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Tuesday Video: FEI Show Jumping Ponies Go ‘Ping’!

I spent far too much of yesterday afternoon trying to convince a wobbly bowl of jello trapped in the body of a 16.3-hand horse, who’d recently disposed of his own rider, that the 1’9″ gate he refused to go anywhere near was well within his ability, training and scope. You’ve got this, Ben! You are the far superior opponent in this game of Horse vs. Tiny Green Gate! You can do it! 

Despite his willingness to leap dramatically over it (so extra) in hand about 40 times in a row, as soon as I climbed back into the saddle Ben’s bravery and self-esteem crumbled. Final score: horse – 1, human – 0. Maybe tomorrow I’ll show him this video as proof, from the FEI Ponies Jumping Trophy presented by Agria which took place October 19 in Hernig, Denmark.

These pocket rockets have serious hops! At 1.30 meters (AKA 4’2″) they ping right off the ground. The winner was Denmark’s own Magdalene Rose Mikkelsen with her pint-size Irish Sport Horse Attyrory Rebel. Their jump-off round, about 53 minutes into the video, is FIERCE.

Oh, and Ben? I think you can try harder.

What’s Happening? Your Guide to Clinics, Schooling Shows & More [Updated 10/26]

Featured Activity: Felicitas von Neumann-Cosel Clinic on Oct. 27 at Beaux Rêves Equestrian in Hamilton, VA. Click here for more info.

“What’s Happening?,” presented in partnership with Strider, is your complete guide to clinics, schooling shows and other riding and educational opportunities.

Need a way to accept digital entries and payment for your venue’s next equestrian activity? Join Strider, a mobile friendly, user-controlled services platform that connects organizers with riders. It’s easy and fast to use — click here to get started.

Here is what’s happening in your USEA Area!

Location Quick Links: Area I | Area II | Area III | Area IV | Area V | Area VI | Area VII | Area VIII | Area IX | Area X

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Go Eventing.

How to Watch the Pau Live Stream

2020 Pau winners Laura Collett with London 52. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

We have a big week ahead at Les Etoiles de Pau CCI5*, which kicks off with the first horse inspection on Wednesday. Tilly Berendt is on the grounds at Pau for EN and will be bringing you full reports each day.

An additional asset for those of us following from afar: Horse&CountryTV will be exclusively broadcasting all three phases of the competition.

For H&C+ and H&C+ Gold Members: The event is free to watch– simply log in to your account to gain access.

Non-Members: Click here to purchase a pass, good for 90 days, for just $7.99. OR click here to sign up to H&C+ from as little as $9.99 to watch the entire event and enjoy all the benefits of a membership.

Available in UK, Ireland, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand. Commentary is available in multiple languages.

The broadcast schedule, translated to EDT, is:

Wednesday, Oct. 27: First horse inspection – 2:30-3:45 a.m. EDT
Thursday, Oct. 28: Dressage – 9:30-11 a.m. EDT
Friday, Oct. 29: Dressage – 3:30-11 a.m. EDT
Saturday, Oct. 30: Cross country – 7:30 – 11 a.m. EDT.
Sunday, Oct. 31: Horse inspection – 6:45-7:45 a.m. EDT. Show jumping – 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. EDT.

Additionally, we recommend downloading the official Les 5 Etoiles de Pau app to keep up-to-date with schedules and all the goings-on around the event.

Stay tuned for much more from Pau!

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Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: Five Charming Connemara Crosses

In the market for a new four-legged partner? You may find your unicorn on our sister site, Sport Horse Nation. To help with the search, we’re going to feature a selection of current listings here on EN. We include the ad copy provided; click the links for videos, pricing and contact information.

What do you get when you cross the toughness and bravery of a Connemara with the blood and heart of a Thoroughbred or the sportiness of its fellow countryman, the Irish Sport Horse? The ideal event horse! This week we’re drooling over five Connemara crosses that tick all the boxes, especially for a rider on the petite side like me — all stand under 16 hands. Four are located in Ocala, three of which are at Peach Stone Sport Horses, if you fancy a shopping trip!

A reminder to register your Connemara crosses with the American Connemara Pony Society as Connemara sport horses so that the ACPS can document successes of the breed and its crosses.

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BT Just A Rebel- Proven CCI3* Gelding

BT Just A Rebel is for sale! Rollo is a 2011, 15.3 conn x tb gelding. He just won the open prelim at the August Festival of Eventing at GMHA. He has extensive intermediate and 3* mileage (with multiple results), and has won USEF Connemara of the Year two years in a row. He is aimed for a 3*-L this fall if he’s still here. In your pocket personality, loves his job, a pleasure to have in your barn.

