelatable to you. It’s just a baby.

Signed,

Your (pregnant) Horse Friend

Notes about the author: I event Beginner Novice because I’m a chicken and because I didn’t start riding horses until I was in college (so I skipped the fearless leader stage). I have an OTTB and an AQHA both geldings. I’m lucky enough to have my horses living in my backyard in Maryland. BadEventer is my spirit animal and I like and share her posts so much she probably thinks  I’m a low-level stalker. I love Horseware Ireland stuff and have mostly hand-me-down everythings. I’m never going to the Olympics. 

The author insists that she has “every intention of getting right back in the saddle as soon as possible, dark circles under my eyes and all,” and says, “It’s not the end of the world for me” — but the hurt feelings remain.

EN readers: Can any of you out there relate, offer words of advice or share a different perspective? Let’s discuss. 

2018 Tryon WEG Tickets on Sale Now + Need-to-Know Guide for Eventing Fans

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Tickets are officially on sale for the 2018 World Equestrian Games, to be held Sept. 11 through Sept. 23 at Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, N.C. For full ticketing information, visit the website here; for our intents and purposes, we’re going to focus on the eventing end of things.

It sounds like we have a few options, or at least a couple now and another couple to come later. If you have interest in watching other disciplines in addition to eventing, you could spring for an All Sessions Full Games Pass ($1,380), which gets you into all disciplines throughout the duration of WEG, or an All Games Pass – Week 1 ($750), which is good for the first week of competition from Tuesday, Sept. 11 through Sunday, Sept. 16. Eventing runs Thursday, Sept. 13 through Sunday, Sept. 16; reining and dressage also take place during week 1.

All Session Day Passes are sold out with the possibility of a re-release in November, when Individual Discipline Session tickets will also go on sale subject to availability.

The only eventing-specific ticket option currently available is the All Session Eventing Pass ($225), which grants access to all sessions of WEG eventing competition. Note that an 8.5% processing fee will be added to all ticket prices upon checkout.

Thursday, September 13: Eventing Dressage Day 1 – Team & Individual Competition
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
$35.00 USD

Friday, September 14: Eventing Dressage Day 2 – Team & Individual Competition
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
$35.00 USD

Saturday, September 15: Eventing Cross-Country – Team & Individual Competition
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
$50.00 USD

Sunday, September 16: Eventing Show Jumping – Team & Individual Medals
2:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Tier A – $125.00 USD
Tier B – $100.00 USD

Individual Eventing session tickets are valued at a total of $245 while the All Session Eventing Pass offers a discount of 8% for $225. WEG explains that “due to the high demand for ticket packages, those ticketing types are being offered first to ensure that those who want to purchase ticket packages can receive the same seats for all events. Seats will be assigned on a first come, first served basis according to the date and timestamp of the ticket purchase. The earlier your purchase, the better your seats.”

In addition to session tickets, a few other ticket options will be rolled out at a later date. Opening and Closing Ceremonies tickets will be sold separately in early December after details are released. Day Passes will go on sale three months beforehand that allow access to the venue to experience the trade fair, event expo, and equestrian demonstrations. VIP tickets and hospitality packages will also be released in early November and customers can trade up their purchased tickets toward these higher value ticketing/hospitality options.

It sounds like they’re expecting a sold-out event, so if you want guaranteed tickets, it’s probably a good idea to act sooner rather than later. Says Mark Bellissimo, CEO of TIEC: “Demand from the event is way beyond our expectations and it would not surprise me if this event were to sell out early. We have experienced unprecedented demand, far bigger than we ever anticipated. There is tremendous appetite for this event, so we encourage people to buy now.”

Check out WEG Ticketing FAQ here.

[Tickets Now on Sale for FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018 in Mill Spring, North Carolina, USA on September 11-23, 2018]

‘An Unassailable Lead’: An Excerpt from ‘Horses Came First, Second, and Last’ by Jack Le Goff

EN is honored to share with our readers an excerpt from the hot-off-the-presses Jack Le Goff autobiography, “Horses Came First, Second, and Last” by Jack Le Goff, reprinted with permission from Trafalgar Square Books.

The late Frenchman is, of course, is a legend of our sport, an Olympic medalist and successful U.S. three-day eventing team coach whose legacy still reverberates today. His leadership of the team from 1970 to 1984, during which they achieved multiple international championships, winning 18 medals including several in the Olympics, is heralded as a golden era for American eventing. After retiring as coach, he acted as a consultant to the USET for new rider development, director of the USET Training Center and coached the Canadian national team. He was also an FEI judge, committee member and Olympic appeals judge. 

Read on for more information about the book, including a special offer for EN readers! 

Jack Le Goff riding Laurier to third place at Burghley in 1963. Photo courtesy of Jack
Le Goff.

In 1980, world politics once again impacted the scheduled Olympic Games in Moscow when the Russians invaded Afghanistan. In protest, many countries boycotted the Moscow Games, which made that competition less of an Olympic Games and more of a competition between Eastern Block countries. In the 1970s and 1980s, world politics had an immense and often devastating and tragic effect on the Olympic Games which, given the whole philosophy of the Olympic movement, is a sad indictment of human nature.

