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#EventerProblems Vol. 182, Presented by Haygain: Blessed Are the Trainers …

… for putting up with all our crap. Over and over and over again.

Let’s start with this little anecdote from trainer Sabrina Miller, who writes, “I thought you might find this amusing. I did. I walk out of the ring and discover my student’s mothers created a game to play while they wait for their kids.”

Photo courtesy of Sabrina Miller.

Photo courtesy of Sabrina Miller.

Apparently, this is now “a thing.”

Honestly, though, have you hugged your trainer today?

On second thought, maybe just buy them a nice bottle of bourbon. Here are the rest of your #EventerProblems this week!

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Stay strong, EN. Go Eventing.

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Weekend Winners: Otter Creek, Hitching Post Farm, Fair Hill, Chatt Hills, Spring Gulch

Another late spring weekend, another edition of “Weekend Winners” to celebrate all the horse/rider teams around the country whose hard work paid off in a big blue ribbon!

An extra special congrats to our lowest scoring finishers in the country this weekend: Alyssa Phillips and FE Celestino, who posted a 22.4 to win the Open Novice-A division at Fair Hill.

Otter Creek Spring H.T. [Final Scores]
Open Preliminary: Sam Kelly & Someday Never Comes (52.9)
Junior Training Rider: Rebecca Roth & Chapter Two (31.7)
Open Training: Kailey Giancola & Saturday Night Clive (34.9)
Preliminary/Training: Todd Wulf & Kilcannon Max (46.9)
Senior Training Rider: Chris Heydon & Is He A She (39.2)
Junior Novice Rider: Maia Ramberg & CMF Cougar Roo (35.2)
Open Novice: Todd Wulf & Carisma (26.0)
Senior Novice Rider: Kendel Torrel & All-Inclusive (30.5)
Junior Beginner Novice Rider: Tatum Gray & Reds Loyal Flame (23.5)
Open Beginner Novice: Heather Lindroth & Boom and Bust (31.0)
Starter Beginner Novice-A: Addi Mommsen & Cody (30.8)
Starter Beginner Novice-B: Katherine Rutherford & Amazingly Lucky (29.0)
Senior Beginner Novice Rider: Cecilia Emilsson & Blazing Angel (33.4)

Hitching Post Farm H.T. [Final Scores]
Preliminary: Laurie Seely & One Of The Girls (48.5)
Open Training 1: Janet Kenton-Walker & Carmella (34.0)
Open Training 2: Shannon Wallman-Hatch Glidawn Master (29.5)
Junior Novice: Isabel Estes & Fernhill Blue Moon (31.9)
Open Novice 1: Katherine Cooper & Gigi (26.4)
Open Novice 2: Madlen Fields & Watson’s Autumn (30.7)
Beginner Novice: Alison Eastman-Lawler & Lexington II (29.2)
Junior Beginner Novice: Brooke Hersey & Lion’s Share (33.9)

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Fair Hill H.T. [Final Scores]
Open Intermediate-A: Phillip Dutton & MK’s Concord Dawn (30.9)
Open Intermediate-B: Boyd Martin & Carlsburg (29.8)
Open Preliminary-A: Kristen Bond & Bea Ready (25.0)
Open Preliminary-B: Jennie Brannigan & FE Connory (25.9)
Preliminary Rider: Barrett Phillips & Whole Nine Yards (33.3)
Open Training-A: Daniel Clasing & Billy McArthur (26.9)
Open Training-B: Sara Kozumplik Murphy & Otta B Quality (30.2)
Open Training-C: Mike Pendleton & Santos (22.6)
Training Rider: Lucy Arnold & Lapin Rouge (30.5)
Novice Rider-A: Leighanne Sadley & Licorice (30.5)
Novice Rider-B: Danielle Falcone & Ringwood Sonny (34.5)
Open Novice-A: Alyssa Phillips & FE Celestino (22.4)
Open Novice-B: Susie Beale & B E Never Say Never (32.1)
Open Novice-C: Emily Hamel & Fernhill Hustler (24.3)

Chattahoochee Hills H.T. [Final Scores]
Advanced: Karl Slezak & Fernhill Wishes (35.0)
Open Intermediate: Elinor O’Neal & Zick Zack (42.1)
Open Preliminary: Dana Cooke & FE Whole Lotta Rosie (28.1)
Preliminary Rider: Brie Murray & Fernhill Disco (34.2)
Open Training-A: Alexa Ehlers & FE Clear The Calendar (28.8)
Open Training-B: Conor Rollins & Edison T (26.0)
Training Rider-A: Madeline O’Brien & Casarino (30.7)
Training Rider-B: Paige Drury & Shanagore Jenga (30.5)
Training Rider-C: Dorothy Dreelin & MSH Cooley Twilight (30.2)
Novice Horse: Jane Jennings & Larano 5 (24.5)
Novice Rider-A: Sarah Snowden & Appalachia (26.8)
Novice Rider-B: Julia Smolinski & Czarina (33.3)
Novice Rider-C: Emily Cardin & Schwalbestrum (32.4)
Open Novice: Sallie Johnson & Fernhill Magnolia (22.9)
Beginner Novice Rider-A: Rian Presel & Venetian Bay (27.2)
Beginner Novice Rider-B: Amanda Fisher & Howies Shootin Star (35.0)
Beginner Novice Rider-C: Kirsten LaVassar & Whatinsamhill (26.4)

Spring Gulch H.T. [Final Scores]
Open Preliminary: Carly Zimmerman & Winter Step (36.1)
Open Training: Madison Collins & Pippin (32.9)
Training Rider: Rosie Smith & Seamus (34.0)
Novice Rider: Michele Smith & Rickie (34.5)
Open Novice-A: Angelika Beutel & O’Sullivan (31.7)
Open Novice-B: Angelika Beutel & Romeo (34.2)
Beginner Novice Rider: Sally Dalton & Harrison (27.3)
Open Beginner Novice-A: Angela Blevins & Sedona (33.3)
Open Beginner Novice-B: Heather McWilliams & Southern Soiree (29.2)
Intro: Madeline Backus & New Song’s Freedom (28.9)

Congrats to all. Go Eventing!

#EventerFailFriday: Unorthodox Style

If every horse jumped every jump with its knees to its chin and a perfect bascule, and every rider rode with George Morris-approved form, how boring would life be?

Nah, we appreciate some variations on the theme. Spice of life, you know. And the more creative, the more … heartfelt … the better.