⭐️WON aug GMHA OP
⭐️Finished 2nd less than 2 weeks ago at Jersey in the OI (only horse in the division to make time cross country)

Located in Ocala, Florida.

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Lenny Kravitz

Lenny is a 7 year old 15.2 hand Connemara/TB cross, recently imported by Justine Dutton with an extensive clean vetting. Absolutely beautiful with an amateur/junior friendly temperament and three lovely paces. Lenny could go in any direction: eventing, jumpers, or straight dressage. With fox hunting and jumping miles in the UK and Ireland, he’s brave to the jumps while also being very easy to rate. He hacks out alone or in company and is very easy in the barn; great with the vet and farrier. With his lovely kind personality and obvious athletic ability, he’s going to make someone very happy. Sadly for sale due to unforeseen change in owner circumstances.

Available to try in Groton, MA with excellent trial facilities.

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15.3 Oversized Imported 7 yr old Connemara x ISH

Boomer is so laid back and so much fun in all ways. He is the barn favorite! Not much fazes him and anyone can ride. He hunted and competed at training shows in Ireland and is now competing at schooling shows here in the U.S. (Update Aug. 24th: Just completed a three-phase on his dressage score!)

Brought on by amateur lady and he loves his people! Also had professional dressage training and could easily do straight dressage — nice mover but also brave to the jumps! Full five-stage vetting!

No vices, easy keeper and a super horse for Adult Amateur or Junior Rider who want to go out and get noticed!

Located in Ocala, Florida.

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Oversized Bay Connemara x ISH by Westside Mirah

2017 15.3 by Carnabay Mirah by Westside Mirah out of Irish Moon charm mare!

Impeccably bred rising five-year-old Connemara x Irish sport horse gelding recently imported and ready to start his career! Super sporty type with plenty of blood that could go very far in the right hands! Archie was bought direct from his breeder in Ireland. Types like this are very very hard to come by with an amazing trot and canter! Archie has had a proper start — lightly cross country schooled and jumped around various courses. Full five-stage vetting available and more videos upon request.

Located in Ocala, Florida.

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Bay Connemara x TB Filly to go oversized

Amazing Filly! Findley is a beautiful TB x Connie filly born in March of 2021 out of Kate by Connemara Stallion Coud’Poker Tartifume (Cooper) 2012 Sport Pony/Sport Horse Stallion currently competing Preliminary Eventing and 1.10m – 1.15m jumping.

About her Dad: Bred in France, Coud’Poker (Cooper) is by Westide Mirah II. Cooper’s dam is by Quitus de la Loue (Dexter Leam Pondi) and she is out of a Don Juan V x Naughty Van Graaf Janshof mare. International and Grand Prix ponies can be found on both sides of his pedigree. His dam line boasts Grand Prix ponies such as Ni Oui Ni Non Tartifume and Violin II. His sire Westide Mirah II (WM2) needs no introduction, having jumped several Grand Prixs with child riders, currently jumps with an adult in the 1m25 and has won a 1m45 Puissance. His grandsire Westside Mirah is one of Ireland’s most successful sire of showjumping ponies.

Coud’Poker’s dam sires Dexter Leam Pondi and Don Juan also need no introduction. Dexter Leam Pondi participated in Six European Championship, winning 2 team medals and once placed 7th individually. He won 5 Grand prix CSIP. Don Juan V was also a Grand Prix Pony and is well known for having produced at least 15 offspring with IPO of 145 and greater.

She is available either now with her momma as a package deal or later this year after weaning. She is extremely friendly and has big expressive gaits with plenty of bone! We expect her to mature in the 15.3-16 hand range.

About her Dam Kate: Jockey Club registered under “Just Karen” (NY) 16.1 Bay w/Stripe
TB, B, M, FOALED APRIL 14, 2012
( LEROIDESANIMAUX (BRZ) – KARAKORUM KAREN, BY REAL QUIET )
Mare and foal can also be sold as package deal.

Located in Ocala, Florida.

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

#EventerProblems Vol. 279: Me No Do It

I have a human toddler whose favorite word is “no.” Assorted variations on the theme include “me no do it,” “me no like,” “nuh-uh,” “no no,” “no no no” and the classic “NOOOOOOOO MAMA NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!”

Horses and even us riders, too, have been known to occasionally regress into a toddler frame of mind. As demonstrated by some of this week’s batch of #EventerProblems snaps! Enjoy.

Don’t forget to tag ’em with #EventerProblems for inclusion in a future edition! Go Eventing.

Volunteer Nation: Eight Events That Could Use a Helping Hand This Weekend

Can we get one more big round of applause for the many, many hardworking volunteers of the inaugural Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill?! What an incredible community effort. As one reader recently put it, “Volunteering is a selfless act, and people don’t do it for personal acknowledgement but I think the body of volunteering as a whole should get a HUGE shout out. Events cannot run without volunteers.”

