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Pony Power! Double Gold for Great Britain at FEI European Championships for Ponies

Defending champion Team Great Britain took team and individual gold at the 2019 FEI European Championships for Ponies. The silver medal went to France, and bronze to Ireland. Photo by FEI/Łukasz Kowalski.

Prelude: Can we just pause here for a moment and do some math? Consider a 14.2-hand pony competing at the FEI the CCIP2* level, which allows for a maximum height of 1.05m (3’4″) for cross country fixed obstacles, 1.25m (4.1″) for brush. Show jumping height is 1.10m (3’6″).

Compare a 14.2-hand pony jumping a 3’6″ fence to a 16.0-hand horse jumping a 3’6″ fence. The horse has a good six inches on that pony, so let’s tack that on to the jump size. The pony equivalent of that 16.0-hand horse jumping 3’6″ is a pony jumping 4′ — nearly a four-star effort. In the straight show jumping championship, the height of obstacles in the jump-off can be up to 1.4m (4’6″) — a 5′ grand prix, basically, using our pony math — AND they’re being piloted by kids between the age of 12 and 16.

With that in mind, let’s give all these young riders and their superponies a standing ovation. What incredible athletes they all are.

The FEI European Championships for Ponies have concluded at Strzegom in Poland, and what an exciting week it has been with big shifts in the leaderboard throughout all three eventing phases. (Re-watch the live stream of each phase here.)

Daniel Haver (NED) and Zeb were 5th after dressage. Photo by Leszek Wójcik.

Eventing dressage, which took place Friday, was won by 15-year-old Sophia Rössel of Germany with Camillo WE, a 10-year-old Oldenburg gelding, on a score of 25.4. Of the seven teams competing, Great Britain took the early lead, with France in second and Germany in third.

Cross country leaders Daisy Bathe (GBR) and SF Detroit. Photo by Leszek Wójcik.

And then it was on to cross country, a test of 24 fences and 33 efforts over a distance of 2,990 meters. It was an influential day, handsomely rewarding the seven double-clear rounds out of 42 cross country starters. Great Britain’s Daisy Bathe, age 16, collected just two time penalties to move from third after dressage into first with SF Detroit, a 10-year-old Holsteiner stallion. Lisa Gualtieri (FRA) with O Ma Doue Kersidal posted a clear round with no time to sit second, and Camilla Luciani (ITA) moved into third with Camelot Damgaard. Dressage leader Sophia Rössel dropped to fifth. In team rankings, Great Britain retained the lead with France in second, but Ireland overtook Germany for the bronze medal spot.

Finn Healy (GBR) and Midnight Dancer. Photo by Leszek Wójcik.

The leaderboard was rearranged once again after today’s show jumping finale. Cross country leader Daisy Bathe had an unlucky round, pulling two rails to finished the championships in 7th. British teammates Finn Healy with Midnight Dancer, Ibble Watson with Bookhamlodge Pennylane, and Freya Partridge with Master Macky had better fortune, moving into 1st, 2nd and 4th places respectively. Collectively, the four riders’ combined score saw them to the top step of the medal podium.

Finn Healy, age 15, earned individual gold as well with his 9-year-old Connemara gelding on a final score of 31.7. The pair was 10th after dressage but jumped their way up the standings thanks to a clear round inside the time on cross country course and only one point for time in show jumping.

“It was a testing cross country track, very technical, it required some reactive riding, we all did that and got ourselves in the position to win,” Finn said. “It didn’t really sink in yet. It’s a dream come true!”

Silver went to his teammate Ibble Watson, and bronze to Camilla Luciani (ITA) with Camelot Damgaard.

FEI European Championships for Ponies: WebsiteIndividual Results, Team ResultsLive Stream

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Who Jumped It Best? GMHA Junior Beginner Novice Edition

If you know me, you know that Junior Beginner Novice is my favorite division of them all. The spunk, the smiles, and those first cross country colors … mine were turquoise and purple, and lemme tell you, I went ALL IN on that.

This week’s edition of Who Jumped It Best? takes us to GMHA H.T. in South Woodstock, Vermont. You know what to do, EN: Take a look at these photos of Junior Beginner Novice B competitors tackling the yellow house and vote in the poll at the bottom of the post for which pair you think presents the best overall picture over the jump.

Many thanks to Joan Davis of Flatlandsfoto for these photos and for showing up (almost every weekend, it seems!) with her camera and a smile. We sure do appreciate you, Joan.

Whitney Lewis and Guiness. Photo by Joan Davis / Flatlandsfoto.

Madison Gargiulo and Adorion. Photo by Joan Davis / Flatlandsfoto.

Sydney Gallien and Hot Trot’n Twister. Photo by Joan Davis / Flatlandsfoto.

Kendall Turney and Take Another Road. Photo by Joan Davis / Flatlandsfoto.

Georgia Quackenbos and Majestic B. Photo by Joan Davis / Flatlandsfoto.

Eloise Plante and Wild Saint. Photo by Joan Davis / Flatlandsfoto.

Lila McDougall and Juno. Photo by Joan Davis / Flatlandsfoto.

Your FEI European Championships for Ponies Live Stream Hook Up

Rocket blasters: engaged! Derda Agata of Poland and Kosma compete in FEI European Championships for Ponies jumping. Photo by Leszek Wójcik / FEI.

It’s pocket rockets on parade at the FEI European Championships for Ponies, which is underway this week at Strzegom in Poland. These are SERIOUS ponies, y’all. If these young riders were old enough to drive cars, they’d have bumper stickers that say “My pony could beat up your horse.”

All three Olympic disciplines are represented. Denmark won gold in the dressage competition, with individual tests taking place through the weekend. Jumping is underway, with the team final taking place this morning and individual rounds continuing on Saturday and Sunday. You can find live streams of both dressage and jumping at the FEI European Championships for Ponies Youtube playlist here.

Eventing dressage, run as a CCI2*-L, has concluded, with 15-year-old Sophia Rössel of Germany and Camillo WE holding the overnight lead on a score of 25.4. Cross country takes place tomorrow beginning at 15:00 local time (9 a.m. EST) with show jumping to follow on Sunday at 10:00 local time (4 a.m. EST).

The FEI knows what we want — PONIES!!! — and when we want it — NOW!!! — and so they’re kindly live streaming all three eventing phases. Re-watch eventing dressage and set your alarms this weekend to watch these tiny titans of our sport do their thing.

FEI European Championships for Ponies: Website, Entries, Schedule, Cross Country Order of GoLive Scores, Team Results, Live Stream

In Memory of Jeffie Wilkins Chapin: 1987-2019

Jeffie Chapin and Joinem at the GMHA Festival of Eventing. Photo by Joan Davis / Flatlandsfoto.

We continue to grieve the loss — and celebrate the life — of Jeffie Chapin, who suffered a fatal accident on Sunday at the Green Mountain Horse Association Festival of Eventing in South Woodstock, Vermont.

Jeffie’s passion and spirit are beautifully articulated in her obituary:

“What is most important to understand is that Jeffie lived her dream, a dream she had from her earliest days, to be surrounded by horses. She had her own horses, she lived on a beautiful horse farm in Wenham, MA, she worked hard every day for her horses, donkey, dogs, and cats, and she found a husband in Deacon who shared these loves with her. Few of us actually know our life dream. From her earliest days as a child, she actually knew precisely what her dream was, and she achieved it. On her last day, Jeffie was doing exactly what her life dream had in store: she was in an equestrian competition with her horses alongside of her husband and her dogs. Jeffie’s dream has now become eternal.

“Jeffie was a teacher. She possessed deep insights into her students in the classroom and in the riding ring. Her humility, kindness, tenacity, honesty, love, and intelligence caused her to be remarkably successful helping children. She taught at the Carroll School in Lincoln, MA, Brookwood School in Manchester, MA, and Bentley Academy Charter School in Salem, MA. Additionally, she helped hundreds of young children acquire a love of horses and all the work and satisfaction that derives from helping animals.”

You can read the full obituary, as well as send flowers, sign her memory book and view memorial arrangements, here. Services will be held on Friday, Aug. 16, at 11 a.m. at The Myopia Hunt Club at 435 Bay Road in South Hamilton, MA.

Jeffie’s family and close connections have responded to the tragedy of her passing with an enormous grace that is befitting of the Jeffie’s own nature. In a touching effort to continue Jeffie’s legacy, the Chapin and Wilkins families have established the Jennifer Wilkins Chapin Foundation, which will award grants and stipends in support of deserving young riders in the Northeastern U.S. Tax-deductible charitable contributions in memory of Jeffie can be made by check and mailed to: Jennifer Wilkins Chapin Foundation / 110 Larch Row / Wenham, MA 01984.

On behalf of the eventing community, we extend our deepest condolences to Jeffie’s friends and family. And a thank-you to Jeffie for exemplifying what is special about our sport and our community — the expression on her face while tackling these jumps at GMHA says it all.

Jeffie Chapin and Joinem at the GMHA Festival of Eventing. Photo by Joan Davis / Flatlandsfoto.

Jeffie Chapin and Joinem at GMHA in 2018. Photo by Morgan Mindrebo / Flatlandsfoto.