Exhibit A:

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Video to come later… • • Thunder Duke is up to 10 shoes thrown and I haven’t ridden in 3 weeks. Got out today and he’s missing a shoe 😭 the expensive farrier I used to use was really too pricey but he did such a good job. I went six months without having a problem with shoes. Change farriers cause my horse needs back shoes and that costs more… Threw his shoe in 6 days. • • #horsesofinsta #pony #ponies #poniesofinstagram #poniesofinsta #poniesofig #hunterponyinthemaking #hunterpony #hunterjumper #hunterjumpersofinstagram #hunterjumpers #hunterjumperstyle #hunterjumperpony #hunterjumperprospect #eventerproblems #eventerinthemaking #equestrians #equestrians #horseaddict #horserider #horseriding #🐴 #thoroughbred #thoroughbreds #thoroughbredsofinstagram #ottb #ottbs #chesnutgelding

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Go Eventing.

#EventerProblems Vol. 181, Presented by Haygain: Houston, We Have A …

One-hundred eighty-one editions of #EventerProblems in, they just. keep. coming.

Here’s your latest batch … enjoy!

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Go Eventing.

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

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

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

Giving Back: 2019 MARS Essex H.T. to Benefit Greater Newark LifeCamp

Ryan Wood and Ruby, winners of the $20,000 Preliminary
Essex at the 2018 Mars Essex Horse Trials. Photo by i{mpack}t studio courtesy of Mars Essex Horse Trials.

We love seeing the sport of eventing giving back to its surrounding community. For 2019, the MARS Essex Horse Trials is once again showing love to an area organization that is making a difference in the lives of young people in partnering with the Greater Newark LifeCamp, an enriching day camp for inner-city youth, as its beneficiary.

The mission of LifeCamp, Inc. is to empower youth to succeed and excel in life by developing life skills, character and leadership through a summer enrichment program outside of an urban environment. At the LifeCamp campus in nearby Pottersville, a 90-acre spread of open fields, rolling hills and woodlands along the Lamington River, children are allowed to pursue their academic interests as well as learn to swim, ride bikes and express themselves creatively through the arts.

Campers are between the ages of 6 and 13 and come from the Greater Newark public school system as well as from Newark Charter School Programs. The program serves approximately 300 youth each day for six weeks during the months of June, July and August.

“We are extremely grateful to the Essex Horse Trials for their continued support,” says Kathleen Cree, Executive Director of LifeCamp. “Their donation will go a long way towards providing Newark-area youths the opportunity to participate in our unique summer program.”

“We are proud to once again support the LifeCamp,” says Ralph Jones, President of the Mars Essex Horse Trials. “The program is a wonderful opportunity for New Jersey youths to experience such an inspirational environment. It is a privilege to show our support through our donation.”

This year’s event will take place June 21-23 at picturesque Moorland Farm in Far Hills, New Jersey. For more information, visit www.essexhorsetrials.org.

 

 

Weekend Winners: Jersey, Spokane, Texas Rose, Galway, Winona, Plantation, WindRidge, Mill Creek, Woodland Stallion Station

Comin’ in hot a day late and a dollar short, it’s the latest edition of Weekend Winners. Give me a little credit though … compiling results from nine — count ’em, NINE — events is a time consuming task! Mid-May is prime real estate on the American eventing calendar, and this past weekend saw action from coast to coast.

Of all this weekend’s gazillion winners, the honor of lowest score in the country went to Tamie Smith and MB MaiStein, who won their Open Training division at Galway Downs on their score of 20.0.

Enough talk, let’s get to the action. Here are your weekend winners!

Jersey Fresh: [Final Scores] [EN’s Coverage]
CCI4*-L: Fylicia Barr & Galloway Sunrise (38.4)
CCI4*-S: William Coleman Off The Record (38.3)
CCI3*-L: Doug Payne & Starr Witness (30.1)
CCI3*-S: Dana Cooke & FE Mississippi (30.0)

Spokane Sport Horse Farm H.T. [Final Scores]
Advanced/Intermediate: Marc Grandia & Campari FFF (50.9)
Open Intermediate: Mia Edsall & True Story (58.7)
Open Preliminary A: Cadence Michel & Kedrah House Lux (36.4)
Open Preliminary B: Madison Langerak & Normandy’s Kivalo (37.2)
Open Modified: Anna Stein & Astranamical (36.3)
Jr. Training: Juliana Yenne & The Diceman (35.7)
Open Training: Marc Grandia & Sunsprite’s Watusi (28.1)
Training Amateur: Mindy Sands & Roman Express (38.1)
Jr. Novice: Reese Blinks & A Ripple In Time (45.4)
Novice Amateur A: Katie Youngblood-Besel & TBF Sweet Malachai (27.4)
Novice Amateur B: Kristen Davignon & Fürst Floid (26.7)
Open Novice: Emily Pestl-Dimmitt & TH Christoph (28.5)
Beg. Novice Amateur: Debra Guinn & Haute Gossip (25.8)
Jr. Beg. Novice: Harper Padgett & Jess Because (34.3)
Open Beginner Novice: Stephanie Waterman & Gentleman George (32.3)
Introductory A: Sarah Rosanbalm & TBF Sweet Aedon (53.3)
Introductory B: Cayden Gaffney & Luke (34.7)
Future Event Horse 2 Year Old: Suzan Entwistle & Lovey (72.2)
Young Event Horse 5 Year Old: Anna Collier & MFS High Octane (74.0)

Texas Rose Horse Park H.T. [Final Scores]
Prelim, Intermediate, CCI2*-S and CCI3*-S final scores not posted at time of publication — will update when they become available.
Preliminary / Training: Janelle Fleming & Big N Broad (45.1)
Jr. Training Rider: Camdyn Rahe & Fashion Forward (35.8)
Open Training: Stephanie Reimers & That’s What She Said (30.2)
Sr. Training Rider: Marilyn Rumbaugh & The Red Douglas (30.5)
Jr. Novice Rider-A: Kendall Miller & Mr. Melvin (28.6)
Jr. Novice Rider-B: Emma Proctor & Fernhill Doctor Watson (35.5)
Novice Horse: Ellen Doughty-Hume & Two Step Program (28.3)
Open Novice: Heidi Crowell & Dark Star (27.6)
Open Beginner Novice: Heidi Crowell & Little Cat’s Hat (26.8)
Sr. Novice Rider: Elise Marshall & Ladies Man (36.6)
Jr. Beginner Novice Rider: Elle Snyder & You Have A Friend In Me (27.0)
Sr. Beginner Novice Rider: Lindsay Holliday & Numba One Stunna (28.0)
Intro-A: Brittney Caflisch & White Buffalo (25.0)
Intro-B: Brittney Caflisch & When Stars Align (31.3)