Shout-out to you all!

As always, you can earn merit points when you donate your time through the USEA’s Volunteer Incentive Program. Registering to volunteer through EventingVolunteers.com makes it easy and seamless to both find a job and shift as well as learn what your role will entail.

USEA Events

Waredaca Classic 3 Day Event (October 22nd, 2021 to October 23rd, 2021)

The Event at TerraNova (October 15th, 2021 to October 24th, 2021)

2021 Hagyard Midsouth Team Challenge (October 21st, 2021 to October 24th, 2021)

Waredaca Recognized Fall Horse Trials (October 23rd, 2021 to October 24th, 2021)

Fresno County Horse Park Horse Trials (October 22nd, 2021 to October 24th, 2021)

Other Events

2021 PYT/PYT Dressage (October 23rd, 2021)

October War Horse Event Series (October 20th, 2021 to October 25th, 2021)

Wednesday Video from Kentucky Performance Products: Meanwhile, in Poland …

Libby Seed and Heartbreaker Star Quality. Photo by Leszek Wójcik.

As our heads finally begin to stop spinning from the Maryland 5 Star, we are reminded that other major international events took place over the weekend — such as Poland’s Strzegom October Festival.

There, British eventer Libby Seed won the CCI4*-L with the 10-year-old Heartbreaker Star Quality. After sitting fourth after dressage, they finished atop the leaderboard thanks to clear jumping rounds with just a smidge of time. Second place went to her compatriot James Sommerville with Talent, and Miroslav Trunda from the Czech Republic was third riding Shutterflyke.

Here’s a video of Libby’s ride:

Victory in the 3*-L went to Germany’s Andreas Dibowski riding Calahari. Vanessy Bölting with Ready To Go W was second, and Swedish rider Sara Algotsson Ostholt with Dynamite Jack were third.

The 2*-L winner was Australia’s Katja Weimann with Jeu de Blanc W before German riders Julia Schatzmann with Golden Evo KPSC and Anna Lena Schaaf with Lorsandos. The short-format 4* and 3* classes both went to German athletes, Anna Lena Schaaf with Fairytale 39 and Libussa Lübbeke with Darcy F respectively. Poland’s Karolina Miś with Go Jack won the CCI1*-Intro.

The European Youth Eventing Masters was dominated by Germans, who took the win in all age categories, both as a team and individually. Julia Warner with Clara, Christina Schöniger riding Schoensgreen Continus, Brandon Schäfer-Gehrau with Parkmore Emper and Felicia Von Baath with Quantum E bested the young rider category, and Felicia was also individual victor.

The best junior team was Emily Roberg with Donna Lena MV, Jule Krueger with D’Artagnan 216, Isabel Kristin Dalecki riding Caruso JH and Hedda Vogler with Niagara de Champenotte, with individual honors going to Sophia Rössel with Nickel 21.

Neele Hinrichsen riding Golden Gadget, Pita Schmid with Sietlands Catrina, Amelie Nottmeier with Katleen 3 and Merle Hoffmann na Penny Lane WE were the winners of the pony class, while Hoffmann also took home the individual best score.

Congrats to all! View complete results here.

A photo gallery from the event by Leszek Wójcik:

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Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: Former Oliver Townend/Andrew Nicholson Ride Is Stateside & For Sale

In the market for a new four-legged partner? You may find your unicorn on our sister site, Sport Horse Nation. To help with the search, we’re going to feature a selection of current listings here on EN. We include the ad copy provided; click the links for videos, pricing and contact information.

Oliver Townend and Ulises. Photo by Abby Powell.

Last week we shared the story of a reunion between Oliver Townend and his former ride, Ulises, in the CCI3*-L National Championship at the Maryland 5 Star Event at Fair Hill (“A Familiar British Face in the 3*-L at Maryland: Oliver Reunites with Juli Sebring’s Ulises for a Catch-Ride“). Prior to Oliver, Ulises was campaigned by another Olympian, Andrew Nicholson.

The day after finishing third at Maryland on his dressage score of 29.4, we spotted Ulises on EN’s classifieds site, Sport Horse Nation.

Here’s the ad:

5 Star Qualified, 4 star winner just ridden by Oliver Townend at Maryland 5 Star

Ulises is a 14 yr old Spanish-bred, 16.1h top athlete for FEI competition. He is currently 5 star qualified and just finished the Maryland 5 Star CCI-3L national championship in 3rd with previous rider Oliver Townend. He very narrowly missed 2nd. Ulises was imported from the UK in June 2021 and spent the summer eventing almost every weekend. His dressage is effortless always putting in scores in the 20s, he is bold and point and shoot cross country, and he is a careful show jumper. This horse is best suited for a professional rider looking to go to the top. He is a sound war horse, ready and able for the job ahead. Very serious inquiries only.