Jeffie Chapin and Joinem at GMHA in 2018. Photo by Joan Davis / Flatlandsfoto.

Jeffie Chapin and Joinem at GMHA in June 2019. Photo by Joan Davis / Flatlandsfoto.

Go Jeffie. Go Eventing.

Previewing the Bromont CCI4*-S Entry List

Boyd Martin and Contestor, winners of the Bromont CCI4*-S last year. Photo by Cealy Tetley.

After Bromont CCI and Little Bromont in June, the final installation of Bromont’s summer event series — Bromont CCI-S — takes place this weekend, Aug. 16-19, in Bromont, Quebec. The event offers CCI4*-S, CCI3*-S, CCIU253*-S, CCI2*-S, CCIU252*-S and Open Training divisions, as well as a new-for-2019 Open Preliminary division.

Bromont is a destination event — where would you rather spend the dog days of summer than a cool, charming mountain village in Canada? And of course the venue, with its great footing and inspired courses, is a draw in and of itself. Derek Di Grazia has been Bromont’s cross country course designer since 2009 and we can expect him to set a challenging track with the help of builder Jay Hambly and his team, utilizing the spectacular hills and natural water features Bromont has to offer. Sue Ockendon, the event organizer, spares nothing to bring in the best officiating from around the world. Prizes for a win at Bromont CCI-S include a free entry in any of the FEI divisions in 2020, including the Under 25 divisions.

Let’s have a look at this year’s CCI4*-S field, a mix of horses making their debut at the level as well as more seasoned combinations.

  • Matt Brown & Big Berry
  • Lillian Heard & LCC Barnaby
  • Holly Jacks-Smither & More Inspiration
  • Holly Jacks-Smither & Candy King
  • Brooke Massie & Serendipity
  • Michael Nolan & SBT Good Guy
  • Jessica Phoenix & Wabbit
  • Jessica Phoenix & Dr. Sheldon Cooper
  • Jessica Phoenix & Bogue Sound
  • Jessica Phoenix & Watson GS
  • Dom Schramm & Bolytair B
  • Ronald Zabala-Goetschel & Wundermaske
  • Ronald Zabala-Goetschel & Pats Jester
  • Ronald Zabala-Goetschel & The Apprentice

A few notes of interest:

The Apprentice — previously owned by Caroline Martin and campaigned through the five-star level by Buck Davidson — is a relatively new ride for Ronald Zabala, who purchased the horse this year. This is second international start together, the first being Jersey Fresh where they finished 9th in the CCI3*-S.

Matt Brown seems to have a good thing going with Big Berry, who will be making his four-star debut. The horse, formerly competed by Piggy French, was 11th in the Bromont CCI3*-S earlier this summer. Matt also has Super Socks BCF, who had an extended layup after finishing 6th at Kentucky in 2017, entered in the Open Prelim. It’s their second horse trial back — we’ve missed you, Super Socks!

Dom Schramm and Bolytair B are hitting up Bromont on the homestretch to Burghley, where they’ll be making their second five-star start.

Jessica Phoenix is the busiest rider of the division, with four horses entered, all of whom have experience at the four-star level. Her show jumping ride times: 9:30, 9:45, 9:59, 10:19 — boom, boom, boom, boom.

Dressage for all divisions takes place on Friday, with show jumping to follow on Saturday and cross country on Sunday.

Go Eventing.

Bromont CCI-S: Website, Entries, Ride Times, Live Scores

Andrew Hoy Brings the Cross Country Heat at Ready Steady Tokyo Test Event

Australia’s Andrew Hoy and Bloom Des Hauts Crets. Photo by FEI/Yusuke Nakanishi.

Australia’s Andrew Hoy brought the heat on a hot day of cross country at the Ready Steady Tokyo test event, which is underway one year in advance of the 2020 Olympic Games. The event’s second phase took place at Sea Forest, the venue hosting equestrian cross country as well as rowing and canoe sprint next year.

Temps were in the 90s with humidity — not pleasant, but potentially similar to conditions horses and riders may experience at next year’s Games. As such, the weather provided a perfect environment to test the cross country venue’s onsite cooling facilities for the equine and human athletes.

Andrew Hoy, who was second after dressage (see EN’s report here), stormed into the top spot with Bloom Des Hauts Crets, an 8-year-old Selle Français mare (Orlando x Naika de Kerser, by Oberon du Moulinnaika) owned by Odaria Finemore. They crossed the finish line with seven seconds to spare to take the lead on their dressage score of 27.7.

Australia’s Andrew Hoy and Bloom Des Hauts Crets. Photo by FEI/Yusuke Nakanishi.

“It’s a very nice position to be in and if I win I’m very happy for this year, but it’s next year I want to win!,” Andrew said. “My horse galloped very well and her heart rate and temperature were very good when I arrived. The cooling facilities here at the venue were absolutely excellent. As an Olympic venue it’s ready one year before because the ground is excellent and the construction of the cross country fences is very good, but next year will be very different fences.”

For the test event, cross country course designer Derek Di Grazia built a special 3,025-meter track overlooking Tokyo Bay, incorporating 20 fences with 31 jumping efforts. It was intended to give athletes, National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and National Federations (NFs) a chance to assess the undulations of the terrain without giving too much away about Derek’s vision for the Olympic course.

Germany’s Michael Jung and Fischerwild Wave. Photo by FEI/Yusuke Nakanishi.

Germany’s Michael Jung, another triple Olympic gold medalist, also came home clear and up on the clock to move into second on 28.0. His mount for the test event is Fischerwild Wave, a 7-year-old Holsteiner (Water Dance XX x Uquina), owned by Klaus and Sabine Fischer and the Jung family, who has competed through the CCI3*-S level. 

“It was hot but it wasn’t really a big problem,” Michael said afterwards. “The grooms and everyone took really good care of the horses and everyone tried to make the job for the horses and the riders as easy as possible. This is really fantastic here.”

Japan’s Kazuma Tomoto and Tacoma d’Horset. Photo by FEI/Yusuke Nakanishi.

Japan has claim on the next three leaderboard spots: Ryuzo Kitajima and Vick Du Gisors were almost bang on the optimum time of five minutes 30 seconds to move up from fourth after dressage to third. Dressage leaders Yoshiaki Oiwa and Bart L JRA finished 14 seconds down on the clock to collect 5.6 time faults and drop to fourth. Another pair for the host nation, Kazuma Tomoto and Tacoma d’Horset, round out the top five.

Great Britain’s Georgie Spence and Halltown Harley. Photo by FEI/Yusuke Nakanishi.

Britain’s Georgie Spence and Halltown Harley are 6th, and heading into show jumping tomorrow there’s less than a fence between them and the leaders.

Seven of the 16 starters remain on their dressage marks, while eight others collected just time faults. The only combination to pick up jumping penalties were cross country pathfinders Kazuya Otomo and Condorcet, who had a runout at the second element of the angled rails double at fence 10 to drop one place to 16th.

“All the horses recovered really well after the cross country, despite the challenging conditions, and they are all now back home in their air conditioned stables at Baji Koen resting ready for tomorrow’s jumping,” FEI Veterinary Director Goran Akerström said.

Ready Steady Tokyo continues tomorrow at the dressage and show jumping venue, Baji Koen, which was the site of the Olympic equestrian events at the 1964 Tokyo Games and has been independently refurbished by the Japan Racing Association.

Ready Steady Tokyo test event top six placings after cross country:

  1. Australia’s Andrew Hoy and Bloom Des Hauts Crets (27.7)
  2. Germany’s Michael Jung and Fischerwild Wave (28.0)
  3. Japan’s Ryuzo Kitajima and Vick Du Gisors JRA (28.2)
  4. Japan’s Yoshiaki Oiwa and Bart L JRA (30.1)
  5. Japan’s Kazuma Tomoto and Tacoma d’Horset (30.4)
  6. Great Britain’s Georgie Spence and Halltown Harley (30.6)

[Triple Olympic gold medalist Hoy snatches lead with Bloom after cross country]

10 Reasons to Get Excited About Foshay International 2019

Photo by Joan Davis/ Flatlands Foto.

We are counting down to the second annual running of Canada’s newest FEI event, Foshay International. Held over Labor Day Weekend on Aug. 29-Sept. 1, Foshay in picturesque Jemseg, New Brunswick, is back and even better in 2019 after its inaugural edition garnered rave reviews.

Entries are open! Are you looking for a special summer destination event to add to your competition calendar? We took a deeper look at Foshay and put together a list of reasons why you should consider making the trip.

1. It’s closer than you think. Jemseg, New Brunswick is located less than eight hours from Boston and just 10 minutes off the Trans Canada Highway. Foshay offers a destination event set alongside the stunning backdrop of the Saint John River. 8. Did we mention there is a beach that runs alongside the cross country course? Spectators can even come by boat — Foshay is the only FEI event accessible by land or by water, and they’re hoping to see more boats in 2019. (Unless you’ve got a floating horse box, competitors are still encouraged to bring their horses by land;)

Photo by Joan Davis/ Flatlands Foto.