The FEI decided that all those nations who boycotted the Olympic Three-Day Event could compete in an international CCIO (Concours Complet International Officiel ) at Fontainebleau in France. The major eventing nations all went to Fontainebleau including Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Holland, Ireland, and Italy. The home team of Joel Pons (Ensorceleuse), Jean-Yves Touzaint (Flipper), Thierry Touzaint (Gribouille), and Armand Bigot (Gamin du Bois) won the team gold medal with Denmark’s Nils Haagensen taking the individual gold medal on the Thoroughbred-Hanoverian cross, Monaco.

French organizers rose to the occasion and in just three months put on a superb event at Fontainebleau, a beautiful chateau that had been the residence of several kings and the Emperor Napoleon. This competition came to be called eventing’s “Alternative Olympics.” The United States sent a team of four and two individuals. The team was made up of Jim Wofford on Carawich, Torrance Watkins and Poltroon, Mike Plumb and Laurenson, and Mike Huber and Gold Chip. The two individuals were Karen Stives and The Saint, and Wash Bishop and Taxi.

The team was lying in second place after dressage, and I knew we had a chance of improving on that after walking the cross-country. The course was very demanding being very winding with lots of turns. Every fence required a big, bold effort or technical accuracy. The severity of the cross-country was evidenced by the number of falls; in fact, there were falls at 30 of the 34 fences on the course with the water responsible for six of that number.

Jack Le Goff with his first United States Team. L–R: Bruce Davidson and Plain Sailing;
Jim Wofford and Kilkenny; Kevin Freeman and Good Mixture; Jim Powers (reserve)
and Foster; Mike Plumb and Free and Easy. Photo by Fifi Coles.

The first US rider out was Wash Bishop on Taxi. Competing as an individual, Wash had to report back on how the course was riding. Unfortunately, Taxi had two falls that resulted in his elimination. The next day we found that Taxi had developed a fever and a virus, which accounted for him being unable to perform to his usual standard. Ill fortune was to befall the team also.

As the cross-country progressed, we moved up with every horse until we were in the lead by 90 points! An unassailable lead I hear you say. After our third horse, Gold Chip, came home I was worried. Gold Chip’s knee looked bad as she had sustained a deep cut. I asked Marty Simensen to go back to the stable and check her out and give me his opinion as to what her chances were of show jumping the next day. Marty came back with the news that although Gold Chip would be fine in a few days, there was no chance of her being fit to show jump. So, it was down to Mike Plumb and Laurenson to secure the team gold medal for the United States.

Mike’s instructions were to go for a safe clear round and do everything he could to ensure that we had a team to show jump the next day. That is a lot of pressure! Now Mike is one of the greatest riders of all time, a superb team member, and I think of him as a dear friend, but on this occasion, he had what I would call today a “brain fart.” All riders in this position clearly understand that in the event of a refusal at a fence with an alternative route they are to immediately take the longer and easier option to minimize the risk of any further penalties. At this point in the competition, with the United States in such a dominant position, Mike could have taken every long route on the course, had he wanted to. He had a fantastic round and was foot perfect coming into the second-to-last fence, a significant water complex. If Laurenson had a weakness, it was water jumps, and his successful competition record was due to the rider on his back. I was standing near the water jump, feeling quite confident that we would finish the day well in the lead when Laurenson came into the first element and refused. Oh well, we had the 20 penalties well in hand, Mike would take the option, and we would be okay, thought I. But no, Mike approached the fence again at the same place, and again Laurenson refused. Now he would take the option; our lead was greatly diminished but we could still do it.

In utter amazement and disbelief, I watched Mike turn again, approach the fence in exactly the same spot as the previous two times, and get eliminated for a third refusal. The team’s chances of a medal were gone, and it was left to Jim Wofford and Torrance Watkins to win the silver and bronze medals for the United States as individuals.

Jack Le Goff walking the course with the 1976 Olympic Team. L–R: Mary Anne
Tauskey; Bruce Davidson; Mike Plumb (always thinking); and Tad Coffin striding the
distance. Photo by Barry Kaplan/TFI Photo.

For two days I couldn’t even look at Mike, let alone speak to him. On the third day, he came to me and asked, “When are you going to let me have it, Coach?” To ask what he had been thinking would have been stupid and futile. It was apparent that his thinking capacity had eluded him that day, and no thought process had occurred whatsoever. There was also a factor of a romance going on that could explain this complete brain fart on Mike’s part. (As an example, Mike Huber had taken an option with the injured Gold Chip on cross-country and managed to complete the course!)

But I was wrong. “I’m sorry Jack, I honestly thought I could get him over it,” was Mike’s reply.

Perhaps he could have done so if the rules allowed for that many attempts!

The annual Luhmuhlen CCI in Germany was the weekend after Fontainebleau and some of the US alternative horses were to compete there. Mike had Better and Better entered but after the fiasco at Fontainebleau, he felt so bad about himself that he just wanted to go home to the States. Better and Better was ready to run, and I was not going to let Mike back out. I finally was able to convince him to compete and hoped things were going to go well. I do not know what was going on in Mike’s head at this particular time, but he made another big mistake by violating one of the rules on saddler in the warm-up area before the competition. Fortunately, one of our riders saw him and tried to convince him that was not allowed. When Mike refused to change, the rider ran to tell me, and I ran to the warm-up area. I was terribly, terribly mad at him, as mad as I have ever been. I told him, “When stupidity fell upon the earth, you certainly did not have an umbrella!” His explanation to me was that he could not find the rule change in the rule book. This was because the rule had just recently been changed (and was why we had talked about it the night before!)