Between Maryland and events abroad, we’ve accumulated quite a collection of Ulises photos in the EN database.

And here are a couple videos, neither terribly recent but gives you an idea of his quality and impressive tail-flip: 

Ulises is listed at $125K and located in Fair Hill, Maryland. He just one of many top-class horses represented for sale via Sport Horse Nation. Visit the site and find your dream horse today!

Tuesday Video: Congrats to These Woodside International Winners!

 

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Woodside International Horse Trials, in Woodside, California, took place earlier this month on Oct. 7-10. Hosting FEI two-star through four-star short divisions as well as Introductory through Advanced horse trials, it was a big week for West Coast eventing. Ride On Video (whatever would we do without them?!?) has begun posting competitor videos, so thought we’d share a few we spotted of the winners!

Woodside International H.T. (Woodside, Ca.): [Website] [Final Scores]

CCI4*-S: Erin Kellerhouse and Woodford Reserve (43.5)

CCI3*-S: James Alliston and Nemesis (31.1)
CCI2*-S: Taren Hoffos and Regalla (30.0)

Advanced: James Alliston and Paper Jam (41.1)
Open Intermediate: Amber Birtcil and Cinzano (32.2)
Open Preliminary A: Erin Kellerhouse and Bon Vivant GWF (26.1)
Open Preliminary B: Chloe Smyth and Guinness on Draught (29.9)
Jr. Training Rider A: Mia Brown and Duke HW (24.8)
Jr. Training Rider B: Gabriella Ringer and Get Wild (25.5)
Open Training: Megan McIver and Galliard’s Lancer (27.3)
Sr. Training Rider: Becky Leisz and Gangster (28.2)
Training Horse: Grace Walker Alonzi and Frantz (24.7)

Jr. Novice Rider A: Edie Halloran and Makuba’s Prince (26.9)

Jr. Novice Rider B: Maddie Berry and Spf Vision Quest (30.5)

Novice – Amateur: Brooke Gibson and Iolani FCF (26.9)

Open Novice: Kaylawna Smith-Cook and AEV Zara (23.6)
Sr. Novice Rider: Faith Dalessandro and Spurs and Stilettos (26.4)
Jr. Beginner Novice Rider: Carly Clarke and Captain Kirk (32.3)

Open Beginner Novice: Lauren Billys and Luna (23.0)

Sr. Beginner Novice Rider A: Kelly Schwisow and Cat Ballou (26.5)
Sr. Beginner Novice Rider B: Anne Morgan and Sonic (24.5)

Open Introductory A: Jessie Steward and North Forks Finley (36.3)

Open Introductory B: Riley Young and My Box of Crayons (27.0)

 

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Congrats to all!

#DogsofEventing: Maryland 5 Star Edition

Dog watching is almost as much fun as horse watching at big events, and the Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill went out of its way to make our canine companions feel right at home. From morning “Puppiccinos” at the KONG Equine Doggy Day Care and Dog Park to dog-focused vendors and charities (congrats to Charlie, Venus, Socks, Rockette and Paisley, who all found homes this weekend through Paws for Life Maryland!), it was a five-star experience for furry family members as well.

Here are a few of your doggy snaps from the event!

 

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Go Dogs. Go Eventing!

Tuesday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

 

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Halloween is just around the corner … how are you and your horse celebrating? From eventing themed pumpkins and costumed horse trials to spooky jumps (I mean Halloween-themed, not THAT kind of spooky), send your photos to [email protected] We love to see it!

Events Opening Today: Sporting Days Farm Horse Trials IVRocking Horse December H.T.

Events Closing Today: Full Moon Farms H.T.Rocking Horse Fall H.T.Full Gallop Farm November H.T.Texas Rose Horse Park Fall H.T.Galway Downs International Event & H.T.

Tuesday News:

It’s Week 4 of SmartPak’s 2021 Ultimate Blanketing & Clipping Giveaway! This week’s awesome prize is a set of Andis Pulse ZRII Cordless Clippers. Click here to submit your entry — and be sure to keep an eye on SmartPak over the next few weeks for new giveaways.

