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KER Weekend Winners: Ocala, Pine Top, MeadowCreek Park, Copper Meadows

Cheers to a full-swing weekend of eventing from coast to coast. Be sure to check out our in-depth, video-packed upper-level report here.

A few special shout-outs! First, congrats to our lowest scoring finishers in the country this weekend — Meg Pellegrini and RF Eloquence, who won the Prelim Rider B division at Copper Meadows on a score of 19.1. Meg also topped the Prelim Rider A division with wonderpony/new mum-by-proxy Ganymede.

We saw two more double blue ribbon winners at Copper Meadows in Jordan Linstedt, who won Open Preliminary with Staccato and Open Training with ROR Lisbane Finch; Tamie Smith won the Advanced combined test with Mai Baum and Open Novice with Cooley Starstruck. We had one triple (!!!) blue ribbon winner at Ocala in Kurt Martin, who won Training Horse B with Don Chacco, Novice Horse A with Camouflage, and Novice Horse B with Space Ranger.

A couple of belated high-fives are owed to winners of the first Charles Owen Technical Merit competition of the year, Pine Top H.T. held Feb. 21-24. The Junior Charles Owen Technical Merit Award went to Campbell Jones and Patras VR, who finished fourth in their division. The Adult Amateur Charles Owen Technical Merit Award went to Alison Kroviak and Dolce, who finished third in their division. Get to know these two deserving riders on the USEA website here. Over the course of the year, the Charles Owen Technical Merit Award will be presented at one event in each of the 10 USEA Areas, rewarding riders for their safe and effective cross country riding. Click here to learn more.

And now, your weekend winners!

Ocala Winter II H.T. [Final Scores]
Advanced Combined Test: Alexa Lapp & Cambalda (35.9)
Intermediate Horse: Kylie Lyman & Xuanatu (34.6)
Intermediate Rider: Heather Jane Morris Jos & UFO De Quidam (45.9)
Open Intermediate: Lauren Kieffer & Vermiculus (36.4)
Open Preliminary: Andrew Palmer & Tatendrang (27.6)
Open Preliminary 1-Day A: Sharon White & Claus 63 (42.1)
Open Preliminary 1-Day B: Jonathan Holling & Prophet (29.0)
Preliminary Horse-A: Bethany Hutchins-Kristen & Geluk HVF (35.6)
Preliminary Horse-B: Robert Meyerhoff & Gorsehill Zulu (30.2)
Preliminary Rider-A: Maddie McElduff & Tupelo (38.1)
Preliminary Rider-B: Denise Goyea & Quickest (35.5)
Preliminary Rider-C: Michelle Mercier & Prince of Kiltealy (40.1)
Jr. Training Rider: Alyssa Lambert & Timothy (33.2)
Modified-A: Katie Malensek & Landjaeger (30.5)
Modified-B: Anna Kjellstrom & Kazoo (29.3)
Open Training-A: Caroline Martin & Ingomar (35.5)
Open Training-B: William Ward & Gawain (26.1)
Open Training-C: Lindsey Stevenson & Chivalry (26.1)
Sr. Training Rider-A: Isabel Franklin & Moonstruck (27.7)
Sr. Training Rider-B: Cora Severs & Cuervo (28.5)
Training Horse-A: Kendyl Tracy & Bobbie Burns (23.0)
Training Horse-B: Kurt Martin & Don Chacco (23.2)
Training Horse-C: Elinor O’Neal & QC Wanderlust (24.5)
Jr. Novice Rider: Carly Payne & Race the Devil (30.7)
Novice Horse-A: Kurt Martin & Camouflage (27.1)
Novice Horse-B: Kurt Martin & Space Ranger (25.0)
Open Novice-A: Alexa Perkiel & Ron Reagan (29.5)
Open Novice-B: Clark Montgomery & Der Romany (20.7)
Sr. Novice Rider-A: Cindi Cauffman & Lamondale Florinia (24.1)
Sr. Novice Rider-B: Alyssa Cairo & Paddington (31.0)
Beginner Novice Rider-A: Susan Martin & Alice Alice (24.5)
Beginner Novice Rider-B: Karen Tomlinson & Regal Jewel II (28.0)
Open Beginner Novice: Caroline Martin & Touché (26.3)

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Pine Top Spring H.T. [Final Scores]
Intermediate Rider: Katie Lichten & RF Luminati (29.5)
Open Intermediate: Caitlin Silliman & Ally KGO (29.0)
Junior Young Riders Open Preliminary: Hanna Grace Johnson & Urlanmore Beauty (41.9)
Open Preliminary-A: Erin Sylvester & Captivate (27.8)
Open Preliminary-B: Michael Pendleton & Carlsburg (28.0)
Preliminary Rider: Danielle Bolte & Diamond n the Rough (38.8)
Jr. Training Rider: Hannah Wright & Master Eli (33.1)
Open Training-A: Erin Flynn Mobley & Divine Legacy (29.5)
Open Training-B: Sydney Solomon & FE Mactan (30.2)
Preliminary / Training: Courtney Cooper & Excel Star If Never (30.2)
Sr. Training Rider: Paytin Schaeffer & Fernhill Legend (31.2)
Jr. Novice Rider: Lauren Meyers & Pog Mahome (37.7)
Open Novice-A: Sarah Kuhn & F.O.F. Grey Gatsby (27.1)
Open Novice-B: Valerie Pride & Slick Moves (23.8)
Sr. Novice Rider-A: Kathleen Bertuna & Millye’s Mojave (26.2)
Sr. Novice Rider-B: Elizabeth Kantra & Ivan (33.6)
Training / Novice: Emma Jenkins & Fernhill Armani (32.5)
Jr. Beginner Novice Rider: Marissa Griffin & Hunter (32.2)
Open Beginner Novice: Alison Eastman-Lawler & Lexington II (27.5)
Sr. Beginner Novice Rider: Jessica Katz & Fernhill Sylvus (30.3)

MeadowCreek Park H.T. [Final Scores]
Open Preliminary: Emelie Lesher & Hotshot (42.0)
Jr. Training Rider: Livy Muntz & The Manager (37.0)
Open Training: Rene Rios & One Lark One Legend (30.9)
Preliminary / Training: Amy Clemmons & Glenlord’s Full Moon Fortune (47.8)
Sr. Training Rider: Courtenay Turner & Flying Private (41.6)
Jr. Novice Rider: Kendall Miller & Elliott GS (33.8)
Open Novice: Becky Roper & Emerald Breeze (31.0)
Sr. Novice Rider: Elise Marshall & Ladies Man (34.5)
Jr. Beginner Novice Rider: Elizabeth Honeycutt & Jos Baco (30.0)
Sr. Beginner Novice Rider: Amy Becker & Claim The Lead (32.3)
Starter: Aynsleigh Fettig & Aisling Dugan (29.7)
YEH 4 year old: Kirsty Steel & Halcyon
FEH 4 year old: Jayne Lloyd & Diamond Davinity
FEH 3 year old: Ashley Aguilar & Flagmount’s Reflection
FEH 2 year old: Anna Pierce & AMP Chantilly Lace
FEH Yearling: Nikki Littrell & Starstruck Legacy

Copper Meadows H.T. [Final Scores]
Intermediate: Olivia Loiacono-Putrino & Waterford (36.9)
Open Preliminary: Jordan Linstedt & Staccato (23.3)
Preliminary Rider A: Meg Pellegrini & Ganymede (31.3)
Preliminary Rider B: Meg Pellegrini & RF Eloquence (19.1)
Open Training: Jordan Linstedt & ROR Lisbane Finch (29.3)
Training Rider A: Dorothy Hall & Lyrical Lightning (34.0)
Training Rider B: Brianne Maskus & Arizona Sweet (34.8)
Novice Rider A: Jodie Willow Maguire & Flint and Steel (25.5)
Novice Rider B: Tallis Dixon & Heritage Ailena (41.1)
Open Novice: Tamra Smith & Cooley Starstruck (31.0)
Beginner Novice Rider A: Rachael Gilmore & Danny Boy (22.8)
Beginner Novice Rider B: Adisyn Mary & Heinz 57 (40.0)
Open Beginner Novice: Erin Kellerhouse & Reverie GWF (21.9)
CT Advanced: Tamra Smith & Mai Baum (22.4)
Introductory: Ava Chase & Remington III (30.6)

Congrats to all. Go Eventing!