Still, life goes on, and guess what? Mike and Better and Better won the Luhmuhlen CCI. Oh my!

About the Book

Enjoy this excerpt? Trafalgar Square is pleased to offer Eventing Nation readers the opportunity to order a copy before it is released anywhere else — click here to order yours today!

Courtesy of Trafalgar Square Books.

 

Fair Hill in Photos: Future Eventing Superstars of America

Youngsters of both the horse and human variety are out in force at Fair Hill International. Of course, there’s the Young Event Horse East Coast Championships, which has just wrapped up — view results here. Check back soon for a full report on that competition!

Four-star effort into the baby water jump!

https://www.instagram.com/p/BaMXG8jnhr8

And then there are the babies of the two-legged variety, well-bred and genetically destined to event. This seven-star event baby is growing up so fast!

Aubrey Davidson knew exactly where her dad was at this afternoon’s first horse inspection at #DuttaFHI

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How about the littlest member of Team Bourke, another one with multiple stars in his bloodlines:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BaHemwqBoyj

Could Marley and Tim Bourke’s son Senan be any cuter? #DuttaFHI

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Happy fifth birthday to this Fair Hill baby!

https://www.instagram.com/p/BaL3_Qrg2p3/

You’re never too young to join the Fair Hill family:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BZyluMug-tY/

Just to confirm. Eventers are crazy. Agreed? Good. #DuttaFHI

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There’s lots to going on at the event to keep the kids entertained.

Come play with us at the Welcome to Cecil tent #ccgov

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Bring the kids to the Welcome to Cecil tent for some fun #ccgov

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And last but never least, can’t forget about this furry baby:

Keep it here for all the latest from Fair Hill International 2017!

Fair Hill: WebsiteDrawn OrderScheduleCCI Dressage TimesYEH Jumping TimesCCI Live ScoresYEH Live ScoresEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

Thursday Video from SpectraVET: Alice Naber-Lozeman Boekelo Helmet Cam with SAP Analysis

Dutch eventer Alice Naber-Lozeman enjoyed a super Boekelo result with ACSI Peter Parker, finishing 6th overall on a score of 50.2. They leapt up the scoreboard from 30th after dressage into the top 10 thanks to a foot-perfect cross country round that collected just 0.8 time penalties, the second fastest ride of the day.

The 15-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding, Alice’s partner for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, looks quite pleased with himself jumping around the track. Alice works closely with SAP to obtain data on her rides, via a revolutionary data collection program that tracks information such as heart rate, speed, and location using a course map and GPS.

SAP has been working within our sport to help enhance our experience both as fans and as riders, and the company offers analysis products for other sports too. It’s really interesting stuff — you can see much more on their website or YouTube page.

Boekelo: WebsiteFinal ScoresEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

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Weekend Instagram Roundup: These Are the Moments

The best moments at events don’t always involve finish lines and awards ceremonies. Sometimes they can be quiet moments back at the barn, silly moments with friends, a perfect jump, a stunning sunset. Thinking back on the dozens of events I’ve contested in my life, it’s rare that I even remember what colored ribbon I went home with. What lasts are the memories, like these:

Heritage Park H.T.

Mother daughter ❤️ #1 fan for life!! @bowmansporthorse

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@bowmansporthorse

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Course Brook Farm H.T.

So proud of these kids at course brook farm!

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WindRidge Farm Fall H.T.

Girls will be girls

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Maryland at Loch Moy H.T.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BZ_1ZdUAkpg/

Middle Tennessee Pony Club H.T.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BaAO6-hF7VO/

https://www.instagram.com/p/BaAQOrnl5TP/

Woodside International CIC & H.T.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BaAd29aDkM2/

The Event at Skyline H.T.

Kent School Fall H.T.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BZ99Uf1n-id/

https://www.instagram.com/p/BaAOts4grI_/

Willow Draw Charity H.T.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BZ9szESFDfw/

Radnor Hunt H.T.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BZ9hSKAALoz/

Go Eventing!

What’s in Your Arena? Presented by Attwood: Morven Park International Equestrian Center

Nick Attwood, President of Attwood Equestrian Surfaces, stands on the base of one of three new arenas at the Morven Park International Equestrian Center. Photo courtesy of Attwood Equestrian Surfaces.

Exciting stuff is afoot, literally, at Morven Park International Equestrian Center in Leesburg, Virginia! Nick Attwood, President of Attwood Equestrian Surfaces, is personally overseeing a revitalization project that features three new arenas.

“It’s so rewarding to be here now, having been involved from the actual planning stages, to see the arenas beginning to take shape,” he says. “We will be hands on until the first horses come … to compete, and will continue to maintain these arenas for years to come. Partnering with Morven Park means a great deal to us.”

With the arena base established, the next major steps in the project are to put in the drainage system and then the footing.

Below is a visual representation of the progress we've made on the Morven Park International Equestrian Center…

Posted by Morven Park on Tuesday, October 3, 2017

One of the new Morven Park International Equestrian Center arenas is closer to being ready for competition! More fencing has been installed.