Galway Downs H.T. [Final Scores]
Advanced / Intermediate: Emilee Libby & Jakobi (38.5)
Open Intermediate: Jordan Crabo & Over Easy (38.5)
Open Preliminary: Emilee Libby & Toska (28.7)
Preliminary Horse Challenge: Erin Kellerhouse & Java Jazz (33.1)
Preliminary Rider: Jordan Crabo & Black Gold (28.1)
Preliminary Rider Challenge: Angela Mitchell & Nicodemus (31.4)
Jr. Training Rider: Sissy Sugarman & Carmani (30.5)
Open Training: Tamra Smith & MB MaiStein (20.0)
Sr. Training Rider: Michelle Capparelli & You Don’t Know Jack (31.7)
Training Horse Challenge: Taren Hoffos & Regala (27.4)
Training Rider Challenge: Matthias Schwarz & Frysk Lok (28.8)
Jr. Novice Rider: Campbell Kadin & Deichkind 10 (26.9)
Open Novice: Erin Kellerhouse & Sonik Mambo No. 5 (21.7)
Sr. Novice Rider: Nancy Read & Caribe PCH (26.9)
Intro Rider: Lyndsey Januszewski & Philly Slew (38.1)
Jr. Beginner Novice Rider: Pryce Chrisman Tahoe Blue (25.8)
Open Beginner Novice: Erin Kellerhouse & Bon Vivant GWF (26.4)
Open Intro: Sarah Bonfield & Indigo (34.4)
Sr. Beginner Novice Rider: Gloria Roman & Good Time Charlie (29.7)

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🥇🏆Earning his keep already! Good boy Sorcerer's Stone🏆 🥇

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Winona H.T. [Final Scores]
Preliminary: Brooke Burchianti & Eternal Hope (48.8)
Training: Kara Andrew & SBT Amarone (30.2)
Novice A: Madeline Bletzacker & Drummer Boy (24.1)
Novice B: Isabelle Evans Rainstown & Covergirl (24.5)
Novice C: Julie McElhaney & Temptation (30.2)
Beginner Novice A: Julia Spatt & Sterling’s Bailero (25.0)
Beginner Novice B: Faylen Rauh & Reckless Generosity (33.3)
Beginner Novice C: Jessica Hart & Oliver (23.7)
Starter A: Laura Kosiorek-Smith & EHF Don’t Blink (29.7)
Starter B: Cassidy Wozniak & Rivendell (29.4)
Starter C: Ava Noone & Bonjour Amour (25.8)

Plantation Field H.T. [Final Scores]
Open Intermediate: Katherine Coleman & Monte Classico (28.0)
Open Preliminary: Alice Roosevelt & Get it Together (32.0)
Preliminary Rider: Cindy Buchanan & Flying Candles (37.7)
Junior Open Training: Cassie Sanger & Ultra Violet (34.1)
Open Training: Kevin Keane & HH Ontario (31.0)
Training Rider: Drew Wicas & Killernan Prince (38.5)
Junior Open Novice: Maggie Buchanan & 3,2,1, Blastoff (29.5)
Novice Rider: Shannon Schmidt & Capeach (27.9)
Open Novice: Nicole Ethridge & POPSTAR (32.6)
Beginner Novice Rider: Tiia Piller & Fernhill Pursuit (33.1)
Junior Open Beginner Novice: Payton Myers & Tekkenistic (29.4)
Open Beginner Novice: Margo Luke & Iron Dome (31.9)

WindRidge Farm H.T. [Final Scores]
Preliminary: Kimberly Steinbuch & Kosmo K (43.7)
Training-A: Devon Tresan & Killiney Hill (29.5)
Training-B: John Michael Durr & Casofino (33.8)
Novice-A: Robin White & Brett the Jet (32.5)
Novice-B: Eric Dierks & Carlingford Castle (27.1)
Beginner Novice-A: Mellisa Warden & TARDIS (33.1)
Beginner Novice-B: Sydney Langley & Pocket Change (30.0)
Beginner Novice-C: Brooke Kahl & Nata Montada SCF (25.8)
Starter-A: Savannah Norman & Dreamin’ up a Thunderstorm (38.7)
Starter-B: Rachael Wood & Connor (28.9)
Starter CT: Paiton Keen & Benelli (40.0)

Mill Creek Pony Club H.T. [Final Scores]
Preliminary-Open: Olivia Coolidge & Bold Impression (28.9)
Training-Open: Nicholas Staples & WF Drousseau (26.4)
Training-Rider: Kaleena Dudek & Zeek (26.4)
Novice-Junior: Lily Callahan & Royal Crest’s Granite Permission (32.9)
Novice-Open: Lacey Messick Sudden Impulse RSF (28.8)
Novice-Rider: Margo Wottowa & Southernboy Smooth (33.6)
Beginner Novice-Horse: Debbie Beam & Giannabar (33.3)
Beginner Novice-Junior: Claire Peters & Lacey Lou Freebush (33.8)
Beginner Novice-Rider: Quin Swiney & Riddle Me This (34.8)
Beginner Novice-Young Rider: Alexa Garrett & Say Goodbye To Hollywood (37.3)
Green as Grass CT: Amy Nelson & Hummingbird’s THE Meatloaf (39.4)
Starter CT: Alaina Bales & Kali (33.1)
Starter-Junior A: Zoe Milam & Queen of the Slipstream (31.9)
Starter-Junior B: Meredith Cornstubble & Ria By The Bay (26.6)
Starter-Open: Melinda Mueller & Knight Ryder TCF (29.1)

Woodland Stallion Station H.T. [Final Scores]
Open Preliminary: Leah Forquer Chance Affair (29.4)
Open Training: Pip Hayes & Peridot (32.5)
Jr. Novice: Kaitlin Ramos & May Ryloa (33.8)
Open Novice: Maya Pessin & This Bird (35.7)
Jr. Beginner Novice: Catherine Bonadio & Duke HW (32.5)
Open Beginner Novice: Kelly Schwisow & Kahlua & Cream (31.7)
Introductory: Dori Anderson & Sportsfield Condi (27.8)
Starter: Arwen Early & Pluto (33.4)

Congrats to all. Go Eventing!

Take a Virtual Walk Around the Chatsworth Event Rider Masters CCI4*-S Course

The Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials in Derbyshire, England kicks off the 2019 Event Rider Masters series this weekend. Thanks to our friends at Cross Country App, we can get a virtual preview of the CCI4*-S course. Visit the Cross Country App website for course walks of the Advanced, CCI4*-S Challenge and CCI2*-S as well.

This year’s Ian Stark designed course has 35 efforts with an optimum time of 6 minutes 16 seconds. The time at Chatsworth is notoriously difficult to make, but the pressure is on, with 30 horse and rider combinations vying for £50,000 in prize money at this event and a chance to win an additional £50,000 series bonus.

Dressage takes place today; show jumping starts at 3:15 p.m. BST/10:15 a.m. EST tomorrow, followed by cross country. Don’t forget the entire competition is being live streamed for free on www.eventridermasters.tv.

EN’s Tilly Berendt is on the grounds to bring you full reports, so keep it locked here! Go Eventing.