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Kiss Me, I’m an Irish Sport Horse! Raising a Pint to the Top 10 ISH Eventers of 2018

The top 10 Irish Sport Horses of 2018 according to the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses rankings. Photos by EN.

Happy St. Paddy’s Day! Here at EN, no proper celebration of the holiday would be complete without a toast to the huge role that Irish Sport Horses play in eventing.

As athletic as they are tough, it’s no wonder the breed consistently dominates the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses/Rolex Eventing Studbook Rankings. The breed has come out on top in WBFSH/Rolex’s FEI point based ranking system every year since 2004 with three exceptions, 2010, 2011 and 2018, when it was temporarily unseated by the Hanoverian Verband, Studbook Selle Français and KWPN respectively. Last year ISH Studbook was jostled into second by the narrowest of margins — it’s polite to let others have a turn on the throne every now and again, we suppose! View the 2018 studbook rankings here.

The top 10 ISH eventing point earners of 2018, as per the final ranking list here:

Sarah Ennis (IRE) and Horseware Stellor Rebound (IRL) at the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Tryon. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

#1. Irish eventer Sarah Ennis and Horseware Stellor Rebound, a 15-year-old ISH gelding by VDL Ricochet owned by Horseware Products LTD, Niki Potterton and Orla Ennis, topped the charts on a point total of 257 thanks to a banner competition year. Most notably they finished 5th individually at the 2018 WEG in Tryon, helping lead Team Ireland to the silver medal. Other top finishes included a 2nd in the Chatsworth CIC3* leg of the Event Rider Masters series, a CIC3* win at Kilguilkey International H.T. and a 2nd in the Cappoquin CIC3*.

Sam Watson (IRE) and Horseware Ardagh Highlight at Luhmühlen 2018. Photo by Jenni Autry.

#2. Also representing the silver medal winning Irish WEG squad was Sam Watson with Horseware Ardagh Highlight, a 15-year-old ISH gelding (Puissance x Gentle Servant, by Kings Servant) owned by Belinda Keir and the rider. The pair finished 14th at WEG and turned in solid performances throughout the year, including a 6th place finish in the horse’s first CCI4* effort at Luhmühlen.

Oliver Townend (GBR) and Ballaghmor Class at Blair Castle 2018. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

#3. Next up is Oliver Townend and Ballaghmor Class, a 12-year-old ISH gelding (Courage x Kilderry Place) owned by Karyn Shuter, Angela Hislop and Val Ryan. The pair followed up a win at Burghley in 2017 with a 5th at Badminton and a 2nd at Burghley in 2019.

Piggy French (GBR) and Quarrycrest Echo at the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Tryon. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.#4. Piggy French and Quarrycrest Echo, a 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Clover Echo x Royal China, by Cavalier Royale) owned by Jayne McGivern, helped Team Great Britain find gold at the 2018 WEG with their 10th place individual finish. Another big finish was a win in the Chatsworth CIC3* ERM leg and a 2nd in the CIC3* at Hartbury.

Tim Price (NZL) and Ringwood Sky Boy at Kentucky in 2017. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

#5. Tim Price and Ringwood Sky Boy, a 16-year-old ISH gelding (Courage II x Sky Lassie, by Sky Boy) owned by Varenna Allen, Robert Taylor and the rider, round out the top five. In 2018 the pair finished 12th at Badminton and, memorably, won Burghley.

Emma McNab (AUS) and Fernhill Tabasco at the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Tryon. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

#6. Another chart-topping ISH we had the opportunity to see in the flesh at the 2018 WEG was Fernhill Tabasco, ridden by Emma McNab of Australia. The 11-year-old ISH gelding (Tabasco Van Erpekom x Dinin Rhoda, by Porter Rhodes), owned by Kevin McNab, Dom and Poppy Worcester, and Julia and Jamie Dougall, won Tattersalls CIC3* and was 11th at Luhmühlen.

Andrew Nicholson and Swallow Springs. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

#7. Andrew Nicholson and Swallow Springs, an 11-year-old ISH gelding (Chillout x Kilila, by Cult Hero) owned by Paul and Diana Ridgeon, were 2nd in the Bramham CCI3* and 3rd at Burghley.

Oliver Townend and Cooley SRS. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

#8. Oliver Townend and Cooley SRS (now Willingapark Cooley), a 12-year-old ISH gelding (Ramiro B x Ballynattin Pride, by Kiltealy Spring), were 2nd at Badminton and 12th at Burghley.

Caroline Martin (USA) and Islandwood Captain Jack. Photo by Jenni Autry.

#9. Two North American based pairs were able to crack the top 10. First off, Caroline Martin and Islandwood Captain Jack, a 10-year-old ISH gelding (Jack of Diamonds x Suir Touch, by Touchdown) owned by Sherrie Martin and the rider, had a string of impressive 2018 finishes. Among them, they were 2nd in the Jersey Fresh CIC3*, 6th in the Great Plains CICO3*-NC, and 2nd in the Rebecca Farm CCI3*.

Will Coleman (USA) and Off the Record. Photo by Jenni Autry.

#10. Rounding out the top 10 is Will Coleman with Off the Record, a 10-year-old ISH gelding (VDL Arkansas x Drumagoland Bay, by Ard Ohio) owned by the Off the Record Syndicate. Their list of 2018 accomplishments was topped by a win in the Great Meadows CICO3*-NC.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day. Go Irish Sport Horses, and Go Eventing!

Fair Hill International Welcomes New Competition Manager, Business Director

Image courtesy of Fair Hill International.

Running Fair Hill International is one of the biggest jobs in the biz, and we are excited to welcome two of our sport’s hardest-working ladies into important positions at the event. This week the FHI Board of Directors, chaired by Patricia Gilbert, announced Mary Coldren as FHI Competition Manager and Maria Barrett as the new FHI Business Director.

From FHI:

Mary hardly needs a lengthy introduction. Most of you are familiar with Mary as an event secretary extraordinaire. Mary can be seen at countless events around Area II in the role of the event secretary. Additionally, she is also a USEF licensed technical delegate. Mary has been part of Fair Hill International horse trials since the very beginning, weed-whacking jumps and putting up jump flags before she became the FHI event secretary.

It was very obvious from the beginning that she had a special knack for scheduling ride times, organizing stabling orders, and meeting last-minute rider requests among other duties. The demand for her services grew from there, and today she is one of the most sought after event secretaries on the East Coast. The event organizers and riders appreciate her organizational skill, personal attention and also her contribution to the safety of the sport. With the upcoming changes and transition of The Fair Hill International Fall Festival to a CCI5*-L, we are incredibly excited to have Mary on staff as our Competition Manager.

Photo courtesy of Fair Hill International.