Posted by Morven Park on Saturday, October 7, 2017

Morven Park’s spring event takes place March 31 – April 1, 2018 — check out the USEA Calendar listing here. Many thanks for Morven Park for making first-class footing a priority, and to Attwood Equestrian Surfaces for stepping up to the plate to serve one of eventing’s most beloved venues. We look forward to seeing some hoofprints in that footing soon!

No Bridle, No Problem for Elisa Wallace in Thoroughbred Makeover Freestyle Division

Elisa Wallace knows a thing or two about bringing the Thoroughbred Makeover Freestyle heat! She tied for 1st this year with Sir Teddy (Cashel Castle – Round Heels (IRE), by Daggers Drawn), a 2012 Illinois-bred OTTB whom you may have spotted out eventing at the Novice level of late under the name Fly With Me. The handsome grey, owned by Mike, Maddie and Michele Chisholm, also finished the eventing competition in 12th out of 97 competitors .

“Lear” looked cool as a cucumber when he entered the indoor (sans bridle!) to perform his Freestyle, with each move one-upping the next: side pass over a barrel …

… which then became a jump …

… and then she tooled around backwards for a bit …

… before flying with him over this jump …

… and a little more cantering backwards just to be sure …

… and finally, a well-deserved round of applause!

Watch their ride in its entirety:

What a performance — well played, you two. They returned for today’s finale which should be wrapping up at any moment, which means they’ll shortly be putting the finalists to an audience favorite vote! Keep an eye on the Retired Racehorse Project Facebook page for details. Go OTTBs. Go Eventing!

I’m so blessed to have had such an amazing team with me this weekend! #rrp #retiredracehorseproject2017

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Thoroughbred Makeover: WebsiteEntriesScheduleRide TimesLive StreamLive Scores

Allison Thompson and Cactus Willie Crowned Eventing Champions at Thoroughbred Makeover

Photo courtesy of Retired Racehorse Project.

With 90 entries, Eventing was far and away the largest division at this year’s Thoroughbred Makeover — represent! In the end Allison Thompson of Fairview, NC, and Cactus Willie came away with the big win.

Allison purchased the 2012 Texas-bred gelding from Trillium Sport Horses in Ocala, FL. Cactus Willie (My Sweet William – Good Humor, by Smart Strike) had a milquetoast racing career, earning $1,305 in eight starts. His last race was just over a year ago, in September 2016, at Louisiana Downs and then it was onto a new career, in which he is clearly shining! Allison, whose main squeeze is her two-star horse Merlot 325, has done a beautiful job showing him the ropes — though she’s quick to give her horse all the credit.

Allison describes the horse as

“He was really relaxed for all three phases,” Allison says. “He’s easy to show off in dressage. And he just loped around on the buckle over the jumps.”

They earned a 76.316% in their dressage test, including a 9.5 on the free walk, then followed up with two foot-perfect jumping phases.

 

Cactus Willie’s winning dressage test at the Thoroughbred Makeover. He got a 9.5 on the free walk! Tune in to the live streaming at 9am tomorrow at https://www.retiredracehorseproject.org/makeover-finale-livestream

Posted by Thompson Equestrian on Friday, October 6, 2017

 

Cactus Willie in his show jumping phase at the Thoroughbred Makeover. Watch us tomorrow morning! Eventing runs from 9-9:45am
https://www.retiredracehorseproject.org/makeover-finale-livestream

Posted by Thompson Equestrian on Friday, October 6, 2017

“He’s a really flashy mover, he’s very very loose, and he’s very attractive to look at, but his beast feature is his brain,” she says. Even with the Kentucky Horse Park’s electric atmosphere, she explains that he just needs to stand and look around and take everything in, and then he’s good to go.

“Initially he was for sale,” she says. “But everyone is keeping tabs on him and so many people love him. I don’t know if I can let this one go.”

Cactus Willie has enjoyed a successful Beginner Novice debut, finishing 4th at Windridge Summer H.T. in August, and in September winning Kentucky Classic and collecting another fourth at Poplar Place. Allison plans to take him to his first Novice event at the end of October, and then move him up to Training level in the spring.

Their work here this weekend isn’t done yet, however! Today the top five riders in each discipline will compete in the Thoroughbred Makeover Finale for the title of America’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred and a share of $100,000 in prize money. The competition will be live-streamed on the RRP website and Facebook page, the USEF Network, the Blood-Horse, and can be watched on Roku or Apple TV. There will be text or phone voting after the competition concludes at around 5 p.m., at which time they will announce the number. Until then, the competition is still underway so tune in!

Congrats again to Allison and Cactus Willie — we look forward to following  talented OTTB in his new career!

Also of interest to eventers: Nick Larkin, winner of the 1998 Rolex Kentucky 4* event with his New Zealand OTTB Red and 4th place finisher in this year’s Thoroughbred Makeover Eventing division, is hosting a cross country clinic tomorrow on the infield of the Kentucky Horse Park’s steeplechase course. Mounted instruction is available to Makeover participants and their Makeover horses for $75 — click here to register. Auditing is available at no cost to anyone gaining access to the KY Horse Park.

A number of other clinics are being offered as well, including “Freestyle 101” with Tik Maynard, “Dressage Fix-A-Test” with Jennifer Roth, and show jumping with Richard Lamb. See the full clinic lineup here.