 

Chatsworth ERM: WebsiteStart TimesLive Scores, EN’s CoverageEN’s InstagramEN’s Twitter

#EventerProblems Vol. 180, Presented by Haygain: Everything I Needed to Know About Parenting, Part II

Well, folks, I did it. I birthed a tiny human, on Kentucky cross country day no less. Naturally, he is named in honor of the 2019 U.S. Five-Star Eventing National Champion Tsetserleg. Don’t worry: for spelling purposes, Tsetserleg is just on the birth certificate and he’ll go by the less exotic stable name “Thomas.”

(I kid, I kid. Thomas is a family name that we’d already decided on, but we ARE going to claim credit for his birth as an omen of Boyd’s imminent victory.)

Between reading EN in between contractions …

Sadly I couldn’t watch the live stream because it kept making my heart rate and blood pressure spike.

… and some sleepless newborn nights made way more tolerable by the Badminton live stream …

… Baby Thomas’ life is off to a very #EventerProblems sort of start. The next step is a field trip to the barn, which I feel confident we’ll take in stride. Especially with these #EventerProblems babies as our inspiration. Thanks to our readers who posted these photos in response to part 1 — baby goals, indeed!

Beth Perkins: “Ready for mucking”

Franchesca Selhaver-Ramos: “I thought I was the only crazy one to bring my daughter to the barn everyday! Totally not crazy anymore after seeing this post! I’m not alone!!”

Mandy Lynn Aholt-Gayler” “We’re not eventers, but we do our chores daily, too! When she was smaller, I carried buckets on the stroller.”

Amelia Babakaiff: “Jolly jumper in the hay barn beside the ring gave me the time to get my mare to Prelim.”

Lauren Dallaire: “Jump crew in training.”

Laura Jenny Muller: “Unattended 5 year olds will course design.”

Lauren Dallaire: “Move over Boyd Martin.”

Meredith Halas: “Where are all the twin horse parents!?”

Sarah Ritter: “Off to do barn chores this morning!”

Micheala Van Clief: “I take my daughter out ALL THE TIME!! She sits ringside while I ride. My husband’s horse gets extremely pissed if she doesn’t show up to the barn with me.”

Lisa Heard: “Don’t all Mums use the stroller to carry stuff to the stocks? (Yes, my son is in there.)”

Kate Wooten: “Also, wheelbarrows can be used to move stuff.”

Amelia Babakaiff

Sadie Daugherty Ziel

Jeanna Epping / Photo by JJ Sillman.

Stacey Blyskal: “Colorful buckets make great toys!!”

Katie Meany: “Workin baby.”

Mary C P Quarles: “Here’s another solution for baby at feed time.”

Meghan Patricia: “Babies and buckets.”

Charlene Quinn

Go Eventing.

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

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

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

Weekend Winners: The Event at Skyline, MCTA, Poplar Place

Even as we’ve been in the midst of back-to-back five-star weekends, the action hasn’t hasn’t stopped on the USEA-sanctioned horse trials front, with events taking place across the country.

An extra congrats to our lowest scoring finisher in the country this weekend: Colleen Rutledge and Coherence, who won their Open Novice A division at MCTA H.T. on a score of 25.0.

Here are your weekend winners!

The Event at Skyline H.T. [Final Scores]
Intermediate/Preliminary-Open: Lynnea Woody & Prince Eric (39.1)
Preliminary-Open: Dani Sussman & Bellissima (37.2)
Preliminary/Training-Open: Mariam Azin & Halcyon (58.1)
Training-Open: Kirsi Hussa & Invited to Jet (34.4)
Jr/YR Training: Molly Sullivan & Dodger (40.3)
Novice-Open: Alexandra Duffy & Relevance (28.1)
Jr/YR Novice: Tatiana Larson & Eloquent (25.9)
Beginner Novice-Open A: Sara Windley & Georgia Peaches (30.1)
Beginner Novice-Open B: Marylee Tanner & Alpha Romeo (29.5)
Jr/YR Beginner Novice: Brittany Flynn & Pretend to Fly (26.7)
Test – Intro-Jr/YR: Parker Guymon & Hamilton (36.1)
Test – Intro-Open: Brittany Flynn & Teancum (28.9)

Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to all the Skyline…

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What a great weekend! 🤩🎉♥️ Penelope and I competed in our first show of the season and my little pony blew me away. We ran the novice at the Event at Skyline and it was amazing! Penelope took dressage like a champ to earn us a 31.0. P flew around cross country like a seasoned novice pro to finish Saturday double clear. In stadium Penelope did what she always does and kept her knees wayyyy up! We had some time faults because Penelope’s darn rider (me) was off her game and didn’t trust the inside turns. Side note: not a single pair in my division went inside the stadium time…🙈 overall we finished 4th and I could not be more proud! This weekend went so much better than I could have imagined!💕 our goal for the season: finish on our dressage score at novice! I know we are more than capable! Shoutout to Mollie for crushing the BN who also only added some stadium time to her dressage score to finish in 5th!♥️ ———— 💕Proudly sponsored by & partnered with: @kerritseq @saddlejammiesbysusie – RITSCH17 @cvf_leathercare – CAEventing @mycharmedhorse – MCHLovely10 @rfvcoop

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MCTA H.T. [Final Scores]
Advanced Combined Test: Cary A. Chavis & Game On (43.8)
Intermediate Combined Test: Anne Hambleton & Should Expect (42.6)
Open Intermediate: Colleen Rutledge & Confidence Game (41.7)
Junior Young Open Preliminary: Katherine DeLaney & Canto Royale (31.1)
Open Preliminary-A: Timothy Bourke & Lennard (31.5)
Open Preliminary-B: Erin Sylvester & Captivate (32.2)
Junior Young Open Training: Brynn Hershbine & Cadenza Aria (31.7)
Open Training-A: Michael Pendleton & Contaro (31.4)
Open Training-B: Steph Kohr & Irisina (34.5)
Open Training-C: Bridgitte Kreipke & Little Miss (35.7)
Junior Young Open Novice: Saskia Paul & Colby (28.3)
Open Modified: Ema Klugman & Kangaroo Court (27.0)
Open Novice-A: Colleen Rutledge & Coherence (25.0)
Open Novice-B: Ema Klugman & Bronte Beach Z (26.0)
Junior Young Open Beginner Novice: Amelia Jaeger & The Medicine Game (31.0)
Open Beginner Novice Rider: Teresa Martinoli & Loughnatousa Caprice (28.3)

Check out a winners photo gallery by Amy Flemming Waters Photography here!