2. Foshay has expanded in 2019 to include two international divisions (CCI1* and CCI2*-L) and two national divisions (Prelim and EV 105), as well as an EC gold level jumper show. Foshay is still the only event in North America and one of only 12 in the world offering the FEI’s new CCI Introductory level. With fences set at 1.05 meters, the CCI Introductory level is ideal for horses and riders looking to make the move up to international level who might not quite be ready for a CCI2* yet. Check out last year’s cross country course here. #Protip: Check your qualification requirements here, as they differ between the U.S. and Canada.

Photo by Kathryn Burke/www.equiessence.ca.

3. With an entry fee of $500, which includes stabling, Foshay International is the most affordable CCI to enter in North America this year. For those crossing the border for the event, your money will also go further in Canada, as the US Dollar currently has an exchange rate of $.75/CDN to $1/USD.

Photo by Joan Davis/ Flatlands Foto.

4. There are many ways that you can be a part of this exciting international event, and one of them is volunteering. Express your interest in one or more of Foshay’s Volunteer Teams and the event will be in touch to match your interests and abilities with fun and rewarding assignments.

Photo by Joan Davis/ Flatlands Foto.

5. A total of $25,000 in prize money will be split between the two levels, so you have the opportunity to win back your entry fee and take home extra cash.

Photo by Joan Davis/ Flatlands Foto.

6. Foshay will offer top notch hospitality and amenities and one of the best parties of the summer, including live music in the Marquis Tent. Also, spectator admission is free! The Foshay Country Market will feature local artisans, food and drink in a country fair atmosphere, and for 2019 is expanded to a grand marquis tent overlooking the site so you can shop, watch and eat all day. By popular demand, Foshay 2019 is sponsored by Grimross Brewing Co. from Fredericton, NB — with a Grimross cross country beer tent on cross country and a  station in the country market, craft beer appreciators have much to look forward to.

Photo by Joan Davis/ Flatlands Foto.

7. Foshay also offers numerous educational opportunities. The Foshay Eventing Academy will be occurring over the course of the entire weekend to teach the next generation of eventers the fundamentals of the sport. Learn more here. For students of all ages, check out Foshay Talks — like TED Talks, but Foshay!

Photo by Joan Davis/ Flatlands Foto.

8. Join the club. In the spirit of the ‘Dare to Dream’ legacy, you can now join the Foshay Club. New for 2019, the club provides an opportunity to support the event with an annual membership supporting course building updates, visitor experience upgrades, site improvements, and maintenance. There will be a member’s tent during the event offering local food and drink, and members will also be recognized for their support in announcements and in the program.You also support the event’s future by making a donation here.

Photo by Joan Davis/ Flatlands Foto.

9. While many venues on the East Coast are battling hard ground in late August, the temperate summer climate in New Brunswick will guarantee fantastic footing for Foshay. Thanks to the venue’s location in a river valley, the footing on Jay Hambly’s cross country course will be perfect.

Photo by Joan Davis/ Flatlands Foto.

10. Foshay International is on a mission to become the East Coast’s premier destination event. With a dedicated and experienced organizing committee, Foshay is committed to putting on an event that caters to competitors, horses, owners and spectators alike.

Foshay expects more entries and more excitement for 2019. But although the event is growing, you can expect the same hometown feel, and hospitality that we all love.

Are you planning to compete in Foshay International this year? Let us know in the comments below. Mark your calendars — entries close Aug. 26. Go Eventing.

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Japan’s Yoshiaki Oiwa Takes Dressage Lead at Ready Steady Tokyo Test Event

Japan’s Yoshiaki Oiwa riding Bart L JRA takes the early lead after the dressage phase at the Ready Steady Tokyo test event. Photo by FEI/Yusuke Nakanishi.

We’re a year out from the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, and the Ready Steady Tokyo test event is underway at the Equestrian Park at Baji Koen and the new Sea Forest cross country venue. Run as a CCI3*, the test event is meant to trial logistics, results, timing and data handling, footing, and transport between the two venues, along with other key factors that are crucial for the smooth running of next year’s Games.

Japan’s Yoshiaki Oiwa has taken the dressage lead among an impressive field that includes 17 athletes from Japan, Germany, Australia and Great Britain. Yoshiaki, who claimed double gold at last year’s Asian Games in Jakarta (INA) and is a three-time Olympian, demonstrated why he is a pillar of the Japanese team today, earning a mark of 24.5 from the three judges.   

He is well-mounted with Bart L JRA, a 13-year-old Dutch-bred gelding previously ridden by Frenchman Matthieu Lemoine on the gold medal team at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Yoshiaki, 43, is based in Europe but excited for the opportunity to perform on home soil. 

“I’m a home country rider and I’ve been based in Europe for the last 18, 19 years,” Yoshiaki said. “So many people are supporting and helping me, but they’ve never seen what I’m doing, so this is a very very good chance to show what I’m doing and what this sport is about. Hopefully we can do the best performance and all the Japanese people do their best and get medals.”

Andrew Hoy (AUS) riding Bloom Des Hauts Crets at the Ready Steady Tokyo Test Event. Photo by FEI/Yusuke Nakanishi.

In second is Australia’s triple Olympic team gold medalist Andrew Hoy with Bloom Des Hauts Crets, who sits 3.2 penalties behind on a score of 27.7.

Michael Jung (GER) riding Fischerwild Wave at the Ready Steady Tokyo Test Event. Photo by FEI/Yusuke Nakanishi.

Germany’s double Olympic champion Michael Jung is third with Fischerwild Wave on 28.0.

The top five are all under 30 penalties, with Japan’s Ryuzo Kitajima and Vick Du Gisors JRA fourth on 28.2 and Germany’s Peter Thomsen with Horseware Nobleman fifth with 29.5. Also flying the flag for Japan, Kuzuma Tomoto is sixth with Tacoma d’Horset on 30.4, a single point but three places ahead of his trainer, British legend William Fox-Pitt with Summer At Fernhill.

The host nation has recently proven itself a real force on the international scene, with Japan taking team and individual gold at the Asian Games in Jakarta and the team finishing fourth and just out of the medals at the 2018 WEG 2018 in Tryon last September.

Looking ahead to Tokyo 2020, Kuzuma commented, “Our team is really tough and has got strong quickly. We’re aiming to get a medal, that’s why we have to improve more and more. We have lots of nice riders so we can do it for sure.”

Equestrian Park stabling. Photo by FEI / Yusuke Nakanishi.

The final pair up the centerline today, Japan’s Kazuya Otomo and GHS Calvaruise, withdrew after placing last of the 17 dressage starters. The other horses have been transported to the stables at Sea Forest where they will spend the night before cross country tomorrow.

Cross country course designer Derek Di Grazia has built a special 3,025-meter track for the test event, incorporating 20 fences with 31 jumping efforts. It will give athletes, National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and National Federations (NFs) a chance to assess the undulations of the terrain without giving too much away about Derek’s vision for the Olympic course.

Twenty NOCs are onsite for the official observers program, which includes a session on climate mitigation protocols aimed at minimizing the effects of heat and humidity. The FEI is also conducting a study on both human and equine participants at the test event with the goal of further boosting current research on optimizing performance in a challenging climate. Full details of the Observers Program are available here.

On Wednesday the action returns to the new facilities at Baji Koen, site of the Olympic equestrian events at the 1964 Tokyo Games, for the final show jumping phase. Independently funded by the Japan Racing Association, the Baji Koen refurbishment will provide an extraordinary legacy for the residents of Tokyo, as will the park that will be created on the reclaimed land at Sea Forest, which also hosts rowing and canoe sprint next year.

Find more details about the Ready Steady Tokyo test event here.

[Home side hero Yoshiaki Oiwa takes early lead at Ready Steady Tokyo test event]


Sunday Video: Watch Doug Payne & Starr Witness Deliver at the Pan Am Games

Doug Payne and Starr Witness (USA). Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

Doug Payne and Starr Witness delivered a super performance for Team USA in Lima last week, earning team gold and a 4th place individual result.

The 8-year-old Dutch mare (Chello II x Carmen, by Veneur), owned by Doug, Laurie McRee and Catherine Winter, rose to the challenge of her first team appearance, handling the big atmosphere with poise and confidence. The pair was 7th after scoring a 28.0, then climbed up the leaderboard collecting just 8.4 time penalties cross country and turning in a fault-free show jumping round.

Now we can watch video of their golden performance!

A job well done — that coat looks good on you, Doug!

Catch up on all of EN’s 2019 Peru Pan American Games coverage here.

Go Eventing.

David Adamo, Madison Lloyd Top Inaugural Woodside M-Training Challenge

David Adamo and Solaguayre California, winners of the Modified / Training Open Challenge division. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

The show jumping finale of Woodside Summer H.T.’s inaugural Modified Training Challenge took centerstage on Saturday evening at The Horse Park at Woodside. Winners were crowned in two ‘M-Training’ divisions contested by 40 horse/rider combinations.

David Adamo and Solaguayre California led the Modified / Training Open Challenge division from pillar to post, finishing on a score of 31.4. Dana Todd and MMS Amadeus moved up from 4th after dressage into the 2nd place spot thanks to double-clear jumping rounds, finishing just two-tenths of a point behind David on 31.6. David also took 3rd with Dos Lunas Filipo on a 33.5.