Thoroughbred Makeover Eventing Division Top 10 (note: second round scores for top 5 are scores for today’s “America’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred” final):

Thoroughbred Makeover: Website, Entries, Schedule, Ride Times, Live StreamLive Scores

Friday News & Notes from Kentucky Equine Research

The 2017 Thoroughbred Makeover is underway at the Kentucky Horse Park! Love this photo as a reminder of how the event connects OTTBs, who not too long ago were coming off the track and facing an uncertain future, with new careers and loving homes. Abby Powell has written up a guide to this year’s Makeover and we’ll be bringing that to you first thing so check back after you’ve had your coffee for that!

National Holiday: National Get Funky Day

Major Events This Week: 

Boekelo: WebsiteRide Times & Live ScoringFriday Ride TimesLive StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Course Brook Farm H.T.  [Website] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Kent School Fall H.T. [Website] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

WindRidge Farm Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Maryland at Loch Moy H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Radnor Hunt H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Middle Tennessee Pony Club H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

Willow Draw Charity H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Woodside International CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

The Event at Skyline H.T.  [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

Here’s your opportunity to ride with a legend of American eventing! The American Trakehner Association is hosting a David O’Connor clinic Nov. 8-9 at Tryon International Equestrian Center. David will be teaching small groups of Beginner Novice through Advanced level riders, focusing on dressage, show jumping and show jumping exercises for cross country. On-site stabling available. $450 for two days, $275 for one, with deep discounts for ATA members. Entries close Oct. 17. [ATA]

Woodside International Horse Trials kicks off tomorrow and the USEA is on top of coverage. Between Beginner Novice through Advanced horse trial divisions, CIC*, CIC2* and CIC3* FEI divisions, and the USEA Young Event Horse West Coast Championships, there’s plenty enough going on. Keep an eye on the USEA website and Facebook page for all the latest. [Gold Cup Fast Facts: 2017 Woodside International Horse Trials]

Hot on Horse Nation: ‘Autumn Is My Favorite Color’: A Few Autumn-Inspired Equestrian Counter-Memes

KER ClockIt™ Session of the Week

The KER ClockIt Sport mobile app tracks an individual horse’s intensity and duration of exercise through speed, heart rate, and GPS, so that horse owners can assess their horse’s fitness in order to condition and feed each horse appropriately for the work they’re actually performing.

The ClockIt Sport session featured this week belongs to an eventer who competed with her horse in a training division class during an event at the Kentucky Horse Park. The graph below shows the horse’s cross-country section. He spent 2:36 minutes in the yellow heart rate zone (80-90%). His average speed was 460 m/min with an average heart rate of 175 bpm. The horse ended up finishing third in its class with 3.6 time penalties from cross-country.

The yellow heart rate zone (80-90%) is where many human athletes train to improve fitness. In this zone, there begins to be a significant level of anaerobic energy generation, and blood lactate starts to accumulate. In studies performed by KER, researchers using KER ClockIt Sport found that during the cross-country phase of events, horses exercised in heart-rate zones that are indicative of anaerobic energy generation and blood lactate accumulation.

By logging into your account on the KER ClockIt website, you will be able to see detailed reports of each session, like the one above. Once you are signed in, you can view your detailed sessions under the “Sessions” tab.

New to ClockIt? Check out our Getting Started page.

Monday Video from Tredstep Ireland: In the Arena & the Feed Room with Elisa Wallace

Tredstep Ireland rider Elisa Wallace continually inspires me with her organic approach to horse training. Her latest vlog starts out with a session with Henri, her 2016 Retired Racehorse Project horse who finished second in the Eventing division, and the rapport between the two is apparent. I appreciate the way she uses play to engage the horse’s brain — both Elisa and Henri are clearly having fun.

“I think sometimes in working with these guys it’s kind of optimizing the things they’re good at instead of focusing on their weaknesses so much,” she says. “I find that if I focus on the things they enjoy doing I can kind of go around to the back door and get the weaknesses stronger that way.”

We then follow her to the feed room, where she discusses her well thought-out, individually based program based on feeds from Buckeye Nutrition. She explains that she doesn’t typically “I like to keep things pretty simple,” she says, noting that she doesn’t typically use a lot of supplements, but that she’s recently started using Hypona MagVet to address a magnesium deficiency discovered in Simply Priceless after Badminton.

Always neat to get a behind-the-scenes look at a top-class operation. Check out more of Elisa’s vlogs here.

Elisa was out and about at Jump Start H.T. over the weekend, using the event as a final outing with her current Thoroughbred Makeover horses, Vindicated and Fly With Me and winning an Open Prelim division with Riot Gear, a 2009 Oldenburg gelding owned by Steve and Vicki Sukup. Congrats!

Do You Have the EN App?

Earlier this year EN rolled out its very own app, making it just a little bit easier for citizens of Eventing Nation to get their fix. In case you missed our announcement about it the first time around, we thought we’d issue a reminder.

Reasons why you need it: 

  • Never type “eventingnation.com” into your browser search bar again! Just tap the app and boom, you’re here!
  • With a single click you can text, email or share stories to social!
  • Save stories as favorites so you can read them later, even offline!
  • Activate push notifications so you know the minute we publish a new story!