Poplar Place H.T. [Final Scores]
Intermediate: Werner Geven & L’Avventura (35.9)
Junior Young Open Preliminary: Madison McCauley Aigle Allegre (44.8)
Open Preliminary: Fernando Parroquin Delfin & Uncido (35.9)
Preliminary Rider: Louisa Flaig & Elfenzauber (34.1)
Preliminary/Training: Julie Richards & Fernhill Valentino (35.9)
Junior Training Rider: Darcy Drury & Fernhill Bijzonder (41.9)
Open Training: Dorothy Dreelin & MSH Cooley Twilight (30.9)
Senior Training Rider: Ashley Perrin & I Claudius (36.6)
Training/Novice: Sarah Kuhn & F.O.F. Grey Gatsby (60.7)
Junior Novice Rider: Crockett Miller & Mr Panda (30.7)
Open Novice: Sara Blackwell & Brig’s Swift Arrival (34.1)
Senior Novice Rider: Megan Harris & TBS Declan Pondi (28.8)
Junior Beginner Novice Rider-A: Maggie Shuman & Mr. Smarty Pants (29.1)
Junior Beginner Novice Rider-B: Merrell Waggoner & Beauchamp de Noelle (26.0)
Open Beginner Novice: Carla Jimmerson & Valley Creek Carlin LeBeau (29.3)
Senior Beginner Novice Rider: Beth Allen & Remastered (31.3)
Introductory: Jake Tessler & Bucks Well Spent (36.3)
Starter: Ashley Goodroe & Three Cups Jack Be Quick (34.8)

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This weekend was more than I could have ever asked for! G had an amazing dressage test landing us only .8 behind the leader after dressage. He then went on to jump clear around XC and had the second fastest time moving us up to 2nd place! Today he jumped a clear stadium round moving up to 1st and taking home the win the prelim junior rider🤩🤩 Penny also had a good weekend adding a few time penalties to her dressage score and two rails that I take complete credit for! So proud of her and how well she performed🥰 not to mention today was her 11th birthday😭😭 can’t believe me and her have been together since she was 7.. WOW! Forever grateful for her and all the lessons she had taught me❤️

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Congrats to all. Go Eventing!

Virginia Horse Trials to Offer Two New Divisions, Starter and CCI2*-S, for May Event

Boyd Martin and Barry competing at VHT International and Horse Trials. Photo by official photographer, Brant Gamma Photography.

Heading to VHT International and Horse Trials, to be held May 23-26 at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington? In addition to Beginner Novice through Advanced/Intermediate (including Modified) horse trials divisions and CCI3*-S and CCI2*-L international divisions, the event’s spring edition is offering two new divisions: a debut Starter division with fences set at 2’-2’3”, and a CCI2*-S class.

“We try to make positive changes based on feedback from competitors and add a little something new every year,” Organizer Andy Bowles says. “It was natural for us to add the CCI2*-S to the schedule considering the popularity of the CCI2*-L. And with our schooling shows throughout the year seeing so much success, we’re hoping to see some of the competitors from those shows joining us at the recognized level, from Starter on up.”

Thanks to Virginia Horse Trials’ wide range of offerings, you can pack up the whole barn — from your green beans to your FEI horses — for the event. VHT even offers young horse divisions for 4- and 5-year-olds.

VHT is an EN favorite event, with fantastic courses, great footing, super organization and a beautiful setting nestled in the valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

“We’ve really settled into our rhythm at VHT, and we are excited about everything we are presenting to competitors year after year,” Andy says. “We have a great team dedicated to putting on the best event possible and giving every horse and rider a great experience no matter what level they compete.”

VHT is expecting a large competition with 400+ horses, so get those entries in today! Helpful links: Website, Omnibus, Facebook, Instagram.

[Virginia Horse Trials Offers Two New Divisions for May Event]

Live Stream the Badminton Finale Then Relive Highlights from Kentucky on NBC Today

Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.

Clear your schedule and stockpile the mimosa supplies … you’ve got a long day of eventing spectatorship ahead of you today! The Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials show jumping live stream will be followed by a recap of the 2019 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event on NBC.

Kentucky

When: Sunday, May 5, at 12:30 p.m. EST on NBC

How to watch: Check your local listings or watch live online at http://horsestream.nbcsports.com/

Badminton

When: Final horse inspection starts at 3:30 a.m.; show jumping morning session starts at 6 a.m. EST; show jumping finale starts at 9 a.m. EST; prize giving at 10:15 a.m. EST.

How to watch: 

Go Eventing.

 

Friday Video from Smartpak: Badminton Cross Country Course Flyover

Happy Badminton cross country eve! Here’s a view of the 2019 course from the skies, with footage supplied by Whirlybird Imaging.

Check it out fence-by-fence with this interactive map, created in partnership with our friends at CrossCountry App. Take a fascinating interactive tour with six times Badminton winner Lucinda Green and course designer Eric Winter, including walk-throughs, drone fly-overs, photos, audio, intelligent direct and alternative routes and statistics.

Heading to the event? You can download the course before you go with the free CrossCountry Lite iPhone app. Use it anywhere on course; no internet required. Or take advantage of the free WiFi in the Food Courts and Trade Stand area.

And, of course, keep it locked here for all the latest coverage including live updates throughout the weekend! Go Eventing.

#MMBHT: WebsiteDrawn OrderScheduleStart TimexLive ScoresLive StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s Course PreviewEN’s Form GuideEN’s InstagramEN’s Twitter

#EventerProblems Vol. 179, Presented by Haygain: It’s All Relative(ly Huge)

But what if … the jumps are normal size and the people are just really, really small???

Something to ponder.

Here are a few of your photos from the cross country courses at the 2019 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event and Badminton Horse Trials that show, by comparison, how gigantic those obstacles really are.

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This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend the Land Rover Kentucky 3-day Event in Lexington, KY! On Friday we attended labs at Hagyard Equine learning about emergency response, taking radiographs, communication training, and more! On Saturday we got to shadow some vets on the cross country course! before heading home on Sunday we got up bright and early to watch the final jog of the horses to make sure they were fit to compete on the final day! I also got the chance to drive a @rangeroverofficial so that was pretty cool 🤷🏻‍♀️ Huge thanks to @aaephorsedocs, @zoetisus, and @hagyardequine for this amazing opportunity! Although this was my first time in Kentucky, it definitely won’t be my last! #bestday3day #horsedoctor #veterinarymedicine #lrk3de ✌🏻❤️🐴

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Cross country day from #lrk3de

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And, on the flip side … this:

Go Eventing.

Did you know …

We were bummed to see Tamie Smith and Wembley have to withdraw before the first horse inspection at Badminton Horse Trials, especially knowing the extensive preparations this pair made to get to there. Did you know that Tamie relies on Haygain as a critical part of her nutrition program?

Wembley, a 16-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, is big, bold and opinionated — it was one of those opinions that led Tamie to Haygain Steamed Hay.

Wembley was a finicky eater, making it hard to keep weight on his 17-hand frame and to sustain the energy needed for the rigors of eventing’s three phases. Tamie thought the appealing taste and texture of steamed hay might help and she was right. A better appetite was just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to steamed hay’s benefits. Now all the horses in Tamie’s Next Level Eventing program in Southern California are getting those benefits.