Do you have a “stress script”? Sports psychology coach Daniel Stewart explains the concept of “scripting,”
which happens when you prepare for inevitable challenges by writing and reciting a series of positive reminders (your script) whenever you begin to feel a bit bad or bummed out. The idea behind scripting is that it can be pretty hard harder to think of good things when you’re feeling bad, but that feeling bad gets a whole lot harder when you begin saying a bunch of good things!” [Pressure Proof: Scripting]

Congrats to Area IV’s champions! The USEA caught up with the riders who topped the leaderboards following their year-end performances. [Rider Reflections: Riders Tackle All New Cross-Country Courses at Area IV Championships]

Registration is now open for the 2022 USEF Annual Meeting to be held at Naples Grande Beach Resort in Naples, Fla., from January 13-15, 2022. The 2022 USEF Annual Meeting will feature three days of meetings and conferences, as well as the Pegasus Awards Celebration on Thursday, January 13, and the SmartPak/USEF Horse of the Year Awards Celebration on Saturday, January 15. [USEF]

RISK profiles could be constructed for combinations competing at international level aimed at reducing the number of cross-country falls, with the help of previous competition data. The FEI talks to Horse & Hound about a study was commissioned as part of its global injury surveillance project aimed at identifying risk factors for horse injuries, particularly those that may have a catastrophic outcome. [Eventing risk profiles could help reduce cross-country falls]

Food for thought:

Tuesday Video Break:

Weekend Winners: Maryland 5 Star, Ocala Fall HT, Pine Hill Fall HT

The inaugural running of a certain five-star may have hogged the spotlight, but it wasn’t the only U.S. event running this past weekend. The Ocala Fall Horse Trials and Pine Hill Fall Horse Trials also took place in Florida and Texas respectively, and its winners are owed a great big congratulations as well!

Here’s a rundown of who won what where:

Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill: [Results]
CCI5*-L: Boyd Martin & On Cue
CCI3*-L: Kurt Martin & D.A. Lifetime
USEA Young Horse East Coast Championship – 4/yo: Caroline Martin & HSH Best Kept Secret
USEA Young Horse East Coast Championship – 5/yo: Chris Talley & Gina

 

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Ocala Fall H.T. (Ocala, Fl.): [Results]
Intermediate: Lila Gendal & BT Just A Rebel (35.4)
Open Prelim: Daniela Moguel & Hideaway’s Ness (30.4)
Open Modified: Michelle Mercier & Tullibards Chance Taken (20.2)
Open Training: Jonathan Holling & Fernhill Copain (24.1)
Training Rider: Kristin Rubash & Capone (36.9)
Novice Rider: Elizabeth Weber Allsop & Jamaican Vacation (25.0)
Open Novice: Sinead Maynard & Riordan (28.6)
Beginner Novice Rider: Sarah Egel & My Lucky Irish (23.1)
Open Beginner Novice: Kyle Carter & San Blast (35.1)

 

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Pine Hill Fall H.T. (Bellville, Tx.): [Results]
Preliminary-Open: Kaitlyn Conner & Touche (41.3)
Training-Open: Laura Bolerjack & West River (23.6)
Novice-Open A: Amanda Merritt & Apparition (28.3)
Novice-Open B: Willow Schwartz & Flashy Bandit (27.9)
Beginner Novice-Open A: Brenna McDonald & Dobby’s Reward (29.7)
Beginner Novice-Open B: Lauren Perry & Hell Of A Storm (31.0)
Starter-Open A: Shelby Owen & Contemporary Art (36.4)
Starter-Open B: Mary Boster & Smooth Sailing (58.1)

 

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Congrats to all! Go Eventing.

Sunday Maryland Instagram Roundup: One More for the Fans, New & Old

EN’s coverage of the Maryland 5 Star is brought to you by Kentucky Performance Products. KPP is our go-to for all things nutritional when it comes to supporting our horses and their healthier selves. Managing horses is a challenge, but KPP makes it simple — and they treat you like a horse owner, not just a customer. You can learn more about KPP by clicking here.

One of the greatest challenges facing eventing today is the question of how to connect with the larger community. How do we make our sport more accessible, more inclusive, more relevant? Existing within an insular bubble is a surefire route to extinction, and more importantly, what is a sport even worth if it does not actively endeavor to engage with and contribute to the greater good of society?

We are impressed at how the Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill went above and beyond to make its inaugural event a destination not for riders, but a celebratory bonding experience for its host community and beyond. Kudos to Governor Larry Hogan and Cecil County Executive Danielle Hornberger, along with the entire Maryland 5 Star leadership team and all of the event’s sponsors and vendors.

And most of all, a huge thank you to all those who came out to watch the action. Whether new fans to eventing or old, a sport can only thrive if there are folks out there who wish to follow it. And who knows? Maybe, after this weekend, they will be inspired to try their hand at riding themselves.

Here are a few of YOUR snapshots from the event:

 

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Saturday Maryland Instagram Roundup: Whatever You Do, Don’t Look Down

EN’s coverage of the Maryland 5 Star is brought to you by Kentucky Performance Products. KPP is our go-to for all things nutritional when it comes to supporting our horses and their healthier selves. Managing horses is a challenge, but KPP makes it simple — and they treat you like a horse owner, not just a customer. You can learn more about KPP by clicking here.