Technology! Very exciting.

How to get it:

Just search “Eventing Nation” in the iOS App Store or Google Play Store on your phone or tablet. It’s free!

Download the EN app for iOS

Download the EN app for Android

For extra EN karma, feel free to give us a 5-star rating in the App Store.

Go forth and download. Go Eventing!

Weekend Instagram Roundup: Morven Park Fall H.T. & CIC

Morven Park, in Leesburg, Va., saw a big weekend of eventing action. In addition to Novice through Advanced horse trials, the event hosted CICs for the one-, two- and three-star levels. The winners of those divisions:

CIC1*: Holly Payne Caravella & Charm King
CIC2*: Autumn Schweiss & Oakport Strauss
CIC3*: Colleen Rutledge & Covert Rights

See complete results here. Congrats to all finishers! Here are a few of your snapshots from the event:

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Woohoo! Came to Morven with no expectations, and left with a freshly minted FEI horse! We finished on a very respectable score of 65, to finish in 11th. And to top it off, Eddie came home the TIP champion! How awesome to come home with a keepsake from his first CIC! It has been over 5 years since my last FEI. I have been patiently watching from the sidelines for a long time now. I can't put into words how proud and excited I am to be back at this level. Especially knowing that I have carefully produced him this far myself. I know, this is just the beginning. Eddie has so much more to offer than I've ever had the opportunity to ride. He matched my personal best score in dressage on his first try, AND ran a clear XC inside the time. While I would have loved to jump a cleaner show jump round, I know this is our weakness and he will become more focused as time goes on. Looking forward to polishing up all three phases before we head to Kentucky in a few weeks for the CCI. Thanks to my mom and grandma for their help all weekend! And to Kristin for helping prepare us for these competitions!

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Go Eventing!

#EventerProblems Vol. 129: So. Much. Stuff.

From minor hoarding tendencies to fashion malfunctions, eventing gear accounts for a large percentage of #EventerProblems. Here are a few of your own!

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I think I have a problem…#eventerproblems

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First thing in the brand new washing machine?! #allthesaddlepads #eventerproblems #eventersofinstagram

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Go Eventing.

Friday Video from World Equestrian Brands: Boyd Martin & Shamwari 4’s Leading Stable View Test

Boyd Martin has four horses in the top 10 after Stable View Advanced dressage, including top-placed Shamwari 4. The 15-year-old Hanoverian gelding, owned by the Shamwari 4 Syndicate, has been on the DL since his 12th place finish at Kentucky last year and we’re glad to see him back out at the Advanced level — and in fine form, from judging from his score of 24.9. In her “By the Numbers” predictions for the event, EN Maggie noted that Shamwari’s average dressage score over the past three calendar years was a 30.8, so he’s well out in front of that!

Watch his winning test on Shamwari 4, courtesy of EN hero TheHorsePester.

Additionally, Boyd sits 6th on Blackfoot Mystery, 9th on Crackerjack (Maggie’s pick to win) and 10th on Tsetserleg.

One more Boyd note: He is leading an Advanced course walk at 3 p.m. on Saturday. For a $10 donation, you can find out how he plans to ride the course, with all proceeds to benefit The Cumbee Center to Assist Abused Persons.

The next two spots on the leaderboard belong to West Coast ladies Heather Morris with Charlie Tango (25.4) and Tamra Smith with Wembly (26.0). Congrats and best of luck to all competitors this weekend! If you’re following remotely, check EN Saturday morning for live stream info.

Stable View Advanced Top 15 After Dressage:

Stable View Advanced Oktoberfest H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Stream]

What’s In Your Arena? Presented by Attwood: Jump Start H.T. Edition

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

In this week’s edition of “What’s in Your Arena?” presented by Attwood Equestrian Surfaces, let’s take a walk around the Intermediate-Preliminary show jumping course at Jump Start Horse Trials, taking place this weekend at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Here’s a look at the course map, thoughtfully designed by Nori Scheffel.

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

It’s always fun to see an option, and the Prelim/Intermediate riders have the choice of a liverpool or a skinny at fence #3. The liverpool is the more efficient route, is slightly lower and has a better groundline. But if your horse isn’t into them you have an out with the skinny.

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

We’re seeing more and more artistically painted show jumps at events these days. How pretty is this flower themed fence?

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

And this shout-out to Keeneland Pony Club, for which Jump Start H.T. is its annual fundraiser. Their membership is 41 Pony Clubbers strong, with an age range of 6 to 24.

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Here’s a gallery of jumps #1-10:

Local eventer and Rood & Riddle partner Dr. Chris Newton leads the IP division with Good Measure. Here’s the leaderboard after show jumping:

The Training through Intermediate levels completed dressage and show jumping today and will go cross country tomorrow, which also sees the kick-off of Starter through Novice level divisions. Best of luck to all competitors!

Jump Start H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

 

#EventerFailFriday: A Foolish Consistency

“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds,” said American transcendentalist philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson in his 1841 essay “Self Reliance.”

I’m not sure what a hobgoblin is (event horse says: a frightening creature that dwells in the bottom of trakehners), but what old Ralph was trying to say is that a person does not have to think and act consistently from one day to the next. It’s important to stay open to new ideas and ways of doing things, even if it means contradicting previous thoughts and actions. The world changes, and we change with it.