“All you have to do is look at steamed hay versus dusty, dirty, dry hay, and it’s a no brainer,” Tamie says. “You can see how much cleaner it is and we just feel it’s overall better for the horses’ respiratory systems.

Although it made immediate sense to Tamie and her team, they confirmed the nutrient content of the steamed hay by having before and after-steaming batches tested. “We heard some people say it takes the nutrients out,” she says of a common misconception. “It doesn’t. That’s what happens when you soak hay — all the nutrients drain out with the water. But the steamed hay nutritional content was good.”

Tamie Smith and Wembley at the 2018 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

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

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

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

Dandelions in the Park

Originally published on EN in 2012, this essay’s relevance has remained intact over the years. On one Saturday morning in April each year, we re-share it as a reminder that this collective experience we know as Kentucky is much bigger, and more complex, than we sometimes give it credit for.

Boyd Martin and Neville Bardos on course at Kentucky in 2011. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Some people believe there are spiritual vortexes scattered around the world, energetic super-centers so powerful that you can practically feel the stuff circulating in the air. Mystics and metaphysicists flock to them — Stonehenge, the Giza pyramids, ancient Inca ruins — hoping to catch a whiff of the divine.

I don’t know how much I buy into that crystal visions claptrap, but I do think there’s something to the idea of a place retaining its history in mysterious ways. The Kentucky Horse Park, in particular, is a plot of earth that I’ve always sensed had more going on than meets the eye. There’s a magic to it, and it’s more than just the pastoral combination of majestic oak trees, plush bluegrass and pristine rural air. Rather, it’s layers upon layers of emotion, saturating the soil and rustling through the leaves.

The poetry of a flawlessly executed dressage test, the cheer of a crowd gathered round the Head of the Lake, the thunder of a victory gallop — that energy lingers in the air long after everyone has packed up and gone home. But the source of the Park’s magic is more multidimensional than that.

On Jimmy Wofford’s cross country walk at WEG in 2010, he told the crowd that there was a dandelion on the course for every heart broken at the Park. I remember looking down, seeing a patch of the weed’s sharply scalloped leaves, and wondering in earnest whose tears had fertilized them.

I’m sure I’ve got a few dandelions out there myself, not from the four-star, but from other Horse Park events that felt equivalently serious at the time. When you’re 13 and you’ve saved your $4-an-hour stall mucking wages all summer to compete at some event, only to have your pony jump out of the dressage ring … dandelion. When you’re 17 and your horse hangs a leg in the water complex at Pony Club championships and you feel like you’ve let down your entire team … dandelion. When you’re 29 and you pull up halfway around the course with the sinking realization that you’re simply not prepared … dandelion.

I could go on and on, and I’m sure some of you could, too. Certainly these moments weren’t the end of the world, but perspective is a function of the mind, not the heart.

This weekend there are going to be riders who don’t make it around the course. They’ll make the same long walk back to the barn that so many have before them, replaying a split second over and over again in their minds, trying to figure out what went wrong. Some of them will get a leg up on their next ride or have the opportunity try again next year. Others might not get a second chance.

If you’re at Kentucky this weekend, take a quiet moment at some point to look around you. Acknowledge the dandelions and the horses and riders who planted them there. Remember that it’s all connected. Without attempt, and the risk of failure that goes with it, there can be no glory. The hit and the miss both begin with a leap.

Go Eventing.

The Thoroughbred Superfan’s Guide to LRK3DE

Image courtesy of Retired Racehorse Project.

Love Thoroughbreds? If you’ve come to the 2019 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event, you’ve come to the right place. Not only is Lexington the heart of Thoroughbred country, the event itself features a number of ways to celebrate the breed, which is well represented on this year’s entry list — see Kristen Kovatch’s “The Thoroughbreds of the 2019 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.”

Our friends at Retired Racehorse Project have compiled this list of ways to get your Thoroughbred fix at LRK3DE! Click here for a full RPP event schedule.

  • Stop by the Retired Racehorse Project Booth. Located in tent booth #130 on the floor of the Covered Arena, RPP is a hub of activity. Pick up your Thoroughbred order of go to follow all your favorites; make a donation or complete the RPP Scavenger Hunt to get a commemorative Lynn Symansky and Donner poster — a signing will take place Saturday, April 27th after conclusion of cross country (specific time TBA) — presented by ProElite; and stock up on your RPP gear.
  • Walk the cross country course with Elisa Wallace. Get the inside scoop on how riders tackle this big cross country course from top rider Elisa Wallace, who is also the 2018 Thoroughbred Makeover Champion. Thursday, April 25, 3 pm, meet at Fence 1. Presented by Buckeye Nutrition.
  • Try your hand at the RRP Scavenger Hunt. Stop by the RRP Booth to pick up your scavenger hunt passport, solve the clues and collect stamps from participating vendors and turn in your passport by 3 p.m. Saturday. Complete the hunt and receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of three gift baskets and a free Thoroughbreds of the KY 3-Day poster.
  • Get pumped for the 2019 Thoroughbred Makeover! RPP is hosting two previews: Friday, April 26 at 4 p.m, and Saturday, April 27 at 10 a.m. in the Walnut Ring. Riders at the top of their disciplines will present their 2019 Thoroughbred Makeover hopefuls and seasoned OTTBs with commentary from Dorothy Crowell. This year’s previews include Joyce Brinsfield on More Moola, Cathy Wieschhoff on Southern Sunday, Rosie Napravnik on Bethel Wildcat, and Elisa Wallace on Play Big. See horse and rider bios on the RPP website.
  • Join RPP for a Meet and Greet Breakfast on Sunday, April 28 from 8:30-10 a.m. at the USHJA Offices. Join RRP staff, Makeover trainers, members and volunteers for a social hour with a light breakfast (and mimosas!). Proceeds from this breakfast support RRP. Tickets are $28; click here to purchase. Sponsored by Guardian Horse Bedding.
  • Visit the Thoroughbred Charities represented in the Trade Fair. Among them: New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program (Booth #230), Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center (Booth #227), and KY Equine Adoption Center (Booth #228). The Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center is located on-grounds, in case you feel like doing some OTTB shopping while you’re there!
  • Attend the New Vocations Open Barn and BBQ, to be held at the conclusion of the dressage phase on Friday, April 26, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. The event takes place at New Vocations at Mereworth Farm, which will open its doors for tours, a meet-and-greet with the horses, educational demonstrations and a delicious BBQ meal. Four-star eventer Nick Larkin is the featured presenter for the evening, along with Jen Roytz as moderator. Click here for more info and to purchase tickets.
  • Take part in the Inaugural Horse Industry Safety Summit. The event will be held Tuesday, April 23rd, 7:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. at Spindletop Hall (3414 Iron Works Pike). The event focuses solely on ways to keep riders and handlers safe and will host researchers, equestrians and equine enthusiasts in a format that combines expert panels, individual speakers and poster presentations. Learn more here.
  • Enjoy a Horse Country Tour. Horse Country is an organization of thoroughbred stud farms, nurseries, clinics, a feed mill, and aftercare facilities united for the purpose of fan development and tourism experiences. At one of our twenty-five touring locations, guests can learn about the operations and day to day life of the people and athletes of the equine industry. Click here for more information.