Many thanks to the fabulous Sherry Stewart for this photo gallery of the division’s top three:

Meanwhile in the Modified / Training Rider Challenge, Madison Lloyd and Clintwald took the title, moving from 3rd after dressage into the lead on 35.1 when the top two ran into trouble cross country. Second placed Britt Sabbah and Rickamore Rafferty leapt up the scoreboard from 8th to finish on 37.7, and third placed Nikki Lloyd and Mighty Smart moved up from 6th to finish on 43.6.

Madison LLoyd and Clintwald. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Many thanks to Woodside for shining the spotlight on this relatively new, stepping-stone level and rewarding riders for tackling it!

It’s been an eventful few days at Woodside, which ran Intro through Intermediate horse trial divisions, some of which are still underway this afternoon. Tamie Smith and Danito have just won the Intermediate division, which they led from start to finish. Their final score: 31.2. Tamie also took third with No App for That on 37.0.

Erin Kellerhouse and Woodford Reserve were 2nd after dressage but a dropped rail shuffled them to 4th; Marissa Nielsen and Vinetta M finished 2nd on 36.6. The top three after dressage:

And our final top three:

To kick off the week, eventers brought their babies out to play for two USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) divisions. Earl McFall and Iluminada won the FEH 3-Year-Old class on a score of 77.1, followed by Dear Jack Jack in 2nd and Draydanza in 3rd.

Meghan Lewis and Draydanza. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Alyssa Schaefer and Hashtag, You’re It won the FEH 2-year-old class on a score of 75, followed by Earl McFall and Royal Cate in 2nd on 70.7.

Alyssa Schaefer and Hashtag, You’re It. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Many thanks, again, to Sherry Stewart for bringing us ringside via her beautiful photos of the event. Go Eventing.

Woodside Summer H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

And the Winner of the uvex ‘Baddest Equestrian Tan Lines’ Contest is …

The winning bad tan, submitted by Laura DeAngelo.

… Laura DeAngelo! Out of 10 finalists, Laura’s photo received a whopping 937 votes to win last week’s “Fab Freebie” giveaway for a pair of uvex sportstyle 802 small vario sunglasses in black and uvex ceravent gloves. As reader Gail commented, “Laura D. has the ultimate equestrian tan!! The legs never see the light of day if you are truly riding!!”

Laura’s prize: a pair of uvex sportstyle 802 small vario sunglasses in black and uvex ceravent gloves. Images courtesy of uvex.

Indeed, Laura admits that pretty much lives in her breeches. Laura, who has been riding for 28 years and eventing for eight, started training horses full-time in January 2018. She now runs Skye High Equestrian in Bridgewater, Virginia.

“It was a leap of faith to go full time and run my own business and I have been blessed with wonderful horses and clients!,” she says. “I’ve started many under saddle as well as retraining and confidence building and business is strong. Hence the tan from being out there all day everyday!”

A bronze goddess (well, a bronze-ARMED goddess, at least). Photo courtesy of Laura DeAngelo.

Laura out doing her thing. Photo courtesy of Laura DeAngelo.

You’re a winner, Laura! Thanks for entering. Photo courtesy of Laura DeAngelo.

Laura owns two lovely mares who have both competed through Training. We wish them luck!

Many thanks to uvex equestrian for sponsoring this fun photo challenge. Keep it locked on EN for more “Fab Freebie” giveaways coming soon!

GMHA Festival of Eventing CCI2*-S & Intermediate XC Course Preview

Fence #6, “Squirrel Tail.” Photo via CrossCountryApp.

Fourteen riders are contesting the CCI2*-S this weekend at GMHA Festival of Eventing, sponsored by Goss Dodge and Lake Champlain Transportation, in Woodstock, Vermont. There’s plenty of reward up for grabs, with $10,000 in prize money being awarded between the CCI2*-S and Intermediate divisions.

The event kicked off with dressage on Friday. Shanon Baker and Landsdowne lead the CCI2*-S on a score of 28.3, followed by Zoe Crawford with Francelia in 2nd on 31.1 and Katie Ruppel and Hannibal in 3rd on 33.1. Buck Davidson and Copper Beach are out front in the Intermediate on 27.7, and Anna Loschiavo holds the 2nd and 3rd place spots with Spartacus Q (28.0) and Prince Renan (28.6) respectively. View live scores here.

The competition continues with show jumping today, and riders will head to the cross country start box on Sunday to tackle Tremaine Cooper’s challenging cross country course. In this video, he describes some of the questions on this year’s track.

We also have photos of the course thanks to CrossCountry App:

Best of luck to all. Go Eventing!

GMHA Festival of Eventing H.T.: WebsiteEntry Status, Ride TimesLive Scores

Friday Video from SmartPak: If Horses Were People – Fly Season, Part 1

SmartPak’s “If Horses Were People” series is back and more painfully true-to-life — and hysterically funny — than ever. The latest edition imagines what it would be like if horses were people during fly season, with Sara and Sarah acting out all the summer dramz that are basically your life right now: ripped fly sheets, lost shoes, fly spray sagas … you’ve got to watch.

(Speaking of fly spray, SmartPak’s OutSmart® Fly Spray is THE BOMB. Not only is it free from nasty chemicals, it smells delightfully pepperminty and … drumroll … it really works! Go order yourself some right now; you can thank us later.)

Be sure to subscribe to SmartPak’s YouTube channel for all the latest videos. They put another one out earlier this week, “If Office Dogs Were People – Episode 1,” that is seriously funny, too.

Eight Yellow Cards, One Warning Issued to Eventers at Pan American Games

Jose Enrique Mercado Suarez and Tehuacan (MEX). Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

The FEI issued eight yellow cards and one recorded warning to eventers during the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru. No yellow cards were issued to riders from the USA, Brazil, Canada or Guatemala.

The following riders received yellow cards:

  • Luciano Claudio Brunello (ARG) and Maria Tereza — Dangerous riding / riding too fast
  • Rodrigo Martin Abella Lemme  (URU) and SVR Arbitro — Dangerous riding / series of dangerous jumps
  • Guillermo Garin Heyermann (CHI) and Bipolar — Dangerous riding / continuing after three refusals
  • Alva Pierola Hans Chener (PER) and Continera Z — Dangerous riding / continuing after three refusals
  • Cardenas Salazar Marcelino (PER) and Vento — Dangerous riding / series of dangerous jumps
  • Carlos Narvaez (ECU) and Que Loco — Dangerous riding / continuing after three refusals
  • Jose Enrique Mercado Suarez (MEX) and Tehuacan — Dangerous riding / endangering the public (jumped rope)
  • Carlos Villarroel (CHI) and Quilano — Abuse of horse / excessive use of whip

In addition, one rider received a recorded warning:

  • Juan Carlos Tafur Eisenmayer (COL) and Blue Moon — Dangerous riding / series of dangerous jumps

Of the yellow-carded riders, Luciano Claudio Brunello finished 16th, Marcelino Cardenas Salazar withdrew at the final horse inspection, and Jose Enrique Mercado Suarez finished 10th. The others were eliminated on cross country.

Of 42 starters, that’s about 21% of the field or one in every five riders. Six of the 10 nations fielding teams were affected. Significantly more yellow cards were issued at the Pan American Games than at any other FEI event in the past 12 months.

These troubling statistics seem symptomatic of a broader problem. We all appreciate that it’s so important to involve new flags in international eventing, but how can we do so in a safe and inclusive manner?

The FEI has issued 48 yellow cards and 35 recorded warnings thus far in 2019. The FEI’s list of yellow cards and sanctions is updated weekly during the eventing season and can be viewed on the FEI’s website.

US Equestrian Announces 2019 Eventing Training List Updates

Boyd Martin and Tsetserleg weren’t on the original 2019 eventing training lists, but between winning the national five-star championship at Kentucky and double-gold at the Pan Am Games they got fast-tracked to Elite status. Looking forward to the next stop on their Tsetserleg World Domination Tour! Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

US Equestrian has just released updates to the 2019 eventing training lists, which are structured following the new U.S. Eventing Pathway Program. Spearheaded by U.S. Eventing Performance Director Erik Duvander, the program is designed to create a “culture of competitiveness” and provide a more clearly defined pathway for U.S. event riders.

The program restructured the training lists into EliteDevelopment Pre-Elite and Development Potential groups, and also includes the Emerging Athlete training lists. Click here to read more about the U.S. Eventing Pathway Program.

The 2019 lists have been updated from previous lists announced in December 2018.