Dani Sussman and Jos Bravio. Photo by Abby Powell.

Dani Sussman and Jos Bravio. Photo by Abby Powell.

Nothing puts one’s heart in one’s throat like a dramatic drop fence, and there were some epic ones on Ian Stark’s Maryland 5 Star cross country track. For obvious reasons they were destination jumps for both professional and amateur photographers, as horses stretched out their landing gear and riders did their darnedest to keep up. Here are a few of your best shots, as spotted on Instagram:

 

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You can read EN’s full cross country recap here. Best of luck to all on this final day of competition!

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#EventerProblems Vol. 278: Oh Crab!

Undoubtedly the strangest and most fearsome crustacean ever to appear on a cross country course in history, fence #15A on the inaugural Maryland 5 Star Course has attracted plenty of double-takes. This crab would be giving me nightmares if it was six inches long and dressed with garlic butter on my dinner plate, much less whatever whopper dimensions it actually is.

After horses take the plunge, they’ll shake the water out of their ears and head on to an up bank to a log at 15CD, followed by a brush arrowhead at 15E. You can watch Ian explain this question here, and you can check out EN’s course preview here.

Here are a few of your snaps of this legit #EventerProblem. Five-star cross country begins at 12:20 p.m., moved up from its original 1 p.m. start time, so we’ll get to see how it jumps here shortly! Best of luck to all.

 

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Don’t forget to tag ’em on social for inclusion in future editions! Go Eventing.

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The Objects on This Course Are Larger Than They Appear: Walking XC With Law Eventing

EN’s coverage of the Maryland 5 Star is brought to you by Kentucky Performance Products. KPP is our go-to for all things nutritional when it comes to supporting our horses and their healthier selves. Managing horses is a challenge, but KPP makes it simple — and they treat you like a horse owner, not just a customer. You can learn more about KPP by clicking here.

Photo by Sally Spickard.

Photos don’t always do the enormousness of a cross country course justice, even when we stick a small stuffed animal in the shot for scale. So we’re thankful for these videos from Law Eventing, with Leslie Law (who sits 21st after dressage with Voltaire de Tre) marching ahead dutifully while wife Lesley Grant-Law hangs back, offering some hilariously frank armchair commentary.

 

 

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At the end the monster corners. They look like the American evil eagle off the muppet show.

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Check out EN’s preview of Ian Stark’s formidable cross country track here. You can also check out Ian’s guide course preview (with fence-by-fence photos) on CrossCountryApp here. To all of today’s competitors, have a safe and happy ride!

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Go Eventing.

Volunteer Nation: Six Events That Could Use a Helping Hand This Weekend

 

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Live in the Fair Hill area-ish? Or in the mood for a road trip? The Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill still has a few volunteer spots open! I’m seeing some general help, cross country crew, trade fair, crossing guard, cross country decorator, videographer and awards committee positions available. Click here to check ’em out and get a front row seat to what promises to be history in the making.

As always, you can earn merit points when you donate your time through the USEA’s Volunteer Incentive Program. Registering to volunteer through EventingVolunteers.com makes it easy and seamless to both find a job and shift as well as learn what your role will entail.

USEA Events

Pine Hill USEA Fall Horse Trials (October 15th, 2021 to October 16th, 2021)

Ocala Fall Horse Trials (October 13th, 2021 to October 16th, 2021)

Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill (October 2nd, 2021 to October 21st, 2021)

The Event at TerraNova (October 15th, 2021 to October 24th, 2021)

Other Events

Eventing for the Cure (October 14th, 2021 to October 16th, 2021)

Stable View October Eventing Academy (October 12th, 2021 to October 17th, 2021)

Go Volunteers. Go Eventing!

Thursday Instagram Roundup: Backstage at the Maryland 5 Star

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If a professional event photo says a thousand words, sometimes a candid Instagram shot speaks one million. Whether from a rider or a fan, these off-the-cuff moments help give us an unfiltered, unedited snapshot of the scene unfolding at the Maryland 5 Star this week.

Thanks to all who contributed! Tag your own photos at Maryland 5 Star or Fair Hill, Maryland for inclusion in our next Instagram roundup!

 

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Thursday Video: Meanwhile, in Doug Payne’s Spare Time …

Doug Payne and Quantum Leap. Photo by Abby Powell.

Doug Payne, a person who can’t just be a five-star eventer and leave well enough alone, prepped himself and his stable for the Maryland 5 Star with a show jumping outing last weekend at Tryon International Equestrian Center. In addition to piloting Jane Dudinsky’s 2011 Holsteiner gelding Quintessence to a four-fault round in the CSI** Grand Prix and a 3rd place finish in the 1.45-meter FEI Speed Class …

… he treated his Maryland ride Quantum Leap to a crack at the 1.30-meter class.