Go Thoroughbreds. Go Eventing!

[RRP at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event]

#EventerProblems Vol. 179, Presented by Haygain: Kentucky Live Stream Edition

What did we do before Kentucky Three-Day Event live streams? Just, like, wait around for scores? Look at some pictures? How neanderthal.

Nowadays we can all follow the action as it unfolds, thanks to the fine folks at USEF Network. Our very own Jenni Autry is the field reporter for the broadcast this year, so we’re extra excited about that. Check out our “How to Watch” guide or skip straight to the live stream here.

If your #EventerProblem this week is that you aren’t here watching LRK3DE in the flesh (stupid work/school/etc.!), this one goes out to you:

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Go Eventing.

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

Two Must-Have Mobile Apps for Keeping Up With Kentucky

EN + LRK3DE apps: All things Kentucky, all at your fingertips.

Do you want/need/have to have all the latest reports from the 2019 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event as soon as they hit the Internet stratosphere? Make sure you have these two apps downloaded to your smartphone:

The Official LRK3D App

Features include essential event info including schedule, grounds map, ride times, details on the Sponsor Village and Trade Fair, news, social media links and more. You can even use it to purchase tickets or check the Lexington weather forecast! The app is available on Google Play and in the iTunes Store.

The Eventing Nation App

Never type “eventingnation.com” into your mobile or iPad browser search bar again! Just tap the app and boom, you’re here. With a single click you can text, email or share stories to social, or save stories as favorites so you can read them later. Activate push notifications so you know the minute we publish a new LRK3DE report! The app is available on Google Play and in the iTunes Store.

Go Eventing.

Monday News & Notes from Fleeceworks

Our bunny got loose from the office! Be on the lookout for the FHI bunny hopping around the xc course this morning. If you see her stop by to say hello and grab some treats from her Easter basket!

Posted by Fair Hill International on Saturday, April 20, 2019

From Pine Top Thanksgiving H.T. to the slew of events that took place over Easter weekend, I love horse trial holidays. Horses are family too, right? As are, certainly, our eventing community friends.

National Holiday: National Earth Day

Weekend Results:

Fair Hill CCI & H.T. [Results]

Holly Hill H.T. [Results]

Longleaf Pine H.T. [Results]

Sporting Days H.T. [Results]

River Glen H.T. [Results]

Your Monday News & Notes:

We love seeing top eventers spreading a positive message in the world. New Zealand Olympic veteran Tim Price and U.S. Pan American Games veteran Hannah Sue Burnett will be visiting Kentucky Children’s Hospital on Tuesday, April 23 to bring souvenirs from the event for the children. This and much more on the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event website! [LRK3DE]

Didn’t get enough Twin Rivers coverage? The USEA’s Jessica Duffy shared a sun-drenched photo gallery from last week’s event in Paso Robles, California, which featured four days of FEI divisions, Future and Young Event Horse classes, and Beginner Novice through Advanced horse trials. [Through the Lens: 2019 Twin Rivers CCI and Horse Trials]

Concussions are serious business, and it’s critical that the horse world consider them as such. French eventer Gaspard Maksud has shared his concussion experience following an April 7 cross country fall in the OI class at South of England H.T. in which his mount suffered a fatal injury. [Rider Speaks Out on Safety After Fall That Killed His Horse]

Best of the Blogs: If you’re on the fence about bringing your pup to the 2019 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event, Kate S. Spencer’s blog for the event website is a must read. Entertainingly written with “quotes” from her own dogs, it includes valuable info to help you make an educated decision. [Should I Bring My Dog?]

Hot on Horse Nation: On the Kindness of Horse-Loving Strangers

Just in on Jumper Nation: Trailer Organizing Hacks to Live by, Presented by Draper Therapies

Featured Video: EQTV live streamed last week’s Ocala CCI & H.T. (see results here). If you missed it, the show jumping and cross country streams are now posted on YouTube. The first of two cross country videos is below — check out their channel for all the rest. [EQTV YouTube Channel]

Katherine Coleman and Monte Classico Out Front After Fair Hill CCI4*-S Dressage

Katherine Coleman and Monte Classico. Photo by Amy Flemming-Waters / AFW Photography.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, today’s report from Fair Hill CCI & H.T. is worth volumes thanks to stunning photo galleries from Amy Flemming-Waters of AFW Photography. Many thanks for bringing us ringside, Amy!

Leading the CCI4*-S division is Katherine Coleman with Monte Classico on a score of 28.8.

Alexa Lapp is second with Cambalda on a score of 30.4.

Kristen Bond and I’m Sew Ready are third on a 32.0.

Boyd Martin and On Cue sit fourth on a 32.4; Boyd also rounds out the top five with Ray Price on a score of 32.3.

Michael Nolan and SBT Good Guy are 6th on a 33.3.

Emily Beshear and Olney Uncle Sam are 7th on a 33.6.

Cornelia Dorr and Sir Patico MH are 8th on a 34.6.

Lindsay Kelley and Cooley Cruise Control are 9th on a 35.8 (sorry for MIA photos, Lindsay!); Felix Vogg and Cayenne are 10th on a 36.4.

We’ve got a few more photo galleries from the division still to post plus dressage results from the other FEI divisions so be sure to check back this evening! The CCI4*-S action continues with show jumping immediately followed by cross country on Saturday morning.

Fair Hill CCI & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores] [EN’s Coverage]

CCI4*-S Top 10 After Dressage:

CCI3*-S Top 10 After Dressage:

CCI2*-S Top 10 After Dressage:

Advanced Top 10 After Dressage:

Friday News & Notes from World Equestrian Brands

Thank you, Amy Dragoo, for this masterclass in the correct and entirely professional application of Photoshop. Slow clap.

Amy’s is one of my favorite faces to spot at an event, and her Instagram account (@dragoophotography) is very much on brand with her colorful personality. Go check it out!