Elite Training List: 

The Elite Program aims to support athlete and horse combinations demonstrating the ability to contribute to medal-winning potential at the World Championship level, measured against world-leading performances and looking to compete at the next Olympic or World Championship. The following combinations have been named to the Elite Training List:

Phillip Dutton (West Grove, Pa.) and Z, Thomas Tierney, Simon Roosevelt, Suzanne Lacy, Caroline Moran, and Ann Jones’s 11-year-old Zangersheide gelding

Boyd Martin (Cochranville, Pa.) and Tsetserleg, Christine Turner’s 12-year-old Trakehner gelding

Development Pre-Elite Training List

The Development Pre-Elite Program aims to identify and support athlete and horse combinations that have the perceived potential to meet Elite status within the next two to four years, with the target of competing on a championship team in the next four to six years. The following combinations have been named to the Development Pre-Elite Training List:

Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp (Ocala, Fla.) and Deniro Z, The Deniro Syndicate and Ocala Horse Properties’ 11-year-old KWPN gelding

Caroline Martin (Miami Beach, Fla.) and Islandwood Captain Jack, Caroline and Sherrie Martin’s 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding

Boyd Martin (Cochranville, Pa.) and Long Island T, Long Island T Syndicate’s 13-year-old Oldenburg/Thoroughbred gelding, as well as On Cue, Christine Turner’s 13-year-old English Sport Horse mare

Doug Payne (Aiken, S.C.) and Starr Witness, Doug Payne, Laurie McRee, and Catherine Winter’s 8-year-old KWPN mare, as well as Vandiver, Debi Crowley, Jessica Payne, and Doug Payne’s 15-year-old Trakehner gelding

Tamie Smith (Murrieta, Calif.) and Mai Baum, Alexandra Ahearn, Ellen Ahearn, and Eric Markell’s 13-year-old German Sport Horse gelding

Lynn Symansky (Middleburg, Va.) and Under Suspection, Mary Ann Ghadban’s 15-year-old Holsteiner mare, as well as RF Cool Play, The Donner Syndicate LLC’s 11-year-old German Sport Horse gelding

Frankie Thieriot Stutes (Occidental, Calif.) and Chatwin, The Chatwin Group’s 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding

Development Potential Training List

The Development Potential Program aims to focus athletes on education aimed at equipping them with the necessary tools and skills to have the perceived talent to reach Elite status in the next four to eight years, with the goal of Pre-Elite targets by the age of 30. The following athletes have been named to the Developing Potential Training List:

Maya Black (Clinton, Wash.)

Jenny Caras (Cartersville, Ga.)

Katherine Coleman (New Orleans, La.)

Hallie Coon (Ocala, Fla.)

Sydney Elliott (Bossier City, La.)

Matthew Flynn (Reddick, Fla.)

Ariel Grald (Vass, N.C.)

Allie Knowles (Lexington, Ky.)

Alex O’Neal (Reddick, Fla.)

U.S. Equestrian announced the 2019 Emerging Athlete Eventing 18 and Eventing 25 Program participants in December 2018.

[US Equestrian Announces Updates to Training Lists for U.S. Eventing Pathway Program]


Hartpury 2019 Kicks Off With Burghley Young Event Horse Qualifiers

Caroline Powell and Legally Grey. Photo courtesy of Hartpury Horse Trials.

The eventing superstars of tomorrow were the opening act for the 2019 NAF Five Star International Hartpury Horse Trials, taking place Aug. 7-11 in Gloucestershire, Great Britain. The Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse Qualifier 4- and 5-year-old classes took place Wednesday, with Caroline Powell and Rodney Powell taking top honors in each class respectively.

Many of us associate Caroline with her great grey partner and fan favorite Lenamore, with whom she won Burghley in 2010. For the 4-year-old qualifier she brought forth a new prospect in Legally Grey, also grey but with silver dapples revealing of his youth. The gelding, who is by the Thoroughbred stallion Munther, scored consistently across the three sections to win on a total score of 80. Her nearest rival was Caroline Harris with W Be Individual, who finished on a total score of 76.

Rodney and Wanham Freebie, winners of the 5-year-old qualifier. Photo courtesy of Hartpury Horse Trials.

In the 5-year-old qualifier, Rodney and Wanham Freebie finished in top spot with a score of 88. Wanham Freebie is by Ramiro B, sire of top event horses including Ballynoe Castle RM, a Team USA veteran who was 3rd at Kentucky in 2014; Cooley Master Class, who won Kentucky in 2018 in his four-star debut; and Cooley SRS, who finished 2nd at Badminton in 2018 in his four-star debut. Ramiro B passed away in 2018 but his legacy continues with a number of exciting young horses such as this, and Wanham Freebie’s connections have high hopes for the bay gelding’s future.

British-based U.S. eventer Tina Coudray and Cabaret finished in second on a score of 81. Tiana had two other horses in the 5-year-old class, Jomink PFB and Enha Louvo, who finished 7th, and another horse in the 4-year-old class, B.B Geneveive.

“We always enjoy seeing so many talented young horses at our Burghley Young Event Horse qualifiers,” said Philip Cheetham, Hartpury’s Equine Director. “We wish all those horse and rider combinations who qualified today the very best of luck at Burghley in the autumn.”

Photo courtesy of Hartpury Horse Trials.

Elsewhere on Wednesday, the first horse inspection took place for the NAF Five Star Mpower CCI2*-L and NAF Five Star Superflex CCI3*-L. Two horses were spun at the first horse inspection, one from the 2* competition and one from the 3* competition. Dressage got underway in both long-format competitions on Thursday alongside the NAF Five Star Magic CCI4*-S.

Tilly Berendt will be sharing dispatches from the event throughout the week, so do check back!

Go Eventing.

NAF Five Star International Hartpury Horse Trials: Website, Schedule, CCI4*-S Start Times, Live Scores

#ThrowbackThursday: Ride Around Burghley With Joseph Murphy (or Ride WITH Him at Windurra!)

We’re just one month out from the 2019 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, entries have posted, and we’re already chomping at the bit — especially since an 11-rider-strong North American contingent is taking aim at this year’s event.

What is it like to ride around the biggest cross country course in the world? Thanks to this helmet cam from top Irish eventer Joseph Murphy, we can get a bird’s eye view of Capt. Mark Phillips’s monster track from 2018.

Sportsfield Othello, an 18-year-old Irish Sport Horse (Ricardo Z X Moy View Lady, by Ring of Forde) owned by Alison Schmutz, Andrew Tinkler and Jill Andrews, jumped clear cross country with 10.8 time penalties to finish in 22nd place  — a fantastic performance for this stalwart campaigner in his 11th CCI4*.

Joseph Murphy and Cesar V in the Aachen CCIO4*-S in July 2019, where they finished 15th. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Want to learn to ride cross country like Joseph? He is coming to the States to teach a clinic on August 27-29 at Boyd Martin’s top facility Windurra USA in Cochranville, Pennsylvania. Joseph is an extremely effective teacher who specializes in building confidence in both horses and riders, making this clinic a great tune-up for the AECs or prep for area championships, three-days and end-of-the-year goals.

In a recent interview with EN, Joseph explained, “I love traveling throughout Ireland and America to train riders. My clinics have become very popular, and I like to go the extra mile by keeping in touch with those I help. Following rider progress, spending time watching their videos and offering additional feedback is all part of the service. This is something I intend to expand and do more of, all over the world.”

Lisa Hickey thanking Irish Olympic eventer Joseph Murphy after riding in his Ocala clinic at Horsepower Equestrian. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Horses and riders of all experience levels are welcome. Lessons are small group sessions and approximately 80 minutes long. Riders can choose to ride for one day ($150), two days ($280), or all three days ($400) — a $60 per-horse, per-day facility fee will also be collected. Private lessons with Joseph are also available as are group show jumping sessions. Please email [email protected] to reserve your spot (late fees have been waived), and she can help you find stabling if you’re coming in from out of town as well. Register online at EventClinics.com here. Learn more about Joseph at his website here.

Go Eventing.

Nupafeed Weekend Winners: Millbrook, Cobblestone Farms, River Glen, Catalpa Corner, Olney Farm

Kirsten Raab and Gypson Hills won their division of Beginner Novice Rider at Cobblestone Farms H.T. this weekend. Photo courtesy of Kirsten Raab.

What a weekend for USA eventing! Our international representation was, shall we say, golden, but there was plenty of glory to be had on the domestic front as well.

An extra congrats to our lowest scoring finishers in the country this week: Jamie Allison and Jedi, who won their division of Open Novice at Cobblestone Farms H.T. on a score of 18.8.

And now, your weekend winners!