It’s a great guiding principle for life, but when it comes to the sport of eventing … maybe not so much. I’ll take a little foolish consistency over the horse that suddenly is terrified of the flower pot it’s walked past a thousand times, who decides to spontaneously rage against the machine in a dressage test when things have been going so well, or after six perfect jumps decides to slam on the brakes at the seventh.

Exhibit A:

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How was your test today? All of the above. #eventerproblems #eventing #graceful

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I miss this horse #eventerproblems #dirtmustache #goodtimes

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Go Eventing.

Start Box, Starting Gate, School: Lauren Snider’s Life Is a Full Plate

Lauren’s beloved Soldyouadream, AKA “Junie,” whom she lost last fall. Photo by Jacky Bolam.

Lauren Snider of Starfire Eventing and Racing in northern Kentucky is a lifelong Area 8 eventer, having competed through the CCI2* level. She galloped racehorses for 18 years and trained her own stable for five. In addition to eventing her own horse, training another two, teaching a handful of students, and attending Northern Kentucky University, she just got a new yearling to break and get back into racing. “I was coerced,” she says, “since full-time school and showing horses isn’t enough apparently.”

Lauren admits that it is a full plate, but that it works for her. “The more I have to do, the better I perform it seems,” she says. “I thrive on it. My typical day is non-stop riding, teaching, homework and horse care, not necessarily in that order! I sometimes forget to eat and often fall asleep with a pen in my hand or the laptop in my lap with my hand on the mouse pad. My husband is a long-haul truck driver, so I also have to manage things around the house most of time, as he is away from home more often than not.”

Lauren and Pedro. Photo by Katie Wegman.

Start Box

Eventing has always been Lauren’s passion. She enjoyed success as a young rider, training with Phillip Dutton in high school after winning a Bit of Britain scholarship. She went on to earn a team bronze medal for Area 8 in the NAJYRC CCI2* in 1999.

Having worked in the racing industry for many years, Lauren is a big fan of the Thoroughbred breed and an advocate for OTTBs. She got her current horse Pedro, a 2009 Kentucky-bred gelding who raced under the name Mrthreeofive (Tenpins – Crowning Mood, by Chief’s Crown ), off the track in May for free, sight unseen.

“I’m madly in love with him,” she says. “I found him through a connection at the track and took him on a hunch. He’s a dreamboat, but he’s tough too. I was horseless and in a very dark place since I had to euthanize my 5-year-old last fall. He really helped me get my mind back in the right place.”

Pedro won his very first mini trial at Leg Up in August and was fifth at the Spring Run mini trial a few weeks ago as well. Jump Start Horse Trials, taking place this weekend at the Kentucky Horse Park, will be his first recognized event.

“I think he has all the makings of an upper-level horse, fingers crossed! He has serious ADD, which is one of his biggest obstacles,” Lauren says.

Photos by Coady Photography.

Starting Gate

Lauren’s relationship with the racing industry is bittersweet.

She left the sport in March 2016 after plenty of internal debate. The timing seemed right: Her old reliable mare My Cherry Pie was retiring sound and happy, her best horse was hurt, and the others weren’t running well.

“I was working so hard and had nothing to show for it anymore.” Her own body had taken quite a beating after 18 years of galloping racehorses and eventing, and she felt like it was time to take a step back. But moreover, she was having a hard time reconciling her own ethics with those predominant in the sport.

“I left frankly because I had become disgusted with all the cheating and general ways of the racetrack,” she says. “I love Thoroughbred horses, and being on the back of a racehorse is one the greatest feelings in the whole world, but I have trouble reconciling my horse care beliefs and the way I believe horses should be trained with how things are done in the racing industry, especially regarding medication use and misuse.”

She thought she had left that world behind for good until one of her old owners, Tommy Horan, called her out of the blue two weeks ago. He was considering purchasing a yearling filly by English-bred Grade 1 winner of $2.2 million dollars Noble Mission — a classy prospect for sure, as most of Noble Mission’s babies went for between $100,000 and $350,000 at a recent sale. But he would buy the filly under one condition: if Lauren would break her and train her.

“I wanted to say no right away, but he has always been so good to me as an owner and his other horses are with a much bigger trainer, so I was honored that he wanted to trust me with a horse of this caliber,” Lauren says. “We both pretty much feel like we won the lottery! She is royally bred for the turf on both sides of her pedigree. I’m just going to roll with it and see what happens. She’s beautiful and her stride is amazing.”

Lauren feels like having just one racehorse in training will be much more manageable than the multi-sport, multi-horse operation she was running before.

“Having a racing stable and trying to event is very tough because I do everything myself and have no grooms,” she says. “So every time I would go out of town for a show, I’d have to find reliable people to care for four to five racehorses for two to three days. The whole time I was competing I would be stressing about the racehorses. I did at times think I needed to choose between racing and eventing. I think with just one horse it will be a lot easier.”

The new race filly in for training. Photo courtesy of Lauren Snider.

School

Lauren is juggling four classes this fall at Northern Kentucky University, where she is pursuing a Bachelor’s in Social Work, and is on track to graduate in May 2019.