In addition to Mary, we welcome Maria Barrett. Maria steps into the newly created position of the FHI Business Director with the goal of promoting FHI’s mission via a robust social media campaign, strategic planning in the area of corporate and individual sponsorships, and fundraising. Maria is a Pennsylvania licensed attorney and the owner and managing attorney of an immigration law practice. Her business model relies on a comprehensive website and social media presence, and an extensive advertising campaign with international outreach.

It is these business development and marketing skills that she brings with her to FHI as we are moving through a period of significant transformation and growth. Maria, who was born in Slovakia, grew up riding and competing in the long format eventing and jumpers on the European circuit and is still an avid adult amateur event rider. She can be seen around Area II events either riding or volunteering.

Photo courtesy of Fair Hill International.

Here at FHI, we are already busy planning and implementing changes and updates to our competition calendar and individual events that will positively affect our riders, officials, sponsors, and volunteers. Please give a warm welcome to Mary and Maria.

Want to join the Fair Hill team? The event is currently seeking two volunteers, an advertising coordinator and a chair, to head up the printed program for the October event. View the job descriptions here.

The Maryland venue will play host to three USEA recognized and three unrecognized horse trials this year, with its marquee Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International CCI4*-L, CCI3*-L and USEA Young Event Horse Championships taking place Oct. 17-20, 2019. For more information and a calendar of upcoming events, visit the website here.

[Fair Hill International Announces New Competition Manager, Business Director]

Product Review: Total Saddle Fit Synthetic Shoulder Relief Girth

The new synthetic Total Saddle Fit Shoulder Relief Girth. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

We here at EN have been waxing poetic about Total Saddle Fit girths for years. AJ Dyer praised the Shoulder Relief Girth’s revolutionary contour shape which allows riders to properly position the saddle well behind the horse’s shoulder blades. Morgane Schmidt called the girth a “potential game changer for many horses,” and was so impressed that she later went out and got herself the fleece-lined version. Colleen Peachy raved about its quality, craftsmanship, comfort, fit and function.

I’ve read all the reviews with wonder but had never tried the girth myself until recently, when Total Saddle Fit introduced a new synthetic version of its original Shoulder Relief Girth.

Photo courtesy of Total Saddle Fit.

Synthetic is my siren song, as my Pony Club days of diligent tack pampering are far in the rearview. Like many adult amateurs, I’m hard-pressed for time and every moment I spend having to cleaning and conditioning tack is a moment I have to subtract from being in the saddle. I feel guilty investing a bunch of money in nice leather gear that I know is going to get trashed the moment I go splashing around a soggy jump course or canter around a muddy springtime field if I don’t have time to properly care for it afterward.

This synthetic girth, on the other hand, you can get as muddy as you please then just hose or wipe it down and boom — all good. It’s antimicrobial, weather resistant and great for horses who don’t tolerate leather well.

Best of all, it includes all the features and benefits of the original leather Shoulder Relief Girth, which we’ve deconstructed at length here in previous reviews. A few highlights:

  • Shape of the girth changes position and angle of billets to prevent saddle from interfering with horse’s shoulders and elbows
  • Cut-back sides move attachment to billets 2″ behind natural girth groove, making billets perpendicular to the ground
  • Reduces tendency to pull saddle forward into horse’s shoulders
  • Gives more room for elbow movement and prevents galls in elbow area
  • Padded and reinforced girth body
  • Double elastic on both ends
  • Stainless steel buckles and hardware

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

The girth is available in both Dressage and Jump, brown and black, in sizes 18-56 inches. I got the Jump style, made to go with short billets, and am happy to report that my highly opinionated mare — her name is Princess, if that tells you anything — has had nothing but good things to say about it. Though small in stature, she’s got big movement and an extravagant jump; this girth really gives her the freedom to live her best life out there, keeping the saddle back off her shoulder and allowing for ample elbow clearance. Her front end feels freer to swing on the flat and snap her knees up over fences, and the overall balance just feels more uphill.

With regard to construction, the girth feels simultaneously padded and sturdy, with just the right amount of give in the double elastic ends. I appreciate the details, like the mid-belly D-ring I can attach a neck stretcher to when I’m lunging her, and it looks so class you can barely tell it’s not leather especially from a distance. Unlike leather, of course, the aftercare can’t be beat. I just wipe it down after a ride and it looks good as new.

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

All that, AND it’s easier on the budget. The synthetic Shoulder Relief Girth retails for $89.95 (dressage) or $109.95 (jump) — compare that to $139.95 and $159.95 for the leather versions. Whether you’re an established Total Saddle Fit devotee or new to the brand, I can’t recommend this girth highly enough — check it out here!

Go Eventing.


#EventerFailFriday: Go Big or Go Home

If you’re going to make things awkward, I say go all in. Give it your 110%. Really commit. And, above all, be sure to get it on camera.

Here’s a steaming hot serving of your latest #EventerFailFriday moments!

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Go get ’em, EN. Go Eventing.

5 Words That Eventing Has 86ed (But They Still Slip Out)

Nothing stays the same but change, but we eventers are creatures are habit and old habits die hard. Here are five words we aren’t supposed to use anymore, but … it happens.

  1. Rolex. It’s been almost two years since the luxury watch brand dumped our sport but the struggle to not use the “R” word is still real. Poor Land Rover — isn’t that kind of like a new girlfriend or boyfriend accidentally calling you by their ex’s name? Awkward!
    2. Adelaide. While the Mitsubishi Motors Australian International Three-Day Event IS held in Adelaide, it hasn’t been officially CALLED Adelaide since 2007. Unofficially, however …

3. Omnibus. Earlier this year, the USEA officially retired the term “Omnibus” — the preferred nomenclature for USEA competition details is now “prize list.” Mmm-hmm.

4. USEF. As part of a larger rebranding effort effective Jan. 11, 2017, the United States Equestrian Federation became “US Equestrian.” Um sure, whatever you want to call yourself, USEF.

5. CIC. It’s all CCI-S or CCI-L now, per the new FEI rule changes that went into effect Jan. 1 of this year. While you’re at it, you can kiss the old star system buh-bye, too. *Head explodes.*

Ch-ch-ch-changes … readers, what else would you add to this list?


Thursday Video from Ecovet: Buck Davidson Colorado Clinic Report

Buck Davidson isn’t just an asset to American eventing as a rider — he’s also a gifted instructor who makes it a priority to contribute to the continuing education of eventers around the country.

On February 23-24, Buck taught a clinic at Rabbit Mountain Equestrian in Longmont, Colorado, and Ryleigh Leavitt kindly shared this well narrated video from her jumping session. Ryleigh, a 20-year-old student at Colorado State University, rode MoonLight Crush (“Cruz”), a coming 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood/Oldenburg gelding she has produced through the CIC2* level.

Ryleigh explains, “He got injured in July last year and I have been treating him and rehabbing him since then. I was able to get one light jump school in before the clinic, so Cruz and I were both a bit rusty, but the clinic was a huge help to get our butts in gear for the season!

“The biggest take away I got from the clinic was that I needed to work on getting Cruz more in front of my leg and pushing him forward in order to get to a good distance instead of picking to a short distance from a bad canter. He also really emphasized that if I want to move up to Advanced this season that Cruz needs to be much more responsive to my aids, and I need to be working on getting him more responsive each ride!”

Ryleigh and Cruz look like they’ve got a great thing going and, with Buck’s valuable feedback, they’ll be well on their way to a successful move-up. Thanks, Ryleigh, for sharing your clinic experience with us!