Millbrook H.T. [Results] [EN’s Coverage]
Advanced: Will Faudree & PFun (29.1)
Open Intermediate-A: Holly Payne Caravella & CharmKing (30.9)
Open Intermediate-B: Holly Jacks-Smither & Candy King (31.6)
Junior Young Riders Open Preliminary: Jackie LeMastus & Lup The Loop (26.9)
Open Preliminary-A: Buck Davidson Jr. & Cooley Candyman (31.9)
Open Preliminary-B: Will Coleman & Chin Tonic HS (22.7)
Preliminary Rider: Isabelle Bosley & Night Quality (34.6)
Junior Training: Cassie Sanger & Born Ready (26.8)
Open Training-A: Lucia Strini & Donna Del Lago (29.4)
Open Training-B: Sandra Holden & Cano Cristales (22.3)
Training Rider-A: Emilie Winandy & Kildare’s MHS Tampa (33.4)
Training Rider-B: Kelly Waters & Family Man (24.8)
Junior Novice-A: Cadence Clucas & On Tenterhooks (24.3)
Junior Novice-B: Olivia Dutton & Iniesta (27.5)
Novice Rider-A: Andrea Brainard & Watson’s Beijing (31.9)
Novice Rider-B: Meghan McDonough & Domingo en Fuego (31.2)
Open Novice-A: Richard Caldwell & Izzy Leo (23.1)
Open Novice-B: Ariel Grald & Diara (30.0)
Beginner Novice Rider-A: Alana Mahoney & Someday My Prince Will Come (26.3)
Beginner Novice Rider-B: Victoria Baugh & Curioso (23.0)

Cobblestone Farms H.T. [Results]
Preliminary Open: Jordan Riske & Roxy (29.1)
Preliminary Rider: Kiersten Miller & Mama Mia (28.4)
Training Open: Waylon Roberts & G2B Ballygriffin By Chance (31.1)
Training Rider 1: Hannah Boyd & Billy McClusky (31.3)
Training Rider 2: Jocelyn Howland & Niner’s Blaze (30.2)
Novice Open 1: Jamie Allison & Jedi (18.8)
Novice Open 2: Kate Sand & SE Top Shelf (28.8)
Novice Rider 1: Madeline Bletzacker & Landtino S (29.8)
Novice Rider 2: Emma Feil & Stormy Clover (22.6)
Beginner Novice Open: Alexa Ehlers & Come And Get It (26.8)
Beginner Novice Rider 1: Julie Gilbert & Canadian Exchange (22.8)
Beginner Novice Rider 2: Susan Prorak & Bizzy Signal (36.5)
Beginner Novice Rider 3: Kirsten Raab & Gypson Hills (24.8)
Starter 1: Dianna Grayson & A Work of Art (33.1)
Starter 2: Vanessa Miller & Obvious Diamond Article (34.3)

River Glen Summer H.T. [Results]
Open Intermediate: Daniela Moguel & Cecelia (38.0)
Intermediate/Preliminary: Erin Pullen & Foreign Affair (36.9)
Open Preliminary: Sara Beth Anton & Je Suis Bernard (35.5)
Preliminary/Training: Jamie Mcallister & Army Ranger (29.1)
Open Training: Heidi Crowell & Dark Star (27.6)
Training Rider: Alayna Backel & Phantom Of The Oscar (29.5)
Novice Rider – Jr: Bridget OGrady & Vendi (32.5)
Novice Rider – Sr: Megan Harris & Tbs Declan Pondi (30.0)
Open Novice: Laura Del Ponte & Noble Knight (25.5)
Beginner Novice Rider – Jr: Sally Smedley & Golden Ticket CR (22.8)
Beginner Novice Rider – Sr: Sheri Birmingham & Sterling’s Bailero (25.6)
Open Beginner Novice: Erika Adams & Townsend (31.2)
Starter Test Jr: Lilian Roberts & Go Right Guppie (36.5)
Starter Test Sr: Julia Butler & Matt’s Ghost (25.8)

Catalpa Corner Charity H.T. [Results]
Open Preliminary: Meaghan Marinovich Burdick & Ferris Bueller (31.9)
Preliminary Rider: Madeline Batchelor & Stormn Blitz KD (34.4)
Junior Training: Lily Callahan & Royal Crest’s Granite Permission (33.0)
Training Horse: Janet Rettenmaier & Singing Low (31.3)
Training Rider: Brittney Posey & Wild Duke (32.3)
Junior Novice Rider: Kaylianna McMorris & Clifton Peekachu (26.7)
Novice Horse: Jenna Sack & Fernhill Imperial Flight (30.4)
Open Novice: Kristen Rozycki & Vandalia (26.7)
Senior Novice Rider: Anne Branscum & My Secretary (31.9)
Young Novice Rider: Abigail Goldberg & Monte (32.9)
Beginner Novice Horse: Penney Wetherbee & Regalo Oro (34.9)
Beginner Novice Rider-A: Cathrine Wunderlich & Concatulations (26.0)
Beginner Novice Rider-B: Sabrina Yashinsky & Jazillion (33.8)
Beginner Novice Rider Junior: Gavin Nielsen & Garden Valley Gold (28.5)
Open Beginner Novice: Anna Banks & Primrose BMD (25.8)
Open Starter: Stephanie Caston & Notorious B.I.G. (30.3)
Starter Rider: Evelyn Mae S Greimann & Fun Size NFS (43.0)

Olney Farm H.T. [Results]
Open Training: Nikki Scherrer & Bold Tiger (32.1)
Open Training/ Novice: Gabrielle Davis & Sorry Not Sorry (39.6)
Novice Junior Young Rider: Patti Stempien & Hold That Halo (35.5)
Open Novice-A: Courtney Cooper & Excel Star Time to Shine (31.9)
Open Novice-B: Susie Beale & B.E.Kilgoric Felix (32.1)
Beginner Novice Junior Young Rider: Victoria Picha & For Pete’s Sake (29.7)
Open Beginner Novice: Kathleen Bertuna & Excel Star Harry (27.2)
Open Modified: Joa Sigsbee & K-Cosimo SE (44.3)

Congrats to all. Go Eventing!

Catch Up on All of EN’s Pan American Games Coverage

Boyd Martin and Tsetserleg (USA). Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

If you’re just tuning in to see what happened with the Pan Am Games, we’ve got you. Here’s a roundup of all EN’s coverage of the action in Lima, Peru.

Thursday, Aug. 1

MUST READ: Let the Hunt for Shiny Objects Begin! U.S. & Canada All Clear at Pan Am Games First Horse Inspection

Your Ultimate Guide to Eventing at the 2019 Pan American Games

Welcome to the Sandbox: Scenes from Pan Am Games Arena Familiarization

Pan Am Jog Day Social Media Roundup

Thursday Video from Ecovet: Pan Am Table Talk with Team USA

Local Sites & Colorful Delights: Pan American Games Cross Country Course Preview

Friday, Aug. 2

MUST READ: U.S. Tops Pan Am Team Standings, Tamie Smith Out Front After Dressage

Pan Am Dressage Live Updates: Team USA, Tamie Smith on Top After First Phase

Pan Am Dressage Social Media Roundup: Dancing Queens

Photo Gallery: Fancy Prancing in Peru

Saturday, Aug. 3

MUST READ: U.S. Team, Boyd Martin Looking Golden After Pan Ams Cross Country

Team USA Talks Game Plan for Pan Ams Cross Country

Pan American Games Cross Country Live Updates: USA & Boyd Martin Lead

Photo Gallery: Pan American Insanity in the Middle

Pan Am Cross Country Social Media Roundup: How’s Your Stress Level?

Sunday, Aug. 4

MUST READ: USA Earns Team Gold, Boyd Martin Wins Individual Gold at Pan American Games

Four Held, One Spun in Pan Am Final Horse Inspection

Pan American Games Show Jumping Live Updates: USA Earns Ticket to Tokyo

Photo Gallery: Mission Accomplished!

Pan Am Show Jumping Social Media Roundup: From Lima to Tokyo

All That Glitters IS Gold: Team USA Reflects on Pan Am Games

Go Eventing.

Pan American Games: WebsiteEntriesTechnical ManualIndividual ResultsTeam ResultsUltimate GuideEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

Shannon, Shelby & Abby’s Monday News & Notes from Fleeceworks

I’m not sure what voodoo photog magic this is — did Shannon plant a fish-eye remote inside a jump cup? — but we love it. Boyd Martin and Tsetserleg (USA). Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

Back in the day, EN used to dedicate the titles of News & Notes posts to folks who deserved some recognition. At some point we phased that out, but I’m bringing the tradition back for one day and one day only.

There are three individuals in particular whom I want to loudly thank for their service to the sport today: Shannon Brinkman, Shelby Allen and Abby Powell.

When we found out EN wouldn’t be able to transfer Pan Am Games press credentials from Jenni to another writer, I panicked. How could EN deliver the coverage that our readers have come to expect with no boots on the ground in Lima or even a live stream? Not to mention simultaneously also give Millbrook, a major event on the USEA calendar, the attention it deserves?

I called upon the EN #dreamteam for help, and they delivered.

Shelby, fresh off her great coverage of The Event at Rebecca Farm, cobbled together a cohesive Pan Am narrative from a combination of whatever limited information she could gather from the website plus social media posts and scattered fragments of intel.

Shannon, the goddess herself, dispatched gorgeous, compelling photos throughout the week that brought the Pan Ams to life for those of us following from afar.

Abby took time off her day job to cover Millbrook, and despite lack of wifi and the event being her horse show coverage debut, turned in expertly written daily reports. At last check-in on Sunday evening, she was camped out at a Starbucks finishing her final report with a four-hour drive home still ahead of her.

Shout-out also to Maggie Deatrick and Tilly Berendt, who stayed plugged in throughout the weekend helping us puzzle together what was happening in Peru. And a thank-you also to our readers, who tuned in and kept us motivated with their words of appreciation and support.

Go #dreamteam. Go Team USA. Go Eventing.