They’ll take to the centerline tomorrow.

Doug is also 10th in the CCI3*-L with Camarillo, a 7-year-old gelding (Chicardo x Rihobeth, by Riverman) owned by the rider and Patrice Jennings-Rado. Their test:

Never stop being good at everything, Doug. In return, we’ll never stop hating you for it.

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Your Ultimate Guide to the Inaugural Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill

EN’s coverage of the Maryland 5 Star is brought to you by Kentucky Performance Products. KPP is our go-to for all things nutritional when it comes to supporting our horses and their healthier selves. Managing horses is a challenge, but KPP makes it simple — and they treat you like a horse owner, not just a customer. You can learn more about KPP by clicking here.

Ema Klugman and Bendigo. Photo by Sally Spickard.

And they’re off! Welcome to the inaugural Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill, taking place Oct. 14 – 17 at the newly constructed Fair Hill Special Event Zone in Elkton, Maryland (Cecil County). Here is an at-a-glance compendium of useful links and info.

Website

Digital Program

EN is proud and excited to unveil the official Digital Program of the Maryland 5 Star, complete with EN’s own Form Guide analysis for each CCI5* pair. It’s free to view — click here to dive in!

Tickets

General admission, reserved seating, hospitality packages and cross country tailgating tickets are available at this link.

Schedule

Saturday
CCI3* Cross Country: 9:15 a.m. EST
CCI5* Cross Country: 1:00 p.m. EST

Sunday
CCI3* 2nd Horse Inspection: 8 – 8:30 a.m.
CCI5* 2nd Horse Inspection: 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
CCI3* Show Jumping: 9:30 – 11 a.m.
CCI3* Awards: 11 – 11:30 a.m.
CCI5* Show Jumping: 1 – 3 p.m.
CCI5* Awards: 3 – 3:30 p.m.

CCI5* XC Ride Times
CCI3* XC Ride Times

Ride Times & Live Scores

There are 48 horse and rider pairs in the CCI5* — you can view bios and stats for each one via the Digital Program, presented in partnership with EN. There are 76 entries in the CCI3*-L and over 80 entries across both the 4 and 5-year-old Dutta Corp. USEA Young Event Horse East Coast Championships.

Volunteer

A few volunteer positions are still available — sign up at EventingVolunteers.com. The volunteer handbook can be viewed here.

Live Stream

North America: Both the CCI5*-L and CCI3*-L National Championship are available live and on demand for free on USEF Network for USEF members. Not a member? Use the free fan promo code “maryland21” to join. The event will also be broadcast on TV regionally on Maryland Public Television.

MPT-HD’s schedule of live and recorded coverage during the four-day competition is as follows:

  • Thu., Oct. 14: Dressage – 1:00-4:30 p.m. (live)
  • Fri., Oct. 15: Dressage – 1:00-4:30 p.m. (live)
  • Sat., Oct. 16: Cross country – 5:00-9:00 p.m. (from earlier that day)
  • Sun., Oct. 17: Showjumping & awards – 1:00-3:30 p.m. (live)

MPT’s Maryland 5 Star coverage will also be livestreamed to the network’s regional audience at mpt.org/anywhere/live-stream-mpt/.

Outside North America: Live stream available at H&C+, subscription required.

Daily Digest Email Sign-up

If you’d like to follow along with every bit of EN’s coverage of the Maryland 5 Star this week, you can sign up for our Daily Digest email, which will be sent out daily through the event. It’s the best way to stay up-to-date on all things Maryland! Click here to sign up.

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Tuesday Video: Relive Boekelo’s Show Jumping Finale

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Ruth Bley’s Danito, ridden to a 10th place finish by Tamie Smith, looking like a model in the afternoon sun. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Didn’t catch the Boekelo FEI Eventing Nations Cup show jumping finale live stream, well, live? No worries … you can watch the replay thanks to FEI TV. Note that there’s a two-hour gap in the middle with a bunch of ring dragging, course walking and of course the event’s infamous mock hunt halftime show. We love the informative and entertaining commentary duo of John Kyle and Lucinda Green — please keep bringing us more of them together in the future, please!

You can relive all of Tilly Berendt’s coverage for EN as well here. If you’re just tuning in — maybe you just got off the Appalachian Trail or released from prison, I don’t know your life! — here’s a fast-and-dirty recap of how the U.S. contingent fared:

Team result: Silver!

Individual results (team members designated by *):
5. Sydney Elliot & QC Diamantaire*
7. Hallie Coon & Global Ex
10. Tamra Smith & Danito*
15. Jennie Brannigan & FE Lifestyle*
19. Tamra Smith & Solaguayre California
Eliminated XC: Matt Flynn & Wizzerd*
Withdrawn before dressage: Katie Ruppel & Houdini

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Much to Do at the Maryland 5 Star

Images courtesy of the Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill.