Her long-term goal: “I plan to get my Master’s in social work and work in the field of substance abuse counseling. I would eventually like to open my own inpatient substance abuse treatment facility, and incorporate equine therapy into a program of other traditional therapies.”

Lauren wears her heart on her sleeve, mindful of the people around her and especially those who are suffering or in need.

“I decided to go back to school because I want to help people with substance abuse problems get better,” she says. “I want to save lives. The final push for me to re-enroll was this winter when I found out that someone I was close to in rehab had died as the result of her addiction.”

This weekend at Jump Start H.T., her myriad endeavors — eventing, school and social work — are coming together. For her Ethics and Advocacy class at the university, she is conducting a personal hygiene item drive to benefit The Henry Hosea House of Newport, Kentucky.

“As eventers we are privileged to be able to work with our beautiful horses every day and attend competitions on the weekends,” she says. “Some of us have even been able to make horses our livelihood. For each one of us, there are many more who aren’t so fortunate. While we wince at the cost of that glue-on shoe or hay price increase, people in my community and yours are worried about where their next hot meal or tube of toothpaste is going to come from.”

The Hosea House is a charitable organization that provides a hot meal every evening to an average of 150 people, along with offering a foot clinic, personal care items, Thanksgiving baskets, and referral services to a network of other agencies within the community for any other service a guest may need.

“I chose the Hosea House because I think they do great work and don’t get the publicity or support that some of our other local organizations get,” Lauren says.

Her request to fellow eventers competing at Jump Start this weekend: “While you’re at the story this week picking up your bottled water, snacks and zip-lock bags, grab one of the personal care items listed below and drop it by our stalls.”

Suggested donations:

  • shampoo
  • razors
  • soap
  • toothpaste
  • toothbrushes
  • lip balm
  • deodorant
  • feminine products
  • diapers
  • etc.

“When you drop by our stalls, you can grab some free treats for your horse and feel good that you helped someone less fortunate than yourself,” she says. 

Lauren is in stall #2005 at Jump Start H.T. Let’s all give her a hand!

Go Eventing.

2018 Kentucky Three-Day Event Tickets Go on Sale Today!

Michael Jung and fischerRocana FST. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Christmas seems to come a little bit earlier every year, amiright? I am talking, of course, about tickets to the 2018 Kentucky Three-Day Event (April 26-29), which officially go on sale today at 9 a.m. EST.

Usually tickets don’t go on sale until the beginning of November, but they’re being offered up early this year to unveil a new ticket-ordering system.

“We have been building a new ticket system. It’s ready, and we are eager to unveil it,” says Stewart Perry, President of Equestrian Events, Inc. (EEI), organizer of the Kentucky Three-Day Event, of the earlier date.

“Our new system has really simplified the process of buying tickets to our event,” said Lee Carter, EEI Executive Director. “Even those purchases that traditionally folks called in, like group tickets, can easily be done online now.”

Ticket options include single-day, three-day (Fri-Sat-Sun) and four-day general admissions, as well as group sales and reserved grandstand seating. Reserved grandstand seating and tailgating spots go fast once sales open, so fans will get the best tickets at the best prices if they order early.

New this year is Saturday’s CSI3* $225,000 Invitational Show Jumping Grand Prix, to be held after cross country country, and Friday’s $35,000 1.45m FEI ranking class, held after Friday’s dressage. There is no charge for the Grand Prix or ranking class tickets, but seats must be reserved through the ticketing system ahead of time.

Sure, we still have a few months of pesky winter to suffer through, but in our hearts it’s already springtime in Kentucky and the birds are singing and the four-star horses are galloping past. For eventers who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, nine out of 10 doctors surveyed recommend purchasing Rolex tickets in advance to hang on your fridge or display in another prominent place in your home to keep the cold-weather blahs away.

Order your tickets today at www.KentuckyThreeDayEvent.com/tickets!

Tuesday Video from SpectraVet: A Happy Marlborough H.T. BN Helmet Cam

Some days I’d rather watch a GoPro of a happy horse and rider clocking around a Beginner Novice course than one of a four-star rider tackling the biggest course in the world. This is one of those days.

If you feel me, check out this one from Marlborough H.T., held Sept. 16 in Upper Marlborough, Maryland. Michaline West and Finley made short work of the course — love that blonde mane and Michaline’s effusive praise and clear confidence in her speedy pony. Thanks to Holly Covey for sending it our way!

View Marlborough H.T. results here.

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Dear Trump, Please Just Help Yourself to This EN Photo from Central Park Horse Show

We did a double-take yesterday after realizing that The Trump Organization, “the most globally recognized brand in luxury real estate, golf, hospitality, wine & entertainment,” lifted a photo off EN’s Instagram and reposted it to its own social media with no permission or credit.

Thank you to everyone that attended the Central Park Horse Show at Wollman Rink and congratulations to the winners! 🐎

Posted by The Trump Organization on Monday, September 25, 2017

But no worries, Trump Organization, help yourself — the invoice is in the mail.

Wollman Rink, site of Central Park Horse Show, has been operated by Trump’s company since 1986. During the event the connection was pretty hard to miss, as the Trump brand logo could be seen on signage around the ring.

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

President Trump was not in attendance at the show, but #bobbleheadtrump apparently made it out to the Arena Eventing class.

#bobbleheadtrump #trump

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Read our recap of the event here. Go Eventing.