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#EventerSolutions: These Are My People

You guys, I was dying so hard over this #EventerSolutions photo of some geniuses roasting marshmallows over an open farrier fire that I didn’t even realize that it was taken at THE BARN WHERE I BOARD MY OWN HORSE. #Proud #RoadLessTraveledEventTeam

Insanity in the middle, y’all. It’s a way of life. Personally, there’s no place I’d rather be.

Go Eventing.

Jonelle Price Named Equestrian Sports New Zealand Rider of the Year

Jonelle Price and Classic Moet at the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Tryon. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

2018 was a bang-up year for Jonelle Price, who counted two four-star wins — Badminton with Classic Moet, and Luhmühlen with Faerie Dianimo — among a constellation of top finishes. She is the first New Zealand woman to win Badminton and one of a very select handful of Kiwis to have won more than two CCI4* titles. Fittingly, last night she was named Equestrian Sports New Zealand (ESNZ) Rider of the Year, and Classic Moet as ESNZ Horse of the Year.

Congratulations to Jonelle and “Molly,” a 16-year-old British-bred mare (Classic x Gamston Bubbles, by Bohemond) owned by the rider and Trisha Rickards. The pair has been competing together since 2013, and have since represented their country at two World Equestrian Games, in 2014 and 2018. International Women’s Day may have been last week, but here’s raising a glass to this example of world-dominating girl power!

In addition to Rider and Horse of the Year Awards, some of New Zealand’s most accomplished riders in history were honored with acceptance into the new ESNZ Hall of Fame. These included legendary eventers Sir Mark Todd, Andrew Nicholson, Blyth Tait and Vaughn Jefferis, who between them have won five World Championship gold medals, along with individual and team bronze medals, as well as three individual gold medals at Olympic Games.

ESNZ president Richard Sunderland said, “Our four inductees have achieved at the highest level and really put our country on the international map. It sets quite a standard going forwards.”

Team of the Year honors went to the show jumpers who won the CSIO5* Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup of United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabiwere, the first time New Zealand has ever won a Nations’ Cup in show jumping. Tiny White was presented with an honorary life membership to ESNZ for her accomplishments as a dressage rider and judge.

[Honouring New Zealand’s Greatest Equestrians]


Wednesday Video from Kentucky Performance Products: Taylor Tackles the Green Numbers

Yes, this is the second time we’ve featured Taylor McFall here on EN in the past couple weeks, but we can’t help it — she’s basically EN family. We’ve been cheering this kid on since she was in short stirrups, singing songs around wee jump courses …

… fundraising to buy her first pony …

… tackling Intro level eventing:

That was Twin Rivers H.T. in March 2013. This is Twin Rivers H.T. in March 2019, when Taylor made her Prelim debut riding mom Jen’s four-star mount High Times. The pair completed cross country with just 1.6 time penalties to finish second in the Prelim Rider division.

In a 2014 EN editorial, Putting on My Mom Hat, Jen reflected: “As a mother who also competes and loves the sport of eventing, watching my daughter, Taylor, at an event gives me a remarkable feeling of joy that we share the same passion and pride in her ability.”

Kids get bigger and jumps get higher, but some things never change. We’re all proud of you, Taylor!

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#EventerProblems Vol. 174, Presented by Haygain: Springing Forward

Fresh horses, fresh mud, fresh haircuts, fresh sunburn … but hey, we’re not complaining! Let’s celebrate some springtime #EventerProblems, which we’ll take over winter #EventerProblems any day.

Of course, some people’s idea of a spring heat wave is a little chillier than others.

Spring will come for you soon, northern friends! Here’s a sneak peek at what you have to look forward to:

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Go Eventing.

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Let’s Discuss: Paperless Dressage Scoring?

From online bank statements to emailed retail receipts, it seems like everybody is working toward going “paperless” these days. It might be bad news for Dunder Mifflin …

… but it’s good news for the environment and those of us (me!) who have a hard enough time remembering what day of the week it is, much less keep track of a piece of paper.

Last week I heard about an Australian company called Nominate, which in some ways functions like EventEntries or the USEA’s StartBox here in the States in that it processes online event entries and hosts live scoring. In addition, however, it offers a LiveScore Dressage app that replaces a traditional paper test sheet.

The app, which is downloadable via Google Play or Apple, displays dressage results online in real time on a movement by movement basis. Spectators can follow along with the trending percentage and potential final placing, similar to what you’d see on the scoreboard during a dressage test at a major event. Once the digital test sheet is signed by the judge, it is sent to the rider — a feedback loop so efficient that riders might have the test in their inbox before they’ve even gotten off their horse.

Screenshots from the LiveScore Dressage app on Google Play.

Benefits of live score dressage vs. traditional paper scoring:

  • Easy to use, streamlined process.
  • Judges can review full test before signing.
  • Works in online and offline mode.
  • Riders get sent their tests as soon as the judges sign the digital test sheet.
  • Virtual scoreboard function keeps audience engaged.
  • Environmentally friendly.
  • Eliminates need for runners and scorers
  • No more lost dressage test sheets.

EN event organizers, competitors and fans — time to chime in! Is paperless dressage scoring something you would use if available? Alternately, if you have a soft spot for paper dressage tests, do you have a system for keeping up with them as opposed to losing them immediately to the abyss?

Spring Gulch H.T. Announces Exciting Venue Upgrades for 2019

Photo via the Spring Gulch H.T. Facebook page.

With its wide open spaces, big blue skies and dramatic mountain backdrops, Spring Gulch Horse Trials is one of Area IX’s most beloved events. Held bi-annually in Littleton, Colorado, Spring Gulch has been attracting a small but enthusiastic community of eventers since the event began some 30 years ago (check out the USEA’s great profile of the event from its “USEA Events A-Z” series here).

Improvements to the event and venue have been continuous, as per the vision of the Mountain States Eventing Association, Central Colorado Chapter. Last week Spring Gulch announced some exciting upgrades for the 2019 events, which take place May 18-19 and Aug. 10-11 and will offer Intro through Preliminary levels.

Spring Gulch has appointed a new organizer and cross-country course designer in Andy Bowles, an FEI 2* course designer, FEI 3* Technical Delegate, and organizer of Virginia Horse Trials. His experience in many facets of the sport will provide Spring Gulch with guidance and support as positive changes to the competition are pursued. 

“Myself and the team at Spring Gulch are committed to making this competition the best it has ever been. We are focused on our clients and meeting their needs,” Bowles said.

This year, competitors can look forward to a totally revised cross-country track designed by Bowles, which will now take place in a different area of the property. The course features a newly constructed water complex. Measuring 80×80, the new water will be able to be jumped from many approaches, providing the ability to have appropriate questions for all levels.

“To relocate all of the cross-country to the far side of the gulch required a new water jump, something I was told by some locals would not be allowed given the constraints on the property. The board and I just saw this as a challenge, which was met, and the new water jump was built in December,” Bowles said.

In addition to a fresh cross-country experience, competitors will enjoy newly painted fences, an enlarged parking area, and stabling accommodations organized by Spring Gulch at the nearby Colorado Horse Park. 

More information is available at http://msea-ccc.org/. You can also find Spring Gulch Horse Trials on Facebook.

[Spring Gulch Horse Trials Announces Venue Upgrades for the 2019 Season]

KER Weekend Winners: Red Hills, Southern Pines, Full Gallop

I think it’s safe to say that, officially, spring eventing season is in full swing! The Southeast saw the most competition action over the weekend, between Red Hills International and horse trials at Southern Pines and Full Gallop Farm.