National Holiday: National Underwear Day

International Weekend Results: 

Pan American Games: Individual ResultsTeam ResultsEN’s Coverage

U.S. Weekend Action:

Millbrook H.T. [Results] [EN’s Coverage]

Cobblestone Farms H.T. [Results]

River Glen Summer H.T. [Results]

Catalpa Corner Charity H.T. [Results]

Olney Farm H.T. [Results]

News & Notes:

Catch up on Pan Ams coverage from our friends. [USEA] [USA Eventing] [FEI] [The Chronicle of the Horse]

Tsetserleg (Windfall X Thabana, by Buddenbrock) is a Trakehner and proud. The American Trakehner Association is doing a giveaway for a Tsetserleg hat on their Instagram that ends at midnight. [ATA Instagram]

Burghley entries are final! We’re counting 10 Americans plus one (basically American) Aussie:

  • Hannah Sue Burnett and Harbour Pilot
  • Will Coleman and Tight Lines
  • Buck Davidson and Jak My Style
  • Ariel Grald and Leamore Master Plan
  • Lauren Kieffer and Vermiculus
  • Chris Talley and Unmarked Bills
  • Woodge Fulton and Captain Jack
  • Lillian Heard and LCC Barnaby
  • Doug Payne and Vandiver
  • Dom Schramm and Bolytair B
  • Liz Halliday-Sharp and Deniro Z

[Burghley entry list]

Ariel is hitting up Millstreet in Ireland as well, as are Caroline Martin with Islandwood Captain Jack and Will Faudree with Pfun. [Millstreet provisional entries]

Apparently Mark Todd’s horse’s bridle fell off after his dressage test at Camphire International Horse Trials last weekend. He was just walking out of the ring and off it fell. Man, this guy and his tack malfunctions. Legend. There’s an amazing photo, please go check this out right now. [Who needs a bridle? Legend Mark Todd survived tack malfunction at his final event]

Jonelle Price and Classic Moet came out on top at the Magic Millions British Open Championship CCI4*-S at Gatcombe Park yesterday. This 2018 Badminton winning pair has had a quiet year but are entered at Burghley. [Top mare takes British open championship: ‘Gatcombe is her cup of tea’]

Featured video: Elisa Wallace posted this helmet cam video from River Glen H.T. I love that she steered Crafty Charger, a 15.3-hand 2013 OTTB gelding owned by Donna Biggs, through the barn. There used to be a Prelim table in there, and I was always sure that I was going to bonk my head on the roof jumping it.

Your Ultimate Guide to Eventing at the 2019 Pan American Games

And we’re off to Lima, Peru, where 2019 Pan American Games eventing is taking place Aug. 1-4 at Equestrian Club Militar La Molina. Here’s your complete guide to the week ahead.

Pan American Games: WebsiteEntriesTechnical ManualIndividual Live ScoresTeam Live ScoresUltimate GuideEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

The competition: The Pan Ams will run at the CCI3*-L level (formerly CCI2* under the old FEI star system). The dressage test is the 2015 FEI 3* Test B. Teams will be made up of four horses and riders with a drop score.

What’s at stake: All countries from FEI Olympic Group D (North America) and E (Central and South America) will be vying for Tokyo qualification at the Pan Ams, which will award Olympic qualification to the top two teams in Lima. No countries from Groups D and E qualified at the 2018 WEG Tryon, so every country that fields a team for Lima will be battling it out for Tokyo qualification.

The teams: Ten nations are fielding teams — Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay and the United States. Ecuador and Honduras are sending individuals only. There are a total of 42 definite entries. Substitutions may be made up until two hours before the start of dressage.

The officials: The ground jury is led by Jane Hamlin (USA) with Jo Young (CAN) and Delano Bastos de Miranda (BRA). The foreign TD is Ataide Pereira (BRA). The chief steward is Eileen Pritchard Bryan (USA). Juan Carlos Nunez (URU) heads the appeals committee. The cross country course designer is Jose Ortelli (ARG) with Pierre Michelet (FRA) as adviser. The show jumping course designer is Guilherme Jorge (BRA).

The schedule (in Central Time):

Thursday, Aug. 1
9 a.m.: First horse inspection

Friday, Aug. 2
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Dressage

Saturday, Aug. 3
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Cross country

Sunday, Aug. 4
8 a.m.: Second horse inspection
10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.: Show jumping
2:30 p.m.: Awards ceremony

Order of Go: The starting order of Nations is as follows: Peru, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, USA, Uruguay, Ecuador, Argentina, Honduras, Colombia, Chile, Guatemala.

The final show jumping phase will begin at 10:30 a.m. central/11:30 a.m. eastern. Click here for the order of go.

How to follow: Unfortunately there is no live stream for the eventing competition. Live updates will be available via US Equestrian on Twitter (@USequestrian) and the USA Eventing Facebook page for all phases of eventing. Also check out the U.S. Eventing Instagram story (@useventing), USEA Facebook page and Twitter for updates.

You can download the Equipe app for live scoring or visit the website here.

And, of course, be sure to keep it locked on Eventing Nation for all the Pan Am coverage you need, all in one place!

EN’s pre-coverage: 

Erik Duvander Addresses Team Preparations and Goals for Pan American Games
U.S. Pan American Games Team
Mai Baum to Replace Fleeceworks Royal as Tamie Smith’s Pan American Games Partner
Canadian Pan American Games Team
Mexican Pan American Games Team
Brazil Pan American Games Team
Path to Peru: What You Need to Know About U.S. Team Selection for the Pan Ams
Inside Team USA’s Final Pan Am Games Preparations at Stable View
Pan Am Social Media Roundup: Livin’ It Up in Lima

EN’s coverage: 

Thursday, Aug. 1
Let the Hunt for Shiny Objects Begin! U.S. & Canada All Clear at Pan Am Games First Horse Inspection
Thursday Video from Ecovet: Pan Am Table Talk with Team USA
Local Sites & Colorful Delights: Pan American Games Cross Country Course Preview
Pan Am Jog Day Social Media Roundup

Friday, Aug. 2
Welcome to the Sandbox: Scenes from Pan Am Games Arena Familiarization
Pan Am Dressage Live Updates: Team USA, Tamie Smith on Top After First Phase
Pan Am Dressage Social Media Roundup: Dancing Queens
U.S. Tops Pan Am Team Standings, Tamie Smith Out Front After Dressage
Photo Gallery: Fancy Prancing in Peru

Saturday, Aug. 3
Team USA Talks Game Plan for Pan Ams Cross Country
Pan American Games Cross Country Live Updates: USA & Boyd Martin Lead
U.S. Team, Boyd Martin Looking Golden After Pan Ams Cross Country
Photo Gallery: Pan American Insanity in the Middle
Pan Am Cross Country Social Media Roundup: How’s Your Stress Level?

Sunday, Aug. 4
Four Held, One Spun in Pan Am Final Horse Inspection

Go Eventing.

Pan Am Dressage Live Updates: Team USA, Tamie Smith on Top After First Phase

Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

Eventing dressage is underway at the 2019 Pan American Games! Forty-two riders from 12 nations will be trotting up the centerline today beginning at 10 a.m. EST. The dressage test is the 2015 FEI 3* Test B, and our judges are Jane Hamlin (USA) at C, Jo Young (CAN) at M, and Delano Bastos de Miranda (BRA) at E.

U.S. ride times are as follows (in ET):

9:30 a.m. – Liz Halliday-Sharp (Test Ride)
10:32 a.m. – Lynn Symansky and RF Cool Play
12:30 p.m. – Tamie Smith and Mai Baum
2:55 p.m. – Doug Payne and Starr Witness
4:53 p.m. – Boyd Martin and Tsetserleg

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10 a.m.: And our first rider is in the ring. Coming in hot is Team Peru’s Juan Jose Francia and Alpacino Z, who score a 43.3 to kick off the day. Ah, why are they live streaming handball and not THIS???

10:08 a.m.: Next up we’ve got Karl Slezak and Fernhill Wishes, slapping down a 27.7 for Team Canada. Boom.

Karl Slezak and Fernhill Wishes. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

Karl Slezak and Fernhill Wishes. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

10:16 a.m.: Team Mexico’s Jose Alan Triana Martinez and Violento score a 38.8, followed by our favorite super nice Brazilian Ruy Fonseca and Ballypatrick Srs who score a 31.8. #FlashbackFriday to the 2015 Pan Ams in Toronto, where Ruy Fonseca led the dressage with his great globetrotting partner Tom Bombadill Too.

10:32 a.m.: Team USA trailblazer in the ring! Lynn Symansky and RF Cool Play post a 29.2. Bit of a spread in scores here — Jane gives them a 74.09; Delano isn’t as into it and gives them a 67.73. That puts them in early second behind Karl. Watch her post-ride interview with US Equestrian here.

Lynn Symansky and RF Cool Play. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

Lynn Symansky and RF Cool Play. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

Btw, our friends at Athletux are doing some super-fun Pan Ams Instagram storytelling — go check it out.

10:40 a.m.: Now we’re back to my own personal dressage score stomping ground, the 40s. Team Equador’s Luis Eduardo Aranco and Svr Gruñon score a 41.3; Argentina’s Marcelo Javier Rawson and Felicitas Almendro score a 43.5.