National Holiday: National Garlic Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Fair Hill CCI & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Holly Hill H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Longleaf Pine H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Sporting Days H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

River Glen H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

Jersey Fresh International is adding a Preliminary Derby to its 2019 festivities on Sunday, May 12. The Derby will begin at approximately noon; there is a $125 entry fee and $2,500 in prize money will be awarded to 1st through 8th place. [Enter at evententries.com]

The Fair Hill International April CCI & H.T. gets underway today in Elkton, Maryland. The USEA rounded up some stats about the competition’s entries, which includes 21 pairs entered in the CCI4*-S and another 16 pairs in the Advanced.  [Fast Facts: 2019 Fair Hill CCI-S]

Jonty Evans and Cooley Rorkes Drift will return to the main arena at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, taking part in a dressage demonstration on May 3.  Jonty and “Art” made their first public appearance since the accident at Belton on March 30, a year on from their 2018 victory at the horse trials. [‘He will love being back’: Jonty Evans and Art to return to Badminton]

Research suggests that adding magnesium and boron to the diet of headshaking horses can decrease the behavior. Findings by the University of California, Davis, were recently published in The Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine. [Oral magnesium and boron found to reduce headshaking in horses]

Hot on Horse Nation: Is Competitive Dressage Biased?

Just in on Jumper Nation: Six Signs It’s Spring

Featured Video: A little Shetland pony action to get you through your Friday …

#EventerProblems Vol. 178, Presented by Haygain: Everything I Needed to Know About Parenting …

… I learned from compiling 178 editions of #EventerProblems. As a 39-weeks pregnant lady and soon-to-be first-time mom, people keep asking me, “Are you ready?” And I’m like “Duh! I’ve got this parenting thing in the bag.” Not only has my event pony had THREE abscesses this year, which makes me basically a pro diaper-changer, I’ve been taking notes from you guys and your mad parenting skillz as seen on this very website.

Move over, Dr. Spock. Allow these eventing parents to show us how it’s done:

Go Eventing.

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

LRK3DE’s Kentucky CSI3* Invitational Grand Prix to Feature Star-Studded Entry List

Santiago Lambre of Mexico, winner of the inaugural $225,000 Kentucky CSI3* Invitational Grand Prix at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event in 2018. Photo by Michelle Dunn Photo courtesy of LRK3DE.

Even if you dwell in the most remote, secluded reaches of the eventing world cave, you’ll recognize many of the names on the 2019 entry list for the $225,000 Kentucky CSI3* Invitational Grand Prix presented by Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, taking place after cross country on Saturday at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.

Among the 30 accepted entries:

  • Kent Farrington (USA), Olympic silver and WEG bronze medalist
  • Peter Wylde (USA), Olympic gold medalist
  • Margie Engle (USA), U.S. Olympic veteran, WEG silver medalist and Pan American Games gold, silver and bronze medalist
  • Lauren Hough (USA), Olympic and WEG veteran and Pan American Games gold and bronze medalist
  • Todd Minikus (USA), who has competed at nine World Cup Finals
  • Christine McCrea (USA), Pan American Games double gold medalist
  • Karl Cook and Schuyler Riley (USA), who have each competed at three World Cup Finals
  • Molly Ashe-Cawley (USA), who has ridden in two World Cup Finals
  • Callan Solem (USA), the highest-placed U.S. rider at the 2016 World Cup Finals.
  • Other top U.S. show jumpers including Aaron Vale, Ali Wolff, Hayley Barnhill, Hilary McNerney, Jonathan McCrea, Noel Fauntleroy and Spencer Brittan
  • Santiago Lambre (MEX), Olympic and FEI WEG veteran and winner of the inaugural event
  • Conor Swail (IRE), Team Ireland veteran who finished in third-place last year
  • Kevin Babington (IRE), who placed fourth individually in the 2004 Athens Olympics
  • Paul O’Shea and Shane Sweetnam (IRE), who competed for Ireland at the 2018 WEG
  • Sharn Wordley (NZL) and Samuel Parot (CHL), WEG veterans
  • Top Irish show jumpers Daniel Coyle and Lorcan Gallagher
  • Additional international competitors include Rowan Willis and Hilary Scott (AUS), Vanessa Mannis (CAN) and Eugenio Garza (MEX)

Conor Swail of Ireland, who finished 3rd in the class last year. Photo courtesy of LRK3DE.

The second annual CSI show jumping event will begin at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday following cross country. Opening ceremonies will take place at 4 p.m.

The CSI is organized by Equestrian Events, Inc. (EEI), who brought in Derek Braun, founder of the highly-successful Split Rock Jumping Tour, to help manage the event. Guilherme Jorge, show jumping course designer at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, returns as course designer.

There will also be a $36,000 Welcome Speed Cup 1.45m ranking class on Friday, April 26, at 6 p.m. in Rolex Stadium, after the day’s LRK3DE dressage competition. No stadium seat ticket is required for the Speed Cup.

Re-live the action of the inaugural 2018 Grand Prix, which drew an audience of over 10,000 spectators:

Stadium seating tickets for the Grand Prix are only $5 each – with $1 going to Land Rover Kentucky’s 2019 Official Charity, Bluegrass Land Conservancy. Grand Prix tickets are available here.

The Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event, Presented by MARS EQUESTRIAN, takes place April 25-28, 2019 at the Kentucky Horse Park. Visit the event website here.

Kentucky CSI3* Invitational Grand Prix: [Grand Prix Home]  [Grand Prix Schedule] [Accepted Rider List]

[Olympic Veterans Head List of Top Show Jumping Riders Entered for $225,000 Kentucky CSI3* Invitational Grand Prix presented by Hagyard Equine Medical Institute at Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by MARS EQUESTRIAN]

Bromont Rising Program to Support Under-25 Riders With Financial Support, Education

Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Attention eventers under the age of 25 who have their eye on the 2019 MARS Equestrian Bromont CCI Three Day Event! A new program called Bromont Rising is aimed at supporting up to 10 U25 riders with financial grants and educational opportunities at the Canadian event.

Grants will be awarded in the amount of $3,000 each to help selected young riders pay for transportation, entries, lodging and food during the FEI event in June. In addition, the riders will arrive Monday, June 3, to participate in a two-day training camp in advance of the June 5-9 event.

The program will consist of two days of mounted and unmounted instructional components, taught by leading coaches, course designers, riders, owners and support staff. A Tuesday evening dinner will feature Jessica Phoenix and Boyd Martin as featured speakers, and riders will have access to coaching during the event upon request.

“This has long been a dream of mine, and I am delighted to have it come to fruition with the help of the 2019 Organizing Committee and our title sponsor MARS Equestrian,” says committee member Sue Ockendon. “It is so important that we recognize and provide support to our younger riders who will be the future of the sport. I am hopeful that this program will flourish and extend to other venues.”

Bromont Rising Program applications are available on the Bromont website. Selection criteria will focus primarily on talent and determination: “We are trying to give a leg up to the riders who have committed to making this sport their livelihood, and who need help in achieving that goal,” Sue says. Participants in the Program can compete in any division that is offered at Bromont.

Riders will be selected and notified by May 6, 2019. The selection committee includes Kerry Millikin, Peter Gray and Steve Blauner. Questions about the program should be directed to Peter Gray at [email protected]

The 2019 MARS Equestrian Bromont CCI Three Day Event takes place June 5-9 in Bromont, Quebec. For more information visit the website here.

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