An extra high-five to the pair who posted the lowest finishing score in the country this weekend: Jennie Brannigan and Hopscotch, who won the Open Preliminary division at Red Hills on their dressage score of 22.7.

Here are your weekend winners!

Southern Pines H.T. [Results]
Advanced Combined Test: Will Faudree & PFun (33.6)
Intermediate Combined Test: Becky Holder & WL Bourbon Street (26.4)
Preliminary Combined Test: Andrew McConnon & Harry (34.4)
Open Preliminary: Will Faudree & Hans Dampf (26.7)
Preliminary Rider: Carrie Mulks & Riddle Master (43.6)
Preliminary Rider Junior Young Rider: Katherine DeLaney & Canto Royale (32.5)
Open Training: Ashley Adams & Coroniro (24.1)
Training Combined Test: Charles Plumb & Imperial Phillip (33.2)
Training Rider: Allison Sandifer & Uptoheavnnbakagain (24.1)
Training Rider Junior: Ian Payne & Danger Ranger (29.1)
Novice Combined Test: Grace Steinhagen & Top Pride (26.0)
Novice Rider-A: Cynthia Holbrook & Blue Ridge Breckinridge (25.0)
Novice Rider-B: Cami Pease & Vibrant (28.3)
Novice Rider Junior: Finley Habenicht & Aleta NSF (32.4)
Open Novice-A: Nobie Cannon & Asante (28.1)
Open Novice-B: Michelle Frazier & Raucous Caucus (26.6)
Beginner Novice Combined Test: Madison Stancil & Tardy’s Tuff Dino (30.0)
Beginner Novice Rider-A: Phyllis Hardgrove & Rock Party (32.0)
Beginner Novice Rider-B: Jane DeMeulemester & FGF Lyford (28.5)
Beginner Novice Rider Junior: Grace Fiedler & Fanfare VT (29.5)
Open Beginner Novice: Susan Beebee & Future King (34.5)

Full Gallop Farm H.T. [Results]
Intermediate: Monica Fiss & Malibu Rock (47.5)
Intermediate/Preliminary: Kristine Burgess & Twoggeron (49.9)
Preliminary-A: Kate Brown & Carnaby (30.0)
Preliminary-B: Isabel Finemore & Rutherglen (30.7)
Preliminary/Training: Julia Spatt & 5o1 Macintosh (45.7)
Training-A: Meaghan Marinovich Burdick & Ferris Bueller (40.7)
Training-B: Ashley Stout & Avant Garde (24.5)
Training/Novice: Kaitlin Hartford & FGF Gray Not Bay (35.7)
Novice-A: Kyle Smith & The Flying Dutchman (27.4)
Novice-B: Noa Crowley & Charlie’s Angel (29.5)
Beginner Novice-A: Alison Eastman Lawler & Lexington II (28.1)
Beginner Novice-B: Corinna Garcia & P.H. Lev Livet (28.1)
Starter: Aisling Carroll & LNJ Encyclopedia (35.3)
New Event Horse: Kaitlin Hartford & FGF Siena Indian
Young Event Horse 4 Year old: Missy Miller & Amazing Mi
Young Event Horse 5 year old: Katie Cummings & FGF Silver Roadster

Red Hills CCI & H.T. [Results]
CCI4*-S: Selena O’Hanlon & Foxwood High (30.8)
CCI3*-S: Jessica Phoenix & Bentley’s Best (29.0)
CCI2*-S: Lynn Symansky & Global Cassero 3 (25.2)
Advanced: Boyd Martin & Kyra (32.2)
Open Intermediate: Felix Vogg & Archie Rocks (25.9)
Open Preliminary: Jennifer Brannigan & Hopscotch (22.7)
Preliminary Rider: Zach Ketelboeter & That Hit the Spot (44.9)

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Congratulations to Selena O’Hanlon and Foxwood High!

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All smiles for Lynn Symansky riding Global Cassero 3.

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Your RHHT advanced winners are Boyd Martin and Kyra!

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Congrats to all. Go Eventing.

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Before and after …

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You read the story (“Boyd Martin Bounces Back from Broken Collarbone to Win Red Hills Advanced“), but these pics from Boyd’s Instagram are worth an extra thousand words. And these comments? Priceless.

  • So, what time are you riding today?
  • At least both sides match now?
  • We can rebuild him. We have the technology. Stronger, faster, more likely to set off a metal detector
  • Now you’re balanced
  • Who doesn’t like a pair
  • You will literally be the first robot
  • Bi-lateral wing stabilizers. Just what you needed!
  • #bionicboydo
  • Had to go for the matching set
  • You should open a hardware store
  • Crap

Catch up on EN’s complete coverage from Red Hills International here. Go Boyd. Go Eventing.

National Holiday: National Napping Day

Major Events:

Red Hills CCI & H.T. [Website] [Results] [EN’s Coverage] [EN’s Twitter] [EN’s Instagram]

U.S. Weekend Results:

Southern Pines H.T. [Results]

Full Gallop Farm H.T. [Results]

News & Notes:

Ocala Winter II H.T. at the Florida Horse Park needs volunteers for its upcoming event. From cross country jump decorating beforehand to myriad jobs during the event (March 14-17), help is greatly appreciated and there are job perks as well — volunteers get credit towards a future show or cross country schooling, as well as lunch, drinks, snacks, shirts, pilsner glasses and, of course, eternal gratitude! Sign up for the position of your choice online. [EventingVolunteers.com]

Have questions about professional vs. amateur USEA membership status? The USEA breaks down what does and does not make a rider an amateur or professional, per criteria outlined in GR1306 of the USEF Rules for Eventing. [Rule Refresher: Declaring Amateur Status]

Horses competing under FEI rules are no longer allowed to have their legs clipped while on site at a competition. The change, which went into effect on Jan. 1, 2019, is an update to the FEI’s policy to help combat “hypersensitive” or “hyposensitive” areas of the body of equine athletes. Horse & Hound gets the scoop. [Clipping Legs at Shows No Longer Allowed Under FEI Rules]

Red Hills International H.T. is a community affair, and the local media always shows up in full force to cover the event. While it may be written more for the layperson than those who us fluent in “eventer,” the Tallahassee Democrat posted some stories and videos online from the weekend that are worth checking out. [Final Day at Red Hills Horse Trials Reshuffles Rankings]

Best of Horse Nation: ‘Why Go With a Thoroughbred?’: Meet Casey & Alvie

Best of Jumper Nation: RNC the OTTB: Staying in Your Lane

Featured Videos: After covering high performance at Red Hills International all weekend, let’s shine the spotlight on a division wherein, while the jumps may be smaller, the hearts are just as big. Congrats to these Intro level winners from last weekend’s Twin Rivers H.T. in Paso Robles, California — check out their cross country performances, courtesy of RideOnVideo!

Michelle Vonderhaar and Piper, winners of the Intro A division:

Shelby Spangenberg and Red Baron, winners of the Intro B division:

A Massive Year for Luhmühlen: World Top 10 Eventers Weigh In

2019 promises to be an electric year in the storied history of Luhmühlen. In addition to its annual CCI5*-L competition, Longines Luhmühlen Horse Trials (June 13-16), the German eventing venue will play host to the Longines FEI Eventing European Championships a couple months later (Aug. 28 – Sept. 1).

In over six decades running, Luhmühlen has hosted five European Championships (1975, 1979, 1987, 1999 and 2011) and one World Championship (1982). All eyes are on this year for another double serving of world-class eventing action, with preparations already underway.