11:11 a.m.: We’re back after a 15 minute break with Mauricio Bermudez and Fernhill Nightshift, who post a 41.6 for Colombia. Chile’s Carlos Villarroel and Quilano score a 39.2, followed by Guatemala’s Wylder Francisco Rodriguez Silva and Escapito-S who score a 40.6. Honduras’ Pedro Jose Espinosa and Hipolita score a 33.0 to slide into 4th behind Ruy. Circling back now to Team Peru, whose Hans Chener Alva Pierola and Conterina Z post a 45.2.

11:51 a.m.: Dana Cooke and the distinctive grey mare FE Mississippi up next for Team Canada. They post a 32.7, good enough to slot them into 4th place for now.

Dana Cooke and FE Mississippi. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

Dana Cooke and FE Mississippi. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

11:59 a.m.: Team Mexico’s Pedro Gutierrez and California Mail post a score of 46.5. We’ll be back with more after a 15-minute break! Enough time to hit up the drink stand for a Pisco Sour, Peru’s national drink, a cocktail of pisco liquor + lime juice + syrup + bitters + egg white.

12:22 p.m.: I was on board until the egg white. Break’s over! Team Brazil is back in the ring with Rafael Mamprin Losano and Fuiloda G, who score a 33.1. They’ve now got two riders in the top six. Brazil is in the hunt for hardware, y’all.

12:30 p.m.: Now in the ring, Team USA’s Tamie Smith and Mai Baum, looking SAVAGE. Hold onto your butts — you know this pair is about to bring itttt.

12:40 p.m.: 22.7!!!!!! YAS QUEEN.

Tamie Smith and Mai Baum. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

Check out their scoresheet — I’m counting four 9s in there, including two on the final halt. That’s called dropping the mic.

Tamie Smith and Mai Baum. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

The face of a horse who knows he could be a champion event horse OR a professional horse calendar model.

Tamie Smith and Mai Baum. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

Watch her post-ride interview with US Equestrian here.

12:46 p.m.: Uruguay’s Rodrigo Martin Abella Lemme and Svr Arbitro have the misfortune of following up their act and score a 44.3. Argentina’s Juan Benitez Gallardo and J B G Espuelas Atila score a 40.2, followed by Colombia’s Juan Carlos Tafur Eisenmayer and Blue Moon, who score a 44.0. Phew, it’s good to be back in the 40s … that 22.7 gave me sweaty pits and made me feel all twitchy, like I was at an event in Europe or something.

1:08 p.m.: Now in the ring we’ve got EN fan favorite Guillermo Garin Heyermann of Team Chile and the delightfully named chestnut stallion Bipolar. You guys will remember this horse from yesterday’s jog report. They score a 45.4.

Guillermo Garín Heyermann (not pictured, for obvious reasons) and Bipolar. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

1:10 p.m.: Sarka Kolackova De Mendez and Carneval 32 of Guatemala post a 35.8. We’re 21 rides down, with 21 still to go, and that brings us to the lunch break. Team standings are Team USA (52.0) out front, followed by Canada (60.5) and Brazil (64.8). Tamie Smith (USA) and Mai Baum lead the individual standings on their super score of 22.7, with Karl Slezak (CAN) and Fernhill Wishes in 2nd on 27.7 and Lynn Symansky with RF Cool Play in 3rd on 29.2.

Race you to fence #17! Back at 2:15.

Mmmm … good thing we packed ranch dressing. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

2:15 p.m.: And we’re back! Ecuador’s Nicolas Wettstein and Onzieme Framoni are first out of the gate and they score a 35.1, followed by Peru’s Marcelino Cardenas Salazar and Vento, who score a 45.2.

2:31 p.m.: Colleen Loach and FE Golden Eye are next up for Team Canada! A big score of 26.2 will move them into second place ahead of teammate Karl Slezak and Fernhill Wishes.

Colleen Loach and FE Golden Eye. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

Colleen Loach and FE Golden Eye. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

2:39 p.m.: Mexico’s Jose Enrique Mercado Suarez and Tehuacan score a 35.8.

2:47 p.m.: Brazil, bringing the heat! Colleen won’t be in 2nd place for long, as Marcelo Tosi and Starbucks have wedged their way in between her and Tamie on a score of 26.0.

Marcelo Tosi and Starbucks. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

Marcelo Tosi and Starbucks. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

2:55 p.m.: Our next U.S. rider out is Doug Payne with Starr Witness AKA The #Ginga. A horse with its own hashtag is not to be trifled with, is what I always say. A score of 28.0 puts them in the top five, just behind Karl and ahead of Lynn.

Doug Payne and Starr Witness. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

Doug Payne and Starr Witness. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

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Watch his post-ride interview with US Equestrian here.

3:22 p.m.: Short break and we’re back with Uraguay’s Lucia Chieza and Svr Energico, who score a 43.2. Colombia’s Jhonatan Fabian Rodriguez Rodriguez and Caipirina follow with a score 41.5.

3:43 p.m.: And now for the horse we’ve all been waiting for, our favorite Chilean conscientious objector, Puerto Octay! Mad respect to his rider, Luis Alfonso Larrondo Muñoz, for keeping this horse mostly attached to planet earth at the jog yesterday. Today, we’re expecting big things. Gotta be some Lippizaner in that pedigree somewhere, amiright?  You’ve got this, Puerto Octay! I’ve got like 20 bucks on you in the EN office betting pool, don’t let me down!

The capriole, sadly not included in modern dressage tests. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

Also could’ve crushed the levade. I give it a 10. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

3:56 p.m.: 40.9 … robbed! Puerto Octay, you beautiful beautiful horse-kite, assuming you don’t blow away when your poor groom takes you out for a graze this evening we’ll look forward to cheering you on tomorrow.

4:03 p.m.: Guatemala’s Stefanie Brand Leu and Ginfer Palo Blanco earn a 41.4. I think I missed Colombia’s Jhonatan Fabian Rodriguez Rodriguez and Caipirina (a South American cocktail which, unlike the Pisco Sour, I CAN wholeheartedly get behind) — sorry about that, they scored a 41.4.

4:08 p.m.: Next up we’ve got Equador’s Carlos Narvaez and Que Loco, which Google translates to “That’s Crazy.” They score a 39.0. Next, the home team marches out Diego Farje Carpio and Qouter, who score a 43.4.

4:29 p.m.: After the break, we’ll see our last batch of team anchors incoming. No eventer has sported more maple leaf theme outfits than Jessica Phoenix, who brings forth her experienced partner Pavarotti. They pull off a 27.4, good for 4th place. Look how happy Jess is!

Jessica Phoenix and Pavarotti. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

Jessica Phoenix and Pavarotti. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

Jessica Phoenix and Pavarotti. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

4:44 p.m.: Only six rides left until we can all stop frantically refreshing the scores page. Mexico’s Guillermo German de Campo M. and Quelite are next in the ring and score a 31.2 — that will get him into the top 10. Mexico currently sitting 4th in the team standings.

4:50 p.m.: Carlos Parro and Quaikin Qurious are bringing it home for Brazil. They score a 28.3 which will put them in 7th.

4:57 p.m.: Boyd Martin and Tsetserleg are now in the ring! Which beautiful black stallion gelding that gallops through all our dreams is going to win the dressage today?

Boyd Martin and Tsetserleg. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

Boyd Martin and Tsetserleg. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

5 p.m.: Looks like Tamie’s gonna take it; Boyd and “Thomas” will settle for second today on a 25.8. Watch his post-ride interview with US Equestrian here.

5:20 p.m.: Homestretch now. Uruguay’s Edison Alejandro Quintana Valerio and Svr Fraile Del Santa Lucia score a 41.0; Chile’s Carlos Lobos Muñoz and Ranco break into the top 10 with a 31.0; Argentina’s Luciano Claudio Brunello and Maria Teresa score a 39.8. Our final rider, Guatemala’s Carlos Sueiras and Valentina RN, score a 43.3.

Top 10 individual after dressage:

Team standings after dressage:
1. USA (76.4)
2. Canada (81.3)
3. Brazil (85.9)
4. Mexico (105.8)
5. Chile (111.1)
6. Argentina (117.1)
7. Guatemala (117.7)
8. Uruguay (125.5)
9. Colombia (127.2)
10. Peru (131.9)

We’ll be along with a full report after the press conference. Thanks for joining us today, EN. It’s been real. Go Eventing!

Welcome to the Sandbox: Scenes from Pan Am Games Arena Familiarization

Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

The Pan American Games dressage arena looks like an eyeful: lots of bright colors and plush foliage to take in. Teams were allotted blocks of time yesterday for arena familiarization, and Team USA happily took advantage of the opportunity to show their horses around.

This face! Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

Dressage begins at 10 a.m. Eastern Time. U.S. ride times are as follows:

9:30 a.m. – Liz Halliday-Sharp (Test Ride)
10:32 a.m. – Lynn Symansky and RF Cool Play
12:30 p.m. – Tamie Smith and Mai Baum
2:55 p.m. – Doug Payne and Starr Witness
4:53 p.m. – Boyd Martin and Tsetserleg

As we count down until the first horse canters up the centerline, enjoy these fun images from photog extraordinaire Shannon Brinkman!

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