In addition to giving us a front row to first-class five-star competition, the 2021 Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill promises plenty of entertainment on the side as well. There’s something for everyone with great shopping, demonstrations, live music, kids’ activities and more.

  • Education: Horse lovers of all ages can learn more about horses and interact with the horses and trainers from Maryland’s Horse Discovery Centers at Horseland at the Maryland 5 Star, a free exhibit sponsored by the Maryland Horse Industry Board.
  • Shopping: Over 75 vendors will feature gifts, apparel, décor and more. BROOKBEND Interiors Arts & Crafts Center will be showcasing all things Maryland, novelty socks, home décor, whiskey/wine bar accessories and so much more! They’ll be offering a unique experience for adults and children during Jolie Home Paint Studio Workshops throughout the entire event.
  • Dog-friendly: For those bringing their canine friends, the KONG Equine Doggy Day Care offers off-leash fun and complimentary doggy daycare services every day of the event. There are limited reservations available through the Maryland 5 Star ticket portal, and walk-ins will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. KONG Equine will also have Puppuccinos available from 8 to 9 a.m. each morning at their tent.
  • Drinks & dining: Check out the featured brands and chocolates at the MARS VIPet Experience, while also exploring nine food truck options and eating at an onsite seafood restaurant run by The Wellwood of North East, Md. Activities over the weekend also include a 21 and over event, the Maryland 5 Star Beer, Wine & Spirits Showcase Powered by Grow & Fortify (Saturday, Oct. 16, 12-5 p.m.) with a variety of craft beer, wine and spirits from local producers, as well as the family-friendly Maryland 5 Star Fresh Food Fest (Sunday, Oct. 17, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.) with seasonal fruits and vegetables, dairy products, meats and seafood, and much more.
  • Military: Taking place on Saturday from 12-1 p.m., the Military Riding Showcase will include a meet and greet and book signing with the soldiers and horses of The Old Guard Caisson Platoon, demonstrations from a mounted color guard and Maryland’s mounted police units, and a mounted drill to music by the Freedom Hills Veterans Drill Team.
  • Mustangs: On Friday, competitor in Maryland’s CCI3*-L division and well-known advocate for the American Mustang, Elisa Wallace, will perform a demonstration with two of her mustangs in the main arena during the break between the 3 Star and the 5 Star. The Chincoteague Pony Drill Team will perform Saturday at 2 p.m.
  • Drive: Land Rover, the Official Vehicle and Presenting Sponsor of Cross Country Day, will have a sales center on-site at the event! Go Above and Beyond by experiencing their luxurious range of vehicles in person in the Land Rover Sales Center Oct. 14-17.

In addition to the CCI5*-L, the Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill is hosting a CCI3*-L which is serving as the USEF CCI3*-L Eventing National Championship, and The Dutta Corp. USEA Young Event Horse East Coast Championships Presented by Dubarry of Ireland.

The event takes place Oct. 14-17 at the newly constructed Fair Hill Special Event Zone in Elkton, Maryland (Cecil County). For ticket information, please click here.

Volunteer Nation: Nine Events That Could Use a Helping Hand This Weekend

Thank you to the amazing volunteers who have been dedicating their time helping make our park look beautiful!! We are so excited for next weekend to see all of the hard work pay off!💙

Posted by Mid-America Eventing Association on Sunday, October 3, 2021

The success of an event can begin with volunteer work weeks or even months before the first horse heads up the centerline. Job well done to everyone (four-legged friends included) who pitched in to help paint jumps in preparation for this weekend’s Heritage Park H.T. in Olathe, Kansas.

Here are nine events that could use a helping hand from YOU this weekend!

As always, you can earn merit points when you donate your time through the USEA’s Volunteer Incentive Program. Registering to volunteer through EventingVolunteers.com makes it easy and seamless to both find a job and shift as well as learn what your role will entail.

USEA Events

Radnor Hunt Horse Trials (October 8th, 2021 to October 9th, 2021)

Poplar Place Farm Fall Horse Trials (October 9th, 2021 to October 10th, 2021)

Heritage Park HT (October 7th, 2021 to October 10th, 2021)

Woodside International Horse Trials 2021 (October 7th, 2021 to October 10th, 2021)

Morven Park Fall International & HT 2021 (October 6th, 2021 to October 10th, 2021)

Windridge Farms Fall HT (October 8th, 2021 to October 10th, 2021)

Other Events

KDA (October 8th, 2021)

2021 MDHT October Starter Horse Trial (October 8th, 2021 to October 10th, 2021)

JACKPOT SCHOOLING SHOW (October 8th, 2021 to October 10th, 2021)