Here’s what a few of the world’s top ranked eventers have to say about the sport, the venue and their plans for the year:

Oliver Townend – World No. 1
What makes eventing so special as a sport?
The horses — they are the ultimate all round athletes.
Are you planning to compete at Luhmühlen this year?
I’m planning to come and aiming for the CCI5*-L, not sure about the horses yet.
What’s the first memory that comes to your mind when you think of Luhmühlen?
Black Tie, as he loved it there and went so well – and the fantastic working arenas.

Ros Canter and Zenshera, 3rd place finishers at Luhmühlen 2018. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Ros Canter – World No. 2, reigning World Champion
What makes eventing so special as a sport?
The relationship that your whole team gets with the horses, and learning all about the different personalities of the horses we get to ride. The feeling of pride and achievement when it goes well.
Obviously you won’t be competing at Luhmühlen (Ros is pregnant) this year, but are you planning to return next year?
Yes I would love to return again with Zenshera as it is his favourite event!
What’s the first memory that comes to your mind when you think of Luhmühlen?
Feeling very proud in the lap of honour of Zenshera for jumping a clear round in the show jumping last year to finish 3rd, and the lovely atmosphere that the crowd created.

Tim Price – World No. 3
What makes eventing so special as a sport?
Partnership. The leading horses and riders have to demonstrate an incredibly broad range of skills. To do this successfully and consistently means the partnership is a real one.
Are you planning to ride Luhmühlen this year?
I am planning to bring two horses to Luhmühlen this year — Ascona is aiming for the CCI5*-L and Falco is aiming for the CCI4*-S.
What’s the first memory that comes to your mind when you think of Luhmühlen?
I came on foot to support my then girlfriend (and now wife!) Jonelle in 2006. It was my first experience of German hospitality, plus it
was very hot that year, so the beer tasted very good!
The focus has often been on the rivalry between you and Jonelle, but how much do you actually support and rely on each other?
We are each other’s biggest drivers at the end of it all, pushing each other every day to improve. Without Jonelle I would not be where I am.

Michael Jung and Star Connection at Luhmühlen 2017. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Michael Jung – World No. 4
What makes eventing so special as a sport?
The versatility is absolutely fascinating. It‘s such a challenge to train a horse for the three phases, so for me that’s part of the excitement. And obviously the cross country phase: the feeling of complete happiness after a great cross country round outshines every dressage or show jumping achievement.
Are you planning to ride at Luhmühlen this year?
Yes, I’m planning to ride the CCI5*-L and the CCI4*-S but at this stage I’m not sure which horse will compete in which class.
What’s the first memory that comes to your mind when you think of Luhmühlen?
There are many great eventing competitions but Luhmühlen and Kentucky are the only ones with perfect dressage and show jumping conditions for the horses. There are so many great memories, for example my first four-star win or winning at the European Championships in 2011. But an absolute highlight was competing in my first two-star at Luhmühlen with Sam many years ago. At the time I was still quite inexperienced, so it was a tremendous experience.

Jonelle Price and Faerie Dianimo. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Jonelle Price – World No. 7
What makes eventing so special as a sport?
There is nothing else in the world quite like it. It requires elegance, adrenalin, intensity, endurance, stamina, skill, heart, determination…
Are you planning to ride Luhmühlen this year?
Sadly I am not planning to ride there this year.
What’s the first thing memory that comes to your mind when you think of Luhmühlen?
Winning last year!
The focus has often been on the rivalry between you and Tim, but how much do you actually support and rely on each other?
Eventing is one of very few sports in the world where men and woman compete on equal terms so it’s very unusual to have a married couple compete on the world stage against each other. So the rivalry factor is regularly at the forefront but behind the scenes we very much work as one unit. Whether it be planning, eyes on the ground, asking for some advice — we’ re constantly feeding off of one another.

Piggy French – World No. 8
What makes eventing so special as a sport?
Eventing is the ultimate test of the horse and rider partnership so you really need a mutual trust and understanding to be successful. This makes for a really special relationship with the horses to get the best from them across three different disciplines.
Are you planning to ride Luhmühlen this year?
Hopefully I will be selected to represent Team GB at the Europeans in 2019.
What’s the first memory that comes to your mind when you think of Luhmühlen?
I’ve been to Luhmühlen three times before and it’s been a good but not quite lucky place for me so far! I was leading the 4* on Flying Machine after cross country in 2011 but had fences down in the show jumping to finish 4th. I then won Team Bronze with Jakata at the Europeans in 2011, and finally had a really frustrating 50 penalties for a missed flag with Quarrycrest Echo in the 4* in 2018. I hope that one day I can come back to win the CCI5*-L!

Ingrid Klimke and FRH Escada JS, winners of Luhmühlen 2015. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Ingrid Klimke – World No. 9
What makes eventing so special as a sport?
The partnership and the trust between rider and horse is at its best in the cross country phase, training in nature and the wonderful competitions.
Are you planning to ride at Luhmühlen this year?
Yes, I’m planning to ride Asha P CCI4*-S in June and SAP Hale Bob OLD at the European Championships in August.
What’s the first memory that comes to your mind when you think of Luhmühlen?
For me, Luhmühlen is an outstanding event where riders and horses can compete in a terrific atmosphere. I used to love coming to the cross country day as a child. Watching Lucinda Prior-Palmer win the European Championships was extremely impressive.

Learn more at the website here.

[Top-Ten in Luhmühlen’s Focus]

Thursday Video from Ecovet: A Sneak Peek at Red Hills Cross Country with Mike Etherington-Smith

The 2019 edition of Red Hills International Horse Trials marks Mike Etherington-Smith’s fifth year as designer of the CCI4*-S (formerly CIC3*) and Advanced courses. He’s a master at keeping horses and riders on their toes — last year, he reversed the course completely, and he’s got some tricks up his sleeve for this year no doubt.

In this video from The Tallahassee Democrat, Mike drops a couple hints about what we can expect. He starts out by talking about Red Hills’ terrain, which still dips and out of the woods although it has opened up significantly over the years — crossing the finish flags with a veil of Spanish moss trailing from one’s skull cap used to be quite standard at this event. Mike explains that while the wooded parts have aesthetic appeal, they also present challenges.

“It’s very easy to mess with horses’ heads when they’re going through the trees which you don’t want to do, because they can get a bit too suspicious and they don’t jump well,” he says. “So it’s all about the flow, the balance of the course, where you put the questions and not making it too busy in the trees, because then the horses come around the bend and think ‘Oh God, what comes next?’ That’s what you don’t want. When they start thinking backwards or questioningly then they don’t jump well and their confidence drops.”

A notable change for this year is the second water complex, which the horses will now take two passes through: “This year I thought I’d make it a bit more spectator friendly by using it twice,” he explains, guiding us through the various questions. “This is a interesting series of fences — not easy, and not to be underestimated.”

Looking forward to the big reveal. CrossCountry App has shared a preliminary course tour of the CCI4*-S and CCI3*-S courses; we’ll have a full course preview here on EN once the fences are numbered and gussied up. Our roving reporter Jenni Autry has landed and will be bringing us all latest action throughout the event, so keep it here!

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Wednesday Video from Kentucky Performance Products: Boyd’s Kid, Tho

What is Boyd Martin talking about in this interview? I’m guessing something about his 4th place finish with Christine Turner’s Kyra in the $50,000 LiftMaster Grand-Prix Eventing at Bruce’s Field (see EN’s coverage here). But honestly, while I see Boyd’s lips moving all I’m paying attention to is the smiley, adorable cherub child perched on his shoulders. Those little cowboy boots … I can’t even. See also: this photo of Nox riding the squirrel skinny on Boyd and Silva’s blog — squee!

Oh right, Boyd and Kyra. The pair showed their mettle in a competitive field, posting double-clear jumping rounds to move from a tie for 9th after dressage into the top four. Their next stop is Red Hills, where Kyra is entered in the Advanced division. Might we see them one-up their 2nd place finish there from last year?

Watch this replay of their Grand-Prix Eventing jumping rounds, courtesy of EQTV:

Go Eventing.

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University of Kentucky to Host Horse Industry Safety Summit in Advance of #LRK3DE

Among the Summit’s presentations, Sarah Andres will speak on the subject of protective vests. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Safety is at the forefront of all our minds, and we are happy to spread word about the inaugural Horse Industry Safety Summit being held at the University of Kentucky in advance of the 2019 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event. Our sport will be well represented with a number of eventers presenting and moderating panel discussions.

The event will be held on Tuesday, April 23, at Spindletop Hall (3414 Iron Works Pike in Lexington, Kentucky) from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. EST. Researchers, equestrians and equine enthusiasts are all invited to attend the Summit, which will employ expert panels, individual speakers and poster presentations to educate attendees.

“Saddle Up Safely and the University of Kentucky are thrilled to gather this stellar lineup of professionals from all facets of equestrian sport to highlight the importance of safety in all aspects of equine interaction,” says Fernanda Camargo, UK associate professor and equine extension specialist. “Working with horses inherently places riders and handlers at risk. We look forward to offering an event entirely focused on what can be done to keep people safe when working around horses.”

Sessions include discussions on helmets and helmet testing, traumatic brain injuries, how to fall from a horse safely, concussion protocol, protective vests and how safety is seen from both the competitor and organizational viewpoints.

The summit organizing committee consists of representatives from UK Ag Equine Programs, UK College of Health Science, Kentucky 4-H Horse Program, United States Pony Clubs, New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program, Retired Racehorse Project, Saddle Up Safely, North American Racing Academy and UK College of Public Health.

The Horse Industry Safety Summit is sponsored by the Kentucky Horse Council, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association and Dinsmore Equine Law/Laura Holoubek.

7:30 a.m.: Check in and continental breakfast (muffins and coffee)
8 a.m.: Welcome by Dr. Nancy Cox, Dean of UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, and Keynote Speaker Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron
8:30 a.m.: Roy Burek (ASTM) — Helmet Testing Protocols: American, European and Other Standards
9 a.m.: Stephanie Bonin — How Helmets Protect your Head
9:30 a.m.: Daniel Stewart — Nutrition and Fitness
10-10:15 a.m.: Break, coffee, muffins
10:15 a.m.: Dan Han — Traumatic Brain Injuries and Rehabilitation Exercises Post TBI
10:45 a.m.: Carl Mattacola — Concussion Baseline Testing and Return to Ride Protocol
11:15 a.m.: Mindy Coleman — Life-Changing Aspects of a TBI
11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. — Lunch break
1 p.m.: Sarah Andres — Protective Vests
1:30 p.m.: Danny and Keli Warrington (Landsafe) — Learn to Fall
Submitted Oral Presentations:
2 p.m.: Gabrielle Garruppo — Analysis of Jockey Injury Reporting at Maryland Thoroughbred Racetracks
2:15 p.m.: Lisa Harris — A Multidisciplinary Approach to Post Concussion Care for Equestrians
2:30 p.m.: Susan Raymond — Effective Online Equine Behavior and Safety Education for Members of the Equine Industry
2:45-3 p.m.: Break
3-4 p.m.: Safety — An Equestrian Perspective (panel): Pat Day, Richard Picken, Allie Knowles, Eric Dierks
4-5:15 p.m.: Safety — An Organization Perspective (panel): Mindy Coleman or Jeff Johnston (Jockey’s Guild), Sonja Keating (USEF), Carol Kozlowski (USEA), Vince Gabbert (Keeneland), Steve Koch (National Thoroughbred Racing Association), Eric Hamelback (National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association)
5:15-6:30 p.m.: Reception, hors d’oeuvres and drinks

Registration is $50 per person and includes lunch. For more information, click here.

#EventerProblems Vol. 173, Presented by Haygain: Twitter Edition

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Rocking Horse III Intermediate Winners Show Us How It’s Done

Three divisions of Intermediate tackled the red numbered jumps at Rocking Horse III H.T. in Altoona, Florida over the weekend. Let’s meet the winners and watch video of their cross country rounds, courtesy of David Frechette a lá Horse Pesterer!

Intermediate Rider

Hannah Hawkins and Didgeridoo won the Intermediate division, moving from a tie for third after dressage into second after show jumping and finally settling into the top spot after cross country. The 12-year-old Australian-bred Selle Français gelding (Copabella Visage x Brilliant Silver, by Brilliant Invader), owned by Lauren Pollin and the rider, picked up just 3.6 time penalties on course for the win, finishing on a score of 37.8. With his lofty jump and big gallop, this athletic horse is fun to watch — he makes even the biggest tables look like a cakewalk.

Open Intermediate

Another 12-year-old grey gelding with spring-loaded feet stole the show in Open Intermediate. Sharon White and Cooley On Show leapt up the scoreboard from 8th after dressage to 1st, posting double-clear rounds to win on their dressage score of 34.5. The Irish Sport Horse (Ricardo Z x Jogantina, by Grand D’Espagne) owned by the rider was clearly enjoying his romp around the early season course. This established partnership has had some impressive finishes at big gun events, earning 13th at Luhmühlen in 2017 and 8th at Kentucky in 2018, and we’re excited to see what 2019 has in store.

Open Intermediate (1-Day Friday)

Rounding out the Intermediate trifecta was the one-day format division, which took place on Friday. We don’t have video but nonetheless wish to congratulate Melissa Boutin and EWSZ Jalando for their win. The 10-year-old Zweibrucker gelding (Daimler D’Adriers x Calanda, by Calando) owned by the rider rose from 3rd after dressage to the top spot on a final score of 44.8, thanks to a clear show jumping round and a cross country round with 11.2 time penalties. Melissa is from Quebec and this pair represented well at Bromont last year, finishing 4th in the CIC2*. Best of luck to them this season!

View complete Rocking Horse results here.

Who Jumped It Best? Twin Rivers Intermediate Edition

The cross country courses last weekend at Twin Rivers H.T. looked gorgeous, as did the horses tackling them! Sherry Stewart was out with her camera at the Paso Robles, California, event and sent in these spectacular shots from third element of the Intermediate coffin.

Take a look at the photos and vote in the poll at the bottom of the post for which horse and rider you think present the best overall picture over the jump. Click here to view final scores from Twin Rivers. Go Eventing!

Kayleen Crowley & Whiskey Up. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Emilee Libby & Jakobi. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Auburn Excell Brady & BSP Tuxedo. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Andrea Baxter & Enfinity. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Shannon Lilley & Greenfort Carnival. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Megan Sykes & Classic’s Mojah. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Hilary Burkemper & Undercover. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Frederic Bouland & Three Kisses- Amalia. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Charlotte Babbitt & 2 A.M. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

KER Weekend Winners: Full Gallop, Rocking Horse III, Chatt Hills, Sporting Days, Twin Rivers

Each Monday, “Weekend Winners” recognizes those special moments when hard work pays off in a blue ribbon. It’s an opportunity for our eventing community to celebrate one another’s successes, and enjoy a little moment in the spotlight when we find our own names on the page.

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This past week saw lots of USEA horse trial action from coast to coast. Aiken alone hosted two horse trials, Full Gallop mid-week and Sporting Days over the weekend, in addition to Grand Prix Eventing at Bruce’s Field (see EN’s coverage here). No rest for the wicked!

An extra congrats to our lowest scoring finishers in the country this weekend, Kendyl Tracy and Bobbie Burns, who won the Novice Horse-B division at Rocking Horse III on a score of 19.5. Well done! And now, your weekend winners:

Full Gallop H.T. [Results]
Intermediate: Olivia Hayes & Astrana De La Galerna (50.3)
Intermediate/Preliminary: Carrie Mulks & Riddle Master (60.3)
Preliminary: Kelly Ransom & Prince Cavanagh (25.4)
Preliminary/Training: Colleen Rutledge & Castaway (32.0)
Training-A: Ian Payne & Danger Ranger (23.3)
Training-B: Meaghan Marinovich Burdick & London ROF (28.1)
Novice-A: Meaghan Marinovich Burdick & Wayward Son (29.5)
Novice-B: Nicole Ethridge & Popstar (24.3)
Training/Novice: Margaret Schneck & Sky Road (34.8)
Beginner Novice-A: Chacea Sundman & Blew By You (25.8)
Beginner Novice-B: Edward Ewbank & Dolly (21.4)
Starter: Jenna Levesque & Kerrigan’s in Command (36.1)
Young Event Horse 5 yr: Avery Klunick & Pisco Sour
Young event horse 4 yrs: Lauren Lindsay & FGF Savings
New Event Horse: Kaitlin Hartford & FGF General Causeway

Rocking Horse III H.T. [Results]
Intermediate Rider: Hannah Hawkins & Didgeridoo (37.8)
Open Intermediate: Sharon White & Cooley On Show (34.5)
Open Intermediate (1 day Friday): Melissa Boutin & EWSZ Jalando (44.8)
Open Preliminary: Alexandra Green & Fernhill Celebrity (32.5)
Open Preliminary (Friday 1 day): Kurt Martin & Compromise Elsewhere (26.3)
Preliminary Horse-A: Sharon White & Claus 63 (26.2)
Preliminary Horse-B: Jonathan Holling & Toxicodendron (28.8)
Preliminary Rider-A: Denise Goyea & Quickest (28.7)
Preliminary Rider-B: Michelle Mercier & Prince of Kiltealy (33.5)
Jr. Training Rider: Audrey Rosen & Mosstown Rebel (32.5)
Open Training-A: Kailey Giancola & Saturday Night Clive (28.4)
Open Training-B: Kendyl Tracy & HSH Golden Boy (24.3)
Sr. Training Rider: Jacques Foussard & Miss Ruby Cooley (31.8)
Training Horse-A: Kurt Martin & Reloaded (29.6)
Training Horse-B: Haley Carspecken & Get Out (25.3)
Jr. Novice Rider: Sophia Pivero & Cupido SE Z (34.4)
Novice Horse-A: Kurt Martin & Camouflage (23.1)
Novice Horse-B: Kendyl Tracy & Bobbie Burns (19.5)
Open Novice: Sable Giesler & Dally’s Munchkin (26.0)
Sr. Novice Rider-A: Liz Mason & Wisdom Grey (34.2)
Sr. Novice Rider-B: Terry Cain & Weis Lilie (30.2)
Beginner Novice Rider: Alyssa Cairo & Paddington (21.5)
Open Beginner Novice: Bob Holman & RREF Ferrostyle (24.5)

Chattahoochee Hills H.T. [Results]
Open Intermediate: Ivie Cullen-Dean & Fernhill Full Throttle (55.2)
Open Preliminary: Julie Richards & Fernhill Stateside (33.7)
Preliminary Rider: William Kidwell & Tremolo (29.1)
Open Training: Mary Bess Davis & Bahian Macadamia (29.1)
Training Rider: Kaitlyn Sullivan & Fernhill Magnolia (28.6)
Novice Rider-A: Sommer Matheny & Hips Don’t Lie (30.0)
Novice Rider-B: Megan Harris & TBS Declan Pondi (29.8)
Open Novice: Charlotte Cloudsdale & Oxygen (26.2)
Beginner Novice Rider: Carla Jimmerson & Valley Creek Carlin LeBeau (27.8)
Open Beginner Novice: Diane Smith & Have A Little Faith (30.0)

Sporting Days H.T. [Results]
Intermediate CT: Valerie Vizcarrondo & Favian (30.9)
Intermediate/Preliminary: Elizabeth Bortuzzo & Belongs to Teufer (30.3)
Preliminary – Junior/YR: Gabrielle Hutchison & Straight Moonshine (34.9)
Open Preliminary-A: Boyd Martin & WEC Emperor of Hope (30.2)
Open Preliminary-B: Nilson Moreira da Silva & RF Nouveau Riche (30.2)
Open Preliminary-C: Boyd Martin & Wabanaki (33.0)
Preliminary Rider: Amanda B Conti & Griegermeister (41.0)
Training – Junior/YR: Lakyn Harlow & Gunnar (31.4)
Open Training-A: Kevin Keane & HH Ontario (25.7)
Open Training-B: Alexander Conrad & Malibu Preacher (27.5)
Open Training-C: Tim Bourke & R River Star (28.0)
Preliminary/Training: Kelli Temple & Caleesi (23.3)
Training Rider: Susan Gallagher & Chacco Chip (29.6)
Novice – Junior/YR: Abigail McDonough & Easy Flight (29.3)
Novice Rider-A: Tori Donaghue & Patch of Heaven (28.1)
Novice Rider-B: Anne Wilson & Call Me Waylon (24.8)
Open Novice-A: Nicole Parkin & Luna (23.8)
Open Novice-B: Claudia Sarnoff & Fernhill Phish (31.2)
Open Novice-C: Daniel Clasing & Grove Hill Bob (27.9)
Beginner Novice Rider: Kathleen Carrara & Hazen (30.5)
Beginner Novice – Junior/YR: Kate Mas & Slane Iceman (24.0)
Open Beginner Novice-A: Tim Bourke & Excel Star Happy Surprize (28.5)
Open Beginner Novice-B: Mikki Kuchta & Stonewall Jackson (26.0)

Twin Rivers H.T. [Results] [EN’s Coverage]
Advanced: James Alliston & Pandora (43.9)
Open Intermediate: Megan Sykes & Classic’s Mojah (44.7)
Open Preliminary: James Alliston & Cassio’s Picasso (26.6)
Preliminary Rider: Malia Hunter & Dancing On The Moon (38.2)
Jr. Training Rider: Haley Turner & Shadow Inspector (28.3)
Open Training: Emilee Libby & Toska (27.9)
Sr. Training Amateur: Anna Parson & Crescendo (33.6)
Sr. Training Rider: Karen Lounsbery & Stewart (27.9)
Jr. Novice Rider: Devon Hughes & Verdandi (32.1)
Open Novice: Amber Levine & I’M Jaguar (24.5)
Sr. Novice Rider: Allison Hill & Stellor Rockafella (29.1)
Jr. Beg. Novice Rider: Kasey Hansen & Mr. Blue Sky (29.2)
Open Beginner Novice: Emily Dunn & Barony (28.3)
Sr. Beg. Novice Rider: Alexandra Naeve & Gothamcityslicker (36.8)
Introductory A: Michelle Vonderhaar & Piper (42.3)
Introductory B: Shelby Spangenberg & Red Baron (38.6)

Bonus winning: This Bashkir Curly’s mane!

Congrats to all. Go Eventing!

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